Weight Loss Support - 300+ And Ready To Try Again....#363

07-06-2003, 09:17 PM
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We want to invite everyone to join us in our journey.
We share laughter and tears.
We share what works for us and what doesn't.
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07-06-2003, 09:18 PM
Ok, posting police: I posted BEFORE I changed the thread so that's gonna have to count for now!! :D Later....

07-06-2003, 09:31 PM
Ok, I think I made it here. Phew. :stress:

07-06-2003, 10:20 PM
The meatloaf was wonderful. I put a little catsup on top.

07-06-2003, 10:32 PM
Hi Ladies -
I hope everyone had a great Sunday. This is my first chance to sit down at the computer because we have been running around all day. As you saw, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I am doing much better now. I know that staying busy all day helped.

2cute - Thanks for yelling at me to snap out of it. I needed it.

Soon after I posted we got ourselves ready and drove into Philly to Dave and Busters. We had a fairly nice lunch - I had Chix Tortilla soup and a salad. As we were talking after lunch things switched to talk of our cruise we have planned in October. DH really hurt my feeling talking about not wanting to spend a lot of time with my family on the cruise. We don't normally take our vacations with the family, but this year seems to be full of family activities. I know what he means, and even I don't want to spend 24/7 with my family, but I don't know if he is really taking my feelings into consideration. I am truly trying to understand how he feels, but we have to compromise. I also have to set expectations w/ my family that we won't be doing everthing together. It'll work out -- I hope!! :crossed: Anyway, it was just a very upseting conversation, especially considering I get emotional when TOM comes to town. I'm done venting - Thanks for listening.

After lunch we played arcade games. Then we came home and finished putting the dining room together. I am going to attempt to link the picuture here to share -- if you are interested in seeing. This is the project I've been working on for a few weeks.


For fear of losing a long post, I am going to submit this and continue on another post......

07-06-2003, 10:43 PM
Yippee - I figured the picture thing out. Tina, aren't you proud of me???

Okay, continuing on.....

So, we put the dining room back together and then I walked on the treadmill while I watched the new Trading Spaces - Family.

Now I am winding down the weekend with a manicure and getting ready for bed. :yawn:

Michelle - As of now we have no plans next Sunday. If you are coming down to DE, let me know and we can meet somewhere. I'd love to meet you and your little one face to face. :) Are we still trying to meet with Tina and Kat the next weekend?????

JustMe - I am the same way with the scale. Some weeks I am on it everyday. Other weeks (like this one because TOM is in town and I don't want to see the scale) I put it in the closet and only pull it out on Friday. Regardless of what it says during the week I only use my Friday weight for tracking purposes.

Mary - Good job on the shopping. You are going to have a very healthy week. I am going to try. I don't eat any fish, so I end up eating a lot of chicken, which is fine with me because I love it.

Thin - Sounds like you are a busy gal around the house and running around for the holiday weekend. Sorry you didn't like Legally Blonde. The story line was awful, but I just think Reese is such a cute actress and enjoy watching here. Thanks so much for card --- you are such a sweetheart!!! :)

Everyone else --- Sending out Hugs and a big HELLO!! Wish I had more time, but it's getting late and I want to pamper myself a little before bed!!! I'm sure I'll be around tomorrow. I don't think work will be too crazy!!

Sweet Dreams to all!

07-06-2003, 10:46 PM
Well ladies-things are going good here if only my hubby would get the cars up and running again. :mad: Now he says he isn't going to put the engine back in the car, which is the only vehicle I can drive. Guess I'll have to walk my daughter to dance class. :shrug: At least it will be good exercise. It is a steep hill I have to go up. I also hope the class I'm signed up to start in July doesn't go because I have no way of going. He really frustrates me sometimes. I :love: him though.

Anyway, other than that things are going okay. I had a couple of off days, but they weren't that off. I'm not worried about it. I'm going to start the week off by getting up bright and early to get my hubby off to his new job and I'm going to take a walk. :yes: I'm going to get to bed early tonight so I can be up in time.

Sometimes we just have to tie a knot and just hang on.
Boy that applies to more than just PMS.

Time for individual replies:

Barb-I think you should have said something to your neighbor. What he did was so rude. :( Sorry you had to clean up such a mess. Your dining room is beautiful, good job.

Lucky-Good point about the mirrors. I sure hope you didn't take what I said wrong. I just couldn't get what you said about always picturing yourself the way are now out of my mind. My aunt lived in Okinawa when she was younger and teaching, she is also a quilter.

2Cute-I'm going to be doing the yard sale thing soon too. Yuck!!! (Although I'll enjoy the extra $ in my pocket.) I also have tons of unused kitchen gadgets I just had to have. I'm also with you on the Einstein sleeping pattern. I just can't seem to get in a schedule and stay on it. Even sleeping pills didn't work for me.:^:

Tina-Someone else already said this, but this too shall pass.

Just Me-Welcome to our thread!!! You'll fit in beautifully-you are a frequent poster and we love that quality. I had fun meeting you in chat. Your pic in your avatar is lovely. :yes: I can't wait to try that Indonesian Chicken recipe. :T

Michelle- Well you'll just have to stay up past your bedtime and chat with us more often. :s:

Joeanne-:bravo: On all that exercise. You inspire me girl.

Mary-I'll find some recipes to post for ya soon. Promise.

Deb-I'm with you on the time alone. I never get any but when I do, I just love it.

Thin-I had a blast chatting with you the other night. You are more of a character than I imagined you to be. Now I feel like I know ya a little better. I guess we can let ya slip this time on not posting a reply when you started the thread. :lol:

Terri-Time with family makes it hard to stay OP but you'll be back on track in no time. TY for re-posting the Snickers Pie Recipe.

Okay-if I missed ya I'm sorry. :grouphug: See all of you soon.

:df: (Okay-I guess it wasn't as long as I thought. Guess I didn't have as much to say as I imagined I did. :lol: )

07-06-2003, 11:08 PM
BarbPA GREAT dining room. You can come and work, oh I mean visit me anytime.:s:

PheonixRising I don't think I took what you said wrong??? Unless I was suppose to be offended and wasn't. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Well, I know it's Sunday night but I don't get here early in the morning so here is my Monday Motivation:

I have been struggeling and can't seem to stay committed to this weight loss, so this quote spoke to me:

"It is no sin to attempt and fail. The only sin is not to make the attempt." - Suellen Fried

At least I am not sinning . .:dizzy:

Young Grasshopper
07-06-2003, 11:57 PM
Hiya Chickies!

Just a quick post so I know how far I've read! Thanks for posting the Snicker Pie recipe! Between that and the chicken recipe I know what i"m having for dinner!

Deb :strong:

07-07-2003, 01:28 AM
Hi guys... I am writing this off line because I am waiting for a phone call and can't tie up the phoneline. I won't be replying to anyone since I have not read anything. LOL
Boy have we been productive today.!!! :cp:
We took my kitchen apart and got rid of so much !!!!
Some of this stuff I probably NEVER used once in all 23 years living here.
But I also kept a few things I have never used in all 23 years either. :o
You just never know when I might need it. :lol: What can I say... :o
Some of the items were wedding gifts... some belonged to my parents.
It just seemed sacreligious to sell items given to my parents for wedding gifts in a garage sale. LOL
I feel sooooo good about getting so much accomplished. :D :D

My food has been okay... but not perfect. I seem to want to reward myself for working so hard. :^: It seems I REALLY LOVE food. LOL
Today I was sick most of the day. I still worked hard and accomplished a LOT.
My stomach was just on edge all day. It came in waves. Always queezy... but then a wave a pure nausea would take me over. Not fun... but I was too goal oriented to let it slow me down.

I am sooo GRATEFUL my daughter came home to help me. She is an angel. :angel:
My other two kids live in the same town and haven't helped one bit. :no: Oh well... that is okay. They did not make the decision to move... we did. But I sure am grateful that my one daughter has volunteered to help soooo much. I would be laying in bed crying if it weren't for her. Kicking myself in the butt for even thinking about moving. LOL

Okay... still no time to reply but I am going to go read real quick. Got to get back to work. When I am in one of these productive modes... I better keep it going... because once I am out of it.... who knows when it will hit again. :shrug: :lol:

07-07-2003, 02:11 AM
Hey everyone :)

Did we all survive the holiday weekend? Our town 4th of July celebration was a total blast. The ducky derby went very well (trying to remember if I told you about that...). I didn't sell quite as many ducks as I had hoped, but it still made about $450. Not bad for this size a town. I did do one really bad thing and made it down to the river without any water. 1:30 in the afternoon, 108 degrees, no hat and no water. Someone want to just hand over the Darwin award right now?! Fortunately, a whole lot of intelligent people were there and shared with me.
The 4th always wraps up with a dutch oven chicken and potluck dinner. I kept the portions small and made a point of not cleaning the plate. That combined with all the running about for the day should balance.

I spent half of yesterday helping my dad shop for his new diet. His cholesterol is really high right now, and the doc wants him to cut out cholesterol, saturated fats and sodium. Since he is living on his own, he has been eating tv dinners and over processed foods for ages. He just isn't fond of cooking for one. Anyway, we found a couple of good and very simple recipes and did all the shopping for them.

We were supposed to be cooking them this evening, but that didn't work out because my SIL called up in a panic. The house next door to them was on fire and they had just been evacuated from their home. They have a little baby, so we zoomed over there to pick them up and bring them to my place.

By the time we got there, the other house was already gone and the majority of the fire was out. The occupants were out at the time, so no people were hurt, but they lost all but one of their pets. :(

The utter devastation left me thinking. I've been holding quite the pity party for myself the last few weeks. Well, no matter how rough things have been and have the potential to become in the next few weeks, I still have the things most important to me. I have my family, my friends and the better part of my health. Almost everything else in my life could be replaced.

I will find a new job. I will continue to work out, and if I can faithfully combine that with watching what I eat, my weight will begin to drop. Losing my job and being fat just doesn't compare to coming home from vacation and finding out everything I own is gone as well as most of the furry members of my family. Puts it all back into perspective.

I'm pretty tired, so I hope that all made sense. I'm going to try and figure out some nutritional info on these recipes and post them up to share. :grouphug: Oh, and does anyone have recipes or ideas where to look for those type? I'm going to try and do some personal chef'ing for my dad, and it isn't like they would hurt my family. The plan is to cook about a week ahead for a while, until he gets used to the foods and the diet and can do more on his own.

Really time for me to go to bed now. Take care, all!


07-07-2003, 02:27 AM
Hi chicks...

I'm back, no more parties, visitors, kids off to camp, NOTHING! I want a nice relaxing week to catch up on houswork, gardening, and sunning...maybe some swimming...THAT'S IT!!

The party went well...but it was very hot! I would have LOVED to have been able to jump into the pool...but there was NO WAY I was baring my ample flesh for a crowd!! :no: :eek: :yikes: :faint:

Dh and I discussed starting the South Beach Diet tomorrow...(well, today) Time to focus...again.

See you all tomorrow...

I have to sleep now...

07-07-2003, 07:48 AM
"Whew" Back from the long weekend of camping with family. Not just my hubby and kids, there was also my mil & fil, a sil,bil and their 3 kids, an aunt, uncle and 2 kids, and lots of others who just showed up during the day or at supper time etc. I love being with family, but sometimes.........ugh!!!! Anyway, I guess all is okay, but we are all worn out. So funny you leave your home to go camping to relax, but you come home and are just as tired if not worse. Maybe if one did not have to cook for a million people and watch kids and freat about stuff I would have relaxed more. Maybe I need relaxation classes. Does anyone else have this problem? I just for some reason seem to have to be doing something all the time.

On to replies:

JUSTME: I'm glad you decided to pull up a computer chair and continue to post with us. These are a great bunch of ladies. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

2CUTE: Did you make a lot of $$$$$ on all those old memories you sold off? Hope so and you can have fun making new ones:) .

BARB: Love the dining room. It is beautiful. Hope all works out with the family issues and spending time with yours. We have had a few discussions here on that subject too. We do lots with dh's family and not much with mine at all and we all live in the same town. Men just don't get it sometimes.

TINA: Hey chicky, no sweat!!! Jump back on, you will be fine, none of us is perfect!!!! Theres room, and while your at it pull my butt back on up there with you. We ended up listening to the race on the radio at the camp, cause we have no electricity and it was a saturday night race. It was so funny at one point, picture 15-20 people sitting around a campfire and the race blarring out and no one saying a word. Made me think of back in the olden days on the tv you will see people listening so intently to the radio as it was the only source of entertainment....I just thought it was cute.

MARY: Your grocery list sounded yummy and healthy for the week! You go girl. I will make chat on Wed. I am sure. I still need to find that fish at my local market to try....

LUCKY: Quilting, you are a brave person. Actually, I just don't have the patience to do it. But I love looking at all the hard work and beauty that people make. My grandma still does it and does a beautiful job. My son however, just had her cheat this year and make him the most simple blanket in her words....lol, a Bandana Quilt. You just take 2 different color bandanas, I'm not sure how many of each and sew them together alternating colors then you put the quilting stuff in and back it with a sheet and tack it where the 4 pieces of each bandana meet. It turns out wonderful and looks great in a kids room. He had red and blue, now my daughter wants pink and purple or pink and yellow she said for her bday. My grandma is in heaven cause she says it only takes a little bit of time....

MICHELLE: Hope you had a wonderful time in NH with family.

JOE ANNE: Girl, you exhaust me just reading your exercise. Keep up the good work.

DEB: Alone time, savor it!!! I get a little bit of it in the am every day. LOL, and I always tease that I go to work just to get a break from the family.

THIN: I can count on you every holiday to put a smile on my face. Thank you!!! Strawberry pie sounds yummy, thinking I will have to try that one. But the snickers pie is first on my choco-holic list.

TERRI: Sounds like your time with the family was nice and relaxing, and what a great movie to watch together, I love that one. Sorry the other table of people were so loud. Glad your water weight disappeared for you. Sometimes, I know being a scale a~holic is a bad thing. I am always on them. You will be back down there though, you are so good!!!

KAT: Glad to see you made it back. I think that word HOT is everywhere, it was almost unbearable in the shade here yesterday. I could not wait to get home to the airconditioners.

ANDRIA: Ducky Derby? Think I missed that along the way somewhere? You sold ducks? Glad people shared their water with you, that sure was a HOT number on the thermometer. Your such a sweeting helping your dad out and trying to get him on a good diet to lower that cholesterol. I wish you luck finding the perfect job too.

AMANDA: Did you get hubby up and off this morning? Sorry he isn't gonna fix the car at the moment, but maybe when he gets time he will. Let him get his schedule worked out and then maybe he can start the car. Or make him walk to work and keep the truck....lol (is it standard) is that why you can't drive it?

Okay, I think I got everyone on this thread and the last. If I omitted anyone, please forgive me, but I am just praying I don't loose this post, cause I think it's a long one. And you all know one hit of the wrong key and the computer monster eats the post.

Hugs to all,

07-07-2003, 09:00 AM
Okay, I figure you ladies will relate. The reason I can't drive the truck isn't because it is a stick-I can drive a stick. I decided long ago I wasn't going to have a limitation like that hanging over me. :no: Both my mom and grandma don't drive stick and the way I see it that was always an issue for them. The new car hubby is getting me soon is stick. It is an Isuzu Trooper. :) The reason I can't drive his truck is the seat isn't adjustable so there isn't room for my belly. I can't steer the darn thing. :^: In fact I barely have room in the car to steer. He won't be fixing the car anytime soon because he has taken the engine out of it and put it in his truck. He was going to put the truck engine back in the car, but the timing chain is about to go, so he is going to rebuild that engine. :?: Don't ask me, I don't understand his logic. (Can that word and men even combine??? :lol: )

I did get him off to work in a timely manner. He had his big breakfast. Steak, eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. He had planned on a bowl of cereal too, but I guess he was satisfied without it. :ink: I tried the coffee thing too-so I was going to go back to bed, but now I'm wired. :hyper: Maybe that isn't a bad thing. I didn't get a walk in because by the time it was light it was nearly time for him to go. Maybe today is the day to try those WATP tapes I bought months ago and have never tried??? :o

I'll catch you all later today. Have a great day!!!:cool:


07-07-2003, 10:12 AM
Well, Happy Monday everyone. I just don't want to be at work today. I'd rather be sitting at the pool basking in the sun. Well, maybe the pineapple I'm eating will take me back there mentally.

I have a difficult week ahead of me. I want to be able to drop another 3 pounds this week so I am going to have to be absolutely perfect with my diet and exercise. Tonight is my weight training. I do strength training Mon, Wed, Fri and cardio the rest of the week, usually Saturday is my one off day.

I have a question for you girls; what is the South Beach Diet? It doesn't sound healthy to me for some reason. Just curious.

I'm glad you like the chicken recipe. I love to cook, especially low fat and veggie loaded dishes. Yummy! Most of my recipes come from my cookbook collection, but occasionally I'll find a good one online. Check out;

07-07-2003, 10:14 AM
Whoops, got cut off. I was saying check out:


They have a ton of recipes and give you the nutritional info for everything. You can even adjust the servings automatically.

Must get back to work.

07-07-2003, 11:44 AM
Good Morning Ladies,

Hope you are all well, and from the looks of things you all had busy and filled holiday weekends.

A special thanks to Amanda, aka phoenix rising! She and I both se same server so we can Instant message. I have enjpyed conversing with her and getting to know her. I look forward to talking to more of you. My e-mail address is pjkdreamer43@aol.com. Would like to correspond there too, if anyone is interested.

I read often about all of you and will attempt to navigate myself around these threads in order to become more a more active participant.

sw 356
cw 347
goal 130ish

feeling good, have been walking, one week today! I deserve this as do all of you, and thank you in advance for your support and encouragement! We can do it:grouphug

07-07-2003, 11:54 AM
Woohoo!!! I did my one mile WATP tape. :dance: I can't believe I left the cellophane on it for so long. Anyway, it will fit into my day much better than a regular walk with my hubby's new schedule. Tomorrow, when I've had more sleep I might even try the two mile tape. ;) I can always stop if it is too much after all.

Pam-It has been a pleasure getting to know you. Another great way to get to know more of us is chat. Wed and Sat @7:30 CST.

Where is everyone today? Of course maybe I just got my day off to an early start. I feel much more energized even though I only had three hours of sleep. I'll either take a nap midday or sleep really good tonight. :lol: Who knows which at this point. Right now I'm going to take this energy and get busy cleaning house. :hyper:


07-07-2003, 12:18 PM
Well...here we are!

A brand new week. No barbecues coming up, no parties, no reason NOT to get back on plan and get losing!

That said, I just hopped on the scale for an official new weight...:chin: hmmm...bad idea. Several things just occurred to me.
a. My scale is definitely broken! ...not likely
b. I am SERIOUSLY retaining water! ...a distinct possibility
c. I ate TOO MUCH this past weekend! ...BINGO!

Oh well...back to the drawing board.

Justme, Welcome to our group! I hope you like it here! Re: the South Beach Diet...it sounds perfectly healthy to me, it makes a lot of sense. Check out the prevention.com website for more info if you're interested. Here's just a blurb...

The South Beach Diet is not low-carb. Nor is it low-fat. Instead, it teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats--the good ones--so you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and get rid of cravings without feeling hungry.

In one 12-week study of 40 overweight people, those who followed the South Beach Diet lost an average of 13.6 lb, almost double the 7.5 lb lost by those on the strict "Step II" American Heart Association (AHA) diet. And the South Beach group showed greater decreases in waist-to-hip ratio (belly fat) and triglycerides, and their good to bad cholesterol ratio improved more. Plus, only one person dropped out compared with five in the AHA group.

By choosing the right carbs and the right fats, you simply won't be hungry all the time, and portion sizes will take care of themselves.

I'll keep you posted on my progress...Today begins "Phase 1."

2cute: I agree, July is TOO HOT to go garage sailing! But I hope you got rid of a lot of stuff! I keep saying I want to have one...it's just easier for me to bring the boxes over to the thrift shop.

Sandy...sounds like a "nice" weekend...Wouldn't you just love to be a kid ~or, better yet~ a guy one of these weekends? You don't see them running around trying to make sure there's enough food/drinks, or cleaning up either before or after, packing/unpacking, watching out for kids, etc...not a care in the world! PS...that bandana quilt idea is adorable!

:yikes: Look at the time!!!! I have so much to do today, starting with getting to the bank before my checks bounce!!!

More replies later!


07-07-2003, 01:24 PM
HI guys ... came in to reply to everyone... but I am still in the mode to CLEAN and PACK so I am just going to send all my love and get myself busy . Hopefully later when I need a break to just sit for a while I can reply. I can't believe this is 4 days in a row I WANT to clean and pack. :lol:

07-07-2003, 02:00 PM
I'm having a chocolate attack. I think I am going to need some soon. I think that a pack of M&M's isn't so bad. :m: I will try to resist. If I still want it at 3, I'll have it. If not I'll have my usual healthy snack.

So I read up on the South Beach Diet. Strange, it's almost exactly what I have developed for myself. The only difference is that I didn't start with a 2 week deprivation plan. I switched to all whole foods, no processed flour or white sugar. I only eat natural products, whole wheat pasta, fresh veggies and fruit. No soda or flavored drinks. I brew green tea and put it on ice with lemon.

I'm not too keen on the first 2 weeks of that plan. I don't believe in doing anything to my body that I wouldn't continue to do for the rest of my life. I just don't think it's natural to cut out fruit from your diet. I mean, that's mainly what I eat. I can do without losing 14 pounds in 2 weeks. I'd rather lost it slow and avoid the saggies. I know it's only 2 weeks, but something just doesn't sit right with me. Well, if it ain't broke then don't fix it right?

It is so warm here today. I can't decide whether I want to swim when I get home or weight train. Hmmm, I could do both. Oh God NO!:yikes:

07-07-2003, 02:05 PM
OK, I am awake...I think :lol: This new medicine packed me for a wallop for a couple of days!

With all the Fourth fireworks, Tigger ran away Friday night and didn't come home until 7AM Saturday morning...poor kitty. He didn't leave the house all day Saturday, and didn't even venture too far out of the yard yesterday. Of course, today he is back to being the normal Tigster. Noah wasn't fazed by them at all; this coming from a cat that dives for cover when the vacuum cleaner comes out. Go figure :rolleyes:

It has been hot as Hades all weekend and it is going to be a workout for my central air all week according to the forcast today. I had to cancel the vet appointment till fall as a result; it is bad enough that I need the National Guard to get these two in their carriers to begin with, but I don't exactly relish the idea of taking them anywhere in the heat--since I don't like even letting them outside in it to run. (yes, I have spoiled animals :lol: ) Needless to say, I've been doing all my workouts indoors as well--though I did a major pig-out on the Fourth of July :yes: --but I got over that. With the new medicine the doctor gave me, I notice I get full very quickly; hence, I don't have to worry about overdoing it very often. :)

07-07-2003, 02:18 PM
Hey guys! Thought I'd drop in for a few minutes before I treat myself to a nice long bubblebath. :cloud9: Don't get mistaken by that little cloud9 guy though.... I am still in the throws of PMS. :mad: Not to mention that I am now a blithering idiot because today is dh's first day on seconds. :cry: :cry: I walked him to the door today and had to bite my lip to keep from crying. We have this little "thing" that we always do when I walk him to the door. I always stand at the door waiting for him to get in the car, and once he gets in....he looks up at me and blows me a kiss and then lays his hand over his heart.....telling me "I am his heart." Today when he left, he did the same thing, but he held his hand over his chest a little longer and kinda squeezed up his shoulders *indicating he was giving me a hug*. I just had to wave and shut the door before I went into a crying jag. Which I did anyways. :( I know you gals probably think I'm pretty sappy and I'm hoping some of this unhappiness is from the PMS. I guess you would just have to know our whole background to know why I am upset about him going to seconds and not being able to spend time together in the evenings anymore.

Oh well....the bubble bath is calling my name, so I'm going to go drown my sorrows and pop back in here with individual replies later.

I won't have to fight someone else for the internet anymore. :cry:

07-07-2003, 02:47 PM
Hi Ladies!!
Welcome to a new week. I hope everyone is recovering from their nice holiday weekend. I decided mine wasn't long enought --- I am playing hookey from work today. Shhhh....don't tell. :ziplip: I woke up this morning and started getting ready for work and cramps started setting in and I just felt blah...so I called my boss and told him I'd be back tomorrow. My work is so casual and flexible that it's not really a problem. I have plenty of time coming to me - not that anyone tracks it. So, I slept on the couch until 10 and then went out to lunch with hubby and some friends from his work. I am now back at home debating what to do with the rest of my day. Couch and a movie sounds good to me! :)

Well, we have sort of solved the vacation/family problem I mentioned yesterday....a quick update for those that missed...Jeff and I got into a 'discussion' yesterday about a cruise we have coming up in Oct. with my family. He doesn't want to spend much time w/ them on the ship because he doesn't feel like himself with them and doesn't have as much fun. I 'sort of' understand. Anyway, I am going to take a few days off work in August to go to FL by myself and spend time with my family alone. Then, when we get to the cruise in Oct. my family won't feel like they haven't seen me for so long. And, when I am there in Aug. I can set some expecations for the October vacation. It's the best solution I can come up with. It's so hard being stuck in between DH and the in-laws. :^:

Amanda - Sorry to hear about all your car problems. Hopefully you can still manage to get out to do the things you need. Tackle that big hill walking your daughter - you can do it! GOOD JOB on opening that tape and doing it!!! It doesn't do us any good to buy exercise videos and then leave them in their package. :lol:

Justme - Thank you for the recipe info. I love to cook - especially finding new, healthy recipes. I just haven't had much time lately so I've been doing a lot of grilled chix, salads and soups. Sounds like you and I are doing about the same thing as far as eating plans go -- no formal diet, just smart and healthy. :)

Kat - Yikes! I hope you made it to the bank in time to keep those checks from bouncing around!

2cute - Look at you go - cleaning again. I hope you'll find time for that break to come back and catch up with us.

Lori - Hey Gal! Glad to see you popping in. Sorry to hear about the rough weekend your kitties had. The fireworks didn't seem to bother my dogs too much - but the thunder last night had one of them a little shook up --- she ended up sleeping with us. I know what you mean about spoiled animals!!!

Tina - oh, I just wish I could give you a big hug!!! I hope the bubble bath helps soothe the soul a little bit! Hang in there!

Pam - I look forward to getting to know you better. I am not always able to make it to chat, but I usually check in here several times a day.

Well, I am going to be a little lazy and enjoy my "sick" day! :s:
I'll talk to everyone later!

07-07-2003, 04:35 PM
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Hey ladies!!!

I been catching up on all of the posts while I have been off; my you girls have been chatty!!

I've been off work since Thurs and go back to work Tues night. I went out of town for the 4th. Spent the night in a jacuzzi suite. I didn't stray far from home, just about a one hr drive away. But it was good to get away for a little while. I did indulge in some pizza:jeno:.

I got off track last night - I was home alone and had a box of hamburger helper calling my name so I fixed it and ate half then threw away the rest. So no more HH in my house!!

I won't get in any individual replies except to welcome Pam to the thread (I have sent you a PM).

This month I'm scheduled to see my doc; I'm hoping for a 10 lb loss. My blood sugars have been really good since my last appt in May.

I won't be back in here until tomorrow so I hope you all have a good rest of day.

07-07-2003, 05:15 PM
Tina: Just one question? Where oh where can I buy a model like the one you have? Is it called the Ron special or what? He amazes me more everyday. {{Hugs to you}}


07-07-2003, 06:13 PM
I have no business being on here writing but I just needed a break.
I get hooked watching those decorating shows on tv and not get anything done.
So I decided writing here for 30 minutes is more productive than watching Trading Spaces. LOL

PJK....again let me say how glad we are to have you join us. I don't do emails ... barely find time to even post ... but can't wait to build a friendship with you here.

Mary.. I loved your long post. :D Your food choices sound yummy... I'll be right over. :T And I can't wait to try your meatloaf recipe.

Thin... thanks for starting the new thread. It is practically already full by now. LOL
Your new bushes sound beautiful. I don't know one bush from another... but I know anything new always look .... well ...NEW. :lol:
Sorry to hear that Legally blonde 2 was a disappointment. It has been soooo long since I have been to a movie.

Justme... Your photo is sooo lovely. What a warm and friendly face you have. And your smile is worth a million bucks. :) Nice to "see" you.

Terri...Your post fit you name.... DETERMINED TO SUCCEED !!!
Attitude is 98% of success.

Barb.. Your dining room is beautiful !!!! What shade of green is that paint.??
I love faux finishes but I am too scared to try them myself ... and too expensive to have them done. My new walls are so tall there is no way I could do it myself anyway.
I am sooo jealous you are going on a cruise. My brother wants to organize a "family" cruise. I love my family ... but I don't imagine myself on a cruise with them. Even though there is a LOT of space to spread out ... I am not sure I like the idea. Let me know how yours turns out.
I also wanted to say I NEVER ate fish. But that Talipia is pretty good stuff. You may want to try it. Live dangerously. :lol:
And one last comment. I was very impressed by your willingness to "pamper yourself". I have never pampered myself. In fact.. I have never even put my "needs" in proper priority. I hope to learn a lot from you.
Amanda... NO CAR :yikes: I hate it when I don't have a car. Even though mine will sit for days without me going anywhere. I just want to know I can go if I want to. LOL
I can understand the part about fitting behind the wheel. I always FEAR that when someone asks me to drive their car for some reason. Same with seatbelts while riding as a passenger. I ALWAYS drive myself whenever possible.

Lucky.. Great Monday Motivation !!! My motivation today is just the good feeling I had all weekend being productive. I want to hang onto that feeling.
I have never done any quilting... but i have bought several old quilts at garage sales and such. One of mine is signed (stitched) by all the ladies who made it. That is one of my favorites.

Deb... I LOVE my alone time. I get a lot of it... and I never complain.
I also like to socialize too... and when I get this weight off... I am going to do a LOT MORE party throwing. :dance:
I got a good chuckle from your weight averaging. LOL I can't weigh myself that often... I let it play head games with me too much.

Andria..Counting your blessings is such a good way to live. You are a wise woman. I am sure glad you are posting again. :)

Michelle... thanks for the update on the July 4th saga. LOL I am such a nosey person. LOL

Joanne.. thumbs up on your walking !!! What an inspiration you are to me.
Do you like berries ?? Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries ... they are all good low carb fruits. I found an article where they have added even more fruits into the low carb food plan ... I will see if I can find it for you.

Sandy...glad you had fun camping. But it is always a LOT OF WORK!!! You definitely need to come home to relax. LOL

Tina.... My dear sweet Tina. {{{HUGS }} Wish I could make it all better for you. There is a solution for you and your husband ... just relax and let it come to you. Don't spend all of your energy focusing on the negative.... let the positive show itself to you... and there is a positive solution to your delima.

Lori... I was wondering where you went??? Glad to hear you are feeling better again. And glad your cat came home.

Dixiedarling... hope you are enjoying your "sick" day. ;)
Can't wait to hear all about it tomorrow. LOL

Kat... doesn't it make you mad when these darn banks make our checks out of rubber. :mad: I told them the other day... "I can't be out of money.... I still have checks left" :lol:

hmmmmm .. who else am I missing?? I think I covered everyone who has posted lately. But what about those not posting....
Duckie, Ravyn, Sara, Jen, Steph, Deon, Syn, Jiffypop, Prism, Tontoy, Susie, Dollar, Forgiven, Aradia and Malia to name a few.
Please know you are not forgotten. We would love to have you peek in and say hello again. And if I missed you ... please don't feel forgotten... I am an old lady and have a bad memory. Come in and say "HEY 2cute... you forgot ME" LOL

okay... enough relaxing time... back to work I go.

07-07-2003, 09:05 PM
Let's do replies first:

2cute: I am a Trading Spaces nut as well. Who's your favorite? Hildy makes me very nervous. I like Lauri. (or however you spell her name) Thanks for all the kind words earlier. If there is a positive to this thing.....I will get to spend a little more time here without someone grabbing my chair if I get up to go to the bathroom.. :lol:

Sandy: You are such a sweetheart. Ron, I have to say...is one of a kind. Don't get me wrong. He has his flaws too. After all, he is a man, but all in all...I am truly blessed. :smug: Hope you are resting up from your.....vacation :lol:

Connie: Nice to see you. Glad you got a chance to get away for awhile. It's nice to leave home sometime, even if it's only a short distance away. I know what you say about being alone in the house with things that tempt you. I have finally come to realize I cannot control my yogurt raisins. :( They are no longer in the house.

Barb: Sounds like you had a really good day! Don't you just love having those days off when you had anticipated going to work? Because of the nature of my job, I usually don't get "unscheduled" time off unless I'm literally dying. What movie did you end up watching? And....not to play devil's advocate, :devil: but I completely understand what Jeff is saying. My in-laws are nice and everything, but I just can't enjoy myself around them and be me. Hope your situation works out for all involved. :crossed: Also wanted to add that your dining room looks FANTASTIC! Absolutely gorgeous...and I am SO proud of you for figuring out how to post that lovely picture so we could see it!

Lori: Sorry to hear about Tigger. Glad he's home, safe and sound. All of my kitties have been adopted now. My SIL took two. My granny took one and dh's granny took one. That left us with one and he was the one we were keeping anyways. He is black/chocolate and his name is Peanut. Such a cutie!

justme: Sorry I haven't introduced myself or welcomed you yet to thread. Where are my manners? :o This is a truly wonderful group of ladies and I think you will make a fantastic addition. My name is Tina....I've been married for almost 16 years to my husband Ron. I have two boys....Brian and Trey, ages 15 and 10 and I am your resident Nascar expert! :lol:

Kat: I have to say I'm going to check out the SBD myself. It seems perfectly healthy to me. While the first two weeks do look kind of rough....I think it's more or less just a way to purge your system from all the carbs and things that are still inside it. You know, more or less....a cleansing. I know there's no use in trying it till after I come back from out of town, but I may try to incorporate it in with WW. Thanks for the info. You're a doll. Also...thanks for the PM. :love:

Amanda: Congrats on doing the one mile! Isn't it fantastic? I absolutely love Leslie and her tapes! I just won an auction on Ebay over the weekend that gives me four of her latest dvds along with two stretchies. I got it at the bargain price of only 29.00! I am so psyched and I can't wait to get it! :cb:

Pam: Very nice to meet you as well. It's good to have you here with us! This is a wonderful group of ladies who will offer you all types of support and fantastic ideas along your journey. Stick with it and with us and we will make it together!!

Andria: Losing my job and being fat just doesn't compare to coming home from vacation and finding out everything I own is gone as well as most of the furry members of my family. Thank you so much for saying that. I hate to say it, but sometimes it takes a trajedy for you to realize what is truly important in life. Sometimes we get down on ourselves and think our lives are so bad....but then we look at something like that and we realize that our problems are not so bad after all. Thank you. I will pray for the family...

Deb: Really nice to see you. Hope you pop in more often. Hmm, maybe I should take my own advice, huh? :lol:

Lucky: In case I haven't said it, and I think I have....It is SO nice to have you back here with us. I truly missed you and just seeing your little yoga lady back on here boosts my spirits!

Mary: Do you call this a post?! The meatloaf was wonderful. I put a little catsup on top. :no: I don't think so! Get your butt in here woman! (Now, some might look at this post and think I'm being mean) but I know you know I'm joking with love....I just had to. :lol: I absolutely love your long posts though! You're such a sweetie. How are things going? Looking forward to a visit from you soon. Do you have to go through my neck of the woods to get to Talladega?

Thin: Ok, I'm not going to complain because we did get a long post at the end of the last thread, although it has completely slipped my mind what you said! :lol: And you were right, I did have some attitude with a capitol "A" in my last post. I am feeling a little better now though. Thanks for always being one to tell me like it is. What would I do without ya?

Ok, I have now posted to everyone that posted on this thread. I haven't left you out, I just have to get my hind end off this computer for awhile. Seems like I have been here forever. Dh has called me three times while I've been working on this post. I think he misses me too. ;)

Have a wonderful night and I will see you tomorrow! :grouphug:

07-07-2003, 09:14 PM
Hi everyone! :wave: I found this on www.weightlosscenter.com and thought I would share it with you all for Motivation Monday:

10 Commandments of Weight Loss

1. Thou shalt honor thy health and good spirits above all else.

2. Thou shalt not go on crash diets: there lieth the way of madness!

3. Thou shalt not clean thy neighbor's plate.

4. Thou shalt not eat when thine eye lusteth but when thy stomach doth supplicate for sustenance.

5. Thou shalt sup chiefly on the fruits of the earth, the grains and vegetables thereof; on the fowl of the air and the fish of the seven seas, whence donuts cometh not.

6. Thou shalt not eat when thou art miserable, for food is not a medicine unto the soul.

7. Thou shalt take exercise daily; for why hast thou sinew and bone, legs and sneakers?

8. Thou shalt be patient but not forgetful.

9. Thou shalt take delight in every good friend and good song, in every good walk and good day; for to enjoy them more is why these commandments are given unto you.

10. Thou shalt not knit thy brow if thou transgress a commandment, but forgive thyself; for it is written, 9 out of 10 is not bad.

07-07-2003, 09:23 PM
I'm back again, I've been reading up on all the posts today, this is an enormous thread. Good Grief. :rolleyes:

thanks for the intro! Hello to you too. Your story today about your husband really made me smile. I can only hope I'll be that lucky in marriage. Wishful thinking, I gotta get married first.

You are too cute for giving me that compliment. Thanks for making me feel fantastic. Of course that pic was taken about 40 pounds ago, but none-the-less I'll be back there soon.

One thing you'll learn about me is that I love to cook. Just about the same as my love for eating. If you ever want to exchange recipes, I'm your girl!

As far as an update, I ate the chocolate. Oh well. One Hershey bar with almonds, not so bad. I believe I stayed under 1800 calories today. And I worked my butt off with my strength training. So there goes the chocolate. Burned off.

Funny, I heard you all mention Trading Spaces. I have a juicy little tid-bit for you about the show. Amy Winn the carpenter lives upstairs from me. Hysterical, I know. I've met her a bunch of times, she is a sweety. Just thought I'd mention the gossip. I'm still a little star struck from finding out who was up there. It's just so cool.

I'm off to check out my other threads...you're all keeping me so busy.

:grouphug: THANKS!

07-07-2003, 09:32 PM
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