Weight Loss Support - 300+ and Ready To Try Again... #336

05-16-2003, 04:40 AM

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05-16-2003, 04:52 AM
Well.. I almost did not post this because I HATE being at the end when I have something to say and I was at the end of the last thread. LOL
I don't mind it when it is just small talk... but I had a lot to say. LOL
Then I almost started a new thread but it was only post 27 and I had said anyone could start a new thread after 28. :o
I can be such a baby sometimes for an old lady. :bb: LOL
Thankfully Sara and Deon posted before I got this letter finished so here I am guilt free and a new thread. LOL

I just wanted to share.... I EXERCISED TONIGHT !!!! :strong:
I received my Richard Simmons 'Sit Tight' video a week ago.
It sat unopened for several days. Then I took it out of the wrapper for a couple more days.
Finally tonight... a very special person who knew I had this tape (unused) sent me the following post she found in her site.
It was posted "while" we were on the phone discussing how my food is going great... but my exercise is non-existent... and my metabolism was zilch. I needed to exercise and I needed to do my "Sit Tight".... But I just couldn't get started. Here is the post she sent me.

Hi, I am new to this board, and I just wondered if anyone else here is "doing their own thing" food=wise. I have done the WW, and I think it is a great plan. I have decided now, though, that food isn't really my problem. I would have to go completely without food to lose with my metabolism! My biggest problem is I don't like to move my butt! So.......I have decided to exercise more. Of course, I was so out of shape, it was hard to find anything I could do. I have been doing Richard Simmon's Sit Tight video, since I can do it all sitting in a chair, for about a month now. I cannot believe the difference! I have soooo much more energy. I can climb stairs, pick things up off the floor, and touch my toes, all without breathing hard. It is time to vary my program a little. Anyone know of other exercise videos that can be done by someone with bad knees and no flexibility?

Soooooo... at 12:30AM I put that darn tape in the vcr and I exercised. :strong:
Soooooo ... Thin and Tina and whoever else said they wanted tough love.... if I am going to exercise... I am not doing it alone. :no: GET OFF YOUR BUTTS and exercise with me. :drill:
( The precedeing order does not apply to those wise women who are already exercising and being 'excellent' examples ) :love:

As much as I hated doing it before I started.... I am so GRATEFUL that I did. :yes:
Thin.... you do have that 5 minutes a day. :drill:
Tina... you have come too far to stop now. :drill:
Lucky... lurking is NOT considered participation. :drill:

I have to do this because I have no intentions of meeting all of you weighing 300+.
And I AM going to plan a reunion next spring !!!!!!

My metabolism is damaged from years of abuse and neglect ... and exercise is now required if I want to make anymore progress. AND I WANT TO MAKE MORE PROGRESS !!!
I am taking the bull by the horns and I am going to SUCCEED !!! :moo: ( that is a BULL not a fat cow) :lol: ( And that is steam coming out of his nose... not milk )

I have always been a believer in "Progress not perfection" ... but I quit even making progress. Now I am willing to do whatever it takes to make PROGRESS.
And for this old worn out body... it will take EXERCISE !!!!.


05-16-2003, 08:35 AM
Amen, sister!


05-16-2003, 08:36 AM
Just popping in fo a quick post
Today is reference workshop day and I get a new perm.
I had my first review at work yesterday. I was there six months the 1st of Feb . My new boss(friend) had gotten the papers last week but was hestatant(sp) to do it I told her not to be it was her job. It is rated on a point system 25 points and below poor. 25-35 good, and above that excellent.
I got 33 points she was afraid that I would be upset that I didn't get excellent but Like I told her was that I felt that no one is perfect in all they do. I got 4's in some things which is excellent, but 3's are ok too.

I have Mississippi Gen Society tomorrow I get to go to the board meeting then take over as Vice Pres.

Hope all of you have a great day. I am skipping exercise this morning but will try tonight.

05-16-2003, 09:17 AM
Good Morning to my favorite women!!!
I only have a minute because I am sitting here with color on my hair and I'm about ready to rinse. However, I wanted to tell you that.....

I Lost 3 pounds this week!!!

A couple weeks ago I had a goal to lose 6 more pounds before vacation and I lost 5.2 -- not too bad I guess.

Now the hard part starts --- not to gain it all back during vacation. :cool:

I'll be back in a bit with replies!


05-16-2003, 10:57 AM
Hello friends! :wave:

I've just been to the drive in. :cool: The last one now still operating in Adelaide. Totally sucks that they've closed all the others down over the years - with all the cinema complexes opening up in all the suburban shopping malls, there's not the same demand as there used to be. The one we went to is about 20 minutes away heading north. Good fun. I've always enjoyed going, cos you can do anything you want and take goodies etc, instead of the fortune you spend at the cinema. A ticket at the cinema alone costs about $12 per person, whereas the drive in is $15 per car. Marc and I went on our own - got mum to babysit the kids. We went to see Matrix Reloaded, which we both hated... it just went on and on..... but being there was good fun. We borrowed dad's car (we had to sell ours, couldn't afford to keep it), and he has a volvo stationwagon. So we put the back seat down, blew up the airmattress, and camped in the back under the quilt! :smug:

I went and got my nails done. It was nice, got pampered for 2 hours and now I've got shiny nails! :lol: Didn't get to do the gardening, we're doing that tomorrow, hopefully it doesn't rain! :rain: But I did walk to the Beauty Salon and back, which was about 20 odd minutes, so I got some exercise today. Food has been pretty good, a few nibbles at the movies, but nothing disasterous.

I'm gonna get some shuteye, and look forward to a big day of gardening. Might go for my big walk again tomorrow. I think my legs have recovered from the last one.... :faint:

Someone, sorry can't remember!, asked what music... abba, footloose, sky, ummmm, some old 90's stuff, and anything 80's!! LOVED the idea of listening to stories - might have to see what I can get from the library...

Take care, pals! And remember to stay strong :strong: cos WE ARE WORTH IT! As we head into the weekend, how about we face one weakness that we have, and see if we can OUTLAST it over the weekend.... Mine will be to stay away from chocolate!!!! :nono:

PS 2cute, SO GLAD to hear you have found something that can work for you - it's all we need to get going, isn't it! GOOD LUCK and :bravo: !!!!!!

05-16-2003, 11:04 AM
2cute: I am right there with ya baby!:D I too need to do some kind of exercise. I have been sick for the last couple of weeks and now I am no longer sick so I cannot use that as an excuse. So it is time for me to get back on that healthy track!:strong: You are just what I needed to kick my butt!:drill:

Barb: Congrats! :bravo: It looks like you have come such a long ways! It is hard to stay on it on vacation, but you have done so good so far and it sounds like you have that determination, I know you can do it. :cp: You have also inspired me to get back in the game.:goodvibes

Thanks to both of you!! :grouphug:

05-16-2003, 01:30 PM
Hey Gals! Can I just say....TGIF!!!! :)

I just finished eating a big salad for lunch, I have a few more hours of work to do and then there is lots to do to get ready to leave tomorrow. Jeff still has not gotten home from NY --- He promised to be home by 4 to help me get the dogs to the kennel. Tonight will be filled with packing and last minute stuff and then we'll be headed for the airport about 5pm to begin a fun-filled getaway...

Tracy, we are going to Florida for the week. Well, we are starting in Biloxi for a couple days to meet up with my family and gamble, then we are going to Ft. Walton Beach which is where my family lives - we'll be there for a week staying on the beach. My nephew is graduating from HS so we have some things planned with him --we have no major plans, just taking it easy - some boating, mini-golf, maybe waverunners, etc. I am really looking forward to it. No to mention I've barely seen my hubby lately because of his work. :love:

The one thing I am not looking forward to is the flight --- I fly quite a bit but am always uncomfortable (obviously due to my size). Although this time I have 32 pounds less of me and a couple inches off my hips so maybe it won't be as bad. Although when hubby and I sit together we are wedged like sardines. As much as I don't like the anticipation of wondering "will the seatbelt fit", I am not going to let it keep me from traveling!!!

Sara --- You are going to love having eye surgery!!! Don't worry about a thing --- it's over before you know it. I was honestly scared to death going in there, but the Dr. was so nice and walked me through everything and within an hour I was back home in bed... Then the next morning I woke up and could SEE! It was great!! Let us know how it goes next week!!

Amanda - Thank you for the wise words on getting pregnant. We are not obsessing over it right now, but it's been such a long time that we know we have to bite the bullet and talk to our doctors. I know that by getting healthy and losing some of this weight I am helping myself and my chances. Thanks again. Loved your "Hands" poem!

Michelle --- sending hugs your way! I hope you get to feeling better soon!!! Once you start the Zyrtec in the evening you won't even notice the drowsy feeling.

Kat --- Thank you for sharing the words of inspiration. I read them last night and was nearly in tears. They really made me think outside of the "box" of my little world.

Lori --- Rain, Rain, Go Away!!! We are getting soaked here too. Sorry you have to put off your photos again.

Thin --- The recipes sound yummy. I need to print them out.

Another yummy Angel Food cake is to take a box of Angel Food cake and a can of Lite Cherry Filling. Mix them both (don't use any other ingredients that the box may call for) Bake as normal. You get a fluffy Cherry Angel Food Cake. Serves about 12 -- 3 points per slice.

Tina --- The drive in sounds like so much fun. We don't have one anywhere around us.

Deon --- Don't beat yourself up. Just think about what you did and don't do it again!!! I am so happy to hear that I've inspired you in some little way. I never knew I could be inspirational --- I've gotten so much from all of you I am glad to be able to give back! Determination is the key!! You can do this!!!! I am also and ER fan. My hubby is going to kill me though --- I thought I recorded it for him last night only to walk in the room and realize the VCR was not on. Darn!!! Since he's been so busy this week I am hoping he'll forget about it. Opps!!! I didn't watch it closely last night because I was running around the house doing stuff. (and I thought I'd be able to watch the tape.)

2Cute --- Way to go!!! I am definately a beliver in Exercise --- without it nothing is going to happen --- get that body moving. Any type of exercise is better than none!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Mary --- Good job on the work review!!

Lynne --- Hope you are having good weather today so that you can get your gardening done... be careful with those newly done nails!

Alrighty --- Better get back to my work for the day...I'll stop by later tonight!

05-16-2003, 01:35 PM
Happy wet Friday....I think:lol:

Anyway, the photo session for my new pics has been rescheduled for Monday the 19th. The weather report is VERY POSITIVE for Monday, mostly sunny and 72 degrees! :cb: I guess third time is a charm!;)

I definitely need to get in exercise the next few days; between running to appointments and rescheduling some, working around the house, first windstorms and then days of rain, not much has gotten done in that area of exercising (see? I'm being honest that I have been bad). I need to get my butt back in high gear! :drill: It's especially important that I keep myself moving being TOM is due in another week and since I've been more active, cramps and bloating have not been a problem (Yes--it's true, a PAINLESS TOM!!!!:D )

I still have to talk to Kevin about the part in the film they are wanting me for, but he's been out of the office. Thank goodness for email.

05-16-2003, 02:03 PM
It is another beautiful day here in SC. In fact, every day has been beautiful since I have been taking care of myself. I did take that BodyFlow class at the gym last night and it was one of the hardest, yet one of best feeling workouts that I have ever had. I thought I was gonna die during the class. I had sweat running down my face, the back of my shirt was wet. It was not a pretty picture, but I did the whole class. I will not lie and say that I held every pose as long as I was supposed to or that I even did all of the poses with ease because I did not. What I did do was do my best and I got through the whole class!! My whole body is hurting today but I have decided that I am still gonna go to the gym tonight. I am addicted!!

I dont really have any plans for this weekend. I think I will just hang around the house and hope the weather holds out for a swim or two. I have decided that my weekends are gonna be my free days FROM EXERCISE but not from eating right. I am still gonna control my portions and watch what I eat, even on the weekends.

Ok I am gonna go but I was gonna tell Sara a secret......If you go into search and type in 3 Fat Chicks it will bring up this web site and then you just click on it. That way it does not show up in history ;)

Ok I am off!

05-16-2003, 06:48 PM
Just popping in to say I EXERCISED AGAIN !!! :strong:

We had severe weather here AGAIN too... but nothing near me this time. :D

I have got to go back to work cleaning my daughters room of my stuff.
She moves home this weekend.
That is... as I said ... good and bad.
There will have to be a lot of adjusting for all of us.
For one thing.. I will have to wear clothes. :lol: Just kidding... sort of. :o

05-16-2003, 09:13 PM
Hello...just another quickie to keep myself in check here!

John is in bed and Andrew is on the bed watching what else but the WIGGLES over and over and over again all 3 videos. I am on my way to bed...I still feel crappy and my right ear is totally clogged up....I can't hear a thing. I know how deaf people feel now....my left ear is starting to clog too. I can't seem to shake this thing. I just want to stick something in my ear and pop it open!

OK sorry about the whining!! I'll catch you all tomorrow after work. I am off next saturday and Andrew and I are going to visit my Parents in Rhode Island!

TTFN Michelle

05-16-2003, 10:57 PM
Hey ladies..... getting in here a little late tonight, huh? :lol:

Seems like I've been running all day long today and I just now got a chance to sit down. Sometimes I almost dread when I have a day or two off, because I spend all my time doing what I don't have time to do during the week when I'm working. :mad:

I don't know if anyone has mentioned these or not, and if you did, I apologize for not listening...or reading thoroughly enough, but anyways.....I bought some skinny cows tonight and instead of vanilla or chocolate icecream, they were in MINT! I love mint and chocolate together and these were just awesome and only 2 pts! :cb:

Alright 2cute, if you can exercise, I'll be danged if I sit in this chair anymore! :no: I've been doing alot of thinking about the exercise thing and I know what makes me stop. When I stop doing it for awhile, and I start back up again, I need to start out slow.....well, I did start out slow, only doing the 1 mile for about 3 or 4 days, but then I started making myself do the 3 mile...(just to prove I could) and then I fooled around and burnt myself out and I stopped again. Until I am truly ready and unless I really want to, I am only doing the one mile 5 times a week. If I want to do more, I will....but I am not going to force myself. That never works. :no:

I know I should take time for individual replies, but dh and Trey are bugging me to finish watching the truck race with them, so I'm gonna hop off for now, but I will be back tomorrow.

I have a plan....a good one, I think. I'm not posting it yet though. If I post it, and then it doesn't happen, then I feel like even more of a failure, because I've failed in front of all of you. So for now....I'm just keeping it under my hat. :tape: I know I should say that I am doing it and there's no chance for failure, but I think I also have to be real with myself and with you guys as well.

I've got a hair appt tomorrow at 3:00 and I can't wait to get this mop trimmed. I want it to be nice and short (not too short though) so it will be cool when I'm at Charlotte next weekend.

Have a wonderful night ladies and I will see you in the am. :grouphug:

05-16-2003, 11:31 PM
Well Ladies --- I am bidding you Farewell. Well, just for a short time! ;) The bags are packed and we are getting ready to do one last check of the house and hit the sack so we can be back up and at the airport for an 8am flight. We will be gone until the night of the 25th. I am sure I will check in with you wonderful gals while I'm on vacation --- especially now that Tracy shared the little tip about not leaving the website on others computers --- I was also a little hesitant about leaving access to this site on my families computers --- I just need to keep some things private - you know what I mean.

Wishing you all a WONDERFUL and HEALTHY weekend!!! I'll talk to you soon!
Vacation Bound Barb
:wave::joker: :wave: :cb: :wave:

05-17-2003, 12:27 AM
I'm sorry I'm posting so late tonight. My hubby and I made a new deal though. It seems that calls weren't getting through even though we have call waiting so the new rule is no internet from 9am-9pm our time.:nono: He runs his own business so we don't know what we missed while we were online.:( It is probably a good thing anyway. Not being on here gives me more time to clean the house, exercise and chop veggies :lol:

I'm not going to do individual replies tonight, probably tomorrow or later tonight. I did okay eating the last couple of days. I ate some things today that weren't such hot ideas, but tomorrow is always another day.

I've been meaning to ask you ladies, does anyone else here have a thing for nuts? I love nuts of any kind, especially peanuts in the shell, and it is one of those things I'm not sure how to find a substitute for. I'm afraid that nuts for me are not something I can eat a limited amount of at this time. Maybe later when I'm stronger on my eating plan I can have just a small amount, but not right now. :shrug:

Anyway, hope everyone had a great day today and has a fantastic day tomorrow.


05-17-2003, 03:23 AM
Amanda... I am a NUT for NUtS !!!!! I only like chocolate if it has nuts. One of my favorites "were" M&M's with peanuts. YOu could have a 10 lb bag of plain M&M's and I would not touch them. But a single M&M with nuts and I will arm wrestle you for it. :lol:

I am lowering my carbs and Macadamia nuts are a good low carb nut. I deduct fiber so that helps. MMMmmmm :T I don't know about a substitute. I stay away from most other nuts because they are higher in carbs.

Barb.... have a WONDERFUL vacation. I think we are all glad to learn that little trick about using others computers.

I too am leaving in the morning for my daughters graduation.
I don't expect to be back in before I leave but you never know.
I DO PLAN to exercise before I go though. :yes:
I am too new at this to take a chance of missing a day yet.
I need to establish this as a routine. NO EXCUSES !!!!

Tina... you can't start out much slower than exercising sitting down. :lol:
Actually... he works you fast and continously. :cb: I used to do his "Sweatin to the Oldies" and you got more breaks in them than you do in this sitting one. :lol: I guess he figures you don't need a breathing break if you are sitting. :shrug:
His routine is certainly harder to follow on this one. He switches moves continously. I like ole Richie Poo. He says.."Just do what you can... but give it all you can" I like that philosphy.
He also says... "Stick with me... I am sticking with you"
That made me think of all of you in here. :love:

Deon... are you in here sweating with me yet??? :strong: You promised.

Okay... I am out of here. I am not ignoring anyone.. I just have a lot to do still. I just had to come peek in... what can I say... I am addicted. :o LOL

05-17-2003, 09:32 AM
Don't really have time to post right now, but popped in and saw Amandas post and figured I would share.

Amanda: Go to callwave.com it's an internet answering machine. While you are on the computer on the internet you have an answering machine thing that you minimize and when you get a call it pops up and has caller ID and they can leave a message. It tells the person calling that you are currently on the internet but please leave a message and that you will get back to them. I love it. It costs me $3.95 per month now to the callwave company and I think its like 2.00 on my phone bill for having what they call (call forward busy) you will learn all about it at the web site. They do have other options though, so check it out. Good Luck to you.


05-17-2003, 09:33 AM
Why Can't I say no to anyone?
I have so much to do between now and Monday morning and I don't know how I am going to fit it all in.

Now that I have that off my chest Good morning. Hope all of you are ok.
Barb have a great vacation.

Thin thanks for the pkg.
I exercised last night while watching Days of Our Lives. I record it everyday. I did 2 miles on the gazelle in 45 minutes.

I got my perm yesterday I had it curled all over this time instead of just the top. Its ok I guess at least it's easy to take care of.

My son came in from work sick yesterday with a fever. His teacher said he was in the top 5 in his class at work. That's my boy.

I have meetings all day today but plan on being at chat tonight 7 central .

I went to see my sister yesterday she is awful sore but she is ok.

Well I'll shut up for now hope all of you have a great day.

See you all tonight

05-17-2003, 12:18 PM
Good evening folks!

I have managed to get through the day without chocolate, specifically.... well, I had a low fat hot chocolate in the afternoon, cos I HAD to have something! And I had some icecream for dessert... but overall my day has been really good food-wise. Unfortunately I didn't get ANY exercise, or the gardening done, as it rained. I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to exercising in wet weather. I'm going to have to get out my exercise videos again... :cb:

Mind you, I did manage to do some more sorting. The games are now all together in a "games cupboard" and the entertainment cabinet is all tidy, and I finished sorting out our study desk, getting all my paperwork in order, and finding a good spot for my weight loss stuff. :dancer:

Marc's watching the FA Cup, which is one of the BIGGEST soccer events of the year. I've grown up on soccer, as my parents are english, and I love the sound of all the fans chanting. :cp:

This is why I am typing this at 12.19am on Sunday morning.... :yawn:

Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow. I've also got quite a bit of housecleaning to do, so if I can't get outside, there's plenty to keep me busy!!! We've been invited to a party tomorrow afternoon, and I still haven't decided whether I should drink or not. I tend not to, cos I have to drive and look after the kids, but Marc is suggesting he look after the kids and we get a taxi, so I can relax and enjoy a few. Problem is that we don't have a lot of money, and drinks are worth points that I don't necessarily have. I think in the end I'll just have a couple of wines and save us a lot of money! *sigh* It's all so complicated!!! :chin:

Amanda, I looked in my Weight Watchers guide on what peanuts are worth, and 25 nuts (15gms) is 1 1/2 points. An apple is worth 1 point, if that gives you a guide. So, although not the healthiest thing, if you were to have a reasonable handful of peanuts as a snack once a day, it should't ruin your overall program. Good luck with it! We all have our demons - mine's chocolate at the moment! :flow1:

Barb, hope you have a great trip - sounds like lots of fun, and well done for losing the weight in view of the plane trip. I'm sure it will work out fine! :wave: And I didn't have to ruin my nails with gardening - they did that all by themselves! :mad: It's all that handwashing and stuff. I've got that lovely chipped look now!

Tina, I think you're very wise to pace yourself with your exercise. I totally agree that as keen as we are when we get back into it, it's dangerous to be TOO enthusiastic to the point that you overdo it, exhaust yourself, and then have to recover, or get put off altogether. I found that out recently, where I'd been invited to walk with some ladies from Josh's school. But because they're weeks ahead of me in their weight loss programs, they're a lot faster. I was really struggling to keep up, and didn't enjoy myself at all. I've decided that doing the power walk like the other day suits me much better, cos I can go at my own pace. I also don't feel as stupid. There's nothing worse that being in a situation that makes you feel fatter and more unfit than you did already!!! :o

Michelle, sorry to hear you're not well - hope for a quick recovery!

Deon, it IS hard getting started again, but once you've made that first step, the rest will fall into place. Just hang in there - we all have hard times, it's the getting back up again that's important! :D

Lori, I find the worst thing about TOM, which I've got coming up next week, is the CRAVINGS - all I can think about is chocolate. I find though, luckily, that a small freddo frog will do the trick. It's just remembering that when I enter a shop, and not going ballistic!!! I also find exercise a bit of a chore, so we'll have to push each other out the door! hee hee

Tracy and 2cute, WELL DONE for the exercising, it's good to know that we've got that kind of inspiration in this group!! :bravo:

Well, I'm gonna snuggle down under the quilt and read my book for a while.. catcha tomorra!


05-17-2003, 04:34 PM
I'm here for only a minute or two...I have lots to do, plus get some rest before work tonight.

Anyone chatting? I hope to be able to pop in there for a bit.

Nothing new to report here...I'm still OP...welllll....I had a bit of a run in with the Triscuits yesterday...I guess the important lesson learned is to not let yourself get too hungry...that's when I start to think, "what the ****...I haven't eaten too much, I can have this!" Then all bets are off. So I just had a big salad for lunch, made one for later too. I added Boars Head sliced chicken (:T, try it!) and swiss cheese to a huge tossed salad...it looked wonderful...and then I killed it with some disgusting low fat dressing. One thing I (usually) always remember from a former WW leader: Use a salad dressing that you LOVE, even if it's not low fat/low cal, you'll eat more salad that way! Should have followed that today! :p

I have to go cut the grass before the rain that they keep saying is coming but hasn't come yet comes!

See you later.

05-17-2003, 06:39 PM
My mother sent me this...I can relate to a number of items here, thought you guys would like it too...

Subject: Too funny - mid-life

I've seen two shows lately that went on and on about how mid-life is a great time for women. Just last week Oprah had a whole show on how great menopause will be....


I've had a few thoughts of my own and would like to share them with you.
Whether you are pushing 40, 50, 60 (or maybe even just pushing your luck) you'll probably relate.

Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.

In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans. We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

Mid-life is when you can stand naked in front of a mirror and you can see your rear without turning around.

Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and you realize that this is the only time someone will ask you to appear topless.

Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely in a tube top and scream, "Listen honey, even the Roman empire fell and those will too."

Mid-life brings wisdom to know that life throws us curves and we're sitting on our biggest ones.

Mid-life is when you look at your-know-it-all, beeper-wearing teenager and think: "For this I have stretch marks?"

In mid-life your memory starts to go. In fact the only thing we can retain is water.

Mid-life means that your Body By Jake now includes Legs By Rand McNally -- more red and blue lines than an accurately scaled map of Wisconsin.

Mid-life means that you become more reflective...You start pondering the "big" questions. What is life? Why am I here? How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?

But mid-life also brings with it an appreciation for what is important.

We realize that breasts sag, hips expand and chins double, but our loved ones make the journey worthwhile. Would any of you trade the knowledge that you have now for the body you had way back when?

Maybe our bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and love we've acquired.

That's my philosophy and I'm sticking to it!

Terri in MO
05-17-2003, 07:03 PM
Wow, you ladies are busy posters! I'll try to get caught up and make a nice long post! :D

First, a little about myself. I'm 42, married, live in Missouri, am a manager in the accounting department at a large insurance company; no kids except for DH's two sons and 16 yo granddaughter and 5 mo grandson; have a young rottweiler dog who thinks he's not a dog; have a horse down at my mom's farm; like to walk but have flat feet; love to bike but somehow forget to make time for it; have a small fracture in my hip from who knows what so some days I hurt; like to read; love movies and music; love church and growing as a Christian; lost my dad in December so I go down to the farm to help mom as often as I can; lost my step-FIL three weeks ago and have been consumed with helping MIL find a senior's housing so she's not alone all the time; love my DH evn though some days I could bash him; love sunny days; dreary days make me depressed; love to cook and teach DH to cook and we're really into intense flavors of food without all the fat, creams, gravies, etc that drown out the real flavors. These are a few of my favorite things....and a few you'll hear me whine about. :o

As far as WW, I'm finding that I'm more positive about the program with going only every other week instead of weekly (just a long story about mental games); I'm an boredom eater especially on dreary days; I'm a stress eater but have made considerable progress in conquering that; I'm an emotional eater but exercise helps keep the emotions in check and therefore helps keep food in check. I'm seriously only focusing on one day at a time - not the week, not until weigh-in - just what I'm doing today food and exercise wise. Yesterday is forgotten and tomorrow is tomorrow. That change in focus has helped because once I start paying attention to what's in the point bank, then I start thinking I can sneak in more food and then the weekend hits. Weekends are my hardest time because our routines are poor and our planning is poor. I plan to eat light and exercise more during the week and plan to eat more and exercise less on the weekend. So far, that's helped me eliminate disappointment, blame, and frustration about eating. But I also know that every day held onto focus and determination is a victory not a given. Oops, sorry, think I got a little philosophical or preachy. Hope no one thinks I'm coming across as having all the answers.

Speaking of boredom eaters, I'm at work as I start this long post (will email it home and finish for posting later). Because I'm at work on a Saturday and would rather be in bed, I just ate a package of chocolate cupcakes. How nasty and stupid is that? The bad thing is that because I ate such high sugar and no protein for breakfast, I'll feel like crap.

Back at home to finish this post:
Food has been cruddy today. I got home from work and DH was trying to clean out the freezers and make room for the new beef we had bought. Somehow, I end up finishing his garage cleaning projects. But we got that done and the beef in the freezer. Now, we have enough great beef for a neighborhood. :dizzy:

I've been yacking with my sister and she lost 3.4 pounds this week at WW. Not me. Its close to TOM so the scale is holding steady. However, that is a good thing because if its almost TOM and the scale hasn't actually gone UP then I should be due for a nice loss soon. The smart thing would not to be to eat everything in the house.

I bought myself some of the Just My Size sport capris and tank tops at Walmart. LOVE THEM! They are my official weigh-in clothes. So light and comfy.

2Cute - Congrats on the exercise! Great job on taking that first step - that is always the hardest. You've inspired me to drag out my yoga tape after I'm done with this post. I'm with you on lowering carbs - I'm lowering the starchy carbs and increasing the veggies/fruits carbs. It has helped me to decrease hunger cravings. Have fun at graduation!

Mary - Congrats on the review. I always hate giving and receiving those things - even if we need the constructive feedback. Good attitude! That's really cool about your son - not the sickness part but about the top 5. You must be one proud mama! :cool:

Barb- :bravo: for 3 pounds gone! That is three packages of butter gone! Have a great vacation. The big dog weighs enough for your three!!

Lynne - I miss drive-ins. That's about all we had when I was in high school. What fun! Except now I'd probably sleep through the late movie. Don't you love how freshly done nails look? Wow, a 3.6 mile walk is nothing to sneeze at!

Lori - I agree about the effects of exercise on TOM - that and soy helps!

Tracy - You go Girl! Gym classes! I'm truly impressed. I haven't worked up the nerve for the gym yet.

Michelle - Hope you kick that bug soon.

Tina - I love skinny cows. Especially the peanut butter. I've tried the green mint and the peppermint and loved them too. Does everyone know that you can buy skinny cows at Sam's Club - 18 for less than $10. They are $4.19 for 6 at the grocery store. Good attitude about the exercise. It has to be what you enjoy and renews the mental spirit as well.

Amanda - Eating nuts can be a good thing for your diet. Most nuts have the healthy fats so if done in moderation, they should be part of a heart healthy diet.

Deon - I used to have a problem with mom venting about dad all the time. It was really hard because I'd end up mad at dad and have all this pent up anger because of her "needing to vent". It affected my relationship with him for years. I finally said to myself that I should not be party to their problems - and as parents, they should not be involving the children - no matter our ages. I told my mom that she could vent all she wants but don't expect me to comment because I just couldn't be party to it anymore. She would still occassionally vent and then I'd ignore it and go home okay. I'm really glad because I was finally able to develop a real friendship with dad and while I was crushed when he passed away recently, I didn't still have issues and regrets. Its okay to draw the line with your parents. They are parents after all; not you. As far as the food - go wander the veggies isle at the store and try something new. We recently tried stir-fried napa cabbage with pork tenderloin. Really good. Kick that food :devil: in the butt!

Thin - You always had really good recipes. Still love your diet coke chicken. Good luck on your school board election.

Duckie - Hope you're feeling better. :yikes: on the allergies. Those sure do wipe a person out. :bravo: on your 51 pounds gone. That is a fabulous accomplishment. I do the flonase too. Since I do it religiously everyday, I feel a lot better and have quit taking any other allergy meds. Everybody's different but maybe it can help you too.

Sara - Your success is very inspirational. Good luck with the eye surgery.

Kat - Boars Head chicken? Never heard of it. Too bad about killing the salad - what a bummer! I finally gave up on FF salad dressings and get the Just Done Right which has some fat and good flavor. A Caesar type is my fav. Flying squirrels in drag - so true and that flappy arm stuff is so unfair!

Okay, this has turned in to a really long post. Whew! I'm sure I missed a couple of you but not intentionally!!! Here's lots of :goodvibes: to everyone to have a great, in control, activity filled weekend! Let's all have losses next week.

Holy crap! How did it get to be 5:00???? I've been working on this for way too long! :yikes: Off to yoga.

05-17-2003, 10:23 PM
Hello! Wasn't there a chat tonight? I just went into our chat room and nobody was there. Oh well, I will check again in a bit. I went with a friend today to have a neck and shoulder massage. Boy was it nice!! I had never had one before but I think I will start doing it once in awhile. The place we went was a day spa and they have a day package for $175. That includes full body massage, facial, scalp massage, parrafin bath, Manicure, pedicure, some kind of body exfoliation, and a champagne lunch. I have decided that will be my reward for reaching goal one of these days.

I snuck a look at the scales this morning and it looks like about a 3 pound loss so far this week. I will give an official weigh-in on Wednesday. I also tried the California Cobb salad from McDonald's yesterday. It is really good. Has an unusual taste to it.

Determined to succeed- Did you get to do your yoga? If so, good for you!! That is some good exercising. I always thought that yoga would be easy. NOT TRUE!!!

Kat- I had the normal Cobb dressing with my salad yesterday. It was sooo good and it turned out to not be bad calorie wise since it was a whole meal for me. I have not been depriving myself at all. If I want something I have it, but just in moderation.

LoseForLife- Great job on resisting the chocolate! It is also a redlight food for me.

Mary- Sometimes you just have to make yourself say no to people. I have a relative that finds it very hard to take no for an answer so I have gotten to where I make up excuses for not doing things. I hate to lie but sheesh, she just goes on and on.

Sandy- Hey girl!! How are you doing today?

2Cute- I think that it is great that you are exercising!! I think that it is the key to weight loss. Keep it up and tell Richard I said hi :D

Amanda- I have a love for pistachios and cashews. I could eat them all day long if they are around. I can live without them though so I dont buy them.

Barb- I know that you are already gone but wishing you a safe and happy trip!

Tina- Hey girl! Are we still on for next Saturday? I hope so. I bought some Skinny Cows last night. It is a chocolate/vanilla mix. I have not seen the mint ones yet but will have to start looking for them. Wasn't it you who recommended the WW nutty buddy type ice creams? Well I was gonna buy some last night but there were only 4 in the box for the same price as 6 Skinny Cows so you know which one I chose :s: Quantity before quality :lol:

Michelle- Aren't the Wiggles just the funniest thing? Zachary loves Rugrats. I am sorry to hear that you are feeling so rough. It is hard when you have a little one.

Lori- A painless TOM....once unheard of :cp:

Deon- Way to go on climbing back up on the wagon!!

Ok we are missing Thin, Sara, Duckie, and Lucky. Come in and post you guys!!


05-18-2003, 10:05 AM
Hi guys!

I went for another long walk today. I measured it with the car, and it's actually 4.8km, not 6, but still not a bad effort! :D
I really LOVE the long walk. Sounds crazy, but I find it a real challenge to aim for the end of the long stretch, get to the corner, and know that I've done a large part and it just seems to get easier. And the last stretch is a power trip, knowing how far I've come and the fact that I'm still going strong! So I've decided that as long as I have the time, I'm going to do it everyday. Certainly should work off those kilos in no time!!! :lol:

Food's been pretty good. I decided NOT to stay for long at the party, had 2 glasses of wine and a few nibbles (low fat, carrot sticks etc) and then we came home. So I've done well all day. I even managed to stay away from the chocolate! :eek: :dance:

Oh, I also remembered another way to track your weight loss. I'd forgotten about MEASURING your body. Because MUSCLE weighs more than FAT, sometimes you won't show a loss on the scales, but the SIZE will tell you that the centimeters are coming off. So I'm going to set up a spreadsheet and record my measurements every week, at the same time as my weigh in.

Kat, I laughed at your description about the yucky salad dressing. :p I'm not a big fan of just munching on a salad, although I used to really enjoy it when I was younger. So the dressing is crucial. We've got a really nice brand here that has no fat, and we've got the Balsamic one at the moment, which is YUMMY! One of my favourite salad dishes is cajun chicken over salad with avocado. mmm.....

Terri, hope you had a good yoga session. I liked your summary of yourself - very humorous and honest! I like your attitude to the weekends. I find the weekend hard, but these days not so hard, as I'm home every day, not working. So now it's every day instead! :rolleyes:

Tracy, massages are the best! Marc gives me one when he can, but I'd have one every day if I could. I have really bad back problems, so I'm always sore. Although the excess weight hasn't CAUSED the back problems, it certainly hasn't helped, so hopefully it will ease somewhat as I get lighter!

Hope you're all having a good weekend.


05-18-2003, 10:34 AM
PS I've got a recipe to pass on that I got from my mum. I'm not normally one to do this, but this is a special:

Bread Cheese Dip


One large round wood oven continental loaf
One onion
One capsicum
Handful of Ham (approx 100gms)
One tin creamed corn
Low fat cream cheese
One fresh chili

Mixed vegetables, crackers, etc.

Ok, here's how to prepare it:

Finely chop the ham, onion, capsicum and chili (deseeded) and combine with the cream cheese and creamed corn.
Cut the top of the loaf off, and scoop out the bread (which can be used another time for breadcrumbs).
Pour in the combined ingredients and replace the top.
Wrap the loaf in 3 layers of foil, and cook in an oven at 180 degrees celcius for 2 hours.

Serve the loaf dip on a platter with chopped vegetables and crackers of your choice. You can also break up the top of the loaf to have to dip as well.

(If you need to transport it, keep it wrapped in the foil, and then wrapped in a towel to keep warm.)

This is REALLY yummy, and very low in fat.

Cheers! :D

05-18-2003, 03:13 PM
Where da heck is everyone? John has pink eye and bronchitis and now I have pink eye too. Geeeesh....are we ever going to get this house well again??

Gotta go take a nap..my throat still hurts!

TTFN Michelle

05-18-2003, 03:33 PM
Thank you everyone for all your support. It is so nice to know that I can come in here and vent and dump on all of you and get all the good responses I get. And here I go again. I really did it this time. But I think I found the solution to my problem. Friday evening I pigged out!! I mean really pigged out. I ate everything I wanted, a hamburger, french fries, candy, chips, ice cream. And ya know what I was sick!! But boy was it fun. But ya know what, I dont want that stuff anymore. I was so ready to get back on Sat morning. And it has been so easy to stay on. I was even 2 points under last night. And I even came to a realization, I used to eat like that all the time, every day, and it's no wonder I weighed almost 400. So I have decided that about once amonth I am going to have a pig out. Then I won't feel deprived and I will have something to look forward to. I love it. Well I must go for now, oh ya I also went for a 1mile walk yesterday. Woo hoo.:wave:

05-18-2003, 04:45 PM
Hey all...

Traffic sure is light!

Michelle, I'm sending the germ exorcist over your way! :p You guys have really had it rough there! Feel better soon!

Lynne...mmm, that dip sounds yummy! Good job on the walking! I wish we still had a drive in! Ohhhh, that was fun! They put in a Costco where the last drive-in in NJ once stood...less than a 5 minute drive from my house...I miss it! :(

Tracy, my daughter was singing the praises of McD's Cobb Salad the other day too! Hmmm. I may have to check it out one of these days! My favorite bottled dressing is blue cheese, the Just 2 Good blue cheese is actually good. My favorite dressing though, is one that I make with sesame oil, rice vinegar, Splenda, soy sauce...mmm, my mouth just watered! :T:

Terri, Welcome! I enjoyed your post and getting to know about you! Sounds like you'll fit right in here! :wave:

Mary...you sound like me...I have a VERY hard time saying no...but I am working on it! :no: :no: :no:

Sandy...where've you been? :?:

Tina...good attitude on the exercise! BTW...i can't wait to hear about "the Plan!" Do share. :strong:

Amanda...I love nuts too! As a matter of fact, I've been buying them more and more lately since low carbing. (they're a little pricey!) I'll grab a handful of nuts (usually cashews) when I need something to nibble. Portion control is HARD though! I will measure out 1/4 cup, but then I usually go back for another 1/4 cup! :ink:

Lori...weather reports are looking good for tomorrow! Say cheese! :D

2cute...I hope the graduation was wonderful! I know you're a proud mama! Re: your exercise tape...surprisingly good workout, huh? I knew Richard would not disappoint. At a WW meeting, the leader had everyone hold their hands out and make big circles, front,,,then back, shoulder shrugs, bicep curls...maybe for about 5 minutes...if that. The whole group was huffing and puffing! Her point was that ANY thing you do to raise that heart rate is beneficial! Consistency is the key! Your determination is contagious! :cp:

Deon...SOOOOOOOOO? Did you join Miss 2cute exercising?
:drill: tapping his foot, questioningly
***whoops...saw your post after I posted mine...:drill: is very proud of your walk...keep it up!

Tracy...I'm very excited for you and Tina's meeting next week! We'll want details! That BodyFlow class sounds good! :spin:

Barb...I know you're down in Florida, soaking up the sun somewhere...get some rays for us water logged types back home, okay? :cool:

Jen...I keep forgetting to respond to you, I'm so sorry! I LOVED the Mother's Day hug story! How very special! I'm picturing a chain of hugs halfway across the world...sigh! :love:

Thin, Lucky, Sara, Steph...do pop in before this thread's over, won't you?? ;) Whoops... too late!

I'm outta here! Going to feed the face!
Nothing but good, nourishing, wholesome stuff, of course...

05-18-2003, 06:27 PM

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