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02-15-2010, 02:14 PM
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02-15-2010, 02:21 PM
Its 1/2 way throught Monday so I thought I'd start us clean for the week. had a quiet day yesterday - after the church dinner last week, we decided to skip services yesterday. There was a guest speaker - usually those are not the best services. I did go to the Y yesterday and again this morning. From a calorie burn I did 670 yesterday and 702 this morning. I'm hoping to go again tomorrow, but I may not have time. DD is supposed to go to gymnastics camp for the morning while I go get my stiches out. The problem is she is sick today -- woke up last night around 1am with a fever and dizzy. She's been on the couch all day -- still with a low fever (around 100). So, unless it goes away by this evening she's home again tomorrow. So much for school vacation. At least I'm home today for the holiday and tomorrow's my regular day off from work. DH will need to either be home with her tomorrow when I go to the dr or he'll have to take her. If she doesn't go to camp, I may go to the Y at 7am.

Vickie -- HUGS to you. I know it was a difficult weekend.

Rhonda -- sounds like you had a fun weekend with your nieces. I'm sure they'll be looking forward to visiting Aunt Rhonda again.

Well, got to see if I can get DD to take a nap. BBL

beach bum
02-15-2010, 03:08 PM

Thanks PAULA for the new week.OH NO!! Sorry about your daughter being sick,hope she feels better soon. My GC were sick last week also with some kind of a stomach ache.

Good Morning Ladies

Nothing new,except I lost a pound and was surprised with all the going out to restaurants this week.I also made some chili and put it in a bread bowl for last night supper.

SANDRA-The antibiotics must be working as my cyst doesn't hurt anymore.Was lucky that doctor took me right away.

Sloan-I'm warm at toasty as we have a gas insert fireplace when the outage occurred and the down stairs the temps were in the 80's and up stairs is was in the 70's.

Nancy-Sorry about your bad feeling about Valentines Day. I went to the cemetery yesterday and put some red valentine flowers at his grave.It was sad to go there,but I manage to go.

VICKIE-You too lost some one on Feb 14th. We all take death differently,its got it bitter sweet memories.Sorry you had to go though this twice. Sending you way.

RHONDA-I have a exercising question for you. I haven't been near any form of activity since Leo passed away.I like to start up again with Leslies WATP's walking tapes and would like to know, Should I start with 15 mins a day and than switch to 30,or do I stay on the 15 mins for a week than change or should I stay on for 2 weeks and than move on.TIA

Have to start my dinner.

02-15-2010, 04:51 PM
Hey Chicks! We are home and DRAINED. I ate healthy for breakfast but WAY WAY bad at the funeral luncheon. Polish sausage, sauerkraut (core :-P), mashed potatoes, dumplings, stuffing.....getting the drift? Comfort carbs. Oh yeah....and two kolachkies. Only thing I can say for myself is I didn't have a lot of anything; but what I did was awful. I'm going to try not to eat anything more except veggies today. OMG.

I'm off to veg on the couch. I'll be back tomorrow....good as new. I feel I was a good friend and that gives me joy.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

P.S. Angela, what you are describing also happens during menopause. So, you will experience it again some day. Sorry to tell you. But.....keep friends older than you and you will always have someone to talk to on Facebook in the middle of the night!

02-15-2010, 05:31 PM
Hi Everybody:

I did personal training with Todd, 20 minutes on each of the elliptical and recumbent bike, then aquafit. If I can find the courage, I'll go to spinning later today.

Maryann, you should do the level of exercise that you can handle, but push yourself a little. Leslie's tapes are gentle, so why not start with 15 the first time and try the whole 30 the next time? You'll know more after you actually do the 15. If 30 seems like too much, do 20, then add on. But, I wouldn't wait a week to increase the time. Go for it!

In the meantime, I am very frustrated about not losing. I've probably just got to be more rigid with my calorie counting, instead of getting lazy as I tend to do. The second trainer gave me a website to try, so I'll do that. If it looks good, I'll pass on the information.

Vickie, no doubt you were a good friend, and that is the most important.


02-15-2010, 05:46 PM
Rhonda, I have a website that I LOVE. I can't post it because it is a competitor. It's awesome. I don't post in the community because I love it here so much better. They have great food tracking, exercise, recipes, etc. I tried to send you a message here but you must have your message feature disabled. If you want, I'll send it to Sandra and she can give it to you. Oh's FREE!

02-15-2010, 09:40 PM
Yes, I've heard that about menopause. I'm not looking forward to that time, but if I'm anything like my mom, I still have over 20 years until I have to worry about that particular event. :D

We went out tonight as a family and looked at strollers. My goodness things have changed since I last bought baby stuff. In fact, we got a lot of things for my oldest second-hand, so things seem even more different now. A lot of the swings, strollers, etc are SOO posh and fancy, it's amazing. :lol:

Have I mentioned that I'm cloth diapering this little guy? That's changed a lot too...I am actually making my diaper covers myself. It's a lot cheaper than spending $15/cover, and then I can use the fabric I like. Some time soon I'll take pictures and post them here. Of course, I made an Iowa Hawkeyes cover. :)

I have been really making an effort today to get enough water in. I am usually very bad at drinking my water. I'm doing well so far today!


02-15-2010, 10:23 PM
Vickie, if I did it right I just enabled the private messages feature.

Angela, I agree with you about all the stuff for kids. I was just laughing recently about what happened to heading out all day with just a diaper bag and a few toys. And, cloth diapers. Much better for the baby and the land fills. Good for you.

I didn't go back for spinning, but I took a 50 minute fast walk with the doggie. That was good for both of us.


02-16-2010, 12:20 AM
Vickie, please pm me the website. I'd love to check it out.

Angela, I didn't think menopause was so bad. But then I was hyped up on Phenfen when I blazed through. We all blamed my moodiness on diet pills. :lol:

Paula, I'm so sorry dd's sick. Kids tend to get that way during holidays or so it seems. I'm proud of you for going to the Y.

Maryann, congrats on dropping that pound. Enjoy exercising with Leslie.

Rhonda, it still sounds to me like you're building muscle. The weight will fall. Just look how great you're doing. I am continually impressed.

Went to the allergy specialist today. Now won't it be a hoot if he takes me off wheat and corn? That's likely to happen.

02-16-2010, 01:58 AM
I think I am coming down with a cold.
I took some Nyquil earlier and I have been on the couch
drifting in and out of consciousness :) all evening.
My post may not make sense;)

I met friends today at my favorite Thai restaurant. The Pad Thai
they make is so good that sometimes I lie awake at night just thinking about it.

Robin has a nerve conduction test tomorrow for his back and then an appointment with his Ortho Dr to discuss the timing for his knee replacement surgery. Please pray for some encouraging feedback. is that baby?? :preg:

Paula- Hope your daughter feels better..

Vickie- I don't think calories at funerals count either !!! That is so true about
keeping older friends because we are all still up in the wee hours ...
When I first started posting on this forum all my post were at 3 and 4 am.
I am better now , I get to sleep by 1 or 2 ;)

Rhonda..I think you are building muscles and the weight will start
coming off soon.

02-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Mornin' chicks, all this talk about menopause jinxed me, and I was up at 3:30! I read until about 6 then took a little cat nap. We are out of school again today. We are on day 11 of 13 built in snow days. After the 13th, we will have to make days up. DH built a closet for me yesterday, and continued his work on the kitchen lights. When you turn on one of the swithches the garbage disposal comes on :rofl: I have been working on decluttering and the upstairs bathroom. I think I will tackle my clothes closet today in addition to the bathroom.

We had a small bit of good news about my dad, yesterday. His nephrologist said his kidneys were good to go. Of course, the chemo will be hard on them, but he is ready to go from a "kidney" standpoint. His next big day is Thursday when he will have his heart test and have his port inserted, so keep those prayers comin'.

Nancy, feel better!

Sandra, I have heard that people who are allergic to grass pollens are also likely to be allergic to wheat. Hopefully that will not be the case for you.

Rhonda, are you getting in enough calories? Maybe you need to eat more!

Angela, I used cloth diapers with my son in 1990. I used the diaper covers and loved them. The hardest thing for us was keeping him dry through the night. I tried everything, but there were many mornings that the poor little guy woke up soaked :( I have to admit that I did not set the alarm to change him in the middle of the night. I guess that would have been one way to avoid him being so wet. Good luck! Are you using a diaper service or will you wash your own diapers?

Vickie, I would like to have the name of your fav site ;) Also, I hope you are doing well today. How are you?

Paula, how's your baby girl?

Maryann, I'm so glad you have new friends. How are you doing?

I'm getting started on my projects, so I've got to go. I'll check in later. TTFN

02-16-2010, 12:52 PM
Good morning. It's a gorgeous sunny, yet cool, day here in North Central Texas. We have ice in the birdbaths to remind us it's not quite spring.

Nancy and Sloan, I will keep you all in my prayers. I hope all goes well for your loved ones.

Nancy, I got tickled at your thinking of your favorite Thai dish. Sounds like something I'd do.

Sloan, I'm going to be surprised if I'm not allergic to wheat. The funny thing is I'm more concerned about being allergic to onions. :lol:

I'm going to do 30 min :ebike: today. I know that's not much but at least it's something. Have a good day, everyone.

beach bum
02-16-2010, 01:16 PM
Good Morning Ladies

I wasn't feeling well yesterday and just woke up an 1hr ago. So Lunch & Dinner is going to be very late today.

I like the CC/PC thread that I'm on,it worked,but since Leo passed I gained 6 lbs.Going to start exercising again planning to do my walking tapes with Leslie in the morning before breakfast and get my spinning on the bike in the afternoon while watching a movie. Need to get out of the 170's and work myself down to a healthy weight of 140.

VICKIE-When going though what you have been you body need comfort foods It happened to me,now matter how hard I tried. You will get back to eating the correct foods with portions again. Do you really feel that Jenny Craig is a good way of eating???????I see Nutra system all the time on TV and was just wondering. I'd be curious on your new web message board also. I'm on 5 right now for counting calories but one more wouldn't hurt.

RHONDA=Thanks I will go with Leslie for 15 mins and than go to the 30m right after. I always believed its calories in calories out,but I seemed to for get the latter.

SANDRA=Thanks,for the congrats hope it will continue going down and I have several Leslie tapes it just a matter of putting them in VCR.

NANCY=Sorry about you not feeling well,I used to use NyQuil but I found the Zicam is better.

SLOANE=Thanks, we have so many things in common other than losing our spouses. I have my up and down days, on Sunday[Valentines Day] I got to the cemetery and didn't have any repercussions like I did in Jan. and than this morning I thought that Here I'm living in a 7 room house and I all alone. Not tending to move as I don't want to go into a small apartment that would definitely bring me into a depression and claustrophobia.

Have a great day,Its 12n and I'm still in my night clothes,shame on me :D

02-16-2010, 01:50 PM
Hi everyone. DD is feeling better today - no fever, I think its now turning into a head cold. I did have her skip gymnastics camp this morning - 3 hour session at her gym. She didn't think it was a good idea for her to be running around. It sooooooo much easier dealing with her being sick now that she is older and understands that she needs to rest and take medicine to feel better. When she was younger - only maybe 2 years ago, when she was really sick and needed tylenol or ibuprophen it was a battle to get her to take anything.

I had my stiches out this morning and it feels so much more comfortable. I'm moving forward with the day surgery for what is either another lypoma or a hernia. The Dr today thought it was going to be just a lypoma - and also confirmed what the other Dr said that if there is a hernia it may be a pin hole. Could have been bigger when I was pregnant - yes, I 've had this thing for a long time. The good thing is that is should be an easy recover as its not touching muscle. I should hear from them within the next week to schedule it.

Its snowing here again - should only get a couple inches. I'm going to venture out with DD to Target. Her bday party is a week from friday - we need to get the goodie bag stuff and then go order her cake. The RSVP date was yesterday - there are still 4 girls we have not heard from. I'm assuming they are all coming.

Maryann, Good luck with the exercising. At least you're working at it after only a 6 pd gain. You'll get back on track in no time.

Sloan, do you normally go through so many snow days? So far this year we've had one. As it stands, dd will get our of school mid June. Glad you've gotten some good news on your Dad. keeping him in my prayers.

Nancy, yummm, love pad thai! I wonder if there is a healthy version somewhere that would taste just as good. Might need to look into that.

Well, off to go shopping. Have a good afternoon.

02-16-2010, 01:52 PM
Good Morning Chicks! I slept until 10:00 and I'd like to know if any of you saw the truck that hit me? I'm pretty beat up but happy to have my life back. I'll be checking in with my GF periodically, but the intensity will be over.

I sent the message about the website privately to Rhonda, Sandra, Sloan and Mary Ann. If anyone else wants it, let me know.

I've got to go figure out what to eat today and make some grocery shopping lists. Then I can come back here and play.

02-16-2010, 01:54 PM
Reading a local stations website - there is an article about habits for healthy weight loss. Here is what I found interesting:

People don't need us to tell them to eat less and exercise more," said Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic. "They know that. The Mayo Clinic Diet is divided It is a two-week jumpstart phase where people make sudden changes in their habits. We believe it's the healthiest way to lose weight quickly that there is."

In the two week "Lose It" phase, you're supposed to add five new habits:

Eat a healthy breakfast.
Eat at least four servings of veggies and three servings of fruits each day.
Eat whole grains.
Eat healthy fats.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

The Mayo Clinic Diet also advises people to break five habits during the first two weeks.

No TV while eating. Dieters can also only spend as much time watching TV as the time they've spent exercising. "It's been shown in medical studies that the more TV someone watches, the greater their risk of increased weight," said Hensrud.

"If I knew that I wanted to watch a TV show, I just knew that I needed to get in the car and go to the gym," said Jenny Nosbisch.

Here are the other habits to break during the jump-start "Lose It" phase:

No sugar, except what's found naturally in fruit.
No snacks except fruits and veggies.
No big portions of meat or high-fat dairy.
No restaurants unless the meal fits your plan.

02-16-2010, 04:49 PM
Hi ladies!

Sorry about the non-sleeping jinx! I forced myself to stay awake all day yesterday, :lol: and slept much better last night. :cheer:

Yes, I am going to be washing the diapers myself. I do 1-2 loads of laundry a day as it is, so another load every few days won't increase my work that much. Plus, I LOOVE using my clothesline, so that'll be nice for the diapers. I just wish it would hurry up and warm up around here, but I know we have at minimum a full month of snowy, yucky winter left.

This morning I planned what I want to prepare and freeze for meals before baby comes. Then I went shopping! I like cooking, so this is going to be fun. I just wish I had that 2nd trimester energy back. I can only do about 1/2 hour of work on my feet until I have to sit and take a break. But I am making myself take breaks and drink my water like a good girl. It helps that I'm re-reading the Twilight series again, so I'm motivated to sit down so I can read something mindless. :D

Vickie, I'm glad you have some time to recover, yourself now.

Sloan, why are you having so many snow days? It still really amuses me that all these places shut down over an inch or so of snow. We have over 2 feet on the ground here, and things are going along just as always. But I guess we're a little more used to it. :D

Time to go rest and read until school pickup. Then I'm going to make chicken enchiladas for supper, and extra to freeze. I'm thinking we're going to have to bite the bullet and get a larger chest freezer. The 5 cu. foot one we have just isn't big enough for our family now, and hasn't been for a while. Luckily, they're fairly inexpensive at Sears. Okay, really going now!


02-16-2010, 08:30 PM
Hey chickies, I'm not sure about how snow goes in your areas, but in Middle Tennessee, we have days that are called "snow days", but they should be called "ice" days. We have lots of hills that will keep ice for several days after snow has melted then frozen when the temps drop. The school systems worry about the busses. It is always interesting to me that other areas have feet of snow instead of inches and school is open. Do you all have ice problems or do the streets just stay snowy? Also, do your cities plow all of your roads? In our area, only the main roads will be cleared and the "country" roads left to melt on their own. As of right now, our system is open although our bordering counties are closed/opening late.

I got a lot done today. I hung a shelf in my closet and cleaned it out. I also organized the area under the kitchen sink. My DS will start painting the upstairs bathroom tomorrow then I am going to border the tub/shower with tile.

Angela, sounds like you are really organized. You are really smart to make ahead and freeze some meals.

Paula, thanks for the article. Good info!

Vickie, thanks for the info about "you know what". I've already set up my account. Awesome!

Maryann, hope you are feeling better!

Sandra, thanks for your good thoughts. Let us know about your allergies. Did the doc draw blood or will you have to have skin tests?

Nancy and Rhonda, hope you are both doing well.

I'll check in after I watch Lost tonight. TTFN

02-16-2010, 11:36 PM
Hi All:

I'm watching the Olympics, the male skaters doing their short programs are on now. But, I'll head for bed soon.

I've had a good day. DH and I went out for real burgers, and I ate only half of mine, not even wanting the other half. I've got a big day of exercising tomorrow, adding the new trainer if all goes well.

Sloan, Texas gets lots of ice and no one knows what to do with it. Of course, it's best to stay off of it!

Night all,

02-16-2010, 11:55 PM
Sloan..that is what we are out for most often. Ice or the conditions for black ice. We have had a lot of serious accidents this past week due to ice.
I am so glad to her the good news that your dad got a good report about his kidneys.

We met with the Ortho surgeon who knows my husband personally so that
is always nice. We got a lot of questions answered about the knee
replacement surgery . The Dr feels like waiting another few months would be
a good idea because he said the severe back pain could hamper the rehab process. Robin doesn't think his back is improving but I see a major
improvement from a month ago. In Jan there were some days that he even ate lying flat on his back. I am praying that keeps improving with the PT and weight loss.

I got a $10 pizza deal for my son tonight and only ate 1 piece.:carrot:

02-17-2010, 12:19 AM
Angela, will your mother be planting her garden this year. Didn't ya'll have raised gardens before? You almost have me wanting to wash and dry diapers. :lol: You sound soooooo happy. Makes me happy just reading.

Sloan, Rhonda's right about the ice. We normally get more ice than snow. This year has been unusual.

Nancy, I hope Robin continues to improve. When do you think he'll get the replacement?

Rhonda, we've been watching a lot of Olympics, too. Now half a burger? I just know your weight is going to start dropping again soon. You're extremely dedicated.

I'm sitting here with a drop under my tongue that's part of food testing for allergies. They did do the skin test yesterday for air borne allergens. I'll start taking drops (instead of shots) for them next Monday. I will find out about food allergies in 3 weeks. (Still worried about onions. :lol:)

02-17-2010, 10:43 AM
Here, we definitely get ice. The plows try to clear it, but most of the time we just drive around on it. It gets thicker and thicker throughout the winter, with layers of new snowfall, sand, etc. By spring, the potholes are legendary! I guess we just get used to driving on ice. But yeah, the plows clear every street, although it takes them sometimes a day or two to get to the secondary roads if it's a heavy snowfall. I believe we have some school days set aside as snow days, but after we use them up (which we invariably do) we have to start borrowing from Spring Break or adding on at the end of the school year. Our current superintendent is a little twitchy about the weather, and calls more snow days than I think we need.

Paula, that article seems very interesting. I'll have to go over the info more in depth later today. Seems like good, common sense.

I froze my enchiladas yesterday, and also about 12 cups of beef broth and about 3 cups of diced beef.

I've got to get the girls to school. Later!

02-17-2010, 06:22 PM
I am beginning to think this cold is more than a cold.
I feel horrible and it has been 3 days.
I have had the Swine Flu(at least the Dr said it was) and I have had the seasonal flu shot, but now I wonder if this a a flu bug.

If I tested positive for type A flu this fall
could that have been the seasonal flu even though they assumed it was
the Swine Flu because that was what was going around.

02-17-2010, 06:54 PM
We're homd from giving our presentation at school. We all had a great time. Curtis and I are konked out on therecliner now. :lol:

Nancy, I hope you don't havethe flu. Go to the doctor if you're still feeling poorly tomorrow.

02-17-2010, 07:20 PM
Nancy, I hope you feel better soon. I'm having trouble shaking this cold or allergies too, but it's not the 'flu.

We put up our bird feeders yesterday and I just saw the first bird, a field sparrow I believe. This is going to be fun. I've got my binoculars by my recliner and I feel like I'm retired!

I went to the new trainer today and loved it. She had me do lots of things, including pull a sled (75 pounds) with a tether attached to a band around my waist. Then I had to turn it all around and pull the sled hand-over-hand. She said I had good technique! HA! I love it. I'm going to hate her tomorrow. :devil:

We're going to a movie tonight. It's part of a documentary film festival. We've signed up for three of them.

My eating has been pretty good the last few days. I hope it shows up on the scale in a few days. I've got a great NSV though. I can wear rings on my ring finger that I could wear only on my pinky finger recently.


02-17-2010, 08:26 PM
Hi everyone. Just a quick stop by -- back to work today and DD is sick. She has been spiking a fever the last couple days and today was complaining about her ears. Yup - ear infection. She's now on antibiotics. Good thing she didn't have any high expectations of school vacation!

Got to run. Have a good night.

02-17-2010, 08:57 PM
Nancy, I looked on the Centers for Disease Control site and found info that stated that there are no FDA approved rapid flu tests that can tell the difference in the seasonal flu and H1N1, so the test that you had could not confirm H1N1, only flu in general. It's possible that you have some kind of crazy virus or maybe even the flu. There have been occasions when the flu vaccine did not cover all of the flu virus strains that broke out in a single season. I believe the only way to tell if it's really the flu is to have the test again. Hope that helps! :getwell:

Rhonda, I had 5 male and 2 female cardinals in my yard. They looked so beautiful on the snow! I don't have feeders right now, but you are making me want to get some put up.

Sandra, good luck with the onions. Were you allergic to grasses?

Paula, sorry to hear about your girl. Hope she's better soon!

Angela, I am amazed at your energy! How do you do it?

Maryann, are you okay?

We went back to school today, so I've got lots to do tonight. I stayed after and graded some work, but I need to do that a couple more times. I have to do a power point tonight, so I'd better get busy. Have a good night, y'all!

beach bum
02-18-2010, 11:26 AM
Good Morning Ladies

Had a very busy day yesterday, that it brought me home around 3:45PM.
First to sing in the choir and get Ashes than out to Walmart to pickup my new slip-covers and than to the bereavement group and than out to dinner with friends.

I'm Still trying to figure out the instructions on how to get the slip covers to fit. Going to ask one of my friends to come over and try to help me.

DD found a pix of Leo & I a couple of years ago,when we dined at the Flying Bridge.The restaurant is by our Harbor and the wind was blowing,and had a bad hair day.

PAULAHope fully your right. I tend to do good and than it fizzles away.I have to make time for me, and not the house.Going to use the Lent season to work on the eating & exercising.

VICKIE=I got your PM and I do go to Spark people for the nutritional value of foods,but I don't use there message board.

SLOANE-I'm feeling fine,I think it was the clam chowder that made me have the tummy ache.

Have to go, have to go grocery shopping as I was there since Saturday will be back later

02-18-2010, 02:27 PM
Thanks Sloan for checking that..You are sweet to even look it up.

I am slightly better today. With colds I usually just take a good decongestant and keep trucking but this has me stopped in my tracks.
I don't think the new decongestant that they put in the cold medicines is as good as the old formula. I am going to get some of the original Sudafed
(you have to ask for it ) and see if that helps. have been busy..good luck with the slipcovers

Paula..I hope those antibiotics help your DD feel better fast.

Rhonda..Those exercises sound intense.. Like some of the things they do on
Biggest Loser.. You Go Girl!!!!

02-18-2010, 05:54 PM
I went to aquafit, but have had a very weird eating day. What the heck.
I had a blackberry and lf milk shake for breakfast, oatmeal for lunch, ice cream when DH and I went to town, and we're taking his older son out for dinner at a Mexican food place! I'll behave and not have any chips!

Nancy, if you find something that works, let me know. I can't shake this sinusitis. I might even go to a doctor, and that would be drastic for me!

Paula, I hope your DD feels better soon.

I'm going to go take a nap! :yawn:


02-18-2010, 07:45 PM
Rhonda, go to your doctor. We just started going to an allergy specialist and have high expectations for feeling better. We've both had coughs, fatigue, and several other symptoms. All seemed like colds but have turned out to be allergies.

Have fun tonight. I'm so happy ya'll are near and getting to do a lot with family. Makes me smile.

Paula, I'm sorry dd's sick. What a bummer way of spending vacation time.

Maryann, sounds like you're a busy lady. How is your eating going? Mine is struggling. Guess Some things never change.

Sloan, are you hoarse today after being back in school? I used to get that way.

Nancy, I'm glad you're feeling better. Could your problem be allergies? We're having a devil of a time with ours.

02-18-2010, 09:20 PM
Sandra, I'm not hoarse, yet. I have been lecturing, but not too much.

Vickie, I'm sorry I did not speak to you yesterday. I realized it today while I was at school. Hope everything is going well for you!

Maryann, love your photo!

Nancy, glad you are a little better. Hang in there!

Rhonda, Mexican sounds good to me! DD made chicken and rice, so I'm not complainin'

Hey to the rest of you chickies!!

GTG rest. I've been with my parents at appointments. I'll fill y'all in tomorrow. Nighty, night.

02-18-2010, 11:33 PM
Maryann, the photo is great, as Sloan said.

I had one of those no- calorie Margaritas again. I ate 8 chips with salsa, then had tilapia and vegetables. But, they were done in a lot of butter, I'm sure. So, no telling how many calories I ate tonight.

Sandra, I don't have a doctor here!! I guess it's time to find one. I hear this is a bad spot for allergies.

I hope you're all having a good night.


02-19-2010, 08:18 AM
Well, I stayed the same again this week. Not sure whats going on. I think I need to journal a lot this week coming up to see what might be throwing me off. I have been eating more carbs this past week, I think I need to cut those out. I'm finally in the 180s but barely! All I can do is keep at it.

DD is starting to feel better. She should be fine by Monday, just in time to go back to school. DH is taking her to see his mom today - she's brining her pillow, blanket, snuggle bear and DS.

Maryann, great picture. I did find a B&B for us at the end of March -- its on 6A in Barnstable. Its been far too long since DH and I have poked around shops on the cape. It should be fun. Now, just need to figure out what weekend MIL can take DD.

Rhonda, today is a new day! Just tell Todd what you ate, he'll get you to work it off :)

Hi to everyone else!! Got to get moving. Have a good morining

02-19-2010, 09:45 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Sorry. I thought this week would be calmer, but it isn't.

I've been reading when I can, so I know you are all doing well. I'll jump back in soon, I promise!

Today will be a challenging eating day for me. Hold good thoughts.

02-19-2010, 11:54 AM
Maryann, that is a great photo. Thank you for posting it.

Rhonda, thank you for letting me share your margarita. When indoor season's over, I'd like for us to get together and maybe have one each. Or maybe just share a glass of water. I just want to see you. Yes, this area is famous for allergy problems. I was never sick from allergies in Montana--something to be said for those mountains. I'd suggest our allergist but I'm sure you have a good number of good ones in your area.

Vickie, I hope life settles down for you. You're missed, girl.

Paula, staying the same can be depressing, but it's better than gaining by far. Just keep track and keep on keepin' on.

This is our last weekend before USA Archery Indoor Nationals. We do have a small tournament tomorrow that we're using as warmup. Other than that, I'll do 30 min :ebike: and watch what I eat. Sounds a bit boring, doesn't it? But sometimes boring is good. :lol:

beach bum
02-19-2010, 12:41 PM
Good Morning Ladies

It was snowing when I got up and now the sky is clear.

Had a bad morning,woke up and cried myself to sleep again,but now I Ok again,surprisingly how one moment can be sad and than the next happy again.

My friend came over and help me fit my sofa slip-covers, she did an excellent job. Now it keep it that way,without messing it up again.

Going out with my friends again Sat Night for pizza,going to take 1 slice
and have a huge salad with it,can't afford to not lose at this Monday W-I

Really like to get serious with my weight before it too late,so I'm hoping that giving up all kinds of snacks I will be able to lose this Lent season. Since Wed I'm eating lightly,with 3 meals[2 light 1 reg] a day. Have my fruit & milk prod. with main meal.I must get this weight off by the end of this year.

Thanks for the kind words you say about the photo. That pix was taken several years ago when Leo's best friend was over hear visiting us.

NANCY-I try to keep my hand busy,and I finely have my slip cover on correctly Hope I can remember what my friend did to make them look so nice, before i take them off when they need washing.

SANDRA-I'm trying to eat like I posted above,hopefully it will work with my CC/PC plan.

PAULA-Happy your found a place that open,I sure you MIL will be able to help with your DD.

Have to go,and start my dinner.

02-19-2010, 02:15 PM
Hi everybody! I've got a busy week coming up, but it's fun stuff so that's good! We got our tax refund today, so with part of it, we're buying a new chest freezer. Woo hoo, so exciting. :lol: But I am excited to have more freezer room. Tonight's supper and freezer food is mini pizzas made with refrigerated biscuit dough. I figure the kids will enjoy making those themselves when I'm busy with baby.

I am seriously thinking of homeschooling my 8-year old next year. She could really use some quiet time at home with mom and away from a bad 4th grade teacher and some pretty icky classmates. We shall see how that goes!

I was so happy last night - I found a sleep position that's almost like sleeping on my tummy. I'm such a tummy sleeper, and it always makes me sad and uncomfortable when I'm pregnant and I can't! That's one of the first things I do that first night in the hospital after having the baby...roll over and go "aaaah!" :lol:

I was in a terrible mood yesterday, but I did manage to think of ONE positive thing about being huge and complexion has improved. There. One good thing in a sea of uncomfortable-ness. I suppose the baby is positive too. Ha ha.

I hope everyone has a nice restful weekend and stays on whatever plan you happen to be following.


02-19-2010, 04:19 PM
Maryann :hug: Just keep cherishing your memories. We're here for you. Enjoy your night out with friends. Pizza and lots of salad sounds good.

Angela, congrats on getting your new freezer. That's going to come in really handy.

I just did a few minutes :ebike: and am now just chilling. This week I've felt retired again. I enjoy subbing, but I've been missing my time off. I won't sub again until after we get home from USA Archery Indoor Nationals the first of March. I've been turning down several chances to sub, but that's all right. I've needed the time for myself.

02-19-2010, 09:14 PM
Hey chicks! I don't have time to visit, but I have read all your posts. I hope you all are doing well. GTG hang out with the fam!

02-19-2010, 09:58 PM
Hi..I'm just passing through and I have to be up early in the morning to take my great niece to watch her daddy run a half marathon. I'll be back on-line tomorrow.


02-19-2010, 10:22 PM
I am too tired to post much either..
We all seem to be about other stuff tonight ;)
I am almost well..
Son is making homemade pretzels which are hard to resist.
I had 1/2 ..yummy
More tomorrow.

02-20-2010, 09:57 AM
Mornin' chicks! Dad has had his port inserted and all of his tests. We will get test results on chemo day which has been moved to next Friday. I will be with him on Friday as the "chemo teaching" will be done on that day. I am taking my parents to see an "elder law specialist" in a couple of weeks. He and his team advise senior citizens on finances, health care decisions, and other concerns, so I'm really looking forward to hearing what he has to say. We are also working on getting my parents moved, so I have a lot going on in addition to the ongoing remodeling, school, and life in general. I am keeping my eating under control, but I'm still carrying the 7 pounds that I gained before Christmas. ugh!

Nancy, I'm glad you are getting better. Home made pretzels sound awesome! I'm impressed that you had such a small amount.

Rhonda, how did the marathon go? It sounds like you are really enjoying your family. I'll bet it's great to ge so close to them.

Sandra, did you already tell us where your next tournament is? If so, I missed it.

Maryann, I think a good cry is important every now and then. The important thing is that you recover from it and get busy with friends and other interests. I think you sound like you are doing great. Don't forget we are always here and we're thinking about you!

Angela, sorry your girl is not happy at school. It's so hard to see them that way. How old is your other daughter?

Vickie, glad to hear from you. Come back soon!

Paula, I'm glad your girl is improving. Being sick on a break from school is the pits! Your visit to the B&B sounds nice.

My weekend is shaping up to be busy with grocery shopping, laundry, school work, etc. I may also paint some in the upstairs bathroom. Hope you guys get more rest than I do! BBL

beach bum
02-20-2010, 12:06 PM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Last night while using my computer I heard a popping noise ever so often.What could that be????? Now I don't hear it anymore,but my Face book disappeared. The computer is going to be the death of me with all the things I experiences.

Feeling a lot better this morning,called a friend and she made me feel oh so much better.I got out of the house for a while and went to Christmas Tree Shop and bought a basil start kit for $1.99. Now to find a sunny spot by the window once I start the planter kit.

ANGELA-I got my State Refund back yesterday also, its that a good feeling, that made me happy. Can use all the cash to keep the bill collector away from my door:D:D I don't blame you for having an idea to home school the dis today. With all the public schools not teaching the 3 R's .We're lucky that our grand kids are going to a really good school and that all they learn is the 3 R[reading writing and arithmetic. Wish you all the best education is so important now a days.

SANDRA-Yes that's what I'm going do, we had a great retirement life up here on the Cape and I won't give that up. I rather be a alone with my memories than to be back down in NY and with my children.I see now that they have there own lives and I don't fit into it,as not even a phone call or a e-mail from either of them.That latter is what made me up set. But a man in our bereavement group told us the same thing.Once a spouse dies friends [couples] and family seem to think you have the plague and won't see or call you. Sorry for whining but I now see the loneliness that coming in the future.THANKS GOODNESS I HAVE YOU GUYS ON MY BOARDS TO COME TOO.

SLOAN=Your father will like the port better than to get poked all over the arm. The nurse gave us some cream & plastic wrap bandage to put on before you go for the chemo treatment it made the skin area numb so the needle inserted didn't hurt.

I can't Lose either Sloane the pounds will come off once the stress wears off.Yes like I posted to Sandra I will think of old memories and take one day at a time with my new friends. Today I happy again,and looking forward to girls night out with a good slice of pizza UMMMM!! Can't wait.

Have to get ready for the day,see you later or other wise have a great weekend.

02-20-2010, 03:49 PM
Maryann, have you told your children that it hurts your feelings when they don't call you, and do you call them? I can speak from an adult child's standpoint and say that sometimes my parents, especially my dad, feel a little unappreciated (for lack of a better word) when I don't keep in touch with them. It usually goes like this: my mom calls and tells me that my dad has been asking her if I have called lately, so I call him and ask him why he hasn't called to check on me :) He usually gives a little chuckle, but I know he wishes I would call more often. We live in the same town, so I really don't have an excuse for not calling them or going by to check on them. As do most people, I let my busy life get in the way of the things I should consider most important. You should call them if they don't call you! Maybe you could ask them if it would be okay if you call them weekly on a certain day, so you can keep up with what is going on in eachothers' lives. I know I would not mind if my parents did that. In fact, it would take some pressure off of me, and would also make me more aware of my lack of communication with them.

beach bum
02-20-2010, 04:31 PM
SLOANIE= I'm the one who has to call them,even before Leo passed away they hardly called. That wasn't done in Leo & My family we always called our mother,but some how today OH WE FORGOT or WE WERE BUSY is our children answers.

I'm not going to tell them I'm hurting as they will only say it would be so much easier if your lived in NY again,than when your lonely you can come to the house any time. YAH!!! I heard that before.

02-20-2010, 05:51 PM
I had a great time at the marathon, and my nephew finished in good time.

My eating has been totally OFF today. But, I'll get back on track tomorrow. I'm also taking the day off from the gym, but will go back tomorrow. I've been very good, adding walking at least a mile, and often 2, to my routine. I'm headed out soon for today's walk. I've also added a lot of abdominal work.

Go over to the Goal board and read "I did it. 115 pounds lost." Really nice story.


02-20-2010, 05:51 PM
Maryann, you're right about them telling you that you need to move closer. I just hate to see you hurt because they are too busy to call. Just move to Tennessee, and you can come to see me when you are lonely :lol:

Rhonda, glad you had a great time at the marathon. Did it make you want to run?

02-20-2010, 07:07 PM
Rhonda, I was wondering the same as Sloan. Will you be our runner now? The way you're exercising and walking, you could walk the half marathon easily.

Maryann, I hear ya on the no phone calls. I suggest you call them when you get lonesome just to "check on them." They'd probably love to hear from you. When I call my son, he keeps me online longer than I'd intended even if I'm the one initiating the call.

Nancy, I'm glad you're feeling better.

We have USA Archery Indoor Nationals @ TX A&M in just a few days. Life is good.

02-20-2010, 10:58 PM
YEP, I did want to run, starting with the 5 miler. But, I have a problem disk in my neck and was told by an orthopedist: DO NOT RUN. I do run up and down stairs though. But, that's not for long. I could power walk it, but this race was cross country and that's a little tricky for power walkers, I think.

Anyway, it's in my mind for next year. What a great thing to do when you're 65!

Maryann, it's just one of those generational things, I think. I'd call every now and again, and live exactly where I wanted to live. Period.

We went to the local Unitarian (my church of choice) congregation's chili supper tonight and helped raise some money for some renovations. We had a good time, and it put the finishing touch on my weird eating day. On to tomorrow!


02-21-2010, 01:19 PM
Good Morning Chicks! I was up to all hours of the night so I'd thought I'd pop on here before my breakfast and nap. It seems we are all so busy, which is funny considering that it is the middle of the Winter when we should all be hibernating.

Mary Ann, the first year without Leo is going to be filled with adjustment for you. It's why Suze Orman and other financial experts tell you to do NOTHING major for the first year after the death of a spouse. You are a friendly person and I'm sure you'll see that after the year, you'll have made a new life for yourself. Kids suck.....well most of them anyway. I was an awesome daughter but not all are. I didn't have kids so that gave me a bit more time to be good to my Mom. Actually, my Dad died when I was living at home and only 22, so my Mom and I became more friends than anything else. I still miss her every day. Having said that, I think it works both ways. If you want to be in their lives you'll need to try to insert yourself. I wouldn't move there but I'd let them know that you need and want their companionship. I'd get mad at our family and friends after my Dad died. I even told folks that they needed to come be with my Mom and take her out. They told me straight out that they didn't want to have to face the fact that my Dad was gone. I told them we had to face it every night when we sat done to dinner without him. Our house used to be the gathering spot and then it wasn't. Sadly, my Mom gave up living and eventually got Alzheimer's. I really believe her giving up contributed to that disease. So I encourage you to be vocal about it. Tell your kids what you need. If they won't give it to you without moving then get it from somewhere else. Hey there are plenty of us middle age folks around who don't have their parents and would love to have you for a friend! OK...I'm off my soapbox now but I do care about you and wish you well. How was your outing with your friends last night?

Paula, I'm really glad that DD is feeling better. Her packing list to go see Grandma is the same as what my Great Nieces and Nephews bring here. The DS is critical! I'm really impressed with the exercise you and Rhonda are doing. I'm a slug. I hope all goes well with your hernia. I've got one in my lower stomach too. I consulted with the surgeon and he told me to leave it alone unless it's bothering me. Most times I don't know it's there but it's because I don't stress it. I also have a hiatal hernia that keeps me from lifting anything over 15 pounds or straining in general. That probably helps the stomach hernia. I old and falling apart or what!

Rhonda, I don't understand why the weight isn't falling off of you. You must be getting some serious endorphins. I don't know if I could keep up that kind of exercise without some reward. Yeah...I know the health benefits but I guess I'm shallow. Rhonda, I'm with Nancy. I got to the pharmacist and ask for the old Sudafed red. You have to sign and give you license here in Illinois but it is SO worth it. Works like nothing else.

Wow, Angela. Natural for baby boy. How impressive and good for our planet. Did you make healthy chicken enchiladas this week? I'm looking for healthy Core type mexican food. I need to cook and freeze for my lunches or when I just can't stand the JC food anymore. We have an upright freezer in the basement and it really comes in handy. Our tax refund went to pay the last of the Cassie kidney specialist bills. We need new washer and dryer but we are trying to wait for the IL/Federal rebates to kick in the middle of April. Sorry about your daughter's school issues. My great Niece had them in first grade and I think the teacher was one of the problems. She's done better since then because my Niece has learned the tricks for getting what she needs from the school district.

Sandra, did I miss it? What where the results of your allergy tests? I had the double set of scratch tests. I'm dust, dust mites, weeds, feathers and cats. The rest were all mild and she didn't really test me for food.

Nancy, how are you feeling? You caught us up on Robin but you haven't said how things are going for you. We are all such caretakers of others! Speaking of Robin, though, how does he like Nutrisystem?

Sloan, how did the training go with your family? I can't believe how much you have going on in your life right now. How is your Dad feeling? Are his spirits good?

Well, Jim just came home from getting us some supplies to last through our next snow/ice storm. I'm one of those stock up kind of girls. And, I had some coupons that were going to expire for stuff we use all the time so we had to get that stuff too. I'm going to go put it all away and then maybe watch a movie with him. We watched Angels and Demons last night and it was no where near as good as the book. I just read all of Dan Brown's books recently and loved them. Of course, I read DaVinci Code a long while ago but read the other 4 since November and they were terrific. I am quite an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. I don't buy books anymore, I just get them from the library. My library has a website and I can order any book online and they email me when it is read for me to pick up. They even order new books, if I ask them too, and put me first on the list. Right now my table is full of good carb cookbooks and bathroom remodeling books. It seems I must always have a project.

Love to you all. I'll try to stay more in touch.

02-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Ooopps...that was long! Guess I should try to get here more often. How embarrassing.

beach bum
02-21-2010, 02:48 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Have such a hard time getting onto this thread on Sunday mornings. I was lucky today I got up before the alarm clock could ring.

Than it was a mad dash out the door to get to church on time.I & few girls were reprimanded for not showing up to choir practice last Thursday. I completely forget and was putting on my new slip-covers on at the time.

Plus I had a bad weekend,couldn't stop crying even in front of my friends.Don't know how that happened,just started to cry alike a baby. My one choir friend told me that sometimes in comes in clumps and other times just a few hrs or a day,but don't be a shamed as it happens to the most of us.

Going to watch the Olympics and than some of the golf tournament. I have to give my friend a call this afternoon,as we're planing to go out some where nice,but Oh No!!! they're predicting snow/rain combo for most of this week starting on Tuesday up to Fri. Its gong to be slushy.Wish SPRING was around the corner I hate this kind of weather.


RHONDA-I ate Pizza last night with my friends and I had 3 slices along with a salad. I have no idea why I eat so much. I have to get rid of this bad habit that I developed in the last couple of months.Thanks,I can't believe this generation is so different from ours.

SLOAN-Thanks, I sure this will pass,and things well get better again.

SANDRA-I know your right,I'm going to call them this week and see Whats going on, & how many times they call me in a month.

VICKIE-I have a awesome DD also,but its the family she married into.MOTHER -IN LAW very domineering. Has to have her own way and I don't think she like Leo & I. We were aware of that 12 years ago when they were married,but we didn't say a word.Oh they are so friendly and than they stab you in the back.I don't know that the reason for the less & less phone or e-mails,she still is grieving and I do understand that but a phone call or an e-mail would be so wonderful. I'm going to get to the bottom of this. I haven't done anything to hurt her,why is she doing it to me,and why do the INLAWS always interfere.

Have a nice weekend what left of it. Going to watch TV and get a snack.

02-21-2010, 03:55 PM
Well, not all of the "younger generation" ignore their parents. I'm pretty sure my Mom wishes I wouldn't talk to her quite so much! :lol: Of course it helps being neighbors. My kids are in her backyard now with my brother (who's home for 2 weeks), making a snow fort.

Vickie, we've got snow coming supposedly later today into tomorrow. They're calling it "heart attack" snow. Guess that means it'll be wet and heavy, and a lot of it. Yippee skippy. The enchiladas I made weren't healthy per se. They could have been, had I altered the ingredients a bit - like using low-fat or fat-free cheese.

I think I'm getting a cold, as my sinuses are very stuffed and my nose is starting to run. Blah. I guess it 'tis the season though, eh?

I made chocolate chip cookie dough yesterday to freeze. We also got our new freezer yesterday. I love it! There's so much more room in a 13 cu. foot than a 5! I will continue using my 5 for bread only, and put everything else in the 13.

But today is a day of rest, although I need to make sure I don't lapse into a nap. It seems that if I nap, no longer how short, I have trouble sleeping at night. Sigh.

Have a good, restful day everyone!

02-21-2010, 07:05 PM

I'm enjoying reading all the posts although I'm not feeling so chatty right now. It is raining and gloomy. I said I'd go to the gym, but I'm going to do one of my exercise tapes instead. I don't want to go out.

Denton is home to a documentary film festival and we've been to three of them this week. We saw one this afternoon that was unbelievably serious and heart wrenching. It is called "The Heart of Texas." I don't imagine it will get much distribution but it was startling, and true. Two men in a small town became very unlikely, but close, friends. One was black, uneducated and poor; the other, white, professional, and well-off. The black man unknowingly and accidentally ran over and killed the white man's four year old daughter. To make a long story short, the white family totally forgave the black man, with no reservations. They pleaded with the grand jury not to prosecute the man, built the black family a new home and settled into a life of forgiveness and acceptance. It was stunning. Normally, I like to hear film makers discuss their films, but when the film maker began to talk, I just had to leave and take that movie into my heart and be with it. If you ever get a chance to see it, do. Or, see if your church can get it. AMAZING story and very well done.

I hope that whatever struggle is in your heart today is lightened.


02-21-2010, 09:43 PM
Rhonda, we didn't get any rain today, but that's all right. We've had Lake Horton long enough. It's been gone a few days and we aren't ready for it to return. :lol: Did you know they have Texas Senior Games (Senior Olympics)? 2010 is a national qualifier year. To compete in the National Senior Games in 2011, you must compete this year on the state level. Some of the events include: 5K road race, basketball, cycling, 10k road race, bowling, archery, and several other events.

In Texas you have to compete at a local qualifier before you can compete in the state championship (Houston this year). We're going to A&M to compete in archery. Here's the website (If this gets deleted, I'll e it to you if you'd like.)

There are also local games @ San Antonio

Age divisions for Senior Olympics (Senior Games are held in almost every state and 2010 is a national qualifying year for Nationals in all of them.) are in 5 year increments. You have to be at least 50. Divisions are as follows:
and so on. They are a lot of fun. We've seen folks in their 90's competing in archery. I competed in archery and bowling in Montana and had a blast in each. You can enter one or more contests. I highly recommend them. On a lighter note, I am still having trouble thinking of dominoes as a sport. :lol: But you never know. It does give the mind exercise so maybe it is.

Vickie, yes, you need to come here more often, but, no, your post wasn't too long. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt like we were chatting at your kitchen table. Curtis and I recently went to an allergy specialist. So far, we've each had one visit. Both of us are being tested for food allergies. Curtis finds out his results tomorrow. I have 2 more weeks of testing. I have already been tested for airborne allergens. They did a simple 6 needle prick test. It's a simpler version than I had back 35 years ago, but showed where I am allergic to grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites, and pets. I don't remember what the 6th needle was for but I am allergic to whatever it is, too. Tomorrow Curtis will most likely have the needle test and I'll pick up my drops for the airborne allergens. We're hoping drops will work for us. If not, then we'll get shots.

Was that tmi?

Maryann, you do what you feel is best for you. If you need to cry, do so. You are an amazing woman so full of strength. Crying is important for healing. You have to let yourself mourn to heal. Now I'm off my soapbox. Well, nearly. Don't let them fuss at you for missing a choir practice. Okay, I'm off now.

Angela, I envy you and your mother your closeness. My mother and I close like that for many many years. I miss her a lot. Please give your mother a hug for me.

Well, looks like I wrote a book. Now I need to go work on my shooting form. Night night, chickies.

02-21-2010, 09:51 PM
I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts.
I will post more tomorrow . I am still battling this
upper respiratory gunk and am headed to bed.

Does anyone have a beginner/easy workout DVD
that they like. It would be better if it doesn't require
equipment other than dumbbells. I would break something if I tried to balance
on those huge balls:dizzy:

02-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Rhonda, I could weep at just your short introduction. Sounds amazing. I love those types of stories.

Sandra, good luck with the drops. I passed on the shots. Way too much commitment for me.

Angela, I'm glad you like your freezer. Mine is usually full of frozen dinners, frozen fruit and WW zero point soup. I'm going to be cooking again soon, though, and I'll need room.

Nancy, I like the Leslie Sansone WATP tapes. They are very easy, require no equipment except for some weights if you want. I thought it would be too easy but it really makes me sweat and burn....way more than the treadmill. I'll go see if I can find them on Amazon. I think I got my set from QVC.

02-21-2010, 10:29 PM
Nancy, the beginner ones are at the bottom. Once you decide which one you like, you might be able to buy it someplace else cheaper. All the ladies at WW use these videos, even the older ones. That's why I bought it and because I could do it in a small area at home without going out.

02-21-2010, 11:41 PM
Thanks Vickie!!!

07-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Hi ladies
I do not see any posts after 2/2010?

07-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Puneri...just go up one on the site...where the dates are spelled out.

07-14-2011, 10:03 AM
Thanks Tejas,

Are you Indian, your name sounds so.