Weight Loss Support - The 21 Day Challenge #9: Making Healthy Habits

09-16-2002, 09:34 AM
The 21 Day Challenge was originally posted by Katrina, from an EDiets forum.(Thanks, Katrina! :cool:) This thread is based on that idea, but is more generic: YOU decide what behavior you want to focus on (you might want to follow WW or some variation, or may just want to commit to a certain amount of exercise -- whatever behavior you would like to make a habit) and commit to that for 21 Days. Then you might continue on for another block of the same, or you may want to add another behavior. The idea is that it tales 21 days to form a new habit. Sometimes it takes a lot of starts before you get through the first block of 21 days :rolleyes: but if you persevere, you WILL make it. And it gets much easier as you go along, until - YES! - healthy behavior becomes a habit!


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

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

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

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

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

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

09-16-2002, 01:31 PM
Hello everyone!

Eydie - Yes, chocolate velamints!! I discovered them in a Trader Joes in CA, then while standing in line at my grocery store - there they were!!!! I don't think your goal is unreasonable either - matter of fact, that's about what I'd like to accomplish too!

Babette - Hang in there! Everyone goes through the slumps, just keep hangin' around here, keep posting and you'll be back on the wagon in no time!

Amarantha - I freaked out about the bread, yeast/warm water thing too, but then learned that it doesn't have to be an exact science - THEN I quit making bread altogether because I was just eating it!
Oh, and I used to want to be a truck driver too!!!!

Well, as I posted over on the 5 pound thread - happy and sad day. I'm down 2 pounds (yeah!!!) and this morning learned that my 14 year old fishy died over the weekend. That put a damper on my happy dance, but on the other hand, how many people have a huge fish live 14 years???? She's going out in our pet cemetary this morning.


09-16-2002, 08:00 PM
Wow, Punkinseed- What kind of fish was he?

That's amazing !!

09-17-2002, 11:24 AM
We believe Piranah was a *she* because of the shapes of her fins - she was named that because when she was little she used to give a **** of a bite if you put your fingers in her tank. She was an African cichlid called a Jack Dempsy (named for the old boxer). By the time of her passing she was about 5 inches long, blind, her spine was very crooked from a disease called "Ick" that killed every other fish in the tank about 10 years ago and honestly, I thought the 12 hour drive up here 3 years ago would've killed her for sure! No more fishies for me - I hate how they always die on you - having a fish live this long I'm sure is a record of some sort!

Apparently in an attempt to make me laugh yesterday my youngest cat, Maia, decided to show her Momma how much she enjoys eating soap - yes, soap... It's now added to the list of items that must remain locked up. :rolleyes:

Hugs all!


09-17-2002, 01:30 PM
Good-morning, Royal Blockettes and challengers all!!! This is Amarantha's THIRD (yes) day on her new Green Moon Initiative Block (ok, I'll not explain all that again). Did great yesterday at Mexican Restaurant business lunch BECAUSE (dance o' joy) they had some healthy choices ... who'dda thunk it? I had a "diet plate" that consisted of a grilled chicken breast that I blotted just to be sure, a fourth of a cup of ff cottage cheese and a little cup of fruit (50 calories), nothing to drink but water, no veggies, but that lunch kept me going suprisingly well all over the mountainside, through stressful talks with publisher, until dinner. Think I will buy some chicken breast today and grill a whole bunch to freeze. I think chicken is supposed to be good for focused thought and fighting depression.

Yesterday's calories ended at 1745 or thereabouts (forget) and 70 minutes of exercise. Amarantha hath officially called a halt to the Leslie-A-Day Challenge for the time being, though she still does them some days.

:queen: Punkin o' Friday! I do think your Piranha held a record for longevity and survival through adversity. I'm sure she brought you luck as well as friendship.

My cat has never evinced evidence of soap-eating tendencies, but Old Dog really likes it. She has chewed up whole cakes of Ivory.

Elbertine Pep checked herself into a spa on the east shore of the Lake of Discarded Dreams on the Continent of Renewed Determination, where she has currently been walkabout. She saith she must discard her dreams of :donut: :hb: and :cookie: before she can safely continue her Quest o' Fitness! We do not know WHAT she is fussing about, as she DOES have a verifiable 20 percent bodyfat, but there it is!

:queen: Babette/WN Arabella: How goes the war?!!

To all Royal Blockettes, have a great day and continueth the Battle o' the Bulge & Sludge until all unfriendly :dance: hath left the queendom!


09-17-2002, 01:56 PM
Day 2 of the challenge, Day 4 of struggle up from the depths :p I really didn't go horribly off the rails, just a brief derailment. And I've managed to stay mostly OP for 4 days since, perfectly the last 2. Tonight is WI, so we'll see how I am measured on those dang scales that weigh only pounds and ounces :judge: and good intentions not at all.

Amarantha, I actually posted on the 5 pound challenge thread yesterday to say that - Nope - didn't reach my goal by target date, and that I would come back to post after WI tonight with an updated goal. But my post disappeared! I've heard of that happening to other people, but it had never happened to me unless I hit the wrong button or something. Anyway, I will update after WI (please the godess I will be able to post a loss, in any case!) Congrats on your Mexican conquest :hat: !

Punkin, many thanks for the clarification about sexing your fish. I DID wonder...:lol: Seriously, though sorry about your loss. The things cats will eat and won't is amazing. Dicken's antibiotic is banana-flavoured (at least judging from the smell :p ) And he will tear the place apart to get away from me when I approach with the syringe, only to sit contentedly licking his butt :?:

Love to All!

09-17-2002, 07:31 PM
So sorry to hear about your fishy friend, Punkin---You lived with her such a long time that I'm sure it'll be an adjustment to get used to not seeing her. I've never kept fish but I know the type you're talking about--I always thought they had character!
Congrats on losing the 2 pounds!:) By the way, my cats love to lick soap, they don't actually eat it though! Who knows what goes on in their little cat brains....?

Amarantha, good job on running the Mexican food gauntlet! And good for them for offering a healthy choice! [I'd still slop salsa all over it though and count it as a vegetable!;) ]

How's things at the home bakery, Kaylets? Don't give up, it really does take a while to get the hang of it. have you checked the library or bookstore for bread-maker cookbooks? There's a million of them!

Babette, glad you're feeling strong again. When you get back on track and you're feeling good do you always wonder why you'd ever go off-track? Our old devish-ish friend 'self-sabotage'! One day I'll beat him!

I'm doing really well with my full-moon challenge. I think this Saturday she's full again. And Sunday's the Equinox, so my next challenge is to go from the Equinox to Halloween! It'll be tricky because I love candy corn! :D

09-17-2002, 09:09 PM
Did you really ???

Luckily, I think my stomach remembers better how sick I made myself last time I ate the whole bag. But I got it afterwards on the 50% discount!! How crazy is that? do I buy rocket ships when they're on sale? No, because, I don't know how to fly one and would hurt myself trying-

But, more importantly, good for you Eydie!! You are doing GREAT!

You too Babette, you're doing great! Maybe a plan to have your absolute favorite "safe" food- will help make it easier.

Who say Peter Jennings Evening News tonight? A NEW study-- Most of these diet potions, pills and lotions are PHONY!! What a suprise!! But seriously, the government may limit how they can sell their snake oil. There are lots of folks who figure " Well, if its on tv, they must be ok, or they wouldnt allow it" - Just like those
Grocery store newspapers keep selling. In fact, I know someone very well, who believes every word.

Just noticed your post Eydie, loaf 3 is baking as we speak- Loaf 2 was edible but a little dry- The yeast was suspect so we are now using brand new yeast- I am going to bed before it's done so I wont know until morning!! and yes, DH found a thread for Breadmakers!!

09-17-2002, 09:54 PM
Yo! :queen: Babette/WN Arabella, thanks for the info on the 5-pound challenge!!! Good luck on your weigh-in!

P.S. Inspired by you, I've signed up for a tai chi class starting next month (assuming no one asks me to start covering a Thursday night meeting). :jig: :cb: I considered a video but I spend way too much time doing videos all by myself. I think a class would be more motivating.

:queen: Kaylets: I just read that story on one of my newsletters and thought, "What a surprise! :lol:" I do think some truth in labeling laws need to be applied to some of this stuff, although there has been progress. As I assume you know, two brands of those ab electrifying belts have been taken off the market, but they still sell those things. That is one item that really irritates me! Phony baloney diet books out to be better labeled also (fiction), although we in my opinion should not censor anyone from writing anything they want. But it does a lot of harm for people to be misled that there is some magic reason they don't lose weight and that there's some magic answer other than a healthy reduction in calories and more activity. (Sorry Atkins people, it works but that's because ... ok, I won't go there ... just my opinion anyway). It could be some labeling such as a well-known old-fashioned brand of backache pain reliever has adopted saying that while it's an effective pain reliever, there's no evidence it relieves back pain more than any other pain. Diet pills, questionable books and plans and products could say something like there's no evidence this'll help you lose weight but if you want to try it, more power to you. End of :soap:

:queen: Eydie: Actually I did put a bit of salsa on the chicken. It was so good I wanted some tonight but was too tired to buy it! I don't really like to bring meat home, even though I'm eating it now, so I have to be strong.

Congratulations on your successful full-moon challenge! :cp: That concept really helped me develop my moon initiative and it's been successful for me, though not in weight loss. But Artemis pulled me through the "blue" moon and I hunted down what was bothering me and eliminated it (nonviolently, as always)! Now the "green" moon will help me bring forth a harvest of hope for the future in a healthier body.

09-18-2002, 11:51 AM
'ola dahlings!

Ok, maybe I'm slooooow, but I'm just now catching on to the whole "moon challenge"! What an awsome idea!!!!! If I'm getting this, you're going from full moon to full moon with your challenges? Ah HA!!!! :idea: Geez, sometimes I can be so slow...

Babette - About the cat licking its' butt - I *just* got into a similar conversation with my Mom - she was all concerned because their puppy ate cat food. I said "Mom, she eats poop, I don't think cat food's going to kill her". :lol:

Eydie - Yea, next week I'm taking down Piranah's tank. I walk past it and look purely out of habit - I'm looking forward to it being gone and into storage. I'm glad your cats like soap too - now I don't feel so bad! I think Maia liked the smell (it's a sandlewood/patchouli scent) - but there were teeth marks and puncture holes in it! Ick!
I've been meaning to ask you - your name, Eydie, it always reminds me of that old Cult song, but I'm not sure if it's spelled the same.... That's not where it came from is it??

Kaylets - I saw that on the news this morning! I thought "Oh man, you mean I can't loose 25 pounds in a weekend??? Well, heck!" :dz: It took 'em long enough to catch on!!!

Amarantha - I'll hop on to the :soap: with you - all I'm gonna say is ANY diet that tells you you MUST avoid any food or food group completely is going to make you loose weight - it's called deprivation. Ok, that's all I'm gonna say.
BTW, I love the ab belt commercials! I think it's hysterical that they have this pudgy tummy, then show them using the ab belt, then voila!!! Not only are you buff and toned, but you've also got some moles and freckles that weren't there before!!! Oh, and your belly button is shaped different... I guess electrocuting yourself causes your body to morph into a body that (ahem) *doesn't even LOOK like your old body* :rolleyes: I feel sorry for the people they took advantage of though, seriously, they should be made to give the money back.

Guess I should do some work.... :yawn:


09-18-2002, 05:07 PM
Hi Terri! Don't know the song you're talking about--maybe you could share a few lines....?:) Eydie's my real name--short for Edith, a name I've never felt comfortable with. Edith always sounds like a prim old lady--maybe I'll age into it!

And don't forget, on the infomercials they also develop these deep tahitian tan too! :lol:

I'm thinking that to really get a read on where I am, I need to weigh myself. Not looking forward to that--not a big fan of the scale! Must be done though.....

09-18-2002, 06:33 PM
:queen: Punkin: Not only that but in Walmart they sell that Linda Evans face electrode mask thing. I can't believe they sell that there. Now, in all honesty, I'm a huge fan of facial exercise. People scoff and say you can't exercise your face, but you can. I've heard that it causes wrinkles, but if done carefully, it can help get rid of them. It feels wonderful and refreshing when you are tired and no matter what how much anyone laughs or tells you different, it WILL make your face look better because good muscle tone always looks better than saggy, baggy muscle tone. Ok! And IF you could not move your muscles (face or otherwise), electric stimulating devices could and I guess ARE useful in a medical setting. But that mask thing is ridiculous. Sorry to anyone who has one and loves it and it's just my opinion. If you put that on your face, you could get burned, just as the ab belts have burned people. Get a book that tells you how to do the facial exercises or learn from someone ... you don't need to pay out big bucks for an electrode thing or for a "program" that purports to have invented this form of exercise ... it's been around forever. I learned a long time ago from an older lady who swore by this ... need to get back into doing it and I just reminded myself.

This leads me to the next snake oil subject ... those "gurus" who act like they invented certain forms of exercise. Sheesh! The Tony Littles, the Billy Blanks, the Firm, Callentics, Walk Aerobics (my favorite) ... or the Pilates tape gurus who lead everyone to believe that Pilates is a form of yoga, which has been around for thousands of years, whereas Joseph Pilates (who really WAS an innovator) lived in the early 20th century and the exercise discipline he invented is NOTHING like yoga. (I read on fitness boards all the time that one poster will inform another that Pilates is a form of yoga ... NO, NO, NO!)! :jig:

Yipes, don't know where all that came from. Sorry, have to go do weights then cover school board. Must be cranky!

Not only the deep Tahitian tan, what about NADS (or something like that) ... sticky stuff for removing hair the inventors of which laud in emotional terms as if it's a new religion (it's sticky GOO, for heaven sake!) ... what about EXERCISE IN A BOTTLE ... oh, the governnment made them take that off the market ... what about LISTEN TO THESE TAPES AND YOU WILL TURN THAT DEVIL INTO AN ANGEL AND MAKE ANY DIET WORK FOR YOU!!! Well, self-help tapes are not a bad idea, but YOU STILL HAVE TO EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE to lose the weight!!! The tapes are supposed to make that totally effortless. It'll just happen. Guaranteed.

Ok, off now! No more :soap:. I'll stop.

Eydie: Be not afraid of the demon scale! It's only an indicator of many factors of how we are doing and in some ways it's the least reliable of all. It's just one tool! Kick it if you don't like what it says! That's what I do!

How many bananas? :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:

09-18-2002, 07:04 PM
Ok, it is spelled different - but, still, ask and you shall receive... here are the lyrics and now that I reread them I seem to remember they were written about Andy Warhol's girlfriend who liked her drugs. Oh, and forgive the cursing...

Edie - The Cult from Sonic Temple album

Always said you were a Youthquaker, Edie
A stormy little world shaker
Warhol's darling queen, Edie
An angel with a broken wing

The dogs lay at your feet, Edie
We carressed you cheek
Stars wrapped in your hair, Edie
Life without a care
But your not there
Your never there

Caught up in an endless scene
Paradise a shattered dream
Why'd all the **** you took, Edie
Your innocence dripped blood, sweet child

Sweet little sugar talker
Paradise dream stealer
Warhol's Darling queen, Edie
Innocence dripped blood, sweet child

Why did you kiss the world goodbye
Ciao Baby
Don't you know paradise takes time
It takes time, but your not there
Fade away now
But your not there
Ciao Edie

There ya go! It's actually one of my favorite Cult songs.


09-19-2002, 07:26 AM
Thanks for the lyrics, Terri! Yikes---not too many butterflies and unicorns in that Edie's life, huh? :lol: The only similarities between me and that Edie are "the dogs lay at your feet"!

Had a little too much snacking action yesterday so I have to be alert about that. Still kept it under 2000 calories though!

Amarantha, A friend's mother does those exercise and she's almost 70 and a beauty. She showed me once and yes, some of those grimace-y ones are kind of scary--definitely something you'd want to do in the privacy of your own home! :lol:

Have a healthy day, everybody!

09-19-2002, 09:20 AM
Sheesh! I just spent half an hour composing what I thought was a very entertaining and interesting post, only to lose it through too many smileys! O why can't they find some other way to deal with that situation! Or why can't I remember to copy my post first? In any case, I'm on to Day 5, doing well. I swear I will never lose a post again! Have a good day all!

09-19-2002, 11:28 AM
OOoooh, what a night... I haven't slept good for 3 nights then last night, just as I'm drifting off to a nice Tylenol PM induced sleep I hear "CRASH!" - the sound of breaking glass... Ok, *that* woke me up, I ran out to the front room and found that the heathen cats had knocked over one of my lamps and the bulb was now all over my ceramic tile entry way... :rolleyes: Yes, I enjoy vacuuming at 10:30pm :dz: Really, I do....

This followed a bad day in general - my stepfather's sick, I guess sicker than he already was (he's got emphysema) and told my Mom he felt like he was dying. I have no idea what's going on and am just going to go with the flow - we've known he was going to die from this, just now when... so, we're waiting for the Dr. to say something now.

On a brighter note I had another heart palpitating phone call from "my guy". For all the sadness of last night, all I had to do was think about what he said to me and I could smile.

Babette - I read your post and for some reason Scarlet O'Hara came to mind - I swear I'll never go hungry again!!!! :lol: Must be time to watch that again...

Ok, where IS everyone??? :shrug:


09-19-2002, 01:08 PM
Amarantha, many thanks for the nudge about the facial exercises! :D Being a Woodland Nymph of a certain age, I shall seek out and use such information. Yay for you taking up Tai Chi , and yay for me taking up painting! First class was yesterday, and already I have so many new things to be preoccupied about - thus helping my mind to stay out of the well-worn ruts that it tends to fall into, which are neither productive nor enjoyable. Here's to new beginnings! :hat: :cb:

Eydie, I cannot think of you as an "Edith." You seem like an Eydie through and through, unique and marvelous! Funny image, that, each of us in our own abodes grimacing hideously into our mirrors. Maybe we can arrange a synchronized grimace-fest? :D

:queen: Punkin, mmmm... sandalwood - patchouli -- I could almost take a nibble of that myself. I think I would add a tiny touch of rose to the mix. I just came across a recipe for shower gels and intend to get some essential oils and make some intoxicating potions... Sorry about your crash. CATS! Dickens is finished his antibiotics now, which is definitely cause for celebration in our household :cb: Hope your dad is feeling better. Nice that you have the distraction of those smiles and palpitations!

Kaylets, funny analogy: rocket ships and corn candy! Of course, we do not eat rocket ships, although sometimes we (this would be the royal we) have eaten so much that we feel like we have :o. Hope you don't mind my appropriation of your quote about the things you were giving up. I just find it so helpful to look at frequently!

All right. Now I will go back to work. AFTER carefully copying this post before I submit it....aw, maybe just one more :cb:

09-19-2002, 05:39 PM
Emp. Amarantha's floating in amber ... nope, not on drugs, just sleepy and living in fog at the moment! Thought I'd wax poetic after reading the Edie lyrics, thanks :queen: Punkin o' Friday. Glad Eydie o' Blockettes is a MUCH cheerier person. Dogs lay at Amarantha's feet also, ditto cats and birds would if they were into that sort of thing.

Sometimes it strikes me as weird the way Old Dog and Silly Cat follow me from room to room and flop down wherever I am as if I were the center of the universe. On the other hand, a friend I've been close to for eight years woke up one morning and decided I was evil and told me she never wanted to be my friend anymore (I hadn't done anything that I know of to precipitate this, so am still in the dark) and continues to send me emails to that effect. But dogs and cats never have these mysterious brainstorms ... well, actually they do ... dogs at least have what is called "cascade of rage syndrome" and go bonkers and attack their loved ones, but so far Old Dog shows no signs of such dementia.

Punkin: Sorry about your father-in-law. Hope he weathers this bout of sickness ok and stays with you for years to come.

Glad that some "palpitating" phone calls are still coming your way from your "guy!" Go, Punkin! :)

Babette: I think you'll enjoy the facial exercise. Actually, the ones I like best are not the grimacy kind ... these are very small, precise muscle contractions, thinking very hard about the muscle that is supposed to be working (look at an anatomy chart when starting out) and working muscle against muscle or muscle against your fingertips or muscle against bone. Gently pressing fingertips on fold or crease lines keeps wrinkles from forming. I do not do any of the ugly ones as they gross me out even in private! I know I find this idea much more healthy than injecting botulism in my skin so I won't even USE my muscles. (Again, apologies to all who love botox ... no judgement intended just my own gut opinion).

I'm looking forward to the tai chi a lot. I have tried it with a video and with a book, but it was too slow for me to concentrate. With people I think it'll be fun and calming. I already told my publisher I can't work on those nights.

Glad Dickens is back to good health again. Cats are such a comfort!

I'm also trying to remember to copy my posts here now, as the "too many smilies" syndrome has struck me often. It just erases the posts instead of taking you back to edit out the offending graphics! I usually just go away as I'm too long-winded anyway!

:cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:

09-19-2002, 08:30 PM
Hello all!!

Punkinseed- Hope your stepfather hears good news soon and si more comfortable. These things are very hard.

Babette, I noticed your new signature line, I'm really flattered my post meant so much to you.

Anyone drink loose tea?? Dh and I were at a restaurant and were impressed by the tea served w/ individual infusers. So, we promptly bought some as we had loose tea but always would make a whole pot. The first time out w/ the infusers, I put so much tea, the water couldnt penetrate- next couple times, the tea was getting wet but I wasnt tasting any flavor. -- Maybe the water at work isnt hot enough??? any thoughts??

Empress A- yes, you are so right!! true, true and loyal friends are our pets- they are for the most part better natured than humans - certainly much more forgiving- they don't even care if we smell bad!!
Its a shame the email stalking continues. Its been almost 2 weeks now hasnt it?? I wonder who else is on the hate list.
I suspect, its not you at all but a much deeper problem coming to the surface.

I have a few things to pack for the charity pickup tomorrow. I'll try and stop by again tonight.

PS Empress A-- noticed you've been driving BY the convenience store-- GOOD FOR YOU!!

09-20-2002, 08:18 AM
Day 6, uh-huh. I am back, Baby! Now to get as functional work-wise. Must stop frittering away the hours - I have come to the realization that I actually have plenty of time to do what I need to do and enjoy life besides; I just don't have time to WASTE (which is a big problem of mine).

My sister's MIL died the other day, and a death is always a little reminder that our time here is finite. So I resolve not to waste time. I don't consider that any time spent happily engaged is wasted, but most of the time I waste doesn't even feel good - and I could be doing something I enjoy, since i'm not being productive anyway :shrug: :?: So. That's my new resolution for today: No more wasted time.

Kaylets, I love to use loose tea (it's SO much better!) but DH finds it too much of a hassle. I haven't used an infuser, though. I just put the leaves in the pot and then pour the tea through a strainer.

Emperess Amarantha, I've always loved the way that my kitty cats follow me around the house and I thought that they all do that. But recently at a party some people who also have cats were amazed to see Dickens follow me to the bathroom and sit patiently outside the door until I came out. Two cats I used to have would walk me to the corner store and sit outside until I came out for the return walk home. I can still picture setting out for a walk in the evening with DH and turning around to see a white kitty tearing along behind us as fast as her little legs would take her.

Let's make this a wonderful day! Love to all!

09-20-2002, 12:47 PM
:cb: FRIDAY!!!!! :cb:

Tonight I go home and start cookin'!!! I'm making apple cake, marinated mini-meatballs and artichoke dip for our equinox get together tomarrow.... I'm also going to go see if our video store has Monsters, Inc. in, I really want to see it... :lol:

Amarantha - I'm sorry about your friend. Eight years is a long time to be close for someone to just pitch it all and go psycho on you. I wonder what her issue is? Either way, you take care of you - we love ya'!!! :love:

It is funny how pets follow you around. Maia hangs out in the kitchen with me while I make my lunch at night and I've had to push my two youngest cats off of me when I use the bathroom - it's like, HELLO??? I'm peein' here, get offa' my lap!!!! Then they get mad and go sleep in the sink....

Kaylets - I've done loose tea - I have one of those fancy little ball strainer dohickies. I do think the water has to be reallly hot and the tea has to set and steep for a few minutes. I was always told not to dunk it over and over because it makes it bitter - but I've never noticed that....

Babette - I'm sorry for your sister's loss... yes, death does have a way of making us look at life differently.
My grandmother's death that was the catalyst for my divorce. When she died I asked myself what would I say my life was like when I was an old woman and all I could come up with was "I can't believe this was my life, I can't believe this is it." Bad marriage, so-so health, depression, crying all the time, never knowing the joys have having my own home, my own things... So I decided then and there to make a change - try to fix what was broke and if it couldn't be fixed then it needed to end so I could attempt to salvage life before I was that old woman asking myself what happened to the time. They say even from bad things, good things happen - so true.

On that subject... my stepfather is doing much better. The Dr. said he wasn't bleeding internally as bad as they thought and put him on some non-asprin based therapy for his rhymatoid arthritis. He has a bleeding disorder (Ostler-Webber syndrome), emphysema, colitis and arthritis - he's a mess physically and can't take any asprin products - Advil is what caused him to bleed internally this time. He's feeling better today but yesterday when we spoke I told him he scared the **** out of us - he said he was scared too, so I guess he's not as ****-bent on dying as we all thought.... Back to his crabby, crotchety old man self! :lol:

If I'm not back, have a great weekend everyone!

Terri :moo: *snort*

09-20-2002, 02:10 PM
Yo! Amarantha hath reached her sixth day of this initiative (block) and hath also resolved not to waste time ... though time spent posting on 3FC IS productive in keeping focus on what matters most (IMHO) ... health!

So I'll be brief!!! :cb:

:queen: Punkin o' Today, your celebration meal sounds delicious, especially the cake! Have fun! :hat:

I'm glad your stepfather is feeling better and hopefully off the Advil. Many people think this doesn't cause bleeding as aspirin can, but it can.

I don't know what my psycho friend's issues are, but have concluded that at this point I don't care. I did care and had concerns about her mental state, but now I just ignore the situation as it will resolve itself without me in it.

Now Old Dog has gone all psycho at a strange noise in the house :fr: ... nope, no criminals here, 'cept for the cat, who's looking sneaky! :cb:

That's so funny about your cat climbing in the sink! Mine doesn't do that but I have several large dolls around and the alien feline climbs in their laps and goes to sleep. I think she thinks they are people.

Babette: Sorry for your sister's loss also. You are right, death reminds us not to waste time ... however, I wonder if doing this work I've come to find so stressful IS the waste of time ... but I need the money, so ...

Such a neat story about your cats walking you to the store! :) Many people think cats are standoffish (some are, I guess) but the ones I've known are more fixated on us than even dogs. If you give a dog something to eat, it'll leave its beloved human and come over to where you are (well, Old Dog won't, but she's too lazy). Cats aren't motivated by profit ... they just hang with you through feast or famine.

Kaylets: Thanks for noticing on the convenience store thing!! :cb: Yep, I haven't succumbed to the allure of these establishments for some time. If I do buy a snack there, it's always a bottle of fat free milk ... no dulce de leche.

I like loose tea also. I just put it an infuser and pour hot water over it into a cup. I like green tea best. It's good with that DaVinci syrup! The water s/b very hot for any tea. Mostly I like to make the tea with hot water and put ice cubes in it because I prefer cold anything! :cb:

Later, :queen: Blockettes! Must take nap and THEN I'll be productive.

Ok, it said I had too many images and I thought I'd lose it, but it stayed put. Maybe the secret is to use the quick reply screen.

09-20-2002, 03:36 PM
Ok, I've found the DaVinci syrups - now, what do I do with them?? Are they healthy? They scare me!!! It's a bottle of wonderful smelling liquid and I'm stumped...

Terri :shrug:

09-20-2002, 05:32 PM
Dunno if they are healthy, :queen: Punkin! But they are definetely calorie free and tasty. I believe :queen: Kaylets is the expert on using them since she brought them to our royal attention. :cb: :cb: :cb: I've tried only the vanilla, haven't even opened the amaretto. Today I put a drop or two in my all-fruit smoothie and it really adds a nice vanilla touch. Also I've been known to buy a whole quart of ff milk and doctor it with the vanilla and then drink it throughout a weekend. Was also thinking it might be good as a substitute for sugar in baked goods. I've been known to drink it in plain water when desperate ... not bad, sort of like flat vanilla soda. I imagine you could also thicken it with an egg and make custard sauce for :hb:! Hmmm. Or bread pudding? Or ...

Bananas Foster!!! :cb: :cb: :cb:

09-20-2002, 08:29 PM
The syrups can be good for that and lots more- their website has recipes too- Club soda wouldnt be so flat-- but the tea sounds tasty-- Maybe iced coffee too --

I just wish more of the flavors were in the stores- I'd love to try rasberry- rootbeer- chocolate--

Hmm, we were putting the infusers in the cup after -- not before--
Will have to give that a try-- Thanks--

DH saw Christina Cooks frying "healthy" and tried it w/ fresh salmon-- You wouldnt even know it was fried, because its olive oil and the salmon doesnt even taste like fish. Yum--

Coming attractions: I'm getting a power of five survey together
Should be ready soon!

09-21-2002, 12:13 AM
:queen: Kaylets, how was this healthy frying done? :listen:

Eager to see the survey!!! All hail the POWER!!! We got it! Yes, we do! :cb:

:dance: Amarantha hath given up work as a bad job today, but forgot to eat dinner and decided to end her eating day anyway at 1340, all told did 100 minutes of exercise since this a.m., which was a long time ago!!! Need to rest in spa tonight.

Royal Blockettes, the weekend is here and the full moon riseth! We must REDEDICATE ourselves to health and the struggle against these pesky :dance: ... YES, they are FLUFFY! YES, they are cute! But they must go and live elsewhere. They are troublemakers; they clog arteries and make us look bad in our designer jeans (though, of course, how could we look bad, as we are lean, mean Amazon :queen:s). Ok? Ok! Here's a banana! :cb:

Amarantha must go back to sleep now!

09-22-2002, 05:45 PM
Happy Autumn! It's finally here---my favorite season.

Sounds like everyone's doing beautifully with their challenges. I made it thru my moon-to-moon challenge. Granted it was alittle iffy here and there but I persevered. Where is everyone? I assume you're all doing something healthy and/or fall related?:)

09-22-2002, 07:11 PM
Yo! :queen: Eydie thanks for posting on the Halloween Challenge! The Good Witch hath put you on the list!

As all who readeth the 5-pound challenge will know, but for the sake of those who do not (which is cool, too) ... Emp. Amarantha hath retired to a hut in the woods (she's keeping the honorary title o' empress) and hath morphed into the Good Witch Amarantha (she IS good, d**** it!). She hath brewed up a focused (e.g., she promises to focus on topic and not go on and on too much) Scary Halloween Challenge for any good little witches, hobgoblins and/or ghosts or other miscellany scary folkettes! She hath resigned from the 5-pound challenge thread with apologies and hopes someone else will do the list.

This BROOMSTICK FLIGHT back into the holiday type "lite" challenges we used to have here was inspired by the DEMON SCALE, which today had the temerity to show Amarantha at the SAME weight as last week, though her clothes are looser and she hat exercised up a storm AND reduced her average calories to where they should be to lose at least a dang pound. She refraineth from stomping the DEMON SCALE into the ground and burying it at midnight in the backyard, but needs a new challenge.

Please join in if it pleaseth thee and keep the 5-pound challenge going as well ... CAN WE HAVE TOO MANY CHALLENGES? :dunno: :shrug:

Amarantha must work ... or nap, haven't decided which.

09-22-2002, 08:55 PM
Hello all!!

We havent seen the rain we were hoping for but maybe by tomorrow. DH and I went to the local fleamarket this am and found some Pfaltzgraff . One piece we had never seen before so we were pleased. Also found 2 little terracotta pigs - each with wings!!! That's a particular favorite of mine- Deciding when pigs should fly.

My scale is not moving downward either. But I am hoping that the green tea will help. The tips on using the infusers worked by the way! That was a very pleasant suprise. Really glad I asked help instead of giving up!! Guess that's what a support thread is all about.

Healthy Salmon frying- just coat the nonstick fry pan w/ olive oil, saute garlic, pan fry the salmon aprx 3 min on each side. ( more if very thick, less if thin)

I have a quote for the day-
"Persistence is far more important than perfection!


09-23-2002, 09:47 AM
Good Morning, All!

I had a pretty good weekend, although busy. Visiting hours and funeral for my BIL's mom Friday and Saturday and then I had a party for my grandson's first birthday yesterday. Very interesting having the two celebrations on the same weekend, really makes one think... I was happy with the way the birthday party went - my son and his ex-girlfriend (who have not been on good terms) were quite amiable.

I did manage to watch my intake over the weekend and did fairly well, although I wasn't super abstemious. WI tomorrow night, so I shall attempt to be so today and tomorrow. ;) I did think at the gym this morning that I could see progress, and I've gotten quite a few compliments lately, so hopefully there will be some measureable difference?

Kaylets, congrats on your flea market find! I love dishes myself, especially large plates and bowls. Once I become organized enough (I'm working on this!) to have a little more time, I'll start checking out the flea markets again. I love the offbeat things that you find for decorating accents- gives the home some personality!

Amarantha The Good, I do thank thee for the Halloween challenge, which I'll join when I take my next work break. I like the time span, because it seems like I could really get a goodly amount of poundage off by then. That's the plan! :dance: OH! We will be such sexy witches, queens, & nymphs & etc. by Halloween! I love Halloween in any case -- the way you can act out (or at least dress for!) your fantasies!

Happy Autumn Eydie! And WTG on getting through your Moon Challenge!

Punkin, thanks for sharing the story about your epiphany. These are such powerful experiences, aren't they! I've decided recently to stop kidding myself about not having time for things, because I waste so much time without even enjoying it. My new motto is: I have enough time. But I do not have time to waste!

Let's make this a good one! Love to all!

09-24-2002, 06:35 AM
Good Morning! :cool:

I am still chugging along. Was laying awake last night for hours. For some reason I seem to be in one of those phases. Moody, not sleeping well. I expect it is meaningful, and that I need to be paying attention and dealing with some aspect(s) of my life. Okay, I will try to find out...

WI tonight :p Not sure how I've done weight-wise. I was pretty sure I saw a difference in the morning yesterday and then by the evening I felt fat. Bleh! Anyway, I will attempt to eat lightly today and drink lots of water, and I'll report in on the news.

Let's make this a good one!

09-24-2002, 07:19 AM
Yes, yes, yes- I agree ( if you hadnt already noticed)

"Let's make this one a good one" - A good meal, a good climb up the stairs, a good thought, a good laugh, --

Now if I could quickly think of a joke - that would make such a nice ending.... sorry... maybe someone else has one... I can only think of poliitical stuff and its way too early to think politics.

The breadmaker strikes again! DH made strawberry jam! With Splenda which we may regret later but let me tell you-- It was the first time DH has even seen me eat strawberry jam- Its not jam at all really but a rich, full-taste --perhaps a preserve?? And the beauty part- he used frozen strawberries--and the recipe makes about a cup- which can't get you in too much trouble ( unless you're putting it on icecream). This recipe has you refrigerate the jam - I am sure if we wanted to we could "can" it . Breadmaker does all the work in about 1hr, 10 min-

I mixed some into vanilla yogurt-- next morning put it on top of whole wheat silver dollar pancakes-- Oh MY!

Still challenged to get ALL the water in- But as for today, I have decided --- "Let's make it a good one!"

09-25-2002, 06:48 AM
Good Morning, All and Any!

It occurs to me that we may have too many challenges going simultaneously here. I know that posting to more than one gets time-consuming, so I'm thinking of just flitting over to the Halloween challenge, and letting this one go for the moment. What say you?
Kaylets, your pancakes sound incredible! And so healthy - we used to have pancakes occasionally on a Sunday but gave them up because they were too calorific. Now I begin to see a way to include them again :T

09-25-2002, 07:07 AM
Whatever you think is fine- Afterall, your the original thread starter right??

Thanks for starting the thread -- Its been great to meet new people and helped me thru some rough spots.

I guess its really true that you can't see the stars until its really dark!!

don't forget... BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!

09-25-2002, 11:59 AM
Hi there!

I'm gonna agree... I kinda feel like I start repeating myself - thinking "did I already post this or was it a different thread???"

Finding the 21 Day challenge thread is what made the difference for me. When the 5 pound challenge spun off of it, it was another great find and I credit it for finally helping me brake my plateau. I've kinda mish-mashed it with the Halloween challenge in my head anyway, but it is hard to keep them all straight...

Well, that's my input anyway... regardless of where we pop up - I'll be there!


09-25-2002, 07:27 PM
Yeah, I agree with Punkin--I want to keep up with everyone but feel like I'm repeating myself. However, I'd be really disappointed if our little core group here lost touch with each other. I've grown so fond of all of you! :)
See you at the halloween challenge thread!!!!

09-26-2002, 01:12 PM
Great! We're in accord! I feel the same way, that as long as we meet, it matters not so much where. So we'll reconvene at the Halloween Challenge - see you there! :cool:

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

(These guys must have a great coreographer, don't you think?) :D