Weight Loss Support - 300+ And Ready To Try Again....#417

09-25-2003, 12:57 PM
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09-25-2003, 01:22 PM
Okay there QueenB:lol:

I came on over to this thread......now?????


Just kidding, I'm sure your working on a nice LLLLLOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGGGG post for me to read, while I'm taking a break from this tax stuff.....

09-25-2003, 01:24 PM

09-25-2003, 01:40 PM
Well, I told you I'd be here this morning with a long post, and I'm going to do my best. :crossed: I haven't been on the board alot lately... but it doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you guys and loving you. I always do that. I've just been busy, that's all.

I'm still OP..... still eating right and still exercising. I just haven't been sitting on the internet too much....not at home or work. No, :no: not even my Tony website. :yikes: Don't get me wrong. I still love and support Tony.....but sometimes you just have a tendency to get too wrapped up in the things that are going on and around the board (where I'm an admin) and before you know it, you've lost a sense of why you're really there. Kinda like here sometimes..... DO NOT get that statement wrong. Personally, I LOVE that we talk about all types of thing in addition to offering support and weight loss ideas. Fortunately HERE, we do not have alot of drama...... although we have had to seem to have our share of it lately. :( Anyways..... long story short, we have had a lot of drama on the Tony Stewart board lately (not to mention my eyes were opened concerning certain people) when I took my trip to CT, so I think it's best that I take a step back from that board for awhile and they are aware of it...... I haven't left there completely.....don't get me wrong. I'm just taking a step back to access things, that's all.

Geez..... wasn't quite ready for that, was you? :no:

I was a bit disappointed about my 1 lb. loss last week, even though I know I was being a big baby about it. :bb: It hasn't got me down though..... I'm still eating my points. I have actually made myself eat a little more this week, since it is possible that I didn't get in enough last week and my body was hanging on to whatever it could.....apparently.

I probably won't be back later tonight because Trey has a football game and it's in the next city, so I'm not sure what time I will get back. In the meantime, let's get onto some replies ladies!

PAM: Good luck on your job interview this morning. :crossed: Aren't "normal" hours nice?

MARY: Your job sounds SO interesting at times. I think I would :love: to work in a library!

SANDY: I'm in the process of the "LONG" post. :lol: Hun, I have to say I am SO proud of you. I gave into a piece of buttered (lite) cornbread last night....(within my points) so I KNOW how hard it must have been for you..... especially eating out. Good for you!

ANDRIA: I'm sorry that you've been tired and feeling under the weather. Take care sweetie.

TERRI: Glad you're back from your trip and had a good time. Sounds like you and your friend had a nice time. :)

NATALIE: Sheesh.... can I relate getting stuck talking on the phone. Try having being chained to a headset for 8 hours a day! :eek: I still can't figure out why people do not understand why I don't want to talk on the phone when I get home. :no:

J-ANN: As far as slipping of the wagon .... Honey, there's a dent in the dirt where I land. :lol: You crack me up!

KAT: Thanks for the website info.... it was truly inspiring. Speaking of inspiring....... INSPIRATION, thy name is KAT! Good job on your loss and your frame of thinking these days! I love that we got back on track together!

SYN: First off, let's change our thinking. We are not "BAD" when we overeat.... we are normal. It happens. You can't punish yourself for things like that. (Trust me, I know) "Punishing" never works....because then you feel deprived, which is a horrible feeling and that just leads to overeating again.... horrible cycle. Just tell yourself, so what? Get back on track not the next day.....but the next SECOND. You can to this..... WE can help. :yes:

BARB: Thank you so much for saving us from falling off the page. :mad: I hate it when that happens. I'm glad you took my tip about the lite cream cheese and melba toast. (yeah, I know what you got was slightly different, but still) :smug: I get 5 pieces of melba toast and 3 tbsp. of lite onion & chive cream cheese for only 3 points. YUM! :T

DUCKIE: Thank you so much for your last post. Sometimes we do just have to "let boys be boys", and I loved the excerpt from Erma Bombeck. I have read that before, and I never get tired of reading it again. It reminds us of what is important in life. {{{hugs}}}

Ok..... I responded to everyone that posted on the last thread, so if I didn't include you, it means you didn't post! So :p All kidding aside, I'm sure THIN is out being a "showgirl" or doing something else equally exciting, but I do have to say.....


Have we been desserted?

Ok.....having made that pitiful plea, I will bid you guys farewell. I hope you all have a super terrific on program day and it is filled with happiness.


09-25-2003, 03:46 PM
OK, my mood is definitely up. The scale was down this morning and I am actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. I know, I am totally obsessed with the scale. I have been weighing myself for the past 13 weeks twice a day. That's really absurd isn't it. I just can't help myself. :devil:
So it is my turn this month to celebrate Tom and my first of the month ritual. Anyone have any ideas? I thought about taking him on a fall picnic after work. But he already used the picnic idea. I was thinking that I would pack up some blankets and goodies and we could find a quiet spot to have dinner. Since it's on a Wednesday there's really not too much I can do because we've got to work all day and then the next day. I kind of want to do something especially romantic this month because we've kind of gotten away from each other lately. I am also short on funding so it's got to be cheap.

So girls, it's time for me to get back to work. I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm just so tired this week. I think my drinking on Saturday really had a bad effect on me. That's the last time I drink so many Long Island Iced Teas. :?:

09-25-2003, 05:58 PM
Can I tell you what I just did? Can I? Can I? Huh??? Huh??? :lol: :lol:

I was sitting here at work and needed to go to the copy machine, which just happens to be in the kitchen area. So, I decided that I NEEDED a snack from the vending machine. I put my change in my pocket and off I went. On the way I stopped to talk to someone and by the time I got to the kitchen my little voice said, "what are you thinking? You don't need any food! So, I made myself a cup of hot tea with equal and went back to my desk! And, you know what? I really didn't need the food. :tape: The tea is giving me a little comfort and I'll drink my water on the way home and have a healthy dinner.

I also proceeded to empty all the loose change out of my desk and I'm taking it home to add to the jar of coins that I am going to take to the bank this weekend. :p I always cash all our coins in before vacation to use as tip money or whatever.

Survivor Fans --- What going to happen tonight??? Will "Blackbeard" still be sporting a flowered skirt? Will the "dumbos" remember that they have a water well? According to the website someone will be able to pillage and loot - in the true pirate spirt! I can't wait to see!
........The Tribe Has Spoken!

We are also looking forward to the premier of CSI! Another favorite in my house. I also love the Thursday NBC shows so I have to tape them and watch over the weekend. Can you tell we like TV in my house. Geez, no wonder we both got so out of shape! :^:

What about Big Brother last night??? Could it have been more of an lack luster ending. Jun wins half a million bucks and everyone just sits and stares into space! I have to say, I'm glad that one is over for the year. This wasn't a very exciting cast!

Okey dokey -- time to get on home! Catch ya later!
Luv Ya!

09-25-2003, 11:03 PM
Hello!?!?!?!? Anyone out there?????
:jig: :cb: :joker: :sumo:

Where are all my buddies today?? I miss hearing from you!
Sweet Dreams to you all - I hope to see you tomorrow!

09-26-2003, 12:29 AM
Hi everybody! :wave: I just wanted to stop and check in real quick because I haven't been here much lately. :(

Finished up my Revlon reset this week and got called to 'fix' a problem with another one next week. Just when I thought I was done with them! :( My work partner and I have really gotten it all down to a science though and it's really not so bad. (sure, just when we're finishing up 9 stores. 'Bout time we got it down pat!)

I had lunch with some old friends today. That was fun. I behaved and ordered this great salad that they offer at TGIFriday's. I love their one chicken salad, but of course, I swap out the fried chicken for grilled and use the low fat peppercorn ranch (on the side) instead of the mustard/bacon stuff that comes with it.

I've really got no time to catch up with everyone. You'll have to forgive me once again.

On the subject of 2cute: I believe she's still on vacation until the end of the week. I know, Tina, I'm going through withdrawals too! :lol:

On the subject of Survivor: I loved the part where Sandra got to go 'steal' something from the other tribe. Her comment that 'geez, they don't have anything' was pretty darn accurate. Remember, that's the team that doesn't even have a water jug! :eek: And Osman (or however you spell his name) what's with him. Did he think when he applied to be on Survivor that he was going to be staying at the Ritz??? Geez! What a cry baby for a big muscular guy!!!

On the subject of CSI: I like the Las Vegas version, but am not too crazy about the Miami one, except for the coroner that talks to the bodies. She's pretty cool!

On the subject of weightloss: (Yes, I guess I should say something about that since that's what this site is for :s: ) I'm hoping that 'winging it' serves me well this week too as I've not been journalling/tracking again this week. I am trying to make the right choices more often though.

No Curves lately. Just too tied up working. I know, bad excuse. I'm actually looking forward to being done with the Revlon projects so I'm not so exhausted when I get home in the afternoon and can actually bring myself to go back out and do the circuit.

I had forgotten all about Banquet fat free chicken patties. I bought a box tonight and made those in the microwave. Then I put a slice of Kraft 2% cheese on the hot patty so it would melt and put it on a 1 point bun. Delicious. I also made OreIda Steak Fries in the oven. If you spray the pan with Pam, place the fries in a single layer on the pan and then spray the fries again, they turn out really great, a little crispy on the outside and soft potato in the inside. Good, quick dinner. :D

Ok, girls, I'm headed to bed. :yawn: I'm taking #1 son with me tomorrow to Canada. They sell Ibuprofin in 400 MG tablets over the counter there. We had gotten some when we went to Niagara Falls the last time and we're almost out. I know, I can get Ibuprofin in 200 MG tablets here, but then you have to take twice as many. This is alot cheaper!

You guys have a good one. Love :love: to all!

09-26-2003, 01:27 AM
Hey gals!!

I seem to be so busy lately. Between work and the kids and hubby's softball I feel like I never have a dull moment. I had thought about going to the beach or mountains for the weekend but the weather report says that it may rain. Also, I want to go to the annual Harvest Festival that is thrown in the town that I work.

Things have been frustrating lately. My oldest son is having a really hard time with school. He is already failing. His teacher says that he tries really hard and is well behaved but he cannot focus or keep up. I have a conference with her on Monday to talk about what steps we are gonna have to take to help him. I feel so bad because I get upset with him and hurt his feelings. He is so proud when he thinks that he has done well on his work and then I fuss when he has not. Bless his bones!! He tries. No more fussing from me as long as I know he is trying :nono:

Duckie- My grandma is a newfie!!! She was born in Cornerbrook and now lives here in South Carolina and has for 40 years. I have soooooo many aunts, uncles and cousins in Newfoundland and I have been there a few times myself. It is absolutely beautiful there!! I hope to go back one day. My wish is to win the lottery and move there, no kidding. I also have alot of family in Toronto. My cousin played on a Canadian cop show that I cant seem to remember the name of right now. His name is Craig March. Ever heard of him? He also had roles in 3000 Miles To Graceland, Along Came a Spider, and quite a few more that I cant remember right now. Anyway, I know you are looking forward to your trip.

To everyone else I love ya and I am sending you successful vibes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


09-26-2003, 03:56 AM
Hello chickies!!

Tina: I'm sure we all understand. Sometimes you really do have to just step back from something to get a grip.

Justme: I am a terrible scale addict too. Once in the morning, once at night, and sometimes in between too. Aren't we terrible?? :devil:

Barb: Keep me updated on survivor will ya?? It's so hard to watch it around here on Friday because my kids want to watch movies and we only have one TV that will pick up the AFN channels here. I'm going to try to talk them in to something else to do so that I can watch. When is the premiere of CSI? I was CRUSHED when I couldn't find it last night.

Thin: I'm with you. I don't like the Miami one as much. The characters just don't have the personality that the Vegas ones do. Have a good trip to Canada!

Tracy and Sandy: A big 'ol HELLO to you guys and anyone else I missed.

Good news!! My car runs beautifully!! Starts on the first try, doesn't overheat, has an oil change AND windshield wipers. WOOHOO!!!

And......(drumroll please)...... Call me Alice, cuz I'm in ONEderland!!! I got on the scale this morning and FINALLY it said 199!! It even flickered 198 a couple of times!! Unreal. Because I am scale obsessed, it seems like the weight has been coming off so slow, but I've been documenting my loss on Fitday and when I go back and look over the past two months, it is coming off pretty steady at 2 to 3 pounds a week. I have to look at it every so often just to convince myself that it's really happening. My next great mission is to see something in the 170's. I haven't been there since Jr. High I think. All the long timers on this thread probably remember that a couple of years ago I managed to get down to 185, and that was pretty cool, but I want to go all the way to 150 this time and keep it there.

Well chickadees, I think that's about it for this morning. Got to get off my butt and get going. Stuff to do dontchaknow.

Talk at ya later,

09-26-2003, 09:01 AM
Jen congrats on reaching onederland.
CSI season premer was on last night but is is to be continued

09-26-2003, 11:07 AM
Morning, girls! :wave: Time to go wake up the #1 son and get his bones rolling. He's supposed to come with me to Canada. Don't know why. I suppose I'm a big girl and could go by myself. Just figured it would be nice to have him around. :)

Tracy: Sorry to hear about your son. How old is he? I'm sure you said before, but I don't remember. It's hard being a kid. Too many pressures today that WE didn't have as kids. Hope the conference with his teacher goes well. I applaud you for being interested in helping him. So many parents today are working and more career oriented than kid oriented. [[[hugs]]]

Mary: Are you off or working today? Sorry I missed chat Wednesday, but I just don't see getting there when West Wing, one of my favorites, started at 9:00.

Jen: Onederland! OMG, how ONEDERFUL!!!! :cp: I'm soooo happy for you. I haven't see 199 since before I was married, and that was 27 years ago!!! Keep up the good work. You're doing GREAT!

Well, girls, I'm off to wake up the kid. I'll see you all later.

09-26-2003, 11:28 AM
I am enjoying a yummy breakfast as I read all the good stuff here...
1 egg............................2 points
1 lite Eng muffin..............1 pt
2 T shredded cheddar.......1.5 pts
1/2 cup grapes................0.5 pts
1 cup 1% milk..................2 points
total-------------------->7 points!

:T :T :T I need volume!

As soon as I'm done here, I'm getting my butt on my bike and going for my ride before the rain comes.:rain: I might have to pass on sleep this AM...so much to do around this house! AND I have an appointment to get my hair cut and colored tonight. I am in DIRE need of these services! I don't usually have roots...but the summer sun has bleached me out a bit...so I have about an inch of my real color...yeah, pretty. :fr: And since it's longer than usual, the part just flops to reveal the lovely roots. I'm hot. :rolleyes:

Quick replies....

JEN...oh girl, I LIVE for ONE-derland!! Congratulations! :cp:
Tracy...Hi! Give that son a big hug and tell him how proud you are of his efforts! Heap the praise on when he does well. ...Is he ADD? I hope you and the teacher find the solutions to his problems. {{hug}}
Thin and Barb...Survivor: Love it! I'm glad they didn't vote Osten out, just because he wanted to be! WHAT A WUSS!!!! And if that was Skinny Ryan's best effort...sheesh! :shrug: Whats up with that? I LOVE Sandra! She's as spunky as ****! I really don't like Tijuana...she's a fresh mouthed chippy! Hagrid (i forget his name!) is still sporting his skirt! Didn't you just KNOW what's his name would lose the spearhead?? Oh I could go on...but I won't...this was going to be a quick post!
MARY...I saw CSI too...LOVED IT! Never saw the Miami one...don't really want to. I watch very little TV usually, except during Survivor season!
NATALIE...hmmm...picnic idea sounds nice...that's about all you can do mid week and cheap. Is there a nice park nearby where you can walk for a bit together, holding hands, looking at the changing leaves?
TINA BINA...No need to apologize...I know I spend WAY too much time on-line and need to step back sometimes. Way to go, staying OP...we are doing it!!
SANDY...great job on surviving the food fest! You made great choices and showed remarkable will power! :cp:
PAM...What a remarkable change we witnessed in your attitude...all in the space of a few days!!! Good for you, keep it going!!

Hi to everyone else...I have to get moving here. My son just came in and said, "you're back already?" Uh...I haven't left yet! He's home today because school's are closed for a Jewish holiday. ...Rosh Hashannah? (sp?) He doesn't care, just as long as it's closed!

but I digress...

Have a great day all...see youse guys (Jersey talk) later!

09-26-2003, 11:35 AM
Hi Girls! Happy Friday to all!!

Well, I'll start out with my bummer news of the day....I had to adjust my signature....to add 3.4 pounds back to my weight! :( That changes my total to 45! I am still happy with my loss, just disappointed that I gained back over vacation. I still find it hard to believe that I gained that much back with as active as I was. However, on the positive side, you may remember that when I came home last Sunday the scale "claimed" that I had gaind 6+ pounds, so I guess it could have been worse!!! I'm going to work my butt off (literally) for the next 2 weeks to get it off before I go on vacation and gain it back. :p I am not going to give myself free reign to do whatever on the cruise, I plan on working out and I know I'll be very active, but I also know that cruises are about food, drink, food, drink, more food and more drink!!!! :cheers: :hun:
No problem my friends, I am going to have fun, work hard and take care of this body!!! :) What about you all???

Ok, enough of that!

Oh, wait, one more thing. I found this great link over on another thread and wanted to share....it's about scales and water intake....I really enjoyed reading it...

Why the scale lies! (http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/weight/scale.htm)

Moving on....

Congratulations Jen!!! Onderland!!! WooHoo!!!!
Are you going to reward yourself in some way? Maybe some extra pampering or a massage?

Tina - Nothing wrong with stepping back and taking a break from things once and a while. You need to do whatever keeps you sane and on track and most of all ---- HAPPY!!!!! :) :) :)

Natalie -- So happy to hear that your mood is back up! I am a scale addict just like you. I usually get on it 1-2 times a day, but I only log my weight once a week. I like to see how different foods, activities, whatnot affect my weight from day to day. But I really focus on how I feel and how my clothes feel. :D

Thin - I was wondering where you had been off to. I should have know you were up to your ears in makeup. ;) I'm with you on CSI - I only watch the original version. We love it. Last night was good - I am convinced that the valet guy (old buddy of Nick's) will come back into the picture next week. What about the Family?? Is that over yet? Who won???

Tracy - Sorry to hear you are having a hard time with you son right now. I don't have children so I can't give much advice, but I use to be a teacher. Have you had him evaluted by a doc for any potential medical problems that could be affecting his concentration? Just a thought. Good Luck with it all.

Mary - Are you a CSI watcher?

Jen (again) --- Survivor comes on Friday there? I don't know what the time difference is. CSI was on last night here at 9:00 PM - CBS. Like Mary said, it was a 2 part show - to be continued next week. Survivor was great, in my opinion. I love that they are adding some new little twists this year... Thin touched on is a little bit...during the reward challenge they were each given a shovel and were competing for the first of 3 clues - to some pirate booty! Basically a scavenger hunt to supplies. This year the winning team will also be able to sent one member to the other camp to take one item of their desire. Last night was funny when Sandra went over because she realized that the other team had NOTHING! They were hoping for a water jug, but she ended up taking the tarp they had on their shelter. They just sat around and she took their shelter down. It was pretty funny. Osten - on the Morgan team (the one with nothing) was a total baby! He is the most muscular man out there and was whining about his body shutting down. Then they showed clips of him running around and playing football (with coconuts) :) The Morgan team ended up losing immunity again and they voted out "skinny" Ryan. Osten asked people to vote him out, but they didn't.
:lol: I'm sure I missed many highlights, but that's a little bit of the show.

Well chicks :chicken: - if you are still reading this and not asleep, drooling on your keyboard, I am sorry to have babbled on for so long!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day! I'm working at home today so I'll be able to pop in often and hope to see some of you checking in!

Later Gals!

09-26-2003, 11:42 AM
:comp: Break time yet again...:) .

Thin: Is it a long drive to go to Canada for you? For me it is about an 8 hour drive, and that puts me in Canada over here on the East Coast. Drive safely.

Jen: Onederland.....:encore: :encore: YOU GO GIRL!!!! That is so wonderful. I am so happy for you, I bet you were jumping up and down and up and down. I would have been. I'm sorry, I can't remember your starting weight or your highest? Have you lost lots? I know you have.

Tracy: Gosh how I can relate to the son and school issues. My 11 year old absolutely hates school. It is so hard when they hate it. It is even harder when like mine, he has to go to Title ONE (special Ed) for Reading and Language Arts. I have been to so many meetings for my 11 year old, and still I am in contact with his teachers weekly to talk about how he is doing. I sometimes get on his butt too about his work, because sometimes I know he is just making excuses and we have had the tear thing here too. It sure is hard and then I break down and feel like a bad mom for making my kid cry about school work. Then the school tells you that they should not spend more than 30 minutes on homework, well it takes me 30 minutes to get him started. {{{Hugs from one parent to the other for you}}}}}

Mary: I have watch CSI on occasion, but I am not a big TV person. I do however like "ER" and that was on last night too and pretty good.

Barb: What a good thing you did for you by skipping the vending machine!!!:bravo: And taking the loose change home was excellent too, so you are not tempted. Way to go.

Tina: It's okay to step back and take a break when needed. We all need a break once in a while, and sometimes we just don't have anything to say. So with that said, cause you know, I just love to talk okay type.....DON'T LET IT HAPPEN TOO OFTEN!!!!:D Just kidding. Glad you are OP and taking the time to find a meeting and leader that are just right for you. I think that will be half the battle to find one that is just right for you.

Okay gotta run chick peas. Be back later to read...please oh please have stuff for me to read.


09-26-2003, 12:03 PM
Hello all you Chickies,

Hello Sandy!! Hope to get to chat soon!!! you have a great day....:lol:


Katrina, enjoy your bike ride:p


Tracy, right back at ya girl with the


Natalie, a picnic sounds like fun, need chaperones? We could all come! :lol: :lol:

Tina, thin, and all the rest of you chicks, here's to you:cheers: hope you have a wonderful day.

sw 356/June 6
cw 318 loss of 38 lbs
next goal:50 lbs by 10/31
next goal: 75 lbs by 1/04
next goal: 100 lbs gone forever!!! by 6/04
final goal: 130ish see you all at the top of that mountain :D

09-26-2003, 04:34 PM
Helloe my chickie friends; I have missed you all so much. I hate not being able to get in here more but management said no more internet surfing at work, so I'm left with the library computer. I wanted to get in here once or twice a week, but my stepmother is in the hospital and I am helping my sister with my dad. I really think these people need to be in assisted living but it's not my call. They are both in their 80s; daddy's on home oxygen and stepmom keeps canning and trimming bushes in her yard even though her body is telling her to STOP!!! :yikes:

I am feeling lots better; however, I have been indulging during my recuperation :nono:

I am so behind on the old threads hopefully I will can backtrack and catch up.

I did see that Barb has recently had a 45 POUND WEIGHT LOSS; way to go girl!!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday. Here's to the weekend:cheers:

09-26-2003, 04:54 PM
Hi Gals,
Traffic is pretty slow around here. I hope you are all out having a wonderful time! Since I am technically working until 5:00 I am stuck right next to the computer so can't resist popping in here frequently. In another hour I am outta here - I plan on going to the mall and Ulta and then tanning before returning home to spent some quality time with Jeff. :)

Kat - Sounds like a yummy breakfast. I'm with you on the volume thing!!! I had an egg and lite wheat bread for breakfast, Lean cusine for lunch and just had my crackers/spreadable cheese snack. I need to get to the store and pick up some fruit. None in the house right now. I hope you had a great bike ride. The weather is still very nice here.

Sandy - Hi girl! We watched ER as well last night. It was pretty good and next week should be good as well. I am just not convinced that the cast can keep the show going much longer. I don't really like many of the newer folks. We'll see.

Pam - Thank you for your encouraging words!!! They mean so much to me. ;)

Connie - I am so happy to see you popping in!! I wish we could see you more often but it sounds like you have a lot to juggle. Especially since work won't allow you to use the Internet anymore! Thanks for you positive comments. I'm glad you are feeling better --- I know you know this, but I am going to say it anyway ---- Indulging is not going to help you recover any faster. :tape: :drill: You can do this!!! :)

Who else is going to pop in today and give us an update. C'mon girls, whatcha up to????

joe anne
09-26-2003, 09:53 PM
Hello Friends
Today was such a heartwrencher, as it was our young friend Johnny Padilla's funeral. Of the people there, 2/3 were all his friends. The remaining were family and coworkers.
Johnny's father gave the eulogy, which just made me cry, I had never really heard his dad talk about themselves. And being a police officer I am sure he has seen other tragedies. But when this accident happened last week he was out of town (He works about 100miles away) and he told of how he felt so bad that he was not here for his son this time.(Johnny was almost a SIDS baby) That at one time he asked GOD to save his infant son.
He also told the young people to continue to love their parents and respect them, give them hugs as often as they can. And for the parents to continue to do the same, no matter how old their children are.
What is so tragic to me is that Mr Padilla and his wife saw their son while he was still under the car. This is something that will hurt forever. I've also had family die due to auto related accidents and it still hurts. My own mom, and my sister-inlaw in February of 1999, my Brother-inlaw in 2002, and my nephew this year.
I don't mean to upset you all, but I am feeling so sad and needed someone who would listen. Thank you friends, I am so glad that GOD brought me here to you all.

09-27-2003, 08:22 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss, Joanne. How sad that must have been, and yet comforting to know that he had been loved by so many. {{{HUGS}}}

Well........I just sent the boys packing! They're off to camp for the weekend with the scouts. Gee...I'm really gonna miss them.......poor me, home all alone, nobody to pick up after, cook, clean, or launder for....:( hee hee Just me and old Molly (the dog) hangin' out. I think we can handle it. She may even get a walk out of the deal, who knows?

Breakfast this morning is a peach, chopped up, half a cup of cottage cheese and coffee. 4 points and surprisingly good. Going to WW on Sunday AM is the smartest thing I've done...(well not ever but you know what I mean) It totally prevents me from that wacky "weekend eating" that can really undo a week's worth of dieting! So I'm doing the small, low carb meals thing today with LOTS of water. My expectations for a loss are very low...TOM is imminent..I swear, the PMS is lasting longer and longer lately...it's been a week now...GRRRRRR I've already harboiled some eggs for lunch...(egg salad over salad greens, 4 points) Dinner...hmmm, not sure yet but I know there will be mashed potatoes involved...I'm having a craving...I think perhaps a George Formaned chicken breast, some fresh green beans, steamed, and some garlicky, cheesey mashed potatoes...:T Maybe I should have the potatoes TOMORROW, after weigh in! :yes:

Maybe I should stop talking about food.

I plan to get some major de-cluttering done today. I may also shampoo the living room carpet...FUN, FUN, FUN...

Well, it is...if I'm not distracted or have to be anywhere at a certain time. I'm wide open! The world is my oyster.

and cleaning is the best that I could come up with??? tsk tsk....

Well, really what else am I gonna do? I don't want to go shopping til I've dropped some significant tonnage. I've already had my hair done...thank God, finally! I may treat myself to a pedicure tomorrow...what else can I do????

No, really...I'm looking forward to this. I'm going to crank up the music and beautify my home by putting IT on a diet.

I'd better get moving...too much time on my hands and I start to ramble...:blah:

Boy this was a real me, me, me, I, I, I post! I'll be back to do replies later....

have a great, productive....or non-productive day, if that's what you want!
Whatever you do, Don't forget to LAUGH!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

09-27-2003, 11:18 AM
Good morning chickee~poohs:

Joanne: I am so sorry for your loss and am sending you a cyber {{hug}}.

Here it is Saturday morning and there is only me in the house? Wow? And what am I doing? Just like Kat, house stuff.:dizzy: My dh and son are off fishing and my dd spent the night with nana, so this morning I was still up bright and early, I think my body has just gotten up early for so many years I can't sleep past 7:00 a.m.

I am still OP, and still going strong. I really don't mind doing the WW points, I actually love it, and find it so easy to follow, because you can eat whatever it is you want, just a matter of if you want to spend your points that way or not? I found those WW fudge bars.....OMG they are so good and for 1 pt....:T

I also made the eggrolls from that website that Kat posted before. They are :T yummy too. And easy....thats me EASY. And they are only 1 point, so I snack on them whenever I want, I just bagged em up put em in the fridge and yummy they are all set for me.

Where is everyone anyway? Come out and play...or at least say hello. Us addicts need it....lol.


09-27-2003, 11:23 AM
Don't forget chat tonight: 8:30 EST, 7:30 CST

Morning, ladies! :wave: This is going to be really quick yeah, like that ever happens! :lol:

Went to Canada yesterday with #1 son. Well, on the way back, we got a Customs Agent that was just a little less than pleasant. He asked for our identification and we handed him driver's licenses. And he said, "now I need proof of citizenship." I looked at him and asked like what? So he says passport, birth certificate.... I'm thinking to myself, ok, I'm stupid. I should know better. But we didn't bring them with us. He looks at my son and says, "where were you born?" He says, "Royal Oak". The guy says "prove it". Then he looks at me and says, "where were you born?" I said, "Deacones Hospital in Detroit." He says, "prove it." Well, long story short I know, too late! He goes on to say that he is in his full right to pull us over and send us back to Canada until someone can come down and prove our citizenship. I told him I fully understand. He said that he would not do that today but that if he ever had us cross through his booth again without papers, he would definitely send us back. Weeeew!

So son and I drive off, and I say to son, "ya know, I almost wish he would have sent us back." Now I know YOU guys are thinking WHAT, IS SHE CRAZY???? But I looked at it like this, yes we would have been detained and it would have been a pain in the butt to have honey or 'the baby' go home, get our papers and come down there, but geez, I would have felt so much safer. This guy would only have been doing his job to make this country safer. And I knew that WE were ok, but what about the guy in the car behind us???? Ok, enough of this, it was just a thought! :eek:

I'm off to be a 'showgirl' today and tomorrow, so no chat for me again tonight. I really do miss it.

JoeAnne: It's good to see you. What a heart-wrenching day for everyone. Again, my condolences. It seems like when a child dies, even when we're not related to them, it tears us up inside. Like children aren't meant to go before us older folks. I sure hope that your town will find some peace. It must have been horrible for his parents to see him like that. When my "baby" had his accident at 17 I did well seeing him in the hospital, but when I went to the impound and saw his crumpled car, I just lost it. [[[hugs]]] and prayers to you and your entire town. On another subject: Whatever happened with the youth leader???

Barb: Yes, The Family is over now. Anthony, the son of Uncle Mike and Aunt Donna won. It was between him and Mike, the shaved guy. I was rooting for Mike because he was the outsider of the family and had a good heart. He was going to buy his mom and sister a new house and make sure that his nephew had a college fund. Anthony was just such an arrogant SOB through the whole show. Well, when Anthony won he got to think on it overnight what he was going to do with the money, split it up, or keep it all. And he came down the next morning and had written a big long speech about how this past whatever days had shown him that the most important thing to him is family and how he didn't deserve the money any more or less than the rest of them and that he was going to split it evenly between all of the family members to enrich each of their lives. It was very touching. A tear to my eye and everything! :cry:

Sandy: Windsor is just across the river for me, about a 30 minute drive.

Pam: Your posts are sounding so much more upbeat lately. I'm glad you are moving forward in such a positive way! [[[hugs]]]

Connie: Maybe now with your stepmother in the hospital, it's a good time to discuss assisted living with her and your dad. It can't be easy on her trying to take care of an entire house on her own. Maybe the hospital stay would be just enough to scare her into considering a different arrangement.

Katrina: You're a hoot!!! :D I think I would definitely find something besides cleaning to do with some free time! Have fun!

Well, girls, I found this article from The Ladies Home Journal and thought it looked interesting so I would share.

Fashion Tips for Imperfect Figures
Lisa Kavalovich

Losing Weight
Q: Due to a medical problem, I gained about 100 pounds. I am losing it slowly, and I want to look nice in the process. What styles should I wear to look pretty -- not frumpy -- while I'm losing weight?
A: These days, size doesn't matter when it comes to looking fashionable and chic. That's because there are countless clothing lines made for curvy, plus-size women -- so you'll have an easy time dressing well while you lose weight. Here, some ideas:
Buy for your current size. Plus-size women can look great in anything, provided it fits well. That translates into buying clothes for your current size, no matter how much weight you plan to lose. Buying a size smaller may seem motivating, but seeing those pieces sit unworn in your closet may frustrate you. Plus, as you lose weight, you can ask a tailor to size your current clothing down.
Get great-fitting bottoms. Look for wear-everywhere staples, such as a pair of straight-leg pants and a straight skirt. Buy side-zip styles, which add less bulk to your belly and keep the lines of your body smooth, and fabrics with a bit of stretch to ensure comfort. Go for any color you like, from basic black and brown to peacock blue and red.
Go trendy on top. Halters, deep v-necks, tank tops, and blouses can all work for a plus-size woman, as long as they fit properly and aren't too tight. Beware of the urge to hide your shape with oversize tees and blouses: Often, this technique just makes you look larger.
Don't underestimate accessories. Exquisite shoes and a beautiful bag are the keys to looking chic and pulled-together, no matter what size you are. While you lose weight, rely on luxe accessories to keep your look current and pretty.
Q: I am slim all over, but I have pronounced saddlebags. Wearing most pants is embarrassing, because the saddlebags are very obvious! What styles will solve this problem?
A: Dressing to camouflage saddlebags consists of two things: Downplaying your bottom half, and playing up your top half. To minimize your bottom half, look for pants with full, flowing legs that skim over saddlebags. Dark colors such as black, charcoal, and chocolate are the most slimming, while lighter shades and patterns are the least slimming. Avoid clingy pants and slim-leg styles. Or skip the pants altogether and go for A-line skirts, which also skim over saddlebags successfully. On top, go for attention-grabbing styles, such as deep V-necks, scoop-necks, off-the-shoulder looks, spaghetti straps, or asymmetrical styles. Also experiment with bright colors and patterns on top.
Wide Shoulders
Q: I have a flat tummy and slim hips, but wide shoulders and back. What kind of clothing will flatter my body type?
A: A flat stomach and slim hips can be real assets when shopping for clothes. And while a broad back can pose some fit problems, the right clothing can help. Avoid tops and blouses that pinch or pull across the shoulders; the seam that attaches the sleeve to the body of the top should fall at the outer edge of your shoulder. Look for blouses in stretch fabrics, with shaped waists to give the illusion of curvier hips (this balances out wider shoulders). Or go for sleeveless tops, which eliminate the too-small shoulders issue altogether. Try V- or scoop-necks, which de-emphasize your upper body's width.

Ok, girls, I think I've taken up enough space here. :lol: You guys have a great day! Love :love: to all!

09-27-2003, 11:27 AM
Hey everyone :)

Good to be here! I've really been pushing through all the must-be-done stuff, and there hasn't been much time left for being online. When there has been, I've been sitting like a zombie, too tired to think straight. You know, this ultra tired thing happens to me each spring and fall. It seems to come on with the PMS for that month and doesn't go away for about a month. I've been run through a gamut of tests with the doctor, and everything checks out just fine. The only insight he has given me so far is that I'm probably pushing myself too hard or allowing too much stress to get to me. Duh. All I want to know is why it hits so regularly, twice a year. Does this happen to anyone else, or am I just a freak? And I need a way to do more than just survive. Thank goodness for my Curves workout. At least I can drag myself through it and then I have a little energy for the day. And frankly, even though I haven't lost a ton of weight, that 16 lbs. gone has made moving much easier.

I've got to zoom in to work and put in a few hours to make up for the Monday I didn't dare drive down there because I was so tired. This evening I'm helping with the BMX race at our track here. I'm not into BMX at all myself, but it is lots of fun to watch, and they needed more people on their committee, especially ones with fundraising experience.

Have great days!


09-27-2003, 11:34 AM
Andria: You snuck in while I was editing my post. I can't help you with the tired, bi-yearly thing. Some months PMS just hits me that way, and some months it doesn't. No rhyme or reason to it. But then it only last for a few days before Mother Nature shows herself, and then it's gone again. I'm glad the Curves workouts make you feel better. I just haven't been dragging myself there, mostly because of working these big cosmetic jobs. Just exhausted when I get in in the afternoon. You're probably moving better because of being more active. Have fun at the BMX track tonight. I'm sure the night out will make you forget about everything else. :)

09-27-2003, 11:37 AM
I know, it's me again. :( But I wanted to remind everyone that chats: pick a password and PM Suzanne with it so that no one can steal your user name identity and pretend to be you in the chatroom. With the drama we've had here lately, I would hate for someone to 'pretend' to be someone else.

Here are the directions for registering as posted on the chat opening page:
To register a chat username:
Please send a PM to Suzanne 3FC and include your preferred chat username and a password which you will use just for the chat. To insure that all registered chat users have a verifed forum account, we will only take username requests via the forum PM system and not by email. We recommend requesting your current forum username as your chat name. Usernames must contain only letters or numerals, and cannot contain spaces. Any spaces will be replaced with an underscore. (For example, my chat username is Suzanne_3FC )

If you've already done this, then please disregard this message.

09-27-2003, 11:53 AM
Good Morning Gals!
Not much time to post right now, but I wanted to at least say Hello! :wave: We have a BBQ this afternoon at a friend's house about an hour away so we are going to leave early and do a little shopping while we are out - make the most of the drive. I am making a fruit pizza to take so I have to get to the grocery store and I want to hit the gym as well. The fruit pizza it by no means healthy, but yummy - I bake a big sugar cookie and then cover it with a cream cheese/sugar mixture and top it off with strawberries, blueberries, kiwi....whatever fruit I find that looks good. :)

Hubby is still sleeping. He was up until who knows when playing a computer game. Well, he won't be asleep for long, as soon as I go open the bedroom door to change he will have 3 dogs in bed waking him up! I know, I'm mean!

Ok - outta here for now....Not sure if I'll be home in time for chat, but I'll try.

Joanne --- {{{{HUGS}}}}} :grouphug:

Later Gals!

09-27-2003, 12:23 PM
Morning ladies,

Looks like a storm will arrive later today but right now it's sunny and very windy. Put the bathroom throw rug/bath mat out on the fence to air out and dry out thoroughly. I'm taking a break from laundry and cleaning bedrooms. Want to guess how much I hate to dust:p ? But since you can write on the dressers ... it's time!

I've managed to stay OP all week. WI Monday should be REALLY GOOD if I can hold it together - don't forsee any challenges over the next couple of days. I got on the scale this AM. Wish I knew how far off it was from the WW scale but conservatively I've lost at least 5 lbs. this week. Whee!

Back to work. I'll try to get to chat tonight.

09-27-2003, 04:17 PM
Hey you all!!

I'm running a couple of errands and I thought I'd stop by the library and see what's going on with you guys. Guess everyone's enjoying their Saturday. It is so nice here today - sunny and the temp in the 70s - jest right. I can hear you all now - "WHY DON'T YOU GET OFF YOUR BEHIND AND GET SOME EXERCISE AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN WHINING ABOUT THE WEATHER BEING TOO HOT TO GET OUT!!!!!!"--- Yes, I definitely need a good kick in the buttocks - feel free to let me have it!!

Joanne - so sorry about your loss; how sad for the family. Hugs to you. :grouphug:

Thin - hey girl, missed ya! So glad you were able to get out of Canada; however, it is good to know the guy was making an effort to keep his country safe.

I am going to do some backtracking and read some of the threads I missed - I want to find out what the drama is I missed out on. And then get out of here and go get something to eat - it's 2:15 PM and I haven't eaten all day; I also haven't had any water today (absolutely cannot do without the water or it will be pain in the a$$ again!!!). See you all again later. Have a good un.

09-27-2003, 05:33 PM
Hello I'll try to catch you in chat

09-27-2003, 11:22 PM

Tried to make it home before chat ended, didnt quite get here, wrkd till 2:30p then oil change, shopping, dinner, you know the usual Saturday stuff, but I loved it!!!! It is such a miracle to me to be able to do all of that without exhausting myself!!! I am ever grateful....to be honest a few months ago, I may have attempted one of those things, but certainly not all afternoon and evening!!!! I would have just gone to dinner!!:lol: could have mustered up the energy to eat!!!:lol: :lol: IMAGINE THAT!! Seriously though, life is so much richer now.....and the sunset on the way home!!! wow!!! it was the most BEAUTIFUL ONE I HAVE EVER SEEN!! Those fall of the year sunsets are the most spectacular to me anyway, and it is cool and crisp this evening!! I love it!! I have two huge oak trees in the front yard, and they are barely beginning to turn, cant wait till they are all golden and brillant red, for about a month here I just want to be outside all the time!! I am thankful for this day that God has given me, and it is so awesome to me, the feeling of wanting to go to sleep tonight just so I can awaken to see what tomorrow brings!!! I KNOW A LITTLE MUSHY, BUT IT IS TRUE....I AM HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY BLISS WITH YOU ALL--MY FRIENDS, MY :dance: MY ANGELS!! THANKS EVER SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE FOR ME TO COME HOME TO!!

Joe Anne, I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you all...come and talk whenever you need to..we love you!

Connie, I missed you!!! so glad to hear from you.

J-Ann: weigh in will be great for you, I just know it. You are doing great.

thin!!! thanks for the tip, how do people get your passwords????, cant imagine why someone would be that deceitful and that spiteful!!! I try and keep mine the same for everything, so this over 40 feeble mind can remember it, but will change it for chat if I need to. Take care.

Andria: It is called Seasonal Affect Disorder and it is very REAL!! Most folks get it in the fall/winter. How is the lighting in your home and work environment? There are lamps that you can get that simulate sunlight, and from what I understand they are very helpful to most, a friend of mine swears by hers. (Especially now that days are getting shorter...may be something you want to consider looking into, should find info on the net of course. Just a thought. AND DONT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE IMAGINING IT, BECAUSE YOU ARENT! Even some physicians may not feel it is a "credible'' disorder, some folks may play it off, especially in relation to we "women", chalking it up to hormones or pms, huh??? What do they know?? anyway, got off on a tangent there, but it is a thought.

Sandy, glad you had some time to yourself today, bet that doesnt happen often!!!

Katrina, hello there chickie, I am :lol:

Tina, where are you? Miss you.

IS 2 CUTE STILLLLLLLLLLLL ON VACATION?? 2 cute come home, we miss you something awful!!!

To anyone I missed, catch you later... Night girlies!

09-28-2003, 02:39 AM
Halt! Stop! Cease posting! Down I say.....

Head on over to the continuing saga of....

300+ And Ready To Try Again.....#418