Simply Filling/Core - Weekly Chat: October 19- October 25

10-19-2009, 10:02 AM
New Pages for us!


10-19-2009, 06:40 PM
Nobody here today???

10-19-2009, 06:55 PM
I've been running all day. Down 1.2 and had a heart to heart with my JC counselor. She's backed off the 1500 calories and apologized. I told her that I felt as though she'd written me off last week.

Then I went shopping and couldn't fit into any of the 3X's in Carson's or Macy's. Aggravating. I'm in 2X at Catherines and 3X at Fashion Bug. Why should there be so much variance?

10-19-2009, 08:10 PM
Hello everyone!
I've been struggling for so long and have been jumping from plan to plan. Deep down inside I know that the core plan has always been the best choice for me. It truly limits my bread and sugar intake. I just love bread and could eat an entire bag of pretzels while watching a football game.

The only issue I have had in the past with core is limiting my portions. I do know that after doing core for a week or so, my body almost instinctively limits the portions and I also stop craving those pretzels.

Anyway, I wanted to come here and say that I'd like to post here and get to know you all. I really want to lose 55 pounds by 10/10/10, which is my 55th birthday.

10-19-2009, 09:04 PM
:welcome: Mama Duck. I love your signature. I'm needing to lose about 50-55 pounds, too, so you have company here for sure. This is a great group. We're all here for the same reasons and are ready to give support and encouragement as well as ready to receive the same.

Vickie, I am proud of you for having that talk with your counselor and I'm glad she understands. Congratulations on your good loss. You're doing very well.

Rhonda, we've been away most of the day. One of my cousins on my motheris side of the family passed away. We made a quick run to Fort Worth today to get Curtis some new clothes.

10-19-2009, 11:08 PM
Hey chicks, the first day back to school after fall break was not too bad. I have lots of grading to do, but other than that, things went smoothly. We had an impromptu family gathering tonight since DD is in town. We were able to use my new dining room table, so we all were able to sit together. I had a great time, although I am sooooooo tired! I did manage to clean up the kitchen before collapsing, so I won't have to face dirty dishes in the morning.

Vickie, congrats on the loss. I'm proud of you for talking to your counselor, and I'm glad she apologized.

Sandra, sorry to hear about your cousin. Were you close? It's so hard to lose a family member :hug:

Rhonda, thanks for the new pages! I hope you all is well with you.

Mamaduck, welcome! This is a great place to hang out!

I have got to go to bed before I collapse! Nighty night!

10-20-2009, 07:38 PM
Thank you, Sloan. We were close even though he was several years older than I. He had been suffering a long time. It's hard to let him go, but he's in a better place.

10-20-2009, 08:14 PM
Sandra, again I'm so sorry about your cousin. It is just hard to understand why people have to suffer. Before I had read your post last night, I had been watching my children with their cousins and thinking of how glad I was that they are close. We should never take our families for granted!

I have had a better eating day, today. I need to make my portions smaller, but I did notice at our family gathering last night that most people had served themselves much larger servings of spaghetti than I had. Maybe I have unconsciously decreased the amount that I am eating. Now I need to omit those "off core" foods and start walking in the mornings again.

I hope you chicks have had a great day, and the weather is as beautiful where you are as it is here!


10-20-2009, 10:08 PM
:welcome2: mamaduck...we're a good group here, join right in.

Sloan, you're right, don't take people for granted. I hardly knew any cousins, and now I've got Sandra!! Am I lucky, or what?!

Work has been really, really awful. But, I'll spare you the details and keep my eye on the retirement date.

I think I've lost more weight, but haven't been on the scales, maybe tomorrow.

I'm going to Texas on Friday for four days to see my DH, whom I really miss. Of course, it means that I have to leave "two and a lot" Duncan and that's heartbreaking :lol:

Sloan, the weather has been fantastic here. It was warmer this morning during exercise in the park than it was some summer mornings!

Good night all,

10-20-2009, 10:27 PM
Rhonda, have a great time with Doyle ;) Absence does make the heart grow fonder!!!

10-21-2009, 12:47 PM
Rhonda, I'm glad you're getting to come see Doyle. Curtis and I went through the same separation that ya'll are just before I retired and moved to Montana. You're handling this better than I did. I gained weight. I used being apart from Curtis plus the feelings due to retiring from a careet I'd had for 29 years as my excuse to eat. You hang in there and keep doing well.

Yes, Rhonda, you are definitely to have me for your cousin, cuz I love you bunches!

Sloan, it sounds like you're making healthy changes. They will payoff for sure.

Vickie, how's your day?

Eatingwise, I'm doing all right. The weight is coming off very very slowly but it's coming off. Life is good.

10-21-2009, 09:03 PM
Sandra and Rhonda, are we the only ones around? Where is everybody? Hope you both have had a great day! Eating was okay today. I just have to get through tonight, and I'll be happy!

Hey you other chickies!!!


10-21-2009, 10:37 PM
Sloan, I'm here. Don't know about the rest. My eating's been all right today but could have been better. I made taco soup and cornbread. It's been raining all day so that was perfect food for us.

10-21-2009, 10:52 PM
I'm here too...but headed for bed!!

Sandra, your weather ticker says it's 0 F there...I don't think so!


10-21-2009, 11:51 PM
I'm off to bed, too. I had a bedtime snack of grapenuts cereal. Do I count that as wpa or is it core?

Nighty night!

10-22-2009, 10:48 AM
Good Morning Chicks! The week is flying and I'm retired. It's only supposed to do that for the working folk, isn't it?

I had my appointment with the Internist on Monday. I'm off to a Nephrologist...aka kidney specialist. Trying not to worry about it since I can't control it anyway. It's a big deal to get an appointment as she gathers any tests or blood work that has been done on my kidneys. That makes me feel good.

I lost 1.2 on Monday and was quite happy with that. I'd love to hit 40 next Monday but I have a hard way to go between today and Saturday night. We are going out for our normal dinner this week, then a meal out tomorrow when Jim goes to the dermatologist, and then a third meal out on Saturday to celebrate my BIL's 70th birthday. I could give up the 2 voluntary meals out but they are special to us so I'm going to go and try to eat/order tiny portions. Wish me luck.

In the meantime, I've stuck to the 1500 calories on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I exercised on Tuesday and Wednesday and intend to exercise the rest of the days this week. Wouldn't be exciting if I still lost weight? A girl can dream.

What's up with all of you this week? I'm off to read.

10-22-2009, 11:06 AM
Did I mention how hungry I am on 1500 calories? I think it's too low but this week is special.

I can't believe we are only on page 1 and it's Thursday. Must be because Sandra is working and Mary Ann is taking care of Leo.

Welcome, Mamaduck! We are a VERY nice group of ladies here. You won't find better support anywhere. I've been here since the Fall of 2004 when Core was first launched. I'm no where near my goal but it's NOT the plan's fault. Good luck to you.

Sandra, I'm soooo sorry to hear of the loss of your Cousin. I hope that he had a great life.

Sloan, it's so nice that you had a great time with your family and got to spend time with DD too. I know you are really enjoying all of the fruits of your remodeling labors. It's so nice when it all works out like that. We love pictures.... ;-).

Rhonda, so what did the scales say? We are all dying to hear. How exciting that you are going to TX Friday. I know Doyle will be very happy to see you! And...what have I missed? Who or what is Duncan? Sounds like a name for my next Scottie.

Thank you all for encouraging me to talk honestly with my Counselor. It is already making a great difference in my week. I told her that I didn't realize how important her opinion was to me and that I felt as if she had written me off last week. She actually looked shocked...maybe because I had the gumption to say it to her. She spent a lot of time with me and we worked it out. At least for now anyway.

We seem to have lost Paula now too. I miss her and Coco and Donna. Hey Sandra, do you ever hear from Melissa? I meant to look for her on Facebook. I think I'll go look for her now. I mean AFTER I get off the treadmill that is!

beach bum
10-22-2009, 01:31 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Sorry for being MIA this week,but its impossible to post when you got a sick DH on your hands. He went to our reg doctor this morning and he told us the cancer is as bad as they thought,but as far a the blood clots he has to start moving around,which he doesn't. Its like pulling horses teeth to get him to move.The doctor is going to give him a pink pill to coat this stomach so he can start eating again.

Now for me, I doing OK taking care of Leo but I do take time out for myself also. Between the ordeal in the hospital and now I just gained + 1.2,so that's not bad. I told me doctor this and he agrees saying you had more things to worry about than your weight and it took care of itself.

That's all for now I have to have dinner,as I had a blood test and had to fast this morning. Plus a nurse is coming to the house at 1 PM. Will come back tomorrow and read your post and see what your guys are up to.


10-22-2009, 01:52 PM
Mary Ann, you are being SO strong. I really admire you. Continue to take care of yourself and tell Leo that I'm praying for him.

10-22-2009, 01:53 PM
Here is where we are going tomorrow. I've been staring and staring at the menu and cannot decide what to order. SO much looks SO good and I want a bite of it all.

Any suggestions? I know the salads are probably best but it isn't really what I want.

10-22-2009, 04:45 PM
Vickie: I'm having the Eggs Benedict! I lost only one pound it seems, but what a pound that was! My body is really reshaping: all my tops are too big now.

Who's Duncan? He's a sweet little boy who comes the daycare my friend runs. He and I have a special connection.

Maryann: oh my, do stay strong and take care of yourself.


10-22-2009, 08:17 PM
Rhonda, you're right. It was about 50* higher than 0 last night--but I'm loving this cool weather.

FYI--I'm an Agricultural Science teacher tomorrow. Hope it's movie time. :lol:

Vickie, here are ;) ;) ;) ;) for good reports and weightloss. You're doing so well. I am so happy for you. You'll do all right eating out. You are armed with knowledge and strategies. Now go have fun.

Vickie, Melissa is on FB. I visit with her occasionally, but I miss having her here with us. I miss our other absent Chickies, too. Wish they'd come back.

Maryann, :hugs: I can't imagine the stress you're under. You and Leo are in my prayers.

Vickie, can you order off the kid's menu? I don't see anything about age restrictions. Or what about a cup of soup and 1/2 a sandwich? Or salad and 1/2 sandwich? I read somewhere that we are to make the best choice from what we would enjoy. Does that make sense? Make a choice will keep you satisfied and happy.

Rhonda, :woohoo: on your tops being loose. When are you buying new clothes? I remember your capris were baggy when you were here time before last. Get you some smaller duds, Cuz.

10-22-2009, 08:43 PM
I'm trying to stay close to core, but it's been really hard for me lately. I did manage to stay away from the doughnuts at a meeting this morning, so that's good.

Rhonda, I'm with Sandra, get some new clothes! Something fitting and sexy for when Doyle first sets eyes on you! Ooohh la la!!!

Sandra, I'm glad you are enjoying the cool weather. Have you had a fire in your fire pit, yet? We used ours again the other night, and we are really enjoying it.

Vickie, congrats on the loss! You are really doing well! I agree about choosing something that you enjoy when you go out to eat. What about ordering a "to go" box when your food is delivered and cutting the portions in half before you start eating?

Maryann, I'm still prayin'. Tell Leo he had lots of prayers going up every day! Don't forget we are praying for you, too!

GTG visit with my family. Have a good night chicks!

10-22-2009, 09:18 PM
Good idea about the clothes! I've given away just about 3/4 of my clothes anyway!

OK, I'm out of here at 4:45AM to get to the to you tomorrow night or soon thereafter.

Vickie, have fun whatever you eat!


10-22-2009, 10:33 PM
Sloan, we prob won't use our firepit very much. We're sort of "stay inside and warm" type folks. Enjoy yours for us, too.

Rhonda, have a good time. Enjoy every minute.

10-23-2009, 01:49 AM
Hey all..
My aunt had surgery today to repair an injured shoulder and wrist.
She did great and I hope it heals fast. She isn't in the best of health
overall. I did not make great food choices today at the hospital...
but probably still within my wpa's.
My senior has senioritis and it is only Oct.. I hope he can keep his grades
up this year.
I went to our state fair with my DH,DS and grandson Monday.
My favorite food is the roasted corn so I almost stayed on core
(almost).. My hubby used to stress at the fair (no fun) but now he
has learned to mellow and enjoy which I love because I look forward
to it every year.

10-23-2009, 05:09 AM
Well here I am up surfing all night. Better try to get some sleep as we have a big day ahead of us tomorrow.

10-23-2009, 08:05 PM
Vickie, how did eating out go for you?

Nancy, I like fairs, too. We used to go in Montana but we shy away from the traffic here in Texas.

10-23-2009, 08:23 PM
Ohhhhhh....hello Chicks! I'm so darned proud of myself I could POP. I had a half orchard salad, dressing on the side and a half sandwich. I ate it all but was just satisfied and not over full. I think I did well in a place where I could have eaten about 1,000 calories if I hadn't been careful. We just walked back in the door after leaving at 12:30 this afternoon. The traffic was horrible since it's been raining here steady since yesterday.

Jim got two skin marks frozen off and the all clear on the other thing we were worried about. He's heaving a big sigh of relief. He's still worried about yet another spot that the Doc said was nothing. We are just going to keep an eye on it. Now I have to make my appointment since I've never seen a dermatologist either.

One more hurdle tomorrow night. I'm sure I can at least eat Core at the steak place. I'll just have to be careful with my portions.

I didn't get enough sleep so I'm off to the couch now. I hope you are all well.

10-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Vickie! send some of that will power my way. I've been doing very well during the day, but at night "not so much". You will do great at the steak place. I'm very proud of you!!

Nancy, my DH and I met on a blind date to the Tennessee State Fair when I was 15 years old!

Chicks, I have a prayer request. My DD has realized that her DBF is not the person she thought he was, and she has decided to move out of the house that she shares with him and two other friends. She confided in me tonight that she is scared that he will try to keep her from leaving! She has already leased an apartment next to her campus and can move in on Sunday. She plans to have a girl friend over tomorrow night, and while her DBF is asleep, she and the girl are going to put her things in the car (she has the only room downstairs with a door to the driveway where she parks) and leave. I have instructed her to leave her furniture and just get out. She does not want me and my DH to come because she is afraid it will cause more problems. Please pray for her safety, and for him to remain calm. I feel comfortable that she has many friends to lean on, but a mother just wants to "be there" for her child. I'll let you all know what is going on on Sunday. Thanks in advance for praying!

I'm going to bed!

10-23-2009, 10:38 PM
Thanks, Sloan. You're an awesome friend.

I'll be praying for your daughter until we hear that all is well. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have a male friend there just to keep things calm in the event that he should wake up while she's packing. I don't mean to scare you. I don't know how all you Moms do it. I'll be holding good thoughts for you as well. I'm celebrating that she's smart enough to get herself out of a bad situation. What a smart girlie you raised!

10-23-2009, 10:53 PM
Praying that everything goes very smooth.
I know you must be worried.. but we will just turn those
worries into prayers!!
Tell her to stick close to friends for awhile until
things have settled down.

10-23-2009, 11:09 PM
Thanks Vickie and Nancy, I believe she is smart, and I'm very proud of her for having the guts to leave. I just wish she had not gotten herself into this. There are two other guys in the house, so they should be there tomorrow night. She has already notified several friends about her probs, and they have assured her that she can come to them anytime she needs to. I really do appreciate the prayers. Nancy, I like the idea of turning the worries into prayers. I will focus on that.

I'll post news as soon as I have any. Thanks again chicks!

10-24-2009, 10:47 AM
Update on DD: She called me this morning, and she actually managed to stuff her car with all of her things this morning while he was still asleep in his room upstairs. She told him goodbye as was her usual habit, and he went back to sleep. She is at work today, so if he goes into her room, he will see that her things are gone. Her plan is to have her co-workers call 911 if he shows up at work. She also plans to text him later today that she is not coming back, and then she will change her phone number. Please be in prayer for her today. I know she is nervous. I just hope he does not try to make a scene at work or follow her after work today. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again for being such a supportive group of chicks!!!!

10-24-2009, 12:36 PM
You got it, Sloan. I'm glad she's out and that she seems to have such a great support system.

Mary Ann, thinking of you and praying for both you and Leo.

Sandra and Rhonda, hugs and positive thoughts.

Now for the treadmill.

beach bum
10-24-2009, 04:53 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Thanks for all the prayers & good thought for the both of us. Somehow that day and weeks are blending into one and its hard to remember if I posted here or not.My computer stays off most of the day,except when I want to keep my e-mails under control.

Things are getting easier and not so over whelming like they were before. I able to take care of Leo and go grocery shopping & to the pharmacy with out being afraid to leave him alone. I might be able to go to church and than to brunch with my friends tomorrow, if Leo is feeling up to me leaving him for part of the morning.

I did manage to lose a whole 2 lbs from last Sunday.My doctor told me that I have more to worry about than my weight and he correct.I have been on the go Morn=Noon=Night That I lost inches also.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

VICKIE-Why don't you ask JC to put you on a higher calorie count???? That's my range 1300-1500 and its working for me ,but you just might need more calories especially when you exercising.Thanks for your prayers,I will tell him of all you wonderful ladies on this thread.You did great with the salad and 1/2 a sandwich,I do that myself at IHOP 1/2ers on the seniors menus.

RHONDA-Don't worry I'm taking good care of myself,especially when the VNA are here at my side and console me that I'm the care taker and if I left myself run ragged I 'll do more harm to Leo,so I staying strong. If the weather was so bad I go out for a walk and get out of the house before cabin fever sets in.

:thanks: SANDRA-That a must and I will be able to take care of myself,as its getting easier & easier all the time.

NANCY=Glad you aunt come out of a good surgery. Not into fair of fair foods, so I don't have a problem with them when some of my family members what to go, I have something in my handbag to eat instead.

SLOANE-You did great staying away from the donuts. Don't think I could every go back to WW flex or core anymore I have to eat everything other wise I feel deprived but of course its in portion sizes.

Oh I'm so sorry to here about your DD of course I will pray for her safety. Her DBF must be a very insecure that he treat her that way.Hope he didn't bother her and if he does just get a restraining order on him.

Have to go, have a great weekend

10-24-2009, 09:51 PM
Hey chicks, DD is tucked safely away at a friend's apt. She will move in to her apt. tomorrow. She has changed her phone number, so right now he won't be able to contact her. The next hurdle is in class on Monday. They are in chorale together, so she will see him there every day! She has lots of friends around her though, so I'm not worried about that. I worked at school this morning then had lunch and a pedicure with a friend. It was very relaxing and good to do something nice for myself.

Maryann, I'm so glad to see your post and to hear that Leo may be well enough for you to leave him tomorrow. I'm also glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself. I am still praying for both of you.

Vickie, have you seen the nephrologist, yet? If you have and I missed your post, I'm sorry! Hope you are doing well today.

Hey to the rest of you chickies! Hope you all are having a great weekend.

10-24-2009, 10:25 PM
Sloan, I'm glad dd is out safely. She sounds like a smart girl. I'm glad she has friends to help her.

Maryann, I think it's amazing that you lost those 2 pounds. Congratulations. And don't worry about weightloss. You have enough to worry about. I hope you get to go to church/brunch tomorrow. You need it.

Vickie, I knew you could do well eating out. You're an inspiration.

I've done well today. Curtis and I are both sort of settling into a routine or making better choices. Life is good.

10-25-2009, 10:26 AM
Hi Everybody:

I'm in Texas, trying to buy furniture and unpack boxes.
Sandra, I'll call you soon.

The neighbors had a welcome party for us last night and it was WONDERFUL. We met so many people, talked and laughed a lot, then took a tour of another's house where they had just finished renovations. We're feeling right at home.

Sloan, I highly, highly recommend that your daughter talk to someone at the university. There must be a safety coordinator, or some other title. We have very elaborate procedures at U of T. I know because twice in the past two years I've had to help develop plans for young women who were being stalked and harassed. It's when women leave that they are the most vulnerable. But, GOOD for her for getting out.


10-25-2009, 12:04 PM
Rhonda, I'm glad you're in Texas enjoying Texas Hospitality. (I knew you would have good neighbors. I could tell by their homes.) Give me a call if you get a chance.

Sloan, that's good advice Rhonda's giving you.

10-25-2009, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'll pass that on to her right now. She asked me this morning about an order of protection or restraining order. Campus security is a good place to start. He has tried to contact her twice now. Last night he sent a text to my son to ask her to check her e-mail, then today he called her work. When she answered the business phone, it was him. He asked her why she would leave him, and she hung up the phone. The drama continues.
Thanks for all of your good thoughts.

I'm trying to get caught up with school and house work today. Not much fun but necessary. I'll check in later.

10-26-2009, 12:47 AM

I am wondering about a background check on the guy to see what she is dealing with. Something has really raised some red flags with her.
You could do it with just his name and he would never know.

10-26-2009, 01:21 AM
Hi All:

What a day. First we met my family members for breakfast, then went to church, then met DH's daughter and grandsons to go to the airshow. I'm not much of one for these shows, but we saw the Blue Angels and that was something.

I'm not exercising, but I'm making good food choices, mostly. I have had some ice cream, but when others ate hamburgers and fries for dinner, I had grilled chicken and salad.

We head off tomorrow for more furniture shopping. So far, I've only bought some Barrister's bookcases, but I'm certainly looking a lot.



beach bum
10-26-2009, 11:21 AM
Hi Ladies:)

We had a trying day yesterday our doctor called and LEO was taken off the blood thinner,as it blood was dangerously low.Had to stay with him so I didn't get out. Today the nurse called & my instructions are to watch out of abnormal bleeding and than will have to rush him to ER.

Just wanted to let you know everything is peaceful this morning Leo is sleeping as we both watched the Yankee/Angels game until midnight.NY Yankees are now on their way to the world series.YIPEEE!!!

Another thing I proud of is that I lost 1.5 at my W-I this morning,and now finally I out of the 170's.

SLOAN-Glad to hear that your DD is safely tucked away from that loony of a BF. That's one thing a mom will always be worried over her children no matter what age there are. So far so good Leo is resting quietly asleep up stairs.Hope we have a better day.

SANDRA-Thanks,I plan to take a little walk today to sort things out in my head.The days are are all blending into one and must sort them out.Thanks for the congrats.

RHONDA-I'm so happy for you feeling a home with your new neighbors & friends. Right now I alone as a couple of good neighbors & friend moved back to there winter homes and the last one when down to Fla.on Saturday.

Have to run will talk to you on the new thread.