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12-20-2008, 12:51 PM
Hi everyone,

Are you like me and need to be accountable in some way to some one or the munchies take over and your diet is sabotaged? So here is the daily check-in thread so we're accountable to other chickies. Our hen house is a little empty as there are only a few active posters and we would like you to join us. So how about it? Join us and let's keep each other on track!


BTW, we all try to post daily but life sometimes make it impossible so don't let the thread name keep you from joining us. We'd really like you to join us! And yes, I realize this is a copy/paste from the last Daily Check in - but the thread was closed because of too many posts.

12-20-2008, 01:01 PM
I hope all my chickie friends find the new thread. I was closed out this morning so I just started over. :(

Mazza, I hope you live through the Saturday working. I'd hate working on Saturdays. Weekends are made for fun, not work. But I guess retail requires work on the weekend before Christmas. And yes, my avatar is a photo I took at Crater Lake National Park, an hour drive from my house. We snowshoe there a lot during the winter and spring (even the summer occasionally). But with skiing as my real love, the snowshoeing isn't as often as I'd like since if I'm going to drive an hour, I'd rather drive an hour in the opposite direction to the ski area.

Judy, I'd love to see the snowy palm trees. As it stands I see loads of snowy pine trees as we were dumped on with about 12" of snow. I'll take a photo of my doggie houses as they look pretty cool under the snow. Good job on the veges and the weather in the west is stormy. I'm worried about DS1 driving up from Reno. I'm trying to get it through his head that Christmas is just a day and that taking risks just to be together is not a cool idea. But he says he'll just drive slower. Wednesday has a 100% chance of snow - he won't listen.

Auntie, it's so easy to get comfy on the ground as the wagon pulls away. I'm the queen of comfy. So far this holiday season I haven't hit any bumps and I'm hopeful it will continue. I was thinking of taking Mazza's idea of a higher cal day once a week. I've done that in the past. Now, would I rather Sunday or Saturday. I'm must contemplate that.

I lost another 1.5 pounds!!! Yeah. My ticker says 16 pounds, and it's now 17.5 but I'm not sure if I have time to change it.

Well, I've been directed to bake. I offered DH help cleaning my garage (mostly his stuff in it) and he said, no - you're baking. I make Houska, a Czech sweet holiday bread that we both love - eeks - and I'm going to make sourdough bread for lasagna tonight. I guess I should get to it.

12-20-2008, 01:02 PM
Disgruntledone, welcome to daily accountibility!!! You are doing so incredible on your weigh loss journey. Tell more - how are you doing it? WW, counting cals, low carb...?

auntie g
12-21-2008, 12:22 AM
Ah, a shiny new thread... Just a quick check in to make sure I don't get lost in the shuffle.

Marie, woo hoo on the 1½!!! Keep it up, you are totally on a roll! I love the once a week high cal day, if only I could keep it to once a week during the holidays... But it really does make all the difference during the rest of the year. (If the others don't show up, I'd be happy to PM them the new thread, unless you've already thought of that.)

Disgruntled, you are sooo close! You must be doing something right! Welcome aboard!

12-21-2008, 12:30 AM
I wanted to eat something so badly last night and couldn't think of anything that was calorie free. I finally remembered I have a dill pickle and garlic relish I make, so I had a couple of spoonfulls before retiring. Oh the garlic breath (and sodium I don't need), but it helped me stay away from real food.

Just one day at a time. Each day is a new battle.

12-21-2008, 10:50 AM
Thanks for starting a new thread, Marie! I thought the moderator (Ruthxxx) was a bit rude to suggest that we start a new thread at the end of the month while abruptly closing the old thread 12/19...perhaps they use a different calendar in Canada?

Hi, Disgruntled and Recidivist, and welcome. I haven't been good about accountability at all lately, but pushing myself to stay in this conversation with these wonderful ladies may be the only thing keeping me from disappearing all the way into the refrigerator, especially during the holiday season.

Penny and Marie, I hope you're doing okay after the big snowstorm. I hope you don't more for a while! Marie, congrats on the loss :carrot:.

Busy, busy weekend...I'll do a short cardio workout before heading out for chores and some office work. Yesterday was a candy-free day, whoo-hoo, my first in quite a while....


12-21-2008, 01:02 PM
Hi chickies,

Sorry I've been AWOL again - I've been under the weather with a digestive problem and had a colonoscopy last week which (thank God) did not show anything life-threatening. I just haven't had the energy to post but I'm feeling a bit better now with some new medication and my shoulder is also a lot better.

Marie - Congratulations on the 1.5 lbs. loss :carrot: you're doing great. I'm sorry you've had so much trouble with you knee and hope it's healing. We're socked in here with about a foot of snow, covered with 1" of ice from the freezing rain storm last night. This is almost unheard of for Portland. It sounds like it's pretty drastic where you are too. We're keeping busy feeing the hungry birds and especially our resident Anna's hummingbirds who screech at us through the kitchen window to come and replace their frozen nectar! Poor little things, I don't know how they survive - especially the freezing rain.

Judy - Good to hear from you again. I'm glad we've found our way to the new thread. Congrats on the candy-free day - wish I could say the same :o.

Auntie G - Nice to hear from you too - I always enjoy your upbeat posts and can sympathize with your struggle with the chocolate (and fudge) monsters. :lol:

Recidivist and DisgruntledOne - Nice to meet you :welcome2:. This forum has been a great help to me too. I've fallen off the wagon after losing 40 lbs. and have gained about 15 lbs. back after several health challenges this year :(. However, as my motto says: "Quitting is NOT an option".

I sure hope the weather changes soon so I can get the groceries for Christmas dinner and finish my gift shopping. This cold weather has been going on for a week now and it's been in the 20's most of the time. We're just not set up for this kind of weather here. Our son is flying in from Boise on Christmas Eve, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that his flight won't be delayed or cancelled.

12-21-2008, 03:30 PM
Hi everyone,

recidivist, I think you did great with finding a non-bad snack. Although I think it was "bad" as in disgusting. :D And that sodium effect is short term. DId I see it right that you're from Oregon too? That would make three - you, me and Penny.

disgruntled, I think you an I are on the same program. I aim for 1500 cals per day but am contemplating having a day with 1900 once a week. I came up with the number yesterday but couldn't do it. I'm terrified of having a splurge day and then having the wagon back over me before tearing out onto the trail. When I fall off, I tend to have trouble getting back on.

Penny, 2008 has not been a nice year medically for you. I'm glad nothing was detrimentally wrong. You've had enough without adding more.

Judy, :rolleyes: man oh man, I thought I'd gone nuts yesterday when I reading the posts. End of the month and voila it was closed. I checked two times to make sure I wasn't imagining it as I would have added a link to the new thread. Good job on the candy free day - I ate your portion yesterday. I stayed in the calories but I believe I had to give up broccoli to make it. :D BTW I HATE broccoli and love M&Ms.

DH and I plowed through the snow for a long 2.5 mile walk with the doggies this morning. We saw 22 deer. They were so gorgeous prancing through the snow. One had BIG antlers. I just love Bambi but I think DH was dreaming of his bow and arrow. ;)

I'm going to go fix my craft room. We took a bit apart to raise the shelves 3" (different TV didn't fit) and then my knee went out so it's not done. I can now carefully get off the floor if need be so I'm going to work on it as DH's football team doesn't start till 1:15 (late game for auntie on the east coast).

Funny story, I made the Czech bread, Houska, I mentioned yesterday with a boo-boo. I am notorious for leaving out ingredients and DS1 mentioned after one yucky goofup, why don't I read the recipe So I'm making the bread and it's all done except all the flour for bread. I touch every ingredient on the recipe and nodded. I did them all. So I add the rest of the flour and knead it. Set it in a warm place and begin to clean up. There on the microwave is the flashing END. I'm confused and open it. There is the 1/2 c. melted butter. Yes I'd gotten the ingredient out but forgot to add it. Too late as it was all kneaded. So last night, the big test - it tasted the same except 800 less cals for the 3 loaves. How cool is that. Scratch butter off that recipe. :D

Time to re-do my craft room.

12-21-2008, 05:18 PM
Hi Marie,
Yep, I'm a web foot. Hood River area. I lived in Canby, Bend and Klamath Falls as a kid and have relatives in all three towns. I love Klamath Falls. My first water skiing attempt was on Klamath Lake. So, how much snow have you got down there? I know someplace in Oregon (southwest?) got over nine feet of snow last winter, during one storm. I have over two feet now, and it's pretty chilly. It dropped to 6° last night and the power went out for two hours. Of course, I only have electric heat. Brrrrr.

I hope your knee is not going to require surgery. I too have a bad knee and am hoping weight loss will help me get around a little better. I sure understand the getting up off the floor comment.

12-21-2008, 05:21 PM
Penny, hi neighbor. You have hummingbirds that stay year round? I have rufus out here, but they are smart enough to migrate to a warmer spot in winter. I am at 1000' elevation. Maybe that's the difference...but my Mom lives in Canby, and I don't think her hummingbirds stay all year. You have some brave little guys. Aren't they beautiful? What a treat for you. Little Christmas ornaments flitting around outside.

auntie g
12-21-2008, 10:11 PM
:coolsnow::shocksn: Brrrrrr, it's cold out! Well, I actually ate something healthy today, which is very strange, of late. Made soup with my leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, and that will be dinner for the next couple days, so yay! All the Christmas fudge is made and wrapped, out of sight, out of mind. Maybe I can get a few sensible days in now...

Recidivist, your snack doesn't seem like it would hit the spot for me, but good going, coming up with something acceptable, instead of turning to fudge! Good luck on your journey!

Disgruntled, I think a lot of us are familiar with the losing, then gaining it back game. :dizzy: I am definitely chasing the wagon right now, but after the holidays, I mean to get back to business, and get this done! This site has made the journey a lot more fun. Hopefully in the new year we all reach our goals and stay there!

Judy, wish I could say I had a candy-free day, too! I'm hoping I have one tomorrow, now that the fudge is packed up. And congrats on at least planning a workout into the busy weekend! I feel like I've been running on a treadmill all weekend, and yet I didn't get any good exercise at all. Bleh!

Penny, glad you're feeling better, and I hope you get out from under the snow in time to finish your Christmas preparations! Oh, and thanks for the reminder about feeding the birds. My feeder's been empty for several days now, and I only think of it when I'm on my way to the car to go somewhere. Now I'll write myself a note to get it filled up again. Poor freezing little things, and with no easy food source. :sorry:

Marie, so sorry you had to give up your broccoli. :lol: Hope you can fit it in soon... Congrats on getting in a nice long walk! And I guess we have to watch the post count a little closer this time. I did wonder about that as it got to 500, but when it kept on going, I never thought about it again. Hmmmm, I wonder what has become of Carol... Oh, and I shan't be discussing football tonight. :cry:

Well, I have to work tomorrow, when I normally don't work Mondays, so I'm going to try to get off the computer now- it doesn't seem to happen as fast as I'd like... Have a good Monday, all!

12-21-2008, 11:16 PM
This site has made the journey a lot more fun. That is so right Auntie G...but for me, I think what is even more important is that we can be totally honest here about things we might normally not be wanting to open up to others about. Honest about our fears, our joys, our guilt and shame, and our pride when we finally succeed. And we know everyone else here understands or supports this very difficult challenge. I might tell someone I'm on a diet, but not the truth about many of my feelings. And people I meet in cyberspace may not even know I am overweight, because I am not proud to admit it. It is very freeing having a place to come and be truly honest, not only to myself but to others as well.

I thank you all for being part of this and allowing me to be part of this.

12-22-2008, 05:17 PM
Hi everyone! And I really mean everyone! There's a few new faces around here since the last time I was around.

Not much to say today. I'm looking forward to christmas and having some time off to cheese around at home like a vegetable with no motive.Also, to spend time with my family :).

DisgruntledOne and Marie - I'm also a calorie shifter. I usually eat my bmr
(1500) every day except for saturday, where I go up to 2000 - 2200. It seems to keep my body awake and not freak out about too much of a deficit.

Welcome to Recidivist and DisgruntledOne!

Marie - how was the sourdough with lasagna? Sounds yum! I'm hooked on S.D with laughing cow right now.

Stay cool as cucumbers.

- Mariana

12-22-2008, 06:34 PM
We're still snowed in and have another foot of snow as of this morning. I'm getting serious cabin fever and it's looking like we'll be having ham and eggs for Christmas dinner! :dizzy:

We're making a list of things we should have had on hand: chains for my 4WD Forester, HIGH snow boots (snow is now up to our thighs), powdered milk and plenty of frozen veggies. We have enough meat but not much in the way of veggies or potatoes. This is a real lesson about preparedness! Good thing we have a big generator and plenty of gas as our power has gone out a couple of times. Huge branches are coming off our heavily laden trees.

The airport is closed, so it's looking doubtful if our son will make it home for Christmas :(.

Here is a picture of one of our hungry hummers. The feeder is on our kitchen window (click to enlarge). (

12-22-2008, 07:41 PM
Penny, that picture is amazing. And you say you have snow to your thighs? have more than I do. I have mukluks to wear in the snow and they come up to my knees, and lace up to keep the snow nice warm wool liners to keep my feet warm. Best investment I ever made.

12-22-2008, 08:46 PM
recidivist - Mostly it's up to my knees but we have a lot of drifts which are higher. We're by the river, but we seem to be getting more snow here than even some of our friends in the hills.

We just got sick of being indoors so we risked it and drove to Freddie's - quite a hairy ride but we got all our Christmas groceries. The worst part was getting down our long driveway. I love my little Forester :love:. It's 10 years old but keeps on truckin'.

12-22-2008, 10:46 PM
Hi all, I have a dr. note for getting my season pass $$$ back as there is no skiing for the foreseeable future. And as Penny has mentioned, sno is plentiful in Oregon again this year. They're scheduling an MRI, then follow-up appointment. So I'll know more eventually. For now, I'll keep on the treadmill and walking the doggies with DH (not steady enough by myself). I was perusing the met goals thread and a chickie described her journey with a severe knee injury. She said she punished her upper body/arms. So I think that will be the next step. DH is going to set up the weigh set after Christmas so I can improvise a rowing motion to get a bit more cardio. Anyway, it's a sad day. The ski area also said since DH's season ticket hadn't been processed yet, we can sell it and they'll transfer it for a $35 fee. so it's going in our local paper, craigslist, and a local online ad. We're selling it for what we paid (1/2 the price of the current price). So hopefully we won't be out any money at all.

Penny, the picture is awesome and DH loved it too. BTW, we'll probably be up in your neck of the woods sometime in January. Would you be able to meet for lunch in Woodburn??? I'm glad you got out to Freddies and now have a Christmas dinner. When is DS's scheduled flight? The weather is supposed to calm for tomorrow. Our trip over the mountain to Medford was very hairy this morning. That's why DH had to take the day off - I wasn't driving it.

mazza, enjoy "cheesing" on Christmas. I'm planning on playing non-stop with my beloved grandson. I bought him Thomas the Train set and we're going to play trains.

recidivist, you are so right about the honest of online friends. I love the anonymity but then when I've connected with Penny - it was awesome. But we'd certainly become friends way before meeting. 3FC is a godsend as I'm pretty sure I'd be losing the battle without this support.

disgruntled, "baby it's cold outside". I love that saying/song. Yes, it's freezing out here. But unlike auntie whose house is freezing as well (which I understand if I had oil heat) my house is in the upper 70's. Just toasy around the fire, watching the Packer play the Bears.

Food is right on target today - no exercise other than lots of walking through Costco and parking i the farthest spot from the entrance. :D I'd hoped to walk the doggies, but my knee is sore from being prodded and Costco-ing without the brace.

I work tomorrow and then am off the rest of the week. :carrot:

12-22-2008, 11:07 PM
DH is going to set up the weigh set after Christmas so I can improvise a rowing motion to get a bit more cardio.Marie, rowing is a great idea. I'd not thougth of anything like that. If I could get a second stretchie band, I could rig up a way to do a rowing motion too. I have some weights, but my shoulders are so messed up, there's not much I can do with them, but rowing doesn't involve lifting motion, so that might work. Thanks for the idea.

12-23-2008, 01:39 PM
Marie - I'm sorry to hear you've had to give up your beloved skiing for this season. I hope the MRI doesn't show anything drastic. Hopefully your knee will heal enough for you to go skiing later in the season. Goodness knows there must be plenty of snow! I'm sending healing thoughts your way. I'm glad you and your DH enjoyed the photo. I'd love to get together with you when you are up this way in January. Please keep me posted.

Some friends are driving down from Seattle to visit us today. We tried to talk them out of it as it's a zoo on the roads, but they're determined to come. He does lots of driving for his job (he doesn't fly because of claustrophobia) and has to travel extensively all year. So we're hoping they make it here without any problems. Our DS is going to try to get on a flight tonight out of Boise as we're expecting another 4"-8" of new snow tomorrow and his original flight is early tomorrow morning. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it works out ok.

12-23-2008, 01:49 PM
Penny, my thoughts are with your son and friends as they travel through this weather mess. My DS1 is supposed to drive up from Reno tomorrow afternoon. That terrifies me but I can't talk him out of it.

I did 1.5 miles on the treadmill this morning. I tried to increase the speed by .1 mph but it didn't work so hot, so I took it back down to 3.0. My knee can handle that as long as I use the hand rails on the treadmill for perfect balance. Only had a couple jolts of pain. Dr. didn't tell me I couldn't do that and I admitted how much I was walking. DH and I will take the doggies out this afternoon after work for about a mile.

recidivist, it really wasn't my idea, it was amanda from the reached goal area. I'm glad that might work for you. Stretchie bands are the coolest invention. Good luck with trying it. I think one band looped under your feet, sitting on the floor or even on a chair would work.

Food is on track and I made the big decision. I will up my cals to 1900 one day per week. I will do this Thursday (can't help loving Christmas) as this past weekend's day :D and then this coming Sunday. Probably all Sunday's from that point on. Amazing that took 5 days to contemplate. :o I'm scared of falling off the wagon with that tiny nudge but I do need to learn to not be totally black and white.

Take care everyone.

Carol, if you're out there somewhere, I sure hope you and your family are doing ok.

12-23-2008, 02:29 PM
Brrr, it's cold in my office! My little space heater is doing its best, but my feet and fingers are still cold. I'm off between Wednesday and Jan. 5 :D, so I'm trying to have as little as possible that I'll have to work on during the break.

There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that, due to all the storms this year, my mom and Grandma have canceled our Las Vegas trip. The good news is that now I can spend a few more vacation days at home, sleeping and puttering around. I'll go to Ohio next weekend, and spend next week with my folks there. I'm sorry that I won't see Grandma and some of the other older relatives out West, but I'm nearly giddy at the prospect of four whole days to myself.

Marie, you're dealing with your knee issues with the right frame of mind, good for you :smug:. I love your dedication and focus.

Penny, I hope that your friends and loved ones can still make it to your house. Maybe they should borrow Marie's dogs and mush their way through the snow...

I'm have a backlog of chores and unpacking to do on my free days this week, but I also want to do some brainwork to get out of this sluggish rut I've been in. I broke down and bought Oprah's magazine, so I can read her article on backsliding and get inspired. A co-worker gave me a lovely journal, so I will use it to have a conversation with myslef over the next few weeks. And I'm going to download updates onto my Blackberry, so that it will be easier to check in even when I don't have much access to computers (like next week, when I'm at my mom's).


12-23-2008, 07:51 PM
People are going crazy today with shopping. It kinda scares me a little bit.
I hope the weather calms down soon's kinda all over the place.

12-23-2008, 07:54 PM
Judy, I have to tell you about the most wonderful office friend - the heated footrest. I bought one from for $38 and my feet (therefore the rest of my body) are no longer freezing. BTW, it was free shipping and I got it in 2 days. You can't imagine how much better work is without shivering!!!! Enjoy your puttering days. I hope you have some fun people time on christmas though. If not, you know you're in our thoughts.

Well, work day is basically done. YEAH!!!! 5 days off. I do like the sound of that.

auntie g
12-24-2008, 12:12 AM
Hi all! I've been so busy, I haven't had much computer time, and I shouldn't be on here now either. I'm eating so bad, and haven't weighed in- oh it's not good. But I will get back on track after all the hoo-ha's done.

I probably won't get a chance to catch up tomorrow either, so I just wanted to pop in quick and wish everyone happy holidays!! I hope all the visits work out, and Marie, I hope your knee recovers quickly!

Stay safe and warm, everyone! Merry Christmas!!!

12-24-2008, 11:58 AM
Our DS managed to get on as a standby on a flight yesterday and arrived ok. It was a very hairy ride to the airport and back - it took us 3.5 hrs. round trip instead of 1 hr. but we're so glad he's here for Christmas.

I wanted to pop in and wish everyone happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas:clause::candy::snowglo::snowball:

12-25-2008, 03:05 PM
Hello to everyone from the other site that got to long. Well somehow I forgot my pw etc. and couldn't get on here for weeks. Thank goodness even some stress that I was able to find my way again. Welcome to all the newbies this gang is great and not one yah want to lose. Lose wt. not connections to help us get there. Oh well the kids are in town from HI and it is wonderful. The little guy so darn cute and we'll have to get there during the year. Oh break my heart! Anyways I baked lots of cookies but not until closer to the holiday that seemed to help with consuming a few less. Exercising at the gym no not happening too busy lately. But now on vac. til the 5th so no excuse now. I have been making and selling some of my jewelry that kept me quite busy on top of the holiday, job and shopping. But it will all slow down now I have one more necklace to do today before my daughter arrives at 5 or maybe I will wait until she arrives give her the makings in a wrapped box and let her be part of designing it all. This is a style she requested while we shopped together at an art show. Well thats about it just crazy we spend so many hrs. days etc being so busy and in a few short hrs. it over huh? Well can't say there will be dieting today the menu isn't going towards that okay??? But there is time for that starting next monday for sure. Marie your bread oh honey so sorry. I made 4 batches of our polish christmas eve bread but next year decided to only make 2 batches. Its just way to much hassle people will get less but enjoy what they get it will have to do. Well good luck to all hope santa was great to everyone one and enjoy the rest of your holiday. My family is all taking a nap..... I am going to wrap those beads.
Now I will be in touch and I didn't reach my christmas goal but guess Easter will have to do and get started soon like I said monday.... Journal , scale, gym.....

12-25-2008, 04:51 PM
Penny, I'm so glad that your son made it. My DS1 had no trouble from Reno to here - California really knows how to clean snow off the roads. Only the Oregon roads were trecherous. So we were all together and it's been wonderful!!!

Carol, long time, my chickie friend. I'm so glad you're back with us. I was getting a tad worried that something bad had happened. Life happening is just fine. I'm glad your HI family arrived safely and all is good.

Auntie, I believe all dieters that celebrate a holiday season have to climb back on the wagon again.:D So you're in good company.

For me, food today will be whatever I want. Luckily I don't want much other than someone gave me dark chocolate Moose Munch and I have trouble resisting it. :o

BTW, I just sold DH's ski season pass for what we paid for it and got the paypal receipt a little bit ago. So ski season is truly over, but it didn't cost DH and me $500 in season pass losses. So that is good!

:santa::clause::candy::rudolph::wreath:All of my wonderful, SUPPORTIVE friends here, have the most blessed, loving, healthy Christmas ever. You all mean a ton to me!

12-25-2008, 05:24 PM
Merry Christmas everyone.:hohoho::mrsclaus::xcheer::clause:

12-25-2008, 09:16 PM
Merry Christmas! :snowglo:

I'm having a great day at home, puttering, cooking, and connecting on the phone or texting.

Carol, it's so good to hear from you! I see you've changed your "name" again, but your voice is very recognizable. I bet you're having a wonderful time with your family.

Hi, Elyn! I hope you've been doing well.

Penny, you're son made it, yaaay!:xcheer:

Marie, thanks for the kind's really odd how well I feel I know all of you, even though Penny's the only one I've met, and just briefly. I'm looking forward to progressing a lot faster in '09, along with Recidivist, Mariana, Auntie and all you other wonderful ladies.


auntie g
12-25-2008, 10:22 PM
And after all the work, it's over in a flash...

I hope everyone's had a great Christmas! We had a very messy day yesterday and all schedules were thrown out the window. DH was off to work by 3 am in the freezing rain, which caused a lot of accidents. Luckily, he wasn't in one, but he was delayed for hours and hours. He missed one visit, and we had to reschedule another, which means there's still more bad eating to come... Today went well, got to spend most of the day with the little nephews and niece, and took lots of pictures. Now if only I would get them organized! Naturally, I ate terribly, but I'm not even going to address that anymore until New Year's. That's just the way it is right now, stupid as it may be.

Penny, so glad your DS made it safely! The weather everywhere has been so crazy!

Carol, nice to see you back! Glad you're getting to visit with your family. That's really what it's all about...

Marie, glad your DS made it, too! I find it odd that California knows what to do about messy roads, but Pennsylvania seems to have a problem with it. Shouldn't we be a bit more experienced by now? LOL! Maybe I'll catch up with the wagon before it gets too far away, since it may be in a ditch on the side of the road! Good luck with that Moose Munch, mmmmm... And congrats on getting your ski pass money back!

Elyn, hi, hope you're doing well!

Judy, sounds like you've had a nice peaceful day! I, too, am looking forward to making better progress in '09, and we can all do it together!

Mariana, you're already halfway through the "day after" - hope you had a good one and you don't have to work! I'm still working on deciding whether I'm going out in it tomorrow, but it's likely that I won't want to miss a good sale...

Better get to bed... Have a great day, all!

12-26-2008, 01:11 PM
Ah, Christmas is over for another year. DGS thinks Christmas should be everyday. :o He's close to 3 yo and yesterday was an absolute thrill for him. Way more than in his previous 2 Christmases.

Almost DIL, DGS and I are going out and I'm on the hunt for an expensive fake Christmas tree that's price ha been slashed for the after Christmas sales. Our tree has sent my allergies into overdrive and I think that this is the last year for a real tree. Plus I told DH about auntie's tree stand woes and he grinned and said that wouldn't happen with our old stand if we went artificial. See auntie, you provide humor across the land, even weeks later.

Food was not bad yesterday. I had some moose munch but did stop. The only cookies I made were toffee bars and I wasn't very controlled, but did pull myself away pretty quickly. Past that, I did pretty good considering it was Christmas. I didn't log my food and I won't. But I will start today. DS1 is on his way back to Reno and at least it is between storms.

Judy, it sounds like you had a relaxing holiday. I'm glad as you've been so stressed for weeks (maybe years).

Auntie, I'm glad DH wasn't one of the accidents. I truly believe that a car accident changes your life. I was in a doozy in November 2007 (weather related) and it was my very first. Since then, driving has not been a pleasure. In the past, I'd occasionally enjoy it, but not anymore. Although if the wagon did get in one and is waiting for us to all jump aboard, then that accident would be acceptable. :D

Elyn, long time no chat. If you're lurking please come back.

Well, that's it in my neck of the woods. Everyone, be safe.

12-27-2008, 02:12 AM



.... the sounds my belly was making on the morning of the 26th. :lol: Chicken schnitzel, ice cream, cake, chocolate....
But MAN it was worth it.

(We decided to have a different xmas this year and instead of making a roast or something like that, make something we'd been wanting to eat for a while [my immediate family are all pretty health conscious, so to us schnitzel is like.. well, christmas day!])

More than the time off work or the 'special occasion' food - time with my family was really what it was all about. It's crazy how much you take simple things for granted like that (well, me personally anyway). It's true the best things in life are free.

I hope you all had a great christmas! Will be back soon. Not around much these days .. still waiting for the dust to settle.

xo Mariana

12-27-2008, 05:04 PM
I've been taking advantage of this brief window of downtime to declutter, both my living space and my head :idea: A big part of my stress since the fall has been my discombobulated apartment. This afternoon I rearranged my living room, assembled my new Ikea table and unpacked most of my books. I finally gave up on a few random bits of old furniture that I've carried back and forth from place to place for years. I still need some new lamps, and I'll order a nice lateral filing cabinet, and paint a few accent walls (waiting until after a highly allergic house guest comes and goes next month) but I'm almost there.

Mariana, I haven't had schnitzel in ages! It's one of those old-fashioned things people used to eat all the time when I was a kid, like scalloped potatoes and stuffed cabbage. I'm glad that you aren't beating yourself up about indulging on the holiday.

Marie, I'd be so bummed out to be allergic to pine trees :sorry: Since I'm rarely home for Xmas, I haven't bought a tree in a while. But I adore the fresh, green smell, especially if it's cold and snowy outside.

Auntie, your comment about getting the photos organized made me laugh. I've got a new stack that needs a home, too. Hey, if you take digital pictures, maybe you can just invest in one of those electronic frames--that might be fun.

Okay, back to work! I'm determined to finish clearing things up today. Tomorrow I fly out to visit my family, and it would be so nice to come home to a neat apartment!


auntie g
12-27-2008, 05:47 PM
Hi everybody! I took down my Christmas tree today, sigh... I can't remember whether or not I've complained about it's lack of drinking water, even though it had a fresh cut, and then another one. Oh well, it was so dry that when I leaned in to take off an ornament, a branch snapped right off. That can't be a good thing. At least now I'll start getting things back in order, and soon I'll get my eating back in order too.

We're off to the city tonight for the last of the Christmas visits, so I should really be getting dressed, yet here I am messing around on the computer. Hmmm...

Marie, I know what you mean about driving not being fun after being in an accident. I was hit in my first car, and it didn't scare me off because that thing was a TANK! You know, back in the days when cars were actually made out of metal. I loved that car and I wasn't afraid of anything in it, but alas, I eventually moved on to something a bit more modern, and plastic. Now I won't drive in the snow and ice at all, unless it comes up while I'm at work and I need to get home.

Have you found a new Christmas tree? DH and I were discussing going artificial since all the trouble we had with this year's tree, but we decided to muddle through the next 6 real trees, and celebrate turning 50 with a fake one!

Mariana, glad you had a nice Christmas with your family and your schnitzel! Had to look that one up :D. I always make meatballs in the crockpot for Christmas, so that everyone can eat whenever they're ready and there's no formal sit-down time. Works better for us since both of my sisters are notorious for being late. Hope your dust is beginning to settle.

Judy, ah decluttering! I really need to get on that, too! I didn't realize how many candle holders I have until I had to put some away to get out the Christmas stuff. And then I didn't realize just how many dang Christmas knick knacks I had either. Some things have got to go! As for the picture problem, I started scrapbooking several years ago, but then fell off that wagon, and now I've got about 9 years worth of pix in envelopes taunting me. (All the earlier pix are in those magnetic albums, at least they're in order!) Now I've decided to start up the scrapbooking again, but in reverse order, starting with the current Christmas pix. We'll see how that goes... Have a nice visit with your family!

Have a good one, everyone!

12-27-2008, 06:06 PM
Judy - I'm glad to hear you are using your down time to get more settled in your new apartment. My DH bought me one of those digital photo frames for Xmas, so I'm looking forward to gathering my favorite photos from my two iPhoto files. It can store 4,000 photos, so that should do the trick! It will be good to have the photos sorted out and in the same place.

Mazza - My tummy has been complaining a bit too with all the rich Christmas foods. My downfall has been the huge raspberry sherry trifle I made! :o I love schnitzels and often make them with the extra thin chicken breast slices.

Marie - I'm glad your DS1 made it home safely from Reno. It must have been a kick having your DGS over the holidays. He's old enough now at 3 to take it all in.

Auntie G - As I mentioned to Judy, I'm going to have my work cut out organizing photos for my new photo frame. I'm going to have it so the photos cycle about 2-3 seconds each. I may even start doing more nature photography again like I used to when we lived in California.

Elyn - Good to hear from you - I hope you pop in again soon.

Carol - It was nice to hear from you again too. It sounds like you've been busy as usual. Your jewelry making sounds interesting. What kind do you make?

I'm having a bit of quiet time as my DH and DS have gone target shooting. They said I was welcome to come too but I wasn't too interested to stand in the freezing rain for 2-3 hours! The snow has almost melted and it's an awful mess. We have tons of big branches which broke of our trees in the storm. One of our pines now looks like a hairy toothpick and there are several large broken off branches balancing precariously high up. So we may have to take the tree out :(. One of our neighbor's trees fell over and nearly hit our garage as you can see in the photo:

12-27-2008, 10:15 PM
Hello everyone. Well my time has been so busy with the family. Lots of food and need some hard core exercise this week. I am going to take advantage of a little time on sunday to start organizing my computer, craft room wow is it in need talk about declutter wow... The kids are off to go to an outing with some friends and their children. It will be nice for them. I have my other local gs overnite as well for tonight. FUN!!
I just had a taste of ice cream not a bowl oh step one it was tough. I am having a cup of tea instead. Well take care and its so nice to be back again. I guess my old pw was hooked up to an old email? Thats why I had to start all over for got it all. Crazy huh? Enjoy!!!

12-27-2008, 10:38 PM
Hi everyone, sounds like everyone is wrapping up the Christmas holidays. Auntie, our tree was so brittle that it made is simple to pull the lights and ornaments off. Just pull and watch the needles fall. We did find a nice artificial one. It was $300 before Thursday and yesterday was $150. Lots of tips and it comes with lights (that was the down side but I liked how full it was). So my last real one is out the door. Now to get my asthma back under control. DGS and almost DIL both ended up getting colds from her mother so I'm hopeful I won't get one. I'm just getting all the crud out of my bronchial tubes from the Thanksgiving round. BTW, they both have moved on to her father's house so my house is quiet. Kai is exhausted from DGS chasing her everywhere. They have become best friends

Carol, sounds like your family visit has been going great. Enjoy the night with your local GS.

Judy, I'm proud of you for decluttering your new place. That probably will make you feel more settled. I am not good a disorganization (hence the moment the vehicle left the driveway this afternoon I was on a cleaning frenzy. Have a safe trip!!!!

Penny, I LOVE my digital frame my DS2 and DH bought me for my birthday. I love the changing pics and it has the coolest side effect at work - it relaxes me. I didn't put sad pics on it and when I think of the moment the pic was taken, it makes me smile. It was really stress reducing at the beginning of the school year. BTW, it took my 5 hours to organize (touch up red eyes) on about 175 digital images. I think it takes as long as the scrapbooking auntie.

mazza, I couldn't agree with you more. The best part of my Christmas was the time with my family. There is nothing better than that.

Recidivist and DisgruntledOne, I hope you both had a GREAT holiday.

12-28-2008, 11:42 AM
:carrot::carrot::carrot: I did it, I was under my cals yesterday. On Friday I was over by 200 and yesterday under by 100. I'm thrilled as Christmas day didn't toss me from the wagon. Unfortunately I haven't exercised since Wednesday, but I'm going to take the wonderful Blizzard Bear and her doggie siblings for a walk in the sleet. Yes I know, how pleasant. But my doggie is 8 today and she has to have a birthday walk. :D

auntie g
12-28-2008, 11:50 AM
Happy Birthday Blizzard!!!

On my way out, will check back in later...

12-28-2008, 08:25 PM
Auntie, Blizzard says "Thanks very much!!!" She's had a delightful b-day. The walk was only partially in sleet. There was one point there was a little blue showing in the sky. We walked 2.5 miles and ony a couple nasty pains in the knee.

Both the Packers and the Vikings won today. The Vikes - sort of a sad thing as their ability to disappoint will now continue another week into the playoffs. I'd had a little hope that football would be over. :D And wow, auntie, your Eagles destroyed the 'Boys. :carrot:

Food is right on track today!!! YEAH!!!! It's sort of difficult with this humungous bowl of candy on the counter, but I haven't reached in it except twice since it appeared on Christmas. One was a peppermint hershey kiss (25 cals) and the other a truffle (about 75 cals), not so bad.

That's it for now. I have to go back to work tomorrow. So sad... :(

auntie g
12-28-2008, 09:12 PM
Gotta go Eagles green tonight! Whoooo, what a game!

Penny, it sounds like you do have your work cut out for you with pictures, too! I did start scrapbooking Christmas, but I haven't gotten very far yet. Good luck with your tree branch mess. Broken trees are so scary, but I tend not to think about it in the winter- though I guess I should. I seem to worry about it in the summer when there are thunderstorms. Either way it's no good! Stay safe out there!

Carol, suck up all the kid fun you can get! Sounds like you've been having a great time!

Marie, I hope we can polish off the Vikings next week for ya (I'm under the impression that that's who we're playing), but I'm just happy that we took the Cowboys down. Don't you love the "we"? I make fun of other people for talking like that, but I guess I do it too! :D My brittle tree, oddly enough, did not drop needles. The branches just snapped right off. Something was really rotten with this one. I can't understand why it never drank any water. Weird... Sounds like your new artificial one is a goodie. It'll probably be a lot easier with the lights already on it, too! I'm glad Blizzard got a good birthday walk, and that your knee is holding up! Congrats on ignoring the candy, too. Oh, I've been soooooo bad... :(:devil::eek:

Have a happy Monday, all!

12-28-2008, 09:34 PM
It is NOT NORMAL for the weather to be alternating between windy/cold, hot/humid and torrential thunderstorms. A sydney december is usually nice and sunny but this year.... things are very odd indeed.

Went for a long 2 hour walk yesterday and climbed up some rocks near the bay. It was devine. I'm reading a really good book called:

"There are two
errors in the
the title of
this book."

Penny - quiet time is always nice. I can't believe how awesome that photo looks! With all the snow and everything. By the way - thin chicken schnitzels are my fave too! The tastiest kind, I reckon =]

Judy - Hooray for decluttering! I'm addicted to freecycle these days and every time I walk past or see something I don't frequently use, I jot it down. If I don't think about it again until I find my note, it goes.

Carol - Nice to have ya back :)

Marie - I haven't been exercising much either lately. It becomes so easy to fall into the collective mentality of "oh, but its christmas.." and I start to make excuses for different things. It's nice being lazy sometimes though.

Auntie - I've been bad with candy too. It's hard to resist imported blackberry toffee. Pure sugar but soo tasty and chewy. My new treat-y type food these days is icy poles (frozen fruit juice-type "ice cream" things). They're 65 cals and quite nice on a hot day.

What are everyone's NYE plans?

xo Mariana

auntie g
12-29-2008, 08:24 PM
Howdy all! Back to work tomorrow, bleccch! I can't wait to get back on the wagon- I feel soooo crappy, but I can't seem to stop making it worse. That's the only good thing about being back at work, I won't have time to think about what I could be eating next. I'll be so busy thinking about how I need to find a new job in an impossible economy. :(

Mariana, you've got some crazy weather going on there! Ours has been off kilter, too, one day freezing and the next 65º. I'd love to have a nice weekend snow, but it's not in the forecast yet. That "Errors" book sounds intriguing. I liked the sound of the title, so I looked it up. I may have to get it next time I'm out and about. We're planning on a relatively calm New Year's Eve. We're going down the street to a friend's house and hanging out by the fire pit, unless, of course, we get precipitation that night. In that case, we may just stay home. We're not big party-ers these days, and frankly, I could use some rest. That's sad, isn't it? What are you planning? Something fun, I hope!

Off to prepare for the workday misery. Have a good one!

12-29-2008, 09:02 PM
Wheeeeeeeew I went for a long bike ride last night on my loveable but piece of crap-esque current bike. I fell off riding down a hill near the bay and flipped over the handlebars, fell on my left knee (impact was on the medial side of my thigh) and my right hand. My hand was fine but the impact travelled up my arm and the pain was pretty intense - it felt like a fracture. I couldn't move it for a while and I felt like something was wrong. I waited a little while and then went back to riding slowly.
Later on, sitting at home reading, I could feel that it still felt 'wrong' .. I started moving my wrist and hand around until I heard a large (but very satisfying) click. Sure enough, something had moved back into place and/or corrected itself because after that I felt fine.. it still hurts a bit but I'm sure there was not much harm done.
Anyway - that's my eventful story for monday night.

Auntie: a relatively calm new years sounds like the way to go. It's always nice being able to hang out (especially at a friends house near by; very cool indeed :)) after a week like xmas. It's always seemed pretty intense to me - from the 24th till about the 3rd of january - two big days (25th, 1st of course) so close to each other don't give us much time to rest/recover or just be quiet at home.
I'm not sure about my plans yet. I'd though about going into the city to see the big fireworks display - but there's always so many hundreds of thousand of people in the city on the 31st, it's kind of off-putting. A friend from the central coast was going to come down to sydney - don't know if that's still happening. It might be a quiet NYE around here too.
Plus, I have a pretty good view of the bridge from my apartment...

I'm catching up with some girlfriends tonight who I'd fallen out with but recently got into contact with again. (a three-person friendship group where we each sort of went our seperate ways and became distant) After 4 years of barely speaking it's like we picked up where we left off. We're seeing the Curious case of Benjamin Button.

Less than 72 hours left of 2008!

RN BSN 2009
12-29-2008, 09:11 PM
wow mazza glad you're not hurt

Today was a banner waving day, plenty of exercise, biking and swimming... and 1700-satisfying calories consumed. Chocolate included.

Hope everyone enjoys their new years

12-30-2008, 12:11 AM
Happy Monday Evening All,

RN - are you an RN or a Registered Nut??? :D My sister is a RN, both nurse and Registered Nut. ;) Sounds like you had a great on-track day today. Congrats. I hope you make your way back to our little thread!

Mariana, I'm glad you are ok. I definitely know what you mean about something snapping back into place. How's your knee? I went over my handlebars in August 2007. My wrists were damaged from years of skiing injuries so it never really healed from the bike tumble. I'm glad you're ok. NYE - I will be in bed and sleeping at the stroke of midnight. I'm the queen of party poopers. I HATE January. I hate winter and I hate dark. Combine the longest, darkest, coldest month of the year, and voila, I hate January. So I never celebrate its arrival. Usually I tolerate it and winter pretty good since I adore skiing, but since that's off for this year, I'm hating winter already. Gee, can you tell I don't like winter??? :D:o;)

Auntie, sorry, I will have to cheer against your Eagles on Sunday at 1:30 my time. I'm a Packer fan, through and through, but I do like the Vikings if they're not playing the Pack. But I will admit I won't be bummed if (when) they lose since the Vikes can be pretty pitiful. But occasionally they show blasts of brilliance. BTW, note the purple font...

I walked on the treadmill this morning for 1.5 miles. I increased the speed and incline a little - almost close to normal. My knee tolerated it. :D I haven't heard back from the ortho on the scheduling of the MRI, so I'm just doing my own thing and oh well on the consequences.

Food was hard today - I'm still very munchy. I'm thinking the cals are ok but I haven't finished logging them. Mr Scale was evil and I wish I'd had a gun - I'd have shot it. :o

That's if for now. Talk with you all tomorrow.

auntie g
12-30-2008, 08:10 AM
Mariana, glad you're ok, and that's some view you've got! And how nice it must be to catch up with old friends... Sometimes they do just fade away, but it's good to re-connect!

RN, hi and welcome! Good job including chocolate into your planned day!

Marie, ah, winter without skiing... I'm sure you'll find some other projects to keep you entertained. I'm sort of fond of January in that "new beginnings" kind of way. There's nothing quite like a fresh new calendar to inspire me. And I understand you must root for the Vikings - LOL. (Purple is my favorite color!) If they weren't playing the Eagles, I'd root for them too. And this game may be a good match, since the Eagles seem to have the same tendencies as you mentioned in the Vikes. Some days are brilliant (like this past game) and some days you wonder whether they realize they're supposed to be playing to win. As for Mr Scale- don't shoot him! He's just messing with you. You've been doing fine, and it'll all level out. Now MY scale will be another story, when I get the guts to visit him again...

Disgruntled, glad you found your way back!

Time to go to work. :( :( :(

12-30-2008, 12:37 PM
Morning everyone,

Disgruntled, I'm sure you found your way back to us. Ruthxxx just closed the thread so we couldn't add a last post with a link to the new one. It was a weird situation. Good for you going back to the gym. Mr. Scale and it's constant desire to go up is so irritating. So the gym is a good thing.

Auntie, so the question will be, who will show up on sunday to win. Can you imagine, maybe they both will. :lol3:I love purple but pink is my very favorite color. Light pink, not bright although that isn't horrible. If I make my font the right color you won't be able to read it. :D I'm not a new beginning type of person, when I'm ready to get on the wagon, I don't wait or that thought would be flitting away with the wagon. I just love to eat too much. Luckily I love to eat it. I do like that the scale is just messing with me. Thankfully I have my cool graphic you gave me this past summer to make me laugh in the morning.

I did the same treadmill today that I did yesterday. It was a good workout as there was a little sweat going. Food was on target yesterday and so far this morning, I haven't been up long enough to screw it up. :) But work is quiet and quiet means I have food daydreaming time. But I did pack my healthy lunch and a portion controlled snack so I'm hopeful.

12-30-2008, 07:21 PM
Hi,chickies! I'm checking in via Blackberry, so this will be brief. I'm at my Mom's for a few days, surrounded by candy :(. I'm saying no most times, but the first day or so were not so good...I brought some workout videos and my travel yoga mat, and did cardio this morning.

No big plans for New Years Eve. Might go to midnight church service with Mom for Watch Night (african american tradition going back to Emancipation).

Hope the last day of this year is a good one for all of us! This was a very tough year for a few of us, and for one will be glad to see it go!


12-31-2008, 02:32 AM
Haaaaiii everyone.

Have a dancing carrot. :carrot:

Marie, knee is doing well, thanks for asking. I've been pumping magnesium and fish oil which has helped a lot with recovery. You know exaclty how scary it is to go over handlebars! Did you ride often back then? Sounds like it was a pretty harsh tumble and if it was on top of years of skiing...ouch.
I hate July. With a passion. I don't like the dark or the cold, so I understand perfectly where you're coming from. If i lived in the northern hemisphere I'd probably stay indoors on NYE too.. but right now inside is hotter than outside, so i'll put up with mozzie bites if it means being outside my hot apartment.

Auntie - work = :(. Do you get thursday off? I'd thought that everything would be closed tomorrow but I'm realising that more and more things will be open. BTW - purple is an awesome colour.

Judy - good to hear from you - I hope you have a great start to the year. Good on you for resisting the candy temptation for the most part. When it's a bowl just sitting there, it's a lot harder (for me anyway) than if it's in the cupboard or somethin'.

RN - I swam and biked today too :D It's an award winning combination. I like going to the pool and then coming home, changing into bike clothes and going straight back out for a ride. It makes me feel like I'm competing in a triathlon or something... hehehe. Kinda pathetic I know:lol:

Disgruntled - food steamer! Cool. That'd make steaming veggies and stuff much easier. I never thought much of steamed veggies until I ate some at a restaurant a few weeks ago. I livened them up a little with some balsamic vinegar and ate them with my grilled chicken.. delightful.

I bought my new mountain bike the other day and I'm waiting for it to get to the store. I'm soo exited. It's a Giant Yukon 16.. and it's lime green/black. I've been saving up for a long time.
Today I took about 18 old books to a second hand store and sold them for store credit.

auntie g
12-31-2008, 08:21 AM
Hurray for the end of '08! I should be getting ready to leave for work, but wanted to slip in fast since it's almost the New Year in Australia... So, HAPPY NEW YEAR, MARIANA!

Disgruntled, an electric steamer does sound interesting. A new toy always makes things more fun! Congrats on getting to the gym! And my DH would be deliriously happy to go to a hockey game on New Year's Eve. Even if it's over early enough to be home watching TV later, that's still much more exciting than a lot of other choices. Have fun!

Marie, oh I hope it's a good game! Now of course I wouldn't mind a repeat of our Dallas game, but it's so exciting when both teams show up! Well, it's exciting for me, but DH is another story. Every Eagles screw-up causes so much ranting and raving, it is nice to avoid that sometimes. Good job with your food and exercise- I'll be back on it tomorrow!

Judy, beware that evil candy! Hey, you got some exercise in while on a family visit, so I'd say you're doing something right! Have a great Watch Night!

Mariana, yeah, I have off Thursday, but there was a time when I had off the whole week between Christmas and New Year's, so I am not happy with this year's arrangement! Have fun with the new bike! I keep thinking I want to get one, but I don't have anywhere easy to store one until some magical day that we fix up our garage. Oh, and thanks for mentioning the books! I took a ton of books to a store a couple years ago, and totally forgot about that credit that awaits me. The store is kind of off my beaten path, so that's why I never think of it, but now I'll have to make it a point to get there before I forget again!

Well, just in case I don't get back here later,


12-31-2008, 11:36 AM
Hi everyone!

It's 2:24am and the fireworks (as well as the whole night) was amazing.

Hope you all have a safe start to '09! I'm glad I did.


12-31-2008, 11:58 AM


Here is some willpower dust for 2009!


You must have had a great view of the fireworks Mariana.

12-31-2008, 12:28 PM
Mariana, I opened my browser and there was a gorgeous picture of the fireworks in Sydney. Wow, it was breathtaking and just a picture. I can't imagine how cool it was for you to see it in person.


I'm at work with hopes that we're allowed to leave a little early. Here's hoping.

Mariana, I LOVE my bike. I have a Diamond Back I call Ruby Red Rider as it is the most beautiful deep red. But two accidents later, my kids call it Bloody Red Rider. I tell ruby to ignore them. Anyway, I bought a fluid trainer this fall and it really is a workout - more than on the road. This past weekend when we moved it back into the now vacant guest room, I got on it, put very little resistance and peddled a little. My knee was just stiff, not sharp pains so I'm hopeful to use it again. On the swim bike routine - I do the exact opposite - go biking than jump in my pool to cool off. I've been known to job (before knee) or walk and I definitely have illusions of grandeur as I'm not a triathalete, just a dreamer. And July is my FAVORITE month. Probably for the same reason January is yours. ;)

Penny, I will take your will power dust and send some back to you. I can use all the will power available.

Judy, I hope the visit is going good and 2009 is great for you - less stressful would be so beneficial for you.

auntie, I'm guessing watching football with your DH would take some fun out of it. I've been trying to learn to laugh at the stupid plays, looking at it as a comedy. :) If it makes you feel better, I only have Thursday off as well, but if I get working here and get my new website launched, I'm going to take Friday off as well. But... I'm not very work oriented at the moment. :D

disgruntedone, have a great new year's as well.

Food went out of control yesterday afternoon and to stay in cal range, I had to be very careful in the evening. C'est la vie - I still made it but it wasn't pretty.

For the first time since I re-injured my knee 3 weeks ago, I took all three pulling huskies out for a walk at 5:00 in the morning. Dark and icy and pulling dogs. It was great! :carrot: They were happy and I love the quiet. My headlamp took care of the dark, my boot tracks (rubbery things you attach to snow boots) added traction and the DOGGIES didn't pull with all their might. How excellent is that to end the year???:D

01-01-2009, 09:47 AM
Here's to all the great motivated chickies who check in on this thread, wishing us all a year with fewer accidents, surgeries, annoying co-workers and other worries, and with even more love, laughter and contentment. Thanks for your wisdom and support.


01-01-2009, 06:27 PM
Happy New Year Everyone.
My wagon crashed and burned :(:o so I'll be back when I've got myself a brand new one.


auntie g
01-01-2009, 10:32 PM
Hi all- hope everyone's new year got off to a good start! I'm not completely on program yet, but I did much better today than I have in weeks. I didn't make it out walking like I intended because it was too cold, and I ended up spending most of the day scrapbooking, but at least I wasn't eating fudge! Onward...

Let's make this a successful weight loss year!

Have a great Friday, everyone!

01-01-2009, 11:42 PM
Happy 2009 Everyone!!!

Elyn, welcome back. I swear by the idea when my wagon dups me, that visiting and posting keeps me from falling as far behind and motivates me to flag an oncoming wagon

Auntie, congrats on finding your way back. Scrapbooking is way less cals than fudge. And even fun. :o

Judy, thanks for your good wishes. Annoying co-workers make us treasure the wonderful ones. ;)

I took the doggies for a new year's walk and man what a mess. All the snow has been pounded away by rain, so it's slushy and muddy. Since the walk, I've been cleaning and cleaning. The things I do for my beloved doggies. :dizzy:

I'm totally in my cals today. After yesterday's post, Auntie Flo explained why I was munching and craving like a mad woman. Her visits can end anytime now. I was luckily that I stayed in cal range, but it was hard. Today was way easier than Tuesday and Monday were.

Today I finished 5 quilt squares. Yesterday I'd made one so I'm up to 7 (yes I wasn't making much progress before yesterday). So when I had 4 done, I laid them out and put the strip border with them to get an idea of how it will look and I was blown away how gorgeous it was. Now I'm motivated. The squares themselves weren't motivating me. I send a picture to my sister as I was chatting with her as I was sewing. I'll post the image here soon as it's really cool.

01-02-2009, 12:08 PM
Marie - I'm looking forward to seeing a photo of your quilt. I'm beginning to think that owning a dog is a surefire way to get exercise. I'm always impressed how often you take your doggies for a walk, no matter what the weather or state of your joints.

Auntie G - I've been very bad with the sweet goodies his holiday season too. Now everything is eaten up or thrown out I must try very hard not to have it in the house.

Elyn - My wagon disintegrated too so I'm going to get a sparkly new one and jump on!

Judy - Thanks for the inspirational words - thank you for your wisdom and support.

We woke up to a surprise dusting of new snow this morning. We had torrential rain most of the night and there are lots of local road closures and flooding. Crazy weather! Luckily we had used a relatively dry spell to take down the Christmas lights and pick up some of the dozens of large branches which broke off our trees in the big snowstorm.

I'm off to a pretty good start with calories so far this year and will try to be more physically active as I've been a real slug lately :o. As you can see from my ticker update, I've gained back 20 lbs. from my lowest weight last year :(. I'm determined to take it back off again. I guess I had been self-medicating with food following my surgeries and other health problems last year, but overeating just adds more angst to a bad situation so hopefully I've learned my lesson.

01-02-2009, 12:59 PM
Disgruntled, the pizza lament is called Murphy's law. Good for you to take your skateboard and travel elsewhere. Keep that foot on it.

Penny, eeks the mudslide, floods, and road closure news for Portland is terrible. Stay in your house and be safe. It took me 20 pounds regained to get back on track. Heck, if I can find the wagon, I know you can too.

I'm at work on the last quiet day - teachers and students return on Monday. But on Monday I'm leaving early for a highlight and cut of the hair. So at least there will be pleasure on that day.

I'm working at moving my test website to my laptop (from my workstation) and then I'll be working on going live. I'm glad I didn't push it on Wednesday so I could have today off. This way I'll be more confident in it.

Food was at 1500 cals yesterday and so far today, I did nibble on 2 wheat things - extra 20 cals so not a big deal unless they keep migrating to my mouth. I put them on a high shelf. :D

01-03-2009, 06:59 PM
Happy Saturday Everyone!!!

DH and I went to Crater Lake Nat'l Park (see my avatar) and went snowshoeing this morning. We were trying my knee out and it worked pretty good. Walking straight isn't too bad, so we decided to give it a try. We snowshoed for about 2 miles. It was GORGEOUS blue sky and cold (5 degrees). About 6" of fresh snow and it felt so good to exercise outside. I had a great time. Perhaps I will live without skiing this year. DH likes the idea of going every weekend. :D Except, his guard weekends as he won't go in the dark. Food is on target today as well. One would think Mr. Scale could start being nice, but alas, I thik I'm definitely in plateau stage (I haven't lost in a month and have been angelic). But as I'm not gaining, I'm not mad.

Hope everyone is having as fun of a day as I am. I'm going to do some quilting this afternoon after I continue to internet search for an ipod dock for my Jeep. DH found one he thought was good for $80 and I just stared at him - way too expensive. I think he liked my response. BTW, the ski area just called to let me know they processed my refund on my season ticket. yeah!!!

PS Auntie - I just saw that the Vikings won't be blacked out in the Twin Cities. Ya gotta love Viking fans - they almost didn't sell out a playoff game. Nice of the NFL to give them 2 24 hour extensions. ;)

01-03-2009, 08:05 PM
DisgruntledOne - That must have taken quite a bit of willpower to steer clear of the pizza. Kudos to you! I know they say one piece hasn't got that many calories but who can eat just ONE piece of pizza??? :dizzy:

Marie - Your snowshoeing trip sounds wonderful - I can almost imagine the beautiful scenery. I'm glad your knee is cooperating enough to let you get out and about. You reminded me to update my website. I always dread doing so as something usually crashes! I use an old version of FrontPage, but haven't got the nerve to do it over in a newer program.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

I've been doing some much needed spring cleaning. I usually do a good clean up after the holidays are over so that everything is off to a fresh start for the new year. I just have the vaccuming and cleaning the wood floors to do and then I'm done. I'm itching to get outside and start cleaning up my garden, but will have to wait till the rain goes away (hopefully by April!)

Food has been fairly good since I clambered back on the wagon.

auntie g
01-03-2009, 08:21 PM
Happy Saturday! I FINALLY am back up on the wagon - yeeeee hah! I don't want to, but I must confess that over the past 3 weeks of terrible behavior, I gained 9, count 'em, 9 lbs. :faint: I'm sure that a few aren't solid ones, because I am in the midst of the PMS bloat, but holy cow! I think I seriously lost my mind in December. :yes:

So, today I'm back to my senses. Yay! I broke out my new pedometer and went for a freezing cold and windy walk, too. Of course since I don't know what I'm doing with this new pedometer yet, I screwed it up and reset it after wearing it for about 8 hours. I want to get at least the step count for the whole day, but alas, I shall try that again tomorrow. At least I got moving today.

Marie, I've got this scrapbooking mess all over the dining room table, and now you go and mention quilting, which makes me want to get that mess out! :chin: I'm not going to yet, I must be sensible, but I sure keep thinking about it! Can't wait to see your picture! Congrats on the successful snowshoeing - sounds like you had a blast! Oh, and since you're such a techno-wiz, I've got a techno-idiot question for you (me being the idiot, naturally.) I received a small device for Christmas that says it's an MP3 player. In my car it says MP3 right at the CD slot. These 2 things are not meshing in my head, and I didn't open up the Christmas package yet and read any instructions, so maybe I'd find out something that way, but I'm afraid to open it, in case I'd be better off returning it since I'm an idiot. :shrug: Hey, I still listen to albums, so what do I know? But if you can shed any light, that would be awesome! And yeah, I saw on the news this morning that the game wasn't sold out yet. What's up with that? It's a playoff game, people! Oh boy. Well, I'm glad they sold it out now, but there's no chance that would have been a problem here. I'll be thinking of you, but rooting against you ;). Hope it's a good game!

Penny, hurray for an end to the sweet treats! Congrats on sticking with your calories, and hey, if you only put back on 20 lbs in a year with all the things you went through, I'd say that's not bad! But now we've got this fabulous new year to do things better, and we SHALL! :goodvibes

Disgruntled, congrats on being strong on pizza day! Pizza is probably my favorite food in the whole world, with chocolate running a close second. I don't think I could have bailed on it, especially after waiting so long for it. So, good for you! The skateboard must be getting you somewhere...

Have a great Sunday, all!


01-04-2009, 12:45 PM
Auntie G - Isn't it amazing how quickly we can gain weight? :yikes:. I gained over 10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Christmas and the other 10 lbs. since spring. The first 10 lbs. I was in denial thinking "bloat" but now I realize it's not magically going to go away. I've read that even after we lose weight our "extra" fat cells are still lurking just waiting to be filled up! Not fair :mad:. Auntie, I just saw on your ticker that you've already lost 53 lbs. - that's fantastic! Keep up the good work :dancer:.

I'm going to start tracking my calories in my online journal again. It's a real pain to do so, but I know it works for me to keep me honest. So let's keep on cheering each other on during our weightloss journey this year :cheer:.

01-04-2009, 02:17 PM
Happy Sunday All!

Go Vikings!!! (I couldn't resist auntie - btw, DH says the reason they didn't snap up the tickets is Viking fans are conditioned to expect the team to lose in the playoffs. :D)

Penny you mention the logging of cals. After I'd regained the 20 pounds, I told my DH that I can't maintain or lose weight without logging. So if I EVER stop, he is to nag me until I get back to logging - even if it's loads and loads of food. Because I gave him permission to nag, I can't get mad at him. I also told him another trick for when I'm gaining weight - if I come home from work and immediately put on PJs or sweats - indicates my jeans are too tight. I decided if I gave him all my secrets, then I couldn't use them. anyway, I'm happy you're back on the wagon. You can lose that 20 pounds. It just takes FOREVER (I still have a couple more to go for my 20 to be eradicated).

Auntie, the MP3 by your car stereo means that if you burn MP3s to a CD, your car CD player will play them. Old CD players could only read original CDs but the newer ones read digital formats like MP3. I hope that helps. BTW, I saw at Costco they see a record player that plugs into your computer (USB connection) so you can play the record and your computer will save them to MP3, then you'd be able to put it on your MP3 player or burn an MP3 CD and they hold about 150 or so songs. Really nice CDs for traveling so you're not listening to the same CD's 12 songs over and over again.

DH and I took the doggies to the mountain behind our house to run free. They had a blast and are so tired now. It was pretty icky walking - cold (8 degrees) and the road was rutted ice/snow about 8" deep. Yesterday's snowshoeing was way better on my knee. Next time we're bringing the snowshoes and going off the road with the doggies.

Food was at 1500 cals yesterday and today is the first day I will be trying the 1900 cals one day per week Keep your fingers crossed.

Well, time to make a few more quilt squares. auntie, stick with your scrapbooking as that project gets you further and further behind with each day that passes. Me, I gave up on it as I could never keep my pics/book up to date.

01-04-2009, 02:26 PM
Marie - I just started using my Sparkpeople log again today. Luckily, all the dozens of meals and "favorites" are still in their database. It gave me a calming feeling to log my food again - I already feel more in control. It's interesting you asked your hubby to remind you to log. I told my DH that it seems to be the only way I can lose consistently. I know how disappointed you were when you gained your 20 lbs. and it's been a real inspiration to hear how you've again conquered the fat demon :devil:.

I think one of my biggest mistakes was to stop wearing jeans when they got too tight and instead I've been wearing my comfy stretch pants. Now I have a closet full of size 14 and 16 pants and jeans I can't wear! :( In future I'm going to only wear the stretch pants for workouts as the tight waistbands are a good indicator that I'm off the wagon!

I'll keep my fingers crossed that your 1900 cal "experiment" works! :crossed:

auntie g
01-04-2009, 05:25 PM
Woo hoo! It's almost game time! Well, I had the same pedometer problem as yesterday - it reset itself, but now I figured out why. I never set the TIME on it (never had one that told time before), so it reset, thinking it was the next day. :p At least now I'll get it straight tomorrow.

I've been scrapbooking my brains out today, and lost my window of opportunity for going out walking (aside from puppy walks, of course), but it's been a completely chocolate-free and on track day, so I'm good with that for now. I feel sooo much better being back on the wagon. It's ridiculous how icky I feel when overeating, and yet don't stop. So hurray for the new year, new wagon!

Penny, I didn't change my ticker to show the nine I gained back, so I'm not "legally" at -53 right now, but I will get back there!!! I know exactly what you mean about the "bloat denial"- that's how I got the nine back. Now I'm hoping a few really are PMS bloat, but I know the rest are FUDGE. :o And yes, tracking your food is definitely the only way (at least for me.) If you don't keep track, it's just too easy to go overboard without even realizing it. Oh, and you are also right on about the jeans vs stretchy pants issue. Gee, odd how I've been in sweats for the past couple weeks... Hmmmm, might there be a connection? :rofl:

Marie, if those Vikings fans are expecting a loss, I hope we don't disappoint them! :joker: I like your idea about getting your DH on the job of pants monitoring. Mine would never know if I'm logging or not, but he should notice if I get changed extra early. Well, maybe not, but I think I will bring it up. Thanks for the MP3 explanation - it does make sense that way. Now I want to look into this record player to computer gizmo! Wow, that would be so awesome! Good luck with your increased cal day. I think it will be fine, it may even help kick you off the plateau from time to time!

Gotta go get in front of the TV. Have a great night, all!

01-04-2009, 06:55 PM
Yaay, I'm back home again for a while, and working on starting off the year from a more mentally settled place than I ended 2008. I've unearthed my erasable notepad for the frig, so I can go back to writing out my meal plan for the day (one of the casualties of constant travel). I have a little calendar to log my eating (which I used in fits and starts last week) and a beautiful red journal called "Faith." I've decided to follow the Body+Soul magazine (Martha Stewart) 35-day challenge, in part because of its emphasis on journaling. I weighed myself after Xmas and nearly passed out :faint:. I'll bite the bullet and post Monday morning's weight on my ticker. I'm not going to worry about a weight goal right now. I need to focus on behavior first, starting with accountability.

Elyn, it's so good to hear from you. I'm looking forward to seeing you back here.

Marie, it sounds like you're having a good weekend! I can't wait to see you quilt squares.

Penny, if you have the urge to travel, c'mon over to DC, and bring your cleaning supplies :cool:. I always get a homemaker binge right around now, but I could use some help. I agree with the waistband issue. If I hadn't gotten rid of all my larger pants, I probably would've gained even more these past few months.

Disgruntled, congrats on walking away from free pizza! Even the smell of a room 30 minutes post-pizza makes me hungry :drool:.

Auntie, now that they are a lot cheaper, I've been eyeballing the record players and boom boxes that would convert my old tapes and vinyl into MP3 files. I would rather spend money on that than on shelving for all these ancient casette tapes...although I'll always keep some of my old records, or at least my favorite album covers.

Carol, where are you?

I've been on program since I got home yesterday, and enjoyed a nice cardio workout this morning. Tonight I'll get my clothes out for tomorrow, switch to my everyday purse, play a little Home Spa, and get to bed early. I hope everyone has a great Monday!


01-04-2009, 08:53 PM
Hi everyone!!!! Just a quick note as my laptop is on red zone on the battery. :)

Congrats auntie on the Eagles win. Perhaps the Vikings will now go shopping for a quarterback that has leadership skills. One can hope. :)


01-05-2009, 05:54 AM
Hi everyone.

Having a rough coupla days with eating etc. Don't want to get into too much detail on this side of the struggle but the 3FC support network has really helped.

Not much more to say right now. Work today was a blast and there was nobody in the shop. I was tempted to make rude calls over our PA....but I decided to gift wrap random items instead - like our 'not available' book for shifts times, empty cans of deodorant...etc. :)

Love to all.

01-05-2009, 09:11 AM
Okay, here it is: this morning's weight is 223.5 :mad:. To perk myself up, I changed my avatar. It's a double rainbow that I shot last summer in Vermont. During that week, I made some promises to myself, around mediation and self-care, that got lost in the fall and early winter. I hope that using this avatar for a while will remind me to take time to breathe, listen and think.

I'm glad you're back on "this" side, Mariana!

Off to work soon. Apparently some of the streets near my office have been closed. The President-Elect and his family are staying at a nearby hotel, so traffic (and gawkers) will be circling aimlessly until the drivers figure out how to get around.


auntie g
01-05-2009, 09:57 AM
Gotta throw in a WOOHOO for the Eagles win! Who knows what will happen next week, but yay for now...

Today I'm cooking up my sauce for a spaghetti week- it's really the easiest way for me to get in a solid good week, and boy, do I need one! I think I've got the pedometer working now, so I'm going to get in a good walk, too.

Judy, a new journal can be so inspiring! Good luck with the 35 day challenge! The new avatar picture is beautiful! Great photo, indeed!

Marie, that game was stressful, but I never gave up hope! At least you'll have your Sundays free now. ;) I couldn't stop singing disco songs during the game, thinking of the group Tavares, every time I heard that QB's name. :lol:

Mariana, don't beat yourself up about a couple bad days. You pulled through the holidays well, and you'll be fine! We've got the traditional January down time at work, too, but unfortunately, I have to do inventory now. By myself. I am not a happy camper.

Puppy's waiting for a walk. Have a great day, everyone!

01-05-2009, 10:30 AM
ok ladies... this thread title is the easiest for me to check into (easiest to remember lol)

Today's going ok so far... i worked out yesterday, so today is a by day for me :D

i've only had 5points so far today too... leaving me with 20 more

so far:

mini wheats - 3pts
coffee creamer - 2pts


LC Four Cheese Pizza - 7pts
100 cal soft baked oatmeal raisin cookies - 2pts

01-05-2009, 12:06 PM
Mariana - Sorry to hear you've had a rough few days. The support here has helped me a lot too. I hope you are feeling more on track today.

Judy - That's a beautiful photo - I love rainbows. The new year is always a good time to recommit to taking care of ourselves in every way.

Auntie G - Ugh, doing inventory is no fun. At least you have your Eagles win to cheer you up.

Sally - :welcome2:. sxulcmnky - that's an unusual screen name. It looks like you're doing Weight Watchers or something similar? Good luck with your weight loss efforts.

Marie - I hope your Monday is off to a good start.

I'm on my second day of journaling ALL foods. I'm going to get back into my regular routine of exercising 3x a week at Curves. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year.

01-05-2009, 01:23 PM
Morning everyone (or Happy Tomorrow Mariana)

Welcome Sally. I do like the name of the thread - it's easy to pick out but not nearly as creative as some. I hope that you stay with us. You're doing great (by the looks of the ticker).

Mariana, i'm sorry it's been a rough few days. You'll get back on it. I'm proud of you for resisting the PA prank although I'm quite sure I'd have played on it. :)

Judy, the avatar is beautiful - I noticed it before reading your post and thought it was a painting. How awesome you took the picture. Perhaps you should share more of your travel photos... hint, hint. OK, now I could be wrong, but if I recall your weight at Christmas 2007 was around 230 and so you are down from the previous year. I realize that you were down further but you HAVE made progress. Very few people can say that. I just visited a site with Biggest Loser - where are they now? Nearly all the people have gained a chunk of weight back. A few were only minimal and just a couple were a lot. But regardless, it was depressing as there were typically 20-30 pound regains. I never have watched the show but that was depressing that people that are spotlighted for weight loss can't keep it off. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is you have come so far, that a slight detour is not a big deal. You're back on track and 2009 will be less stressful as your former director is gone. ;)

Penny, good job getting on the logging wagon (we live in Oregon - I couldn't resist). Be careful at Curves - you don't want to re-injure your shoulder.

Auntie - I could handle spaghetti for a week. DH couldn't so I don't do that. But there's lots of my portion controlled lasagna so I'll go Italian as well. My hubby will be on lots of temporary deployments starting in June (4 weeks gone, 4 weeks home). I was thinking of using the gone 4 weeks to try things like spaghetti week. :D

BTW, I flunked 1900 cal day. It was because of the dumb Eagles-Viking game that was televised smack dab in the middle of the afternoon. So our pizza because "lunner" a combined meal. So I finished the day at 1505 cals. I will try again to bump it up next weekend. I refused to mosey out of bed to exercise this morning so I got 50 minutes extra sleep and have to exercise after I get home. And I'll get home late as I'm having my hair low-lighted and cut this afternoon. Such a busy day and I have no desire to work. :o

01-05-2009, 01:53 PM
thanks for the welcomes!!! sxulcmnky = sexual sea monkey

01-05-2009, 07:03 PM
Hi again everyone - and thank you all deeply for the words of support and encouragement. :)

Taking a leaf from Judy's book - I've also changed my avatar. It's a picture of me climbing up a rock wall thingy. It was part of our practise one day at a parkour jam.

I woke up at 9:13am today. I don't remember the last time i'd woken up so late. I'm a 7:00 am-er.

I'm growing impatient waiting for my new bike to be assembled... but I know the more I wait, the more I'll appreciate it when it does come.
It's boiling here lately and I'm finding myself in a catch 22 situation - I become really thirsty and end up drinking like 5 litres of water a day ( I think that's about 2 gallons, seeing as agallon is like...2.4 litres? ). Then, I have a low-electrolyte situation and sure enough, start craving salty foods. I always forget how cold it is in winter and how hot it is in summer.

Penny - good to hear you're back on track and at curves again.

Marie - I know what you mean about not wanting to get out of bed to exercise. I've been so lazy with exercise these past few days. Plus it's so hot... (excuses, excuses :D) How's your knee feeling lately?

Auntie- you often mention things that you cook, and they make me salivate! Do you enjoy cooking? I like cooking, but I'm not that good (probably 'cause I haven't spent that much time doing it. laziness is the issue *nods*:)). Plus, I like inventing things. Weird food combinations that nobody will eat. Are you a recipe-follower or do you kinda just go with your own thing?

Adios everyone. I'm in my house with the curtains drawn - it's 10:16 am and I'm already sweating like crazy. Joy!

Saludos a todas,

auntie g
01-05-2009, 08:35 PM
Wow, what a busy day in here today! Thought I better check in before I get too far behind. Spaghetti was delicious, and I was completely in my points today. Didn't get out for my real walk, but got done some out of the way cleaning that doesn't get done on a regular basis. Whoopee! And even though I didn't get far today, at least I got the pedometer to work through the whole day!

Sally, hi and welcome! Are you doing Weight Watchers? I'm doing it, but not going to meetings- still using my info when I went a few years ago. Gotta love those LC pizzas! My fave is spinach mushroom. Mmmmm...

Penny, yay for journaling! Keep it up, and good luck with the Curves plan!

Marie, what was the Biggest Loser site you found? I looked, but there were too many to check them all, and the ones I did check were not current. They were just the before and after their shows. I'd like to see what the real deal is. And about the spaghetti week, I've accidentally found a way to make it work better for DH now. (I know I've mentioned before that it's not much of a problem since he goes to bed so early several days a week, but...) He is fine with anything that contains meat. I am not. So, we have a huge bag of meatballs leftover from Christmas, that he can just throw into his bowl and nuke up. So now with this new knowledge, I can make whatever I want, as long as I provide meat for him to include. Sweeet... Now, I just got to thinking about the football schedules since you said yesterday's game was in the afternoon. Well, of course I know we've got this 3 hour time difference, but it somehow never occurred to me that my 1:00 games are at 10 am for you. What's up with that? LOL! How in the world are you supposed to watch football that early? I guess there aren't a lot of football fans at late church services on the west coast.

Mariana, that's an interesting new avatar you've got there. How adventurous! Rock wall climbing has never been on my to-do list, but perhaps I need to expand my horizons! Oh, and I really hate to cook! Well, it's not so much the cooking, as the cleaning up afterward. I don't do a whole lot of recipe following stuff- only occasionally for that. I mostly like to make large vats of pasta-type things, using whatever I feel like using for sauces. Then I can easily divide and freeze, and I don't have to think about cooking on a daily basis. Ick! Hope it cools off for you soon. ¡Buenas tardes!

Have a good Tuesday, all!

01-05-2009, 11:06 PM
Marie - I thought you might like to see my "logging wagon" - cute little logs huh? (wish they were mine!)

Disgruntled - You're in good company - we're all trying hard to get back in the swing of things for the new year.

Mariana - Looks like you'd burn a bunch of calories with rock (or wall) climbing. Our DS drinks lots of Gatorade (a drink with electrolytes) when he plays volleyball and sweats a lot. Maybe you have something similar in OZ.

Auntie G - I just read the story of a gal who won "Biggest Loser" in US Magazine. An amazing story - I hope she manages to keep it off. It seems like some of these contestants take the weight off very quickly, which isn't always a good thing.

I had a good workout at Curves and several of my workout buddies I hadn't seen for a while were there so the time went quickly. I can now 'gently' use some of the arm machines - yay! :workout:

01-05-2009, 11:58 PM
auntie, here are two links. The first is an article and the second is the one I was reading earlier. and

Hi to everyone else and I'll be back tomorrow with personals. Just thought I would peruse while procrastinating a trip to the treadmill. But off I go...

01-06-2009, 02:27 PM
Morning everyone!!!

In about 2 hours I have my very first MRI - ooo la la. I guess we'll see if there's anything fixable in my knee or if old age is just settling in.

Yesterday I pedaled my bike on the fluid trainer for 15 minutes (instead of the treadmill). The knee, moving just straight (as in walking or biking) and no jarring did good. So that was nice to do something different. This morning I did use the treadmill again since I didn't just go back to sleep. Food yesterday was on target and so far today. On Saturday I'd bought Huckleberry Honey at Crater Lake and I had a piece of toast with a little on it this morning. Yummy!

My haircut and lowlighting turned out nice. I'm not sure anyone but me can tell but that's what I was going for. Just cleaning it up.

Penny, the puppies are adorable. I just LOVE puppies. I'm glad you had a good time at Curves.

auntie, you'd better watch out and you'll be a walker exerciser with that need to conquer the pedometer. :D But I'd rather go walking than clean...

sally, I really like the avatar - cookies shouldn't be giving orders.

disgruntled - I hope the swing of things is sticking and like is getting on track. BTW, I met a man from Kansas yesterday (he had a meeting with a co-worker). We talked about living in tornado alley. Tornados terrify me so I moved to a place where they're almost impossible to form.

Well, I just finally called around to find out exactly where the MRI is. Took 4 phone calls but I found it. So now I'm ready. I'm sure glad I called or I would have been an hour late!

01-06-2009, 08:23 PM
Ladies and ladies, I'd like you to meet a dear new friend of mine.

It's a beauty. I've been saving up for it for a while... not a cheap bike but worth it.

Auntie - Getting to eat delicious Spaghetti and staying within your points - does it get any better? :) Even if you didn't get your walk in today - it's great you got some cleaning done. I wonder how many calories per hour a person burns cleaning? I guess it would depend on the type of cleaning.

I hope your MRI went well, Marie. Good to hear that food is on plan! What's huckleberry honey? It sounds cool :)

Penny - we have gatorade here, but I generally try to stay away from it because of all the sugar. I'm drinking a colloidal mineral formula now (yuck) and It's helping. Also - they've just released sugar free gatorade but I don't know how I feel about all the artificial sweeteners.

I rode to work with a friend today (his work, not mine) and I had a good time. I don't remember the last time I went cycling with someone.

Off to lift some weights. Laters!

EDIT: Sorry, I tried 4 times but I can't get the photo any smaller.

01-06-2009, 08:53 PM
Hi Everyone!

My name is Kathy and I would love to join your thread. I just started doing WW again on 12/29/08. I'm not going to the meetings I'm just doing it with the info I have from the last time I went to WW. I have been staying on plan everyday and have gotten into an exercise routine.

My husband and I both get up at 5:00 a.m. to exercise. I use the treadmill, AB Lounger, and lift weights. My body is screaming at me from the exercising. We are going to do it Mon, Tues.,Thurs., & Sat. for now. I really want to lose 104 pounds and get healthy again.

Best of luck to all of you!


auntie g
01-06-2009, 08:54 PM
:shocksn:It's been sleeting and raining since I left work today, so no walking again. Supposed to be icy into tomorrow. :p I guess that's winter for ya. I really feel better eating right, but I am itching to get some real walking in, now that I can't. Hmmmm... I'll probably find another excuse when the weather clears up, though. :lol3: At least I've gotten a little chunk of scrapbooking done. Woohoo!

Penny, aww, such cute puppies - and a nice wagon, to boot! :D I haven't seen the US article you read, but I'm assuming it's about the newest Biggest Loser winner. That girl is adorable, and I really hope she keeps it off, too. Last year's winner seems to be doing great! But I agree, they take it off so fast, I'm not sure that's the best way to go. Congrats on getting back in the groove at Curves!

Marie, thanks for the links! Some of those updates were pretty surprising. Man, I would never want to go on BL! The whole weight battle is so hard, and when the whole world sees you lose it, then gain it back, well... not good. I wouldn't even go back to Weight Watchers because I was so embarrassed that I gained my weight back. :o And yes, the pedometer really does make me want to get walking. I want to "beat my high score" every day! Right now that's pretty easy to do, but by summer I expect to be a well oiled machine. How did your MRI go?

Mariana, congrats on the bike! Ah, I hope to have one some day... You seem to be able to find good ways to make exercise fun! Too bad you live on the other side of the world... I could stand to keep some company like you!

Almost time for Biggest Loser... Have a good night, all!

auntie g
01-06-2009, 08:56 PM
Oops, just saw your post as I posted, Kathy. Welcome aboard! I am also doing WW at home with old materials from the last time. Sounds like you've got a good plan going. Good luck, and keep posting!

01-06-2009, 10:10 PM
Marie - I hope your MRI went well and that you get the answers you need as to what type of therapy, etc. you may need. We love honey too and I like to have it occasionally for breakfast - it's so sweet a little goes a long way. We mail order Lanier's Tupelo honey from Florida. It's from the same honey farm in the movie "Ulee's Gold". It has a unique and delicious flavor.

Mariana - I get exhausted just reading about all your exercise - good on ya! I like your new bike and hope you have lots of fun riding it. I forgot about all the sugar in Gatorade. I can't stand the taste of it myself.

Kathy - :welcome2: Welcome to our thread. I've found lots of support here and look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Auntie - I'm going to have to start watching BL - it seems to be a very popular show. Maybe I can pick up a few good ideas.

I had a bad day calorie wise as I was at a looong luncheon/meeting with lots of scrumptious food and a delicious birthday cake (with cream cheese frosting - my favorite) for dessert :o. It was good to see my friends after missing out on our annual Christmas party due to the snow storm. At least I logged everything when I got home and the day's total came to 2,025. I'll cut back a bit tomorrow to make up for some of the extra cals.

01-07-2009, 01:09 PM
A quick howdy, since I seemed have missed checking in yesterday! Hi, Sally and Kathy! Sally, we are practically neighbors....

I'm doing good with logging everything, including random hard candies, this week. The journaling is good. I want to do it in the evening (when I'm tempted to snack), but if I wait too late I'm sleepy, grumpy and not feeling all that introspective. I'm off to the doctor's shortly. I'm bummed that my weigh-in won't be so good, but it will be a good chance to talk about hormones and diet, and get a bracing pep talk.

I'll try to come back later for personals. Just didn't want you to think that I'd already relapsed!


WVU Jenn
01-07-2009, 02:15 PM
Good lord do I need this thread! I am new to the forum, and I am the secret eater type...out of emotion and boredom to boot! so Ill be coming back, as I have only just begun to get back on track.....*sigh* wish me luck.

01-07-2009, 02:35 PM
WVU Jenn - Welcome! I just joined too and have already found it very helpful. You can do this and we will be here for you.

Since we had an ice storm here last night my kids didn't have school so that meant I needed to stay home from work!!!! I was able to get a lot of extra things done like clean my closet and dresser, laundry, vaccum, etc. It just feels good to be able to get all this done before the weekend. That leaves my weekend for FUN!!!!

I have only been doing WW for 2 weeks and I'm amazed at how good I feel already. Eating right and exercising has already helped me feel good physically and feel better about myself because I'm doing something for me.

I didn't exercise today because I felt like my body need a rest, but I'll be back at it again tomorrow. My husband and I get up at 5 a.m. so we can get it in before we go to work. Our evenings are full with wrestling and basketball that we don't have time to do it then. You know, life is good!

I'll quit blubbering. Hope you have had a great day!


01-07-2009, 03:23 PM
Hi Chickies,
I just had to share this - don't forget to eat your veggies!

01-08-2009, 02:06 AM
OH MY GOD PENNY that photo is soooooo cute!

I love rodents. I have a guinea pig, Nibbles (he's the one in my signature photo). Sososososos cute.

That's totally made my day. Thanks for posting it !! :D:D

01-08-2009, 02:07 AM
Oh - and welcome, Kathy!

Great to have ya here.

auntie g
01-08-2009, 08:25 AM
Happy Thursday! Not much new here, but today is supposed to be a dry day, so hoping to get a walk in. This whole inventory at work thing is not helping me get any exercise, as I'm mostly stuck in one place, rather than my normal walking around the building. Blecch!

Penny, I think this is going to be a good season for you to start watching BL. The contestants seem much nicer than last season, and I'm feeling more inspired already!

Judy, congrats on the logging and journaling! Hope the doc visit went well...

Jenn, welcome aboard, and good luck! "Secret eater" - ahhhh, I feel your pain. I still do it a little bit, but not nearly as much as in the past. Keep posting! We're all in this together.

Kathy, we had the ice, too, but it didn't get me out of work! Where is Milton? I'm in the Philly suburbs. Congrats on getting stuff done on your unexpected day off!

Mariana, hi! Hope all is good!

Marie, where are you? Hope you're doing well!

Off to work, :p. Have a great day everyone!

01-08-2009, 05:30 PM
Hi Everyone!

Today was a good day. I was back to work today and the kids were back to school. Today my boss's wife brought bananna bread in, which I love, but I didn't have any. I ate my fruit and yogart instead.

I have been doing well on exercising, but some how I hurt my right knee. I spoke to the chiropractor about it today and he said to continue to exercise but take it easy. I was glad because if I had to stop it would be hard to get motivated again.

Auntie g - Milton is in Central PA. We are about 3 hours NE of Philly.

I must run. My 7th grader has a baskeall game at 5:30 and my 9th graders has a wrestling match at 6:00. My husband and I'll have to go different directions, but that's the joy of having kids!

Have a great evening.


01-08-2009, 05:39 PM
Weekend is just around the corner!!! For that, I'm thankful. It's hard to get back into the swing of working 5 days a week after so many fun weeks through the holidays.

Food is on track and exercise improved a little this morning as I put my speed and incline on the treadmill back to where I was before the knee went out. I can't do it without holding the sides to take pressure off the knee, but still, it's not bad.

Judy, my office didn't make it too far into 2009 without crank co-workers. I'm getting more vocal about language as when a co-worker swore, I said "potty mouth". I can handle swearing of course, but constantly in a school district is yucky.

Auntie, get out there for that walk and wear out the pedometer. I can't watch BL as their commercials make me gag. I have nothing against fat, as I am fat. But I don't ever show my fat cells rolling around for public display. Anyway, I'm glad it motivates you.

Kathy, it sounds like you're in a great pattern with the WW tracking and exercising. I can't take an exercise day off as I'm terrified of falling out of it. Since I'm obsessed with it, I keep at it. But I don't do toning, muscles, etc every day - actually rarely as my knee has sidelined most of that. Actually, bad excuse as my arms "could" workout. OK, maybe I'll put a little thought in adding arm work a couple times a week. I like aerobic workout best.

Jenn, welcome to the thread. Join in often.

Mariana, I hate rodents. Icky, creepy. Although Penny's pic was cute. Also, my doggies love trips to Petco and I personally found the pet rats cute as well. The mice and other creepies I didn't like.

Penny, now when I go to FL in 5 weeks, I'll have to look for the honey as well. I love the coconut spread you can get at the orange groves. I LOVE that stuff and plan to buy some. i'll have to use sparingly, but it's so wonderful.

Well my meeting is about to start so I'll say bye for now.

01-09-2009, 10:30 AM
good morning ladies! haven't been online much the past few days.

i have done good all week except for yesterday... went to Damon's Sports Bar to watch the Game and ended up eating bad... but i didn't finish my meal (but i had half of the appitizer sampler though) but ya.. i did bad.

so today, tomorrow and sunday = have to stay ON PLAN... NO MORE THAN 25 points/day... and hopefully my splurge won't negatively effect my weigh in on monday.

01-09-2009, 03:30 PM
Ay-yi-yi, what a week! So much to jump back into at work, and some new issues, like that coal ash disaster in Tennessee. Oddly enough, having the Body+Soul Challenge to think about is almost a relief from the fundraising, personnel, and pile of work to deal with...once again proving that when you're busiest is the best time to slow down :idea:.

Welcome, WVU Jenn, and anyone else I might have missed these past few days! It's always nice to build off each others' energy, especially once we get past the "New Year" glow and life begins to get in the way.

Mariana, I'm not a big rodent fan, either. Actually I have a phobia that started with rats when I was wee young thing. I can tolerate guinea pigs and such, but mice and rats send me screaming towards the door. But Nibbles is cute--and a long distance away :D.

Marie, I love love love honey. Sometimes I splurge on Really Raw Honey, which is a brand from nearby Baltimore. But I want to spoon it up like a bear, so it's too tempting to have in the cabinet all the time. Be kind to that gimpy knee! You'll be out for spring power walks with the doggies before you know it.

The doctor's visit was informative. She was kind about my weight going up, and gave me some helpful suggestions. Apparently our bodies are nothing more than big hormonal highways, and right now I've got some traffic jams and stalled vehicles. I need to go to a vascular specialist or something to figure out how to address this weird Reynaud's disease, which is several times worse than it was a year ago. The slightest bit of chill sends the blood from my fingers, it's very painful.

I've been on plan all week, and have been doing cardio workouts most days. I fully expect to post a lost (finally!) on Monday.

Have a great weekend, chickies!

01-09-2009, 03:37 PM
Yeah, the week that dragged on is nearly over!!!! YEAH :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

It is amazing how long the first week back after the holidays is. I think that another day or two of vacation just to ease back into 5 day work weeks was customary.

I took my doggies for a 1.5 mile walk at 5 this morning. The moon is nearly full and so beautiful. I kept getting blinded by my LED light hitting my breath as it froze in the air. So I had to breath through my nose, not my mouth (which is hard if you going full tilt). It was sort of humorous but at least the muddy road were nice and frozen.

I'm low on food this morning and that makes me happy, the munchies are not attacking. I'll get a mid afternoon snack now. Ok, that makes :carrot:come out to play again. :D

monkey, was the game fun or was food the entertainment. May favorite way to watch any sports is with my mouth on full speed. Same with car trips. I always say I eat my way across the country on long trips.

kathy, welcome to the pain in the knee exercise club. My ortho wants my knee to not workout - I do not think so. But exercising is making it not heal but my instinct tells me that it might feel better after a month of not exercising but within a month after starting back up, I'd be limping again. Anyway, if you have to stop, try arm work so you don't have to not exercise all the way.

Judy, horray for the exercise and staying on plan all week. I knew you'd do it. You've come so far and I have put bets on you being slender and healthy!

Hi to everyone else. I should work once again although taknig a nap in the bright sunlight shining in my window would be way preferable. :o

01-09-2009, 05:16 PM
Marie - Thank you for the suggestion about the "pain in the knee". The crazy thing is it doesn't hurt when I'm on the treadmill. Most of my day is spent sitting in a chair at my desk at work, so when I get up it kills my knee. I guess I should start walking around the office every hour to help keep it limber.

I usually walk 20 minutes on the treadmill and then do the Ab Lounger for 5 minutes and lift weights for 5 minutes. My husband and I usually exercise 4 times a week.

I'm so afraid to stop for fear I won't start again. I'll continue to take it easy and see how it feels.

Hope everyone has a great and relaxing weekend.


01-09-2009, 11:21 PM
Hi Chickies,

Just checking in quickly to say I'm on track and worked out 3x this week.

Our DS called us from the ER the other night as he had hurt his ankle badly playing volleyball :(. The tendons and ligaments are torn and he has some small bone splinters but the main ankle bone isn't broken, thank goodness. He's in an air-cast and is using crutches to get around. I feel bad being so far away and not able to do much but send him 'get well vibes'. He doesn't want us to come out and we're grateful he has some good buddies who are getting his pain meds and groceries for him. I guess it could have been a lot worse. Needless to say, I haven't gotten much sleep the last couple of nights!

01-10-2009, 12:17 AM
Hello hello -

Just a quick check in to say

A) due to internet problems I may not be around for a while (not too long:))
B) in the past 2 days I've burnt over 1400 calories cycling. Woohoo!! Carbs, man. That's it. 100gs of carbs 40 mins before a workout and you're on fire.
C) I hope you're all doing well and have a great weekend!!

- Mariana

01-10-2009, 10:47 AM
OK, I love weekend. I can't help it - I just don't like leaving my house and weekends are made for staying home. :D So I'm sitting in front of my toasty wood stove, enjoying the pretty fire, listening to satellite radio (no commercials - well worth the price!) and surfing the net. BTW, Mr. Humungous Moon is bright and gorgeous out. Also, I read that if it's clear tonight at sunset, to look to the east horizon and that the full moon will be the biggest and brightest of 2009. How cool is that. Yes, I really adore Mr. Moon. :o

Penny, send get well vibes to your son. He did some major damage. I've been told enough times by drs. that most times it's better to break the bone than to do the damage to the tendons and ligaments. I really do feel bad for your son.

Mazza, I hope your internet issues resolve quickly as I wouldn't want to lose you. And go chickie on that bike. I'm assuming you're enjoying your new toy. ;)

I admitted to DH that I tried to jog yesterday and he wasn't impressed. Oh well a girl has to try, right???

Food was on track yesterday and today is my 2nd attempt at 1900 cals. I did have 2 french toasts for breakfast instead of one so there's my start.

Hope everyone else is doing wonderfully.

auntie g
01-10-2009, 10:51 AM
Hi all! Just a quickie... Today's WI got rid of 3½ of the 9 lbs I had gained. I'm still not updating my ticker until it's in the right direction. I will get there! We got some snow this morning, and it's a mystery whether we'll get more, or it will turn to rain later. I'm hoping for a nice walk in snow! I'm trying to get more steps in on the pedometer each day, and though I'm still not up to where I should be, it is a little more each day. Yay!

Gotta split, but I hope everyone's doing well, and Penny, I hope your DS heals quickly!

Have a great weekend!

01-10-2009, 12:24 PM
Good Morning Everyone!

It is snowing like crazy here in Central PA. We are suppose to get up to 8 inches. I'm ready to be snowed in for a day. They said the heaviest snow is to be between 5-8:00, but I think they missed it.

Penny - I'm sorry to hear about your sons injury. Hopefully he'll be on the mend soon.

Mazza - Great going on the bike riding. Keep up the good work.

I have exercised 3 days this week and stayed on plan. I'm not getting on the treadmill today or tomorrow because of my knee, but I do plan on lifting weights and doing the Ab Lounger. There will also be plenty of snow to help shovel so that will be exercise.

You all have a great day!


01-10-2009, 02:57 PM
Mariana - I hope your internet problem gets fixed and we hear from you again before too long.

Marie - I think it's a full moon tomorrow. I love the moonglow too - I guess we're fellow maniacs! I'm trying to think positive about our DS's ankle injury. He's doing a lot better and even drove to McDonald's to get breakfast this morning :mcd:.

Auntie G - Congratulations on the 3.5 lbs. loss! :cb: Way to go!

Kathy - Looks like the east coast is getting the arctic blast that kept us snowed in a couple of weeks ago. I hope you stay cozy :shocksn:.

Thanks for everyone's get well wishes for my DS.

I'm logging all my foods and already feel like I've lost weight. I'm making Sundays my "official" weigh in day so I'll let you know tomorrow if I've lost any.

I hope everyone else is doing great. Have a great weekend!

01-11-2009, 11:12 AM
Morning everyone, it's another quiet day at my house as DH has guard weekend. I didn't quite make 1900 cals yesterday - more like 1650 but I did go over the 1500. But today I'll be back to the 1500 cals. The doggies and I took a 2 mile walk yesterday and we'll do it again this morning before the temp goes above freezing. The dirt roads are soft and I don't have to spend the day cleaning if I take them while the roads are frozen.

I worked on my quilt a while yesterday and chatted with my parents. Two weeks ago I learned they'd be vacationing in Florida while DH and I are at Daytona, so we're going to meet down there for a day. They were going to stay at our hotel and the place was going to charge $280/night. We're paying $70/night. But since it's Daytona and the week of the Daytona 500, they can do that. We made our reservations last May. Anyway, I searched orbitz and got them a $99 room. They were quite pleased.

Did any of you watch Oprah last week - her week long special of getting healthy in 2009. I DVR'ed them and watched the Monday and Tuesday shows and they were very good. I even discussed them with DH. The one question "What are you hungry for?" was thought provoking and I still haven't figured it out. Food isn't the right answer - basically what is missing/wrong with your life that you're trying to fix with food. It's a very interesting food. Also, Oprah said that when she was at her lowest she'd thought she'd "won" and was done. Dr. Oz and Bob Greene said that is the reason so many people regain their weight - it's never done. I finally had figured that out this past fall and gave my DH permission to harp on me if I ever stop logging. They also mentioned a WW credo of "Write before you bite". I thought that was cool - but as I log into my mobile phone, I came up with "Log before you hog..." :D

Penny, I hope the weigh-in goes perfectly. Mr. Scale is very evil and seems stuck. I was thinking perhaps new batteries would get it to leave that number. Or a shotgun...:o I love Mr. Moon, my favorite is when he's right on the horizon (rising or setting) and he's big and orange. It's so awesome.

Kathy, you all made national news with your snow. When the report came up I thought of you. Enjoy the shoveling. I always feel so virtuous after moving loads of snow. The exercise is quite good and productive.

Auntie, I will be cheering for your Eagles today. If they win, know that the Vikings (that your team just beat) creamed the Cardinals in December. ;)Enjoy your football game.

Well, I've rambled enough. Chat with you later.

01-11-2009, 11:13 AM
Morning everyone, it's another quiet day at my house as DH has guard weekend. I didn't quite make 1900 cals yesterday - more like 1650 but I did go over the 1500. But today I'll be back to the 1500 cals. The doggies and I took a 2 mile walk yesterday and we'll do it again this morning before the temp goes above freezing. The dirt roads are soft and I don't have to spend the day cleaning if I take them while the roads are frozen.

I worked on my quilt a while yesterday and chatted with my parents. Two weeks ago I learned they'd be vacationing in Florida while DH and I are at Daytona, so we're going to meet down there for a day. They were going to stay at our hotel and the place was going to charge $280/night. We're paying $70/night. But since it's Daytona and the week of the Daytona 500, they can do that. We made our reservations last May. Anyway, I searched orbitz and got them a $99 room. They were quite pleased.

Did any of you watch Oprah last week - her week long special of getting healthy in 2009. I DVR'ed them and watched the Monday and Tuesday shows and they were very good. I even discussed them with DH. The one question "What are you hungry for?" was thought provoking and I still haven't figured it out. Food isn't the right answer - basically what is missing/wrong with your life that you're trying to fix with food. It's a very interesting food. Also, Oprah said that when she was at her lowest she'd thought she'd "won" and was done. Dr. Oz and Bob Greene said that is the reason so many people regain their weight - it's never done. I finally had figured that out this past fall and gave my DH permission to harp on me if I ever stop logging. They also mentioned a WW credo of "Write before you bite". I thought that was cool - but as I log into my mobile phone, I came up with "Log before you hog..." :D

Penny, I hope the weigh-in goes perfectly. Mr. Scale is very evil and seems stuck. I was thinking perhaps new batteries would get it to leave that number. Or a shotgun...:o I love Mr. Moon, my favorite is when he's right on the horizon (rising or setting) and he's big and orange. It's so awesome.

Kathy, you all made national news with your snow. When the report came up I thought of you. Enjoy the shoveling. I always feel so virtuous after moving loads of snow. The exercise is quite good and productive.

Auntie, I will be cheering for your Eagles today. If they win, know that the Vikings (that your team just beat) creamed the Cardinals in December. ;)Enjoy your football game.

Well, I've rambled enough. Chat with you later.

01-11-2009, 11:14 AM
Morning everyone, it's another quiet day at my house as DH has guard weekend. I didn't quite make 1900 cals yesterday - more like 1650 but I did go over the 1500. But today I'll be back to the 1500 cals. The doggies and I took a 2 mile walk yesterday and we'll do it again this morning before the temp goes above freezing. The dirt roads are soft and I don't have to spend the day cleaning if I take them while the roads are frozen.

I worked on my quilt a while yesterday and chatted with my parents. Two weeks ago I learned they'd be vacationing in Florida while DH and I are at Daytona, so we're going to meet down there for a day. They were going to stay at our hotel and the place was going to charge $280/night. We're paying $70/night. But since it's Daytona and the week of the Daytona 500, they can do that. We made our reservations last May. Anyway, I searched orbitz and got them a $99 room. They were quite pleased.

Did any of you watch Oprah last week - her week long special of getting healthy in 2009. I DVR'ed them and watched the Monday and Tuesday shows and they were very good. I even discussed them with DH. The one question "What are you hungry for?" was thought provoking and I still haven't figured it out. Food isn't the right answer - basically what is missing/wrong with your life that you're trying to fix with food. It's a very interesting food. Also, Oprah said that when she was at her lowest she'd thought she'd "won" and was done. Dr. Oz and Bob Greene said that is the reason so many people regain their weight - it's never done. I finally had figured that out this past fall and gave my DH permission to harp on me if I ever stop logging. They also mentioned a WW credo of "Write before you bite". I thought that was cool - but as I log into my mobile phone, I came up with "Log before you hog..." :D

Penny, I hope the weigh-in goes perfectly. Mr. Scale is very evil and seems stuck. I was thinking perhaps new batteries would get it to leave that number. Or a shotgun...:o I love Mr. Moon, my favorite is when he's right on the horizon (rising or setting) and he's big and orange. It's so awesome.

Kathy, you all made national news with your snow. When the report came up I thought of you. Enjoy the shoveling. I always feel so virtuous after moving loads of snow. The exercise is quite good and productive.

Auntie, I will be cheering for your Eagles today. If they win, know that the Vikings (that your team just beat) creamed the Cardinals in December. ;)Enjoy your football game.

Well, I've rambled enough. Chat with you later.

01-11-2009, 01:01 PM
Marie - I'll have to keep Orbitz in mind next time we book a room. That was a great deal. I don't usually watch Oprah but I think it's a very common problem that we think it's over once we've lost the weight. That's when we let our guard down and want to get back to "normal" eating - which is what got us into trouble in the first place. I like your "log before you hog" slogan :ink: :lol:. How about "don't cheat when you eat"? :nono:

Good news is I've lost 3 lbs. since last Sunday! :dance: LOGGING WORKS! :doh:

Have a great Sunday everyone.

01-11-2009, 05:22 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot: Congrats Auntie, your football season continues to Arizona. Way to go Eagles! You and your DH must be having a good time today!

01-11-2009, 07:02 PM
Yeah for the Eagles! That was an exciting game. Now I'm watching the Steelers to see if they will win.

Marie - I don't to often have to shovel snow because my husband and the 3 boys do it. I have shovled once this year, but don't do it if I don't have to. We didn't get as much snow here as they said we were going to get, but that doesn't make me mad. It is pretty though.

Not much going on here today. I continue to have the pain in my knee. I go to the doctor on Thursday for my thyroid checkup so I'm going to ask them to look at it. I'm going to try and get on the treadmill tormorrow morning, but I will take it easy.

You all have a good week.


01-11-2009, 08:30 PM
:carrot:Hello all!:carrot:

I hope you're all doing well. How's winter treating you chickies? Is anybody skiing/snowboarding? I wonder if that'd be a good workout. I'm guessing it would - seeing as you have to use your leg muscles for both. I'm thinking of going to Perisher Blue in the snowy mountains (about 6 hours south-west of sydney, one of the few places in the state where it snows) for july or early september this year.
I like going fast on things like my bike or rollercoasters (sometimes - only small ones, really;)) so I like the thought of the thrill of going fast on something like a snowboard and knowing if it gets too fast and I crash or something, it'll be on snow.... unless it's packed tightly and it's more like falling on ice. In that case, ouch.

Marie - the weekends are made for staying home! Especially after a week of workin' hard. It's nice to chill out and know that the only thing you have to do is hang around at home - even if there's stuff to do around the house. I watched Oprah last week. Somebody made a thread about the five questions Oprah asked - like "What are you really hungry for?". Interesting stuff. Like you, I don't really know the answer to that either. I agree, that type of question can really make you think.

Kathy - is it hard work to shovel snow? Seems like it would be. What a cool way to get a workout in! :D It's good that you've got the guys who can take care of it. Eight inches sounds like a whole whopping lot. Do you really get snowed in to your house - and do your cars get completely covered and everything? The thought of that seems so exiting to me for some reason :lol:. Kinda like if one day one was to wake up and find that the streets had completely flooded in water (not in the bad natural disaster kind of way, if that makes sense) and you could swim to work. Underwater wonderland! (Ok..unrealistic and insane, I know...) I hope all goes well with your knee and your thyroid checkup.

Penny - Great job on the loss! Ankle injuries suck big time :( Best wishes for your DS's recovery. Having time out from a sport you love is no fun at all. A few years ago I cracked my nose playing soccer and I had to take six weeks off. I tells ya, I played competitive Taekwondo for 6 years and the worst injury I go was a bad ankle sprain and leg bruising. In my FIRST YEAR of (supposedly) 'non contact' soccer I broke my nose. Thank god your son didn't break his ankle. I hope he can get back on the court soon and the pain isn't too bad.

Auntie, I hope you had a great weekend. Congrats on already shedding 3lbs! The holiday season is tough. Yesterday I caved into a burger. Man it was worth it. I'd never tried Oporto's chicken, cheese and mayo burger. Good god, a coronary nightmare. How's working going these days? Is it still really busy or have things settled down now that the new-year groove is more stable (if that makes sense:lol:)

I'm taking a day off from cycling today. My glutes are super tired and it's too sunny outside right now anyway. Might head to the gym later for some strength training.

I'm reading Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder right now - anybody else read it? It's brilliantly written (even if it's a translation) and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I got it from a fellow freecycler. Speaking of translated books - have any of you read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon? It's brilliant - I highly recommend it.

01-11-2009, 08:44 PM
I hope you all don't mind me posting here...but I DO need to be held accountable for my actions and posting will keep me from snacking...
This will be exactly my second post since joining last august and I am actually quite proud of myself currently.
I reached a very small goal recently and I just canNOT stop patting myself on the back ;)
I would like to join you guys daily, if you don't mind...
excuse my extreme politeness, but I really hate to intrude...

auntie g
01-11-2009, 09:08 PM
Fly, Eagles, Fly...
Woo hoo! What a game! We are pretty happy with our football status today! Now the weather is another story... We only got about an inch or two of snow, and now everything is covered with a sheet of ice. It's absolutely horrible and unbelievable how many people do not bother clearing their sidewalks around here. My poor puppy can't even get a full walk around the block. She knows she doesn't want to try walking on the ice, so we only get so far and have to turn around and come back. She's so restless in the house, but there's not much we can do until either we get a warm up, or the idiots obey the law. :bomb:

So, I ate a little too much today - had pizza for the game, but I got a good amount of steps in for the icy conditions. Tomorrow I'm using up the last of the Thanksgiving turkey to make a big pot of soup for the week. Hoping to get rid of some more fudge pounds! :o

Kathy, I guess you got a bit more snow than we did. Wouldn't it be nice to get a big paycheck for a job that you never have to get right, like a meteorologist? Hee hee. I was really hoping for more snow. But at least I've got my Eagles win. It would be awesome to have an Eagles/Steelers Super Bowl! Ah, but I'm really glad we've made it this far, no matter what happens next. I hope your knee improves soon!

Penny, a big :woohoo: to you for 3 lbs gone! Keep on logging!

Marie, I don't know how you do it, keeping your calories so low. Only 150 extra for your "big" day! I wonder if a little regulated extra won't give your metabolism a little kick start. I've always done the once a week splurge meal thing, just so that I wouldn't feel deprived, but I've read a few times that there are benefits to having higher and lower calorie days, to keep your body from getting too used to a pattern. But hey, whatever works for you! Thanks for the extra Eagles rooting! It worked! ;) And oh, I wish I'd have paid attention and watched Oprah. I used to watch regularly, but I got away from it over the past year, or so, and only tune in when it seems like something I'm into. Well, I should have watched this week, but I only caught some of the show that Suze Orman was on, and not even all of that. :( Maybe I'll have to see what she has on her website.

Mariana, I've already mentioned above, but winter is NOT treating us well at the moment! But if we do ever get the "big snow" that covers the cars, I will be sure to post a picture for you! I've never been skiing or snowboarding, just sledding as a child, but I don't think I'd like whizzing down a hill out of control. :faint: I guess if you know what you're doing, you wouldn't be out of control, though, huh? Eh, not for me! But there's not enough money in the world to make me go on a rollercoaster, either. I'm pretty much of a scaredy-cat. Work is terrible. It's very slow now, and I'm just doing inventory. :p But I keep reminding myself that at least I have a job, for now, anyway. How's your work going?

Time to do some scrapbooking. Have a great Monday, all!

auntie g
01-11-2009, 10:54 PM
Just testing... I wrote a long post a while ago, and it supposedly went through, but I'm not seeing it. Also got a notification that someone new posted here, but I'm not seeing that either. Is it just me?

auntie g
01-11-2009, 10:55 PM
Ugh! I guess the other post is lost in space!

auntie g
01-11-2009, 10:58 PM
How strange, now the posts are there. Am I losing my mind?

Anyway, welcome and good luck, Mysty!

01-12-2009, 12:01 PM
Mysty - :welcome2: Welcome to our thread! I'm glad you're on track and have reached an interim goal. I'm just getting back on the wagon after losing 40 lbs. then regaining 20! It's the snacking that does me in too. That's why I've started logging ALL my foods again - that's how I lost the weight in the first place. Good luck, and we're looking forward to hearing from you again.

Auntie G - I'm glad your team won again - you must be very excited. It would be great for you if they made it to the Superbowl :crossed:. I hope your weather calms down soon. I'm so glad it's warmed up a bit here. We may even get a few dry days soon!

Mariana - I haven't read the books you mentioned but I'll look for them at the library. At the moment I'm reading the latest in the Odd Thomas series - "Odd Hours" by Dean Koontz. These are spooky thrillers featuring a young guy who sees ghosts. A bit gory but amusing at the same time - very different. I read about 2 books per week and have also recently enjoyed reading Diane Mott Davidson's chef-detective series, including "Tough Cookie". Well, I guess that's my book report! At least when I'm reading I'm not stuffing my face :lol:.

I hope everyone is off to a good start this week.

01-12-2009, 01:03 PM
Uuuugggghhhh!!! It's Monday again. :(

Mysty, welcome to the thread. We're very happy to have you join us!!! Congrats on your mini-goal. Give yourself many pats on the back.

Penny, I've looked at the chef book series. Was it just ok or really good? And did you read the whole series from book 1 to the end.

BTW, I just downloaded the Janet Evanovich in between the numbers Plum Crazy (not sure of the title) and it's so far better than the book from last June (number 14). I love laughing while listening to a book. I guess Penny has a point with saying you can't be eating if you're reading and holding a book. I can, however, eat while listening to a book. Yesterday I was listening to a book (A Good Woman by Danielle Steel - the story was great even though Steel's character/heroine is always perfect and that makes me want to gag). Anyway, I was listening to the book, had the TV on with the Pennsylvania football games on, and was sewing on my quilt. ADHD strikes again. 3 things at once. I just can't sit and read a book. I'd fall over of boredom. :D

Auntie, you're not losing your mind. When I did my post yesterday morning, it went into la-la land then showed up a few hours later. I'd copy and pasted it into Word so I would ahve reposted it. As I hit post the first time, it said that the forum was down for maintenance. BTW, my DH doesn't get that it's good to shovel our walk when there's only an inch so it doesn't turn into ice (we're rural so it only affects us). He's lived in Oregon too long - Oregon DOT believes in not plowing the road and letting nature take its course.

Mazza, you've got to try skiing or snowboarding. I've been skiing since I wa 5 years old and it's the best workout. Expect a lot of tiredness in the legs. Cruising fast might not be in the cards if you never did it before as there is a learning curve. And the snow might be soft, but it's usually packed (hard sometimes icy) and there are trees. Lots of trees. They hurt according to my son. But if you haven't done snow before, it is a magical sight - even though it can be dangerous.

Kathy, my knee is screwed up and the treadmill works for me (although it probably depends on the knee injury itself). Because it has hand rails, it keeps me steady and balanced and when it give out I just take all my weight off it. When I first got back on after the injury, I lowered the incline to nearly flat and the speed to a crawl. Good luck with it.

Mr Scale is as ornery as usual. What a nasty plateau but I'm trying not to let it bother me. I was ni the cal range yesterday, and took the doggies out on their normal 1.5 mile walk. Then DH and looked up the moonrise time for yesterday. We used my headlamp to go up the top of the hill and watch the moonrise. It was big, orange and full. So the doggies got a second 1.5 mile walk. And Mr. Scale still won't budge. Perhaps some day it will go lower (maybe after I'm dead) :o. But at least I'm healthy and that is my goal.


auntie g
01-12-2009, 01:28 PM
Yup, it's Monday, alright. I shouldn't whine since I generally don't work Mondays, but I still have that sinking "work" feeling on Mondays. Ah well, I'm behaving today and the sun is shining, so maybe the sidewalks will improve for walking.

Penny, yes we are in football heaven right now. I just hope it lasts a bit longer! So, you're getting warmer temps out there? We are in the 30s today and tomorrow, but by the end of the week we're supposed to have highs in the teens! Brrrrrrr... Happy reading, and keep on logging! :)

Marie, oh I'm glad it wasn't just me with the odd posting behavior! I was pretty discombobulated, thinking I must have done something wrong. So, it's all good. And I won't hold it against your DH that he doesn't shovel small amounts of snow. :lol: We've just got a bunch of idiots around here. I mean, they only have maybe 15-20 feet of sidewalk to take care of, but they just ignore it, or even worse, they do a 2 foot wide path to get to their car, and don't touch the rest. Grrrrrrr... Well, congrats on getting so much walking in! I still haven't been able to see this giant moon because it's been too cloudy. I hope it's not too late, since it's clear out today.

Time to make soup. Have a great day, everyone!

01-12-2009, 02:08 PM
Marie - I just noticed the new Stephanie Plum book is out. I'm looking forward to reading it when they get it at the library. Thank goodness for our library, or I'd go broke buying books! The chef detective books are great. Goldy (the main character) reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum. I think you'd like Tough Cookie as the story (like all the ones I've read so far in this series) is set in Denver and there's lots of exciting skiing stuff. As usual, I've started reading these in the middle books of the series instead of at the beginning :dizzy:, but I did the same with the Stephanie Plum books and it worked out ok as the writer explains some of the previous background for new readers.

Auntie G - Sounds like a good day for soup where you are. We're supposed to warm up to about 50 deg. later this week. Luckily, we don't have any sidewalks, being out in the country, but it used to bug me when we lived in a house in town and the neighbors never did the courtesy of shoveling their sidewalks.

01-12-2009, 08:07 PM
Hi, chickies! I've been in a fog lately, getting lost in lists and projects, and coming up for air when it seems to be too late to do anything except go to bed :book2:.

Welcome, Mysty! Please jump in with both feet! And congratulations on meeting your goal. I see that you're also in the DC area. Hey, soon we may have enough for a capitol area caucus or something.

I've been doing well and on program, and down 2.5 lbs, to 221. :cool: Today has been hard, though. I'm working late, and essentially had enough food to cover everything but my evening snack. It's partly stress, and partly the perpetual chill in my office. I've got a space heater, an office sweater and a throw, but Marie, I may need to invest in your foot-warmer after all. I will pack up as soon as I'm done with this post. I plan to ride the exercise bike for a while, and finish the night with a smoothie. I rode the bike for 55 minutes yesterday, my first long ride in quite a while.

Auntie, I hate walking when it's slippery, I feel like a hog on ice and am petrified of falling. But thanks for the loony reminder, I'll look on my way home tonight.

I forgot to record Oprah last week :tantrum:. I have been recording the National Challenge on the Discovery Channel. The overweight participants do have to work as teams, but so far without the hateful histronics you get on The Biggest Loser and similar shows.

Greetings, Marie, Mariana, Kathy, Penny, etc. Let's all have a terrific week!


01-12-2009, 08:32 PM
Hi Everyone! It seems like we all have had the Monday blahs. Work went well today. I was very busy so that made it go faster. This week will be a crazy one because our consultant is coming on Thursday and Friday and that means a lot of financial stuff to get ready. One of those days I will be on the consultation for a coupld of hours to helpf with the financial end of things and to make sure we are posting everything right. It is a very stressful time and frustrating.

I've also been frustrated with work. I like the work I do the job is good, I'm just tired of being a secretary. I have done secretarial work for almost 30 years and I'm ready for a change. It may have something to do with the fact that I'll be 46 next month. "Mid-life crisis"!!!!

Auntie g - Yeah for the Eagles. I would love to see a Eagles/Steelers Super Bowl.

Mazza - Shoveling snow is hard work. It kills my back but I do it when I have to. Thankfully I don't have to clean the cars off because we have a garage. When we moved to the house we currently live in we thought we were in heaven because we had a garage and didn't have to be out in the rain, snow, mud, etc., like we did at our old house.

I hope eveyone has a great week.


01-13-2009, 01:27 PM
Judy - Congratulations on he 2.5 lbs. loss! :dancer: :carrot: You're doing great on the e-bike :ebike: - Wow 55 mins.!

Kathy - Sorry to hear you're having job stress too - seems to be a lot of that going around. I was an executive secretary too for about 25 years and then worked in the past 15 years for my DH in his business. I'm still working part time at home and my secretarial experience comes in handy. It's hard to motivate myself to work sometimes as there's always something I'd rather be doing at home.

I hope everyone else is having a good Tuesday.

01-13-2009, 05:13 PM
EEEk! I can't stop eating bread. I'm eating way too much these days. If I stop for a day or two, I getcravings for bread and oatmeal back, even if I hadn't completely cut them out to begin with.

01-13-2009, 07:17 PM
Mariana, I'm totally sympathetic about the carb thing! I can eat whole-grain cereal from now until Sunday and still want more. If I cut way back, I'm fine, but once I bring back the oatmeal, etc., my body sees this as a chance to make up for lost time. I was very careful last week, had two good servings of filling carbs twice a day, and was fine. As soon as I relaxed this week, the carb monster emerged last night and really, really needed waffles :eek: This afternoon I had microwave poporn. Sheesh! I hope you can tame the monster--and then let me know how you did it!

Penny, I hope you're feeling good today. Is it easier now to work on the keyboard? I was surprised that I last so long on the bike. The fitness room in my building isn't as big and fancy as at my other place, but it's pleasant enough, and if I'm not the only person there, at the most there have been two other people. So it's quiet, no waiting and no distractions.

Kathy, I despise shoveling snow! Not having to think about chores like that is one of the benefits of renting an apartment--shoveling is somebody else's responsibility :D.

Except for the popcorn, I've been on program today. I had do come to work early, so no time for a work out. I'll work out tonight.


01-13-2009, 07:26 PM
Hello to all, and thanks for welcoming me!! I now have to get to know you so that I can reply to each of you as I see that you guys are used to doing already.
Congrats on all the losses and I'm sorry to hear of the job stresses...that always sucks...

I'm feeling kind of "out of line" today because I had french fries and butterfinger bites at lunch...I know that I have not ruined my diet, but I cant help but to feel that way. I dont even think I really wanted the fries, I was just joining in with the regular lunch crowd...its going to be an interesting shift from what I normally write in my food diary, thats for sure!


I will be back on track tomorrow!! ;)

01-13-2009, 10:15 PM
mstyblue - We all have those days we feel out of whack with our "life change" journey. The thing is to make the change the next day. You can do this, just take it one step at a time.

Work was okay today. I've talked to so many people that are having the same feelings about work that I am. Please don't miss understand, I am very thankful that I have a job. There are just some days that are worse than others. One this week is over and the consultant is gone things will calm down.

I felt stressed today and so I ate a couple bites of a brownie. The good thing is I didn't eat the entire pan!! Other than that I stayed on plan.

I did exercise today. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill and my knee seems to feel better with the exercise. We plan on exercising again tomorrow.

Have a good night!


auntie g
01-13-2009, 11:08 PM
One more day closer to the weekend! :lol: Today was our mild temp day before we sink into the freezer, so I got out for a good walk. I've actually made it out 4 whole days in a row now - yippee! I'm perfectly OP this week with my turkey soup dinners. Oh, it's so easy when you don't have to think about it! Still doing inventory at work- I really can't wait until that's done, but then it'll just be something else annoying, so I should just suck it up. Has anyone made brownies with beans? My sister was asking about it, and I never did try it. Seems a little icky to me. I always just use pumpkin, and I like them just fine.

Penny, you country girls are lucky you don't have to deal with these idiots who don't take care of their sidewalks! (And I'm quite sure there are a lot of other bonuses, too!) We've got this one guy who lives on a corner, so he's got more sidewalk than most, and he NEVER shovels, salts, or mows his grass. Grrrrrr... We don't know his real name, so we made one up for him. It's funny that when I mention it to someone who I haven't previously discussed him with, they always know exactly who I'm talking about! :devil:

Judy, congrats on the -2.5 lbs! Woo hoo!!! Oooh, I just remembered when reading your post that I bought those spikey rubber things that slip over your shoes for walking on ice! I got them on clearance at the end of the season last year, and completely forgot about them. I'm going to have to dig them out and give 'em a try. And one more week til inauguration! Can you stand it? :D

Kathy, a couple bites of brownie? That's nothing to worry about! You're doing great! If I didn't make my "fake" brownies (and freeze individually to have one each day), I don't think I could make it. A girl's gotta have her chocolate! So, are you thinking about a career change with your mid-life crisis? I know I am, thinking about it, anyway. I just still can't figure out what I want to be when I grow up! :rofl: (I'll be 44 this year.)

Mariana, I hope you get your bread cravings under control! I couldn't live without my bran every morning. Mmmmm, carbs... But you are doing so much exercise, your body probably needs that bread!

Mysty, sometimes the fries just get the better of us! Just drink a lot of water to flush them out, and forget about them. That really is the key to the whole thing- not letting one slip up turn into the end of the healthier eating. We can't be perfect ALL the time, and that's OK! Good luck tomorrow! :)

Have a happy hump day, everyone!

01-14-2009, 01:01 AM
Happy evening everyone!!!

I'm going to do personals and ignore my life. :D BTW, things are going great, just have personals on my mind.

Mysty, french fries... I learned how to handle going out with anyone fast food and having fries without problem. I realized at some point in the last two years that I ate them without thinking after the first few. The first ones were divine and so excellent, then I really didn't taste them anymore. I paid attention where that point was and realized it was 6 fries. I loved the first 6 then I didn't taste them after that. So now when I go out, I don't order any. Everyone that knows me, knows to give me six fries. They think I'm insane but it works so perfectly. And Auntie is so right that having a slip-up can't be the winner of the war.

Kathy, it's always right to be thankful for one's job, but when you know in your heart that you're capable of more, it's hard to sit back and just not do anything. Keeping your eye out for new prospects is a good thing to do. Brownies - oh yum... I have the sweetest of taste buds.

Auntie, brownies with beans. OH YUCK!!!! Even my sweet tooth would revolt at that combo. Pumpkin is a good sub although I can see beans would add protein. Not worth it. And pull the trax out. I bought a pair last year, lost one and bought another pair this week. They are the best invention for ice walking, especially with doggies that pull. If there's a chance of slippery, I put them on my boots.

Judy, :carrot::carrot::carrot: bye-bye 2.5 pounds!!!! I bought the heated footrest at a place called and you couldn't take that thing from me. I even bought another new pair of Birkenstocks just for the heated footrest. I got clogs (my first pair ever) that I can slip out and put my feet directly on the heat Man oh man, I did that today because my feet were cold. Toasty warm after 15 minutes.

Penny, ok you sold me - I'll look at the chef detectives. I research the series books and get the list in order so I can enjoy the whole thing. So I'll probably start at the beginning. I'm enjoying the new Plum book but haven't listened as much as usual as I'm into Sirius radio at the moment.

Mazza, put down the bread. Carefully pull your hands away from the bread and put your hands up in the air (then dance around). I hope you've watched a cop show once or twice. :D

Well, it's nearly bedtime. DS2 and DH are fighting with my new couch to get it in the guest room and it won't fit. Barely fits down the hall more or less in the doorway. Since DH is the one that said we should get a hide-a-bed for the guest room, I will not feel guilty. :o

01-14-2009, 09:45 PM
Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note tonight. I just go home from choir practice and don't have a lot of time. Hope you all are doing well. I'll talk more tomorrow.

Thanks for the words of encouragement!


01-15-2009, 12:23 PM
Mariana - I must admit I'm a carb junkie :devil:. If I have one meal heavy in carbs I crave them for days. Good thing you do so much exercise, at least you burn a lot of carbs doing that. I, on the other hand, hate exercise and really have to push myself to go to Curves a couple of times a week.

Judy - My shoulder is a lot better, thanks. It still acts up when I overdo it, but at least I can type again and put my bra on.

Mysty - It's so hard to stay on plan when eating out with friends. I like Marie's idea of limiting fries to 6 only and swiping them from somebody else's plate! That takes a lot of willpower though.

Kathy - I hope doing the treadmill helped relieve some of your stress. It's hard to limit brownies to a couple of bites - good for you!

Auntie G - I have never heard of making brownies with beans. However, I love adzuki bean ice cream or popsicles, which are available in oriental markets. Japanese people love sweetened adzuki beans and eat them almost every day in some form. They also make little sesame seed dumplings with adzuki paste inside, yum. So I can see how you could use beans in brownies.

Marie - I hope your guys managed to wrestle the couch into your guest room. I used your tip and had 6 of the fries that came with my fish yesterday. My DH was happy to eat the rest. Normally I get a soup, etc. instead of fries, but I wanted to see if I could eat only 6 and it worked! It was probably less calories than a soup.

It's really foggy here today. I'm hoping it warms up as I'm really itching to get outside and do some clean up in my garden.

01-15-2009, 07:07 PM
First off - I want to say thanks to all of you ladies for supporting me with my carb situation. (Marie, I did dance... it made me feel groovy :D)

There's a devastating bushfire situation going on here. I was going to go bushwalking with some mates on saturday, but the area where we had planned to go is now in flames.

Marie - I praise your willpower - being able to stop at 6 fries!! Oh man. On a difficult day, that would be an accomplishment. From all the things I've read in this thread over the past (weeks, months), it really seems like you have such a positive attitude in relation to how you approach your dieting habits.

Penny - do you have a big garden? Gardening on a sunny day sounds like a gorgeous idea. I know what yo mean about having one heavy carb meal and then craving carbs for days. Sometimes fruit is even a huge trigger for me - does that happen to you too? Especially mangoes, since they are SO SUGARY (but soooo good). I'm really into mango sorbet packs right now (140kcals) - they are like little tubs with natural mango juice in them that you can freeze.

Auntie, brownie with beans? Whoa - never heard of that combo. If you ever do try it, let me know how you go! I hope inventory is over soon. 4 days in a row! good on ya :) Especially with the cold weather. I find it so hard to stay motivated to exercise during the winter sometimes. Great job with being on plan this week! Turkey soup ..yum.

Kathy - I hope everything's going well :)

I'm still in a bit of a diet rut (my 'forgiving' pants are tight... ugh). But I keep reminding myself that I've lost it before and I can lose it again. It's not completely out of control, fortunately - I'm focusing on my commitment to achieving my goals. Sometimes if I have a shocking day off-plan, I remind myself that maybe it was the best I could do that day, and not beat myself up about it.


01-15-2009, 10:18 PM
Hi, chickies! I'm getting ready for the inaugural craziness :D. Now I'm going to two events, so I stopped by Filene's this evening and bought a little black dress (if you can call size 18 "little") to wear Saturday night, and I'll save my green one for Monday. Getting my hair done and Friday, and frantically getting my apartment ready for overnight guests. I've been sloppy but not too bad with my eating, but I haven't worked out much this week. I've been working late and feeling a little "off," kind of low energy. I'll focus on logging my food and not pigging out, and things will pick up.

I'm going to bed soon, which is really early for me, but I think it will help me perk up. I hope everyone had a wonderful Friday!


01-15-2009, 10:28 PM
Hi everyone! We have had meetings at work the last 2 days and will have one again tomorrow. Along with meetings comes the food for lunch which consisted of chicken cheese steaks and pizza. Yesterday I had 1/2 of cheese steak and ate carrots instead of chips. Today I had one peice of cheese pizza and again ate carrots instead of chips. I counted my points the best I could and hopefully I counted enough. I'm not going to worry about it. I'll do better the rest of the week.

I have been exercising again. Each day my knee feels better. I had my routine thyroid checkup and got a good report. Since my thyroid levels stayed the same the last 2 checkups she has scheduled me for a 6 months checkup instead of 3 months. My cholesterol stayed the same which is in a good range and my trigycerides dropped from 186 to 126. The doctor was really excited about that. That tells me that I'm on the right track and doing well.:carrot:

Mazza - You just keep moving on with your "life change" with food. You are doing well and will get back down to where you were. Don't let the small set backs derail you.

Penpal - Have you been able to get in your garden yet? I wish it was warm enough just to get outside and take a walk. It hasn't gotten out of the teens the last couple of days. I think by the weekend we're to get up in the 20s which will seem lik a heat wave here in PA.

Marie - You are my hero to eat only 6 fries. The only thing that slows me down with fries is if they are to salty. I will take your advice and try that the next time I'm craving fries.

My DH is waiting for the laptop so I better run.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend


auntie g
01-15-2009, 11:28 PM
Good evening... I'm in blue for the cold tonight. Brrrrr... It's much too cold to walk outside more than necessary now, but luckily, inventory is almost done, so I've been getting more steps in at work for the past couple days. Still on soup, so I'm behaving. I actually was drooling for the spaghetti I thought I was having tonight, only to find out I took the wrong bowl out of the freezer this morning. :p I mean, the soup is good, but my heart was set on spaghetti... Oh well. So, does anyone eat Vita Tops? Oh man, I only recently bought them, and now I need to have one every day. Mmmmmm...

Marie, I can't stop thinking about your french fry thing. I'm not sure I could do it, but the next time the occasion arises, I'm gonna give it a try. It's been a long time since I've had any fries. Hmmm, maybe I'll make some sweet potato fries this weekend. I hope you got your couch in! Oh, I remember the pain when we got ours and it didn't fit through the front door. So much cursing... Eventually I figured out a do-able angle that the two men could not seem to grasp, but it's in and it's staying forever!

Penny, adzuki bean ice cream sounds interesting. I'm sure it's not as "beany" as putting a can of black beans in brownies, blecch! We have a nice Asian market nearby, but I've only been there once. I was intimidated by not being able to read any of the signs. It was kind of fun, like I was on vacation out of the country, but I really didn't know what I was doing. Seriously, nothing was in English. Maybe I'll try it again some day.

Mariana, wow, sorry to hear about the fires! I do, however, love that term "bushwalking". I think I'll start using it! And yeah, your pants will loosen up again. I know how you feel, for sure, but you are so active, sometimes you probably just need to relax and carb up. You'll be back on track before you know it!

Judy, woo hoo! Yes, I'd say a size 18 can be a little black dress! My highest was a 26, so I figure anything under 20 is downright svelte! Have a great time at the inauguration parties, and don't worry too much about the diet. You will soon be reenergized!

Kathy, holy cow, they give you cheesesteaks and pizza for lunch meetings? That's just cruel! Congrats on going with the carrots, though, and glad you had a good doc visit!

Time for bed. Have a great Friday, all!

01-16-2009, 12:17 AM
Oh my gosh!!! Friday is really almost here!!! For some (mazza) it's already here. And it's a 3 day weekend. I'm pleased beyond belief.

Auntie, I would never thought 6 fries would do it, but I kid you not, my taste buds really don't get the whoosh of pleasure after that and now that I noticed it, it made pushing them away easier. Now, if I could find the point with other foods I'd be so happy. I haven't tried HungryGirl's Vitatops as I don't want to have to order my foods. They sound wonderful though. My fave recommendation from there is Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. My mochas have only 105 cals so I can enjoy them daily. They were 160 or so with skim milk.

Penny, I'm so glad I'm not nuts about the 6 fries. My co-workers and hubby think I'm nuts. But next time, have your hubby order them and steal his. It's so much more rewarding to take from others.

The couch - oh what a mess. :o No it didn't fit in the room. Currently the hide-a-bed is in garage and DH's Durango is in the driveway. :D But there's a plan in place for the weekend. Long and convoluted but basically DH is going to put in an exterior door in the side of the house for the guest room. I asked for one last week before the couch fiasco. Once he's cut the BIG whole, we'll move the couch in and then he'll do the home improvement of adding a door out to the doggie kennel. Since he's the one that wants bad boy Kody and naughty girl Kai out there while I'm at work, then he needs to provide easy access. To be honest, once he picked his jaw off the ground in astonishment, he liked the idea so we will get summer breezes though the side of the house that there's no windows or door. So that's this weekend's project. He hit home depot for the wood as we already had the door.

Kathy, :carrot::carrot::carrot: on the cholestrol drop. That is FANTASTIC. Give yourself many pats on the back.

Mazza, sorry about your bushwalking plans were burned. Penny and I live in a state that is routinely on fire. Penny's area much less than mine. I was actually turned down for changing home owners insurance because of the fire danger and we're rural. Last summer, major fires burned for two months about 70 miles south of my place and made my asthma really angry. And get on that new toy (bike) and show the pants who's boss. Since you're an exercise fanatic, I know you can do it even when the carb monster is lurking.

Judy, I bet the city is just electric with the inauguration. I so wish I was there. I'd even dance in the streets. I can take my magnetic bumper stickers off on Wednesday!!!! One is just a Peace/Obama but the other really conveys my thoughts. It says: 01/20/2008 - The End of an Error - I truly love that one. Enjoy the 18 as it's smaller than in the past and go party for me.

Well, time for a little TV before bed.

01-16-2009, 02:04 PM
Mariana - Yes, I do have a big garden. We're on 3 acres with woods down by the river and my DH has 2 acres of grass to mow - so he's enjoying a break from that with the winter season. I have several large flower beds to take care of and that gives me lots of exercise in the warmer months. I remember the terrible bush fires in the Blue Mountains when we lived in Sydney. We were also close to bad fires in California. So far (thank goodness) we haven't had any bad fires near us here in Oregon, which is good because we're surrounded by trees.
I love mangoes too and they are so good for you. We have a store here called Trader Joe's that has excellent ice lollypops made from mango pulp (all natural) that are only 80 calories each.

Judy - You must be so excited with your celebration events coming up. I heard that all hotels are booked out in DC - you could probably rent your couch for a fortune!

Kathy - I'm glad your tests results were good. I'm also on thyroid meds and my results just came back good too. My cholesterol is also down quite a bit - which is a relief as I didn't want to go on meds. That was a good choice having carrots instead of fries. It's little changes like that which make a big difference in the long run. I hope the weather warms up for you soon. It's still foggy and cold here but it's supposed to be nicer on the weekend.

Auntie G - I know what you mean about being disappointed when you take the wrong thing out of the freezer. It's hard to tell sometimes when it's frozen. I've been eating the Dreamfields pasta which is supposed to have less carbs. It tastes the same as regular pasta. Actually, pasta isn't all that bad so long as you don't have a huge portion with creamy sauce and it's very filling. You're so right about dress sizes all being relative. You hear some people who are size 10 complaining they were a size 6 and now they feel fat. I used to be a 22 and now 16-18 and would love to be down at 14 again which I was a year ago. I know I'll never be in the single-digits - but that's ok so long as I go down and not up.

Marie - I'm so excited that you and your DH will be in town on Monday. My DH and I are looking forward to getting together with you again. In a way, it's good that the couch didn't fit - this way you are getting a handy door instead. As you said, it will be nice for a cross breeze in summer. Your DH is a real handyman. My DH is good with anything electrical or computer related and he can do just about any plumbing job, but flooring, woodwork, painting etc. are not his forte. We recently had a new back door installed and it cost a small fortune. I didn't realize Almond Breeze had much less cals than nonfat milk. I'll have to try it in my lattes.

Have a great weekend everyone!

01-16-2009, 03:17 PM
It's Friday and I am so thankful. OK, I'm very thankful I have a good job but I really love weekends. :DAs Penny mentioned, it has been cold and foggy all week (frozen fog on the roads that you can't see that it's icy). But today I'm sitting in the sun, enjoying blue sky.

As Penny also mentioned, we are meeting in Portland on Monday. We met about 2 years ago and the couple other times my hubby and I were up there, she had medical emergencies. So this is so cool as that mean Penny is healthy!!! BTW, both Penny and her husband have the coolest accents. I can listen to them all day.

My DH is very handy. He wouldn't let a repair person into our house. If he can't fix it, then it's not fixable. :D And so far in 25 years, he's resolved everything. Knock on wood.

Food is good so far but the munchie monster is starting to knock. I set a walking time at lunch with a co-worker since I didn't bother moseying out of bed in a timely fashion this morning. But it's Friday and the sun is shining.

01-17-2009, 04:25 AM
It was a gorgeous day today! Kinda overcast and chilly in the morning, but now it's sunny and not too hot. I worked all day but it was cool - my boss is only 3 years older than me and she's easygoing, so we can work and chat at the same time.

Forgiving pants aren't tight any more:) One small step. But really, it made my morning when I put them on and found that they slipped on with ease.

Marie and Penny - It's so cool you girls are meeting up! I hope you have fun! :D I've been reading up a little on Oregon - and Klamath Falls sounds like a nice city. (Bigger than I thought - 19 thou pop.) Are either of you close to the Applegate trail?

Happy weekend, ladies!:dancer:

auntie g
01-17-2009, 10:07 AM
Happy Saturday! I'm down another 2½ today, which leaves me still 3 above ticker, but I'm getting there. We're supposed to get into double digit temperatures today, so I'm hoping to get out for a good walk. Otherwise today is puppy food cooking day- oh, the exciting life I lead! :D Ah, but I did have good news yesterday. We finally got the repairs done on DH's truck, that I complained about a couple months ago. The original guy wanted to charge $700, then my regular mechanic estimated $450. Well, when all was said and done, it only cost $325, so I have been doing the happy dance! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Marie, I found the Vita Tops in the grocery store- I would not have mail ordered them either. They are a little pricey for every day use, so I'm going to have to wean myself off, and just save them for an occasional treat. (They were on sale the day I found them, so I bought several boxes.) Hope the new door project goes well!

Penny, mmmm, I love pasta. DH won't go for straight whole wheat, so I usually mix together a box of whole wheat with a box of whatever "whole grain white-type" is on sale. I don't think I've tried the Dreamfields. Then I just make sauce out of only veggies, nothing creamy. So it is very filling, but not a lot of cals. Couldn't stand to be without it. I'm going to Trader Joe's for the first time today! I'll have to look for those mango pops. I do have trouble getting many fruits in, but maybe I could do it that way.

Mariana, glad you had a good day and looser pants! :D Have a great Sunday!

Penny and Marie, have a fun visit!

01-17-2009, 01:02 PM
Happy Saturday Everyone,

Here I am, sitting on my couch, looking down the hallway. I can see DH has the sheet rock cut in the guest room and has pulled the insulation out. We carried in the door a little bit ago, so the project is underway. DH agrees that we'll build a little deck off the door in the summer because Kodiak would be happy in the kennel all day if he could be on a deck.

I was on track food yesterday and today is my attempt at 1900 cals again. DH pulled our packaged 4 oz steaks from the freezer so I'm going to grill those and make sweet potatoes. Yum!! I'm trying a new ice cream recipe that uses no heavy cream, just half-half, whole milk skim mile (1 c. of each) and 66% less sugar. I'll let you all know how it is.

Auntie, have fun making the doggie's chow. I love my babies but I could not handle doing that. Besides, they love their food but I am in awe that you make it. So I tried a new hungry girl recommended item. I bought a package of Laughing Cow original. I took one wedge, sliced it onto my burger last night and it made the burger so rich and yummy. So my 320 cal burger went up to 355 but man oh man, it was TREMENDOUS. I'm going to have more today. So I can highly recommend the stuff.

Mazza, way to go on the pants not being snug still. You got on track so quickly. The weather sounds delightful there. It's cold again this morning but the doggies and I are going to go walking in a bit (before the magic 32 degrees when the dirt roads soften). Kody isn't feeling well but I bet he'll prance about the entire time, then crash when we get home.

Have any of you ever een to Thailand/Bangkok? If so, what's it like???

auntie g
01-17-2009, 06:43 PM
Marie, yay for the couch and underway project! You guys don't mess around! We'd still be thinking about it for another 6 months, at least.

I'm on a quick break from cooking. Blecch! Too much in one day for me. Puppy's stuff is still in progress, and I made corn chowder for today and tomorrow. Now I have to brown up a little ground beef to make chili. I'm using mostly fake meat, but if I put in a little real stuff, DH doesn't complain.

Oh, the Laughing Cow cheese! That stuff is awesome!!! I use it on my fake burgers all the time, and it really makes such a difference. I've also made mac and cheese with it - mmmmm... And I've bought it in little cubes, too, that are only 7 calories each. You can just pop one in your mouth any time you need that sensation. What an invention!

I've never been anywhere as exotic as Thailand. Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, and both coasts of Mexico are it for me. Are you thinking of doing some traveling?

Hope Kody's feeling better. Back to the kitchen... Have a good one!

01-17-2009, 07:55 PM
Hi Everyone!

It sounds like everyone has had the frigid temps. It was -6 this morning in central PA and only got up to 16. I wasn't outside anymore than necessary.

Today after I got groceries I decided to try to get some of my meals ready for the week. Hopefully that will help to relieve the pressure of having to cook after getting home from work.

I'm glad this week is done. All of our meetings are over and no more pizza or cheese steaks. I stayed on plan today and feel much better because of it.

Hope you all have a great evening.

01-18-2009, 03:40 PM
Happy Sunday everyone!

Auntie and Kathy, my fingers are crossed for an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl. That would be really cool. So I'll start cheering in about 1/2 hour.

Auntie, how do you make mac and cheese with the laughing cow and is it satisfying?

Kathy, stay warm and congrats on feeling better. I won't tell you how warm we've been the last week. No deep freeze here. Even the fog has been gone for the past 3 days. I'm hoping it stays away as DH and heading to Portland with a great lunch planned with Penny and her husband.

I didn't make 1900 cals again yesterday. Heck I didn't make 1500. Oops. But today will be 1900 cal day as it's football Sunday. I've already made sourdough crust for pizza so I should be able to try the splurge day out better. And I had a waffle for breakfast. I usually don't make those as they have butter in them. I do admit I cut the recipe from 8T down to 2T and to be honest, I couldn't tell. So why put the extra fat in it???

I think it's time to bring the doggies out for a walk. Don't worry, auntie, I will set the DVR to get the game and I'll start in about an hour (missing commercials is my favorite reason to DVR).

Oh, the guest room project has turned out perfectly. The door is great and the doggies bounce out of it into their kennel. It's pretty much all cleaned up except a few more of DH's tools. We cleaned out the closet that was stuffed with DS2's garbage. Literally there were 2 bags of garbage. Anyway, we did store some of his stuff, but DH is at the dump right now getting rid of it and lots of other piled up stuff. We snowballed this morning and cleaned out the garage as well since he had no choice but to make a dump run with DS2's nonsense. So now even the garage is organized. :D BTW, the hide-a-bed couch looks beautiful in there and DH set up the weigh unit. It's really an exercise room that will house guests.


PS auntie - green font for Eagles cheering!!!

01-18-2009, 07:18 PM
Food is on plan so far. I haven't lost any more, but haven't gained either, so that's good.

Marie - It sounds like your new door worked out great, plus you've got an early start on spring cleaning by clearing out all the unwanted stuff. I wish my DH would clean up our garage, "cluttered" doesn't even begin to describe it! We're looking forward to seeing you and your DH tomorrow for lunch :). I can't believe it's been 2 years since we met.

Mariana - I'm glad your pants are fitting looser - that's always a good sign. I think the Applegate trail is closer to Marie, but we're right near the Oregon Trail and there's an interesting interpretive museum nearby in Oregon City
Boy, those early pioneers had a tough life!

Auntie G - Yay for the 2.5 lbs. loss! :broc: :carrot: Thanks for reminding me about Laughing Cow cheese, that stuff is great - so creamy yet not many calories. I've never seen the little cubes, I'll have to look out for them and I'll also try making some mac n cheese with it using the Dreamfields pasta.

Kathy - I hope it's warming up a bit in your neck of the woods. Good idea to make some meals ahead - it's always nice to be able to just reach into the freezer for something yummy and home made.

I hope you football fans enjoy the game today and that your team wins! :cheer:

01-18-2009, 11:18 PM
Hi, chickies! It's been a wild few days. I spent Friday getting my hair done, running errands in the desperate cold, and doing last-minute things to prepare for overnight guests (a rarity for me). Saturday I went to one of the inaugural ball, where I volunteered at the door for a few hours before plunging into the crowd. It was neat to see the folks decked out in their black-tie best, and a few celebrities. I didn't brave the cold today to go out to the concert on the Mall, but I wished I was there! I bought fancy fingerless gloves/mittens that supposedly will help my hands stay warm, so maybe I will go the the inaugural on Tuesday.

Sounds like everyone is doing well, except for those whose football teams lost....

auntie g
01-19-2009, 10:09 AM
Oh what a sad day for the Eagles. :( It was fun while it lasted, but man, did I do some calorifical damage yesterday for the game! Maybe I knew deep down that I wouldn't be eating for a Superbowl party - lol. In any case, yesterday's over and today is another new start. It's supposed to be all the way up into the 30s today, so I'm going out for a good long walk. Cooking for the week is done and it should be a good OP week!

Kathy, hope you're having good OP days, and GO Steelers!

Marie, I'm pretty sure I got the idea about the Laughing Cow mac & cheese from Hungry Girl. I never made a whole batch, just single servings (cause DH wouldn't eat mac & cheese if you paid him- silly boy), but it was absolutely satisfying! I just let a few wedges sit out to warm up a little while and then smooshed them into some hot noodles. Nothing fancy, but they sure do have the right creamy texture. Mmmmmm, now I want to make some today. That might be lunch! Congrats on the new house addition and clean-out! That's got to be inspiring! And thanks for the green, but alas, there's only so much we can do without some help from the team... :rolleyes:

Penny, congrats on breaking even- yep, it's better than gaining! Hope you girls have a nice lunch today!

Judy, look at you, rubbing shoulders with celebrities now! Have fun with your guests, and get out there tomorrow! The inaugural excitement is what's going to help us recover from the football devastation. A new beginning is upon us...

01-19-2009, 05:03 PM
Wheeeeew early morning today. 6am boot camp. It was fun.
I feel like going back to bed now even though it's 8am.

Not much to say right now.

Hope you all had a pleasant start to the week!

01-19-2009, 10:16 PM
Hi Everyone!

Autie G - I too am sad about the Eagles losing, but happy that the Steelers won. That will make watching the Super Bowl more fun.

It has finally warmed up here. It was in the high 20s which felt like a heat wave compared to the temps we have been having. Since I didn't work a full day today, I took advantage of the beautiful sunshine and warmer weather to take a 2 mile walk. He felt goog to get outside and get some exercise. My legs are screaming at me, but it's "good pain".

Today I took my Doberman to the groomers for the first time. She did a good job on him, but she cut his toe nails to short and he bled all over my car. I did have a blanket on the backseat, but it went through and got on the seat. I also had it on the carpet in the hosue. What a mess. He tends to be a nervous dog so this adventure wore him out. He has slept almost all day and has been very quiet. By tomorrow he'll be back to himself.

I need to get going. I want to get to bed early so the DH and I can get up early to exercise. Have a great Tuesday!


01-20-2009, 12:17 AM
Hi all, just a quick check in to say hello. It's getting late and DH and I traveled near 600 miles today. The best part was lunch with Penny and her DH. We had a great visit. BTW, she'd gotten her hair styled shorter and I didn't recognize her at first. :o Anyway, it was really wonderful. You all in Pennsylvania should try to meet up some time. It's really nice.

Well, I missed the 1900 cals yesterday and had 1640 - then today I had about 1750. Add the two days of over 1500 cals and they equal one day at 1900. Man, I do like numbers. I'd actually thought I'd made it in the cal range today but realized that Id stopped for a skinny decaf mocha at Starbucks and had to add 300 cals to the count. :( Oh well, it sure was good. :D

auntie g
01-20-2009, 08:27 AM
Happy Tuesday! Well, I'd be happier if I didn't have to go to work today, but that's not working out. I was wishing for snow all weekend, and lo and behold, it snowed like crazy yesterday afternoon. I'd say we got about 5-6" that they weren't even calling for, but it ended in time to get the roads plowed last night. Bummer. I guess I'll try to watch the inauguration stuff on the computer at work, if I can get away with it.

I am not doing very well at all with my walking schedule, but I am on track food-wise, so that's something, anyway. And I did get some shoveling in last night - woo hoo! I had chili yesterday for the first time in years, and was surprised at how good it was! And a little goes a long way with those heavy beans. Today I finally get my spaghetti that I meant to take out of the freezer last week :hungry::drool:.

Mariana, boot camp, huh?! Go get 'em, girl!

Kathy, isn't it funny how the 20s really do feel warmer after such a deep freeze? I didn't even wear my longjohns over the weekend! :rofl: I hope your doggie's happier today, now that the big bad grooming episode is over.

Marie, glad you had a good trip! And spreading your extra calories over a couple days is probably a good way to do that, anyway. It just may make a difference with Mr Scale - shaking things up a bit.

Oops, I have to thaw the car and get on the road. I seem to have trouble getting off the computer in time in the morning these days...

Have a great day, all!

01-20-2009, 12:34 PM
It was great getting together for lunch with Marie and her DH yesterday. We had a good long chat. I hope we can get together again the next time they are up in our neck of the woods (or if we're down in the K-Falls area).

Judy - I hope you're having fun with all the festivities in DC.

Auntie G - I hope you enjoy your long-awaited spaghetti :drool:.

Marie - It was so good to see you both again. I hope you've recovered from the long road trip. You're doing great staying within your calorie range, even when you're away from home.

Mariana - Boot camp sounds very strenuous! I hope you had a good time.

Kathy - Your poor puppy :(. I hope he wasn't too traumatized. It must have been really cold there lately if the 20s feel like a heat wave :beach:!

It looks like the cold winds have died down a bit, so I'm hoping to get some much needed yard cleanup done. A few bulbs are poking through, so spring can't be too far away.

Have a good Tuesday!

01-20-2009, 09:01 PM
Hello my old friends and new ones as well. I am so sorry that somehow my site wouldn't let me on and once again had to redo my whole thing. Wow what a pain and I have missed so much and was very frustrated. But lets forget all of that.
The kids came from HI it was all so wonderful and we miss them so much. My little grandson was super great and so smart already. He would eat my cookies get into the cupboards for snacks etc. all at the age of 13 months crazy huh? Well they left on the 5th so sad but we are trying to plan a visit in July. So talking of July I am working on making that my goal month to lose some wt. before then etc..
Recently read most of the book Sonoma Diet. Sounds not so bad doable and its kind of what people are stressing for us to do and this will give me a little sense of direction. First 10 days are tricky no fruit or dairy to really speak of. I am going to try to ck it on here for some extra recipes and ideas. I shopped for the groceries for wave one today lets see how it goes. All a new way of thinking and maybe its just what I need to boost myself up. I started working out again on sunday and got a little sore so think it was a good workout. I am going again on wed. and friday to fit in my 3 days walked a bit took some stairs today etc.
I read some of the notes and will just jump in there is way to much to catch up on. So good luck to everyone and wow is it good to be back. The support will be good. Today is the 2nd day of my new way of living. Got to keep myself healthy every morning I look my self in the mirror and say yes you can do it. Now get going!! Pep talk for myself.
Well catch up soon.... have a great evening 2009 is on its way to a good start politics, diet wise, work wise so lets make it happen keep up your good efforts to meet your goals!!
Carol yah its me!!! I am still around and glad to be back!

01-20-2009, 09:38 PM
Hi All!

Yesterday I took a 2 mile walk and today I am so sore I can hardly walk. I don't know why I don't work up to these things instead of just jumping in and working out so hard at once.

Thanks everyone for you thoughts on my doggie. He is doing much better today and more himself. I don't know if I'll take him back there again.

Penpal - It has been very cold here. This past Saturday it was -6 so when the sun was shinging beautifully and it was in the high 20s it felt like a heat wave. Today it was 2 degrees but it warmed up nicely. I was going to try to take a walk at lunch but it didn't work out.

Today I didn't do the best on my food. I had a Duncachino from Dunkin Donuts at 5 points for WW, which I counted. Then we went to Applebees and I had a WW meal, BUT, I had a dessert shooter which was oreo cookie mousse. Tomorrow is a new day and we'll get back on track.

You all have a good night and a great Wednesday.


auntie g
01-20-2009, 10:54 PM
:headache: Eek! I don't know what's going on here, but I got a bad case of feeding frenzy tonight. I didn't go insane with anything bad, but had, um, 4 extra snacks after dinner. I was so happy to finally have my spaghetti, and I really wasn't even hungry. I just felt like I had to have something sweet, then salty, then sweet... I suppose it could be hormonal, or emotional, I don't know, but it better stop NOW!

I lucked out today at work, though! The boss wanted to stay home and watch the inaugural stuff, so she called and told me to close up and go home! That was great, but perhaps too much TV time is what did me in tonight. Well, tomorrow's a new day!

Penny, the bulbs are coming up already? Wow! We're still covered with snow, but when it melts I'll have to get out there and have a look. Glad you enjoyed your visit with Marie!

Carol, welcome back (again!) Sounds like you had a great time with the kids and GS. They grow up so fast, don't they? Will they be coming back here in July, or do you get to go to Hawaii? That'd be a good diet motivator! Good luck!

Kathy, yeah, I don't know that I'd go back to that groomer if there was THAT much bleeding. Sounds a bit extreme. But glad he's feeling better. And put that dessert behind you and get back on track tomorrow. We're in a similar boat today, it seems, but today is just about over!

Have a great Wednesday, all!

01-21-2009, 02:50 AM
Blank phase with me right now, have ya noticed? :)

It's too hot to think. I sweat litres (gallons for you imperial folk) and drink even more.

Auntie - did you get to watch the whole inauguration? It was on here all morning and it was great to see. I know what you mean about watching too much tv. I think it can be a trigger sometimes to overeat.

Kathy - way to go on the 2 miler! Don't ya love that sore feeling you get a day or two after exercise? Okay maybe 'love' isn't the right word :lol: ... But it's like.... accomplishment pain! *nods*

Carol - Nice to hear from you :)

Marie - those Starbucks mochas are fantastic. Apparently their hot chocolates can clock in at well over 500 calories for a venti with full cream, so it looks like yo made a nice save with the choice you made - expecially if it was worth it!

The corporation who owns the store I work in has gone into receivership. If it isn't sold by april, i'll be fired! Woo hoo retrenchment here I come! Oh well. It was fun while it lasted, I'm sure i'll find something else.

......aaaaand now there's thunder. I should have known. It's been disgusting all day - humid and hot. I hope it pours like crazy....and stops conveniently at some point during the early morning for my thursday boot camp:D It's great - women only and run by "G.I. Tricia".


01-21-2009, 12:59 PM
Hi All!

This is my first day on the site and so far I love it. I have been on this weight loss journal on my own up til this point, but now I need a little support. I am the type of person that must weigh in everyday to stay on point. I plan to check in everyday and display my weight - that way I know someone else will know if I start to cheat and the pounds slowly creep back on. Well good luck everyone and wish me luck to!

01/20/2009 - 186.4
01/21/2009 - 186.4

Any progress it GREAT!!!

01-21-2009, 03:01 PM
Carol - It's good to hear from you again. Marie and I were talking about how we missed you when we met the other day. I'm glad you found your way back to us. It sounds like you are off to a good start on your new way of life.

Kathy - Those dessert shooters at Applebees are hard to resist - but at least they're not a 'full fledged' dessert. I'm sure your long walk burned some of it off.

Auntie G - I hope your feeding frenzy has gone away. I almost got into one this morning but I managed to fight it off (for a change)! I told myself how miserable I'd feel afterwards and decided to wait a while and see if the feeling passed. I logged my foods and by then the urge to eat had passed.

Mariana - It sounds very hot in OZ. I can remember the tremendous thunder storms we used to have when we lived down under. We rarely get them here in the northwest and I miss them. I hope your job situation works out ok.

Hi MzLuv :welcome2: and welcome to our thread. I'm glad to see you've made good progress already on your weight loss journey. I weigh myself daily too (sometimes twice :o) but Sunday is my "official" day when I usually report my progress (or lack of). Are you on any particular plan? I'm always interested to hear how people tackle their weight loss.

Marie & Judy - I hope you're having a good Wednesday.

I'm on plan so far today. I felt I had eaten too many cals already so I was just tempted throw in the towel and have a cookie but decided to log the foods I've had so far today. I saw that I still have 800 calories left which allows for a nice lunch and light dinner. So that's how logging helps me stay on track. If I'd had one cookie, that probably would have led to another and another...... I'm sure you know how that goes - I probably would end the day 400 calories over!

I think I just came up with a new mantra: Make every day count and count every day - there's no such thing as a "free" lunch!

01-21-2009, 07:29 PM
Happy Wednesday!!!

Today was the ortho appointment and the news is good. No tears. The problem is that the knee cap isn't tracking in the right place and moves around (same problem as originally diagnosed 1.5 years ago but worse). Surgery is a last option (not an option in my books) and physical therapy to strengthen the knee muscles (VMO therapy if that makes sense to anyone) begins next week. There isn't a better brace than what I already use so strengthening is the best bet. As I'm a firm believer in exercise, I can live with that treatment. I would have said no to surgery except if my knee is totally falling off. :D Anyway, next Wednesday I start PT. Dr. did give permission to exercise with pain but use common sense. I laughed and DH said I didn't have much of that. :o But I'm free to do what I can tolerate. :D And I tolerate pain pretty good. I'm hoping to resume skiing in March - a few trips to Tahoe and see my beautiful grandson.

Food is right on target yesterday and so far today. I went fruit/vege crazy at Costco so I'll be having fun until it's gone or rotten. I haven't exercised yet today but DH just put my bik back on its fluid trainer so I'll be doing that and the weight set.

Kathy, definitely don't go back to that groomer. Any groomer that can see the quick on trimming nails is not competent. One of my doggies has quick that's hard to see, but I can still see it and I NEVER have my doggies bleed. A vet will cut the nails way back when a doggies is under, then they cauterize them so no bleeding. A groomer should never do that. Never, ever. Fire them!!!! Heck, make them buy you and the doggie a dunkicchino. I've never had one, but I do love the dunkin donuts so I bet their mochas are wonderful.

MzLuv, welcome to the thread. I hope you find your way back. You're doing great on your diet. Penny asked great questions so I hope you answer. We're all curious.

Auntie, sorry about your Eagles. I thought when they finally pulled ahead, they had a chance. At least you made it as far as my Packers did last year. You can, however, cheer for the Steelers since they're from your state. I'm probably cheering for the Cardinals as I like Kurt Warner and E. James. Your unsolisited day off sounded wonderful. No more extra desserts. :dizzy: I don't know how desserts are so more tempting, then say a bucket of soggy spinach. :D

Mazza, I hope the job searching goes well. I'm sorry about the current job. The world economy is in such a mess. The hot and humid sounds pleasant. I'm always so cold, that sweating sounds so nice. Actually I like my desert heat in the summer - I'm not found of humidity. But I do love a roaring thunderstorm!!! That I envy as well as the heat. Good luck with Boot Camp.

Carol, sounds like a plan for July. I hope it works out and the Sonoma diet fits for you and the workouts stay interesting.

Penny, my gosh it was fun to get together!!!! You and your hubby are wonderful. Great job on logging the cals so you knew where you really stood. Giving up for the day is so common to do and such a bad idea. I bet you stay within your cals because of it. And you're so right there is no "free" lunch. It always ends up on my hips.

Judy, I hope the hectic of DC is calming down and your life returns to normal. It sounds like the weekend had been fun.

Well I guess that catches me up. I hope I didn't forget anyone!!!

01-21-2009, 09:25 PM
I am planning a trip to HI in June or July not sure which yet. But it sure is a motivator to get to my goal. Well today is day 3 of the Sonoma Diet. I feel good and not hungry. I don't seem to have cravings at this time anyways maybe there is something to that white stuff in my system. I haven't cheated yet sticking to it. Even if this is just a start to getting back on track it is a good thing. I am learning that certain foods make me want more etc. Tonight for dinner I had a pork chop mushrooms, onions, snowpeas and steamed brocolli not too bad. Nothing afterwards and its in the safe zone now I have brushed my teeth just ice water now. Its my newest trick to stop munches etc.. Well I am taking this one day at a time.
Marie sorry to hear about your knee and your so darn active... not to good huh? Glad you and Penny got a chance to have lunch how fun..
Keep up the good work.
Judy nice to see your still here and are ready for 2009 and some great changes.
Auntie G your a doll. Thanks for your kind words.
Today was a stressful day at work but I held together and didn't go to the food goddess.
Mazza hang in there times are tough boy none of us really know until it hits us or our families then it sure becomes more than talk. I hope you land a job soon good luck.
Kathy I read you dog issue ouch! That happened when I did my dog Bear about 6 months back. Bleed awful but the vet said take a little baggie put in some baking soda powder dip his foot in and the bleeding would stop well it worked right away who would of thought? I now purchased a pet trimmer with the little wand runs by batteries, it has a spot for his nail to go into this opening then the sand paper disk files his nail. We have done it two times and this time it only took 7 min to do both feet. Got it in a Bed Bath and Beyond store for 20 bucks. On T.V. it was much more might want to ck it out.
Well have a great evening I am off to read oh how good it is to be back. Good luck to the rest of you girls as well I will catch up and get to know you as well glad everyone found the site.

01-22-2009, 11:48 AM
Hi, Chickies! What a week! More celebrity shoulder-rubbing, as Auntie would say, on Monday, and a long, cold day on the Mall Tuesday for the inaugural ceremony. What an inspiring day! Among the nearly 2 million in attendance were a surprising number of elderly people, disabled people and folks with crutches, knee braces, etc., who dealt with long walks up the shut-off escalators, standing around in the cold for hours and other difficulties, but with big smiles and in good spirits. Because the transit system was overwhelmed, we walked for miles, which wouldn't have been so bad, but because of the cold, I was wearing lots of layers and heavy boots, so everything felt more laborious. But it was totally worth it :D.

I spent Wednesday and today at home with the flu :(. The fever has passed so I expect to be up and running again on Friday. I haven't been eating too much off program, but I'm sure that I won't post a loss for this week. I haven't officially "worked out" since last week. Of course, I have had strenuous week, but not particularly aerobic. I'm looking forward to a good workout tomorrow morning.

Carol, I'm glad you made it back. Another trip to Hawai'i will be good motivation for you.

Hi, MsLuv! Yes, any progress is great. Good luck to you.

Hi, to everyone else!


01-22-2009, 08:33 PM
Judy how cool you got to attend that is something I would of enjoyed. I am ready for some good changes in our world.
For all of you that knew me from earlier on well the word came down and I can't get the job promotion to supervisor. I needed a higher level degree. But they are trying to get approval for me to become a trainer for new people in the position and to assist others in areas where documentation maybe a bit weak. So time will tell and I am not taking it out without an increase so time will tell. I kind of figured that other one wouldn't work out and I am okay with that no issues. At least they all wanted me it was a matter of paper only and something like rules can't be changed.
I am on day 4 and still doing well still surprised how certain foods make you crave other foods... wouldn't think so but I am sure now. This new way of intakes isn't so bad 6 more days till some fruit now that will be nice and of course a little glass of red wine might be nice to. I feel like I have so much more energy and control. Well have a nice evening and wow am I pleased its friday coming up.

auntie g
01-22-2009, 08:58 PM
Hi everyone! I have to try to be quick- DH had a schedule change today and my routines are all messed up. Maybe I can blame that for my food meltdown I just had. Hmmmm... I did some damage, for sure, but I do believe it's hormonal, and I'm feeling kind of icky- think I'm getting sick. Blah.

Mariana, "blank phase", yeah, that sounds like a good way to put it. I'm feeling kind of blank, myself. I did watch a lot of the inauguration coverage. This was the first time in my life I've ever been interested. And it fascinates me that the rest of the world is watching, too. Good luck with your job situation!

Mz, welcome and good luck!

Penny, congrats on avoiding a feeding frenzy! What I did the other day was nothing compared to what I did tonight. Groan..... Keep on the straight and narrow!

Marie, yay for physical therapy! Sounds like you'll be back in the saddle before ya know it! So, I'm trying to keep the image of a bucket of soggy spinach in my head, but it just didn't help tonight. What have you got on pizza and cheese fries? Again, groan....

Carol, congrats on staying with your new plan. Seems like it's working for you! Hope your job turns out the way you want it to!

Judy, glad you're feeling better, and that you got to be a part of all that hoo-ha that most of us could only watch on TV. Honestly, I would not have wanted to be in a crowd like that, but from everything I've heard, it was quite an awesome crowd - none of the normal "crowd issues", everyone happy and helpful and well-behaved. Awesome, indeed... Maybe I would have wanted to be there after all.

Have a great Friday, all!

01-22-2009, 09:30 PM
Hi Everyone!

I wasn't able to check in last night so I'm trying to read everyones post and catch up on the news.

Mazza - You could pass your warm weather on to us. It was warmer today and is suppose to be again tomorrow, but then it is to get cold again. My two mile walk was great, but I am still feeling the pain. Though I ache I know it will pay off.

Judy - I'm glad you are starting to feel better. I hope you are back to full health soon.

Marie - I loved your comment about the groomer buying the doggie and me a ducnkachinno. That sounds good to me.

Speaking of Dunkin Donuts, I had to stop there today to pick up munchkins for a foreman meeting today. I almost bought a dunkachinno, but didn't and I didn't eat any donuts. It's not to say that I didn't want to, but I need to be "good".

I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday. Today was not the best day at work. I work for a landscape business and with all men. The bosses wife does come in 2-3 days a week but it's usually just me. The bosses brother works where I do and he is so selfish and thinks only of himself. He was getting in my desk today without my permission. I found out that after I leave work he goes through my desk and gets on my computer. When I left tonight I hid the keys to my desk in another location. I'm going to check with my boss about changing the password to my computer. I know my boss and his brother have had many arguments about him wanting to use my computer. The thing is I have a lot of info on my computer that is none of his business. I take care of accounts Payabel and Receivables, employee info. etc. He is just a nosy guy. We've had many words, but he just thinks I am being "catty". I'm afraid it is going to come to words again and I don't like that. Does anyone have suggestions on how to handle this?

Forgive me for venting. I'll close so I don't bore you all.


01-23-2009, 05:19 PM
Just a quick check in for me today - crazy busy day. I'm still on plan and hope the scale is friendly when I weigh in on Sunday :crossed:. I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great weekend everyone!

01-23-2009, 09:42 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm very happy it's Friday but today was a day I dislike as it was 1st semester grading and teachers are a pain about remembering how to post their grades to the student info system. I knew it would be yucky but I really started the day in a GREAT mood. By 11:00 the good mood was gone.

But I have a slight fever (I even took my temp) and my throat is a tiny bit sore, so I'm hopeful it was the teachers that have made me exhausted (as well as one dumb a$$ secretary - sorry for the bad word, but she's SO irritating). Anyway, I'm tired, cranky but thankful it's WEEKEND.

Penny, mr evil scale will be friendly as you just deserve it to be. You're doing great staying on the wagon.

Kathy, what about not turning off your computer at night, using Windows screensaver and password protecting it? And bring your keys to your desk home. And way to go on the foregoing of a dunkichinno. I think I'd succumb if I wouldn't have to drive 30 minute to a Starbucks. :) Instead, I logged my dinner and remaining cals and will make my mocha that I like better than the bucks skinny decaf mocha.

Hey auntie, if you only had one cheese fry and one slice of pizza, you're home free. And if not, it's in the past and you go forward. As you could tell from my moaning at the beginning of the post, I have the blahs too. Wrok absolutely executed my wonderful mood.

Carol, extra energy is such a plus. You're doing great. BTW to avoid the loss of password and username, switch to Mozilla Firefox as you browser, then let it save the password and username. And if you ever need it, you go to options>security and can see them on the screen. I've used the feature a couple times in the last two weeks.

Judy, the layers and boots added resistance training to your walk so I bet you had a better workout than a scheduled workout. Sometimes real life gives us great workouts.

Well, DH took pity on me and made dinner, so off I go. I'll be cheerier tomorrow. I promise. Unless I really do get sick.

01-23-2009, 09:51 PM
Hi Everyone!

Today was my WI and I gained 1.4lbs. That was a depressing start to my day. I eventually got over it and stayed on plan until supper tonight. Tonight I had a Big Mac, fries and a root beer. Needless to say I feel like I have a ton of bricks in my stomach and I feel yucky. Tomorrow is a new day and I plan on getting back on track.

Marie - I hope you are feeling better. I did talk to my boss today about the situation with his brother. He told me to hide my keys to my desk in another place. I would take them home with me, but I can't because there are times my boss has to get a check out of my desk and would need the key to get in the drawer. Both my boss and I are changing the passwords on our computers so he will not be able to get on them.

I must run. Have a great weekend everyone.


01-24-2009, 04:21 AM
Hey everyone!

I hope you're all doing well.

In the process of melting;

auntie g
01-24-2009, 09:22 AM
Good morning all! Well, I've been a bad, bad girl the past couple days, and I had a gain on the scale this morning. I've faced up to the truth and updated my ticker. :( I've just been feeling so yucky, in addition to PMS, I slipped back into comforting myself with food. I'm hoping to get a grip this week.

I'm heading out this morning to buy a new microwave. That might actually help my eating, since something new in the kitchen seems to be inspiring.

Kathy, looks like we've been in the same boat again. I hope you're back on track today!

Penny, good luck with tomorrow's WI!

Marie, I'm trying to forget the pizza and cheese fries. The truffles I had last night took my mind right off them! :o Groan... I've also got the slight fever and beginnings of a sore throat. Throw in stuffy sinuses, too. I hope you're doing better today!

Mariana, sometimes melting is a good thing! Hang in there!

Have a great weekend everybody!

01-24-2009, 12:27 PM
Marie & Auntie G - I hope you both get over your bug soon. There seems to be a lot going around. I know how hard it is to 'deny' ourselves when we don't feel well or are stressed, I guess it's kind of like mothering ourselves. Maybe some chicken soup would help.

Mariana - I hope the 'melting' leads to some weight loss at least!

I'm stressed right now as our DS hasn't been well. He's had a chronic cough for a long time and has finally decided to get it checked out. He seems to get bronchitis every couple of months and coughs a lot. I'm hoping it might be allergies, not something more serious. He doesn't smoke, so it's not that. It wasn't until one of his buddies suggested he get it checked out he's decided to do so. Mom saying so would just be nagging! He's also been placed on furlough at work yesterday, which means he only gets paid if they have work. He's put out some resumes but engineering jobs are pretty thin on the ground in Boise right now. Poor guy is still limping around with his badly sprained ankle. He's in pretty good spirits though, considering. I seem to be the worrier in family!

I'm trying hard not to use this as an excuse to get back into bad eating habits.

01-24-2009, 01:37 PM
Morning all, I'm feeling way better today. Apparently the teachers made me sick. :D No fever and no sore throat, knock on wood.

Penny I wish you felt better and I'm so sorry about your son. Is he willing to move elsewhere? Sometimes that's not too much of an option. And you will not let stress drive you to the fridge. You know then you'd be depressed as well as stressed.

Auntie, I LOVE truffles. I have a bunch from Christmas. They're dark chocolate trufflettes from France. I buy them annually at Costco. They're 51 cals each. They're a bit smaller than the regular ones. I have one a day. I figure the two boxes DH bought me will last till next Christmas. But man oh man, I could eat non-stop with those. So I understand they're lure. Get on track and make that ticker go back to where it was. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! You've come so far, no reason to turn back now.

Mazza, I'm sorry you're melting. When you're cold in July, you can smile at the rest of us that will be sweating and melting.

Kathy, I'm glad you had the talk with your boss. His brother sounds like a treat. Find your circling wagon and jump back on it. You know you can do it.

This morning was cleaning day as the doggies (Kody and Kai) dug out of the kennel yesterday (it was rainy so they're tunnel was muddy). They mosey their dirty little butts back into the house (luckily they didn't tunnel out of a different side as they would have been roaming the neighborhood), shock all the mud over everything, then cozied up on the leather couch. I have the majority cleaned. With my donkey dogs, only a leather couch and wood floors will work. So they're all scrubbed. The floor I did a so-so job on it as it's still rainy and icky out. DH is currently gathering lava boulders from our yard to make it so they can't tunnel again. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold so all the mud will freeze and I'll steam clean my wood floors. For now they have a bad mop job. Kai keeps running outside to reload her feet with mud. :dizzy:

Once my to do list is done (I'm about 1/2 way there), then I'm going to quilt. I have 18 correct squares done (and 6 that I goofed up that I will use for a valance). I need 7 to 12 more so I'm going to play in my craft room today.

Time to get back to the list... :(


PS I changed my ticker as well. Apparently I haven't updated it in a while. I never look at my ticker so I didn't realize that I hadn't given myself credit for the 2 pounds I lost between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I haven't lost anything since Christmas as I'm in the dreaded plateau but I'm really shaking up the exercise so I think I'll be going down soon.

01-24-2009, 09:10 PM
Marie - The wagon did circle around and I am back on today! I have stayed on plan. I did make choc chip and pntbtr cookies today and had a pntbtr one, but I counted it in my WW points. I made minute steak sandwiches for the kids for lunch but my DH and I each had a Lean Cuisine meal.

Penpal - I hope you son feels better soon. It seems like everyone is getting sick. My DS2 has a very bad head cold, but seems to be slowly getting over it.

Have a great weekend.

01-24-2009, 09:26 PM
Could you please tell me how you found the cute ruler you are using. Thank you.

01-24-2009, 09:32 PM
This flu is sticking around. I've been sleeping and puttering since Wednesday. I've been a total slug. A few times a day I have a low-grade fever, and the sore throat, headache and sniffles won't move on. Luckily I have a doctor's appointment Monday afternoon to go over some lab reports, so if this hasn't moved on by then, maybe drugs will help. But it sounds like this season's flu bug, in which case antibiotics aren't the answer. Not that I want to frighten any of you who have the same symptoms I did earlier this week...

Carol, it's good that your bosses still found a way to note your skills, even if you don't have the academic credentials. Maybe your case will lead to a change in the promotion policy.

Penny, I hope the scale rewards your good work!

"Donkey dogs," Marie? Is that a term of endearment or an insult? Congrats on shifting your ticker in the right direction.

Auntie, I love new kitchen toys, too! I would die without my microwave, toaster oven and hand-held blender. I live alone, so it's great to be able to cook up or reheat things quickly, in small batches, with very little to clean up afterward. I hope your purchase helps you get back onto cruise control.

Penny, isn't it something, how mothers can fret over their "kids" for decades? I don't have kids, but I still think of my sibs as if they are still children, when the youngest of them is in his mid-30s.

Kathy, I'm glad that you and your boss are on the same page, although it's a shame he won't go directly to the source of the problem. At least with a new password, no one has access to data that's off-limits. I hope you're able to start the new week feeling motivated about weight loss.

Mariana and MzLuv, I hope you're having a fine weekend.


01-25-2009, 12:48 PM
Happy Sunday Everyone!!!

Judy, donkey dogs is a term of endearment. I can't but adore their stubborn tendencies. If I didn't, I'd stop adopting Siberian Huskies. They are doggies crossed with Jacka$$es. Actually, did I ever mentioned that I said that to a lady that was in my office who was drooling over their pictures? She looked at me (seriously) and said (and this is a quote) "How did they do that?" I nearly fell off my chair, trying not to laugh at her gullibility. Huskies are very smart, stubborn, loyal doggies. I love all three traits.

Anyway, Judy, I hope you start to feel better. I was thrilled when you mentioned antibiotics wouldn't help with a virus. My mom and sister (a nurse) take antibiotics like vitamins. I refuse to take them unless it's proven I have a bacterial infection. Someday I fear my sister and mom will get a real bacterial infection that meds won't be able to touch because of their abuse of antibiotics. So, I'm very happy that you wrote that!!!! But if it is bacterial, the doctor is the only way to go.

Kathy, I'm so glad that you hopped back on that wagon. My motto is to log everything, even if it's not a good choice. If I go over my cals, that's ok, but it better be written down. And of course, writing it down makes me stay in line.

DH and I took the doggies out for a 1.5 mile walk this morning before the temps went above 32. We had about 1/2" of snow so the dirt roads would have been slush. So doggies came back with clean paws and I don't have to spend an additional hour cleaning the house after them.

I was successful on my 1900 ca day yesterday. I had goodies throughout the day and ended at 1865 so I finally did it. Now, the real test is getting back at 1500 today.

Everyone have a great last day of the weekend!

01-25-2009, 11:18 PM
Marie - Oh those naughty, muddy puppies - but don't you just love them! I'm glad you're feeling better. I agree with you about the overuse of antibiotics. Unfortunately, I've had to take them a lot in the last year and I'm sure it's messed up my metabolism even more. It was chilly here too but we managed to get a lot of yardwork done on Saturday.

Kathy - Glad to hear you're back on track.

grabec - Here is a link to the tracker (you need to scroll down to see where to enter the data. Hope this helps.

Judy - Sorry to hear you're under the weather. Take care of yourself and I hope your doctor visit goes well.

I'm up a pound today :(. Oh well, I'll take it in stride and just keep on track and hopefully the scale will be nicer next week.

Have a good week everyone.

01-26-2009, 07:49 AM
Hello girls well today is day 7 to my better lifestyle and healthier me. I have 3 more days to go and then can start adding in my fruits. It really hasn't been so bad and I am still amazed at how I am in more control with the whites mainly out of my system. Yesterday I was off plan a bit but still in the drivers seat not out of control. I attended a gathering at my sisters arrived a bit later due to my daughter and I working out at the gym. Well it worked out well because we missed most of the snacks before dinner. I picked on a few things but not out of control. Then wasn't crazy over what she served so only ate a little bit and had my turkey roasting in my own oven. So I made mashed potatoes for the hubby decided to have a small scoop. I left part of them behind they just weren't that important to me to eat. So I guess my taste buds are changing. Today I will pick up some more veggies and ensure I get some sweet potatoes as I can add them in this week. I will not get on the scale until friday to see where I am at there. But overall feel so much better. My working out is increasing and more on schedule as my youngest daughter is my buddy for the gym 2 times a week. I will get there another day or two on my own.
I guess my Sononma diet gives me guidelines to what to eat and thats what I needed a plan maybe. Trying to do it all on my own just wasn't making it.
Judy sorry to hear your not feeling up to par. Yes we'll see with budget crunches etc. if this gets approved. And if its offered with no inc. in funds I don't know if I will do it. My supervisor reminded me of the inc. a yr. and half ago. But that was for a different reason. I will just wait it out and what will be will be.Thanks for your thoughts.
Penny new gadgets in the kitchen are always great. Makes life interesting and more fun to putter in the kitchen. I bought my self a bullet and love using it for chopping, blending and making the little grandkids smoothies etc. I sneak in good stuff their unaware of.
Kathy sounds like your work is straightening out for you. Good its not easy dealing with issues and facing them several days a week. Been there before and never want to visit there again.
Marie those puppies are so funny. I think my Bear has similar manners and good spirit as your doggies. Loyal as all heck! But so naughty at the same time. But we love him. Even the hubby! My little gs called him Bar. It was so sweet he got lots of little droppings from him at dinner and snack times. Guess he must miss him as much as we do.
Well if I missed and one here have a great day, stay healthy, do something nice for yourself today. I just made a new pair of earring to go with the necklace I designed yesterday. I am working on some new items for a show my first this next month or so. Penny I am thinking of adding some of my soaps in as well for the show its at a friends house with a lot of upper class ladies hah hah. I guess that will be fun huh?

auntie g
01-26-2009, 09:15 AM
Good morning everyone! It was a completely terrible weekend, food-wise, but today will be back on track. I just felt so cruddy, and then I had my little niece over for lunch, but was expecting more than just her, so I made a giant vat of Kraft mac and cheese. Needless to say, since the boys didn't come to polish it off, I took care of it myself. :o

I just managed to get my new microwave out of the box last night, and it's so clean and shiny and inspirational. I don't think I'll be using it today since today is "real" cooking day, but it's still good to see it there. Today's mission is broccoli garlic pasta. The only way DH will eat it is if I put the broccoli in the blender and turn it to liquid. It can't have any broccoli consistency at all. He's so silly. But whatever works, right?

Penny, thanks for the get well wishes. DH has had this ongoing sinus thing for at least a couple weeks now, and I guess it's my turn. Blecch. Oh, I hope your DS is doing better! Isn't it funny that he'll go to the doc because his friend suggested it, but it wouldn't help for you to suggest it! "Boys" are just weird that way! And try not to worry too much about his job situation. (I know, easier said than done!) He seems pretty resilient, and he will find his way.

Marie, glad you recovered so fast! I'm still giggling about your "donkey dogs". I do believe my girl may be part donkey too! :D So, when are we going to see this quilt you're working on? Do we have to wait until it's finished? I'm still trying to get in a little scrapbooking each day - haven't switched to quilting yet. I'm determined to follow through on this project, instead of my usual starting several things and finishing none. Congrats on making it almost to 1900 cals, and I have no doubt you're back to your 1500 with no problem. You are so focused!

Kathy, congrats on getting back on that wagon! I'm climbing on board today...

Judy, I hope you're feeling better! This being sick is really not helpful to the overall plan here. I, too, feel like a slug. :( And I am with you on the kitchen convenience items, for sure! I've never had a hand-held blender, but I think I would like one! I do use the regular blender all the time, and it's such a pain to wash it. I freecycled my toaster oven because I never used it, but I don't know what I would do without a microwave!

Carol, you're on a roll - keep up the good work! And good luck with your jewelry show! That sounds like a good way of selling, and I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with it!

Guess I better get up and get moving if I want to get anything done today. I'm really feeling like just going back to bed. Thankfully, puppy won't allow that, so here we go... Have a great day, all!

01-26-2009, 02:43 PM
So sad, it's Monday... :(

I hate that I wake up on Monday mornings and I'm just in a bad mood. It's like clockwork, every Monday at 5 am. Thing is, I like my job - I just like being at home WAY better.:D

Carol (and Auntie) I LOVE my Magic Bullet (a knock off actually as it was a gift from my financially strapped children). My real blender is in the garage. The bullet is the secret behind my homemade lo0-cal mochas. Unsweetened cocoa doesn't blend very nicely normally (cold or hot). The bullet takes care of it and froths it at the same time. And it's so easy to clean.

Carol, WTG on the new program. Sounds like you finally found the right workout buddy - doing the exercise with your daughter will be fun. I know you've tried such arrangements with you friends in the past but your daughter will stick with you.

Auntie, did you make the mac and cheese with Laughing Cow??? I'm just kidding. I bet it was good and if you put some in front of me right now, I'd probably have some too. I'm definitely a crank mood eater. So I think it you were sick, then it was your chicken soup.

Penny, sorry about the pound - my scale is so finicky from one day to the next, that might be all that it is. Give it a middle finger salute from me. It'll make you feel better. It made feel better when I saluted mine this morning. ;)

Well, I should work. Actually I had an eye dr appointment that I walked out on. After waiting 35 minutes, no other patients coming or going, I walked out because they were ignoring me after checking in. I figured they called me to "remind" me of the annual eye test. It was clear they were drumming up business in the bad economy, then to ignore you once you agree irritated me. So I left and told them I'd reschedule when I felt like. I didn't mention the given, with another doctor. So that little experience didn't help my Monday blues. But now I'm going to work and accomplish things, then I won't be cranky. Besides a co-worker is going to pick me up a small decaf skinny mocha (150 cals) after her errands. Trying to be good but the desire is for a large decaf full fat mocha. :o:D

01-26-2009, 10:06 PM
Carol - It's nice you can work out with your daughter. I'm sure that will make your workouts much more enjoyable! I hope the Sonoma diet works out well for you. Good idea to make some soaps for the show - everyone loves home made soap.

Auntie G - I hope you're feeling better. I'm sure you enjoyed a bit of comfort food with the mac 'n cheese. Broccoli garlic pasta sounds good - and healthy. I love anything with lots of garlic.

Marie - I can empathize with your eye doctor fiasco. I also get steamed when I arrive on time (or even early) for an appt. and then have to wait 45 min. to an hour :mad:.

Judy - I hope you're feeling lots better.

I hope everyone else is doing well.

I'm on track today and did a lot of housework plus I worked out at Curves, so I must have burned off a few calories. Our DS went to the doctor today and got antibiotics for his cough which turned out to be a bad case of bronchitis. His doctor said a lot of people who move to Boise get coughs because of the dry climate and they get quite a bit of bad air quality. He also gave him a prescription anti-inflammatory for his ankle, which is still very sore.

I did some research about chronic coughs and read that one of the best things you can do for lung health is to eat an apple a day. They have very high levels of quercetin, which is good for your lungs. As they say, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". So, he's going to go to Costco and stock up on apples. We got some lovely Gala apples there the other day.

01-27-2009, 10:28 PM
Hi Everyone!

I hope this finds you all doing well. This is the first I've been able to post. Today was a good day. I hope you all don't mind, but I need to boast. My middle son, Donald won first place this past weekend at his wrestling tournament. I am so happy for him, but also it is good for his self esteem. He has struggled since being placed with us, but has accepted and has been doing well. We will have guardianship of he and his brothers on Feb. 23.

I have struggled with exercising, but my DH and I got up this morning and exercised for 30 minutes. I'm going to keep myself focused on this goal.

Have a great tormorrow.


auntie g
01-27-2009, 11:18 PM
Oh dear! I've fallen and I can't get up. The wagon is running back and forth over me. I just can't get in the groove! I might get a snow day tomorrow, so I think that could help - just a change of scenery and routines... I'm not sure what's happened to my mojo, but it is gone. OK, deep breath... I'll get there...

Marie, "easy to clean" just may sell me on the Magic Bullet. I do hate cleaning the blender! Wtg on walking out on the doctor appointment! I've always wanted to try that when they leave me sitting for way too long. We should be able to charge them for our lost time!

Penny, glad things are looking up for your DS! And if you like LOTS of garlic, you would have loved yesterday's pasta! Oh man, I think I used a little too much. When I finally made it to Trader Joe's, I discovered these delightful little vacuum sealed packages of peeled garlic cloves. Well, since they didn't need much fussing, I used um, maybe 14-16 cloves. Holy macarena! I'll be smelling garlic for a long time. (But it did taste mighty good!)

Kathy, congrats to your DS, and to you, for getting that exercise in. I keep waiting for that to kick in for me...

Hi to everyone else, hope it's all good...

Happy Wednesday!

01-28-2009, 02:42 AM
Hey everyone!

Auntie - I hope you can get back into your groove soon. Ooh yum the thought of garlic pasta makes my mouth water. What kind of pasta was it?

Marie - I'm a fellow skinny decaf mocha fan. I used to be into iced full fat mochas... oh boy. The people at the eye dr sound mighty rude.

Penny, apples are delish. It only makes them that much more enjoyable when you know the good that they're doing for you.

Good to hear you're focused on your goal Kathy!

Meltingly, blisteringly yours,

01-28-2009, 12:55 PM
Good Morning Everyone!

Because of the ice and snow storm my kids didn't have school today so that means I got to stay home. I'm taking advantage of this time off to get my house cleaned and the laundry done so when the weekend come I can chill.

I feel like I have refocused and gotten back in the groove. I exercised for 40 minutes today and for 30 yesterday. My goal is to exercise at least 3-4 times a week and then when it gets nice out and I can walk outside I'll do more.

Autie G - Keep moving on. You fell down and have some bruises from the wagon running you over, but I know you can get back on the wagon and have control of it instead of it having control of you.

Mazza - Hello to you! Way to go on the melting down!

Have a good day everyone!


01-28-2009, 09:49 PM
Kathy, what a perfect way to put it: "get back on the wagon and have control of it instead of it having control of you". There are so many times that I've felt food controlled me and when I'm in control I have to have a very tight rein because it will take control back if I let it. My dr. said I was OCD about my calories, but she never walked in my shoes. She's slender and no saggy skin so I'm thinking always thin. So I count everything because then I have the slip of control that's always being tugged away by the next goodie to cross my path.

So, with that said, auntie - are you logging everything? I have given myself permission to piggie as much as I want but every bite has to be written down. Of course, I don't want to write I inhaled the Hershey factory, so I don't go overboard. Give it a try, write every last bite and give yourself free rein. See if it snaps the wagon to a stop so you can hope on.

Kathy, tell your MS congrats from me. That's a fabulous accomplishment for a youngster coming out of turmoil.

Mazza, do you know what the news is today??? Starbucks is contemplating (I guess mroe than that) discontinuing decaf in the afternoons. HELLO??? That's when everyone should be decaf. I guess if they do that, I won't be going to starbucks once the clock strikes noon. How dumb is that? I loved both hot and iced decaf skinny mochas. The last couple mornings I've been making iced even though it's 20 degrees out. I guess I'm nuts but it's the coffee I wanted. Perhaps in your heatwave, you might want to take an iced mocha for a soak in an ice bath. :D

Penny, I'm glad you're son is listening to your wisdom. It was good to see the dr., especially for a follow up for his ankle. I usually tolerate the drs. being way behind because of emergencies, but an OPTOMETRIST? I just couldn't take that when my desk is toppling under the weight of the to do list. Also I started physical therapy today and on Monday I knew I'd be starting to be gone from the office with regularity. They pushed me over the top, especially the chatty staff that did anything but work.

So the PT went fine today. It was interesting. Apparently about 9 time more women than men get this problem and I'm an abnormally as my kneecap turns out and the norm is to turn inwards. The PT was surprised by that. So I did learn that my knee isn't supposed to face 45 degrees out on each leg. Interesting. I guess I should have looked at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition a little more close to see what normal knees look like. ;) It's funny, my co-worker mentioned that she always thought it was weird how my knees "sat". So maybe there is hope since the therapist seemed very optomistic. She even said that I should be able to do the breaststroke again once the strength is built up. That's awfully cool since I haven't been able to do that in years.

Food has been right on and a bit of an overload of exercise but the evil scale still won't budge. At least at this point, I can blame the TOM visit. I guess I better get to my homework. :( It's a bad thing when my work can't be completed during the workday.

01-29-2009, 12:20 PM
Kathy - Congratulations to Donald for his big achievement - I'm sure it's a big morale boost for him. Good for you increasing your exercise. I have a hard time convincing myself to work out (mainly because I have pretty bad arthritis in most of my joints). At least I'm getting to Curves 2-3 times a week again and I'm feeling better for it. I used to enjoy walking but it's just too painful now. Curves has been a godsend for me as it is low impact exercise.

Auntie G - I hope you've got your mojo back! :lol:Thanks for reminding me about those containers of frozen garlic cubes from TJ's. I'm going to put them on my list for next time. They certainly take a lot of work out of peeling and chopping garlic. I made some Dreamfields pasta yesterday with bay scallops, chopped parsley, lots of garlic and grated lemon zest. It turned out delicious and the lemon gave it a nice tang.

Mariane - I hope the weather has cooled down a bit where you are. It's foggy and cold here - send us some of your sunshine please!

Marie - That's interesting about your knee being in a different position, maybe that caused more stress on the joint. I hope the PT helps so you can get back to your normal activities. I hope your scale budges in the right direction soon. You're probably due for a whoosh.

Judy - I hope you're feeling better.

I hope everyone else is doing great.

I'm on track and have made good progress with my spring cleaning. All that's left to do is the windows - my most un-favorite job! I'll have to take it easy doing them because of my rotator cuff problem. I'm only doing the inside of the windows and will tackle the outside when the weather warms up. I sent our DS the rest of the oatmeal raisin choc chip cookies I had in the freezer so I won't be tempted every time I walk past the fridge. Instead I'm having a piece of melba toast topped with a little low sugar jam with my tea for less than 50 calories.

01-29-2009, 07:31 PM
Thankfully it is almost Friday. That is such a good thing!!!

I've been busy at work and went to lunch with friends. I'm about 100 cals over where I like to be this time of day, but I'll make it up with less this evening. Walked 1.5 miles with the doggies but I plan to ride my bike and lift weights after work this evening.

Penny, it's not spring, you know. By spring it'll all need cleaning again. :D I guess I've been cleaning, tossing stuff as well. Maybe because when spring does arrive, we'll want to be enjoying the weather, not cleaning. BTW, I don't do windows. I had that put in my wifely job duty list. No windows. DH does them. It kills my wrists. Make your DH do them.:p

I suppose I could work for the last half hour. :o I hope everyone else is having a good day and the wagon collected everyone on it's rounds.

01-29-2009, 10:07 PM
Hi Everyone!

Penny - I wish I had your energy. I really want to get some spring cleaning done too. I need to just bite the bullet and do some work on the weekends. I usually try to have my cleaning done during the week so when the weekend comes I can relax.

I didn't do the best staying on plan today. I did well until I got home. From the time I got home at 3:55 I've been on the go with making a cake for my husband to take to work, making supper, running my son to the school and then going back to watch his basketball game, coming home and going back again to pick him after he watched the 8th grade game. Since I didn't have much time I ate the sausage I made for the kids and had a piece of chicken and some cookies. I wobbled a little bit, but tomorrow is a new day and will get back OP. Tomorrow is also WI in day so I'm anxious to see what that holds.

I do have a victory. I have been wearing a size 22 pants. Today I decided to try on a size 20 and I was able to get them on. They were a little snug, but not bad. That made me excited and gave me the encouragement I needed to keep working hard.

I must run. Hope you all have a great weekend.


01-29-2009, 10:38 PM
Hi, ladies! Sorry I've not been posting, I hadn't realized that so much time had passed! I got a good report on my blood work from the dr on Monday, and she gave me a few days worth of megadoses of Vitamin D that maybe helped with the flu. I was feeling much better by Tuesday afternoon. Of course I balanced that out by working very late then getting up at 4AM Wed morning and fighting the elements to travel to New York :dizzy:. But I am on the mend, thanks for the good wishes. I'm in meetings and a conference, heading back home Saturday.

Drive-by personals:

Kathy, yaay for smaller pants!:carrot:

Marie, not to worry, the Starbucks managers were told to brew decaf based on demand after noon, since, according to the Chicago Tribune, "Consumers apparently prefer to be high-strung all day, not just in the morning."

Penny, I can smell your pasta dish, yum!

Mariana, I take it that you're still experiencing a bit of a heat wave?

Auntie G, buy the original Magic Bullet, accept no substitutes. I bought the Bella Cucina, which is much cheaper, but also burned out fairly quickly.

Carol, I'm glad the Sonoma Diet is working for you. Have fun making soaps!

Eating is so-so. There's a frig in my hotel room, which helps. I brought workout gear, but I still wake up with a sinus headache and a cough, so I haven't taken advantage of the very nice fitness room yet. Maybe Friday AM:carrot:


01-29-2009, 11:47 PM
Hi, I'm back. I was at home surfing and "accidentally" clicked on the 3FC button. Oh, oops. :D

Judy, thanks for the update about the 'bucks and decaf. I rarely go after 10 in the morning, so I was pretty safe, but I thought it was rude of them. BTW, my "magic" bullet is a knock off and I make it whine for way longer than the instructions say and it's working just fine. It's called an Elite. But I did see that my favorite store, Costco had the real bullet for about $45. That's a great price. Great appliance.

Stop the typing - I was just buzzed by a dumb mosquito. A mosquito in January??? What's with that? We hardly have any in the summer.

Judy, how do you do hotel eating without having the wagon blowing dust in your face??? You amaze me. You've done so great with all that traveling. I'd weigh in the mid 500 pounds if I traveled as I take it as an excuse to eat.

So dinner is done (a healthy one too) and I have 200 cals left. Yeah for 200 dessert cals. None of my ice cream tonight but I do get M&Ms. And probably an orange.

Kathy, yeah for smaller pants. I too got new pants today. I'd tried on a size smaller of my fave jeans when I was in Portland (right before lunch with Penny) and was very happy they fit. I didn't buy them (factory 2nd outlet) but ordered them online. I just got them today. Now if TOM hasn't screwed up my body, I'm going to wear a pair tomorrow.

OK, back to the quilting. Time to put my Mac away.

auntie g
01-31-2009, 08:26 AM
Happy Saturday! I still haven't made it back to my right mind yet. I know there are a several reasons for this side trip to "Gainsville", and that those are the things that ultimately must be overcome. Well, I haven't overcome 'em yet! :p So the plan for now is to make it through the weekend as best I can (there WILL be Superbowl meatballs...) and go for the infamous fresh start on Monday. :dunno:

Now to catch up...

Mariana, the pasta had just broccoli and garlic blended to liquid with chicken broth, then reduced. It really was good, and surprisingly, the garlic smell only took 2 days to get out of the house. :yay: I hope your weather is calming down a bit.

Kathy, thanks for the encouragement- I do like the imagery of having control of the wagon! And congrats on the smaller pants!! :cp:

Marie, yep, the writing everything down sure makes a huge difference! Which is why, of course, I haven't written anything down for the past week. :faint: But I will again... Good luck with your PT- I'm glad there's hope for your knees! And congrats to you, too, on the smaller pants!!

Penny, spring cleaning already! What a concept! I wish I would get on THAT wagon, too. I'm feeling very claustrophobic with all the clutter that's built up over the winter. I want to open the windows and throw everything out, but alas, it's too cold for that. :chin: Good job ousting the cookies from the freezer! :yes:

Judy, glad all went well at the doc, and that you're feeling better! Wow, Wednesday had to be a rough travel day with that weather! At least it's clear today for the trip back home. Hope your sinuses are improved by now!

OK, I'm off. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

01-31-2009, 11:59 AM
Good Morning Everyone!

I trust you all are having a great Saturday. I got up early this morning and worked out for 45 minutes. It felt so good. I always feel better about myself when I know I'm doing something that will benefit my health. I've struggled a little bit with my food, but I've counted it in my points.

Yesterday was my WI. I lost 1.8lbs since my WI last Friday. I was so excited to see that I finally made it to 239. Just getting below the 40 mark finally like a vistory to me.

Auntie G - I'm sorry you're still feeling bad. You will get control of the wagaon. Don't beat yourself up you can do this!!

The Super Bowl eating will be a challenge. My husband is doing WW with me, but he said tomorrow night we are going to enjoy some foods that we shouldn't such as meatballs and nacho dip, but he also said we're not going to eat 2 meals at one sitting. I'm still going to do my best to keep track of my points. I'm going to eat as little as I can before the game so I have plenty of points for the "goodies".

Marie - Congrats on the smaller pants. Doesn't that just give you that boost you need to keep working at losing weight. It sure is a great reward.

I need to run. The laundry needs attention. Have a great weekend everyone.


01-31-2009, 01:03 PM
Marie - Congrats on the smaller pants :carrot:. I know it's not officially spring for quite a while yet, but I like to think it is early spring now that our first snowbells and crocuses are in bloom. We've had freezing fog for several days, so it's definitely not feeling very spring-like. Spring cleaning is a good de-stresser for me plus I have the good side effect of a tidy house! My DH heard that Starbucks were still making the decaf espresso (as in lattes, etc.) in the afternoon, they just won't be making the brewed decaf as they have been throwing away so much of it as there isn't much demand and they make a new pot every 1/2 hour.

Kathy - Congrats to you too on the smaller pants :dancer:. I wish I did have lots of energy! I just do the spring cleaning a little bit at a time. My main problem is getting motivated to get started.

Judy - I'm glad to hear you're on the mend and hope your conferences went well. I hope you get a chance to have a relaxing weekend and build your strength up.

Auntie G - I hope we can both turn around from "Gainsville" and head towards "Slimtown"! :lol: My weight has been up and down like a yo-yo and now seems to be heading up again :mad:.

We went to a new oriental market yesterday and bought some chicken potstickers (50 calories each). I made some soup with chicken stock, potstickers, sliced shiitake mushrooms, green onion, baby bok-choy, sliced garlic, a dash of sesame oil, a couple of dashes of soy sauce and a chunk of ginger. It was really delicious and very low cal. My DH said it tasted "like the real thing". I'm not sure what that meant, but I took it as a compliment!

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

01-31-2009, 02:33 PM
Happy Saturday everyone. I swear there is nothing quite so wonderful as weekends. :D I wish I could have the 7 days a week.

Food has been right on and so has exercise. I decided tomorrow will be 1900 cal day since I'll probably have the super bowl on in the background. But DH and I plan to go to Crater Lake Natl Park and snowshoe so maybe will miss it. :o

I did loads of cleaning this morning after walking the dog. After I type this, I'm going to clean up my mac and install Boot camp on it so I can boot up into XP as well as Mac. Then I can have my Windows only programs on my computer. Penny's DH mentioned it when we met and I thought that would be a good solution instead of buying another laptop. :D

Kathy, :carrot::carrot::carrot: on getting under another "decade". I LOVE that feeling. It's one of the few times I don't give the evil scale a middle finger salute. It's so funny, the scale is the only thing/person I salute with my middle finger. I rarely ever swear so it my little tantrums...

Penny, good news on the lattes. I could not figure out why making a decaf mocha would be a problem. Since they're making the espresso fresh. I hate freezing fog. We had it for nearly 2 weeks and it left about a week ago. Driving on black ice and not being able to see where you're going is miserable. You do have my sympathy.

OK, time to work on my beloved mac...

02-01-2009, 10:17 PM
Hey girls I am still around been pretty busy with making jewelry keeps my hands busy and out of food. I am still sticking with the Sonoma diet pretty much. I do like the less cravings of foods. I can't even believe that white potatoes don't even taste good to me me now at least mashed 2nd time its happened. First time I just took a little scoop then didn't eat them only a taste. Today made a pot roast sweet pot. for me reg. for the hubby again a taste no way. So guess in a way thats a good thing colored are better for me. I am sticking to whole wheat bread etc. only a little fruit after dinner, red wine with dinner one glass daily rec.. from the book. I did treat myself to pizza and a few wings friday evening. Made sure I worked out saturday for that treat. But right back on track today one slip up but thats way better than normal. I also read in the mag. Better Homes that the Med. diet is the way to go so I guess my choice was a good one. I made my lunch for mon. with those little ww pita, hummus, cuke, lettuce and a tomatoe to add in later on. The Gainesville and Slimville is a great idea. Hopefully the directions to Slimville are correct and I can stay on the road map. Marie your always so good with exercise I am trying my best. My daughter and I are going together a couple times of week. I was sore today but in a good way means I am working my problem areas I guess. Penny I surely wish I could see some good signs of spring we are working on 200'' of snow this year so far. Crazy huh Bear surely loves running around in it and becoming a snow ball. Its impossible to keep the floors spotless. Bear!! Judy glad to hear your feeling better and don't over do it at work before you are back to normal. You don't need a relapse. My work has been a bit stressful lately but I have been able to keep my intake under control. The office snacks are tough to stay away from. Today I shared a dark candy bar with the hubby at least I felt in control doing it. I was careful in my choice. I guess there even shrinking the sizes but not the price so in a way that helps me as well a little less cals.
Kathy congrats keep up the good work.
Auntie G I am sure that you will get right back on track. Super bowl parties etc. its all hard to stay out of the goodies. I am trying to have a different mind set this time I hope that it works out and I reach my goal. It is easier having the book as a guide doing it all by myself just wasn't working for me.
Well girls have a great week, hopefully all of us will have a less stressful work week, good exercise for myself good food choices!

02-02-2009, 09:38 PM
Hi Everyone!

Just checking in to see if everyone had a good Monday. My work day started out crazy. It took me an hour and a call to our IT guy to get into my email and to Quickbooks before I could get started on my work today. All in all it was a great day and I felt good.

I also stayed on plan today and feel great. Each day on plan makes the next day easier.

Trust you all have a great week!


02-03-2009, 04:19 AM
Hi Hi all!

Just checking in to wish you all the best, and let you know i'm still alive.


02-03-2009, 08:48 AM
Ditto what Mariana said...New York was good, and I had a great dinner out with a good friend Friday night. The work week got off to a frantic start, ay-yi-yi. A young woman who did some part-time work for me a few years ago dropped by to say hello, but really to beg for a job, any job. We could tell right away that something's going on with her mentally--stiff body language, frozen smile, asking unrelated questions before I could finish answering the previous one, etc. Finally we put her in a cab (my co-worked handed the driver more than enough money) and sent her to her sister's house. I've been thinking about it ever since, wondering what we could have done differently.

Athough I'm feeling much better, I still have the sinus headache, so I'll make an appointment to see my regular doctor :(. I haven't worked out in two weeks, and I feel like a slug.

More later--judy

02-03-2009, 12:48 PM
Morning everyone. I thought I'd check in before all work got to crazy to get back. I've been working on my Mac in the evenings. I rebuilt it and then last night added a boot camp partition so that it could run Windows as well. It is very cool. Penny, tell your DH that I got the courage to try it from him and tell him thanks.

Exercise is very good. The PT told me that not using my left knee (protecting it and wearing the brace for all exercise) has made it weaker. So this morning I walked without it and that was good. I've been using my bike for 3 weeks and that has made it stronger. And now the PT and home exercises from that. I really feel like there's hope - even that I could ski maybe once in March. ;) One must keep trying.

Yesterday Mr Scale was kind, this morning I kicked it and it bounced of the toilet. DH heard and started laughing. So he knew it was evil once again. I love when it's evil the day after I've been angelic.

Mazza, I love your bike ticker. I hope you're having a cool breeze blowing your way, keeping you more comfortable in the heat. I'd love to have your heat, BTW. Although today it is sunny and will be in the mid-50's.

Carol, sounds like you're having a good time with the exercise and staying planted on the wagon. Good for you. I hope that work calms down, but in these times of layoff, furloughs and downsizing, those left are swamped and stressed. But that's not a complaint as I'm very thankful to be employed.

Judy, I'm sorry about the difficult former co-worker situation. You can hem and haw about what you could have done better, but the truth is, you couldn't solve her problems and it sounds like you handled the situation good.

Auntie, I hope you're finding the wagon and hitching a ride.

Kathy, I hope today's log in to your computer went smoother. How wonderful that you're feeling great and are on track.

Penny, I hope all is going good up north of here.

auntie g
02-03-2009, 07:23 PM
Hi everyone- count me in for a quick check in to say I'm alive. I've not found my way back onto the wagon yet, and now I'm in turmoil because DH is sick, and I do mean sick. He doesn't want to go to the doctor, but I'm thinking of calling anyway. I'm wondering if he hasn't gotten himself some of that salmonella that's so hot and happening in the news. Groan...

Hope you all are doing well, and I'll catch up one of these days!

02-03-2009, 09:46 PM
Auntie G - Keep running after the wagon you can catch up with it. I have confidence in you. I hope your DH goes to the doctor before he gets worse.

Marie - My computer cooperated with me today. I didn't have a problem with my computer tody, but I was so tired I had to force myself to work. I slept about 4 hours last night because I had so much on my mind and couldn't keep my mind from racing. As long as I kept busy I was fine. It will be an early bed time tonight.

Even though I only got 4 hours of sleep my DH and I got up at 5:00 and worked our to 1/2 hour.

Have a great Wednesday!


02-03-2009, 10:40 PM
Marie - I'm glad the boot camp worked out well on your Mac. I got a chuckle picturing you kicking your scale :lol: I find that kicking mine only makes it meaner! You're so good with exercise and counting calories I'm sure you'll soon be losing again.

Carol - Your diet sounds very healthy with all the colorful veggies. One of my girlfriends is also making jewelry out of "findings" - old bits of jewelry, buttons and other objects she finds at garage sales, etc. It's amazing the gorgeous jewelry she makes out of these old bits and pieces. She made a lovely pendant necklace out of a vintage hair clip!

Kathy - I hope you get a better night's sleep tonight.

Mariana - Hi, I was glad to see it's cooled down a bit in the Antipodes!

Auntie G - I hope your DH is feeling better. If you find that wagon, please send it my way!

Judy - I agree with Marie that you handled the difficult situation with the ex-coworker as best you could. I hope your sinuses soon feel better - I know how miserable it can make you feel. :getwell:

I had a luncheon meeting today and the buffet was stuffed potatoes! I had half a small potato and some chili and it gave me terrible indigestion. I also ate a piece of cake that wasn't even good :(. The meeting went well, though and we got a lot done. The sun was out today and it was about 50 degrees.
I haven't been sleeping well and I'm sure that's why I'm getting the munchies again. My #1 goal is to get more sleep and hopefully that will help me get back on track.

02-04-2009, 03:49 PM
Hi Everyone!!!
We're halfway through the week and that's reason to... :carrot:

PT went good this morning. Heck I'm getting more exercise there. Can't beat that. I did 10 minutes on their bike and 12 minutes on a recumbant stepper (weird machine but I like it). So add that to what I'll do tonight and that will be good. I snuggled with my doggies this morning and didn't walk. They liked the snuggling, but I bet they'd have preferred to walk. c'est la vie...

Auntie, jump back on the wagon. I think it's circling your way as you read this. I hope your DH recovers soon.

Penny, the scale said the same thing this morning as yesterday and instead of kicking it, I gently slid it back into place. But as I left I did give it a middle finger salute. I just couldn't resist. :D Maybe it didn't see and because I was gentle, tomorrow it will be nicer. One can hope.

Kathy, way to go on the exercise. That's such a big difference when even if you don't feel like it or have a reasonable excuse not to exercise you still do it. That's BIG progress.

Well, back to work for me.

02-04-2009, 06:17 PM
First sign of spring! They just opened up today.

Marie - I'm glad your PT is helping and hope you get to go skiing before the end of the season. I'm going to clean the dust bunnies off the bottom of my scale and see if that makes it behave better! :lol:

I hope everyone is having a good day.

02-04-2009, 08:11 PM
Thanks, Penny! What a beautiful photo. I love your number-one goal :yawn:

Marie, I'm glad you're feeling so good about your knee.

Kathy, you are a real trooper! It's good to have a supportive hubby to keep you from rolling over and going back to sleep.

Auntie, I hope that your hubby sees the light and sees a doctor...take care of yourself while you deal with whatever's going on with him.

I went to the doc's this morning and got antibiotics for what is now a sinus infection, and drugs for this ugly cold sore that's taken over my lower lip. I feel like a fat and listless slug!!! It will be great to feel normal again and NOT HAVE A NAGGING :headache: ALL THE TIME--Excuse me for shouting....I'm eating too much, in a pointless attempt to get a quick jolt of energy (sugar) while stuffing away the discomfort (sugar and fat). This is not the way I planned to begin 2009 :faint:


02-04-2009, 08:56 PM
Judy - Here are a couple of hugs :hug: :hug: - I think you need them. Take care of yourself and get well soon.

02-05-2009, 01:42 PM
Morning everyone, only another day until weekend. I just adore weekends. This weekend is guard weekend, so DH has to work. So I have lots of alone time. I bet I can use it wisely.

I have PT in a half hour which is good. My alarm didn't go off this morning so no exercise. They start PT with 10 minutes of the exercycle and I ask to finish it off (when the real stuff is done) with 12 minutes of the stepper. If the weather holds out, a co-worker and I are going for a walk at lunch. If the weather doesn't hold, the PT should hold me over on the exercise till I get home.

Penny, I love the pictures. I'm so excited for spring. In six days I'll find warm weather in florida. Such a nice break from winter even if we're having a very mild one.

Judy, I hope you start to feel better. My siblings and mother get old sores and they look so painful. I've been blessed with only canker sores. I hope you can turn the start of 2009 around.

Well, I will work for a bit before PT.

02-06-2009, 08:46 AM
Penny, thanks for the hugs. They seem to be working (with help from the antibiotics). I feel better this morning than I have in over two weeks--congested, but no cough or headache :). In fact, I feel a light aerobic workout coming on :carrot:

Marie, I'm surprised they let you use the stepper at PT. I've been essentially banned for life from using them, but then both of my knees are shot. The closest I get to a stepper is the elliptical, depending on how far apart the foot pedals are. Oh, Florida will be lovely...:sunny:

Going back to New York this afternoon to conduct a training, cold sore and all, but I'll be back late Saturday night.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


02-06-2009, 04:09 PM

Just a quick note, I'll post more later or tomorrow. But things are good and the knee is doing good.

Judy, the stepper machine isn't a real stepper. It's a recumbant (picture an exercycle recumbant style) and arm things. so you push out with your legs (every other one) and use your arms to balance the resistance. They start you off with not much resistance, mostly to move. Then you work upwards a bit. I could NOT do a standing up stepper for the life of me. My knees would buckle and collapse. And have a wonderful time in New York. Ignore the cold sore and just relax some. Then you'll start feeling more like yourself. Enjoy the light workout.

Back to work and I'll chat more later.

auntie g
02-07-2009, 10:14 AM
Hi and happy Saturday to all! Today I have officially climbed back on the wagon. What a mess I've gotten myself into again. I did not have the guts to do my official weigh-in, and I am not going to until I feel a bit less thick. But I did print out my logging sheet for the week, and that is what makes things official.

DH has mostly recovered from his illness, which turned out to be a virus, not salmonella. I did get him to the doctor to find that out, and although it proved to be unnecessary, it did make me feel better. The last time I let him try to sleep off being sick, he ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and a partially collapsed lung, so I didn't want to push it again. So now things are on the upswing there.

I have been completely miserable about my job situation, which is one of my reasons for falling off the wagon. I'm not sure how I think eating truffles will help that, but sometimes that's just the way it goes... :dizzy: So, I seriously need to find a new job, and obviously it's not a good time for that. I feel like I should go to school and learn how to do something that actually pays, but I've still never figured out what I want to do. This has been an ongoing problem for years, but things are just getting worse by the day now. Waaaaaaaaahhhhhh! OK, I'll stop whining now.

Kathy, thanks for the encouragement, and I hope things are going well with you!

Penny, you're having wagon trouble, too? Now that I'm back on, grab my hand and I'll pull you up! Wow, I can't believe that picture you posted! It looks like spring has sprung out west! We got 8" of snow on Monday, and everything is still white for now. We're supposed to hit 60º by tomorrow, though, so maybe we'll see some flowers soon.

Marie, glad the PT is going so well! You'll be back to your normal vigorous exercise in no time! And I am definitely with you on the weekend sentiment. Hope you have a great "alone time" one!

Judy, glad you're feeling better, and yeah, this is not the way I wanted to start the new year either. Blecch! But every day's a new beginning, right? Let's get this thing going before summer hits!

Off to do my Saturday errands, which will not include truffles- no matter how they beg! ;) Have a great day, everyone!

02-07-2009, 12:55 PM
Oh how I love weekends!!! It's sort of sunny out and bit chillier with a high only of 40 but the doggies and I have already been out for a 1.5 mile hike. It was wonderful. I'm going to ride my bike and do my weightlifting routine in a bit.

I officially dropped another 1 from my tracker. Because I barely lose weight at 1500 cals, I finally understand how I re-gained 20 pounds when I wasn't logging or weighing. Last August I was so mad that I'd gained and I couldn't even think of one instance that I'd pigged out. Well now I get it. 1500 cals will probably be my lifelong daily intake. I can live with that. And the one day a week at 1900 (which is today :carrot:). Judy, my professional traveler friend, how do I survive on a 10 day vacation in Florida??? I will persevere. Judy is my role model.

Auntie, welcome back!!!! So we can help you figure out what direction your career should take you - what things do you like? Cooking, shopping, computers, reading to kids (like an educational asst in schools)? Think of what interests you and keeps you smiling, then see if you can tweak that to something you'd like to do for a living. It is a tough time to look for work, but a perfect time to go back to school.

Anyway, I'm the truffles are part of the past and you're back. I've been worried about you. You've made such incredible progress.

Penny, tell your DH I love my Mac even more than before because of him. I'm moving Quicken and my diet/exercise software that syncs with my windows mobile phone over to the Vista partition today. And I can now take my Mac on vacation and trips and still be able to remote control my work computer from anywhere in the world. I'd hated the idea of taking my work laptop because my Mac is my beloved computer.

Kathy, Judy, and Carol - I hope all is going wonderfully and that you're gearing up for the downhill slide into spring.

Mazza, I hope that you're far away from the fires burning down under. Stay safe.


02-07-2009, 08:18 PM
Hi Everyone!

It has been a couple of days since I've visited, but I haven't forgotten all of you. It sounds like everyone is doing well.

Auntie G - YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! I knew you could get back on the wagon. The next time you feel like you're starting to slip off the wagon just remember all the tire tracks that were on you because of the wagon wheels running over you and how painful it was. Again, YEAH! I'm glad you're husband is feeling much better.

Friday was my WI and I was so mad. I have a bad habit of weighing almost everyday. So I weighed on Thursday and was down 2lbs. When I WI Friday I was down 6/10 of a pound. My friend has encouraged me to not weigh for 2 weeks, so I'm going to try not to do it. I don't want to be a slave to the scale and let it dictate my life change. Losing inches is more important.

I need to run. Have a great Saturday evening and Sunday!


02-08-2009, 06:32 PM
Auntie g honey you can do it. Stress of a job not going so well with all the issues I used to have boy do I understand stress, eat thing. But remember Auntie g is important and yah need to take care of yourself if you don't health issues follow. Thats my main reason for jumping back on recently not wanting more health issues, wt. loss and better exercising was surely needed. I let myself give in a bit and now since my dollar store book 3 weeks ago with the Sonoma Diet I am on my way to feeling better, more control, losing wt and feel I can live on this way of eating. Yes I still cheat once in awhile usually on the weekend but not totally. If I am to have pizza then well I know the rest of the day needs to be on task etc. Mainly only eat wholewheat breads no white pot. or wh. sugar etc. I try to think of it as well its not on my list. I feel great. Not on the scale yet but on the 19th that will mark a month. My belly fat is leaving I feel slimmer and my clothes are fitting better. Now I exercise once a wk with my daughter and try to get there at least 2 other times I am in the groove!!! Good luck to you just remember be strong for yourself your worth it all. Good luck with the job front or going to school sometimes its quite interesting. I went back later in life and now feel great that I accomplished that. It is my 10 year anniversary this May.
Judy hope you are enjoying NY and feel better. So sorry you were ill.
Marie PT well you the exercise bunny so I am sure this is good for you and that knee. Are you wearing them out at PT yet?
Penny no soap making but have made lots of necklaces and earrings recently. I am doing a show at a friends home in 3 weeks or so. Oh I better finish up. My thoughts are cash and carry buy what I have if you want a special order depending on the idea and if it is something that sounds fun will make the decision if I make it or not.
Mazza glad your here still.
Kathy hello nice to meet yah. I am sometimes afraid of the scale. Like now this is the top of my fourth week on my diet changes which I hope to be life style changes for good. That is the way I am looking at it anyway. I love not craving certain foods and feel I am eating healthy. So I will do the scale on the 19th that way even if I have only lot a little sticking to it for one more week will be a good thing. My clothes are fitting better that is always a way for me to know if things are going well. My rings are loose and my director even asked me the other day hey how much have you lost. In my face the little flab I get under my chin is leaving good by never like you anyway fabby. Hah hah. Well hope I didn't miss anyone if I did hello and hang in there.
I should of said no white breads or whites etc. mainly whole wheat, healthy foods, higher fiber, protein, certain veggies and fruits portion control more. The food is actually pretty good and my snacking isn't so important to me and that is an improvement. I have only had a couple of sweets since my start on this on 1/19/ thought I should state that a bit differently. Oh well have a lovely rest of the day.

02-08-2009, 08:10 PM
Marie - I told my DH how pleased you are with Boot Camp and he's glad it worked out so well for you. I envy you going to sunny Florida - where abouts are you going? It's chilly and dreary here again after one nice day yesterday. I planted a few primroses in pots so I have something cheerful to look at in the back yard. I hope you enjoyed your "alone time".

Judy - I hope your training session went well in NY and that your sinuses are getting better. It's no fun when you're traveling and not feeling well.

Auntie G - Thanks for the hand up onto the wagon! I think I need a kick in the rear too to get me on board :kickbutt: :lol:. I hope you managed to steer your wagon clear of those truffles.

Kathy - Good to hear from you again. Sounds like your scale is acting like a yo-yo just like mine :dizzy:.

Carol - It looks like you're doing well on your diet. It's a good sign that your rings are loose. I just sorted out a bunch of old jewelry, beads and buttons to give to my friend who makes jewelry. I don't think I have the patience to get into it so I'm looking forward to see what she makes out of them.

Mariana - I've been reading about all the terrible bush fires in Oz and hope there aren't any near you. It must be just terrifying for those poor folks in Victoria and NSW. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone down under.

We celebrated Valentine's day today as my DH will be out of town next Saturday :(. We had a nice day with lunch out at Gustav's and we only had a few, but very good, chocolates. My DH will be in California all next week, so I'll have some alone time like Marie just had, which I very much enjoy once in a while.

I hope everyone has a great week.

02-08-2009, 09:13 PM
Ah the weekend is drawing to a close... :(

Penny, I did enjoy my alone time. But it's over now. So now it's your turn. I failed the 1900 cal day because I was too busy to eat or munch recklessly. So yesterday was 1500 cals and I think I'll be at about 1700 cals today - maybe. Depends on what I decide for dinner. So why your DH is gone, you can be creative on getting back on the wagon. Auntie and I are both pulling you back up.

Carol, congrats on the 3+ weeks on plan. Sounds like you chose the correct plan for you. And you're doing great on the exercise. And the PT guys did say he wasn't used to patients asking to do more. I sort of like being paid (sick time) for exercising. :D

Kathy, I don't have a specific weigh in day. I do way daily unless there's a reason I know I'd be up (water weight gain, etc). But basically everyday. I record the lowest weight and when the evil scale doesn't budge or is higher, I just middle finger salute it, the forget about it. I don't log anything until the next time it's a tad lower (like today it was .2 less so I logged it). It's sort of interesting how long it can go between low readings. Regardless, don't let the evil scale bug you on a water weight or monthly gain. Then it wins and THE SCALE MUST LOSE!!!! ;)

I got lots done today. I'm basically packed for leaving on Tuesday. I usually do it the night before, but I figure I'll busy tomorrow getting everything ready for my son to babysit my beloved doggies. So I did the clothes and packed. I'm traveling light, thinking I'll do 2 loads of clothes while at the hotel. It's an extended stay and it has laundry facilities. And I did pack my swimsuit and beach towel. Daytona might be a little chilly, but the hotel pool is heated. :carrot:And I also finished getting my computer done in both Windows and Mac. YEAH!!!! It was a lot of work but worth it.

Time to make dinner. I told DH I would call him when it's done since he worked all day. to him, it looks like I sat with my computer all day, until he saw my to-do list on the fridge and the X's through most of it.


auntie g
02-08-2009, 10:36 PM
Hi all! The wagon ride has been smooth all weekend - yay! I didn't even need my Saturday splurge day, since I just came off of 2 weeks of splurging, so I'll have extra points through the week if I need them. That will be strange!

I do have a splitting headache, as we are now in the middle of a HUGE family crisis, but I know that bad eating will not fix anything, so that's a plus. I can't really get into what's going on, but I wanted to mention it in case I'm MIA. It won't be because I'm off the wagon. :headache:

Marie, I'd love to have some assistance figuring out what to do, job-wise, so maybe when my head is in a better place and you're back from vacation... I hope you have a great time, and I have no doubt that you'll get in a lot of exercise in a heated pool!

Kathy, congrats on the 6/10 - any loss is a good loss! And the other missing 1.4 will show up, don't worry! Daily fluctuations are just part of the deal, and they don't know what day we want to be the "good" day.

Carol, thanks for the encouragement, and I'm glad you're doing so well on Sonoma! You got the book at the dollar store? Wow! I might check it out myself, to get some new ideas. Shrinking cravings and belly sounds good! Can't wait to see how your weigh-in on the 19th goes! And good luck with your jewelry sales!

Penny, here's you kick! :kickbutt: Glad you had a nice early Valentine's Day, too! I'd forgotten all about that. I'm afraid that will end in chocolate for me. :o I guess as long as I keep it to the ONE day, it'll be OK. I hope you have some quality alone time and do something nice for yourself!

Off to bed now. Have a great Monday, everyone!

02-09-2009, 08:12 AM
Penny they say the good dk choc. isn't so bad for us actually good in sm. amts. so see how good you did. Now I want a piece of choc. at 7 in the morning hah hah.
Marie yah know thats the best way to have it being paid during exercise time. I had that before too. Not so bad to take makes up for the suffering we did before hand. Glad to hear from you. I have missed this site and now will try to get on daily again. It is such a great support. Yes I feel this plan is working for me. Its about time I found something positive in this changing my dietary needs to still feel good about what I eat. I am off to buy my Sonoma cookbook today downloaded a Barnes Noble coupon it will save me on tax.
Aunite G I wouldn't of believed it if I hadn't done it myself but the cravings did go away. I have even had the will power to not eat cake etc. that comes in the office. I guess being satisfied with what I do eat helps. Frozen fruit is handy in the freezer. I love fruit the first 10 days without it was tough but went by quickly. I now have introduced it back in my food list. Just have to becareful of how much too much of any food isn't so great less its the veggie list. And yes the Dollar Store for my book crazy huh. But others on the site have told me the same thing all for a buck. Best wt. loss tool I ever got that cheap too less than a protein bar. Well good luck and have a super day. I just finished my breakfast 1 slice of wheat toast with a tsp of pb, one sm. bowl of healthy cereal and my coffee. Lunch is a salad with tuna, one sm. apple and a kashi bar for a snack in the afternoon. Dinner fish, veggies and 1/2 cup of frozen fruit w/granola and ff cool whip. Just thought I would add I am not hungry and if I was there is lots of veggies to grab which are unlimited. Wish I had found this a long time ago.
Take care have a good monday and only 4 days til fri. and then I have a four day weekend yah!!!

02-10-2009, 08:44 AM
Hi, chickies. Marie, have fun in Florida :beach:

Auntie, when it rains, it's hard to focus on weigh loss when you're anxious or upset. If you can think of self-care--what will help you sleep better, feel healthier--you will probably make choices that will stop you from gaining, at least, until things settle down. You're in my thoughts :hug:

Penny, the training went well, thanks. And I think my sinuses are finally clearing up :D Except for feeling fat and stiff, I'm close to my normal self.

Kathy--yeah, the wagon has left skid marks me :D, thanks for that image. I weigh myself every morning--unless I've blown off my program. So guess who hasn't been on the scale in weeks? Stepping on the scale reminds me that I'm on a journey and reinforces good choices, so it's a good motivator for me. But if the daily fluctuations in weight work against you, by all means, do what works for you!

Carol, congratulations on the weight loss :cheer:

Mariana, I'm so sorry to see the footage of these awful fires! I hope that you and your loved ones aren't affected.

I'm trying to get back on track. I haven't been sleeping well--stressing over my to-do list--so I think I'll leave for work a little earlier this morning and walk for a while, and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. I'll be traveling this week and next, so I'll focus on "conscious" eating and getting back into moving around more, even when I can't work out.


02-10-2009, 07:18 PM
Girls I hope your all doing well today. Marie when are you off to sunny weather?
Crazy here on wed. its to be in the 50's just nuts but I will take it anytime in FEB. I just finished dinner sweet pot. fries in the oven made with spices and olive oil. Then I made some turkey burgers which I changed from patties to smashed up added garlic minced, salsa, onions and then made them back up to patties instead to 2 I ended up with 3. Had it on a whole wheat roll with some lettuce and brussel sprouts. Not too bad. I purchased my cookbook today kind of looked up turkey burgers didn't add the mushrooms but my idea came from the book. I didn't exercise today but will fit it in on wed and fri. now hey as long as I get it done right?
Judy I have confidence in you jumping back on track. Life gets crazy and it doesn't take much to get off track how well I know. Infulence of others is one way today I did a no no went upstairs with the girls who go get choc. everyday of course I got mm with peanuts. Still it was a no no and my first candy in 3 weeks. Was it worth it NO!!! But live and learn back on track this evening though.
Take care and hang in there together we can all support one another in the goal of living a healthier lifestyle. Every little change adds up and that makes a difference. HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

auntie g
02-10-2009, 08:15 PM
Hi all! I'm still on track, 4 days in a row - woo hoo! My head still hurts with the messy situation going on, but so far I haven't let it derail me. :carrot:

Carol, mmmm, I haven't made sweet potato fries for a long time, and now I think I'll put them on the schedule for the weekend. Turkey burgers sound good, too, and that was a good idea adding stuff to them, and making 3 out of 2. Now just watch out for those M&Ms! But you're doing great, keep up the good work!

Judy, thanks for the concern. There are some real problems going on, but luckily, my switch seems to be flipped in the right direction, food-wise. I think right now that my eating is the only thing I can control, so I am controlling the h*ll out of it! That's a new one for me, but I'll take it! I hope you got out for your walk to enjoy this wacky weather. The dang exercise should help you sleep better, too. I hadn't walked in a while until yesterday, and I slept so well that I didn't notice my alarm going off this morning- oops!

Hope everyone else is hanging in there! Have a good one!

02-11-2009, 01:26 PM
Hi all, I'm sitting at the gate in Reno. We fly to San Fran, then to Orlando, then we'll drive to Daytona tonight. The plane is delayed from here because SF is having weather issues. I really didn't want to fly through SF because of fog, but a cheaper ticket... So now the day might be thrown off. We didn't have much of a layover in SF but I figured the SF will be delayed as well.

Auntie, I'm sorry about your family stress. That's so difficult and I'd probably be self medicating wit mochas and m&ms. You are doing great and keep controlling the h*ll out of if.

Judy, you are so right about the scale. I weigh daily unless I'm being bad. Then I delay and delay and 20 pounds gained I finally step on it. I know I won't do that again. I told DH to make me weigh if I don't keep him informed of my progress (or maintenance). Or if he doesn't hear me kick the scale...

Carol, I'm so happy you found the plan that works for you. To stay away from the peanut M&M's - think about the plants that process peanuts and the dire results. So that might make you stay away from them. I'm lucky - in this instance that I'm deathly allergic to peanuts.

Kathy, I hope that you're still doing great and exercising no matter what.

Penny, I hope you're enjoying your "me" time.

Mazza, stay safe and don't breath too deeply.

DH and I stayed at a casino last night and this morning I thought of traveling and not exercising. I was sad then realized they might have a fitness room. Voila, look at the directory and they had a GREAT fitness room. I did a full weight training and treadmill workout. So I'm pleased. I chose a 2 egg scrambed eggs with egg beaters, some red potatoes that WEREN'T greasy - who'd have guessed, and a decaf no fat mocha. I'm on plan. That's my goal this vacation. To lose a pound. So I'm going to log everything and be diligent. Yesterday I was under my cals and for me, traveling in a car for 5 hours is invitation to eat.

Well, I supposed I should post before the airport terminates my connection as I was warned.

02-11-2009, 09:01 PM
Marie - I hope your trip to Florida went well, despite the weather related delay. I hope you have a wonderful time in the sun :sunny:.

Auntie G - I'm sorry to hear about your family crisis. I hope things get resolved soon. In the meantime, hang in there - this too shall pass.

Carol - I figure chocolate is better than some other carbs like white bread and potatoes and a little bit goes a long way to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Judy - I'm glad your sinuses are a bit better. I hope you can get some good restful sleep as that's half the battle in my opinion. I'm definitely more on track after a good night's sleep.

I hope everyone else is doing well.

I'm enjoying my "me" time as Marie put it. I drove my DH to the airport on Monday in an unexpected snow storm. Luckily the snow was gone by the afternoon. I'm pretty much on track with food and exercise.

02-11-2009, 09:07 PM
Marie enjoy your time away lose wt. on vac. well good luck we'll all support yah on that idea. But its not my usual for vac. time.
The MM's idea is cute. Today it was have lunch out but I did pretty good we I choose to have chinese but only picked the healthier end of things. Like veggies, chicken without breading or fried etc. No rice, no noodles just meat veggies not to bad. Then I took an hr. off today at the end of my day p time felt I needed it. I went to the gym workout on some new stuff and put in some good wt. rest. stuff and treadmill. For dinner tonight I had some blue corn chips with salsa not so bad. Then ck. breast, dipped in hot sauce I made, and the rest of yesterdays oven sweet pot. Had a frozen fruit dish for dessert with a little almond, flax cereal on top. I am done now just ice water. Oh and I had my daily little red wine with dinner that is so nice what a treat. And its in the diet....
Auntie G my thoughts are with you times aren't so easy to get through. But I know you are head strong and have a good will to stay on your wagon watch out for the tipping corners. I fell hard and it took me awhile to get back on. I am not perfect but sure am headed in the right direction lately. Few little slips but thats normal as long as I notice them and acknowledge it so they don't come by to often.
Have a good evening everyone. Crazy weather here.

02-11-2009, 10:02 PM
Autie G & Marie - Thanks for the encouragment about the scales. I weighed this past Monday and was down 3lbs. A friend and I agreed to not weigh for 2 weeks so I'm going to try my best not to. It is hard not to let the scale dictate, but I'm trying to let the change in my clothes be a bigger influence.

Life has been crazy in our house. My DH is working an hour away and working 12 hours a day for the next 2 weeks. So I've have been racing home from work to take kids to work and basketball practice and then pick them up again all at different times. The joy of children!

I have been exercising 3-4 times a week. This morning I pushed myself harder then I ever have. It felt good, but I was exhausted until I was done. I always feel better after I've exercised.

I must run. Have a great Thursday everyone!


auntie g
02-13-2009, 08:13 AM
Happy Friday, everyone! I'm totally on track this week and feeling much better physically than I was during the off program weeks. I've decided to try to keep myself distracted from the issues at hand, since there's nothing I can do to fix the problems, so I'm just pretending everything is fine for now.

Marie, I hope you're having a fabulous time in Florida!

Penny, I hope you're on track and doing something good for yourself this week!

Carol, sounds like you're doing great on plan! Congrats!

Kathy, congrats on the 3 lbs! Seems like you're so busy you might not even have time to eat! Good job getting in the exercise even with your crazy schedule!

Gotta go to work, have a great day everyone!

02-13-2009, 11:14 PM
Welcome to Weekend Everyone!!!

As I've been at weekend for a few days, I thought I'd welcome you all to my fun. We did make it to Florida, only 12 hours late. We ended up on the dreaded red-eye (the only reason I'd booked through SF was to avoid the red-eye). Anyway, we met up with my parents yesterday and now they're on to their next stop in their FL trip, but it was wonderful seeing them. I do so much better with my father on a limited basis.

After they left, DH and planned to lounge on the beach (as the weather is to turn rainy and colder). We're sitting there and were marveling at the parasailing. The chute turned and I saw the phone number and I called. The rest is history. It was the most awesome blast. DH and I are proud members of the 2000' Club in Daytona (with t-shirts to prove it). I thought I'd post a couple pictures. They're in order - taking off, flying high and splash down.

BTW, the ocean is a balmy 64 degrees. Eeeks!

I've stayed totally on plan, no letting myself use vacationing as an excuse. I'm really excited about that success.

Penny, my DS2 has bemoaned the snow and isn't pleased he's having to stay out at our house with the 20 mile snowy commute. I texted him and told him it's good he knows how to use the plow and that we left him a 4wd vehicle. I'm glad the "me" time is going good.

Carol, sounds like you're doing great on your plan. And way to go on the exercising.

Auntie, I'm sorry the problems haven't resolved themselves. At least you're not out of control on the eating front. Pride in your success does a lot to keep one sane.

Kathy, you exerciser you!!! Isn't exercising great??? DH being gone 14 hours a day is a tough one with all the childrens' activities.

Hi to everyone else. I'm going to close for the night. I'm exhausted and ready for bed.

auntie g
02-14-2009, 09:31 AM
Happy Valentine's Day!!:val1::val1:

And a happy weekend, too! I had a great WI this morning, and was able to honestly update my ticker, hurray! I'm not sure what today will hold, food-wise- we're still trying to decide whether we're going out for dinner or not. However, even if today ends up with a splurge, I feel like I am strapped into my seat on the wagon and it's all good.

Marie, woo hoo! Parasailing seems like so much fun! I used to want to try it, back when I was young and got to go on vacations, but somehow it never happened. Maybe some day... Thanks for posting the pix. Glad you're having a good time, and staying on track, too - wow, that is something!

Off to walk my girl, then go to my nephew's basketball game. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

02-14-2009, 01:43 PM

Wow Marie - You're having just too much fun! Thanks for posting the great photos. Are you going to the Daytona 500?

I'm on my own today as my DH is still in Las Vegas. It was 28 deg. there this morning, so I'm not too jealous! Lucky for him, he remembered to call me this morning to wish me a happy Valentine's Day.

I'm making myself a special lunch of grilled giant prawns (from Trader Joe's) and gourmet spinach salad (also TJ's). We'll go out for lunch tomorrow when he gets back - at least we won't have to stand in line at the restaurant.

Have a great weekend everyone!

02-15-2009, 09:00 AM
Hi all, I'm still playing around in Florida. Yesterday DH and I went to the Nationwide (formerly Busch series - what I call the JV cars) race and it was really fun. Several of the Daytona 500 driver compete and my son's favorite won the race. I was cheering loudly in his absence.

Today is the 500 and I'll be cheering for my racer and my son's. But I'm not sure the race will happen as it's supposed to rain. So it might be delayed until tomorrow (when it's supposed to be sunny). I'd prefer the race today with clouds and rain, then the beach tomorrow in the sun. :D

Penny enjoy your meal out that will be without the crowds. DH and I ate in the room. It has a kitchenette and we made a lo-cal dinner.

Auntie, :carrot::carrot:on the good weighin. I hope you had a nice dinner, whether or not you went out. I'm very glad you're strapped to the wagon.

Well DH finally got out of bed, so I'll get up. I'm still within cals and that's quite an accomplishment for me. Vacations = eating in my old mind set.

02-15-2009, 09:56 AM
Marie congrats on having fun and on plan. And cheering must burn some cals hah hah. Anyways I was good with no candy for v day. But for me then I went for all you could eat crab legs first time in years and my overall favorite. I pigged out on them with my friend are hubbies just laughing as we squirted splashs of crab juice around. Oh it was fun but now its time to get back on plan so off to the gym today. I am planning on making some soup for dinner and making a yogurt dessert for after dinner.
Having a treat once in awhile I guess is not so bad as long as we recognize it as a special time and then get back on track soon. So I will be trying to do just that today.
Auntie g, Penny, Kathy, Judy and everyone else hope your all doing well. We can live through Maries fun on vac. how cool huh? Lets be strong and try to get right back on track today if we strayed off the road for v day. I even had a white pot. the first in almost a month. I started with a little dinner roll but only ate half and gave the rest to the skinny little guy I live with my hubby. What I would give to never worry about a cal, fat or other yummy things. Crazy how some folks just don't have to worry. I guess life gives him other struggles and let up on at least eating...

02-15-2009, 06:52 PM
Hi Everyone!

It's been a few days since I've checked in. It sounds like everyone is doing well.

Auntie G - YEAH! I knew you could do it. Way to go for strapping into the wagon seating and having a great ride this week. Keep up the good work.

Marie - Congrats on staying on plan during your vacation in Florida. I don't think I could do the parasailing. My best friend lives in Florida and has been after us to move down. I like to visit but have no desire to live inFL.

This week has been a stressful week, but I stayed on plan and lost almost 2 pounds. After having struggled with the scales it was nice to see a loss. We didn't do anything for Valentines day so I stayed on plan.

My husband lost his job this week. He had been layed off for 18 months, got a job the week of Thanksgiving and now lost this one after just 3 months. That was very discouraging, but I know God will help us through.

You all have a great week!


02-15-2009, 06:58 PM
Girls I made it out to exercise outside. We went to the park my daughter and I went around the two lakes. It took a good hour and it was a good workout. To nice to exercise inside the sun was shinning a bit cold and windy. Well food was on target today. I made spaghetti sauce no meat only mushrooms, onions and Barilla whole wheat pasta angel. Not to bad. Well take care.

auntie g
02-15-2009, 08:43 PM
:eek:When it rains, it pours... On top of the other mess, now my grandmother is in the hospital. She's doing better today than yesterday, and they're still trying to figure out what's going on, but needless to say, things did not go as planned this weekend. On the bright side, my wagon seatbelt is still holding. I didn't even have any real chocolate for Valentine's Day! I did have fake chocolate, though, and it actually was good enough. Hallelujah!

Penny, glad you don't have to put a hurtin' on your DH! :lol: How was your "day after Valentine's Day" lunch?

Marie, looks like you get to go to the beach tomorrow! I don't follow any of that race stuff, but somehow I heard that it ended early because of the rain, but they declared a winner anyway? I don't know, but I'd rather be at the beach! Congrats on still staying on plan. You've got your eyes on the prize!

Carol, crab legs can't be too bad, can they? I don't eat any of that kind of stuff (no seafood!), but it seems like it'd be ok unless it's dripping in butter, or something like that. At least you had a good time and planned to get right back on track. Ultimately, that IS what matters the most!

Kathy, sorry to hear about your DH's job. I think most of us live in fear of that nowadays, I know I do. But you're right, God will get you through. Keep your spirits up as best you can. I just looked at your profile since you put up your picture, and I see that we owe you a belated :bday2you: (If that's already been covered and I missed it, then sorry!) The 8th is a very popular birth date, apparently, as I already know four other people with the same b-day as you! Oh, and congrats on the almost 2 lbs, too!

Gotta go get set to watch The Amazing Race. Anybody else watch that?

Have a great week, everyone!

02-16-2009, 10:14 AM
Hey, chickies, I'm still out here! I was in Nashville for a few days. The conference center had problems with the wireless in our rooms, and then I was too much of a slug when I got home this weekend to do anything but putter and zone out. I saw The Reader yesterday at the theater, but I left just before the ending--at warp speed--because I saw a mouse :mouse: The manager was shocked, shocked, to hear of it, and I guess I won't be going back there for a little while.

Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about the layoff. I hope that things pick up for your hubby--and for all of us--very soon. WTG on the weigh-loss, though :carrot:

Auntie, you're right, it's never just one thing, it's always a dozen! I found out that my father (who I generally avoid) is in the hospital after traveling to another state, to his sister's funeral, without his medicine. Good for you, staying on track.

Penny, isn't the weather out west crazy this winter? Sounds like you had a lovely weekend.

Carol, you seem to be on doing great, making good choices :)

Marie, thanks for sharing these photos. I'm envious!


02-16-2009, 11:19 AM
Morning everyone. Things are going good here. To be honest, I left the race early. I was surrounded by rude fans, so I went back to the hotel and watched a movie. Way better choice. Besides I didn't get rained on. Auntie, they'd run over half the race, so they can call it for rain and it's over. Today is gorgeous and sunny. We went to the beach and watched the sun rise over the ocean. It was wonderful. I posted pictures below. Then we did laundry - there are perks to a laundry mat - both loads done at once. :D We'll be heading to the beach for the late morning and afternoon. I'm going to listen to a book and lay on the white sand. It's a bit chillier than I'd like but the sun makes it worth it!
And now me...

Auntie, way to go staying strapped in. I'm sorry about your grandmother. I hope they figure out the problem quickly!

Kathy, I'm so sorry about your husband's job. How disappointing after it took so long to find one. Congrats on the 2 pounds and keep your head held high. My thoughts are with you and your DH at this difficult time.

Judy, sounds like you had a relaxing weekend. I plan to do that this coming weekend. I'm getting tired of the hectic go-go of a vacation but I can't complain as DH agreed to several hours at the beach.

Carol, I'm with auntie on the seafood (I swim with the fishies, I never eat the fishies) but I believe crab is low cal and full of good stuff. Unless you dunked it in butter, then I think some of the goodness goes out the window. :o

Penny, I hope you're rested with your alone time and are glad your DH is home.

Well, that's it for now.

02-16-2009, 02:09 PM
Carol - You had me drooling for crab legs! :drool: I haven't had them for years but it's funny I actually dreamed about them the other night (before you mentioned them) - how weird is that?

Kathy - I'm sorry to hear all the stress you're going through with your DH losing his job. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Congratulations on losing weight despite the extra stress! :carrot:

Auntie G - I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma, I hope she soon feels lots better. Yes, thank you, we did have a nice "late Valentine's" lunch. We had sushi at our favorite restaurant. For dessert we had a couple of dark chocolate dipped candied orange slices - yum. A bit sinful but better than having a box of chocolates. I'm glad you're staying on track in spite of all your worries.

Judy - I hope you had a nice time in Nashville. Our son was just there for a few days last week. His firm sent him and a coworker to visit a supplier of industrial equipment. They had good time being put up in a nice hotel and taken to a hockey game. We're keeping our fingers crossed that he'll still have a job in 60 days when they will be deciding whether to let any more people go.

Marie - Thanks for posting the gorgeous sunrise photos. It must be wonderful to walk on the beach breathing the sea air. I enjoyed my alone time but it was good to catch up news from our friends in CA and hear the latest news from our industry (he was at a trade show). It's not looking too good as the show was very poorly attended. Luckily we don't have much overhead as we work from home, but lots of other small companies are going out of business. At least my DH is close to retirement age.

The sun is out and it's a bit warmer today - I'm looking forward to going for a walk with my DH this afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!

econ nerd
02-16-2009, 02:20 PM
I think I need to get on board with this thread :D I am Karen and I am getting back on track losing weight and getting healthy. I had lost a pile of weight before (over 50 pounds) but over the past three years have gained it all back... I was here in the fall and lost some weight but fell of the wagona bit when I hurt my back in December. At least I didn't gain back much of what I lost in the fall.

Anywho, I'm back on track and look forward to touching base here on a (close to) daily basis :hug:

02-16-2009, 07:12 PM
Welcome Karen!! We're happy to have you join us. This is a great place to be and full of encouragement.

Penpal - Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for my DH job situation. He is still feeling very bad about losing his job, but we don't have control over some things and it will all work out in the end.

Today was a beautiful day in central PA. It was 34 degrees but the sunshine was beautiful. I love the sunshine, it just makes me feel happy.

Marie - The pictures you posted were beautiful. The sun rise picture was gorgeous.

Hi to everyone else. Have a great evening and a wonderful Tuesday.


econ nerd
02-17-2009, 12:22 PM
Down 3.2 pounds from Sunday morning :carrot: But I don't expect things to go that fast much longer since I am just back to eating better :p

Thanks for the welcome :hug:

02-17-2009, 06:46 PM
Ah, the vacation end is near. Our plane takes off (hopefully) at 8:00 tomorrow morning and we should land in Reno about 1:00. Then it's off to my beautiful grandson's 3rd b-day party. Yes, the end of the trip was planned with his b-day in mind. I wasn't going to miss it like last year when a business trip took me away.

Today we went to Universal's Island of Adventure. More like Island of Waiting and Waiting and Waiting. Average wait time for a ride was 45 minutes. Nope, not me ever again. But we did have fun at the Hard Rock Cafe and had a great lunch. I didn't have lo-cal food but I didn't eat much so I think all was ok. I might try to log my estimated cals but I'm not too worried about it. Overall, I averaged 1500 cals a day or less while on vacation. I have never, ever accomplished that before in my life. A major milestone!

Karen, welcome to our thread. Accountability is the key for me. I go missing for a couple weeks and you can bet the house I'm eating like I have a metabolism. As I don't, I must check in regularly. :carrot: on the 3.2 pound loss.

Kathy, keep bolstering up your DH's ego. In this economy, very people's jobs are safe. BTW, I saw the pretty sunrise again this morning before we left Daytona and came to the theme park capitol of the world.

Penny, I'm glad your lunch was nice. Its always good to catch up on friend's lives.

I guess that's it for now. BTW, DH and I saw The International last night and the movie was ok. I wouldn't spend $$$ to see it again. But we did rent Eagle Eye the night before and it was absolutely fantastic. I can't stop thinking about. So there you go, a highly recommended moving. I did want to see The Reader but I didn't get a review from Judy other than the mouse blew by and she ran screaming. :o

02-18-2009, 04:58 PM
Marie - Congratulations for staying on your plan during vacation. I think that would be hard, but you deserve a big "A" for that.

My husband is doing better today. Losing his job was a big blow on his ego, but I keep letting him know that things will work out. He does have a job possibility. We're just waiting for a call for him to have an interview. I'm praying this will work out.

Have to get to choir soon so I need to get something to eat.

Have a great night everyone!


auntie g
02-18-2009, 06:47 PM
Hi everyone. I just wanted to do a quick check in to say that I'm still reading and I'm still on the wagon, but we have had a family tragedy, and I'm not really in the frame of mind to write right now. I'll be back when things settle down a little, but for now, I hope everyone is doing well. Go tell the people you love that you love them, cause you just never know...

02-18-2009, 07:32 PM
Auntie G - I'm sorry about your family tragedy. I will keep you in my prayers.


02-18-2009, 09:13 PM
Auntie G - I'm sorry to hear about your family tragedy - I hope things get better for you soon :hug:. When it comes down to it, our loved ones are all that counts. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Marie - I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating your DGS's birthday today. Good for you staying on track even on vacation! :carrot:

Welcome Karen :welcome2: I've been down the same road as you. I lost 40 lbs. (very slowly over 3 years) but have gained 20 lbs. back in the past several months, partly due to having 3 surgeries last year. Sometimes it's hard to stay on track when we have physical or psychological stress (or both!). I'm glad you're back on the wagon. All of us here have fallen off more often than we'd probably like to admit, but the main thing is we keep on climbing back on and hanging on for dear life! :lol: Good luck with your renewed weight loss efforts.

Kathy - I'm glad your DH has managed to get a job interview. I'll be rooting for him that he gets the job. It's nice that you are in a choir - I wish I had a good singing voice. It probably helps you relieve stress. I sometimes sing in the car when nobody can hear me and suffer! Our DS used to beg me not to sing when he was little! :lol:

Judy - I hope everything is going well for you.

I have gone over a bit on calories today - I've been a bit greedy with the chocolate! I made a nice tri-tip roast for dinner which turned out very tender and delicious. I hadn't used that cut before but will certainly get it again. We have plenty left over for sandwiches and another roast beef dinner.

02-19-2009, 02:11 PM
Quick check-in: I'm not pigging out as much as usual in San Francisco. I only sneaked into Ghiradelli's for a free sample of chocolate once :D.

Auntie, I'm thinking of you and your family's sorrow.:hug:

Welcome, Karen! And hey there to everyone else. Marie, The Reader was better than I expected (despite my not seeing the last few minutes).

I'm trying to reorganize my calendar so that I'll be home most of March. I can't go on like this--and I'll not be able to get on track until I can slow down and breathe.


02-20-2009, 02:14 PM
Happy Friday Everyone,

I am back home in a nice quiet house. My doggies have filled me with joy as I really missed them. Kody is sleeping next to me on the couch, Blizzie is on the floor by my feet and Kai is across the room. It's very relaxing. Our trip was not relaxing as it was go-go-go. I did stay on plan except on Wednesday with the traveling and DGS birthday party. He turned three and it was great to be there.

Auntie, I am so sorry for you difficult time. Please know we are all thinking of you and you're in my prayers.

Judy, good job in SF on the staying on plan. It is so much harder staying good while out and about. I felt like every day food was begging me to eat it. I'm thankful I didn't as now that I'm home, I don't regret anything. I'm like Penny and get loads of water weight gain on a trip so I'm not weighing in until Monday morning.

Penny, you're so right that the trick is to get back on the wagon asap. I used to do the "Well I've screwed up today, I might as well have a few extra scoops of ice cream". I don't do that anymore. I get over the fact that I screwed up and start back on track. It makes the climb back on the wagon a lot easier! A shorter distance so to speak.

Kathy, my fingers are crossed that the job interview materializes. At least a lead is a step in the right direction. Keep DH on your exercise program because those endorphines exercising releases are really important when life is depressing.

DH and I took the doggies for their 1.5 mile hike this morning. They were so excited. The weather had been yucky here while we were gone so my DS didn't take them out much. In Florida, we walked miles and miles but walking in the mountains is way more work I pointed that out to DH as we climbed the first hill. :D Florida was nice and flat...

I think I'm going to work on my quilt today. I can't post a picture at the moment as I broke my camera on the sunrise picture day. The lens won't open. I'll bring it to the camera shop on Monday. I refuse to leave my house a minute before I have to go to work!

02-21-2009, 11:38 AM
Auntie G you sure said a mouth full with the wisdom of telling folks you care that you love them. Yah just never know. Hope things get better soon for you and your family. Don't worry about the wagon it will still be waiting for you to jump on fully when its the right time. Know we care here!
Kathy sorry to hear about your hubby its hitting my family members to with plants shutting down. No one will be spared with no effects this time I don't think. I only pray the worlds problems straighten out soon for everyone. Thoughts are with you and your family.
Karen welcome aboard we are a fun group and work hard on being healthy. It is not easy to make changes and every little one counts. Stay aboard and we'd all be glad to have you.
Judy your sure one busy lady I hope your calendar plans work out well.
Marie wow your doing it vacationing and being good it sure is a good feeling huh?
Penny glad to hear from you missed all of you some days just get so busy. I don't always get on here. I have been so busy with my jewelry business. Hah hah one show thats all but it sounded good. I have 17 necklaces and most have matching earrings. I want to have at least 30 for my show got to get it going up at 6 finished a really cool looking Abalone piece today with a 3 strand chain of glass seed beads it looks great. What a pain though. I figure what I make I like myself so if they don't sell no big deal. Made a Lapis necklace with hematite czech beads the other day. Now that is a nice fun piece. My coworkers and friends give me lots of input which is good. Its fun to wear a piece and get feedback. One coworker asked me to redo a necklace for her and said you do whatever you want I trust your judgement. Cool to know. It sure is keeping my hands busy and out of the cookie jar. Hah hah. I am 4 weeks into my plan now and can't believe I am doing it. I go off a bit but mainly no whites. That feels great and I can see the difference and see it. Sure haven't gotten on the scale guess I figure it could be disappointing and that would be a road block. So instead I will just continue to learn to eat well and be healthier. My new director asked me to support her in getting back onto the wagon. So that was nice she noticed my loss and has commented a few times. Nice to know its noticeable. Well take care and hang in there everyone. Lots of snow this week here quite a storm yesterday and more to come tonight.

02-22-2009, 12:03 PM
I guess this is the last official day of my long break from work. 12 days was quite wonderful! I've enjoyed my quite long weekend at home. It's truly the way to end a vacation. Relaxing with the doggies. I do believe I might be getting a chest cold but it's just nagging (22 hours now) so I'm not sure if it's a cold or allergies.

Yesterday I had a nice adventure. DH and I "broke" our digital camera on vacation. We think a piece of sand got stuck in the lens motor. So I couldn't take pics of DGS's 3rd b-day. :( I asked him to take it apart as it was out of warranty. He worked on it (boy the insides are so complex compared to old fashioned cameras) and finally said it was dead. While he was I researched a digital SLR camera (the expensive type with interchangeable lens). Costco had send an email in the morning about a special so I researched it. The reviews were great and I liked the features. So I called our costco and they had 3 in stock. so i drove over the mountain and bought it. In the meantime, DH got our point and shoot to work. But he thinks the grain of sand broke a gear as you can hear it grind a bit as the lens moves. So now I have my good point and shoot as well as this awesome camera. BTW, I wanted to be a professional photographer as a teen and young adult and am pretty good at it. Had my own darkroom and the fancy old equipment. So I'm very excited about my new toy. It was what I was exercising for next so I'm way in debt in my exercise log. :o I won't be getting a new toy in quite some time now!

Auntie, I'm thinking of you all the time. I hope you are coping and getting through this difficult time.

Carol, great job on the new plan. How cool a co-worker asked for support. That's wonderful. As much as I hate the scale, sometimes it's best to bite the bullet.

And I did re-acquaint myself with evil scale this morning. It was actually kind. I lost weight on vacation. Not much but it was a loss. So I'm moving my ticker to the next marker after I post this. I've lost 20 pounds since I jumped back on the wagon. Overall I've lost 37 pounds. I'd really like to lose 5 more pounds by april 15th, the day I leave for Thailand. My summer clothes would fit so excellent with that additional 5 pounds. Regardless, they do fit and that big progress!!!

Well, time to do other stuff. I hope everyone returns soon!!!

02-22-2009, 07:06 PM
Judy - I hope your trip to SF went well and that you get a bit of a break soon.

Marie - Too bad your camera broke, but at least it was a good excuse to get a nice new one! Congrats on the 20 lbs. lost! :carrot: You're living proof that you can fall off the wagon and get back on and win the fight with the darned scale! I'm rooting for you to reach your goal of losing 5 more pounds before your trip to Thailand. It must be cool to fit into your summer things. I have so many things in my closet that I can only look at - for now - but I WILL get into them again!

Carol - It's nice your director noticed your weight loss. It sounds like your new plan is working out very well for you.

I hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

I got quite a bit of yard work done this weekend and it was so good to get outside. The architectural company our DS works for has everyone on 3-4 days a week and it looks like a lot more layoffs are coming. He has found a part time job to fill in for the hours he's been cut. It's only just over minimum wage, but he has a good chance to work up to a better job. He's an engineer by trade but he's not choosy. He'll be working 12 hour days, but at least it's a job. We're so glad he didn't buy a house when he moved to Boise as the housing market is really tanking there right now.