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03-15-2003, 03:12 PM
Hello Everyone.....

A New Thread!!!! Yeah!!!! I hope we get some new members also!!!!

OK Lets review what this is all about....

We are all doing something a little different but we are here to help, support, and encourage everyone.... We have are ups and our downs.... we try to stay up.....

I think we should start off with an introduction again for all the newcomers.

I am a single (engaged) mother of a 14 & 16 year old.... challenging to say the least. Getting married in seven weeks (UGH!!!), been a single mom for 13 years. I work out of the home although I am on the road alot (in sales). I am very unhappy at the way I look and how little motivation and self discipline that I have had over the past few years. I am looking to change all this.

Name: Ursula.... aka Angel

Age: 34 Height: 5'2" Weight: 204 Clothing Size: 16/18

Short Term Goal: 175-180# (size 12) by 5/3/03 - My Wedding Day

Long Term Goal: 130- 135#

Exercise Routine: (M-F) 15 min cardio warm up,
30 min Circuit (alternate upper & lower)
45 min Cardio
10 min stretch
(Sat) 20 min cardio warm up,
60 min Circuit (both upper & lower)
60 min Cardio
20 min stretch
I am also trying to include walking and yoga in with this.... I am very determined.....

Food Routine: 1400 calories a day

Trying to follow the 90/10 plan by joy bauer. It is where 90% of the calories are from the good stuff and 10% is from the fun stuff.

Water: 8-12 glasses a day

Biggest Weakness: FOOD in the evening.... I graze at night when I am tired.

I know that my goals and plan are pretty well defined and I dont assume that everyone elses is there yet..... I have been really looking at this for awhile.

What I would like to see from everyone else is their starting point.
You can follow what I did above: Name, age, height, weight, size, goals that you have (which dont neccessarily have to be weight related, could be want to walk a mile by the end of January- whatever is important to you). Give us a brief introduction and the we can go from there......Anything else you would like to include do so....

I am so glad that all of you are here to help me, encourage me and support me.... THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Sandy - WELCOME ABOARD!!!!! I know the challenges of having endo and a hysterectomy..... I had endo for a long long time and did everything I could without having a hysterectomy. Then 3 years ago I found out I had cervical cancer. I ended up having to have a full hysterctomy where they also took out my ovaries.... I gained about 55# in less than 3 months... Hormones so out of whack....

I am so glad to here you have lost 6#'s WAY TO GO..... I know you can do it... especially now that you dont have all that pain...

Beth- You are an inspiration!!!! Way to go on all you weight lose so far.... how much have you lost total so far???? We are very proud of you.... Beth - are the construction guys out yet??? I hope so - that can be so frustrating! And to think you have been losing during this time.

Hey Bev- I understand the whole family taking over thing.... I have had more family in and out of this house since christmas... and will until the wedding.... the week before the wedding I am supposed to have 19 people here.... I have told people they are going to have to find somewhere else to go.... my stress is already going to be at an all time high....

Hey winnie- Glad to see you checking in... hopefully you can get back into this.....

As for me.... my stress level is so high right now that I have had two actual panic attacks... i have never had those before.... and I had quit taking the pills for awhile before they ahppened.... I was/am a little nerous about them even though I only take half of what they recommend.... I havent gained that wegith back but I havent lost any since then either.... I will probably go back on them....

I have lots to say but need to go get my son measured for his tux so I will chat later.....

03-15-2003, 10:21 PM
Hello All!

Okay here goes.
Name: Beth Age:30 Clothing size 14/16 Starting weight:200
Current Weight:177.25. Goal weight: 125. Short term goal-170 by April 11th. I am going on vacation. Long term 125 and to be as tone as possible. Exercise- I do Leslie Sansones WATP 2 mile and love it! I do it twice a day sometimes its so easy!
Food plan- at least 80 0z of water, and basically moderation. If I feel like I have over done it thats the days I do my tape twice.
Biggest Weakness- Staying motivated. I know how to lose weight and I can do it but its the keeping it up that gets me. I tend to get fed up at some point and quit.

I guess I should also say I have been married for 7 years. I have two kids one boy 4 and one girl 2. They are a real challenge. I work second shift as a house manager with the mentally ill. I like my job but hate my boss! LOL!

The reason why I did this was because I did not want my kids to grow up with a fat mom. I want to be the best role model I can be in all areas. I want them to be proud of me! Also my a lot of my family members are heavy and I didn't want my kids to think this is how it has to be!

I am glad you liked my idea Angel and I am glad to see you back!
Have you thought about joing TOPS in your area? I think it you would find it a great sense of support. I think being accountable to others and in some ways competeing makes you try that much harder! I saw Bev has just recently joined! I am sorry to hear you are having panic attacks. Did you check with your doctor for sure and find out it was not the pills. I heard they can cause heart palpatations ect.. which could feel like a panic attack. I hope you figure this out.

Thanks for the congrads! I have lost 23lbs to date! Yeah! I actually wore a pair of jeans today that I could not even get on to weeks ago! I was so glad I found them because the others were getting so big!

Bev where are you from in NC? My dh is from Hendersonville. We are going there in April.

Well I need to run! I hope you all find us soon!


03-15-2003, 10:53 PM
Hey Beth, Glad to see you also.... i dont have a tops in my area... do have a WW and have joined and dropped out a few times... thinking about going back....


As for the panic attacks I actually went to the doctor friday... and he said he didnt think it was the pills because I had been off of them for several days when it happened.... he thinks it is the amount of stress that I have been under along with the fact that I have only made it to the gym twice in a week..... he thinks that me gong to the gym as much as I have has been keeping hte stress undercontrol.... and that when I wasnt going as much it came back in a bad way..... this wedding is going to kill me I know..... I told him I would get back to the gym and he told me that if I had more attacks after that that he woudl prescribe me something to take until this wedding is over.... i showed him my pills that I had been taking and he said that while he doesnt recommend them that in the doses that I am taking he didnt think they would be bad for me.... he didnt want me to take the full dose at all though.... I havent started taking them again yet.... but think I may in a few days.... he was encouraged with the weight lose that I had since he knows how much I have been doing....

I am starting to get either the flu or a cold.... and it has made me feel very tired.... so it is 10:00 on a saturday night and I am such an exciting creature that I am heading to bed.... boy I know how to party dont I??????

see everyone soon....

03-15-2003, 10:55 PM
Howdy Everyone.:wave:

Well here it is. Sandy, 36 years young, Starting weight 214 could still make it in some of my 18s. Weight is down to 208. Long term goal is to be into a size 12-14 comfortably(hey I guess that I am being realistic here I have a large bone structure). Short term goal is to be at 199 by April 15th and to get outside more. As for exercise I do a 10 min ab workout twice a day and in time will increasr my exercise but just being 5 wks post op I am still leary about doin too much, oh yeah I guess that I could count work as a workout. I am in groc mgnt and am on my feet for 8 plus hrs a day goin nonstop. I am married(2nd) and have one son(6). As far as my food plan I have mainly concentrated on eating more healthy foods and only letting myself have the good stuff only twice a week. So far so good.

Beth way to go on the 23 lbs. Right now I am the opposite I am in search of jeans that are not too tight. When I lost 40 a few years ago I got rid of all but a few pairs and now kinda wish that I had them. At least they wouldnt be cutting off the circulation.

Angel, have you got your hormones right yet? I have already switched pills twice and so far so good. I was just wondering how did you know they was out of whack. I think that this is something that I might need for future reference.

Oh yea, I decided to do this so that I could be able to be there for my son and all the things that he loves to do.


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03-15-2003, 11:48 PM
I am new to this site. My name is Janice, and I am a working Mom with three kids (7,10, & 12). I live in NC and I am about to turn 41 (!!). I have fought the weight battle since my first child was born almost 13 years ago. I lose a little, gain a little, and so on!

I am 5'10", size 18, currently at 220. Goal weight is 185, which means I could wear size 12 again. Short term goal is 215 by my birthday (April 6th).

I lift weights 3 times a week and do cardio (walk, bike, or swim) 4-5 times a week. I have been back on the weight loss/exercise plan for the last two weeks and can already see a difference in the way my clothes fit!! It is just really tough to find the time to exercise and eat right - fast food is just so convenient!! It is also tough to stop using food as an emotional crutch...

I am trying to cut back on portions and eat more fruits, veggies, and low-fat meats and dairy. Nothing is off-limits, but I am trying to keep the junk foods to a minimum and drink LOTS of water. When eating out, I order whatever I want and eat half of the entree along with a salad and lots of water. Exercise is also a must for me!

My 7 year-old daughter is my biggest motivation for getting back on track. I want her to grow up and be healthy and strong with good eating and exercise habits. How can I possibly help her achieve that goal if I don't set the example myself?? I also coach her soccer and basketball teams, and I want to be in better shape so I can be a better coach!

I am excited about finding this site. I need all the support I can get...

03-16-2003, 10:12 AM
WildMOM (Janice) - Welcome.... you look like you are doing great.... I can honestly say that when I workout I feel better... I havent been working out like a religion (like normal) for the past two weeks and boy can I tell a difference.... so think of working out as something you have to do for yourself.... because if you dont take care of yourself you cant take care of anyone else...

Fast food is a hard, hard thing to deal with.... I am in sales and have to take clients out to eat all the time.... and that is so hard because (1) most are guys and dont want to know that I am on a diet and (2) it is eating out!!!! I have been dong that eating half thing also and trying to select the right thing but sometimes salads are even bad....

Hi Sandy - so glad to see you here - as for my homrones... i have been on all kinds.... unfortunately for me my body doesnt like the foreign substances.... i was down to doing shots once a week and the first set they gave me was doing great... lost 17#s in 4 weeks - then I started getting migraines and they said my progesterine was spiking and they changed them, since then I have gained all that weight back and havent been able to lose anything.... which is so frustrating - you probably wont have all the problems that I have had - i am unusual one and the bain of my doctors.... I noticed right away when my hormones werent working.... incredibly tired no matter how much or how little I slept... weepy..... cranky.... mood swings..... immediate weight gain....

At 6 weeks post op do start everything slowly.... I dont know if you had yours as a c-section operation but I did and I proceeded to rip my incision twice for trying to get going too soon... so i would recommend the walking.... light weights for the upper arms and go real slow on the abs.... I am so glad that you are already losing the weight.... i know how exciting that can be.... Keep up the good work....

Well as for the wedding - yesterday firmed up the flowers and the cakes, today we are firming up the details on the reception site and the catering.... we finally fired the invitation guy... i had ordered them Jan 6th and they still havent arrived.... I have a friend that does custom invites and I just told her to do something... i didnt care anymore... Keith's custom made ring came in a size to small and takes 6 weeks to make a new one.... UGH!!!! I am looking forward to having all the little things taking care of....

I hope everyone is doing well..... lets make this a great week.... I need one of those real bad.....

03-16-2003, 09:51 PM
Hi I think I like this thread can I join in also??
Name: Jenifer
Location: Northern, Ca
Work: Receiving Clerk (office job) at Major Home Improvement Store
Age: 27 (Bday 22 of April)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 212
Clothing Size: 14/16
Short Term Goal: onEdErLaNd (in the 100's)
Long Term Goal: 165-175

Exercise Routine: Try to run 1 mile and walk each day during the week! Check my Journal out! I am doing good real good! WHoohoo!

Currently I was just getting the exercise in and now as of tomorow 3-17-03 I want to keep track of my points with Weight Watchers on my own at home. :) :) :) :) :) :)

03-17-2003, 02:53 AM
I'm still here,so don't think I'm gone.It's been very hard for me this past week,I haven't been to the gym.I hope I will tomorrow,drinking water for me is not a problem,so that's a plus.
Angel:girl I'm with you 100% so keep going 7 weeks are still enough.So give it your best okay!
For the rest of the girls:we need to stay in this,some of us don't post often and need to stay focus!I really want to do this and woun't turn back.
Happy sant patrick's day to all of you!!for me is more than special,because is my sister's birthday!
well I have to go,see you all soon!!!

03-17-2003, 09:08 AM
Hello Everyone!!!!

Welcome JustSecretGirl!!!!! We have a good upbeat group of ladies here and we would love to have you on board.... You look like your exercising is going in the right direction.... YEAH!!!!!!

Winnie Hopefully you can get back on a normal routine....Tell your sister Happy Birthday from us!!!!

As for me... I have the crud real bad... woke up more tired than i went to bed.... keith told me I have a pretty rough fever.... so I didnt go to the gym this am but I did get up a clean the house because it was so awful and I felt like I should do something.... besides cleaning house does burn calories right???? I want to climb back in bed but I have several meetings lined up for today so I cant.... :(

I hope everyone else has a happy st patricks day.... we have got the luck of the irish on our side so we can do this!!!!

03-17-2003, 01:55 PM
Hi everyone! Welcome Just and Wild. I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. This was the last weekend that I will have off for a while I go back to work full time today(yuck). Took my son out for a day of fun on Sat. and ended up eating way too much. I know that there isn't no use on obessing about it it is done and over with. Sun went very well on the food and so-so on the exercise front. I guess that they only thing that I don't have trouble with is the water.

Just sounds as if you are doing great with your exercise. I know that you will do a great job with the WW points. Wish that I could get motivated to go out and run but hey I know my day will come soon.

Wild you are doin so good you are an insperation to me. Keep up the wonderful work.

Winnie, sorry that you have had such an awful week. I pray that this one will be much better for you. I agree I think that we all need to try to keep on postin. I know that this really helps me stay focused. Espically now seein how I am an emotional eater as well and with all that is goin on right now(possible war)I am a basket case.

Angel, hang in there girl. So sorry to hear that you have the creapin crud but hang in there stay tuff it will be gone soon. Glad that you got your invites straightened out. My hyst was done LAVH and it was a breeze. I didn't start the ab workout til 3 wks post op. I asked my doctor if I could and he told me to go ahead do anything I wanted but watch the lifting and to have "creative sex". DH really got a kick out of that. When I went back 5 wks post op he told me that I was doin great and go out and enjoy life. Thurs will be 6 wks post op and so far I am doin wonderful, Last night was the first flare up of endo that I have had since the surgery. Still have some on my bladder. Thanks so much for the info about the hormones.

Well gotta go time to leave for work. Everyone enjoy today. I really don't know how everyone feels but please pray that this awful stink mess won't result in war.

moving and now living life to the fullest

03-17-2003, 03:52 PM
Hello All!
This is great we have to new people! I think starting the thread over did the trick! It sounds like we got to really motivated people to!
I had a fairly good weekend. I did have Dairy Queen but I did not feel bad about it. I had done my 2 mile tape and I had cleaned house all day. I even scrubbed the floor by hand. I was supposed to work on laundry today but I just can't get motivated. I would rather play on the computer!
It has been so nice here and that always makes you feel better. I took my kids to the park two days in a row. Problem is they never want to leave!
Angel I sure hope you feel better soon! To bad you just can't call in sick and let yourself rest. You probably will lose weight this week just from not eating.
Sandy good luck going back to work! What grocery store chain do you work for?
Wild mom where are you from in NC? My dh is from Hendersonville. We are going there in April.
Winnie glad to see you hanging in hear! I know you will do better this week with the weather being so much nicer here in Illinios!
Well it looks like my construction guys will be done today! I can't believe it! Only 10 days off there mark. We have some stuff we have to finish. They did a good job for the most part. I am just glad they will be gone!YEAH!

Catch you later!

03-17-2003, 09:17 PM
You guys seem like a pretty motivated group - I like that!! I need all the inspiration I can get...

I had to go out for lunch with some co-workers today and overdid it BUT I just had yogurt for dinner to compensate. Yeah, me!! That is one of the toughest things for me - accepting that sometimes I will slip but that doesn't mean I just give up and go back to the old ways! I also had another co-worker comment that I looked like I had lost some weight. That always makes me feel better! And I walked 2 miles at lunch and spent an hour at soccer practice. Overall, not a bad day!!

Losing - I live in Raleigh, but my college roommate lives in Hendersonville and we have a branch office in Brevard, so I go up that way pretty frequently. It is a beautiful part of the state!!

Oh well, I am off to do laundry and dishes - oh joy!! Have a Happy St Patrick's Day!!


03-17-2003, 11:01 PM
Hey Everyone,

Well the crud is upon me full force.... cant breathe, coughing and hacking, eyes are swollen.... YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! They say this lasts seven days.... I am on day 3.... hopefully it wont be long now....

So good to hear from so many people.... YEAH!!!! Keep it up....

I am off to bed.... maybe I can sleep some of this off....

Misti in Seattle
03-18-2003, 06:45 AM
Hello Angel... and all :wave:

Thanks for the welcome to newbies... guess that would be me!!

I live in the suburbs of beautiful Seattle; am single and work at a biotech lab at a job I just love! I moved back here from Fort Lauderdale a little over a year ago so have had lots of adjustments and unfortunately let all the stress get the best of me and gained back the weight I had lost before... but hey, here we go again! I've recently lost 32.5 pounds and am now on a great plan and routine... it's great to come here and find support and meet others sharing the same struggles.

Name: Sue - aka dance4joy

Age: 55
Height: 5'10"

Starting weight: 286
Current weight: 252.5
Goal: 160
Pounds lost so far 33.5
Still to go: 92.5 (I went under the 100 mark, yay!)

Exercise Routine: 3-4 times a week minimum at gym
Includes 45 min to an hour of cardio (treadmill, cross trainer, bikes); strength training.
Incorporate some walking and stair climbing

Food Routine:
Eat healthful meals... don't "count" calories but I know what is the correct amount. I take Juice Plus Complete supplement daily, eat lots of fish and chicken, and steam fresh veggies; lots of brown rice and couscous with health soup over it. Stay faithful to the plan and don't ever cheat.

Water: Lots of it, often with lemon. This is easy for me as I love water.... but take my water bottle to work and make sure I refill it several times during the day.

Biggest Weakness: Not wanting to go to the gym, although I enjoy it once I get there. I am fortunate in that there is a nice one in my apartment complex so just have to walk up there!

Biggest strength/what I am doing for support: As a Christian, I am in a wonderful Home Group, most of whom are also trying to get or stay fit and healthy. So I have great prayer support and 3D encouragement. Also coming here where I can check in with others and find some people who really understand and we can mutually cheer each other on.

I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Sue - aka dance4joy :dancer:

Misti in Seattle
03-18-2003, 06:48 AM
Hey Janice, sounds as if you are new here too???? It's great to meet you!

Hey, yah, don't let the slip ups get you down... sometimes we all just have to pick ourselves back up and keep going. Maybe you will burn off some calories picking yourself up. :)

Angel, sorry to hear you are ill... hope you are better soon!


03-18-2003, 09:32 AM
Hi everybody! I just joined the board and I'm a newbie as well. This thread seems like a great place to start.

Name: Janet aka Sparkie

I'm a single mom of an 11 y-o boy. I've had problems with my weight all my life but, after quitting smoking last year (May 1) I put on 30 EXTRA pounds. Not a good thing, that. But, I figure since I was able to quit smoking I should also be able to lose weight. Its all about willpower, right?

Age: 34
Height: 5'8"

Starting weight: 222
Current weight: 202
Goal: 150 (we'll see how that looks anyway)
Pounds lost so far 20
Still to go: 52

Exercise Routine: Lots and lots of walking, pilates 3x a week. I'm also signing up for a swimming class and I'm scoping out a bike. Gym membership is way out of my price range.

Food Routine: I'm sort of following WW. I'm trying to eat healthy foods - lots of veggies and fruit, etc. A big thing for me is portion control. I have a tendency to stuff myself.

Water: Yes, and my skin loves me for it. It's never looked better.

Biggest Weakness: Laziness and procrastination. Ugh!

Biggest strength: Determination and a wise-@ss sense of humor.

What I am doing for support: I'm mostly cheering myself on. I need more support - that's why I'm here!

Whee! It's nice to meet everyone here - I hope I can get to know you all - as well as get and GIVE support to ya! Get well wishes to all who need it and may the motiviation fairy wack us all upside the head with her wand today!

03-18-2003, 11:44 AM
Hi all! Welcome to Sparkie and Dance. Both of you sound like you all are on the yellow brick road to the weight loss meca. Keep up the good work. Hey, if either of you have some extra enegry to spare send some of it my way c/o the big ole hills of SE KY. Angel I hope that the rest has done you some good and you are back in commission really soon. Beth I work for a company that owns 8 IGA's and are in the process of obtaining #9. Yesterday was my first day back full time and it went very well. Did not experience any pain so that was a plus. Got my exercise in yesterday(work) and done extremely well with my eating. The way it is shaping up today if I don't get my sorry backside motivated and get off of the puter I wont get anything done at all today. I guess that I better go and see why the bathrooms hollerin at me. Guess that it is dying to get cleaned. May each and everyone of you have a wonderful day.


03-18-2003, 03:53 PM
Hello All!

Man we are really growing! This is great! I am having a really tough day to day. I don't know what is wrong with me. Do any of you ever just wake up feeling crabby and depressed? Its not even TOM. I don't know what has gotten into me. I did exercise today though and my eating has not been bad. Which before on a day like today I would have just ate myself silly!

It probably has a lot to do with the upcoming war. The whole thing is depressing. Or any of you immediately affected by this. I am not thank god. But my dh was in Desert Storm. Well sort of. They called him up, he had to leave college, and while he was training in Germany it ended. I don't know a lot about politics but why did they end the Gulf War before obviously the objective was accomplished????? Okay enough about that.

Angel I am sorry to hear you are feeling so bad! Glad you are getting the much needed rest!

Well I am going to run for the day ladies. I hope you all are having a great day!

03-18-2003, 04:09 PM
I just got back from the gym,I'm having a great day so far.I'm a little sad for what the country is facing right now,I really hope we don't go to war,but just know we probably will.
Angel:hope you get better,and drink a lot of water,my uncle who is a doctor,alwalys tell's us to drink a lot,because it kills all the viruses.well hope you get well,your friend,Winnie.
to the new members:I'm so happy,we have more girls joining every day.So welcome!!!!!!
Beth:I so happy your still here,and wanted to say hi.Take care!!!

03-18-2003, 10:29 PM
WOW!!!!! I go away for 20 hours and look what I miss!!!!!!

WELCOME EVERYONE!!!!!!!! We love crowds here :) :) :) :) :) :)

So I went to bed early last night but unfortuantly woke up at 3am and was awake for about 1 1/2 hours.... then when I finally get back to sleep the alarm went off.... UGH!!!!!!

I didnt go to the gym today... thought I should rest... I do feel better today than yesterday even with the drizzling rain..... Only a few more days to go... I hope it is over soon....

Went today and found my daughters shoes for the wedding along with her bra.... she is 14 and wearing a 34C... .I told her she is just doomed to have her mommas big boobs.... So she is all set.... she will look beautiful for the wedding... her and my son are walking me down the isle and then she is singing for me during the wedding.... she is singing "Over the Rainbow", "Amazing Grace" - a capella, and "There you are" the song done by Martina McBride.... I listen to her practice everynight so that maybe by the time the day arrives I wont sob my eyes out.... it hasnt worked so far....

I really need to get back to the gym.... I think I will wait out tomorrow though so that maybe I wont relapse...

Anyway, It sounds like everyoen is doing great and it is so great to see everyone.... now you just need to promise to stay with us.... even on the bad days..... that is what we are here for....

I am off to bed.... Nyquil is calling me.....

03-19-2003, 12:58 AM
Hey guys,

I think the impending war has everybody in a funk. I had to answer questions from my kids tonight on whether or not we are in danger here in NC. Talk about a tough thing to explain!! I think the conversation scared me more than it scared them...

Angel - I agree with the suggestion to drink lots of water. I always get over colds and other crud faster when I drink as much as I can stand!

On a positive note, I just finished a weight training routine that I came up with from bits and pieces of all the 'ideal workout' articles in the fitness magazines. If you have never tried it before, working out with dumbbells is THE BOMB! It requires no expensive equipment and not a lot of time, but it really makes you feel great. The best thing is that when you work out with weights you build more muscle and therefore burn more calories. If you are really good, that means you lose weight faster. For me, it means I can just eat a little more and still lose some weight! For those of us (like me!) who are 40 and over it also helps with keeping your bones healthy.

Have a great day, ladies! I am off to bed...


Misti in Seattle
03-19-2003, 02:03 AM
Hi Angel

Sorry you are not feeling well... how exciting about your wedding!

Yes, much the wisest to give yourself the time to get over the crud before you try to push too hard. You'll be back up and getting in shape again in no time!!


03-19-2003, 03:09 PM
hello All!

Just wanted to post today because I may not be back until next Mon. I am going to my parents Frid morn. I know tommorrow I will be busy before work. I have TOPS and I am going to fill out an app. at a place. So I thought I better check in today.

I should say I am going out of town if our car cooperates. My dh just called and said it was making a funny noise. He is going to take it to the shop. That always means trouble. Please keep this in your thoughts and prayers ladies because we really can't afford this. We have to pay the construction guy this week and we are supposed to go on vac in a couple of weeks. We were already wondering where that money was going to come from? I know it would be easy just to scrap the vacation but my dh has not seen some of his family in over a year and they have not seen dd in two years. She was down there as a newborn. So if we can get there we have free room and board and most meals. So I hope for dh we can go.

You ladies that stay up late, how late do you let yourself eat? I have been so hungry (true hunger) the last couple of nights. I do well all day and I am almost tempted just to have something. That is the problem with my job. I get up around 7:30 and I am up until 12:00 because I work second. This leaves a lot of hours during the day to eat!

Wildmom how heavy of weights do you use. I really do want to start more of that. Do you think actually doing that once a day would be better than doing my two mile walking tape? I mean right now I usually do 4 miles but not at once. 2 miles twice a day. I could do just 2 miles and weights the other time. Just curious which you think burns more calories ect...

Well I am going to run for the day ladies hope all is well!

03-19-2003, 10:54 PM
Hello Everyone!!!!

Well it has been a very long day for me.... I started working at 6:30 this morning and just got back from a trade show that I was in and it is 10:00pm..... it has rained all day... and I have been in and out of my car all day seeign customers... it will be a miracle if I dont end up with bronchitis.... UGH!!!!!

Beth - adding the weights would help you.... you would be building muscle that burns more calories and is smaller than fat... when you first start you may not lose wieght and may just gain alittle because muscle weighs more than fat... but your clothes will be loser and you will feel better.....

Thanks everybody for all the encouragement with this sickness... I do so want it to end soon....

Well I am off to bed ladies.... I am so tired.... I will talk more tomorrow.....

03-20-2003, 12:06 AM
Losing - My advice would be to substitute the weights for part of the workout 3 days a week. You really should skip a day between the weight training sessions to give your muscles time to recuperate. Angel is right about the muscle weighing more than fat, although it is smaller and CERTAINLY looks better! When you first start weight training and substitute muscle for fat, you might gain a pound or two. The real benefit of weight training is that it speeds up your metabolism and you can see the effects of the muscle building within about 3-4 weeks. I would highly recommend it, especially if you are over 35 or 40 since that is when women typically start to lose muscle and their metabolism slows down. As for how much weight to start with, that really depends on you. I would start with 5 or 10 pounds, depending on your upper body strength. Just try them out in the store before you buy!!

Have a good one...


Misti in Seattle
03-20-2003, 09:14 AM
Good morning everyone!

Beth, I am one of the night owls, and night eating used to be a real problem for me. But now I eat a good healthful dinner and can hardly believe I just don't want much later... BUT there are times when I do, and I have learned to have an apple or piece of fruit -- any time I want it. Once you break the "junk" habit, the fruit really does satisfy.

And Janice... good advice about the strength training. Yes, it really does work, although I include the cardio in the benefits as to building muscles. I've been really working out for just over a month... and noticed last weekend how I am really starting to feel the muscles in my arms and legs... a great feeling!!


03-20-2003, 09:17 AM
Ugh, ya'll, I had a bad day yesterday. I felt hungry and tired all day. I think it's because I forgot to take my vitamin in the morning. And, the pants-o-meter has not been being kind. I don't know what I'm doing wrong? My points have been averaging 23-25 a day and, according to fit-day, my calories have been staying between 1200 and 1600 a day. Maybe I need more water? More exercise? Anyway, I felt so crappy last night I didn't get my full walk in and I didn't do my pilates. And, today, it's raining.

Thanks for the info on the weights - I'm going to give it a go. Do any of you use the fitball or a swiss ball? I'm thinking of getting one today. I can use it with the weights.

Thanks for listening to my whining. I really need some sunshine!

03-20-2003, 12:45 PM
Good Day all! I hope that everyone is doing their best to have a great positive day. Yesterday I was in a funk all day with war and all. It was when I finally got home from work and got to reflect I was somewhat better about it all. I know that doesn't sound too good but I have came to terms and I am making the best of it. Everyone is right about the weight training it does hlep. I do mine about 4 days a week. I get plenty of it in at work. LOL! By the time that you lift and tug at everything you have got in a good workout. Same with the walking. I think that I end up walking over 3 miles a day. Beth, hope that you all don't have anything too costly wrong with your car. Dh works on them so I get the labor done cheap, but it is gettin it done. So has anyone seen the scale move lately? I got on them today and I was so shocked. It went down 6lbs. I was tickled to death. Angel hope that you are feelin much better. Gotta go time to get ready for work. Here's to a BLESSED DAY to all


03-20-2003, 03:45 PM
Well,I've been to the gym and that's good.I'm glad were all posting often.

Angel:hope youe feeling better!mix some honey with lime juice and drink it,It will help you.
well I have to go,just wanted to hi,I'll write some more later,till then.

03-20-2003, 08:43 PM
Okay just a quick hi! I am using the computer at the library while at work! My phone line at home is down. I am leaving tommorrow I think. My daughter seems to be getting sick. I think it is just a cold. I may go to my parents anyway. My husband is going to be painting all weekend.

Thanks for the advice on the weights ladies. I definately want to try it when I get more time! I was doing it for a couple of weeks and then just went back to walking.

I have some good news to report! I lost 3.75 this week! I am very happy with that. I just hope I can keep this up.

Hope you all have a great weekend and Angel feel better!

Sandy thanks for asking about the car. Dh said mysterious noise stopped! I hope that doesn't mean its going to break down on me tommorrow!


Misti in Seattle
03-20-2003, 08:53 PM
Yay Sandy and Beth!!! I'm excited about your weight loss! I lost 3 more this week too so that was happy news!

Keep up the good work!

Sparkie... sorry you aren't having such a good week... hang in there; sometimes we all just have "plateaus" -- it is much more fun when the weight is falling off... but you will make it!!!


03-21-2003, 07:18 AM
Hi all. Congrats Sue on your lost. Hang in there Sparkie and it will come. Sometimes Sparkie you have to take a day or so off from your eating plans to help out a plateau. Good luck you can do it. Beth hope that you all have a good trip and your car makes it alright. Angel I hope that you are almost over this creaping crude. Gotta run more to follow.


03-21-2003, 09:23 AM
Hey Everyone!!!!

I am so proud of everything and their diligence in posting.... hopefully I will be better now that I am FINALLY feeling a little better.... this has been one rough week.... Just always exhausted. I should have stayed in bed and rested but bosses have been in town and I had to make a good show.....

I actually got up this morning and went to the gym - YEAH!!!!!!!!!
I didnt get in my full workout but after basically missing a week and a half I thought I would start out slow..... SO I did 20 minutes on cardio and then my lower body circuit training, then instead of more cardio I just did some stretches.... the cardio was a little difficult because when I start breathing heavy I start coughing.... but I was there..... YEAH!!!!!!!

Beth, Sandy and Sue---- WAY TO GO on the weight lose.... You are our BIG LOSERS!!!!! :) :) :)

Beth - I hope you have a safe trip and no car problems.....

Winnie - YEAH for hitting the gym!!!!! I know that sometimes the hardest part is just getting there.

Sparkle- Bad Days are a dime a dozen sometimes and sometimes you work so hard and see nothing.... but something is happening and it just takes time.... you may be retaining water, you may be coming to that TOM, you maybe building muscle..... just be patient, keep on the right track and it will come.... I love the "pants o meter" comment... I havent heard that one...

Sandy - I know that having the war is a depressing thing but I think we need to stay positive and give all the positive thoughts and energy and our prayers into our troups and their safe return. I was reading a christian newsletter that put Sadaam into perspective and something that I hadnt realized.... he has killed more people than any other person alive.... he has killed more people than Hitler... and what I dont understand is why the muslims support him so much for he has killed more Muslims than any other person. One person I heard from calls in "So Damn Insane".... he must be stopped and while I dont like that it is us that half to do it I think we are the only ones capable of doing it.

Also, I didnt realize this and you guys may know this.... the reason the french are so opposed to this was is that they control 60% of the "oil for food" program with Iraq and that they are the #1 money trading (I am not sure that is the right word) country with Iraq.... so the french are only in it for themselves.... and for that I am sorry.... and I happen to love french people.... oh well.

Ok onto peppier topics....

I have started a little thing I do everyday.... it is a little funny but it seems to be helping me a little.... Self Talk can be such a sabotager.... so I decided to use it to the positive.... Everymorning I look in the mirror and tell myself I am a good person, that I am worthy of success, That I am a positive person, and I have energy to do the things that need to get done.... And that today IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY!!!!!! It has been helping...

I had my boss riding in my car one day this past week and when I had picked him up I looked him dead in the eye and said This is going to be a good day even if I have to kill someone..... he just laughed at me... and you know what it was a good day.....

In the evening I congradulate myself on anything I did in the right direction.... even if it is I am proud of myself for only eating 2 girl scout cookies instead of the whole box.... anything good that you can say to yourself... there is so much negative that goes in that some positive needs to go in also....

So anyway, I have 6 weeks till the BIG DAY!!!! Stress is high and I am working on kicking that in the butt!!!!

How about a 6 Week Challenge Girls.....

Here is the Challenge:

1) We are good to ourselves. We treat ourselves as would we treat our bestfriend.

2) We drink at least 6 glasses of water. (we all need to do that).

3) We try to have at least one heathy meal a day.

4) We try to exercise at least 3 times a week.

5) We take a few minutes everyday to pray for our troops and to think positive thoughts.

You can add your own personal challenges on this that you would like.... I will tell you guys my personal challenges later....

These are all attainable...... What do you think????? Can we do this.... I know that alot of us (maybe all of us) are doing more than this and we all have our own personal challenges but I want something that we can all say I am proud of myself I have met this challenge....

Everyone - Have a great day.... as a friend of mine says "Everyday I am breathing is a Great Day!"

03-21-2003, 10:26 AM
I'm up for the challenge! My personal goals:

- Only weigh myself once a week.

- Try something new - but not food!

Thanks for the pep talk, ya'll. I feel better today - not hungry. I've gotta step away from the scale!

Now, if the sun would just COME OUT!!!!

Glad you're better Angel! Hope everyone's feeling groovy and dropping the ####s. A big ol' YAY to all the big LOOSERS!

03-21-2003, 11:56 AM
OK Here are my personal goals.....

1) Try to eat 1200-1600 calories

2) Walk Daily

3) Yoga twice a week
Cardio 5 days a week
Circuit Training 5 days a week

4) 7-8 Hours sleep

03-21-2003, 08:54 PM
Angel - I am in for the challenge!

My personal additions are -

- No more than 1800 calories per day.

- Keep doing some form of exercise EVERY day.

- Cut back on soft drinks.

- Get the kids in bed every night by 9:30 so I can have some time for me!!

I have had a really good week, and you guys are one of the reasons. It is nice to log on every night and read posts from women who are in the same boat that I am in. It makes me a little less hard on myself for allowing myself to gain this much weight! Imagine what life would be like if we could someday go an ENTIRE day without even thinking about our weight!!

Thanks for being there and sharing...


03-22-2003, 10:12 AM
Good Morning Everyone....

Janice- the soft drink challenge would be great for me also.... also need to cut out the sweet tea ( I live in the south - we dont know howe to drink our tea without a gallon of sugar!) so I am going to add that to my challenges also....

I am off to get my ring bearer measured for his tux and then I am coming back home and working in the yard.... WE HAVE SUN!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!

Talk to you later

03-22-2003, 10:56 AM
Hi everyone. Angel gald that you are feelin better.
Some of my personal challenges.
to make sure that I get my ab workout in every day.

to get out and walk on my days off from work.

to limit my snack to fruits and veggies. only one good snack a week. maybe a sundae on sunday.

This just may be what I need to kick this in the butt. Angel thanks for the info that you found in the reader. I will look to see if it is at church tomorrow when I go.
Gotta run time to go to the groc store.


Misti in Seattle
03-22-2003, 01:36 PM
Hi Angel

Hey I understand about the sweet tea! I grew up in the Midwest and it always had tons of sugar in it! BUT I did it... years ago I decided to just teach myself to like it without it... and now I can't stand it with sugar.

Sandy... interesting how people think differently and what works for one doesn't work for another. Instead of thinking of "one good snack" etc... and a "food treat" occasionally, I have instead learned to think of fruit, etc. AS the "good snack" and train myself not to think of food as a "treat." When I see a piece of cake, etc., I think in terms of "That is 2 hours on the treadmill... not a chance!" :lol:

But we are all different... this isn't meant to be a criticism in any way... just another perspective.


03-23-2003, 03:45 PM
Hello Everyone!!!!

Well I have done pretty good this weekend.... been working in the yard and it is looking pretty good.... although my lower back is yelling STOP!!!!!

Today is Keith's Birthday and it will be a little challenging tonight but I will not beat myself up I will just try to control the portions...

How is everyone else doing????

03-23-2003, 08:50 PM
Hi all. Done great so far this weekend. Kept with my goal and walked today(day off). Even got in an extra ab workout. Shock. Just checking in while I am wathcin the game. Catch y'll later

03-24-2003, 07:06 AM
Hey everyone....

Well it is monday morning (UGH!) and I am up to head to the gym.... Just thought I would check in....

Only ate half a piece of the choc w/ mint choc chip icecream cake... was pretty proud of myself... although my neighbor cooked dinner and if she knew the word lowfat she forgot it a long time ago.....

Didnt sleep to well last night - woke up about 3am and was feeling panicy..... realized the wedding was only 40 days away....
Did some deep breathing exercises but still felt that was.... boy stress is a killer..... hopefully I wont feel like this all day.

Anyway, I am off to work some of this stress away....

Have a great day! and dont forget our challenge!!!!! Say nice things to yourself!

03-24-2003, 01:15 PM
Angel glad to hear that you are feelin well enough to go to the gym. Done sorta go on my goals this weekend until I had an chocolate craving. I had 3 scoops of van ice cream w/ choc syrup and earlier I had 6 sm scooby snacks. I guess that I figured that I had been so good all week and it was Sunday and we were having a cookout what the hey. Angel hope that you have got rid of some of the stress. I know that it can wreck your life if you let it. Beth how was your trip? Hope that it was a good one. Gotta get time to go to work. Catch y'll later.


03-24-2003, 04:38 PM
Hello All!
Its great to see everyone posting! My trip was great. I am not looking forward to going back to work in about an hour!

It looks like we are all doing well! Thinking in the right directions with goals and such.

For me my only goal is to stay on track and just keep doing what I am doing.

I did read something this weekend in my TOPS book that was interesting. It was explaining how many calories you can eat to maintain a certain weight. It was saying it is different for people that have been overweight than for people never overweight. It was like for 120-1200 calories, 130 -1300 calroies 140-1400 calories. I get a little unnerved by that. I know I can make 120's but to keep it off at 1200 calories a day seems harsh! Of course there is exercise to counter balance some of it. I think there point was that you should find a weight that you can realistically maintain. What do you all think?

Well I better run. I need to be getting ready for work. I hope to walk outside tonight. DD has a cold so we were not able to get out and it is nice today!


03-24-2003, 09:56 PM
Hey Everyone!!!!

I am so glad to see everyone.... it boosts my spirits....

I have 40 days until my wedding and today my seamstress called and told me she wouldnt have time to alter my dress after all so now I am running around trying to find someone who can.....

The stress!!!! Keith's mother has given me my recent panic attack.... she wrote me this beautiful letter that I received on Saturday and her last statement was "just think only 42 more days" 6 weeks sounded so much better.... well last night at 3am from a dead sleep I woke up in a panic attack going "oh my god I have 40 days!!!!" and was up for the rest of the night.... so tonight I am taking something to help me sleep because this is the 2nd night in a row that I was up at 3.

Beth - I know you had the goal of 120's but I am not sure how tall you are, also what is your build (small medium or large)... also you have to take into consideration your muscle mass.... all of these things contribute to your weight not necessarily your clothing size..... for example I have two friends that are twins.... and they both weigh 145#s.... but one wears a size 5 and the other a size 9.... one has much more muscle....

I think sometimes we are always so concerned about our weight and what that dang scale says that we forget to talk to our bodies or to listen to it....

I think that somewhere along the line you will feel comfortable and look good and be healthy.... that may be a 140#'s may be at 130#'s..... one thing to keep in mind is that you are older now and that you have had two kids - your body may not be comfortable at the 120's mark again.... and I dont think the rest of your life needs to be a struggle....

Hey I found the greatest cookbook!!!! It is done by Cooking Light and is called the 5 ingredient 15 minute cookbook.... They have got some of the greatest recipes. It gives you the shopping list in the margin of each recipe and they really are quick and great.... you guys aught to try it....

ANyway, I am off.... I have about 20 minutes before I am going to bed since I have been up since 3am....

Goodnight All!!!

03-24-2003, 11:25 PM
How's everyone doing?Just got back from the gym,had a long and hard weekend.Well,I weighted my self,and lost 4 pounds!!!!I'm so happy and can't wait to keep losing more.

angel:wow I can't believe you wedding is so close away,I 'm happy for you,you still have some time,so good luck!!

Beth, Sandy and Sue:con-grat's on the weight lose,way to go!!!!!


Misti in Seattle
03-25-2003, 02:50 AM
Congratulations on those 4 pounds, Winnie! Yay!

I've been in a slump myself but it was expected... lost 6 pounds week before last and 3 last week... so it had to "hit" -- gained one back and it is just sitting there; but I am out to get it!! I WILL be victorious!!!!


03-25-2003, 08:05 AM
Congrats Winnie on the 4 lbs. Way to go!. Sue good job on the 3 last week. It will move soon. I am not goin to weigh myself until Thursday. I don't know if it has moved any or not. Beth I am so glad that you had a good trip. I was so worried about your car and that because of it you might not have a good trip. Angel, I know all about the lack of sleep all too well. A week or so before my hyst. I only slept 2 hrs a night and it finally took its toll. I don't blame you for takin something to help you sleep. Hope that today finds you well rested. So have you had anyluck finding some to alter your dress? Beth you are right that there is a point that you find a weight that you can maintain. I think that mine might be around the 150-160 range. I am big boned and if I get too small I wouldn't look good. Plus hey I know that I am older and nature isn't always on myside now. OK, I need lots of help now. I am havin lots of pain and last night I had to eat so that I could take my pain meds. Then in the middle of the night it got worse and I knew that I couldn't take any more so I was up for awhile and totally blew it I had ice cream with chocolate syrup. So any help would be appericated. Today the pain isn't here but I am wonderin if it will be tonight. This is when my TOM would be and this time around is been a hard one? Angel does it get any better? Gotta go bout time for the school bus. Everyone tale care.


Misti in Seattle
03-25-2003, 09:30 AM
Sandy, so sorry you are in pain. Of course we all know that ice cream and chocolate doesn't REALLY help :lol: but don't be too hard on yourself, as most of us have also TRIED to make it help! Hang in there... I just said a special prayer for you.


03-25-2003, 07:10 PM
Thanks so much Sue. I appericate it so much. Done much better so far today. Almost time for scouts on the run here today.

03-25-2003, 09:06 PM
Hi, guys!

Congratulations to all the folks who lost last week, and to those who didn't - there's always this week!!

I lost 1.5 pounds last week. I exercised my butt off so I was hoping for at least two, but I can definitely tell that my clothes are a little looser than they were a week ago. Today I actually found myself craving fruit instead of all the forbidden stuff!! It is definitely getting a little easier to eat the right foods, although I am sure there will be temptations and trying days ahead...

Tonight my kids are driving me crazy, but I am just tuning them out and planning some time for myself in about an hour. Sometimes they can be so sweet and other times I am convinced that they are possessed by evil spirits!! This is DEFINITELY an 'evil spirits' day...

Have a good one...


03-26-2003, 07:59 AM
Hello Everyone!!!!

I hope yall are doing great! It does sound that way!

Winnie & Janice- WAY TO Go On the weight lose!!!! You guys are all becoming BIG LOSERS!!!!! I wish that I could join you!

Sandy - I think it will get better for you.... I had so much pain before the surgery that I dont think I really noticed it as much after... but it is interesting that my breasts still swell and I still feel bloated about once a month.... it is really confusing because I only have a partial ovary on one side that doesnt really product hormones yet I still get the syptoms.... oh well... I am weird and I know it... I hope you feel better and I do think over time the pain gets less and less....

Well I went yesterday and purchased my bustier to wear under my wedding dress.... it was a little depressing because I had wanted to get something that was sexy....but because of my size (34H) I had to get this plain ultilitarian looking one.... They did have one that was sexy that I could wear but it was $250.00 versus $49.00..... I went with the $49.

Still looking for a seamstress and trying not to panic.... this is just a little blip (or so I keep telling myself).

Hope everyone has a great day and I will chat with you later.

Misti in Seattle
03-26-2003, 09:08 AM
Good morning, everyone!!

Janice, congrats on the weight loss! I haven't lost any this week except did lose the one again that jumped back in there and clung for all it was worth... but I will win!! :lol: And I too have noticed my clothes are looser... the exercising does make us lose more slowly but makes us LOOK better and is good for us!!

Angel, I can imagine it is discouraging not being able to find a sexy bustier... I have the same problem "up front" only fortunately I DO lose there and already have a lot. I understand all too well... but remember, God made you just like you are; all we can do is try to do the best we can with what we have!!!


03-26-2003, 10:11 AM
Hello All!
Congrads everyone on the losses!

Angel I am sure you will find someone to alter your dress. When I got married. I had lost like 65lbs the year before. Well i bought my dress and then promptly gained about 10-15 lbs. I had to have it realtered the day before and I would not have known it had I not tried it on. That was almost a diaster! Your seamstress should have told you before now!

Sandy sorry to hear you are in pain. I am TOM this week and it is causing me more problems then usual. I just had to take a nap yesterday I felt so bad. I think my periods have been coming every 2-3 weeks. I keep saying I am going to keep track. I just really hope I don't have to go back on the pill.

It sounds like we are all doing well! Keep up the good work Ladies!


03-26-2003, 06:07 PM
Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note to say hi.... I have a busy night ahead and probably wont be able to post again.....

I hope everyone is doing good.... just keep on going.... Is everyone doing their challenges??? I am doing pretty good with some of them and so-so with others..... will tell you more later....

Well the rain is coming in and it is thundering right now which only makes me want to go to sleep.... oh well it will be awhile before I can.....

Have a good night!

Misti in Seattle
03-27-2003, 12:25 AM
<----- doing my challenges

03-27-2003, 07:44 AM
HI eeveryone. How is it goin for everyone today? Feeling much better here. My doctor has already told me that there would be days when I would have endo flair ups due to HRT. So far I have only had 2 of them since my surgery but when they do come they hurt like the dickens but still they are not as bad as they were before the surgery. Only have to wait til next year and I should be able to have the implants removed from the bladder. Angel I know all to well about the problem up front. It sucks don't it? I remember when I got married the first time I didn't think I was goin to find one for my dress but after 3 months of searching I finally found one. I swore that it came from ugly r us. Then my dress, that was a total nightmare. I had lost some weight not sure of how much but the dress was too big and we done our best to fix it but during the reception when I bent over I fell out of my dress. Peep show! Janice I have always said about my son the I wouldn't give a million for him nor would I take a million for another one just like him. Here it is like he is two kids. At school he is so good or that is what I am told by many people that work there. Well gotta go time to fix breakfast. Catch y'll later.


Misti in Seattle
03-27-2003, 09:08 AM

Thanks for the funny story about your peep show. :lol: That happened to me in my swimsuit on the beach once... wow ducked back under that water FAST!!! :hyper:


03-27-2003, 12:42 PM
Finally got on the scales today. No change so I am still considering myself doin good. I was able to maintain and not gain. Sue had the same thing happen with a swinsuit as well. when I came up there was a boat full of men. Went under as fast as I could. Maybe I should start charging when that happens. Still keepin up with my challenges. Here's to a Blessed Day to all.

03-27-2003, 02:01 PM
Just a quick hi! I am off to a training soon. I lost 1.5 this week! Yeah! I am happy with anything this week! Good luck Ladies!


03-27-2003, 05:27 PM
hello everybody!!!!

So glad to see everyone here.... it is keeping me up and going....

Well I have done not so good with the food today..... but I am not going to beat myself up.... i was running late this am and was starving so stopped and grab a chick fil a bisquit and of course since I was there I had to get there sweet tea becasue they have the best...... they are so darn good but so darn bad.... then a customer gave me a black and white cookie.... again so darn good and so darn bad.... I did eat pull roasted chicken on a wheat roll and I only ate the bottom of that for lunch which was good and I am eating with my girlfriend at the japanese resturant tonight and I eat pretty well there....

The peep show thing is so funny and has happened to me more times than I want to admit.... one time I was wearing this beautiful strapless navy sequined gown and I was at an art show, this guy had tripped and was falling so in his infinite wisdom he thought I would be able to hold up his 250# frame or more accurately that my dress would hold him up.... how embarrassing- he fell down and took my dress with him.... I smacked him good!!!! He was so apolagetic.

Well I am off to walk with Judy before I head to dinner.... Talk to yall later!

03-28-2003, 07:07 AM
Angel, it seems that each and everyone of us has had that happen to us. I feel so bad for you, being in a very public place and all. I believe that I would have beat the crap out of him. Done really good on the food yesterday, but I did have a 12oz caff free diet pepsi. I know that I shouldn't have but I figure that one every othere week wouldn't kill me. Who knows maybe that difference will help the scale want to move for me. Well it's off to start the morning rountine, get everyone up for school and work then clean, the only good thing is that I don't have to work today so I can get out and walk. Catch y'll later.


03-28-2003, 08:50 AM
Hey Everyone!!!!

I hope everyone is doing great!!!! I was shocked this am I got on the scale and am down to 200.5# YEAH!!!! It was suprising because of the junk I ate yesterday. My weight moves so slowly off my body.... but I have actually slowed down some on my workout routine and I think that is actually helping... but the other thing is I am doing those challenges and being better to myself so I guess it decided to reward me.....

Anyway, I am off ---- HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!!!!!

03-28-2003, 12:59 PM
Angel, it was so wonderful to hear about your loss. Way to go. Expermenting is what I am doin right now. Tryin to figure how to kick back into loss mode. I thougth about goin to the gym but right now money is too tight so I am opting for the free stuff in life. I am happy that you are able to keep up your own personal challenges. It is so hard for me each and every day but each morning I tell myself that I will be much better off for doing them. Got my ab work in and am getting ready to go and walk. Here's to a wonderful weekend to all.


03-29-2003, 12:03 AM
How is everyone this evening? Got my walk in done 1.5 miles then came home and cut the grass. Movin and lossin(I hope). I have already decided that this is goin to be a great weekend. I figured that if I tell myself in advance it will happen.

03-29-2003, 09:55 AM
Hey Everybody!!!!

I have been working on these deep breathing exercises. They are supposed to help you relax and find energy.... a few people that i have spoke to about it say they have also lost weight - well hey - if that is a side affect I can handle it....lol

I have found someone that can alter my dress - YEAH! - I have to take it over to her today.... boy the day is getting closer and closer..... 5 weeks from today!

We went yesterday and firmed up the rehearsal dinner plans so that is one less thing to do.... but still so many more....

Well I am off to clean the house.... have a good day everyone!!!!

03-29-2003, 11:28 AM
Hey All!

Angel I saw your post on the Body Flex forum. I bought those tapes to but have not been motivated to do it yet. Let me know if it really works. I watched it one time and it looked so ridiculous I had to laugh. I have to hear it first hand before I embarass myself. I just showed my dh a sample of it. He laughed so hard. He said please do that again.! But if it works I will be the first one to start breathing!!!

Okay poor Sandy has had to hear this already on another forum we are on. So I will try to make it short and concise. I have this big event tonight. I went to buy something at a second hand store. I was very discouraged because I am not even out of a 16 yet! I have lost 28lbs. I thought surely I could get at least a 14. I refused to buy a 16. I would rather wear an old rag! The sizes they pass off these days as large is a farce! America is getting bigger not smaller! These sizing people need there head examined!

Also I have major flab from the weight loss and I have been working out! I guess a gym pass at some point is going to be a necessity unless I get some equipment for home.

Well I have to run now. I have to clean my house and go to the mall and see if Ican find something. I will probably just come back more discouraged!!! Thanks ladies for letting me vent!


03-29-2003, 01:07 PM
Hi everyone! How is everyone this cool wet Saturday morning? It was so warm and beautiful yesterday and now there is snow in the forcast for tomorrow. I know that this is a combination of red bud/dogwood winter but we don't need snow. I know that some of you are thinking that I am crazy but I am not yet that is. Thankfully we should have one more winter to go before we hit spring.
Angel I am so glad that you have found someone to alter your dress. What colors are you using? So is this goin to be a huge event with lots of bridesmaids and groomsmen? My first wedding wasn't too big but the second time it was so easy. We got married at night in the pouring rain in the middle of a park. Talk about cheap! I think that we were only out the license and the fee that we paid for the guy to marry us. I feel so bad for you tryin to plan it all. I know how hard it is amd the stress is sometimes enough to make you crazy. See if we lived near each other we could even give you a shower.
Beth have you thought about wearing a griddle. I know if you are like me and loath the idea but I swear to you that it does help. Someone many years ago told me the same thing and I thought that they were full of bs, but when I tried it I changed my tune. I was told to get a really good heavy duty one and wear it all the time. I have only one and that one lasted for a while but since I wore it after my surgey it is dead(it was on its last legs then). The fashion industery is awful and I agree wholeheartedly with you. What really gets me are the little bitty tops that are suppose to be stretch. Man who do they fit? Even the l/xl are too small. Size is another thing that kills me. You could wear a 18 in brand and a 16 in another. Then there is the lengths of the jeans. Mostly I get average, but the other day I had to get petite. Ok I best get off of the saop box. Denise Austin has some really good tape. I got one that is hit the spot abs. There are 4-10 min workouts on it. They target different parts but each of them do a total one, some have more for some spots than the other. If I could get rid of the lower gut I would have it made. Anyway here's to finding you something. Let me know how it goes.
Guess that I have to get a move on. Almost time to go to work. I really wanted to stay home today and watch the ball game but I will have to settle on gettin the information from the customers that come in. Here's to a good Saturday.


03-29-2003, 11:11 PM
Hey Everyone,

Beth - I will let you know about the body flex tapes.... I know that the main thing is really about the breathing.... right now just whenever through out the day I take a deep breath in.... then hold it for 4 times more than the inhale.... then exhale for twice as long as the inhale (ie: 8 seconds inhale, 32 sec hold, 16 sec exhale).... I do this about 3 times a day for 10 inhales....i have been doing alot of research and one thing that I have discovered is how poorly we breath as americans.... we breath very shallow... three research studies that I read tested 3 groups of people on cancer concerns.... and i wont bore you to death but the one group in each study that did the deep breathing had an 87% better chance of not having cancer.... pretty incredible... the basic idea is that for your body to generate new cells and to remove the old cells (the cells most likely to turn cancerous) is by oxygenating the blood...... It is also supposed to increase your energy and thought process and since I have no energy and my thought process has been gone for awhile and I would like it to at least visit once in awhile..... and I figure that we all need oxygen and it costs me nothing to do this breathing so I am sure it cant hurt me and since I have already had cancer and it runs in my family - why not???? and then when looking into BF what she says is basically true so that cant hurt either so I am going to try it too.... I have been doing it for two days now and I will let you know.....

Sandy - thanks for the encouragement about the dress... my dress is a pale pink and is pretty formal.... I have 3 bridesmaids and they are wearing all different dresses just the same color which is a hot fushia pink with a black overlay which sounds really bad but is quite beautiful - looks like a burgundy-purple color.... my son & daughter are walking me down the isle and then my daughter is also singing for me.... the wedding is going to be somewhat large - about 125-150 people -I wanted MUCH SMALLER but Keith wanted VERY BIG - we have role reversal when it comes to this wedding... i had wanted to elope and he wanted traditional.... I am sure it will be beautiful and as long as I dont pass out things will be fine.... I am really looking forward to the honeymoon - ITALY!!!!! - I cant wait!!!

I know what you guys mean about clothing sizes and I have to say wedding dresses are the worst! I wear a 16 normally - my wedding dress is a 20!!!! I about died!!!! WHen I was talking to this lady she said "Oh No wedding dresses run about 2-3 sizes smaller than normal dresses" I was thinking you have got to be kidding.... the one day in your life that you want to be tiny and feel confidant and they make you feel like a small rhino (or a large rhino)!!!! This is one area where you think if they were going to mess with clothing size they would do it the other way for example if you normally wear a 16 you wear a 10 or 12 is your wedding dress.... My girlfriend Rose who weighs 105#(really! - you got hate her!) , 5'2" and wears a 3/5 had to buy a 10 in her bridesmaid dress- Can You Believe IT!!!!!! I had no chance!!!!OK I will get off my soap box now!!!!

ANyway, Beth I wouldnt worry about it - I do understand how devastating it can be though.... I cried the day I bought my dress. It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life and all I could see was "20" on the dress. You just have to let it go... you know that you are looking better and feeling better and going in the right direction - Clothing designers/manufactures are mostly on drugs anyway (this is your brain on drugs) so I woulnt worry about it.... be proud of where you are and if the dress looks great on just tear out the size tag and make your own.... how does a size 5 sound????

I am off to bed - ran lots of errands - starting to think I may get this wedding done yet! Talk to you soon!

03-30-2003, 08:26 PM
Hi everyone! How has the weekend treated everyone? Done alright I guess but I didn't get in my walking on my day off today. It was way too cold to go out and walk. I know that I should have but I am not goin to beat myself up over it. I guess that I should go have had a stressful day and I need to get some things done here. Catch y'll later.


03-31-2003, 03:48 PM
Hello All!

Just a quick Hi! It has been a crazy weekend! My parents just left this morning. I went out to lunch with a friend who is flying back home today.

Angel that is funny about cutting the tag out and writing the size in! Your dresses sound so pretty. I hope you will be able to post pics! I remeber all these last minute details!

Sandy I did wear a girdle! Would not go with out it! I was able to find a black dress. Sweater top and rayon skirt. I was very pleased with it and got lots of compliments.

Has anyone here tried Curves. A friend of mine is doing it and she just told me they are opening one up on my side of town. I may check into it. I want to know how much toning it is though. That is what I really want now. I am doing fine on my own with out the other.

Well I have to run! I hope everyone is doing well!


03-31-2003, 04:14 PM
Never been to curves. There is a gym in the strip mall where I work at. The menbership is cheap for the people that work in the mall and I have been thinking about startin back but I have been very busy at work lately. Good goin on the black dress. I bet that you were on seventh heaven when you were gettin all of those compliaments on your dress/new body. Hope that everyone is having a good day. Will not be on for a little while my puter died and I have to reinstall my OS hopefully that will fix it for now.


03-31-2003, 06:37 PM
Hello Everyone!

Did pretty good this weekend... been doing lots and lots of deep breathing... I dont know about whether I lost any weight or not but I am not feeling so stressed so that is something....

Anyway, I got alot done this weekend towards the wedding... getting closer everyday! (33 days!) all that is really left is firming up the videographer, meeting with the preacher, firming up the photographer... we have them all booked we just have to meet with them and make sure everything is ok.

Here is the link to my wedding dress -


It is pale pink in color... and I am adding a light pink chiffon layer over the lower half to make it just a little bit pinker because when it photographs it sometimes photograph white.

I got up this am and went to the gym and ate well all day so we will have to see how I do tonight....

Well I am off - I have work I need to get done yet.

04-01-2003, 04:22 PM
Hi all! Angel checked out your dress and I love it. Bet that you will look stunning in it. Wanted to start workout today cause I got off work early but life had other plans. I had to register dh's truck and I had forgot all about it, and by the time that I done that when I got off of work it was 3 pm by the time that I got home. That leaves me with very little time before I have to pick up my son from school. So with what little time I have left I got ahead start on dinner and am gettin ready to do my ab workout. Not enough time some days. Here's go a great day!


04-02-2003, 08:19 AM
Hi Sandy,

Thank you. The dress really is pretty.

I have 31 days till the BIG DAY!!! I am actually starting to relax a little... everything is almost all planned and trying to get all the little things completed so that the last 2 weeks I dont have anything to do....

I understand about not having enough time of day that is why I literally roll out of bed and workout 1st thing.... whether that is at 3am or like my normal which is 5:30am.... I am not a morning person but I know that if I wait till later "LIFE" will get in my way and I wont do a thing.....

How is everyone else doing????

04-02-2003, 04:23 PM
Hello All!
Angel that dress was beautiful. You are going to have a wonderful day. Italy sounds so cool. The wedding reception I just went to. My friend got married in Italy and then honeymooned over there. It looked really pretty!

Hope everyone is doing well. Trying to enjoy the nice weather while it was here. My dh said after work yesterday some co-workers and he had a water fight in our back yard. They are always doing that kind of stuff. He said the day before this girl threw a whole cup of water on him. Of course he wasn't thinking that both dk's had just been sick. IMO it was not that warm outside. Just glad I wasn't here ! My ds was asking if he could get me wet today! I said no way! LOL!

Well weigh in for TOPs is tommorrow. I should have some kind of a loss. Hope everyone is doing well!


04-03-2003, 10:35 AM
Hello Everyone!!!!

I hope everyone is doing great!!!! I am just coasting right now - trying not to be too hard on myself.... 30 days till the big day....

I am trying to get in all my water and all my sleep!!!!

Talk to yall soon!

04-03-2003, 01:06 PM
Hi all. Beth a water fight sounds so good right about now. It is suppose to be near 80 here today and I have to work. Got on the scales today and they still are the same. I finally got to workout this morning and I am hoping that this will help me. The other choice was to gnaw off a arm or something. Here's to a great day to everyone!


04-03-2003, 03:11 PM
Just popping in to say Hi! i am going to try and sneak a nap in before work! It seems like such a shame with the nice weather and all. But dd is sleeping so I can't go outside anyway!

Well I lost 2.75 lbs this week. The older ladies in my group are so funny. I really think they believe I am starving myself. I was feeling a little light headed because I had forgotten to eat breakfast. Usually on TOPS days I take yogurt or something with. Anyway we sometimes go for coffee afterward at Mcdonald's. I had to order something they made sure I ate every last bite! I couldn't disappoint them I guess!

I hope that everyone else has a great day!


04-03-2003, 10:07 PM
Beth - you are doing so great on your diet. I am very proud of you... just keep it up....

Sandy - Dont chew off your arm - you may need it to slap your husband/boyfriend in the back of the head whenever he says something stupid which will happen because he is a guy and they cant help themselves...

ok next major fiasco was averted tonight.... checked on our airline reservations for our trip to italy that we have had booked since January.... apparently they downsized the plane and moved our seats.... only they had keith and i sitting seperately... when we called they said oh we forgot it was your honeymoon... and well we cant do anything.... Keith went through 4 people before they finally realized that since it was our honeymoon and all that we may want ot sit together... I swear where is customer service these days.....

Anyway, I am off to make the flower girls basket.....

Misti in Seattle
04-04-2003, 01:12 AM
Hi Angel... wow what a gorgeous dress! What fun to have the Internet so we can share things like this. :cb: Thanks for sharing


04-04-2003, 10:41 PM
Thank you so much Dance4Joy.... I am starting to get excited but then i also am ready to have it over so I can have my normal life back and not have to think about what am I forgeting....

I have made the flower girls basket and the basket to put the candles in to give away and I have to admit that they are really turning out beautiful.... I havent made baskets in a long time and am wondering why I quit making them.... my neighbors are all freaking out and wanting me to make them some.... I will try to get some pictures of them and will put them somewhere where you can see them...

I have been busy at work and havent really been working out this week all that steady.... although I am not beating myself up over it this month.... I have given myself a 'relax pass' until after the wedding...

How is everyone else doing.... Have you been talking nicely to yourself?????

04-05-2003, 01:16 PM
Hi all. Glad that you are givin yourself a relaxation break until after the wedding you need it Angel. When you are talking about making baskets are you talking about weaving them from the ground up so to speak? It must ge great to be that creative. Done really fantasic this week until yesterday evening. The stress of work(1 person to do it all was gettin to me) got under my skin so bad that the next thing that I knew I already had a pint of chocolate ice cream eating it....then it was done. I know that I shouldnt have but what's done is done. Was goin to workout this morning but I had to go and get my mother and show here where ds's t-ball game was goin to be played at today and that took so much of what little free time I have left before work. So I have decided that tonight I will do my ab workout. The gym will be there Monday morning. So how is everyone else doing so far???? Almost time for work so I must be gettin with the program and get a move on.


04-06-2003, 07:54 PM
Hello All!

Sandy - dont beat yourself up about the icecream - its gone and today is a new day - we all have those days - the goal is to make sure the time between those days gets longer and longer.....

As for the baskets- no i dont hand weave them.... would love to I just dont have time.... no I paint them and cover them with different fabrics and laces and flowers and all... they turn out very soft, feminine, and pretty....

How is everyone else doing????? Me, I have good days and then bad days and I know that this is ok.... I have the free pass for this month.....

Everyone be good to yourself!!!!

04-06-2003, 11:28 PM
Hi everyone! Angel I was wondering if after your hyst did you have pain in your hips. My right one hurts so much that there are days that it hurts to walk. I think that I have a pinhed nerve as a result of the surgery. I got over the ice cream rather fast as a matter of fact I bought dh some ice cream home this evening and haven't thought about eating it. Just checking to see if everyone had a wonderufl weekend.


04-08-2003, 09:19 AM
Hey Sandy,

I didnt have pain in the hips but I had alot in my pelvic bone area. Mine went away.... and it wasnt constant just shots of pain every now and then....

Where is everyone????? We are missing you!!!!

I havent been doing too much right now but I am still here.... Work has been crazy and wont be getting any better in the near future.

I am off to work now.

Talk to you later!

04-08-2003, 12:40 PM
Hello All!
I have been really busy trying to get ready for vacation this week! Not to mention I am babysitting for twins today. They are keeping me on my toes! I am leaving Thurs but will try and post tommorrow. I have to wash clothes and pack and such.

I am doing okay here. Bought the 3 mile tape for vacation. I know I won't have time to exercise everyday so I thought the days I did I would at least get in 3 miles. I am worried about all the eating and car food that is going to be going on but I am not going to let myself stress about it.

Angel I think its great that you are taking it easy this month. YOur mental health definately comes first! Those baskets sound beautiful.

I have to run the babies are tearing up magazines!


04-08-2003, 09:35 PM
Hello All!!!!

Just a quick note.... I hope everyone is doing well....

Keith was diagonosed today with borderline diabetes.... he has a long family history on both sides so we are going to have to deal with..... I want to catch it before it gets bad so I am off to study up.....

Talk to you soon.

04-09-2003, 07:27 AM
Hi everyone! Beth hope that you have a wonderful vacation. Get out and enjoy, don't stress over the food. Look at it this way you have earned it. Just try to take it all in moderation.

Angel, I hope that you are able to learn all that you need to know to help Keith. I had gestional diabetes but I was lucky cause as soon as you give birth it goes away. The down side is that it puts you at a higher risk for later on in life. I too have a family history of diabetes. One thing that I have learned along the way is to watch the carbs. It has a direct effect on the sugar levels. Is he just goin to be able to watch his diet for now or what? A dietation(sp) can be very helpful right now. I had to go to one while I had the gestional and she helped me so much. I learned what I could eat and what times I could eat. Needless to say I must have done too good with it cause I was always runnin high until I got it all figured out and then there were days that I was too low. Remember that grapes are one of the worse things that he can eat(or at least this is what I was told). Good luck.

Doing good with the workouts. So far this week I have been able to get in a workout eveyday. Maybe the scale will love me come Thurs. Off to get ds up for school. Here's to a BLESSED DAY to all.


04-09-2003, 08:44 AM
Hey All!!!!

Keith is taking a small dose pill for right now for his diabetes.... but the doc thinks he will be able to come off it in a month or so... doc thinks the stress of the wedding could have increased it also.... it is amazing what stress can do.... I have been trying to get him to go to the gym with me and he always wants to go at night and then never goes.... so I convinced him to get up in the monring with me and go.... today he did... YEAH!!!!! He always wants to leave for work early to miss traffic but I told him it doesnt do him any good... we live in Atlanta there is always traffic... also he gets to work @ 6:45 for what??? He doesnt leave early.... I told him to go to the gym with me in the morning and workout for an hour and he would be at work by 8 or 8:30 and that this would help his stress alot.... he agreed to. He also needs to lose about 20-30#'s to get to around 200# he wants to get to 180# which is where he was in high school... I have seen those pictures he was way to thin!!!! The doctor told him he didnt care what the scale said Keith's problem is where he carries his weight.... all in the stomach... apple shaped which I guess is the most unhealthy.... The weird thing about this is that he hasnt had any sodas at all since ash wed.... so he hasnt near the amount of sugar that he used to....

Anyway, I am off to the shower.... My workout today was 30 minutes of cardio, upper body circuit training, and 10 minutes stretching...

Hope everyone has agreat day!

04-09-2003, 08:17 PM
Hi all! You know Angel that goin without pop has helped Keith alot but there are other harmful sugars out there that he might not realize. Know what you mean about the traffic in Altanta. I only lived there for 4 months but I hated gettin out in the morning. Question is the farmer's market still there? I use to love goin there. Can't remember if I asked you this or not, but are you on HRT? I think that could be what is holding back our weight loss. Just an out there idea but who knows. Got my exercise in today, went light 15 min on the elpical trainer, done 11 reps on the ab life circuit, 3 on the back, 2 on the fly, 2 triceps and only 1 leg press it hurts the knees at times. Tomorrow is my weigh in day so let's keep our fingers crossed.


04-09-2003, 10:03 PM
Hey Everybody,

Sandy - Yes the farmers market is still there and I go there about once a month or so....

I am not on HRT at this time but yes our hormones is going to make this journey much harder on us.... I have been on HRT in both pill and shot form without much success- i cant seem to get them right....

Anyway, I am off.... need to finish a basket....

04-10-2003, 08:30 AM
Hi all!

Angel you lucky girl. I envy the fact that you get to go to the farmers market.

Raining here I think that I am goin to have to swim to make it to the gym this morning. We have had rain for about 4 days straight now. I am begining to wonder if it is time to move to higher ground. Wondering what has happend to everyone..........Hope that they are in good spirits and doin well. Time to get a move on for the day.


04-10-2003, 10:03 PM
Hi Sandy,

I know - Where is everyone???? We are missing you guys!!!!

I completely understand about moving to higher ground.... I finished my last basket today and told my neighbor that I was done with baskets and now starting on the ark.... I am so sick of rain... i feel like I am living in Seattle with my brother.... UGH!!!!! I am a sun girl - where is my sun????

Anyway - ran lots of errands for the wedding today.... trying to get it all done.... not too much longer....

04-11-2003, 10:00 AM
We Have Sun!!!! I feel like I should just go stand in it or something.... all this rain has really got me feeling blue...

Went to the gym this am - only did a 10 min cardio and then did upper body circuit....

22 Days till the Big Day!!!!

How is Everyone????? Where is Everyone????

Maybe I should start another forum again.... see if that brings back all our friends.... We Miss You!!!!

04-11-2003, 10:11 AM
Hi all. The ark is still needed here! The rain is suppose to end sometime today. Angel, glad that you got to the gym. Went yesterday, got in a good workout. Weighed in yesterday. The scale FINALLY MOVED down 1. YEAH! It is a start maybe it will start moving some. I was thinking maybe everyone got washed away with all the rain. Gotta get time to go to the gym for a while.

04-12-2003, 11:01 PM
Hey Sandy (and anyone else that comes back!)

Just a quick note because I am heading to bed. Spent the day in the car going to pick up my daughter in Florida. SHe spent spring break at grandma's. We meet half way so that was a total of 8 hours in the car.... YUCK!!!! and I didnt end up somewhere fabulous for a great vacation!

Food has been so-so.... Had my hair run-thru for the wedding today and picked up my veil from my girlfriend's (she made it for me). THe hair turned out pretty good and it still has curls!!!!! (going on 12 hours) That never happens for me.

Anyway, Thanks for checking in Sandy! It seems it is just you and me right now.... maybe everyone else has been at spring break and will be back next week....

04-13-2003, 12:19 AM
Hi all! Angel wish that I was having spring break somewhere. Gosh oh it would be so nice to get out and go some place warm. Everything has been goin alright here. That is so far so good. Kept up with the exercise and food has been pretty good. Glad to hear that you are gettin closer to the wedding and getting everything done. When I got married the first time I never had a hair run thru. I just show the guy that does my hair the veil and said do something and he. It looked so good, wish that I was able to have such a talent. I guess that is what makes us all special. Maybe everyone will be back next week. The sun came out today and the rain stopped for how long who knows? Time to get some rest.


04-13-2003, 10:05 PM
Hey Everyone!!!

Lets start a new thread .... this one is getting bulky and amybe everyone will come back.... I am about to start the next thread.... so everyone join us at

Angel's Better BOdy Challenge III