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04-19-2003, 12:35 PM
Hello to all on this beautiful day
Over 50 + Being Healthy

I don't know about all you ladies over 50, but I have decided to take a stand and get my life back.

I am 51 years old, the mother of 3 grown children and grandmother to 14 grandkids. My husband and I co-own a dairy farm (he does most of the farm work) and I am a legal assistant for a mid size law firm. If you want to know more about me, please post and we can get to know each other.

It is time to get my weight under contol, to exercise and have fun!!

If there is anyone else out there that would like to give and get support I would really like to get to know you.

Please post and lets get the ball rolling.

Hugs to all.


04-19-2003, 03:00 PM
Okay, have I scared everyone away.

Is there no one out there around my age that wants support and encouragement?


04-19-2003, 10:13 PM
Is there no one out there that wants to help and support me?


04-20-2003, 02:15 AM

I usually don't post on this forum, but I just turned 50, and definitely know where you're at. And I need all the support and encouragement I can get! Last fall I made the decision that I didn't want to spend my 50s like I spent most of my 30s and all of my 40s--fat and hating it!

So I joined Weight Watchers (I like and need the support of meetings) the end of October, and then in January I joined the YMCA. I do five aerobics classes a week and do daily stretching exercises that include some weights. The stretching is actually therapy for a health problem. On the weekends, my husband and I walk, usually with our dogs.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Hey, 14 grandchildren--that's amazing! Can you remember all their names? I have a blended family of four kids (1 his, 2 hers, and 1 ours) and one gorgeous granddaughter who is 2.5 years old. Was hoping for another one this year, but my son got laid off, which kind of put a crimp in their plans for another baby.

04-20-2003, 08:30 AM
Hello Sheila: :wave:

So glad you dropped by. I was having a hard time believing that I was the only 50 + person out there.

Good for you for doing something for you!!! You sound like you are doing Great!!! :bravo:

Keep up the good work.:cp:

I have had a rough last 10 months. I had surgery last July on my left ankle for arthritis and to stablize my ankle so I didn't turn it all the time. I was in a cast and therapy for approximately 5 1/2 months and was just starting to get my "legs" back when I fell on ice in December and broke my right ankle.

I went through having a cast and now I am going through phsical therapy for it!! Whew... I haven't been able to walk or even stand for very long periods of time without pain since July. So needless to say, I have not been getting any exercise. :cry:

I did join the YMCA mid last month, but haven't made it there yet. I have been giving my ankle a little more time before I hit the Fitness Center there. I am planning on starting it up the beginning of next month. It is hard to believe that I was walking 3 miles a day a year ago!!

Anyway, I started seriously dieting 2 days ago. So hopefully my feet/ankles will notice a difference with weight loss and I can get back to doing exercises more.

My grandkids names are: Summer, Destiny, Lena, Avery, Cara, Autumn, Logan, Joseph, McKayla, Allison, Jessielyn; Andrew, Amanda, Jonathon. See I did remember! :lol:

I am glad to have a "friend" to help me along. I tried WW online about a year ago, but was not having much luck. I probably would have done better if I had gone to meetings like you!

Anyway, it is great to meet you. I think we could be a great help to each other. Please post again and also feel free to email me at anytime. cowpoke@bright.net

Even if I don't get time to check out the website everyday, I do check my emails daily!!

Your newest Friend


04-20-2003, 12:11 PM
Am I too old for this group??? Howdy from Wyoming. I am almost 77 years old, you are a couple of youngsters compared to me. I have four grandchildren, no great grandchildren. My husband and I are retired, we have been married for 56 years. A nice black cat lives with us.

I got serious about getting healthy on January 1, 2000, which was a good time to start. I lost over 45 lbs. and was able to quit taking my diabetic meds, and reduce all other meds. I have kept those lbs. off for a year and a half now, but that is a day-to-day struggle. I exercise, but I don't like to. Mostly my exercise is walking. My doctor is happy with me and my general state of health.

I try to stay positive, and I can vouch for the fact that you are never too old to get healthy.

And thank you for starting this thread.

04-20-2003, 02:00 PM
Wow! You're doing great, and you're a definite advertisement for the fact that it's never too late to get healthy.

Have either of you tried water exercise? It's great for people with arthritis and injuries because it doesn't put any stress on the joints. I haven't tried it, but I'm thinking about it. Gotta see if there are any others who fill out that swimsuit as much as I do before I take the plunge!

One of the aerobics classes I take it called Active Older Adults and I'm the youngest in the class. Some people are in their 80s and it's incredible to see them move so much. Definitely no rocking chairs for these guys--and they all look so great. Many have been in the program for 10 years! It's not a class for creampuffs either because the instructor is like a drill sergeant and really works us hard.

04-20-2003, 05:19 PM
Hi, I 'd be interested in joining you'all.
I'm 51, married, have one child, who has just turned18 and will be going to college in the fall.
After starting and re-starting a diet plan, I really got serious in March/03 and since then have lost 8 lbs. I walk daily, do a body-flex tape daily; hand held weights 3x week for my upper body.
I am small boned, and only 5'4 and so 40 extra lbs looks awful on me. I am involved in the Protein Power diet, which is a moderate carb/adequate protein diet.

Would love to join the group. Since hitting the big 50, I can really tell a difference in my metobolism.

Talk to you later, Claudette

04-21-2003, 08:02 AM
Welcome Sheila, Claudette and Jo!

What a nice little group we have going here.

Jo: you are such an inspiration. You make us all realize that we can be thin and healthy at any age!! Way to go!! :bravo:

Claudette: Boy you are so right about the metabolize slowing down!! I think mine has stopped :lol:

Sheila: I have been told that swiming would be a great way to get a work out without stress to the joints. I intend to try it out real soon.

Ladies, I am happy to report that I did pretty darn good staying on plan yesterday. Boy was it hard with all the good food and candy around. But I am determined this time! I have a trip to the Bahamas in November that I am desperately trying to lose weight for. I don't want to be the beached whale in a swimsuit when we go!

I have to finish getting ready for work right now, but I am so glad to see all of you here. I will check back tonight to see how you are all doing.

Have a great Day :wave:

Hugs :grouphug:

04-21-2003, 08:13 AM
Good morning, everyone. I did OK yesterday, although there was certainly lots of food here and there. But as a diabetic I avoid sweets and so I was able to stay away from the candy, etc.

My DH and I even went for an afternoon walk along the river. Our community is putting boulders into the river to make a stretch of it into a white-water rafting area. It is fun to watch it happening, and NO, I will not be doing any white-water rafting. LOL.

Today is a new day, stick to doing what you know you should be doing, and keep smiling -

04-21-2003, 09:24 AM
Room for one more? I had the same question as Jo but if she's "legal", then so am I.

I'm 65 and serious about my journey to good health. Been working at it for almost ten months now, some months more successfully than others. Have gone from approx. 250 to 213 ish. Slow and steady is my goal as I've never had a great metabolism. Somewhere last fall I did test low on thyroid and feel much better on medication. Can't say it's helped my weight loss efforts a lot but I'm sure it's had some effect.

Anyway, it's a new day, a new Monday, another fresh start to everything. As to water exercise, I've been doing that for well over five years - again, more at some times than others because of circumstances - and I have found it to be an exellent way to gain strength and flexibility. The schedule for the place I go is such that it busts up a day fairly well but is well worth it. Must get back to a more steady schedule again. Even at 250 lbs, I was never the heaviest when I go and by now I'm so used to a suit, I'd brave anywhere in one. I go to a Rehab place that offers a Community Wellness program at limited hours. Have also gone to a Y but water is colder and not as suited to my arthritis. Also Rehab is less expensive (but no other options there) and offers more opportunities for price.

Go for it if you can find a place and with summer coming I'm sure there will be more opportunities.

Good day all!

04-21-2003, 01:38 PM
Hello to everyone. I am 52 , mother of three and grandmother of three. I am not able to join your group since I already belong to too many. LOL But I did want you to know there are a lot of us 50+ women here learning it is NEVER too late to get healthy.
I highly recommend water exercising. It is not only good for you... it is a lot of fun too. Good luck on your weight loss journey. I will peek in every now and then when I have some extra time.

04-21-2003, 09:04 PM
Good Evening!

Welcome Anagram. The more the merrier I say. We are all on a path to be healthy and fit!! So come along and join in and lets do this together. Slow and steady is really the best way to lose the weight and keep it off. So you keep it up. You can do it!

JoJo: You have a wonderful attitude about life. That is great. Just spread the smiles around and see how many smile back!
A nice leisurely walk sounds great to me. Hopefully I will be back to doing just that very soon.

I did great at staying on plan today. I had physical therapy after work for my ankle I broke last December so now it is aching. But they tell me I am doing great and before long I will be back to doing all the things I used to do. Actually, I hope I do more than that!! :lol: I was turning into a couch potato!

Sheila and Claudette where are you.... Hope you had a great day too and if not, then tomorrow is another day!! Don't forget to post so we can help each other!


04-21-2003, 11:51 PM
Hi, everyone--

Other than my Skinny Cow addiction, I'm doing great. Luckily, I can work Skinny Cow into my program, but if it comes down to eating fruit or a Skinny Cow, well, it's always Skinny Cow. Guess that's why I take multiple vitamins!

I participate in the monthly challenges on another 3FC group, and I've been able to be right on track for 11 days now. I made a contract with myself that I could stay on program, journal, drink water, and exercise every day for three weeks, and I've been sticking by that. I got the idea from another forum and an Oprah show that I happened upon a couple of weeks ago. I liked the idea so much that I made it my own.

Tomorrow will be a bit of a challenge because we're going up to see the tulips in the Skagit Valley. That area of Washington State has beautiful daffodil and tulip fields and a tulip festival throughout April. We're meeting my cousin for lunch, and restaurant eating is always difficult for me. But knowing that I've made a contract that I will not break really helps.

Anagram, that's great to know about water exercise. I need to add a Tuesday workout, and I've been thinking that water exercise would work well. When I did our Y tour, they said that the water was really warm because they have a baby class. I bet it's hard for pools to keep water at the right temperature for all the different uses. Lap swimmers really hate warm water.

Carol, glad you had a great day, and that your ankle is doing better.

04-22-2003, 03:58 PM
Hi everyone:

I am 50 years old, have a 17 yr daughter, separated & have boyfriend. Been doing WW with 2 girlfriends since Sept 01. Have lost 23 # (was 33 at one point) but gained some back. Keep going back & forth with the same 10 # forever. Current weight is 194.2 and have been doing the Walk Away The Pounds (2 mile) tape for a month. Really like it - so far have done at least 11.5 miles per week since starting. My biggest challenge is the weekends. I seem to do pretty good during the week then get side-tracked on the weekends. Need some support & tips from you guys.

Anyway, talk to you soon.

04-23-2003, 08:01 AM
Good Morning Ladies! :wave:

Another day of staying on Plan for me! Tuesday was a good day!

I am really trying hard and so far I have been doing great eating all the right things. The only problem I am having is getting started on an exercise program. That is my next goal now that I feel I am on track with the diet.

Bandit2: Welcome to our little group. I can totally understand the yoyoing with 10lbs back and forth. If only that was all we had to lose.... The weekends are usually my bad time to, but I am determined this time and you can do it to! We are here for you. One day at a time!!

Sheila: What is a Skinny Cow? I must be something that is not as good for you as fruit! :lol: It sounds like you have a system that works for you! I have just recently started journaling and have found it to be helpful too. Do you just right down what you eat for the day or do you write your moods, feelings, etc.? I also believe that drinking water, water, and more water is helping me too. How can you eat when you are full of water. :lol: Keep up the good work. We can do this together.

Where are the rest of my new friends? Okay, you know who you are.. come out of hiding..

Gotta run but will talk later.

04-23-2003, 11:03 AM
Hi, everybody,
I am soo glad our group is growing!
I didn't post yesterday, since I had oral surgery! I am doing well today, all sutured up. Even with all that , I stayed on liquid protein shakes, milk, and kept my diet at protein 80, carbs 40.
Today, I am starting out with the liquids, warm salt water rinses,
maybe some eggdrop soup, or soft eggs., and pain meds!
Carol101, I used to swim 3xweek since my son was a competive swimmer, but since he has stopped that, I haven't been in a while. I plan to start again real soon.
Hope to wrtie later,
Please anybody in the group feel free to email me any time.,
I will try posting later when I'm feeling betterand especially to try to post daily. (Maybe my brain function will be better later, also!
Good luck, Claudette

04-23-2003, 12:39 PM
Oral surgery--ouch! I had a temporary crown put in last week and that was bad enough. Hope you're feeling better, Claudette.

Carol, glad you had another good day! It's a great feeling, isn't it?

Skinny Cow is fat-free and low-fat ice cream. They make ice cream sandwiches and fudge bars. Yum! I was only having one fudge bar a day, but then discovered the ice cream sandwiches. Although I'm allotting enough points for them, they certainly aren't as nutritious as a piece of fruit.

I just journal food, not emotions or moods. I've heard journaling emotions, particularly noting what you're feeling when you want to eat, is really good, but I just haven't gotten into doing that. I use fitday.com to journal and keep track of activties and other things. I also use it to see the caloric value of what I'm eating, although WW just uses the point system. I find it kind of interesting. If I wasn't into going to the meetings, I probably would just use fitday.com and count calories.

I saw a guy on TV the other day who helped Diane Sawyer, the newswoman, lose 25 lbs. It's hard to believe she weighed in at 151 lbs. Anyway, he was saying that you can eat a diet of chocolate only and still lose weight as long as you burn more calories than you consume. He did, of course, say that a chocolate diet wouldn't be nutritious, but his point was that the only way to lose weight is the old-fashioned way. He also was into resistance and strength training as a way to boost metabolism. It creates muscle, which is more active than any other tissue. It was pretty interesting. I've read other things about strength training, and hope to incorporate that into my schedule at some point. He also mentioned that people over 50 lose muscle at an incredible rate--yikes!

Hope everyone has a great day!

04-23-2003, 01:22 PM
Sheila, I absolutely agree with the gentleman who pointed out that you must burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight.

For myself I use an exchange program, specifically I use the Richard Simmons Foodmover which helps keep me in control.

Portion size had always been my biggest problem -- I like to eat. And of course I have a lifetime of bad eating habits to overcome. But we gotta keep trying, there is no other solution for us "oldies but goodies."

And keep smiling - always.

04-23-2003, 07:15 PM
Hi Ladies, this is my 3rd day of behaving myself, walking, watering (me) and monitoring food well. I weighed in today and was down 2.2 from last week but I'm sure a lot of that was water. I hadn't really seen much scale movement for a while.

Claudette, hope that mouth heals quickly. Not the best of times.

Never realized Diane Sawyer lost 25 pounds but I have been thinking lately how slim she is. I never realized Joan Lunden needed to lose any weight either until she did it.

Sheila, I also post on that other thread but not a whole lot lately. My best losing month so far was when I did the November points challenge. But I was sort of burned out afterwards - I get obsessive sometimes. (I did win November though.) Anyway, I sort of already know you.

04-24-2003, 08:23 AM
I only have second to post right now, but will try to talk to you all later tonight. I had a late night mowing grass at my mom's after I got off work and then we visited for awhile. It takes 3 hours to mow their grass!!

Anyway, I have had 6 whole days staying OP now and today I am shooting for 1 whole week. I am so proud of myself. I haven't stayed OP for a whole week in soooo long!!!

Anyway, gotta run. Talk to you all later.

Have a great Day!!!


04-24-2003, 10:48 AM
Way to go Carol for staying OP for a week. Lots of exercise with cutting that grass - good for you.

I was 4 Pts over yesterday so I have to behave myself today.

Bye for now.

04-24-2003, 12:56 PM
Mowing grass is hard work and great exercise!

I had the best restaurant experience last night. Restaurant eating is hard for me, and we went to a place I really love. I stayed away from the bread basket completely, ordered salad dressing on the side and did the fork tong thing. I ordered roasted garlic pasta (my favorite) and asked for a box to come with it. Before I ate any, I put half in the box.

I have no idea how many WW points I used, but I am really proud that I was able to deal with eating out so well.

04-24-2003, 02:33 PM
Wow Sheila - good for you.

04-25-2003, 12:40 PM
Did anyone see the Oprah show yesterday? Incredible stories of people losing over 100 pounds. One guy even lost 300 lbs., and none by surgical methods. You couldn't even match the before picture to the person who lost the weight. It was pretty incredible and very inspiring.

04-26-2003, 09:28 PM
I was one of the Oprah watchers, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was real positive and encouraging. We can DO this, friends, we really can DO this.

I have increased my exercising a bit. Now that the weather is warmer I am walking in the neighborhood. How is everyone else doing?

04-27-2003, 11:41 AM
Good Morning everyone..

Sheila: Great job on the eating out. We get so much food at a restaurant and that is why we overeat so much. You did the best thing. I have heard that is just the exact way to handle it. Box half right off the bat so your not tempted to eat it. I am so proud of you. :bravo:

Bandit: Don't fret over going over a few points, as long as you watch it the next day, you will be fine. You can do this!!

Jo: I am so glad the weather is turning nicer too so I can walk outside. I am sure this will inspire us to do more.

I went to garage sales yesterday and walked around for 2 1/2 hours so I guess I got my exercise in for that day!! :lol:

I was really concerned I wouldn't be able to walk for more than 30 minutes. Now that I know my ankle will tolerate walking, I am definately going to do more of it. Now that I think I have the eating under control, it is definately time to add the exercise. Plus I am drinking tons of water. That is always a plus.

I was gone so much yesterday that now I have tons of work to do around home today so I better get busy.

Have a great day Ladies!


04-28-2003, 01:47 PM
Is everyone remembering to stay active. I don't necessarily mean slaving away at the gym for hours and hours.

But are we remembering to park at the end of the parking lot and walk to the store instead of finding the closest parking spot?

Are we remembering to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever we can?

Are we remembering to stretch those muscles to help keep them limber?

We can't avoid growing older, but I figure we can do all we can to keep ourselves healthy.

And let's all keep smiling -

04-28-2003, 02:49 PM
Hi everyone:

Been doing my walking tape - trying to do 2 miles per day.

Hope everyone else is doing good.

04-28-2003, 08:29 PM
It has been a great day!! I weighed in this morning and I lost 7 lbs in the last 10 days!!1 :cb: It has been so long since I had motivation to stay on any plan for longer than 2 days.. I am beside myself with happiness.

I am going to add walking the treadmill tonight. I finally finished by physical therapy on my ankle, so as long as I take it easy, I should be fine. Slow and easy...

JoJoJo: you are so upbeat. I love it!!! Just keep on moving ladies!

Good for you Bandit. Keep on walking!!!


04-29-2003, 02:48 PM
Carol101 - WOW 7 # in 10 days!!! What kind of programme are you following? Maybe you can share your menus with the rest of us. What motivation to keep going. I haven't had a really great weight loss in a long time.

Good for you - keep it up. I did another 2 miles today and stayed within my range yesterday.

Hope everyone else is staying focussed.

04-29-2003, 08:38 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing so well.

I've just added some weight lifting to my exercise regime. As an added bonus, when I was leaving the Y, I ran into a friend I haven't seen in almost 30 years--my best friend from high school. See, it pays to work out!

I did cut back on my aerobics to three morning classes a week. I have a chronic physical problem that made it too hard for me to do the evening classes. But they say that weight lifting helps the metabolism so hopefully I will still do okay.

Eating is going pretty well. We had lunch with relatives the other day and I ate the smallest shish kebab (mostly veggies), had about a tablespoon of some kind of jazzed up fruit salad (looked like it had cool whip in it), and lots of asparagus. Hard to count WW points, but I'm pretty sure I stayed within my range.

Hope everyone else has a good week.

05-01-2003, 07:58 AM
Congrats to you Sheila. Sounds to me like you are doing great. Keep up the good work!!

As far as my diet plan, I am just trying to stay within the 1200 calorie range. The last 10 days was when I just started the diet so I am sure it was mostly water weight. I am just as sure that I will not lose that much per week in the following weeks.

I need to step up some kind of exercise program. I am sure that will help a lot.

I have also heard tht weight training will help build muscle and that helps with the metabolism. I have a membership to the Y, but haven't started going yet.

My plan is to start next week!

Well, everyone have a great day!!


05-01-2003, 05:11 PM
Hi, y'all,
This is my first day to post since last week. I'm healing from the oral surgery, and have graduated to semi-solids;,(sutures still in place). Still, I lost 3 pounds last week, (that was with no exercise, and no weight training either). Glad to read all the 50+ posts.
I still am planning to post daily, and get back on Protein Power asap I can.

Will talk to you all soon, Claudette

05-01-2003, 09:10 PM
Oral surgery--ouch! Hope you're feeling better, Claudette.

Happy day for me. I went to Old Navy and bought size 18 (with no W attached!) jeans. They are a touch loose in the leg, but fit okay everywhere else. My daughter says we both have chicken legs. Couldn't button the XL shirt, though, darn it. I blame my kids for that! I can wear XL T-shirts so I'm not sure why I couldn't button the shirt, but hopefully someday.

05-03-2003, 09:54 AM
Good Morning:

Welcome back Claudette. Oral surgery... ouch is right!! But glad to see you getting back to normal. And you lost 3 LBS!! Great Job!! :cb:

Sheila: Congratulations on the size 18!!! :bravo: Your on the right track. Keep up the good work. We must remember not to get discouraged when a size fits one day and then doesn't the next. It is NOT YOU!! Sizes vary by the manufacturer!! You just keep doing what your doing. I am proud of you!

I spent just spent the last 2 days at the hospital with my daughter and her two kids. The baby 8 mos old was admitted. He had diarrhea and was vomiting. He couldn't keep any food down at all. Got very lethargic. He was dehydrated so bad it scared us. He has rotavirus. Her daughter (5 yrs old) came down with it as well and didn't want to leave her mom so I stayed at the hospital with them all to help take care of them. I got about 1/2 hour sleep on Thursday night.

Baby Logan was released last night so we all got to come home. They all appear to be on the mend now. The virus just has to run its course. The trick is to keep them drinking fluids until the virus is gone.

I got a really good nights sleep last night. I even managed to lose 2 more lbs this last week! Wow.

Now I have a very dirty house to clean since I have been gone for 2 days so I better get to it.

Keep up the good work ladies.


05-03-2003, 11:03 AM
Hope you all recover real soon, Carol. Nothing more wearing than a sick baby.

Hope you're feeling better as well, Claudette.

Ending a pretty good week. got in a good walk every day, drank my water, didn't eat like a fiend. Feel fairly good about it all.

Am off to babysit tonight as well. Be back tomorrow.

05-04-2003, 03:08 PM
Well I came upon this group and it sounds great, the only problem is I am 48, will be 49 in Oct. But I am pushing 50. I have been through everything you gals have. Just started doing strength training with weights 3 times a week and the 2 mile walk away tapes 2 to 3 times a week. I love the tape and the band that comes with it. I am only down a pound, but I feel so much better, more energy. I also have arteritis, I have it in my upper back, my right hip, a couple fingers, 1 ankle. Oh well, sometimes one is worse than the other. Been on celebrex for a year now, and it is doing wonerful. The weather still makes a difference, or if I overdo myself. I have 3 grown children, I was a widow at 37, and met a great man who I have been married to for 5 years. No grandchildren yet. can't wait. Will check in later

05-06-2003, 02:47 PM
Sounds like everyone is doing well & welcome, Loon2.

I have been doing my tapes, eating pretty much OP & drinking my water. Going to bf for supper tonight but have planned for it, so I should be OK.

Have w/i on Thurs. Was down 1# last week & hope to do better this week.

Hope everyonge has a great OP week.

05-07-2003, 02:06 PM
Hey, one pound is excellent, bandit 2! And welcome, loon2, you youngster, you! Sounds like you're really getting into exercise. Glad it helps your arthritis, too.

I had a planned off program three-day weekend, but started right back up again on Tuesday when I got back into town. I won't weigh in this week, however. I really hate having the scale go up, and I know it will be up. Can't seem to force myself to weigh in even when I know it will go up.

This weekend I did learn that there is such a thing as too much ice cream. Maybe my tastes have changed or something, but I got a dish of ice cream and it was just too sweet and too much. I feel much better when I eat my Skinny Cow Fudge Bar, and I think it tastes better. How weird is that!

On the plus side, I made a contract with myself to stay OP for three weeks, and journal, drink water, and exercise daily, and I stuck with it! I am pretty proud of myself for doing that. I'm going to set up another contract for a longer time. I find it really helps to write something down and hold myself accountable.

Wishing you all a great week!

05-07-2003, 05:33 PM
Everyone is sounding quite positive about what can be done as an older individual losing weight and gaining health. It just goes to show that you are never too old to do a little self-improvement.

Actually I find for me it is just a question of finding the program that suits me and sticking to it. Persistence -- that is the name of the game.

And of course we should all keep smiling, too.

05-07-2003, 07:27 PM
hello ladies, thanks for the welcome, had a busy day day at work today, so when I came home I really didn't wanna do my walking tape, but I said just get it over with. so I did, now I can sit and relax and put my sore feet up. Have a doctor appoinment tomorrow, the yearly thing. Don't ya just love it. I know a big part of our converstion will be about going through the change, I'm sure you ladies could tell me all about that. Been having a few different things happening. Anyway we have a very nice dy here today, should get outside for awhile before it gets dark, or I don't feel like doing anything. Talk to you all later.

05-07-2003, 11:49 PM
Loon2, your post reminded me that I have no idea if I have gone through menopause or not yet. I had a partial hysterectomy so I still have my ovaries. I haven't had any noticeable symptoms of menopause, or at least symptoms I've heard that go along with menopause. I take medication to help me sleep at nght because of a medical condition so I don't know if I would notice a hot flash at night or sleep disturbance because I'm drugged.

In my family, my grandmother was the oldest to go through menopause and she was 47. My mother was 42 and my sister 39 so I don't know what's going on with me. Either I have gone through it and didn't know it (is that really possible?) or I'm an incredible late bloomer given my family's history.

Anyway, hope your doctor's appointment goes well. Glad you stuck with your commitment to do your tape--you should be proud of yourself!

05-08-2003, 12:22 PM
Loon2 - I have made doing my walking tape part of my morning routine & find I stick with it so much better than trying to get it in at night. I am always too tired or busy or something keeps coming up to not do it. This way it is done before my workday begins.

As far as "the change" is concerned - I started to have some problems a few years ago & they said it was stress (since my sister was dying at the time) but I knew different & it ended up I had a huge fibroid. Anway I ended up having a hysterectomy and it was the best thing I ever did. I was taking hrt but after all the news about that, I now take herbal supplement & have had no side effects. I still have some mood swings but mostly from life crap. Some of my friends are struggling with peri-menopause,
fibroids, bloating etc & I am so glad that is behind me.

05-10-2003, 12:06 PM
Another rainy day here in Minn. Well my oldest daughter is coming home today for the rest of the weekend. That will be nice, haven't seen her since Easter. Wanted to go out and plant the garden today, but not in this mud. To think three weeks ago we had ice on the lake.
bandit, what kind of herbal supplement do you take? I have been taking depo shots for the last 7 years. Not for birth control but I was having problems with my periods and a few other factors, so my gyn said lets try this, it has worked great, my doc says I can take this trough menopause because of the estrogen in it will help. He did stick me on a mild anti depressant for the anxiety and mood swings, just for a short time. All I needed was one more pill I have to take. Oh well. Had two warts froze off my right
hand, and wow does that burn. But it will get better. Well I see dd just driving in. Talk to ya later

05-10-2003, 05:47 PM
May all the Mothers posting here have a very Happy & Blessed Mothers Day.

05-11-2003, 08:07 PM
Hi to all my over 50+ and healthy crew,
Hope you all have a great Mothers Day.

I have been so busy the last week, being on call for work and all; I was glad to have the week-end off!
I am starting back walking tommorrow, and will do the toning tape also. I am finnally healed, so I have started eating the soft protein and vegies, and fruits again.
We can do it! Talk to you all later, Claudette

05-12-2003, 10:39 AM
Loon2 - I have been taking 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) 50 mg
Different companies carry it - I get it at the health food store. It is very common up here & a few nurses I know take it, so after the bad press about hormone replacement I decided to try it.

Bye for now.

05-12-2003, 07:37 PM
Hey does anyone the the calorie burning for bumping around on a riding lawnmower for 4 hours? It has to be something. Well I at least got it done. Got my flower gardens all cleaned out today to plant some new ones, I bought sub zero roses last year and they are not doing a thing right now. I think our winter was more sub zero than they can take. Gonna try to get the veggie garden in this week also. In my spare time. Hope you ladies are doing fine,
Thanks for the info bandit , I will have to check next time I get into the big town. to see if they carry it. Well should go and start supper, ot should I say reheat leftovers, chicken and broccoli and cauliflower.
Take vare

05-12-2003, 11:53 PM
Mind if I join this group. I'm 52.
Check back tomorrow. It's already ten pm and have to be at work by 7.00 am
Hope I can find my way back!!!!!

05-13-2003, 02:32 AM
Loon2--it depends on how much you weigh, but for my weight, four hours of riding lawnmower would burn 432 calories. If you weigh less, you burn less, and vice versa. I use fitday.com to track that kind of stuff, by the way. It's free.

Digging burns up a lot of calories, by the way! We've dug up almost all the 200 roses that my dad had in his yard. Given away about 2/3 of them, and had to dump the rest, which I hated doing. But he wasn't able to care for them, and I am not a rose lover. I did keep a couple, though. Give me flowers you plant and don't have to mess around with and they still keep coming back year after year!

05-14-2003, 11:16 PM
Okay, we're about to fall off the page! How is everyone?

I discovered Trader Joe's the other day and had a great time shopping. Since I hate shopping, this was quite different for me. The demo lady is in my Weight Watcher group and so I gave her a list of stuff I was looking for and she became my personal shopper--it was great. I got a lot of great, low points (it's a WW thing) food including chocolate sorbet that is wonderful, potstickers, veggie enchiladas, eggplant hummus (it's good!), crumpets, French green beans, and a bunch of other stuff--yum!

The sound system was down at my aerobics class so we did chair exercises. My 87 year old father does this kind of stuff where he lives and says you get a workout--he's right! Lots of good strength and flexibility stuff. I don't think I want to do that every day, but it would be okay once in a while.

Hope everyone is doing well. I changed my avatar yesterday from my 16 year old dog to my 5 year old cat. Since I have 6 pets, I have to give each of them two months as my avatar to be fair.

05-15-2003, 09:32 AM
Just checking in -

The weather continues to warm up as we move into spring. Last Saturday night we had a hard freeze, but hopefully that will be it for a while. There is still snow on our mountain, but it will soon disappear.

I cleaned out flowerbeds yesterday. It felt good to do so. Hope to get some things planted soon. The perennials are coming along nicely, and we have had the first tasty treats from the veggie garden.

Life is good. Enjoy -

05-15-2003, 02:28 PM
Hi ladies,
welcome ceejay. Thanks for the info Shiela, I'll have to check out that website. I wished I could have had some of your roses. Mine all died this winter. And they are sub zero roses. We did have an extremely cold winter and no snow for insulation. So now I am going to have to start fresh. Picked up some flowers this morning for my other gardens. Gonna get outside this afternoon and plant.
So Jojo what kind of tasty treats did you get out of your garden already? I had such a craving for chow mein yesterday, so I made a little, I also had 2 egg rolls. I know it is very high in salt but it was so good. I did great all day till then so I don't think it hurt too bad. Took my dog in to get clipped the other day, it is so much nicer, she is a peekapoo, white, and she loves it outside, well whe has been rolling in the garden and was just black, so it is easier to clean her now with short hair. well better get outside and get going, talk at ya later.

05-17-2003, 06:15 PM
How's everyone doing this weekend. Weekends tend to be difficult for me, and there is really no reason for it. I guess I relax more during the weekend, which often means less exercise and more munching of goodies.

Out of our garden? So far we have had scallions, rhubarb and asparagus. With the rhubarb I made a pie for DH, plus some rhubarb sauce for me made with Splenda. It was good, and DH liked the pie. It is early for the garden -- later we will have much more. Our growing season is short here in the mountains, so we cherish our gardens.

Everyone, keep smiling. Life is good -

05-21-2003, 02:37 PM
Wow! I haven't even planted a garden yet. We're going to start a landscaping project so I think I just may put a few things in pots and call it good this year. How long have you had your asparagus patch, JoJoJo? My husband's cousin has had one going for years. I've never lived anyplace long enough to get one going.

We've had some great sunny weather lately, which has made walking on the weekends fun, and we've been taking my father for a drive every Sunday after dinner. He still drives around the neighborhood, but we take him to places he hasnt seen in a while. Since my DH is new to the area (we moved back to where I grew up) and I haven't lived here in 30 years, it's fun for us to go exploring, too.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

05-27-2003, 02:19 PM
I came across this thread and thought it sounded like a good one, read it all and got to the end to discover that no one has posted any messages in almost a week.
I see the lady who started the thread hasn't posted in a few weeks.
Is everyone on vacation, or are you just not going to use this thread anymore?

I'll check back later.

05-27-2003, 03:02 PM
Hi, Willow, glad to have you posting here.

I guess everyone is out enjoying the lovely spring/summer weather. As for me, I just keep plugging away, a day at a time, drinking that water, watching my portion size, moving as much as possible, and staying cheerful.

Life is good, enjoy !

05-27-2003, 06:44 PM
Back on track this week (only off a bit here and there). Been hard to exercise (wallk outside) with all the rainy weather we've been having but got two good walkies in over the weekend. Making a re-concentrated effort on the water - have been drinking about 8 glasses but I do better when I have a wee bit more than that.

In a week or so it will be a year since my first post on 3FC. I'm down 40 pounds at this point but another one or two would be icing on the cake (oops, bad simile). Mostly feeling much healthier. Certainly so mentally.

So I'm going to reassess everything as the one year anniversary approaches. I know the second forty will be a bit more difficult than the first (and that was tough enough). So I'll be honing and tweaking and gearing up - and having a ball too, I hope.

Go, y'all!

05-27-2003, 11:01 PM
I'm glad you have started posting again.
I was looking for this age group, of course realizing that ANY age is welcome, but I guess the majority would realize more what I'm going through.
It also looks like a smaller group. , ...... for now. It makes it easier to reply to individual people when there aren't a lot to remember.

I'm in my late 50's and I've been having an awful time of it for a few years. Just can't seem to get myself going for any length of time.
I eat large quanities of food and wish I could think of a way to stop that bad habit.
I'll go along really good for a while, then suddenly feel like I can't get satisfied.
I usually run into trouble when off work, like weekends and vacations.

I don't have any social life really, mostly because I'm embarrassed about my size.

It's hard for me to exercise because of arthritis, but I can usually use the walk away the pounds tapes without a lot of discomfort. It's walking on pavement, riding bike and that type of exercise that is painful. But, at the same time I know that if I could get some of this weight off it would help the pain from the arthritis.

I also have a non-functioning thyroid and take medication for that but they say that the man-made replacement hormones never do as good a job as those your body makes.

I guess my next step is to join a group such as this and maybe set little goals as I go.

I can't afford a membership at the Y or a gym, but I know that some of the motels sell swim passes to use their pools Sunday through Thursday. I believe a friend of mine said she buys the passes and she paid $40.00 for 30 swims. Not a bad price because you can swim as long as you want to.

Anagram, congratulations on your 40-pound loss. I wish I could have lost 40 pounds in the last year.
I have over a hundred to lose.

JoJo, I admire your disposition. You have such a good attitude and I'm sure you're going to be successful in your efforts.

Carol, come on back. You had some interesting posts and you can contribute so much to the thread.

Bandit2, do you have other WATP tapes besides the 2 mile one? I was just wondering if you have a favorite one. I have a whole set of them, and used to do the 3 mile one, but I think i'd be better doing the 2 mile one before work, then if I feel like it maybe do it again after work on some days. I have a very sedentary job.

Sheila, you're certainly doing things right. Especially the time you boxed up half of your restaurant food before you even started. Years ago, a friend of mine told me that she lost weight by taking the amount of food she was used to eating, then putting half of it on another plate and keeping it for lunch the next day. Of course at the time I weighed 112 pounds and thought she was nuts. She did lose weight and kept it off too. Now, I don't think she was nuts at all. :lol:

Claudette, I hope that you're completely healed from your surgery by now. Looking forward to seeing you back again.

Loon2, I hope you're still doing well. When you spoke of the hormone therapy through menopause, it reminded me of something they had on the news tonight. They said that they have been prescribing it for prevention of alzheimers in women, and now have discovered that they were completely wrong and that women who have been taking it are more than 2 times as likely to develop alzheimers as those who don't. I guess there is a reason that mother nature stops our bodies from producing the hormones at a certain age, and it's probably because she knows that a constant monthly production of the hormones will cause breast cancer and alzheimers and who knows what else.
Do you take celebrex every day, or only when your arthritis is most painful?
I wish I knew of a natural supplement for depression, because sometimes I don't know if I'm depressed or just lonesome and bored.

Hi ceejay, hope to see you back again.

Well, I guess I should get off of here.
I'm going to try to concentrate on portions and water this week.
See you all later.

05-28-2003, 12:29 AM
Hi, Willow--

Glad you can join us. I have to admit it's a bit more difficult to lose weight after 50, but taking baby steps helps. Maybe when you feel like binging, post here instead and we can help you through it.

The pool thing is a great idea. I've heard, and I know someone else mentioned, that pool exercise is really good for people with arthritis. I hope you can find a pool. When we lived in Colorado, there was an apartment complex that sold "memberships" during the summer. It wasn't far from our house, a lot cheaper than other pools, and not that many people used it.

I hadn't heard that about the thyroid. I had both lobes removed (although they left a tiny bit next to the parathyroid gland) when I was young and have been on medication for a long time. I started at .2 mg and remained there until about 8 years ago when my doctor lowered the dosage to .15 and this year another doctor lowered it down to .125 mg. I would have thought the dosage would go up when I got older.

Anyway, I'm glad you posted. Have you tried fitday.com? I highly recommend that as a place to count calories, journal, and figure out how many calories you burn with exercise. Calorieking.com is another place that has similar information. They are both free. There's also a journaling feature at 3fatchicks that lots of people use to work out their emotions around eating.

Looking forward to hearing how it's going for you, Willow!

05-28-2003, 03:55 PM
Good Afternoon,

I qualify! I had my 64th Friday:~} I'm a widow of 28 years, and have a son,37, who is currently living with me. He had quadruple bypass two years ago, without insurance, so things have been a little tight for him. I'm happy to say he's doing well, I think. He doesn't exercise as much as he should, but then neither do I! I'm a retired Jr. High Special Ed teacher.....YEEHAW! I stopped by school today to do an errand, and everytime I'm there it just reinforces why I got out when I did!

I was doing well until two weeks ago when I had my veins zapped with laser. Now I have to wear the awful heavy duty thigh high support hose for a month:( They 're hot , and have a tendency to "go south" when you least want them to:) I was at Wally World last weekend, in the rain, looked down, and the hose was not only down around my ankle, but dragging through the puddlesl:mad: You can just imagine how sexy that was! Needless to say, my walking has been curtailed for awhile.

I work two WW classes a week, and the program really works for those who stick with it..........unfortunately, I'm not one of the faithful.........I've always been a recalcitrant child and figured I could do it my way.......not! We have our annual WW Staff mtg. in Charleston in a couple of weeks, and they may can me. Oh well. I've been playing around with 10 lbs. for a year........not a very good example, that's for sure. I lost 101lbs. the year before my husband died, and it took awhile but I gained it all back. Brain dead.

Some of you have mentioned the Aquarobics.........it's wonderful!!! Unfortunately, we don't have an indoor pool, so haven't been in the water since Labor Day, but will start up again next Tues and can't wait. Our instructor takes no prisoners, and I love her. We also have two treadmills which are in the water at our new health club, and everyone swears by them. The only problem is, you have to wait until the PT folks are finished

The laundry is calling.
Bubbles( a name I inherited at age 12, which has stuck for some reason)

05-28-2003, 06:15 PM
It is such a beautiful day here today.
Partly cloudy and a nice strong breeze at a temp of 80.

I talked with my Dr by phone and he recommended I talk with someone at the Y or a gym and see if they might have something to accomodate my situation. Sooooo, I have an appt. on Friday at CURVES. They will let me try out the machines, and also they will let me take a one-month try-out membership so I can use the machines more than once to get a feel of whether or not I'll be able to use them on an on-going basis. If there is a machine that bothers the arthritis, they will try to work more use of other machines into my routine so I can still get my moneys worth.
I guess I spend as much as a membership is on junk food etc. so maybe it's a good deal after all. membership is $29.00+ tax/month.
We'll see how it goes on Friday.
I'm still going to get the pool passes this fall too. It's probably wise to have a little variety.
Sheila, I have a FitDay account too. I think it's a wonderful site.
I'll try to remember to post here when I have the urge to binge, but, I always think, "They're going to get sick of my whining all the time." I'll probably be on here a lot too at that rate. :lol:

Welcome Bubbles! I'm new here too, but, "welcome" from one newbie to another. :)
I also am a widow for 30 years. Was very young when my husband died.
WOW! Your son was very young to have quadruple bypass!

I can imagine that your profession kept you very busy, but at the same time it must have been very self rewarding.
I'm sorry to laugh at your expense, but your description of your thigh-high support hose made me laugh. It reminded me of when I was a kid and we had to walk to school for over a mile, and we had to wear long brown stockings. Actually, they were a tan color. I absolutely HATED those things. They were held up by garters and they were forever sliding down our skinny legs and twisting and getting all wrinkled. :lol:
I hope your recent laser surgery is healing nicely and isn't too painful.

Why would WW can you? Because you keep bouncing 10 pounds around? That really isn't that much. Are you a weight recorder or a leader?
Bubbles, if you lost 101 pounds once, I believe in you because I think that fortitude is still in there, you just have to let it come out again. I certainly want to be able to help you in any way I can.
Maybe we can all help each other.
Besides, maybe with age we will need to change our goal weights, even if we have already achieved them. Sometimes a few pounds sneak up on us as we age and it's because of the aging process, not that we are eating unhealthy. Of course, nothing like 30 pounds or anything like that, but metabolism slows and I would bet that most people who do not have a weight problem have a gain of 5 pounds or so over the years.

So, are you just joining a new health club, or did you belong all along but were just unable to use it for a while? I guess I got confused because you said you hadn't been in the pool since Labor Day, but were going to be starting again shortly. I wish my town had more things like that. The Y is the only place that has a pool and their pool hours are so sporadic that it doesn't pay to get a membership if you don't use all their equipment. They don't have a lifeguard on duty all the time when the Y is open, and you can't go in the pool unless a lifeguard is on duty. So, their pool times and most peoples work times sort of clash, unless you have a job that allows you to spend a couple hours mid day at the Y.

Well, I hope everyone is having a nice day. See you later!

05-29-2003, 08:31 AM
It's a new day, and it's looking to be a beautiful one too.
I woke up early and I love this time of day. It's quiet and it seems as though it's just me and the birds watching the sun come up.
I better enjoy it while I can because I'm on vacation and have to go back to work next Monday.

I don't have anything special planned until this afternoon. I have an appt. at 2:15.
Maybe I'll try out my bike.

I'm having smoked turkey and whole wheat toast for breakfast. And coffee. That's a treat for me, because I can't drink coffee very often as it bothers my stomach. However, I also love green tea and I have that daily.

I hope all you girls are doing well. See you later. Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to.

05-29-2003, 08:41 AM
Good morning everyone! It is 5:40 AM here. Willow, I see you are also an early bird. it is beautiful here too this morning, although I know it is going to get mighty hot later in the day. I hope to get my walking in early.

This is such a nice time of year.

Remember to drink water today. Munch those veggies, and think positive thoughts.

Keep smiling -

05-29-2003, 09:43 AM
Good morning, ladies. A beautiful morning here today as well. First one in a long time. We've had measurable rain for all but ten days so far this month and many of the remaining days were cloudy most of the day as well. Very unusual as this is usually a lovely time of year here as well.

Cereal and skim milk for me so far. Had lunch out with a friend yesterday but prepared for it by having only cottage cheese for breakfast and a pretzel for a mid morning snack. Did not go overboard on lunch either but it was probably still more calories than my normal lunch. Hope this sunny day helps my arthritis to let up a bit.

Off to dust my bedroom, shower and then go with dh while he has a medical test done. Maybe lunch out with him as well. No plans for the afternoon yet but sure lots of chores to choose from.

05-30-2003, 08:34 AM
I woke up early , ...... AGAIN! It's crazy. When I have to work and NEED to wake up early, I need to set an alarm, but when I'm on vacation and can sleep in, I'm awake at 4 AM.

Have any of you ever used cauliflower instead of potatoes?
I just fried some in olive oil cooking spray for breakfast, and I love it. Hardly any calories, and low in carbs too. I have also mashed it instead of mashed potatoes. Good stuff!
My foods have been deplorable this past week while I've been on vacation, and I know I've gained.
Why is it we (some of us anyway) have the idea that being on vacation is a go-ahead to indulge in anything and everything? I'm soooo bad with that. It's another thing to work on for me.

Anagram, I hope your arthritis is not so painful today.
Do you take anything for it? I just saw my Dr yesterday, and he told me to take the Celebrex on a daily basis instead of only when the pain gets so bad. I have been taking it only when it gets so bad I can't sleep. He also said I should double the dosage for a week or so to get the inflammation down, then go back to 200 mg a day. I'm hoping it will help me to exercise on a more regular basis too.

It's raining here. In fact, there is a nice thunder storm going on right now. Usually I can sleep good when it's raining and/or thundering. Maybe I'll lay down again for a while. It's only 7:40.

Where has everyone been? I'll check back later.

05-31-2003, 02:24 AM
4:00 am! Ack! I hate it when I have to get up at 7:00 am. Of course, I usually can't go to sleep until midnight.

Well, one more pound lost this week. I'm grateful for every pound or partial pound I lose. It's seems to be more of a struggle at this age, but I'm committed to following through so it will take however long it takes.

Vacations are really hard for me, too. Luckily, I'm not going anywhere until August (the Oregon coast), but we're staying in a house so I can bring good food along. Restaurant eating is still a challenge, too. Baby steps. . .

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Where I live, we have sunshine during the week, and rain on the weekends. Oh, well. My plants love it!

05-31-2003, 09:59 AM
Hi Ladies!
I hope you are all having a beautiful sunny day like it is here. It's only 7:30 and the sun is shining so brightly, and the thermometer says 60 degrees.
The high winds from yesterday are gone too, so I can go out now and try to upright my new swing/canopy that it blew over in the storm.
It looks like a nice day for a bike ride.

I went to CURVES yesterday and got the lowdown on everything. I tried out a few of the stations that I figured might cause some difficulty with my arthritis, and there was no problem.
They also said that my first few times they will have someone making the circuit with me to get me ready to do it on my own.
I'm excited to get started, but they said it might be better to wait a week and let the double dosage of medication work. The Dr had said to double it for a week or so to give it a chance to really kick the inflammation down, so, I have an appt. to start at CURVES next Friday, early evening.
They will weigh, measure and calculate body fat once a month too.
Cheaper than physical therapy, huh?

Sheila, congratulations on the one pound. Actually, I think you're losing it the way you're suppose to. Better one pound at a time that you can keep off than 6 to 8 pounds that will come right back on the minute you relax. This way, it gives you time to remember what you did to lose that pound.

Anyone got any special plans for the weekend? I was just looking for ideas. I don't have anything planned, and I got my laundry all done yesterday, so I have the whole weekend ahead of me. Maybe I'll call my grandkids and see if they want to go for a bike ride.

My DIL's mother used to live next door to me for 22 years, and she moved a couple of years ago and gets lonesome to see her old place so she stops and visits me every once in a while. She stopped the other day and we got to talking about riding bike and she didn't think she could ride a regular bike any longer. So, she said she is going to look for a three wheeler. She's 69 years old, and her health has gotten pretty bad just in the last year. She has high cholesterol, diabetes that they are still trying to get under control, high blood pressure, and a 33 year old daughter who has a 13 and a 5 year old boy, who takes horrible advantage of her mother. But, I told her that her daughter couldn't take advantage of her if she didn't let her. She leaves these kids at her mothers for months at a time and now they don't want to live with their own mother.
This lady would benefit soooo much from being able to relax and go for a bike ride with me or be able to come and just visit, or go to auctions like she loves to do. Some activity (without the stress of the kids) would be so beneficial to her, but she keeps putting up with it because she's afraid that her daughter will put the kids in foster care like she threatens to do every time her mother puts her foot down.

Where has everyone been the last few days? Sheila, it looks like it's been you and me for a while. I suppose it's summer so people have a lot of things to do.

See you all later!

05-31-2003, 07:55 PM
Hi everyone, may I join you all?
I will be 50 in a few months time and registered this evening after remembering that I saw the 3FC site some years ago. I live in England, am married to a chap who has never had a weight problem in his life (!!) and I have two adult children. I was moved to action tonight after shopping in town yesterday and caught sight of my backside in the reflection of a shop window. I am one of these rare people who always think they are thinner than they actually are. Best wishes to everyone.

05-31-2003, 10:27 PM
Hi Fatpuss,
I'm glad you posted. Hope you can get some incentive and some good ideas here.

I can imagine that it's very difficult to be married to someone who can eat anything when you have to be watchful of your own foods.
But, I would think that if nutritious foods were prepared, it wouldn't matter, it's just that the one without a weight problem could eat more of them.

Isn't it funny (not haha funny) how a person doesn't realize what we look like to others?

Do you know how much you want to lose yet, and what approach you're going to take to do it?

I wish you the best of luck and will be here to cheer you on.

06-01-2003, 06:40 AM
Hi Willow,
Thanks so much for replying. I have decided that this is day one of my plan and felt down in the dumps about it at the thought of not being able to stuff myself with cake and chocolate whilst lounging about reading books. I got all my dieting books out this morning and got so twisted and prickly about trying to simplify a plan that lovely hubby - the slender one who could gorge for England - is now writing one for me on a big sheet of paper for day to day use. I was so reluctant to contribute that I abandoned him in the sitting room and logged on to my computer and saw your message! Instant reversal of mood knowing I am not alone, ha ha. Thanks for that, you have geared me on to start. I don't know how much I want to lose yet - I know I can never be 126lbs again like in my 20s and have no desire to be either. I will probably know what suits me when I get there but at 5' 1" and 164lbs my knees can't take it and nor can the seams on my slacks! If I could lose 24 lbs I would be happy but it may as well be 24 stone sometimes the way my weight yo-yos overnight. I aim to combine the healthy eating with Richard Simmons dance videos I ordered from the US some years ago. That's the idea anyway but I get disheartened easily which is why I was pleased to find you ladies. I promise not to whine - am optimistic by nature - and will offer full support to everyone else. I have rattled on so much, forgive me, but it's great to speak to someone with similar goals. Best wishes, x

06-01-2003, 10:14 AM
I don't know if you want to be called x or Fatpuss, but, either way, I'm glad you have decided to get a plan going.
I know this is going to sound stupid, but I don't know the difference between a pound and a stone. I'll have to look that one up.
I have to lose at least a hundred pounds.

I have found that it helps to try to make out a weeks menu's on the weekend, but some find that too daunting. They say if Thursday rolls around and they have fish on the menu and they are hungry for chicken then things get goofed up. I just go ahead and have the one I want and have the other the next day.

I also keep a journal of my foods and activity on http://www.fitday.com

Sometimes a person can become overwhelmed with all the record keeping too and get tired of it all.
I think the most important thing is portion control, drink plenty of water because thirst can feel like hunger, and physical activity which should start out in small steps and gradually add a few minutes a day every week. I think it helps to have a couple different things to do for exercise too, so a person doesn't get bored of the same thing every day.
They say that walking is still the best exercise there is, especially for women. And it can be done outdoors in good weather and indoors in bad weather. Do you have mall walking in England?
Swimming is also such a good exercise for the joints and cardio vascular.

After you're eating healthy foods for a while, you'll probably find that the cakes and candies make you feel yukky anyway.

This site also has tons of low fat, low carb and low calorie recipes.

My weight can yo-yo overnight too. I can be 5 pounds heavier sometimes than I was in the morning. That's why I think it's a bad idea to weigh frequently, for me anyway. How our clothes fit is a better gauge of how we're doing, I think.

Well, I'm happy you decided to get started and post as often as you need to and don't feel like anyone will think you're a whiner if you have problems. We all do and that's the idea behind these sites. Good luck and keep us posted.

06-01-2003, 02:00 PM
Hi Willow, thanks for posting back so soon. The x was a little kiss of affection to you all. Stones are made up of 14lbs each, it's only my age group and older who still use that system because in the 1970s the UK introduced the metric system to fall in line with the rest of Europe but many of us older ones here still cling to stones and pounds because kilos and grams baffle us. Having said that, my two kids aged almost 21 and 22 say the old system was not logical and have never used it. Thanks for recommending the fitday site - I have now registered and I think it is really clever. Thanks also for hints especially the water one - I never drink enough fluids anyway but will try to do better. How long have you been reducing and how much have you lost so far? I see you have arthritis - that must be painful for you to get exercising but I did read that exercise it good for it but it must make it harder. No, we don't have mall walking here, not sure what it is though I guess it is walking around the shopping mall. You would find very few US-type malls in the UK and certainly not on the same size as yours. I have planned menus out for the coming week especially lunches because I work full time and there are lots of cake shops around work that seem to yell at me when I try to pass them. I see you went to Curves - is this a fitness centre? I have tried going to a gym in the past and even with a nice instructor and a walkman of my favourite songs going I really lost the will to live while I was there. I hate physical exercise but will have to bite the bullet and do Richard Simmons and pretend I am a teenager again! Do you have a day in the week when you weigh yourself? I have a habit of doing it every day which I know is wrong but I like tormenting myself because like I said, I can gain 3 or more pounds overnight. Well, I am so glad I met you, maybe we can go through the highs and lows of this dirty business together and come out of it for the better.
Best wishes x

06-01-2003, 05:46 PM
Hi Puss,
Well, it certainly looks like you've been busy getting all set up for the week. Excellent idea!

So, instead of having a hundred pounds to lose, I could say I have 7.1 stone to lose. Somehow, the number 7 sounds so much better than 100. :D

I think the exercise is easier on us when we're well hydrated too.
I can remember of hearing Oprah (do you watch her?) saying that she does NOT like to exercise, but she does it every day, first thing. With most people, it's addicting though because of the endorphins it releases. But, you have to gradually work up to that I guess.
I used to watch her show religiously, even taped it if I wasn't going to be home when it was on, but now I hardly ever watch tv anymore.

I have been fighting this battle for almost 9 years, and I have taken off anywhere from 15 to 50 pounds. This time around I have taken off a little over 20 pounds so far.
I used to weigh on Mondays, but starting this coming Friday I will be getting weighed and measured at CURVES once a month, so I'm going to try not to weigh myself in between times. Maybe I won't get so discouraged if I don't hop on and off that blasted scales every day.
Yes, curves is an exercise club for women only, and they have about 16 or 18 stations in a circle or oval, and the equipment you use has hydraulic resistance, so you determine the intensity of your workout yourself by how fast or slow you work the exercise equipment. Every other station is a square platform about 2.5 by 2.5 feet and is raised about 3 inches off the floor, and you can do any kind of aerobic exercise you choose on them, from walking in place to jogging in place, dancing, whatever you choose. All the other stations have equipment that works on specific areas of your body. legs, sides, arms, abdomen, chest, back,.....
There is music playing all the while and a recorded voice tells you when to move to the next station, which is every 30 seconds, so you don't get burned out on one thing. You just keep making the circuit for 30 minutes, which is suppose to be equal to a couple hours of exercise.

You're right, that's what mall walking is. Most of them open their doors early in the morning to accommodate people who need to walk the halls because they can't walk outdoors.

Well, I hope you have good results this week. I have to go back to work after a 10 day vacation. I could go for a vacation that lasted all summer! :D

Have a good day and I'll be checking back to see how you're doing and to report in.

06-01-2003, 11:41 PM
Welcome, Fatpuss! Okay, you're going to have to give the origin of that name! Maybe it means you have a cat that needs to lose weight with you.

Wish there was a magic pill that we could take, but losing weight is a simple equation of letting less and exercising more. I go to aerobics classes and I lift weights. I've gotten myself in the habit of getting up and going every day even though I don't want to. If it all seems too daunting, just start out by changing one thing (e.g., drinking more water), and then work up to controlling your calorie intake, and then add exercise. I've tried a lot of different things, but this is the first time things have "clicked" for me. Not that I don't have my bad days, but definitely not as many as I used to have.

I love fitday.com! Even though I'm on Weight Watchers, I still track my activity and food and then journal the points (Weight Watcher's system).

Today I got a lot of exercise in addition to walking because I was working in the garden and digging post holes. All I can say is "Ow!" My arms and shoulders are sore from digging and shoveling, and my legs are sore from bending over and squatting so much. It will be interesting at aerobics class tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a good week, and hope to see more people here.

06-02-2003, 12:16 AM
I see you had a busy weekend too. Gardening is a very good form of exercise. I bet your legs will really be sore tomorrow. :fr:

WW is a good program, but since I'm going to be paying for an exercise center, I guess I'll just do my own plan.

I need to get to bed early. Going back to work in the morning.

Will check in tomorrow. Have a good week.

06-02-2003, 11:46 AM
Off to another work week. How was your weekend? I often have difficulties sticking to my program during the weekend.

Yesterday we went to an Open House in observance of a young man's high school graduation. Naturally there were edible goodies to be sampled. I did OK and I enjoyed the party greatly.

Have you noticed that life's little celebrations mostly center around FOOD? Who has gone to a wedding or a shower or a reunion of most any type without being confronted with dishes and plates and trays of tempting food items? We are bombarded with food. It happens wherever we go.

But no one is forcing us to eat that food. No one is saying that they will never speak to us again unless we sample that beautiful chocolate cake. No one is reminding us of a new law that says we go directly to jail unless we taste that tempting treat. We each continue to control the fork.

Keep smiling -

06-02-2003, 06:55 PM
Hi Willow, hope your first day back at work wasn't too bad. I take at least a week to settle down after time off, even after a weekend I am really tired Mondays - probably because I read too late into the night on Sunday! I agree with you, stones are better if one is watching the scales. For example if a person weighs just over , say 21 stone, a two pound loss puts them into the 20 stone something bracket which psychologically seems better. I am aiming to do that by next week. It's kiddology I know but you are right, it is a good marker whereas pounds don't seem to do that for me. My scales are in stones and pounds or I can flick a switch to get it in kilos and grams. I always know if the kids have been on the scales when they visit because they leave the scales on kilos which mean nothing to me. Like you, I used to watch Oprah a lot but we don't get her so much on TV these days. We have a new lady called Queen Latifah and. of course, Montell and Rikki Lake. Has Oprah kept her weight off? You have done really well by losing up to 50lb in the past. Did you notice any relief from your arthritis when you were losing? I think our local sports centre has something similar to Curves and the exercise stations you mentioned. Not as hi-tech as moving platforms etc but I remember my daughter going with her friends a few years ago and asking me to come. All skinny girls so I declined ha ha. I remembered what you said about drinking water this afternoon. About 3pm in work I was starving and feeling like I could just put my head on the desk and sleep. The water did help. The FitDay site is really good - few problems entering foods they don't list but keeps me out of the cake tin whilst entering my daily intake. Did you get on the scales this morning or are you going to stick to your Friday weigh in? Because of the planning yesterday, when I got in from work today I was able to microwave some shepherds pie I made instead of throwing all kinds of cake etc down my throat. Yesterday was a good day though I felt so miserable at the start ie. never been more aware that I should start a plan yet never more reluctant to. I am so glad you were there for me to help start me off - I hope you will let me help support you too and together we can commiserate/laugh at our future ups and downs. It's 11pm so I am off to have a last cup of tea - less milk needed compared to coffee ha ha, getting the hang of this a bit more. Hope your first day back was bearable, x

06-02-2003, 07:03 PM
Hi everyone, and thanks for the welcome, Shiela. I didn't see your posting until I had sent my last one. I am not an expert on this yet. Fatpuss was the name of a cat in a book I used to read to my children when they were very young. All the other cats in the neighbourhood were lithe and thin and could do things Fatpuss couldn't but when it came to rolling down hills and having fun, skinny cats all got bruised etc and Fatpuss proved he was better at some things. Best wishes.

06-02-2003, 08:51 PM
How is everyone doing?
It's nice to come here and see several posts.

JoJo, your obsevation about food always being part of a celebration was well taken. It must be human nature, because it seems that all cultures , back into ancient times have done it.
But, like you say, we control our fork.
I hope your week is a good one.

Puss, it sounds like today has gone well for you.
Today went well for me at work. I woke up about 10 minutes before my alarm was set to ring.
I got an interesting article from Mayo Clinic Newsletter the other day giving some tips on how to get the right amount of sleep. What you said about reading late on Sundays reminded me of it.
The article said to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends. I'll see if I can find the article. I always have a hard time staying asleep.

Yes, Oprah has kept her weight off pretty well. She is still a little hippy but I expect that she's just built that way. :D

Actually, when I lost that 50 pounds, I felt relief from EVERYTHING! I had so much energy, and I was always in a good mood. I thought it was from being outdoors every morning and walking. I wasn't bothered from arthritis so much at that time. That came a few years later.

I must have said something and gave the wrong impression of the stations at CURVES. I meant that there are square platforms at every other station, (in between the hydraulic equipment stations) that we do aerobic exercises on; Things like dancing, jogging in place, walking in place etc. The platforms don't move. We move every 30 seconds to the next station though.
When I was there the other day, there was a couple of skinny women there, and there were a couple pretty heavy ones too. Probably no one as heavy as me, but, if it all works out, I'll get thinner too. That's my goal. To get healthier. And in the process I guess I can't help but get thinner too. I know I'll never be 115 pounds again, but I know I can eat healthy foods and stay active.

As for FitDay; Did you know that once you enter a food, it stays in the RECENT FOODS record? All you have to do is click on foods eaten recently, then scroll down until you come to that food, then click on GO, and it automatically puts it into your foods for that day. Then if you have only, say, 1/2 of that amount, you just change it in the days record, then click SAVE CHANGES.

Also, if you have a food that they don't have, and you have the container it was in, You can click on NEW CUSTOM FOOD, and a nutrition values chart will come up, and you can fill it in with the information off the container you have, and it is permanently in your records too. Then, the next time you have that food, if you can't find it in the RECENT FOODS chart, you will be able to find it in the CUSTOM FOODS chart.
Their chicken breast info is awful, so, I put mine in CUSTOM FOODS from a bag that my chicken breasts came in, and then I use that for chicken breasts, whether it's the same brand or not. I figure it's close enough. :smug:

No, I didn't weigh this morning. I'll wait and start with Fridays weight.
A friend at work was happy for me that I'm going to start this, and she said that if I like it and decide to stay with it, she will take out a membership too. That would be sooo nice to have someone that I know going with me to chit chat with.

I'm glad that I could take some of the yukkies out of getting started for you. It always helps if you have someone to talk to through the process.
We'll probably end up with lots of laughs before this is over with. :)
Let's hope it's more laughs than tears, huh?:lol:

Well, I have to go in to work 2 hours early the rest of this week, so I'm going to get all my stuff out and ready for morning, and get to bed early tonight.

Have a great evening, everyone. See ya tomorrow!

06-02-2003, 09:30 PM
10 tips for better sleep

More than 100 million people in the United States don't get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. And an additional 33 million Americans have occasional sleepless nights. Sleeping well is not a luxury. It is a necessity.

Sleep deprivation impairs memory, reaction time and alertness. Tired people are less productive at work, less patient with others and less interactive in relationships. Sleep deprivation also can be dangerous.

A study by the American Sleep Apnea Association and Stanford University's Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center found that inadequate sleep causes problems similar to drinking too much alcohol. When a tired driver takes the wheel, the results can be disastrous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that sleepy drivers cause at least 100,000 crashes each year — 40,000 result in injuries and 1,550 are fatal.

10 tips for better sleep

"Adults need 8 full hours of sleep and teens need 9 hours and 15 minutes," says John W. Shepard Jr., M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, Rochester, Minn. "However, the average person only gets 7 hours and 25 minutes of sleep a night."

The following tips from Dr. Shepard can help you achieve restful sleep. You don't have to use every tip on the list. "What works for one person doesn't always work for another," says Dr. Shepard.

Try one or two or a combination until you have enough quality sleep to feel alert and well rested.

1. Stick to a schedule, and don't sleep late on weekends. If you sleep late on Saturday and Sunday morning, you'll get Sunday night insomnia. Instead, go to bed and get up at about the same time every day. "You don't need to rely on an alarm clock to wake up when you get enough sleep," says Dr. Shepard.

2. Don't eat or drink a lot before bedtime. Eat a light dinner about 2 hours before sleeping. If you drink too much liquid before sleeping, you'll wake up repeatedly in the night for trips to the bathroom.

Don't eat spicy or fatty foods. They cause heartburn.
Don't have a midnight snack. If you get the munchies, eat something that triggers serotonin, which makes you sleepy. Carbohydrates (bread or cereal) or foods containing the amino acid L-tryptophan (milk, tuna, or turkey) will do the trick.
Don't drink alcohol near bedtime. It may cause you to wake up repeatedly, snore and possibly develop sleep apnea.

3. Avoid caffeine and nicotine. They are addictive stimulants and keep you awake. Smokers experience withdrawal symptoms at night, and they have a harder time both falling asleep and waking up.

4. Exercise. If you're trying to sleep better, the best time to exercise is in the afternoon. Physical activity enhances the deep, refreshing stage of sleep.

5. A slightly cool room is ideal for sleeping. This mimics your internal temperature drop during sleep, so turn off the heat and save on fuel bills.

If you tend to get cold, use blankets. Try sleeping in warmer nightclothes and wear socks. Studies show that warm hands and feet induce sleep quickly.
If you overheat at night, wear light nightclothes and sleep under a single sheet. Use an air conditioner or fan to keep the room cool.
Use a dehumidifier if you are bothered by moist air. Use a humidifier if you are bothered by dry air. Signs of dry air irritation include a sore throat, nosebleeds or a dry throat.

6. Sleep only at night. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps.

If you work nights, keep window coverings closed so that sunlight, which interferes with the body's internal clock, doesn't interrupt your sleep.
If you have a day job and sleep at night, but still have trouble waking, leave the window covering open and let the sun's light wake you up.

7. Keep it quiet. Silence is more conducive to sleep. Turn off the radio and TV. Use earplugs, a fan or some other source of constant, soothing, background noise to mask sound that you cannot control, such as a busy street, trains, airplanes or even a snoring partner. Double-pane windows and heavy curtains also muffle outside noise.

8. Make your bed. "A good bed is subjective and different for each person. Make sure you have a bed that is comfortable and offers orthopedic, correct sleep," says Dr. Shepard.

If you share your bed, make sure there is enough room for two.
Use your bed only for sleep and sex.
Go to bed when you are tired and turn out the lights. If you don't fall asleep in 15 minutes, get up and do something else. Go back to bed when you are tired.
Do not agonize about falling asleep. The stress will only prevent sleep.

9. Soak and sack out. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax the tense muscles.

10. Don't rely on sleeping pills. Check with your doctor before using sleeping pills. Make sure the pills won't interact with other medications or with an existing medical condition.

Use the lowest dosage and never mix alcohol and sleeping pills.
If you feel sleepy or dizzy during the day, talk to your doctor about changing the dosage or discontinuing the pills.

06-03-2003, 07:02 PM
Hi Ladies
Willow, thanks for the good sleep guide - I break rules 1,3,4,5,6 and hubby breaks 7 with his snoring. I couldn't give up my siestas at weekends, if the queen was visiting she would have to wait, such is my luxury habit. Was too tired after work to get the Richard Simmons tape out so did a quick run round with the vacuum cleaner ha ha. I bet you were tired, Willow, putting the extra hours in today at work. Thanks for the tip on customising food on FitDay but one thing puzzles me, what does NFS stand for
in the description of food? I bought myself a cheap pair of training shoes today but when - or if - I ever get round to using them is anyone's guess such is my loathing of exercising. I see by the charts that even semi-skimmed milk is quite heavy in fat/calories so I am taking every other coffee black but arn't we supposed to have milk to protect against osteoporosis? How much per day does a person need? Best wishes x

06-03-2003, 08:02 PM
Fatpuss, do they have fat-free half-and-half in the UK? While I haven't tasted it, others have said it was really good. I get my calcium through fat-free yogurt (one a day) and calcium supplements.

I liked the sleeping guide. I follow most of those rules, but still have trouble staying asleep. I do usually get 6-7 hours, though.

I discovered the key to losing weight! Dig post holes and shovel compost. I've spent the the last three days doing that and I weighed on the gym scale this morning and had lost two pounds since Thursday and I even had a "bad eating day" on Friday. When you look up on fitday.com how many you calories you expend digging post holes and shoveling, it's incredible to see how many calories are burned with those activities.

06-03-2003, 10:34 PM
Hi Girls!
I'm really dragging tonight, so this is going to be short.

Wow, Sheila, you really did some heavy duty work there. I bet it really feels good to have that loss though. congratulations.

I do love FitDay. You can keep track of so many things in one place.

I do the same thing you do for calcium. I have FF cheese, yogurt, skim milk in my cereals, and I take a couple calcium tablets a day. But, if you want to actually drink the milk, I guess we could just check out the food pyramid. I guess it's 2 or 3 servings a day of any of the 3 I just named.

Puss, I think most of us break the sleep rules, or at least some of them.

I'm not real sure what the NS or NSF means on FitDay, but I think it means that there isn't any specific type of the food used in the calculations. Like steak, I think, it usually doesn't specify if it's a ribeye, or sirloin, or whatever. Bacon too. Doesn't specify whether it's side bacon or belly, ....
Maybe I'm wrong, but I THINK that's what it means.

I have better luck getting up a little early and doing my exercise tapes in the mornings. If I wait till I get home from work, it's too easy to talk myself out of it.
That's why I'm hoping this works for me at Curves. If I do it with someone else I'm more likely to keep doing it. Especially at the end of the day.
Actually, I think exercise, especially standing exercises, is just as good to prevent osteoporosis as drinking milk. But, everything isn't for all of us, so I guess if we just do the best we can for OUR likes and dislikes, we'll do alright.

I should go get a pair of shoes too. I have tons of shoes, but they don't like for you to wear street shoes into the equipment area, and most of the women leave the shoes they use there right at Curves. I have a white pair of canvas shoes that i haven't worn for a year at least. I should try them on and see if they fit me and how they feel.

Well ladies, I need to get ready for bed now.

Have a good evening, and I'll look for your messages tomorrow.

06-04-2003, 07:28 PM
Hi Ladies, Sheila - you make me feel guilty talking of digging post holes and shovelling, just reading about it made me feel like rushing for the sofa. You are right though, certainly will burn up the calories. Willow, all the worry about the fat content in the milk was due to an error in entering on FitDay. I entered the constituents correctly for semi-skimmed milk but entered the amount in fluid ounces when I thought I was entering mililitres. The difference in amounts in terrific which is why I was shocked at the amount of fat. Ha ha. It was like entering a bucket full of milk! Back to drinking milk again now. I was really good today in work, a colleague who always feeds me with dark chocolate when he returns from Germany was stunned when I couldn't be tempted. I think he feels it won't last but this is the longest I have lasted on a plan so far even though it's only been four days. I know that weekends will be worse so I hope I get enough resolve to finally get Richard Simmons out of the video cabinet. What kind of a day did you all have? Best wishes x

06-04-2003, 07:31 PM
I hope you have all had a good day today.

I went in to work early again today, and it was a long day. Not so much the work as a couple of hags that I work with.

I wanted to tell you about this info that came with the Mayo Clinic Newsletter today. Man! They have some interesting stuff. I think.
Check this out;


Now I hope that works for you.

It shows all the different cultural food pyramids, like ours, Asian, Mediterranean, etc.

I haven't been real careful with my foods this week, but you can't go REAL wrong when you are working for 10 hours, and go to bed at 9 PM.
But, after Friday I have to be serious about it.

Sheila, how are you feeling today? I bet your muscles are still sore, huh?
You had said that you go to a health gym, and also lift weights?
Do you lift bar bells or dumb bells, and do you lift every day, changing body areas each day? I like to lift hand weights, but I don't make a steady thing of it, and I should. I think I always feel better when I'm doing it on a more regular basis.

Do you usually go to the gym every day? And do you use exercise machines or take classes? Or both?
Are you tired of me asking questions? :lol:
OK, I'll move on to the others. :D

Puss, how did your day go today? Did you get any kind of exercise in, or did you decide to wait on it again? That first big step is the doozey, then after that I think it kind of grows on you.

How were the foods today? I had waffles with peanut butter and peach marmalade for breakfast. A fat free yogurt for 9 AM break. A piece of chicken breast and Kashi pilaf for lunch and shrimp stirfry for supper.

Well, I guess I better get moving before I fall asleep sitting here like I did last night. I also have to throw in a load of clothes so I can wash a couple pairs of white tennis shoes.
I'll check back later to see if anyone has posted.

JoJo, where have you been? And Anagram, Bubbles, Loon2, Bandit2, Claudette, and Ceejay, how are all of you doing? I'd send an individual note to each of you, but you haven't posted since the last time I did, so I don't know what to say because I don't know what's been going on with you all. :dizzy:
I hope you're all doing well. Drop in and let us know.

06-04-2003, 09:40 PM

06-05-2003, 01:39 AM
Hi, Ladies--

Too funny about the milk, Puss. And congratulations on not being tempted by that chocolate. Okay, I'm sure you were tempted, but you didn't give in--yahoo!

Willow, I'm not all that sore, surprisingly. I go to the Y and use the machines and do a little bit of free weights. At my aerobics class, we do these rubber band-type things for resistance work. That give you a good muscle workout, too. I actually think I see some muscles developing--it's so cool!

Sounds like a pretty good food day for you, Willow. I had a minibagel with 6 slices of Hillshire Farms deli ham (1 pt. for Weight Watchers) and a wedge of Laughing Cow Light cheese for breakfast. Then some FF yogurt for a snack. For lunch I had veggie potstickers from Trader Joe's cooked with a little chili oil. They are so good and only 210 calories for 6 of them. I also had pita bread and eggplant hummus from Trader Joe's plus some baby carrots. Had an afternoon snack of soy nuts, and dinner was a chicken breast from a recipe in Cooking Light--was really good!--and a salad with low-fat cilantro dressing from Trader Joe's plus some beets. I love Trader Joe's! Oh, and I always have a Skinny Cow fudge bar for dessert. I realized I had no fruit today, but until berries and melons come into season more, I don't eat as much fruit as I should. My total calories were about 1250.

Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!

06-05-2003, 11:39 AM
Checking in from Wyoming.

I'm still plugging away on a day-to-day basis. We have been having a cold spring here so my walking takes more of an effort than I like. I am still doing it, but yearn for warmer weather. Yesterday it was in the 40's when I did my walking in the afternoon, so I was wearing a sweatshirt.

I agree with everyone that weekends are more difficult. IMHO we let down our guard a bit on the weekends, which allows us to cheat a bit. But that's OK, life is to be enjoyed.

Everyne, drink that water, exercise faithfully, munch those veggies, and stay positive. And keep smiling -

06-05-2003, 06:15 PM
Just a quickie tonight, ladies, Richard Simmons is still a prisoner in my cabinet and I have severe cake withdrawals. Maybe I should have penned myself Marie Antoinette! You did well on the calories yesterday, Shiela and Willow, thanks for the website and recipie - I went into them trawling for a low-fat cake one but they were not the kind I am craving. JoJoJo2, I find it harder to eat healthy when it's cold but well done for getting out there and exercising. Good night girls, good luck on the weigh in tomorrow, Willow. x

06-05-2003, 07:45 PM
Hi girls!
WOW!! It looks like everyone is doing just super!
JoJo, I agree with you. I think we kind of consider the weekends a reward for working all week and kind of let that spill over into our eating too.
Our weather has been rather cool for this time of year too, but I'll take it. It makes it easier for me to move without breaking out in a sweat and getting out of breath.
We are suppose to be getting a lot of rain in the next few days, and I can feel it in my arthritis too. It has been really painful today.

Hey! That must give you SOME KIND OF FEELING of power to refuse the choc. I love it! Good for you!
That was cute with the milk. :lol: I've done that with oil or butter and for a second I think,"NO WAY!' But then I realize it has entered a liter instead of a Tbsp.

Maybe if you take Richard out of the cabinet on Friday night and put him next to the TV, it will be easier to get started with him first thing on Saturday morning, when you don't have to think of work on top of the exercising.
Hey! I have an idea! Maybe you could get your hubby to dance to the oldies with you!
If I had a dancing partner, I'd be skinny as a rail, because I absolutely LOVE old time rock-n-roll. I could spend the whole day and night dancing to it. Sometimes, I pull all the blinds and dance by myself, but I really crank up the sound, and if someone walked in, I wouldn't hear them, and my kids have keys to my house. I'd probably get embarrassed if I got caught dancing by myself. :o :lol:

Sheila, I'm really happy for you that you're seeing results from your working out. Congratulations! I can't wait till I can see some results.
It's getting so close now. I start tomorrow evening.
Mmmmmm, your foods sound yummy.
And speaking of eggplant hummus, is that bought or did you make it? Never mind, I just went back and looked and I see you got it at Trader Joe's. Also, do you, or does anyone else know, can egg plant be frozen? I was thinking of making some shish kabobs and using egg plant as one of the veggies, then freezing them for future use. I love to marinate pieces of chicken breast or beef steak in soy sauce or teriyaki sauce, then make kabobs with it and green peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms and zucchini. Yummy!
I've never seen a trader Joes. Is it a grocery store, or a specialty store or a restaurant? Sounds like they have some scrumptious foods. But, are they low fat or low calorie? What are veggie potstickers?

The store I shop at has lots of fruits on sale this week, and I'm going to get some. I like it with cereal, grilled, or just by itself.
This morning I had a piece of ham and some large curd cottage cheese for breakfast. For lunch I had the chicken breast and Kashi pilaf again. And for supper I had leftover hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes and peas.

I suppose I should get off of here.

The next time you hear from me, I'll have had a session at Curves. I'll let you know how it went.
Take care and everyone have a wonderful day tomorrow.

P.S. Here is a site that has some good recipes too. Their dietitions take every day recipes and make them over into low fat and low calorie recipes.


06-06-2003, 12:14 AM
Man, is it hot here! It's not supposed to be this hot. It was 85 and I missed my A/C, especially living in an uninsulated house. I moved to western WA from Boise, ID, where it was routinely 100 degrees in the summer. I was so tired of the heat in the summer and snow in the winter. But I did have my A/C!

Okay, I'll quit whining! One thing about hot weather is that I don't want to eat. I could easily have skipped dinner, but I ate a small one.

Had a short workout this morning because I had to go change the dressing on my dad's leg. He's diabetic and got an ulceration near his ankle. Talk about hot--at 9:00 am, his room at the assisted living facility was 80 degrees. Sweat was dripping off me by the time I was done. Luckily, in the next couple of weeks he's moving into an addition that we built onto our house, which actually is his house. His addition is totally insulated, and is now the coolest place in the house. Okay, I was whining about weather again, wasn't I?

Looking forward to reading about Curves, Willow. Also looking forward to my weigh-in. And especially looking forward to our trip to a B&B to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We're taking two ferries to get there. Just one night, but I'm looking forward to some time away.

Oh, Trader Joe's is a grocery store that carries a lot of healthy foods. There are a lot of low-calorie, good-tasting foods--I love the place!

06-06-2003, 01:48 AM
Looks like everyone is doing well and still motivated. I had four straight days of good food, water and exercise. Blew it today but tomorrow is another fresh start.

Willow, I take Mobic for arthritis. Was on Celebrex for years (including testing before it was on the market) and it was a godsend but eventually - as with others I've tried - it seemed to lose effectiveness. With all the rainy weather here this spring, I've been so achy, saw dr for routine check yesterday and he reminded me that I can double dose. Duh! I knew that but the brain isn't always in gear.

Fatpuss, I just love shepherd's pie. A local restaurant features it every Tuesdy and we often make a point of going then. But nowadays, I bring half home for lunch the next day.

06-06-2003, 07:11 AM
Good Morning! It is 6:00AM in upstate NY and a gorgeous day. Hope there is room for one more newbie to squeeze in. Not sure if I am doing this right, but I have been "lurking" for several weeks and really enjoy the posts. Sometimes I feel like I could be the one writing, as we all fight the same battle. I have lost 13 lbs (took me six months!) and have 30 more to go. Actually, I have been losing these same 30 pounds for thirty years!! Does the word yoyo come to mind. I sit here very hungry this morning. Up at 5:30 and cannot eat until at least 8:30 after blood test for liver function. I am hoping with the extra weight off, I will be able to get off the cholesterol meds. I had a bit of a time trying to find this forum, so I will post now to see if it worked OK. Everyone have a great day!
P.S. Name is rather long, how about "Sue" for short!

My Goal for the day: A salad instead of chicken nuggets when I take the grandkids to McD's tonight. And NO fries.


06-06-2003, 10:53 AM
Welcome, Sue and isn't it gr eat McD's (and others) now have salads to make our battle a bit easier? Good luck on getting off the meds and thanks for making us your first post.

06-06-2003, 07:56 PM
Good evening, ladies and welcome Sue, did you manage to stick to the salad at McDs? Young girl next to me at work has a full set of burger, chips (US fries, ha) almost every day and is as skinny as a whippet. Little darling always offers me some chips but I find McDs easy to resist, prefer Burger King. Sheila, you'll be vanishing down one of those post holes before long, doing that hard graft in the heat! Well done Anagram for four straight days on the plan, until now I have never gone more than four days ever and today is my 6th day and tonight I am feeling the strain. Willow, you made me laugh about the rock and roll dancing - hubby is 9 years older and can do it good but I can't do it very well. My mother used to r&r holding the door knob when we children were younger. Insanity runs in the family ha ha. Willow, how did you do on the weigh in? You sound like you have made a really focussed start this week. I haven't eaten enough today - 800 odd calories - ran out of the meals I cooked Sunday - so I am going to have a weetabix before bedtime or my stomach will stop me sleeping. x

06-07-2003, 12:55 AM
Hi girls!
I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and post something.
A big WELCOME to you Sue! I love your avatar!
Of course there is room for one more, ALWAYS! We're happy to have you in our group.
Congratulations on the 13 pounds lost. Doesn't matter how long it took. What's important is that you've kept it off for 6 months! That's wonderful! It shows that you're learning how to keep it off at the same time.
I hope your blood work came back ok. Is your elevated cholesterol something new with your health, or is it a long time thing? Some peoples bodies just make more cholesterol in their liver. My one DIL's sister is skinny and had high cholesterol when in her teens. And then there are others who's high cholesterol is because of dietary reasons.
You know, you can put this thread into your favorites, and then all you would have to do is click on it and you would be here. All you have to do is put your cursor up in your ADDRESS search engine at the top of this page, and right click on it, then when the window drops down, just left click on COPY, then put your cursor over on your FAVORITES on ADD and left click again, and it will be in your favorites. Just like that! Easy!
I certainly can relate to what you said about yo yoing. Guilty!
How did you do at Mc D's? I have heard a lot about their salads lately, but I haven't had any yet.

Hi Sheila!
Oh Lord! I don't think I could survive without my AC now days. I guess we get spoiled by it because as kids we weren't bothered by the heat that often, but now, I just can't breathe in hot AND humid weather. I remember one time when I was a kid, and it was really hot in the house, and we all went outside and laid on quilts in the yard because there was a little breeze out there at least. We lived in the country. My Mom and Dad had a huge garden in the back of the house and down the hill on one side of the house. Anyway, we were just settled down and almost asleep, and all of a sudden my older sister just went straight up in the air, screaming bloody murder and swinging her arms and stomping her feet. We all thought she had lost her mind because she kept screaming "it's a snake! It's a snake!" Well, all it was, was a big fat green tomato worm, with that thorn on it's head. She really got mad at us younger ones because we couldn't quit laughing at what she had looked and sounded like. :lol:
Anyway, I guess if you don't lose weight from loss of appetite from the heat, you'll lose it from sweating it off, huh?
How did you do at your weigh in? I assume you are going to the B&B this weekend. HAVE FUN!

Anagram, thanks for the info on the anti-inflammatories. I've never heard of Mobic before. I've been taking a double dose of Celebrex for a week now, and the last couple of days it has been as if I'm not taking ANYTHING! I truly believe that the weather affects it, because the weather changed the day after it started being painful, and it has happened that way before.
I still think it's wonderful that you had 4 days in a row without missing anything on your plan.
And I bet you didn't go off plan really extremely either. But, I hope you can have a better day tomorrow, but if you are on a retreat with your hubby, just eat normally if you want something, then have a real good week next week again. I don't think you're going to do a lot of harm, and a person needs to feel pampered sometimes.

Puss, I am just rubbing my hands together in joy for your 6 days of staying on your plan. That's so terrific! You said that you're starting to feel the strain, but that will go away in a day or so. Just please hang in there! Don't forget to drink water and eat carrot sticks! LOL!
Are you going to make up some meals for the week again this week? It does help, doesn't it? I sure hope you can stay on it.
Don't worry about not knowing how to rock-n-roll! If you can shake your booty, you can rock-n-roll! Just move and shake in time to the beat. No wonder I was skinny when I was young!
As for my weigh-in, I weighed 242.75 pounds. I've gained a lot recently. Well, we'll see if I can't get THAT taken care of soon! I had been up to 261.5, so I've taken SOME off.
Puss, what is a wheatabix? Is that a biscuit?

I put in a long week this week, and I'm sure glad it's Friday.
I worked 8 hours on Monday, but the rest of the week I went in at 5 Am and worked till 3 PM.

After work I did all my running, ordered my new subscription to Norton antivirus and Symantecs, then cleaned up and went to Curves to get all registered and get my first day of the circuit.
I'm only taking it for a month to start out, just to see how I do with this arthritis, then if it works out ok, I'll take out a years membership.

I was surprised that it didn't cause any more pain than I've been having the last couple of days. I think it's the change in the weather. Rainy as all get out!
The girl signing me up took me around and demonstrated each station, then had me hop on right after her and do a few repetitions, and once we made the complete circuit, then we went around twice right along with the other clients.
She took measurements of my bust, waist, hips, buttocks, thigh and upper arm, and also weighed me. Then once a month they will re-measure and weigh me.
The only thing I found I had to modify was the stretching after the exercises were done, and the only part of the stretching I had to modify was when I had to sit on the floor and put my legs in a froggy position. I can't rotate my left leg in or out when it's bent at the knee, so I just modified it by straightening my legs and touching my toes.
My heart rate was higher than it should be, but she said that as long as I felt ok, we could keep going.
The girl who took me through it all is as cute as a bug, and she has lost 60 pounds in the last year.
I asked what is the most anyone at this local curves has lost, and she said that there is one woman who had weight loss surgery and has been using curves to tone and get in shape, and she has lost 120 pounds, but there is another woman who is my age who has lost 90 pounds since joining Curves here. So, there is hope for me yet, maybe, huh?
I know I'm going to be sore tomorrow because I can already feel myself stiffening up.

Well, I need to get moving and answer some e-mails, then hit the sack.

After Curves, I went grocery shopping and got some cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries and a couple bananas. I'll be having some good snacks this next week at work!
I also got a couple thick pork chops, and some eggs and some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and salad fixin's.
I know that it is said that butter isn't good for you, but, I got some anyway because I DO NOT like margarine, and if I'm going to have to watch my calories, I'd rather have a smaller amount of something I like than have more of something I don't enjoy and end up feeling like I wasted my calories on something that wasn't good. I won't be using that much of it, but, if I need it for toast or something, I want something I enjoy the taste of.
I also got some california blend veggies for stir fry's. So, I'm pretty well set for a while. I almost forgot, ... they had tuna for $.48 a can, so I got some of that in spring water.

06-07-2003, 03:46 PM
I'm back again and realized that I accidently started a new thread. I guess it will take me a few times to get the hang of this. Garage sales were a bust - it is pouring rain :rain:. Did I say I was not going to McD's today. Well . . . when you are not the driver . . . I guess a quarter pounder with no cheese, and no fries, and a glass of water are better than a Big Mac and Supersize fries. I just love all the smilies. Weekends are the worst time for me. During the week, my meals are much more structured. 5 out of 7 isn't too bad I guess!

OK, let's try this again.

06-07-2003, 08:44 PM
Hi Ladies, everyone seems to be doing well with the plans - we all seem focussed this week. Willow, I am so proud of you, you've had a long working week yet you stuck to your plan at Curves. Can't be easy with the arthritis and you must have been tired working the extra hours. I almost feel sorry for R Simmons but not enough to let him out of the cupboard! Weetabix is a cereal in biscuit form - I didn't have it last night after all because I was low on milk! I did a big shop for weekly menus tomorrow and had a recipie for fisherman's pie ie cod, smoked haddock, shrimp with a low fat sauce of leeks, dijon mustard, white wine and skimmed milk topped with mashed potato. A big serving had 258 cals and 2 gm fat. First slip of the week though, I had half a chocolate sandwich biscuit (cookie) and it was lovely! Worked out your weight in stones, Willow, you used to be 18st 10 lb and now you are 17st 4lb which is brilliant. When you drop another 5lb you will be 16 stone something instead of 17 st something. When I need to lose weight I think these little markers in stones and pounds feel better than grouping all the pounds together. Ha ha. Am weighing myself tomorrow because I started this last Sunday morning - Willow, you will remember because you were there when I really needed someone special.

I think my hatred of exercise is genetic, this chap must have been my long-lost uncle!

"The secret of my abundant health is that whenever the impulse to exercise comes over me, I lie down until it passes away"
J P McEvoy (1938) American Mercury

06-07-2003, 09:45 PM
I decided to re-post this and delete the new thread. Hopefully, I don't blow up my PC.

:wave: Thank you all for the warm welcome! I knew this would be the best place to post. I did have the salad at McD's. Only at McDonald's would theygive yuou a 210 calorie salad with a 290 calorie packet of dressing. I like mine on the side and I just stick my fork in it. And, they top off the salad with grated cheese and bacon bits. OK, OK, I did have three french fries. My three-year-old grandson made me eat some of his french "eyes".

Willow, the cholesterol problem came up when I had a physical last year. I am on the 2nd lowest dose of Lipitor and if I get the extra weight off, the doctor said he would see how I do without it. I will get the results Tuesday. I really don't like taking pills daily.

WOW, now there are two other people, besides me, who eat weetabix. Haven't had any in a long time. How about Carr's Wheatolos (sp?) - are they still in the UK? They are kind of like a wheat cookie/cracker.

I notice you all mention weigh-ins. Do you go to classes like WW, DW and Curves?

Have a great day everyone. And again, thanks for the kind words. My spirits were lifted and I know, this time, I will succeed - AS WILL WE ALL

06-08-2003, 04:22 PM
It started during the night and it has been raining on and off ever since. No yard work for me today!
I'm doing some laundry though.

Sue, I'm like you. My weekends are my worst time for grazing. I think a term for it in my case would be "boredom". I need to start doing more outside of the house.
I guess your quarter pounder with a glass of milk is about as good a choice as you could make, but, did you feel satisfied? I know that some people would be, but I have a problem with this huge appetite I have and I try to eat more veggies to fill me up. I envy those of you who can eat normal amounts and feel satisfied. I should definitely eat slower too and wait for a while after eating a normal-size meal before I tuck into more food.
I think it's all bad habit formed over years of trying to hurry and eat meals so you can get the dishes done and kitchen cleaned and straightened so you can get other things done with a family. Then wolf down a lunch at work because you don't have time to have a leisurely lunch, and then go home and start all over again with the supper scene.
As for weigh ins, I used to weigh myself on a weekly basis, but I got too tempted to start weighing myself every day, which was discouraging and caused me to get off track a few times, so, with joining curves, I've decided that I want to do this to become healthier and in the process of doing that I will just naturally lose weight along with strengthening my heart and lowering my cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar. So, I'm going to stay off the scales until it's time to get weighed and measured at Curves every month.
I just wish I had realized sooner that this life and body I was given is a one-time thing. It's not a dress rehearsal that I can go back and do again because it didn't turn out the way it should have. I only get one chance, and I better start doing a better job of things before that chance is gone.
I don't know if any of the rest belong to WW or any of the other weight loss plans or not.

I'm glad you decided to come back here and join us. So far it sounds like a common-sense group here and I really enjoy coming every day to see how you all are doing.

Puss, I love your quote!
And I really laughed when I read what you said about Richard S. :lol: Too funny! I wonder how many others have him locked in their cabinets too. :lol:
I'm going to start being more consistent with using my tapes every day, but I'm not going to be so foolish as to try to do the whole tape every day right out of the gate. I'm going to do a few minutes of it each morning for the first week, then add 5 minutes a day for a week, every week until I'm doing the whole tape. If I didn't do it that way, I'm afraid I'd burn out and quit completely.

Your "slip" of half a cookie wasn't so bad. You are a strong person. I wouldn't be able to stop at that half a cookie.
I'm dying to hear about your weigh in. But, even if the scales doesn't show a loss, don't lose heart because sometimes the fat cells fill in with water for a few days after the fat leaves, so just stay with it and you'll see. Besides, just the healthy foods are a benefit to your body and health. This isgetting to be fun; you just made it through your first full week of staying on a health plan. Now, how cool is that!! Now you're challenged to do it another week! :D I know you can do it! :strong: What is your hubby saying about things about now? I bet he's happy as can be for you! :cp: :dance:

Well, I just wanted to pop in and give everyone a big WELL DONE for today.
I hope the rest show up to post soon.
Have a wonderful week all! :wave:

06-08-2003, 05:26 PM
Hi everyone, Sue - you did brilliant having only 3 'french eyes"! I don't recall Carr's Wheatolos but they still do really nice water biscuits for cheese. Willow, I know what you mean about normal versus big appetites - I am half the height of my friends but can eat them under the table ha ha. I also eat too quickly which may be why I often have hiccups. My big news is I lost 5lb this week - been weighing myself every day which I know is wrong but I can't help it. I am thrilled with a good kick start to the plan but i know that this level won't last and it will go down to 1 or 2 lb a week if I am lucky. Just shows how much cake, chocolate and other high fat goodies I usually consume each day normally. Did a huge cook in yesterday and today for the week ahead. Only one disaster - leek and potato soup was so vile I threw a huge pan down the toilet! This planning is essential for me because if it's not ready to microwave in 4 mins after getting home from work I know I will hit the cake tin. I am missing fat though, stuff like cheese which I normally wouldn't thank you for,I am begining to fancy ha ha. I treated myself to a chocolate tea cake this evening in place of something else. I didn't set my target weight too low because it would daunt me but I want to get down to 147lb for my 50th in July to fit a frock I bought years ago and couldn't get into. My husband will take me out to dinner in it and I promise myself I will have a shark's feeding frenzy over the dessert trolly. That's the plan anyway but I have been down this road before! Also, my daughter said she will take me to a youngster's dance rave (hubby hates that music) which goes on until 6.00am. I am 159lb now (5' 1" so heavy for me) so have to shift just over 2lb a week to do this. Experts would say target of 147lb is still too heavy but I will see what I feel if I get there. I tried a slimming club some years ago but it was just a case of pitching up to get weighed and a 10 min talk about what we all know anyway. I was paying them for me to do the work. I have friends though that find them really good for support .

"I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work" Thomas A. Edison

06-08-2003, 06:09 PM
I just had to post right now and say CONGRATULATIONS!! I couldn't be happier if I had lost the 5 lbs myself, Puss!
Hey, if you can weigh every day and not get discouraged, go for it. Whatever works for you! I just think that's so great! :bravo: :cb:

The missing the fat is one of the reasons that I have decided to have butter instead of margarine. I would rather have a smaller amount of something I like than to have more of something which I don't like the taste of. I guess if I have to have smaller amounts, I want to enjoy the amounts I DO get and not feel like I was cheated, or that I wasted the few calories I CAN have on things I don't like. And I think our bodies do need a certain amount of fats, otherwise we start to crave them. And, cheese is a tricky one, because it's good in that it has calcium as well as fat, but it also has a lot of salt which can make us retain fluids. :dizzy:

I think you'll come close to your goal for July. And even if you don't make it all the way there by then, just think how much healthier you're going to be and how much better you're going to feel.

Like I said, .... this is getting to be fun. :D

06-08-2003, 06:26 PM
Fatpuss, sure it can be done. Keep your eyes on that birthday goal and stick with it.

I agree with everyone that weekends are difficult. That's why I am posting instead of eating at the moment. It is a good distraction.

As for the margarine vs. butter, yes we need good fats in our WOE. Can't do without them, can we? Nope! Just gotta limit them a bit.

Everyone, stick to what we are all doing so well, and keep smiling -

06-09-2003, 08:18 AM
I wanted to get my foods posted in here as long as I have a few minutes.
Will make a final entry at the other end of the day. Hope it's a good day.

1 c. Kashi to good friends
1 med banana
1 c. sk. milk

1 c. fresh strawberries

salad of iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrots & cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp 3 cheese ranch dressing, Light, done right
3 oz. (b4 cooking) turkey tenderloin, cut up

6 oz. ocean perch
1 med. baked potato
2 tbsp. FF sour cream
2 c. (B4 cooking) green beans
2 slices fresh pineapple, grilled
1 really good multi vitamin

total = 1003 cals.

Did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape this morning.

06-09-2003, 06:14 PM
Hi everyone, JoJoJo you said what I have been thinking all week, posting here and entering on FitDay keeps me away from snacking!! I may have cracked the weekend grazing because I am too busy buying and cooking and preparing for the week ahead to eat like I used to. Trouble is, it digs a hole into my time off and other jobs like the garden suffer. Still, I don't want to be superwoman anyway. Willow - you are lovely! I woke up this morning and saw your posting - I especially loved the mad, dancing banana! You are a big-hearted girl for sure and some of the credit goes to you for the first step I took. Well done on the tape, what exactly do you have to do for it? I loved your menu for the day, gourmet stuff indeed. I have never had Ocean Perch, do you live near the coast? Perch in the UK is a small river/lake fish but must be put back in the water after weighing. I think your must be different. Sounds yummy. Have any of you girls read Dean Ornish's program for reversing heart disease? He's American. There are some good recipies in the book like minestrone soup which is more like a stew but it's all vegetarian and long preparation so perhaps not best for those people working outside of the home. Keep up the good work everyone - this is a brilliant site for us all to meet.

06-09-2003, 06:48 PM
I'm one who has read Dean Ornish's book on reversing heart disease. In fact I read it rather recently. But then I read lots of stuff.

I agree with much that he said, but I am not ready to adopt it as a total lifestyle. There were lots of good tips in the book.

Actually I started with Richard Simmons program of healthy eating and exercise to lose weight. Recently I have been incorporating more of the low carb ideas into my WOE. I guess right now I am eating low carb and low fat. But it is working well for me.

Each of us needs to find what works. Everyone's body is slightly different, and one diet program does not work for all. IMHO.

06-09-2003, 07:05 PM
Good evening all. I was all set to post this morning, but when I went to check a prior post, I lost everything. Late for work, and no time to re-do. Hope you all had a great weekend. Thank goodness it is over. I guess I didn't really do all that bad. I agree, boredom is one of the main reasons I "graze" on weekends too. I did try harder this time though.

Congratulations on the 5 lbs, Puss! That is fantastic. See what we can do when we put our mind to it. And by the way, Richard Simmons must have a clone, because I found him in my cabinet too, sandwiched between Denise Austin and Jane Fonda and a few others. I do mostly the treadmill now, with Step Reebok at least once a week. What really keeps me going on the treadmill is the TV in the room. I tape a one hour show or a two hour movie and watch it as I walk. When you fast forward the commercials, it ends up as 45 minutes per hour. You are done before you know it.

I must clarify something I wrote in my first post. The 13 lbs were lost in the first three months, and I have spent the second three months trying to keep them off. Still in the yo-yo syndrome. Hopefully this week will bring me down a few more. I belong to a group called Diet Wrokshop. I do better when I am accountable to someone, My DH said he would weigh me for half-price, but it just isn't the same. :o Like I would ever let him see the scale!!

Alas, I too am a slave to the scale. Sometimes I feel like if I let it go for a week, it will mysteriously jump up 10 pounds and I would be even more discouraged. Funny creatures, we females.

Has anyone tried the "I Can't Believe Its Not Butter" spray. I use it on everything from toast to broccoli to popcorn. I still use real mayonaise. Tried the lite or fat free, but decided I needed one vice. :lol: Once in a while I use a spread made with yogurt. Its not too bad.

I vote we all go eat at Willow's house. ;) Sounds like a plan to me. Does anyone else besides me get into a rut eating the same things day after day?

I think I will go prepare dinner now. I turned on the computer when I walked in the door, and voila! No snack!

See you all tomorrow and Have a wonderful day.

06-09-2003, 11:05 PM
Hi everyone!
Looks like you're all having a good day today.
I went to curves after work.
I have to go in early all week again this week.
I made my supper, did up the dishes and entered all my meals into FitDay for the rest of the week, ... or rather, thru Friday.
Now, I'm leaving a couple messages, then I'm getting ready for bed.

Puss, the tape is an exercise tape, and you walk or march in place, then you do side-steps, then you lift one leg at a time and lift the opposite arm at the same time, then you lift your knees, then back-kick your legs while putting your hands up in the air and making a downward pulling motion, and after what is equal to 1 1/2 miles of this stuff, you add weights that come with the tape. I love all of her (Leslie Sansone) tapes. They're easy to do and you do your workout at your own intensity.

Awwww, I didn't do anything special, but I sure am happy as can be that I was there to sway your decision! :D

My foods are far from gourmet, I think. The ocean perch I bought fresh at the grocery store, then I divide it up into individual servings and freeze them, taking one out when I want to have a fish meal. We have perch here too, but my son who does all the fishing lives about 7 hours away from me. :) The ocean perch fillets I buy are about 6 inches long by about 3 inches wide.
I haven't read any of Dean Ornish's books, but I've read a lot of his ideas on WebMD.

JoJo, I'm glad you're having good luck too. I agree, we each have to find what we like and work that into our own program or plan.
Has your weather warmed up any? It was warm and humid here today.

Sue, I've done that very thing, have something all typed up and forget to minimize it and click on something else and "POOF" it's gone. You just want to scream when it happens! :mad:
Yes, I did have a good weekend, but it was kind of boring.
That's funny what you said about where you found R. Simmons. The poor guy! He must feel so unwanted! :lol:
Is your Diet Workshop something like Weight Watchers or TOPS, where you go to a meeting every week and get weighed and get ideas for helping in weight loss?
I have used the ICBINB spray, and I still prefer my butter, but I also think it's the best of the margarines and sprays.
Hey! I'd cook for all of us, no problem! I only make ordinary every day foods though. But, I do like to use flavorings and spices to enhance the tastes.

Sheila, Anagram, everyone else, where are you? Hope you're having good results, but if you're not, this is the place to come! :D That's right! You were going to a B&B with your hubby for the weekend! I suppose you'll need a day to rest up, huh?

Well girls, I need to get off of here.

I'll see you all tomorrow. I'll post my foods in the morning if I have time.
Good luck tomorrow!

06-09-2003, 11:53 PM
Willow, you eat so well--all those great fresh fruits. I haven't been able to find good strawberries yet--will have to check out the farmer's market.

I went to the dietician today to discuss how I can lower my cholesterol. She said "eat walnuts." So I did, but they count for so many Weight Watchers points that it's kind if discouraging. Guess I'll have to give up my Skinny Cow ice cream! There was a study done on nuts and they are very good for healthy hearts when eaten in moderation.

She also said to eat more soy so I will be eating more veggie burgers, and I'm going to try a smoothie with soy milk. We'll see how that goes. Also going to try to eat oatmeal--I like oatmeal, just never think about eating it that much.

Had another post hole digging day on Sunday, with lots of gardening. Today I had to change my dad's dressing again so I missed aerobics. I need to get out for a walk soon before it's too late. I'm usually a great exerciser, but today just kind of got away from me.

06-10-2003, 07:49 AM
Good Morning All! Looks like a good day so far weatherwise. Should get up in the high 70's this afternoon. Just had a bowl of multi-grain oatmeal (1/2 cup uncooked) with a sprinkle of equal and a quarter cup of frozen fat free coolwhip. Sometimes I chop up half an apple and add a few walnuts before it goes in the microwave. Almost like a dessert.

Yes, Willow, Diet Workshop is something like WW. No points though. All "real" food in measured portions. We go to a meeting once a week for weigh-in and class. Costs less than the price of a pizza. :lol: I envy you the strawberries. That is one of the two foods I cannot eat. The other one is chocolate. If I even lick the spoon from DH's chocolate ice cream, my face breaks out in little blisters. I can actually feel them burning through my skin within 20 minutes.

I guess it's time for me to come clean, so to speak, and list my stats. I feel like I am on national TV :dancer: My highest weight ever was 198. That's the day I cried and said enough is enough. I did not want to face 200. (I am 5'6-1/2") Right now, I am at 185, and my goal is 155. DW set my goal at 142, according to their calculations. Maybe when I was in the 7th grade. hee hee I got a note from my doctor (gee, just like the 7th grade) and he figured it at 162. Close enough. You see, I had accomplished that before with DW and decided I could do it on my own from then on. BIG MISTAKE. so, here I am again. Weigh in is on Wed nights, so I will let you know how I did this week.

The sun is shining now. The day has improved already. Left my umbrella in daughter's car over the weekend. The other one is at work. Sunshine is good! Time to get moving. Have to leave in 45 min and haven't hit the shower yet. Will have to walk this evening.



06-10-2003, 01:50 PM
Good evening all (feel like Alfred Hitchcock!) Just have to tell you all that I had a moments weakness before and thought I would have some cheese. Went to the fridge and two huge pieces of quality stuff were covered in mould! Serves me right I suppose and proves that hubby never touches it. JoJoJo I agree about not all plans suiting everyone. I know I am best suited to a cake and buttered toast one but if I get to my target for my birthday meal I have promised myself a shark's feeding frenzy of cake and rubbish on that day. What are the markers at the end of your post JoJoJO? Do they mean you began at 196.5 and now you are 145? That's terrific if it's so. Sue, you are just too mad! A cloned Richard indeed and there's Willow feeling sorry for him too. Good idea of yours watching tv on the treadmill. I tried a treadmill at my son's gym for a couple of weeks - he on the one next to me going like the devil was after him and me slowing walking pace with a music walkman bored stiff and wishing I could escape. Don't think we have "I can't believe it's not butter" spray here though we have the spread. I use Crosse and Blackwells low calorie salad dressing in place of margarine for sandwiches - a tip from a mag. You have done really well to keep the 13lb off. Willow, you have some real committment - going into work early again this week and still doing Curves. I ALMOST feel ashamed enough to release Richard - but not yet. Your tapes sound good though I doubt if many people here have heard of Leslie Sansone or Denise Austin. No one here has heard of Richard Simmons it's just that I have lived abroad and he was on Sellavision. I think he was on Oprah once too which we used to get but now only on satellite TV. Sheila, my hubby loves oatmeal and it's so good for some many things. You digging your fence posts reminds me so much of my late father who had a black or white solution to everything, bless him. He never had a weight problem in his life and if my mother or I would be reading a diet book he would say, "I'll make you lose weight, lady, put you on the shovel, the weight will soon drop off you" Ha ha. If he saw joggers in the street he's say "must have cushy jobs because I was always too shattered after work to go running". Lost him 2 years ago during a planned operation and miss his common sense so much. I am off to plan more menus because this is a danger week for me. I am not in the office until next Monday - out doing audits at large companies and am usually back home by 1300hrs so too much time for temptation in the kitched! Keep up the good work, girls x

06-10-2003, 07:04 PM
Hello girls!
It looks as though we're all doing pretty well yet. :)
I was pretty tired today at work. I think I was awfully busy in my dreams last night. I remember one dream of me singing someplace. As they say, " only in your dreams!". :lol:

I am such a ditz!!
I was suppose to be to work at 5 this morning, and for some reason I'll never figure out, I changed my alarm when I went to bed last night, to get up at 4:30 AM. Then I woke up at 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up about 3:50 and did the 3-mile WATP tape, got ready for work, ate my breakfast and was about to enter my foods into my journal and realized, ... OH MY GOSH! I was suppose to be to work a half hour ago! So, I only worked 9 hours today instead of 10.

I'm going to have my supper early, then go to Curves, and I'm going to be in bed no later than 9 PM tonight!

Sheila, I wish I would have known you were going to the dietician today. I would have had you ask if it's true that eating soy foods can be bad for thyroid problems. I have heard that, and I've looked it up in several sites on the internet, and they say it really IS bad for a thyroid problem. But, I love soy foods, and don't want to give them up.
Oatmeal, the old fashioned kind that you have to cook for about 7 minutes or so, is one of the best things you can eat to lower your cholesterol. I just love it, cooked with an apple diced up into it while it cooks, and some cinnamon, or raisins and cinnamon.
Boy, you're sure giving those muscles a workout with digging those post holes.

Sue, Mmmm, your breakfast sounded so good.
I feel so sorry for you to not be able to eat strawberries. And there have been times that I think I would have been glad to be allergic to chocolate.

Well, you did learn one lesson from leaving Diet Workshop, and that was that you'll need to stick with it until you know you can keep this life style for your entire life. When it becomes a habit, I guess. So, I'm betting you're going to have a good result this time around. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you for tomorrow night. I hope your walk this evening is/was nice.

Puss, I understand that moment of weakness all too well, and I'm really glad the cheese had decided to put on a fur coat. :D
By the time you get to your Birthday meal, you may not even have the desire to indulge in a feeding frenzy. You may be getting so used to the healthy way of eating that you'll want to keep on with it, even for that one day.
I went on a low carb way of eating several years ago, and after about 3 months, when I ate a candy bar, I got queasy at my stomach. I felt like I had poisoned myself. But, if a person keeps at the junk long enough, you get right back into eating it. Anyway, I did.

You know, I can hear your british accent when reading your posts. The English and the Australians I think have the coolest accents. :cool:

Your father sounds like he was a wonderful person, and I'm sure you miss him loads.

Well, I'm going to bring this to a close and go to Curves in a few minutes. Have a great day tomorrow everyone! Good luck Sue!

1 c. Bran flakes
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM; 1 c. cantaloupe

salad of iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots, 6 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp. 3 cheese dressing; Light, done right
3 oz. grilled chicken breast

1 thick pork chop
2 sl. 100% whole wheat low cal toast
2 pats butter
garden salad with ranch garlic dressing

total cals. = 1057

06-10-2003, 09:57 PM
Ok on food and water today but the only exercise was a bit of stretching. Other than that, a great day.

06-11-2003, 06:23 AM
Well, I'm going to make it to work on time today at least.
I did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape.

1 c. Kashi GOLean cereal
1 c. sk. milk
1 med. banana

9 AM;
1 c. strawberries

garden salad with 6 cherry tomatoes
3 oz. grilled sliced chicken breast
1 tbsp. ranch, Light, done right

1 can chum salmon
4 tbsp. FF mayo
2 sl. 100% whole wheat low cal toast
garden salad

Gotta hurry. More tonight.

06-11-2003, 08:19 AM
Good Morning! Just checking in to say Hello. I got the results of my cholesterol test yesterday. :cb: Down to 175 from 260 a year ago. Not sure how my weigh-in will go tonight. I have been trying hard, so if it is least one pound down, I will be satisfied. Not thrilled, but satisfied. Just finished 45 min on the treadmill - maybe that will help. ;) I will be back later this evening. Everyone have a great day!

06-11-2003, 02:29 PM
So how did you lower your cholesterol, OneDay? I'm trying to lower mine without medication so I'm always eager to hear what works. Or, if you are on medication, I'd like to know how you feel about it. Any info greatly appreciated! My cholesterol is 258, and the LDL (bad stuff) is 195, which is 105 points too high. My cholesterol was less last year when I wasn't eating correctly, but I was taking flaxseed oil.

06-11-2003, 06:28 PM
Hi girls, Willow, how dedicated are you! All those hours and still fitting in Curves and 3 miles then 2 miles on your tape. Had to laugh about your dawdling not realising you were late - think we've all done that ha ha. Re my British accent, I once spoke to a lady with a lovely Texan drawl who said about my accent "y'all speak just like the Queen" which only a non-Brit could say about my accent. I originally come from Liverpool, home of the Beatles, and we northerners tend to speak quite nasal and not 'proper' like the Queen, unfortunately. Sue, excellent results on the cholesterol drop, you can be really proud of yourself doing something really positive towards good health. How did the weigh-in go? Well, Willow and Sue, you put me to shame so much with your effects on exercise that I did the unmentionable and released Richard from his cupboard. He recovered quite well from 3 years captivity and I stuck with him for 50 minutes but got bored when he started the 10 minute crunchies at the end so kicked him back into his hidey hole. I dedicate that one to you because I can't see me doing it again in the near future but at least I got to try out my new trainers. I was thinking again about my father when doing the exercises - he prefered ladies to be very well rounded and had it on good authority that God had meant them to be well padded or else they would look like blokes and not at all attractive, ha ha. .

06-11-2003, 06:36 PM
Girls - wish I knew the kinds of foods you speak about like Kashi, coolwhip and ranch dressing - sound yummy but we don't have lots of the stuff I see listed on Fitday. Anagaram, you did well on the food and water and I am sure your stretch was a Richard Simmons- type one. I have just realised I don't need to exercise as much as him and his people anyway, I am usually three steps behind everyone on that tape and I work harder playing catch up all the time.

06-11-2003, 07:16 PM
Geez, you'd think this was some kind of weight loss place! :lol:
Before anything, I want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to Sue on lowering your cholesterol. That's just fantastic! :dance:
I don't know if I'll get back on here or not tonight, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to have a nice loss. But, even if it's not as much as you hoped for, just remember that you tried really hard, so that means you were doing something good for your health anyway. Good Luck!

Sheila, a couple of years ago I lowered my cholesterols and triglycerides substantially, and I did it with changing my diet and exercise only. No meds.
My TOTAL CHOLESTEROL went from 289 to 188.
My HDL went from 50 to 41, which was still within the normal limits.
My LDL went from 155 to 97.
My triglycerides went from 413 to 249, which is still too high, but much better than before.

I used olive oil for just about everything I needed oil for. I used whole grain cereals, whole grain pastas, brown rice, whole grain breads, and LOTS of veggies, no red meat except maybe once every 6 months. Mostly fish, poultry, veggie burgers, I even had the store where I buy groceries grind skinless-boneless chicken breasts and I made my own breakfast sausage with that and spices. Made chili with it, spaghetti sauce, all kinds of things to do with it.
I also ate no sugar. Only fruit, and I use Splenda on my cereal etc.
I also lost about 50 pounds in a little over 3 months while lowering my cholesterols. I felt fantastic too.
It's a long story about what happened to bring it all to a halt.
Now I'm starting over. :D

Puss, :lol: So you finally gave ole Richard a whirl, huh? :lol:
Well, at least you got some exercise in.
You'll eventually start, I bet. It only takes doing it maybe 10 minutes at a time, say, ... 3 times a day, and it goes by so fast. Baby steps.
The kinds of foods I speak of are mostly whole grain stuff. Like Kashi for instance. It's a brand name of a line of cereals, whole grain ones, and it tastes sooo good! So, if I were you I'd look for the best whole grain cereal youcan find, both cold and hot cereals. The more fiber, the better the cereal is for you.
SPLENDA is a sugar substitute, and I love it. It doesn't leave that bitter aftertaste in my mouth when I'm done eating. Actually, it IS sugar, but with the molecules changed so it doesn't have any caloric value, hence a good sweetener for diabetics.
COOL WHIP is a non-dairy whipped topping in the freezer section at the store. Tastes just like whipped cream.
RANCH is a flavor of a salad dressing for lettuce salads.
If FitDay doesn't have your brands or foods, you can make a new food entry and enter the info from your package.
I better get going. I ate a whole can of salmon for supper and a salad and 2 pieces of toast. I'm really stuffed, and now I'm going to CURVES. GROAN!!!

06-11-2003, 10:29 PM
Hello all.
Maybe my early morning post jinxed my weigh-in. I know I said I would be satisfied with a one pound loss, but it was still discouraging. :( Oh well, there is still next week and the week after that and so on. Slow and steady wins the race, isn't that how it goes?

Sheila, I am taking 20mg lipitor for lowering chol. I have only been on it for six months, and it really doesn't bother me, but I would really like to get off it. The less meds the better.

Willow, do you ever have the whole grain Kashi that you have to cook? I use it as cereal or like a "rice" pilaf. Throw some onions and peppers in with it. I also use Splenda. Now when I use sugar, it tastes too sweet.

Puss, way to go with Richard! :cb: Those little shorts and that tank top - he is just too cool. :dizzy: I am sitting here laughing to myself, just picturing this dancing banana in that outfit. I really need to get a life. Just kiddin' Now I have a question for you. Trainers? I am guessing that they are athletic footwear. What we used to call sneakers until they went up to $75 or more a pair.

Almost time for me to get to bed. Have to get up extra early tomorrow. Won't even have time to exercise. Funny how we have so many excuses for not doing it after dinner - dishes, laundry, ironing, tired, etc. etc. That is the main reason I try to hit the treadmill every morning. So, goodnight ladies. Till tomorrow. Then 198, Now 184, Someday 155 :yes:

06-12-2003, 06:29 AM
Hi Everybody!
I only have about 5 minutes, so will post more with replies later, after work.

1 c. cheerios cereal
1 c. cantaloupe
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 c. fresh strawberries

garden salad with 3 oz. grilled chicken breast-sliced
1 tbsp. 3 cheese ranch dressing

8 oz. chicken breast (b4 cooking) marinated in soy sauce, made into stirfry with California Mix veggies
2 sl. 100% whole wheat low cal toast
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 c. pineapple

Have a good day all! :D

06-12-2003, 05:09 PM
Willow - if hubby ever kicks me out, I am moving into your place, you have some lovely meals. Sue, well done on the pound loss, it's taken you nearer to 12 stone something than 13 stone something. Another 3lb and you will be 12stone 13 pounds which is great!! After busting myself over Richard I only lost 0.5 of a pound this morning then realised I had only eaten 650 calories and 5 grams of fat so my body must have gone into starvation mode. This was not deliberate - I forgot my hairdresser was coming so my dinner got shelved and then a series of phone calls kept me from it till late etc etc. Made up for it today though, not so much on calories but fat content. Had a boiled egg and toast for breakfast - didn't know eggs had so much fat till I entered on FitDay. Healthy sandwhich for lunch plus an apple but when I got back from auditing a company I ate a weetabix and milk and for dinner had pork steak, teaspoon of apple sauce, sage and onion stuffing, baked potato, broccoli, carrots and a small amount of gravy. Whoosh did the fat grams rocket. Needed it though after yesterday's low calorie amount. Place I visited today was a Greek foodstuff importers and the owner was so sweet and said have what you like for cost price. Good job I know nothing about Greek foodstuffs - other than it all seemed to be in olive oil - or I'd have cleaned him out. Ha ha. Danger Zone for me this weekend - my two children and their partners are visiting and I usually do the Mummy Walton bit and feed them all up with huge fried breakfasts, roast meat dinners and puddings with cream or custard. This will be a real test of willpower and I can feel myself weakening just at the thought of us all round the table........ Well done everyone on another week's resolve.

06-12-2003, 07:10 PM
Hi Everybody!
I just ate a huge early supper, and I'm going to try to get a decent post done before I have to leave for Curves.

I did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape this morning before work.
We have to work Saturday now too. Boy, am I going to be dragging my butt home that day! :yawn: Have to work 5 AM to 1 PM.

Anagram, I need to apologize to you for not including you in my post last night. I guess I was in a hurry and forgot, which I don't usually do.
I'm glad to hear that things are going good for you. What kind of stretches do you do? I can't recall the name of the plan now, but one woman has told me that she lost a lot of weight by doing some form of stretching, and I was wondering if that's what you are doing. Wish I could think of the name of it.

Sue, yes, I have had the Kashi pilaf. In fact a week or so ago I roasted a chicken and stuffed it with that. I cooked the pilaf and the giblets together with sage, onion and poultry seasoning, then let it cool. When I was ready to roast the chicken, I stuffed it with the kashi pilaf. It was really good!
I have also made it with roasts.
That's good that you had a loss. I know you wanted more, but, I think you will have a bigger loss this week because a lot of times, when the fat cells empty of fat, they fill in with water for a few days. Don't lose heart.
The way I've been eating, I probably won't have a loss this month either, but, I know I've been eating healthy foods and getting exercise, and that's all I can do for now. I was weighed and measured last Friday at Curves, and they do it once a month, so I think I'll have them do it again on the 3rd of July, because they are closed on the 4th and that will be a month.

Puss, I truly think my meals are ordinary. But, when my kids were at home their friends used to say, "You guys are lucky. Your Mom makes a Sunday dinner every day!" But, I always believed that my kids should have good food and lots of exercise. So, I made good breakfasts and suppers for them. I baked my own bread and cinnamon rolls and always had a garden to freeze vegetables. Never liked to feed them canned veggies because of the salt. Once in a while they got Mc Donalds for a treat, but not often. And for their Birthdays, we always had a party at the house with games etc, then they got to pick where they wanted to go to eat, and most of the time it was pizza, and the whole family went, including the Grandpas and the kids' friends. They didn't get a lot of soda pop either until they were up in their teens and could buy it themselves. Then they became addicts! :lol:

I think you have to exercise more than once to lose weight. :lol:
You are too funny!
Your foods sure sounded tastey though. Did you trim the fat off of the pork steak before you made it? That trims a lot of calories.
Whatever you make this weekend, you could try to make it in a low fat way. You'll do just fine.

Well, akmost time for me to take off. See ya all tomorrow! Have a good night! Or Day!

06-13-2003, 06:27 AM
I only have today and tomorrow to work yet this week. What's disheartening is that yesterday we had a meeting and they were talking about a possibility of 12-hour days next week.

I feel pretty good this morning.
Did 2 miles (2/3) of the three-mile WATP tape. Takes 32 minutes to do 2 miles.

More later.

2 c. puffed rice
1 med. banana
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 c. cantaloupe

garden salad
3 oz. grilled chicken
1 tbsp. ranch dressing - Light, done right

2 pieces meatloaf
1 mashed potato
1 tbsp. butter
1 c. peas

Total = 1186 cals.

06-13-2003, 06:00 PM
12 hour days--yuck! I had to do that once on graveyard shift at a factory. By noon when we got off, I was totally wiped. I remember that I had to go to the doctor at 1:00 pm, and they brought me into the room where I laid on the table. The next thing I knew, the doctor was shaking me awake so she could examine me.

Two miles--that's wonderful! You are really sticking to your program.

My big exciting news is that I've gone down another size. I can now wear a size 16 jeans--that's a regular 16, not 16W. Last fall I was in a 22W, and now a 16. I'm so psyched. Okay, truth be told, they are a touch hard to button, but I got them up, buttoned and zipped. I'm probably going to wait a week to really wear them and really work my abs this week to get them to not be so tight. I know tight is the fashion, but not on my bod!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend full of fun and good, healthful food.

06-13-2003, 06:56 PM
Good evening all! Sounds like everyone is really getting in the groove.

I know how you feel, Sheila, I have a closet full of clothes (mostly 12's and 14's that I am trying to get back into. I wish the clothes manufacturers would all get together and make their sizes the same. Have you ever noticed that really expensive clothes are usually smaller than their cheaper counterparts in the same size? If I was really rich, I would probably wear a 10 :lol:

A twelve hour day is grueling Willow. Maybe back in my younger days when I worked two jobs, but now 8 is enough. I work in a law office and the pace sometimes gets pretty hectic. When you need a lawyer, you need him NOW. I am glad its Friday. Now if it would only stop raining. Hopefully, the weekend will be a little drier. I would like do do some fishing.

Shhhhhhhh Listen - I think I hear Richard calling. . "Oh Pusssssss, where are you? You can't just tease me like that and then put me back in the closet (no pun intended). I promise you will like me better each time."

DH just called and is on his way home. Guess I better fix some dinner. We had to switch vehicles today and he filled mine with gas. He is just too sweet sometimes. He is very supportive of my efforts but, like most husbands, loves me "just the way I am".

If I don't get back here till Monday, everyone have a great weekend. We will succeed - one day @ a time :yes:


:) ;)

06-13-2003, 07:41 PM
Q: How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light bulb?

A: One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this damn house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE STUPID LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BECAUSE NO ONE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS DAMNED HOUSE!

I'm sorry.... What was the question?

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I just had to leave this here before I go to Curves. I'll try to post again when I get back. MAN! I'm getting tired!

06-13-2003, 07:50 PM
Willow, I hope you are getting enough sleep working 5-1. If you have to do 12 hours will it be a short term thing? Is that stretching exercise you mentioned called Calenetics or something like that? One of the women in work does is and has a fantastic body shape. She says it exercises the deep muscles, whatever they are. No, I didn't trim the fat off the pork before cooking - have to confess here that I used to collect the bacon rind off the family plates and eat it. I only had a tiny smidgen from the chop though. Do you have the children's nursey rhyme "Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean, and so between them both you see, they licked the platter clean!" That's me, Mrs Spratt with the fat. Sheila, you have done brilliantly since last autumn. You obviously have the committment to follow this through, I can't bear to think of more than a few weeks ahead. Sue - you are certifiable!! Richard calling indeed! He better not show his little curly perm around here for a few days! I found a Kathy Smith video in my cupboard today - must have picked it up at a jumble sale ages ago because everyone on it has an 80s hair style. Think I will stick with Richard. Has anyone tried his 20 minute quick workout tape? Kids arrived this evening, partners following on tomorrow and so far have not weakened when dishing up desserts etc. Today at the supermarket I had a sample
of some lovely cheese made in the Mull Of Kintyre, a tiny Scottish Island. :cheese:
Couldn't resist it but hopefully kids will eat most before they leave on Sunday because I couldn't bear it for Willow to wish a fur coat on it ha ha. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and Willow, please get enough rest, dear. xx :dance:

06-13-2003, 07:52 PM
Willow, you must have posted your joke as I was typing my post, really funny!!

06-13-2003, 10:40 PM
Hi Girls!
Well, I finally got most everything done that I need to today. I just have to take my shower before bed now. There just aren't enough hours in a day anymore! :faint:
After work I stopped at the bank, came home and made a meatloaf and popped it into the oven, then went grocery shopping, put the groceries away, packaged up the Walleye and Trout fish into individual serving size pkgs, also some beautiful pork loin chops, ate supper, went to curves, came home and wrote out checks for bills.

Sheila, I laughed about you falling asleep on the examining table. :lol: Sheila, I can't tell you how happy I am for you getting into those pants. That has just GOT to be the best feeling! Aren't you so very, very proud now that you have stuck with it? Just look at the rewards! From a 22W to a regular 16! I'm jealous too!:lol: Congratulations!

Sue, you like to fish too?!? I LOVE it! I could sit in a boat or on shore, doesn't matter to me, all day and fish. Actually, I don't really care if I don't catch anything. It's so soothing and relaxing!

I too have clothes from size 10 on up to 26. I'll probably never have to buy clothes again! :D The only thing is, ... this time I'm throwing them away as I shrink out of them.

OMG! I'm just rolling here reading your post about Richard! :lol:

Yes, 12-hour days are a bummer, and the only reason I'm agreeing to it is to have some extra money for the upcoming holiday and all the company I'll likely have. If it gets to be too much, I'll sign it off.

Puss, I'm trying to get about 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night. I've been working from 5 AM to 3 PM all week, but when we work Saturdays, they have us come in from 5 AM to 1 PM for that day.
I do think it will only be for this next week that they might have us work 12-hr days. And, I CAN refuse, or sign them off if I really need to.
They are having some voluntary lay-offs coming up, and I signed for some, but, won't know till next week if I'll get it. I could use a month or 5 weeks vacation right now.

I also used to love the cracklings from bacon and when Mom and Dad rendered lard.
Mmmmm, that cheese sounds delicious! I love cheeses.

I hope you have a lovely weekend with the kids and their partners. Sounds like you've already started.

I'll post tomorrow, but if you don't post till Monday for some reason, I want you all to have a wonderful weekend.
Take care, hugs and lots of water!

06-14-2003, 09:16 PM
Hi all, if you're there, that is.

I was really busy after work today, but not the active type busy. I'm doing laundry, and in between loads I've been making out my menus for this next week. I finally got that done, so now I won't have to think about what I'm going to have.

I didn't do any exercises after work either. I did do part of the three mile WATP tape before work this morning though. I guess it won't hurt me to miss one afternoon of exercise.

Just wondering if you all had a good day.

06-15-2003, 04:59 AM
You know that old trick of stepping on the scales lightly and it hovers between a pound marker and a half pound? Well I wish I hadn't gone for the extra half pound loss reading yesterday because today it's up to the pound marker!! Down to reality this week with a 2 lb loss (not 2.5lb!) but I knew that 5lb in the first week was a one-off! I got off lightly really because I was not well behaved at all. I started off really good doing a huge fry-up breakfast for everyone but myself and wasn't too naughtly at lunchtime with smallish bit of wonderful cheese but come dinner I was really out of order. I began well with moderation on the roast beef dinner but for dessert everyone only wanted ice cream and I'm not keen on it so,....I was really sneaky :sneaky: and asked my son if he wanted frosted cake and custard - knowing full well that he would!! I only had a small amount but when I came to enter foods on FitDay it took me half the night and the fat content was FOUR times what I have on an average day!! No use regretting it now because it was worth it :devil: and can now continue back on plan with the memories of that cake and custard! Willow, I am pleased you can refuse the extra hours if they get too much, you really are good doing exercise on top of it, I would be on my knees. You manage to stay focussed and I don't know how you do it. xx

06-15-2003, 08:46 AM
The day of rest. but it probably won't be. :D

I woke up at 3:30 this morning and felt sooooo rested. Last evening, every time I sat down, I fell asleep, so as soon as the last load of laundry was done, I went to bed.
I did all 3 miles of the WATP tape this morning, seeing as how Curves isn't open today. Don't know if I'll do more later or not. I'll see how I feel. I'm waiting for 7:30 to get here so I can go out and mow my lawn. I don't suppose the neighbors would appreciate me mowing it any earlier, and it's usually pretty wet yet from dew too.

It's looking to be a nice day out there today. It's 68 degrees on my thermometer right now at 6:15, and the sun has come up bright and beautiful.
Don't know what I'll do with the rest of the day after mowing the lawn.
I'd like to attempt a bike ride, but, I'll see how brave I feel later.

2 eggs (scrambled) with 1/4 c. sk. milk
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 tbsp. butter
1 c. cantaloupe

9 AM;
1 c. fresh strawberries

2 morningstar tomato and Basil pizza burgers
1 c. California Mix veggies
1 c. french style green beans
1 tbsp. oyster sauce

7 oz. Canadian Trout , (saute'ed with cooking spray)
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 tbsp. butter
1 c. fresh strawberries

Total = 1538 cals.

Puss! A two pound loss is absolutely wonderful! It's right in line with what the experts say we should lose. 1 to 3 pounds a week. Yaayy! for you! :spin: :cp: :dancer: See? That 50 minutes with Richard helped! :lol:
I agree with you about enjoying what food you CAN have. I feel the same way about having butter as you did about having the cake and custard. (You have me drooling, thinking of it) I don't have large amounts of it, and if I have to be careful of amounts eaten, then I want my foods to taste good, so, I'd rather have a smaller amount that I enjoy, than a larger amount that doesn't taste good. I don't like vinegar-based salad dressings either, usually, and I know the creamier dressings are usually higher in calories, so I just have smaller amounts of the creamy ones.
So, you have all week now to cut a tiny bit here and there to make up for the weekend cake and custard. (And whatever else you are tempted by. :D
Have a wonderful day!

06-15-2003, 02:12 PM
Well, here I sit again.
I went out at 8 AM to mow my lawn, and I did that, then trimmed some branches off of two trees and a forsythia bush. That took two hours, and I really did work up a sweat.
One of the trees is in the middle of my yard, and it is pretty, but some of the branches were hanging too low, so I cut them off all the way around the tree, and it really opened it up. I have two little blue tables under it with yellow chairs and white chairs for little kids to sit at when were having a cook out or just when they're outside playing.
The other tree is next to the sidewalk, and the lower branches were hanging down too far and you had to bend down when you walked down the sidewalk under that tree. The forsythia bush is next to my driveway, and some of the branches were rubbing against my car when I drove in and out of the driveway.

I hauled all the cut-off branches out to the back, then came in and took my shower.
Now I just had lunch and did up my couple dishes, and put the chicken breast in the oven for salads this coming week. It smells good too,with thyme, poultry seasoning and cilantro.

Guess I'll go outside for a while. Maybe I'll get brave and attempt a bike ride.
I need to do something to keep busy. Maybe I'll be back later.

06-15-2003, 05:58 PM
Willow....how active are you?? I don't know how you do it. I have a siesta EVERY Saturday and Sunday - have a 30 minute read in bed then sleep for about an hour. I would be bereft without them and so would hubby who can sleep on a clothes line anyway. Hubby mowed the lawns and I did some weeding then I cleaned some windows and cooked three meals but that was all for today so I feel ashamed compared to you. I have to confess that I had some apple pie and custard today too :devil: but hope to get back into line tomorrow. All the young ones have left now except lovely daughter who is off on Tuesday to Mexico and Cuba for 2 months. Will really miss this child who rings me every night without fail at 7PM. She is going with another girl and I just pray no harm comes to them. Her brother went to Mexico 2 years ago for 4 months and he was fine and she is far more sensible than he will ever be, bless him. My mother is coming to visit on Wednesday for a few weeks and I just hope I can keep to this routine I'm in, it's so easy to slacken off when you have people staying and I am the type who links hospitality with lovely food so I will have to watch myself or I will be putting the 7lb back on! I still plan to read this every evening though to see how our little group is doing. Your garden sounds so lovely, Willow, and how nice you have a little haven for them to sit down in. xx

06-15-2003, 06:25 PM
Wow, Willow, sounds like you put in a whole day's work just in the morning. Your sitting area sounds lovely, very peaceful and pretty.

Fatpuss, I'm with you on the siesta. I've been helping my dad move. Actually, at his age, that means that he sits on the bed and directs me, and I load up the stuff and take it down to my car and unload it back at our house. He's been in assisted living since August, we moved into his place and remodeled it, and now he's coming back to a brand-new handicap accessible addition.

Today was my day to take my measurements. I started measuring in April, and plan to do it every two months. In the two months I lost 11 pounds and 9 inches. It's still kind of hard looking at my measurement numbers, but looking at the 3 inches lost around my waist and hips is pretty cool.

06-15-2003, 11:48 PM
How was your weekend?
It looks like you two (Sheila and Puss) were busy.

Puss, you know, I guess it sounds like I'm active, but I'm really not as active as I'd like to be. Plus, in between the active times, I'm a slug! :o Like today, ... Yes, I did 47 minutes of exercise when I got up, then I spent two hours outdoors working pretty hard in the yard, but, after that, I've done nothing! Oh, I did ordinary things like cutting up melon and pineapple for this coming week, cleaning up after myself in the kitchen and that type of stuff, but no more exercise stuff. I've spent a lot of time on the computer this afternoon, and I don't like to do that because I know it can become a bad habit. I was really bored and very lonesome this afternoon, and it got me feeling sad. I went outdoors a couple times to try to find something to do out there, but there wasn't much.
And, during the week, granted, I exercise for a half hour in the morning before work, then 30 to 45 minutes at Curves after work, but, I have a very sedentary job and I sit all day.
I got a laugh out of your saying that your Hubby could sleep on a clothesline. :lol:
It sounds like you did quite a bit of work today too.

I bet your daughter is very excited about her trip. I wish her the very best. And you too. I know you will miss her terribly.

I know what you are saying about wanting to keep guests well fed. I think you can do that and stay eating healthy yourself too, don't you? Does your mother know that you're trying to lose weight and are watching calories? She'll probably keep you so busy that you won't have time to do much damage. :D

Sheila, congratulations on your pounds and inches lost! Oh, how I wish I were losing something. But, I truly don't feel yet like I have.

I bet your father will be just delighted to be back home. But, I bet you'll be tired and delighted that the packing, hauling and unpacking will be done. So, you worked pretty hard today yourself.

I do like my yard, or as the English call it, my garden. ;) But, I have a lot of things to mow around and also some things I have to move when I'm mowing, but I think it's worth it because it is so nice when it's all done. Looks so neat and tidy, and decorative. I have shepherd hooks with plants hanging, bird feeders, wind chimes, and lots of other stuff too.
When it's not too hot and humid, I love to sit out there in the swing and listen to and watch the birds, squirrels and in the evenings the rabbits.

I have to get ready for bed in a couple of minutes, but I wanted to leave everybody with a couple of questions for us to think about and discuss. Now, I'm doing this just for the fun of it, so I hope nobody takes offense.
I thought it would be kind of fun.



I'll go first. :^:
I think planning ahead makes dieting successful.
If I don't have my week planned well, I'm more apt to just grab fatty foods instead of thinking of something healthy to eat, and I'm also more apt to not get enough exercise because I get all lazy and sleepy from the fats and sugars.

I have blamed just about everything and everybody for my quitting or going off of my plan, .... many times.
I have blamed being tired. (because I was just too exhausted to prepare something healthy.)

I have blamed a friend because she said all I had to do was just EAT HEALTHY AND QUIT THINKING ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. I said she wasn't supportive enough. Now, isn't that ridiculous! :lol:

I have even said that I couldn't think of anything good because I was too busy.

There's lots more, but, later for them.

Have a good night/day!

06-16-2003, 07:49 AM
I got up at 4 AM and did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape. I had a good breakfast, and now I hope I have a good day at work.
It looks like it's going to be a nice day outdoors today. My thermometer says 62 degrees and the sky is clear.

1 c. Kashi to good friends
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 c. cantaloupe

1.5 c. stir-fry vegetables with noodles
2 oz. roast chicken breast
1 tbsp. oyster sauce

8 oz. rib eye steak
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 c. green beans

Total = 1199 cals.

06-16-2003, 08:42 AM
Good Morning All! This is the start of a brand new week. I hope I will get back on track quickly. What is it about weekends that gives me amnesia and the license to eat whatever and whenever I want to? :?: I never have potato chips in my house, but when I go to a picnic, its like my radar hones in on the bowl.
A picnic yesterday, one next Saturday, one the following Sunday, and one on the 4th of July. I have a VERY LARGE family. I wonder what they would say if I just passed out SlimFast bars to everyone. Everyone seems to try to outdo each other on how much food they can bring. I didn't even get on the scale this morning. Too depressing. OK, I have vented enough this Monday morning. Sounds like the rest of you are doing well.

Willow, I wish I had a yard like you. When we sold our house and moved to an apartment, that's the one thing I really missed, the yard and my garden. I do have room to plant some flowers and I have pots with herbs on the porch, but the owners do all the lawn work. I actually enjoy mowing a lawn. Now, to Question#1. For a diet to be successful (IMHO) you have to first of all want to do it for yourself. Not because DH wants you to, or friends or relatives think you should. And on the flip side, we never plan to fail, rather we fail to plan. Doing a weeks worth of meals ahead of time, like you do, is a great idea. I find that writing everything down (and that includes the caramel you grab on your way out the door) helps a lot too. At the end of the day, you see exactly what you have eaten.
Question#2 Oh, haven't we all! Especially the people who stand over us and threaten us with a three-pronged fork if we don't have "just a little bit" of the 3,000 calorie salad or the quadruple chocolate cake that they spent the entire morning making. I can't really say I can blame anyone for going off my exercise plan. It's rare that I don't do some sort of exercise at least 5 out of 7 days. On the other two days, I just make up excuses for myself. See paragraph 1 re: weekends!! Have to give these old bones a rest once in a while.

I absolutely agree with you Puss. The first thing that crosses our minds when people, especially relatives, are coming to visit is what to feed them. And we MUST feed them more than we do our own families - special treats, desserts, etc. etc. We are a nation/world obsessed with food.

I have to start setting my kitchen timer when I go online. The time gets away from me and now its time to get a quick shower and get to work. Sometimes, I tend to talk a lot. :dizzy:
Three cheers for Monday :cb: :cp: :cb: Have a great week ladies.


06-17-2003, 06:28 AM
I can hear the birds waking up and starting to sing as I write this. My favorite time of day, and I have to go to work.

1 c. bran flakes
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 c. cantaloupe

Baby Asian salad with roasted chicken slices
oyster sauce

2 Morningstar Garden Veggie Patties
2 sl. low cal. whole wheat bread
2 sl. FF cheese
1/2 c. cottage cheese
1/2 c. fresh pineapple

Total cals = 970

06-17-2003, 11:53 AM
Hi everyone - didn't get a chance to post or FitDay yesterday with daughter and friend preparing to leave. Only had 3 hours sleep last night with getting to the airport for 0500am!! I will join hubby on that clothes line after dinner. Glad you have siestas too, Sheila, I would be a grumpy old boot if I didn't and it sets me up nicely for the rest of the day/evening. Had to laugh at the vision of your dear dad directing operations as you moved all the stuff! My dad would leave repairs around the house until my mother in desparation would ask my husband or son to fix something then dad was like a ballistic missile homing in on the job giving advice on best way to do it. We used to tease him about the number of years the job had been outstanding. Ha ha. You have done brilliantly with your weight and I would love to lose 3" off my waist and hips. Willow, I don't like to think of you lonely and sad on Sunday once your chores were done. I think we all feel like that now and then even when we are surrounded in company. You come across as a wonderful person and I know you would never go short on hugs and kisses if your loved ones were there. :grouphug: - that's all of us ladies here thanking you for supporting us and giving you a hug n a kiss! As to your questions, Q1. You must know I will say a good diet is one where you can stuff your face to busting with cake and buttered toast. Q2. I have blamed everything in the past for breaking a diet - Richard Simmons wearing the wrong colour shorts.....Sue, I loved your radar on the crisps ha ha. I might try giving my son a slimfast bar when he comes home next just to see the expression on his face - it would be too funny for words. I am back on the plan as from yesterday but it will be hard when my mother arrives because although she always says just prior to me serving dinner "don't give me too much" she eats like a horse and because she has no sense of smell at all her taste buds are impaired so she likes very sweet things. See...I am making excuses before I even begin to sin!! No, Willow, I will imagine you standing behind me giving sound advice whenever I am tempted. xx

06-17-2003, 10:01 PM
Today was kind of long at work. Not the overtime, the rest of the day was long.
After work I went for my hair appt. and I'm not crazy about the way she styled it. I hope it's not because of the cut. I'll see tomorrow when I do it myself. I'm sure it's ok because I've been going to the same girl for several years and she always does a nice job.
Then I came home and had supper, then went to Curves for 45 minutes.
Now I just got home and have gotten my stuff ready for breakfast and lunch tomorrow and got my clothes out for tomorrow, so I shouldn't have to rush too much in the morning.

My drivers seat in my car has something wrong with it, so I need to call right away tomorrow to make an appt. I think a bolt is broken or something like that because the whole seat rocks when I move in it, and when I got out of the car, I moved the seat and watched, and I could see it lifting up under the carpeting. I suppose there goes my hard earned overtime money. I need to get it fixed right away though because I have to travel to some appt.s at Mayo Clinic next week for two days.

Sue, I have the same problem with weekends. I always thought that it was my twisted way of reasoning that I worked all week and deserved to reward myself. I haven't had that happen the last couple of weekends though, so we'll see what happens now. I'm on vacation for 5 weeks after Friday.
I've been trying to plan busy days so I don't get bored and lonesome. That's where I run into a lot of trouble.
Also, our company picnic is this coming Saturday. I'm not sure that I'll go to it. I'll wait and see how "vulnerable" I feel that day.
Then, the day after is a big parade in our town and we all get together at one of my sons house because he lives right on the parade route, and there is always tons of food there.
And, the following weekend everyone will be home for the 4th of July, and I'm sure we'll have at least one cookout.
And when I cook for a crew like mine, I cook a LOT! My favorite food of mine at a cookout is my potato salad. I could eat a ton of it.

Oh gosh, Puss, only 3 hours of sleep! I'd be really crabby!

I really enjoyed the posts about your and Sheila's Dads and how they gave directions. Too cute!

Thanks for the support on my feeling down in the dumps for a while there on Sunday. I don't know why that happened. Too much idle time to think, I guess.

:lol: about you imagining me behind you with "advice" when you're tempted.
I just know you'll have a wonderful time with your Mother and eat healthy too. I think everyone needs a treat once in a while.

I better get cleaned up and ready for bed.

Hello Sheila! Hope you're doing well! Everyone else too.

06-18-2003, 03:54 PM
Had to laugh at your post, Fatpuss. I can just see Willow sitting on your shoulder when you're tempted.

Willow, how is Curves going for you? Everybody says it's great so I hope it's working out for you.

It was hot again here yesterday. Not as hot as before, but hot enough that my dogs were panting, and I was melting. I hate it when the house stays hot and it's cooler outside. I really need to get some outside chairs for those days--and some mosquito repellent!

My appetite goes down when it's hot, and I can't stir myself enough to make a proper dinner. Today it's a lot cooler so I can turn on the stove. What I should do is go to the store and get some salad makings. Had a great Subway sandwich yesterday, though, with lots of veggies.

Spent a good part of yesterday moving more of my dad's stuff. What is an 87 year old guy going to do with 10 boxes of Tide laundry detergent? He said he got a good deal. It's only a good deal when you use it! The nice part about moving was that the addition we built for him is insulated so it's SO much cooler than our house. He has about 8 pairs of shoes that he can't wear anymore because 1) he can't tie them, and 2) his feet are swollen. I offered to take them to the thrift store, but he said, "No, I'll wear them sometime." Uh-huh. I decided not to argue and left them in the gym bag I'd stuffed them into and put them way back in the closet. He also had a collection of T-shirts he can no longer wear. I put enough on top of the closet shelf (where he can't reach) that it looks like he has a lot, but then got rid of about 2/3 of them. Same with some shirts. He's a definite packrat, so I have to be sneaky or he'd be up to his ears in junk.

Hope everyone has (or had) a great day!

06-18-2003, 06:56 PM
Good Evening Everyone! Only have a few minutes, but wanted to say hello. I have a meeting this evening, so I'll not be going to DW for my weigh-in. After a one pound loss last week, I think I have a three pound gain this week. :( My slacks were just a tad tighter this morning. June is more than half gone, and my personal goal of a five pound loss this month is becoming more elusive by the day. Anybody know of a store having a sale on willpower?? :dizzy:

Another rainy day here and expected to go through the weekend. What a bummer! Willow, I just remembered you love to fish too. My husband has to drag me out of the boat. ;) Thank goodness he loves it too. We joke that if WalMart runs out of fishing supplies, they can call us to check our tacklebox. I don't even care if I don't catch anything.

Oooops, time to go. Sheila, one last thing, I was checking out my closet this morning and I may not be 87, but I sure can identify with your father. Many, many shirts, shorts, skirts, and slacks that I will wear again "someday". Sometimes I look through drawers and such and think "If I died tomorrow, what would the kids do with this stuff (a/k/a crap)? If I think they would toss it, it usually goes! Really have to go now. Have a great day, or night, wherever you are.

06-18-2003, 07:33 PM
I couldn't get on to the internet this morning, so I had to wait till now.
I thought it was my ISP, but it was my modem. I had to reset it.

I took my car in to have it looked at, and a bolt is rusted out. They said it's safe to drive yet because there is 2 layers of metal. I had visions of speeding down the highway and my seat falling through the bottom of the car. I can just picture my fat butt dragging on cement!
Anyway, I take it in on the 30th.

Today was a long day again at work. I kept wanting to fall asleep between 9:30 and 11 AM. After that, it wasn't quite as bad.
One of the engineers had donuts for everyone for his birthday today, and once again I passed up the treat and had my fresh pineapple at break time. I passed up cookies last week too. I'm so proud of myself. :smug:

I did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape this morning before work, and I'm going to Curves when I'm done here. I'm thinking I'll stay for 45 minutes again. Then tomorrow and Friday I'll slack off and only stay for 30 minutes.

My hair turned out nice this morning. I knew she'd do a good job!

Sheila, Curves is going wonderfully so far. The time seems to fly by when I'm there and so far I haven't had that feeling of dreading going. I wonder if it's doing anything though. All I know is that it's certainly not doing any harm so I'm staying with it unless my arthritis acts up from it.
I really feel for you with a hot house. I know I couldn't survive. I guess in a way you could consider losing your appetite from the heat a blessing in disguise, but I just hope you don't get sick from the heat.
Instead of cooking meals all week, I wonder if it wouldn't help to make a big container of garden salad and some broasted chicken and some tuna salad, then just have cool meals instead of hot ones when it's so hot. Maybe do that a couple times a week, in the evenings when it has cooled down some. I have an Italian pasta salad recipe that I make in the summer that keeps really good and it is delicious. It goes really well at cookouts and parties. I'll post the recipe sometime in the next couple of days.
I get such a kick out of your Dad! :lol: I'm a pack rat too. I think we get worse as we get older. Believe it or not, I was seriously considering putting a large plastic trash container downstairs by my washer and keep buying extra laundry detergent when it's on sale and keep pouring it into that container. I don't want to be left without laundry detergent if I ever lose my job or have to be off work because of illness. :dizzy:

Hi Sue, Maybe your pants feel a tad bit tighter because of retaining fluids. Well, if you can't go to your meeting tonight for weigh in, then you have another week to do it.
I don't think it's called willpower, I think it's called "WON'T"power. I WON'T eat this, I WON'T eat that, ....., :lol:
Sorry you've been having rainy weather. It's suppose to be nice here until Sunday, but it sure is HOT!

I better get going to Curves. Hi Puss! And everyone else!
Have a good evening All!

1 c. Kashi GOLean
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

1 c. pineapple

fresh herb salad
1 tbsp. 3 cheese ranch dressing
2 oz. roasted chicken breast

1/2 chicken breast with Bar-b-que sauce
Baby Asian salad
1 Tbsp. light, done right salad dressing
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 tbsp. butter

Total Cals = 1095

06-19-2003, 04:29 AM
Hi, Ladies, this is just to let you know I am thinking of you and reading posts but visitors arriving has kept me away. miss you all - really! Hope to post tonight. x

06-19-2003, 06:21 AM
I am sooooo going to enjoy this vacation too.
I did 2 miles of the 3-mile WATP tape this morning. So far this is making me feel great.

1 c. cheerios
1 c. fresh cantaloupe
1 c. skim milk

9 AM;
1 c. fresh strawberries

Baby Asian salad
2 oz. roasted chicken
1 Tbsp. Light, done right Garlic ranch dressing

2 Boca Grilled Vegetable Burgers
Fresh Herb salad
1/2 c. mandarin oranges in the salad
1 Tbsp. Light, done right Ranch dressing
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat bread

Total Cals. = 990

Gotta go to work. More later!

Just had to add this;

You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never
thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except
the limitations of your own mind.

Darwin P. Kingsley

06-19-2003, 07:00 PM
Hi girls, mum watching tv with my hubby so quick post here I go. Willow, I am glad your hair 'settled in' - I never let a stylist dry after cutting, i prefer the unkempt look because the first sign of damp weather and the frizz monster takes over. I hope you totally rest up during your five weeks vacation, Willow, with long lie-ins and hour-long siestas! You must have a mini-you on your own shoulder for refusing your colleague's dough nut at work, little saintly thing, you.:angel: Sheila, I have a confession here, your dad and I are secret soapowder chums. I go across the channel a couple of times a year to France to shop and never come back with less than six huge boxes of soapowder. Sue, you may be wrong about your jeans feeling tight and even if you haven't lost this week tomorrow is another day and remember, you didn't fail, look at the success you have had already. I leave you girls with this thought: picture if you will Fatpuss doing her grocery shopping in unfamiliar store and all of a sudden over the tannoy comes music straight from Richard's video. not sure of the title but something like "na na na na na na, baby
shake? it up, baby shake? it up, everybody wants my babe..." I so was about to break into the dance routein in the vegetable isle and couldn't concentrate until the record had finished! This has happened in a video called the Full Monty to a bunch of men but it is so easy to just automatically start doing the dance/exercise moves.
Take care girls, x

06-19-2003, 10:34 PM
Hi All,
I'm getting tired and will be glad when tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM gets here. :yes:

I went to Curves this evening and only intended to stay for 2 circuits, which is 30 minutes, but, once I got going, I just kept on going for 3 circuits.
I get weighed and measured on the 3rd of July.
Just today I thought I could notice some difference in my face and my gut. It's nothing that anyone else would detect by looking at me, but, I'm pretty sure there is a slight difference.
I sure hope I have lost SOMETHING by the 3rd. If not pounds, then at least inches.

Puss, I've tried to imagine what it's like to be able to just go shopping in France! Like you're just going to the next town or something! :D Cool!

:lol: about you wanting to break into dance in the grocery store. It reminded me of my son and one of his former girlfriends driving along and the song "DO YOU LOVE ME?" came on the radio and they stopped the car, got out and danced right there. I bet people thought they were drunk! :lol: Who knows? Maybe they WERE! :o
If Richard only knew how he haunts you! :lol:
Seriously though, I too LOVE music and to dance. They have music at Curves, but not very much of the oldies from the 50's, 60's and 70's. And I'm not crazy about some of the new stuff.

I need to get off of here and get stuff ready for tomorrow.

Hi Sheila and Sue and anyone else out there. Hope you're having good luck with your respective plans. And if not, here's the place to come for support.

See ya all tomorrow.

06-20-2003, 01:48 AM
Oh, I loved that scene where they were in the lines for the dole (wasn't that where they were?), and they all started to dance. I LOVED that movie! Now I'm going to have to go rent that just to see them do that. I will think of you, Puss! And the soap powder thing made me chuckle. Especially since you go all the way to France to get it. Okay, I know it's not that far, but it sounds pretty impressive. Actually, I'm only a couple of hours drive from another country myself (Canada). Don't have to cross any water or go through a chunnel to get there, though--just a freeway.

That's cool that you were so motivated to do three circuits instead of two, Willow. I bet you'll see a big difference on July 3. I've heard other people rave about how many inches they've lost doing the Curves routines.

I weigh in tomorrow and hope for some weight lost. I'm now able to comfortably wear the size 16 jeans I was able to get on last week, but didn't feel comfortable wearing. So I must have lost some weight or some inches--either one is nice.

Went to change my dad's bandage today (I have to change it every other day). He's been packing his desk and it looks so bare. I predict that within a week of moving into the addition that it gets all strewn with papers again. He's really looking forward to moving back home. I sure hope it works out for all of us. My daughter is looking at a studio apartment on Sunday. I will be happy when she gets a place of her own. We love each other, but it's time for her to be out on her own.

My husband came back from Amsterdam today. He said he went walking to find a grocery store so he could get some bottled iced tea. He found some Liptons, which is what he usually drinks, and bought it only to find it was fizzy. Europeans seem to drink a lot of fizzy water. We had two German exchange students and both preferred fizzy water to "still" water. Anyway, my DH decided to take a different route back to the hotel, and went strolling down this narrow street. He saw some red lights hanging over doors and didn't think much about it until he got to a door, which was all glass, with a mostly naked woman standing behind it smiling at him and beckoning him inside. Yikes! All of a sudden he realizes he's walked into one of Amsterdam's infamous red light districts. He said he walked really fast out of there--and, yes, I do believe him! LOL! I thought that was pretty funny because I'd told him he should go look at the red light district and he didn't want to, but he got to it by accident. He had some pretty funny stories of trying to travel in a country where you can't read the signs.

Good night, all!

06-20-2003, 06:26 AM
I'm going to love this next week. I'm going to just not think of anything but how relaxing it is to not have to do anything I don't want to.
Did 2 miles of the WATP tape this morning.

2 c. puffed rice cereal
2 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 c. cantaloupe

Baby lettuces salad with cherry tomatoes and bar-b-que chicken breast
1 Tbsp. Light, done right ranch dressing

4 oz. walleye fish, saute'ed
2 c. stirfry vegetables with asparagus
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. butter
1 baked potato

Total cals = 1089

Gotta go to work. More later!

06-20-2003, 07:58 AM
Good Morning All! Do you believe it is raining again!! and will continue throughout the weekend. Willow, I understand what you are saying about the hair. Everytime I get mine done, I re-do it when I get home. You would think after 15 years, the guy would get the idea. He does a great cut, but has his own ideas about styling. One time, he just handed me the brush and blow-dryer :dizzy: I hope I don't stick my foot in my mouth :foot: (I can't believe there is a smiley for that) but I am concerned about how low your calories are getting with the amount of exercise you do. If you don't put enough fuel in the "furnace", the "fat" will not burn and the fire will eventually go out. It took me a long time to get it into my head that you you have to eat more to lose. OK, off my soapbox. And on a better note, I greatly admire your perseverence.

Ahhhhhhhh to go shopping in France! How lucky you are Puss. Shiela, I too, am not to far from Canada. Actually, I was born in P.E.I. and it is still "Heaven To Me". Maybe we should go over there and shop. I think our money would go a lot further. Or is it the other way around?

Off to a picnic at my son's tomorrow. Found out he is having chicken, so that's a plus. Better choice than burgers or dogs I guess. If he has corn on the cob, I may be done for. I seem to be losing my enthusiasm or something. Being at the same weight for several months is very discouraging. I am having a pity party all by myself. I seem to be able to do anything else I set my mind to except for this. OK, party's over. I feel better now. I'll try to keep my posts a little more upbeat. Maybe I should dig out Richard and "Sweat To The Oldies".

Off to the shower for me. T.G.I.F. Rainy or not, the workweek is over. Have a great day ladies!

06-20-2003, 11:07 PM
Hello my friends,
I went to the bank, then gassed up my car and bought a couple numbers for the lottery after work, then it was soooo nice to come home and have a leisurely supper before going to Curves. Didn't have to think about getting stuff ready for tomorrow at work, or any of that stuff.

I only did 2 circuits at Curves tonight, which is what they say you should do anyway at first.

Oh drats! Sue, that's awful that you're still having rain. They aren't predicting rain here until Sunday afternoon. I hope it holds off till the parade is done. My 14-yr-old granddaughter is going to be in it. She plays the clarinet in the band.

I know that my calories get low sometimes during the week, but they usually are high on the weekends. It's very difficult for me to lose weight no matter what I do, so, I'm just not going to think about the numbers till the end of the month when I get weighed and measured. My meals are pretty balanced and I feel satisfied, so, we'll see.

I have forgotten what you call the group you belong to, but, if you have heard of the Weight watchers plan, then I wonder if you have heard of the Wendy Plan? It's WW, but she was having problems with a plateau, similar to yours, and she devised a way to eat high on her points, then low points, to shake up her metabolism. She ended up with the same WW points, it's just that ahe arranged them differently throughout the week. Many people say it has worked wonders for them.
I have it in its entirety and will send it to you in a PM if you would like it. Same for anyone else who would like it.

I just don't want you to get discouraged now when you have done so well and throw all that hard work away. REMEMBER YOUR CHOLESTEROL!! :D If you need to post more, please do because now that I'm on vacation for 5 weeks, I'll probably be bugging everybody day and night!

I want so badly for all of us to stay with the battle and win this war.

I found a site today that has the nutrition facts for over 6000 foods. Some of you may already have it, but, just in case, here it is;


I wanted to look up specific cuts of beef and FitDay doesn't always have that. It kind of lumps beef together, and half the time I can't find what I'm looking for, so I guess at what seems the closest and I use that. :dizzy:

Sheila, I'm glad to hear that those jeans are getting looser on you. How did your weigh-in go today? I'm betting that it was a really good one.

With your Dad and your daughter, isn't it funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
I take it that you will be caring for your Dad's medical needs now? That's very kind of you and I bet he truly is looking forward to being back home.
With your daughter, I had to smile, because my kids all moved out after high school, and moved back to go to College. So, they weren't gone long. This is a big college town, so they had their choices of several nice schools.

OMG! I laughed so hard at the story of your Hubbys little trip down a side street! :lol: Wouldn't a picture of his face at the moment of realization be priceless? I'm sure he was telling you the truth too about getting the heck out of there, because if he hadn't left, he sure wouldn't tell you about ANY of it! :lol:

Guess I should get off here and try to get my foods journalled for next week. I just can't seem to think of anything good. Maybe I'll wait till tomorrow when I'm rested.

Have a wonderful evening everybody! :wave:

06-21-2003, 08:39 AM
Hi everybody!
I hope you all are having as beautiful weather as I am here this morning. The sun is shining sooo brightly and the birds are just singing their hearts out and the thermometer by my window says 62 degrees and it's 6:15 AM. Couldn't ask for anything better. :)

I woke up at 4:20 this morning, so I got up and did the 3-mile WATP tape. I did the whole thing this morning because Curves is only open from 8 to noon on Saturday, and I have some other things to do this morning. I want to keep up my routine of getting at least an hour of exercise in a day. Weekends too.

I got a good article in my Mayo Clinic news letter on aging and it's long, so I'll post parts of it each day for a while.

I have 2 recipes this morning. The first one is from that same newsletter, and the second one is from a woman I work with.

Fresh fruit kabobs with lemon lime dip

This recipe makes: 2 servings


4-6 Pineapple chunks
4-6 Strawberries
1 Kiwi
1/2 Banana
4-6 Red grapes
4 Skewers
4 ounces Lemon yogurt
1 teaspoon Fresh lime juice


Mix together lemon yogurt and lime juice.
Taste and add lime juice if needed.
Optional: Grate some of the lime peel and add to the yogurt.
Set yogurt mixture aside.
Clean fruit.
Dice fruit as needed (slightly larger than the grapes).
Strawberries and grapes can be left whole.
Thread skewers with one of each fruit.
If there is space, add more fruit.
To prevent banana from browning, dip in citrus juice such as pineapple or orange juice.
Use the fruit dip as desired.
Nutrient Analysis (per serving)

FAT (grams) 2
CHOLESTEROL (milligrams) 5
SODIUM (milligrams) 45
FIBER (grams) 4

It is recommended that you consume at least 2 servings of fruit per day. A serving is any of the following: 1/2 cup pineapple, 12 grapes, 5 large or 7 medium strawberries, 1 large kiwi, 1 medium banana.

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This next one I will put the regular recipe and also the low-calorie version of the ingredients.

1, 6-oz pkg. strawberry jello; OR; 1, 6-oz. pkg. sugar-free strawberry jello

2 c. boiling water
(dissolve jello in water and save 1/2 cup)
To the rest add 1 pkg. frozen berries, & 1 small can crushed pineapple. NOTE: Instead of frozen strawberries, I sliced 3 to 4 cups of fresh strawberries and lined the bottom of the pan with them.
Pour into 9X13 glass cake pan. Let it set up in fridge.


1, 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese; Or use Fat Free cream cheese.
1 c. powdered sugar; Or use 1 c. Splenda.
1, 8-oz. bowl cool whip; Or use Fat Free Cool Whip.
1 tsp. vanilla
Add the 1/2 cup of reserved jello
Pour over the set jello.

2 eggs-scrambled with
3 oz. ham
1/2 c. sk. milk
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 Tbsp. butter
1 c. fresh strawberries

9 AM;
1 c. fresh pineapple

Tuna salad in celery ribs
1 apple

1.5 c. tomato basil penne rigate
5 meatballs
1/2 c. Ragu Mama's meat sauce, spaghetti sauce
1.5 c. coleslaw
3 tbsp. fat free coleslaw dressing
1 bowl potato salad

Total Cals. = 2282 ........What an oinker!

I don't know yet what I'm having for supper, so will add it later.

As you can see, I added my supper! :cry:

I have to get going and go shop for the Ing. for the potato salad I said I'd make for tomorrow's parade.
Hope you're all doing well. Will be back later.

06-21-2003, 07:44 PM
Good to see you all on the posts ladies, Willow, those recipies are gorgeous. Are you getting weighed once a month? Wish I had your discipline to stay off the scales daily. This is just a quickie because my mother has just gone to bed and I am shattered. I don't think I mentioned that she has had severe depression for 18 months since my dad died and I hope she can feel a bit better here with me for how ever long she likes but it has never worked for longer than a week so far before she leaves for home and more specialist treatment. So, please excuse skimpy posts but Willow, I love reading your daily doings so please don't stop. Best wishes to the group x

06-22-2003, 08:10 AM
Hi everyone,
I've been up since 4 AM, reading e-mails etc. I didn't do any exercises this morning. I'm taking today off. :nono: I know it's a nono, but, I am going to do it anyway. :D

The birds sound all chipper this morning. My computer desk is in a corner with a window in front of me and one right beside me and I love the feel of the early morning air on me coming through the open window as I type and read.
It's 70 degrees out there right now, and the sky is overcast, so I suppose it will rain on our parade as promised earlier in the week.

Here's the first page of that article on aging and what to do to stay as healthy as possible;

What does it mean to grow older?

Until you're in your fourth or fifth decade of life, the finality of aging may not mean a lot to you even though it's a lifelong process. Childhood, adolescence and young adulthood are typically filled with feelings of immortality. It's often only when you start to notice physical changes in yourself that you accept that you're actually getting older.

If you're older than 60, you've probably already encountered these realities of aging, but you may also have realized that you have a lot more life left than you'd once thought. So what exactly is aging — what causes it, how does your body change and how long can you expect to live?

What causes aging?

The causes of aging are not fully understood, but most scientists theorize that aging is probably the result of a combination of factors including your genes, your environment and your lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging, theories of aging are generally grouped into two categories:

"Programmed" theories. These theories suggest that biological factors or programs in your body cause aging to occur on a set timeline. For example, one theory suggests that your immune system is responsible — it's programmed to decline, leading to disease and therefore aging and death. Another points to your hormones, proposing that — throughout your life — programmed changes in the production of hormones regulate your aging.
Damage or error theories. Theories in this group explain aging as a result of environmental factors that gradually damage your body and interfere with its normal function. For example, the wear-and-tear theory suggests that the cells and tissues in your body have essential parts that simply wear out over time. Another theory indicates that byproducts of your cells' normal metabolism (free radicals) damage the ability of your cells to work normally until eventually your organs no longer work. Environmental factors such as sunlight and toxins can also cause free radicals that trigger wear. Other theories suggest that genetic mutations or impaired protein synthesis — the process by which your cells produce protein — are behind damaged cells.
Scientists use these theories to study aging. Their research may one day help slow the aging process, extend human life, and keep you active and healthy for longer.

How does your body change?

You've most likely noticed some of the physical effects of aging — wrinkles, gray hair and slower reflexes — but what else is going on that you're not seeing? As you age, time takes its toll on the organs and systems in your body. How and when this occurs is unique to you. And everyone doesn't undergo the same changes. Still, in general, some of the age-related changes that occur include changes in your:

Bones. As you age, your bones become less dense as they slowly lose mass and minerals. Gradual loss of density weakens your bones and makes them more susceptible to fracture.
Brain. The number of neurons (cells) in your brain decreases. However, in some areas of your brain, the number of connections between cells increases, perhaps helping to compensate for the cellular decrease and maintain normal brain function.
Cardiovascular system. The size of your heart increases slightly. Your blood pressure increases, your maximum heart rate decreases and your heart may take longer to return to its normal resting state after physical activity.
Hearing. The normal wear and tear of sounds over the years can damage the cells of your inner ears. The walls of your auditory canals also thin, and your eardrums thicken. You may have greater difficulty hearing higher frequencies.
Kidneys. The size of your kidneys shrinks, and the amount your bladder can hold decreases. Your kidneys also become less efficient at removing wastes from your blood.
Muscles. Muscle mass and strength decrease, though increased physical activity can reduce this effect. The amount of water in your tendons and ligaments decreases, increasing stiffness.
Reproductive system. Women produce less estrogen, progesterone and testosterone as they age. The uterus and the vagina shrink, and there's less vaginal lubrication. Men produce less sperm, and their levels of testosterone decrease.
Skin. Your skin thins, and your nails grow at about half the pace they once did. Your sweat and oil (sebaceous) glands become less active, and the moisture in your skin decreases.
Vision. Your eyes are less able to produce tears, your retina thin and your lenses yellow. In your 40s, focusing on objects that are close-up becomes more difficult due to changes in your lenses. Later, your irises stiffen, making your pupils less responsive. This can make it more difficult to adapt to different levels of light. Further changes to your lenses can make you sensitive to glare.

How long can you live?

One hundred twenty-two years is the longest documented human life span. Though a life span this long is rare, improvements in medicine, science and technology in the last century have helped more people live longer, healthier lives. In the early 1900s the average life expectancy in the United States at birth was only about 50 years. Today, it's close to 77.

Moreover, the 85-plus group is the fastest-growing demographic segment in the United States, although the number of people 100 and older has exploded as well. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of people age 85 and older could increase from 4 million in 2000 to 19 million by 2050. And the number of people age 100 and older is projected to more than quadruple from 65,000 in 2000 to 381,000 in 2030.

In the last 10 years, scientists have made great progress in the study of aging. Currently, thousands of research projects on how to slow aging are under way in numerous medical specialties throughout the world. Scientists are studying a variety of topics including everything from cloning for spare parts to how DNA mutations affect aging to fighting cancer with viruses.

But longer lives also mean that some people may spend more time in an incapacitated state at the end of their lives, in part because the United States has done too little to promote healthy aging. Rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol abuse are still too high. However, researchers say it's never too late to clean up your act. For example, if you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease begins to fall almost immediately. Living a healthy lifestyle can improve how you age. No matter what your age, you can begin preparing now for your later years. You are the master of your own quality of life.

Clearly, old isn't what it used to be. And as more than 70 million baby boomers approach their retirement years, the definition continues to evolve.

I'll post another page later. I've read ahead a bit, and I find it interesting, but, if you guys don't, just skip that portion of my posts. :D

I'm going to post my foods for today but I'm not real sure about what I'll be having at the parade, so I'll leave the total calories till later.:o

2 eggs - scrambled, with
3 oz. ham
1/4 c. sk. milk
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 Tbsp. butter

9 AM;
1 peach

Homemade potato salad
meat and cheese tray pieces
fresh fruit

Beef stroganoff, made with
whole wheat fettuccini
tenderized round steak
98% fat free cream of mushroom soup
stroganoff seasoning
skim milk
FF sour cream

Puss, yes, I used to weigh myself every day. Sometimes several times a day, and I used to get so discouraged and I'd give up because I'd get this stupid idea in my head that I had a gain of a pound or so, so I might as well just quit trying because it isn't working anyway. It was soooo depressing. So, when I joined Curves, I decided that since they are going to weigh me once a month anyway, I'll just wait and see what the scales says. It has taken me a few years to get it into my head that the number on the scales is actually the least important part of being healthy. What my Dr. said makes so much sense now. He said," Forget about the scales. If you eat healthy foods in the right amounts and get the right amount of exercise, the weight will take care of itself." And, really, when I think about it rationally, he's correct. What I do daily will eventually show up as a loss on the scales, so I only need to use the scales as a gauge as to how far I have come, not as how successful I am.

I take it from your post that your Mother is having a hard time of it. That is so awfully sad. I suppose they were together for many years. I bet she does miss him terribly. I was very young (29) when my husband died, and even though it's been 30 years, there are still times when I think about him and miss him a lot. I feel bad for him because he has missed out on the kids growing up and all the grandbabies. But, I think somehow he knows.
I certainly do understand completely if you can't post often or very long posts while your Mother is with you. You spend every second with her that you possibly can.

Oh Wow! The sky has cleared up just in seconds! and the sun is shining! Cool! Maybe it won't rain on our parade after all!

I think I'll go take a walk around the yard and grab the paper (if it's here yet) and read the paper while I have breakfast.

Everyone have a wonderful day! See ya later!

06-23-2003, 11:05 AM
Yesterday I had planned on coming back and adding to my journal, but I couldn't remember everything I had, so I decided to just leave it and go on.
I had something of just about everything that was there except for sweets. I had one tiny rice krispy bar that was about 1 inch by 1 inch. otherwise it was stuff like chicken pasta salad, potato salad, 1 sloppy joe, some cocktail meatballs, 1/2 slice of thuringer, 1/4 slice of colby cheese, some trail mix, ...
I had a good time and the parade was a long one, about 4 hours long.
AAANnnd! I haven't said anything to anyone about what I've been doing, so imagine my surprise when one of my DIL's said to me, " I can tell that you've lost weight. I can see it in your face." So, it wasn't my imagination. GREAT!
My joints got sore from standing so much yesterday, but I'm sure the old celebrex will help that.

1 serving of old fashioned oats
1 c. blueberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 fresh peach

Garden salad
sliced bar b que chicken breast
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/4 c. mandarin oranges

1 pork loin chop
2 c. stir-fry vegetables with noodles
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
jello salad

Total Cals. = 1055

I haven't done my exercise for this morning yet, but will be doing the 3-mile WATP tape, and then will be going to Curves later in the day.

06-23-2003, 02:33 PM
Graying gracefully: Tips to help you live a long and healthy life

You won't live forever, but it is possible to live a longer and healthier life. The key to healthier aging is to master life's delicate balancing act — maintaining the body, mind and spirit.

To begin with, think of aging as a process instead of an event — a process that starts at birth. There's no point when you suddenly get old. You're not old just because you retire, go through menopause or become a grandparent. According to Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., age is often a feeling, not a number.

"While maintaining physical health is extremely important, part of having a happy, healthy and productive life means keeping your mind very active, having goals and nurturing spirituality," says Dr. Takahashi.

The way you manage your attitudes and actions today — body, mind and spirit — has a lot to do with how you will feel tomorrow and in the years to come. The following 10 tips aim to help you on your way:

Know your priorities: Make health No. 1

Make your health a priority. Simple as it might seem, it's one of the best, most practical choices you can make to lead a healthier, happier and longer life. Your health depends a great deal on the responsibility you take for it. In many ways, you make decisions every day that affect your health in later years.

"People often focus on career and financial objectives when they're young, but it's important to keep health the No. 1 priority," says Dr. Takahashi. "The reality is, as you get older, if you don't have your health, you can't enjoy what you've worked for."

Not all diseases and conditions are avoidable, of course. But many of the most serious ones can be prevented by making good decisions each day about:

Eating healthy
Being physically active
Maintaining a healthy weight
Getting regular medical care, including preventive health maintenance
Paying attention to your body
Making your health a priority doesn't necessarily mean giving up favorite foods and activities or becoming concerned about your health to the exclusion of other things. It's about keeping your life balanced and making sure that self-care is as important as meeting other responsibilities.

Don't leave health to chance: Lower your risk factors

If you want to live a longer and healthier life, it can help to know what your health risks are and how to manage them. Conditions that commonly lead to premature death include heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. The good news is that many risk factors for these diseases are determined by personal health habits — behaviors that you can change.

Here's a list of health tips that could save your life:

Get regular checkups. Many risk factors and diseases are highly treatable when detected early. Regard your doctor as an ally to help you identify specific health risks and take appropriate action.
Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms. Try to keep your blood pressure below 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Although you can't cure high blood pressure, you can control it.

High blood pressure

Get periodic screenings for specific cancers. Colorectal cancer screenings should be scheduled every 3 to 5 years after age 50 — sooner if you've had colon polyps or have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer. Stool tests (fecal occult blood testing) may be done annually at the discretion of your doctor.
Women should have cervical cancer screenings (Pap tests) every 1 to 3 years. And women over 50 should have a mammogram every year. Your doctor may recommend annual or biannual mammograms beginning at age 40 if you're at higher risk of breast cancer. It is widely accepted that regular screening for breast and cervical cancer saves lives.

Pap test: Simple, lifesaving test
Colorectal Cancer Screening Health Decision Guide

Tell your doctor about all of the medications you're taking. Include herbs, dietary supplements, over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. When combined, some drugs and herbs have dangerous interactions. Also remember that aging can change your tolerance for many drugs and may increase some side effects.
Kick the smoking habit. Smoking causes more premature deaths than any other lifestyle behavior.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can cut your risk of heart attack in half. Aim for 30 minutes a day of moderately intense aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, biking or swimming.
Eat less saturated fat and cholesterol. These are the two major dietary villains in developing heart disease. It might prove helpful to have your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years, and more often if you're on medications.
Drink alcohol in moderation — if at all. For women, this means no more than one drink a day. For men, it means no more than two drinks a day.
In the vehicle, buckle your seat belt. If your vehicle has air bags, keep 10 inches between your chest and the center of the steering wheel.
Protect yourself from the sun. Decrease your risk of skin cancer by using sunscreen or wearing sun-protective clothing when outdoors.

06-23-2003, 03:12 PM
Hi girls - Willow, facinating reading your post about aging but I have had grey hair since I was 18 so not much hope for me, ha ha. Glad your parade went well and how lovely your DIL noticed your weight loss, fantastic! You were so very young when widowed, and to raise your children alone, what strength of character you must have not to have gone under. I lost another 2 lbs yesterday - total of 9lbs since our Sunday morning meeting 3 weeks ago. My mother noticed when she came last Wednesday and a girl in work who has a Weightwatchers platignum card but has gained again and trying over has noticed I look less, ha. Pity every week couldnt be like that first one with a 5lb loss - this would be a piece of cake if it was - oops , can't mention the dreaded word. Must go, left Mum with husband in sitting room so have to get back. Best wishes to all...

06-23-2003, 08:56 PM
Good evening all. If I just sit here in the 90 degree heat, maybe some of this fat will just melt into a puddle on the floor and I can mop it up. :dizzy: Dug out a couple fans when I got home from work. I can't justify turning on the AC just yet.
Willow, I still marvel at your stamina and focus. I have no doubt that you will reach your goal. I look forward to your posts each day and I am hoping I will absorb some inspiration. I too was widowed fairly young (31). I thought my world had ended, but several years later, Cupid hit me with his arrow right between the eyes. This year will be our 20th Anniversary. He is truly my soulmate. You never know when that little arrow may strike.
Puss, you have been in my thoughts too. Depression can be a heartbreaking thing. I watched a dear friend suffer for years and you feel so helpless at not being able to do anything. Hopefully her doctors will be able to help her.
Congratulations to the both of you (Puss and Willow) on your weight losses. And Shiela, how are you doing? I won't even mention how dinner went at my son's house. I think one word would suffice "OINK". Oh well, today is the start of a brand new week and so far, so good. One day down, 6 to go.
Time to go to where the fans are. It is getting a little warm in here. So, until tomorrow :wave:

06-24-2003, 12:38 AM
Some good advice, Willow--thanks for sharing that.

My dad moved in to the addition on Saturday so we spent most of the day dealing with moving his stuff and unpacking. Without furniture the place looked so big, but with his clunky stuff it looks smaller than his place in assisted living. He had to go to the bathroom early Sunday morning and tried to get out on the wrong side of the bed and ran into the wall. Poor guy! He also told me today he ran a red light at a busy intersection--just totally forget he should stop. Pretty scary--I'm thinking how best to get his driver's license revoked. I think it scared him pretty badly so maybe he'll give it up willingly, although why the DMV gave him five more years in February is a mystery. No test, nothing--just paid the money and he was renewed.

I've been in a lot of pain lately, but I keep on doing my aerobics and weight lifting. I figure if I can just get that in every day, then it's not that big of a deal if I spend most of the rest of the day on my back. I did walk my dogs for 15 minutes in the evening, but, man, it was difficult. This really bugs me because I have so much to do, and I want to do it. The spirit is willing, but the body isn't cooperating!

Sue, you guys back there have had such weird weather. So much snow, then rain all spring, now jumping immediately to too hot. I have a couple of cyber buddies in your area and they all went searching for fans today, too!

06-24-2003, 10:11 AM
I look at victory as milestones on a very long highway.

I woke up to thunderstorms this morning. It makes me want to stay in bed and feel all warm and safe and listen to the rain, but, I can never sleep once I'm awake, so I got up at 4:50 and did my 3-mile WATP tape.
They have storms predicted for every day this week, and I have to travel the next 2 days, and I'm scared to death of severe summer storms. I'm more scared of the wind than anything. I never feel safe anywhere but at home, so I hope it's just the garden variety thunderstorms that they're predicting.

My indiscretions over the weekend must have had an impact because my gut seems to stick out more again. :( It even FEELS bigger and tighter! :eek: But, I'll take care of that this week. :D

1 c. whole grain 100 cereal
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. skim milk

9 AM;
1 peach

Garden salad with Romaine
sliced chicken breast
1 Tbsp. 3 cheese Light, done right dressing

1/2 chicken breast - saute'ed
3 c. fried cabbage (used cooking spray & cole slaw mix)
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 tbsp. butter

Total Cals - 1058

Puss, CONGRATULATIONS on that 2 pound loss again! You are just going to town with this, aren't you? That is just wonderful! And you're doing it in just the right way too.:spin:
And it's doubly nice when someone notices, like your Mother and your co-worker did. Just kind of makes you feel :smug: doesn't it?
Keep up the good work and you'll be to your goal before you know it.

Sue, I'm happy for you that you have had a long and happy marriage after your loss of your first husband. Did you have any children from your first marriage? I have 6 and I guess that's why I had boyfriends, but no marriage. I don't think any man would want to take on a family that size. And now that I'm old, all the men are taken! and I'm fat to boot! :lol:
We have mid-summer weather here now too. It's really starting to heat up and the humidity is getting higher every day. I HATE hot humid weather. It makes it too hard to breathe.

Hi Sheila, So you got your Dad all moved in now. I bet he's as happy as a clam! Too bad about his run-in with the wall though. I suppose it takes time to get oriented to the new surroundings. I did that one time when visiting my sister and BIL. I thought I was headed down the hall to the bathroom, in the dark, and all of a sudden I walked right into a closed door. BAM!! It was their bedroom door, and I was walking in the wrong direction. :dizzy:
I don't know how old your Father is, but, I think that we should all have to take a test in order to renew our drivers licenses after age 65, which will be not too many years for me. But, I'd rather lose my driving priveledges than to cause someone an injury or death. I guess I just feel strongly about it because my DIL's sister and husband lost a 17-week old baby boy because an elderly man ran into the back of the day care mothers car at 55 miles an hour while she was waiting at a red light.
It was awful to walk into the church and see that baby's body in that casket.
Anyway, I need to get off that subject. Maybe that was scare enough for your Father. It's hard for a person to give up all of their independence too.

Do you think your pain is being caused by a change in weather? They say that exercise helps arthritis because it keeps the joints loosened up and also that it strengthens muscles around the joints for better support of the joint. But, I did a lot of standing Sunday, watching that parade for hours, and I was really sore yesterday. I took a double dose of Celebrex yesterday, and it's not gone, but it's a lot better today. It's NEVER gone.
It sure sucks to get old, doesn't it? You have to be a really brave person to do it.

You all have a nice day. See ya later. Maybe after Curves tonight.:D

06-24-2003, 10:40 AM
Keep movin’: Exercise is key to good health

Exercise is probably the single most important thing you can do to age successfully. The benefits are seemingly endless and can include weight control, improved circulation of blood and oxygen, increased muscle mass, better posture, greater flexibility, greater endurance and improved balance.

"Doing some sort of exercise is very important for maintaining your functionality as you get older," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "And it's absolutely never too late to start."

Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help you enjoy life and avoid diseases that many people mistakenly believe come automatically with age. You can reduce your risk of dying prematurely by almost half if you exercise every day or nearly every day. Regular physical activity cuts your risk of:

Heart attack
High blood pressure
Depression and anxiety
Falls and broken bones
Some kinds of cancer
Exercise can also enhance your mood and help you manage stress and sleep more soundly.

The following are essential points to remember about exercising during middle age and beyond:

Consider a checkup first. See your doctor before starting a vigorous exercise program, particularly if you have a chronic health condition.
Start slowly. Try not to overdo it — exercising too long or too intensely — when starting out. Be sure to make stretching a part of your routine. When you feel stronger, gradually increase the amount or intensity of your exercise.

Enjoy your exercise. Pick something you enjoy doing and have fun. Vary your exercise program or include a friend to keep it exciting.
Aim for about 30 minutes of exercise a day. This can be done all at once or accumulated throughout the day — for example, a 10-minute walk in the morning, 10 minutes of climbing stairs in the afternoon and another 10-minute walk after dinner.
Be creative. Although certain conditions may prevent you from doing certain activities, almost everyone can participate in some form of physical activity. For example, if you have arthritis, you may do well with pool or water exercise. And exercise can include many common household chores and lifestyle activities, such as walking the dog, washing the car or raking the yard. Talk with your doctor about what will work best for you.
Pace yourself. If you're unable to talk while exercising, you're probably working too hard. You should be breathing hard or be slightly out of breath but still be able to engage in conversation.
Know when to stop. Stop exercising and seek immediate care if you feel tightness in your chest or have severe shortness of breath, chest pain or pain in your arms or jaw, or you experience heart palpitations, dizziness or faintness.

Eat for healthy aging

Seems like everywhere you turn a different diet is being promoted. These diets usually include some sort of gimmick, whether it's pills, a point system or special cookware. No wonder you're tempted to chuck them all, turn on the TV and order a pizza. But eating well doesn't have to be complicated. Eat for successful aging by remembering just six simple suggestions and making a few adjustments for aging:

Eat plant-based foods. Go for variety. Try recipes that include whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and legumes — beans, peas, nuts and seeds. That way you get a wide range of nutrients. Aim for five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you're already slightly dehydrated. So drink until you think you've had enough, then drink a little more. To better determine how much water you need, divide your weight in half. The result is the approximate number of fluid ounces you should drink daily. It might help to remember that there are 8 ounces in a cup.
Watch fat, cholesterol and sodium. Start with fat. Muscle uses more energy and burns more calories than does body fat. Compared with men, women on average lose more muscle and gain more fat as they age. This might help explain why some men can eat more than women do and still maintain their weight. You'll find cholesterol in all animal foods, especially egg yolks, organ meat and whole milk. Remember that the primary source of high blood cholesterol is saturated fat.
Also remember that you need only a small amount of sodium — less than a quarter teaspoon of salt daily — to help regulate fluid balance. Control sodium intake by limiting processed and canned foods. Carefully choose the amount of salt you add to food while cooking and eating. And when eating out, request low-salt preparation when possible.

Watch calories. As you get older and fat accounts for a greater percentage of your weight, your metabolism slows. For some people this may reduce the amount of calories expended. See your doctor to identify how many calories to consume each day. Reducing calories usually means eating more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. As you age, reducing the total number of calories you consume can be just as important as reducing dietary fat.
Write down what you eat. By writing down what you eat, you make yourself accountable for the foods you eat. You can identify your eating trends and patterns, which can help you modify what you eat, if necessary.
Consider supplements. Ask your doctor if you need certain vitamin or mineral supplements, such as a multivitamin or calcium supplement. But don't use supplements as a substitute for healthy eating.

06-24-2003, 04:04 PM
http://www.charlotteborden.tvheaven.com/images/3.gif Hello.....well....I'm 54, so maybe this is where I belong?! I've posted on a few threads, & got very nice responses....then no more. Maybe I don't know how to use this board yet. Since, I don't know how to use a computer yet.hehe

Anyway, I've lost 16 lbs & will weigh again Thursday. Hopefully, I've lost more. We'll find out soon, I guess. I collect Angels. ( bet you've guessed that by now.LOL)

I've really enjoyed lurking & reading other posts here. Wish all of you good luck. http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/mix/unsortiert038.gif

06-24-2003, 07:16 PM
Welcome Angel-lover - you will find this a very caring site, I was the newbee three weeks ago and have found these ladies to be invaluable in my quest to lose the lard! Take a bow ladies, especially Sheila, Sue and Willow. Sue, you make me howl, loved the "oink" reference to you eating at your son's place, too funny. I didn't realise that like Willow, you too were just a girl when you were widowed. Brave ladies both of you to come through that at tender ages. Sheila, I am sorry you are in pain right now but you have been working like a Trojan lately ie. digging posts, moving your dad's stuff etc. Is it possible your body is telling you to take it a bit easier ? Please don't overdo things. Willow, I love the information posts lately but didn't like the bit about my bits and pieces getting thinner and shrinking!! Ha ha. I hope your storms have passed by now. I lived in Singapore seven years ago and the storms during the monsoon season were fantastic. I love them. I don't believe for a minute you are too old and fat for a man. They did a survey a few years ago for a dating TV show and all the men in their 60s wanted women in their 40s and all the men in their 40s wanted girls in their 20s!! They would be shocked to know that many women in their 60s would prefer a man in their 40s or 50s ha ha. Mind you, Willow, with that chicken and fried cabbage you had today, good job my hubby wasnt passing on his way home from work because although he's long and lean he has an appetite like an ox and sensible enough to know some young thing wouldnt cook dinners like us mature girlies! I might have lost him to a better cook! Mum has decided the anti-depressants for the last 18 months are doing no good so is going to start gently reducing them while staying with me. Doctor said to give it a try. She has never been one for medication so we will go easy on the weaning off programme. Willow, I am ever conscious of the fact that you jump off the kitchen door onto my shoulder whenever I enter the room and although i have been serving up wrong foods for mum and hubby, including CAKE - I haven't touched a crumb!! Think I am getting a perverse pleasure watching them eat it like those old movies where the old male gives younger male cigar and whiskey and says he can't join him because the doc has forbidden him. In my case, "Willow is watching" ha. Best wishes to you all and keep up the good work!

06-24-2003, 07:17 PM
Whewwwww! Its hot out there. I just looked at the calendar and noticed that summer actually started last Saturday. Guess there's no excuse now. Better that all the rain we've been having. I have a few minutes before fixing dinner, so I thought I would check in.
Willow, they are NOT all gone. Come on now, where is that positive attitude I have been seeing all along. I only had one child, and now have two beautiful grandchildren. (I only had to wait 8 years for them) ;) They are the light of my life. My granddaughter likes to fish too. Must be a genetic thing. ha ha

I think the weather does have a lot to do with arthritis. I know some days, especially if a storm is brewing, these old bones do not want to get moving. And if I miss more than two days of some sort of exercise, I really notice it. Takes me a lot longer to get motivating in the morning.

WELCOME Angel-lover. I just noticed your post as I was getting ready to send mine. And I just love the angel and the teeter-tottering smileys. Come back often. Someone usually posts at least once a day. Feel free to jump right in anytime. Congratulations on the 16 lb. loss! (See below) Any tips or insights on how you are accomplishing your goals are welcome and appreciated. See you all later, Sue

06-24-2003, 09:28 PM
http://www.sunsetangel.com/angels/graphics/anga.gif Thanks for the welcome, Fatpuss & Sue. Its's been a long day for me. Stayed home all day & I tend to want to eat when I'm home like this! Didn't do too bad, though.

I may post fairly often, Sue, mostly due to the fact that I'm on the computer a lot. Only do volunteer work 3 days a week...I'm not really able to work, due to back problems. So, here I am overweight & can't exercise! Little by little it's coming off, though. As for my diet....nothing special. Just watch what I eat (or don't eat.lol). Drink LOTS of water. Oh, I do take cider vinegar pills from wal-mart. May not be doing a thing....but gives me confidence, I guess.

Glad you like my images. I enjoy using them....gives me something to do. http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/HaveaNiceDay.gif

06-24-2003, 09:46 PM
Puss, good for you! That takes remarkable willpower to have cake around and not eat it. I applaud you! And a 2 pound loss--how exciting!

Welcome, Angel-lover! Congratulations on your 16 lb. weight loss. What are you doing that's helping you?

It's sunny today, and I felt better so I shoveled some pea gravel. I've had 5 yards of it sitting out in my backyard for over a week now, but I just haven't felt like digging into it yet. I do think the weather affects my dystonia. It's not so much the rain or anything, but it's the change in weather. Maybe it's a barometer thing.

Willow, you should come to my Active Older Adults aerobics class. There are several unmarried men (widowers), and one of them reminds me of Dick Van Dyke--same head of wonderful snow white hair. He's quite the charmer.

Six kids--wow! You've had a lot of challenges in your life, but you sound like you have an indomitable spirit.

I love being a grandmother, but miss seeing my granddaughter since I moved. It always takes her a little while to recognize me again when I come visit, but I think all those hours rocking her in the NICU after she was born made a difference. My favorite times are when we kick her parents out to go have fun and my DH and I babysit and get Khaile all to ourselves. We are all going to the Oregon coast in August--I can hardly wait to see my granddaughter again. I'm sure I can think of errands for her parents to run so that we can be alone with Khaile!

06-24-2003, 10:02 PM
http://home.att.net/~scorh/Sign01r.gif Thanks for the welcome, Sheila. Congratulations on the grandbaby!http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Sunbonnet01j2.gif

I have 11 grandchildren. The word GRAND really fits.....doesn't it?!

Not doing anything special on diet. Just cutting my eating down & drinking a LOT of water.

All of you sound so nice, here, think I'll stay awhile.;)

06-24-2003, 10:09 PM
Hi everybody! And WELCOME Angel!
So glad you decided to join us. I'm very happy to have found this group of ladies. They're very inspiring and I also can usually look forward to a bit of humor when I read their posts.
Congratulations on your 16 pound loss! That's just wonderful! :cp: How are you doing it? Counting calories? Or Weight watchers? Or another plan?

I'm 59 years old, and when I started this a few months ago I had over 100# to lose. I've gone from 261.5 to 242.75 as of the 6th of this month. On that day I took out a membership for a month at Curves for Women and I was weighed and measured that day. If I still like it when the month is up, then I will take out the membership for a year. So far, I love it. I am not weighing myself in between being weighed and measured once a month at Curves. I get too discouraged when my weight fluctuates from day to day. So, I will be weighed and measured again on the 3rd of July.

I may not be able to post in the morning because I have to take off fairly early for Dr appt.s out of town, but I'll try to.

I ate really good today, and I even watched some tv which I don't do very often. But it is so awfully hot and humid here there was no way I was going to attempt to do anything outdoors.

I got kind of bored a couple of times, so I rode my exercise bike for 15 minutes, twice today. I just got back from 45 minutes at Curves. I guess the best thing to do when I can't think of anything to do, is to do some kind of exercise. :D

They are predicting storms tonight and tomorrow. Some possibly severe tonight and tomorrow afternoon. GREAT! I'll be traveling at that time. :fr:

My stomach seems like it went down since yesterday. Yaaayyy!

Puss, my cabbage and chicken DID taste good, but I have no doubt that you're a fantastic cook. I can tell from your description of some of the meals you've put on. Besides, I don't think anybody could pry your favorite squeeze away from you with a team of horses. You're too lovely a lady.
You know, it sounds like I had 3 cups of cabbage, but by the time it cooks down, you're lucky you get one cup. I'm so lazy too. Since it's just me here, I use the cabbage and carrots coleslaw mix in a bag. I also use it in soups sometimes. Less work.
I sure hope it goes well with your Mother weaning off the antidepressants. I'm also very glad that she's with you while doing it. Did the Dr say anything about there being a period of danger while going off of the antidepressant where the patient might be more apt to have thoughts of doing self harm? I don't know if all of the antidepressants have that effect, but I've heard that some of them do.
I feel so bad for your mother. It's so good that she has you for comfort. Does she live far away from you? If so, maybe you could talk her into moving closer to you.

I just can't believe that you thought monsoons were fascinating! I'd have been shaking and fainting. I'm scared senseless of wind.

That really tickled my funny bone about me jumping off the kitchen door onto your shoulder when you enter the kitchen. :lol:
Good job though not eating the cake etc when you serve it to the rest of the family. I don't know if I'd be that strong. Maybe once in a while, but it's just got to be so much harder when you have to cook for a family. You're doing just great! :bravo:

Hi Sue, So you got a little one who loves to fish too! Wonderful! Don't you just love it? These grandbabies are just little pieces of love, aren't they? I have 12 of them, and I think they are the cutest and smartest kids ever. Just like every other grandma feels. I have a 4-yr. old granddaughter who is so strong willed, and my son says she takes after me. :smug: I love it! Actually, she's kind of a brat, but, a lovely one. :lol:
Hey, I'm with you on doing some kind of exercise every day. I can tell it too if I don't.

Guess I better go check all my stuff that I think I have ready for tomorrow morning. I know I won't sleep well tonight. I never do before these appt.s.
Say a prayer for safety tomorrow.

Hi Sheila! Hope you're having a good day!

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow sometime. Pray there are no storms while I'm traveling.

Sheila and Angel, I see now that both of you posted while I was typing up this loooonnng-winded message of mine.
Sheila, be careful with the shoveling. But, I know how you feel. Hate to sit while something needs to be done.
Hmmmm, ... your Mr. swimming Van Dyke sounds interesting. Maybe one of these days I'll go on a man hunt. :s: :lol:

Angel, sorry to hear about your back. My DIL injured her back, had 2 fractured vertebra and a couple of disks protruding, and she had a lot of pain for a while, but they told her to lose some weight, (she wasn't heavy either) and they gave her exercises to do to strengthen the muscles around the spine.
Also, something to ask your Dr about. There are exercise tapes to do while sitting in a chair, for peole who are too heavy to stand and exercise, or people who have other reasons that they can't stand and exercise. Something to think about.

See you all tomorrow!

06-24-2003, 11:04 PM
http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/mix/hallo.gifWillow.......thanks for the very friendly reply. I hope you folks don't get tired of seeing me on here so much. I really don't have a lot to do. Also, if I'm typing, I'm not eating!lolhttp://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/essen/fridge.gif

I'm 54, so there's not much difference in our age. I might can do a few exercises in a chair. Would be better if I had a pool to exercise in, though, because I also have RA. I don't have a lot more to lose, so maybe I can handle it. Around 20 lbs or so. You've done well on your weightloss, also!

Be careful driving tomorrow. http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Lightning.gif

06-25-2003, 10:22 AM
The weather is nasty and dangerous and I'm cancelling my appointments and will reschedule them for later. I used to have to go every 3 months, but now they've stretched it out to every 6 months, and I wish they would schedule them for the spring and fall. Better weather for traveling.
I suppose they aren't going to be happy about such short notice, but, there are tornadoes all over the midwest and particularly where I have to travel, so I'm not taking any chances.

I did my 3-mile WATP tape this morning when I got up so I already have 47 minutes of exercise in.

This cereal I had for breakfast is really good. It has flax seed in it and is high in Omega-3 oils.

I was just watching 2 rabbits playing in my yard. They play kind of like kittens. Chasing each other and making incredibly quick change of direction. This family of rabbits have been living here for years. I always put my rubbery celery and carrots etc out for them. There is also a squirrel who likes apple cores.

Hi Angel, I won't get sick of seeing your posts. The more the merrier. I completely understand about having something to do so you aren't tempted to eat. It's just that I get such a back ache if I sit at the computer,(or ANY place for that matter) for very long. I have a very sedentary job and I sit most of the day, and it seems to bother my arthritis almost as much as standing all day. It's funny (not ha ha funny) but I don't hurt as much if I'm on my feet and moving as I do when I'm standing in one spot for very long.

This is just an idea to think about, but, if a Dr says you need water exercise or therapy for a medical condition, most insurance companies will pay for it. It would be better if you could do some kind of exercise to keep your muscles and heart strong, besides the weight loss.

You have found some really cute animated gifs. I have had incredimail a few times now, and you can get some really cute ones there, but every time I download it, I start getting viruses.

1 serving multi grain cereal with
1 apple chopped up in it and cinnamon
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 apple

1 Boca Burger
Garden salad with romaine
1 Tbsp. Light, done right Ranch dressing
1 sl. 100% whole wheat low cal bread
1 sl. FF cheese

4 oz. canadian trout
2 c. stir fry veggies with asparagus
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast
2 Tbsp. butter

Total Cals. = 1280

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. - Sam Levenson

06-25-2003, 10:56 AM
A Tough One

A man tries to enter heaven but first he has a chat
with St. Peter, keeper of the Pearly Gates.
St. Peter explains that it is not easy to get into heaven.
There are some criteria to be met before entry is allowed.
St. Peter asked the man several questions.
Was he religious in life? Did he attend church?
Was he generous? Did he give money to the poor, to
charities? Did he do any good deeds? Did he help his neighbor?

The man answered, "No".

St. Peter said, "Not good, not good."
Exasperated, St. Peter says, "Look, everybody
does something nice sometime. Work with me,
I'm trying to help. Now think!"

The man says, "There was this little old lady. I
came out of a store and found her surrounded by
a dozen ****'s Angels. They had taken her purse and were
shoving her, taunting and abusing her. I got so mad I
threw my bags down, fought my way through the crowd and
got her purse back. I helped her to her feet.
Then I went up to the biggest, meanest biker
and told him how despicable, cowardly and mean
he was and then I spit in his face."

"Wow, said St. Peter,
"That's impressive. When did this happen?"

"Oh, about ten minutes ago"

06-25-2003, 12:19 PM
http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/lachen/allesmoegliche042.gifThat was a good one, Willow!

Thanks for the compliment on the images. Anytime you want one, just take it....I don't mind. It's so much fun. I also have incredimail. I haven't had any trouble at all with it. You know you can add your own images from other places in there, also! I've just recently upgraded my msn to 8.0, so I've found a lot of things I can do in my mail there, also. The same as incredimail & more!

I know about that back trouble! I'm on disability for a bad back from car accident in the '80's. (May have already told this) Anyway, I have very little else to do, when I'm here. I have a VERY comfy chair. Of course, I get up often to walk around. Also, I'm addicted!http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Typing.gif Good idea about the dr approval for pool. I may see into it. Not sure where a pool is around here, but surely there's one somewhere close by.

Got a few things I gotta do today.....looks like good recipes to try!:)

P.S. You were talking about rabbits, & squirrels playing in your yard. We can't keep the DEER out of our garden!

06-25-2003, 01:54 PM
No 'butts' about it: Stop smoking

A key strategy for living a longer, healthier life comes as no surprise — don't smoke. If you're a smoker, you're simply more likely to die early. Up to half of all current smokers die of a tobacco-related disease.

But there is good news. No matter what your age, quitting smoking dramatically reduces your risk of disease, according to Richard D. Hurt, M.D., head of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "It's never too late to stop," Dr. Hurt says.

Using more than one strategy might increase your chances of successfully quitting. Consider the following options:

Self-help. To plan and maintain your stop smoking attempt, obtain publications from national health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local public health departments.
Group support. Meet with others who are working to become smoke-free.
Individual counseling. This includes one-on-one contact with a trusted physician, psychologist, nurse or counselor.
Cold turkey. This is a sudden, decisive break from cigarettes. You stop smoking completely with little or no reduction beforehand. Going cold turkey usually causes intense symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Some form of medication generally is recommended for moderate to heavy smokers who want to use this method.
Medication. Medication helps reduce cravings and ease the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine until the worst effects are over. There are two basic types of medication. Nicotine replacement products deliver controlled amounts of nicotine to your brain via the bloodstream — without smoking. Non-nicotine medication such as bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban, Wellbutrin) lessens withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, anxiety, restlessness and depressed mood.
Exercise. This helps reduce the stress and weight gain that sometimes occur after you quit smoking.
Finding a buddy. Ask a nonsmoking friend or family member to be available for you to contact when you experience tough times or when you have reason to celebrate.
Alternative therapies. Though not long-term strategies, hypnosis or acupuncture may help relieve nicotine withdrawal.

Learn new tricks: Expand your mind for better health

Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile. That's why it's important to continue to learn and challenge yourself — whether it's by learning a foreign language, switching careers or doing crossword puzzles. As one Japanese proverb states, "We begin aging when we stop learning."

"The mind plays an integral role in our health," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "It's important to wake up every morning and look forward to the day — and an essential part of that means continuing to learn and keeping an active mind."

When you give a plant the right elements — some water and sun — it will generally grow. Put simply, the same is true for your brain. Regardless of age, an active brain produces new dendrites, which are connections between nerve cells that allow these cells to communicate with one another. This helps you store and retrieve information more easily, even if your gray matter is topped by gray hair.

To continue expanding your mind, try these tips:

Take classes — anything from a community education class to a college course for credit.
Read regularly and keep a journal.
Stay up-to-date on technology. Learn about computers and connect to the Internet. Consider using e-mail to stay in touch with friends and family.
Join a book club or other discussion group.
Explore the cultural life of your community. Attend concerts, lectures and plays.
Continue musical or artistic talents or develop new ones.
Teach others your skills or knowledge.
Although it's true that older people in general learn differently than younger people and have more difficulty with short-term memory, old age isn't an automatic slide into dementia. Numerous studies show that older people can and do learn new things — and learn them well. Age provides wisdom and experience that help with integrating new knowledge into your life. Seeking out new learning opportunities, practicing existing skills and embracing change can help you stay mentally fit no matter what your age.

06-25-2003, 06:30 PM
Willow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to get off my kitchen door and let me have a smoke in peace!! I never ever mentioned that I smoke so this just proves you have been watching me from the top of the kitchen door. I am begining to doubt you live in the US now, perhaps you are that new lady who moved in across the road three weeks ago! Stick to policing my food for now, maybe when I reach my goal weight I will let you back into the kitchen but for now I really must get my long feather duster and gently remove you.....Just a quickie, I am afraid, but I love reading all the posts ladies; and Angel-lover, I agree with Willow, for those of us who temporarily are finding it hard to post regularly right now, please don't stop posting because I for one love reading them. xxx

06-25-2003, 08:22 PM
http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/Messages/Wow/wow_004.gif Willow!! Where do you find all that!!http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Excited.gif


06-25-2003, 09:44 PM
:lol: Puss and Angel, you two are too cute! :lol:
Angel, the things I've been posting are segments of an article that's in a Mayo Clinic newsletter I get every week. This past week they had a segment that's about how to stay healthy for aging.
And Puss, :lol: I had no clue that you smoked. :lol: That is just too funny. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall and seen your expression when you read the part about smoking! :D
I promise you, I really do live in the US.

Sheila, you haven't posted yet, but I want to say Hi and hope you had a good day today.
Same to you Sue. How was your weather last night and today? it was awful here. Tornadoes all over the place. Sticky, sweaty weather. YUK!

I just had to add to todays activities.
I rode my exercise bike twice today, for 15 minutes at a time, or for a little over 7 miles, and I walked for 30 minutes and I just got back from 45 minutes at Curves. So, all that added to my 3-mile WATP tape makes 2 1/2 hours of exercise. It should be doing SOMETHING, even if I just sat on my tush the rest of the time.

I'm feeling pretty darned good too. But, I don't feel any different size-wise the last day or so. I usually notice that in the mornings though.

Well, everyone have a great night. See you tomorrow.

06-26-2003, 08:32 AM
Good Morning! It's supposed to hit 96 degrees today. Hot and sticky is putting it mildly. Broke down and turned on the AC last night. This board has really come "alive" the past few days. Thank you Angel! Where DO you get those animated little characters? I just love them.
Well, time to face the music. I didn't get weighed in last week, but I did go to a class last night. It could have been a lot worse, but I am up another 2 lbs. I have decided that instead of sitting here feeling sorry for myself, I will put my mind to making a few changes. Nowhere on my diet does it say I can eat half a pizza or a bowl of ice cream with caramel sauce or a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips. And you wonder where the two pounds came from. ;) I have decided to set aside one meal each week where I can eat whatever I want, in moderation of course. The rest of the week, I will try to behave myself and eat more sensibly.
Willow, you are doing great. I agree about it being harder when you have to cook for someone else too. Especially when they are a "Meat and Potatoes" person. Who has never had a weight problem I might add.
Puss, I must confess, I used to be a smoker too. Quit about 13 years ago, but I won't give you the gory details. It is one of the hardest things I ever did and even now, when someone lights up a Marlboro within 5 feet of me, I get those little cravings. They don't last long, but they are still there.
YIKES, I just noticed the time. I really do need to set a timer.
Have a great day all. Sue

06-26-2003, 09:10 AM
I got up at 4:30 this morning and did the 3-mile WATP tape. I decided a long time ago to just do it when I get up without thinking about it, just so I have it done and it makes me feel like I've accomplished something good to start the day off right.

Well, at least the sun is out today. But, who knows, it may end up being more uncomfortable than it's been the past few days, and that was bad enough. All I know is that I'm very glad I have central air.

Good morning Sue! Missed you on here yesterday.
It's a bummer that you had a gain, but, like you said, it could have been worse.
I have found that since I have decided to eat just a balanced diet instead of cutting out certain food groups, I haven't been craving or going on binges. I do try to stay away from saturated fats and refined sugars, although I do have meats etc.
Last weekend when I was at that parade, there was all kinds of so-called "off limits" foods there, like different kinds of chips and trail mix and several different bars, etc. I had a small amount of just about everything there, except for the sweets. I had one very small rice krispy bar and that was it for sweets. I didn't want any more. And it didn't set me off on a binge either. Don't know why, if it's psychological or if my body was satisfied, but I'm glad it turned out the way it did.
Now I hope your strategy works for you.

I too was a smoker, for 42 years. I must have quit a hundred times in my life, but it only lasted anywhere from a day to a few months. And this is how dumb I am, ... I have asthma. Anyway, 4 years ago this past January, I said, I'm tired of getting sick all the time and not being able to breathe. I quit and have never looked back. I'm just the opposite of you Sue, I find the smell of cigarette smoke repugnant now. And as time goes on I have less and less asthma attacks. They used to make me sick for 6 weeks at a time. I haven't had one for over a year now. You don't realize how bad an effect they are having on you until you have quit for a few months and you can breathe more deeply and you have more stamina and food tastes so good. More later!

1 c. Kashi to good friends
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

9 AM;
1 fresh pear

Garden salad with romaine
sliced chicken breast
1 Tbsp. garlic ranch dressing

1 grilled 5 oz. turkey tenderloin with a slice of bacon wrap
2 c. stir fry veggies with
1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
1 baked potato
2 Tbsp. FF sour cream

Total cals. = 993

I have some errands to run this morning, so hope the heat holds off till later.

06-26-2003, 09:25 AM
Do what you enjoy: A step toward good health

Do you enjoy gardening? Playing bridge? Spending time with your grandchildren? Having a little fun might not only bring enjoyment, but health benefits, too.

Taking time for the things you enjoy can help you feel better about yourself and be more satisfied with life. And when you feel this way, you might be more likely to exercise, eat well, get regular medical care and reach out to friends and family — all of which can benefit you physically and mentally.

"People often spend a lot of time doing things that don't really benefit their health, such as watching television," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Try eliminating some of these activities from your day. You'll find you then have more time for doing things you enjoy that will also benefit your health. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Start by taking a pleasure inventory. Pay attention to what activities bring you pleasure. These might include tinkering in the garage, gardening, listening to music or watching the sun go down. As long as the activity is consistent with your health, make time for more of it.
Link healthy habits to pleasure. For example, stay motivated to exercise by choosing activities you enjoy. Vary your routine and exercise with other people. Make exercise so enjoyable that the activity itself becomes its own reward.
Be attentive. When it comes to pleasure, quality counts as much as quantity. You don't always have to have more pleasure — just be attentive to it when it shows up. Instead of drinking a second cup of coffee, for instance, pay full attention to the first one. Sip, don't gulp. Every time you lift the cup to your lips, savor the taste and aroma. After the first cup, you might feel complete with your coffee and reach for a glass of orange juice next.
Remain sexually active. A satisfying sex life can help you sustain long-term relationships, manage your moods and even burn off a few calories. You might discover that sexual response slows as you age. This is normal and no reason to put your sexuality on hold.

Nurture relationships: A healthy investment

When it comes to your well-being, don't underestimate the importance of those closest to you. Whether it's your partner, children or close friends, the people you count as family and friends definitely play a role in your health.

"Relationships with family and friends are very direct and personal," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "They're an important part of a person's social support network and can provide needed emotional and spiritual support and a sense of connectedness."

A 1999 study by Thomas Glass and colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that connecting with people as you age might prove just as powerful as exercising and eating well.

Strong relationships with your partner or family can motivate you to take care of yourself — to eat right, exercise and get regular medical care. Your partner and family also can be an important buffer from the stresses of everyday life. And if your health isn't good, your family might help get you the medical care you need or manage your condition more successfully.

Researchers from the MacArthur Foundation studies on aging point out that strong social support can promote longevity by:

Enabling you to get better or more prompt medical care
Encouraging you to engage in healthy behaviors, such as walking regularly and quitting smoking
Allowing you to receive direct expressions of affection, which in turn might increase your immunity to disease
Providing you with practical help when needed — assistance with household chores, transportation and loans, for example
On the basis of these findings, science appears to support common sense: Love tends to make for a longer life.

06-26-2003, 09:40 AM
http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/Thankyou.gif For the compliment, Sue. I get images from all over the internet!! Lot of work....but also fun!! Glad you enjoy them. Hey, don't worry about the weight gain. I gained 3 lbs one week(should have, the way I ate). Gee, the food sure did taste good, I enjoyed it, & really think it helped me. The next week I wasn't as tempted & lost it & a little more. Yes, it's warm here, today, too.http://www.charlotteborden.tvheaven.com/images/happysun.gif

Hi Willow....Gee....if I didn't have all my physical problems, I don't think I'd have the willpower you have! You got up that early to exercise! Here's to you!http://www.gilly.0catch.com/emoticons/cheer.gif

06-26-2003, 09:40 AM
What to do if you are Off Track: Dont Confuse Disappointment with Disaster
I got the following in my email today...from someone who was just coming off a binge..she found the following article and thought it helpful, and so do i....if you have been binging or have had a gain or have been off track, maybe it can help you also:


I was over at another site reading messages and came across this written by
Sherincanada. She hit it right on the nail for me.

Don’t Confuse Disappointment with Disaster

Just as we experience many joys as we travel down the road to better
health, we also face some disappointments in our weight-loss journey.

Perhaps we overate and are disappointed in our behavior. Perhaps during
weigh-in we maintained or showed a gain and we are disappointed in the
results. Perhaps we can't get motivated to exercise and we are
disappointed in our lack of effort.

To think we will do this program without encountering some low points
along the way is unrealistic. However, those unrealistic expectations
are what cause many to quit before they reach their ultimate goal. We
know we cannot walk the tightrope without falling off a time or two -
yet we still demand that perfection of ourselves. We set ourselves up
for failure because it's an easy way out.

Don’t confuse disappointment with disaster.

Stop thinking every minor setback is a reason to quit. A gain is not a
reason to quit.
“Just a two-pound loss” this week is not reason to quit. Missing your
goal this week by
5 or .5 pounds is not reason to quit. Binging for an hour, a day, a week
or a month is
not reason to quit.

These are not disasters within themselves - but quitting because of
these reasons is
disastrous. How are you ever going to get healthier and fit by stopping?
following your weight-loss program is better than not at all. And,
always remember,
you can always, ALWAYS get back on track as quick as you got off of it.
Just stop
what you are doing and replace negative behaviors with positive ones.
Take control of

When you are faced with disappointment, just know it will all work out
in the end if
you keep your eye on your goal and your body moving forward. Success
ultimately come if you just keep pushing. You have to want this more
than anything

When you are faced with disappointment, you first have to address it.
Yes, it is
frustrating. Yes, it can be hurtful. Yes, it makes you feel like
quitting sometimes. Don't
bottle up your emotions or try to push them to the back of your mind in
hopes you are
hiding them. Feel them. Explore why you are disappointed. Talk it out
with yourself
and with anyone else you feel comfortable sharing with.

Once you have brought your disappointment into the light, you will see
it is not as
intimidating as it was in the dark corners of your mind. You will see
you CAN
overcome it - it's not bigger than your desire to succeed. Yes, it is
very real but it is not
as disastrous as you imagined it to be.

After you have addressed your feelings, then work toward a solution to
overcome the
disappointment. If you binged, figure out how to avoid another one. What
you? If you gained, figure out what might have caused it. If it is an
unexplained gain,
just strengthen yourself mentally to realize you need non-scale
victories to show
progress until the scale catches up with your good habits.

Don’t confuse disappointment with disaster.

Be prepared for the bumps in the road and be flexible enough to deal
with them. Take
time for yourself - feel the disappointment and then move on to bigger
and better
things. Just remember, the only disaster would be if you gave up on
something that
holds so much promise of happiness and health for you.

Mental exercise for the day:

Identify some past disappointments you've had. Did you work through them
and come
out a better person, or did you throw in the towel and quit? How can you
better deal
with the disappointments that are sure to come in your weight-loss

Be sure to remember the good when dealing with the bad. Make a list of
all the
positives you have encountered in your journey. It will help keep it all
in perspective.
Sherry (In Canada)
76.6 lbs down!

06-26-2003, 02:00 PM
So it appears I'm on the ex-smokers board (and maybe someday ex-smoker, Puss!). I have to say I've never smoked, although I grew up with a smoker. Wish I could have gotten her to quit--she died at 75 of lung cancer. Since her mother died last year at 103, and her grandmother in her late 90s, you can see that if she hadn't smoked, she could have lived a lot longer. Okay, off my soapbox now, especially since most of you are "ex" smokers!

I had scale withdrawal today. I've been weighing myself at the gym prior to my official weigh-in on Friday at Weight Watchers. I really don't want to do that because I don't want my life ruled by the scale. But I got into the habit. So my DH, who is starting to go to the gym with me on Tues and Thurs said he would support me in my efforts to not get on the scale by going in and pulling me out of the bathroom! What a guy!! Anyway, I didn't weigh today, and it was almost like giving up chocolate--got those emotional withdrawal feelings.

Willow, just have to ask. What is 1 c. Kashi to good friends? It's the "to good friends" part I don't understand? Hey, I wouldn't share my Kashi with anyone!

Oh, Sue, hot and sticky--the worst! We're supposed to maybe get into the 80s, but I hope not. While I know 80 isn't that hot, when it's 80 inside your house (and with no insulation, the inside temp always matches the outside temp), it's miserable. Sears kind of screwed me over with the window A/C installation--forgot to fax the order to the installer and I waited a week to hear from them. Called again, they scheduled someone for yesterday, and it turns out the person they scheduled only does repairs, not installation. Got on the phone again, and finally got someone from Sears to do it right, only the installer can't come for another week. Luckily, it's not that hot, but I'm spoiled by having central A/C for 10 years so my house never got about 72 degrees at the most. My poor dogs are miserable in the heat, too, especially my fluffy, furry girl. So having at least one room with A/C is really helpful.

My daughter got her rental application for a studio apartment yesterday. Unfortunately, she had to clear up a $200 debt from an apartment she leased with friends last year. The friends were supposed to pay, but they didn't, and since my daughter was on the lease, she got stuck with it. Supposedly her friends are supposed to pay her back. I'm not holding my breath. She's learned after two sets of roommates that living by herself is much easier!

Well, guess I should get my day sort of started. Already cooked my dad's breakfast, and went to the gym, ate my own cholesterol-lowering breakfast (oatmeal, walnuts and maple syrup), and now it's time to get some stuff done around the house.

See you all later!

06-26-2003, 03:34 PM
Hi Everyone!!http://www.chubclub.org/forum/Imageuploads/yay22398070523876y.gif I lost 2 lbs this week! That's a total of 18 lbs. Just had to tell ya!

Willow....Ihttp://www.cirony.com/gifs/Welcome/Welcome_35.gif all the imformation you give. It's very interesting!

Sheila.......I'm the same way about the scales...http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/scale.gifEVERY morning.....noon.....& night! Sometimes I don't know if I'm addicted to the scales, the computer, or to food!http://www.whittibo.com/files/omg.gif

Hope all have a good day.:)

06-26-2003, 05:01 PM
Hi Ladies - gotta little break so first thought was to join my friends. Sue, don't feel bad about the 2lb gain, it's a hiccup that's all, focus on the loss you have made already and how well you have done. You will shift that 2lb - to be honest, before starting this, I could gain or lose 2lb overnight no problem. I loved your bit about the half pizza, ice cream and potato crisps! They are foods I never eat and wouldn't care if they vanished off the planet. But cake and buttered toast.....now we're talking. Sheila, I hope your daughter will be very happy in her new apartment. It's always a bit hit and miss when they share, isn't it? My two are students and share with others but the contracts are individual but the utilities are not. For the past four years it's been ok for my daughter and for the past two years same for my son. Good luck with the weigh in tomorrow but if it's not as much as you expect, it may be muscle weight after all your digging and shovelling because it weighs heavier than fat, doesn't it? Angel, fantastic on the 2lb loss, you have done really well losing up to date and I know what you mean about being at home and wanting to eat. In my job I can choose to work from home or pitch up at the office and on the home days not only do I not move around much away from my laptop but I am forever mooching around the kitchen (and checking that Willow is ok on the door sill). Willow, we got the news about your tornado predictions in the UK. I hope they have all passed now and you are feeling better. Thanks for all the posts but I had to laugh at the bit about sexual activity burning calories!! Have you seen how few they are on FitDay?? Ha ha. My mother has started reducing gradually her anti-depressants and is sure that the aggravated noise from her tinnitus has reduced. Thanks for mentioning the suicial feelings bit, actually she has been talking of overdosing herself for a short while now and much of the talk is hating being on the tablets. Personally I don't think these particular ones have done much good in 16 months and she is convinced they are actually making her worse. She has been in really good spirits the last 8 days here and like her old self ie. interfeering and treating me like I was a half-witted 10 year old arrrggghhhh! I promised her she needn't take an overdose to end it all, if she really wants, I will pillow her in her sleep!! Ha ha. She is much better but needs to stay long term to see this tablet withdrawal through and to make sure it is an improvement and not a patch up because she always ends back in the psychiatric unit which is 250 miles away from me. Also, it's giving my brother peace of mind while she is with me because he has to either check her at her own house or visit the hospital all the time. She is not easy - her psychiatrist retired last month and said he has never met anyone like her, ha ha. She was 70 two weeks ago and bright as a button but turns into some helpless old dear of 98 when it suits her, ha ha. Some things are sent to try us and this is my little lot for a while. The reason I started this diet was to lose the weight and pack up smoking again but this time for good before I am 50. Time is running out because I won't make my weight by then but I can't battle both together. I have packed up for a year TWICE in the last 7 years and gone back because of the weight gain thinking it would fall off if I smoked again. WRONG!! Never mind, that's the plan to complete before Christmas. Best wishes, girls,

06-26-2003, 05:04 PM
I made a piggy of myself today. I got really hungry, so instead of my salad and chicken, I had a piece of meat loaf, some veggies, some au gratin potatoes, 2 sl. low cal bread and, .... do I dare tell ..?? ..... A peanut butter cup blizzard from Dairy Queen.
So, I ended up with a total of 2323 cals instead of 993. :ink:

Yes, Angel, I still wake up at that time of the morning, even though I'm on vacation. I don't set an alarm or anything, I just wake up then, so I figure I might as well get my exercises done before I start talking myself out of it. That way, it's done and out of the way, and I feel better.
I don't mind waking up at that time, in fact I love the early morning. I'd just as soon stay in the routine I have when I work, then it's not so difficult to get back into the routine when my vacation is over.

Congratulations on your 2 pound loss this week. Way to go! :cp: Keep up the great work!

Hi Sheila! Good to see your post.
You lucky girl you, having a hubby who will go to the gym with you. That must make things so much easier. To do some of this together. It really IS hard to quit the daily scales jump, isn't it?

Kashi has several kinds of cereals, as you know, so, to distinguish one from the rest in my journals, I write what is on the box, and that particular Kashi cereal box says, "FROM KASHI TO GOOD FRIENDS" . Don't they have just the best cereals, though?

Geez, Sears must be having a run of bad luck with their customers' deliveries, etc.
Two days before that parade my son and his wife bought a new refrigerator from Sears, and after they delivered it, it wouldn't cool, so my son went back the next day and told them about it, so they brought a floor model over and put it in my sons garage until this week when they could get another new one in and deliver it to him. First they said they would have someone come and work on it and my son said "NOTHING DOING!" He said, " I paid for a new refrigerator and that's what I want. Not one that has to be repaired before I can even use it." He has bought 2 air conditioners from them and never had any problems though.

That breakfast you had sounds really good.

I rode my exercise bike for 15 minutes this morning before I went running errands, and I'm going to go do another 15 minutes on it right now. Then it's to Curves in a couple of hours.

See ya all later!

06-26-2003, 05:35 PM
Puss, you posted while I was being long-winded again!
Yes, the tornadoes are gone, and in fact it's cool out there today with a nice cool breeze. It's clouding up now, and they did say there could be some showers, but I'm sure nothing serious.
I know, that must be a mistake about the number of calories burned during sex!
One time years ago I was talking with one of my friends and she tried to convince me that there were only 150 calories burned during 20 minutes of sex, and I told her, " well, you do it your way, and I'll do it mine!" :lol:

You know, another woman told me a couple of years ago that some antidepressants her husband was on caused tinnitis. I wasn't aware that it was a possible side effect.
I hope it works well for her, going off them.
I got a chuckle out of what you said about her treating you like you were 10 yrs old. :lol: I still say some of the damndest things to my kids too. They just say " ok Ma!" Then I realize what it sounded like and have to laugh. I guess we never stop being a protective mother, no matter how old our kids get.

You know, as many times as I "tried" to quit smoking, it never worked until I was so sick of it that I truly WANTED to quit. And I think it's the same with weight loss. I think I've used every excuse known to man, and probably made up a few more, as to why I 'went off my diets', but I don't think the desire was strong enough. And I also believe that a person somehow KNOWS when it's the right time. When they have reached that place where I feel it in my gut that I'm going to do it, come **** or high water. I've heard it expressed as a "light bulb moment" too.
And I've heard people blame others for getting them upset and that caused them to " fall off the wagon" so to speak. I have had times when I was down in the dumps and just went on a binge, but, I don't believe I should blame anyone else for it. It's just that weight loss is such a daunting task and it's so easy to get frustrated.

Gotta go! Company!

06-26-2003, 06:33 PM
Well Willow.....I don't think pigging out one day is gonna hurt you....especially the way you exercise!http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-039.gif I don't get enough sleep, as it is, much less get up so early!http://www.jeffpylenz.com/FORUM%20IMAGES%20PHOTOS/Emoticon%20Forum/Gifs/Bclock.gif

Fatpuss....thanks for noticing my weightloss.(how could you help it.lol) I love so many foods, it's hard when I'm home. I try to concentrate at computer & not think about it.http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/MiscManhack.gifMy weakness is junkfood! http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/FoodBurger.gif....http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/FoodPizza.gif ....& especiallyhttp://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/cake.gif

06-26-2003, 08:36 PM
OK, let's try this again. I was just ready to post a long message and this #@$% computer froze up on me. Then it booted me off. From cable no less. It is still really warm here - must be at least 80 degrees.
Angel, I must confess, I too am a junk food junkie. My weaknesses are pizza and popcorn. I like my pizza plain. I can eat popcorn 7 days a week, but haven't had any in almost a month. I can't believe I am not going into withdrawal. My little grandson loves it too. Gee, one loves to fish and the other loves popcorn. Life is good - it doesn't get any better than this! I just remembered that my computer froze up when I tried to add a smiley, so this will be a Plain Jane posting. :)
Willow, I laughed out loud when I read the comment about "you do it your way and I'll do it mine" I bet her eyes opened just a little wider. And don't feel bad about the trip to Dairy Queen. Maybe it just reved up your metabolism a little bit. If it did, PLEASE LET THE REST OF US KNOW. hee hee hee
Puss, you are to be commended for being there for your mother. I am reminded of a family I met through work. There were 7 adult (and I use the term lightly) children who were bickering about having to take care of their mother. I made a comment to my boss how ironic it was that one mother could take care of all 7 children, but 7 children could not find it in their hearts to take care of one mother. Then there is the flip side of the coin "Be nice to your children, for it is they who will pick out your nursing home!"
Oooooohh Oatmeal, walnuts and maple syrup! Shiela, that sounds delicious. I like to chop up an apple in it too. Aw heck, go hog wild and put a frozen chunk of FF coolwhip on it. I am perilously close to the fridge, but there is no coolwhip there. I am saving my pear for later in case the munchies attack. I think I have had three 24-oz bottles of water in the last two hours. I will probably be up all night. They (whoever "they" are) say after awhile, your body adjusts to the extra water. I hope so.
Ok, I have rattled on enough. My DH will think I deserted him. By the way, I received an IM from someone named "OntarioChick" while I was on here. I have never had that happen from anyone I don't know. (I clicked ignore) Ring any bells with anyone?
See you all tomorrow. Sue

06-26-2003, 10:00 PM
http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Popcorn.gif....Sorry, Sue......couldn't resist! Hey, I eat popcorn often. Just get the air-popped, no butter. Sure better than nothinghttp://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/MiscExclama.gif

This is a warning to your computer....hehehttp://www.techhelpers.net/e4u/comp/comp03.gif

See you all tomorrow.

06-26-2003, 11:48 PM
Hi everyone!
I got bored and thought I'd come back and bug you gals.
I got to thinking about my last post and wasn't sure how it would sound to the rest of you.
I didn't mean that we shouldn't try to lose weight no matter if we've had that "gut feeling" or "light bulb moment" or not, because I believe we should never stop or give up. And Lord knows, I've blamed other people for my falling off my plans too. I just look back on it as a poor excuse I used.

Well, I was still so stuffed from all I ate over lunch time that I wasn't hungry for supper, so I didn't have any. However, I did have 2 servings of that jello dessert when I got back from Curves. But, it has hardly any calories in it. So, I ended up with about 1979 calories for the day.
I had a good workout at Curves tonight too. You know how some times you workout a little harder than others? Well, tonight I felt it was a harder one.

Hi Sheila, sorry your still having hot weather. I suppose they will finally get your AC to you when it cools off outside. That's the way it usually goes. But, there's a long summer ahead, so I'm sure you'll get plenty of use out of it.

Isn't this crazy? I have NEVER liked popcorn. Even as a kid I didn't. I don't like the hulls getting caught between my teeth and between my teeth and gums. Then sometimes they get way in the back of my throat behind my tongue. ICK! I will eat cheese popcorn if it doesn't have too many hulls in it. And I like the popcorn cakes, like rice cakes.

My mom was a diabetic and was ill for years before she passed away. I took care of her as I and an older brother were the only ones living close by and he didn't know the first thing to do. There were 8 living children at the time. I had a sister who did live here when Mom first started to become ill, and she went and learned how to give the injections etc. But, then when everybody else left to go back to their homes, she said there was no reason I couldn't take care of Mom. So, I did. From that day on for 4 years. I wish I could have her back here again. I'd gladly take care of her.

I don't know who Ontariochick is, but I think I've seen the name when cruising through the different threads here on 3fc.

Sheila, I'm waiting to see how you do at WI tomorrow.. Hope it is good for you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Everybody have a good night! ... Or day, depending where you are when you read this. Puss, I think you're about 5 hours ahead of us, aren't you?

06-27-2003, 02:47 AM
Well, there's just no good TV on tonight even with 900 cable channels or whatever I have.

Willow, I love peanut butter cup Blizzards, and when I splurge, that's often what I get. 1979 calories isn't that bad, by the way, and it sounds like you worked off that Blizzard at Curves! Even our splurges are different than they used to be, don't you think so? I used to be able to eat a heck of a lot more than I do now when I have an eating urge. That makes a difference, IMHO.

While I love popcorn, I'm with Willow on the hulls. I hardly ever eat it because of that. Once I couldn't get one out from under my gums no matter what I tried and had to go to the dentist before the gum could become infected. After that experience, I keep my popcorn eating to a minimum. Love the smell of it, though. But pizza is a different story. Yum! Now I pretty much stick to thin crust veggie pizza and can usually stop at two pieces, but when I visit my kids in Boise, I always have to get a Zambini pizza made by a local pizza company. Oh, no, my stomach just growled!

Taking care of parents is pretty difficult. Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into, especially when my dad is cranky. Having the addition is working out well because he has his space and we have ours--a good compromise. My sister has seen my dad once since my mother's memorial service in March 1996, and that was last December and only because she wanted to see us and we'd moved into my dad's house. So we don't get a lot of help there. When I saw her in April while we were traveling, she said, "Is he going to croak soon?" Obviously no love lost there! And my half sister, who lived the closest to him until we moved here, never lived with us growing up, didn't see him that much, and doesn't visit him very often. I knew I couldn't just park him in assisted living and visit every couple of years so moving here and putting on the addition was a great compromise. Plus we got to leave Boise, a place I despise, which was a great bonus.

And, Angel-Lover, congratulations on the super weight loss this week! You're doing so well!

Well, guess I'll go read a book until bedtime. Tomorrow is aerobics class, then weigh in. I've been drinking a ton of water--either retained it or flushed some fat away!

06-27-2003, 08:26 AM
http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Coffee.gif You know, as I sit here this morning drinking my coffee, I can't help but be a little envious(spelling) of you, my friends. I didn't think I cared about exercise, but you make it sound like fun, & a way of personal time. I would be able to lose faster, I know, if I could. I would also, enjoy a place to go, like most of you have. I'm glad that you all can do that, though. I have other things in my life I do just for myself, & I'm content. I just always thought it would be nice to have a place to go like that. If you have good health.....enjoy it!

I also, have parents to care for. My mother has Alziemers, & my step-dad is in bad health(My dad died several yrs ago). He refuses to put her in a NH, & I respect him for that. It does, though, make it pretty rough on me & my sister.....for we have to care for both of them. I have an older sister, but you wouldn't know it. I know what you mean by not having help. I don't like the idea of NH's either, but sometimes there's not many other choices.

Oh well, didn't mean to get on here & whine.....had a long night.....couldn't sleep....& had to vent, I guess. It's a rainy morninghttp://www.jeffpylenz.com/INCREDIMAIL%20VOL.2/EX.SMILIES/rain1.gif & that makes me a little :( I guess. Hope all of you have a good day.

06-27-2003, 09:00 AM
Community involvement: A step toward better health

Whether it's volunteering for a cause or simply befriending someone else, being part of a network can benefit you physically and mentally. For decades research has shown a link between quality of life and community involvement. It's common sense. If you feel needed and a part of your community, you'll likely feel better about yourself and enjoy life more.

"A relationship with the community is not necessarily as close and intimate as with family and friends, but it's equally important," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "People gain a lot from directly interacting with others and giving back to society."

Science has only just begun to document the effects of social support on your health. But a growing body of evidence suggests that staying connected with others can buffer or reduce some of the health-related effects of aging — and even extend your life.

Some research suggests that older people who volunteer might be more likely to live longer than those who don't volunteer. A social network might also play a role in helping you recover from an illness or operation.

Staying involved with your community can mean different things to different people. Reaching middle age means that you likely have plenty of wisdom and experience to share. Put those assets to work by offering your time and talents. Tutor at an elementary school, work at a food shelf, campaign for a favorite political candidate or deliver Meals-On-Wheels. Or volunteer with an organization whose cause you support. Head to your local library or a church or religious group to find out about more volunteer opportunities. Choose activities and groups that work with your health and time.

Another option is to join a group in your community. This could be just about anything. Try a book club or participate in a choir. Simply being involved is far more important than what you're involved in.

Set life goals: Good for your health

Setting goals can give you something to strive for — a reason to live and be excited about life. And whether they're short-term or long, goals can simply make life happier and more meaningful.

"It's important to have a sense of what you're trying to get out of life and why you're here," says Paul Takahashi, M.D., a specialist in geriatrics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "When you don't set goals, it can be more difficult to achieve good health and find happiness."

To start, try identifying some things that are important for you to achieve in different areas of your life. These might be things you've always wanted to do but have never tried or something that you've never even considered.

Ideally you'll set goals that enhance each area of your overall health — body, mind and spirit. For instance, you might want to improve your eating and exercise habits, spend more time with your family and friends, read more, learn how to paint, or volunteer at a local charity. Aim for what's most important to you.

It might take time and effort to reach your goals. And you might experience some setbacks. "But most people can achieve whatever they want as long as they put their mind to it," says Dr. Takahashi.

Try reviewing how you're doing every few months. Maybe even keep a journal to chart your progress. If you're not accomplishing what you want, you might need to consider another strategy or renew your efforts.

"If you set some goals, work toward them and keep track of your progress. You just might be happier," says Dr. Takahashi. "Setting life goals can help keep you from waking up one morning, looking back on your life and saying, 'What happened?'"

06-27-2003, 09:44 AM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-043.gif I really enjoyed that Willow!

I do volunteer work at a local christian tv station. I work in the office....& even have a program, where I try to sing a little http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/gganising.gif The folks at the NH's enjoy & I visit with them, when I can. It's where they can call in during program. Hopefully, it helps them as much as it does me. You're reading was right....it helps keep me going!


06-27-2003, 09:51 AM
Hi Girls!
I hope everyone is having a lovely day today.
I got up at 5 AM today, (slept in a bit) and did the 3-mile WATP tape.
Took my trash out to the curb.
I don't know what I'm going to do today. Depends on the weather, I guess.
I need to mow my lawn again, but won't be able to if it rains. That's always good exercise because there is so much stuff to be moved and so many things to mow around.

I got a recipe for salmon scrambled eggs from someone yesterday which I'm going to have tomorrow morning.
I always have eggs for breakfast on weekends, and I absolutely LOVE salmon. I eat it right out of the can lots of times.
I'll post the recipe.

1 c. cheerios cereal
1 c. fresh strawberries
1 c. sk. milk

Jello salad

1 veggie burger- Morningstar
1 sl. FF cheese
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat bread
Jello salad

1 grilled 5 oz. Turkey tenderloin
salad with romaine
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 baked potato
2 sl. low cal 100% whole wheat toast

Total Cals. = 1189

Sheila, do you by any chance know what the nutrition values are for the peanut butter cup blizzards? I asked at DQ when I was there if they have a nutrition fact sheet for their products, and she said "yes" and gave me one, but when I got home, that particular product wasn't on there. The only Blizzard ones were for the SM. and Med. sandwich cookie blizzard, and for the SM. and MED. cookie dough blizzards. I tried to find it on their web site, but got the same thing I had gotten at the DQ store. So, I took the highest one, which is the MED. Cookie Dough Blizzard. 950 calories. :o :yikes:

You're right about the splurges being different now. I think it's all the endorphins floating around in us from the exercise, plus, after a while of eating normal-size meals, I suppose our stomachs don't want to stretch out tight with food again.

You know, I really respect you and your husband for moving and taking care of your father. I know it's a very difficult thing to do, especially when you don't have anyone to take over when you need some respite time. Something to keep in mind;
When I was working at the nursing homes, we took patients in for respite care for weekends, or for a week or so while their primary caretakers went on vacation, or just needed some time to themselves. Also, our County Nursing Services has respite care workers who will go to peoples homes to care for people while the PCT is gone for an evening or a few days.
I think you were wise to build the addition on too. You each have more privacy and "away" time.
I know you will always feel good in your heart that you did this. I'm afraid some day your sister may regret her actions.

Angel, You should check into getting a membership at the Y or some place where you could get in a pool to exercise. It's loads of fun in the water, and you can usually build some comaraderie with some of the other members. Ask your Dr if he/she knows of any places you could go for such things. I bet he/she will know of something just simply because most Dr.s have some patients who need therapy.

Do you live with your Mother and Step-Father? I don't know what stage of alzheimers your mother is in, but, if your step-father is disabled also, at some point he's going to have to accept a Nursing home or a person to come in to their home, because they go through a stage where they seldom sleep, and you need someone to watch over them 24/7.
And by the way my dear girl, nobody thinks you're whining. That's what this is for, remember? Support. :) :grouphug:

I have those nights when I can't sleep either. If it gets too bad, I have some Ambien, but I don't like to take them too often. Usually I can take an extra strength tylenol and it helps me get to sleep.
A trick we learned from the Drs while working at the nursing home. Most of the elderly have a hard time sleeping at night. The Drs used to tell us to give them a couple tylenol as it doesn't PUT them to sleep, but helps them to relax and ALLOWS them to go to sleep. It works, too.

I hope you've had some sleep and are feeling better since your post.
See you all later!

Angel After I posted this I saw that you had posted while I was typing mine up. What a cool idea! The radio thing! What kinds of music and what kinds of songs do you sing? I'm jealous! I guess my singing is ok to others, but I always thought I sounded like a cow in heat. :o

That post yesterday about the air conditioning, ... I put Sue's name when I meant Sheila, :dizzy:

06-27-2003, 10:20 AM
Salmon Scrambled Eggs

6 eggs
1 T cream
1/4 t dried dill weed
1/8 t pepper (or more to taste)
dash salt
1 T butter
Scant 1/4 C sliced green onions
1 can red salmon, drained, bones and skin removed, break up salmon
1/4 C shredded Swiss cheese

Beat eggs.
Add cream, dill, pepper and salt. Beat well again.
Melt butter in skillet. Add onions. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Add egg mixture, gently stir in salmon.
Cook until eggs are set but still moist, stirring constantly.
Sprinkle cheese over eggs.
Cover and cook for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.
Makes 2 large servings. Carb count is about 2 per serving.

06-27-2003, 11:11 AM
Hi Willow, you're sweet. No, I'm still sleepy, & go to the station today. Oh, yeah, it's a television station, although we're starting a radio station there, this weekend. I sing sourthern gospel. Believe me, you have to sing better than I do! It is enjoyable, though. I enjoy the large groups we get there on Saturday nights. Thanks for asking.

No, I don't live with my mother & step-dad. I'm about 12 miles from them, & so is my sister. My mother is in very late stages of Alziemers, & I stay worried. I know he fears that he will be alone, but the NH is 1 block from where they live, & he could visit every day. Nothing we can do though, he's the primary care-giver, so til he gives in......

I'm going to check on the Y, when I get a chance. I stay pretty busy. I know it would help me. Might even help me sleep better. I can't take Tylenol PM. I'm on Methotrexate for RA. Also take Remicade treatments. I'm not allowed several medications...especially Tylenol. I take Benadryl with my Methotrexate & Remicade, because I'm so sensitive to both, so when I know I might have a bad night, I take it. When I see later on, though, that I'm not resting good enough to sleep, I'm afraid to take it that late....makes me very sleepy & don't wanta wake up! There's just gonna be days like this. I'll be alright. http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-077.gif

06-27-2003, 05:14 PM
Wow, Angel-Lover, you are a TV star! That's so cool. What talented people we have here! Were you nervous the first time you ever sang on TV?

Had my weigh-in this morning, and I lost 3 lbs. so I made my 4th of July goal for the other bulletin board I'm on. That was pretty exciting. I have no idea what I did differently to lose more than I lost the week before--guess it's just the way the body works. Surprisingly, since starting eating more of the heart healthy stuff the dietician told me to eat, I've lost more than I thought I would. I was eating a lot less fat before I started eating 1 oz. of walnuts a day and flaxseed oil capsules, so I guess it's true that "good" fat really doesn't make you gain weight.

Another hot one here. Okay, it's only supposed to be 82, but we're getting yet another fan because I'm such a heat wimp.

Hope everyone is doing well and having a wonderful day!

06-27-2003, 05:32 PM
Sheila, :spin: :strong: :jig: :bravo: :cb: :cp:

:hat: :dance: :flow2: :dancer: :goodvibes

:balloons: :queen:

06-27-2003, 11:29 PM
Sheila.....that's a great loss this week!http://www.gilly.0catch.com/emoticons/cheer.gif Doesn't it feel great to see the scales go down! I lost 2lbs this week. That makes a total of 18 lbs since the end of April.http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Clap%20Hands.gif

No, I'm not a star. I'm not a great singer....but I do my best. You ask about the first time I sung there. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life! I was sooo nervous! I thought I was gonna have a heart attack!http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/mix/31350.gif Now, it's easier when I sing in front of the camera, than when I'm in front of people. I guess it's just what you get used to.

I know it's probably pretty hot where you're at....but it's sooo welcome here. We've had so much rain. Supposed to have a beautiful weekend.http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-055.gif

06-28-2003, 01:00 AM
Once again I didn't eat what I had planned for my day. I started out with the planned breakfast, but, just like yesterday, I got ravenously hungry just before lunch time, and seeing as I was out and about anyway, I stopped in the deli of a local grocery store, .....
I got 2 batter fried chicken thighs, a small container of a very good hot dish of chicken, broccoli and carrots, and wild rice.
I grabbed a small bag of nacho chips to munch on in between stores.
So, when I got home I had one chicken thigh and half of the hot dish and an english muffin for lunch. Then after I got back from Curves tonight, I had the other chicken thigh, the rest of the casserole and another english muffin for supper.

Another thing, ... I just for the Hey! of it, weighed myself at Curves tonight. Should have waited till next week, but, I just wanted to know at that moment. I have only lost 8 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I guess I shouldn't say "only" because actually it's pretty good, but my stomach looks like I should have lost more than that. ......... And if I don't quit eating like this, I'll have it gained back before next Thursday when I get weighed and measured.
I didn't ride my exercise bike at all today.

I just finished talking with my DIL on the phone for 3 hours. She and I never have had a short conversation, especially on the phone.

06-28-2003, 01:29 AM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-012.gif Willow!! I'm all mixed up!! SO happy for your weightloss!http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-032.gif But girl.......slow down that eating!!!!!!!! http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/essen/fridge.gif No damage done yet.....maybe......so stop!

It'll be ok.....hang in there!http://home.att.net/~scorh5/Tickles1b.gif

06-28-2003, 10:25 AM
Good morning!

I just finished having the salmon - scrambled eggs breakfast, and it is not a keeper for me.
I love salmon, and I love scrambled eggs, but not together. Geesh! And it sounded so good to me when I saw the recipe too.
I was going to divide the left-overs into glad containers and freeze them, but, I'm going to throw it away. That's how little I liked it. It would just take up space in my freezer for a few months until I threw it away anyway.

Angel, you are so right about what I've done the last couple of days. I hope that's over with and wish I knew what brought it on. Probably boredom.
Everybody have a good weekend.

06-28-2003, 12:44 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-035.gifWell Willow!! It sounds like you're back on track! Good for you! I guess we all take spells like that. Just good that you are doing better now.

I don't like salmon, anyway. So that recipe didn't really appeal to me. Sorry you didn't like it, though.

I'm so glad you post often. I enjoy posting, & you are very enjoyable to talk to. Hope you have a good day & remember to be good! http://www.sunsetangel.com/angels/graphics/anga.gif

06-28-2003, 04:24 PM
Was it smoked salmon? I love smoked salmon! Smoked salmon and eggs sounds wonderful to me. Fresh salmon and eggs, well, I love salmon, but fresh salmon and eggs doesn't sound too appealing.

Friday I usually go "off the wagon," but yesterday I went off in a big way. Even had a martini, which I've never had before, and never will again. I felt awful! I drink an occasion glass of wine, sometimes one mixed drink, but the martini was just way too much for me. The olive were good, though!

Back on track today, though, and working in the yard shoveling gravel and doing some other landscape projects. It's kind of warm so it's slow going. We're going to the nursery pretty soon, which is the best part of a yard project!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-28-2003, 07:09 PM
I have been thinking about the past 2 days and what could have been going on to make me so awfully hungry at that same time of day both days.
The only thing I could come up with is possibly carbohydrates.

I remembered seeing something at Curves that they have a food plan, so I was surfing around different weight loss sights this morning, and came across a post from a person who is a member of Curves like I am and is on the weight loss food plan they have.

I called my local Curves and talked with them about it, and after a long conversation, I decided to go down there, and to make a long story a little shorter, I purchased the 2 books and am reading up on it.
I have already purchased my foods for this coming week, so I won't be starting the plan until after next weekend. I get weighed and measured on Thursday anyway, so that will be a good time to start.

Don't know as I'll change the amount of foods I've been eating, just maybe the KIND of foods.

I got one of the books for free for giving them the names of 3 people who might be interested in Curves. The 3 people have already expressed interest to me, otherwise I would not have given their names.

I also think maybe I'll start weighing a little more often than once a month. We'll see. These books tell what to do if you go a while without a loss when everything else is status quo.
I'm happy with my loss so far, but am concerned about what may be going on to make me feel so hungry, and the fact that I've been falling asleep sitting in a chair shortly after eating. Makes me think carbohydrates has something to do with it. Time will tell.

The salmon is canned salmon. And I can eat it right from the can.

The weather is nice here today. Partly cloudy and a nice breeze. 80 degrees.

Angel, I'm trying to be good. Haven't done too bad so far today.
I'm having Stroganoff for supper. Making it with whole grain pasta, tenderized round steak, 98% fat free mushroom soup, fat free sour cream, and broccoli. In fact I'm getting hungry right now, so guess I'll go start preparing it.

Sheila, don't overdo it with the shoveling etc today. Sounds like you're getting towards the end of your project. That's always nice when you can stand back and look at a job with satisfaction and see how nice it looks.

Everyone have a nice evening. I'll be back later.

06-29-2003, 06:54 AM
Good morning ladies - lovely sunny one here in the UK. Well done Sheila, Willow and Angel on fantastic weight loss. Willow, I know you hoped you would lose more that 8lbs but in three weeks that is brilliant and you have done brilliantly well - look at the awful hours you have been working lately, the parade you went to and was controlled about the food. I know you have put so much effort into the last 3 weeks but it has worked - you are not carting around with you 8lbs of potatoes everywhere you go! As for the little binge - it will do you good and may not have an adverse effect on you. Remember a few weeks ago i had iced cake and custard and the next day apple pie and custard? It didnt alter my loss at all. One thing i have learned over the last 4 weeks of this is i can't predict how it's going to go by what I eat. You have done very,very well, Madam, and I see no concerns over whether I should come and perch on YOUR kitchen door top yet!! Angel, it must be difficult with your parents situation. My friend has a mum who has not recognised her for past 15 years and friend's oldest sister bears the whole brunt of caring for her, such a shame all round. Sheila - you put me to shame with your shovelling etc. Thought of it drains me! I think I will have to start some exercise soon though if i want to continue losing weight. Have to go now and prepare Sunday lunch for Hubby, mother and brother and nephew who are visiting. Got back from France at 0300 but it was worth the trip. Bought chocolate and pate but have managed to keep my jaws away. Also got lots of wines (I dont drink - all tastes yuk to me) and cigarettes (much cheaper there) but have vowed to pack them in once this lot has gone by which time I should be a shadow of my former self ha ha.
PS. Lost two pounds again this week but it was a struggle. Electronic scales kept flickering between 153 and 153.5 so naturally I went for the 153!!! Best wishes to all, xx

06-29-2003, 01:32 PM
I'm still sitting here in my pajamas. I got up at 5:20 this morning, had my breakfast, and just felt so out of connection with everything. Couldn't think of anything that sounded interesting or fun to do. I should have gone to church. I ended up getting soooo sleepy and went back to bed and layed down for a while. I did doze off, but only for a few minutes.
I was wishing I had someone to go walking or for a bike ride with, or just to sit and TALK with. I need to find some interests out of my home or I'll go nuts. I'm by myself waayyy too much.
I usually love mowing the lawn, and it certainly needs it, but, I don't want to get out there and do it.

OK, enough of the whining and pity party.
I guess I'll take a shower and go sit down by the lake for a couple hours. usually getting out in the sunshine helps my moods.

06-29-2003, 03:47 PM
Geez, how self-centered THAT must look! I post all about my woe's and don't even comment on your accomplishment!

Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement.

:lol: I now have a mental picture of you and I peeking around the edge of kitchen doors like a couple of Kilroys. ... Just eyes and nose visible at times. :lol:

Puss, you said something about starting to exercise, and I don't know if you, or anyone else for that matter, would want to check into buying exercise tapes, and I don't know if they would work on your VCR's, (are they or the electricity different in your country?) but there is a place where you can purchase workout videos at a very low price. It is http://www.overstock.com
They cost something like $1.99 and up, and the shipping is only $2.00 plus some change. Once you get to the site, you will have to type in "EXERCISE VIDEOS" to one of the search bars.

Everyone have a wonderful day!

06-29-2003, 09:15 PM
I'm very brand new here. Just peeking around the corner...

06-29-2003, 10:12 PM
Hello Isablue!
Welcome to our little corner of the world.
We love to get new members.
I don't know if you've read any of the back posts or not, but I'm 59 yrs old and have a hundred pounds to lose. I recently, ( 3 weeks ago) took out membership at Curves and I really like it.
The last couple of days have been yukky for me, but I think I'm pulling out of it now.
I've been trying to eat balanced meals and have been mostly counting calories and trying to stay away from saturated fats and refined sugars. Although this weekend I think I've undone all the good from the past week. :?:

Looking forward to hearing more from you. Are you following any specific plan or have you been doing your own plan?
See you soon I hope.

06-29-2003, 10:42 PM
Good evening everyone! The weekend is almost over and I haven't had a chance to post. I don't think I even turned on the computer yesterday. Two days in a row of gorgeous weather and not a drop of rain :flow2: Congratulations to all on your successes this past week. I hope I at least have a loss this Wednesday. Even a half pound would thrill me at this point.

Welcome Isablue! You have come to a great group - not that I am tooting my own horn - I enjoy reading all the other posts. We laugh, we cry, we commiserate and we share a bit of ourselves. We span the Atlantic Ocean and across the USA, but we all know what a struggle this is. "Talking" and sharing makes it seem a little less daunting.

Willow, I just thought of something, I noticed a few times that you had a turkey cutlet. Something about the tryptophan (sp) in it that makes people sleepy. Have you ever felt that way after a Thanksgiving dinner? Could it be something like that? Just an idea. And by the way, an 8 lb. loss is awesome :cp: Sorry about the salmon and eggs - I felt the same way when I read the recipe and I don't even like salmon. I like very mild fish, like orange roughy.

Now I am getting sleepy and I haven't eaten any turkey! Guess I will sign off and get some sleep. Back to the grind in the morning. The best to all of you. Sue

06-29-2003, 11:46 PM
http://www.coolgifs.de/welcome/a_t_we03.gif Isablue!! It's so good to have you. Don't just peek!http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/Misceyes.gif Post more & let us know about you.

Hi Sheila.....don't worry about going off the wagon. Just get back on. It probably did you a lot of good!http://home.att.net/~scorh2/Animation2j.gif

Willow....sounds like you're doing good now. Proud of you. Big thumbs up!!http://www.webdeveloper.com/animations/bnifiles/tumbs.gif

Fatpuss....very good on your weightloss!http://www.jeffpylenz.com/INCREDIMAIL%20VOL.2/HOTLETTERS/cool.gif

Onedayatatime....Hey, hang in there...I'm sure you've lost....got a couple more days to drink water!!http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Gulp.gif

Gotta go, good luck to all.


06-30-2003, 09:17 AM
I was awakened by a dream that I can't recall all of now. Something about riding my bike to some kind of seminar which was suppose to be in a large building, and once I got there I discovered that I was suppose to have taken a bus there, then it turned out that the seminar was going to be held in a dinky little apartment of some people I didn't know and I brought my bike right along into their apartment.Can you imagine? Hundreds of people in a 3 room apartment, then I take my bike in too. As I woke up I had just discovered that the bus was leaving without me and I discovered I had to ride hundreds of miles to get home, .. in the middle of the night, so I stayed and was playing cards with these complete strangers who's apartment the seminar had been held in. Isn't that just nuts?!?

I woke up at 5:30.
I had Kashi to good friends with fresh strawberries in it and skim milk for breakfast, and of course my cup of green tea that I have with every meal.

I have to take my car in this morning for repairs to the drivers seat, so I better get moving here. Be back later.

I'm going to weigh myself at home once a week, in the mornings.
Today my scales says 237. My scales weighs several pounds less than the one at Curves. Of course, at Curves I'm weighed in the evenings too.

Everybody have a great day!

06-30-2003, 11:06 AM
http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Sunbonnet01g2.gif WHAT A DREAM!! Could it have been a delayed reaction from those salmon & eggs?! hehe

Have a good day.;)

06-30-2003, 06:53 PM
Hi everyone and welcome to the gang, Isablue. Just a quickie I'm afraid because it's late, mum's gone to bed and hubby is flying to Scotland for four days business tomorrow so must get back to him before bedtime. I just wanted to say to Willow that you are not whining, you have been working over hard lately and that dream of yours, well, I just wish I really was on your door lintel to give you a massive hug and squeeze because I think the overworking is making you feel isolated a little. For you, dear, I would even get off my botty and ride a bike with you! (I have a mountain bike in my garage used about six times in 7 years complete with a teddy/shopping basket at the front). Thanks for the webite on videos but they have a Pal system here in the UK and tapes and you need a multi system video to play US tapes here. Our old one had it but not sure about the new one. I must try one of my Richard tapes which I know for sure one is US only. Sorry this is so short but I always check on what you girls post and enjoy them. Best wishes to all xx

06-30-2003, 06:56 PM
Ladies - at the end I should have said 'sorry this is so garbled" because it's full of mistakes. I am either having a very senior moment or the brain wants to go to bed. (Probably both) xx

06-30-2003, 07:44 PM
I've had a pretty good day today. Maybe had more starch than I needed but I also had some good cantaloupe and strawberries, and of course my Kashi cereal.

I got an article in my email today that reminds me so much of myself and a lot of others too.

It really made it sink in, if I say I can't, then I certainly WON'T.

Just got my car back and have to get going to Curves now.

06-30-2003, 09:01 PM
Remember that little engine! There's a reason it wasn't titled "The Little Engine That Couldn't" I don't think too many people would want to read "I Don't Think I Can, I Don't Think I Can". You are absolutely right, Willow, and I think I read it here before. If you THINK you CAN'T, you probably WON'T. The power of positive thinking is amazing. Wow, that was some dream. I have had some doozies too.

Sorry this is so short, but I have some weeding to do before it gets dark. It is nice and cool out right now and so refreshing.

Have a Great Day all.

Sue :dizzy:

07-01-2003, 01:04 PM
I went to bed later last night so I didn't get up until 7:30 this morning. The sun is shining so brightly, and it is now 80 degrees.

I did the 3-mile WATP tape and just had a cup of cheerios and some cantaloupe.

I had scheduled a salad for lunch, but I'm getting so tired of them all the time, I think I'll just have some steamed stir fry veggies with oyster sauce instead.

I haven't even gotten dressed yet, so I guess I'll do that and go for a bike ride.

07-01-2003, 05:24 PM
I did up some dishes and cleaned up the kitchen a bit.
By the time I was going to go for a bike ride, I looked at the thermometers and the 2 that are in the shade both say 92 degrees and the one that's in the sun says 100 degrees. Well, that settled that. No outdoor bike ride for me today. So I rode my exercise bike for 30 minutes.
7.6 miles and 114 calories, the bike said.

Now I'll go to Curves for 45 minutes tonight and that will give me just over 2 hours of exercise for today when added on to the 47 minutes this morning of the WATP tape.

I might as well forget about walking any distance because after that 1 1/4 mile walk yesterday morning, my hip was killing me all day so I ended up taking more anti-inflammatory med so I could sleep last night.
Oh well, I guess I can get enough upright exercise with the WATP tapes and Curves. I also have a treadmill which doesn't seem to bother as much, but I just don't like using it. It is soooo tedious, no matter how good a program is on the TV in front of it or how good the music is that I sometimes listen to. I think it has to do with what kind of surface I walk on. I do the WATP tapes on thick carpeting and the squares that I do jumping or upright exercises on at Curves are cushioned and have bounce to them also. The hard floors at work were killing me and walking on cement like yesterday does the same thing. It sucks to get old! :censored:

07-01-2003, 05:50 PM
http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/Bearmail_Hello.jpg Just wanted to say hi. I don't feel well today, so not gonna post much. Everybody hang in there & keep losing.

Oh, OneDay@ATime, & Willow....this is for you. http://a1055.g.akamai.net/f/1055/1401/5h/images.barnesandnoble.com/images/6420000/6421574.gif

Have a good day.

07-01-2003, 07:42 PM
Hi everybody.
Thanks Angel. What's going on? Got flu or something like that? Hope you get better soon. :grouphug:

As you all know, I get the Mayo Clinic Newsletter every week, and the one I got today has about the best article I've seen yet about women and weight gain/loss as we start to get up in years or around menopause.
It's just plain sensible. For a change, that's nice.


I ate supper about an hour ago and since Curves is open an hour later on Tuesday and Thursday nights, I guess I'll wait a little longer to go do my thing there. Give my supper a chance to settle.

Where is everyone else? I'll check back later when I get home.
Have a nice evening all.

07-01-2003, 10:10 PM
Hi Willow....no, don't have flu. I have RA & get Remicade treatments (intraveneously-2hr)every few weeks. Also, Methotrexate on Monday nights. The Remicade has wore off & my next treatment is next Tuesday. Sooo, I don't feel so great. Just gotta bare with it.

This is the image I was looking for, but couldn't find it earlier. http://gilly.0catch.com/emoticons/yesyou.gif

07-01-2003, 11:17 PM
Wow! That's a long time to not be feeling good! A whole week?!? Can't they change the dosage and administer it more often, but lower the dosage?
Sorry you're feeling so lousy. Wish I knew of some way to help. Try to have a good evening.

07-02-2003, 12:26 AM
Oh, Angel-lover, I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly. You have a great attitude about it, though. Chronic pain and illness are the pits. The TV ads for Remicade make it seem like a magic cureall, but the reality seems much different. Love the little engine that could graphic, by the way.

Willow, I enjoy reading those newsletters. Thanks for sharing them.

Well, I got stung by a wasp while barbecuing in my carport. The dang thing got me right on the eyelid. It hurts like heck, too, so if anyone has a good wasp sting cure, please let me know! I put ice on it, and that's kept the swelling to a minimum, but the ibuprofen hasn't touched the pain. I didn't know a wasp sting could hurt this much.

On the food front, well, Haagen Daz chocolate raspberry torte ice cream is pretty good. Guess that says it all. Well. actually, before I could have eaten the whole pint, but I shared with my DH so I guess that's a plus. Back on my program today--not sure what was going on with me yesterday that I wanted that ice cream more than I wanted to lose this weight, but I did, and now it's in the past, right?

Hope everyone had a good Tuesday! Tomorrow I'm getting my hair cut by a new stylist. I decided to treat myself to a good haircut rather than go to the Super Cuts place--it's about time!

07-02-2003, 11:20 AM
I sure feel in a good mood for as little as I slept last night.
I have a CPAP machine and the mask makes a sore spot at the top of the bridge of my nose every once in a while, and I then use a nasal air mask, and I'm not used to it and air keeps escaping from it and it keeps me awake more than the sleep apnea does. So, tonight I'm going to try putting some padding on the sore spot and use my regular mask.

I got up at 6:30 and did the 3-mile WATP tape, then had a bowl of Kashi cereal with blueberries.

When I'm done here I'll take my shower and go grocery shopping for stuff I need for the weekend.
I'm getting excited now that the time is getting closer. I'll be seeing all 12 of my grandbabies together again. Of course they're not all "babies" anymore, but they're still MY grandbabies.

Sheila, I can't imagine how painful a wasp sting on the EYELID must be! My Mom used to put a baking soda pack on bee stings, and it seemed to draw out the poison or ease the pain. She just made a very thick paste of baking soda and water. I don't know where on the eyelid you got stung, on the edge, or up towards the eyebrow, but I suppose if it's on the edge it would be difficult to put a baking soda pack on it. Caladryl lotion might help too. It's calamine lotion with benadryl in it. I have some stuff I keep here for when the grandkids get bitten by mosquitoes and insects. It's called AFTERBITE, and it's in a tube-type container and you just take the cover off and rub it on the bite. Don't know if it would help with a bee or wasp sting though. Probably the benadryl tablets would be the best bet.

So you enjoyed a half pint of Haagen-Daaz, ... we need to do that from time to time I guess. I think if you can do it without going on a binge for days or weeks, it kind of makes us feel like we're not giving up the world to lose weight. That's how I feel about butter. I always missed it when I used substitutes, so I just decided to use it and compensate for it. I don't use a lot of it anyhow.

I hope you like your new hair-do. I've been putting off experimenting with color, or rather, highlights in mine until I lose a bit more weight.

Angel, I hope you're not feeling too badly today. What a bummer! Maybe if you call the Dr they would give you something for the pain or change the dosage. Does this happen every month? That must be so awful!

Puss, and Sue, I hope everything is going well with you two.
We miss your posts. Hope your Mother is doing well, Puss.
Sue, did you get that garden all weeded? It never ends, does it?

Everybody have a great day! I'll probably stop back later!

07-02-2003, 01:01 PM
Thanks everyone. I didn't mean to sound so terrible. No, I can't have anything else, it would go against me, somehow. It's not just pain, but also fatigue. Anyway the Methotrexate I take on Monday nights is supposed to be my "help". My Remicade treatments are every 8 weeks....& yes, the commercials are always gonna make eveything look better than what it is. There is a big difference, though, when I have a treatment. I guess that's why it's such a bummer when it wears off. I'm going to talk to my dr Tuesday & see if they can be closer together. I'm on medicare, though, & don't know if they will pay for it that way. It costs over $2,000 per treatment. Should be good, huh?! I'm a little better today, not as bad as yesterday.

Sheila, believe it or not, but Orajel works great on any sting! I got stung by a red wasp a few weeks ago, & my hand was already swollen & very red, & hurting so bad I was crying. My husband got the Orajel & put in on....instant relief! I couldn't believe it! The swelling & redness was gone in about 5 minutes, & I never had any more problem with it. I have always had severe reactions to all kinds of stings. I'm sold on the Orajel! It makes sense to think of it, though. It's made to rub on gums to go right to the nerves.

Willow....when I see your little cheerleader, I don't think of you as being a grandmother with 12 grandchildren. LOL I invision you as being the little cheerleader! I have 11 grandchildren, so I gotta catch up with you.;)

Hope all have a good day & keep exercising! http://www.cartooncottage.com/graphics/funnycattan.gif

07-02-2003, 05:44 PM
Hi Ladies, just a quickie again, I'm afraid but hubby still in Scotland and I don't like leaving my mother on her own too long after me working all day and leaving her alone. Angel, I am sorry you have not been well, what is RA? Sheila - what a place to get a wasp sting!! Hope you are ok now. As for the Hagaan Daz - my kids used to love the cookies and cream variety. It won't do you any harm at all to indulge once in a while, a little of what you fancy and all that. Willow, thanks for your posts - I do read them before work in the morning while I am getting ready. Mum insists on going home on Saturday - says she needs to show the neighbours etc that she's still alive ha ha. Tried to disuade her because I think she will crash again but she has promised to let me know if she gets down again. My brother lives near her so he can check daily. This means,though, that I will be back to normal posting again after Saturday. Onward and upwards, ladies...

07-02-2003, 05:45 PM
Sue - where are you girl? Miss your funny posts!

07-02-2003, 09:07 PM
Hi Fatpuss...Thanks, I'm feeling a little better. RA is Rheumatoid Arthritis. Like my dr says, a lot of people think it is like Osterarthritis(which I also have), but it's different. It's a disease that effects your immune (spelling) system. Can effect you suddenly & harshly. That's how mine did. A year ago, my finger swelled & hurt...I was sent to a Rheumatologist. I thought my dr was crazy. But in that one year time..it is all through my body. Very painful & crippling. Getting it early, as they did, may save my joints from becoming deformed, & me becomming wheelchair bound. I hope so. They have found Methotrexate ( a form of chemo) works well with the Remicade...but both have to be watched carefully. It was worth trying, for me, anyway. I didn't mean to write a medical book!http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Animal1b.gif

07-02-2003, 10:10 PM
Hello All! I don't know where the time goes. When the weather gets warmer, I don't spend as much time on the computer I guess. I sure have enjoyed reading all the posts. Angel, you are just too cool. Those little engines were super. Maybe I should put a picture of one on my refrigerator to give me inspiration. I feel bad for you with the RA. I have degenerative arthritis (sp) and there are days you just don't want to move. Which, unfortunately, is the worst thing I can do. So, we grit our teeth and keep going. I was on Celebrex for awhile, and there wasn't too much difference as far as I could tell between that and extra strength tylenol or advil. Except maybe for $20 :dizzy: My hands look like those of a 90 year old woman, but they don't really hurt much. The doctor told me that the knuckles are very painful when they are "degenerating" but when that stops and the knuckles are large and kind of crooked, the pain stops. My pinkys are the only ones not affected yet. OK, enough about me. I could write a book, but I won't. Speaking of books, I have started reading the first "Harry Potter" book. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, I am halfway through and, believe it or not, I found it hard to put down. Any other Muggles out there?
OK, I have been avoiding the subject. I said I would be thrilled with a half-pound loss. I will admit that I wasn't. I tried very hard and that's the results - 1/2 lb. I am trying to imaging a stick of butter stuck to each hip. Guess its better than nothing. Next week will be better. I THINK I CAN - I THINK I CAN - I KNOW I CAN. Chug Chug Chug
Anyone doing picnics on Friday? I have one to go to and I plan on bringing a Three-Bean Salad on Steroids. It has at least five different kinds of beans, chick peas, cauliflower, carrots and a few other things I can't remember right off hand. I don't even want to see another macaroni salad for awhile. My entire family will probably go into withdrawal if I don't bring it, but they will survive. My sister has a pool, but with my whole family and her whole in-law family, this body is not getting into a bathing suit :rolleyes: Only at my son's house - In the back yard - after midnight.
Shiela, you must have been sending out signals last night. I had such a craving for coffee ice cream! My DH even offered to go get me some. Aggggghh The day before weigh-in? I think not. Now, tonight is a different story. Maybe I will have popcorn instead. Or maybe not, bedtime is in less than an hour. I just got my hair done too - highlighted. Went quite a bit lighter this time and my beautician said I should have a lot more fun, as I was "almost a blond". :lol:
My weeding is done. I don't have a very large patch to do. I planted some ground cover this year, so next year I should have even fewer weeds. If I had a larger plot, I would have a big "cutting" garden and have bouquets in the house all the time. I love flowers of all kinds. Speaking of which, one of the clients at work just made my day today. As a thank you for my "help" on his house closing, he walked in with a dozen pale yellow long-stemmed roses. Good thing my DH is not the jealous sort. They are just gorgeous.
I will try and post more often, even if it is just a quick hello. Have a Great Day all! Sue

07-02-2003, 10:42 PM
Hi, Sue. Congratulations on your weightloss!http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/food/apple_1.gif Hey....you didn't gain.....you lost!!

Hope you enjoy your picnic. Don't worry about it. Next week you can get back to business!http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/treadmill.gif

That salad sounds good. I love salads. That's what has helped me so much on my diet. Also, love fruit!http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnyapplelg.gif http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnybanana.gif http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnygrapes.gifhttp://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnymelon.gif http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnyorange.gif http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnysberry.gif http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/funnytomato.gif Ok....Ok.....I ALSO LOVE IMAGES!!!

07-02-2003, 10:50 PM
They are predicting rain for Friday now, and I don't think my DIL really wanted to have everyone at their house but kind of fell into it when she asked me if I was coming, and I said, "I was going to have it at my house, but, if you're having it at yours, you better tell all the rest of them when and where. " Well, I think she only meant to have a party at night for some adults to sit around and drink. She has been making remarks about not wanting everyone traipsing into her house to use the bathrooms, etc. She said she's going to rent a portapotty. And, if it rains, she said they can go in the garage.
I don't know if I should offer to have it here at my house, or if I should just leave it as it is. I know I'm not going to sit out in the hot sun all afternoon, or even in the garage or the shade when it's as hot as it has been these past few days.

I got all my shopping done today for the food for this weekend. I cooked the potatoes and the eggs for the potato salad. Tomorrow morning I'll have to get up early and start making the salads and the fruit bowl and a cake for one of my other DIL's Birthday. I'll make the ham sandwiches Friday morning.

I did my laundry today. I only have one load to dry yet and 2 to fold and put away.

I rode my exercise bike for 30 minutes this afternoon and I went to Curves for 45 minutes tonight. So, that's another total of 2+ hours for today.

I just had a big glass of diet pepsi, which is very unusual for me. I don't usually drink soda, but I have a big bottle of it in the fridge for when the kids come home, and I was so thirsty when I got back from Curves, it sounded good for a change. I THINK it was good. I drank it so fast, I'm not sure!

Puss, I hope your Mom isn't leaving too soon after stopping the antidepressant. Has she weaned off of it completely now?
I hope she'll be ok, and maybe she knows that you need a break too. It's great that you have a brother who can check on her every day.
Does she have any hobbies or interests out of the home to keep her mind occupied so she won't get so depressed just sitting and thinking? I do too much of that sometimes too.
How long will your hubby be gone to Scotland? Will you have some time all by your self after your Mom leaves? That should be relaxing.

Angel, I sure wish for you to get relief. That's got to be so miserable.
I love the gifs.
Are you doing anything special this weekend? I always look forward to seeing all the kids and grandkids, but I'm also relieved when it's all done and I can relax again.

Sheila, I suppose with my luck, you're posting again while I am.
I sure hope that eyelid is better. I bet it's probably swollen shut by now. I hope you don't get sick from it. How about you? Doing anything special or going any place for the holiday?

Sue, I'm glad you posted.
I have some of the Harry Potter books, but I've never cracked one of them. I suppose I should get all of them and start reading. I had gotten the ones I have for my grandkids to read when they come here, but they have them at home.
My arthritis is bothering me today too. I hope it's from the weather coming tomorrow and not from my exercise bike.
Is the .5 pound for a week? It's better than .5 up, and maybe you're retaining fluid for a day or so.
I get weighed and measured tomorrow at Curves. I hope I lost back down to where I was before that 2 day fall last weekend.
Man, I wish I had a friend or a relative with a pool. I'd be in it any time I possibly could! Day or night, and with anybody. I LOVE horsing around in the water. You feel so relaxed when you get out.
Lucky you getting the yellow roses. How nice! You deserve them though.

Well, gotta put my last load of clothes in. Be back later.

07-03-2003, 12:59 AM
Hi Willow...WOW...you do so much in each day! You've GOT to be losing weight! I couldn't keep up with you in my younger, energetic days!!LOL

I gotta do my laundry tomorrow.http://www.spacespider.net/emo/chores_washing.gif I know that Diet Pepsi is good, but not too much...http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Pepsi.gif I've kinda turned into the food police for you, haven't I? Sorry....

I doubt if we do anything special for the 4th. Our children seem to have plans other places. I don't guess I'm good company these days. LOL

I wish you well on your weigh-in tomorrow. Glad you like my gifs. This is the best I can do for you....you deserve a rose, also, for all the info you give us.http://home.att.net/~scorh2/Flower03f2.gif

07-03-2003, 09:29 AM
I slept pretty good last night. I got up at 5:45 and did the 3-mile WATP tape. I'm having my breakfast as I type this. Bran cereal and fresh strawberries with skim milk and a cup of green tea. MMMMM.

I've got a lot to do today, and it looks like the weather is not going to be very nice. Must have had a storm in the middle of the night because everything is wet and my flowers are all leaning toward the east, so there must have been a wind from the west. My Baby's Breath is blown over. I hope it perks back up. Guess I'll have to put a little fence around it to keep it upright.
My car got washed, anyway. Looks nice too!

For lunch I'm having an egg and tomato sandwich. Haven't had one of those in a long time.
For supper I'm having a pork chop and veggies.

Tonight I get weighed and measured too. I'm curious to see if anything has happened. I'm sure it has.

Angel, thanks for the rose. Hope you're feeling better today.

07-03-2003, 03:45 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-066.gif I am feeling much better today, Willow. Thank you.

I wish you good luck with your weigh-in. I believe you'll do well. Don't see how you couldn't with all that you do!

I weighed this morning. Lost 2 more lbs. This makes a total of http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/Smiley-Faces/smiley_010.gif 20 lbs!! Got about 15 more to go. Those will be the toughest, I know. I've been through this before.......

It's a beautiful day here. Makes me wish I was at the beach.http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/beachbabe.gif I wouldn't mind looking like that, either! hehe

07-03-2003, 07:30 PM
http://fla.fg-a.com/usaCa.gifWANT TO WISH ALL A HAPPY JULY 4TH!!! http://image.fg-a.com/Firew14a.gif http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Fireworks2.gif http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Fireworks2.gif http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Fireworks2.gifhttp://image.fg-a.com/Firew14a.gif http://image.fg-a.com/Firew14a.gif http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Fireworks2.gif

07-03-2003, 10:58 PM
Just checking in for a minute 'cause I knew there would be fireworks. THANK YOU Angel. I knew you wouldn't disappoint. They are so neat.
I spent most of the evening finishing my first Harry Potter book. It was such fun. Can't wait to start Book #2 Can't quite believe this myself - almost 55 years old and enthralled by this book about wizards.
Hope you all have a great weekend. We are expecting 90 degrees and humid. I may go in the pool afterall. Till tomorrow, Sue :wave:

07-04-2003, 01:09 AM
I've been busy all day!
Making the potato salad takes a long time. Then I made 40 ham sandwiches. Then I wiped up my kitchen floor. Dusted.
Then cleaned the bathroom, including the toilet. I HATE that job!
Showered and went to Curves. Then had to pick up 2 of my grandkids who are staying overnight. When I got home with them one of my sons from way north was here with his family, and I got out the food I had ready for them, and while they were eating I made my fruit bowl.
Then, more and more people started coming.
They are all gone now except for 3 grandkids who are staying overnight.

I did the 3-mile WATP tape when I got up this morning, and 30 minutes of riding my exercise bike this afternoon, then 45 minutes at Curves this evening. 122 minutes total.

Now, for the verdict. ..........................
It will be 4 weeks tomorrow since I took out membership at Curves, and was weighed and measured.
Tonight they weighed and measured me again.
I lost 11.25 pounds.
I lost a total of 7.75 inches.
I lost 8.46 body fat pounds. Or, 1.30%.
This is really bad! ... My body fat went from 48.50% to 47.20%. And what is it suppose to be? ... Something like 23 percent?

But, I'm sure happy about my report!

Bad weather predicted for tomorrow. Ugh! It's sooo hot and humid!
I need to get to bed and get some rest for tomorrow.

Angel, thanks for the fireworks.
Congratulations on your 2-pound loss also. Man! You're really going to town with dropping the pounds. Good for you! Keep up the good work. I know it's also hard work.

Hi Sue, now you've got me thinking more and more about those Harry Potter books.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend everybody.

07-04-2003, 02:21 AM
Hi !!!! I qualify to belong to an over 50 group.... unfortunately. LOL
I read here when this group first formed. I only read the first page and then never came back.
Then it got soooo long I never joined in because I figured it would take forever to download on my computer since you have soooo many pages. LOL Excuses excuses. LOL

Anyway... for some unknown reason tonight I decided to peek in. I have only read the last page but liked what I read.
Willow.... we have sooo much in common.

My father died at age 93 last week in a nursing home... my mom is still there.

I just posted in my home group and thought it was fitting for in here too.
Hope you don't mind if I repost it here too.
Maybe my awakening can help someone in here too.
Here it goes.....
Hi guys... I am back in town. My mom is doing pretty good... I think. She puts on a happy face for me... but my sister says she just sits and stares at wall all the time. I feel so helpless. She is confinded to bed and needs 24 hour care so there is no way I can move her in with me.
My food was really good today. :cp:
I did a lot of thinking while driving. I became so aware that "wishful thinking" will NOT get the job done. It takes ACTION on my part.

People who want to compete in athletic events can't just sit there and "wish" the could win. They have to get out there and work for it !!!
If I want to lose 10 pounds in the month of July I have to work for it !!!
I need to be dedicated to my food plan and I also need to get this body moving. If you want to win the GOLD... you have to GO FOR THE GOLD... ALL THE WAY !!!!!

That said.... I am going for 10 pounds in the month of July.
If I don't make it... it won't be because I didn't give it my all.
I am going to give it my BEST effort .... not just "wish" I could lose 10lbs.

Thanks for listening. I also had a good awakening about my dad too.
My dad lived to be 93 and he kept himself active all those years.
He did not sit at home "hoping" he would be still be active at age 93.
He got out there and walked the mall everyday... even when he was using a walker.
He refused to sit at home and get old.
He worked at staying young.
Even his last day... he got himself dressed and walked to the cafeteria.
If he could force himself to be active at 93 then I can force myself to be active at 52.
That means I have 41 more years to LIVE. Not just exist.


07-04-2003, 09:53 AM
http://www.jeffpylenz.com/INCREDIMAIL%20VOL.2/PIGGY%20SMILIES/welcomewriting.gif back 2Cute2Bfat!! You need to check in more often! No telling what you might miss!! I don't intend to age gracefully, either.......gonna fight it all the way!! Good for your father. I believe I would have liked him http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/MiscExclama.gif

Sue & Willow...You're very welcome for the fireworks. I enjoy doing these little "extras" for all my new friends.:lol:

Willow!! You're doing Great!!!! I knew you would have an awesome report! http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/party/3.gif

One question.....about the green tea. http://www.vfwds.com/graphics/images/clip/tea60x60.gif Where do you get it & exactly what is it supposed to do for you? I've been thinking about it. The last 15 lbs is gonna be hard for me to lose. Wondering if it might help me. Thanks. http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-076.gif

07-04-2003, 11:17 AM
Stop posting here and please join us in OVER 50 AND GETTING HEALTHY #2!!