Weight Loss Support - 300+ and Ready to Try Again #419

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09-29-2003, 08:42 PM
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09-29-2003, 08:51 PM
Hi Ladies-
Home from work, stopping in to check on everyone and noticed we needed a new thread. I've got a few minutes before I get comfy on the couch for some tv. I am having the worst craving right now for an apple fritter!!! I am trying to distract myself. It's not often that I want something bad enough to get in my car and go get it. But it's one of those cravings. No, no, no. Bad Barb! :no:

Connie - Hey sweetie! So good to see you popping in. Glad to hear it was a beautiful day in your area as well! Thanks for the good vibes, my headache disappeared sometime this afternoon. :)

2Cute - Good Job going to the fitness center today!!! Do you think you'll join!!! Hey, I'm up for a walk on the boardwalk --- or a push by the Rickshaw guys. Can I join you and Kat? :D

Kat - Isn't it such a great feeling to find old jeans that you can now zip??? I love it! Good Job!!! You are doing great with the exercise and food! Way to go!!

J-ann & Tina --- Hope to hear good weigh-in results from both of you tonight!!! :crossed:

I'm outta here for now! Catch ya later!
:love: Barb

09-29-2003, 10:08 PM

09-29-2003, 11:11 PM
First of all.... I have to scold Sandy. "PEEKING IN" is not a post. Shame on you. :no:

:lol: JK You KNOW I love to razz you girl!

Soooo, how did WI go, you ask? Well, since you've asked so nicely, I'll tell you.

I lost 3.2 lbs! It just amazes me how I can eat more (almost ate all of my Flex) and lose more than I did the week before when I didn't eat near as much. Hmmm, maybe there's a thought? :chin: Maybe I didn't eat enough. :no:

Anyhoo..... I REALLY wanted to ride that train back into Twoterville this week, but I guess I'll have to hold off on that trip till next week! :crossed:

P.S. I went to a different meeting tonight and this leader was AWESOME. Her name is Joy and she is a schoolteacher. I didn't understand if she is still teaching or if she is retired, but she looks to be in her middle to late 50's. She is very cute. I really liked her style of teaching and she is very thorough. We had activities that we did and she is going to type up all of our ideas (breakfast, lunch, snack, sandwiches and beverages) into a little booklet and give them back to us next week. I definitely give her a thumbs up and may not be looking for another leader. I also met two ladies there tonight who are really nice and it's always good to have a friend to sit with two. All in all...not too bad!

See you chicks tomorrow! :grouphug:

09-29-2003, 11:16 PM
Hello my fellow chickies!

I just wanted to stop by and say howdy....I have been pretty busy and don't have time tonight to respond to individual posts.

Not much new here, mornings are pretty cold....*shivers* So far I have just had little fire in the wood stove and it has kept the chilblains awway..I hate to start the furnace up just yet....

What are some favorite soup recipes from you all? Seems like it is that time of the year already.

I was in the Super Wal mart here for a bit today and they were setting out their Christmas stuff already. Amazing!!

I have been pretty good about staying OP and am looking forward to my Friday, or maybe my Sat. weigh in this week. My friend said she may have to weigh in Sat. so if we go together it will have to be Sat. I like to keep it on Fridays tho.....

Anyway...I am out of here:goodvibes are being sent to all.....

09-30-2003, 01:07 AM
Hey everyone :)

Syn, please tell me you are a fellow soup lover! I would eat soup every lunch and dinner all winter long if the family would go for it. Usually I end up making huge pots and eating it myself for days anyway. My favorite last year was a french onion I made in the crock pot. Day one is good. Day two is fabulous! I'll search out the recipe to share. We are just getting into soup season here a little bit. DH made a veggie soup the other night that was kind of just there. I gave it a makeover the second night with more veggies and a heaping spoon of peanut butter. Yes, sounds odd, but I learned that one a long time ago. Adds a wonderful flavor. :) Also works well if you have scorched the bottom. The peanut butter covers over the scorched taste completely.
Ooh, I'm having happy soup thoughts. Garlic basil tomato soup. thick veggie soups, split pea, turkey and mushroom with wild rice... just make it up as you go is my soup motto!

I'm feeling a little embarrassed now. Yeah, I get kind of passionate about my soups. One of my fondest dreams for the future is to have a little restaurant with healthy, hearty breakfasts and wonderful soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. No dinners. I'll leave that to the professionals. ;)

Tina, 3.2 is wonderful! Next week you will definitely be out of the 3's. Wahoo!

Barb, I know you were joking, but I hated to see you saying the Bad Barb bit in your post. Cravings are normal and wanting to treat yourself is normal as well. I'm impressed at your strategy though. Distracting yourself until you can tell if it is a passing craving or not is a great idea. I'm not doing so well at distracting myself from the oatmeal cookie dough I know is in the fridge. DH made up a plate of cookies this afternoon, and you know who didn't just walk away? Me! But frankly, I've been wanting an oatmeal raisin cookie for a really long time now. I indulged in most of the plate and am hoping to move on. Maybe if I put the dough in the freezer... Better yet, maybe I should come camp out on the couch with you and leave the dough and impending cookies here at home!

Ok, think I caught everybody on this new thread. I'm a bit too tired to go back through the rest of the last one. Please forgive me and have a good night, everybody!


09-30-2003, 08:32 AM
Tina: I am so proud of you and your loss. Way to go girl. I have that idea still in my head sometimes too, the less I eat the more I should loose? Nope, does not seem to work that way. Like last night I only had 22 of my points, I did eat a piece of fruit on top of that, but still did not get in my regular points. In the past two weeks I have only used 1 pt of my flex points. It's just a new way of thinking and once we train ourselves it should all work out. You will be in twoterville next week!!!! Love ya.

Syn: Amazes me that they have tons of Christmas stuff out here already. I mean they kind of skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving (small corner area). And really officially the tourist season is not over here yet. October 15th or Columbus day here seems to shut most tourist places down. But, you can tell the weather is a changing. This morning it was a cool 46 degrees when I got up and hubby had the furnace on.

Andria: I love soups too, hubby is okay about them and the kids, well they could care less. I love French Onion, looking forward to seeing that recipe. I also love broccoli and cauliflower soups. I like a creamy or thick soup they seem to stay with you longer? Might be my imagination....;)

Well, I met this girl from Maine WLC site I post on, well I did not meet her, but we are e mailing back and fourth. She is 37 and has a 12 year old son. Anyway, she only lives in the next town over, which is like 10 minutes away. We are trying to set up a thing to go walking at this wonderful walk site they have in the town on the other side. We shall see. I found the Maine site through the Dr. Phil webpages for the WLC thing. It gives a community board reference, then you can find your state or city and post away. Pretty cool to know there are people so close to me, and that I might just might find an exercise buddy (OMG did Sandy say that?) :)

Okay chicklets got to get my buns to work, but I will pop in and check on ya all.


Terri in MO
09-30-2003, 08:57 AM
Hi ladies!

Yesterday was the day from **** at work. It was the day for the big management response to the focus groups (aka whiners) and I had the biggest and most controversial presentation. Talk about not letting them see you sweat. That plus it was financial statement close day and my boss demanded to "approve" what we were doing. However, the very same format that I've been using for the last two quarters, she NOW doesn't understand and it doesn't tell her anything. I had to inhale lunch (chicken caesar salad that I didn't get to finish) and rework our stuff so that she could approve. I was tracking her down at 4:15 to make her give me an answer and the best she could say was that she didn't still understand but IF I felt comfortable to go ahead. Well, sheesh, that's what she pays me for and I know more of our stuff than she does so it was totally ridiculous. :rolleyes:

On top of all that, I had DH calling me three times. His #2 son that lives in Ohio called. Well, actually, it was his 24 yo wife (he's 35) called. They are moving from Ohio to Louisiana as a promotion in his job. However, she called to say that they have pratically no money and could we loan them money? The conflict is that this is the son that didn't want anything to do with his dad (divorce when he was very small) about 15 years ago and told his dad that he didn't ever want to see him again. Then last year, he called to say he was in the area and wanted to visit. We met the new wife and small stepson (and baby on the way). We got to go to Ohio in December to see the baby (the only grandson) and had a short visit. So, you see, DH was very weirded out. We agreed that he had to wire money to be there for his son and grandson. Turns out, his son didn't know the wife was calling but he did call twice to tell his dad how much he appreciated the help. There's hope yet. I doubt we'll see the money again but as I told DH, that I will never begrudge his son's anything as they are his babies - the babies I'll never have with him. His brothers are a whole 'nother story!

Sorry for the ramble! I did get out and do something productive at home last night. I did the weedeater work around the house and took the dog on a vigorous 1.5 mile walk.

Now I'll try to get caught up from the last thread:

2Cute - I agree with you on the Dr. Phil show. I think its great that he's trying to help people and get people to dig down into the real causes of overeating. But, it was hard to watch him dealing with the people because he acts like he's God and he's going to solve all their problems. I guess its his facial expressions and body language when the camera would zoom in. I also felt like some of the emotional trauma seemed fake. I'm still going to watch because I want to cheer on the people. Do you have the WATP tapes? I think you can get the one mile on its own. That might be something to help you on your goal towards the one mile - do what you can and sit and do the arm exercises. I believe it was Pam who started like that and it did wonders for her. Keep it up 'cause you're doing great.

Kat - Thanks for reminding me that I want to take the dog over to the trails around the lake and walk/hike. I'll just copy whatever exercise you're doing! :lol: Good job at the deli. Did I miss you dipping down into the 240's?

Connie - HI! I loved the fajitas and will keep on hand.

Barb - I am in awe of your commitment of going to the gym. Good job! The trip to NYC - its Thanksgiving weekend. SGD is singing with the choir at Carnegie Hall sometime that weekend. So far, the plans are to see either Sleeping Beauty or Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She told me and I can't remember which. Then dinner one night at BB Kings which I have no idea if that's a great place or not. We are supposed to be staying at the Plaza Hotel. I'm a chaperone so I don't know if I'll have any free time or not - hope so! I do have to stick with them while they have their free time. I want to do some form of shopping while there - even if its a purse just to say that I did. I'd love to hit the Lane Bryant or some other store with plus sizes just so I can say I bought it in NY. I'll need to find a black dress or something for my trip.

Peek - :bravo: for your 5 pound loss!

Okay ladies, I've run out of time and didn't get to finish catching up. I'll pick up where I left off tonight.

Have a fabulous day!

Terri in MO
09-30-2003, 09:01 AM
Tina - :bravo: You're doing great so just stick to your guns and you'll be in twoterville soon!

09-30-2003, 09:09 AM
Good morning everyone. Rise and SHINE.

I thought I wrote a post last night... but it is not here.
But... I could have written it off line and forgot to post it. DUH ???

I was so proud of myself... I got out high fat /high carb dinner ... but put it back into freezer and made myself grilled fish and green beans instead. :) And no snacking last night either. :smug:

Here is a site that I saw for soup recipes....hope there is something there you may like.


J-ann... if you look like Angela... then you are beautiful !!! But I would much rather see the real you.

Gotta get this day going. I am actually going to go do an exercise tape this morning. Should have done it before coming here... but better late than never. I used to love swimming the first thing when I woke up. I am going to have to establish that routine with exercise too inside for the winter... at least until I can walk farther.

Barb... OF COURSE you can join Kat and me on our little walk. :)
And I don't know if I will join that gym or another... but I am going to join one that has a pool.

Okay.. i am out of here. bye bye. :wave:

09-30-2003, 10:09 AM
Good Morning Ladies!
I slept sooooo good last night. It was nice and cool in the house. I only woke up once to go potty. I got dressed to go to the gym, but I've decided to wait and go on my lunch break - since I am working at home today I have a little more flexibility. :)

I gave into my cravings last night. I didn't go out and get the apple fritter I wanted, but I probably should have! I ended up making some p'nut butter cookies and eating left over pizza. :jeno: :cookie: :hot: I would have been better off just having what I really wanted in moderation. I know that! I don't know what got into me. :?:

Tina - :balloons: Good job on the loss this week!!!!

Syn - I love soups as well! I don't make a lot from scratch, but would love some great recipes. I bought a sampler soup kit from Harry & Davids. All veggie/bean type. Each packet makes two cups. Good way to sample different flavors. :T

Andria - Thank you for the kind words! Looks like we both ended up having a problem with cookies last night. Wish we could camp out on the couch together and help each other stay away from the tempations! :high:

Sandy - That's great that you found someone that lives near you. It would be great if you could meet. I had so much fun meeting Michelle! I hope to see her and Kat next month --- are we still on ladies???? :)

Terri - I hope work is better for you today. Sounded like yesterday was just a crazy day. :dizzy: Your trip to NYC sounds great!!! :D

2cute - Good job on dinner last night!!! :cp:

Alrighty chicks :chicken: I've gotta get off this computer and get some work done! Talk to you later!

09-30-2003, 12:22 PM

Hey Tina, CONGRATS's

Twooterville? I like that. Maybe we'll both be at the Twooterville station by next week. We can only try. :)

BARB: Aren't cravings a bummer? I'm having one now so I decided to come here rather than head for the candy stash we have in the office. I'm trying to be really careful today cause I'm meeting some friends at a great Thai restaurant for dinner.

2CUTE: You were strong last night. Here's some :balloons: as a reward.

TERRI: Woman, you made me tired just reading your post. :) We're stressing at work this week too. A big buy out offer is pending and a lot of folks are leaving. I could, but I really enjoy coming to work so they're going to be stuck with me for a couple more years at least.:lol:

SANDY: "Exercise"... yup you said it. :) Now you (and me too!) just have to get our tootsies in motion and do it! (some how I find the doing to be the hard part.) :s:

Hi Andra, Hi Syn, Hi Mary, and Hi to everyone I've missed. You all have a great day. My hungry is over now so I've gotta get some work done.

09-30-2003, 03:13 PM
Good Afternoon Chicklets,

I lost another 1.6lbs...that brings my total to 40 lbs gone forever:cb: :cp:

Sandy, Tina, and all the rest of you losing gals, gals FANTASTIC JOB!:dancer: :dance: :high:

Talk with you girlies later :wave:

09-30-2003, 04:05 PM
Oh, how I love the FALL! It's about 60 degrees and sunny. Great walking/biking weather...I did neither today. However, I did get myself over to the gym for a step class. It was touch and go there for a bit...I was sitting at the computer this morning, trying to convince myself that I was too tired to do anything. About 9:45 I thought, well it's now or never if I'm gonna make the 10:00 class and off I scooted before I could talk myself out of it! I'm glad I went.

Terri...Oh...the Plaza?! I am SO envious! You are going to love it! Make sure you take a carriage ride through Cental Park. Have you ever been to NYC? So exciting! You must have tickets for Beauty and the Beast, which I hear is wonderful! Check out Bloomingdales, which isn't too far from Carnegie Hall...get yourself something from there...just so you can get the shopping bag! Heck, I'll just hop on the train and go shopping with you! Will you be there on Thanksgiving Day for the parade? That's a lot of fun too. Can you tell I :love: NY?
BTW...I did dip down into the 240s, jumped back up to 251 (TOM) but today I'm at 249 again. WI isn't til Sunday ... I know it will be a good one!

Barb...I'm still planning on our Peddler's Village Day! I can't wait! By the way... Where the heck is Michelle lately??????

J-ann...good job, avoiding the candy stash!

PAM! 40 lbs!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :cp:

2cute...aka The Little Mermaid! Definitely get one with a pool! The aqua classes are wonderful! No stress on our poor chubby little knees!

Sandy...how cool to have a WLC buddy 10 minutes from you! I wish we were all 10 minutes away from each other! I'm coming to Maine next summer...I'll come walk with you! (aren't I just the thread whore, trying to hook up with everyone?)

Andria...MMM, soup! I made a wonderful Split Pea with Ham soup the other day...:T It's funny that you mentioned oatmeal raisin cookies...I have been CRAVING them too! I have a new recipe to try...will share if it's any good.

Syn...I'll post the soup recipe later, when I dig it up...and any others that I can think of. I have a great chili recipe too...different, kind of soup-y! Very good...low points too!

Tina! Hey hey hey!! 3.6 lbs is great! You're workin' it, girl! I'm glad you found a leader that you like...it really makes a difference. Keep up the good work, darlin'!

Okay, lassies...that's everyone so far...Come on out and post, the rest of you chickies...we are on a total losing streak, this week! Come join the fun!

Gotta get moving...dh thinks I'm sleeping...(still haven't slept since getting off from work this morning...:yawn: )

Have a great day gang...

09-30-2003, 04:05 PM
whoops...somehow I double posted there...it was wordy enough without having to read it TWICE!

09-30-2003, 05:49 PM
Kat I'm here and I'm still ready for Peddler's Village on the 25th!!

I have been lurking, too tired to post with work, housework, Andrew and school! Speaking of which...Andrew is starting pre-school in a couple of weeks! My baby!! I took him today to visit the class and meet his teacher! He loved it! He didn't want to leave! When I walked into the classroom the hair on my arms stood up! I went to the exact same school for kindergarten 38 years ago! My dad was in the Navy and stationed here for a couple of years back in the early 60's! Funny how I ended up here after all those years!

Anyway...I gotta go crack the books! TTFN Michelle

09-30-2003, 06:42 PM
Im here just swamped at work. Catch you all later

09-30-2003, 09:14 PM
Good Evening Lovely Ladies! :)

I just had the yummiest dinner - can I share??? A Panera just opened up near us - it's a soup, sandwich, salad type place. I got soup and 1/2 salad. The soup was French onion and the salad was called the "fandango" - greens, walnuts, mandarin oranges, crumbled blue cheese, FF Rasberry dressing. :T: They also included bread which I could have passed on, but enjoyed. According to their website the soup was 200 cal and the salad 200 cal. It was a lot of food and good! I think it may become my new favorite, healthy dinner place. I am under on points for the day, so I may have a bowl of fresh strawberries for a snack.

j-ann --- I hope we managed to distract you enough to keep you out of that candy stash today! Did you make it??? :chockiss:

Pam - Congrats on the loss! 40 pounds!! WOOHOO!!!!

Kat --- Good job getting to step class today!! I use to love doing step aerobics!! Another 20 pounds and I'll probably get up the courage to join in at the gym. Glad to hear we are still on for the 25th!

Michelle -- Yippee!! We brought you out of hiding talking about our trip to Peddler's Village! :) Just kidding, I know you are busy! But it was good to see you pop in.

Mary -- Don't work too hard! :write:

Ok, I think I am going to run for now! Catch ya later!

09-30-2003, 10:45 PM
Just got bach from a great, low pt. Thai dinner. A brothy soup hot, and a dish of peppers, onions, mushrooms, Thai basil, & shrimp in a thin broth base w/rice on the side. My best guess 11 pts. including the rice. Had lots of iced tea to wash it down. Sure am glad ;) you guys kept me out of the candy.

I'm gonna hit the shower ... then off to beddy-bye. :smug: I'll be here in the mornin'.

09-30-2003, 11:51 PM
Kat... I have to thank you. Your post put a smile on my face tonight and I didn't think that was possible.2cute...aka The Little Mermaid! Definitely get one with a pool! The aqua classes are wonderful! No stress on our poor chubby little knees!
"aka The Little Mermaid"..."poor little chubby knees"... LOL :D
I wish I had "chubby little knees". My knees are so deformed people don't even know where they are. :cry: But your post made me SMILE :) and for that I am very thankful. :love:

I am suffering a little depression right now. I am not quite sure why ???
Could be hormonal, could be weather, could be food craving withdraws.
I have remained on program... but I have HATED every minute of it.
I want what I want when I want it. :rolleyes:
I have not eatten it ... but I WANT IT !!!
Plus... I am "feeling" soooooooo FAT lately !!!!

I know all the right things to say to myself... "feelings are not facts" ... "this too shall pass" ... :blah: :blah: :blah:
I bet about now you are wishing I had not posted. LOL
I don't really know why I am. :?:

Hmmm... maybe I shouldn't. I think I will just read tonight.
Good night all. Sleep tight.

10-01-2003, 12:19 AM
Hi everybody! :wave: I haven't read a thing since I posted last. :( , but did scan some and I see some major CONGRATS are in order for all of our losers. Woo Hoo!

I'm happy to say that I'm included in the bunch. I was down \/ another 2 pounds this week! Woo Hoo for me too! :D That makes 5 pounds in 3 weeks. Not a miraculous accomplishment, but it is down 3 weeks in a row, so I will take it.

Just to catch you all up: It's that time of year again. I took "the baby" back to college today. This should be his last term up in Flint. He will have 2 classes to take next term, but he's looking into taking them at the local community college to finish up instead of paying the high tuition up at the University. Where he goes, it doesn't matter how many credits you take, the tuition is the same and since he will only need the two classes to finish up, he figures he can work full time and go nights for them and save/earn a whole bunch of extra money.

#2: We have big news on #1 son: HE GOT A JOB!!! :dance: :D He has been so depressed since there hasn't been anything available to him since he graduated last Spring. He's even resorted to applying to retail stores just to get some money in. Well, he had an interview yesterday afternoon and the guy called this afternoon and said he had the job!!!!

We did go the extra mile with this one. When he got home, I told him that I would do up a "thank you for the interview" letter and he ran it up to the post office so the guy would get it today. And guess what.... The first thing he said when he called today was, "I got your letter. That was really thoughtful." teehee Mom suggested something right!!! :D

So, one off to school, the other off to work..... LIFE IS GOOD!!!

I'm sorry to just write about me and run, but I'm up early again tomorrow morning. One more Revlon reset to do. :o I'll catch up with you all later when I have a bit more time. Until then, keep up the good work. Love :love: to all.

10-01-2003, 12:27 AM
Hey everyone :)

2cute, you want to know why you posted tonight? It is so we could have a chance to boost you up like you have done for us sososo many times. I'm sorry you are going through a rough time, but I'm really happy for you being able to stick to your plan through it. We didn't set out on this path because it was easy or going to be an overnight journey. I think all of us are in for the long haul, and we love that you are there with us. Do you have any idea how much we all missed you?!!

J-ann, Thai food... let me wipe the drool off my chin. Yup, another food passion of mine. Eventually the truth is going to come out and you all will realize I love about any food out there except liver. Ok, and liver can even be made into some palatable dishes.

Barb, the owner of our Curves talks about Panera all the time. She loves it so much she checked into opening a franchise out here. You have to have something like 3 million just to be considered. :dizzy: I can see why she likes it with yummy sounding menus like you described!

Michelle, good to see you! Sorry life is getting you bogged down, but maybe Andrew in pre-school will buy you a little breathing room to come spend time with us?

Kat, you are definitely a fan of NYC! My sis says it is about a 40 minute train ride from where she lives into the city, and she loves it about as much as you, from the sound of it. Girl, if I can get out there to visit her, it would be so much fun to see you as well! Now, I just need to get out of our current financial rut (translation-- DH getting hired for one of these jobs!) so I can do some playing. :)

Pam, you are the amazing shrinking woman! I am so in awe of your loss so far. :D Hope your schedule clears up a bit soon. I miss your positive posts.

I think I'd better get to wrapping up this post. Just realized some things didn't get finished around here that should be done before bed.

Before I go, wanted to add my name to the list of good WI's this week. I'm down another 2 lbs.!!! That makes it a total of 18 lbs. gone! :D I wasn't down as many inches as I had hoped, but they all came off my middle and my thighs. My belly really is shrinking, and I couldn't be happier! :cloud9:

Take care, all. Have a good sleep!


10-01-2003, 03:55 AM
Mornin' chickies!! :sunny:

Wow!! This thread is on a roll!! :cp: Congrats to everyone who has had losses and those who stayed OP this week!

2Cute: We all get depressed girl, and you of all people should know by now that we want you to post no matter what!! We are here for you!! The last time I wrote a depressed post, that is what you told me. Anyhoo, here's a hug for ya!! :grouphug:

You are some chit-chattin'-chicks!! I can't keep up!! I wanted to post earlier, but again my !@#$%^&* internet wasn't working. I don't think the words "customer service" translate to German. :mad:

So you know what today is? Yes, duh, October 1st. But it is also my 3 month post-op anniversary. It doesn't seem possible that it's only been three months. It seems like forever ago, like a distant and vague memory. I look back and think-My god! I must have been desperate. I can't believe I did that!! But would I do it again?? Yes!! In a heartbeat. I have lost 61 pounds since surgery on July 1st. I am so thankful that I am one of the very fortunate ones that isn't having complications.

I'll try to pop back in later to do replies....if my internet is working. I have a ZILLION things to run around and do today before the kiddies get out of school, and I can't do it tomorrow cuz I have to sit around and wait for a repair man to fix the radiators, and Friday is my volunteer day at my daughters preschool. Busy, busy, busy!!

Anyhoo, I'll talk at ya all later,


10-01-2003, 08:31 AM
2Cute, I just had to drop in to put in my $0.02. That mood thing happens to me every time I get going OP, and I think it's because whatever feelings I was pushing way, way down with food have a chance to surface. Ordinarily, they would not come to light because I would eat to numb myself before I even knew about them. I've seen myself react to stress by eating before I even KNEW I was stressed.

The good part of it is that, if you hang tight and just let yourself fee the feelings, you'll get through it and come out the other side feeling better, stronger, and more fully alive. (this is a note to myself, too :yes: )

Take good care of yourself. Try to treat yourself and pamper yourself in other ways. Speaking for myself, I know this food thing is an addiction and an obsession and I shouldn't expect it to have no emotional/spiritual component.

All the best to you! Did you know you have a lot of people who care about you who only lurk (mostly)? You do!

Terri in MO
10-01-2003, 08:42 AM
Hi ladies!

I'm running late for work. Low on motivation this morning. Yesterday was a cold (if you call 51 degrees cold) but it was raining all day so I came home feeling like I was freezing. TOM finally got here yesterday. Geez, that seemed like a 3 week PMS. But it hit with a vengence so I was incredibly whiney last night. I didn't exercise BUT I didn't give into pigging out either. I just want to hibernate today.

Enough whining and I need to get moving. I'm leaving work on time tonight so I will make time tonight to get caught up and get exercise in.

Have a great day! You are all such a great inspiration so keep up all your great work.

10-01-2003, 10:15 AM
Arabella... It brought tears to my eyes when I read your post. :cry:
What you said is so much in tune with where I am at.
First I had tears because you hit the sore spot I am dealing with... then I had tears for the fact that a lurker would stop and post to me and tell me how they care.... especially when I feel so unworthy right now of love.

My cyber family here is WONDERFUL !! They are always here giving me unconditional love. But they have become like REAL FAMILY to me... they "have to love me" ... they are my family. LOL

I remember when I was younger thinking how my parents "had" to love me... they are my family. But I was needing to feel loved without "having to". LOL Does that make sense?

Anyway... I just wanted to say thank you publicly not just in a PM and say how on target you were... and how appreciated your post was. {{HUGS}}

10-01-2003, 10:44 AM
Friends Without Faces

We sit and we type and we stare at our screens,
We can't help but wonder what all of this means.
With mouse in hand ...we roam through this maze,
On an infinite search...lost in a daze.

We chat with each other, we type all our woes
At times we'll band together to gang up on our foes.
We wait for somebody, to type out our name
We want recognition, but it is always the same.

Soon friendships are formed - but - why we don't know,
But some of these friendships, will flourish and grow.
We give kisses and hugs, and sometimes we'll flirt,
In IMs we chat deeply, and reveal why we hurt.

Why is it on screen, we are so easily bold,
Telling our secrets, that have never been told.
The answer is simple, it is as clear as a bell,
We all have our problems, and need someone to tell.

We can't tell real people, but tell someone we must
So we turn to our 'puters ...and to those we can trust.
Even though it sounds crazy...the truth still remains,
Most of my "friends" have no faces...and odd little names.

Rusty Black, 1996
:grouphug: :goodvibes

10-01-2003, 11:02 AM
Peek, what a great poem! Thanks for posting it.

Well girls, I'm sorry I haven't been around much. I just don't seem to be able to get it in. I've missed you all though. I have a lot of catching up to do. This weekend I am going to have to plop down and read, read, read!

I don't have much time to do individual replies, but you are all in my thoughts daily. Michelle, Kat I am still up for Peddler's Village. That is if you'll have me. :^:

More to come later, have a wonderful morning all!

10-01-2003, 11:40 AM
Hey everyone :)

I just had the coolest thing happen!!!
I don't remember who it was that said she was trying on old pairs of jeans and feeling so cool when they fit... was it Terri? Anyway, you inspired me. I keep a pair of nice dress pants around from my slightly smaller days. I tried them on just now, and you know what? They fit!!! Wahoo!

I've tried these on before when I was under 300 and they didn't fit this well. Says a lot for losing inches over just weight, doesn't it.

Reality check time says that they were still a little snug over my belly, but the pockets weren't pulling, and I could sit down without fear of ripping out the backside. I'm calling this a good thing.

I am so happy!!! Ok, got to get this happy backside off to work. This is one of my super long days. Should be about 13 hours. Ugh. But I'm starting it on an up note. :D


10-01-2003, 11:51 AM
2CUTE: "Feelings are not facts" .... I like that one. Here's a {{HUG}}. I hope you're feeling better about yourself this morning.

Originally posted by Arabella
That mood thing happens to me every time I get going OP, and I think it's because whatever feelings I was pushing way, way down with food have a chance to surface. Ordinarily, they would not come to light because I would eat to numb myself before I even knew about them. I've seen myself react to stress by eating before I even KNEW I was stressed.

The good part of it is that, if you hang tight and just let yourself fee the feelings, you'll get through it and come out the other side feeling better, stronger, and more fully alive. (this is a note to myself, too :yes: )

WELL SAID ARABELLA. I never thought about that but you are soo right.

THIN: Congrat's on the loss HURRAH! Good for #1 son too. Glad he's found work.

ANDRIA: WOW! Congrat's to you too!!!

JEN: Bet you're beginning to feel like a new woman. You made a good decision.

Morning to everyone. Work is calling.

10-01-2003, 02:04 PM