Weight Loss Support - 300+ and Ready To Try Again... #366

07-09-2003, 11:42 PM

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We share laughter and tears.
We share what works for us and what doesn't.
We recently started a Topic of the Day.

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Tuesday.......Tuesday Tips
Wednesday.....Wednesday Weigh ins
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07-09-2003, 11:43 PM
Howdy ladies... saw we were reaching 30 posts so I started a new thread... now I am going back to read. I'll be back !!! ;)

I am back... that was fast. Only a pull up and a recipe since I was here last. Where is everyone?? Oh, maybe you were all in chat.
well... no posts... then no replys. :shrug:
I did not get to bed last night until 8am this morning and then I was up and going before noon.. so I am getting off and getting myself to bed at a decent time tonight. At least before midnight. LOL

07-10-2003, 01:14 AM
Hi Ladies. I have had another OP day. I did WATP 1 mile this afternoon. I think maybe tomorrow I'll try 2 mile. I'll have to wait and see. I'm feeling so much better. I had allergies yesterday so I wasn't as energetic today as I had hoped, but "after all tomorrow is another day." Hope everyone is doing well. I too am wondering where everyone is, hope you are all staying busy and OP. Talk to you soon.

07-10-2003, 01:15 AM
Well, we sure do go in spurts, don't we? Some days we're just cruising along, and other days...crawling along at a snail's pace.

I haven't got much to say myself, but I did want to say "Welcome back, Duckie!" Good to see a post from you! I hope things work out for you with the new position. Uh, could you take a look around Canada and see if you can dig Sara up out of hiding too??? :lol:

Today has been totally unproductive. With my son gone for the week, I thought that I would be able to get so much done around here without interruption. :no: I guess I can't blame my procrastination on him after all! :shrug:

At least the weather has improved. The heat wave has broken, I turned off the air, threw open the windows and I'm enjoying a lovely cool breeze blowing in...nice. Tomorrow I plan on attacking the family room (his domain) and doing some MAJOR de-cluttering! No excuses.

I'm going back to Harry Potter now...

See you all in the morning!

07-10-2003, 01:51 AM
Hey everyone :)

You know, lack of sleep is the total enemy of a good health plan. I seem to be able to talk myself into the worst of food choices and right out of exercising. I need to finish breaking myself out of this funk I've been in and get some real sleep at night. Everything else should be a bit easier that way.

My job is winding down quickly. The guys are already coming up with busy work so I can at least finish out the week with full hours. I have been trying really hard to cope, but the stress is beginning to tell on my body. I've been reminding myself of all the things I will not miss about this job today, and that seemed to help a little.

Some of you might remember I write an opinion column once every four weeks for our local paper. One was published today. It isn't my best, but I like the information in it. www.thespectrum.com is the address. Look under opinions and Writer's Group if you want to read. :)

I did one good thing for myself today. I made sure to get out and do my Curves workout even though I was incredibly tired. I went after work, but I really need to get back to doing it first thing in the morning again. My attitude and energy are so much better all day with a morning workout.

I'd better get out of here and try to get some sleep. I'm actually nodding off a bit here at the keyboard.


07-10-2003, 03:25 AM
Andria.... you did a GREAT job on your article. :bravo:
You not only did an excellent job in your writing skills...
You also informed thousands of people on the importance of becoming involved.

I was recently offered the opportunity to submit my stories to be published in a new "Chicken Soup for the Dieters Soul" book.
My daughter submited my story I wrote on my dilemma of whether to buy that ice cream or not several months back. I don't know if any of you remember it or not.??? The publisher liked the story but needed some "adjustments" such as not everyone has heard of "Braums".... Who hasn't heard of BRAUMS ??? Do they have Braums in Canada?? How about where the rest of you live??

Anyway... I have not gotten it back to him. I am such a procrastinator... in fact ... I forgot all about it until I just read your story.
If any of you have a true based story you want to share... just let me know.

I obviously did NOT get to bed on time.
This lack of sleep is catching up with me ... emotionally.
I am on the verge of tears and I know it is from sleep deprivation.
I am REALLY STRESSING about this new house. :stress: Do you think they can sue me if I back out. ???? :^: I feel like a yet unmarried groom... LOL .... having all of these last minute doubts. I just don't know if this is the right house. WE knew there was a lot of remodeling to do.... but now that I am here... I don't think I want all of that work or expense. Has anyone else ever PANICED like I am at the last minute when buying a house.????
I think we will be happy there.. but nothing seems to be going right for us. It will be a minimum of 2 months before it will be the way I want it... and no one will wait that long to come and see it. I don't want people to see it before I get it the way I want it. And the way I want it.... is going to cost us MUCH MORE than I anticipated. :( I REALLY fear I have goofed !!!!

I know I need to quit focusing on the negative and start focusing on the positive... but the negative is just so overwhelming !!!
I feel like just a BIG BABY !!!! Not cute at all. :no:

07-10-2003, 08:00 AM
Good Morning Ladies!
Not much time to post now, but I did want to say:

Duckie - It's great to see you popping back in here! :wave:

2Cute - Sorry, I have never heard of "Braums".

Well, must get myself prettied up and go to work - I HAVE to be productive today. I feel myself getting behind and I don't like that!

I'll catch up sometime later today!


07-10-2003, 08:48 AM
Hello To All,

My mini vacation is over, I have been off for the last two days and have been visiting with my family: mom, sister and neices. I have rested well, eaten well, exercised, had wonderful showers (I live in an old house that is in need of some serious remodeling, including new pipes:( )SO... it is back to work today.....but I don't mind so much since I feel so refreshed.

Today will be day three of the WATP tapes, hope to make it to the half way point without having to stop, I am proud of my efforts thus far however.

I love this time of the morning when all is quite, and I am the only one up, it gives me the opportunity to meditate a bit, and face my day energized!! That is the plan anyway.

Dixie Darlin'..thanks for the PM's, I will try to reply soon. Sorry I missed the chat last night, I will maybe catch the next one. I was sharing computer time with two other folks...how did we ever get along without them??

Faye, Natalie, Amanda, Sandy, all of you stay strong today. We are all so worth this!! I haven't felt this good about myself for a very long time, and when I visit this forum, and talk with all of you I feel even better...nurtured and cared for. I appreciate the support and the encouragement.

Joe Anne, Andria, and all the rest of you, look forward to getting to know you too.

I will catch you later chickadee's!:grouphug: :twirly:

sw 356
cw 346 Will not weigh in till 7/24
first goal: lose 50 lbs...I am on my way!
final goal: 130ish

07-10-2003, 10:56 AM
Someone please smack me! I cannot keep my feet off the stupid scale. It is ruling my life. I weighed today (for no reason what-so-ever) and it showed I was back at last Friday's weight. I know, it could be a lot of things. I had a mental battle with myself the entire way to work this morning. Going over and over how many calories I'm eating and burning. I just can't stand it. Why do I become so obsessed with weight loss? I know this is the reason why I've failed to lose in the past, and I see myself going down the same road. I'm annoying myself!

I feel better now that I've vented a little bit. Phew.

I'm going to stick to my guns and try to remember the main reason I am making this change is to become a healthy person.

:smoking: Good thing, at least it's been 14 days since my last cigarette.

joe anne
07-10-2003, 11:33 AM
Good Morning Friends
I didn't get to go on my walk today but I will this evening. But this is why, remember my trip I went on to Mississippi? Well today the Native youth group is hosting a breakfast for the local Tribal Council, to thank them for sponsoring their trip. I got selected to do the cooking, which isn't too bad because the group bought the food.
Anyway here is a link to my daughters photo page about our trip and her report of it.

That's about it for me, at least for this morning, so I'll be seeing you all lighter.

07-10-2003, 11:47 AM
I've never heard of Braums. :?:

07-10-2003, 11:50 AM
Did I miss something? Who's Faye?

07-10-2003, 12:17 PM

The walking went well. I made it all the way to the end of the tape, the one mile mark...with only a 30 second break to get some water and sit to catch my breath. :strong:

Sorry Katrina, Faye is on the Time for serious fun thread. Still learning everyone's name. :(

Have a good day all :)

sw 356 June 5th
June 24 348.8
July 8th 346
first goal 50 lbs I'm heading that way!!:cb:
final goal: 130ish

Natalie, just a tip I am TRYING to only weigh in one time per month. The weight loss is more that way! To me it motivates me on to the next time!! You can do it. There are other ways to measure your success to, your ability to do more, breathe better and easier, your skin will change, drink all of your water! And the best part, my overall mental heatlh is so much better ALREADY! With each healthy choice I make for myself I just feel better and better. Give yourself a break!!! You deserve it. We are our own worst critics, and find ways to self sabotage, and because we have done it so long, sometimes it is not even a conscious decision. I KNOW! Okay, I will get off my little soap box..have a good day.

07-10-2003, 12:46 PM
I am SO thankful for the heavenly 64 degrees it is right now!

That was a great article, Andria...it WAS the one about Bush, wasn't it? I was looking for your name, so I wasn't sure! I know what you mean about talking yourself out of doing what you should be doing! :yes: I do that real well...God for you on getting out to Curves!

Speaking of Curves...Thin??? Where are you woman? At Curves, as we speak? "Change your station, NOW!"

Joanne, I loved the pictures and your daughter's report...I know you are a proud mama! (It certainly shows in your picture!) Your daughter is lovely!

Natalie...if you MUST get on the scale everyday, go ahead...just pick one day of the week that is the official day. I have come to find that once I give myself permission to do "what I shouldn't be doing," it takes the thrill out of it and I can move on without beating myself up over what i "shouldn't have" done! Did that make sense? Congrats on kicking the cigs!

Pam...You SHOULD be proud of your efforts! I'm proud of you too! Keep up the good work! You were posting as I typed this...great job on getting through the whole tape! You are on a roll!

2cute...Is Braums like Haagen Daz? Ben & Jerry's? Baskin Robbins? Dairy Queen? Carvel? Breyers? Turkey Hill? Friendly's? I LOVE ICE CREAM! :T and yet I've never heard of Braums... Is there one near the new home??? Re: your dilemma...If I may, I'd like to quote my friend, Flylady..."Let go of your perfectionism!" Two months isn't a long time to get your house the way you want it...heck, we've been here 12 years and it STILL isn't the way I want it! Make a list of the pros and the cons...(maybe you should have done this first!) Okay forget that idea. Make a list of what you LOVE about it and focus on that. I know that any place where you are will be a warm and loving home!

Barb, did I tell you how nice your dining room looks? Really pretty. All your hard work paid off! We will have to hook up in AC one day! How far from your home is that? It's about 2 hours from here...that would be fun! Michelle??? Are you up for a walk on the Boardwalk too???

Amanda...another WATP lady! I really have to check these out! Everyone seems to really like them. I had a set in my hand one day at Target and then cheaped out. Not that there aren't a slew of other tapes here that I could be using! I think today I will use "Power 90" by Beach Body. Now, if I had been using it for that last 90 days, as I should have been, I'd be sporting six pack abs and buns of steel for my vacation at the beach next week! :lol:

I think that's everyone on this thread...plus I'm over the time limit I had set for myself...WAY over! Gotta go be productive...the family room is calling...
yoo hoooooooooo!

have a great day, all...

07-10-2003, 02:23 PM
You KNOW it's been a good week when:

1. Your rent rebate check comes in the mail. :D

2. You lose an inch off your hips (of all places!) and didn't even expect it :cp:

3. Not only do your cat brats let you sleep in for a change, the house is actually INTACT when you do get up! :lol:

4. You get a call from db that his parents want to meet you :fr: (I don't know if that is good or not, though).

5. Today is a balmy 72 degrees and I was able to both weed the flower garden and get in a walk. Tigger has not dragged back any dead birds....YET.

That is pretty much my Thankful Thursday in a nutshell :lol:

07-10-2003, 02:30 PM
I am thankful for you guys. :grouphug:

07-10-2003, 02:44 PM
Good Afternoon Chickees!!!
I am thankful that the week is nearly over. I know, I know, I have so much more to be thankful for, but that is the first thing that comes to mind. :^: It's just one of those weeks that needs to end. I am definately coming out of my funk, but now I have a lovely cold sore on my lip. I was just talking to a co-worker saying that I don't know why I got it and she reminded me how stressed I have been this week. I'm not usually that stressed, so I guess she's right. I do feel like the TOM bloat is about gone. I don't think my Friday weigh-in is going to be kind this week, but I can accept it. I've kept up my exercise and eaten 'ok' so I will rebound.

Pam - I'm happy to hear that you had a nice mini-vacation. It's always nice to have a couple days to yourself here and there. And, good job on the WATP tapes. :)

Natalie - I'm w/ Kat on the scale thing. I can't help myself but to hop on everyday, but I only record my weight one time a week. Don't become obessed with a quick loss - you are changing your lifestyle. You can do this! :D

Joanne - Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip. They are great! :cool:

Kat - Is it really that cool out today? I haven't been outside other than to park in the parking garage at work. It's raining here, but I'm glad for the break from the heat - as is my air conditioner! Thank you so much for the compliments on the Dining room. I am proud of it and now excited to start on the master bedroom. As for meeting up in Atlantic City --- any time!!! Jeff and I go down there all the time. It's just a little over an hour from our house. I can leave him at the blackjack tables and go for a nice walk on the boardwalk with you all. Of course I am also up for gambling if anyone else is! :s:

Lori - Sounds like a good day on your end of the state!!! All kinds of things to be thankful for! :D I'm going to take my measurements tonight - hope I have lost and inch here and there as well.

Well, I've goofed off long enough. Time to get back to work!!!
Talk to you all later on!

07-10-2003, 04:48 PM
Well hello all. I am feeling better. Thanks for the reality checks. I was so irritable this morning that I forgot to give my thanks.

:) I am thankful that I finally "woke-up" and decided to make a change
:) I am thankful that I had the strength to chuck the other half of that Hershey bar out the car window (along with it's 200 calories and 12g of fat)
:) I am thankful that today is my 14th day being a non-smoker.
:) I am thankful for my mini trampoline
:) I am thankful that I lost 7 pounds
:) I am thankful for Lupe (chihuahua)
:) I am thankful that I have the support all of you lovely ladies give to me!


07-10-2003, 05:48 PM
I don't know what I got myself into, I had a meeting with the foreman, and supervisors here for my new position, and went over everything I will be in charge of, and it's alot.
Every thing is new, I'll have to learn every thing from scratch, it will look awsome on my resume, but it's going to be a stressful position. Main technical support for the formans, and area supervisor.
:yikes: No more coming and going as I please, I'll actually have someone to answer to, I like my freedom in the position I have, but the background experience that I will be getting will be awsome for future jobs.

Barb I'll have a mouthfull of cold sores by the time I learn everything, I also get them when I'm stressed or overtired:?:

I'm thankfull that I got offered this position ( i think )
I'm thankfull that I'm getting a new car.
I'm thankfull for my son, and fiance ( were getting along really well, I may here wedding bells soon )
I'm thankful that I live in a small town surrounded by lakes and beautiful scenery's.
I'm thankful that I haven't gained back any of my weight

Grandma took son to the fair today, I want to go:cry: I love going to the fair, love the smells and the sights and entertainment. But I have to clean tonight, ( second job ) so no fair this year, well actually there's another one coming soon to another near by town, maybe I'll get to check that one out.

Well better get some work done.

07-10-2003, 07:22 PM
Hi Ladies -
I just popped in to say HELLO and see how everyone is doing. It's a little quiet around here today. I hope everyone is having fun. :)

Duckie - Congrats on the new position at work! You'll do GREAT!!!:D

I am headed down to the treadmill, then a healthy dinner and vegging on the couch watching the Amazing Race!!!

Have a great evening!

;) Barb

joe anne
07-10-2003, 08:19 PM
Hi Tina
I am so glad you've come back. I really like reading your posts and have missed them.
I am praying that you have much better days and nights. Please know that I am much thankful also for you and our friends here, you all keep me motivated with your inspiration.
:spin: :goodvibes

07-10-2003, 09:23 PM
Me Again ---
For the last time tonight. Just wanted to say --- I stayed OP today and did 35 min on the treadmill.
That's it - just wanted to share!!!

I am thankful for this support group and each and everyone of you!!!

Sweet dreams to all!

07-10-2003, 09:40 PM
Hi all
today went bad as far as food it started out good. I found a ww recipe for pancakes jusst made 1 serving so I tried it they were good.

Then at lunch my bosses husband sent us a plate from the VFW so I ate it. Pork shoulder, baked beans, slaw, bread and choc cookie and water.:(

Dinner hubby got me a chicken plate but I only ate the breast and nothing else and water.

Oh well tomorrow is another day.

Tina glad to see you popping in. :grouphug:

I am thankful for all of you being here for me.
I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for my job even though I felt like crap there today. Long story I won't go into.

Well I better go see all of you tomorrow

07-10-2003, 10:57 PM
Good evening chicksters!

This is a quick post - don't have time for individual replies, except

I'm thankful for ----

1. My job - I have a wonderful supervisor, and I'm appreciated here; also the pay isn't bad either!!!

2. My home - even if it is my parents' - there are so many people who have nowhere to call home.

3. My friends - both at home and here at 3FC.

4. Being able to pay my bills on time and have some money left over.

5. My neighbors, who I have lived next door to all of my life - they are great.

6. Just being alive.

7. America

Hope you all are having a good evening. Love you guys!!

07-11-2003, 12:01 AM
You know, you guys.....I could never ever leave you...no matter how hard I try. :no: I just get to a place sometimes....yes, I know you've all been there, where I just feel like I have nothing to offer you guys and you don't want to hear me bellyache, so I just have to step back for a minute.

I still am very unhappy with myself, but I am working on it. I have some very good ideas, I've just got to get them all together. I read another really good article in the latest Womans World that really talked about the benefits of journaling. I know people think it's a lot of work...but let's be honest. How long would it actually take? I have the little WW calculator that I use to keep track of my points, but to me....that is too easy. All I do is click on "record" and the number of points I've eaten and it keeps track for me. Yes, it is convenient....but just pushing in that number, sometimes is TOO easy... Does that make any sense? I think I need to actually write down what I'm eating and be accountable for it.

First of all.... Let me thank everyone that sent me a PM. You have no idea what it meant to me. I've always known I had your support, but it sure did mean alot.

2nd of all....thanks to ALL of you for all your wonderful support. You have no idea what it means to have the "troops rally around me".

I am thankful for:

1. My family (home and cyber)

2. I may be overweight, and not thrilled with myself right now, but I am alive and have a roof over my head. Some people don't have enough to eat.

3. My granny - I love her so much.

4. My friend Kim and my job with her. Working with her doesn't seem like work at all.

5. I am leaving on vacation in two days and I am so excited!

Connie: Did you get any storms today? It has been extremely hot the last couple of days, but rained like the dickens today.

Mary: It was nice of your boss to be thoughtful and bring you something to eat, but it sure is hard to resist when you're trying to get back on track, huh? :rolleyes:

Barb: I am VERY proud of you. You seem so strong lately! You keep it up girl!

Joe anne: Thank you so much for what you said. Your PM was so sweet and very much appreciated. I am going to respond to it as well. What you said made sense and thanks for sharing with me. {{{{hugs}}}}

Duckie: I am thankful for you and SO glad that you are back. Don't ever leave us again! We need you around here, you know. :nono: We can do this. Let's do it together.

Natalie: I noticed you said you were thankful for your mini trampoline.... I have one too. Now, I know this is going to sound absolutely stupid, but how do you work out on it? Just jump up and down? I've always been scared of mine. Afraid I will fall right through it. :yikes:

Lori: Don't you love it when your cat brings you presents? :lol: I've had several lovely dead birds brought to me. Also, VERY impressive that Bri's parents wants to meet you....are you ready? :eek:

Kat: Sounds like you had a really nice day weatherwise... I would have loved to have seen 64 degrees today! I sent you several emails. Let me know what you think. ;)

Pam: I am very proud of you and all of your accomplishments as of late. You have been working very hard. Congrats on getting through the whole WATP 1 mile. It's wonderful, isn't it? I look forward to your posts!

2cute: Stop stressing about the new house sweetie, it will be fine. Of course, it is completely normal to stress about it. It will be a big change for you and everything will come together in it's own time, ok? Be happy about it. Also, I am VERY proud of you... Your icecream story had me in stitches. :lol: Good for your daughter for submitting it! P.S. I've never heard of Braums either. Sorry. :sorry:

Andria: The article was absolutely terrific! What an awesome writer you are! Also, congrats on going to Curves even on a busy day. Good job.

Amanda: Good job on doing the one mile WATP. You may want to pace yourself though. You could maybe work do the 1st mile and a half of the 2 mile. Which one are you doing? The first ones or the one for the abs? I love her tapes!

Michelle: I didn't forget you either. Where are you? :?: I'm emailing you my schedule tomorrow and what route we'll be taking so me, you and Kat can get something worked out. Barb too! :)

Sandy: By the way, Miss Post Police.. :drill: Where in the heck are you? Get your buns in here. Front and center! If I can do this, so can you.

Thin, Malia, Lucky, Jen and everyone else.....come on in here! You can do it! Thanks guys... for always being there for me. Please know that I will always be there for you too. :grouphug:

07-11-2003, 12:46 AM
Hi everybody! :wave: Not sure how much catching up I'll get done. Again, I'm procrastinating and putting you guys first and paperwork second!!! :eek: Not a good habit to get into even though it is more fun to talk to you all. :s:

Yesterday was a busy day. I drove across town to pick up honey from work and we went out to dinner with some friends that live over that way and then to their house to play cards. I had a hotel job last night so we stayed over on the other side of town and I dropped honey off at work this morning and then came home to do some jobs back on this side of town again. We had a really nice time.

But......the best news is that I went back to Curves yesterday afternoon before I left town and Tracy let me work out. I was actually able to do the circuit and you'll never guess but I did it the whole 3 times like you're supposed to. And better yet, I'm here to tell about it. :D

And..... I went back again today!!! Yeah, ME!!!! I also did the circuit all 3 times today and so far, Tracy hasn't had to try out her CPR skills! :o I do find some of the machines easier than others, but I'm sure it will all get easier as time goes on.

You have no idea......oh, heck, let me rephrase that because I know that you all DO have an idea of what an accomplishment this was for me.

If I could send each and every one of you a bouquet of flowers for your love and support, I would. The picture I've attached is the best I can do. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!![[[hugs]]]

Duckie: Glad you're checking back in, kiddo. Missed ya! *Congrats on the new job. Sounds like it will really keep you busy. * Glad that everything else seems to be working out well for you too.

Justme: WOW, 14 days as a non-smoker! And losing 7 pounds so far! I don't think those two are supposed to be in the same sentence, that's why I broke it up into 2! :lol: Good job!!! STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE!!! It can definitely be your worst enemy! * Have you heard of Pria Bars? They are wonderful for taming that chocolate monster. Low fat, low calorie. Couldn't tell you about carbs, I don't check that. Pretty good tasting too. * I am so glad we found you in chat the other night. You have become a wonderful addition to our humble little thread and what a nice compliment, "You have all been a tremendous help for me. I find myself getting giddy when I see there is a new post......No wonder this is such a popular thread." Thank you. That was sweet of you.

Barb: Sorry your week has been hectic. Sometimes we just can't wait to get it over with. Then you get to be my age and you wonder where the time goes. I blink nowadays and several months have passed. :(

Tina: Oh honey, I'm sorry I wasn't around to comment on your awful NIGHTMARE! [[[hugs]]] I sure hope that you are starting to come out of your funk. I hope that now that the sadness, guilt, humiliation, and inner turmoil that that dream made you feel is subsiding and that you are able to take it for the message it delivered, to start taking better care of yourself. :love: For some of us it's a picture that makes us "click". I hope this is your "click" to spur you on to renewed enthusiasm for this journey you began long ago and have done so well on. I love ya sweetie. What I've said here is not meant to hurt. I understand, most of us do. USE this dream for the message it sent you. [[[HUGS]]]

Lori: How awful to be awakened by the sound of a mower!!! Almost as bad as a yapping dog. My neighbor got a new puppy last summer and they would chain him up outside and then go in the house with the air conditioning going and, I guess they didn't hear him, he would be out there barking for 2 and 3 hours at a time. I finally had to go over one morning and knock on the door. All I could think to say to the woman is "can't you hear your dog?" Geez. This was 8:00 in the morning and he'd been barking since 6:30....on a Saturday!!!!

Kat: You guessed it! Curves is where I was!!!! :cool: I gotta tell ya, it's pretty funny cuz you're only at a station for 30 seconds and some of those dang machines take me all of 10 seconds to get on!!! :o I always make sure that there isn't somebody right behind me at the next station because I'd be using up some of their time while I'm trying to get my body extricated from a couple of them! :rolleyes:

Pam: Congrats on the WATP tapes. Stick with it, that's wonderful!!! * BTW I think your response to Justme was great. We are too hard on ourselves and I do believe that alot of times it is that we're just in the habit of being unkind to ourselves and we don't realize it. But boy the feeling you get when you're able to be nice to yourself for a couple of days in a row!

JoeAnne: What a beautiful young woman your daughter is!!! She wrote a wonderful report and the pictures are lovely. You must be so proud of her!

2cute: Aw, honey, too much stress! I've moved out of Michigan and back into Michigan and you want to talk about stress???? Moving out of town was worse than back because we had no clue what we were getting into so far from home. You're stressing that people will come to visit too soon??? Try worrying that you'll never see any visitors because you're half way across the country. Some stress is normal, but try not to be such a perfectionist. (Kat has good advice!). [[[hugs]]] It will work out.

Andria: Ok, I must be braindead, but I used your link to get to the article and all I found was the one written by Tony somebody-or-other. What did I do wrong???

Amanda: Good job on the WATP tapes. You're doing great! * Ooooo, that recipe sounds WONDERFUL! Can't wait to try it. :T

Mary: Sorry you had a bad food day. Tomorrow's a new day, a new opportunity for commitment. Success isn't that we don't fall down, it's that we keep getting back up! (or something like that :o ) You had 3 OP days in a row, tomorrow will be another one. Let today go.

Connie: I liked your thankful list. * You sound like you've been doing really well lately and have the right mindset. Good for you! We do "have to put some E - F - F - O - R - T into it." This weight isn't going to come off just by itself. :nono:

Sandy: Sorry you missed your show the other night. That's one I didn't get into.

Terri: You're really doing well with the exercise. That's wonderful! Keep up the good work.

Jen: Hope your surgery went well. I also hope you'll check in here soon and let us know that you're ok. [[[hugs]]] I'm wishing you nothing but the best!

Barbara, Michelle and Lucky: Where are you guys??? Come on out and play.

Well, this post has taken forever. I started at about 4:00, set it aside, came back and now it's almost 11:30. YIKES! The 'baby' left tonight for a trip back to Buffalo to work on his little 'project'. Took his own car this trip and we just got a call that he had trouble with it on the way. I hope he gets back home Sunday ok. Hate for him to get stranded in Canada on his way back. :crossed:

Also, I wanted to make a quick mention: A number of you have commented on the cards I send and you're very welcome. I do want the rest of you that didn't get snail mail to know that it's not that I don't love you, it's because I don't have your addresses. Mostly that's because last Christmas Sara organized a card exchange and those of us that wanted to participate, exchanged addresses. So.... please understand that I love :love: you all, whether you got mail from me or not. Hopefully, you'll all still be around next Christmas and we can do it again.

Well girls, I really do have to get a report or two done tonight! :spin: Ya think???? I've got 3 due and none done. Later, girls.

"An old-timer is one who remembers when we counted our blessings instead of our calories!"

Here's your bouquet. THANKS AGAIN!!!!

07-11-2003, 01:08 AM

Just got in from work a few mins ago, couldnt go to sleep without checking in with all of you!


someone shared the following with me today, you may have seen it before, but I wanted to pass it along just in case:

God populated the earth with vegetables of all kinds, so that Man would live a long and healthy life.
And Satan created the 99-cent double cheeseburger. And Satan said to man "Want fries with that?"
And man said, "Supersize them!" And man gained pounds.
And God created healthful yogurt, and Satan froze the yogurt, and brought forth chocolate, nuts, and brightly colored candy to put on top. And Man gained more pounds.
And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV, remote control and potato chips. And man clutched his remote control and ate his chips. Satan saw this and said "it is good".
And man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and
created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan created HMO'S...........author unknown

Thought some of you might get a kick out of it...more tomorrow. Another wonderful day!

I am thankful for 1. The gifts I have received today, and my humility to accept them! 2. I am thankful for the integrity I am feeling again, and the ability to recognize that I have this problem, but can do something about it. 3. I am thankful to be loving myself and taking care of myself again. 4. I am thankful for my home, my job, and my life's partner. 5. I am thankful for all of those that participate in this forum, and to those who created it for us!! 6. I am thankful to live in a beautiful area of the country and the world! I get to watch the seasons change.... 6. I am grateful to have lost 10 lbs, I am ever thankful to be exercising and breathing better.

sw 356 June 5th
cw 346
first goal 50 lbs
final goal 130ish

Good night ladies!!:)

07-11-2003, 04:04 AM
Wow... no one has heard of Braums but me. :eek: I thought EVERYONE knew of Braums. I knew of Krispie Kremes years before we ever had one around here. Oh well... I guess that publisher was right in asking me to rewrite that section because everyone may not know what Braums is.
And YES... for those who were guessing. Braums is mainly known for it's ice cream.
But they extended their services to breakfast and lunch and dinner fast foods. Then they were so popular they added a small grocery store type section of just foods they make. They are much more popular than Baskin Robbins around this part of the country. And i must add.... They are GOOD. :T LOL

Tina... I am so glad you mentioned going on vacation. I would have been driving to your door hunting you down in a few more days. LOL

Thin.... WAY TO GO GIRL !!!! For all of the newcomers here.... Thin "was" our resident NON exerciser. LOL This is quite an accomplishment !!! I am sooooo PROUD of you !!!! And thank you for the lovely flowers . :)

Wow Pam... that was a beautiful Thankful list. And I loved your little God created story. :lol:
I had heard it before.. but I never get tired of hearing it again. It is cute. :D

There were so many good thankful lists... I can't mention them all.
Gee... It is 2am and another night I am not sleeping. Too much to do and too little time to do it in. :rolleyes:
I am sorry I did not get to everyone. I just did not realize how late it is.
I am thankful for all of you and your understanding hearts and your wise suggestions for my crazy neurotic side. LOL I love you all !!!

07-11-2003, 08:03 AM
I almost missed posting on a whole thread. Yesterday was just such a busy day and stressfull day. My computer at work, we only have one....besides the bosses laptop, mine got a major virus and I lost all my word documents. It won't let me use Microsoft Word at all, which almost all of my stuff is in. Thank god we caught it before it ate the Quick books program. So I think I have narrowed it down that it came for the state program company that we do business with. If so, there will be a lot more unhappy people out there. But, I did get to take a company check and go to staples and purchase a brand new one.....yahoo, and it runs XP, so I will be able to try that out at work and figure out what it is I want to do at home.

Thin: Congrats on Curves, you go girl and show em what you got and pretty soon you will be showing us what you have lost!!! Keep up the good work. The flowers were pretty too, I tried to scratch and sniff but???? LOL

Tina: Glad to see you back, yes, I know I need to get back at it too. I know we can do this just a matter of taking whats in my head and making it work. {{hugs}}

Amanda: Your doing a great job on the WATP tapes, keep it up.

Pam: It's okay to get confussed, your learning.....you will get it down. It took me a long time to figure it all out, then people have taught me little tricks along the way, like I think it was thin that taught me to open another window and have the thread opened on that one to be able to read and respond at the same time.....

2Cute: I'd never heard of Braums either? For icecream places here we only have like Dairy Queen and several self owned places with made up names. And we have Friendlys of course and thats about it for anything with a name that I know others would know? Funny how things are so different in different places.

Connie: Loved you thankful list, it was very very nice. It was also nice chatting the other night with you.

Mary: Miss chatting with you, seems we can't get coordinated with the times anymore....we will.

Duckie: Congrats on the job, boy what a title that is. Maybe now that you can't come and go as you put it, you can come and post during your day....lol...good luck and happy for you. Our fairs here start in August, I like to go too.

Justme: Wow you lost weight and quit smoking at the same time. You are awesome. I quit a year ago in May and gained a zillion lbs. You rock girl. Keep up the good work.

Lori: A rent rebate check........humm wish I could get a mortgage rebate. LOL. Meeting the parents......that will be fun.

Kat: We've got that nice cool weather here in Maine today, it is currently 58 degrees, and only supposed to get to like 65 or so and rainy. But we have had several wonderful days now.

Joe Ann: Keep up all your good work. How is TOPS going?

Adria: You do Curves too.....good for you...you and Thin and I think there used to be someone else are doing a good thing for yourselves. I need that inspiration.

Okay I think I got everyone.......I will try to pop back later and I will have to post again, because I am sure by then there will be a new thread started....

Hugs to you all,

Terri in MO
07-11-2003, 08:30 AM
Good morning ladies, :wave:

I had a nice post of replies started from work yesterday afternoon and didn't get down to the computer last night to finish and actually post it. :( Now I'm behind again!

Tina - Glad to see you're back. I hope this funk for you leaves town soon. Don't be so hard on yourself; you've had a major life change with your DH. A person can only handle so much at a time. This is such a long, hard journey and it is very emotionally draining at times. Sometimes I get to the point where it feels that I am more obsessed about food than when I was obsessed about food. The struggle to keep your mind on the healthy foods and the disappointment we feel when the scale doesn't reward or we ate something that we know will set us back - is wears a person down. The journalling is a good idea. Food, stresses, emotions, successes, etc. You might have to just say, "This is what I can and will do today and that's it". Do what you can and don't dwell on the other. That may be that for today, exercise just isn't in the schedule. But planning your meals for the week and journalling are. Whatever works for what's going on with you emotionally and in your life. Focus on what you realistically will do and focus on those positive things you have accomplished. Soon you will add more successful things and that feeling of being in control will be there. I'm not trying to preach or sound like I have all the answers; just offering a hand to grab on to for support. Good luck and you KNOW you can do this because look at what you have done so far!

07-11-2003, 10:26 AM

Good Morning Ladies!!
Finally, Friday has made it to us. I still have a day's worth of work to do, but at least I am at home doing it. Of course I am procrastinating as I sit here writing to you all. :)

Today was my weigh-in. I am happy to say the scale showed a 0.6 pound gain. Happy about a gain? Well, just happy it wasn't more considering the 4th of July weekend and TOM has been visiting this week. I took my measurements today and have lost 20.5 inches since beginning this journey in February! :D

Mary - If you get a chance, I'd love the recipe for the pancakes. I love Pancakes! :T You've done such a good job lately, don't worry about the eating yesterday, just focus on today.

Tina - Great to see you jumping in! I just have to say how much I think journaling helps me! I have an excel spreadsheet that I use to log everything I eat, drink, all my exercise and any notes or thoughts I want to write for the day. It's been a big part of my success and motivation thus far and I intend to keep it up.

Thin - WAY TO GO you exercising gal!!! So proud of you for your Curves workouts!!!

Pam - Loved the God/satan story!!! :devil:

Sandy - Good luck getting the new computer set up. What a mess - losing your files. At least you didn't lose them all! :^:

Terri - Good Morning. Great to see you jumping in as well!!!

Well Gals, I should get to work. I'm sure I'll be around today!
Have a great day!

07-11-2003, 10:31 AM
STOP.....Do not post here! Come join us at 300+ and ready to try again #367
:strong: :joker: :strong: :joker: :strong: :joker:

07-11-2003, 10:43 AM
Good morning. I see there has been a lot of activity since my last visit. You are all a bunch of typing maniacs. I love it! I really enjoyed reading over everyone's posts, it's a great way to start the day. Very motivating.

So the scale has taken away another pound this week. Much to my surprise cause yesterday morning it was looking up. So far I've lost a whole Chihuahua in weight. I put that darn scale on the tippy top of my closet, it will only see the light of day every Friday. ;)

I decided that my short term goal is to be under 200 by my birthday (9/22), I think that is very attainable for me. It will keep me on track and make a nice birthday present :hb:

On to replies;

Thank you for the congrats. I must say I am surprising myself every day I don't pick up a cancer stick. I am lucky though, I was only a smoker for about 5 years. I can't imagine having to quit after 20 years, those are the real champions.

I am going to have to check out those Pria Bars. It sounds like just what I need. I would so much rather spend my extra 200 calories on something healthy. I'm also glad that I was able to make you smile! ;)

I am totally with you on the journaling. I have found that I do much better when I write everything down. Some how it helps me focus.

The Trampoline
I love it! When I first got on I was a little shakey and felt kinda like I was going to keel over. I figured out that you need to find your center of gravity and work from there. Start by keeping your feel shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and just hop until you feel comfortable. As you experiment with lifting your feet and then your legs it gets more and more comfortable. I have basically developed a little routine for myself just like aerobics but on the mini tramp. Don't be afraid of it, it's fun. There are even "rebounding" videos that you can purchase.

Welcome back, hang in there chickie. We all have bad times, all we can do is grab our friends and ride them out together. That's why we are here.