40-Somethings - 40-Something Chat. All Welcome and that's no April Fools!

04-01-2011, 10:52 AM
Yesterday My parents and I took April to the vet for her pre-op checkup. Since April is overweight the vet was concerned about her thyroid and suggested a test. I figured he could look at 'overweight me' and figure that out but it can't hurt. Hubby got home from work a few hours early {he's been attending a conference this week} so we tried to get things done around the house. No workout.

Yesterday, my sister who lives in FL texted my Dad that she and everyone else was in the stairwell of her office building, Its was storming, the power had gone out, and they were under a tornado warning!! In FL? Everything turned out okay but that was very strange

04-01-2011, 11:08 AM
PP - do you do something besides surgery for April to celebrate "her" month? :) Was she born in April or any ties? GOOD LUCK with everything on Monday if you don't pop in much over the weekend.

FL - hope your nose/sinus is back to normal today - how frustrating! Hope you're pain free!

I moved up here from Florida and was looking forward to getting AWAY from our severe thunderstorms and tornados. Not so. Hope they were okay and no wind/storm damage.

Not sure why I've made more indulgent foods this week - last night I made sweet potato casserole - only with two large sweet potatoes, but with the size of those suckers, it was plenty. Dang - worked out to be high points.

Weigh-in is tomorrow and it might be ugly. How much weight can I drop in clothes only (which is what I SWORE I wouldn't let get in my mind). Hm. ;)

Finished painting the front room, got the TV attached to the wall, and everything back in place. Looks great! YAY. Now onto the used bookstore and goodwill today to drop off a few stacks of things. Finished up at 11 last night and fell into bed before waking up at 2:30 after an unsettling dream and tossing and turning for hours. We get off early today, so I'm hoping to use the time to get in some good exercise and marketing for some good veggies for the weekend. Dinner tonight will be lettuce-less salads with black beans, I think.

04-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Jules, welcome. Glad to have you join us!

FL, nice of your hubby to inconvience himself to help you! Sorry about the root canal and your nose. Hope its better by now.

Losing, glad you and your dad had a recipe fest. Sounds good!

Ashley, I found the Extra brand gum at the grocery store, in the candy aisle. They also have strawberry shortcake and Key Lime??? http://www.wrigley.com/global/brands/extra.aspx

Annie, congrats on another pain free day.

Phoenix good job on reaching/exceeding your goal!

NP, We got April from the Hum Soc as an adult and they didn't know her bday. We assume it was in April {as is mine, LOL} but we brought her home on Jan 20th, so we 'celebrate' that day, which usually involves a few extra treats, a new toy, and extra petting.

04-01-2011, 12:33 PM
It is amazing how one feels when they get proper sleep, I slept solid 7 hours last night and feel amazing this morning. Have my energy back from being sick and wish I could go workout now but have to wait till my lunch hour. It was almost painful the last two days exercising, just dragging myself along but glad I did. I am going to try and eat more during my good days so not to derail myself on other days on account of being to hungry.
FL – I was thinking of you this morning and how you shared you struggle in the morning and are good at night but I seem to struggle mid afternoon and if I make it thru that, it is possible to have a hard time at dinner then if I mess up at dinner I figure what the heck and snack away the evening vowing to start again tomorrow. I feel like a hamster on a wheel!

04-01-2011, 03:02 PM
HI everyone! Happy Friday!!:carrot: It is finally warming up and we may have record temps over the weekend. With our drought going on, that spells "grass fires"....yuck! I may try to get out Sunday and work on cat-proofing my flower beds more. Going out to fiance's tonight. I got a 152.5 on the scale this morning. I stepped on/off 3 times to be sure. With all the unhealthy eating I've done this week, I was surprised it wasn't worse. I'll take it!:D Did 2 miles walking DVD this morning.

I'm having some dizziness today. I hadn't had any all week and am a little upset to have it now. I will be keeping my appt. with the ear doctor on Monday. I hope he can do something for this. I'm getting a little worried....it has been a month since this started.

FL-I can sympathize with the dental work. Hope your nose got back to normal after the numbness wore off.:hug: Glad your hubby is on board for keeping your temptations out of sight!!

PP-Hope everything checks out for April's surgery. Glad your DH is home safe and sound.

NP-Good luck with weigh-in tomorrow. I LOVE sweet potatoes! I've been having them baked lately. I allow myself 1 Tbsp. of butter as an indulgence. It really isn't much worse than using the lighter stuff and tastes so much better.

Ashley-Great news on getting good sleep! Good luck keeping on track this weekend.

OH.....found the spring-time invasion of ants has started at my house. I had always had them try to set up camp in my kitchen at my old house. Now they seem to like my bathroom at this house. Went and bought some Combat Ant Baits over my lunch break. I'll put them out when I get home this afternoon. Hope they work as well as they did at the other place. I hate creepy crawlies....esp. in the house!:mad:

04-01-2011, 04:01 PM
Although today is normally a weights day since my triceps are still sore from Tuesdays workout, I decided to switch and try my new TM interval schedule. I had to drop my speed on the last new interval but I would rather drop speed than trip and fall on my face, LOL

Annie, I'm expecting the ants to arrive here also. I might try spaying around the kitchen BEFORE they show up this year. We also have palmetto/water bugs showing up especially in the bathroom, I've gotten to stomp on a few so far.

Ashley, you inspired me to exercise today even though I thought I was too tired. :hug:

04-01-2011, 05:59 PM
Penguin - glad I inspired you to exercise, that is awesome. There are times that is is real hard to do it but once I get going I feel so much better all around.

Bugs - grosssssss, we have water running everywhere here right now due to everything melting, it will sure be green when its done. Hope nothing gets flooded.

Hope everyone has a good weekend, I am so glad it is here. Have to take daughter to emergency dentist visit after work way across town not looking forward to the drive but it will be nice to spend a bit of time with her without the kids along. her tooth is literally rotting out of her mouth andhas deteriorated very quickly.

04-01-2011, 07:08 PM
national- thanks, there was no pain after the numbness wore off, thankfully. My nose is still running, but not as bad. Good luck with your weigh in!

patch- Hubby tries to help, he knows I have a hard time. I'm a lucky woman, good luck with your doggy.

ashley- Breakfast time for me is like a feast for the past month. I used to be like you, but I found if I have to eat more, the morning is the best time. I have the whole day to burn it off. Night eating makes me gain weight, it's never too late to make better food choices after you think you messed up. I've learned to just forget it and move on with healthy eating.

Annie- thanks, I'm better, but not normal yet. Good luck with getting rid of the ants, I get them every spring, big black ones & real tiny ones. I hate them too!

Another rainy day, it was snowing this morning like crazy. It's April, time for warmer weather, not snow! So, of course no walk today, rode the bike for 20min, then had to deliver my mom's groceries. She's in assisted living, has access to the dining room anytime she wants, it's included in her rent of over 4000.00! And she won't go! I have to get her groceries every week. Oh well, just one more thing for me to do. At least I have no pain from the dentist, my nose isn't as bad, but I still have to carry a box of tissues everywhere, what a pain in the butt. Went over my calories a bit today cause I had a huge breakfast, but ate all healthy food and this is the third day without eating junk food or peanut butter & my weight is coming down. So I'm happy!

04-01-2011, 10:18 PM
Happy April, everyone. Our local park has opened all of its interior roads today for a 6-week azalea tour and extravaganza. Annoying to the dog and people walkers but nice for the community. Still I'm looking forward to most of the roads being closed off again! Managed to walk 5 miles today, mostly dashing away from tourists' cars, and cranked out some pushups.

It was a very bad food day, following a couple progressively worse food days. My cycle seems go be good for a few days, then I slide, then I hit bottom. It's that way with all my habits. My conscious will sets the guidelines but whatever I've got programmed deep down in my brain's cellar is throwing me under the bus every time. Aargh. Here I am eating a Cake Pop. So good. So bad.

Ashley, I'd love to do even one regular pushup - anyone see GI Jane? - but so far it ain't in the cards for me. The wall's the best I can do since my kitchen countertop isn't actually attached to the base - lord love a cheap landlord - and the window sill is a little too risky. All that pesky glass. The key to getting a good wall workout is to move your toes further away from the wall a few inches at a time until you finally get a deep enough pushup that leaves you feeling like "whoa - okay, I felt that." You'll probably end up more than an arm's length away from the wall, so your body will make a triangle with the wall and floor. Get your feet far enough back and maintain good plank/core form, and you'll end up doing more than just rocking back and forth. I can do 30 deep good form pushups, so I'm going to try adding some modified floor knee pushups. I wish I could find, say, a 45 degree slant, though, so I could work my way down to the floor. Anyhoo, there's a "hint" post over at the 100 pushup challenge that talks about getting the most out of your workout. We've got lots of folks over there of all fitness and strength levels and we'd love you to join in. Drop by, start, stop, ask questions, start again. It's all good.

Annie - ants! little buggers. got 'em here too just in the last 2-3 days. Wouldn't you think they'd want to play outside? Good on you, 152.5.

FL - man, if actually LOCKING UP the goodies isn't a case of be careful what you wish for... you've got a fantastic DH. Congrats on your weight turning in the right direction.

PP - what's the "TM interval schedule?"

NP - good luck with your weigh in tomorrow. 2 lbs for clothes, right?

04-02-2011, 10:23 AM
My ds birthday is April 1, he turned 26....my due date was March 31st an when I called people to let them know I had it alot thought I was joking. He and I love museums and just long random drives to nowhere...so this year was bittersweet, I babysat his almost 1 year old and he his very pregnant girlfriend and his friends went out

80--I like how you put it..."My conscious will sets the guidelines but whatever I've got programmed deep down in my brain's cellar is throwing me under the bus every time" I know that feeling all to well unfortunately

fl--awww I hate tooth issues..just had a crownput on where a tooth was cracked..I had pain for over two weeks...I was thinking about investing in ora-jel stock..

Ashley--I babysit my grandson every weekend...the now 3 year old is an awesome sleeper..still sleeps-- 8 to 12 hours at night and a 1- 2 hour nap during the day...but the almost 1 year old...last weekend he got up at 4 am and didnt go down for his first nap till 11...coffee was definitely my friend...

PP--we lost our almost 12 year old to cancer in January..the 11 year old one misses her as much as we do..we are thinking about getting another dog..have been checking the rescue sites..I said I wouldnt get another but who knows

Annie--we have a springtime ant problem from time to time...I run a line of dish soap along the door and window sills...sometimes it has to be applied to the worst incoming spots more than once.

NP--I cant wait for the local fruit/veggie market to reopen for the season.

gotta go...the boys are getting restless!

04-02-2011, 11:12 AM
The woman across the street is having a garage sale today, she's moving to MS later this month. We are going to miss her. My parents are taking a day trip to Nashville for shopping and lunch. April is getting a bath tommorow in preperation for her surgery, but otherwise is just another normal Sat.

Jules, April is our first dog together as a married couple. She wasn't socialized before we got her, so she is an only dog, she doesn't get along with others. We are sure that after her death we would eventually get another dog for complany for me, I spend a lot of time home alone, but hope this is something we don't have to think about any time soon.

Losing, Treadmill intervals. Instead of following a cd or program I made up my own. I recently re-did the original adding another interval. The schedule repeats a medium speed steady state walk at 3MPH for 2 min, followed by 1 min at 5MPH, then 1min recovery at 2MPH. I workout in my living room so I occasionally do wall pushups agaist my front door or using the seat of my couch which is less effective, I might add, since its squishy.

Ashely, as with everything else in my life I go through phases with exercise. Sometimes I'm excited about it, and sometimes I just don't want to. I have a bunch of equpiment and DVDs, I spend time on an exercise forum, but I just don't want to actually exercise. I try to get through these phases and sometimes just giving myself a break is what it takes. My week's work ends on Thursdays so I'm always tired on Thurs and Fridays so those are my 'tired and don't want to exercise' days.

04-02-2011, 04:36 PM
Did 60min of weights. I've been doing the leg lifts and floorwork on the floor {well, duh} but have always cramped early and often. Today I tried the leg lifts standing {mostly our instructor does legwork laying down but occasionally she stands with a chair} and was able to finish almost cramp-free. Glad I finally tried that. ;)

04-02-2011, 07:58 PM
losing- I do the same, every few days I usually mess up and eat alot of junk food. Once you start, it's hard to return to healthy eating & it ends up being days of bad eating. Great job on the 5 mi walk!

jules- Teeth are a pain in the butt, lol For me it's one thing after the other, I know how it feels to be in pain for 2 weeks, I'm glad your crown is on now & your pain is better. Thank goodness for Orajel!

Wow, just got crazy hungry & it hurts, i actually feel sort of sick. I'm eating chicken & almonds while I'm typing. Hopefully I'm not getting sick, maybe I have to raise my calories again. Rode the bike for 20 min, no walk. My weight dropped to 108.9 today, this is where I want to be, don't want to lose anymore. Went over calories by 100 just now(1494), i ate extra for dinner so i would feel better. Have to go to the market yet, it's been a busy day and probably didn't eat enough calories to compensate for that. I guess I have to remember to eat more on busy days. Had some bad financial news last night, lost my appetite, felt nauseous. I couldn't even eat my big breakfast this morning. I tend to dwell on everything, It's not worth risking our health & worrying about it. What happens, happens.

04-02-2011, 08:10 PM
Haven't had the most productive day today, but got things done that have needed to be done. WHO knew it'd take almost three hours (!) to leave the house and get back when I went to the market with my hubby. Holy cow. Still have things to put away - we stopped at our local Italian joint that we just found a month ago - they had a kid out at the street with a sandwich board large cheese pizza for $5 so we ordered one and then came home to put away the groceries ... now he's out to pick it up and drop off a redbox movie. Had in my mind the mbkb game was at 7, not 6, so missed most of the first half. Pooh.

WW meeting went well - REALLY like the leader who is subbing for our regular guy (who gave a kidney to his brother - and he's having trouble recuperating - taking much longer and still in hospital)... anyway down 0.8 pounds - slow and steady I guess is what my body is aiming for. As long as it leaves for good!

Was shocked when our bill was more than $200 for the marketing! Then realized we got a kitchen clock, curtains for the front room, an antennae for a tv, and misc. snack crackers for his lunches, etc. things i don't often buy. Still - surprised me. Yikes.

Cold and windy but at least sunny today. NO exercise at all - but aiming to get in a lot tomorrow. Decided to try a 100-mile challenge to myself ... so far on day 2, 0 miles.

Hope everyone is doing well!

04-03-2011, 12:21 PM
Wow! You all are hard to keep up with !

The weather is starting to turn around here finally- I work all weekend :( but bf & I are planning to take a hike after work (he said rain or shine- we'll see!).

I have had a crazy amount of energy the past few days... Idk if it is getting full swing back into the exercise/healthier eating, getting back to my vitamins/supplements regularly, or what- but I am not complaining!

LOL NP- it always takes twice as long and I spend twice as much when I shop with bf, too.

Good job PP. I don't think I could handle 60 mins of weights at this point. I just want to get back into the strength training regularly. I think I have to commit to doing it at home when bf & I don't go to gym (or skip weight room) on weight days.

04-03-2011, 03:06 PM
Ugh. Starting the month at 0.8 lbs up. Not in the mood to linger on it. I'm outa here for a balmy 57 degree afternoon with sunshine and peppy tunes. See y'all tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

04-03-2011, 03:09 PM
Nice & sunny here in Pa. but too windy. Rode the bike 20min, then went for a 25min walk in the cold wind. I was a bad girl this morning, ate a huge breakfast, then went after hubby's chocolate covered mini donuts. Only had 2, but then I ate a piece of Funny Cake( it's a dutch / Amish cake w/ chocolate goo on the bottom) he brought it home from work and he never ate it. So my calories were way over by 11:30am! Ok, now do I eat healthy the rest of the day or just eat what I want cause I already messed up. My weight is only up 4oz. Don't know why, I've been eating clean for 4 days. It makes me mad that I do well on eating & exercise for 4 days and I gain weight. Makes you just want to give up!

04-03-2011, 04:54 PM
We are allowed to vent here right??

I am so annoyed right now. My fiance has a friend who he used to visit a couple of times a month with his daughter. [background: he has been divorced for 3 years, I have only known him 2 (very close friends for a year, an official couple for one year); they are all Jewish, I am not]. So- they haven't had him over for months because of me (have never explained the divorce to their kids). I told him I would have no problem with him going without me until they warm up to the idea... but he didn't seem to want to do that.

Anyhow- I am at work today. He called me to tell me he was at ex's (he stopped to walk the dog) and that they (him, ex, and their daughter) were going to the friend's for lunch.

Before I talk to him I need feedback as to whether I am right to be annoyed by this. I have no problem with him and his ex and their relationship in general- I just think going out socially together is too far. I feel insulted.

AND then we were supposed to go for a walk after work and he just called to say he just got home. I asked about the walk and he said he didn't want to (in his defense it does look like rain) and so I said I was going to the gym then.

So on top of the insult I feel- I also feel like he made her a priority over me today.

But I am not going to let it get me down and I will stick to my plan. So in a few minutes I am going to leave here- work my frustration out on the stairclimber and then take a nice soak in the hot tub.

04-04-2011, 12:42 AM
Since this was a nice sunny day, if incredibly windy, we got some yardwork done. Hubby sprayed the yard for bugs, we pruned some bushes, planted my rosebush from Valentine's, and gave April a bath since we won't be able to for a while because of tomorrows surgery. Hubby just came in from outside and said there's a 10 ft piece of siding in our backyard. Its not off our house or any of the houses around us. Who knows how far it flew.

Phoenix, Lets just say when I started exercising a few years ago I couldn't do 60min either. More like 20. I'm sure your fiance didn't mean to hurt you, maybe just wanted to spend time with his daughter?

FL, I hear you. I feel like I'm doing everything I should but Mr Scale doesn't agree!

NP, We used to shop at a Super Walmart for our groceries. Occasionally we'd get a surprise at the checkout, too. We started shopping at Kroger a while back and I think we buy less non-food impulse items, for all obvious reasons.

04-04-2011, 11:16 AM
RPhoenixR - How did you end up handling it? I agree with you - I think going out as a "family unit" kind of amounts to subterfuge - not sure why they haven't mentioned the divorce to their kids - not hard to explain like something like a sex change operation that might be harder... but I think I'd have felt just like you did. How did the rest of your day play out?

PP - good luck with April today - let us know how it went. I usually hit Trader Joe's and a smaller market but we had such an eclectic list of things we needed to pick up - so took care of several things at once, but whammo! ha ha.

Terrible weather here today. And I wanted to take vacation this afternoon - not sure WHY - it's storming and crummy. BUT ... got only a few hours' sleep after the women's basketball semifinals games we went to last night and now lightning and thundering and raining. Good sleeping weather :)

Ate breakfast and then had a meeting with someone for work at starbucks and stuck with just tea. Yay. But now I'm hungry again and forgot my fruit. Oh well, I can stick out a few hours, right?

04-04-2011, 01:18 PM
(Been trying to type this for the past 2 hours....LOL.....trying again!)

Hey all! Had a nice weekend w/ fiance out at his place. Didn't do much of anything at all. I did cook for him and he is always so appreciative and complimentary. :) I go to the ear doctor today and hope that he can do something about this inner ear issue. I am getting worried that I might lose some of my hearing. I finish the prednisone tomorrow!!:carrot: I really feel like it has caused me to retain lots of water. I have been drinking the same amount (at least 64 oz and usually lots more, per day) but my output hasn't been as high as usual.

Got in a 3 mile walking workout this morning. I pretty much did all the arm movements (very carefully), but am still laying off the weights for at least one more week to be sure I don't irritate my neck/upper back.

I'm cooking healthy at home tonight and tomorrow night. Besides watching what is going into my mouth, I am trying to watch my budget right now, too.

FL-I'm just being honest here....it really makes me sad for you to see you fret over a 4 ounce gain. Have you ever thought of weighing only once weekly?

RisePhoenix-I would have felt slighted, too. I attended one thing with my ex a few years ago with both of our sons. I don't think my fiance had any problem with it....he knows how much I love him and how bad my marriage w/ ex was. Hope you all can get it worked out.

NP-Congrats on tea only @ Starbucks!!

Hello and Happy Monday to everyone else!!:carrot:

04-04-2011, 02:31 PM
happy schmappy monday :P

had a terrible weekend emotion wise, I think i need to have my hormone levels checked. I was beyond moody and did not even like myself so much. had two of the grandkids over and it was hard to deal with them cause I did not feel like myself, although did not let them know it. I have an appointment on the 12. There is no other explanation to this turning into this madwomen, Did not eat properly and did not even care, well I do care but i dunno. Ate 3 chewy dips bars for breakfast and instead of all out binging today going for a walk here in half an hour for lunch, it was only 130 calories each bar but lots of sugar.
I remember a lady I use to work with shared when she was menopausal she felt like stabbing her hubby, (joke here) and he was a nice guy. I did not want to be around hubby, I was mad at him all weekend for leaving mountains of towels in the laundry for weeks ( I work he doesnt therefore he is responsible for that). Just seems like he can't do anything unless I ask, I am so frustrated from this I feel like a single parent again. end rant.......

04-04-2011, 03:42 PM
The situation ended well- it gave us the opportunity to talk about some things that have been bugging me. I know he had no intention of hurting me- he just didn't see anything wrong with it until we talked about it. At first he thought it was him hanging out with ex and me feeling threatened but I am fine with them (I like her)- even accept that they will be at parties together, etc. It's just in this particular circumstance because of the friend's reaction towards me, I felt like my role in their lives was being minimized and that he was feeding into it and making it harder in the long run by accepting the invitation. The friends are very religious so to them divorce rates as forbidden as a sex change would. And me being non-jewish makes it much worse.

I think I am just struggling with changes in my feelings and comfort level of various things as we become more serious as a couple (we bought a house together in October and he has been talking marriage). But we love each other and are both reasonable people so we'll work it all out.

The good news was that I funnelled that energy into my workout! And I am down another two pounds :) I am setting my goals by the pound now. I figure losing 70 pounds is HARD; losing one pound is easy. I just have to do that 70 times! So I have set a goal to be down to 193 Thursday.

Weather crappy here too- I managed to get too 30 min walks in between thunderstorms.

Annie- are you using a particular walking workout program?

04-04-2011, 09:36 PM
I figure losing 70 pounds is HARD; losing one pound is easy. I just have to do that 70 times!

LOL! That's great, Phoenix. I dig your attitude.

04-04-2011, 09:40 PM
Went to ear doc today. I have some hearing loss on the left. If the hearing loss/vertigo/roaring in my ears goes away....awesome. It it doesn't, it doesn't. Apparently there is nothing the doctor can do. He acted like it was not that big of a deal. But it is to me.:(

Ashley-Wish your weekend could have been more restful and pleasant for you.:hug: I have to agree with you on the towels not being washed. That is the EASIEST laundry to do! Hope he catches it up soon for you.

Phoenix-Glad you talked with fiance about what happened. I love your attitude about losing one pound at a time....70 times. Makes sense to me. Each one can be a victory!!:carrot: BTW, I use the Walk Away The Pounds/Walk At Home DVDs. Love them!

04-04-2011, 11:28 PM
Annie- It would be a big deal to me also, I hope it all clears up & you feel better soon.

It was 72 degrees, but cloudy. I got most of the back yard cleaned up for spring. I was working on it for 7 hrs. still have the veggie garden to clean up & have to clean out the fountain and get it running. I'm gonna be sore tomorrow!

04-04-2011, 11:49 PM
April came through her surgery, and we will be able to pick her up in a few days. Hubby is trying to take the rest off the week off work. I tried to pick her up and messed up my back. Same muscle I've hurt several times before but this is the worst yet and I won't trust myself to steady her if I'm walking funny myself:p. In my defense I can pick her up, but I was afraid she was going to try to jump in the car and in my hurry I used poor form.

Annie, sorry to hear you are still having problems. And sorry about the Dr's attitude.

Phoenix, glad you had a great workout, and a chance to talk to your fiance. Glad things are working out.

off to soak my back.

04-05-2011, 10:30 AM
Annie- specialists are often like that... compared to some of the other problems he sees- your's is minor, so he doesn't see how much it can affect your quality of life.

FL- This is our first spring in our new house, and I have a fantastic yard and can't wait to pick fresh veggies out of the garden... but haven't quite gotten up to preparing it yet!

Down another pound :) AND my pants are so loose I should probably have a belt on. I have been walking in the mornings before work and on my lunch break on days that we don't go to the gym.

04-05-2011, 11:56 AM
April should be home in a few days but we have to keep her confined so she doesn't re-injure her leg or worse. Recovery will last about 3 months. TMI alert! -->The canine surgery for ACL's is involves cutting off then reattaching the knee bonehead with plates and screws, but is {according the the vet} a much better 'fix' than the comperable human surgery. <-- She will be able to walk but we need to hold a sling around her belly so we can catch her if she slips. Which I won't be able to do in my current state. I'm better but moving very slowly. I plan on spending most of the day on the couch with a heating pad.

I woke up chilly last night and now I see why, its 48* outside! Its sunny and bright so appears warmer. Storms are over for the next few days. Power is out in patches around the city.

04-05-2011, 12:39 PM
Rise - way to go on the loose pants, I love when that happens.

Annie - thanks and I sure hope you are feeling better soon, I will say a prayer for you! It is aweful to not feel like ourselves wheather it is mental or physical.

FL - yay on cleaning up the yard, we have had over a week at above 0 and still have about a foot and a half of snow left in the yard :P

Went to costco to buy a bike last night, hubby got one last year and I found some nice ones for $99. Well they were all gone :( figured I should have bought it when I first saw it. Must have been last years model as they are all over $200 now. So we decided to buy a couple tennis rackets and balls. Thought the snow might be gone at the courts by our house but no, dont know how long this will take. I loved playing tennis when I was younger and hubby did too and took lessons so we figured we could do this together. It is hard to get motivated to go outside after being inside for over 5 months.

The rest of my day went well yesterday, hoping to do well today too. So far so good and I too can lose one pound at a time!!!

My son i going off the deep end again. Did not show up to work on the weekend and they have been calling him. He is spending his money as fast as he gets it and I am ready to ask him to leave. I cant ground him he's 24 but i am not going to watch him self destruct under my roof anymore. I am so mad at him its sickening, he got this great job makes over $30 an hour and is throwing it in the toilet. Stupid kid..... I did not raise him like this. Just what I need more stress.

04-05-2011, 01:33 PM
Oh, Ashley - how frustrating for you with your son (well, and the SNOW) ... but it sounds like you're at the point of not enabling him by giving him that soft place to fall and he needs to deal with the repercussions of his choices. A struggle, I'm sure.

Annie - that's a shame with the hearing loss - is it permanent or might it improve once the condition is squared away?

PP - good news on April's surgery - whew, huh? Now, take care of YOURSELF! :)

FL - we had such strong winds on the weekend, i wanted to get outside in the yard but anything being cleaned/cleared would have just blown all over. NEED to!

Losing80- getting to see some progress on my 100-pushups. Still measley but my muscles are sore :) ... think we're going to get that stick blender in the next few weeks. Think he'd like to have the option of a nice smoothie for breakfast in the morning on his hour-drive to work in the summer - we could do them up at night and freeze, then just micro a smidge to get it to thaw a bit. I'm a planner, can you tell? ha ha!

Phoenix - great job on the weight loss! Keep a hold on those pants - no flashing at work :) What veggies are you planning to grow?

I had such a major food day yesterday that didn't end until close to the end of the men's Final Four game, but counted it all and need to stick right at my points target each day now. BUT have two friends from home in town today and we're meeting for a late lunch at a downtown restaurant. I'm hoping to either go with a plain grilled chicken breast and fruit or something else light. Brought fruit to eat now because I'm an early (well, i guess and late) eater.

04-05-2011, 03:48 PM
Ashley- I've been there, my son is 25. He was still living at home for free, had no job, & took no responsibility for anything, his room stank. He never cleaned, it was filthy. He drove me nuts, we were fighting so much, I couldn't have him here anymore. He's been living with his grandmother for 6mo. let her deal w/ him. Your son has an excellent job at least.

Rainy & cold today, I'm a little sore from the yard work. Didn't exercise, instead we went out walking around different stores. This is going to be a rainy spring, tends to happen here every couple of years. Makes you want to sleep & eat. But I'm doing good with my calories, and intend to keep it that way til I lose this weight I gained from the other day.

04-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Hi gang. Annie, are the Walking Away the Pounds videos done by Leslie Sansone? I think I used to have them - might still if I ever dig through the plastic tubs. Loved 'em in the wintertime.

Hey, about your dizziness, I've had something similar happen off and on. Last season it was happening so often I was too scared to ride a bike or drive very far. At its worst it knocked me flat on my back in bed for four days. Couldn't move at all - room spinning, eyes flickering, tummy unhappy. My doc was pretty blase about it, too. As best I can tell, with no help from the MD, I have occasional BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Some tiny pieces of calcium have gotten knocked loose and are spinning around the wrong part of my inner ear. I had success using moves like the Brandt-Daroff exercises or the Epley maneuver. The dizziness happens much less frequently, and I can catch the vertigo very fast and counteract it with these moves. Maybe your situation is similar? Here's a link: http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/bppv/bppv.html#home. If the link is removed, go to Dizziness-and-Balance.com and look up BPPV. I hope it helps. And POO on your doctor.

RisingP - not that I want your pants to fall down, but if they do, just grin real big. Yeah baby! You earned those baggie pants! What a great mental image! :D:o:D

PWP, how's your back? I can just imagine lurching to catch April. Well, heck, now you're BOTH in recovery! That's quite a long road ahead for your dog. I didn't know how involved the surgery was. The sling sounds like it would help her a lot. Poor critter. And poor you. Do those stick-on hot packs work for you?

Ashley, my heart is breaking for you. My brother had many similar issues in his 20s. It affected the whole family. My parents wavered between tough love and rescue. It's a rotten thing for any mom to see their child choosing. I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say life has consequences... the problem might be that consequences could be so very much worse for him down the road if he's not forced to face them now. Something Dad always struggled with was talking a tough line but taking my brother back in because he couldn't stand to see him suffer. (He was a real mess). It took Mom dying to get my brother to straighten up 20 years later. I think it's time for your son to live up to his own life and responsibilities, not the least of which is not using you to field calls from his boss when the kid goes awol. I'll be thinking of you this week.

04-05-2011, 05:39 PM
Losing80-I just wanted to say thank you for that link you included about the inner ear issues. Although I have had dizziness and some nausea, it seems to be getting better and I only occasionally have dizziness now. It is the actual hearing loss I am frustrated by and also worried about. At the link you gave me, I found some helpful information that gives me some peace of mind after reading it. Thanks again....my doctor could sure take a lesson from that website. I am considering writing him a letter and calmly stating how I felt about his nonchalance.


04-05-2011, 06:32 PM
thanks for all the - kids are frustrating. I am now trying to look at the positive side of this.

#1 I did not binge eat today!!! yay
#2 I did not get physically sick like Ihave in the past due to child stress
#3 he has a car and pays all his own bills - albiet me having to help him manage his finances
#4 he has bought us grocerys when we had a hard time in Jan and did not have to pay him back
#5 I do enjoy spending time with him as little as that is and he is respectful of me

So just trying to be positive here, and he is giving me his bank card again tonight i would rather help him that way then watch him throw his money away that way he can move out and take care of himself. Hopefully he has a job still. sighhhhhhh
did i say I did not binge eat .... yay

04-05-2011, 06:32 PM
thanks for all the kind words i meant ffrom everyone

04-05-2011, 07:43 PM
Ashley- Congrads, you didn't binge! YAY!! Good for you!

04-06-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the well wishes. I am feeling much better. Hubby got the next two days off work to help me and April. We still don't know when she will be home, hopefully soon. Its strange here without her:(. I stilll have Bible study for the next two days. We've announced we will be studying Revelation, and will be making some changes in leadership and group dynamics for next year that sound interesting. We will no longer have co-leaders, the groups will be smaller and have a range of ages from young moms to the older ladies, instead of the current single age groups.

Ashley, great job on not binging! and good idea to make a list of the postitive. Sorry to hear you mised the bike. At least you and your Hubby found something active to do together. My Hubby could take a lesson from yours, LOL.

Losing, I have three reuable icepacks that I keep in the freezer for migranes, and a plug in heating pad from Hubby's back problems. Hubby has tried the 'belt' 8 hour heating pads, but hasn't tried the stick-on versions.

04-06-2011, 09:15 AM
Good morning.

Very quick post. Things have been hectic with the job change looming. Ate well for a while, then binged, now eating well again. Health issues knocked me off exercise routine, hope to get back on that this week.

Sounds like a lot has gone on here while I've been gone--I'll spend some time catching up on April sometime this week.


04-06-2011, 11:40 AM
NP – hope your lunch went well
FL – so how is your son now, do you talk to him at all?
Penguin – thanks and it is great to have a variety of age groups in bible studies, as in life we can learn so much and be encouraged from older people and also help and encourage the younger ones.
Kittie – good to hear from you, hope you have a good week!
Annie – hope your day today goes well and you are feeling better about things, no matter what storm we are facing (and there are so many sometimes) God can give us peace thru it I hope you have peace today.

Ate to much for dinner last night but still not an all out eat everything in sight binge so although it was not ideal it was still better. Made homemade fries with olive oil, if I had just eaten less I would have stayed on plan but also had some ice cream. Potatoes are like a sleeping pill for me so it was great to sleep thru the night. Trying to stay on plan today, got up half an hour early and did my upper body weights with the step stool steps in between intervals. Have been slacking on the upper body lately and need to keep up with it. Thru our long winter have just wanted to stay in bed till the absolute last minute.

04-06-2011, 12:20 PM
Hello everyone! I took my car in for more repairs this morning. Hopefully this will be the last of the repairs for a while. My new furniture fund is dwindling down...I'll re-evaluate that this weekend. I'm looking forward to buying flowers to plant this weekend. Plan to spend alot of time out in the yard and getting lots of work done.

Had an incident at my house last night. Younger son (age 14) had his buddy over. After supper, the buddy was checking out son's hunting knife and cut his finger pretty deeply. I bandaged him (while he was sick to his stomach and pale as a ghost :o) and took him home. He was worried he would be in trouble. I hope not, boys just do these kinds of things.

Penguin-When my little dog-girl had her surgery (radical mastectomy/spay) last year, it was like taking care of a newborn again. Glad your DH is on board to help. Hope your back feels better. I've used the stick-on heat pads in the past and I like them. Just don't get the ones with capsaicin in them....they burn!

Ashley-Hope springtime is soon apparent in your neck of the woods.

Hey Kitteh!! Glad to see you here!!

Have a great day today everyone!!

04-06-2011, 01:58 PM
Tried something new - thought I'd share! I have trouble staying on track and keeping a positive attitude, not just with weight loss but work too. The past several years my family went through some devastating events. Now that we're past it, I have a hard time getting life going again. I've made an affirmations and visions MP3 I can listen to as I'm going to sleep and when I'm waking up. It's about 12 minutes long. I pulled up my favorite relaxing classical tune and my written affirmations/life vision, turned on the music and a digital recorder, and talked my way through my list. I've cut, rewritten, rephrased, and played with my pacing until the list feels pretty close to done. It's funny how you sound to yourself! I was really stilted on the first take, but now it sounds pretty real, like I'm telling my best friend the things I like about her and the life that's waiting just ahead. I'll let you know if it helps reorient my thinking.

04-06-2011, 06:13 PM
Hello! Hope everyone's having a decent day. Glad to see you back, Kitteh! Good luck with your prep for the job change! Keep us posted.

Sunny, WINDY day here - with rain moving in tonight for a couple of days they said. I started a 100 miles in April challenge to myself and I'm off to a slow start ... five days in and i'm only at 9.5 miles down, 90.5 to go. I SHOULD be able to pad that on the weekend, but the weekdays are just busy. Tonight I'm heading home to make chicken/noodle dinner - I NEVER make that but hubby loves it so found a recipe on allrecipes.com that called for what I have :) so I'm going to make it - think i'm adding sauteed onions into mine - with the chicken -hope that doesn't ruin it. ?? I'm also going to make a big pan of green beans to have with it, as well. And for leftover lunches!

Ashley - good for you to not get off track with all of your stress. I open my desk drawer about 15 times a day looking for something to munch on when I get stressed at work. Finally today I put a sign in BIG CAPS that read, what you want isn't in here - take a short walk. And I'm going to see if that helps.

Losing80 - Sounds like you're ON it! Let us know how that works. Are we supposed to be checking in on the 100 pushup challenge on the other thread? I didn't see updates, just joiners ... but didn't know what you were aiming for. I'm seeing improvement - yay!

Annie - hope nothing comes of the kid's parent getting mad - you're right accidents happen and I think most guys have a story where something like that happened to them as kids! Good luck with your car and hopefully you are feeling closer to yourself each day! What's for dinner there tonight?

PP - hope you're taking care of yourself! Did April get to come home today or is it looking like she might for tomorrow?

FL - are you having any better weather today to get outside? Looks like a wacky weather week all over the country! Any fun plans for the weekend? I'm in with Annie and looking forward to getting stuff tackled in my yard. You got to it last weekend ahead of us :)

Ange - you still traveling around the world eating strange food and running your tail off? Hope you're doing well!

04-06-2011, 06:40 PM
Ashley- I haven't seen or spoke to my son since I kicked him out 6mo ago. His 26th b-day is on April 9th, so I'm gonna call him. He's still mad at me and doesn't care to see us at all. Oh, and he still doesn't have a job!

national- the weather is still crappy here, it was raining all day. I don't think we are going to have a dry day til Sunday. At least I got a majority of the work done, the rest will take about 3hrs. That's what I'll be doing this weekend. Hope you can get your yard work done soon!

I got my 30min walk in this morning before the rain started. I did no exercise yesterday, so it felt good. I'm just having such a stressful time right now, my financial problems are all i can think about. We decided to file for Bankrupcy, it's the best way to solve these problems & we can keep our house. Thank goodness! We have an appointment on Monday with the lawyer, I'll be relieved once it's done & over. With all this going on, I want to eat constantly. But I've been controlling myself pretty well, ate 200 calories over today, but that's because I just had to have a taste of peanut butter. Just 1 serving! That's a miracle. I poured water in the rest of the jar & threw it away before I ate more. I've been the same weight for 3 days, it doesn't want to go away this time, what's going on?? Is it cause of all the stress??

04-06-2011, 07:33 PM
Lots going on work wise.. and this darn weight is leaving at a glacial pace.. down another 2 but man... i guess i am thankful right now that at least it's still going in the right direction..

And I did wear a dress i could barely zip at the beginning of the year and it fit ok - and was at least comfortable. so... onward and upward or should i say onward and downward...;)

Anyway hope you all are doing well - and taking care of yourselves! I'll read through some posts - windy rainy weather doesn't help much with the motivation but did do my 40 minutes step aerobics inside today.

04-06-2011, 10:04 PM
Siillycat, congrats on being able to wear that dress!

FL, sorry about the stress and bankruptcy, but good that you get to keep the house. Hopefully your son will be receptive to your call.

NP, your dinner sounds good.

Ashley, hopeully our 'ladies' will be as excited as we are about the changes.

Kitteh, glad to hear from you!

Annie, thanks for the warning about the heat pads. good to know

Losing, interesting idea, thanks for sharing it.

We got the call that we can pick up April tomorrow afternoon! We are busy prepping her space and the house and yard. My back is feeling almost normal again. I get a twinge every now and again. I'm amazed and thankful. I spent most of today with my buddy the heating pad. We've seem some good movies recently, 'Just Wright' with Queen Latifah for a good, clean romance. 'Red', with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman {and others} for a clean {little language, one gesture} action adventure {okay, high body count but not gross!}. and "Tangled" for cute Disney romance/adventure.

04-07-2011, 09:11 AM
I just weighed and I'm up 4 lbs from last week! What?! How did that happen?! I was trying so hard not to stress eat, and I thought I was making good food choices. :o sigh....

04-07-2011, 10:10 AM
aww penguin - that is probably water weight I don't think it's possible to gain 4 pounds of fat in one week - that'd be overeating by 14000 calories - so deep breath only thing that fluxes my weight that much over such a short time is water bloat or significant constipation ha ha ha

04-07-2011, 02:43 PM
Penguin-I agree with Sillycat, try not to worry too much. I was up 5 pounds this morning....but with being constipated (sorry if TMI) and taking the prednisone and not really sticking strictly to plan, I'm not surprised. I expect to be down again in the morning and hope I can report that!

It's interesting how I have viewed myself lately. For the last several months I have been stuck and not losing the last 10 pounds I have to go until goal. I suppose I have gotten used to my slimmer body, because I suddenly see myself as overweight and gross. Not sure why....I have been up and down by about 5 pounds for the last couple of months but all of my clothes still fit. In a panic a few weeks ago, I tried on my shorts from last summer as I was scared they wouldn't fit any more. They fit, but I still am seeing/thinking of myself as fat again. I don't like that feeling.

Anyhoo, I am just going to concentrate on sticking closer to plan and working to get this last 10 pounds gone. At least to see the 140s by the end of this month would help.

I've been allowing a few food items to creep back into my healthy eating that I do not need to be eating. I had almost completely cut out bread as an accompaniment to most of the meals I prepare for my boys or fiance. But the last week or so I made bread with at least 2 meals and indulged in that.

Just some things that have been going on in my head....thanks for letting me post them.

On a lighter note: I'm going to buy some flowers after work to plant in my flower beds this weekend. :D Hoping my neck/upper back continue to feel good so I can get it all done. I really irritated it the last time I worked in the beds when fiance helped me clean them out and mulch.

04-07-2011, 06:05 PM
As long as my clothes were still fitting (for the most part), I slipped back into comfortable eating habits and then slowly added in a bigger pair of pants, a larger shirt, etc. and now dang it - have a lot to lose. So that's smart of you, Annie, to be mindful of what you're eating. If I don't wear something in a while, I automatically think it won't fit. I find it now crazy to think, when I was around 130, that I needed to lose more and still viewed myself as overweight. I had muscles and was strong and able and healthy. Ahhh - working on getting back to that point, but not 130...

Anyway, PP hope April's homecoming was smooth and she didn't mess anything up by being so happy to see you!

Heading home in a while and will get the dog and head straight out on the trail. Dinner tonight will be omelettes and ?? Looks like rain, though. I don't mind walking in the rain but will NOT walk when it's storming. I'm a weenie and afraid of lightning.

Anyone have fun weekend plans or will we all be enjoying the yards/gardens? Oops - Ashley - I realize you won't be outside for a while with that cold Canadian winter ... and Barb and Sillycat, you two ... still too cold there for outside stuff?

04-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Hi all, I'm still stressed, not as bad. Can't wait to get to the lawyer and get some questions answered, it's driving me nuts. Rode the bike for 22min. then had to go shopping for my moms food. It's cloudy & chilly gain, we never see the sun anymore, I'm waiting for a nice day to walk & get yard work done. My weight is finally coming down, it was stubborn this time. I'm doing good with healthy eating even with the stress. Hubby is helping by putting all the Easter Candy & junk food in the safe, there is so much of it. Not all fits, so he takes the rest to work w/ him so it's not here. Went 100 calories over my limit cause I ate more fruit for lunch, but that's ok.

Annie- yes, bread, or anything white & starchy always stops me from losing weight. Even starchy veggies like corn! I don't eat any of it.

04-08-2011, 09:55 AM
Good morning.

Wow! so much has gone on here while I was away from the board. I'll try to catch up on everything this weekend.

Eating well, but not exercising. I will turn that around this weekend. Lot of stress from the upcoming job change--just cleaning things up and organizing stuff for my replacement takes a lot of effort. Plus, I'm excited/nervous about my new group--haven't met them yet.

Anyway, I am back on plan for the eating, so that's half the battle. Once I move, I will have to reconfigure my exercise plan, because the new position is in a different town.

Congrats to those who've lost, commiseration with those who haven't or whose lives are extra stressful right now. Take care.

04-08-2011, 11:22 AM
Ashley & FL- I have a 22 year old son and a 19 yo daughter who live with their dad (an hour away). Neither are in school or working. I typically have no idea what is going on in their lives. I want to help them, but they won’t let me. People talk about the terrible twos… but this has been the most stressful time as far as parenting them. My son spent about 6 mos not speaking to me and it was the most painful period of my life BY FAR. There is just a point where you have to let go and realize they are adults and are responsible for their own lives now as well as the consequences of their choices.

Losing- what a great idea!!

SC- Great Job!!

The last few days have been interesting. I lost a pound and wanted to be down one more by today. But instead of losing another over the next few days. I gained one back. It didn’t freak me out, because the same day- I put a pair of pants on, sure they wouldn’t fit (I couldn’t even pull them past my hips the last time I tried- I’ve been down to three pair of pants that fit :() And they fit!! Comfortably! So I had just hoped to lose the one I had gained back. And I wasn’t even confident about that because I feel IDK bloated or something. But I got on the scale and Woot! I was down two pounds :) So I am right on track.

And I had a day and a half where I was starving! It was the first I have struggled with that since I started.

Sunday will be four full weeks staying on track with my plan- around 1200 calories and 60 mins exercise 6-7 days a week. I am so proud of myself. I am going to reward myself with a punching bag.

Can't get to gym today and it is raining. So I guess I will be walking in the rain :)

04-08-2011, 11:57 AM
We are very happy to have April back at home where she belongs. She's doing very well, putting weight on her leg, and walking a lot better than we thought she would, based on the previous surgery. We have 4 types of pills to give her for the next week or so, {AccK! } and sometimes she has to wear a 'cone' on her head so she doesn't chew her stitches/staples. Poor baby. But she seems content to sleep a lot. Hubby is back to work.

we did some vacuum cleaner shopping last night so my parents could get one for me for my Bday. http://www.amazon.com/Bissell-Lift-Off-Cyclonic-Shedaway-Grooming/dp/B002IB0WVQ This is the one I like, The Bissell Pet. The center part comes out for smaller messes.

04-08-2011, 01:25 PM
sorry to join and get welcomed and then be MIA!! Been a busy week...last Thursday a week from yesterday helped my sons family move from a thrid floor apt...killed me...watched the grandboys as usual...and this week Penelope Grace was born a week early and ended up being Michael Cash...three biys for me now...but no baby boy clothes!!
Shopping and washing clothes for me!!

04-08-2011, 03:05 PM
Hi gang! I am almost afraid to say it....but my ear seems a bit better today. Praying that it is and will continue to be better.

Penguin-Before I forget, I wanted to mention what we used for Tootsie when she had her surgery last year. It was so much better than the "cone".


It worked really well and she seemed to tolerate it alot better.

Well, the scale said 155 this morning. I WILL NOT panic. I am going to give myself another week to get back to plan and get the prednisone out of my system. I'll change my ticker next week if things aren't looking better. Again, I tried on some summer things last night to be sure they still fit....and they do......whew!:o Don't know why I am panicking or looking at myself differently. Just weird.

Well, I am putting off planting flowers for another week or two. They didn't have exactly what I wanted and when I asked about it, the guy there told me it was still a bit too early for what I want to plant. So I am (rather impatiently) going to wait until AT LEAST next weekend to get them and plant them.:mad:

FL-Glad to hear you are losing!:carrot:

NP-I wouldn't walk outside in storms, either.:hug:

Kitteh-When does the new job start?? Good luck!!:cool:

Phoenix-Congrats on 2 pounds gone!!:carrot:

Jules-Sounds like a very busy time around your place. Don't forget to take some time for yourself.:)

Going to work on getting the yard cleaned up and work with younger son on his bedroom (getting organized, etc.). Also going to try to cook healthier foods this weekend for everyone. Trying hard to keep my mind off of wanting to bake something.....I've just loved doing that lately. Trying to decide if even a "light" recipe would be safe. I'm not so sure I should even go there right now....I love the sweets. Also going to pay bills tonight and see how much is left over for possible furniture....fingers crossed.:)

It was almost 90 degrees here last night. I turned on my A/C.....way too early for it be that hot. Supposed to be warm like that and windy all weekend. With the drought we have, that means lots of grass fires. We REALLY need some rain. I am going to have to start watering my lawn already.

Have a great Friday everyone!!

04-08-2011, 06:27 PM
Annie- thanks, you can have some of our rain! That's all it does here!

rise- Terrible 2's are nothing compared to older kids. My son is so difficult, I couldn't deal with him anymore. We were fighting all the time, he was so stubborn & disrespectful. I should be the one not wanting to talk to him, not him not wanting to talk to me! It's his life, if he wants to ignore his mom, dad & younger sister forever, so be it.

Another rainy, chilly day, it rains everyday. I guess Tuesday it's supposed to stop. I don't know if I will be able to work in the yard this weekend, even if it's not raining, everything will be muddy. My weight went up .9oz. almost a pound. Lately it goes up & down by a pound or two everyday. I don't know what to do anymore, I think that's alot to fluctuate everyday like that. My calories have been higher daily this week, wouldn't I just keep gaining, not losing & gaining? I'm addicted to eating this huge healthy breakfast every morning that takes up most of my calories, then have hardly any left for the rest of the day. I keep saying that I have to stop, but once i start eating, it just tastes so good to me, it's my favorite meal of the day. This is so stupid, why can't I just figure this all out and be done with it! I'm getting so sick of dealing with it.

04-08-2011, 08:47 PM
Annie, thanks for the link to the collar. We'll go take a look.

Jules, Congrats on Michael. I bet that was a surprise!

FL, I hear you on 'why can't I just figure this out and be done with it" I feel the same way. I know what I'm doing wrong, why can't I just STOP!"

04-08-2011, 09:02 PM
Today, I was able to get up and around and do the chores I've been putting off because of my back. Laundry and cleaning the kitchen mostly. My back is sore and a little stiff so I think I need to stretch more.

We talked to the vet who assured us that April is a healthy dog and she should be around for years to come. Thyroid test came back negative, too.

04-09-2011, 12:26 AM
Huh. Picked up a pair of denim shorts at Wal Mart....same brand and close to the same style of the capri jeans I bought a while back AND in a size 10 like the capris. They're tight. Wearable, but tight. Not sure if I'll keep them as incentive or not. I had the size 10 capris on when I bought them.:?::dizzy:

04-09-2011, 08:40 AM
Annie--I will try to take time for myself...naps preferably since the almost one year old was up from 2-3 and back up at 6:30...I could handle the 6:30 if the hour up in the mdidle of the night hadnt happenned...lol...but he really is a happy baby..makes it easier..I planted sugar snap pea and eggplant and various herb seeds..the snap peas/eggplant along with some spinach and lettuce plants are ready to go in the ground..Sunday is suppossed to be sunny...fingers crossed...I also bought some heather plants and a lilac bush too...and how does that happen on sizes..

Penguin--Michael has suprised us..but he is awfully cute!! Hope your back feels better...so exciting to have your dog back!!

FL--my hubbys says that God makes them teenagers before leaving the nest so when they do we are ready...I would much rather deal with my 3 year old grandson than redoing my son's teenage years...yikes..my daughter didnt go wild until after 18 and she moved out.

second grandboy is up..will be back later...

04-09-2011, 11:41 AM
back again...breakfast is made...dishes washed...boys have full bellies...

Phoenix--what a great feeling...my dil sent her punching bag and gloves over to our house since they had no place for it...have been toying with the idea of hanging it in the garage...have never worked out with on..not sure how to workout with it...

KM--sometimes the change can end up being a big positive...so we do we get so stressed out...lolI guess it's human nature..hope things go smoothly for you!!

NP--its been a rainy cold April...me and the boys cant wait to get outside and play...the foor walls are getting really boring!!

hope everyon has a great weekend!!

04-09-2011, 12:29 PM
Hello, everyone! Weighed in exactly the same this week at ww as last week. I'm oddly okay with that because of TOM and the fact that I didn't go as light as I had in weeks past. I delved deep into my bonus points! Need to try to stay on track this weekend - last week i kinda went a bit crazy :)

Rainy and chilly today - stormy, actually. I will get on the treadmill here in a while and am aiming to get in six miles somehow today - the storms should move out later today, so I can get in three on the trail... six on a treadmill would be torture :) ha ha.

Decided to start a 50-day challenge to myself. We're supposedly going on a beach vacation then (over memorial day weekend) and this body needs some SERIOUS work before I'll be donning a bathing suit in public. SO ... want to kick it in gear. Hiked in the park with our dog yesterday - good workout.

Jules - Congrats - and get in those naps when you can! If I'M ready to get out of the indoors, I can only imagine your boys! My mom used to have a rainy day bag of stuff that I could ONLY use on a rainy day - and LOVED it. But after this winter, it'd be used up FAST!

Annie - don't sweat the tight 10 shorts - i bought two identical (in theory) pair of jeans - same style, size, color, etc. and one is almost too big to wear, and the other fits well despite being 3" long than the other one!!! They're just not made to the standards of size we think they should be.

FL - Varying weight 0-2 pounds is nothing to worry about ... It's amazing that our bodies, which fuel us with chemical interactions, don't vary even MORE ... I hate to see you worry about such small amounts - our bodies will do that for our entire lives. I think it's rare to weigh in the same every day/week. Even when I was maintaining, I ranged 129-135 and was okay with anything in that range. Now I'd be THRILLED - ha! Hang in there with the financial worries - hopefully you'll find relief soon.

Kitteh - does the new position start on Monday or not yet? Good luck with all your prep!

Hang in there and be patient if I post a lot today - want to steer clear of the kitchen!

04-09-2011, 01:34 PM
Good news: I was able to hear out of my left ear yesterday. I assume that means there is no permanent nerve damage.

Bad news: Back to muffled hearing out of left ear today. I'm hoping it gets back to being better.

Working on cleaning and yard work today. Going to grocery store later. Wish I could make myself get out early enough on a Sat. to get to the farmer's market!!

04-09-2011, 02:53 PM
NP--the 3 year old wants to go out even in winter...we have 32 acres of wooded hilly land complete with the logging trails from the previous owners timbering the property. Hubby keeps it cleared with a 4 wheel drive tractor...the 3 year old like to walk the trails or his fave thing to do is on the tractor..he hitches the cart to the back and we all bundle up and go..the little one falls asleep about every trip. I need to start running again..the trails are perfect for it..nobody to point and laugh.

AD--I have problems with my right ear when my allergies are acting up due to a deviated septum...they did a hearing test to make sure I had no hearing problems..I have begun to lose some of the lower registers but "nothing to be worried about"...the ear-nose-throat specialist I went to gave me a simple and fairly inexpensive routine to do, simply saline solution nose spray two times a day and mucinex...clears out the stuff that is causing the pressure thats causing the ear problem. It would be worth a try and it might help you. It didnt start til I turned 40...turns out its a common occurance in my mom's family, my grandma and two aunts have problems with the pressure causing hearing problems and we get really off balance when it happens...dont know if tha happens to you.

04-09-2011, 03:05 PM
Thanks, Jules, I did the Mucinex with Nasonex for 3 weeks. I finally got tired of how dry it made me. I may try the saline spray, though, for a while to see if helps clear up the remainder of whatever has set up camp in my head. I actually have some in the drawer.

Your property sounds gorgeous!! My Dad is from WV and I visited there many times when I was a child. Lived in Eastern KY during my jr. high and high school years, too. Mom was from there. I miss it.

04-09-2011, 03:27 PM
AD-Ear-Nor-Throat guy said just plain saline solution..saline solution nose spray is pretty cheap at the drug store..he said you could even mix your own. Oh..and drink lots of water...

My inlaws were from western NC...my kids have always said they would love to live there...it was always so beautiful no matter what time of year we visited

04-09-2011, 03:34 PM
The sun was out for a few hours, but now it's cloudy again. Rode the bike for 21min. then took a 30min walk with hubby. I'm going to the Farmer's Market for my fruit later, I have a total of $11.00 to spend. I won't be able to get too much, being broke for so long sucks! I'm just thankful I have a roof over my head at this point. I will do everything in my power to save us from losing this house, whatever it takes! I did better with eating a smaller breakfast, I'm trying not eat as much, I'd rather save my fruit for when I really need it, due to money problems. Looks like I won't be over my calorie limit today, yay!
I'm down 6oz. again, probably back up tomorrow for no reason. It's usually normal for me to fluctuate by ounces daily, not a few pounds, that's why it's got me wondering.

04-09-2011, 03:50 PM
Strange thing happened yesterday foodwise, I got a text from Hubby saying he had to fly to TX. Mostly, these are day trips but sometimes they turn into unplanned overnight trips. {he works for an airline}. As soon as I read the text I KNEW he was going to be stuck and I felt the compulsion to eat. I was anxious so I wanted to eat to feel better. I mostly fought the complusion, but as soon as he texted me that he was on the way home, the compulsion disappeared! I was hungry by this time but couldn't find anything that I WANTED to eat. Weird! I feel better when I get these little insights into whats really going on with me and food. I feel like I have another weapon in my arsenal to use the next time it happens. Hubby had a nice nap on the flights there and back, along with the plane's problem being easy to fix.

04-09-2011, 04:07 PM
FL-Are you going to consider working for a while? I'm sure that would help the financial situation. I was lucky to only work on an on-call basis for a while when my children were younger, but had to back full time after a while. It was nice while it lasted.

04-09-2011, 05:32 PM
I did a 66min yoga DVD for back pain. I feel much better now. I didn't know it was that long, I like to keep yoga under 30min if I can but I enjoyed this workout.

04-09-2011, 09:47 PM
Annie- Thanks, I've been putting in applications for a long time. It seems the younger people get hired before a 42yr old does. There is a big college near by, they always hire the students.

04-10-2011, 01:07 AM
Annie- Thanks, I've been putting in applications for a long time. It seems the younger people get hired before a 42yr old does. There is a big college near by, they always hire the students.

I think you are right about that. Companies aren't supposed to do that, but I know they do. I was looking for a job a few years ago and felt my age was a huge factor in not getting hired for several jobs. Good luck!

04-10-2011, 01:12 AM
PP-Glad the yoga helped your back!

NP-Good luck on that 50 day challenge. You are going to be rockin' a bathing suit before you know it. I need to think about setting a hard goal for myself and having something to work toward.....I'll give it some thought.

04-10-2011, 10:48 AM
well the promised sun is not making an appearance...going to plant my lilac bush and lavender plants...hubby is tilling the garden so my sugar snap peas that are outgrowing their peat pits can be planter along with some eggplant seedlings and an onion set. My herbs from seeds are not doing well, may break down and buy a few plants. Sunflower seeds can go in the ground too.

Ahh..dirt therapy is always good for the soul..

04-10-2011, 01:15 PM
Ahh..dirt therapy is always good for the soul..


04-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Annie - let me know if you're up for now a 48-day challenge :) to ourselves. I'm ALWAYS up for starting one and then fizzle when others (friends, a close relative) drop out or hesitate to get started) so maybe being accountable daily will help me. Got in six miles yesterday - one early one on treadmill, three on trail, and then two more on treadmill with incline alternating. But didn't eat wisely and while I've been sweating up a storm doing major work today (pulling down drywall with hubby and some yardwork) I've not eaten the best. NO, i take that back, I used four points on sweet potato chips, otherwise everythign else has been healthy. I focus on the negative.

Anyway, I know i shoudl be posting this is "chicks up for a challenge" but I"m off to my now 48-day challenge. I don't want to set a weight goal then because I'll be disappointed even if i kick my own butt and remove some of it :) if I don't meet a preset goal. But I want to get my body shaped up. Doing Losing80s 100-pushup challenge and now just getting ROLLING with it as far as reading what I"m supposed to be actually doing. Ha. Oh well, still in week one but tomorrow will be day 3 and the end of the first week. It's a lot more challenging than it appears at first glance. And I"m just doing it on my knees!!

Okay, off to pop lunch in the oven and get cleaned up.

04-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Ok my easter challenge will simply be to find a place to hide the easter candy from myself!!!!

Feeling pretty good today - PJ's no longer stay up where they were tied in Feb - so i must be making progress right???

I feel thinner and stronger... so i guess i'll take that as a yes!

No one laugh - I have been doing the Firm workouts and recently added a Jillian Michaels workout (that first couple times through i didn't make it through - but can now - still winds the crud out of me but... that's a good thing right) and i just bought the Zumba "ditch the workout join the party thing" i need something that is uber fun just to get me moving in the evening.. so i'm hoping that if i add a 2nd workout - even if it's not as strenuous as a serious workout - that it makes more incremental progress..

sound like a plan??

Any more good low calorie recipes out there? Annie's chicken chili is awesome!!!

It's tough out there looking for work right now - probably one of the toughest markets yet - i have a friend who's been looking for some time right now and even with his credentials he's struggling - add to that if you aren't already working lots of companies just don't even look at you - which is silly - they usually want someone to start right away and only look at people who need to give notice?? what the heck.

Well - hang in there all!


04-10-2011, 03:58 PM
sillycat- sounds like a great plan, I always wanted to get a Zumba CD. It looks so fun!

Annie- I don't think it's fair at all, employer's know they don't have to pay students as much as an older person expects to be paid. It sucks!

Another cloudy day here, got some yard work in yesterday before it got too cold. I only have a few things left to do. Rode the bike for 22min then walked to the shopping center near out house, it only took me 20min. total. I gained 2 lbs. Before i went out to do yard work yesterday, I ate almost a whole jar of peanut butter hubby had hidden, I found it and went nuts on it. Then i got after some of the Easter Candy, every 6 days I just pig out on certain foods, why? stress? Had heartburn all night, couldn't sleep & I was still full this morning yet. So I did good with eating a smaller breakfast & should be fine calorie wise. Now I have to struggle with trying to lose these 2lbs again!!!

04-10-2011, 08:53 PM
Love catching up with you all!! I spent the first part of the day with younger son working in the yard. We picked up TONS of maple helicopters, mowed, weed-eated (ate?), cleaned/hosed off the front porch and furniture. It was a good workout! I soaked my sweat band!!:D I've done horribly on food this weekend...I'll just say this...brownie sundaes (note that's plural) were involved as were McD's and chili dogs....it was ugly, friends.

That being said, YES, NP, I will join in that 48 day challenge. I will challenge to get down to 145. Hope that isn't too ambitious. I will record my weight this Thurs/Fri as usual, update my ticker if necessary (it will be, trust me) and get back on track tomorrow first thing! I've been stuck for too long and maybe this will be the nudge I need. Thanks!!

Hearing and neck/upper back are hanging in there. I hope I am not too sore tomorrow morning after the yard work. I am making sure to be extra careful. I am so thankful to have these issues improving. I have literally been thanking God as often as I can.:)

Sillycat-I'm impressed and inspired by your exercise! Awesome!!

Fruitlady-Hang in there and be sure your hubby locks up the peanut butter, etc. You can do it!

Going to go finish prepping my veg for the week then watch Celeb Apprentice. I love that show!!

04-11-2011, 11:21 AM
Looks like I'm the first one here today! It cooled down over night and I got to turn off the A/C in the house. It is just TOO EARLY to be using A/C!! Hope it is a while now before I have to turn it on again. The wind and cold coming in the windows last night kept me from sleeping soundly so I stayed in bed 30 extra min. this morning. Then I got up and did a 2 mile WATP w/ one pound hand weights. I had stopped using weights while I was having the issues with my neck/upper back. I thought I would do the one pounders and see if it went okay. I want to ease back into using 2 and/or 3 pounds again.

I'm trying to think of something quick to go with supper tonight. I have some polish sausage and some smoked sausage I am going to stir fry with peppers and onions. I had thought of rice but will probably make rice tomorrow night to go with some fish I want to grill or bake. I then thought of doing some pasta in a garlic/butter sauce. I still may do that if I think I can limit my serving size on it....I just love it!! I may do baked potatoes instead....not sure....any suggestions??

So NP, what is the official end-date of the now-47 day challenge?? I'm looking forward to having something to work toward. I want to get out of this rut and get to goal so I can just enjoy (?) learning to maintain. Basically that is what I have been doing, but not purposefully.

How is everyone doing today??

04-11-2011, 12:30 PM
Okay, glad you're in with me, Annie! You're right - 47 days to get us to the Friday before Memorial Day. I'm wanting to get more into clothes that don't fit (butt/hips/thigh-wise) than to be at a weight, but with paying for WW I want that to happen, too. I am trying to commit to being as active as I can! I got up a smidge earlier to get on the treadmill before work - and DID IT. Not long enough, but baby steps in the morning. :) Looks like it'll be a rainy day, so will plan to get on the treadmill again tonight.

How about corn on the cob? Sweet potato wedges are a favorite of mine, too - I peel, cut into fairly thin slices and then toss with pepper, garlic salt and a little olive oil (or Pam if you prefer) and bake at 400 and turn once. They don't take too long. And tasty! But pasta and potatoes sound good to me, too :) We grilled skewers of peppers (they were $1 each for the red/yellow/orange ones - yay!) and onions to go with our turkey burgers yesterday. I boiled corn on the cob but we were too full. Of course, then I did an apple crumble - light, but still... I had one serving and it was good, but won't be calling my name every day until it's gone, so that's good. The raspberry one sure did!

Will catch up more at lunch.

04-11-2011, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, NP. I'll think about the corn... Neither one of my boys are huge sweet potato fans, so not sure they would go for that. Pasta is really calling my name.:(

04-11-2011, 02:03 PM
I have to say, I don't like a baked sweet potato (wish I did) but I LOVE those... But if pasta is calling to you, go for it! Just cook up three servings and then you're not tormented by seconds.

Am I the only person who hasn't Zumba-d? I need to check out a dvd from the library one week and give it a try. Sillycat - how do you like it?

Bought a bathing suit yesterday at, of all places, Sam's. When I used to swim a lot, i'd buy a few there every year since they were Speedos and around $20 instead of $80 ... well, I put it on when I got home (no dressing rooms there) and it was a shock to see my big white dimply thighs - shocked me so much it brought tears to my eyes and my husband just couldn't understand. THAT was a motivator to keep up the activity and keep portions in check! And also to haul out the bottle of self tanner to turn those thighs at least a LITTLE tan. Yowsers - If I'm going to be wearing that in 47 days, I need to make serious progress. Still upset.

Looking forward to hearing how everyone's weekends went ... any big challenges this week? Kitteh -do you start your new position this week?

04-11-2011, 03:09 PM
NP-I've never tried Zumba. I assumed there were lots of high-impact moves and those aren't good for my joints.

Good idea on actually measuring how many servings I make of the pasta....who woulda thunk it??:o I've gotten out of the habit of measuring things like I was there for a long time. Thanks for the reminder.

04-11-2011, 03:12 PM
Hiya and happy monday, gang. Eating well continues to go badly. Working out is a lot simpler. I'm concentrating on reliable pre- and post-workout food. Coming to grips with an entire day's food is too much! Ahhhh - I'm melllllltiiiiiing!

It's sunny and almost a little too warm here today. Boy do the neighbor's gardens look great!

Has anyone tried sweet potato as a side for salmon?

04-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Oh hey, forgot to mention.... I've added an old workout DVD to the M-W-F mix. It's the Beachbody Turbo Jam workout w/ Chalene somebody I think. Lots of fun!! I highly recommend it. This may be what my workout was missing.

04-11-2011, 05:04 PM
Well, poop squat!! I forgot older son is going to a concert in Tulsa tonight. Guess my yummy meal will have to wait until tomorrow night.:mad: Younger son has an upset stomach anyway.

04-11-2011, 06:00 PM
NP Annie are you both doing this now 47 day challenge? Can I join? Do you just check in here?
Annie glad to hear you are feeling better.

Bad Bad Bad weekend, I was doing so good and trying to focus on the positive but fell into a bad depressed rut. Ate and ate everything I had int he house. At least I did not go buy a bunch more crap and waste money I dont have on stuff I dont need. Never buy the jumbo bag of chocolate chips again even if for baking the healthy stuff and on sale at a good price.

today going well, exercised at lunch, now I can walk to the train and home from the train as it is not -20 anymore. So that adds an extra 25 mins to get the body moving.
Stupid engine light on the car came on, right when we have to go on a trip and right when I get my tax return back.......... :P Hope it is nothing major.

04-11-2011, 06:19 PM
Hey Ashley! I was honestly wondering about you earlier today and how your weekend was. Sounds like you are getting back on track today.:hug: You know, my car always seems to need a repair when I get my tax refund, too. I am having to wait to buy my furniture because it cost more than I thought. I hate having to be a grown-up and admit I need that car to get back and forth to work every day....I'd rather be sitting on new furniture.

As far as I know, we are just going to check in here for the challenge....of course you can join in!

04-11-2011, 06:30 PM
Ashley - I was thinking of you, too - seems like the weekends are tough for you ... when is it that you head out on your trip? Yay, join on in for the challenge. I'm not sure WHAT it actually will be - probably different things for different folks. I'm trying to REALLY focus on getting in bathing suit shape (don't laugh) ... we're planning a beach long weekend down in Florida over memorial day and I just don't want to be mortified out there. If all else fails, i'll go get a spray tan as tan skin looks thinner - ha ha!

My challenge to myself tonight is (since it's raining) to get on the treadmill for another 40 minutes tonight and to also set the alarm to get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning and do a pilates dvd. I will pack my bag to walk the canal at work at lunch, too. Actually walking at lunch will be tomorrow's challenge - ha!)

Annie - poop squat had me cracking UP! I kept saying it over and over. Anything yummy that's healthy that you really like that you can whip up that no one else likes and so you'll treat yourself a bit with something that's good for you, too?

Losing80 - Your workout video sounds fun. I NEVER can do those things as I'm so uncoordinated. Maybe I give it another try... Today is my last (third) day of week one on the 100 pushup challenge. Harder than it looks. And only day three. Ha.

FL - hope you're off to a good day today - and enjoyed your walk ... without peanut butter! Hope you're feeling well today.

Anyone remember when Ange wrapped up that long trip? Hope everyone's well - Phoenix, Barb, Kitteh, Jules, Sillycat - have a great evening!

04-11-2011, 11:03 PM
Hi chicks

Busy day, had appt. w/ the Lawyer. Everything sounds good, so we are going forward. In a way I'm relieved, but still am worried something will go wrong. I always expect the worst cause that's what always happens to me. What can go wrong, will go wrong! My weight is up again from that P.B two days ago, now I should start losing. Rode the bike for 20min. Went way over my calories today, ate more fruit than i should have, but with all the stress it's better that I grabbed fruit, instead of junk.

04-12-2011, 12:51 AM
Since Hubby and I are both trying to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier {make a lifestyle change}, and save money {vet bills}, yesterday we went for a walk in a local park and today for a walk along some new wooded trails. We've decided to make the parks a 'weekend' thing. The woods are nice and cool in summer, too. We also went to see a new off-leash dogpark but were disappointed to find it was an unshaded fenced area about the size of a postage stamp. Pfft! Hubby found an extra mountain bike on the side of the road {no, I'm serious, LOL} it has a frozen chain but seems to work otherwise, He can fix that and we will be able to bike the wooded path this summer also.

While I've kept up the exercise pretty well this past winter, I haven't been giving it my all and am now trying to re-incorporate different styles of exercise I haven't done in a while, such as pilates, heavy weights, and kboxing. Count me in on the 48-ish day challenge. I need to buckle down and get serious here! :o

April is still doing very well. We gave her the last of the pills the vet gave us tonight {yay, that's over!} She of course doesn't understand why we want her to walk slowly and not chase squirrels.

Sillycat, I think that sounds like a good plan. I do a lot of Firm but can't stand Jillian. I've never tried Zumba so I can't comment on the ''serious workout' but I count EVERY workout. I've done two workouts a day before usually morning and evening and gotten good results. I find I put more effort into two short workouts rather than one long one.

Annie, we had chili dogs today for lunch. Glad you are feeling better.

NP, I started trying on my summer clothes. I found a pair of pants that perfectly explained why 'just because you can put it on doesn't mean it fits and I should wear it." I could get them buttoned and zipped but yuck. I don't think I could wear them last year either but seeing myself in them shocked me into gearing up weightloss in earnest. Which Pilates DVD? I do DVD's exculsively so I'm always interested in titles. I bought a 45min Pilates done on a stab ball dvd at Marshall's today on clearance for $2. Called Pilates on the Ball on the Go. Weird title but good workout

Ashley, glad to hear your Monday is going better than the weekend. well, except for the car...

04-12-2011, 08:11 AM
Good morning.

I've been having trouble getting here this month. I hope it's just because life is really hectic right now. Weight is holding fairly steady, although still not doing well on exercise. Again, I think that's mostly due to how crazy my life is at the moment--and that should change in a few weeks.

I read a few posts and I know I've been missing stuff. Hope to get caught up at some point. Take care.

04-12-2011, 10:34 AM
Good day! Ended up making "stuffed" peppers but I don't stuff them - just cut up the peppers in chunks and cook in the micro. I saute onions, carrots, cook up some hot turkey italian sausage and make into crumbles, spanish rice, corn, and hot chili beans and end up mixing it all to blend the flavors and it's pretty yummy. Had a solid serving but with the amount that it makes, it's not an indulgence. Hubby loved it - he was busy installing new light/dimmers in our dining room and I left him this morning working at putting up a new one in our entry way. LOVE them! :)

Got out on the trail with our dog last night before making dinner and jogged as much as I could and I'm NO runner by any stretch of the imagination. Think tonight we'll hit Lincoln Lawyer. Anyone seen it? I'm not a Matthew M. fan, but think this should be okay. ??

PP - I'll check the name of the dvd - I think I have one pilates and one yoga dvd - the rest I check out from our library since I'm cheap :) but a $2 deal is GREAT ... I used to do pilates regularly and was STRONG ... now it's a struggle to get thru the workout. Heading out for a three-mile walk at lunch to get it out of the way, I think. My hubby is getting into the walking/hiking, too. I like it. We're building up for a thru-hike.

SO, 46 days left in our challenge. I'm still on track! Yay! Feeling good, too. Except for allergies and I can't control those :) ha ha!

yay, FL - sounds like you might have some relief in sight. Prepare for the worst but expect the best I always think... Then you stay positive but feel a bit more control if things spin the wrong way... Hang in there!!

Annie - what was the dinner choice last night? And your ear - still good?? No jinxing there.

04-12-2011, 11:05 AM
Argh! Yesterday we celebrated my son's bday and I did fine- I had lasgana and a piece of cheesecake, but wrapped up all the leftovers for them to take home.

However, I didn't even get on the scale today or yesterday.

My weight has been like this:

T 194
W 192 (yeah!!)
H 194 (okay...)
F 195 (WTW?!?)
S 193 (okay)

Grrr. It is frustrating, but I keep reminding myself that in reality the difference between 192 and 195 is negligible. That our bodies normally do vary by a few pounds even throughout a day. That as long as I continue to burn more calories than I consume, I will lose weight... It is just so rewarding to see the progress reflected on the scale.

So I decided to stop weighing myself daily because it was just making me anxious.

Like an idiot, I forgot my id today and locked the door behind me (need it or cash (which I never carry) for bus). Thought- no problem, I'll walk... LOL. Realized that the trip is MUCH longer than I thought. Halfway there (at the bottom of a LOOOONG hill with no pedestrian signs everywhere) I was about to drop down to the ground (did I mention it was raining) and cry when, like an angel, an employee shuttle pulled up next to me...

So, I did get my half hour before-work walk in which I had planned to skip because I was running late LOL

04-12-2011, 11:41 AM
Pnoenix, good job on the walk to work, good timing of the shuttle driver,too. I decided to stop weighing daily for the same reason, the ups and downs drove me nuts.

NP, I like your version of stuffed peppers. I think I could make your version and Hubby would give it a try. 'Stuffed peppers for dinner tonight' is my Mom's hint/code to my Dad that she wants to go out to eat. I can only guess that she made them early in their marriage and they were bad enough to warn him off a second attempt. :dizzy:

Kitteh, hope you get some calm soon.

I lost 3 of the 4 lbs I was whining about gaining last week; I weighed today out of curiosity. This is TOM week so I'm sure it will slide back up. Hubby and I were going through Krogers last night and he pointed out candies and other unmentionalbe goodies. I kept repeating "Lifestyle change!' to him. He's actually doing very well. He gave up Cokes last year and fried foods this past month. Now we just need to work on portion control and exercise.

04-12-2011, 11:49 AM
Morning ladies, so yesterday went well food wise and attitude wise, off to a good start today.
NP - we leave on the 24, and way to go on your exercise.
Kittie - hope you are doing well and have a good day!
Annie - it is sure a pain to have a car and all the stuff that can go wrong with them. Hope you can get new furniture soon! It is nice to freshen up our homes and enjoy them. We did get two muchly needed new tires as well so those were not cheap either.
Penguin - way to go on the exercise!
So we are on day 46 then? So far so good.

Have my dR.s appointment tonight, now that I feel better not sure what to do about depression meds. I have a few bad days then I feel better for a bit then a few bad days, lately the bad days outweigh the good ones. I have so much to be thankful for I feel ashamed to be depressed. Well just see how it goes I suppose.

Small chuckle for the day - yesterday I saw a thread where someone said what plan should they do? For some reason it struck a funny nerve and I thought eat healthy and eat less and move more............. basically at myself seems so easy to say... so hard to do!!!! Why do i make somthing so simple so complicated

04-12-2011, 01:24 PM
Hey, I've got new neighbors across the street! There's a moving van and loads of helpers. Maybe this family will stay a while... In the 2 years I've been here, there've been maybe 4-5 different groups staying there and lots of vacancy. We even had a huge drug bust last winter! This guy was having cars drive up behind his house and doing business out the back door. The new folks have little kids, yard tools. Gosh I hope they're a keeper.

Ate a huge bowl of tuna, white beans, diced carrots and cottage cheese yesterday. Managed to skip the mayo by creaming (okay, squooshing) the cottage cheese and tossing in lime juice, pepper and some lemon curry. At least I'm feeling more limber and stronger from the exercise, even if I'm losing sloooooowly b/c I can't get a grip on the food. Time for a lunch salad - see ya!

04-12-2011, 03:20 PM
national- thanks, I never expect things to go perfectly cause they never do.

Raining again! We had sun 3 days total since spring started, I'm sick of it. Took a 30min. walk anyway, sick of riding that bike. I'm doing ok with eating, but did sneak in 2 pks of hubby's kandy kakes, not good. I'll be over my calorie limit by 300 again! Weight came down 3 oz. so i'm not too happy, i was doing good w/ eating the past two days. I'm starting to hate this!

04-12-2011, 06:15 PM
I'm wondering what in the h-e-double hockeysticks is wrong with me. In addition to my healthy, on-plan foods.....today I have also eaten a sliver of an "everything" bagel w/ cream cheese (I DON'T EVEN LIKE "EVERYTHING" BAGELS....even though it was a sliver), a ~ 2 inch square cheesecake "bite" (I'm not that big a fan of cheesecake usually), an entire roll of sugar free mints, and two small cookies sitting in our office in a big red tin box.:?::(:mad::?::(:mad: I could make the excuse that it's the prednisone I was taking, but I finished it a week ago. I think I have just allowed myself so many off-plan items lately that it is becoming a dangerous habit. I will gain control....and meet the challenge I made to be at 145 by end of our 50-day challenge. I am not happy with myself.

On a lighter note....Phoenix-I just imagine you peeking out of your curtains like Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched!! http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z194/gladyskravitz_bridgewater/gladys_kravitz_icon.jpg:D

04-12-2011, 06:21 PM
Annie - what is it that, if you splurged, you'd LOVE to enjoy tonight? Maybe make it/buy it/order it and SAVOR it. Then on plan tomorrow and you've enjoyed a good bite of life on this Tuesday ...

Racing off here to run home, make dinner (?) and catch the movie.

04-12-2011, 06:35 PM
Annie - I sooooo feel your pain, seems sometimes the harder I try the harder it is and for no good reason. Don't beat yourself up or allow this to ruin your day, continue on to your goal, you can do this!

here is a good exercise - one day I decided to not let my size or the number on the scale dictate what kind of a day I was going to have. Doesnt mean I ate off plan or anthing but wow I did enjoy my day.... that was a couple years ago, now to just think that way each day!

04-12-2011, 06:42 PM
NP-I have no idea what "one thing" I'd like.....I just want to stuff my body for some reason....good stuff, bad stuff.....it doesn't matter.

I guess I just want to eat like "everybody else". But I've done that in the past....that's how I got up to almost 200 pounds again before I started my lifestyle changes. I've proven to myself I cannot eat like everyone else (even though most of them are overweight)....and I've proven to myself that I look better and feel better when I am eating and exercising on plan....just gotta remind myself more often.

I found one of my walking videos for free on ExerciseTV.com today and walked a mile on my lunch break. That, along with the 4 miles I did this morning, will hopefully help make up some of the damage done with the crazy eating today.

04-12-2011, 06:43 PM
Started back with weights today. I kept it lighter because I didn't want to re-injure my back but was able to do the abwork and pushups included in my workout. I did Firm Bootcamp 3in1~ Workout 1~ 40min DVD. This is a complilation workout which I thought it was just okay; I felt the sets were short {she finidhed the triceps started to stretch and I thought "is that all?} and felt rather rushed. I'll try the other workout on the DVD but there are others I like a lot better.

I have to admit I don't like salads a lot but I bought a head of iceburg and a bag of spinach mixed them together and have had a side salad almost every day this week as part of lunch. I'm adding romano cheese, bacon bits, tomato, crutons and using Newman's Own Parmasan and Garlic dressing. Tastes a lot like the salad at Olive Garden. Not sure how long this will last but I'm enjoying it so far.

Annie, snap out of it:D! Not sure why you would eat foods you don't even like that much?? Are you hungry or are they just calling to you??

Ashley, praying wisdom and peace for you.

04-12-2011, 09:21 PM
Annie- I have been the same way for a month. It does become a habit & it's really hard to stop. I don't know what's going on lately, my control flew out the window! Why does food have to be so powerful?

04-12-2011, 10:34 PM
Hubby surprised me by coming home early to bring me flowers and a card for my Bday {which isn't until next week, lol, but he likes to surprise me early so I can't say he forgot! The nut;)!}

04-13-2011, 09:00 AM
Good morning, all.

Ate horribly yesterday, but weight stayed the same. Probably would have gone down if I hadn't eaten badly. Going to the gym this morning; I hope I can complete a whole class. I'm so out of shape. And fat. And old. And having a pity party. Gaaah! I hate when I throw myself a pity party.

Just stress, on top of everything else. I WILL feel better today after I exercise.

Have a great day.

04-13-2011, 11:17 AM
Annie - I so understand your eat like everyone else mentality and the wanting to just eat. it is so weird why we do this. it is like it gives us a certain feeling like everything is good with the world or something, hope you have a better day today.

Thank you penguin! and way to go on the weights.

I always feel emotionally better when I eat properly and therefor feel better again.
I watched a movie (can't remember the name) but the main character, a girl, was a food critic for a magazine or paper or something and something she said made me think. She said you don't need to eat alot of food to know if it is good or not, of course she was very thin and just tried all the food she would critique. I find this is true but to keep it under control is another story, kinda like the alchoholic not being able to just have one drink (which I can do!)
Yesterday went well, just had my caramel yougurt with bran buds for breakfast.

04-13-2011, 11:19 AM
FL and Kittie - hope you guys both have a better day today!

04-13-2011, 03:32 PM
Ugh. Was in the middle of a big, long catch-up post and hit the "back" key by mistake....lost it all. Here are the finer points...

Doing okay on food today, not perfect.

PP, enjoy your salad. DH sounds like a sweetie.

Phoenix-Hope you know I was kidding about the Gladys Kravitz thing.:D

FL-No doubt, food is powerful.:(

Kitteh-Hope exercise was good. Congrats on staying same weight.:carrot:

Ashley-Any signs of spring yet in your world?? Feeling good and being healthier was enough to keep me on plan for a long time, not sure why I am thinking about food so much lately. Maybe not busy enough.

Housework and my shows tonight!:)

04-13-2011, 07:05 PM
I did my TM interval today.

I got a compliment on the weight I've recently lost from a woman I see every week. I thanked her for the compliment but confessed that I hadn't actually lost any weight. I loved the compliment though.

Hubby is clamoring for me to come start/have dinner. We are having leftovers.:D

04-13-2011, 08:11 PM
Thanks all- I am eating better today!

Another rainy, chilly day. This is depressing, don't even want to be outside to enjoy the spring flowers, they will be dead by the time the weather gets nicer around here. Took off today from exercise, I had too much to do & didn't want to walk in the rain, I missed doing it though. Didn't go over my calories, i ate normal sized meals like i used to. For dinner I made Swai fish for the first time, it was good but a little fishy tasting, I prefer Tilapia. Swai is very affordable, so I thought I'd try it. Didn't fill me up, due to the lower protein it has. I'm up to my calorie limit, now what? I'm chewing gum & drinking diet soda to curb the hunger. This sucks!

04-14-2011, 09:15 AM
Good morning.

My exercise was cut short with cramps yesterday--grrr, hate that and it's my own fault for not exercising regularly. Going in again this morning.

Still didn't eat well yesterday, but I am working on getting my attitude turned around. I am still down 20+ pounds--I'm keeping a close eye on that 20 mark--so I try to remind myself that I have done well and this is just a bump (more like a series of bumps) in the road, and with all the stressful things happening right now I should be surprised that it is hard at this time to keep focused.

I hope everyone has a great day. Sorry I'm not tracking everyone's posts yet--I promise I will get back on track with that soon.

04-14-2011, 09:24 AM
I've been watching the show Atticted to Food which leaves me with things to think about concerning my emotional eating. Last night I asked Hubby to watch part of the show with me, afterwards we ended up in a long discussion about our personalites and habits, which was very interesting. We have always thought we were polar opposites when it comes to personalites but I think deep down we are more similar than we know. The show we watched last night was only the second show, I wasn't sure I liked the first introduction episode, but I enjoyed the second one enough to keep watching.

Kitteh, hang in there and take care of yourself.

FL, good job on not going over your calories.

04-14-2011, 10:52 AM
Hello! Had an on-the-go evening - got home and we headed out to enjoy pizza margherita at our local italian joint (the ONLY non-chain one I've found in this area) and I enjoyed two slices of the thin, tomato-covered beauty :) ... then on to Kohls and used my 30% coupon - splurged with new sneakers and a pair of shoes for each of us. I usually fit best in Nike but their selection was puny. Didn't get home until 10:30!

Set the alarm early for day 44 in the 50-day challenge to ourselves countdown ... I'm 33 miles into my 100-mile goal for April. Um...halfway thru the month and thirdway through to my goal. Hm. Oh well, keep on truckin', right? Anyway, woke up feeling wonderful before my alarm even went off - which is great. Except that I SET my alarm time but forgot to turn it on, so it was 8:15 and I was surprised at how light it was for 6 a.m. ahhhh... RUSH.

Dog training class tonight. So might be an off day from the trail.

Penguin - who carries that tv show? I've not heard of it, but don't usually have the tv on to see commercials of upcoming shows, either. Sounds interesting. DH sounds like a good guy - surprising you early for your bday!

Decent note after lunch, hopefully - better get to work!

04-14-2011, 12:58 PM
NP kohls 30% off coupon yay! and yes keep on trucking!

Penguiin, it sure is nice to get compliments!

We were on our way to a nice spring finally, most of the snow is melted, at least off on all the roads. And now it is a mini blizzard outside, yay :P

It is so easy to think of food when we are bored. I don't understand why our brain works this way, yet for some people it does not. Trying to stay on plan today. And I don't care if it is snowing I am going for a walk at lunch. Sheesh.........

Well decided to start prozac last night. Well see how it goes............... One of the side effects is suppose to be decreased appetite... sure hope i get that one! Not the others!

04-14-2011, 03:30 PM
Have I ever mentioned that I have wonderful parents? They are buying me a new vacuum for my Bday and just annouced that they will buy us a new flattop stove for Our Anniversary! We didn't expect this! We had to cancel a vacation, use all our savings, and go into debt {again!} to pay for April's surgery so this is wonderful news. Anyone have any brands or suggestions on stoves/ovens. We do have a budget!

'yet to be decided' yoga for later today.

NP, Oprah's new network OWN.

Ashley, Hope the prozac helps you.

04-14-2011, 03:36 PM
Well, I keep thinking it is Friday but only one more day until it actually IS Friday! I'm excited as fiance and I decided we are going to drive down to see the OU Spring Football game on Sat.:carrot::carrot::carrot: We are going to try to find a good place to eat while there, too. Our single friend may go with us, too. I'm looking forward to getting out and doing something different.

Last night I got one of my bathrooms cleaned before watching my shows. Will clean the other tonight before same and try to do the living room afterward. Need to do a load of laundry, too. Want to get some flowers to plant after work, but probably ought to wait, it may get chilly here for another week or so. Don't know why I am so inpatient this year.

Did a 3 mile walk w/ 1# weights this morning before work.

So far, so good on eating today....yesterday was a worse disaster than the day before.:( Oh well, one day as it comes. Having this challenge going is really going to motivate me.

Have a good day everyone!

04-14-2011, 05:46 PM
Annie Hope you enjoy your football game.

Penguin - that is awesome news, happy for you!
I got a new vacuum last year, the one i had was 30 years old and time to retire it. Had it serviced and upgraded a few time. It was originally my moms but electrolux's are so good, never thought I would get a new one at $1700. But on kijiji I found one for $250 I felt like I won the lottery! lol. The man who had it had passed away and his son was selling it. Good luck with looking for a stove make sure you get a self cleaning one!

Went for a walk in our blizzard sheesh got soaking wet and now my hair is wet and have a bit of a chill from it. But time to go home soon. although it is rather depressing to have a blizzard it was refreshing to go out in it. Now I want to go home and get cozy with a big blanket. Food wise good day so far, went bad yesterday and ate way to much. :P I ate an entire foot long subway turky bacon sub with low fat mayo .... lol. and 6 cookies crunched in light ice cream.... and alot of chocolate at work. Someone brought in giridelli squares omg, never had them before they are the best I ever had.

04-14-2011, 06:28 PM
Today was supposed to be yoga day but I blew it off in favor of a new kickbox DVD called Train Like A Contender. http://www.collagevideo.com/workout-video/kelly-coffey-meyers-30-minutes-to-fitness-tlc-5990 I did two short premixes to get a feel for the two different workouts- combos and drills; total time 31min. Kelly was easy to follow and the moves simple but effective. I remember lots of hooks and jabs, LOL. I liked the workouts and look forward to trying more.

04-14-2011, 11:03 PM
Annie - don't beat yourself up - you know that you can't always "eat like everybody else" and honestly the hardest parts of this whole thing are 1- metabolism's aren't fair or equal and 2 - hardest part about limiting / managing what we eat is the fact that unlike an alcoholic you can't quit eating... eating is required for living.. at least that's my take on it - look how far you've come you are an inspiration!!!

FL - food is powerful because for whatever reason it can and does sometime make us feel short term good (like any high) but we KNOW that it's not long term good... that said.. it's ok to fall off the wagon from time to time - the hard part is getting back on!

Work has officially become a crazy train for me - so with the stress level going through the roof the promise i make to myself is to take a 10 minute walk before putting any unplanned food in my mouth..

04-15-2011, 08:52 AM
Good morning.

I ate horribly again yesterday, but at least I had good exercise. And my weight went down this morning--probably lost water retained during TOM. I don't feel good about weight loss when I've been eating badly--all I can think of is how much more weight I would have lost if I'd been eating right. Crazy, I know.

I WILL eat better today--I'm going to make sure I have no change or small bills, so if I want to buy something I will have to find change, which should give me time to come to my senses.

PPenguin--Enjoy your new vacuum. I bought a new one (23 year old machine finally broke down), and I love-love-love it.

That TV show sounds interesting; I will have to look around for it. I find it easier to quit things cold turkey, but as Sillycat pointed out--you can't quit eating.

Take care, everyone.

04-15-2011, 11:22 AM
NP-What day is it of the challenge??? Day 43??

Anyhoo....I weighed in this morning at 155.5, so I'm changing my ticker to motivate me....YIKES!! That will leave 10.5 pounds to lose to get to my challenge-goal of 145. I'll shoot for it; what can I lose?? Oh wait....10.5 pounds, THAT'S WHAT!!:D Again, I'm glad to have this challenge.

Did only 2 miles exercise this morning as I had to fold some laundry and drop Tootsie off at the vet for a spa day (hair and nails;)/skin issue check. Packed all of my leftover steamed veg and a small, healthy sammich for lunch and good snacks, too.

I'm so looking forward to this weekend. Fiance informed me last night that he may not be at my place until 7:30 this evening as it's Talladega weekend (NASCAR...:dz:) and he needs to catch a race before he comes into town. So with the racing and attending the spring football game at OU tomorrow (:carrot:), I wonder if I will get all done that I want to. Need to work in my flower beds (remind me next year not to clean up and redo the mulch until AFTER the maple tree helicopters fall), cat proof said flower beds, possibly plant annuals, etc. I really want to get my windows washed, too. I found a healthIER cobbler recipe I may make this evening for fiance. I'm not sure if I'll cook supper or we may run over and pick up some Chinese. I've really had a craving for Chinese lately. Whichever, I am really going to try to stick to on-plan foods for at least part of the weekend. We plan to eat in Norman tomorrow when we go down for the game, so I am going to allow for that.

Have a healthy day everyone!

04-15-2011, 12:07 PM
Hello! Yes, Day 43 counting down to Day 1 ... I'm a better counter-upper than a counter-downer, apparently! Took yesterday off from activity (which sounds organized, but it's because I forgot to set the alarm in the morning and was busy all evening with volunteering at lunch) ... so today am walking at lunch with a friend and will be at 36 miles done, 64 to go after that. Tonight I'm meeting up with another friend to hear about her new relationship - excited for her. We'll enjoy Panera's - i'm trying to find something without TOO MUCH sodium to not affect me at ww weigh in tomorrow morning.

Annie - have a FUN weekend - did the bad storms in Okla yesterday affect you at all? Weekend looks to be crummy weather here - we'll see if I can even get the yard mowed - it needs it. Let us know how the cobbler comes out - i've made a raspberry one twice and it was SUPERB... the apple was okay.

My old home scale jived with WW scale pretty close, so I was okay with that - but this new scale is reading six pounds heavier than the old one and the ww scale and I get disgusted seeing that every morning. I'm debating taking it back because that just preys on my mind every day. I dunno - how crazy is that? If it were someone else, I'd be like, just KNOW that it's up a bit and don't sweat it, but when you're teetering between stuff, it's just mental. Six pounds is a heckuva lot - i don't see how to adjust the 0 setting, either... I want to ask hubby to check it but he thinks I'm obsessed and it frustrates him - he's like why do you think you need to lose weight? Don't listen to tv that says you need to weigh this... Don't worry so much... etc. The other day he said all your magazines are focused on this - you're obsessed. I got defensive and said, no - only Shape and Fitness are ... the others are peace-finding mags :) like Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, etc.

Sorry for the blah note. Blah. Shouldn't be blah on a FRIDAY!

04-15-2011, 12:17 PM
NP-Just say no to the BLAHS!!:carrot: My scale has been hinky, too. I think I want to buy a new one. So far this week, mine said 160 one morning (I about fainted!), then the next morning 155....definitely too big of a difference for me. Good luck with weigh in!

No, luckily the storms formed east of where I live (almost in fiance's back yard, though:o) and unfortunately spawned lots of tornadoes. One death reported as far as I know. So we do need rain, but I suppose I don't want to deal with tornadoes.

Enjoy your visit with your friend.

04-15-2011, 02:04 PM
Got in my FAST walk at lunch - this friend walks FAST (and I though I did...) but yowsers. Feels good to have burned up some calories, though. Now for lunch. Hm. :)

Wish we could send you all our rain - FruitLady probably feels the same!! It's building up now. Did you ever order a replacement dress?

PP - how's April doing now?

Lunch is crazy stuff - an ear of corn on the cob, 2/3 c baked beans for protein and fiber, and garden veggies - green giant. I used to REALLY like that but had it too much. Already chowed down on my apple.

04-15-2011, 02:12 PM
Annie - sounds like you ahve a lot going on this weekend, hope you have a good time!
NP - well your hubby sounds like he gave you a agreat moral booster, make sure you are hearing what he is saying. that is awesome.

kitteh - always encouraging when the scale shows a loss.

I was hoping to walk at lunch but with all the snow and it froze the trail is going to be ice again which is crappy as it was finally nice and dry. I will just try and do inside i guess. yesterday was okay didnt eat dinner cause I was not hungry then got really hungry a 9 and decided to eat the leftover bowel of pasta (sheesh) right before bed. so wasnt hungry for breakfast and now to go and burn it of at lunch. I know better then to eat that much before bed. I shouldof just had a couple crackers or small bowelof healthy cereal.

Onward we go!

04-15-2011, 02:18 PM
NP, April is doing fine. We are letting her out of the crate more than we did last time, but because she could slip on the hardwood floors, reinjuring her leg we are keeping her in living room on the area rug as much as possible. She's a little confused about not being able to follow me around, but is being a good dog. We discovered that we don't have to keep her in the 'cone' as much if we keep checking on her. So I get up every few minutes to check on her and tell her she's a good dog; she's smart enough to not want to get into trouble and knows how to avoid it. I had a friend come and take me to the park once to walk with her, I feel I'm in pretty good shape but I was trailing about two steps behind her.

04-15-2011, 02:19 PM
Did you ever order a replacement dress?

Nope, I decided that I do want a pretty, casual summer dress but am going to buy it somewhere I can try it on. I think I am done ordering online. Too many variables.

04-15-2011, 02:33 PM
Yesterday's weather was so nice I didn't have time to post. Ate too many junk food calories yesterday, but not too bad. Still gained a pound even though I was doing yard work for 5 hrs. Had the worst stomach pain last night, i tried everything to help it, the only thing that worked was hot chocolate, isn't that weird? I was doubled over in pain, hubby thought i had a hernia! It wasn't that at all, I'm not sure what it was. Today's weather is so-so, a little sun & 58. It's gonna pour tomorrow, so better enjoy today I guess. Walked for 30 min. & I've been eating clean all day, hoping to lose this weight. I'm meeting up with old friends I haven't seen in 15yrs. tomorrow. I have a feeling I'm gonna get made fun of, I won't eat what they are making. They are all overweight, don't care how they eat, but I do! I wish they would take better care of themselves for health's sake. They are all in their 40's, you would think they would want to take better care of themselves. I can't wait to see them, they were my best buds when we were teenagers. I'm gonna have a busy weekend!

04-15-2011, 03:09 PM
I swear, sometimes i read posts on other areas of 3fc and wonder if they're jokes or what. I just posted to one that sounded like it was a joke. Why don't I just close it and think, everyone's so gullible. Why do I even care? Anyway ... just griping.

FL - have fun with your friends this weekend - they don't need to know why you're ordering/eating differently - if they ask and you don't want to say you're trying to be healthy, just say you're having stomach problems and this suits you better. Or say nothing and smile :)

PP - good news on April - hope you're feeling back to 100% over the weekend!

Ashley - are you counting down the days to your trip yet? Hope (!!!) there is good weather where you're heading. Have you started checking yet? Do you have the grands this weekend? Sounds like you could use some "YOU" time! Don't worry about the dinner last night; we've all done that - you'll rebound great! Sometimes something small just doesn't sound like what we're after.

Kitteh - good plan to not carry money/change! I like that idea!

04-15-2011, 03:33 PM
NP, so what was the thread about?! You must tell us!

04-15-2011, 04:03 PM
ha ha - it was in general chatter and entitled "Don't Talk to Strangers" ... a member dressed up, met two guys before a college class she didn't know, got in the car with them to go who knows where, has a boyfriend, they started smoking pot, she's already given them both her phone number, and then she tells her boyfriend about it and he asks her to not do that stuff with strangers. HELLO? I thought it was a joke post - seriously - if you're not 7 you see all of the the issues with this. I don't find the innocence refreshing, etc. as others posted. I find it a joke and not sure that it wasn't a fake post.

04-15-2011, 05:01 PM
ha ha - it was in general chatter and entitled "Don't Talk to Strangers" ... a member dressed up, met two guys before a college class she didn't know, got in the car with them to go who knows where, has a boyfriend, they started smoking pot, she's already given them both her phone number, and then she tells her boyfriend about it and he asks her to not do that stuff with strangers. HELLO? I thought it was a joke post - seriously - if you're not 7 you see all of the the issues with this. I don't find the innocence refreshing, etc. as others posted. I find it a joke and not sure that it wasn't a fake post.

What the....??? It is surprising some of the posts we get on here (diet-related or not). I have to remind myself that some of these folks are very young women who have not had life experience to deal with some of these issues (again, diet-related or not). I've made some comments that probably don't endear me to anyone on those threads, but I have to be honest.

04-15-2011, 07:18 PM
I did 40min of LB from another new DVD.

Annie and NP, Seriously, I gotta wonder about people. :dizzy: Hopefully, it was fake and no one is really that clueless.

04-15-2011, 11:20 PM
national- I am meeting them at one of their homes, everyone is bringing a different fattening food they made. I don't want to offend them if I don't eat the food they made. They know i lost weight & prefer to eat clean, they call me skinny bit** ( jokingly). I'm going to take your advice and say I've been having stomach problems, I'm not lying. It's true!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

04-16-2011, 10:37 AM
Good morning.

Exercised well yesterday, but ate badly again. I'm getting frustrated about the eating. I need to clean out the house and do a few other things to make it harder to eat badly. The problem is, people are bringing in treats (including me, next week), and I have trouble saying NO.

FL--sorry to hear your stomach is still acting up. What does your doctor say?

Have a great weekend, everyone.

04-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Good morning.. Scale didn't move one iota in this week's weigh in. I guess that is good news given that i had a couple days of binging. but thought i'd more than made up with it with a couple days of being at only around 1200 cals per day - but guess i shouldn't complain at breaking even.

sure is harder now that older

i finally got the zumba dvds and next week will start with am workout - pm zumba dvd - and eat clean

04-16-2011, 02:49 PM
Hello~ Had a fun time yesterday evening with my friend at Panera's - got the half & half and had the soup and brought the half sandwich home. Yay. got home and found the dog had completely chewed the straps on my leather attache case for my work computer. It's unusable. I was/and still, to be honest, MAD. DH thinks she got mad because she didn't get to come with me. I don't know what to think - i wasn't wearing sneakers (the trigger for her to think she's coming - I don't wear sneakers out much except when we're walking/hiking) ... Anyway it just seemed like one more thing this week. I dunno. Then this morning I was pleased to see my weight drop on the scale close to 2 pounds! Skip on over to ww where I'm UP 0.6 pounds but what the heck? I was mentally crushed. I know it's not much and know it's an aberration because I've eaten well and been very active.

So not in a chipper mood today for whatever reasons and think I irritated hubby when he called at lunch - "are you going to be in a better mood tonight?" he asked. Huh. We'll see. I'm cranky about that, too - do I need to fake it moodwise I asked? Hm.

will get on the treadmill and get some endorphins going here before long, I guess.

Sorry for the pity note. Ha ha - need an attitude adjustment, i suppose.

04-16-2011, 03:25 PM
kitteh- i don't go to the doctor, no insurance. When I was in the hospital for stomach cramps there were tests that were not done cause I discharged myself & went home.

It's pouring here and chilly, still walked to the market & mailbox though. At least I got in 35min of walking. Going to the Farmer's Market later, then I go meet up with my old friends. My weight stayed the same, It's getting harder & harder to lose weight, is my age catching up w/ me? I really feel like giving up and letting my body to what it wants to do. My willpower seems to be gone most of the time, i don't know what to do. I'm past my calorie limit again, I'll end up at 1760 calories for the day, I went overboard with breakfast again. I feel hopeless

04-16-2011, 06:08 PM
FL - what happens if you plan to intake 1800 calories but increase your activity another half hour per day - to where you're active a minimum of an hour/day but don't have to limit your food so much? Then will you find peace, yet be able to burn those extra calories - or walk 75 or 90 minutes every other day - maybe with a book on tape, etc. - so you're spending more time on it but not beating yourself up as much the rest of the day?

Went to get on the treadmill as it's raining here, too ... well, it's jammed backwards against the closet because we just had the ceiling drywall replaced/repaired in that room. It's so heavy that I cannot budge it at all. SO my goal of getting in about 5 miles today ... until DH comes home and moves it for me, I guess.

Chicken fried rice (not sure why i call it fried since I just saute onions and peppers - nothing is fried) is for dinner - will make the rice ahead of time and wash that pot up. Also as a treat for hubby to take in to work tomorrow, I got peanut butter brownie mix. I'll make a pb frosting as well - then get it out of the house - for some reason I'm wanting to BAKE. And EAT. Bad combo. He's home in two hours.

04-16-2011, 09:52 PM
I forgot to post my earlier workout; I did 40min of Upper Body exercises of the same new DVD as yesterday.

Hubby and I plan a hike and a picnic tomorrow. These will probably be two seperate occasions. Last week we found new wooded trails at the Agricenter/park and planned a return trip. Hubby found a beautiful park in an ajoining subdivision with a pond/fountain so that could be very nice. Sunday is supposed to be sunny and 75* while Monday has a chance of rain but maybe we can fit something in. Last night was the 'last frost warning' Yesterday was lovely, but today its 55* with a windchill of 52*. I"m confused. :dizzy:

NP, I have one pair of 'park' sneakers, April knows which they are so we put her outside, then get ready to WALK OUT THE DOOR before we let her inside to go out to the car. She'll get so excited whining, barking, and racing around, no way do we want to go though more of that than we have to!

04-17-2011, 01:16 PM
PP - hope you're enjoying a great day at the park and with the hike. Are you back to feeling 100% yet with your back? Now when's your birthday? I know he surprised you early but I think I missed registering when it was actually!

Slept in this morning - felt wonderful to wake up without an alarm. I ate a good breakfast and got bundled up to walk the trails with Lucy. Cold and windy. Was actually out there for close to two hours - from 10 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. Did a LONG walk and feel great. Now to not splurge today on extra food to make up for it... sometimes I do that.

Think it's Day 41 in my countdown, but I need to recount. :) Will do a pilates dvd later. I'd like to get more from the library, so I have a choice.

Loads of cleaning to get done today - cleaned the kitchen yesterday - looked great; then got to work baking a few things again. WHY? Oh well, sent most in with him to work.

Off to eat lunch! FL - how was your meetup with your friends? Annie - hope you're having fun with fiance this weekend! :) Howdy to all and look forward to reading all the updates when everyone's back on!

04-17-2011, 05:04 PM
My daughter & I went to meet my old friends last night, it was great. They had brownies & cookies there, I ate 5 cookies & two small brownies. Oh and a little apple crisp my daughter made to take along. I got on the scale this morning and I gained 2 lbs! Now I'm 9lbs heavier than I was last summer, I have got to get my mind off of junk food, and get back on track with my eating. Before I know it I will gain all the weight back that I lost. So, my goal for this week is to stay on plan with eating clean everyday & allow Easter to be my eat junk day. Yes, after I spend a week trying to lose weight, I'll gain it all back from blowing it for one day. I hate this!

Today is going good, rode the bike for 20min & walked for 30min. Eating clean all day and I will be right in my calorie range.

04-17-2011, 06:54 PM
Hello everyone!
I am a total newbie to this sort of thing. I was searchimg a diet and it was on a post here...So I took a look around and thought i would give it a try. Would be nice to have a little support. Not sure what else to say so..Bye for now

04-17-2011, 07:58 PM
Hubby and I took a 2 mile hike though the wooded trails, not bad for a couple of trail newbies. We also bought a new chain for my mt bike, and a couple of tomato plants and a rosemary {old one died again!}. My parents brought us some red honeysuckle vines, too. Off to plant them, while Hubby cleans limbs out of the backyard.

Lucky, glad to have you join us.

FL, glad today is going so well

NP, I'll be 42 on the 22nd!

04-17-2011, 08:20 PM
Hi Chicks, I'm back and I have missed you all! :hug: Life hijacked me as, you know, I am a tax preparer. It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't also in grad school. One more Tax Season while in school and I am graduated! Whew! Actually doing the work (taxes and teaching) will be easier than school. lol

Well, my eating hasn't been all that bad, but the big problem is that I haven't been exercising at all. I feel like a beached whale. I noticed that I only gained a couple of pounds back, so that is a relief. Happy to say though that the moment my rush ended (yesterday), I went right back to bellydance class and set up my Bellyfit schedule again starting tomorrow. I also agreed to learn a routine and perform this week and ongoing with the performance group (more advanced than me, but a good challenge). So I have something to practice = more exercise! This must mean that my mind is dedicated to this healthy goal. :)

I don't have time to read up on all of you right now as I need to now catch up on all of the school work that I've put off. I will be doing that later this evening. However, I send healthy, uplifting vibes to you all from the Emerald City, Seattle! ------------------->

04-18-2011, 10:20 AM
Welcome Lucky! Glad to have you hear - looking forward to hearing your "story" and what your main challenges are! ... and Hi again, Archy! Glad you were able to come up for a bit of air ... Would love to hear about your belly dancing - I'd LOVE to try that (alone in my living room to start) ... ha!

Ended the day yesterday going WAY over on my points into the weekly allowance - with a mexican meal. I did extra exercise before we went out - back on the trail - and had exactly what I wanted (grilled chicken strips, rice and some queso dribbled over it - and chips!) and felt like a beached whale, to take your line, Archy. Sometimes that kicks my metabolism, though - a high exercise day and a high food day - and not necessarily all healthy foods. Yah, that's right, I did that for the sake of experimentation... Anyone buy that? :-) ha ha!

Have a good walk planned at lunch if it's not raining by then. And a hair cut tonight. And work in between now and then.

04-18-2011, 12:06 PM
Hi ho everyone!! Got caught up on everyone's posts. Had a nice weekend with fiance. We went to the Spring Game at OU and really had a nice day. Guess who forgot her sunscreen??:( Yes, I'm burned, especially my forehead-I took a hat and left it in the truck. What a ding dong. I'll be peeling in a day or two.:^: Oh well...other than that, we had a real nice time. Here's a pic of me at the game:


I think I need to get a more supportive sports bra for sure.:p

Did nothing yesterday except grocery shop and prepare foods for the week. Had planned a nice, healthy supper tonight with everyone in attendance. But younger son reminded me of his band concert tonight at school. He has to be there at 5:45...why so early?? So I will come up with something for us two so we can get over to school in time. Older son will have to fend for himself w/ his girlfriend after they get out of classes.

Foodwise, my weekend was weird. Ate breakfast out on Sat. a.m. I had two pancakes and 2 slices of bacons. Ate about 2/3 of the pancakes. I had a hot dog at the game Sat. (no sauce or cheese) and some gummy bears. We had planned on going to one of two places to eat while there in Norman, but couldn't locate either one. So drove back home and had chinese at a new place close to my house. It was the worst chinese food I have ever had. I had fried rice w/ combination of meats. The only thing that tasted "real" was the 3 shrimp (:yay: Woo, party!) that were thrown in. The chicken and pork tasted like imitation or processed meat. Egg rolls were okay. But after looking forward to a "splurge" meal all day, fiance and I were both very disappointed. So we stopped at Walgreen's and got a pint of ice cream for each of us.:dizzy:

I did real well yesterday except for the fact that I fooled myself into thinking I could actually display a big bowl of Easter candy on the dining table w/o digging in and eating a bunch of it.:mad: Oh well....can we deny marshmallow bunnies and Reese's peanut butter cups?? I had hoped to make an Easter cake next weekend for our dinner. I may compromise and instead of making it a two-layer, just freeze one of the layers and making it one layer that won't last so long (and tempt me for days), but still be able to enjoy a bit of it.

Back to exercise this a.m. with a 3 mile walk concentrated on waistline. That seems to be the area where I am picking up weight lately.

LuckyGemini-So glad you are here! Just jump right on in, the water's fine.

FL-Glad you enjoyed your visiti with friends, even if it wasn't the healthiest meal you had.

Kitteh-I'm with you on clearing the house of tempting foods....see above re: my bunny massacre.:D

Silly-I'd like to hear how you like the Zumba DVD. I would like to try it sometime, but worry it may be too high impact for my knees and spine. Let me know what you think.

NP-You grumpy ole thang you!;) Hope your mood lightened up as the weekend progressed. Chicken fried rice sounds like something I need to try at my house. Haven't made anything like that in a while.

PP-A hike and a picnic sounds awesome. I wish fiance wanted to do outdoorsy things like that. I have almost talked him into going on our annual hike with my co-workers this year (it is April 30). Last year we hiked up a mountain, but this year may be less strenuous. The promise of a good meal after may just bring him on board!!:carrot:

Archy-Glad to see you back! You know, when I was searching for exercise that I enjoyed doing last year, I went to a couple of belly dancing classes. :belly: It is harder than it looks! Lots of control involved. I didn't stick with it, but I was glad I stepped out of my comfort zone for the two classes I participated in.

Whew! All caught up...unless someone slyly posted a note while I was typing....:p

Love and a healthy day to you all!!

04-18-2011, 07:47 PM
Hi everyone,
Thanks for the welcome !I am working hard to lose a few (alot ) pounds before vacation in June.I have always been up and down with my weight.

Had some health issues including Thyroid issues since I was 9 or 10. At that time i went from normal kid to 200 lbs of miserable. By the time I was 12 on thyroid med and a nice 115. Got off the med was fine weight wise till 19 got married and had my first child and the struggle begain again. I can go from 195 to around 127 (The lowest i noticed)

I have 5 children, on my second marriage and also have Myastinia gravis in remmission after a thymus surgery.

Worked out with wii fit for a hour this morning. Starting the inner kleen diet tommorrow. My mom used to put me on it when I was like 10 or 11 lol.. But I always lost weight and felt better after. So she claims :) So thats a little about me :) Sending good thoughts to everyone !!

04-18-2011, 09:29 PM
Not much to report. Exciting day running errands. I did buy a pair of capris.

Annie, http://www.championusa.com/Champion/Default.aspx is having a bra sale. I'll by a some every few years. This is what I got last time but not everyone likes underwires, were cheaper then too! http://www.championusa.com/Champion/Products/Women-Champion/Women_ShopByCategory-Champion/Women_SportsBras-Champion/Women_SportsBras_Bestsellers-Champion/CH6242.aspx I heard OK had tornados yesterday; I hope all is well. Usually Hubby's idea of exercise is mowing the lawn.

Lucky, I hear a lot of good things about Wii

04-18-2011, 10:24 PM
Annie- sounds like you had a nice weekend, except for the Chinese food. lol

luckygemini- Welcome, what is the inner Kleen diet? sounds interesting

Happy to say I've made it two days without junk food. Eating clean yesterday and today. Already dropped 1.7lbs. Did 63min. of exercise- riding the bike & walking. I was slacking on the amount of time I spent exercising for a few weeks cause of the crap going on in my life right now. Looks like things are going to get better now, so no more slacking. I'm going back to doing my eating & exercise the way I got good results in the past, but making sure I get enough sodium & fat in my diet, I learned that lesson. If I make it through the week without messing up, I will be eating candy on Easter! Oh, I finally got called for a job interview too, it's with a discount retailer called Ross. The appt. is for tomorrow, I'm supposed to wear relaxed business attire, I have nothing to wear. They just called me today to come in tomorrow & I have no money to buy anything. This should be interesting, but if I get the job I get discounts on clothing, shoes & housewares. That will make me happy!

04-18-2011, 11:21 PM
Fruitlady-Good luck with the interview tomorrow! Whatever you end up wearing, hold your head high and walk in like you own the place.;)

PP-Thanks for the link for the bras. I'll check it out.

Sat through an hour and a half of band concert tonight on gymnasium bleachers....I'm sore. LOL! They couldn't have it in the auditorium due to preparing for another production. I like listening to the bands, but that was too long for me to sit in one place.

I'm really shooting for a 5 mile walking workout in the morning. I hope I can get up in time to do it. I'm excited about the challenge we have going. Even if I don't make my short term goal, I am sure it will get me back on track!!:carrot:

04-19-2011, 09:07 AM
Good morning.

Ate badly again yesterday, but at least I am exercising. Must be strong today. It's hard, when I know there will be events this week where I'll want to--and will--eat off plan--so my sneaky brain says, you know you're going to blow your diet, so why try to hard to stay on it the rest of the time?

Anyway, I must run--time to go exercise.

04-19-2011, 10:43 AM
Good day, all! Day 39 (I recounted again today) of our challenge - and by golly, the next one is going to count UP because I'm the worst at counting down. I always thought if I'm ever stopped by the cops and told to say the alphabet backwards, that won't go well, even though I don't drink! Ummm... Z ...(then whisper the whole thing to myself to get to the XYZ, yes, Y!) sheesh. Anyway I got out and walked three miles at lunch on the canal here while talking on the phone with my cousin. Then was told by hubby that I've gone over minutes for this month by $50. ACK. Used up all the rolled over minutes and apparently have an expensive walking partner across the country. Got my hair cut last night - like it - then made a spicy angel hair pasta dish - then we went for a three-mile walk on the trail behind our home ... and got rained on for the last 3/4 mile. It was chilly, too! On my 100-mile challenge, I have walked 48 miles in April, with 52 left to go. Won't get out today - bad storms - so will try to get on the treadmill tonight. Hubby is meeting me for lunch at a Cajun-style quick local joint ... unless it's storming horribly, I asked him to not drive if it's bad.

Found out that my goal of hitting the beaches in Tampa for memorial day won't be happening as the stepdaughter's school ISN'T done on Tuesday like she said... that's the first day of their exams, so no go. Now I want to just hit SOME beach that weekend :) hard in the middle of the country.

Annie - How was your walking workout this morning? Your pic came out GREAT! I have such a hard time finding sports bras that are comfy - have to try on a lot of them. Are you getting ANY of this rain at ALL?? I saw a headline that said "horses on fire in Texas" from all the wildfires but couldn't read the story. That would stick with me forever.

FL - GOOD LUCK on your interview today - go get 'em!!

LUCKY - good job on getting started with the activity! We've got kind of a challenge to ourselves that will get us to Memorial Day - now we've got 39 days left ... just to kick up the activity as much as we can and hopefully start a bit of summer in better shape!
Better get back to work - will check in later!

04-19-2011, 11:48 AM
FL - good luck on the job interview

Everyone sounds busy, read all the posts, but had no time to catch up yesterday, work is busy and I hope to catch up before I am off for a week and ahalf. My home computer is working so great right now so I may dissapear till May 2 or 3.
Had a good food day yesterday and off to a good start today, put some muffins in the oven last night then hubby and I walked out the door to play our first game of tennis. It was fun but the courts still have some snow so we just played in a school paved area! I don't care I am tired of being stuck inside it was fun. Came home and remembered the muffins in the oven :P , son was home and he accidently turned the oven off instead of the stove when he finished cooking, so at least the muffins were a little salvagable, I was sooo looking forward to a nice low fat banana muffin this morning! Aging is grand!!! NOT......

04-19-2011, 12:24 PM
FL, good luck on your interview. I love Ross! The prices are great.

Ashley, Kudos on the tennis game! Lucky you son turned off the oven, that might have been a mess!

NP, I have to sing the Sesame Street alphabet song just to get through them front to back. Backwards, HA!

Annie, Target also sells Champion bras but I haven't looked there.

I forgot to post a funny 'this is why I lift weights' story. I admit to being a little bit of a show-off when it comes to being strong, and I'm always looking for ways to tease my hubby. Today, we drove into the parking lot of Lowe's, I saw a man in his late 60's pushing a dolly of concrete bags up to his truck. I pointed him out to Hubby and said half-jokingly "should I offer to help him out?". We walked up to him and I expected Hubby to offer to help, but he said "my wife says she'd be glad to help you" The man laughed up until the time I squatted, picked up a 40lb bag of concrete and threw it into the back of the truck. Hubby said the guy looked stunned. They chatted while I threw the rest of the concrete into the back for him. He thanked us and we walked away. Hubby said the man looked like he needed help but didn't want to offer himself and embarress the man, who might turn down another man's offer of help, and he knows I'm always willing to show off..

04-19-2011, 12:52 PM
Hey gang. In a melancholy mood here this morning. It is the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing and it always brings me down. I always have one face in my mind when I think of that horrible day. It is of a little boy named Blake Kennedy. He was one of the little ones killed that day in the day care center. He easily could have been my son...a blond, smiling angel in his picture. Just typing this chokes me up. I just know I will never forget that day and I hope no one else does, either. We must remember that evil is all around and we must fight for what is good and right. Thanks for letting me say that.

I was able to get 4 miles of the 5 mile walk in this morning. I honestly think I need a new alarm clock. I'll try to make this as short as I can.... I have always been in the habit of hitting "snooze" a few times before rising, I've never been one to just jump out of bed. It seems like in the past that when I hit the "snooze" button on an alarm clock, it gave me 5 min. or less to doze. I bought a new alarm clock last year and it gives 10 min. per "snooze", which is way too long for me. I set my alarm for 0500 and by the time I hit "snooze" 2 or 3 times, it's 0530 before I know it. I know this sounds silly and childish (because as an adult I should be able to just adapt), but I want a clock that gives me about 5 min. per "snooze" so I can get up sooner. I know, now that I typed it out it sounds really dumb:(....but that's how I feel. I am going to look around.:p

So, since last night's supper plans were dashed on the rocks, I am making it tonight. Going to do grilled tilapia, cilantro/lime rice and baby carrots. I think I will boil the carrots, as not sure if they will work if I steam them. Anyone ever steamed baby carrots?? I know it's healthier, just not sure how long it would take.

Kitteh said, "It's hard, when I know there will be events this week where I'll want to--and will--eat off plan--so my sneaky brain says, you know you're going to blow your diet, so why try to hard to stay on it the rest of the time?"-Sistah, I am the same way lately. Normally, I am able to stick to plan and look forward to the upcoming treat. I am planning to make Easter dinner next Sunday which includes a sinful chocolate cake (with buttercream frosting....:o) and want to be as good as I can this week so I don't feel too badly about indulging. We'll see how it goes...good luck to you!!:hug:

NP-I found a link about the horses you mentioned....not a happy one, but it does verify what you saw.


...No, we haven't had a drop of rain here. I noticed some grasses already brown like they are in August around here. I really hope we get some rain this week, there is a chance later. Also hoping that it doesn't just run off because the ground is so dry and flood.

Yep, it is hard to find a good sports bra that fits, doesn't give the "una-boob" look and doesn't cost a fortune. I looked at the links PP posted, but I have to try them on, etc. I may go look at Academy soon.

Ashley-Hope the over-done banana muffins tasted good and your efforts weren't completely for naught. Good job getting out to play even if all the snow isn't gone yet.:carrot:

PP-This is you...:lifter:....glad to hear you squatted first.:D Awesome!!

FL-Let us know how the interview goes.

Have a wonderful day everyone!!

04-19-2011, 06:07 PM
Thanks all- for all the good luck for the interview.
If i get hired I'll get 20% discount anytime & 40% discount three times a year. I'll end up spending my paycheck there! Not Good!

The interview went ok, manager said they have to run a backround check then they will call me. I'm not worried, I'm not a criminal. I forgot to ask how long that takes, I don't know when to expect the call. I wore a nice sweater, black dress jeans & black shoes w/ a small heal. I wore what I had, glad I didn't over dress cause it didn't seem like that kind of store.

I was nervous about the interview & ate 7 Hershey kisses before I left, also ate a huge breakfast, including dinner I'll be over my calorie limit by 400! I was full, but couldn't stop eating cause somehow it calmed my nerves. Other than the kisses, all the food was clean & healthy at least. Rode the bike after breakfast for 20min, didn't want to walk cause it's pouring and cold again. Just having my lean protein for dinner and that's it for me! Oh, lost 2oz, i expected it to be more, so that was a downer this morning.

04-19-2011, 06:44 PM
I did 45min weights. I skipped about 5 min; the deadlifts {never a favorite} and some of the abs. I used the 8's and 13's,

We got an email that we can go pick up the stove tonight! My parents are coming to help so I guess we are having a stove-coming party!

FL, I'm sure you looked great, and the interview went well.

Annie, the DJ's were talking about the OKC bombing today. Hubby's Bday is 9/11, so its always hard to celebrate. My snooze is closer to 7min.

04-19-2011, 09:11 PM
Hi All...busy posters again..I need to step it up...in a blue mood as the 1st anniversary of my Mom's death is coming up...going to start a boot camp lite on Monday...hope I dont embarass myself...getting fitted for running shoes on Thursday...my sneakers are in sad shape..

04-20-2011, 09:22 AM
Today is one of my early mornings for Bible study; I'm not really a morning person, but come May I'll get a break until August. Hubby has to get up a 5:30 for work but he's the one who doesn't want to go to bed until 11:30, and then wants to sleep late all weekend. I only have a few early mornings a week but try to get up at least by 8:30 the rest of the week to develop a schedule.

I got my new stove last night about 8pm. I have to 'conditon" the oven for an hour at 400* today before I can use it, the instructions warn of an 'odor'. Great. But I'm looking forward to getting to use it.

Jules, sorry for the loss of your Mom. :hug:

04-20-2011, 11:02 AM
NP- love your weights story!

Jules - sorry to hear about your mom, you must miss her. Hope your boot camp and shoe fitting goes well.

Annie - the bombing was such a tragedy, we don't forget days like that.

FL - glad your interview went well!

Had a good day foodwise yesterday it is nice to be able to eat healthier low fat versions of Chicken alfredo and still have it count in one's calories. . have to stop the stupid prozac I am having a terrible reaction to it. My face and eyes and lips are swoellen and itchy and burning ... yuck, and taking doulble doses of allergy meds to help with this, and I am nervious and jittery and feel very sick to my stomach. I will just have to pray more instead!
last day of work till the 3rd yay......

04-20-2011, 11:54 AM
OK, everyone, Day 38 of our challenge!! Memorial Day weekend is coming up quickly, it seems (at least to my white, dimply, big thighs) ... Got in another three miles on the trail right before the storms moved in last night, and were serenaded by the tornado sirens on the way home - which raises my stress levels like crazy. Have done 51 miles/49 to go in my April Challenge to myself. Won't make it to 100 miles but I'll see what I can do and try to top that next month... I guess.

Ashley - how exciting to be heading out!!! Are you all set to do some shopping on your trip, too? Do you have Kohls there? If not, that's a good spot for clothes as well as JCPenneys that i know you were looking forward to. Just don't buy anything full price at Kohls.

PP - great news on the oven - is it a cold day there so you can actually enjoy the heat from it while it's on today? Hope it doesn't stink you out of there.

FL - good news on the interview! Keep us posted. We've got our fingers crossed for you!

Annie - I have an L L Bean or Land's End alarm clock that wakes me up with light flashing but then it goes to an EH EH EH sound if I don't wake up - but I always do ... but the snooze on that one is like 5 minutes. I really like it as it's old fashioned looking :) clock face, not digital. Well, now I can't find it on their sites... shoot. You could choose any colors that were like from the 50s :) I have a very light pastel yellow and love it! But good luck in your search - love the light waking me up, though. ... and on a side note, we're getting FLOODED now. Not my house, but they've got the sand bags available, etc. Our home should be fine even with more rain, but streets are getting hammered.

Jules - hang in there - this WILL be a tough time for you. Do you have things you do that make you feel closer to her/her memory? My mom's a BIG tea drinker, so when I pour a cup of tea in a pretty tea cup and relax and enjoy it, I always think of her.

Kitteh - hang in there! Sounds like you're running on all cylinders now. Keep up the exercise for stress relief :)

04-20-2011, 12:20 PM
Feeling great today. Sore but great. Hour and a half on the wii..Now going for a walk .. Have a good day Keep moving !

Penguin, I Love the Wii. Wii fit has yoga strenghth training and step class all in one. Plus some fun games to mess around with and sweat.

Fruit, Its more of a 6 day cleanse..Not alot of fun but works and i am hoping it kick starts me ..I lost 3.1 lbs first 2 days.. guess we will see what happens.

NP, Love the challenge things like that keep me moving :)

04-20-2011, 12:24 PM
PP have fun with your oven!

thanks NP, we head to montana on sunday and they only have a jc pennys. My big trip is in Sept in spokane and they have kohls but montana doesnt. I always watch fot the extra % off as i have khols charge card as well. Pennys have nice brasand i like at good prices and some athletic gear and purses and stuff for the grandkids.

You actually have tornado warning sirens? We get tornado warnings here and had a bad one in 1987 or 89 but no sirens. A few people died and it is now known as blacK friday but I forget the month. Hope you dont get flooded out

04-20-2011, 03:54 PM
Tornado sirens are serious business in my neck of the woods. They are tested each and every Saturday at 1200 noon on the dot, no matter what part of the city/metro you are in. It is always fun listening to the dogs howl and bark. Always spooky even if you do know it's noon on Saturday.

Not time for a long catch up today. Just note that I am going to attempt to repair my kitchen faucet myself this evening. It is leaking and I think I can do it. (Might want to watch your local late news for any breaking stories about flooded neighborhoods in Oklahoma showing a desperate woman holding her mini-Dachshund and wading out holding her disconnected faucet in her hands.):D

Also discovered another LOVELY issue this morning. It was in the 40s overnight so I turned on the furnace to warm up the house. I was enveloped by the smell of something dead coming from the vents/ducts. I'm thinking a mouse must have gotten in there and died. :barf: Not sure if I can do anything about it, but while I'm being a chest-beating Ms. Fixit, I am going to poke my head up into the attic and see if I can tell where the smell is coming from......again, watch for breaking news about a woman falling off a ladder,. etc in Ok....:rolleyes:

I'll let you all know how it goes. If I don't report back, call 911 (JUST KIDDING!!).

04-20-2011, 04:00 PM
Annie - we're a day and an hour earlier than you - Fridays at 11 a.m. for the tornado siren tests. Wonder why they do it differently? Scared the heck outta my dad the first time he was up here and RIGHT in front of one. Look at the upside - if you flood your house, open all the doors so your yard and gardens get the water!!

04-20-2011, 04:19 PM
...Look at the upside - if you flood your house, open all the doors so your yard and gardens get the water!!

LOL!!:beach: Will do!

That is odd about the tornado siren testing time. Must be a Civil Defense thing across the country??

04-20-2011, 04:25 PM
Due to popular demand our T-siren test was changed to Wed closer to 3pm. I think people complained that it woke them up on Sat, LOL. The sirens started to blow last night at 11pm, just when we were getting into bed.

Annie, proud of you for attempting to fix your faucet. Eww, on the dead thing.

NP, high is 70* but its closer to 63* and raining off and on. I have the windows open and the overhead vent going full blast but its still stinky. I'm just happy the fire alarm didn't go off! I'm hiding in the less smelly back of the house.

04-20-2011, 05:40 PM
I did my TM intervals today. I'm happy to report I did all intervals at my regular speed, no dropping speed on the new last one!

04-20-2011, 06:07 PM
I did my TM intervals today. I'm happy to report I did all intervals at my regular speed, no dropping speed on the new last one!


04-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Evening plans are [hopefully] leftovers from last night with some sweet potato wedges - I want something QUICK and yummy. I'm LOVING these Johnsonville turkey/cheddar sausages - hard to describe but not high calories. Anyway I've bought a pkg the past several months after a great $1.50 coupon lured me in :) ... Then hopefully a hike in the park which will be soaked and muddy ... but at least fresh air and exercise ... I'm sure we'll be bundled up because it's cold today. Not Ashley Canada weather cold, but cold.

Speaking of which, Ashley - safe travels, chiquita!!!

Lucky - GREAT job on the wii!!

PP - You, too - kicking it on that TM!!

04-20-2011, 08:19 PM
Looks like you won't see me on the news tonight, ladies. I changed the O rings in my kitchen faucet all by myself and IT WORKS!!:carrot::carrot: No floods! I can't do anything about whatever is in my ductwork, but I did put some air fresheners made to put in with the filters to help. I don't plan to turn the heat on again unless absolutely necessary. I switched on the A/C just to see if it smelled as bad (I had the A/C on all day yesterday until it cooled off in the evening and never smelled anything....I think the heat activated the stench....bleh), so hopefully it will just dry up and stop stinking. I may have fiance help me investigate next time he is here.

So yeah....I am HANDYWOMAN!!:D

04-20-2011, 08:42 PM
Hi all!
Today was a partially nice day here, cloudy & damp til 3pm., then the sun came out, it got to 60 deg. I rode the bike after breakfast for 20min, than after dinner I went for a 25min. walk. It was beautiful outside, but tomorrow more rain, yuck! Supposed to rain on & off til Monday, so much for a sunny warm Easter. I could count the days we had sunny days in the past month. My stomach is better if I walk or do some type of exercise after meals, it aids digestion & makes me feel so much better. If it would get warmer & stop raining so much, I'd be out every night. Got up this morning feeling optimistic about everything going on, it actually felt like things are coming together & I will be at peace & happy for once. I wasn't really thinking about Easter before, but now I feel like I want to enjoy it. I finally got the decorations out & put them on the mantel w/ some purple lights, I like it. I'm dying eggs on Friday & there are three things I want to do on Easter. Go to the buffet for lunch( I know, not a good idea), lay around & watch a movie( never do that) & eat Easter candy during the movie( never do that either) I haven't watched a movie in ages. I lost another pound, I'm being real good with eating this week, I want to enjoy Easter even though I'll gain alot of weight . Gotta enjoy life sometimes!

04-20-2011, 09:10 PM
FL--the east coast certainly has had a strange spring...hubby gets SAD and I look forwrd to spring and sunny days...but they seem to be few and far between this season...I am going to color eggs with the grandboys Friday night...enjoy yourself and I hope you do find your peace

Annie--my 23 year old daughter was so proud of herself...hubs has bursitis in his right elbow and was having lots of problems till we finally found a doctor who diagnosed it and gave him a shot...she asked how to do it and was so excited to do it all by her big girl self as she said..

NP--how do you make your sweet potato wedges...I LOVE them...I bought me some flowers and will pick up some for my daughter and son's girlfriend and mother to his two boys for Easter but it feels weird not buying them for my mom but there is an older friend of mine who was never married and has no family...she moved to California but we keep in touch on Facebook and she gives me good advice from time to time...I am ordering a vase of proflowers for he...kinda in honor of my mom.

PP--we bought a fridge about 10 years ago and my stove is over 20 years old...thinking of a new one...My father passed away too last summer...he remarried when I was 12 and picked her family over us so I have always had daddy issues and now I have guilt cause I wasnt there for him like I was my mom, but she was my best friend and go to person, he didnt really want me and my brother till the end...

Ashley--if you dont here from me Monday night wait til Tuesday nefore you worry..lol...some of my olf high school friends are doing the boot camp lite and encouraged me to come..I never shopped at Kohlstil recently...I really like it...they have an email list that they send you coupons

gem--you sound like you are doing good with the exercise

well I raked my acorns and sticks before this and I am tired...have a great evening!

04-20-2011, 10:41 PM
Jules-:hug: I had almost the same situation with my Dad and Mom after they divorced. It was hard, but peace was made long ago and I am glad. He died in 2007, my Mom in 2001. One of the biggest blessings was Dad telling me that he received (on the day Mom died) a letter from her telling her she forgave him. She had had a hard time doing that over the years and felt it might keep her out of heaven, bless her heart. All was well with every one when they both passed, each at their own time.:)

04-21-2011, 07:44 AM
Annie--thanks...we had a love hate relationship..my Dad and me..Mom had forgiven him before she died and we always had something sometimes good sometimes bad...my brother and him had not talked in 20 years and then Dad had to say stupid stuff...his memories of the past and ours didnt always agree...but me and my brother were there the night he passed and he held my brothers hand..if I knew what was going to happen would I have spent more time with him even though he had a way of hurting my feelings...yes...but hindsight is 20/20

04-21-2011, 09:12 AM
Good morning.

Another type-by posting. Today is my last day at my current position, so I'm anxious and excited and sad. I've been exercising--good--but not eating very well--bad!. Another stressful day tomorrow at the new job, then a very busy weekend. Come Monday, things should settle down and I can focus on getting back on track as far as eating.

Congrats where due, and condolences as appropriate.

Have a good day, everyone.

04-21-2011, 03:26 PM
Hello - finally a sunny day! Yay! If only for one day as storms move back in tonight. Have our second dog obedience class tonight - DH is coming with me this time (well, for the next few weeks as his work sked allows), so that'll be interesting. Last night I made the quick dinner and then we went out for a walk a while later - up until we were stopped by a lake on the trail - it was so flooded out. Only got in about 3.5 miles and was hoping for 5-6. Oh well, it was good nonetheless. Came home and took a bubble bath :) aaahhh.

Jules - I cut up the sweet potatoes after peeling and toss them with olive oil (or spray with the olive oil spray) and add garlic salt and a lot of black pepper and bake at 400 for awhile probaby 18 mins - i have to watch them every time as it depends on how thin I've cut them. But we love them! I turn them halfway thru. What a nice thought with the flowers - hopefully that brings joy to you both!

Have done well eating and activity this week but am up several pounds on the scale. But had a turkey salad at Subway for lunch and cooked up chicken several diff ways last night so we have our choice for a quick dinner tonight afterward. Trying to push thru and not get disappointed.

Day 37 of our challenge - everyone still kickin' it? And Losing80, Ange, Barb - where are you? Stop in and chat! :) Guess Ashley's off on her journey now!!

04-21-2011, 03:35 PM
I got my new vacuum cleaner today! I vacuumed just the 5x8 area rug and filled up the canister with mostly dog fur! I guess this is modern technology at work; vast improvement over my 35yr old vacuum. Today was the last lesson of Bible study for this year. Just two more meetings next week and they are both luncheons!

Pilates later!

04-21-2011, 06:22 PM
I've been randomly vacuuming stuff. April doesn't like it, its too noisy, and wants to run away. I also did a 37min Pilates DVD.

04-21-2011, 06:40 PM
jules- thank you

The sun was out the whole day, only 58 deg. That's ok, at least the sun is shining. Tomorrow, rain again. Walked for 28min. & am going out again after dinner. After breakfast I started eating raisins, well I got hooked. Ended up eating 390calories worth! Then I had 8 tiny peanut chews. So of course I'm over my limit by 540! My weight is down, i always sabotage myself. Could have been worse I guess. I'm looking forward to Saturday, my old best friend wants to meet me at the Farmer's Mkt. She said she wants me to tell her about fruit & nutrition. Maybe I have inspired her to eat better, she's about 50lbs. overweight now, was thin til her 30's. I hope i can help her improve her health, she means alot to me. We had so many good times when we were young. With the thoughts of Easter coming soon, I keep thinking of junk food, I gotta stop! I have 2 more days to be on track, ate candy today, but still planning to not count calories!

04-21-2011, 10:58 PM
Just a quick check in. Have had a busy and weird day. Had an issue at work but I did my job and took care of the situation.:)

I've been doing pretty good on food, but have snuck in treats so I hope I haven't done any damage. Not too excited to weigh in the morning but I'll put on my big-girl panties and step on!!

Still no rain. It was funny today at work. Severe thunderstorm warnings kept popping up for the SE part of the state and I thought, "Show offs.:mad:" Made me laugh at myself.

Got a little cleaning done tonight and getting ready for the weekend. Going to plant flowers, hopefully work on younger son's room and cook for my family. I'm still planning to bake the cake for Easter Sunday and boy am I looking forward to eating it.:(

PP-It made me giggle to imagine you running all over your house vacuuming.:D Enjoy!!

04-22-2011, 09:03 AM
Good morning.

Ate badly again yesterday, but had some good exercise. Today is my first day at my new job, so my anxiety level is high.

PPenguin--Glad you are enjoying your new vac. Doesn't it feel good to have all that pet hair sucked up?

Have a great day everyone.

04-22-2011, 11:25 AM
Quiet day at home today, unless Hubby decides to surprise me. I never know with him! :p

Last year {or year before?} I bought one of those packages of 3 peony roots at Walmart. I carefully planted/marked two and then stuck the other in the ground in the back. The two came up but with only a few leaves each, but the forgotten one in the back came out with a vengence and has a bloom! Figures! So I'll be moving the carefully planted two into the back with the forgotten one!

04-22-2011, 11:27 AM
Back to the rainy, stormy days here for the next couple of days. Annie, if I could pack up this rain and send it your way, I'd be delighted. ENOUGH. Flooding expected, etc. Did you decide to do two single-layer cakes for Easter or a regular one? (or do a regular one, cut in half and ice them both as half cakes?)

Good luck with the new position, Kitteh - hope you get some time this weekend for a little R&R to regroup and relax!!

The dog training was cancelled last night so we took the opportunity to go out to dinner (AGAIN) and run a lot of oddball errands I needed to get done. Planned on Olive Garden but the wait was 30 minutes and we didn't want that THAT bad ... (prefer our local Italian spots but the salad/breadsticks sounded good) ... ended up at IHOP - ack! I got a veggie omelette but then whammied myself with swapping the pancakes for a side of hash browns. Good and counted it all to the best of my ability, but dove deeply into the weekly points.

Today is a work lunch out but I plan to just get a baked potato and enjoy it. No bbq. Boss' birthday so I stopped for specialty donuts this morning and they're tempting me but so far, haven't given it :) yay. (Have to admit I did give in to about 1/2 cup of cheese/caramel popcorn, though - yes, in the morning. Someone had brought that in and it's delish but a fat monger.)

PP - glad to hear the new vac is working well and you're having fun experimenting with it - we finally got a new filter for ours and it's working like new - yay! It was only five years old, and I'm saving up for a carpet cleaner.

Losing80 if you're around - i got that stick blender last night and we picked up frozen fruit at Target to get started this weekend. ... went to BB&B and a coworker told me they weren't taking old coupons anymore but I asked at the desk and she said, of course I will. Well, I had several coupons and we ended up saving nearly $20 there! We bought two cool expensive tumblers and straws so we know whose is whose and I'm kinda excited - had gift cards from our wedding and with the coupons, we scored big.

Rambly note - sorry.

04-22-2011, 12:51 PM
Howdy all!! A blessed Good Friday to all.

Was happy to see 154 on the scale this morning. Hoping I don't cancel that out with eating this weekend.

NP-Sounds like a smoothie-kind of weekend for you!! Enjoy. Sigh, although I had good intentions, I'll probably go all out and do both layers for the cake. I bought some pretty decorations and if I only do one layer it might look goofy sitting in my big glass cake plate.....good excuse, huh.:(

LOL, I went into our office here at work and there was a lovely jar of jelly beans just ripe for the picking. I took 5 of them and off I went. Next time I walked by there was a sign up, "Guess the # of jelly beans..." LOL!! I confessed and told them how many I took so their # would be accurate....then they taped the lid on.:D

Picked up some bedding plants last night, but didn't get all that I wanted. Going to stop at a different place after work today and hope to get what I want; I hate having to run all over town to different places. Will work on planting this weekend. There is a movie out that I really want to see, I may try to get to a matinee tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day everyone!!

04-22-2011, 04:45 PM
I did 41min of boxing today. Now that I'm all icky, I should go outside and work in the yard.

04-22-2011, 07:24 PM
Had a good eating day, rode bike for 16min. Real busy, so didn't have time for a walk. Too cold & cloudy anyway. Gained 1.5 lbs. Was it from that little bit of candy I had? I hope not, I was doing good all week, only 2 days I had a little candy this week. A gain is how I get repaid for not binging on peanut butter or ice cream for 7 days! I'm disgusted!

04-23-2011, 12:17 PM
Hi ..well I decided to stop my cleanse.. was not thinking about it being Easter this weekend...lol
Gonna start back on it tuesday. Did lose 6.2 lbs hope i can keep atleast half that off till then.Not worried about the candy but if I have to cook all that food I know I am gonna eat some of it ..

Been working out everyday so not to worried.. Have a great weekend everyone.

04-23-2011, 01:40 PM
Ok - it's easter weekend and I've asked my mom NOT to do the easter candy thing - (yes i'm old and my mom still plays the easter bunny!)

Annie - that is too funny about the jelly beans.. ha ha ha - i probably would have done the same thing!

Gem - enjoy the easter weekend we can always pick up - i think we owe ourselves a little treat now and again.

FL - with the bike riding etc - is it possible you've added muscle? not fat - weighs more and is more dense. i try to temper my weigh ins with measure ins to help understand what i've added or subtracted from my body.

((hugs)) to all - today is Sunny here in the NW - and i want to get my house cleaning done so i can go out and enjoy it!

04-23-2011, 01:49 PM
Cleaning house today. I gotto try my new vacuum out today. Score= Vacuum 1, Penguin 1/2. I got the house vacuumed but I kept pushing the wrong buttons, and once an attachment fell off the back and scared me. Will do better next time. Weights for later.

Sillycat, My Mom gave me an Easter basket until I was 40! I'm not sure why she stopped, I enjoyed it!

Lucky, good job on those 6lbs.

FL, I've felt like that. I have one treat and the next day I'm up several lbs. ACK!

04-23-2011, 01:58 PM
Hey gang!! I'm planning to take off in a bit and go see Water For Elephants. I read the book and the movie looks like it will be good.

I think I am going to invest in a new scale. We went and had Mexican last night for supper. I know I took in alot of sodiuim and my fingers felt really swollen when I woke up today. Stepped on the scale and I was up 3 pounds from yesterday's weigh-in!!:o I know I was retaining fluid after all the salt, but really....3 pounds??

Gemini-I plan to enjoy Easter dinner, too. Including the chocolate cake with buttercream frosting I am making tonight!!:dizzy:

FL-Hang in there!

Sillycat-Hope your work is all done so you can go out and play!:)

PP-I'm still smiling thinking of you and your vacuum adventures!!

Later today or early evening I plan to get out and plant my annuals after I clean the helicopters out of the flower beds. I'm ready for some color! It was so nice to be in the nursery smelling the dirt and plants yesterday.:)

04-23-2011, 02:42 PM
ok girls...I am over 200 lbs...I am working on it...I have been talking to several 40 somethings and I am wondering if a 5 lb fluctuation when you are doing all the right things is normal...but if you all are having issues at much lower weights...how am I ever going to get there...ugh....I cant get into the I give up mentality...I am running...(lol...jogging is more the case)...I am not going to to the boot camp cause hubby ranted...once he stopped ranting and I realized that he is not so much trying to control me a its a if we have the grandboys on the weekend...I am running three days...if I add two more days of boot camp after a 10 hour day putting me home closer to bedtime...when am I ever going to have time for him....or all the work that comes with 32 acres of woods and a garden and trying to maintain a yard...and then theres the house work...

enjoying the boys...hope you are having a great weekend...wish me luck tomorrow..we will have the additional new baby so my son and girlfriend can go out for their anniversary..shes so miffed it feel on Easter..

04-23-2011, 03:08 PM
Jules, I think for most women (at any size), a 5 pound fluctuation is pretty normal, but it sure is frustrating. Is there any way you might consider getting up an hour earlier a few times a week and doin an exercise DVD before shower and work? That's what I do because I have no other time I am willing to devote to exercise. I use the Walk At Home DVDs by Leslie Sansone and average 3 miles/5 days a week. Hang in there!!

04-23-2011, 03:15 PM
Jules - hang in there - we all have those fluctuations - it's water combined with just stuff in our systems - so do not give up!! Hubby isn't trying to control you but sometimes when we start taking care of ourselves they feel left out i think - but then who am i to talk?? i'm single.. oh well - hang in there sweetie - you do need to find time for yourself regardless of the goings on in the world.

I'm with Annie if i didn't get up early to do the exercise before shower and work i just wouldn't be able to fit it in - or just wouldn't do it - work is crazy these days and that's just about the only time i'm home and can carve out the time.

04-23-2011, 05:56 PM
Waddle-by post! I cleaned house this morning, then did 55mins of weights. Gotta think about starting dinner. ACK!

04-23-2011, 06:12 PM
I agree with you, Sillycat- I think it makes them uneasy - like we're trying to change for no good reason. I've been noticing that a bit and have kind of gone along with eating more "stuff" the past two week - we've exercised a LOT ...but my weight went up last week and back to what it was this week. NO progress. ... except for measurement-wise - fit into smaller jeans that I've been wanting to get into, so I'm happy about that.

Annie - I'M STILL laughing at your jelly bean story :) Told DH it last night and he got a kick out of it. Enjoy your movie - let us know how it is. I prob would get too emotional at it b/c I feel so sorry for circus animals.

PP - keep meaning to ask you - not sure if you're a penguin FAN but have you seen that video of the penguin so excited at being tickled? I think it's just enchanting. LOVE it!

Went to ww this morning - down 0.6 - what I gained last week. After all this activity i thought i'd be down more. Pooh. Double pooh that I'm just at the same spot that I was two weeks ago, but have walked about 40 miles in the meantime! oh well, onward and forward - will be on the treadmill tonight as hubby is working nights and it's going to storm. Doing laundry (my fav chore) and need to clean up stuff. As always, it seems!

Jules - hang in there - if you're seeing the fluctuations daily - can you skip a few days between weighings? Or weigh just once/week - same time, same clothes, etc.?

04-23-2011, 06:25 PM
PP - keep meaning to ask you - not sure if you're a penguin FAN but have you seen that video of the penguin so excited at being tickled? I think it's just enchanting. LOVE it!


04-23-2011, 07:58 PM

okay - i have watched it again and I'm STILL SMILING - how sweet/cute. I do put human characteristics on animals :)

Losing80 - if you're still around here, I took your advice for the stick blender and bought it - LOVE IT. Have to exchange it for one without a split ... but hubby made a strawberry one last night and prepped a protein choc shake for the morning ... and I just made one with pineapple. I detest yogurt, though, so am off to google to see if I can freeze milk :) I used 1/2 cup light vanilla ice cream and frozen pineapple and Milk and a smidge of toasted coconut. FILLING and got in my dairy!

Went to Target for hair color and ended up picking up another pair of workout pants they're selling that I really like - this should be my last (third) pair! Hopefully the next ones are a size smaller :)

04-23-2011, 09:11 PM
Raining again! No walk, just rode the bike for 20min. The scale was 8 oz. down this morning, but still not back to what I was before the mystery gain. Do you guys gain when you eat just a little bit of candy?? I don't think I gained muscle, I don't exercise that much, I've done the same amount for 3 yrs. I do see a change in my body, my weight doesn't respond the same way to eating clean or exercise the way it did. I can't drop weight quick anymore, nor do I gain 6 lbs overnight from having a huge calorie intake like before, more like 2-3lbs now. Either my metabolism is slowing down due to age or my weight is trying to stabilize. Even if I cut calories down to 1200 it does nothing. At least i did good w/ eating clean today & only went 70 calories over because I ate a little extra chicken at dinner. If the scale isn't down tomorrow, something weird is going on!

04-23-2011, 10:11 PM
FL - I hate to see you stress so much about small fluctuations on the scale there are so, so many other reasons, other than JUST the food intake and output through the various ways, on why our weight fluctuates, for example if it's humid, we gain weight, if it's dry, we lose through breathing - we're completely chemicals and it's how they interact to what we might weigh one moment - an hour later with no food intake it might be different. I can only imagine that stressing about ounces on a daily basis is just going to be torture for you each day. Any way that you could check with a therapist to find some peace with it?

Haven't gotten my activity in yet today - so better get my rear in gear. Had halfway decided to skip it and just put on music and dance all around - so I'm thinking about that for a change from the walking! :) I'm NOT the most graceful/surefooted one, so ... could be fun as I'm the only one home tonight. DH is working nights again.

04-23-2011, 10:47 PM
OMG - that penguin is sooo cute!!! ha ha ha - thanks guys i needed that - he's awesome!

04-24-2011, 12:19 PM
Hello - another rainy morning here. (Not showing off, Annie!) Got on the treadmill for a good workout and I'm planning to get back on again this evening ... push myself a bit here on Day 34 of our challenge to get us to Memorial Day Weekend! Think I'll take the dog out for a walk after lunch even if it's raining lightly ...

Used to do pilates and yoga a LOT and now am completely out of the habit (easier when I lived alone, I know for a fact) and thought I'm going to try to work up to doing the plank - omg - I'm SO out of shape corewise. I feel I could walk 20 miles in a day on a long hike, but stay up in plank position for 20 seconds? Nope!

Sillycat and Annie - I'm going to try to get in the habit of getting up earlier to exercise on days that I can't walk at lunch - to add to it - DH and I get out and walk the trail most days (unless he's working nights) but maybe that'll help me kick off some more fat. I seemed to be doing better at losing before I ramped up the activity a few weeks ago ... but now I'm seeing more of a change in what I'm able cram my body in (jeans that I can now button/zip but wouldn't be seen in public yet). Maybe both will kick in together - lose inches and weight one month! :) My CHOICE is to lose inches because that's what people see, more than the number on the scale, which gets too much into our minds and plays with us ... but if I'm paying for ww, I want to see progress there, too :) I was eating healthy choices before - just too large portions.

Off to shower - Happy Easter to all who celebrate it - have a wonderful Sunday to all!

04-24-2011, 01:31 PM
Happy Easter!

NP, that penguin IS adorable! thanks for the link! I find straight arm planks to be easier than the bent arm kind. I usually do more pilates/yoga {barefoot workouts} in the summer because its warm!

04-24-2011, 03:01 PM
The scale was way down, I'm happy. I stayed on plan all week so I could eat more on Easter. Now, my inlaws have me pissed, they love talking behind my back about things they are only assuming, not knowing the real story. I'm so mad I have to go there for dinner, I'm not eating anything, that will give them something to talk about! I'm only going to be with my daughter on Easter. I have no appetite at all, don't even want candy.

04-24-2011, 03:37 PM
Hallelujah! It's Easter Sunday AND we are finally getting a good soaking rain!!! The grass already looks greener, but it may just be the Dust Bowl being washed away. So thankful for the rain.

Dinner is almost ready and I will enjoy with my sons. Then cake! I'll post a pic of the sinful concoction later.;)

Love you all and am so thankful for this board.:hug:

04-24-2011, 05:38 PM
Hi all - and Happy Easter!

whew - just got my work out in for the day - feel good to have it behind me - slept late today - work is kicking my tail! Felt nice - off to shower and hang out with the family.

(making that chicken chili tonight Annie - good food easy to reheat for dinner this week!)

04-24-2011, 08:48 PM
I'm glad you enjoy the chicken dish, Silly. Do you wrap it in tortillas?

04-24-2011, 10:15 PM
nope - just put it in a bowl and enjoy - if i am in a mood to splurge i do put some baked tostitos on it..

04-24-2011, 10:17 PM
Okay, folks - I realize that I eat too much out of boredom when I'm alone at home at night. In order to combat that, I had an apple (but then added a tbsp of peanut butter. Just because.) ... Later I brewed a cup of hot tea. Good choice. (but then added a full sheet of graham cracker. Just because.) Good grief, not good choice! Sheesh. Not the end of the world, obviously, but need to nip this in the bud. Actually want to hit the sack early in order to get up early and work out - channelling Annie and Sillycat. We'll see. Rain expected here this whole week until Friday!! So limited chance to walk at lunch and outside at night.

04-25-2011, 12:01 AM
NP - you can do it!!!!! go girl!!!

let's share pre-work workouts!

04-25-2011, 12:27 AM
NP - you can do it!!!!! go girl!!!

let's share pre-work workouts!

I'm in!:carrot: My knee has been so stiff today. I think it is the damp weather....I'm not complaining, we need as much rain as we can get, but I woke up through the night last night and every time I sat down today for any length of time it stiffened up like cement. I took a leftover pain pill from my neck issues and hope it helps during the night.

04-25-2011, 11:23 AM
Happy Monday everyone! My knee is still really stiff and sore but I was able to get up and do a 2 mile walking DVD this morning. Once I get it moving it's good. Still wondering why it flared up so badly this weekend. Maybe a combo of the wet weather and standing alot while baking/cooking. I'm icing it when I am sitting down. Hoping it gets better soon.

I'm taking younger son to his fav restaurant tonight as older son is driving to Tulsa for a concert and won't be home for supper. I hope to make wise food choices. TOM arrived yesterday so I hope all of the extra weight will be gone by Friday. Doubt I will lose after all the cake, but if I maintain, I'll be happy.

Have a good day, friends!

04-25-2011, 12:53 PM
I actually woke up at 5:50 (which I refer to as the butt crack of dawn - when it's still dark and NO dawn is visible) and got my teeth brushed and changed an ON THE TREADMILL. Yay for me. :) Called hubby a while later as he was on his way home and just told him i was up and 'at em' so he didn't need to call to wake me up. He is so nice, he wants to let me sleep in before waking me up to exercise. :) Anyway, got the activity out of the way. I'll walk the dog if it's not raining tonight since she needs some activity.

More this afternoon!

Annie - what type of restaurant are you hitting - italian, chinese, mexican, american? Hope your knee feels better soon! I've got a stabbing pain extremely infrequently but about 10 times this morning right under my shoulder blade ... never had that before but it's taking my breath away. Hope it disappears as fast as it showed up.

Anyone getting into the wedding of Kate and William on the weekend? I watched some TLC last night showing things from Diana's wedding - doesn't seem THAT long ago - 30 years! crazy.

04-25-2011, 01:20 PM
NP-Good job (LOL, I miss-typed "goof job"...should have left it...;)) getting up at at 'em this morning. Watch that shoulder blade pain, hope it goes away soon.

We are going to one of our local places. It is a restaurant/grill/sports bar with basically American food. They do have healthy choices (grilled or blackened fish or chicken with steamed veg or seasonal fruit) and I'm going to try to stick to that....fingers crossed. The do make a good burger, though.:o Use to younger son would split one with me, but he is currently hung up on their club sandwich.

I had a fairly healthy supper planned for tomorrow evening, but I feel like we really need to eat up the Easter leftovers. Wonder if green beans w/ new potatoes freeze well. I don't think so with the potatoes. I've been making an effort to use up leftovers and not be as wasteful as I have in the past.

I'd love to see the royal wedding, but you can bet I am not getting up to watch it. I may try to DVR it and forward to the best parts....HER DRESS, etc! I love wedding dresses, always have.

04-25-2011, 01:33 PM
Can you split the burger with yourself - have the rest tomorrow night or for lunch and really enjoy it? I agree with you on the potatoes - I can't get them to freeze right; not sure what they do to prep them for frozen meals like Lean Cuisine, etc. Mine turn to MUSH. I have had luck freezing pasta and then letting it completely thaw before doing anything to it (not micro thawing it) Maybe it's the same??

I, too, want to see what she's chosen for her dress - but am not getting up to watch it. BUT it will lure me to get up and get on the treadmill on Friday to see what they're showing then :) ha ha.

Have to do a quick run to the market tonight - for 3-4 things. I hope that I KEEP it at that.

Sillycat - were you up early, joining us for your workout?

How's the week starting out for everyone?

04-25-2011, 02:22 PM
We get to take April <--- to the vet today. The vet is across the street from the off leash dog park so she's going to think she's going to the park, until we pull into the vets. sigh.

Groc shopping and other fun stuff like that for today. I'm hoping to get Hubby to do weights with me later. Its supposed to rain today and the rest of the week.

04-25-2011, 04:06 PM
NP - Yay for you - the first week is the hardest.

Got up 5:30 - did my usual check of emails / feed the pets / coffee - then 40 minutes of hard core fusion (Firm DVD) then shower and cleaned up and in the office

Hoping to get some time this afternoon to take a 1.5 mile walk with friends and the beginning zumba dvd this evening..

Now that i've lost the first 20 i think i'm more motivated - course with my luck that'll end soon... ha ha ha - ok it for now.

04-25-2011, 08:48 PM
I can't say I had a good Easter, not only was I angry all day, but I also sat down to watch a movie last night with a big bowl of ice cream w/ P.B & marshmallow on it & all the Easter candy. Gained 3.3lbs., then today I ate the last of the ice cream & a half jar of P.B & candy. It's gonna take me 2 weeks to lose all this weight! Oh well, life goes on! I'm glad Easter is over & all the candy is locked up in hubby's safe. I'm going to try to put these two days behind me and get on plan. At least I got 70min. of exercise in today!

04-25-2011, 09:31 PM
Good job, Fruitlady, on keeping up the exercise. Even if you did overdo it on the goodies, you CAN control your exercise. With all the cake I ate AND TOM, I feel huge. I hope there is no permanent damage at the end of the week when I weigh. Fingers crossed!

Went out to dinner with my younger son. I was able to resist the burger/fries I wanted. Still had 3 chicken fingers, although I did have steamed veg and a fruit cup with it. Also had some chips and queso. Could have been worse I suppose.:^:

Going to ice my knee tonight. It is still stiff and sore for some reason.

04-25-2011, 09:46 PM
By the way, here is the most evil and delicious cake I made for Easter.:D

04-25-2011, 10:40 PM
Annie - that cake looks so pretty! Now what flavor is it? Take care of that knee - what's the update on your ear? Good job on ordering veggies and fruit cup - better than I would have!!

I've eaten even when I'm not hungry tonight - was full and then remembered that stick blender we had and thought, "Hmmm .. a banana smoothie would be fun to make..." so broke up a banana and added milk and threw in the freezer for a half hour, whipped it up and drank the dang thing, which I just didn't need and now feel sick. I rarely eat until I feel SO full. Dinner was an omelet.

Will hit the sack early, I think ... and aim to get up early again to hit the treadmill. This week I'll aim for three early days - Mon, Tues, and Fri. I know after DH gets off working nights, he's up LATE the next few nights, so I doubt I'll be hitting the sack at decent times midweek.

Kitteh - hope your job went well today!

PP - how was the vet appt for April - all go smoothly? Did she think she was hitting the off-leash park? I hate stuff like that when I feel I'm "tricking" them - not on purpose.

04-25-2011, 10:49 PM
April WHINED the entire trip to the vet, the whole time there, but was quiet on the way home. She is doing very well, next month we have to take her bacl for xrays, but after that all should be well.

We {I} bought one of those fancy scales that tells body fat, bone/muscle mass, and all sorts of stuff. I've wanted one for a long time but thought they were too expensive, but I found one for $40. Setting it up and programing should be fun. Ha.

Annie, great looking cake! Hope you are feeling better.

FL, good job on the exercise, sorry about the food. While shopping today I kept trying to avoid the Easter candy but did buy two Reese's Eggs at the last stop.

SillyCat, I have HC Fusion also! Isn't that Allie?

04-25-2011, 11:14 PM
NP-The cake is chocolate. From scratch.

PP-Poor little April. They can be so pitiful. Can't wait to hear about how the new scale works.

04-26-2011, 09:13 AM
Good morning.

Ate fairly well yesterday, but could do better. WILL do better today. At last I'm back to a decent exercise schedule.

NP--the job is a bit boring right now, as I read manuals and take training and stuff. I look forward to doing some real work.

Annie--gorgeous cake.

PP--I changed vets because my boy kitteh wailed and cried so much--I needed a shorter drive to save my ears and my sanity! Teh boy haz teh lungs on him.

Off to exercise!

04-26-2011, 10:40 AM
PP - the rides to the vet can be harrowing.. ugh.. nothing sadder than a crying pet.

Yes - Allie is the instructor for HC fusion

Annie - that cake sounds yummy - can't even think about something like that without gaining a pound!

Kitteh - my vet is 4 min from my house and i still HATE trips there!

off to exercise!

04-26-2011, 11:30 AM
Up again early to exercise and got right to it. I have been watching dvds and actually looking forward to picking up where I left off :) ... aiming to get up early again on Friday for my three days early rising, two days of sweet slumber.

Brought a wacky lunch of baked beans, green beans and a lean cuisine garlic chicken "rolls" that I do like. It's the one lean cuisine i like to have in the freezer now that I found it. Spicy and tasty and only 200 calories so it's not enough for a meal. We've used them for hors d'oeuvres before :) Hey - it works!

Someone brought in two freshly baked pies this morning. I'm trying to ignore them. Oddly enough, my favorite part of pie is what everyone else leaves - the crust. HOW can anyone leave that? of course - they're smart and it's fat-laden. Hm.

Trying to dress up a bit more for work. I'd gotten in a slump last year when all that fit were three pair of pants and a few sweaters. Now I want to jazz things up a bit! Still don't have a lot that fits and my legs are as white as, well, they're darned white. So not many skirts moving into the mix yet.

04-26-2011, 11:49 AM
The jury is out on the fancy scale. Apparently there's some overlap of percentages, and I'm not quite sure what to do with this information, LOL. It wouldn't register my presence on 'normal' but only on 'athlete' so I take that as a compliment! Downside is I can't read the stupid thing, upside is I lost 4lbs overnight!

NP, garlic chicken rolls, Yum! Since I'm not crazy about my legs I wear ankle length cotton skirts {$6 at Ross} in the summer.

Sillycat, Alliy and Allison are my favorites. Rebekah is good too!

04-26-2011, 01:35 PM
Hello everyone! Almost lunch time and just now checking in!:o Did 3 miles exercise this morning. Have a good lunch packed along with healthy snacks. Going to run over to the store at lunch and pick up some rolls. Think I'll make baked ham sammiches for supper tonight. Maybe fruit salad w/ it and whatever other Easter leftovers the boys might want.

Kitteh-Good job on keepin up with your exercise.

NP-I hear you on the white legs front....mine are a bit scary right now. I've worn shorts a couple of times and no one was blinded by the glare, so I guess I'm good. I'm not a sun-worshipper, but I do like to get a little color.

PP-Congrats on the 4 pounds!!:D...and being an athlete. I think I need to borrow your scales.

04-26-2011, 01:43 PM
Forgot that I had a "will and estate planning" luncheon to attend today (free) ... so I rushed and heated up lunch and ate a bit earlier than normal. Interesting. We need to tackle that soon. I don't want it hanging over my head and now I find myself thinking about it occasionally.

I'm next in line for PP's scale... you could make some $$ letting folks line up to weigh in there! :)

I have to admit (and I'm ready to dodge the bullets here) but boy, I do like laying in the sunshine. Having moved up from Florida and always having lived in the southern areas other places (Italy and Spain), I associate the hot skin with pleasure. I LOVE being hot to the touch - which my hubby thinks is just downright absurd. But I'm usually freezing (hence he calls me "two steps from rigor mortis") ... I still view tan as healthier looking and I KNOW that's wrong - that it's skin damage, etc., but ... I dunno. I can't get that out of my mind. I find myself wanting a spray tan, which I've never had, but never go in for that type of stuff. A tanning lotion, though, I'll go for. But phew they stink. I'm on the hunt for the Dove brand one but no one has it here at all. OK, I'll duck for cover now! :)

04-26-2011, 05:05 PM
I did 50mins of a circuit workout DVD with body part supersets, alternated with cardio, then repeat! I was happy that I could match the instructor's weights because I remember last time I did this workout I couldn't. :D I also did 4 loads of laundry. :) and am about to beat up a bowl of bread dough! :carrot:

I have a luncheon tomorrow and the next day!

NP, Someone told me she uses Jergen's 'glow' lotion for a little color.

Annie, not ready to count those 4 lbs yet. If we get the other scale, it may go up!!!

04-26-2011, 09:49 PM
Wow, it was warm here finally, 87degrees. Had 60 min. of exercise in today, as the weather gets warmer, I'm always out walking. Started jogging for the first time since fall, I always stop when it gets too cold. I like to walk for a few min. then jog a few min. I take turns, so I call it wogging! As my endurance builds I'll jog for a longer time. Now my right knee is stiff & tight( like yours Annie) Jogging does it to me every year. It's not gonna stop me from running, I just live with it. I gained a total of 6lbs. I'm not gonna let it get me down, even though I thought about giving up again this morning.

My inlaws are talking behind my back about how I eat, it gets me so mad. They think I live on fruit and that's it! Assuming is not knowing, they need to realize that. I had agreed to go there for Easter even though I was mad at them, just to be with daughter & hubby. So, for spite, I didn't eat anything and stayed out in the backyard til they were done eating. This will give them something to talk about! Ha!

04-26-2011, 11:24 PM
Congrats, FL, on the wogging! I love that term, btw.:)

I think alot of people at work think I'm weird with the way I eat, but I really don't care. Sometimes it makes me uncomfortable and I want to eat in my little cubicle just to avoid the comments. They seem to think all I eat is oatmeal and salads...but they really don't know. Even though they aren't unkind, I just feel like I'm being singled out somehow and I get a little embarrassed. Again....I feel so good and look so much better, that I don't let it get to me. Meh.

04-27-2011, 08:48 AM
Good morning.

I ate well yesterday and the scale rewarded me with a couple pounds of water weight off. That brings me back to where I was at the end of March, which basically means that April was a write off, weight loss-wise. Well, there are still a few days left in April, so maybe I'll still close out the month with a loss.

Off to exercise again this morning. I'm finding that I can still hit my gym at the usual place and time, and make it to work only about fifteen minutes later than when I worked close to the gym. In another month I will change gyms to one close to my new work place, but it's good to know that while I am burning up my credit with the old gym, I can still keep close to my preferred work schedule.

Time to get ready for work.

04-27-2011, 10:13 AM
We had a little excitement last night. Its been raining steadily for a few days and off and on for a few weeks, due to all the rain our house almost flooded last night. Hubby was running around outside, opening gates and grabbing floating stuff. The Bad news is....its still storming.

04-27-2011, 01:37 PM
Oh, NO, PP - that's terrible - how did you fare wtih the rains still coming this morning? It is supposed to let up at all - seems like it showed that it would be rainy until Friday...is that true? Will April go out and do her business in a lake?? Poor everyone on that situation!

Annie - when I started here nearly 10 years ago, we went out to eat often (before I owned a house!) and that's when I started regaining my weight back, so I was the first one to start skipping all the lunches - then they'd only tell me when they went somewhere "healthy" ... now i don't eat with anyone here at all in my dept for the most part. Subway with one/once a week after we volunteer is it, unless it's a bday get together -then it's always out. I feel like I disassociate from them a bit, but ... I don't mind and get to do my stuff, too ...

Speaking of which, I am going to get changed and get out walking before the rain hits.

I'll do another drive-by posting as PP called it :) when I'm back.
But FL- hang in there - do you have to see your inlaws much? Wogging - love it!! Mine must be more like jalking - more walking than jogging :)

04-27-2011, 05:36 PM
national- jalking! that's a good one! Thankfully I can avoid the inlaws til the next holiday!
Annie- It hurts me that they think this stupid stuff & try to get me to eat junk, I think it's my business what food I choose to eat. If I need to change my diet for health reasons I will, I'm not a child. Now I'm really determined to lose this weight, just to show them that I can keep doing what I'm doing and maintain.
patchwork- I love Reese's, Hubby always has them around, I make him lock them up in the safe!

Really dark & cloudy here w/ peeks of sunshine, it's 80 degrees, but humid. Didn't walk, it looked like it was going to storm, I rode the bike for 20min and decided to give my knee a rest. Had alot of other things to do, we went to some thrift shops looking for a cheap dining room table. I'm planning on painting the table black if I ever find one. We saw a big one for $9.00 but it seemed too low, hubby is 6'1, his knees wouldn't fit under it! I would have been happy with it, it was so cheap. I can't believe I'm still gaining weight from Easter, I gained 8lbs. total. I've been doing good for the past 2 days, I should see a loss soon. Pigging out on ice cream, candy & peanut butter at night was a big mistake!

04-27-2011, 06:03 PM
Ya'll, I've just been too busy to post today! Going to get a haircut after work, maybe get her to cover up these "platinum blond" roots!! Otherwise, I like my natural color.

Older son called me today and told me his girlfriends' Mom is in town and would like to meet me tomorrow evening. I told him to give her my number. I really don't want to miss house cleaning and my TV shows, but I really need to meet her. We'll see if she calls me tonight. I'd have her over to my house but geesh...my furniture is just nasty. I'm really hoping to get some new soon....very soon.:(

I'll try to check in later....how many days on our challenge NP??:^:

04-27-2011, 06:09 PM
Today I did 20min boxing/cardio followed by 20min abwork; since I did abs yesterday I skipped some exercises. then an additional 40min of steady state cardio

The sun is finally out but my backyard is a swamp. Since I still have to go outside with April in a sling/leash arrangement due to her surgery, I'm happy its stopped raining but I swear she drags me though every puddle. :p

FL, I thought of you today. I have a new jar of PB in the cabinet with a almost empty one beside it. I decided to rearrange them to get the new behind the old, and found another unopened jar of PB. Ooops!

NP, April will happily slog though puddles or swin in the park's yucky lake, but try to get her into a nice clean bath and we have problems! :dizzy:

04-27-2011, 06:09 PM
We're on DAY 34 of our challenge - or as I first typed it DAY #$... either works :)

In my goal through the first part of this challenge, I was aiming to walk 100 miles in April ... I'm only at 74 miles done, so I won't make it but will keep on adding to it for our challenge :) I'm struggling with the 100 pushup challenge - even on my knees - i'm repeating a few of the sets that we're to do - i'm on week two and it's like 12, 13, 10, 10, your max - at least 15... and I'm struggling to get in those last two sets. So I'm trying for the third time. But I'm stronger than I was on week one, so I guess that's progress.

Annie - can you tape/dvr your shows at least? I doubt she'd even notice the furniture - especially with your pooch around to entertain her!! But I know what you mean - it's easier to meet folks out!

04-27-2011, 06:16 PM
wow am glad that holiday is over.. Gained back 3lbs err..oh well back on my cleanse and start working out at the holiday inn tommorrow. I am hopping to do 45 min in the gym room then swim for about 30 min. we will see what happens. Still doing my wii fit in the morning..

04-27-2011, 06:46 PM
Annie - can you tape/dvr your shows at least?

Well, yes....but I'm just such a hermit!:dizzy: I'd rather meet her then watch my shows...I'm not that hardcore.;)

04-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Ya'll, I've just been too busy to post today! Going to get a haircut after work, maybe get her to cover up these "platinum blond" roots!! Otherwise, I like my natural color.


haha...I like that...I have been debating on whether just to let it go, but then I always grab a box a do it myself!!

04-27-2011, 09:07 PM
just a fly by...I am soo ready for bed...and its only 8!!

04-28-2011, 08:44 AM
Good morning.

Nasty headache yesterday--maybe the change in barometric pressure. Broke down and had some cocoa. Somehow still lost a pound. Feeling better this morning, and looking forward to exercising before work. I hope no headache today--I was so tired last night, I went to bed at 7. Didn't get anything done to speak of.

Girlkitteh is making it hard to type--licking my fingers and rubbing her head against them. Boykitteh is in other room, crying pitifully. Big ol' attention seeker. Just wants his MommaKitteh to come pick him up and luv on him.

I gotta do what I gotta do. Later.

04-28-2011, 10:21 AM
just finishing coffee - going to exercise!

doing ok food wise - but this weekend will be tough - 3 social events... yikes.. all over dinners...

04-28-2011, 10:36 AM
Yesterday's weather wasn't nearly as bad as the night before. The sun is shining again today, hopefully drying out the puddles, and will shine until Sat when its supposed to rain again.

I have my second luncheon of the week today. This marks the end of my Bible study year. The leaders will have another meeting/luncheon in June, but basically I get the summer off.

Another lady at my chuch and I are starting a Prayer Shawl ministry next month so that should keep me busy.