Age 50+ - ~~February Golden Girls~~

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01-31-2013, 01:33 PM
We are the Golden Girls...

There is Value in us
There is Power in us
There is Wisdom in us
And Laughter....
We are a rainbow of unique wonders,
There is love in us.
(poem by Dorothy Holmes)

Tell us a little about your life, family and goals. What keeps you motivated? What is the best thing that's happened to you since you passed the 50 mark? 60 mark? 70 mark? Friends laugh, cry and stand by each other, we'll be that to you!

01-31-2013, 03:29 PM
Thanks, Bobbi!
Hola, Lovelies!

Bonnie – just wait until you’re as old as we are… then you’ll REALLY be creaky! I can sympathize with the journey! Welcome!

Gayle – I hope you get out on time tonight, your “Friday”… do you get 3 days off? When I worked 10 hour days, the first day off was always recuperation!

Bobbi – those meatballs look good… and easy! And I’m thinking good thoughts that your folks get a loan tomorrow to buy your abode.

Carbie – I’ve MISSED you! You were off applying for jobs the last time you posted; did any of them pan out for you? I hope you feel better. Sounds like you got hit hard. My wee cold is 98% gone. I am so lucky to be able to sleep for 15 hours if I need to do that; the only one needing attention is SamCat, and he’s much more adult about that than most men!

I’m doing well on my program, too… I’m using SparkPeople and am liking the site. It’s pretty easy once you get used to it, Bobbi, and I’m using the diet shakes as either a snack or as a fill-in for a meal that needs a little extra. I’m down a couple of pounds this week. I’m also doing the glider, semi faithfully!, and I HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT!!

Better get to work! Newbies, welcome. Everyone, have a good today!

01-31-2013, 03:42 PM
Hi Golden Girls - posted in Jan - decided to move it to February.

Got back from Tucson yesterday. There was sunshine everyday. Not always all day but enough. We were visiting my husbands wonderful cousin and her DH. She is an especially lovely person. Just like her 97 year old mother. Her father is 97 too. Heís a little cranky, been that way his whole life but seems like normal to me. Her sweet mother makes him look cranky by comparison. It was so nice to spend some time with people that are nice and really appreciate you. We were able to help out with some things (their retirement community is switching to digital) and Uncle keeps getting the TV off channel 3. DH realized right away that was the problem cuz my parents were doing that. Solution - hide that remote! We gave them lots of ideas. Theyíre at the point where they are getting tired of having to do so much for the parents. But theyíre 97 - I keep pointing out. Iíd trade them in a heart beat.

My mom tolerated the first round of chemo very well. The nurse from the long term care insurance company came to make sure she needed the ďAssisted Living With Memory Support.Ē It is a lot more expensive than the Independent Living with added services. Occasionally my mother can appear normal for a few minutes, especially if asked yes and no questions. So we were a little worried she might look normal. Well, Mom came through. ďStill Crazy After All These Years.Ē I have a n new appreciation for that song.

Donna - Iím with you about hating the exercise but Iíve decided to start up again. Read all the things that walking/exercise is good for - preventing Alheimers, etc. The 97n year old aunt and uncle used to wald 3 miles a day when they were in their early nineties. Aunt wanted to go sky diving when she was 93 but was turned down. She went on a camping, river rafting trip in Colorado instead! So, Iím going to try to do 15 minutes to begin with. Keep it up! Iím proud of you! I canít go today until after 4:30 but I have to do it.

Bobbi - good luck with your showing. Loved hearing about how you made some delicious cheeses.

Carbie - hope you feel better soon. Every one around me has been sick. I usually get sick in February. L
Good job on avoiding the carbs. Thatís what Iím supposed to do too. I have to do it. Once I get one full day under my belt with my plan (Ideal Protein) it seems to go better. But that first night is a killer. I have to give up that glass of wine I started drinking almost every night a couple of month ago.

Butterfly - welcome aboard! I have to watch my blood sugar. I do take Metformin. Donít know if my doc actually called me diabetic. The highest I got was 147 but I am a carb/sugar addict. Iíd like to lose the 20 lbs I regained in the last year. Iím trying to get back on my Ideal Protein plan 100%. Itís tough though. I just seem to be maintaining at the place Iím at. Have to buckle down and do it. You have come a long way. I love your motto too. Thatís What I have to do - get control!

Donna TN - hope youíre feeling better soon. And I hope they get your cysts and things figured out.

Gayle - I guess Maddie got you playing hide and seek even though you didnít feel like playing.

I better post this before I lose it. Hugs to you all!

01-31-2013, 05:14 PM
you snuck it in...thanks always. k3

01-31-2013, 07:02 PM
Hello Goldie's
We finally got some cool weather. But only for a few days. Next week it's supposed to be close to 80.
We are still camping every weekend. Deer season ends today but dh loves to rabbit hunt so to the camp we go again tomorrow
My diet is not going too good. I've lost my willpower. I'm still trying but that darn devil that's sitting on my shoulder telling me to eat something is getting his way sometimes.
My oldest ds got hired with my youngest ds company. They wanted him to start the next day but he asked them if he could give his job a 2 week notice and they were very impressed that he wanted to do that. They told him by all means yes. If he ever left their company they would want the same courtesy. So he starts in 2 weeks.

I have to get supper started so no time for personals. But hello to all our new friends and also to all our other friends. Hope everyone is well.

02-01-2013, 02:08 AM
Good morning GG's

Well actually even though it is 12:05 ~ my head thinks it is still Thursday evening until I go to sleep ~ and when I wake up then it is Friday morning. Silly head games :dizzy:

Oh ~ what a ding-a-ling I am ~ now I get it K3 ~ you were thanking Bobbi for starting the February thread :o I think my head/brain is worn out and I need a new one ~ LOL.

Donna ~ sadly my wish/hope to get out on time didn't come true. 4 1/2 hours late. Frustrating. Knowing that my coworkers appreciate that I stay ~ it helps them ~ makes me feel a little better about the frequent late days.

Gotta unwind a little ~ get my internet fix ~ then off to bed.

Hope you all rest well.

Take care

02-01-2013, 10:01 AM
Good morning goldies. Today is weigh in day and I still weigh 210. My ticker is not right and I refuse to move it. I'm going to make a vow that no matter what I eat next week I'm going to start my workouts. That might jump start me again.
I'm packing for the camp today. We are supposed to grill tbone steaks, baked potatoes and salad. I can do without the potatoes. That should help.
We had an interesting night last night. Ds got off work and cooked out on the patio and invited friends. Well his best friend brought a girl with him and his ex gf showed up also. Talk about an strange situation. Dh and I had to laugh. The ex said that it was ok she moved on already but she would like to warn new gf that he was going to hurt her. Well in comes ds gf. The girl that friend brought is a friend of ds since they were young. Gf had never met her. She said that she was nice but....she was not looking at her date. She was starring at ds. OMG. I could do nothing but laugh. I told her she had nothing to worry about. He only had eyes for her. But I wasn't surprised because I'm not bragging about ds but he can attract flocks of girls by just being himself. Thought that would make y'all laugh. To be young again!!!!!

Gayle~ hope you get a relaxing weekend.
Dee~ I'm glad you had a fun time.
Donna~ please send me some of your willpower. Congrats on doing so well.
Bobbi~ I hope you have a good showing on your house and this is the sale you have been waiting on.

Have to get some stuff done. Have a good weekend girls!!


02-01-2013, 10:06 AM
Good Morning and brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, it's cold.

Greeting to everyone, you're welcome K3. My myer lemon tree now has 6 leaves on it. I don't think it'll make it, not enough sun for sure. Our sun today has two sun dogs along side of it, maybe that'll help?

Gayle...I like your festive Valentine avatar.

Nice to hear from you again Dee, glad to hear your mom is doing okay with the chemo.

Donna...congrats on the weight loss and actually doing the exercise. I hate exercising more than you do. DH and I signed up at Snap Fitness a couple days ago because it's free with our new health insurance plan. That's a start, now to just do it. Someone kick my butt.:stars: I’m down a couple of pounds this week. I’m also doing the glider, semi faithfully!, and I HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT!!

Cajun...what is it you're eating that keeps throwing you off track? You're so active all the time, you should be wearing it off. Don't take any junk food with you when camping. Or maybe that's not an option since you have to feed others.

My calories for yesterday were 987 and 36 grams of fiber. I had 4 Melba Sea Salt crackers last night with some garlic yogurt cheese on them, oh my gosh. DELICIOUS. Has anyone tried these? 4 pieces have 60 calories and you have to nibble on them real slow like, or they'd be gone in one bite. Savor, savor, savor.

Did anyone see the digital fork that vibrates when you're eating too fast? I can't remember which daytime show I saw it on, maybe Dr. Oz. DH is always reminding me to slow down when I eat. I shovel it in like there's no tomorrow. What's with that? I really need to pull my chop sticks out and eat with those.
Later gators.

02-01-2013, 10:14 AM
Cajun...I see we posted at the same time. T-bone steaks, yum. Just don't eat the whole thing, 3 ounces only unless you want to splurge for 4 ounces. I know it'd be hard to stop but you want to move the scale down, right? Are you by any chance counting calories? I don't remember what kind of plan you're on. I know it's a pain in the butt and you have to weigh everything but in the end it works.

02-01-2013, 10:29 AM
Morning...cold down here, too. 32 last night. Flying thru today. Bobbi if the lemon is sad give it some light with a standing lamp or even a table lamp. That's all it wants. Gayle do you get paid for that overtime? If not you better do some rethinking. Off to bridge....k3 :wave:

02-01-2013, 11:47 AM
Bobbi - Do you post your menu anywhere? I'm so curious as to what you eat to keep your calories so low. Don't you get hungry and weak, or are you used to it? I am envious of your ability to stick to a calorie count so low.

A carbie
02-01-2013, 12:05 PM
Good Morning Goldies,
Jess, I too use Sparkpeople, and it's been so very helpful to me. I can enter everything new I have into my favorites and it's just a click and a scroll away when I have it again.
I took my measurements when I started this in January, and I have lost 22 lbs, and even some inches.
I've gone down 3.5 inches in my waist;
Hips down 4.25 inches;
Neck down .75 inch;
thigh down 1.75 inches;
calf down .5 inch;
upper arm down 1 inch.
For a total of 11.75 inches.
Not a real lot for overall body, but, it's a good start. Makes me feel good to have black and white proof that it's working.
I can also tell it on my clothes. I have gotten into 3 tops that were so tight I either couldn't wear them at all or had to wear a scrubs top over them to hide the bulges and rolls.
This darned prednisone keeps my blood sugar up right now but it's STILL not as bad as it was a couple months ago when I wasn't on Pred. Thank good ness it's only for a week. Anyway I hope I wont need it longer than that. I also have an eye infection now. This same thing happened to me about a year ago, and I know this is going to sound funny to some of you, but this is how I think I get this eye infection;
When I blow my nose, sometimes, not always, but some of the stuff from my nose comes up through the duct into my eye. I think this sinus infection has worked it's way up into the eye that way. My ears too are infected.
I ended up not applying for any jobs because I knew that when the guys get done here I'm going to be busy painting and putting in cabinets etc. and then I'd also have a job to contend with, so no sense in taking something that I'd want to quit in a short time.

Bobbi, isn't this weather just nuts?!? I got spoiled last winter. And I bet my electric bill is going to be off the charts next month because the windows had to be open upstairs while they were demolishing the walls etc and throwing it down a chute to a dumpster. And 2 days ago my furnace went kaplut. Some transducer in it had to be replaced at a cost of $620.00, and yesterday the thermostat went wacky so had to replace that at a cost of $50.00. Always something. And it happens when you absolutely NEED to have it. But, the old thermostat was just that, really OLD, and this one doesn't have the mercury in it, so I guess it's all for the best.
Anyway, I hear we're going to have a heat wave on Monday. Suppose to get up to 33 degrees for a day or so. Wheeeee!

Hope you are all having a good day today. More later, ..... :wave:

02-01-2013, 03:01 PM
Good Morning!
Dee – you sound SO much better! I’m glad you got some time away. I know how hard it is to deal with elderly parents, how draining it is… you needed some time away. You have a good sense of humor about it all, though.

My “exercising” would be such an embarrassment to anyone who exercises regularly. Because of the hip, it’s very painful, so I can’t do it long. And the worst part of it all is that I’m so damned bored that I just want to scream. Walking is out, because the jarring movement aggravates the hip; the glider is easier on me, but it still hurts. It really does help afterwards, though, so I’m persevering. I figure anything is better than nothing. I was remembering when I was a young thing and would walk home from work, 23 blocks to the east, and 15 blocks to the south… every day! It was a LONG time ago, LOL.

Cajun – so glad your boys are both doing well. And you’ll get back on track with the weight routine. You always do!

Gayle – love your new avatar! And do you get paid for the overtime, I hope? 4 Ĺ hours OT is not acceptable! Do your cohorts in turn stay over for the next shift? I hope you aren’t the only one doing this, although I suspect that you’re probably the only one nice enough to do that.

Bobbi – I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to hate exercising more than I do. I entertain myself by coming up with creative ways to put myself out of my misery. HATE IT. I’m think I’ve finally found a niche, insofar as the eating, though… for some reason, SP is working for me better than anything I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried everything). So far, so good!

Carbie – you’re doing so well! Congrats. And stay with the group, because I miss you when you disappear. Whereabouts in MN are you? My niece is in St. Paul and my ex-SIL is in Park Rapids… and a good friend is in Aiken. It looks like a beautiful state, and I happen to like snow!

Got my hairs cut yesterday and discovered a leaky pipe in the basement (no correlation, probably). I hope I don’t have to entertain the plumber too long (or too expensively) tomorrow. It’s always something, isn’t it?

Be well, all…. Later, lovelies!

02-01-2013, 05:39 PM
Hi everyone.sry ive been mia,no sp reason other than ive been taking care of dh mr cranky and he keeps me hopping,and ive nothing new to share. i think i 'm with all of you I HATE EXERCISE :dizzy: i avoid it even tho i know its good for me. i lost 3 of the 10# i gained over the holidays,but wont change my ticker either. im just back to what works protein and vegies,small portions lo lo carbs. i ve been working on my quilted picture wall hangings. i use Mckenns Ryan patterns but change them around to suit me. i finished the top for the 1st one and am now blanket stitching around all the picture components. lots of work. this ones mountains,trees, a bull moose and aflying eagle. all alaskan themed. i'll post pics when finished. hoping your weekend is serene and peaceful and low calorie :D :hug: Rosey :wave:

02-01-2013, 10:38 PM
Hi Golden Girls-

Well, I didn't stay away from the carbs last night. Thought I had the house stripped. Didn't even have salad croutons in the cupboard. But I'm trying again.
Donna - congrats on the weight loss. I find that the recumbant bike is okay because I can read on it. I used to be able to read on the eliptical but yesterday the book I have has small print - and my eyes are getting worse.

Bobbi - good luck with the lemon tree. We all need a little more sunlight these days.

Hugs to everyone!

02-01-2013, 11:32 PM
Hello to all. Donna, have you tried more music with the glider you use? I also used to put in a good movie on TV in front of mine and get lost in the movie and before I knew it I was exercising!! I LOVED watching Dirty Dancing while I was on it.... Patrick Swayzee was just too YUMMY!!

Gayle, hope you aren't puttin in so many hours that you burn yourself out. AND I am really hoping you are on the clock when you put in thoseextra hours. Even so that is a lot.. Doesn't leave you much time for you and family.

Bobbi, any news on the house? I hate playing the game..

Hi Rosy, I would totally freeze to be in Alaska in the winter... but I would love to see it some time. My brother and his family lived on Kodiak Island for about 2 years many years ago.. They had lots of stories when they came home.

Carbie, I hope you feel better soon. My hubby and I passed that bug back and forth almost the whole month of January!! Here is to a healthy February!!

Karen-- that is cold for you! WOW!! We are sitting at 28 right now. Should have 50's for the next several days!

Cajun, sounds like you are always staying busy and enjoy family time too. Love getting to spend more time with mine

Deelee-- it is a tough time taking care of parents and sometimes it seems so thankless-- but you ARE appreciated and loved.

Hello to any and all that I have missed.. I'm still pluggin along and trying to keep this plan going. I can't believe all the things that I thought that I would crave....I woke up wanting a slimfast shake!! Guess it could be worse but I still didn't cave... I don't know if it is determination, will power or just plain stubborness but whatever works.

Have a great night and enjoy your Superbowl weekend!

02-02-2013, 09:13 AM
Donna - I gotta hand it to ya, exercising even though you are in pain. Even though you think your exercise would be an embarassment, it's doing that hip some good to be getting some movement. Keep it up! Any exercise however small is better than sitting in the recliner.

My little Maltese is so funny! DH eats cereal with warm milk every night before he goes to bed. It's either Cream of Wheat or Corn Flakes. My dog ignores the Cream of Wheat, but when it's Corn Flakes he's over there begging for some. (and he gets it!) I don't know how he knows what he has in that bowl....I guess he goes by the smell. And what's wrong with the Cream of Wheat, anyway!! LOL

02-02-2013, 10:52 AM
Good Morning girls...
KarenMo...we have another showing on Tuesday from another interested party, don't know if they are new people or someone taking a second look. DH didn't ask, if I'd talked to the realtor I'd be nosey enough to ask. Duh This realtor has been here before so it might be a 2nd showing to the same people?

Carol, I don't post my menus but we have in the past. Some of us thought posting our menu would help keep us on track, it did for me. I can't remember who else in our group did that? The thread went by the way side and forgotten. Below is yesterday's menu, unfortunately it's on the low side again. I really need to get it up to 1200 calories but I get full way too fast.
I make up 7 homemade yogurts in my yogurt maker and make up 7 breakfast packets so I don't have to fool around gathering everything up every morning.
Breakfast packet: 114 calories (Fiber One 59 cal - Chia seeds - 20 cal - flax seeds - 35 cal)
4 oz. Applesauce with stevia and cinnamon 49 cal
yogurt 57 cal
1 tsp blackstrap molasses for 1st cup of coffee 16 cal (helps with restless legs)
Total Breakfast 236 calories

Lunch: whatever homemade veggie soup I have. It was curried zucchini/onion soup on Monday.
10 oz soup 53 calories. I'm not usually hungry because of my big breakfast but eat it anyway.

Around 2 pm I start to get hungry and slurp down a huge shake so thick I can eat it with a spoon.
4 oz. skim milk, icy cold 40 cal
4 oz. soy milk, icy cold 35 cal
carob powder 24 cal (I mix this with a little water and freeze it in ice cube trays)
frozen banana 46 calories
1/2 tray ice cubes or 7 ice cubes. (This is what makes it so thick)
Almond extract and stevia to taste
Total snack 145 calories

3 oz. lean pork loin, all fat removed (I had 5 oz on my plate to begin with but couldn't eat it all so put 2 oz back.) Eyes bigger than my stomach
Lots of Mixed veggies, 53 calories ( potato, carrots, celery, etc) I picked out the potatoes and fed to Charlie my dog. I'm allergic to potatoes, I break out in fat all over my body.
Cole Slaw 21 calories (too full for more than a tad)
Room for pie? you betch ya as we say in Minnesota.
Key lime pie with icky Fiber One crust 78 calories
Sugar Free Cool Whip, double serving 30 calories
Total supper 359 calories

Evening snack, huge bowl of popcorn. 50 grams popped at 3.6 calories per gram= 180 calories. I pick out the old maids and just weigh the edible popcorn so it's accurate.
Total calories for yesterday 972 and 41 grams of fiber. The big amount of fiber I eat is what keeps me full all day. No, I don't get hungry on this plan.
I don't measure the water I drink all day but very necessary with all that fiber. It can backfire and constipate you without the water. BE WARNED!

02-02-2013, 11:02 AM
Bobbi ~ did you say one time that you use the hullless popcorn? I like popcorn and it would be a good filler, but those hulls get in my teeth/gums ~ and now always in a place where floss will get it out. I found some on Amazon, but the reviews were mixed and it was kind of pricey, so I was kind of hesitant to try it.

Hello to everyone else. Off to work. Hoping for getting off on time ~ time will tell.

It is beautiful sun shiney. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Take care

02-02-2013, 11:23 AM
Good Hola!

Rosey – I’m anxious to see pictures of your wall hangings project. You always do fun and innovative things! I hope Mr. Crank is better!

Dee – doesn’t the recumbent bike hurt your knees and/or back? It’s such an odd position that I’ve never wanted to try one.

CK – you know that I’ve listened to the Guy Penrod CDs and some other pop CDs while I’m gliding through life, and it doesn’t matter. I still hate, hate, hate it!

Bobbi – did you have any news, good or bad, about the house yesterday? Oh...just saw your later post… I love that you say you’re allergic to potatoes, that you break out in fat! HAHAHA You do have a good sense of humor! Good luck with the next house showing!

Thanks, CarolSue – and you’re right that any exercise is better than none (sigh!). Yesterday morning I heard a “drip drip”, looked up, and saw that the elbow connecting the pipe from the sink to some other pipe is corroded. If I hadn’t been downstairs whining, I wouldn’t have noticed it until it burst. I have a call in to the plumber, which is how I want to spend a Saturday! I think I just found one (ONE!) benefit, yes?

The weight is coming off. I’m down almost 4# in 9 days, and I’m very happy. I was thinking “candy, cake, cookies, crap carbs” last night and took Rie’s advice to eat SALAD. I have a huge bag in the refrigerator and am using that to solve my craving de jour. I’m happy with SparkPeople… and so far, so good!

Better shower, just in case the plumber shows up. The computer guy still hasn’t roto-rooted the computer, but it’s only been a week that I’ve been waiting on him. I wonder how these people stay in business???? Customer service sucks anymore! I hate to keep calling, because I think that probably pushes me to the end of the line!

Anyway, have a lovely weekend! Later!

02-02-2013, 12:58 PM
Morning from a chilly Florida. Down in low 30's again last night. Dh has our fruit trees wrapped up in old old ones not handmade. Yard looks lovely with the quilt packages in multi colors. Trees are small enough they are still caged and wrapping is easy. Azaleas are still blooming (since Nov) Pointsettias are still blooming and I want tullips and daffys..can't grow them. Like Phil I didn't see a shadow and am ready for Spring.

Bobbi...hope that is a return couple and they are ready to buy. I crossed my fingers and my eyes for luck.

Rosey....hmmmm Better to call him Mr Cranky than Mr Pants or we'd get evil ideas....snicker :dancer: :o

Gayle....sometimes you are too nice to everyone but yourself. It is reaching a point where you are going get so tired that your health will suffer. GIRL, You have got to learn to say NO or at least NO MORE! Nurses never learn that and you are taught to stay until you are covered. Damn I can remember some would you believe 32 hr days? What I'm saying I have walked in your shoes and now am acting like your mama so chickie listen to me! :nono:

Karen....weekends are SB killers. Plan your after church brunch carefully. I usually pull up the menu online and pick out what is friendly. Be good.

Donna....Leak and Saturday plumber don't sound anything but expensive! Sorry!

Flew by yesterday on my way to bridge. Some one must have sent me a kiss for good luck because we had a awesome game (60%) and came in first. Had about 20 tables so it was fun. Thank you for the smack.

Think I'll go get some fresh fish for dinner. Broil/roast a bunch on vegies. Use the leftovers for a fabulous omelett in the morning. k3

02-02-2013, 04:57 PM
KarenFL - I spent two weeks' wages, but I have new pipes going from the kitchen sink downstairs to whatever-they're-attached to, new elbow connectors to both, a new kitchen faucet (no more damn DRIP!), AND one computer has been roto rooted. I heard a "ding" just a second ago, so maybe he's working on computer #2 now. I'm anxious to find out what he's found! I can't have my credit cards being hacked!

02-02-2013, 05:58 PM
Hi everyone. another long nite with steve up and down.its impossible for him to be quiet,and once im awake i have trouble going back to sleep,watched alot of law and order in the wee hrs. Bobbie i used to belong to the posting what you eat daily. i found it very i plan to post my foods as it keeps me on track. you are amazing in keeeping to your low calories:carrot: happy weekend everyone and if you watch the super bowl low cal snacking allowed :D rosey :wave:

yesterdays food

early lunch
tuna salad on 2 wasa bread crackers
beef vegie soup
100 cal bag popcorn and my coffee mocha
one chocolate heart

coffee with pumpkin spice coffee mate
early lunch
1 egg omelette with ham,cheese and vegies
macaroni chix salad 1 cup on lettuce
cinamom rice cake with a smear of p butter
coffee mocha( made with diet and sugar free products 65 calories)

02-02-2013, 07:22 PM
Donna - Glad to hear you got your pipes fixed. We have a local plumber who's logo is "Don't Go To Bed With That Drip Tonight." I love that!

I have 1 credit card that I use for anything I order from the computer and that's all I use that credit card for. If I get hacked, they can only get 1 credit card. I've only had one problem and that was right after I signed up for PayPal. The CC company took the loss, and I instantly cancelled PayPal. You can't be too careful.

Bobbi - I now understand why you are able to control your weight and are so healthy. That is a very good that I could not stick to! I don't have the willpower. But I commend you for it! Do you eat your breakfast packet dry? Or do you mix it into your yogurt.

02-02-2013, 08:39 PM
I finally gave in this morning and had a Slimfast Shake! I guess I could have craved worse things. But I also didn't realize that I have a whole gallon of fat free milk in the Fridge that is going to expire on the 7th... hate wasting things! But after weighing this morning I am down 5.7 pounds since January 22. Still not down to my ticker yet but getting there. So today I didn't have much as far as calories go since I didn't eat breakfast until after 10:00 (hard to fit three meals in when you sleep that late!) But this is what I had and I'm satisfied.

Breakfast: Slimfast Shake (Royal Chocolate) powder
fat free milk and put a banana in it.

No lunch: but did have 15 cashews about 2:00 before going to the store.

Supper: a big salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and celery with a hard boiled egg and shredded chedder cheese with a fat free Otts salad dressing.

My calories come to only 542 right now but I will probably have some kind of a snack later.

02-02-2013, 11:33 PM
Hey Donna I just finished watching season3 episode 4. Ahhhh Charlie's gone and Lady Edith has been published. Tomorrow night it will on tv and I'll be watching like everyone else. Soooooo good. need more calories or your body will shut down the losting mode. You can have the shake with ff milk and on level2 the banana is okay. Don't get hungry and eat freq to keep your blood sugar even....nope don't mean you are a diabetic just South Beaching.

Bobbi...I restarting increasing my fiber. I have been drinking so much water than I can't sleep for needing bathroom runs.....thanks I guess.

night all k3

02-03-2013, 12:12 AM
Karen, I would be starting phase 2 on Wednesday so guess I just jumped the gun a bit.. I usually do have more calories this was a staange day since I got up so late. But it sure felt good sleeping late too-- just can't get three meals in from 10:00 to 6:00!! Most days are closer to 1000

02-03-2013, 11:00 AM
Karen a wee jump onto level 2 is long as it didn't start up the carb cravings. I stay on level 1.5 because full level 2 and I'm dying for carbs like crackers. chips and sweet snacks. Adjust to what works for you and your life style.....k3

02-03-2013, 11:02 AM
Good morning GG's,

Yippee ~ sun shine. :carrot: Got out on time last night. :carrot::carrot:

Off to work soon ~ hope you all have a wonderful day :hug:

Take care

K3 ~ is your heart behaving and not doing anymore funky stuff?

02-03-2013, 12:32 PM
Good Morning, All…

Beautiful day!

Rosey – sorry Steve is having problems that are interfering with your sleep! Not good! And good luck with your weight regimen! I’m pretty pleased that we’re all seemingly sticking to our programs; I think this is a really good thing!

CarolSue – “don’t go to bed with that drip tonight”! Great slogan! I was able to call all my automatic payment companies and get the new credit card updated with a person, except for PayPal! They will not “touch” a customer’s credit card, period. So, I won’t be using a credit card when I buy things via PayPal. It was weird trying to do this, because the response was , universally, to “go online and update your information there.”

CK – you’re doing really well with your weight loss! Keep up the good work! How’s your sister doing with hers?

Gayle – I thought the other day was your “Friday”… I think you must work at that place every day! I sure hope they appreciate you! And thanks for asking about KarenFL’s heart…. I’ve meant to do that and have been remiss.

So, KarenFL – are you FibFree? I'm so glad you're loving DA and are now caught up... but I can't quite place Charlie. Who is he and where did he go?

I love my new kitchen faucet. It used to wait until I was just outside the room before it would drip, made me CRAZY. This is lovely! And I love my new toaster, too, which actually has a lever that stays down and TOASTS things, too. Ah, life is good! I haven’t talked to the ComputerGod yet, and I’m eager to know what he found. Simple pleasures, my friends, simple pleasures!

Everyone, have a good one! Later, lovelies!

Tea Granny
02-03-2013, 01:08 PM
Good Morning Ladies :)
Does anyone have any really good meatless recipes - made with real food? I am going to be eating cleaner, and not alot of meat, unless I know with absolute certainty that it has been ethically raised and killed.
Sorry for the terrible grammar - I haven't been sleeping - our little pekingese has developed disc disease and has a paralysed back end - we are trying everything we can to help her come back - she hates the restricted environment and cries pitifully - just wants to be held...
More later - and thanks for the the food tips if anyone has any :)

02-03-2013, 02:30 PM
Hey all.....yes I am still Fibless and one once a day dose for almost 2 weeks. I feel good oh so good huhuh! Charlie was housemaid Ethell's baby by the slimmy Canadian with the dumb mustache and nasty father. Found I could have watched the rest of the season on Prime but choose to do it this way along with the rest of the USA. Thought the money story was kinda hookey, but the lead into Sybil's problems was grabbing. How come Gram-mama has gotten so with it. My DGM had that toaster and it smoked like that and looked like it would electrocute you any second. Who ever invented the metal cover is a hero.

Am lossing my mind. I decided yesterday to buy enough groceries for rest of the week without my list. I forget all the important cheese stix, fudgepops, peanut butter and Prunes(thanks Bobbi) Stopped for gas and it had gone up 20 cents since I forgot to get it Friday....20!

Karen...SB is so forgiving and even if you started level 2 early listen to your body and if you have no cravings have your shake and enjoy. Do it in small steps, don't have 2-3 shakes. Maybe add blue berries instead. I tried chocoa mix to yogurt last night and it was pretty good...need to tweek it about since my plain yogurt was pretty sour. thanks!


02-03-2013, 06:20 PM
Glad that you are feeling so good Karen, And thanks for the tips on SouthBeach! I really haven't "started" Phase 2--just had the one shake yesterday morning. Today I can't believe that I got up and got moving and forgot to eat breakfast!! I take the thyroid med. and have to wait 1/2 hour before eating... so did that and jumped in the shower and got ready for church, grabbed a cup of coffee out the door and didn't realize I hadn't eaten until we got to the Lonestar Steakhouse for lunch! DUH!! BUT I was good-- I ordered the Sierra Chicken, which is grilled chicken breast, and a salad and steamed veggies. I only ate one of the chicken halves(they brought 2) and ate all my salad and veggies except didn't touch the carrots. AND I DIDN"T TOUCH THE BREAD!! YAY!!I got home and put it in myfitness pal and if I would have eaten both pieces of chicken it would have been a total of 666 calories....I know I don't like that number but I didn't eat the other one so guess I'm oK!! LOL!! Brought the other chicken half home and will probably let Tim have it tonight and I'll have my veggie soup. I think I will keep up they way I have been going and have the regular Southbeach way---until I crave that shake again!! But at least I know it won't do a bunch of damage!

Donna, sounds like you had a pretty productive saturday! Thanks for the compliment on my weight loss...pretty excited about it. My sister is about a pound behind me but she has had to eat out a few more times than me. But doing good too.

Gayle, Have you asked them to just set you up a room there with a TV, refigerator and all just for you?? DON'T DO IT----They probably would!! LOL!! Remember though to take care of you!

Teagranny--- sorry to hear about your little furbaby. Have you thought about getting (or making) her one of those puppy wheel chairs? I see them more and more these days and the furbabies seem to get used to it pretty quick and then they have some freedom to move around. Ginger and Sissy send :hug::hug: to her.

Well, I spent the last 1 1/2 hours syncing and updating my iphone and thought I would touch base here before I get busy and do something!

Have a good rest of your Sunday!

A carbie
02-03-2013, 09:32 PM
Hi Goldies! Looks as though everyone is pretty much back to pre-holiday eating etc.
I, on the other hand have had a terrible 2 days with food etc. The good old Prednisone has kicked in with the sleeplessness and constant hunger. I've eaten everything in sight! I bet I've had 5000 calories today! well, ... maybe not, but an awful lot! I had a lot yesterday too and I was up 3 lbs this morning! geesh! I think the inflammation is pretty well taken care of so I'm going to stop the Prednisone and just use my inhaler and take the rest of the antibiotic. I do feel better, but am coughing a bit yet.

Tomorrow I'm going to force myself to get back on the track I was on.

I'm going to bed early tonight cuz I need to get up early and shower and get out of here before the guys get here.

Everyone have a good night. More later, .....

02-04-2013, 09:28 AM
Good morning Goldie's
We had a good weekend at the camp. Food plan was not so good. I'm back on tract this morning and today I will start the dreaded exercise. I woke Saturday morning to a chest cold. I have a croaky voice and a lot of phlem that's gagging me. You think I couldn't eat like this. Ha. That's not happening. Sick or not I'm jumping back on. I have to. My pants are getting tight. I'm also craving the carbs because I'm eating too much carbs.

Bobbi~ to answer your question about what I'm eating. It's sweets. I'm out of control. The diet I'm following is called dukan diet. It's a high protein low carb low sugar low fat diet. I've lost a lot of weight doing it but the holidays and hunting and camping has sabotaged my plan. I've lost all willpower.

Carbie~everyone is back on tract except me. But I'll get it going. Steroids are very good for colds but the side effects are not so good.

Karen31~ I so admire your courage. It's very hard to have control when eating out.

Karenfl~ glad to hear you not in afib.

Tea~ sorry to hear your Lil friend is hurting. Sorry I have no recipe for meatless ones. I'm a meat eater. I would never survive that diet. Lol

I've ran out of time to do more personals. Hello to all I forgot

02-04-2013, 09:49 AM
:wave: Be back later, I have to get the 1st & 2nd Season Downton Abbey DVD packed up and mailed this morning, we looking at a house showing at 10:30 and we have to clean up our house for a family looking at it tomorrow.
Rosey....yes, I remember now you were one of the gals that posted your menu. I will start posting mine too, it really helps. I won't be posting yesterday's menu, like you I didn't count Super Bowl Sunday's calories. I'll just show you what I ate in some smilies. :(:nono::moo::ink::ink::ink:. I will be semi-fasting all day today.

02-04-2013, 02:07 PM
Good Morning, All…

TeaGranny – so nice to see you! So sorry about your pup! I hope the little one gets better! Insofar as meatless recipes, God gave us Google just so you could search for recipes. I just did, and there are lots of meatless recipes out there for your perusal! Good luck!

KarenFL – I’m so glad you’re doing so well! I hope this continues! And did you enjoy DA last night? Things are starting to calm down, maybe….

CK – did you get a new phone? I’m constantly amazed and agog at your techno-knowledge. I’d be breaking out in a cold sweat if I tried to re-sync ANYTHING.

Carbie – you’ll be back on track. That’s the thing: we all know what we need to do and have to do to succeed; it’s just a matter of DOING it. I had a “free” weekend, and now I’m back on track for this week. Maybe that’s not a bad idea, to be “good” during the week and “normal” during the weekend?

Cajun – feel better!

Bobbi – I was a little confused. Are you looking AT a house today or do you have showings on your house both today and tomorrow?

I’m feeling a little like caca again. That wee cold I had last week has reappeared, I think. My cohort has all the symptoms of flu. This isn’t the way I wanted to have time off! Blech…

Everyone, have a good Monday! Be well!

02-04-2013, 02:56 PM
I'm back.............
Donna...we looked at a house this morning, one we looked at before. We can get a really good deal on it because it was a foreclosure and the bank owns it. It's been on the market for about a year. It needs all new windows, all the icky carpets will be pulled out and replaced with hardwood floors and the kitchen will be gutted it we buy it.
Tomorrow we have a couple coming out to look at ours.

Cajun...I can see how people get addicted to sweets, have you tried making your own desserts with Stevia?

Nice to see your back Tea Granny.:hug:

Rosey...I have a soft spot for Mr. Cranky Pants, only because he brings you flowers. P.S. Show us the wall hanging when you finish it.

Carbie...I'm up 3 pounds too but not worried about it. One day of indulging isn't permanent. I think it might be a lot of salt retention.

K3...thanks for the advice of a grow light, I put one on it at once and will see if that's going to help. Prunes? Good Girl! Just keep drinking that water.

KarenMo...Cross your fingers tomorrow when the realtor brings out his clients to look at our home.

Carol Sue..I mix my applesauce, yogurt and cinnamon in the bowl first. Then pour my Fiber One packet on top and eat it that way. No, I don't stir it together. (I hate soggy cereal) It tasted like upside down apple pie.. Do you eat your breakfast packet dry? Or do you mix it into your yogurt. I think your little dog might like the crunchiness of the corn flakes and that's why he stays away from the cream of wheat.

Gayle...I can't remember if I answered your question about the hullless popcorn? I'm too busy to look back on my earlier posts. Don't buy it, not only expensive but they pop up really small. My all time favorite is 'Kernel Seasonings' popcorn. We used to be able to buy it around here but the store discontinued it. So many people buy the microwave packets and don't bother to pop it themselves. I finally sent for a whole box of it, I think the box had 12 packages in it. It's the best and pops up big kernels.

Now I have to go polish some of the oak door in our house, Charlies loves rolling in the snow...then wags his tail when coming in the house. All are doors get washed with his plume tail.:dizzy:

02-04-2013, 03:14 PM
Donna, No I didn't get a new phone but they came out with a new operating system update for it. I was scared to do it after doing it to my old phone when we were in Colorado last September and KIILLED IT, but finally after having it available for over a month I got brave and did it yesterday! WHEW! No problems this time. But I made sure it was done in time that if I had trouble I could go to the AT&T store right away!! LOL!! Confidence??

Bobbi-- wishing you good luck on your showing. It will be such a relief once something is definite. Hey! There is a house available up the street from where we live!!

Ok sorry I didn't get to everyone but trying to get some stuff taken care of while Tim is at the dentist.. Once he gets back, we want to take Ginger and Sissy to Petsmart to get their nails trimmed.. I'm chicken to do it myself.

Have a good day!

02-04-2013, 10:20 PM
Hi everyone another quiet day hear. thankyou Bobbie for having a soft spot for mr cranky,he does bring me flowers:) hope your house dealings go the way you want. it does help to post what i eat and hope others find it helpful too.Jess sry you are feeling blah :hug: rosey :wave:

ham and cheese sand( Used italian pocket bread)
1/2 c grapes
iced tea

bq boneless ribs 4 oz
very small baked potatoe with 1 t s cream
assorted raw vegies,grape tomatoes,cukes,carrott and avacado with lite ranch dressing 1 T

coffee mocha
1 cup frosty flakes ( bad choice but sure tasted good)

coffee with pumpkin spice coffee mate

tuna salad 1/4 cup(mayo pickels and onion) on a wasa bread(cracker)
2 choc hearts

coffee mocha

1 cup moose burger spghettii cassarole
sm salad with rasberry vinegrett

02-05-2013, 09:43 AM
Rosey - You do well at keeping your calories low, too. I don't dare post what I eat. LOL I start out the day really good, then DH comes along and prepares something really carby and yummy for lunch and I indulge. It's all downhill from there. I really need to stop that!

Can anyone tell me anything about Guacamole? I never had it, but I've been hearing that the fat in avacodos is good fat and you really need it so I bought one to try out. I looked online and read some recipes for it and then I mashed the avacado and added some chopped onion, chopped tomato, lime juice and then added a little bit of salsa for more tomatoes and a little bit of heat. I put in on some of my fiber crackers. Didn't impress me a lot. Then I remembered I had bought a packet of Guacamole mix. It's to be mixed with mashed avacado. I read the ingredients and there was a lot of unpronounceable things in it and I figured I was better just using my own ingredients.

Donna - I hope you can finally get rid of your cold. My cold symptoms keep re-appearing too, but their always milder each time so I'm hoping to be rid of it by next week.

Karen31 - I don't do well with phones. I am currently using a Tracfone. It keeps saying that it's on speaker and I can't figure out how to get it off. I have read the book and looked through the tools and I can't figure it out. I think I will have to ask my daughter next time she's over. She has a Tracfone, too.

02-05-2013, 09:50 AM
Good morning Goldie's
Yesterday was a very good day. I brought out my mini trampoline and jogged on it and did some floor exercise. It's a start. This morning I threw out the last piece of cake that I snacked on this weekend. It tormented me all day yesterday but I was determined not to touch it. I've come too far to gains weight back. I can get the rest off. Which is about 40 lbs.
Dh and I are taking a vacation to the smokey mountains in October to see the fall colors. I'm hoping to be able to hike some trails. Hopefully I will be at goal by then. It's about 5 lbs a month.
I'm still down with this cold. Everyone in this house is getting it. I'm going to Lysol everything today. Maybe that will help.

Have no more time. Y'all have a good day!!


02-05-2013, 09:55 AM
Good Morning, can't linger today with people looking at the house this afternoon.
KarenMo...Okay, show me! Isn't Missouri known as the SHOW ME STATE? :rofl: I'd love to live up the street from you, I would take advantage of all your exercise equipment, right?
Bobbi-- wishing you good luck on your showing. It will be such a relief once something is definite. Hey! There is a house available up the street from where we live!!
Yesterday's menu...I purposely when light because of all the junk food eaten on Super Bowl Sunday and I was up 3 pounds.

Breakfast, always the same
Vitamins, Fiber One, Applesauce, Yogurt, Chia and Flax seeds.

Lunch: Carob and Banana shake

Afternoon snack: kiwi & frozen grapes

Supper: Large bowl of veggie soup and salad. (I found a really good salad dressing called Raspberry Vinaigrette, 2 Tablespoons only 5 calories, made by Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Splenda in it)

Evening snack:Large bowl popcorn with cinnamon sugar. (fake sugar)

Later Gators

02-05-2013, 10:38 AM
Just wanted to get this 268 recipes for a slow cooker site on, while I was thinking about it. Back later.

02-05-2013, 11:29 AM
Donna, thanks for the crockpot link--it is now in my favorites!

Bobbi, remember I sold all the exercise stuff when we moved over here?? I just didn't have room for 2 treadmills, a Gazelle and a rucumbant bike here. But I thought since I have the videos and the wii, I would still be OK and they don't take up a lot of room. Remember in the other house I had a basement and had pretty much set up a good little circuit over there...I like this house better just wish we could have brought the basement and the pool with us!! LOL!!

Finally made it back down to my ticker weight!! YAY!!

02-05-2013, 01:40 PM
Good Morning, Goldens!

Pretty here again today!

Bobbi – I’ll be interested to hear about your real estate wheelin’ and dealin’… is the foreclosed house a short sale? Sounds like it needs some work, but it’ll be to your liking! Good luck on your lookers! And thank you for reminding me about “one day of indulging isn’t permanent”! I’m up a pound today, after an 1,100 calorie day yesterday!, but there was a lot of salty stuff on Sunday. I’m being punished, but this, too, will pass.

CK – did you get the Darlings’ tootsies trimmed? I can’t BELIEVE you sold your Gazelle when you should have known I’d be using one in the future! It would have been an upgrade from my glider!

Rosey – is Mr. CP feeling a little better? Just remember that he paints your toenails, too! Gotta remember those redeeming social values, yes?

CarolSue – I don’t know what’s going on with this “cold”… it’s definitely not allergies, but the symptoms come and go. I wish it would just happen, if it’s going to! This one day of feeling like caca, then the next day feeling okay, then back again is getting old! Have you googled how to remove speaker from Tracfone? I talk to Google like it's an old friend.

Cajun – good girl to be back on the trampoline! Lucky girl that it doesn’t hurt your knees!

Nothing to report. I’m plugging along, quite contentedly! Hope you all have a good Tuesday! Later, lovelies!!

02-06-2013, 09:18 AM
Good Morning, just going to post my menu from yesterday.

Breakfast: Fiber 1, yogurt, chia, flax, vitamins and 1 teas. black strap molasses.

Lunch: veggie soup
snack: celery and carrots

We had to take Charlie and leave our house for the afternoon because of the realtor and clients. We just had time to scramble some eggs when we got home.
Supper: 2 slices low calorie toast, egg beater scrambled eggs, Laughing Cow Blue Cheese wedge, more veggie soup.

Evening snack: Almond Pudding with FF Cool Whip
Only 33 grams of fiber.

Donna...we didn't talk to the realtor, he was gone by the time we got back home. If the couple are interested, he'll call today.

KarenMo...congrats on the lost pounds, keep that ticker going down. No, I didn't remember that you sold all your exercise equipment, why did you do that?

Gotta run...later gators

02-06-2013, 01:07 PM
Bobbi - GOOD LUCK!!

My menu for yesterday:
b-fast:1/8 slice egg casserole; slice potato bread, toasted and 1 pat butter

lunch: lettuce salad with green beans and olives; protein shake

dinner: sirloin steak, 4 oz., 1/2 bag broccoli, 1 biscuit

snack: protein shake.
1,208 cal; 56 carbs; 52 fat; 105 protein

As an aside, I also arbitrarily add 200 calories to the daily count for "extras", just to take in the little bits of spices or etc. that aren't counted in the food. It gives an edge.

02-06-2013, 01:56 PM
Hey Goldie's
I'm happy to report that today is day 3 on my mini trampoline. Eating is going great so far. I'm praying to continue. I know if I stay away from the carbs that my body will stop craving them. I'm also taking in more water. I guess you could say I'm 100% on tract. Yay me!!! Thanks for all the support.

We are supposed to get more rain tomorrow night. It's been really warm for February. Things are starting to bud. But Tuesday is supposed to turn cold with more rain again.

Bobbi~ I hope you get lucky with a house buyer.

Donna~ thanks for the compliment. The mini trampoline doesn't hurt my knees at all. I guess because it gives. The squats and lunges that I do are hard on the knees.

Hello to all. Hope the week is going well for y'all.


02-07-2013, 09:42 AM
Good Morn girls...We have a large winter storm coming our way for the week-end. Last night we started watching the 'Dust Bowl' series on PBS, same channel we watch Downton Abbey series. I never thought too much about it since it was long before I was born. I never realized that it was a man made event from farmers plowing up so much land and erosion occured. Anyone watching it?

Donna & Rosey...thanks for posting your menu's, I hope it helps you as much as it does me. Anyone else want to post, please do.

We haven't heard any feed back on the last couple looking at our house. We leave pictures of the shade garden taken in the summer, copies of all the different fruit trees, blueberry/raspberry, etc we have and last years heat and electricity spent each month. They took copies of everything, a good sign. When we came home, they were out in the shade garden still looking. We just drove by and waited for them to leave down the road. I'd like to have talked to them but realtors don't want any contact with them while showing the house?

Breakfast: Fiber 1, yogurt, chia, flax, vitamins and 1 teas. black strap molasses.

Lunch: veggie soup
Carob Shake

Snack: raw Celery and carrots with PB2 dip

Beef Chow Mein
Almond Pudding w/ff Cool Whip

Large bowl of popcorn with peanut spray and kettle corn seasoning
1,062 calories and 41 grams of fiber

02-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Peach Angel Food Cake By: AMY BARTHELEMY

Servings: 14
"This is a great tasting super easy (not to mention, low fat and low calorie) dessert!"
1 (18.25 ounce) package angel food cake
1 (15 ounce) can diced peaches
1.In a large bowl, combine cake mix, peaches and juice (do not add water). Mix well.2.Pour into tube pan or 2 loaf pans.3.Bake according to directions on cake package.4.If desired, serve with whipped topping.

02-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Good morning Goldie's
I had another good day yesterday. I think my head is in the right frame of mind. I was a little sore this morning when I got up. Exercise is doing its job!!!

Bobbi~ I'm hoping you get your house sold. I forgot to mention this the other day. I love hearing about your Charlie Brown lemon tree. I hope the light helps your Lil tree.

Hello to all!

Mary I miss you. Hope you are enjoying your vacation.


02-07-2013, 10:34 AM
Hola! Yesterday's menu:

b'fast: 1/8 slice egg casserole, slice potato bread, 1 pat butter

lunch: lettuce salad with walnuts, cup vegetable soup

dinner: slice meatloaf, 1-1/2 biscuits, 2 cups cooked cabbage.

snack: forgot to have one!

calories: 1117, fat: 41; carbs: 60; protein: 43

Have to roll... need to get in at least a few minutes on the glider so I can walk today.

Cajun - hang in there! You're doing fine!

Bobbi - fingers, toes, and legs crossed that all works well with the house!! Do tell more about the one you're looking to buy!

Later, lovelies!

02-07-2013, 10:50 AM
I really have to quit fooling around on the cp, I'm really leaving this time.
Cajun...thanks for the well wishes of my charlie brown tree. I'm going to post a picture of it, 1 leaf left on it. No kidding.

MaryGee...whew, that 's some grocery bill.

02-07-2013, 10:51 AM
Do we have anyone here who's in the northeast? If so, be safe over the weekend. They are predicting a viscious nor'easter headed your way. We are far enough west that we aren't going to be involved.

Bobbi - I read somewhere that you can use the whey that your drain from your yogurt cheese to add to soups, etc. Did you ever do that? It says that when you drain the yogurt, a lot of the calcium drains out in the whey. I did receive my yogurt cheese maker and I really like it. I didn't have any yogurt made to try it out so I bought a carton of Fage Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt. OMG it is so good I can eat it right out of the carton! I drained it to make it a little thicker and it does not have as much of the tart flavor after it's drained. But it's very tasty, even plain, and I've been eating it with my fiber crackers. Yummy! I don't know if I will make yogurt again, because even just making 1 qt it's too much yogurt since I'm the only one eating it, but even if I throw half of it away, it's still cheaper than buying it.

I copied the recipe of the Peach Angel Food cake. Not sure I believe it's 14 servings. LOL

Donna - I will check online about my Tracfone. I don't use it very much, but when I go to make a call it says "speaker on." It doesn't sound like it's on, though. This happened one day when I had it in my pocket. My butt must have pushed a button! LOL

I have a generic gazelle. It works similar but does not have handles that swing, just a bar going across that you hold on to. DH wanted me to get rid of it but it doesn't take up much room and I still use it sometimes for variety.

02-07-2013, 10:55 AM
How's everyone doing? I went shopping yesterday and spent almost $300 on groceries - after all, have to get ready for the blizzard they are forcasting for the weekend. :D SO believes in being prepared - but we bought enough food to last a month! I'm hoping we don't get hit too badly - but thankfully I don't have to worry about going out worst case scenario I may have to reschedule a doctor's appointment.

Thanks Donna, Rosey and Bobbi for posting your menus - always helpful to see what others are eating - good for new ideas. (sorry if I missed anyone) Rosey I couldn't get by with just coffee for breakfast - I need to eat something right away to get myself kick-started. :carrot:

Jess1 - I add about 200 calories to my daily too for "miscellaneous" calories such as the bit of 2% milk I use for my tea, or A-1 Sauce I might put on my meat, etc.

Tea Granny - Sometimes I use portobello mushrooms as a substitute for a hamburger, and I've used Morningstar products (burgers, "chicken patties" and crumbles) as a substitute.

Carbie - it's amazing the effect some medicines can have on us - getting the munchies, or dry mouth, etc. Wish I didn't have to take all the meds I do - I'm hoping as my weight goes down my blood pressure will go down to, and my pain levels too. I take eight different meds now. Thankfully with my new insurance I only have to pay $4 per script - used to be $10 each!

Cajun - When I get a yeaening for sweets I generally whip up some sugar-free pudding with light cool whip - that does the trick for me.

Bobbi - how did the showing go? Are you relocating or downsizing?

Well Everyone - have a good day. Stay warm or stay cool, as the case may be.

02-07-2013, 01:20 PM
Just a quick updating on the peach angelfood cake recipe. I made it, see picture below. But I didn't have any light canned peaches, only apricot and DH must have picked it up because it was heavy syrup. I used it anyway and the cake looks good but the calories are terrible. I put the cake mix and heavy syrup peaches into Fitday, figured 8 servings (not 14) and it's 262 a slice. Not good, I think DH will be eating this all my himself.
The instructions on the angel food box said to whip the liquid into the cake mix. (this is why it rises so high, puts air into the batter) The instructions on the peach cake said to just stir it in. I didn't, after draining the peaches, I beat the juice into the cake mix, then folded in the finely chopped apricots. Worked great, I think you really need to whip it. I'll try again with sugarless angelfood cake mix and no sugar added canned peaches.

02-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Howdy all....just got back from getting aids checked. When I drove into the complex there were cars people even tv running around. Turns out there was a drug bust at a MD's office. Funny no actual cop cars. Might as well run the doctors out of town, we lost the power plant this week. That's just 36+millions in tax revenue. County is going broke and shieff just gave hugh new staff apppointments and raises. We are totally rural but we have an armored vehicle (tank) for drug busts, 2 helicopters,can't count the partol cars. A sheriff who thinks he's John Wayne. You can't count the closed stores or empty stripe malls, but they keeping raising taxes , screwing small business and have built hugh sports complexs to the high schools.....Am watching a lovely town literally die.

Bobbi...citrus fruit trees are all graft stock. See how much life there in Charlie Brown down a few inches from the dirt. Light Light and even a warm blankie.

Yesterdays menu:
bkft...egg beaters
3 turkey sausage patties

lunch...tuna salad made with ff mayo sf sweet pickle relish

dinner...ground sirloin hamburger
hugh salad

I am South Beaching , but cross check on fitday for calories to keep me honest. Had 1004 cal, 11.6 carbs

Looking over I didn't have 5 vegie serving...will correct today.

Sorry about the rant, but stupid spending really ticks me off. k3

02-08-2013, 09:52 AM
Good Morning everyone...Woke with a headache, dang things.

K3...I was going to cut into my lemon plant at base like you suggested but this morning I see 3 itty bitty leaves coming out so it's still alive. I don't know if it's worth the bother trying to grow it in our climate. It really thrived last summer after I put it out on the deck but bringing it back indoors for the winter is just too hard on them. Actually I brought it back in early fall so it would adjust easier. I wonder how Marie's dwarf trees are doing, anyone know?

MaryGee...we are doing both, relocating and downsizing. We're not going far, just into town to be closer to DD and grandsons. ("We live out in the country on an acreage now).
Yesterday's menu: 1,071 and 41 grams of fiber

Breakfast, dates, Fiber One, flax, chia, yogurt.

Lunch, veggies soup

Afternoon snack: mixed frozen fruit smoothie
and 1/2 slice of forbidden angel food cake with apricots.

Supper, DH had leftover chow mein from the night before and I had 4 slices light French Toast with mixed berries heated up with sugar free syrup. YUM-O. I purchased a large egg beater and it was getting old. New lesson, only buy the small container. How many of you use the egg beaters or similar brand?

Evening snack: lemon custard with sf/ff cool whip(only 54 calories for the pudding and really good)

I started a new novel on my kindle after going to bed and it called for some sour dough pretzel nuggets. Instead of savoring the 12 pieces for 110 calories, I mindlessly gobbled them down. Will I ever learn? Nope:dizzy:
P.S. Everyone's menu's look good and you're all doing great on keeping the calories low.

02-08-2013, 09:59 AM
This was on the Hungry Girl site this morning. I did purchase her newest cookbook but I'm planning on selling it on ebay unless one of you would like to buy it cheap. I'm not fond of her recipes, she uses too many product like sugar free puddings from the grocery store. I like to cook from scratch.
Crazy-Cheesy Cauliflower Mash 1/2 of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 120 calories, 3g fat, 539mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 7.5g protein -- PointsPlusģ value 3*

Like cheesy mashed potatoes, minus loads of fat and starchy carbs! Open up and say YUM...

4 cups frozen cauliflower florets
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese (
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
Seasonings: black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder

Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.

Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for another 3 1/2 minutes, or until hot and soft.

Drain excess liquid. Add cheese wedges, breaking them into pieces, and Parm-style topping. Add a dash of pepper and 1/8 tsp. each salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Thoroughly mash and mix. Enjoy!


02-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Hello girls
Today was weigh in and I'm pleased to say that it was 209. I know my ticker say 205 and I refuse to move it. That's where I was before I started messing up. I'm still doing the mini trampoline and floor exercises.
Some of my cravings are getting better. That's a good sign. I'm packing for the camp and hoping to stay on plan. I have to. NO CARBS!!! I keep telling myself.

We are supposed to get more rain.

Bobbi ~ :( the last I heard you had 6 leaves on your Charlie Brown tree. Maybe the light will help it pick up.

Karenfl~I see the same thing happening in a lot of small towns. It amazes me how some stupid things are more important than realistic things.

Marygee~ sweets are my weakness. I try to avoid at all. The fist part ofy weight loss I would take a bite of whatever desserts were served and I was ok with that. I'm hoping to get back to that routine. Stay safe from the blizzard!

Time to pack!! Hello to all


02-08-2013, 11:38 AM
Bobbi - I use WalMart brand egg beaters. I've tried them all and I think WalMart's brand is the best tasting. Instead of buying a large one, I buy 2 small one's at a time. They have a pretty good sell-by date as long as they aren't open. I like them mixed with some sauteed mushrooms. DH won't eat them, so the only time I eat regular eggs is if he's cooking breakfast, or if we eat out. There's one restaurant in town that serves egg beaters with turkey sausage and whole grain toast.

I'm glad you posted the addtl info for the cake. DH doesn't like Angel Food but I think he would like it with the peaches in it.

I also saved the recipe for the cauliflower. DH would eat that, but he would want a side of potatoes, too. LOL I will never change Mr Potato Head!

Mary - I hope you made it through the blizzard! I'll bet the grocery store was packed with everyone stocking up. As long as the power doesn't go out you will still be able to cook.

02-08-2013, 12:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

An update - my DD went to UofP doctor yesterday about her Graves disease. The radiation has not yet completed its work (could take up to 6 months before the attack on the thyroid is completed).

The B&B closing date is March 8. We 3 are supposed to leave for FL tomorrow morning (weather is NOT cooperating). If we can get down there by Monday, an inspection is scheduled on a house in Venice Beach.

I am in same spot weight-wise as last time I posted. Not gaining weight, but not eating right. I continue to hope that once my DD's health issues are resolved & we get our living arrangements settled, I can get back to focusing on healthy eating.

Hope everyone is well,


02-08-2013, 12:40 PM
Lynn...thanks for the update, so sorry you and family have to go thru this. :grouphug:
Carol Sue, I use Walmart brand too, but will buy smaller cartons from now on.
Anyone like tapioca pudding?

Sugar Free Crockpot Tapioca Pudding
1 quarts non fat milk
6 Tablespoons Cup pearl tapioca
1/2 Cup Splenda
6 Tablespoons Cup egg substitute (egg starts, egg beaters, etc...)
1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract

sugar free whip topping Directions

Combine milk, tapioca and Splenda in crockpot. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours until tapioca softens. Temper egg substitute by combining the hot mixture into the eggs a bit at a time until warm. Combine into crockpot and add vanilla. Cook 30 minutes. Transfer to dish to cool in refrigerator. To eliminate pudding skin place plastic wrap directly on pudding. Once cool fold whip topping in. Delicious served with sliced bananas. 8 servings. 81 calories per serving

Low Calorie Tapioca Pudding
3 cups skim milk
1/4 cup sugar or splenda, stevia, etc.
3 Tbsp minute tapioca
1 egg, beaten or egg beaters
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of nutmeg
1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the milk, sugar, tapioca, and egg. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add a pinch of nutmeg.
2. Bring the pudding to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Once the pudding has reached a boil, remove from the heat, and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. Pudding may then be eaten warm, or refrigerate immediately.

02-08-2013, 03:23 PM

Geez, miss one day, and it takes a major effort to get caught up…. Here goes!

Bobbi – I’m sending pats and pets for your lemon tree. Did I ever tell you about my Rose of Sharon cutting? This was several years ago, and the thing was this stick with a teeny little green bump on the end… I babied it through an entire winter and planted it in the spring (the bump turned into ONE leaf!). It’s now a bush, a couple of feet tall, and pretty in the summer! It’s amazing, the life force! Good luck with your tree, too!

I agree with you about the HungryGirl recipes. I like to look at the site, but I don’t do anything with it. I am, however, totally enamored with SparkPeople these days! It’s the first time that I feel like I have a fighting chance, and I don’t quite know what changed. So far, so good!!

Any realty news?

CarolSue – the gazelle glider I have is the generic (aka CHEAP) kind, too, just the bar across the top. It serves its purpose. Since I’m at the very low end of the exercise tolerance chart, it’s plenty sufficient for me!

Cajun - you're doing fine! Keep up the good work!

MaryMA (we have another Mary, too) – good luck with the storm, and I hope it’s not nearly as bad as anticipated. The EastCoast has had ENOUGH (what did you all do to annoy Mama Nature so much??????).

KarenFL – so sad about your little community. I was noticing last night, too, that both the Target and the KMart are gone in my neighborhood, as well as a couple of little restaurants. It’s sad.

Lynn - good to hear from you. Are you hunkered down or will the storm pass you by? Good thoughts for your DD; I know how much you worry about her.

Can’t quite decide what kind of a day it’ll be… chilly but blue sky. I wish we could have a little of the storm the EastCoast will get, so they could have less. Spread the wealth!

Just finished lunch (cup veggie soup, so good! and a protein shake)… good to go until dinner! Better get to work! Later, lovelies!!

02-08-2013, 05:08 PM
Figured I'd drop a note now in case we lose power during the storm. It's not too bad right now, but they've already declared a state of emergency and no cars are allowed on the road after 4:00. I'm waiting to hear from my daughter - when I spoke with her last night she said she would probably just stay home from work today, but since the snow hadn't started by the early morning she went in to work and was planning on leaving early. I went out earlier because foolish me I ran out of some of my blood pressure meds and had to pick them up - there wasn't too much snow yet, but the roads were very slippery. Besides expecting 26-30 inches of snow, they are predicting wind gusts of up to 75 mph. If I lose power, I also lose heat, and also can't cook as I have an electric stove. I've been wanting to get a generator and a snowblower for years but there's never enough money, so it's always a worry when they predict bad storms. Oh well, we'll muddle thru as we always do. Just have to stay out of the kitchen! :D

Take care everyone!

02-08-2013, 09:00 PM
Evening all....Lynn come on Down. Weather down here has been wonderful. The edge of that storm pushed thru a little rain, but haven't worn a jacket yet this winter.

Bobbi...stuck a note in to ask Marie about her lemon trees. I'll get back to you with a report.

Hope everyone in the midAtlantic is hunkered down with water, bread and Tpaper....that's what the stores always have a run on.

Donna....I remember last winter when your Rose of Sharon was about buried

Did good today and stayed on plan.

Bkft...egg beaters omelet/cheese
3 turkey sausage

Lunch...3 lf mozza cheese stixs

Dinner...(out)steamed fish
steamed rice
2 tiny rolls
hugh salad
yogurt with blue berries

total calories 999, but over did carbs...but enjoyed much. Stayed on plan and not hungry. Lunch was eaten like one stck every hour while at bridge because I left my packed lunch at home....another dumb moment.

02-09-2013, 12:38 AM
Hi everyone sry ive been mia. things have been like a whirlwind around here and the stress and business has wrecked havoc with my normal eating:?: my mil was in the er on tuesday. they where so slow,and we didnt get home till 9:30 pm. we arrived at noon. she was a bearcat to say the least,and i had to walk away several times. she was mean and ugly to all,but the best thing is she has family that loves her anyways and she was diagnozed as fine and we took her home to her assisted living. by the time we got home i hadnt had anything but coffee i was ready to knaw my arm off. lol but to pooped to cook so we had cup a soups and toast and hit the bed running. the next day i was to pooped to do much,but made scalloped potatoes and ham for dinner(comfort food) and gorked the whole day. thursday we were up and out early as dh had 1st physical therapy session,which went well but painful,we headed to wall mart to buy a few groceries and got home late. to pooped to even post my erratic eating that day:(. today we had more errands,poof day and poof it sure was. had a meeting with our financial advisor and now my bp is really amuck. nothing like being told we have to learn to live on 600 $ less a month if we want to have a steady income till we are really old. yikes give me chocolate. anyways got home and had leftover scalloped potatoes and had a nap . bad choices i know but tomorrow will be a great day, as we can always start afresh :hug: hoping to talk mr cranky in going to the pool tomorrow. i'll let you know how that goes. anyways thankyou one and all for listening to my crazy rant , and i promise to be kinder to my self and make better choices. hope we all have agreat weekend :hug: for all rosey :wave:


1 c scalloped potatoes and ham with 1/4 c crushed corn chips on top and jalepeno hot sauce :p

coffee mocha

tomatoe,cuke and 3 bean salad,black olives mixed together with a splash of raspberry vinegrette dressing.

1 c green grapes
slice of cheddar cheese

02-09-2013, 09:10 AM
Rosey - Sounds like things have been hectic for you, to say the least. About your meeting with your financial advisor - I feel your pain! I have a lot of medical problems and now receive Social Security Disability. I bring home about half of what I used to make when I was working. I thought I wouldn't be able to make it on the smaller income - but I do make it. It takes a lot of planning, etc. I'm sure your advisor has tips for you. Good luck on that.

Well, I survived the storm. Still snowing a little bit - but it will be ending in a few hours and we still have power :carrot: Don't mind if I'm stuck in the house for a few days - I'm stocked up. I just have to keep busy because I bought so many groceries I want to eat everything! :devil: Think what I'll do is some cooking - I bought some zucchini and summer squash, so I'll make some Bisquick Impossible Pies (light style) -- they're great any time of the day. Will also make some veggie soup - haven't had that for a while.

Hope everyone else is having a good day!

Quick question -- how do you "quote" other people's posts, or recipes you've copied, etc. -- can't seem to figure that out!

02-09-2013, 10:02 AM
For those in the Eastern U.S., shoveling snow builds character and muscles. Hope you have electricity.
We're in for it tonight and tomorrow so we're going into town to visit MIL this morning and I'll stay put tomorrow.
MaryG...when you post a message, look up to the top right, you see two arrows with boxes under them. See the one that looks like writing on it? click on that and 2 quotes pop us. Put the mouse between the two and then type in what you want or copy paste your quote.

I;ll be back later to post yesterdays menu...I used up 1,031 calories and 37 grams of fiber yesterday.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Veggie Soup
Carob Banana skim milk shake

Sloppy Joes made with half beef burger and half TVP
Light Hamburger bun
dill pickle
Large lettuce salad with romaine and kale, radish
5 calorie Raspberry Vinaigrette
Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip

Evening snack:
Sunflower seeds

Later gators.

02-09-2013, 07:08 PM
Donna...I do remember you telling me about your Rose of Sharon bush. My Charlie Brown tree does good outside in the summer but I can't plant it in the soil like you can in your mild climate.
I was thinking of you this afternoon when 'Diners & Dives' show was on with Guy Fieri. He was in Denver at an American Indian restaurant that opened up two years ago and made quite a name for themselves. It's called TOCABE, ever been there? He made some ribs with blueberry barQ sauce on them, my lips were smacking and wishing I lived in Denver. You'll have to go try them, send me a piece in the mail. :dizzy:

02-09-2013, 08:11 PM
Hi everyone a very quiet day here. the suns out and so nice to see. i worked on several projects today. finished red falnnel plaid curtains for dh cabin,very man'ish he loved them. started a new project to go with the dishclothes i made from donnas pattern, they are pot scrubbies made with craft net,cut in strips and crocheted. the 1st one was pitaful but the dogs loved it as anew toy. harder than it looks. am reading David Baldaccis new book called THe Forgotton. its really good. hoping your weekend is peaceful :hug: rosey :wave:

coffee cinamon latte

1 slice of bacon,chix,ranch pizza(355 cal)
iced tea

coffee mocha
100 cal mini bag popcorn

small pork chop baked
1/4 lg baked potatoe with 1 t s. cream
cukes and tomatoes

1 carmel apple sucker
iced tea

02-09-2013, 09:32 PM
Rosey...I meant to comment on this and forgot. Good thing you went to your financial advisor right away, we didn't and used up all our savings before I put us on a budget. It just about killed Bruce because he can't go on those extravagant hunts anymore. DUH!
I keep thinking I'm not going to buy groceries for a couple of weeks and use up my pantry first. But I have a hard time doing that. It would throw my diet off really bad if I couldn't buy my diet bread, fat free foods. MaryGee...what did you do to cut back and survive?
had a meeting with our financial advisor and now my bp is really amuck. nothing like being told we have to learn to live on 600 $ less a month if we want to have a steady income till we are really old.

02-10-2013, 12:32 PM
What DIDN'T I cut back on to save?!? It's really amazing when I look back at it. I knew I was going to have to stop working becuase I was in so much pain - people would come up to me at work asking me "What are you doing here?" because it was so obvious I was suffering. But I was afraid to stop because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get by. My last day at work I was in tears all day long because I just couldn't take it anymore. I finally took the plunge.
So, I stopped working and filed my Social Security claim.
***I called my credit card holders and negotiated settlements on the balance due (about 50% reduction) and worked out payment plan so my credit cards were paid off in about three months. Now, pay cash for everything.
**I called my cable company re my phone/cable/internet - Kept the internet the same, but cut back on the phone and cable services to more basic plans. No more buying books and magazines - I use the library and internet. And no fancy cell phone with all sorts of bells and whistles - I use a trac phone which I have for emergency calls only. ***No more curbside trash pick-up, I make bi-weekly trips to the town recycling center which saves $35/month and soda cans and bottles get redeemed at $.05 each (though I don't have too many as I drink water and tea and crystal lite). ***I applied for fuel assistance but didn't get approved as my income was a little too high :mad: Turned down the thermostat instead! ***My grocery bill was reduced because now I pre-plan based on sales, make a list that I stick to, and use coupons and buy store brands. ***Cut back on car trips by planning ahead so I'm not making one trip to go and get milk and another trip to go to the library. ***I've bought and sold things on e-bay, craig's list, Amazon and consignment shops - works both ways - get some cash for things I don't need or use anymore and save on things I need. ***Don't eat out too often and fast-food is an occasional treat.

Well, I've yapped on enough I guess!! Seems once I get going, I tend to go on and on. :o I have to say though, even though I've cut-back on a lot of things, I'm sssooooo happy to be home and not working anymore!! My job was so stressful and I'm glad to be finished with it.

02-10-2013, 01:12 PM
Good morning GGís,

Iíve been off the weekend. :carrot: Got out on time Friday night, no headache (seems I have them quite often now-a-days ~ and while not horrible like they used to be, they take away the ability to enjoy my free time) and was able to get to the fabric store. :carrot::carrot: Wanted a few more little pieces for my scrub decorations.

My son stopped and visited a little Friday night. Always love it when the kids stop by. I end up staying up past my bedtime, but I wouldnít trade those visits for anything.

I didnít get to the sewing yesterday like I had hoped to. Ended up falling asleep in the recliner. Guess maybe I needed a little extra rest ~ there has been stressful stuff going on with DD and SIL and so many nights of not enough sleep. Donít really know where the day went ~ but it went :dizzy:

DH went with DD to help her with leasing another car. So, I had some alone time. Got to visit on the phone with a friend ~ hard to talk when DH or the kids are here. And lately ~ because of the above mentioned stuff ~ never know when they are gonna show up ~ or what the situation will be.

I am aggravated with myself today ~ I was talking to my mom while puttering around ~ putting stuff away. I had a stack of stuff ~ scrubs, sewing stuff (pin cushion, scissors, cloth). I dropped the pin cushion (it is one of those magnetic ones). Put the stuff down, picked up the stuff I dropped and continued on my way. I wanted to start sewing ~ while I had a chance. Canít find that pin cushion anywhere. I have looked all over. Even in the fridge ~ I remembered putting my bottle of tea away and thought maybe because I was talking and not giving my full attention to what I was doing ~ had placed it in there. No luck. When will I learn not to talk on the phone while trying to do other stuff?

I hope you all are having a good weekend. Sorry no personals today. I canít get my mind to concentrate today.

Take care

02-10-2013, 03:22 PM
Howdy....Quiet weekend and after shopping yesterday have nothing besides laundry on must do list. Have got to start back eating lunch. I am not hungry until after 3:00 and that's a dumb time to eat even a snack. But come 9pm I'm begging for LUNCH! So I can't change me I'm resigning meals. Bkft at 8am Lunch is 5pm and dinner is 9pm. Dinner is light just 2-3mozza stix and little boiled ham. Bedtime is never before 2am, so it should work.

Gayle...The house Troll took the pin cushion. Let him have it and he will return it because it's no fun when you agree.

Rosey...I've seen pictures of Alaska cabbage (hugh!) was that 1/4 potato Aka size....snicker snicker.:lol3::lol3: How is your MIL? berry BBQ sauce. I'd eat it by the bowl.:hun: How is baby charlie brown?

Big write up in Sunday paper on how the county will get by without income from the power plant. Funny how they now call taxes any thing but taxes. Don't cut back spending just rearrange payments. OMG if 5th grades didn't get swimming lessons????? LOL I remember taking Red Cross lessons at the pond at the boys reformatory. Learn quick because the pond bottom was mucky and hated the squishy toe feeling. We had to pay for the lessons, too.:swim:

Cajun must be at camp

Maryae lost her DB this week. Our prayers are with her.

Other Mary what kind of work did you do before you retired?

It's been a month since I had the cardioverion and I still feel Good. Staying Afibless.....

Sat menu
Bkft...eggs with sprinkle of cheese
turkey sausage
Lunch...taco salad

Dinner...3 mozza stix
3oz boiled ham

Calories 1073 carbs 53.3 Need more vegies but salad was filled with beans.

BBL k3

ps just drove up and down Sun Coast Blvd here in town and counted empty stores.... 72! Not counting the mall with Sears etc gone.....this is a town of less than 3500 in the summer.....and it is going to get worse with the power plant closing.... so sad

02-10-2013, 03:59 PM
HI, I haven't been on this thread in along time. I started doing WW about a month ago. But I remember in past discussions with you guys, about making homemade yogurt, so I thought I would post a question.

Does anyone know how to make yogurt using almond or coconut milk, and can you use a yogurt maker to do it? I ask this because I can not eat regular dairy yogurt and thought this might be a good option for me.

Thanks so much for any replys.

02-10-2013, 04:16 PM
K3 ~ the house troll was kind enough to return my pin cushion :carrot:

I think it slid off the pile of stuff I was carrying and I didn't know it because it landed on the carpet and so I didn't hear it fall. It was under the edge of a book shelf in the hall.

02-10-2013, 04:50 PM
Chick...I made yogurt once with almond soy milk and it works, just not quite as creamy as dry powdered skim milk.

K3...I'm the proud parent of 9 (yes I counted them) itty bitty leaves on two of the branches, the other branches haven't sprouted anything yet.

02-10-2013, 06:52 PM
Hi everyone. another quiet day here. Bobbie you are right about the guys not liking the new finances. steve's allready grumbling. i adapt easy,him not at all :( i think there will be future temper tantrums from him as he is very spoiled hmmmm did i do that yup i did.forreal, those are all good ideas,and have allready started list of cutbacks, im good at creative financing. glynne gald you found the missing item,you are not alone as i do things like that all thetime. K3 the potatoe's are from wallmart. a 20# bag of big nice bakers for 6.99. and i cook 1 and its enuff for us both. as far as the cabbage they do grow big here lol. Lynn so glad to hear from you,sry for your dd. Have agreat evening and come on little lemon tree,please grow for mama bobbie :hug: rosey :wave:

cinamon latte

1 egg
1 sausage link
1 slice ww toast with spray butter and sf marmalade

coffee mocha

chicked breast
1/2 c potatoe salad
iced tea

1 c grapes

02-10-2013, 08:18 PM
Rosie -- Why is it men are so resistent to making changes? They act like spoiled children. And talk about tantrums -- my SO went crazy last night, flipping out because I misplaced my wallet -- I told him to calm down - I knew it was in the house, not lost -- but he was actually throwing papers and pillows, etc. all over the place and freaking out because he always has me carry his ID, etc. in my wallet and he thought I lost them. And I did find it about two minutes later between the cushions on the love seat. He, on the other hand, is always losing his bottle of prescription medication because he never leaves it in the same spot -- it's not unusual for him to have to search for a couple of hours before he finds it. But that's "different" for some reason. Someday I'm going to knock his block off - I get so mad at the double standard!!

Karen3-I used to work as a claims adjuster at an insurance company -- what "fun" that was. Stress, stress, stress. The claims people would make -- they would have about $200 damage to their car and suddenly you'd think they won the lottery! They'd start treating with a chiro, go to physical therapy, have multiple MRIs, and see psych for anxiety and stress - then make a claim for thousands of dollars. (I know it is possible to be injured even with minor damage to your car - but that's pretty unusual --I'd see claim after claim for these really minor claims, sometimes with no visible damage to the cars. I totalled my car once, got knocked out and went to e/r--and I was back to work the next day with no ill effects!! Our company had no problem paying claims -- that's what insurance is for -- but there are so many greedy, greedy people "playing the game". People complain about their insurance rates - but they're high because of so many fraudulent claims.

Bobbi - if we send our address to you, can we place an order for lemon pies this summer? I know your tree is going to be bursting with lemons soon!!:D

Still waiting for SO to do some shoveling -- since we have no appointments this week, I think he plans on letting the sun do the job for him--he's just so full of energy (not!)

Have a nice evening ladies!

(Just noticed - another long post -- I must be stir-crazy, going on and on -- I'll try to be more brief in the future!)

02-11-2013, 09:59 AM
MaryGee...we'll all give K3 our addresses and she will send us lemon pies since she has full grown Myer lemon trees in her yard. Right K3?

Just going to post yesterday's menu and calories since I reversed Saturday and Sunday. (I don't normally count calories on Sundays)
I had planned on baking a whole chicken with green bean casserole, will make that today instead. We had a last minute realtor guy coming with new clients to see the house so I didn't cook much.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Veggie Soup

Fried Egg beater sandwich with ketsup
Veggie soup
Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip

Evening snack:
350 calories worth of real popcorn popped with peanut oil.
My treat to have with Downton Abbey.

02-11-2013, 10:54 AM
My four year old grandson was here yesterday and DH had a deck of playing cards on the coffee table. DH said "Let's see who can draw the highest card." DH held up his card and said "I got a Queen!" GS drew a card and it was a King. He said "I got Abraham Lincoln!" LOL LOL I don't know how he knows about Abraham Lincoln unless they have been talking about President's Day at preschool.

02-11-2013, 11:30 AM
oh thanks Bobbi.......:wave: k3

ps why oh why are there ads for KFC chicken pot pies here on 3FC? weakness

02-11-2013, 12:44 PM
Carol Sue -- What a kick!!

I never realized what a joy grandkids are -- until my daughter had a baby! What a joy!! Being a grandmother has brought me so much happiness. My grandaughter is going to be 3 in July - she is a dream. She came for a visit last week and when her mother let her out of the car she saw me and she just came running - she was as happy to see me as I was to see her. She's talking on the phone now. Last night she was telling me she was having "pizzie pie" for supper :D:D My daughter says when she plays with her toy phone she pretends she's talking to "Grammy and Poppy". (Melts my heart :) I always make sure I fuss over my daughter when she comes -- because I remember once when my daughter was 3 and I brought her to New York to visit my folks, my mother brushed by me to get to her granddaughter! I said "All I am is the taxi driver!" Funny!

I am truly blessed. I have a wonderful daughter who has grown to be a beautiful, good kind person after overcoming some very difficult times, and she has become a wonderful mother who has given me a precious granddaughter. Life is good.

02-11-2013, 02:14 PM
Hello Goldie's
It's raining again. Yuk. Went to the camp this weekend as usual. Saturday night we were cooking at friends camp. I had to leave Saturday afternoon and go to a wedding reception for a little while. When I got back to my camp I had a camp full of hunters. Don't know what happened to neighbor cooking. Oh we'll it was no problem. Just a mess to clean up. Dh did most of it. I had a very good weekend on my diet. Even at the reception. I was eyeballing that wedding cake but resisted it. I ate nothing there. I was kinda proud of that. Missed Friday jogging. Never do it on weekends as we are pretty busy at the camp but today I will jump back on it. Thursday is valentines day and that marks 1 year for me on my new lifestyle. I was hoping to be at goal but it didn't happen. My dh said that it took me more than a year to put it on so I shouldn't worry about time as long as I move forward toward my goal and get there. So I'll listen to him and keep going forward with this.
Tomorrow oldest son starts his new career as an NDT. He is looking forward to his new job. I'm praying he does ok with it and likes it.
Friday was a year that I lost my precious dad. It was a day of sorrow and a joyful day all in one. My niece was due to have her baby girl on feb 26. Due to toxcemia and high blood pressure the doctor send her to the hospital on the same day that my dad passed 1 year ago. She delivered a beautiful baby girl. My dad never liked being the center of attention. Guess he knew how his passing was still so raw and wanted that day to be joyful instead. My neice kept saying she was going to have her that day.

Marygee~ lol. You can rant all you want. We are there for you. I like long post. Makes very interesting reading. Lol

Bobbi ~ yay for Charlie. He might make it and surprise you. How could he not with all this love. Ha!

Gayle~ glad you found you pin cushion. I know how frustrated you were.

Chick~ welcome back!! Don't be a stranger!!!

Karenfl~ lol. You are right. I was at the camp. I usually don't post on weekends. At the camp there is no time. Sounds like your Lil town has hard times ahead. So many people struggling. It's a sad situation

Maryea ~ I'm so sorry about your db.

Ran out of time. I've been pecking at this post since this morning. Geez! Hello to all.

02-11-2013, 03:11 PM
Hey ladies Sorry I have been MIA but I have been Sick I have bronchitis again the hubby has it so bad he has to do breathing treatments 3 times a day.

For those who don't me me here is a little about me.

I am 42 a mother of 3 I have been married for going on 27 years now. I have been over weight ever since I can remember. I weigh now around 280 give a little . Since I have been sick I know I have gained the little I lost since it was most water weight. A year ago we moved in with my husband aunt to help her out financially and medically and now since we have been here a year things are getting tough. We have spent a weeks here with everyone arguing and going around and round since things have calmed down things have to change. I told my 23 and 18 year olds they need to get out and make a life for them self. They only one at home would be my 15 year old.

I have had a constant struggle with my weight and I want to put a stop to it this year. I am diabetic I have high blood pressure and Triglercydes problems. Plus the weight is awfully on my knees and my other joints I jest want some relief. My obgyn wanted me to go in and see about surgery but I don't like that Idea . I know I didn't get this way in one day and I know it gonna take a while to get it off but I feel it something I need to do.

I am willing to hear anyone help full hints and opinion and anything that You are willing to share I am so desperate to find some good easy cheap recipes that I can have on had always with out alot of work.

Any way Thanks for taking the time and listening to me babble. Will check back later.

Old Dog New Tricks
02-11-2013, 04:07 PM
Good morning, uh, afternoon, ladies! I want to be a Golden Girl, too, so I'm going to jump right in. I'm Liz (or Lizzie--take your pick). I'm 52 and I live in upstate New York. (Just a little upstate. Not near Canada upstate.) I have a daughter who's nearly nine and keeps me on my toes and a stepdaughter who's 29 and SADLY FOR ME lives in California. (She keeps me on my toes, too.)

I wanna lose a whole lot of weight--but how many times have I said that in the past? Uh...many? Right now I'm counting calories, tracking what I burn (I use a Fitbit. I'm afraid that I'll get caught looking in my bra at it in public sometime) and getting in at least a 1,000 calorie deficit a day. I've been doing this for--let me count the days here--one day. Impressed, right?

As for eating, I try to stay heavy on lean protein and veggies and fruits but mainly I try to stay away from processed foods. Trying to eat large amounts of things that are good for me and much smaller portions of those that aren't. My daughter decided yesterday that she wanted to make cupcakes by herself (pretty much) so I had her make a batch of four. (And I had one for dessert and it was yummy.)

I’m at home today because school was cancelled yet again. (Ice this time…on top of our foot of snow.) The girl and I finished Valentine’s Day stuff, ‘cause her school party is tomorrow. (Thursday is the school math celebration. I am not making that up. I am informed that there will be cake.)

Tomorrow I’ll start personals, as I’m trying to figure out who’s who around here. But I already know that I want in on the lemon pie by mail…


02-11-2013, 04:29 PM
Good Hola, Lovelies!

I hope all the EastCoasters weathered their storm… and I hope the anticipated next one doesn’t arrive in a few days! We got about Ĺ”. I thank you for your contribution!

Rosey – what a busy girl you’ve been! Is Steve doing okay with his PT? I was amazed at the financial advisor’s advice to get rid of $600 in expenses. That’s just about my entire income! I wonder where else I could cut???? Sounds like you’re keeping busy! Are you enjoying the Baldacci book? I really enjoy him! I just started Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf. So far, I’ve never been disappointed with her books. My mom (and, therefore, I, also) has been on an Amish kick, so I’ve ordered her a ton of books from the library, and I’m over them! For the most part, they’re very uplifting and very NICE; this last author, though, just irritated me to death… what a bunch of whiny and snivelly characters! Luckily, true love was able to see through the angst and all was just swell… sigh. (bah!)

MaryGee – were you able to figure out how to do the quotes? Bobbi’s instructions are for the “advanced” posting mode; however, you can do the same thing on the “quick” posting mode… just find that little box by the stamped envelope, the one with the squiggly writing in it.

I was totally fascinated and SO IMPRESSED with your budgeting cutbacks! That was really awe inspiring! A lot of those things I do already, but there is still more I could do. I need to invest in a new tv (mine is probably 20 years old!), and then I can get rid of Dish, since I’ll have HD on the new tv. I can watch shows and movies on HuluPlus or through NetFlix, both of which are a lot cheaper than Dish. That would save a LOT every year! I did figure out that I could totally retire, if this PT job should go away. I know that getting hired now would be almost impossible. It was hard enough the last time! I wouldn’t have a spare dime every month, but I could make it.

Bobbi – any real estate news??? No, I’ve never tried the restaurant you mentioned from Diners & Dives…it sounds good, though, and it’s not that far from my house. You can come and visit me, and I’ll take you there for lunch!

Gayle – how’s your DD? And I’m so glad your gremlin returned your pin cushion!!

Hey, Chicadeee – welcome back!

Cajun – hi…

Butterfly – I’ve tried every diet on the face of the earth, I think… this time, I’m using SparkPeople, and for the first time, I feel like I have a fighting chance. I’m losing a little every day, and it’s been easy and NO HUNGER. It might be worth checking out. I’ve used other tracking sites, like FitDay, but, for some reason, this one is working for me. GOOD LUCK!!

Lizzie - welcome! I love your sense of humor. Stick around; you'll be a good addition to the group!

Better get back to work. Hope you’re all having a good Monday… later, lovelies!

02-11-2013, 04:52 PM
JessI love Spark People I have to get back on the site.

02-11-2013, 05:52 PM
Welcome Bonnie and Lizzie :welcome:

Donna...gosh, I thought everyone used the advanced posting mode. (Thanks for pointing that out to MaryGee)

We're having baked chicken and a small green bean casserole for supper, my favorite. I already figured out the calories for 1/4 of the casserole and it has a whopping 216 calories, geeezzzzz. I'm not having the mashed potatoes so will enjoy the green beans without guilt.

02-11-2013, 06:05 PM
Bobbi - I am totally wasting time today... thus:

I almost always use the quick reply for posting. I can do everything with it, except for the emoticons, even the long postings. So...

Your dinner sounds really good! My favorite play part of SparkPeople is entering the recipes and getting the nutritional values... what an eye opener, sometimes!! Enjoy, enjoy! I'm getting hungry, I think...

02-11-2013, 06:36 PM
Hi everyone and welcome to Bonnie and lizzie,im from alaska 64 and i believe the only one in this group to have bariatric surg with great success. however its just as much work and willpower as any other method. its a beautiful sunny day here. Jess steve is tolerating his pt,and we are tolerating each other :dizzy: he has an appt to see the new back dr on 18th of march. im trying to set up a consult with a plastic surg. after 2014 my good insurance is cancelled so if im going to have it done nows the time. as far as the finances,it is a huge drop in income for the next 9 months then we can redo with a step up. we opted for a life time guranteed ck every month, we could have gambled with plan b but could have lost it all. i like safe even if its less,and if something god forbid should happen to steve i will have an income besides ok with it,steves got some eye openers coming his fault as i spoiled him terribly.:love::rolleyes::love: steve asked me why im crocheting like mad women and i replied THERAPY :D works for me. hoping everyone has agreat day :hug: rosey :wave:

cinnamon latte

1 cup potatoe salad with crushed corn chips on top(sm amt)
iced tea

1/2 apple
2t pbII

chix breast( the other half from last nite)
cuke,tomatoe lettuce salad with raspberry v. dressing

coffee mocha
cut up vegies 2 T lite ranch
10 small pretzels

02-11-2013, 09:07 PM
Here's my menu from yesterday:

b'fast: 1/8 slice veggie egg casserole; slice potato bread, toasted w/butter

lunch: protein shake; lettuce w/walnuts

dinner: 1/2 chicken breast; 1/2 pgk broccoli; cup vegetable soup

snack: slice potato bread, toasted with butter.

Cal: 1,249; carbs: 78; fat: 35; protein: 79.

Rosey - keep on crocheting! I've always said it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars... and it's cheaper than a shrink!

It sounds like you have or are adding to an annuity. I have a wee one which kicks in when I'm 70 (!!). If I'd known then what I know now, I'd have contributed all along. Oh, well... I'm not sure a hundred bucks a month would be much benefit, at this late date.

That's it for now!!

02-11-2013, 10:59 PM
Hey...just gonna post today's menu:

Bkft...egg white scrambed with 2%cheese
turkey sausage

Lunch...lg hamburger
hugh salad

Dinner...Tuna salad mayo and sf pickle relish
flat bread toasted

cal: 1117 carbs: 30.4

if Lynn is down here, she is feeling hot. It was over 80 today. Slider is wide open right now

Just realized no stacks and need to make vegies soup tomorrow. k3

02-12-2013, 12:15 AM
MaryGee Ė were you able to figure out how to do the quotes? Bobbiís instructions are for the ďadvancedĒ posting mode; however, you can do the same thing on the ďquickĒ posting modeÖ just find that little box by the stamped envelope, the one with the squiggly writing in it.

Well, it the paragraph above is quoted, I guess I figured it out -- but it doesn't look like it in the preview. If not, I'll keep working on it. (I used to consider myself pretty computer savvy - now I feel like a real nerd.) Now I'm going to reveal my age here--many, many years ago when I was working in NYC as a young girl, our office got -- now don't laugh -- electric typewriters!!! WOW, what a big deal that was. And there was this elderly lady, Bernice, (I kid you not) who fought it all the way because the keys were so touch-sensitive. I remember her clearly asking why fix what isn't broken? :D Why, my granddaughter knows how to use the "apps" on her mother's cell phone to get her movies! And here I am trying to figure out the "quote" feature. :o:dizzy:

Talking about cutting back expenses -- remember the old days when we didn't have cable bills, internet bills and cell phone bills --- they all add up to a pretty penny!! And our family health insurance cost about $5.00 out of our paycheck? BTW, part of my income now is from a long-term disability plan which ends when I turn 65 --- EEEKKK!

Welcome Bonnie and Lizzie, and good to see the ladies who have been MIA for a while!!

Good night all.


02-12-2013, 08:22 AM
QUOTING POSTS -- Obviously, it did not work. I did play around a bit and was able to "Quote" an entire post -- but usually I just want to quote a small portion of a post. That was by clicking the bottom of the original person's post where there's an icon showing a piece of paper with quote marks and then clicking it into my post. Tried to highlight a portion of the post to quote, but that didn't work.

In Quick Reply and Advanced Reply, the only thing it the top right hand corner of my reply box is: 1. The Spell Check button, 2. Next the up and down arrows to increase or decrease size, and 3. two different "A"s which says Switch Editor Mode. I don't see any envelope or anything else. On the top left side are all sorts of icons for bolding, italics, underlining, etc.

So I live in Massachusetts -- anyone close enough to drive over and show me how to Quote!?! Guess I'll just stick to the basics. :( (I feel like a really old dog!

02-12-2013, 09:08 AM
So I live in Massachusetts -- anyone close enough to drive over and show me how to Quote!?! Guess I'll just stick to the basics. :( (I feel like a really old dog!

playing around here

Mary ~ I never could figure it out either ~ I think I tried it once and got it to work, but didn't do it often enough to remember from one time to the next how to do it. Didn't have the patience to try.

But, I did this morning and I think I did it ok.

What I did was this: I clicked on the little thing at the bottom of your post that said quote. It brought up a screen with your post. I didn't want to put your whole post, so I highlighted everything I did not want ~ but left the part that I did want, plus the part that was like this [quote] and [quote] at the beginning and end of the whole thing. I then back spaced and deleted the highlighted stuff and it seemed to do it.

Hope that helps. You can do it :)

02-12-2013, 09:19 AM
Good morning girls...

I messed up on my menu yesterday, it's really low and I didn't realize it until this morning. I can feed food into a recipe, put in the servings and get the calories and nurtition just like on Sparks. The lemon custard pudding I made was for 4 servings, normally I can drag the recipe over and put it in my food for the day column. I forgot to change the 4 servings to 1 serving, duh. So it looked like I had over 1,000 calories for the day. Unfortunately it's only 731 and 23 grams of fiber. If I'd know that last night I would have eaten some popcorn or something before going to bed.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Veggie Soup

Baked chicken
Green Bean casserole
fresh pear with blue cheese on top

Evening snack:
Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip

02-12-2013, 09:35 AM
Gayle...thanks for explaining how the quotes work in the easy mode. least Steve has his cabin to fool around in, that was smart buying that. have a 9 year old daughter? Wow, I feel really old, my youngest GS is 15.

Cajun...I was confused when I read what you said about Charlie, but you were talking about my Charlie Brown tree, right? I have a beautiful male English Setter named Charlie too. :rofl:

K3...what kind of turkey/chicken sausage do you buy? I purchased some moss to put around my lemon tree to keep it warm after you suggested a blankie. was good. (chicken & casserole) A few years ago I sprung for the paid Fitday, I think it was only $15.00 for a lifetime. I can do all kinds of neat things with it, including the nutritional values of my foods, making recipes, etc. You can't do all that with the free version, I think the cost of the paid version has doubled in price. You're right about what an eye opener it is to see where I'm low in some nutrients. What kind of turkey sausages are you and K3 eating? I see it on both your menu's.

Your dinner sounds really good! My favorite play part of SparkPeople is entering the recipes and getting the nutritional values... what an eye opener, sometimes!! Enjoy, enjoy! I'm getting hungry, I think...

02-12-2013, 09:46 AM
Good morning GGís,

One day down (of a 4 day stretch) 3 to go. Yesterday was pretty good. Got out late, but only by an hour ~ it is getting to where an hour over doesnít seem so bad. Feels way better than 2-3-4 hours late.

It is another rainy, drippy, dreary day here.

Trying yet another version of eating/moving. I know I need to move more. But, in the mornings, I am so stiff, and donít want to or feel like it yet. I am better later in the day, but am at work and canít. I had sort of decided to try the slim fast for a while (Walmart makes a generic of it for less). I was gonna do it at breakfast ~ eat my regular lunch at work, and then have the slim fast for supper. Yesterday, I tried doing it ~ at breakfast, lunch and walked for 20 minutes. Then had a nice big salad as a meal for supper.

So, my eating for yesterday was:

Breakfast: 1 slim fast
One Kelloggs Special K Protein Meal Bar (Honey Almond) and a cup of coffee
Snack: Glucerna hunger smart shake (I sip on this ~ it lasts my whole shift ~ because I never know when lunch is gonna come ~ it helps tide me over until I can get lunch).
Lunch: slim fast
Snack: (on the way home from work) Ĺ apple and sips of sugar free iced tea
Supper: good sized salad with lettuce, celery, cucumber, tomato, carrots, salad dressing, little chunks of ham and mushrooms.
Snack: 6 club multi grain crackers and 1 oz cheese, 1 nature valley granola thin (little square of granola with dark chocolate on the bottom).

I wasnít gonna have the cracker and granola thing, but felt like I wouldnít do too much damage. Could have been worse I guess.

Probably TMI, but I am hoping that the salad, apple and protein meal bar add enough bulk/fiber/roughage to keep me from plugging up. Thatís usually not a problem, but I worry that just having liquid stuff I might end up in trouble. I donít need one more thing wrong.

It was rainy yesterday, I almost talked myself out of the lunch time walk. It was kind of misting, a little breezy and a little bit chilly. I went outside for a few minutes, but went back inside. Went from one end of the building to the other then out the back door and outside again. It wasnít so chilly as to be unbearable and getting a breath of fresh air felt nice. So, I went in the parking deck and walked a couple laps around one level ~ could get the fresh air without getting sprinkled on. My low back was really aching while I walked. That is part of why I make excuses and donít do it ~ it is not very enjoyable to do something when you are hurting the whole while. But ~ yippee ~ I did it. I think (hope it isnít my imagination) that I donít feel quite as stiff this morning. It is dreary and rainy right now, but maybe by the afternoon the sun will come out and it will make it something to look forward to instead of something to dread.

Gotta do some more getting ready for work. Hope you all have a good day.

Take care

02-12-2013, 09:55 AM
Mary - If it's any consolation, I cannot quote with the "advanced" button. I also don't see the envelope with the stamp and some writing on it. When I want to quote I do it like Gayle explained....use the quote button and then take out the part I don't want to include in the quote. I sure don't understand how Bobbi quotes her own menu from her own post! LOL I am lucky I can type!

It is such a shock going from working to retired moneywise. Back when I was growing up, most of my friends had a grandparent living with them, or their family lived with the grandparents. I now understand that that was because the grandparents income was much too low to live alone. You hardly ever see anyone doing that anymore.

Bobbi - Several years ago I bought the CD of Fitday then I loaded it onto my computer. I think it was $29.95. That was back when I was still working and money was flowing freely! LOL I liked the fact that it was the advanced version and I could also load it onto my laptop. Now I save my info onto a jump drive. I still can't figure out what you do with a whole recipe. I just recently figured out how to customize my Olivio spread. I think they have made changes to Fitday since I bought my CD.

02-12-2013, 10:33 AM
Carol Sue...I had the option of buying the disk or just downloading it, I went the cheaper route. I've had two computers crash on me and lost all my stored data. The last time I couldn't remember my sign in name and Fitday sent me a new download free. I think you can put recipes in your disk, when you click on new foods, just put in the name, the servings at the top. Then go to search, find your foods and drag them over to the blank page with the amount you use. You might have to fool around a bit on it. As to putting the quotes in, I don't use the advanced button...I use the advanced mode. I'll write out the instructions and be back.

Gayle...I buy the powdered Walmart brand for DH and he loves them. I keep frozen bananas in the freezer for our shakes. If you want a really thick shake, so thick you have to eat it with a spoon, try this.
8 oz. cold skim milk
1 small frozen banana
1 level scoop Chocolate Walmart powder
7 ice cubes. I chop up the banana, powder and shake 1st, then add the 7 ice cubes.

For me, I'm too tight to drink the powdered Walmart. I just put 8 oz. skim milk in blender, carob powder, frozen banana, stevia, almond or vanilla extract and 7 ice cubes. I get the same results less the vitamins in the Walmart brand. But I eat vitamins separately, same thing. I'M JUST SAYING. DH hates when I say that. Are you counting calories Gayle? Or use Fitday?

(Walmart makes a generic of it for less). I was gonna do it at breakfast ~ eat my regular lunch at work, and then have the slim fast for supper. Top of page to the left in purple strip click on
*usercp* click on Edit Options
*scroll down to bottom where it says Miscellaneous Options

Miscellaneous Options
Message Editor Interface
When posting messages to the forums or other members, there are three interface types available to you. The simplest of these is a simple text box, while the last is a fully-fledged WYSIWYG editor, which allows you to format your text as you want it and see the results immediately.

Depending upon the capabilities of your web browser, you may not be able to use all of these options. If you experience problems when posting messages, try switching to a different interface type.
Message Editor Interface:

In the rectangle box, click on little arrow pointed down.
3 options pop up
*Basic Editor – A simply text bow
*Standard Editor – Extra formatting
*Enhanced interface – full editing.
I use the Enhanced one, click save. It's easy to go back to you old version if you prefer that one instead. But using the enhanced, it's easy to post quotes. A simple click on the square at top with writing on it and quotes appear where you insert the quote.

02-12-2013, 11:02 AM
Bobbi ~ I think we have some of the powdered stuff left ~ DH used to drink it for breakfast every morning. I didn't like it mixed with milk ~ it tasted gritty to me. But I had thought I remembered you saying you made it in a blender and it was thick and tasty. I was gonna ask you about that ~ you are a mind reader ~ and put your instructions/recipe ~ thank you. However, I think I will do that when the weather gets warmer. Right now when it is somewhat cold ~ an icy cold drink doesn't seem very appealing.

Ok, gotta quit playing ~ time to go to work.

02-12-2013, 04:37 PM
MaryGee – were you able to figure out how to do the quotes? Bobbi’s instructions are for the “advanced” posting mode; however, you can do the same thing on the “quick” posting mode… just find that little box by the stamped envelope, the one with the squiggly writing in it.




Did it by hitting "Quote, then deleted what I didn't want.

02-12-2013, 05:27 PM
:jig::jig::jig::jig::jig:Good Job MaryG

02-12-2013, 08:10 PM
Hi everyone. i had the most amazing nsv today and wanted to share. i grew up on a lake in minnesota,spent all my summers in that lake,i loved to swim,was on the girls swimmimg team in h school. after moving to alaska i took my kids to the cold to swim in lakes. as my weight incresed i was really self conscious about being in a swim suit. i smartalec kid commented on my size and i never went back. until today :carrot: both steve and i wanted an exercise that we both liked and was free,and something we could do together for fun. i was brave and had so much fun. the life guard told us 9 laps in the pool walking is the same as 1 mile. so we did 2 miles, laughing all the time. the pool wasnt crowded but for a few of old farts like us in similar shape. as ive gotton older im not as self conscious, if you dont like how i look dont look. it has ceased to bother me what i think others are thinking about me if that makes any sence :dizzy: we will deff go back, its a beautiful dome shaped pool all glass windows so you can see the snow coming down.the pool is huge,with a handicapped ramp so i could walk right in,hot tubs and water slides too. i just wonder what took me so long. :wave: rosey

cinnamon latte

1/2 grilled cheese and ham sand

coffee mocha
100 cal bag of popcorn

1 c chinese noodles made with moose and vegies

02-12-2013, 10:39 PM
i just wonder what took me so long. rosey

Congrats, Rosey!!

Thanks for the instructions on enhanced editing, Bobbi - I had no idea! I'm now a full function user, haha.

Came home and went straight to bed. Sometimes I don't have the oomph to pour sand out of my shoes! Later, lovelies!!

02-13-2013, 01:10 AM
Way to go Rosey ~ glad you finally (forgive me) took the plunge.

And ~ you did it Mary ~ see ~ knew you could.

Old Dog New Tricks
02-13-2013, 08:07 AM
What? You say I look tired this morning? I usually wake up at sixÖset my alarm for six thirty in case I donít. This morning I was surprised when the alarm went off and I was sooooo tired and there was no light in the sky but I was a good girl. Got up. Got dressed. Walked the dog. Came down to make coffee and found that Iíd pushed something wrong on my alarm clock yesterday and it was four-thirty. Argh!

I have a little head cold and itís making me cranky. Scratch that. Yesterday it was making me eat frosting. The frosting is now gone, so that canít happen again. Lost half a pound anyway, since Iíve just started dieting and you know how it goes.

Worrying about my BFFís husband, who suddenly has some potentially scary health things going on. (They have an appt. today with a specialist.) Iím sending up prayers and vague positive thoughts towards them finding some simple and fixable solution.

On a much brighter noteóstarted the process yesterday of getting a second dog!

Jess Ė Iíve thought about getting rid of Dish, too. We have a Roku box and use it a lot!

Bobbi Ė Iíve figure out recipes on Sparks, too, but I get lazy and just stick in some number a lot. (I try to aim too high.) English Setters are so beautiful! We have an English Cocker. (Used to have an English Springer. Does that cover most of the English dogs?)

Rosey Ė I loved your swimming/swim walking/whatever you call it story!

K3 Ė I just got the K3 part! And I, too, want to know what kind of turkey sausage you eat. Yum!

MaryGee Ė I still have my dadís old manual typewriter, so I loved your story! I remember how odd it was all those years ago to not have to press ďreturnĒ at the end of the line!

Gayle - I really like your avatar. Is it a piece of jewelry? And great job of finding a way to make walking at lunch work for you!

Carol Sue Ė Iíve just noticed that I have a few friends with parents who live with themÖI think the culture is swinging back to that.

Have a good day, everybody!

02-13-2013, 10:02 AM
Good Morning

Rosey...I was right there in the dome swimming with you and Steve and watching the snow flakes fall around you. What fun and it's so much easier on your joints. It's great that DH loves it too! :hug:

Lizzie...such a nice personal post from you. Donna is the one who uses Sparks, I do Fitday. I'm a member of sparks but found it draws too much of my time. I can feed food data into Fitday and get the same results as sparks.
Did you watch the dog show yesterday? There was a English Setter among the top 5 but wasn't picked for the final winner, he was liver spotted. Our Charlie is black spotted and would have made a great show dog. He prances just like the show dogs. Prejudice? YUP.

Donna...glad you're full function but one thing you'll not want to hear. When changing your ticker, you have to go back to standard mode, change your ticker, then put in the advanced again. For some reason you can't change your ticker in the advanced mode. UNLESS that has been modified, I haven't tried it lately. I'll try it in the advanced mode when I finish this short post. I checked out my nutrient graph chart yesterday in Fitday and see I'm low on protein. I'll have to make a point of eating more meat and less veggies.

My menu for yesterday:

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds


Strawberry, blueberry, Banana skim milk shake

baked Chicken
Butternut squash
Radishes sliced thin with butter spray, salt and pepper
Homemade lime jello with pineapple

Evening snack:

Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip

868 calories and 42 grams of fiber

02-13-2013, 10:10 AM
Donna...I just tried to change my ticker in advanced mode and the little box doesn't appear where you can just change the number. I had to go back to standard, change my ticker and change back to advanced. But it's no big deal, just a few clicks on the computer.

02-13-2013, 10:47 AM sneezing and dripping..yuck! What ever is blooming got me.

We use Jimmy Deans turkey bkft sausage. I like the links better than the patties. Been on sale. I beat one real egg into the egg beaters to give it a better body. It sure fills me up all day. The large store made turkey sausage are okay but they lose their favor quickly.

No sense posting yesterday's menu or probably todays since am in a rut and it is exactly the same as day before...just change the dinner protein. Boring but easy.

Running late...gotta get ready for bridge...k3

02-13-2013, 11:17 AM
Bobbi - Thanks for the instructions for switching to advanced. I will try it out and if I get confused I'll switch back. I get confused easily. LOL

I went to Sparkpeople yesterday to see what it was all about. I was hoping I could just snoop around to see if I was interested but I had to sign up to even look at it. Like you Bobbi, it seems like more involvement than I would like. I just like to enter my food to see the total calories and such. I also keep track of my weight somewhat, and measurements. Since I had those 2 belly surgeries my waist has increased 2 inches. I am up a little in my weight, too,(8 lb) but I think having that muscle cut twice has done a job on my waist and it will be much harder to lose it now. Oh well, what do I want at 67? LOL Like Rosie, I don't care what others think. I just want to button my pants.

02-13-2013, 12:53 PM
Congratulations Rosie!!! WOW!! how exciting!! I'm so proud of you!

Congratulations to all the other "losers" here and I will try to get back later this afternoon. Getting ready to head to Bible study right now! Have a great day!!!

02-13-2013, 12:58 PM
I forgot to tell ya all about something about my jello yesterday. I stopped buying the boxed sugar free jellos and puddings last year because of the aspartame and stuff I can't pronounce. I have a large box of unflavored Knox packets in the pantry which mostly gets ignored. I had a fresh lime that needed using up so I googled a recipe using knox. You'd be amazed at all the recipes on the Knox site, check them out.

Anyway, the lime jello turned out really good using stevia, the fresh lime and some pineapple slices I put in the bottom of my jello mold. DH even liked it!

02-13-2013, 01:56 PM
Hello ladies,
Today is a very busy day. Just a fast drop in. Woke up to rain again. The bayou is creeping up higher. Hopefully is doesn't go over road again like last month.

Have a good day my friends!!


02-13-2013, 04:07 PM
Good Hola!

MaryGee – glad you got it figured out. BTW, the box with the writing is approximately 1/2 of the way across the top, not at the right top. Gayle – I was very tired after I tried your quote approach. Once I changed my settings, per Bobbi’s instructions, you just need to highlight what you want and stick it in the quotes!

Gayle – I can so sympathize with the stiffness in the morning! I know that yoga would help; even just bending over and touching the floor helps with the back stiffness. Yoga is way too painful right now, and it’s hard to do those poses. Much as I hate it, I’m apparently getting used to the twice daily glider, and I’m up to, and this is a biggie for me!, 8 minutes a pop. It hurts like he**, but I can walk for a while afterwards. So, it’s worth it. We’re just a mess, aren’t we?

CarolSue – you’re right about elderly parents moving in with their kids. Even a basic nursing home room in the Denver area goes for around $5,000 a month! Who can afford that?????? I’m so grateful that GM is still able to take care of herself, mostly, because she’d be welcome only in the shed in my backyard, if it came to that. I’d last about a day and a Ĺ of her living with me. It would fall to me or to my sister to provide for her... god forbid one of the boys and their spouses would. GM wouldn't go with any of them, anyway, I suppose.

Signing up for SparkPeople involves choosing your name and a password. IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL.

Lizzie – welcome! Tell me about Roku. I was under the impression that I had to buy a cable package to be able to use a DVR or Tivo. Is that not true? I’d drop Dish in a heartbeat if I could find a DVR that works separately.

Rosey – since your legs are paralyzed, how are you able to navigate the water? I think it’s a great idea for you and Steve to do this together!

Bobbi – I haven’t changed my ticker in well over a year, so if I ever do, I’ll have to ask you for re-instruction! And I think you’re amazing with all the innovative recipes you develop!

KarenFL – sorry you’re sniffly. I was thinking about you this a.m. Is the AFib still under control?

Cajun – hope the weather cooperates for you!

CK – ready for your birthday tomorrow?

I’m just pooping around today. I do love days off! I tried to watch the speech and aftermath last night that I'd taped and totally could not stomach the grandstanding, self aggrandizement, smugness, arrogance, and pomposity of the reviewers. I’m sick to death of all of this, over and over and over again! So, I have a couple of movies on the DVR, and I might indulge. I do love days off!!

Everyone, have a good Wednesday!!

02-13-2013, 06:01 PM
Are there more parents moving in with their kids -- or is it the other way around, with kids moving back to live with mom and dad. I've done it both ways.

My mother had Alzheimer's Disease and none of my brothers (4) wanted to move her into a nursing home. So she ended up moving in with me. It actually worked out very well - I have an elderly friend who used to drive a van for handicapped adults. She was no longer doing that, so we hired her to take care of my mom becuase physically, at the time, my mother was doing okay. Sold Mom's condo and used leftover money for Shirley's salary. She was like a god-send as she knew CPR and she and my mother hit it off great. Shirley would arrive before I went to work, and stayed until I came home. She was happy because she had recently lost her husband and felt alone. So Mom, Shirley and I were very happy. Sadly a year and a half later Mom was diagosed with lung cancer.

A few years ago, my daughter moved back in with me for about six months or so.

Between the two situations -- having Mom was easier and less stressful!! :)


02-13-2013, 06:22 PM
Hi everyone,thankyou for all the atta girl's so appreciated. im a bit sore in the shoulders today but slept like a baby last nite.plan on going again tomorrow and my dd and grdd want to go too. i used to be a strong swimmer,yesterday i tried but im so boyent(sp?) i had a hard time from flipping over. my legs and feet wanted to fly over my head lol. the life guard gave me some floaties,like a bar with corks on the ends i hung onto that and walked in the water that was about chest high. stayed near the edge of the pool in case i needed to grab something more sturdy. my dh walked beside me too. i tried a litle breast stoke and managed to relearn that, but my body wanted to float,i managed to walk quite well like i do with my walker. it sure was fun. im sad i waited so long to do something i love. i have been crocheting dish clothes,thanks jess it my new best therapy project :dizzy: i learned im going to be a great aunt again in june, a baby girl # 2 for my niece. i see babys quilts and afagans in my future projects. its a quiet day here and i like it most of the time. i have a pot of 15 bean soup simmering on the stove for dinner,made with kielbsa sausage and tomatoes,celery, carrotts and garlic. yum hoping your day is peaceful too. :hug: rosey :wave:

greek yogurt

tuna salad on wasa cracker
iced tea

coffee mocha

sm bowl bean soup
sm sq of corn bread

1 c green grapes

02-14-2013, 09:48 AM
Happy Birthday KarenMo:bday2you::celebrate: Your birthday is easy to remember, it's my sister Valie's birthday today too.

Good Morning, sorry but no time to chatter today. We're looking at another home this morning. I'll just post my menu from yesterday and read all the new post when I get home later today.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Kale veggie soup
Pineapple & Banana skim milk shake

Chicken & Veggies over gnocchi
Homemade lime jello with pineapple/cool whip

Evening snack:

Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip
Popcorn with sugar and pepper

38 grams of fiber

02-14-2013, 10:33 AM
Mary, I realize there are many kids who move back in with their parents. I understand that the economy is bad right now and many can't find jobs that will support them. What's really bad is when they get married and have kids, and THEN move back. When I was a kid and the family and grandparents lived in the same home, the finances were blended to pay the household expenses, and the grandparents were able to help out with some household chores and child care. Also, the grandparents had someone to keep an eye on their health. It worked. It's so different when kids move back home, because in many cases, the kids just want a place to sleep and eat and contribute nothing. I know they aren't all that way and parents who have kids who pitch-in are very fortunate. When I moved out of my mother's home she told me I'd never make it. That made me so determined to live in a cardboard box if I had to rather than go home and admit she was right. I made it with no cardboard box!

Bobbi - I am curious to know how many WW Points you eat daily. It goes according to the total fat, carbs, fiber and protein. I would bet it's low. I have cut back on the amount of food I eat each day, but I'm still eating too many carbs. I'll work on that next.

Karen31- Happy Birthday! Do something special for yourself!

02-14-2013, 11:01 AM

:cb::cp::hat::flow1::queen::yikes::yikes::cheer2:: cheer::balloons::woo::

02-14-2013, 11:57 AM
Thank you Bobbi, Donna and CarolSue! Hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day too! Don't have a lot of time this morning... need to get a few things done and get ready for Bible study this afternoon and then we'll see where the day leads me! Have a great one!

02-14-2013, 12:25 PM
:hat::bday2::hat: Happy Birthday Karen

02-14-2013, 01:56 PM
Thanks Karen! Happy Valentine's Day to you

02-14-2013, 01:57 PM
Happy Birthday Karen,hope its awesome :cheer2::bday2::cheer2: :hug: rosey :wave:

02-14-2013, 02:22 PM
I have sent questions to the administrator,but no answers. I very much want to be a part of this group,but i sent a thread and some post,and don't know where to look for replies. Looked at my email account and nothing there. I clicked instant email notification. I really need the support. Thanks,SusanJean

02-14-2013, 02:38 PM
Karen31: :bday2you: :celebrate:
I hope you have a M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S and B-L-E-S-S-E-D DAY!!

The sun is shining here, and the snow is melting away. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Working hard at staying on track but SO as usual is always trying to push food in my face. Aggravates the heck out of me!

02-14-2013, 02:40 PM
Susan the top of the pages, click on support forum, scroll down to Age50+, click on that and look for Golden Girls.

02-14-2013, 03:06 PM
WELCOME SUSANJEAN!! :grouphug: :carrot::carrot::carrot: :celebrate:

Computer ate my original response -- started a new thread to be sure you'd see it.

Jump right in anytime!! :cheer2::cheer2:

02-14-2013, 03:43 PM
Hey Goldie's
Happy valentines day! Happy birthday Karen. Hope your day is blessed. Today marks 1 year that I started my weight loss journey. What a journey it's been. I can't say it has been bad because it wasn't that bad. I think the hardest part was thanksgiving and Xmas and the month after. I was not on top of things. The hardest part was getting back on 2 weeks ago. I think it going good so far. Did I ever think I would be 50 lbs lighter and down 6 sizes. No! But I did it. I hope to finish my journey by October. Dh and I are taking a trip to the smokey mountains to see the fall colors. 7.5 months away. I think is about 5.5 lbs a month. I think thats possible. I'm trying.

Bobbi~ I was talking about your lemon tree. Lol.

Susan jean~welcome.

Marygee~ I'm so glad you are having a beautiful day after all the snow you received. We get nothing but rain.

Hi rosey, carolsue, karenfl

Hey maryea. I will be glad when we hear from you. Hope you are ok.

It's time to start supper.


02-14-2013, 06:17 PM
SusanJean - I saw the post where you asked about Golden Girls and now that you seem to have found your way here, I hope you come back and join in. If you clicked instant email notification you should receive an email when someone posts anything in this thread, but not necessarily in reply to your post. You will get only 1 email per day, no matter how many posts have been added. I hope you understand this. I'm not very good an explaining it!

All the theads in 50+ are geared toward us seniors, but not limited to. We welcome all who want to join in.

02-14-2013, 10:53 PM
Thanks for all the brithday wishes! It has been a really nice day and I'm stuffed! It seems like this week has been all about food! But thats OK .. Decided to just go to Culvers for dinner tonight and probably go to Bob Evans for breakfast Saturday morning then I"ll get back on track and fix all the damage that has been done. Don't think it is too bad but decided to not even weigh in again until the end of next week. In the meantime I'll drink enough water to float a battleship and hope that helps!!

Sure hope everyone had a good day! And a Happy Valentine's Day!

02-15-2013, 09:25 AM
Good morning Goldie's
Today is weigh on day. I'm getting back down to my original weight before thanksgiving. 3 more lbs to go. I was at 204. It seems like I can't get to that 199 number.
Packing for the camp today. Our oldest son has started his new job so he has the weekend off after 3 years of working all weekends. Youngest son just finished a 10 day turnaround so he has the weekend off too. They are coming to the camp with us along with both their girlfriends. Both boys will go rabbit hunting with dh. It's not very often I get my family together at once with their work schedules. Next weekend is the last weekend for hunting season. I've been packing every weekend and going to the camp since the end of September. I will be lost on weekends at home and not having to pack. That is until Theodore of April when we go to our summer camp and start fishing. That last until September. Them its back to winter camp. Lol I guess you could say I live out of a suitcase. Oh we'll we love doing it.

I've ran out of time. Hello to all!!

02-15-2013, 09:39 AM
* the middle of. Not Theodore. Spell check doesn't get it right sometimes. Lol.

02-15-2013, 10:15 AM
What a busy person you are Cajun, you obviously enjoy living out of a suitcase. I'm envious of the rabbits your family plan on bagging. My SIL is Czech like my hubby and loves rabbit stew, I think she calls it Hausenfeffer. Rabbits are very expensive per pound around here, she has to travel out of town to get it.
We looked at a new house yesterday and it has everything we want in a house, 4 bedrooms too. Now only if our house would sell.:(

My menu for yesterday, and I worked hard at getting my calories up. Thanks Donna for alerting me to the nutritional aspect of my diet. I never pay much attention to the graphs. I'm consistently short in my protein and a couple of minerals. I ate some sunflower seeds last night and I finally reach 100% of my protein.

Carol Sue...I don't have a clue how many points in Weight Watchers I eat. I don't have a W.W. point book. Sorry!

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Kale veggie soup
2 Wasa breads with Laughing Cow Blue Cheese & sliced radish, pepper.

Chicken Soup
Homemade lime jello with pineapple
4 large romaine leaves smeared with Laughing Cow Blue cheese wedge and rolled up.

Evening snack:

Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip
Romaine roll up was so tasty that I made another one except I rolled the leaves around an orange, YUM!

Sunflower seeds

calories: 1,049 and 45 grams of fiber

A carbie
02-15-2013, 12:04 PM
Good Morning Goldies!
Geez, there has been so much going on with so many of you I wouldn't have time to do personals on everything.
Bobbi, I admire you for the way you do everything from scratch. I too like to do that, and HAD to do it when my kids were at home.

Karen, belated Happy Birthday! Cajun, congrats on your losses. Those holidays really do a number on a lot of us, don't they?

WELCOME to the new Goldies!

I've finally gotten back to where I was before I got sick and was put on that blasted Prednisone. In fact, I'm a pound lower than that, so I've lost a total of 23 lbs now. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I can tell now, in my fingers. Isn't that just the craziest thing ever? It would be nice if it REALLY showed up in my stomach or butt or face, but, not me! I lose it in my fat little short fingers first! Ha! I can tell a little bit in my clothes though, so maybe it is working on my belly and butt too.

I use SparkPeople religiously. It's soooo very easy to use, and what I really like about it is that you can make a list of favorites, and even enter new foods. For instance I made some homemade Honey/Mustard dip and just made a new nutrition facts page and put it into my Favorites.
I keep track of my blood glucose on there, and my weight and all my other measurements like waist, hips, neck etc, and it also keeps track of the fats, carbs, vitamins, cholesterol etc in my foods. You can make new things to keep track of too, like exercise, etc.

The guys have the insulation and moisture barrier up and one just left so I think he's going to the lumber yard to order the sheetrock etc.
I think it'll be going faster now.

Hope you all have a great day. More later, .....

02-15-2013, 12:35 PM
Happy birthday, Karen. Sounds like you had a nice day.

AKRosey49, Congratulations on your swimming experience. Indeed, the snow on the dome sounds awesome.

Cajun Lady, Theodore of April really made me laugh. All I could think of before I went to the next page, where you explained, was that "Theodore" was some special hunters or Cajun celebration. I also thought of Beaver Cleaver. Anyway, thanks for the laugh...

I have been wandering in the wilderness for a couple of weeks now. Today, I decided I needed to find myself a new home on 3FC, so here I am, all 70 years of me. I have been eating all kinds of weird stuff and my DH gave me candy for Valentines.

The good news is, that in spite of eating indiscretions, no weight has been gained.

02-15-2013, 01:16 PM
Thanks for the Birthday wishes..

Cajun-- I was trying to figure that out too.... LOL!!

Welcome Gail42! Pull up a chair and jump in.. we look forward to getting to know you.

Gosh, it seems like it has been a whirwind week for sure! But has been fun!

Bobbi, good luck on the house deals.. It is so exciting when you find the "perfect" house but frustrating when you are still waiting for one to sell.. Makes the emotions go all over the place.. Stand back and take a deep breath and everthing will work out.

Have a good day everyone!

02-15-2013, 02:03 PM
Hi,all ! So nice to be here.I appreciate all the nice welcomes. It is pretty cold here in Iowa,but a nice,sunny day. I have walked the last few days,which felt amazing. Winter seems long here. So excited for spring.
I went to my WW meeting on Wed. and was a little disappointed. I lost 1.6 lbs.,and thought I would lose more. I even fasted for 2 days.I am eating more on target points this week,to hopefully,see a better loss.Guess I need to be patient and happy with my 13 lb.loss in 6 weeks. Have a great weekend,everyone!

02-15-2013, 03:40 PM
I went over and was looking at the blogs I have not been their in a while and people left some pretty rude things on my page so I wont be using that again. So I hope you guys dont mind if I write a little and you dont have to read it if you dont want to but It might help to get this out. I have been thinking about this alot. This may be my main problem and if you have any ideas how to help please do.

When I was born I only weighed 4 and 1/2 pounds I was two months early I was in and out of the hospital most of my 1st year of life the Dr's told my mom I would be lucky to live and if I did have a normal life with out some delays or mental problems I would be lucky. As you can see I am alive and well and the one problem I know I have is that I am FAT and it is because I kinda hoard food. But I dont have a self or a hide out I eat it. So i guess u could say that my stomach is the hide out or storage where I keep it all.

As growing up we never had food I could never go into the kitchen and open a cabinet and jest get some food out and cook it. from the time I was able to remember I would go to school I would eat breakfast at school a and then I would eat lunch when I got home their would be no telling if we had dinner. Summer time was the worst . I was number 8 in 12 children the first 5 was grown up and then their was the 5 of us that was from my dad and then 2 from a step dad. When summer rolled around we would be home with at the time taking care of the younger kids we did all we could to make sure they were feed. my mom decided that she didn't feel like paying rent so she moved us to a camp ground . Me as the oldest at home and my 3 younger sisters and a brother . We had no food but the potato's and corn they went and made us pick up out of the fields in town. so leave it to me as I was like 8 to start a fire and cook corn on the cob and potato's for the kids. My mom would get up when she woke up and she didnt come home till wee hours in the night.

When my brother in law got stationed here in SC he told my mom as long as she could pay to bring us with. We stayed their a year with them 9 people in a trailor. she finally got a place of our own and we still never had food even though she got food stamps and a check she seemed to buy some grocries and then sold the rest. It got to the point where me and my two sisters would rake leaves and stuff for money to go buy food for the little brother and sister. As I got older and in middle school I was being teased by kids for not wearing the up to date clothes and stuff. So I go embarrassed and stop going to lunch so I would spend all day in school and not eat when I got home I would hunt for food and eat till I couldnt eat any more. As I got to meet my hubby I got to where when I was around food I would eat cause I was so scared that their would be none tomorrow . I started packing on the pounds and when I got pregnant I only used that as a excuse to eat more. I see it now that when their is food and especially something sweet I would eat it like I couldnt let no one else have it I jest eat the whole thing. I couldn't stop it the urge to eat and eat till their was nothing left. I find that I still do that now. I am so sick of it I know I will have food in my house tomorrow but for some reason I can get it to click into place I shouldn't have to hide food from people jest so I can have it all . I don't know what to do I jest feel so hopeless any more. I jest don't know how much longer my body can endure this.

Thank you guys for letting me write this it helps so much to tell someone something..

02-15-2013, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the welcome! Hi Butterfly 50. It sounds like you have made a pretty good analysis of what's going on with your weight. Good luck on your journey.

Bobbi, you are channeling Martha Stewart with your homemade jello. Here is how she does it:

4 C fruit juice - Martha says no Mango, Papaya or pineapple - I think it won't gel.
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

Sprinkle Gelatin over 1 C fruit juice

Bring remaining juice to a boil. Pour boiling juice over gelatin-juice mixture, and stir until gelatin dissolves completely. chill. Serves 8.

I was a little off jello for the reasons Bobbi mentions. I tried this with one of the pomegranate juice combinations and it was good. It definitely doesn't have that "chemical-y" taste that some people like [me raising hand - love me some chemicals], but I am trying to learn not to be seduced by things I can't pronounce.

02-15-2013, 05:22 PM
Bonnie...your story brought tears to my eyes, I'm so sorry for your tragic childhood. It's no wonder you hoard food. :hug:
I wonder if you should seek out a professional for your food hoarding and we'll help you lose the weight. Keep you on track, that we can do. We all help each other with our weight loss, do a little whining, share our triumphs. As to the blog you spoke about, I don't even know where that is as I've never poked around over there. Ignore the cruel, thoughtless people.

Gail...I never knew how delicious real homemade jello was until I made the lime jello. I did put canned pineapple in it, I think it's just fresh you can't use.

02-15-2013, 07:37 PM
Hi everyone. 1st of all Bonnie a :hug: for you today,i encourage you to vent your feelings here,but also like Bobbie said maybe some professional help to deal with those feelings. you are not alone, food is my drug of choice too. We had a late night phone call from mil's care givers,she was really waka-doodle and they needed steve to calm her down,poor thing,so steve stayed with her till she fell asleep. her dementia is geeting worse and laasting longer. im glad we are only about 2 miles from where shes at. we went to the pool again today and i increased my pool walking so today i did 3 miles (thats 27 laps) and also did some upper body work using the floaties as hand wgts. im pooped but feel good at the same time. still therapy crocheting :dizzy: hey it works lol busy hands keep me from eating. hoping you all are having a great day :hug: rosey :wave:


1 cup bean soup
4 crackers with pb2 and sf jam

coffee mocha
1 c grapes

baked pork chop
green salad
1/2 c rice

02-15-2013, 09:04 PM
Bonnie-- Hugs to you!! Like Bobbie i was teary eyed too. t sounds like you have pretty good head on your shoulders and have faced this... be strong an of course, you can come here to vent, wine or jump for joy!! We will be her with you and for you!

02-16-2013, 07:45 AM
Huzzah, GGs! Just saying hi to all, edited to make this a little shorter! Woot! Have a great Sunday!

02-16-2013, 09:38 AM
Good Morning, we have a lovely snow coming down. Our cross country skis are still up in the rafters of the garage, normally we'd have skied by now. Things are just too much in the air to settle down until we sell our house.
Amaran, welcome back. Know what I remember about you? WOOT! It looks like you're only a few pounds away from your goal. You're right about our Golden Girls group, we have stuck together for a long time. We fall off our diet and don't post for awhile, then get some sense knocked into us and come back for accountability and re-enforcements. Sometimes it seems like we don't talk much about diet plans, more about our personal lives. But we all love to whine a bit, it's like having my best friend next to me. That's how I feel about the Golden Girls, all my best friends.
Yesterday's menu, I weighed and counted calories until supper time. After spending most of the day in the basement sewing, I was too tired to feed the food and portion size into Fitday so I won't post my calores.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds

Banana, Ginger & pineapple skim milk shake

Romaine salad
2 Flour tortillas with beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, ffsour cream, green onion, salsa and refried beans.

Evening snack:
Lemon Custard with sf/ff cool whip. Since I wasn't counting calories, I put my sugar free custard on top of the lemon cake I made for DH. I scraped off the frosting and replaced it with my custard. I shouldn't have because I wanted another piece. Using all my inner strength, I didn't go back for a 2nd piece. (I darn near broke my arm patting myself on the back)

02-16-2013, 10:44 AM
Good Saturday, all…

Can’t tell yet if it’s going to be a pretty day or not. I think the WF said it would be in the 50’s; therefore, we might have a snowstorm!

Rosey – have you gone back to the pool? Is this helping Steve’s booboos, too? Email me a picture of your dishcloths… fun, yes?

CK – glad you had a good birthday! How much are you being punished for all the celebratory meals out this week? Don’t fret! You’ll be back on track Monday!

Mary – glad you had a good birthday!

Did everyone have a romantic Valentine’s Day? Lots of candy and flowers and cuddles?

Cajun – your year of weight loss has been inspiring! What a good job you’ve done! Congrats…. And it sounds like both boys are doing well. Congrats on raising them so well, too!

Bobbi – I wasn’t the one who said you were low on your nutritional intake, but I’m glad you fixed it, if you were! And what news, re: housing? You’re right that this group talks more about personals than diets… as far as diets, mine is “blah, blah, blah, and blah” and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t ! And that all depends on how cooperative my mind is, at the time! :)

Speaking of which, but not at all… my brother and his wife are on the General Motors diet, supposedly put together with health care and nutritionist help, to keep the fat cats from stroking out. It’s pretty extreme. Bananas make me gag, so I don’t know if I could hack this, but here’s the link, if anyone is interested:

Carbie – yo! I’m always glad to see your posts, and I’m glad you’re feeling better.

Gail and SusanJean – welcome!

Looking forward to the weekend. I’m having a quickie Wendy’s lunch with a friend before she has both knees replaced next week (ouch!) and then it’s the usual domestic drudgery (sigh). Better get rolling! Hope you all have a good Saturday! Later, lovelies!

02-16-2013, 11:01 AM
Bobbi - You don't need to have a WW food list to figure out your points because all the information comes up on Fitday. I am just curious about it because you keep your calories the same so consistently.

Here are the calculators to figure it all out. This one will tell you how many points you are allowed to have daily.

On this one you enter your fat, carbs, protein and fiber and it will tell you how many points you've had for the day. Use the top one because the bottom one is for the old points system and doesn't coincide with the allowable points you calculated in the first one.

I hope things work out for you to get the house you like!

02-16-2013, 11:18 AM
morning all :wave: k3

02-16-2013, 11:29 AM
Donna...I was beginning to think I had dementia! Sorry but I didn't word my note to you correctly, I had to go back and look. I knew your didn't tell me my nutrition was too low. The eye opener for ME was to see how low I was in some area's, especially protein. Sometimes I speed type and don't bother to go back and see if it makes sense.:dizzy:

Your dinner sounds really good! My favorite play part of SparkPeople is entering the recipes and getting the nutritional values... what an eye opener, sometimes!! Enjoy, enjoy! I'm getting hungry, I think...

You're right about what an eye opener it is to see where I'm low in some nutrients. What kind of turkey sausages are you and K3 eating? I see it on both your menu's.

Carol Sue,,,thanks for the WW. points information... I'll check out my menu sometime when I have the time. Today I'm sewing again and already wasted too much time fooling around.

02-16-2013, 12:59 PM
Hi SusanJean - Glad to see you made it back and got your messages!

Amanrantha - I've wandered around the boards here quite a bit but I've found these lovely Golden Girls are wonderful ladies - very friendly and supportive, so I spend about 90% of my time here when I'm on-line.

Bonnie - :grouphug: :val3: :welcome: Good to have you here. Believe me, you can post anything and everything here and no one will be critical. As I said, the Golden Ladies are a wonderful group - very supportive. It sounds like you've certainly had rough times in the past. I hope things are going well for you these days. I've seen others telling about hiding food and/or being afraid they won't have enough -- it's no wonder you have those fears based on what has happened in the past. Counselling helps some people - have you considered it? If you're not confortable with that, just do what you think is best for you. What works for one person doesn't always work for someone else. Just be sure to take care of yourself. :hug:

Went to the pain clinic yesterday - what a project. It's always mobbed, and everyone generally has to wait at least 2 hours there, if not more. You wait, and wait, and wait, and then you get to spend 2-3 minutes with the doctor. Most of us just "grin ane bear it" but there are always a few who huff and puff and mutter and sputter -- doesn't do them any good though. :shrug:

There's a "cold-front" here. SO is sulking/angry about something. Don't know what it is. He's like a woman at "that time of the month" :D I just sit quiety and wait for him to "come around" -- but it's just so foolish. When we first met he was always saying if we have a disagreement about something we just have to sit at the kitchen table and talk it through. Instead, he gives me the silent treatment. :?: Oh well, he'll get over it.

Hope you all are having a good day!


02-16-2013, 04:25 PM
I haven't been entering my food in FitDay, but today, I am going to start again. So far, I have eaten 491 calories, with no junk. Yay!

02-16-2013, 06:55 PM
Thanks for letting me visit, ladies! It helped a lot today! Woot! :wave:

02-16-2013, 10:27 PM
Carol Sue...I found out my WW points, but when trying to fill in the points I've eaten...I ran into a problem.
Fat grams or fat calories?
Carb grams or carb calories.

02-17-2013, 10:21 AM
Bobbi - I'm glad you didn't do the points calculations already because I forgot to tell you that fruits and vegetables are zero points, so don't include the info from these items. I see your second post. It's grams in all instances.

02-17-2013, 10:35 AM
Mary Gee - When you were talking about the "cold front" I had to re-read before I realized you weren't talking about the weather. LOL DH and I yell and get it out of our system and 5 minutes later we are back to normal.

Carbie - I think the reason you notice your weight loss first in your fingers is because of fluid retention. I first notice my rings get loose. It varies from day to day. A lot of the weight gain from Prednisone is from fluid retention, I think. I worked with a woman who was always very thin. They put her on Prednisone and I thought she was pregnant. She just puffed up everywhere. But after that she went back to her skinny old self. I have to take Prednisone when I have procedures with contrast dye but I am only on it for a couple days so it doesn't have a big effect except for raising my blood sugar sky high. I think you are doing great with your weight loss.

A carbie
02-17-2013, 12:00 PM
Good Morning Goldies!
It's a nice sunny morning here, and suppose to get up to about 30 degrees. Yayyy!
Bonnie, I too had a screwy childhood and was hungry a lot of times. I think you're right to talk about it, but I think maybe a counselor could help you to get on the right track because a lifetime of holding these things makes it harder to get out of the rut on your own. Hugs to you, and keep posting here. we all care.

Forreal, that's a heart warming story about you, your Mom and Shirley.

AKRosey, I'm SOOO happy for you that you have re-found the water exercise! Isn't it just the most relaxing thing though??

Bobbi, I love reading your menu's. I wish I could steal some of them from you, but fruits drive my blood sugar way up, so I'm stuck eating meats and veggies and an apple once in a while. I do use dairy, but mostly FF or small amts of reg. cheese. I LOVE my cheese!

Carol Sue, thanks for posting the links to the WW points. If I ever get down to my desired weight I'm thinking I may go on WW way of eating.

Jess, I always enjoy your posts too. No misunderstanding what YOU say. and I like it that way. Hope you're having a good weekend. Hope your friend has good luck with her knee surgery. You're right, ... ouch!

Karen31, I understand your logic in not weighing until the B-day celebration is overwith and you start back on track again. I finally did that while on the Prednisone. I knew what was going to happen because my Dr. always puts me on it when I have an asthma attack too. Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your B-day!

SusanJean, I hope you've gotten things figured out by now. We love having new members. Don't forget to click on 50+ when you come to 3FC, and then Golden Girls. Congratulations on your 13-lb. loss!!

Cajun, I admire what you've done! 50 lbs is nothing to sneeze at! And I'm betting you'll have reached your goal by the time you go on vacation in the fall.
I'm having a family get together late July or early Aug. and I'm hoping to have 50 more lbs off by then. Good luck to you!

Gail42, WELCOME!! You're not the only one with eating indiscretions. But I'm glad you didn't gain from it! Keep coming back, we enjoy all new members.

Amarantha, hope you're having a great Sunday too. I like Sundays because I don't HAVE to do anything, so I lay around and read and watch TV.

Good Morning yourself, Karen3! How are you doing these days? Beating the pants off everyone in those card games I bet! Ha!

I'm going to have to get off here soon and get in the shower so I can feel human for the rest of the day. I know I missed some of the personals, but just know I think of all of you and hope you're doing well.
I have now lost 25 lbs. I hope this keeps up. :carrot:
Most of the sheetrock is up in the upstairs and down the stairway. They wont be here tomorrow so hopefully they'll finish the sheetrock next week and start the ceilings in the livingroom and bedroom. Hopefully I'll ba able to start painting the upstairs in a couple weeks.
Anybody got any ideas for colors for walls in a bathroom?
Take care all, and have a great Sunday!! ..... :goodvibes

02-18-2013, 09:27 AM
:wave: Be back later, appointment this am with nursing home (MIL), going to fitness center...yes you heard me right. I HATE EXERCISING, but our new health insurance plan pays for both of us so will take advantage of it. Will I enjoy it? :no:

Downton Abbey he dead?

02-18-2013, 11:00 AM
Bobbi - knowing you, you'll have the discipline to use that fitness center!! The world as we know it is ending..... ! :)

Is he dead? Would they DO that to us? If so, I think pregnancy is a risk that those people should NOT take ever again!

Have to get ready for work... back later for personals.

02-18-2013, 11:24 AM
Bobbi, Somehow I read Donna's post about "Is he dead" and "pregnancy" before I read yours, and I had to hurry up and look back to yours to see who she was talking about! Glad it's not a real person who's dead. LOL I don't watch Downtown Abbey.

I hope you like the fitness center. If you move to a smaller place, you might not get as much exercise as you do at this one so they fitness center will be a nice change. Our insurance covers a fitness center but I never used it because of all the equipment I have at home. That fitness center merged with another one five miles away so now it wouldn't be convenient.

Carbie - I went to WW for one month out of curiosity and my opinion is that it is just a fancy way of counting calories. It's just a money making scheme because not only do you have to pay what I think is an exorbitant amount to attend the meetings, but you have to pay for their tools to calculate the points of foods. Then just when you have all that worked out, they change the plan so you have to buy the new updated tools. LOL If counting calories or carbs is working for you, just stick with it. The meetings are only as good as the leader, and I didn't like ours. And they do so many things that make you feel like you're in kindergarten. They ask questions like what did you do this week that worked for you? If you speak up, they give you a sticker that says "Bravo". You get another sticker when you lose your first 5 lbs. Then another when you reach the next weight level. There's a page in your book to attach these stickers. I guess there are people who need that, but I thought it was juvenile. If you stick to the program, it works, but so do other weight loss plans. It's a lot easier to count calories, especially since there are websites like Spark People and Fitday that are free. And it seems to me that if you cut carbs, you don't even have to worry about what else you eat, because the weight just comes off from the no carbs. I'm making it sound so easy, aren't I? LOL Then why do I still weigh 195 lbs.

02-18-2013, 11:55 AM
Because I did well on my diet yesterday I will post my menu.

I had 1509 calories and it calculated out to 28 WW points. My carbs were at 76 gm for the day, and they were mostly complex carbs from the veggies. I did have a high fat count, but I know the liver did that. A good bit of it was mono fat which is healthy fat. That might have been from the peanut butter.


mushroom omlet using 2 egg beaters and mushrooms


1 T Peanut Butter


Sauteed cabbage and onion


Liver and onions (yeah, I know LOL)
tossed green salad

Hard boiled egg
1 oz mozzarella cheese

I love liver and onions. I rarely have it because DH won't eat it, but there's a couple restaurants in our neighborhood that serve it, so I get it every few months or so. My 4 year old grandson was with us and when I turned him over to his parents, he wouldn't even kiss me goodbye. LOL I guess I had liver/onion breath!

I was down 1 lb on the scale this morning and my blood sugar was way down from the highs I have been having.

02-18-2013, 12:42 PM
Good morning friends,
We had an awesome weekend. The weather was gorgeous. Cool and sunny. I sat by the fire all day. We even grilled pork chops and sausage over the fire for lunch. They killed 16 rabbits this weekend. I enjoyed having both our sons with us this weekend. We came back from the camp and went into the pasture behind our house and shot skeet. That was fun.
My diet was not too bad this weekend. I stayed on tract with only a little mess up Saturday night.

Bobbi~I'm not much for exercising either bobbi. I hate to sweaty hair. I guess it a pet peeve in have. I sure hope you get a sale for your house and the one y'all like is still available.

Carbie~ thank you for the compliment. I'm trying so hard to get the rest off this year. I think the next 40 lbs is going to be the hardest ever. It seems like my body doesn't want to let go.

Carol sue~Congrats on your weight loss. Your goal weight and height are the same as mine. I'm at 207. I started at 258.

Am~I remember you from last year with your woot word that you use. I have no idea what it means but its cheerful.

Gail~ I'm also 5'2". My goal is 165. Maybe 160. If you do not mine me asking. What size pants are you in at the weight your ticker is showing. I'm trying to get to 12 or 14's. Just depends.

Bonnie~ your story broke my heart. I can't even imagine living like that. They say an alcoholic can only be healed when he admits he is one. Seems like you have overcome your biggest hurdle in identifying the root of your overeating. You are trying with every breathe you take and that's a start. You can do it.

Donna~ I went to the site you posted for the general motors diet. It's awful sounding. I don't think I could do it either. I will stick with the diet I've been doing. Thank you for the sweet comments. I think my boys are awesome too. I'm a proud momma.

Rosey~im thinking the pool is an awesome exercise. Soon the inches will be falling off of you. Yay!!!!

Susanjean~ welcome. A loss is a loss. I think 1.6 is good. Congrats on the 13 lbs also. You may be losing inches too due to the walking. Don't stop. You are doing well!!!!!

Duty calls. Hello to all I missed.


02-18-2013, 02:57 PM
Good Morning!

MaryGee – is your SO still acting like a 2 year old? Aren’t they just annoying little creatures sometimes?

Carbie – I’m always so glad to see your postings. I appreciate that you take the time to do personals, AND they’re always interesting! Sounds like you’re doing so well with your weight loss… and I hope you’re taking pictures of the renovation. I hope you’ll share some pictures, too! About bathrooms, I like good old white, because then you can use any color shower curtains and towels to perk up the color. The rest of the house, though, I like some color…

Bobbi – I’m so anxious to hear about you becoming FrannieFitness! I know you’ll make yourself use it, even if you don’t like it! Any real estate news?

If you’re not a Downton fan, just skip this! About Downton,

There are pictures, and this is the first time I’ve caught them in a discrepancy. His head is facing the wrong way for all that blood to flow, unless the lorry driver moved him.

CarolSue – Liver and onions sounds SO good! I haven’t had it in ages. I used to bake it in mushroom gravy, and the meat was so tender it could be cut with a fork. YUM.

Cajun - glad you had a good weekend! Sounds productive, for sure...

I’m at work, even though SO MANY people are off today. I think it’s just mean! LOL

Time for lunch! Hope you’re all having a good Monday!

02-18-2013, 06:21 PM
Hi everyone. sry i have been mia, after a long post on sat morning it went poof into cyber land and so did our phone and interent service. they came out a few hr\s ago and fixed a broken wire out by the garage where there was a frost heave and caused mayham. to say the least i had anxiety and puter with drawals,i did manage to watch the Downton Abby episode last nite and absoultely want to watch the other seasons :) in my last post steve and i went to the pool again on friday,i walked 27 laps in the pool,did some kicking hanging onto the pool edge for 10min and some upper body and arm exercises with the floaties. exercising in the pool feels so good and its easy, until you get out and as i walk up the ramp i feel heavier and heavier. ugh on the brite side an older man kept oggling my boobs lol i need to take in my tank top so im a bit more covered. kinda flattering in a weird way. also mr cranky asked me if i wanted my toe nails painted so id be all pretty for the pool,awwwwthat would be a YES. see he does have his moments :love: we have also been having more episodes with steves mom. we have had to go and calm her down just about every day now. i wonder if its really a mental thing or shes figured out her boys come running when she acts like that, i do know she's very confused poor thing and they are good sons and help her all they can.Bobbie you are going to a fitness place thats awesome:carrot: jess ive made 4 "therapy" dish rags this weekend and got some nylon net to make scrubbies too. keeps me from eating likea bored mad women.congrat to all who have managed to loose :carrot: and :hug: to us all for keeping on our plans. for those on ww theres a web site called dottiesweightlosszone that has pts and recipes. have an awsome day chickies rosey :wave:

greek yogurt

1/2 ham sand with lettuce
iced tea

coffee mocha

dinner (subject to change)
moose meat loaf
brocolli with cheese
mashed potatoes(for steve)

02-18-2013, 07:32 PM
Cajun, I have a fat stomach and thin-ish thighs which makes pants difficult. However, I just went and looked at my new ones which are maybe just a tiny bit tight around the waist, but ok elsewhere, and they are petite medium. I have another pair of size 12. I could probably wear a 10 if I did stomach tightening exercises.

My grown son had a family crisis this weekend, and I have been totally devoted to talking to him on the phone and did not enter all my food into FitDay like I promised. I also ate more weird, unhealthy food because I was upset. The only good thing is that I managed to not go full out and stuff myself. I portion controlled the junk. Sigh...Tomorrow is another day and I will try again.

I love my food plan and I am looking forward to having a day where I follow it and can post my menus. I calorie count and weigh and measure my food.

My dinner tonight: Lightly browned Brussels Sprouts and chicken sausage over rice. Spinach salad with dried plums, red onions, bacon bits and Taste of Home makeover spinach salad dressing. Iced well water.

02-19-2013, 11:35 AM
Gail - I am built like you. Big belly and thin hips and thighs. It makes buying pants a real challenge, especially when relaxed fit was all you could find. LOL Now that they are putting some spandex into jeans it's a little bit better. I am currently wearing a 16 petite average. Don't have to do any hemming.

02-19-2013, 11:58 AM
Good Morning...didn't get back yesterday to read all the post, just as well since I didn't have time anyway.

Carol Sue...Now I'm really confused, when I put in my fat grams, which ones do you use? In Fitday, they have fat grams, sat fat grams, poly fat grams, mono fat grams? I used used the top one, fat grams. Then about the fiber, since fruits and veggies are free, should I eliminate the fiber too?

Bobbi - I'm glad you didn't do the points calculations already because I forgot to tell you that fruits and vegetables are zero points, so don't include the info from these items. I see your second post. It's grams in all instances.I'm glad you posted your menu, it's always nice to see what others are eating. My mom made liver and onions when we were kids and I ate it because of the starving children across the ocean. After getting married, my DH wanted me to make it. Instead of frying it to death like my mom did, I fried bacon 1st, then LIGHTLY fried the liver in some of the bacon grease. YUM! I did the point calculator thing and came up with 26 points available. I'm not sure if I did the menu right, don't know about the fruit/veggies fiber count. Looks like yesterday's menu I used up 18 points. Will wait for your answer to see if I did it right. DH gives me the silent treatment rarely but when he does, I enjoy it. Don't have to look at him, don't have to talk to him. I have my computer for my amusement. I love playing scrabble on Facebook.

Donna...:stress::stress::stress:I liked Matthew the best! But he's so handsome, maybe these series gave him star power and he went on to bigger and better things? Nothing new on our house.

Good job staying on track while camping, that was always my time to pig out. Especially frying bacon and eggs over the camp stove in the morning. Enjoy your nice weather, it's 45 degress below zero around her with the high wind chill.

Rosey...see...Mr. Cranky pants has his gentle side painting your toenails. I'm staying busy with sewing too, using all my leftover blue jean material making pot holders that I'll sell at rummage sale once we move into town. I'll check out that site, dotties weight zone when I finish here. I'm really not on wwatchers program but Carol Sue wanted to know how many points I was eating and it made me wonder too.

Gail...join the club, I have small hips and thighs too, but that dang belly fat just doesn't go away. I'm only a couple pounds from my goal weight AGAIN and the fat doesn't go away. I've worn mens jeans most of my life because they fit better in the legs and butt but bigger in the waist. You don't see many men with large thighs unless they are into weight lifting, etc. Check them out.

Time to get with the program, I made enough tuna casserole for two nights so I just have to put a batch of yogurt together and make some dessert for me. I'm thinking of making something with fat free cream cheese and oranges.
Later gators.

If I miss gabbing to any of you, sorry. I only go back a page or two and if you haven't chatted, then nothing comes to mind. I don't have a photogenic memory like my DH. He even remembers the serial numbers on all his guns.

02-19-2013, 12:37 PM
I really like liver and onions cooked as Bobbi suggests. Our mothers were soul mates as far as cooking liver goes!

Slimn11, can I ever relate to the "relaxed fit" dilemma. What actually works well for me is to find pants that are intended to be "hip-huggers" for normally shaped people. I have a short rise, and the waist on the hip huggers falls at my natural waist, and is proportionately larger. I even found a denim skirt that was meant to be a mini-skirt/hip hugger outfit for a teeny bopper. On me, it is just the right length and the waist is big enough. The only problem I have had with the hip huggers is the short zipper.

Then there were the Mustang pants. They were supposed to have ease in the waist and fit more closely in the butt and thights. I ordered a pair. They were so tight in the waist I couldn't breathe, then there was a sort of bubble around the abdomen, and slim legs. Very weird look. LOL. It is much easier to find pants to fit a pear shape.

02-19-2013, 09:37 PM
Good Hola, All…

Came home from work and took a wee nap. I feel very refreshed!

Rosey – I’m so glad your computers/phones/digitals/etc. are all working again! We get so used to these things that it’s like being nekkid without them! I snorted with glee at the old poop ogling your boobies! He probably would have had a heart attack if you’d flashed him! :):) And did you get your toes painted? Mr. CPants will be to blame if your admirer pops his cork! Have you heard anything from your insurance company about your surgery?

Gail – your dinner menu was really tasty-sounding!

Bobbi – as usual, you made me chuckle discreetly. I love that you, too, ate everything on your plate because kids starved in other parts of the world. And my mom’s liver was always a lot like shoe leather in consistency… ugh! Your way of cooking it sounds good… I might have to indulge this weekend! I was pretty fond of Matthew, too, once he got over his period of being a pretentious prig. It should be interesting… will Mary usurp Edith again and take the publisher to wed? How about the chauffeur? Any chance there for him and Rose? Oh, the “what if’s” are so intriguing!

Have sort of fallen off program, but tomorrow is another day!

Hope you all have a lovely evening. I’m waiting for weather on the morrow, if we’re lucky and the WF are right. Suits me fine! Later, lovelies!

02-19-2013, 10:39 PM
Good evening GG's,

Hope you all are doing well ~ I haven't been able to be here much ~ family stuff. This too shall pass......sigh.

Take care

02-19-2013, 11:06 PM
Bobbi - My mother used to overcook the liver, too. It must have been their generation. And she used beef liver. I prefer calves liver. More tender. It has to be cooked on a low slow heat. I like it braised, but I haven't made it for years because DH won't eat it. Organ meat is really not good for you, but I like to have it once in a while. I used to love kidneys, too, but you can't even get them anymore. The guy in the grocery store said it's not cost effective for them to get them in because not many people buy them. I never knew how to cook them.

26 points is the lowest WW allows you to go, but you will never use all of them with the diet that you eat. I am not surprised that yours came out to 16. When you enter your food into Fitday, don't enter any fruits or veggies. They are 0 points, like a free food. Then use the grams of carbs, fat, fiber and protein to calculate the points. It is only total fat grams. Disregard the numbers for sat, mono, poly etc. You don't include anything from the veggies or fruits, but you would have fiber from other foods you eat, such as the Fiber One cereal. After you have calculated your points, you can enter the fruits and veggies in to get your total calories and have all your food for the day listed.

I don't like men's jeans because the back pockets end up down on my leg instead of on my butt. I guess I'm just not proportioned right for them. When I was young and skinny I didn't have a problem buying jeans. I do have a pair with elastic waist, but I really don't like them because they scream "old lady" and I refuse to consider myself an old lady yet. One time, my husband wore a pair of my jeans to work. It's a shame that my jeans are so big that he can wear them. LOL He wears tapered leg and mine were straight leg and he wondered why they were so baggy around the ankles. When I got home from work and realized what he had on I was afraid to tell him they were mine. LOL I doubt if anyone at work realized it because they would never have let him live it down.

02-20-2013, 12:07 AM
Gayle---HUGS to you!!

Hello to everyone --- already it's too late to try to reply to everyone.... another day.

02-20-2013, 01:21 AM
Hi everyone. it was a quiet day until we got a call from the assisted living that my mil had fallen out of bed. have not gotton all the details yet but she was transported to the er to be checked out. so far nothing wrong except scaring us to death,and she was released. I watched an interesting piece about dementia and memory loss on the cbs morning show. this Dr claims that what we eat causes some memory loss,esp meat,dairy,processed foods,cooking in cast iron pans and copper pipes in your plumbing. he said that vegitarians fair better becuz of there diet. gee im sure in trouble :dizzy: he recommend s a diet high in vegies, fruits and beans and nuts,sounds like the Paleo diet minus the meat. other than the mil we spent a quiet day. i made a new recipe i tweaked for orange chix tonight. it was a box mix and u add the chicken, i never follow them exactly. am glad i only used one of the dried hot chilli peppers as it was really spicey but good. steve opted for just reg chix with m soup gravy and stuffing. i wanted to see the dowton abby series and watched it last sunday and got hooked like every one else. i called blockbuster to see if they had the other seasons and they didnt and they were very expensive to buy, so i joined netflix free for a month so i could get the set. pretty smart of me i think:dizzy: im waiting for the day when i can wear a real pair of blue jeans. becuz of all the hanging skin they just dont fit right. i do have a pr with elastic waist but dont like them. i have not called to set up apts in anchorage till we get our finances in a row. if we are careful we will be ok. i plan to make an apt next week after POOF day. nothing else new and here i am rattling along. hope your day was great Rosey :wave:

cinnamon coffee

breakfast,1 egg,small slice ham,1/2 cup hashbrowns
iced tea

coffee mocha

1 c orange chix,1/2 c rice small amt chowmein noodles

carmel apple sucker

02-20-2013, 10:40 AM
I'll be back later to gab, just going to post my menu from yesterday. I spent time this morning googling questions about how many grams of fat, carb, protein and fiber I needed. These searches take you to zillions of site and that's where my time went.
Carol Sue...thanks, I just put in the data and I'm at 16, I did it right. I'm suppose to be at 26...I don't think WW would work for me. No way I can eat that much food and lose weight. But it did open my eyes to how many grams I'm eating and how many I should be eating.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda

Banana & ginger skim milk shake
12 oz. Kale Veggie soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole. I covered most of it with crushed potato chips and left a small portion without the chips for me. (dang calories in chips)
Golden delicious apple with blue cheese spread
Veggie was mushrooms, onions, green beans and broccoli .(frozen oriental mix)

Evening snack:
Orange cheesecake with SF/FF Cool whip
12 in the shell peanuts, protein was low again.

calories: 1026 and 40 grams of fiber

02-20-2013, 11:21 AM
Rosey, my MIL was in assisted living and had the same problems with falling, going to the ER etc. She is now in a rest home. At the time, I didn't know that you could hire a "caregiver" to come to the assisted living and check on her and do things for her. We could have kept her in the very nice assisted living place that she really liked, for a couple more years. She is 95 now, and really does need the complete care that the rest home gives. I know all this depends on your financial situation and your insurance.

Jess1, we have both lost about the same amount, and I, too, am having trouble staying on track. I keep yapping about logging in FitDay. Yesterday, I couldn't get on the site. Do you log your calories/points/whatever?

I have read all of Barbara Rolls Volumetrics books. I try to follow her principles. I believe that, for me, it boils down to calories in/calories out. However, psychologically, I like to see a big pile of food in front of me. I never got fat eating spinach, peaches, or veggies. I actually eat as much of these as I want. I also combine things into broth based soup. My problem is that I eat bread with butter type stuff when I get anxious or tired.

So, today, I will log my food and be sure that the bread and butter etc. are out of sight. I think if the bread and butter had not been sitting out on the counter last night, I would have left it alone.

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with blueberries, large pear, MorningStar Farms sausage patty.

Lunch: Soup [big] and Salad [big]

Dinner: Casserole made by DH - 1C

Later: Popcorn

02-20-2013, 11:43 AM
Bobbi - I agree with you that you could not eat 26 points of food. They just don't recommend for anyone to go below because they feel that undereating is not healthy. But if I am to eat 26 points at 195 lb I can still lose weight. Why expect someone who weighs 129 lbs to be able to eat the same? If you eat the same as I do, aren't you going to weigh the same as I do? LOL I think WW is OK for someone who has a lot of weight to lose, but I would bet than the people who are close to reaching their goal go below their points allowance. I have said before, I think WW is a business and they are out to make money. I tend to not trust someone who is trying to fool me into thinking they are doing something to help me. The only benefit I see to it is for those people who need to be accountable to someone and go there each week to be weighed. I think that's an awful lot of money just to have someone weigh you. I did lose weight when I was following their plan, but I also lose weight if I stick to ANY plan, be it counting calories, carbs or just plain old will power to cut back.

You do not get much protein in. I wonder what the side effects are of not enough protein? I usually have egg beaters and a piece of meat every day so protein is never a problem for me, but when I see the pie chart, I usually have too many carbs and fat. I need to look closer and be sure that the carbs are coming from the veggies and see if the fat is sat or poly or mono. Sat is bad, poly is OK and mono is good. I don't know how much fiber I should have, but I do eat veggies, fiber crackers, beans and I don't have issues, so I think I'm ok. Now you have me curious and I'm going to research how many grams of everything I should have daily.

02-20-2013, 11:57 AM
Gail - Bread is one of my biggest problems. In the past week or so that I have been cutting back on carbs I have had very little bread and am no longer craving it. I did eat a piece of a Subway sandwich my husband had yesterday and I ate some of the wheat roll and it was delicious! But I stopped at a small piece and I am proud of that accomplishment. As far as volume goes, I have started putting my dinner on a very small plate....the size you would use to serve a piece of cake for example. (bad example to use, I know. LOL) In the past when I did that, I often went back and had seconds, which defeated the purpose of using the small plate. Now I'm doing better at it. I wrap up any leftovers and put them in the refrigerator. I know they are there if I really need them. I no longer feel the need to overeat because I think the food is going to disappear. It has helped me. Sometimes I go back later and get some leftovers and sometimes it's just lunch for the next day. And there are times when I go back to the refrigerator a half hour after dinner and finish it off.

I think some of this comes from the fact that I grew up very poor. When my mother made dinner, that's all there was going to be. If you ate faster, you got to get seconds before the next person got them. And you ate til everything was gone because you weren't going to get anything to eat later on. There wasn't anything else there, except maybe bread, and there wasn't anything to put on it. No PB, no jelly. Guess that's where my bread issues came from.

I see from your ticker that you have lost a good bit. Keep going, girl! Hopefully I'm right behind you!

02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Carol Sue. I have no excuses. Food scarcity? NO. Fat family? NO. Eating disorder? NO. Hormonal problems, NO. Metabolic, Thyroid, etc etc? NO. Somewhere along the line, I started using food as a tranquilizer. Since I am pretty small, it all adds up fairly quickly. Bread, especially cheap, white, bread, with butter, of course, is my drug of choice. At least I won't get arrested.

I use those "cake" plates, too. I actually prefer them because it makes the food look like it is bigger.

02-21-2013, 02:11 AM


1 small pancake with butter spray and sf syrup
1 sausage link
1 egg

air popped popcorn
coffee mocha

1/2 c rice
1/2c orange chix
small amt chow mein noodles soy sauce

18 laps pool walking (= 2 miles land walking)

02-21-2013, 09:09 AM
Way to go Rosey on the pool walking ~ so glad you finally got back in there and are enjoying it

02-21-2013, 10:24 AM
Bacon Apple Chicken Stew 1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 230 calories, 4g fat, 570mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 10g sugars, 31g protein -- PointsPlusģ value 6*

This sweet 'n savory creation is 50 percent soup, 50 percent stew, and 100 percent AMAZING!!!
2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
3 cups peeled and chopped Fuji apples
2 cups carrots cut into 1/2-inch coins
2 cups roughly chopped celery
1 cup roughly chopped onion
6 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
Optional seasoning: additional salt

In a crock pot, combine broth with cornstarch, and stir to dissolve. Add vinegar, garlic, and parsley, and mix well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the crock pot. Add all remaining ingredients except bacon, and thoroughly stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken and place in a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Stir shredded chicken into the stew in the crock pot.

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Chop or crumble bacon, and sprinkle over each serving!


This recipe was on Hungry Girl this morning. Anytime you add vinegar to soup, it's delicious.
Yesterday I found a new recipe for Sweet Sour Soup (meatless for my lunches) This one had cooked apples in it and since I have tons of applesauce frozen, I tried it. It's now my favorite soup and the apples don't add that many calories. I'll be back later with my menu, have to get it together, BTW why can't we do a copy and paste on Fitday?

02-21-2013, 10:37 AM
Whole Pork loin is so cheap right now, we have it on sale for $1.79 per pound. DH cooked last night and the loin was big enough for supper again tonight. Yipee, no cooking today other than coming up with a diet dessert. After googling what percentages I needed in my menu, I'll post those stats. Maybe it'll prompt me to get my protein up.

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda


16 oz. Kale Veggie soup, yes I ate a pound of soup to finish it off.

4 oz.Pork Loin
baked onions
Butternut squash

Evening snack:
double portion Orange cheesecake with SF/FF Cool whip
1 1/2 oz shell peanuts, protein was low again.

Fiber 37 grams
Fat 31% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 48% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 27% (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 974, don't preach, I ate the peanuts at bedtime to help get it up.

02-21-2013, 10:57 AM
I'm really going to quit fooling around and get to work after I post this recipe on my DD Facebook this morning. Anyone try making fries out of carrots?
Hibiscus was open yesterday, so beautiful. Then my Charlie Brown tree with new leaves. :carrot:

02-21-2013, 02:04 PM
Good Morning, All…

Snowy (and very pretty!) here. There’s about 6” at my house, but I think it’s over for today. It’ll all be melted by morning.

Gayle – I hope all is well with you. I take it that you’re still very much enmeshed in DD’s marital problems? This, too, will pass… I know how much you worry.

Rosey – how’s your MIL doing? I’m so impressed that you’re continuing to use the pool. You should start losing again, yes? Gawd knows, you don’t eat anything! I look at all these menus that are posted and think that it’s not enough to keep anyone alive! You must all be 5’2”!!

Gail – I do enter my food intake on SparkPeople… although I’ve fallen off the wagon AGAIN and apparently hurt myself. I’m feeling out of control again. This is the story of my life.

Bobbi – sweet and sour soup sounds good! I made a quickie (and very tasty) vegetable soup, and I’ve been eating that a lot. I’ll look for your recipe. Eiuuu, fries out of CARROTS? Weird and strange… The hibiscus is beautiful and the lemon tree is tenacious!

I have NOTHING to report! The snow is already melting, and the WF think there might be more coming. I sure wish I was at home instead of at work! Sigh…

Better get rolling. Everyone – have a good day. Maybe there will be some breaking news later!

02-21-2013, 02:36 PM
Howdy all from the house that's stinks....I am cleaning the oven after a few nasty spills. A gray smoke is blewing out of the kitchen and Dash is sneezing. Windows and doors are wide open. Hopefully I won't set off the fire alarm. have become a hottie chick. Hmmm few more weeks of pool walking and you will be our first calender girl. Picks your month girl!

Bobbie....that soup with apples and vinegar looks so good. Plus bacon!!!! yummy

Cajun...does older DS like the new job?

Gayle...What's happening with DD and sil? Yes I meant little letters and no D! I would kill for me time...worse part of retirement is lack of me time.

Weather for the middle of the country and then East coast sounds awful. The cold front is supposed to stop at our state border...please keep it up there. All suck in a deep breath.....

My regular Wed Winter partner Bob ( as opposed to my Summer Bob) is out taking care of his sick wife. So yesterday I played with a woman from Holland who now lives in Canada. Brunhilda knew everything. I said we have had such a mild winter and she refuted even that...well maybe it was cold in Canada? She was hugh...not fat but probably wore size 14DD shoes! I felt like a gnat flitting around her. Germanic accents and behavior don't intimate me after 50+ yrs with DH. She admitted they sold their 26' RV and were wintering in a van. "That has a lovely queen size bed". Huh Wanted to ask what they did besides sleep room for anything else, But sometimes I do remember to shut my mouth. Her real name was Margret, but she'd look good in a cowhorn hat! Oh, we came in 2nd.

We have a bridge player who has about given up eating. Her weight is probably 80 lbs and she looks awful. Am suprised that she didn't get the flu and die. She fell last Tuesday and broke her hip. Everyone was saying "she's gonna die" especially when they did surgery that same evening. I told them all the only way she'd die was if they shot her. That doing the surgery asap prevented clots and that this was probably the best thing to have happened that neither the hospital or rehab would let her"not eat." I was just about boo'd but guess who is right. She went to rehab Sat and visitors Sunday report she looks good and has gained weight. 20 yrs of geriatrics I should know my stuff.

Smoke smell has reached here...heading for the lania....k3

02-21-2013, 03:45 PM
Bobbi, That Bacon/Apple Chicken Stew looks terrific! I know what you mean about a little vinagar. It really perks a main dish up.

My Complaints of the day....yawn....

Like Gayle, I am involved in a child's marital problems. It is very stressful.

FitDay will no longer come up on my work computer. I will use My Fitness Pal at work, I guess. I like FitDay only because I am used to it and have lots of custom foods entered.

Last night, I posted my menu on here and it disappeared. Doggone it - one day when I stuck to plan and it's gone.

I work on a military base. Yesterday they had a security breach and shut the base down. The traffic jam created was like something out of Los Angeles. This is a very small town and we aren't used to traffic. Actually security breaches are a little scary.

OK. Off the pity pot.

The Good News is that I still weigh what my ticker says: 157. This is my lowest and what I weighed in early January. I have had a lot of deviations from healthy, low cal eating in the last few weeks, so I am elated by today's weigh in.

Karen, my girlfriend plays duplicate bridge. She always has some outrageous story to tell about peoples' bridge playing behavior. I really don't get why those people are so contentious. It seems to me like they all think they know everything and that creates problems. :lol::lol:

Good on ya, Rosey. Keep at it.

Hang in there, jess1.

02-21-2013, 08:35 PM
Hi, all! Just wanted to drop in & say hello & read posts.

Bobbi, the apple-chicken soup looks delicious. I would never have thought of apples in a chicken soup.

Gayle, that is scary about a security breach where you work. Glad everything turned out ok. Congrats on the good weigh in.

Karen, glad the lady who broke her hip is better & has gained weight.

Have a good weekend, all. Thanks for letting me visit.

02-21-2013, 09:28 PM
Hi everyone another snowy day here. just got back from running errands. i did some groc shopping and stuck to my list. nothing extra not even a magazine or new toy for the dogs :dizzy: dh had therapy today while i was shopping,and he says he might be feeling a little better :carrot:. Jess im 4' 9" now. i kinda shrunk in hght too. Bobbie i copied that recipe from hungry girl and am going to try it. Ive been looking on line for a swimming suit. right now im using biker shorts and a tank with a sports bra under it. ive seen some i like but have no idea what size. no pool today but tomorrow for sure. nothing pressing. plan to watch american idol again tonight. hope your evenings bombdiggity :hug:

greek yogurt

1 slice pizza
iced tea

1/2 ham sand with lettuce,and mayo
tomatoe soup

coffee mocha
carmel apple sucker

02-22-2013, 09:42 AM
It's so pretty outside my windows, we're at 7" of snow right and it's still coming down. Love it, love it!
Rosey...let me know how the Hungry Girl chicken soup turns out. As to swim suits, I'm sure you'll find something online.

Amaran...I made some sweet & sour cabbage soup a couple of days ago that has apples in it, oh so good. The calories are really low too, no chicken in it because I use it as a low calorie lunch.

K3...I had to read your comment about the Hungry Girl soup twice, bacon? Geeeez, I didn't notice that ingredient. But I haven't made it yet either. I love bacon, DH eats the pepper bacon and I can't decide if I want to spend the calories on the real thing or that nasty turkey bacon. I used to play bridge years ago but our game has always been 500. We were in two different couples club, I miss the old days and the card games. We used to try outdo each other on what we served for lunch.

Glynne...sorry for your stress with kids. We've all been there, done that. My 21 year old grandson is a constant worry for me, he drives back in forth 45 minutes one way to school and work. Highways are so bad and I've prayed more for him that I ever did my daughter when she was that age. I just have to give my stress to the Lord and let him deal with it.

Donna.. I live on veggie soup for lunch in the winter time, its a wise decision because it fils you up and you can save your higher calories for supper. Yup, the lemon tree wants to live. I learned my lesson, it stays inside with a growing light and blankie like K3 suggested. lemon tree is tenacious!

Gail...We get a call every other day from the nursing home that MIL has fallen. She's 92 and must have strong bones because she never breaks anything, It sure makes me appreciate my mobility. my MIL was in assisted living and had the same problems with falling, going to the ER etc. She is now in a rest home.

I'll post my menu from yesterday and dig up the sweet sour soup.
Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda

Sweet & Sour Apple Cabbage soup, YUMO
After noon snack more soup eaten cold.

4 oz.Pork Loin
Applesauce for roast
fried Kale, Onion, garlic and balsamic vinegar

Evening snack:
Raspberry Fluff with SF/FF Cool Whip
1/2 serving dry Fiber One on top

Bedtime snack, 1.50 oz walnuts, pecans & almonds

Fat 33% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 47% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 21% (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 1,007
Fiber 39 grams

02-22-2013, 10:00 AM
Red Cabbage Sweet & Sour Soup
2 med onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp chicken bouillon
6 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (I used green cabbage)
2 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS balsamic Vinegar
1 large can diced tomatoes with juice
6 cups of water
2 apples peeled and diced. (I used 16 oz applesauce, twice as much as called for but that's how I freeze my apples) Extra calories were worth it.
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. (I used spray) Add chicken bouillon and water. Add cabbage, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Cook until cabbage is tender. Add tomatoes and apple, cook until apple is just tender. (I dumped everthing in at once and cooked it)

I ended up with an 8oz bowl with only 47 calories. I ran out of cabbage, didn't have the full 6 cups + more apples so your soup will have different calorie value than mine.

02-22-2013, 03:42 PM
Good morning ladies,
Today was weigh in day and I only lost 1/2 lb. That darn fat just don't want to go away.
As usual I'm packing for the camp. Both our boys and their gf are coming with us. It's the last weekend of hunting season. All our hunting friends are coming to our camp Friday and again on Saturday night to eat. I'm making 2 desserts. Is that tortue or what. Dh and I decided with that many people in our camp and all the cooking this weekend that we would not haul things home and save stuff until next winter. We will go back next weekend and take care of all that.

Bobbi~I'm sure happy that your Charlie brown tree will make it. Maybe you will get lucky and get a lil lemon this year. Dh and I were watching the news this morning showing all the snow. It would be fun to get snow. So beautiful. Unlike all the rain we have been getting.

Rosey~ we had an above ground pool when our boys were young and I loved it. I also did some walking and other exercises in it. I wish we had it now that I'm serious about losing weight.

Amarantha~it was good to hear from you. Come back soon!!

Gail~I'm glad the base issue turned out ok. Sometimes our interstate has bad accidents that close the road and they direct traffic thru our town. Horrible. We can't get out of town. I guess they want to keep the highway flowing. Makes it bad for us country folks. Congrats on your ticker weight.

karenfl~ I soooo need to clean my oven and I also put it off due to the smell. I have a self cleaning oven but it smells and smokes. It's nice when it's clean though. My oldest ds is taking all kinds of test and getting his certifications to work in the refineries. He hasn't started the work part yet but so far he's happy with his career move. I think he'll do great.

Donna~did you get more snow? Seems like everyone is getting snow. All we get is rain and more rain.

Carol sue~I was reading about your bread problems. It's only since I started this diet a year ago that I realized that dessert is my issue. I crave that trash. How come it couldnt be raw veggies I crave. Lol!!

Time to pack. :)
Have a great weekend!!!!


02-23-2013, 02:47 AM

cinnamon latte

tuna salad on a wasa cracker

coffee mocha
100cal mini bag popcorn

stuffed bell peppers( biggest looser recipe with ground turkey)
iced tea
2 hersheys miniature's dark choc

02-23-2013, 09:47 AM
Cajun - No one ever got fat eating veggies! LOL I don't know why I'm not interested in sweets. Sometimes I get nauseated after I eat something really sweet, especially on an empty stomach.

My new oven is self cleaning but I am afraid to do it. Everyone says it gets sooooo hot. It now has some spills in it and I'm going to try to clean them out with some no fume oven cleaner. That stuff doesn't really work, but I can't imagine having my windows and doors open when it's only in the 30's.

Bobbi - Did you ever freeze your soup? I did it for the first time and it worked out good. I gave away 3 jars of the soup but was still left with a lot. I had 3 plastic deli containers and I filled each and put them in the freezer. I just ate the last one yesterday and I'm ready to make a new batch.

Rosey - You are doing well on your menus and your pool walking. Good luck on finding a suit. I have found that I usually require a suit 1 size up from what I wear in other clothes. It would be very hard to buy one when you can't try it on, first. Are you allowed to return them if it doesn't fit?

Donna - It is so easy to fall off that wagon, isn't it? Just get right back on and don't look back.

Gailr - Fitday at work????? We would have been shot at sunrise if we had attempted to access a personal site on the work computers. LOL They were all tracked.

02-23-2013, 10:14 AM
Good Morning, only time to post my menu. B'Day party today so I'll eat lighter than usual.
Carol Sue...yes, I have froze my lunch soups in the past. I used to freeze them in individual serving sizes but ditched that because I got lazy. When I put my recipe into fitday, I put the number of servings by the ounces. If my entire batch weighs 72 ounces (4 lbs. 8 ounces), I put the servings as 72 servings of 1 oz each. I'm never sure how hungry I am, some days I'll eat a 8 oz bowl. Simple, just put 8 servings into Fitday. An hour later I might get hungry and I'll eat more. Going by one ounce at a time, I'm not forcing myself to eat anymore than I want. This sounds kind of confusing but it works for me.
Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda

Sweet & Sour Apple Cabbage soup
Skinny shake with banana, fresh ginger and mixed berries

Bar Q .Pork Ribs
Mixed Veggies, (corn, green beans, carrots)
celery sticks

Evening snack:
2 Raspberry Fluff with SF/FF Cool Whip
(dessert is only 55 calories each so I splurged
and had 2)

Bedtime snack,

Fat 45% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 50% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 22% (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 1,198
Fiber 37 grams

02-23-2013, 12:01 PM
For all the kitty lovers.

02-23-2013, 12:55 PM
Good Morning, All…

Pretty day, kind of chilly… but pretty!

KarenFL – I laughed at your Brunhilda. I know EXACTLY what she looks like, how she speaks, and what a know-it-all she is! What a great description, just the name! I hope your bridge friend comes out of this and can get healthy. Why did she quit eating?

Gail4 – thanks, I will hang in! I do hang in! I AM hanging in! It’s just so BORING, dontcha know?

Rosey – you’re just a little bitty person! I was glad to see you actually ate some food on Thursday! Speaking of little persons, but not at all… how is Tootsie doing? And the rest of the pups?

Bobbi – your menus (and recipes) always sound so good! I’m saving the S&S Cabbage Soup recipe! But, how much water should I add? I couldn’t find that in the recipe. And how many servings does it make? I have all the ingredients except for the tomatoes… I really need to buy in bulk, because sometimes I’ll just open a can of diced tomatoes for my entire vegetable for a meal. I go through a lot of diced tomatoes! SamCat was delicately amused at the kitty picture… I was more so!

Cajun – glad things are going well with you and your boys! No, we didn’t get any more snow. The WFs are thinking (ha!) that maybe we’ll get more tomorrow and into next week. This one we just had was lovely, about 5-6” of WET. LilyTree should be very happy! As always, it’s been a weird winter.

CarolSue - yo!

Nothing much to report. I found out yesterday that my cohort at work is quitting and taking another job. I was distraught. As you might have figured, I don’t do change well.., and particularly this, since we’re such a tiny office and very tight. We all meshed really well, and I just dread some snotty little Brunhilda-type coming in (thanks, KarenFL), viewing me as “just” a receptionist, and trying to rearrange the hierarchy. It’s such a specialized field and market that it’s going to take someone a long time to get up to snuff. If I’m dreading it, I can just imagine how my boss lady is feeling! It should be interesting. The business has been fragile for a while, anyway, and I wonder how we’ll do with this.

I’m off to do some domestic drudgery. I feel pretty good today, slept for almost 12 hours last night. SamCat is very considerate!

So, everyone, have a good Saturday, eat well… later, lovelies!

02-23-2013, 01:54 PM
Hi Golden Girls-

Iíve been busy, mostly with my mom and her breast cancer treatments and associated needs. She had diarrhea, nausea, mouth sores, could/t eat. Finally realized she needed 2 prescriptions mouth rinses/swallow, ans IV fluids a few times a week. The head of her assisted living with memory help unit was talking about putting her back in nursing care. I told her we were playing ďcatch upĒ with theses symptoms, and that she is not going into nursing care yet. Give us time to take care of the diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, etc. I told her theses things FIRMLY. Then I went to D.C. to visit my younger son in D.C. It was wonderful. We had a lot of fun. Older DS who is being run around by his controlling fiancee who has no use for our family. Has succeeded in just plucking him out of our life and into hers. I had accidentally said something that she took offense to. I profusely apologized. She thanked me for the apology. I had them over for dinner. She was very cold to me. In front of my son. She is very confident. And I was very hurt. She she owed me an apology. And the one thing that bothers me the most, are people that canít forgive, canít move on, hold on to the grudge too long. THAT is something that I canít forgive. She is putting me in my place, showing me that she has my son so wrapped around her little finger that she doesnít have to forgive me and move on. I am so hurt and disappointed in my son. Sorry to keep whining about this. Now my son want to invite an old friend of my DH who we discovered is a cheating scumbag. Unfortunately he is technically DSís God father. In name only. Wasnít at the baptism, never sent my son a birthday card. I despise him. His wife of 17 years divorced him when she found out what a cheater he was. That was about 15 years ago. They live far away from us, in Canada, but Iím still friends with her. When heís come to visit us, he brings a woman who is 20+ years younger than he is. She has no manners, he has no manners. He has been fascinated with my husband since their Ivy League college days. My husband is equal - his superior in somethings and Bill doesnít come across too many guys like that I guess. Anyway, when heís in town, we are expected to entertain him, while he shows off his young chick and he expects me to act like his gracious mother did - Cook, clean, provide entertainment so the youngsters can go off and have a good time. We have washed our hands of him a couple of times but he keeps worming his way back into our life occasionally. We never told the children what a creepy scumbag he is. But now my son wants him at his wedding. ďHe is my Godfather after all.Ē In name only! I know he will follow my husband aroung like a puppy dog trying to get him to play. I want my husband to concentrate on being a host and taking care of things at the wedding. Mainly holding me up as I watch my son marry a woman whose biological time clock is rushing him to the alter, alienating his family. I donít even want to go to the wedding now. Between her disinterest in having any kind of relationship with us, and my son being oblivious to it---Iím going to have to be in a coma to get through it. Him wanting this scumbag there, even though he knows I donít is the last straw. I donít know what to do. I really regret the boatload of money we lent him for ďtheir townhouse.Ē Sorry Iím blathering. Iím just so hurt. Dealing with my mother and her treatment (and you know how diarrhea gets to me) and on son who is a puppet with her pulling all the stringsÖLike LBJ said, ďIím like a hitchhiker in a texas hail storm. No where to run. No where to hide. No way to make it stop.Ē I just have to stand here and try to find an umbrella. Iím really looking for a hero who will protect me, tell all the @$$ holes off, or at least find an umbrella and hold it over my head. My DH is not that person. He has never protected me from the things he should have. He is a great athelete but in life, heís a woos. Iím the the one with courage, that rights the wrongs, protects the innocent, and my loved ones. Iím just too tired. canít do it any more. Hugs to you ALL

02-23-2013, 01:55 PM
Good morning GG's,

I should be doing something, but just can't settle my mind to concentrate on anything. Gorking sounds good right now ~ that will probably end up with me falling asleep. Feeling sleepy. Maybe that is what I need right now. Get a nap and get refreshed ~ then maybe will feel like doing something later.

Hope you all are having a nice weekend.

Take care

Deelee ~ I was posting at the same time as you ~ so sorry for all the heart aches you are going through. :hug:

02-23-2013, 07:32 PM
Donna...sorry about the recipe, I went back and put in the missing 6 cups of water. I don't always put all the water in, depends on how thick you want the soup. I used a mega can of diced tomatoes with the juice so I didn't use all the water. sorry for the boat load of troubles. We'll get donna and k3 together with the posse and we'll come over and straighten out that nasty future DIL. She's going to be sorry someday when your son wakes up and realize that she alienated him to his family.
Iím really looking for a hero who will protect me,

02-23-2013, 08:32 PM
Hi everyone just got back from wallmart,as we were trying to load the car a lady and her family came by and she sent her hubby and kids in and offered to help us. she picked up the 25# bag of dog food like it was nothing and put it in the car and helped load the other stuff. she said her name was Tammy and i gave her a hug and thanked her profusely. a random act of kindness for sure as it was sleeting with a cold wind. made my day to know there are nice folks out there in our world..Deelee im so sry for your stress and rotton future dil,shame on her and :hug: for you. jess the dogs are fine.sadies starting to settle down and becoming a sweet thing now that she isnt chewing everything,she has playmates,neighbore doga 5 to be exact that come and bark for her to come play. Daiseys the old lady but was playing tug with tootsie who is the queen of the house spoiled rotton and oh so cute. we are still looking for anothe liitle pup but i still miss my gizmo.and yes i dont eat alot cuz my tummy wont hold much however over the hoildays i found i can craze and consume aot,gained for the 1st time :mad: and so now i back to being would think i'd be loosing lie crazy but it sticks like glue :( ive set in motion the steps for my plastic surg. i have to see my dr once a month for rash checks to prove to the ins company that the surg is necessary, if all goes well i can have it done in aug. im excited about this and do need it. we are groking this aft. steves watching old westerns,he said his neck feels a little better. we have talked of making a will and have that set in motion too. we plan on leaving the cabin property to our 4 grandkids, there are 4 parcels or ruffly 80 acres,way out in the sticks. so each kid would get a parcel and the one with the cabin going to our oldest grson. this pleases us as each can do as they wish with it and they are very marketable and would provide a small nest egg for them. hard to think of things like this but a must right.My middle grandson stayed with us last summer and he orgainzed all my books for me and then asked "gramma when you are dead and gone can i have your books" im glad he loves to read as i do. he cracked me up as he is so blunt in the way he presents things. well i didnt intend to write a book but feel like a chatty cathy today. hoping your weekend is bombdiggity :hug: rosey :wave:

cinnamon latte

those snack fish bites from mcdonalds( not to bad)
a few of steves french fries

coffee mocha
100cal minibag of popcorn

green salad,cukes tomatoes,black olives
1/2 chix breast
1/2 baked sweet potatoe

02-23-2013, 08:58 PM
Dee - I'm so sorry about your woes! I am going to offer to do the dirty work for you, if you'd like. I know that you're a classy lady, but wouldn't it feel good to say "***k all of you... do what you want and leave me ALONE"? Did the people at the assisted living pay attention to you, I hope?

Rosey - I think you must go through life being happy! You ALWAYS brighten my day, regardless of what's going on! And I'm so glad you had a random angel... isn't that NICE? I got a card from someone today, out of the blue, and I felt like I also had a random angel!

I fixed Asian chicken for dinner and will have it with some mashed potatoes and a salad. For some reason, the smell of chicken cooking makes me want to puke anymore; I needed to put the sauce over it! I think the result will be good!

Thanks, Bobbi - I probably could have figured it out, but I was too lazy to go with "That's why the Goddess gave us Google"!

Later, lovelies!

02-23-2013, 11:03 PM
Hi everyone! I feel like it's been a very long time since I've checked in and don't know what I've told you and what I haven't...;-) Seems like we are just so busy all the time. I found one post where I told you I'd been sick and we had to cancel our trip to MO to visit family (my brother was not doing well) and we had spent Christmas with with our dd. Didn't find anything after that, so if I am repeating myself, I'm sorry but here's an update.

After Christmas we were better so flew out to see my family as my brother was getting worse. They said he was confused off and on. I prayed that he would be mentally ok while we were there and thank God he was. His wife told him he was getting a visitor he hadn't seen in a long time and he immediately guessed it was me. We visited him several hours a day the one week we were there. We stayed with my sister and bil..they even lent their pickup to us to use going back and we got to see them a lot too. While it hurt to see him in such condition, I still have some great memories and am glad we went. I'll always remember him saying he wanted to be on his feet when we left and he was. I left knowing it was not at all likely I would see him again on this Earth but knowing one day I'll see him in Heaven. He was ready to go and his biggest concern was for His wife not himself. There was no real grief really...just some sadness at saying our goodbyes for a time and now it is hard to realize he's not back there but I feel peace because I know he's in a good place. I felt I got to know my sil much better and we have stayed in more frequent contact since. I also had a great time with my sister and it seemed we also grew closer too. I shipped back home some dishes that belonged to my mom that she had been saving for me. Still haven't unpacked them as I don't know what to do with them but I did check to make sure they arrived ok.

When we got home we only had two days to get ready for our next trip which was a 30 day trip. Since we no longer have the RV, we drove our car and stayed in our timeshare condos plus we had one night in military accomodations. We had one night at a cheap hotel on the way down, then went to Pismo Beach, CA for a week, then a couple nights in Salvang, CA. While we were there we got the call that my brother had passed away, and we made the decision not to go to the service. It bothered me a little not going but I felt I had the ending with him I wanted and it was best..I was afraid I'd regret my decision but I still don't...I really feel at peace about it so believe I made the right decision. When we left Solvang, we drove down to
Palm Springs for a week, always one of our favorite places.

After that we drove to Phoenix to visit our son and his family. We spent five nights in a hotel and drove to his house every day. We sure enjoyed the grandchildren (2 & 6 mo, plus his wife's dd, 7). We also got to have a very nice dinner with his children from his former marriage (14 & 17) and got to meet the oldest bf. We hadn't seen them for a couple years and missed them. They have grown into such beautiful and nice young ladies and we are very proud of them!

Leaving Phoenix, we were then homeward bound. We spent one night at Edwards AFB, then went to downtown San Fran for three nights. We got to see our grandson (13) on his birthday for the first time, had breakfast with him and his mom and her bf and took him shopping for his gift (video game of course!). He had to go to his dad's that night so we didn't see him anymore but we had breakfast our last day there with his mom and her bf. We enjoyed our time with them. We also spent some time with one of dh's db and sil.

On the way home, we stopped at Windsor, CA where our son and his gf had give us 3 nights. Our younger dd lived there before moving up here so we knew a few things about it and we tried to go to the places she mentioned. We also visited the Frances Copola winery and browsed his movie memorabilia there. Very interesting. There are a lot more to do in that area but it will wait until next time. We were by this time glad to be going home.

Since coming home I have been very busy just catching up with things. Still not quite there and soon I need to start our taxes. Busy, busy. I'm getting a new dishwasher delivered tomorrow and I'm excited about that.

Well, that's a long catch up...again, if some was a repeat, I'm sorry. Just so many people have asked what I've been doing. I have not been eating very well...meals usually pretty good, but snacking way too much and not always healthy. My bs haven't been any worse...sometimes better..which I don't understand but my weight is in the mid to high of my usual range, so not so good there.

I'll try and get back before long ...but dh is calling me to watch a movie with him right now and I'm tired of typing anyway. :dizzy:

02-24-2013, 12:18 AM
Lol Gayle - that's exactly what I feel like saying. Right before I hope on an exotic cruise around the world or something. They'll miss me when I'm gone...I think...Or I meet some handsome romeo...Thanks for all your support and words of comfort girls!

02-24-2013, 11:27 AM
Maryea - It's good to see you back. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation, and I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I'm glad you got to see him and enjoyed your visit.

Dee - I'm sorry to hear you are going through so much with your mother and your son. I realize that a son is supposed to leave his family and cleave to his wife, but I don't think that means dumping your family altogether. I hope marriage softens your DIL somewhat.

Donna - You spend so much of your time with co-workers, they become like family or even closer than family. I hope you get someone who is a good fit, especially since it's a small office.

02-24-2013, 01:24 PM
Good Morning, All…

It’s snowing like CRAZY here! I wanted to get to the grocery store for GM, but there’s no way I can get out of the driveway. It’s coming down so hard that it’s useless for the SnowBlowerGod to do his thing, and I’m certainly not going to risk going out there with a shovel… so I guess I’m stuck. I hope it lets up later so that he can clear it; otherwise, I won’t be getting out for work in the morning. That’s not all bad, either, I guess, but the guilty conscience will strike me dead!

Mary – it’s lovely to see you back, and your travelogue was news. You did a good job! I’m glad you’re settling back into domestic bliss in your own abode! And I'm sorry for your loss!

CarolSue – you’re right about the bond that develops in a small office . When I started there, I vowed to myself to say NOTHING negative ever while at work, and it’s worked. Given the way of the world nowadays, given the self-involvement and ME-mentality, especially in the younger group, I don’t think I’d be out of line to suggest that courtesy, respect, and manners are the way we behave.

I guess I’ll go down and do some laundry. Warm dryer and good clean smells are always nice on a snowy day! I also have some Wendy’s chili in the freezer, and I think it would be a good idea to thaw that. I like days like this!! They used to make me want to clean, bake, and breed. Luckily, I got over that.

Everyone, be safe… Later, lovelies!

02-24-2013, 01:50 PM
Mary, so nice to see you back after your extended travels. I can't imagine losing either of my brothers and my heart breaks for you, I'm so sorry. :hug:
Geeeeeezzzzzzzz Donna, you made me choke on my spit...Breed?. I like days like this!! They used to make me want to clean, bake, and breed. Luckily, I got over that.

Yesterday's menu:

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda

Sweet & Sour Apple Cabbage soup

pear with laughing cow cheese
baked omelet with egg beaters, red pepper, onion, jalepeno, kale
2 low calorie toast with Smart Balance spread, yuk on the spread

Evening snack:
Huge bowl of popcorn made with peanut oil and sweet kettle topping

Bedtime snack:
Raspberry Fluff with SF/FF Cool Whip

Fat 17% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 60% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 15% (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 1,200
Fiber 50 grams

02-24-2013, 02:10 PM
Girls -

Donna, Rosey, Bobbie, Carole Sue, thanks so much for your support. I just donít know how to handle this. The other day he came over because she was having a ďgirls night outĒ so he spent a couple of hours here. I guess thatís what itís going to be like and I have to suck it up and take it. But Iím just miserable. I did get an email from her last week. She wants me to put the addresses of people we are inviting on a spread sheet so she can keep track of the responses and stuff. Iíve been wanting to learn how to do a spread sheet anyway. I think Iím going to need more medication!

02-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Afternoon ladies....It is sea foggy here and they promised us some showers. This is our dry season so a shower would be good. Hot and humid is boring. had me scrambling and wallowing in guilt thinking we had missed your birthday. Reread it phewwww! :o

Dee...Donna and GG posse has your back! We just can't decided whether to wack DS or his SO?????? How about a 2 for 1 deal? :rollpin::rollpin::rollpin:

Mary...OMG we have missed you! So sorry that you have lost your Brother, but so glad you had gotten that visit. Your stories of him show him as a loving man.

Donna... About the office change, keep your sense of humor the blacker the better, plan evil gotcha monments(without actually doing anything) you'll be surprised how much planning vengeance relieves tension. My all time favorite is taking them to my car, open door push down the lock and close their hand in the door. Am a flutter just planning it...... :mad::devil::lol:

Rosey...Glad you have gotten back OP. This time with the pool excerise you should start to melt fat away . :swim::swim: you and Steve

I got on the scale this am and with my cranky knees I can't do the jump on and off to get a good reading, but found even just plopping on I have now lost over 20lbs since Jan 1st. Bet I could knock off a few more if I could do the scale hop/bop... k3

ps Dee kinda think you should follow the plan I laid out for Donna, too! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

02-24-2013, 02:57 PM
Good afternoon GG's,

A nice sunny day here today. And a day off :carrot:

Thank you K3 and Donna(Jess) for a smile ~ you two have an awesome sense of humor. Donna ~ I love the way you word things. K3 ~ I love your devious mind.

The "good" little voice in my head thinks I should try Donna's approach to never say anything negative.

The other little voice in my head is loving K3's suggestions ~ planning revenge for stress relief. Hey ~ no calories in that method ;)

Congratulations K3 on your 20 pound loss ~ way to go.

Sara just showed up ~ so I won't be able to get to more personals as I had hoped.

Hello to everyone else ~ hope you all are having a good weekend.

Take care

02-24-2013, 03:03 PM ar a nurse and already have a black sense of humor, use it and find weird coping mechanisms You'll surprise yourself and tickling yourself helps keep from killing. k3

02-24-2013, 03:54 PM
Yes ~ K3 ~ I think you are right ~ I have some twisted thoughts sometimes that make me smile ~ and probably make those looking at me ~ wonder what that crazy woman is smiling about ~ when nobody had said anything funny, or I am by myself smiling away. :dizzy: :D

02-24-2013, 04:41 PM
Oh, yeah... I might SAY only positive things at work, but I keep a couple of voodoo dolls which are FULL of holes!! I also wear a lot of dark colored tops so the blood isn't noticeable when I bite my tongue!!

02-24-2013, 05:02 PM
That's my Girls!

02-24-2013, 05:14 PM
I haven't been on here for awhile,as I have been dealing with some family issues. I am on WW and have been on it almost 2 mths.and only lost 14.9 lbs. They say I am right on target,and if you lose faster, it will encourage your body to gain it back. I noticed that some of the ladies that post what they have eaten for the day,seem to eat such a small amount of food. I tried to eat a low calorie menu,but I actually seemed to lose more,when I upped my calories. Any advice? Can't wait to be able to walk outside! We have a bunch of snow in Iowa. Have a great week,ladies.

02-24-2013, 05:27 PM
Susanjean ~ that 14.9 pounds is awesome ~ you are doing great :carrot:

02-24-2013, 07:28 PM
It's a gorking kind of day :wave:

cinnamon latte

1/2 c hash browns
1 egg
slice of ham about 3 oz
iced tea

coffee mocha
1 c green grapes
10 small pretzels

1/2 Marie callnders turkey pot pie
green salad with lite ranch
iced tea

wasa cracker
laughing cow vegetable cheese wedge
iced tea

02-25-2013, 10:36 AM
Glynne...I'm so proud of you! I happened to think about our road trip to Colorado and checked to see if anyone was still on the road. You and Annie still are!:hug: Where's Isabella? I wish Lynn would come back too. I know how stressful it is to have family problems.

I won't post my menu from yesterday since I don't track it on Sundays, my pigout day. The area churches take turns bringing a variety of dessert to MIL nursing home for Sunday afternoon coffee. I always look for the biggest, most fattening dessert I can find. Really, I do. Yesterday I had a cookie crust with cherries and coconut topping of some kind. It was to die for. That's the only time I go off my eating schedule and it's doesn't affect my weight at all. What does temporarily affect it is salted popcorn at night. But I know it's only salt retention. My week-end was boring as it usually is, hope everyone had a good one.

02-25-2013, 02:35 PM
Hey golden girls,
Hunting season is over. Dh and I have to go back next weekend to close up camp for the summer. We brought the 4 wheelers home yesterday but have to go back for generator and some other things. We had our boys and their girls this weekend. Last weekend I brought my nikon camera and wanted to take their pics in the woods. They didn't bring any jeans and nice shirts. Well I brought those with me this weekend. They said the same thing but I was ready for that excuse. Lol. They grumbled but I did get some good pics. They gave me a portrait lenses for Christmas and I had to try it out on them.
We cooked the entire weekend for our hunting friends and their wives. I did eat things I shouldn't have but I'm back on tract today. I'm sure it will show up of Fridays weigh in. I will do my best to stay on tract from now on. I did do what I set out to do this hunting season and that was to stay the same as where I was before thanksgiving. Now I have no excuses.

Susan Jean~ that's a very good weight loss. Congrats!! Any lb loss is forward in the right direction.

Donna~ I had to laugh at your voodoo dolls. Wish I had a few of those. I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to drive in snow and icy roads.

Karenfl~yay!!! 20 lbs is awesome! Keep up the good work.

Dee~ my heart breaks for you. Keep your head up and kill with kindness. His eyes will open one day and you will have no regrets.

Maryea~ I missed you. Thought about you often. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear brother. Your trip sounded wonderful. Y'all were busy busy.

Rosey~it's good that there are still good people in this world. I myself would love to be more giving but a person can never be too careful. Sometimes a helping hand can be dangerous. Sad isn't it. I was robbed twice in my own home by workers. It's hard to trust after that. The sad thing was I was in the home and didn't catch it until later.

Bobbi~ when I get to my goal. Having 1 day of whatever I want to eat is in the maintenance program. I think with planning I would be able to eat my favorite thing and still maintain.

Hello to all.

02-25-2013, 04:32 PM
Cajun - There's 2 important things about driving in snow and ice. Don't slam on the brakes, and do a lot of praying! LOL I have never liked it or really got used to it. Luckily now that we're retired, there's no where we have to be.

02-25-2013, 05:06 PM
Hi - Ha!! You all made me laugh! I like the voodoo doll - black humorous thoughts ideas. The best thing is knowing the GGs have my back. I will try to "kill with kindness" if I ever hear from them again.

I'm at hospital with DM - she is getting IV fluids. She was dehydrating from the chemo, mouth sores, etc. Got the RX mouth washes - which I asked for in the beginning but nurse said, let's wait and see not everyone gets them. She has fallen twice trying to go to bathroom in middle of night at Assissted living. Arter first time we got a commode next to her bed - but she forgets about it. They keep threatening nursing care. I checked out having someone come in at night but so expensive on top of what they are already paying. Now I looked at her meds, they are giving lorazepam for her nausea, and suggested they stop the ambien at night. Maybe that will help her keep from missing the toilet at night. Sorry about giving you do many details but there aren't many people I can share this with.

Mary, so sorry about the loss of your brother.

Welcome to new people. I'm not always this morose.
I'm going to look for a voodoo doll.

Hugs to all.

02-25-2013, 05:24 PM
Dee - just for you:

02-25-2013, 05:42 PM
Susan Jean, that is terrific weight loss! I know what you mean about how little some folks on here eat. I follow at least some of the principles of Barbara Rolls' Volumetrics books. She tells how to get more food for your caloric buck, so to speak. It sounds kind of boring, but I find it helpful. Her books are available through my local library, so probably from yours, too, if you are interested.

02-25-2013, 06:17 PM
Okay - maybe we can place a bulk order for voodoo dolls and get a discount on them!! I've got someone in mind :devil:

Busy on the board this weekend........

Maryea-- Sorry to hear of your brother's passing - glad you got to visit him.

Dee-- Sounds like you're having a tough time with you son's SO - we all want what's best for our children. Sometimes I have to check my tongue to see if it's bleeding from being bitten! I'm not crazy about her boyfriend, but he's a lot better than some of the past beaus.

Rosey-- It's nice that someone helped you at Walmart. It seems people are always coming up to me offering to help me with packages, or giving me their seat (which I never turn down!) or wanting to help me to or from my car. Guess I look like I need the help. :o

Bobbi-- You post the best recipes and menus. I've got to straighten up my kitchen so I have room at the table to do more food prepration -- don't have the strength to stand at the counter to chop vegetables, etc. - I've got to sit down, even when I do dishes. My legs are just too weak. But I've got a yen for liver and onions now!


Well I just lost half my post -- that drives me crazy! Probably just as well, I was venting (again) about home issues.

I've got to go for now -- hi to all and sorry I couldn't do more personals.

02-25-2013, 06:37 PM
Hi everyone. another gorking kind of day. i worked on my wall hanging,and read my book,and watched price is right and young and the restless. geeeez i live such an exciting life but im content;) Maryea,im so sorry for the loss of your dear brother and glad you had some time with him. also glad to see you here again as ive really missed you :hug: deelee a bigb:hug: for you too as i know how hard it is to take care of an aging parent. my fear is im going to be that old fart some day too.cajun glad the season wning down for you,i love to take pictures also and my family put up with it as they love my scrapbooking albums that tells our story.Jess i am basically a happy person until someone i care about is hurt and then the gramma bear arrives and look out smack grrrrr :dizzy: you make me smile too :) nothing to report like i said im a lazy butt today. my kids said that the b12 shot that i gave myself 2 days ago would make me feel like the energizer bunny umm not happening. ttfn :wave: :hug: rosey

cinnamon latte(reg coffee with sf vanilla coffee mate and a pinch of cinnamon)

tuna salad(tuna,picklels,onion 1T mayo)
2 wasa crackers 80 cal

coffee mocha

chef salad,ham and cheese strips,egg,tomatoes cukes carrotts
lite ranch dressing small amt of croutons

iced tea
carmel apple sucker( 2 pts on weight watchers)

02-26-2013, 10:32 AM
Good Morning, will take time for personals later today. I'm watching Good Morning America and they just announced the new 'Dancing with the Stars'............Wyonna Judd has been asked for years to do the show and she finally decided to do it. She said she wants to get back to her original weight, 8 lbs. 9 oz. HaHa.
Yesterday's menu:

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda

Sweet & Sour Apple Cabbage soup
banana & Mixed berry skim shake

Large Crab salad with Romaine, Kale, shredded carrots, sliced onion, radish
Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 slice low calorie toast with Laughing Cow French onion cheese

Evening snack:
Lemon Pudding w/cool whip

Bedtime snack:
2 walnut halves
2 brazil nuts
1 almond
1 pistachio
1 pecan

Fat 20% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 67% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 14% (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 984
Fiber 41 grams

02-26-2013, 05:09 PM
Hi all....we got some rain and the grass is a glorious green. The screens are clean on pollen. Grand day.

Played bridge yesterday and came in so where. The new manager posted 2/25/12 game instead....Does that make me a year younger?

Rosey....there something about making a will that seems like you are planning to care for the kids for a long time more. You have protected them every way you can and this is one more task. Same goes for a living will...make the decisions for the kids so they aren't faced it them.

I did something yesterday that should reward me with extra weight loss. I stopped that the ice cream shop. Got 3 pints of hand dipped, for 3 people and none for me and didn't even ask for a taste spoonful. That plus the steep stairs I climbed. SHOULDN"T THAT BE WORTH A 5LB LOSS!!!!!!! please!!!

I have stayed on level 1.5 SB more for almost 2 months. Haven't cheated and don't feel deprived, but bored with so much cooking/prep. I cross check with fitday my calorie count and usual fall between 1000 and 1200(max). Reached the point where a lot of pants especially are baggie. At my age underwear showing isn't good. A friend brought me a new top and it was too big (boobies were hanging out) and I returned it with a thank you and the biggest internal smile you ever saw/felt.

Need to start dinner soon. Baked porkchop, baked squash and sauteed apples. Plus the usual salad. Dieting is hard!!

BBL for personals...k3

02-27-2013, 02:36 AM

kellogs breakfast sand(flat bread,egg,cheese sausage 240 cal) hmm not worth it but the tv add looked so good :(

1 slice chix bacon ranch pizza
1/2 c green grapes
iced tea

no snack

small piece swiss steak
1/2 c mashed potatoes
brusssel sprouts

carmel apple sucker

02-27-2013, 10:21 AM
Good Morning girls

Glynne...hope you had a great day off. thing I've learned about making goal, I really have to keep documenting my food or I gain it right back. My once a week of no counting calories turns into 2 days, then 3 days, then I'm fat again. It an endless vicious cycle.

MaryG...sorry to hear that, maybe you can invest in a high stool with rollers on the bottom so you can roll between the frig, stove, etc. A few years ago I saw a chef on TV that had one of those.

I've got to sit down, even when I do dishes. My legs are just too weak.

Rosey...Ranch pizza, is that a store bought or homemade. DH told me this morning he was in the mood for cream of wheat, brown sugar and toast for supper. Cr of wheat has too many calories in it for me and I'm going to ignore his request and make pizza. Your ranch pizza sounds good to me.

K3...we have our wills made out and requested we both be creamated and ashes thrown in the wind. Really! No cemetery for either of us because we won't be there. Then nobody has to worry about flowers either. Congrats on the 2 months without cheating. I know what you mean about bored with cooking. Me too! I love pork chops and apples, what time should I come over? I have stayed on level 1.5 SB more for almost 2 months. Haven't cheated and don't feel deprived, but bored with so much cooking/prep. I cross check with fitday my calorie count and usual fall between 1000 and 1200(max). Reached the point where a lot of pants especially are baggie

My menu yesterday...I continually go over in carbs, dang!
Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda
1 chopped up prune

Sweet & Sour Apple Cabbage soup
banana & Lemon skim shake

Large salad with Romaine, Kale, green onion, radish
Raspberry Vinaigrette
large piece beef lasagna and worth all 342 calories. I used 8 ounces of ground beef instead of 16 oz and cut the cheese in half, used only 4 ounces instead of 8 oz. And it still has all those calories. Geeeeeeeeeez

Evening snack:
Lemon Pudding w/cool whip

Bedtime snack:
100 calories worth of sunflower seeds

Fat 19% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 64% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 19 % (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 1,095
Fiber 40 grams

02-27-2013, 11:03 AM
Hey girls
It's a beautiful day today. Cold and sunshine. Oldest ds finished his testing and certifications yesterday. Next he does 40 hours of fire watch and observation. He's liking his new job.
What a crazy day it was yesterday. Youngest ds finally made up his mind on a house. He asked my help on getting his loan set up. While on the process of doing that his company sent him to Paris Texas for a 2 week job. He had to pick up application for loan and pack and leave all in the same day. He texted me at 11 pm letting me know he made it. Then he wanted to chat. Uh hmm it was late and I had to work this morning. He doesn't start until 4 this afternoon. Lol.
I'm still following my diet but..... Having horrible cravings of desserts. I'm fighting with all I've got not to give in.

Bobbi~it's an uphill battle I will fight all my life. My cousin that lost her weight beforehand posted a picture on Facebook and I see that she has gained most of her weight back. I'm so afraid of that. I understand how I day of unlimited food could lead to more. I also love dancing with the stars. I like to watch Derek hough. He's a great dancer.

Karenfl~ yay for the loose pants and big shirt. Staying on tract without cheating is an awesome accomplishment. I'm sure you felt sooo good about not getting any ice cream for yourself. I sure would have been.

Out of time. Hello to all.


02-27-2013, 11:32 AM
Cajun - A "diet" has to be something you could live with the rest of your life to avoid regaining. It shouldn't be something that you stop when you get to your goal. If you go back to your old eating, you will go back to your old weight. Maybe that is what your cousin did. As hard as it is to lose, maintenance is harder.

Bobbi - Your carbs are mostly good carbs....veggies and fruit that have lots of vitamins and fiber that you need, other than the lasagne noodles, which I know is something you don't eat on a regular basis. I'm wondering why you seem to avoid lean protein. Is it because of the higher calorie count or do you just not like it. Even in small amounts it would help you feel less hungry throughout the day. It helps maintain muscle, which in turn, helps to burn fat. I wish I could get even close to what you weigh, but I don't have your willpower.

02-27-2013, 02:09 PM
Carol sue~ I've heard that maintaining is the hardest part. I've never been there so I wouldn't know. I do know it scares me to death. But I'm taking 1 day at a time and trying to get to goal. I'll deal with that when it comes. I do know that as hard as it was to follow my diet at the camp when I got home I jumped right back on and did well during the week. I'm hoping that will be the way I can stay at goal.

02-27-2013, 04:03 PM
Well, Carbie, you have done very well and I would say that your eating plan is firmly in place for the future. No one stays on plan 100% but getting right back to it after a slip really counts! A slip can turn into months if you don't catch it right away.

02-27-2013, 07:10 PM
Carol Sue...I've never been a big meat eater and I like all meats, especially pork. My plate always has lots of veggies on it and I usually eat what I like first, (veggies)and then I'm not hungry to eat all my meat. I didn't realize I was so low in protein until I adjusted my Fitday to show my daily nutritional levels. Now I make sure I eat 4 oz. of meat at supper time. As to getting hungry during the day, I don't. My huge breakfast carries me until lunch and then I only eat light. Seldom do I get hungry after lunch, if I do..... I eat. I love my carrot/celery sticks with peanut butter dip. I got into my skinny jeans this morning, scale was 125.6.

I'm wondering why you seem to avoid lean protein. Is it because of the higher calorie count or do you just not like it. Even in small amounts it would help you feel less hungry throughout the day.

02-27-2013, 08:02 PM
Hola, All…

Spent my day off doing a little paperwork and watching “Flight”… pretty good flick!

Rosey – how is that wall hanging coming along? I’m anxious to see pictures!

Bobbi – what did you think of the DWTS lineup for next season? It should be interesting!! And Maks is taking a breather. It won’t be the same without Mr. Wonderful! I never much like the first few shows, because the idiots feel they have to be “cute” and “perform”; once they’re gone, then the good dancing starts, and I think It’s beautiful to watch. I am amazed and agog!

For as few calories as you take in, your menus always look like they have enough food on them. And they always are varied and look SO good! YOU should be the one lecturing here!

CarolSue – you were on quite a roll today.

KarenFL – are you still feeling well? Congrats on all the weight lost! I’m very impressed and proud of you!

Cajun – I know exactly what you mean… it’s up one day, down the next. I so much admire the ones who are succeeding and staying with the program.

Nothing to report. Life is status quo. Oh, an update on the job situation: the hours are changing, and we’ll be doing T-F only. I’ll have S-S-M off, which is okay, I guess. I get so tired after two days that I really need my mid-week day off, but I’ll adjust. The business is frail; the economy is frail… I wonder how long we’ll survive. For as long as it’s viable, I’ll be there!

I hope everyone has a good rest of the day! Later, lovelies!!

02-27-2013, 08:09 PM rock!

02-27-2013, 09:18 PM
Hi everyone another poof day,ran errands and went to grocery store. im feeling grumpy today:dizzy: no reason for it except my bones ache and someone near and dear pushed all my buttons today. Bobbie i get the pizza at wall mart their brand. 4 little pizzas to abox 240 cal. they are about 6 inches square or the size of one slice. i uaually add black olives an extra tsp of ranch lite dressing and a sprinkling of pizza cheese. i can eat about 1/2 of one and save the rest for another meal. i bet you could come up with lo-cal one using your own crust and then the lo cal ranch,chix,bacon and what ever else you like. i find i like the ranch pizzas better than the traditional. congrats to everyone loosing and trying to loose. :hug: rosey :wave:


turkey stuffed bell pepper
iced tea

coffee mocha

2 strips bacon
1 small blueberry pancake
1 egg

100cal popcorn mini bag
iced tea
carmel apple sucker

02-28-2013, 09:31 AM
Too busy to gab today, thanks Rosey....will check out the WalMart brand pizza mini's.
Yesterdays's menu:

Fiber One, Flax & Chia seeds
Applesauce with cinnamon/Splenda


strawberry & Lemon skim shake

Large salad with Romaine, Kale, green onion, radish
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Homemade pizza with beef, kale, onion, chipotle peppers and laughing cow blue cheese (276 calories for 1/4 cookie sheet)

Evening snack:
Lemon Pudding w/cool whip

Bedtime snack:
100 calories worth of sunflower seeds
Fiber One, dry my fiber was low.

Fat 21% (should be 20-35% range)
Carbs 65% (should be 45-60% range)
Protein 19 % (should be 10-35% range)
Calories 923
Fiber 39 grams

02-28-2013, 09:36 AM
This was on Hungry Girl this morning. I've not tried it yet so not sure how many stars it'll rate, but the calories are low.

Caramelized French Onion Soup 1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 128 calories, 5.5g fat, 799mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 11g protein -- PointsPlusģ value 4*

French onion soup is DELICIOUS but, sadly, it's frequently fattening. This recipe delivers on the deliciousness but spares you the fattiness!
2 slices light bread
2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 cups thinly sliced sweet onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese (like the kind by Sargento)

Lightly toast bread. Cut each slice into 4 squares.

Bring a large pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add butter, and let it coat the bottom of the pot. Add onion, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium low. Stirring frequently to ensure onion doesn't burn, cook for 10 minutes.

Add garlic and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until onion has browned and caramelized, 5 - 10 minutes.

Carefully add broth to the pot, and raise heat to medium high. Add thyme, and cook and stir until hot, about 5 minutes.

Once ready to serve, evenly distribute onion-broth mixture into four microwave-safe bowls, about 1 cup each.

Top each with two squares of toasted bread, followed by a cheese slice. Microwave until cheese is hot and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

HG Alternative: Instead of microwaving your soup, preheat oven to broil. Assemble soup in four mid-sized oven-safe bowls. Broil until cheese is hot and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes.

02-28-2013, 10:56 AM
Very quick good hola!

Bobbi - the French Onion Soup sounds good! BTW, did you see Dottie's Weight Loss Zone this week? I thought it was really a good one. For those of you who aren't familiar with DWLZ, here's a link:

Nothing to report. It looks beautiful outside! I have to get rolling early this morning, because I have to drop off GM's groceries on the way to work. It throws me off all my routines to have to get moving 1/2 hour earlier! Wah wah!

Have a good Thursday, all!

02-28-2013, 04:34 PM
My weight has been slowly creeping up with all the traveling we were doing and my not being so careful (well not really careful at all sometimes!) even since then. I recently read Body Confidence It is not altogether new stuff but stresses the need for proper proportions of protein, fiber and carbs. It is basically high protein, high fiber and low carb at EVERY meal and you are to eat six meals a day (every 3 hours). You can forget it all for one meal now and then so you can eat whatever you want then. That book along with diabetic cookbook and Readers Digest book, Reverse Diabetes has motivated me a bit to try better again.

My challenge (besides the protein and fiber) is to get 3 dairy servings, 3 fruit servings and at least 5 veggies each day. Now, mind you, this is ONLY a challenge for me because of my need to keep my blood sugar down and my craving for too many other snacks. So that is really my challenge, as always, cutting out many of my snacks. I eat healthy snacks for the most part but also will eat any junk if it's around. So I'm not buying anymore mocha mix (my mochas are at least 1/3 junk plus I want to drink them too often;-) ) and I've asked dh to stop bringing other junkier snacks into our house so often. Supposedly if you get enough protein and fiber, your cravings go away....well, we'll see.

We are back to the gym, and I'm doing my back exercises (per PT) but I am somewhat restricted in movement as my left arm is still hurting. If it is not much better by next week, I have an appointment with the doctor to check it. I haven't started back with PT because of it.

Last Sat we went to the Globe Trotters game. Not sure If I've mentioned was fun. Our dd and her dh and children were there too. We couldn't all sit together but we had each of the children with us for 1/2 of the game and we were all able to sit together during the pregame time (we bought magic passes through groupon) and had lunch together. So it was a nice family time.

I finally got my Christmas present from my dh! We bought our own gifts this time and I just kept putting off shopping for mine. I wanted a new jewelry box and finally found one I liked online. It arrived yesterday and I didn't realize how much jewelry I have until I started filling it. My old box was not big enough so much of it was in drawers. Now I can put most of it in the new box but not quite all still. At least I will see it more now and perhaps actually wear it...usually I only wear earrings but I have lots of necklaces and bracelets too I haven't worn in years. Bought most of them years ago when I was working but they are still pretty. I even have some bracelets I have bought more recently but have NEVER worn.

Rosey - You eat so little compared to me. I understand why but I still marvel..:-O The mini pizzas sound good and so does the Swiss steak and mashed potatoes!

Bobbi - I'm like you...not a big meat eater though I do like a little beef and fish. I like beans but then they are also carbs plus dh doesn't care for them. I tend to get a lot of my protein from milk, nuts and pb...these are ok, but all contain carbs and I tend to overeat the nuts and pb so all that healthy fat adds up too. The doctor says my arteries can't tell the difference between bad and good fats..:dizzy: You have done so well at maintaining your weight (even lower!). I STILL want to be like you...wonder if I'll ever make it...

Cajun - Sounds like you're still doing a good job fighting the've always been an inspiration to me too. Keep up the good work, as you know you'll be glad you did. I'm telling myself that too. Glad your sons are doing well. Liking your job is a very good thing as so many don't.

Karen3 - You're doing well...keep it up. Ice cream is one of my downfalls too...rarely have it here at home but everytime I go to the mall I have to stop for a kids size scoop and want more...and on our trip we started getting two kids size scoops. When we were in Pismo Beach (a little CA coastal town) there is a great ice cream place called The Scoop...SO good!! And that started my craving it more and I've continued this practice since I got home. So I have to stop that and then is ok, but not often for sure. Thank goodness I don't go to the mall often. :^:

Well I've been online 30 min longer than I planned to so better close now. You all have a wonderful day!!

02-28-2013, 05:45 PM
Hi everyone i want to correct a mistake:dizzy: Bobbie those little pizza's said on the box that they are 370 cal oops. i must have been using what i figured 1/2 of one would be with the extra stuff i put on it. however they sure are good,but i'll bet you of all folks could tweak it to a lower cal amount by using a lo carb tortilla,lofat dressing and your own toppings. we are going out to eat tonight for my grdd birthday who is 15 today.i wrote her a sp poem for her day and made a necklace with a real arrowhead from my dads collection(minnesota) and wire wrapped it attached a small sterling feather, she loves stuff like that. they picked chinese yum. maryea so nice to see you posting again i have missed you. i eat small amounts as my stomach wont hold any more,however i can graze and put alot away if im not careful like did between thanksgiving and xmas and the 10# gain im still way do i ever want to go backwards. hoping the pool 3 x a week will show results. i did find a swim suit from Roamans and on sale too. i guessed at the size. its a 2 piece tankinni black with an aqua ruffel around the bodice and the bottom is a skirt with shorts under it and the same ruffel. very cute. i find it amazing that im not self conscious (sp?) any more.and loving the pool. steve gets this twinkel in his eye watching me paddle around and the boob watchers good for my ego:o;) hoping you all have a great evening ttfn rosey :wave:

greek yogurt with 1/4 c kellogs lo fat granola

2 ham and cheese rollups (lunch meat)
1/2 c green grapes

not sure yet as we are eating out ;)

02-28-2013, 06:54 PM
I posted the March GG's and will close this one out after I post a short message. asked what I thought about 'Dancing with the Stars' lineup. Max was my favorite, but I can't help thinking he got tired of getting the old gals or the gals with weight problems. Can you imagine lifting Kristie Alley before she lost the weight? And he's never won the trophy.:stress:

Mary...I am the only extinct old bird that wears dresses, skirts & blazers and heels to church. I love matching my outfits up with matching jewelry and have often thought of purchasing a standing jewelry chest. My MIL had a nice one when we moved her into the nursing home but I sent it home with our daughter, she loves it. I did keep all her beautiful brooches, earring and necklace sets.

Rosey...I have baked flatbread until crisp and used that as a base for my pizza. I didn't last night because I didn't have any, just used the cheap pizza crust mix. I wish they had a lower calorie mozzarella cheese, I used laughing cow on my 1/4 portion.

however they sure are good,but i'll bet you of all folks could tweak it to a lower cal amount by using a lo carb tortilla,lofat dressing and your own toppings