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11-04-2011, 06:52 AM
Happy Friday. It seems like years since I've started a chat! I got my apartment cleaned up, fridge stocked with nutritious foods. I'm happy. I plan to go see Immortal next week, it looks good. I've been having trouble sleeping lately. I know it's important to get enough sleep, but I can't force these things, ya know.

11-04-2011, 07:10 AM
Hi Okie,
Thanks for getting us started, its' good to hear from you. I need coffee! Be back in a bit.

11-04-2011, 07:14 AM
BellaLucia, it's funny that you've had trouble sleeping. I have to! I'm constantly tired and I think I might be grinding my teeth in my sleep because my front teeth are very sore.
I am feeling super motivated this week! Friday is the start of the weekend and it's also Eid on Sunday (hopefully) so we've got a super long weekend of partying and stuff! I've already decided not to drink, I think that's a big trigger for me.
I won a pair of Levis jeans online a week ago and they're super expensive here (over double the US price, I checked) so I'm very excited! I tried some on and ordered a smaller size :) I really wanna be able to wear them by the time I go on my birthday trip in March.

11-04-2011, 07:35 AM
OKIE!! So good to see you pop in! HOpe you are doing well, and visit often!

MMCK - Did you get your coffee? Just started sipping mine...

Skinny - I'm so cheap, um I mean frugal, I probably wouldn't wear jeans!!

Sitting here with my little boy catching up on everyone. I have another longer day, then off for the weekend. We have a hayride/bonfire tonight for the kids' school, they're having hot dogs :( (I really don't even like them) so I'll probably eat something at home first.

So far, I've done 3 days of exercise, which is a great improvement for me lately! I'll take today off since my quads are sore from the bike ride, and am considering doing a 4 mile race tomorrow. We'll see what the family thinks!

Enjoy your coffee!

11-04-2011, 07:42 AM
Happy Friday! WooHoo!!!

Bella, I'm sorry you couldn't sleep. Have you tried taking an aspirin before bed? It helps me sleep.

Mathilda, I'm considering getting an automatic coffee machine, so coffee can be ready when I get up. Let's get the infusion started! :lol:

Skinny, Did you win the jeans in a contest or in an auction?

My supervisor is taking vacation today and all of next week. My boss is new and 'doesn't know jack', so I'll probably be picking up a lot of slack. :p We'll survive...

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow morning is the Veteran's Day parade and tomorrow afternoon, Auston and I are going to see Puss in Boots. Has anyone seen it yet?

I think the coffee is extra great on a Friday morning. :)

Fat in Hong Kong
11-04-2011, 08:05 AM
Hi Everyone!

It's the end of my first week back at work and, whilst I've enjoyed being back there, I feel absolutely exhausted! My eyes are so sore I've barely been able to keep them open in the evenings, but when I've gone to bed I can't sleep either!! It's so frustrating!! Needless to say, I'm looking forward to a nice lazy lie-in tomorrow morning, but knowing my luck I'll wake really early!:mad:

Just two more days of Phase 1 to go ... I'm really looking forward to moving onto Phase 2. I haven't really found it too difficult to give up the things that I've overdosed on in the past ... pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, etc. and I can't really say that I've craved them at all. I am, however, very much looking forward to being able to have a bit of fruit again. Although I've never really been a fruit fanatic, I always did try to eat it regularly as part of a balance diet, but I'd sometimes go for a couple of days without having any at all. I'm not craving anything really, but just looking forward to being able to add a bit more variety to my diet. I am, however, very much looking forward to having more choice for breakfast ... I've always liked eggs, but I must confess that right now, if I never see another egg again, it'll be too soon!:lol:

Now, a little hurdle that I need to get over tomorrow ... We've been invited out to dinner tomorrow evening at a friend's house, so it's not like going to a restaurant where I get to choose what I have to eat ... I have no idea what she'll be cooking, and I haven't told anyone, apart from my immediate family that I'm on the SBD. So, I really hope that whatever she's cooking, I'll be able to eat something! I'd hate to offend someone by not eating what they've spent hours preparing for guests:( How does anyone else cope with these situations?

Hope you all have a great weekend!:D

11-04-2011, 08:05 AM
Hi, Bella. Nice to "see" you again. It sounds like you are well settled in sunny California.

Chelby, thanks for the reminder that it's Friday! Now my coffee tastes extra great.

Mathilda, forgot to say how nice it is to see you back here in the mornings.

Skinny, exactly where in the desert are you? Can you tell us? Great luck on the jeans. Enjoy!

Twynn, I can take or leave hot dogs but you'd have to hold me back if they were serving burgers. I just realized I've not used my big BBQ all summer - even for beer can chicken.

Well, last night's Fair Board AGM had fireworks! A change in the executive is long overdue and it happened. The current Secretary/Managed swished out and managed to burn his bridges by swearing at a couple of honorary Directors. That news will be all over the Village this morning. We will survive though. William, who ran the Fair for years, has agreed to take over the job and the Treasurer will continue. Whew! It really was a most unpleasant event but I'm glad we got through it.

Feeling a bit cruddy this morning, maybe because I was freezing in bed last night. Closing the window at 4 a.m. helped as did a cold capsule a few minutes ago. I have a few things to get done this morning but no plans for tonight so an early bed may fix me up just fine.

Anyhow it's TGIF so let's enjoy!

11-04-2011, 08:14 AM
Hi Ruth,

I'm from Dubai. Well, I live here and my dad is from here. My mom's from California, though :)

11-04-2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks, Skinny. The "desert" is a big place!

Hi Nicola. Yes, dinner at a friend's house is tricky. If it's buffet, there will probably be something you can manage and maybe ease into Phase II. Let's hope that's the case and that there is salad. If it's a plated meal, it'll be tricky.

11-04-2011, 08:23 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

Okie(BellaLucia), thanks for getting us started this morning. Sorry you're having a difficult time getting your rest. Take care!

Skinny, good for you deciding not to drink this weekend. It's sure a trigger for me. You'll have lots of fun without it!

Chelby, funny when you know more than the boss. I hope everything goes smooth.

Twynn, good for you getting back into your exercise groove. The hayride sounds fun!

Matilda, see you shortly!

Ruth, ouch for an emotional meeting. I guess it is a way to make sure you don't get suckered into the job again.:lol: I hope you don't get the crud...take it easy!

FIHK, do you have any prior experience with dinner at this person's home? It is sure tough when you're trying to finish out P1. Could you offer to bring wine and ask what's being served? Maybe you'd get a little bit of information. At best, it will be SBD friendly and at worst you could take very small portions, skip the bread and skip dessert (or ask kindly if you could take it home for later-citing you're just too full) For me, sugar is the worst offender for my starting the craving issue over again.

I'm in the middle of family "stuff". My goal today is to eat healthy, get some unfinished projects crossed off my list and to not "eat over" the things I cannot change. I work tomorrow then come right home to host my sister's birthday dinner.

11-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Good Morning Ladies,

Everyone is busy as unusal. Today I think will be a PJ day for me, I am wearing PJ's all day long, except when I take the dogs for a walk. It is my last day of vacation, so I am going to enjoy it.

I stayed on plan all week, except for some onion rings yesterday, but I am proud of myself.

Hope everyone has a super Friday.


11-04-2011, 08:36 AM
Good morning :coffee2: What a busy morning here. Sounds like there's plenty of "stuff" in the air everywhere. I hope it all resolves today and everyone has a relaxing weekend.

Not much going on here. DW is off for her last day of work for at least a month and I'm making a list for my last alone time for awhile. Doesn't really make that much of a difference but it will be awhile before my schedule is my own again.

Off to get snow tires on the car. It doesn't look like I will need them for awhile but I don't want to take a chance of bad roads while DW is in the hospital. I want to be able to get up there every day and bring her healthy meals (and how does it make sense that in order to get healthy meals IN the hospital that they need to be delivered?!).

The first conference is breathing down my neck and it's time to get the scheduling done for the two after so a busy day here and lots of email traffic for the next week.

We are still hoping to squeeze in a trip to the coast this weekend, probably Sunday. The weather looks perfect!

11-04-2011, 08:39 AM
Good morning and happy TGIF!

I slept in and now I'm just sipping my coffee and catching up with you all. It seems many of us are plagued with sleep problems, but it's nice to have you start us up, BellaLucia. :) And it sounds like your meeting was quite interesting, Ruth. I know I would have had a hard time trying to fall asleep after that incident!

I may run into the city this morning for a trip to Penzey's. I have several coupons for freebies that I want to use, plus replenish some spices. This afternoon I have a GYN appointment that I've already canceled twice, so I'd better make it today. Ugh.

11-04-2011, 08:42 AM
Cyndi, thanks for the reminder. I need to get my snow tires on too. My car guru says they should go on by November 11 and off by St Patrick's Day, snow or no snow. Something to do with the roads being cold. :shrug: I also need to have them on before I drive to PA later this month.

Linda, the problem has been brewing for a couple of years. It was most unpleasant but I think things will be better now.

It's very cold out there. TMI but if you pee on your rope out there it freezes. Just thought you'd like to know.

This has been a public service announcement by Jazz the Tsvetnaya Bolonka.

11-04-2011, 08:46 AM
Ruth, my thanks to Jazz for sharing that bit of useful information. ;)

11-04-2011, 08:47 AM
Thanks ladies. I plan to spend Saturday sleeping. I won't set my alarm. Fridgeis stocked, apartment is sparking clean. All is right in my world!

11-04-2011, 08:53 AM
Thanks Jazz, I will definitely keep that in mind.

Ruth - I don't suppose the route to PA goes through Vermont?

11-04-2011, 09:11 AM
Hmmmmm....are you going to Philly only Ruthie? I'm in central would be awesome to meet you...

11-04-2011, 09:13 AM
Wish it did, Cyndi. Never mind - it will happen sometime. Maybe I'll drive a bit south to meet Spring on her way up here.

11-04-2011, 09:34 AM
Good morning!

Off to the gym with my mom soon. Niggles today. Hard to believe the week is almost over. Seems like Thanksgiving is sneaking up so quickly!! I've been eating OP but have to admit that I had way to many apples yesterday. Yes, I can even overeat apples! They are so yummy right now. Off to check the weather to see if we got a killing freeze last night...

Have a great Friday, all.

Fat in Hong Kong
11-04-2011, 10:09 AM
Ruth, it definitely won't be buffet ... most lilkely a sit down 3 course meal:eek: ... so yes, tricky!

Lexxiss, yes, I've experienced dinner at their house many times before, and as we've always taken wine in the past, she'd probably think it was a bit strange if I called her on this occasion to ask what was being served. I guess I'm just going to have to hope that there's plenty of veggies or salad to help myself to and be careful with small portions of anything else, so as not to offend. The hardest thing is going to be dessert, not because I don't have the will power to go without, but because she knows me so well and knows that normally I would never, EVER, turn down dessert:o Oh well, there's a first time for everything!

11-04-2011, 11:46 AM
Hey guys,
Sorry I never came back! We received news that my husband's 98 year old grandmother died this morning. She'd been in the hospital for a couple of days but it still seems sudden because she was so old and had been in and out of the hospital so many times over the last couple of years, with not really serious things that were resolved. She was a real trooper. She was the reason for our Texas visit in May, and I'm so glad that my husband got to see her then and that she got to meet me and our son. Sigh - but a wonderful life to celebrate and thank goodness, she did not really suffer. Still, it's the end of an era for my husband's whole family in a lot of ways. When the matriarch passes, people have a lot of adjustments/growing up to do in some ways.

11-04-2011, 12:47 PM
Mathilda, I am so sorry for your loss. :hug:

11-04-2011, 01:33 PM
I need a swift kick in the rear end. My diet has plateaued and I need something to give me a boost and get things moving again. My friend suggested SBD. She said the no carbs thing works every time. Can someone give me the low-down on how this works? I'm a carb addict (which she says will also be helped with SBD). I will buy the book if needed but I want to know a bit about the program first.

11-04-2011, 01:45 PM
my condolences MMc

11-04-2011, 02:03 PM
Sorry Mathilda for your loss!

11-04-2011, 02:13 PM
Matilda, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. :hug:

I need a swift kick in the rear end. My diet has plateaued and I need something to give me a boost and get things moving again. My friend suggested SBD. She said the no carbs thing works every time. Can someone give me the low-down on how this works? I'm a carb addict (which she says will also be helped with SBD). I will buy the book if needed but I want to know a bit about the program first.

If you are considering following SBD but don't know too much about it, I strongly urge you to read the book beforehand. You must learn the fundamentals of this way of eating, and it has a lot of valuable information that you will need to get started. The South Beach Diet is NOT a no carb diet, it's a GOOD carb diet, and that's one of the major misconceptions of this diet plan.
Good luck, and we hope to see you on board!

11-04-2011, 02:18 PM
Matilda, so sorry to hear about DH's grandmother. I didn't realize she was who you visited in Texas, and yes, it is so wonderful that you and your son got to meet her. Take care:hug:

11-04-2011, 05:14 PM
Thanks guys. She didn't suffer, and was 98 and led a very good life. I wish it for all of us! I only met her once, but she really touched me.

11-04-2011, 06:33 PM
:dizzy:is vienna sausage and smoked sausages allowed on south beach?