Support Groups - Treating ourselves royally, behaving like royalty in 2011




Arabella
01-06-2011, 07:23 PM
Happy New Year! :cheers:

And here we go! This thread is dedicated to the idea that if we ensure our real needs are met, we won't be trying to make up for the failure to do so through food.

This year, let's get enough rest, groom ourselves like :queen:s, eat healthily, get fresh air and exercise -- and all those other things that contribute to our joie de vivre. Let's stop pushing our feelings way, way down (a la Marge Simpson) and dedicate ourselves to living life to the fullest. No matter what!

This year, let's treat ourselves royally! Come on in and share your plan for spending and ending this year in a healthy and happy place.
:ginger:
Huzzah!


Arabella
01-07-2011, 09:19 AM
Not a pretty tune, but one that must be sung. Well, it could be worse, really. I'm at my fall high point, five pounds up from my fall low point -- which was only glimpsed a couple of times. Updated my tracker, which I should have done some time ago. Starting anew, but I guess that's what we're supposed to do.

Oh I AM cranky today. It may dissipate -- not sure what caused it but it's been a moody week. If I didn't know better I'd say I was getting my period. I guess we've always got hormone issues of one kind or another. On the bright side, my hot flashes have abated a lot with a new supplement. And they really had been pretty relentless for a long time.

I took a step outside my comfort zone this week. There's a monthly social gathering with a very lovely group of women who get together the first Wednesday for single malt scotch and a natter. A couple of the members have mentioned it to me and said they'd forward me the message -- but never did. I've always been shy about such things (Mom always impressed upon us that we were never to go anywhere without an express invitation, lest we were unwelcome). Despite misgivings that they might not want me, I asked about it this week and was told I'd be very welcome. So I went! All by myself, to the home of a woman I don't know well, and was okay. I think it'll be nicer as it goes on and I become more comfortable.

Anagram, I love the idea of water tai chi! I must try it sometime. We got the tree undecked and decorations stored last week because the tree had to be out for collection the next day. I think next year I might just leave it up and take it to the depot myself, though.

Here's a link back to the last page of the old thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/189639-its-new-dawn-new-day-new-life-treating-ourselves-royally-2010-a-23.html), because there are some posts.

S'pose I should be working... Let's make this a good one!

anagram
01-08-2011, 04:07 PM
Thank you once again, Royal Arabella, for our new thread and for setting forth once again our Royal Philosophy. Your new "friendship opportunity" sounds great - just what I'm looking for, I'd say. I know I need more new friends. I have some good reliable friends for some things. But I need a little more adventure in my life - nay, not a lot - just some - and don't seem to hae the buddy I need for that. Still, I've gone to many things alone and will continue my quest.

My "travelling on the same orbit" friend, I too have had a weepy week. I do know some of the reasons for this, in my case. However, I had a really terrible "lets eat enough food to force down our feelings" night two days ago and a lot more firm self-revelation, etc. No matter how many times I do this, it seems to be needed every now and then. I feel I came out of it (though still weepy) with more layers peeled away.

AND this morning I was back at 198.8 - it is so much easier to do better when old scale is doing better. Not saying it will last but it's good to see it again.

Some of my "weepy" is just January - post Christmas let-down, snow, important dates, etc. But I had a revelatory moment today that made me feel too blessed to weep. All revolved around snow and kind neighbors and two great conversations - both totally unexpected. I don't mean I was sitting around crying - just that little things have been bringing tears to my eyes - good things, bad things, maybe some sweets will help things. But I think I will very soon be a rational human again.

I haven't made a firm decision on the water ai chi but likely will go for at least the next seven weeks (duration of class). Pluses and minuses but it IS something a little different and, as I said, I need to shake it up a bit.

Back to paying some bills - no, that's not why I was weeping - but I do have to read proposals for a radon remediation job I'm going to have done. This house is a money pit, for sure.

Nothing exciting going on here but that's okay as I need some quiet time sometimes - and some new adventures to get into as well.

:belly:


Arabella
01-09-2011, 12:25 PM
:wave: Anagram! Sorry you've been feeling bluesy too but I have to say there is some comfort in knowing it's not just me. Sometimes there seems to be a prevalent mood that affects us sensitive folk disproportionately. I've been off and on doldrumsy since before Christmas, though. A little depressed, I guess, although not relentlessly. Trying to do what I can to fight my way out of it. I know one thing I've got to do is get out of the house more. I've been having trouble getting out to the offices and I think a change of scenery does me good. Tomorrow, for sure. :yes:

The first time, I thought it was just a typo but when you retyped the same way, I looked it up. I see -- tai chi in water = ai chi. Do you know what the significance is of the different word? I know "tai" itself is hard to translate; probably "ai" is too. In any case, the idea is intriguing to me and I may give it a try the next time I'm in a pool. It's hard to find spaces for a set of tai chi in the winter -- in summer I can do it outside.

I came across that weekly weigh-in thread and popped in to record this week. Looked back to see that, in fact, I'm up 4.2 from this time last year. Howe'er, looking for loss this week. And working for it, which is more to the point. I've gotten over 10,000 steps every day since Christmas, eating only at the table when alone and journalling food. DH and I actually meditated yesterday and I may just keep on meditating with him daily, grafting onto his capacity to stick to a routine.

Hoping all the Royals are well, wherever they roam. Love to all!

anagram
01-11-2011, 12:30 PM
Well, sitting here waiting for snow again. Just a few inches expected. Not really bad for this time of year here - we have a state-fair-like Farm Show this week and the weather is notoriously bad for the show - of course, the fact that it's January always helps, I'll bet.

Arabella, I was bluesy most of the fall though not so much in Nov/Dec. Wasn't feeling right overall so don't know which came first. Have been feeling mostly better but again a tinge of wallowing persists.

Concerned re dear wsw as it looks like she'll be hit again as well. Not good for her technical difficulties, I'm sure.

So my errands are done for the day and I do have some paper projects to do but for now, I think I'll be a wee lazy first. Treating me royally, i.e.

198.6 today - my lowest so far was a one day glimpse of 195.6 - I think my Valentine's Day goal will be to at least glimpse 195. Seems like a small thing to ask but I know my track record ;)

Hugs, Kaylets.

:belly:

anagram
01-12-2011, 11:31 AM
Neighbors to the rescue again. I'm dug out but am still planning an "inside" day. Did one nasty piece of paperwork already today so am feeling less stressed.

Feeling good about where I stand at the moment. Can't say "progress" because I'm not sure how much I've "progressed" but feel at least that I'm making a decent effort.

:) :) :) :)

Wishing all Royals a Regal day - :belly:

Arabella
01-13-2011, 06:35 AM
I've held tenaciously to eating only at the table when I'm alone but it's like the :devil: within says "I'll show her!" I've had an unplanned afternoon snack each day, usually not a diet-friendly choice. And I'm thinking about food way too much. Nevertheless, I know that I've just got to get through this period and I'll be okay. Eating at the table just isn't the same and my inner :devil: will eventually just give up.

Still getting over 10k steps every day and have actually started meditating daily as planned. Today I resolve to actually journal my food. What happens is that I start out okay and then stop when I eat something I shouldn't. :rolleyes:

Anyway, before this day takes hold of me, I will plan something just for fun.

Anagram, yay for good neighbours! I've got a trip coming up next week to company meetings and I think that's causing me stress. I leave here just after lunch Monday, get to the hotel 10 p.m. Have meetings all day Tuesday and party Tuesday night. Then the shuttle picks me up 7:30 Wednesday morning to go to the airport. And I get home 7 in the evening. :faint: Also puzzled as to why they have to be in January.

Oh dear Lord, I am so tedious this morning. Tempted to delete post but won't. Let's take this day and do our best with it.

Love to all!

wsw
01-13-2011, 04:30 PM
kaylets-i am so sorry for your tremendous loss! i am sending you lots of hugs and warm thoughts. please take very good care of yourself, which i know, of course, is a tall order during such a rough time, but please be as sweet and gentle with yourself as possible, our dear kaylets!

anagram- hi. wow! being so far down in to onederland, and flirting with even lower numbers still---good job!
glad your lovely neighbors have dug you out. hope bluesy times continue to lessen.

arabella-way to go with getting all your steps in and daily meditating. hope your trip next week to company meetings goes well, and is as non-stressful as possible, at least.

i have so NOT been eating daintily enough for quite some time now. sad, but true. i hadn't been feeling well-pneumonia for over a month now-and being iced in several times+ over the past month and a half have been a couple of the reasons for my recent"lapse in good judgment," (not excuses, however.) i sure do use comfort food as comfort. ah well. i have had a lot of "ms technical difficulties" for a while, which was the reason for being away from the palace for so long, or else i would have been in here to 'fess up to my plopping off the dainty portion wagon much sooner. anyway, the good news is that i am feeling more sensible (food plan-wise) once again. I'm still iced in (on day 3) of this most recent winter weather siege, but am not going to use this as an excuse to jump ship now. I have plenty of good, healthy food in the house, and am paying attention to the amounts i am now consuming. i plan to make this the norm once again, rather than the exception, as it had been for the past 6 weeks or so. i am back in the saddle again! (sigh of relief!) :) well, royals, i have missed you so much, and am thinking of you all, mentioned or -un. take care, all.

Arabella
01-15-2011, 09:18 AM
I marshalled my forces, fought and beat that Off-plan afternoon snack :devil: Picked up some popcorn to have if I need something crunchy. Will make some date candy for if I'm wanting something sweet. I've been absolutely resolute about eating only at the table, even if what I ate was off plan. It just doesn't do the trick (make me go hog wild) like eating while cocooning does. I'm GETTING to goal this year! :cb: :cb:

WSW, I've adjusted my attitude about the trip and intend to see if I can't enjoy it. I'm always amazed by how much difference it makes to change the way I look at something.

No wonder you haven't been able to maintain the dainty portions -- it's hard enough when we're at full strength. Hope you're feeling better!

Kaylets, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. :hug:

Anagram :wave:

Let's take this day that we've been given and make it work for us!

anagram
01-18-2011, 10:05 PM
Messy weather day but got lots of yukky stuff done. Good weigh in this a.m. Under the 200 mark several days in a row. Yay! Oops, now I'll be up tomorrow.

Rally on, Royals.

anagram
01-20-2011, 09:51 PM
drat and double drat - I was four or five days into my "first week all under 200" and then I ate out yesterday. Put on five pounds since two days ago. Now I KNOW some or all of it will go but I was so thrilled to think I might get a whole week under my belt. Well, back to day one again.

Saw "The King's Speech" yesterday - good, good movie. Except for the two minute tirade of crude speech put in to placate those who wouldn't think they got their money's worth if there weren't four letter words somewhere. True, some of it was in the context of the movie. But after the point was made, it was continued to the extent it slowed the story rather than enhanced it and somehow no longer ran true. Still, I'd heartily recommend it.

Snowing again. Not to get much but .... well, I guess I should be grateful for that. Fifty years ago, we got 24 inches on this date. I only remember because our car got stuck in a snow bank, couldn't get a cab, buses weren't running, and my boss accused me of staying home just so I could watch JFKs inauguration on TV - funny memory now.

Tried out another water class today. More what I need, I think, but I'm still not convinced. Must research a couple of other things/places. Still I feel better for it.

Oooh, and today I got a $20 gift certificate to a place where I once had some massages. It's good for any of their services but I've been getting the urge for a massage and $20 IS incentive. There's a new owner who's trying to get old customers to come back. The price list seems lower, too, than when I last went there more than a couple of years back.

:wave: :queen:s

:belly:

Arabella
01-21-2011, 09:13 AM
A flight delay and a missed connection meant that I ended up spending an extra day on the way home. The airline covered my expenses, mostly. I was okay with it -- my only regret was that I didn't pack a swimsuit, since the hotel had sauna, pool and whirlpool. That's one of my favorite ways to spend an hour or so, alternating between them.

I'll just have to start taking advantage of the pool/sauna at the hotel near here. I think it's only about $5 -- come to think of it, I've got a pedi gift cert. for the spa there, so maybe I could make it a real excursion... Shall formulate plan.

I behaved pretty well on my trip. Managed my 10k steps a day, was careful with food. I did treat myself to a small package of Godiva chocolates but no other splurges. Nevertheless, I'm not going to weigh in for a few days because flying always seems to add a few temporary pounds.

The grocery store had tulips on for $3/5 last week. If they're still on this week, I'm going to get a mix of colors and make a big bouquet. Well, I'll probably limit myself to three colors but it'll still be swell... pink, yellow, orange maybe.

Anagram, I have to start getting massages. I hate to say it, but the reason I haven't been getting them is being self-conscious. I can have a monthly one on D's health plan. So I resolve to just go get my Dr's referral and then make an appointment. Ditto for acupuncture, which SIL says makes her feel fabulous.

Soon you'll be well into Onederland and the border will be too far to get back to. :yes:

All right -- I should be working, I guess. Let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us. Love to all!

anagram
01-22-2011, 11:50 AM
Welcome back, Arabella. Maybe the delay was not all for the worst as it gave you some time to just be with you. Good company.

Oh yes, take advntage of the pools and massages when you can. Both make me feel so good though the last massage was a long time ago. I'm thinking early February. Hey, selfconscious hon, don't tell me they've never seen worse - or maybe you just don't like "nekkid (or close)". Hanging out in pool locker rooms has rid me of that - there's even a lot worse than me ;)

Speaking of, I found there is a "community" program where I was taking the ai chi/other class. For $35 a month I have lots of time choices. My insurance would pay for the Y so I'm going to check out both this week and be into something for the month of February.

It's taken me two days to get under 200 again and my only solace is that a few months ago, it would have been higher and that at least I AM back under 200 (barely).

It is so cold here today that I have declared myself housebound. Going to piddle here and there and work some more on getting tax data together. I have made a decision on the radon remediation and will get on to scheduling that next week too. Clearned out two long-forgotten drawers the other day too. Little steps.

wsw, thinking of you and hugging you to make the weather stresses leave your body sooner.

Kaylets, thinking of you today as well - another major day if I'm remembering properaly.

Royal Resolutions - Onward and Downward.

Arabella
01-22-2011, 01:29 PM
And I am glad. I've got to do some work, anyway, because I have something due Monday that's pretty taxing and I'll be a lot happier to have it done than to be frantic when the day dawns. :yes:

Cold here, really cold :brrr: but :sunny: The wind is so whistly that it makes me feel colder even thinking about going outside. I've done my :trampo: and :yoga: but I still need to get about 4000 more steps. I believe I'll take myself out for a tour of the thrift shops, parking far enough away to get steps in but with warming breaks in between. And -- who knows! -- I could actually find something "new."

We're having dinner at our best friend couple's tonight. She always cooks light, so it should be fine. Invariably there are potato chips beforehand but I can avoid those, can't I?

Anagram, nope, no issues with nekkid or close. I'm touchable, although only under the right circs, of course and I love being nekkid as long as it's warm and there's no one around. ;) It IS nice to be home.

WSW, Kaylets :hug:

Have a lovely weekend, Queenlies!

anagram
01-23-2011, 04:54 PM
Well, :queen: A, I am having a COLD weekend. Did not leave the house yesterday and only to church this a.m. Brrrrrrr. Got a LOT done though - when you stay home, that can happen, I guess. Most of the progresss was getting stuff together for the Tax Man. Don't have it all yet but what I have is in fairly good shape so far.

Also found some things I've been looking for for a while. Had sort of a treasure hunt yesterday when I had the time.

Did you find anything in the thrifts yesterday? I actually have several within a mile or two - big ones - and some consignments too. Sometimes good shopping, sometimes not. Not nice that they expect you to be away and get projects done as well.

Second day back in the onesies. Doctor's appt. Wednesday and I'd like to be there on his scale too so must be very vigilant and still doubt I'll make it because I'm not nekkid on his scale ;)

Listening to Celtic Woman on PBS - sure like their kind of music.

Must see if I can get my printer to work. It decided to go on sabbatical yesterday and I'm so NOT mechanical/technical.

Fresh Start Monday coming up.

:belly:

Arabella
01-24-2011, 08:05 AM
We're having the first REALLY cold weather this winter -- equivalent of -29 F. :brr: DH and I swaddled up and walked to the gym but didn't take the scenic harbour route. Which means I'm going to have to get some more steps in, somehow. Maybe :trampo:

I've got the laptop set up on the dining room table -- right next to the big, old-fashioned radiator.

Anagram, I ended up working both days on the weekend instead of getting out. I intend to take some time through the week to make up for it, though, I do. Good luck on the Dr.'s scale!

Let's make this a good one!

anagram
01-24-2011, 11:18 AM
FRESH START MONDAY!!

Actually, I'm happy - third day in a row under 200 - actually at 197- the first time was 197.2 and later I thought that can't be right. So I reweighed and it was 197. I had had a one day peak at 196.8 in December so I'm closing in (I hope) on a new low for the 21st century.

Still awfully cold here - supposed to break a bit tomorrow. Brrr. I know some are colder but we've been flirting with records (for individual days - happily, not all time).

So, after two days pretty much inside, I'm starting out fairly organized, in a good weight mood, etc., etc. What more can I ask? Winning the lottery? Nah, too many problems with that ;)

So, Palace People (posting or not), let's look to trudging on towards reaching our goals.

:belly:

Arabella
01-25-2011, 09:01 AM
Oh dear, it does feel a little trudgy, Anagram. Still bitterly cold today and I don't seem to have the dauntless courage to head out. Did :trampo: and :yoga: but still many a mile -- well, 2.5 -- to get my 10k steps. Shall do, though, I've got a complete month in and won't give it up.

DGS coming tonight, so that'll get me through. And then tomorrow's supposed to be milder again.

Anagram, probably for the best deciding not to win the lottery. However, if somehow you do despite best efforts, will you take me somewhere warm?

Trudging onwards...

Oh, let's do the best we can with this one!

anagram
01-25-2011, 08:23 PM
Hope you're enjoying DGS, Arabella, and yes, if I ever win a nice lottery, WE'll go somewhere very relaxing ;) I was a "winner" in the Irish Sweepstakes once, really. That is, I had a winning ticket (bought when we were in Ireland). When I finally got a check, after all the bank fees, etc., It was for $50 some dollars. Nice enough but better is that I can always say I was a winner in the Sweepstakes -no need to tell some how much.

Been at odds and ends today - a nicer day than we've been having but change in the wind and nasty stuff expected tomorrow. I cancelled my doctor appt. as a favor to other people ;) If I cancel, we won't get much and I could have gone. If I didn't cancel, we'd likely get a foot.

Checked out the Y today and had picked up forms for the other pool the day before. So I've decided to splurge and pay for the newer place instead of insurance paying for the Y. Warmer water for one thing and a nice whirlpool. Need dr. approval so won't be going until after the postponed appt but it's a decision made.

Also made a decision on the radon remediation and that will be done two weeks from now. And tax work is about (almost) as done as it can be at this point. Still waiting for lots of info.

Food still okay - but have munchies tonight. Evenings are always my worst. I think I'll go make some tea.

Stay warm - Royals in the colder climes. The equinox is less than three months away and there are minutes of daylight more each day.

:belly:

Heading to P'ville for a few days over the weekend.

Arabella
01-26-2011, 10:20 AM
Gorgeous morning here today. Sparkly, fluffy, crystalline snow so light you can poof it away with a breath, sun shining on frost-glittery trees, clouds of fog hovering over the harbour. DGS, on the drive to school, said he thought it looked like heaven. :cloud9:

It's only a bit warmer than it has been but somehow doesn't seem that cold.

Anagram, I think the :swim: splurge will be well worth it, the very first time you get into the whirlpool. I keep trying to talk DH into having a gym membership at the place that has a pool, whirlpool and sauna.

Great about our trip to warmer climes! One of us is bound to win, don't you think? Shall pick up all :queen:lies en route and away we go. :)

Let's make this a good one!

anagram
01-26-2011, 12:21 PM
A very sweet observation by DGS. We are supposedly in a "lull" - it was snowing before I got up today so I was happy I cancelled appt. It's not just the roads. My slightly hilly driveway is still covered, etc. and there's lots of things I'm not prepared to deal with when I don't have to. Falling, slipping, waiting by the side of the road for a tow truck ;)

Anyway, we are supposed to get more throughout the day and then overnight as well. Thinking of you, Kaylets, hoping you don't have to venture out today (though I know you've gone back to work) since we tend to share weather systems. Hoping wsw is okay too.

I'm very happy this morning. Weighed in at 196.4 which is my lowest in 20 years. It may be just a temporary glimpse (as was the previous 196.8 glimpse before Christmas - this is the first I've been back there since) but it serves to inspire - and do I need inspiration. And of course I cancelled the dr. appt just the day I "might" have weighed under 200 on his scale. Well, it gives me one more week to work towards that goal. Also noting a tiny bit less belly fat and a tiny more curve at the waste - Note I am very well trained for the tiniest changes ;)

Yes, yes, I guess I'll have to start playing the lottery if we're to win. Isn't that a lovely pipe dream? And I'm looking forward to that hot tub too - I'm sure I'll go to pool more often just for that. A lot more accessible time there as well so it will cut down some of my excuses.

I note we have a lot more views than posts so I want to once again extend an invitation to come join us. Our goal is to be so good to ourselves in other small or large ways so that we do not need food as a reward. So join us and be good to you!!!

:belly:

anagram
01-26-2011, 12:25 PM
Note - since I started about 251 or so, I have now lost 20%. Nice thouight. Must remember that.

anagram
01-27-2011, 11:30 AM
Looking pretty here now that nice neighbors have once again dug me out. Luv 'em. Took DSIL six hours to commute home from DC office last night - normally 45 minutes or so. Spring, anyone?

So tody I'm at 198.4 - up 2 from yesterday. But I expected yesterday would be just a "glimpse". Still a 1.. so happy. Nothing particularly offensive in yesterday's behavior, just, I think, my normal yoyo.

Trip to Princessville up in the air-ish. Roads should be good by tomorrow, in fact, later today as well. But don't know local situation re parking, snowpiles, etc. Can only wait and see - and if I make the lasagna as planned, it can always go to the freezer for next time.

Today more a trudge than the spritely dance of yesterday but both are good.

Treat yourself to something today, Royal Ones, be it only a glimpse or two out the window at Mother Nature's glory.

:belly:

Arabella
01-29-2011, 08:28 AM
:sunny: So here we have the last Saturday in January. I saw someone in another thread commenting that spring was almost here. I think they were in Kentucky. Hahahaha! Spring really doesn't arrive here until April -- and even then we often get snow. Nevertheless, January and February are the coldest and January hasn't been too bad. And, really, the snow is just magically beautiful sometimes, and gets "refreshed" enough that it stays pretty.

Heading out for a walk soon. Next year, maybe I'll take up skiing or snowshoeing. :chin: It would be so much fun!

Anagram, how wonderful that a bounce up doesn't even get you to the border of Onederland. :) You're doing so well!

I bought the prettiest box of kleenex yesterday (yes, I do appreciate the little things ;) ) -- all covered in violets, so sweet and fresh -- like looking down on a patch of blossoms. Made me think of you.

I'm pretty good at spotting those little improvements, too. With this month in of walking 10k steps a day, my legs look and feel much more muscular. Hoping they'll actually appear smaller this month...


I've got some practice files for our Good Friday performance -- Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle. Methinks I'd best get in some practice. So -- the weekend looks like some putter-cleaning, practicing. A trip to the library to exchange my mum's books. And I think I'll get DH to go see The King's Speech. Hard to pry him out of the house in the evening -- maybe a matinee? If, of course, it doesn't interfere with the royal nap. :lol:

Love to all, mentioned or un- -- let's take this day and make it work for us!

anagram
02-04-2011, 05:38 PM
Third day back under 200. I had two binges and went over 200 each time. And I had been to six days under at one point. Do I ever learn?

Sick of the bad weather with more coming tomorrow. Did get to Pville last weekend. Had to park at a grocery store and DD came to get me with her van as her street had not been plowed. Hairy weather on the way down - not sure I'd do it again.

But it was worth seeing DGD perform. I've seen her in choruses, etc. but this time she had a lead with at least five solos. I was blown away. As her grandma of course I'd think she's great no matter how she did. But this was more than a grandmotherly "blown away". Her voice was better and stronger than I had expected and when she (as part of the acting) did some dance moves, I could see all the Irish dancing and ballet lessons as she worked both in.

Feeling blah this afternoon - expect it's the coming of another low pressure system. Spring, spring - whereart thou, Spring?

:belly:

Arabella
02-05-2011, 09:05 AM
Ah yes, another :snowglo: kind of winter day. Bright and :sunny: but cold. Supposed to get up close to the freezing mark later today, though. And here too -- more snow tomorrow. And it's as high as an elephant's eye out there already!

I had a two or three afternoon incidents this past week so I'm glad to be down a pound. V-Day goal is looking iffy but I'll leave it posted in case of a miracle ;)

Anagram, do you mean that you think there's something about an approaching low that affects mood or is it just the idea of it? :chin: I woke up feeling blah this a.m. too and thought, now what do I really have to be blah about? Shall work on making blahness go away -- I've got a perfectly good day here that I shall ENJOY! First -- a nice hot immersion :coffee2: Then out for my snowy, sunny walk around my beautiful harbour. I've still got 10k steps a day since Christmas.

Hooray for DGD!!! And what a joy for anagramma to watch -- your heart must have been just about bursting. :)

Although it seems far, far away, spring is (here) only a couple of months off. Which is, in fact, just a nice amount of time to take a chunk of weight off. And I would feel much more springlike. K, then -- going to work it. :yes:

A party tonight so I'm going to get my head on straight now. I think I'll have a nice big salad before we leave so I can avoid the type of apps that are likely to be there. And have it firmly in mind that I'm not eating dessert/bread.

Have a lovely Saturday -- :wave: to all the wandering :queen:s

anagram
02-05-2011, 03:59 PM
Yo = Royal A - yes I do think approaching lows do give me problems. Affect me physically which does a thing to me mentally. Better today though not exactly bursting any records as to ambition.

You described my feeling re P-14 exactly. I know i'd have enjoyed no matter what - but the "pro" feel to it all just put me over the top. I must give a lot of credit to her Momma who aids and abets her in everything w/o pushing - other than that grades must come first, etc.

Was at 197.4 this morning and it was four days in a row under 200. I am determined to make it the next three days for a "first" under 2 week. I am, I am. I'm remembering wsw who royally just kept on going down once she broke through. Wanna be like her.

my V goal of 195 is likely not doable but I'll pretend for now I have a chance. No Super Bowl gorging for moi.

busy Monday coming up but weather is to be good so should get it all together. Going to read the rest of the day. Joining a new book group so reading a bio for that.

Got some more housework done today but really could have done so much more w/a little ambition. Still progress - though slow. Now that I know I'm in for the day, I think I'll go curl up and make some progress on the bio w/some nice light classical in the back ground Sounds like a plan. I've already had as much tea today as I can manage so will need to have a plan for later in the day - hot choc mebbe. (70 cal) Sounds like a little reward.

Be good at party tonight. I likely would fall but I know you're made of sturdier stuff.

dear wsw and kaylets - thinking of you both and hoping you're faring as well as can be expected with all this weather mess.

:belly:

anagram
02-06-2011, 01:46 PM
197.6 - 5 days now - don't blow it. Tomorrow is dr. day - no Super Bowl blowout.

Arabella
02-06-2011, 07:39 PM
Pretty much it for the weekend, in any case. Mellowing out with a glass of Shiraz, reading some ghost stories. Kind of a nice weekend although they're never long enough. However, somehow the nicer ones make me less resentful to go back to work. I guess I feel less like I'm on a hamster wheel. (Now there's an idea for a smiley.)

The party was fun last night and I was perfect right until the end when I succumbed to a sliver of cake. (Lemon poppyseed - YUM!) But I did take just a sliver and that was all and back on the straight and narrow again today. I ignored the multigrain nachos & guacamole, ignored the bread. Dinner was lamb, potatoes, asparagus, salad. Of course I did have a few glasses of wine. I guess the next frontier will be cutting back on my weekend wine...

DH and I went for our long Sunday walk mid-storm. Gotta get those 10k steps, is my excuse. His is just that he's a glutton for punishment -- he'd shoveled for an hour before we walked.

Not too too busy today -- a few loads of laundry, visited DS, did a little practicing.

Anagram, that's very interesting about the approaching lows. I do believe that weather/environment/whatever really affects me, too but I'd never looked at that specifically. I know when a high pressure system's coming in I often get a headache but am in good spirits o/w. :shrug: Always freakin' something, is it not?

Winding down now, just about to the point of getting ready to tuck myself into bed with my book. :cloud9:

Fresh start Monday coming up. :) Let's hit it!

anagram
02-07-2011, 07:21 PM
Well, made the sixth day under 200 on my scale (198) but was still 202 at the doctor's. Drat! If I can hang on and not blow tonight and make the 7th day tomorrow that would help. Had a teensy fever at dr's today so suspect I have a touch of "what's going around". Felt this way Friday as well but seemed okay on Sat/Sunday.

Glutton for punishment - both of you ;) I used to like to walk in snow w/DH too. And my DS and DDIL were out hiking over the weekend in the masses of snow, etc. Put pics on Facebook of him climbing around steep cliffs, etc. He loves the cold weather. I did not love the pics of him raising my blood pressure.

Well gingersnap tea and I go back to blanket and recliner. Hoping for a good report tomorrow. Oh Dr. put me back on prednisone for a few weeks for "technical diffs" - hard enough to lose weight w/o that. Grrrr!
:belly:

anagram
02-08-2011, 08:15 PM
Well, what happened to my little post?

Today was the seventh day (one full week) of weigh-ins under 200 - 197.6 today. Walked around Lowe's and the mall for exercise.

Did a little retail therapy too. Will sales and coupons I got 3 items of clothing for $34. Two of them a nice outfit for transition to spring. The other a jacket/blouse type thingy (blue-$8) that will look great with either black or navy slacks.

Have a new little grandniece today as well. Been more than 2 years since we had a new arrival. Slowing down the pace;)

Back to tea and recliner again. Been a busy day - only down note was that I lost a favorite muffler somewhere. Retraced steps, but couldn't find. It has been lost before and always found its way back, so here's hoping.

Arabella
02-09-2011, 09:45 AM
Huzzah for a week in Onederland! :woohoo:

I've been having the occasional bad day, which explains the slooooow weight loss. Still, though, persisting with the exercise seems to be helping.

I had the most beautiful walk around the harbour last night -- big, sparkly flakes falling gently, snow draped on evergreens, sea birds gathering on the ice while crows wheeled overhead. Lovely.

Also a big YAY for retail therapy. Must get some treatment myself...

I'm having lunch with a friend today. Selected a sushi restaurant, so there should be some good choices. I'll try to stay away from the rice, though.

I should get some work done. Cold out there today but as soon as my hair's dry I'm heading in to the offices. I've been home the last couple of days and it's wearing on me.

Yesterday had a repairman in to fix the front burners of the stove. He estimated that my stove is 25-30 years old and said I could probably get another 20 years out of it, which he said would not be the case with a new stove. So I guess my thoughts of getting a shiny new one won't come to pass.

Let's make this a good one!

anagram
02-09-2011, 12:04 PM
Ooh, how I envy your lovely harbor. Your visuals are so great. Nice to have office for change of scene - nice to be able to work from home too

I'd have to agree w/repairman re stove. Mine was 40 years old (and stainless steel so still looked modern) when I replaced it a few years ago. The new one (with self cleaning oven) is working out okay but the dishwasher is not nearly as good as the old one and I'm sure neither will last 40 years (but I won't either so maybe it's okay).

I had typed this much earlier when worker came in to tell me he needed to cut off electricity. I'm having radon remediation system installed. this house is a money pit, for sure.

Eighth day under 200. Still always nervous about it. One meal out or one half way decent binge and I'll be right back up there. Must get down a few more pounds so that doesn't happen again. That 2 is discouraging when I see it. I think it was 198.4 today. Something up from yesterday but a little here and there doesn't discourage me like the 2 does.

Back to little odds and ends - never know what to do when someone's working in the house. Don't want to be project involved. Will be project enough putting area back when he's done. Had to clean out storage area that was long overdue. Working on that for ages to be able to have job done.

Ah, well - beats having a lot of fun, doesn't it? :) ;)

:belly:

anagram
02-10-2011, 04:43 PM
So today's day 9 - 197.6 again. Hoping for a swoosh some day soon. Haven't been exercising enough. Maybe after tai chi tomorrow if I can avoid a binge.

Supposed to have a few nice days coming up - warming to the 40s which will indeed seem springlike.

Didn't sleep well last night but doing okay today so far. Lots of little things - not in a project mood (when am I ever - well, ok, sometimes I am when I'm on prednisone but I'm on a lower dose/shorter time this time around so maybe it won't happen - I'll just have to keep plugging away).

Have had light classical music on all day and that does keep me mellow.

:belly:

Arabella
02-12-2011, 07:56 AM
Frantic day yesterday -- DGS woke up and sprang from his bed as I passed at 4:30. I had work to get done and was hoping to get in a little before he got up but he so loves being up in the morning and hanging out. What's a nana to do? So then between getting work done, getting my steps in, doing the shopping, picking him up again -- yup, it were a busy day.

I had some chocolate the last couple of afternoons, but otherwise have managed to stay sugar and wheat-free. Aiming to nip that little habit in the bud, although I may pick up some xylitol to make some sugar-free treats. Theoretically, I could make some and keep them on hand. I find myself more arthritic when I have sugar, wheat or too much salt. I hate to add that last because I hadn't realized it before but it does seem to make a difference. :rolleyes:

Anagram, just getting up over the freezing mark is an accomplishment, isn't it. We're supposed to get there Monday. V. cold here now but supposed to warm up to just below.

I haven't gotten to the office as much as I'd like this past week -- one thing and another to do that tied me to home -- but I intend to get there more next week.

We have no social engagements this weekend. I've got the symphony tomorrow and then Tuesday evening having my mom and a friend for dinner, followed by The King's Speech. I've got an old TV and VCR in the trunk to take to the Sally Ann and I'll have to get it out so I can get Mom's walker in. Seems to be the way lots of things get done - necessitated for some special purpose. But then they're done, and that's always good.

I'd love to have a nice solid block of time off work to get the house straightened around. Not going to get it, though, so I'll make a list and start picking away at it. DH will be starting to travel alternate weeks before too long and I always do manage to get house projects done when he's away.

Okey-doke. Must get out for my walk and get on with this Saturday. Let's make it a good one! :wave:

anagram
02-12-2011, 01:04 PM
A nana is to enjoy those precious hang-out moments, for sure. Too soon he'll be a grown up fellow.

I feel more stiff when too much salt too. I did eat out last night so probably got more than usual but am still under 200 today - the 11th day in a row. Was working in basement this a.m. for a while and got rid of more and sorted out some things I hope to sell to a dealer at some point - not that I'd get much cash for any of it but because I love old things and want them to live on in someone else's care. Projects I never finished, etc. At least my storage area is cleaner than it's ever been (for the nonce). Radon guy told me not to put it all back in right away in case they had to come back but I had rid me of so much (ok some of it is parked in the garage) that I just kept at it a good while today.

So now I'm sitting and reading and listening to light classical - figure I've earned it. Could use a nap too as I didn't sleep well again last night. seem to only manage that every other night. But I'm feeling pretty good. Whether it's the approaching good weather, the halo over my head for this morning's work or just the prednisone, who knows? Just going to enjoy the moment.

Could use a good piece of peanut butter fudge so I'm glad I don't have any ;) I'm working my larder down and it's probably the lowest it's been in years. Resisting the grocery store, I am. /too much Valentine's hoohaa out there right now.

:belly:

Arabella
02-13-2011, 08:36 AM
Cold but brilliantly :sunny: Really a glorious winter day. Next year, I'm going to join the Friday afternoon skiing/snowshoeing crew. :yes:

I scored a nice new pair of jeans at the thrift store the other day. They very nearly come up to the waist (low waist is SO unflattering when you've got anything to bulge -- and I do). They're dark denim and a nice cut. Too long, though -- I think they must be "talls" and meant to be worn with high, high, heels. Which, lamentably, I can't manage. I'd love to be able to wear a heel but have always had problem feet, even when I was young and slim.


Oh, all too true, Anagram. I was just thinking the other day how it wouldn't likely be long before DGS is less interested in hangin' with the grams. Still, I'm thinking the lure of my downtown location might work as he gets older.

He really likes to talk about stuff and I hope that never stops. Never did with his dad, so that's hopeful.

Eleven days in Onderland! :woohoo: This may be permanent residency!

DH and I will be off for our long Sunday walk shortly and then back for brekkies. I hope to get a little putter-cleaning done before I head out to the symphony this aft.

This a.m. I'm down another pound but I'll wait for the reckoning tomorrow.

Let's make this a good one! :wave:

anagram
02-13-2011, 12:38 PM
Always thought skiing and snowshoing would be glorious. DS skis when he has a chance which isn't often. Years ago DH and I had looked into it when they opened a somewhat nearby slope. Way too expensive to do it as a family and he wouldn't do it unless we all could. I think he'd have loved it most of all and tried to get him to do it but $$$$ were tight and he was that kind of guy.

Twelve days and I'm feeling great about it - 196.8 today. Won't make my 195 by tomorrow but at least this time I think I've made a tiny step of progress.

A whole luxurious day to decide - Likely take some red flowers to the cemetery but that won't fill the whole afternoon and it's supposed to get into the 40s (practically summerlike ;) )though today there's very little sun. Maybe just go out for a while then come home and finish lollygagging with the paper and a little putzyputzy and then back to the Evanovich book I'm reading. Also watching a TV channel I didn't know I even got until a friend mentioned it this a.m. Nice little history lectures, etc. Life is seeming good at the moment. A good week, all told.

Here we go, Royals, here we go!! Tho there seem to be just two of us at the moment. Hoping wsw will do well now that weather seems improved in her areas, as well.

Lovin' you, Kaylets!!!!

:belly:

anagram
02-14-2011, 11:54 AM
HAPPY ROYAL VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

And a Fresh Start Monday as well. Good weekend here. And at 197.4 this a.m. so it's the 13th day under 200. If (when) I make it tomorrow, I will stop reporting on this goal and focus on my 195 by St. Patrick's day - so tomorrow's a biggie for me.

I'm feeling better - assuming it's the warmer weather and/or maybe the prednisone.

Laundry in, off to tai chi - went Friday and class was cancelled. Hope it's on today but I'm not going to call because it will get me out and moving anyway. Might even be nice enough for a walk on a paved surface if the snow is all gone. Too snowy, mucky yet for some things.

Anyway, feeling up to the challenge at the moment.

Wishing I had a Valentine - at least for today.

:val1::val1::val1::val1::val1:

Arabella
02-14-2011, 07:53 PM
Happy Royal Valentine's Day from this corner of the palace, too!

I didn't make my V-Day goal, as I knew I wouldn't, barring a miracle. But I made it half-way and lost 4 pounds in the last month so I'm content. Will adjust towards St. Paddy's Day as well, maybe with a more modest goal, say 1.5 a week.

Shan't linger now -- I seem to be fending off DGS' cold and I think the only sensible thing to do is tuck myself in bed with a big fat semi-trashy novel. ;)

Anagram, love it when life seems good! May it be ever so. :yes:

Love to all Royals, wandering or at home. Here's a valentine for you :) :hug: (http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/whatis/geeky-valentine-goodies/)

anagram
02-15-2011, 11:17 AM
Four pounds is a wonderful loss in one month, Arabella. I'm happy as a clam to have made two weeks now without a "2". Now to head on to not weighing a "2" on my doctor's scale. I've been this low before (though never two weeks straight) and always back slide. I did glimpse a 196 one day not too long ago so that's my next goal and then, hopefully, that elusive 195. That should be enough to keep me under "2" on the doctor's scale.

So, St. Pat's - here I come.

Tai chi class was cancelled yesterday. Instructor has penumonia. Should have called. But it did get me moving anyway. Bought me a little Valentine's bouquet while I was out.

Woke up way too early this a.m. again. So I'm in the "little things" mode again today - at least so far. But little things add up eventually so I'll keep plodding along.

Colder again today but more above average on the way so maybe I'll get inspired later in the week to do some bigger projects. Plodding along on the tax paperwork too and should finish that up this week as well.

Back to the laundry ;)

:belly:

Arabella
02-16-2011, 08:00 AM
Another beautiful, cold but :sunny: day. This has been a very wintery winter. Tomorrow's supposed to hit the freezing mark though, so that will be a treat. I'll bundle up and take myself for a walk around the harbour in a while.

DGS' cold caught me. I felt utterly crappy when I woke up but after a few cups of tea and being upright for a while, I feel like I have the strength to go on, albeit not at full speed -- such as that is. :lol:

I had an unfortunate incident yesterday. I'd made sweet potato brownies (healthy recipe but not worth sharing) and allowed myself to snack sitting on the couch. Ate way too many, paradoxically probably because they weren't that satisfying. And then had a small bowl of potato chips while I was at it. :s:

So... renewing my commitment to only eating at the table when alone. I DO know better!

I'm in "little things" mode here too. I did manage a little tidying the last couple of days, some overdue nests of clutter cleared. Picking my targets for today now, just a couple of easy tasks that nevertheless haven't gotten done.

Good for you buying yourself a Valentine's bouquet! I didn't but may try to get to the store today to pick one up.

Okey-doke -- off to get some breakfast and make my plan of attack for the day.

Let's make it a good one!

anagram
02-18-2011, 10:56 AM
Ran into a great lunch Wednesday - ate way too much, of course. So I'm up a bit again BUT NOT ABOVE 200 so I feel I "achieved" in a way.
Convoluted thinking :)

Unfortunately that afternoon I got some awful news. My niece (who just gave birth on the 8th or so was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She's the daughter of sis whose DH just finished up his second bout with radiation and chemo (and is still very weak). Also her DILs father is being buried tomorrow. To say she's distraught.....well.........

The good news is that yesterday they were told the tumor is benign. So that's a start. They had no other answers at that point, like "must it come out", "how soon",......... DS had to go back to work yesteray - she had previously decided to resign in a few more weeks to take care of DH.

So anyway, it's been one of those times. My prednisone has been seeing me through and the good weather (record setting highs) has helped me physically. Today, though, there's a low coming and I'm feeling it. Did a walk yesterday, hope to today. Tai chi scheduled but don't know if instructor will make it.

Still working bit by bit on taxes and sorting out stuff. I'm doing some stuff on freecycle.com and loving that I can usually find a home for all sorts of odds and ends. Hope to finish up tax stuff over weekend. Hope to finish up "sorting" SOME DAY.

:belly:

Arabella
02-19-2011, 08:18 AM
Rest, in particular. Last night was the first night I was not so uncomfortable that it was difficult to sleep. Even when I woke up this morning, I wasn't so miserable that I couldn't doze again. So that's progress. I'm going to take it easy on the weekend and see if that doesn't help me recover faster. I may suggest to DH that he'll be okay getting the groceries on his own.

Oh, Anagram -- what a terrible time for your family! Thank goodness the tumor's benign but brain stuff is always scary. :hug: Sometimes it seems like, within one family, there's so much illness and difficulty at the same time. Sending thoughts and prayers for the best possible outcome.

I don't think that being happy about a bump-up not bouncing you out of Onederland is convoluted thinking at all. (On the other hand, that really was a convoluted sentence.) Really, we WILL have the occasional really good lunch and our weight WILL fluctuate. Definite progress to still be under the big "2." :yes:

Well, DH has headed off to the gym and I'm going to have to decide between a slushy walk around the harbour and a :trampo: Got to get those steps... Going on the theory that it'll make me feel better.

Let's take this day we've been given and do our level best with it. :wave:

wsw
02-19-2011, 10:47 AM
anagram-i am sorry that your niece got such a frightening diagnosis. please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. as arabella says so well, hoping for the best possible outcome. kudos on remaining in onederland. your logic is excellent, i say.

arabella-i hope your cold gets much better a.s.a.p! r & r plus lots of tlc-are definitely the royal antidote.

and hugs to kaylets.

i have missed you, royal kingdom dwellers! it was kind of a long siege of being laid up these past few months. so glad to see warmer weather these past few days. what a treat. more good days op than off now, so liking the trend. now working on taking off the pounds i put on. ah well. will catch up on your posts, and be back more regularly now. :) take good care, all.

Arabella
02-19-2011, 11:08 AM
So happy to see :queen: WSW in the palace! I'm with you on the relosing thing too. Indeed, spring will be coming on and all will be improved, incl. the reports from :devil: scale.

katrinabgood
02-19-2011, 07:44 PM
It's me, the wandering queen, stumbling back to the Palace. So many times I have thought of you all, and wondered how everyone is doing. Not sure what's kept me away for so long, but I'd love to come back, if you don't mind. How I have missed you guys! So many times something would trigger a thought of my fellow queens: I'd wonder about how Anagram's garden of P&T has weathered this ferocious winter, or an article about PEI made me picture Arabella 'woggling' around her harbor, and doing anything in a 'dainty' manner would make me smile and think of wsw!

What have I been up to? Hmmmm... working mostly. It's been three years since I stopped working the night shift, which has been heavenly, but the 9-5 Monday thru Friday life leaves me little time for too much else! DH is also a steady day shifter now, as well, after years of alternating shifts, so I've been less inclined to hit the computer after work, since apparently people expect me to make dinner around here! Hmmmph. ;) And then clean up! And get an outfit ready for the next day! No more scrubs for me, I have to wear REAL clothes! Which means ironing! AGHH.

I'm kidding. Kind of. Anyway, things have been progressing, s-l-o-w-l-y, but progressing, on the weight loss front. I've been going to Weight Watchers faithfully, since November, aaaaaaand have yet to hit the 10# mark! :p Been skirting around it, packed on about 5lbs over the holidays, took forever to take that off, but now I seem to be moving in the right direction. In the interest of accurate reporting, I just went to take a peek at my old book, couldn't find the one from November, but I did come across one from Jan '10, and was happy to see that at least I'm 20lbs down from then! Actually, all told, since I stopped working nights, I have lost 40 lbs! IN 3 YEARS. I think that, finally, all the proper elements are in place, and this time it will be a successful endeavor.

I saw an endocrinologist last week about my hypothyroid, knowing how much this affects the whole process. She tweaked my meds a bit, so that should help. She also told me that my labs look like I may be 'pre-diabetic,' but felt that continuing doing what I'm doing (WW/regular exercise)should take care of that. Good. I REFUSE to be diabetic. End of story.

That's about it, I guess. I do hope that you don't mind my breezing back in to the Royal Quarters, out of the blue, but it's COLD out there....and windy!! Are you having this crazy wind too, in your neck of the woods, Anagram? Good grief. I wanted to get out for a good walk today, (especially since it was so lovely yesterday... a real Spring day) instead, DH and I de-poopified the back yard, and I'm counting that as my exercise for today! The snow, that's been here since the day after Christmas, is FINALLY gone, and OH! the treasures uncovered in the back yard! :o We spent a good hour out there, raking and cleaning, etc. Good workout! It really made me yearn for a warm day to just clean out the beds, trim back all the dead stuff, and get my hands in the dirt again. I did see some little green shoots poking out of the ground: future daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips, which made me very happy! :D

Hoping that you all have a peaceful, happy, replenishing, whatever you need it to be, rest of the weekend!

katrinabgood
02-19-2011, 07:50 PM
Now, to go back and catch up on what you've all been up to!

Arabella
02-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Woke up feeling a lot better this morning but still pretty feeble on the harbour walk this morning. I'll take it easyish today, I guess.

Welcome back, :queen: Kat! Good for you sticking to it at WW. Five pounds over Christmas is minor, especially when you're right back on track.

I hear ya on the 9-5 thing -- I felt like I had a lot more time when I worked shifts and weekends, I think because I often had a few hours when everyone else was working or at school. I think what it comes down to is that full-time is just too much time. But then there's that pesky "money" detail.

Lovely to see you again, my royal friend!

May all Queenies have a lovely day. Fresh start Monday coming up!

katrinabgood
02-22-2011, 08:33 AM
Good Morning Royal Ones... Quick pop in before I hit the shower, I just put the TV on the check the weather, (will it ever be warm again?) and there was a step aerobics program on, so I thought, YES! This will be a great quickie exercise before my shower! Unfortunately, NO, it wasn't... unless stumbling burns calories! Maybe that's not a 'first thing in the morning' exercise for me...

The sun is shining, so I should be able to get my lunchtime walk in, then maybe some Yoga tonight.

Have a great day, :queen:s!

anagram
02-22-2011, 10:38 AM
What a thrill and a delight to pop in for a quickie post and find kat and wsw both checking in. Just made my days, Royals, just as Arabella's posts and walkabout always do.

And 40 pounds over 3 years is a magnificent loss - truly. If I had lost that much average per year since I've been at this thing - well, I'd have disappeared ;)

Yes, we had the two lovely days but woke up to 5 inches or so of snow today. Sun is out and it's looking lovely and the lovely neighbors have already done their thing. I can't express how much I love them. How did I get to live here among the best? Lucky, lucky.

Oh yes, we had the wind. And it was the day of the funeral which was an hour north of here and the cemetery was almost to the top of the mountain. Brrrr, and brrrr. Unfortunately, then I felt like it was okay to eat too much at the luncheon afterward. Not that funeral food is usually lo-cal anyway. However, am back on track today. So not a lot of damage but also no progress.

Nothing new yet on niece and brain situation. Trying to get in to specialists.

Glad you're feeling a wee bit better, Arabella. Hope it continues. And that pesky Punxatawny Phil better straighten up and get that "early spring" here.

Back to the taxes - working on it only a bit at a time but coming into the home stretch.........at least I hope so.

:belly:

anagram
02-22-2011, 10:43 AM
PS - Patio of P&C is looking a bit bedraggled at the moment. Branches still down all over the yard etc. - I didn't work on the nice days but ran around and did do some walking, etc. Garage a big mess as I've been sorting out, sorting out, ridding, etc. and in the earliest stages of spring yard sale participation. Hopefully. A goal, anyway.

But thanks for reminding me of how relaxing it will soon be. Little niblets of things showed up when the snow was gone and the days are getting longer so it's just a matter of time. Time to work on the rest of the winter "goals" and look for the pot of gold.

:goldpot::cupgold::goldpot:
:cupgold::goldpot::cupgold:
:goldpot::cupgold::goldpot:

Arabella
02-23-2011, 07:53 AM
I love hearing about your signs of spring, despite the five-foot drifts around here. I swear, we've kept every inch of snow we got all year and it's really piling up. I'm telling myself it just gives me more time to get ready for the spring "reveal."

I've got writing group tonight and glad to be better enough to attend. I'm hosting it in the offices where I share space, so that makes sure I won't wimp out. ;)

Kat, I'd be lucky to manage not to trip over the step when I first got up. I needs me my :coffee2:

Anagram, you're right -- time to get on those goals. Elsewise, I'm thinking I might not hit them?

K, Lovelies, let's make this a good one!

anagram
02-23-2011, 10:50 AM
Ok, tax stuff ready, appt. made. Up a wee this a.m. but more or less in the "normal" scheme of things. Cold, cold, cold again but bright and sunny. Going to a little local historical talk at noon and that's about it for the day. Rest will be spent on "projects". Since spring is coming I want to make some progress inside so I can spend lots of time outside soon.

First thing in the morning exercise? Not I. I can function w/o coffee these days (not when I was youinger/busier) but it's got to be s l o w. Glad your schedule is working out better, kat, but never hurts to at least try something different. Never know what's going to work.

anagram
02-24-2011, 05:01 AM
Up in the middle of the night again. This is not good for weight loss :(

Partly the prednisone, I think, although I'm in the tapering off stage. Partly family drama. Sister with all the problems wants support but not calls or questions. So best I've been doing is email. And she is drowning in problems. Also sort of drawn into another problem in her family - want to help but need to tread lightly - one of those things where you're caught between rock/hard place.

I have an only-child friend who's always saying she envies my large family but I feel there are times one might prefer being an only child ;)

Anyway, I feel like tomorrow (nope, make that today) is going to be a tough one re limited eating. Never know though - if I could get in a good couple of hours yet, I'd be okay. Too wired yet to try and don't feel like doing much in a substantial way right now.

So, I'll just wish all Palace people a marvelous Thursday. Thursdays are sort of ho-hum days to me for some reason but right now I'll be glad for ho-hum.

Arabella
02-24-2011, 07:40 AM
Not enough Z's logged in this corner of the palace, either. I had writing group last night and that often seems to leave me awake for hours. Maybe because I'm later going to bed and have missed the cycle or maybe I'm just too overstimulated. I am such a petal.

Good evening, though, we wrote about the strengths in our writing (10 things I'm good at) and then wrote three comments on each of the other member's strengths. It was very validating -- like writer's valentines. :val2: And then we wrote about a scenario in which we'd become fabulously successful. :cloud9:

:sunny: today and supposed to nudge up just under the freezing mark. I'll head out for a walk once the temperature's made a little progress. Still an unbroken streak with the 10k steps a day.

DGS tonight. He'll be thrilled to hear that DH is away next week and he can sleep in the big bed on his visit. ;)

Anagram, sending :goodvibes: for your day. I often find when I determine what the issues are that are going to require attention for a good day, I actually end up having one despite all odds.

K, Lovelies, I'd best get some breakfast and get on with this day. Let's make it a good one!

katrinabgood
02-24-2011, 11:29 AM
Good Morning, pretty :queen:s! I won't be back til Saturday, so I wanted to get a post in now... Today is DH's 55th birthday, so I've planned a little getaway for us. Going into the city for two nights, tickets for a show, maybe catch a museum, definitely some walks in Central Park and whatever else we feel like doing! I thought I'd get a chattier post in, but he's hovering over my shoulder, and I do need to pack, so I'll just say "See you on Saturday!" :wave:

anagram
02-24-2011, 12:04 PM
What a great little getaway, kat, and hope you both enjoy lots.

And your writers' group does sound stimulating, Arabella. Yesterday I went to an interesting presentation on Lee's HQ at Gettysburg. I feel so much better when I do those little thingies I like.

Sunday I'm going for a "first". I've never been to an opera (though I've seen them on tv ;) ). Local symphony is preenting "La Boheme" and a friend invited me. Should be fun. She is fun and I think I'll like the performance.

So far, so good today. Did crawl back to bed eventually and got a few more z's. Have been tackling little parts of at least 3 projects. Wish I had more discipline and could just get at it and get it done. All involve "sorting out, clearing out. Why is that so hard? Too much of a romantic?\

Dentist this afternoon. Blah.

Luckly little DGS. How fun. How are the "away" weeks working out? Or is this the first? Confess I've lost track (I do that a lot in all areas of my life any more).

At 196.8 today so I'm happy with that. Cold and sunny now but rain to come. Hope it doesn't rain on your getaway, kat.

Arabella
02-26-2011, 01:17 PM
The aftermath of yet another storm. Snow > rain > snow > wind. This morning around the harbour, the sun was shining but the snow was blowing around so much there were white-outs. Very wintery-looking, it was - high sheets of snow drifting across the ice.

Anagram, this is the first of DH's weeks away. In the fall, he was gone a couple of days each week with preliminary stuff. Now this is the project starting up, so will be gone M-F every second week. Thankfully, we've gotten through most of the winter so he shouldn't have to drive in iffy weather :crossed: Which I guess he wouldn't, anyway. Will just stay put if it seems like the driving would be bad. He'll be looking for an apartment and I'll be making plans to go over with him before long. So that'll be our getaway. :)

Yes, so important to do those little interesting things, especially in the winter. O/w things get pretty dreary.

Kat, hope you have a lovely, restorative getaway with your DH!

WSW, Kaylets :wave:

Have a splendid weekend, :queen:lies!

anagram
02-26-2011, 03:39 PM
All around it sounds like a nice arrangement, Arabella, with best of several worlds. Maybe not for forever but a little "shake it up " for a while.

Fairly decent afternoon here (after a week of snow, rain, winds) so I did a very little yard work = mostly picking up lots of fallen branches. Which I must tie in six foot lengths or less for them to be picked up w/trash. Far from done but a little start is better than none.

Being a tad lazy now and I think that will be it for the day - other than church this evening. Was @196.4 this a.m. but the pancake breakfast I went to will probably change that somewhat ;)

Anyway, it IS the weekend so I shall indulge my lazy self.

:belly:

Amarantha2
02-26-2011, 11:18 PM
Well, huzzah to all the queenlies who inhabiteth this realm!

Was just lurkin' 'round here as oft times Am the Crone (as I style self these days) thinketh o' this palace and all o' ye 'n think she will always be with thee in spirit 'n should come 'n say huzzah more often.

Great apologies to be breezin' in 'n out every year or so but life gets away from one.

Shall be 'round more, methinks.

Not a lot to say 'bout moi as I am sort of always the same, though the winds o' fortune buffet moi as they do all us mortal ones (not sure that crones are mortal, but they are buffeted nonetheless)!

Woot! Folkettes, t'is nice seein' ye are still here at the same ol' palace!

Shall just leave a card 'n wander out again, not meanin' to intrude. :wave:

summerlove
02-26-2011, 11:27 PM
love the look of this thread :)
my plan this year:

build my self esteem through positive self talk & body image (working out and eating healthy really helps with this). i've come a long way in the last year or so but i still need to strengthen how i see myself in a positive way.

good grooming & styling of myself....dressing the size I AM, not the size i want to be...and taking care of myself..also really helps me with my mood.

I DEFINITELY need to put myself first this year. It sounds selfish, but I need to make sure my plans for life begin this year...

Losing 15 pounds would also be nice. lol.

anagram
02-28-2011, 11:59 AM
Empress Am - so lovely to see you dropped by the palace. Your inspiration is sorely missed and it is nice to hear from you to know that all is still "well" - buffeted though you may be. And the Empress of our realm is NEVER an intruder.

And welcome, Summerlove. Thou hast hit upon our :queen:ly philosophy of treating ourselves as we deserve to be treated. In past lives, some of us did not put enough into caring for our souls, minds, bodies and now strive to satisfy our "needs" with other than food. It does require continual striving but we desire (as you) to be the best we can be.

Savying that, I must say I was a real wretch the last three days and am paying the numerical price for same. In a good and resolute mood this a.m. though despite rain. And more rain to come. Still 'tis a sign of Mother Spring here to awaken the earth so I will be happy about it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of "La Boheme" yesterday. It was not a staged effort but marvelous singers accompanied by the Symphony. Joy, joy.

But now off to the mundane. "Tis Monday, after all.

:belly:

katrinabgood
02-28-2011, 10:15 PM
Couldn't have said it better, Anagram... back to business as usual on Monday! Our getaway was lovely, in spite of a rainy, rainy Friday. We saw a great show Thursday night, Lombardi, a six man (actually 5 man/1 woman) play about Vince Lombardi...which we both really enjoyed. Spent the major portion of Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which wasn't nearly enough time, but there's always next time. I could have spent the entire day in the company of Van Gogh and his cronies, and definitely will take more time in that wing next time! We walked through Central Park to get to the museum, a good 25+ block walk. It rained on and off, :rain: but with umbrellas it wasn't bad at all, until we were about two blocks from our destination. Out of nowhere, TORRENTIAL, MONSOON-like rain came along, mocking our umbrellas, and completely soaking us from the feet UP, to about mid thigh! Ah well, we were dry by the time we left, hours later. According to my pedometer, I logged 18,000 steps on Friday alone! :running: Balanced that nicely with thoughtful food choices, so I'm pretty pleased with the weekend over all. I didn't use it as an excuse to over-indulge, only to have to pay for my 'sins' later.

So good to see Amarantha breezing through the Palace! Not intruding at all, methinks! Here's hoping the winds buffet you back this way more often... tis a good, warm and welcoming place to land!

Welcome, Summerlove! Sounds like a good plan there, not selfish at all! Anagram put it so well: we strive to satisfy our "needs" with other than food... hence: lovely music, writing, art, gardening, books, spiritual pursuits, etc... that which makes us happy and content. Please make yourself at home here, and do tell what's working for you!

I never did make it outside today for my lunchtime walk... really feel deprived, too, mentally and physically, when I don't get out there! Will make up for that with a good session of something or other on the Wii.

Am off to sweat... have a good night, what's left of it! :wave:

Arabella
03-01-2011, 07:27 AM
'Tis getting closer to spring, it is. We had another snow storm last night, changing to rain around midnight and now mildish but to freeze over again after mid-morning. I'm going to go out there and shovel some slush while it's in a gel state, to make a path to the door. Taking Mom to see The King's Speech tonight and having her to dinner first, so I need to make the approach to the house more doable for her.

Yesterday was my first day solo. Last day of the month, so a little on the frantic side as always. I made a conscious decision not to binge, which is progress. I actually was able to reason with myself and decide I didn't want to be unable to get to sleep, stressed out, and wake up with that feeling of failure. Which seems to be the inevitable result. I did have dinner watching TV but renew my commitment to NOT do that. Always seems to lead to more intake than just eating at the table.

Anagram, I enjoyed your outing for "La Boheme" -- these things nourish our souls so much, don't they? :) Ah, wretch or no, you've absolutely mastered the ability to maintain and gradually lose, too. Which is probably the best way to do it. :yes:

Kat, your getaway sounds just lovely, despite the rain. I usually feel the same way in big galleries and museums. DH has about a 2-hour tolerance and I want to make a day of it.

Amarantha, always lovely to see you. We always keep your corner of the palace ready for a royal visit.

Summerlove :welcome: I'm renewing my dedication to looking after myself, too -- DH has just started a project that will keep him away from home every second week, so I've got more time and must use it wisely.


So, with that, I'll finish my :coffee2: and get out to shift some of that slush before it solidifies again. Let's make this a good one!

katrinabgood
03-05-2011, 02:15 PM
And what a loverly day 'tis, in my neck of the woods! Sunny, breezy, warmish... will definitely get outside for some yard work today. I have a few things that I MUST tend to inside, one being some online transactions, which led me right down the primrose path to the castle! So this will be a quickie post...

I missed my WW meeting this morning, which I hate to do, but the sleep monster was most insistent that I stay put this morning, and so I indulged him. Will go tomorrow morning, for sure. I am so much more focused when I do go. Had missed last week as well, while we were away, and while I did do well last weekend, could definitely feel things slipping away from me during the week. Stress at work + delivery of Girl Scout cookies = bad news bears. NIPPING THAT IN THE BUD, RIGHT NOW.

Arabella, I'm dying to see the King's Speech, (dh, not so much) Was it as good as the hype? I love all the starring actors, so I know I'll like it either way. Pretty sure I'll be Netflixing that one, but we may just do a movie date where he goes to one show and I go to another! :yes:

Okay, break time over, back to work for me. Wishing all a happy, productive, peaceful, restful, wild, whatever-you-need-it-to-be weekend!

anagram
03-06-2011, 11:41 AM
Rainy, rainy - but bringing spring flowers, no?

Loved, loved, loved "The King's Speech". Don't get to movies as often as I'd like but made that one early and SO enjoyed it.

Arabella, how was your solo week? And DGS's sleep-in-the-big-bed?

And kat, how wonderful your get away sounds. And a walk in the rain in Central Park is the stuff of movies.

Got thinking about get aways and my not getting away. So yesterday, I went a little wild and took (getaway) money and made appointments like crazy. By the end of the month, I will have rewarded me with a facial, a massage, electrolysis, mani/pedi and a haircut. Of course, the last two I'd have done anyway. Business has been down, I guess, so there are many offers out there and so on three of these appts, I'll be paying discounted rates but it's still a WILD THING for conservative me.

Usually when I say I'm "shaking it up", I mean calorie wise so this is a different kind of shake up ;)

Not that I've earned any "rewards" (I actually saw a 2 last Monday morning). But since I am recognizing my Royalty, well........what can I say?

I hit 200 on Monday after my wretched debacle and that scared me. I hit 196.4 yesterday and 197 today so it was the yo-yos but I brought it on myself.

Am finished with the prednisone and apparently with no major gain this time. Yay.

Thinking of wsw and Kaylets. Big :hug: to both. And hello again to Summerlove and previous Royals and all lurkers.

So off to a lazy day of catching up on little things (not that checking in at the Palace is a little thing).

:belly:

Arabella
03-06-2011, 01:38 PM
Mild today and calling for more mild weather tomorrow. The snow is still 3-5 feet deep all over so it'll take a while to go. We've actually got some dripping in the windows on one side from ice buildup on the eaves. We had someone come clean the roof off but they just cleared the snow away. DH is mightily peeved. I'm hoping that it'll be over with before long with no catastrophic results. :crossed:

Food wasn't perfect last week so I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's weigh in. But I've had a few instances of things fitting better so I guess the 10k steps are doing some good anyway. I either caught a new cold as soon as the old one cleared up or the old one's in a new stage so haven't been at my best all week. But feeling spiritually a little rejuvenated and reenergized and will hocusPokusFOCUS :wizard: this week, I will.

There are a couple of extremely tricky movements in our Good Friday piece for this year, Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle -- don't know why the title is French, the composer Italian and the Mass Latin :dizzy: They both include pages and pages of "amens." So hard to get a fix on the right notes without different syllables to attach to them. Oh my. Very challenging but it will be satisfying to be able to do it. I've taken a practice file and recorded it in bite-size chunks so that I can just focus on a bit at a time. O/w, it goes whizzing past and I get lost.


This is what the movement I'm working on is supposed to sound like, if anyone wants to hear it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1gW7-nRyLI)

Anagram, spring must really be on the way. Love the sound of your shake-up. I've been longing for something similar. And I still have a coupon for a pedicure that I resolve to use before the end of the month myself. I DID shave my legs yesterday and long overdue it was. Yup, spring must be a'coming.

My week solo was a mixed bag. I over-scheduled myself a bit and wasn't feeling great. I think I'm going to actually travel with DH next time, so I've got some time to plan my next little break. :chin:

Kat, I too loved, loved, loved The King's Speech. I think it would work fine on video. The theatre was actually sold out when we got there so I'll be renting it and getting Mom in to watch it before too long. Colin Firth was just incredible.

Did you read the story behind the script? The writer had had a stutter as a child and was intrigued when he learned that King George had been a fellow sufferer. In the seventies and eighties, he did a lot of research but couldn't find much on the therapy. He requested information from the therapist, who agreed to share his notebooks -- as long as the Queen Mum had no objections. However, she said "Not in my lifetime" because the memories were still too painful to her.

So the writer made a lot of it up as he went along but then, when he actually got hold of the notebooks, he found that much was as he'd imagined.

Anyway, very powerful movie. I was a sobbing mess all through the end of it.

Back to Rossini for me. Hope all :queen:ly folk enjoy the rest of the weekend. Fresh start Monday coming up!

katrinabgood
03-10-2011, 11:29 PM
Good grief, is it almost Friday already? Prithy, where did this week go?

Arabella, I am listening to "your" music as I type this, and it is truly lovely... Very challenging to perform, I'm sure, but I imagine how wonderfully satisfying it will be to recreate such a thing of beauty! <just re-played again, for the fourth time, I'm really loving this!>

Your getaways sound marvelous, Anagram, and well deserved! Treating Ourselves Royally, I believe, is the name of this thread, and so you shall! :queen: I need to make a few appointments for myself, thank you for reminding me: Definitely a haircut this weekend, and nails too. I have a gift certificate for a facial that I've been dying to use, just waiting for the 'right' time... not exactly sure when that will be. :chin: No time like the present, eh?

The wind & rain here are making quite the ruckus outside... quite tempestuous ... feels as though the roof is going to blow off any minute! Taking a moment here to thank the powers that be for that very roof, I can't imagine being outside in this weather. Kind of regretting asking my son to take the garbage out earlier, it must be a block away by now!

I just deleted a whole rant about our "Biggest Loser" group at work. I really don't like this group this time around... there I said it! That felt good. So much negativity there. Very unmotivated to do ANYTHING to change their habits, everyone has an excuse why they can't, but soooo angry because they're not seeing results, or not seeing results quick enough. Blah. :p If nothing else, they inspire me to NOT be like them! Moving on...

I think I'm going to treat myself to an early bedtime tonight. Yes, 10:30 is early for me! When I think that it wasn't too long ago that I was waking up at this time, and heading off to work, it boggles my mind. Don't know how I did that for so long, but you do what you have to do, I guess.

Good night to all! :yawn:

Arabella
03-12-2011, 08:55 AM
YES!!! Feeling energy today -- don't have to get behind self and push! :cb: :cb: :cb:

Now, as always, I have to be careful not to try to do every possible thing today but it feels so good to feel like doing stuff again. I don't feel like I've got to slump here for another hour before I go for a walk. I'm excited about LIFE again. :)

Had a run-in with a bag of kettle chips yesterday but feeling ready to go clean today. Making a flourless chocolate cake for dinner with best friend couple tonight and will have a sliver. Ooorrr, I might make a sugar-free lemon tart with pecan crust, which would be fewer calories but more work. We shall see... Just finishing :coffee2: Will have my steel-cut oats with cranberrry, apple & cinnamon and then go walking around the harbour on this mild and windy day.

Katrina, you are so right! It's such a thrill to be able to sing it and get it right. I'm going to try recording myself singing it (a bit at a time - can't get through the whole thing in one go) so that I can practice while I cook and etc, singing along with myself. I love doing that -- it's how I learned The Messiah.

Anagram, WSW, Kayelets :wave: :hug:

K, off I go. Walk, laundry, cook, tidy. And then a lovely dinner party. Life is good!

Have a wonderful weekend, :queen:lies!

anagram
03-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Glad you had a LIFE day, Arabella. Seems we "coincided again" = surprised me with what I got done yesterday. Have done some yard cleanup this a.m. and will be off to shower and then enjoy the rest of the day. It's to be nice again but not as nice as yesterday and then tomorrow a little cooler but sunnier.

So we are on the way here in Central PA = Now that the snow's gone (for the nonce, at least), the little surprises are popping up. Lots and lots of branches to be cleaned up - wicked wind this year.

Spent Thursday trying to stay ahead of water seeping into basement. All in all, did a decent job but so tired by evening. Got to pool only once this week and only one tai chi class as instructor cancelled first one. Monday's cancelled too as he lives along the river and will be dealing with flooding at his home this weekend. Not as bad as some years but enough his basement will get a good hit and he'll be w/o power for a good while. My leakage seems minor;)

Niece will be having gammaknife surgery on Monday morning. It's like a one-shot radiation thing and then we'll be in WAIT mode for three months.

Another busy week coming up. Visitors from Arkansas and then, somewhat coinciding, from Alaska. I have no plans for major projects ;) just muddling along on some of the old ones. Cleaned garage up a bit with warmer weather but oh, so much more to go.

Had a couple of run-ins this week with things I should have passed on. I let me down so much. And I certainly am old enough to know better.

198.4 and got haircut and a lovely, relaxing facial this week. Yoohoo!!!!

:belly:

Arabella
03-14-2011, 06:24 AM
And I really mean business this time! I woke up feeling like -- why am I messing around? Do I actually want to take this weight off? I do. Do I realize that it will be work? :yes: Am I willing to put the work in? I AM!

In fact, as I know from past experience, life is so much better when I'm doing what I need to do. So why is it that I stay in my rut? OUT!!!

I'm tracking things on Spark People. I've tried a few sites and it seems to be the one that offers the best tracking capacity.

Anagram, yay for the haircut! I'm thinking I may be about due. This will be a project week for me -- putting up new Roman blinds, doing a little spring cleaning.

Sending good energy for your niece's surgery! :goodvibes:

Okey-doke. Going to finish this :coffee2: and then off to the gym, even if DH isn't here to shepherd me there. :s:

Let's make this a good one!

Arabella
03-16-2011, 09:19 AM
All is well here on the WOE and exercise front. Got my mojo workin'! :cb: :cb:

Really, just stopping in to share a funny story:

On Sunday, D & I were going for our traditional walk around the harbour. Just a few blocks from home, D said to me "I put your exercise clothes on the back of the chair because they were still damp." I was quite puzzled, thinking I'd left my exercise clothes in the laundry basket and intended to do a wash when we got back. Then it gradually dawned on me... D had gone through the full laundry basket and methodically folded dirty things and put them away, rolled socks, hung shirts up, all the while thinking he was doing good.

Well. I just cracked up, right there on Ambrose Street. I was shrieking, doubled over in paroxysms of laughter while D stalked off up the block. It took me a while before I could continue, still chortling, and catch up with him. He was a little stung but I could NOT help myself.

Your intention was good, I said. He never did quite find it funny, said that he guessed it qualified as a senior moment. Must have been more like a senior 10 minutes. But, in all seriousness, he's always gone on autopilot from time to time and is not very aware of his environment when he does. Very much the absent-minded professor type.

Have a good day, :queen:lies!

wsw
03-16-2011, 11:55 AM
hello lovely queens. i am so woefully behind. just wanted to check in and let you know i did not fall off the palace grounds, just a little waylaid. have had a physically challenging past few months. just when i get over one infection, i seem to get something else. have had bronchitis past few weeks now, but feeling better once again. had to miss my birthday celebration on the 4th since had to stay in bed instead. will celebrate at end of month instead, though. have been missing you all, and will begin to catch up on some posts, and will be back when i can with more personal responses. in meantime, please know how much i have missed all of you royals. take care.

katrinabgood
03-21-2011, 12:52 AM
Well, Happy Belated Birthday, Miss wsw! :celebrate: So sorry to hear that you've been feeling poorly, and glad to know that you are on the mend! :getwell: Spring will surely bring an end to the miseries!

It seems that I'm destined to these late Sunday night posts, but that's about all the time I seem to have lately. I did spend a large portion of this weekend doing what I absolutely love to do: SPRING CLEAN-UP! Not inside, good Lord, no! :no: Outside, with my wheelbarrow, my clippers, my rake, and the most delightful first weekend o' Spring weather!! :cloud9: Filled three large bags with clippings, stoked the chiminea with the gazillion twigs strewn all over the lawn, gazed upon my daffodils and hyacinth about to bloom, and earned a good 16 activity points, today alone!

I faced the scale yesterday morning @ WW, for the first time in 3 weeks... not as disastrous as I had anticipated: up 2.8 lbs. (St Patricks day corned beef and beer may have contributed... :o :luck2you: ) It will be gone next week, I'm pretty sure, and hopefully take a few more with it when it goes. I am completely back on track, eating beautifully and tracking every morsel. I bought a nice new dvd that I've been using this weekend: 7 Minutes of Magic: AM/PM Qi Gong with Lee Holden. Very nice way to start the day. I haven't done the PM routine yet, but think as soon as I am done here, I will.

Arabella, I had a similar moment with myself as you: Gave myself a stern talking to and decided that FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. Am I willing to put the work in? :yes: BTW, loved your story about dh and the dirty clothes! I cracked up over the image of you doubled over in laughter! :rofl:


Anagram, I just love the way you put things: Had a couple of run-ins this week with things I should have passed on. I let me down so much. This is something I have been working on; 'passing on' those things that drive me crazy. Am successful a goodly portion of the time, but when I'm not, I hear those cookies call my name. I've noticed that I become very aware of an instant longing for a comfort food (cookies-I am the Cookie Monster) the minute something rrreally aggravates me. It passes, but it's an interesting feeling that I am recognizing the trigger, and am actually able to just acknowledge the feeling and move on. <most of the time!> I got my haircut too, this week! Shorter than usual, am embracing the curls this time around. Takes much less time than my usual attempts at de-curling!

Okay, my dears... time for bed for me (after my PM qigong) Monday has done rolled 'round again...

Have a great week all... keep your heads up and shoulders back; even if you are feeling down, this posture will fake you into a more positive frame of mind... try it!

:wave:

Arabella
03-23-2011, 08:44 AM
I was doing well with the tracking and staying within my calorie range and then it all went kaphlooey. I guess the main thing is that I just hadn't gotten enough good days under my belt yet. SO. Time for a 21-Day challenge and today is Day One.

I will:
Track my food
Eat only at the table when alone
Do lowish carb and NO unhealthy carbs (which, for me, includes wheat)
10k steps a day
At least 10 mins yoga a day
Weight training 3X a week
Gallons of water

WSW, I hope that spring works its magic and you feel well! Happy belated birthday and may your celebrations be pure delight. :cloud9:

Kat, interesting about the posture/mood connection. I was reading recently about an exercise to stimulate serotonin: You just sit on an armless chair, hunch right over, exhaling and then arch your back, shoulders and head back, inhaling and repeat for a minute. I was doing it daily for a while and will resume because it really does seem to make a difference.

K, :queen:lies - today's the day. Let's hit it!

anagram
03-24-2011, 02:14 PM
Lax, lax, lax - all around. Have been enjoying guests, eating out, spring (while it lasted) and have 4 or 5 times in recent weeks found me back facing the dreaded 2 on the scale. Now I have worked too hard to see that 1 to let it go so I will need to do better. I was at 199.6 today and ranged this week from 197.6 to 200.6.

Heading to Pville tomorrow (always bad for my body) to see yet another show (this time Broadway music) in which P - almost 15 will be entertaining ;)

Am loving my new pool - almost spa-like. Am heading there now. Will catch up anon.

:wave: to all Royals.

Arabella
03-24-2011, 08:01 PM
Just scooting in before bed for a report: Day 2 down!

katrinabgood
03-25-2011, 11:27 PM
Oh, T*G*I*F!!!! What a week! Stress, stress, and more stress at work, bleeeaaacchhh... :p So glad it's over. Moving on.........

Am anticipating a good weigh in tomorrow, but will take whatever comes my way, in stride, and will keep moving forward. I have no intention of quitting til this job is done. It may take much longer than I'd like it to, but, I will just keep putting one foot in front of the other until I get there. :running:

A few things I've noticed that help to spur me on:

*I can zip my coat without 'sucking it in' like I had to earlier in the winter. I bought this coat, at the end of the season, two years ago. Couldn't even close it then, but it was such a good price, I had to get it! I bought another one that fit, at the same time, and now that one is too big and this one fits nicely. :D WIN!

*I was scratching under my chin the other day, and noticed that it was much less 'fleshy' than it used to be! Spent a good 5 minutes examining my jawline in wonder!

*I go outside everyday, at lunchtime, for my walk, and noticed today that I'm moving at a much brisker pace, and just generally feel much stronger. Pretty sure the lunges I've been doing each morning, in my qi gong routine, have contributed to this turn of events.

*A co-worker commented that it looks like I'm losing weight! I hugged her on the spot!

So, all in all, a good week!

I have a easy little recipe to share, learned last week @ WW. I was very skeptical, but gave it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was, here you go:
Crispy Kale Chips
Take a bunch of kale, wash well and dry thoroughly. Remove the stems and tear into bite size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet, spray lightly with olive oil Pam, (or use a mist-er) sprinkle with salt, bake @ 350 for about 10-15 minutes til crisp. Surprisingly tasty and salty and satisfying!! I ate the whole batch! :T

Anagram, your spa-like pool sounds heavenly... keep on splashin'!

Arabella, I sat right here and did the deep breathing exercise and realized it's very similar to one of the moves in my am routine, only you're standing while you do that one. Very stimulating.

Okay, I have to go find my 'weigh in pants.' I don't know if I've mentioned them here, but they are the ugliest color, sort of a cross between gray, brown, & olive green drab. They are very light though, and I wouldn't dream of weighing in in anything else... certainly not jeans!

Wishing all :queen:s, hither and yon, a wonderful weekend!

Arabella
03-26-2011, 01:06 PM
Nothing truly catastrophic, but I did eat what I'd estimate as 3 oz. of cheese while I was grating it for the healthy, low-carb pizza for dinner last night. So, back to Day 1. :yes:

I'm going to spend next week in Halifax with DH. Had been sort-of loath to go spend a week working from a hotel room but... getting head around the concept. And I'll be able to leave the hotel room, get my 10k steps (still unbroken streak since Christmas, yes ma'am) around Halifax. Do some window shopping. No cooking dinner, either! :cp: :cp:

Noticing yesterday that my hips felt less padded and, sure enough, when I put on a jacket I hadn't worn for a couple of weeks, there was room in it that hadn't been there before. So, progress. I'm much firmer, too, which I always reckon has got to correlate to improvement, whether scale-sanctioned or not.

Anagram, even if 2 reappears, you're still bouncing up about 5 pounds down from where you were not too long ago. And, inevitably, we bounce around a bit.

Your spa-like pool sounds blissful! Wishing DH's hotel had a pool. There is a sauna and a whirlpool, though, and I intend to make good use of it.

KatrinaBGood, yay for you getting through a stressful week and expecting a good WI at the end of it! :woohoo:

I am dubious about the kale chips, I must say. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? :?: When I made them, the taste was about right but they were a combo of two textures -- still slightly chewy/ crumble to dust in your mouth. I've heard so many people sing their praises that I'd be willing to give them another try but... I dunno. Thinking I might try doing veggie chips instead.

Ah, you inspire me with the qi qong workouts. They really do set your energy up, don't they? Must start doing them again.

BWAHAHAHA on the weigh-in pants -- I had similar, and would refrain from wearing earrings, etc. Every ounce counts!

WSW :hug:

K, lovelies, I must away. I'm in putter mode, so the house will be welcoming for us on Friday. Have a splendid weekend!

wsw
03-29-2011, 06:46 PM
hi arabella-hope your week in halifax is going well. thanks for the birthday/well wishes.

hello kat-i know what you mean about those weigh in pants. it's important to have the lightest-weight weigh in gear, that's for sure.

hi anagram-your spa-like pool sounds grand.

and hello to kaylets, amarantha, and all lovely queenlies, both near and far.

i decided i not only need a "fresh start" week day. i think i need a fresh start year. every time i get back on track for a little while, i slide off pretty easily. i know when other folks don't feel well, they eat less, but i am definitely the opposite. even though these past few months have been challenging physically, i sure have been turning to comfort food rather than losing my appetite. ok, enough of that, i say. i am starting to feel better than i have in a while, and whether that lasts for any amount of time-or not-i am back on the dainty portion wagon. i am going back to my old tried and true tricks (which i somehow had developed amnesia regarding). ok, the amnesia is cured and i am going to stop beating myself up about weight i have gained back, and move on. it is amazing to me, though, how often i have had to learn some lessons over and over again. ah well! this being human thing is not the easiest to accept sometimes. so--onward and downward scale-wise.

thurs. i get to finally celebrate my birthday officially, and i am looking forward to doing that. well, take care, all. i am thinking of you. :)

Arabella
03-30-2011, 09:15 AM
All goes well here. I got almost 15000 steps yesterday, climbed Citadel Hill and poked around the old fortress there.

http://www.cabhalifax2009.dal.ca/Images/Citadel-Hill-for-web.jpg

While I was poking around the stores I came across a silver ring similar to this one (more open):

http://images.theshoppingchannel.com/is/image/TheShoppingChannel/441166?req=tmb&wid=50&hei=50

I think I'll go get it today. :s:

All OP on food choices, too. I've let the tracking slide but will get back to it when I get home again.

WSW, it's just so much easier when we feel well! I could probably count the number of times I've lost my appetite on one hand. :dz:

I would love to get to the point that I give myself what I need instead of having food be the default. That's the goal. So often, it's a rest or at least a break from the computer. And then there's that "fun" thing -- but seems like a hard one when we don't feel well, too.

Ah yes, some lessons take a lot of learning. Let's be compassionate with ourselves and just keep trying! :hb:

:wave: to all Queenies. Let's make this a good one! :cb: :cb:

katrinabgood
04-02-2011, 10:55 AM
So happy it's here! I've been saying that a lot lately, haven't I? Hmmm... work has been somewhat stressy of late, but I happy to report that I haven't turned to my drug of choice, ICE CREAM, in quite a while! Actually I haven't put anything into my mouth, after dinner, in quite a while either, and it is making a difference. :carrot:

wsw! I just saw the Dainty Portion Wagon dropping you off!! So happy to see you back in the Palace! :queen: So happy you've found the cure for your amnesia, I've had to drink that same potion many times as well! :hug:

Arabella~ lovely picture! Is that Citadel Hill? That must have been some hike! I have to tell you that your words have really inspired me today: I would love to get to the point that I give myself what I need instead of having food be the default. That IS the goal! Thank you for putting it so well! :cp:

Anagram...hoping all is well in P-ville! Today is a lovely day in my neck o' the woods, I'm sure yours as well! Sunny with temps up to the 50s... SO ready for Spring and thoughts of gardens of peace and tranquility! :yoga:

Okay, I'm off to WW. Hitting the late meeting this a.m. as I could not drag myself out of bed that early. My scale is showing good things, so I know that whatever their scale says will be good.

Have a great weekend, lovelies!

Arabella
04-03-2011, 08:56 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies! We're back to :snowglo: winter wonderland here but it can't last -- can it? Crocuses and snowdrops are in bloom anyway, brave little things that they are.

All goes well here. I enjoyed being in Halifax, getting to know it a little better. I'm in love with Citadel Hill -- it just seems like this ancient presence right in the middle of the city. And then it was lovely to get home, too, to our cozy house. I think I'm going to like this phase of our lives.

On Thursday, I realized that the deadline for our Literary Awards contest was FRIDAY. I had a story pretty much ready to go but thought it might not be possible to get it postmarked and sent in time. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go, although several times I almost gave up. I wrote an intro, emailed it to my Web email account, printed out the required three copies in the hotel's business center. Figured out where there was a postal outlet, bought envelope and paper clips and with an hour to spare before we were to leave, bought a money order for the entry fee and mailed it. Huzzah!

Now, mind you, I better prepare myself not to win, but I'm proud of myself for getting it done. I can so often be overwhelmed by the number of small tasks involved in doing something like that and give up before I start.

Oh, I've attached the story, if anyone wants to read it. It's one of a series of tales about the comic misadventures we had living in the country.

I did get that ring and I'm loving it. It's a symbol of looking after myself -- got that "blossoming" metaphor working for it. :)

Kat, your weather sounds blissful. We had a day or two like that in Halifax and you just want to drink the sun in. :sunny:

Hope your weigh-in was good! Mine's coming up tomorrow and I am cautiously optimistic. Got in over 15000 steps yesterday and have been doing well. Must start tracking seriously again, though. Always better to know. :yes:

Just finishing my :coffee2: here and then off for the long Sunday walk. I've got the final Symphony performance of the season this afternoon and it's one I've been looking forward to. A composer that I find intriguing and a soprano who's been described as having an ethereal and haunting voice.

DH is making "ready" sounds so I'm off. Love to all -- let's make this a good one!

anagram
04-06-2011, 09:30 PM
Oh, I miss so much when I'm not in the palace on a regular basis. I LOVED the Citadel picture - glorious. And I loved the story - and the story behind the story. You ARE a winner just because you got it entered!!!

I'm so proud you're not eating after dinner, kat. That's my biggest downfall and I've fallen prey a lot lately.

Of course, it's showing in my weight. Grr!! Don't know what's up with me lately. I have rewarded me with lots of things, facial, manicure, electrolysis, mani/pedi, joined a new museum assn., , some new clothes, made a few new friends. had music in my life, etc., etc. All I still seem to want is that dratted food..........Can't seem to find equilibrium I'm seeking.

BUT - so much good in my life I must focus more on that...BIL got a "No Evidence of Disease" this week re cancer. Niece had brain tumor procedure on Monday - still lots of concern for both but things are a bit better.

Hoping for a few more springtime tease days this weekend. It's been a hard fight with winter hanging in and winning most of the time. But flowers blooming. And officially I am going to start moving spring clothes in and winter wear out. I'm going to enjoy spring whether it's here or not and sooner or later, it's got to be. Ironically, last year we set a new record for high temperature on this date.

So - my first goal is to be more faithful to the palace ;) Always a good first step. :hug: to all :queen:s.

:belly:

Arabella
04-11-2011, 08:06 AM
So, I frittered away most of my loss from last week. Not, literally -- no fritters -- but a bit of this, a bit of that, no tracking and 2 of 2.6 have reloaded. Salt is probably partially to blame. Nevertheless. Back to Day 1. I will track, I will stay within appointed calories.

I'm actually taking this week off to clean house. I've got the sheets in the wash for the first line-drying of the season. Tonight my bed will smell like heaven!

Sunny now. Supposed to rain this aft, possibly thundershowers. I'm just going to have one more :coffee2: and then off for my harbour walk while the sun shines. DH is away this week and my plan is to have everything sparkling by Friday eve.

Anagram, sure miss you when you're not around, too! WONDERFUL news re: BIL! And I'm so glad that the niece's situation is better too. Brain stuff is so scary.

You know, it's Fresh Start Monday -- let's HIT IT!!! :cb: :cb:

anagram
04-11-2011, 12:35 PM
Ready for a new week here too. Have been under200 consistently again. 197 yesterday which is within a half pound of the lowest I've seen. However 197.8 today.

Enjoy your spring cleanout week, Arabella. And be sure to make it a "YOU" week. Enjoy your week on, week off while you have it and

Spring is supposed to be here today with unseasonably HIGH temps. Been so odd, cold, dreary lately - and will be again. But today is glorious. Forsythia blooming, hyacinths, daffs. I'm off to tai chi in a tad - hit it twice last week and the pool twice. No guests and less eating out.

Handy fellow coming tomorrow and I'm working on his list ;) Had to dig for something springy to wear too so may do the "transition" even though it may make me freeze a bit.

Yep, feeling better w/o stress of family illnesses - though with a big family, there are always some more.

Hearty, hearty Royals. Spring and a fresh start beckon.

:belly:

Arabella
04-12-2011, 09:51 AM
Had more carbs than probably advisable yesterday, if I'm doing low carb -- which I think is my best plan. Also went over a bit on calories but it pretty much evened out from exercise. The plan today? Track, lower carbs, etc.

Third-last choir practice last night and it was INTENSE - my goodness, we worked hard. Then, of course, despite feeling like I was just about ready for collapse by the end, I couldn't sleep. May have been asleep by 2, but not before. Nevertheless, not feeling too bad today and the sun is out. I'm going to shower up, do some housework and maybe head out to sound yoga. Tonight I've got DGS, DS & his GF, my mom, my sister and her DGD coming for dinner.

Anagram, I think you're right -- have to fit in rest and recreation. No reason I can't meditate this week. And make appointments for overdue haircut and pedicure. Your flowers sound wonderful! We're still on crocuses and snowdrops but I noticed the lilac-esque shrub my neighbour gave me last year has buds on it and other things are coming to life. This would be a good year for me to get into gardening big time. Eating isn't working out well as a hobby. :lol:

Hmmm... spring-y stuff. I must hit the thrift stores.

Hope all :queen:lies are well and happy! Let's make this a good one.

katrinabgood
04-19-2011, 09:37 AM
Good morning royal ones! I had to pop in before work, since I was dreaming of the Palace right before I woke up! A wee nudge from the Universe, mayhaps? Whatever, it was a good nudge! I can report another two lbs off, and I am officially the lowest weight I've been in about 12 years. Also, I now have less than 100 lbs to lose. Wow. Once I get below this number, I will really feel as though I've accomplished something! 48 lbs is nothing to sneeze at, but I think that I downgrade the achievement because it has taken so long. Stinkin' thinkin', yes. :yes: Working on that.

Accomplishments: I took my first golf lesson on Saturday! Not the greatest weather for it, but the rain held off til after we were done, and I loved it! Didn't do too poorly, either. Afterwards, I was very near the shore, and decided that a nice walk on the boardwalk was in order. Not only did I walk, I woggled! Told myself that I would just TRY, and I could actually do it without much protest from the knees! I walked for 1 minute, then I'd jog for one minute, and repeated this x10. Was so proud of myself and elated afterwards... runner's high? Whatever, it was lovely.

Oh boy, my 'get to work on time initiative' is in jeopardy if I stay here another minute... Gotta run, have a great day, :queen:s!!

:wave:

anagram
04-19-2011, 09:48 PM
The eating hobby doesn't work too well for me either, Arabella. And only a day or two now until your concert. THAT is a good hobby.

kat, for sure 48 pounds is nothing to sneeze at. (hURRAH) Some good looking chick you must be, so svelte and all. And I loved the woggle on the boardwalk. Hope you get to be quite a golfer. I liked it but was never good at it. Still when DH and I wouild go out on a summer's eve and have the course to ourselves (well, almost), it didn't seem to matter how bad I was. It was just pleasant to share the pleasant outdoors.

I've ranged from 196.4 to 199 this week. The 196.4 was a new number. I'm glad to see the initiative Subway is taking to cut salt. Maybe others will follow. I don't use salt at home but it is in so many things and is so treacherous to/for me.198.6 this morning.

Working hard here for garage sale the last weekend. Much, much to be done and that's not even going to be the half of it. But I had someone here this week to move down to first level three things that I couldn't manage. So now I'm committed. Hope I make enough money to cover their hire.;)

Loving my new pool place, esp. the hot tub. A big reward in itself. More and more flowers showing up despite the rain. Had a real deluge Saturday. Had water in basement but found out the next day that so many others had so much worse. Anyway, forsythia beautiful as are the tulips. Tempting fate, I actually put some plants in the ground - about four weeks toO early. Will watch and then cover as/if required

Going to Pville for Easter. One of those few days a year I get to see my whole and complete and small nuclear family. All seven of us. Still, those days are my high points.

:easter3::bunny2::easter3:

Arabella
04-20-2011, 07:45 AM
Good morning! *yawn* I am up. Slept pretty well but am tired, maybe fighting off something or other. Shall try to take it easyish today, get in some rest periods, and make it an early night tonight.

They're calling for SNOW today :shocksn: Really. I did not approve this. Supposed to be milder and :rain: buckets tomorrow and get rid of it. Ah, spring in the maritimes! :rolleyes:

Yes, the performance is coming right up! I've practiced a lot for it because the music is so difficult and the practice files for it less helpful than is sometimes the case. We practiced in the church where the performance is Monday night and sounds beautiful.

Ohhhh... more excitement -- I've signed on to do Carmina Burana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEllLECo4OM) in July. :hyper:

Anagram, I'm loving the sounds of your new spa/pool. I'm back to Halifax next week and will remember my swimsuit this time to take advantage of the sauna and hot tub.

I've got a mob coming for Easter, family and friends. I'll do a turkey and a ham and cake and people are bringing salads, appetizers, etc. 'Twill still be wild but should be fun. It'll be my first big party wine-free (off limits since I'm limiting carbs) in recent times. Have a wonderful visit in PVille!

Kat, congrats on your lowest weight in 12 years -- that's phenomenal! :woohoo: And 48 pounds is 1/3 of the way, so very substantial.

Golfing always sounds like it would be a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a nice day, playing, chatting, walking. :) Congrats on the woggle, too!

WSW :wave: Hope all is well!

K, Lovelies, time for me to have my steel-cut oats and hit the deck. Let's make this a good one!

anagram
04-21-2011, 11:22 AM
I hope you've been succesful, Arabella, in fighting off the 'whatevers'. You've got to be up to the musical challenge. And wow, is that next one really a challenge. Only listened (so far) to first 20 minutes or so but it is just wonderful music. Maybe the rest later today after grocery run.


Enjoy your Easter crew too. I'll be taking my people out to eat - well, they drive but I'm paying ;)

Saw "Footloose" yeserday at local summer theater. Loved the music and the cast was so talented. Didn't rain yesterday as much as predicted and it was sort of balmy. Today cooler but sunny. We're getting there, folks, just like w/the weight loss.

At 197.4 yesterday, 198.4 today - expected worse today. I also think I'm finding a few more "curves" since I'm back to pool workouts.

:easter2::easter2::easter2:

Anyway I'm looking forward to more jelly beans........and then the garage sale. Working on the closet my DS calls "the archeological dig". Wondered what had happened to some of those items. Not getting rid of a lot but any is progress. And some things will go to other places with like items so at least I'll know where they are.

So off I go. Groceries soon - been waiting to see if a riend calls needing a ride home from dr. She surely must be done by now. But making good use of the waiting time.

wsw
04-24-2011, 04:16 PM
Happy Easter, royals!

kat-congrats on that marvelous weight loss! hitting your lowest weight in 12 years---what a marvelous accomplishment! :)

hi anagram!

greetings arabella!

thinking of you all, and hoping everyone is having a pleasant holiday weekend. take care.

katrinabgood
04-28-2011, 02:04 AM
A late pop in, to be sure, but I realized today that I haven't been by in over a week now! Hoping all had a lovely Easter. Our weather here was very cooperative, especially after a particularly nasty Saturday! Family gathered at Mom's, something we just don't seem to do too often anymore, so it was very nice. Despite the incredible amount of food, I made some good choices and left room for dessert as well. Didn't go home with the usual, "oh well, tomorrow's Monday..." feeling!

Arabella... What a beautiful, and BOLD, selection of music! I didn't recognize the name, but once I listended to it, realized that I've heard it many times before... in movies, especially. Then I had to Google it to learn more... it has been used in countless movies, commercials, sporting events, etc! Now when I hear it again, I will know the name, and it will remind me of you!

Anagram, I have several of those archeological sites 'round here as well! Must get my pick ax to work on a few of 'em!

Hi wsw, hoping that you are feeling much improved these days!

Time for bed for me... I guess that pile of clothes that I was going to fold will have to wait for morning... too late now!

Sweet dreams, :queen:s!

Arabella
04-28-2011, 06:36 AM
Good morning, Queenlies! I'm having a less enjoyable Halifax week -- combination of the relentlessly cold and rainy weather with stupid end o'month workathon. Bah! I'll be glad to get home again. Off for a walk in the :rain: shortly.

I had a massive party on Sunday with family and friends and managed to have not a drink nor a questionable bite. In fact, was pretty much too busy feeding people to eat. By the end of the day (and the next day, too) I was revisited by what it felt like to work a busy, busy shift waiting on tables. :tired: Ouch!

Anagram, congrats on getting into archaeological dig! In my party prep I actually cleared out a couple of persistent "hot spots" (as fly lady calls them) that haven't been uncluttered in, um, forever.

Thinking that's got to be a good sign. :cp: :cp: On the whole, I think I'm feeling less overwhelmed, more proactive as a result.

WSW, so nice to see you! Hope your Easter was nice. How are you feeling? :hug:

Kat, I didn't know the music before I Googled it but, yes, so immediately recognizable and SO thrilling! Rehearsals start on Monday. :hyper: I've ordered a practice CD so I'll be able to scare the cat while I cook and clean. :lol:

Right, then. Time for me to get out there and actually walk the walk. Let's make this a good one, :queen:ies!

anagram
05-03-2011, 09:00 PM
Yikes - what a a week (or two) it's been. Glad all had good holiday and sorry Halifax not quite up to par this time, Arabella. Nexttime.

Still doing strange weather things here. Up to 84 degrees, lots of rain/thunder now in area but not exactly my neighborhood. Strange, eerie light outside. Tomorrow, back to cool.

Mixed success on garage sale. Moved stuff first day, nothing next day. Have since freecycled some stuff. Garage still a mess - BUT nothing comes back into house.

I wasn't too bad this Easter - relatively speaking. Went to Mass at Basilica of Immaculate Conception in DC with DD and family. Lovely. then met up w/DS&DSIL for lunch. Overall good.

Last Tuesday weigh in not bad but Wed/Thurs saw that dreaded "2" again. Yesterday and today @196.6 so happier.

Will be having only one tai chi class a week until July - budget cuts. Hit pool today and had a good workout though.

In one of my "too tired to live" modes. Think I overdid last week - mebbe. Easier day tomorrow.

So on to spring it is, I hope. Pink dogwood, azaleas, candytuft and pink/white tulips doing their annual display and getting me compliments. Have done little yard work - too much rain but strangely blossoms are still on trees despite high winds.

Looking forward to the next holiday ;)

:belly:

Kaylets
05-04-2011, 10:41 AM
Hello my friends!

Suddenly, I just had to be in the palace. I cannot explain why I have been unable to get here sooner but suddenly, I had the words.

I only took a fast look at the most recent posts so I am still, far, far out of the loop.

I finally feel ready to start addressing my weight issues. I ran out of ice cream about 4 days ago and because I didn't want to shop, I've been eating yogurt with frozen blueberries and realized I was just as satisfied.

I do not have a specific plan in mind, am leaning towards less meat, etc but for reasons you probably know, am nervous about soy right now. I realize I had arguments about how the soy/cancer connection was over dramatized but I am still nervous.

I am also relearning how to shop for groceries...................................the only thing I can consistenly buy in bulk is dog food....by the way, I have two pound rescues ....much bigger dogs than we ever h ad before but when we lost our beagle over Thanksgiving, my DH began saying "Next dog should be a lab"...........at the time, I thought a big dog would be too much w/ everything else but about 2 weeks later, I knew why he wanted me to have a bigger dog. When I made inquiries, the 2 dogs had been living together but their owner had been ill and passed. At the time, it felt as though it was a gift from the universe and I am enjoying their company.

I am sending a photo, I hope it is big enought so that you can see them. Although they would love to push that door, they never do. They are so well behaved they just stand there. Now, if they thought I was in trouble, I am sure they would come right thru the glass!

Thanks for listening. I look forward to spending more time in the Palace.

anagram
05-04-2011, 11:10 AM
Oh, Kaylets, how good to "see" you. Welcome back to the haven of the Palace.

How great the story of your two rescues. Just when you needed them, they needed you. And that you had that "direction"....

The grocery store adjustment is a big one - in some ways I'm still making it but I clearly remember the day I was walking through a store and realized "I don't need to buy that anymore".

I hope spring is helping too. Sort of a coming back to life all around.

Anyway, welcome, and I hope you can find us regularly. Don't focus on weight yet - just health and stregnth. :grouphug:

Kaylets
05-04-2011, 11:40 AM
Thanks Anagram!!

Yes, I can so well relate to your shopping experience..... I saw a very good sale on something and hurried to it, thinking "how many should I get?" and then reaized, it was something I really didn't enjoy, that it was DH's favorite.

Funny how our brains work....then I thought " But it's on sale".......
I didn't buy them but it was a moment of clarity about how slow our minds are too process some of these changes in our lives.

I did see your post about Mass at the Basicalla. It is so beautiful there, I am looking forward to going there this summer. We were there last spring, visting DH's elderly uncle who knows every inch of the Basicalla. It was a very moving experience for me.

Arabella
05-05-2011, 06:38 AM
There's our Kaylets back in the Palace -- what a nice surprise!

A big congratulations on your dogs. How touching that your DH wanted you to get a lab, too. Dogs are such noble creatures and none more so than labs. They'll be such faithful companions and love you and protect you, just as DH wanted.

Frozen fruit and yogurt makes a great sweet treat! Sometimes I drop it in the blender with a little xylitol and it's really like ice cream, but fresher and more flavorful.

Anagram, your spring display sounds glorious! Ours is still a little ways off but there are lots of things coming up and coming to life. The forsythia has a few blossoms, tulips getting ready to open, forget-me-nots on their way. I think this is the year I get into gardening and finally get these beds the way I want them. They really do look beautiful in spring but I want to extend the beauty through the seasons.

SO much going on here -- we've bought a car to facilitate DH driving to Halifax every second week. DH is there now and will be looking at a condo tomorrow evening. I hope we get it -- it's right on the waterfront, downtown, and the building has a fitness center, a rooftop patio, :swim: and a sauna. :crossed:

I had my first rehearsal for Carmina Burana Monday night. It's going to be SO thrilling to sing! My other big news is that I actually started hot yoga on Monday.(Monday was quite the day, it was, between buying cars, looking for apts/condos, choir and hot yoga. Oh, and that pesky work. Whew.) Hot yoga is much more rigourous than I expected but I guess it's all in aid of building heat in the body, detoxing and healing physical systems. I bought a month pass and will try to go every day. So far, so good...

DGS is here and it's time to scramble the green eggs a neighbour brought to the Easter party...

Let's make this a good one!

Kaylets
05-05-2011, 10:16 AM
Good Morning Royals,


Took a few minutes to read some earlier postings and am looking forward to reading your submission WoodNymph and listening to the music too.

Reading the posts made me realize how much I have missed the palace and am so glad to have the palace still here.

I am still very motivated to get a few days of better eating strung together-- looking forward to when I begin to feel the effects. I even went out after supper last night to find some bananas and cottage cheese.


Also, just to see what I could see, I gave the WW's site a once-over and was pleasantly suprised to see their new plan counts quite a few fruits and vegetables as ZERO points..........
This time around, I do not think I will be joining WW's and honestly, will get on the scale whenever I feel I want to get on the scale. Last time (amazing that its 6 yrs according to my avatar!), I became nearly obssesed with a goal that is about 10 that is too much for me to meet, impossible to maintain.
I would have to make a dramatic lifestyle change ( and stay tuned!) with lots of bikeriding, etc,etc.

What thing for sure about having been thru this before, I know my favorite foods and am looking forward to some of them too.

I am toying with avoiding all artifical sweetners. I have been experimenting for awhile now, I am using real sugar in my coffee and I swear, I do not have the cravings I experience with some artificial. Any advice ??


Recvd a call yesterday inviting me to 6 week grief support group. I decided to join as I just finished another but believe it or not, I was the only widow, everyone else had lost a parent or sibling.

Yesterday felt like as though I had put a paddle into the water and begun to move away from the dock.

The Royal Cruise if you will.



Yes, I agree, looking forward to making this a good eating day.

anagram
05-05-2011, 06:10 PM
Lots of activity there, Arabella. Never know how you manage to do so much. New car and conddo both will make life easier, I'd think. And you'll be working a bit more out of Halifax, methinks.

And still glad to have Kaylets "home" in the Palace. I did 3 6-wk programs, Kaylets, pretty much overlapping. The least effective for me was one where it was only moi and a young woman grieving her Mom. I was sort of "forced into a pseudo-mom role and that was not what I needed at the time. The other two groups left me with a few new friends. One in particular has been a mainstay of my life since. She often comments how different we are (and I agree) and that we would not likely have become friends if it weren't for the circumstances.

Loverly day here today - went to a luncheon where I acquired a Gerbera daisy so needed to go out and plant that. Did about ten minutes of yard work but that was good. I'm going through a "peak-ed" stage again so am trying to convince me I can take it easy a bit and the world will not fall apart.

How nice to have had a guide at the Basilica, Kaylets. If you get back, there is an interesting Franciscan Monastery in the neighborhood that I'd love to see again. I first went to the B. on my honeymoon and the last time I had been there was when DD graduated from law school there. All nice memoiries.

After such a good lunch, am trying to decide what I should do about "dinner" which won't be a dinner, for sure.

:wave:

:belly:

anagram
05-06-2011, 09:29 AM
Lovely morning again. Maybe there's hope spring is really here. Car in for maintenance this a.m. and maybe a little grocery trip. DS/DDIL coming tomorrow and I won't need much but I do like to "customize". These are my healthy eaters so it won't be anything I should not eat myself.

Got word last night that Princess 15 was elected class president. She always has me bursting out of my Granny-britches. She's coming within a half hour of me today on a field trip and I'm chomping at the bit that she'll be that close and I won't get to see her. Ah, well. .. P-10 was hit on the head by a basketball and they think has a mild concussion so she's lying low for now.

Yard play is calling me and I hope to do at least a little today.

A walk would be nice too - maybe towards evening. No tai chi today :( I do have CD and could do it that way too but it's not as fun.

Well, Royal Ones, up and at 'em I go.

:belly:

anagram
05-07-2011, 12:31 PM
Lovely Saturday here. Hope to do a tiny bit of yard work. Awaiting DS/DSIL but they aren't likely to come until later. Having that "feel like I' fighting something off" feeling so have decided to give me the gift of a leisurely day (again? ;) ).

197.6 this a.m. so happy enough w/that. The Royal Cruise sounds like a pleasant approach, Kaylets.

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to those of that persuasion and a lovely Royal Weekend to one and all.

:belly:

Arabella
05-07-2011, 01:32 PM
Okey-doke -- walked over to hot yoga and back so have a 90-minute class and most of my steps in for today. Holy smokes -- gotta say, hot yoga is just about doing me in. I'm sure I'll get used to it as my strength increases but... wow. It is some kind of intense. I'm okay with the :flame:, but the yoga itself is very rigourous. I knew on one level that it would be but on another level, I think I expected gentle stretches in the heat. Um. No. They do this "flow" series that goes from downward dog to plank to upward dog to downward dog, each held and the whole sequence repeated for quite a while. Yow. But -- hey! -- think what shape I'll be in eventually, assuming I survive. ;)

I'm enjoying a very girly look right now -- my toenails are painted this colour and my fingernails are painted this colour.

Anagram, thanks for the encouragement -- I never, ever feel like I'm doing enough. Maybe I need to adjust my attitude. :chin: Hmmm... I never thought of that. No wonder I don't get everything done. Have a lovely visit with the kids!

Kaylets, I love the royal cruise idea! Let's adopt it for our next thread. Just what we need, I think.

I don't use artificial sweeteners but also try to stay away from sugar. I like xylitol. It's a zero carb sugar alcohol that tastes like sugar except it doesn't have the raunchy aftertaste. I think if I were choosing between sugar and artificial, I'd go for the sugar though.

K, it's almost time for the royal nap. I trust the cabin boy has been in to fluff the cabin.

Happy Mother's Day, Royals! Let's make this a good one! :encore:

Kaylets
05-09-2011, 10:37 AM
Hello all,

Weekend had ups and downs:

Beautiful weather both days was a definite plus, Saturday, went to a few yard sales and found some gardening items I was honestly looking for and was thrilled to find a salt glazed lamp by a pottery nearby in PA. Its really lovely and worth far more than what I paid and has a place of honor and safety in the living room where I can admire it.

Late Saturday, checking my email I was saddened to find that a DS is having what appears to be a psychiatric breakdown. She has had a diagnosed problem for many years and for the last 10-12 yrs, been stable but something has changed and the symptons sound exactly as when the problem first presented. Unfortuntately, she is not close by and until a solution, even a temporary solution is found, most of the family can only wait and pray.

The other down was that by Sat evening, I was too hungry and grabbing peanut butter, rasin bran, etc mindlessly.

I have to figure some type of foundation so that I do not get so hungry.
And to make sure what I am eating, is something I enjoy. Nothing worse than eating something that doesn't taste right..................


Thanks Arabella, I think I have seen the xylitol in the stores .........see if I can find a sale and/or coupon. I do have rice syrup in the house; perhaps I can experiment with that too.

Anagram, President Princess 15 has a lovely ring to it! How wonderful to watch the Princesses doing so well!


The cruise idea is either high comedy or a life lesson: I have never been other than a 'dinner cruise'.............the only other time 'in' a boat was one of those paddle boats.
But that quote that says
" We cannot change the winds, but we can adjust the sails"

is so meaningful for me.

And I suppose, as the Royal I am, my cruise ship would be custom. Yes, I am liking this idea more and more. Far better than my original image of just a sail boat hugging the shore until it seemed safer to venture further out to sea.

Hmmmmm.........................virtual sailing...........................hmmmmmmm........


PS: The robin's nest in front of kitchen window now has at least 3 tiny mouths reaching up when a parent returns! I am entranced!

Kaylets
05-10-2011, 09:31 AM
Sunny Tuesday

Hello all,

Did better yesterday with food, it's been almost 2 weeks now that I have been out of ice cream and as long as I have yogurt to add to cereal or just fruit I have been ok. Trying to get some momentum for cooking for myself but those first moves are just not happening. I challenged myself as part of a Financial Fitness weekly challenge to just eat out of the pantry and the freezer, and I was thrilled to find my favorite veggie burgers and that's been a help moving me towards cooking .............Not much closer but the veggie burgers are an improvement over peanut butter!

Last Sat, also found some matching pieces to a favorite dinnerware pattern so decided as I running them thru the dishwasher, time to swap the 'safe' corelle and start using the favorite every day. When DS was living here, the good stuff would be treated like it was disposable and I packed it up for safekeeping.
It is heavier than correlle but its a physical thing with me; the feel of holding it.

Now that it's just me, I think I should enjoy my favorite dishes. Small consolation, I would use the corelle forever to have things different but..................


Am also noticing that I am now in the pattern of not eating anything till noon although I am awake by 6 most days. And am eating sometimes 'supper' at 9 pm............. Getting too hungry is dangerous so I need to have something about this time of day and see if that's what it takes to wake up my appetite before noon.....................



How I do go on and on..................


Here's to Tuesday!

Arabella
05-11-2011, 08:52 AM
Good morning, Royal Ones! I took in the 6:15 hot yoga class this a.m., showered and breakfasted here at the offices and am now ensconced :coffee2: That fits into the day pretty well and doesn't impinge on my work day. I have a feeling I'm going to really appreciate Saturday morning, though, when there's no class until 9:30.

So far, I'm noticing I'm sleeping a little better -- managed to sleep a full night after choir practice Monday night, which tends to be a challenge. And I can manage some of the poses a little better than before.

Kaylets, I really need to keep good food options in the house, too. Then when I think, I'm hungry -- what can I eat? there'll be a reasonable answer.

How sweet to have a robin's nest right outside your window! We had one outside a cottage window when I was a kid and I still remember how thrilled we were to see the progression day by day.

I'm with you on the dishes. Corelle is very practical but the weight is just somehow unsatisfying. DH and I finally, after 20ish years together, bought some nice tableware last summer. It's nice to be able to enjoy the grace notes of the palace. :)

:wave: to all the other :queen:lies -- let's make this a good one!

Kaylets
05-17-2011, 11:30 AM
Hello all,

Learned a very valuable lesson. Was doing pretty well with the food but then, something triggered memories and I was eating and eating for almost a week.

I did notice yesterday which was another enormous memory day, that after spending over an hour mowing the lawn that I still felt the emotions but was able to control the eating. Mowing the lawn was a lucky accident as I had to mow it yesterday; the only day this week rain isn't forecast.

Feeling sore today as I am in no shape to be pushing the mower but it's done, I got some exercise in, and I might be able to get some gardening done in btwn storms too.......................but need to go and get some vegetables to put in the ground. Have some sunflower seeds and radishes, etc but the tomatoes are to be bought.

I did cook chicken breast to put in smaller portions and freeze. Trying to eat out of the pantry and freezer to get ready for a freezer defrost and to avoid eating out.



Hope all the royals are doing well!!

:hug:

Arabella
05-17-2011, 05:10 PM
:rain: Hello Queenlies!

All goes well here. A week or so into hot yoga I suddenly realized yet again that if I only allow myself to eat seated at the table when I'm alone, just me and the food, that I'm pretty much guaranteed to lose weight. The internal discussion was interesting:

Me: You mean there's just one simple thing that I can do and it'll take me to goal?

Enlightened Me: Yes. It will work.

Me: Okay, but can I make exceptions? It's really cozy to eat on the couch while I watch TV.

Enlightened Me: No. You know that's the slippery slope. One exception leads to another and on any given occasion, you KNOW full well you're more likely to eat more than you need in that situation.

Me: So... only when I'm not alone. Hmmm... let me think about this.

Enlightened Me: Seriously? You have to think about whether it's worth it to stop eating on the couch when you're alone if it means getting to goal? And knowing that otherwise, you're going to be fighting this same battle for much longer, if not forever?

Me: Well, when you put it that way... okay, sign me up.

And so far, so good. I lost 2.8 last week. I know the weeks won't all be like that but I also know that that one constraint gives me so much more control.

News briefs: Hot yoga's been good, I'm progressing and going most days. Today I got a haircut and I think I've found my new hairdresser -- huzzah! Practice for Carmina Burana is coming along. Next week is the first Halifax week in the new condo.

It was nice to see my ex-husband on the weekend. He came over to visit our son -- we haven't seen him for about five years. And he seems very well, better than he ever has: grounded and healthy, in a good space. It was wonderful to see. He came to my brother's birthday party and then I had him, DS and his GF over for breakfast on Sunday.

Kaylets, I was just rereading a bit and realized I'd forgotten to respond to your news about your DS. :hug: How troubling for you! I've got a few sibs that are occasionally in psychological trouble -- as I guess most of us are at one point or another -- but never a total breakdown. Sending good energy...

You remember to look after your own sweet self!

As we all shall, cruising onward...

Let's make this a good one!

anagram
05-19-2011, 08:33 PM
My toenails are this color too!!!! For two whole days now and before I read WNs post.

I'm looking forward to your week in your Halifax condo too. How sweet to be able to combine work/travel/second honeymoon. And glad you were able to see ex in a different, wholesome light.

Ah yes, Kaylets, the memory binges. Still have some as well as "just plain darned tired" ones. I too am out of ice cream and living from freezer, pantry. I have food - I just don't always have what I'm hungry for and many times can't figure out what that is anyway. Your pet birdie sounds sweet.

I've rearranged my birdbath location this year so it's better seen from my kitchen. It's been full from all the (depressing) rain but birdies seldom seem to come when it's pouring down. I am so longing for sunshine. Last week's was nice but boy, this rain.

Sorry to hear about DS and her illness. It can sound lame but sometimes all you can do for someone is pray and be there if they want your help. You too are vulnerable right now and need to take care of you too.

Dr. feels it's time for me to go back on a nasty drug I left behind many years ago and I'll be starting next week. One, I might add, that I feel contributed to my weight gain.

Speaking of - two "talking points" from this week. I hit the dreaded "2" one day this week (but am currently at 197 so I know it was one of those things). And when I went to doctor's, I was 200.2 on his scale w/o shoes. Now that's not too bad but one of my many goals is to be under "2" on his scale. So close - no cigar.

Heading to Pville this weekend for dance recitals. DS came up for Mother's Day as I was too tired/draggy to accept his invite to come down there for the occasion. Always nice to have him here. While I see him and his sister, neither had been here for months. I think she's coming next weekend unless plans get changed (which happens a lot).

Tried the eating at table instead of while watching tv. I might try to make it a habit at least for a few days to see if it makes a difference for me.

Love the idea of a cruise theme. Hope you sign up for a real one, Kaylets.

The moat at the Palace does not seem about to overflow from all the rain. Huzzah!!

:belly:

Arabella
05-20-2011, 09:17 AM
We had :sunny: yesterday and peeps of sunshine today so far. It's amazing how just that little bit enlivens and excites. I got some pansies, violets and a euphorbia planted. My sister had given me the euphorbia and it was sitting in its pot in the rain for a week waiting to go in. Sadly, I didn't realize it had no soil so it was looking a little sad. I probably should cut it back so the energy goes to the roots and not the blooms but I'd so love to see its chartreuse self blooming away there in the beds.

I'm wiped. I don't know if it's the hot yoga or if I'm still fighting whatever. The day before yesterday, class was very intense and the heat and humidity higher than normal. I think that maybe was a push beyond what I needed. I feel like I did the first few days of class. So taking today off from class, just getting my steps in. I took in five classes both of the first two weeks and already four this week. I'm a little proud of me for doing this, especially since most people are much younger, slimmer and fitter than I am. I can already see changes in my musculature, though, so I expect to be young, slim and fit in due time. ;)

Anagram, it really was wonderful to see my ex that well -- it reminds me of the potential for any situation to turn around -- and turn COMPLETELY around -- and how hopefulness and optimism are well-founded and rational attitudes, when you get right down to it. :)

:wave: Kaylets, WSW, Katrinabgood! Let's make this a good one!

anagram
05-20-2011, 06:53 PM
Sun here this afternoon finally. Should be working outside but way too dragged out. Had bloodwork done Wednesday and figure it's nothing "radical" as I've not heard anything yet.

So good for DS to see his Dad doing well too.

Was 196.6 this a.m.

Think I'll take a ride for a few groceries and gas so I won't need to do that before I leave for Pville tomorrow.

Smile back at all the pretty blossoms and flowers. And tell them how much we've missed them.

:belly:

Arabella
05-22-2011, 01:30 PM
Well, we did have a couple of nice days. Back to :brr: now though. I've been resisting turning the heat up but will probably have to give in. I'm thinking the only alternative would be donning flannel p.j.s and hopping back into bed. Hmmmm..... :chin:

Still fighting whatevs. We had our long Sunday walk this morning but I could tell that was enough for me. No hot yoga. But I hope to get there tomorrow and expect I will. Planning an early dinner and an early night.

We had our best friend couple over for dinner last night. They'd just gotten home from Greece and really recommended it. I told DH that we should make that our next big trip.

Anagram, hope P'ville was lovely. We seem to be paralleling again in dragged-outedness as well as toe polish color.

Hope all :queen:lies be well! Let's take this day and do our level best with it, hey?

anagram
05-23-2011, 09:37 PM
Yep, WN - I always find it amazing how "coordinated" we are.

Greece - ooh la la, what a trip that would be!!! (Excuse my French ;)

"Survived" trip well. Got in this afternoon and am "almost" back in shape. Missed tai chi though and what with cuts and all it will be almost 3 weeks w/o a class - will have to break down and do it on my own.

The performances were great this year. 50 acts over two "shows". One princess or another was in 7 of them. The tap numbers were particularly good. Both also did a jazz number and P15 did a ballet thing as well.

Still no energy but not as "dead" tired as I might have expected. The plan now is for them to come up next weekend to do an "anything that floats" race that our neighborhood does on the creek each Memorial Day weekend. The girls watched it last year and got all gungho for doing it. With all this rain though, the creek is running pretty high. More rain expected here and there and I'm afraid the race will be cancelled if the creek doesn't go down to it's normally placid depth. Well, can't do a thing about it.......

Happy Victoria Day!!!!!!

Arabella
05-25-2011, 08:32 AM
Another :rain: week in Halifax. It seems to have paused for the moment so I'm going to nip out for a walk. The condo building has a lot of nice features -- an internal garden/courtyard where it will be pleasant to have lunch, rooftop patio. It's a block away from a big farmer's market and across the street is a pier with picnic tables and benches. When the weather's nice it'll be very pleasant. Even now, though, as I type I'm looking out over the water, two ships crossing and seagulls flying past the window.

Had a NSV yesterday -- an outfit that was unwearable over the winter is now just fine. I must be down inches because the blouse fit closely and now does not at all. Huzzah!

Anagram, that "anything that floats" race sounds like a lot of fun! Hope the weather cooperates. :crossed:

K, I'd better scoot while the scooting's good. Let's make this a good one, Queenies!

Kaylets
05-26-2011, 12:11 PM
Hello all,

NSV's from the closet are always encouraging!! Reinforces job well done and strokes the frugal side too! Well done Wood Nymph!

Anagram, I can so relate to do things, getting things done and then, just tooooo tiiiiirrrreeeeddddd to do anything. I had a difficult weekend this past weekend was DH's birthday and I was overwhelmed in more ways than one.

Today is a better day and very warm so I ran the lawn mower ( only takes 20 minutes to do the backyard when I'm motivated!) and am now using the bright sun and high temps to motivate myself to get big items like blankets and couch covers washed and dried quickly.

My Dsister lives in NC in an assisted living as she is schizophrenic and mentally ******ed. She has been exhibiting fear and other symptoms the past 10 days or so; yesterday was very bad for her; she was intensely afraid; too afraid to move, eat, etc.

She is currently in an emergency psychiatric unit where she is under 24 hr observation and feels somewhat calmer but it could be that the unit is far quieter than the assisted living facility is.

Please keep my sister in your prayers ( and for the the doctors and staff who meet her ) and please feel free to add her to prayer lists


I appreciate!


Back to the laundry~

Arabella
05-29-2011, 08:57 AM
Just gearing up for a walk around the harbour to hot yoga -- this morning is a "lite" class: 60 minutes, a bit less heat, a bit less intense, which will be good after the grueling 90-minute class yesterday. :tired:

Kaylets, me three on the fatigue. I'm hoping that after I've been at hot yoga a while I'll have that "boundless energy" they talk about. Sure would make life easier, would it not.

DH's birthday would be difficult, I know. :hug:

Oops, gotta scoot sharpish. Love to all!

Kaylets
06-01-2011, 10:21 AM
Hello all!

How interesting to feel so much lightness mentally knowing May is behind me!
It was a long month but for the most part, I did ok.


My sister is showing improvement, hopefully soon we will have word if a permanent place for my sister to stabilize and recover has been chosen.
The hospital where she was admitted last Wed would be a wonderful solution for her in more than a couple ways. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers.


Temps above 90 predicted today, humidity close to 100%.................I do not enjoy the heat and it makes me sluggish and often worse.
So, I have a meeting at 3 pm today............rest assurred I will be fresh from shower and might even be carrying frozen water to use on wrists and neck!

May was not a good food month.
Royal proclamation: June will be better.

Take care Royals!

Arabella
06-01-2011, 07:58 PM
So, I actually squoze off five :dance: in May. I've sworn to do 7 in June. My aim for May was 10, so I sort-of split the difference. Hot yoga and eating only at the table when I'm alone are the two big changes.

Still tired but not incapacitated. I've got DGS here. We were just talking about leaves -- he didn't realize that his salad was mostly leaves. And then he was asking if you could eat all the other leaves out there. I told him you can't just go around eating any old leaf but some were edible. We took a mini-field trip around the corner to a grape vine growing on a neighbour's fence and ate a couple of leaves. Then we went into the neighbour's store to look at the jars of pickled grape leaves and the ones all rolled up with rice and tomatoes and things in them.

He's up in the tub now while I relax with a cup of chamomile tea. Ahhhh!

Kaylets, so glad to hear things have improved with your sister. Still sending good thoughts and energy for you. I like your royal proclamation. :)

Anagram, are you safely back from P'ville?

And now I'm wondering what ever happened to Kat? Gardening, probably.

I'm hoping to get some gardening done this weekend. There are a couple of beds that are in dire need and DH has promised to lend some muscle.

Hope all :queen:ies are well and happy, wherever they roam. :wave:

anagram
06-04-2011, 09:51 AM
The harbor and condo sounds just delightful. Farmers market too.

And so cute abouit DGS and leaves. Love how you turned it all into a great education moment.

Kaylets, I am so sorry about youir sister. And I definitely can relate to the DH birthday situation. I still schedule nothing on DHs birthday and then do something "appropriate" to situation and mood. Sometimes just as simple as eating at Hoss's - which he liked to do, or walking in a park he liked.

Been strange here - tornados hitting locally - unusual for PA. Messed up my garden and some tree branches, etc. down. Fortunately no loss of life here. I'll be forever getting garden and patio of P&C back in shape but working on it.
Lost phone and internet for a while - didn't know I was so adicted.

Then BIL in intensive care for last week and a half. His kids flew in to Texas to say goodbye but he has now rallied a bit. Some similarities to DHs situation so that, too, has been hard.

The trip to Pville was great. "floats" race didn't come off (for us anyway). The creek was way swollen and muddied from all the rains. Plus there had been a sewer malfunction nearby which added some additional contaminants to the creek. It was a lovely day and I think they had the race but, for us, it was a no go. So I met up with the foursome at the outlets in G'burg. Wish retail therapy restored me as it does some. Our economy would be in better shape.

My best news this week was a call from a nephew that he and wife (and 18 month old doll baby) are expecting twins. Always fun.

Still dragging - but a bit better. And yesterday - at about 4:45, I felt a little surge of energy and got up and did some vacuuming. Yes, it was that noticeable. Feeling better this morning as well and did a little bit. Not in danger of overdoing as I want to go to pool this morning and then have a graduation party this afternoon. Had a picnic Thursday too. Not doing well on food front but social life a bit better ;)

Not admitting yet that the new med is part of it ;) Maybe the better weather - hope it lasts.

Anyway, hope to be better (in all areas) in June.

Congrats on that five pounds, WN. /And all the NSVs.

Arabella
06-05-2011, 08:40 AM
Third day of a four-day weekend. I'm still draggy myself -- a bit of the whatevers -- but not incapacitated. I'm blaming the weather. We've had very little :sunny: this spring. At one point, the weather man reported that it had rained for 28 out of 32 days. No wonder the whatevs can get us. But maybe the sun will come out today...:crossed:

This morning's the "lite" hot yoga class, so just an hour, a bit less heat and a bit less rigourous. I went for the first time last week and it was good. Still 96, though. And it feels good to be able to mostly do everything, as I can in that class. Friday night I was trying to demonstrate for DH the impossibility of moving from downward dog into pigeon: From downward dog, "exhale right leg up to point to the ceiling and then inhale right leg down so the bent knee comes to the right wrist, while lowering the left hip until the left leg is straight out behind on the mat and toes pointing to the back of the room."

Then, haha, we're supposed to get both hips and forehead down to the mat. Well, I'm not going to get there any time soon but I found that I COULD get as far as the getting my right knee to right wrist and get as close to as in position as I can get. V. impressed with self, I am. Now to see if I can demonstrate in class...

I've been getting in a fair amount of practice. I want to advance to the point that I have the words memorized so that I can practice freely while I cook and putter. Four weeks from tonight is the performance, so still a very nice block of time to get ready.

Anagram, sorry that BIL has been having a hard time! Have things been very up and down with him? Also sorry your Patio of P & C was assaulted -- we :queen:s need our refuges.

Here's to energy surges and :sunny: ! :cheers: May there be more of both!

anagram
06-10-2011, 11:01 AM
Howdy, Royal Pardners in Loss

WN, I too am very, very impressed with your yoga capacities. The visual was entertaining though - I probably had more trouble visualizing that than you had accomplishing it. No problem visualizing you practicing though ;)

Been very, very hot and stormy here again. Today somewhat better. Have been pooling and tai chiing and running around for fun every chance I get.

Which explains the 200.4 on weigh in day, then was down to 196.6 yesterday and 197.x today. Must not have so much fun - which seems to translate as eating though talking is close. And patio of P&C has been restored and is being much used. Aaaah!

A little computer problem or two since DS installed something more when he was last here. Kiddos had decided they'd give me new computer for Mother's Day as they figured mine is getting up there, etc. I declined so he added some external drive or another so if my motherboard (or something) should give out, I not lose everything. Since then, thing is getting wonky from time to time and is trying my patience. Plus, since I cleaned the crumbs out of my keyboard, it doesn't seem to be as responsive. Hungry, I guess.

I've been doing a tad better at the "whatevers" since I'm back on the new/old med. Hate to say dr. may have been right. Not where I want to be yet but lots, lots better.

Well, off on another very runny aroundish day.....

Arabella
06-12-2011, 08:49 AM
Just slurping :coffee2: before heading out for Sunday walk, to be punctuated by the 60-minute Sunday Moksha "lite" class. I went to the 90-minute non-lite class yesterday and it was a bit much -- left me feeling a little too tired to do anything the rest of the day -- but today's class should be more user-friendly.

Can you believe that we STILL haven't gotten more than a few hours of weather warm enough to sit out? And :sunny: has been scarce, too. Seems to be improving, but even this morning it was cold enough to put the heat on. Didn't do it, mind you but it was cold enough.

Tomorrow I'm taking my mom to visit my dad's sister, who lives only a few blocks from the church where we rehearse Carmina. We're going to visit my sister who lives 10 mins away and then visit my aunt, go out to dinner. Then my mom and aunt can visit for a couple of hours while I go to practice. I'm very fond of my aunt but rarely manage a visit. A combination of busy-ness and a big family, I guess. So hard to fit everyone and everything in.

Anagram, so glad the Patio of P&C has been restored! Computers are so frustrating. Maybe you should agree to the new one. They really have improved in the last few years.

Ah, tai chi! I must start making a point of doing a set every day. It really only takes a few minutes and is an excellent practice.

Just about time to round up my stuff and get out the door. Have a fantabulous Sunday!

Kaylets
06-14-2011, 10:21 AM
Wasn't it just June 1st a minute ago?? Wow!

The heat, heat, heat !! Now I remember what happened! Record breaking temps and almost 100% humidity, does not flatter me......................

Trying to get bettter at better eating.

No icecream in the house which is better.
I did notice last night during a support group meeting when things got tense, I became craving and tasting a chocolate milkshake. Could honestly taste it while sitting there listening to someone very emotional and angry share.

I had the craving all the way home but instead came straight home and had Vanilla yogurt with frozen blueberries.
One of the first times I could draw an arrow directly from stress to response.


Weather has been lovely for two days. Hoping to finally, get the garden in some kind of shape.

Hope all the Royals are well.

WoodNymph, re yoga: you are miles ahead of me in flexibility so do not despair!

Anagram: Keyboards..................I have had instances when some crumbs wind up under the letter and the key is unable to hit the contact underneath.
If you have a specific key that doesn't seem to respond, ( for me, its often the space bar) you can carefully lift the key off the key board. It's amazing what you might find!


I began taking Black Cohosh again, ran out a few months ago and I realized I was having extreme hot flashes. Sweat running down my forehead while sitting in airconditioned rooms. It's been a week and I notice it's helping mood a little too.


an update on my sister, thanks for all good thoughts and prayers: She is much improved and has returned to the assisted living. She knows the staff and routine although it is not the perfect solution for her. I appreciate your support!

Let's make this a royal one!

Arabella
06-15-2011, 09:12 AM
Another cold day here -- high 40s F. It's just WRONG! It's supposed to be warmer later on, with some :sunny: I sure hope so!

Busy times around here. Things will quiet down again after the performance, on July 3rd. No more practicing, travelling to rehearsals. And the writing group will be on hiatus for the summer too.

At hot yoga yesterday, one of the instructors said "You look smaller every time I see you -- it's crazy!" I said that I'd actually gained a pound last week and another instructor said that it's better not to weigh yourself when you're starting with hot yoga. I know that it targets every muscle in the body, so there's some muscle gain. And I can see a difference. But I'm not going to stop weighing in -- might just have to be satisfied with my slow loss. At least for now.

Kaylets, I wish we could exchange some heat/cool -- then we'd likely have some weather that suited us both. Our temps have been ridiculously low for -- oh dear -- months. Literally.

:wave: Anagram!

All right. Let's take this day we've been given and do our level best with it.

wsw
06-23-2011, 12:27 PM
hello queenlies! have missed you all. just a quick note to say hi, and i have been thinking about you, even though not very good at checking in. will be back again when have had a chance to catch up on your posts. definitely have not been stellar on my food program, but sneaking back in to it more and more. well, take care, all.

anagram
06-26-2011, 06:51 PM
So good to come back to the palace and see both wsw and Kaylets "in the house".

Well, computer stuff!!!! Turns out I've had a mess lately and a LOT OF IT was the server. They finally said so at some point and then a day or two later sent some instructions to follow. I did and almost all the emails in my email got eaten by a technology ogre.

However, things seem better the last few times I've tried. Not there yet but things are looking up.

Some problems too with something I allowed to "install" from Adobe. But, overall, better. Though I am looking moderate term to get something new. I had had it in mind for longterm before DS mentioned it. Just hate to learn all the new stuff but am looking for something more at least like a laptop and then "perhaps" wi-fi and all that stuff. Decisions, decisions....

But I have missed the Palace and that may be my main reason (beyond family pictures) for staying in the marketplace.

I have been bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. And scale is showing it.....

DD/family are here this weekend but are at Hersheypark today so I'm "resting". We saw Hello Dolly yesterday and went to a site where "Extreme Makeover -Home Edition" was working the day before. Don't know what, if any, plans for tomorrow are.

Hope visit with aunt went well, Arabella. I can feel your excitement about next week's performance.

Kaylets, I've worked a lot out of my freezer and house lately and by the time the crew is gone things should be really low. DS/DDIL were here last weekend for a very brief time as well.

wsw, always good to hear from you and you're still an inspiration ;)

BIL is still in intensive care but is expected to go elsewhere early next week. He's come a long way but lots and lots of "way" to go.

Kaylets
06-29-2011, 09:04 AM
Hello all,

Back from my travels to other castles.................I guess that's where I was.....amazing how fast June has sped by..................

I too, have been not good with the food but at least if I have to have icecream, etc, I have to leave the house and get it. I continue not to measure but its with fruit, plain yogurt, etc.

As I write 'fessing up about a milkshake Monday night I suddenly remembered the last time I went to a Grief Support meeting I was craving milkshakes.............Monday night I thought it was because I didn't haver supper.....Hmmmmm..... well, the good news about the Monday night milkshake was that it was a medium size AND it was supper.
I have to make a plan for the next meeting...............Have a supper I really enjoy before hand and something I really enjoy waiting for me afterwards..............Hmmmmmm.......talk about comfort eating...........................Hmmmmm........... ...................


Glad to see everyone is getting things done. I filled two garbage bags so far with shredding and it was very freeing.
I am trying to get a pattern of a few minutes in the garden, hoping the little bits will add up. I am far, far behind this year. I finally decided that the big tomato garden will just be wildflowers and sunflowers................
The dogs are convinced its the best place to dig....I am going to have to get a real fence to keep the dogs out as what I have up now, they can just leap over.

Have shopped at some garage sales. Found some treasures, mostly nice pots or plant racks that I am using in the front garden. Safe from the dogs, especially the one who enjoys chewing up flower pots.

She enjoys chewing up sticks too, just a dog who loves to chew.........


Hope everyone is well!

Arabella
07-02-2011, 06:35 PM
I can just barely believe we've gotten to this point but, yes, the performance is tomorrow evening. We were in rehearsal all day today, standing and singing most of the time between 9:30 this morning and 5 this aft. I'm not a good stander -- I could walk that same amount of time much more easily than stand. But... it's going to be spectacular! My DH and DM and two DSes are going to be there, as well as my neighbour and maybe a friend or two.

Hot yoga still going well. I was going to go tomorrow morning but we've got to be there earlier than previously scheduled so I may try to go through the sequence by myself after the Sunday walk. Steppin' steppin; steppin'

WSW, so lovely to see you peek in the Palace portal! Now get your butt back in here ;)

Anagram, why do I suspect that your "bad, bad, bad" means that you're up two or three pounds? You'll recover in no time.


Kaylets, I'm thinking I'll be able to get a thing or two done after the performance is over. Oh, things have been sliding. My plants were looking reproachful. :cry:

Ah, DH is dishing up... Love to all!

anagram
07-05-2011, 09:28 PM
So how went the performance? Sounds all so exciting. And what next?

Yes, Arabella, that's exactly what it means. I've gone over 200 again a few times. Some is the med (as I feared) but I certainly am helping it out. I'm not to the point of always being over 200 so all hope is not lost but I SWORE this would not happen.

Went to see Ilianthe (?) - Gilbert & Sullivan - last week. Cute. DD/family were here for about 4 days and are coming again Friday. Piddling along, accomplishing some, just not in gear. Doing the tiny bits of yard work too, Kaylets. Sometimes gaining on it, sometimes feeling in Jungleland.

Never seem to get notices of posts though I have the block checked. And I always relied on that to remind me to crumb it back to the Palace. Whole computer thing still a hassle. DS says it's dying so I'm looking into replacement which means a whole lot of study for me - before I just hand him the credit card and say buy me what you think I should have ;)

Feeling less draggy though so suspect med is working. Still no bundle of energy though.

Oh, oh, oh - I really stepped out of my comfort zone. During one of those free weekends of a matchmaking site, I "connected" with a fellow - drove 35 minutes to lunch with him last week. Nice guy but suddenly seemed to want a lot more than he had indicated on his profile (we both said "casual" and "friendship"). I left lunch feeling I could be engaged by next week if I wanted. Well, I now know that (even after five and a half years) I'm nowhere near ready for any thing more than I have now. But it was a step out there and that's always good. I kept thinking of my Queens and how I'd have your back no matter what. Nice friends and feeling to have.

Off to P/P/C for a few last minutes of the gloaming before settling in for the night.

Maybe I'll catch sight of a fairy or a lightning bug.....

Arabella
07-06-2011, 09:41 AM
Well. My voice sounds normal today, at any rate. Had gone quite husky after the performance, and no wonder.

It was just amazing. Sold-out house, and after the last note the audience leapt to their feet and applauded, hooted, stomped and bravoed. :encore: The entire choir was grinning ear-to-ear. We sure worked hard. My mom said that she'd thought we rehearsed a ridiculous amount and it was not necessary but when she saw the performance she understood. Not quite like singing any other kind of music.

I was wiped Monday and yesterday but, like my voice, normalish today. I spoke to the conductor and she said that she'd be a wreck for two days and then back to normal. So maybe that's the standard for Carmina. I've never experienced the same thing with any other music I've done. Especially demanding, I guess.

Nothing more planned until my regular choir starts up again in September. I intend to learn to read music better in the meantime.


Oh, Anagram, how interesting! Maybe some folk just say "friendship" so that they won't raise expectations unless they meet someone exceptional. As your guy seems to have done.

Fun to have boy friends, even a little flirtatious, anyway. I feel like if I lost my DH I'd probably not want a relationship for a long time, if ever.

K, I'd best get back to work. Finally hot here and I'm wishing I didn't have to, but I do. Aw, heigh-ho. :wave:

anagram
07-09-2011, 08:57 PM
Carmina is indeed inspiring. wonder how you'll exceed that? Glad it went so well and really glad it was appreciated.

I feel badly in a way about "my" (oh, my) guy. I feel perhaps he'll be discouraged - I think it was his first stab as well. Only widowed a year and a half though.

Well, I was a bit curious but now I'm not anymore. I compare everyone with DH and doubt I'd get that lucky again. Actually wouldn't expect it to be the same, of course. Still I have a teeny bit of "flirtatious" left. Not up to hassles though.

DD & crew here again overnight and some back again tomorrow night. All else seems to be going rather "summerish". Hot, laid back, etc. Weight UP. Went out to dinner this evening with neighbor - salmon, rice, broccoli - yum.

Hope all other :queen:s are being "summerish" too. A time to be lazy a bit.

:belly:

Kaylets
07-11-2011, 09:26 AM
Hello all,


WoodNymph --So glad your performance was so well recvd but more importantly, that the choir and Carmina were pleased and knew a good job was done by all. How magnicifent. Congratulations! :bravo::bravo::bravo::bravo:

Such a lesson isn't it??? A group comes together, in this case for music, is challenged, challenged some more but presses on and the outcome is so much more than the paticipants efforts.

Yes, Anagram I am seeing either in the face to face meetings or online groups for Widows/widowers that too many people have such a sense of urgency. If you were not the Royal you are, you could have taken advantage of your lunch date because he is so vulnerable. I can identify with you about social companionship but really dread the 'dating' scene.
And then, I witness so many with this urgency.
In the corporate world, when they are having trouble filling a position, they refer to their sense of desperation to hire anyone as "warm body syndrome"........Its a distasteful term in business and even more so in the dating context.
I can relate. To have the companionship again.
But I do not look forward to the dating scene.



And again, as you said Anagram, the support and friendship here.....this little group too, we have become greater than just the parts.....

Hmmmmm.....I was thinking about the expression "Putting yourself out there".....used to think that expression had a bad connotation....now realize that by putting myself out there, has been an enormous help.

Then, back to food/eating issue. I am starting this morning a new routine.
Might sound odd, but since DH died, I have been waiting too long to eat and then wind up with a cheese sandwich or cereal because I can't wait for food to cook............So..... today, I go and have a veggie burger for breakfast to avoid the 1pm "so hungry I can't wait another minute"............






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Thought of the day:

"Many stones you will find on your path. It's up to you what you make from it ;
A Bridge or a Wall....It's always your choice..!"


Question of the day:

"Share something good that is happening."

Arabella
07-12-2011, 08:26 AM
:rain: I'm sitting in my front porch while it pelts down outside. Makes me feel a little outdoorsy instead of stuck in the office. Now, I suppose, I should be thinking about doing some actual work. :s: Soon...

I carried all my houseplants out to the deck -- I could see them looking longingly at all the water coming down outside while they were getting dry. I swear, I can see them look extra perky when they get some real rain.


Kaylets, "warm body syndrome" is a serious issue. I've got a couple of sisters who've suffered from it. They used to be compelled to find a new beau as soon as the current one was out of the picture. And one of them always complicated it by being immediately "in love" with the new beau, too.

I think there's a lot of value for us in being alone. And, of course, you don't have to jump into the dating scene until -- or if -- you want to. :hug:

Love the QOD! Today, I'll say, I've decided to start working on a fictionalization of the best ghost story I collected for the book. And then, go back and write a screenplay based on it.

Anagram, flirtatious and hassle-free sounds like a plan. ;) I wouldn't feel too badly about "your guy" -- there are lots of women dying to settle again ASAP and no doubt he can find one. Not your responsibility, it isn't. Not at all. Have fun and keep things light! When things get serious, they can soon be all too serious. Who needs it!

Not summerish yet, so much but I'm feeling that "on with what comes next" feeling today, post-Carmina. What comes next is summer stuff, I think. I'm having my sisters and a few honorary sisters in on Monday evening for a no-fuss dancing event. I'll take a week off in August to hang with DH who has the first two weeks off. Hoping to start beaching soon, although I'm not sure that the water will be very hospitable after the cold spring we had.

Here's to summer, though :cheers:

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

Kaylets
07-12-2011, 10:09 AM
Hello all,

Eating a breakfast with a protein and fiber made a difference yesterday.
I had a hair appointment over lunch hour and picked up my all time favorite Pria bars and had 2 at the hairdressers, then a 3rd about 3:30. Had an apple somewhere in there too.
I had a meeting last night and was afraid to go outside into the heat with a full stomach so waited until I came home. Cereal mixed into yogurt was all I needed. And that's when I remembered how the bigger meal in the morning always worked better for me.


Of course, the heat is an appetite suppressant and I expect to have my regular appetite when the temperatures drop. ;);)

But at least I had a head start on the day with a solid meal in me before I became too distracted and lost track of time.

Baby steps.

The more I post, the more I feel urges to write more....always wanted a subject I understood..... beginning to see a direction.


Here's to all of us!!:hug:



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Thought of the day:

"Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.
......The really great (people) make you believe that you too can become great."
Mark Twain


Question of the day:

"What is the best recipe to make mashed potatoes?"

Arabella
07-14-2011, 06:51 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies! A little doldrummy the last few days but pulling myself up out of the muck. No-fuss sisters dance event has evolved all by itself. And now it's going to be bigger, and I'll have to prepare for sleepover guests and, and, and... yesterday I was thinking I'd just maybe cancel the whole thing. But I guess I won't. I'll just do what I need to do to prepare (cleaning, getting sleeping areas ready, etc.) gradually so it's not a hassle. So I'll be fitting that in here and there through my days until then.

Kaylets, this is such a voyage of discovery for you, isn't it. I can just barely imagine how difficult it must be but I love your attitude. :hug:

Re: QOD, the only mashed potato recipe I make (and that maybe once a year) is a "smashed" potato recipe. Skins on, little red potatoes cut into chunks, roasted with garlic cloves and herbs, salt & pepper and olive oil and then drizzled with cream and roughly mashed, then back into the oven to integrate and brown. Some people top with cheese but that's over the top IMO. They are good but rich. I sometimes make them for Thanksgiving and they're a crowd-pleaser, for sure.

Anagram :wave:

Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
07-16-2011, 09:31 AM
Hello, royals, just an ex-royal here travelin' in the land to say hello.

Haven't caught up with all the posts right now.

Hugs to Kaylets!

I am still trying to "relose" a 21 pound regain, start a new career after having left the previous one, am all about positivity in attitude these days even though it has been weeks on my 21 day challenge and I did finally lose three pounds, slow and stead but getting there.

Hope to be here more if welcome.

Sorry to be always comin' and goin' with years in between.

Woot for the weekend!

Kaylets
07-18-2011, 01:33 PM
Empress!! How nice to have you in the Palace! How wonderful! All good things with your new career choice. Still in the writing field? I could so easily your alter egos in adventures.....
And....yes, always welcome Empress!

Wood Nymph - Thank you!
We learn and we learn..................


Anagram- how is this summer treating you? How can it be so hot???

Wsw--hope you are doing well. My best to you and as I write, am getting perspective on the heat......hope you are near a/c and cool breezes................


So, back to learn and learn.
This weekend was 7th month since DH's death. Meanwhile, someone I have known for a long time had asked if I would drive DH's truck to the land fill place with a load of yard stuff.... branches, etc, etc. Its about the 4th time I was asked but between the heat, etc, etc, our schedules didn't mesh.
I explained that this was an annivesary weekend but then the request became " Even my son told me, ' Mom, you promised to get that truck, keep your promise'..........
( Interesting persuasive tactic don't you think?)
(Was also reminded by this individual that they also had a sad anniversary themselves on Sat ....)

Sunday, I drove the truck to their house and I was tense. It was not a good weekend for me to be driving DH's truck. Also, I didn't know how to get to the place and was relying on GPS which added to stress level.
Nearly went North on interstate than South and then, when making correction for right direction, ran a light.
I then announced that until I found the place, I was not going to converse as I was obviously distracted and needed to focus.
Response was a loud "Well!".................

We did find the place without any other issues and I watched the birds as the truck was unloaded.

Then, the oddest thing--- on the return trip home, this individual said,
"This may be none of my business and I have no idea how much money you have, but have you considered buying a piece of property and opening an animal rescue and then I could quit my job and work for you. Is that something you would do?".......................
I have to admit, I was prepared and felt the question was a fishing expedition with multiple bait..........And just chuckled a little and said "Not unless I hit Powerball ( lottery)"....................

So....my lesson.....

Just when you think its safe to go back in the water........no, that was from Jaws.....

Its fascinating to me that the 'idea' that now I have something I didn't have before changes the relationship. True, previously, I was always the 'stronger' who assumed when it was my turn the support would be reciprocated......(although DH warned me many times I would not)
But now, in retrospect, I see that although I had been told "your friendship means everything to me, what would I do without you"....I was the 911 for rides for cigarettes and soda, etc. Everything was a 911 situation to manipulate. And, I realize now, the relationship was based on what could be gotten from me. And now, the perception is that I have more so the request size has increased. But with the same emotional manipulation.... "our friendship means so much, I need xyz now or I'll be in trouble, no one else will help me...."...........................

Its difficult because you want to act with compassion and empathy.

Yet, it seems they see you coming a mile away.................

And expect that you won't catch on...........that would have been an interesting employer/employee relationship...........................


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Thought of the day:

"Those we have lost
Are no longer where they were
But are always where we are ..."
Enya



Question of the day:

"Do you still drink your morning hot coffee or hot tea when its really warm outside?"

Amarantha2
07-19-2011, 06:04 AM
Thank ye for the welcome, Kaylets! :wave: I am still in the writing field, but not a reporter at the moment, doing some contract work.

Huzzah to Wsw, Anagram and Wood Nymph, and all royals herein.

About Moi: Very familiar at the moment with that Jaws feeling. In the process of extricating self from toxic (and scary) pseudo friendships of one kind and other.

I have the strength to do it.

Lol, one of those toxic relationships is with these extra pounds, 18 to go. I am doing a new 14 day challenge of 1900 calories or less, with the focus being on less. I lost three pounds more or less doing this on a 21 day challenge.

My current fantasy name has reverted to Tess of the Hinterland, as I wander about my new career life and try to figure out who this aging person really is.

My motto is currently "Still the Witch, Not the Hag."

I am blogging all over the place like crazy, sending out the plea to the universe that I just want to lose the stupid pounds.

I exercise daily and log it. Current entry:

MONDAY, July 18, Day 222 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 2nd session, 30 min yoga (three presets from Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance), total streakity streak minutes so far 13160!

And I have insomnia so may pop in during the wee hours at times, now that I am wanderin' in the neighborhood here.

Woot!

Kaylets
07-20-2011, 09:11 AM
By Royal Proclamation, cool breezes will lift from the Royal Lake, the shade trees will double in size and all ice buckets will remain full.

Goodness gracious, heat index here is more dangerous than yesterday.......

Its small comfort that the rest of the country is also steamy hot. It is record breaking here and I am far less physically able to cope with the heat than ever.

So, it's early to rise and run an errand, cook something for later or even hang something out to dry. I was supposed to go to a function this evening, a picnic outside...... I have emailed the group asking if we could reschedule, if not, I will be unable to attend.......Eating in the heat is even harder for me....



I have noticed a couple of food/drink products advertising that they are made with real sugar; no artificial sweetners. How interesting that one of them is Crystal Light. I have stopped using the artifical whenever possible, I am only seeing real sweetner and am experiencing remarkably fewer cravings.
Of course, I still can't 'keep' certain things in the house, its still all or nothing and I can almost say, I don't miss them.


Empress ( or Tess )..... Career change seems to be in the air; I too am figuring where the road leads.

I am enjoying many mottos, I still enjoy a quote that packs a wallop.

And yes, you're right, I have less than healthy relationships with more than just people.

In fact, lately, I have a sense of watching myself as though another person and its an interesting point of view.


Anagram, Woodnymph, wsw, hope you are all doing well. Here's to all of us!

Arabella
07-20-2011, 12:53 PM
Just a fly-by FYI -- An aunt died on the weekend. The wake was Monday (insert childish whine here: also my birthday) and the funeral yesterday. What with all the events and emotions around that, I feel like I've been through the wars.

Amarantha, welcome back to the palace! I look forward to catching up.

Kaylets, re: the truck story -- oh my! That sounds like a relationship to ditch. I find it funny how hard it can be to realize when people's requests and demands are unreasonable.

Anagram :wave:

I'll be back soon.

anagram
07-20-2011, 03:33 PM
Huzzah, Empress! On coming back, on changing careers, and on once again winning the weight battles.

I've been bad because I've been away or I've been away because I've been bad. Never quite know which comes first. I spent all of last week in the 2s again. Then a few days down a bit. Hating the heat but changing life up a bit again. Went to track yesterday alone, going to a movie today, also alone. Tired of dealing with (some) people for the nonce.

Kaylets, your truck story is incredible but not unlike some situations I've had here and there. Nothing like a huge life change to bring to light things we maybe should have seen before. I've toughened up a bit. Self-protection is not a bad thing and sometimes we are forced into it. I tend some times to be way too flexible (because often I really don't care) but decided it's time to rein that in (along with many other things). I swear if I live to be 95, I may get my act together someday.

DD/crew were here parts of the last two weekends and I've otherwise been flitting hither and yon. Doing pool though and tai chi back to more normal.

Happy belated birthday, Arabella. Sorry about your aunt. But pick a day of your choice and call it your birthday day and do whatever suits your soul. You deserve it. "Summery things" sounds like a good plan. Actually that's my game plan at the moment too.

Still need new computer. Researching and hope to hit a good "back to school" sale. I'm saying I deserve an upgrade and not to have to suffer with the idiosyncrasies of this one. But not ambitious enough to do the grunt work yet.

Well, anyone with rain can send a bit our way. Yard is getting grungy looking, needs weeding and pulling them is like they're in concrete. Overall satisfied with that one little part of my life though. The PoPaC motif this year was purple with a tad of pink (one geranium). Various shades of purple. I LIKE IT ;)

So, a lovely, hot summer's day to ye all.

Amarantha2
07-20-2011, 06:38 PM
Woot to all! Thanks for the welcome backs from Wood Nymph and Anagram! Woot, nice to be here.

Yea, Kaylets, it is like watching myself from the outside, trying to find me again. It is hot in AZ always but this year verra much botherin' me when usually I like it, think it is the said career change and feelin' adrift in the Hinterland, will find my direction, always do, last year at this time I was returnin' to work following a number of months off due to injury and now I am not in that job and it just feels strange and am happy to have work to do but just weirdly ambivalent.

Went all teary today when a friend canceled going to a luncheon with me so just didn't go to the luncheon because I realized it didn't matter if I went or not anymore. Weird lol.

Went to Sprouts and got more sugar free things. I am actually just starting to use artificial sweeteners again as I was so deeply into eating sugar that I needed a mechanism to reduce that (not eliminate, did actually eat a piece of Sprout's cake). Calories good.

Did the exercise, that is not a problem. My streak looks like this:

WEDNESDAY, July 20, Day 224 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min weights, 20 min abs/core (10 Min Blast off Belly Fat DVD, 2 sections), total streakity streak minutes so far 13330!

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Yea, happy belated b'day, Arabella, also sorry about thy aunt.

Anagram, hope ye find a computer. I am currently using only a netbook and BlackBerry for work and personal and would really like a bigger desktop computer also.

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Sorry this is kind of a disjointed me-me postie, it will take awhile to catch up.

See thee, royals!

I am on Day 3 of my 14-day challenge of 1900 or less cals and it will easily be a success.

I did pick a high number as when I try to go too low, I can't sustain that, but I think my calorie needs are going to change due to the new form of career that is not as physical.

Kaylets
07-25-2011, 11:50 AM
Hello all,


By Royal Proclamation, the cool breezes will continue, birds will sing pleasantly in the shade trees and we will glisten rather than perspire.

Empress, I cannot agree with you more, I am convinced my last big weightloss journey rebounded as it did in large part because my goal was too low. I recently saw a couple pictures of myself at that goal weight and I know why I was approached by a couple people telling me I was becoming too thin.

And now.... well.... it is what is for me and all I can do today is work with today.
Interesting side note, I had to move a full length mirror to clean and the closest landing place is against the wall leading to the kitchen. And since the weather has me dressing so 'casually'..........let me tell you, the reflection of myself keeps me mindful! "just want something" has become " glass of water" much more often since that mirror landed where it did.


WoodNymph..... so sorry about your aunt. My best to you and your family.
And I agree with Anagram..... pick another day and celebrate your birthday, its the Royal thing to do!

Anagram.... I have two experiences, one just last night on a live chat when my tiny system locked up and stayed locked up. I don't have any Office programs and wanted to complete an application on Thursday and the software I did have wouldn't let me complete the form. I do not have enough room to download Office, etc, etc...................
I have been holding off trying to be thrifty but have to be realistic, I am now missing out or in fact, with the chat last night, ( of course, it was when things became very intense) leaving folks in the lurch.

My brother told me that BJ's Club has a Toshiba laptop that he would get for himself. He is a computer expert so that is a very good recommendation. And the Toshiba he recommened has an instore rebate of $100. I plan to make some calls to see if the local stores have it in stock. I will then have to download the Office software but that's the least of it.

I have some plans trying to put into motion and a better system is a requirement.


And just a quick note re the 'truck issue' .............I remained under the radar most of this past week but recvd a call Thur with the comment " Haven't heard from you all week".....I just said something non committal about how quickly the week went by and for most of the conversation, just listened. So much less stressful.
Friday, same person asked if I had plans Friday evening and I honestly answered that I did.
Sunday, very early we did go to breakfast. Even before we got to the diner, the conversation started about "If we each buy an acre of land......"..........I just listened and waited for a distraction as we were getting out of the car, being shown our seats, etc.
Then, close to the end of the meal, the subject was brought up again..... one acre, self sufficent, a cow, a couple pigs, etc, etc. I wanted to point out the weather had to cooperate but I JUST listened. And again, the waitress distracted........

Lesson...............By not engaging in these conversations about what I might or might not buy, 1) My stress level is much less. 2) with this individual, a distraction will change the subject and I've retained my privacy as well as 3) avoided over reacting ..................
Lesson 2...... I was beginning to feel as though I had overreacted the previous weekend.............but no, again, although this 'one acre sustainable farming' idea is a pipe dream, I am convinced its another fishing expedition.
Lesson 3.....Anagram said it so well.... we have to protect ourselves, be our own advocates.......mentally, physically, etc, we need to be our own 'guardian angel' and do our best not to be taken advantage.

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Thought of the day:

"All that we do is touched with ocean,
yet we remain on the shore of what we know."
Richard Wilbur



Question of the day:

"Which radio station is your favorite?"

Amarantha2
07-25-2011, 06:33 PM
Woot, Kaylets. I think I meant my calorie goals are too low sometimes. Not my weight goal. It remains at 125, which is where I had gotten to and was for a long time and was really comfortable with.

But I don't seem to be able to sustain a low calorie goal for this journey to relose the bit I regained. I would like to do this faster and just zip through it, but it is the turtle route that works for me.

Re goals, I don't care who thinks my goal should be higher as to weight (or lower lol), mine is just right and I'll get there.

Lol, now I have to get back to my work project. Hope to get this done and turned in today.

Kaylets
07-26-2011, 10:11 AM
By Royal Proclamation, it will be Tuesday to match the rest of the world.


I see, Empress, I misunderstood what you meant re calories; yet for me, my 'goal' weight was too low. Somehow my 'figure' hips, chest will reduce but I will lose first elsewhere........my shape ( up until recent years when the waistline disappeared) always 'balances' itself.
My mistake for too long was not recognizing that the charts are just to low for me.
Only by about 8-10 lbs ( as I have been able to get that close and maintain a few times in my life) but still, too low.

And finally, finally, finally, this time of my life, I can sincerely say that being honest with myself just about that fact is such a relief. How interesting that I carry so much guilt about the number on the weight chart.
Perhaps that's another reason I am so cynical about so many things marketed.

but I am rambling.


I went to a Grief Meeting last night and recognize now that b/4 hand I have some anxiety and crave chocolate/icecream/ etc b/4hand, etc.
However, I had a light dinner about 5pm and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. It's true, I stopped at the bakery but the mark down rack wasn't inexpensive enough to tempt me and its very hard to justify buying an entire pie, cake, etc when it's just me.

But, the dill pickles were on sale which is funny to me when I was tasting chocolate but to me, means I'm getting closer to being mindful, being alert to what if its just mouth hunger, what else might work without setting up that sugar cycle again.

When I got home, I had raisin bran mixed into vanilla lofat yogurt and 2 bananas. Exciting? Not quite but definitely, something I do enjoy and it worked.


Rain last night, temps dropped almost 20 degrees, such a relief!
Not as much rain as I would like to see but am grateful none the less.


I am borrowing a page from you Empress.... a tiny challenge for myself today......up and down the stairs 5 x for no reason. ( of course, I will try to bring something with me, up or down)......

and then unrelated to fitness.....
shred more of the mountain for recyling pickup on Friday
wetmop the livingroom/kitchen ( linoleum and dogs = beautiful thing!)
Get 3 pieces of correspondence to the postoffice


Past my deadline for breakfast so am off to my royal blackbean burger with brown mustard...... hmmmmmm..... and how about a dill pickle?


Here we go Tuesday, here we go!

Arabella
07-31-2011, 01:11 PM
A little on the :rain: side but Sunday nevertheless -- and I'm actually taking this week off along with DH, so that is very good. I was stuck in the muck around the funeral stuff last week but was rebounding by Friday and now I'm reasonably chipper again.

Hot yoga continues to do its stuff. I haven't lost any more weight recently but didn't gain when I might have and clothes are getting looser all the time. Just a bit of effort should see me losing again, so I'm summoning that. Third day in of stellar behaviour. :yes:

We went out to dinner last night -- chicken/salad/rice, a glass of white wine -- and a movie -- Bridesmaids. The latter was good, although I think it would have been a better movie with the raunch/gross factor dialed down a bit.

Kaylets, I love hearing about your journey. I remember it was similar when Anagram's DH passed, so much like venturing into unmapped territory, learning all the time. :hug:

Re: entire cake, pie, etc. -- I don't know about you, but it's so dangerous for me to bring suchlike into the house. I'm kind of thrilled by the single-serving sizes of treats though -- the tiny little Ben & Jerry's, 180-cal bags of good potato chips. B/c, of course, bringing the pint and/or family-size bag into the house pretty much guarantees that I'll scoff the lot and maybe look for more. :rolleyes: Oh dear. Terrible but true.

Thanks for the thumbnails -- always tres amusant!

Empress Tess, have you ever tried xylitol? It's my favorite sugar substitute -- tastes just like sugar but is zero net carb, lower in calories.

I'm impressed with your making the move to career change because I dream of doing similar. I'd love to have a physically active and socially interactive job. On the other hand, if I could just write about what I want to write about, I could live with that too, and fit in activity and social life around it. Kudos, anyoo. :)

Anagram, sounds like we were paralleling again. Hope you're also on the upswing. Yay for flitting here and there, though, b/c I think it always improves things.

I've sworn to get back to tai chi, just on my own. Budget won't accommodate both hot yoga and it but a quick set a day is always so beneficial. And I'm thinking that the hot yoga will really complement it. Speaking of hot, would you like some cool along with the rain I'm sending you? ;)

Love to all! Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies. :cb: :cb:

Amarantha2
07-31-2011, 02:46 PM
Woot, all! Kaylets, I did mean calories per day as am overall happy with my total goal, which is to be back where I had reached and stayed for a goodly time.

However this week, as I start another 14-day challenge round tomorrow, I did reformulate my more immediate goal to 10 pounds down from where I am today. So yea, I see what you mean about it being good to look at the goal weight also.

I guess for me now, this is just a changing of the dates and a new start. I am happy with my weigh-in but need to be patient as to the getting to that exact number. So I coincided my 10-pound goal to a date in September by which I hope to have made some career decisions or progress as well as other things are going to be happening I hope.

Wood Nymph, my career is still in flux. I am doing a job as an independent contractor that is quite different (and yet uses similar skills as my long-time past career), but we'll see ...

I also would like a more physical job ... working in a plant nursery or something maybe?

Thinkin' ...

Meantime I am on my last day of the 14 day challenge. Did start working this morning and then just bagged it and walked and jogged for hours.

The truth being that the work is still going to be there on Monday as if I work more today, I'll just stretch it out like I always do with deadlines and eat more and maybe binge, which is not consistent with my new 14-day challenge.

I started a support thread for the 14 day challenges here at 3FC and will document it there, also bloggin' it everywhere and generally blathering about it all over cyberspace.

Somehow that helps me stick, but I do not post my weight anymore, just pounds lost or gained or behaviors that lead to that.

I look in here daily and if I see a post, I post, do want to be here more.

Woot! Huzzah!

I am already on a good path to that 10, I think.

anagram
07-31-2011, 06:09 PM
How did it ever get to be the last day of July already? Hot today but not as humid and nice and breezy on the PoP&C where I lazed a while reading. That was after a little concert at an historic church nearby. So a lazy day.

Having back and leg problems. Trying to get it together w/o physical therapy but maybe I'll be smart and do as dr. says. I think I just did a bit too much weeding once the weather allowed.

Computer still same. I've looked a bit and done research but knew my "geek squad" (DS) was travelling and not available anyway. Plus I was waiting for the "back to school" sales which are pretty much in full swing.

Have a Free Memership coupon for BJs so will look there too as you suggest, Kaylets.

Sorry for the me-me. Wanted to check in while computer is behaving. Back to 198.2 this a.m. One really salty meal can do me in for weeks.

Dinnertime - already? Hmmm...Must work on the 195 goal before I run into another salty meal.

Arabella
08-01-2011, 12:47 PM
Happy August, yo! I slept until 8, pretty much unheard of. But I'm thinking I must have needed it. :chin: I geared up and walked over to hot yoga -- fourth day in a row! Now, :coffee2: and a little catching up.

I went to the Body Shop yesterday because they give you $10 off any purchase on your birthday month. Ended up buying 2 great new lipsticks and a couple of big bottles of shower gel -- pink grapefruit and olive oil. They both smell like heaven. I also found a sale on tank tops and bought 4 for hot yoga. Ah, retail therapy. :)

Scale has me slightly under ticker this a.m., not enough to count a pound down but still... :cb: :cb:

We've got a gorgeous :sunny: day here today and it's supposed to rain for most of the week so we're heading out to the beach before too awfully long. YAY!

Amarantha, yeah, plant nursery sounds good to me too except not lucrative enough. I'm a little trapped in my job because it pays enough to keep the wolf from the door and keep us on track to be able to -- at least partially -- retire some time. Sigh. Stupid money!

Anagram, sorry to hear 'bout the back and leg problems! Probably physio is a good idea. Hope the computer issue is solved soon, too. They seem to have some pretty good deals out there.

Kaylets :wave:


Let's get out there and win this one, Queenlies!

Amarantha2
08-02-2011, 09:40 AM
Salt does it to me also, Anagram! Sorry ye are having back and leg problems and hope ye find just that right computer soon.

Wood Nymph, hear ye on the need for lucrative. What I am doin' now isn't but s'ok as I am actually (though I don't think about it as such) partially semi-retired (don't ever say I said that lol). In one year I will be unretired and stay that way forever (don't say I said that either lol)! Woot!

I am taking a walk break at the moment and need to get back out there as I do have a lot to do on the job today.

See ye royals!

I am on Day 3 of my challenge.

Arabella
08-03-2011, 08:43 AM
Another :rain: day here, but that's okay. We had a beach day on Monday and we can do puttery rainy day things today. Maybe I'll take my mom out to the thrift store.

I just learned my favorite hot yoga teacher is moving to LA, which almost made me cry, to my surprise. Ah, life is change. :yoga: He's teaching this a.m. and I'm off to class soon.

Amarantha, funnily enough, when I thought about it, I realized that the financial pressure is all from my DH. I would be happy enough with less money. He's very determined to have enough to travel and etc. and as partner, I guess I've got to work towards that too. But interesting to realize how I actually feel about it. :chin:

I'd never actually retire, would always want to write. But maybe not about software...

K, time to pack up and head out. :wave: all :queen:lies -- let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
08-03-2011, 10:25 PM
I will never actually retire, have NOT actually retired, although it is a long story that many people thought I had retired lol.

But writing, dunno. The job I have now is writing but it is the flip side of the kind of writing I did before, I am sitting in the same chair at meetings, actually, but working for a different entity.

We'll see how she goes lol.

I just want to lose 10 pounds. This is DAY 3 OF MY new challenge.

Woot!

Arabella
08-04-2011, 08:46 AM
Said favorite hot yoga teacher had us sitting cross-legged and trying to balance selves on hands and lift entire bodies off the floor. :rofl: I could see how it will be possible someday. But, ah, not someday soon.

The scale actually had me down a full pound today. :woohoo: I've been OP for almost a week -- coincidence? I think not.

Amarantha, you will get your 10 pounds gone again, for sure.

Roamin' :queen:lies -- :wave:

Let's take this day we've been given and make it work for us! :dancer: :dancer:

Amarantha2
08-04-2011, 07:40 PM
Congrats on a pound down, Wood Nymph~! Royal woot on that! Huzzah!

Yea, I will get my 10, feeling more and more the mojo o' the thing.

Lol, I like that quote o' thy yoga teacher. Someday ...

But always time to find the right path, or just a path that will work out for now.

Kaylets
08-09-2011, 10:35 AM
Hello all.....
This may not seem about food but bear with me; it takes me awhile but I get there....................



Been distracted; DH's very close friend/mentor from cancer support group passed.
He was a retried Brigadier General who had a lung disease. Side effects of the treatment became leukemia. He was always discreet yet honest about the gravity of his health yet, loved to entertain with funny stories and reading aloud from his notebook of his own limericks. He was selfless, courageous, and so loving, you could not help but fall in love with him yourself. He was there in the support group when my husband first joined and then, when that group turned out not to be a good fit, introduced my husband to another group which I also joined.

I see both DH and the General entertaining all of our beloveds in the afterlife, both of them so delighted to make someone else smile.


The second group I mentioned : the facillitators had been asked by the General to give remarks "when its time".......Every word had been chosen carefully; both were practiced and sincere.....So proud of them for such a fabulous tribute.
I sat in the church with the last remaining "couple" of the group. The General had been there for us so many times, now we were proud and honored to be there for him and his family. We understand how so many little things are unimportant. At the luncheon, we witnessed a couple from the first support group becoming annoyed with each other regarding when to leave the luncheon, now this second or in 2 minutes when the spouse finished his story.
I know this couple very well. He is terminally ill. I see that his wife is still w/ both feet in each dimension......she works in a law firm and .'on call this weekend & job just called" ....Employer would have never known if there were more stoplights or traffic....or if she had rushed out the door or took the 3 minutes to enjoy her husband's story. I wasn't the only one who noticed.....we didn't exchange glances but rather, we all looked down at the table or our hands, embarrassed and wishing we could say something.

Perspective is so interesting...........I wanted to shout " enjoy! embrace!" .............


About 30 minutes after they left, the luncheon ended.



Later, at home, I remembered a 2 slice chocolate cake in the freezer..........and sat down and ate it all, frozen. Never had a chance to thaw.

Could have been worse. Not even sure 2 pieces of cake constitute a binge.
And considering why I was 'comforting' I have no guilt or even regret.........

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I am moving mentally closer and closer to 'producing' a seminar for both caregivers as well as people grieving. I am able to spend longer time thinking of formats, topics, etc. Its so fascinating to look backwards and see how so many places on the journey have only been in preparation for what I see before me now.

I do expect that in addition to writing a speaking presentation, I will also be
doing a blog, etc, etc. Have to keep up with all these newfangled inventions..........

And one of the topics, is about nutrition when stressed/grieving. I never grasped the impact of stress until DH passed. I enjoyed the idea of 'can handle stress'...............
I was brainwashed, a victim to the corporate propaganda......

Intense stress needs extra nutrition and I have experimented with myself and truly saw the difference when I ate/took supplements vs when I didn't the last few months.


On that note, I will go have breakfast.


To all Royals, my very best and hope things are well!

ladynredd
08-09-2011, 01:24 PM
Kaylets, thank you for a well-written post from the heart that brought tears to my eyes for a couple moments. DH and I recently lost a good friend who passed on, much too soon. I can still see him in my mind as I last saw him before he became ill ... laughing across a cafe table from me, sunlight streaming through the window making him look like he wore a halo. He lives on in our memories, and the memories of many others, and will age no more ...

You make a good point about our needing extra nutrition during times of stress -- a time when, ironically, it becomes easier to not pay attention to what we're eating. Good thing for me to keep in mind as my mother-in-law ages ... eventually there will be hours spent in hospital waiting rooms ...

Arabella
08-13-2011, 04:11 PM
Saturday again... I'm in favour. Was feeling a bit under the weather this morning so I gave 90-min hot yoga class a miss and just walked a five-miler with DH. O/w, it's been a putter-y kind of a day doing stuff around the house.

I've been mostly OP, although I did have a run-in with pie and ice cream on Wednesday. Still, getting my 10k steps in every day and getting to hot yoga about 5 times a week. Have I mentioned it's TOUGH?

Our weather continues as it has been -- mostly gray and cool, often wet. :shrug: What are ya gonna do.

Amarantha, wise as ever -- we do need different paths at different times in our lives and it's good to be aware. Yah for mojo!

Kaylets, I don't think two pieces of cake constitutes a binge -- at least not within the world-class standards I've established. :dz: I know exactly the frame of mind you mean when you say you don't regret it. I've had a couple of those incidents lately, eating and well-aware of why I was doing it. But also not eating huge amounts. So maybe not the ideal way to deal with the situation but I've given up obsessing over incidents like that, which is probably why they're not turning into binges.

I say to myself, so you ate a big piece of pie with loads of ice cream. People do such things from time to time.

And I also know that kind of very uncomfortable situation. You must have wanted to shake the wife. It amazes me how blind and self-centered people can be in that kind of situation. I know a man whose wife died and when she was sick he demanded a lot of attention because this was a terrible thing happening to him.

Anyway. On we go, doing the best we can. Love to all!

anagram
08-15-2011, 03:23 PM
I am sitting here happily learning my new laptop. Glad to be able to check in and will play "catchup" over the next couple of days.

Kaylets
08-18-2011, 09:35 AM
Hello all,

Woke up to deluge, must have been raining very hard for awhile, enormous puddles everywhere.


We had very little rain spring and early summer during those hot, hot days and the vegetable garden did not survive. I was ambivalent about the garden most days but lately have wished there were vegetables to pick. Earlier this week, I began 'weeding out" the biggest weeds ( its an instant gratification game I play with myself, I house clean the same way.....whatever works right??)

Earlier in the week, I realized that the vegetable garden had more than just tall weeds, I found some blue and red morning glories here and there.
Then, yesterday, as part of my "pull the biggest weed first", I was back at the vegetable garden and to my surprise realized now, the morning glories were using the tall weeds as a natural trellis, climbing round and round.

And then, near the compost pile at the far end of the garden, I found a couple of tomato plants that survived. And had a couple of tiny cherry tomatos ripening.

Has to be a lesson there somewhere.


so, as on this rainy Thursday, the Royal Proclamation remains the same.....
Enjoy!! Embrace!!


And here is today's Good Morning Thought:


Thought of the day:


Insurance Claim
Wednesday, July 11, 2001
(Straight from the Virginia State Police, Insurance Fraud Division, Dinwiddie County)

A Charlotte, North Carolina man having purchased a box of very rare, very expensive cigars insured them against fire among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of cigars and without having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the man stated that the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay,

citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The man sued and won.

In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed that the claim was frivolous. He stated nevertheless that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure against fire, without defining what is considered to be "unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid the man $15,000.00 for the rare cigars he had lost in the "fires."

After the man cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on twenty-four counts of ARSON. With his own insurance claim and testimony for the previous case being used against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to twenty-four months in jail and a $24,000.00 fine.

Source: Emmitsburg.net






A rich man goes to heaven...
Monday, August 20, 2001
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him.
"Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you."
The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him.

The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter.

Seeing the suitcase St. Peter says,
"Hold on, you can't bring that in here!"

But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying,
"You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through."

St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims,
"You brought pavement?!!!"

Amarantha2
08-18-2011, 11:46 AM
Lol, "you brought pavement?" Love that, Kaylets.

Apologies for the pass throughs. I am around! I am takin' steps to simplify my too extensive internet proclivities. Just cancelled FB. Stayin' at the old-fashioned sites, but the career and friend and family mix on FB was beginning to create drama I no longer need.

Woot! I am now trying to remove 13 pounds also!

It has been an up and down 13 pounds. It is outta here! Woot!

anagram
08-24-2011, 02:17 PM
So, still learning all my new bells & whistles. Find I sort of lost some of my computer interest while being "disconnected". Not my palace interest though. Just a lot of catching up needed in every direction.

The whoosh fairy lives. He flew in overnight and left me at 197 - ALMOST my lowest date to date (I think I glimpsed 196.8) a few months backj.


My second goal (after reaching 200 sometimes at home) was to reach that # at the doctor's office. Last week I reached 200 even on his scale. A little bit less the day before and maybe I'd have made it.

PT seems to finally be helping back/hips/leg/knee. Hope to be done with it this week. Then I'll go back to water exercising. Bad news is that Tai Chi class has once again been cut to once a week (budgets). May consider going to one more class at another location. But what a royal pain (no reference to palace inferred).

Almost loss this post - will end it to be safe.

anagram
08-24-2011, 02:19 PM
Always hitting wrong keys on new keyboard and messing up.

I too am streamlining a lot, anagram. I get so distractedsometimes by too many things.

Enjoyed your pavement joke too, Kaylets, and your garden finds.

Lovely day in central PA - third in a row but then humidity is returning.

Amarantha2
08-25-2011, 07:17 AM
Woot, Royals! Sorry, always missing something in my comments but was just rereading and realized did not mention the cigar story. Anagram, I loved that. Spent a lot of time trying to figure out human nature after reading that the first time, meant to comment.

Really a silly man lol.

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I am just doin' a howdy. My current initiative is called Limestone Cave. It embraces my still present desire to lose, now, 11 pounds, since I did lose 2 of the 13 regains I had, which was once less regains so that's the way it is going.

The Limestone Cave embraces all the goals in my life and things I still have left to do (not that I'm going anywhere lol, just trying to sort things out).

Hot here, can't sleep, life is good, though. Woot!

Arabella
08-26-2011, 08:47 AM
:wave: Hello beloved :queen:lies!

I apologize, too, for being MIA. One thing and another, doldrums & etc.

This week my former MIL died in New Brunswick and DS & I went over for the visitation and funeral. She was probably the most difficult person I've ever known but I guess I loved her anyway. It was a good trip. Really wonderful to have a visit with my ex, his sister and niece. Still all a part of me, despite everything.

Anyway, Rose was a big presence and it feels like the end of an era.

Long drive, 4.5 hours. We arrived just in time to change our clothes and go to the visitation. It was quiet and casual and we stayed for the whole time. Frank (my ex) put us up in the family home, an old house on the bay in St. Andrews, which is a lovely old town. He's fixing up the house, which had been sitting empty for the 7 years since his mom went into care. And had been in need of attention before then, plus packed with a combination of treasures and junk.

His sister and I spent a couple of hours before the funeral manually shredding old paperwork that had crammed a floor to ceiling filing cabinet. The day before, she'd started with cancelled cheques dating back to the fifties. :eek:

Anyway, I'm glad I went and happy to be home again. Scale this a.m. shows me a tad under ticker, hoping to maybe get in a bit more loss before the end of the month.

Now, speaking of dreaded EOM... I guess I'd better get to work. Love to all!

anagram
09-05-2011, 10:39 AM
Apologies again, all around. Arabella, it sounds like the funeral trip was a cathartic one all around. A sort of "putting things in their places" time.

Sort of what it sounds like you are doing, Empress. Me too in some ways - always sort of ongoing.

It's been a tough two weeks or so here too. Like Kaylets, we've been deluged. For some reason, may basement seems to have sprung leaks and I must attend to all of that (translate $$$$$$$).

I was w/o power for 40 hours from Irene and scrambled to save what I could from freezer, fridge, etc. Through lots away but it would have been worse except that I'd been letting things run low because the big freezer in the basement needed defrosting. That's one way of getting it done!

I had been in Pville when the storm hit - was a bit lucky there. My car was parked at curb - between two trees. Both were halved by the storm but the one to the left of my car fell to the left and the one to the right, fell to the right. Eerie but I was g rateful.

So my power was out 12 hours before I got home - which made it really a scramble. Then DD&crew were here Saturday and Sunday - nice visit though.

Bad new for the week was my back. PT helped some but nonsense persisted. Now I've had on and off back problems dating to the 80s but dr. on Friday xrayed my back for first time in a long time. I was positively appalled when I say the x-rays. Couldn't believe that horrible curve in lumbar region is MY back. So for now I'm really pacing things. Go back to PT for another evaluation Thursday. Still doing exercises. Either way, this development definitely means I must speed up my search for a more compatible abode.

Garden looking better since fullness means weeds not showing so much but needs so much work - and I don'[t think it's going to get it. Mums will be blooming soon, though, and they're so lush and overpowering it will look good to anyone riding by on a fast horse ;)

Still don't know as much as I should about new computer. MUST get to that too. Haven't weighed yet today but I've been holding okay = no losing, just holding. But that's not all bad ;)

Back to drying up basement. Almost lost this post a moment ago and that would not have helped my sunny mood ;)

Arabella
09-07-2011, 08:56 AM
Bah! My stupid laptop crapped out last night. I can work from DH's computer but it's clunky. I've decided not to freak out about all the writing I might have lost. I'll wait and see if it can be retrieved, even if the machine can't be fixed.

But it will not be a pretty scene if I can't retrieve my writing projects. A month or so ago, DH talked me out of signing up for a $5 a month automatic backup service.

My last couple of weeks were not stellar and I peeked at the scale this a.m. and it was registering up a couple of pounds. Hoping it's a blip, though. I've fully committed to eating only at the table when I'm alone again and I know, in combination with the other stuff I do, that'll work for me.

Anagram, so sorry to hear the bad news about your back! Stupid xrays!

40 hours without power would be quite a trial. I've never had to go without power for more than 6 hours or so and mostly never minded too much -- it's the only way for me to get a day off work, for one thing. But it would be awful to have to go so long and deal with all the attendant issues.

Yay for mums and fast horses!

That's pretty much all the news from here. Okay, I guess I'd better go start dealing with stupid reality.

Let's take this day we've been given and do our level best with it, eh.

anagram
09-09-2011, 10:09 AM
Oh,, so sorry about laptop. Losing a laptop is one thing, losing all that writing is another. I'm still not adjusted to this new one.

Well, it's been another WEEK - I have not been overly affected by the flood problems locally but it's still been enervating. I had water in basement three mornings last week. two light days and one heavier. Am convinced I must research remedies and do whatever is necessary. All in all, it was nothing compared to so many but.......

I'm still stunned about the degree of changes in my back. I've known for more than 20 years that I had back problems but this was so graphic and a case of "nothing to be done", except for exercise, moderation, maybe an injection (had before), and/or maybe, when it worsens, surgery. Not too sure that would even be effective.

So, the creek is receding w/o covering the bridge and the other road out should be open by tomorrow as should many of the other local roads. Maybe we'll even get some sun. So many others will be months getting things back to normal so I am concentrating on all the good I have.

Anyway, still holding/up and down. Was at 197.8 one day this week which I now consider my "norm". Can't say I'm buckling down yet as things have been so hectic but surely soon.

Thinking of wsw and wondering if she's been able to move to another place and how you're faring.

Also, Kaylets, are you swimming?

And did the massive power outage affect our Empress?

Well it's time to stop procrastinating, do my back exercises, hit a local grocery (big sale on some veggies/fruits) and then the library. Sounds like a plan. Why don't I want to move on it ;)

Arabella
09-09-2011, 05:13 PM
Turns out the laptop is toast but they were able to get the data off the hard drive, so things turned out okay. I've ordered a new laptop, too, which should be a big improvement from the old one.

After being a tad under ticker a few weeks ago, after a couple of less-than-stellar weeks, I'm 3 pounds over. Will fix ticker on Monday to be accurate so I hope I'm back down again then. :crossed:

Anagram, that's some good motivation to keep with your exercises. I know that I'm a little shocked at what I can't do in yoga that most people seem to have no problem with, in terms of joint flexibility. Of course, I'm expecting to improve.

K, DH is home and it's Friday evening. Cocktail hour... ;)

Have a lovely weekend!

Kaylets
09-13-2011, 10:00 AM
Hello my Royals!

How interesting perspectve is especially afterwards---

Hurricane effect: I only lost sleep-- was awake 30 hrs; I am grateul sleep is all I lost but need to create a better game plan for next time. I was ok alone but there were many moments of doubt.

9/11 weekend: I appreciate how seeing those images of 9/11 over & over have numbed us although so many of us have a personal connection to the attack. I realized this weekend, in addition to my personal memories of 9/11/01, now I really understand the impact on the lives of the families.
A phrase often used is that now " I GET IT"..... it almost sounds flip, the meaning is deep.

Both of these experiences emotionally caught me off guard, actually, pulled the rug out from under me. Hurricane weekend, I had to force myself to control my nerves and emotions to be ready for whatever happened next ( eg--we had tornados touching down as a side effect of the hurricane).

9/11/2011- again alone and again amazed at the depth of feeling I was experiencing. And then realizing, that as shocked, hurt, angered as I was in 2001, I had no idea how profound loss is. And in watching the families, it was validation that we carry our losses with us forever.


9/12 I literarly was drained and needed the first long nap I've needed in a while. I went to a bereavement meeting but needed coffee to get me there.


And then, as I have mentioned before, during the meeting, I was craving cheeseburgers and french fries. This may sound disrespectful & perhaps it is but its so interesting how the brain sends an alert for frenchfries.

I did go to the grocery store afterwards & found some grapes and turkey breast which honestly, I enjoyed. But it was almost like craving a cigarette, this idea, always there.....frenchfries.....

Education. What an education.




Dogs are becoming very vocal about the morning walk so I must sign off but I send everyone my best and hope everyone is well.

Arabella
09-13-2011, 11:00 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies! Another beautiful day here, even if I am backed up with work. I've been sneaking out from time to time and will continue to do so. I saw that the new laptop is "out for delivery." :hyper: Well timed, that, because DGS is coming over and I can let him have the luxury of playing on his DGF's computer for a while, so I can continue to work a bit after his arrival.

I've mapped out a timeline for accomplishing my Onederland by Christmas goal and it makes me feel reinvigorated about the whole weight loss thing again. I know I'm still gaining muscle from hot yoga but should still be able to do it.

Kaylets, I can understand how all these things have more impact than before. One of my strongest recollections from 9/11 is how strongly I wished my DH was home. It just felt like, at that kind of cataclysmic time, I needed him with me. And I can hardly imagine what it must be like not to have one's partner to turn to at those times.

Interesting about the cheeseburger and fries response. Not disrespectful but just an obvious sign that your mind and body need comfort and support. :hug:

Royal Ones, let's get out there and make this day work for us! xo

anagram
09-14-2011, 11:20 AM
I SO relate to the "alone" thing, Kaylets. Felt it strongly as I was mopping up basement, etc. And lots of other times too.

After two hectic weeks, I am off to Pville for birthday celebrating. Am doing better backwise after therapy but basic situation will never go away so am (so far) being faithful about continuing exercises. They've totally messed up the tai chi classes (budget, new management, etc.) so I may have to look inbto that a bit more - teacher has other classes (in fact, I had started with him elsewhere) but I had sort of found a home where I've been going so, drat.....

But we move on or we stagnate, so I will move on however need be. But later, later.

Fall is expected to arrive here while I'm away - and since that's my FAVE season, all should be good. For some reason, this b.d. seems to be bothering me a bit - shouldn't, of course. But I often go through a bad spell just before b.d.s so maybe it's that. Though this year has not been nearly as bad as most - despite floods, hurricans, earthquakes, etc.

Some day I'll figure me out, maybe ;)

Howdy, howdy all Royals. If some are lurking, come back or check in.

deleted2
09-20-2011, 10:42 AM
Hello Royals! Just passing thru and so good to see you're still here. Things are going well--I've finally met my weight loss goals [132 pounds :carrot:] and I intend to stay there, I have a cunning plan....

Arabella
09-21-2011, 07:18 AM
Good morning, Queenlies!

I'd somehow gotten a bit off-track in August and am now getting my royal bee-hind planted firmly on the wagon. It's the time of year when things begin again -- choir practice, writing group, symphony.

Last week was brutal, work-wise, and simultaneously the weather was just glorious. I felt so much that life was passing me by, as I sat inside chained to the computer. To be honest, though, the reason I was so chained was that I'd lollygagged on getting stuff done and then was up against deadline. Sigh. Ok -- I'm not behind now and will keep it that way. :crossed:

Hot yoga continues to be beneficial, but still so challenging. Nevertheless, a friend was saying she saw huge changes in my body since the start and I guess I do too, in the mirror. It's a little hard on the ego realizing how I can have such huge changes and still be so very, very far from where I should be. Ah well. Welcome, Reality.

Anagram, I think of you and our Kaylets so often these days when something major occurs. It's really transformed the way I think about my marriage, helped me realize how much I do count on my husband, how much he is my partner. I know that the absence is something that I can just barely imagine. :hug:

Eydie, so nice to see you in the Palace! Congrats on reaching goal, too. :)

K, :queen:ies, let's get out there and make this one work for us!

deleted2
09-21-2011, 08:17 AM
I've heard friends of mine say that hot yoga transformed their bodies--is that like Bikram yoga? I've not tried it. The thing that literally changed the shape of my body is Pilates, which is something I need to practice consistently.

Arabella
09-21-2011, 09:49 AM
Yes, it's almost the same as Bikram except more inverted postures -- lots of down dogs, planks, forward bends. It's very rigourous, almost too much for me at my age but I'm thinking it'll make me younger and then it'll be just right. ;)

anagram
09-24-2011, 11:37 AM
Eydie - how good to hear from you! And that you're at that glorious weight.

And Arabella, congrats on the big changes AND on being "caught up". And on appreciating what the loss of DH could bring. I know I look back on many times when I didn't totally appreciate and am amazed at how much better I know now and how much he needed to tolerate from me. ;)

I've been on the birthday whirl - up and down the same couple of pounds. Bad news re my reduced tai chi classes - poor instructor badly flooded and cutting back his classes for a while to rebuild. Now that I'm done PT though I'll be going back to pool next week.

We set three new records yesterday - most rain ever on that date, most rain ever for a September (and that's so far), and most ever rain for the year with 3 months to go. It would be so nice to be enjoying the fall weather which so far as been betwixt and between.

I'm planning to settle down and get serious once again. The back problems were a surprise (as to severity - known for years I had back problems) so must do all I can to make that situation bearable. I was priding myself on being flexible from tai chi and pool so x-rays were shocking. Can only say "it would have been worse otherwise".

Good news re birthday is that this year I went down a year ;)

Arabella
09-25-2011, 07:48 AM
Happy Sunday!

Gearing up for a week in Halifax, here. I haven't been over in a little while for one reason or another. Last one was laptop giving up the ghost. But... here I go. I'm thinking that I'll see about working from the library from time to time to get out of the house/condo. I just can't bear being cooped up all day and then in all evening too.

Anagram, I hope your weather improves. Ours has done a turn-around and late summer/fall has been nice. Probably not sufficiently for a trip to the beach but I'm not counting it out quite yet.

You're right about back issues -- it WOULD have been worse -- and you're so wise to keep on with pool and tai chi.

Hot yoga-wise, I'd be in the remedial class if there was such a thing. I was reading about how there's a continuum muscle> ligament> bone and that yoga can redress issues all along the way. I'm still not really clear about what exactly happens as bodily imbalances happen but I know that I've got a lot of issues to redress. And I wish I'd practiced yoga more religiously for, say, the last 30 or so years. But can only go on from where we are and so we shall -- onward!

Have had the same thought re: DH -- he does have some things to put up with, my weight being one of them.

Just about to have a little breakfast and head out for a walk. Then hot yoga...

Let's make this a good one!

Kaylets
09-26-2011, 12:11 PM
Hello all Royals!

Congrats Eydie, well done!
Everytime I see the Pilates machine advertised on tv, I think of you. So tempting but I have a collection of machines........


Anagram--the back xrays! yikes! reality checks can be so relentless! Sending a virtual hug as these kind of reality checks are not fun.


Woods Nymph-yoga always makes me think I will feel the same as after a deep tissue massage.....what do you think? is that how you feel afterwards?


special hello to our royal WSW. ... you are in my thoughts and hope you are doing well.


Sat morning walking the dogs I suddenly began super speed walking. Dogs loved it and since I could only keep up the pace less than a minute, we'd speed, normal and catch our breath, speed, etc several times. And I have to say, that feeling of blood rushing and getting warm was great.

Interesting how I spontaneously began this new routine, who knows where it will lead .....getting beyond a couple minutes would a vast improvement!
But I am also looking for more physical release of stress, etc to help with this reinvention journey I am traveling.
It's also research-- I am subject--getting material for the seminars I am going to offer.

And food-- have decided that since grocery shopping/cooking for one has become such a challenge for me, I am reinstating some old rules..... trying at least one new thing a week--recipe, flavor, spice. I expect my big emphasis will be soups/crock pot cooking. Have been much better taking supplements/vitamins and honestly, I can feel a difference.

So....like so many other times, trying to force the issue with me only met with resistance, and a simple short walk turned brought me around that blind curve. Still don't see the view but I'm now beginning to look forward to seeing it.

Coincidentally, Hospice is having their yearly Memorial---I am attending with someone I knew when we were both caregivers. They wanted a photo for the slide show-- I sent them one of DH and I standing in front of the Grand Canyon, laughing.

Talk to all soon.

Kaylets
09-27-2011, 08:54 AM
Good Morning--

So many times on this most recent journey, I have been reminded how many wonderful people/experiences I would have not known/had if I had not been 'open' to them. And how the vast majority of these experiences have become my strongest support. I wonder how many opportunities I would have missed if I had insisted "that I can do this myself".


The memorial at Hospice was very touching, every speaker from Hospice thanked us for allowing them the honor of being part of our lives---
More lessons ......Beforehand, I was I was literally sick with nerves---now, I am so glad I went.....................

So, this Tuesday classic seemed so timely:


-------
There are many versions of this story from around the word, the message is the same ---
A keeper.



The Stone Soup Story
Author: Unknown

Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones."

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget." The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said:

"There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast".



------



Take care my friends

deleted2
09-27-2011, 06:51 PM
Kaylets, I still have Pilates machines but there's nothing like plain old mat Pilates! I'm in the process of setting up a Pilates challenge for myself, really want to get back into a regular practice again. And all this talk of yoga has me wanting to hit the mat again today!

Loved the stone soup story!:cofdate:

anagram
09-28-2011, 01:14 AM
Had a great visual of you and the dogs, Kaylets. Keep it up - as you say, who knows where it will all lead. Love the pic, Eydie. How's Halifax, Arabella?

Rain AGAIN today - and lots of it. More expected tomorrow. I did go for a walk to the corner today. Walking has been a challenge. I've also been realizing that some other things I've been noticing can also be attributed to the back situation. Guess it will be back to doctors at some point as I'm coming up w/questions.

And, OOPS, actually forgot to report a recent NSV. DD had bought me two tops and a pair of slacks recently. I suggested she return the slacks (winter white and I had a pair I seldom wore). Plus while they fit otherwise, they were too long . Then she called and said she saw a pair that went with the one top. A long discussion of sizes occurred and then she told me the white pair were a size lower than I thought. Anyway, I headed out to local stores and fouind a pair to match each of the tops, tried on the two relevant sizes and found in both cases I needed the smaller size. Shall we say I felt ecstatic? Some of my trousers had been feeling loose but I didn't expect that the lower size would not be still a bit tight.

Yay for the day - rain and all ;)

Arabella
09-28-2011, 08:37 AM
Good morning! Another gorgeous :sunny: day in Halifax. Only a few degrees above freezing but going to be warmer later. DH and I are meeting in the Public Gardens for lunch.

I managed to pull out the yoga mat I brought. Had thought yesterday that I'd feel silly if I lugged it over here and back home without ever putting it on the floor. Anyway, I got started on the hot yoga series and will do it in bits and pieces through the morning.

Kaylets, I HAVE felt a bit like after a deep-tissue massage after yoga but I have to admit that hot yoga is still so challenging for me that I mostly feel like I've been "rode hard and put away wet" afterwards. I probably should just be doing it every-second day and having a recovery day in between.

Loved hearing about your speed-walking event. I actually ran into my SIL on the boardwalk last week and walked with her and was -- again! -- humbled by how fast she walks. I hate that! So I'm thinking I'll start doing some speed intervals my own self. :yes: Thanks for the inspiration!

Anagram, huzzah for the size down! It always inspires me the way, despite your reports of diverging from the path, you stay on track and succeed.

Our weather has finally turned around and gotten a little summery. I'm beginning to harbour thoughts of one final :swim:

Eydie, how lovely it is to see your smiling face! I salute you: :coffee2:

Re: yoga and Pilates -- so many disciplines, so little time! I've just started doing a little tai chi/qi qong again. Were there world enough and time...

OK. Although we be few and sometimes far between, the :queen:lies are still in the Palace. Let's be royal today! :cb: :cb:

deleted2
09-28-2011, 09:01 AM
Restarted a strength training program yesterday. I can't believe how I've gotten away from lifting consistently. Did upper body yesterday and will do lower body today. Feeling excited about it all! One thing that I have to keep in mind about being at goal is it's way too easy to become complacent. Constant vigilance is called for!

Arabella
09-29-2011, 09:17 AM
That's one thing I like about hot yoga -- if you do it, you don't need strength training. And it strengthens all your muscles in a very balanced way.

anagram
09-29-2011, 12:00 PM
Poured rain again yesterday. Hard to stay upbeat but I am ;) Hopefully will change after today - and be cool and fall like.

Did my exercises so whatever else I accomplish today will be a plus.

wsw
09-30-2011, 08:03 PM
hi royals! have missed you one and all. sorry i have been away for so long. hope to start to catching up on old posts soon. just wanted to check in and say hello.

anagram
10-08-2011, 06:33 PM
wsw, SO glad to hear from you. Wonder about you often and hope you
'll be feeling up[ to stopping in again soon.

Have signed up for another "arthritis" tai chi course two days a week. Don'
t know how it will work out but it
s one of those "tiny steps". Also started back to pool today.

Scarlet mums are blooming away and the marigolds I planted among them for the summer are hanging in well enough to make the whole front garden a really delightful sight.

Had flu shot Monday and, for the first time, seemed to have some side effects for a few days. Not doing great on the weight side of things though. Will enjoy the beautiful weather we are having - quickly while it lasts.

Back problems seem to be affecting my gait and causing me to have stumbleitis. Will pursue, of course. Not really able to do much walking in the pretty park but will drive by tomorrow on my way to check out another "for sale" open house. Back problems making it even more imperative to get into a cozy place.

Hope Halifax was great this time, Arabella. That lunch in the park sounds romantic ;) Kaylets, please don't hesitate to cry whenever and why-ever. It will help. Eydie, as determined as ever. Wish I had more of you in me.

Off I go - washed fruit, now it's time to cut up veggies.

Take care, all.

anagram
10-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Was finally back at 197.4 today but then I went to a luncheon. I will weigh tomorrow, yes, I will.

Rainy today but so far steady not a drenching. Mums, dogwood tree out front looking gorgeous. Working on a tiny job for a political candidate I've known since before he was born ;) Scary thought - nice guy though. Another hour at most should finish it off - needed a break in the Palace first.

Then thinking maybe a nap. Had sleep problems the last two nights and a rainy day seems like a good time for it.

Hearty hi-hos to all you faithful Royals!

Kaylets
10-13-2011, 10:25 AM
Hello Royals!

Realized yesterday, the 'quick walks' are making a differnce! Legs are definitely feeling far firmer!! Of course, this is just my 'tiny' step but its so nice to have a nsv..... lol, since I am not getting on the scale, that's the plan, lots and lots of non scale victories.

Rain here too, 2nd day of dark skies and everything outside squishy. Actually dug a pair of sneakers out of the closet to walk the dogs; yesterday, the open backed shoes became so wet, had trouble keeping them on my feet.


Anagram--sending good vibes and thoughts for better balance and finding a cozy place that you love as soon as you see it.
Wsw--so glad you could stop by.
Eydie--w/ winter not far away, I am thinking pilates by dvd will be a good stretch when the cold tightens everything and makes everything ache.
Woods Nymph--that's a good tip about hot yoga also being a strength training. That too is something I have on the list......

but tiny steps is all I need to accomplish. Less daunting, less complicated, so much less stress on me.

Been doing a lot of thinking and realizing how much stress I put myself through to make things the way I thought were 'more perfect'. How could anything be 'more perfect'? That is definitely a plan that will disappoint.

The best things in our lives happen so simply, so spontaneously, so easily: falling in love w/ a partner or a child. Yet, somehow we make everything else that is less important, so complicated.


I have a goal today to get some laundry done, get the trash and recycling ready for pickup tomorrow and a quick run to the postoffice.

And to get some outlines for some seminars on paper. Things are beginning to percolate.


Here we go Thursday, here we go!

Kaylets
10-17-2011, 09:03 AM
My tirara is tilted, the royal scepter is in the umbrella stand, & the royal thinking cap has is on warp drive.

Hate to 'jinx' it but there is an opportunity that would be ideal for me. A decision will be made shortly, ( hopefully this evening!) and I will be able to support myself on my terms and still be feeling I am making the difference I want to make.
And, it would be something creative, with endless possibilities AND

I am excited!!!


Trying not to think about it as I don't want to be that much more disappointed, BUT

I am excited!!!!



Anyway, if this opportunity does come together or not, I have company due in 2 weekends....1st inlaws for the weekend--they will come here and we will then go to DC to see another family member......and then, one of my family members. Which means folks will be also 'checking' to see how I am doing.
So, here it is, that adrenalin to fire up the vacuum cleaner and dust rag.

Its needed, believe me, and I need the motivation. And thankfully, the humidity is gone ( at least for a few days) so I guess I should be grateful than not.....................LOLOL...... that's a new concept: grateful to clean......


Hope everyone is doing well, please send positive vibes my way!!!


*****************************************
Thought of the day:


'As you take your first sip of a morning beverage, stop for a moment, take a deep breath, freeze the frame (make a mental or audible camera click sound), and think, Life is good.
As you take your first sip of your lunch drink, your afternoon coffee, your evening drink, create the habit of stopping to take a mental snapshot.
Feel the liquid go down your throat.
Notice, breathe, absorb, and savor the tastes as well as the moment.
Imprint on your mind the happiness habit of noting to yourself,
Ah, this is a good moment.'

Ashley Davis Bush--Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity





Question of the day:

"Which word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?"









Photo by Christine Hoyer, Parking Lot Newfound Gap, Smoky Mountains Federal Park

Arabella
10-17-2011, 04:18 PM
:wave: Just a fly-by "hi." I was way off track last week, I think because I allowed myself that one meal in front of the TV and it led to... you know. But back on track now and determined to stay that way. :yes:

So nice to see WSW in the palace! Are you still here?

Anagram, I hope you got your nap! I've been needing one all day -- and likely would have been more productive if I'd had it. Will I ever learn?

Kaylets, your new opportunity sounds wonderful and just perfect for you. They'd be wise to choose you, for sure! :goodvibes:

Beautiful photo -- I always appreciate your add-ons!

Have a lovely evening, :queen:lies!

Amarantha2
10-17-2011, 07:58 PM
Just a fly-by, royals, but I am still around and still, always, a friend to the palace folk. Arabella, I have been a bit off track also, lot of changes in my life that have proven to be for the best and have made me happy.

Hoping to be here more often. Feeling very palace-ish right now as just started reading the six novels of the Song of Fire & Ice series by George Martin. I am only on book one. It is quite wonderful, will probably be reading all the rest of the year to finish these before he writes another one.

I am currently on a quest using the holidays as my theme asking self the question where I want to be healthy weight and fitness wise by January 1. Working on Halloween right now. Spinning long fantasy about witchiepoo personal trainers here and there about the internet.

I am working on a weight loss of some regained pounds and am currently in the midst of a loooong journey to lose 15 pounds and then I may go lower back to my lowest weight, we'll see.

I have 9.4 pounds to go. Nice to see you wsw, Anagram and Kaylets (the new opportunity sounds intriguing). I have a cute weight ticker but don't know how to put it on here. For awhile last summer I had trouble with my computer using the site but changed some settings and now it works well again.

To all, mentioned or un- have a great week! My Mondays are so relaxed these days except for the occasional ones where I still work. Was no occasion for stress eating today.

I have been doing streaks of exercise for awhile and here is the latest entry: MONDAY, Oct. 17, Day 21 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 80 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 1685! (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
10-18-2011, 11:06 AM
Good morning, Royals! Just thought I'd pop in again and say huzzah!

It is Day 11 for me on my "march" and my streakity streak is thusly (had to get up way early as needing to take elderly friend on a road trip to her home town, so I got up way early to do a good workout and have it over with).

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, Day 22 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk/weighted vest, 10 min weights, 35 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 1805! (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
10-19-2011, 11:19 AM
Good morrown, Royal Ones! Popped back for a ramble and to read o' thy latest doin's!!

I have been callin' myself Tess o' the Hinterlands a lot in recent times in my ongoing motivational technique of using fantasy in my weight loss and fitness journey. Tess has had some hard times recently and be a'wanderin' in the Hinterlands tryin' to get life together again and LOSE THIS EXTRA WEIGHT! :lol:

For Halloween, Witchie Poo, a SCARY personal trainer hath been motivatin' Tess to workout harder and focus more on diet and exercise and be happier in her life. Some things that needed to be left behind have been left behind and it has been beneficial.

Something Witchie Poo found recently in Tess' closet is her old weighted vest, just an aerobics vest of 10 pounds but started using it once a week for the last two weeks and am getting great benefit in strength and posture and calorie burn from it. I just love the thing.

A secret (not really) is that I am enjoying Biggest Loser this season. I dislike that it is fostering ageism by making it a contest between youth and age but am finding this timely as SO pumped by the 100-year-old gent who finished the marathon in Toronto over the weekend. It was his 8th marathon, I believe, and he started running in his 80s.

I am so inspired by this and growing younger (like Merlin) each time I think of it.

Woot! Have a great day, all!

Amarantha2
10-20-2011, 01:04 AM
Had a "high" cal day that I have been instituting these past weeks when my diet focus has been pretty tight. The high cal day is really moderate cal, a sort of leaf out of the old Body for Life program but not really a "cheat" day, just a looser cal day to keep from bonking out on the other six days of the "diet."

Hope all are well.

Amarantha2
10-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Good mornin', Royals! Hope everyone has a great day. I am working tonight, intention is to keep cals low and have already had a long, glorious walk, putting the streakity streak ahead a bit:

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, Day 24 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min jog, 165 min walk, jumping jacks (less than a min) 0 min, total streakity streak minutes so far 2030! (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
10-20-2011, 07:56 PM
Needing fortification for a LONG night in meetings that are not going to be pleasant. Do intend to stay in the low to moderate calorie range and eating dinner now. Perfect meal for how I am feeling so will share that it is a half pouch of no oil tuna (chunk light, albacore has too much mercury), spinach leaves, and one Laughing Cow Light Wedge (all flavors of this are 35 calories per wedge) mixed with the tuna and spread on a Thomas Everything Bagel Thin, accompanied by Zico Lima Citron flavor coconut water (14 oz 60 calories, loaded with potassium, one of my favorte beverages is coconut water, various varieties).

anagram
10-21-2011, 10:14 AM
Ooh, I've missed so much. Naughty, naughty.
So good to see Empress (Tess) (Witchie Poo) checking in. I always think this is the Palace's time of year as we had such fun doing Halloween challenges earlier.

Sending good vibes on the opportunity, Kaylets. And for the small steps - that's become the story of my life.

Getting it together again is also my theme. However, this morning I found the whoosh fairy had stopped by. I had beebn 198.6 the day before and was 195.8 today. Now we know that won't last but my theory is always that if I see it once, I might see it again ;() My previous low was 197 something. And this is so close to 195 which I have not seen in about 22 years.

Okay, that's the good news. The bad is a call from friend of 49 years (I've mentioned her occasionally) who told me she has an inoperable tumor and has decided to enjoy whatever time she has left (she's feeling really well still) and not to try the other options (which the doctors aren't sure would help and which would just make her feel worse). I like to think I'd be courageous enough to do the same in the circumstances. Note: she has finally lost weight (she'd been working on it as long as I) some was because she was working on it but the last because of all the tests, reactions, etc.

Well, it is Friday, it looks pretty good outside and I'm off to the grocery store. Can't be low on yogurt and fruit.

Yay, 195.8, yay.

Amarantha2
10-21-2011, 02:00 PM
So sorry to hear about thy friend, Anagram. That is brave of her to have made the decision she has made.

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Also, a woot on that drop of weight and a huge congratulations. Please send that fairie in a southwesterly direction if she wishes to have an all-expense-paid weekend in Arizona. The weather is quite nice and Empress Tess (me lol) is hoping some verra nice scale angels will be around on Sunday also, along with Personal Trainer Witchie Poo!!!

IT IS ALMOST HALLOWEEN! I can't wait. I have to work a meeting that day but s'ok!

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I did some weights this morning and a verra short walk for my streakity streak. I won't post it every day. I am quite tired today and taking the day off JUST to work on this diet and fitness initiative. It is quite important to moi as I need some pounds off just to get my knees feeling better and just not to let that Regain Demon (man, we hate that guy) get me. I am so hoping for two pounds off by Halloween but it is slow coming these days. Did well yesterday on food and calories and also exercise was high, might make it!

Woot!

Arabella
10-22-2011, 10:04 AM
Happy Saturday, :queen:ies!

I've been working to get the Thanksgiving week weight off again. Was 219.2 Monday before last and then 223 last Monday. I've been doldrumsy and vaguely ill but feeling more optimistic again.

With these detours from the path, goals are looking decidedly unlikely. As we know, the weight is much slower to shift than once it was, when I could suddenly get serious and lose 30 pounds in a month. Wouldn't that be sweet. But I suppose that history may be part of what's making this sooooo sloooooow now. Nevertheless, on we go and we will get there.

Amarantha, so happy to see you're feeling Palace-y! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be at the start of a series of delightful novels? :)

Anagram, wow! Next thing you know, you'll be dipping below 195.

So sad about your friend! I hope that she continues to feel pretty well and that things go as well as these things can. My MIL had inoperable cancer and her last days were everything that one could wish -- lots of time with family and friends, she was able to get out and enjoy life almost to the end. The last few days were the only part that was bad enough that she said she was ready to go. And then she did.

In many ways, she was a model for me in her retirement, too. She often said that her retirement was the best time of her life. And she had 30 years of it!

Kaylets, let us know about that opportunity!

K, Queenies -- I'm going to finish this :coffee2:, get a pot of soup on and go for a walk around the harbour in this glorious :sunny:

Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
10-22-2011, 03:02 PM
Woot, Wood Nymph, wishin' I could join thee on a walk 'round a harbor.

It is lovely here, too.

I am out 'n about doin' chores. Also wonderin' 'bout Kaylets' news and everyone's.

I have mentally shifted to the next holiday in my "Holiday March" weight loss initiative, with tomorrow being my Halloween weigh-in, will be working on Halloween. I am, as I have hinted, nearing the end of another job, have been working as an independent contractor since a sort of career shift. Refusin' to call it "retirement" but for awhile wanderin' in the Hinterland, still have work, just verra little, however, a saying I have developed is that I am "Still the Witch, Not the Hag" :laugh: ... have been using time to organize, leave some emotional baggage behind and NOW I hope, the pounds I have regained.

Can't use my ticker on 3FC as it is not the approved ones but if that ticker doesn't move tomorrow in the right direction, I will stomp on the scale and bury it in the backyard at midnight.

My next holiday is Nov. 24, Thanksgiving (U.S.) and I do believe it will be a more peaceable holiday for moi and the focus will be on food (the focus is always on food with moi).

I have invited a whole bevy of Scale Angels to my weigh-in ceremony tomorrow. Mean lying Scale Demons are NOT invited. I have hired private anti-scale-demon militia to guard the Golden Scale of Dietary Justice until the weigh in. Any demons seen in the area will be placed in private custody and sent to computer repair school to learn a trade, since Scale Demons are quite good at tinkering around with digital equipments (they sneak in when we are not looking and tinker with the mechanism so the scale lies to us and makes us sad, that is what Scale Demons like to do best).

Hmmm, okay off to mail insurance premiums!

I am taking a Scale Angel with moi who will stop me if I try to eat a Wally Triangle Donut (my favorite donut, available in Wally World).

See ye, Queens!

Arabella, the Song of Fire and Ice Saga really is very good. It gets better and better as it goes on, yea, t'is great to look forward to all those palace-y books.

Kaylets
10-25-2011, 02:49 PM
Hello my friends,

Opportunity did not present as originally imagined but on the other hand, making what we imagine is just as possible as turn key.

This past weekend, another possibility presented --this would involve very serious thought but could be a combination of 3 worlds...... but I'd have to spend nearly 3x more than the 1st combination and I wonder......

So, I have been thinking and thinking.


but still trying to eat well & have even begun wearing sneakers when walking the dogs & sometimes, the 'walking as though late" becomes jogging.....for a few moments at least. I think the belly has begun to get firm and tighter...at least I think so......

Empress.... yes, we a traveling similar paths but different kingdoms....
decisions to make...I too have had trouble finding reliable scales.....currently, the kingdom has the royal scale in royal storage.

Anagram...trala trala trala .... how wonderful to see the scale go south to a place you haven't seen in so long! Trala Trala Trala....

Woods Nymph....Walking is good. I am glad to be walking, sometimes quickly.....and yes, 30 lbs in a month would be something. But since the only people I know who can lose that quickly are men...... ;);)


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Here's today's thought:

Quotes made by famous people without much thought...

On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995. Here's her answer to her question...
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever." -- Heather Whitestone

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." -- Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life." -- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." -- Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -- Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it." -- A congressional candidate in Texas.

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -- Al Gore, Vice President

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." -- Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca

"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." -- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." -- Bill Clinton, President

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." -- Keppel Enderbery

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." -- Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." -- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

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Amarantha2
10-26-2011, 03:19 AM
Huzzah, Kaylets! :wave: Sorry the opportunity did not pan out as planned but sounds as though another exciting one may be in the offing that ye are thinkin' on! That's great.

I love the quotes in your postie, made me smile.

Had a long rest today with only a short walk for the streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise. Finished some work and got a grip on organizing things and how I am going to use time for awhile and the diet and exercise thingie and this was Day 18 of my March to the Holidays initiative to lose 15 pounds by Jan. 1, 2012! Woot!

I am not thrilled with one of the two new scales I bought and have a nicer one on order and it has been shipped.

So we'll see.

Huzzah to all royals who inhabiteth this thread and thank ye for welcomin' moi back. Means a lot!

Arabella
10-26-2011, 07:23 AM
Wow. 7:17 and still pitch black out there. I guess it'll get a little better when the time changes but we're definitely on the slippery slope down to the shortest day of the year. Ah, but then it'll just turn to more light again.

I've been feeling crappy and not really giving this weight loss thing my all. Sigh. My plan today is to change my attitude. Now. This minute.

Kaylets, I love your attitude! Opportunities are all around and will present themselves when we're ready to see them. :yes: Thanks for the good laugh -- I think the "jackass" one was my favorite. Can you imagine the moment after when you realize what you've said? :rolleyes:

Amarantha, I love your angels idea! I'm going to start inviting angel accompaniment for my various activities.

K, I'm going to work for a while, walk, go to hot yoga. Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
10-26-2011, 01:39 PM
Lol, hello Royals! Having one of my copious days off since being underemployed, really going to focus focus on the "diet" part of this as have had two high days and one a week is permissible but not two.

What will the new golden scale say this week? No idea, will it be reward or punishment (e.g. loss or gain)? Will we have to again buy another scale and then we will have three new ones"

The journey is takin' a gothic 'n scary little pathway right now. Though we are movin' on to Thanksgiving, we remind ourselves that Thanksgiving is for the purpose of celebrating harvest (in our lexicon, anyway). We remember that we sow what we reap and our intent for the week is to sow some better calorie days.

Witchie Poo has invited herself to the Harvest Celebration. She is verra cranky and wants to see her good friends (all the people in Tess' brain) do well on the weigh-in because some folks lately have been mean to Tess and Witchie Poo says we need to get revenge and the only revenge of sane people is to reach their goals and look good in jeans and little capri pants and Witchie says that is what she intends to help us do!

Amarantha2
10-27-2011, 11:03 AM
Woot! Tess (that is what I call myself for some reason) had a great night's sleep and a huge breakfast (will hold cals down until lunch, though) and has kitty in lap and dog sleepin' outside the office door and all's well. A lot of clarity comes with sleep, realizin' how some toxic people, places, jobs, things in my life have departed of their own free will and how much easier this is makin' my weight loss because while it is calories in/calories out IMO that counts, stress from toxic people, places and things does have an effect on our control of that ever important calorie count.

So happy today.

Absolutely KNOW I will have a good weigh-in.

My new scale is slated to arrive soon and I hope will get here for the big weigh-in day!

Grateful to the royals here for lettin' moi ramble in the thread.

Woot!

Maintenance will be okay, too.

Even

Arabella
10-28-2011, 07:48 AM
Oh my gosh, I hear you, Empress! My sister was over for dinner last night and was ranting. She just gets going and it's like a barrage, goes on for ever. And even though it's not anger at me, I end up feeling like I've been battered. There must be some way to defuse her.

Anyway, speaking of toxicity and sleep -- I couldn't get to sleep for hours and hours. And then DGS woke me at 5. *yawn*

I came to the conclusion, not too long ago, that problems with anxiety and depression were probably the major part of my weight issue. So I've been trying to deal with them but sometimes the focus is lacking. Ah, yes, back to the sleep thing.

Anyhoo, determined to have a good day. I've got enough energy to go on and will make this one work for me.

:wave: Anagram, Kaylets!

Amarantha2
10-28-2011, 01:15 PM
Yea, Arabella, stress and toxicity from others does affect me mightily on the weight front. I've always known this but it has only been lately when some of that has departed that I've been able to understand it better.

Sigh, I did have a high eating day a couple of times this week but the numbers are promising on the scale peeks I've done. I only count one weigh-in a week, though, usually (sometimes make an exception lol).

I've been on a perfect scale hunt, just want one I like and have bought several just to try them. Don't know why, but I am irrevocably wedded to the scale on this particular journey to lose the 15 (and maybe 10 more).

I will be here more at 3FC and started a blog here for my weird diet ramblin' ... huzzah to Anagram and Kaylets and Wsw and all in the palace.

Woot!

Amarantha2
10-29-2011, 08:59 AM
Good mornin' Royals!!! Hope everyone has fantastic weekend plans and that it is as lovely where ye are at as where I am. Lovin' this fall weather and my better focus.

I am off to do a mini hike 'round the neighborhood!

Woot!

Amarantha2
10-29-2011, 11:38 AM
An aside, hope I am not hoggin' the palace this fine morn' :lol: ...

Just to share, probably should put this in my blog as it is to me an earth shakin' revelation ...

Benefits of e-reader!!! Weight loss still going slow but steady. Don't say eat less lol 'cause my current calories are very low, BUT losing some, lost the six pounds in three weeks but something missing in how I feel.

NOW, the e-reader brought me an interesting thing. Was browsing diet books for fun and they have all the old Sugar Buster books. That low gi plan (not a totally sugar free plan, just a low gi, low sugar, zero corn and zero a few other things, the original, BEFORE South Beach and all the other clones) has largely been debunked and fallen out of favor in favor of the glycemic load (which IS important) but here is whatI remembered from sugar busters: I felt better on it than ever in my life (gave it up because hard to find food without corn), I counted calories easily (they tell you not to count calories but I did) and was never hungry, I reached my original weight goal and below and maintained it a long time, I did not miss donuts or other bad stuff, I occasionally strayed and did not have too much trouble as my blood sugar and habits had been corrected enought to bounce right back.

So was browsing Kindle, relaxing just now thinking of diets (my hobby) AND saw the old books I used to love. Downloaded one and started reading again. I know the plan backwards, was on it for years, although I did modify to suit my own beliefs since it was dated even when I did it.

Light dawned that while I lost a lot of weight originally during the major phase of my weight loss, I ONLY had total success after I started Sugar Busters.

Light dawned that it would not take much to fix my eating TODAY to conform to my modified (slightly) version of Sugar Busters.

Off to grocery for sprouted bread and eggs, a favorite legal meal of mine!

Milk permissible so will get milk (Sugar Busters does not forbid milk, but other older low gi plans do, however, later research shows that milk is an exception to the gi index in that it is high on the list, it actually helps control blood sugar, so I do intend to have milk).

Without the e-reader, wouldn't have had this epiphany or acted on it so quickly.

Amarantha2
10-30-2011, 02:13 PM
Woot, dear queenlies, hopin' ye are havin' a majestic day and just wanted to note that I LOST A POUND!!! Double woot! :)

I could not figure out how to update my ticker, think I did it wrong or something, so I did a new one to reflect the EIGHT POUNDS I have to go in my goal to get to a certain lovely goal by January 1 using a holiday theme.

Will, as stated previously, then consider losing more to get down to or even slightly below the lowest I had reached before this little reversal and upward trend started relatively recently.

Amarantha2
10-31-2011, 12:31 AM
Salutations, Royals

Doing well since starting Sugar Busters up again and also buying the new software.

I have been really obsessed with this journey during my little vacation from work (seems like vacation), will have to do some meetings starting tomorrow but intend to keep up the focus.

Have been having fun with the new software creating a whole "easy" week of exercise so my streakity is all planned out. The Fitday PC and the app also that I have for my phone that just did calorie counting had no separate planning session, so I really like this. It is an old-fashioned piece of software somewhat but I am enjoying it.

It seems to me that I have been exercising incorrectly and that following my year of not really doing as well as I should have as to recovery and building strength, I need to stay with only walking, weights and callanetics this week again, so I planned a nice easy week. I am also not stretching enough so I will start entering stretch into my streakity time as I always have until recently when frankly I haven't been stretching athletically and barely am doing pilates, callanetics (which isn't stretch but it kind of does it) and yoga, although didn't put yoga in this week.

So I'm obsessed, but t'is fun. So happy with the way things have been turning out for me.

Speaking of palaces, though I was not, I found I could not finish the six book saga (A Song of Fire and Ice) by George Martin. It was vastly depressing, still a very good read but did not want my mood to return to depression.

Just rereading Sugar Busters and reading the new Evanovich at present.

Is anyone reading anything great these days?

Have a great week, Royals!

Amarantha2
11-01-2011, 02:32 PM
Huzzah, all royals! Taking a day off to reformulate all my goals, including the weight one. I had 8 pounds left on the ticker for the holiday weight I wanted to achieve, originally had a goal to lose 15 and then probably lose 10 more. Bought some new software that really clarified where I want to be and the significance of the date I wanted to be at that, so now am doing a kind of day countdown. In 145 days from today, I want to be a total of 22 pounds from the weight I am now (did an extra weigh-in today and the weight was the same as on Sunday). So this includes the eight I had to go on the holiday challenge, the 10 I wanted to lose to get back to where I was in March, 2010, and four pounds more for a kind of slush fund in case I get crazy and regain some again. I am going to do a new ticker reflecting this.

Hope all royals are okay and that I am not hoggin' the thread! Woot!

Amarantha2
11-02-2011, 04:44 PM
Woot to all and any Royals who passeth by this way this day!

This is my Day 144 (I am counting backwards to the day I will weigh my new ideal weight that incorporates the eight pounds I had to go on my 15 pound march to the holidays and my previous weight goal from the days of major weight loss, plus 10 more to take me to the new, lower weight I was in early March, 2010, plus four more for the heck o' it!

Havin' a good day, had a temp job and went shopping and off to do some more of the latter as I need a space heater for winter.

Amarantha2
11-03-2011, 11:48 AM
Woot, hope all are having a great day!

I plan on makin' it so and stickin' to the plan like glue!

This is my Day 143, counting backwards like Merlin to the day I will be 22 pounds lighter (although hoping it happens before that and then I will re-evaluate)!

Amarantha2
11-03-2011, 05:27 PM
Feelin' very Decemberish! So looking forward to the season to come: U.S. Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Christmas, New Year's.

For me, March 25 is also a holiday, celebrating an anniversary of sorts and the day I will weigh 22 pounds less than I do now.

Although I hope I get there sooner.

Going to work soon, a night meeting.

So nice to be back in the palace.

Amarantha2
11-04-2011, 09:09 AM
Day 142, got up early to exercise as I have a 9 a.m. meeting, then appointment at vet for doggie checkup then have car thingie attended to.

Still sugar free. The new diet software (not a phone app) that I have has a planning function that is so nice. I got around my usual desire after meetings to have sugar by carefully planning the entire day's eating and so had no desire for candy following last night's meeting.

I am going back to bed for half an hour before my walk!

Feeling so happy. Everything is going my way (I think that is an old song by Rodgers & Hammerstein :) )!!!

Have a great day, all royals, whether ye see this or not!

Amarantha2
11-05-2011, 10:48 AM
Good morning, Palace! Woot! I am on Day 141!

Working today! Hope everyone is having as great a day as I plan. I am glowing with happiness today and eating these wonderful beanitos for breakfast. They are low glycemic chips made from beans instead of corn. They are incredibly filling and satisfying and I got them from Sprouts.

Amarantha2
11-06-2011, 02:21 PM
Day 140 and the Three Queenly Muses of Weight Management (Diet, Determination and Exercise) came to my rescue this week. Lost a pound and a nice inch loss also! Happy moi!

Arabella
11-08-2011, 08:13 AM
Good morning, :queen:lies!

After a spotty week, I've gotten back to tracking all my food and am finding it helpful.

We're in Halifax this week and then going to Toronto for the weekend. Where we're staying with DH's sister. If I'd known in advance that was my fate I'd never have decided to go in the first place. Now working on my attitude to try to get over it.

I pulled out the yoga matt and went through the Moksha sequence this morning :cp: It's supposed to be quite mild and sunny later so I'll go for a lovely long walk on the waterfront and then up and around Citadel Hill, maybe the public gardens as well.

Amarantha, thanks for keeping the fire on in the Palace! Speaking of which, sorry the series didn't work out for you. I often have to jettison books that seem good because I find them disturbing in one way or another.

I saw Beanitos in a store the other day and I'd wondered if they were good. Great to have a chippy thing with low GI and etc. I'll pick some up when I'm back home.

Yay for happiness! Shall make same my goal today. :)

Let's make this day lovely!

Amarantha2
11-08-2011, 08:50 PM
Arabella, congrats on getting back to the food tracking. I am still using apps and software and other things as circumstances change. I love to track my food but attempts to do so with a group online have proved not so happy in the end so I just keep it between moi and the software lately. I did try that sugar free challenge on FB but dropped out as it made me want to eat more sugar lol.

I am out of Beanitos and hope to have time to drive to Sprouts to get some tomorrow as 10 of those were more satisfying to me than whole bags of other chips. I think you will like them, Wood Nymph.

Yea on the books. After I give them a good try, I don't want to waste my time reading something that does not suit, however good.

This is my Day 138, counting backwards in life, like Merlin to March 25, 2012 when I will have the extra weight off and also some issues resolved in life, but even if the latter doesn't occur, I will indeed have the pounds off and be perkier for it!

Yay for happiness! I agree!

Arabella
11-09-2011, 06:14 AM
Despite good intentions, beautiful weather and doing yoga as the sun rose yesterday, I was still in a mild funk. Too much soul-sapping work, I think, and too little anything else. Will do better today. :yes: I woke up feeling better and will soon set out the mat and help my body get ready to be HAPPY!

Amarantha, you know, I'm thinking my own life issues and weight issues are pretty intricately connected. I resolve to work on both! Today, my plan is to fit in things that please me and make me happy.

I went for a long walk in the sunshine yesterday, grumpy the whole way. :lol: Today -- shorter walks to get my steps cumulatively, not forcing self to sit at computer when I'm not getting anything done.

Let's make this day work for us! Huzzah!

Amarantha2
11-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Yea, so true for moi, Wood Nymph, re weight and life being connected.

Weight management and physical fitness, a friend once told me, are almost a religion for me. I am glad that I feel that way as it helps me keep going.

This is my Day 137. Have made a LOT of important decisions this morning and taken care of some things that needed to be taken care of, now doing car registration online and then off to pay a bill and mayhap eat something healthy out. I don't have to work until tomorrow night.

Let's DO make it the best ever day. I really think it might be.

I need to do yoga also. I am trying to bring the body back into compliance after some setbacks. Just need my yoga routine for 15 minutes every other day but skipped yesterday.

Took a two hour walk also!

anagram
11-09-2011, 04:54 PM
I thank you too, Amarantha, for keeping the palace fires alit. I have been in sort of a cyber purgatory, first because of the October snowstorm and then because of some changes my server made. It makes it hard to have a sunny disposition sometimes.

But it is a lovely day again today and I was at 195.8 today so only 8 to go to my next goal. However, I know my ups/downs and it will likely take me months. Still it's not 200. I'ver been up/downing between 196/199 instead of 200/204 or 202/209. Need to concentrate on it as well. Am enjoying new tai chi class twice a week (until Dec), still going once a week to the one they cut bac k and doing all the PT - which I'm getting good at ;) Have cut out the water walking at the moment. Maybe not until the new year. Keep thinking I'll walk more this fall but all the rain and other stuff was disacouraging.

Darling little twin great nieces entered our world yesterday and that's always an upper. On the bad side, dear neighbor who puts my paper in door every morning (and does so many other good things) has had his cancer return and this time, they feel there's no more they can do for him. He's still seeking other opinions but it's yet another pillar who may be knocked away. He's relativelty young as well.

However, I am determined as ever to look on the good side, at all the positives of my life. I too am looking forward to the holiday season, though I do less and less festive every year. I'll be having the crew here for Thanksgiving and that's always a "love" time.

I'm loving your Halifax weeks, Wood Nymph, but can sympathize re accommodations for the weekend. DS messaged today suggestiong I either come to his place this weekend or he'd come up and take me for a daytrip to his Dad's home town. Sort of a bucket list thing for me. Am trying to decide which. I'm thinking (if things don't change) that it would be good to take him up on the latter as it's more likely I could make it to his place another time. I've given up thinking I
d drive myself to the hometown. Some memorials there to DH that DS has seen but I haven't and I would like to do so. Always figured I might get there for a funeral or two but missed one this summer because back was so bad. Thinking it would be better to go when I have a chance and enjoy "live" time ;)++

I do hope to travel to the palace a bit more often and that my time in cyber purgatory is about over. Its been improving but.........

:belly:

anagram
11-09-2011, 05:05 PM
How discouraging. Just checked back on this thread and find I've been hovering almost in place the whole year. So I've been losing and relosing the same few pounds.

Well, not to be discouraged. Just going to truck on. I was once 251 and I'm no loinger there. Lose .8 lbs and I'll be what I was when I met DSIL for the first time ;) Not that I'll look the same........

Amarantha2
11-09-2011, 05:11 PM
Definitely not to be discouraged, Anagram! Woot! You have had a great weight loss and wow, love that .8 to when you met DSIL for the first time.

You are doing excellanto (that is a royal word).

Hope wherever ye go for the weekend will make for super trip.

I am off to take a nana nap lol. Gotta stop doing that ...

Amarantha2
11-10-2011, 12:14 PM
Tess (a name I am currently calling myself as in Tess o' The Hinterlands, long story lol) really DOES have a lotta pound bustin' work to do yet this week to even maintain, she feareth, so she is ON THE MARCH!

Woot! Woot! Woot! Hear ye, hear ye, Tess be ON THE MARCH!

This is my Day 136, moving backwards to the BIG DAY on March 25 when I will be at my ideal weight and all other issues in life will be resolved (for awhile) and moving forward into another land (Tess o' the ? Land) will take place.

Working tonight so have to get some shopping and other errands done, really focusing on calories today. Did my streakity streak of no day missed of working out (did weights).

Gotta get active!

I do have a mini goal in mind for the last weigh-in of November but this weight comes off moi VERRA SLOWLY these days.

Nevertheless the TESS ARMY IS SOLDIERIN' ON! :drill:

Amarantha2
11-12-2011, 01:57 PM
Huzzah, royal ones!!! Hope all is as right in thy queendoms as t'is in mine!

Been focusin' on this weight loss thingie, still not sure there is a loss pendin' at the Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale tomorrow, was very fluctuaty during this week, but we'll see!

Doin' really well 'n soldierin' on, spending days at the Hinterland Ranch (imaginary, more or less) and cookin' so there will be real food to eat in the comin' week 'n no evil SUGAR DEMONS, DONUT DEMONS OR OVEREATIN' DEMONS will appear. It is going to be a challenging week work wise. I plan to plan on having nothing interfere with my peace, happiness and weight loss project, and they are all one, really, as I am very determined on the weight front lol.

Bought moi a new cheapo music/video player for my workouts and it works as well as the expensive one I wanted so having fun with that. Funds are limited today, can't travel far so worked out at home and in the neighborhood.

Here's my sometime update postie on my streakity streak, just 'cause I feel like postin' it lol ...

SATURDAY, Nov. 12, Day 47 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min yoga, 30 min jog, 60 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 3695! (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Is anyone as into thinkin' 'bout the holidays as moi?

U.S. Thanksgiving is going to be my personal holiday to cook and I may use my new recipe for comfort food chicken, broccoli and brown rice casserole. I have fun sometimes creating "diet" recipes and freezing (it is just me and the pets here in my personal palace and office these days). I made this yesterday. It is really just a layer of chicken breast (partially thawed), cooked brown rice, frozen chopped broccoli, low sodium condensed soup and some water.

Amarantha2
11-13-2011, 02:26 PM
Gained, not really discouraged. Putting it all in the blog, has to do without a recent realization that I really AM a weight maintainer (a "reduced person") and that dealing with these regains is something I face for the rest of my life AND that I actually AM three pounds down from when I was buffeting around in a lotta angst all summer gaining and loosing and thinking a lotta things were all over with moi.

Amarantha2
11-14-2011, 11:11 AM
Huzzah, Royals! Tess is currently on Day 132, working this morning but first took time to walk and post on the internet lol.

Current thing is the imaginary ranch in the hinterlands that Empress Tess has (fantasy wise) inherited where she can be alone with all the weird people in her head and take the time to make that ticker move.

Lol, don't try to make sense of moi this mornin' as in a hurry but also always motivating self as usual with fantasy and ramblin' on a bit. There are those who understand this is the way I function and those who don't understand it and that is life lol.

Woot! It is a beautful day! I walked two hours!

wsw
11-14-2011, 08:33 PM
hi amarantha! so nice to see you in the palace. i always enjoy hearing how things are going for you, and glad to hear that things are going so well for you.

--and hello to anagram, arabella, kaylets, and to all the marvelous royals who dwell in the palace!

i have just been so errant this past year, and my weight sure is reflecting my absence (and not in a good way, that's for sure.) i will catch up on posts and i really will be back again before months+ have elapsed. i have missed all of you so much! :) take care, all.

Amarantha2
11-15-2011, 09:13 AM
Wsw!!! Woot! T'is so good to see thee!!! I have been absent from the palace for many a year off and on and ye are among those whom I have missed when wanderin' 'round a sometimes cold, cruel internet lol!!!

Feelin' verra energetic today and am halfway through a planned two hours of exercise of various kinds (broken up)! Then need to shop and cook.

I am still toyin' with the idea of moving my official weigh-in ceremony to Wednesdays for awhile.

The nice thing about bein' underemployed, which is what I am callin' it, and in career flux, is it has finally dawned on moi that I have a real chance to just focus on me and feeling better and getting a handle on this fitness thingie!

Then, too, there has been a lot of flux in my life as to friendships and relationships, on and off the internet. Sometimes light dawns in the head exactly who is a true friend (on and off the internet) and who is toxic and not what they seem (on and off the internet). It is the same with careers, jobs, avocations and pursuits of all kind. Some are "lifers" and some are not so good for us. I am only focusing on the good things now.

One of these "lifers," of course, is healthy weight management and fitness, because, well, that's what I do best (sort of, please ignore those 22 demonic regain pounds lol)!

Huzzah, feeling like such a positive day ahead!

Sallyin' forth, flags flying!

Amarantha2
11-16-2011, 01:38 PM
Huzzah, a quickie, 3FC blog explains it better (or with more fantasy and blather lol) but did change weigh-in date to Wednesday due to schedule changes and the wootness of Wednesday in general!

LOST TWO POUNDS! Thus made up for the pound gain on Sunday and lost a new one in three days! Next weigh-in is next Wednesday, day before Thanksgiving!

Kaylets
11-17-2011, 10:05 AM
Hello Royals!


Posted a long post a few days ago and it never landed here.....comical how now I can't even remember what it was about.


Full moon and 11/11/11 will hold great memories for me---took DH's ashes to a special place he loved. Part of his wishes so it was a large sense of accomplishment.
That same evening visited w/ friends we both love. They too, are dealing w/ cancer and the treatments are no longer working. I never told them what I had been doing just that afternoon, they needed me to listen.
It was a very thoughtful weekend.

At one point, I realized suddenly the Jesse Cook was being played on the radio. I knew the song and was glad that it still could lift my spirits and feel some joy.

Yesterday marked 11 mos, next month is a year DH's been gone.

I have decided I need to be very protective of myself these next weeks/months---be careful to get enough rest, eat well, ( which means enforcing the breakfast by 8:30 am rule) and just in general, be gentle with myself.

I realized although I thought I was mentally ready for some things, and that's when the physical symptons began.....all nervous type of reactions which I will leave to your imagination..........and need for the most part.....less stress and more laughter.


Have finally gotten the first floor of the house in "come on in" shape. Not "come take pictures" but at least where I am not embarrassed to have someone come in and sit. Rearranged a few things, hung a couple of new prints ( landscapes), set up a windows with plants and some 'chachkis'.....

It's bittersweet to do this---almost schizophrenic--- good to see a pretty Monet to get lost in ---perhaps a kind of therapy.


Still walking the dogs every day although we have gotten to where I only take one at a time. Couple of instances where both together were too strong for me and we would have been on the losing end of a skunk.
As it turns out, each dog seems to enjoy being alone w/ me....

Been seeing some beautiful sunrises and watching the geese gathering to move on...............and getting close to an outline for something I've meant to write for a long time................
A mix of real women's stories based on what I know from family and genealogy research.
It might be a series.

So, I am late for my own deadline..........time for breakfast.


Take care all.

Wsw, so nice to see you! Anagram, its good to remember where we started, I needed to hear that. Empress, you are so profound.... its so true, we must accept the ups and downs to maintain...................Woods Nymph....... I think of your hot yoga w/ pen in hand and music playing


And to everyone I missed too, hello and glad you are here.

Amarantha2
11-18-2011, 05:06 PM
Hugs, Kaylets! Ye are doin' so beautifully! So glad to see thy postie with the peaceful blue and white sky avatar! Love the way ye are setting deadlines and sticking to them. I need to do that! :wave:

***
I am on Day 128 of my initiative of counting the days to March 25, 2012. I am sure I will reach all my goals (or at least the weight one) by then, possibly before.

****
Huzzah!

Kaylets
11-19-2011, 08:02 AM
Royal Saturday Greetings!

While getting dressed for a meeting last night, full length mirror reminded me that walking is not enough to make the changes I want. Comical how when I am walking, I feel svelte and fit.....evidently haven't walked far enough to get there.

So, so tempted to plunk the money down at the Y so I could swim but this week between truck and vet bills, membership at the Y would have been covered for next 3 yrs. One of the dogs had to have another growth removed from his leg, last ones were a very slow moving cancer. If these growths continue to appear, I will have to reevaluate. Meanwhile, dog seems no worse for wear but on the other hand, he's still on pain meds so........


Thanks Empress for the pat on the back, I am getting ready to change the picture....a kind of reality check.
Glad the scale dipped for you, sometimes all we need to do is give things a few more days.

Time to get ready to run some errands; I need some things at the stores and suspect it will be busy later. I prefer early shopping vs crowded stores.

Take care all!

Amarantha2
11-20-2011, 12:06 PM
Woot, Kaylets! I know what ye mean, walking is great exercise and the basis for my streakity streak of no day missed of exercise, although I add a lot of stuff in. I am trying to up the pace to put in more jogging and running (same thing, actually, just the speed that is different).

I am on Day 126 of the Grand Royal March to March 25, 2012.

Upping my daily cals just a bit as had what amounted to a binge yesterday, wasn't exactly binge behavior or unhealthy but I deliberately went way howdy over my cals. I think upping the parameters of the budget will help me.

Am feelin' quite Yule-like and Solsticey and Christmasy, so am doing a mini challenge of four pounds down from where I am now by the Solstice, which is, depending on how you look at it, December 22 (some say the 21st, doesn't matter, I weigh-in on Wednesdays now and that is perfect). So I am making a big, serious push for that.

Have said good-bye to the donut. We are getting a divorce. Oddly, I can eat sugar and have little problems but on days I eat a donut, I have GREAT BIG PROBLEMS not eating more than my calorie budget.

Anyhow, am shooting for way UNDERBUDGET today so takin' a nana nap after that run/walk and movin' on to grocery shopping.

Working tomorrow, maybe Tuesday!

Amarantha2
11-23-2011, 12:15 PM
Huzzah to all royals who inhabiteth this thread! T'is a wonderful, glorious day here in sunny Arizona and I am not working again until December so NOW am going to get SERIOUS with weight issues!!

GAINED a pound, sigh! :)

Still lost a total of one inch and GAINED a half inch on biceps, which is a totally good thing as that is MUSCLE, folks!

Really would like to get to my goal but the body does what it wants, plus ate too much! Lol! Next week!

Amarantha2
11-24-2011, 08:43 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it on this day and to all fellow queens for whom the holiday is not today, happy Thursday!

Woot!

Amarantha2
11-25-2011, 08:28 PM
Huzzah, hope all are well in the palace and whither they wander in the world!

I am on my day 121, countin' backwards to my goal of March 25!

Looking forward to the Winter Solstice/Christmas season! Hopin' to lose four pound, but either way t'will be so nice this year. I am so at peace.

wsw
11-26-2011, 01:25 PM
hi amarantha! kudos on day 121 towards your march goal. glad you are at peace. it made me smile just hearing that.

hope all who celebrated thanksgiving this past week had pleasant times. i went over to friends' house, and it was very nice. i also ate moderately, which i was pleased about.

i'm inching my way back to dainty meals. definitely starting back in the right direction, anyway. have been keeping up with exercise pretty well. (i fell a couple of weeks ago-didn't really get hurt, but still sore, so having to ease back in to my regular exercise routine.)

thinking of you kaylets, anagram, arabella, and all our marvelous royals. hope everyone is having a good weekend. take care, one and all.

Amarantha2
11-27-2011, 08:06 PM
So nice to see ye, wsw! Sorry that you took a fall, hope the soreness goes away soon but glad ye did not get injured. Be well and do take it easy on the exercise.

Glad ye are workin' towards dainty meals. I am also but today ate a lot, actually all good food, no donuts or anything, just felt like having an extra dinner (an omelet and a protein shake) so I did.

Weigh-in is Wednesday, we'll see! Woot!

Also sending good thoughts to kaylets, anagram, arabella and all royals.

Lighting a candle in the window for all that ye may find your way here soon, woot, t'is almost year's end, does anyone have any resolutions made yet?

Beyond my March 25 goal date, I don't have a comprehensive one, but I am going to ponder it!

:)

Arabella
11-28-2011, 07:31 AM
Hello, hello! :wave:

My apologies for being AWOL -- was slightly under the weather and busy. Now, here we are edging into the festive season. Next Sunday is our performance of Handel's Messiah and my mama's birthday. DH's staff party is the Friday following, then his birthday the next, then our fam Christmas party a couple of days after, then we're into Christmas eve and Christmas day...
:ginger:

'Tis also end-o-month with all that involves... and yet, I find myself quite cheerful. :)

I've been getting my steps in, and have started back to hot yoga after being mostly gone for about a month, between travelling and feeling crappy. I just have to be careful not to do too much -- aiming for every second day, just for now.

Amarantha, I be infused with the spirit as well -- it's lovely! My resolution: to release all the mental patterns that do not serve me well. Taking a little time with that thought each day. Re: donuts -- they're one of my exes, as well. Somehow, despite other sweets making the occasional reappearance, I seem to always stay away from them. Was once wed to the double-chocolate guy...

WSW, so nice to see you in the palace! :hug: I was thinking about you a lot recently, re: dainty(er) meals. I'm aiming to make dinners in particular smaller because it's not good to have a full tummy within a couple of hours of bed.

Kaylets, what a powerful day that was for you! I'm often struck by the way our connection to the natural world seems to be a component of our grieving and healing. Almost a year for you in this new world. :grouphug:

I'm so glad you've got your dogs! They are strong beasts, though, aren't they. And one really does need to be able to steer them away from those alluring striped creatures. :lol:

Anagram, beith thou in the palace environs?

Must practice, practice, practice... Hallelujah!

May all :queen:lies have a blessed day!

anagram
11-29-2011, 04:09 AM
Greetings, Royal Ones - I was absent mostly not of my choice but because my server had me in cyberhell most of the month. After a couple of weeks of nonsense, I had lost electronic interest and then it was up to Thanksgiving (busy) week.

So good to see so many in the "house" and loving Empress challenges, etc. Sorry about the fall, wsw. Took one last week (in tai chi class, of all places). Lots of balance problems lately - mostly seem to be related to one leg suddenly being shorter than the other. Appt next week for lifts should help.

Yes, Kaylets, please take care of self FIRST , esp during vulnerable times. How neat you chose to take care of the memorable event on a memorable date. I do remember your next month date as it is DDs birthday as well (and that of Arabella's DH). I know what you mean about the torn thoughts about changing things. I found it hard at first and now (only recently) I'm looking at some things and am finding it much easier. Everything has a memory, it seems.

Crew was here over Thanksgiving. Mostly pleasant but DD is having many problems. Most are longstanding and she has worked and worked at one in particular and it has changed little. She seems over the last few years to be sinking into more and more anxiety and I also think it's all affecting my Princesses as well. She seems to need my help and wants my support but nothing I do seems to make a difference. She's angry, I think depressed and Mom is always a safe target. I've been on a binge since she left but I'm recognizing that won't help either.

I had just received excellent blood work results that show my healthier eating, etc were paying off in that direction (if not on scale). Glad I don't have to have it done today ;)

Anyway, I do think DD is (partly at least) menopausal as well but when I mentioned that she rejected the idea (as happens with most things I mention). I'm finding it hard to fight my own funks with her situation. Root cause, of course, is her DH (surprise) and health problems he has. I credit her with all sorts of courage and gumption in all she's done to try to help (more than he does to help himself) but it's been a long struggle and with the peanut allergy princess and now the very teenager.....plus though she won't say so, I think she misses her father more than she expected. they were often at odds but he was a strong guy who always had her back (and mine) and unfortunately, I don't think she married the same kind of fellow. Don't get me wrong - I like him and he has many good qualities. But there's always been something "off" that only those close to him can really tell. I think he suffers greatly from it but acknowledges it only occasionally. He's on medicines for some things and treatments for others but nothing has totally clicked yet. She has dragged him to doctor after doctor, etc., etc. And usually I do mean dragged as he's only sometimes cooperative - and (another surprise) guess who gets blamed for everything. No not me ;) We get along fine. But I'm getting fed up with it all, as well, esp. as it affects my girls.

So that's my tale of woe. And I'm making a very strong connection to that and my binging. Probably always been true but it's hitting my head with a bang this time.

I'm feeling Christmasy as well and will turn on the holiday music day after tomorrow. Tomorrow is DHs birthday and I have set that day aside - as I always do - for whatever I'm in the mood for or however I feel that day will be the right way to spend the day.

I too have been making up little recipes and freezing them as well as freezing all leftovers in convenient little meals. The powerloss episode in September caused me to cook like crazy and I've been enjoying all the little precooked meals from that. So a different road has opened up....Am considering Nutrisystem for a couple of months as well. Got a more reasonable offer on same through my drug company. Thinking, thinking. Only a short time to decide. Thinking maybe two months.

Well, maybe time to go back to bed and see if I can sleep. In an errant sleep pattern again and we all know that's not good for weight loss.

Going out to lunch w/friend tomorrow before she goes to FL for four months or so. She's one of my pillars of strength and we always get the world straightened out when we get together.

Hoping it's a great day for all.

:belly:

Amarantha2
11-30-2011, 01:19 PM
Huzzah, Royal Ones! So great to see the latest posties here by Wood Nymph and Anagram. Woot!

Arabella, would love to hear thee in performance of the Messiah, sounds as though ye are way busy and that is great this season.

I am also using the season that I am having of what I am pleased to call "underemployment" (sounds better than a lot o' the things I used to call it) to rid self of things that do not serve or help me, including mental habits that aren't that helpful and a lotta other baggage. Loving the holiday spirit I find myself in.

Anagram, sorry thy computer was on the blink, glad ye are here. Interesting to hear thy discussion of some things going on that you relate to binges. I am glad I am not the only one!

Interesting, too, that ye are thinkin' o' Nutrasystem. I am fascinated by some o' those plans. I also freeze meals and am also fascinated by all the neat kinds of containers there are these days.

I'm off to shop soon, do have to work tomorrow night and then will have work for awhile. Just want to be lazy today.

My weigh-in Wednesday (today) was ambivalent. I posted this in my blog, kind of explains. I'll preface it by saying (guess this is a repeat statement lol) that I exercise every single day and have a streakity streak going of not missing a day but had been slacking on weights and intensity and length of time and knees are protesting the extra pounds that I am trying to get off, pounds that I DO consider a part of my long term maintenance, but I COULD be frustrated by this weigh-in if I weren't measuring and if my clothes didn't fit better and if I didn't feel stronger.

"Deep consultation with scale, exercise log and tape measure. Lost overall total inches of 6.25 (number includes bicep and calf gain, which is a good thing). However, gained a pound. Lifting heavier and generally exercising longer lately, so a possible conclusion is a combo of eating too many cals and hopefully gaining strength. Would REALLY like to lose scale weight but muscle more important as I reach a certain age. Scale will comply soon or will stomp on it at midnight and bury in the backyard!"

Amarantha2
12-03-2011, 09:43 AM
Woot, woot and triple woot! We here in Amarantha land are movin' back to our Sunday weigh-in, just makes more sense and also think there'll be some kindly Scale Angels around!

Will be back then. Hope all are well! Have happy days!

Amarantha2
12-04-2011, 01:49 PM
Wazoo, what a glorious cold day in Arizona, Royal Ones! Am/Tess (both my current nicknames on the 'net) be recallin' that this was the Sunday Wood Nymph Arabella was to participate in Handel's Messiah and hope to hear how that went, love that piece, used to play the violin in the school production of it each year for a long time.

Anagram, hope ye have turned on the holiday music, I jogged to it this mornin', verra inspirin' music. Hope all is well.

Wsw, so good to see ye every time. Hope ye are feelin' okay and no after effects present from the fall.

Kaylets, hope all is movin' along okay with thee also.

To anyone who posted recently that I forgot to mention, apologies, and hope any who traverse hither and yon in the palace, whether lurker or participant, friend or even foe, if there be any here, are well and happy and feels free to speak whenever ye breeze in here.

***
I am delirious to have returned to Sunday weigh-ins (more scale angels about than on Wednesdays) and did this mornin' drop two exact pounds, except one was a regain from the time I started the ticker so the ticker only shows I lost one but that's okay, it was TWO :lol: ... also had yet another nice session with the tape measure (I use a tape device especially designed for bodybuilders or I'd think it wasn't accurate. I've really been reshaping the bod in all the right places and am happy about that.

Dear friends, if I may call you that, thank you for welcomin' moi back at the palace with no judgments, rancor.

Woot! I would be remiss if I did not thank also the makers of Vita Top muffin tops for their help in my two pound reversal this past week. They are fairly healthy and I don't have to make them myself and the chocolate one especially when heated in a microwave is like a huge fudge brownie with chocolate chips. I sometimes eat one with a protein shake lol. The muffin tops are only 100 calories and are naturally sweetened and have high hunger stopping fiber.

Beats the heck outta donuts!

Arabella
12-05-2011, 07:42 AM
And I resolve to be more diligent. The festive season is upon us and we do know where a lack of diligence will take us. :yes: Not going there.

Amarantha, indeed, indeed, yesterday was performance day -- and it was rapturous! I was excited to be singing it again and all went well. We always have our best friend couple (also in the choir) over for dinner after the performance, so we did that. Also it was my mom's 88th birthday so we had her and the sister who took her to the concert. I made this cake:

http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2009/02/hummingbird-cake.html
http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2009/02/hummingbird-cake.html

It's a bit of a tradition -- DH's mom requested it the last time she was with us for her birthday. It is really quite a lot of work, even just the flowers, but is spectacular. Ever since then, both my mom and DH request it for their birthdays. And I struggle a bit with the task of making such a fussy cake when I'm busy but manage to be happy to make it, both in honour of MIL and gratitude that I still have my mom and DH to make it for. It's a labour of love, no question.

Anyway, I doubled the recipe and froze two layers so when DH's birthday rolls around shortly, I can just frost it and make the pineapple flowers.

Dear friends? Yes, we all are. :grouphug:

Anagram, so sorry about your woes with DD! There is just nothing harder than trouble with your child. And, of course, so much worse if they find a way to blame you for it. A friend in the choir had that kind of a situation right before the performance yesterday and it really put a damper on her afternoon -- although I think the singing took care of most of the angst before too long.

Sorry about your good friend going to FL for four months. I had a date with my bestie a couple of weeks back -- Saturday breakfast out followed by a trip to a Christmas church fair. What a luxury it was to hang out for an extended visit! I resolve to try to find more opportunities to do that. Really, what's life all about, o/w?

Kaylets, WSW :wave:

:ginger:
K, I'm supposed to be working b/c travelling to Halifax this aft and must get work done (and get steps in) before we leave.

Let's take this day that we've been given and live it right up! Love to all...:)