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07-16-2009, 07:19 AM
Morning! I got up with Jake this morning and already have the 2nd load of laundry in the washer. :D

I'm sitting here with my swimsuit on under my clothes, but I think I'm going to change since thunderstorms are expected off and on today. The girls start swimming lessons today, and we're supposed to meet their grandfather at the country club at 11. They may still have their lesson, but I don't think I"m going to get in the pool. Anyway, that should take up most of our day. I hope the rain holds off for the girls' sake! If it rains, we'll have to come up with an entire new plan for the day. ;)

What's happening in your neck of the woods today?

07-16-2009, 07:27 AM
Good morning.

I slept in a bit this morning but am in full swing now. We got some rain overnight which means it will be too wet to garden. However, I have accomplished a lot in the past few days - even have all my new potted herbs in the renovated bed!

Today I need a mini-trip to the store for some dinner stuff. I have my chicken casserole marinating but want fresh veggies. Ian adores my blueberry pie so I'll make one for dessert. I have no trouble resisting pie unless it's pecan.

This has been such a good and peaceful week. I must work on having more of them - after Delta Fair. Next week will be a week in overdrive!

Have a relaxing Thursday, even if you can only grab five minutes.

07-16-2009, 08:00 AM
Morning Ladies!
Cottage, just leave the suit on and then go out dancing in the rain! Fun for you and entertainment for the neighbors!

Ruth, glad you are having a peaceful week! Speaking of pies, my son's girlfriend and he made a peanut butter pie last night. OMG, hard to resist. I just went and got a spoonful of "my" peanut butter and shoved it in my mouth so I wouldn't hit their pie with a big spoon!

Me...have to go take a friend to get some "digestive" tests done today. Just have to bring him and pick him up later since he will be in no condition to drive when they are finished. He has mesothelioma (sic?) and is doing very well right now, so I guess they just want to check his "innards" to make sure they are ok too. Have to go to the gym early to be able to pick him up for 8:30. no idea what the rest of the day will bring.

Oh, I made some sweet potato fries last night using some sprinkle on sweet potato seasoning I picked up the other day. (savory,not sweet) Hubby and I both went wild for them. yum. Sliced them and sprayed them with a little olive oil, spinkled the stuff on and baked them in a sheet pan. Had some grilled mahi mahi with it and some cantelope. Talk about an orange dinner!

07-16-2009, 08:02 AM
Good morning :coffee2: We have rain on the way again today and pretty much every day for the next week. It doesn't look like the days will be washouts though, so still an improvement.

Cottage - When I get up early I just spend more time reading stuff on the computer. No wonder my To Do list is so long!

Ruth - :drool: homemade fruit pies would definitely be irresistible for me. I'm not tempted by packaged stuff anymore but find home baked things are often worth a small off plan treat. Of course I don't bake so maybe that's why ;)
You should definitely speak with your appointment secretary about your schedule. It sounds like it's been an enjoyable week.

Laurie - Thanks for the feedback. Sometimes I worry that new members will be discouraged when they hear that I'm still struggling even after a year at maintenance. OTOH I had almost 40 years of being seriously overweight along with some "food issues" so it's not a surprise. How is your post-vacation return to life going?

:wave: Debbie - I know you're out there somewhere!

It's the end of my work week and will be an all office day. I've scheduled lots of visits for the next two weeks though. Other than a mid morning meeting nothing in particular on the agenda - just paperwork and maybe some data clean-up and even desk drawer clean-up. When I can't find things in my drawer because there's no room to open files it's definitely time to clean!

ETA - Hi Cat! Hope your friend gets all good news today.
We are having such a good time with the spiral cutter, I can't thank you enough for the suggestion! We use it almost every day. Today I made a salad with the zucchini, some tomatoes & peppers marinated in a little RF Newman's Caesar dressing.

07-16-2009, 08:37 AM
Good morning!

Cottage, I agree that you should wear your suit. When Auston took lessons, it got so hot, I almost dove in, shoes and all! :)

Ruth, Tell me about your chicken casserole, please. I love one dish meals.

Cat, I was at my desk yesterday with my spoon of peanut butter. Two co-workers said, "You're eating chocolate!" They must like odd colored chocolate! :D

Cyndi, Is your spiral cutter one that everything cuts into a plastic container? I've searched for one, but have found 3 different kinds. Some are expensive!

Me: We had a great thunder storm move through last night. It didn't wake up Auston, thankfully. I loved listening to it. Our weather is doing something crazy... By Sunday, the high is suppposed to be 83. In Alabama! I'm so excited!

Hope you all have a beautiful Thursday!

07-16-2009, 08:42 AM
Chelby - I have this one, I worry a little that it might not be too sturdy but so far so good.
Your high temp sounds like ours - what are the odds of that?! I'm a thunderstorm fan too. My one complaint about our house is that I can't see storms because of all the trees. I love sitting on the porch watching thunderstorms.

07-16-2009, 09:58 AM
Chelby, it's not a one-dish meal. I marinate boneless thighs in OJ/soy/ginger etc and serve it with rice and a veggie. I'll post the recipe but it's not SBD compliant.

I just want to announce that summer is officially here! :cb: I finally painted my toenails - not an easy task when your knees don't bend. And NO .... this has nothing to do with Ian coming for dinner tonight.

Outta here to hit the store for veggies and blueberries.

07-16-2009, 10:11 AM
Cyndi -- I'm going to buy a slicer. I bet spiraled zucchini would be good with spaghetti sauce. mmmmm!

Ruth -- I almost spewed my coffee over my desk! :D Happy summer!

07-16-2009, 10:16 AM
Drat! Just tried to order the spiral slicer and they don't ship to Canada. I'm gonna move. Who wants me?

07-16-2009, 10:19 AM
Good morning, everyone! I finally made it to the computer before going in to work. Thank goodness I start at 8:30; if it were 8:00 I'd be late every day!

Cottage: I'm with everyone else; leave the suit on! I don't know that I could stand being that close to a pool and not dive in!! I hope the rain holds of for your and the girls' sake.

Ruth: Thanks for clarifying that the toe-painting wasn't for Ian; you know that with this bunch there would be questions. ;) I'm glad you're enjoying your relaxing week. I hope next week isn't too bad for you.

Cat: I hope your friends' tests turn out well. Do you think you could dig up the brand that sells that sweet potato seasoning? It sounds like just the thing DH and I would love!!

Cyndi: I wish we had some of your rain in the forecast; we started out the season great but things have quickly gone downhill. I'm going to have to check into the spiral slicer as well. Thanks for the link!

Chelby: I know how you feel! Our high this weekend is supposed to be 90 and we can't wait!!! I'm not big on the thunderstorms; you and Cyndi can come sit on our back porch and watch them roll in from the mountains. I will sit on the couch and wait it out. :D

Me: Last night was a bust for us. We didn't really have anything planned, but DH and I decided it was time to call Directv to try and negotiate a better deal on our satellite tv. He had called Monday and, after running the real numbers, we realized they were offering less channels for the same amount we're paying now. I guess they just didn't understand "we'd like a lower price, please." Long story short; DH was on the phone with them for 1.5 hours and the Dish Network installer will be here tomorrow morning. We'll be saving $60 a month for 6 months and then $35 a month after that. At one point, the Directv supervisor hung up on him!!! I think he overheard us seriously talking about switching and knew he couldn't do a better deal. Thankfully, I baked some chicken last night for lunch salads for the week, so we had chicken salads for dinner.

Today is just work, work, work. I'm going to get in and do some filing and then join Cyndi in cleaning things out. I really need to get re-organized now that hearings are over. After our workout tonight, we'll be packing up the old receivers and getting things straightened up for the installer.

Okay, now I'd better get moving or I will be late for work!

07-16-2009, 10:36 AM
Good Morning Everyone:sunny:

Actually, I'm not feeling that great today :barf:. I slept from 7 last night until 7 this morn. You all know, thats not like me.

Ruth, enjoy your relaxed day and your evening with Ian. I wish nail painting were easier, too. It's not my knees but my belly. I'm doing a touch up this morning. Wish I wasn't so cheap I'd go get them done professionally once in a while.

Cottage, I hope the rain holds so you can swim. That reminds me I'm going to try on a suit that has been in my too small stash.

Cat, your dinner sounded really good. I like themes so orange works. I actually decided the other day that I was going to order the slicer you and Cyndi have. I got to Amazon, applied for the credit card, and will wait until it's approved. My net cost after the $30 credit will be $6.

Cyndi, thanks for the hello. I'm here just moving slowly. I appreciate your honesty about your relationship with food-even in maintenance. I'm still reading End to Overeating. From what I am understanding, once we have been overweight and have all the programming in our brain, that the call to food lessens-but doesn't go away. I ate something :censored: yesterday and your post was helpful in getting me back on track.

Chelby, enjoy your cooler weather. We did get peaches, but not cling-free. DH sliced them for the dehydrator but we have a bunch of pits with edible fruit in the frig. They were tasty.

Kim, have a great day. It was a suprise to see you here so early. The whole tv thing gets my goat every once in awhile. I'm tiptoing right now, because I somehow got the right gal at DirectTV to authorize TV at both of our houses (130 mies apart) for just an extra $4.99 a month. Previously, we were paying full price for both.

So my bike is out today. I'm not getting to water aerobics, but will go to H2Yoga at 9. Don't know if my Mom actually had a little bug or what. I'm going to take it really easy today but wish I felt better. I think we have company coming again tomorrow. It's what happens when you live in a hot tourist destination. All the relatives and friends come, too.

07-16-2009, 10:45 AM
Kim, I know your DH is done fighting now, but next time, here's a good fight... We have Dish Network. We pay for the year every January. It equals about $20 per month. We're happy with it. But, bottom line is it's still 100 channels of 'nothing-on-tv'.

Lexxiss, I'm so sorry you are sick! Take it easy. Hopefully the bug will move quickly. :)

07-16-2009, 10:58 AM
Chelby, isn't that the truth. Monday nights are the worst-tons of channels and NOTHING to watch.

07-16-2009, 11:24 AM
Lol! That's funny, because DH and I have to cut back on what we watch on tv.

Sundays: America's Funniest Home Videos, then Amazing Cakes
Mondays: Big Bang Theory & How I Met Your Mother
Tuesdays: No Reservations or Bizarre Foods
Wednesdays: Wipeout and Mantracker, Ghost Hunters in the fall, Ninja Warrior
Thursdays: Ace of Cakes
Fridays: Usually our 'no TV' nights
Saturdays: Food Network is usually our go-to

We really need to cut back because we'll also watch Food Network, HGTV, Comedy Central and several shows; Man vs. Wild, Survivorman and others when there is a good episode on. Also, we'll watch just about any televised Spurs games and all Cowboys games. We always manage to find something. At least we're not DVR-ing yet. That would probably spell the end of our time outside the house after 7 pm. Lol!

Lexxiss: Feel better!

07-16-2009, 11:49 AM
Wow what a storm we're having!!! I was sleeping soundly with the sound of the rain.. and was awakened by the sound of lightning burning thru the air followed by the crash boooom of it striking somewhere around my house! My son came running out of his room saying his car alarm was going off! I can't see anything that it struck but it sure was loud! we've been getting hammered! our power was out most of the night last night. driving home from work our whole little town was dark and creepy! only an occasional light here and there thru the down town area. But it was fun sitting in the living room with the oil lamp and candles burning talking to my hubby and son.
Started my P2 yesterday YAY.. had an apple with peanut butter for a snack at work .... best apple I've ever eaten! Everynight at work.. someone comes in the break room to see what I've brought in to eat.. last night i had brought some Gazpacho i made the day before.. and had gotten a baked chicken breast from the cafeteria. They were like COLD SOUP! ugh... but it was delicious and so fresh tasting! my DH loved it too!
well.. i'm off to make my breakfast before it's time for lunch! LOL (that's what i get for sleeping in)

07-16-2009, 12:53 PM
Good morning everyone! :)

My day started as usual with dropping my daughter off at summer school. My youngest is still away with my cousin for the week. He's supposed to be home tomorrow but I'm not holding my breath. More than likely he won't be home until Sunday or Monday.

I did my daily weigh-in and am still losing bit by bit. :) One pound and one inch at a time I go. I know it's going to take time to get the weight off because it didn't pile on overnight.

I logged on to adjust my ticker and to check in. I'm going to prepare my breakfast in a bit and head out to Anna's Linens to pick up the blinds I need to replace. I pulled a wee bit too hard yesterday and it came crashing down. :dizzy: Whoops!! :lol: The blinds in my living room are black and have been replaced before. However, to much disappointment, none of the local stores had the color I needed. They only had tons of burgundy. If I don't hear that word ever again I'll be okay with that. I even checked online and all they had is white. I had to call almost every store to finally locate what I needed. The store is about 30 minutes away but I have no choice but to get them.

Once I put those up, it'll be more of the usual, housework, errands, preparing dinner. Tonight we're having Vegetarian Tofu Chili and salad. I will add corn bread muffins for the kids.

May you all have a Terrific Thursday!! :)

07-16-2009, 01:32 PM
Kim, the brand name of the sweet potato seasoning is Dawson Farms ( but they really don't have anything about it on their site. But the ingredients listed on it are Sugar (although it has 0% sugar in the nutrition facts and 0 calories per serving) salt, spices (whatever that means!) granulated onion, granulated garlic, yellow mustard seeds and paprika.

I looked online and didn't see any other companies that make it, but see that Kalyn seems to have one too (

07-16-2009, 02:10 PM
I got in a good workout last night, ate homemade chicken salad and then hung out at Don's until bedtime. I'm actually in the office today. I think the fact that my calendar said March shows how long it had been since I was here. OOOPS! I'm going to go heat up my homemade black bean soup and then I have an appt to get my eyes examined this afternoon.

I called Brian to wish him Happy Birthday. It's not the same as having him here but hopefully his dad or his aunt have something planned for him.

I've got a scout staff meeting tonight but I'll probably take it easy other than that.

07-16-2009, 02:40 PM
Drat! Just tried to order the spiral slicer and they don't ship to Canada. I'm gonna move. Who wants me?

Pick me, pick me!

I think Cat should get a commission from the vegetable spiral people :) My salad was incredibly yummy. next time I'll add beans and make a meal out of it. It was very filling!

Okay, back to work :) Just had to get on the Ruth list.

07-16-2009, 06:02 PM
I say we share her, Cyndi. Six months with you and six with me. ;)

I have one of those spiral slicers around here somewhere that we bought when we lived in Germany. If I can't find it, I'm going to order one since you all have me all revved up about it. :)

I lost internet right after I posted this morning, so I hope it's back when I get home. I'm still at Cindy's, waiting for Richard to come home to relieve me. We never get did get the predicted storms today and the girls had a blast at the pool. The swimming instructor was impressed with their swimming abilities, but they just need to learn the different strokes. It was hotter and more humid than it's been so far this summer, and there I was, without a swimsuit. :( I think next time I'll just tuck one in the pool bag, just in case!

Well, I'd better go check on the girls. They're awfully quiet upstairs. :chin:

07-16-2009, 06:32 PM
Oh, hang on a minute, Ruth PICK ME! I'm sure you'll enjoy my sub-tropical winter and there's no chance of too much rain so you can garden to your hearts content - tomatoes do better now than in the summer!!

Besides which I have a new kitchen and a new stove and cooktop and I'll even go buy another freezer if you come.

As for the spiral thingy - I'll order in 2 dozen of different makes and colours!!!


07-16-2009, 07:32 PM
I did my daily weigh-in and am still losing bit by bit. :) One pound and one inch at a time I go. I know it's going to take time to get the weight off because it didn't pile on overnight.

Good for you, Sunshine. It's really nice when you post here daily, because you have alot of positive energy to add.
If I could use one word to describe this WOL right now it is PATIENCE. We didn't gain all this weight overnight and it won't come off overnight, either. About a month into SB, I was sticking pretty close to the scale. When I made the decision to stay OP and let the scale do it's own thing, I found that the weight IS coming off in its own time.

Shad:wave: Nice to meet you!

Tina, aren't you glad you made it through P1:cheer2: I am amazed how good food tastes now. I have part of an apple in the morning now and I love how sweet and crisp it is. I do almond butter because we have a store that grinds it daily.

Barb, its nice to hear from you every day. I remember when you were really concerned about Brian being gone. While I know you miss him like crazy, you are really making the best of it. :congrat:

Me, feeling better but still not totally energized. I was glad I got to H2Yoga. I came home and took a nap. I may make some soup tonight. Maybe chicken vegetable with a little brown rice. :stir: It's really hot here today!

07-17-2009, 02:56 AM
Good for you, Sunshine. It's really nice when you post here daily, because you have alot of positive energy to add.
If I could use one word to describe this WOL right now it is PATIENCE. We didn't gain all this weight overnight and it won't come off overnight, either. About a month into SB, I was sticking pretty close to the scale. When I made the decision to stay OP and let the scale do it's own thing, I found that the weight IS coming off in its own time.

Thanks! :)

I agree with patience. I know when I've done SB in the past, it was with patience that I lost the most weight and inches. I know the scale freaks some people out but it keeps me in line. ;)

After re-starting SB a million times over the years, this time I know I'm here to stay. One gets tired of being on the end of the yo-yo string after so many times of going up and down. ;)