Weight Loss Support - 300+ and Ready to Try Again #420

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10-01-2003, 02:02 PM
God Bless America!

We want to invite everyone to join us in our journey.
We share laughter and tears.
We share what works for us and what doesn't.
We recently started a Topic of the Day.

Monday........Motivation Monday
Tuesday.......Tuesday Tips
Wednesday.....Wednesday Weigh ins
Thursday......Thankful Thursday
Friday........Friday Facials, Fingernails and Fun
Saturday.......Sit-up Saturdays - any physical activity
Sunday.........Soup and Salad Sunday - recipes

These are not required topics ...just ideas to share. We have found them very helpful. We also share heartaches and fears...joys and celebrations.

We chat at 8:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM CST on Wednesday and Sunday.

Please feel free to jump right in with us.
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We want to invite everyone to join us in our journey.
We share laughter and tears.
We share what works for us and what doesn't.
We recently started a Topic of the Day.


10-01-2003, 02:22 PM
Good Afternoon Gals,

Congrats to all the losers!!! We are all winners though, just because we are on this journey. My memory fails me, and since this is the beginning of a new thread, I have already forgotten who said what!!! Is that not pitiful?

I just finished my workout, and may go outside and take a walk, before I go to work, it is an absolutely glorious day...

Connie, great to see you again.

2 cute: hope today is a much better day.

To all the rest of you Chicklets, I love you all, and hope you have a healthful day.

sw 356 June 6, 2003
cw 316 - down 40 lbs!!!!!
next goal: lose 50 lbs by 10/31
next goal: lose 75 by 2/04
next goal: lose 100lbs by 6/04
final goal: 130 ish

10-01-2003, 02:39 PM
I had a long post ready to submit and lost it!!! I was logged in when I started the new thread and when I went to submit my post the computer said I wasn't logged in. GRRRR!!!


:bravo: :cb: :cp: :dancer: :grouphug: :strong: :spin: :spin:

I made "Kat's Chicken" and it was very good. I will be making this again, probably next week since the veggies are on sale at the grocery. I plan to add more cabbage next time, I forgot how cabbage cooks away.

Well, my computer time here is up. I used most of it typing the post I lost.

Catch you all later. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

10-01-2003, 02:43 PM
Pam - it's October, that means it is time for



Stepping Out
10-01-2003, 03:16 PM
I FINALLY made it to my TOPS meeting yesterday (last week-don't ask:mad: !) I LOST 5 LBS!!:dance: :dance:

Pam: Don't worry about forgetting posts-you're not alone :?: And congrats on your great progress!

Tina: Your new picture is lovely. And I'm so glad you found a good WW group-congrats on your loss too!:D

Jen: ONE-derland-WOW :bravo:

2 Cute: Hope you enjoyed your vacation :D

Peek: That poem was wonderful. A lot of us aren't getting that much support at work or home, so we come to places like 3FC for encouragement. Thank God for the internet!

To the lady who was lurking (see, there I go again!:dz: ). Your post got to the heart of why being OP is so hard. Food for me and many of us has become our drug of choice. We use it to dull our pain, and when it's not there, we go through a withdrawal of sorts. But if we keep taking care of ourselves the way God intended, we can break through the pain and experience victory.

See you all soon!

10-01-2003, 06:58 PM
Hi Girls!
Warning --- I am whiny and moody right now......proceed with caution! :stress:

My tummy was upset in the middle of the night so I kept waking up to go to the potty, therefore I didn't get enough sleep and didn't get up to go to the gym! I knew today was going to be busy, but I didn't realize how busy. I have been non-stop from the moment my feet hit the ground -- this is the first time today I have had more than 5 minutes to myself. I had meeting after meeting. One of which was a big presentation I was facilitating for a vendor - about 15 people were suppose to attend - guess how many showed up??? 3!!!!!!!! :fr: I was so mad --- no e-mail, no phone call, just didn't show!!! As it turns out, it was fine, because the 3 people that showed were the most important, but Grrrrr - c'mon people, a little courtesy please!!! Then I came back to my desk to have a slew of e-mails from my boss about all kinds of stuff. He's one of those people that I can easily go a month without even talking to, but when he gets his mind going he just starts firing off message after message.... I can't complain, he's a great boss, just caught me at a bad time. Now, I am sitting here knowing I still have a hour drive home and I just don't want to get in the car, but I want to be at home. "Beam me up Scotty"! :?:

Phew....that was a rant! I actually feel a little better after getting it out. Thanks for listening! :) You guys are the Best!!!!

I know there are lots of Congratulations to send out!!!! I'll try to do personal replies later or in the morning!

Sorry to whine and run.......


10-01-2003, 08:03 PM
Good Evening Chicklets. All is well here, hope it is wherever you are too. Thinking of you always.

10-02-2003, 02:16 AM
Good evening ladies.... :)
Today was a better "emotional" day... but my food was not.
I don't think I was stuffing feelings... just enjoying eating. :o
I know all about stuffing feelings. I did it throughout my vacation.

Thanks for all the words of support. It is nice to know people do understand... somewhat.
It is hard to totally understand when you don't hear the whole story.

I kept myself VERY BUSY today. I worked at the old house getting set up for another big garage sale. I am having one Friday and Saturday. Donating what does not sell. Hope to get most of the shed up to the house to put in the sale. No room for all the stuff in the attic. Maybe if I still have enough up in the attic to have one more sale before October is over. I am DETERMINED to have that old house totally empty and done by the end of this month. I get NO HELP from my husband in this area. He HATES going there and working. He gets soooo moody I hate for him to be there with me. :rolleyes:

My goal is to have the old house DONE in Oct and the new house done by Thanksgiving. We still need to paint two bathrooms and find something for a couple of large empty walls. I also need a ceiling fan over my kitchen table. I used a ceiling fan DAILY in the old house and I want one in this house too. We have several in other rooms... but not in the kitchen area. Not YET. LOL

It is past midnight and so it is time for me to head to bed.
I just wanted you to know that I am better today.
Hard work is a good cure all. :) Being productive is so nicer than being lazy.

Terri in MO
10-02-2003, 08:33 AM
Hi ladies,

No time to post. Computer problems = long story that is frying my mind.

I've had three great food days this week. I walked the dog vigourously last night. I even added some light jogging to get my heart rate up. TOM has eased up and the scale is dipping back down to where it was before the trip.

I had promised to get caught up and that didn't happen again last night because of the computer.

Barb - Have you heard Van Morrison's "Days like this"? I love that song - mama said, there'd be days like this....mama said. They suck and have a great day today!

Kat - I'm so excited for you dipping into new numbers. We're about at the same spot so I'm rooting for you and so thrilled!

Everyone else - I will get caught up! Have a fabulous day; get moving! be strong! but most of all BE HAPPY!

10-02-2003, 11:17 AM
Good Morning Ladies!
There isn't much posting going on - I hope you are all doing okee-dokey!!!

Sorry about my whiney post last night!!! I am feeling much, much better today!!!! I have no meetings, just a day at my desk to work, work, work (an surf the Internet a little :s: )

Last night when I got home I checked my work e-mail and had a nice message from my boss telling me to keep up the good work - that was nice to hear and helped me sleep a little better last night. :) Sorry I didn't stop in to chat. I was planted on the couch under a comfy quilt watching TV.

I didn't get up for the gym again today. I went 5 days in a row and then skipped yesterday. I won't get there tonight, but if I get home at a decent time I'll hop on the treadmill or take the dogs for a walk. I will be back at the gym tomorrow morning!

Tonight is Survivor and CSI!!! :D

See you guys later!

10-02-2003, 11:46 AM
Just a quick "good Mornin". Lots to do at work today.

joe anne
10-02-2003, 01:12 PM
My dearest Friends, my grandma passed away this morning at about 4:20am. My family is very sadden. Although it hurts, I am comforted that she is with GOD. My grandma was 84 years old, she had been in the hospital these past couple days with bronchites and heart problems and last night she had a stroke. My oldest sister had stayed with her all of yesterday and then called all the rest of my family together as the doctors were not expecting her to make to today.
I have to admit I have issues with my extended family (aunts and uncles) but now is not the time express them. I just need to let you all know that my sisters are very caring and compassionate and I thank GOD that I have them.
Although the reality hasn't really hit me yet, I am trying to stay strong for all of them and my own children. I ask that you keep us in prayer, and I thank you friends.

10-02-2003, 02:20 PM
joe anne... {{{ HUGS }}}
I am so sorry to hear of loss. I have sent prayer your way and we are here for you to come confide in. Many of us here have lost loved ones and know what you are going through. {{{ HUGS }}}

10-02-2003, 03:00 PM
JoAnne sorry for your loss I lost my grandmother this time last year and I still miss her loads

10-02-2003, 03:14 PM
jo anne,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are right to put aside the issues concerning your relatives and concentrate on loving your family and remembering the best of your Grandmother. {{HUGS}}


10-02-2003, 04:16 PM
JO-Anne: I'm sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

10-02-2003, 04:33 PM
JoeAnne: I'm so sorry to hear of yet again a loss that you have to deal with. {{{hugs}}} My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Stepping Out
10-02-2003, 06:45 PM
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It's hard suffering the loss of a loved one, but knowing that she's with the LORD makes it easier. It's only a temporary separation after all!


10-02-2003, 07:44 PM
Joanne - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
With Love,

10-02-2003, 09:29 PM

You and your family will be in our prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. *HUGS*


10-02-2003, 09:36 PM
Joanne: May the memories of cherished times spent with your grandmother and the knowledge that she is not suffrering now bring you comfort....God Bless you and yours at this time!

To all the other chickies hello and know I am thinking of you my friends....

I am in a rush....I will try and catch up later... Love to all

10-03-2003, 12:19 AM
Joe Anne,

My deepest sympathy and most heart-felt condolences regarding the passing of your grandmother. She has seen God's face now, and will be there waiting for you whenever it is your time to go home. I can only say that she will always be a part of you, and she will live because of your memories of her. I know that you are at peace knowing she is no longer ailing. We are all here waiting for you with love and support and open arms when you need us. Try and rest when you can......Love to you girl.

10-03-2003, 07:45 AM
Joanne, I'm so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories of your grandma, and she will always be with you! {{{hugs}}}

I haven't been here in a few days...but i have seriously been mulling over Arabella's post...

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 feel 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 )

Wow. What a profound effect those words have had on me. I've been going along, doing really well, thinking, "hey! this is it! I can do this!" when WHAMMO! I hit the wall. Hard. And we all know what happens when you go off program...it's HARD to get back on. Because we minimize ALL the good that's been done, (weeks of healthy eating) and blow a day of unhealthy eating all out of proportion...figure "I've blown it," and continue to eat out of control. Hating myself the whole time. When I stop and review what I've actually done...I realize that it's not as bad as I thought. 1 1/2 days of not counting points and eating candy is not going to undo all the good that I have done.

but back to Arabella's words...I need to feel the feelings that I'm trying to sedate. I need to think about this some more, but I'm happily back on track in the mean time.

BTW...so good to see that you're still "out there" Arabella! Feel free to join us anytime!

Time to make the coffee...

see you all later

10-03-2003, 11:54 AM
Good Morning Girls,

It is a coooooooooool 51 degrees here, wonderful crisp fall day ahead. I love it!

Feeling energetic, so I need to "strike while the old iron is hot", and get out and get moving...:strong: :jig: :dancer:

:write: more later.

10-03-2003, 11:59 AM
Hey everyone :)

The thread has been really quiet of late. I doubt it is because we are all doing so well that there is nothing to share. Everyone ok out there?

I've been kind of bluesy myself. DH is still out of work. I've been working and reworking the budget to see if there is any way we can make it happen on just one income. I think we're going to see if he qualifies for a student loan and then just let him be the house husband. I honestly don't need the extra pressure, but I don't need the worry of wondering how long his latest job is going to last either. My honey is a good man who has run into a bad streak of job luck that has just happened to run off an on for the last 3.5 years. He has had 7 different jobs in that time! It is insane, but his nursing degree should put an end to that. I want him to be able to concentrate and get through school.

I think both of my jobs are becoming unstable again as well. Chicks, I'm not used to dealing with this. The town clerk assistant job posting date is finally past, and there was only one other applicant with close to my experience, so I'm not too worried about that part, BUT (there is almost always a huge one of those hanging in the air) the council person who doesn't like me has requested our town clerk justify the expense of hiring me. You would think he would have come up with this ploy before we went to the expense of getting my computer set up, networked, extra phone lines, and a wonderfully comfy new chair in there, but no. I really love that job, but I'm coming to believe it is going to be an ongoing hassle keeping it.

My other job, well, the manager's wife was talking to me the other day and asking when I was planning to leave. She has this habit of bring their pillow talk to me directly because she knows her husband has absolutely no communication skills. Heck, as far as I know, they plan it out this way. Anyway, she always brings me the hard stuff because he can't cope. Yeah, I'm coming to really dislike when I see her walk into the building. But I'm getting the feeling that they are going to need to cut one more person from staff, and I'm going to be the IT girl.

Yes, this is long and whiny. I guess I'm trying to get my thoughts out there so I can see where I really stand and how I really feel about where my life is and where it is going. I feel so good about myself physically, and I want the rest of my life to reflect that feeling. I'm no longer willing to settle for half.

Today after work, I'm going to go check out a little unusued kitchen I know of at the RV park just up the street. I kind of snuck in with a friend (yes, totally out of character for me) to scope it out, and this teensy thing could serve my purposes really well. I need a certified kitchen to start a little lunch catering business. There are two industrial parks nearby that have no catering trucks and are far enough from fast food joints to make it practical to get to them. I think I could fill that niche. DH makes beautiful sandwiches. Every time I'm eating one of his, customers ask where I bought it. I've priced out every aspect of making them, packaging, etc., and I can see room for enough profit to make it worthwhile and still a value for the customer. I need a business license, a manager's level food handler's permit and a certified kitchen. I've checked with so many other kitchens, but for one reason or another, they won't work out. This is about the last one I can think of that is also close to my home.

Ok, I put it out there. It feels like I've been holding my breath the entire time it took to write that last paragraph. I need something to work in my life. I'm making the fitness and weight loss parts happen. I think that is what I need to do with the rest. I can't sit back, hoping and praying. I need to take action.

I guess not much of this sounds like it should be on this thread, but it does to me. This journey is becoming all-encompassing, a work to repair all the little things in my life that I have been stuffing down and hiding from and hurting over and just plain afraid of. After my baby boy died, I told people I felt as if I had been put through the fires of **** and come out the other side. Those fires scoured me to the bone.

I am a very different woman now. I like this woman better. I like myself better. For something so small (born at 22 weeks, 10.5 inches and less than 1 lb.) the impact he made on my life from his two short hours of living has been dramatic.

On Ethan's headstone, we put the words, "A gift of love." It seemed fitting since he was born on Valentine's day. Those words seem even more fitting now. He gave me a gift I couldn't give myself. He gave me a willingness to live and the desire to become all the beautiful things of which I am capable.

Ok, I've been crying for at least the last 10 minutes, but they feel like cleansing tears. I'm going to go dry these eyes and head to work, and be thankful I work with a bunch of guys who see red eyes and run the other direction. ;)


10-03-2003, 12:36 PM
Andria, you are one STRONG woman. You have a purpose, goals, and the good sense to prioritize. I'm proud of you!! This thread is not just about weight loss but about all of the things that make us the women we are, or want to be. Whine, brag, laugh, cry, smile or frown we are always here for each other.

The ability to write down what's going on in your life and what you plan to do to make it better is a blessing. To be able to work through all that's happened (and is happening) and be able to see "sunshine" and success on the other side proves that you ARE doing the "repair job" you talked about. {{HUG}}

I don't know about anyone else but I'm going to try to be more like you. :)

I don't want to say "be strong" because you already are so I'm going to wish you the best of luck on you new venture and toss some love your way cause you deserve it.

10-03-2003, 12:39 PM
You know it's okay to come here and type whatever you like. It does not always have to begin with "I Lost" or "I ate" or whatever. I feel that we have all become friends and some bonds have been made that will never be broken. It is so easy to open up on this thread to these lovely ladies.
I think your lunch wagon idea is great, you should make mega bucks on that if there is nothing else around like it. You will have the market cornered. Good luck with it.
My heart goes out to you on your loss of Ethan. He truely was a gift of love. And it is nice that he made you want to live and be alive and beautiful and so full of life. What a precious gift he left for you. I wish I could reach inside this screen to give you a {{{hug}}}.
Hang in there girl, you are doing this and you will succeed in all that you want to do, just believe!!!!


10-03-2003, 01:01 PM

I always enjoy reading your posts, but the last one took my breath away! No one should ever have to go through what you have, but you've grown stronger as a result.... your sweet baby gave you the courage to do so. I know that you will succeed at whatever you set your mind on to do. The luncheonette sounds wonderful...you were just saying how you'd love to do a soup place...those wheels have been turning, haven't they? Best wishes to you and your hubby! (You know what they say..."when one door closes, another one opens...")


10-03-2003, 01:13 PM
I had a mini melt down yesterday.

Ate junk and more junk and didn't bother to write it down. Then this morning as I was beating myself up for the slip (I know, I know, accept it and move on. :) ) I made myself journal all the stuff I ate and guess what????? Although I did go way above my point goal I didn't use up all my flex points! I was so sure I had, and now I know I'm still okay for the week. I actually have a very few :lol: flex points left and although I probably won't see too much of a loss I did stay OP. Who'd a thunk it??? :dizzy:

I know we say this all the time but WRITE IT DOWN it really does work!!

Of couse it would have worked even better if I'd done the writing as I pigged out but it just wasn't in the stars for me yesterday.

OP and not hungry today.

10-03-2003, 04:05 PM
Hi Girls,
This has been a fairy somber thread the past day or two and I almost waited to post, but I wanted to share my Friday weigh in with my very important cyber-family who understands how hard this weighloss thing is!

I'm down 3 pounds this week!
:cb: :dancer: :encore:
That means - I am now back where I was before my vacation. It took me one week to gain --- two weeks to take it off. Now I have one more week before the cruise. I hope to lose another 2 this week - leave for the cruise with a 50 pound total loss. I know I will gain 4-7 pounds on the cruise (just being realistic). Then it will take me another 2 weeks to lose it. I don't like the cycle of gaining and losing, but once this trip is over I'll be back on track for a while! :p

Andria - Your post really touched me, as I am sure it did others. You know that anytime you want you can write about anything you want here! I don't know what to say - you are such a strong woman. Wishing you all the best with the lunch business - I think it sounds great!!! Keep us posted. :flow1:

j-ann -- Great job writing everything down! If you hadn't you'd probably be beating yourself up about yesterday. Now that you wrote it down you know that you didn't do too much damage. I log everything that goes in my mouth. Even those meals that I don't want to know about --- yep, write 'em down! Keep up the good work! :)

A Big :wave: to everyone! And here is a Hug for those in need :grouphug: .

I need to get some work done and I am trying to get Jeff to go do some shopping with me tonight. Not sure if I'll be successful. ;)

Catch ya later!

10-03-2003, 07:10 PM
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