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We want to invite everyone to join us in our journey.
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09-03-2003, 02:30 AM
Just peeking in on my way to bed.
I want to stop long enough to WELCOME JaneAlice to our group. :wave:
I was born near Chicago... Elmhurst, Ill to be exact.
Glad to have you join us.
Melissa... thanks for starting the new thread. As far as you htlms...
I did not see any ending... [/B][/size][/color]. You need them on both ends.
You need a start.and ending.... ... ..
Hope this helps. bold colored letters
My dinner was much better. I grilled squash and corn on the cob.
I ate my meat but skipped the bread and cole slaw. I also did not eat any dessert ...nor a late night snack. :D PROGRESS !!!
Good night ladies... oh wait !!
Mark your calendars for Saturday Sept 20th !!
The Miss America pagent is that night. Miss Oklahoma is a friend of ours. She played on the same softball team with my daughter. Her name is Kelly Scott and she is a wonderful young woman. Please cheer her on for me... of course you can still cheer for your home state contestant. LOL I don't usually watch beauty pagents... but this girl is TRULY worthy of such an honor.
Okay... now I really am going to bed.
09-03-2003, 07:14 AM
test? Weeeel...I wanted to try this morning, but apparently I can't...see every time I try to use the tags...it TIMES OUT when i hit reply...I mean GO FIGURE :)
I MEAN GO FIGURE
09-03-2003, 08:33 AM
Hey Miss Meliss? Don't know about the timing out thing? Never seen it say that? I know that using windows xp like I am now is different than when I used 98. Now if I hit the B button in the vBcode thing I get a little box that pops up that I have to type in. Before I did not have to do that I could hit all the different things I wanted and only have to add the ending tags, now I have to choose one and then all the rest manually at the beginning and the end. Has anyone else discovered this?
Today is back to work for me, I have been off since last Thursday, so I am sure I have a ton of stuff waiting for me. But it will make the day zoom on by.
DH came down with a horrible cold, I guess he is just to whimpy to sleep in the tent and have our butts hit the ground. But in all honesty it was COLD I think one night it was in the 40's. Yes I said 40's, after all this is Maine and we were in northern Maine. This am it is only 46 outside, so the nights are getting much cooler. BRRRRRRR.
Gotta run for now, hope to check in later......Have a nice day all.
09-03-2003, 08:37 AM
09-03-2003, 09:54 AM
I can't believe I didn't post yesterday and I missed the entire #400 thread! It was a busy, busy day, but good. It was one of those work days that just zoomed by because I was so busy, but it was good because I felt like I accomplised a lot. Last night I had to watch Big Brother and Cupid. :D I slept a little late this morning and didn't make it to the gym for my early workout --- no problem - today is a work at home day so I will go do my workout during my lunch break.
I had major munchies yesterday! :hun: Don't know what got into. Everything I ate was in the "healthy" food group, but just too much of it. I am going to avoid the kitchen at all costs today. :tape:
Kat - Sounds like you had a great visit with your daughter and her friends! You have such a great outlook on the piercing thing! Not sure I could be so positive. When I have kids I am going to need advice from all you great moms here. :)
Jen - I know it's been said, but just forget what that nit-wit said to you. Just keep up your good work and you'll show her! :D
Natalie - Sorry to hear about your not-so-fun weekend. Hope you are feeling better. :^:
Jane Alice - Welcome to our little group! This is a wonderful circle of friends and I hope you will join us often. :)
Tina - Good job to Trey on the football game! I know you are such a proud mom! :spin:
Connie - Since you are putting new batteries in the TV remote I am guessing you are going to be spending a few days recovering from your procedure. Hope it's a speeding recovery and you are feeling better soon!!! :flow1:
Melissa - Good job on digging out the weights to start doing some more exercises!!!
A big :hello: and :grouphug: to everyone!!
I gotta get my work day started! Catch ya'll later!
09-03-2003, 09:58 AM
Welcome Jane Alice!!! Glad to have you with us, looking forward to reading your posts and learning all about you. Finding this site and getting to know all these wonderful gals has been one of the best things I have ever done!!! There is so much love and support here!! Could not imagine starting my day any other way....:D :D
Sandy, I missed you!!!!!! Welcome home. Hope you had a great vacation. Maybe we can chat soon. Hope Fern is feeling better.
The rest of you gals, have a good day, gotta go get this day started, be back in a bit to ck in. :wave:
09-03-2003, 11:51 AM
Hey everyone :)
Quick admission of guilt. I've actually asked someone the "when is your baby due" question! I was delivering a pizza (yes, a very long time ago) to an apartment and a woman answers the door. Behind her you can see all sorts of new baby stuff, wrapping paper all around, etc., like there has just been a baby shower. I asked when her baby was due, and she teared all up. Turns out she had it the day before and they had just come home from the hospital. I felt soooooo bad! I've been asked the question at least a half dozen times since gaining all this weight, and I'm kind of used to it now. For the most part, I just laugh. Stuff happens, and I know how awful it is to be on the other side of that embarrassing moment.
My article evidently got in to the paper in time. www.thespectrum.com look under opinion and Writers Group. I was kind of bummed because they cut out one of my favorite sentences, but... I'll have to get over it. It still reads fairly well, just doesn't close up as prettily as I would have liked.
I've got to run! Today my work schedule flip flops because there is a town meeting tonight, and I have to be there taking minutes. That means I'm supposed to be at the other job in about 10 minutes and it is a 20 minute drive. Whoops? The time schedule isn't actually set. I get there and do my work whenever I show up. I just like to have a time set for my own happiness. Yes, I really am that odd about things.
Have a great day!
09-03-2003, 11:51 AM
Just pulling this back to the top.
It is too cold here to swim this morning. :(
I am having a HARD time forcing myself to do some other form of exercise. I just may have to go check out a gym with a pool. Yesterday it stayed too cold to swim all day. :mad:
Hubby and I seem to be in a warp zone. We just don't seem to be getting along well at all. That makes it even harder to stay on a plan. The bad part is... I can not only see all of his faults... I can see MINE TOO. Not a pretty sight. :no: LOL I wish I could just blame it all on him... but I can't. When I am eating things I shouldn't be... I get more negative. I need to eat on plan not only to save my body, my health, my mood swings... but also to save my marriage. UGH.
BUT... he needs an attitude adjustment too. LOL
09-03-2003, 11:53 AM
What are we doing waaaay on the bottom here? Let me put us right back at the top where we belong.
ANYways...I weighed in on my scale this morning, and the needle was sort of hovering just around a number...so I'm gonna assume I lost a pound this week..gah..I wonder if it's cause I was hungry last night and ate one of those Instant Wonton lunches..:(...I didn;t even count the points :sniff:....well at least I didn't gain!!
Doing weights today :D
09-03-2003, 12:09 PM
Ok 2Cute's post made me want to come back and just make an entire post out of my visist here :p
I snacked like you would NOT BELIEVE last night..I even had a candy bar :( This too shall pass, this too shall pass..the good news is I still managed to lose the next morning, so we'll see.
Sandy: Yeah, I've had it time out before..I was just commenting on the the consistency of it..every time I tried the html tags it timed out...but once i took them out it posted just fine :p
Barb: Read above...I also had major munchies :(
Andria: That's great!! (Not about the pregnancy thing..the article...I'm gonna go read it as soon as I'm done posting here. I also used to deliver pizzas...made good money that way actually.
2Cute: You were here posting at the same time as me. See, it's no question of coincidence with me..I had the munchies, but they only came when I was having trouble with my boy. So it just goes to show that I still have an emotional connection to food (duh).
Well, I'm off for now ladies, I'm sure I'll post again before nightfall.
09-03-2003, 01:58 PM
Thin, if you have a second could you post your recipe for that frozen peanut butter treat I heard someone talking about the other day? :p
If anyone is looking for low point ideas, I just had a filling lunch..all I took was two pieces of flat bread and toasted it on the frying pan..i put in a little cheese, onion, tomato...it was soo good :)
And tortilla bread is only 2 points a piece :-D
09-03-2003, 02:46 PM
Melissa - Is this the recipe you are looking for?
Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
1 8oz tub FF Cool Whip
6 T peanut butter
2 T chocolate syrup
Thoroughly combine cool whip and peanut butter. Spoon into mini muffin tins. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Freeze
I haven't tried it yet, but it sure sounds yummy! :T:
Andria - I really enjoyed your article. Good Job! :)
09-03-2003, 04:08 PM
Well I am slowly losing my thunder. I feel myself going down hill. I got on the lousy scale this morning and it read 209 again. I saw it teeter at 207 for a couple of days but it's right back up there. I've slowly been creeping back to old habits. Sunday I made an apple pie and of course I needed the premium vanilla ice cream to go with it. Then on Monday I managed to scarf down a hotdog and fried dough. Horrible! I think the only thing that saved me was being sick on Friday and Saturday. UGH. That's enough soul baring for now.
You have all been speaking about hummus. I love the stuff. It's so tasty on just about anything. I've also tried this soybean spread that was quite good as well. I think it had a few less calories than the hummus. Very good for you too!
Now for replies;
That sounds like a nice fresh lunch to make on weekends for myself. Thanks for the idea. I love fresh veggies. Yummy! Nice work losing the one pound! I think that if we snack or stray a bit that the most important thing to remember is the exercise. As long as we keep up with that I think we'll be able to eek by at a maintaining weight. Frustration.
I'm right there with you on the swimming. It's the best because you get a workout but not all the sweating, AND you feel so refreshed after a swim. Not to worry about you and hubby, I'm sure you know there are ups and downs. I hope things un-kink for you soon.
At least your chick was actually pregnant the previous day. I mean, I don't think her reaction was exactly "normal". All those hormones still running around. It just goes to show that the person making the comment feels just as bad as the one receiving it. *sigh*
I am totally addicted to Big Brother 4. When our power went out last week and I couldn't watch it I was freaking out. Oh, and what about that Alison? She gets on my last nerve, all that fake crying mumbo jumbo. Blech!
40 Degrees, whoa! In August no less, I don't think I could deal with that. I always have loved Maine though.
How are you doing?
That's it for my mini-book, now I've better get some work done. Catch you all later. I'll miss chat once again, I'm having a friend over for dinner and then it's Big Brother for me!
09-03-2003, 04:20 PM
Hi guys... Andria... I loved your article !!! Did you used to live in Ft. Sill, OKla ??? I am embarrassed to say I don't know where that is. :o Did you tell me before you were a former Okie??? Gee, I miss my memory. :(
I am being productive... but had to take a break from it. LOL
Too much productivity is hard on this ole girl. :lol:
We are sure missing a lot of people around here.
Lucky, Lori, Duckie, Joanne, Joanne, Pam, Terri, Amanda, ....
Not to mention wanting to hear more from Thin, Tina, Michelle, Mary, Kat, Connie, Sandy, Natalie, Melissa, Barb, .... who else am I missing.?? There are some real oldtimers MIA... SaraJoy, Susie, TexDee, Malia, can you think of more?? I know I have left several out... please post and tell us what you are up to.
09-03-2003, 08:18 PM
in body....if not in spirit. Don't worry, foods still ok, but TOM has struck and has struck hard.
I'm ok 2cute, cause I know how you worry. I am intent on not letting my hormones get the best of me today, but it is so hard not to. I am absolutely pouring (yeah, I know....TMI) and with my fibroid, I am in so much pain I can barely even walk.
I was late to work this morning because I couldn't get the key to turn in the car. Not that it wouldn't start, but that the key literally would not turn. Dh said he thought one of the tumblers maybe had broken in the ignition, but after he got home and took it apart, it was just sticking really bad and is fine now that he got it all oiled. What would I do without my handyman? :no:
When I got to work this morning, (40 minutes late) there was a note in my box. My company has started a newsletter along with an employee of the month. Guess who was the first ever employee of the month? You got it! ME! :cb: I thought it was pretty good seeing as they just started it and I was the very first one to get it. :yes: It came with a gift certificate to Bath & Body works, so I can't wait to get to the mall. They said they were going to fit the certificates to the person......so I'm thinking, "Gee? Do I stink?" :chin: But my supervisor said that they knew if they got me one to say.....Walmart, that I would end up spending it on groceries or something for the family and they knew if they got me one to Bath & Body that I would use it just for me. They were right. :yes:
Ok, I'm not going to reply individually tonight because I have to go crawl into a fetal position on my bed and die. :lol: Just kidding. I do want to go lay down though. Dh knows how bad I feel today so he is doing laundry and cooking dinner. What a guy..... :love:
You guys have a great night and I will see you tomorrow. :grouphug:
09-03-2003, 08:41 PM
GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY
Getting ready to start another wonderful evening of work . We've had a rainy day here in middle Tennessee today which has cooled things down some.
My procedure is tomorrow; I am so ready for this.
I'll check back in here later. See ya.
DON'T FORGET ------ CHAT TONIGHT!!!!
Terri in MO
09-03-2003, 09:37 PM
I'm here. Just in a weird mood I guess. Not bad or anything. Just lurking.
So...I was in chat and no one was here. :(
09-03-2003, 09:48 PM
Went to chat (7:45pm); nobody there :(
09-03-2003, 10:06 PM
Sorry, can't make it to chat tonight. Going to take a shower and turn in for the night. I'll catch up with you all tomorrow.
Hi all! :wave: No time tonight. Took too much time to read. :(
JaneAlice: Welcome! Did you join us and then leave us again all in the same week???
Melissa: Here's my recipe for the PB Pie:
Peanut Butter Pie
1 pint Vanilla Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt, softened
2 tbls Chunky Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Non-Dairy Topping
1 tsp Chocolate Syrup
In a large bowl: 1 pint Vanilla Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt, softened in microwave for 1 minute high and 2 tbls Chunky Peanut Butter. Add in 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Topping. Mix well and pour into 8" pie tin. Freeze until set. Before serving drizzle 1 tsp Chocolate Syrup over entire pie in swirl motion.
Note: Can be put in muffin tins for individual servings.
Mary: You're welcome.
Michelle: I'll respond to your PM, honest I will. Just haven't had a minute.
Andria: Great article. Right on the money!
I'm still playing 'cosmo girl'. Honey's working from home for the next couple of days. Gotta snooze. :yawn: This being to work by 8:00 is killing me!!! Love :love: to all!
09-04-2003, 01:11 AM
I just got home from work a few mins ago...so that explains my absence...too many replies for me tonight. so I will just wish you all good dreams....and I will catch up tomorrow am.:bubbles: :bubbles: :bubbles:
09-04-2003, 04:17 AM
SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK!!!
09-04-2003, 06:31 AM
Okay.. it is 4am and here I am.
I fell asleep in my husband's recliner at 10pm last night and woke up at 2am. :rolleyes:
Of course I could not go back to sleep.
I did make myself a little productive.
I washed a load of clothes and folded another load, cleaned the kitchen, rearranged a few shelves too.
Now I am catching up here. Need to be off quickly though... hubby will be waking up soon and I don't want him to think I have been here all night. LOL
Tina... Often when a key won't turn you just need to wiggle your steering wheel.
I don't know why... I just know I have helped a lot of stranded women by just wiggling their steering wheel for them. LOL
When I was a cashier I would have older women come in and ask to use the phone because their keys wouldn't turn. Might want to give it a try if it happens again.
Also... CONGRATULATIONS on being employee of the month. :cp:
I think it is pretty ironic you were told on the day you were 40 minutes late. :lol:
Thin.... I think you are working too hard. Be sure to take care of yourself.
In all honesty ... I am kind of jealous at the same time.
I wish I had the stamina you have to do that.
Just know we miss you when you are so busy.
Connie... I know you probably won't be here to read this... but Good Luck. :lucky:
I am embarrassed to ask... but what kind of procedure are you having today?
Can anyone update me ?? Please !!
Pam, Mary, Barb, Terri thanks for posting. It is good to know we are not alone.
Those are everyone who has posted since my last post.
Well... I waited until 5pm to get into the pool to do my exercising... hoping it would have warmed up some from the sun all day... but NO... it was still FREEEEZING COLD !!!
But I stuck it out for 45 minutes. I don't know if that cold water is good for my arthritic knees... they seem to hurt more while exercising... but after a while... they just go NUMB !!!! :lol:
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
My food is better... but still not perfect.
The only thing I should not have eaten was HOT BREAD drenched in melted BUTTER.
I have made the "commitment" NO MORE BREAD !!!!
Come **** or high water... I WILL NOT EAT BREAD THURSDAY !!!
I also will NOT DRINK DIET POP EITHER !!
I feel sooooo much better when I eliminate caffeine and bread from my plan. I am an addict when it comes to bread. I cannot control myself. One hot roll is never enough.
I KNOW what a difference it makes in ME. Not everyone has a problem with bread... but I DO.
Thursday I will SUCCEED ... because cheating is NOT AN OPTION.
When I simplify my choices I simplify my life.
NO BREAD ... NO CAFFEINE... NO JUSTIFING ... NO CHEATING !!!
Okay ladies... have a wonderful Thursday.
I am thankful for this wonderful group
I am thankful for simplicity
I am thankful for family (even though they drive me NUTS sometimes)
I am thankful for the internet
I am thankful for second chances.
I am thankful for TODAY
09-04-2003, 09:45 AM
2 cute, I hear you I LOVE BREAD TOO, ANY KIND ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE!! wish I didnt, I have to limit mine, much to my dismay, and displeasure!! and I love :cheese: I would say the majority of my extra 196 lbs is comprised of cheese & bread!!!:lol: :dizzy: :lol: you could NEVER imagine how much of it I consumed.....it is mind boggling, especially now that I am not doing it anymore. Whew!!:o
Tina, congrats on employee of the month, they are lucky to have you!:bravo:
Andria, here's hoping today is a better day sweetie...:cheers: (no alcohol in those little glasses!! fruit juice maybe?? I know, I know, I take all the fun out of it..:D
Natalie, Thin, Mary, Barb, and Miss Meliss....have a good day chicklets, do something good for yourself! :love:
09-04-2003, 11:54 AM
Here is your official Employee of the month checking in.... (well, at least for the moment) :lol:
Let me share a little something with you. I'm not sure if it's good or bad, but it's probably all in the way you look at it. The owner of the company came down down yesterday because she had some business to take care of.... (she is an attorney as well) She went to Walmart and got us some supplies and additional things. Additional things being..... two large boxes of glazed donuts. So here they are.....gooey and yummy and calling my name. :hun: And I resist. No donuts for me. :no: So....I'm pretty proud of myself, but irritated also, because I wanted one.
So, I come into work today and there the :censored: things are... still sitting there, still gooey and yummy and calling my name. :hun: So you know what I did? Much to the dismay of my boss, I started running amuck, yelling and screaming and cussing at the top of my lungs....throwing donuts all over the office. They stuck on the walls, one hit the computer monitor, one landed in the office plant and what was left...well, I just stomped them all into one dirty pile in the floor. I'd had enough! :yikes: I still don't know what came over me. :no:
:lol: Gotcha!! I'm crazy on my TOM, but not quite that bad. :lol: But I did get your heart racing early this morning didn't I? Now that we got that out of the way, I'll tell you what I really did. I ate one. Not the box. Not five or six. One. Just one. I ate the donut. I fulfilled my craving and I counted the 6 points it cost me. Was it worth it? Yes, it was. Why? Because....what was the alternative? Here is the alternative. #1. I don't eat the donut and want it all day and then end up stopping at Dunkin Donuts on the way home and eating five or six. Or #2. I don't eat the donut and feel deprived and agrivated for hours because I can't have what I want. So, I'm thinking...why not just have the donut? Eat what you want, but don't go overboard. Allow a little something every now and a then. Don't you have to? Just to feel normal......or at least something close to it. So, don't always be so hard on yourself, don't go crazy.....eat what you want, within limits and know that although what you ate maybe wasn't the most healthy thing, it may just be the best thing you can do for yourself.
And anyways.....that donut sure was good. :lol:
See you guys tonight! :wave:
09-04-2003, 02:05 PM
Go placidly amid the noise and haste
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others,
even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.
Many persons strive for high ideals
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disappointment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here.
And whether it is clear to you or not,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be,
and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham and drudgery and broken dreams
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrman, 1927.
Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore, U.S.A. Dated 1692
09-04-2003, 02:59 PM
Hi Gals -
Just a quick HELLO to all!! :wave: I wish I had time to post right now, but I was thinking about all of you and had to check in. Now I have to get back to a spreadsheet I am trying to figure out!
I hope to have time tonight to read and post. Although I have to go to the gym tonight because I didn't get my lazy butt out of bed this morning.