Support Groups - It's a new dawn, a new day, a new life: Treating ourselves royally in 2010

01-04-2010, 10:16 AM
Happy New Year! :cheers:

And here we go! This thread is dedicated to the idea that if we ensure our real needs are met, we won't be trying to make up for the failure to do so through food.

This year, let's get enough rest, groom ourselves like :queen:s, eat healthily, get fresh air and exercise -- and all those other things that contribute to our joie de vivre. Let's stop pushing our feelings way, way down (a la Marge Simpson) and dedicate ourselves to living life to the fullest. No matter what!

This year, let's treat ourselves royally! Come on in and share your plan for spending and ending this year in a healthy and happy place.

01-04-2010, 11:03 AM
Great post, and I love the musical reference! You really described my plan for 2010. Happy New Year!

01-04-2010, 11:43 AM
My plan exactly! Lots of bubble baths, long walks with my dog, and more movie nights! I am also taking less college hours so I do not have to stress over those!

01-08-2010, 10:17 AM
So. Weighed in for the first time in a month, 6.8 pounds up. Making it about 20 up since July. Creeping on, bit by bit, when I wasn't looking. So, as I know, the solution to that one is to keep an eye on :devil: scale. Anyway, I'm back, I'm motivated and... it's going to work. :yes:

The major factor in my favor this time is ... I've got a new office space! Yes! I've been working from home for over 10 years. My worst problem is always the afternoons at home. I'm tired, I'm bored, I'm stressed-out... and the kitchen is mere steps away.

This past week, I've been taking a healthy lunch to my new space, thoroughly enjoying it and being satisfied and then coming home to a healthy dinner. When energy lags in the afternoon, I go out for a little walk around town. I was walking down the street yesterday thinking the offices were a hop, skip and jump away from everything -- and I literally felt like hopping, skipping and jumping. :) Now, that would have been a spectacle. :lol:

I've been getting gussied up to go to work, taking care getting dressed. The offices are in a nice old building, lots of character. There's a kitchen with tables, a lounge, a boardroom. It's SO much easier to concentrate there, it's just amazing. And all the stress of having to keep an eye on the clock and jump up to start preparing meals when I'm in the middle of something? All gone! AND DH even seems to be adjusting well. I love this!

So. I'm getting more exercise -- the walking back and forth. I'm out of my binge zone. All my meals are controlled. Yup, I think we're a go. :)

Natamars, nice to see you!

Mykidshavepaws, a focus on self-care is bound to do it.

Where beith all other Royal folkes?

01-08-2010, 10:38 AM
Just takes me a while, Royal A. Actually I had some unhappy weigh-ins but today I was at 198.4 and, of course, THAT I wanted to share.

Hi, natamars and mykidshavepaws. Aren't those great goals? Lets hold 'em tight.

And congrats on big lifestyle change, Arabella. I like the sprucing up part, esp. as I think I'm not real good on that when I'm not going out. DD gave me another makeup thingy for Christmas and, of course, I hadn't used much of what she gave me last year. So, RESOLVED, use a bit more makeup, esp. on/around eyes. I'm sure you'll meet new people and enjoy that too.

As usual I want to take better care of me, as well. Again, I'm doing better than previously but way more could be done. (I did go with blue polish on my toes during the ped/man this time and some sparkly stuff on my fingers - so decadent ;0 )

Yes, sis said it's cold there and was gracious enough to point out that she'll have more time to spend with local sis and I when we do come as all her kids/grandkids won't be there. Seeing the k/g was of course one of the reasons we planned to go - but, hey, what can you do. Local sis is out of hospital now and hopefully ok and she says we'll go in spring which suits me a lot better. Either way, it's stepping a bit out of my comfort zone.

Dear neighbors have me shovelled out again already. Love these people.

Tai chi this a.m. and maybe a movie (solo if need be) this afternoon or tomorrow. So many I want to see.

Lovely day, ladies..............

01-08-2010, 10:09 PM
hi natamars!

happy new year, mykidshavepaws!

arabella-thanks for starting this thread! this theme is definitely a prescription for success. so glad that you love your new office space! sounds like it is having a great effect on you.

anagram-know it must have been disappointing not to be going to tx now, but good that you will be able to go in spring instead, and when it is warmer. you do have nice neighbors shovelling you out this morning. hope tai chi class and movie were good.
recent ped/manicure sounds fun with cool color and sparkles.

have found help with searching for more places to look at, and also referral for getting more handyman repairs done around here for now (and for when get ready to put condo. on market). feeling hopeful about all this.

so cold, as it has been, but glad sun was shining today, which definitely helps, though. what's wrong with me?!---i should be looking for some place new to live in hawaii instead of here. lol! sure glad i had gotten a nice, new warm coat last month at least. well, off to bed. a good evening to all.

01-09-2010, 05:50 AM
Early here, DH still asleep. I'm enjoying the quiet and nice cup of tea, snuggled up in armchair with the laptop. I've got a friend's short story to edit/critique so I think I'll get that out of the way and then get on to planning my day.

One thing FOR SURE -- as God is my witness, I will paint my toenails today! :yes:

Anagram, I am so impressed by your blue sparkly polish! I've never gotten wilder than orange. Ohhhhhh... someday I will. Today I think I'm going hot pink, though. But maybe I'll buy some decadent colors for some bold, brave future day. ;-)

I forget how many you have but it occurs to me you are, like me, rich in sisters? I think I knew and forgot. I've got six of them, ranging from one six years older to one seven years younger.

WSW, Hawaii sounds heavenly! :cloud9: Let's all go! I can be packed by noon. I'm not totally into this winter thing, I have to say. The house is cool, have to put on so many clothes to go out. But then again, it is very pretty sometimes -- Christmas card-like out there now. :snowglo:

And it does feel awfully good to warm up with a snuggly throw or a sweater. Had DGS over the other night and he said, "Nana, do you ever notice how good it feels when something stops hurting?" Yup, I said.

Pretty good day yesterday, although I was thinking afterwards of calories that could have been cut. I'm counting steps again and got over 15,000. New pedometer, though. The old one didn't count steps around the house as much as this one does. Nevertheless, pretty good. :smug: Could have cut calories more, though. I had hummus and crackers for a snack and could have had less of it. And then chicken Caesar salad and oven fries for dinner. That's our usual Friday night dinner. Thinking next week I'll do the mix in the bowl kind of dressing and probably save an embarrassing number of calories. :o

Oh I do like this "working out of the house" thing. :) I'm happy walking to work, happy walking home. I love being out in the world!

Well, here we are in January and I've got three parties this week. :rolleyes: One sister's birthday, one afternoon tea with the neighbourhood ladies ;) and the festive season gathering for my writing group storm date. I'm just going to have to keep my wits about me and PLAN ahead. I think the only one I'll eat any treats at is the neighbourhood tea. My neighbour makes the most incredible baked goods. And she makes them tiny, so a few would be a manageable number of calories < 200, I'm thinking. She makes teeeeeensy mince tarts... Well, shall plan for 3, I think and arrange day accordingly.

K, I'm off to see if I can finish this edit. May all :queen:lies have a lovely day. Hoping the wanderers find their way to the Winter Palace soon. :wave:

01-09-2010, 11:33 AM
arabella-so cute, and true, what your dgs said! :) i too am going to get some more bold colors for royal nails and toes. did get bold with my dark chocolate brown on nails recently, and have even gotten several compliments on it. may try stepping even a wee bit further outside of comfort zone.

sipping tea and snuggling under a throw does sound good. i had to get up again last night to put on 2 pairs of socks and gloves, which helped a lot. i usually pull the gloves and socks off in bed after a while, but not last night, so i really must have been cold. i do look like i am dressed for a camping trip in alaska when i crawl in to bed at night!

sticking to food plan and exercise, but may have to shake things up a bit, since scale not moving. something else shifted regarding how clothes are fitting, though, so that is good at least. when warm up a bit with some tea, will venture out and do a couple of errands. a friend just called and they are going to come over and we'll go out for lunch and visit here afterwards. they are bringing their little baby girl, which will be fun. glad i did thorough cleaning yesterday, so all i have to do is a a little quick straightening up, before they arrive. well, take care, all.

01-10-2010, 11:46 AM
Just a quick pop in (for now) to let you know I'm alive! I'm home! AND, I'm on board for the royal self-treatment, 2010 style! :cp: :queen: :cp:

Going to catch up on thread reading, then I have to scoot down to visit my mom this afternoon. I will be back later to share my adventures in in-law land!


01-10-2010, 05:54 PM
Wise little one, that DGS. Warm and snuggly w/throw and tea is what I've been doing today too. Was 202 this morning again and weighin tomorrow will likely be bad as well but I'm being kind to me today (it's 4 yrs today since DH left me - unwillingly but nonetheless).

Enjoy that wee one, wsw. Was to have seen our wee-est this week but cancelling of trip meant that was cancelled too :cry:

I'm proud of your brown nails, wsw. My blue is only on my never-seen-by-anybody toes. But the sparkly on my fingers can be seen by all and I'm growing quite fond of it. I'll be back to hot pink on my toes next time as I think it's the springiest of colors and "next time" I'll be ready for spring.

You DO have lotsa sisters, arabella. I have three - I think our total was the same but I had four bros, as well. It does get so confusing talking about sisters because I feel I have to mention their states to keep them separate and that doesn't work because only one lives out of state. ;) I am however the oldest - the others being 2, 6 and 14 years younger. Older than all the bros too. My DD (who was fairly close in age to some of my youngest sibs) feels somewhat cheated to have only the one brother.

Waiting for that report, kat. Take a deep breath and we'll see you when you're settled in.

Back to my tea, throw, music and paper. Since trip was cancelled, I have a whole week w/nothing scheduled escept what I choose to do. Today I'm not a bit sorry I'm going to miss the shindig. Maybe I'll even get in another movie. Saw and enjoyed "It's Complicated" the other day.

All that cozy stuff is calling.............

01-10-2010, 10:25 PM
Just my semi-annual or somethin' fly bye to mine ol' lang syne here in the palace 'n still thinkin' on ye queenlies 'n bein' grateful for the royal fellowship enjoyed here throughout the years.

Arabella, I envy thee going out to thy office, I've been working from home for almost as long as ye did and I do believe this is the last year but we'll see.

Anagram, how lovely to have a whole unplanned week, enjoy ...

Kat, huzzah!

Wsw, hope ye enjoyed your friends' visit.

Mykidshavepaws, hello, mine do, too. :)

Natamars, nice to meet ye! Happy New Year!

In fact, Happy New Year to all!

My plan is just to continue my daily exercise streak, no day missed in 2009 and so far in 2010.

I am channeling St. Patrick's Day already, always ahead of the season.

See ye, dear royals.

01-11-2010, 09:22 AM
Too short, but that be the nature of that beast. Friday I did a fair amount of lumping, combined with ferrying DGS, shopping. Saturday I tidied, put a folder of family Christmas pix up on Facebook. Sunday I vacuumed, mopped the kitchen, did laundry, went to my sis' birthay party... aaaaand...

Flourish of trumpets, please:

All hail my hot pink toenails!!! I did it. Not on Saturday, despite solemn promise, but managed on Sunday and now life may continue. :queen:

But I must say the dark brown and the blue are calling to me. I'm thinking dark brown fingernails with sparkly blue toenails is something I must try for myself. :hyper: I am quite excited.

Anagram, I've got you beat -- six sisters and three brothers. I've felt like the eldest mostly, though, because my elder sister moved in with my grandmother when I was 12 and my elder brother left before that.

WSW, what a nice feeling to have visitors coming over and already have a thorough cleaning done. :cloud9:

I used to live in a drafty old duplex where I paid for my own heat and I was dressed similarly to go to bed: long underwear, PJs, wool socks, hat. I'd get dressed for bed, look at myself in the mirror and laaaaaugh. :lol:

Glad you're home safe and sound, Kat! Looking forward to hearing your account.

Janga, always so nice to see your royal highness in the Palace! :) Sending you good "get out of work situation" vibes. I feel like my new digs gives me a boost to keep on going with job until I can transition to more of what I want to do. Huzzah!

K, :queen:lies, am at said offices now and should be doing work. Let's make this a good one!

01-11-2010, 12:56 PM
Hey, there, Janga - good to "see" ya - and St. Pat's channeling sounds good. I'm picturing me mebbe at 195 then. Looking next to just staying under 200.

And speaking of absent :queen:s - :grouphug: to Royal Kaylets, be she able to find time to lurk. Hope things are going in right direction.

'Ray to the hot pink toenails - if we weren't so Royal, Hot Pink Hotties would be a good name for us.

You do indeed surpass me on the 'sibs. No. 2 and No. 3 in my group also moved away so I was sort of "alone" until #4 grew up enough to share in responsibilities. Right now, she carries more than I (I semiretired ;) - but I don't think anyone cares any more.

I was 198.4 today and liked that better. Didn't deserve it either. Am off to tai chi now and a better week, surely.


01-12-2010, 05:57 PM
And today I was 201.4 - aaah, these ups and downs and this time I do not know why as I thought I was quite moderate yesterday and even had some exercise.

Stiff and sore today (weather, I think) and so glad I was not starting on a trip. Sometimes things work out for the best - it just takes a while to see it. DSis (travelling companion) has been out of hospital a few days but still having problems so will have more tests tomorrow (that they should have done while she was in hospital in Dr. Anagram's opinion).

Anyway, I'm going to watch three hours of THE OFFICE tonight - always good for my spirits. Well, maybe not three hours straight but won't be doing a LOT in between.

01-13-2010, 07:41 AM
:ginger: Today I'm celebrating an end to the festivities. Oy! Enough! This afternoon is the neighbourhood ladies' tea and then tonight is the postponed writing group party. And that'll be it for the 09/10 festive season. Holy smokes. I think I'd love it if I wasn't working full time, but it's all a bit much.

So, anyway, must plan. Have had a hearty bowl of oatmeal and will have hearty bowl of soup for lunch and a piece of fruit. Then a couple of tiny treats at the neighbours. Dinner I'm going to forgo anything that's not OP and stick to small portions.

I've got a new twist in my workouts -- Tabata training ( Not replacing my usual routines but added to them. It's pretty intense but I love the idea of increasing my aerobic capacity and strength quickly -- and in four minute workouts. I was humbled by first workout, I must say. Each "sprint" is 20 seconds. Well, 20 seconds of "high knees" running in place kicked my behind. And push-ups? :o Girl style. BUT. I will improve. And quickly, if the reports be true. Watch out, World -- I will be UNSTOPPABLE! :lol:

Anagram, I wonder if there's not a connection between the stiffness and aches and weight fluctuation. I think I've noticed same myself. In any case, you're bouncing lower all the time and will soon see that border for the last time. :yes:

I must check out The Office. We watched the original and it was good but I expect darker than the US version. I enjoyed it but then always felt like shooting self afterwards for the bleakness of life as portrayed.

Right, then. I'm off to work. Actually going to work from home today, mix it up a bit. Love to all! Let's make this a good one.

01-13-2010, 05:40 PM
Wonderful that you CAN mix it up - Some sense of control, I'd guess.

Yes, A, I do think there's some connection re aches/pains and wt fluctuations. Not sure exactly how it works but it's there. And some days I am SO tempted not to weigh but I think at this point I need to do it every day - in cold weather I am SO tempted to eat lots and lots. Was 200.4 today.

Sounds like you should be able to handle all the parties well. Enjoy the good company. New exercise sounds invigorating to say the least.

Lunched w/bro this afternoon - he's planning to retire soon and eventually move far, far away. While I've known this plan for a LONG, LONG time, now that's it's almost here I want him to stay close. Yet don't want to rain on his parade (and have no right to). I was almost 17 when he was born and he was always sort of a "son" to me.

Gonna go putz around a bit and try to whittle away some little naggy things on list. Just might go to another movie tomorrow. Or for a walk - we're supposed to be in the mid 40s tomorrow afternoon. Yippee!!!!


01-13-2010, 05:46 PM
Having trouble with a post that's not showing up. Got a notice it's a dupe when I tried again but it's still not there. Hmm.

Re THE OFFICE, not much darkness - some characters overplayed of course but I love John Krasinski.

Okay, gooing to try to post this and see what happens and then try again to post the other one.

01-13-2010, 05:47 PM
Okay, looks like both came through and in proper sequence. Gotta love computers.

01-14-2010, 09:15 AM
I comported myself as planned yesterday, insofar as possible. I did have three of the tiny treats at the neighbourhood ladies' tea. They were good but I honestly had them so as not to offend. Maybe I need to get over that. :rolleyes: That's the only gathering i don't feel comfortable refusing in, though, so I'm good to go for another year.

And then writer's group party was cancelled for weather AGAIN so I just had a quiet dinner with DH, practiced a bit for choir. We're doing the Karl Jenkins Requiem for Easter. Some of the pieces are quite modern and somewhat hair-raising -- 'twill be interesting to see what the audience thinks of it.

Anagram, my co-hot pink hottie, I know what you mean about letting your brother go but minding. I've never been good with getting separated from my nearest and dearest. On some level, it just doesn't seem right to me. But, yes, we have to be supportive and can't fling ourselves down and hang onto their ankles. Wouldn't be royal. :queen:

Kaylets, WSW, Katrinabgood, Janga, Ceara (and any others escaping feeble brain ATM) :grouphug:

K, Lovelies, let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it!

01-15-2010, 10:09 PM
Hello, hello, hello,

I LOVE that song.... It's a new dawn, its a new day.....


DH is doing very well considering. Last big scan shows the tumor in his lung and lymph nodes have shrunk, considerably. More than 1/2 the original size.
He is now only on chemo for 2 more weeks and then a month after the last chemo, more big scans to see what they see.

I am convinced that this is not just the treatment but the support from family and friends. And all the prayers. I am beginning to see so many miracles. Its amazing what you see when you begin to see them.

So , now that things are a little calmer, my job got so very, very busy I am literally some days, beside myself. I realized just Wed that I am ready. Of course, as par for the course, my timing is everything!!!

As for treating myself royally, I take a weaving class tomorrow to learn how to set up and use my new loom!!! Its small enough to be held on your lap and can be taken traveling, etc. I am so looking forward to becoming proficient. It's a life long goal.

I hope everyone is doing well. Please tell me WSW, have you found a better condo??

Let me take a peek and see if I can catch up on posts.

01-17-2010, 12:14 PM
:sunny: Clear, sunny and cold here.:snowglo:

DH and I bundled up and went for our long Sunday walk though and it was not too bad. Nice to get the fresh -- VERY fresh -- air. I'm sure a little oxygen will do us good. :yes:

We were out to dinner at our best friend couple's last night and had a nice time. We'd only gotten together in larger groups in the past few months so it was nice to have just the four of us there.

I did some long, long overdue dusting, organizing and polishing yesterday and intend to do a bit more today. Took down a vast assortment of cards (some dating back to midsummer) from the mantle and rearranged remaining objets.

We've had our breakfast and now I'm intending to slump with laptop and coffee for an hour or so before I get more productive. Although I might decide to actually get a little writing done. I'm afraid I'm going to need more weekend. :dz:

Kaylets! So happy to see you in the palace. I'm so glad that your DH is doing better and things (other than work) are calming down.

I've been reading about turmeric as a cancer preventative/cure (among other things, including RA). Here's an article from the BBC ( And here's an article from Dr. Duke that goes into uses and dosage. ( Seems to be good for an amazing number of things although they need more human research. I can tell you I've started taking it.

Hope all other :queen:lies be happy and healthy this day. Let's make it a good one!

Thighs Be Gone
01-17-2010, 12:21 PM
Oh, I love this thread. I am not sure how I missed it up until now.

I am organizing EVERY LAST BLESSED THING in this friggin' house. Last year my resolution was to be drama-free (as much as possible) and simplify. This year, I will continue with my pledge to both.

This being said, I have been going through my house the last three days randomly cleaning things out as the mood strikes. Guess what? My house is a complete disaster on the surface! OMG! But the cupboards, closets and drawers are looking really nice. I even took some things to put onto consignment. I have taken several trips to donation center and all and all I am feeling more open to the future already.

We are always told "if you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it." So, I AM! But I am also extending that philosophy to everything in my home. Blankets are going out. Notebooks, old books, odds and ends I think I will always "use someday" are going.

It's funny. There are so many items I used to have such an attachment to--now I couldn't care less about them. Will I regret it? I don't know. This is who I AM RIGHT NOW though. And I am going to honor that and see where it takes me.

01-18-2010, 11:08 AM
:yawn: Goal today is to get stuff done putter-style and get some rest. I overdid it a little yesterday, I'm guessing, and then didn't sleep very well. So. Knowing what I do about the dangers of fatigue, I'm going to play it by ear and have a break when I need one. Vowing here and now to plan my food and NOT eat anywhere but at the table when by myself.

I may walk downtown with DH after lunch and go to the office for the afternoon. Or I may just decide to work from home this aft and go for a walk just for the fun of it.

Thighs Be Gone, welcome to the thread! Glad you found your way to us. :)

K, :queen:lies, let's make this a good one!

01-18-2010, 12:03 PM
Welcome, thighs be gone. Looks like you're already an inspiration to the :queen:s - that's quite a weight loss and your devotion to decluttering and simplifying fits right in.

Kaylets, so good to hear things are "holding steady" on the home/medical front. Glad to hear you're "gifting" yourself with the weaving lessons. Hope it helps you handle the work crazies.

Arabella, I'll be checking out the turmeric articles, for sure. Nice to have choices re the home/office thing, no? I find I get more done sometimes when I'm "puttering" than when I have a "list". Had one of those days Saturday.

that was after a couple of funky "JANUARY" days when I overdid everything bad and underdid everything I SHOULD have been doing. So I'm back at 201.4 today (and at one point I think it was up to 203+). Did get a full night's sleep last night and am determined to do that more often.

Heading to Princessville Wednesday for a few days so do have to be a tad more organized today and tomorrow.

Oh, I had a slight NSV yesterday. While towelling off, I noticed a slight "shadow" I had not seen before. I checked and rechecked and again today. Yes, there is the slightest bit more "curve" on one side of the waist. I take all small victories.

And so, off to tai chi.

And a list of other errands afterwards.


01-19-2010, 05:52 AM
Still dark out but morning, nevertheless. I had a funky day myself yesterday but am rested today and ready to hit it again. Thinking about how best to approach this day and make it work for me.

I'm going to head out for a walk around the harbour before too long, come back for Tabata and yoga. Then I'm going to do a bit of work at home and do a little shopping before I go to the office. Just being able to mix things up is enlivening.

Anagram, yay for curves! I think it's normal to struggle around these milestones for a bit. If we didn't have some mental/emotional issues around weight -- well, we wouldn't be here, would we. Nevertheless, you've stuck with it instead of letting it all go to hang and you'll soon be well into the safe interior of Onederland. :yes: Have a lovely visit to Princessville!

K, :queen:lies if I'm to do all these things I'd best hit it. Let's make this a good one!

01-19-2010, 09:51 PM
200.8 today = won't be weighing again until I return.

Been warmish here for January but weather to turn a bit again soon. Had a nice little walk today but not as nice a view as walking around the harbor.

To P'ville in the a.m. ........ almost all ready.

01-21-2010, 10:08 AM
Our weather's been milder than usual for January, too, often just hovering around the freezing mark.
The harbour walk is nice. But I learned something interesting yesterday. I walked with DH in the early morning and he was bending my ear about an article he's working on and I just wanted to be quiet, look at things, be aware of the beauty. He was making my brain work! So I think I may not opt for going with him very often -- I treasure my seeing/feeling time and thinking intrudes. :lol:
Okey-doke -- I'm picking DGS up this aft so I'd better make hay now. Let's make this a good one!

01-24-2010, 07:41 AM
My plan went a bit awry yesterday -- but only my activity plan. I was going to walk but heard in the morning that there was a group set up outside the local Wal-Mart accepting donations of clothes and etc. for Haitian relief. So my closets got weeded out a bit, always a good thing. And I hope they'll do some good.

The day before, I had a nail polish binge, which I'm thinking is a good binge option of a Friday afternoon. I had a lot of "points" to spend at the drug store and, in addition to sensible items, I bought a crazy bouquet of nail polish: CORAL (which I could find nowhere last year), SPARKLY MIDNIGHT BLUE, BURNISHED BROWN, STORMY PURPLE, DEEPEST DARKEST RED (color: Vixen) and IRIDESCENT GOLD.

So thanks be to :queen:ly Anagram and WSW for the inspiration. :) It doth occur to me that I also need GREEN and SILVER.

I've got a long-overdue interview for the ghost story book this afternoon. We're meeting at the offices (how professional!)

Diet and exercise going well, although I think I'm going to have to cut back on carbs to see a loss. I did figure out my gain this week: I'd severely oversalted a batch of veggie chili and had that for dinner on Thursday. I forgot until I went to have it again for lunch Friday. Then I remembered but ate it anyway. :dz: Now to cut back on salt, carbs and net a loss. :yes:

Let's get out there and have a good one, Queenies!

01-26-2010, 02:37 PM
And yet, longing for the weekend. I think I'll try to get a week off ASAP. Gosh, a month would be nice, though. :cloud9:

Okay, will not get carried away. But... I don't feeeeeel like working today. Had an escape to Sound Yoga :yoga: at noon and it was very salubrious but now I'm in the office with my long to-do list. I keep thinking of going home to work but I know I'd slack off. Oh wait -- guess I AM slacking off anyway. Just not as effectively. :dz: Ah well. Keeps the Sound Yoga fees paid.

I'm two days into South Beach induction and the weight's subsiding a bit already. Shall keep on going, maybe pausing Friday night for a non-SB glass of wine. :devil:

We've got a windy, rainy, spring-like (well, what passes for spring here) day today.

:flow1: :flow1: :flow1:

Now where beith all the :queen:ies?

01-26-2010, 04:10 PM
Well, this royal was in P'ville. But I have been back home since Sunday - just took me a while ;)

200.6 yesterday and again today. But 203 something when I hit the dr's office this afternoon. So after I reach my goal of being in the 1s all the time on my scale I must go for the 1s all the time on my dr's scale.

DDs surgery went okay and I wasn't totally exhausted (only almost). Feeling like an afternoon of laziness too - just a few things I MUST do - rest will wait.

Love the colorful polishes, Arabella. Sounds like you're ready for summer and sandals. Did my fingernails today, too, but only in the slightly iridescent pale pink I favor. Nails are SO bad.

Good for you on the Haitan relief effort. I've been putting off an after Christmas sort through on mine - maybe tomorrow.

Going to go do another load of laundry, put out trash and that will be about it, methinks.

Lazy, lazy, lazy but that's okay. Did a good bit earlier and as it's clouding over, seems like a good day to be lazy for a few hours.



01-26-2010, 09:55 PM
Just a wee flybye 'n hopin' she can rest by the massive hearth in the Great Hall here in the palace o' lovely intelligent royals, whom I still think of 'n miss 'n whenever I lurketh here there is so much to respond to that oftimes I tiptoe away but am still o' the royal family, if not much use at givin' support these days.

Thighs Be Gone, t'is lovely to meet ye, love thy avatar.

Mine diet 'n exercise are goin' well 'n mine St. Paddy's Day Challenge has sort o' diverted itself into registerin' for the Pat's Run race here in April. Actually one can walk it but I've set out to get in shape to run it, still we'll see. I'm havin' fun with it.

Anagram, glad thy dd's surgery went well.

Wood Nymph, loved reading 'bout the polishes. So colorful, like jewels.

Dear Kaylets, I am so glad things are improving for thy DH, yea, I also believe that support and healing vibes from others are an important factor in recovery.

Must away, to all, mentioned or un ... miss ye, will be back!

01-27-2010, 08:39 AM
Dreaded EOM workathon again. Was resisting yesterday (although I did manage to accomplish a fair amount) but haven't got time to resist today and must just plunge in. Endeavoring to make accomplishment my treat. :rolleyes:

I've got writer's group tonight and then am getting DGS tomorrow night so must be extra productive in the daytime. Next month I'll be more on top, I swear!

Anagram, "lazy, lazy, lazy" sounds lovely, lovely, lovely! :) I'm looking forward to some of that on the weekend.

My Haitian effort was deadline-driven -- just heard about the drive Saturday morning and donations had to be delivered by 5.

I decided to sponsor a child and got my package with photos and info yesterday. I've always wanted to do that but DH always objected. This time I just said "I'm going to sponsor a child." And did.

Ah, Janga! The nail polish seems to resonate with a lot of us. I think it's connected, psychologically, to taking care of ourselves. And in a non-caloric way. I almost never do fingers because it doesn't stay nice very long. But I may be tempted with my new colors.

Ok, :queen:ies, I must be off. Running out to the store, then running to the office. Then... shall be a veritable dynamo.

Let's make this a good one!

01-27-2010, 03:25 PM
Good to have you visit, Empress Janga. And inspiring that thou art considering a run.

And congrats on your "child", arabella. A step ahead on achieving goals.

Today I seem to be goal-less and at loose ends. Doing odds and ends but not able to latch on to what it is I WANT (as opposed to SHOULD) TO DO.

Was at 201.4 today as a result of wanton depravity (and restlessness) last evening.

I did sort of rearrange my closet a bit and in the process came across a blue silk dress I have not been able to wear in ages. Was close last I tried. And it occurred to me that, perhaps, just perhaps, it might serve as a special dress I need in early May. Motivation, mayhap. Will have to look into that. Not that I can't get a new one as well - but I loved this blue silk and scarcely wore it before I outgrew it. And that is three months away still...........hmmmmm.

Not feeling very ROYAL at the moment. Missing Kaylets, ceara and wsw, especially. :grouphug:

:val1: :val1:

01-28-2010, 08:34 AM
I had a little bout of depravity yesterday too. Didn't really veer from SB but... not good! Here's to OP-ness today! :cheers:

I probably shouldn't have signed on to take DGS today. It's very hard for him to let me work. What a chatterbox! I always enjoy having him but I'd really like to have him some day and not have to try to work while he's here. :rolleyes:

Ah, Anagram! I think even the :queen:liest (and there's none queenlier than thee in my books) sometimes feel less than royal. I'm not there either but striving toward it. :hug: Also missing the missing.

And where did Kat get to? I'm sure I saw a glimpse of her...

Let's take this day and do our level best with it. :yes:

01-29-2010, 12:37 PM
sorry to have been away from the palace for so long. have had some pesky "ms techical difficulties" for a while now. have missed you and have been thinking of you even when not here, though. will be back again soon to catch up on posts and respond individually. take care, dear queenlies.

01-30-2010, 08:38 AM
Picking "putter-y" as the MO for today. I've got soup on, plus chickpeas for hummus and roasted chickpea snack dish (SB-friendly). Laundry's on the go. I'm thinking I'll tidy dining room and butler's pantry today. They're not so far from tidy that it will be really taxing but will be nice to have done. Now I'm going to practice for choir for a while and then go for a walk in our new winter wonderland :snowglo:

WSW, I hope your technical difficulties are easing! :hug: Any news on the new home front?

K, :queen:ies, let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us. Love to all!

01-30-2010, 03:48 PM
199.4 today - nice to see that "1" again after a 202 yesterday, a 201.6 the day before, etc.

wsw, how glad we are to have your greeting. Not too surprised you've been having t.d.s again considering all that stress you've had. Hope it soon leaves.

I had a brief glimpse of kat as well -- I'm sure she'll be here again any day now with the tale of her CA adventures. (Speaking of CA, the bro who dares to think he's leaving here is there now and has bought a home so I guess he's serious enough.)

Puttering is my choice of MO today as well, Arabella, and it might have just degenerated to lazing in front of TV. Sort of the kind of day to do that and I DID get some things done this a.m. Likely will do more, bit by bit, once I give myself permission not to. I'm funny that way.

Bet DGS would like to have a day with you too, A, when you could just listen to him and not have to work. What a joy that chatterbox must be!

Well, brrrr..........I'm going to hit aforesaid recliner and go into laze mode - at least for a while. Dinner will be leftover soup I made yesterday (are we sisters under the royal skin or not, A?). Ham broth with broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and potato - yummers.

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01-31-2010, 11:48 AM
Putter mode yielded to moving books and albums and shelves. Because they're putting up floor-to-ceiling shelving in DH's study and starting Tuesday. However, since I'd already started making soup and hummus and started laundry I ended up doing the lot. And managed to squeeze in a little visit with the :queen: mum. I'm really looking forward to having all this work done. Our bathroom is in dire need and it will be so lovely to have it nice.

We've got everything moved from the study but for the stuff DH will have to sort. We've gone for our long Sunday walk and returned. We had a lovely breakfast -- scrambled eggs with dill and smoked salmon. :)

So now I'm back to putter mode. And DH has to go in to work for a while this aft so I'll have the Palace to myself. :cloud9: The plan is to practice, relax, do a little writing. I'll go out at some point to take my mum's books back to the library and pick up another dozen or so for her.

I was thinking this morning as I got dressed that if I wasn't measuring progress by the scale, I'd have been happy with how things went in January. At the first of the month, my pants were too tight and I was bulging over the top and now they fit just fine. So that's encouraging. And, in fact, if I'd even weighed in the first of January, I'd probably have had a pretty darned good loss. Just wasn't able to make myself face up but I bet I was four or five pounds heavier than start of ticker. Dang! Had I weighed in I probably could have said I was on track! :dz: Oh, the mind games!

Anagram, your soup sounds delightful! I made split pea -- one of DH's favorites. Yes, DGS is a joy beyond compare and there's nothing much nicer than walking along chatting about this and that. It's amazing the questions they ask, the challenge to explain why things are the way they are -- when so often we don't examine.

WSW, :queen: Anagram is right -- no wonder you're having difficulties after all that stress. What a terrible trial! I don't know how I would have measured up, I must say. But I don't think it would have been pretty.

Fresh start Monday coming up, complete with a fresh new month closer to spring. :D Have a wonderful Sunday!

01-31-2010, 02:07 PM
Ah yes, closer to Spring!!!! I think I'll change my door decorr to Valentine's Day. Think I'm rushing it?

Split pea is one of my very favorites as well. Broccoli and cauliflower soups as well so this was all sort of a combo. A step out of my box....

All things considered I guess the past month was fairly good in most areas. Didn't get enough of the dreaded paper work done but made a dent yesterday on my putzing day.

198.8 today so am happy w/ that and fit of clothing around the waist. But going out to eat tonight and that will likely be sidetracked again. But it's okay - my high numbers are down from where they were as well.

Sis who had stomach surgery right after Christmas estimates she's lost about 15 lbs since. Sis who has been having still undiagnosed stomach ailments since right before Christmas has lost about the same. I refuse to be the heaviest of the sisters (although the fourth one is still a lot bigger but who knows when her epiphany will come). And I don't want to be ill or have surgery so I must plod on.

Still SO cold here but deceiving to look out the windows today. Supposed to be more normal this week.

Well, my Royal Ones, I am off to a little more putter and a little more lolligag. And some tea.............


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01-31-2010, 02:08 PM
Ah yes, closer to Spring!!!! I think I'll change my door decorr to Valentine's Day. Think I'm rushing it?

Split pea is one of my very favorites as well. Broccoli and cauliflower soups as well so this was all sort of a combo. A step out of my box....

All things considered I guess the past month was fairly good in most areas. Didn't get enough of the dreaded paper work done but made a dent yesterday on my putzing day.

198.8 today so am happy w/ that and fit of clothing around the waist. But going out to eat tonight and that will likely be sidetracked again. But it's okay - my high numbers are down from where they were as well.

Sis who had stomach surgery right after Christmas estimates she's lost about 15 lbs since. Sis who has been having still undiagnosed stomach ailments since right before Christmas has lost about the same. I refuse to be the heaviest of the sisters (although the fourth one is still a lot bigger but who knows when her epiphany will come). And I don't want to be ill or have surgery so I must plod on.

Still SO cold here but deceiving to look out the windows today. Supposed to be more normal this week.

Well, my Royal Ones, I am off to a little more putter and a little more lolligag. And some tea.............


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02-01-2010, 06:21 AM
So, here we go February! Aiming to get at least five pounds off this month.

Well, yesterday went more or less according to plan. Such a gorgeously sunny day, although :brr:. I've got my mom all stocked up with good books to read again. We've got the study ready for the carpenters. I did a little practicing and a little writing. Mom sent me home with a big turkey that my brother'd given her. I'll cook it on Thursday and have her in to dinner. I could eat a turkey dinner pretty much any old day. :T I found the "Topper" movies online and we'll watch one of them.

Anagram, I've got two sisters that fight the danged battle of the bulge along side me and I'm the fattest now. :( Hasn't always been the case. Not that I'd wish either of them another ounce but I have to admit I don't like being the family fat chick.

:flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2:
So... onward. Monday begins. Planning my meals, planning not to push the limits of SB this week :dz: Planning to SUCCEED!!

Let's make this a good one!

02-02-2010, 12:09 PM
Thinking of you, Arabella, as you have your Carpetner Day (or the first, maybe).

Yes, that competitive thing might help me. The heaviest sister is the one in TX and I don't see her often. But later this month I will be at a family event with the other two - and as of this minute, I would (I'm sure) be the "heavy". Grrrr.

201.6 today though. A covered dish last evening on top of eating out the evening before-----------

Supposed to have snow or flurries today and it's gray. I'm off to a very slow start and think I'll continue that option and mostly do paperwork and laundry and pull my sorry self together.

One of our old threads popped up and I checked it out. I was about 203 and it was August of 2003 so you can see how much progress I made. However, it covered the time period when my Mom passed away and was just after the beginning of DHs kidney problems and I reread aboiut all that stress. So, I think considering everything, just not being back up at 250 might be a non-scale victory ;)

Go for it, Royals, whatever "IT" may be for you today.

02-02-2010, 03:57 PM
I expect it`ll be the end of next week before they`re done. However, somehow I`m uncharacteristically okay with it all. :shrug: Whatever, I say. It will all look great and function nicely when it`s done. I`m officially excited. :hyper:

I`m having a good brain day. I`ve gotten more work done than usual already and accomplished more than the norm yesterday too. I wonder if it`s the lowish carb thing? That would be enough to keep me going all by itself. Or maybe the Tabata? Increased energy and blood flow to the brain? I should hesitate to mention lest tomorrow I turn into a lump again but I'm liking this. :yes:

Choir practice was great last night. We're doing the Karl Jenkins Requiem, which is a big change from the more traditional ones we've done. It's quite stirring and beautiful though and incorporates Japanese haiku sections that are really lovely.

Anagram, I know if I dug around in the threads I could find me at 194-5. Not gonna dig, nuh-uh. Onward!

I'm running out of steam now but am glad to have gotten ahead of the work. So early in the month too! Now I'm telling myself that I need to recharge my batteries to feel as sprightly tomorrow.

Have a tremendous evening, :queen:lies!

02-02-2010, 06:56 PM
anagram-going through such difficult times in the past and not going up higher on the scale certainly was a huge nsv!! you are a shining royal in every way, dear anagram!

i am amazed that i can remember old weights even when not being prompted by reading a past thread from years gone by.

arabella-good luck with all the carpentry work. i hope it turns out great, and proceeds smoothly!

kaylets-thinking of you, and hoping things are going well for you, and with dh.

kat-hi! :)

janga-good to see your most recent post, and thinking of you.

and greetings to all our lovely queens!

still a bit more "ms technically challenged" than at times, but things definitely continuing in the right direction.

snow and ice storm this past sat. has kept me indoors now for the past 4 days (still too much ice to navigate outside my door.) definitely feeling "cabin feverish" now. i have an appointment tomorrow afternoon here and then a friend coming over for tea, so if i still can't get out on my own steam, will ask friend to help me. (i have plenty of food and everything else, so haven't had to ask for an emergency assist out of here, or i would have asked for some help.) the only bad thing about waiting until tomorrow is that i know that another (ice) storm is due for this weekend, and i have a feeling that once i am let out (lol!), i won't want to come back in again. i lucked out though, that the ice storm wasn't as bad as they were predicting, which usually involves some long-term power outages. i had all my flashlights ready in strategic locations, but so glad i didn't need them.

so far, have stayed op, despite cabin fever. i am only a couple pounds down from what i weighed almost 4 months ago. i had been "wonderful" the past couple of months now, so i thought surely scale would reward me big time. alas, that has not been the case. ah well. 182 now. i had mentioned a while back, though, that something had shifted, because for some reason, more people seem to be noticing the difference even though i haven't lost any significant amount of weight in a long while, and clothes fitting better, so whatever shifted in a good way, i'll take it! :)

ok, so i have blathered on long enough now. know that i am thinking of all of you, and with that thought, i am smiling. take care.

02-02-2010, 09:06 PM
wsw, so great to see thee here when Janga/Am flitteth into the Palace. I think often of ye!

Sorry ye are havin' technical difficulties. But bein' 4 pounds down from where ye were is a good success 'n so is the thing 'bout clothes fitting better, it all adds up.

Wood Nymph, congrats on the "child" also and may the project bring great joy to thee. Congrats on your victory knowing that ye are happy with your weight even though you didn't get on the scale when you started the ticker so aren't sure of the exact amount lost, if I am reading that correctly.

Anagram, thanks for the greeting, sorry thy sisters have been ailing, hope they are on the mend now. And congratulations on your non scale victory and staying consistent through the hard times.

To all, mentioned or un ... Am must run!

I'll be around more often, methinks. It seems easier to get on here nowadays even though I'm on the same ancient computer.

02-04-2010, 09:25 AM
Work has been brutal this week -- actually, Monday and Tuesday were pretty good. I felt on top of things and... happy. Started that way yesterday but was dragged through it all day and pestered while I was trying to get things done until I felt like I'd been beaten by the end of the day.

Today -- I refuse the stress! I will make my plans known and go incommunicado. These things aren't emergencies, not in any real sense -- although there are those who would try to convince you otherwise. Shall check email every couple of hours and shut down instant messaging.

With the amount of work I'm expected to get through, I just can't spend half my time on email and IM. And. That's. IT.

Oh... the good thing? I did not veer off plan even by a smidgen. Huzzah.

WSW, what a lovely long post! And I'm so glad to hear that the latest flare-up is receding. Remember to take great and gentle care of your own sweet self! :hug:

Janga, hey there you are again! :) Weeeeellll, not happy with weight but happy with progress? I guess that's it.

:queen:lies, I must press nose to grindstone. (Hope it does not get too pointy.) Let us take this day we've been given and make it work for us! Love to all...

02-04-2010, 11:17 AM
Good for you, Royal A, for taking control in your kingdom. Frustrating when things go well and then don't for pettyish reasons. And kudos for staying on plan.

I'm sure today/tomorrows weather isn't going to help you get out and about, wsw, but huzzah for your good friends. Enjoy their company. I'm sure spring will help (us all) and it IS coming.

I'm to get me out and about shortly while it's nice and sunny and trying to stay in the 30s. In some ways looking forward to snow this weekend but in other ways not - I really won't likely be snowed in too long. But I'll make the most of it while I am - music, hot chocolate, some little piddly chores - NO PROJECTS.

Well so I say, anyway. At 200.8 today. Sorry if I'm boring all with the daily number but I do find it's helping me deal. Might be much more if I ignored it.

So - cheers to all :queen:s - missing, lurking, wherever.

:val2: :val1: :val3: :val3: :val1: :val2:

02-04-2010, 06:25 PM
I am taking the same kind of control in my queendom as well, Wood Nymph.

In a way, I could have written thy last postie, been like that also for me, driving me to bad carbs. :lol:

Anagram, thy daily number looks good, ye are a hair from the border there. Huzzah.

Yea, I hope to be here more and also will be returning to previous user name as soon as it can be done with the help of a kind mod.

I find Janga depressing these days! :)

02-04-2010, 06:44 PM
While I do like the name Janga (and am sorry it is depressing to you), I always found your previous name to be most fitted to your Regal personality.

I've been flitting up and down around that number for weeks now. Unlike our Royal wsw who, when she broke the barrier, just kept on a-going in her royal and dainty way. One of these days, I will go low enough that my "flits" will stay at 1 something.


02-05-2010, 06:53 PM
Well, my "snow-in" has begun. I don't expect to leave the house until at least Sunday unless all the prognosticators are wrong.

200.2 today.

Here's to a lazy tomorrow.

02-06-2010, 08:55 AM
Shall enjoy vicariously. :) That'll do it for me. Sunny and cold again here. It's the wind that does us in -- windchill is -25. I said to DH last night "I am sick of cold weather." He just laughed at me. :shrug: Guess he can't do much about it.

I did soooo much work last week. And had more major projects added. I'd say that my workload has probably tripled. Nevertheless, I feel like with my new office space and my new commitment to decrease my "available" time, I think it may work out to be viable. I just will not let this overwhelm and depress me. I will not.

My manager was fine with me limiting the time she could reach me by IM and responding to email only every couple of hours. Constant interruptions make it just about impossible to get anything done and there's no need of it.

Anyway, she said, well, how about if we have an IM session first thing every morning and again at the end of the day? I said that wouldn't work for me because sometimes I start at 6 or 6:30 and on those days I don't want to be in the office until 5. So I just have to be available first thing in the morning and then coordinate times for collaborative efforts later.

Wow, how boring was the above. (Rhetorical. No need to submit evaluation on a scale of 1-10.)

Yesterday was SIL's 55th birthday and the year anniversary since she started chemo. She just had a CT scan and checkup, also colonoscopy and the doctor said everything looks good. We're celebrating tonight. She's so tremendously happy to be well and we're all very grateful.

Anagram, those milestones can be tough to get past. And in some ways, that's the biggest one. Always seems to me to be the borderline between "normal" and, um, not really. You've just stayed with it, though, and that's what's going to get you safely beyond soon. (Although I do concur, our WSW was -- from my perspective -- like a weight loss rocket heading down, down, down. Amazing, she is!)

:queen: Amarantha, if I mayst so call thee... I concur, I prefer thine appelation of olde.

Funny how often we royals seem to parallel. I'm still looking greatly forward to being able to do more of my own writing but I think I'm going to have to do it simultaneously with the day job.

May all :queen:lies have a blissful weekend!

02-08-2010, 08:30 PM
janga-i like seeing you more often. it puts a spring in my step. :)

arabella-so glad sil got such good news! hope work schedule won't be as brutal this week as it had been. taking control of royal queendom--very impressive.

anagram-i sure know about flitting around a certain number on the scale. regal strenth you are showing impresses me to no end. hope your "snow in" was/is relaxing and not too protracted.

--and thinking of all royals fondly.

today was the first day in 9 days i could actually use my car (because of ice), so i was a happy camper being able to get out on my own steam. more has melted today, but everything not melted keeps re-freezing every night. at least there is much less snow and ice than there had been. i am so sympathetic to all who now dwelleth in snowland (not only because have been stuck here, but also from having grown up in minnesota where there was never any shortage of snow in the winters.)

staying op and sticking with exercising routine. 181 today. had a nsv yesterday while looking through some old photo albums while in a nostalgic mood. i always used to cringe (even in the privacy of my own home) when running across photos of myself at differing (and usually high weights), but i actually felt pretty non-judgmental when perusing the photos yesterday. it felt ok, and i was able to just enjoy the pictures of friends (even if i was in them). showing some compassion for myself was really a pleasant, new feeling, i must admit. well, i hope a good evening will be had by all. take care.

02-10-2010, 09:58 AM
So glad you and SIL get to celebrate anniversary and all's well. I know we rejoice everytime BIL gets a NED (no evidence of disease) report.

TRIPLE workload!!!! Enough to call for all the royalness ye have.

wsw - I hope YOUR weather soon improves enough to ease up your limits. I must remember to go out and start my car. Fifth day today I've been no further than my mailbos. 22 inches earlier and about 10 more due today and today we'll get the winds too. But that -25 is a bit much. Yikes.

And, Amarantha, remember that the Kingdom has been lacking an Empress while you have been gone.

Snowing steadily as I look out at my white picture. Pretty. And I've not gone wild on food. Hit the 1s again Monday with 198.6 but was up again yesterday. Have not weighed yet today (still sitting in nightie). Dear neighbors came through again and am hoping they will this time as well.

Have been doing tons of paperwork as I threw my back out again (doing leg lifts, I think). I really must get back to pool work - hard to thinkof that in this snow though.

Anyway - loads of good wishes for a great day wherever you are. I've mostly been working in this nasty weather (though slowly and non-pressuredly). Today I plan to look for some FUN!!!!!!

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02-10-2010, 08:12 PM
anagram-hope you were able to get some fun in today. i think everyone could use a little spring weather about now. sorry you threw your back out. hope it is feeling better a.s.a.p! kudos on doing all that paperwork!

we had wild winds here today, which brought down trees and caused a lot of power outages. fingers crossed that power stays on here---so far so good, anyway.

179.5 today. sticking with food plan and exercise. since i was stuck inside again today, i went through some clothes to get ready to donate. it was kind of fun finding a few more things that were too big. now, i need to get to some cleaning. well, good evening, everyone.

02-11-2010, 06:45 AM
Which must indicate that I'm getting ready to take charge again. The party on Saturday threw me off and I've been scrambling to get back on the wagon ever since. Curse you, white flour and sugar! I've had some of each this week and I think it's no coincidence that I'm feeling tired and not so positive.

The plan: back to no white stuff and watching the carbs. I can do it. I can. :yes:

My manager hasn't been following the communications schedule we established so it's taking some effort to maintain. I must reassert -- it's absolutely the only way I can get done what I need to do.

The bookshelves in the study look good. Another week and it'll be the bathroom...

WSW, look at you! :woohoo: You just keep on going and have made such FABULOUS progress -- what a :queen:

Good too, that, acceptance. I really think it helps us move forward. :yes:

Anagram, the snow really is very pretty, isn't it. :snowglo: We haven't had so much this year and the frigid temps have abated for the moment anyway. We're hovering around freezing this week, which is a nice break. Still... remember spring? Won't it be blissful.

Oops, there's DH back. Must away. Have a great one!

02-12-2010, 02:55 AM
Huzzah, all! Am hath been lurkin' a little but she be a'waitin' until the mod who is going to fix her name problem can get it done so she's still Janga; perhaps that is her last name, Royal Amarantha of Janga. Hmmm ...

Wanted to clear up something I must have said way back, I am actually happy with my weight these days, but still seeking equilibrium on that front, stability, which is hard with weight because there is so much pizza in the world (and that be a goodly thing, methinks).

Wood Nymph, I absolutely must avoid bad and/or too many carbs and processed sugar as well, although this week I am not doing so.

Too much sodium this week also, bah, must banish it!

wsw, congrats on the weight and having to banish some too loose clothing! Huzzah! That's great!

Anagram, sorry re thy back hurting. I do leg lifts a lot also and they can get to the back sometimes. I like them, though. Don't worry 'bout the weight flittin' ... it be the way o' weight, it just is that way (or that weigh). You are doin' great.

Arabella, I have similar problems re boundaries since I also have remote employers, plus I have to keep myself in check. I got up and was working at 2 a.m. last night and now am all messed up with a full day in the field tomorrow.

Glad for the SIL's good news also, Arabella.

Re me being gone, it never seems like I am lol, I lurk here a lot and time passes. But they have fixed the site or something so I don't have the computer problems with it as much.

I have been trying to run faster so I can do this upcoming race thingie so I'd better go to bed before I start working.

02-15-2010, 03:12 PM
amarantha-when i think about all the weight you have lost(!!!!!), and the fact that you even exceeded your goal weight, it inspires me to keep going, even when it feels like such an uphill climb. what an accomplishment you have achieved!!

arabella-glad to hear the royal bookshelves look good! hope your manager is now following the communications schedule you originally established. having to assert (and re-assert) oneself is no easy task, as i am all too well aware.

179 today. hanging in there with food and exercise plans. glad to get out today after being inside again for a few days after the latest snow on friday night. tomorrow is actually supposed to be sunny, which sounds very good to me. hope everyone had a good valentine's day. well, thinking of you all, dear royals. take care.

02-15-2010, 05:13 PM
I lost my way a week ago at DSIL's birthday party and struggled mightily to get going again. I don't think I had a single good day for a week. And then yesterday was Valentine's Day and we had DSIL, DBIL and my mum to dinner. I'd planned for the dessert splurge... but the potato chips caught me unprepared.

Dessert, for enquiring minds, was chocolate ganache pot de creme served in antique cups with Bailey's whipped cream atop. It was awfully cute. I sprinkled cocoa over them to make it look even more like a cappuccinos and then a few cinnamon hearts just for festivity. Put the cups on their saucers with little spoons. They were a hit -- rich but not overly sweet. And could be made with unsweetened chocolate and sugar substitute.

Anyway, that was then and this is now. I've had three sterling days of exercise anyway. But potato chips, dessert, wine -- well, last night was a bit of a splurge.

Amarantha, it is very hard to manage our selves, let alone those other folk. I got to the offices today to find that my manager had sent a message yesterday to see if I wanted to take the day off today. She probably just decided yesterday she wanted to take it off and wouldn't have mentioned o/w. :dz: And I decided to get a jump on tomorrow's work since I was there anyway so I may see about taking a half-day to make up.

WSW, you have been so tremendously successful -- you should be very proud of your perseverence, especially given the condo stress you've been subject to. Holy smokes!

We're supposed to have sunshine tomorrow too. :sunny: Enjoy!

Hope all :queen:lies are enjoying this day. Fresh starts, all round!

02-16-2010, 03:27 PM
Sunny here this afternoon after another inch or so of the white stuff yesterday. It IS February after all but it has been a record setting month here weatherwise.

Yet I am cautious about being too eager for spring. I don't want to rush St. Pat's and Easter and all of those other good things.

Had a little mini-reunion here Saturday w/DB/DSIL from Alaska, another bro, two nephews, two grandnephews. I didn't eat nearly as much as i wanted to - nonethless I apparanetly ate too much.

I do need to check in more and see how my inspirations are doing. I was at 202.2 today once again. I've hit that number so oft lately I thought perhaps my scale was stuck. So one day last week, I waited a few minutes and went back in and reweighed. Well, I didn't like that either 0-- it was up more than a pound.

BTW the one bro who was here was the one who had stomach surgery. He has lost 170 lbs in the last 15 months or so, is getting quite muscled again as well. Looks good and is able to do so many things again. the other is the one who's moving to CA and plans seem to be moving fast on that one. I'm happy for him but still not happy for me.

I'm sort of in a nice spot this afternoon - nothing that's a must. Tomorrow's a run-around day so don't want to do any of that and don't know what other than putting out trash and making dinner I'll do w/rest of day. Reading sounds good. Cleaning out old emails does too. Been working on that but am so far behind, it gets discouraging.

Anyway, a lovely February 16th to all in and around the royal Kingdom!!!


02-17-2010, 07:51 AM
I've been floundering for long enough. It's time to make a plan and follow it. It's time for a 21 Day Challenge. :yes:

Today's Day 1. Here's the plan:

1. Eat only seated at the table when alone.
2. Moderate lowish-carb.
3. No white stuff.
4. Plenty of water.
5. 10,000 steps a day.
6. Tabata at least 5X a week.
7. Daily FUN!
8. Daily meditation.
9. At least 7 veggies/fruit a day.
10. Daily report.

Back to trying to ensure that my real needs are met. I can see that I've been letting that slide, letting things that are good for me go and doing other things that interfere with self-care. Time to hocuspokusFOCUS! :wizard:

Snow here, too, Anagram. Storming right now and I intend to get out for a walk around the harbour in it. It's not terribly cold.

Your gathering sounds lovely! I do feel your pain about your brother moving so far. I haven't seen the one I'm closest to for several years now and it is hard. I don't do well with that kind of separation -- I don't mean that I'm disconsolate, just that there's some part of me that doesn't get it, somehow. It just seems wrong. :hug:

Okey-doke. Time to get started on the day. But first... :coffee2:

02-18-2010, 02:05 AM
Huzzah, Royals!

Am had thought she'd be Amarantha again soon so was waiting to post but the person who is fixing the name change for Am did say t'would take awhile due to computer troubles so Am will be patient, just not liking the Janga name anymore at all.

Work has been the same issues over and over and due to that and trying to run faster (to do that race in April), Am has been ok with weight but eating a lot of sugar and processed stuff and that isn't helping SO big announcement, she downloaded the old Sugar Buster books into her e-reader and has decided to do a MODIFIED non strict version of that plan for awhile as when she followed it before she felt great all the time, so this be more about feeling great than weight. Hmmm, rhymes ...

Of course, Am did cave today as REALLY work stressed and life stressed and all the usual so it seemed good at the time to have a giant cookie and that is normally not on the plan.

Am also counts calories for weight maintenance, even though Sugar Busters says not to but Am has modified that silly advice. Of course, Am needs to count calories.

Sorry to pop in and out with a me-me postie here, royals!

I'll be 'round, just ignore the name and the gaps.

02-18-2010, 06:28 AM
I met all challenges yesterday, despite being somewhat under the weather. By the afternoon, I thought of not walking but then thought "But that's the only item not accomplished on my list and if I do that I can move on to Day 2. So I did it. And here I am.

Tabata in 10, followed by yoga and a soak in the tub (during which time I'll accomplish my meditation challenge :) ) I think that fun today will consist of window shopping at a home decor store. Yesterday I took 15 minutes to curl up with my book mid-afternoon.

Am, there is no reason for you to not count calories if you want to -- it's a perfectly reasonable hobby. :yes:

It really is quite revelatory when we see what we feel like without the nasty carbs, isn't it. And then feeling that good makes everything seem so much easier. Huzzah!

Well, :queen:lies, must go start tub (it's a big one!) and select my essential oil. Tabata, yoga, soak! Let's make this a good one. :wave:

02-18-2010, 07:56 AM
Hello all,

So sorry its been so long. Sometimes I have been here but just didnt know what to say or didnt want to say it out loud if that makes sense.

Lessons learned recently:
Never again will complain about stress without comparing it to this time in my life.

Never wish for snow so you can have a legit day from the job: Wishes do come true and then you have 30" of snow left behind in a place that ordinarily doesnt get that much in 3 yrs combined.....

DH is going thru a rough patch right now but some new meds are being started and we'll see if that gives him any relief.
He is seriously considering short term disability.

Me, I cannot believe it but have found recently it's true. If you really are busy enough, a few servings of something full fat or real sugar DO satisfy and you are on your way, no cravings.
But, this busy is not the goal.

Please keep sending good thoughts and keep us in your prayers.

02-19-2010, 09:44 AM
:sunny:Good morning :queen:lies!

Have made it to Friday on this heavy work week, also Day 3 on challenge. Fun yesterday consisted of tucking into bed at 7:30 with my novel (The Help, which I recommend.) As usual the fun is something I kind of forget about in the run of a day but I find myself feeling a little more fun-inclined. This morning I took a walk through the woods down to the harbour and thence around on my way to work. Because I felt like it.

Still, shall endeavor to get more fun today yet.

Kaylets, thanks for finding the time to drop in. I'm so sorry that your DH is going through a rough patch right now.

DSIL took temporary disability leave last year (she's just now getting back to full time) and I think it was a huge element in her good outcome. It gave her the time to focus on her own healing.

Still keeping you and DH in thoughts and prayers. :hug:

Lovelies, let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it. Huzzah!

02-20-2010, 08:10 AM
Fun yesterday was stopping in to the second-hand shop and picking up a couple of tops (I thought, would this count as fun if I hadn't found anything? :shrug: ). But I did. Was craving pink and found one slightly dressy dusty pink blouse and one chartreuse one, which made a spring-like contrast. I didn't try them on and didn't have high hopes that they'd fit and look okay but they did. Might even be flattering?

Still, not satisfied. I want more pink to get me through the end of winter.

Also need to schedule some event this weekend. I know I won't be happy staying home straight through -- although I could make it a straightening/cleaning weekend I guess. We've still got the dining room full of bookcases and books and DH's shelves are mostly empty. I'd move the books myself but, of course, he wants to decide where everything goes himself. Have given gentle nudge -- I want my dining room back!

Tabata and yoga soon, walking later.

Have a lovely Saturday, :queen:lies!

02-20-2010, 08:15 PM
Huzzah to Kaylets! So glad to see thee and sending my best thoughts that all may be well with thee and thy DH!

Arabella, I downloaded The Help as one of the first books I read on my e-reader when received from brother this Christmas. It was, indeed, a great book! Highly recommended by moi as well.

I am still Janga, apparently, but hoping they will switch me back to my old name soon, not sure why that is important to me lol, I am strange sometimes.

Very stressful work week on this end as well, never really off, tomorrow will be a good day as was today. I did work, then did my first Zumba class at gym, it was so fun, so I hope to work it in more often.

Arabella, love the idea of getting in more pink ...

02-21-2010, 12:04 PM
Had a good day yesterday. Spent a little time by myself out shopping and walking around and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm feeling like some alone time would be good. Maybe I can finagle a few days off work within the next few weeks... that would be nice. Things continue busy on the job but I've (mostly) stuck to my guns concerning email and IM and it's made a big difference. I don't feel like I've got to be available all day long and that's lessened the stress.

Anyway. Today is Sunday. We've had our long walk and breakfast. This afternoon I'm thinking a trip to the library to pick up a couple of books about paranormal research and maybe a novel or two for me in addition to those for my mummy. And maybe get some actual writing done? That would be good.

Amarantha, do you love your e-reader? What kind is it? Zumba looks like a very fun workout. Also... maybe it could make me more coordinated. :rolleyes:

K, :queen:lies, let's make this a good one. And get ready for fresh start Monday. :)

02-21-2010, 05:16 PM
amarantha-i can't even imagine being at goal weight and maintenance as you are (!!), but i do know i will probably need to count calories once there. (i am doing the calorie thing in order to lose weight, and am sure it will be necessary for me to do that too at maintenance.) sorry past work week was so stressful. hope today is pleasant and relaxing!

kaylets-so good to see you! sorry dh is going through rough patch now. i hope the new meds will help. sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way. :)

anagram- nice that you had mini-reunion recently with family members. i bet you will miss ca-bound brother. i completely understand, even though i don't have siblings. when my best friend moved away for a while a few years ago, i was happy for him to have such a great opportunity while at same time, i missed him tremendously.

arabella-remembering to add fun to each day is so important. i sure don't remember to do it often enough, but trying to take your lead and putting on my must do list. huzzah on day 5 of recent challenge!!! agree with amarantha, and love the idea of more pink. enjoy your new spring colored blouses.

178 today. had a nsv the other day: i tried on a dress at a store. i haven't worn a dress in so long, that i can't even remember the last time. i didn't end up getting it because i wasn't sure if i would wear it or not once i actually got it home, but just the act of trying it on was a big step out of my comfort zone. it didn't look half bad, either! :) i could actually see a real figure again too. who knew?!

sooooo gorgeous here today! i have been enjoying every marvelous moment of it, believe me. i actually was able to turn off the heat today. well, thinking of all who dwelleth in and around our royal environs. take care.

02-21-2010, 08:13 PM
Turning off the heat! What a joyful thought. And truly, though we still have MUCH snow on the ground, there were at least 3 times this past week when I felt a glimmer of spring (though it be a tad premature). Today we hit the mid 40s, much melting and I heard the Mourning Doves. The heart lightens....

And, dear Kaylets, so sorry thy heart cannot yet be light but hopefully things will ease soon. Temporary disability does sound warrented. Is your Mom still with you?

Janga, Empress, Amarantha - a rose by whatever name. Glad you are around and about to inspire.

At least the bookshelf construction is done, eh, Arabella? Moved on to bathroom? Love the list of 'self' things you've been accomplishing!!! My fun today was a bit of retail therapy at K Mart. Bought some new hand towels for powder room to brighten and springitize. Plus some PINK Joe Boxer pjs which I did not tehnically "need" but they were so durn cheap and they are PINK and GREEN. Ah, self, they look fun.

And so delighted with your dress experience, wsw. Super, super, always good to have another "feelgood" moment.

Yes, will miss stalwart standby strength of l'il bro. He's 17 years younger and in some ways was like a 'half' child to me. Spent lots of time with me and always got a kick out of people thinking I was his mom. But such is life - it's so exciting seeing the photos of his condo and the beautiful scenery, etc.

I made it back to the ones by Friday but was in Princessville again and ate out again and today was up again. Working hard today as tomorrow is official weigh in day.

Walked around the neighborhood today for the first time in a long time, hitting tai chi tomorrow for the first in a while as well.

Busy week coming up but tonight I'm feeling up to it and good about it. Hope that feeling lasts....

On to St. Pat's....


02-21-2010, 10:40 PM
Arabella, I love my e-reader (a Sony) above everything. It is great.

And yea, Zumba is really fun. I hope to sneak in a class during my long deadline day tomorrow but don't really know if I can spare the time (or energy), but we'll see.

Wsw, congratulations on your NSV victory! Woot!

I like counting calories, btw, I like to have data. :)

Anagram! Huzzah! Thanks for the nice comment 'bout the name and bein' around. Lol, not sure how inspiring I am these days, me and the dog are a little depressed here today for various reasons.

The cat is never depressed, though, so long as she has custody o' the office chair and Kitty Temptations on demand.

Huzzah, queenlies, let's soldier on in our royal way! Woot!

02-22-2010, 08:37 AM
:devil: scale has nothing to say on the matter yet but I know as long as I hang in and keep doing what I should do he will have to yield. Such a stubborn :devil: though!

Intending a puttery work/chores/practice day today. I actually did some work on my book last night, which is good because I was starting to feel fraudulent. I've got so many writing projects started :rolleyes: If I could just get a big fat advance for one of them and quit my day job... :cloud9:

WSW, you probably should start imagining being at goal because, from my perspective, you've been hurtling towards it. You'll be there before you know it! :hyper:

So glad you've got some nice weather -- enjoy!

Anagram, they were to start on the bathroom today but the contractor called on Saturday and said it would be another week. We also decided to upgrade from a fibreglass shower to tiled one. It will be so much nicer, worth the extra expense.

I'm enjoying your PJs vicariously. :)

Empress A: Pls. check your signature, your Excellency. I'm sorry -- depression is not an option. Do some things today that make you feel good. What I find when I feel depressed is that the smallest little thing I do to feel better has a big impact. And that goes for your doggie friend too. Huzzah!

K, :queen:lies, I am going to see how much I can accomplish in how short a time and devote as much time as I can today to pleasing me. Let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it.

02-22-2010, 03:42 PM
My Demon Scale was SO nasty today - but I think I'm going to have to prove I'm as stubborn as it is. That's the plan anyway.

No - depression is not an option - and a good thing that is - otherwise I may have had quite a few d-days.

I'm puttering today as well - no ambition for a BIG job but have knocked out a few little ones - and maybe will get to a few more. In fact, it seems sort of a relazing day as I wait for the expected rain and watch more snow melt.


02-22-2010, 03:43 PM
I see I made a new word above "relazing". I was going to correct it to the planned "relaxing" but decided "relazing" really sort of fits ;)

02-23-2010, 08:30 AM
And if I get through today without cooperation from :devil: scale, 'twill be an entire week of good behavior without pay-off. Which is not very encouraging but also not unheard of. Maybe I'll cut back a bit more on carbs today. Onward!

Had a good choir practice last night. The first piece we worked on was one that I'm not very familiar with and I was beginning to think maybe I should sit this performance out. But then I felt like I had a bit more handle on later pieces and... should be okay :crossed:

My usual props aren't available this year. I don't have any altos behind me or to my left (which, when there, are tremendously helpful) and there are no rehearsal tracks available for the music so I'm winging it more than ever before. I'm learning to read music a little better but it's a little slow going.

Anagram, what a delightful new word! I hope you had a lovely, relazing day yesterday. Will find a few minutes here and there today to relaze myself. :lol:

All right, Lovelies, let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us!

02-25-2010, 11:01 AM
Ok, at 199.4 this morning. Not quite as annoyed w/Demon Scale. Re "new word", the same day I posted above, my DSis posted elsewhere, made the same typo. I didn't tell her I had "invented" that word first.

Glad choir practice turned out well, Arabella. You obviously enjoy singing in the choir.

Had an interesting visit with neighbors who moved in last summer. Turns out they are from Belarus. Lovely young couple. Bright, pleasant. I took months to get to inviting them over (though I did take cookies over the day they moved in). But worked out well.

Scooted around like crazy yesterday to get things done before expected storm today - it's not here yet so am going to do one thing I had not planned on doing and then coop up for the duration.

Have a lovely Thursday, Royals.

02-25-2010, 08:15 PM
Huzzah, queenlies, Am be not depressed, she be changin' clothes for Zumba class that she is determined to do. :lol:

Not really in love with evening exercise classes as so often have to work but really want to get in at least one Zumba in this week to see if I liked it as much as I thought I did the first time.

Did weights this morning, really need lots of cross training as I was focusing too much on the running for awhile and the body doesn't appreciate it.

To those fighting Demon Scale (me, too, t'is a never ending battle no matter what weight we are at), it is just a tool, one that has value in the fitness journey but not the entire equation.

On the other hand, the good part of the scale equation is that it lets us see progress and in that vein, CONGRATS to Anagram for that great weigh-in Am discerneth in thy postie! Huzzah!

Wood Nymph, I WISH I could quit my day job. Someone I was interviewing today thought I had a passion for the work, but I am ready to be something else, maybe a Zumba instructor? Hey!

Re the doggie depression, someone suggested Am get her a puppy!

Gad, no!

02-26-2010, 02:04 PM
While Am may sometimes have her down moments, it is my Regal opinion that Am is too engrossed in life to be called depressed.

A puppy for your pup? Yikes!

199.4 again today. Not discouraged though - realizd yesterday that for four days in a row it appeared to me that my slacks were baggy. A revelation when I realized it was a repetitive thought. They had not been tight but are now downright baggy. So that be a good thing.

Quiet here as waiting out the storm - which was indeed kind to me. The 2" we got has already melted from roads and driveways, etc. Waiting to see how other family members may be affected as there's a family thing going on this weekend down towards the Philadelphia area.

OOOOh, I see shadws of my trees. It's getting positively sunny!!!!


02-26-2010, 07:48 PM
:lol: Am is not depressed but she's tired today having done weights (60 min) in the morning and Zumba in the evening and feeling GREAT after the Zumba but really crashed today so since she is supposed to be at a trailhead at 7 a.m. (for work) and has the whole day given over to work in the Lagoon, she didn't do anything but shop and organize her healthy food all day as well as sleep.

The dog, who IS apparently somewhat depressed, went outside and stared at the vacant house where her former doggie friends lived and the next thing I knew she had somehow gotten out of the gate and I think went looking for them so I chased her all over the neighborhood until she agreed to come back home, so that was exciting.

But no, no puppy. Someone else will eventually move in there and then she'll hopefully NOT bark at them and hopefully they will like dogs and say hello to her and have dogs of their own.

Anagram, when weight is stable and pants size going down ye KNOW that means you'll be getting a nice scale victory soon, congrats on the pant size and the maintain and soon to be loss! Huzzah!

I am eating Triscuits and melted cheese for dinner, don't laugh it is one of my favorite Sugar Busters (as practiced by me) recipes.

So, must go do it, then need to read and rest. Huzzah!

02-28-2010, 07:15 PM
Oh, last week was not a good one, not at all. The party Tuesday night -- pasta again! -- set me up for some binge-y afternoons. I was off-plan totally for two days, had three good ones and then today went totally off the rails again. Fooled myself, though -- I was making a lovely, healthy turkey dinner with leftover turkey and gravy, along with veggies, sweet potato and cranberries. And now I can't eat it.

So. Tomorrow will be Day 1 again. And away we go.

On the bright side, I got a lot of house stuff done this weekend. Exchanged the mismatched bookcases in the bedroom for the matching free-standing ones replaced in DH's study. And finally got a bookcase where I can put books in the bedroom and a double one in my study. There had been a single one in there and it was full of DH's books. :dz: It makes me feel almost like a first-class citizen to be able to put my books in my own little study. Now to just clear the junk out of it...

Tomorrow they're starting on the bathroom work, so I've got to clear out the cupboards. I've got everything in one cupboard already "tidied" into large baskets on the shelves and then there's just the stuff in the vanity and around the tub. Probably won't take long.

Anagram, isn't that funny about the dual "relazing" typo. Some kind of attunement, huh. I'm glad the storm wasn't too rough on you. We were supposed to get torrential rain this weekend but it was only rainy on Friday night. It was a nice evening to be home in front of the fire. :)

Amarantha, triskets & melted cheese would be yummy for dinner.

No puppy for your puppy, huh. I like to have two cats but I think dogs tend to be more work -- scratch that, I KNOW dogs are more work. Really, you might as well have a baby as a dog. Cats are a bit more independent. I'd get my cat a kitten except that she's antisocial. Why this is the cat we've ended up with, I don't know.

K, :queen:lies, have a lovely Sunday evening. Shall hit Day 1 tomorrow and get going again.

03-02-2010, 06:21 AM
Back on track. I spent the whole day at the office yesterday and it flew past. This is enforced because the house is full of workmen but I'm remembering how helpful it is to me to be out of the house, especially in the afternoon.

Must Tabata and bathe. Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

03-03-2010, 12:08 PM
Just me again, still OP though. We went out to dinner last night and to a performance of niece's band. I ordered appropriately. Gosh, I'm boring today. Good thing I must :running:

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

03-03-2010, 02:57 PM
sounds great to have those bookcases - and orderly too - Great progress. And how good you'll feel, WN, when that new bathroom is done!!!

I was at 200.4 today and didn't feel I deserved it. I had four "less than stellar" days and esp. a bingy evening last night. I've been seriously talking to me about my "commitment" to this and to my goal of looking nice for Thirteen's confirmation in May (I'm to be her sponsor so want to buy something new and spiffy).

Now they were very good days OTHERWISE but dietwise, no.

Took the tax paperwork to the accountant this morning so I FEEL lighter since it's all in his hands now. And balanced my checkbook and wrote a few checks since I got home. I think I'm going to do two or three more little things, rest a little and then hit the mall. that's it.

The snow is melting here and the hyacinths and daffs are up between 2 and 3 inches. I'm beginning to feel the love! To get to 50 degrees in a week - or so they're saying now. Will meander over the the closet w/the spring things and take a gander. That's one good thing about being forgetful - it all seems "new" again when you haven't seen it for a while.

So :cheer:s to you all, Royal Ones, and have a very, very good week!

:lucky: :lucky: :lucky: :lucky:

03-03-2010, 04:15 PM
T'is moi (still Janga, I guess, as they haven't changed it), NOT back on track, have the flu and yesterday canceled all appointments after deadline AND ate six cinnamon buns over the course of the day. Cals still high today but no more cinnamon buns, TOMORROW back on track.

Wood Nymph, I did some tabata training on my walk/run today. Can't time it properly, I'd love to have a Gym Boss device for that.

Anyhow, queenlies, I have to go back to bed, just not feeling the thing today.

Be one with the force, whatever the force may be, queens.

Was just reading a quote from Pat Tillman: "Let the journey be more powerful than the destination."

Love that.

03-04-2010, 11:16 AM
oooH, hope Janga (Empress Am) feeleth better soon. flu is not nice.

200.00 even today. Nice outside but I have a busy schedule - maybe can squeeze in a moment or two outside anticipating spring. this is the kind of day when I fall apart in the evening and eat everything in sight. I'm trying to be AWARE of that and planning diversions. PAM and JIM's baby is due tonight on THE OFFICE and I'm looking forward to watching that. No phone call's after 9:00 please ;)

Taking my Camry in to dealership today for regular maintenance today, back again Tuesday for the recalls - none of which are going to "do" it. In the long run, I'm sure the problems will be found to stem from the electronics.

Anyway - Royal Vibes to all -----


03-04-2010, 12:07 PM
Not feeling tremendously motivated today, not in any old way at all. Did Tabata and etc. though and will get in some extra steps later. I think I'll leave at 4 and do the shopping. That'll get that much out of the way ahead of the weekend.

Amarantha, so sorry you're suffering the flu! I've always wished I could be one of those people who loses their appetites when sick but I bet I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that's happened to me in my life.

Anagram, awareness is key -- how many times have I come in and said how rock-solid I was on plan one day and then had to come in the next day and say that I'd gone completely off the rails? Too many times, that's how many. Just goes to show you never know how you're going to be feeling from one moment to the next.

I'd like nothing more than to sneak home and go back to bed but the house being full of carpenters and plumbers would make it unrelaxing. And unrelazing too. Looking forward to getting my house back, probably Thurs. next week. :rolleyes:

But it WILL be nice when it's done.

Let's take this day we've been given and do our level best with it.

03-05-2010, 10:51 AM
Yes, always very un=nerving when one's abode is filled with plumbers, carpenters, etc. Somewhat contributing, I'm sure to the lack of motivation, WN.

Somewhat in same boat today but I think it's because I have things to be done but no DEADLINE for them. But it is a nice day and supposed to get better the next few days so I want to take advantage after so many cooped up days.

I do have tai chi and will likely stop for some light groceries. Trying to make myself use up what I have in store but MUST have favorites. Just hurtling towards SPRING here. I'm sure we'll have more bad weather but, surely, the worst is past.

Am, hope you're feeling better. So many bad things going around this year.

Was 199.6 this a.m. How many times have I been there and then back up? Hopefully this will be the last. I had hoped to be staring at 195 by now but don't seem to keep it together long enough.

03-05-2010, 02:34 PM
Congratulations on being down to 199.6, Anagram. That is great! Huzzah!

I go up and down also, t'is the way o' the world lol.

Huzzah to Arabella also! Thanks re the flu, I am better, not up to par on some things, though, but did walk three miles so hopefully the extra cals I've eaten (I also eat when ill, go figure) may not mess me up too much.

I am considering doing my semi annual procedure of skipping a weigh-in this week and seeing where I am the following week. It somewhat helps in getting perspective.

I am not unhappy with my weight but don't want to gain other than the odd pound or so now and then.

My user name is back to Amarantha and the Janga posties will possibly disappear or be merged, not sure.


I'll be around more regularly now.

03-07-2010, 02:01 PM
Huzzah, a fly bye, announcing my new "challenge" of taking back my personal power over a lot of things. :)

One thing is that I have canceled my plans to enter the St. Pat's Run race for a number of reasons, but I'm still streakity streak and haven't missed a day of exercise.

Huzzah to all who herein reside, sorry 'bout the me-me flyby! I am off to Sprouts with the royal cook (me) and need to shop shop shop!

03-07-2010, 02:40 PM
Yo :queen:lies! I had a stellar, lowish carb week last week and ended up .5 up on Friday. Bah. But what are you going to do? Give up? I would gain weight. So, onward. Slacked a bit on Friday afternoon but no binge and have been well-behaved since.

I am so looking forward to having my bathroom back this week. Baths are all very well and good from time to time but I miss my shower!

Amarantha, you're back! :woohoo:

Anagram, thanks for the tai chi reminder. I'll do a set in the back yard later today, I think.

I'm off to interview a friend about her experiences with ghosties. :D I've got turkey dinner, round 3 ready for tonight. Sweet potatoes, turkey in low-fat gravy, broccoli, sugar-free cranberry sauce.

Have a lovely rest of your Sunday and let's hit it for Fresh Start Monday tomorrow. Huzzah!

03-07-2010, 09:20 PM
Ah, mine sister - I too had turkey, sweet potatoes tonight with broccoli, cauliflower and carrot blend. However, my turkey (leftover chunks) had been in freezer for a while. Still very good. I put the taters in a pan and put the rest on top and let it cook slowly while I went out to do a smidge of yard cleanup.

Yes, YARD cleanup. We were abouit 60 degrees today after a lovely day yesterday. So I did a tiny bit of flower bed work (so I couild check out my bulbs) and hope to do a little bit tomorrow as well. Plus did a little walk today - wow, am I out of shape.

200 even today again. But it's better than I used to be - and as you wisely say WN, I'd just gain (and gain) if I give up.

And how great to see Empress Amarantha is back to her old self - in more ways than one.

Missing our absent Royals tonight. Hope wsw is having improved weather and not too many technical difficulties. Hope Kaylets and DH are having some peaceful moments. And, ceara and kat, that you are so busy enjoying life but maybe are lurking..............and losing.

And a big shoutout to all our other missing (and hopefully lurking) :queen:s.

:lucky: :lucky: :lucky: :lucky:

03-08-2010, 08:56 AM
I did well over the weekend but slacked in a few spots -- nibbling while cooking, having a snack on the couch. OK! Back in the saddle. We walked over to the gym this morning and did the circuits, walked back home and did yoga, walked back over to work.

I tell you, I would deffo stay home today if 'twould be just me and the cat. Me, the cat and the carpenter not sufficiently cozy, though.

Tonight's choir practice. Over the weekend I started to try plunking out notes for myself on the keyboard and have made some headway. Wish I'd tried that earlier. :rolleyes: But I may have just enough time to pull it out of the fire. :crossed:

:coffee2: so necessary today. Oh my!

DH and I are planning a little getaway weekend soon. Had been looking at something grander but it's more practical to go closer now since we've got to go to Ohio in the summer.

BUT -- I insisted on at least three stars and must have pool, hot tub and sauna. One of my favorite ways to relax is to alternate among those three until all tension is gone, gone, gone. :cloud9:

Anagram, me too -- was leftover turkey with leftover gravy. All-new veggies, though. And it was good. :T

Oh, sixty degrees! How lovely. :flow2: :flow2: Spring really is on the way, then. :chin: I'd best get some of this weight off.

Yes, missing all :queen:ly folk and wishing them well.

Let's take this day and make it WORK for us! :dance: :dance:

03-09-2010, 05:57 AM
:yawn: I woke up just before 4:30 and didn't feel like I could go back to sleep. So here I am again. The bathroom doesn't look to me like it's going to be finished tomorrow so I guess I resign myself to another day of scooting out of the house when I might prefer to linger over :coffee2:

I'm thinking some drastic action is going to be called upon to renovate the flower beds this year. Seems like it would be easier to dig them out, fill in some top soil and compost and replant. They were overgrown and neglected when we moved in and I've never managed to fully reclaim them yet. But hope springs eternal.

I think, while I'm up, I'll do a little practice before Tabata time. Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

03-09-2010, 11:18 AM
Ah, yes, Arabella, not good to be too cozy with carpenter (even w/cat). And my beds could use some of same. Nephew is supposed to come this spring so I can share some plants with him (some that came from the yard of the house his parents brought him home to) and I may get him to move some things while he's at it ;)

At 199.6 two mornings in a row. Yet another almost 60 day today. Have done a teeny bit of yard work each day. Would LOVE to go all out but back will not permit.

Yesterday I tried on a Royal Blue Silk Dress from back in the day (I'd mentioned coming up with it earlier). Gorgeous, classic. Well, good news is the shoulders fit, the sleeves fit, even the bust and hips fit. HOWEVER, I am way too well endowed still in the pooch-between-breasts-and hips department. Still,it gave hope and I have it hanging where I can't miss seeing it to hopefully give me some motivation. It also would need to be quite shortened but that part's easy (take it to someone else to do).

I must now dig out a blue suit from the same period and see how much further I need to go on that.

Well, ladies all, here's to Tuesday.

:lucky: :lucky: :lucky:

03-09-2010, 08:00 PM
Woot, just recovering from 1.5 days of almost no sleep as so much deadline work.

Eating good, sorry for the me-me postie.

Huzzah to all!

03-11-2010, 10:48 AM
The guys said that they'll just have a little bit of work to do tomorrow. Maybe I'll be able to stay home and just wait them out? I like having the office to come to but this forced march out of the house first thing in the a.m. is contrary to my idea of freedom. ;)

But... the bathroom is going to be lovely. I'm happy with the fixtures and vanity and etc. It looks old-fashioned and quietly, home-ily elegant. Soft, warm buff-y walls and cream wainscotting. Dark wood vanity with a granite top. And neutral ceramic tiles that look like stone. I'm going to get little half-shades for the sconces either side of the mirror.

It's been sunny here and a little above freezing, which is good weather for hereabouts this time of year. I took myself out for a little walk midday yesterday and intend to do the same today before I'm too braindead from sitting here working to enjoy it.

Diet-wise, I'm thinking I'm going to do the WW program again. This winging it doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere. I bet when I start counting points again I'll suddenly understand why. :dz:

Anagram, maybe it's a good thing your back prevents the all-out effort. Although I love the idea of spending hours and hours labouring, it tends to be too much for me. Which makes me feel pathetic but what are ya gonna do.

Amarantha, I hope you're through your work and rested up!

Let's hit it, :queen:lies!

03-11-2010, 11:53 AM
:luck2you:Hope you had a good long make-up snooze, Amarantha.

Your bathroom sounds SOOO lovely, Arabella. Use if for a week and you'll have forgotten all the inconvenience.

We are having our sixth sunny, springy day in a row. Way better than norm. Rain was supposed to start today but it's been pushed back and worst should be tomorrow. Planning to stay home, make Irish soda bread tomorrow. Well, home except for tai chi.

Raked a tad again today. May actually just get the job done myself this year. Maybe not the best job but...........we'll see. Going out again in a bit and also hope to get in a nice walk before the weather changes.

199.2 yesterday and 199.4 today. I think that's six days in a row the # startd with the beloved "1". Maybe it has something to do with the weather.

Trying to get January's postponed trip rescheduled. Next few months almost two busy. Ridiculous but so. And of course, must coord w/sister's schedule.


03-11-2010, 06:24 PM
anagram- huzzah on being in the "beloved" ones for such a long jag! woohoo! :)

arabella-that's great---only one more day of bathroom renovation! it sounds beautiful. enjoy!

amarantha-hope you are now rested, or on the way towards being caught up on sleep, anyway.

--and hello to all our marvelous queenlies, mentioned or -un!

sorry to have been away again for a while. ms technical difficulties have been kicking my more than ample derriere of late. definitely starting to feel better now.

it was my birthday last thursday, and my dear friends gave me 5 (yes, i did say 5!) dozen roses! they are so gorgeous, and smelled divine. i put bouquets all over my condo. and everywhere i looked there were magnificent flowers. i couldn't wipe the grin off my face this past week. if i could skip, i would be skipping from one room to another. lol! they took me out to dinner that night, which was fun. i got lots of phone calls from friends who live in other places, and had nice long visits with them also, which i enjoyed. i am 57 (ugh!), which sounds so much older to me now than 56 did, for some reason. lol! very grateful just to be around though, so i can get used to this new number just fine. :)

176. have been staying op, and exercising, though not as much as i normally can, due to recent ms technical difficulties. proud of myself, though, for doing as much as i can. it just means i have to continue to be a bit more creative. well, dear royals, i have missed you all. take care, and hope everyone has a good evening.

03-12-2010, 08:30 AM
Every time I think of giving up, dear wsw, I read of your fantastic (and hard earned) progress and I am remotivated. So good to hear from you and I can't even begin to imagine 5 DOZEN roses. Wow - and belated Happy Birthday.

Rainy this morning - expected to get worse but I should make it to tai chi before that happens. Off and running - figuratively speaking.

03-12-2010, 10:44 AM
200.4 today - sigh - but I did a little binge last night and it doesn't take much.

03-12-2010, 08:46 PM
thanks, anagram! hope you got to tai chi before rain got worse. raining here too. so glad it is rain though and not snow. this winter sure was loooong and cold! sure know what you mean about it not taking much for scale to sneak in wrong direction. those demon scales!

going out to dinner with some friends tomorrow night, which will be nice.

well, a good evening to all royals. take care.

03-13-2010, 07:43 AM
The carpenters are gone and the bathroom looks lovely. A couple of tiny spots where the painting was not quite as meticulous as it might have been and a mark on the ceiling from a ladder, though -- should have looked it over before they left. Also the ceiling fixture should have been more thoroughly cleaned before it was put back. But, on the whole, it looks lovely and just as envisioned.

I'm proud of myself for asking them to repaint the trim around the cupboard. The woodwork was all cream and they painted the trim around the cupboard to match the wall, which didn't look right to me at all. They also painted the bathroom window shut. I sometimes just let things like that go, so I felt good about speaking up.

We've got cold overnights here but it's been warming up over the freezing mark and beautifully :sunny: in the daytime. Really just glorious. I'm going to go for a walk soon -- or maybe I'll even sneak through to my path and do a woods woggle. :running:

I'm making an Indian dinner tonight. DSIL and DBIL and neice are coming for dinner. It will be blameless but for the dessert: Kulfi, a fruit and nut ice cream infused with rosewater and cardomom. Which I'm making -- I've thought of trying it many times over the years but this time actually going for it :crossed: Anyway, it will be a treat and not as calorific as most desserts.

I had such a lovely compliment on Twitter yesterday. A woman recommended that people follow my account, where I post mostly from my grammar blog (

"Superb content. No nonsense. Valuable guidance on the use of good grammar. (EVERYONE on Twitter should follow her!)"

WSW, happy belated birthday! :hb: WOW! FIVE dozen roses? That's an image and a memory that could make us smile forever. How beautiful! What color(s) were they, so I can envision more clearly? :cloud9:

Your wonderful friends are a real testament to your own wonderfulness. Of which, of course, we are well aware.

Anagram, much as I love the sunny days, a rainy day can be so cozy and domestic. There's nothing much nicer than puttering about one's domain baking and etc. while rain comes down outside.

The snow's receding here enough that I should be able to do a set of tai chi in the back yard. I hadn't been practicing at all but then one day started a set in the corridor at work (there was nobody there ;) ) and it felt very good. Why deny myself?

My, I would love to see our missing :queen:lies. I usually end up PMing but I don't want to bug them... Hope they return!

Have a lovely weekend, Queenies!

03-13-2010, 10:11 AM
thanks, arabella! the roses were yellow, pink, and white----just gorgeous. glad new bathroom is looking lovely. good for you for sticking up for yourself with carpenters! certainly not an easy thing to do. dinner you have planned for this evening sounds divine.

175 today. woke up way too early this morning, but at least was able to make good use of my time, so not so bad after all. hopefully, i can get a little rest this afternoon though so can completely enjoy dinner out with friends this evening. thinking too of all our queenlies out there. hope it is a good day for one and all.

03-14-2010, 05:02 PM
oOOH, those roses sound so marvelous! Hope you enjoyed your dinner wi/friends, wsw.

Good for you, arabella, for catching the little "errors" and speaking up. I, too, oft let things go but maybe soon the "new" me won't so much. It's so nice too when things work out to look as you had planned. Luxuriate!

And, yes, a wonderful twitter tribute.

Did bake and putter yesterday. Felt satisfied w/day. Still rainy today but more pleasantly so with less wind and only showers. A beautiful week promised as of now anyway.

Thrown off a bit by the "spring forward" thing but had nothing major planned anyway so have puttered about little things. One more clock and my watch and car clock to change.

199.2 yesterday and 200.4 today. fresh start Monday coming up.

And SPRING coming in only five days as well. Noticed tips of a blue and a pink hyacinth starting to come alive. Ta Da....................Onward and downward, Royals.

03-14-2010, 09:49 PM
that hour forward always throws me a bit too. never like to lose an hour for any reason, i guess. surprised how many watches i had to set forward. had forgotten about a few fun watches i had, and wore one today, in fact.

love that spring is official in only five days. i am ready!

had lots of fun last night at dinner with friends. we laughed a lot, which was a pleasure.

good evening to all royals. thinking of you.

03-14-2010, 11:12 PM
Hello, queenlies! :wave: Am ('n the Demon Kitty, the dog bein' elsewhere on the premises) hath been readin' through the royal thread 'n seemingly there is a bit o' a spring thing goin' on here with home renovations, colors, flowers 'n kulfi 'n much more. :)

Arabella, that is so nice re the compliment the lady gave ye on Twitter.

I find in my work that people who like what one does almost never say so while the ones with a gripe almost never don't lol. It is good when people think to speak up when they have something nice to say.

On that head, Am be embarked on a positive challenge for spring & summer that she calleth SET FREE (it is not a quasi religious movement or anything lol, it is just, ye see, that a sprite ... Celtic she was ... who said her name was SET FREE whispered in Am's shell like ear a few days ago when she ... Am ... had one o' those days o' late wherein she hadn't slept because of work 'n she ... Am ... compensated by eating six cinnamon rolls ... not huge ones but six nevertheless ... anyhow, SET FREE suggested that Am should work to set self free from negative thoughts, behaviors and influence ... it is a long story but anyhow ... Am is workin' on it all ... 'n workin' on losin' the five pounds put on by too many cinnamon rolls).

So that's Am in a nutshell ... mentionin' that today has been a stellar eatin' except for breakin' ranks with cinnamon again (this time a pop tart).

Took two walks, now going to go play with new fancy phone. Huzzah!

03-15-2010, 08:30 PM
I was chasing a wily leprechaun through the royal woods but being wily, he got away from me. :lucky:

Thought I'd pop by the palace and say hello since I was in the neighborhood. Good to see you still here, and the place looks fab...have you redecorated? :)

03-17-2010, 01:17 PM
hi wildfire-nice to see you!

arabella-what a neat compliment you recently received on twitter!

amarantha- am taking inspiration from you regarding working on breaking free from negative thoughts, influences, etc.

anagram-starting to notice some spring flowers trying to come alive here now too, and am enjoying this hope of spring. more (consecutive) warm days are 'a coming!

and hello to kaylets, kat, and all our dear royals, mentioned or -un! thinking of you all. happy st. patty's day!

well, i have lots of paperwork and errands to finish up today, so must away. take care, all.

03-17-2010, 09:59 PM
Huzzah to all the queenlies 'n sure 'n begorra t'is a fine day fer the Irish 'n we are ALL Irish on St. Paddy's Day, are we not?

Wildfire, glad a leprechaun led ye to the neighborhood.

Am hath been away a bit but now is back in the royal environs although a bit sporadic with postin'

Wsw, thanks fer bein' inspired by the Set Free challenge and it is goin' well as far as banishin' negativity, although overeatin' is always a problem in Amarantha Land. :carrot:

Anagramatic! Where Am dwelleth in the nonvirtual world, we never change the clocks as we do not have Daylight Savings Time. In fact Am hath not lived in a place with DSL for a number of decades (won't say how MANY decades but awhile lol). Am loveth well not making that change, it seems very unnatural to her.

The pink and blue flowers sound lovely.

Arabella, hope thy Indian dinner was all that thou had desireth. I enjoyed reading about the food.

Kat, Kaylets, happy St. Paddy's Day!

Re spring, we're in it here and t'is so glorious with the wildflowers and desert. This is a place I love well, city or desert. Though not perfect, as my life is not perfect and as I am not perfect, all is as it should be for me and I dwell exactly where I should dwell and find joy in it.

So why do I want to go out for cinnamon rolls?

Rhetorical question.

Avanti, royals, must away.

03-18-2010, 07:25 AM
Good morning, good :queen:lies. :) I haven't quite gotten to the full-time point counting WW mode but have been behaving. Nevertheless, as I've seen, I need to do more to get the weight off. So I'm going to start taking a good hard look and making my plans. Else time will slide by and plans with them. And months on will find me having made no progress. Onward!

WSW, I'm still enjoying your roses -- what a gorgeous image!

I'm not a DST fan either. That lost hour galls me and I miss the early twilight. I do love getting the extra hour in the fall but I suppose if we just constantly "fell back" it wouldn't work. :chin:

Anagram, it's interesting how many people have said the same thing, that it's hard to call workmen on errors. In fact there were some I let slide -- should have asked for a few paint touch-ups where he was less than meticulous. But I got the big things.

Amarantha, it's hard to feel motivated when you only get negative feedback. Too many managers and etc. don't realize that a little positive reinforcement works wonders.

Wildfire, how lovely to see you! Got time to catch us up on your adventures?

Okay. Time for me to Tabata, :yoga: and bathe. Let's make this a good one!

03-21-2010, 11:57 AM
Hello Lovelies!

The Adventures of Wildfire...let's see...I don't remember when I was here last. I haven't been motivated at all this last year or more and haven't been posting here or over at DT. I'm back, though, and plan to stay around.

My granddaughter will be 16 months on March 27th. She is the most adorable little girl, and although it has been challenging helping my daughter, her smile and getting hugs from her make it all worthwhile. Pic attached of our princess.

DH surprised me back in August for my 40th birthday by buying me a motorcycle. I've wanted one since I was 16 and never managed to do it, but I was adamant that I was going to get one for my 40th. He had me totally fooled, said we just couldn't do it this year and I'd have to wait another year. He was secretly checking out bikes and had it delivered and stowed in our garage (while I was home, even, and had no idea!). I went out to the garage with garbage and found it sitting there. I was so excited - I laughed, I cried - best birthday present ever! So last September I took the safety course and got my license. Didn't put the bike on the road because it was the end of the season anyway, but now it's licensed and insured and ready for this year. I had it out for a bit yesterday. Taking my time and getting comfortable again. Ready for adventure!

I'm committing to a plan of eating. My biggest problem has always been not eating enough - skipping breakfast and not eating lunch until 1pm, then only having a bagel or toast, and not eating again until dinner. Dr. Oz has convinced me to change my habits. I have a menu planned for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks and I'm going to stick to it. Also going to force myself to go to bed earlier. Making basic changes that will make me healthier. It's not about weight loss for me, it's about being healthier and having more energy. I spend so much time doing for others at work and at home and I'm just an afterthought. The only one suffering is me. I'm making me a priority.

Have to run...the princess is having photographs taken this afternoon and there is a dress to be ironed. Have a great Sunday!

03-22-2010, 09:29 AM
Today's the day, as our Kaylets is wont to say!

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1:

Time to kick this plan into action. Day 1 of following WW plan, tracking points, staying within, and so on. I've done gym, walked there and back, done yoga. I'm going to try to do all the things on my previous list -- meditate, etc. -- but not make them criteria for success. Just following WW plan will do it. :yes:

I was a whirlwind (at least my own somewhat tame version of a whirlwind) yesterday. I had lots of energy and put it to good use clearing out my study, where many things had landed during the reno, as well as just cleaning grubby spots whenever my eye lit on a particularly offensive one.

Today... not so much energy. So I'll take it cooler. I think I'll stay home so I can practice for the performance between work tasks. We're down to three more practices. This one is forcing me to make some progress towards reading music because there are no rehearsal CDs available for it. Had to happen sooner or later, I guess. :lol: It'll be good to be able to sight read, anyway.

:flame: Wildfire, your princess is adorable! My princeling is 8 now, getting to be a big boy. Well -- if a motorcycle isn't the most perfect gift you could get for your 40th, I don't know what is! Happy belated birthday to you -- and have FUN!

K, :queen:lies, let's hit the ground running!

03-23-2010, 04:09 AM
huzzah, lovelies, this be fly bye as am hath broken arm/wrist (kind of half way up from wrist) so typing one handed, employers are being great an supportive, may need surgery.

exploring healing forms of exercise/watching diet/thinking yogic thoughts,

wilfire, baby is darling.

arabella, ww is great, enjoy the plan.

must go lie down, royals, i will be here more reglarly

03-23-2010, 09:35 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies!

Yes, I made it through the first day of WW, counting points and staying within. Shall do same today. :yes:

It really is a very freeing kind of plan -- allows one to have anything, just not in ginormous amounts. I really do eat pretty healthily most of the time but maybe a tad too much? :chin: (See: ginormous amounts)

:queen: Amarantha -- how did you break your wrist? That sounds just awful. Sending healing energy :goodvibes:

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1:

K, must attach nose to grindstone. Let's make this one count! :cb: :cb:

03-24-2010, 09:31 PM
hi all! had a chest cold, which kind of wore me out lately, but much better now. i had to go to my doc today for my annual physical, and she was very enthusiastic about my weight loss, and good lab numbers (cholesterol, etc) which she called "beautiful." it cracked me up because she is not an overly effusive person, and she complimented me throughout the physical, and gave me a big hug at the end, which was the first time in all the many years i had been going to her. one would have thought i was at goal weight, which i certainly am not. it felt very good though. mind you, i have been op for the past almost year and a half, but for some reason today is when she noticed my efforts. anyway, it was fun, and felt good. i have about 39 lbs until my goal weight which would put me in the normal weight/bmi range, and that is what i am going for, but my doc said just 14 more pounds will be great, which also sounded like music to my ears. she is also lowering my b/p medication dosage, and wants to check me again in 2 months, and said she will probably lower it even more then, and continue on downward, which was nice to hear.

amarantha-so sorry you broke your arm/wrist!! :( please feel better soon!

arabella-glad ww is going well thus far!

wildfire-adorable picture of princess!

hi anagram! how beith your royal self?

and greetings to all royal kingdom dwellers. take care, and a good evening to one and all.

03-25-2010, 12:00 PM
So far, so good. I had a mini-meltdown the day before yesterday but, as it turned out, all that really happened was that I used a bunch of my flex points. Which makes it so much easier to carry on, not feeling like I've totally blown it.

WSW, what a triumphant doctor's visit! :D You really have made fantastic progress! Congrats on the "beautiful" lab results, too.

Stupid chest cold! Hope it's all gone. :yes:

K, dollings, time for lunch. I'm getting DGS this aft for a shleepover (just because he doesn't say it that way any more doesn't mean I can't.

Let's make this a good one!

03-25-2010, 10:23 PM
Hello my friends!!!

How is everyone ??

I am doing better, I have come out of the tunnel and am determined to make the most of everyday. When DH feels well, we do our best to enjoy whatever we have available. Right now, we have acouple of male robins doing chest bumping in our back yard. It seems to some way of showing dominance. We have never witnessed it before but time after time, we are seeing them run at each other and 'whomp' each other chest to chest. I am waiting to see if Mrs. Robin rebuilds her nest in the rhododendren in front of my kitchen window, it would be a wonderful treat to watch her again this summer.

Since 2/15, DH has been now on Short Term Disability thru this job. He has developed pneumonitis, which is common about 2-3 mos after lung radiation ends. Basically, he has fluid in his lungs causing pain, intense shortness of breath and fatigue. He is being treated with steroids which cause insmonmnia, etc, ec.

He has applied for SSDI and we hope for a quick response due to the Compassionate Processing for his condition. Mostly, its to get his eligibilty date decided because then the clock begins for his 2.5 yr wait for Medicare eligibilty. This way, there is not as large a gap of time when his job insurance ends and the Medicare can begin.

Both of us are in our own support groups and its been a good experience so far.

I am still working at the same job although we do have new owners and a new name. I may have to find something that pays better but right this minute, I am hoping we can cut back enough to make things work here.

I am putting a garden in this year with the idea that DH can work in the garden at his own pace. I am making sure there are plenty of places to sit and take a break. At this point of the game, I am so out of shape I will be taking sit breaks myself!
So far, I have carrots, peas, lettuces, kale and morning glories popping up out of pots in the house.

My mom is still with us but will probably start back to her home in about a month. She has been with us since Oct and this winter was far more than she signed on. No one expected the storms we had.

DS seems to be 'moved out'; at least this week. Its a long story but the good news is now that DH is on disability, we can't afford to foot his bills. Interesting how quickly he found other options!

I am sorry I was so out of touch. I think you understand.
I have missed being here and really hope I can stop in more often.

I will scan some posts and try to catch up!

03-26-2010, 05:22 AM
And I have been tracking points but thinking maybe I'm going to need to have a lower point goal. And my exercise hasn't been what it should have been this week, partially because it's rained every day but, nonetheless, if I want to shift this weight I'm going to have to make some changes, apparently.

Kaylets, how lovely to see you in the palace! The robin chest bumps are funny -- wonder if that's where guys got the idea from or if it's something primal? I hope Mama Robin does build her nest in the rhododendron. I still remember a robin bringing up babies in a bush outside a cottage window when I was a kid. :)

Sounds like you're coping well with the 'new normal." :hug:

:wave: :queen:lies! Let's make this a good one!

03-29-2010, 11:12 PM
huzzah, so glad i found the palace thread again but am not able to post much right now ... will be back ... kaylets glad u are here!

03-29-2010, 11:35 PM
So much has happened in the Palace during my absence. Wildfire, you Biker Babe, you - so good to see youi AND your dimpled darling. Super, super. And what an out of the box gift - a desire fulfilled. Kudos.

Kaylets, how great to hear from you. Am hoping all these bureaucratic things work out well for you. And, importantly, that DH will be able to enjoy the joy of gardening. I know that was one of the first things my BIL was able to enjoy a bit of last summer. It meant so much to him. It is hard to have time for you to check in but please do when you can.

And Empress, a broken bone! Will cross fingers no surgery is required.

And how lovely your doctor visit must have been, wsw. But then your long persistence and super weight loss have been lovely too.

Eight already, WN. Not so long ago, he was just three and you wrote a story about him. How are the ghost stories coming, btw? And I'm visualizing you singing arouind your house and in your new bathroom.

Lord time passes - I spent 4 days in princessville for performances by Thirteen. And one day last week I had neither TV nor computer as electricians did major work on the homestead. Today I picked up my completed tax return and will need to spend tomorrow reviewing that.
I'm making turtle like progress on the to-do list but am ready for a long break. Schedule between now and June doesn't make that seem likely. But mostly fun stuff now - or sort of fun anyway.

At 200.2 again today. Been up, been down. Today has been a good day all around. Tai chi, laundry, shopping, usual stuff.

Love that Palace vibe, esp. since more in the houise for the nonce.


03-30-2010, 07:19 AM
Hello all,

One of those end of month, everything due at once, grind your teeth days...................

Wildfire-I meant to say last post, grandbaby is gorgeous!!!!!


Thought of the day:

"This is it."
Josh Barran

Question of the day:

"Do you have plans for Easter?"

K's answer:

"Plan to enjoy!"

03-30-2010, 01:52 PM
kaylets-great to see you! glad to hear support groups for both you and dh are good so far.

arabella-hi! hope all is going well with you, and point tracking. i think i need to shake things up a bit more with my food plan also. not sure exactly what, though.

amarantha-hope you are healing well.

anagram- glad you are busy with mostly fun stuff at least. this year has just flown by so far. i know i say that often (because i feel that way), but really 2010 feels like it is passing at warp speed for me. must have been nice to spend time in princessville recently.

well, speaking of time passing quickly----that only happens when not waiting for cable guy, as i am now. ah well. feels like scale is stuck at 174 but i know it will move downward eventually. think i do need to shake up food plan a tad. have stayed op though, and doing my regular exercise. have been trying to visualize myself at goal size, as you had mentioned one time, arabella, but i need work in that area. i can visualize scenes of places, but never have been too good at visualizing a picture of myself. definitely want to try to improve on that, though. ok, have lots of paper work to do, so must get back to it. thinking of all our lovely queenlies, one and all. take care.

03-30-2010, 03:23 PM
Now I understand why I'm feeling overwhelmed and balky. :yes:

Plus I worked both days over the weekend so now here I am working but not able to force myself to be tremendously productive. Well, I guess that's the same even for lots of folks that work in offices.

Feeling like going off-plan would be a relief but it really only would be until I started feeling stressed and guilty about it later. Which I would. First thoughts in the morning are generally weight and diet related -- do I need this obsession? Hard to see how it's helping me. :chin: I remember, years ago, getting almost to goal by eating only when I was hungry and not otherwise. The idea was to eat exactly what you wanted, on the basis that you'd eventually want to eat healthily if everything was allowed. I found that, when I was hungry, I almost always wanted healthy foods. The other stuff wasn't for hunger. The other component was to gently release any thoughts about overweight and just get on with life.

Anyway, I'm blathering. Would love to get back to that freedom, though...

Anagram, I'm working a bit on the ghost stories here and there. I don't think I'm as far from a book as it feels like I am sometimes. I recently spent some time organizing and working on the book's structure. I'm making connections with writers and other people that could be helpful -- they just seem to be coming out of nowhere, but I welcome them. :)

Oh my goodness -- speaking of which, my mum had a visit from my dad a month or so ago. She said when she woke up he was just there in the doorway. Said "You don't have to worry about me -- I'm doing fine and I'm happy." It was the first time she'd seen him, although she'd felt he was around pretty often.

Amarantha, sending healing vibes thy way!

Kaylets, no plans for Easter, which I'm thinking I might stick to (although might invite my mum for dinner). We've got our best friend couple coming to dinner after the concert (they're in the choir too) on Friday. Then it's DS' birthday on Wednesday and the Sunday after is a party for several family members. So probably enough family/party for me.

WSW, I am so full of good advice. If I followed half of it, I'd be flying. :dz:

The occasional pause along the path is the way these things go, I think. From my perspective, you've been on a rocket!

K, :queen:lies, I'm going to go for a brisk walk instead of settling in with munchies. :yes:

03-30-2010, 08:02 PM
I'm agreeing that wsw is "rocketing'. I stand in awe.

Plans for Easter are to go back to see the Princesses, take their family, son & wife and nephew's family out to dinner. If it seems like I'm doing a lot of Princess time lately, 'tis true but after a lag during the bad weather. will be doing a fair amount more the next two months.

Sis and I planning a very little gig as farewell for Bro. Durn him, he's been flying back & forth to new condo, etc, and expects to be gone within two months. So many other things going on between his schedule and ours, we'll be doing it very soon. Did I mention she and I rescheduled the Texas trip we had to postpone when she took ill? That will be in May.

Neat tale re your Mom, WN. I feel DH is around a lot and saying much of the same (or grumping at me about something) but I've never seen him. I've had really only one very vivid dream early on and in he was young and fit and riding bareback, etc. My son described it (after I told him) as "very Narnian" and I have to agree it was. Even then the message was he was alright and would be looking out for me.

At 198.8 this a.m. Seesaw, Marjorie Daw.

Enjoy concert, Arabella, and sing your Royal heart out.


And a Happy Passover to those celebrating same.

03-31-2010, 02:05 PM
Warmish and sunny today after a cold, raw, windy yesterday. More warmth coming.

At 198.8 again today. Won't last ;) but working at it. Have not bought any jelly beans or peanut butter eggs yet. A big rah for me on that as there have been many temptations.

Physically a little off yesterday and today. Going to get out and do some more shopping/looking. Maybe that will do the trick. Reviewed tax info this a.m. and mailed out what was needed so one BIG scratch off the list. Filing to do but much too nice out for that.

Had one bit of bad news. The pool I've used for many years (off and on) has closed. Probably won't miss it too much in nice weather when I can get out and walk more but it's just the idea. I'm talking MANY years.

So, good vibes to all Royal Ones as I head out to see if I can help the economy. Did buy three summer tops yesterday. Never get what I'm going for but usually manage to find some bargain.

03-31-2010, 10:25 PM
Hello Royal Ones!

Amarantha, I hope the Bone Fairies are busy knitting you back together! Is it your dominant hand? We never realize how much we use our parts until one of them is out of commission.

Arabella, I have those same thoughts - I maintain easily where I am right now. Do I really want to put myself (body and mind) through struggling to lose? Well, no. Should I start counting points again? Probably, but it's such a pain. Just focusing on eating something before 1pm every day is about all I can focus on these days, but then I feel guilty for not going whole-hog (no pun intended) with a weight-loss program. I could fill pages on ghostly visits. I have my own entourage that follow me according to three separate mediums/spiritual advisors, not that it surprised me given my witchy background. Never doubt that loved ones are near you - they are.

Kaylets, it does sound like you have had your hands full! Sending good vibes your way! The robins sound darling. Have not seen any here yet, though my crocuses bloomed today.

Anagram, sorry to hear your pool is closed. Another victim of the economy, I suppose. Your Princesses are certainly keeping you busy, but that's the best kind of busy, isn't it? How did the shopping go?

wsw, you are on fire, girl! Send some of that mojo my way, will you?

It's been rather sad in the Wildfire homestead this last week. My beloved Salem was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer back in January and we had to say goodbye last Tuesday. Hardest decision to have to make, but we didn't want him to suffer and he was at that point. Missing his deep, rumbly purr at night and his hugs - he would actually squeeze your shoulder like he was hugging you when you held him.

Yes, our darling Princess really is something. Oh, those dimples! She's quite a character - her mom is going to have her hands full!

Been absolutely nuts at work this week - I've already worked 40 hours and it's only Wednesday. Will be like this for a couple of weeks at least.

Easter plans here will be Sunday dinner with my girls. Of course the Easter Bunny has already left a basket of goodies for the Princess. I have Friday off work and the weather is supposed to be beautiful. I'd like for DH and I to head out in his car for a drive and see where we end up. He bought a 2010 Challenger (needed something cool to park next to my bike) and it's a lovely car for cruising. I really just need a day without phones, e-mail, texts, etc.

Can anyone recommend yoga DVDs that they use and enjoy? I'm still having knee issues, but want to keep limber and I'm feeling tight.

Time for tea - I'll put the kettle on...

04-01-2010, 08:55 PM
huzz to all 'n congrats to all for sucesses 'n victories ,,, nay not dominant hand but for profession i am in need two lol an it will be awhile ... still, ok dokey 'n yea tea time lol

04-03-2010, 06:53 PM
Hello Lovebugs! My thoughts turned to the Spring palace on this lovely day; so good to see everyone here. This'll be a short visit because I'm actually not feeling so great---having a bout with some fast-moving virus. The charming symptoms are gone and now I'm left with exhaustion!

Fitness-wise, things are going well for me. I'm almost to where I want to be and I know with a few tweaks I'm there. Intuitively I know I need to journal to stop my self-sabotaging ways and I'm resisting that which means I need to wrestle myself to the ground and just do it!

Ever see that ad that says "It's you vs. you"? That's where I am these days.

Forgive the me-me-ness. I'm still feeling a bit green. Away for a eucalyptus bath and then a little journaling. Hold me to that!

04-04-2010, 11:22 AM
E!!! Huzzah, great to see thee here 'n sorry ye are not feelin' well, may it pass!

Wildfire, sorry to see that your beloved Salem has passed, meant to say that last time on but I get exhausted typing w/1 hnd.

To all, mentioned or un----- happy easter ...

tea time

04-04-2010, 10:14 PM
Happy Easter!

Eydie, so lovely to see you drop in! I do hope you might stay with us for a while. Hope you are feeling better!

Amarantha, it must be so frustrating to be one-handed while your injury heals. Thanks for the condolences on Salem. We do miss him.

Monday looms. I'm calling a Fresh Start Monday and I've decided to put a little more effort into eating properly. I'm thinking I'll be counting points, because it's a system I know.

Oh, and just for the record, I am in love with Ben Stiller. Watched "A Night at the Museum 2" over the weekend and was reminded how much I enjoy him. Could possibly be that he reminds me very much of a good friend, so I see the friend's qualities in him. Either way, he's on my list.

Whatever happened to ceara?

04-05-2010, 02:57 PM
I took it off work! :cb: :cb: Friday and Saturday were pretty fully taken up by preparing and performing, post-performance dinner and recovery from all that (plus maybe a tad too much wine?) Then yesterday was lovely -- lots of sitting in the sunshine, a visit with my sis and a good movie in the evening ("An Education")

The performance was fantastic, electrifying even. As soon as we finished we wanted to do it all over again. I'm not sure what we'll be doing next but there's a call out for choristers for the "Celtic Mass for the Sea" to be performed in July and I've sent out a message to see where and when rehearsals would be.

Diet and exercise-wise, all is well.

Anagram, YAY! for three new summer tops. I'm longing for some myself and may go out looking for them (they aren't going to come to me, apparently. :dz: )

Wildfire, so sorry about Salem! :hug: I'd love to hear about your spirit visitations some time. Maybe a phone interview? Ben Stiller is so intelligent and funny -- Ben Affleck is featureless in comparison.

Eydie, I know full-well you're FABULOUS! Hope the eucalyptus bath took away unwanted greenness.

Amarantha, I hope your arm/wrist is mending well. C'MON knit fairies! :wizard:

WSW, :wave: Hope you had a nice Easter!

Kaylets :hug:

K, Dollings, have a lovely day!

04-06-2010, 11:57 AM
huzzah, royals! celtic mass f0r the sea sounds beautiful, i will mayhap llok it up an give it a listen.

typing still not great here but progress is being made

i like stiller also, wildfire

must away to the ay yea

04-06-2010, 05:47 PM
I hear Ben Stiller has a home fairly close to where. Maybe I'll see him sometime in the artsy town where I work. I'll let you know if I've 'gone Hollywood'!

90 degrees today! How can it be--it's only April 6! I'm not complaining, not after all the snow this winter.

Summer tops---hmmm... don't know if I'm ready for those because I've not been my usual wildwoman self in the exercise department. Must get back the old fire in the belly!

04-07-2010, 09:15 PM
woot, E!! i need to get back the fire as well!

04-09-2010, 10:44 AM
Still have a pang usurping :queen: Punkinseed that way, I must admit. Ah, our royal sisters may roam yet they remain in our hearts.

So. I squoze off two pounds this week, yay me. :) I've returned to the "au naturel" program and enjoying it throughly. Health is the main focus, that and leaving obsession in the dust. And I spit on it, too.

Happy Stiller-stalking, Eydie! ;) Hah! I bet I could bounce quarters off your midriff. (And I might just come and do that.)

Amarantha, happy that your recovery's going well. I'm having trouble deciding about the Celtic Mass (I'll either go back to tai chi or do the Mass -- can't do both). I've got a copy waiting for me at the library and will give a listen.

Oh, Lovelies, have a splendid weekend! XO

04-09-2010, 09:57 PM
yea they remain in our hearts, wl love to see punkin post here

lovelies, still not typing well so offf i go lol

04-12-2010, 09:36 PM
getting over a kidney infection, which wore me out a bit. just wanted to check in and say hi. have been missing all in royal domain. will catch up on all your posts in very near future. take care.

04-13-2010, 06:44 AM
I'm struggling a bit with this whole work/home thing. Not liking the schedule right now -- everything seems over-scheduled and constraining. Sick of the whole "up at 5, asleep by 9" thing. Making dinner every night. Ohhhhhhh, I get it! I need a break! DH is going to Toronto in a couple of weeks and I shall endeavour to get as much of a break as I can then. It'll make a 3-day weekend. Now I just have to ensure that I plan enough fun and frolic but don't overbook.

Our temperature's dropped down below freezing again. I'm going for a run but maybe I'll wait until it warms up? It's either that or I've got to run out just about now. And I'm feeling balky.

Woke up from an interesting dream. I was talking to a young woman as we looked over a ledge onto a valley beyond. She kept saying something I couldn't quite hear and I'd get her to repeat. Finally worked out that it was something to the effect of "What, from a previous life, did you bring forward to work on?" Made me thoughtful, once awake. :chin:

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1:

Sending healing vibes to all ailing :goodvibes:

:queen:lies, let us take this day that we've been given and make the most of it!

04-14-2010, 02:47 PM
Just apparently lost a long post - don't know why. Actually saw it posted for a split sec and then - whammo. Will be back again and try to catch up with all.

04-14-2010, 10:06 PM
also will be back lol, arm situation an various things have taken a bit out of me lately but shall rally royally ...

feel better those who ail ... incls moi lol

04-17-2010, 11:27 AM
Hello Lovelies! It has been quiet here - I've been run off my feet lately, just not in a way that sheds pounds.

Our little princess started daycare this past Monday and it has been so hard for all of us. We don't have family here so she has only ever been cared for by her mom, me, my hubby, and her dad when he sees fit to drop in and act like Daddy of the Year for taking a few hours out of his life to visit her. We don't count him. Anyway, she is too young at 16 months to understand why we are leaving her with the nice but strange ladies at daycare, so there are much tears each morning (from all of us). By Wednesday she was sick and a trip to the doctor confirmed a double ear infection. All those germs being shared freely - good times.

Much to the dismay of hubby and the other men in my life, I cut my hair off last week. It was long - halfway down my back - and I needed a change. I was at the point each morning of thinking "god, do I really need to blowdry this AGAIN?" I like it long, but it was starting to feel like it was dragging me down. So on a whim I called my hair salon, got in that night, and said "cut it quick before I chicken out!" It's now an angled bob - from collar length in the back to just below my chin in the front. The reactions weren't good. Hubby hated it and wouldn't speak to me. One male friend pretended he didn't notice and said nothing. Another said he preferred it long but that the cut looks okay on me. Me? I think it looks good. It's fresh, it's SO much easier to deal with on a daily basis, and it makes me look younger. And geez, it's just hair. It will grow!

Arabella, I hear you on overscheduled thing! I'm up at 5:00, not getting in from work until 9:00 most nights. It's exhausting. Been doing this since January and need it to end, now. I need a vacation but don't want to take days just for the sake of not going to work. I need a plan.

Was hoping to get out on my motorcycle this weekend but it's supposed to rain for most of it. I'm going shopping today instead. I've been putting off buying things for too long and I'm going to treat myself.

Hope you all have a fab day!

04-17-2010, 12:13 PM
So. I've been eating only when hungry, eating only seated at the table when alone, for about a week and a half now. Ever since I had that revelation about obsession (again). It feels good and fits into my life very nicely. I won't say it's 100% easy because it seems like every time I do that I end up disproving within hours :dz: But it seems quite natural. I did do it for a long time years ago. Maybe that made it easier to return to. Focusing on healthy food and all the usual stuff but allowing the occasional diversion.

I'm happy to have gotten to Saturday. Had a nice little run through the woods and some yoga. I'll do a little shopping this aft and then we're going to our best friend couple's for dinner. They've asked us to go walk the trail through their woods beforehand so... lots of exercise today.

Wildfire, I bet your hair looks fabulous and chic! Mine had been just past shoulder-length and last cut has it chin-length and tousled. Picked my face right up :yes: Men! :rolleyes:

:queen: Anagram, that's just rotten! Weird too -- wonder what it could have been? Some kind of a server glitch?

Amarantha, WSW, Kaylets & DH: :goodvibes:

K, Lovelies, have a splendid weekend!

04-18-2010, 07:47 PM
Bet thy hair be adorable, wildfire 'n huzz to all ... Am gaine two but not changing stats ... not myself, may need more arm surgery ... or not ... will be back but wanted to buzz with a huzz

04-19-2010, 02:08 PM
wildfire-a new haircut---how fun! it sounds lovely (even if men in life don't understand).

amarantha-sorry to hear you may have to have more arm surgery!

arabella-recent dream you described sounded very interesting. made me think too about "What, from a previous life, did you bring forward to work on?"

hi anagram, kaylets, kat, ceara, and all our loverly royals! :)

it has been beautiful the past few days---mild, sunny, and cool, and the pollen was not as bad as it had been (which really was miserable for far too long.) got to have dinner with good friend the other night, and enjoyed catching up. also went to a new (for me, anyway) restaurant which was fun.

have icky urodynamic test tomorrow (which i can't stand, but hadn't had in a few years, and hopefully won't have to again for another few years!!) it's long too, which is a pain, so plan to pick up a good, healthy dinner afterwards, and watch a movie tomorrow night when i get home.

well, thinking of all of you. take care.

04-19-2010, 03:40 PM
All goes well on the food front here but oh my gosh I hardly slept a wink last night. I don't know what was the matter. So cold and drizzly here for so long now you'd think any sensible girl would be thinking of hibernating. :yawn:

Am, of course those 2 will be gone again tomorrow so it'd be silly to change stats. Weight does fluctuate and you appear to be below goal so ... no problem, hey.

WSW, hope your test isn't too icky! Remember to stay calm, breathe deeply and think of it as being cared for. Smart :queen:, too, to have those pleasures planned for afterwards. Get something GOOD for dinner and I hope you can find an especially good movie. :yes:

K, I'd better apply nose to grindstone again. Hope all are flourishing! :wave:

04-20-2010, 08:55 PM
hope your test went went well, wsw!

i'll be back, don't want to lose the palace again!

i'm having surgery Thursday, back home Friday, will post next week!

04-21-2010, 06:54 PM
amarantha-i will be thinking of you and hope your surgery goes well, and that your recovery is swift! take good care of yourself. :)

arabella- sure know about those sleepless nights. i hate that. hope you are now sleeping like a baby at night.

weather here is usually unpredictable, but now the sun is shining beautifully (!), and just an hour ago when i came home, i got drenched in the pouring rain. always amazes me how mother nature can turn on a dime like that.

very glad test yesterday is over with. it was loooong, and just as uncomfortable as i remembered it. the person admininistering it, though, was very nice, which certainly helped. glad i had planned to pick up good, healthy salad for dinner on way home. i really was worn out afterwards. watched "the thin man" and crawled in to bed early.

i thought i should have lost weight today, as a reward for staying op yesterday (lol!), but still plateauing. i go through phases where i just want to be thin and at goal weight now. for some reason, today was one of those days. besides, thin and goal weight are not going to be synomomous in my case anyway, but will be at a good, healthy weight once at goal. granted, realistically, it will probably take a year(or maybe a little less) to reach actual goal weight but at least can be in a decent size territory before then (well, that is, of course, if i ever de-plateau.)

i am just loving how sunny it is this evening after being dreary and rainy all day. i think i may just pop out again briefly and get in a quick errand or two now. well, royals, take care, and have a good evening.

04-22-2010, 08:33 AM
:sunny: It actually reappeared yesterday after being AWOL for a couple of weeks, with rain or drizzle filling in seemingly every day. Shall be off and :running: through the woods later.

DH is going away for a few days and my intention is to split time between spring cleaning and pampering spa-type activities. I need a pedicure desperately, I can tell you. Thinking of maybe midnight blue...

Amarantha, :goodvibes: sending good energy for your surgery and recovery!

WSW, that would be sweet, wouldn't it -- Let us be slim and at goal NOW! :wizard: You absolutely deserved to lose 5 or 10 pounds yesterday, though!

Our weather here is famously the same as yours, at least in its changeability. Bet people also say there: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes."

K, Dollings, I'd better get to work. Let's make this a good one!

04-23-2010, 09:06 AM
Empress, I hope your surgery went well and that you ae able to "enjoy" your recuperation.

And glad you test is over, wsw, and hope it truly is YEARS until you need it again. Your planned "recuperation" sounds just right.

Wildfire - how pleasant you're with us (I think I said that in the lost post). I'm on the WILDFOR side with your new hairdo. Last time I had mine done, I had it cut even shorter and went back to fingerstyling with a slightly unkempt style - had it cut again yesterday (different stylist) and don't think the result will be as good. But huzzah to you - I'm sure it put more SPRING in your step. And yes, you DO need a vacation!!!!! I'm sure you've given lots of extra hugs to the Wee Royal to make up for all the heartwrenching on both sides.

You, too, Arabella - though it be of a different type. Both of you plans will make you feel better - just (if you must be unbalanced about it) favor the personal spa type relaxations. Ummmmmmm- so good. And that MIDNIGHT BLUE sounds so sexy and way out of the box.

I've had another jag to Princessville (it's that season). But my main problem is that I've been having problems off and on with my DSL modem. It is way past time for me to give up and give in and get on with replacing it.

Lovely and sunny here today. Pink and white azaleas in bloom as are my pink dogwood and the pink and white tulips underneath and also the white candytuft. Must remember to put my house on market at this time of year. So much Curb Appeal for two weeks or so.

At 200.6 again yesterday (not weighed yet today). The same ups/downs. Was really discouraged this week and very irked with me. Feeling more right with it all today and ready to get back to it ONCE AGAIN. Doctor's appt. Tuesday so would like to be at lowest I can (he actually mentioned last time that I had lost a few pounds!)

Anyway, most delightful Royal personages, have a Grand day.

04-24-2010, 10:04 PM
hi anagram-all the wonderful flowers in bloom in your corner of the palace sound delightful! i can almost picture your beautiful garden. :)

hate having computer problems. know how annoying that all is. hope an easy fix/change, if necessary, is in your future.

arabella-spa-type activities sound like a marvelous idea. love the idea of midnight blue pedicure--how fun!

decided to have last minute massage on friday, and wow was it great! i was beginning to feel like i couldn't relax lately no matter what i tried, and during the massage, my neck and back felt good for the first time in so long. what a treat that was! even though it is wildly decadent, i went ahead and made an appointment for next friday. i have to get my results back on my urodynamic test next thursday, and not really looking forward to that, so thought i would build in this nice, relaxing reward for the following day. i started to feel a little guilty when i was making the appointment, but it felt so wonderful, so the guilt just had to go out the window. granted, it will be a long while until i can treat myself to something this extravagant again, but i can't think of a better way to shoot the bankroll right now. lol!

took some things i had cleaned out of my drawers and closets to donate today. i thought i was going to have to wait until mid-week before the rain would stop, but the rain held off and i snuck out while it was dry. (that all sounded like i melt in the rain---dainty flower that i am! lol!) it was nice though to get my bags of stuff in and out of the car without coming in drenched. i even got a few other errands done too, which put me a little ahead of the game for the coming week, which is going to be very busy.

173 today. was hoping for a whoosh after so long, but believe me, i will take a pound happily. ok, need to start to get ready for bed. i think tomorrow, i may just paint my nails and toes, too. i used to be able to do that pretty easily, but my manual dexterity is not the greatest anymore. if i do it slowly, though, i can usually still manage to make it look pretty presentable. i think i will bribe and distract myself with watching a movie. well, i hope everyone has a pleasant evening. take care, dear royals, one and all!

04-27-2010, 08:32 PM
it was so nice out today---cool and mild. i enjoyed every moderate degree. did not eat as daintily as i had planned at dinner tonight (at my favorite restaurant), but could have been worse. dainty portions on tap for tomorrow, though. hope all royals have a good evening.

04-28-2010, 06:12 AM
'Tis dreaded EOM again and hari-kari beckons. "No, no," I say, "I'll just keep head down and get through it and then life can begin on the other side." Gah. So much to do. And so much interfering with getting actual work done.

I did manage to get in a start on the spring cleaning (but what spring of what year, I'm not sure) and a pedicure on the weekend but two days just wasn't enough to do everything. Quel surprise!

Anagram, that's my style too -- slightly unkempt. My hair doesn't really do kempt. But I like it -- more interesting, don't you think, when our hair does the slightly unexpected? I just have to keep mine from doing Bizarro. Like this a.m. when I got up and it was trying to do a Mohawk...

WSW, I did go for the midnight blue and now am freezing toes off displaying in sandals. ;) I'm in the same boat, difficulty-wise. The only way I seem to be able to see my toenails well enough to do a good job is sitting on the floor.

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1:

K, lovelies, it's time to get to the gym. And then back to my long, long day of work. Aw, let's just take this day we've been given and make the most of it. :hug:

04-28-2010, 09:55 PM
arabella-take good care of your royal self during this eom work rush!

another gorgeous day here today. this will be end of mild temps now for a while, but what a treat it has been. got back to dainty portions today, fortunately. well, need to start getting ready for bed. nitey-nite, dear queenlies.

04-28-2010, 10:17 PM
Beautiful LOOKING here today but still a mite cold and windy. A few weeks ago in the 90s. Mom Nature is having fun.

I think the Midnight Blue toes just seem to fit you, Arabella. Don't know why - maybe it's a Regal Color. ;)

Just realized I'm not getting messages and that's one reason I've been so lax about getting to the palace. Must check it out.

Was at 199.8 this a.m. - had been rollicking along a few pounds higher - wt. wasn't up at the dr. yesterday though - from last visit, i.e.

Must tuck in early tonight and get a good rest. Taking friend to dr. again in the morning so must be moving about a tad earlier than usual.

Yes, wsw, the colors are so great right now. I was glad to see your splurge on the massages - we need that once in a while. I splurged on 4 gerbera daisies this week - hot pink. I'm going to wait until I'm back from Texas to put in most of my annuals this year. Don't want to ask neighbors to water a lot of plants. The four will be enough. I'm crazy about them.

Our local paper had its auction again and I bought four more ped/manis for a very reasonable price plus a gift certificate for hair/nail work at another salon. So should be able to get some nice work on the cheap(er) over the next six months or so. (My middle name according to my late DH - CHEAP. I say FRUGAL.)

So off I go.

04-29-2010, 06:02 PM
Sorry but just a me-me fly-bye --- will know more about how I am doing tomorrow lol, everywhere I post or talk to anyone I bring things down so am keepin' low profile these days but happy it is May lol.

Anagram, I love your avatar!

04-29-2010, 09:54 PM
hi amarantha! good to "see" you! hope info you get tomorrow will be good.

anagram-i agree with amarantha--love your avatar also. good for you for getting those mani/pedi gift certificates, and at reasonable amount. hope you will enjoy each and every one!

hi arabella, and all our loverly royals!

stressful day and times to come so don't want to let this be an excuse to go off plan. tomorrow, though, having massage, and sure glad i sheduled that. having a little trouble with ms technical difficulties now, so will get offline. hope a good evening is had by all. take care.

04-30-2010, 12:41 PM
Hope, too, that it's good news, Am.

Sending good vibes to you, wsw, for those stressful times to come. Hugs, and hugs and hugs.

And to you as well, Royal Arabella, at EOM. Best I can say there is it's only hours to go.

Lovely day here today for the first day of our neighborhood garage sale. Just put out one "free" thing which is already gone. Had chimney repair fellow here and he's already gone too. Trying to decide if I should walk the park after lunch or walk the neighborhood looking for bargains.

Floating a bit above 200 again today. Less than a pound but the first number is still 2.

Just about all ready for my trip to Pville tomorrow. Another overnighter. Princess (now) 14 is to be confirmed and I'm actually going to wear a dress-like apparatus and more or less "regular" shoes. Is the world ready for this? :) ;) And with my hopefully "unkempt" hairdo. Mine wants always to fall into a more "prim" look and I'm not at all prim anymore (well, maybe a little). :devil:

Anyway, a lovely FRIDAY to ye all. And a great MAY DAY tomorrow.

Oh, re the avatar - c'est moi, of course - many eons ago, many, many eons. So thank you for loving it (me)


04-30-2010, 09:36 PM
what a beautiful picture of your beautiful self, anagram! :)
hope you have a grand time in princessville. thanks for those hugs.

massage was wonderful. i was definitely smart to have scheduled this for today. only bad thing about a great massage is that it has to end. well, good evening, all.

04-30-2010, 09:52 PM
;) Loved your Post though I'm finding it late! Great Pep Talk! I needed to hear!

05-02-2010, 01:34 AM
Hello llmw1951!

Also huzzah to all royals 'n another shortie here as am falling asleep.

News was very good but there's a month to go in a cast ... today is Day 40 lol.

Will be back!

05-02-2010, 12:32 PM
I don't know if it's a result of working so hard last week or what but I've been tired this weekend and not very motivated. Ran yesterday and went for a long walk today but not feeling very inclined to do much else. We've got DSIL & DBIL coming for dinner tonight so there'll be that. And DH wants to take a trip out to the bookstore but I'm thinking I might just let him go alone and I'll stay here and enjoy a few minutes of non-working "me" time.

I took my first bouquet from the flower beds today:
Red tulips with fresh greenery and grape hyacinths, yellow primroses forget-me-nots and William and Mary. Cut them short and put them in a squat blue glass vase -- that way, I can leave the flowers on the table for dinner and we'll be able to see each other over them.

Anagram, I DO love your avatar (you). You look exactly as I pictured you. :) Can't believe Princess is 14 already. How the years fly! Hahaha -- "dress-like aparatus" -- wd. like to see. I have to use styling cream on my hair or it just doesn't work at all - goes fly-away.

WSW, sending you peaceful thoughts for stressful times -- remember to breathe, maybe listen to meditation CDs? You're right about the massages. I often think, well, if I could just start every day with a massage, stress would never be a problem.

Happy May, :queen: Amarantha! So glad to hear that the news was good. This too shall pass, of course, but how tiresome for you to be cast-bound! :goodvibes:

llmw1951 :welcome:

Let's take this day and make it work for us!

05-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Huzz all, off with the cab to store!

Flowers sound beautiful, Wood Nymph.

Do you still do reiki?

05-03-2010, 07:26 AM
Happy RAINY day - Monday to be exact - FRESH START MONDAY. Cholesterl continues its march in the wrong direction so am more determined (comparatively) than ever. HDL and trigylcerides GOOD. Durn LDL though.....

Hi, llmw1951. Hope your health journey is going well.

So, back from a very good weekend - a proud moment for a grandma. I am so lucky in so many ways. Now it's time to dig in and think about Texas which is only 8 days away. It doesn't seem like we'll be doing much but a good rest won't hurt either, I guess. Have not seen this Sis for more than 2 1/2 years so that will be good.

Thinking of you in tough times, wsw!

Oh Arabella, I WISH I looked like that - I was only 14 in that picture - but I enjoyed posting it anyway. Will never again weigh the 124 I was then either.

Ooh, a whole month more, Empress! But at least the news was good. I have a friend in a cast the last 3 weeks and she's going MAD. Sees her dr. today - hoping her news is good too.

After EOM, your body does need to adjust, WN. Hope you're feeling a mite more lively this morning. I'm not bad consdiering rain and busy weekend (though daughter was Hostess of get together, Mom gets to do a little too ;) ).

Noted I just finished ten years with 3FC (as Arabella did earlier this year). However, while I signed up ten years ago, it wasn't until the following year that I really "worked at it". So (discouraged though I get) I note I am between 45-50 lbs down and, I assume, more healthy than I would otherwise be. Have not weighed today yet but am resolved to drink more water, record what I eat (HATE this part), exercise more, etc. And get that cholesterold down. It was never low - but going consistently higher. Water part is one place I've been lacking. But I've also been "treating" myself a lot. With all the fruits, etc. coming in season, it is easier to make those my "treats".

Anyway, Most Regal Queenly Friends, enjoy this Fresh Start Monday and think good thoughts for all People dealing with illness and other trials which require the most of our Queenly attributes. Special thoughts to wsw, Empress, and our dear Kaylets whom we hope to be lurking occasionally though not currently able to post. And sharing joyful thoughts with :queen: Wildfire as she enjoys her little Princess. "Come back" thoughts to our dear Royals sojourning in other parts. You are missed but, as you know, the Palace door is always open and the drawbridge is always down.


05-04-2010, 06:49 PM
Busy day so far, way too busy. But soldier on we must. Pretty outside and I've not been really out in it yet. Must off to do that - at least for a short time. Need to change the box up a bit.

Thought I was really good yesterday but wt was up today - ate out last night - a salmon Caesar salad. Delicious but must have been salty (I hope that's it).

Well, before the evening wears on too much, off I go.


05-07-2010, 03:09 PM
Quiet in the Palace.

Just checking in to wish all Royals a Happy Mother's Day - whether they be or not.

My plans just got changed for the weekend. We'll see how things work out.

Beautiful day here. I tai chi'd and have at least been getting in some walks.

05-08-2010, 09:21 PM
hello llmw1951!

amarantha-glad your most recent news was good. sorry, though, that you still have to endure cast for another month. that must be so maddening! hope that time will fly by for you.

arabella-the bouquet from your flower beds which you described last week sounds so beautiful. made me smile just hearing about it.

anagram-wow--10 years with 3fc! :) hearing that made me look at my date, and was surprised to realize it is 8 years this month for me. it is hard to believe that it could have been this long, though i am constantly amazed at how quickly time passes.

glad your recent weekend in princessvile was good. hope your plans for this weekend, though they were changed, will be pleasant.

and greetings to all dear royals, mentioned and -un: thinking of you all! happy mother's day!

171. didn't eat as daintily as could have today, but not too bad, either. need to follow my more tried and true food plan, though, a bit more carefully than i did this past week. well, kind of worn out, so need to get offline now. hope everyone has a good evening.

05-09-2010, 12:45 AM
Happy Mother's Day to all!!!!

Thanks wsw for the kind words and Anagram happy 3Fc anniversary. I think I've been off & on here for about that as well, wow, says a lot about the site.

Huzzah to all, off to bed for me soon.

05-10-2010, 08:04 AM
Soo cold here - so windy over the weekend.

I'm prepping for trip to TX tomorrow so will need to hustle. M.D. was nice. Quick trip to meet up "in between" w/DS, DD and Princess Nine. Pleasant lunch, hugs/kisses. then home to my own bed. Worked well.

Concerned re absence of Arabella. Hope nothing's too amiss.

Fresh start, all.

05-10-2010, 10:54 AM
hi amarantha!

hello anagram! glad quick trip m.d. celebration was fun. hope you have good time in tx.

cold here this morning too, but will be gorgeous and mild again today, as it was yesterday. got together with good friend in afternoon yesterday, which was fun. have lots of paperwork to catch up on, so must get to it. have good day, all.

05-10-2010, 04:34 PM
Cold here too! Sorry for not making it to the palace in the past week. I just went a little astray and was doldrummy. All better now, though.

Oh a little sun and warmth would go a long way, I think. Spring was off to a good start in March but after the first couple of days of April, it's been very grey, cool and damp. Still, what's a :queen: to do? Onward!

Anagram, that 10 year thing was a little sobering. I've lost and gained (and lost and gained and...) and am very close to what I was when I joined. Although at one point I gained up to 30 or so pounds heavier. Anyway, onward. Yes, onward. Have a lovely trip to Texas -- dare we hope it will be warm and :sunny: ?

Maybe that pic wasn't yesterday but I still recognize you!

WSW, I hope you're proud of your progress --- you're a STAR! Yes, the bouquet just looked like spring. And when it got tired I picked another one just like it. :)

Amarantha, yes, the site and the palace therein have always been such a source of support! I do still do Reiki. We could arrange a time for a distant session if you'd like. PM me if so!

K, I'm going to skip around the corner to the store and get some chicken breasts for dinner.

Later, Gators!

05-14-2010, 10:55 AM
arabella-so glad all is less doldrummy now in your corner of the palace! this site certianly is a great source of support. there sure are a lot of us who have been around for a long time, and it is very comforting indeed.

greetings, amarantha! i hope royal arm is continuing to heal well, and that pesky cast is not bugging you too miserably, at least, in this final stretch.

anagram-hope royal soujourn in tx is going swimmingly.

and salutations to all our lovely queens, both near and far.

holding at 171. have been dealing with bladder and kidney problems caused by nerve damage due to ms. at one point, it was looking as though i would have to be catheterized, a notion which upset me to no end. however, i got a reprieve for now, and i am soooooo very relieved and grateful this does not have be done at this point. my bladder doesn't work normally anymore, and i do have mild kidney damage in one kidney, but the other kidney is fine. all my test results turned out much better than doc had originally thought was the case, and i am grateful big time. though i was told things will continue in an inevitable downward trend regarding bladder and kidneys, which i am needless to say, not too thrilled about, of course, it could be a lot worse at this time, and i will take what i can get for now, and be grateful for every moment!! also had to have a couple of moles removed and biopsied at dermatologist this week, which i am sure will prove to be just fine in the end, but just had not been expecting this, after literally having to deal with all this weekly testing at urologist over the past 6+ weeks. anyway, i know i can't use any of this on-going stress to de-rail me, because that would only make things on other fronts worse anyway. so, dainty portions will remain on my horizon. i didn't come this far to jump off the wagon now!

i am still looking at new living situations, but since nothing is too exciting, i need to expand my search. had only been looking at apartment rentals, but know i need to also look at condo rentals (only with 24 hour maintenance, though), etc. i know my more user-friendly home is out there for me somewhere, and i am regrouping and recommitting to my search with a more open mind. ok, so that's what's been going on with me lately. got together with good friend for lunch yesterday, and need to make some pleasant plans for this weekend. it is hot, hot, hot here today, and glad that i don't have any set appointments. i do need to get some errands done, but fortunately can do them at a leisurely pace, so no problem. well, royals, i hope you have a good day. thinking of you all.

05-15-2010, 12:00 PM
a good saturday to all! working on tidying up my little abode, as am having a few friends over for tea this afternoon. listened to meditation cd this morning which was helpful, and calming. now, just need to get a couple of quick errands done, and then can relax and enjoy my friends' visit later today. it's also not as hot as yesterday, which i am happy about. in fact, it is supposed to be even nicer/cooler tomorrow. well, take care, all you lovely royals! :)

05-16-2010, 11:58 AM
Ick. Some stupid key combo just closed my reply window when I was half-way through a longish message. Bah! Actually, seems like some other kind of glitch because I tried all the combinations that seemed to make any sense and nothing happened. Ah well. Picking up shattered pieces now, getting on with life.

I've got a good-sized to-do list today. It seems to be that kind of weekend. We had a nice dinner at BIL & SIL's last night. She's feeling well and has been having good checkups. We had lobster and got to take a few home, too. Lobster sandwiches for dinner!

WSW, you're doing so fantastically! Almost through to another "decade." Any day now :hyper:

Oh, if I could only take some of that heat! We haven't had more than one or two days that were warm enough to sit outside yet. Ah well, at least it's not snowing. :dz:

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2: :flow1:

Let's take this day that we've been given and make the most of it! Love to all, whether in Palace or on walkabout.

05-16-2010, 11:13 PM
HUzzah, Am am not missing in action just really still trying to heal an get back to who I was before I had this stupid accident, hoping that Friday will bring me some good news.

Arabella, I will pm thee re the reiki mayhap soon or next week, so unsure of what is going on right now. Thank ye.

wsw, I have been focusing on some yogic meditations that have helped me a lot. Hope your friens' visit was pleasant. Congrats on the weight maintenance and goo news re no catherization.

Anagram, hope ye are enjoying Texas!

Royals, Am is already in yuletide mode, planning where she wants to be in December, knowing it will be a good place. Hoping to stay with the palace and be here then.

05-19-2010, 07:06 PM
Another errant queen visits the palace....:hug: Feeling good, loving the spring, but still plateau-ing weight-wise. What is the answer? I don't know, but will leave no stone unturned!

05-22-2010, 06:37 PM
Howdy, Am and Eydie - always glad to see you. Hope you are soon healed, Am.

wsw, I too am glad you got to skip the cath - and wish you good things re your continued home search. 171 - wow.

Arabella - I should have sent you the heat from TX - in the mid 90s every day. Glad SIL getting good news. My BIL had a scan this week and it showed a spot on lung. Will know more Monday.

Back two days now, resting up from my resting up. Did not do a lot in TX - not surprised as I knew DS/DBIL have health problems. However, they seem a little worse than I expected. Almost feel sure I'll not see them again - not that they are at death's door or anything. Just not up to travel and I'm not likely to make that trip again either. Though one never knows.

So it's back to Fresh Starting again. Since I've been home I've been planting flowers - coleus, portulaca, impatiens and marigolds in addition to the Gerbera daisies. Should be a colorful year IF I can outwit the bunnies. Put in more than I have for quite a few years. Now I just have to tackle all the weeds ;)

Pretty well unpacked, laundered, etc. Just need to tackle my bathroom. Had so much out of closet I figured I'll clean it before putting everything back in.

So here it is Saturday evening and a little coolish. Sat today on the Patio of Peace and Contentment for the first (real) time. Hosed it down this morning - still needs a great scrubbing but 'twill do for now. Anticipating a lot of use in the next few months.

Don't think I'll get to the closet any more today. Must find something less diligent and while away the rest of the evening.


05-22-2010, 07:01 PM
Be loyal to the royal within. Good luck everyone!

-Dhani :queen:

05-23-2010, 09:46 AM
'lo Luvlies! We seem to be experiencing upheaval in my corner of the palace -- intermittent dissatisfaction with the status quo has gotten to the point that I actually feel the need to do something about it. I told DH the other day that I wasn't happy. Specific things: our iron-clad, overly restrictive routine, being responsible for too much around the house, my job.

So... told him that I need to shake things up a bit. He's promised to make dinner a couple of times a week. Also maybe to consider going out occasionally. The current routine suits him just fine -- he's with people all day and all he wants to do in the evening is listen to music and read. He doesn't feel the need to do anything outside of the house. Anyway... I'm bustin' out.

So then I'm looking at the weekend paper and there's a communications job with the psych. department for interdisciplinary research into singing. It's only half-time, but I'm thinking I could possibly go half-time or work out some freelance deal on my job... Anyway, I'm qualified, the director is a prof I've taken courses with, I got my BA from that dept.

I'm going to apply and see what happens.

I think I've got a pretty comprehensive fresh start brewing here. I had kind of a funny nudge a week or so ago. I go through this little self-talk while I moisturize: "Thank you, fat, for trying to protect me all these years but I'm strong now and you are free to leave." Got a response in my head: "Don't tell me you're strong -- SHOW me you're strong." Ah-ha. Maybe, maybe, that's what I'm doing? :crossed:

Anagram, how nice to see you back! :) I'd somehow thought you were going to be gone for a couple of weeks. Saw a lawn covered in violets the other day and thought of you.

:queen: Eydie, always so nice to see you! Drop in and catch us up on your news some time if you can.

:wave: Let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it!

05-29-2010, 11:37 PM
Well, huzzah, all, seems has been awhile since I posted, I couldn't even find the thread lol.

Welcome Royal hani!!!

I've been busy continuing to rcover from various injuries & am much better, started physical therapy, riving, going back to work next week.

Not happy about the latter, exactly.

Arabella, hope ye went for that job, life is too short to be not satisfied.

E! Hello!

Anagram, loved reading the list of color ye will plant, We have bunnies here, too, but the dog chases them away!

Wsw, congratulations on holding steady in the weight department despite complications. It is always nice to read thy posties.

05-30-2010, 09:21 AM
Hello Royals! As we're going into summer I'm craving more fresh raw foods and just longing to lighten up on many levels. I'm in the middle of a 30-day Pilates challenge I've set for myself and I'm seeing a big difference.:carrot:

05-31-2010, 06:50 PM
So, hey, I'm back more than a week so I guess the extra weight can no longer be considered "travelling weight". As we start into summer, I will try to atone for all my misdeeds. Last I weighed I was at 203.4.

Arabella, if ANYTHING EVER seems to have YOU written all over it, that job description does. Waiting w/bated breath............And I know the dissatisfaction syndrome. Something still seems not right in my scenario. I am promising me a more or less leisurely summer with continuing working towards all my goals but also looking for ways to break out a little more from my comfy routines.

Empress, the GOOD thing about going back to work is that you've recuperated enough to be ABLE to. Keep up the getting better.

Hit to all others - good to "see" y'all.

DS and family were here Sat/Sunday and all was pleasant. Princesses seemed so glad to be here - P14 is edging taller than I and P(almost)10 is past my chin. Can't be they're growing - must be I'm shrinking more and more ;)

Waiting (and sort of hoping) for some rain. Just too hot here and I don't feel like watering all those plants I thought it was a good idea to put in.

Let's light up the palance with our ROYAL smiles.


06-04-2010, 11:30 AM
I wake up, tell myself that I accept everything and everyone in my life exactly as is, including myself, including the weather -- but, you know, really... some weather is much easier to accept than others. I don't even mind cool gray days here and there. But not a steady diet of them for months... :( Ah well. Onward -- 'tis the only way.

I've let everything slide, too. Funny how much easier everything seems when the weather is nice. And how I seem to need my "comfort" o/w. Not good! In any case, I vow, the next nice day to spend it almost entirely outside.

DH is away until tomorrow night, though, and I'm going to treat myself to a spa experience either this evening or tomorrow evening. And the other evening, I think I'll have my mom over to watch "Topper" and have lobster sandwiches for dinner. In between, I'll get the house spruced up a bit.

I did manage to find an outfit for upcoming wedding in Ohio -- a chartreuse linen skirt and top set, fits close to the body but not snug, a slit on one side of the skirt and cutwork on the hem and top. Short sleeves but not TOO short and the cutwork doesn't reveal anything I wouldn't want revealed ;).

Got it at the thrift shop, too. And also got a new pair of black jeans, a pair of striped capris, a sweet dove gray baby dollish top, a vibrantly striped red/orange/pink Indian cotton shirt and a brand-new soft pink bra. Oh and a couple of Ts for the gym. So quite a haul :)

I still want to get a couple more summer tops for the trip. I saw some nice short-sleeved peasant-y type ones. And maybe another pair of capris...

Anagram, you've done a great job of hovering around Onederland. Next thing you know, you'll be safely down below and hovering lower. :yes:

No word on the job yet but had lunch with a friend yesterday who said that they're very slow about that kind of thing at the U. Anyway, if that doesn't work out, something else will.

Eydie :wave:

Amarantha, glad to hear you're on the mend. I did indeed apply for the job. As DH said, if I hadn't I'd have forfeited the right to complain about current job. And I wouldn't want that! :dz:

WSW, hope all is well in your wing of the palace. All that medical stuff is wearing at the best of times. Sending good energy :goodvibes:

K, lovelies, let's take this day that we've been given and make the most of it. Love to all!

06-05-2010, 05:00 PM
Well, isn't DH the wise one, Arabella? Just the right motivation. One can NEVER forfeit the right to complain.

Hope you have fun on your spa night.

Empress, I too had trouble finding the site - meant to be on a few days ago and it just took me too long. I usually rely on notices about postings but had cleaned them all out (I don't seem to get them as much as I used to).

Well, I certainly got the rain I was hoping for, and then some, and then some more. Every day with lots of thunder, lightening, the whole works. And even an earthquake in the vicinity. I actually heard the "boom" (which they say is unusual) and enough of a "shake" that I said "eh, what" but then I put it down to a construction or garbage collection truck or similar. So was a little surprised to read about the quake later. Have felt tremor in past but never heard boom before.

Still not getting my sorry self on the right wagon. Eating fresh fruits, gardening, enjoying lots of stuff but not in fighting gear yet.

Enjoyed your shopping spreee, Arabella. I actually went on one by accident. Was doing the closet thing and found a box of summer shops I had not even opened the last few years. Was going to donate but tried them all on (and a long white casual skirt) and they all fit well. I think I left them in the box five years ago and just thought it was a box of "too smalls" and didn't bother. So now they're like new. Will part w/a pair of tan pants, maybe.

Will be culling more - I'm in a "tiny steps" mode again. Had a great day yesterday. Got a lot done by doing ten minutes here, ten there. Other things in between. No concentration any more to get a whole lot done at one time. A least not until I'm in the final stags. For instance, tidied 3 sections of computer desk - three to go but not in mood. Those were done one at a time and so will be the others.

Well, Royal Ones, have a great weekend. I plan to ;)


06-05-2010, 07:18 PM
:rainy: My mum was unavailable so I'm here on my own. Quite happy, though -- even though the rain was torrential enough that I settled for a chicken and tomato sandwich and salad instead of the lobster sandwich with mango salad that I'd planned. Wearing my new black jeans and stripe-y shirt -- total success with that outfit. Comfy, flattering. The pants come up to the waist which is by far the best option for me. I am not a fan of the muffin top look. :no:

So... spent the evening cleaning yesterday and then watched a not-bad movie, "My One and Only" with Rene watzername and Kevin Bacon. Picked a gorgeous bouquet for the house -- lilacs and some bronze-tipped yellow-green foliage, pink/white tulips and vibrant blue batchelor's buttons. It was so pretty I was going to take a photo and then realized DH has the camera with him.

I had a nice run this morning, came back and did yoga. Had a little visit with neighbour who's just come back from the South of France, went to the farmer's market. Sat in the porch for a bit and watched the rain, came in to see Forrest Gump. Really, just having a lovely day.

It's just a bit after 7 and DH's flight doesn't get in until 11:30 so I've still got some time for some spa treatments. Pedicure for sure... still midnight blue, I think.

Anagram, another beautiful picture! What a treat it is to see these -- you really are a radiant beauty. :)

And how lovely to find a box of new clothes in your closet. I'm with you on the baby steps -- thought of going wild (totally cleaning out the fridge, for example) but haven't done that and am okay with that decision.

K, thinking it must be time for my pedi appointment. Have a blissful rest of your weekend, Queenlies!

06-05-2010, 08:01 PM
Sounds like an almost perfect day, WN. Sort of like my yesterday. I'm working on the same format today just not quite as successfully. But still have a couple of hours left to make it "almost" the same.

Midnight blue still sounds luscious.

I baby-stepped MY fridge last week before weekend guests. Sparse on food around here at the moment. Just made an egg/olive mix for tomorrow. Did a diet jello/pineapple/lite cool whip thing earlier today. I'm being so domestic ;)

think I'll head out and weed the front walk area. Then I'll be done w/the latest "round" - in itty bitty amounts at a time. Feeling slightly retless so will enjoy being out in the dusk a bit, methinks.

Remember I don't look anywhere near that any more (I wish). 17 in that pic. Coming across things as I'm weeding out inside so have been playing with them a bit. Still looking for the next way to step out of my box too. Can't seem to come up with anything yet.

06-06-2010, 07:12 PM
Your spa night sounds lovely, Arabella. Last Friday night at work we had a Dr. Hauschka rep in for some training. I love all the Dr. Hauschka products--very expensive and I really can't afford them but happily I get a great employee discount!:carrot:

Very inspiring to hear about your thrift shop finds! I need to shop at such places, but I really don't like to shop for clothes ever. Not patient enough, I guess!

As usual I spent a couple of hours today getting all our food together for this coming week so i don't have to really think about it anymore.:hun: Made a huge quantity of pasta w/ tahini sauce w/ baked tofu and vegetables. I got the recipe from a co-worker and man, is it good! I may have to take some to work to share--maybe.

06-12-2010, 08:57 AM
Hope it's because all royal personages are happily busy. Things are looking up in my corner of the Palace. Earlier in the week, there were work catastrophes that likely mean I'm going to have to work this weekend and also get some stuff done while I'm away but c'est la vie. I'll retaliate by goofing off as much as possible any nice days we have.

Yesterday was so beautiful, sun and warmth -- at the same time! Today is lovely too, although it's not supposed to be as warm. The weather has improved a lot around here, coinciding with an outdoor tai chi practice every morning at 8. Whether the weather, the tai chi or the combo -- everything seems so much better, cheerier and easier around here. :broc: :broc:

Preparations for the trip are coming together. I've got my clothes figured out, got pretty new stuff without paying a mint. My hair hit the tipping point the other day and went from "I think a cut can wait until I get back" to "Hairdresser. STAT." And I took the chance and went to a drop-in place. I think it turned out okay -- we'll see after I wash it today. Best cut ever was the last one I got from my hairdresser in January. But then he moved to the west coast. :cry:

Having a second :coffee2: before my little woods run. Having people for dinner tomorrow evening. Thinking blue cheese/almond/ apple/herb stuffed chicken breasts, fresh asparagus and rice with a rhubarb Pavlova for dessert.

Anagram, egg/olive sounds like a lovely combo -- was it a sandwich filling?

I did enjoy my rainy night alone. Hope your Patio of P&C is getting lots of use!

You are still a radiant beauty in any case -- I can definitely recognize you in your pix. :yes:

Eydie, what a treat to see you more regularly! :) I typically end up waiting until I'm desperate for clothes before I hit the stores. Really feels good to score, though ;)

That recipe does sound good -- what's in the tahini sauce?

:wave: All :queen:lies on walkabouts!

Okey-doke, must get some forward momentum going here... Have a blissful weekend, All!

06-15-2010, 12:41 AM
I hope you don't mind a pop-in, out of the blue, but I figured I'd give it a shot! I can't imagine what caused me to wander so far away, for so long, from such a lovely spot, but I hope that now that I've found my way back, it's okay to stay for a while.

What have I been up to? Good question. Work, mostly, I guess. Not much else. Certainly not weight loss... :o although, I was pondering that very thing today, and realized that, while I haven't lost much thus far, this year, I haven't gained either! Actually fit into last summer's clothes plus a few things that didn't fit last year! :cp: I realize that the habits I have put into place have actually been helpful... BUT... it really is so tiresome thinking, "when I lose the rest of this weight, I'll really be able to: fill in the blank" I'm moving in the right direction, but at an extreme glacier-like pace!

I skimmed through royal posts and just have to say, Anagram! I LOVE your picture! :love: So pretty! I think of you often, when I'm out in my own (named after yours) patio of P&C!

Arabella, your words never fail to cheer and inspire! I have truly missed them! :hug:

wsw... I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, but as always, you seem to make the most of your situation with grace and daintiness! :)

Amarantha... hoping your injuries are soon a thing of the past! :goodvibes:

Eydie... I love the sound of your pasta with tahini and tofu and veggies... care to share a recipe? :chef:

Hi to everyone else... I'm hoping you won't mind my lurking about the Palace once again. Just reading through the posts made me realize how much I've missed my :queen:s and how much strength I get from coming here.

Don't want to overstay my welcome, so I'll say goodnight... it really feels good to be back though!

06-15-2010, 09:24 AM
:sunny: So far, anyway. I walked over to tai chi and a round-about route home. Supposed to be :running: today but slept a bit too late to fit it in.

This is going to be a very busy few days. In a way, it's a bit of a relief to have come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to work while I'm away. It would be too stressful to have deadlines and quotas closing in on me. AND then I'll take some time off in the fall -- when DH is away. ;)

KAT! You came home! :hug: I was beginning to think you might never make your way back to the Palace. Congrats on maintaining, too. I've somehow (yeah, like I don't know how :rolleyes: ) managed to gain 20+ pounds since last July. Ah well. The only way is onward. Let's do this!

That said... what better day for a Day 1? Challenge: Eating only when hungry, only at table when alone. That'll do it. :yes:

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies

06-16-2010, 09:40 AM
Here it is--the tahini sauce recipe! Be warned though--these have been dubbed "crack noodles" because they're so addictive!

5 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. ginger, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup lemon juice or rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
5 tbsp. tahini

Just mix all these ingredients together. Done!

1 pound pasta, cooked [whole grain, preferably]

Pour the sauce over the pasta. This makes a ton so it'd be great to take to a potluck. Add the vegetables of your choice. The more colors the prettier! I add cubes of baked tofu for protein. This is NOT a low-calorie food, but it's full of healthy fat. Enjoy!:broc::hungry::chef::carrot::T

06-16-2010, 08:02 PM
Kat, you can NEVER wear out your welcome. And Eydie - always glad to have you bopping in too. Especially since I've been way off pathway and struggling to find my wa6 back to Royal Digs.

Hope you'll be able to enjoy anyway, Arabella. Always a little fly in the ointment, eh?

I am more than a little disgusted with my lack of rigor. I've actually been feeling fairly decent but just have not pulled it back into gear since trip to TX. Also still a few pounds up most of the time. It's only 3-4 lbs but seems to make a big difference. I've been the :queen: of FRESH STARTS but can't seem to string much time together.

Have been diligent on the chores thing though. Actually getting fairly along with the backlog. Promised myself I'd make big progress on that through the summer. Have not even been away anywhere in about three weeks. Planning a little runaround tomorrow though.

Anyway, sorry for contributing to the echo effect. Shall try to do better - on ALL fronts.

Yes, the egg/olive is a sandwich (or celery) filling. Any word on the job application, WN?

Am happy w/flowers, yard, etc. this year. Have been able to do more than past years and it's showing. Patio delightful as usual and I plan to hit it when I finish this post. Lovely evening, waiting for predicted rain all day and it never came. After I had postponed my runaround a day because of it. Well, tomorrow's another day and I seem to have done gobs of things despite myself today.

Well, Royal Lovelys, here's to another day.............


06-16-2010, 09:14 PM
I have to laugh at myself... (I do that a LOT!) I thought for sure that I had posted last night, but seeing as I did fall asleep in front of the computer, I guess I never did hit 'send!' :lol: I have no clue what I wrote at this point, except to say how cozy and comfy my room at the castle was kept for me! Like I never left!

Eydie, thank you! That looks wonderful, I'm on my way to the store shortly and just added tahini to my list, got everything else, can't wait to try me some crack noodles! :T

I'm actually almost through a near perfect Day 2 and feeling positively joyful at how much better clean eating always makes me feel! I KNOW this, and yet somehow manage to derail myself over and over. It's always such a pleasant surprise when I realize how good I feel when on the right track! :?:

I attended such a good lecture yesterday at work... (I believe I was posting about it, last night) all about stress and inflammation and how we wrack our poor little cells with junk and chemicals and things that make them work so hard just to keep us alive, and how much more efficiently they work (preventing disease) when we just feed them right, move our bodies and seek peace and contentment! More on that, but I really have to run to Target before they close!

Try to be back later... thank you again for your welcoming words! It's good to be home!

06-17-2010, 07:52 PM
A positively LOVELY day in Central PA today. I took me out of my little rut - took a pleasant (almost an hour) drive to an old fashiioned (but restored) theatre where "Babies" was playing. Interesting documentary. Some parts cute, some rather disgusting but overal thought provoking. Ate in a "part of it all" coffee shop, browsed a boutique, drove home.

I just needed to something I don't normally (or often) do. This filled the bill but I have several other "outings" in mind. If I do them alone (as today) so be it.

Better choices today but not stellar. But still, overall, an A day.


06-19-2010, 11:10 PM
Sounds like a wonderful day, anagram! I need to de-rut as well. You've inspired me to do just that. Not going to wait for everyone else's agenda to dictate what I want to do! Not all the time, anyway...

It certainly was a glorious day hereabouts as well! I had to spend a portion of it at work, but tomorrow is going to be just as nice. A low key Father's Day will be spent, as dh is disinclined to leave the plantation, preferring to laze about the homestead doing whatever or nothing. His choice! EZ! :cp:

I'm off for one last sit on the patio for the evening... it's cool and breezy, and there's a band playing, somewhere in the distance, music that I like! Nice.

Hoping all are having a good weekend! :wave:

06-20-2010, 11:39 AM
Sounds like a lovely Father's Day for you as well, kat! Love that patio sitting, too.

Friday evening I went to a park to listen to a band, country this time. Took a book and a chair - alone - but a part of "the community". Pleasant - had mentioned it to three other people - no luck but one or two will do it at another time. Whatever - I DID IT and I enjoyed it so that's the direction I will take. Can't sit home because others choose to.

One thing I love about this site is that so many here seem to have similar interests. Of course, some friends and I do as well but there are more "twins" here who share certain of my interests. Interesting - wonder what it says about me?

Well, no phychoanalysis today - just heading out (to church) and then a very quiet Father's Day here.

Was at 201.8 this a.m. so working on it - just need to work HARDER.


06-22-2010, 06:21 PM
Hazy hot, humid - ugh! But it is fresh fruit season so that's one compensation.

Did a lot of shredding this afternoon and other paperwork, banking, groceries this a.m. So I'm declaring it a lazy day rest of the day. Maybe a walk at dusk as I did yesterday.

201.2 this morning. Probably back about where I was before TX. The same five pounds over and over - sigh.

06-22-2010, 08:03 PM
So, here we are. Day after tomorrow we head home again. It's been a good trip so far -- the wedding was fun and seeing people has worked out pretty well. Food selections have been reasonably careful and getting lots of exercise between the gym and walking around.

Today was a milestone -- DH and I actually bought tableware. We've been using the remnants of the set he and his first wife had along with odds and ends gathered along the way. And we've never been able to agree on any. DH wouldn't consider anything inexpensive. I just wanted something that didn't look too cheap and was a nice colour. Well, today we walked into a somewhat pricey store and were both quite taken with the same tableware. Got service for 12 of these ones ( -- four each in celadon, sage and white, along with a few serving pieces. Can hardly wait to have friends for dinner! :)

Kat, the anti-inflammatory info is very interesting. I'm going to reintroduce similar when I get home. It's hard to eat quite as clean on the road as at home.

Anagram, it's kind of nice going to events solo sometimes. I used to get extremely self-conscious when I went anywhere alone but I'm starting to get more comfortable.

Well, I'd better get some work done -- just wanted to pop in to the palace so you don't forget me.

Have a lovely evening, :queen:lies!

06-24-2010, 08:05 PM
Glad you had fun, Arabella! I had to laugh about the tableware...27 years of marriage, and we've got one of those odds and ends sets going too! One of these days... By the way: how could we forget you?

Hazy, hot and humid here, too, anagram! :p Tomorrow's supposed to be much better, so I'm keeping my fingers :crossed: Lots of gardening needs to be met, that I just haven't felt like doing... I did manage to get my lunchtime walks in, despite the heat, but that's about it. Need to ramp up the old exercise regime, for sure.

Hi to everyone else, I'm off to forage for some dinner...


06-26-2010, 09:44 AM
And thinking it must be time to get this party started. Still shaking my head over the realization that I've regained 20+ pounds since last July without half trying. But 'tis a fact and can't be argued with. I can only go on from where I am. Was just reading about someone who'd gained 80 pounds in 10 months so I suppose it could be worse.

Today is Day One of eating only when I'm hungry and only at the table when alone. :yes:

It's nice to be home. I've got our sheets on the line so they'll be fresh and lovely to slide between. More laundry in the washer. DH did a husband-type job :dz: of vacuuming, shopping and cleaning the bathrooms yesterday and I have not and will not say or suggest a word other than "Thank you!" :ziplip: Even if it kills me.

Kat, good for you getting out for lunch walks! We walked so much in Toronto and I'd end up a sweat ball when we got where we were going. Makes a girl feel inelegant, I must say. Funny about the dishes, eh? I think it will make me feel quite grown up to have a set.

Anagram, from my perspective you've held on very nicely, staying right around the border of Onederland. So KUDOS! :cp: :cp:

Eydie, thanks for that recipe -- will definitely make it. I'm always on the lookout for good veggie dinners. DH always says he's happy with vegetarian dinners -- as long as they're tasty. Sounds like that recipe qualifies.

WSW, how are things in your corner of the palace? Hope all is well! :hug:

Amarantha, how dost thy recovery progress?

K, just lollygagging with the last of my :coffee2: I'm going out :running: through the woods, then back for :yoga: and an epsom salts bath.

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

06-27-2010, 09:33 AM
Yes it is. And there were several moments yesterday when I thought of grabbing a bite of something or other but remembered it was Day 1 and didn't. :yes:

Was in a very grumpy space yesterday, not satisfied with life at all. Which I seem to keep slipping back into, probably because I keep not doing what I need to do to keep myself satisfied. It's so simple -- so why do I keep falling into that rut? :?: I need to look after myself and tend to my needs. Reclaiming that, today.

The latter part of the trip was odd, partially a combination of too much of DS' family and friends and trying to do things while working. But I did come out of it with those nice dishes so... :cb: :cb:

We'll be off for our walk soon and then I'll work on pleasing myself for the rest of this day.

Let's take this day we've been given and make the most of it, Queenies!

06-27-2010, 11:49 AM
Hail, and good morning, :queen:s!

Tis another hot day coming, I don't think as humid, but no matter, I have designated today to be an all day gardening affair. I bought some wave petunias and some zinnias last night, to fill in some bareish spots, and the weeds, oh, do the weeds need tending to! I have a few little tomatoes popping, which makes me smile every time I see them! In the meantime, I still have to buy tomatoes, to go with all the basil that is flourishing in my back yard!

It is amazing, isn't it, Arabella? Without really trying, the weight manages to find it's way back, and once it's there, twice as hard to remove as the first time you lost it!! Have you ever had your thyroid checked? I was diagnosed as hypothyroid about a year or so ago, and have been taking Synthroid, which I thought would be the answer to my SSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW weight loss issues... but it's been only moderately so, and not without a great deal of struggle on my part. I was just reading yesterday about it....very interesting to learn that my other health issues (high cholesterol, dry skin) may stem from hypothyroidism, and that Synthroid (synthetic thyroid hormone) isn't as effective as taking the real thing, (drs must pay homage to big drug companies) or even adding iodine to my dietary supplements... I intend to investigate further.

I find myself floundering, once again, after a good week of clean eating, a few naughty things slipped into my mouth, that shouldn't have, and I begin to feel that old 'well, I screwed up again, might as well keep going' urge, BUT was able to view the incidents as mere bumps in the road and move on... and THAT, my friends, is progress for this :queen:!

Okay, time to finish my :coffee: and get it in gear...

Hoping all queens are flourishing!

06-28-2010, 06:05 AM
Had a nice long walk with DH yesterday, went out to the library and got my mom stocked up with books again. Sat in the sun with my sister and had a good visit. That's a bit more like it.

Finished editing a looooooooong article for DH, ironed some clothes. On Thursday morning, we'd been to the St. Lawrence Market and I picked up a huge bundle of basil, which is now washed and waiting to become pesto this evening.

I signed up for an online course and self-hypnosis audio for weight loss. It deals with subconscious issues that keep us from losing weight or lead us to regain. Oh, my hand's UP! :yes: I remember catching sight of myself in a mirror last summer and thinking I looked like "a normal person." And, although I was elated, somehow the weight started sneaking back on after that. I don't think it's purely coincidental. It's a "pay what you want" deal. PM me if you'd like the link.

Kat, I do think that I've probably got thyroid issues too. I've got enough of the symptoms. Interesting holistic/natural perspective here. (

Maybe, like Oprah, we "blew our thyroids out?" I know, for sure, that I can't eat much without gaining weight. At the same time, I occasionally eat more than is reasonable. :shrug: And I also know that when I'm putting my heart and soul into it, I will lose, even if not swiftly.

On we go, in any case. Let's hit it, :queen:ies!

06-28-2010, 12:16 PM
hi queenlies! i have missed you all very much! wasn't feeling too great physically, but i'm back, and definitely feeling better now. just wanted to check in and say hello. will catch up on past posts soon. for now, though, greetings to all in and around the royal kigndom.

06-29-2010, 06:33 AM
That's better! :cb: :cb:

That one little change makes so much difference. I found myself knowing I needed to take control but wondering what, exactly, I should do. Didn't want to swear off carbs (although limiting them is helpful), didn't want to count points (although eating less is obviously required). Yesterday I found myself much more motivated, so much more controlled. Eating only when I'm sitting at the table gives me that moment of pause to think about things. Think about what I really want to eat, what my body wants me to eat.

Dark and grey here today, :rain: later. I'm going to walk over to tai chi and then :running: later this morning. I think i'll work from home or maybe go in after lunch.

One new thing I did yesterday was stand to work for some of the time. I've been reading about how harmful it is to sit for extended periods. At first I thought, well, I can't stand in one place for extended periods, either. But I find it's not much of a strain to stand for 20 minutes or so to work and apparently, standing for even that much of every hour burns considerably more calories and is so much better for one's health. So, that's a new habit I'm definitely going to cultivate. C'est bon!

At home, I can put the laptop on top of a bookcase and there's a high table in the kitchen at work that's just the right level.

WSW, so glad you're feeling better! :hug:

K, Queenlies -- let's hit it!

06-30-2010, 01:47 AM
Very interesting article, thanks for sharing, Arabella! I know I need to look into this further... need to explore other options, for sure.

I know there's more I wanted to say, but my eyes are drooping and I am fading fast... been reading when I should have been typing! :yawn:

Tomorrow, definitely!

Nighty night, all! :faint:

07-03-2010, 11:00 AM
Happy Canada Day to our Royal Canadians!

Happy Independence Day to our Royal Americans!

2010 is half over in both countries. Six months left. Time to make some changes.

I had a wake up call two weeks ago. Heart palpitations started early in the morning and continued until I was at work. Really unusual for me, so I called my doc. Had to go in to see her right away and she sent me for blood work and an electrocardiogram. Then I had to schedule an echocardiogram. Lucked out and got an appointment the same week. I see her tomorrow for the follow-up.

It was frightening to think I could have something wrong with my heart. I continued having palpitations over the last two weeks, and when checking my pulse I can feel skipped beats very prominently. I really don't think I'm going to be told it's serious - likely stress or thyroid or one of a dozen other things that can cause it. But it has made me realize this isn't a game I can continue to play when I feel like it.

I've been waiting to get cleared by my doc, but once I see her on Monday I am committing to a sensible, maintainable plan. Where do I want to be six months from now? I want to be healthier, slimmer, more toned. I want to break the cycle of having no time to look after me, making bad choices, feeling guilty about all know what I mean.

Where do you want to be in six months?

07-04-2010, 06:38 PM
Wildfire, YES! Thanks for the friendly reminder that this year that we'll never get back is slipping away. Wouldn't it be the coolest thing ever to have made some dents in our goals or achieve them when the calendar turns to 2011?:D

I'm ready!

07-05-2010, 11:52 PM
Good question, Wildfire! I really need to make that commitment... not the half-hearted attempts that make me wonder why is this taking so long?? I KNOW WHY. What stops me from giving it my all? I celebrated my 53rd birthday on Saturday... perfect mid point of the year to reassess, recalibrate, redo whatever is not working. I see all around me the effects of the aging process, alone, without weight issues, that scare the bejeebers out of me! From wrinkles to Alzheimers and everything in between: I don't want any of it! But if there are measures that I can take to at least slow the process, or at least make it smoother... I'm willing to try. Why is aging more of an effective motivator than weight/weight related issues? I don't know, but I'm just gonna go with it!

Can't stay long here, I'm in serious need of another layer of aloe to cool my crispy, fried skin! DH and I spent Friday on the beach, :beach: no problem, decided that today would be another grand day, and it was. I'm very diligent <usually> about sunscreen and my aging (see above) skin. Note to self: Don't wait til you get to the beach to put the sunscreen on, if you're going to drive with the top down! :doh: Sooooo red! :mad:

Hoping everyone had a great weekend! Happy Canada Day! Happy Independence Day! Happy Summer!

PS..Thanks again, for the wake up call, Wildfire, gonna make some adjustments here and now!

07-10-2010, 08:57 AM
My brother's wife died at 4 Thursday morning. It wasn't unexpected -- she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the fall and had been terribly sick with too-long undiagnosed gall bladder disease for a year before that.

They married on 7/7/07 for luck and she was determined to stay until their anniversary. It had gotten to the point that she told Gordie that she was ready to go and he just wanted her suffering to be over. On the 7th, he took her pink roses and a pink teddy bear and laid beside her through the night, holding her hand.

We're so sad for him. He had a very hard time making a go of it here -- couldn't seem to get a decent job, had just divorced from a horribly abusive wife. Finally, he moved west for opportunity and within months had a good job and had reconnected with this woman, who he'd met years before.

Again, there's the nudge from the universe. We never know how much life we've got left -- surely we should make the most of it.

I've done well with the prohibition on eating anywhere but at the table when I'm alone and eating when I'm not hungry. A couple of diversions but nothing serious. Speaking of serious, though, that's something I'm going to have to get. It's like I'm not summoning the will to really do the necessary. And I feel SO much better when I do. It just takes the effort to get started.

Ok -- new challenge today: No wheat, no sugar, no processed junk. I'm planning for two pauses. Next weekend I turn 55 and I'll be having a drink or two at party on Saturday (plus my Mom's fabulous chocolate raspberry cake) and intend to make DH either take me out to dinner Sunday or serve me lobster on the deck. Where I might like to have a glass of wine. I'm going to try very hard to get 21 days. This is Day 1.

To get there I'm going to attempt to do all those things that help: tai chi, yoga, meditation, listening to the self-hypnosis audio (apparently just downloading doesn't do the trick?).

I have been going to early morning tai chi, and that really starts the morning off well. But work has been brutal. I know, what's new. :dz: I need to take more breaks, remember that i am allowed to step away from the computer. Too often, flex time means that I'm in the office at 5:30 a.m., in the office at 8 p.m. and there pretty much 9-5 as well. And my chi's wearing off by about 11. And I get to the end of the day and feel like a drone. I resolve to change!

Hot and humid here, for here. I know we don't set world records. No AC, though, and a humidex of 95 so I reserve the right to whine. :yes:

Actually, I don't mind it a bit except for working physically or sleeping. However, both of those figure into my usual day to day. I skipped vacuuming and tidying yesterday and hit the beach with DS and DGS. We hit the incoming jellyfish tide and the sand wind was exfoliating but we had fun anyway.

Wildfire, how nice to see you in the Palace! Yes, let's do this thing!

Eydie, thanks for the reminder -- yes, pretty much at the half-way mark. Goals are attainable -- let's set our aims!

Hey Kat! Happy belated :hb: :balloons: Up for an anti-inflammatory challenge? ;)

WSW, Anagram, Amarantha, hope things are good in your corners of the palace.

Going :running: shortly, as soon as I finish message and :coffee: Then yoga and the vacuuming and tidying I didn't do yesterday.

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

07-10-2010, 11:09 AM
Oh Arabella, so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. Wishing your brother peace and the knowing that love is never lost.

Every day is a gift! Let's be ready to accept it!

07-11-2010, 09:24 AM
:rain: Et il pleut. Still warmish and very damp but was a bit cooler last night to sleep.

Day 1 was a triumph, although I had to fight myself. Mid-afternoon I thought to myself: Maybe I'll just have a single gin and tonic this evening. And then I remembered I'd decided not to. Struggled briefly, was cranky with self, and then got on with righteous behavior.

I finally got through to my brother last night -- there's been some kind of a weird phone screw-up: every time I called, I got a message saying his number was out of service. Everyone else was able to get through. :shrug: Finally, though, made the connection and we had a good chat. He sounds pretty good, says he's coming home for a visit ASAP. It's been four years since he's been here.

I PM'd our dear Kaylets the other day. It's been a very long time since she's popped in. Haven't heard back but sending :grouphug:

Eydie, you're so right. Every day IS a gift -- and one of a limited number. Let's LIVE them!

"Love is never lost" -- beautiful, and true. Nothing is ever lost...

So... another of my TO purchases was a lightweight umbrella. 'Spect we'll have our Sunday breakfast and then head out to give it a good test.

Sending love to all :queen:lies, wherever they are. Let's take this day we've been given and make it count!

07-11-2010, 10:41 AM
This is Day One for me. I need to get a few days of clean eating behind me. I woke up feeling goosh-y and I'm perilously close to having my clothes fit not quite right. I've been indulging with "just a little won't hurt" behavior and that ends now!

07-11-2010, 11:38 AM
So sorry to hear about the loss of your SIL, Arabella. I remember when your bro left and how you wanted to hold on to him as I did recently w/my bro.

And I just love the dinnerware youi chose. So "you", elegant and yet casual at the same time.

wsw, glad you're feeling better.

Happy birthday to our birthday girls, one past and one upcoming, and to Kaylets who just recently celebrated her birthday as well.

kat, I had been on Synthroid for about seven or eight years now but really feel it was something I should have been on forever. Numbers never quite low "enough" until then. In March I switched to generic and honestly feel there's been some improvement, however slight.

Yes, ma'ams, aging doth bring many bads.

Wildfire, how scary. Hope all is well and it is just what you say. A wakeup call. However, sometimes I think I should be wide, wide awake by now yet I am often still lulled - or rebelling like a teenager. Like - there should be no reason why I can't just do what I want to do and if that's eating, so be it. Grow up, anagram.

I've been away because I've been BAD. And I know that's just when I should be here. However today I was back at 202 instead of 205. I have a dr. appt in less than two weeks and REALLY want to be in a better place because I have other things I want to complain about.

So I'm off to enjoy this lovely day. And wishing all :queen:s the same. Did several long overdue chorelets this morning so feeling on top of my world - for the momen.

07-11-2010, 08:18 PM
kat- a belated happy birthday!!!! :)

arabella-i am very sorry to hear about your sil. lots of good thoughts and hugs to you and your family.

and hello to all our dear royals. thinking of you.

07-12-2010, 08:24 AM
Fresh start Monday - and do I need it!

Gooshy, Eydie? Yep, I think I know that feeling. And definitely the things not fitting right. 3 or 4 pounds makes a big difference to me.

Have tai chi today. Need it. Have had a sort of sabbatical - holiday day off at the center, a conflict the one day and now what they're euphemistically calling "summer hours" whereby it's only offered once a week. Actually it's budget cuts and skimping along until the next fiscal year and stuff like that. Rather than go twice a week until funds are gone and then none, they decided to go once a week. Now I know there's no law saying I can't do it at home and I do have my instructor's tape............

Over the weekend, I felt "caught up", relaxed. Now the calendar is crowded again - blah!!! This is supposed to be my loll and read time. I admit I've done some but not nearly what I had planned. Story of my "plans" including weight loss.

Goody Monday, folklets!


07-13-2010, 01:01 AM
So sorry to hear about your sister in law, Arabella... how very sad for your brother. You are so right, *a nudge from the universe* We simply never know what tomorrow has in store. Make the most of each day, heck, each moment. Must remind myself daily... this is all you have, make it count!!

Thanks to all for the birthday wishes! :)

Goosh-y... yes! I'm feeling extremely gooshy! The lack of exercise would be the culprit there.

I hate to do the quicky post and run, I just don't have much time for more at the moment, but I don't want to let myself get so far away that I'm lost... I need my :queen:s to guide me through the forest!

Tomorrow's another day... let's make the most of it!

07-13-2010, 08:19 AM
And, as is so often the case, where I'm falling short is in the "fun" and "pleasure" sectors. What is UP with that? Work is very demanding, of course, but I need to be reminded to step away from the computer, seek fun and relaxation from time to time. Because sure as shooting, if life = work I'm going to find myself trying to compensate :cookie:

On the other hand, the self-hypnosis audio file is WORKING! I've managed small portions - even stopped half-way through breakfast on Sunday. I feel more optimistic and less conflicted. Now all I have to do is make sure I take that 20 minutes and listen to it. I didn't carve that time out yesterday but I will today. Actually, I'll add that to my requirements for the 21-dayer. :yes:

I know full well that I've got subconscious crap that has kept me from reaching goal and maintaining it. Hypnosis works on that level.

Eydie, funny how those little diversions add up, huh. I am the :queen: of Oblivia, myself, and can "not notice" until I'm well beyond gooshy. Kudos for your fast catching!

Anagram, thanks for your comments re: tableware. The Palace is such a good place for the royal self esteem. :)

I'm enjoying the early morning tai chi, usually just me and the instructor these days. He does it for his own practice. Always good to do with someone else but still good on one's own too. I did a set on the lawn before bed last night.

WSW, how are you doing, Hon? :hug:

Wildfire, hope the heart palpitations aren't anything. I had the same thing happen to me, out of the blue, for a week or so a couple of years ago. They couldn't attribute it to anything but I think it was part of a virus. It started at the same time as cold-type symptoms and went away at the same time too.

Kat, a brief visit is always so much better than no visit! :yes: As my old boss used to say when he called from the restaurant to lure me in at midnight: "We miss your face!"

And, with that, I must be off and :running: Then, back for some :yoga: and a bath with eucalyptus-scented epsom salts.

Let's make this a good one, Queenies!

07-13-2010, 08:26 AM
I'm happy to say that I'm feeling a little less 'gooshy'; not out of the woods yet, but getting there!

07-14-2010, 01:22 PM
And hanging with the feelings. Had one of those conversations with DH this morning:

"What's behind you getting motivated again?" leading to "Why don't you just do it once and for all?" leading to "You're overcomplicating it." and "All you need to do is eat less."

So then I'm in tears, feeling discouraged. Say to him, "Is there some way that you think that saying this kind of stuff to me is helpful? Because it isn't."

Anyway... doing well, just feeling discouraged. Not that it will affect anything more than my mood.

These are the things, these feelings, that I probably eat to avoid. So, I'm feeling it. Not enjoying it but feeling it. And then it will go away. And I won't wake up fatter.

Oh :queen:lies, let's take this day and make it work for us.

07-15-2010, 11:42 AM
And all is well. I felt sad and slightly disturbed all day yesterday but -- I survived it! :carrot:

Working from home today and trying to prepare for party on Saturday in between this and that. Also practicing a new song -- Love Potion #9. It's fun ;)

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

07-16-2010, 09:35 AM
Interesting thing happening... I've been listening to the self-hypnosis audio for a week now. And now, when I'm upset, tired, anxious, angry, etc. -- I'm feeling it.

There's always been that connection for me; combined with the feelings of whatever were feelings of "oh no," as if it was a foregone conclusion that I'd be eating despite not being hungry. Feelings of failure, feelings of giving up. I'm not feeling any food connection to my feelings -- it seems like those things aren't related.

So, I'm feeling things I don't like very much but recognizing that it's healthy. Interesting, as I say.

I also weighed in this morning and am exactly where I was after Christmas. I've been bouncing around the same give or take a couple since then.

But now (as the audio says): I am absolutely determined to succeed. I AM succeeding. Stay tuned... ;)

So, I'll go in and edit my sig. Still a little peeved that I allowed myself to gain 24 pounds from the brief glimpse at the lowest number. But I think this is it.

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

07-17-2010, 11:39 AM
Hugs to you, Arabella - I had a mood disturbance last week with DD and "felt it all". I found my hypnosis tapes relaxing too-must go back to them. I have them for weight loss and arthritis pain and had once been at the point where I could just sit down w/o the tapes and get to "that place" but have lost it.

No weight progress. Eating pretty healthy - just too much healthy. See dr. next week and am planning a l o n g talk.

Crazy week - but Good Times to start this afternoon. Getting Fourteen for a few days of "Mimicamp". Get Nine on Tuesday for an overnighter. But I've decided it's my vacation as well and am just going to be laid back from now until they leave on Wednesday.

Our last "do" will be seeing "My Fair Lady" with their Mom (summer stock). So, there Mr. Heat, fie on thee! No more work until this heat wave breaks.

07-17-2010, 06:14 PM
That IS most interesting, Arabella. I've found recently that not only do I have to watch for the obvious 'emotional eating' but also to watch for mindless eating when I'm over-tired or have some physical pain too.

07-18-2010, 01:43 PM
It was fun. I didn't eat too much. Did have a piece of cake as I'd planned and right back to regularly scheduled programming.

:sunny: Another hot and gorgeous day here today. DH and I did our 5-miler and he took me out for breakfast. I had a veggie omelet with a few hash browns.

Off to the beach with a couple of sisters now and then out to a play with another this evening. It's a comedy I'm reviewing, and a woman from my writing group is in it. I think this review may just about write itself. :)

Anagram, that "feeling stuff" is a little trying, isn't it. I know I've eaten to anaesthesize myself but never really FELT like I wasn't feeling my feelings. However, I surely notice a difference when I'm not "using."

And then I also notice the converse -- that I feel more cheerful, less anxious and more easy-going most of the time. Less inclined to be testy and get bent out of shape. (Which is mostly all internally manifested. But :chin: thinking that's part of the problem)

Oh, gosh, yes, Eydie -- it's been very close to automatic with me in the past. Fatigue that makes me feel like there's no way I'll have the will to resist that siren call. Or forcing myself to work when I need to have a rest and then in about 20 minutes finding myself grazing. This past week I've been taking breaks, food-free.

It's so nice not to feel like I'm fighting myself all the time. I don't want to get cocky but I really do think this could be it.

Well, I am a sweatball sitting here and cool clear waters await. Love to all! Let's make this a good one. :wave:

07-18-2010, 02:54 PM
Feelings....nothing more than feeeeeelings! Interesting that you discuss that Arabella. I've been making a conscious effort to feel the feelings, and let them just play out. While I'm feeling them, I'm noticing that there is a palpable sensation of the need to eat something. Most days I can acknowledge the connection and not give in, but there are also days where I JUST DON'T CARE and feed the feeling. I know I'm getting better at controlling this, and I think that my purposeful eating of <mostly> clean food is helping to not completely sabotage myself.

Weight loss is at a standstill, but I know that moving my mass more (nice alliteration ;) )will improve that situation. Have actually been pretty active this weekend... we went to an outdoor concert Friday night with some friends, ended up walking, and walking and walking from the parking lot to the arena and back again, in extreme heat, no less. Yesterday was a full on day of housework: vacuuming, floor washing, bathroom cleaning. Today, I'm hitting the yard, much to do outside. Still hot out, will work up a good sweat there!

Me, myself, and I have decided that this will be the week we make definite gym dates for ourselves, and work to cultivate that habit. I'm thinking two definite days per week is doable. I got a call (2 weeks ago, but nonetheless) from the gym to say that in honor of my birthday, they will give me either a free session with a personal trainer, or a Pilates Reformer intro and session. Anyone use the Pilates Reformer? Please share, if so, I'm intrigued...

Was reading this morning about apple cider vinegar and it's uses in weight loss. I started out reading about it's effects on the diabetic diet, (dh) and how it interferes with the absorption of high-carbohydrate foods which in turn reduces the blood sugar rise that occurs after a meal. Then went on to read about it's uses in weight loss... Seems easy enough to try, so I drank 2 Tbsp this morning in a small glass of water. Went down easier than I expected, so we'll just see how this goes. I'll keep you posted.

I'd better get it together now, and get my butt outside... I'm burning daylight, as they say!

Have a wonderful day, faire :queen:s!

07-20-2010, 10:59 AM
I spent some time looking at photos that a friend took at the party Saturday. Eye-opening, to say the least. :eek: I look much larger than I thought I did. I can make lots of excuses, like being foreground and next to skinny people, so on and so forth but in some cases there's no hiding it. I'm LARGE. Amazing how one can fool oneself about the image in the mirror or reflected in shop windows. I look more or less normal to myself. There's nothing like the unposed photo to break down delusions though.

And the pix are SO huge in the viewer. Is that really necessary? Every bump and bulge looks all too life-sized. :rolleyes:

Carrying on, however. It's been a few days since I listened to the audio. Supposed to listen to it every day for a month. I WILL listen to it today. Still on good behaviour but the slippery slope is always by my side...

Kat, I read the same thing about ACV lately. (also that grapefruit had similar effect) Must remember to take it if I have a meal with more carb or fat than optimal.

K, :queen:ies, I must heigh-ho. Let's make this a good one!

07-22-2010, 12:55 PM
Arabella, I've been there..."those" photos are the worst. I remember destroying so many photos of myself at my heaviest and I recall always being surprised by the photographic evidence. Take heart, my friend, these things don't happen overnight, but wouldn't that be nice? I'm still shocked at seeing those candid photos sometime.

Big news in my life right now---we've taken in 3 orphaned kittens. What were we thinking, but they're a joy so far!

07-23-2010, 06:01 AM
So. I finally finished my taxes yesterday. Always makes me want to shoot self to put self out of misery. But I got through it and didn't even THINK of using food to make me feel "better." Wow. I just realized that at the end of the day.

And I'm down 1.8 (which I'm calling 2) from last week. That's as low as I've gotten since Christmas. I've been bouncing around in the five pounds above it. So... on we go.

Eydie, oh yes. That photographic evidence... I came to the stunning realization a few years back that it's only a shock to me -- everyone else SEES me in less than flattering poses. It's incredible how much difference there can be between standing just so in front of a mirror, clothes arranged just right, and the way one looks just doing normal things. :rolleyes: Why am I reminded of emperors and new clothes?

Oh, three little orphaned kitties? Sweet! I've had sibling cats several times through the years and they always seem to have a special relationship that you don't usually see in non-sibs. Sleeping entwined, grooming each other. :love: Enjoy!

Poured all day yesterday. Today, so far, looks clear. We're just heading out for a walk. I'll come back and do :yoga: and clean up and do the shopping. Try and wrestle the house into some kind of order and prepare to celebrate Friday night. :cb: :cb:

Let's make this a good one!

07-23-2010, 08:40 PM
hi all! have missed the royal court. had been feeling crummy for quite a while, then started feeling better, and then not so much again. anyhoo-am definitely feeling better now. wish i could say i have been stellar on food program, but nay, not so, sadly. i have definitely not been eating daintily, but feel like i am ready to get back in the saddle again. will catch up on posts soon, and do more personal responses then. in meantime, though, know i am thinking of you all. take good care.

07-29-2010, 08:29 AM
Was that a tumbleweed I just saw rolling through?

:rain: We're being rained on here. Yesterday was hot and sunny, though, and I managed to scoop up DS and DGS for a couple of hours at the beach. DH was not terribly impressed that I didn't get home until 8:30 but -- yay for me!

All continues to go well, diet-wise, with the self-hypnosis audio. I really am learning to think about things differently, which is a nice break. It really does seem like part of what I'm giving up is actually the obsession, not just the behaviour. :chin:

WSW, nice to see you pop up! :hug: I hope the fact that you haven't gotten back into the palace just means you're busy and not that you're feeling crummy again!

Tonight's our annual writer's group dinner at a nice restaurant. It's always a lot of fun. AND this time I'm selecting my meal in advance. Two apps, I'm thinking -- a fancy salad and mussels. :cp:

Let's make this a good one, :queen:ies!

07-31-2010, 09:38 AM
Mayhap all faire :queen:ies be a-frolicking...

So -- was down another half-pound. Not enough to move my ticker but, you know, every little bit counts.

Gala dinner was fun. I did wind up having frozen maple mousse with candied ginger (it was so good!) but had only had a broth-based chowder and a pretty much greens-only salad, so that's probably okay. Wouldn't ordinarily want to have most of the calories for a meal in sugar and cream but it was a nice splurge. ;)

All continues to go well here. I'm heading out :running: and then :yoga: but I'll just leave you with a little Saturday amusement.

I like to visit the Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit blog from time to time. Funny guy. Here's the start of his blog today, about dealing with a cheesy chex mix emergency:

Dispatcher: 9-1-1, what is the nature of your emergency?

Me: I'm sorry, Iím trying to reach nine-eleven.

Dispatcher: This is nine-eleven.

Me: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one?

Dispatcher: Yes, sir; nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.

Me: You gotta be sh*ttiní me. Díja know I spent $700 on a special phone just so I could have an ď11Ē button. Now that I finally have a chance to use it, you tell me I didnít even need it. Isnít that always the way?

Dispatcher: What is the nature of your emergency?

Me: Iím really hungry tonight.

Dispatcher: Excuse me.

Me: Iím staaaaaaaaaarving.

>> See the rest of the post. (

Let's make this a good one, Queenlies!

07-31-2010, 09:49 AM
Okay, just one more thing from Jack's blog (

I think it's a good idea to treat yourself to a reward for reaching your goals. It makes losing weight super easy!

Lose 10 lbs. - Teach myself to hum
Lose 20 lbs. - Start putting ice in my drinks
Lose 30 lbs. - Get subscription to Wall Street Journal, then immediately cancel it
Lose 40 lbs. - New air freshener for car
Lose 50 lbs. - Give old clothes to GoodWill
Lose 60 lbs. - Get new clothes from GoodWill
Lose 70 lbs. - Pickles!
Lose 80 lbs. - High five a hobo
Lose 90 lbs. - Sacrifice one of my dogs to a Brazilian demi-god (crossed out)
(replaced with) Manicure/pedicure
Lose 100 lbs. - Trip around the world (non-stop)

08-01-2010, 01:40 PM
greetings dear royals! hope everyone is having a good remainder of their weekends.

arabella- congrats on the lbs. down! and on viewing things a little differently. you are my inspiration! glad you enjoyed the gala dinner.

i am definitely a work in progress. i somehow easily forget this is a journey. sometimes, i end up on the wrong road, and need to get back on track, which i am slowly, but surely, beginning to do. i gained weight in the past couple of months, and was mad at myself for giving in to stresses of feeling so lousy physically (ms-wise) and more condo. problems, blah, blah, blah. anyway, i am beginning with daintier portions again, and know that i can get back to where i was, and then on downward on that scale once again. in the past, though, i would have easily not stopped myself even after 2 months, and just gone on that way until i was back at the beginning, and had gained all my weight back. this is definitely a moral victory for me, and i have to keep this in mind.

i had a nice time sipping tea yesterday afternnon and visiting with an old friend. very enjoyable and relaxing. :) well, i am thinking of you all, lovely queenlies. take good care.

08-01-2010, 11:22 PM
My goodness, where does the time go? I always have such good intentions of posting... and then I'm side tracked into 49 different directions! Especially when I start to fall by the wayside, my priorities become a bit skewed. I KNOW I should check in more often, it really does help to keep me focused, and yet...............

Anyway! Here I am! Another successful Day 1 under my belt! For some reason, I have been having an extremely hard time getting myself motivated to exercise, beyond my lunchtime walks, which definitely declined during all those HOT/HUMID days. :hot::devil::hot: Today, I sat here with every single dvd I own, looking for something that I could happily do. Found it! I pulled out my dustcatcher, I mean, rebounder and the excellent dvd workout that goes with it. Home alone, which really is the key--don't want an audience while I jiggle and bounce my fat around, I don't even want them to hear the springs--I went to it! She mixes yoga with cardio and strength training, and toning... really hits everything. I am feeling the effects in the derriere, at the moment! I really enjoyed it, and felt wonderful afterwards. Lots of fruit and veggies consumed today, along with much water. I feel great... WHY DON'T I DO THIS EVERYDAY?

Ah, not going to beat myself up. I'll celebrate today's success and move forward.

Cheers for your moral victory, wsw! I know exactly what you mean, having done just that, manys the time! Just gotta keep starting again, no matter how many times it takes.

Arabella... I just have to say that frozen maple mousse with candied ginger sounds absolutely divine! :T It sounds like you have found your way back to your path also, and are making progress. Bravo! I hate having my picture taken too, especially the dreaded candid shot..... :yikes: Ah, reality! But like you said, it's only a shock to ourselves; others see us all day, in any variety of poses that are not carefully orchestrated!

I made a big pot of ratatouille today. I plan on dining, daintily, of course, on this for lunch all week. Made a pot of quinoa too. Not sure if they go together, but I figured I give it a shot. Stocked up on a bunch of other veggies too, and have a bunch of recipes to try out. I'll share if any really wow me.

I took all the Mondays in August off, (except tomorrow) and am really looking forward to 4 day work weeks for the next month! Nothing specific planned, but I'm hoping to get some nice beach days with Mom in.

Okay. Time for me to iron an outfit for tomorrow and get to bed at a decent hour, for once.

Have a great week, pretty :queen:s, near and far!

08-02-2010, 01:07 PM
hi kat! "where does the time go?" ---no kidding! kudos on doing that workout dvd. enjoy your mondays off this month.

finally have gotten some good days op under my belt, and am feeling good about this. it was so easy for me to fall off the wagon, and so much harder to climb back on. ah well. knowing this intellectually and remembering it emotionally are sure 2 different things. anyhoo---today, have planned out my meals, and hopefully will stick to this.

we lucked out and had some not-so-hot days over the weekend, and today also. i am enjoying every moment of this little respite, believe me.

well, dear royals, one and all, take care.

08-03-2010, 08:44 PM
today---back up to hot-hot-hot. i am sure glad i appreciated recent respite from said heat. actually made it through one more day op, which makes this one week. still feeling like i need more than dainty portions, but not giving in at this point. got most of my exercising in for the day, but have to do a bit more before the end of the evening. couldn't sleep well last night so fading kind of fast now, so must away. have a good evening, queenlies.

08-04-2010, 03:58 PM
Hello,:queen:ly ones. How your posts do resonate!!!!

Yes, the pictures!!! I thought I looked so good at P14s Confirmation in the spring - until I saw the pics - "dumpy" comes to mind. And many other examples lately. I've also noted how some things I still can manage to look more slim in than others - so why do I wear the "others"?

And the good intentions - yea, kat, I beeth thy twin. Sort of like, though, the old adage "if you can't say something good....." Not much good to say, except that at my doctor's visit I managed to be at 201.1 and that was the only day recently that I have been.

wsw, glad you're feeling well enough to come "home". That's been a bit of my recent problems too - nor do well in heat or even just the high humidity though of course they oft come together.

I had the Princesses for a bit of Mimi-camp. Then DD was here an overnighter the next week and she and the girls an overnighter the next week. Might be coming again tomorrow as well. Love seeing them but, of course, it throws off all my intentions.

And I'm otherwise in a major funk (again?, still?). Must pull sorry self together.

And keep finding my way back to the Palace.

08-05-2010, 09:24 AM
Feeling funky this week myself, :queen: Anagram. I've got a bug of some kind making me feel wonky. A couple of off-P afternoon eating episodes. Some anxiety around sound yoga/singing retreat this weekend. All seems to be adding up to feeling very funky, definitely not treating myself royally or appreciating each new day. Today I make the change! :yes:

I'm so not-good with uncertainty. Things that other people seem to take in stride make me feel anxious. My issues with the retreat are: Singing solo for the group (many of whom are performers). Okay, I know that would make most people nervous. Not knowing what the accommodations will be like (last two times I've stayed in the house but think this time am going to be sharing an airstream trailer, which has me thinking of going out and buying a tent). And then there's the related issue of "Where will I get my morning coffee if I'm not in the house?" Thinking I will take a thermos-full from home. My impression is that other people at the retreat aren't bothered by such considerations. Oh well -- good thing I'm doing it? Stepping way outside comfort zone?

Anyway, not going to allow those things to derail me. I haven't binged but definitely ate for "comfort" -- which, as you may know, only works very briefly (read: while I'm eating) and then ratchets my anxiety up to new heights.

Kat, four-day work weeks sound good. My SIL decided to cut back to 4-day weeks and also to take a week of holidays one day a week for five so she's doing 3-day weeks. Seems just about right.

WSW, glad you're having a little respite from the :flame: July was warmer than usual here but altogether great for trips to the beach. It's been cooler lately but supposed to be hot again for a couple of days.

Back to the funk again -- I seem to be alternating between anxiety and funk. Is funk (sometimes food-fueled) what I use to avoid anxiety? Hmmmmm.... :chin: Well, as they say, duh.

K, Queenies, let's take the bit in our teeth and run with it...

08-09-2010, 02:29 PM
hi anagram- know what you mean about keeping some clothing that is not as flattering as others. hope you are feeling better, and also that funk is lifting, or that it will soon.

arabella-hope you're feeling better. hope you enjoyed weekend retreat. i certainly understand about anxiety over the unknowns.

so, staying on program with food plan (much more than off, anyway) so pleased about that. also keeping up with exercising. still trying to get over being mad at myself for gaining back some weight. also really having to work on my self-esteem. i am most assuredly a work in progress. got to see a few friends over the weekend, which i thoroughly enjoyed. off to take care of some errands and chores. wishing all a pleasant day.

08-12-2010, 07:55 PM
hi queenlies! hope everyone is having a good evening. i was thinking about some of the things that i seem to have to keep re-learning(until i get it right). one of them is that i somehow get "amnesia" regarding how easily and quickly i can gain weight, and how long it takes and how hard it is to re-lose that same weight. one thing i am definitely doing better with, though, is recongizing and accepting when i am off track, and getting back on track. being on the right track again is much more of a struggle each day than i thought it would be (although i don't know why i thought it would be easier than this.) anyway, i hope this is one lesson that i remeber better this go around. i also need to remember that all my baby steps in the right direction really do make a big positive difference.

it is soooo miserably hot--nothing new, of course, just challenging when it goes on without a little break in between. this is the kind of heat and humidity which makes it hard to catch one's breath, and fogs up the 'ole sunglasses whenever stepping outside. i did have to be out the past few days, so whenever stepping back indoors from the parking lot certainly reminds me just how much i appreciate air conditioning! well, thinking of you all. take care.

08-13-2010, 09:02 AM
Oh my gosh, WSW -- "some of the things that i seem to have to keep re-learning(until i get it right). one of them is that i somehow get "amnesia" regarding how easily and quickly i can gain weight, and how long it takes and how hard it is to re-lose that same weight." :yes:

That's where I've been the past week -- having my afternoon extras. And I bet those are responsible for most of my weight gain, all in all. And, uncharacteristically, not feeling tortured about it? :?: What is UP with THAT? Anyhoo, "haven't had time" to listen to the weight loss self-hypnosis audio. Uh-huh. :dz: MAKING time this a.m.

The weekend retreat was mostly lovely although the singing part is always a little ego-crushing. I sound so much better in my kitchen! And then the teacher tells me what I'm not doing correctly (singing from the core). Maybe next year I'll nail it? :crossed:

OK -- I've been for a walk, showered, breakfasted. I'm off to make this a good day. Who's in?

08-14-2010, 12:48 PM
arabella-i'm glad your retreat weekend was mostly lovely. of course you will nail it even more next year. it takes so much courage to be critiqued, as you were on your singing. you are a majestic and brave queen, and you always inspire me! i am vowing here and now to work more on stepping out of my comfort zone in order to try more new things, as a matter of fact. i wish i could sing, but unfortunately i don't sing well, even in the shower. it would be nice to get to hear you sing one day.

i had more than i had originally planned for dinner last evening, when i went out at the last minute for dinner with a friend, but i took a page from your book, arabella, and did not seem to feel tortured about it, and that pleasantly surprised me. for the most part, though, i have been op during this past week, and am starting to look forward rather than backward, and feeling hopeful that i truly am back in the saddle again.

a couple of friends had birthdays this past week. they both live out of town, and i had their gifts sent. both of the gifts made it on time, which doesn't always happen, and i was rather inspired when picking out both gifts. sometimes that happens easily, and others not so much, but both friends seemed to enjoy what i had picked out, and i was glad it worked out well.

now if i could just get inspired and find a nice place to live. ah well. i know it will happen if i just continue looking as hard as i have been. speaking of a little hard work, i need to clean my condo., and get out and tackle a few errands. greetings to all our lovely queens in and around the palace.

08-14-2010, 04:08 PM
Ah, my favorite inspirations(wsw & arabella) seem, as usual to echo my situations so well.

Still not managing to get my act together. Seem to be hardly trying. Don't know if it's summer, funk, what. Some of it has been the devastating heat and subsequent unwillingness to exercise. Some of it is just thinking that I can eat anything I want and not pay consequences. I get that amnesia too.

Only positive thing I can report is that I've been plowing away on throwing out. I think I've made a dent but will have to live as long as Methuselah (?) to get it done at this rate. Still, some beats none.

Am sort of lazing this afternoon - I like Saturday afternoons like that. Weeded this a.m. (some). Went through some more papers. Looked at paint colors for bathroom (had wallpaper stripped off so now must move on color).

wsw - I know what you mean about the search for new quarters. I do it only sporadically - don't seem to know what I want in that direction - as in so many directions at the moment.

Arabella - you are blessed to have a lovely voice to develop. I love to sing but no one likes to listen when I do ;)

Feels like a nice time for a nap. Think I'll give it a whirl.

08-16-2010, 04:26 PM
Well, it's Monday again - don't know about the "Fresh Start" but so far so good. I was at 201.4 today but, believe me, that was a gift. Humid again today though not as hot as it's been. Rainy, coolish weekend was appreciated!

Did tai chi this a.m. - being lazy today (laundry but the machiens do most of that). Crazy out of sorts for some reason. Reminding myself that this is almost ALWAYS the case this time of year and that, as such, is a passing fancy. Previously reported "funk" mild by comparison.

Now, if I can somehow turn all of this into weight loss and get something accomplished....

Well, I can dream..........

Ides of August or something. But just checking in at the palace helps.


08-17-2010, 07:30 AM
In the midst of the busiest stretch of the summer -- four big parties (one I'm hosting), a play to see and review, a DGS shleepover and an overnighter with niece and nephew from TO, all within nine days. Not to mention two huge projects at work that I'm supposed to guide to completion by the end of the first week in September... Will be glad to get through to Sunday night but aiming to adjust attitude from "overload" to "enjoy."

Anagram, you give the machines too much credit. If a machine will ever fold the laundry and put it away, THEN I'll say they do most of the work of laundry. Up till now, though... nope. WE do most of the work. Although I suppose if we had to scrub laundry on rocks down at the river o/w... :chin:

Sorry your funk has descended to new level -- funny how we have these times of year that do that. This can be a bad time of year for me too, when my extracurricular stuff is on hiatus and I end up working too much and not doing enough of anything for fun.

Maybe you need a good wallow? That's what I tend to find when I'm feeling really low, that the best thing to do is accept that I'm feeling however it is and spend some time exploring it.

WSW, there's not much that makes me feel more on top of things than getting something in the mail on time. In my world, things all seem to be either coming together or falling apart at any given time.

Mostly unravelling, really, the past while. The house needs my attention, haven't been listening to the self-hypnosis CD, over-indulging. None of which improves life...

Despite all, though, I feel like there have been some shifts. I'm sitting up and noticing more, doing little things that enhance life. Took my mom to the play the other night and she loved it. On the way home, we saw the fat crescent moon perched on the horizon like a big tangerine section so I parked and watched it for a bit.

Trying to remember that the days only seem endless -- they are numbered and each one counts. Taking on :queen: Kaylet's motto: Today's the day!

08-20-2010, 10:21 PM
anagram-kudos on recent weeding out sessions. as i am looking at my desk, i see i need to do some of this. i swear, i have a tiny place and still i have to regularly weed out stuff and papers. it amazes me how fast things accumulate.

arabella- neat what you said about noticing the moon recently. noticing and enjoying such moments certainly enhance our lives.

i have done ok on program this week so far. it has definitely been hard getting back on track, but at least it is beginning to feel less challenging than it had been. well, it has been a long week for me, so i am off to bed. hope everyone has a good weekend. take care, dear queens, one and all.

08-23-2010, 08:59 PM
did not eat daintily enough today. i definitely used stress as my excuse to eat more than i needed. tomorrow i will make more of an effort to stick to food plan. wishing all our lovely royals a pleasant evening.

08-25-2010, 12:52 PM
Put new batteries in scale this morning so there goes that excuse. Last I had weighed I was holding about the same. Up/down. Same with funk - up/down. I'm usually up for a good wallow but have had several - today I'm more up. A lot depends on how I feel, which in turn depends on how i've done re self-care.

Is you weather leting up, wsw? I've had such a hard time during our heat this year, I can just imagine how you must have to watch outing times, etc.

Going out to lunch, had a hair cut yesterday, tomorrow will do electrolysis, Saturday a mani-pedi, eating out again Friday (social life, etc.). Now if that's not self care (indulgence?)....

You do seem to have an active life, Arabella. All at once seems to be the way things happen with me as well.

Had a lot of Princess time last week which is always an upper. But sensing how they're growing up and don't want to let them.

I don't mind folding laundry, find it soothing - hate carrying it up two flights of stairs (see previous references to finding another place to live).

Had my bathroom wallpaper stripped off, painter coming tomorrow. Was on my list but way down. When fellow mentioned being "slow", I decided to get on it. May as well get him, when he's more or less eager to come ;)

So I have not been idle, just not focussed enough in the evenings. Days are okay. Also have continued going through old papers, etc. All very sentimental as I sort of reviewed memories from most of my married life. Job is not quite done but really close. Shredding day in 3 weeks and I want to have it substantially done to save me all that shredding myself. And another trip to Goodwill coming up - also took some things to Sis for the abused women cause she collects for. It IS an ever ongoing process but I've had the ambition to rid the really neglected stuff. "Shredding Day" is a great motivator.

However, I think it has all contributed to "funk". I will be okay - Usually when the weather cools (as it has a bit), I get into my joyous stage. Have been walking but looking forward to more when it's more crisp.

A little bit of red on the dogwood tree already so, Royals, it won't be long.......


08-27-2010, 08:05 PM
anagram- i'm with you on the relentless heat this summer. it has just worn me down and caused lots of ms technical difficulties.

hope the up/down funk will soon be alleviated. i know what you mean about this too. it is so much harder to keep on top of good self-care when funk prevails. all your social plans, mani-pedi sound very pleasant. hope you enjoy all.

and greetings to all our lovely royals!

it has been challenging remaining on food plan but have been hanging on by a dainty fingernail. now it has been almost a month of being back in the saddle again, and amazing to me how much harder it is feeling than it had been previously, though. well, hope everyone has a good evening. take care, all.

08-28-2010, 08:34 AM
And I'm trying to decide whether to run or just walk. Almost predictably, as soon as I got through the 9-day frenzy of activity, I came down with a cold. I really need to do more to protect myself when there's too much pressure/ too much going on.

We had torrential rains on Thursday, flooding in the streets. And drips in the livingroom. So we're going to have to get the roof done. One of those unrewarding expenses -- although security from buckets in the house might be worth it. Not a patch on the Plumbing Perils of Pauline -- I don't know how well I'd do with that. Our WSW is so valiant!

The weather has been mostly lovely here this summer and looks like it's supposed to continue. I'm going to resolve to get to the beach every chance I get.

On the weight front, I'd stopped listening to the guided self-hypnosis audio and hadn't been doing as well. :shrug: I've listened to it again the past couple of days and am doing better again. Today is Day 1 of listening to the audio.

WSW, it's SO hard to get on track. So much easier once you're on track. And you have those feelings like "why do I resist this when it makes me feel so much better?"

I'm reading an interesting book about change called "Shift." They talk about the emotional self/rational self being like an elephant and rider. How the rider sort-of controls things but if the elephant and rider disagree about the direction to go the elephant will win the argument every time.

Looking forward to reading how to overcome that issue... ;)

Anagram, your head-to-toe sprucing up sounds like just the thing. I've been doing nothing but a lick-and-a-promise in that regard, patching toe polish (We're darkest Vixen red right now -- how about you?). Big news is I picked up razors yesterday so will shave calves. :rolleyes:

It's funny how when the weather shifts everything can seem so fresh and invigorating. Even just a drop in the humidity can be magic. I'm appreciating our warm weather, but the heat and humidity do get wearing when it gets up to levels like yours. Ours only does that for maybe a couple of weeks.

Awfully quiet in the Palace of late. Where did all the Queenlies go? Maybe the fresh winds of September will lure them back...

We're going to dinner tonight at our best friend couples' but I'm missing a sisters dance party. Probably would have been too much but I hate to miss. :cry:

Ah well -- onward is the only way. Let's treat ourselves royally today!

08-29-2010, 09:07 PM
arabella- hope your cold is better. leaking in your ceiling----you know how much i sympathize! what a pain to have to fix the roof, and as you put it, such an unrewarding (though necessary) expense. sorry you had to miss sister's dance party, but hope you had pleasant time at best friends couples' home.

hi anagram!

stayed op today, but this evening feeling harder than it was yesterday, so i will remember that the kichten is now closed. had a nice, long phone conversation with an old friend of mine who lives in ca. it was fun to reminisce(sp?). well, greetings and a good evening to one and all.