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06-28-2010, 07:11 AM
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06-28-2010, 07:14 AM
Good early morning:

I woke up at 3:30AM and couldn't get back to sleep. I've had tea and toast and some fruit. I've been reading but will try to get back to sleep soon.

I hope you all have a great OP start to your day/week.

Nancy, you must be the leader in the 5 pound challenge. I've lost only one pound that will stay off, and Sloan, how are you doing?


06-28-2010, 12:42 PM were getting up about when I went to bed. I watched 3 Hallmark
movies in a row.. Loved them all.

I need to find a good indoor project this week because it is too hot to work outdoors. I would love to paint some rooms but hubby wants to have some
drywall repaired first. We would love to have the house on the market by
Spring but my first challenge is too drastically reduce the amount of "stuff" we have . I have done a good job in our office, kitchen & bedroom and got started on the attic in the spring. The rest of the attic will have to wait til cooler weather.

My tomatos are still not ripe yet. That is what I get for planting late.
I am glad I did as many as I did because only 1/2 of them look good.

This diet I am doing is really working for me . Usually I am lucky to see a pound every other week but on this diet I am losing a pound every few days.
I am at 142 now. ( -4 for our challenge) Last night was hard not to nibble, so I am going to have more protein today.

06-28-2010, 03:20 PM
Nancy, what are you doing other than limiting to 1200 a day?

Good luck with that declutter. It took me a year to do it before we moved, and I still have STUFF.

06-28-2010, 05:35 PM
I have gone pretty radical because nothing else was working.
It is sorta my version of South Beach.
Breakfast- Egg /Veggie omelet
Lunch- Protein Shake with Berries
Dinner- lean protein + veggies/fruit/salad (or Lean Cuisine Spa /Kaishi Frozen meal)
Snacks- nuts/cheese/fruit

I am substituting when I need to with good choices. The other day
we ate at a Mexican restaurant and I got chicken tortilla soup. Usually I gain water weight with that salty soup but this time I doubled my water the rest of the day and that worked.

The main problem is that I am getting sick of eggs, so I may do the shake in the am, frozen dinner at lunch and salad/protein at night.

06-28-2010, 10:39 PM
Hey chicks, I have not done well on the five pound challenge :( As I remember, it was my idea!! We have been working about 8 hours per day at my mom's house, and I am exhausted. To top it all off, my mother in law is in the hospital and is not doing well. She has had lots of health problems for lots of years, but all of a sudden she has taken a turn for the worse! I went with DH to see her today, and she looks terrible. She has gone from appearing relatively healthy and caring for herself and her home to looking like a nursing home patient. She is confused, can hardly get from the bed to the chair, and had to be restrained last night. Thank goodness the hospital has sitters, so she is not in the room by herself, and we don't have to stay with her all the time. The docs are not even sure what is happening, so we don't have any idea about future plans right now. I want to SCREAM!!!

I hope you all are doing well, and know that I am thinking about you. Hopefully, I will have better news about my weight and my family the next time I am here. TTFN

06-28-2010, 10:57 PM
Thanks, Nancy. I'll try to copy your efforts. I had protein shake instead of lunch, then a big salad with chicken.

Sloan, I bet she's had a stroke or a TIA (?). Has anyone looked at medication misuse? I know that you're a nurse and have probably thought of all of this.

06-28-2010, 11:31 PM
Sloan, it does sound like a stroke. That's so sad.

Nancy, decluttering. We did that before we left Montana but ae still overwhelmed with stuff.

Rhonda, Nancy, and Sloan, I'm enjoying watching your progress.

I'm OP.

06-29-2010, 12:52 AM
I am so sorry about your mother in law,
It is so hard to watch loved ones suffer..
Hopefully the doctors can figure out what is going on quickly..

So much is going on in your life right now, that you need to
pat yourself on the back for just maintaning your weight.:carrot:
You have done so fantastic with your weight for a long time ,
so don't beat yourself up about not losing right now.

This has been a grueling summer for you . Wish we were there to help.

Hubby has been following our challenge , but I told him this am I wanted
to say I wasn't losing so you could win ( after all you have been through).
He said "only a girl would think that way " :D

06-29-2010, 08:36 AM
Sloan, I'm sorry you're going through all of this stress. Sometimes we are tested in ways that don't feel very fair. I'll pray for your MIL's recovery. I had the same thought as Rhonda when I was reading your medicine. I've been hearing more and more lately about people being over medicated and the cocktails are causing unbelievably bad reactions. I've even heard of Doctors removing all medicine and starting over. It happened to my BIL's Mom. She's fine now! Don't worry about the weight right now. Just do the best you can and keep coming here. Just don't give up completely.

Nancy, you are one nice Chick!

Sandra, I grin every morning when I see you are still OP. I think you will have a nice surprise one day soon.

I'm going with Jim to the Internist today. He needs a general checkup and follow up on his heal. I go to see the Nephrologist tomorrow. I'm a bit nervous but she's awesome so I'm going to the best place.

My eating has been good. I'm planning a burger on Thursday and who knows what on the Fourth. We have no firm plans yet. How about all of you?

06-29-2010, 08:37 AM
Oh yeah. I lost 1.2 yesterday which made up for the small gain from last week. I'm now back to losing virgin fat. Am I ever going to claw and crawl my way to that 50 pound chick? I don't think it will be next week with the Fourth and all....but then one never knows!

beach bum
06-29-2010, 09:26 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

My company left yesterday and now I have a breather for a while.Was going to get back to the beach to get my walking done,but our intersection is going to closed to traffic this morning from 7-11 until they get a house moved.

HH&H the last couple of days,so I guess I will relax in my a/c room and wait until I could be outside again.

Hope you all doing well,health wise and weight wise.,I gained and now I'm back up to 170's again.

SLOANE-Just read you post and I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL.All I can say it what the others already mentioned. Sending prayer her and you way.

VICKIE-Congrats on your 1.5 loss, I have to start working,to get out of the 170's Had to much of the restaurant foods along with the birthday cakes my sister & DD bought me.

NANCY-You're doing great with your challenge. I Liked the SB Phase 1 but once I went to Phase 2 my weight started going up. Happy its working for you.

Getting hungry, off to have breakfast,

06-29-2010, 12:45 PM
Vickie..good loss. I'm back at NO loss for our challenge. But, I've started copying Nancy's approach: I had my eggs for breakfast and will have a protein shake later. Dinner will be some kind of meat and salad.

Nancy..the fact that "girls" think like that could save the world, IMHO. Too bad the "boys" don't want to give up more control without so much struggle.

Vickie you asked about the 4th. I'm doing some work for my favorite political party because our gubernatorial candidate is coming to town for the local parade (for which rain is predicted). I will join the family in watching fireworks on a local university campus, if it doesn't get rained out. I'm happy not to have everyone here again, so soon after 7 kids in the house!

06-29-2010, 04:17 PM
Sloan, you and your family are in my prayers.

Vickie, congratulations on your weightloss. You're doing wonderfully and will get that 50# chickie soon. Curtis and I will be visiting doctors all morning tomorrow, too. Well, sort of. He has an appt with an orthopaedic surgeon concerning his knee problems. I have my first physical therapy session.

Rhonda, I'm glad you and Doyle are planning a relaxing 4th. I can only imagine how tired ya'll are after having 7 little ones. Don't they have a lot of energy? We can usually feel the energy in the room when we're around little ones.

This coming weekend will be full for us, too. We're driving to the Texas Hill Country for a family reunion (Curtis' side). That's Saturday. Sunday our church is having a community fish fry complete with a 17' waterslide, croquette, and archery. Curtis and I are in charge of the archery. Eating will be a challenge for sure.

I'm OP.

06-29-2010, 08:25 PM
Hey chicks, you are all so sweet! My MIL has had a better day. DH spoke to the nurse about a medication that we think is causing some of her confusion, and she agreed to hold the med and talk to the docs. The current plan is to stabalize her medical condition then evaluate strength through the PT dept. They may send her to a rehab/nursing home for intensive PT to see if she can get strong enough to go home. It's hard not to project yourself into the future, but I'm really trying to focus on what I need to get done to get caught up around the house and what ever my mom needs. My eating has not been bad today. We will have core spaghetti for dinner.

Nancy, you are such a good friend. I agree with Rhonda. It's a good thing girls think that way. What would this world be like without kindness? Although I appreciate your wanting me to win, I am so proud of you! Three pounds is awesome. Keep going, and we will do the challenge over and over until we are satisfied :)

Rhonda, I hope the rain holds off for the fireworks display.

Sandra, thanks for the prayers. This weekend will certainly be a challenge with the family reunion. Be nice to yourself no matter how you handle it!!!

Vickie, the meds are definitely an issue with my MIL. She is so sensitive to them. Hopefully they will try to manage her problems without adding extra meds. She has a condition called Wegener's Granulomatosis that causes all kinds of problems, so she already takes meds to control that including a pretty large dose of prednisone which is hard on the body, too. Good luck at the Nephrologist. Let us know what she says. How is Jim's heel?

Maryann, thanks for your prayers! Did you have a good time with your grandchildren?

I've been very busy today, and now I'm finally getting to rest. The couch is feeling really good right now. Have a good night, chicks!

06-30-2010, 12:22 AM
My biggest struggle ..feel free to skim ..I am getting stuff off my chest...

My ADD makes me have a lot of trouble with focus and staying organized with my time . I stay busy but flutter from one task to another and can waste a lot of time . When my kids were little it seems less of a problem because
I was busy taking care of them and I had less blocks of time that needed
organizing. I was terrible at multitasking & getting things done at the same time I was caring for the boys, but I sure did have fun with them.

Now I can arrange my time in a lot of ways ... I spend a ton of time trying to come up with great schedules but never really follow any of them. I always envy people that have great routines that they have always done , I have no routines..even my shower is at a different time of the day each day..

I am going to try to begin to start with some simple routines , that I think will help me get organized with my time ..
7 am - coffee /plan day/water plants/shower
8-5 Projects /To Do List (work in the fall)
5pm -9 pm - cook dinner & exercise
Saturday- cleaning day
Sunday- grocery day

Just those simple routines would help ...
and getting my plan down in writing may help..

06-30-2010, 09:18 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Oh Nancy, you and I would be the perfect pair! I'm an organization freak in all things, and a planner to boot. I probably have some OCD but it was never diagnosed. Clutter makes me stressed. So periodically, I'll go into a drawer/cabinet/space to get something and end up cleaning it and organizing it! Good luck with your issue and I know that any extremes at either end of the spectrum are frustrating.

I'm off to see the Nephrologist today. I'm hoping to get some hopeful good news.

beach bum
06-30-2010, 09:52 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

When taking the garbage out I noticed that the heat broke TG,now the A/C's will have rest,and I will be able to breath again.Had a bad night tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position for my shoulder.The shoulder/neck pain is bad again since the beginning of June but now its getting worse.The pills the doctor gave me for pain is not working. Have a MRI scheduled for the 5th and than a follow up with the doctor on the 20th.Have a feeling its arthritis in my neck area that touches the nerve in the shoulder.We'll see, what the MRI is going to show.

Had a wonderful time with my DGC,my DD e-mailed me asking how the bunnies were.I have 5-6 running around my yard. Told her that I haven't seen them since the GC left.

SANDRA-Have a great weekend,especially with your archery. Its going to be a quite 4th for me,as every one is going to have their families visiting some them,so I will attempt to start my BBQ grill and have burgers & hot dogs on Sunday.

SLOAN-Glad you MIL is getting along,that's scary, I have done that myself,so now I color code the bottle tops and I do have a weekly pill holder that I use. Had a great time can't wait until they return in August.

Have to go,have a nice day

06-30-2010, 10:57 AM
Mary Ann, I hope you get some relief. Have you tried a new pillow? I tried to switch from feathers (I'm allergic) to a down alternative and started getting horrible neck pain. Now I switched back to my feather pillow and I'm fine. Well....I have allergies but they bother me less than the neck!

06-30-2010, 01:58 PM
Have they tried muscle relaxers for muscle spasms that can't really be felt
but cause pain. My brother dealt with neck pain and doctors for 6 months before
a smart doctor tried that.. 2-3 doses completely broke the spasm/pain cycle
and he was pain free. I have had a muscle relaxer work really well too a long time ago. The doctors have probably tried that..but I thought I would mention it..
I think Vickie is right that a pillow can make a big difference too.

Neck pain is the worst because it is hard to sleep or get comfortable.

My mini lop bunny had 3 babies last night. All are healthy and look good.

06-30-2010, 04:34 PM
I know that we've had a discussion about massage, and most of you had never tried it. Nancy, try it.

I have degenerative disk disease on the right side, in my cervical vertebrae. In early May I could not even pick up a cup with a grasp and bring it to my mouth. I could not pour anything from a pitcher with my right hand. I was having trouble lifting weights in any position except bicep curls. Massages since then have essentially removed all of these impediments to my function. It cost $50-$60 a session and I was able to cut out all medication (anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.)

I had to laugh about what is not funny: you being disorganized. I used to be very organized, now I find it a challenge to make a big meal :lol:

06-30-2010, 06:08 PM
Maryann, please let us know what you find out. I was having neck problems a couple of years ago and massages took care of the problem. Mine were due to archery, though, so I knew what was causing them.

Nancy and Vickie, you girls should get together. Well, I should get with you, too. I work hard at being organized but it doesn't always work. Right now I'm missing a jacket. Anyone seen a navy jacket that says "Sandra" on it?

I am scheduled for my epidural July 7. Curtis is scheduled for right knee replacement August 3. We're old. But we're happy and feisty. We "celebrated" after doctors' appointments today at Olive Garden. No, I didn' have any Principata Rosata. I had water with lemon along with soup, sala, and 2 bread sticks. Life is good.

I'm OP.

06-30-2010, 07:02 PM
Nancy, I have ADD (have been diagnosed for about 13 years) and have found something that really helps me stay focused to finish projects, cleaning, etc. I listen to books on my IPod. In the morning I wander aimlessly from task to task until I turn on my book then I am able to get at it. Have you tried that? I used to study with the TV on, too. I could not focus if it was quiet, but the noise of the TV really helped. Let me know what you think.

I have been productive today! It feels so good to be able to get some housework done. Never thought I'd say that :dizzy:

DH just came in and said we need to leave to visit his mom. I'll check in later.

06-30-2010, 08:36 PM
Vickie.. Can you imagine an OCD and ADD marriage.. Sometimes I think that is Robin and I. He helps me be more structured and I remind him that spontaneous can be fun and what "winging it " means..

Sloan..That is a great idea..I am trying to walk more also and could listen while i walk..Where do you get the books for your ipod..I am so behind with all this tech stuff. I do have an Ipod the kids gave me a year ago that I don't use.
Funny though.. because if I am driving and the roads get bad or traffic is heavy I have to turn the radio off to focus... I also need quiet to read but I think books on tape would help at other times...

Sandra.. I think I saw your jacket in my attic :lol:
I know you will be glad when you have this medical stuff behind you.. Let me know if I can help with info about Robins Knee replacement experience..
He is doing great and finally getting off all his pain meds..They still swell some but not too bad.

Rhonda..a massage ..hum..maybe..I did do a pedicure/manicure for the first time.. The spa my cousin took me to does a couples massage session where they teach you to massage each other.. If I do one alone should I get a male or female masseuse (is that the right term?)

Maryann..Have the bunnies returned??

06-30-2010, 08:52 PM
Nancy, I hadn't thought of listening to a book while walking. That's a great idea. I don't have an Ipod, but I could use a cd player. I am going to check at our local library to see what books they have on cd's.

06-30-2010, 09:53 PM
Nancy, the sex of the massage therapist (or masseuse) is probably irrelevant unless it matters to you. I've only been to women. In my opinion, it matters if the person is "registered" or "certified"...whatever your state may do. But, I've had great massages from people who are not. I wish I could package my therapist and send her up...she's among the best I've ever had.

Just make sure that the person understands your particular problem and has a commitment to trying to fix it. I NEVER would have guessed that I could get so much improvement with about only 6 treatments. She works on my neck and back almost exclusively since we're trying to fix this particular problem. I was actually nervous about her working directly on my neck, but it was the best thing to do. I would not personally seek a chiropractor to do work on my neck, although I've used them for lower back problems (which I no longer have).

In April I had to take a lot of Alleve. I've not taken anything but an Ibuprophen now and again, with some ice on my arm.

06-30-2010, 10:26 PM
Nancy, I download books from If you check out the site, you'll see how they charge, etc. I like the way you can look at specific genres of literature, and after you have done a few searches, they suggest books you might like. I love using my iPod cause it does not skip when I move around, and it is small so I can put it in my pocket or bra :o I usually get my DS to help me when I have trouble figuring out how to sync my iPod . One thing I have noticed is that the books I listen to while working have to be light. If they are complicated, I sometimes have to go back and listen to some parts over again.

Sandra, I hope all goes well with you and Curtis' medical stuff. Hang in there!! If you end up enjoying listening to books while walking, you may want to get an iPod. They are not very difficult to use, and you don't have to have the cd's with you when you are out and about.

Rhonda, my dream is for DH to learn how to give a good massage. If, and I do mean if, he rubs my shoulders, I usually end up having him stop :mad:

Maryann, I agree with the idea about the pillow. I have the one that has the rolled edge that goes under your neck, and it has saved my life!

Vickie, I need some organization at my house. When can you come?

My MIL is not doing well at all. Her oxygen levels are very low, and she cannot tolerate having her oxygen mask off for even a second. I'm starting to wonder if she is going to improve.

I hope you all are having a great evening! TTFN

06-30-2010, 11:17 PM
Sloan, I am sorry about your mil and will keep all of you in my prayers.

beach bum
07-01-2010, 09:57 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Had a good night sleep,saw something on the Dr Oz web site about neck pain. He said if you don't have a contour pillow, roll up a towel and than put it in the pillowcase on the lower part of the pillow.That will ease neck pain as the rolled towel will support the neck.

VICKIE-I guess I will need a new contour pillow.I have a sleep # bed and I had the bed on a high number to make it firm,will last night I adjusted the bed to a softer number and along with Dr Oz advice I slept last night. Thanks for you help

NANCY-Thanks,but When I had the neck/shoulder problem in April my friend gave me a muscle relaxer to use and it didn't work. The doctor told me that I would need 6 wks of physical theory and if that didn't work I would need a MRI[7/5]is my appointment.The pills that he gave me aren't working either. I need something stronger but that's up to the doctor. The bunnies returned,I haven't seen them but my next door neighbors kids told me so.The hiding in the back yard,near the woods.

SANDRA-Of course I let you know what I find out after the MRI is read.Its a possibility I have a bone chip from a deteriorating disc in the neck area,but the MRI will definitely let me know.

RHONDA-I went in April for physical therapy for 6 weeks and the pain was gone,and I felt so good,the whole my of May but than the pain start slowly again in the beginning of June. Don't understand why the pain came back so strong,and now that I'm living alone I have no one around to help me.

SLOAN-Sorry about your MIL,that's scary about her oxygen levels being low,hope & pray she improves,those masks are very uncomfortable. for the patient & the family seeing them. I'll have to buy a new one of those pillows.

Have to go,have a meeting to go to

07-01-2010, 10:34 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Let me start out this morning by saying that I LOVE technology and intend to be the oldest, coolest, techno woman around. I have my ipod and my iphone and Jim and I fight over his ipad. We have a Mac and I have virtual folders and all kinds of organization. My calendar and all my photos are on my Mac and iphone. When I was in high school I wanted to be a computer programmer but never did it. That was back when the computers where the size of whole rooms.

That was just a long commercial for those of you who are being reluctant to jump on the bandwagon! Audio books are cool, cheap and take up hardly any space on an ipod. Ipods are pretty cheap now and last forever. Most of the Apple technology does stuff for you while you sit and stare at the screen. It's really easy to buy from the iTunes store too. Try's fun! And, it's how I've been distracting myself from eating. It is my new hobby.

I had a good visit with the Nephrologist yesterday. My numbers are stable. I can never recover the lost kidney function so the plan is to save what I have. So far so good. She is taking me off of one of my BP pills! I'd lost 5 pounds since I had been there. She was happy. Now I just have to do a test so that they can analyze it to see why I keep forming stones. I was worried that I couldn't have a lithotripsy if I needed it but I can. So......gotta pick a day for my 24 hour test.

We've been invited to my Niece's for a small family BBQ. Turkey burgers and ww pasta salad made healthy by my Sister. I feel very happy and excited and am looking forward to it. It's warm here so I'll probably be swimming for the next couple of days. Life is definitely good.

Sloan, I'm worried about your MIL and I know you are too. All you can do is be there for your DH. I'll be praying for her recovery.

And....I'm going to be brave enough to schedule a massage as soon as I have a few extra dollars. The one I would go to will do an upper body one which is where I carry all of my tension. How exciting!

07-01-2010, 10:56 AM
Mornin' chicks, it is cool here this morning, so I planted my roses this morning. I haven't had roses in a long time, so we'll see how it goes. I planted knockout roses because they are supposed to be hardy! I will be working on house stuff again today, so I will be listening to a book :)

Vickie, I forgot that you could buy books from iTunes. I have my audible account set up to download books to the iTunes account on my computer. I'm glad you got good news from your nephrologist. Hopefully you will be able to keep your kidney problem from progressing. Also, congrats on your weight loss. I know it must be awesome to be in "virgin territory". How's Brody?

Maryann, I'm glad you got a better night's sleep. I have a sleep # bed, too. I love it.

DH is at the hospital this morning. His mom told us yesterday that she was ready to go and was asking for family members that had already died. In my nursing experience those are bad signs. We just don't want her to suffer. I don't ever want to experience the breathing problems that she is having. She looks so pitiful :(

I'm off to do my chores and will keep you posted about my MIL. Have a great day, chickies!!

07-01-2010, 12:56 PM
Sloan, hugs to you and your family. This is a tough time for sure. Thanks for thinking of me with all you are going through. Don't work too hard.

07-01-2010, 03:22 PM
Sloan :hug:

07-01-2010, 04:20 PM
Sorry to hear this news, Sloan. Hugs to you and yours.

07-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Hey chicks, I spent the afternoon at the hospital with DH. His mom's kidneys have failed, and she is unresponsive. They assured us she is in no pain and will probably go very peacefully. It is so hard to believe that three weeks ago we buried my dad, and now we are planning another funeral!

We agreed with DH's brother that we all needed to come home to rest, so that is what we are doing. I'll check in when I have time tomorrow. TTFN

07-01-2010, 11:23 PM
I am so sorry that you are having to face this ... It almost seems to much for anyone to handle at one time.. How is your DH holding up through this ??
It will be a challenge with with both of you grieving over lost parents.
And your poor kids losing 2 grandparents so close...:grouphug:

07-01-2010, 11:24 PM
Sloan, I am so sorry.

07-02-2010, 12:25 AM
Awful, Sloan. I do hope you can all rest.

07-02-2010, 02:04 AM
I have been trying to figure out how to get FREE books on my ipod and I think I figured it out. Our library has tons of books on CD. I just read an article about how to put those on my computer and then on my ipod to listen to.
It said if I am doing it for a one time private listening then it is not a copyright violation.
Can't wait to try this out.

beach bum
07-02-2010, 10:33 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

My friend & I did touristy things yesterday.Went down to the town and brows around at the farmer market,today they having a book sale.Tomorrow we are going to the beach and than on Sunday I having a BBQ and than to my friend's house for the fireworks. So I'm not going to checking in every day.

Have a MRI scheduled early Monday morning for my pain in the neck. Hopefully they find what's causing it,as I can't continue using pills day in and out to relieve the pain.Otherwise nothing else is new.

Have to go,don't know if I'll be posting over the weekend if I don't wishing your all ah happy 4 th of July weekend.

07-02-2010, 11:29 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I intend to swim today and tomorrow. Not sure about Sunday yet. Maybe I'll swim before we go the BBQ.

Nancy, I don't know about the copyright violation, but it is easy. You burn them onto your hard drive and then copy to the iPod. Same as putting on pictures from a CD.

07-02-2010, 12:54 PM
Maryann, I hope you get some relief soon. Touristy things sounds like fun to me. I'm glad you and your friend got out and had some fun.

We're still getting rain. Everything is green and healthy-looking--even the weeds. We're going to hire someone to weed the flowerbeds. Life is good.

Sloan, I'm thinking of you.

I'm OP.

07-02-2010, 02:55 PM
Did I mention that the classics are free on iTunes with an iPad book reader? How cool is that? Jim has Little Women on his iPad for me to read.

Of course, all books are free from the library. I'm a big supporter of my local library. Mine now has CD's and DVD's and will get me a book on loan from another library. That's how I take advantage of my local property taxes.

07-02-2010, 06:49 PM
Hey chicks, my MIL died last night, and DH and I have been running around all day with funeral and lawyer stuff. The arrangements are very simple. No visitation, no service, only a small gathering at the graveside with a few short scriptures and a prayer (these were her wishes). I guess next week we'll be cleaning out her things from her house. Will it ever end? :dizzy:

I also think I can acutally feel myself getting fat. Eating fast food on the run is not good. Hopefully things will settle down soon.

Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. I'll check in later.

07-02-2010, 07:28 PM
Oh NO, Sloan! I'm so sorry for you and your family. Please give my condolences to your DH.

Try not to worry about the food too much. You will get back on track when this all comes to an end. will end.

07-02-2010, 09:39 PM
Sloan, I echo what Vickie said. And remember to take care of yourself.

07-02-2010, 10:42 PM
Oh Sloan, how awful. You take care of yourself and those you love.

Don't worry about food or weight or anything else. There's time for that later.

07-03-2010, 12:28 AM sorry !!!!
You must be so exhausted...
Be sure to let people help you
that ask what they can do...
I always have trouble with that..

07-03-2010, 09:58 AM
Sloan, Nancy is right. Let folks help if they offer. Nancy, I got over my reluctance to let people help me by thinking about how sincere I am when I offer to help others. I figure that if they are offering, they are prepared for the person to accept. So if it's a close friend or relative, I accept!

I've got two dishes to make for the BBQ tomorrow and then I'll be in the pool all afternoon. The temp will be near 90 and the pool temperature is nearly as high. Perfect for me. I'm making WW Chocolate Eclair Cake (everyone's favorite) and my Mom's Cream Cheese jello mold. The jello mold is not healthy but everyone loves it and it makes us feel as if Mom is there. Sometimes, you just need that.

I hope you'll all be surrounded by great friends and family this weekend and that you have a safe and happy Fourth. Good Luck to Sandra and Curtis.

07-03-2010, 10:47 AM
Mornin' chicks, I really love y'all! Your words of encouragement are very important to me. It's funny, we are not distraught but are very overwhelmed and tired.

I heard something several years ago that I am trying to take to heart. I'm not sure who said this, but it really makes sense if you are a Christian: If we are called to emulate Jesus and serve others, how can we do that if the person we want to serve refuses us? In essence, when we refuse to let someone serve us, we are taking away their opportunity to do what they are called to do!

I'll try to check in later. Have a great day, y'all :)

07-03-2010, 11:32 AM
Well, that's a beautiful way of trying to express what I meant! Also to believe peoples offers of assistance are pure and from their hearts.

I'm glad you are all doing as well as could be expected. Overwhelmed and tired makes sense to me given what you have all been through.

07-03-2010, 12:27 PM
Good points about accepting help.. I am better about it than I used to be.

beach bum
07-03-2010, 01:14 PM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Along with my shoulder my hip went out on me also and I had a Charlie horse on my right leg on top of that.Didn't get any sleep until 5 in the morning and got up just now at 10. I was so upset as I had a Mass [8AM]for Leo's names day and in the German heritage that's more important than the birthdays. I over slept for that,but I'm going to try to get out to the cemetery,before I see my friend for today's activities.[going to the beach,sitting on beach chairs by the shore and get our feet wet]

SANDRA-Thanks,Hope the find whats the problem with this pain and Hope they can fix it. We haven't had any rain in while have to water my plants every day. The grass is turning brown.

SLOAN-OH!!! Your poor thing losing your father and your MIL in a few short weeks I'm so sorry,going to pray that your and you DH will find peace though all this. I know its a shock,but please keep in mind that the Lord is with you at this time and you just have to have strong faith,he will bless you and your lives must go on and forward.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend I going to be with my friend Alice today & tomorrow.

07-03-2010, 02:52 PM
Remember the lesson of feet being washed. You have to let someone serve you. That's your gift to them also.

07-03-2010, 08:07 PM
Good point, Rhonda, allowing someone to serve you IS your gift to them. We have had a really good day. Lots of family and friends at the service. DH was very happy with how everything turned out. We are at my sister's house for dinner. It is so comforting to be surrounded by loving family. Thanks again to each of you for your kind words.

07-03-2010, 08:23 PM
Good points on accepting offered help. I need to get better at doing so, too.

We're home from the family reunion. We had a blast and guess what? I'm op!

07-04-2010, 08:42 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I feel happy that all of you are doing well.

Happy Fourth!

I'm going to the BBQ today and will try to manage my portions. My stomach does it for me now if I pay attention to it. I try to always remember my Core principles. My scale is up this morning, which is kind of weird. It always seems to be up after a long pool session. Maybe my muscles retain water all over my body. It's definitely the most exercise I get all over my whole body. It's different than walking.

Sandra, you're awesome!

07-04-2010, 10:02 AM
Happy July 4th!


07-04-2010, 02:43 PM
Happy Independence Day! I hope all of you have something fun planned. We will be at my brother's house for swimming and ribs. I am looking forward to that!

I need some advice. Tomorrow I plan to start working out with DS's bowflex and losing this weight that I have gained. I have considered several ways to tackle the food, but am not sure what I want to do. I lean toward core 'cause it is the least restrictive, but I also know that being more strict with eating will give quicker results. Do y'all think I should start with core or jump in head first with something more controlled? Let me know what you think.

I'll check in later. Don't eat too much! TTFN

07-04-2010, 04:21 PM
Sloan..I am trying to decide what to do also.
I haven't made good choices the last 3 days and gained 1 pound back.
I want to get to 140 before I take a short break and maintain a few weeks.
Then I want to try for 5 more pounds.

Tonight a friend is taking me out for a late birthday dinner and I am going with
her and her mom to the fireworks. These ladies are such dear friends and so much fun that I am really looking forward to it. Robin is glad he is off the hook for the fireworks because he hates the crowds and all.

I think for me I am going to do the South Beach strict 1 phase till I hit 140 , then core to maintain for awhile.

Lately it seems I eat really good or really bad with no in between.

07-04-2010, 05:21 PM
Happy 4th, everyone!

We are going to our church's annual fish fry in a bit. Should be a lot of fun. We're taking archery gear. There will also be a 17' waterslide and bounce house.

I'm OP.

07-04-2010, 07:44 PM
Sloan and Nancy, I haven't been doing so well either. But, here's what I'm going to do next week. I'm replacing two meals a day with a protein mix called "Gladiator" from Smoothie King. It has almost no carbs and lots of protein. I'm going to eat one meal of Core foods, and I'll chose that meal depending upon the day and what is going on here at home. I'll eat some healthy snacks, fruit, cheese or nuts.

I am going to be very strict because I have to go to Toronto for a wedding in early August and I want MORE weight OFF OFF OFF.

We saw some great fireworks last night. I was very impressed. I didn't want to go, but I'm glad I did. Tonight I'm going to watch the doings in Washington on TV.

07-04-2010, 11:55 PM
I am joining you with 2 protein shakes /day and one healthy meal.
As long as I can eat once a day I think I can do this. They keep me
satisfied. Where do you get the protein mix. Is Smoothy King a store
or brand??

ps...I just looked them up and found a store near me ..
I am going to try this mix !!! It looks great...

07-05-2010, 12:23 AM
Rhonda and Nancy, I'm not sure about the protein shakes 'cause I'm a big baby when it comes to things that taste funny to me, and I've never had a protein shake that tastes good. I'm going to do some research and see what I can find. I had thought of doing the south beach phase 1, so I may start with that. I'll let you know what my plans are tomorrow.

We had a family gathering tonight with swimming, ribs, and fireworks. It was very nice, but my mom and sis were having a hard time. I know it will be tough for a while and all of us will have our ups and downs. I tried to tell my mom and sis that when they were feeling down they should surround themselves with family, but I'm not sure they bought it. They both wanted to go home, but stayed to see the fireworks.

I hope all of you had a great day and enjoyed something fun!

07-05-2010, 12:46 AM
You girls are impressing me with your shakes. I'm just taking it slow and easy trying to make better choices.

We went to our church's fish fry and fireworks display this evening. We had a great time. Curtis worked with a lot of kids and adults with archery. I think they all enjoyed themselves.

I'm op.

07-05-2010, 12:52 AM
Can we share links to recipes/sites on this forum???
This is an amazing recipe I tried that was easy.
One reviewer said they bought whole chickens on sale.
Then they applied the rub & froze them. I am going to try that.
I can put one in the frig(from the freezer) and cook it the next day.

07-05-2010, 01:01 AM
That recipe does look good. I imagine it will stay up on the boards.

I use two protein shakes, both from Smoothie King. One is Dutch Chocolate Muscle Milk Light and the other is the Gladiator, vanilla. I mix berries in them. I like the Gladiator taste better, but sometimes I want the chocolate and the Muscle Milk is OK. I buy the powders and mix them in a blender.

Sloan, I wish your family well. It's really tough figuring out how to handle grief. Sometimes alone is it, and sometimes it's not.