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01-18-2010, 08:48 AM
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01-18-2010, 08:51 AM

I have officially lost 20 1/2 pounds since May, 2009.

We saw Avatar. I liked it, but it's long and that was tough. There was an entire row of teens behind us and I was sure that they would ruin the movie. NOPE. They were spellbound and silent. The visual and special effects are worth it, in my opinion. It is about conflict and there is a lot of it, but it's not gorey, just a little boring to me at times. No charge for the review!

Stay OP today :drill:


01-18-2010, 10:53 AM
Congrats Rhonda!! Thats a wonderful milestone!

I made a clean out the fridge veggie soup this morning. Kept it all veggies, lc ones to boot. So its close to the 0 point soup but with stuff I preferr. I did have a head of cauliflower that I used. Bit different but tasty. In the end I put in 1/2 a jar of salsa -- it just needed some kick. But its done now and between that and what I have in the freezer I'm good for lunches for a while.

I do need to make another spinach quiche tomorrow for my breakfasts. I've been using ff feta in my eggs -- if you haven't tried it, its very good.

Lazy day today - woke up to sloppy snow/rain. Thankfully we didn't get much, maybe a 1/2 inch. Up north there is almost 10 inches of heavy wet snow. This afternoon, DH wants to drive over to Plymouth to go to a shop and then a pizza place he loves. If we go there I'm just getting a salad. Splurged way too much this weekend.

Well, have a great day everyone!

01-18-2010, 11:06 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I was at a banquet last night with our friend who is the organist for the White Sox. We had a BALL! Pun intended. I know....lame. Anyway, I tried to be as good as I could but the dessert was delicious! I ate about 2/3 of it before I stopped. I was good with the rest of the food and did NOT eat anything when I got home. That was breaking an old pattern for me and I'm proud. I drank a ton of water yesterday because I was worried about salt. I weigh in at JC today and then run straight out for lunch with some old work friends. They are off today for MLK birthday. Those lucky Federal employees! The restaurant today does not have great choices so I'll try to go small, small portions. Then errands.

Hey Paula! I just made some zero point soup too. It made a full 8 quart dutch oven. It's all separated up and frozen. It will give each of us a nice serving in each package and it made 10! Jim and I use it as our veggie on a night when we are really hungry. I use the diced tomatoes with hot chilies for my kick in there. This time I used low sodium beef broth instead of chicken. I'm hoping it makes it taste better. It's yucky out here too.

Rhonda, I'm having a hard time getting to and sticking to 1500 calories a day. I can't imagine 1200. It would be like my throat was cut.

Nancy, I count calories, points, Jenny Craig categories and also look at my balance between carbs, protein and fat. A little obsessed maybe? I sure am. I think I'm determined this time. If I do well today, then I might have found a good balance for me. We'll see.

Gotta run.


I thought of Coco today. I hope she is well. I liked her. Donna, Froufie, and Angela too.

01-18-2010, 11:47 AM
Mornin!! How is everyone!!!

I considered counting calories after reading everyone's post, and then thought maybe pts, but with only 18 w/o the 35WPA, I can't. 18 pt is a round about total calories of way...but I have to be honest, counting anything FOR ME is too much a thought process. I will stay with SFT/CORE as we know it. It is easier, not too much to think about. Just eat core foods and keep track of your non core. I envy everyone of you who can count calories.
I have learned my 'satisfication' level over the years, and my experience has been Core works best for me.

Vickie, your night sounds like so much fun, glad you enjoyed yourself.
Great job on breaking an old pattern! :carrot:
Paula, the 0pt veggie soup sounds devine. Now I want to do that, but don't know what veggies to use :( Guess since I love mostly all, there shouldn't be a problem :D
Nancy seems like you had a good week, great loss! :D
Rhonda, your total weght loss is awesome :cp:

Well I just had a cup of Bulger in chicken broth...I was hungry, and now I am good to go again.That has become my favorite go to grain...has both proteind and fiber.

Well I better go.........
All else who follow have a wonderful day.

01-18-2010, 02:06 PM
Well, my lunch got cancelled and so it's lunch at home and then errands. I lost 1.6 and am delighted with that. My test was to have a bit more fat and a bit less carbs and it seems to have worked. Maybe all I needed was a change of any kind. Who knows. My breakout is about 49-50% carbs, 29-30 fat, and about 20-21 protein. Doesn't matter since I got my new chick and finished....FINALLY....another 15 pound marker. It took forever.

Linda, I used 64 oz beef broth, 28 oz diced tomatoes, 15 oz hot chili tomatoes, 12 oz tomato paste, onion, carrot, zucchini, green beans (frozen), garlic, cabbage (the coleslaw mix), basil, cayenne pepper, and one can of pinto beans. I think it's all Core. I never tired bulgar. I wouldn't even know how to cook it.

Gotta go eat. I'm hungry since I always eat light on the morning of weigh in.

Talk to you all later.

beach bum
01-18-2010, 02:57 PM
Hi Ladies

Didn't do too good at my W-I today either. I went up 3-lbs after a snack attack that I ate at a very depressing midweek & end.

Ever since I went to the cemetery last Wed. and saw the engraving on the headstone,I'm unable to sleep & snacking is coming a comfort food for me,even though I exercised every day.for 30-45 mins per. day

Have to get out of this depression. Thank Goodness I have the bereavement group coming up this Wed. Maybe I can get some ideas of what to do when depression starts.

Sorry for whining,forgive me if I don't post regularly until I get my head on straight.

01-18-2010, 03:06 PM
Maryann, expressing grief is NOT, NOT, NOT whining. Just take good care of yourself, allow yourself any feeling that you have.

All this talk about soup will be sending me to the stove to cook.

I had a great workout today, met my niece for lunch, shopped and now we're going to go to a movie. Is retirement the way to live or not!?


01-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Mary Ann, I agree 100% with Rhonda. Grieving is NOT whining. You'll have to figure out how to grieve and not eat to shove down the pain. I'm bad at it, which is how I got to 310.4 pounds. I don't want to see you go there so let yourself feel the pain. It's better than eating it. Come here and journal whenever you need to.

Rhonda, retirement IS grand, isn't it? I'm glad you're enjoying it. Your new avatar looks GREAT.

I'm off to eat some veggie soup. Are you all sure you don't want to cook some?

01-18-2010, 08:53 PM
When I posted about counting calories I just meant for the 35 extra points you get for non core foods.
I like to spread them out to have 5 points per day.
Then I figure 250 calories instead of points.

I am loving this core (now that I am not improvising like I was before.
It is working out that a lot of the same foods work for me and hubby's
Nutisystem (fresh fruits, fat free dairy, salad stuff)

Robin just weighed in for week 1 and lost 5 pounds . He had already lost 15
before starting the Nutrisystem . He is really encouraged that his hard work is paying off.

I made a dish tonight for company that isn't totally core...
Okay actually it isn't even close. I only had one serving.
Eating out tomorrow night at a place than has the best chips ever.
I am going to use good will power I hope.
I might have the chicken tortilla soup which is close to core.

Mary Ann.... please feel free to post whatever you are experiencing..
It can really feel good to journal your thoughts and you can use us as a live journal audience if you want to. Our church was talking about
grief this Sunday and a lady that had been thru a great loss said
she tells people to face the grief head on and lean into it like a wave of the ocean.
She tells people to not pretend it isn't there or run away from it.

It sounded neat to hear it described that way but in thinking back to
a grieving period 10 years ago of mine when I lost both parents
I am not sure exactly how to apply it.


01-19-2010, 03:07 AM
Congratulations, Rhonda. And you're avatar is beautiful, and your critique of "Avatar" is right on. We thoroughly enjoyed the visual effects. Curtis thought it was like a sci fi western. :lol:

Paula, your soup sounds yummy. I've never tried feta with eggs. Thanks for the heads up.

Vickie, I've been wondering about our "old friends", too. I wish they'd pop in to let us know how they're doing. Congrats on breaking that old habit of rewarding yourself. See I know what to call it cuz I have that habit, too.

Lin, I allow myself 29 pts per day. (I'm counting pts instead of doing CORE to learn portion control.) That works for me.

Vickie, congrats on your new marker. You've earned it for sure.

Maryann, you do what you need to do to get some help right now. I'm glad you're going to the bereavement group.

Nancy, tell Robin congratulations. He's doing great. So are you.

I'm going back to :swim: tomorrow as my hips stopped hurting. And, yep, retirement is wonderful. Life is good.

01-19-2010, 08:45 AM
MaryAnn, please don't hold in what you are feeling. It isn't easy what you are going through. And most can honestly relate, having lost a loved one. Grieving is NOT whining. :hug:

Vickie LOVE your new CHICK!! Congrats!!
Nancy kudo's to your husband...that's awesome!
Sandra so glad you're hip is better. Enjoy your :swim:
Rhonda I have been meaning to tell you, your picture is fab!! You can see in your face your weigh loss efforts. It's a stunning picture.

I'm still going to do the Veggie Soup (Paula's post) ..I've decided on, savoy cabbage, bok choy, carrots, all cut up, onions, and peas. I am not a celery person at all, ughh! I'll check out the fresh produce and see what else I can get. I don't like zucchini in soup either, but what I have sounds good, right?
Guess I talked enough :D have a wonderful day EVERYONE!!

01-19-2010, 09:29 AM
Lin: counting calories isn't abandoning WW. Points are just an easier way to count calories really. I see WW as an accessible way to do what has been taught for decades. Eat less, move more. I know that many people think it is not so simple. But, we are biological creatures, subject to the laws of physics!

And, speaking of biology, that is one of the wonderful aspects of Avatar. There is an underlying message about how wonderful the biological world is. There is an interesting review in the New York Times about that. If I can figure out how to post the link, I will.

Thank you all for the comments about my picture. That was taken mid-December as I was celebrating with some friends in a restaurant. I really like it.

Vickie, I'll be so proud when I can say "45.6 pounds down." Enjoy your successes!


01-19-2010, 09:31 AM
Oh, a little secret about the picture....I had my eyebrows "done." I have enough eyebrows for everyone on 3fc. On a whim, I had them waxed, and my face "lost" 10 pounds!

01-19-2010, 01:14 PM
Well, I did it. I joined the Y. Just for 3 months to see if I can stick with it. After I signed up I did 40 minutes on the treadmill (2.5 incline and 4mph) -- great sweat! I then tried the elyptical (sp??) - lasted about a minute! Next time I start with that then move to the treadmill. I have a appt with the trainer on Sunday at noon to go over all the machines and weights. I'm committed to go and work out tuesdays/saturdays/sundays each week. Its what I can do for now -- I'll still walk the dog each day. I just hope a good 45-60 minutes work out kickstarts things.

Maryann -- grieve as you need to. We've all had some sort of loss and are here for you.

Rhonda -- great brows!!

Vickie -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Awesome job...keep it going.

Have a good day!

01-19-2010, 03:16 PM
Since I joined a gym, I just went out and bought 2 pairs of work out pants. DH did not understand why I needed them..... You all do :)

01-19-2010, 05:28 PM
We understand, Paula. Such understanding isn't on the Y chromosome. They can't help it.

Yeah, my eyebrows are something else. Got them from my Daddy.

01-19-2010, 08:29 PM
Hello ladies! Anyone here remember me? I've been chatting on Facebook with Vickie for a few weeks here, and have decided to come back here for your wonderful support and friendship.

About 4 years ago, I lost 50 pounds and reached my WW Lifetime goal and was down to 124 pounds. Alas, we had a lot of family stress etc and I gained it all back and on top of it now, I am pregnant! I just started my 3rd trimester, pregnant with a boy after 3 girls. It's super-exciting, but I started out really overweight. I tend to pack on pounds when pregnant, as I eat like there is no tomorrow, so currently I'm around 210. :( I know I can't expect to lose any until after this baby comes (mid-April) but I CAN eat more healthily.

I finally got the message today. We had a "Muffins with Mom" thing at my daughters' school this morning, and was given a banana nut muffin the size of a hubcap, I swear! Well, after eating this, and fruit slice candy when I got home, I spent much of the morning in a sugar-induced haze. I have felt tired and irritable (more than normal :lol:) all day long, and I realized I am doing myself no favors by "treating" myself every single day to whatever I want.

When I was eating Core, I felt great. I had energy and real food tasted great. The junk ended up not even tasting good after a while on Core.

So...long story short (too late) my goal for tomorrow is to work protein into each meal, and if I am hungry, I will eat a fruit/veggie. I will throw out my candy, since dh and the kids don't need it either! I have dinners planned for the week and they're OK.

Anyway, it's nice to see some familiar faces still here.


01-19-2010, 08:43 PM
:welcome: :welcome: :welcome: Angela!!!! Do I remember you? Without a doubt, girl! I can't tell you how happy I am to see you back here. Congratulations on your new little one. I am very happy for you. And the weight? I'm still around what I weighed when you first met me. Maybe you'll help me hear the click. I hear it then lose track of it. (over and over) I'm anxious to hear all about the girls and to read about your menus, etc.....

Paula, I understand about workout pants for sure.

Curtis and I took our dental x-rays we'd gotten yesterday to a different dentist today. To make a long story short today's dentist sent me to Dallas for an emergency reconstructive root canal. I'm not in pain yet but am told it is coming. The specialist has loaded me up with hydrocodone so I may not be here much for a couple of days. I'm hoping I'll be all right so I can sub Thurs/Fri and compete Saturday. Time will tell.

Biggest Loser comes on in a few minutes. I'm trying to stay awake so I can see it. The inspiration that comes from watching that show is awesome.

Have a good evening.

01-19-2010, 09:50 PM
Hey, Angela!!! Welcome back. Wow, another baby coming...that's just great news. We're here for you for certain.

Sandra, OUCH! Take good care of yourself. Don't spare the drugs!!

DH and I had a real hamburger today at lunch. Of course, not Core and very caloric, but so fantastic. NO supper tonight except maybe a piece of Babybel light cheese.

Have a great evening everyone. I've got to turn in early because I have a lower body session tomorrow. Todd, by the way, did not pamper me at all when I whined about hurting so much last week. He's going to be a killer. (Angela, Todd is a personal trainer I hired to :kickbutt:)



01-19-2010, 10:42 PM
Hey chicks, long time, no post! I have been busy and frustrated. The re-modeling mess is piling up again, and it really gets me down. We are not at a place where I can do anything but wait on DH, so wait it is :( The frustration has not been good for my eating, either. DD is hangin' in there, but I'm eating on the sly! What is wrong with me????

Maryann, I have not had a loss like yours, and I don't even want to imagine what you are going through. Don't worry about talking to us about your feelings. That is most important when grieving. Post, post, post, and we will be here reading and praying. I'm so glad about your group. I hope your meeting goes well tomorrow. Hang in there! We love you!!!:grouphug:

Rhonda, as always I'm impressed with your exercise. I am still walking in the mornings with my friend, but you are on fire, girl!!

Sandra, I'm so sorry to hear about your dental emergency! Owwwwwww! I hope the pain med does the trick and you can get some rest. Don't try to do too much until you feel better :stress:

Paula, the exercise pants were a must! Why don't guys get it? :woops:

Vickie, :whoo:

LJ, I'm glad things are going well for you. Congrats on getting in control.:cheer3:

Angela, welcome back! I believe we met when I first started posting here. Glad to have you back and congrats on your :preg:

Nancy, congrats on staying core. Send me some will power, will ya?

I've got to get off here so I can watch my show, The Good Wife. Have a good night, y'all.

01-19-2010, 10:48 PM
Welcome back Angela...

My scales said 143 this am but then 144 two minutes later .
I am not sure why but I have to weigh 3 or 4 times to get the same weight twice. I'll change the batteries and get another if I need to.
It plays with my mind to be excited about a loss and then gain a pound a minute later.

I had a wonderful meal out with my cousin and then coffee
at the book store afterwards. She is doing so well after losing her husband
5 months ago. I was not good about my eating but will get back on track

01-20-2010, 08:04 AM
Well Good Morning ALL...and Welcome Back Angela...I also remember you and often thought of how you were whenever I checked out the CORE recipes that you posted. CONGRATS on the new little one...

I had a few days of termoil...trying to change things didn't work :(
I had my work w/i and, I'm good as far as WW goes, but still not where I personally want to be. Isn't that always the way. So I keep on keeping on.
Had a talk with my boss about me counting calories instead, didn't go over too well :D Continue what you're doing SFT (Core) is what she said it's working for you! :D In a loving and caring way of course.

Nancy, the same thing happens with my scale. If I move it a 1/2 inch on the floor, it changes. We have several scales in the house and each one reads differently, so don't be discouraged. You are doing SO well.

Sloanie, I can so relate to the frustration of wanting things done with the house projects. I went through the same thing...and yes I FED the feelings of frustration. I wished at that point I had a lot more willpower than WANTpower. The Good Wife...I love that show as well.

Rhonda, a REAL hambuger...that is my all time favorite when we go out, after weighing in, of course :D Nothing like a GOOD burger!! Lucky enough, Todd will burn that right off of you!!

Paula, I have often thought of joing the Y here. After reading your post I checked our local one out on line. It really does look interesting. You have inspired me....As for the 'work pants' of course we need new ones..Men!!! Did want to ask, is a personal trainer part of the package deal. It didn't say at the website.

Vickie, how are things going with you. I haven't 'seen' you. Did I miss your post? Hope all is well. And again CONGRATS on your NEW Chick :carrot:

Sandra, ughh...been there, done that. Please take care of yourself :hug:

Maryann, how are you doing? Been thinking of you.:hug:

Well another day is about to begin. Still chilly here, and that is interupting my being able to walk or ride my bike outside before or after work.
Still have yet to do my Wii. Not sure about how to get it to play.
Hope EVERYONE has a wonderfully successful and enjoyable day.:hug:

01-20-2010, 08:30 AM
Well, had a good day yesterday. MA is now not a 100% democratic state. Just amazing! Things should be intersting in Washington now. (thats the end of my political comments :) ).

Well, I think I'm going to "officially" wi on Friday and start tracking. Now that I'm committed to exercising, its time. I'm also mentally ready.

LJ - there is a trainer at the Y to help you come up with a program. You can also pay to have them work with you regularly. I must say -- walking on the tread mill was much more intense than walking around the block. I'm now trying to figure out whats going to work best this weekend --- I may get up and go early (6:30) Sat am. For the fee for 3 months, I thought it was worth a trial. Plus our Y has a pool that has water aerobics.

Welcome back Angela!!! Didn't you do an ice cream store? How did that end up? Congrats on your little one. We'll help you eat healthy!!

Sanda - sorry for your mouth situation. Good thing you went to a new dentist!

Well, got to run. Drs appt at 8am, then off to work. Have a good day.

01-20-2010, 08:30 AM
OOOPS - double post.

01-20-2010, 11:45 AM
Hey Chicks! Boy am I behind. I have another appointment this afternoon and then I should be able to catch up.

I'm thinking about all of you and wishing you well.

01-20-2010, 11:54 AM
Good morning ladies! I woke up this morning with a call from the school district saying school was cancelled. I guess an ice storm is moving in. But, regardless of change in schedule, I was good this morning and prepared my planned breakfast of an onion and green pepper omelet. The difference in my energy level between yesterday and today is astounding!

I've got to do my regular morning work of laundry, dishes, and sweeping, and then I plan on sewing some bassinet sheets.

I also need to decide what I'm having for lunch. I'm thinking of a few leftover ravioli I have with a tomato basil sauce, and then maybe a salad. Supper is planned - chicken thighs on the George Foreman grill and parmesan rice pilaf. I should probably use brown rice, since my kids will eat it and it's Core, eh?

Okay, time to get moving this morning. We can do this! :cheer:


01-20-2010, 06:17 PM
Yes, Angela, we can do this! :woohoo:

Oh my, Todd is a killer. As he was saying "you can do this, c'mon" I could hear myself telling students "yes, you can do it. Now, just put some words on that piece of paper. C'mon." He's good.

Nancy, my scale does that too. Just take a few readings and choose one!

Folks, I'll allow myself a comment here also. Get this health care thing done in this country. We NEED it. I spent 1/2 my life in Canada; no one goes bankrupt there because they get sick.

Sending you all good thoughts...


01-20-2010, 06:54 PM
Sounds like you're all having a good day. Mine is definitely better than yesterday; however, we called and cancelled our spots on the shooting line Saturday. I'm afraid I'll damage the temporary fix that'll be on my tooth till next week. I'm trying to not to do anything to cause problems. There's been enough pain for this chickie for a long long time.

01-20-2010, 10:55 PM
Hey chicks, I'm still working on school stuff and feeling overwhelmed. When I'm at school, I think about what I need to do at home, and when I'm home, I think about what I need to do at school. Bah!!!

01-20-2010, 11:23 PM
Oh Sloane , I know that is a bad feeling to feel behind at home and work.

Wish I had some great advice.

Lower your standards for awhile on things that will wait,like cleaning.

Remember that you are doing an A+ job on things that are the most important,
like being there for your daughter this year.

01-21-2010, 12:02 AM
Sloan, Nancy has good advice.

01-21-2010, 08:36 AM
Good morning ladies. Great news --- the scale is moving!!! Now I just wish I wrote down where my weight was exactly a few weeks ago. I have an idea and I'll start tracking based on that. I know working out is going to get things moving. I am planning on getting to the Y at 7am on Saturday when then open, that way I can be home a bit after 8 and have enough time to get dd to gymnastics at 10. I'm up early anyway!

Nancy - I agree with Sloan, decide on what really matters and what can wait.

Well, off to get dd ready for school. Just wanted to check in.

01-21-2010, 08:59 AM
Nancy pegged it, Sloan. You've been there for your DD. The rest can wait. That said, I was very stressed during all of our renovations while in Toronto. I like to think I'm "cool" but I don't like my physical space being messed with. This must be very deeply rooted in most of us. Just keep breathing and take it one mess at a time!

I have lost another 1 1/2 pounds. I'm at 22 gone since May. :woohoo: Paula, the :exercise: will help a lot! Go to it!


01-21-2010, 10:17 AM
Paula, great job with the exercise! I'm sure your diligence will continue paying off.

Rhonda, way to go on the loss!

I did well for my first day back "op." I am, of course, allowing myself more calories than if I were trying to lose weight, but am trying to be more aware of my food choices and portion sizes. One major hurdle for me yesterday was eating absoltely NO sugar. I did it! Of course, I dreamed of candy last night! :lol:

We have a 2-hour school delay here this morning. The ice storm did indeed come through, although it's not as bad here as in Western Iowa.

My goal for today is to continue avoiding sugar, try to get in fruits/veggies at every meal, and put Frontline on my cats. :D Okay, so the last one isn't diet-related.

Hope you all have great days!

01-21-2010, 08:30 PM
Hey chicks! You all are sooooo sweet! I know you are all right. It's just one of those times that having so much clutter is unsettling! I know I'll get over it, and I did get my desk cleaned off at school, got some filing done, and worked on my grade book before I left for the day. I'm going to try to set some small goals for cleaning this weekend, even if I just straighten the piles!

I've got to get a powerpoint done for a lecture in the morning, so I've got to get off here. Again, thanks to all of you for sending the:goodvibes

01-21-2010, 11:53 PM
Paula and Rhonda, :woohoo: on the scales moving down. You're both doing great jobs at losing.

Sloan, :woohoo: to you on getting some things done at school. Try to relax as much as possible.

Angela, :woohoo: to you, too, for cutting out sugar.

I subbed today but had to cancel for tomorrow. I'm not in a lot of pain, but I'm not feeling well. I'm guessing maybe the antibiotics or the shock my body was in Tuesday is what's causing me to feel poorly. I'm so ready to be over this and get back into the water--and to shoot my bow!

01-22-2010, 12:03 AM
Sandra :hug:

01-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Yay, another day without sugar! Day 2 done, how many days left?? ;) I am finding I remember my old favorite snacks, like unsweetened applesauce. Yum yum.

I still need to work on trying to get a bit more protein into my breakfasts. I had shredded wheat and a banana this morning, and it just wasn't the same as the omelet I had the day before.

Night night all!

01-22-2010, 08:28 AM
Good morning!

I had the neighbors directly south of us over for dinner last night. It was just a "chili supper" but it was good. DH makes the chili, I do the rest. It wasn't too high calorie except for the brownies I was seized to make at 4:30. I'm glad I did, they perfectly complemented the almond pudding I had made for dessert. NOT core :yikes: They're going to the freezer.

Today we're going to one of my favorite restaurants in Ft. Worth: The Lonesome Dove. Then, if we can get good seats we're going to the big annual Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. If we can't get the seats, we'll get tickets and go back. We went to this when we were teenagers 50 years ago.

But, first to aquafit and trying to work out the knots in my calves that Todd put there on Wednesday.

I hope you all have a great day.


ps: congrats on the no sugar Angela....

01-22-2010, 08:36 AM
Well, I added a ticker. I put my starting weight as the highest am weight I've had over the past few weeks. I was soooo happy to get on the scale this morning!! its finally moving in the right direction. I'm not over-setting a goal. For now I want to get back to where I was last year this time which is still about 10 pds over my target. But I can focus on the next 10 pounds easier than facing 20.

Have a great day!

01-22-2010, 11:09 AM
Angela I have a breakfast idea for you -- its something I've been making weekly for a while. I make a spinach/egg quiche/pie creation. Basically I sautee up onions, peppers and mushrooms. Then add in 2 boxes of frozen spinach and cook that until all the water is gone - season with salt, pepper and a bit of nutmeg. Once the filling is water free I let it cool a bit and then mix in fat free feta, I put it into a baking dish that was sprayed. I used a 12 X 6 pan, you could also use a pie dish. I then mix up 6 eggs with a bit of milk and CAREFULLY pour it over the filling -- I have to use a fork to mush around the filling and let the egg soak down (Yes, I use that many veggies!). I then top it with low fat cheddar cheese or swiss (which ever I have on hand) then bake for 30 minutes at 375.

I get 6 very large portions -- very filling and all protein and veggies. HTH.

beach bum
01-22-2010, 11:54 AM
Good Morning Ladies :)

Did a lot of soul searching this week & I have to let go. Reality set in,and I now realize that Leo will never come back to me, and I have to move on and begin starting my new life.I'm not only as my friend Mandy told me the same thing about going to her DH's grave site.She told the leader that she's never going back to his grave as its too hurtful.I told her the next time I go around Valentines Day I'll bring her with me,and she than said OK,I go with you.

THE MEETING was small this month but I did meet 2 more woman at the bereavement group,where we exchange phone numbers,went of to an Italian restaurant right after the meeting and either today or some time next week we are going out to lunch.One of my new friends called early in the morning but I forgot to listen to my phone messages,and when my friend Mandy called in the afternoon and said I should come over right away for a coffee clutch I was on my way out to my first choir rehearsal.

Woke up this morning to frost on the ground and on my car roof & windshield.Hopefully it will warm up a bit, don't like to drive on ice.

I'm trying to keep my calories at bay.Yesterday I made a bunch of roasted veggies that I put in the oven with olive oil sprinkled on the top and had a bowl of of veggies when watching TV. It worked as I didn't look for cookies of salty snacks.

The weather is co-operating so I have to use my trusty bike or exercising tapes to get my exercising done. My weeks so far calorie wise is 1000=1200 other than the day when I went out to dinner and had 2200 calories,today I holding at 1200. and my weight hasn't moved. Maybe I should be going up higher on the calorie range.Have to work on that.


01-22-2010, 12:14 PM
Maryann, glad you are starting to look forward. I know how hard that is after a loss. I'm not one to go to cemetaries either. I get now solace from going there - just too much pain and heart ache. It took me a long time following my loss to realize I don't have to go there and its OK to not go. It took a while, but I felt much better after making that realization. I go now when the mood strikes me - usually a drive through. But its OK. I've yet to go to my Dad's marker, he's burried at National Cemetary in Bourne. I don't need to go there to be close to him.

I'm glad you have some new freinds who can relate to exactly what you are going through. HUGS to you!!!

01-22-2010, 02:20 PM
That's a great breakfast idea! Thanks.

I am doing well today too...just getting a bunch of neglected paperwork done. This morning in addition to my cereal & banana, I had a few multigrain crackers with peanut butter on them for protein. So far, so good.

This baby is sooo active now...he's big enough to feel every move he makes, and small enough to still have some ROOM to move. Another of my goals is to enjoy this pregnancy every single day, despite the aches and pains and weight gain, since is it most likely my last.

Time for lunch! Hope we are all having good days.


01-22-2010, 08:56 PM
Hey chicks, we had choir practice today after school, and I "sang some Mexican music". DS brought DD to meet us, so I had a designated driver.:cheers:

Maryann, sounds like you are making some progress. I'm so glad about your new friends. I agree with Paula. It is okay if you don't want to visit Leo's grave. Do whatever makes you happy and don't worry about what anyone else thinks. There are no rules about that type of thing, so you get to make up your own.

Sandra, I got my computer files organized today, so I'm feeling more in control at school. Tomorrow I hope to tackle some of the piles in our living room/dining room area. I don't have huge plans; I just want to get started. How are you feeling? I hope you are better!

Rhonda, you are such a great neighbor! I'll bet you are the hit of the neighborhood. When I read about your restaurant, it made smile. Lonesome Dove is one of my all time favorite movies!

Paula, congrats on your progress. DD and I plan on doing some planning/cooking this weekend so we can stay op. We may make your breakfast recipe. Keep up the good work.

Angela, hearing about your baby moving is making me smile. My youngest will be 20 in June, so it's been a long time for me. Enjoy!!

I'll check in with you chicks tomorrow. TTFN

01-22-2010, 10:54 PM
Maryann, when I was so fresh into grief about my husband's death 20+ years ago, I knew one thing for certain: he wouldn't want me to suffer. Of course, you do suffer, but I bet Leo would feel the same way. He wouldn't want you doing anything that brought you more grief. If that means you don't go to the cemetery, you don't go. You do what is right for you and what honors the love you two shared.

I loved the restaurant and met the chef. He and I share the same last name so we talked about family history a bit. I've never eaten either rabbit or rattlesnake and I ordered an appetizer that was a sausage made from both meats....:hun: I then had beef tenderloin enchiladas followed by ancho chili chocolate cake with a tomatillo sauce. I wanted to kidnap the chef and have him all to myself! OK, tomorrow, it's back to Core.

I made myself do more :exercise: tonight even though I can hardly move!

Angela, I was also going to suggest also that you make some little egg muffins, or at least have a boiled egg at breakfast. That should help with the protein issue. I love oatmeal, but if I have just that and then go to exercise, I'm starving within two hours of breakfast. I'm going to do "no sugar" for a few days also. Despite the food of the last two days, I don't eat much sugar. But, when I do, I just want MORE.

I hope everyone has a good evening.


01-22-2010, 11:04 PM
Rhonda, thank you for the hugs. I need some more. My tooth still doesn't hurt, but I reinjured my hip this afternoon. I was walking across the backyard when something happened. I was crying with pain. Now I have taken a hydrocodone and don't care if it's hurting or not. If it's still hurting Monday, I'm going to the doctor. Sorry about the whining. I just needed to talk about this a minute.

Rhonda, I am so happy you're adjusting to retirement so well. You hit the ground running. That makes me smile.

Maryann, I'm so glad you're connecting with the other ladies in your group. You will be good for each other.

Paula, you sound very focused. Atta girl.

Angela, seems like old times having you back here. Makes me smile.

We're getting satellite TV tomorrow. We finally gave in and admitted antennae alone isn't enough. lol

01-23-2010, 09:26 AM
Just back from the Y -- got there at 7am, the place was empty! Did 5 minutes on the elyptical (better than the 1 minute last time :) ) then 45 minutes on the tread mill. Now to shower and get moving for the day!

Have a good one!

01-23-2010, 09:41 AM
Mornin' chicks! I'm off to the grocery then home to tackle some of the mess! Have a great day y'all!

Sandra, I'm praying for your hip. Can I suggest taking some ibuprofen and icing it? The hydrocodone has acetominophen in it, so the ibuprofen is safe to take; it should help with the inflammation. :getwell:

01-23-2010, 11:00 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I've been up since 4:15, so I finally have a few minutes to catch up. It seems like I've been flying at high speed for over a week now. Thankfully, today and tomorrow should be quiet before I gear up next week again.

Angela.....:welcome3: back home my friend! It KILLED me not to tell everyone how you were doing and your spectacular baby news. I'm SO happy to see you back here. I'm sure the baby will be loving all those great fruits and veggies you are feeding him now. If the sugar makes you feel bad, imagine how it makes the baby feel! I hope your weather has calmed down. It's been pretty quiet here except for the fact that I am seriously sun deprived. It's really starting to get a bit depressing. How many days without sugar now? I'm really happy that you are enjoying your pregnancy and not sweating the weight. You will lose it when the time is right.

Rhonda......CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! To lose 20.5 pounds in that amount of time when so close to your goal is OUTSTANDING.:bravo::cp::cb:

I'm very impressed with your exercise. I wish I'd stop hurting myself so I could get consistent. I really need to learn how to stretch. BTW, I love your eyebrows. I wouldn't have known what you did, but it certainly changed your face. You go girl! I'm really craving chili so I may make some and freeze in individual portions. Jim bought me some awesome lock and lock containers from QVC for this purpose. You were sweet to make it for your neighbors. My problem is that I lOVE the cornbread too! Maybe a small piece.

Paula, I SO love it when you are here. You always have such GREAT ideas for food. I'm starting to look forward to cooking again at some point. Ok...not cooking but certainly looking forward to eating real food. Your food always sounds so appealing to me. Congratulations on your membership at the Y AND more importantly, that you are actually going. Good for you!

Linda, how's it going? Have you had a weigh in yet?

Mary Ann, how are you? I understand completely about the stone. Seeing my Mom and Dad's name on the headstones was almost more than I could bear. It is just so final. I only go once a year now to make sure that all is well. They are in my heart and I talk to them whenever I want. I don't need to go to the cemetery. You should do what is best for you. Everyone is right. Leo would not want you to be in pain. I'm so happy for you that you are going to group and meeting women who are in the same situation. You can all be lifesavers for each other.

Nancy, congratulations to Robin. 20 pounds in that short period of time would be motivation for me! Is it helping you to have him on a program? It helps me that Jim is doing something as well.

Sandra, how is your hip? Geez, it's not fair after the whole dental fiasco. I do find that often after I've been stressed my muscles act up in weird ways. Maybe that happened to you too.

Sloan, I'm sorry you were feeling so stressed. I understand about the clutter and disorganization stress because I have that too. Yesterday, I conquered my kitchen table, budget, coupons, things to do list. You name it, I worked on it. There's still more but I made a dent. You just have to take a deep breath and work on one thing at a time.

Well, I've eaten breakfast and am still VERY hungry. Jim is up, exercised and showered and dressed already. I guess I should get started on my day. We are having the last 3 rooms in the house painted next week and I have to select the paint colors. I'm nearly done. Does anyone know a great place to purchase a daybed at a reasonable price?

Talk to you all soon! Drink your water.

01-23-2010, 11:29 AM
Sloan, thank you for the prayers. I'll take Tylenol today. I'm taking Meloxicam daily and can't take Ibuprofen with it. Sounds like you'll have a productive day.

Paula, kudos for getting to the Y.

Vickie, I'm with you on wanting the calamities to stop so I can exercise. You may be right about stress. My jaw and hip are both hurting. :lol:

The Dish guy is here. Life is good.

01-23-2010, 11:48 AM
Hi ladies! Vickie, I posted on your Facebook wall before I checked in here. Nice to "see" you again!

Sandra, I'm so sorry about your hip! I hope it clears up quickly and you can get back to flinging arrows. I live in fear that I will fall on the ice here, and really strain something. That or wet my pants. ;)

This is day 4 without sugar. It's amazing, but I'm starting to redevelop my taste for "real" food again. I remember when I was doing Core, fruit tasted great. It's starting to again! I don't have to overstuff my mouth and stomach to get the taste & fullness sensation when I'm avoiding simple carbs/sugars.

I made a homemade chicken noodle soup for supper last night because we have some people sick with cold/cough in my family. It was so yummy. I think tonight is fish and oven fries with some kind of veggie.

I'm planning on spending the day sewing, if I can ever get off Facebook and into real life. :)


01-23-2010, 05:59 PM
Angela, :lol: about FB. I'm there quite a bit, too. Your chicken noodle soup sounds yummy. I made Curtis a decadent chicken salad with mayo. He's in Heaven. I'm having WW TV dinners while he's eating that.

Dr. Curtis and Nurse Sandra figured out I've pulled a muscle in my hip and that's what's causing the pain. I first pulled it in the pool. I think the injection for bursitis is working. This pain is in a tad different spot.

Anyhooooo, I'm feeling spunky, and I'm not taking anything for pain today. Life is good.

We're getting a good slow rain on the veggies I planted yesterday. Feels like spring. I plan to start :ebike: tomorrow during football then back to :swim: Monday. Again--life is good.

01-23-2010, 07:15 PM
Hey chicks, I've been busy today. I made a dent in the clutter (dents are good, right Vickie?), went to three grocery stores, started some laundry, and worked on a light fixture that I'm embellishing as a chandelier. We are having steak on the G. Foreman grill tonight, so right now I'm watching a movie with DD.

Vickie, I loved reading your post. I know you'll be glad to have those rooms painted. We still have to paint and have our flooring installed.

Sandra, I'm glad your hip is better. You'll be flinging arrows in no time.

Angela, I'm impressed with your sugar fast. Do you still eat sweetener or have you stopped that during your pregnancy?

Hey to the rest of you chickies!

01-23-2010, 10:48 PM
I am trying to avoid sugar and sweetener until I've been "off" for a few weeks. Then I may work in Splenda or something like that. I am still eating fruit, fruit juice and spreadable fruit though. Gotta get something sweet every now and then!

I ended up not getting anything done today that I wanted to. My dad called and reminded me about our political party's caucus that was today, and since I was my precinct secretary, I had to go. It took 2 1/2 hours!! But I bowed out of serving as the secretary this year, since I figured I'd be plenty busy at home.

I had dh rebuild my computer after I got home, since it was running very slowly and had a few viruses. Now, a new hard drive, a complete rebuild, more memory, and Windows 7 installation later, I'm speeding along wonderfully! It's nice having a computer guy as a husband sometimes.

Oh, I had a great nsv (non-scale victory) today. After the caucus I got home to find my oldest daughter had gone and bought Oreos (my favorite cookie!!) with Daddy while I was gone. She sweetly offered me some, but I turned them down. Yay me! I am actually going to treat myself to some 100% fruit juice tonight as a fun Saturday night treat. :lol:

Nighty night!

01-23-2010, 11:22 PM
We've had a good evening watching movies. After the 2nd one, we did some shooting. Now how many couples do that on Saturday night? :lol:

Have a good evening, everyone. We're on our 3rd movie now. :yes: (We're like kids with a new toy.)

01-23-2010, 11:24 PM
:wave: I'll check in tomorrow...doing family stuff and political party work today....

01-23-2010, 11:37 PM
Oh My I have been very grumpy today..

I am overwhelmed emotionally with hubby's knee/back issues, going back to work , sending youngest to college soon , fixing up and selling house and possible moving to new town.

It is all too much at one time and it ALL hit me this morning.

I had to write things down and then I realized that that is to many transitions
to handle at one time. I think we may put the house work on hold til summer.
Another thought is to stay in the same town even if we rent one more year and delay moving to the mountains. are doing great and I love hearing as many details as possible about that precious baby..

Sloan..I am glad you are getting caught up..I think you get an amazing amount of stuff done..

sandra..I hope you are feeling better..wish we could bring some core soup over to you..

Maryann.. I think you will develop some great friendshipos out of this group you have joined.. My very best friend is someone I met 13 years ago in a
divorce support group. I went 5 years before I could go to my Fathers
grave. I treasured his memory everyday but could not do the grave thing.
I felt quilty for a long time until I realized it was okay for me to remember him my way.

01-24-2010, 01:07 PM
Good Morning Chicks! I've picked two of three paint colors. I'm stuck on the third one since I only have a picture of the bedding that I will eventually put in the room. Do you have any idea how many medium brown shades there are?! Anywho........

I'm having a hungry week and I do not expect a loss tomorrow. I did no exercise and I've been eating at 1700 or 1800 calories. I think it is the phantom PMS. Last night I succumbed to the ever tempting Multigrain Bistro crackers and smart balance light right before I went to bed. I was very hungry and could not have slept. I think it was because I didn't get much sleep the night before. It always messes up my eating. So, I start over again today and try to do better.

Sandra, I hope your hip is better today. It's raining here like crazy and Jim and I are hurting from the dampness. I'm not supposed to take ibuprofen either because of my kidney issues. I don't find that tylenol works well for muscle aches. I have taken some Midol extra strength because it has tylenol in it AND some muscle relaxers. It works on other areas besides the menstrual ones! I'm glad you're enjoying your Dish. We just have cable but it's good here. I also buy Jim Netflix for Christmas and we use that alot. We were watching movies yesterday too. We are so behind because we never go to the show. We saw Glory and Duplicity. I liked Glory and hated Duplicity. It was too hard to follow.

Ohhhh Angela, homemade chicken noodle soup sounds great to me! Congratulations on day 4 without sugar. What are you snacking on in the evenings? Passing on those oreos could NOT have been easy. When I'm having a chocolate attack I eat Zone Double Dark chocolate bars. They are awesome. I haven't calculated the points but I would guess they are around 4 points. Reasonable for a snack/dessert and really yummy. I'm on Facebook alot too. I'm horribly addicted to Bejeweled Blitz which I now play on my iPhone as well. I keep telling myself that I'm keeping my brain/eyes active. Who am I kidding?

Sloan, dents are OUTSTANDING! It means the piles are not winning. You had a very productive day, it sounds. I would have loved steak on the GF grill. I ate a butt steak on Thursday at our once a week dinner out. I was craving meat in a BIG way. Another indicator that a real TOM may be on the way this month. I SO wish to be done.

Rhonda, so how was your day?

Nancy, you sound like you are in the same place as Sloan. Take a deep breath and recognize that you can't get it all done at once. Then pick the most important thing to work on first. I have to keep telling myself this constantly. Is the stress making you want to eat?

BTW, did I tell you all that Froufie says hello? She left on a cruise yesterday but I don't know where she is....I forgot to ask. I told her to come back but she feels funny because she's not doing Core right now. I told her you all wouldn't mind so she may pop in after the cruise. She's lost over 30 pounds. We always want to hear about that, don't we?

Gotta run. It's 11:00 and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. Not good. I'll check back in later. I'm having a pj day and it's raining out. What better day to be on the computer.

01-24-2010, 01:23 PM
It would definitely be good to hear from Froufie again. Who cares really how she lost it!

Nancy it sounds like it's good that you recognize being overwhelmed instead of barrelling through it and having a breakdown! Good luck with it all. I have found the transition to a new town not too hard...but, I have family here and in the area and that makes all of the difference.

My day was busy yesterday. I sat for 4 hours in the bleachers watching my great niece perform in a gymnastics meet. She's very good and competing at the state level. Then I spent 3 hours sitting in folding chairs at a political party chili supper. Texans really know how to do chili suppers. It was very hard to have just one piece of cornbread and one small brownie!

Vickie, I know about that beige thing. My late husband was a photographer and I've seen thousands of shades of white. I've been bringing bedspreads into the house to look at them on our bed. Every single one made me want to paint the walls. Finally, I found one I can live with. And, finding a spread was an ordeal in itself. It's all duvet or coverlet these days. The bedskirt that is needed doesn't work so well with our waterbed arrangement.

Tuesday I have someone coming to look at our kitchen cabinets. They need to be refinished or painted. DH has just told me that he hates painted cabinets. I wish he had no opinion, as he does about most decor matters! I like painted cabinets. Whatever happens, I need something to lighten up the kitchen, and the cabinets must have the original 1972 finish on them. Time to change. I cleaned them and the finish came off in spots!

I think I'll go to the gym today and workout on the elliptical trainer. It's very efficient at burning calories and some of these recently aquired ones really need to go.

Later, we're going to DH's DD's house for a visit.

I hope you're all having a good day.


01-24-2010, 02:21 PM
Happy Sunday everyone. Its been a busy day so far - church this morning and then I went to the Y. I'm thrilled I did almost 7 minutes on the dreaded killer elyptical machine then 50 minutes on the treadmill. Came home took a second shower and have to take dd to skating this afternoon. I volunteered for a hospitality committee at church --- there is a 15 week course on Sunday's and we provide the food for the break. It started last week - thankfully this week one of the growth groups is doing the food.

Vickie - please let frouf know we'd love her to come back. heck, as long as we support each other, does it really matter what plan we follow??

Nancy - I hope you can put some order to all that you have going on. HUGS to you.

Hi to everyone else!! Got to get moving and get to the rink. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

01-24-2010, 04:56 PM
I second (third?) the notion that Frouf come back and not feel funny about it. Heck, I'm putting weight ON every week, and I'm still here! :lol:

Still going strong with the no sugar thing. Vickie, in the evening when I'm peckish, I am eating mostly fruit and crackers, or a cup of milk. I'm going to get the stuff for those yummy smoothies I used to have a lot. If I'm really hungry and I know I won't be able to sleep, I'll have cheese or peanut butter. It's not all strictly Core, but it IS better for me than what I have been snacking on.

I have a mountain of dirty dishes to work on now...have a restful Sunday all!

01-24-2010, 09:47 PM
Nancy, you do have a lot going on now. I didn't realize that. Just do what you can and don't get too stressed. (Easy for me to say, right?)

Vickie, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. Well, I always do, but I especially did so today. I have some heat pads that are left from a shoulder muscle injury a couple of years ago that I've been using on my hip. They seem to help a lot. I'm feeling much much better. I didn't start :ebike: today but will tomorrow along with :swim:.

Tell Froufie to come back. I confess all the time about how I'm really not doing CORE and nobody's run me off. We want her here with us. She's one of us. I'm happy to hear she's on a cruise. I always enjoyed "cruising" vicariously through her posts. Tell her I need a "cruise fix."

Rhonda, I got tickled reading about Doyle's having opinions on decorating. Curtis does, too. Kudos to you for making healthy choices at the chilli supper.

Paula, kudos to you, too, for going to the Y today.

Angela, you're doing great, too. Makes me smile. Makes me want a smoothie, too.

I'm getting the "work in the yard" bug again. I see lots of exercise in my future weeding, planting, and watering. Life is good.