Simply Filling/Core - Weekly Chat: September 6-September 12

09-06-2010, 07:33 AM

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09-06-2010, 07:38 AM
Good Morning! Rise and Shine! Time to get up! Jojo is half a day ahead of us already. And, she went to the DIY store. Excuse me, Jojo, this is Labo(u)r Day. NO WORKING!

That said, the family is coming for lunch and I've got to cook. I'm making what we call "King Ranch Casserole" named for the famous King Ranch here in Texas. (What do you mean you've never heard of the King Ranch?) It's not Core, but it's not the worst: chicken breast, corn tortillas, cream soups (I'll use low fat of course), salsa and the dreaded cheese. I'll pick out the chicken and scrape off the cheese.

I've already lost a pound with just a few days of keeping the fat consumption to around 30 grams a day. It's really not easy, but perhaps it will get me off of this plateau anyway.

Have a great day everyone.


09-06-2010, 10:23 AM
Happy Labor Day, chickies! Are y'all doing something fun? I think we are going to stay home.

Rhonda, what source(s) are you using to track your fat grams? Also, are you staying low cal, too? Just wondering.

Mornin' Jojo, I'll have to check out that crest. I have a picture of my father's family crest. His family was part of the McAllister clan; my maiden name was Allison.

Have a happy holiday, y'all! TTFN

09-06-2010, 11:08 AM
Happy Labor Day, Chickies!!

We are up early as we have a helper here taking care of flowerbeds and raking grass, etc.... I had oatmeal with blueberries for bfast. It was yummy.

Rhonda, I love that casserole. I've never stayed at the King Ranch, but I have stayed at the Y O Hilton that's on the Y O Ranch. Fun place!

JoJo, what project are you working? Sloan has been doing kitchen remodeling and Nancy has been busy with home projects, too. You chickies are hard workers. Curtis and I have small projects going but last summer we had new porches/decks built.

I had the neatest thing happen this AM. Actually 2 of them. The first happened when I was standing on the back porch holding an empty hummingbird feeder (I had just hang a fresh one out back and was taking the "old" one in for cleaning.) Three or four (hard to count those little buggers sometimes.) came to the fresh feeder then one came within 3 or 4 feet of me at the backdoor and hovered watching me trying to figure out what I was doing with the feeder. Then he left; then he came back for a repeat.

Episode #2 happened in the front yard again with a hummer (probably the same one). I had just hung the fresh feeder and was standing around 3 feet away when he came back and fed. He even fed with his back to me.

What a perfect way to start a day!

I did wi this AM and was down. Life is good. Now it may be hard to wait another 30 days before weighing, but that's the plan.

09-06-2010, 11:42 AM
Sloan, I'm using I am trying to stay at 12-1500 calories a day.

Sandra, what a sweet story. We have hardly any hummers but tons of jays and other birds. I'm going to plant some Turks Caps because that should bring the hummers around.


beach bum
09-06-2010, 12:36 PM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Got up late,as I went to bed late last night,than this morning I went out to the beach to get some walking done before the remainder of the tourist get there.

Going to have a me,myself & I Labor Day BBQ with a beef burger and two hot dogs on baked beans for dinner. Decided since we have beautiful days ahead I'm going to keep my BBQ grill going even if it by myself.

Have to start the BBQ have a wonderful Holiday and see you guy tomorrow as I'm going to watch the final outcome of the Duesche Bank Golf tournament.

09-06-2010, 12:42 PM
Rhonda, I haven't heard of Turks' Caps. Let me know how they work. We're using honeysuckles and coneflowers mostly. Today it looked like a red bowl was pretty good, too, for attracting them. :lol

Maryann, your day sounds good to me. We may have chili dogs later. I'm thinking baked fried chicken for lunch, though.

Curtis is outside mowing and Andrew is cleaning flowerbeds. I will start cooking lunch in a few minutes.

09-06-2010, 06:50 PM
Hey chickies! We have had a productive day. DH and DS put two attic fans in upstairs. They should have been installed earlier, but it was dangerously hot in the attic; better late than never. I got busy and made 12 8oz. jars of Wild Persimmon Jam. I have never canned before, and I have to say that it was pretty easy. I even sealed the jars in a water bath! We tasted some of the jam, and it is yummy! It has the consistency of apple butter, but is a little tart due to the orange and peach jello that the recipe called for. We have a persimmon tree in our back yard, and it drops tons of persimmons every year. I think I have enough to make about 12 jars of Spiced Presimmon Butter, too.

Sandra, congrats on the weight loss!!! I love your story about the hummers.

Rhonda, thanks for the info about fitday. What are Turks caps?

Maryann, enjoy your day. I think it sounds nice!

Nancy, are you okay? Let us know how you are!

Hey Vickie and Jojo ;)

09-06-2010, 07:20 PM
Your persimmon goodies sound delish, Sloan. I'd never heard of making jam out of persimmons. I'm curious as to the taste.

Well, Chickies, the results are in.........FRIED FRITO PIE won best tasting new fried food item at the Texas State Fair. :cp::cp: :bravo::cp::cp:

We had taco soup/cornbread for dinner. It was pretty good. I have a pan of cornbread in the oven now. We don't like to run out. :high:

09-06-2010, 08:16 PM
Fried Frito Pie :woohoo: No calories in that!

Sloan, Turks Caps are a flower, native to here that attract hummingbirds. Tall, willowy, with red flowers at the end.

We had a good lunch, and I had a good workout. I had just a sliver of the pie.

Then, I saw Todd who worked me to a frazzle.

09-06-2010, 10:04 PM
Fried Frito Pie sounds like good, but I'm getting heartburn just thinkin' about it.

Sandra, persimmons taste faintly of plums, but are almost tasteless. The recipe I used called for peach or apricot jello to be added. I love apricot, but the store didn't have any, so I used peach and orange jello. The jam is sweet and tart, and it tastes like peach. Is the recipe you use for the cornbread posted here?

Rhonda, congrats on having only a sliver of pie! That is quite an accomplishment :D

I've been op for three whole days!! It has been a very long time since I have done that :)

09-06-2010, 10:25 PM
Sloan, I confess I'm not using CORE cornbread. I use Texas Yellow Cornbread mix. (And I melt butter in the pan before adding the batter.)

Rhonda, I thought you were probably taking Labor Day off. Sounds like you had a full, fun day.

I just had some delicious green grapes. That's all for tonight. The kitchen is closed.

09-06-2010, 11:07 PM
But Sandra, there's no rest for us serious body builders. We never take a day off! :rofl:

09-06-2010, 11:52 PM
And I reopened the kitchen. I had 1/2 a sandwich. Now lightning will probably strike me.:frypan:

09-07-2010, 03:39 AM
Hello everyone! Did you all have a good Labor day? Gosh I remember L.D. and Thanksgiving when you were encouraged to eat your own weight in food in a 24 hour period. Happy memories of happy days. I always feel sorry for any American on a diet towards the end of the year. Thanksgiving and then Christmas following on its heels was a dangerous time

Sandra Umpteen projects on hand. We are planning to move in the spring. We have been in this house for 32 of our 35 married years and there are just too many memories here. We have an old early Victorian house and are in the process of decorating. The ceilings are awfully high, we have several long corridors, the bedrooms are all double, the floor boards uneven oak and on top of that we have a double cellar and a large attic. Houses aren't moving very quickly but we hope they will get a wriggle on next year. We are looking for a small bungalow or 2 bedroom house with a managable garden. Any money we have left over from the sale we want to buy a camper van so we can have holidays when we feel like just upping sticks and going. A different sunset every night.

I haven't heard of Turk's caps either, but then, a few years ago butternuts were only sold on the exotic veg counter at the markets here. Now they are run of themill and I'm so glad because I LOVE them roasted.

beach bum
09-07-2010, 10:11 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

We have a other great day for walking and this afternoon now that the temps are not so high I will bake my Rev Rolls again. I noticing that I was eating to many mini rolls as comfort food & snacks when the temps were up.Have to get those carbs under control.

RHONDA-Thanks for starting us up this week.Congrats on losing your 1 lb.,still can't figure out what percentage of fat,carbs & protein works for me.

SANDRA-Thanks I never thought it was so easy to start the BBQ grill now that I know I will have BBq meals more often.
Well, Chickies, the results are in.........FRIED FRITO PIE won best tasting new fried food item at the Texas State Fair. Is the recipe in the recipe thread???? No calories I would like to see that one.

SLOANE-Other than the BBQ it was a quite day,watching the end of the Deutsche Bank golf tournament. Was a little disappointment as the 4 men I follow didn't get up on the leader board the new comers did however.

JOJO-I feel the same,I dread TG and Christmas and than New Years all eating holidays especially the first one. That the time of the year when I tend to have comfort foods and that when the problems start.

Have to go, have a great day

09-07-2010, 02:04 PM
Maryann: I don't know what ratio works best for me either, but clearly anything that increases protein over carbs and fats would be better than long as there is some healthy fat and some good carbs in your diet daily. The Mayo Clinic website has good information on it.

The advice I received was not about the ratio but about total amount of fats. No more than 30 grams, and it's difficult. For example, 1 Tablespoon of peanut has about 17grams of fat. So, you have one Tablespoon of nice organic peanut butter on tasty whole wheat toast and you've just about had your fats for the day. It's rough.

I headed out to aquafit, met a wicked downpour and came right back home. It's from the storm in the Gulf. We need the rain though, can't complain.


09-07-2010, 09:42 PM
Rhonda, I met a storm today, too. It was flooding down here. I'll bet it was in your area, too.

Maryann, I don't know how to make the fried frito pies. They were talking about it on the news. We were just joking about its being calorie free. I'm sure it's loaded. I will google to see if I can get the recipe, though.

I subbed today and drove home in a torrential rainfall. Our place looks like a lake (again). However, we need the rain. I'm glad we got it.

09-07-2010, 10:14 PM
Hey y'all! I've had a run of the mill day. School, errands, etc., and I am happy to report that I am still op :carrot:

Jojo, do you do anything special to your butternuts before you roast them? I don't think I have ever had any. Your house sounds lovely, but I know you'll be glad to have something smaller. Also, the idea of a camper sounds very liberating! I hope things go exactly as you want.

Maryann, It must be so awesome to be able to go to the beac to walk. How far is it from your house.

Rhonda, sounds like you could have done aquafit all the way home!

Sandra, I have trouble keeping the kitchen closed, too. Late night eating is my downfall. I'm more successful if I plan a late night snack instead of eating on the fly.

I hope you chicks are having a great night. TTFN

09-07-2010, 11:38 PM
Sloan, planning a late night snack sounds like a good idea.

JoJo, we lived fulltime RV for over a year and loved it. We sold our home in Montana before doing so an had a lot of downsizing. Now we live in a much smaller home.

Well, I'm thinking of reopening the kitchen. Ya'll have a good evening.

09-08-2010, 12:36 AM
Funny that you're talking about snacking. I'm usually OK but today I wanted carbs, carbs, carbs. I was very controlled until about an hour ago. I ate crackers. But, thank goodness I had a stock of better ones made from whole grains and veggies.

Any excuse will do, but it was a dreary day with the weather. I didn't encounter any flooding but we are in a flood and tornado watch area. Okey dokey, I'm watching!

Today is the first Tuesday after Labor Day since 1978 that I did not go back to work :woohoo:


09-08-2010, 03:38 AM
.Ontarget: O lordy! The downsizing. What you find when you declutter. We are going to a car-boot before we move (a bit like a cross between your flea market and a yard sale) We've already given a lot to charity shops but we'll clear the detritus in one huge go at a boot sale. They are very popular here, but getting a bit commercialised now. It used to be a car-full of stuff and you sold off an old table. Most used their wallpapering table and in many case, sold that too when it was empty but now, the professionals have infiltrated them and prices have risen.

We used to have a static caravan (trailer?) by the sea and went there most weekends. It had 2 bedrooms, central heating a shower and our daughter adored it. There is no way we can go to that part of the world again so we sold it. We would like a small camper van and have looked at a few, but we have a huge labrador and whilst we could get her in the small ones she couldn't turn around!

Sloanie I never 'peel', for want of a better word, them. I wash them well and cut them in half down the middle then scoop out, I use a teaspoon, all the seeds from the well in the middle. I either leave them like this and brush with olive oil and roast as you would potatoes. To make sure they are done just test the thick part with a skewer. Then I fill the well a mixture of cooked small sausages and sundried tomatoes for example and warm through in the oven. The other way is after I have halved them I cut then into chunks and again roast like potatoes and serve with a roast dinner. I'm sure there are many other recipes but as someone who didn't know what they were a few years ago, this is as far as I have got. We have an actifry but I've not tried them in there yet.

Yes, we'll be very glad to get out of here. Old houses like ours are very popular, and the way they are built means they are warm in winter and cool in summer but have their drawbacks. Not one of the walls is straight, we don't have a garage, just curbside parking and to find a space is a nightmare

A mellow misty morning here. Autumn is knocking on the door and you can just sense winter waking up and getting ready to nudge her aside in month or two
I am going to see my mum later this morning. I hope she is in a good mood but these days, the only pleasure she has in life is shouting at me!
Have a good day everyone

09-08-2010, 10:24 AM
We are getting rain, rain, rain! :rain: Of course, it's nothing compared to Pakistan. Those poor people and such a complicated part of the world.

Last week the scale read 184, this morning, 180.4. Maybe the 184 was an mis-reading, or maybe keeping the fat to 30 grams is helping!

Have a great OP day everyone. I'm going to venture out into the weather and go to aquafit. DH said just wear your bathing suit while running into the gym from the car.


beach bum
09-08-2010, 10:41 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Looks like its going to be a cloudy day and they talking about showers. Going to take the day off from walking and go on my bike instead.

I forgot to make my Rev Rolls yesterday, so I'm going to bake them today.

RHONDA-I have Mayo Clinic bookmarked but I always forget to go there. Thanks for the reminder.I think my doctor told me 30% fat 30% protein & 40% carbs.,but I don't know how to break down the equivalent. I know it look difficult to only consume 1 TB PB.

SANDRA-Thanks for the PM I knew they had to been fattening,but once in while is OK.

SLOANE-When I first came here and was younger I used to walk to the beach from my house and it took 2 hrs[8m] both ways, now I take the car[15mins] to the beach & walk along for 30 45 mins.

Have a great day

09-08-2010, 01:46 PM
Good morning from Lake Horton. Just checked our rain gauge. It was about a centimeter below overflowing. The last hash mark is 5.5" and that's wayyyyy below the top so I'm guessing 7 or so inches. Some schools are closing nearby due to flooding.

That said, we are enjoying a kickback day inside. We slept till 10 AM then had oatmeal/toast for bfast.

Rhonda, don't you just love retirement!?! I never thought I'd adjust like I have. I think your moving from the area helped you as moving to Montana helped me.

We are going out to lunch (weather permitting, if not, we'll eat taco soup and cornbread) later this afternoon. I'm still waiting on my cookbook to arrive. I don't want to buy groceries till I get it. (may have to, though)

JoJo, flea markets over here have gotten extremely commercialized, too. I remember the days when the vendors were folks wanting to clear out closets and garages. Now you have all sorts of vendors with all kinds of "stuff." We have what's called "Antique Alley" here twice a year. It runs almost 30 miles through 3 small towns. Our church youth group has a BBQ stand. Note: They have asked for Coke product donations from church members. They said Pepsi products don't sell well down here. I was surprised.

Rhonda, I just went back and read what you said about wearing the swimsuit to the gym. :lol Tell him I sloshed out to the rain gauge wearing high top rubber boots. We're surrounded! Our alligators were staked just south of our pond. Now they have managed to float to the north end of it. The girls' flowerbed in the front yard looks like a boat. It's not floating, but it looks like it is.

JoJo, thank you for the tips on roasting butternut squash. That's something I seldom cook. I could probably count the times on my fingers of one hand. I may try it your way. It sounds good.

Maryann, I'm glad you're interested in the recipe. I was hesitant to post it here because of its decadence. If anyone else would like it, I'll PM it to you. I am thinking I might make it for a church social. Curtis goes to Men's Discipleship twice a month. I really think it's a roosterfest with hens furnishing the chickenfeed. I think the guys would like this. I know it's something I couldn't have much of around the house.

Hmmmmmm..........they meet this coming Monday. Think I'll make it.

09-08-2010, 05:20 PM
Sandra, you could post the recipe with warnings: NOT CORE; Heart attack on a plate; Bad for you, etc.

Finally, blue skies here. We don't have a rain gauge but all around us they have received 6,7,8 inches of rain. We do have the grandkids' bucket on the deck but I haven't measured the rain in it. Will do.

I signed up for tap dancing classes at the Senior Center, but no one else has. They say that the classes are usually full. I hope the class happens; I used to love tap dancing. Move over Ginger Rogers!

Off to see Todd and suffer! :barbell:


09-08-2010, 07:52 PM
Okey doey. The recipe is now unposted. Sometimes I forget this is a public board and there are a lot of folks reading that I don't know and don't know me. I'll be more careful from now on. That's for sure.

Rhonda, tap dancing sounds like a fun workout. :dancer: You're impressing me, Cuz!

And now for my big news--------my new cookbook just arrived. I'm off here to do some reading.:book2:

09-08-2010, 09:39 PM
Not very much going on with me ...

I am having a hard time getting motivated & starting my job hunt...

I have been great about my eating , sticking to 1200 calories per day.
After a week of that it looks like I have gained a pound. That discouraged me so much that I stopped and got a hotdog & fries today while running errands. ....hey ..if I am going to gain I might as well enjoy it...

It seems that I do better when I am not trying to diet... I am wondering about going back to the mini meal thing I was doing . It seemed to be working for me and I was losing. I decided to not try to continue for the last month my son was home before college because we were traveling and I was cooking his favorites..

I was eating about 200 calories of mostly fruit/veggies/low fat dairy/ and
healthy proteins.
Then I ate every 3 hours or so (whenever I got hungry)

I have been following everyones post but will have to chat with everyone later... Take care..

09-08-2010, 10:20 PM
Nancy, I vote for you to do what works best for you.:goodluck: We had hot dogs last night. I think that "into each life a few hot dogs must fall.":lol3:

I just finished reading my new cookbook and have a couple of recipes I'll try by the end of this weekend. I need to get a few more ingredients first. :chef:

09-09-2010, 12:50 AM
Hot dogs, hmmm, sounds good to me! Nancy, it sounds good to me to go back to what was working for you. I'm enjoying using and learning the fat and protein content of foods. I had a small steak tonight and it had both the highest amount of fat and the highest amount of calories. Just can't win sometimes.

Have a great night everyone.


09-09-2010, 01:00 AM
I didn't read your post correctly, Sandra. I didn't see "unposted." I was really, really aggravated by those who made you feel you should take it off. They need to get a life.

I have read a lot of the threads on 3FC. People discuss all kinds of things that I would NEVER put out in public, yet some think an obvious joke recipe is offensive?!

Gee, I guess we better not talk about hot dogs either.

09-09-2010, 01:35 AM
Sandra..I am so sorry you got negative posts about your recipe...

I'd tell them that the spices in it were core..whats the problem :lol:

I looked at it and thought it was clever and was going to print it...

I am glad our group is mainly focused on building each other up...
I love our group !!!

09-09-2010, 04:08 AM
Morning All.

Tejas How is the tap dancing going? A couple of years ago, my friend and I joined a line dancing class. It was the best laugh we have ever had. No one dressed up in costume, it was just bunch of folk having fun. I had to give up when my husband was in hospital and really must start again.

Sandra Some people really need to get a life! I have a joke Christmas cake recipe that I posted elsewhere a while back and the result was I had to take it off because of all the adverse comments. There are sad folk around who cannot relate to people face to face and the only relationships they have are in cyber space. Rise above it, rise above it!

I had a bad evening last night... grazed my way through Midsommer Murders and into the news at 10pm.

I go to my diet group at our doctors surgery this afternoon, it is the relaxation and motivation session so I'll pay great attention because I feel a bit of a failure.

Have a good day everyone, sorry if I missed a few people out. I can't tell you how much enjoyment I get from your posts

09-09-2010, 07:41 AM
I guess I have not been here enough 'cause I missed the negative posts about Sandra's recipe. I realize this is a public board, and people can read anything that we post, but making negative comments on a board where you don't usually post seems a little much to me. If the "negative posters" had a problem with Sandra's post, they should have asked a question instead of being snotty!!! I agree with Nancy. I'm glad we are more about lifting each other up than we are about "following the rules" of specific diet guidelines.

That said, I would like to report that I am still op. I think having my food ready has really helped. I hope to get some more cooking done over the weekend.

Jojo, thanks for the directions for the butternut squash. I may try some!

Rhonda, tap dancing sounds like fun. I danced all through school and even had my teaching certification. I have not danced since college, though. I would think that tap dancing would be classified as aerobic exercise. Tap on, sistah!!

Nancy, isn't it hard to find an eating plan that you can be happy with? I seem to try several things before I get settled. I know you will get motivated soon. Just do what feels right.

Hey Vickie and Maryann :D

Have a great day, y'all!!

09-09-2010, 04:55 PM
Ok, everyone...dinner at my house this Saturday night. Fried Frito Pie is the featured item. BYOB. :rofl:

I'm having such a busy day trying to have an impact at the political level. I was born with this in my veins I think.

I haven't heard for sure about the tap class. I studied dance from the age of 6 into my 20's and even had my own class teaching acrobatics in high school to little kids (under supervision, of course). If they don't have enough people at the Center maybe I'll find another place.

SO, keep up the struggle Chickies. We are all about lifting one another UP. I can feel a carb attack coming so I'm going to drink a lot of water.


09-09-2010, 07:56 PM
Hi there, Chickies. Sorry I was missing all day. I got on here this morning just long enough to post one reply on the recipe thread before I had to leave for school. I got home a few minutes ago and got here as soon as I could. I want all of you to know I value your friendship and support. And I'm really all right about the recipe post. It was a big reminder to me that we're not the only ones here. And guess what! I'm seeing some new folks posting over there. That makes me feel really good. Maybe they'll join us on the weekly thread.

Rhonda, you probably read my post correctly. The one I started with "Okey dokey" first said "posted." Last night before I got off the computer I saw the negative replies and decided to remove the recipe. Then I edited my original "Okey dokey" post here. That said, I should have deleted "Okey dokey" from my original post when I was making the changes. I know that looked weird. But--I was in a hurry to get off here and get to bed cuz of subbing today.

Nancy, what kind of job are you wanting? Have you considered something part time--like substitute teaching? Just wondering.

JoJo, what kind of diet group are you attending? I hear you on nighttime grazing. I'm trying to graze mainly on fresh fruit. Sometimes I have some cheese or nuts, but mostly I'm snacking on fruit.

Sloan, I thought of you today. I carried a WW TV dinner and some fresh fruit to school for lunch. I was thinking of your homemade frozen meals knowing they had to be better.

:listen: (If anyone wants the infamous recipe, send me a PM.) I am making it for the men's church group Monday. My thinking on it was that it's such a novelty down here right now what with being on the news and all, the guys would get a kick out of it. I may eat 1 but definitely not more than 2.

But that's not my big news. I have something I want to share with you. No, I'm not pregnant. What I am is 16 pounds lighter than I was first of summer. I have been going to Overeaters Anonymous, gotten a sponsor (I dearly LOVE her!!!) and have been abstinant (sp?) from sugar (desserts) for 93 days.

I am very proud of this. I have gone from 200 to 184 just basically giving up sweets. I am eating "almost CORE", too. These 93 days include a trip that lasted over a week, Curtis' operation, hospital stay, and recovery period (which is still going on), and extreme backaches that resulted in 2 spinal injections---and I can't remember what other "LIFE" events but know there have been more.

I was hesitant to tell you all sooner because I wanted to see if I could be successful first. You know I've tried a cazillion different ways to lose weight--including CORE only to lose up to around 9 pounds then yo-yo'ing right back up to 200. I haven't stuck to anything for long--until this.

I weigh less now than I have since before we moved to Texas in 2007. I feel better in my clothes. I look forward to getting dressed. I have more energy. And--I'm 1/3 of the way to my goal.

I allow myself something decadent every now and then becaus "that's life"--that is-- if it's not sugar--and I'm also consciously working on stopping eating when I'm satisfied. COE (compulsive overeating), hopefully, is now under control. It's not eliminated--just controlled.

I told my sponsor I knew I could be eating sugar free desserts but that would be taking the place of fruit which has more value per calorie. I may make a sugar-free dessert during the holidays and other special occasions, but from now on--desserts are treats.

"And that's all I know about that." and "Life is just a box of chocolates." etc............

I'll be back later.

09-09-2010, 08:22 PM
:carrot: :bravo: :cp: :cb: :hat: :dance: :flow2: :dancer: :goodvibes :high: :twirly: :cheer3: :cheer2: :cheer3: :congrat: :cheers: :broc: :cheer: :yay:

09-09-2010, 08:35 PM
Thank you, Sloan! What a wonderful post!!! I'm all smiles. Now let's all go to Rhonda's. I'm thinking BYOB should include buckets.

Rhonda, what time did you say? I just had a thought. Maybe sometime we could all get together at the same time via the board.

09-10-2010, 12:18 AM
Ditto to Sloan's post Sandra. I'm really happy for you and know that you must be really proud of yourself and delighted. :dance:

What time on Saturday? Whenever you all get here!


09-10-2010, 04:30 AM
[QUOTE=Tejas;3473935]Ok, everyone...dinner at my house this Saturday night. Fried Frito Pie is the featured item. BYOB. :rofl:

If I can find a frit I shall be serving up fried frito too this side of the pond!
I hear you on the political level Tejas. We are having trouble on a local level. A drain outside our house has been blocked for 4 years. For four years we have been ringing the council and nothing has been done.
The drain has now collapsed and the road floods so much , cars hit the flood and send up a spray which goes right through a downstairs window. This is the routine: An engineer comes, he orders a probe, the workmen come... ( 'Hello again love, hasn't this been fixed yet?') The first man comes back tells us the drain has collapsed and repair is a high priority, goes away does nothing the road once again floods and off we go again!
Our council representative is tearing out her hair. My husband has now contacted the local newspapers, TV and radio stations who, next time it floods, will come and do a piece on it with pictures and film footage. We have now been told that repairs will cost £10,000 and there is no money to do them. The Chief Exec. of our city council ( and no one knows exactly what he does) has a salary, more than a consultant neuro surgeon!

Re diet group We have a new young doctor at our surgery Sandra who has a mum who has tried to lose weight for 45 of her 60 years. This doctor has set up a group. We meet once a week and have a weigh in and a session when we talk about our efforts. She gives us relaxation therapy, exercise programs tailored to individual group members, and generally makes us feel good about ourselves. We also work with the practice dietician and our aim is to lose 1-2lbs a week. If donít, well what the hey? It is more a life style change than a diet. My husband belongs to the post coronary group and luckily, both meet on the same day and we often join up for the exercise classes.
This is just what I need. Iíve got control of my weight now. In the past Iíve done these Spartan Ďlose 15lbs a weekí diets, and yes they have worked but are unsustainable and Iíve piled the weight back on.

09-10-2010, 08:03 AM

:balloons::woo::broc::cheer: CONGRATULATIONS:carrot::bravo::cp::cb::dance::danc e:

09-10-2010, 09:10 AM
JoJo, your group sounds really beneficial. You're right It's all about changing our lifestyles. And thank you again for your support.

Rhonda, you sound very happy. I am so glad you've adjusted so well to retirement. (I knew you would.)

I'm off here now to head to school. This is Day 3 this week for me and I'm thinking TGIF. I'm scheduled for 3 days next week, too. I'm enjoying getting students. Life is good.

beach bum
09-10-2010, 10:27 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Temp are down in the 60's and does it feel comfortable. Well today is the PB club and than after that my friend & I are going over t MV for the day.Last ferry & bus is around 7 PM.Going to take a wind beaker just in case it being cool on the boat. This Sunday I'm going boating again sort of cruise going down the Cape Cod Canel to see the sun set.Yes I'll bring my camera,but I hoping that I don't do my famous cutting off heads and scenes act,as I'm not a good photographer like Leo was.

This morning I still waiting for the gardener to call me,so I can tell him what I want done in my front garden. Some how I didn't here from him yesterday and he suppose to do the job on Saturday morning.Wish I could do the gardening myself but with my should arm & had I don't dare,as I don't want to start that pain again.

Maryann, I'm glad you're interested in the recipe. I was hesitant to post it here because of its decadence. If anyone else would like it, I'll PM it to you. I am thinking I might make it for a church social. Curtis goes to Men's Discipleship twice a month. I really think it's a roosterfest with hens furnishing the chickenfeed. I think the guys would like this. I know it's something I couldn't have much of around the house.

SANDRAOh I always interested in different types of recipes.even if the are not healthy I try turn them around to make them healthier,that the fun in cooking.So you think its a guy thing more that a woman.Ill surprise you that I eat like a man[once I ate a whole rack of ribs in one sitting] my SIL was impressed,but my body didn't think so that why I'm so fat.


I signed up for tap dancing classes at the Senior Center, but no one else has. They say that the classes are usually full. I hope the class happens; I used to love tap dancing. Move over Ginger Rogers!

RHONDA-I'm going to take a Yoga or Tai Gi at my Senior center also once my bible study is,over. they held at the same time. Doctor things tha would loosen my shoulder/neck area.

SLOANE-Sorry I was MIA yesterday Had lots to do and I don;t have a chance to go on the computer yesterday.

JOJO-You're amazing,and I'm proud of you for being able to control you weight. Wish we had a group like yours to lose.We had one at the hospital but it disappeared. the only thing we have it WW and sadly i didn't work for me.32 weeks of trying leader put me on flex for 16 weeks and than the core at the next and both didn't work for me.

Have to go, going to my PB club and than to MV on the ferry for the rest of the day

09-10-2010, 01:51 PM
tap dancing class was a blast. I went straight into the intermediate class and did just fine :dance:

I made a good high protein shake today:

1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup pastuerized egg white
1 large peach

Blend and enjoy.

09-10-2010, 06:09 PM
Good night all

On my way to a hot bath and then bed with a Poirot DVD. Suddenly remembered I had forgotten to look up printer deals at PC World! and couldn't pass the site without dropping in. Night night everyone

09-10-2010, 07:08 PM
Rhonda, I'm so impressed with your being in the intermediate class. What a fun way to burn calories!

Maryann, your weekend sounds amazing. Enjoy yourself. I can eat like a man, too. And that's why I gained weight as well.

JoJo, night night.

09-10-2010, 07:29 PM
Jojo: I LOVE :hug: Poirot and have a set of DVD's also. For those of you who haven't seen this program, watch it if you like murder mysteries at all.

Todd just about killed me again; what can I say? The last two Fridays I have become nauseous during the workout. But, I love being told to drink chocolate milk :drool:

Sandra, I was just so happy that it came back almost like all the years hadn't passed. My knees were creakier, my balance needs improvement but my timing and rhythm (did I spell that right?) were still good. I love the percussion of tap, and it's the closest I'll get to being a drummer in a rock band!

Have a good night everyone. I'm cleaning house for a party I'm hosting for a local political candidate tomorrow night. I'll be up early in the morning going to the local market to register voters also.


09-10-2010, 07:56 PM
Rhonda, you're having so much fun. Makes me smile.

09-10-2010, 09:09 PM
Hey chickies! Did you know that September is "National Preparedness Month"?
How many of you have at least a 3 day supply of food, water, and meds stored at your house? Being prepared is something that I have had on my mind, for some weird reason, for the last couple of years. I have finally gotten supplies of water and food started, and today, I made arrangements to get some insulin stored ahead for DH. Just something to think about :D

I made a mistake and weighed today. I cannot understand how I could have gained two pounds by staying op for a week. I'm relatively sure that it is fluid, but it is still frustrating. I downloaded a calorie counting ap for my iPod touch, so I'm going to follow in y'all's footsteps and count calories for awhile. I will have to do some figuring on the calorie count of the food I cooked ahead, but I can do it. Do any of you that have had the menopause fairy visit you have ups and downs with water weight?

Rhonda, your involvement with local politics is awesome. Is there a run in your future?

Jojo, sorry about your pipe. My DS and I were just having a conversation about the perplexing focus of our government today, and you seem to be having the same issues. It's really crazy that water splashes into your window, wow!!

Maryann, your good weather sounds awesome. Enjoy!

Sandra, I'm with you, TGIF

Hey to the rest of you chickies! TTFN

09-10-2010, 11:10 PM
Sloan, you're right about the 2 pounds. It's bound to be fluid. Counting calories is a good thing. That should help, too.

09-11-2010, 04:10 AM
Well done Rhonda, going straight in to intermediate.What a great way to lose weight. My mum ( ever the optomist) sent me to ballet classes when I was a wee one. It didn't take long for the teacher to give her her money back and tell her to stop flogging a dead horse:D We have all the Poirot DVD's Tejas... about 24 I think, and as the later ones they did (Cat Among the Pigeons, Mrs MacGinty's dead etc) are released on DVD we get them through We have all the Joan Hickson Marples as well

No weight ,loss at all for me this week. I'm not that concerned, it isn't a race and I will lose all the more next week. I wasn't the only one not to lose so it must be our bodies settling down. We had all lost more centimetres though.

beach bum
09-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Today is a very sad day in America,please pray or take a moment of silence for all who died on this tragic day. My town is having a special even for those of 9/11 but as we speech my garden is here weeding and trimming my hedges,other wise I'd be down at the greens where they're going to lower the flag and play taps. The firemen and police are going to present wreaths & speak for there comrades that died in that explosion of the trade center towers 9 years ago.I'm typing with sadness & heavy heart as we known a firefighter who lost his life,having the opportunity to escape but he rather stay with the people that were trapped.

Would you believe all the tomatoes I getting now, that I can't keep up with them. So I found an web site where you can freeze fresh tomatoes and make homemade tomato sauce in the winter. I have one quart zip loc bag filled with tomatoes and I think I will be doing another batch some time next week.

Had a wonderful time at MV. We were going to the PB Club first but we found out the movie that a glitch in it and it wasn't going to be shown this week so we headed for the steamship instead and got over to MV and had our lunch /dinner around 3 PM. We had a beautiful day ,this afternoon I going to meet my friend for Pizza as the movies playing in our theaters are "R" rated. Tomorrow I going a mini cruise down Cape Cod Canel to see the sun set for the Right To Life in our church. Have to be there at the pier at 4 PM when the boat leaves until 7 PM.

SANDRA-When my friend & I go out we always have a wonderful time,the weather & temps are perfect this time of year. Lots of foliage tour buses are here but with the dry summer we had the tress are not turning like they used to.

SLOAN-Thanks,after the hot summer when had it s about time we can still enjoy the things we would have loved to do in the summer months.

Have to go,as my gardener is just about finished and I have to get the check ready for him.

09-11-2010, 01:07 PM
We have memorial services over here too Beachbum, over 60 Brits were killed on that horrible day and many of us have also lost loved ones and close friends in the IRA bombings, which lasted for many years. So our thoughts are with you

Send me some tomatoes via cyberspace would you;) I lost all mine this year, the dog ate them before they developed from the flower stage!

Have a good one everyone. This evening promises to be hot and humid with rain. Never mind, Strictly Come Dancing (your Dancing with the Stars) starts this evening and its always a firm favourite of mine.

09-11-2010, 02:02 PM
Yes, it is a day of mourning in many countries. It happened on US soil but many citizens of many other countries were killed or affected somehow.

I did my bit for making a better world by registering voters. I almost don't care how they vote, just get out there and vote.

I'm also hosting a party :hat: tonight for my local candidate for congress so I have to at least vacuum the carpets. But, I need a nap :yawn: I was late going to sleep and woke up at 5 AM.

I have not eaten enough today nor have I drunk enough water. I will fix that right now. I won't be doing any exercise except running in circles!

Jojo, we watched Lord Edgewater Dies last night. I have only two of the Joan Hickson DVDs. Must get more!


09-11-2010, 07:29 PM
JoJo, congratulations on losing centimeters. I'll bet your clothes are fitting better, aren't they? Mine are and I'm thrilled!!

Maryann, I'll bet your area is beautiful. Have fun tomorrow--and tell us all about it.

I'm not making the Fried You know whats Monday afterall. I had forgotten that I'll be leaving for my meeting before Curtis leaves for his. We'll send an eaier dish for the guys.

I'm OP.

09-11-2010, 09:41 PM
Hey chickies! I've had a productive day. I started with our leaders' meeting for my Bible study group at 7:30 this morning. Since then I have been to the grocery, done a little cooking, and washed three loads of clothes. I also did a little painting on a picture I'm doing for my neice. I've been counting the calories today, and so far, so good. I'm having a glass of wine right now, so I hope I can stay at 1200 cals.

Jojo, I roasted a butternut squash today. It is delicious!! I rubbed it with some olive oil then sprinkled on a little cinnamon, black pepper, and salt. De-lish!! Thanks for the advice.

Rhonda, running for a state or national office? Hope your dinner goes well!

Sandra, I'm so happy for your weight loss! I know you are happy, too :D

Maryann, thanks for reminding everyone about 9/11. I did stop and say a prayer this morning for all of those brave rescue workers/firefighters and their families in addition to all of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Hey to the rest of you chickies! TTFN

09-12-2010, 12:34 AM
Sloanie, the candidate for our US congressional district. It was a good party and I'm grateful that it's over! I never got a nap today. My eating was really off. We went to an antique car show on the county squard and I had a real hambuger. I didn't eat much tonight, but I did have a Margarita (or two).

Anyway, it's all right. My biggest problem right now is fatigue so I'm headed to bed.

Good night,

09-12-2010, 05:17 AM
Tejas It's well worth getting the complete Poirot and Marple collections, hours of enjoyment. There's nothing cosier than, on a wet winter's night putting an 'Agatha' on.
It was interesting, what you said about voting. My granny was a suffragette. Not a famous one, or particularly brave, but she marched with her banner to get the right to vote. She would have wondered if it was worth it if she could see the pure apathy in the UK today. The one's who don't bother to vote are the ones who moan the most.

Sloanie Glad you enjoyed it. In the winter, Mark takes the rind off for me (I'm not allowed near very sharp knives since the year I almost cut my thumb off carving a face on a pumpkin:D) I cut the flesh into chunky cubes and pop them in when I'm making home made vegetable soup. They make it taste lovely and creamy not to mention a nice colour.

A beautiful warm sunny Sunday here and I am just going to peg out my washing when I have finished this. I shall feel my welsh grandpa standing behind me DISGUSTED and ashamed of me, that I am washing on a Sunday. Grandpa kept Sunday's as a day of rest and housework was a no-no.

09-12-2010, 12:15 PM
Mornin' chickies. I stayed around 1200 calories yesterday even with the glass of wine that I had. Not bad. DH was sick during the night, so he is still in the bed. I have done my Bible study, and now I have a million things to do.

Jojo, my grandmother would be shaking her head at me, too. She would cook on Sunday, but housework had to wait. I ended up eating an entire squash before the day was over, yesterday. I plan to get more. I love sweet potatoes, but they don't love me, and the Butternut might just be a good replacement for them. I even saw a recipe for oven fries made with them. I'll let you know if I try that.

Have a wonderful day, y'all!

09-12-2010, 02:58 PM
I'm alive Chicks! Just stopped by to tell you I'm ok. I fell down a couple of steps the other day and it hurts to sit at the computer. That and I went to sit with my Sister who has sciatica again while her husband is at the hospital with his 92 year old mother. Lordy.

I'll be back as soon as I can. Love to you all.

beach bum
09-12-2010, 03:18 PM
Hi Gals:)

Just a quick Hello :wave: In 1 hr I'm going on the sun set cruise from my church,there there no sun out today its over cast. Some rain expected some time tonight into tomorrow.

Nothing else to report,other wise it would be another quite Sunday.

See you guys tomorrow morning

09-12-2010, 04:20 PM
Vickie, I was wondering where you were. I wish there was something I could do for you. I'll bet you're sore. Thank goodness you didn't break any bones.

Sloan, :woohoo: on staying below 1200 calories yesterday. You're doing great. I hope DH is feeling better. Curtis still has rough nights with knee pain. He's on the recliner now resting.

JoJo, I remember when I was growing up hardly any businesses were open on Sunday and our church encouraged us not to do business with those that were. That said--we just got home from lunch. We eat out every Sunday after church. A lot of folks from our congregation eat together there. Things have changed, haven't they?

Rhonda, I hope you're getting some rest today. That's what we're doing.

I'm going to a wedding shower in a bit. Life is good. Have a great day, everyone.

09-12-2010, 04:35 PM
Jojo: voter apathy is a real problem here, too, in the US. Canada is slightly better, but not much. We will regret it, if we haven't already. SO, all of you Americans here....go vote in November.

I'll get some more DVD's because, like you, I just really enjoy them. I also like "As time goes by" (early Judy Dench for those of you who don't know the program).

Vicky Ouch! :( Sorry that you're hurting.

Sloan, good for you and the calorie count. I was way over yesterday.

Sandra and Maryann :wave:

I think that I might go to the gym and do some cardio, after I have a nap :yawn: I was so sore from standing up almost all of yesterday, and having lifted weights on Friday. I need to move. I should go for a swim at Vicky's.


09-12-2010, 04:42 PM
Rhonda, I dreamed about you and Doyle last night. I can't remember much about it, but we were all having margaritas. :hat:

09-13-2010, 01:16 AM

09-13-2010, 04:24 AM
Ahhhhh 'As Time Goes By' It was shown on a Sunday evening and totally not to be missed. I'm afraid Tejas that being an only child I became an avid reader. The term 'bookworm' was invented for me and I have all the Agatha Christies. Mark insists that if the world was full of books children and dogs I would be a very happy bunny

Ooo Vicky I bet that smarted! Hope you are easier now. Also, tell your sister I suffered with sciatica a few years ago. Dreadful pain. If it is any use to you, when one of my family has bumps and bruises I use epsom salts in the bath to pull out the toxins. 4 good handfuls in a hot bath (do not drink the water::D ) and stay in for no more than 10mins. It takes 7 to draw out the poisons from the tissue)

We have been invited to spend a week, from next Saturday with old friends. I'm not too bothered about the diet. If I go sensibly I should maintain even if there is no loss.

I hope I'm in the right week... if we have moved to a new week will cut and paste later

09-13-2010, 10:38 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm off to JC. I also need to get my husband a Doctor appointment as he now has some kind of infection in his big toe. Scary with a diabetic. I hope I can get him an appointment for today.

Catch up with all of you is delayed yet again.