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01-01-2009, 01:21 PM
Happy New Year!

Ahhh.... nothing like a the new year to fill a queen with hope and inspiration! Time to review what we did last year, see what worked, what didn't... and use that information to construct a fabulous new year for ourselves!

365 empty calendar pages lay out there before us, each day a clean slate... Why not take each precious day and treat it as though it is New Year's Day? Make every day a Fresh Start and you can never really stray too far from the wagon!

With that in mind, step right up, get your ticket stamped, and declare your intentions for the day, or the year! What do you hope to accomplish in 2009? What will you do to make your life better? What will you do for yourself, each day, to achieve the wellness and and happiness that you seek and deserve? The possibilities are endless...

01-01-2009, 02:13 PM
All righty then...In keeping with my new philosopy of, "Every day is the first day..." here are my resolutions for each day:

1. Make exercise a priority, I will do SOMETHING every day and track it. Revel in how good I feel each time I do.
2. Follow WW faithfully. Track every morsel eaten, always evaluating how I can 'make it better.'
3. Seek out that which makes me happy every day... and don't be afraid to put myself first if the situation calls for it.
4. Be comfortable with who I am, at every stage of this journey. My self-worth will not be determined by a number on the scale.

Who's next?

01-01-2009, 04:30 PM
kat-thanks for starting this thread! it is such a reassuring notion that every day is a fresh start, and i loved being reminded of that.

i am jumping aboard the fresh start express---here is my ticket.

arabella, kaylets, janga, kat, anagram, andria, ceara, wildfire, and all who dwelleth within the palace walls, happy new year's day, and 2009!!!

i had a bad dream last night, but at the end of it, my best friend appeared, and said "i'll find you; i'll always find you." then i woke up with a smile on my face. even though it started out as a nightmare, the ending was so reassuring. it was kind of like that reassurance that each day is a fresh start. another one of my closest friends called this morning to wish me a happy new year, which made me smile again.

alright, so on to my goals for this new year:
-i will continue plugging away at my food and exercise program no matter what.
-i will work on improving my self-esteem.
-i will be more assertive.
-i will continue with daily meditation.
- i will come up with a list of some things i want to do, and do them, which will include remembering to have some fun each day.

01-02-2009, 03:39 PM
:snowglo: Quite the winter wonderland we've got happening out there. I did my blizzard walk yesterday, wading through deep drifts. Today I shovelled for an hour and then walked another hour. I could just feel those calories a-burnin' :)

Around the harbour this morning was amazing, all pristine snow on evergreens to one side and shimmery sunlight on the water on the other. It really looked beautiful, and like a good omen for the year.

I'm pretty OP here, as of yesterday, but still resisting tracking... which probably means that I think my points would be over. But if so, not by much. I'm going to give myself until Sunday before I have to start tracking, ease into it. I'm not overeating and I'm not eating anything I shouldn't, though, in any case.

Kat, I'll be in Sunday to post my challenges in detail but I've got one all-encompassing one: I'm going to look after myself this year. Just like you, I'm going to have to step up and put myself first from time to time. This freakin' season just ran me ragged and I was beside myself half the time. And you know where that leads. :dz:

Thanks for posting the new thread!

WSW, what a lovely end to a bad dream. I had one the other night that I was in some kind of trouble -- had to make some kind of decision about DH and there was no good decision to make. I made up my mind and thought, well, that was a tough call. Woke up and thought, "oh, it's not true. That's good."

Hope all :queen:s be enjoying this fresh, new year!

01-03-2009, 07:16 PM
Thank ye for starting the new thread, Kat! T'is great to be in the Palace, 2009 Version! Huzzah and greetin's to those who have posted this year so far and those who have not yet trooped in from 2008! Woo hoo!

My resolution for the new year is very simple, I will be taking my fitness to a new level. I want to be very fit and strong and I will implement that by doing more or less what I've been doing, except more of it and inserting some more variety and adventures.

My sub goals as regards life in general are to grow hair again and dye it blonde (the blonde will happen soon), paying my bills on time, eating a moderate calorie low glycemic diet and controlling my weight, having a more positive outlook, keep the house cleaner, buy a new air conditioner for the kitchen (soon as I live in Arizona lol and I have at best a month or so left), post on 3FC more and my other haunts online as well but not before productive work is done, try to stay employed as I am but if the industry worsens and things take a bad turn I shall do a new career search and remain unperturbed, fix plumbing in house again, raise my little fur balls, think about WALKING a half marathon as running one isn't in the cards this year.

'Bout covers the resolution and sub goals.

Film at 11.

Wsw, I had a strange dream about old friends on the night before New Year's Eve also, must be the season.

01-04-2009, 03:24 PM
I didn't overeat yesterday but had some treats that I wouldn't have had and my points would have been over, for sure. Too much wine at dinner with our friends and tiramisu for dessert. I had a tiny but exquisite mince tart at neighbourhood party in the afternoon.

K, 'tis mid-aft now and I haven't tracked but have been OP and got lots of exercise. Got the tree down and out, did some other chores. Now I'm doing a reprise of turkey dinner and ... there's the day.

Fighting a cold here, doing the zinc lozenge thing. Hope it works. :crossed:

Fresh start Monday coming up!

01-04-2009, 04:18 PM
kat-i just love your "Every day is the first day..." motto. i can't tell you how reassuring it feels to hear this. there really is so much hope in a brand new year, isn't there?!

arabella-when you described the snow scene so beautifully, it reminded me of how beautiful minnesota snow scenes were (well, not including the brutal temps, though.)

janga-reading over your resolutions inspired me to refine my list a bit more, which i am working on. just so nice to see you back in the palace again more regularly. :)

---and a grand hello to ceara, kaylets, wildfire, anagram, and andria!

lost a pound (221.) have been remaining op, and keeping up with exercise plan pretty well. every ounce continues to be a fight to the finish, but i am in this to win!

yesterday afternoon, some friends, a couple, came over to visit me. she is pregnant. they had videotaped their doc visit from the previous day, which showed a sonogram of their baby. they just found out yesterday it's a girl, and they are very excited. it was so cool to see the video on my t.v. modern technology is pretty amazing. being able to see the baby moving around was pretty miraculous also. :) wow! talk about breaking in to a smile. i got teary when i heard the little heartbeat. they are a really sweet young couple and will make great parents.

i also got a call from someone i hadn't heard from in a long time, and it was a nice phone visit. it seems as though a new year really brings out the need for connection, or re-connection. i guess it is because of the hope that a new year brings. anyway, i'm going with that mushy notion. well, i hope everyone has a good remainder of their weekend. take care, dear royals. thinking of you all, fondly.

01-04-2009, 04:21 PM
Hey all... I'm on my way out to work... just for 4 hours, so's I can leave early tomorrow. Mom's having surgery, so I'll be heading down that way as soon as I can. Sounds like everyone is heading in the right direction re: fresh starts! :cp: Hoping to hear from a few missing :queen:s soon...

We are in post-Christmas flux here. I got the kids to undress the tree and take it out to the curb. Son and friend took my outside lights down and put them away. (there was a small exchange of $$$ for that...well worth it) I have neat piles of things to be boxed up and put away, but I'm off to work. It'll get done when it gets done. No stressing, therefore, no need for stress eating! Oh! And! I threw out every sweet treat that co-workers give when they don't know what to give but feel they need to give something: Almond Roca, chocolate covered peppermint sticks, chocolate covered macadamia nuts (well, not until I had quite a few more than I should have!) cappucino trifles... ALL IN THE TRASH! Very liberating to realize that that is an option! Wasteful? Yes. But I know I can't have that in the house and nobody else here feels that siren song that I do when there is chocolate around! So, victory is mine! Feels good to be in control!

Whoa, look at the time, gotta run! See you all later in the week...

01-04-2009, 09:54 PM
Best wishes to your mom, Kat, for the surgery! :wave:

Arabella and Wsw, huzzah, sounds like we are all movin' along in the great new year that's here (that rhymes, as creative as I get these days).

Sorry this is such a fly-bye 'n a me-me postie, I'm still fighting a sinus infection and the day-before-deadline-in-Happy-Blue-Lagoon (work) blues and still grateful, though, that I am STILL employed as things aren't lookin' all that great in that respect but we soldier on.

No pound loss today but am happy enough with the Maintenance Angel who came to my Ceremony o' the Golden Scale o' Dietary Justice.

I am waiting to go blonde until I hit a certain number, though. :lol:

My little dog wants to come in out o' the Arizona rain, so later, queens.

01-04-2009, 10:56 PM
I'm quite excited about the fresh start philosophy. I'm a returner to 3FC, and I love this website. It's nice to hear from all of you wonderful people out there, who I can relate to, and who can relate to ME! :) For 2009, I really just want to get back on the exercise wagon and eating healthy. I've already started the eating healthy piece, but am a little frustrated, since I have had a WICKED cold since Christmas day. The whole not being able to breathe thing has thwarted me a little, but I've still been trying to putter around the house, so as not to be totally sedentary. I am very ready though, and I feel like my head is in the game, so I just need to make sure I'm staying connected. Happy 2009, everyone!

01-05-2009, 10:17 PM
kat-hope your mom's surgery goes/went well!

janga-hope sinus infection is gone a.s.a.p! and that your deadline will be met without too much wear and tear on you.


arabella-hope you were able to fight off that cold.

stayed op today, but didn't get all my exercising in. close, though, at least. 220 today. very stressful day, and for first time in a verrrry long time, had to "make myself" eat dinner. well, once i began the meal, i was able to eat just fine. had to laugh at myself about that, because believe me, the times i haven't been hungry at meal time are wildly rare. did get a lot done on some irksome paperwork i had been putting off, so pleased about that. still more to wade through, but going in the right direction. well, had a very long day, and have another one coming up tomorrow, so need to get to bed soon. take care, all.

01-06-2009, 08:27 AM
:snowglo: Well, I've got the cold big time but it's one of those ones where I kind-of feel okay despite having awful symptoms. I'm not totally drained and am in good spirits. Yesterday I felt like heck but I often find that's the way, once symptoms really break through I don't feel so bad.

Also despite ruining the fresh start of the year with an ugly binge yesterday. But I'm back and ready to do well today. Going to remember to look after myself, which, if I'd done yesterday, probably would have kept me on the wagon. But, hey -- fresh start today!

I'm only going to eat when I'm hungry.
Only seated at table when alone.
I'm going to putter at the house -- and at work :yes:
No sugar, no wheat.
Track food.
Get 10,000 steps and do a little yoga.

Janga, hope you beat the sinus infection. I've had a lot of success with a home-made nasal rinse using xylitol. (1 rounded t. xylitol in a pint of saline. A drop of oil of oreganol and/or eucalyptus if you'd like.) I love xylitol as a sugar substitute, too. Tastes exactly like sugar, except cleaner.

WSW :woohoo: You're making great progress the last few months. I'm going to emulate!

Newlife4me, welcome to the thread! We'll make it. :yes:

K, Wimmins, I'm going to gird loins and get out for my walk. Looks beautifully :sunny: out there but I know it's :brr: Let's make it a good one!

01-07-2009, 09:05 AM
A fresh start every day! Love it! Of course the trick is to remember not to blow it at the end of everyday for me :o !!! That being said, today is the fresh start to the following....3rd day no wine and 8 waters, 2nd day no sugar in the form of candy, and hopefully 2nd day of going for a walk. It is a bit slickish out there and I have to get ready to meet daughter at 9. Must be going!

Welcome to ANewLife4Me! Hope to get to know you better....

Thanks to Kat for opening the Winter Palace.....I'll be back! :wave: to all!

01-07-2009, 10:51 PM
Hello there, Fresh Starters! Wow, this has been a busy week and it's only half over... :dizzy: I hear ya, ceara, on not blowing it at the end of the day! I am perfect all day long... til I (finally) get home... and then? :chin: Gotta work on that! I realize that with many things to do and places to be, I sometimes tend to let myself get too hungry, and when I do get home, it sure is easy to go overboard. Even if I'm eating "good food," I find myself eating TOO MUCH. Could explain why I stayed the same this week at weigh-in. No matter. I did NOT gain... and that is a GOOD THING.

I must say, I am aware of what I'm doing, and even in the midst of overeating, I am still choosing better than I might have in the past. All part of the process, I suppose. I'm not beating myself up over it either. Next week will show a better number, I'm sure.

Welcome, anewlife4me! Always good to see a new face in the Palace! Tell us more about yourself!

Sorry to hear there are sick lassies about... I'm hoping you're all feeling better ASAP!

Thanks for all the well wishes for Mom! She's in a lot of pain, but decided the itch from the Morphine was worse than the pain, so she stopped taking it... uh, I KNOW I'd rather deal with itch than pain, but to each his/her own! Tomorrow, she's being transferred to a rehab facility, now the REAL work begins!

My Christmas piles are STILL piled up, so I think I'm going to tackle some now. Didn't I say I wasn't going to stress about them? :yes: Okay, I take it back. I'm starting to stress. Apparently the other inhabitants of this house have no problem with navigating between boxes and piles and have nicely left them for me to deal with! I've been either to class or working late this week, so there it all sits. Eh, it's better if I do it anyway, then I know where things went when it's time to pull it all out again next year! Definitely gonna streamline though!

Well... it's not getting done with me sitting here, so I'll say 'nighty-night' to all! Here's to another fresh start in the A.M.!

01-07-2009, 10:52 PM
Hello there, Fresh Starters! Wow, this has been a busy week and it's only half over... :dizzy: I hear ya, ceara, on not blowing it at the end of the day! I am perfect all day long... til I (finally) get home... and then? :chin: Gotta work on that! I realize that with many things to do and places to be, I sometimes tend to let myself get too hungry, and when I do get home, it sure is easy to go overboard. Even if I'm eating "good food," I find myself eating TOO MUCH. Could explain why I stayed the same this week at weigh-in. No matter. I did NOT gain... and that is a GOOD THING.

I must say, I am aware of what I'm doing, and even in the midst of overeating, I am still choosing better than I might have in the past. All part of the process, I suppose. I'm not beating myself up over it either. Next week will show a better number, I'm sure.

Welcome, anewlife4me! Always good to see a new face in the Palace! Tell us more about yourself!

Sorry to hear there are sick lassies about... I'm hoping you're all feeling better ASAP!

Thanks for all the well wishes for Mom! She's in a lot of pain, but decided the itch from the Morphine was worse than the pain, so she stopped taking it... uh, I KNOW I'd rather deal with itch than pain, but to each his/her own! Tomorrow, she's being transferred to a rehab facility, now the REAL work begins!

My Christmas piles are STILL piled up, so I think I'm going to tackle some now. Didn't I say I wasn't going to stress about them? :yes: Okay, I take it back. I'm starting to stress. Apparently the other inhabitants of this house have no problem with navigating between boxes and piles and have nicely left them for me to deal with! I've been either to class or working late this week, so there it all sits. Eh, it's better if I do it anyway, then I know where things went when it's time to pull it all out again next year! Definitely gonna streamline though!

Well... it's not getting done with me sitting here, so I'll say 'nighty-night' to all! Here's to another fresh start in the A.M.!

01-07-2009, 10:52 PM
Hello there, Fresh Starters! Wow, this has been a busy week and it's only half over... :dizzy: I hear ya, ceara, on not blowing it at the end of the day! I am perfect all day long... til I (finally) get home... and then? :chin: Gotta work on that! I realize that with many things to do and places to be, I sometimes tend to let myself get too hungry, and when I do get home, it sure is easy to go overboard. Even if I'm eating "good food," I find myself eating TOO MUCH. Could explain why I stayed the same this week at weigh-in. No matter. I did NOT gain... and that is a GOOD THING.

I must say, I am aware of what I'm doing, and even in the midst of overeating, I am still choosing better than I might have in the past. All part of the process, I suppose. I'm not beating myself up over it either. Next week will show a better number, I'm sure.

Welcome, anewlife4me! Always good to see a new face in the Palace! Tell us more about yourself!

Sorry to hear there are sick lassies about... I'm hoping you're all feeling better ASAP!

Thanks for all the well wishes for Mom! She's in a lot of pain, but decided the itch from the Morphine was worse than the pain, so she stopped taking it... uh, I KNOW I'd rather deal with itch than pain, but to each his/her own! Tomorrow, she's being transferred to a rehab facility, now the REAL work begins!

My Christmas piles are STILL piled up, so I think I'm going to tackle some now. Didn't I say I wasn't going to stress about them? :yes: Okay, I take it back. I'm starting to stress. Apparently the other inhabitants of this house have no problem with navigating between boxes and piles and have nicely left them for me to deal with! I've been either to class or working late this week, so there it all sits. Eh, it's better if I do it anyway, then I know where things went when it's time to pull it all out again next year! Definitely gonna streamline though!

Well... it's not getting done with me sitting here, so I'll say 'nighty-night' to all! Here's to another fresh start in the A.M.!

01-07-2009, 11:21 PM
Hello there, Fresh Starters! Wow, this has been a busy week and it's only half over... :dizzy: I hear ya, ceara, on not blowing it at the end of the day! I am perfect all day long... til I (finally) get home... and then? :chin: Gotta work on that! I realize that with many things to do and places to be, I sometimes tend to let myself get too hungry, and when I do get home, it sure is easy to go overboard. Even if I'm eating "good food," I find myself eating TOO MUCH. Could explain why I stayed the same this week at weigh-in. No matter. I did NOT gain... and that is a GOOD THING.

I must say, I am aware of what I'm doing, and even in the midst of overeating, I am still choosing better than I might have in the past. All part of the process, I suppose. I'm not beating myself up over it either. Next week will show a better number, I'm sure.

Welcome, anewlife4me! Always good to see a new face in the Palace! Tell us more about yourself!

Sorry to hear there are sick lassies about... I'm hoping you're all feeling better ASAP!

Thanks for all the well wishes for Mom! She's in a lot of pain, but decided the itch from the Morphine was worse than the pain, so she stopped taking it. :?: Uh, I KNOW I'd rather deal with itch than pain, but to each his/her own, I suppose. Tomorrow, she's being transferred to a rehab facility, so now the REAL work begins!

My Christmas piles are STILL piled up, so I think I'm going to tackle some now. Didn't I say I wasn't going to stress about them? :yes: Okay, I take it back. I'm starting to stress. Apparently the other inhabitants of this house have no problem with navigating between boxes and piles and are nicely leaving them for me to deal with! I've been either to class or working late this week, so there it all sits. Eh, it's better if I do it anyway, then I'll know where everything is next year, when it's time to pull it all out again! Definitely must streamline the process though! Come to think of's not getting done with me sitting here, so I'll say 'nighty-night' for now, and pack up just a few items. Enough to make me feel like I did something, anyway!

Here's to another fresh start in the A.M.!

01-08-2009, 07:18 AM
Hello all!
LOVE the new palace!!

We have plenty boxes too.... in fact, I have cards yet to be written and sent....hmmmmmm.....maybe take some to work to do at lunch??? YES!

Anyway, I am running out the door..
.. am riding with DH, that's a long story too.... soundbite: what does satellite radio have to do with a car not running over 2 weeks, in the shop day 6 beginning today???

Thought of the day:

"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarised in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage and Constancy, and the greatest of all is Confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."
~ Walt Disney

Question of the day:

"How may times have you been to Disneyworld?"


01-08-2009, 10:45 AM
Yes Kat. that is the problem for me....a stellar day and then boom! Down the hatch! I've been staying away from the living room when I feel weak...that is where the chocolate is...and so I'm not. I've mad it through 3 complete days with some of this and am onto my 4th!

Glad to hear Mom is better other than the itch and pain....

My tree is still up...I may get to it in a day or is artifical so I have that luxury! :tree:

So, how are the other :queen: doing? I hope the sickies are better! Good job wsw on the :dance: are so consistant with your programme!

A friend sent me this yesterday..

Let's see if you send it back. We all know or knew someone like this!!

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, 'Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.' I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him... He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives. "

He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before..

He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, 'Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.. When we were seniors we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship..

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.
He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved
him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, 'Hey, big guy, you'll be great!' He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.
" Thanks," he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to
thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends.... I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at my friend
with disbelief as he told the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his
Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions..

With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.

God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

You now have two choices, you can :
1) Pass this on to your friends or
2) Delete it and act like it didn't touch your heart.

'Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.'

There is no beginning or end..

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.

01-09-2009, 11:39 AM
So good to finally be in the new Palace. Had some access issues which somehow seem to have (been) resolved.

Confession first - terrible, terrible over the holidays. Started on prednisone right before Christmas and the confluence of that appetite increase and the abundance of goodies overwhelmed me. Good part - I'm running after the wagon and have lost four of the temporary fluffies so feel a lot better. still more to go and they're probably not "temporary" ones.

Love the new Palace too and find all the new Restarts inspiring. I like the "every day" restart too. And add me to the people who'd be slim if they could/would go to bed right after dinner. I'm also thinking of adding Arabella's "eat at table" rule.

Welcome, New Life, and yes, do tell us a little. We are by nature "inquiring".

Glad Mom's ok, kat. Was this a joint replacement (since you said the rehab is just the beginning of the work)? By the way, I love your Emerson quote and have to comment - so true.

Hope our sickies are doing a little better. Lots of that stuff going around. After DSIL left on New Year's, I did a lot of Lysoling and L-wiping. Guess it worked so far. And I did have a marvelous holiday season - lots of back and forths, etc. but over all pleasant. And I got it all packed away yesterday so today is another Fresh Start in that direction too.

so off on another new Fresh Start Friday ;) Sun shining today but snow expected tomorrow. It's been mostly ice so far.

Oops, QOD - several times - once just to Epcot part. Disneyland once. Fun, fun.

01-09-2009, 12:36 PM
Hi again, everyone. A couple of people have asked that I share a bit about myself, so here goes (I've recently realized that I'm not very good at talking about myself)... :)

I'm in the security/law enforcement field, so being healthy and getting in better shape is really important for me on a professional level, as well as a personal level. My work life is demanding, so it is sometimes an obstacle for me when it comes to making time for me (to exercise, to take time to prep. the healthy meals, etc.), so I'm consciously working on that right now, and trying to create some balance in my world. There's also a history of heart disease and diabetes in my family, so I am trying to become more healthy before I trail down the same path.

I have a hubby and two cats, who are all very important to me. I also spend a lot of time with my family that lives locally. My hobbies are wide ranging-- from quilting to hiking to biking to reading, and many other things. I've done a lot of research on health and nutrition, so I am taking a different approach to my, "journey" this time, with a focus on exercise and being more healthy, rather than, "dieting". I figure if I try to make some life changes for the positive, the weight loss will follow. Although that's important to me, being healthy is my main priority. I also don't want everything I put in my mouth to be a focus for me or others around me, and I realize I'm not going to set myself up for failure by depriving myself of something I REALLY want, as long as I don't go overboard, and as long as I'm still plodding forward.

I really enjoy 3FC because of the support and the ability to talk freely about things. So... thanks to all of you that make this a welcoming site and atmosphere!

01-09-2009, 08:57 PM
Happy New Year :queen:s!!!

Count me in as one of the sickos. I'm on day 10 and just starting to feel better. VERY thankful for my codeine-laced cough syrup that is letting me get a few hours sleep inbetween hacking up a lung or three. Bah on germs!

Right, this weight loss thing.

I'm kinda at the point where doing nothing isn't really working. Have already been through WW, Atkins, South Beach, Body for Life...and while they work temporarily, I get tired of counting every morsel of food and minute of activity (or lack thereof). SO while I'm loving who I am right now, I'm focusing on an improved version of me and taking small steps every day to be stronger and healthier.

I don't want to be skinny. I have a man who can't keep his hands off me and prefers a few extra pounds to that cliche size six model. I want to enjoy life and all the chocolate it brings and balance it with resistance training, long walks, yoga/pilates. I'm not looking for overnight results. I have realized that I want to live, not obsess.

So, "new year - new attitude" really applies for me this year. Except it's a different attitude. No all or nothing. No feeling like a failure for not losing x amount of weight in x number of days. This year, I'm going to be happy being me. Just think how much energy we spend beating ourselves up...and how much more productive we could be putting that energy into living better.

01-10-2009, 08:48 AM
It is great to hear about you ANewLife4Me! It sounds like you will fit right in here!

Wildfire...that is a nice, positive attitude to have. There are a lot of unhealthy skinny people out there...I wonder where the equation fat = unhealthy came from? I am a lot more fit than those "skinny, healthy" people!

Anagram...pred is both a horror and a miracle. Hope you feel better!

Another good day under the belt yesterday. Itty-bitty steps!

I have been using Sleepy-time tea before bed..I don't know if it helps but I have been sleeping slightly least I'm not awake for hours on end!

Managed the big three yesterday...water food portions and exercise, although the exercise (formal) was only 20 minutes of walking. I did some shopping and a wee bit of far today I've shovelled a path around the pool and up onto the deck...out there in my nighty and housecoat, winter coat over top, white snow boots and an Elmer Fudd hat.....very photogenic!

Off I go....dogs to cycle through and I work at 10...

:wave: Another media fabricated big snow event out there...why do they blow it up so? There are barely 2 inches on the ground!

01-10-2009, 10:49 AM
Here too, ceara, on the inflated "storm" reporting. We've had a little overnight, supposed to get a little more this afternoon but it turns out it will be more icy/slushy, etc. than snow. Of course, if the "front" had chosen to come just a tad further south, well, that would have been a different story. But I rearranged my day yesterday and today to accommodate at least 6 inches.

And I am feeling great, ceara. That's the good part of the p. Just got a bit more sleepless and stressed feeling than usual but had a great Christmas on it. Not nearly so much a drag (though, of course, that was not the reason I started on it).

Ah, yes, Wildfire. Health is the goal. You're already a stunning :queen: It's to be better able to long enjoy that new little Princess in your life. I know I could be healthier and I still have that goal. But I also know I've made many changes these last years in the palace that HAVE improved my health o'er what it might otherwise have been. Just need to keep at it.

New Life, sounds like you're on the right track too. AND very active and busy which actually can be a help once you've made some basic tweaks. Family health problems are really a good motivator.

I have given myself TODAY. Don't know what I'm going to do besides the usual necessities. Have started a veggie soup that looks rewarding already. Sorted out the upstairs freezer a bit to see what I should use up soon. But it's basically going to be puttering, sorting, enjoying. Maybe a Meerkat Manor Marathon (DS/DDIL gave me the whole 3 seasons plus a stuffed critter to hold as I watch ;) ).

Dunno - but at any rate TODAY I will have the luxury of choosing and to do or not do as my mood indicates for another twelve hours or so. Lucky ME!!!!!

And that's my theme for the day - LUCKY ME :kissluck::kissluck::kissluck:

01-11-2009, 07:40 AM
:snow4:That is too funny! My mother likes to watch the meerkats too!

I had a bit of a meander off the track last night...but that is way of things. New day today and one night of indiscretion did not make or break my resolve!

We did end up with another 4 or so inches and of course being the week-end, not a lot of plowing was going on...the county truck was broken down at the end of our road, which explained why it took me 20 minutes to do an 8 minute drive home after work. That being said, one of the elusive things is noisily blasting down the road as I type!

The moon is also out in full splendor. It is supposed to be one of the biggest full moons of the year...very impressive. No wonder I was having trouble sleeping!

OK, it is quite chilly out there...6 degrees. I'm just not sure how I will plan my day yet! Yesterday's cardio was 50 minutes of shovelling!


01-11-2009, 08:01 AM
I like the happy tone of this thread. Me, I haven't done too well thus far this year, EXCEPT I haven't eaten any sweets since the new year. A lady in my book group said she wasn't going to drink or eat sugar until Valentines Day. Drinkings not my problem, but those cookies ... well, that's another story. But ... I thought I could definitely get off the sweet train for a month and a half. I can actually go for months without eating anything sweet, but if I fall off the train ... watch out :((

I think my biggest problem is portion control. I like to eat and not be hungry. I haven't figured out a diet plan that works for me. I feel good on Atkins, but I'm worried that it's not healthy. But it seems like any kind of carbs, even low-glycemic index carbs, make me crave more and keep me hungry and/or eating constantly.

Advice for my problem would be appreciated.

01-11-2009, 03:06 PM
Hi, all! This is a bit of a me-me postie regarding where I am "diet" wise and I apologize for overpostin' 'n to those who do not know me for seemingly driftin' off into flights o' fancy (I use fantasy a lot to cheer self up and motivate me on my journey).

Hello to all newer members, I appear to be a new member on this thread but have hung around muchly in the past under another name, long story. My nickname is "Am" ... so here's where I am ... Janus is an imaginary (so I SAY) research facility that formed the basis for my January challenge to evaluate where I am health and fitness wise.

I've also been doing a 2009 exercise minute count. I'm up to 1190 already and feel great, lot of walking and some weights and other stuff.

Am says: "Having become tired of January already, all the folks at the Janus January Research Center quit their jobs at that top secret facility followin' the Jan. 11 Ceremony o' the Golden Scale o' Dietary Justice in which, happily, the Maintenance Angel dropped by for a visit in lieu o' the Regain Demon (we had NOT sent him an invitation but sometimes he shows up anyhow).

All were delighted to see Maintenance Angel as the week had been one of high exercise and higher calories, there bein' a lot o' diet 'n fitness experimentation goin' on at Janus, which is a diet 'n fitness research center in an unspecified green 'n meadowy location in the middle o' Diet Amland, East Dietshire, Diet Wise Womanland, Planet Diet Earth.

However, it was pointed out that this was a special day to Diet Maiden Am, a diet Janus employee, who is tired o' the dreary month that is January, tired of employment and wants to go live full-time in her diet rose covered cottage just over the next diet knoll from the Janus facility and make plans for the FESTIVE SEASON O' ST. VALENTINE'S DAY, where in East Dietshire, everyone celebrates backwards and does not eat any candy and they make vows of self-improvement instead of saying in hedonistic glee that they intend to work on reaching their diet 'n fitness goals following Valentine's Day.

So Am and then her Janus coworkers all quit and decided to devote themselves full-time to diet 'n fitness.

Am uses the word "diet" to mean "diet" ... as in "diets do work if you work 'em" and she shuns the modern practice o' sayin' that "diets don't work and callin' 'diets' lifestyle changes when the word 'diet' means a food plan and together with a weight loss or weight maintenance and fitness goal means 'lifestyle' so WHAT is the diet word problem, world?

The GOAL for this St. Valentine's Self Challenge is for Am to lose a teeny amount of weight (again) to (again) reach her goal. The larger goal is to work on her New Year's Resolution of becoming SUPER FIT and to work on her newly sprouted streakity streak exercise minute count for 2009 (no worries that she is overtraining as she is varying the workouts enough so that won't happen and in truth, she modestly must aver that she actually knows a lot about exercise, diet and fitness and how it applies to her body and life 'n hopes it be not offensive to say this, but in the interest o' truth, there it be).

The PLAN is to continue to SEEK a liveable calorie allowance with a target (rarely reached) of approximately the 1500s on average, BUT to make sure each week to vary daily amounts to include high, medium and low days (that was what the experimentation was about) as that really works best for Am.

A SUBGOAL is to feel happier and more springity spring like, tra la, , an to RELAX yet mayhap once in awhile she will have to report self to Diet Wise Woman for corrective action, rememberin' that this may seem like a piece of cake (scratch cake) but losing those few pounds is actually one of the hardest diet challenges she's ever faced in this journey. THOSE POUNDS WANT TO STAY, but she's gonna kick their anatomy outta here!

Another SUBGOAL is that she is scratching the sugar free MANDATE and just generally going to eat sugar once in awhile but try to stay low glycemic.

She is ALSO (lot goin' on here) goin' to re-evaluate her decision to return to vegetarianism, so far no decision has been made.

(Caveat: it should be noted that the nonvirtual Am has NOT actually resigned HER actual nonvirtual employment as she has bills to pay, but that employment does come with some challenges that seem to trigger STRESS EATING so the Stress Eating Demon has been placed on the Most Wanted Demon List and his picture can be found on the wall in your local Dietshire Post Office!)

That's all for now. Janus management sent out a memo to all the staff members who resigned requesting that they not let the door hit 'em on the way out but wishin' 'em well in their DIET goals! An ad appeared in the East Dietshire Diet Daily for new employees but nobody reapplied."

01-11-2009, 04:29 PM
Hi, there CJZEE and :welcome:

We are indeed a pretty cheery group but certainly do not frown on complaining, kvetching or otherwise venting as we generally feel that the Palace is the "perfect place" to let it all hang out as we do try to practice being non-judgmental in a :queen:ly fashion.

Oh, dear motivated and motivational Am, it's so good to have you back in the Palace on a more regular basis.

I'm still working on my January goal setting and here you are working on February already! Inspirational.

I'm puttering around again today. Amazing how much I get done when I just puter as vs. when I set goals and don't meet them ;)

So, hi to all :queen:s and am looking forward to a full Palace for Fresh Start Monday.


01-12-2009, 12:12 PM
Repost warning:

I'm back, OP, doing well. But I'm having network problems that mean I'm spending half my day keeping the network up so I can get anything done. The weekend was totally busy -- wake and funeral for a friend's mother Friday evening and Saturday and then a family party out of town on Sunday. And - OY! - it's going to be a busy week.

Not letting stress get to me though. I'll be back with "the personals" ASAP!

Just have to say:

Welcome, CJZee!

And Anagram, re: puttering - we ARE twin :queen:s I can putter things done and enjoy it but if I've got a major goal I'm forcing self to accomplish -- well that brings out the bad kid in me.

Love to all!

01-13-2009, 09:18 AM
Mornin' all! Sleeping better these days. I turned off the hubby's side of the electric seeps over to me and I am too of many reasons to wake up!

Rededication again today...must walk before the temps fall!

Nice to see all back in the palace...sorry about the network probs Arabella....and the funeral. I've been to the funeral home a lot lately too...'tis the season I guess.

:wave: Have a great day all!

01-13-2009, 12:37 PM
Good morning, busy :queen:s. Sorry about Network problems too, Arabella. Frustrating stuff.

I'm here for the day as I'm having new flooring installed in two bathrooms. Hoping to sort of lollygag, putter my way through a lot in a very disorganized fashion.

Did a lot of fruit/veggie cleaning up, cutting so today shouild go well.

Back to puttering.........................

01-13-2009, 08:25 PM
The network stayed up today but I feel events are conspiring to keep me from attaining that balance I need so much. My site director wanted to schedule a meeting for some time this week. I said, sure, any time but around lunchtime on Tuesday. So when she sent out the invite, I didn't look at the time too closely, never dreaming she'd set it for the one time I'd said I COULDN'T do it. :dz: You guessed it. Then she said it would be a short meeting... :dz: I ended up so cranky I wanted to pitch the phone across the room. Ended up without enough time to walk to sound yoga -- and it was a rare, mild, beautiful day -- stressed to the max. During the meeting she asked me to do a virtual presentation on something that I don't have the technology for and had no warning to prepare for. Aw, I'd better stop. I'm tying myself in knots again.

BUT. I stayed OP (other than not getting my steps in this morning). Probably why I'm so stressed -- not shoving food down my neck to stifle it.

Network stayed up today, at least.

Ceara, I've been sleeping like a babe lately. Tonight could be a test. But I'll do some Reiki...

What kind of flooring are you having put in, Anagram?

Say, has anyone seen Andria lately? She kind of disappeared.

Love to all. Tomorrow is another day. :yawn:

01-13-2009, 09:30 PM
arabella-sorry work was soooo stressful. that would have driven me nuts too. staying op with all that is very impressive indeed.

anagram- hope floor installation went well today. have had cold, but did some pretty productive puttering the past couple of days, and thought of you.

ceara-glad you're sleeping better these days. being too hot definitely makes it harder for me to sleep too. lately, though, i haven't figured out too much to help with my sleepless nights, though.


janga-i love reading about dietshire and the janus january research center, etc. it reminds me to lighten up and try not to get too discouraged when weight stays the same more than i would like it to. this is a journey, and the goal is to enjoy life more, not less, which i seem to need reminding of a bit more in the winter than at other times of the year.

and hello wildfire, kaylets, kat, andria, and anewlife4me!

i went to a close friend's surprise birthday party on saturday, which was great fun. have been sleeping badly for a while again now, and getting a cold hasn't helped much with that either. have remained op and exercising pretty regularly though, which i am pleased about. well, i need to crawl into my nice, warm bed and get some rest, and maybe even some good sleep. take care, dear royals. thinking of you all.

01-13-2009, 11:11 PM
Oh my goodness, where did my post go? :? I thought I had posted over the weekend... I remember commenting to the northeastern crowd about the big storm that never was, praising Wildfire's awesome message, asking about meerkats (ie: huh?) and talking about Mom's knee replacement... and now?


Oh well... (scratches head) will just move forward from here!

Well, I lost 2# this week. :dance: :dance: Which is great, but @%*&! I hate losing the same weight over and over! I decided that I needed to reboot the system, as it were, and have embarked upon a 10 day cleanse. I've done it (Mastercleanse) before, with good results, so I just felt that I needed that boost that a good detoxing gives me. Shakes up the weight loss a bit and gears me up for some really clean eating after it's done. I've got 3 days under my belt and feel good. Free, actually... but in control. Hunger is not really an issue, as soon as I feel hunger pangs, I drink more of my concoction and they go away. Which makes me realize what my triggers really are... and it ain't hunger! Sight, smell, any number of emotions, fatigue...

I could ramble on and on and I really want to reply to everyone, but I have an antsy teenager breathing down my neck, and pacing the room while looking longingly at the computer. He's not hanging around for the company, I'm thinkin'! I've put him off for as long as I could, but I can't think with him hovering.

Hang in there, :queen:s! Another fresh start is only a few hours away! :flow2:

01-14-2009, 08:28 AM
Quickie post this morning...very chilly out there. I have a pre-school programme to prep for this am, so I will be off!

However, another fresh start today! So far just yogurt and orange and :coffee: of course. I'm having trouble with that evening eating again. However a few more good behaviours are sticking around...water, and exercise. Being more aware is helping I think!

:wave: to all!

01-14-2009, 09:52 AM
Such inspiring behaviors! And staying op w/all that stress, Arabella, my heroine!

The floor is vinyl, very neutral and bland - I have been keeping in mind that I plan NOT to be living here forever. It's the same floor in both bathrooms and I will perk it up otherwise. (Not that a room w/gold metallic wallpaper with lots of brown and blue butterflies needs much perking up ;) ). But this whole thing went so blissfully well that I hardly had time to stress over it. True I've been planning it for a while but had really just started looking when I spotted an ad I've seen before - emailed Saturday morning, he brought samples over Saturday afternoon including the one I chose (and guess what - he had enough left over from an earlier job and I got a steep discount on it). He came and left Tuesday, did a nice job, etc., etc. Wow!

Oh, kat - sorry for the lost post but I've had it happen so often and know it takes twice as much effort to redo it. Hope Mom's well w/knee replacement. and all the therapy. She'll not regret having it done.

And good for you with grabbing the horns and going for a REAL boost. I've been doing my Slimfast thing (my usual reboot) but not following through enough. But also acknowledging my triggers are not hungry ones. Fatigue a big one, prenisone another, stress always, boredom too. I'm tapering on the prednisone so it's not as big a factor as a couple of weeks ago. I'm acknowledging I'm NOT hungry for the cookies, nut roll, even ice cream in the fridge. I do have peppers, tangerines, carrots ready in the fridge for the munchie moments and that helps. Back to getting in more veggies. Not up enough on the water. Maybe too much tea but I've been cutting that back a bit. I finally bought a water filter for my kitchen faucet (not on yet - I guess they don't work well when they're sitting on a counter) - I've noticed a change in water taste over recent years - used to really enjoy our water but no more - and they're planning to add even more yucky stuff. If it doesn't help, it won't be a great loss as I bought it on sale, with a rebate, etc., etc. (Cheap above all ;) )

Anyway, I must be off. It's going to take a lot to make me beautiful today but, once done, I'll be ready to take on the world. For a while anyway.

:belly: :belly: :belly:

01-14-2009, 09:57 AM
Oh, kat - Meerkat Manor is a show sometimes on Animal Planet. About some twelve inch high critters run by a dominant female ("Flower" the first couple of years). All the grit of a soap opera - love, hate, sex, brutality, competition, fun (the babies are so cute), conniving (all supplied by human narration,of course). Happened upon it while channel clicking once and converted DS to it as well.

01-15-2009, 09:37 AM
Timon was a the Lion King.

Ok...managed water and not too bad eating yesterday. Only 1 glass of wine in the evening with crackers and cheese. I need to cut that one out. No walk though....very cold. Am toying with the concept of bundling up and going this am...will feel virtuous and cold!:brr:

The floor sound like it fits in perfectly Anagram! Wsw are you getting any of this deep freeze? I saw it was chilly in the south last night, 45 in New Orleans...Arabella, she of the network. How goes it...and where is Andria? She probably is bushed with the job and the gym.... are you in sniffle land? And Jangaa...your clim sounds really good right now!

:wave:....gonna go!

01-15-2009, 07:09 PM
Timon is the only reason I had ever even heard the word "meerkat" before! (having watched "the Lion King" 30 zillion times or so with ds) I will look for Meerkat Manor on Animal planet... sounds cute!

Ooh, that Prednisone is a bugger isn't it, Anagram? Glad I'm off that! New floor sounds loverly, btw.

I punched out already and was going to hunker down here for a good long post, but I see there's a good class at gym at 7:00. So now I must fly! Cleanse going well, just what I needed! Day 5, I'm 7# down since Sunday! Yes, I know it's mostly water (some other stuff too :p TMI!) but it's mostly for the psychological jolt I need... seeing those same two lbs go up and down the scale is NOT good for my emotional well being!

Okay, I hope to be back later... stay warm!!

01-15-2009, 10:26 PM
ceara-yes, verrrry cold here too. brr!

kat-congrats on lbs. down! glad to hear cleanse going well.

anagram-new floors sound nice, and good to hear that installation went so well.

---and hello to all our palace dwellers!

got a new cell phone, and have been trying to learn how it works. unfortunately, still sleeping badly, but when woke up last night, fiddled with new phone, and figured out how to do a few more thingson it, which was good. hopefully, tonight, though, i will be able to sleep well, and won't need any distractions. speaking of needing sleep, i need to get offline. take care, all.

01-15-2009, 11:02 PM
Well, floors went well but having a leak around the one toidy -sigh. And it's freezy, weezy tonight so I'm praying no frozen pipes. And will be same tomorrow night when I'll be in P'ville. Princess Twelve is in "Wizard of Oz" and I don't dare miss it ;)

7# lb down is a BIG psych jolt - glad the cleanse is going well. My exercise has been up and down lots of stairs doing lots of chores. That's it. I've been eating LOTS of healthy stuff but that's also the problem - LOTS.

Sort of feeling at loose ends tonight so I think I'll just head up to bed - maybe do a little drawer sort or something if I don't feel sleepy. Having a rough time w/sleep here too, wsw. Hope your night's are going better.

"See" you Sunday!


01-16-2009, 10:05 PM
anagram-have a good time in princessville! hope you find no frozen pipe problem upon return. the leak is no fun---it's always something, isn't it?!

i was actually sleeping last night, but my fire alarm went off ( must have been from the cold temps. or low battery.) anyway, good news, no fire, but by the time i checked around my place, and turned off fire alarm, was wide awake. it's just getting colder and colder here, and keep hoping heater holds out.

finally lost another lb. 219 now. really hoping tonight will be the night to sleep well. hope so, anyway. have a couple of things going on tomorrow, which i can't cancel, including one repairman coming tomorrow morning. i scheduled another thing for the afternoon, so hoping repairman actually comes on time. well, stay warm, everyone. take care.

01-17-2009, 02:59 PM
Hail, :queen:s! Saturday greetings from the frozen tundra of NJ! :brr: Good grief, it's cold! It's just not usually this cold 'round this neck of the woods! Speaking of the cold... I just finished following online all the stories of Thursday's plane crash in the Hudson River, and can't imagine the horror/jubilation roller coaster ride that must have been! Amazing story.

I'm doing well, broke my fast yesterday... I lasted 6 days. Not going to beat myself up for "not finishing." (I had intended to go 7-10 days) That would have been my old way of thinking. I am happy with what I accomplished, and am looking forward to getting back to eating only that which is fresh and unprocessed as much as possible. It was a good experience, I was just really getting bored with not eating and KNOW that can only lead to extreme eating for me... so I'll take it for what it was. Will post 'official' weight on Tuesday, my WI day.

My company's version of "the Biggest Loser" starts Feb 12. I'm kind of glad it's later than originally planned; gives me a chance to lose a little more. I just don't want my team to view their coach in horror, thinking, SHE'S going to be our coach? :yikes: By then I should have a weight loss of at least 30# under my belt, and perhaps some credibility! I'm really looking forward to it though... lots of great lectures, speakers, and info to be shared.

That's it for me... how are all of YOU?

OH, wsw... Fire alarm in middle of night? NOT conducive to good sleep! Hoping you were able to catch up last night! :cp: on the lb off! :dance:

Anagram! I am following your lead in "doing a little drawer sort" when I can't sleep/am bored/need to avoid kitchen...thanks for the idea! Have fun in Emerald City

Arabella... hoping that all of your knots have been 'untied' by now... Sending peaceful, happy vibes your way!

ceara... So? Was virtuosity and coldness simultaneously achieved? I toy with walking under the frigid conditions... I'm not afraid of the cold so much... but I AM afraid of slipping/falling! :faint:

Janga... it's always been grand to follow along with your adventures, I'm glad you're back! Could you tell us frozen queens a tale of Arizona warmth, please, so that we may sweat vicariously for a moment or two?

Kaylets... "How may times have you been to Disneyworld?" Twice to Disneyworld, twice to Disneyland... once with/once without kids @ both places... definitely better with kids... and WAY better off-season!

Andria! Come back, we miss you!

Wildfire... you too!

CJZee, ANewLifeForMe... still with us? Howzit going?

Okay, I have lingered here much longer than intended, but I wanted to check in to see how everyone's doing...

remember: EVERY DAY is a fresh start... no matter what you did yesterday, you'll always have TODAY to do it better!

01-17-2009, 06:21 PM
I am still here!! :) It's been a nutty week. I've glanced at postings without having time to really sit down and compose anything. I haven't exercised as much as I would have liked this week. I was extremely tired for some reason. I am thinking the extreme cold temps might have kicked my butt a bit. No excuses though. Gotta get back at it! Besides, it's 16 degrees (F) right now, so it's a heat wave!!! :) :) :)

I have not fallen off the healthy eating wagon, though, so that is good. I braved the snow today to go to Gordon's Foods to stock up on their frozen veggies. They are really good, and cheap, to boot! Gotta love that. :carrot: I have found that one of my downfalls is when I let the, "good foods" in the house run too low/out, so I'm trying ot make it to the grocery store more often for the fresh stuff and/or good frozen veggies.

Anyway, I am glad to hear it sounds like everyone is doing at least ok! Happy Saturday! Stay warm and safe out there!!!

01-17-2009, 06:49 PM
kat- "EVERY DAY is a fresh start... no matter what you did yesterday, you'll always have TODAY to do it better!" -----i just love that notion! it feels so reassuring to be reminded of this. :) 6 days on fast is great!

wish i could set weight goals, but my body just kind of does what it does even when i'm being stellar. i wish it was more predictable, but i am going to take your lead, kat, regarding new way of thinking, and being happy with what i've accomplished.

did sleep ok last night, and was thrilled about that. i actually slept until my alarm went off, and was very pleasantly surprised. repairman came on time this morning too, and so all other appointments were able to be kept. it is so cold, but at least it was sunny today, or would have felt even more arctic, and this was bad enough. i have long underwear on, and 2 sweatshirts, and am almost comfortable indoors. i was so bundled up when i was out today, i was surprised i could even fit in the car. lol!

my left shoulder has been hurting a lot again the past couple of weeks+. this cold weather isn't helping it much either. this week, need to see if i can get another cortisone shot soon. this past year, it has been getting worse (between the arthritis and rotator cuff problems), and i'm not feeling like being a martyr, so will bite bullet and call ortho this week.

well, i need to get offline and have dinner. hope everyone has a pleasant evening, and remainder of the weekend. take care, lovely queens.

01-17-2009, 06:54 PM
hi anewlife4me-i too have to make sure i have enough of the good healthy stuff around, or else it's too easy for me to use the excuse that i probably should just eat out and then go to grocery store, which usually doesn't turn out well for me in the end. nice to see you in the palace!

01-18-2009, 08:23 AM
Hello all, and thanks for continuing to think of me katrinabgood! I'm sitting here in Key West with a sweater and socks on (we have no heat!). It's not too bad out, maybe in the low 60's but without heat it's chilly (really).

I like reading your happy posts. I've been searching around for how to eat in a way that will work for me. A few times this week I've gotten the footlong veggie patty Subway sandwich with lots of extra vegetables and no dressing. I've eaten 1/2 for brunch, and 1/2 later in the afternoon which is a challenging time for me. Then a Greek salad for dinner. That has kept me full which I am understanding is a big deal for me.

01-18-2009, 11:03 AM
Hello Lovelies!

My SIL discovered a mass in her abdomen the other day and has been rushed through procedures so they can try and diagnose ASAP. They're fairly certain that it's an advanced stage of something called retroperitoneal sarcoma and have told her it doesn't look good, that she should think about calling her kids and getting them to come home.

We're all in shock. She seems to find me helpful and I've been spending time with her, giving her Reiki treatments. We're supposed to get the biopsy results tomorrow.

I had one stress-induced binge before we got the news but have been fine, OP-wise, since. I've got to look after myself.

Anyway, if I don't get a chance to get back in I'm thinking lots of good things at you all.


01-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Arabella, I am so sorry to hear such devastating news. I'm sure your help is comforting in the midst of such turmoil. I just don't know what to say that could ever help, but I love that you know you need to take care of yourself! :hug: Take care.

CJZee... Well, I know it's all relative, and that 60 degrees really IS cold for Key West...ahhhh, to be in Key West...palm trees...sand...sun...ocean...margaritas..... Oh! Where was I? Right! Cold weather! Yes. Um, yeah...hang in there! :lol: ANYWAY, it sounds like you're on the right track: finding stuff that keeps you full and is good for you! WW's current "Momentum" push is all about tracking your hunger signals and feeding yourself with good-for-you 'filling' foods... You are using all those veggies to fill up with, so keep up the good work!

wsw... Well, I'm glad that you got some sleep finally! I hope that you are keeping warm... and NOT weighing yourself with all your layers on! ;)

NewLife... we're having a heat wave too, it's goin' all the way up to 30 today! :woohoo: Keeping your veggies stocked up is great, but facing the snow to do so? :cheer3: You know what they say: If you fail to plan, plan to fail...

Time's up for me, I need to get moving... Hi to everyone else! Keep warm!

01-18-2009, 07:06 PM
arabella-i am sorry to hear your sil received such frightening news. i am thinking of you, and sending you a big hug. it's not surprising at all that your sil would find your presence comforting and helpful . please take good care of yourself!!

cjzee-being cold is just no fun no matter what the actual temp. is, so i sure understand. making sure i feel full enough makes a big difference for me too.

kat-thanks, i sure am glad to have gotten some sleep finally. slept ok last night too! yea! when i got out of bed this morning with all my layers, i was not exactly looking lithe and sylphlike. if someone had pushed me with just a finger, i probably would have toppled over. however, i'm glad i wore all that stuff or i would have been too cold last night.

weighed myself this morning-and lost a pound (218.)
have decided to note when i lose weight even if it's not a regular weigh-in day for me, just to keep me honest. well, need to have dinner, and will eat what i had planned (and not all that i would like to eat now instead.) thinking fondly of all who dwelleth in the royal palace---take care, all.

01-18-2009, 08:24 PM
Arabella, sending the best healing vibes I possess to SIL and best to you and the family.

Diet Maiden Am hath not left this forum again, just been on a kind o' pilgrimage to do a streakity streak of every morning exercise sessions of whatever BEFORE the day gets in the way and entices me to abandon exercise, so I am counting and logging my official workouts (both in the morning and if I do more later, which really I haven't been). Exercise minutes for 2009 so far: 1970 and I am getting much fitter without skipping days, but will have to level off the length of the official sessions for a few days as it has turned into quite a marathon, being mostly jogging/walking, jogging, walking, misc. aerobics, weights, and some yoga. It is all good.

Maintenance Angel visited DMA at the Official Ceremony o' the Golden Scale o' Dietary Justice this. Her relative, the Can't We Just Lose One Pound This Week Angel was supposed to come but MA turned up instead, which is fine. My weight is very stable it seems.

Cjzee, I live in Arizona and it is in the 70s but I am still chilly, which is good because I need to have a new AC installed in the kitchen in a month or so and am just praying for the heat to hold off a little bit longer to help in the finances. It is cold at night, although not so cold as those in the midwest and Canada are feeling, I guess. It is nice to meet you.

To all, mentioned or un, take care. Sorry for the flybye, I need to rest up for dreaded deadline day tomorrow, then we have a very special day here in the U.S. that maketh me joyful.

01-18-2009, 08:58 PM
Hello all!

Someday, I will learn to copy my posts before I hit submit and then realize the post didnt stick....

So, here we go...

WoodNymph....My very best to your Sil and you too... I will keep both of you and your families in my thoughts. You are a good sister in law!

Anagram....I have no idea how I would handle steroids and a food plan. Actually, I do know. I woudn't do well. You're doing great!

Kat, yes, you're right, its just like the Artic....I have penguins skating on the ice in the yard! And yes WSW, I had to pull my big shawl scarf off so I could drive correctly. I nearly did the Isadora Duncan!:D:D

Ceara....My sister just got herself a Wheaten Terrier. I have only seen pics and she's so cute!

Welcome and hello all new Royals!!!

Empress, the folks at the lab who all quit..... I'm wondering if where they found employment still has openings..... Its all about the networking when you know you're going to be in the job hunt soon! :D

I'm off to change the Royal bedsheets and end this Full Moon Frigid Weekend the way Mark Twain liked to do so much of his writing, etc. Under covers, with nourishment and drink close at hand. I will have the remote too...



01-18-2009, 09:15 PM
Hi again,

Arabella- my thoughts are with you and your family. I know there's not much that can be said that's all that comforting at a time like this. Just know that lots of us are sending supportive vibes your way. Hang in there!

For the rest of you lovely ladies... here's to the start of another week of taking good care of ourselves and supporting each other! I love this website, particularly the 100lb club. Everyone is amazing.

Ok... I'm off to prep. for the week so I don't fall off the wagon!


01-19-2009, 07:59 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies!

I have to say, it's impossible at this moment to believe my SIL is dying any time soon. She certainly seemed like she could be on Friday. I've set the intention that she can draw energy through me any time she needs it (you just channel Reiki, so you don't get depleted). On Saturday when I went out there she still looked like she could be close to the end. When I was treating her, she looked like a corpse to me (I would tell no one but you that.). But immediately after the treatment, the glow was back to her skin, the sparkle in her eye. She seemed like her old self. And I went out and treated her yesterday and she seemed, afterwards, at her absolute best. Anyway, seeing her like that it's impossible to think she's close to death so I refuse to believe it. Denial, placebo effect, whatever. This is obviously helping her.

She had been sick for a couple of years. Two years ago they discovered she had a mass and they were going to do a biopsy. But her surgeon was diagnosed with Hep C and she fell through the cracks and decided not to push it herself. She'd had a mass in her abdomen 25 years ago that they said was benign. And she assumed it was the same thing, I guess.

Finally, by last summer, she seemed to be herself again. We were all tearfully toasting her good health, so grateful she was well. And she looked fabulous. Her husband had given her a trip to Cuba as a gift in 2005 and she hadn't been well enough and they'd finally booked it for a few weeks from now, so she'd be there for her 54th birthday.

So this has all seemed especially unreasonable and especially unfair.

Anyway, she's gone through really profound stuff during the treatments, whether real or not. She shudders and shakes (I was almost frightened at first). The first time, she seemed to be suffering. Afterwards she said that she felt the presence of both her parents and felt she was letting go anger towards her father that she'd been holding. She said yesterday she felt the presence of her brother who passed away in 2007. She also had issues with him but the experience was good. Plus she's feeling waves of energy, seeing colors, etc.

We're supposed to hear the results of the biopsy today.

As for moi meme, I'm -- YAY! -- down two of the festive fluffies as of this a.m. Just got back from gym and a walk around the harbour. All is well.

Well, of course now that I've blabbed for so long, I've got no time for personals. One of these days, though.

Love to all!

01-20-2009, 09:02 AM
Sending good vibes to you and your SIL Arabella. I'm sure you are helping with the Reiki and with your positivity. You're a really good person!

January is always a tough month. DH's uncle has just refused any further pallative care, so that will be just days. And we lost one of our b-i-t-c-h-es (as in female dog...geesh the programme edited that!) to a freak accident on Sunday....I think I hate January.

Wsw! Way to go! Those :dance: are just flying away from you to live somewhere else. Don't send them here please.

Good coping ANewLife4Me...prepping for the week is great. I think I will do some of that. I do do large batches of stuff and freeze in single servings for "emergency" quick meals for last minute shifts etc....but I should have a supply of fresh veggies cut and ready for the teeth so to speak!

CJZee it is great to see you here! Like your outfit! And feeling full is good...water helps with that besides just being good for you.

Kat..I think I walked that day...yes it is slippy and slidy at times, but I use different muscles as I catch my balance! Also, walking in snow mobile type boots equates to slogging with snow shoes...a totally different set of butt muscles used....:lol: I do like the pristineness of the snow though.

OK :queen: s I need to get my but in gear. Was at a show this past week-end, and worked yesterday am so no walks yet. Off I go :brr: Have a great day and remember a fresh slate each day.

01-20-2009, 05:19 PM
Sorry to hear news of your SIL and what she (and your family) are going through, Arabella. Good for you - being able to stay on track with all that going on.

And you, too, ceara. I agree January is a tough month (first week or two are always rough for me since DH's passing).

My uncle had Wheatons for a while and they stayed cute even when "grownup". I keep seeing my neighborhood Bouvier now that I know that's what he is. I'm sure he was around before and I just didn't notice. ;)

wsw, Am, y'all are inspirations. Key West was delightful when I was there in January one year. But I'm here in the Mid Atlantic Arctic - though it's true we're relatively balmy now compared to the weekend. They keep promising us a slightly better weather day but it seems not to show up. However, I keep in mind an image of my bro who's an outside mailman in Fairbanks and whose back porch had been reading -40 to -50 for a while. Brrrrr!!!

My Mint Moroccan Green Tea is calling and I'm drooping after a sleepless night again. Cannot seem to get me all together in any one day any more. Food good today and hit the gym and not feeling bad considering but, dang, I'd like to get sleep, food, exercise and water all going in the right direction at the same time.

However, it does seem to be a peaceful day and that counts for a lot.

Did enjoy the Princesses (and the musical) over the weekend, too. But always glad to get back to my less chaotic casa.


01-21-2009, 10:54 PM
Sending what vibes I can in thy SIL's direction, dear Wood Nymph. I think your Reiki would indeed be helping her a great deal.

Congratulations on your two pound loss and on hanging tough!

Kaylets, :laugh: the ex-Janus employees aren't really seeking employment as they made very high salaries doing diet research in the obscure East Dietshire countryside, where there is no economy crisis. They are spending their days playing golf and writing their diet theories for the benefit of posterity. :)

Sword Bearer, I am so sorry for the loss to thy canine friend and also to hear the news of thy DH's uncle.

I have been taking almost two days off, basically did deadline stuff yesterday then watched the inauguration, about which I am very excited, so must away tomorrow and wanted to say hi to all, mentioned or un ... not much to say diet and fitness wise as I am soldierin' on.


01-22-2009, 08:37 AM
Good Morning, faire :queen:s! :wave:

I've already been to the gym this AM... hit a 6:00 "Power" class. I recently started taking them again, I love how good I feel when I'm done... strong! Usually don't go at this time, but I'm having a MUCH NEEDED cut/color done after work and NOTHING can get in the way of that. NOTHING, I say! Oh my...the roots! :yikes: My hair's just too long to 'fluff' up and hide the grayness any more.

I'd love to stay and play, but I need to hit the shower and head off to work. Hopefully can get a longer post in later.

Have a great day, all!

01-22-2009, 08:58 AM
A fresh "do" will certainly add to your empowerment Kat!

Things are motoring on here...very quiet. I never realized how much she talked....

I have a dental appointment at 9 so must be off...cycle out the dogs and get into the shower.

Have a great day all :queen:'S :wave:

01-24-2009, 08:51 PM
Huzzah to all and especially to Arabella and her family and hope against hope that things are possibly improving with thy SIL, Wood Nymph.

Emergency oral surgery took over the latter part of this most tiring week, feel ok but zapped and due to losing a productive day things got behind and ended up spending an office day with some negativity going on but much better today and finished until Monday, awaiting the verdict of my Sunday Golden Scale Ceremony, but have had a slightly more than moderate calorie week despite not feeling well.

It is quite warm here and I need to get self and finances in order soon to think about replacing or fixing my kitchen A/C.

Sorry about the me-me postie. I do seem very me-me these days, but that is changing as I feel better.

01-25-2009, 05:59 AM
I've been bouncing up and down. Only down to ticker one day and then up and bouncing higher. Exercise has been good but I'm having trouble with food. :devil: Yeah, I guess that's why I'm here.

SIL still hasn't gotten a firm diagnosis, although they're fairly sure it's non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Apparently there are about 35 or more varieties of it and they don't know which one it is. Supposedly she'll find out this week.

I've been going out every second day and sending distant healing on the days I don't go out. We took dinner out there one night and went out yesterday went out in the afternoon. It's about 35 minutes away so this is all fairly time-consuming.

Nevertheless, I've got to rededicate to tracking everything and to taking care of myself. Not to mention my house. So I'm here to recommit. I'm going to pick some non-food go-to activities for stress relief, etc.

Amarantha, OW! Emergency oral surgery doesn't sound like any fun at all. Hope the royal mouth is feeling better.

Ceara, sorry for the loss of your b-i-t-c-h. A freak accident? I won't ask for details but those things are hard to wrap your head around. Sorry about DH's uncle, too. I guess I don't know that much about palliative care but I guess I should find out.

Kat, how did your hair turn out? I haven't coloured mine since August and it's getting beyond the fluffable stage too. My gray is mostly in a streak on the top towards the back so it's kind of hideable. And DH says he likes it. So I'm toying with the idea of going back to natural (pre-accidental bleach catastrope). But I'm probably just delaying the inevitable.

Anagram, we're having an old-fashioned winter here. Cold, cold, cold. Windchill was -40 one night. I'm ready for a reprieve. What musical did you see with the Ps?

Kaylets, I think the idea of just crawling into bed and staying there for the duration sounds eminently sensible. I woke up at 4:30 and decided to get up but now I'm thinking I could go back to bed. :yawn:

Anewlife4me: "prep for the week so I don't fall off the wagon" -- I think you might have something there. I haven't been prepared enough and I have been falling off the wagon with big thumps.

K, :queen:lies, I got up so I could get some work done so mayhap I shouldst do that. Love to all, mentioned or un-

01-25-2009, 08:54 PM
Huzzah, Arabella, I am bouncing also, gained a pound, which is a pain since I've been maintaining so well for quite a long time, bah, humbug. :)

Best vibes to your SIL and the hope that the diagnosis may be one that is better than feared, as truly that does happen.

The jaw and mouth pain are healing very rapidly and I am feeling well but did pop a rib today reaching for groceries. No worries as I've done it before (same rib) and I can still exercise and do yoga and my job as long as I'm careful, it's just sore.

Re yoga, I am embarking on the Jade Quest to be more consistent in daily yoga, requiring only 5 minutes per day of self in addition to my streakity streak of morning exercise each day that I'm trying to do in the interest of consistency also.

The story behind the Jade Quest is that a strange blonde woman appeared in East Dietshire this morn, carrying a green yoga mat and wearing a white yoga outfit and she silently began performing yoga in the town square and then in her high pitched ethereal voice announced to the East Dietshirers that she would lead a magickal five minutes of yoga each day, at whatever time she happened to appear and all could be made stronger, better people if they took up their mats and joined in.

Well, ok, that didn't really happen, but I do have a green yoga mat so I am calling my new streakity streak the Jade Yoga Quest.

And so it goes, hello to all, mentioned or un ...

01-25-2009, 09:46 PM
janga-glad mouth and jaw are healing rapidly, and hope your popped rib will also heal quickly.

kaylets-it has remained pretty cold here too. i agree, mark twain had the right idea-- getting under the covers with nourishment. that sure sounds good to me. i couldn't get out until yesterday because i had to wait for the ice to melt. it was good to be out among 'em, even though cold.

kat-hope your recent cut/color turned out well.

anewlife4me-prepping for the week sure is a good idea, and will take your lead, and do same.

arabella-sending you and sil lots of positive energy and good thoughts. take good care of yourself.

ceara-so sorry to hear about recent loss of your dog. also sorry to hear about dh's uncle. i agree about jan. being a tough month. several anniversaries of losses in my family, which always make me glad when january is over with.

anagram-glad you enjoyed your recent trip to princessville.

and hello to all our royals, mentioned or -un.

just wanted to check in and say hi. still hanging in there with food plan. cold weather not helping ms technical difficulties, so not able to get in as much exercise as would like, but doing as much as i can. well, time for me to get under some covers with a nice cup of peppermint tea, and watch a movie. take care, all.

01-26-2009, 10:34 AM
Note: Apologies for dual post

Good morning, Lovelies! I've been doing well, then not so well, etc. + so on. And I've got to say, I'm feeling a lot better on the days where I'm in control. Quel concept. :faint:

So I'm starting a 21-day challenge, just on the two threads I post to. Today is Day 1. (Tomorrow will be Day 1 too, if I don't make it today, but I intend to make it :yes: )

The plan:

* Track every bite
* Stay within points
* Get at least 10,000 steps
* Tai chi, qi qong or yoga, at least a bit
* Drink the water.

They think that my SIL has non-Hodgkins lymphoma now and expect to identify the particular strain this week. We're all coping the best we can but the message (from doctors etc.) seems to be that her days are likely numbered. I'm just going to support her throughout and do whatever I can to help. She does find Reiki helps a lot so I'll keep that up.

Amarantha, me too -- even 5 minutes of yoga can make a big difference. I always do it and then think, wow, that's better.

WSW, the more I hear about this idea of taking to one's bed, the more I like it. I don't have a TV in my room but I can watch movies on my laptop...

K, Wimmins -- Onward! Let's take this day and make it work for us.

01-26-2009, 05:38 PM
arabella-i'm sure that you are a great comfort to your sil with reiki, and just her knowing how much you care about her.

your plan for taking even better care of yourself sounds smart, and reminds me i need to get back to more basics too. i'm recommitting to listening to my meditation tapes more consistently, which i think would help me sleep better.

got out today to do some of my necessary errands. didn't complete the whole list though because so cold, but can finish the rest tomorrow. got a lot of necessary paperwork done today, which was good. ok, royals, have a good evening. take care, all.

01-27-2009, 11:11 PM
hello dear queens! definitely did not eat as daintily as i could have today, but was able to get in more exercise than in past few days, though. also got all my errands completed on my list. heard from an old friend today, and we got a chance to catch up, which was nice. tomorrow, i'm back to daintier portions. well, take care, all. nighty-night. :)

01-28-2009, 01:04 AM
Sending vibes in thy SIL's direction, Wood Nymph.

Re the Jade Quest it is still in effect and yea the five-minute sessions are helping me, although I did a longer session of yoga/weights fusion on Monday that covered me in the weights and yoga department. I did my own workout but I also have the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD and just love the fusion yoga it features as a change to my very traditional practice. I even made them play my BL DVD to calm and cheer me during the oral surgery procedure last week, which by the way has healed quite nicely.

I did, however, pop a rib two days ago so am more or less still in pain, although I can exercise ok as long as I am careful. It is better tonight.

01-28-2009, 09:12 AM
Flying bye again....

Hope the rib pops in and stays there Jangaa! Hang in there Arabella....I'm sure you are doing a world of good for your SIL. are doing so well in your quest for losses....the queen of consistency!

'K...typical Wednesday...programme, then I have training and then my regular piddly lots of road travel. And we are in the midst of a huge snow storm!

I'll be back! :wave:

01-28-2009, 10:36 AM
I'm sure your SIL benefits immensely from your help, Arabella - and I know you'll never regret giving it.

Glad the jaw has healed, Janga. Hope the rib follows suit.

wsw, you are amazing in your dainty portions - I must, must learn from you.

ceara, road travel is NOT your friend, I assume. We're having ice on top of snow here at the moment and I may stay snowed in (by choice) for a long time. Well, actually have a test scheduled tomorrow a.m. but may postpone due to a nasty GI bug I've been fighting all week.

Said bug has Demon Scale looking good at the moment but we all know how long that will last!


01-29-2009, 07:17 PM
Rib is better, though sore and thanks be to those who vouchsafed good wishes on that head!

Computer had issues yesterday and traced it to another site I visit regularly and now can't get on at all as either it is blocking my computer or my computer is blocking it and it keeps bringing system down, so will have to be staying away from there. Reloaded all my software as well.

Have taken the step that I am not going to remain vegetarian for this go round. I had started up again with that and it has not been working well, went food shopping today and organized food and did not do any work on the actual work front, same tomorrow, will work the weekend.

Lost two pounds.

Sword Bearer, hope thy travel was blessed by the snowplow and all was pleasant.

Wsw, my portions are never dainty! :) That sounds so pleasant!

Anagram, hope the bug leaves ye soon. I just love your little dancing person, btw.

To all, mentioned or un ...

01-30-2009, 02:30 PM
Well, Mr. Bug has proved more persistent than I hoped but seem to be mending a tad. Some hunger has returned ;) But not get-up-and-go.

congrats on the 2-lb loss, Empress! I've been jumping on scale every day (though nauseous) just to see the low numbers - I know it's just temporary but still they're nice.

well, back to tax return prep. Bleah!

01-30-2009, 10:18 PM
Hope ye feel better soon, Anagram!

01-30-2009, 11:29 PM
One of these days, I'm going to have time to sit and actually read and respond around here. Sooo busy between work and helping with baby and trying to find time for hubby, too...I seem to get lost in the shuffle.

Good news is, I'm down 7 lbs since New Year's. I'm not counting or tracking, I'm just doing. Making better choices, stopping at "sufficient" rather than "stuffed". Very much looking forward to some warmer weather when baby and I can go sidewalk cruising in the evenings to give her Mom a break, baby some fresh air, and me some exercise. Yes, it's 49 days until Spring and yes, I AM counting that!!

Arabella, my thoughts go out to your SIL and the family.

I'll be lurking as time permits!

01-31-2009, 10:17 AM
Hello all....

I was trying to figure out how to explain how I just haven't gotten here and feeling guilty.....

and then saw your note Wildfire and realize, its not just me......

Its crazy for alot of us....


Time to take back my time.....

The news has been so disturbing lately ....that terribly sad and shocking story about the family in CA and then that just as horrible story about the 93 yr old man in Michigan.

I have come to the conclusion that we have to start thinking for ourselves .....or at least, let me talk about myself. I used to think it was very important to "be informed"..... well, that's a subjective point isn't it??

Seems like "being informed" was relying on "Experts Opinion, Forecast, Project, ...etc"......

I feel as though I was 'lulled" into the idea that although I was "informed"
the 'experts' had everything in hand and all these things were far too complicated for the likes of me anyway.......

Now, I realize, I was misled. Especially with the press I see about my own employer.... Far, far too much of what really happened is 'slanted" for headlines and drama "news' magazines. Even some members of congress seem to be intentionally focused in incorrect info for media coveage.

Meanwhile, the bigshot who cooked up the entire ugly mess is nearly ignored by the media and still hasn't been extradited back to the US. And to make it even uglier, his entire division is getting $240 Million in Retenion Bonus. Isnt that mind boggling ???

But I do go on!!!

My whole point is....if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck.....


I am not saying things are just fine... what I'm saying is this:

I need to start thinking for myself.

Kat probably is more familiar than I am in this story but I will give it a go to prove my point.....

A 7 yr old boy in NJ was asked by his mom if he would donate his coat for a coat drive. The little boy decided yes he would and he would also try to gather 1000 coats to donate in 2009. A local pizza shop heard about the little boy's plan and decided they would give a free pizza fro every coat donated on a certain day. This 7 yr old boy inspired over 500 people to donate coats... in less than 2 weeks, he had over 700 coats.

This little boy just knew what he wanted to do and did it.

It turned into an amazing success because people in the community backed him.

I believe everyone wants to do something but don't realize they have the ability to make a real difference.

And my queens, we are doing it....
we are listening, sharing, affirming, supporting.....

What we are doing is important, is valuable,

It's just what we need

ok. let me get off my soapbox.
Hope everyone is staying warm. :hug::hug:

01-31-2009, 11:17 AM
Great to "see" you, Wildfire! Am feeling those dear little cuddles that are so inspiring you. Seven pounds, WOW! And yes, it's the "just do it" that works, isn't it? As I read of plans, gyms, etc. I keep thinking "well, I'd still have to be the one to DO it so why don't I just DO it?". That's still my question, I guess.

And good to have you back in house too, Kaylets. I agree on the "experts" thing. The amazing lack of "common sense" has been appalling. I guess "entitlement" overrides all. I feel I trusted many "bigger wigs" and now to see they still don't "get it" or feel any need to change is appalling. (I like to think they weren't raised that way but mebbe.........)

A little contrarian streak is not always a bad thing ;)

I too think the Palace philosophies help me in many ways - though I be not a raving success in the weight category. Did see dr. this week who noted that wt was same as 3 months ago which he said was good considering holidays and prednisone. Sigh.............

Headache this morning. Unusual for me lately. I think it's a hangover still from the "bug who refuses to go". I was counting on being up and about today (I had felt pretty good by last evening finally and did get some decent sleep too). Now I'm counting on it for tomorrow when weather is supposed to be warmer. So planning no out and about today again. Yikes!

Have managed some things while "buggy" but the clean out spell has come to a screaming halt and may take some to get restarted. However, here we are halfway through winter already with more daylight and the onset of the :val1: season.

So :val3: Royal Ones.

:hug: to Royal Arabella. Thanks, Empress, for the good wishes. Hi, there, wsw, ceara, kat, all others posting or lurking.

And on to a merrrier day..................


01-31-2009, 02:55 PM
anagram-sorry to hear you are still feeling bad. hope that nasty bug leaves you a.s.a.p! glad you at least slept ok last night. staying the same for past 3 months while on prednisone for part of that time is quite an accomplishment. every time i have been on it, i think i always gained some weight.

hi kaylets-nice to see you! it is scary to think what is going on now and what arrogance, lack of any common sense, and disregard for others, etc. caused this. as your story showed, though, there are still a lot of smart, kind, caring folks around, and we can all make a positive difference. this is what gives me hope. i am so grateful for all of you, dear royals. you always make me smile, and feel better, and that is a huge gift which i deeply cherish.

janga-congrats on those 2 pounds down! woo-hoo! glad your rib is getting better, at least, and hope it will heal as quickly as possible.

ceara-hope things are warming up in your neck of the woods. i hope your recent snowstorm didn't cause too much trouble or inconvenience, anyway. i am sooooo ready for spring.

hi wildfire-good to see you! congrats on 7 lbs. down since new year's! i too am counting days til spring.

arabella-sending you loads of hugs and good thoughts!

hi kat, andria, anewlife4me, cjzee, and all our lovely royal court! thinking of you.

have remained pretty consistent with staying op and exercise, and hanging in there with dainty portions. :) a friend is coming over in a little while. he is taking me to do some errands, including picking up a print i had framed. i am going to place it over my desk. it is an ocean scene, with some beautiful vibrant colors. i hope i still like it when i see it framed. afterwards, i am having dinner with him and his wife at their home, which will be nice. they are excited to show me some recent remodeling of their kitchen which has just been completed. ok, need to get offline, and get ready. take care, all.

01-31-2009, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the huzzah re my rib situation, Wsw! It is quite better today. I am being careful, although still on my daily exercise streak plus the Jade Yoga Quest (at least 5 minutes per day as led by the Imaginary Jade Quest, a mysterious blonde stranger who wandered into East Dietshire a while back and began to lead short yoga sets in the middle of Diet Town Square, using of course, her jade green mat, hence the name of the quest :carrot: ).

Kaylets, t'is nice to see thee, I have missed thee muchly these times away from the palace.

My strange weird computer went down at the beginning of this week or so and I had to reinstall a lot of software and hence NOW I can't get onto another land far far away (the sparkly spark one) as my computer seems to be blocking it, JUST as previously I could not get on 3FC for a long, long time ... same computer, same security system, etc. ... but I am always around and thinking of all my online friends and missing them. I also lost a lot of emails in this most recent crash and can't email anyone whose address I had not remembered.

I REALLY want to get a more modern computer but keep this one for work, however, they tell me times are bad.

I say pooh on that. I want one of those little itty bitty portables and if I get it, I will put all my diet and fitness software on and carry it around just for that purpose, although, yea, I will use it in the field for work communication.

But maybe not until I buy an air conditioner for the kitchen as it is already getting hot here, at least it was today in the Arizona sun.


Thinking of ye, Arabella, and sending what vibes I can to SIL.

02-01-2009, 05:12 AM
janga, i am glad your rib is better, and that you are being careful while it is healing. hope your computer doesn't do any more wierd things. i too have to start thinking about getting a new a/c. well, it's still cold here, but as soon as it warms up, i will need to get a new one. i need to be ready to strike at the first sign of warm weather, so i am checking out prices/companies so i will be ready to have that taken care of at the first sign of spring. once it warms up here, it can start to get hot pretty quickly. i put off taking care of this because it is such a big expense for me, plus it got cold here much earlier than usual, which gave me a little reprieve.

my (best) friend hung my new print last night. it looks great over my desk! i picked a really nice frame for it too. the view of the ocean, the foliage, and architecture in the scene all make me smile. i keep noticing different aspects of the print each time i gaze at it.

yesterday, my friend also took me to look at a couple independent living dwellings. they were better than the ones i had found to check out--they scared/creeped me out much less, anyway, than anything else i had seen up to this point, partly because they are nicer, newer places, and also because my friend helped make the experience as palatable as possible with his kindness, sensitivity to how hard this is for me, and with his great sense of humor! after our errands, he brought me back to his house, and his wife made a delicious dinner and we had a pleasant visit. they are a terrific couple, and really bring out the best in each other, which is always a joy to see.

well, i woke up in the middle of the nigt (ugh!) and thought i would not fight it, so i came out here to get on the computer. glad i thought to pop in at the palace.

well, royal ones, hope you all have a good remainder of your weekend. take care. maybe i can get a little sleep for a while. think i will give it another shot , anyhow.

02-01-2009, 09:19 AM
No news on SIL front yet, as to the particular strain of lymphoma. It's been over two weeks, which seems to me a shockingly long time to leave someone after telling them, more or less, that they were on their last legs. I've been treating her with Reiki pretty much every day and it seems to help. But it may be that's all it can do, at this point, help her get through whatever it is that she's got to get through. Which is no small blessing in itself, I guess.

She's gotten worse. On Thursday she couldn't evacuate at all, all day long. And you just can't stay in that situation. She probably should have gone to the hospital but I know she's afraid she'll go in and not come out again. Anyway, she's been promised that they'll have the results tomorrow and then they'll start "whatever course of action is appropriate."

In other news, I've actually managed three in-control days. I didn't actually track everything, though, so I can't count them as part of the 21-dayer (which I'm beginning again today -- see earlier thread for details). Weight's still up -- we took dinner out to Nancy's last night and it was a little later and more carb-heavy than usual. Tomorrow should show an improvement. :yes:

Janga, hope you get your little portable! Glad to hear the rib's better -- that sounded disconcerting.

WSW, I hope you find a lovely independent living place! I think if you find the right one, it makes all the difference. Nice to have your own place but have built-in community and amenities, too. I always think I'd like it. Not to mention not having to deal with all the cr@p that you seem to have to deal with at your condo. (Isn't part of the point of a condo cr@p-free living?)

Anagram, you should be proud of coming through the last three months at the same weight. I'm not so thrilled to be (as of today) up 7 pounds from the lowest I've been. And while a couple of the fluffies are likely to be fleeting, the bulk of them have, I'm afraid, solidified :rolleyes: Hope your bug is gone, gone, gone!

Kaylets, I could not agree with you more! People want to do good but they are overwhelmed and discouraged and feel powerless. We just need to start every day knowing that our every interaction has an effect and then go out there and be kind to one another. :love:

Wildfire, how sweet, how sweet, your little bundle! What wonderful times you'll have. :) And seven pounds off is a sweet little bundle to be gone, too! I love your approach, sounds like the best way to do it. Sounds like the fabled "CLICK!"

Ceara, what is with this winter :dz: It's so.... wintery. We're having a few non-extreme days here at least, for which the gods be thankit. :snowglo:

Kat, anewlife, Andria: :wave:

K, Dollings, let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us!

02-01-2009, 11:17 AM
Put me down on the "where does the time go?" list... I know I sat down several times to post, only to be swept away before inspiration as to what to write struck. One good reason I've had less time to post is that I've been spending more time at the gym! :woohoo: Also, we've been 'given back' the 2.5 work hours/week that were taken away a few weeks ago. In a very short time, apparently, the powers that be realized that it might be somewhat counter-productive to cut the hours of those who help to facilitate the money rolling in! So there's that... and speaking of financial woes:

Kaylets, don't even get me started on the the economic mess this country is in and why... my blood boils just thinking about it! *I just deleted a whole :censored: rant on the subject of arrogance, entitlement, greed, etc, etc, that had me sitting here typing for the last 10 minutes!* Then along comes a story like that very one about the little boy with the coats that restores my faith in humanity! :yes: ...which leads me to agree, once again, with

Arabella: We just need to start every day knowing that our every interaction has an effect and then go out there and be kind to one another. :yes: I couldn't agree more! I'm sending peaceful, positive thoughts your way for SIL. :goodvibes:

wsw... :crossed: Here's hoping that you find the perfect place for you. I'm so glad that you have such good friends that help you and that you can count on!

Anagram... I totally concur w/arabella... coming through a stint of Prednisone AND the holidays with no weight gain?? You are definitely doing something right! Be very proud of yourself! :cp:

Janga... you are an inspiration, with your daily exercise streak... I'm trying hard to do the same, but have managed three days a week thus far. Would also like to emulate "5 min yoga/day" :yoga: philosopy. You're a great role model! Hoping that rib feels better...

Wildfire... THANK YOU for that reminder: 49 days til Spring! And now it's only 47 days! I'm so ready. Think of all the lovely walks with :bb: in the stroller ahead of you... awww!

Hi to everyone else...

Can you believe that it's February already? :val1: Here's to as near a perfect week as you can get it!

02-01-2009, 11:43 AM
Huzzah to all royals, this is a fly-by but wanted to again send good wishes to Arabella's SIL and also mention that sometimes things that seem hopeless can turn around on the waft of a breeze that we never knew was coming, and may it be so or may the outcome be whatever is right and good as universe mandates, it is all ok, although t'is sometimes hard to believe that.

02-03-2009, 05:19 AM
Thanks to everyone for all the good energy for my SIL. She still hasn't heard but was told yesterday that if she didn't get a call by 2 this afternoon, that she should call the doctor who'll be treating her and make an appointment because they have her information. Thursday's her 54th birthday and she hopes to be getting chemo to celebrate.

It just seems like one of those times. Another friend has had a return of a particularly nasty type of breast cancer, my BIL's sister is having a double mastectomy today (diagnosed 2 weeks ago). Another friend, the last person I would have expected, just did a stint in the psychiatric ward.

I'm counting my blessings, every day. 5:15 here. I'm going to get a bit of work done, go for a walk and then drive out to give SIL Reiki. I'm going to see about getting attuned to master level so I can attune her and then she can treat herself. Not that I'll stop but it would be good for her to have that ability and it would be better for me not to have to go out so much.

In other news, I'm going to book a consultation with a holistic nutritionist here who does weight loss counseling. If it's not exhorbitant, I think I'll sign up.

Kat :woohoo: for you, getting to the gym!

Janga, you are so right! Things can do a 180 any time, no matter how impossible that seems. I always say life can turn on a dime.

Love to all :queen:lies, mentioned or un. Let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it.

02-03-2009, 07:01 AM
Hello all!'

Anagram and Empress! Hope you are both feeling well "toot suite"...(spelling!)

I should've wished you good health last post but I was going on and on....
Anyway, hope you are on the road to recovery...

To everyone! ;):o:)

Thought of the day:

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
- Emily Kimbrough

Question of the day:

"Is it hard for you to ask for help?"


We have a "storm that's going around us" already making the roads intersting with more intersting things happening later during evening rush hour.....

So, I am off....

PS, DH has bronchitis and is miserable..........

02-03-2009, 04:07 PM
Huzzah to all and this is another fly-by as now that I can get back on 3FC with no computer problems, it seems time is filling up so much with work. Anyhow, have been working three days straight and am tired and now it is nap time, methinks!

Best to all and Wood Nymph, hope SIL gets her birthday wish and yea, life does turn on a dime. We have to believe in life, luck, fata morgana, something ... good vibes to SIL!

Wow, I am pooped. See thee all. I have a new Fitness Rx by the couch and am going to read it.

I am streakity streak on my a.m. exercise and yoga challenges!

02-04-2009, 09:43 PM
G'd evening, Royals. I am finally, almost, I think, over whatever the nasty was. Have been pulling life back together. Unfortunately the appetite has returned as well.

Just a flyby really as I'm feeling my eyes closing and want to try to get a good night's sleep. But sending good springlike vibes to all.

QOD - yes, I do find it hard to ask for help and to take it even when offered. I much prefer being the HELP-ER.

Going through a spell of bad news too Arabella though none of it as close as yours. But somewhat discouraging/depressing to hear of so much in such a close time period. Several deaths, several soon to follow if news is as reported.

Hope to be back in a more joyous frame of mind soon. I'm actually doing pretty well at the moment - just sleepy.

:val1: :val1: :val1:

02-05-2009, 06:40 AM
Wood Nymph, You have so much happening all around you ! And you seem to be in the eye in the storm for your friends and family. I am sending good thoughts to you and yours!

Last evening, I recvd that dreaded call, my father died yesterday, probably, midday.

My mother had gone to lunch and found him when she came home about 2 pm. The coroner suspects a heart attack as my Dad was in pretty good health over all.

He was 83 and I am grateful he didnt suffer. I am still in shock myself, doing the things you think you should do first......

My mother will finalize the arrangements today but she is thinking the Funeral will be the 16th so that everyone can make arrangements to get there.

I am thinking I might go early to be with her but we'll see what she thinks about that.

I realize I am very lucky to have had both my parents for so long, especailly lucky to have a good relationship with them.

I know you're thoughts are with me and I am grateful.


My best to everyone!

02-05-2009, 09:48 AM
Kaylets, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing! Be assured, my thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort, Sweetie! :hug:

02-05-2009, 08:45 PM
kaylets, i am so very sorry to hear about your dad! i am sending you lots of good thoughts, and hugs. please take good care of yourself!

02-05-2009, 09:19 PM
Hello all!

Thanks for your kind words !

The Funeral will be Monday, Feb 16 to allow time for people to make travel arrangements. I have just spoken to my mother and told her I am going to find a flight that will get me there Tues or Wed. I know she will need help getting the final details and her house ready for company. ( Even though most of us are planning on staying in the nearby motel.... )

And already, the family stuff has begun but I am moving forward, doing what I think is best.

Thanks for listening.

I'm going to look at flights now.

02-06-2009, 10:13 AM
My deepest sympathy, Kaylets! It is a great blessing that your Dad went quickly though the shock is undeniable. And yes, as much support as you can give your Mom - the extra time will be good for you too.

And strengthening vibes too to Wood Nymph. I know I have many times needed the Palatial Support and it is so appreciated.

Hang in, Lovely Queens. Your strength is so needed.

02-06-2009, 09:08 PM
sending comforting vibes and hugs out to you, kaylets, and your family. arabella-thinking of you, your sil, and your other friends and family who are having such a difficult time.

anagram-so glad you are feeling better. also sending you good thoughts regarding those in your life who are going through difficult times now.

hello janga, kat, and all our dear royals! there is so much strength, support, and compassion in the palace, and i am always so grateful to be here with all of you.

have stayed op and broke most recent plateau. lost 3 lbs. (215 now.) this weekend is supposed to warm up and bring a little reprieve from winter, which i am happy about. well, take care, all.

02-07-2009, 08:18 AM
:snowglo: Another frigid but :sunny: day. We've had a lot of that since Christmas. SIL started chemo yesterday. She's learned that it's one of two types of lymphoma, one of which has a more hopeful prognosis and can possibly even be cured. Either one has potential for remission. I know that they didn't catch it early and that that isn't a good thing but she's very determined and will do anything in her power to recover. So we're all more hopeful.

If things are going well today, she'll be able to get a day pass and, in that case, I'll have a little birthday gathering for her this afternoon. (She was 54 on Thursday, the day she got the news) O/w, maybe we'll take a cake over to the hospital or see if she can make it tomorrow instead. In any case, I'm going to bake a gingerbread upside-down cake that I found a recipe for. It's got maple-syrup-steeped pecans and candied ginger on top. :ginger:

And then I want to get over to tai chi class this morning. Funny how my big New Year's goal this year was to look after myself and I seem to have come up against the biggest challenge I've ever had to doing that :rolleyes:

Kaylets :grouphug:

Anagram: "Hang in, Lovely Queens. Your strength is so needed." -- Was that ever the exact thing I needed to hear at the exact right time. I've been feeling pushed to my limits, end of my rope, ready to quit. And that helped so much. I CAN be strong. I CAN continue. And I can do it with style and grace ;) Thanks, Lovey!

WSW, three pounds! :woohoo: Yikes, I'm going to have to grab onto your coattails soon. Let's start charging the gates of Onederland!

Janga, Kat, Ceara, Andria (think I'm going to have to PM that girl!), Wildfire: :wave:

Much love to all :queen:ies, mentioned or not and thanks for all the supportive vibes floating from all wings of the Palace. :love:

02-07-2009, 08:38 AM
Good Morning all..........

I leave for Florida this coming Tuesday, DH will follow on Sat. I will be there for my mother and hopefully, we can fit in somethings that will give some comfort. Perhaps going to the see the ocean or letting her browse mindlessly in a book store or what have you.

I go today to get clothing that fits (!) for both me and DH.....

Thanks for listening. Thanks Anagram. I really do appreciate.

Thanks all!

02-07-2009, 09:21 AM
Kaylets, so very sorry to hear the news about your father, sending best vibes I have that ye and family are finding peace in this time.

Wood Nymph, the news re your SIL's prognosis and the plan for going forward for her seems very hopeful in my opinion and much improved from the original thoughts. Huzzah! She sounds like a fighter and I am sure the reiki has contributed.

I am just taking a small break from a LONG (hours) walkabout the neighborhood I have embarked upon this morn, then I will trek (in the car) to the town I work in for awhile but after that will take some healing me-me time and think about fitness and weight loss journeys, mostly mine (I'm very self-centered, if ye haven't notice :lol: !!!).

02-07-2009, 01:23 PM
So happy for the encouraging news re SIL, Wood Nymph. What a nice birthday gift - and hope you can make that lovely sounding cake.

I'm so glad you can take that time with your Mom, Kaylets. I'm sure it will help both of you along the sad road you must take.

Three pounds, my heroine! How WONDERFUL!

I have made me face an onerous and way overdue chore this a.m. and I'm sure that later I will be the happier for it. Right now I'm just tired ;) However, a little satisfaction is starting to creep in. Other than that I hope to take some time to enjoy our improved weather this weekend.

All :queen:s are much in my thoughts. We've got what it takes, Noble Ladies, for all challenges that must be faced. And doing it together makes it less daunting!


Well, talk about a mood brightener - while typing my "dancer" I had a call from a dear nephew to tell me they are expecting a baby - not telling anyone yet but I'm the exception (sweet boy). Now I'm not yet to tell anyone but I figure you're all exceptional too ;) What a sneaky way for a :queen: to behave but I don't think he'll ever find out!

Shower thoughts are already creeping in..........................

02-07-2009, 02:38 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Kaylets, but so very glad that he went quickly. Tis truly a blessing, other than the shock and suddeness. He lived a long life, good for him! My condolences to you and your family. :hug:

Arabella, so good to hear that there's some hope in SIL's prognosis. Sometimes just that glimmer can give that something to hold on to and focus upon. That, plus YOU as a SIL! BTW, that cake sounds positively decadent and delicious and dare I ask for a recipe? :yes:

Anagram...What wonderful news to brighten your day! How sweet you're the one they've entrusted with the news... I won't let on you've spilled the beans! Nice weather coming our way tomorrow... bet we'll be seeing some crocuses soon!

wsw! WOW! 3 lbs! NICE! Plateau busted! :cp:

Janga... your walkabout sounds just about like what I'm needing... a good, long walk. Hopefully the (aforementioned) break in the weather 'round these parts will allow me to do just that! :crossed:

I just finished a great exercise session... a good hour's worth of cardio/strength work and I worked up a fabulous sweat! I can tell that my workouts at the gym are 'working!' Not so much scale-wise, but definitely in strength, endurance, even size-wise! I'm seeing the changes! :woo:

Okay, gotta run, I promised that I would work (in my old capacity) tonight, 3-11 shift. It always seems like such a good idea at the time, and then I spend the day dreading going to work! Think of the overtime, kat!

Have a great weekend, all!

02-08-2009, 03:19 PM
Just back from a nice walk in the lovely weather visited on us here in the Mid Atlantic yesterday and today. Soooo nice to be able to be out and about and smiling rather than gritting teeth against bitter wind. Other than that, all's well.

02-08-2009, 08:43 PM
Well, despite all, the Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale resulted in a gain of one pound, not the hoped for LOSS or MAINTAIN!

However, Inner Diet Child Maisie has been callin' everyone in the diet neighborhood 'n invitin' 'em to a SECOND Ceremony o' the Golden Scale on Monday mornin'!!! :yikes: Diet Maiden Am told Maisie that we are a one-weigh-in-weekly diet family but Maisie pointed out research that said people at maintenance levels (which is kind of where we are, oddly enough, now how did that happen) often do best on daily weigh-ins and that we've been sneakin' in extra weigh-ins anyhow in order to fool our anti-binge system into not self-sabotaging just because t'is Saturday night, so anyhow, we are discussin' it although DMA ALSO pointed out that Monday is our deadline day and we get up very early to exercise, then work work work all day but Maisie pointed out that we work work work in our home office and can thus take a Sacred Ceremony break if we feel like it AND she correctly pointed out that if our weight is down on that day, we can quite legitimately count it as our official weekly weight 'cause ... why was that, Maisie? Oh, yes, 'cause, well, this is OUR journey and we make the rules and whose to stop us?

So maybe we'll do that, but it depends on if Maintenance Angel or Lose a Pound this Week Angel :angel: has an openin' in their schedule 'cause on a Monday we do NOT have the energy to fend of Regain Demon :lil:

We are thinkin' o' sendin' Maisie to Victorian Diet Boarding School if this plan proves to be a bad one.

Am was just readin' support groups around 3FC as she only recently got back on here and she was so surprised to see swear type words in one group and it kind of made her laugh as her software won't even let her post near swear words or words that LOOK like swear words anywhere on the internet or in emails, for some reason and the other day she sent someone an email with a word that carried letters that were LIKE a part of a swear word but NOT a swear word as Diet Maiden Am doth not swear on the internet or much of anywhere else except perhaps privately in her own head now and again :lol: ... the email almost threatened to ONCE AGAIN bring down Diet Maiden Am's mysteriously recalcitrant computer, anyhow it is just interesting what people post in forums sometimes, including Diet Maiden Am who posts strange diet fantasies that probably no one understands, but they are very little old-ladyish in their content and PG at any rate. :lol:

It is so fun to be back at 3FC. It's kind of an eclectic place.

Hmmm, rambling, anyhow Am's exercise this morning (still streakity streak) was 40 minutes of Leslie Sansone, for a blast from the past as I have not used her for a long time and probably should as she makes me feel cheery and that life is good.

It IS good.

Cals are good today and am currently having a Special K Protein Water, which is a nifty trick for managing my blood sugar and getting a little tasty treat as well as protein and fiber and keeping me from having a binge, which I am approximately one iota of an inch away from having.

The weather here is contributing to my angst as it has been almost a monsoon (we call July's heat, moisture and bad thunderstorms the monsoon season here but t'is too early for that). I am only hoping my patched roof has held, so far it doth not seem to have rained in the house but t'is damp.

I worry too much. See ye, queens, sorry again for another me-me postie!

02-09-2009, 07:12 AM
Hello all,

So nice to come to the a neutral palace. Its gotten very crowded in my kingdom. I am doing well, everything considered. Was very pleased to have to only stop at a couple stores and found nearly everything I need and just what I was hoping to find too.
As you might imagine, I've been on the phone for hours. Dh was laughing when we came out of a store and I had 4 voicemails waiting.
Dh has been a rock, and I am thrilled that the bronchitis is finally starting to ease up.
My mother is doing well and I think is pleased that so many of us can get to Florida and even participate in the funeral.
And I realize that I am nearly guilt free, without regrets. It's a wonderful feeling.

WoodNymph, I continue to send good thoughts to you and your sil.
You are right, this year seems to have come with special challenegs for ALL of us.

Anagram, your wisdom is resonating, I am grateful for it.

WSW-- congrats on plateau busting.... and you will find the right place, honestly, it will be fine. How do I know? Because I know you will make it that way......

Empress Janga! Not to stress, the gain is only an aberration! And thanks for your kind words!

Kat-- Yes, I am so grateful is with a quick passing. Its a gift and I do appreciate, for him especially and for me too.

To everyone else, Ceara, Wildfire, any other Royal I can't remember,
my best.

Thought of the day:

"Without forgiveness life is governed endless cycle of resentment and retaliation."
- Roberto Assagioli

Question of the day:

"How many suitcases do you generally take to go on a trip?"


02-10-2009, 10:11 AM
Hope all goes well on your flights today, Kaylets - and that you are ready and open for all the emotion of your journey. It's so good that you can go this route without regrets to hinder you. I was just reading a little reminder about finding joyful moments even in the midst of very difficult times and I'll bet you'll have those as well. Just the fact that you're getting to leave in lovely weather for February rather than in icy situations is a blessing and gives me joy for you. Just remember while you're gone - the :queen:s have your back.

Let us know, Empress, how the Changing of The Rules works out. That's what I love - flexibility. It takes all of our tricks to make this thing work out!

Solid thoughts to you too, Wood Nymph! The vibes seem to be brighter.

Made me go to hospital to visit old classmate who is said to be in dire situation. Managed to stay away from that thought there and like to think I brightened a moment. Was a hard one for me to do.

It seems like each day there is at least one onerous thing to be accomplished but I'm always happy when I've made me meet the challenge. I'm really getting good at rewarding me (non-foodwise). I'm thinking today's "reward" might be that I go out and cut some forsythia for "forcing". Earlier than I usually do it but if it doesn't work, I can redo it later - or maybe even if it does work.

Hi, wsw, kat, andria, ceara and all unmentioned. Not doing bad on water, food, exercise. Not GREAT either, but not bad. So off to cut up a cantelope and fold some laundry before I'm officially awake.

:val3: :val3: :val3:

02-10-2009, 12:41 PM
Hello all!

I am nearly packed-- just have to add the few things I just picked up at the grocery/bigW store.....

Dh will be here in about 30 minutes to bring me to the airport.

I see all your smiling faces in front of me.... I really can feel your support.


02-10-2009, 11:48 PM
Bon voyage, Kaylets o' the Palace! We'll be here when you get back!

WI today was uneventful... lost the 1.6 that was gained last week. I am a maintaing whiz! Upcoming week will be stellar, I vow. Let's see if I can't bust through 10# after 10 straight weeks of WWing! I know I'm due for a beautiful loss, exercise is becoming very habitual, food, eh, better than before...WAY better come to think of it, but I do have to get a grip on not letting myself get too hungry... that's when I stop tracking and just figure, "wellllll, I've been so goooood all daaayyy, I can have _____ (fill in the blank) Reigning that in right now!

I took my step class today, which I LOVE! So much so, that I'm considering passing on a meeting Thursday night just so I don't miss class that night!

I am tired now, so it's off to slumberland... just wanted to pop in and say "hey." I hope that I dream of forsythias in bloom....

Nighty night, all... :yawn:

02-11-2009, 09:36 AM
Hope your flight was a good one, dear K, and wishing the best to you and all your family in this time!

Yea, the weight gain was but a visitor for a day but as always an AWFUL REMINDER o' what can happen when constant vigilance be not practiced in this weight loss/maintenance game we play.

Yesterday was a very weird day for Am, who thought it was her day off but ended up having to do more things for work, also went to see accountant and everything was very stressful 'n Am just felt she was ramblin' on verbally like she sometimes does in typing and everyone she met looked at her oddly and she actually felt very off and odd and fell asleep for a long time and after that felt normal (for her). Feeling fine and strong this morning but rib cage hurts again (jogged a little yesterday) so did light weights and going shopping, maybe, or just sleeping again.

The relaxed state of the rules is good and the only streakity streak now in effect is daily morning exercise, of which we did a little.

Rambling again. :wave:

02-11-2009, 12:22 PM
The sun is shining brightly in my corner of the palace this a.m. and 'tis said we may set a warmth for the day. So I did go out and cut my forsythia though I do think it is a mite early. However, just seeing them cut and sitting inside makes me "springy".

Finally got some good sleep last night. Have been on a sleepless binge again. I do swear it's full moon. Also did get to gym yesterday. As I said yesterday, not the BEST but not the worst either.

My sympathies on the visit to the accountant, Am. I'm preparing for same myself and it seems I can find records all the way back to the 80s but not the most recent piece of paper to come in. Had to call for two this morning. And I'm shredding a bit as I search too. I can do a little here and there much better than face the whole thing at one. I've been prepping for this accountant visit for the last month and I think I'm finally done except for one report I'm still awaiting and the two things I requested today. I realize now how spoiled I was these many years that I had my own live-in accountant. ;)

Well, my little six year old friend from next store is coming over for a half hour or so before he boards the school bus so I'd best finish up here and get ready to play some pinball with him. I'm sure that will be his request and I guess it's as good as playing Sorry or Jungle Book. He is a cutie and feels quite at home here.

Then a few more pieces of accumulated paperwork and I think I'll call it quits for the day. Going out for dinner with a new friend so cooking not on my agenda. Social life's been a tad busier than usual but that's good too.

:val1: :val2: :val1: :val2: :val1:

02-12-2009, 11:45 PM
Social life is very good, Anagram. I need to do better on that front.

I so want to take an exercise class at a pricey studio that I found, but just can't justify the expense.

Hmmm, this is a weird, disjointed me-me postie as usual, or more than usual. I am very tired today but am still streakity streak on my morning exercise, even if today was only a 15 min walk.

Food today included a mini binge of protein shakes, could have been worse, high cal day but not so bad.

Good night to all, mentioned or un ...

02-13-2009, 11:55 PM
Good grief, this week was a long one, for sure! I'm happily home alone enjoying my solitude...ahh, so quiet! DH is working tonight, dd's in NYC with friends, ds is camping this weekend. Just me and the dog, and she's very low maintenance. So. I took myself to the gym earlier and took a Tai Chi class. It was for beginners, but the 4 other ladies were no longer beginners, so the instructor took me under his wing and I had him all to myself for a nice one on one instruction. Very, very nice. I will be back for more. After that, I hit the elliptical, did some weight work and THEN went for a swim. My bod is totally worked over and pleasantly tired right now. I really need to consider going to the gym right after work every day, because those lovely endorphins magically keep my eating on a very nice track, instead of the OMGIMSTARVINGWHATISTHERETOEATLEADMETOIT track I seem to find myself on some days!

I borrowed heavily from Janga's friend Maisie and updated my ticker with my WI from Wednesday, since I really liked that weight much better than Tuesday's weight, seeing as it showed 2 more lbs off! I KNEW something good was coming! So, in the interest of fooling the old anti-binge system into not self-sabotaging just because t'is Saturday night (or Wednesday), AND the fact that this is OUR journey and we make the rules and whose to stop us? I thank you for that, Maisie and Janga!

Anagram, your little friend sounds delightful! There is nothing like a child's perspective on the world! I had the most wonderful conversation with my 6 year old grand-nephew (boy, does that sound wierd!) a few days ago... he was telling me all about about learning how to tie his shoes and the hazards of being one of only a few who know how, because the other kids who don't know how yet want you to tie their shoes since it's past the teacher's deadline (Jan 1) for learning how! I was smiling all day long after that chat!

All right, I'm outta here... gotta do some grocery shopping now... I :love: online shopping!

Have a great weekend, fellow :queen:s! Do something nice for yourselves, you deserve it!


02-14-2009, 08:26 AM
i woke up again way too early this morning. ready for a nap by now, but have an appointment a little later this morning, so i guess i'm up for the day. this past week was another insomniac jag. ah well! have stayed op, though, and kept up with exercise, so happy about that.

janga, like kat, i am taking a page from your book and changing up my rules a little, since "it is our journey." the flexibility is making me feel a little less likely to go off the deep end too, so i also thank you for this notion.

kat-your enthusiasm is reinvigorating me a bit. congrats on the loss! loved the story of your little grand-nephew. definitely made me smile.

anagram-your little neighbor boy feeling at home in your home, not surprising at all! your warmth always shines through, and is so calming and soothing.

kaylets-i am sending you lots of hugs and good thoughts, and wishing for you and your family some comfort and peace at this difficult time.

kat, i did do something nice for myself on thursday, and was proud of myself for that. i got a manicure and a pedicure that were absolutely divine. i hadn't done that in so long, and i went to a brand new place right near me, and it was so relaxing. they did a wonderful job. what a smart treat i gave myself.

arabella-good to know that your sil has a better prognosis than first thought. continuing to send you and sil good vibes.

and greetings to all our fair queens, mentioned or -un! take care, all.

02-15-2009, 12:36 PM
I'm having a colonoscopy on Tuesday and, since you can only have "clear" foods anyway, I thought I might as well do the lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne thing. I'm not a big broth/jello/popsicle fan anyway. :p

I'm intending to give my diet some serious thought through these couple of days. Specifically: If I can control my intake now, I should be able to control it all the time. So trying to wrap my head around that concept.

Nothing new with SIL. She's still waiting to hear results from her last biopsy, which was supposed to identify exactly which type she had. In one of those weird, small world twists, though, my husband was at a meeting with doctors and one of the doctors that his sister had dealt with said that he'd just seen the first case of Burkitt's Lymphoma that he'd seen since 1982. He said that they were awaiting biopsy results but that he was fairly certain that it was Burkitt's, which is rare and very aggressive.

So. I guess we don't know for sure yet but it doesn't look good. The doctor she's been assigned to said that they're leaning towards the other, more hopeful type. However, my sister, who's a nurse, said that's what they would tell a patient while the diagnosis isn't known, to keep her spirits up.

Anyway, on we go. I hope she'll be okay but we've just got to support her through whatever happens.

WSW, yay for pedicures! What color are your toes? I finally managed to get around to giving myself one (a lavendery pink) but there's no substitute for a really good professional one. :cloud9:

Kat, I know that "smiling all day" thing from visits with DGS. They're so precious! Ooooh, not sure I told the palace but if any of you recall the story I had published about his quest for a sibling -- he's actually got one on the way now. His mom's preggers!

Janga, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has those "off" days. Some days I feel like I just can't quite communicate with people very effectively. Like I can't get the steps down or something... I tend to assume Mercury retrograde. :lol:

Anagram, glad you're sleeping again. I've mostly been doing pretty well but the night of the full moon didn't get nearly enough. Ugh. Accountant, taxes. I hate it so much! I don't officiallly have to file until June but the very thought of it is bothering me. My intention is to try to get it done ahead.

Kaylets, hope all is going well. :hug: Re: suitcase question -- I generally try to get away with a single one and as small a one as I can make do with. Although some cramming is required because I always want to take enough clothes in case I change my mind about what I want to wear.

Ceara, Wildfire, Andria :wave:

Oh :queen:ies, let's take this day and do our level best with it!

02-15-2009, 01:24 PM
arabella-lots of good thoughts to you, sil, and family!

hope colonoscopy on tuesday goes well, as does the prep.

my pedicure and manicure are both mocha. i really like the color. my feet are still smooth and soft like baby's feet. i will definitely go back to that salon again! they kept asking me if i was comfortable; they did hot stone massage on my arms and legs too. they almost couldn't get me out of there when my toes and nails were dry!

have been doing some spring cleaning this morning. i am having friends over this evening, so i needed to clean home anyway, but hadn't planned on spring cleaning. it just came over me, so i'm going with it.

i recently registered on facebook, which is just so unlike me. i am very private, but a couple of my close friends had been bugging me to do this for a while, and so i finally gave in. i found out they were right---it is fun. i am self-conscious because i don't write as well as i used to before ms, plus the fact that i am so computer-challenged, etc., but i am glad i did it. i'm proud of myself for doing it, in fact! :) i found a friend i went to high school with, and it has been nice being back in touch with her, among other folks. also, a lot of people from where i used to work are on facebook, and that has been like old home week, too.

ok, so i am going out for dinner, and plan to eat what i want, but dainty portions. have been op for breakfast and lunch, and should be able to get all my exercising in too before dinner plans. i cleaned out my closets recently and weeded out all my clothes which are too big on me (and have already given them away.) in the past, i would keep some "just in case," but decided if it doesn't fit (either too small or too big), then it goes, and they did. this not only gave me more space in my closets, which is good, but also had some bigger meaning for me regarding living in the here and now, and appreciating the present just for what it is, not what it was like, or what it might be like some day in the distant future. i can't really explain it, but i have known for a while now that i have turned some kind of corner; there's been some kind of shift, and whatever it is, it feels much better.

well, i need to get back to my spring (and regular) cleaning, so my little abode is presentable for this evening.

hi kaylets, anagram, janga, wildfire, ceara, kat, and andria!! :) take care. thinking of you, dear royals, one and all.

02-15-2009, 02:47 PM
Well, good luck on the colonoscopy (and prep), Arabella. And let's all hang in for your SIL - too bad the dr. didn't realize one never knows who may be listening and "recognize".

And your dear little DGS will KNOW this baby is all his idea! What fun.

Congrats on all that movement, kat. Good for you. Managed a bit more than usual this past week too.

wsw, a manicure AND a pedicure. Wow - and cleaning too - spring must be on the way. (Well, I know it is as I have some daffs and tulips trying to push their little stems up.) And now a facebook devotee too. Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to step out of my box.................

My little buddy next door came over yesterday to bring me a valentine and a heart shaped chocolate cookie concoction and some fresh strawberries. Also to play cards (WAR) with me for a little bit. He was so cute - I could tell he had his instructions because after a time I felt was shorter than he'd have chosen - he said "well I guess I've been here long enough so I have to go now" and took off.

Hearts with you, Kaylets. Unfortunately I have a funeral to go to tomorrow as well. The classmate I visited last week has succumbed. Sigh!

But I just finished getting it all together for the accountant. Took me three hours today after all the work I've put in on it before. But it's ready, ready, ready as I can make it.

I'm so excited to be done that I've forgotten what else I wanted to do today. It looks so nice outside I'm sure that will get a priority. We had a little snow on the grassy areas last night and some is still there so it's probably not as nice as it looks. I did clean out the vanity in the powder room last night and polished some woodwork so that's my "fun" for yesterday. May go do a little further rearranging on the bathroom closet I did last week.

Recycled some electronic stuff yesterday too - that was my "weekly" big goal - well, that and the tax data which was actually a leftover chore from the week before.

Hmm - what rules shall I make for myself today? And what fun shall I be about? Must never, never forget the fun - as wsw says, live in the moment. I've sort of turned that corner too realizing that all this extraneous stuff is only holding me back. But today - well, I must give this some serious thought so I don't let the beauty of it all get away from me.

So - any Valentine's reports?

:val2: :val2: :val2: :val3: :val3: :val3:

02-17-2009, 11:45 AM
Back from my colonoscopy and it was fine. The only part I really minded was when she put the long needle (what do you call those things?) into my hand for my IV. I didn't remember any of the procedure but for the initial bit. And felt cozy and comfortable through the parts I do remember. AND the best part is that they didn't find a single polyp. So cheers to me for my mostly healthy diet -- all those fruits & veggies, all the fiber, all the water. Yay!

A drop of two measly pounds which will undoubtedly be back in no time. BUT. I'm using that little break from eating to help me address my relationship with food. No reason I can't control what I eat every afternoon. Fruits, veggies, broth, a few nuts, that kind of thing.

Anagram, your visits with your little friend sound like so much fun! I'm getting my guy this afternoon. I've actually got the day off work so I'll be able to play with him more than usual. Maybe we'll get some modelling clay or something like that.

My DH surprised me on Valentine's Day. When I came downstairs for tea in the morning, there was a gift and a card. He hadn't given me anything for 10 years probably before that.

WSW, your mocha polish sounds lovely! I'm going to have to seek out some of that color. Wish I could go to your salon, too -- last two pedicures I've been to haven't been up to snuff. Actually painful, one of them even had me bleeding a bit where they'd cut my cuticles. And at one, they didn't even buff my soles! Shocking. I do a better job myself.

I gave away some clothes that were too big yesterday but I'm holding onto things that are just a little too small. Totally get your "living in the present" thing, though.

K, dollings, I'm just going to take it easy until time to go pick up my sweetheart from school. Love to all, mentioned or un...

02-17-2009, 09:27 PM
arabella-glad colonoscopy is out of the way, and that you received good results! ---and definitely cheers to you for your healthy diet. 2 lb loss is always nice too, no matter how or how long it lasts.

anagram- kudos for getting all your tax info completely ready for accountant! i'm very impressed. your little next door neighbor sounds so cute. sorry to hear that classmate you recently visited passed away.

cold again here but was grateful to be able to get out the past couple of days. at least, it was sunny and so it looked pretty outside anyway. had fun with friends at dinner on sunday. getting together with other friends for dinner tomorrow night, and another friend is stopping over for tea on thursday. for me, this is a big week! well, dear royals, one and all, i'm thinking of you. take care.

02-18-2009, 05:14 AM
Day 1, that is. Good morning, Lovelies! I am back and ready to get at this. I'm back exactly where I was pre-procedure, which is two pounds up from ticker. But I really feel like I'm ready to take a good run at this now. No more afternoon binges! I'm going to make a list of approved afternoon foods. :yes:

The plan:

* WW
* Track every bite
* Stay within points
* Get at least 10,000 steps
* Tai chi, qi qong or yoga, at least a bit
* Drink the water.

I had an interesting conversation with a friend whose breast cancer has returned. She said she's come to terms with the idea that she might die to the point that she's okay with it either way. Totally accepts whatever is happening. (Because, of course, what's the point of not accepting the current reality?)

WSW, that would be a big week for me, too. I had my sister over the other day and a conversation in a cafe with a friend. Now we may go to dinner at our best friend couple's on Saturday. Big week! I kind-of miss my single days, when I actually hung out with people. I just need to get more of that back into my life.

K, Wimmins -- Onward! Let's take this day and make it work for us.

02-18-2009, 03:22 PM
woke up in middle of night, and was awake for a few hours. finally after that, fell asleep for a couple hours and was grateful for that at least. almost thought i should have a middle of the night breakfast, but fortunately nixed that brilliant idea. when i did get up for real, had my regular planned meal, and did so for lunch also. somehow i think when i can't sleep, i should get more food. been there, done that way too many times, and glad i chose not to do this today.

arabella- your recent conversation with your friend who is ill again certainly is poignant. her strength and grace are such a good reminder of how important it is to try and accept whatever is going on in the present, and not wasting precious time fighting what is.

as you said, "today is the day." your plan helped remind me to stick to mine too. lost 1 lb (214 now.) we sure are all in this together, and it's so reassuring to be in such esteemed company! hi to all who dwelleth in royal palace.

02-19-2009, 06:52 AM
I didn't make all my steps yesterday and didn't do tai chi or yoga. Can't let that happen today. :no: On the bright side, I didn't overeat, despite being hungry all day. When traditional binge time hit in the afternoon, I made a bowl of CORE "chocolate pudding" -- oats mixed with cocoa and xylitol (my favorite sweetener), some almond milk, nuked and chilled. It's very satisfying, low cal, high-fiber. Huzzah!

Oh! I just remembered, too, that before I thought of it, I was trying to decide between chocolate cake and gingerbread cake in the freezer. Double huzzah!

Now, today, I should be ready to take on the full challenge requirements. Day 1 it is.

WSW, you impress me so much with the way you handle those temptations. :cp: :cp: For me, it's so often like either I'm on the wagon and not being beset by :devil: Or -- temptation visits and I cave. :dz: You've made such fabulous progress these past few months. Wow! Time for me to get going, too.

Ok, Chicklies, time for me to stop talking and start doing. Let's make this a good one!

02-19-2009, 10:27 PM
arabelle-double huzzah on choices yesterday!
thanks for the support. :)

last night, had dinner with good friends, which was fun. had tea with another friend today, and will have lunch with another friend on saturday. i think my whole "social season" dance card has been filled in this one week alone. able to stay op yesterday and today, and got in all my exercising. i did something very uncharacteristic for me, and bought a red purse today. it's really fun. now hopefully, i will actually be brave enough to use it some time. well, royals, i need to get to bed. take care, all.

02-20-2009, 12:31 PM
:luck2you::luck2you::luck2you:Huzzah on the step "beyond your box" and the red purse, wsw. Let us know when you do use it - and soon.

My lovely :queen:s - what inspirations you are! I must follow your examples and get back on my journey.

Two more deaths this week - not family or really close friends - but people who had an impact on my earlier life or those of my children.

But spring is coming - I have a few forsythia buds open on my "forcing" but apparently did not choose wisely on stems I picked. However, early enough I can do more.

Off to tai chi shortly. NEED it. More progress on ridding house of never used things. I'm loving Craigslist - everything is free but I'm happy to see people happy to have the items. And I've kept a few things out of the landfills. At least for a while.

:luck2you: :luck2you: :luck2you:

02-21-2009, 09:29 PM
anagram-kudos on ridding house of more never used things. it is always nice to see others happy to receive those things.

sorry to hear there were 2 more recent deaths of folks who had an impact on you or your children.

i didn't use red purse today, but will definitely do so soon. it kind of makes me smile when i notice it on closet shelf. i have definitely needed to step out of my box for long time, and am glad that i am taking some baby steps in that direction, anyway.

hi arabella, kat, kaylets, wildfire, andria, ceara, and janga! thinking of you all, dear royals.

got rid of another fluffy (213 now.) got in my minimum exercising today, and stayed op.

had lunch with a friend today, and she came over for tea afterwards. we had a good visit. i hadn't seen this friend in a while, so it was good to have the chance for a leisurely visit with her.

well, take care, all.

02-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Huzzah, Royal! Didn't realize I'd been away so many days from here 'n so much to catch up on in reading but everyone seems to be doin' well here in the palace and that's nice to see.

Ok, this is a long me-me postie, sorry lol ...

I'm still in that odd far far away land my brain goes into sometimes. Currently I am obsessed with roof problems and general real world angst so I obsess over fitness (which is a good obsession) and am just working out a lot and focusing on eating patterns (the result of a fun book I bought on the history of dieting).

I have gained a little weight (a pound). I've also commenced my hippity hop to Easter (secular) diet 'n fitness challenge ... I'd love to be 120 and ultra fit by then but will take whatever as long as I'm doing well and eating a healthy diet and continuing to exercise.

I was going to take a class that was a fusion of Lotte Berke, Pilates, light weights and some other stuff and was all excited about it but could not FIND the building, so I just gave up on it as the drive there is too long anyway!

So that's my story 'n I will be back.

02-23-2009, 01:58 PM
hi janga-so good to see you! :)

have a lot to get done this week-several appointments, get working on tax stuff (which i hate beyond belief), etc. was able to get out to do some errands yesterday, but mostly stayed in to try and stay warm. am op, and already got in most of my exercising for today. now on to dreaded paperwork. bleh!!

well, take care, dear royals.

02-25-2009, 01:20 AM
Hello all... I'm hanging in by a dainty finger or two, to quote wsw, but only one more class and I am FREE of that burden for good! Tomorrow night and out! :cp:

I took a boxing class tonight! It was offered free to the group at work that runs our 'Biggest Loser' (knock-off) program. Intense... very intense. We gloved up and had at it with full size, uh, what do you call them? Punching bags? Whatever... it was extremely sweatifying! The instructors were kind of obnoxious though, so I quickly opted out of the sales pitch at the end of the session. Great workout, though I did miss my favorite step class to do so. Am definitely getting into a groove with the exercise. I have been trying to form a lunchtime habit of getting outside, just to get a 15 minute stretch of the legs/air out the brain walk in! I've been out there for the past 4 (work) days, cold and wind be damned! 17 more days to make it a habit!

Despite the successes with exercise...I will not discuss my WI today. :no: Or, maybe I will. Or, maybe I'll wait and see what's on tomorrow's scale... see if I like that better. :yes: That is what I'll do. :censored: grumble grumble :censored:

It's late, I'm here longer than I wanted to be... I already know I'm going to be in a bit of pain tomorrow, so I'd better hit the rack.

I should be back on Thursday, when I will be free once again... and I'll tell you all about the 26 mile breast cancer walk I've committed to do!

Take care, pretty :queen:s!

02-25-2009, 09:19 PM
hi kat! glad you are hanging on by dainty finger with only one more class to go. you'll make it! those dainty fingernails can be pretty darn strong at times, can't they?! congrats on exercise groove, and especially in cold weather!!

--and hello to the lovely janga, anagram, ceara, kaylets, wildfire, andria, and arabella!

down a lb (212 now.) saw a piece on the news this evening regarding a study of diets, and was sort of hoping there would be something about a magic diet. lol! so, i guess in the meantime, i will have to stick to dainty portions and exercise. last night, i was about ready to chuck my food plan after dinner because i was so cold and thought---hey, i must need more fuel (despite the fact that i had eaten enough), and that fuel probably should be in the form of cookies. instead, though, i did finish my exercise and then got in to bed with lots of blankets, and read until i finally fell asleep. glad i didn't give in, but can't tell you how close i came. the cookie part would have been fine, of course, if i just wanted one, but i wanted more like a dozen. anyhoo-it was a good reminder to me how easily i can justify something which wouldn't be good for me. also a reminder it's a process, and one which is often times a lot harder than others. well, dear queens, thinking of you.

02-26-2009, 08:57 AM
Sorry - must have been wandering in la-la land or something. Anyway, I am amazed at your current progress, wsw. Congratulations - and I must remember to learn "dainty" portions.

I had committed to a grand restart as of Ash Wednesday with a whole plan, etc. Then later in the day visited an old acquaintance in a "rehab" - Well, if I lacked motivation - that did it. She is in such horrible shape and at least a goodly part of it attributed to her weight - lots of other issues as well that will keep her from ever getting a handle on it all - but I thought "I can't ever let that happen to me".

Then heard another old acquaintance was in same facility so dropped by there as well. She's a year younger, had just had some back surgery but was up and about and, all things considered, looked great and well. Of course, it helped that an "old" high school love recently came back into her life and was there taking care of her. Love these real life romances and hopefully happy endings. So motivation, motivation. I don't want to be unable to walk, with swollen legs with wounds that won't heal, etc. Sorry if that's not pleasant thinking but it IS motivating.

The last two weeks have contained several upsetting deaths, funerals, viewings and now the nursing home visit. Only sounds and signs of spring have helped. And I'm heading to Princessville tomorrow which always brings me back to "good" things. Though it often disrupts my eating, exercise patterns. But hugs are good medicine too..............Poor friend mentioned above gets precious few of those either and I think a few more along the way might have helped.

So - motto for the day - hug a few people............(might shock some to pieces ;) ...........



02-26-2009, 04:32 PM
:queen:lies, I have been so off and on with this weight loss effort. I think the trouble may be partially having sugar and occasional wheat in the intake. None today and I'm feeling a lot more positive, esp. with an almost springlike day out there. I've got front and back doors open a crack and the fresh air is marvelous!

I have been awfully doldrumsy of late. Got WAY off track with that "taking care of myself" plan and let it all slide to the wayside. Climbing back up and renewing my pledge. Yes, today!

WSW, :woohoo: And I will not begrudge you a hard-earned ounce of it. However, let me tell you: today I weighed in a pound heavier than you. You know, I knew this was going to happen, what with you making steady progress and me ... not. But I WILL! :yes:

Janga, I used to do Lotte Berk. Can't remember anything about it except that I liked it. But I must look it up and get reaquainted.

Kat, I'm loving seeing all that energy around your workouts. Huzzah! And a big yay for finishing your classes, and another for taking those forays out of comfort zone (boxing? wow!).

Anagram, it's been that kind of year here so far. Disturbing deaths and illness close to home. Mortality is such a hard concept to come to terms with. :hug:

I know what you mean about not wanting to ever have those physical problems. I have those thoughts about my mom and I know full well that my eating habits are not helping me much more than hers help her. And a lot of it is just not facing reality. Making a big effort to do so...

K, Lovelies, work day's winding down and I should have a bite to eat if I'm going to go to tai chi tonight.

Love to all, mentioned or un-

02-26-2009, 11:50 PM
This is a kind of fly-bye as I am falling asleep for some reason.

Wsw, the study concluded that the most effective weight loss "diet" is basically to eat less. :) No magic pill.

Arabella, congrats on the pound down. That's great. I honestly can't remember if I posted this here but I did find my old Callanetics book on Tuesday and have decided to work some of that kind of stuff into my week instead of one weight workout. Good stuff. I never did Lotte Berk per se but consider it very close to Callanetics. I am going to research it also.

Anagram, I have also been motivated in some cases by seeing the situation of another who has for whatever reason health or other major problems caused by weight or being out of shape and I've vowed never do I want that to happen to me. Not postive thinking, no, but a reasonable way to use our sadness at the situation the other person is in and whom we can't do much to help.

Arabella, I am also working hard on all fronts to face reality.

All in all, I don't like reality much, but there it is. :)

Kat, congrats on thy impending state of being done with the classes.

To all, mentioned or un ...

Hmmm, I really need to go to bed, was up so early to jog and walk for two hours and then went to Black Lagoon to work, problem solve and mostly get frustrated, managed not to stress eat.

02-28-2009, 04:26 PM
I feel like a kid anymore, what with the weekends off and all. For soooo many years, I had to work every other weekend, so the scramble to 'do stuff' always had to be squeezed into "my" weekend, compounded by whether or not dh was off, blah, blah, blah. He still has crazy weekend hours, but the weekends are now MINE, ALL MINE, mwahaha! :lol: Not that I'm doing all that much stuff, other than catching up on housework, food shopping, laundry, etc... BUT I don't have to wake up at 6, get dressed up, and put on make up to do so!

I'm down another pound... s l o w l y coming off, but I daresay it's a comin' off! The pants I'm wearing today feel a bit strange because they aren't cutting me at the waist like they did before. :carrot:

I think I may have finally come to the realization that this is not temporary, not a diet, not something to do just until I like what the scale says... this is how I need to live my life from now on. I'm trying not to take having a 'bad day' as a sign of failure. It is what it is. This is a daily process. I have such a long way to go, I have to just take each day as it comes and string together more good ones than bad ones.

Janga... I'm so impressed with your "two hour walk." I need to seriously start training for my walk... any pointers? :kickcan:

Arabella... so nice to hear about a breath of Spring! We've had a few of those too, and now I'm hearing about a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for tomorrow. *sigh* Here's hoping your doldrums have passed... :bubbles:

anagram... I'm so sorry to hear about all the upsetting events of the past few weeks for you! There is nothing like thoughts of Spring and Princesses to put a smile back on and give one hope! :hug:

wsw... By George, I think you've got it! "stick to dainty portions and exercise" Mystery unraveled! Now get out there and market that, and you're a millionaire! Problem is though, how to stick to that plan... :chin: Congrats on sending another fluffy on it's way!

Hail to the rest of our :queen:ly group... hope to see you all back in the palace soon!

I need to get back to my Saturday list of things to do. Was hoping to squeeze a manicure onto said list, but then I won't be able to scrub the tub! hmmmm...


03-01-2009, 02:42 PM
Hey.... me again. Just checking in, traffic is rather light these days, huh? Just wanted to report that I have exercised 6 out of the past 7 days, yesterday's workout was strictly of the housework variety, so no slacking there, really. Food choices keep getting better each day. I'm striving for preservative-free, fresh-only choices... I'd say I'm compliant about 90% of the time... I have been filling in some gaps with WW treats: the little 1 point bars and 2 point bags of pretzels or chips. Amazingly, a little goes a long way, and gives me enough leeway to not stray too far into dangerous territory.

I did some yoga this morning and a "Bodies in Motion" routine, TiVo'd from FitTV. I plan on spending the rest of the day reading the paper. A Restful Sunday. :yes:

Here's hoping that my fellow :queen:s have a lovely, restful day as well!

03-01-2009, 04:02 PM

I finally had a happy loss today also and am my way down, which is extremely odd considering it's been one of the worst weeks in my life for various reasons, not major ones, exactly, but a lot of problems, angst 'n sturm 'n drang! However, I am pleased that I did not stress eat much and Diet Bunny Am 'n Diet Inner Bunny Child Maisie lost two pounds, which had previously been regained, of course, but t'is all good.

Kat, I did two hours today also, or rather 100 mins walking and 20 straight jogging. I don't really have any pointers, I often go that long as I like doing it. This year I am doing my countdown and am at, if memory serves (can't see my log from here) I'm at 4960 minutes of exercise so far for 2009, all done in the morning (I'm not logging lifestyle activity, just formal workouts, including any extra ones in the afternoon but I'm finding I'm more complaint if I don't skip any mornings). I am doing this streak just for fun and health and "workout" includes days of "active rest" when I just do a short session or something different and light.

T'is March 1, woo hoo, wonderin' how all the palace denizens are. T'is spring, almost, definitely well past spring where I live, with all the beautiful yellow poppies in bloom on the desert.


03-01-2009, 08:45 PM
kat-congrats on the pound down! Woo-hoo! glad you now have your weekends -enyjoy.

janga-huzzah on 2 lbs. down! --and for not stress eating during a rough week/time. your exercising always inspires me.

anagram-hope you enjoyed your visit to princessville!

hi arabella-hope you are feeling less doldrumsy. your recent spring-like day sounded loverly.

very cold and wintery here, and will be for next couple of days, at least. have been stuck inside for the past 2 days due to weather. so far, no cabin fever, but not looking forward to next couple of days. ah well! since no control over the weather, will at least try to be productive. got some de-cluttering done today, which felt good. tomorrow will be a big push towards getting through some paperwork. also saw some rental movies which were good, including "changeling." hanging in with food plan and exercising. well, thinking of all our dear royals, mentioned or -un. :) take care.

03-02-2009, 09:10 AM
Hello all,

Believe it or not, I am still getting caught up on things here at home. I have had to literally force myself again and again to remain focused, even if its getting laundry together.

I appreciate eveyone's kind words and supportive thoughts. My mom is doing well, everything considired and has begun the rounds of changing info at the bank, updating SSI, etc, etc. She is very, very involved with her church which is not too far from her home and has many active service projects.

We have a Noreaster here today so I called out of work. I am doing laundry, will wash some floors and vaccum, have thank you cards and etc to catch up on and think a pot of beef stew would be nice too.

Yes, I agree you never know where you will find motivation.... It's so true with me too.

Congrats WSW and Empress Janga for pounds down.
Kat, I am so impressed with your boxing. Good idea signing up for the marathon....a plan is good thing...step by step....there's so much common sense there....

Ok. I need to swap the washing machine loads.

Oh, and by the way, my employer is in the news again...........

Here's the today's Thought:

Thought of the day:

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.”
Harvey Firestein

Question of the day:

"How do you handle driving in bad weather?"


03-02-2009, 05:02 PM
kaylets-so nice to see you! not surprising it's hard to focus. it takes a long while, so be very sweet and gentle with yourself. glad your mom is doing ok.

like the thought of the day. qod-i try not to drive in bad weather anymore, unless i get stuck out in it without warning. used to be fine driving in bad weather, though. just don't do it now because if it is slippery out from lots of rain, snow, or ice, i have trouble walking, and try not to add any increased risks of falling. ( i do enough of that without inclement weather conditions. lol!)

--and speaking of bad weather, we did get a lot of snow, and ice. more snow for tonight probably too. definitely stuck inside today, but at least it is sunny now, and so pretty to look out at the snow, anyway.

210 today. have lost 25 lbs so far now since started at the end of november (a little over 3 months). in past few months, have been more consistent with food plan, exercising, and writing down my food daily. this past stretch is the best i had done in a long time, and i am very grateful for every little ounce shed, believe me. i'm finally back at a weight i haven't even seen in well over 5 years. have a long, long, long way still to go, of course, but at least now i have a good solid frame of reference that shows me i can indeed do this. all of you who have gotten to your goals always inspire me so much, and let me know too that it is possible if i keep moving forward, and don't let myself get stuck in past efforts which were not successful. ok, well, back to dreaded paperwork now. also, have a little more de-cluttering to attend to. well, queenlies, take care.

03-02-2009, 06:05 PM
WSW! 25 lbs is a GREAT number!! TA DA!!

Good for you! And you are so right... its every ounce that adds up....

I just saw a quote today i(n an investment magazine)
"Four steps makes 1 long stride".....

You are doing it!!!!


03-02-2009, 10:03 PM
thank you, kaylets! :)

03-03-2009, 07:15 AM
Hello all!

Almost zero here, winds are howlling, wind chill temp is one I'd rather not think about.....

But I am on cup 2 of coffee and am going to turn the car on so at least the steering wheel is warm.....

Someone sent me this last night... I thought it was so cute... hope you do too!

Good Morning Tuesday 3/3

The Push

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am
by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up
and goes to the door where a drunken stranger,
standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.

'Not a chance,' says the husband, 'it is 3:00 in the morning!'
He slams the door and returns to bed.

'Who was that?' asked his wife.

'Just some drunk guy asking for a push,' he answers.

'Did you help him?' she asks.

'No, I did not, it is 3:00 in the morning and it is pouring rain out there!'

'Well, you have a short memory,' says his wife. 'Can't you
remember about three months ago when we broke down,
and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him,
and you should be ashamed of yourself!'

The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain.

He calls out into the dark, 'Hello, are you still there?'

'Yes,' comes back the answer.

'Do you still need a push?' calls out the husband.

'Yes, please!' comes the reply from the dark.
'Where are you?' asks the husband.
'Over here on the swing,' replied the drunk.



03-03-2009, 02:37 PM
I am so full of awe at my :queen:lies

25 pounds in 3 months, wsw - you are a marvel! And Empress Janga - your commitment always boggles my mind. And now :queen: kat seems to have made a true lifestyle change! Do you feel the job and hours change were a help in all of that? i.e., giving you more regularity?

Yes, be gentle :queen: kaylets - it will take a while - a good while - and keep in touch w/Mom - 'tis fortunate she has so many good activities but it will still be so hard for her. (And clue from a Mom who's done it - we oft put on a better face for our kids so as not to add to their grief.)

I was only away for three days and am still digging out and trying to get back on track. Weather NOT helpful but we didn't get hit as hard as Kaylets, kat, wsw. Snow is about all melted but still so cold. I'm going to go out and do 2 or 3 small errands just to get out and about.

Wrestling with a mental mode change for myself - while it has nothing directly to do with diet - it does affect that and health. I'm realizing one of the biggest stresses in my life (other than the economy) is the amount of stress in DDs life. There is a lot of REAL stress there (a lot related to health) and she is not handling it well (read: my way) - ergo, adding to my stress. I AM sympathetic though, apparently, never sypathetic ENOUGH. Truthfully, DD is a TYPE A personality which can be good but also can be Bad. I am definitely not a TYPE A. I was able to tolerate her Dad's Type A characteristics and accept him as he was but her somewhat similar behaviors tend to wear me down. So I am reminding me that when we love someone, it means accepting them as they are (even when they're irritating). And remembering she has his same generosity and stalwart character, etc. And, Lord, if I could stand up to him I should be able to stand up to her and be myself too whether it suits her or not. Sometimes we have to keep repeating to ourselves things we learned long ago and have let drift away.

QOD - I'm with wsw on that - do as little as possible but not afraid to do it. It's more a falling thing once I'm out of the car that keeps me in (besides the comfort of home).

03-04-2009, 03:43 AM
Just a note to say, yea, congrats to wsw for so many pounds down and to all for their accomplishments that I'm missing posting on lately and a huzzah to all, mentioned or un-

Was going to post more but truth to tell I have a pounding headache tonight that I think, actually, is because I've eaten some cheddar cheese in the past few days. I believe it has triggered a migraine, hopefully that is it, anyway.

So shall go back to bed.

03-04-2009, 11:57 AM
Sorry for the migraine, Janga. Will assume, with you, that is what it is/was. I used to have them a lot but, mercifully, not so much recently.

Though I did have something new recently - at least new to me, I woke up early Sunday morning (2:00 a.m.) and had flashes of light in my left eye. Uh, oh, I said and on Monday made an appt w/ophthamologist. fortunately, it was not a detaching retina but was, he believed, something called an ophthalmic migraine (or ocular migraine). No pain, though though he said there sometimes can be but usually is not. So a wee bit of a scare but it seems that was the worst of it.

Still cold today but sun is bright and supposed to be warming up. Having my little buddy after school for a bit today. Have already accomplished several things on today's list but now must tackle the biggie for the day (postponed almost a week ;) ) Paperwork, of course.


A good and glorious day to all floating around the palace and its environs - or out and about otherwise bringing good vibes to the world!


03-04-2009, 11:58 AM
Janga, just noticed the new pic. Be that thyself?

03-05-2009, 08:19 AM
janga-hope migraine headache is gone, and you are feeling much better. they certainly are rough!

anagram-glad your eye scare has resolved. that must have been really disconerting in the middle of the night.

kaylets-still cold here too, but it is supposed to warm up today, and i am READY! i am so hoping the rest of the ice and snow(especially that pesky ice) will melt today or at least by tomorrow. i had been stuck inside for the past 5 days, and i am so glad to be getting back out among 'em today!

yesterday was my 56th birthday. it was quiet and low key, and very pleasant. i received phone calls from quite a few friends, some lovely flowers were delivered, etc. in the evening, best friend came over and brought dinner. we had a nice visit. also received a couple lovely birthday gifts, including a great purse, and best friend gave me a video cam for my computer last night. we tried it out when he got home, and it works. it will be especially nice for when he travels internationally. then we can talk and see each other on skype, no matter where in the world he happens to be. modern technology absolutely amazes me. saturday, a couple of friends are taking me to dinner for a birthday celebration, and to a surpise event following that, which i think is a concert, but whatever the surprise is, i know i will enjoy it. i am taking being 56 pretty well, actually. who knows, today might just be the day i use my red purse! :)
well, i woke up again way too early this morning, but have appointments later, so no sneaking back to bed for me. hopefully, i will sleep better tonight.

and to all our dear royals, mentioned or -un, i'm thinking of you. take care.

03-05-2009, 03:55 PM
:hb: :balloons: :cheers:

Let the celebrations continue! That's great that you'll be able to do webchat with your friend. I know people that use it to hang out -- even watch movies together, long distance, just the way they would if they were sitting on the couch together (except for sharing popcorn, of course). But, you know, making the idle comments.

25 POUNDS IN THREE MONTHS?!!!! :woohoo: OH my goodness, you are so my hero.

Anagram, after I was attuned to Reiki I started getting ocular migraines. It's amazing the things you see sometimes. There are websites with images of what people see. Some images are common to a lot of people. I've seen the image in the first, second and fifth images on this page. ( It started like just a tiny bit of blur - enough to blur one letter on the computer screen. And grew until it was a rotating bubble several feet long with that jagged edge. And not directly in front of me but to my side. I could turn my head and not see it but then turn back and it was there. Very strange stuff!

Janga, I hope your migraine's gone, never to return. I've never had the painful kind but my mom used to get them and she couldn't do anything but lie down in a dark room until it went away.

Kaylets, it takes a while to get back into the swing of things -- really shakes up our world when a parent dies, even if we're mostly grown up. :hug:

Kat, a breath of spring is pretty much what it was. We haven't had a full day of above-freezing weather all winter. Now we've had the trees coated in ice for several days from the last ice storm (there have been two since that fabled "breath of spring." :dz:

But spring has to come some time, right? :yes:

Ceara, Wildfire, Andria? :wave:

I'm finally getting a bit of a grip on things. Realizing that I'm going to have to get back to WW and get that commitment to sticking to it, going to WI every week. Because I'm just not making the progress otherwise. I will!

Let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us!

03-06-2009, 11:48 PM
Huzzah, queenlies! :wave:

Thanks fer those who wisheth me well re the cheddar/migraine debacle, t'is better and I am fairly certain as to that being the cause, but it was unusual.

Anagramatic, that is scary re thy experience re the eye scare, glad it seems to have resolved itself.

Nay, that be not a real pic o' Janga, just a random photo from a royalty free site where I enjoy poaching pictures from. I like to THINK it looks like the new me WHEN I grow more hair and when I lose a number of years. :lol: I am very drawn to the picture and it motivates me because it does look like who I think I am.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WSW! Sounds as though thou hadst a good one. Congratulations on the great weight loss also.

Wood Nymph, I am with ye on the weigh-ins, whether they be at WW or my "ceremonies" regularly each Sunday (although I occasionally vary the day if I have to work on a Sunday or something). I would not have ever had any success with losing weight had it not been for the regular scale checks, although I don't do it daily as some do. For me, it's essential data in the journey.

Actually, must go lie down right now, so to all ... mentioned or un ... huzzah!

03-07-2009, 08:51 AM
Belated Happy Birthday, wsw!!! What was the surprise event?

Thanks, WN, for the site! Mine was more a number four but I realized looking at some of the other pictures, that this was probably NOT my first episode but was likely more noticeable in the dark room.

Glad your migraine has gone byebye, Janga. I too have mental pictures of myself; however, none of mine resemble the real me. Durn!

Today is to be lovely here - almost 70 - just a taste of spring, of course, but I think we'll have a foot in the door. Gent helped me clean out the flower beds yesterday and now I can more readily see the tulips, daffs, hyacinths, mums, etc. emerging. I'll be out after brekkie checking out every inch. Wandered into a garden section at Wal Mart yesterday and bought some grass seed and plant basket liners. Am I getting with that program or not?

Working on getting with the other program too and doing better. However I am in need of a real epiphany and a kick back onto the fast(er) track.

:hug: to Kaylets, kat, ceara and all others. Any lurkers out there? Feel free to speak up - your thoughts are welcome.

:luck2you: :luck2you: :patrick: :patrick: :cupgold:

03-07-2009, 12:51 PM
SO, SO lovely out there. Everyone out doing yard cleaup! It probably won't last very long but it is such a foretaste of what will surely be here in a few weeks! Cut some more forsythia to force. Keep this up and bushes won't need any trimming!

03-08-2009, 08:17 AM
thanks for the birthday wishes and encouragement. i really have had a lovely birthday week. on thurs, another friend sent me 2 dozen roses, which were gorgeous! last night, 2 friends took me to dinner, and then for my surprise event, which was a judy collins concert, and before the concert to "a meet and greet judy." it was fun to meet her and get her autograph. she was very gracious. she also gave an excellent performance too. i was surpised right up until we pulled up in front of the theatre and i saw the marquee. what a great time i had last night! oh, and i wore my red purse for the first time, too. it was fun, and it made me feel different too--a little sassier. that will definitely not be the last time i wear that purse!:) i really have felt very celebrated and loved this birthday, and have had a grand time, indeed.

anagram-glad the weather is so lovely and cooperating for yard cleanup. what a way to enjoy that spring is truly coming.

janga-glad you are feeling better, and have figured out cause of your migraine also.

arabella-spring definitely has to come some time! we had a taste of it the last couple of days. it goes back to cooler weather again this week, but this little blast of spring makes me hopeful that it won't be long now til it arrives for real.

well, queenlies one and all, i'm thinking of you. take care.

03-08-2009, 09:31 PM
This is just a me-me postie to say that Janga/Am be super busy this coming week also but will again use the technique of almost ritualistically dedicating this state of stress filled days to improving her weight management and fitness project. That was a very helpful image that got me through last week.

Did not loss weight, did not gain weight, so am good to go, plan being to increase calorie "budget" with a cap (haven't been using a cap for awhile, just a target, and it's a different thing, actually) that is higher daily than previous target but will result in a lower weekly average because it theoretically will prevent very high days while allowing enough calories for higher moderate days during stressful times.

If that makes no sense, ignore it. :lol:

We are also experiencing cooler weather but I am glad as my AC is still broken and I live in Arizona, so need a few more months as I have to fix the roof first.

Avanti, queenlies.

Sorry the lack of responses. Seems like there's always a lot of things to do these day.

03-09-2009, 12:22 AM
OMG, I did it again! Was just finishing up a nice long post... scrolling back to see if I missed anyone or anything, and was chuckling (again) over Kaylets' tale of "The Push," so I copied and pasted into an email to send to my sister...FORGETTING TO SAVE WHAT I HAD JUST SPENT AN HOUR TYPING. AUGHH!

Short version:
wsw! Belated Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like it was wonderful!
Anagram...gardening! Ohhhh, I can't wait!
Janga...your calorie plan made perfect sense to me!
Arabella...hang in there, Spring's a'comin'!

I have to get to bed... must be up earlier than usual tomorrow... car issues to be dealt with. :p

More tomorrow, I promise!

03-09-2009, 10:36 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies! Sunny and cool here, but not far below freezing.

I had a CRAZY thing happen on Saturday. I suddenly WANTED to sit at the table when I ate and also didn't want to read but just pay attention to my food. Well, I can tell you, that's never happened to me before. I can feel a bit of a slip -- read the paper while I had my oatmeal this a.m. but I think I'll stop that again and start focusing on eating more slowly too.

So. Day 1 of:
* Tracking food
* Staying within points
* Getting > 10,000 steps
* Doing at least some yoga or tai chi
* Meditation
* Drinking lots of water
* No sugar, no wheat
* At least 8 servings fruit/veggies.

I've got my steps in and yoga already. Today's the day!

Kat, feeling your pain! Plus mine, for missing out on your post. If you can think of it next time, try your back button. I've been amazed sometimes to find my whole post still there when I've lost them.

WSW, I'm loving the image of you out there at the concert with your red purse. How lovely to have an item to use when you wanted a little extra sass! :)

Anagram - 70 degrees! Wow, we might get that in June. How exciting to be going around your yard seeing what's coming up. I swear, I'm not going to waste a second of spring/summer this year. Enjoy!

Janga, would love to trade weather (plenty cool here! :brr: ) but am afraid you wouldn't be interested. No AC required, to say the least. :dz:

Kaylets, Ceara, Wildfire, Andria :wave:

Lovelies, let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us! :df: :bubbles:

03-09-2009, 04:02 PM
Ah, Fresh Start Monday!!!!!

Doing ok today - not TOO bad over the weekend. Someone said over the weekend that I looked like I was losing weight. Sorry to say, I had to refute the thought.

Well, we're in cold and windy weather now but with a bright sun today and more March-like than the weekend.

Hey, kat, can't you copy and paste back from the email in your Sent file?

Lovin' the red purse image too! Go, wsw. "Sass" that's what I need to.

I've been concentrating on eating more slowly too, WN. And trying to savor each bite and let the message get to my brain. I have ALWAYS been a very fast eater and have tried many times to slow down but never seem to learn.

Well, off to a dinner meeting tonight and it's at an Irish pub so I must be wearin' the green. Will forego the Guinness :p


03-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Just did a really quick peruse.

Kaylet, I'm so sorry to hear about your father.:grouphug:

:congrat: To wsw! 25 pounds!

Janga...cheese migraines? Is that a trigger?

Anagram...I've had one of those ocular migraines...thought I was drunk! is SIL? I've been thinking about her, eventhough I was MIA.

Kat...I was pulling quack grass today...blasted stuff. But signs of spring are out there...robins, killdeer are back, swans and geese headed north...cardinals trying to lure the ladies to their tree....

Ok, I'll try to pop in sooner....

03-10-2009, 12:40 AM
Well, now... let's try this again! Must focus and not be steered off course by funny stories. (I sent that to everyone at work today!) :lol:

I am on total SPRING WATCH here. Loving the surprise of the odd crocus blooming through the raggedy, brown lawn... wee green buds on the magnolia tree outside my bedroom window... green shoots where daffodils will be in a few weeks... I even saw a pair of swans (thanks for reminding me, ceara!) a few weeks ago, while out walking. I took a long, roundabout path that I'd never been on before, and came upon a neck of a reservoir that I didn't know even existed in this park. There, gracefully gliding through the water, were a pair of swans! I was mesmerized, had to stop and watch them for a bit. I don't know why I was so taken with them, but it made my day for me!

My *lost* post told of the MEGA walk, my dog Molly and I took yesterday. :running: We hit our favorite trail at (another) park, and had the whole afternoon to ourselves for hiking and exploring. Explore we did... even got somewhat lost after walking for about and hour and a half... covered quite a bit of the trails, LOTS of hills, and way more mud than I would have liked, but it was a great workout.

I worked a little later than usual today, because I need to leave early tomorrow for a dentist appt. :p Getting up extra early for a 6am POWER class :strong: because I didn't workout today, and I do like a good one under my belt before WI. Am getting WAY tired of up 1, down .8, up 1.5, down 1.... I need a WHOOSH! On the bright side, there is a definite change in the way clothes are fitting, so that makes me very happy. I feel stronger too. :lifter:

anagram... So? Did you avoid the Guinness? :drinkup: Must be a fun meeting if it's at a pub!

arabella... sounds like you've got your plan in place. It does make a big diff, doesn't it, when we sit and eat with no other distractions. Hard though, I'm always looking for something to read while I eat! Bad habit=must break.

wsw... A little SASS goes a long way, doesn't it? Your tales of birthday celebrations tells me you are truly loved. As you are here!

Janga... when you figure out how to "lose a number of years," you will share, won't you?

Kaylets... re: QOD, "How do you handle driving in bad weather?" 4WD, baby! I don't mind driving in bad weather, but the other crazies on the road scare the daylights outta me! :yikes: People, what is your hurry? You have the best excuse in the world for being late: THE WEATHER! sheesh...

Okay, I must gather my things together for the early rising. Grab an outfit, pack the lunch, pack the gym bag. Oh! and the toothbrush for my boyfriend, the dentist.

Monday's over... let's make this a GREAT week!


03-10-2009, 09:26 AM
Well, the excitement I'm feeling at an official Day 2 is a testament to how well I haven't been doing. ;) Oh, it feels so good to have a clear focus again!

Had a good choir practice last night. Today I've got sound yoga at lunch and tai chi tonight. This morning so far, I've made a pot of soup, walked and divided my streptocarpus: 1=5.

(Let's call it a cape primrose -- streptocarpus is just not a very pretty name). It's amazing -- mine has very violet blossoms on it and leaves and blossoms are BIG.

Now, I'd best not linger, actually, since I'm going out in a couple hours. Must get some work done. Have a good one, lovelies, and I'll try to sneak in for some personals later.


03-11-2009, 10:09 PM
Hello all!

Happy Belated WSW! What a wonderful gift to go to meet Judy Collins!

Hugs to all! Sorry to be so brief... Time change is killing me this year....
I am jeaous Empress Janga of your state NOT doing the time change...

I am going to bed now and hoping I don't lay there with my eyes wide open.....

PS....I know 2 ladies with the ocular migranes too......


03-12-2009, 09:28 AM
Just a quickie. Still hangin` in there....

03-12-2009, 10:13 AM
I had a couple of iffy moments yesterday, one under deadline stress and with DGS visiting. But I held on, tracked, kept within points. Huzzah! Going back to WW tomorrow.

I actually had some ideas for a couple of ongoing writing projects yesterday when I was walking and came home and wrote out enough that I'll be able to flesh it out when I've got time (HAH!) Then last night at my writing group, I worked on one of my ideas and finished a first draft of a personal essay. I'm off work today and tomorrow so I'll take a little time to polish it and see if I can't get it published.

One of my projects is a book of personal essays. The other two are a book of ghost stories and a care-of-the-soul type one called "Between you and bliss: Stumbling blocks on the spiritual path." Oh and I'm also thinking of a gluten-free cookbook. And I've got ideas for several articles I want to write -- one about sound yoga (I thought I'd try "Body and Soul" with that one) and another one on specific types of physical activity to help particular psychological issues.

Kaylets, I'm never fond of the spring ahead change. Love the fall back one though, and I guess one requires the other. Full moonish too...

Kat, I'm enjoying the trail walk with you and Molly! Also loving the spring watch. V. wintery here still but it's got to go sometime. Me --> :kickbutt: <-- Winter (Adios, sucker -- don't let the door hit you on the way out!)

Ceara, the latest on SIL is that they think now they were wrong about the original, grim prognosis and think that it's a curable lymphoma. She's finished her second go-round of chemo and says she thinks the tumor is GONE. She's feeling pretty well. So... :crossed:

Anagram, how was the pub visit? Do you like Guinness? I do if I'm in the mood for it but it's a little hearty for me usually.

Hmmm... have puttered my way to 10 o'clock -- I'd better scoot. Let's make this a good one!

03-12-2009, 02:18 PM
Huzzah to all 'n this be a fly-bye as pretty overwhelmed this week on the work and personal front, weight is stable with a visit from the Maintenance Angel at an early but official Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale o' Dietary Justice a few days ago and Diet Maiden Am 'n Inner Diet Child Maisie 'n some other diet folkettes have formed a committee to set the next ceremonial date, which is March 22, giving Am a number of extra days between since there is so much going on right now that this will allow her to focus on steering a steady GOOD WEIGHT BEHAVIOR COURSE during the hullaballoo and have a nice day off for a weigh-in, brunch, etc., on that Sunday. It's important not to get too married to any one weigh-in day.

Huzzah, Sword Bearer, nice to see thee! Ye are doin' so well.

Arabella, that is wonderful news about the SIL's better diagnosis. I am sure thy reiki helped. Thy Cape primrose is beautiful.

Happy belated birthday, WSW!!!

Hope ye got a good night's sleep, Kaylets!

Royal ones, those are the only posties I can see on my screen so to all unmentioned as well as those mentioned, consider this a response to all as I must away, actually not away, I am just lying around following a two hour walk. I had some situations yesterday and realized I am very tired and burned out and there's so much coming up to deal with that I need to rest and read a cookbook a friend sent, and I may bake something from that.

03-13-2009, 10:02 AM
Off yesterday and today, anyway. Which means that I should be ready to enjoy the weekend, shopping and cleaning all done.

I took myself back to WW this a.m. and was precisely where I had been when I was there in January. Signed up for six months which will get me to goal at 1.73 a week. And if I ramp up the intensity a bit and manage 2 a week, I'll be there well ahead of schedule. :cb: :cb:

Janga, thanks for the kind words about the reiki. It really did seem to help. I attuned both SIL and her DH so they could both treat her and each other. Must find out how that's going. I found it quite powerful when I started.

Yea, the Cape Primrose is stunning and blooms almost all year. Mine desperately needed to be divided and I'm hoping it'll feel ready to burst forth again soon. Now I've got 5 -- I'll add some to a couple of other spots in my house and donate a couple to other folkettes who might like a splash of violet in their homes.

Hope all :queen:lies are well and happy this a.m. Let's take this day we've been given and make it WORK for us! :dancer:

03-14-2009, 12:58 AM
So, ummm... I really haven't fallen off the face of the earth; I just ventured into the "there be dragons" portion of the map for a while. Thank you for the messages and encouragement while I was wandering in dark places.

I need to do some catching up in the palace, it appears. There are names I don't recognize, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the new royals. :)
I'll do some reading and some posting tomorrow, but I seriously couldn't let another day go by without dropping in and dusting off my corner of the palace. There are just too many lovely people here that I care about!


03-14-2009, 12:45 PM
Just back from tai chi and got the rest of my 10,000 steps in. Thinking I'm going to have to aim higher to get to goal at the end of six months.

Having SIL & BIL and another couple in for dinner tonight. I'll do a cornucopia/rainbow of raw veggies and some roasted garlic feta/toasted walnut dip. ( It's really good, quick and easy. And they can have some crackers. Then old reliable lemon-garlic chicken (, a big Greek salad and rice. I'll get them multigrain baguettes. Someone's bringing dessert, so that should do it. I'll forgo breadstuffs and dessert and I'll be able to stay within my points without too much difficulty. Just have to watch the wine. :cheers:

Andria, I'm so happy to see you back in the Palace. :ginger: Looking forward to getting caught up again.

K, where beith other :queen:lies? Wherever, hopeth all goeth well. Let's take this day we've been given and make it WORK for us! :dancer:

03-14-2009, 02:05 PM
Happy Saturday, :queen:s!

Andria, you made my day! So good to see you back in the Palace... no need to dust out your suite... the chamber-boys kept it just as you left it... always ready! They're also very good at keeping the dragons at bay! Welcome home! :hug:

Arabella, your menu sounds fabulous! :T What time are you serving? I'll be right over! It sounds as though you're firmly back in control, and that's where you wanna be... :cp: BTW, your Cape Primrose are lovely! I've never seen them before... are they like violets?

Operation Spring Clean-Up/babystep version will be implemented this weekend, so I can't linger here. So much to do, hence the babysteps, so as to NOT get overwhelmed, just happy with each bit that does get accomplished! Later today, we're taking pictures for our Avon Walk for Breast Cancer website... I promise to share when posted!

Okay, I'm outta here, have a good day, kids!

03-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Kat, the Cape primroses are like African violets on steroids (or primroses on steroids, except violet-colored). Huge -- the leaves get to be over a foot long and the blooms maybe 2 inches? And they just bloom like crazy almost all year. I'm hoping mine aren't set back too badly by being divided.

Dinner's at 7!


03-15-2009, 08:30 AM
Okey dokey. Coffee is done...I'm filling the cup in a moment, and I'm considering forgoing Coronation Street in favour of a walk. I haven't seen it in so long that I don't have a clue where they're at!

Arabella...yummy menu!

Nice to see you back Andria. The land of the dragons be a fierce place...unless you have lemon-scented wash water for the wizards.

Ok...if I don't do something, nothing will get done. I think I will feed the guys, get them out and then go for a walk. I can drink coffee through all that.

Hope your walk goes well it today?

03-15-2009, 01:05 PM
Wow, wow, wow -- almost a third of the way around the block (funny triangle-shaped block, but still). I don't know when I last got this far. A LONG time. I'm serious about this -- and, OMG, it's so much more fun than putting in a piddly effort and not trying. Overeating and beating myself up. Nope, that's no fun. I feel like I'm not wasting my energy obsessing and keeping myself down.

Dinner went well last night. I had an extra glass of wine but was within points. So all is good. It was fun, too, and the first time SIL has been here for dinner since she was diagnosed. She's going to see her doctor on Thursday this week and should have more information. But she's been doing very well. Has a great wig that looks a lot like her own hair only with a new style. She feels pretty well but is having a little trouble sleeping. No wonder.

Ceara, lemon-scented wash water for the :wizard: I'll have to remember that tip when next I venture near dragon territory...

Hope all :queen:lies are having a lovely weekend.

03-16-2009, 12:58 PM
That's pretty much all I've got to say today. All goes well, tracking everything, staying in points, getting my exercise. AND looking forward to a loss.


03-17-2009, 09:07 AM
:goldpot: Top o' the Morning!

I'm playing hooky today... a friend from work and I are wearin' our green, taking a ride into Manhattan, and heading off to see the Parade. The sun is shining and it's supposed to be nice 50ish degree day.(only reason I consented to go-- I'm too old for anything but the most optimum conditions!) Should be fun... I haven't done this since before I was married, many, many moons ago!

Have a happy day, faire :queen:s! :kissluck:


03-17-2009, 09:56 AM
:faint: I was beginning to doubt that I could actually do this again but it seems I can. :drinkup:

No weight off this week yet but I've still got several days to get to Friday. Gonna do it!

Choir practice was good last night but, as so often happens, I couldn't get to sleep afterwards. I don't feel too bad, though, and have the will to go on. Yesterday afternoon I fought the fatigue munchies without letting them win. :cb: :cb:

:sunny: and not brutally :snowglo: here today. I'm going to shower up and walk around the harbour on my way to sound yoga at noon. Tonight's tai chi. :)

Enjoy hooky and parade, Kat!

Have a lovely and :luck2you: :patrick: day, :queen:lies! :kissluck: :goldpot:

03-17-2009, 09:02 PM
arabella-woo-hoo on day 9! you are on a roll! huzzah on fighting fatigue munchies and winning.

kat-hope you and your friend had fun at the st. patrick's day parade today. how fun!

andria-so nice to see you again. we've missed you.

ceara-hello. hope your walk the other day was pleasant. spring here too sure seems elusive, and any warm day is such a treat.

hello janga, kaylets, anagram, wildfire, and all our dear royals. i have been thinking about you, one and all. fell last week. it was a hard fall, and pretty bruised and very sore, but once again, truly lucky that nothing is broken. have stayed op. haven't been able to exercise as much due to fall, but doing what i can. after 4 straight days of cold and rain day and night, today was warmer. the sun actually peaked out in late afternoon too, and was a welcomed sight. well, happy st. patrick's day (or evening, more accurately.) take care, all.

03-18-2009, 07:18 AM
Hello all!

WSW! So glad nothings' broken! Please be careful of your Royal H****!!

well my friends, my employer is in the news AGAIN.

It's embarrassing and wearing.....

Extended family issues relating to my Dad's death. Its almost as though some of my family are really strangers. It's very difficult to explain ....

Some were amazing, went above and beyond.
Others, the complete opposite.

Even a friend of over 30 yrs has had very little to say. Has yet to ask how my mother is doing, hasn't sent a card.... very odd. DH says all this is due to people who cannot think beyond themselves.
That's the best explanation I can think of. It's more than eye opening.

Does make me realize how wonderful everyone has been here..... very interesting counterpoint....


And now, The Thought of the Day:

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked,
'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?


03-18-2009, 09:18 AM
AND supposed to be not only sunny but mild (Read: above freezing) today. I vow I'll get out to get me some of that sunshine today.

Skipped tai chi last night because I was tired. I'd love to be able to solve the problem of not getting to sleep after choir practice. :yawn: I did better last night, though, so looking for a better day today. Still no weight off this week :crossed: But I'll hang in...

WSW, so sorry you had a fall! :hug: And four days of :rain: ! Ugh. Although I'd probably take it here to get rid of some of these mounds of snow. :rolleyes:

Kaylets, it's very revealing the way people behave at such a time. I know I've been shocked by the lack of support from some people and touched and surprised by the way others stepped up and were just wonderful. Yes, I'm afraid that's a good bit of it -- people just wrapped up in themselves.

When my ex died, a very good friend of ours, who we used to spend a lot of time with, heard about his death but didn't contact me. When I contacted him to see if he knew he said yes, but he hadn't wanted to call me because he didn't want to be the one to tell me if I didn't know. I thought, "You COWARD!"

On the other hand, several friends offered to either accompany me or take me to the funeral. The one who did was just wonderful. And I really needed the support. A lot of people hardly wanted to acknowledge that I'd had a loss because it was an ex.

Wow. I didn't intend to go on like that. Anyway, yes, you really learn a lot about people around significant deaths. Loved the TOD!

And on that note, let's turn the focus back to life. Let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us! :dancer:

03-18-2009, 11:20 AM
Ouch, I stupidly just did it once again. Lost an almost completed post. Just by stupidly hitting a wrong key.

wsw, I dearly hope you are healing well so you can get out and enjoy that nice weather when it finally comes.

Hurrah on the Day ten, WN. And so good see andria and ceara in the palace environs.

AND AM I JEALOUS. Were I to have a "bucket list", going to the NY St. Pat's Parade would surely be on it. Hope you enjoyed for me as well, kat.

And, dear Kaylets, yes, you are learning one of the strangest things about the loss of someone close. We learn so much (that maybe we did not want to know). With the close relatives, the best thing is to assume they are grieving in their own way. And with the others, I think your DH hit the nail on the head. These will also be the ones who will be the most needy when the shoe is on their foot.

Then I went on a bit somewhere about my liking for Guinness, Boch beers and most things alcoholic except gin. Best just to say I have always been (fortunately) able to practice moderation in that regard. Someone who at the time was very obese (but who later lost more than 100 pounds) told me when I was very young that he did not drink alchohol at all because he felt he had an addictive personality and would have been re alcohol the way he was re food and working. Lesson learned in that regard. I do think I need to have a wee drop more in my life these days but careful because of medications now.

Enjoyed a great concert last Friday in anticipation of St. Pat's. 'SOLAS' - All great musicians.

Anway, doing ok (read not great) - tried a class at the gym but suspect it's a bit much for me. Heading there shortly to watch another one as I treadmill.

Supposed to be nice and 65ish later today so may do just a little yardplay.

Spring is just hours away - :queen:lies and beckoning to us with all her charms. Let's give in and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy when she finally appears.


03-19-2009, 02:42 PM
Day 11, day before WI and what happens? I'm UP a pound. I've been doing great, was careful not to take in too many carbs yesterday and really thought I was going to have a loss today. I'm PI$$ED! And up against an ugly deadline, want to quit my job and run away from home to some tropical spa island. :mad:

Yeah, but I guess I'm not going to. I'm also not going to eat my stress and frustration away. I'm going to take deep breaths. Already started and it does actually help. I'll get through this afternoon, have a light but delish dinner and then go to tai chi. Going to put sauteed scallops on a bed of sweet potatoes with a little curry powder mixed in. Veggies on the side. I can only do my best. Sheesh. I've been here before, I know. That doesn't mean I have to like it. :p Dare I hope that the scale will behave tomorrow? :rolleyes:

Anagram, I'm enjoying listening to SOLAS -- I love how easy it is to share stuff these days. Celtic music is huge around here because we're largely Scottish/Irish heritage.

So, hey -- I guess it's spring, then, is it? We've got drizzle out there and above freezing temps. I've heard rumours of crocuses and tulip leaves poking up...

Let's do our level best today, :queen:lies.

03-20-2009, 09:01 AM
Aye, 'tis SPRING! My green tea and I have just opened the front door (which faces due East) and saluted the first spring sun. How pleasant! Yes, my bulbs are coming up and one daff is about to bloom.

Be not discouraged, WN. You ARE doing the right and healthy things and EVENTUALLY the swoosh fairy will revisit. I actually had a revisit this week but it took me back only to where I've been for such a long time.

Beautiful but coldish out there today. Enough nice warmish days have been tucked in 'twixt though so that the heart can head in the right direction.

Going to be a Princess weekend as they (and their retinue) will arrive tonight. So I am off first to the grocery store this morning. Maybe I can con them into helping me exchange the Easter decs for the St. Pat's ;) Not a big job in any event but one that would be lots more fun if they "help".

Playing that Solas CD in the car has been a brightener too. I really must pay more attention to music - whenever I do, I'm a better person for it. And as you know, WN - Celtic is one of my favorite types.

So - off into the first day of Spring -


03-20-2009, 02:27 PM
1.2 to be precise. Which gladdens my heart after the frustration of yesterday. I'm very proud to say that my behaviour was stellar, in a circumstance that so often leads to me derailing. I am trying to get off more than 1.2 a week but I'd lost three pounds by last week's WI so that should average out. :)

I've done the gym and gotten almost all my steps in. Having lunch with a friend.
K, now that's in the past. Had a nice lunch with my friend, got in a few more steps. I've got to do the shopping, which will give me some more.

Me too, Anagram -- I do practice for choir but don't listen to music as often as I should o/w. Kind of got out of the habit. I can't listen to anything other than the quietest, most peaceful music when I'm working. And then our evenings are short. But must find time to get more music into my life.

Happy Friday to all!

03-20-2009, 03:40 PM

Huzzah - yes, it averages out and you are justly rewarded for your efforts, Wood Nymph.

Did groceries and tai chi - some food prep, etc. Am getting tuckered and will take a little rest now before the hurricance descends. Oops - phone rang, they're running late (as usual) - more time for me to rest ;)

Great weekend to all - whether in residence or not this weekend.

03-22-2009, 07:43 PM
Hello, lovelies... just a pop-in for now from me... I'm still in the throes of cleaning out the shed, in anticipation of all kinds of gardening delights ahead, now that it's SPRING! I came in to use the bathroom and got seriously sidetracked by the hum of the computer. MUST FOCUS and put all that stuff away first!!

Hoping everyone is having nice weather and sunshine on your heads! I have a rotten cold, but I can't stop now.... later!

03-22-2009, 09:14 PM
Oh, phew! Too worn out to enjoy today's nice weather. But tomorrow's another day. Love DD'S family but too much going on when they're here.

Fresh Start Monday will be needed, for sure. Hi, kat!!!! glad you're spring inspired.

03-23-2009, 12:31 AM
Huzzah, royals, and a special huzzah to Kaylets. Thy postie up thread re family made me want to hug thee!

I know how that is.

Royals, this is a flybye as for one thing I haven't been on here much since my no ad subscription ran out and I learned 3FC is not offering the subscriptions for awhile and on my slow computer, the ads are an issue for me in a forum, plus I dislike them, but anyhow, I was missin' thee all.

I am up two pounds after my wee vacation from the scale, was doing well today until I ended up eating the salty soup I've been craving again, not feeling really well and work is a problem. I am just hopin' to stay employed AND lose the two pounds.

I am streakity streak on daily morning exercise since 2009, but kind of tired and will do a little less this week whilst not breaking the streak.

I haven't had donuts for a week and candy since seemingly forever.

This is my "high" day for calories. I am not cutting more calories despite needing to get the extra weight off, in fact I have increased my average weekly goal slightly.

Sorry this is a me-me postie. I am extremely tired and my right leg hurts for some reason so shall say good-night, Gracie.

03-23-2009, 09:28 AM
Although I have to admit, I've fudged my challenge rather than starting over. I've changed my terms to: following WW, staying within points & getting my exercise. Sort of a "bottom line' approach. I had a little moral struggle changing terms mid-challenge but it feels right so I'm going with it. ;)

Ugh. I apparently pulled a muscle or something yesterday. I think it must have been when I slipped on ice trying to avoid some mud. I'm trying to find a position I can sit in that's not too uncomfortable. I did get my steps in this a.m. but I'm giving myself a pass on yoga today. Hope it's gone tomorrow!

Kat :woohoo: Cleaning your shed! I admire your gardening mojo, as always. I'm intending to get an early start on cleaning mine up this year. I had a good streak going of cleaning up 3 square feet of garden a day last year. And I mulched where I'd cleaned so I won't be back to square 1 this year, anyway.

Hope your cold is fleeting! Ceara suggested the zinc/vitamin C lozenges at one point and I've found that they do amazingly at shortening and lessening the severity of colds. I make a point of keeping a pack in the cupboard.

Janga, sorry for the 3FC woes! Donuts. That's one thing I haven't eaten in a long time. I can't remember the last one but safe to say it was a double chocolate one, probably five or more years ago.

Anagram, I hate that when the weather's nice and I'm too pooped to enjoy it. Having company can be exhausting, esp. with the little ones. I hope you're all rested up today and have a fresh new day of nice weather!

:wave: all other :queen:ly folk! Let's take this day and make it work for us. :dancer:

03-23-2009, 11:12 AM
Well, it's Monday and another nice sunny day - SO.............................Once the two loads of laundry are folded, I should be back to where I was (almost) before the sweeties came. Except for paperwork, of course, the mail always seems to bring more right before they come.

Am wrestling with tai chi vs gym class today and I think tai chi is going to win. I think that with all my RA problems, it is probably better for me long term. Must also give serious thought to getting back to water workouts. Long term....must think of long term. Dr. Oz was on Good Morning America talking about lowered calorie intake and living longer. Might try to watch Oprah's special tomorrow (which he really was plugging). I'm not sure I want to live LONGER - but surely BETTER. (The sweet little trainer at the gym says I'm in better shape than I seem to think I am - that was helpful.)

Janga, sorry about your subscription problems - and the work problems and hope you be feeling better soon.

Same to you Arabella - hate those pulls - so quick to hurt - so long to heal.

I think what I need now is a little meditation/relaxation/getting my head to a better place. I'll need a jacket (not up to normals yet) but think a little foray to speak to my daffs and hyacinths will just do the trick. Hope so.

Aye, :queen:lies - today is our day if we make it so. Cheers ;)

:flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1:

03-24-2009, 08:14 AM
That's right! (Thanks, :queen: Anagram) Whatever the circs. we've got the day and we can enjoy it if we want. So I will!

The pain in my back is not as bad today and didn't hamper my sleep last night, which is all to the good. I seem to have a bit of a cold so I'll get diligent with the zinc/C lozenges. O/w, sound yoga will be cancelled today because of storm and I'll see if I feel like I could do tai chi tonight or not.

Oh, and it's Day 16, huzzah! Going to build non-food treats into my day.

Anagram, one of my sisters was diagnosed with RA this year. Our dad had it, as did his father, and I suspect more of us have it as well. I probably should get tested. So important to look after yourself! But I guess that's always the case, isn't it. And a big part of what this journey's about.

Are your daffs and tulips actually in bloom? :flow2:

OK, :queen:lies, let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it.

03-24-2009, 09:42 AM
And so will I - enjoy today, that is. Going to be an uphill battle for a while as I seem to be stressed yet a gain (DD&family problems).

I'm glad you were able to sleep w/o too much pain, Arabella. A good night's sleep goes a long way towards a beautiful day. And reading that reminded me I am out of the little patches I use for relief when I pull or overwork so I must do a little "retail therapy" - mine is usually of the practical variety.

I hope your sister and other family members do well with the R/A. I am grateful that I do as well as I do, considering how long it's been, etc. I'm particularly grateful my MD hit on the right meds at the right point, etc. And while I am far from sterling about it, my many and varied efforts to keep on the healthier side have helped too. (Could have done better, of course.) When I first started having problems (thirty years ago), both OA and RA were treated the same in the initial stages so exact diagnosis didn't matter for a while. No longer the case and early treatment of RA is helping to forestall some later issues. But again, considering, I'm doing well.

Nope, nothing blooming yet - in fact, we're being below normal temp wise but it LOOKS springlike through a window ;) I just walk around and "anticipate' and "encourage". Some of the daffs are getting really plump but it will still be a while, I think. Forced forsythia in the family room doing well though.

Tomorrow will be busy but today is one where I have room for "choices". Don't want to lollygag it away but do want to just have some "appreciative" moments and maybe some actual "planning' moments. Always things to do, of course, but they don't all need to be done today. Felt pretty good by yesterday afternoon and hoping for the same today.

Spring, spring, spring.................

:flow2: :flow2: :flow2:

03-25-2009, 07:40 AM
209.8 this a.m. I think I'm going to start reporting my daily weight again. Another check to help keep me in line. That's up .4 from last Friday. I need to be extra diligent to ensure a loss for this week. If I don't have a loss, I'm going to have to get out the measuring cups and stop estimating points/portions. :yes:

Feeling under the weather. I think this back thing is related to some kind of bug. Ah well. I had a long stretch of actually feeling pretty good. And will again. I'm supposed to get DGS this afternoon and then facilitate writing group tonight. I did think of wimping out but I think I can manage both.

I've still been getting my steps in but not doing yoga or tai chi, which seems appropriate.

Our snowstorm yesterday left a few more inches on top of the several feet we had left. Enough with the snow!

Anagram, remember to take some nice, long, slow deep breaths when you feel stressed. I'm starting to get to the point where I do it automatically -- which is a good thing, because it's darned hard to remember when you're stressed! :hug:

:wave: all other queenlies! C'mon, let's make this a good one.

03-26-2009, 07:18 AM
Blew it yesterday afternoon. Can you say "binge?" I needed a little something to get me through to dinner but ended up eating everything instead. :p I really need to have something planned for an afternoon snack should I need one.

I'm sure feeling under the weather and stressed contributed. But, you know, those things are going to come around and I need to deal with them. Anyway, I had a good run at 21 days and will get back there again.

The plan:

Follow WW
Track everything
Get at least 10,000 steps a day
Do at least some tai chi or yoga

I'm feeling a little depressed, trying to work myself around to feeling better. I need to remind myself that one setback doesn't mean I haven't made progress or that I'm doomed to failure.

I gave myself a pedicure and treated myself to a slathering of exotic spice-scented -- and sparkly! -- body lotion after my shower. Will head out with DH in an hour to walk him to work. Onward!

03-26-2009, 09:24 PM
Hello all....

Hope everyone is doing well. I am ready for the FRESH START EXPRESS, packed and standing on the station with my ticket in my hand. I am ready, ready, ready to climb on board, find a seat near the window and get moving. Oh my! I really don't think there is any other way to say it, except that it's TIME....

I started some seeds, peppers, cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce.... We're not joining the farm coop this year. We really did waste a lot of the unfamiliar items we got last year and are putting some of the sign up fee into our own garden.

Easter week, I go back to Florida. Right this minute, it looks like I'll be going alone. We have more family stress here, DS. DS often "stays with friends" for a few days, many times without giving us any notice. Last Sat, about 5 pm, a gentleman knocked on our door, telling us his DD hadnt been home for a couple days, the last they knew, she was meeting our DS at the movies.
Luckily, the 'girl' is in college and by midday Sunday, DS finally returned his father's phone calls. The girl was on her way home, safe and sound but DS explanation was that "her parents overreact".....
Makes you wish you had 2 just like him right??

And then, ( timing is SOOOO everything!), DS had to pay the piper about some old, old fines. And instead of being able to "make arrangements", its gone so far this time, he is instead on a real probation.
And you guessed it.... has requested that we "take care of it"....

It's interesting how this time, with so many other problems going on with my job, my family, DH's job, his family that DS's issues need to be dealt with swiftly and without the usual angst. He has finally drawn from a nearly empty well.....DS is used to pushing the emotional button.... its not responding like it used to...

Too much going on....
I know I need to pace myself, rebuild strength, insulate the space between me and all these things that want to drain you.....

So, I sit here, promising I will....

Listen to good music
Eat Well but Less, Move more
Sleep as much as I can
Write at least once a day
and Pray.

So here I am on the platform, looking forward to everyone I will see when I climb aboard!!

03-26-2009, 10:11 PM
arabella-i hope you will feel better soon! being in pain from slipping on the ice recentlty, plus feeling under the weather, and stressed are literally and figuratively a big pain. you had such a long stretch of excellent days, and those count a lot! i sure know how easy it is to have a setback. you are absolutely right that all your hard work and success is very real and it counts BIG TIME!! a setback is just that--an adjustment, and in no way negates all the major progress you have made. that's great you gave yourself a pedicure, and used lovely body lotion. now that is exactly how you deserve to be treated.

anagram-stress certainly seems to be in the air. i hope yours regarding dd and family problems too will let up as soon as is possible. please take very good care of yourself. dealing with ra for so long must certainly be challenging. it is good that your doctor was able to hit on the right meds at the right time, though, at least.

kat-hope your cold is better or hopefully, gone, by now.

janga-hope you are feeling better, and that work is going better also. seeing that you are at (or almost at) your exact goal continues to inspire me.

kaylets-it sure is amazing to experience how some folks can be terrific, and go above and beyond the call of duty, while others can disappoint when there is a loss of a loved one. have to agree with your dh that many folks cannot think beyond themselves. i found that out too when both of my parents died. finding out the ones who can really hang in there, though, can make such a big, positive difference. well, please continue to take good and gentle care of yourself. also, dealing with your employer continuing to be in the news must indeed be wearing. sorry to hear about more stress with ds, along with all the others. sending lots of big hugs to you. we are here for you, and welcome aboard the fresh start express.

and hello to andria, wildfire, and ceara!

hanging in there on my food plan. still haven't been able to get back to full throttle exercise-wise, since still really sore, but i'm almost back to regular exercise routine. 206 now.

it's raining again---or still. a day or two that are partially dry, and then several+ days of non-stop cold rain. wouldn't even mind so much, except that have had a lot of appointments which i coldn't reschedule, so have had a bit more than i would like of that "drenched look." ah well. need to get to bed. have to be up and out early tomorrow morning, in the rain, of course. well, take care, all.

03-27-2009, 08:03 AM
I've got to look slippy this a.m. because we're going to Halifax for the weekend and I need to get a lot of stuff done by noon. I did better yesterday and felt much better. Just goes to show that working at it works. When I woke up I just thought I was depressed and not much chance of feeling differently but by noon I felt like a new woman.

Still up from the binge: 212.6 this morning. :dz: But it'll go again. I'm feeling better physically too and I'll try to get in some extra exercise from here on in. There's a 5k race in June that I ran 5 years ago. I'm going to start training for that. I'm 20 pounds less than then now and will be significantly lighter by June. :yes:

WSW, a lot of rain can surely get even the most stalwart :queen: down! A day here and there of rain outside while cozy inside is kind of nice but it's just the sheer relentlessness of the weather that makes it so dreary.

Kaylets, welcome aboard! Sorry for the continuing DS woes but I'm glad they aren't taking over as they can do. I love the sound of your garden!

:wave: all other queenly folk!

K, Dollings, enough talk -- time for action. Let's make this a good one!

03-27-2009, 11:13 PM
arabella-have a good weekend in halifax.

today was definitely not the best. a guy backed out of a parking space without looking, and hit my car on the driver's side as i was driving up the aisle. he got out right away, and kept apologizing for not looking before he pulled out, and for hitting my car, and gave me his insurance info before i even had a chance to ask him for it.
i was fine, but my car was pretty dented. i couldn't get my car door open, but he got some tool out of his truck and got it open, and i had no problem getting home, or locking it up. it could have been much worse, and the guy who hit my car felt really bad about it. he said he thought it looked like it might end up taking a few days to repair, which didn't sound too good. oh well. i know i am lucky that i wasn't hurt, and that is the important thing. car stuff can just be such a pain the neck.

so, i am going to crawl in to bed, try and relax, and watch some mindless t.v. also, i am going to make sure listening to good music goes on the top of my list for tomorrow. music makes such a positive difference for me too, as several of you have mentioned it does for you. ok, lovely royals, have a good evening, one and all.

03-28-2009, 09:33 AM
Ah - a sortof rainy Sat morning w/nothing pressing. Hmm- room for choices.

Sorry to hear of car denting, wsw, but SO HAPPY you are ok. Yes, car AND insurance problems are more than a bit irritating. Sigh. And Arabella, I hope you're having a grand time on your weekend get away.

Kaylets, so sorry to hear of DS unpleasantness again. Esp. on top of other situations. Emotional wells go only so deep esp. when there's no clue that some just don't get that they're not always the center of the universe.

DS & DDIL here for an overnigt Thursday and will do same on Sunday night (enroute and returning).

I took a nasty little spill last night and landed on both (artificial) knees and stressed my shoulder a bit too so I am taking it easy so far this a.m. All seems to be okay and I'll be moving into the day as soon as I finish my cuppas. I want to do a rethink (thousandth time) of what has worked for me in the past, where I'm spinning my wheels, all the reasons for continuing the trek, etc. I know I have enough knowledge in my cranium to do this - it's a matter of pulling it out and putting it to work.

ONE lone daff is showing off out there - others coming but still in the teasing stage. Of course, it's not one I can see from inside. But they won't be long. Put two folding lawn chairs on the patio yesterday and enjoyed a few quiet moments there including a visit from sweet young neighbor and her (already) a year old little girl. Her boys love me but the little girl thinks I'm evil incarnate so far. And I'd love to get my hands on her..

I'd love to loll around some more - big battle going on - move or indulge? Well, I indulged in an overdue pedicure yesterday so that should carry me more than a few hours.........

Well anyway, :queen:s - A marvelous day/weekend to you all. Here we are "celebrating" the 30th anniversary of the Three Mile Island fiasco so I think I'll turn off the TV ;) I'm about 13 miles away as the crow flieth and it was not a fun time so I'd rather not think about it.

:bunny2::bunny2: :belly: :bunny2::bunny2:

03-28-2009, 04:14 PM
anagram-sorry to hear you took that nasty fall last night! i certainly sympathize. please take it easy. glad to hear nothing seems to be broken, at least.

it's great that you indulged in that pedicure yesterday. :) hope the remainder of your weekend, as for all our royals, will be a good one. love the dancing girl and bunny icons, by the way.

(205 now.) hanging in op by dainty fingernail today, but it definitely still counts. seems like i am able to keep increasing exercise almost back to normal now, so speaking of which, i need to get to it, and also get a few errands done. still rainy, but since that isn't going to change any time soon, and errands won't wait, away i must go. well, take care, all. :)

03-29-2009, 01:53 AM
...but I came in here to turn the computer off and realized that it's been a week since I last visited the Palace! Time sure seems to be getting away from me lately. Just a lot on my plate (ha!) I guess. Two trips to the dentist this week; one to fix a lost filling and one regularly scheduled cleaning. :p I did get to the gym one day this week and walked two other days, so that's a good thing. My weight is exactly what it says on my ticker, but that's after bouncing up and down a few times. I'm definitely feeling a difference in certain articles of clothing, esp the under-drawers! And yet, I still automatically reach for the biggest ones... the ones that barely reached my belly button 30lbs ago, and now come halfway up to my bra! Time to give them a toss! (I know, I know... TMI!)

I spent a good portion of today getting my solicitation email ready and the website tweaked before I finally sent it out! I'm sure I told you that I'm going to be participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October. (Did I tell you this already?) We've been trying to come up with different ways to raise money for our team and actually have a few events planned already. I'll send you the link to the website, if you want, (no pressure... just so you can see my pretty picture!) ;) but I'd rather PM it than just put it out there.

So many bumped and bruised :queen:s of late! I hope that all are recovering well, feeling better and staying firmly upright!

I'd love to do individual replies, but I'm feeling the Sandman very close behind me right now. I can't spend another night asleep in the computer chair... it is NOT a pretty sight! (head back, mouth gaping open... oh yeah)

Hang in there, friends... have a wonderful Sunday!

03-29-2009, 09:21 PM
kat-that's pretty exciting when clothes are too big! huzzah! neat that you'll be participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October.

the sandman has definitely not been my best buddy the past few nights. hope to get some good sleep tonight. at least, that's my plan, anyway. got a couple errands done today, and rented a couple movies. well, queens, hope you have a good rest of the evening/weekend. i think i am going to watch one of those movies right now, in fact. take care, all.

03-30-2009, 09:21 PM
actually did sleep o.k. last night. hoping for some more of that tonight. had lots of appointments and errands today. also ran in to a very sweet older woman who lives in the building across from me today in the courtyard. she is so cute, and spunky-83, and has more energy than i think i ever did. she asked sheepishly if i had time for lunch or maybe a cold drink at the wendy's near us. i said absolutely, but instead treated her to lunch at a restaurant which she had once said her daughter takes her to, and she enjoys. i was so glad i had run in to her today. she really seemed to enjoy our lunch and visit. definitely didn't eat as daintily as usual today, but not too bad either.

well, lovely royals, have a good evening, one and all.

03-30-2009, 10:19 PM
Hello all!

YIKES WSWS!!!! Its always such a nuisiance when the Royal Carriage is damaged, and so annoying when its only because they're not looking... I am soooo glad you weren't injured. And yes, he should be apologetic.

I am seeing folks driving, walking, etc, not looking, again and again and again. I have decided I will start using my horn more often. And I mean I will really lean on it. Its all about defense in my opinion. Wake them up, put down the phone....

Anagram! YIKES!! I hope you've been able to dust off and continue on! That sounds like a really hard fall! Again, so annoying! Company is good. I just saw a quote today that said " Money can be replaced, time cannot.".... Time spent with family is a good thing. Unless, well... let's not go there!!!
And the bunnies are so cute, I can't believe how much I like them!

WoodNymph!! Yes, you can do the race! Its a good thing! Sign up, perhaps even with someone else... what a good way to stay motivated!

You too, Kat, a good way to stay motivated! Good for you with your October goal and for your great cause! I can relate to how quickly time goes by ... I am trying to get back in the routine of stopping by the palace daily. It really makes a difference for me.

So. Yesterday DH and I were in the Food Coop to pick a few things we can only get there. And it happened.... I saw a prepacked box of one of my favorite vegetarian meals and my mouth actually watered. And I knew. That I needed to be more on the vegetarian side of the food chart than I've been.
I heard the "click", the whirring of the motor warming up and then the lights came on, bright, brigther, brightest.

So, its been almost 2 complete days. Yesterday, just started off good and I was able to continue all day and then today was not too hard to get through.... I even felt full and satisfied although I had Cereal and yogurt for lunch. Coming home and getting supper together was dicey but I was able to make myself pause, and think and it worked. 2 days .... Sugar Free.... No vending machine....

Weren't we going to bottle this feeling so we'd never forget it???

And did I tell you I did a couple of flights of stairs and was shocked at how out of breath I was??? But it felt good too!

But enough about me!

Has anyone grown potatoes? or garlic? or kale? or chinese cabbage?

I'm excited about the garden. I'm excited to be taking something back. Something I can control.

Where's those rabbits?


03-31-2009, 07:13 AM
Hello all!

Very chilly this morning compared to the mid 70 degree temps on Sunday... its only a few degrees above freezing....glad the plants we bought Sunday are on my living room floor than in the garden.....

( to the tune of that Johnny Cash song...)

"I hear the train acoming....coming round the bend...."

Dh and I both have a lunch with snacks packed. I have to laugh when I think that I have radishes in my lunch!! That's ok. When I don't huff and puff doing the stairs, I will laugh out loud!

Here's to Terrific Tuesday!



This is NOT a pushover test. There are 20 questions. Average score is 12. It will help if you are over 60! This one will be difficult for the younger set. Have fun, but no peeking! When you forward this to your friends/family, put your score in the subject line & let them know your score.. Don't forget to forward it to me, as well. Good luck youngsters.

1.. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?
A. Flintstones vitamins
B. The Buttmaster
C.. Spaghetti
D. Wonder Bread
E. Orange Juice
F. Milk
G. cod liver oil

2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was...
A. Sugar Ray Robinson
B. Roy Orbison
C. Gene Autry
D. Rudolph Valentino
E.. Fabian
F. Mickey Mantle
G. Cassius Clay

3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, 'We have met the enemy and...
A. It's you
B. He is us
C. It's the Grinch
D. He wasn't home
E. He's really me an
F. We quit
G. He surrendered

4. Good night David.
A. Good night Chet
B. Sleep well
C. Good night Irene
D Good night Gracie
E. See you later alligator
F. Until tomorrow
G Good night Steve

5. You'll wonder where the yellow went...
A. When you use Tide
B. When you lose your crayons
C.. When you clean your tub
D. If you paint the room blue
E. If you buy a soft water tank
F. When you use Lady Clairol
G. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent

6. B efore he was the Skipper's Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's friend....
A. Stuart Whitman
B. Randolph Scott
C. Steve Reeves
D. Maynard G. Krebbs
E. Corky B. Dork
F. Dave the Whale
G. Zippy Zoo

7. Liar, liar....
A. You're a liar
B. Your nose is growing
C. Pants on fire
D. Join the choir
E. Jump up higher
F. On the wire
G. I'm telling Mom

8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and...
A. Wheaties
B. Lois Lane
C. TV ratings
D. World peace
E.. Red tights
F. The American way
G. News headlines

9. Hey kids! What time is it?
A. It's time for Yogi Bear
B. It's time to do your homework
C. It's Howdy Doody Time
D. It's Time for Romper Room
E. It's bedtime
F. The Mighty Mouse Hour
G. Scoopy Doo Time

10. Lions and tigers and bears...
A. Yikes
B. Oh no
C. Gee whiz
D. I'm scared
E. Oh my
F. Help! Help!
G. Let's run

11.. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone...
A. Over 40
B. Wearing a uniform
C. Carrying a briefcase
D. Over 30
E. You don't know
F. Who says, 'Trust me'
G. Who eats tofu

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women's stockings... A. Troy Aikman
B. Kenny Stabler
C. Joe Namath
D. Roger Stauback
E. Joe Montana
F. Steve Young
G. John Elway

13. Brylcream...
A. Smear it on
B. You'll smell great
C. Tame that cowlick
D. Grease ball heaven
E.. It's a dream
F. We're your team
G. A little dab'll do ya

14. I found my thrill...
A. In Blueberry muffins
B. With my man, Bill
C. Down at the mill
D. Over the windowsill
E. With thyme and dill
F. T oo late to enjoy
G. On Blueberry Hill

15. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by....
A. Clark Gable
B. Mary Martin
C. Doris Day
D.. Errol Flynn
E. Sally Fields
F. Jim Carey
G. Jay Leno

16... Name the Beatles...
A. John, Steve, George, Ringo
B.. John, Paul, George, Roscoe
C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo
D. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo
E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo
F Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel
G. John, Paul, George, Ringo

17. I wonder, wonder, who..
A. Who ate the le ftovers?
B. Who did the laundry?
C. Was it you?
D. Who wrote the book of love?
E. Who I am?
F. Passed the test?
G. Knocked on the door?

18. I'm strong to the finish...
A. Cause I eats my broccoli
B. Cause I eats me spinach
C. Cause I lift weights
D. Cause I'm the hero
E. And don't you forget it
F. Cause Olive Oyl loves me
G. To outlast Bruto

19. When it's least expected, you're elected, you're the star today...
A. Smile, you're on Candid Camera
B. Smile, you're on Star Search
C. Smile, you won the lottery
D. Smile, we're watching you
E. Smile, the world sees you
F. Smile, you're a hit
G. Smile, you're on TV

20.. What do M & M's do?
A. Make your tummy happy
B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket
C. Make you fat
D. Melt your heart
E. Make you popular
F. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand
G. Come in colors

Below are the right answers:

1. D - Wonder Bread
2. G - Cassius Clay
3. B - He Is Us
4. A - Good night, Chet
5. G - When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent
6. D - Maynard G..... Krebbs
7.. C - Pants On Fire
8. F - The American Way
9. C - It's Howdy Doody Time
10. E - Oh My
11. D - Over 30
12. C - Joe Namath
13. G - A little dab'll do ya
14. G - On Blueberry Hill
15. B - Mary Martin
16. G - John, Paul, George, Ringo
17. D - Who wrote the book of Love
18. B - Cause I eats me spinach
19. A - Smile, you're on Candid Camera
20. F - Melt In Your Mouth Not In Your Hand



03-31-2009, 08:15 AM
Runnin' through....just catchin' goodness. You :queen: 's are busy! It is only just after 7 and you've tired me out! :)

Good to see Andria back!

And wsw....the trials and's the car, and the body bruises? bulbs are showing themselves...the croci and grape hyacynths are showing colour now. Spring is coming! day at a time is how we do this....I have to keep reminding myself of this. We live in a McDonald's world...instant gratification! fun for be starting a garden. I love this time of year...however those are things I've not grown...knowingly. I am aiming to get my elephant ears in pots so they can get started!

Kat...can you clean my house????

'K....:wave: to all. I'll be back.....

03-31-2009, 09:54 AM
It looks like today's a keeper - sunny, supposed to be in the 60s again as compared to dampish cold yesterday.

Busy queens, loving Kaylet's enthusiasm for the veggies to come. Daffs blooming, trees budding. Spring sprunging!

I'm looking for something "wild" to do - something NOT involving going WILD with food. Maybe it's my spring fever stirring. Hope I find it but, if not, even thinking about it can be "WILD" enough sometimes.

The 'WHOOSH' fairy came by again but it was the wrong WHOOSH - it was up - too much salty food in a row (I'm hoping). My water intake has already been upped but not doing enough exercise this week yet. Too much cooking for the visiting kids - healthy eaters (very) but still more cooking then I usually do.

Well, I guess the first exciting thing to do after I FINISH MY TEA will be to shower (what a WILD life I lead) - then try on some goodies I picked up at K mart yesterday. From there I am off for my wild adventure - whatever that may be. My terrific lack of imagination any more stuns me when it dawns on me. I know I have some hidden around here somewhere..............probably in that famous "safe place" where everything else is hidden as well.

Anyway, hope all :queen:s are well (enough) and happy (enough) today and securely on the path in the RIGHT direction.

:egg: :flow1: :egg: :flow1: :egg: :flow1: :egg:

04-01-2009, 08:36 AM
April 1st! WOW. The gardens have new growth everyday. And the birds are just a twittering...and building nests!

Hope all are well.....

04-01-2009, 09:45 PM
Hello all!...

Ah, rain hitting the window.... making me sleepy..... Dear Doggie is on my lap, standing, hoping I will scratch her belly if she keeps giving me the look....I can't believe she's doing this....its a first. Either she feels ignored or believes I need her attention....

So.... yesterday, aprx 7% of my division's work force was given their pink slips... Since my dept is really the ones who do all the clean up work after the parade, we will become very busy in response to this "reduction in force"....So, for this round, I am yet employed.

***************here's the most intersting thing about my response to this ugly day....... I didn't binge.......I was able to control that recurring urge to run, run, run to almost anything sweet, salty, fatty......
And all the usual excuses came to mind too....
"This is stressful"
"This is sad"
"This is scary"

hmmmmm ...... did you notice a theme with the 's' words with the 'excuses to binge' and two of the foods to binge??


Anyway, Q Anagram.....something wild. I can relate. But not in an animal print kind of way....hmmmmm.... something physical? Like self defense training? or something completlely out character? Like going without underwear??
I know someone who would think leaving dishes in the sinnk was way, way off the meter.....! Sorry if that applies to anyone here!

I am just wild enough not to make my bed either!


Ceara! How goes it?

And the rest of you my Royals? How are you all?

Hope everyone is got all the "protection" their computers need against this latest virus. So distrubing to think of all the energy that goes into these computer viruses and for what real reason??


Good music is coming to the rescue. I have given up a couple of favorite morning radio shows because the topics were not uplifting.... Its really eyeopening what a world of difference you can make for yourself by simply changing the channel.

Cannot believe I am completing Day 4 without sugar, no vending machine.
Had my inspiration meal tonight for dinner while DH was at class.... its really telling when you are in a Natural Foods Store and see a package of Tofu Scrambler and your mouth starts watering. If that's not a sign your body is craving something other what its been getting......

And how wonderful to already know my way around a few recipes this time. I couldn't believe how wonderful lofat cottage cheese and fruit tasted. Holy mackeral..... Does this processed food coat our tastebuds too??? Hmmmmmmm.....

to the showers!!!

Here's Thursday's Good Morning Thought for you-- After all, you all deserve the Royal Treatment which means you get the early release!!

Thought of the day:

"Don't get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock."


Question of the day:

"What are the odds of you moving?"

04-02-2009, 08:26 AM
Moving likely not.

We've been without internet for the past 2 days at work...huge hardware crash at HQ...apparently that "big" computer virus fizzled out. Not there. Hmm.

I managed to escape the perils of chocolate baby bunnies and gummie worms last night, but I did have a caesar salad and hummus with carrots at nine pm, since I was 500 calories short for the day! I don't like to eat that late. But yesterday was a busy day and I rode by the siren songs of the donut stores successfully. They are all over!

OK...gotta walk!

04-02-2009, 09:36 AM
Congrats on avoiding the donut stores, ceara. I've been getting really hungry for one of the fancy dancy ones.

How stressful, Kaylets - to be sitting there wondering if you'll be next. What a mess - and I don't just mean your firm. But it all does begin to look better in springtime and with flowers and veggie gardens to look forward to.

Moving - actually I hope to. I desperately need to downsize and am decluttering constantly toward that end. But two homes across the street for sale for a while now so I'm not anxious in that way. Would likely be not too far away.

The Down Whoosh Fairy did visit - thankfully. Down almost four pounds in two days. 206.6 yesterday. I don't usually salt anything so when I had some egg and olive that I made w/lots of olives (DIL loves both) the salt impact did me in for a bit. I don't usually panic when I go up a few pounds after eating out or something. But somehow that's how I let extra pounds slide on too - keep thinking they'll go away.

Well, about as "wild" as I got was to go shopping a few days in a row. Spent almost nothing - just some Easter gifties for the princesses. Bought one shirt I'll be taking back. A brand I could usually pick up and be sure the size worked - didn't this time. Looks nice now but one wash will likely make it a tad too snug. Wore old one, same size, same brand last week and it was roomy. Guess they're saving money on material. Still looking for throw rug for my bathroom. Have looked at dozens and dozens. Picky, picky -

To be lovely today after a rainy yesterday - so I'm going to go get ready for it....and turning off TV and putting on music...working on my mental list of what WORKS.

:bunny: :flow2: :belly: :flow2: :bunny:

04-03-2009, 09:10 AM
Just popping by...thanks Anagram...the strategy there is not to stop! Good work on the swoosh and good luck with the move! Real estate is the pits right now.

Kay...hope things are going well in your stress seems piddley in comparison.

:wave: to all!

04-03-2009, 09:35 AM
Rainy again this a.m. and to stay that way. But yesterday was GLORIOUS. Took the walking poles to a park and had a ball. Tai chi today.

Was 206.4 yesterday when I hit the scale. Don't expect it to last. My weight is like the weather - a good day, a bad day.

Lots of little odds and ends done yesterday. AND I signed up for an Elderhostel course (after YEARS of considering it). Actually one I had mentioned three years ago (and didn't do). Thought I'd do it the next year but this is the first it's come up since. Moral - don't wait. Still feel I'm stepping out of my "box" but that's really what I feel I need to do.

Heard yesterday one house across the street is sold - that of the neighbor who died last August. So new neighbors in May, according to her son.

Hey, must have been some weekend, Arabella! Missing you.


Big sign of spring - street sweeper is in the neighborhood! Between that and the rain, the old macadam should be looking good ;)

Have a Fabulous Friday :queen:lies. Be it rainy on your roof or no.

04-03-2009, 10:21 PM
Hello All!

Ceara! Not to worry, I have realized I do have some control in this situation, and its my reaction....I do not want to spend the rest of the time there worried and looking over my shoulder. At least, that's how I felt yesterday and today. I imagine I'll wonder where my resolve went some time soon but I can only do what I can do.....

So I managed to only buy lunch once this week but it was hot turkey with fresh green beans ..... and a roll. It was a perfect surprise for the taste buds.
I had a lunch in the fridge but for some reason, I just wanted that hot turkey.

and yes, drummroll please, I havent been to the vending machine once this week.... which really if I be truly honest, was probably taking at least $2 a day from me, and sometimes more. And to think it started so innocently with know the rest of the story.....

All of this please my Tightwad Self as much as my Slimmer Self.... I wonder if I should keep a running total of how much I save by consistently carrying my meals and snacks. Hmmmmmm..... a double motivation.....

Anagram! What a great idea! Tell us more! Does this course mean you'll be going somewhere ??? What will you be learning?? Sounds fascintating.... I can't wait to hear more......
And I could use a declutter buddy.... I have started at one wall in my dining room and working around the house moving down the wall, pushing things ahead of me, making room, tossing, finding a permanent home, etc, etc,..... It's the only way for me, I have to see progress right away to keep motivated.

Very, very windy here tonight. I think tomorrow will be more of the same.

Dh and I are watching the John Adams series from HBO. We just finished Episode 2, The Vote for Independence. Seems very timely.

Ok. Since I've gotten "Back on Board", all the tricks I used to use to punch up things with flavor are coming back to me.
I've seen this other places but don't think this is something we've done in a long time.
Shall we share our "Must have Pantry/Freezer Items" ????

I am thinking I will get ideas and inspiration from your lists.

What do you think?

I love those bunnies!

04-04-2009, 10:41 PM
Happy April, dear Royals! T'is wanderin' Janga/Amarantha droppin' in to say a quick huzzah!

I am sorry to have reconnected with the palace just to have disappeared but I have issues with the site not renewing the ad free subscriptions, but I am still around doing the same old thing and running my hippity hoppity diet bunny personal challenge to secular Easter, although I certainly won't reach my 120 goal by then.

Regarding moving, it's not in my plan for life. I will probably stay here that long unless the house falls down (always a possibility).

Kaylets, my industry is in the same sort of overall boat about waiting to see if one has a job. It is hard, good for you for not having a binge on that day.

Apologies for the lack of personal replies. I am going to take a nap. :)

04-05-2009, 09:04 AM
Howdy, Janga/A - glad to have you back on any conditions!

Re the decluttering, Kaylets, I'm my own worst enemy in that I always want to find the right "home" for everything. Took several items to an electronic recycling drive yesterday. Neighborhood garage sale coming up end of month but I have a couple of conflicts so not sure. Maybe another "free" table outside where I don't have to be present. Worked well last year. Also a "shredding day" being offered later this month. Thinking of all that would save me if I'd get enough ready to take there instead of 'doing it myself'. Worn out one shredder already.

Re the courses, yes, I'll travel two hours north in PA, stay in a dorm at the school where I spent a Freshman year. An hour and a half lecture each day for five days on each of three subjects: Religion and Politics in America, Controversies in Psychology and The Genes of Aging. A vacation w/a little mental stimulation. Biggest hangup for me - being in class at 8:30 a.m. But that's the "shakeup" part - or one of them. Feeling good about it now that I've taken the first leap. And looking forward to meeting some new people. Just hope I don't get too much homework ;)

Daffs, hyacinths, forsythia going strong - to be nicer today than windy yesterday. Maybe another pole walk in the park. Or a friendlier one around the 'hood. then Vespers later with an all male a cappello group.

So - off for the first cuppa.

:flow2: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2:

04-05-2009, 09:05 AM
Had a nice win at the show yesterday...but I am whipped today. Off shortly for a walk around the block, church and then? :dunno: But it sure is a nice sunny day, so I'll find something!

Have a great day all!

04-05-2009, 12:26 PM
It was actually warm and sunny yesterday afternoon. Today it's cool and rainy but we've already gotten in our long Sunday walk and I've lit the fireplace to cozy up with papers and coffee for a while.

I've got a lovely bunch of daffodils in a blue glass vase on dining room (AKA the "diamond room" according to DGS, I guess because of a few crystals in the window) table, which I can see from here. Another in a silvery one on the kitchen table.

Sorry for not checking in but it's been FRANTIC!!! Taking off one afternoon and being away on the weekend put me behind on so many things that I'm still scrambling. And this is a busy weekend, too. Had DGS here yesterday and last night, my sister came by in the afternoon (both these, mind you, while I was working) party last night, tai chi in the a.m., major choir practice in the afternoon yesterday and the final season performance of the symphony this aft. Which I'm reviewing, so it's not quite the relaxing experience that just going can be. I'm glad to have no plans for this evening.

Our final choir performance is Friday. Dvorak's Stabat Mater -- incredible music and pretty challenging. I think I'm getting a handle on it. One other wrinkle in the mix was that our choir director was talking about the need to sing "lustily" -- meaning don't hold back. So one of the altos decided it would be fun for the altos to dress a little provocatively, beneath shirts that we'd whip off as soon as we finished warm-up. Someone else wrote quite a funny poem and passed it to the director. It ended up "We are the lusty, busty altos." All whipped off their overshirts, displaying satin camisoles, cleavage, feather boas, etc. It was pretty amusing -- or at least all the altos found it so ;)

Oh yeah -- diet. I've held my own. I'm going to have to push harder to get to my goal. Missed WI last week and held steady this week. Back to tracking and getting in some extra exercise. I intend to start to train for the run tomorrow. :yes:

Ceara, hooray for :sunny: days! Last weekend was lovely here but then we got a fresh foot of snow between Monday and Tuesday. That "Winter Wonderland" look that I'm so deathly sick of :dz: But warmer temps and some rain have gotten rid of all the fresh stuff and are making roads into the filthy old stuff.

Janga, nice to see you in the Palace any time, anyway. :)

Kaylets, I'm loving the sounds of renewal of spirit I'm hearing! I'm trying to use my own tightwad proclivities to help ensure that I WILL NOT waste my WW money. I signed on for six months and I CAN get the weight off in that time. :yes:

Anagram, elderhostel sounds like a lot of fun. Are they arranged around particular subjects?

The weekend was fun but not responsible for me being "gone" all week for the usual reason ;) We went out for a nice dinner Saturday evening but it was not difficult to stay OP and still enjoy myself. :cheers:

Yup, turning off TV and putting on some music, I'm with you. Sometimes I turn off the set and heave a sigh of relief, as if someone else had subjected me to it :rolleyes: Just how out of touch with me am I?

WSW, hope you're feeling and sleeping better. I haven't been sleeping as well as usual lately either. Maybe something to do with spring? :shrug: I was so beat after choir practice yesterday that I came home and scrubbed my face (I had on so much red lipstick that my lips are still coloured!) and got into my PJs -- at about 5 p.m.

I loved hearing about your impromptu lunch. I don't think age is ever an impediment to friendship. It's all about the individual. :)

Kat -- hey, look -- it's been another week! ;) How's things? I hate going to the dentist. Was thinking, as a matter of fact, when I had my colonoscopy that I'd rather go through that whole thing, complete with the fasting, than have my teeth cleaned. Which is likely coming up again soon, so ... uh, time to step up my flossing routine and get new batteries for my electric toothbrush.

Hey, I could have sworn I saw :queen: Andria flitting through the Palace. Yoooo-hoooo?

K, I should sign off and start lounging before I have to primp for the symphony... Happy Sunday, :queen:lies!

04-05-2009, 07:33 PM
Glad you mentioned being in jammies at 5:00 pm. I just got in from Vespers and was telling self it's too early to get into them though I'm dying to. So now, here I go. I'm all set for a loungy evening too.

And then yet another Fresh Start Monday.


04-06-2009, 09:06 AM
Pajamas at 5 pm are a good thing! I'm still in my night attire at 8 am! And sleeping...that moon? I'm doing better since I've been concentrating on getting the water in (and out!) before 7 pm. Fewer nightly trips! Also no alcohol for me seems to be the ticket...I sleep quicker and all night! I really hate being awake from 2-5 am every evening. Not happening with the lack of alcohol....

Did the 5 k block yesterday, church and then BGF and I hung out....went to resale shop...(nothing inspired me...she got a couple things), then Costco, dropped her stuff at her house, came here and put away groceries and then made dinner for the guys and us....very healthy salad with romaine, spinach oranges, cranberries, pinenuts, mushrooms, and sesame orange dressing, angus beef burgers/pita bun, steamed broccoli, potato salad for the guys, fresh whole wheat sour dough biscuits. After that I had the food in the house, but I forestood the temptation and went to bed to read. Nothing on the boob-tube.

Too funny Arabella...those altos! I am a mezzo, so I can fit into both worlds.

It snowed here last night....more than a trace. Just enough to make things sloppy! I will walk I think, but I'm toying with footgear....

Have a great day all!


04-06-2009, 09:46 AM
OOOhh - blue and blah here this a.m. I'm still in night clothes too, ceara, in fact up only about 45 minutes and waiting out the hour from first med to brekkie. A horoscope over the weekend said I should "take a few easy days" and I'm going to try that sage advice - at least while it's gray and drizzly.

So between now and tai chi this afternoon -it's slow and easy - no new projects or ANYTHING. No thinking even. Just do dull, slow, easy stuff - a day off, so to speak. My body likes it so far.

Youch, I agree those 2-5 a.m. wakeups are not good for body or soul. Glad you've found a key. I've had many of them but seem to be in a better sleep place for now and hopefully forward.

And I enjoyed the "lusty" altos story as well. If I could carry a tune, I'd probably be an alto - certainly not a soprano.

Anyway, easy day or no, it's still a Fresh Start Monday - so off I go, tho slowly.


04-07-2009, 08:42 AM
:rain: out there. But must shower and head out to the store soon. DS' birthday today so I'm making a cake (nope, not going to have any) and having him and his GF, DGS and my mom in for dinner. And then we're having our best friend couple in for dinner after the performance on Friday so I'll get everything now and save shopping twice. Or thrice. :rolleyes:

I actually started my training for the race yesterday. I'm trying interval training -- going pretty much as fast as I can for as long as I can and then walking briskly until my breathing returns to normal and then running again. Supposedly the best way to increase speed/capacity/calorie burn. Huzzah!

Ceara, your dinner sounds great! I'm thinking I should start doing the 5k race route at some point before long. Fun to see how much my time improves. At least i think it will be :lol:

Anagram, the choir director sent out a note yesterday to remind us of venue change for practice and joked "Would everyone please wear something low-cut?" So, of course, the altos all determined to wear button-up shirts with ties. I wore black buttoned shirt with a black tie, wore my hair back and put on glasses to look more severe.

Reminds me -- one of the tenors last night stopped me on the way to the choir loft and introduced himself. "Hi -- I'm Rob," he said. "I don't know you but I spend a lot of time looking at you." Which I already knew because he'd commented to the guy next to him, who happens to be my friend. DH was a little shocked, I must say. Prolly good for him, huh. ;)

Hope your blue blahs are all gone! I think if you treat them right they go away. I try to acknowledge them, think about how I'm feeling and then start doing stuff. When I have the presence of mind to do that, I usually feel like a new person within a few hours.

I'd better shower, make my list and get out there. Still have to bake cake and intention is to get to sound yoga at lunch. Hope all :queen:lies have a lovely day!

04-07-2009, 09:47 AM
Gotta love those altos ;) And an admirer to boot. Was he watching you before or after the "lusty" reveal? Yes, good to keep DH on toes.

And great to have :queen:s in training. Good luck on the 5ks, Royals.

And congrats on your BIRTH Day. Lots of good memories I'm sure and maybe a few melancholy ones as well.

Naw, the gloom doesn't last too long around here. A shower and a strong cuppa helped the rebound. But what started it was a long look with my cup in hand out my back door. Just beyond the patio of p&c is flower bed underneath a pin oak tree. Several largish clumps of daffs and narcissi and some pink, white and blue hyacinths are there for just such moments. Gorgeous - and I spend a lot of time enjoying them during their too brief stay. They can best be seen from that door but also from the window above my sink. Planted there just for that reason.

And eventually a little sun warmed its way into me and also into the sky. Very cold though and same today and tomorrow. Bright and sunny today though and I am still in PJs but heading off to start what I hope will be a productive day. In the old "one foot in front of the other" mode - no special plan of attack.


04-09-2009, 09:10 AM
Yikes! I am not ready. I wish I'd practiced more. I will practice lots today and tomorrow but it won't make up for the months where I should have been doing more. :dz: 'Tis ever thus, I'm afraid. I have to say, I'm sick of muddling my way through various types of challenges without making much headway. Can I feel sick enough about it to get my rear in gear and face things head on? Stay tuned!

Speaking of which, I've had a couple of slips last couple days. Nothing really calamitous but enough to keep me from losing weight. Time to nip that in the bud. Pulling up socks, here. Also picking self up, dusting self off, starting all over again. Day 1, let's call it. Onward!

DGS' mom is having trouble. She's got pre-eclampsia, I guess, and they've taken her to the hospital in Halifax. She's not due until June but I expect they will do a C-section early. Sending her and little one lots of good energy.

Anagram, I find, somewhat to my surprise, that I'm uncomfortable since said tenor accosted me. :rolleyes: Admiration from across the big rehearsal room I'm fine with but this feels awkward. I'm glad I won't be seeing him for a few months after the performance tomorrow!

Lots more to say about various things but I'm going to have to scoot. Sing, work, clean my house, get in my steps. I've got my bedding in the washer and today they go out on the line. Tonight is tai chi, followed by the final rehearsal.

Let's get out there and WIN this one, :queen:lies.

04-09-2009, 01:35 PM
Hope all goes well w/Baby and Mom. Will you be having DGS more than usual?

I'm sure your performances will go well - you'll be practicing so much you might have no voice left if you're not careful, WN.

I feel what you mean re the "admirer". The dynamic changed and there's no undoing.

Beautiful outside today - have to decide what to do next. Princess Soon-To-Be-Thirteen called and asked me to make mints for her party and to bring them when I come at Easter. Tedious though fun and wasn't counting on fitting it in but, of course, will. But the temptation, on top of the jelly beans sitting around, will be frightful ;) She doesn't need Gram for much anymore so I 'll be glad to make her happy.

Not a day for starting projects. Not even redoing my Master List - and do want to get out a tad in this gorgeous sunshine before it disappears again as it's scheduled to do

So wishing all :queen:s in and about and out and about a glorious weekend (in case I don't get back in). Heading to Princessville for the nonce.

:flow1: :flow1::bunny2: :flow1: :flow1: :easter2: :flow1: :flow1::bunny2::flow1: :flow1:

04-10-2009, 04:11 PM
I can't believe how quickly these days are slipping by... are we really almost halfway through April? Easter's here? :shrug: So much going on 'round these parts and I'm so sorry to let my getting in here to post slip by the wayside. I just spent the majority of my lunch hour getting caught up reading and now I have only a few minutes to post! Fear not! I'm off all next week... I took the time to get caught up on spring cleaning and prepare for garage sale on the 18th, (I'm liking that "FREE" table idea, anagram!) also to deal w/school related issues w/son; i.e. check out a school or two or register for community college. Come to think of it, I may NOT be getting here much next week after all!

Suffice it to say I'm still hangin' in, diet-wise. Down another lb... keeping up with exercise. Funny you mentioned interval training, Arabella, I was just reading up on that very subject and plan to give it a shot.

Kaylets... I love the idea of sharing our go-to freezer/pantry must haves! My current favorites are:
Mission Whole Wheat "Carb Control" tortillas. The pkg says 21gm fiber in each, which makes them 1 pt each! Smear (my other favorite) Laughing Cow Light cheese on one and load up with mixed greens, sliced cukes, tomatoes, whatever veggie you like, roll it up and you have a great 2 pt lunch! I have so many more to share, but I have to get back to work. I promise I'll be back later!


04-13-2009, 03:34 AM

Hoping everyone had a lovely day! Son and I (dh home sleeping--working nights this weekend, dd left for Florida w/bf today) spent ours at my brother's house with his family and in-laws, my mom, my sister and her family and a couple of girlfriends of various nephews. It was actually a smallish crowd for our family... but all in all, a pleasant day. The 'girls' (myself, sis, sis-in law, her sister, and our mothers) all went out for a stroll after the first course of lasagna, salad, garlic bread. We walked the neighborhood for a good hour... it was a gorgeous, sunny, cold day... perfect day for a walk. After a bit, the second course of ham, turkey, salads, coleslaw, and rolls came out... I must say, I showed great restraint without feeling deprived. I skipped all bready things and allowed myself some wonderful pignoli nut cookies with my coffee... okay, that and the sponge cake that I brought... with strawberries and blackberries and ff cool whip on top. :T

I started this post HOURS ago, got up, wandered into the living room where the sofa lured me into somnolence... and I just got up, only because the phone rang... dd called to let me know they had just reached Savannah and were calling it a night on the driving... On my way into bed, I heard the computer humming away, came in to turn it off, and there was my post... just waiting for me to come along and finish it!


Hoping everyone had as nice a day as I had! Back on track tomorrow!

04-13-2009, 06:43 AM
Hello all....

Leave in just a few hours for Florida to spend the week w/ Mom.

A Girls Gone Wild Week, Royal style!!

I might be posting but probably under another variation of my name....
Or...will catch up with you all next weekend....

Take care!!:hug::hug:

04-14-2009, 07:24 PM
hi royals! have been thinking about you, even if not posting. have had bad cold and some ms "technical difficulties" which have made it hard to post. anyway, have stayed op, even on days when attitude wasn't the best, so am pleased about that. will be back when i can respond more individually. wanted to at least check in and let you know i have missed all who dwelleth in the royal court. :) take care, all.

04-15-2009, 08:34 AM
The motherboard on my laptop's crapped out. Between dealing with it and trying to work on DH's slooooooooow computer (that is, when he's not home) I'm pushed to the limits just to get the most essential work tasks done.

O/w, all goes well. Hope to get back in for a real post soon!

04-15-2009, 08:53 AM
Quick buzz bye! Was in GA last week-end for Easter, with a friend and of course dog shows. Had a great time...very pretty there. Long drive back Sunday...did it in one fell swoop. Spent 4 hours Monday shovelling and moving black topsoil into the excavated beds in front...and moaning the loss of many of my perennials. I'm gone part of this week-end and then a good portion of next week again, so this will give the beds time to compress a bit and then I can start moving things back in. If I can find them. DH moved some stuff and has NO recollection of where they may be. I have found a few things though :)

So, I need to bathe a dog and groom and go to the bank and pack and then work. I think I am too tired! Leave tomorrow am in the dark for Timonium after I pick up 2 passengers and go to the vets for a test. Oh boy.

Have a great time in FL Kaye...and wsw! Hope your problems is too nice to have that going on. Arabella...hope the mother board is fixed soon...since I live in a cornfield, I don't know the luxury of high speed except at work :) Kat....glad you had a great holiday! Sounds like fun...and I like those walking dinners....sometimes my BGF and I do that! Anagram....the gardens are changing so much each day! Enjoy your guys are a couple weeks ahead of us here...home made mints....mmmmmm.

Alright...gotta boogie!

04-15-2009, 09:28 AM
Gosh, your schedule (and gardening) sound awesome, ceara. And Timonium is but an hour (or so) from me. Wish we could work something out. (I'm assuming Timonium MD but maybe not.)

Oh, bother on computers - love 'em, hate 'em. Hope your trip goes as smoothly as possible, Kaylets, and that you and Mom are so good for each other. wsw, hope the rainy weather gives you a break (and me too) so difficulties are easier to bear.

That computer hum gets me every time, kat. Glad your Easter was so glorious, kat. Mine was good too with the goilies. Heading back to P'ville today as it's Princess (now) Thirteen's b.d. Home tomorrow.

DS just took off - he overnighted here en route to conference north of here. Will stop in on way home tomorrow - don't know if I'll be back before him or not. As he took off so neatly groomed, etc. - it brought back some memories of the days when I could barely get him out of bed to go to school, etc. A nice feeling to know he's all grown up and can handle all that stuff w/o me. Twenty five years DOES make a difference ;)

So now, I must be off as well. To rain ALL day - ugh! But tomorrow to be much improved so my trip home should be better.


04-16-2009, 01:51 PM
I'm taking a lunch break from garage sale prep duties... oy, what a shambles this place is! I should really FOCUS on one task at a time, but I keep going from closet to cupboard, and room to room, get side-tracked and just start pulling stuff out and piling it up in the living room... to be sorted later! Same thing in garage. :o This is good for me to do periodically though... things get cleaned and dusted and vacuumed that might not ordinarily be 'uncovered.' And I'm finding stuff I had completely forgotten about. Not to mention all the trips down memory lane! So I'm having fun...And getting some serious exercise in! The weather is going to be gorgeous on Saturday, my stuff is priced to move, so I'm thinking this should be a rousing success. :crossed:

Kaylets... have fun in Fla! Oh to be where it's warm and sunny!
Anagram... I am intrigued by your homemade mints! Will you share your recipe? Have fun in P'ville!
ceara...You sure do some travelling there, woman! I hope you find all your perennials!
wsw... sorry you're having difficulties... I hope this upcoming nice weather helps you to feel better! :cp: for OPing while down!
Arabella...I hope your computer woes are resolved soon!
Andria? Come back soon! Miss you!

Okay, break time over, back to work for me! I should be back on Sunday...

04-19-2009, 08:47 PM
kat-so impressed with your garage sale prep. hope the sale went well this weekend!

kaylets-hope you had a good trip to florida!

anagram- hope your trip to princessville was nice!

ceara-your traveling schedule sounds fun, and busy! love hearing about your gardening. spring seems to have finally sprung here, and things are in bloom.

arabella-hope your computer woes are a thing of the past now, or very soon, anyway!

hi janga, wildfire, andria, and all our dear royals!

continuing to feel better slowly but surely. it warmed up over the weekend, which was nice. well, please know that i am thinking of you all. :) take care.

04-22-2009, 09:35 AM
Good morning, Lovelies! Another pop-in, I'm afraid. I'm still running madly to catch up. Also, filling in with DGS after school because his mom is still in hospital with the tiny new one. AND I've got deadlines staring me in the face for two creative projects. I hope to get in and share more soon, but just wanted to give a little update.

Oh and -- still holding my own weight-wise. Yeah, something's going to have to change for me to meet my goals. :rolleyes:


04-24-2009, 06:25 PM
:hug::hug:Hello all!

Believe it or not, I've been home a week but it's seemed like a week of Mondays!!!!!! I finally, finally, feel as though I have a breathing room.

I had a wonderful time.... it was so nice to do things without the clock, one evening we realized that it was nearly 8 pm and we hadnt had supper. So, I said" Ice cream sounds good to me".... and DM pointed out "If we make a banana split, the banana will make it healthy!" .... So we did. No fudge sauce, no whipped cream, no nuts so but all in all, very satisfying.

DM is doing well. Still processing everything of course, but all in all, doing well.
I hope I do the same when its my turn.

So. Singing and prizes at dog shows and making mints and running yard sales and having head colds and technical difficulties... I feel so out of the loop!

we expect very warm weather this weekend. It means lots of gardening and lots of laundry. Every blanket can be washed and dried outside and still get back on the beds by Sunday night.

04-25-2009, 12:44 PM
Okey-doke. It's Saturday and I'm back, Baby! Ready to take another run at this thing. :rolleyes: Why do I always have to binge to realize how much I want this again? :shrug: Anyhoo, chocolate and a bag of brown rice chips yesterday afternoon. Good again today.

Today it's warm and :sunny: I've had a woods woggle, done chi qong and a little :yoga: walked to and from tai chi. Yuppir, I exercised. :yes:

Tonight we're having DSIL & DBIL for dinner. I'm going to make tandoori chicken. Need to think about veggies and dessert... Latter will probably be baklawa purchased at the Lebanese store around the corner. I was going to make a lemon pie but I think it would be too tempting.

Oooh -- this afternoon I'm putting together my application for a screenwriting bootcamp in June. I'm working on the best ghost story I've ever heard for the script. I'm so envisioning this actually happening. Maybe a new career? Or the way to slip into total freelance freedom? I'm feeling good about this. :)

Kaylets, I think that's the rule of holidays. Always 3X as busy before and after. A week of Mondays is a good way of putting it. Welcome home!

WSW, hope you're feeling better! :hug:

Kat, how was the yard sale?

Anagram, it's a nice feeling to realize our chicks are functional, isn't it. :)

Ceara, GA must have been gorgeous! I'd love to go back to Savannah. Not sure of the perfect time of year to go though...

Janga, Wildfire, Andria, how goes it?

K, :queen:lies, time for me to get bizzy! Love to all!

04-25-2009, 11:14 PM
Huzzah, royals!!! :wave:

Sorry to be always so here, there 'n everywhere and I will never really be gone from the palace nor cease to seek ye all out nor think 'bout ye.

The truth is that re 3FC (rhymes), I've been waiting until they start up ad-free subscriptions again as my slow computer just doesn't like all these ads. I also find them unpleasant, much prefer ad-free forum experiences.

Sorry to be seemingly negative. I'm really not, things are ok dokey with me except I gained five pounds. Bah humbug!

Sorry for the lack of personal replies but have read every postie on here and I will be back. (I need to lie down awhile right now lol).

04-26-2009, 01:51 PM
Ooh, bad me - time has flown again. Gorgeous here today. I skipped the garage sale but hope you did well on yours, kat. Instead i focussed on getting files to the Shredding Event. Tossed and tossed mercilessly but it still took time, time, time. However, I saved a lot of time and probably my shredder by letting others do that for me. What a break!

Flying by here as I'm heading to library shortly to hear "Vent du Nord" a group who will be playing Canadian music. Sounds like a lovely thing to do on a quiet Sunday. Currently listening to a polka show on the radio. Eclectic, c'est moi.

Anyway, I too have restarted today. Having knee problems so must be careful w/exercise for a bit (hopefully not forever). Dr. suggests going back to my water workouts and I likely will. Other things were SO convenient though.

Is the new little one here, Arabella, or still the bed rest thing? The bootcamp sounds challenging indeed but if it leads the way you want.......Huzzah!!

Good to have you in the environs, Janga. Enjoy the nap.

Glad your Mom is doing well, Kaylets. Tough times - I'm sure your visit cheered her a lot.

Off I go - don't want to miss a note.

04-28-2009, 09:10 AM
Popping in and flying was gorgeous....rainy today but we need that too.

GA was gorgeous, the company was good. Yes MD...too bad, you could have come down for the show on Friday Anagram...we should explore that in the next year to come! An hour is nothing compared to 10! Just got back from Rend Lake...another gorgeous area. I go. Hope to spend a bit more time here later 'gators!

04-28-2009, 10:35 AM
Gorgeous and hot here the last few days. I've just finished cleaning out the fireplace - ugh!!! Shower time.

Enjoyed the Canadian group, went last night for a Middle Eastern dance troupe. Seemed different in some ways than when I took lessons. Of course, I never danced with a troupe so some things would be different. I'd have felt comfortable in the group - many had less than great bodies I don't usually associate with MED. Only two or three really seemed good but all seemed to enjoy. I think another group was in the audience. Not a zill in sight.

Tonight it's Irish Dance so I hope to make that too (Library is hooring Dance Week).

Anyway, dogwoods blooming - also pink/white tulips under the pink one - pink azaleas starting too. Along with the candytuft, makes my front yard look good for a week or two each year. Read paper on the patio of p&c for the first time this year. A lovely routine - that.

Guy not coming to open a/c vents until Friday but I remember from the old days how to keep a place cool ;) so not suffering. 92 yesterday/a new record for the day.

Still saving knees but did go to tai chi yesterday as that's so gentle. Off to a gorgeous day, Gorgeous Royals.

04-29-2009, 11:39 AM
Perfect day today - but went to dr. for routine checkup and found I have a bldder infection. Nice to know WHY I've been dragging (more than usual). He did a whole slew of other tests too.

Enjoyed the Celtic Dance thing last night - although she (consciously) employed some modern and some "country" in the routines. I didn't mind the country so much as the roots are Celtic anyway but the modern left me a bit cold. But the kiddles were cute.

Next I'm off to the newspaper office to pay for some things I "won" in an online auction they sponsored. Some mani/pedis and a vacuum cleaner. Still 'twas fun. Good prices too.

Then pick up my anitbiotics and maybe just read on the patio. Not much, for sure. Odds and ends maybe but no projects for the rest of the week. Going away over the weekend and want this infection to be pretty much knocked out so I can enjoy.

Hmm, my belated brekkie was so good - since I had "suffered" so much bloodwork and it was more than halfway to lunchtime, I indulged in some toast and scrambled eggs. Yum......

All good things to my Royal Friends..............


04-30-2009, 08:32 AM
Oh, my apologies! I thought I'd posted about wee Thomas' arrival but I guess I haven't. The babe was born a couple of weeks ago but they think he was more premature than had been calculated and he's had severe bleeding in his brain. He's had to have a shunt put in to relieve the pressure has another operation scheduled for today.

They've warned his mum that she should be prepared for the worst, that if he survives he could have severe brain damage, cerebral palsy, etc. However, he also could have no ill effect and that's what we're focusing on.

I'm sending Reiki, positive messages. Picking up poor little Noah after school, having some sleepovers. He's 2 weeks without his mum and looking at another 9 because she's three-and-a-half hours away. She did manage to get over last weekend to see him but it's very hard to leave the tiny new one when he's so fragile.

However, she said Thomas appears to be healthy and thriving and you've got to think that means something. I just absolutely refuse to believe any negative prognosis. Especially after what happened with DSIL.

Anagram, scrambled eggs and toast is brekkie here every morning after a shleepover. :)

So... that's it from here. Love to all!

05-03-2009, 10:29 AM
My life must be pretty far out of balance if I feel guilty taking time to post in the palace! I've been pulling up the page for weeks now, but every time I start typing, I remember all the other things that need to be done, and... well, you know how that story goes.
I'm proud to announce that I haven't been backsliding while I've been away! :carrot: There hasn't been a ton of weight loss, but there hasn't been a ton of gain, either. I'm still working out at the gym at least once a week with a trainer. Gym Jim quit, and I have had to adjust to someone new. The cool upside of the new trainer is that she is also a physical therapist, and she has been great at working around my knee. We are getting in solid workouts, and my confidence in my physical self is being slowly restored. I've also been working hard at getting my step average up, and I finished April with a respectable 9600 average steps per day. I remember when it seemed impossible to reach 7k a day!
School is the main reason I've been away from the palace. This teaching thing is no joke, especially when you have a group of seniors who seem to think that we will find a way to graduate them no matter what sort of effort they put into the game. To give you an idea how bad their senioritis has been, last Friday they had rough drafts due for the last two major grades of the year. We've spent several days in the library on research as well as days in class of pre-writing and writing, so you would think they might have something to show for their effort. In one class not a single student had completed their rough draft. In the other two classes (I only have three periods of seniors) I received a total of 12. Apparently, the other teachers are running into the same problem, so there is an emergency meeting Monday before school. I've spent the weekend calling the parents of all those students who weren't prepared. The assignments are due beginning this Wednesday, and without those grades, the kiddos won't be graduating. Thought their folks deserved a heads-up... Still about twenty calls to go today, but at least I got a big chunk completed yesterday. :)
On the upside of teaching, my students are about as bad as my own kids at keeping me in line. They check on my steps during the day, and one of them even let me have it when she saw I had packed leftover pizza one day for lunch. She said she knows I eat a lot healthier than that, that they had all been noticing my weight loss since the beginning of the year, and that she didn't want to see any backsliding. Yeah, I have an interesting relationship with that one! :lol:
Enough of all that...
I still haven't managed to read all the thread, and there are still some names that are completely new to me! I can't promise I'll be on a whole lot until school is finished (June 4th!), but I did want you to know that I wasn't wandering out in Depression Flats or anything of the sort.

Arabella, sending positive vibes your direction. Please forward them where necessary. Your family is lucky to have such a rock to anchor themselves to.


05-05-2009, 09:54 PM
Hello all!

We have had what seems at least 4 days of rain, most of it heavy. DH got some bok choy baby plants in the ground about 2 weeks ago and they seem to be the only plants who love, love, love this solid rain. It was touch and go the weekend it got so hot but belive you me, if bok choy is always this easy to grow, NO WONDER it's used in stir fry so ofen!

Employer finally was able to sell us. "closing" might be as soon as July 1... could be a very good thing for me or ..... whaddya gonna due... at least I am fairly certain, I'll have a job until at least then.....

My best to everyone!!

WoodNymph, special thoughts and prayers for your the new baby and your sister and the rest of your family. You are having a year! You are a good sister!

Until later!

05-08-2009, 09:11 PM
I swear, the house can blow away around me, but I'm not leaving this computer til I get out a post, once and for all! I have started so many times, and something always comes up. Not that there's much excitement going on around here, just busy, busy, busy. My garage sale was semi-successful in that I made about $120, but got rid of a LOT of stuff. Still more to go, but it's a start. Weight loss coming along at it's usual snail's pace, but it's coming, and I just started taking Synthroid for my sluggish thyroid... hopefully this will help move things along a bit more expedititiously. Exercise levels have decreased to near non-existant these past two weeks, though after this weekend, that should pick up again. Our big fundraiser at the track is happening this Sunday, the first day in ages that has NO clouds/raindrops in it's forecast. :crossed: Um, what else? Speaking of fundraiser, I have to be at sister's house in a few minutes, so I'm going to wrap up for now. I MISS YOU ALL! Will be back soon, I swear!

05-09-2009, 09:32 AM
This isn't the most upbeat way to begin a post, but it is honest. That counts, right?

Mother's Day is this weekend, and for the first time, I don't have a mother to send a card to. I don't even know how to get beyond that besides let myself feel it. The temptation is to head to bed and pull up the covers or to bury my face in a bowl of ice cream, but I know moving through this will be better in the long run. I have a near desperate need to get outside and just start moving, walking to no certain point, with no certain plan when I get there. And if I start to cry along the way, so be it. I wasn't close to my mom, but today I miss her. Tomorrow, my plan is to be in an entirely different place so I can celebrate her gift to me. Wish me luck.


05-09-2009, 12:39 PM
Happy Saturday, :queen:lies!

I bit the bullet and went back to WW yesterday. Up 2.2 from a month ago. That's definitely the wrong direction. I'm reading both The Gabriel Method and Does this clutter make my butt look big? And finding good stuff in both.

Today so far, I'm cruising -- went for a little run in the woods, did a little yoga, walked over to tai chi class, did that and walked back. Had a bowl of oatmeal with berries and yogurt. Tomorrow I've got a big family party planned.

I plead temporary insanity. It seemed like a good idea last weekend and then all week I was wanting to smack myself: What was I thinking? What would I like for Mother's Day? Peace and quiet, relaxation. :rolleyes:

Andria, a walk and time outside sounds like the thing to do, for sure. Moving always helps us work through stuff. :hug:

Kaylets, it's kind of ironic that my New Year's resolution this year was to look after myself. What a challenge that's been. And I haven't been doing too great, I must admit.

Kat, we miss you too!

WSW, how are you?

Ceara, how are the royal gardens?

Anagram, hope you're getting lots of time in the P of P & T.

Okay. I'm going to marshal my forces and get determined to start taking care of ME again. Stress, I would say, is Enemy #1. Must vanquish!

Love to all!

05-11-2009, 03:15 PM
Took the last of my second course of antibiotics this a.m. and hoping for the best. Knees were way out of whack last week too but did go to tai chi this morning and, again, hoping for the best.

Then I needed to log in yet again and my password wasn't doing it. So had to go through the whole rigamarole again.

Need a rest already.

Andrea, I hope M.D. itself was good for you. Even though you can't call your Mom or anything like that, you can still honor her memory in other ways that may help you cope with these "special" days. But, by all means, FEEL IT.

Hope little Thomas is coming along safely and that DGS is soon able to get enough time with his Mom, WN.

The money's great on the garage sale, kat, but the "stuff gone" is even better. DS showed up for M.D. and did a lot of dirty work for me before he went home - bringing stuff down from attic and garage lofts. Strange some of the things that were put away (hidden) by DH years ago. I knew some of the things that were there but there were surprises too. Now it's piled in my garage. One big pile to go out w/the trash this week and another I will need to sort through a bit. Still a large blow for "freedom from stuff" has been dealt - may take me all summer to get it all moved in the right directions but move it, I shall.

Well, Royals, I've missed you one and all during my roundabout but hope to be firmly back in the palance for the nonce.

05-12-2009, 10:16 AM
Great number this a.m. 203.6 - a month ago, I was at 206.6 (which was a tad higher than my lowest number right before that). Earlier this week, I was at 210 - but I think now that I'm off the antibiotics, it might have created a SWOOSH! Whatever and for however brief a time - I'll take it!!!!!!

A piddling 4 pounds and I'd be so thrilled. I remember a brief foray into Onederland once before and this is about the point where I usually start my sabotage routine. NOT THIS TIME - RIGHT?????

I just got my exercise for today (well, some of it) carrying trash out to the curb. I hope they take it all - between DS and a handyman's help the week before, I really have a lot out there. they probably won't remember I usually have only one small bag and often not even that. Today's haul should make up for it. Still a lot in the garage to go through but I am SO pleased that this much is gone.

Then a few minutes of yardwork done. I'm going to do a few more small things and then hit the shower. Further mammogram today. Not unusual for me.

So, :queen:lies, I hope it's as nice where you are as it is here and may you have a great day whether it is or not.


05-13-2009, 12:19 PM
203 this morning. Wow - I'm really going to keep at this and see if I can't do it this time. Three pounds seems so doable.

However --- yesterday started so well and ended so badly - not diet wise. Newswise - this time the extra mammos didn't clear me enough and I'm now scheduled for two stereotactic biopsies next week. Really ruined my mood which was super up to that point. Today better - the 203 helped and now that they're actually scheduled, I'm gritting my teeth less. I'm just so tired of one medical thing after another.

Well, it is beautiful out again today and I'm off to lunch so off I go.


05-13-2009, 12:57 PM
Oh Anagram, I'm so thrilled for your approach to Onederland!

Sending good energy on that other matter :goodvibes:

I'm hurtling towards the end of the week. I've got a triple workload and DGS coming after school. I've decided I'm going to step away from the computer and take him to the park for an hour or so. Theory is that I'll be more efficient because of fluffing my brain in the fresh air.

05-14-2009, 10:43 AM
I'm all in favor of brain fluffing - need to do more of it.

I think my scale is going mad - 200.8 this morning. But I'm loving it. Certainly is encouraging to stay with the program at this point. I do at times tend to hold onto a lot of water and am thinking the bladder infection might have had me higher than I might have been otherwise and now that I'm done w/that and the antibiotic, I've had a whoosh. However, today's whoosh - well i just dont' know. But I'm marking it down. It's a new current low and I'll claim it even if it doesn't last.

Bought some more flowers yesterday. Impatiens for the P of P&C which still needs a good scrub down. Tomorrow's another day.

An appt. this a.m. then lunch w/friend this afternoon. The remaining junk moved to the garage can wait. DD wants to see it all before it goes (well, she wants to see most of it). And then there's that tendency that plagues me - trying to find a home for anything with any useful life left in it.

New neighbors moved in the one house across the street last week and I think the others will be coming this weekend. Bad news - sweetheart next door told me they're putting their house up for sale. These are the little boys who occasionally spend time with me. These people have been such a joy but it is their time to move on, I'm afraid.

Raining at the moment but that's okay too. Don't have to water the things I've already planted.

Great day to all :queen:s!!!!


05-15-2009, 12:41 AM
Brain fluffing :) Just the image I needed to take to bed with me tonight.

I'm almost back to the palace for real. 13 days left of school here! Approximately 80 research papers, 55 presentations, 35 short essays, and 75 synthesis projects left to grade. There is light at the end of the tunnel! My first year is almost behind me! Wahoo!

I'd better calm myself back down to the good giggle I started with over brain fluffing. Brings to mind images of these new towels my honey bought the other day. Yeah, I'm a bit tired and feeling more than a bit silly. Fluffing pillows might be a good activity for me now so I can get some decent brain fluffing of my own in tomorrow. :)



05-15-2009, 09:37 AM
Fly-by postie. I'm on deadly deadline but will get where I get by noon, finish my other duties for the week and get the heck out of Dodge.

I'm focusing on thinking of myself as svelte (Greek statuary being my image :) ) and thinking of my body's need to be slender. (From Gabriel Method) Those and trying to lull stress. Lots of deep breathing!

Anagram! You could cross the border any day now. :balloons:

I'm sorry your boyfriends are moving! I've been enjoying mine even if he does make it a little hard to get work done.

Andria, congrats on getting through the first year! Have some balloons: :balloons: Looking forward to seeing you in here more.

K, chicklies, I'd better scram. Have a lovely FRIDAY!!!

05-15-2009, 11:47 AM
Well, that bubble burst - 204.4 today (sob!). However, I only write down "lowest" so I'll keep the last two days in mind and make sure I drink enough water.

Lordy, grading all of those things would certainly leave my brain in need of fluffing! But the best thing, andria, is that next year you'll be an "experienced" teacher and (while it will still be a lot), you'll have an even stronger way of making it all work.

Lulling stress is such an on going job, isn't it, WN? How's the new little one coming along and is DGS getting to see Mom a little more?

Off to tai chi - sort of stiff today so it should help. IT'S FRIDAY!!!!

Sunny, nice out - at least for now. And I'm off to P'ville this weekend so some dance recitals to look forward to.


05-17-2009, 02:42 PM
Beware all ye who enter here -- I feel a long post coming on... ;)

Not a sunny day, kind of a grey and blustery one but I'm enjoying that anyway. :) Went for a long walk with DH and have convinced him to go out to the movies this evening so we'll get more walking in then. :dancer: I may go out in a bit to pull some of the multitudinous Norway maples out of the flowerbed they think should be a forest. :rolleyes:

I'm getting increasingly convinced by The Gabriel Method and am going to really give it a shot. Most of the "work" part of it is positive visualization and stress relief. Which seems like -- wow, is that all I have to do? On some level, I believe that's the case. There are reasons why I've gained this weight (numbing myself, putting up a buffer between me and some people, trying to be invisible, etc.). According to this theory, I just need to convince my body that it's safer for me to be slim than it is to be fat.

This part really hit home:

Even the simplest and most effortless approach to weight loss will fail if you have emotional obesity. Someone could say to you, "All you need to do is lift your little finger once a day for thirty days straight in order to lose weight," but if you're in the grip of emotional obesity, you'll find some reason why it wasn't possible to complete the program. You'll "forget" or you "won't have time" or "other things will just get in the way."

I thought, I can totally see that. First day, no problem, second day, probably no problem. But would I get through the month? I likely would but I can totally see not making it too. I'd be a "forgetter" I think.

A few incidents come to mind for me:

The night we were called to emergency because DS had had a bike accident and was concussed. I remember being in the waiting room and looking down at my leg thinking "That looks like a normal person's leg." And I started to regain.

After a traumatic experience early in my relationship with DH, I started to gain weight. We went to London and met a friend of mine who was living there. As I embraced my friend, I had the thought pop into my head "Oh, but I didn't want to separate myself from YOU!"

My sister and I discussing relationships and weight gain -- both feeling like, on some level, we gained weight to keep men away from us but, darn it all, it didn't seem to be working. Like, you know, how fat would we have to get?

Yeah, anyway, Gabriel encourages you to look into your issues but focuses mainly on just reprogramming your body and mind to understand that you're safe.

In other news:

I was accepted to the screenwriting bootcamp!!! :cb: :cb:

I'm hoping to get several days out of town out of the deal in a country inn (I say hoping because I haven't yet gotten a response from my attempt to book the room, but I expect to be successful.) Workshops every day, culminating in a film industry dinner on the Thursday night where we'll meet representatives of production companies and then pitching sessions on Friday where we'll be *gulp* actually trying to sell our scripts.

Anagram, you're still so close! You'll be slipping across the border any day. :yes:

Well, that's it for me for today. Hope all :queen:ly folk are enjoying a blissful Sunday!

05-17-2009, 11:39 PM
I'm sort of in and out of the palace these days lurking, have gotten used to the fact that 3FC won't offer no ad subscriptions and so may be here more on the forum in general and here in particular.

Sorry am so far behind and not the queenly participant I used to be and for the me-me-ness o' this postie! :)

Lol, I am in a me-me phase of life, but did want to say hello.

Arabella, that is great news re your screenwriting bootcamp. Enjoy.

I'm on deadline for three days, maybe see ye later, queens. :wave:

05-18-2009, 08:10 AM
I managed, last night at dinner, to give myself a significantly smaller portion, positively "dainty" in comparison. Managed to put the fork down between bites, chew slowly and thoroughly.

I listened to the audio file last night as I was going to sleep. It was really relaxing. Gabriel claims that once you convince your body it doesn't need to be fat, that it's safe to be slim, your body's going to make you lose weight.

So. I was hungry this morning. I ate a handful of nuts when I first got up. Then I was hungry again an hour-and-a-half or so later and got my bowl of muesli. I was just eating it, slowly, and thinking about whether I'd be hungry again later in the morning and suddenly I just felt nauseous. Could not eat another bite.

A couple of times over the weekend, I'd had that little voice tell me "I think that's enough." But I managed to override it. Nausea? That convinced me. I hope I get the little voice again. I promise I'll listen!

Janga, always so nice to see you! Love the quotes. :)

May all :queen:lies have a sublime day as they go about their royal bidness!

05-18-2009, 12:27 PM
Arabella, I read your post on the Gabriel method and it sounds a lot like intuitive eating........between hunger and satisfaction. Our bodies weren't designed to lose weight, they were designed to survive famines which we don't have now except for our self inflicted diets. If we just eat when hungry and stop when satisfied, out bodies will lower our appetites and we will gradually lose weight. It make take longer than a diet but it's worth less struggle.

05-18-2009, 03:09 PM
On the other hand, it can also be faster than a diet too. And could end the struggle forever -- imagine! :cloud9:

05-19-2009, 08:41 PM
just wanted to check in and say hi, and i'm still around. have had a lot of "ms technical difficulties" of late. will be back sometime soon with personal responses. i have been thinking of you all fondly, and missing you. take care.