Weight Loss Support - 300+ and Ready to Try Again... #437




2cute2Bfat
11-08-2003, 06:23 AM
WELCOME !!! :wave:

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.
Long ago we 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

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

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

WELCOME!


2cute2Bfat
11-08-2003, 06:28 AM
It is 4:30am and I am headed for bed but decided to start a new thread before went.
I want to welcome back the MIA's :D We missed you. Welcome home.
I want to welcome back the MIA's. We miss you. :( Come back home.

I will try to get back myself tomorrow. If not before 11:00am (SOONER FOOTBALL !!!) ... then after 2:00pm.
I am looking forward to finding lots of posts to read. :yes:

pjkdreamer
11-08-2003, 08:01 AM
Good Earrrrrrrrrrrrly morning Girls,

One more day, then I am off Sunday and Monday!!! Whew! AM I READY!!!

Something fun to look forward to tonight. My mom is having a birthday dinner for 2 of my cousins (brother and sister), they haven't shared a birthday party since they were children...should be special night. Dinner....my mom is cooking!!! should I say more, but, I am planning ahead, and mapping out my portion sizes in my mind...so I will be prepared, and NO CAKE FOR THIS OLD GAL!!!! :D :lol: :lol:

Headed off to work in a few, but did want to say CONGRATS TO JOANNE!! TWOTERVILLE, YIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE, YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!:spin: :strong: :jig: :cb: :bravo: :cp

All the rest of you chickies, have a great day


katrinabgood
11-08-2003, 10:12 AM
Morning, chickies...

Not much to say...I'm recovering from a leftover Halloween candy blitz...I have thrown out the rest...should have done that last week...duh...live and learn.

Rededicating myself to fruits/veggies/protein/water/exercise.

I raked and bagged the leaves from the front lawn yesterday. (7 big bags) I'm sure they're blowing all over the neighborhood by now, judging by the sound of the wind this morning! I just hope they didn't blow back onto MY lawn! Today, I will attempt the back yard. (Much worse than the front) Ah, it's good exercise and fresh air anyway.

I'm off to a cottage cheese and cantelope breakfast.

Have a great day, everyone!

LuckyLadyBug
11-08-2003, 11:03 AM
Congrats, Joanne :cp: :cb:

Kat, isn't that the way with cars? :?: Car repairs are one thing that can make me want to s c r e a m :headache: or go into a depressed state.

I awoke to more gun shots today. Deer season is officially open here. I have to say after all of these years deer season always worries me. Most of the hunters should be home in bed sleeping off the night before NOT walking around with a loaded gun. :eek:

Also, I am royally ticked off today. (this is kinda like the car thing) For years we have heard how bad coffee is for you, in my early 40's I decided to be "good" :smug: and quit. I have drank coffee since my Swedish Grandmother started giving it to me when I was 4. I rarely drank coffee during my 40's but when I needed something to drink that didn't have any calories in my early 50's I decided to start again. Plus, my life is nearly half over so I figured a little of "bad" drinking couldn't take it's toll until I was REALLY old. NOW , I heard yesterday, they say coffee is good because they have found it helps prevent colon cancer!!!!!!! :mad: Okay, so I lived without coffee for awhile but the point being "they" do this all the time. Tell us things are bad for us - even make doctors make us stop and then go "oops" we were wrong. Okay, I feel better now after venting. :soap:

Off to have my second cup of coffee, join me?:cheers:

BarbPA
11-08-2003, 11:57 AM
Good Morning.....there is no "rise and shine" involved in my day!:o I think I may crawl back into bed but I know I'll just throw off my entire weekend if I do. We played poker until nearly 3am this morning. It was so much fun. I only had one beer, but the late night is making me feel like I have a huge hangover. I can't even thing straight to type, so I'll just say Hello :wave: for now!
Catch up with ya'll later!
Barb

katrinabgood
11-08-2003, 11:59 AM
One lump or two?

I love my coffee! Strong, hot and black! Yessiree...no milk or sugar for me! I don't know what I'd do if I had to give it up. :cry:

BTW, Lucky...don't you just hate "them?"

Those know-it alls!


PS...I think Barb could use a cup or two...

Syn
11-08-2003, 12:03 PM
Hello Gals,

After reading LuckyLadybugs post; I'm wondering if the coffee thing applies to colas too???? I am assuming that the caffine is the principal ingredient in both that was in question as to being a health hazard! I have been trying to restrict my caffine consumption for months....I have a big addiction to diet colas:( And yes I am trying to improve my daily water intake.....Not my favorite thing to do either.

Me thing: I have been having a lot of trouble with my right ankle and leg, swollen and nasty looking foot...I thought it was from going to CURVES and really exercising with a vegence...I want to get fit so badly so I have been going extra times and staying on some machines longer than usual....so when my foot began hurting so badly I blamed it on exercise. When it got so bad I had to crawl to the bathroom, I knew something was definitely not right....I have gout! Now I think of old King Lear with a large old turkey drumstick in each hand and a greasy chin when I think of gout....:o But my dr quickly infomed me that skinny people get gout too. It is so painful.....I gained a small amount this week but I am blaming it on fluid. My foot and ankle are terribly swollen and I can't wear shoe...it is better this morning and I can bear weight on that foot again! The pain killers they gave me have wiped me out...and then I feel hungover when I wake up.....So I hope that will be the last of those I have to take for now too. It is a cold yet sunny day and I feel so lazy wanting to go back to bed....but I believe I will....:lol: Not much sense in sitting in my recliner with my foot up trying to watch tv and dozing off there..may as well be comfortable in my bed.

It gave me a start to think that Christmas is coming up faster than I thougt too.....time to start figuring out the gift list....
Do many of you do Christmas in a jar gifts to have handy in case someone drops by that you hadn't planned on? I try to have some home made jams or mixes made up in advance. Need ideas for a 2 year old girl and a 4 year old boy!


Love to all...

Terri in MO
11-08-2003, 12:20 PM
Good morning ladies! :wave:

Its one of those cold gray days. I had planned on going to work this morning for only the morning but got up and said, nope, not interested. I'll pay next week. The dog wanted me to stay home for a change.

I'm glad that busy week is over. We had stuff every night except for Monday.

Last night was our dinner for the couple from church who have been teaching us for the last year. I made lasagne, salad, and garlic bread. I haven't done that in a long time. I too, get very spastic about the house being spotless when someone is coming over. I am hyper-vigiliant about the dog smell as I've said. She didn't have any big allergy attack while here last night so it must have been okay. He was certainly pissed about being put in the garage though! :lol:

DH's son always, ALWAYS, shows up unexpected when the house is a diaster and never when it looks great. I know he doesn't care but it bothers me.

I didn't go to WI. I'm so :censored: because pre-TOM weight gain hit yesterday. I've been doing great with food for the last two weeks and I know I was down a few pounds. I've been making a conscious effort to not hop on the scale every day but I did earlier in the week and was down. Then I did yesterday and am up about 4 pounds. I'm not paying to be up and to feel really disappointed about it. I'm human. Even though I know its all hormone related, its still hard not to be disgusted (which is probably hormone driven too). So that sums out how I feel this morning.

I stopped by Fashion Bug on Thursday to see what they have. They have a lot of cute stuff in plus sizes. However, I'm struggling with the age thing. I tried on a pair of cords that turned out to be low-riser/low-slung like the old hip-huggers. They fit but it felt weird to wear them low. I really liked how they fit on my butt - for a change, no bagginess. Although, I'm thinking if that is what a 43, 240's pound woman should be wearing. I think DH is going to drive me back over and I'll try them again. I want some stuff to take to NYC.

Speaking of NYC. I finally found out our itinerery. We land around noon on Thanksgiving Day. We have all afternoon to shop Times Square (what is there to shop at?) then its dinner at BB Kings. At 9 pm that night we're taking the subway over to the Empire State Building. On Friday morning, the kids have to be up at 6 am, have breakfast at a local deli, then rehearse from 9 am - 1 pm. I get to do what I want during the 9 am - 1 pm rehearsals. Then we meet up to take a 4 hour bus tour which ends in Little Italy for shopping (again, for what?), dinner and music. I think we ride the subway back to the hotel to be in bed by midnight. I will die. Then Saturday is rehearsal again - for which I'm free - then in the afternoon, the kids get to do whatever they want as long as they are chaperoned (me) and then we're off to see Beauty and the Beast at 8 pm. Sunday is rehearsal and they sing at Carnegie Hall at 2 pm. After that is more running wild - perhaps its when we go to Statue of Liberty and then a dinner cruise. Monday is their free day and I have to go where they want and we head home in the evening. Looks like I get two mornings free. I don't know any of the other chaperones so I can meet up if anyone is free. However, shopping in NYC on Friday after Thanksgiving may be a bit intense. :fr: I'm really started to get excited.

Kat - That really sucks about the car. Never good timing. I myself am trying to ward off a jelly bean attack in my fit of disgust this morning.

Barb - Poker sounds fun! However, I would be ruined for the whole day.

Joanne - Twoterville!! :bravo:

Lucky - My motto is - anything is moderation - and don't listen to all the scientist about what is going to kill us. Enjoy!

Pam & 2Cute - Howdy! Have great days!

Where is everyone else? We need some strong motivation this morning.

Be good!

LuckyLadyBug
11-08-2003, 01:00 PM
Syn: Any "mix" receipes you want to share?????

I would love to know what and how you make them.

MichelleK
11-08-2003, 01:22 PM
Just a quickie! As usual! Just wanted to pop in and say "HI" so you won't think I have fallen off the face of the earth!

We took Andrew for his Christmas pictures today at WalMart. THey came out so cute! I got the disc so if anyone wants to see them send me your email! Proud mama here!! :spin:

I have rededicated myself to healthy eating again. I have been good since starting over Thursday. Still have to get all the water in. It use to be easy but now it gets harder. I even buy the flavored water at walmart. I love the black cherry and the white grape tastes just like grape soda...I always loved grape as a kid! I want to be a healthy mom for my son. I don't want him growing up with a mom out of breath trying to do stuff with him. I want to be able to get down on the floor and play and be sure to get up again. I want my knee to stop aching! I want a new body!

Anyways...Lucky I think I have a cookbook with those mix recipes for all different stuff. I will try and dig it out today and let you know.

Kat I had to rededicate myself last week so I wouldn't eat the halloween candy! However.....I did have a piece of the inside out reeses peanut butter cup that was in Andrew's bag. It was 3/4 of an ounce and I counted the points as 1 oz and went on my merry way. I wasn't deprived, I didn't need any more because I knew if I really really wanted it I could have it. Its the don't tell me I can't have it thing that makes me want it more!

Ok you all...I have to go fix a lean cuisine for me and get John and the boy some lunch. I'll try to get back here later. I have to work on one homework assignment, clean out my car and then do a little bit of housework today. John now has weekends off so we try and do the housework during the week and laundry but there is always something to be done every day. Can you spell
D I S H E S!

So much for a quicke huh? Anyway....I seem to be saying that alot today...Where the heck is my girl TINA???

Syn
11-08-2003, 02:03 PM
Hi Again,

LuckyLadyBug: http://recipebox.net/recipe4gifts/giftjars.htm

Potato Soup Mix

1-3/4 cups instant mashed potatoes
1-1/2 cups dry milk
2 Tablespoons instant chicken bullion
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1-1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Place in 1 quart canning jars to store.
Makes 6 servings.

Instructions to attach to jar:
To serve: place 1/2 cup mix in soup
bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Stir until smooth.

Another Soup in a jar mix:
SPLIT PEA SOUP MIX

2-1/2 cups green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
2 cups alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)
1 cup dried onion flakes
1/2 cup celery flakes
1/2 cup parsley flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Stir before using.
Makes 10 cups of mix.

TO COOK: Combine 1 cup of soup mix with 4 cups of water or seasoned stock in large pan.
Add 1 cup of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas are tender.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt if desired.

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Make Your Own Pancake Mix
1/2 cup instant oatmeal
8 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups buckwheat flour (or use whole wheat flour)
1 cup corn flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 cups buttermilk powder
5 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. baking soda
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. malt powder (optional)


Place instant oatmeal in a food processor or blender and process until ground. In a very large bowl, blend ground oatmeal, flours, buckwheat flour, corn flour, cornmeal, ground oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and malt powder. Pour pancake mix into four 1 quart jars (you may need to tap the jars to settle the mix and get it all to fit). Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.

RECIPES

Pancakes

1 cup homemade pancake mix
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 - 2/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. mild vegetable oil


In a medium bowl, combine pancake mix with 1/2 cup water, egg, vanilla, and vegetable oil just until dry ingredients are moistened. Add more water, if necessary, to make batter desired thickness. Drop by 1/4 cup measure onto lightly greased hot nonstick skillet or griddle. Cook until surface is bubbled and edges appear dry. Flip pancakes and cook until risen and browned on second side.

Waffles

2 cups homemade pancake mix
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup water
1/4 cup mild vegetable oil


In a medium bowl, combine pancake mix with water, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil just until dry ingredients are moistened. Add more water, if necessary, to make batter desired thickness. Bake in heated waffle iron following manufacturer's instructions, until steaming stops.

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Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
2 tsp. vanilla powder*
2-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cardamom


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. In a blender or food processor bowl, place 1 cup at a time, and process until mixture is blended and the particles are fine.

Add 2 heaping serving tablespoons Chai tea mixture to a mug of boiling water and stir to mix well.

*If you can't find vanilla powder, mix 2 tsp. vanilla extract with some of the sugar until blended and dry. Then process with remaining ingredients in blender or food processor.

Every year I make a large batch of the Chai tea mix and hot choc mix for my daughter to take to the hospital where she works as gifts for her co workers.
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Onion Soup Mix
3/4 cup instant minced onion
1/3 cup beef flavored instant bouillon
4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. celery seed, crushed
1/4 tsp. sugar


Mix all ingredients together well, and store up to 6 months in cool, dry place. Stir before each use. Five tablespoons of the mix equals 1.25-oz. pkg. of purchased dry onion soup mix.
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http://busycooks.about.com/library/recipes/blspicemix.htm

*This web-site has a lot of recipes to make your own spices etc...

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I have made and given away the recipes I have written down here, have only made a couple of the spice ones...I like the *taco spice mix... and the onion soup one tastes much like the expensive onion soup mix ....

I am also planning on giving a lot of jars of the Hot Chocolate recipe I submitted in here last week.

As I said these are some of the mixes I have tried and people said they liked when I gave them as gifts.

They have everything from beverage to bath salts to cookies etc as gifts in a jar all over the internet... I can't vouch for any I haven't tried...I think they even have dog and cat treats too..:)

A couple of my friends and I used to go in together on purchasing the ingredients and we would make up some jars together and decorate the jars with ribbon and would attach a recipe card with instructions.... lot of fun and not all that expensive.....

I hope this hasn't been too confusing...enjoy!

katrinabgood
11-08-2003, 02:44 PM
What wonderful gift ideas...thanks for sharing, Syn! I was just pondering what sort of "clutter free" gifts to give my family. I was going to make up a cookie basket for each, kind of a "family gift," maybe I'll add some hot cocoa mix and some chai to each basket.... Those soup mixes would be good for my daughter and her friends away at school.

Oh, you've gotten my wheels a turnin'!

Thanks again!

PS...anything with "the Wiggles" is big with the two to four year old set these days!

LuckyLadyBug
11-08-2003, 02:47 PM
Thanks, Michelle, I would like the name of the book if you find it.

Syn thanks for the information - I WAS going to get off the computer until YOU posted!!! :lol:

Grannie39074
11-08-2003, 02:48 PM
my computer is on the fritz so I may be in and out

LuckyLadyBug
11-08-2003, 02:51 PM
CRAP...Syn, do you remember what thread the hot cocoa is on???

katrinabgood
11-08-2003, 05:35 PM
I have one! This is from FlyLady...there are some great gift ideas at her site too: www.flylady.net

FlyLady's Mocha Mix

powdered milk, 24 oz
instant coffee (decaf or regular), 8 oz
Nestles Quik chocolate milk powder, 16 oz

Pour together into a mixing bowl. Stir with a spoon. If you use a less expensive/coarser powdered milk, you can put all of it into a food processor or blender and mix it better. I have even used the Hazelnut instant coffee and it is great too.

To Use: Scoop out 1/4 cup into a mug. Add one cup hot water and stir.



I'm going to run out now to see if I can find some nice jars or maybe some cute mugs.

Ho Ho Ho!

Terri in MO
11-08-2003, 05:43 PM
Here's the original posted:

Subject: Hot Chocolate Mix

3 cups non fat dry milk
2 cups Splenda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Put ingredients into a large bowl and mix well (I use a wisk). Keep
mix in a well-sealed container/jar. Mix 4 Tbls. into a lrg. mug of
hot water.
Per cup = .5 points A delicious guilt-free treat!

LuckyLadyBug
11-08-2003, 07:23 PM
Thanks, Terri.

Okay, Mary I am holding you personally responsible for the fact that I just finished stringing lights on my Christmas Tree!!!!!!!!!
It's NOVEMBER 8TH

I have never in my life done this this early. Hmmm maybe around Thanksgiving I will be thanking you, Mary cause that's when I usually do it.

Terri in MO
11-08-2003, 09:49 PM
I've finally gotten pictures downloaded from the camera and uploaded to picturetrail.com

Here's a link if you care to browse. This includes pictures of San Diego, the baby horse, and our trip to Arkansas. Feel free to browse all the albums.

http://www.picturetrail.com/tackandron

2cute2Bfat
11-09-2003, 01:32 AM
WE WON !!!! WE WON !!!
OKLAHOMA SOONERS won today 77- 0 against Texas A&M:dancer:
I know it sounds like we ran the score up... but we even played the third string and won that bad.
Last year they beat us so it was an honor victory too. :)

I want to officially welcome SaraJoy home again. Welcome
Where have you been... what have you been doing... Why did you leave us ???
I sure hope you stay around this time.

Okay... lets see if I can reply to a few of you.
Joanne/Homebound... Congratulations on reaching Twoterville. :cp: What an accomplishment.

Tina... WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU ??? Do you have caller ID ?? Some Okie tried to call you today. ;)

Pam... how was the birthday party ?? I am proud of you for passing on the cake. :high:

Kat.. I remember all too well car problems. (Knock on wood) I have not had any for several years. You can use that leaf raking to take out your anxiety on. You get several benefits from one action. Stress relief, exercise, burn calories, makes your lawn look good. :D

Lucky... I agree... most things are good in MODERATION. BUT...I got gout once and while reading up on it... Caffeine contributes to gout... so you may want to still stay away from it.
If I can find the article I mailed to my sister... I will send it to you too. IT HURTS !!!

Barb... Poker until 3am. :faint: I remember when we used to do that all the time. It sure was fun. My parents would come stay with us every Friday night (they set up at a big flea market here then) and we played penny annie poker every Friday. Those are some good memories. :)

Syn... I think my response to Lucky was meant for you. :lol: If you did not read it... go back. LOL
Your mixes all sounded soooo good, :T thanks for sharing. Great gift ideas... Another good gift for little girls are dress up clothes.

Terri...I have to agree 100% with you.... company only comes when the house is not clean. :rolleyes: I am doing better since moving into our new house. My daughter even paid me a compliment today concerning my messy house. She said... "This is the first time this house has looked lived in" :lol: I took that as a compliment. LOL
Your NYC trip sounds awesome !! I want to go to NYC some day... but NOT with my husband. He is a total party pooper. He hates crowds... unless it is in a casino. LOL

Michelle... I want to see those photos of Andrew !!! You better send them to me !!! :drill:

Mary.. I hate that you are having computer problems. Grrr I hope you get them straightened out soon.

Duckie... I am glad you like your TOPS group. It really helps to keep that inspiration going. I am sooooo happy you posted your picture that one day. I would forget what you looked like as seldom as you post. LOL

Jen... Will you be back in the states around April ???

Andria... You haven't posted in a while... I can't remember what you wrote now. :o

Thin... hope you are having fun on your mini vacation and mystery dinner.

Tina, Sara, Susie... we haven't heard from you since 11-3.... you better check back in and tell us you are alive.

Lucky... I hope you and Mary are not contagious. LOL
Xmas tree decorating on NOV 8th. :eek: LOL

Who is in charge of the Xmas list this year?? I have a new address and I don't want to miss out on the card exchange. :no:

Okay... that is a wrap. I am going to go check out those photo albums of Terri's.
See you all tomorrow.

2cute2Bfat
11-09-2003, 02:00 AM
Terri... you photos were great !!!
My husband and I used to fish at Stockton lake every weekend the first year it opened. The fishing was GREAT !!!!
We have a boat but never used it once this summer because I am just toooooo fat. I miss going to lake.

Your trip to Eureka was awesome. What wonderful views you had.
I have been in that church. Belated Happy Anniversary.

I also love your horses. who is the woman with you in the photos?

One more thing... I cannot open your journal... never have been able to.
I think you already know it... but just in case you don't.

Terri in MO
11-09-2003, 10:14 AM
Thanks for reminding me 2Cute. I think I got it fixed now.

Although I haven't posted in several days. Better get caught up!

I have to go get ready for church. TTFN!

Grannie39074
11-09-2003, 10:21 AM
Hello girls. I came to the library this morning to use the computer. I am taking mine into the Gateway store on Tuesday. Don't know if its my monitor or the video card. When I got home from work yesterday and my genealogy meeting son had bought a laptop but we aren't connected to the internet yet on it. It has more memory than my desk top. also has a dvd player. He said it was mine and his christmas present. On;y thing my printer and scanner won't work with XP. I better run have to shop and ogo into town to get the cd for the internet.

SusieH
11-09-2003, 11:43 AM
Hey ladies,

Just popping in to say Hi! I wasn't able to post yesterday, as I took Andrew to a birthday party and then to my brother's house. Didn't get home until 9pm.

Food has been so-so. I have been stressing and that is never a good thing for me.

I did exercise yesterday and today did a lot of housework. The babysitter is coming over to watch Andrew while I get some work done upstairs. I am going to do filing, organizing, etc...

Well, got to run. Will post longer tomorrow.

MichelleK
11-09-2003, 01:04 PM
Food alert food alert! I just bought a box of Healthy Choice ice cream sandwiches and let me tell you...WELL worth the 3 points...they are big thick and creamy ice cream not that ice milk cr@p!

Gotta run...have John's younger brother here helping with the brick wall and I hafta make them some lunch. I'll be back!

TTFN Michelle

qsilver
11-09-2003, 03:34 PM
Hey everyone :)

I've been pretty laid up with this stupid cold. I think the worst of it is over, but as typical for me, as everything begins to dry up, my lungs get pretty unhappy. I've been having nasty coughing fits in the middle of the night, even with OTC meds. Makes sleep about impossible. Anyway, I tried to do a few things, but for the most part I've been a slug on the couch rereading a book and napping when possible. If I end up coughing that hard again tonight, I'm making an appt. with the doctor to make sure it isn't turning into something worse.

The b-day party for my brother turned out rather well. Kat, you were right. I know how to plan for stuff like this. And when it came down to it and the only thing I could eat was the chicken (roasted herb potatoes and sauteed carrots don't quite fit the low-carb bill), I ate my chicken, passed the veggies off to DH and we left before dessert was served. That part was easy because she hadn't baked it yet, and we needed to zoom off to Costco before they closed. That and the cold combined for a great excuse. BTW, before any of you think I'm totally unfeeling by showing up to the party sick, I did call my SIL and she begged me to show up.

Earlier in the day I tried to call in sick to job 1, and the manager said they really needed me. Of course I got my act together and showed up, with their pizzas in hand, of course. Turns out they didn't need me at all, they were just worried about their pizza party. Grrr... If they would have told me that, I would have had them pick up their own darn pizzas and written them a check the next day. I stuck it out for three hours and accomplished about nothing before deciding to go home.

Enough whining for me! Day 8, and I'm still OP :) Fairly easy to remain so today because I have virtually no appetite. Come to think of it, it is after noon and I haven't eaten yet. Better do something about that soon.

Syn, thanks for the mix recipes! www.pamperedchef.com has 4 on their site, and you can print off the recipes and gift tags to go with them as well. They look so pretty all layered. I adore gifts like that. I can cook them up at my convenience instead of freezing, tossing or giving them away because I have 6 kazillion goodies hanging about. On a health note, I know you were talking about doing low-carb dieting at one time. If you are having problems with gout, you will definitely want to check with your doctor before going that route.

Ok, I know I've only done one reply, but just had another coughing fit and I'm going to go lie down for a while.

Take care all!

Andria

Terri in MO
11-09-2003, 03:50 PM
Thanks for all the gift ideas ladies. I started doing something like that last year and set everything aside when dad passed away. Maybe I will try again and add the soups too.

Anytime anyone posts a recipe, I've been copying it into a Word document. I have visions of a possible cookbook for next years spring fling.

Okay ladies, I am too dumb to own a computer. Since the middle of September, I have had trouble with the wireless router and having access on my laptop. I have spent many hours, tears and four-letter words trying to set the router to work again. I dearly missed being able to post from the laptop which I could do upstairs with DH. I finally got the router to work a couple of weeks ago but couldn't get the laptop to work. I just sat down with the stupid thing again this afternoon and have uninstalled/reinstalled/uninstalled, etc. Golly, who would have thought that there is an "on/off switch for the router? See, that's what I hate about using symbols on stuff instead of ENGLISH. I just happened upon that and by gosh, I'm connected again on the laptop. Now I can sit in the recliner with a blankie over my legs and post! Woohoo!!

Andria - Take care of that cold sooner than later! DH has been fighting that cold/cough mess for well over a month - almost two! Nothing we have tried has made it go away - benadryl at night down help with the drainage in the middle of the night.

Hi Mary, Susie and Michelle! Okay, now I'm off to update my journal.

BarbPA
11-09-2003, 04:24 PM
Hi Gals!
I think I have caught up from the lack of sleep on Friday night. Yesterday I sat on the couch watching shows that we had taped. Around 3:00 I got showered and we went out for more car shopping...Argh! Jeff still hasn't decided what he wants to get and I end up doing most of the talking to the sales guys. I hate car shopping!

Today I got up and tackled cleaning out the landscaping in the front of the house. Weeding and cutting back bushes. My back is aching but it looks good and was good exercise! :) After that I came in and took a nice, long, hot bath! Ah - heaven! :cloud9:

I'm not going to attempt to reply to everyone now. I'm going to watch a little tv and then we are going out to lunch/dinner. They just opened up a Champps near us that we want to try.

:wave: A big Hello and :grouphug: hug to all!

:love:
Barb

2cute2Bfat
11-09-2003, 06:22 PM
STOP !!! Do not post here...
Come join us in our next ongoing thread.... # 438
See you there. :wave: