Weight Loss Support - Victory Queens of Queen Victoria's Royal Court

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04-20-2003, 09:13 PM
Spring has sprung, and in the not so distant future comes Victoria Day. What is Victoria Day? Currently in Canada it is the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. The origins of the holiday go back to 1845, when Queen Victoria's birthday was celebrated on May 24. Here's the synopsis: http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/jfa-ha/victoria_e.cfm

As our next challenge, the Springettes will strive to be victorious in our weight-loss goals. We have four weeks to re-group, re-focus, and realize our goals, ending with marking the Queen's Birthday on May 19.

There is a plush Royal Throne for each participant, and the Royal Fitness Center is available all hours for your enjoyment. Healthy, nutritious food and sparkling clear water are served upon request. Everything we need to be successful in our weight loss goals is here!

State your goals and plans and then do your best to fulfill them. In the event of a slight deviation (or two) from such plans, we shall not wallow in self-pity! We shall climb back up on the Royal Throne and continue to oversee our personal challenges.

HRH said it best: "We are not interested in the possibilties of failure" ~ Queen Victoria

We may not be Queen Victoria, but we shall be Victory Queens of the Royal Court!

The Royal Roll Call begins in the morning. Appearances are expected by
:queen: Kaylets,
:queen: Eydie,
:queen: Punkinseed,
:queen: Amarantha,
:queen: Arabella,
:queen: Anagram,
:queen: wsw,
:queen: frogger,
and any other Royalty who wish to participate!

Polish up those crowns and fasten those jewels....The Royal Court has begun!

04-20-2003, 09:19 PM
Royal Trivia Time!

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria), 1819–1901, queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1837–1901) and empress of India (1876–1901). She was the daughter of Edward, duke of Kent (fourth son of George III), and Princess Mary Louise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

04-21-2003, 07:28 AM
Hello all!!

I love my throne! Its in all my favorite colors!! And it has a wireless laptop that folds down discreetly!! I love the trivia too!
Thanks Wildfire!!

And I can still see the lake from the window! I notice the swans and the geese all seem to be wearing little tiara's too!!

One thing about having an extra day off is that it's enough to break my routine and hard for me to get back in the rhythm. At least it was only one day off, not a whole week-- then I'm really cranky and out of touch! Another reminder of how easy it is to come off program if we don't stay alert and remember, different situation, new stresses, etc, etc.
DH likes to say " Be aware of your surroundings"-

If you're like me, this is a Monday to be a little gentler on myself as I am tired from doing too much and after all, it is Monday. I am already planning to have something I really enjoy for dinner and have decided that I might even take a short ride at lunch.
After all, its FRESH START MONDAY!!
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Today's thought is:
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it", Mae West.

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Today's question of the day:
"What will you look like ten years from now?", from Table Topics

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To today's best choices!!

04-21-2003, 09:26 AM
Good morning your Highnesses! :queen:

It's Fresh Start Monday, so wipe the slate clean of anything you did on the weekend that you're not so proud of, and begin anew!

A Proclamation by Order of the Royal Court:

For the next four weeks, up to and including May 19, the simple :wave: shall heretofor be known and accepted as the Royal :wave:. :D

(Be it known that any member of the Royal Court can so declare Royal Proclamations, as they see fit.)

Back to the Royal Dungeon for me, as I am living as a common peasant, Monday-Friday, 8-5. ;)

04-21-2003, 12:11 PM
AAAAARGH! It's Monday!!!!!

:queen: Punkin', arriving for royal role call! :wave: I'm here!

I have oddles to post, but the phone won't quit ringing - I'll be back!


04-21-2003, 02:38 PM
Hola Royal Ones :D I read a bunch of posts on the Spring Renewal thread yesterday, and of course, now forget most of what was said. However, I must tell you that ya'll inspired me and I just couldn't stay at the 'puter... so I went out and walked all over town. 2 1/2 hours. Around the Seattle Center, to Pike Place, down to the waterfront and then home.... Whew.

So, I'm feeling equally motivated today and won't post too long right now.

Anagram - I am so happy for your DH!!! Big Congrats!!!

OK, off and running.

04-21-2003, 03:37 PM

Survived Monday morning... accidently called one of my clients my "nemesis" and he heard me (jeez, the man called me 6 times in 2 hours!). The call ended with him laughing so I guess I've been spared... :^:
Oh boy, only 4 more days to the weekend :rolleyes:

Kaylets - I *love* the HALT advice! I'm going to write it down and keep it on my fridge.
Sorry to hear about your raspberries run amok. Wiley little plants huh?

Miss Washu - Oooh, watch out for that chest pain - it could only be stress, but keep an eye on it!

Anagram - WAAAHOOOO!!!! :cb: I'm so happy for you and hubby! What a huge relief... I hope this is just the first step with many more healing ones to come.

Wildfire - I loved Shallow Hal. Matter o' fact I bought it. Typically I despise Jack Black, but the movie was so well done. I second your idea to meet at PEI! I'd love to go there, never been to the east coast (ug, it *is* on the east coast right?) or Canada! Is it anywhere near the memorial for the Titanic?

Eydie - Thank you for your comment on my journal. I'm really enjoying just writing what's on my mind every morning. :)

Arabella - Wow, come over here and rub some of that "I feel so good" on me! You sound much better than you did a few weeks ago!

WSW - Ya know... after spending a long weekend with my best friends, I'm going to have to say that doing so is the *best* medicine in the world. I'm glad you had such a great visit.

Q #1 - Table manners, always. If I'm eating alone I don't normally sit at the table, but the rest of the manners apply.
Q #2 - Favorite book - the one that always comes to mind is Island of the Blue Dolphins. I LOVED that book when I was a kid and want to find it to read again... I think it was part of what put me in touch with nature as a religion.

I have babbled enough - time to nuke some lunch!


04-21-2003, 03:44 PM
Goodeth afternoon all then! I love our new thread.:D

"The Day" draws ever nearer. I'm so excited. Mom's making all the calls from people that we haven't gotten RSVP's from today. I'll be needing to get the final count over to the caterer and the table rental people soon. I'm getting all kinds of nervous and having second thoughts and everything. We had a big fight about that hotel rental charge on his credit card. There's this girl online that he talks to that claims they slept together on that day. He says she's a dirty physcopathic liar. And that he has only been with me these past 4 years. Let me give you the jist. I fell asleep on the couch saturday night and he went to bed leaving the computer on. I went to shut it off and a message pops up from this girl "anybody there?" and I just replied "this is his fiance he has gone to bed try again tomorrow" She went off about how she never knew he had a fiance and he lied to her and how they had slept together a couple of weekends ago (coinsiding with the hotel stay) and she got pregnant and miscarried. (That in itself put up a red flag to me for some reason) And that she will never talk to him again. I had a discussion with him about it and he said she is a dirty liar. That he may talk on the computer but I am the only one in his life. He said she got interested in him and now she's jealous because she didn't know about me. And how maybe he might have given her too much information since he has talked with her awhile. And he deffinatly remembers letting all his friends know that he would be gone that weekend so that probebly where she got her rondivue date from. I believe him. I don't know why. Cuz I just do.
I do need to have a talk with him tonight because as I sit here getting this off my chest I can't help but get paranoid about it again. I begged for the truth because I don't want him or I walking into a marriage with something that is going to eat us both alive. My mother has been hurt like that her whole life by her husbands and I just don't want that for myself. And I don't want (if he did indeed sleep with this girl) to walk around for the rest of his life having the guilt eat him alive. Ok so there's my story. My delima, my wedding/life freakout of the week.

Weighloss has stalled at the moment. but at least it hasn't gone up.

Your thoughts....

04-21-2003, 05:38 PM
Greetings, Sister-Queens! I'm practicing my royal wave as we speak. Yes, that's the royal "we".

Wildfire, thanks for getting us started. Much appreciated!

Made it thru Easter--wasn't really interested in any of the choc. bunnies or anything. The only nod I made to the holiday was having 2 marshmallow peeps somewhere along the way.

I'm feeling really good and positive for this challenge. I want to lose as much weight as possible before my birthday--I'm using that for motivation.

Frogger, yikes! What a complicated situation, to say the very least. This chick on the comp. may be trying to freak you out just because she can. You're right, you can't let this eat you alive and your fiance HAS to understand why you may be a bit weirded out by this so don't let him blow you off when you want to talk about it. Let us know what happens--lousy timing, huh?

04-21-2003, 09:22 PM
Today's Queenly Quote:

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves. ~ Queen Victoria

Good eve, your Highnesses! :wave:

:queen: Anagram, how was your stroll in the Royal Gardens? Good for you for "forgetting" your Easter basket! I'm sure the Princesses will help you dispose of it!

:queen: MissWashu, that's the spirit!

:queen: Punkin, so glad your Nemesis has a sense of humor, even if he is a pest! :lol: Yes, PEI is on the east coast of Canada. Hey, if there's some real interest in us all meeting there, we could do it! For our family reunion, we had approx. 50 people who travelled from all over Canada. We booked a block of cabins for reservations, and people made arrangements to bunk together on their own. It worked out great! They were fully equipped with dishes, pots, pans, microwave, dishwasher, full propane BBQ...you name it....so since we were there for a week, we bought groceries and cooked ourselves! If enough of us were interested, we could do it and not break the bank! Something to ponder.

Frogger, I'm going to be blunt, so please don't be offended. You either trust him or you don't. If you believe he has done nothing he shouldn't have, then take his word for it. If you have any doubt that he's telling the truth, then you need to decide if you want to say nothing and live with it and hope that it never comes up again, or you want to investigate, find proof one way or the other, and confront him. You have to know in your heart if you feel he's capable of betraying your relationship or not. I know without a doubt that I trust my husband completely. If someone told me something about him, I would believe his explanation over theirs. However, if there was an unexplained credit card charge for a hotel and he said he was never there, I know he'd be on the phone reporting it to the hotel and the credit card company as fraud. If he didn't, then we'd have a problem, because I wouldn't trust him anymore. Don't believe what some lonely cyberchick tells you. He may have rejected her advances online, and she's trying to get even. You know him probably better than anyone so you have to trust that knowledge. You're about to get married....your nerves are frazzled as it is, and this situation is playing on them. Take a deep breath and try to discuss it calmly with him. Good luck! :grouphug:

:queen: Eydie, I'm making my birthday (Aug 7) my goal to hit 155lbs! It's doable, if I just do it! We both will! :yes:

:queen: Amarantha, boot camp is working well! I'm glad you started it! We can be soldiers there and Royalty here!

:queen: wsw, we know you're there. :wave: Hope you're having a good day. How precious to have puppies come visit! What a nice surprise!

The Royal Treadmill awaits...

04-21-2003, 10:21 PM
Hello all!

Meant to just take a look while the tub is running but I cannot resist.....

Punkin-- too funny-- I've been caught "on hold" a few times myself!

Empress-- I'm not quite sure I like it when you're brief!

Anagram- Very clever leaving the basket behind!

MissW-- did you ever hear on the job interview?

Frogger-- I hope you arent offended but I agree with Wildfire--
Either you do or you don't- Its not even the point that you're not married yet-- And you're soooo right-- you've seen firsthand that things do not "get better" with marriage. You need to decide for yourself. In fact, that's when a lot of people let their guard down.
And this goes without saying, as again, you've seen this first hand, it doesnt matter how much money has been put into the wedding-- that should not be any part of your decision--

Please remember, we all want the very best for you because you deserve it. You deserve to be treated like royalty.

Long, long ago, after nearly a year of being courted, I fell in love. And was loved in return. And would dare to say, if you asked the gentleman today, he would honestly say, he still cares about me. But he could not be true to one woman. Just could not do it. When he was with you, he was tender, gallant, generous, funny -- and honest. He loved me as much as he could but knew that although I loved him with all my heart, that my heart was being broken knowing he was seeing other women. This relationship lasted a long long time on many levels.
Looking back, in many ways, I see how he could have kept many things from me because my love wouldn't have seen. Although I wanted an entirely different outcome, I still respect him for his honesty.

My relationship w/ DH is entirely different. He also is tender, gallant, generous, funny and honest. But he is loyal. He doesnt know how to be anything but loyal. This is the difference. I am sure he has seen the same tempting opportunties online but loyalty stops him. He feels I am his best friend as well as his wife. He knows the odds are I'd never find out yet he remains loyal. Have there been opprotunities for me too? Once or twice-- yet, I don't know for sure as I decided not to go that route. Do I wonder... Sometimes.. but what's more important is my promise to DH.

Frogger- I sincerely want the best for you. I feel a real connection with you. I think everyone here shares that same feeling.
You are a very special lady !

04-22-2003, 07:37 AM
Hello all!

At least its Tuesday, at least I "got thru the Monday wall" . Woke up with TOM too , which explains a lot.

Think that was part of the reason I was drawn to today's thought--
Some days all we can do is "grin and bear it " and if that's the best we can do than we've done our best. Atheletes are taught how to pace themselves so for best results overall. They are taught that rest and nutrition are as important practice -- and to vary the routine to keep things interesting .
Sometimes the best atheletes have to wait out an injury.
Why should I be any different?

"Thought of the day :
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing-that's why we recommend it daily."

---Zig Ziglar American Sales Trainer, Author, Motivational Speaker

Question of the day :

Have you ever marched in a parade? What did you like about it? ---

---from Table Topics


Have a great day all! I need to go find the umbrella!
Dogs came in wet which is always my favorite in the am!

Have your best day!

04-22-2003, 08:14 AM
My lesson for this week is there are always two sides to the story. BUT that one side is usually misguided or a tall tale. You are all right that have replied. I do trust him. When she told me her tale I wasn't upset, I didn't cry. It just didn't seem right to me. Something was 'wrong' with her story ya know? I could feel it. My fiance's story is solid and he's steadfast in looking me in the eye and telling me he cannot admit to something that he didn't do. Her brief story is full of holes, and 'poor me's' and the like. She said she'll never talk to him again (although she sent him an email last night. He read it and deleted it. It too was filled with poor me and you owe me an apology. For WHAT? She owes us an apology for her lies.
His credit card charge he admits to, he was there, but he would not sleep with anyone that was there. (All men!! LOL) He rented this room because he didn't think it was right for him to come home drunk as he was. (And possibly to avoid the onslaught of a woman's rath!)

And so, lesson learned by him and I. Good thing though. Maybe he'll be more careful of who he talkes to and what he says. My nerves are frazzled, and I'd really like to tell her where to go and what to do when she got there. But, it is no longer my problem now that I have gotten what I believe is the truth. It is up to him to handle it. He said he was going to copy me on his response to her email if he chooses to even reply. He thinks it just more contact then he wants right now.

I knew I could count on you ladies to bring me down from the clouds and tell me to look and get the story straight. No offense taken ever from you gals. You shoot straight from the heart. Thanks

SOOOOOO. I guess it's back to wedding finishing to occupy my mind and lack of work here at the office this week. I can't call it planning anymore as most of it is done. And there still is so much to do. Will the MADNESS ever end?????????

04-22-2003, 09:44 AM
Mornin' all! :)

Have returned from Baltimore...victorious!:dance: My puppy did extremely well....she went Best Puppy in Specialty on Friday, and Reserve Winner's *****, (got a rating of "excellent from the German judge...they don't usually rate puppies that high...) Best of Winners on Saturday..picked up 4 points towards her championship...and Reserve Winner's ***** on Sunday. Not bad, considering this was her first set of shows. We had a blast....went to the National Zoo on Thursday and saw the pandas. The female may be pregnant and saw the male run around...which is rare 'cause they often don't move at all. Had a great time travelling...got stuck in the mud at Leesburg on Saturday....and only gained 2 lbs!!!!!!!!! Considering all the stuff I ate I consider that a victory. So :drill: now...back to the gym and the treadmill. Gotta go and retrive the little 11 week old heathen from my Mom...she claims she's not there...hmmm...wonder if I've been "puppy hijacked"???

Managed to read through the last thread...geez what an active group...you ladies, oops, :queen:s, are doing really well....I like the concept of :queen: V for a thread....quite the woman.

Frogger hang in there!


04-22-2003, 09:50 AM
Yes I have...and in every case what I liked most was the end.

Good point on the motivation...guess we can never put down the soap, or let up our guard!!


04-22-2003, 11:31 AM
Mornin' all you wonderful :queen: 's!

Woke up with a headache today so no exercise this morning. Instead I laid around until almost 6am (work starts at 6:30). Ick.

Frogger - Sorry if this is gonna sound preachy... I got married knowing it wasn't going to work, but went through with it because everything was paid for, etc... Then I stayed married 4 years longer than I should have because of a comment my stepfather made when my ex and I were having serious problems (ha, "problems", like verbal abuse...) he said "we're still paying for your wedding" - so I stayed out of some sense of obligation. I feel completely robbed of those years that I spent making someone else happy. If you have any reservations it's in your best interest to get things worked out now - not later. Life's too short to be spent unhappy.
It sounds like things are getting straightened out though and I sincerely hope by the big day your mind is at ease. It's also a very good sign that you're able to talk to him - communication is SO important.

Wildfire - I'm all for a PEI excursion! With some advance planning it might be do-able! :chin: I'll have to check ticket prices...

Kaylets - I love your Q of the day's...

Yes, I've been in a parade - I didn't march though, I rode in a hay wagon. Just last year for our Ranch's Christmas parade. The best part was when it was over - only because it was about 30 degrees and our faces were frozen!

Ceara - Congratulations to you and your puppy! I haven't been to a dog show since my ex and I got our bull terrier (she was at the show, a rescue up for adoption), they're so much fun.

That's all from me for now - Mumz wanting online...


04-22-2003, 10:35 PM
Tis quiet in the Royal Court today.

Victoria, the story:


PBS did a very nice job of documenting the life and times of the Late Queen Victoria. There won't be a test, don't worry....just something to browse through for those interested.

Frogger, glad it's working out for you, and that you took our opinions as intended...with your best interests at heart!

Ceara, welcome back! Congrats to you and puppy for such an outstanding accomplishment! What kind of dog is she?

Punkin, and anyone who would be interested, if we are serious about planning a get-together, accommodation rates drop up to 50% after September 1. Just something to consider. :chin: Hope that headache is gone now!

A Royal :wave: to all....tomorrow is Hump Day...then just two more until the weekend!

04-23-2003, 07:26 AM
Hello all!!

Wildfire-- I can't wait to look at these links -- this will be great fun for me-- I love biographies and there is so much to know about this lady- who as really one of a kind! Just like we are..... Hmmm..
is this a thought coming on....
Thanks for taking the time to find them and bring them here!

Frogger-- Am glad that you "cleared" the air. This really is "all about you", and its all in your hands. You are bright, funny, cute and have so much going for you!! I wish you all the best-- and don't ever forget, no matter what, we are here for you.

Anagram- Of course you're both still "flying". What a tremendous relief!!

Empress- were you in the library doing research? How's the new system treating you? havent heard much about Old Dog lately..

Arabella-- Feeling better I hope? Telll us more about the new job!

Ceara- Congrats!! How fitting that the queen's dog is also judged to be a winner too!! How exciting. So what's the next step?? Will we see you both on TV soon??

Punkinseed- Two more days! Its been long days for me so far too! And sure seems like Full Moon is in full gear too! Is the deck nearly done now? Still seeing deer in the back yard?

Who did I miss...??

WSW- hope you're doing well too- what have you been reading lately?

In keeping w/ the W of Wednesday I am also setting a special goal to celebrate "Wonderful me " today. I have been sneaking in a few minutes for myself each day but this is a whole day dedicated to what I like about me, what I can do for myself.

Today's thought is:

" A person has two legs and one sense of humor, and if you're faced with the choice, its better to lose a leg." Charles Linder

Today's question: Describe yourself in three words-- from Table Topics

Okay my friends--- I guess the Queen wouldn't put her own kettle on would she?? Well, I guess, if she wanted to she would!

To today's best choices!

04-23-2003, 07:46 AM
Mornin' all.....

Moon is shining brightly out there...but I slept well....tryin' not to catch a cold!!!!

I have Bouviers...to those who asked.

Yesterday was a good day...got a bunch of things done and stayed within my own personal eating bounds...not as scientific as you guys...no counting...but I drank my water...that's a no brainer for me to count :) and not a "bad' item of food. Need more fruit though. Also did 2 circuits at the gym. I need to get going on the treadmill, or hit the road..at least. So I feel like I've accomplished something yesterday.

Go back to work today...after being off a week and a half.... should be OK....I hope there aren't too many of the "Mangagement" emails. They need more to do there at HQ.

Q of the day..."attentive to detail"...that's not probably how you meant the words, but since I'm only allowed 3.....I find it hard to give 1 word answers...I like phrases.

Carpe diem! :queen: s.


04-23-2003, 11:34 AM
Quick postie as this :queen: has a toothache(?) and too many other aches to mention.... I don't think it's actually my tooth, I think it's my sinuses or something - either way I feel like poop.

Wildfire - Ug, if I could just get more vacation *this* year! I'd love to look in to this seriously. Besides, I'm pretty sure the plane ticket would take some saving up considering my 'round trip to Yuma was almost $400 :eek:

Kaylets - Yea, the deck is almost done. It may take awhile though since now my stepfather is battling some other mysterious something-or-other. All the sudden his blood pressure shot up and isn't coming back down. He jokes that when you pay slave wages, you sometimes have to wait (as in this little girl pays him only in my assistance).
I do still have deer. I had a pregnant one come through this last weekend. Poor girl was almost as wide as she was tall! We had that CWD (chronic wasting disease) come through last year and really wipe out some herds - but those that survived look SO healthy!
I had to laugh this weekend - I was looking out my front windows and saw waaaay off in the distance what looked like a log - I thought maybe I'd lost a limb off a tree or something but then I saw the "log's" ear move! :lol:

That's all from me for now - I'm going to try hard to not be here in a few hours.


04-23-2003, 09:06 PM
Just a drive-by on the Royal Carriage....have to get on the treadmill or I'm doomed!

Punkin, hope you got some rest and feel better!

:wave: to everyone!

04-24-2003, 07:36 AM
Hello all!

Punkin- Toothaches are the worst!! That and earaches! No where to put your head without throbbing!

Dh and I woke up w/ a start --he thinks he turned off the alarm accidentally--

For me, am so glad its Thursday. Weekend is upon us and I won't mind too much if it rains although I was hoping for some yardsales!

I think I'll try to focus on another mental behavior today ( in addition to water and points!!!)--
For Thursday, I will "Take time to act rather than react". Sometimes when all the spinning plates I'm trying to keep in motion threaten to slow down and fall, I tend to be a little quick on the trigger finger. Perhaps if I don't try to have so many plates spinning..............................

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Today's thought is: " I believe you teach what you want to learn. You may not believe what you discover, and you may discover what you believe!" Naomi Judd

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Today's question is:
"What is your favorite movie? Why?" from Table Topics
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I am running late-- take care all!


04-24-2003, 07:53 AM
Oops, have not intended to neglect the Royal Court. With all this healthy stuff I've been doing, I've been getting in lots of sleep as well.

Good point, Kaylets! Plate spinning oft doesn't leave much focus time.

Punkin, Hope your pain is gone and you're able to focus on more pleasant things. I feel great that I got to take that plane out of Plateauville. Now must just chug along.

Wildfire, your treadmill dedication is admirable.

Ceara, congrats on your wonderful and winning weekend.

Eydie, Arabella, wsw, dollar, Frogger - Good Morning!

Remiss on the questions too = the movie one is like the book one. So many I can't narrow it to one.

Table manners - always except some things go when alone but then manners are to make others comfortable.

Three words - hmm. Loyal, loving, dedicated. Well, that's what came with thought. Some might say other things not as flattering.

04-24-2003, 11:58 AM
Hello :queen:s and happy Friday eve!

Feeling better today - our storm finally came in and is supposed to stay for 4-5 days - so that should mean a headache-free period! My tooth quit hurting after taking some allergy meds and hasn't bothered me since.
Besides, I had some sugar free hot chocolate last night with some of my best friend's husband's homemade kalua in it. I slept like a :bb:

Let's see...favorite movie? I love so many to narrow it down to one is too hard. Ones that stand out are Elizabeth, The Green Mile, Dogma...

Anagram - My plane's on the runway, engines revving... I've already had a few victories that'll help me leave Plateauville, but I'm still waiting for the plane to take off.

In celebration of Friday eve I'm going to do some work then take advantage of my quiet office of one today and do some crocheting. Nothing feels better than being crafty while it's cold n' stormy outside. Have I mentioned how much I love my job???

Toodles my fellow royals,


04-24-2003, 04:10 PM
Too much reading, feeling too antsy. Gotta go do something.

Kaylets, which one :lol: I've come close, but have not yet been hired by anyone. Actually, there is an open interview that I'm off to right now. Barista, real close to my apt.

Update - I think that we've figured out the chest pains. Reflux... due to stress, perhaps a result of not taking my Paxil. So I'm back on my Rx and feeling better every day. Thanks for the concern from all of my royal sisters.

Ok, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now.... :)


04-24-2003, 07:22 PM
Sorry I've been remiss in my royal duties, but I've been working like a dawg--now I'm ready for a relaxing long weekend. Now you won't be able to get rid of me!:D

All hail Queen Anagram for banishing 3 wicked pounds from her kingdom. You rule indeed!

We've all had 'bad hair days' and 'fat days'----I'm actually having a 'skinny day' and I'm liking it! Could get used to this! I may weigh myself tomorrow morning, cause maybe.......?:wizard:

Hey Punkin [and anyone else], how about we commit to getting in a little yoga this weekend? Just to get us back in the practice?

04-24-2003, 08:47 PM
Hello all---

Very glad it’s the end of the week- very frustrating day—especially the last hour. I will spare the details.
Except this—followed the instructions of my trainer to the letter yesterday and today was called aside be the person who ‘s order I was processing to find out “Why I was confused and didn’t process the order as requested”—Trainer found some issues and I was told to get corrections b/4 proceeding- Customer Service Rep says these corrections were not an issue, I should have followed instructions. This is not the first instance since I’ve been assigned this trainer. This rep has been the most vocal though. “ seems like you’re overwhelmed, you don’t follow instructions anymore………” I am frustrated.
I have to now speak up before complaints go to the supervisor.

Don’t know if its my age or my mindset but this politcal jockeying and infighting is nowhere near as interesting as it used to be. These constant arguments about double spacing vs single, capital letters , sending now and making the correction upon arrival vs not sending until its right--- And so much time is wasted………………………

Ok, sorry, let me change the subject—
My f avorite movies are Schindler’s List, Braveheart, Good Morning Vietnam, Gone w. the Wind, ---- and then there’s the movies I can watch again and again- don’t know why – Corina, Corina, Mrs. Doubtfire, …………………………An oldie but really well done—Play Misty for Me- Clint Eastwood –

Ok, let me go find something physical to do and try to burn this mood off—

Thanks for listening!


04-24-2003, 09:54 PM
Kaylets, sorry about the bad day. Seems like you can't win, no matter which route you take with these people!

Favorite movie...gosh, I've seen SO many...I think I have to say The Matrix. It's one I can watch over and over...and did when the movie networks picked it up. I'm excited about 2 and 3 coming out to see where they take us.

Eydie, congrats on your skinny day! Hope you enjoyed it to the full extent! I'm in on the Yoga. I have a couple of videos here that I can do.

MissW, how was the interview? Glad you're looking after yourself and are back on the meds you need.

Punkin, glad you're feeling better. You lucky thing, being able to crochet at work! I'm lucky they allow us bathroom priviledges where I work.:mad:

anagram, I can see the difference in you since you and DH got the wonderful news. Ride that wave right on out of plateauville!

Tomorrow, thank the gods, is Friday! Let's make it a good one to carry us through the weekend...weekends always seem to offer added temptations.

04-25-2003, 07:09 AM
Hello all,

Am up and almost ready to go-- mentally at least-- Ever know that you've made a decision but are just waiting for the timing to be right to act on it??

I hope everyone has a great Friday, I am hoping I will have time to "lurk" at lunch and see how everyone is doing.

Thought of the day :

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches on the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
And never stops at all.
---Emily Dickinson

Question of the day :

If you were blindfolded, could you tell the difference between soft drinks??
--- Table Topics

Did I ever tell you all how much this thread means to me??
It's been almost a year since I've been posting here and I can't imagine not .............
You're the best!!!

To today's best choices!

04-25-2003, 08:24 AM
Hope things go well for you today, Kaylets. Difficult situation and will be thinking of you.

No, could never tell difference between soft drinks. Seldom if ever drink any but Tab (maybe could tell that one) and I gave that up again in December.

Wake up, Punkin, wake up! It's FRIDAY!


04-25-2003, 08:25 AM
Kaylets, Why must working with people be so difficult? If you could get to the bottom of it all, I'm sure you'd discover that it has nothing at all to do with you, just a chain of people locked in a childish power struggle.

Regarding ?---I'm sure I couldn't tell the difference in soft drinks, blindfolded or not! Not really into them, I'm happy to say.

Have I mentioned that I've had a raging case of poison ivy this past week. I'm sure I got it from the new puppy. Would you believe someone told me to scrub it with Cascade dishwasher soap and the phosphates will remove the urushiol oil from the skin and dry up the rash? It works!!!

04-25-2003, 10:12 AM
The things I learn here! Eydie, I'll put that Cascade/poison ivy tip in the file for when/if I ever need it. amazing.

Arabella, are you in the end of month crunch already? Hope you're feeling up to par and all's well.

Wilfire, how's dd doing? Is she your only?

Empress, I'm guessing you're up against your usual busy weekend.

Nice here right now but to rain later today so I must hustle to enjoy the brightness. Good day, Victoriettes.

04-25-2003, 11:05 AM
Good Morning all!! Happy Happy Friday, Happy Happy Friday.

I'm in a jovial mood today even with my big fat list that has to be done before the wedding. I guess I'm back to being excited.

Weighed in this morning, up 1 lb (but I have TOM starting yesterday) So not bad. I have been quite the cookie connoisseur lately though. I like all kinds:^:
I have also been quite the cheese puff eater as well. I'd rather have a handful of cheese puffs than anything in the world this last week. I think it's the salt. I was reading that if you want salt you should try eating pickle spears instead of chips. I may try that. Not many calories, getting in the veggie servings and they are crunchy. Wonder if they have reduced sodium versions?

I'm going on a lunch cruise today. The powers that be that are running our project here are treating us to a lunch cruise. Good news, free yummy food ( I picked the vegetable lasagna and spinach salad off the menu) Bad news, have to drive all the way up there (about a hour or so ride from the office, which means about 2 hours or so home this evening) YUCK!

Anyway enough about food.

I'm so bad keeping you all in wait to see my pictures. I promise that I will get some up this weekend (among everything else I have to do!)

Ta-ta Royals!

04-25-2003, 12:11 PM
Happy Friday! :cb:

It's supposed to rain all weekend but right now we've got blue skies! :cool: Mom and I are starting the weekend with a horse expo this evening - but first I want to stop by her best friend's son's house. He and his wife adopted one of those abused/neglected horses in March and Wednesday morning she gave birth to a filly! Gotta go see the baby!

Nice start to the morning too - My guy called... He's got a new job and was calling to say "happy Friday" (yea, I've corrupted him too). He said he was going to call me later today when he needed a voice of sanity (new job's stressing him out) and I had to tell him it would be more accurate to call me the voice of insanity... muahahahaha! :lol:

MissWashu - I'm glad you discovered the source of your pain and are feeling better!

Eydie - I'm with ya! Howz about Saturday morning? I'll promise to do at least 30 minutes of yoga.
Thanks for the poison ivy tip too - I've never had it, matter of fact I don't even think we have it out here - but you never know what you may run into someday!

Kaylets - I agree with Amarantha - it's c-rap. I also know exactly what you mean when you say you've made a decision and just need to figure out when to use it. Yup, been there.... good luck and hope all goes well on your Friday.

Wildfire - LOL, you comment about bathroom breaks made me giggle. My clients joke with me that I must never leave my desk because I *always* answer the phone (they get pissy if they get voicemail they're so spoiled). My response to them is that my boss bought me a port-a-pot and I no longer need to leave my desk... I also use this response to those that get mad when they've had to leave a message - "well, gee, if I had a port-a-pot I could've answered your phone call immediately". Usually shuts them up. And yes, I feel lucky having a job that allows me to do crafty things to kill time! Thankfully I've had "normal" jobs and know how lucky I am!

Frogger - Ooooh, a lunch cruise??? I've been on a few when I worked in San Francisco. They're so much fun! Enjoy!

Q o' the day.... yes, I think I could tell. Except with 7-Up or Sprite, I don't think I could tell them apart.

I should skeedaddle...
( :queen: o' Friday - and it IS Friday! :cb: )

04-26-2003, 07:53 AM
Hello all!

Wonder if the new bride is still dancing the night away?? Congrats Flower!!

So.... decided I had to go to the boss re the trainer/CSR issue and the boss told me-- he had been to a second meeting and heard even more great things about me so if one CSR on one day had a problem w/ me, he was going to take it with a grain of salt. AND that since I was doing what the trainer told me to do anyway, he was fine with the whole situation. SO.........
Sounds good right????.......Except I knew from the very start, that anyone else would have done what the CSR expected in the first place-- Sent the document to our NY office and let the correction be made there...........so, who said, Wildfire, Ceara.....yes, its basically nothing but a power struggle ......
I am just "innocent bystander" .

Thought of the day :


If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t it is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost.

For out in the world you’ll find ‘success’ begins with a fellow’s will. It ‘s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are. You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but soon or late the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.

NOTE: A copy of this inspirational poem hangs on the wall in Arnold Palmer’s office. Arnie has made it a practice to read the poem at the start of each day. It serves him as a source of inspiration, courage and motivation that enables him to attack whatever problems and challenges that day might bring. It works for Arnie. It will work for you. Try it!
Arnold Palmer - champion professional golfer


Question of the day : Should we ask elderly relatives for "family favorite" recipes? -- Table Topics


Empress- You always say the nicest things! I promise I'll come and take a look at your other thread- sometime soon-- just been a little distracted lately...... ( you think??)

Anagram-Its more than a week now isnt it w/o the dialysis?? Isnt that the best??

Punkin--I thought your friend was getting a job w/ your company?
What did I miss?

Arabella- Month end again with the new job too??

WSW- how goes it your way?

MissW - and your way too?

Wildfire- A Royal coach driveby- I saw that-- very clever-- except guess what the royal livery left behind?? Just kidding, the royal shovels came by too......

Ceara-- Tell all, you've been too quiet -- We want DETAILS!!

LURKERS??? this is a perfect time to chime in... we're wondering how you're doing too--

In fact, has anyone seen in the Veggie Burger section of their stores, a new Boca product??? Boca Ravioli?? Single serving package?? Hearing good things about it-- 5 pts for the package...

Ok, I have get moving- My Toastmasters club is hosting a regional contest and my jeans need to get into the dryer. It would be so much nicer to show up w/ dry jeans!!

By the way--

Did I ever tell you that you're all my favorite??

:D :D :D

04-26-2003, 08:12 AM
Eydie and Frogger-- How did I not mention thy highnesses?


04-26-2003, 08:55 AM
Yo! Good conclusion you came to, Kaylets ... that it's about them, not you! :)

My weight story is below ... starting BFL today ... signed up for the contest and everything as I'm kind of gung ho about it and I'm going to go ahead and put a thread up here for now ... up extremely early as I have photoshoot on top of a dang mountain at 8 a.m. (what ARE these people thinking?)!

Later ...

04-26-2003, 10:35 AM
Mornin' All!!

Lost the the last...will post short....

Bought some pansies in a huge flat yesterday at Costco, and I want to plant them this am. but am feeling lazy :o Am on coffee #3, have got the dogs out, but I need to get some clothes on, have some oatmeal and go do something!

QOD...yes you should ask for family favs...my grandmother hates to cook but I hit up my mother for hers and even my MIL!!!

Speaking of recipes...anyone have some good ones for tofu? Also does it freeze?

Love the poem :queen: K. Think I will copy format and print it...later.

Empress A...your :drill: quest sounds great, but you are making me tired. I aspire to be like you....tomorrow! Keep up the good work! Hope the 8 a.m. photo shoot was worth it!

May wander by later


04-26-2003, 10:59 AM
Morning, all. Off to a slow start here today. DS called to say they'll be up in two weeks instead of today. DD sort of planning to come next weekend. May is starting to look busy as usual. PLUS, if dh tests ok Monday (and yes, Kaylets, it's been great), he will have his port removed Tuesday and I hope we can go away just for an overnight somewhere. No idea where but will have to block out some time now or it will be overrun. My ds/dbil will be here one day, dh's db/sil another. Mother's day in there too and have not been up to do the Queen Mother's paperwork in months. Sibs will handle other stuff but, other than writing current checks, that goes into a carryall for me. I don't really mind when I keep it sort of current but it's not there now.

Raining this morning and apparently for the day. Lots of little "dumb stuff" to work on. Still sorting out closets, etc. and today is the second day of our neighborhood garage sale. Might have been a good time to put some things out.

This would have been the last day of the Springettes challenge and I'd have come up one pound short of my goal, which had also been my goal for the St. Patrick's day challenge. Total lost since Valentine's Day - 4 pounds. Would have liked it to be better but down is still down - that averages a little under a half pound a week. Slow and steady ---- ok as long as it doesn't stop altogether as it did for a while.

Walk, yard work probably in jeopardy for the day. Must put the brain in gear and get this all sorted out. More tea first. Best idea I've had so far.

04-26-2003, 07:54 PM
hi everyone! have been thinking about you! my back has not been cooperating and have had trouble trying to sit at the computer for a while. i have just been catching up with your posts. i am feeling better today, and wanted to say hello. kaylets, i liked the motivational quote. my physical therapist has that one up on his wall, and it helps me continue with my reps even when i am tired and want to stop. my food has gotten kind of sloppy the past few days, and need to pull in the reins on that. because of my back, hadn't been able to do too much of my exercising, but think i'm ready to resume my regular routine now, and pleased about that. nice catching up on your posts. hope you have a good remainder of your weekend, your royal highnesses. take care, all! wsw

04-27-2003, 08:20 AM
Hello all,,

Toastmasters contest went well yesterday morning-- the contestant from our club won but unfortunately, cannot compete at the next level becuase of a speaking engagement elsewhere. He has a very inspiring personal story and has a very relaxed presentation so its really no suprise that he's being offered speaking engagements. He has been working with Church groups and at risk youth so I can see where his message would very appealing to these same groups as his story is about overcoming a troubled childhood.

Interesting how he is using his earlier experiences to his advantage now.

Took a long time to find a thought to "fit" my perspective this am--
Not sure if I just need recharging or..........
Thought of the day:

" The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart.
--- John Wellwood

Question of the day:

"What part of your day do you enjoy the most?"
--- Table Topics


Sun is out, rain has passed-
Good chance to get a few things in a row done to get the momentum going-- Let me start w/ a quick stroll thru the Big W store, lifting water bottles ---

I'll be back in a little while!

04-27-2003, 09:04 AM
Good morning!

Just have time for a quick hello--I need to get my day started or I'll just lie around like a slug all day.

Anagram, good luck Tuesday! Have you solidified your plans for an overnighter?

Where's our Arabella? :(

Chaperoned [a first!] a 13-year-old's birthday party last night and had a piece of cake that was beyond sweet, and variuos other junky nibbles, so I have to have a lower calorie day today, and a good workout. BTW, teenagers are so bizarre!!!:o

Punkin [and other yoga challengers], I did a 45 min. video yesterday. I realized that when I do yoga lately I do it pretty mindlessly, just going thru the motions. It really helped to use the video to challenge myself and get all I could out of the stretches. I was actually tired afterwards!

04-27-2003, 10:51 AM
Good morning, all. Beautiful here this a.m. as well. No plans, I think I'll just hang around and do whatever hits me (or not). Feels like that kind of day.

Got in five walks and one pool workout this week. Lots of water, fewer calories (though I had a few jelly beans last night). I think I'm going to take today off. I'll probably still do a walk, some yardwork, etc. And probably won't go overboard on food. I just don't want to think about it today. Just want to concentrate on all the good things in my life and really enjoy them.

Best part of my day: Right now. Our normal (if there is such a thing) day starts out with dh making breakfast which we enjoy on trays while watching tv and reading the paper. If we can, this can go on for hours - it has this morning -then when my morning stiffness wanes, I start to get it going. Physically my best time is then from midmorning to early afternoon and I usually try to get a lot done in that time. But I enjoy most the time we sit quietly together in the morning. That will only get better because as soon as it warms a bit more we'll do that sitting with breakfast and paper on the patio. It's one of my favorite places in the world and one I use when I need a "getaway" for my relaxation therapies (in the winter - in nice weather I just go out there for relaxation). I also use beach, mountains, etc. but sometimes "best" is the patio (and a park bench we enjoyed once in Rome).

But I guess for today it is time to get out of the robe and at least pretend I'm up and ready for the day.

No plans solidified yet, Eydie. Too afraid of counting my chickens.

04-27-2003, 10:57 AM
wsw, sorry, had somehow missed your post. Hope you continue to feel better. Love it when you have a chance to check in.

Ceara, I'm like you in that I'm out of energy just reading of our Empress workouts. And her long drives to the mountains. An 8:00 photoshoot after a long drive might be enough to make me go totally op for days. But I think I must make more of an effort to enjoy nature in the early hours a bit. Always inspirational.

04-27-2003, 11:28 AM
Yo! I can't get to the long reply screen to read all the posts ... but please be so good as to consider all the :queen:s replied to from the royal Amarantha!!! :wave:

I've been deleting threads and posts (when I should be working as am way behind in writing) ... am determined to have a BFL thread but the topic seems controversial in certain quarters (including offline). As I said on the thread I put up this morning, I've basically told naysayers to bite me and have been practicing the program (with modifications) to start Monday. I'm officially entering the contest (though lots of people just like doing the program and aren't interested in entering) ... this may seem silly to some people but I'm finding it fun and motivating!

Made it to gym yesterday for my 27th day after hiking up to my photoshoot ... everyone there had a cra**y attitude and I'm sick of all that negativity ... will be modifying gym workout to follow BFL more or less to the letter re exercise for this first challenge just to see if it helps. Weight is back where I started, but that's to the good for the contest (more to transform!!!).

Anagram: Thy patio soundeth lovely and tranquil ... mine has no roof over it so is only usable for short periods (since I live in Arizona, 'nuff said! :) ) Have a wonderful Sunday concentrating on the good things!! :wave:

Again, to all: :wave: :wave: :wave:

04-27-2003, 11:39 AM
Ok, I got onto the last page and just wanted to note to Ceara that tofu freezes extremely well ... in fact many people like to freeze it as it gives the tofu a "meatier" texture. Another thing to do with tofu is to drain it ... put a heavy weight on it and just let it drain for a long time before or after freezing but do this in the refrigerator as tofu can spoil) ... this also gives it a "meatier" texture.

Tofu is extremely nice in smoothies ... whirl some in a blender with a few ice cubes and a banana (unless you're allergic to bananas as I am) or other fruit ... you can scramble it like eggs (extra firm works best ... there are recipes for this everywhere including the supermarket, but basically, just scramble it or add an egg and scramble). You can bake the drained tofu (undrained doesn't work well baked IMO) and add spices, then slice for sandwiches or a main course, you can fry it (good cubed and browned in stirfries). You can make sloppy joes with it ... basically you can do anything you can do with meat, cheese or other dairy products.

Ok, now working, bye all!

04-27-2003, 12:10 PM
Good morning your Royal Highnesses! :queen:

A bit disappointed that the demon scale is being greedy about releasing any pounds today considering I was quite well-behaved all week. Oh well...next week maybe.

I think we should ask elderly relatives for recipes! It's not just the recipe you get, you know. You give them the recognition that you really do like what they have made, AND the knowledge that it will continue to be passed on. I have a hardbound journal that was my mothers, in which she handwrote her favorite recipes over the years. It will be 13 years since she died, and I treasure it, and use it often.

My favorite part of the day depends on which day it is. Weekends, it is very early in the morning when everyone else is still asleep. Weekdays, it's when I crawl into my wonderful bed with the cats curled around me, and if hubby is lucky they leave him enough room!

It's beautiful out here. I'm torn....I had planned to weed out my closet and get rid of things I don't wear anymore. A lot of them I took with me when we moved, just in case I might still wear them...and I haven't. It's been almost a year since we moved, so it's time to toss them. But...it's soooo nice out, I'm thinking a hike along the shore would be nice. Maybe I can fit in both and do the closet this evening instead.

Hey...the magnolia trees are blooming!!! :dancer:

Have a queenly day, all! :wave:

04-27-2003, 05:49 PM
Anagram, I just read your post and I felt like I was right there with you--you do paint a picture and it sounds wonderful! How long have you been married?

Amarantha, Best of luck with your Body-For-Life Challenge. I have the book and am intrigued by the program--the diet seems a bit spartan for my tastes at this point though.:chef: I look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

It's a beautiful day here---but I feel like being lazy. So that's what I'm going to do...:devil:

Let's all concentrate really hard and maybe Queen Arabella will grace us with a sign. Pleeease........!:^: :^: :D

04-28-2003, 12:46 AM
Yo, Eydie! The diet is spartan for my tastes as well, but that's where the MODIFICATION comes in! :jig: :) (I think there needs to be more fat in the diet, for one thing). I've been pretty strict on my practice days, though, and feel wonderfully full and have no cravings. To me, though, the diet is just a healthy bodybuilder's regime, which I have long thought seemed the ideal way to eat. I really enjoyed stocking the kitchen today and feel this is going to help me a lot.

I concur in wishing to hear from :queen: Arabella and am getting worried about her... hopefully she be so inundated with work that she hath not time for anything else. I know the feeling.

Kaylets: I actually like all parts of the day as long as the paid writing is done! :) Thanks for the quote ... it kind of fits my sea change of attitude regarding this fitness and diet thrust I'm determined to make. Change, like adultry, is first of all committed in the heart. :)

Or committed in the gym.

04-28-2003, 07:17 AM
Hello all!!
Because the belt snapped in my car yesterday, I have to ride w/ DH to work which means we both have to leave here earlier.

Its going to be a glorious weather day today and I think its going to color the whole day and kickstart the whole week.
Its a good day for a FRESH START-- Let's jump in, we don't have to catch up, all we have to do is start where we are right this minute. The board has been wiped clean, there is NO GUILT !!

Today's thought is:

"Today has never happened before. It's a glorious opportunity to start all over again." Norman Vincent Peale


Today's question:

Does it bother you when someone borrows from you without asking? -- Table Topics

Here's to our best Monday!

04-28-2003, 08:13 AM
Good Morning all!!!

I promise that I tried to post pictures, but I must resize them becasue they were way to large! I'll do that sometime this week. Worked on the boutinerres yesterday and the tips on my fingers are sore today. I made my fiance's and his groomsmen's. And also the 2 for our usher's. They are miniature versions of the groomsmen ones and are so cute!! I still have to make. I still have 4 more to make. I think I can get that done this evening. I have to work on the programs today and get those printed out sometime next week. Also have to update our RSVP list on who's coming. Among all this I have to work today. Hopefully it will be a slow day around here and not too many distractions.

Laid out yesterday to get a nice color to my pasty pale tail. :cool: I got a little sun. I have to be careful as I am alergic to something in sunscreen so if I put on anything higher than an 8 I burn to a crisp within 10 minutes wherever the sunscreen has tuched, including the palms of my hands!!! It's the weirdest thing. I was out there for about an hour. A little everyday should deliver a nice result. I'm half cherokee so I tan very fast.

Well, I guess I'll get to working a little so I can finish up planning this wedding! (Priorities Priorities!!!!!!!)

04-28-2003, 08:54 AM
Mornin' all!

QOD....sometimes...depends who and what they borrow...also why. Children borrow stuff all the time...nail clippers etc and don't put them back, which drives me nuts 'cause then I can't find it. That's why I have about 4 nail clippers...:^: My parents had only 1 set and they were revered..removal from the "spot" was grounds for dismembership. As a piano major, I had plenty...1 in each purse, and I resolved not to do the same thing as a parent. So I have a lot of them and still can't find 'em. (except the one I keep in my purse) :?:

Am stiffish this a.m. Spent a fair amount of time disentangling quack grass roots from my perennials....again. That stuff is terrible. However the beds are looking better. Also got some of the pansies planted. I may work on them again this morn...it may rain this p.m...I hope. It is far too dry.

So, carpe diem!


04-28-2003, 09:27 AM
Fresh start day - though I didn't do too badly yesterday. Yard work for an hour and a half in two sessions - some of it tougher than I usually will try. Also got in a walk, some patio time and some just plain lazy time. Veeeerrrry relaxing day yesterday. Meals were well in line - just those jelly beans attacking me again. For some reason, I always have the stupid idea I can eat only 2 or 3 of them.

Lovely day so far, to come close to 80 today. So I'm going to wear a pair of shorts that I have not worn in mucho years. This is the fun part, isn't it?

Borrowing? Can't think of anyone who could do so without asking except my grown and gone kids when they're here. I would prefer they put things back but they don't. Would not be offended if neighbor borrowed something that's outside - they put things back. But usually they call and ask before they even put mail in our mailbox (we're on the later side of the street for pickup) or add anything to our pile for trash collection (if they have a humongous amount and we don't).

If someone other than family, close neighbors borrowed without asking, I would have another word for it, I think, because I'd probably have been right there for them to ask.

04-28-2003, 12:43 PM
Yo! Avanti to all! :wave: This is another selfish me-me post, which is all I seem to do these days! I have one hour to finish up last week's writing and send it ... as you can see I'm really working hard on that!!! :jig:

I feel wonderful and in control thanks to my new program and there's only 83 days to go!!! :strong:

Re question: In my line of work, "borrowing" is the name of the game (according to some people). Many times my press comrades have used my ideas or work and taken credit for themselves, conveniently leaving me out; "borrowed" my style and my actual stories, even AFTER they've been published, etc., etc. This has been especially true among my fellow employees when I've worked on bigger papers. One also finds that one covers a story for years on a smaller paper and then a big fish will come along and run with whatever that ongoing thing is and one will hear the big fish media say on TV or in print or online that "they" exclusively discovered this thing!!! :)

I used to mind, but now I just remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I don't mind people borrowing my actual belongings either, whether or not they ask. I do mind when career criminals break into my house and steal stuff, though, which has happened a number of times.

04-28-2003, 02:21 PM
Icky ol' Monday...

Got a lot of yard work done this weekend - well, as much as I could between rain, thunder, lightning, etc. Friday it snowed... I give up, when Mother Nature decides it's finally Spring - I'll be ready. :rolleyes:

Playing with the idea of ditching WW for now and going strictly with being a calorie counter. WW is great for making sure you get healthy meals - but I *know* how to do that - I need just the bottom line - how much energy is in this food????
So, for those of you that do this - what book do you use? I have a Corrine Netzer one that looks like it should work...

Anagram - I agree with your post awhile back. You commented that you wanted to be further down by now but at least you were down (or something like that). I just wanted to say "exactly!" and thank you for the reminder that in the big picture, just being DOWN is what matters! :yes:

WSW - Take care of that back! Gawds there's nothing worse than back pain... :(

Eydie - *sigh* I didn't yoga with you, I was dashing in and out getting sage pulled between morning showers so next week the RFD can come pick it all up (for free, yea!).
BUT, I did think of you on Friday!!!! At the horse expo they had bellydancers! OMG! No one was watching the horses.... They were mesmerizing - did you say you had a bellydancing tape you use for exercising? You have to share - I wanna move like that! :cb:

Amarantha - I think the BFL thread sounds interesting, I don't know anything about the program. Why is it controversial??

Frogger - Yes, a little tan is helpful against all that white! I'm fair, red hair w/ some light freckles and ended up with an off-white dress just so I wouldn't look like the walking dead! :lol:
I can't wait to see your pictures!

Kaylets - Regarding 'my guy' - we didn't have enough work to really help him as much as we'd liked to - or as much as he needed. So, it was for the best that he found this other job... Hehe, I don't care where he works as long as he keeps in contact - which, obviously, isn't going to be a problem ;)

Headachey again today - another storm coming in. I need to ask my Dr. at my next appt. what, if anything, I can do about these low pressure headaches!
Or, it could just be that it was a crappy start to the day with my Mom upset (and my Mom never cries) about her cat. She asked me if I thought she was ever going to come back, and now that it's been a month - with "lost" ads out, bad weather, coyotes and owls about, I had to tell her no, I didn't think she was - but I think she already knew that... sad way to start the day.

Q o' the day - Yea, I don't like when people borrow stuff without asking. Even as a child if I borrowed something like my Mom's nail polish I was taught to ask and put it back when I'm done - failing to do that meant I couldn't use it the next time. So, yes, please ask, even though the answer is always yes - I like to know where my stuff is!

Toodles for now...

04-28-2003, 03:30 PM
Fly-by: Hello My Darlings! I am not lost, other than buried under a pile of work. Insane! Haven't even had time to lurk, but I hope by Friday to get back in to say :wave: to all the :queen: s of the Court.

I've been doing okay food and exercise-wise, and started a detox program today.

Hope all is well with all of you. Love to each and every :queen:

04-28-2003, 09:15 PM
:wave: :queen: Arabella! I hope work eases up soon and you have time for a visit! We miss you!

Punkin, I mentioned this on the weekly challenge thread, but I'll put it here, too, in case you see this first. I use http://www.fitday.com to track calories. I've always done WW, too, but I'm finding counting the calories much more "real" than points. Sorry to hear about your Mom being upset. It's hard to accept when you want so much to hold hope for a pet's return. May be best that she's facing it now, though.

On the borrowing question, I think it depends on WHO borrows without asking. Some people do it occasionally, others do it regularly! I am a very generous person, and normally don't mind because I'd offer it if I were there anyway. But there are some people who push it and become annoying....they're usually the ones who also don't return the borrowed item! Now that bugs me.

Kaylets, sorry to hear about the car troubles. They're such an inconvenience!

:wave: to all our :queen:s....let's make tomorrow a good one!

04-28-2003, 09:48 PM
Hello all--

Wrote this yesterday ( Sunday) but never posted it --
Here goes:
Got lots of things started, some completed, but DH is not feeling well again so had to change the schedule some so he could rest in a quiet house.

Also, on the way back from the store, the serpentine belt in the car snapped so had to deal w/ getting the car to the garage. Luckily, we have one right at the corner of the develpment so I was able to limp the car over there. With NO power steering-- quite the upper arm workout!

So, I couldnt continue my search for ribbon but I did start a research project I've been putting off for too long. Did put about 2 hrs into it so I am pleased.

Also did some yard work in the front yard so I'll be pleased when I see it tomorrow night-- little things like that motivate me to do just a little more--

Am also mentally gearing up for a monster yard sale-- I have some things tucked here and there but have decided to become more aggressive in clearing things out that we just aren't using--
You know how that is, those "seemed like a good idea at the time purchases". Just remember how good I felt that night I cleared my desk of all nonessentials-- So far,haven't replaced any of the "chatzkies" (sp?) . And they aren't getting in the way either!

Been asked by a friend where I find the "thoughts" - Thought you ladies might be wondering the same--
I have always loved a great quotation. I have a library -- sometimes I will use one book for a few weeks, and then as this morning, went to a number of places to find a quote that "fit" today. I am always looking at websites that specialize in quotes or
people that are mentioned here on the boards. That's how I found Dottie and the Kelly, the Incredible Shrinking Woman. Some mornings, a quote I have looked at dozens of times before suddenly impresses me. Sometimes, I will borrow a sentence from the middle of big paragraph because that one sentence really hits the bullseye. Sometimes, I hear a great quote on television. But am always looking for new sources so if anyone bumps into a website they like.... please share!!

My aim is to motivate myself, as well as to say "Good Morning, hope you have a great day". Its thrilling when I hear back that someone's enjoyed the Thought of the Day as much as I have.
When my previous job was ending, after each "wave" of peple left, those of us remaining tried to make the best of each day and keep our spirits up. The Thought of the Day became a "tradition" on the white board. As a group, we would choose the thought to set the tone for the day. Once the final day came and our jobs were done, I searched around for a way to stay in contact. I began my Good Morning email, which is the same Thought that you all see on the thread. The Good Morning email is a "blind email" so that everyone's privacy is protected, the email addresses "invisible" so addresses can't be borrowed.
I know how many people are on the list but have no idea how many places it gets forwarded, except sometimes someone replies back to me. Or if someone asks to be put on the mailing list.
I've been a little shy about my Good Morning Email because we've just met. But since we're so much like old friends, I thought I'd mention it.

If anyone would like to be added to the Good Morning Email, please don't hesitate to ask, I 'll be glad to add you to the list. If you have someone you think would enjoy the Thought, I'd be gald to add them too. There is no fee and I guarantee you I will not sell the list.

Empress- saw your thread and the negative comments--
We can handle this a couple of ways-- we can go to their level or... we can handle this with class---- don't forget--
Success is the best revenge! ( but there are days when a little road trip to put things right is very appealing!!)
Just let us know if anybody gives you any trouble out there-- We've got your back!!

Frogger, please bring a timer w/ you if you must lay outside-- You are going to be furious with yourself if you get burned-- How about some of these "sunless creams?" __

Anagram-- And..... we're breathless, on the edge of our seats.....
what happened.... ?? and does that mean you get to go away?

Ceara- What is quack grass?

Punkin- Do you mean real sage grass? Like cowboy movie sage grass?

Arabella- Can you believe there is so much discussion of grass??

wsw-- Wish I knew a way to make things more comfortable for you-- hope to see more of you soon!

Wildfire-Car has been repaired- $30 for the part- $150 for labor-
or at least that was the "cover charge" -

PS- DH made sweet potato pancakes w/ tofu mixed in--
Tofu was so invisible, I thought why not use tofu "sweet potato pie"--
It will be sweet w/ cinammon, have fiber and carotene and Soy too!!

Tubs running- see you all soon!

04-28-2003, 10:35 PM
Kaylets, you be a :queen:!!! Thanks for being out there ... Punkin, Arabella, Eydie, and in fact all you :queen:s be the best!

I am having a wonderful day (now that I just sent the story from h*** to the editor from h***) but it's true I just keep starting threads and deleting them ... I am really wanting a focused challenge thread to go with my new focused 12-week challenge. I don't think it's a happening thing, though! The weekly thread doesn't work for me anymore because I'm fixated on 12 weeks ... I'm obsessed but happy because I KNOW THIS WILL BE THE TURNING POINT IN THE PUDGE-OFF WAR! This is a major goal in my life at the moment ... I find that many of my friends do not understand that and want me to eat pizza and doughnuts again ... and it's only been one day!!!

Oh, well, guess I'll take a nap. Sorry, more of the me-me stuff. Can't seem to support anyone else at the moment ... very irritated with Old Dog who will eat ANYTHING, including garbage! In fact, she dumped the garbage all over the garage where I'd put it until I could take it out. I asked her why she did that but she just smiled coyly and refused to answer.

Sometimes I think people are like dogs in the respect that they are oft willing to put garbage in their bodies and don't know why, or refuse to say.

Wow, guys, I need some SUGAR badly!

Kaylets, Bartleby's is a wonderful site for quotes ... they also have full-text versions of lots and lots of classic literature and more ... I think it's www.bartlebys.com, although I haven't been there in some time, so maybe it's gone by now.

04-29-2003, 07:37 AM
Hello all__

We are changing our reality ! GUILT FREE!! Making the best choice every time we have a choice. We are learning more every day which leads us to a greater appreciation for everything around us. And ..... the good news is.." the best is yet to come ( do you hear Tony Bennett??) ... and baaabbbyy ..... won't it be fine....????"

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April 29---
Thought of the day :
"Seldom does an individual exceed
his own expectations."
--– Author Unknown

Question of the day :
"What is your favorite comic strip? Why?"
---Table Topics

Let's make this a great Tuesday, no matter what it brings.....
Are you ready ?? Here we go Tuesday, Here we go..( I can't hear you!)
Here we go Tuesday, Here we go!!!

Well, this might come as a suprise-- scale is up- last TOM refused to come off-- Time for me to get focused on writing everything down-- This was not my idea of how to get off this plateau!!

Here's a cute visual, if we Royals went on a road trip to 'Put to right' the Empresses tormentors-- Can you imagine us w/ all our royal regalia?? In a stretch convertible? Maybe we could use some Yoga or Pilates moves on them for a reality check??
........ hmmmm, this could use some work..... please feel free to help me out here....

I'm off to the races.... wish me well... its MY REVIEW DAY!!!!!

:D :dizzy: :D

04-29-2003, 08:25 AM
Good Morning All!!!

Finally finished the boutinerres yesterday! Digital is on the fritz. I think maybe it needs a new battery? I don't know. Whatever. I'll try just hooking it up to the PC and taking pix that way. It seems to do better.

Kaylets-I've tried most of the sunless tanning products on the market. I really like the coppertone endless summer. Very natural looking. Unfortunaly, my skin is weird or too oily or something because every last one of them comes right off when I sweat. Even days later. I can't chance an orange wedding dress!!! I too have been wanting to have a yardsale. But for right now, I'm too busy with other things. I keep putting stuff away in a box marked yard sale though, for when the day comes along that I feel like I have the time to organize one.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day! I'll check in later!

04-29-2003, 04:41 PM
*sigh* what a day....

Ok, I have to admit - it started good - got a call from "my guy" :cb:. Apparently this is going to be a twice-weekly practice of him calling me at the beginning and end of every week. Not complaining, it just makes me scratch my head (what does it all mean? Nothing? Everything?).... I mentioned that I almost called him on Friday about a website he wanted me to check, but didn't want to interrupt him at his new job and he said I should've called. Men, who can figure 'em?? :shrug:

Then the day went to h, e, double hockey sticks... (long story, I'll spare you).

Arabella - So good to see you! I thought maybe you'd been a royal kidnapped and held for ransom! (we'd have paid too!)

Kaylets - First, I will pray to the car gods for a speedy fix... ;), second, yes, real live gawd forsaken, cowboy movie lookin' sage brush. I have to laugh because I know people pay a lot of money for smudge sticks and herbal teas made from the stuff growing all over my land - it just looks awful and makes me sneeze. So, it's getting hacked down - some of it looks like big bushes with roots as big around as my wrist. The cute little puffs of sage get to stay - the color is beautiful and they're nice to look at still.

:dance: The best is yet to come and babe won't it be fine?? :dance:
Hey! We have a theme song!! :lol:

Frogger - Oh yea, last thing you need is orange-y coming off of you! :eek:

Amarantha - We're with you no matter what you do or where you go... ain't us virtual friends just peachy??? :lol: Your comment about your friends reminds me of a comment my ex made once - "are you done yet so we can go to Blondies?" (a nasty, wonderful pizza place). "DONE????" Never....

Q of the day - Favorite comic is toss up between Mutts and Calvin and Hobbs. Since Calvin doesn't run anymore I guess Mutts is my favorite...

Time to toodle,


04-29-2003, 08:14 PM
Thanks for checking in, Arabella. You're missed terribly when you're not here, but we had faith that you'd be back. Love!:)

Punkin, I use the Corrine Netzer guide, otherwise known as 'the big yellow book'! Yes, bellydancing is beautiful to watch, hypnotizing. I'll be so glad when I can put a jewel in my belly button without fear of it being lost forever! I can't wait to hear about your bellydancing adventures!:D

Kaylets, I'm itching to do a little decluttering here myself. It's amazing how quickly stuff can accumulate, isn't it? I so look forward to your morning posts with the thought of the day and the ?of the day. I'm disappointed when I have to head out to work without checking my e-mail first--I miss my Kaylets fix!
Hmmm, favorite comic strip......probably Herman---because the old guy that shows up in it so much is a dead ringer for my father-in-law!

The last 2 days have been stressful for me--work stuff. That is, dealing with the power struggles and childishness of co-workers. It's a long story but after getting NO SLEEP last night I decided I was going to have a talk with this woman. It was amazing, when I called her on what was bothering me, she backed right off, and put up this smokescreen of friendly babbling. She was like an agressive dog that has nipped you and when you scold it, it wants to be friends again. I'm not complaining mind you---I had just conjured up this big ugly scene in my mind that she was going to go all weird and defensive---and lost sleep and had a good cry and a headache, etc. So that was a good lesson for me---the dragon wasn't as fierce as it seemed!

04-29-2003, 09:03 PM
hi everyone!

kaylets-hope your REVIEW DAY went well!!!!!
just in to check on how everyone is doing. thinking of you. will stop by again when not having as many "technical difficulties." take care, all.

04-30-2003, 07:23 AM
Hello all!

Tiny little sidebar regarding weighing yourself-- Yesterday scale read 5 lbs heavier than today-- for almost a month, it was stuck at that 5 lb higher mark-- do I think I dropped 5 lbs ?? I don't know- will know for sure in about a week-- did I do anything different yesterday? Got all my water in plus -- all my vegetables-- ... I know... go figure....
Again, some things cannot be "controlled" -- All I can do is keep making the best choices ...
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Today's thought is:

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource.
Daniel J. Boorstin

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Today's question is:

-If we paid family members for chores, what would cleaning the bathroom be worth?

Table Topics


Its going to be a busy one today!
I'll be thinking of you all!!

04-30-2003, 08:16 AM
Good Morning all!

And now for your daily dose of wedding bliss..
Contacted the DJ, caterer, the event rental people (tables and such), and the hotel we are staying at on our honeymoon. Everything is confirmed and ready to go!!! Tried on my dress yesterday with my hip flip flops and once I get a bra (this weekend) that brings the girls up a little, I shouldn't need to be hemmed or anything!!! Fits like a glove. Yippee! Now I'm just waiting for the tux place to call about the suits we rented (when they come in) and to get a few decorations. Do you think those plastic tableclothes you can get at the party store are tacky? (we're going to be outside) The cheapest rental linens I could find were 15 bucks a tablecloth!! Oh and by the way, I'm spending tonight taking pix to put up here for you girlies!
Ok enough about the wedding.

04-30-2003, 01:01 PM
Wonderful Wednesday - the week's 1/2 over! :cb:

I spent last night watching a program about crop circles and going through my Corinne Netzer book and writing down the most common things I eat so I could make a little referrance sheet. A night well spent!

Another "my guy" side note - got 2 more phone calls yesterday during the course of the day - just to chat... This is fun! :dance: And I'm starting to think that infatuation is a nice appetite control device...

Eydie - Thank you for your bellydancing video suggestions. I'm going to check out collegevideo.com today. After watching them perform at the expo, it looks like quite the waist trimming exercise!

WSW - Thank you for checking in even when you're having "technical difficulties" - we wonder about you when we don't hear from you.

Frogger - I can't wait to see your pictures! The last month went so fast didn't it?? Before ya know it, you'll be on your honeymoon! BTW, where are you going?

Q o' the day - My take on it is if you've used the bathroom, you're not getting paid to clean it... (house rules when I was young). Now, it's just me, so I have no choice!

Kaylets - I say we burn your scale in ritual sacrifice... You're right, you can only keep making the best choices!

Well all, time to skeedaddle...


04-30-2003, 01:09 PM
Woe, woe - weigh in Wednesday. Up 2.6 from last Wednesday, 1.2 from yesterday. Trudging onward.

Wedding bliss is helpful as I can share some one's good vibes!

No trip, Kaylets. Test results were the same as last week which was great news. However, they now want him retested next week before they take port out and now he may have to be hospitalized to have that done. It was a maddening set of phone calls, etc. 'til all was sorted out. And today doctors in our state have gone on "strike". We could probably have still gone away for an overnighter but the mood wasn't right.

Questions - today's - priceless!

Cartoons - Don't know Herman, loved Calvin/Hobbes as well (and like Mutts). Think right now my favorites are "Zits" and "Pickles" at least those I'm getting the most laughs from most days.

Enjoy that five pounds down, Kaylets. That's how I felt about my two down last week, nothing different really, and today it's gone again but I know it will rear its sweet head again soon.

Punkin, hope today's better but what could be better than "that" call?

Empress, is Old Dog back in your good graces? Hope you caught up on your sleep, Eydie, since you slew that dragon.

Hi back, wsw, and also to ceara, arabella, dollar, sena, and all others in lurkdom.

04-30-2003, 01:12 PM
Punkin, as to what "could be better", I guess three calls in one day were!

04-30-2003, 01:54 PM
Punkin- We're honeymoonin' in New Orleans!!:D

04-30-2003, 03:23 PM
LOL! Anagram, I forgot about Pickles! I love them! They totally remind me of my Mom and stepfather...

Also, one of "my guy" phone calls I thought was an obscene call - I answered and I heard a male voice, very low, say "do you know what I'm going to do?" - scared the ____ outta me! More new job stress apparently because he continued on to say how he was hiding under his desk on the phone with me...
Whew, thought I was going to have a looney on my hands! Well, I did, but anyway...

Kitty update ~
I forgot to mention that my Mom thought she'd seen her missing cat night before last so last night we went to the neighborhood where she saw her and talked to some people. The only grey cat that was around wasn't her, but the people said they'd keep an eye out.
The first house we stopped at was a very nice lady that had 6 or more cats - 3 of which had just had kittens between 1-4 weeks ago. My Mom *really* liked one of them and the lady told her "you know she's yours if and when you're ready" - and we'd JUST met her! My Mom said she'd be back if her kitty didn't show up (I heard "when I decide to give up and start to heal"). What a blessing to run in to this lady!

Oh, last thing, since I'm blathering on - Wildfire - Thank you for the fit day site! It looks reeeeeallly interesting and no doubt helpful! :cb:

I will shut up now! :ziplip: :sssh: :tape:

Wait, wait! Unzipping to tell Frogger "OH YEAH!!!!" How fun! I've wanted to go to New Orleans since first reading Anne Rice 13 years ago! Have fun, eat lots of gumbo, drink a few hurricanes and enjoy!
(now I'm leaving, I promise)

04-30-2003, 06:14 PM
Fiance's boutinerre that I made

04-30-2003, 06:17 PM
We have 2 groomsem, (one is the bestman and one is a groomsman) They will both wear this boutinerre

04-30-2003, 06:19 PM
We have 2 ushers. My 10 year old nephew and my 17 year old nephew. I made these for them.

04-30-2003, 06:22 PM
I made these for my brother who is walking me down the aisle and my fiance's stepdad and dad.

04-30-2003, 06:23 PM
This is one I made for the pastor. It's just a daisy and pearl sprays.

04-30-2003, 06:27 PM
This is the top half of the toss bouquet I made.

04-30-2003, 06:30 PM
This is the bottom half of the toss bouquet. The ribbons and pearl strings go down to around knee length at the longest ribbon. I have them hanging down in various lengths.

04-30-2003, 06:33 PM
Here's a pic of my wedding flip flops from the side

04-30-2003, 06:37 PM
Here's from the top. (Bless my dear fiance for taking this picture. I couldn't keep still trying to take it myself!!)

04-30-2003, 06:38 PM
And here's the detailing on the strap. They're made by Bongo. I got these at Nordstrom Rack for $14.90!!!

04-30-2003, 06:44 PM
And here I am girlies!! My very first picture of myself on 3fc. I have to find one where I'm bigger to compare! I look really tired. (And no makeup!) More pictures tommorow!

04-30-2003, 06:48 PM
Ok I lied, one more! Me and my hunny.

04-30-2003, 08:06 PM
Frogger, thanks for the pictures. You are beautiful!!!!:)
And I LOVE those shoes too.:D They're adorable!

04-30-2003, 08:42 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your pics-- I am so glad you showed the flipflops because I wouldve never guessed they'd be so pretty-- When you said flipflops all I could imagine was......

You're hair looks like its a perfect shade and if that's how pretty you look when you're tired-- oh my, what a gorgeous bride you will be.
The boutinierre's look so cute too!!

Now, take a little break for yourself -- even just an hour, and think of nothing but the honeymoon- will you have breakfast in bed... or on the balcony... will you sleep in ... And yes you do have time to take a daily break-- You want to look your best don't you??

Hi everyone else-- I'll be back a little later--

04-30-2003, 10:17 PM
Thanks Kaylets.

I truely am beat. I never thought this whole planning bit would be so stressful. Kudos to the wedding planners. They deserve all the money they charge. (BTW, we didn't hire one)

I know what you mean about the flip flops. Most people are like "what????" and then they give you that " how white trash is this wedding?" look I think they are adorable and my feet will be comfy and cool. I even bought my MOH and bridesmaid a pair (not quite as nice, because their dresses are hard to match anything with, but they can wear them at the reception and be comfy too!) I have a little walking to do (tours) on the honeymoon so I don't want to have my dogs barking before I even get there! We're taking the haunted New Orleans tour and whatever else we can find.

Got our first wedding present today! It's an awesome spice rack carousel from BBB (bed bath and beyond) already has the spices with it. Not a registry item, but very cool none the less.

04-30-2003, 11:03 PM
Drive-by post, having a crazy week! Great pics, Frogger! love the shoes!

Hope to have time to catch up tomorrow. :wave: to all!

05-01-2003, 07:30 AM
Hope you enjoy this:

50 Deadliest Dieting Mistakes --- off e-diet.com on 4/30/03
1. Having a negative defeatist attitude.
2. Going on any diet that is NOT a manner of eating that you can adhere to for the rest of your life.
3. Believing that you can eat cabbage soup -- or any other low-cal, but monotonous fare -- every day for the rest of your life.
4. Obsessing over counting calories.
5. Weighing in too frequently.
6. Not drinking enough water.
7. Drinking sugar-laden drinks.
8. Eating more bread, pasta and potatoes than proteins, lean meats, fruits and vegetables.
9. Consuming processed foods more often than fresh foods.
10. Taking the benefits away from vegetables by overcooking them.
11. Not having a plan.
12. Blaming others for your shortcomings.
13. Being quick to judge.
14. Not being aware of the nutritional benefits or detriments of what you consume.
15. Finishing every last bite of a meal, even after you are full.
16. Going back for seconds at meals.
17. Eating at "all-you-can-eat buffets" and consuming large amounts "to get your money's worth."
18. Skipping breakfast.
19. Starving all day.
20. Bingeing after "falling off the wagon" and then waiting until "tomorrow" to get back on track.
21. Thinking you are genetically destined to be fat.
22. Not believing that you have the courage to change.
23. Confusing "fat" as a personality trait.
24. Thinking you are unattractive.
25. Not living each day to the fullest... thinking that will come when you are thinner.
26. Wasting time.
27. Not finishing tasks you begin.
28. Postponing tasks that need attention.
29. Rationalizing.
30. Thinking pills, powders or potions are more powerful than they really are in achieving weight loss.
31. Thinking of exercise as a chore, instead of a way to improve your health and your life.
32. Not scheduling exercise as a vital part of your day and week.
33. Indulging excessively in alcohol.
34. Watching sports rather than participating in sports.
35. Watching too much television.
36. Not giving enough time to personal hygiene and appearance.
37. Refusing to read self-improvement materials on a regular basis.
38. Giving up and resigning yourself to being "fat."
39. Finishing the food off of your family's plates while you are doing the dishes.
40. Tasting and nibbling on food while you are cooking it. (BLT-bite,lick,taste)
41. Baking cookies, pies and cakes more often than for holidays or very special occasions.
42. Always having candy in dishes, supposedly for guests, but eating more of it yourself.
43. Buying unhealthy snack items "for the kids," but eating some yourself.
44. Not having vegetables and/or fruit with each meal.
45. Serving more carbohydrates than any other food group for meals.
46. Thinking that "dieting" sprees -- and not total lifestyle change -- will garner lasting weight loss results.
47. Not visualizing yourself actually living and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
48. Not taking vitamins and proper supplements.
49. Consuming fast foods on a regular basis.
50. Waiting for tomorrow to "get started" rather than RIGHT NOW!
So there you have it. Bypass the hefty half a hundred mistakes and enjoy life the way you want it: slimmer and healthier!

05-01-2003, 07:35 AM
Thought of the day :

" Any time you see a turtle up on top of a fence, you know he had some help. "

-----Alex Haley

Question of the day :

" Should swearing be against the law?"

----Table Topics

Gotta run all-- Desk is waiting--

Punkin-- did you say 2 calls in addition to the usual.... HMMMMMMM

take care all!!

05-01-2003, 08:34 AM
Oh lordy, Kaylets. If swearing is ever against the law I'd get life for sure! I'd have to throw myself on the mercy of the court!:lol:

Crazy co-worker is crazy again. VERY stressful at work--everybody's walking on eggshells. We all think something's wrong, seriously. Trying hard not to let it drive me to my drug of choice--food. I'm really struggling.

05-01-2003, 11:30 AM
Happy Friday eve!!!! :cb:

I'll have the office all to myself today so you know I'm doing as little as possible... it's been a looooong week and it's time for a break!

Frogger! What a gorgeous bride you're going to be! Love the flip-flops and the flowers too! We wore slippers at my best friend's wedding - you'll be glad you have comfy shoes when the time comes to start dancin'!
I can't wait to hear about the haunted tour of New Orleans too! :dance:

Kaylets - Oooh, thank you for posting those diet mistakes - I see a couple I'm making right now. Of course I know what I'm doing, but seeing it in print is like "SEE??? You're messing this up!".
And yes, now I'm getting multiple phone calls in one day... he asked for my direct phone line (not our 800#) yesterday so he'll quit running up our 800# bill by calling it - said he didn't want to get me in trouble. I'm debating on giving him my home number too - thoughts anyone???? :dz:

Eydie - Breeeeethe.... or, if you want to have some fun keep looking at crazy co-worker and when she looks at you just smile and nod knowingly... it'll drive her bonkers. Hey, if she won't quit or medicate herself, you might as well drive her to a psychotic episode! :devil:

Q o' the day - No, it can't be illegal. I'd be with Eydie in serving a life sentence! I keep it pretty clean most of the time but geez, I work with mechanics! Swearing is contagious....

Toodles for now,


05-01-2003, 11:03 PM
Today Demon Scale showed me down 2.2 from yesterday which technically makes me up only .4 from last week. Don't know how that scale manages to know when I'm going to weigh in but am considering changing my weigh in day to Thursday to try to do an end run around DS. I think it might be because we eat out often on Tuesdays and there is more salt in food I buy as vs. food I make. So I think I will try the Thursday weigh in for a while just to avoid some of that "up" frustration.

05-02-2003, 07:31 AM
The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. Going and coming took most of a day--and I honestly did not have a free day until the following week.

"I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove the length of Route 91, continued on I-215, and finally turned onto Route 18 and began to drive up the mountain highway. The tops of the mountains were sheathed in clouds, and I had gone only a few miles when the road was completely covered with a wet, gray blanket of fog. I slowed to a crawl, my heart pounding. The road becomes narrow and winding toward the top of the mountain.

As I executed the hazardous turns at a snail's pace, I was praying to reach the turnoff at Blue Jay that would signify I had arrived. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these darling children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly," We drive in this all the time, Mother."
"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears--and then I'm
heading for home!" I assured her.

"I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car. The mechanic just called, and they've finished repairing the engine," she answered.

"How far will we have to drive?" I asked cautiously.

"Just a few blocks," Carolyn said cheerfully.

So we buckled up the children and went out to my car. "I'll drive," Carolyn offered. "I'm used to this." We got into the car, and she began driving.

In a few minutes I was aware that we were back on the Rim-of-the-World Road heading over the top of the mountain. "Where are we going?" I exclaimed, distressed to be back on the mountain road in the fog. "This isn't the way to the garage!"

"We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, trying to sound as if I was still the mother and in charge of the situation, "please turn around. There is nothing in the world that I want to see enough to drive on this road in this weather."

"It's all right, Mother," She replied with a knowing grin. "I know what I'm doing. I promise, you will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

And so my sweet, darling daughter who had never given me a minute of difficulty in her whole life was suddenly in charge -- and she was kidnapping me! I couldn't believe it. Like it or not, I was on the way to see some ridiculous daffodils -- driving through the thick, gray silence of the mist-wrapped mountaintop at what I thought was risk to life and limb.

I muttered all the way. After about twenty minutes we turned onto a small gravel road that branched down into an oak-filled hollow on the side of the mountain. The Fog had lifted a little, but the sky was lowering, gray and heavy with clouds.

We parked in a small parking lot adjoining a little stone church. From our vantage point at the top of the mountain we could see beyond us, in the mist, the crests of the San Bernardino range like the dark, humped backs of a herd of elephants. Far below us the fog-shrouded valleys, hills, and flatlands stretched away to the desert.

On the far side of the church I saw a pine-needle-covered path, with towering evergreens and manzanita bushes and an inconspicuous, lettered sign "Daffodil Garden."

We each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path as it wound through the trees. The mountain sloped away from the side of the path in irregular dips, folds, and valleys, like a deeply creased skirt.

Live oaks, mountain laurel, shrubs, and bushes clustered in the folds, and in the gray, drizzling air, the green foliage looked dark and monochromatic. I shivered. Then we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight, unexpectedly and completely splendid. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes where it had run into every crevice and over every rise. Even in the mist-filled air, the mountainside was radiant, clothed in massive drifts and waterfalls of daffodils. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow.

Each different-colored variety (I learned later that there were more than thirty-five varieties of daffodils in the vast display) was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue.

In the center of this incredible and dazzling display of gold, a great cascade of purple grape hyacinth flowed down like a waterfall of blossoms framed in its own rock-lined basin, weaving through the brilliant daffodils. A charming path wound throughout the garden. There were several resting stations, paved with stone and furnished with Victorian wooden benches and great tubs of coral and carmine tulips. As though this were not magnificence enough, Mother Nature had to add her own grace note -- above the daffodils, a bevy of western bluebirds flitted and darted, flashing their brilliance. These charming little birds are the color of sapphires with breasts of magenta red. As they dance in the air, their colors are truly like jewels above the blowing, glowing daffodils. The effect was spectacular.

It did not matter that the sun was not shining. The brilliance of the daffodils was like the glow of the brightest sunlit day. Words, wonderful as they are, simply cannot describe the incredible beauty of that flower-bedecked mountain top.

Five acres of flowers! (This too I discovered later when some of my questions were answered.) "But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn. I was overflowing with gratitude that she brought me -- even against my will. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"Who?" I asked again, almost speechless with wonder, "And how, and why, and when?"

"It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small
and modest in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house, my mind buzzing with questions. On the patio we saw a poster. " Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman, two hands, two feet, and very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

There it was. The Daffodil Principle.

For me that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than thirty-five years before, had begun -- one bulb at a time -- to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. One bulb at a time.

There was no other way to do it. One bulb at a time. No shortcuts -- simply loving the slow process of planting. Loving the work as it unfolded.

Loving an achievement that grew so slowly and that bloomed for only three weeks of each year. Still, just planting one bulb at a time,
year after year, had changed the world.

This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principle of celebration: learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time -- often just one baby-step at a time -- learning to love the doing,
learning to use the accumulation of time.

When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"Carolyn," I said that morning on the top of the mountain as we left the haven of daffodils, our minds and hearts still bathed and bemused by the splendors we had seen, "it's as though that remarkable woman has needle-pointed the earth! Decorated it. Just think of it, she planted every single bulb for more than thirty years. One bulb at a time! And that's the only way this garden could be created. Every individual bulb had to be planted. There was no way of short-circuiting that process.
Five acres of blooms. That magnificent cascade of hyacinth!

All, just one bulb at a time."

The thought of it filled my mind. I was suddenly overwhelmed with the implications of what I had seen. "It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years.
Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My wise daughter put the car into gear and summed up the message of the day in her direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said with the same knowing smile she had worn for most of the morning. Oh, profound wisdom!

It is pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask,
"How can I put this to use tomorrow?"

Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards

Take care all- I'm late.

05-02-2003, 09:17 AM
hello all!!

I did not get to post any pictures last night because I was pooped. Because....

I had a surprise bridal shower yesterday!!!! My coworker's through me a luncheon and gifts and cake and everything! I was completely floored. They made me wear a veil they made and a big button that said "Bride to Be". It was a fun time.

Tonight is my bachelorette party at LuLu's Mardi Gras Club in DC. (I see we are keeping with the New Orleans theme here as I also had mardi gras beads as some table decorations at the bridal shower) There will be 6 of us partying down. Can't wait!

Well, work calls so I must answer (at least for a little while) Be back on later!

05-02-2003, 10:30 AM
Morning. Loved the Daffodil Principle~looking back can see how some small things done regularly have affected my life~of course, nothing on the order of five acres of daffodils!

Frogger, I want to party too - you'll love New Orleans - a beautiful city whose name is too often connected just to the Bourbon Street aspect.

Today Demon Scale has me back to last week's weigh in on the nose so that puts me back at my low for this journey. Now to try to get it lower by next week's bout with DS.

Gloomy so far today - trying to decide if I should gamble on getting in a walk between raindrops or take lots of time and do pool workout. Have been really good about the walking but know I'll not (probably) get to do it over the weekend as we're going down to babysit the princesses again. That's usually more a weight lifting workout ;>) (but that counts too). I think I feel like a gambler today.

Wake up, Punkin! It's YOUR day.

05-02-2003, 12:16 PM
:dance: Happy Friday! :dance:

About to go brush out one of the cats - we sedated her... :s: She's gonna be so maaaaad!

Eydie! Yesterday I found the bellydancing for Fitness you mentioned. They were very highly rated on the site I found them on and I bought the 2 DVD set (4 "classes"). I'm SO excited!! :cb:

Anagram - Oh, salt! I had chinese for dinner last night and feel like a big ol' cheese puff right now! I'm hoping all the water I'm drinking will deflate me...

Kaylets - I loved the daffodil story! Makes me think of what I want to start doing now that I can look back in 30 years and appreciate (besides the obvious!).

Frogger - How fun! Enjoy that party and have a hurricane for us!

Time to go attack the cat... :fr:


05-02-2003, 08:19 PM
Oh where, oh where has the Royal Court gone? Oh where, oh where can they be?

05-02-2003, 08:23 PM
Hi Anagram!

Is it going to rain or not??

Maybe some yardsales and yardwork in the schedule??

How was your day?

If you're wondering what that big THUD noise was about 10 am it was me falling off the wagon. Hard. Short story-- chocalate cake for going away party.

Oh well, the last time was in December. That's a pretty good average. ....

05-02-2003, 08:34 PM
What a week!:dizzy: TGIF!

Frogger, hope you have a blast tonight! Remember, 2 Tylenol and lots of water before you crash...get a head start on treating the hangover. ;) Glad to hear your co-workers got together to throw you a bit of a shower. Very thoughtful!

Tomorrow I'm getting my hair chopped (again) It's growing like crazy! It's collar-length now, has been since I chopped it at Xmas from shoulder-length. Guess where this is going??? YUP..shorter! Summer and the insufferable heat we have here in the Toronto area are coming and I'm getting ready by going short! Time for a change, anyway....it's the chameleon in me. :D

It's been wonderfully rainy and warm here...had a magnificent thunder storm yesterday morning while I was driving to work. Okay, so I would have rather been at the lakeshore than stuck in traffic, but it was cool anyway.

Time to put the kettle on and start the weekend....*sigh of relief*

05-03-2003, 07:49 AM
Mornin' all!

Fly by postie...:s: I have a slightly disabled shoulder..and am off to the chiropractor again....pulled tricep and one of the rotor cuff muscles...makes it real difficult to confine the girls. However at least I can work now...went home Wed...couldn't do the job!

I'm scheduled today and so I must stir my buns....:D

05-03-2003, 08:12 AM
Today the question of the day is -- which of the following thoughts fits your day ??
Growing old is inevitable, growing UP is optional.
There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
Do the math....count your blessings.
Faith is the ability to not panic.
Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging.
If you worry, pray. If you pray...don't worry.
Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
We do not remember days, but moments.
Life is moving too fast - so enjoy your precious moments.
Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it's just hearsay.
It's all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again.
Just be sure to flush when you are done.
Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage.
The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk taking.
Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out
it's neck.

Take care!

05-03-2003, 06:00 PM
Hello all.....

If you were wondering what the big THUD was about 10 am yesterday am it was me falling HARD off the wagon yesterday.
Short Story-- Going away party - big chocolate cake w/ whipped cream--- Hour after the party was over I fell. HARD.
Was still at it at 2 w/ M&M's.

Luckily, I woke up before "MORE SUGAR" did this am and got lots of water and a solid breakfast in. DH and I yardsaled until almost 2 pm and then walked the fleamarket looking for a lawn mower.

So, I am back on the wagon-- Just need a hand with the seat belts please.

Hope everyone is ok -- I think I'll go see if anyone's around the other threads-- I MISS YOU ALL!

05-03-2003, 08:43 PM
Kaylets, your Royal Throne is now outfitted with shoulder belts. :wizard:

Ceara, how on earth did you pull your triceps muscle and rotator cuff? Geez, that sounds painful! Hope the chiropractor is able to set things right again.

It is awfully quiet around here. Must be nice weather where everyone is and we're all out enjoying it.

I have THE BEST hairstylist. He's the one I've been looking for the last six years. Got my hair cut short but it seems like I have more of it, if that makes any sense. I told him I was ready to go short and he could do whatever he wanted with my hair. He told me I have a beautiful face and porcelain skin and I needed a cut to show it off. What a sweetheart, huh? :love:

Been a bit of a lazy day here. Hubby is napping, and we are going to watch a movie or two later.

05-03-2003, 09:23 PM
Still puzzling over the co-worker problem---ever have one of those things that takes over your whole life? Can't get it out of my mind. I have a feeling it's going to get ugly.....:( I can't engage her in any type of friendly conversation anymore--You can make the most innocent comment to her and she twists it around into something, well, twisted! It is truly bizarre. Something's really wrong with her....:?: :?: :?: Kaylets, the quote that I'm adopting from your list is "Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted".

So.....food/exercise-wise I haven't been doing very well at all. Have missed working out the last 2 days, because of very long work days, so tomorrow I have to force myself. The one bright spot in my day is knowing that I'll get to talk bellydancing with Punkin/Terri soon! That'll keep me hangin' on!

Wildfire I know what you mean about it seeming like you have more hair when it's short. I have very fine hair, but it looks thick when it's really short--why is that?

So tired---haven't been sleeping well. I have to catch up on that.
Pray for my pathetic confused soul.:?: :( :o

05-03-2003, 10:31 PM

DH and I just spent about an hour doing yard work- He had to weed wack the grass before he could mow it because it got high while the mower wasn't running. I pulled weeds and cleaned up flower beds--The baby dwarf fruit trees I planted last summer can now let a bird perch on them! When I think of how each morning during the drought I lugged water out there from the dehumidifier!

Ceara- how did I miss that one! OUCH-- Yes, how did that happen? What can they do for you? Wish there was something I could offer...... DH suffers w/ a similiar injury -- or lets say he thinks that's what the problem is- it gets sore is all I know-- A doctor has never seen it so I think you are in worse shape than he is!

Yikes - just saw what my nails look like from working outside- where's the nailbrush!

05-04-2003, 04:34 AM
Hmmm. Hi, :queens: !!!!! I think this one describes Amarantha's day: "Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck."

But I think, with apologies, I'd like to also opt for this one, slightly edited by moi: "THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR HOME ARE THE PETS!"

I don't know if anyone else has noticed that this forum no longer has a button for "Post Reply" ... maybe it's just me? I can only do a quick reply! If I want to get the "regular" reply page where I can see all the posts, I have use the edit screen. Very strange and makes it difficult to reply but easier to stick to my pledge of brevity and no rambling, so I guess it's an ill wind, etc.

Ceara: Sorry you are injured ... that sounds painful ... hope it heals quickly!

Eydie: Because of aforementioned no reply page, I can't go back and review what you said about your coworker previously ... without losing what I'm typing ... but I'm firmly convinced that the role of coworkers is to make our lives a living heck ... sometimes it's best not to analyze what could be wrong and just continue to smile a Mona Lisa smile and be friendly without responding to or any unpleasant vibes or even allowing them to penetrate one's brain ... at least that's what I TRY to do, but seldom achieve it ... good luck, anyway! :)

Guess I need to go to sleep! Good night to all :queens: present or absent, mentioned or unmentioned!

Brevity, thy name be Amarantha! :wave:

05-04-2003, 07:45 AM
Hello all---

Fresh Start Sunday!!

Today's though of the day is:

"Each day I promise myself not to try to solve all of my life problems at once, "
---Leo Buscalgia

Today's question is:

If you had a choice between liver and spinach which one would you choose? "
--Table Topics

I will be shortly, just realized we have run out of bread (?!?) Need to get dressed and get back before DH's breakfast gets too late!

05-04-2003, 10:03 AM
It looks gorgeous out there...but the grass is really wet. I will do the tulip trek before I get dressed for Church. I tour the tulips just about everyday in my house coat and Birkenstocks...quite the visual eh?

Empress A....maye it is your browser set up? I still have a "post reply"...course I'm using a direct link right to the support page that is old...wonder...

For the sad story of the shoulder. Last Tuesday noon I was walking the elder heathen (8 mos and a treasure) up from the runs. She is usually quite sensible and civilized for a heathen puppy, but not that day. She took off like a bat outta He** and hit the end of the flexi (a lead that retracts and runs out as the dog moves) and spun me around quite violently by my left arm. Of course I shrugged it off and thought that might hurt later...well.. Wed a.m. got up and felt stiff...slept funny right? Got dressed, did my business, came home to change for work. Could not undo or do up the bra I wanted to wear. Could not hold blow dryer in left hand...Thought Uh-oh how am I going to work! Went to work..had to open and it was too late to call supply...managed to do 1/4 of the delivery and realized I was going to hurt myself more. So I called for supply and went home sick...I couldn't open the books with that hand or hold the scanner or anything...since I am ambidextrous in my job...this was a challenge! Made a chiro appt...I had determined by that point that the tricep was pulled, but my rotor muscles felt fine until she probed...YOWEY!!!!! It is "only" the little one that runs down the angle of your ribs where they curve towards the front...and man are they connected to a lot of other things. makes you appreciate the wonder of the physics of your body, I tell you. I'm still sore but definitely better...The Chiro tortured me yesterday and today I feel still human so that is good! Ice and Ibuprofen are the treatments of choice. (supplemented with a little vino at night :s:

Anyway, this is Frogger's week-end right? I hope she's havin' a great time!.

:queen: Kaylets....I need to copy and paste some of the pearls of wisdom you've been posting...I need to keep some of these fore most in my mind! We all heard the "swoosh" as you flew back on, and the click of the shoulder harness...have a no guilt!

QOD...Shoot! I really like both...probably the liver, with onions and mushrooms and stir-fried alphalfa sprouts and a little steak sauce...not HP but the other shorter one...ummmm. But spinach is good too...steamed with lemon and grated parmesan on top....what a dilema...think I'll go eat some oatmeal! ;)

Went to the Windsor Light Opera's production of Joseph's amazing technicolor....etc.. last night. Wonderful... had a great time...even my fifteen year old son liked it.

:queen: Eydie, sometimes we just have to let go and decide it really isn't our problem. How much energy are you wasting on worrying? Does the co-worker appear to be enjoying her torture of you? I would try and ignore it...if I'd already tried to clear the air...as a good friend of mine sez..."It isn't your problem darling, it's hers. Don't take ownership of it."

So. off to refill my coffee and tour the tulips...


05-04-2003, 07:56 PM
Went out shopping this afternoon with the hope to buy something new to wear to work. It's the strangest thing, I weigh the same as I did last summer, but the clothes I have just don't fit now! Had a very frustrating afternoon. Nothing I tried on fit. Gave up and went to a plus size store, where everything was too big! Gawd, I'm in the between-size purgatory! Came home, had a meltdown, and then told hubby to take any snacks I don't want around and stash them in his computer center. I am going to lose 10lbs, dammit, so I can buy some decent clothes. Come the end of the 12-week challenge I AM going to go shopping and have some success.

ceara, yikes! That sounds like it did hurt! I can almost feel the snap on the leash when you were yanked. Hope it heals up quickly.

Eydie, I know what difficult co-workers are like. I have one that comes in late EVERY morning, wastes time all day...and my spineless boss won't do anything about it. I gave up complaining to him about her a long time ago. It just stressed me out and he wouldn't do anything about it. I ignore 'em both now, and come and go when I feel like it. I've dared him to utter a word, because until he does something about her, I won't listen. Do you work closely with her, or can you go about your work and ignore her for the most part? That's what I've been doing.

Kaylets, nice to hear your little trees are doing so well, and your efforts are paying off.

Amarantha, the Post Reply button is there for me, too. I wonder if the page just didn't load properly, or if something is off in your User Settings? Very strange.

:wave: to all!

05-04-2003, 11:06 PM
Yo! I still don't have that button. Redid my settings, still not there. Hmmmm. Could they be trying to tell me something? :jig: I will ask 3FC sometime. It's mildy annoying because I like to see all the little emoticons and I can't remember all their little codes.

BTW, my shopping day went the same way. I couldn't find the jeans I like in the SMALLER size (I only have one pair of the smaller ones and wanted more) ... I've become a believer that scale weight doesn't tell the tale, as I've verifiably lost inches since last week but no real weight ... actually it was about 9 days ago, since I did two practice days. I know the answer is I've gained muscle and lost fat and in the end, this will pay off in a scale drop. I will reach my goal and you will, too, Wildfire. This is IT! This is the time! It'll happen! :drill: Oops, wrong thread. Get offa there, Drill Person!

I haven't actually declared a weight goal for this challenge ... the challenge for me is to complete the challenge and send my entry into the contest ... silly as it may be, I promised myself to do this and it is very liberating.

Now if I could just get the paying work done earlier in the week.

Eydie: I second Wildfire's advice ... best to ignore the crazy lady! :) Remember to smile a Mona Lisa smile as well. Then everyone will wonder why you are so benign.

Ceara: Sorry about your shoulder, but your story kind of made me smile. When Old Dog was a puppy, she once knocked me down from behind and dislocated my knee. She only weighed 10 pounds sopping wet! Wish she still had that much energy as she's been draggy lately.

Kaylets: The quote of the day is EXTREMELY relevant to me at the moment. Thanks! :wave: P.S. I would choose spinach. I would not eat liver under any circumstances short of actual starvation and at that I'd have to give it some thought.

My mom loved liver. Never could understand that.

Avanti, all!

05-05-2003, 07:05 AM
Hello all!

DH and I both out the door early, go figure, there' s so much I'd like to comment on !

Can't resist this though!
Empress A- yes, I agree, once we take some power back from the scale isnt't it liberating???

Thought of the day :

"We live at the edge of the miraculous"
--- Henry Miller


Today's question :

If you won the million dollar lottery tonight, what would you do tomorrow?
--- Table Topics


Take care all!

05-05-2003, 08:11 AM
Good Morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had a blast at the bachelorette party on friday. Yes, there are pix and yes, I'll probebly be posting the more tame ones as soon as we get them back. Not that we got all that wild, just the usual you have to do this stuff. We mostly just danced the night away. Went to the first club, it was lame so we went to ladies night at another club where we got in free and had free drinks until 11pm. We got there at 10:50. I think we each ordered 2 drinks in 10 minutes just because they were free! We had 2 people bail out at the first club because one had a migraine and she came with the other person. And them 2 more bailed around 2am at the second club from sheer exhaustion. So it was just me and my MOH that closed the club down at 3. :devil: We got home around 4am to 2 snoozing men who drank way to much tequilla and wouldn't wake up for anything. I practically had to drag my fiance out the door and into the car. He kept falling back to sleep as soon as he quit walking. I felt good the next day. No hangover at all. He was the one with the hangover!!!

Finally found myself a nice bra to go with my wedding dress. Am I the only one that goes down a size in the band but goes up in the cup size? I used to be a 42D before the weightloss (which by the way has reached 20lbs :D ) and now I am a 38 DD. Weird. It's like all the back weight shifted forward. I still have to order corsages, some platters of munchies for the cocktail hour, buy more beer and soda, a few makeup things for my face, and thank you gifts.

Oh and by the way, we have prequalified for an FHA loan for our house. They just need our bank statements, pay stubs and 401K statements this week. I'm excited about that!

OK I have to run. I'll try to check in later!

05-05-2003, 09:25 AM
If I won the lottery tonight, after screaming and dancing, I'd get up and go to work as usual. After all, I believe a resignation should be delivered in person. :D Let's see....I'd pay off bills, buy an average sized house, and then get to work on opening my own craft/sewing/needlework shop. :yes: All planned out...can you tell I daydream about it just a little?

Demon Scale showed me down a pound this morning. I think he's on to my Sunday morning weigh-in!

Here's to a good Monday, all.

05-05-2003, 10:42 AM
Hmm - I have post reply button as well. Rainy here again this a.m. but sunny in my soul.

Well, between the two, it would be spinach and that's not high on my list either. My Mom made liver a lot when I was growing up and I'd eat a bit but any I've tasted since doesn't seem the same and my meat eating has diminished a lot.

Lottery's easy - dh and I plot that occasionally, he from a tax saving/distribution standpoint. Kids, grandkids, family would share in it to a degree determined by amount. I'd say a lot of prayerful thank yous and start a foundation. I think I've talked about that before.

The "edge of the miraculous" sort of describes how I feel about dh lately. I've been calling him "my miracle man" re his comeback and based on medical comments we've had.

Sorry about that painful injury, Ceara. Sort of changes your whole lifestyle while it's healing. Our scales must be part of the same clan, Wildfire. One wise to days of the week. Don't tell mine that I've changed my weigh in day. And I'm in that "between size" purgatory as well. But SOON, and like you said, another ten should put me firmly in Misses sizes.

Good news on the house, Frogger! Nice that's all going so well. And I find the Mona Lisa smile (sometimes purposely frozen) to be helpful in many situations.

Got results last week from the testing (for study on memory/aging/hormone replacement). The old broad still has it and that was reassuring because most of the time I don't know where I left it.

Had a restocking of my "kiddie" hormone over the weekend. Just enjoyed them both so much and still basking in (grand)maternal glow. However, happy to be here in peace & quiet.

My sister/spouse are on their way back to their home in Alaska after wintering in Texas. So they and other sister/spouse will be coming this morning for a "sissies" day (third sister opted out). The guys will do/hang wherever/whatever while we do our thing. Sometimes our thing is nothing but I think one is bringing a craft thing to do. Which we may or may not do - she's crafty and likes to torture other sister and me who aren't. We're going out to lunch and then catch up till she comes back in the spring on her way south again. Also probably do a bit of planning for shower for nephew's bride to be that will be Labor Day Weekend.

So an interesting, easy day today. I need it. Feeling so lazy.

05-05-2003, 03:19 PM
I have to apologize for being so preoccupied lately; I'm really trying to pull out of it. I'm trying to undo 9 years of the same old behaviour. Crazy Lady comes into the kitchen where I am and dumps all of her venomous complaining [about other people] on me, And now I'm declaring that it won't happen anymore---by my silence and not engaging her in any type of conversation AT ALL. The trouble is I hate how awkward it all feels and I can tell that she just wants it to go back to the way it was, but a line was crossed somewhere and I can't go back. This may sound over the top, but it almost feels like a rite of passage for me---to finally say 'no more'. I don't have to work with her directly very often---but we can't get lost in the crowd either; there's only 5 of us that work there.
I have the kind of personality that somehow blames myself for all this when I know logically that I've done nothing wrong. Well, that's not completely true---I let this cycle on for years because I was intimidated by her.
Tired of letting this take over every aspect of my life--it's not worth it and I know everyone's tried of hearing about it.
Good news is I'll be all by myself at work tomorrow!

I do apologize for yammering on and on about this---I just have to resolve it in my head somehow.
And I have to get on with my life. I have to find it in me to walk on the treadmill today. I'd much rather just take a nap!:lol:

05-05-2003, 03:22 PM
If I won that cool million, I'd invest it all wisely and maybe I'd never have to work again? And then maybe I could fly us all to a spa for a much -deserved getaway!:D

05-05-2003, 04:07 PM
Wow! So much catching up to do!!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (any reason to eat Mexican food is good with me!)

I'm looking forward to Friday (besides the usual reason), I'm going to my friend's house to help her keep 8 9-year olds under control (her daughter's birthday party) AND pick up my computer!!!!! :cb: So, I'll be able to pull up a chair during the weekends soon!

~"My Guy" update~
Thursday he called, oh, I don't know, 5 times??? We kept getting interrupted or I was busy and he'd call back. Anyway, I emailed him after our last interruption and gave him my home phone number (*gasp*!), telling him it would be nice to have an uninterruped phone call someday. He said he'd call and told me to call him at home during the weekends too. Then, today in a huge burst of self-confidence - I sent him my picture.... :fr:
He called this morning, but hadn't checked his mail yet - ack!

Kaylets - I'm glad everyone got you buckled back in over the weekend. Should the shoulder harness fail, we can always get those do-hickeys that hold you in on roller coaster rides!

Wildfire - I think the "shorter, but more hair" phenomenon is strange, but I get it too. I know when my hair is shorter it's very poofy because there's less weight... one of these days I'm gonna go shorter! :chin:

Eydie - Yes! I can't wait for my belly dancing DVD's to come in!!!! My friend's laughed at first, but now they're wanting me to tell them how I like it.... ha!

Ceara - Ouuuuuuuch! Take care! The worst my dog ever did was scrape my knuckles!

Amarantha - So, the :devil: scale hasn't been showing the whole truth, hmmmmm?????? Good thing we don't take that number as the gospel. :yes:

Frogger - Wow, sounds like a lot of fun was had! I can't wait to see the evidence, uh, I mean pictures! :lol:

Anagram - How fun! Enjoy your "sissies" day!

Q o' the days:
~1. Mine would be "There is no key to happiness, the door is always open"
~2. Spinach, without a doubt. LOVE spinach, liver :nono: I'd rather eat :foot:
~3. The lottery... I'd invest, work till I was 40, then retire, see the country, or world. Pay off all my bills and my parent's bills and donate a bunch to a favorite charity.

Today's day one of just calorie counting... so far, so good. I'm at 535 before afternoon snack dinner. As usual, I either way over-eat, or have to force more food in because I'm not eating enough... :rolleyes:

May all your :cookie:'s be calorie free,

05-06-2003, 07:13 AM
Punkin- We are poised at the edge of our seats--( yes, the seatbelt is still securely attached!)---
We need to know what he said when he saw the photo......I have a guess but will wait until you tell us...

Eydie- No apologies needed here! I myself would be tempted to remain silent but know if I was frustrated enough I just might take a very light tone of voice and start talking about myself and how "My blood pressure is skyhigh and I realized I have to stay away from negativity- lets talk about something wonderful-- " Crazy Lady will begin to think you're the crazy one but who cares-- you get your point across AND you've pulled yourself from the negative atmosphere- Good luck-- I don't envy you-- That's one thing about being a "newcomer" that I 've stayed "outside" most of that kind of stuff. Either folks dont' feel "safe" w/ me or I give the impression I'm not interested. And I guess unless it affects me personally, I'm not interested. Leaves you the outsider sometimes but sure leaves time for lots more uplifting things! Good luck!

Ok-- I've run over my time limit- Need to get out the door-

But did I tell you-- I discovered that there are some job functions my hands have memorized-( billing codes, not the everyday ones - either!) probably seems silly but it means "I know it" in a very real way to me. Really impressed myself! More later on the review.

Hope everyone has a great day!!
Today's thought is :

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.-- Unknown
Today's question is:

What qualities ar most important for a leader to have? Why?

Have a great Tuesday!

05-06-2003, 03:10 PM
Hi all!!
Just a fly by post. Love to you all!

Dropping by the mortgage place this evening to turn in the income and expendature paperwork. (401k statements, bank account statements and paystubs).

Here's my thought for today:

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra than Alzheimer's research today. This means that by the year 2020, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and a huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.


05-06-2003, 06:46 PM
Is it only Tuesday????? :rolleyes:

There are times when I envy my friends for having children, then there are days like today when I just want to go get my tubes tied... My Goddaughter's having some major problems and I just feel powerless and worried for her. Long story, but it's a combination of school, self-esteem, depression, puberty, and now I'm wondering if she got some foul genes from her "father" (aka the sperm donor). *Sigh* I just wanna go down there and hug the kid.


Kaylets - I don't know what he thought! I need to call him back - he called about 1/2 hour ago when I was in the midst of the 911 call from my best friend about the above. Ha, I assume it was "acceptable" since he called me today! :lol:

Although, it MUST be said that the main reason I sent him my picture was a "like me now or ta-ta to you" kinda mentality. *I* am not my body - there's a LOT more to me than the size of my thighs. My ex told me after we were engaged that if I ever gained all the weight back he wouldn't love me anymore (I was very small when we met). That just floored me - and I shoulda' left the shallow putz then. So I figured anyone else in my life from now on has to love me whether I have a waist or not! I'm making myself healthy and smaller for ME - not a man.

Frogger - You need to warn us before funnies like that one! I was eating my lunch and almost had lettuce come out my nose - *snorf*
Oh, and everyone in the house had a good giggle too! Good luck with all that house paperwork too - it's amazing at what they require of you.

Well, guess I better go call the guy... hehe, life's getting interesting! :cool:

Oh, wait - what do I want in a leader???? Honesty, first and foremost, integrety, compassion, a head for balancing a budget (why can a country spend outside their means when I can't?) and I have to say, I want someone with some common sense. All the book learning in the world won't teach you some of the most valuable things in life.

Tonight, seis de Mayo! Out for mexican and margaritas! (and I even planned for it!) :cb:


05-06-2003, 07:22 PM
Frogger!:lol: :lol: :lol: I wasn't quite expecting that one either. Reminds me of one those "deep thoughts" things from SNL. Something to ponder for sure!

Punkinseed, yes, tell all! I never weighed in with my opinion on whether you should give him your home phone#or not. Hey, you've come this far, so in for a penny, in for a pound I say! ;)

I'm feeling much better and more resolved today. I'm starting to feel good and strong about my decision about breaking away from the negativity and gossip that Crazy Co-worker spreads.

Hauled my carcass onto the treadmill yesterday and did 3 miles in spite of wanting to just eat and sleep. And today I walked 4 miles and did 1/2 hour of bellydancing, and have had a great food day! Feels so good to come back to myself!:)

05-07-2003, 07:24 AM
Hello all!

Frogger-- Have to borrow that one to share for my Good Morning Mailing list! Its priceless!! So glad you're sense of humor is back now that you're sooooo close to the BIG EVENT!
And, by the way, last I knew, you weren't having a Bach party...
was it a suprise after all??

Punkin- So where is his photo??? could it be that he's just as nervous as you were? AND ..... did he use the home number yet??

Wildfire-- Is the CL still muttering in the hallways and coffeeroom?? Just keep smiling and nodding .....and whisper as you're pointing to yourself "Blood pressure"...... After all, doctors orders and all!

Eydie- ITS TRUE!! Dh and I spent most of the weekend walking, doing yardwork, etc and come Monday I felt ENERGIZED! My mood felt lighter too-- How can we let that go? Why is it so easy to stop and let that good feeling slip away? Part of the "inertia" definition?? Hmmmm, maybe I now really understand what people mean when they say " Just can't sit still...."

Hello to EVERYONE! next time, I talk to you especially!

Thought of the day :
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it,
change your attitude."

Maya Angelou
Author and Poet
Question of the day :
"What was your most embarrassing moment? " -- Table Topics


To the best choices!

05-07-2003, 07:44 AM
Kaylets, about today's ?----I've had so many embarrassing moments, it's hard to pick just one!:o

Big board meeting lunch at work today. I'm not on the board; I'm cooking for it. Always a little stressful--don't know why. They're just people!;)

05-07-2003, 08:43 AM
Good Morning All!!!

Kaylets-Sense of humor? What is THAT?!!! LOL I feel like I could explode any minute. :fr: I'm all kinds of stressed out. :yikes: My stomach is in knots, I'm getting a migraine everyday. I just want everything over with (wedding and house buying) and enjoy married life! But I digress. Yes my coworkers surprised me with a bridal shower last thursday and a couple of us younger spunky gals got together for a fun night out at a couple of clubs in DC last friday. Great time! I can't wait for the pix to come back!

Well, there's still lots to do. I'm printing my programs today here at work (hey my boss TOLD me to do it here!!) And I sat with fiance's mom last night and figured out what was going on and who was doing what. She deligated but I still need to know what it is I am supposed to be doing!

Ok, gotta run, have to look like I'm working for a little while today!

05-07-2003, 09:12 AM
It's Hump Day! Hooray! :dancer:

Company is having an anniversary BBQ at lunch time today. So we get to hang out in the parking lot and pretend we're all thrilled to work here. :rolleyes:

I have come to think that the killer headaches I get are linked to my back pain. While taking the prescription the last couple of weeks, I had neither. Now the back pain is coming back and I've a doozie of a headache today. Can't focus my eyes it's so bad. Good thing I don't look at the keyboard to type! :D

Frogger, when is THE day? Last weekend in May? Everything will get done, and what doesn't wasn't that important anyway. Let the others take over as much as they can!

Punkin, I say good for you on the picture and the home number. Remember, that's how I met my wonderful hubby....we didn't meet face to face for almost a year.

Back to the salt mine....I'll drop by later tonight.

05-07-2003, 09:20 AM
Wildfire- THE BIG DAY is May 17th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(No wonder I'm stressin' that's 10 days)

05-07-2003, 06:35 PM
Hola :queen:'s!

Happy Wednesday - *whew* almost over. Whatta week.... :stress:

Eydie - I'm glad the coo-coo co-worker situation is doing better - or I should say YOU'RE doing better (she's probably still a nutter).
Hehehe, my check cleared for my bellydancing DVD's yesterday! They're on their way!!!!! :cb:

Kaylets - I've had pictures of "my guy" since June of last year - and he just sent a few more last week. So, it was time to come out of hiding... Hasn't used the home phone yet, but that's completely ok with me - I'm just along for the ride, where ever it may go. My life's been blissfully uncomplicated for years now and I like it that way!

Frogger - :fr: Yea, now's the time to freak. I'll tell you what I told my best friend - no matter what, no matter how much you stress, everything's still going to happen, it WILL be wonderful, you will be a beautiful bride, no one will notice what didn't happen right or what wasn't finished because they'll be focusing on you two and most importantly at the end of that big day YOU WILL BE MARRIED!
Now.... breeeeeeeeathe.... (dumm dumm da dummmm)

Wildfire - That's a trip that you didn't meet your (now) husband face to face until after you'd known him a year! We've been trying to figure out when we started talking and I think we're around the 2 year mark... still no plans to meet.

I have a Dr.'s appointment on Friday (annual and weight discussion at my request)... she and I have discussed my weight before and last time she said the risk of my being over weight and the risk of short term "pharmaceutical assistance" is a wash. So, I have some serious thinking to do...

Well, guess I should scoot - I shall return tomarrow!


05-07-2003, 08:25 PM
hi all! as always, love to catch up on your posts.
frogger-can imagine you're pretty stressed with wedding coming up so soon! hope your wedding will be a wonderful time for you!!
my "technical difficulties" seem to have been kicking up a fuss for a while now, but for the most part i have remained op and continued exercising as much as possible. i need to be more diligent though about my food plan and this is my declaration that i will write down what i eat everyday. i've been getting lax with that and i seem to do better when using my food journal. anyway, i hope you all have a pleasant evening. thinking of you all. take care.

05-07-2003, 09:00 PM
Frogger...TEN DAYS!!!! Ah, no biggie...you'll be married no matter what doesn't get done. Er...you DID get a marriage license, right? :D I can't wait to see pictures! I'm a sucker for weddings...love all the pretty things and the romance and the details....I should become a wedding planner. I'd have a lot of fun doing that. Big difference when it's not your own wedding. Hey, have you started house hunting yet, or are you going through the pre-approval process?

Eydie, how did the lunch go? Ooooh...while I'm thinking of it...in your professional opinion, which are the best baking sheets to buy? I bought new ones, Bakers Secret, at Christmas and the non-stick finish is coming off them even though I've been very careful with them. It's peeling off. Any suggestions?

Punkin... wanna share pics of your guy? Shhhh...we won't tell.

wsw, it's always so nice to see you drop in!

Kaylets....most embarassing moment...:chin:....maybe when I shredded a customer's cheque instead of the cheque stub when preparing a deposit. I had to call and ask them to send a replacement! :o

Amarantha, are you back among the Royal Court with the Royal Computer Problems fixed yet? We miss you!

Ceara, how's the tricep/shoulder?

Anagram, how did the sisterly reunion go?

05-07-2003, 09:24 PM
Hi all. Sissies Day went well. Lunched at Olde Country Buffet but I was "relatively" moderate. Alaska sis brought craft stuff and I "made" a night light cover and two "fish" mobiles from old disks. She had gathered everything, prepared it, instructed us, etc., etc. but all in all it was a nice afternoon.

I have officially moved my weigh in until tomorrow but I think Demon Scale is on to me. I did a sneak preview today and I was down .2, not great but down. Probably tomorrow, I'll be up, Felt this morning like I was up 5 lbs so was surprised at the weigh in.

Unsettled weather has been giving me mini migraines and have not been keeping up on much. Tomorrow's another day and hopefully we won't have storms or much rain. (At least I hope it's from the weather changes.)

Love following you and "your guy", Punkin. And like your attitude as to what will/may happen. Frogger,you have to be stressed at this point - it's required for the marriage to be valid. I remember dh (who was the one who wanted the big wedding in the first place) wanting to elope about a week before our wedding when the stress got to him. I thought he was kidding but he said later he was dead serious. I figured I had gone through so much by then, no way was it not coming off. But you'll be great and it will all go well - well, except for maybe one thing so you can always have that story to tell.

Like Eydie I've had so many embarrassing moments, it's hard to pick one. I guess that means I've been lucky not to have ONE THAT was so horribly, excessively embarassing that it stands out.

05-07-2003, 10:56 PM
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! By notice of Her Majesty's Royal Court, be it known that there remaineth 11 days until Victoria Day. Will ye be victorious in thy personal challenge??? :queen:

05-08-2003, 07:20 AM
Hello all!

Running late but just had to say hi!

Have an embarrasing moment to share:


About 25 yrs ago, I was very near goal ( WW's experience #2), and was working a 2nd job as a bartender. It was springtime and I was very proud that I could wear a skinny jean wrap skirt. I was walking everywhere and since the bar was only 3 miles or so from home, I walked there often. So I get dressed and off I go on a beautiful spring Saturday morning. And it was a great walk-- My breathing was good, my stride in rhythm, the blood was singing in my ears-- and so many people I knew were driving by!! Honking hello and waving!! Seemed like everyone was out enjoying the spring day!! Once I got closer to the bar, I was passing some stores. As I said, I was very close to goal so naturally, was spending lots of extra time admiring my accomplishments. So, I looked in the big plate glass of one store to study my skinny profile again ...... and ...... realized...... the back of my skirt was stuck up inside my pantyhose exposing my butt the entire 3 mile walk!!!! I did have big white panties on but ----- can you imagine......... here I am waving back and smiling at folks who I probably didnt know in the first place!!
with my butt sticking out!!!

Just goes to show you .........

Where did the last 30 minutes go....

Ok, I promise, I will touch base w/ everyone next post!!.. Please don't feel left out.... Unless I call out from work... hmmm, that's an idea now isnt it????

Today's thought shares one of yesterday's themes:

Don't wait for someone else to make your life terrific. That's your job.

Today's question:
Is being funny an important quality of a friend?
--- Table Topics

Take care all!

05-08-2003, 10:57 AM
:dance: :dance: :dance:

Demon scale did not catch on! Today I weighed in down 1.2 lbs from eight days ago (change of weigh in). Again a one lb difference from yesterday.

I looked back to see what goal I had set for this challenge and find I don't seem to have set any. I think I was so funked by long stay in Plateauville yoyoing between 213 and 215 that my only goal was to break free.

Anyway, today puts me within ten pounds of onederland and down a total of 40 so far.

Now if the news from the doctor today is good.....perfect day!

250/209.8/???:cloud9: :cloud9:

05-08-2003, 01:12 PM
Aaaaah, Thursday eve....

Tonight, shopping for Mum's Day dinner (taco ring and flan - her request).

WSW - I'm with you on writing stuff down - I've been very lazy about it since my friends left 3 weeks ago. Must....pick....up..... paper and.....ug....pencil. *whew* ok, now to keep doing it!

Wildfire - I thought of sharing - but with my freakin' luck there's someone here that'd know him (slim chance, but still). We'll see where things go, I may share :devil:.

Anagram - Yea, headachey here too. Can you believe it snowed last night???? HELLO?? It's May! :rolleyes: I hope you get nothing but good Dr. news today too. Oh, and congrats on the loss!

Thanks for your comment on my attitude with the whole "my guy" thing - I'm pretty proud of my level-headedness too (it's not common for me when it comes to men). I went through a very ugly divorce and learned some huge lessons about throwing all my wishes and dreams into a "maybe". I won't get hurt again because of something I've assumed either. Besides, I think I'm still in a bit of a healing stage and am just trying on my "single wings" for the first time since divorcing - I don't want to jump in with both feet my first time out the door! :dizzy:

Kaylets - OMG!!!! I laughed so hard!!!! :lol: Now, I'm the kind that would've pulled over and told you. Were most of the people waving men??? Oooooh, I think you win the embarrasing moment hands down.

Q o' the day - Yes, humor is essential!


05-08-2003, 01:58 PM
hi everyone!

kaylets-i like that thought of the day and it really rings true for me. question of the day-yes, being funny is very important to me in a friend. i love a great sense of humor. speaking of which, your most embarrassing moment is a riot!
congrats, anagram, on the weight lost-today- and the total 40!that's great!
punkinseed-i hope things work out wonderfully well with "your new guy."

it has been hot here the last couple days, but there was an all-too- quick, but delightful, spring the past couple of weeks, which for this area is almost a long one!

please know i am thinking of all of you, even if i didn't mention you all specifically by name. take good care of yourselves.

all the best,

05-08-2003, 02:55 PM
wsw, Glad you're staying OP. Thanks for checking in with us!

Wildfire, I like the insulated layered baking sheets. I really recommend buying those teflon sheets; NOTHING sticks to them and you can use them forever. They're not metal baking sheets but a thin flexible sheet of teflon that you can use on any baking sheet. You can even cut them to fit baking pans. You can use them hundreds of times!

Kaylets, what a story! Yes, I would've pulled over and told you.
I saw that happen once to a lady in a wraparound skirt and she wasn't wearing anything underneath.:o See, there's always someone worse off than you!

Yikes! Look at the time. I have a date with Dr. Phil---and the treadmill.:)

05-08-2003, 09:06 PM
Yippeeeeee Anagram!!! :cb: :cb: :cb: cb: (one for each 10 lbs lost)
Way to go! I realized I didn't post my goal for this challenge either, but I was hoping to be back at 175 by the 19th. I'm wavering between 177 and 178. Still posssible! :yes: Tell me about these nightlight covers....sounds interesting.

Kaylets... :lol: Now that's embarassing! At least now I know it really does happen in real life and I'm not being ridiculously paranoid checking for such things before I leave a public washroom....or even the toilet paper stuck to the foot thing....yep, check for that, too. I would have pulled you aside and told you, too.

Punkin, I understand. The chance might be slim, but there's still a chance. However, if you ever feel the urge to share, feel free! :D

Eydie, thanks for the recommendation. My pans are insulated, but it's the non-stick finish I'm having a problem with. Maybe I should hunt down those teflon sheets and buy new pans that aren't non-stick.

wsw, hope you manage to keep cool in the heat. Funny, isn't it...we complain about the colder weather and when it finally warms up we forget all about it! I like the Spring and Fall best....just in the middle of the temperature range.

Tomorrow is Friday!!!!! :dancer:

05-09-2003, 07:33 AM

And guess what???? For those of you remember about DH's many issues w/ his job ---

Dh's job has been "tweaked" as of 2pm yesterday, he has been "transferred" back to his previous position. His replacement is not learning quickly enough and creating a backlog. This is literally stopping business so cannot continue. DH is thrilled as the transfer was not "fitting" -- managers, training, hours, etc. A real case of "grass is greener".
I am hoping he's gained some perspective and will be able to tolerate his "new/old " position better now that he's spent 6 mos away from it.

So, I 'm off schedule too but don't mind one bit -- ;) ;)
Today's thought is:

"When you help someone up a hill, you are that much nearer to the top yourself." --- Unknown

Today's question:
Would you be willing to ignore time this weekend by unplugging the clocks and not wearing a watch?
---Table Topics


Take care all!

05-09-2003, 08:43 AM
Oh man...QOD would I ever...can you imagine...not have to be anywhere, account for the time etc....are we doin' it? I wonder if I'd get to church before it was over? :s:

Arm is getting better...who'd guess that such a little tiny muscle in your arm pit..practically, could hurt so much? I see chiro again today...will inquire as to gym then..

Well this is a fly by....:queen:Anagram!!!!!!!!!!
:queen:Wildfire!!!!!!!!! :queen:Punkin!!!!!!!!! :queen:WSW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :queen:Kaylets!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eydie, the :queen: of pilates...and belly dancing? :o. :queen:Frogger!!!!!!!!

You go girls!


05-09-2003, 09:52 AM
Happy to hear about dh's "tweak", Kaylets. And hope it's much less stressful and he can be healthier.

Some weekend, I'd gladly be without a watch but not this one. Although in one way, it would be good. DS and wife will be here and I'm not sure they know what a watch/clock is ;-). But I don't want to miss my reservation for Mother's Day Brunch! Can't promise I'll be good but have noticed I just don't want as much food.

Dh's numbers were ok again this week; still waiting for arrangements to get port out but now it looks like it won't be in hospital (hoorah!).

Headaches seem better but still rainy, foggy here. Ceara, it does take a while sometimes, doesn't it? Hope it's not quite as bad and you're able to function.

Wildfire, the night light shade is a cute little thing assembled by putting beads on a large safety pin. Hardest part was counting out enough beads in colors I selected. Sis had lots of new bags of colors I didn't want but odd me had to have colors I had to pick out of a bag of mixed colors. Made it though and I like it since the colors go with the bathroom I put it in.

Ok, Punkin, it's that day again = wake up and enjoy every minute.

Yo, Eydie, Frogger, Arabella, Empress, dollar (awol?), wsw and all other Royal Queens.

A Happy Mother's Day to every one. Momma or not, we can all have a good day!

05-09-2003, 01:14 PM
:cb: It's Friday!!!

It started poorly though.... 6am, me with my hair in a towel, no makeup, etc. and zwoooooom, power goes out. It *just* came back on 3 1/2 hours later. I was late for work since I wouldn't come in until my hair air dried enough to stand walking outside in 34 degree temps - however now I look like, well, like I air dried my hair (it ain't pretty). Makeup by candle light looks good though!

Kaylets - Good for hubby! I'm glad they "tweaked" things in the right direction.

Ceara - Happy to hear you're healing up. Yes, it is amazing how much pain something small can cause!

That's all from me for now. I'm still nursing a headache so I'm gonna go shut my eyes for a bit.


05-09-2003, 02:23 PM
Hi All!

Just a flyby since work has been busy today.

Ceara-Good to hear you are on the mend girlie!

Kaylets-Good for your hubby. It shows that he's the right man for the job!

Hello to all!!

Wedding plans are wrapping up. I'm overly excited about the honeymoon phase now. Go figure!


05-09-2003, 08:53 PM
hi all!

kaylets-glad to hear dh is happier with the "transfer" back to his previous position.

i don't think i could ignore time by unplugging the clocks and not wearing a watch because i'm so anal retentive (lol!) it sure does sound nice and relaxing, though.

ceara-glad your arm is getting better, at least. hope the rest of the healing goes much faster for you now.

anagram-happy to hear your dh's numbers were ok again this week and that it looks like removing the port may not have to be done in the hospital.

punkinseed-hope your headache is all gone by now. that must have been a mess too trying to get ready for work with the power out this morning.

i really like the fact that it stays lighter in the evenings now. my friend moved my computer to the opposite wall of my apartment and i am now able to enjoy the view outside my porch while being online. i also got a new desk and comfortable chair and i am enjoying using them at this very moment. well, i better get out of this comfortable chair now, though, and get my exercising in for today.

hi frogger, eydie, wildfire, and all the other royal highnesses! have a great weekend and happy mother's day to all the moms. take care, all.

05-10-2003, 07:46 AM
Hello all!!

Big storm bearing down us and Yard sales and moving sales are calling b/4 the storm hits!

NSV for me-- Am climbing stairs at the job-- found a buddy and if we both skip the elevator we get a sticker-- We're only 4 floor up so its not like you think--

Thought of the day:
"Each morning when we wake up, we chose to take a step forward, a step back, or remain the same," ---Unknown

Question of the day :
If you could ban one type of music form being played in public places, what would it be?


05-10-2003, 08:41 AM
QOD - RAP MUSIC! If I want to hear people yelling and jumping around, I can stay home for that.

Kaylets, nice for your DH to know that HE was doing a good job and that they now appreciate that (they should!). I hope he'll be refreshed after his time away and happy to be back in the seat again. Great NSV!

wsw, it's amazing what a good chair and proper desk can do! Hubby went all out and even bough a leather recliner for his desk....boy is it comfortable. I don't get to use it very often because his behind is usually in it! Every now and then, though I steal it when he's watching tv. I have a wicker armchair at my computer with a throw pillow to prop behind my back. My back gets sore sitting too long.

Frogger, you probably told us already, but where are you going on the honeymoon? I'm thinking it's Mexico...is that right?

anagram, I'm just not getting the nightlight shade...:?: There must be more than one safety pin, right? :lol: GREAT news on DH's numbers, and the port to be taken out!

Punkin, are you online this weekend? You did say something about getting your computer back, didn't you? Hope the headache has cleared up.

Well, today I'm meeting someone I met online at another message board. It turns out she lives just a few blocks from me! We're getting together for coffee this afternoon.

Here's to a splendiferous Saturday! :wave:

Came back to add.....I learned something new! You probably all know this already...:lol: I got a new toaster oven this week, and actually read the instructions this morning. Did you know you're supposed to toast bagels cut side down? It allows the cut side to toast without burning the outside. And it works! Well, whaddaya know.....

05-10-2003, 09:50 AM

Regarding ? of the day--that's a tricky one. When my husband ran a bookstore he played only classical or new age because there's nothing there to offend anyone. My first thought was lose the country music---where I come from they play it everywhere! Some rap lyrics can be downright filthy too, and some muzak can be painful to listen too. :?: I guess whenever we're out in public we just have to take our chances!
Oh, that reminds me. Last week, my nephew asked me, "Eydie, do you ever listen to rock music?" Gad, how old does he think I am?!:lol: Or how unhip does he think I am? Hmmm....

Wildfire, let us know how your meeting goes. That's exciting!

05-10-2003, 10:23 AM
Wildfire, how great is that? Let us know how it goes.

I'm with you on the RAP, and while I like some country, it depends on the length of the dose and, with all music, how loudly it's being played.

Mmmm - comfy chair sounds good. My computer's in an armoire in my dining room so I just pull up a dining room chair. Not the most comfortable but I suspect if I sat in a comfortable chair here, I'd never give up and go do other things.

Woke early to a nasty thunderstorm - probably the one heading to Kaylets since I think they're heading southeast of us today. Gray, wet again, blah! Let's get all the rain out of the way so it's really nice for Frogger next weekend.

However, sun in my soul again this a.m. Have a turkey breast in the crock pot. Next is a veggie lasagna and a salad. DS and DDIL arriving sometime today until Monday. They are healthy eaters and not a diet distraction at all. She's a marathon runner and is getting him into running, I think he's run 7 milers a few times, says he's never going into marathonning - too much training, etc. I'll put some fig newtons into the cookie jar and that's enough to keep their sweet teeth happy (well, hers anyway - when he comes home he burrows around for the good things that used to be here).

Have not been up to speed on the exercising. Only got about a half a walk in yesterday because dh decided to go along and then he wasn't up to any more. Hope to do better today and tomorrow. And I still have lots of mulching, etc. to get done. I was in good shape weeding and then didn't get the mulch on quickly enough so it's back to square 3 or so and hard to get in between the raindrops.

Great weekend, all.

05-11-2003, 08:56 AM
:queen: Amarantha, so glad you've returned to our Royal Court!

My meeting went very well! We sat and talked for 2 hours at a fabulous coffee shop, but I didn't have any of the scrumptious desserts they are famous for....just had a coffee. We got along well, and have promised to do it again very soon. She's very nice!

anagram, nice bonus to have visitors that eat healthily. Makes it easier on you!

Demon Scale showed a 2lb loss this morning!

Happy Mothers' Day all! I'm going shopping this afternoon....hubby and daughter gave me a $100 gift certificate to one of my favorite stores, and there are a pair of stretch denim capris calling my name....

Have a great day!:wave:

05-11-2003, 09:20 AM
Anagram, its so much easier to have guests that eat healthily. Let us know if you pick up any tips from DIL. I'm so impressed my marathon runners. I can't imagine doing such a thing, but one never knows....maybe when I'm in my 70's I'll give it a try!

Amarantha, glad you're back. You were missed and properly pined for!

Wildfire, 2 pounds!!! You deserve those new capris--and more!

Happy Mother's Day!

05-11-2003, 09:22 AM
Hello all!

Hello everyone--

I know most of us are celebrating Mother's Day either by honoring our own or being honored ourselves.
Met a lady last night who was telling me how guilty she felt about joining a weight loss program even though it's worked for her in the past. Rather than tell her that I believed WW's was a better lifestyle plan, I instead agreed with her how often so many of us "compromise" ourselves for family. My new friend was telling me how guilty she felt about buying tomatoes on the vine that were " too expensive". I asked her which tomatoes she'd have chosen if she was entertaining family.... or her boss... and then suggested that as women and/or mothers we are too often, not treating ourselves as we would our families or a guest.

One of us on this board reminds us everyday of how important the phrasing of an affirmation can be : " I am " instead of " I will".
Have you ever realized you have a jingle or a song in your head that just keeps going round and round?? If its an advertising jingle, that's exactly what the marketing people had hoped. I believe they call it "Product recognition". But what about our "own " jingle? If you're like me, its not as upbeat as the one the hardware store uses. Sure, we make it sound like we're poking fun at ourselves, " cant' chew gum and walk at same time," etc., etc.-- But just like the marketing jingles, what we say about ourselves, our mind remembers.
If someone told you they had stayed On Program 8 out of 10 meals or had moved more this week than last -- would you tell them they "haven't done very well"-?? I believe you'd tell them they HAD done well. But how many of us are not as supportive of ourselves??

Sometimes we do need to look behind us to see the changes, especially when we looking at ourselves.
I keep a pair of jeans hanging outside my closet to remind me how big those jeans are on me now. I also have not had my watch wristband shortened to remind me too. But what about what I say about myself?? Five years ago I quit smoking. Do I say now " I'm trying to quit"?? No, actually what I say more often is how I glad I am I did quit.
Was I able to quit in record speed? No, actually, I chewed the gum about twice as long as the package said I would but ..... I quit. Nearly 30 years of smoking finished.

Does anyone remember learning to ride a bike?? Most of us were clumsy and awkward even w/training wheels--
Most of us kept at it though. Even though we were clumsy and awkward. Every time we got better, spills and all. Eventually, we didnt need traing wheels and some of us even rode w/o hands on the handlebars.

As we learn, we make better choices. Shall we choose to overide our self imposed marketing jingles??

"I make better choices when I am rested"
"I am getting better everyday at taking care of myself"


Today's thought is :
"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. "
Lucille Ball

How do you see a mother's role as changing? Table Topics


To best choices!

05-11-2003, 09:25 AM
Subject: Bob's letter
> Treat Your Wife with Consideration
> By Bob
> It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes
> harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did
> when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to
> yell. Let me relate how I handle the situation.
> When I got laid off from my consulting job and took "early retirement" in
> January, it became necessary for Nancy to get a full-time job, both for
> extra income and for health benefits that we need. She was a trained
> medical transcriptionist when we met twenty-eight years ago and was
> fortunate to land a job at a local transcription house. It was shortly
> after she started working at this job that I noticed that she was
> beginning to show her age.
> I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she gets
> home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always
> says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper.
> I try not to yell at her when this happens. Instead, I tell her to take
> her time, I understand that she is not as young as she used to be. I just
> tell her to wake me when she finally does get supper on the table.
> She used to wash and dry the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is
> now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after
> supper. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that
> they aren't cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this,
> as it does seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.
> Our washer and dryer are in the basement. When she was younger, Nancy used
> to be able to go up and down stairs all day long and not get tired.
> Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly.
> Sometimes she says she just can't make another trip down those steps. I
> don't make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the
> next evening I am willing to overlook it. If I need something ironed to
> wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday or Saturday poker club or
> Tuesday or Thursday bowling or something like that, I will tell
> her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing. This gives her a
> little more time to do some of those odds and ends things like shampooing
> the dog, vacuuming or dusting. Also, if I have had a really good day
> fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely
> pace.
> Nancy is starting to complain a little occasionally. Not often, mind you,
> but just enough for me to notice. For example, she will say that it
> is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during lunch
> hour. In spite of her complaining, I continue to try to offer
> encouragement.
> I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she
> won't have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing
> lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any, if you know what I
> mean.
> When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods that
> she used to have to take. A couple of weeks ago she said she had
> to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I
> overlook comments like these because I realize it's just age talking. In
> fact, I
> try not to embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest breaks. I
> tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed
> lemonade and just sit for a while. I even offer to have one with her, as
> she may as well make one for me too, and take her break by the hammock
> so she can talk with me until I fall asleep.
> I could go on and on, but I think you know where I'm coming from.
> I know I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a daily
> basis. I'm not saying that the ability to show this much consideration
> is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible.
> NO one knows better than I how frustrating women can become as they get
> older. My purpose in writing this is simply to suggest you make the
> effort. Achieving the exemplary level of consideration I have attained is
> out of reach for the average man. However, guys, even if you just
> yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will
> consider that writing it was worthwhile.
> Bob
> (editor's note: Bob's funeral was on Saturday. Nancy was acquitted
> Monday)

:dizzy: :dizzy:

05-11-2003, 09:47 AM
Kaylets, oh that Bob! Heart o' Gold, That's all I have to say!:lol:

I loved your post today too, Kaylets. Definitely food for thought---am I being a good friend to myself? I'm going to print your post and carry it around with me!

05-11-2003, 10:22 AM
Yo! Too early for Demon Scale and still on deadline, so just another :wave: ... Kaylets, Bob sounds like some people I know!

Re better choices, I know I am making them since I started my BFL challenge ... but I still long for a scale victory ... we shall see!!! :)

Re question about mothers ... to me, the role of mothers has changed to the extent that it now should (IMO) encompass a component of passing on to sons and daughters a message of total equality between all genders ... that all genders can and should pursue all options available in the universe and that no gender may be allowed to accept less than full equality, respect and empowerment in all parts of the world ... this starts with mothers and fathers alike and must be passed on to children in infancy and continually reinforced by words, deeds and attitudes, as well as by political action.

Ok, have to finish the story from heck. Will return to challenge thread with weigh-in news later!!!

Avanti, all! :wave:

05-12-2003, 07:32 AM
Hello all!!

Still adjusting to DH's new schedule! But its worth it to see the difference in him!
Today's thought is:

"We find good in others as we find good in ourselves" --- Unknown
Today's question of the day:
"Do you ever do something against your friend's/parents wishes?"-- Table Topics

Take care!

05-12-2003, 09:19 AM
5 MORE DAYS (after today!) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just wanted to share that! I can't believe it! And there is so much more to do. I feel like I'm never going to get done!!

Speaking of getting done! I've got work to do. AKKKK! I be back later!

05-12-2003, 10:26 AM
Frogger: WTG! It'll all get done, don't worry. :wave:

Kaylets: The short answer to the question o' the day is "all the time!!" :)

Sorry, brevity prevails as must get to gym! Gotta stay on schedule for the gorgeous train!

05-12-2003, 12:37 PM
Good morning, Regal Ladies!

Kaylets, on QOD, two answers "Of Course" and "Why Not". Glad dh is happier re job.

Glad to "see" you, Empress.

Frogger, these five days will be the longest and the shortest of your life. Enjoy!

Wildfire, I reread my nite lite shade answer. Poor one. It's beads strung on TEN 2 inch pins which are then wired together with beads at top and bottom, two beads between pins at bottoms, one at top so it ends up with a little dome shape and fits snugly over a standard night light.

DS/DDIL just left. Nice weekend, they'll be back in two weeks.
Weeded a bit earlier, good thing as it's showering again now. Got several good walks in over the weekend. One with the young'uns who worked me out a lot more than dh.

05-13-2003, 07:46 AM
Hello all!!

Toastmasters is having their fund raiser today! BAKESALE!! Wish me luck!

Just a quick thought regarding staying with the thread--( I know this was discussed about 2 weeks ago but its on my mind this am) I am a very slow loser ( thanks perimenopause!!) so I figure I may not see goal for about a year-- I know I'll be looking for support afterwards too---Some threads do show an ebb and flow as people find other things in their lives keeping them busy-- As long as we all remember it doesnt matter what the scale says-- WE NEED YOU HERE!! (sorry, was I yelling??)


Today's thought is: " The sun not only shines on us, but also within us." --- John Rushkin


Today's question is: "Some of my friends drink and drive. What should I do?"--- Table Topics

I'm late, I'm late-

05-13-2003, 08:01 AM
Morning, all.

I'm coming up on a 4-day weekend, and boy do I need it! Four glorious days away from co-workers and boss!

So as much as I hate the thought of being at work today, after today there are just two more days...then FOUR days off! It's going to get me through the day!

Kaylets, I agree! And I'll be around for a long, long time yet.

Anagram, :idea: that makes much more sense! Sounds cute, too...I may have to try it.


Have to run, will be back at some point today/tonight! Have a terrific Tuesday, all!

05-13-2003, 08:08 AM
Good Morning all!! Yesterday was filled with two psuedo wedding delemas. For one, the DJ called and asked for payment. Ummm, I paid you on April 28th I have the payment confirmation right here. It took them half an hour to find record of that. Someone forgot to file it in the paid file.
The second was my MOH (mind you yesterday was 5 day countdown) calls me up and says, I just went and got my dress back from the alteration people because they wanted $85 to alter it. I asked her when she took it to them, she said friday. As in last friday, a week before she needed it. There's you're markup. She asks do you think that we can buy a new dress? NO!!!!!!!!! You can buy a new dress, I already bought a dress for you in January. You should have taken to the seamstress THEN!!!
So my mom looks at it and my future MIL looks at it and they said all that needs to be done to it cannot be done with 5 days left to go. So she calls up one of her friends who has a very lovely lavender dress she has apparently been offering her since she found out the MOH was in the wedding. (FOR FREE!!!!!!! Whilst I spent $180 on a dress for her) All that needs to be done to this one is a little tuck on both sides under the arms (around the chest area). I can do that myself. She even let her borrow the shoes she wore with the dress. Things I could have known in January. ANYWAY!!! Sorry to vent!:^:

I shall officially weigh in for the Victoria Day count this Thursday morning since I will probebly not be on friday with all the stuff I have to do and then be on my honeymoon starting Sunday. I'm hoping for a 2lb loss. (OK so I'm hoping another 20lbs has come off but lets be real!)

Hope everyone is doing well. I'm hoping that this week is slow with work, like I need more stress with having to actually work! LOL

05-13-2003, 11:13 AM
Yo!!! As I wrote on the 12-week challenge thread, the BAB (Bad Attitude Boys, an evil gang of master criminals that steal happiness and fitness resolutions, replacing them with negative thoughts and excuses and selling the good resolutions on the internet) snuck in here today with a doughnut and a suggestion to go back to bed instead of get on with gym. Luckily, I recognized that sneak thief and archdemon for what he was an told him to get outta town!!! :bravo:

Kaylets, I think the sun (of good health and fitness) IS really shining within me now!! It has been the 12-week challenge and the BFL competition that has really made the difference this time. I feel totally committed to the new lifestyle and NO MORE EXCUSES!

BAB hasn't got a chance in this house ... although Old Dog seemed to want to eat the doughnut. I threw it in the trash, though!!! Amazing how BAB and doughnuts can sneak into the house without me being aware of it! :yikes:

Re the Victoria Day Challenge, I'm not sure what my goal really was but I'm using my current weight as the result. I've succeeded in so many ways but the scale isn't one of them ... but the two jean size loss tells the tale of how my 12-week challenge is going.

Re the question: There is NO question. I know too many people who aren't alive anymore because of drunk drivers or drinking and driving. I would tell my friends that if I observed them drinking and driving, I would call the police. I would tell them that drinking and driving is like having a loaded gun and shooting it any time you feel like doing so .. you might not hit anybody the first time, but eventually, you will.

Avanti! :wave:

05-13-2003, 11:15 AM
Happy honeymoon, FROGGER!!! :wave:

05-13-2003, 03:10 PM
I made it!

Why does it feel like Thursday when it's only Tuesday?? It seems excessively cruel for it to be this way.... :rolleyes:

I got my bellydancing DVD's yesterday and I LOVE IT!!!!!!! What a blast! Granted, I'm sore in places that haven't moved in years - or *ever* but it was so much fun and the 30 minutes was over in a flash. Thank you Eydie!!!!

Wildfire - Yea, I was supposed to get my computer last weekend but now she wants to put more RAM in it - soon I'm going to just kidnap my computer back from her. Can't complain about free work I guess?

Kaylets - *LOVED* your post about being friends to ourselves. I know I tell my girlfriends they're doing great - and when I do the same I don't think it's good enough. We're our own worse critic, it's true.
I will be here, on this thread or any other that we're all on for as long as 3FC is around. I need you all while I'm loosing, while I'm maintaining and just because.... I enjoy the exchange of energy here - giving and receiving - it's just great, regardless of the topic.

Frogger - Your MOH waited till now??????? :fr: Well, at least things worked out... good reason for a panic attack though - I would've told her to whip out a check for $85 and DO IT! :lol:
I bet you're SO excited right now - it's all just a matter of hours now (sorry, didn't mean to make you more nervous!).

Anagram - Too bad I'm too late - I was about to drive to your house for dinner! Your menu sounded delish!

Welcome back from the abyss HRH Amarantha!

Q o' the day - You walk.


05-13-2003, 03:27 PM
I'm still hanging in there--sometimes hanging by a thread, but I'm here!

Frogger, bet it all seems kind of surreal and has a life of its own, doesn't it? Tick Tock........

Amarantha, I had a BAB moment this past Sunday. After buying some terrifically sexy jeans for myself Saturday night--I woke up Sunday morning not wanting to exercise, and just generally wanting to be a slug all day. It's as if something takes over my brain to keep me from getting too 'uppity', keeps me from feeling 'too' good about myself. At least I'm aware of it. Same old fear of success....sigh.:?:

Punkin, I'm so happy for you! :D Do you not feel like a slithery snake goddess?!!!! What's your favorite? I did 2 yesterday [fat-burning and hips and thighs] and the time just flew by!

05-13-2003, 09:39 PM
I'd love to see pics of you Queens in your veils. You do discover muscles you didn't know you have. Hip rolls, please.

Wildfire, have a wonderful, relaxing four days.

Kaylets, as to hanging with the thread, I plan to be here whatever it might next be called. I've expressed before how much it has meant to me to have the support you've all given me the last few months and I've become addicted to that good friendship.

Eydie, I know that "something taking over my brain" feeling. Those BABs have me in their clutches and I've fallen for a lot of their tricks the last few days.

Frogger, that MOH situation is beyond belief. Maybe that will be the worst and last of your headaches. Nothing you can do, I guess, except try to stay calm and collected. (I don't think they're really going to expect too much of you at work at this time.)

Empress, glad to hear of your BFL success. And pleasure.

Arabella, Ceara, dollar, wsw - hi and good health.

Dh is supposed to have port removed from neck tomorrow and I seem to be on pins and needles about it more than he is. We drove north today to take a belated gift to the Queen Mum and stopped for a pleasant meal on the way home at a place we like but don't usually drive that far out of the way to visit. I've been planting flowers, mulching and generally trying to use my nervous energy constructively.

And tomorrow we're supposed to have sunshine for the first and only day this week! I loved the "sunshine within us" quote as that's what I've been telling dh each and every cloudy/rainy day - that I have sunshine in my soul.

NSV for the day - today I wore another outfit for the last time. Too Big.......Yay!

05-14-2003, 07:30 AM
Hello all!

Anagram- We're with you !! That little touch on the your shoulder is us, sending you good energy vibes thru the Internet-- We have our teacups and bottles raised in a "Good Luck" toast-- Keep an eye on those folks there at the medical place! Make sure they know who they're dealing with! We are anxious to hear how everything turns out-- I'll try and look in from work but for sure will make a point of being around later--

Frogger-- Keep smiling!! Something always happens- every wedding-- Just keep breathing in and out -- deeply-- Maybe everytime you look at the time, breathe in and out 2 or 3 times-- It'll help make your skin glow!!!
We're with you too!! Here's to a wonderful day! Our very, very best wishes!


I'm still thinking about those internal marketing commercials! In fact, I've decided I will start using more of my good Pfaltzgraph dinner set- ( can't have it all out, things tend to get "stored" in someone's bedroom and then tossed)
And I also took a more active role for today's Toastmaster's meeting- Have been saying "Don't know enough, too soon" .... but I'd tell you differently so.....
And....I think I found a "buddy" to meet at the little gym in my office each am. Now that DH's has to be out of the house by 6 am-- he won't notice I'm gone ... I figure I'll just say Good Morning to all of you and out the door I'll go.

Its Wonderful Me Wednesday. I am going to find at least one way to remember how wonderful I am. And I think today I will practice this : Keep It Simple Sweetie--- Compromise where possible, ( not food !) don't sweat the small stuff, and keep that glass 1/2 full!!
Today's thought is :

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it," --- William James

Today's question of the day :

"Will the world be a better place one hundred years from now?"
--- Table topics

Take care all!

05-14-2003, 08:12 AM
Good Morning!:)

Worked in the garden for 3 1/2 hours yesterday in lieu of treadmilling---that's got to count for something, if my screaming muscles are any indication. My queendom for a massage!

Anagram, today's the day. Give DH a kiss from all of us!:) Oh what the heck, one for you too!

Frogger, breathe....remember it's not about the "show", it's about the love, baby!

Kaylets, that's so neat about having a gym buddy! And about your ? of the day---I fervently hope so!

05-14-2003, 08:25 AM
Good Morning Girlies!!

Thanks for all the well wishes! We're picking up the suits this evening and running to Staples for those disposible cameras. (They have them for $2.50, even cheaper than Wally-World)
Went tanning yesterday. I haven't tanned in years since it's always been a good start to summer around here. Well, with all the rain no sunshine and I want some color. So I went. My face is a little red today accross the bridge of my nose and a little on my forehead. I have oily skin through there and I guess I forgot to wipe off my face before getting in, so it's a little red. It'll be better tommorow. Everywhere else is great. Little red on my chest and boobs, but when do they get exposed to heat/light like that? I think I'll rest today on the tanning and then tan tommorow and rest friday. Should be islandrific by then. I tan fast.

Anyway, I'll weigh in tommorow with my final Victoria Day weight. I don't think the cheesecake this past week has helped any though.

Be back later!

05-14-2003, 11:37 AM
Wonderful Me Wednesday! (I like it, I like it!) :yes:

I feel so GREAT!!! I went home yesterday and did more bellydancing, had a great dinner and fell asleep with my bedroom ceiling fan on - first time this year for the fan! I slept like a :bb:.... Amazing how eating better and exercising makes you sleep better. Who'da thunk it?? :dz:

Eydie - Yep, slithery snake goddess! Last night I learned the difference between the hip drop and hip lift (well, unless you really look at their butts you can't tell!). So far no favorite - I've only done the basics and hips n' thighs. Probably going to do the abs n' arms tonight. I'm really glad I got the DVD version - on each disk there's about 15 minutes of them just doing different dances. Amazing to watch...

Anagram - My wishes with you and your hubby today. I hope all goes well with the Dr. appointment! Let us know ok?
Yes you do learn about muscles you didn't know you have - I love that it feels like one of the biggest muscles used is the backside. Maybe bellydancing is the answer to the 2nd butt that's been trying to creep up my back! :lol:

Kaylets - Yes, use your good stuff! I don't think we treat ourselves as we should either. I just spent a bunch of money on dozens of PartyLite candles - and now there's part of me that wants to save them "for a special occasion". Why isn't every day special??? Isn't the fact that they make me feel calm, happy and comforted reason enough? Why do we only want to use the good stuff for someone else? Aren't we good enough for the good stuff? I think so - and I've been making a point of lighting candles every night and telling myself that the special occasion is me being good to me. :goodvibes:

Almost time Mrs. Frogger!!! :cb:

100 years from now. I pray it's a better place. I think we're heading there, but it's our children and our children's children that will decide it all.

Time to skeedaddle, get some work done and call my guy. Yesterday he said I don't call him enough (like, ever, he's always calling me) so I'm going to start walkin' the fine line between letting him chase and not running at all... hehehehe :^: (well, I was looking for a smilie for coyness, but, then again, coyness doesn't fit me either).


05-14-2003, 12:09 PM
Hmmm. Drive-by postie again, sorry, but can't resist the question o' the day ... I personally don't think the world will be either better or worse 100 years from now, just different. Looking at history, one can't hope but notice that everything changes over the centuries EXCEPT the nature of human beings. If there were to ever be any improvement on earth that went beyond the basics (such as length of life, health and comfort issues, technology, etc.), then the hearts and spirits of humans would have to change substantially. I can't see that happening, but maybe it will. I don't foresee any circumstance that would make that happen. By the same token, I don't think (as some people do) that the world has gotten worse and we are in end times or something. The world, though it changes, is always the same. A paradox.

I'm thinking of staying around 100 more years to see what happens. :)

05-14-2003, 01:40 PM
Hi All....

Just got back from chiro...improving. I can go back to the gym!!! Lower body only...YIPPEE! I have been sliding....down that slippery path......need to get back into a routine...you belly dancers...I'm rushin' to keep up! Gotta get treading...too wet still for outside.

Anyway, same old...resolution for today is to drink water...one step at a time right?


05-14-2003, 10:11 PM
hi all!

anagram-i hope everything went well for your dh today. i was sending good thoughts your way.
punkinseed-glad things are going well with you and your guy and that you are enjoying the bellydancing tapes.
hi and best wishes also to eydie, frogger, kaylets, ceara, amarantha, arabella, and all the other royal highnesses!
i like the "wonderful me wed." too. i am working on treating myself much better than i have in the past. i am very much a "work in progress" but i am getting there. i save stuff for special occasions all too often, and today for some reason, woke up thinking i want to put out -and use-some of "my good stuff" (candles, some dishes, etc.), which i did. it was a good feeling and i plan to keep going in that direction. earlier this evening, i fired up some of those candles i had been saving for ---??? and it was very enjoyable. i also had some nail polish and nice lotion i had not touched, and gave myself a manicure and pedicure! it felt so good to treat myself to these gifts. well, i hope you all have a pleasant remainder to your evening. take care, all.

05-14-2003, 11:16 PM
Dh got the catheter out today and all went well. Very emotional day.

05-14-2003, 11:55 PM

YES :grouphug::balloons:

See y'all tomorrow


05-15-2003, 07:17 AM
Anagram!!! THIS IS EXCELLENT!!!! I think I can well imagine how it must have felt-- at least the feeling of relief when they told you " its out, all went pretty well..." I know if it was me, for these past months, I would have had my guard up prepared for the worst..... And I always fall apart after the crisis..... I am THRILLED!!! This is the best news !!! And during full moon too!

Hello everyone! I am running again -- computer system crash yesterday at work had us down till 2:30-- think you can imagine what my desk looks like!!


Thought of th e day :

" Life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure"



This was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend. The last lline says it all.

Dear Bertha,
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.
Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom; I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not
saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store
and tellers at the bank. "Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. I want to see and hear and do it now if it's worth seeing or hearing or doing. I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for
past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or
for whatever their favorite food was. I'm guessing; I'll never know. It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.
And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift.

Question of the day:

"What do you like least about shopping?"

Take care all!

05-15-2003, 08:06 AM
Anagram, thanks for letting us know how it went. Get some rest, then go do something FUN!:D

Kaylets, thanks for ruining my mascara this morning! 'Twas worth it! That was a lovely letter.

Hi Ceara, wsw, Punkinseed, Amarantha and everybody!

Hey, we haven't heard from Arabella in a long, long time. I wonder what's up--maybe I'll e-mail her.

Determined to eat well today---I went way over my calorie budget yesterday. I have a plan, just have to stick with it, and keep chugging water!

05-15-2003, 08:29 AM
Good Morning All!!

Official Weigh in for the challenge: No lbs lost. (And no lbs gained)
So there you have it.

Anyway, went to pick up the suits yesterday and the only one they had was fiance's. WHY do they call then and say the suits are ready?!! They are supposed to be in today. I'm not counting on it. And guess what? It's supposed to rain on Saturday.

05-15-2003, 08:35 AM
here's to savoring more than enduring! Although of course we must all endure as well.

That's me, Kaylets, being constantly aware that things could go wrong. We sort of both had a good cry once we got home. It was such a significant day for dh - a tribute to his determination and resolve (plus a miracle in the bargain). Now we just have to keep working hard to keep HIS BABs away. As of now, it looks like we'll be leaving Tuesday for a trip to Longwood Gardens and then to Delaware Park Racetrack (we like watching the ponies). Probably just one overnight. And dependent on the long range forecasts being on target. (and a million other things). But am also going to come up with some fun for this afternoon, rain or no rain.

I'm thinking flower must be having a very long honeymoon. If you're lurking, where are our promised pictures?

And time for those of us on the east coast to start blowing in unison to make sure all rain clouds stay away from Frogger on Saturday.

QOD - Well , mostly the repetitiousness of it. I bought groceries once, do I need to do it again? I HAD a nice navy slack set one time, why do I need another? And on the clothes subject, finding something that fits without trying on seventeen outfits.

And on a positive note, what I like most is that there is so much to choose from, that I do not have to scrimp (though I'm still awfully frugal), and that with my two new knees I can now stay in a store more than the ten minutes that was all I could bear a few years ago.

Looks like the only sun that will be around again today is the sun in my soul.

Good luck with that desk, Kaylets. Hope they calculate things like outages in factoring what your output is. And great idea to use that extra morning time after dh leaves as "me" time.

05-15-2003, 08:37 AM
Fly-by postie! I've been busy, mostly doing pretty well, but for some reason sunk into the doldrums the last few days. Today, I'm working my way up out of the pit again. I WILL come back in later today (after I get through some of my work) and post properly. Love to all!

05-15-2003, 09:28 AM
Just a quickie!

Anagram, so glad things went well with DH!

Frogger...best wishes! Have a wonderful wedding!

05-15-2003, 10:38 AM
Win some, lose some. Weighed in today and Demon Scale was on to me. I was up yesterday and more today. A total of 2 lbs over last week. An extra 1000 calories a day? I don't think so.

So, onward and downward. We'll see what next week brings.

Since this would have been my last official weigh in for the QV challenge (and I don't like it), I think I'll weigh in directly on the holiday and see if I like that better.

05-15-2003, 11:54 AM
Friday eve!!!! :cb:

Nothing real exciting happening 'round here. :sp:
I skipped bellydancing last night for 45 minutes of playing with rocks. I'm lining my driveway with lava rock - from fist sized to monsterous torso sized that I need the tractor to lift. It's really starting to look nice and by using all the rocks piling up around my property it's making it all look very spiffy. There's a joke that we "grow" rocks around here since new ones keep popping up through the dirt!
Saw my first scorpion too - so *that's* why my Mom's always asking if I'm wearing my leather work gloves.... :fr:

Ceara - I'm so glad you're healing up and can get back to da' gym!

WSW - Wow, you took the "treat yourself" to the max! I think I'll copy you this weekend and do my toes n' fingers - it's been a loooong time since those little piggies have seen nail color!

Anagram - :dance: I'm SO happy for you and hubby!!!! I can imagine you'd be emotional - you've been through so much recently and this is a sign that it *finally* is getting a LOT better - that, and I know a lot of us hold it together great while it's all happening then fall apart when things calm down. Enjoy your weekend out, you guys deserve it!

Kaylets - Love the letter. Darn full moon's got me in an emotional mood so I'm glad I've got water proof mascara or I'd be lookin' like Eydie. :lol:

Mrs. Frogger - ENJOY!!!! We'll miss you while your gone and can't wait to see the pictures of the big event! You know, rain on a wedding is supposed to be good luck.... :rain:

Arabella - Thanks for the fly-by. I think we were all wondering about how you were!

Kitty update -
It's been almost 2 months now... She's still gone and I think never coming back. My Mom did something last Saturday that kinda' sunk in that fact. About 2 months ago in La Pine (a town about an hour from here) a trailer was found, abandoned by its owners, with 65 cats in it - both actual breeds and feline "mutts". I can't even begin to tell you what this place looked like... Long story short, Saturday my Mom brought home brother and sister Russian Blues that were in that **** hole. They're adorable and doing well considering what abuse and neglect they've been through (brother is very slow to warm to people) and they're both pretty malnurished, weighing 5 pounds at 1 year old (the weight of a 6 month old kitten), but otherwise very healthy, thankfully. We've named them Boris and Natasha. They're learning to play and have started purring... oh, and they eat like there's no tomorrow which is a GOOD thing!

Q o' the day - The only thing I don't like about shopping is that the money comes out of *my* account!

Toodles for now,

05-15-2003, 01:45 PM
Well ladies, this will be my last post until the 27th. I bid you all a fond farefell until nextime.
I think it's finally setting in that I'm getting married! Although not nervous, I'm anxious about how it all will play out.
Thanks for all your well wishes. I'll be sure to post pictures of everything! And someone PM me if you start a new thread while I'm gone! I don't want to be lost!

:grouphug: to you all!!!!!!!

05-15-2003, 04:38 PM
Well, we had twenty-five hours of feeling good. Dh had more tests done this am and they called with results this pm. Going in the wrong direction and dr. wants to see him Monday afternoon. Obviously we don't know what she'll have to say for sure but there seem to be "caution" signs all over the place. Hope we can still get away Tues/Wed even if we won't enjoy it as much. I am just feeling so bad for dh............

05-15-2003, 09:21 PM
Anagram=Don't despair! The tests have been inconclusive before....

How far are you from Delaware Racetrack??? I drive by there everyday !!!!! Hee hee!

Mrs. Frogger- Enjoy- ! All will be fine, somehow someway-- this is what nobody ever tells the bride about weddings!! But it will work out and you will be GORGEOUS!

Punkin-- Boris and Natasha- How fitting-- We have a similiar story here this way but it was a No Kill Rescue Group that must have gotten out of control- they must have just not been able to turn any away. Unfortunately, it was in a private home ( registered as a rescue center) and there were young children living there too.
65 cats, 35 dogs, birds, lizards, etc-- in fact, one of our beagles came from this group- We saw nothing amiss a year ago but who knows what happened since. Children have been placed in foster care, home condemmed, parents and grandparents arrested and just this am the adults released their rights to the animals so that the animals could be adopted by others.

Arabella- how nice to see you!@

WSW- glad to see you too!

Think I'm on the verge of system going down- making grinding noises-- let me post quick and say see you all later!

05-16-2003, 07:31 AM
Well, system seems operational this am- lets hope this big N'reaster bearing down ready to strike in a few moments won't override my surge protector......

TO EVERYONE!!! - here's to doing well-- however your Friday goes--
Just the best choice- whatever that means-- Even if it means taking the phone off the hook ( well, not while we're at work!) or
just a silent prayer instead of a scream--

Today's thought is:
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life, and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.
She then asked her to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to smell and sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When trials and adversity knock on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a passive heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or, am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you become better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Like the CARROT, the EGG, OR the COFFEE BEANS?
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Question of the day:
Which is more fun-- Renting videos or going to the movies?

Take care!
Stay dry!

05-16-2003, 10:12 AM
Yo! Fly-by as need to sleep more, but would like to report that I am definetely like to the coffee bean! :)

And going to the movies is much more fun! :wave:

05-16-2003, 06:15 PM
*sigh* it's Friday...

and thank God it's almost over. Not a pleasant day, not by any means. I got so mad at the people we contract to today that while talking to them my mouth went dry and I could feel my pulse in my neck. Oh, so mad....

But, *breeeeeeeeathe* s'alright now!

Anagram - I hope everything's going well. Hopefully they just screwed up another test like they've done before. :crossed: I've never wished for incompetence before, but for this, I will!

Kaylets - You and your 'puter survive the lightning??

The Q o' the day - it depends. I tried to watch the new Star Wars in the theater but had to try n' ignore the 4 drunks getting arrested.... sometimes the quiet privacy of your own home is nice!

I have to admit that I used to be more of an egg and strive to be a coffee bean every day. Today however, I'm the water - slow to boil and equally slow to cool.... :dz: Temper, temper....

Happy weekend everyone!

:queen: o' Friday

05-16-2003, 10:52 PM
hi all!

hope everyone has a great weekend. Punkinseed-hope your evening turned out to be much better than your rough day! my back has been hurting a lot in this past week, and i got a bit lax with my exercise (not an excuse, just the reason-because there are stretches, etc. i could have been doing, sooo- i plan to do better with that.) i did treat myself to a couple pillows with good lumbar support, and they seem to be helping a bit too. the weather here today was lovely and i enjoyed every minute of it. take care, all. thinking of you!

05-17-2003, 07:22 AM
Hello all!!

Yesterday, there was another cake for a departing coworker. I had two smallish pieces but mostly ate the frosting. And then realized I had to stop as I was going over the edge. And I managed to stop. Points probably averaged out as the cake then became lunch. I did have some work related issues that might have made me less resistant to the cake but I really think its probably more a case of "falling out of the bed because I stayed too close to where I got in"---

Which leads me to today's thought:
" A stumble may prevent a fall,".

And today's question Is:

"What would change about the decor of your house if you could?"--Table Topics

Since its not pouring down rain,(yet), DH and I are on the yard sale hunt----
Need to find an ironing board this time!

Take care!

05-17-2003, 08:32 AM
Curses, foiled again! I was going to spend today outside gardening, but it's going to rain all day and it's COLD too. Oh well, Looks like it's a trip to see 'X-men' today instead.

Kaylets, if I could change my decor I'd probably go more for that sleek, but comfortable thing---think Ikea. All in all I'm pretty content though. A friend calls it "California Gothic"---sunny and bright but with lots of gargoyles and such!

Off and running! Well, powerwalking anyway!:)

05-17-2003, 10:02 AM
Hmmm - biggest thing I'd change is that house would be one floor. I still like basic decor, just needs refurbishing. Think "Grandma's house", a mix of things accumulated almost all in a traditional vein. Comfy, loved, too big for us now that kiddos aren't kiddos anymore but too small when they come home. A little paint, a new accessory or two and it would be great (for a month or two).

Glad your weather was good, wsw, and that you enjoyed it. I'm hoping to see the sun again sometime this weekend. Raw and gray again this a.m. though we were promised better. WHEN I get moving today, it will probably be mostly inside work but do want to get dh out somewhere for a bit. Then watching the Preakness this afternoon.

Stumbles often prevent falls for me literally! But in the food sense, they help too. Don't know what was with me last night. Seemed binge driven. The best I can say about it was that it was Kashi cereal rather than candy, cake, cookies. Still lotsa carbs but not sugar. MAY have been able to do less calories by having a smallish piece of any of those but then again that might have triggered even worse.

Did get in a great workout at the pool yesterday. Much needed. Rain has cut into walking but have done fair amount of gardening between (and sometimes during) the rain drops. But not a good week as a whole, food, exercise or waterwise. Struggling, struggling.

But, if those NO GUILT and FRESH START cards are still by the rockers, I'll just grab some new ones and work on my motivation, reminding me again of all the things I know but forget from time to time. I DO LIKE being down 40 lbs. And I have a feeling I'd like being down another 40 even more.

05-17-2003, 03:37 PM
Hmmm. Drive-by again, doing so great on the 12-week challenge, if I do say so (and I do) but praying to WHOMSOEVER controls the universal mechanism that we collectively know as Demon Scale for something happy to happen on my weigh-in tomorrow.

May I vent, since on the bootcamp thread, we're not allowed to whine? I've noticed that it's totally pointless to expect external support for a fitness quest ... I've always known this but lately it's getting to me ... I am down approximately 2-3 inches everywhere, especially arms, although biceps and triceps are abuilding ... but sleeves are hanging on me ... yesterday, a friend (who is elderly and can't really be argued with, although she suffers no diminuation in the brain cell department!) told me that my arms were getting BIGGER (I think she did mean I seemed to have more muscle, but ...) ... I said, no, my arms were smaller according to the tape measure and see, my sleeves used to be tight and now they are very loose. She just repeated that my arms were bigger, so I kind of said whatever and dropped it.

Now why does this bother me? I think I'm desperately seeking support on all fronts these days ... a sign of being at a crossroads.

Do I know what I'm trying to say? No.

Thanks for listening. Sorry I'm not more supportive and responsive on this thread anymore ... need to keep up that bootcamp mentality for awhile. Big campers don't cry, you know! :( :)

Hmmm. As for the question o' the day, if I could change one item of decor in my house, I think I'd get the hole in the bathroom wall fixed!!!! :)

Back to work!

05-17-2003, 03:45 PM
P.S., Anagram you did great to choose the Kashi ... in my (not humble) opinion, even though you didn't ask! :) You NEED carbs and Kashi is loaded with fiber that helps regulate blood sugar AND causes less calories to be absorbed AND does lots of other good carb stuff as well. So kudos and :bravo: for that good choice.

05-18-2003, 08:13 AM
Hello all!!

Anagram-- Good for you! You made a better choice ( kashi vs cake) and BRAVO indeed!!
seems like GRAY SKIES + FULL MOON has many of us reaching for things we ordinarily could resist.

I am just going to refasten the seat belt and keep moving....

Empress-- Not to worry!! This is why you come to the parlor! I am sure your friend is not used to see toned, defined, muscular arms on women. Besides, if the sleeves have more room and the tape measure shows fewer inches, how can your arms be anything but smaller??? Perhaps your friend ..... meant to phrase it differently.

But isnt this a perfect example of how we doubt ourselves AND concrete evidence when someone contradicts us??
This is a good lesson Empress .... for me especially. Hmmm, points to ponder.

WSW- I need new pillows too-- Last time I looked, I had spares, now every last one of them needs replacement. Send some sun this way please!

Punkin--Don't forget, Full Moon week -- Seems like everything is on HIGH volume. Don't forget, you can always come here and SCREAM to you hearts content. In fact, they say screaming is very aerobic.

I thought of all of you yesterday while yardsaling- saw a Belly dancing video-- but I am not ready mentally to take that challenge.!
But we did find 3 speed bikes for $5 each that came home w/ us.
Now if it would warm up a bit so we could try them out SLOWLY.

Dh and I did find a few sales yesterday but the raw wet weather really made yardsaling more like a chore than fun-- And we were getting back into a warm truck after each stop-- the folks brave enough to sit outside and sell must have been miserable.
Did find an ironing board at a place where we were asked <" are you looking for anything special? " It was a moving sale, downsizing I guess and when I told them we needed a "Cheap Ironing board"t they went back into the house and draggged one out. Paid $2.50 for it. There is a great one in a catalog by abcdistributing llc.com that is part of a "laundry system". It is part of a "bookshelf" unit with wire baskets for whatever you want with the top "shelf" 1/2 the ironing board. When you need to iron, you unfold the remaining half and fold it back up when you're finished.
Sure would beat having the ironing board taking up space in the bedroom!!

Must finish the centerpieces for the party next weekend so they can be shipped tomorrow. That way, any touchups can be done in plenty of time.
Today's thought is:

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."---Thomas Alva Edison


Question of the day : What is your favorite magazine?

---Table Topics


Take care all!

05-19-2003, 07:18 AM
Yo, Kaylets! Thanks for the encouragement. I did all my measurements today (since I had a gain on the scale) and the arms are DEFINETELY not bigger!! :) However, other things are considerably smaller according the measurements I took today. The only thing that is bigger than last week (but down one inch since starting four weeks ago) is the right thigh. I can live with that.

My favorite magazine is Beadwork ... I want to get a job there so I can bead and call it work! :)

05-19-2003, 07:34 AM
Hello all!

Recvd some very disapointing news about a family member yesterday which
dominoed into some long phone calls. Just another example of how appearances can
be deceiving-- what may appear strong and enduring can sometimes only withstand
just so many problems. I am sure most of you know of many long, long marriages
that have ended. I guess its a piece of the lifestyle journey, every day has the potential
of good choices and bad choices.
And every day becomes what is put into it.

And just like our "On Program Journey" --longevity is no guarantee that we will
remain successful. Tomorrow reflects what we did today.
Today's thought reflects my mood this am-- hope you can find some meaning
in it too:

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.

- Clint Eastwood

Today's question is:
"If we lived in pioneer times, which one of us would chop wood and fetch water?"
Table Topics

Have a great Monday all!

Did I mention DH is taking the centerpieces to the postoffice ??

Till later!

05-19-2003, 09:14 AM
Happy Victoria Day, Queens! :queen:

Gee, this challenge went by fast, didn't it? We haven't even decided where we go from here. Any ideas? First week of July has both Canada Day and Independence Day.

Well, I didn't make my personal goal of 175. Scale this morning has still not budged, and reads 177. That's okay, though, because I started this at 182, and five pounds lost is a good thing in my books. :yes:

Had a much more successful shopping trip yesterday. Found two linen shirts for only $30 each. Considering these started out at $98 each, I called it a bargain! Linen is such a beautiful fabric...gets better the more you wash it.

Tried on my bathing suit yesterday. :yikes: I can't believe I'm actually going out in public like that! I finally told myself that no matter what kind of suit or color....when you're wearing spandex, there's no hiding anything. I'm wearing it to an Aquafit class, going there to exercise, so isn't that the whole point?:yes: But holy crow does that make you want to stay on plan!

Kaylets, sorry to hear about the bad news. Perhaps in the long run, it will be for the better? Great deal on the ironing board.

Favorite magazine would have to be Canadian Living . It's full of great recipes, stories, beauty tips/tricks, and most importantly, Canadian content!

Amarantha, trust in the measuring tape! It cannot lie. It is frustrating and discouraging when people tell us things we know are not true, but we start to doubt ourselves based on their opinions. You are doing fantastic, don't let anyone make you believe otherwise!

Eydie, did you get to see X-Men? I'm waiting for the crowds to die down a bit before seeing that and Matrix.

Anagram, keeping everything crossed for DH's appointment this afternoon. I so hope the tests results are borderline and you have the opportunity to keep trying with diet, etc. Give DH and yourself a big :grouphug: from all of us!

I'll check back in later. :wave:

05-19-2003, 11:24 AM
Happy Queen Victoria Day to all. Re challenge - well yesterday, I was down the two pounds from my weigh in Thursday and this morning for my "challenge" weigh in, I was up one. So I am down some, depending on which part of the yo-yo I was in at the start. But it's some and it's down and I must remember that.

Kaylets, it's always a shock when a long term marriage breaks up but it's a reminder, I think, to remember we don't walk in someone else's shoes and don't know their situation. Hope it works out well for both in the long road but a real hard time if you're not the partner who wanted the split.

Amarantha, the most important thing is that you seem to feel so much better on your program. and congrats on the inches down.

Kaylets, I don't think I ever answered you query re track. I don't really know how long it will take but am estimating 2-2 1/2 hours. Have only been there once and that was by bus. Longwood Gardens is about an hour, forty-five minutes and I'm hoping no more than forty-five from there. Guess it depends on traffic, I guess. Somehow I think I figured you lived closer to Dover (only been there once as well). I'm across the river just to the west of Harrisburg. So do you work in Wilmington then?

Re QOD, I'd be doing the chopping and watergathering. That's probably been true of most of my life (though dh took on a lot when he retired and I had knee replacements, he wouldn't be doing it now). He'd have been out bringing home the food and skins and all that probably but I'd be doing the daily stuff. We'd be in tough shape right about now and would probably have to move to cabin of more able bodied family. So hurrah for modern living.

Thanks, Wildfire and all, for the good thoughts. Dh is out now at the eye doctor rechecking the rising pressure in his eyes. That's after getting bloodwork. I'm quite shaken today. Maybe because he's not here. I save my falling apart for when he's not around. I'll be going with him this afternoon for the nephrologist appt. I think I'll go pull weeds to get rid of some of this nervous energy.

Had three good exercise days in a row. No really rotten food days since my binge the other night. AND THE SUN IS SHINING.

First week of July sounds about right for another challenge. I won't be making my Independence Day goal of 199, I suspect but I think I'll still keep it as my goal. Even 205 might be more realistic.


05-19-2003, 12:33 PM
Happy Victoria Day! :queen:

I never set a goal for this challenge, but I'm down 8.5 this week (yes, in one week). I'm still in familiar territory, but I'm feeling like maybe, just *maybe* this was what I needed to change my life... I really feel like someone went in my head and switched on a light and now I can see so clearly that what I've been doing is hurting me.

There WILL be a new me in 2003!!! :cb:

I'm with Wildfire - I think the new challenge should be for the 4th of July. Our Independance from our old ways!

WSW - I hope your back's feeling better. Amazing how much good all the stretching can do isn't it?

Eydie - Don't feel bad, I was foiled this weekend too. I went out to move rocks, pull weeds, etc. and holy smokes!!!! It was 40 degrees at noon! Back inside to scrapbook....

Kaylets - I love the saying about falling out of bed. Sorry about the family news. You're right, appearances are often deceiving.

Anagram - I missed the Preakness but think it's cool that Funny Cide won again - and that the jockey *opened his hands* when he finished the race! :lol: Too bad he's a gelding though - they won't make much money from him when he's done racing...

Amarantha - No, you will very rarely get external support. I've even found cattiness amongst other people trying to loose weight (not here of course!). It's like there's no winning.... I think we've all met people who should just say nothing at all if they don't know what to say about a change in your body shape. I agree with everyone - go with what the tape measure says!
BTW, the first time I lost weight, was 5 pounds from goal after loosing 56 pounds It was the FIRST time in my life, other than at birth, that I was at a "normal" weight, and my dad said "yea, it looks like you've lost a little". :rolleyes: A LITTLE?!?!? I'd have been happier had he not acknowledged it at all... but I think he just didn't know what to say.

Let's see, Q o' the days... Decor, I wish I was one of those people who can paint walls and make it look great. I have white walls for fear of screwing something up. Fav magazine - People, my guilty pleasure. Water or wood - I could do either, but I'd prefer just being born in a later era!

Friday ended ok. Got my hair cut and I colored it at home - so now my roots from *December's* dye job are almost covered up. I also got my first call from "my guy" at home.
Here's to a better week than last - I was seriously considering looking for another job at the end of last week. I learned a major lesson though - I let people get to me way too much and I hang on to anger WAY too long. But, I was frustrated, burnt out and angry at the world so it was convenient to just stay pissed... (although not good for me or the people around me)
Hopefully the upcoming 3 day weekend, mini vacation in a couple weeks and better weather will heal my outlook.

On to the next challenge!


05-19-2003, 01:31 PM
My heroine! 8.5 is a MAJOR change. Wow! And a new level reached with your guy too. Wherever it's going, home phone calls are in the right direction. And on a day you really needed something good to turn the bad around and away. Huzzah!

05-19-2003, 04:25 PM
Yo! Punkin, I replied to you on the other thread (where I've taken it upon myself to promote you to GENERAL PUNKIN) :drill: but wanted to mention I'm GREEN with envy (but not really) on the staggering one-week drop. Just so long as your not starving yourself!!! :) Congratulations!


I'm off to the mountains to work tonight. Punkin, your mad at the world and ready to quit the job state is an exact description of how I'm feeling right now. Hopefully, I won't express it or worse, actually quit.

Thanks for everyone's support on the inch loss thing. I've posted my losses in that regard on the other thread. Quite good, I think, considering I have the metabolism of a sea cow. (A gorgeous one)


Re the question: I think in pioneer days, everyone chopped the wood and fetched the water ... and milked the cow as well!!! :jig:

05-19-2003, 06:58 PM
Nope, I'm not starving myself, but the loss is, um, "Dr. assisted" I guess you could say (I really hesitate getting too public with details, it's in my journal).

Thank you for the congrats, but I feel somewhat hesitant to accept the huzzahs since this isn't all my hard work and determination (like 25% me and 75% help). I know the hard part is still to come!


05-19-2003, 10:02 PM
Punkin, don't hesitate to accept all the congrats. I know your decision wasn't based on a whim and look at you--you're doing it right--maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and just getting a little extra help right now. We support you!;)

05-20-2003, 12:59 AM
Punkin, I was going to pm thee, but decided to post. Read your journal and wanted to say that you and your doc made a reasoned and intelligent decision. You deserve 100 percent credit for accepting the reality of the situation, evaluating your options and coming to a conclusion as to what was best to do. It was absolutely the right decision.

Please keep coming to the bootcamp!!! :wave: :drill:

05-20-2003, 07:24 AM
Hello all!!

Sorry, just whizzing by, .....

Thought of the day:

"Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm"
Question of the day:

"If you had to eat the same dinner every night for a month, what would you
like it to be?"

Take care all!

05-20-2003, 09:21 AM
Good Morning, Your Excellencies! I'm back -- I've been off the rails the last week. I was doing great, until a Mother's Day party. At which I had several desserts, and then spent the last eight days eating pretty much whatever whenever. Not good :o I kept telling myself that I was going to get back on track, but I kept feeling like I wasn't quite ready to do it. Funny - I did fine all through a very busy and stressful period, but fell apart after. Hmmm.... boredom, maybe? Hope I haven't done too much damage... I think I'm going to start in with another 21-Day challenge, and just keep it going in whatever thread we all (the best and brightest of women) continue with. I did find it really helpful, even if it took a lot of times to get Day 1 down from time to time.

Punkin, you get the hugest WOOOOO-HOOOO for your brave move. And the 8.5 lb. weight loss! Holy Smokes - you must feel great! I salute you! That was quite the insight, that whatever negatives might be part of the "help" were less hazardous than remaining overweight. Really made me think about my own physical state - I think of myself as being fairly healthy, other than 50-60 pounds overweight. But the overweight is hard on the bod, the overeating is terribly hard on the bod (especially when it reaches binge-levels) and the effect the whole thing has on my psychological well-being is hugely negative. Thinking about looking for a little help, myself. I don't know much about what's available, let alone anything about it, but I'm going to do a little research.

Amarantha, WTG on those inches! That's what really counts, undoubtedly. The soft and fluffy stuff doesn't weigh nearly as much but it clearly takes up way too much space. I feel like I've been out of it the last week or so, but I have continued to exercise, and was just noticing the firmness of my outer thighs yesterday. So I shall not despair, but emphasize the positive and soldier on!

Wildfire, I think that I like the sounds of Independence Day for the next challenge. Even though I'm a Canadian. And I really like the timing of that holiday, gives us a good amount of time to work with. Six or more weeks can really make a great difference, and it's TWO 21 day blocks, plus a couple of days free for restarters. :yes: Are you thinking any more about a trip to PEI in the summer? :D

Kaylets, sorry about your family marital woes. Deep in my heart, I believe that most marriages can work if both people are committed to working at it. My own one needs a bit of work, and a lot of it on my part. I'm one of those "do too much and then end up resenting it" women. And I think that ties in to my overweight as well, definitely something for me to work on. Q o' Day: mixed baby greens salad and mussels to start, lobster, asparagus and new potatoes with a dill vinagrette. And an optional rhubarb crisp (just thinking you could likely make one with stevia, or ground dates, or something like that as sweetener) for dessert. Maybe a dollop of frozen yogurt on the side. And a big, frothy cappuccino. I don't think I would get sick of that in a month.

Eydie, I apologize for making you repeat what I know you've mentioned before, but what were the belly-dancing videos you recommended? I'm thinking it would be a nice addition to my exercise arsenal. I could definitely use something to make me feel sexy! :o How does it stack up as a workout? Is it aerobic? I should look up the calories burned. There's actually a class at my gym . I think I'll keep an eye out for the next startup.

Anagram, I'm so sorry you have this new worry with DH. I was thrilled about the good news and then, oh dear, it was awful to see how short-lived that was. Sending good thoughts your way, that this will just be a blip on the way and you can return to celebrating a return to DH's health. In any case, I admire you so much for your strength throughout this very difficult time. What a woman!

To all Queens (for of course we are and shall remain royal :queen: :yes: ) mentioned or unmentioned, let's make this a good one! Love to all!

05-20-2003, 12:15 PM
We lived through Monday! :cb:

Ok, I will heartily accept your huzzahs. Thank you! :goodvibes:
I had a moment yesterday afternoon when it dawned on me that as wonderful as this 8.5 loss is, this isn't it (yea, duh). I'm not done, I still have a loooong way to go. I think I mean that it really hit me - if I keep going, I could actually get there. Then my mind started throwing out dates - by the 4th of July I could be at this weight, or by my trip to CA in September I could weigh whatever... Those were some very motivating thoughts! I don't expect this kind of weight loss every week - it wouldn't be healthy, but even if it evened out to a 1/4 of that and with all the healthy habits I'm cultivating while I have the help - I could do this!!!
I printed out one of those thermometers on Dottie's web site and I'm on my way to "tepid" for my first goal of 50 pounds. :cool:

Arabella - I've done a lot of research on all the different options out there too. I guess I knew this was probably coming and wanted to know all my options for when the subject came up. It's very, VERY smart to go in to the Dr.'s well informed!

Oh, and the bellydancing videos Eydie mentioned were called "Bellydancing for Fitness" with Veena and Neena. I got mine at workoutmusicvideo.com - in a 2 DVD's with 4 lessons, they also have VHS.

Q o' the Day - Same dinner for a month? Easy, Chinese food. Doesn't really matter what kind. Chow mein, kung pow chicken, broccoli n' beef.... I could eat it till I explode. Please pass the egg rolls. :T

Time to get to work,


05-20-2003, 04:44 PM
I could get used to this not working thing, all too quickly! Enjoying a day off here....went shopping with a friend, had lunch, apartment is clean, dishes done, going out later for an excercise class....yep, I'm liking it. :yes:

Too bad reality is going to come crashing in tomorrow morning!

While we were out we went to look at bras on sale at one of the large department stores. I had a professional fitting by one of the staff, and she told me that 90% of women don't wear the proper size. I was one of them. I'm not a 38DD, I'm a 38DDD! What a difference having the proper size makes, too. She found me a great bra with lots of support that is actually comfortable AND doesn't look like a suit of armor! :lol: I tried to convince her to come shopping with me for a bathing suit, but it didn't work.

If I *ever* lose this weight and don't lose it from my chest, I'll not be impressed 'cause I'm tired of carrying these things around!

Punkin, don't feel you have to explain your decision, or defend it! Personally I think you made an informed, good decision and I'm happy you did. Each of us has to do what is right for us, and we are the only ones who can decide that. Kudos to you for taking that step!

Arabella, glad to have you back! I guess we should be starting a new thread, but I'd like everyone to chime in so we all know where to go and don't lose anyone in the move. I still have delusions of getting to the Island this summer, can even stay with family for free, but don't know if it's going to happen or not. I will definitely let you know if I am, though!

QOD....perogies, lightly fried with onions, topped with bacon, mounds of melted cheddar cheese and sour cream for dipping. :T Now that would never happen, but it sure would be heaven!

Wish me luck on the class tonight....not that I can keep up, but that the instructor is decent!

05-20-2003, 05:01 PM
Arabella, so glad to have you back!

Punkin, what a breakthrough moment! I did check out your journal as well and am glad you made the decision you did. Also reading your journal reminded me of all the reasons I'm working at this.

Wildfire, you'll just be so relaxed and rested, you won't mind going back tomorrow (hehe).

Yesterday's dr visit wasn't as bad as it might have been. She just pointed out possibility of dialysis again in future and ordered lots more tests. Those that came back today were actually better and he's back in "stable" again. However there are more that should come in Thursday and she said we'll see how that goes. Naturally, our little getaway was scuttled but "first things first".

I've been noticing a few NSVs such as muscles in my calves and arms and (not the best but still a victory) loose hanging skin. And I'm feeling thinner even if DS won't agree. Have been pretty good on food, water and been getting some good exercise in.

QOD - meatloaf, mashed potatoes (no gravy), salad (parmesan pepper dressing), green beans. And by the 29th day not much of that. Alternate: grilled salmon, rice, mixed cauliflower, broccoli, carrots.

Well, I've been lolling around feeling good since doctor called. Dh has been doing yard work again - he has always liked to get himself drained out over that but I hope he's using some common sense (which goes out the window when testosterone goes up - today it's a joint project with neighbor and his son with the young'un supposedly doing most of the physical labor). Anyway, enough lolling - it's time for the serious work of watching "Trading Spaces".

05-20-2003, 08:27 PM
After reading all the posts I feel like I've had a nice visit with all of you!:grouphug: :goodvibes :grouphug:

I'm delighted to hear from our Arabella again! And yes, belly dancing has been good for me on so many levels!

And I'm glad Anagram is feeling better. Will your husband have to have the testing regularly?

Wildfire, I've always wanted someone to shop with me to show me what works best for me too! Have you seen the show "What Not To Wear"? I've picked up some good tips from them 'cause I just don't have the eye for it naturally.

? of the Day----I'd have to say Mexican food---beany, cheesey, saucy----yum.....:D

Off to collapse; I toiled 4 1/2 hours in the garden today and I'm tired but it was very satisfying to make so much progress!

Always a pleasure visiting with you, friends!:)

05-20-2003, 10:55 PM
"And just like our "On Program Journey"—longevity is no guarantee that we will remain successful. Tomorrow reflects what we did today."

Kaylets, that thought really gives me pause. Each day, as Anne says, is brand-new, with no mistakes in it—yet. Each day has the potential to stray off our carefully thought out path and get so hopelessly lost we will never complete the journey. To ensure success in reaching our destination, we have to be vigilant EACH AND EVERY DAY!!! We have to have our own little bootcamps and we have to report to ourselves every day. No exceptions (unless you're on BFL, then you get Sundays off, absolutely REQUIRED)!!! No slackers need apply!!! Huzzah!!! :drill:

WN Arabella: Glad to hear thou be soldiering on ... we are keeping your bunk open in the bootcamp!!! :drill:

Kaylets: Sorry to hear thou be :( over family matters. Life methinks be like that long marriage thing ... friendships, marriages, jobs, hobbies, endeavors, whatever, they all have the potential to end suddenly, though seemingly they would last a lifetime. Methinks sometimes that this maketh it doubly important to pursue our health, fitness and spiritual goals, as it maketh us fit for the long haul and to handle the unexpected.

Sorry, all, didn't mean to wax philosophical ... is that a word? :chin:

Re the question: If I were going to have the same dinner each day (which is often the case on this BFL program), I'd have a certain cinnamon roll meal replacement bar that I love and a certain low-carb (but NOT no carb, oops, a double negative, you get the gist) high protein shake that I also love made by the company that puts on this contest I have entered. THIS IS NOT ADVERTISING ... I just love this contest, this program, and the bar and the shake!!!

Amen. :angel:

05-21-2003, 07:34 AM
Day 1 down. I really feel like I'm struggling up from the pit (again!). I was tired and out of sorts yesterday, but managed to keep OP. One thing that would have made me feel better is to get exercise in early. I'm heading out for a walk as soon as I post this. :yes: Life's too short to feel crummy!

Wildfire, I agree -- what a difference a bra makes! I just recently got 3 really good-quality bras, and I think I looked about 10 pounds slimmer with the girls (AKA "Mercedes" and "Carmen Ghia") back up where they belong. A truly uplifting experience! ;)

Kaylets, hope that things are peaceful on the homefront. Let's all hit the parlor (or maybe we should adjourn to the porch, with those great shore breezes) for some R&R. Remember to take care of YOU.

Eydie, wow - 4.5 hours in the garden! Pls. come visit me! I get so overwhelmed by how much needs to be done out there that I don't get started on it. I swear, if we ever buy another house it's got to have the gardens in place so that I just have to maintain instead of building from scratch!

Amarantha, you're so right that we have to be "vigilant each and every day" -- for me, having been vigilant one day makes it a lot easier to be vigilant the next. Pls. wax philosophical whenever thou feelst so inclined! :D

Anagram, keeping the :goodvibes: headed your way! Congrats on the NSVs --- they're bound to lead to SVs in the long run.

Punkin, I know what you mean about having to realize that the loss didn't mean your "work here is done" - and of course, you can't lose 8.5 a week. But what a great start!

To all, mentioned or unmentioned, let's make this a good one!

05-21-2003, 07:45 AM
Whizzing by again-

Today's thought is:
Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll start believing in it.
---Jesse Owens

Today's question is:
"How often should we buy a new car? Why?"
Table Topics

Take care all!

05-21-2003, 08:47 AM

Nice sunny start...chillish though, and one day under my belt...I'm with Arabella on that one. Got a coupla new books in the library yesterday....one being the new Anne Lindsay cookbook...aim to peruse that shortly...she has good low fat heart smart recipes. Is this advertising? I get confused about that. Also am reading Prevention's Winning the Fat Wars...good short testimonials...fit right into my schedule right now.

Have been lurking through every once in a while....is Mrs Frogger back yet. I hope her day (and after) went well..

As I have another busy day :rolleyes: I'd best motor on

Congrats to all of you incredible shrinking women! :queen:


05-21-2003, 03:21 PM
Good morning campers...

I need virtual hugs you guys.... I didn't mention it, but yesterday my Mom had a lumpectomy and well, the results weren't good. I now have breast cancer in my family (Mom's the first - we have had NO history of any cancers before this). I'm hovering between being really mad at the world in general, crying non-stop (which I've GOT to stop) and being completely numb.
The prognosis looks good, she found it really early, but life is going to change for all of us for awhile - until we know exactly how far things have gotten and what happens next. I'll really need to be here more than ever. As if I needed *another* reason to live a healthier lifestyle...

How ironic that my Mom and I just signed up on Monday for our 3rd 5k breast cancer walk that takes place on June 1st. We've always walked in memory of a close family friend that died. They have little things to pin to your shirt that say "in memory of" or "in honor of". One of my first thoughts this morning was "wow, I could pin the "in honor of" with my Mom's name on me now...". Bizarre how your brain works in times like these. :?:

Anyway, I'm making a point of trying to live my life as normal as possible, be a supportive daughter, and not a dour "oh God what if????" kinda person. THINGS WILL BE OK!!!!

Anagram - Ha! My stepfather's the same way! He could be on his death bed and he'll still want to get on the dang tractor and move dirt around! Men and yardwork.... :shrug:

Eydie - :T I'm eating my 2nd month of meals with you. I honestly couldn't decide between chinese and mexican... Both of them so fattening that you should just rub it on your hips since that's where it's gonna end up anyway!
I too shall tackel my "garden" (aka 5 acres of evil junipers and sage) this weekend!

Wildfire - Get back ta' work like the rest of us work dogs! ;)

Frogger - Probably still on her honeymoon. I hope she's not getting rained on in New Orleans! :rain:

:wave: Arabella, Amarantha, WSW, Kaylets (lovin' your Q o' the day)

Ceara - I think you're safe, as long as YOU aren't selling the books! :) I love reading books for inspiration too. Every other year or so I break out Diary of a Fat Housewife - good book!

Toodles for now,

05-21-2003, 07:25 PM
Terri, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom---you're absolutely right to continue thinking positively, cancer is NOT a death sentence. Are you both going to continue with your plans to do the 5K? I hope so, it'd be a good time for the 2 of you to network with other women survivors.
Cry as much as you need to and don't be surprised if it hits you at the oddest moments. We're here for you. Hugs to you and mom!

05-22-2003, 02:44 AM
General Punkin: I can only echo what Eydie said, so sorry to hear about your mom's cancer, but truly it is not misplaced to think positively. The prognosis truly IS good for cancer these days, especially caught early and I do agree the 5K couldn't have come at a better time for you and your mom. This just underscores your need to take care of yourself and get to be where you need to be healthwise ... so that you CAN be 100 percent there for your mom and bring the positive vibes of success into her environment. With cancer, postive thinking is absolutely essential. I once had a book called "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought" ... a very useful philosophy, methinks.

Also agree with :queen: Eydie on the hugs! :wave: And you are right, things WILL be ok!

Re question: How often should we buy a new car ... for me it's whenever the old one has gasped its last breath.

Going to bed now, methinks! Hi to all, mentioned and unmentioned! :wave:

05-22-2003, 06:51 AM
Hello all!

Seems like forever since I've stopped long enough to post!

Punkin! - I can well imagine why you're thoughts are jumbled !!
I am so sorry to hear your Mom has cancer. We are sending big virtual hugs ! To Mom too! I think I would be in shock for a few days-- Can only imagine what your Mom must be thinking.
Is there a chance of a 2nd opinion??
All my best to you and mom. We are ALWAYS here for you!!

wsw-- how are those new pillows treating you? Sometimes when I change shoes or whathaveyou, the difference is so amazing I cannot believe how long I waited to try the new shoes, can opener, etc. Are you enjoying the computer 's new spot?

Arabella- I think we are in the same place-- I am maintaining but
am struggling daily. Have let too many things slip-- 2 new items a week, doing more activity than yesterday, even my water consumption is often low-- even caught myself drinking coffee after noon the other day-- seems like my TOM has changed too -- bloat, acne and etc seem to be constantly w/ me-- ARGGGGHHHH!!!

Ceara-- Please send the sun our way!! The only upside of all this rain is at least there will be no repeat of last summer's drought!
Finding any interesting recipes?? We've been enjoying borrowing DVD's from our library.

Anagram-- HURRAY!! Am sooooo glad DH's visit went so well!!
How long was he out in the yard anyway? Did the neighbor kid wind up doing most of the work? Let's hope!

All this talk of muscles ! Am just realizing most folks are planning on wearing shorts in Tampa this weekend. Well, maybe I can find
a light skirt to wear w/ sandals-- oh well....

Wildfire-- On your same page too! Wore a blouse yesterday that upon closer inspection in office full length bathroom mirror-- was not fitting as well as it did before because the bra underneath needs replacement. And darn it, I think I only bought them in March-- So, as well as needing shorts or a skirt-- guess what else I'll be buying?

Eydie-- I agree-- Crying makes a difference-- I don't do it often but during my last job downsizing sometimes cried daily and found it was a release.

Empress-- thanks for the kudos when I'm "waxing". Its so true isn't it-- we are so convinced " I will follow this path" without realizing we are on a blind curve and have no idea what lies ahead. Willard Scott said on Larry King last night, "Do you want to know how to make God laugh?. Make plans."
Which again reminds me of my first introduction to Satre and Camus in highschool -- talk about waxing!!

Ok all-- I am running into the office to finish two small orders I was too tired to finish at 8 pm last night and then I am out of there till next Wed!

Today's thought is: I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday!"

Today's question is: When did you learn to swim?

Take care all!

05-22-2003, 10:48 AM
Fly by with hugs and empathy for Punkin. Thank goodness your Mom caught the c. early. Much reason for positive thinking, which is always a strong trait of being a regal person. And even though Mom is probably an equally strong personage, she really will need your strength now as well.

Wrote a long post yesterday a.m.. and lost it. figured I'd come back later and redo but after doctor called with GOOD NEWS yesterday afternoon, I really lost all energy, oomph, whatever and have been wallowing in 'total drain' since. Dh is "ok" on the kidney sit and does not need to go back on dialysis at this point. She does not know whey he continues to lose weight as no reason showed up on the tests she did. He sees family doctor Tuesday and we'll bring it up there as well.

Anyway, still drained/out of it. Will return when brain is not mush.

05-22-2003, 11:41 AM
Happy Friday eve!
Of a three day weekend no less... life is good. :yes:
I got the paint for my room yesterday and did a little test patch on the wall. It's going to be so purdy!

Thank you all so much for the support. Made me a little weepy this morning, but I'm doing better and Mom seems to be doing pretty good with all this now too. We have a close family friend who's a diagnostician of sorts (a lab tech that contracts to our big hospital) with a good medical background - she came over yesterday and talked to Mom about everything and just kinda prepared her with the worst, best and probable case scenarios. It was really helpful and comforting. She also brought us all home-made s'getti sauce that she claimed had medicinal values. :lol:
We're still waiting for the results of the tissue they took from around the tumor - if it's clear we're assuming the odds of her lymph being clear are pretty good, but they'll still want to check it to make sure.

Have I mentioned yet how *happy* I am that my Mom does her breast checks *every...single...month*?????? Mom just had a mammogram in December and there was *nothing* - she found the lump in March. So in 3 months she had gone from healthy, to big problem.... A real testament to checkin' the "girls" regularly!

We haven't discussed the 5k yet, but assuming she's not recovering from her next surgery (to check her lymph) I'm sure we will make the walk. I'll know better after her appointment tomarrow. We'll find out the date of the next surgery then.

Kaylets - I guess we're not really at a point of 2nd opinions yet. After they check her lymph gland under her arm we'll have an actual plan of attack, one that could warrant a 2nd opinion. Right now we're still in the "what *exactly* is going on" stage.

Anagram - That is SO awesome about hubby's tests! Of course I'll continue to pray for his continued recovery!

Today's the first day I got to wear capri's and sandles to work. :cool: It's supposed to be almost 80 today then rain this weekend so I'm going to enjoy the wonderful sunshine while we've got it! :flow2:

Off to paint my toenails (yea, I've got a tough job)


05-22-2003, 07:01 PM
Evenin' All

Punkin,:grouphug: sorry to hear about your Mom. You know, lately there has been a push for women NOT to monthly self checks...and then when I hear of people who do check and find, I think "what are these medical 'professionals' thinkin?" Geez...good thing she does the exams!

There are so many kinds of cancer out there...even within breast cancers...I'm prayin' your Mom has an easily cured one!

Hope things are goin' well with the rest of you :queen: s


05-22-2003, 08:43 PM
Oh gosh, Punkin...I can only imagine what you and your mom are going through. The whole range of emotions, I'm sure. I'll be sending good vibes to both you and your mom that this all turns out. Thank goodness she found it, especially since she was all clear in December! Scary thought, how quickly time passes and if we don't do regular checks, or even worse, go for our annual exam...we could be in serious trouble. You come vent, cry, celebrate, whatever it takes. We're here for you. :grouphug: Hey, what color are you painting your room?

Kaylets, enjoy your time off!

anagram, glad to hear DH is still okay! :dancer: I hope they can find out why he is losing weight. That is troublesome.

Aquafit class was great! Unfortunately, you have to have a membership to attend, and it's not in our closely-examined-hoping-to-find-the-extra-money budget. Maybe in a few months' time. Until then, I can do the pay-as-you-go public swims.

Not feeling great tonight. Think I'll lay down for a bit.

05-22-2003, 09:04 PM
hi all!

kaylets-yes, i am enjoying my new pillows and they do make a difference!

punkinseed-it sure is great that your mom had been doing regular breast exams! i will be thinking about your mom and you.

anagram-good to hear that your dh had good results.

hi also to ceara, arabella, and all the rest of you. i hope you have a good holiday weekend.

i am going out of town to a friend's wedding on sat. in washington, d.c. looking forward to this trip but haven't started packing yet, so need to get moving. i hadn't traveled in the past few years since have had to use a cane or wheelchair, so i'm a little nervous about the trip (only my issue though. am driving up with my friends who are great about it, and have been encouraging me to come with them. actually, they wouldn't take no for an answer, and i am glad about that, and grateful.) my food choices have been a little whacky the past few days, but did much better today, and planning on eating sensibly this weekend. hope you all have a good evening and weekend. take care.

05-23-2003, 08:07 AM
Hello all!!

boy oh boy, work late a couple days and it then take a day off and BAM -- your body
says " Now its my turn"-- I took an hour nap and still was in bed by 8:30!!
We even had to turn the heat on yesterday afternoon, it was so cold and raw
I was chilled to the bone.

Punkin-- continuing to send you and your Mom all my best -
We are all with you!

Wsw-- How far are you from DC? I 'm about 2 hrs myself.
Shouldnt be too humid there this weekend!

Did have time yesterday to watch Dr. Phil and I was glad I did.
He was taking all questions yesterday and was talking to a lady who would love to
write full time but is afraid to strike out on her own although she has a pile of stories.
I know some folks dislike Dr Phil but you to have to admit, he does get to the heart of things!
Today's thought:

" Behave your way to success"

"The difference between winners and losers is that winners do things losers don't want to do."

Dr. Phil

Today's question is:

"Do you believe in angels?"


DH cannot join me this weekend afterall. A sister and neice will also be on my flight so I really wont be traveling alone. We are also sharing the hotel room. DH will keep the home fires burning - (or from burning- !)

Lots of errands to run!

I'll be back later!

05-23-2003, 11:13 AM
Hmmm... Guess I'm back to Day 1. I've been doing pretty well, but not adhering to my stated criteria, and that's what I want to get down ... so it's back to Day 1 for me.

MIL is moving to a seniors apartment and distributing her household. DH drove to Toronto and brought back a 200-year old bed and dresser and a nice dining room table and chairs and china cabinet, a stained glass panel and other odds and ends. We have to alter the bedframe to fit a :queen: size bed, but it will be so great to have it. We've had so many disruptions (lost jobs, moves, going back to school three times between the two of us) that we've never been able to afford any decent furniture. And this stuff looks quite elegant in our house :)

:queen: Punkin, sending out :goodvibes: for you and your Mom. I'm so glad that she checks regularly! A lesson to us all (especially those of us - like me - who don't seem to get around to it).

Kaylets, I think we really are in the same kind of place right now. You described me, right down to the zits (which I haven't had for years, either :( ) The problem with me is that now I've gotten through menopause, it seems sometimes I've got PMS, but it just doesn't stop :eek:

Oh, I am not quite sure if I believe in angels or not. I firmly believe that the soul can exist outside of the body though, because I have met people in that state quite a number of times, always within minutes of their deaths.

I love the whole subject area. I know a lot of people believe in spirit guides and I think I met one of mine one night (although my pragmatic self says I was hallucinating). I forget precisely who, but there have been a number of prominent writers and scientists who carried on friendly relationships with spirit guides their whole lives.

Anagram, glad to hear that your DH is not going to need dialysis at least for the moment. What a roller coaster ride this has been for you. Hang on, Sweetie!

WSW, you too -- have a wonderful trip! Definitely sounds like the way to go, with a bunch of friends. Hope you have the time of your life! It's so important to keep doing these life-enhancing things.

Ceara, I am likewise puzzled over why they would suggest that self-exam is a waste of time. There must be some bureaucratic reason for it, says my cynical self. Up here in Canada, I assumed it was to lower demands on the medical system. They also don't routinely suggest a colonoscopy or anything when you have a physical, although there's a public campaign ("Don't die of embarrassment") to get people to ask for them. Weird conflicts within the healthcare system.

To all mentioned or unmentioned, have a wonderful day. Love!

05-23-2003, 11:46 AM
:cb: It's Friday!!:cb:

Thank you again everyone for your well wishes - I really think your positive thoughts have sunk in some.
Amazingly enough, life 'round here has returned to what I'd almost call normal. Of course there's that little thought in the back of our minds, but other than that, it's life as usual. My Mom's even out feeding the horses for the first time since Monday... :cool: oh, and complaining endlessly (with a lot of humor) about the surgical glue that's itching and driving her crazy. (she's trying to scratch her chest without it looking like she's, well, scratching her chest! :lol:
Yesterday we talked about the importance of humor, perspective, positive thinking and attitude. Thank God she's the kind of woman to look at this as a speedbump in life to drive over, not an impassable mountain. What an awsome woman... :D

Ceara - Yea, isn't that stupid??? Dr.'s that say that BSE's aren't necessary are insane... I have to admit I've always been lax, having no real reason (in my mind anyway) to check regularly, but now I've read up on the proper way of doing things and I'll be WAY more diligent from now on.

Wildfire - Gonna' go home and paint tonight! It's kinda like a caramel color - or coffee with light cream (it's called "Lost Trail" as if that tells you anything). It's going to look great with all the navy and black wrought iron in that room. I didn't get all my taping done though because the cats wouldn't leave it alone and I had visions of waking up to find that they'd managed to tape themselves to the walls! :dz:

WSW - Enjoy the wedding this weekend! I hope the weather's beautiful out there.

Kaylets - Cold? I'll send you some of what we've got going on! It's supposed to be in the mid-80's today. No one's acclimated to it yet and we're all sweatin' like crazy!

Q o' the Day ~
Do I believe in angels? Maybe not in the ethereal winged type, but I believe there are people here on earth, and possibly spirits of sorts that behave in a way we'd call "angelic", or as a guardian of sorts. There's been too many unexplainable stories for me to believe otherwise... :angel:

:gift: :hat:Happy early birthday Eydie!:hat: :gift:

If I'm not back, have a great 3 day weekend everyone!


05-24-2003, 06:36 AM
Hello all!!

Didn't sleep much last night - guess I was too busy watching the clock.
Found shorts w/ matching top at Walmart yesterday- Proved again to myself that
I really have no idea what my size looks like on the hanger. Had to go back and find
a smaller top which was a suprise. The set is made by Bobbie Brooks and is a
cotton/polyester blend which I am thinking will be cooler than denim or cotton.
The shorts drape nicely and are just the right length. And since each piece was only about
$8.00 - I'm a happy camper. The cut and the coordinating color really looked
"slimmer" in that 3 way mirror-- Amazing.

Went to Motor Vehicle to renew my license and they asked if I wanted to use th
picture on file. Initially, I didnt want to bother them but said to myself- I'm nearly
50lbs lighter-- I want to a new photo! - and its not half bad! They also asked if I
wanted to change my hgt and wgt-- since the wgt on my license wasnt the right
weight 4 yrs ago, ( I told them 170 then), that was a much smaller point, but
what the the heck, I had them change the license to 167 also.

My flight is due to leave about 10 am, landing in Tampa about 12:30. My return flight
is about the same time frame on Monday.

I will miss all of you.
Take care everyone-- I don't expect to have access to a computer for longer than
a few seconds so I expect to have 3FC withdrawl.

Keep smiling!

Today's thought is:

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things that you did .So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.--
Mark Twain.

Today's question is :
"Shouldn telephone calls be answered during dinner?"
---Table Topics

Take care!

05-24-2003, 08:23 PM
Amarantha, that reminds me of the B Dylan line, "You always got to be prepared, but you never know for what..."

I remember the "head component" thread. If I remember correctly, the person that was posting Geneen Roth exercises kind of disappeared, as we will from time to time. Yes, I think it was really helpful. Always good to look more deeply.

I would love to have a long talk with you about angels and etc. some time. These things are so mysterious, and have so much meaning in terms of what life is all about.

Re: threads -- sometimes it seems like if I can keep up with a single one, I'm doing v. well. Although the psychological one would really exert a pull.

Punkin, doesn't life have a funny habit of going on and normalizing in the midst of whatever exceptional circumstances we have at any given time? One thing I've noticed is that we stop taking it for granted at these times, and that's a good thing.

Kaylets, now that I think of it, it seems to me that Mark Twain was one of those people that had ongoing interactive relationships with his spirit guides, but I'm not entirely sure.

We spent the entire day renovating the flower beds and lawn and etc. I have to fight not to feel bitter about the house I wanted to buy that DH refused to consider, which was fully land-scaped, less expensive, didn't need any interior work, etc. Sigh... I obviously have to work harder than I am right now.... :p

G'night All. Love!

05-24-2003, 10:54 PM
PM or email me anytime, O Wood Nymph!!! :wave: Re threads, I think you are right, it's hard to follow more than one here and we ARE a chatty bunch and seem to be "kindred spirits" to an extent. It had just occurred to me that this started out as a weight loss challenge with a target date of Victoria Day and it is well past Victoria Day and we haven't really talked much about any of that. I like the bootcamp, it's just I'd like us all to finish losing the weight together ... dunno ... must be :( today and didn't actually notice it ... maybe I need to disappear again for awhile ... get a handle on this 12-week challenge. Maybe Demon Scale will cheer me up tomorrow. Who knows.

05-25-2003, 08:54 AM
Amarantha, I think you're right to some extent. This has become more of hang out for us than a weight-loss group. Not that that's a bad thing. I think that because we've been together for so long and are so comfortable with each other that we seem to spend more time on the chatty, catching up side than the weight loss, goal seeking side.

I've suggested a couple of times that it was time for a new thread, and since I started this one I didn't want to overstep and start the next one, too. I was hoping that the next one, being for Independence Day, could be something about Gaining our Independence and perhaps focus a little more on the why and how of this whole weight loss journey. I believe that we all still have the interest in losing weight and with everyone's input we can redirect the focus of our group without losing the personal contact we have.

I've been frustrated lately with the whole thing....not losing the way I want to, my back pain getting in the way, the job from **** not helping, etc., so the last few days I have definitely been OFF program. I'm back on today, though. I guess I needed a few days to get things back into perspective.

So gang, time to check in and post your thoughts on the group. Being a holiday in the States, perhaps we should give it until tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning before making any moves, so we get everybody.

In the meantime, I'm off to Boot Camp because I've been AWOL for a while!

05-25-2003, 09:11 AM
Happy Birthday Eydie!!!

:hb: :bravo: :cb: :cb: :cp: :gift: :hat: :dance: :grouphug: :balloons::angel: :cb: :cb: :hat: :gift: :grouphug: :cb: :cb:

05-25-2003, 09:47 AM
Wowzer, what a great greeting, Arabella! Happy B. from me too, Eydie.

And Empress, huzzah for getting the resume/clips out. Can't win the battle if not in the fray! Maybe we can hope there have been some changes in mgt at that closer paper. I recall you have mentioned before that you'd prefer to work there. (I have a bro who does some freelance work in PA mountains covering BORED meetings so I know secondhand some of the frustrations. He feels some of his best work never makes it or is so altered he scarcely recognizes it. Though he knows it's part of the long standing tradition of angst between writers and editors/owners, he is still upset mostly every week when the paper comes out.)

Re the thread, it has been a great aid to me in my wt. loss efforts. Lots of good input re healthy eating, exercising, etc. While not always things I then do, this input helps keep me on course and also helps me to reinvent the wheel with little tweaks here and there to my plan. I am at an alltime low (give or take a few ounces) for the journey. But I like the chatty too as I feel it builds on the feeling we are for the most part somewhat the kindred spirits that Amarantha refers to.

I confess to a laziness in that I was just waiting for someone else to start a new thread. And taking the time between Q.V's day and Memorial Day as an off time. Not off the journey, at least not too much, but sort of an inbetween challenge time. I share the hope that a new challenge will lead to an independence from fat and ill health and that we will prove what feisty firecrackers we all are as we seek health, fitness and happiness.

I think it is a lot keeping up with one thread sometimes but the bootcamp is dedicated to brevity so I haven't had trouble lurking there to see what y'all are up to when you're not posting on the QV thread. I sometimes have trouble catching up with all the QV posts but other times, like this weekend, none at all. My mind seems to be climbing out of the mush pit into which it descended upon my good news last week. It told me it just needed a vacation and I have taken it. And it helped.

Kaylets, hope you're enjoying the excursion and come back refreshed and rededicated to all sorts of healthy things.

As to angels, yes, I do. But then come the definitions and this is too long already. And of course I don't mean the saccharine ones we see featured all over the place.

Morning, Ceara, wsw, Frogger (returning soon?), Flower (have we lost you?), dollar and all.

05-25-2003, 10:14 AM
Wildfire: Thanks for posting on the bootcamp and I appreciated your message here as well. I've deleted the whiney posts ... no point in them as I love everyone there and who am I to say what people should spend their posting time talking about!? :) (Well, I'm a control freak and aging drama diva, but you've noticed that, so less said on that head the better!!) :jig:

Howsomever, I keep hoping we can focus better on why we came here in the first place (no bad vibes intended, as I am the worst offender in the bunch for waxing philosophical on any and all topics (my publisher says the trick for people who know me is to find out what I DON'T have an opinion on) and I also think a chatty general discussion group is a good idea and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the question of the day and actually feel we use this as a springboard for weight loss discussion) and finally make that decision to use this as a support group to make this the year WE ARE GOING TO LOSE/MAINTAIN/GAIN CONTROL OF THE WEIGHT ... always remembering that there are other parts of life that are important and that actually we don't have to be any certain weight to be happy, productive, beautiful, and successful. :) I know everyone, including me, has horrible things and non-horrible but engrossing things in their lives that interfere with the ability to feel it is important to lose the weight. That's always the $64,000 question ... to lose or not to lose. (Or to stay at goal, which is pretty much the case with some people here and is just as hard, if not harder, than losing and requires vigilence and support as well).

So, with all that happens in the world and in our lives, we really do have to ask ourselves, do we care? I know what my answer is to my self. Self, I say, we DO care because nothing in our life is going to work out too well if we are plodding around in an unhealthy, unfit body and trying to cover up rolls of stubborn fat in odd places and avoiding red dresses forever. I made that decision when I lost 100 pounds and the decision stands.

Other's decisions are equally as valid ... neither is right or wrong ... just for me IT'S TIME.

Anyhow, hope this doesn't offend anyone as everyone here is so interesting and amazing in their :queen: - liness, but I'm going to repledge myself to be brief in future and stick to one thread at a time. I love the holiday challenges and think U.S. Independence Day is a wonderful goalpost (so we can look gorgeous in our shorts at the picnic) and will be with you folks in spirit (unless someone figures out a way to combine the bootcamp, which has some wonderful people on it also, with the holiday challenge).

It's not the 12-week challenge or the bootcamp or the holiday sprints or who posts the thread that matter ... what matters is that we (ala Dr. P) GET OFF THE COUCH AND GET BACK INTO THE GAME OF WEIGHT LOSS.

05-25-2003, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the birthday wishes! It's official--today I'm 40!:D It pains me somewhat to say it, but I didn't achieve my goal of reaching my goal weight by my birthday--but I'll get there sooner or later!
In honor of ME, I'm kicking it up a bit. In the planning stage just now, but am considering facing the big bad weight machine that's been languishing in the basement for years. How's that for a revolutionary idea? Now would be a good time for a 'personal trainer' angel to make an appearance, and yes, I believe!


05-25-2003, 04:34 PM
Happy Birthday, Eydie! They say life begins at 40, don't they? Then this is your year to accomplish great things, and I have faith that you will. Conquer that metal beastie and show him who's boss! Hope you have a great day.

05-26-2003, 08:48 AM
:yes: Day 1. I've been doing well, but not quite as vigilant as I want to be. I'm going to get my journal going again today. Had a pretty frantic weekend. All-day gardening on Saturday, painted the bedroom on Sunday and had my ailing grandson here simultaneously (no, I'm not superwoman, his dad was here too). Now this week, as long as I don't procrastinate, I can comfortably finish my work for the month. And that would be a good thing.

Let's make this a good one! Love to all!

05-26-2003, 09:48 AM
It never fails...I was doing well on my birthday until THE CAKE!:o Today I woke up with a huge sugar hangover and a craving for lemon water and SALTY food.

I have the day off and have no plans--let's see if I can make this a healthy day!

05-26-2003, 11:10 AM
I'm betting you can, Eydie!

Lots of calories burned this weekend, Arabella. Also lots of work for one weekend. And good planning on the EOM work. Should be lower stress, lower temptation.

No real plans here either. I'm off to my Monday Slimfast start. I've grown so comfortable with that as a reminder of what I want to do all week.

05-26-2003, 08:47 PM
Hello all!

Am back- very tired - even after a 3.5 hr nap this afternoon-

Long days, lots of emotions, last minute planning-- but all in all, went very well and I think my folks were pleased.

Happy birthday Eydie- Best wishes and happy returns!!!
What kind of cake was it? I passed on the anniversary cake but then had Dove Bars! I guess the good news is that I didnt have both!
I am looking at the next decade very soon and wonder if I understood how quickly they qo by if I would have done things differently. But that's a whole different subject!

I read the posts quickly and will go back and reread as I missed something somewhere- ......I think I get the idea that we need to start a fresh thread ( The Independence theme is a perfect tie in!) but then I get the sense that some feel we are too chatty??
I know I am dragging so maybe it will make more sense when I reread.

Wildfire- Cannot imagine you ever overstepping -- I do like the July 4 theme-
IMHO, all of our life events and our responses effect our lifestyle. From stuffing hurt feelings, lack of recognition, loneliness, illness, overwork, overtired, overstressed, depression...and whichever calming technique works for us--
But again, that's my only my humble opinion--

A July 4 theme would make a 6 week block--- If anyone is still interested, then we can post a new thread and we'll be on our way.

I'll be back!

05-26-2003, 09:37 PM
eydie- a belated happy birthday!!

hi all! i had a great time at my friend's wedding and enjoyed seeing the city as well (via a driving tour.) i am so glad it was cool in d.c. this weekend, too. the cool weather made it even that much more enjoyable for me. also, was able to eat pretty sensibly and remained op and maintained my weight, so pleased about that too. well, thinking of you all. take care, wsw.

05-26-2003, 10:05 PM
Just a fly-by because my :censored: back is making it very difficult to sit up and I'm going to bed with a heating pad.

Kaylets, glad it all went well!

Eydie, you HAVE to have cake on your birthday! Like it or not! :D

wsw, glad to hear you had a nice weekend!

Okay, so we need a new thread and six weeks is a good length of time, AND we are going set goals and strive to achieve them, no matter what they might be!

anagram mentioned what firecrackers we can all be....how about being Independent Firecrackers? Just a thought....anyone have any others?

gotta go, will check in tomorrow :wave:

05-27-2003, 08:45 AM
Hello all!

Still am recovering from weekend in Fl-- Slept all night but feel as though I could
sleep a few hours more.
Luckily, I am not due back to work till tomorrow so I can regroup.

Party went well-- was good to see everyone but that Simon and Garfunkel
song is playing in my head, " Gee its good to be back home".

Today's thought is actually two of my favorites -- I was reminded of them again
and again this weekend as I saw the 5 generations represented at my parents
50th wedding anniversary. 50 person visual aid of time and choices.

"Folow your bliss," Joseph Campbell

"Today is the day!" from a professional treasure hunter who's name escapes
me now.

Today's question is:

"How do you pick a restaurant everyone likes?" -- Table Topics

Independence Firecrackers is a good title. Already makes me think of bright colors. I know I need to "declare Independence" from some habits that are really stifling me and holding me back.
Dr Phil calls them "calming rituals" which for me was the answer to "Why is it so easy to slip after weeks of 'better choices'?? "
Dr Phil also suggests that "breaking a habit" is nearly impossible but "Replacing the old habit w/ a new one" is more likely to succeed.

I need to start some laundry but I will keep the computer on and be around. Hope to catch up w/ everyone.

Starting to feel more like myself although its 2 hrs late!

Till later!

05-27-2003, 10:06 AM
So glad your weekend went well and I'm sure you expended enough energy on travel and emotions to offset those dovies.

My weekend was interesting enough and I got in two fairly good exercise days. Am feeling really ready for a new challenge. In a week or so it will be a full year from my first post on 3FC and I'm happy to be down 40 lbs from then. But the anniversary date presents a mini-challenge in itself, a real renewal of commitment.

Wildfire, hope your back is better. Maybe an extra day in bed with friendly heating pad?

QOD - I don't. I just go with the flow (as long as dh's diet needs can be accommodated if he's along). I like some better than others obviously but seldom does it make enough difference for me to do other than suggest.

Glad you were able to stay op on your trip, wsw. DC is one of my favorite places.

05-27-2003, 01:48 PM
Hello All!!

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!

Guess what? The wedding went OK. Minor organizational problems which really erk this Virgo, but we are married!
The weather was un cooperative as well. It misted all day and it got COLD! (Mind you we were outside!) I'll be posting pictures as soon as I get a chance. Here's a teaser!

Love to you all

Mrs. Frogger

05-27-2003, 02:01 PM
didn't attach, let's try that again!

05-27-2003, 04:27 PM
Welcome back from the wonderful weekend! :cb:

Ok, I didn't exercise a bit - but here's what I did:
Shopped all day Saturday with Mom, planted flowers in my flower boxes, washed my car, painted my tv room, pulled weeds, cleaned out my closet and all dresser and chest drawers resulting in 3 huge bags of clothes for Good Will, 2 loads of laundry, *finally* removed flannel sheets from bed (spring's here!) and lastly, the least calorie burning of the list - scrapbooked for 4 hours....

Yup, I kept very busy:yes: and obviously the lack of exercise last week didn't do too much damage - I'm down 3.5 from last week... :dance: This week it's all me though.... no "aid" (so far, so good!)

Aaaand, we are definitely doing the 5k next weekend! :cb:
Mom's got a gazillion appointments this week and her 2nd opinion appointment tomarrow to decide what to do next. So, they're not going to do any surgery or treatments (radiation is a given) until next week. Good news at Friday's appointment too - technically there is no cancer in her breast at all now (all the tissue around the tumor was clear). We're just waiting for the surgery decision on the lymph check... I asked her Saturday if she realized that she could be cancer free right now and that the radiation treatment would be the end of all this. :crossed:

Kaylets - That's cool that you had DMV change your photo! You needed to update you - although it's fun to watch people do a double take with an old photo.

Wildfire - Yes! Let's go for a 4th of July thread! So who's to start it - you wanna again? Or I will, someone just say the word.

Mrs. Frogger - Welcome back!!!! Can't wait to see more pics.

Amarantha - No, don't feel bad! I think we all take things from this thread that apply to us. Some people are quieter because that's what they need. Some (like me) are very chatty, because it helps me. I like to see that weight loss is just a fraction of our days. That getting healthy is possible even with all the distracting junk we have going on in our lives. I *do* need to make an effort though to include more goal oriented details in my posts. Hard to know where you're going if you never make a plan...

Big hugs to everyone :grouphug: Arabella, WSW, Anagram....


05-27-2003, 06:20 PM
Hello all!

Well hello MRS Frogger! Thanks for sharing the wedding kiss! So pretty! Would love to see more! How was New Orleans??

Empress- I have no idea why I didnt pick up on that similie this am... !?! I thought it meant "undecided" -- GEE WHIZ KAYLETS-- How far away did you got this weekend anyway....!?!

Anyway- As Punkin said, please don't be sad-- and frankly, I prefer it when you are NOT BRIEF-- I enjoy sharing your thoughts.
I have learned so much from all of you-
have saved myself from Curves,
learned about hydrogenated oils,
Smoothies, tea infusers, dog shows, ......

I have had wonderful and inspiring examples of courage when:
all that could be done was to "be there";
when the diagnosis was personal and awful;
and then the shared joy of a misdiagnosis;
and the recovery of a loved one.

I have had examples of grace under pressure:
still doing the best job possible even though the job is despised;
taking the hard road for a difficult family member;
making the best of a bleak financial outlook;
and continuing to follow a path of self improvement.

Yes, I prefer it when we are not brief.
I am lifted, inspired, motivated, humored, comforted, and healed.

Does this all belong on a Healthy Lifestyle Support Thread??
I'm not so sure. I can defend both sides of that argument. But I sure know what I prefer.

Punkin- glad the 5k is still a go--Looks like you have a great example right there with you!

05-27-2003, 07:19 PM
Kaylets, ya made me cry.... and when it comes to preferances, I believe I'm right there with you. Let us not fix what is not broke.

Yes, I'm excited about the 5k. I cry every year because it's so intense to be there - very emotional, with so many survivors, women currently in treatment and others who've lost someone they loved. That was always us - we lost a family friend about 8 years ago. I'll have her name on my back "in memory of" and this year I'll have to add my "in honor of" and it'll say "My amazing Mom" - because she's just that - and I'm SO proud of her.

Anyway Kaylets, I just had to say that your post was right on the money, a bull's eye, perfection. Need I say more? ;)

Ok, :grouphug: everyone!

05-27-2003, 08:38 PM
*sniff* me too, Kaylets. This darn PMS doesn't help my emotional state....that's why I'm eating Kraft Dinner, which I despise....anyway, looking back like that it's amazing what we've gone through together, isn't it?

Punkin, you go ahead with the new thread! You're doing marvelously, dahling....you deserve to start the new thread off with a bang!

Mrs. Frogger, thanks for sharing the pic....more, please! :) Yeah, how was New Orleans? That's one of my "must visit" places.

anagram, I can only wish for a day off to spend with my heating pad! We are only allowed days off if we are dead...and then we are expected to bring in the death certificate when we return. Congrats on a successful year....40lbs! :cp:

Well, wish me luck girls. Our evaluations are being done this week at work. First year for formal evaluations. In the past, we were just told the amount of our raise and it was stressed that you have to give extra to expect raises and bonuses, yada, yada, yada. Then when it was time for raises/bonuses, everyone got them anyway regardless of how much effort or extra time you contributed. The new company does written evaluations, and my boss is dragging them out all week because he HATES confrontation and is scared of us. Spineless *** that he is. I've been saving up for a year to address some issues with him, and this time I'll have it in writing to send to head office. I think it's time that the environment we work in is finally exposed. The raises this year were awful all around, and after they dumped a new software system on us that STILL doesn't work properly three months after the fact, and all of us are doing three times the work....it's give, give, give, but then we get nothing in return. We used to be a department of six, now it's three including my boss. We've worked our hineys off with the promise (like every year) that we'd see it in our raise/bonus. Well, the buck stops here. We are quietly withdrawing our extra time, taking full lunch breaks, slowing the pace....we are revolting! :s:

My sister is still confident that my daughter will be better back home. She's laid down the law and said that DD agrees with it, and if she doesn't like it she go to her room and cry because she can't come back. I'm looking into airfares and she's going August 1st. I keep telling myself "just two more months".

I've found a new way to keep from snacking after dinner. I'm using Simply White and you can't eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after applying! Has anyone used it? Good results?

:wave: to all!