Weight Loss Support - The 21 Day Challenge: Making Healthy Habits #5

07-11-2002, 08:52 AM
The 21 Day Challenge was originally posted by Katrina, from an EDiets forum.(Thanks, Katrina! :cool:) This thread is based on that idea, but is more generic: YOU decide what behavior you want to focus on (you might want to follow WW or some variation, or may just want to commit to a certain amount of exercise -- whatever behavior you would like to make a habit) and commit to that for 21 Days. Then you might continue on for another block of the same, or you may want to add another behavior. The idea is that it tales 21 days to form a new habit. Sometimes it takes a lot of starts before you get through the first block of 21 days :rolleyes: but if you persevere, you WILL make it. And it gets much easier as you go along, until - YES! - healthy behavior becomes a habit!


1. Your 21 days must be CONSECUTIVE days! That is the whole point in forming new habits.

2. This works on the "honor" system...no one will monitor you...if you "mess-up", you are only cheating yourself by not beginning again! The importance behind this challenge is to have 21 consecutive days of self control!!

3. What do the numbers mean that you see by peoples' names?? They stand for DAY/POUNDS LOST/BLOCK. 1/0/1 is Day 1, 0 pounds lost, Block 1.

4. Once you have finished block #1 (the first 21 days) you will progress to block #2...

5. For each block, you should state your rules and follow them for 21 days... repeat this as many times as necessary until you are at your goal. Your rules may be as specific or vague as you want: for example, I've considered just at the end of each day, asking myself whether my behavior would lead to better health (and weightloss) and counting myself on track if it did. Or you can stipulate as many rules as you'd like - if you want to change your plan, simply start over with a new Day 1.

Good luck to you as you complete your journey! :love: YOU CAN DO THIS!!! It all starts with a single step... and following with a new one each day!!

07-11-2002, 09:18 AM
Good Morning Blockettes!

Hope this morning finds you all happy and rarin' to go. I myself have been a bit down in the dumps. I don't know if it's because of that stupid gain last week, or whether it's some weird hormonal (menopausal) thing that is responsible for both gain and mood. Ugh. Nevertheless, I continue to persevere in the hopes that both weight and spirits will rise.

Anyway, I've been trying to be extra extra careful this week and am hoping to see results on the scale tomorrow morning.

Elaine, that's great progress. Compulsive eating is so nasty. And any kind of compulsion is by its very nature difficult to beat. I remember doing it and feeling like I had no control, and was hopeless and helpless. Still waiting to get that rush that makes me feel like doing stuff, though. It feels so GOOD when I'm living my life and not just pushing myself through the things I absolutely have to do.

Katrina, Barbapapa is a sort of amorphous blob (oh dear! is that why i relate? :eek: ) who can magically turn into various shapes and things -- hard to describe, but there was something warm and wonderful about them (i think there was a barbamama and so on too).

Which episode of I Love Lucy can you still sit down and watch??
~I don't remember I Love Lucy at all. Some vague memory about her not telling Ricky about something or other and getting in trouble (sad to say, I recognize that scenario all too well :o )

Which song from your teenage years STILL makes you tap your foot and hum when you hear it??

Layla! (but just about any of them, really!) Layla's a funny one, because when I was a teen, there was this frantic, passionate version, and in middleage, Clapton did the sedate un-plugged version. WAY too appropriate!

So many others: All along the Watchtower (Jimi version), Gimme Shelter, I Feel Good, etc, etc, etc...

Which age span could you have done without? (for example- 20-25) ?

Oh, 9-13 I guess. Not a good time.

How many sizes of your clothes do you still own? Yes, even the stuff that you couldnt wear even if it was the right size because it is sooooooo out of style??

Guess I must be an optimist in some ways, because I immediately get rid of clothes when they're too big. However, I have clothes packed away that are a couple of sizes smaller than my current one.

Do you really drink all the water you say you do?

Gurgle. Slosh. Glug. Uh...Yep.

Oh, I must get to work. Ick.

Love to all!

2/208 (-7)/2

Venus Envy
07-11-2002, 10:11 AM
I've been lurking a while, and now that I've moved into my new house, I'd like to add this thread to my list of transitions.

This is Day One for me. I had a nice spate of days behind me, but yesterday I was feeling particularly lugubrious about all the changes (new neighbors, new routines, completely unfamiliar walking route, and WHERE THE HECK ARE MY UMBRELLAS?) and had a little binge-purge slip. Fortunately, I was able to stop it from spinning into the whole evening by diverting my kitchen attentions toward installing wire shelving in the cupboards. Nothing like power tools to put me in charge of my environment.

So. This morning I did 25 minutes of interval racewalking. And even though I had no idea of the distance, I can fix that tonight by driving around the neighborhood for five minutes and planning out a couple measurable routes. (My goal is to do 13-minute miles at my Labor Day half-marathon.)

Good breakfast -- 1/2 of a Zone Perfect bar after walking, then Irish oatmeal with blueberries an hour later. Plenty of water so far. My lunch bag packed with fruit salad, fresh chicken salad, grapes, and a Fresca. My head packed with thoughts of making the evening enjoyable amidst chaos.

I'm alright.

07-11-2002, 11:49 AM
What a morning!!!
Car won't start, AAA says "lady, you need a new battery". Ok, that's good news. EXCEPT, a corroded post won't budge so, we are waiting for DH to figure something out tonight. Which means I couldn't go to work. I will know tomorrow if this is getting me in trouble- yesterday was only day 30.

Had 3 Pria bars packed in my lunch and was glad for the chocolate taste as I was stressing waiting for the AAA man.

So, faced with the day off, I said," look at all the things you can get done here in the house. " and then I answered " are you kidding, I need to check the thread and see what's going on!!"

so here I am--

Queen Babette-- I think I have at least 2 copies of "Layla" on cassette right now-- The original, with Eric Clapton. Its a classic-- in fact, it took me a long, long time to even give the newer version a chance. Do you remember the early Alman Brothers too??

Queen Venus Envy- Moving can be a great catalyst for change-- I always get frustrated in new grocery stores though- Sometimes its a real "Don't Look For the Logic" moment. Tell us some more about the Irish Oatmeal- Does it have a different texture? I think I have had it before( but since it was a cafeteria, there was no one to ask).

Queen Aramantha--We'll keep the throne warm. Ditto about the jesters!!

DG Kerrie-- How are the Firm videos working out? I saw another thread wishing for an instructional video. Did your set have one?

Queen JoJoJo-- I can relate re; fire worries .We had smoke from the Canadian fires down here in DE. The smell of wood burning was unnerving even though we knew it was just the smoke.
You think you're sympathetic to those folks on the news, but it really hit home with the smoke.

Queen Punkinseed- You will still have the last laugh when you go into the drs office. You know they are expecting you to come in and blast them. It will be interesting. At least they didn't try and tell you that they had left you a message cancelling.
I figure, its the doctor who decided to cancel all the appts at such late notice. So, they might have been really stressed. And I know you made the trip. I wonder if you went in there and said that you know it's really that the doctor's fault and you could understand how it all happened but you DID drive there for nothing -- I wonder what might happen.

Queen Wildfire- Isnt Wed your weigh in day? Did you come howm with the 10lb ribbon this time?

Queen Brighterdays-- are the Tai Chi classes expensive? I would think I would like to try Tai Chi

Queen UpandAway- Is your perseverance starting to pay off? But for sure, if you are working your plan, even if the losses are slow, THERE IS NO GUILT-- Don't forget about the tortoise and the hare- do you know what the snail riding on the turtle's back said
" Whoooooaaaaa!"

Queen Katrinabegood-- so,--- tell us about Day 7 treats-- how is that all coming together for you?

Queen Elaine R.-- What's new in your kingdom? Have you sentenced any royal jerks to the tower??

Queen Edyie- How are the little Royal subjects treating you?
Have they all mastered the curtsey??

To everyone I haven't mentioned specifically-- How is it in your Kingdoms? Are all the members of your court keeping your crowns nice and shiny? Are they keeping us "amused" ??

I guess I'll sign off with my new favorite word gem ;

The road to success is always under construction :p

07-11-2002, 11:51 AM
Good morning all! It's raining here in Kansas City, but I've had a beautiful morning. There's a song going through my head, "Good morning beautiful, how was your night? Mine was wonderful with you by my side. I open my eyes and see your sweet face and its a good morning beautiful day."

Stay happy my dears! The answer to "Live long and prosper" is "Prosperty and long life."


07-11-2002, 12:05 PM
Too exciting, Kaylets! I downloaded "Live at the Filmore East" from audiogalaxy, and it's every bit as good as I remembered. (i can send it to you if you'd like!) Hmmm... maybe that's what I need -- a good dose of the Allman Brothers! Hey, I noticed that nobody yet has mentioned "Donnie and Marie" or "Abba" ;)

When I was a teen, my sister had a Donnie Osmond record and would play "Puppy Love" repeatedly, while I wanted to play the Stones, Jethro Tull (yup), Steely Dan, and etc. I think something terrible happened to her record....

07-11-2002, 12:51 PM
I can't believe it, just points out to me how distracted I am this morning.

I think DH has downloaded it for me, but thanks. He has watched me dig thru Vinyl at yard sales, etc, looking for the double album even though I have more than one copy of the cassette.
Guess what I found recently on cassette !! Molly Hatchett, "Hot and Nasty" . The lyrics could use some soap but its still a heart starter!!
Music is a great hobby of mine. Has gotten me thru some very crazed and crazy times.

Am recollecting my vinyl collection. Nothing like an old turntable stacked up with your favorites of the day while you go about your business.

Do you still listen to Clapton?

I almost wore out his "From the Cradle" -

PS-- My husband was on an Abba kick this spring--

We are truly an "eclectic" house here:dizzy: :rolleyes:

07-11-2002, 01:15 PM
Greetings your Highnesses!

Hot, hot, hot here in central Oregon today!! Supposed to get up to 105. Thank the Gods I spent the extra $ and bought a heat pump when I built my house! Air conditioning is bliss....

We have a creepy guy parked on our street - he was in his car at 6:15am when I saw him and now he's gone, but the car's still there. I live on a dirt road with 3 houses - mine, my Mom's and our close friends (who are out of town). I've called the police twice, they can't be out until 10am (gotta love small towns without our own police). Very creepy... my gut tells me to keep an eye on this situation.

Messages to the court:

Wildfire - I LOVE the WW cookbooks! I actually bought so many when I worked there that I have a book shelf in my kitchen to hold them! Now, if I'd just USE them.... :rolleyes: I'm learning that I'm a hoarder - I love to possess things and keep them close to me, touch them occasionally. What a Capricorn...

VenusEnvy - OOOOOOH! Power tools!!!! I got a cordless drill for Christmas from my stepfather (who calls me his "other son"). If I'd had this tool years ago I wouldn't have needed Prozac!

Kaylets - My condolences on the car... must be going around - my best friend called and asked what are the odds of her car dying (needed to be towed), her husband's differential went out on his truck and their spare car blew a head gasket - all in the span of 3 days.... :eek:
As for the Dr.... I still haven't called them back, I need to find out when I can get the time off again. I'm so far out in the boonies it takes me 30 minutes to get to their office (20 of that trying to just get to a highway). Oh, I'll be super sweet to them when I go in, that's just how I am - they appologized, that's what mattered.

Ok, I'm starting to feel like quite the 80's girl here. You're all humming meaningful "songs of the day" and all the music that runs through my head is of all the big "hair bands". I had a friend that worked for BAM magazine (Bay Area Music) so I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting all the cool bands of the time, Poison, Ratt, Black Crows, Warrant... I don't think any of them wrote many songs that could be my anthem nowadays! But aaaaah, memories.... :devil:

Well, better get some work done!

Terri :cool:
day 3/1.5 pounds/block 1
(so do I keep adding up my pounds until I change blocks or whaaaat?)

07-11-2002, 01:16 PM
Amarantha, I understand about wanting to rest and regroup for awhile--we'll miss you like crazy while you're gone but we know you'll be checking in on what's going on.

Venus--good to see you're back. Moving is the most disorienting thing, isn't it? Sounds like you're settling in nicely though.

Babette, I'm in a weird mood myself these days--can't seem to find "the groove"! Maybe because I'm having the ankle surgery on Monday and I feel like everything's on hold till then. The suspense...!

Kaylets, I hope your afternoon's better than the AM! [I love Pria bars too, one of those sensible indulgences.]

And to all the other Queens---Hail!

Hey, thanks to everyone for comforting me when I was feeling so weird after my latest misadventure. It helped a lot, really. And I'm feeling tons better about it---'just one of those wacky things'!

07-11-2002, 03:06 PM
Day 1 again

Have fallen off the block big style, having subsisted the last few days on red wine and chocolate.:(

Work has been very stressful - a huge project with short deadline and no non-teaching time, followed by the announcement that I am to be inspected for 'Advanced Skills Teacher' status - next Wednesday.
Then this evening was parents' consultation evening and I was verbally attacked and intimidated by an angry father. This is often parr for the course in my job, but this guy actually works in our school...so I now feel very insecure, despite the support of my boss (who will want to avoid any confrontation or aggravation.)

I thought that, if I didn't get back on the block today might be a big, damaging blow out. It isn't worth damaging myself over.
Need to cry it out, not eat it in.


07-11-2002, 04:00 PM
Boy, I feel silly for having such a good morning-I hope everyone's day improves.

Indigo-I'm so sorry about the situation with the angry parent. When I was growing up I had some of the most wonderful teachers (I don't know how I would have got to college without them!) and I remember how awful the parents could be. Some people can't separate the problem from the person and they take stuff VERY personally. You should be proud that you had the guts to tell it like it is in the first place. Way to go! Try to get some exercise-I used to play tennis and imagine that persons head as the ball. I went through a lot of balls.


Amarantha-I hope you're not gone for long, I truly enjoy your posts!

Kaylets-The situation with your car has to improve. Our vehicles went through cycles and when they break down it was terrible. I'm just glad that you weren't someplace desolated and broke down.

Pumpkinseed-Child of the 80's are we? I still remember those bands! It's funny when my brother-in-law's girlfriend's daughter (what a mouthful) shows me her copy of this "new" artist's album--String!


As for the rest of the court-may your days improve, if they don't I can always break out the wedding photos (my husband in tights is enough to get a few grins!). At least it is almost Friday!

07-11-2002, 04:16 PM
Yep, back in the saddle again! I stocked up on fruits and veggies and stuff to keep the appetite happy and satisfied. Making low fat Vegetable Lasagne for dinner tonight, a big salad. Breakfast will be a lovely fruit salad (I just got up, I work nights) better yet a smoothie...lunch: an eggwhite omelet with mushrooms, peppers, low fat cheese. Ok...food for the day is planned out...on to replies and then I must get outside, the weather is absolutely heavenly...77 degrees, sunny, breezy...ahhh!

indigogirl...ahhh...the red wine and chocolate diet...gotta love that one! Not too effective for weight loss, but it soothes the savage beast when employed...good luck with your work situation...I ALWAYS say God Bless Teachers...you have got one of the hardest jobs in the world. Try not to let the idiot parents of the world drive you into the arms of the chocolate :devil:

Eydie...good luck with your upcoming surgery...glad you're feeling better.

punkinseed...is the creep gone? That's scary. Take care of yourself. Good for you on being the "better person." I wouldn't be TOO nice to the office...just civil...let them suck up to you!

Kaylets...hmmm, let me see, in order to give myself a Day 7 treat, I would have to get through days 1-6...I'll have to get back to you on that one! We have an eclectic musical selection here too...rock, country, Broadway, blues, jazz, swing, classical...it's all good! All this talk about the Allman Bros has me yearning for "Live at the Filmore East!" ahh, memories...my brother almost killed me the day I broke one of the albums in that set...well, I DID fling it at him like it was a frisbie!

babette...I love the Layla analogy, it's true! I love both versions...I was just listening to "unplugged" the other day...great music!

I am on here WAY too long already...must get outside to the sunshine! so Hail and Farewell to all...Have a most pleasant day!


07-11-2002, 05:10 PM
Wow, is it Friday??? It's SO quiet here at work I'm about to doze off... the 99 degree temp outside isn't helping matters either! (zzzzzzzzz.......)

Scarey guy literally flew outta here at 9:30am. My Mom got his license plate while he wasn't in the car and I called the police back and gave it to them. An hour or so later I heard an engine revving real high then saw him damned near do a donut in our court (which is dirt so it made a huge cloud) and then he blew outta here. I called the police back and they asked what direction he went and said they'd keep an eye out on our ranch and that I should call back if I see him again. Very odd...

Cindelier - Yup, graduated in '88 so I was old enough that in the hight of the whole L.A. heavy metal music scene I could be found in Hollywood. I look back now and think my parents must've been insane for giving me so much lead, but then my Mom always used to say "I trust you" - which amounts to an enormous amount of guilt should you screw up... When Goldie Hawn's daughter got married I showed my Mom the picture in People magazine and told her years ago I helped rip up raw chicken and cabbage for a backstage food fight with Goldie Hawn's new son-in-law. My Mom looked absolutely horrified - and terribly curious... :lol:
I'd have to say from 17-20 were the best years of growing up!

Sigh.... back to "work" I guess

Terri :moo:

07-11-2002, 08:11 PM
Howdy Highnesses and Royalty!

It has been a strange couple of days here as well. Things just seem, for lack of better word, dickey. Like something's in the air. Glad to hear it's not just me or my funky neighborhood. I'm proud of all us though for keeping on keeping on, coming here and as Indigogirl said, 'cry it out, not eat it out', I love that!

Kaylets, the only payoff so far for all my perseverance is that I feel good about myself for not bailing out. This is the longest stretch of on program days I've had in, well I don't even know how long. I won't let myself get on the scale until Sunday so I'm just going by how I look, which is the same, and feel, which is terrific.

Cindelier I love the Borg line! DH and I are shameless Trekkies, with the exception of Deep Space Nine and the one with the woman captain, Janeway or whatever. She just bothered me so bad on that show, like she had always just had a hit of helium and her voice was unnaturally high and squeaky. The new series, the 'pre-Star Trek' one is pretty good.

You're wise to be wary of strange cars and even stranger drivers, Punkinseed. I keep telling my 12 year old DD, you literally CAN'T be too careful.

Greetings and salutations to the rest of the Royal Court. Queen Aramantha, know you are missed here, hurry back.


07-11-2002, 11:32 PM
Good Evening all,

Just came back from the "Ya-Ya" flick---quite a hoot! My sis says it's the best she has seen for awhile....hope you all have had a chance to catch it. (My YA-YA name is "Countess Wants it ALL"--doesn't that say it all....)

Sorry, I haven't been able to post for a bit....our ISP in this area has been having difficulties and it dumped me off the net too many times to count and I gave up for a few days. All is well now.

Kaylets, my tai chi class is thru the gym that I already have a membership at (it helps if your employer is part owner) and I only had to pay 15.00 extra. Our teacher is very patient but a perfectionist so any praise is good. I got my feet placements correct at the last class WITHOUT having any instructional footprints painted on the floor! (We threatened that at the first two classes...) Babette, how's your class going....mine is only 6 weeks this time but I'm sure I'll continue with the next session since I am finally doing it right. Now if I could only remember flow-ing instead of jerky cheerleading movements with these arms!

Doing well on my challenge but went out and purchased a new scale so that I can keep up better (one of those lithium battery digital scales).

Hello to all not mentioned...I know you are out there but I can't find all the threads to respond to after being gone for a while.

day 9/ -2/ block 1

Yoyo Mom
07-12-2002, 09:08 AM
Woohoo! Here I am on Block 2!

My habits for this block are:
Take supplements
Eat a salad with dinner
Drink at least 64 oz water every day
Brush/floss after dinner (=> no night time snacking)

I had a nice surprise on the scale this morning, but I don't want to post it because it's probably a fluke. So, I will update with my weigh-in tomorrow.

Indigo, sorry to hear about your stressful encounter. Even if someone has legitimate issues, personal conflict is no way to solve them. If his child is having difficulty, I wouldn't be too surprising based on what you said about his father's conduct.
Chocolate and wine... well, at least they are both supposed to be good for your heart, so you're all charged up now! Actually, my "dessert" pretty much every day is one drink and a small piece of chocolate (the same size every time). It's part of my "program" and I think it helps keep any additional cravings at bay.

Punkinseed, good for you keeping an eye out. We also live a little off the beaten track and the local kids sometimes used to use our "driveway" as a lover's lane/party spot. At least the beer bottles were returnable! I'm happy to say that seems over now but it still concerns me whenever I see a car I'm not expecting.

07-12-2002, 10:03 AM
Good Morning Blockettes!

Well, I weighed in down one (1) pound of the undeserved 3 that I gained last week. I still live in hope that if I continue to plug along and do what I have to do that the weight will (sometime) leave in a mysterious chunk, just as it came. Although I'd hoped to make more weight progress by this point, I have to be proud of the behavioral changes that I've made and continue along, rather than letting them slip away. Eventually :rolleyes: this WILL work (won't it?) I will start measuring things more carefully, eating veggies more often for snacks, trying to keep my points a little lower when poss.

Venus, so happy to have you on the block! Welcome! Didn't I see at some point (yes, your progress has been watched!) that you had a significant drop of body fat without a corresponding weight loss? (she asked hopefully)

Indigogirl, at least you did it in style! What kind of chocolate was it... mmmm... don't spare the details :T Sorry about the nasty conflict. That kind of thing is my absolute worst trigger. I'm fine if something is seriously wrong, but average life stress can push me off the wagon on the PDQ.

Brighterdays, Tai Chi is going well. I'm almost to the point where I can get through a whole set on my own, just have to get the last few sequences right. And then, I swear, I will do a set every day!

YYM, bet your loss is not a fluke -- someone has to have the fluky losses to make up for the fluky #!%*ing gains. Congrats if it's you!

Upandaway, it's funny when a mood or phase or something seems to cut a swathe through the forum. I've seen that happen before -- hope the next one will be positive!

Punkin, so glad you involved the cops. That creepy guy would be freakin' me out big time. Be careful!

Katrina, is low-fat part of the fit for life thing? I guess I had assumed that it was just a matter of combining and timing. Still thinking I might give it a shot. I'd sure love to drop some weight!

Cindilier, sounds like you're lucky with the songs you have playing in your head. I generally get stuck with something like "Disco Duck." :lol:

Eydie, sounds like we're not the only ones in a weird mood, either. I guess we forge on and eventually our moods change, huh. I've finished with PMS and so on, but I'd swear I still get it sometimes, complete with the weight gain. Hope your surgery goes well, and that you recover WAY faster than you would have thought poss.

Kaylets, I paused over the spelling, thinking "surely to god I would have noticed -- esp. in my teen years -- if the name was the "All Man Brothers" ;) Maybe not though... or maybe I did and just can't remember :rolleyes:

Oh, it must be time to be productive. Let's make it a great day, Blockettes!

Love to all!

2/208 (-7)/2

07-12-2002, 01:18 PM
Hello all :wave:

I can't wait for tomarrow. My brother is flying in and I haven't seen him since Dec. '99! :spin: We work "together" (he's one of our L.A. mechanics, I'm in Oregon) and I talk to him every day, but it's just not the same.... not to mention I haven't seen my neice either! So, I'm going to be offline all weekend and possibly Monday (they leave Tuesday morning).

HUGE food victory last night... Took a family friend out for her birthday dinner (Mexican food, my weakness) and before we left the house I decided I was going to cut my burrito in half and have the other half for dinner tonight. Now, normally, I *do* cut it in half, and take it home but then I usually scarf it down when I walk in the door.... Last night, I didn't. It will STILL be there when it comes time for dinner tonight, which for me, is just absolutely amazing.... :cool:

Babette - Congrats on the pound - YES it will work if we keep it up! I know, I sometimes doubt it too, but then I try to remember the focus is only partly on loosing weight, the other part of my focus is creating healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Indigo - Wow, that Dad sounded like he needs a talking to by his boss if he works in your school. There's no excuse for *any* adult to talk to someone like that! You handled it well!

Well, I'm off to "work" (aka read my newspaper and new People magazine). TGIF!! Have a great weekend everyone :dizzy:


07-12-2002, 01:42 PM
Babette-Disco Duck? Wow I didn't know anyone else remembered Rick Dees?? I'm original from around Chicago and he was the DJ that created the Duck. Never have I been so ashamed to be from near the windy city. I prefer The Weathergirls (It's Raining Men), these divas come in the larger size and it's good to see artists that aren't anorexic!

Upandaway-glad to meet another Trekkie, although I've been called a Trekker because I like the Next Gen better. Can't wait for the new movie. Yes I've even been to conventions-got to meet John DeLancie ("Q"), he is so tall and gorgeous! I never mention that around the DH. I like the new series, because I really love Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap fame) and think he's an excellent new captain. I wish the Voyager Series could have been better, we finally get a woman captain-but as luck would have it she, stereotypically, can't drive and gets lost!

My best friend used to have a bumpersticker that read "He's Dead Jim. Pass the Ketchup." A little diet humor.

Pumpkinseed: I graduated in '90. Decided NOT to go to the reunion - but I really didn't hate/love high school. Chicken and cabbage, I guess I should be glad that you weren't an Ozzy fan, then the chickens would be alive still. That really conjures up some weird images. You sound like a ton of fun-what do you do when not throwing poulty and vegetables??

I have to get my lunch ready now-our office is having pizza today-my "weakness" but I have a weigh-in tonight-so I'm determined to eat that salad. I'm down another pound (17.5 in total, this is week four). Have a great weekend guys-I'll check back over the weekend and for sure on Monday!



07-12-2002, 02:34 PM
Cindelier, actually I was a huge Ozzy fan, but it was only so I could drool over Jake E. Lee :lol:
When not throwing produce I mostly just "hung out" and behaved like 'one of the guys' - I wanted to be their friend more than I wanted to be a $crew. I despised the "groupies", so I made a point of NOT being one and having a ton more fun than they ever did! ;)

Terri :moo:

07-12-2002, 02:35 PM
Day 2 is going well...

This will be quick, I have SO much to do today...everyone here is pluggin' along, sounds good!

babette, Fit for Life is not a low fat diet, per se, it's all about how you combine foods and lots of fruit and veggies. I will use butter, for flavor, but not a lot...lean proteins, complex carbs...it works when I stick to it! don't they all?

I hope to get back later when I have time to report another fabulous day on the block!

07-13-2002, 02:55 AM
Day 3

Thanks for all the support on my conflict with Angry Dad at work!
My boss has been great - he dealt with the incident yesterday with regards to the guy's role as a parent and the verbal assault on a colleague part of it will be dealt with on Monday. I'm this guy's line manager for part of the week, so I'm not sure how things will go on that...

I have given up the red wine and chocolate diet in favour of real food again.:) My DH had some good news yesterday and my DS got a fantastic school report so we drove down to Whitby (on the coast of North Yorkshire in North East England, where we live) to find a fish restaurant. None of the ones that looked really nice served anything my DS would eat (i.e. no pizza or burgers) so we ended up with a compromise of a meal in a pub.
I tell you, my new orange silk trouser suit fitted in just perfectly there:dizzy:
Elegant dining experiences and 10 year olds are difficult to gel together...
Never mind. Next time we'll get a sitter:devil:

Congratulations to everyone who is sticking it out on the block. I was so disappointed to have fallen off program, but coming back has actually been a big thing for me. I have a long history of thinking - 'Oh, well, I've failed again. I'll try something else next time.' That must say something about you lot!!!:D

I've just braved the scale - Saturday is my weigh in but I was thinking about skipping it because of the aforementioned food/drink intake this week. Strangely I have lost 3lbs. Must have been the stress.
I cannot recommend last week as an approach to weight loss but will gladly accept the results and aim to look after myself better next week.


Yoyo Mom
07-13-2002, 10:05 AM
Hi, folks,

Yesterday went well with my additional new habits. I have a big mug (from a hospital, actually) with all the ounces measured on it. So, I know I've started drining enough water. 24 ounces down today, already.

I really feel good about commiting to these new habits and it helps to make me feel like a winner even on those days the scale is telling me otherwise. Commiting to small changes that I can succeed at are what seem to work best for me, and as I add more they should add up to a healthy life style.

The extra weight loss I had yesterday didn't stay off (for the most part), but I'm still down an additional 0.5 for the challenge. So, my official total weight loss for the first block is 5.5 lbs. I actually started the second block yesterday, though maybe I have a fence-post error, but I'm counting today as day 2. So, here I am:

Day 2/Lost 5.5 lbs/Block 2

I've got friends coming for lunch, so today will be a little more challenging than usual, but most of the food choices will be OP for me. I asked DH to pick up something for dessert that I wouldn't like!

07-13-2002, 02:19 PM
Just occured to me that since I'm doing WW, each day doesn't have to work, points-wise, as long as it balances out. So -- that glass of wine that put me over last night will be made up for today! Friday night is always a little bit of a splurge: pizza or nachos or something like that. I held firm against the extra piece of pizza last night (veggie pizza on whole wheat -- LOTS of cheese though :T ).

I'm thinking that maybe Amarantha's One (1) Day Challenge might be a good spot to journal food and exercise. Those of us who wanted to could post our challenges and then go in and say what we'd actually done.

Off to pursue quest for world domination! Or at least get the shopping and cleaning done. Have a great day all!

3/208 (-7)/2

07-13-2002, 02:53 PM
Well, I'm back at day 0...I haven't committed to today being day 1-- I know that's bad, but TOM started this morning and I'm onery to say the least.
The last couple days have been washes as well. Yesterday the donut monster attacked and night before the jalapeno cheddar doritos! Plus more diet coke than I can count with the 100 degree temps- it's what sounded good yesterday.
At least today I've only had water and a bit of OJ for breakfast. We've been out garage saleing this morning-- DH found tons 'o tools to make him happy for a long while. I got crampy and nasty so now we're home for awhile. A nice air conditioned movie sounds nice for later.
I agree with you yo-yo mom about the habits being a nice measure as opposed to the scale. Even though I'm experiencing a hormonal -oh- lapse today I feel good about the overall changes I'm making and I know that as long as I change those habits long-term the scale will catch up eventually.

Sorry if this post was a downer-- I really haven't felt this crappy in awhile. The heat doesnt' help either. Promise to be more chipper next time I post! :D
Later :wave:

07-13-2002, 04:51 PM
Hello all!!

Well, got to work ok yesterday but believe it or not, ran out to exchange something at lunch and got stuck in construction traffic. They were paving the road. If I had just done the one errand I would have been fine. But figured, why not and then it was too late. I had to run back in to work 1/2 hr late from lunch and explain myself. My boss was wonderful about both Thurs and the long lunch ( I stayed the extra 30 minutes to make it up) but still--Its definitely, NOT the way I want to be known at this new job!!

Today, we got up early and have been waiting for a new refrigerator delivery. Between making room for them to bring it in and emptying the existing fridge, lots of activity points!!!

Where does this stuff come from? Good news is I found some things I had almost forgotten about, including a big bag of cassette tapes from a yard sale--Even two comedy cassettes, Robin Williams and Howie Mandel-- I'm excited!

The new digital scale is very accurate!! Its true, I look daily- try to use whatever it says as motivation-- and to see it jump up 2.5 from one day to the next and then back down the next day- it makes you realize, we are constantly changing. I am not sure but maybe, am down another lb or two. I'll give it a little longer (or lower!!)

Am reading (finally) Naomi Judd's book "Love Can Build a Bridge".
I was a fan before I read the book, and had seen many of her interviews but am really impressed with the book. She calls herself a Hillbilly and lets you think she's naive but is a very bright woman with lots of commonsense. I wish I could just read it straight thru but I really only have about 30 minutes a day I can just sit and read.

Ok your graces, I will check in later, I think I hear a truck out front .

Take care!

07-13-2002, 04:58 PM
Day 6 still doing ok.

Pumpkinseed, I like Ozzy myself but I'm glad your chicken tossing skills weren't tested there. I always got along with the guys better too. They didn't treat me like competition, like most of the girls I knew growing up. Competition for what? I got boobs before a lot of them, part of the weight problem thing.

WARNING: Depressing material ahead!!!

Anyway its Saturday and I'm really in the dumps. Background: My husband and I are from Illinois, but we lived real close to my parents. When they didn't come to my wedding, I stopped talking to them and decided it was time to change. We haven't spoken since October 2000. Sad huh? Well we moved to Kansas and stayed with a friend until we got jobs, now she's getting divorced (nothing to do with us-in progress before we even came out). My husband and I have been sharing an apartment with her (and her 4 year old on the weekends), but it's clear that she and he don't get along well.

It's been a year August, I we're ready to get our own place. She wants to stay here-but is dragging her feet on getting the paperwork done. To stay she needs her parents to consign for her (which she doesn't want to do). I don't want to pressure her, but we need out for the sake of our friendship and my marriage. I don't know what made me think we could all benefit from sharing the bills anyway. Its my problem because if she doesn't assume the lease-we're still liable (we still have a mortgage in Illinois!).

I have an application she needs to fill out, soon-if we want to get out on Sept 1st (the date we told the new place-which has our deposit). BUT I know if I bring it up she'll get angry or cry. I feel terrible. My husband can't say anything without setting her off and I feel like a referee. I know I should do the talk and get it over with, but I'd rather have a cookie.

I can't sleep, I keep having dreams about physical fights with this person (my best friend). However, I am trying to stay away from my "Comfort" foods--but I am soooo ready to crash! :(

Sorry for the dump-just needed to spill w/o getting yelled at.

Thanks--for the shoulder to cry on.

07-13-2002, 06:55 PM
Cind, be straight with her. Take her out for coffee or pick a bottle of wine and tell her you need to have a serious talk with her. Tell her that she is still your best friend, but this is how things have to be, and they have to be done now. Surely she can understand that your marriage needs a place of its own, and she will still have a place in your life. Maybe ask hubby to go out for a bit and leave you two alone to talk if you're going to approach her at home. She needs to be responsible for herself and not hold you up from what you need to do. Let us know how things go, okay?

Hello to everyone else! :wave: Sorry I've not been around much, I've been working 12 hour days and packing and travelling back and forth between the two apartments. I'm back OP...I think this is day six or seven...I'll have to go back through the old thread to see for sure. If anyone missed my last post on the old thread, my weigh in was a maintain. Nothing gained, nothing lost.

I'll be in and out sporadically for a couple of weeks until we get moved, but I think of you all during the day and I hope everyone is doing well!

07-14-2002, 12:35 PM
Happy Sunday Royal Blockettes!

I am so relieved to (finally) see a loss, 2 weeks worth to be sure but the scale was down 5 lbs. today. Yippee! I had begun to worry in ernest, what if WW won't work for me any more, what if I've messed around and messed up too long? It would be hopeless! Well not really. Because I have realized this time around that loss or no loss I just plain feel better when I'm on program, and that's a huge reason to keep on keepin on.

Cind, I agree with Wildfire, be straight with your friend. It's these tests along the way that strengthen those ties, it may strained for a bit, but likely not broken. Best of luck in a sticky situation.

Wishing us all a great Sunday,

07-14-2002, 06:48 PM
Congratulations, UpandAway! 5lbs...wowee! Keep it up!

Where is everyone? Did we declare a Block holiday while I was absent and I don't know about it? ;)

I spent the day cleaning dead bugs (thankfully no live ones appeared!) from the window tracks in my new apartment. That's one thing I'd forgotten about living near the ground...bugs galore! Nine floors up you rarely see a bug. I also hung my shower curtain, washed and put away fancy wine glasses and other glasses that won't get used a lot, and installed new shades in my daughter's room. I called hubby and said "cook something...I don't care what...just have something cooking before I get home." I came home to find him broiling boneless, skinless chicken breasts and working on a side of sweet potatoes and broccoli. I changed the oven back to bake and turned it down from 500 degrees. :eek: Oh well...he tries! I headed straight for the shower...felt like I had bugs all in my hair.

So, I'm checking in here to avoid munching while dinner finishes cooking. I got on my scale today and it said 176!! I won't believe it until I weigh in on Wednesday night, but at least I know it's moving again. I checked the old thread, and today is day seven for me.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!


07-15-2002, 09:18 AM
Hello Blockettes!

Yup, I'm back to Day 1 again. This is so reminiscent of how long it took to get going in the first block. But I guess if you consider that I'm taking what I did in Block 1 and adding more constraints to it, that makes sense. Hmmmm.... I'm thinking that what I will do is to post my challenge for each day in the One day challenge thread, and then count my days in here. That way I can use the other threads as a journal for the particulars. I still think that trying to get 21 days together is a good idea.

And I'm THRILLED to have overcome the binge demon (although I know that eternal vigilance will be necessary, I don't have to fight as hard) with the first block. I'm sure I didn't have a week without a binge before that for quite a while. And they just make me feel so CRUMMY :(

Upandaway, 5 POUNDS!!!! That's fantastic! Proof that continuing to work on it makes it work! Good for you!

Wildfire, congrats on the unofficial WI! You're doing fabulously!

Cindilier, I agree with my esteemed co-royals. Being straight with your friend is the only way to go -- elsewise, it sounds like you're putting both your friendship and your marriage at risk.

Time to apply nose to grindstone. Hope it doesn't get all pointy. Let's make it a good one!
1/208 (-7)/2

Yoyo Mom
07-15-2002, 10:52 AM
This second block is a little harder, but I've squeaked through the weekend. Getting in all the water is tough and it's clear I haven't been drinking enough in the past. I did sneak in two cookies yesterday, but that's not part of my block commitment (yet), so I don't have to reset. The scale was still pretty friendly this morning, but I think I will only update my numbers with mySaturday weigh-ins.

Jelynn, hang in there! Do you feel you have to give up diet coke? It may not be the healthiest drink in the world, but at least it's diet-friendly. Maybe you are trying to eliminate too much at once. Like I said, I find it easier to commit to small goals.

Cind, what a tough situation! I agree with the others that you've got to have that talk soon to clear the air and get yourself some peace. Is there anything you can do to help soften the blow and show that you are concerned about her? If no deed, then words maybe.

Upandaway... Woohooo! You go! It's so rewarding when the scale finally pays off.

Wildfire... congrats on your scale budging, too. Maybe you should "let" (i.e, make) DH cook dinner more often. Either he will improve with practice, or it will be easy to pass up seconds!


07-15-2002, 12:59 PM
Hello all...

Well, I'm at day 0, won't even consider it "1" because today's my Mom's birthday and I know what's on the menu for her dinner. I am down 1 pound from last week - which given how the weekend was, it's a miracle I'm down ANYTHING.

The goal of this block is going to be meditation. I will destress before I sit down to eat. I will breathe while I eat. I will not eat standing up....

If you've seen anything about the Eyerly fire in central Oregon you know now where I live. Friday night the fire was close enough that I could see orange smoke from my kitchen at 11pm. I hopped in my car and could see flames after 5 minutes of driving. Saturday my Mom, neice and I watched the helicopters dump water on homes already on fire. All very sad, very scary and I ate my way through a 1/2 gallon of ice cream.... if I ever needed comfort food this weekend was it. We're all keeping our fingers crossed for cooler weather and sending strength and energy to the 1,000+ fire fighters working so hard.

THEN, this morning around 1am, one of my cats woke me up banging my wine rack around. I have a mouse... I also have 3 cats with all their claws (some of them have extra toes with claws no less). Silly mouse, you picked the wrong house..... When I left this morning I told my oldest kitty, Luna; "get the mousie for mommy, but don't get any blood on the carpet". I think she smiled....

Babette - Congrats on the binge :devil: battle. I feel like I'm getting a slow handle on it too. I may have found the bottom of a container of ice cream, but I did it a small cup at a time, hours apart! Hey, look for progress ANYWHERE! :p

Upandaway - WooHoooo!!! 5 pounds!!!!!! :cool:

Jelyann - It's ok, you come here to vent any time you need to. No apologies! :nono: If you can't come here to let off some stress than where can you go???

Kaylets - I'm with you. I weigh every day, sometimes more. It's a bad habit, but I figure it's better than not weighing, which for me is a sign I'm off program (my form of denial, if I don't know what I weigh then I can't gain weight).

Cindelier - I agree with Wildfire. Have a talk with her. If she's going to blow up or get all emotional over something that so obviously needs to change (no, it's not good for her to be living with you and vise-versa) than I almost wonder if it's not a sort of emotional blackmail. Like 'if I cry and get all emotional they won't make me leave'. I hope I'm wrong.... nothing is worse than having to walk on eggshells like that. Your marriage is more important at this point (jmo).

Well, off to get some work done. I'm having a great visit with my brother and neice.

Day 1 tomarrow/ 1 pound/block 1 indefinately

07-15-2002, 01:31 PM
Good Morning all.

Wildfire, I hope your move is going smoothly. I always see how much stuff I've collected whenever I move. Congrats on the loss-I'm sure your weigh-in will confirm the good news.

Upandaway..wow, 5 lbs-that's terrific! I'm so proud of you and happy for you too.

Babette---keep going with the binge battle, you will win. I have faith in you. It's tough, but you're tougher. Remember that!

Yoyo Mom-At least it was only 2 cookies that called your name. You indulged but didn't go overboard which is great!

Pumpkinseed-Still praying that fire doesn't come closer to you. Hopefully your kitties will get that mouse today! Good luck.

As for me--I haven't talked to the roomie yet. She had her daughter all weekend and was constantly yelling or crying because/at her. She's only 4, when she says I don't love you, she doesn't even know what it means. Anyway-we upped the move out date to Aug 15. Will have to let her know tonight, at least now I know the apartment manager will allow her parents to co-sign and she won't loose the apartment.

Sometimes I think there must be something wrong with me-I love my friends but they seem to go to the extreme needy end. Oh well, I help where I can and try not to be a serogate mother. This move will be good for her, she really needs time to herself for growth and my diet and husband will be better afterwards. I just wish it didn't have to hurt her too.

Happy Monday!


ps-I'm down a total of 19.5 lbs (this is week 5, since I started). I hope it continues this way but I know plateaus are coming.

07-15-2002, 02:35 PM
Hi all,

Cheryl.. I don't know the whole story.. but it sounds like you are doing the right thing... I just had a conversation with my dearest, best friend about how each of us had gotten much tougher about setting boundries. He and I have had a hard time with needy people in our lives.

Tomorrow marks the end of my 21 day compulsive eating challenge.. I am down two pounds.. and definetly feel like I am making better food choices. I plan to do another 21 day challenge.. this time making more specific changes. The first one will be WATER. To drink at least the 10 glasses daily. I always think I do, but I know I don't.

Saturday had all the earmarks of a challenge, but I decided ahead of time that I would be proactive about taking care of myself. A friend had a brother visiting from overseas.. so naturally she wanted to show him a good time.. and naturally that involves eating and drinking and staying out late.. in the past I would avoid social situations that had food/alcohol/lateness attached.. then end up binging anyway because I felt alone and isolated. I told myself I could go out and still take care of myself.. and I did! The only thing that I probably would have done against my better judgement was stay out late at a club even though I didn't want to.. thankfully.. THEY got tired and bailed. I was definetly NOT upset and very happy to be home by 10PM! I always think I have to do what everyone else is doing, and that I can't mix being social with giving myself what I need... so I isolate to avoid the food and alcohol.. then end up binging on even more food than if I had just gone out! What a mess!



07-15-2002, 03:53 PM
Good Monday everyone!
Day one for me-- rearing to go again! I got up early and did my Step tape before the kids woke up-- this is a big breakthrough for me-- I always say I will when I go to bed-- then don't and then feel like it's too late for a work-out. Anyway-- felt great to be all done by 7:20!

I've also accomplished quite a bit work-wise this morning. I do a bit of merchandising/coupon set-ups in several stores around town. I got a friend to watch my boys and went out for 2.5 hours and I'm almost done with my week's work! That feels great too.

It's been so hot which is good for the appetite. It's so hard to think up meals for my family though! I made a big pasta salad and we ate that several days last week. I've got to stock up on more fruit though!

Cheryl- good luck talking with your friend- you are right though- it really is the best thing for both of you! Congrats on the *almost* 20 lbs down!! That is great!! You are right, the weight-loss will probably start slowing down, but don't get discouraged! You are working on behaviors and the scale will reward that in time.

Elaine-good job to you getting through your 21day challenge and good luck with the water-- thats something I"m working on right now too.

Terri- how scary about the fire being so close to you! I'd probably eat some ice-cream too. Sending rain vibes to Oregon!

Yoyo mom- about the diet coke- no, I'm not giving it up-- I'm really just trying to drink more water than pop. It's also a behavioral thing for me-- I just do so much better all around staying OP when I'm conscious of my water intake. The day I posted that I had had 3 44oz. diet cokes and no water at all :o

Congrats to wildfire and upandaway on the scale moving DOWN!!

Babette- hope you're having a great day (And that your nose isn't too pointy-lol) You are overcoming so much-- I hope you aren't getting discouraged. I think you are doing great and that metal monster should be rewarding you soon!!

Well, better get to cleaning etc...have a great day


07-15-2002, 04:18 PM
UpandAway, yeehaw! 5 pounds gone forever! You're an inspiration.

Wildfire, how's the big move progressing. I must admit I was a little disappointed to hear that you lightened up your purple bedroom--I was visualizing this very exotic opium den-like chamber!:)

Cindelier, dealing with friends is always a little tricky--being a human being is a great challenge! Just stand in your own truth and don't be intimidated. And a big woo-hoo for losing almost 20 pounds in 5 weeks!:D

Punkinseed, very scary picture you painted in your post about the fire :( ---is their any rain, any relief in sight? I noticed you have a cat named Luna. I used to ; when we moved [10 years ago] she disappeared and I miss her still. She was such a little amazon of a cat that I vowed that I'd try to be more like her!

Greetings to everyone else!

Had the surgery this morning and it went well. It was my first surgery and my one fear was that when I was "under" I'd shame myself by saying something really vulgar. See, I don't drink or smoke but I swear like a sailor. And sure enough, I told a dirty joke to the OR as I was coming out of it--seemed like a good idea at the time! Oh well....something for them to talk about over dinner tonite! Don't know what kind of aerobic activity I can do besides sit in a chair and flap my arms like a crazy chicken, but I'm willing to do that to keep my heart rate up!!!

LOVE TO ALL! ~~~Eydie

07-15-2002, 06:58 PM
Eydie - Yea, I have a Luna kitty (she's 1) and her sisters from 2 other back-to-back litters are Stella and Maia (my moon, star and earth). I'm hoping they had a mousie treat today...
I can also relate on the anesthetic cursing. I also can swear like a sailor when deemed necessary - I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was 14 and woke up saying God d#$& it and told my Dad my face f#(8in' hurt. :eek: He just laughed thankfully!

No rain forcasted for us, but it's a "cooler" 93 today and still. I can tell the wind's died down because it's become VERY smokey around here! Cough, choke, gasp....

07-16-2002, 07:56 AM
Hello all!!
Isn't it crazy how Monday's are either just to-the-wall crazy or not??
Short story- Mine was crazy and was only royal in one respect!! You know what I mean!!

It started to go the other way when on the way home, I popped in one of the those cassettes I mentioned. I knew it was Eric Clapton but hadnt read the song titles. A song was just ending, there was that long pause and then, Queen Babette, are you listening>>>>>>>>>LAYLA<<<<<<<< the original-- The LONG VERSION-- I had forgotten how great the piano solo was-- A gift for perseverance during a horrid Monday--

Queen Elaine-- GOOD FOR YOU!!!! You're right !! Planning always makes a difference-- and congrats on making it thru your block-- You crown is getting very twinkly!

Queen Jelynn-- You're soooo right!! Early mornings can be so motivating--- and the best part is, no matter what else happens during the day, what was done early is still done.
I personally would rather excercise in the am and use the boost thru out the day-- Lots of times, excercising at night keeps me awake.

Queen Terri--I am awarding a NO GUILT card. Fires are so so scary-- NO GUILT-

Queen Cheryl-- I wonder if you're friend is as unhappy as you are- she sure doesnt sound happy- The only advise I can offer is to stay honest-- Kind but honest-- I would tell her that you must move for the sake of your marriage. A new marriage has trouble sorting itself out when there are only the two partners in one house. Keep us posted!

Queen Upandaway and Queen Wildfire-- GOOD GOING!!
Got any tips to share??

Queen everyone else, keep up the good work! My boss loves Bob the Builder -- " Can we make this challenge??"
All together now " YES WE CAN!!""

or, if Bob doesnt appeal to you-- Have you seen the car commercial with Tony Bennet singing " The best is yet to come and baby, won't it be FINE" ---

Now, I did warn you, I have very eclectic music tastes

07-16-2002, 10:59 AM
I wrote a loongg post yesterday, got bumped just as I hit submit, couldn't get back on. Did the same thing just now, wrote to everybody on the thread, thanks so much for the congrats and warm wishes, same thing--bumped AGAIN! :mad:

I feel like I need to hurry hurry and get this posted before I'm bumped again! Forgive me for not addressing you all personally, again! Thanks so much for being here, Blockettes!


07-16-2002, 01:15 PM
Day one. Water/Exercise changes. Was able to keep the exercise, but dropped the water of all things! Oh well, I have joke here--some of you may have heard. I thought it was funny:

A fellow was ordered by his doctor to lose 75 lbs. due to very serious health risks. As he wondered how in the heck he would ever do it, he ran across an ad in the newspaper for a GUARANTEED WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM.

"Guaranteed. Yeah right!" he thought to himself. But desperate, he calls them up and subscribes to the 3-day/10 pound weight loss program.

The next day there's a knock at his door, and when he answers, there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me." Without a second thought he takes off
after her.

A few miles later, huffing and puffing, he finally catches her and has his way with her. After they are through and she leaves, he thinks to himself, "I like the way this company does business!" The same girl shows up for the next two days and the same thing happens. On the fourth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised. He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program.

The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life, wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you catch me, you can have me." He's out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and it takes him a while to catch her, but when he does, it is worth every cramp and wheeze. For the next four days, the same routine happens and much to his delight, on the fifth day he
weighs himself and found he has lost another 20 lbs. as promised.

He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day/50 pound program. "Are you sure?" asks the representative on the phone. "This is our most rigorous program."

"Absolutely," he replies, "I haven't felt this good in years." The next day there's a knock at the door and when he opens it he finds a 25 year old male standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you, I can have you."

:lol: Hope you liked it. Have a great day. Pumpkinseed-how are you doing near the blaze? Has the mouse been caught?

Everyone else, wishing you strength, hope and happiness (oh and laughter of course!).


07-16-2002, 02:36 PM
Hi all,

since today is the last day of my first 21 Day challenge.. I wrote a long post about my 21 days.. then the computer crashed! Geeeze.. that seems to happen alot with this program. I don't have time to re-write it.

I'll have to write again later.


07-16-2002, 04:08 PM
Cindelier, GOOD ONE! Haw!:lol: :lol: :lol:

I feel great after my surgery. No pain to speak of, just feel a bit bruise-y. Saw the doc this morning and he said I could get back to working out as long as it doesn't hurt. Hooray! :D
The only thing that's giving me pause is he thought it was a ganglion cyst but it turns out to be something else and he doesn't know what, so 'the mass' was sent to pathology and he'll call when he finds out what it was. So the suspense of that is hard for me---actually got a little weepy this morning but that's probably the aftershocks of the surgery. Trying to think positive and keep those worst case scenarios out of my head, cause for all purposes I feel really good!:)

07-16-2002, 04:19 PM
Hellooooo from Smoke-ville!

It's like L.A. here in central Oregon... all brown/orange and hazy.... The fire's still burning but close to 50% contained. Now we have the Geneva 2 fire burning south of us, but they (the news) say we're not at threat and they should be able to get a handle on it soon. Everyone else around here takes this stuff in stride - guess I have a lot still to learn about being an Oregonian.
I'm a little peeved at the people on the Warm Springs Indian reservation. I guess they knew about the fire long before anyone else and tried to control it themselves (they always set fires on the reservation to get more land use). Well, they lost control of the fire THEN told people it was even there. The 18 people that lost their homes should sue....

Kaylets - Thank you for absolving me of my 1/2 gallon of guilt. ;)
I sing that Tony Bennet song to my cat Luna! She likes to be held like a baby (only if the other cats aren't looking - she's a "big girl" and can't be seen receiving affection!) and I pick her up, hold her like a little baby and sing that to her when I'm feeling happy. She looks at me like I've lost my mind.... well, maybe????

Upandway - I know your pain... I get bumped all the time, to the extent that I've taken to right clicking and copying my posts before I click "send" because they either disappear or I get da' boot!

Cindelier - Nope, no mousies. I haven't even seen any sign so I almost wonder if the mouse left after it saw 3 eager felines watching its' every move. I am also afraid that as soon as I think the mouse is finally gone *that's* when I'll be rewarded with a loving gift of a head, tail or foot placed lovingly on my bed while I'm sleeping. See, all my girls bring me their toys in the middle of the night and I just shove them under the pillow so they'll leave me alone.... so should I be brought something at 2am... *shudder*

Well, I'm off to get some work done!

Terri :moo:

07-17-2002, 07:52 AM
Greetings all!!!!

It was wonderful finding that joke yesterday as I "lurked" at lunch time-- I even called my husband and read it out loud to him- It made his day too!!!

What I have started doing to "save" my posts is to write it somewhere else ( word or my email) and then bring it over-- I don't know if we time out or what but I am not going to let it get the best of me!!

Eydie- Waiting can be so awful- I know- Its hard keeping yourself busy enough not to wonder--

I am off to the races again -- trying to start pumping the water now as it seems as soon as the pace picks up at work, the bottle just sits there. I am processing " real " work now and know I am being "extra cautious" because I'm not familiar but meanwhile, I need to remember the priority!!

Went to my regular "No appt needed" hairdresser last night and found new management, price increase and a new set rules about "no coloring 2hrs before closing". They told me this was always the rule- I told them I didnt think so. They told me, we'll only be able to give you the cut, I told them I don't think so. They told me, its because we're understaffed, I told them I understood.
They said again, we'll only be able to give you the haircut, I told them again I understood and walked out. Time to find another place. There was one hairdresser that remembered me but just looked and didnt say anything. I am sure when I left she said to the others," that lady is a real good tipper. " Thats ok, I 'll get the same reputation at the new place.

So, I guess we'll replay Tony some more this morning--

"The best is yet to come and baby, WON"T IT BE FINE>>>>>"

07-17-2002, 02:34 PM
Hi all,

Eydie... I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. I REALLY hate that waiting.. that is just awful. Please let us know what you find out.

Today is Day One of a second 21 day challenge.. this one is to drink more water and to lose 3 more pounds. In the first one I set out to stop eating compulsively and to stop eating sugar on a daily basis.. and I was successful at both! There are certain times, like Christmas, where I know I want a desert.. and I plan to have one.. its the cookies everyday at 3PM that I wanted to give up.

I can't keep track of where everyone is and what your challenge is... but I wish everyone the best!



07-17-2002, 03:30 PM
Hello everyone :wave:

Eydie Ė any word yet?? Iím thinking positive thoughts for you!

Kaylets Ė Yep, time to find a new hairdresserÖ It doesnít sound like theyíre going to win many of the old clients over. I hate looking for someone newÖ I finally found someone I like but it took 5 bad haircuts before I did!

Elaine Ė Same here, water, I haven't had enough by farÖ I think that, combined with an extraordinary amount of smoke right now, is the main culprit in my recent headaches.

Mini unplanned victory Ė my Momís birthday was Monday and I didnít eat ANY of her cake. Nope, not a crumbÖ I went home before they had any on Monday, forgot about it on Tuesday (yes, I forgot about cake) and today itís gone. Wooohooooooo!!!! If I keep this up my goal of getting into the 220ís just *may* happen!

Thatís all for now, time for lunch!

Terri :moo:

07-17-2002, 06:35 PM

You forgot about CAKE! That is really impressive! I haven't had any sweets for 22 days now.. and it does get easier.



07-17-2002, 07:54 PM
Hi all! My gosh I don't know what amazes me more, someone could forget about cake or someone who hasn't had sweets for 22 days, I don't think I could survive!! I am a huge sugar-holic!

Eydie, we're keeping our fingers and toes crossed for the best possible news. What's that old song, "The waiting is the hardest part". amen, sister!

This sounds too terrible to admit but I cut my own hair, and I have for years. I started because I was too embarrassed at how I looked when I was so overweight. The last time I went to have my hair cut I kept thinking my face looked like a big balloon with hair. I managed to cut it successfully after that and just kept on doing it. Now I'm actually afraid to let someone else do it, for fear of that 'bad haircut'. I figure I can butcher it myself for free!

Punkinseed are the fires under more control now? I can see where ice cream would cut through that smokey haze, good luck on the water though.

Speaking of ice cream, has anyone tried the Silhouette or the new WW ice cream cups? I saw an ad in the July/August issue of WW magazine for the new 'soft serve' cups for only one point. They look delicious. I read on here someplace where the Silhouette sundaes won't be back in production until sometime later this year. The ice cream sandwiches are my mainstay, but funny thing when I tried the WW ice cream sandwiches, the big ones like the Skinny Cows, they upset my stomach really bad. Strange.

Warm wishes and cyber-hugs to everyone.


07-17-2002, 09:00 PM

I'm glad to hear my little joke brightened your day.

Eydie: Keep us updated on your after-surgery progress. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

Pumkinseed: Glad you're still doing ok in the Smoke-covered hills. I meant to tell you, my nickname as a child was pumkin. I used to hate it so much-but it doesn't bother me anymore-its kind of a nice memory from childhood. Way to go about the cake by the way-can you send some of that willpower this way??

Feeling a little bummed myself today-snapped at the boss. Sometimes I just don't think he listens to me. Well have to be more patient. It would be easier if my "friend" didn't drive me outside the house to eat everynight. I can't stand being here-she's angry or crying or both. Can't wait until move day. I haven't been able to talk to her yet-because she keeps avoiding me and shutting herself up in her room. At least its been quiet-but the tension is there.

I want to stay friends-but I can't think of why. This person sabotages my diet, yells at or ignores my husband and throws things when she's mad. Why did I ever decide to be friends? and why can't I change my mind? She was a good person once and probably still is. Is this my fault? I guess the only solution is time apart. Oh well, enough whining. Have a good evening ladies.

<Wave wand. Disappears>


07-17-2002, 09:45 PM
Thanks, everybody, for your positive thoughts. I still haven't heard and it's making me slightly crazy. I'm calling the office in the morning. I got back to working out today though and that felt SO good--did an entire 1/2 hour on the bike and some dumbell exercises and a little yoga!
A friend came to see me today and she came bearing cinnamon rolls so I indulged but I didn't let that defeat me for the rest of the day like I usually do. I did well with getting in a decent quota of fruit and veggies!

Upandaway, I love the skinny cow sandwiches too--the weight watchers ones just aren't the same.

Cindilier, I hope you find some resolution with your friend soon. Sounds like it's bleeding over into other parts of your life. That must be so stressful having that kind of strangeness in your home. I kind of know what you mean about loving your friend but wondering sometimes why you stay friends. I'm dealing with that now with a woman I've known for 25 years and at times it's so confusing and exhausting I wonder why I bother. Karma, maybe?

Suddenly sleepy---good night, all!

07-17-2002, 10:12 PM

Down a total of 10.8lbs. Just had to pop in to share!

07-17-2002, 11:44 PM
Hey everyone!
Eydie- thinking about you too! Good luck tomorrow and keep us posted...

Wildfire- COngrats on getting that ribbon! Now you can concentrate on the second 10...all down hill from here :)

Cindilier- sorry about the tension you are feeling-- that must be so hard! Don't beat yourself up though-- you will get through it and either stay friends or not. Either way it will work out for the best for both of you. Try not to turn to food (I know easier said than done) and :::::breathe:::::

Teri and Elaine- good job with giving up the cake and sweets! I need a little I think to be successful...otherwise I think I would be bingeing big time...

Hey to everyone else!!

I'm having a great week so far. Tomorrow will be day 4! I've had awesome workouts (so key for me) everyday, lots of water, fruits and veggies and only minimal treats. Feel like this could be on the way to 21!! :D

Well, have a great night all :wave:

07-18-2002, 07:52 AM
Just realized I called my other post Wed am but who's looking ?? :dizzy:

Maybe, maybe, maybe, I could learn to cut my hair, altho, I wonder, as I have a couple of cowlicks and need lots of layers because my hair is very thick and heavy. But for sure, I am not interested in learning how to highlight my hair. I am too clumsy and don't have the confidence. I never even learned how to do the Farrah Fawcett blow back wings!! Wore my hair poker straight down my back for years and only learned how to put up a couple different type "buns" Now its short but like I said, I do not have the talent-

Ok, our 'try one new thing" a week challenge was "5 herbed tofu"
I am not a fan of ginger unless its ginger snap cookies and
will not be eating that kind of tofu again. Perhaps if they made 4 herb and dropped the ginger.

Did better getting water in during the daylight hours although I guess I just have to mark down when I'm refilling the bottle because I just lose track--

Today's word gem:
Everyone else is just doing the absolute best they can with everything they are dealing with!!!

I forget which one of your graces mentioned STEELY DAN-- I love them too- was rereading the "Bathroom Reader" -- They seem to think STEELY DAN 's name was lifted from a not so musical source.
I probably the last one on the planet to know this. Sometimes I wonder about me.......

Last night's commute-- THE PRETENDER album by Jackson Browne-- I am starting to look forward to the commute!!

Just one more thought as I sign off--

" This too will pass" -- Just how do we want to be able to remember how we handled it??

Hey, be careful out there!!!!!!!

07-18-2002, 08:51 AM
Wildfire,woo-hoo indeed on winning the ribbon! You're the queen!

Kaylets, have you ever considered getting a flowbee to cut your hair? I'm sure you remember those from the infomercials: the thing you hook up to your vacuum cleaner and it cuts your hair? It's an awful image, I know, but it works great! I've had one for years and I get compliements on my hair all the time; I have an ultra-short cut [but it cuts hair of any length]. I'm telling you, it's foolproof! I like it so much that I own an extra one as back up when my old one dies, and it's still going strong after 10 years. It's saved me thousands of dollars and no, I don't work for the company! Just a thought.... :)
Oh and by the way, I know the origin of the name Steely Dan too! I read about it somewhere, I don't know from experience, .;) :lol:

Keep going, Jelyn--youre doing great!

07-18-2002, 12:25 PM
Hello all :wave:

No, the fires are not under control - actually they've gotten worse from what the headline of the paper says this morning ("We're Loosing the War"). Now, THAT isn't going to help me sleep tonight...
The fire north of us combined with the fire southwest of us - now the ranch where I live is bordered on 2 sides by wildfire. They claim it's 65% contained on one side. Honestly though, unless they get a serious handle on this I'm going to have to cancel my vacation in 3 weeks. I could NOT leave my home and go 500 miles away now. Our ranch officials have been notified of possible evacuation orders if the fire jumps out of control. Right now it's heading west, away from us. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer...

Now, as for the cake. I can say 3 things made forgetting about it possible. 1, the cake is in my Mom's house, out of sight, out of mind. 2, stress. I'm so freaked out by the thought of possibly having to pack up my cats and leave that I occassionally feel sick to my stomach and can't eat. Finally 3, I have a much easier time avoiding "bad" food if I can assign ownership to it. It was my MOM'S cake, my DAD'S cookies, my NEICE'S candy. It's not mine, I won't touch it 99 out of 100 times.

Cindelier - My Mom insists that it's "Punkin" - no 'm'. I came out with red hair and have been called her punkinseed ever since. Why the misspelling?? I donno'... my Mom can be an odd duck.

Wildfire - :spin: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :spin:

Do you know I actually made my OWN ribbon last night because I remember working harder to get to each 5 pound increment. Let's see if it works....

I have no idea if I'm on a day. I think I'm doing ok. I'm following my plan the best I can given the amount of stress I feel right now. I'm sure in a week or so we'll see a light at the end of the tunnel - and it'll be a light someone won't be running to put out!


07-18-2002, 05:41 PM
I was exploring through MSN and found this. Has anyone checked out this book? I thought the last 10 things-might help me design a challenge. See below.

Wildfire--Way to go!!! I knew you could do it!!

Pumkinseed--I'm sorry about your vacation. Sending you positive thoughts and hoping the fires continue to go away from you or better yet-get put out.

jelynn-Thanks. I know I'm creating some of the tension too. I just wish I knew where to be fair and when to just get out. I believe that everything will happen for the best. Besides with the CPA exam course I plan to take-I just can't be staying there at the same time. I glad you're week is going great. Do something fun this weekend! I'm going to the Bristol Rennaisance Faire in Bristol, WI to hopefully pick up some clean songs for dirty minds!!

Everyone--else, have a great weekend-will post again Monday!

Still doing ok on the water/exercise 3x a week commitment. Hopefully I can avoid day one again. The article I found follows.

10 Ways To Lose 2LBS A Week!

by Kim Droze
eDiets Senior Editor

Are your weight loss endeavors continually crippled by uncontrollable cravings that cause you to sneak into the kitchen to snack on something sinful? Well, then you can probably empathize with the plight of an overweight chef trying desperately to pare down.

Just for a moment suppose your kitchen was the place where you worked, ate and played. Now you know the dilemma faced by famous TV chef Kathleen Daelemans.

Food Network fans know today's featured guest as Chef Kathleen, host of Cooking Thin with Kathleen Daelemans. She specializes cuisine far lighter and leaner than the rich dishes served up by her better-known peers Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck.

Today, Kathleen is the picture of good health. But it wasn't that long ago the TV chef battled her own dieting demons. Her love was food and her passion was cooking. The one-two punch led to an unflattering paunch for the culinary queen who at her top weight strained the scales at 205 pounds and wore a tight size 22.

Kathleen's career path -- and her health -- took a turn in the right direction when she was hired to launch a restaurant at one of the worldís most luxurious spas. In order to look the part of a spa chef at a Hawaiian resort, she shed 80 pounds and slimmed down to a slender size 8 -- and she accomplished her amazing weight loss by changing three things: the way she cooked, the way she ate and the way she lived.

Chef Kathleen admits that at the time she didnít know the first thing about healthy cuisine. She'd spent her adult life unsuccessfully fighting fat with one fad diet after another.

"I tried everything out there from the cabbage soup diet to the all-brownie diet to diet pills," Kathleen tells eDiets from her Michigan home. "They worked for about one second."

The challenge: to not only cook healthily for herself, but also for the high-paying patrons who came to the spa expecting a gourmet meal that'd be exquisite on the lips but not heavy on the hips. Kathleen, 39, turned to her mentor and former boss Judy Rodgers, owner of San Francisco's world-renowned Zuni Cafť.

Judyís simple advice: rely on the basics. Grill and broil food. Create the menus around vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes. Choose leaner cuts of red meat, chicken and fish. Use the freshest produce you can get your hands on and the food will speak for itself. Get advice from a doctor or nutritionist.

Chef Kathleenís Cafť Kula restaurant proved a hit with spa guests, movie stars, recording artists and supermodels. The beautiful people flocked to the celebrated eatery for a taste of the low-fat fare that had helped Kathleen drop a whopping 80 pounds.

Since not everyone can afford to jet off to the Hawaiian Islands for a taste of spa living, Kathleen decided to share her recipe for weight loss success in Cooking Thin With Chef Kathleen (Houghton Mifflin).

You say you hate cooking and dieting? Then this book is perfect for you. Our guest diet expert has made the weight loss process a real no-brainer (much like the super popular and successful eDiets program).

Chef Kathleen has given meatloaf, onion rings, dark chocolate cherry cheesecake and many other homestyle favorites a healthy makeover. Sprinkled amidst the 200 yummy recipes are her proven tips for overcoming weight woes once and for all.

There are also tips on how prepare meals ahead of time and how to make recipes lighter. She also offers a bundle of timesaving tips like when cooking the broccoli and pasta frittata, make extra broccoli and pasta, toss it with a quick vinaigrette, and youíve got a pasta salad for tomorrow's lunch!

You won't find any frou-frou foreign-sounding recipes in Chef Kathleen's hot-selling new book. A sampling of what you will find includes BBQ Chicken Pizza, Quick Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary, and Sweet Corn with Butter and Chives.

Many of the dishes you can afford to feast on every day and still lose weight. Yes, there are a few buttery treats that are best savored once in a blue moon.

"The recipes are very clean... unless there is a disclaimer at the top," says Chef Kathleen, who is currently starting the filming for her second season of Cooking Thin With Chef Kathleen. "I tell people the Split-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes is not an every night meal. These dishes get people out of the fast food restaurants and into the kitchen to cook."

Still having trouble making the commitment to good health? Chef Kathleen has whisked together 10 ways you can get cooking as far as lasting weight loss is concerned. When her suggestions are done in conjunction with an eDiets-like healthy meal plan and an effective exercise regimen, you'll be on track to permanent weight loss.

1. Leave a truffle-sized bite behind! Cut back a little. Attach an imaginary calorie count to each bite you donít eat. Do the math. Think of it this way: If you donít put it in your mouth now, you wonít have to figure out how to fit it into your jeans later.

2. Dump anything from your diet youíre not passionate about... just for the day! Donít think of this "denial" as for the rest of your life. Before you dig into that box of cookies or bag of chips, make sure it is a food you feel you must have, not a food that is just part of mindless eating.

3. Eat three healthy bites before every sinful bite! Before you put that potato chip or bite of cheesecake in your mouth, eat three bites of something healthy. Think of it like this: you should be eating 75 percent "clean" foods (vegetables, grains, etc.) and 25 percent over-the-top decadent delights. Itís up to you to make sure there is always something healthy on your plate.

4. Do 5 minutes of exercise! It doesnít matter whether you're just going to get the mail. Grab it and then keep walking full speed ahead. Five minutes plus five more minutes equals 10 minutes. Do that twice a day and youíre already up to 20 minutes. All you need to walk is your feet and a pair of shoes. You have to move to prove to yourself that you can get going.

5. Plan to cook the healthy meal tomorrow! Give yourself a whole day to figure out what you are going to prepare. Figure the steps in your head. Choose a recipe that is realistic for your life and time constraints. Try to pick something with ingredients you have on hand. Establish your window of time to get it done. You can be even more efficient by doing any prep for the meal ahead of time.

6. Have the confidence to cook! If you think you canít cook, get over it. We can all make eggs. Start with a recipe that you are fairly sure of... something that you have eaten before and know how it should taste. Donít start with a dinner party; start with something simple. The truth is anyone can learn to cook thin (quick, tasty and healthy meals).

7. Make a list of accomplishments youíre going to need to repeat until death do you part! Keep the focus small whether itís an extra 10 minutes of exercise or drinking the recommended 64 ounces of water. Acknowledge in writing what youíve gotten done. Then jot down your game plan for tomorrow. This teaches you to focus. The list is something to refer to when you get lost or sidetracked.

8. Identify or create a new source of support! This is a page torn from the eDiets book of weight loss. OK, so we don't have an actual book. However, we do have the world's most popular weight loss website here at www.eDiets.com. Get a mentor, sign up for a challenge or just peruse the countless support boards. Having that extra encouragement can only help you further succeed in your weight loss endeavors.

9. Get committed! Commit to repeating baby steps. Commit to doing the work. Commit to moving forward. Some days all you may do is get one foot in front of the other. Thatís progress enough. Even if all you did healthy all day was drink 8 glasses of water, itís a step in the right direction. If you donít continue these new healthy new habits day in and day out itís a step backwards.

10. Reward yourself! Do something for yourself during the day or in the moments before you get into bed. Read a book. Plant some fresh herbs. Keep something around thatís sunny and makes you happy. Take an extra long shower or bath (for water conservation). Or buy yourself a new CD. Also, make a list of the next three rewards youíll receive and keep the list handy as an incentive.

07-19-2002, 09:33 AM
TGIF Blockettes!

Eydie we're keeping our fingers crossed for good news.

Wildfire CONGRATULATIONS!! You are rockin'!

Kaylets, no you weren't the last on the planet to know about Steely Dan, I had to have it explained to me by my DH. Talk about naive. I love Jackson Browne too. Caught just a snippet of him on and old (old) Saturday Night Live rerun the other day. The songs still sound so good.

Jelynn, good going! I thought when I started this challenge I was setting my sights too high, but as it turned out it is exactly what I needed. You're doing great!

Punkin, yes you are definitely in our prayers. What a frightening situation to be in. How do you keep from worrying over it 24/7? I would be a wreck.

Cindelier, thanks for the ediets post. I've never visited there. I do love to watch Kathleen on Cooking Thin, she's terrific. Truth be told I love watching too much of Food TV! Rachel Ray on 30 Minute Meals is great. She has some wonderful recipes too that are easy and low fat. The only thing is she cooks with a lot of olive oil, more than I'm comfortable using, as it is high in points. I know I know it's a healthy fat, but it's hard to get my mind around how many points it adds to a dish. I cut an copied the 10 list, thanks again.

How's everyone else doing today? Hope you all have a terrific Friday and a wonderful OP weekend!


07-19-2002, 10:29 AM
Hello Friends!:)

I want to let everyone know that I heard from my doctor yesterday and it's not so good--turns out that the tumor was cancerous and it was devastating to hear that. Good news is it's a low-grade tumor and didn't seem to be attached to anything. I'll have to have more surgery to have the surrounding muscle biopsied and possibly chemotherapy. I have lots of support and a truly magnificent husband. My emotions are coming in waves--I go from panicked to angry to numb to calm and fear is always there. I have to keep telling myself that people survive cancer all the time. I wish with all my heart I didn't have to go thru this but feel there's a big lesson here.

Love to all and pray like crazy for me, okay?:)

07-19-2002, 10:55 AM
Eydie, I'm so sorry about your news, sorry you have to go through that. The prognosis sounds pretty good, but cancer is scary, and often seems unpredictable. People DO survive cancer all the time, and this sounds so much like a type that is typically not a huge problem. Thanks for letting us know, and please keep us posted, okay? You have a lot of people here who care about you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I'm sending you all the love, strength, and peace at my disposal.


07-19-2002, 11:29 AM
Eydie: I am invoking the Goddess even as I type (and I am very serious about that as this is where my spirituality lies). Truly, you said it: "People survive cancer all the time!" Sometimes we take that "C" word and infuse it with a power it doesn't have, though it is hard not to and it is very serious. I was thinking of all the people I know who have had cancer scares and are well and happy and I was thinking that I don't actually know one single person who has had cancer and not survived it.

I pray your biopsy will be favorable and you won't have to do chemo (which is far less troublesome than it used to be), but either way I pray you enter this journey with a Shield of Positivity raised high and the Sword of Humor at the ready.

Please keep posting updates! :)

07-19-2002, 11:50 AM
Hello all and Happy Friday!

Itty bitty fire update - apparently the news screwed up one tiny fact yesterday. Our fires did NOT merge. The one that was threatening us is 90% contained and the other is 65% contained and working it's way away from us. I hesitate to say all is well, so I'll say all is much, MUCH better. Next week the National Guard and Army are coming in. Firefighters say that fires sometimes seem alive with minds of their own, well, I think the fire's about to get its' obnoxious little butt kicked...

Eydie - You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry you're having to go through this. I agree there's probably some life-lesson to be had here, something like "enjoy every day" or something momentus like that. It just sucks that we have to go through something so scarey to get the lesson. May who you hold as Divine bless you and keep you during this time. Please remember, like Babette said, people survive cancer all the time! One of my massage clients had breast cancer and I remember her saying "I have cancer, cancer doesn't have me". DO keep us updated!

Cindelier - Thanks for the excerpt! I lot of great ideas that I'd never thought of (believe me I thought I'd heard them all...).

Upandaway - I honestly don't know how I could achieve any kind of calm or even manage to sleep last weekend - but I did, albeit, with one eye open.
This week is better because we've got a better idea of what's happening and we've got a plan should we have to leave (which it appears we won't). I was way more scared at the prospect of evacuation when I didn't have a plan. Now I know I'd do A, B then C and get in my car and leave (keeping my gas tank full for the next few weeks).
I also have a tree cutting service coming in to trim back a few trees around my house and property. It turns out that in the area where the 18 houses burned down, only 1 out of 10 were defendable from the fire. That means 9 out of 10 houses were fire hazzards. I'm sorry the people lost their homes, but to have brush right up to your home and trees growing OVER your roof in this area is just plain stupid. Well, they taught others lessons I hope...

That's all for now. I don't *even* want to talk about what I ate yesterday (stress binge, damned Pop-tarts) but I know I'll get a handle on it again soon, very soon, like TODAY!
Have a great weekend all and Eydie, know we'll all be thinking about you!


07-19-2002, 04:20 PM
((((Eydie)))) Although it sounds as though this is completely treatable, I can imagine all the emotions that you are going through. Come vent here anytime you need to, and keep us posted about your treatment. Cancer is a frightening word, be it any kind of cancer. Put this in the hands of the Goddess and she will guide you through it. The rest of us are here to help however we can!

Punkin, glad to hear the fires are being contained for the most part. I hope the air clears soon!

Hello to everyone else! I have to get back to packing...the movers arrive at 8am tomorrow!

07-19-2002, 05:18 PM
Dust a quick drive-by post to send loving wishes and prayers for you Eydie. I can't begin to imagine myself in your shoes but I completely agree with Q. Amarantha, remain positive and don't lose your sense of humor, even when nothing seems funny. We're here for you,

07-19-2002, 08:17 PM
Hello all --

Let me also extend my support- Yes, please still come to vent-
I hope you feel if this is a safe place. We certainly are an opinionated block but we all share a desire to be supportive--

Don't ever be shy about leaning on us!!!!

If I may offer a suggestion and its only a suggestion.....
This may sound weird but -- take what everyone tells you with a big grain of salt--
You will be getting all kinds of unsolicited advice from family, friends, clerks, etc. etc. Some folks just don't know what to say, and will tell you things about some cure their cousin found and etc. Other folks might have personal experience but it may not relate to you. You're going to be hearing so many things to do or not do, just do what feels right to you.

I hope everyone can take a chance this weekend to do something they really enjoy- we deserve it!!!!!

We have tried as hard as we could to meet our challenges and deserve doing something we enjoy.

I am yardsaling in the am and see where that leads. I may have to venture out to the mall as I have a baby shower to go to on Sunday but I guess the walk wouldnt hurt either.

I'll stop by later to see what's going on--

There are lots of health message boards out there- I follow a diabetes one for info for my husband-

07-20-2002, 12:07 PM
Hi all,

After many computer problems, I can post again.

Eydie, hang in there. Cancer is definitely curable, much more these days than in days past. You have an excellent chance of beating this, you know. Most people that I know, that have had an easier time making it thru, have eaten well (even when they didn't feel like eating) and kept their bodies strong to heal after surgery/radiation/chemotherapy. Your job right now is to do what you have been doing all along: eat well (make sure you have protein and vitamins to help with healing), exercise, and keep the people you love close to you for emotional support. My thoughts and prayers are with you....I feel your anxiety but I sense you are a strong woman and you can do this.

All those women in the pink shirts in ST. LOUIS last month for the Susan B. Komen Walk come to mind....the strongest, healthiest people I've ever seen walking in that HEAT! That's survival, girl..... that's survival. :cp:

07-20-2002, 05:11 PM
I haven't been here in a while...tried to catch up today and saw all the good wishes for Eydie...I scrolled back to see what had happened...I had to get through LOTS of good, positive thoughts for you, Eydie...and here are some more...you are in my prayers and in my thoughts...hold on tight to all the positive energy being sent your way. A diagnosis of cancer SUCKS, but it is not a death sentence. It sounds like it was caught early, Thank God. I work in a hospital and see SO many people who are survivors...patients AND co-workers. And guess what? They come back even stronger and with such a joy for living...I know you will do the same.

All my best to you...

07-20-2002, 09:29 PM
Hello all!

Spent nearly all day yardsaling or in stores. We stopped for lunch at an Indian resturant to meet our "new" food each week challenge. We were hoping to find a dish made from Chana dall. I had read some studies that this "bean" (pea?) had a very, very low glycemic level and wanted to give it a try. I did enjoy Tandori Chicken as well as chickpeas prepared two different ways. My dh was thrilled because he found spicy foods on the buffet.

Almost got all my water in -going to do my best to get at least another bottle down before bed- I know what will happen but I do see better results on the scale when I drink more than 90 oz.

Maybe I'll call someone who will talk for a long time and I'll sip as I'm listening-

I finally heard " When I'm Lying Next to You". My husband's car radio is set to country so I get caught up when I'm in his car.

and I tried my girlfriend's hairdresser this afternoon and thought the highlights came out great until I was looking in my mirror at home. BRIGHT!!!!! at least not white Marilyn Monroe platinum -but BRIGHT !!!!

Dh and I saw a diet book for sale " lose weight fast..." we both turned to each other and said, "Is there a picture of boy in here?"
We're still chuckling about that one--

Goodnight all!!

07-21-2002, 01:53 PM
Many thanks to all who responded to my post. I think I came to a crisis in my awful fear of this thing--woke up in the night in a blind panic, a true anxiety attack, and my husband helped me find my breath again, paced the floor with me and took me for a midnight walk under the stars and the beautiful moon. I feel calmer today and resolved to continue taking care of myself. I HAVE to continue exercising and eating well and visualizing my healing.

Haven't been eating much at all lately--and that has to change. I feel quite weak and sleepy. I'm so emotionally drained. I don't know if I mentioned that I have an appointment with an oncologist Wednesday and I can't wait to get more information. Wed. seems so far away. Maybe my body would just as soon sleep till wednesday?

Good news is it looks like I may drop a few pounds from this. Food is the furthest thing from my mind! :lol: And the food I do want is only the best and purest I can get. Any desire for junk is gone!

Keep those prayers coming--I can feel it! :)

Love to all!

07-22-2002, 03:02 PM
Hello all!

The weekend was WAY too short... Saturday Mom and I went to the annual draft horse show in then off to a Pampered Chef party. Then Sunday my exercise was learning how to drive a big 'ol tractor!!!! :strong: It was SO cool and SO empowering!!! My stepfather told me I was better at it than my Mom - didn't make her too happy... :p I got tons of dirt moved on my 5 acre haven - still more to do, but now that I'm a tractor drivin' woman I can do it!!
Still, long weekend, but went by too fast.

Brighterdays - I know what you mean about seeing all those shirts. We walk in the Sara Fisher Foundation breast cancer walk here in central Oregon every year and every year I get teary just seeing SO many people. On the backs of our shirts you see pinned "in honor of" or "in memory of" or "survivor" - it's so incredibly moving.

I'm up 1/2 pound. No big shock though since I've been eating all the stress of our local fires - which are now of no threat to us. However, we're supposed to get dry lightning on and off for 3 days. Say a prayer will ya? We do NOT need this... over 220,000 acres are already on fire in Oregon.

Today is also my day to recommit myself. I'm beginning anew before I blow it all to he!!. I've gotten lazy and careless and it will stop today. No longer will it take me *3 months* to loose 5 pounds (I said "slow and healthy" but this is crazy!).

(((Eydie))) - Wednesday will be here before you know it. What time is your appointment if I may ask?? I'd like to keep you in my thoughts if you don't mind (I always ask permission before throwing my prayers on people!). Take care and breeeeeathe....

Much love all, and happy Monday,


07-22-2002, 04:31 PM
All right... back by popular demand, here's Barry:

C'mon over to Thread # 6... it's safe --- and SEXY!!! Ooohhhh BABY!!! :love: