Weight Loss Support - 300+ And Ready to Try Again...........#187




QueenB
07-09-2002, 10:08 PM
WELCOME

We are a group of people who are working together to lose our excess weight.
We are on different plans and are of different sizes.
We want to invite everyone to join us in our journey.
We share laughter and tears.
We share what works for us and what doesn't.
We recently started a Topic of the Day.

Monday........Motivation Monday
Tuesday.......Tuesday Tips
Wednesday..... Weigh ins / Wacky/ Way to go Wednnesday
Thursday......Thankful Thursday
Friday........Friday Facials, Fingernails and Fun
Saturday.......Sit-up Saturdays - any physical activity
Sunday.........Soup and Salad Sunday - recipes

These are not required topics ...just ideas to share. We have found them very helpful. We also share heartaches and fears...joys and celebrations.

Please feel free to jump right in with us.
And be sure to check if there is a second page. We don't want anyone to miss any posts.

:wave: :wave: :wave: WELCOME!


QueenB
07-09-2002, 10:12 PM
I didn't want anyone to miss Mary's post over on the 2nd page of the thread. I think she was posting the same time I was. Anyways, here's her post:


I am pleased to announce that I as of Aug 1 I will be the new Reference Specialist at the Library. I got the job :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin:


__________________
Mary

QueenB
07-09-2002, 10:43 PM
Can you almost hear the music? (for those of you that listen to country) Wanna talk about ME, wanna talk about I, wanna talk about ME, oh my me my! :lol:

I feel like I have a hundred gazillion things to say, and just not enough time to say them in!! To update a little..........I started my new job June 16th. I am in the business office in patient accts at my local hospital and I love it! I know a bunch of you remember what a hellion my last boss was.............my boss now, could not be more opposite, if she tried! She is the absolute best! She is down to earth, kind and we have alot in common. I can't believe I waited so long to finally make the move, but thank God I did.

NOW, I NEED YOU ALL TO LISTEN AND READ THIS PART!

I want to aplogize to each one of you individually for my absence. Even though it was not intentional, you guys are a very important part in my life and I should have known that you would have been worried and I should have made a bigger effort to get somewhere to a computer and let you guys know that I was ok, and hadn't just desserted you. I could no more dessert you than I could myself, because little by little, each one of you have become a very important part of my life. It means more than you know to know I can come here, no matter whether I'm OP or off and I have unconditional love and understanding. You just don't get that from everyone, you know. I don't want you to ever look at me just as someone who pops in and out and is not dedicated. I am dedicated to you, this site and to myself.

And on that note, I would like to let you know..............I BIT THE BULLET AND WENT BACK TO WW TONIGHT!!!!

Yes, believe it or not. :lol: The last time I went was 5/7/02 and at that point, I had lost 56lbs. Well, for the last two months, you guys know I haven't exactly been an angel..:devil: I have actually only been trying since last Monday except for Wednesday. (I was a total pig :ink: that day) Me, dh & the kids went to our local drive in for a dusk till dawn movie and fireworks show and the cheeseburgers, nachos, cotton candy and kit kats proved to be just "weigh" too much for me!!! :s: But, I was OP for the rest of the week. And you are never going to believe this:

Even though I have been eating whatever I wanted to.......

Even though I've not been exercising...........

Even though until last Monday, I've not counted a single point.....

I LOST 2.5 LBS!!!!

So, since my starting date of 2/5/02, I have lost 58.5 lbs, even though I took a 2 month hiatus. I am still scratching my head over that one! And of course you know, that I am kicking my butt saying, "Gee, imagine how much you could have lost if you were actually OP the last two months?!" But, once again my friends, that is in the past, and I have to move on. I have to live in the here and now, and the fact is................I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!

ARE YOU WITH ME!!?? YOU CAN DO IT TOO!! WE ALL CAN DO IT BECAUSE WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

I'm going to go for now...........I am sooo pumped! I hope you all have a wonderful night and don't forget to check out my signature! I can finally start using it again!! And proudly!!!


SaraJoy
07-10-2002, 12:29 AM
G'evening all!

I just wanted to comment on all the great things going on here!

Mary... Yay! Doesn't it feel great for all the waiting and wondering to be over and to have the job you wanted?! Congratulations! My hubby and I are celebrating his new job too so we know exactly how you feel! :)

Tina... Your post was absolutely inspirational! That's exactly how I feel... no more putting it off! We're losing weight now! No more wishing we'd started last year! I want to think of May 29/02 as a day that my life changed forever--the day I decided enough was enough! I'm glad you're back and pumped!

Man, I've gotta get to bed. It's sooo late! I'll see everyone here tomorrow (rather later today) for Weigh-In Wednesday!

TTFN
Sara :)

Grannie39074
07-10-2002, 07:36 AM
Baylee sorry about your friend. I'll celebrate when DH gets home from his trip.

saraJoy congrats on your hubbys job.

Way to go Tina.
Too everyone else hello

LuckyLadyBug
07-10-2002, 07:49 AM
WOW, I really fell behind....I have been reading your posts but there were so many :D it's all whirling in my head.

Baylee, You are so right about cherishing our family and friends. Did you hear about the Govenor? Sounds like it could be serious.

Congrats to all of you doing so well. I will try to catch up with the posts over the next two days.

I have been visiting with a friend that is here from Japan, so that's how I got so far behind.

Have a good Wednesday....

Any of you want to come over tomorrow Elvis is going to be in town!!!!

MichelleK
07-10-2002, 07:59 AM
Good Morning everyone!!!

So far so good....I have been OP since Sunday...I banked points sunday and monday and I maxed points yesterday...I already have in 2 glasses of water before 8 am and half a milk serving. I hate milk, I only use it in cereal. I know I should be getting it other ways but I go through spurts with yogurt. The ones I have are 4 pts. each and I'm not willing to give up those points yet. I will eventually get bored and turn to the yogurts. Maybe when my breakfast cookies get here I will have that and a yogurt for breakfast. Sounds good already!

Ok enough babbling....

Tina my friend...see...aren't you glad you went? I bet you were more aware of what you were putting in your mouth without even realizing it, resulting in that loss! You are my inspiration! I thought I was going to catch up with your loss before you came back but you are leading us all! You give us something to strive for!!

Mary....big congrats on the JOB! That is a self esteem booster! I just wish I would hear something on mine!!

And Sara....congrats on the hubby's job offer! And you too for your loss...you are doing great! The key is to never give up! Even on bad weeks or bad days...just keep on going and eventually 30 lbs will turn into 50 lbs etc. I don't know how much you have to lose but eventually we will all make our goals!

Baylee...so sorry to hear about your friend! That has got to be the hardest thing for anyone to live through. And your husband to...that scares me! When I was 21 I was hit by a car crossing the road and they didn't think I was ever going to be able to walk again...well I fooled them! I guess I was one of the fortunate ones! I can't even imagine the pain from a loss like that! Its too devastating!

OK Where the heck are da rest of ya's??? I know Andria posted on the last thread..but CRS has set in here already! Duckie is still missing...Joeanne, Malia, Susie, Thin....Jen is gone...coem back to say hi to us Jen....Lucky...2Cute is visiting mom...is she ok? What happened to our friend Theresa????

And KAT!! I can't wait till friday! I am going to meet Kat on Friday! This is so exciting!! Kat I am going to take a ride today to scope out the best and easiest place for us to meet to make it easy for you to get right back on the highway!

Well I gotta get us dressed so we can get something accomplished today!

TTFN but be sure I will be back!!!

Michelle

MichelleK
07-10-2002, 11:08 AM
Oh Gosh...its so lonely in here again today? Where da heck is you all? I am trying my best to wait till noon time to have my lunch which I think will be 2 97% ff national hebrew hot dogs on 2 lite buns and maybe some coleslaw mix...you know the dole kind in the bag already shredded up! I will have to concoct a mix to put on it...say a bit of ff mayo and some yogurt with spices. Tonight's dinner will be the eggplant parm for 3 pts a serving! John is working late again tonight so he can reheat it when he gets home.

Alright..I will give you all one more change to come out and post! You got till after lunch! If no one comes out...I'll just...well I'll just...heck...I'll have to beg on my hands and knees next!!

TTFN Michelle

katrinabgood
07-10-2002, 01:16 PM
Get up off your hands and knees, Michelle...here I am! I had NO plans of waking up this early...I must have sensed a yearning, coming from the computer...at first I thought it was just my full bladder, seeking sweet release...but no...it was something more...the humming of the computer seemed to say...MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMichelle needs a post to read.......................................so here I sit, buck naked...(yeah that's right...no kids, remember? Ok I put my robe on, feel better now?)...to answer her plaintive cry...

We have a date for Friday! Anyone who'd like to join us, we'll pick you up at Philadelphia Int'l Airport, OK? How cool would that be? I am really looking forward to meeting our Miss Michelle!

Baylee...that is so sad...and you are so right...let each and everyone of your loved ones know each and everyday how much you love them and how much they mean to you...I take Garth Brooks' song, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" very seriously. I am so sorry about your husband, Baylee...what a devastating loss. {{{{{HUGS}}}}} Get some sleep, hon.

Tina...you kill me...No dieting, a foodfest at the all night drive-in AND a 2.5 lb loss??!?? What the **** am I doing wrong? Just kidding...I'm so happy for you and glad to have your joyous posts back! :love:

SaraJoy! Yay for hubbys new job! I TOLD you a new door would open!! It sounds great. Good luck to both of you! :smug:

And speaking of new jobs...MARY! Congratulations! Such an impressive title...Lots of luck in your new position!...oh yes... AND in your new job! ;)

Lucky...could you grab Elvis and head on down to Philadelphia to meet us for lunch? Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches for everyone! PS, what happened to the Gov? Body slam? Pile driver? :lol:

Please bear with me...I have NOT had a full complement of sleep and I'm just typing whatever pops into my demented little brain as it happens....:dizzy:

My smart *** dh had me take an IQ test this morning on emode.com....they have all kinds of "tests" there to take. Check it out, it's free, but then they try to sell you a bill of goods...just do the free stuff. Anyway...they told him his IQ was 131...(he really IS a bright guy, and not just cause the on-line test said so!) but he just wanted to see how much lower my score would be...so, with very little pre-work sleep and a hellacious night under my belt...I smugly showed him my score of 127! HA! SO THERE, MR SMARTY PANTS! :p

I thought I was gonna go back to bed, but I think I'm going to grab lots of garbage bags and go clean out the two unoccupied pig styes upstairs...hee hee...just for fun. :ink: :eek:

To all of you guys missing in action...and you know who you are...COME BACK~WE MISS YOU! :wave:

ok, michelle...that's all i can muster now...I'll try to get back later, to post more words of wisdom...

:joker:

SaraJoy
07-10-2002, 01:24 PM
Hi all!

Get up off your hands and knees Michelle! I'm here! :) And good job staying OP since Sunday!

Well Weigh-In Wednesday is here but since I couldn't resist the temptation to weigh myself on Monday I don't have any NEW loss to report. Still at 30 pounds lost! That TOM has almost passed so I may drop a few pounds this upcoming week... something to look forward to! What are the chances I'll resist that scale until next week? :)

Baylee... I'm so sorry about your friend. I can't help thinking about you saying that last night will be the loneliest night of her life. It brought tears to my eyes. My husband and I have been married almost 2 years and if that happened to me, I'd be lost. In December, it almost happened (when our car flipped three times on an icy road) and we held each other cried all night after being released from the hospital. The only thing between life and death for us was our seatbelts.

Baylee... I didn't know you lost your husband that way. I'm so sorry. Your friend's accident must have affected you in a very unique way. My thoughts are with you and I hope you were able to sleep last night. :)

Well, I'm expecting some company soon so I'll take off for now.

See you guys!
Sara :)

SaraJoy
07-10-2002, 01:26 PM
Just laughing at the fact that Kat and I both started our post the same way! We were posting at the same time! :)

Oops... company's here!

Sara :)

katrinabgood
07-10-2002, 02:30 PM
You know, dork that I am...I just HAD to go back and add more smilies to my post...guess i didn't learn my lesson yesterday...I must have miscounted how many I had, cuz I got the warning...as I was editing out a :D or two...WHHOOMP! The computer AND the AC shut down at the same time!! :eek: My first thought was I am NOT typing that again...then reality set in...WHAT, NO AIR CONDITIONING??? AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

It wasn't a power failure...just the circuit breaker...WHEW!! And I didn't lose my post...it was already there...I was only editing....

So the moral of the story is......uh.....get a life, Kat....and leave the smilies alone!


but they're so cute!

MichelleK
07-10-2002, 04:09 PM
Wow the power of begging...hummmm....maybe I should beg to John more often ehhh????

Hey have any of you ever made yogurt cheese? Sounds yukky huh? Well at my meeting sunday the leader talked about it and I tried it. It is not so bad! I took a quart? you know the big old container of plain fat free yogurt and dumped it in a collander lined with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl in the fridge over night. You won't believe all the liquid that comes out...and wal-la...you have a cream cheese like consistency. I measured out a 1/2 cup and mixed in some garlic salt and italian seasoning and spread it on some wasa crisps. Its kinda like a cream cheese spread. You can mix just about anything in if you want but it probably would definately need some salt. Next I am going to try and mash up some blueberries and sweetner in it and spread it on a bagel or lite toast. Its something I can live with for sure and a 1/2 cup is quite a bit! I even had to eat it off the spoon to finish it!

Baylee I need carbs to make me feel like I ate something. I try not to overdo it but have to have them. I losed 97 lbs eating them so I know if I control it it will work for me! I'm just an addict!



:wave: Hi Sara....thanks for posting!

Kat...I will wait for your call....if I don't hear from you I will leave here about 2:15 just incase you couldn't get through or something...if you don't show up after awhile then I will have to return home and plan to hunt your rear down!! I can't wait!!

Ok I am off to make the eggplant parm and make some order of this pig sty! I fell asleep on the couch this afternoon and when John called I could hear the phone but couldn't find it on the coffee table right beside me....I was in a coma!!

TTFN Michelle

QueenB
07-10-2002, 08:07 PM
Hi everyone!! :wave: Boy, you guys have been busy. All that begging and pleading from Michelle must have worked! I am very excited that so far, so good (keep your fingers crossed) that the ol' computer is doing ok. :lol: The only thing that's wrong now is that my mouse is acting all funky and I have to beat and bang it occasionally to get it to work. Come to think of it, maybe that's what's wrong with it in the first place! :o Kat thinks her dh is bad........hmmmm. Listen to what my off the wall hubby suggested today. I was complaining because I was on the computer and he was laying on the bed behind me eating a big juicy cheeseburger. :T Anyways, I read him Baylee's post about her friend & how we should always appreciate each other and he leaned up to kiss me. :p After he did, I said, "Thanks alot onion breath." And here is what he said!!! "I've got an idea. After I eat the cheeseburger, I could kiss you. That way you could taste the cheeseburger without all the calories and I could get a smooch." What did I say to that? Nothing. I simply knocked him off the bed. :smug:

SaraJoy: Very nice to meet you. You came in, in the middle of my crash I think. You have chosen to join an incredibly wonderful family. These guys are the absolute best!! Glad to have you! :)
Good luck at WI today!

Baylee: How right you are, my friend. Sometimes I think we walk through life with this.............."It will never happen to me" attitude. But how silly it is to think that. You just never know from minute to minute.........from day to day. Each day is precious and we should always make the most of them. My prayers go out to your friend and the family.

Mary: Congrats on the new job lady! Having a new job myself, I can say it is just wonderful. I know you will be happy and if you ask me, they got the best end of the deal..............YOU!!

Michelle: How much I have missed you girl. Your attitude and personality just shine through in your posts. You always have the best ideas!! Let's make a pact: You and I will never ever leave again and we will fight this out together!!

Kat: You are the best girl! I don't know if anyone makes me laugh the way that you do!! I could almost picture you sitting naked at the computer! What a hoot! I am so jealous of you and Michelle. I wish I lived closer so we could all get together. Any chance you might be heading down towards Tennessee?? :D

Lucky: Elvis is in town? Give him a big ol' fried banana smooch for me! I love him. Hope your having a good time with your friend.

Thin: Where are you? I miss you girl! Come out and play!

2cute: I'm baaaaaaaack!! I know your visiting, but come back soon. I can't wait to talk to you. I need to see that little elephant dancing soon!!

Malia: Where are you at sweetie? Enjoying that lovely island, I'll bet. I'll bet it is so beautiful there right now. You always paint such a pretty picture of your home and life with your posts.

For those that aren't here or that I've just missed.............Duckie, Theresa, Andria, Jen........come out and play! Post Post Post!!
Let's fill this page up by the end of the night and give 2cute a lot of reading material when she comes back home!!

Well, I'm out of here sweet girls. I am starving. I've only had 13 pts so far today and my stomach is not only growling, it is kicking me, saying, "FEED ME! I WILL NOT BE IGNORED!" Then, it is on to my two mile walk. Save a water bottle for me!!!

Grannie39074
07-10-2002, 08:29 PM
Baylee: It does look that way sorry. I type fast sometimes. Maybe the rolling on the floor will be great exercise.

katrinabgood
07-10-2002, 09:04 PM
This is your NJ correspondent, reporting in some progress on the healthy lifestyle of one Miss Katrinabgood...After a 2.5 day hiatus from healthy eating and physical activity, there seems to be some progress to report. Like a polar bear, emerging from hibernation, Kat appears to have shaken off the doldrums that have held her in a state of inactivity. She has claimed that an acute case of "Empty Nest Syndrome" is the culprit, although this intrepid reporter firmly believes that she may just be using that as an excuse for being a lazy slug. At any rate, she was seen entering the gym at around 6:03 pm this evening. Word on the street has it that she had planned on attending oneTai Chi class at 1800 hours, however, she was spotted on the Lifecycle and later the StairMaster, followed by a session with upper-body strength building machinery. Perhaps she was waylaid by a reputedly ailing dog, which caused her to arrive too late to attend the class...will check with local informers. Upon leaving the gym, she proceeded to the local supermarket, where it was discovered that she spent a good deal of time in the produce section. A good sign for those who have placed their money on weight loss, as opposed to the better odds of weight gain. Our man inside reports that she spent $56.14 on mostly fruit and vegetables...kale, spaghetti squash, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, cantelope and raspberries, among others. Will she regain her motivation and continue down the path to better health, weight loss and physical fitness? Only time will tell...

LuckyLadyBug
07-10-2002, 09:49 PM
Kat, you are so fun.....

qsilver
07-10-2002, 10:20 PM
Hey everyone :)

Not much to report today except IT RAINED! Wahoo!!! Ok, it wasn't enough to even make puddles, but wow... rain smells so good. :)

My article was published today, and I would love to give you all the web address, but they are having some sort of technical difficulty and didn't update the site. Ah well. Is this where I admit to not having a subscription to the paper I write to? Don't let that one get around. :o

You guys have my head spinning today. Baylee's post had me remembering how I felt last week when our co-worker's wife died. All I wanted was to be with my family. Yes, I called my honey and told him how much I loved him.
Then, I'm reading hilarious bits like Kat's. You chicks are way too much fun!

DH is actually home tonight, and I'm not going to let myself indulge in the computer and such when there is precious time to spend with him.

Exercised today. About to goal on my water. Food is good. I'm calling it an OP day!

Andria

katrinabgood
07-10-2002, 10:31 PM
I just HAD to share the recipe for the fabulous dinner I'm having. ...what? You say it's 10:00, why am I eating dinner NOW and not resting for work tonight? Good question.

Anyway...here goes...Let me just warn you...this is SO HEALTHY and good for you and it actually tastes good...AND...ta da...ZERO POINTS!!! Well...I added some shrimp to it at the end, but until then it was "0!"

Carolina Kale
from the Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites cookbook.

1 1/2 lbs kale or any other greens of your choice...collards, chard, mustard
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes and juice or 3 chopped, fresh tomatoes
1 cup minced onion
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 tsp Tabasco sauce or 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper to taste

Wash kale, remove tough stems, stack and slice crosswise into 1/2 inch strips.
Combine tomatoes through salt in a saucepan, cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 min. Add the greens, cover and gently simmer, stirring frequently, for 10-15 min, til greens are tender. Add ground pepper and serve.

I sauteed 1/2 lb shrimp in another pan in Pam and a wee bit o' butter...served the shrimp right on top of the greens and boy, it was good!

Okay, I've fooled around long enough...now I have to shower and get to work by...:lol: 11:00! Hee hee.

Can she do it? Tune in tomorrow to find out...

katrinabgood
07-10-2002, 10:37 PM
Sorry Baylee, I'll get back to you on that tomorrow...saw your post after I posted mine...really gotta run now!

SaraJoy
07-11-2002, 12:38 AM
Hi all!

Just wanted to report that my pants are fitting snuggly tonight! That's great news! Hmmm.... what's that? Why you ask? Why are snuggly fitting pants a good thing? Well, I'm glad you asked... :) :) :)

I just went out and bought a couple of hundred dollars of new clothes... all my other's were too big! :)

Come on now... I had to celebrate my hubby's new job!

Actually I got a lot of compliments from a friend and my husband... they say the smaller clothes really show off my weight loss! (I was hidden in my other stuff!) Hmmm... maybe I'll plan another spree as a reward for my next 30! I used to reward myself with food. Since I don't plan on doing that anymore, I think the shopping sprees will suffice in the reward department! :)

Kat... you are a nut.

Beddie-bye!
Sara :)

MichelleK
07-11-2002, 06:39 AM
Good morning everyone! I was so excited to wake up to find you all had been here last night!! Now 2Cute I know you are back!!

I have the dreaded gyn visit this morning so I hafta pick up the house, get the boy washed, fed and dressed and get me showered and pick up the house a little because I have a sitter coming over so I won't be able to post individually right now but you all know I WILL BE BACK!

Kat you had me p'ing my pants!

I dread getting on the scale at the Dr. office...I think I weigh 8 lbs more than the day before I delivered my son almost 2 yrs ago! Ugggghhh!!!

TTFN Michelle

2cute2Bfat
07-11-2002, 06:40 AM
Great to see so many of you again.
Kat... I sure enjoy reading your reports to us. :lol:
You are such a nut.... you crack me up. :lol:

Tina !!!! Welcome Home.
Congrats on your weight loss. File that 2.5 lb loss in your memory bank. If you ever have a week you don't lose when you were good... then pull out that memory of the time you lost 2.5 when you were not perfectly on program. ;) I agree with whoever said... "You probably have changed and improved your eating habits more than you realized. That is a good sign that you will KEEP it off this time. :D

I want you guys to know I called Theresa (Yellowpagemaker) and she promised she would be back.... but that was a couple of days ago. :( Hopefully she is reading as I type and will be the next poster. THERESA...WE MISS YOU !!! She is struggling with the food as I am.... I am just too addicted to all of you to leave.
I may not be losing.... but I am not back to my top weight either.
As I read all of your success stories I can see the difference. I can see what I am NOT doing that you ARE.

I wish I had time to respond to everyone. I am two threads behind and no way I can catch up to everyone.
I will only be home for a couple of days. My mom is in the hospital and I will need to return soon and stay to help her recover. It may be getting to a point where she needs more assistance than I am capable of giving... but if there is any way I can keep her in her home vs a nursing home... I am giving it my best shot.
My dad is getting better. Not well ... but better.
He does not want her in a nursing home either... he hates it there

I am happy to see so much healthy eatting and exercise going on in our group. :) I am happy to see such great sense of humor from all of you too. :D It is nice to come and see your joy shining through.
Today is Thankful Thursday.... I am ever so thankful for all of you.

LuckyLadyBug
07-11-2002, 08:13 AM
I have to echo 2Cute, I am thankful for all of you too.

Baylee, It is only 57 this morning...brrrr but it sure was great sleeping. It still looks like rain here. We didn't get much at all yesterday. A town close to where I live is doing a version of the "Taste of Minnesota" and Elvis has agreed to be the entertainment. My love was the Beatles but I had an aunt that worshiped Elvis. She died a few years ago so I may go and see him in her honor.

Congrats on the new job, Mary.

Baylee, I love that commercial too.

Kat, (I think it was you who asked) our Gov has a blood clot in his lung. It is serious but they are watching him and trying to disolve it. He had one before and that is what stopped his wrestling career.

Oops...time to go to work.

thinthinker
07-11-2002, 10:15 AM
Hi everyone! :wave: No, I have not died and fallen off the face of the earth! :) It has been a rather interesting (not a good description) week or so. Everyone around me is falling apart.

My aunt (who passed away 2 years ago that I was really close to) has one sibling left, a younger sister, who lives in Fort Wayne, IN. Well, she and her husband (who I call Aunt and Uncle) were up here for a graduation party and he had a stroke. So now, 5 hours from home, he is stuck in a hospital here. He has graduated to the point of in house rehab, so they will be here for 4-6 weeks. He has diabetic neuropathy in his legs and the stroke has wiped out whatever strength he had left in them.

Then I got a call Tuesday morning from one of my dearest friends saying her husband had a heart attack on Monday and is in the hospital on the other side of town. They are doing a catheterization on him today.

Also Tuesday, I called another dear friend and found out that he had tripped over a hose (he power washes cars at dealerships) and fell and fractured his elbow. He's in a half cast for 5-6 weeks and out of work.

Then this morning I got a call from my dearest friend (who some of you have heard about her husband with heart problems, her son with the brain tumor, and her MIL with dementia that lives with her) who's MIL had a heart attact this week.

YIKES! Besides my normal tour of duty (jobs) I've been doing hospital visits! Busy, busy, busy. I have read everything, I think. Of course, not that I would remember who said what! (thanks dad, for the Alzheimers) :eek: So........I will try to remember some. If the right people don't get mentioned with the right response, please forgive. Also, if I miss you, I really didn't overlook you, I just have a fried brain right now, please forgive that as well.

Enough of my crabbing. There is so much going on here. New jobs, new attitudes, new eating plans. We are on the move.

Tina: WELCOME HOME!!! So glad you're back! We really have missed you! * You've obviously learned a whole lot more being OP than you thought you had. Losing 2.5 pounds without trying is no slouch! Good for you! It means this is all sinking in.

Theresa: Ok, 2cute's called you, now get your butt back in here too. Eating plan or not, we don't care. We miss YOU, not what you do, but who you are!!!

2cute: Glad you're back. I'm so sorry that you have to go through your mom deteriorating to the nursing home state. You are more than an angel :angel: to give so fully of yourself and go to stay with her. That is a real sacrifice. [[[[[hugs]]]]]

Baylee: I was so sorry to hear about the motorcycle accident. How horrible! And I too didn't know that was how you lost your husband, I'm so sorry. That is just awful! [[[hugs]]] to you at this trying time. * I don't use the WW online journalling. It costs, doesn't it? I'm sure it is much better than having all the papers laying around. The approximation for WW points is about 50 calories, but the variables are the fat and fiber. The higher the fiber the more it offsets the fat grams.

Mary: WOW! Reference Specialist, nice title! Congrats on the new job!

Sara: That is wonderful news about your hubby's job! They say when one door closes, another opens. This sure sounds like it. * I'm glad you've turned your weightloss reward from food to clothes. Far more productive. Good for you!

LuckyLadyBug: You must be having a wonderful time with your friend from Japan. The cultural differences would make for some great conversation!

Katrina: You should be a writer! What a hoot! You have a special way of putting things. A good read.....every time!!!

Michelle: The yogurt cheese sounds interesting. I may even have to try that!

Andria: Glad to see you back on a more regular basis. * We had about 10 minutes of rain the other day too. Not enough to fill a shot glass. The ground is so hard and dry that it didn't even matter. * That is pretty bad that you don't take the paper you write for. I'm sure you got a copy from the newstand though. You could always post your article here (or is there a clause that you can't) so we could read it. I'm sure you wrote in on the computer.

Well girls, I hope I caught everyone. Again, if I missed you, it wasn't intentional. I'm so envious that Michelle and Katrina are going to get to meet. It would be fun to plan a get-together somewhere central that we could all meet. Not sure where 'central' would be considering the East coast to Hawaii! We sure are all over the map!!! How cool!!! Anyway, that's a dream, maybe someday when we're all rich and famous....yeah right! You all have a good day. I'm off to do paperwork from yesterday's jobs. Love :love: to all!

"Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation." - Gail Sheehy

MichelleK
07-11-2002, 11:58 AM
I'm baaaackkk! As if you didn't expect that!!

Well I had the dreaded exam and because my periods have been out of wack since the beginning of the year she did an endomitri something or other test. She said it would be very uncomfortable and cause severe cramping...I'm like the biggest baby when it comes to pain...well I have to say I have had worse periods than that...having a miscarriage was worse and delivering a 6 lb 4 oz baby was the pits! I barely felt anything today! She did say that it was easy because I have a build up of cells and my uterus is slightly enlarged. I hate that the results take 2 weeks. But I don't have a bad feeling about it...so hopefully its nothing to worry about. She did give me progesterone to take for 10 days for the next 6 months. It should regulate me! I had taken that once before for 2 months back in '98 and then I was fine again! I also have to go for a mammogram and an ultrasound...yuk! Itsucks getting old!!

I know I know, enough of that stuff!!

Thin glad to see you back again. Sorry that there is so much misfortune around you! Hopefully everyone will recover soon and things will get better! Just don't stay away and make us think something happened to YOU!

2Cute glad to see you back again. Take some time for yourself too! You are a wonderful daughter to look after your parents like that. When and IF my sister moves to Virginia my parents will be alone in Rhode Island and I figure since I am the glutton for punishment I will be the ones looking after my parents when they need it. My sister is the stubborn one! And all these years my dad blamed me! Ha! I always threatened to put him in a nursing home if he ever got sick...but I don't think I could do it unless it was absolutely the best thing for him. Even though we haven't spoken since I left there last tuesday night. We just can't be in the same house for more than a few days.

Baylee...I think you have to pay for that site don't you? I have the disks for the WW plan and track. You just load it onto your computer and then you can use the journal and you can even graph your weightloss. If anyone wants to borrow them to load I can mail them to you and you can mail them back. Oh and the yogurt cheese is a bit tart but with a little salt and herbs its not too bad. I am going to try the sweetner and blueberries when I get off of here. I'll let you know how that turns out.

Sara isn't it fun buying new clothes?? Especially in smaller sizes? I have those jeans in size 28 down to 14. I was buying them every other month or so. It was fun!

Kat you are just way too funny! I hope you don't have me p'ing my pants in public tomorrow!

Andria you'll have to share that website with us for your article. Glad to see you back posting with us again! I need everyone to post!

Tina...its a deal!! I am going to pm you with my number and if you don't see me on here you better call me even if its collect! When we make goal we are going on vacation together somewhere..preferrable on a tropical island! If we can't afford that then I know a great beach on Cape Cod! Its way less expensive!! I also know a few beaches in Rhode Island but the Cape's beaches are so much nicer with clear water and soft sand!

Ok you all...I am gonna go get me and the little guy some lunch. I have only eaten 4 points this morning and only had 2 glasses of water so I have some catching up to do! I think I will have some of that left over eggplant parm. for 3 points.

I'll be back!
Michelle

2cute2Bfat
07-11-2002, 12:04 PM
STOP - HALT - CEASE WRITING - Instead go to our new ongoing thread.... #188
See you all there. :wave: