Support Groups - Movin' & Losin' Part 13

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04-16-2004, 04:03 AM

Good Morning Chickies and WELCOME to our new home. It is always a good idea to make a fresh start and when it is connected with our health then it is even better. We all know by now that eating well and exercising is essential for us to have a healthy life so let's us decide today, not tomorrow or Monday, that from now on we will strive to be healthy most of the time. We will not say all of the time because there will be times when it is difficult to be completely healthy such as the weekend and parties etc., but even then we don't have to go overboard! We have only one chance at living this life so why not do the best we can with it and make it as happy for ourselves as is possible. The short term happiness that comes from indulging in 'bad foods' is not true happiness. True happiness comes from living a good life, having good friends, eating good food and exercising. Let's make today the first day of the rest of our lives and from now on we will be truely happy.
I am going to try and report in here every day just to say how I am doing. I may not have time to 'talk' to everyone but when I do have the time I will.


You can't eat happiness
You can't buy it. You can't wear it.
You can't drive it, or drink it, or sell it, or steal it.
You can't lock it away. You can't negotiate for it.
You can't win it, you can't marry it, you can't inherit it,
you can't cheat it. You can't smoke it, or inject it,
or rent it or borrow it. You can't campaign for it
or beg for it, or talk other people into giving you theirs.

You can live happiness. You can create it. You can be it.
You can give it to others. You can enjoy it. You can share it.
You can claim it. You can have as much as you wish.
You can enjoy it as much as you want, at any time,
under any circumstance. You can work with it,
play with it, worship, travel, eat, and sleep with it.
Happiness is yours to live and yours to give, if only you will.
It comes from the inside, and the best way to experience
it is to get it flowing out.

Forget about trying and striving to get happy.
Just decide to be happy, and happiness is yours.

Ralph Marston

04-16-2004, 10:49 AM
Good Mornin' Chickies~~ And a big Thank You to MOOZ~ for giving us this lovely start again. #13 already! And thanks for the pep talk. I know i needed it.
You are right that we know what to do by now, and what makes us feel better in our bodies. I think the hardest thing for me is that i feel like i've cut way down on snacks/bad for us foods, and still i stay the same weight. I know my metabolism is such that i need to IN ADDITION to what i am doing right, add the exercise in, and keep it varied. Or i will get no-where.
I hope in saying it on the boards it will help me to achieve these goals.

~~CAT~~way to go on eating more fruits & veggies and feeling better for doing that i'm sure. Prayers n :angel: :angel: for your DH. Hope his tests show that it won't be necessary to do that to his esophagus again. But if it's the only thing again that will help, i hope he goes thru it well.

Going to get dressed and go outside. It is going on 7 a.m. the sun is up and now will be the coolest part of the day. So why not do a walk around our little resort.

I'll check back here later on. Everyone have a great FRIDAY~~ i do remember how good those days felt. And post soon to update us on how things have been for you this work week.

:grouphug: :wave: thinlizzie

04-17-2004, 08:18 AM
Mornin' chickies. It is a very wet Sat morning here today but I just got my 2 mile walk in before the rain came on. I am in arush as I have to go food shopping so have a nice Sat wherever you are.

Dividing moment

This is the moment that divides the past from the future. And this is the moment that you control. It's a powerful place to be. What you do right now will determine what you carry from your past into your future.
You can choose to hold on to all the good, empowering things such as your knowledge, your positive relationships, your wisdom and experience. And you can choose to move beyond those things that have held you back, such as negative habits and low expectations.

If you've dragged yourself down, if you've held yourself back, now is your opportunity to begin moving yourself forward. Now is the time when you can put all your past experience, whatever it has been, to positive and productive use.

The past does not equal the future, and right now is the moment that proves it. Right now is a doorway through which you can carry those things that will bring a brighter future.

See this moment for all it is, and live it fully for all you can be.

04-17-2004, 12:32 PM

Happy beautiful Saturday morning everyone!!! I hope everyone is finding our new home, and as always when we begin a new thread - if you are new and would like to join us - please do! This is a safe, comfortable place with lots of support and knowledge from a group of caring and dedicated individuals.

Mooz: Thank you as always for providing lucky number #13 thread. I cannot say why, but that number has always been the opposite for me - lucky! I agree and appreciate your words of wisdom and encouragement. I am there with you.

Thin: The heat is up here in central Kentucky! Upper 70's today and 80's tomorrow. We had 6 inches of snow in parts of Kentucky this week - honestly!

I hope everyone is blessed with the ease and comfort that comes from making positive decisions that provide each of us with the desired results. Oh what a feeling. I shall move it this weekend! :flow2: :dancer: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :flow1: :flow2:

04-17-2004, 10:54 PM

Thanks for the new home, and also the inspirational quotes.

Have been discouraged on the exercise because of my foot hurting--I see the podiatrist Wed., and if she doesn't come up with something different, I am going to get a 2nd opinion.

DH will need his esophagus reamed out again--actually, the dr said he expects to do this every 14 months with patients with his condition, so his going almost two years is good. (The older you get, the weirder good news gets.)

Meanwhile, I have been doing better at work, so that helps some.

Beautiful weather today! Hope everyone has had a fine weekend.

04-18-2004, 05:37 AM
Mornin' chickies glad some of you found us. Nita, I know, lost us but hopefully she will be here later on. If some of you don't like the number 13 we can soon move on to No 14 ;)
I hope to get for a walk soon .............. but I have to go to a funeral later on ....... one of the linedancer's mother died suddenly on Friday.
Eating is good.

04-18-2004, 12:54 PM

Hey everyone!

Just a quick hello to say great to hear from everyone and enjoy your frree time if you do not have to work or have lots and lots of committments today. I as usual have committments to school work and such, but do plan to take some time to celebrate Rocky's first birthday today!

I went to a wedding party last evening and did not eat any of the food. You have no idea how good I felt driving home. Oh what a feeling, success to overcome what I know has been bad for me for my entire life. I only pray for the strength and resolve to commit to me. The tulips and flowering trees wer incredible to watch during the hour drive to the party - love this time of year.

CAT: I use a hot parafin wax dip for my feet. I think I've told you I have bone spurs in both heels. No fun when they kick up the pain factor. As they say, when you feet hurt, you hurt everywhere. I also love my Birks.

Mooz: Thanks for popping in... thanks for the new thread. #13 works for me. It was my ticket number years ago to my senior prom. I won the door prize that evening! ;)

04-18-2004, 06:24 PM
Mooz, Thanks for the quick reply on how to find our "new" home! As usual, you have done a "SUPER" job. 13 happens to be my "lucky" number so this is fine with me.

HalGal, Thanks for reminding me about dog's birthdays. Our Tiffany turned 3 yesterday and I completely blocked it out. Perhaps we will have a belated party today. Our friends came over the last minute and we played pinnochle and I guess that's why I forgot.

Thin, You must agree this weather has been fantastic. I am just afraid one day I will wake up to those 100 degree temperatures. I did go bowling already today and I am planning on doing some planting this afternoon. I also confirmed my reservations to go to PA on June 2 and returning on the 15th. It isn't that far away so before I know it I will be gone and back home again.

Well I had better get going for now.

So great to find you guys!

04-18-2004, 10:10 PM
Hi Chicks~~ Just a quick post as i might be away from the computer for many days. The people who bought the motorhome are getting antsy to actually get the thing...and who can blame them. So we had to see if we could stay a few days with MIL and step-dad. Sounds like this will work out. So i have been extremely busy packing up some of this motorhome. I still cannot believe how much it holds! I am only about 1/3 done so far. Some i have to wait till the last minute for, like the freezer and refrig anyway, so it's a challenge to plan properly!

And i had to say how ironic it is that i also don't mind the #13. I always say it's lucky for me too. Funny how alike we all seem to be! Must be why we stick together here.

~~CAT~hope the foot doctor can recommend something better to help you, or yes you can always ask for a 2nd opinion. Glad work is better. Take care~~

~~NITA~~ i'm glad it is even a bit cooler here now, as we have such things to do with the packing and lugging it into the truck and then taking it back out at our new place. Very busy. Glad you are able to bowl again, and planting too! YGG. I took my tomato plants(2 potted ones) over to MIL's now. I still want to try to get one home with us in the pickup. We have that cap on the back, so it might be possible.

Happy belated birthdays to Rocky and Tiffany~~

~~HALGAL~~~ WTG on keeping from eating at the event you attended. YGG :dance: Did you plan ahead and eat a salad at home or how did you do it??
So happy for you.

All for now chickies~~ :wave: :grouphug: got to make supper for us both now. And early to bed so we can start all over again tomorrow w/the packing~

04-18-2004, 11:48 PM

Hey girls...

The day flew by, but what a nice one it was. Did anyone catch Heather Mills McCartney's interview with Paul Newman on Larry King Live. I taped it and watched it today. It seems interesting how folks land these incredible jobs and/or circumstances because of who they are, or in this case are married to. I enjoyed it, but let's just say for someone who is snippppppy when ask most anything personal - she dove into Paul Newman's life. He used the quote 'I am not comfortable discussing that.' throughout the interview.

Thin: Good luck packing, you know you will certainly lose one thing, and find something your forgot you had! I had an early Adkins dinner before the wedding party. I grilled a steak, and steamed some fresh brocolli with lemon pepper on it. Yummmm. I took 2 bottles of water with me - one for the drive each way (one hour drive). I kept visualizing myself 'Thin' once again. It take positive thoughts and actions.

Tomorrow is a long day. We have a 3 hour portfolio writing scoring meeting. Actually, we have these the next 3 Monday's in a row!!!

I grabbled a salad for dinner tonight from Arby's. They have changed the salad menu, and this one looks really good. Tonight I had a Santa Fe Chicken salad. It had black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, dark greens including spinach and a spicy ranch dressing. Oh, it had a tiny bag of tortilla type chips. It was VERY good. I also picked up a Martha's Vineyard salad for lunch tomorrow. It has dried caranberrys and a bag of sliced almonds and dressing is a raspberry vinegarette.

OK enough for the Arby's commercial, huh?

I played extra, extra with Rocky today... I hope he had a good birthday!

Have a GREAT week everyone! OP for me. OP for me. OP for me.

:wave: :hb: :hat: :dizzy: :wave: :hb: :dizzy: :wave: :hb: ;)

04-19-2004, 03:33 AM
Mornin' chickies ............ just a quick call before gettin' ready for work. I did get for a 2 mile walk last night between the showers so that was good. Eating is good but this week I think I will concentrate on portion control as that is, I think, where I am failing and the weight is staying put.

Thin - you must be getting used to this packing by now ;) ......... looking forward to when you get back to us.

Halgal - well done on your excellent plan foir the dinner party ............ it just shows what can be done when we put our minds to it.

Nita - glad you found us ........ I am sure you are looking forward to going to PA in June.

Catlover - I hope the foot is better soon.

We are a small group at the moment .............. as Halgal has already said ........ if anyone else wants to join us ............ feel free as we love to meet new people on this thread .......... new people means new inspiration and we always need more of that .................

Truly best

It's easy to think that life is unfair, and to lower your expectations accordingly. It's easy to find someone or something to blame for your disappointments, and then to give up on moving forward.
It's easy to convince yourself that you can't, and to find plenty of perfectly valid reasons for hiding away from life. But what does that really accomplish? It's easy to settle for less than you know you can be. Yet doing so can often lead to a terribly difficult and disappointing life.

The easiest choices in the short term usually bring the most difficult consequences in the long run. So the more you seek a life of ease, the more uncomfortable, the more truly uneasy it becomes.

To choose what is best, for yourself, for your world, is not usually the easiest choice. To follow the path of what is best takes commitment, effort, some discomfort and sacrifice.

Rather than quickly jumping on the easiest choice, consider the long-term effects on your precious and irreplaceable life. Look at the big picture, and you'll find yourself choosing what is truly best.

-- Ralph Marston

04-19-2004, 02:31 PM
Hello Ladies,

Sorry I was MIA this weekend, had alot of things going on. We'll for one thing, I rejoined Ww saturday morning. I decided I need to go back to a system where i actually write down my food, or keep track. I talked with the instructor and told her one of my downfall with Ww is I eat to many carbs. She gave me a seperate handout menu with more protein. So i'm going to try and follow that. Of course friday night, I ended up eating more than I needed only because I new I was going to join on saturday.
Oh, there also running a special down here, no joining fee, so all I paid was $12

we'll I need to run... I walked at lunch so I have about 10 minutes to eat my lunch and get back to work...

talk to you all later..

04-19-2004, 10:19 PM
Good Evening Ladies,

Well, it was another beautiful day in Phoenix. The temperature right now is 79! It really gives me a lot of energy to get outside and do yard work--and that's exactly what I did this morning. At my DH suggestion I used our electric clippers and trimmed two different bushes. I still have about 3 more to do and then I have a whole row of shrubbery. I guess I will be busy for the next couple of days. Our screened-in patio came out very well. I believe it will add value to our home.

I did go bowling today and had one good game--192 and the other two were okay but not great. I am not sure if I passed on a tip about cinnamon. Supposedly if you add it to your cereal or whatever, it does help curb your appetite. I used it yesterday as well as today and didn't get hungry until lunch.

Well I am going to go now so that I can do my treadmill while I watch American Idol's bad auditions.

Take care,

04-19-2004, 10:49 PM

Happy Monday everyone...!!!

I survived my 12 hour day, but oh my gosh...! Poor Rocky, I come home and all I want to do is veg - he is reved to run! Bless his heart. On the positive side of things, I've scheduled a personal day on Wednesday to attempt to catch up on the papers due next week for my university class.

My eating is good - love summer time veggies. Today I had a Martha's Vineyard salad from Arbys. It had dried cranberries, sliced apples, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, spinach, romaine lettuce, sliced almonds and a raspberry vinegarette. Girls... these things are filling and very, very good!

Let's keep the positive thoughts flowing. Good to hear from everyone.

Oh one quick questions for...

Nita: Have you read your book 'Passing For Thin'? I may want to purchase it.

OneDay: Congrats on your decidion to try WW. It is one of the BEST plans I've ever followed for long term weight loss and maintenance. You and Nita will have to share their summer recipes as you receive them.

Mooz: WTG on walking... I read an article saying how important it is to eat carbohydrates most especially after exercise. :)

Bye for now... Have an OP day everyone...!

04-20-2004, 12:44 AM
Good evening. Just a quick drop by. We had such a great poetry class tonight--hard to unwind.

Also got the proofs on my chap book. V. exciting!

04-20-2004, 01:16 PM

I just started reading Passing for Thin and I haven't gotten too far. At this point she is only relating how she became overweight. I'll let you know if it is worthwhile getting!

May everyone have a "great" day!


04-20-2004, 02:24 PM
Hello Ladies,
I forgot how much I dislike writing down everything I eat, but of course it what helps me stay on the program. Last night I even had points left, so I had a small snack.

Hal - oh, I'll definitely share any new recipes they hand out. In fact I have this month Ww magazine & I'll look through it & see what recipes they have in it. I too am trying on getting in a walking routine with Blackie & on days when I'm so tired, he so excited to see me cause he knows we go for a walk.. in fact he lays right by the leash. I sometimes hide it so then I don't feel guilty if we don't walk (isn't that terrible).

Cat - Glad you had a good meeting. How is your foot? I know you mentioned about getting a 2nd opinion.

Nita - Keep us informed on the book. I"m still trying to finish Dr Phil's.

Hope everyone is having a OP day!

04-20-2004, 10:23 PM
I was doing so well today--then we had ice cream cake in honor of our 2nd anniversary of the project.

They brought it to our desks--unfair!! Darn, I should have dumped it in the trash.

I see the podiatrist tomorrow a.m.--maybe I will be able to walk better. One last try with this one, because I really like her and she has helped me before, but if she doesn't come up with something different I will go to someone else. The last couple of nights the pain in my foot has interfered with my sleeping.

I got my proof on my chap book (hooray!) and I think it looks good.

Have I mentioned that I am giving a showcase performance in KC on May 6 at the storytelling group? I decided to do a dress rehearsal so I can practice and also do it for my Lawrence friends, some of whom will not drive to KC at night.

It's exciting but scary.

Best to all--

04-21-2004, 10:25 AM
Good day chickies - I am just in from work so this will be quick. The weather has been very wet here so I have not been walking much this week. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Gotta go get some food for the dinner and then some housework before the art session tonight.

Thoughts to reality

Imagine for a moment how it would be if every time you thought of something it would suddenly become real. If that were the case, upon what things would you focus your thoughts?
If you knew for certain that thinking would instantly make it so, how would that change the nature of your thoughts? Would you focus your thoughts on worry, frustration, anger and resentment, or would those thoughts be more directed toward the positive possibilities?

Of course, you know that your thoughts do not instantly create your reality. Yet those thoughts do indeed have a powerful influence on where your life leads. For your actions are certainly guided by your thoughts. And the actions you take do indeed have a major impact on your life and your world.

In fact, the thoughts with which you most consistently fill your mind do eventually become real. It just takes some time. So keep in mind what would happen if your thoughts were to suddenly become real. Because one day, they will be.

-- Ralph Marston

04-21-2004, 02:37 PM
Hello Ladies,
Still staying OP, I just need to really work at the exercise though. I have been walking at lunch for about 25 minutes then again in the afternoon for about 20-25 minutes. I think once I get use to this, then I need to start focusing on doing something at home. Drinking water is still hard, but I keep my big water bottle with me & try to remind myself to drink....

Cat - I sure hope the podritrist can you. If it is waking you up at night, then I know that has got to be painful. Congrats on the book..Sounds like it is coming along well.

Mooz - We keep waiting for rain here, but it keeps missing us. Hope you get some good weather, so you can get back to walking.

Hal, Thin, Nita, Mitchellez, Chacha - Hope you all are doing well. Hope to hear from you soon......

04-21-2004, 11:55 PM

Hey Everyone...

Remember when exercise was easy, effortless and most imporantly fun? I hope everyone takes a moment to 'go out and play' as often as possible. I believe it is instrumental to our success at weight loss and maintenance.


04-22-2004, 01:03 PM
Good evening chickies! Today the weather has picked up and the sun has been shining for most of the day. I have been doing housework, got a 2 mile walk in and I will be going linedancing later on so I am pleased with the exercise. Last night I gave in to chocolate and ate 3 small Kitkats before going to bed. I felt so guilty about it but then I read the following in Shad’s journal this morning and it made me feel so much better. ……….. “You do not fail by slipping up on a plan or idea. Failure comes when you don't get back out there and try it again.”

Halgal - you are so right about exercise and the good thing about it is the 'good feel factor' that it gives us.

Patty - well done for staying OP ............ the exercise will follow!

Catlover - a little bit of ice-cream will not do that much harm on it's own so put it behind you.

Nita - I have that book also but I have read very little of it ......... never seem to get the time ...........

Thin - hope you get to call in soon

Everyone else hoping to hear from you all soon too.

Annoyed no more

Life is too precious to spend it being annoyed. The sooner you move past being annoyed, the better each moment will be.
If you find something annoying and it's something you can change, then quickly take the necessary steps to make it better. Redirect the negative energy of your annoyance into making a useful and positive contribution to life.

When something annoys you that you cannot do anything about, let yourself rise above it. There's no point in wasting your time and energy being concerned with it.

You can choose to be annoyed by something, and you can just as easily choose not to let it get to you. Annoyance is nothing more than a reaction, one that is under your complete control.

When you become annoyed, it distracts you and can cast everything in a negative light. Once your annoyance has gotten your attention, there is no good reason for it to continue.

One way or another, quickly move whatever annoys you. Be free to focus on those good and valuable things that truly matter.

-- Ralph Marston

04-22-2004, 08:56 PM
Hi All,
Another great day in Phoenix. I just got off the treadmill and yesterday I did two 30-minute sessions. Tonight is another weigh-in--and I have to say the pounds are coming off ever so slowly. It's probably because I am eating well and not starving.

My youngest daughter in PA had an emergency appendectomy surgery yesterday. I found out after the fact and I am happy it happened that way. That way I didn't have to worry about her. The surgery went well and she is hoping to go home tomorrow. It happens to be her son's 3rd birthday tomorrow. I am so happy I made final arrangements to go back home June 2nd.

Well I will let you all know how WW goes tonight.

Take care,
P.S. Tomorrow is my 4th session with the Chiro and he surely is doing well--the pain in my left arm is almost gone and the muscle on my shoulder blade is getting better as well.

04-23-2004, 02:27 PM
Hi Chicks~~ Just wanted to drop by and check in. The last of our "move" is today. The lady is flying out back to her family in Michigan today, so the place will be ours finally. She is such a nice lady, but she tells us this time around she thinks the cancer has won. She has cancer and has been battling it for many long years. This time i don't know what they can do, so she wants to go back to be by her family. She is an awesome lady--so strong and full of faith, wish you all could have met her. And if there is any chance for a miracle, i hope she has one. Lets all keep her in our prayers. I'd love to look her up next year and find out she has beat the odds.

Only have to move our essentials in, but the hard part will be organizing once we are there. I still am excited about it tho. And i will be going thru things seriously considering what can just stay year-round in AZ and not be brought back and forth any more.

~~NITA~~glad your chiro is getting you such great results! You keep on taking care of your arm tho! Yes, the pounds certainly do come off slowly for us "pro" dieters don't they?? LOL. I think i must know enough to do it but why don't i know enough to keep it off? Maybe this time i will achieve that.

~~MOOZ~~ way to go on all your exercise..walking n linedancing. How is your DM doing these days?
Thanks for the uplifitng quotes -- i needed them~

~~HALGAL~~~Thanks for the info on the Arbys salads. I think we still have one back home. I don't know in the valley but i'm sure they are somewhere~ this place is just too big. But once i'm home i will try to get in there and get one (or two!) they do sound delish.

And glad that Rocky is keeping you active. My dog did the same for me. YGG~

~~CATLOVER~~ Hope your foot starts to feel better after the doc appt.
WTG on the book. So proud of you. That's great that you have a story telling closer to home also. And like you said the ones who won't go to the city after dark might just make it to their home area to hear it. Good luck w/it!

Well chicks i must go now. Glad to hear all your good news and i will check in a few days again.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-23-2004, 03:03 PM
Good Morning Ladies,

Just came back from the Chiro and as usual, he did an excellent job. My arm is almost back to normal and that is really exciting.

I managed to lose another .6 of a pound yesterday. In 9 weeks I have lost 6-3/4 lbs. I still need to lose another 2 by next week. My Chiro gave me an experimental diet which is supposed to clean your body of all toxins. I haven't had a chance to look it over but it does restrict you from red meat, citrus, certain cereals, except rice. I will give you more particulars when I have had a chance to really look it over.

I just got a message from our TV station, Channel 12, and I got the volunteer position to work 4 hours a week taking calls from consumers and trying to help them solve their problems. I think this will be very interesting and am looking forward to doing it.

Well I had better go so I can call the lady back and let her know I will start on May 1st.

Take care and have a "super" day and weekend!

04-23-2004, 03:46 PM

Hey Everyone...

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am finishing my university work. It is due next Tuesday.

More later... just a quick note from work!

04-24-2004, 11:07 AM
Good afternoon chickies - just a very quick call. I need a new computer as the one I use is behaving badly! It is quite old now and I cannot get on to the internet with it for some reason. I am using Paul's at the minute.
Eating and exercising are going well. I will probably not be able to report back until Monday at work.

Make room

There are times when it pays to be certain, to be decisive. Yet there are also times when certainty can hold you back.
When you're certain that you know all there is to know, it prevents you from exploring potentially valuable options. When you're certain of what does and does not work, you could fail to take advantage of useful and workable creative approaches.

It's important to be decisive and persistent when you are certain of the track you're on. It can be foolish, though, when you stubbornly stick to a position just to prop up your own ego.

When you can admit that you don't have all the answers, that makes you much more able to get the best answers. When you acknowledge that you don't know it all, it puts you in a position to learn much more.

Your experience is truly valuable and can be extremely useful. Even so, there are realities beyond your experience that can prove just as valuable, when you open yourself up to them.

No matter how much you've learned and experienced, there's always something valuable that you don't know about yet. Open your mind and make room for it.

-- Ralph Marston

04-24-2004, 11:16 AM
Just a quick hello back to MOOZ. I do understand about computer problems. It was well worth it to have my computer upgraded last month. The guy that did the work told me next time, update would be best by just purchasing a new one. The prices are low now.

I need to run to purchase an extra ink cartridge for my university papers. I usually try to keep a spare. I remember running out at 2A one morning, the morning the paper was due. NO need for undue stress.

CAT: How is your foot? This time last week I could barely walk. I am much better today. I used the hot parafin wax morning and night for the last week. I hope this finds you feeling much better.

THIN: I bet you lost weight packing and moving! What is your new place like? Will you contemplate another motor home? Got any new veggie recipes? I saw a good one on the new KRAFT page.

I made some baked scallops in lemon butter, and girls, girls, girls... whooo wheee those things were good. I later found myself thinking how good they would have been over some fresh linguine. I had no carbs, just fresh steamed asparagus (great this time of year) with lemon pepper. LOVE lemon, lemonaide and freshly brewed ice tea this time of year.

AS I digress... back to work. Rocky wants to play today...! We have been playing with a ducky I bought him as a baby pup. Oh well... back to work. Have a great movin and losin weekend everyone...!!!

04-25-2004, 07:31 PM
Hello Ladies,
Saturday was my first 1st weight in and I"m happy to say I lost 3.6 lbs. I think the walking at work has really help. I'm going to try and do it again all this week. Of course I have also been watching my points & journaling. Yesterday I was busy cleaning out closets. I have got so much stuff I need to either have a garage sale or just donate it. I have clothes that I have not worn in over two years...

Thin - Ok.. I think i missed something. I knew you all were selling the motorhome, but have you all bought a new one? or you all staying with your in-laws? I remember you saying you all were driving back home in the truck.

Hal - you know your right. Just getting outside & having fun, that in it own way is exercise. I see the kids in the neighborhood outside playing ball & sometimes I want to go and and play with them. Your receipe sounds good.

Nita - WTG on your loss... You are doing great. Glad to hear your daughter is doing well.

Mooz - Glad you were able to get out and walk. My computer is so old too. I have been thinking about getting a faster line, but don't want to spend the money.

04-25-2004, 11:19 PM
Hey Movers and Losers...

Just a quick good night and wishing everyone a great OP week.

OneDay: I don't think Thin said they were going to purchase a new motor home - I was just asking if they were thinking of it. WTG on 3.6 pounds off. YOU GO GIRL...!!! :bravo:

I worked on my paper(s), cleaned, did laundry and napped. I still have more of each to do. What a life, huh? ;)

04-26-2004, 04:35 PM
Good morning ladies,

I can only type a short note because I had an accident on Saturday afternoon trying to open up the bottom of an electric toothbrush with a table knife which had a serated edge. You guessed correctly, the knife slipped and landed on my left hand right below my index finger. It was necessary to go to Urgent Care for stitches. This also cancelled out all my bowling for probably two to three weeks. My hand is still swollen and hurts if I try and do anything with it. I go back tomorrow to see the doctor. I am hoping by Thursday I will be able to do my job. As I am typing this note, it aches quite a bit. I didn't, however, keep me from doing the treadmill. I just hopes the swelling goes down because I am sure it will quit hurting so much!

Take care, ladies,

04-26-2004, 07:33 PM
Hello Ladies,
Had a great day today, got in two walks today & i'm planning on walking the dog tonight. Not sure what' i'm having for dinner though.. Need to look at my points.

Nita - So sorry to hear about your accident. I'm sure that is very painful. Wishing you a speedy recover so you can get back to bowling. WTG for getting on the treadmill though.

Hope everyone is having a great day...

04-26-2004, 09:08 PM
Hi Chicks~~ Using the computer at my MIL's so i can post a quick note to you all. Things are going good, but i am very busy. Plus our brakes decided to really get bad 3 days from when we have to leave for Denver. Good thing his mom has 2 cars! So we can borrow one while our truck is in the Ford shop for new brakes or whatever they can do for them! And fast!!

We purchased a new utility trailer today for towing our big Harley motorcycle home. They didn't have the ramp to drive it up onto the trailer so we have to wait at least one more day for that too! BUT we did go to the DMV and get our plates and all that stuff straightened away.

what we are doing now for those who asked is living in a permanent spot. It's like a travel trailer, but with 'bump outs' in two spots, so it's kinda like a very old park model trailer. On the title it says 'manufactured home' but not like the kind i think of when i think manuf.home. It's only wider in those two spots where the walls push out. It makes it alot roomier than what we had tho.
It's still not on land we own,(we don't want to buy down here in the valley---maybe Payson area tho! We miss our trees and they have trees) so we pay some 'rent' to park it there, tho it would be kinda hard to just up and move those kind of trailers :lol: They do have a pool and spa and shuffleboard at this park.

~~NITA~~ get well soon! sorry to hear of your accident. I have that kind of luck too. Take care, and keep walking on that treadmill :) YGG :dance:

I don't know if i've lost a pound yet, but you'd think i would the way i've been running myself ragged. One day i went on very little food and because i was so busy i did not even get hungry.

Hi to all the rest. Must go now. I miss being able to get online via the antenna at the last park. I have this Wireless capability with my new laptop, but now i don't know just when it will be useful to me again! That is life i guess.

Take care chicks~~:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-27-2004, 02:48 PM
Hello Ladies,

Just got back from my lunch walk. Getting ready to eat my lunch. A few ladies & I have been walking the downtown area. There so many things that I did not know where here, so we're taking the time to look at things at the same time getting our walking in.

Need some food ideas? I have been eating yellow squash & zucinnie (sp), but have been cooking them in the forman grill. Does anyone have any lowfat cooking ideas on how else to cook them?

Thin - Where are you going to in Denver? Is this just a short trip? Now I remember you telling me about this trailer. When do you all head for home?
Wish you all could take a trip here to Texas, but I know that is a little to far.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-28-2004, 08:52 AM
Hi there ladies - just a quick post from work as I cannot get on the net at home. I should be getting a new computer sometime hopefully soon!
Eating is going quite well but could be a lot better - same old story!!
Exercise has not been good this week so far but hopefully tomorrow I will get walking.

04-28-2004, 02:41 PM
Hello Ladies,

Just came back from lunch... as we were walking yesterday came across a new restaurant that just opened up..Went their today, had a real big salad...
Plans are to walk this afternoon & I think this evening I'm going to get a Ta-Bo tape out. I need to start adding something.

Mooz - Hopefully you be able to get your walking in today.

Hope everyone is having a great day! Hope to hear from you all soon!

04-28-2004, 07:08 PM
Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a "great" day! My hand is taking longer to heal than I anticipated. I have already missed four days of bowling. A couple of the stitches have come out so I have decided to take the other two out as well instead of going back to Urgent Care. Most of the pain is gone but it still looks rather gross! Whatever you ladies do, don't make the mistake I did and try to open something with any kind of knife!

I have been trying to stay on my program but am finding it hard because I can't really do anything around the house like I would like to do. Perhaps we all need a little down time to just give ourselves a much-needed rest. I do, however, plan on going to the office tomorrow. Luckily computers are so much easier to use than the old typewriters where you had to really pound hard to make them go.

Take care everyone, and it sure is wonderful to have so many friends on the internet!


04-28-2004, 11:20 PM
Happy HumpDay Everyone!

Well... I have 'most' of my university work turned in. What a relief. I have one project to finish up. I was ALL ready to take an incomplete grade and take the next month to finish, and my professors decides he can take work until this Friday. I'm not sure I'll have time to get it finished, but it is a thought. Only 4 weeks of teaching left, but on my gosh what a schedule. IF you only knew. So many last minute, got to have it now requests for assistance and help to set up programs. It is nice to be respected and ask for assistance, but hard on my ablility to 'get it all finished'.

Dieting is going very, as in very well. I honestly feel better now that I am back really watching my food intake. I am still doing the low carb diet - consuming whole grains foods, and a few fruits and more veggies. I think it is the healthiest way to eat - and plan to keep the weight off. I don't know if I mention it or not, but both teachers in my builiding that lost 60 and 70 pounds respectively in the last year have regained all of their weight back. One teacher gained more back. Low carb is easy to lose, and easier to gain back if you change your eating plan. One thing to think about.

CAT: How is your foot? I know pain is an awful thing to have to live with. I had a student get a third degree steam burn in a cooking lab last week. Lifting the lid from steaming brocolli (yes, high school students steaming brocolli in a steaming basket!!!!) the steam caught her, and she panicked and flipped the lid and the water hit her little finger - and wah-la. Her hand is wrapped up for 9 days. She says it is itching, and peeling.

THIN: Always good to hear from you. I purchased a red pepper tonight. I am demonstrating rolling out pizza dough tomorrow (we made the yeast dough today) and I am putting healthy items on my demo pizza. More and more of the students are getting brave and trying my healhty demo foods. Neat! Red pepper will always remind me of you and your fabulous cooking!

MOOZ: Ahhh.... computer problems. When they arrive there is just no getting around them, huh? I am very happy with my upgrade on my home computer. I spent just over $200 for everything - I added a memory card, windows XP, a CD writer and a cable modem. When he installed the XP he reformatted the entire system - and oh not to forget an update on my virus protection. I've had this computer about 5 years and I bought a mid range one back then, which is a puppy size (speed and size) now. It is fine for me as I mostly use it for university work and writing to you! ;)

NITA: Have you gotten any further on the book? Don't ask me why, I am really interested in this book????? I know I should just buy it and let you alone! May your hand continue to heal, and you be bowling very soon. I use to bowl every Saturday morning on a league... it was FUN.

OneDay: George Foreman grills rule. I am on my second one. I actually wore one out! I love to grill any type of fish. I usually squeeze fresh lime or lemon over the fish as I take it off. Veggie burgers are even good on the GForeman grill. I've grilled summer sausage, bacon (cut the strips in half since I have a small one). You could grill portabella mushrooms with a nice marinaade on them - yum! Grill the portabellas, then stuff them with a cream cheese, gorganzalla cheese, onion and spice mixture - bake for 15 minutes at 350. Very good stuff.

OK... I am off to iron my clothes for tomorrow and hit the hay! Happy Hump day everyone... good to hear from everyone!!!!

:dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer:

04-28-2004, 11:28 PM
Just a quick check in. The powers that be at work decided we all need to work an hour of OT each day for the rest of the month. Now as a security guard I often worked far more OT than that, but nevertheless feeling sorry for self anyway. This is such a busy week . . .

The podiatrist gave me a cortisone shot, and we also discussed what to do if it doesn't work. But today my foot does feel better.

Nita--sorry about your hand. I did the same thing once--slicing cheese--and cut it in such a way that they could not stitch it, so I had to spend hours in the ER while trying to get it to clot. The nurse ordered me to stick to sliced cheese from now on

Mooz--what kind of computer are you thinking about?

Sorry--too tired to say hi to everyone, and I must get to bed & get up early, both to work the extra hour and to leave a little early to be at our Concert of the Arts for Peace--hopefully even have dinner first.

Oh--I got such a nice note from the priest who was my college chaplain--back in the early pleistocene when I was an undergraduate. (Another old friend put us in touch). I was pleased that he remembered me and DH, and also to hear that he is doing well, tho thinking of retirement. (Odd, of course, because in my imagination he is still 25!)

Best to all--


04-30-2004, 12:20 AM
Hi Chicks~~ I'm spending my last night in AZ at my MIL's. We are packed up and ready to roll in the morning. But the weather in Colorado does not sound so good as last May. It was gorgeous and near 80 last year when we got there, now they are still calling for snow!
Say a prayer that we have safe travels thru those mountains.
We can stay up to 1 week at our condo once we get there, but if weather won't cooperate, we may spend more time south of there and just get less time at the condo. Hope it all works out.

The eating is sounding good there HALGAL~~ YGG. Keep up the good work. I am dearly going to miss the deals on those red bell peppers, but at least a few times during the summer they are 'on sale' by us. ONLY $1.49 a # ! What deals. :p MIL just got 4 of them for a buck at the ranch market today.

~~NITA~~ you take care to soak that hand and hold off a little longer on your bowling ok? You can catch up later on once healed.

~~CAT~~ hope the OT at work goes by fast.

~~1DAY~~ sounds like you are doing great on the foods, and adding diff. exercises to your plan too! YGG~~ Keep it up.

~~MOOZ~~ hope your computer gets fixed or you can get a new one soon.

Miss ya' ASAP --at the most it will be about 1 1/2 weeks now till i am home.. Know i will be thinking of you all.

:wave: HUGs :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-30-2004, 02:52 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello, went out for lunch today. Didn't walk yesterday or today. I have got to get out and walk this evening.

will post later tonight

04-30-2004, 03:23 PM
Hi Ladies,

Well I weighed in at WW and I am 1/2 lb. away from my two-pound limit. I am hoping to get there by next week. The weight has sure come off very slowly this time--7-1/2 lbs. in 10 weeks. My hand didn't do well at work yesterday and I probably shouldn't have worked so hard. I really miss bowling but I know I will be bowling as soon as my hand allows me. I went to the Chiro again this morning and I sure do feel great afterwards. My back and left arm are almost as good as new. I probably need only one more visit.

Thin Liz -- Wishing you a safe trip back home. Again, it was so great to meet you in person. Perhaps next year we can visit a little longer!

I hope everyone is having a "super" Friday. HalGal, before I forget, I love your graphics you post, they are very refreshing and make me feel great!

Take care,

05-01-2004, 06:19 PM
Hi chicks - just a quick call - no new computer yet so just on Paul's here for a minute. I will try and get on for longer tomorrow or Monday.

05-01-2004, 08:42 PM
Just a quick message to let you know I just got a virus on my other computer and it seemed to happen after I opened Dr. Phil's weekly schedule. I still can't type too long because my hand is still not in good form. I believe had I not gone to work on Thursday it would be way better today.

Hope you are all having a "super" weekend!

Take care,

05-01-2004, 10:23 PM
Hello Everyone...

Today was Derby Day, a very big day in the state of Kentucky. Most folks have parties and private Derby drawings for winner picks of the race. The local pubs and bars do a hefty business with the large screen televisions as folks watch the races - and now bet online. This computer age certainly has made things convenient for us.

I ran errands and took a nap! I've just been exhausted. I got to school yesterday morning at 7:15A, and left the building at 8:45P. Thursday and Monday were similar hours. It is grueling, by weeks end I am not ready to even think about doing anything. I think I told you, my principal ask me to organize a review session for the sophomores of our school - which will take place this Monday and Tuesday. I worked on it after school every day last week, and still have a few hours of keying in rotation charts to give to each student first thing Monday and Tuesday morning. Let's not forget the last, yes LAST, of the required 3 hour after school meetings this Monday. Anyway... If you ever hear anyone say how teachers have it made, because they are finished at 3P and have the summer off... flashback to this!

I ate fast food today. The worst thing in the world, but I was in the mood. I honestly do not like fast food, but today it was fast and that is why I did it. Do you know I was so busy I forgot to eat my lunch and even left it at school - remembering it as I walked in the door here at 9P last night! It was one of those Arby's Martha's Vineyard salads! I'll be in tomorrow and hope it will still be good - I hate to waste money like that.

Speaking of wasting money - NO, I did not bet on the Derby this year. I did a pretend bet, and my horses did not win - so I felt like I won when the race was over! That is really reaching, I know.

You know I had two dreams in the last two weeks about POW's being tortured? I am not upset with this war - altho I do not agree with much of the politics involved. I've always heard of folks having preminision dreams and I had one (actually two!). When the news came on today with the reports of POW torture I about flipped. You just have to wonder about what the connection is - how did I know? Anyway...

Time to work a little and watch Nashville Star. Anyone here watch it?

More later.... Peace... :comp: :grouphug: ;) :angel:

05-02-2004, 10:54 AM
Good Sunday morning...

Everyone sleeping in this rainy Sunday morning? Me... well, I typed on the sophomore testing review sheets until 1A. (Until SNL signed off. I love watching to see if they dare to joke about our government - with all of the threats not to do such a thing beng real life.) I began typing again about 9A this morning. I'd love to finish by noon and go have a nice, relaxing lunch at a nice deli that recently opened. After that... a long afternon at school cutting, colating and distributing the review slips, plus finishing last weeks ungraded work.

Exercise? My mind is getting a work out.

I'm doing laundry and trying to clean here and there... as I take a breaks.

I have Ambassator Joe Wilson on Meet The Press discussing whom 'outed' his CIA operative wife 8 days after he was on this show indicating he did not believe Saddam Hussein was an accurate target for war based upon terrorism. It is really sad, really scary stuff.

05-02-2004, 06:24 PM
Hi HalGal,

It looks like it is just you and me today! I am really upset because I could not bowl in the tournament today and more upset because I really can't clean house, or do anything because my hand is still in pain. Today is the 8th day and I sure hope by next Friday I can back to doing some fun things. I did do a little work in the yard before it got too hot and then I walked on the treadmill for about 24 minutes. It is even getting too hot in the garage to keep doing this. Sorry I am not more upbeat today but don't worry I will be fine, hopefully in a couple of days. I am not sure I mentioned I start my voluntary assignment as a mediator with one of our local TV stations this Wednesday. This sounds like a very interesting assignment. Well I had better go and stop using my left hand so much!

Take care,

05-02-2004, 08:17 PM
Sorry--busy girl.

Both my performance at the Arts for Peace and my dress rehearsal for my performance Thur. went well. So that pleased me.

I had really hoped that the cortisone shot was helping my foot, but looks like not. So I had to write up my history with the problem (20 years!) to justify to the insurance doing the orthotripsy.

Then at work I found I have an interview for a job as a trainer :) . They want me to do a 5-7 minute presentation on one of the most common forms we use. I think that's an excellent way to see if someone is capable, but not much time to prepare. And there's another job I'm applying for (at work), so I had to brush up my resume a bit for that.

Then I was Servant of Celebration at the early service and taught Sunday School at the late service. Told the Exodus. And nipped around and watered the plants, because no one had done that.

Our teacher decided our poetry class was so good that we are continuing two more weeks, which is great--but that meant turning out another poem. (One new poems, and another revision of one I've been working on).

Nita--sorry your hand's taking so long to heal. Have you tried taking zinc? Sometimes that helps. And just some extra stress-b to give you body the tools it needs for repair. Hal--you sound busy enough to put me to shame.

My, it's time for dinner.

Love ya--


05-03-2004, 09:24 PM
Hello Chicks~~ writing you from our condo in Winter Park Colorado. And let me tell you it is a perfect name for it. It really thrives in ski season, luckily that stuff is closed now so the town is pretty quiet. The snow is only in a few spots where plows piled it up, and then of course still VERY white up on the peaks. I wish i had my camera software so i could show you just what i mean.

We can only stay here till Friday and then we can spend the following weekend in Denver at his brothers. His sister lives in one subdivision on the north side and he lives on the south side, but somehow we WILL all get together.

To keep busy up here we have been out sightseeing some of the national parks and we bought fishing licenses. Today we each caught 2 trout and i will be cooking 2 for supper tonite. YUM. Fresh and out of some cold glacial lakes, they should be excellent. I laughed about how we just ate halibut last night but that was $7 bucks a pound from the store, so we both shared the under 1 # piece. Tonite we will have a bit more each. :lol: :lol:

Tomorrow early we are going to try one more time for the fish on some nice lakes. I'll take more pics.

Hope you are all doing well, and i will certainly try to log on again while we are in this area.

:grouphug: :wave: thinlizzie

05-04-2004, 12:25 AM

Oh,how I would love to see the mountains again--and Denver, too. Hope you are having a wonderful time.

Juggling too many things today. Worked to get presentation ready for this morning--then told it was postponed to tomorrow. Trying to coordinate stuff (insurance, pre-procedure physical, sick leave) tohave procedure on foot.

And I'd better get to bed.

05-04-2004, 10:17 PM
Hi All,
Thin, it's great to hear your return trip is going well. I, too, have been to Denver on many occasions when I lived in Casper, WY. I always found it a pleasant place to go to, especially if you didn't go in the winter. You left Phoenix just in time--it has been over 100 the last couple of days. I sure do miss those cool days we were having not too long ago.

I did manage to bowl yesterday, even though my hand is not completely healed. I really bowled better than I have in a long time--I had a 509 for three games. Today we had our bowling league celebration which, of course, was geared to a lot of food which we all brought. I did have dessert and more than one. I just decided it was okay for one day.

1 Day -- Good luck on your foot procedure! I agree with you--any kind of pain in our bodies just doesn't make one happy!

By chance did anyone get hit with the "Sasser" virus. One of my computers did and it took me most of the day until midnight to finally get it taken care of. I waited on the phone for 30 minutes before I got a tech person from Microsoft, only to find out he was located in the Philipines. I was on my cell phone, and you guessed it, before we had a chance to even get started, I lost the call. In order to avoid frustration, it would be a good idea for you to download the current version of Stinger and save it to your desktop. This way just in case you get this virus, or any other virus, you can run Stinger and it will delete the virus. This is a "free" program.

Well, I had better get going. Tomorrow is my first day at the TV station, and I am getting excited about finding out what it is all about.

Take care,

05-04-2004, 10:46 PM
Glad your hand is better. Incidentally, I am the one with the foot procedure (tho Hal has foot problems as well). Sorry about the heat--it's been quite unseasonably cool here (but I don't mind putting off the summer heat).

Looks as tho everything may come together to get my foot worked on--job, insurance, podiatrist, primary care physician etc.

Have slacked off on walking because of foot. Must at least do yoga.

05-05-2004, 03:09 PM
Hello Ladies -
Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I had been walking at lunch & when I get back wasn't able to log on. Last week at Ww I lost 2.2 lbs... hoping to have another loss this week.

Nita - I need to check my pc at home. I have not logged on since thursday. I guess I need to run the antivirus first.

well post more tonight

05-06-2004, 12:39 AM
Hey everyone... over the hump, two days until our weekend!

I hope this finds everyone doing well. I am doing OK. I put together small snack bags of candy for rewards for testing review groups Monday and Tuesday. I had some rewards too. I am over it, and have no burning desire to cosume chocolate - at the moment.

I was called in at the last minute last evening to serve as a judge for our high school talent show. It was fun, but gosh.. I got home at 10P. Today was only an 11 hour day 7 to 6. I LOVE what I do girls, but the hours are really getting difficult to take. I just come in exhausted.

Tomorrow evening is our annual art show. It is a classy event with classical music, dress up and all. Our art teacher is retiring this year, so I'll be sure to go. I always look forward to it.

CAT: Feet problems are no fun at all. I had a few of those cortisone shots, and to be honest I don't believe they helped at all. Try Birkenstocks. Honestly...

I had another Martha's Vineyard salad for lunch today. I demonstrated apple nut coffee cake for my foods class. They proceeded to make breakfast to go with it. Tomorrow I am demonstrating Kentucky Hot Browns. Bet you guys have never heard of that?

3 more weeks...

OneDay: CONGRATS on 2.2. Way to go.....!!!

I hope everyone is moving and losing... It is not easy. But, we can do it!

05-06-2004, 03:05 PM
Hello Ladies,

Need your prayers. Our management is in the process of evaluating our whole group, their is lots of talk about outsourcing.

Hal - I don't see how you do it working with food & especially trying new recipes. I would be so tempted.... As far as working, could you have said no to the judging. You sound like me, never wanting to disappoint anyone.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

05-07-2004, 12:28 AM
Iday--WTG on the wt loss. Will pray for the work situation.

Hal--no, what are the KY hot browns? Never heard of that.

Looks like I have the drs & test & time off lined up for my foot--still need the insurance OK. Hope this comes thru!

Realized I have been stressed when I lost my glasses--I always lose things under stress. I think when I can walk more I will handle stress better.

It's been spilling into work, also, and vice-versa.

G'night all

05-07-2004, 11:35 AM
:coffee: Hi Chicks~~Got a minute to post before we leave our condo this morning and head into the city (Denver) to stay at his brothers for a few nights. The week flew by up here in this beautiful area. We did well with the fishing for 2 days, now we can cook them on his brothers grill and everyone can enjoy them. The last 2 days we spent in the Arapaho nat'l forest and we saw a herd of about 50 elk, 1 moose--close too! But i'd left my camera behind on that walk! yikes!!that is my luck. Tho it did stay in the thick pines so it probably wouldn't have really turned out that well. It was exciting..i had heard a branch break and looked in that direction and there he was! I guess it was last years baby, so only a yearling now. But he was big enough~ :lol: Then we tried another area yesterday (not in the park) and we saw 2 more moose and i think that picture will show them ok. Then one elk ran in front of our truck, and one coyote. Oh, lots of mule deer too. They run sooo funny. the back legs stay together, so they look like they are hopping on pogo sticks or something! Not like our whitetail deer run at all.

~~1DAY~~i will keep you in my prayers for a good outcome on your job. Always something to keep us on edge isn't there??
CONGRATS on the 2.2# loss. YGG :dance: Stay as focused as you can in these stressing times.

~~CAT~~also a prayer for you to get the ok on the insurance and get something done to help your foot, like you said the walking keeps our stress levels down. I am just like you, losing things (temporarily--really just misplaced) during stress! Had to let you know you are not alone there. :dizzy:
The only thing is up here in the 8 to 10 thousand feet elevation i feel sick when i walk. I know having my health woes are not good in high elevation(high b p) I have been very winded. I hope i feel a bit better in denver.

Hi to all the rest...must go and pack somemore.
Bad news is the truck still has problems. DH is off to see the only local mechanics in this area and HOPE someone can take a look at it before we drive the pass to Denver. If it's something that we can wait on we will wait and find a Ford dealer near his brother. Since he thinks it might have been how they did our brakes in Mesa. It might be covered under that...
So say a prayer for us to have better travels soon~ Esp. when we really start for home on Monday. I hope it's monday anyway :?:

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

05-07-2004, 09:47 PM
Thin--that sounds like a wonderful hike. I know that high altitude can be hard--always get so tired up high, but I love the mts.

1day--prayers for the job.

Where is everyone else?

Well, the insurance denied the procedure. There is an appeals process, but probably can't be done in time for we to be on the schedule this month. Phooey!! Maybe some prayers will help???

05-08-2004, 12:42 PM
Sorry to hear your insurance denied the procedure. You must do the appeals process and stress "This procedure is medically necessary." My attorneys always advised me to use these words.

My hand is doing a whole lot better and by Monday I should be able to clean house again. Also, my grass needs cutting. It's amazing how we take our good health for granted and it isn't until something happens that we realize this.

Diet-wise I have done very badly the last couple of days. However, I think I am back on track. I am contemplating taking off July and August and maybe September from doing my one-day a week job. Hopefully during that time they can find someone else. I still will keep my volunteer position of 4 hours, one day a week. I have already talked to John about this and he didn't have a problem with my decision. However, I am a little stressed about talking to Gail, which I will do next Thursday. I plan on working until my vacation, June 2nd to the 15th, and then working the last two weeks in June.

Well, I need to go shopping to the mall. There are certainly a lot of bargains out there.



05-09-2004, 12:18 PM
Happiest of Mother's Day to each and everyone of you!

05-09-2004, 03:19 PM
Hi chickies just a quick call on Paul's computer before he heads back to Belfast for the week. All is well here. I sold a painting yesterday at Country Markets which just started in our town yesterday so I am thrilled about that. Eating is going well and I am still walking.

05-09-2004, 04:57 PM
HalGal -- Thanks for the Mother's Day card. Today is not a good day for me because none of my daughters are here. Mother's Day is always stressful for me but only three more weeks and I will get to go back home.

Mooz -- I really needed your words of wisdom today because I have slipped off my plan and I need to get back on track! I did go bowling today but it is way too hot to do the treadmill.

Well I will say goodbye for now -- take care and have a "super" Sunday!


05-10-2004, 03:21 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day. Went over to my sister and ate way to much. This week I will have to work extra hard. Last week I had a .6 gain. I know why too. I did not journal at all. I tried to keep it in my head & of couse, couldn't keep track. This week I am back to journaling.

Nita - I know it is hard to stay on track, especially when you are not motivated, but you had done so well.

05-11-2004, 02:03 PM
Hi Patty:

It looks like it is just you and me. Thanks for your words of wisdom. Yesterday I had to have another tooth pulled--it was abscessed but had not erupted until the dentist went to pull it. As a result I could only have liquids, and I believe that is going to get me back on track.

Tonight I am attending an American Idol viewing party at one of our malls. Also, the new arena, which is 5 minutes from where I live, called me in for an interview this afternoon. This is just a part-time position as a Guest Service Rep. Most of the events are in the evening. I hope I pass the interview process.

Since I couldn't really eat--I made a milkshake with 1 cup of skim milk, one frozen bananna and about 3/4 cup of strawberries and some sweetner. It was so good, I made another one for breakfast today. I do believe one way of sticking to our programs, no matter which one we are following, is to keep it interesting. We need to take the time to try different foods and not just eat the same thing every day.

Hopefully the rest of you ladies are busy and will post when you get a chance.

Take care,

05-12-2004, 02:48 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just got back from my walking. This is twice i've walked today..I am hoping to show a loss this week to make up for my small gain last week. I am still having a hard time with the water. I am drinking about 6 cups a day & 1 diet drink, by Ww standards i'm drinking enough, but I'm trying to get in 8 cups.

Nita - Ouch... i can just feel your pain. I do not like going to the dentist. Your right though, since your only drinking that is one way to get back on track. I am trying a new recipe, or a new food each week. I always get in a rut and eat the same foods. So my promise to myself is to try something new. It may not be new to all but for me it is. This week I have been eating vanilla yogurt 1 cup (3pts) and adding 3/4 cups of Kashi go lean to it. It makes a tasty breakfast that has lots of protein. Last week I tried boiled summer squash & zucinnie & instead of grilling it, then I topped it off with pinch of shredded cheese...

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Keep me in your prayers, we're suppose to know something next week 5/18 about our job situation...

05-12-2004, 04:30 PM

Bumping us up a bit girls. I hope everyone is doing well. I am just fine. Counting the days! Diet is good, and thus I feel good. I love the new low carb tortillas. Anyone else using these. Now to walk and exercise.

05-12-2004, 11:01 PM
Evening Ladies,

Hal - I haven't tried them yet are they good? I started back on Weight Watchers & i'm trying to somewhat stay away from carbs, other than veggies & fruits. I'm limiting my fruits to just apples, pears & maybe every 3rd day a banana. Eating lots of veggies though... cucumbers, squash. etc.

05-14-2004, 07:16 PM
Hello Ladies,
Had a really good day today. Stayed OP and even drank my water. Tomorrow is my weigh in so hopefully I'll have a loss.

Hope everyone is doing ok... Hope to hear from you all soon.

05-15-2004, 06:33 AM
Hi there chickies - just a quick call fron the library. I have still not go a computer that I can use with the internet.............. hopefully soon I will.
I still have not lost any more weight but I am walking most days so I feel I am doing a bit to get fit.
It is a beautiful sunny day here today and that make me feel good.
Have a great Saturday all.

05-15-2004, 01:13 PM
Hi, Chicks. Took forever to get puter back on line. We called the cable company, and they kept saying it should be working, and it did work for other people in the family but not for me. Anyway, hope it's fixed now.

Done pretty well on the fruit/veg goal, and think it makes me feel better. (Good for the arthritis.)

Not time to catch up on everyone, but hope you are all doing well. Mooz--WTG on selling the painting. I got the proof on my poetry book, and was so excited. Will let you know when it's published.

Back to work.

05-16-2004, 10:10 AM
I was at Orla's leaving mass during the week and one of the parents, who is also a teacher at the school read out "Reflections of a Parent" It was very moving especially as his voice got very emotional at the end and he could only whisper the last two lines. I thought I would share it with you ………..


I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you.
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can take you to Church, but I cannot make you believe.
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you
I can buy you beautiful clothes, but can't make you beautiful inside.
I can offer you advice, but cannot accept it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honour.
I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you about alcohol & drugs, but I can't say "No" for you.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can't achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.
I can love you with unconditional love all of my life
……………..and I will. !!!

05-16-2004, 02:49 PM
Hi All,

Another hot day in Phoenix, but I am overjoyed with life. Although some unpleasant things have happend on the whole life is good! I am not sure I told everyone but I did get the position at the Arena. It doesn't pay a whole lot --$6.50 and a 50 cent raise after 90 days--however, I believe it will be an exciting thing to do. I will get to meet a whole lot of different people and see hockey games. I am not really a hockey fan but who knows, I can always become one. Dietwise, I am not doing too bad and I feel good that it has been over 1-1/2 years that I have kept off 50 lbs. I most definitely would like to take off at least another 10 but if it doesn't happen, I am not going to beat myself up. Perhaps when I start my new job that will give me more exercise.

Yesterday I entertained my friends who are vegetarians and I served veggies wrapped in whole wheat tortillas. My husband is great about making the wraps just right. What I did was saute onions, celery, yellow and red peppers and cooked them until they were thoroughly cooked. I then added milk salsa and my friends said they were very good. I also made a large salad with all of the veggies I had cooked and added carrots, broccoli and some peacans.

Mooz, I live the saying at the bottom of your message--it is a very true statement. Since we are only human it's very easy to slip up, however, by getting back on track asap we eventually will attain whatever goal we want!

Take care all and have a "super" day!

05-16-2004, 02:51 PM
Sorry everyone I see I made an error in my recipe. It was mild salsa that I added and not "milk".

05-16-2004, 11:23 PM

Greetings Movers and Losers...!!

I trust everyone had a wonderful weekend! I was glued to the book, "Passing For Thin". While it falters, is a tad on the poetic and difficult to follow at times side - the story is riveting. I have about 40 pages left to turn, and have a feeling after my shower, I'll read until I am ready to sleep.

This is the last full week of classes. Another year has yet rolled by us. Final exams begin on Friday and wrap up the following Tuesday - which is the last day for students.

My diet is good. Something about spring/summer time just makes it easeir to stay OP. I made tuna salad this evening, and have a new package of the Mission low carb tortiallas, some cherry tomatoes and black grapes to snack on. The grapes are sweet and mostly seedless. I added some celery and sweet onion to the tuna salad.

Do you know the girl in the book I am reading lost 188 pounds and did not begin exercising until after this point? I just got to that part... like I said parts of the book are vague and it is difficult to follow. I guess that is why I want to finish it so I can get the big picture. She joined Overeaters Annoynmous.

Have a great OP week everyone... Congrats Nita on the new job, Mooz thanks for the writing you posted... hugs and good thoughts to all!!!

05-17-2004, 12:50 PM

Thanks for getting into the book. I, myself, found it very difficult reading and sort of put it aside for another time. I also remember when I joined WW back in the early 70's they advised us to exercise when we got to within 10 lbs. of our goal. I agree exercise is great, however, the weight comes off a lot slower. I remember one time at WW I got down to my lowest weight--108 lbs.--at 5 feet and only 35 this was okay. I really didn't exercise during my weight loss except to go bowling and walking. Back then we didn't have all this exercise equipment available and if it was available, I was not in a position to buy it.

I hope everyone else is looking forward to a very "special" week!

Take care,

05-17-2004, 02:36 PM
Hello Ladies,

I had a 1.4 weight loss this past week. That put me about 6.8 lbs so far. Feeling real good about that. This week I am going to increase my exercise.

Mooz - What a beautiful poem, thanks for sharing it with us.

Nita - Congrats on the job. I'm sure you will get lots of steps with walking around the stadium. I'm with you, I'm not much of a hockey fan, but i'm sure you'll get into once the games start.

Hal - I agree with you, it's much easier to diet in the spring. I think there are so many veggies & fruits to chose from at this time. I can't believe that the school year is almost over.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

05-17-2004, 02:43 PM
Tomorrow there is a big meeting here at work. We are hoping that we will know something. We have a new CEO, and he has been making all kinds of changes, he has sold parts of the company, and has said to expect a layoff of 1200 or so employees. The talk in our group is layoffs within our group, but also outsourcing.

So my prayer is that God give me the strength to accept whatever comes my way. I have been with this company for 24 years and they have been good years. I'm trying to keep everying in perspective, I have my health, my family, my chick friends, my chuch, a nice home.

So say a prayer for me...

05-17-2004, 07:48 PM
Hi Patty,

I most definitely will remember you tomorrow.

1 Day -- CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss. I am very proud of you. I have been having some difficulty with my lower denture since I had another tooth pulled last Monday. As a result I have not been able to eat normal, especially when it comes to salads. I am going to my denture person tomorrow so hopefully he will be able to fix the problem. I did go bowling today and didn't do too badly.

Take care and my best to everyone!

05-18-2004, 12:50 AM
Sorry everyone I see I made an error in my recipe. It was mild salsa that I added and not "milk".

I wondered what strange exotic western dish milk salsa was!

05-18-2004, 12:52 AM
Also, did I tell everyone I actually got the proof for my poetry book? It really looks great. I can hardly wait until it comes out.

Nita--hope you're feeling better. 1day--prayers for the job. Hi everyone else.

05-18-2004, 09:50 PM
Hello ladies,
Good news, we'll it's not the best of news, but i'm trying to be very positive. Our whole group was outsourced effective 7/1. We are only guaranteed a job of 90 days, so i'm hoping within those days, that my performance will be really good. For some reason if they lay me off, then I would be eligible for the severence package, which for me would be close to a years pay. I'm really hoping this new company works out. So i'm not out of the woods, but it's looking good. So I can still use all the prayers out there...

Nita - Wow, you have been having all kinds of dental problems. Hopefully you start to feel better. Thanks for the encouragement. I often think of you and your 50 lb loss. You are such a encouragement with all the activities that you do.

Cat - Wow, that was fast getting your book out. Once it is published, can we purchase one? Or tell us where to buy one?

I did not do to good on my food the last two days. I overate, but luckily it was things like jello, or veggies. Today I had pizza, but I told myself I wasn't going to stress out over the food today, with all that was going on. But tomorrow i'm back OP..

05-18-2004, 10:36 PM
1day--sorry about the job news. Will certainly pray--I know how hard the job search is.
Yes, it is amazing how quickly books can be printed now. The first should actually be done tomorrow. Wow!

I'm not quite sure myself how to order them, but will let you know when I do. I suppose if I posted it, it might be advertising, which is strictly forbidden, so I will either PM everyone or give the link to the web site if you can order on line.

05-21-2004, 11:38 AM
OK girls... I had to go to page two, I repeat 2, I said TWO to find us!

Ha, Ha, Ha... I have been very OP this week. Proud of myself. I am loving those new Arby salads. My personal favorite is the Martha's Vineyard with the diced apples and dried cranberries! Yum...

I am giving my first day of final exams now. Oh yeah...

I'll only have about 2 weeks for free time, but that works for me.

How IS everyone????

05-21-2004, 06:46 PM
Hello Ladies,

We'll I think my job situation is starting to sink it... i'm excited, but yet depressed... I will be about two weeks short of my 25 years with my company. But i'm trying to be positive & looking forward to this new opportunity. My weigh in is tomorrow morning & i'm somewhat expecting a weight gain... with the stress that i've had all week, I'm hoping it will be small.

Hal - I will have to drop by Arbys and try the salad. I have been eating the Wendy's taco salad.. it' only 7 pts & chips make a additional 5..

Hope everyone is having a great day!!!!

05-22-2004, 05:19 PM
Hi there chickies - just a quick call from Paul's computer. Hopefully I will have my new one next weekend and I will be able to post more often. I am still walking and trying to have mostly NC (No Crap) days. I think it was Shad or Madcat who started that in their journals. I did not succeed on Wed or today unfortunately!!
Sinead is going to Australia on 10 June, with her friend, for 8 weeks and it looks as if Paul will be going to America on 19 June for 8 weeks with Camp America. He has been accepted and just needs to get the Visa sorted. He will be working with special needs children. So the house is going to be quiet this summer with only Orla here.
Gotta go now for a walk so I hope you are all having a good Sat.

05-22-2004, 06:34 PM
Hi Everyone,
All of a sudden I am very sleepy and it is only 2:30 in the afternoon. We are going to play cards across town this evening so I may just take a quick nap. My eating could be a whole lot better but tomorrow is always a good day to start. Only 11 more days until I fly to PA. Time sure does move quickly! I passed my drug test for the Arena now all they have to do is check my background. I am hoping to get into the training class before I leave, however, I may have to wait until I return.

My hand is almost back to normal except for a scar which seems to get dimmer each day.

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weekend!!!!


05-22-2004, 11:44 PM
Nita--glad the chiro is working for you.

Hal--only two weeks off? Are you teaching summer school or taking classes?

Had my appeal turned down on the work on my foot. Don't know what we do next. The "expert" podiatrist said I should try stretching my heel cords instead. Of course, I do yoga, and stretch all the time.

So not much exercise and lots of stress at work. It used to be if you were evaluated and disagreed, you could raise your objections and they would answer, and sometimes even change. But guess they are too busy for that now--and I must surely have the worst monitor on all the sites.

I should look into swimming at the health/rehab club which is only a couple of blocks from home. Of course, I'm not entirely sure my foot will stand up to swimming. It's non-weight bearing, but of course it moves a lot.

Mooz--your kids sound so adventurous. Where in the USA will Paul be?

Well, better head for bed. G'night all. Sorry to all I missed.

05-23-2004, 07:24 PM

I guess it is just you and me this Sunday. I keep hearing complaints from my daughters on how they are being treated at their respective jobs. It surely doesn't make one excited to keep going to work. It seems there are always a whole of supervisors and just a few workers.

I am trying to get the house in order before I leave on the 2nd. Actually I am getting excited about going back home to visit with the grandchildren and children. I can hardly wait to give them all hugs and kisses.

This low carb diet is sure getting a lot of recognition. I am still of the opinion that WW and the "old" diabetic diet are the best. If only we could tell ourselves we just need a little bit on our plates and not only will we feel more energetic but we will also be more healthy in the years to come. I made my diet mandarin pie again yesterday and everyone really enjoyed it. Tonight it will be small steaks on the grill and a hefty salad.

Take care all and post when you get a chance!

05-24-2004, 12:05 AM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry I didn't post this weekend. I was trying to keep myself busy. I think my job situation started to sink in & I was getting depressed. I had a good cry & then said no more. My weigh in was saturday morning & I lost 1 lb. I was really surprised, I figured I was going to have a gain with everything going on. Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment, so I'll see how I've lost since my last visit with him. Getting things done, since i'll be having to switch insurance companies, not sure if all my doctors are with the new plan.

Cat - so sorry to hear that they turned you down. Maybe the swimming will help.

Nita - Good news that you passed the drug test (just kidding)..& I'm sure you'll pass the background check. That will be exciting to work their. Does this area also put on concerts? Just think if they do & Clay comes back to'll get to see him free, and all the other concerts. I'm sure that your kids & grandkids will be excited to see you too. Now is your husband staying home? How long will you be gone?

Mooz - hope you get your computer soon. Where is Paul going to? I'm sure Sinead will have a great time. Your right your house will be quite for a while.

We'll I need to run... Need to get ready for bed!

Thin, Mitchellez, Chacha - Hope to hear from you all soon!

05-24-2004, 12:23 AM
1day--WTG on the loss. Tho it's cliche, a good cry can help.

Found the health club/rehab center (about a block and a half from my house as the crow flies, tho a few blocks as you have to drive), they gave a free two-week membership to anyone who came for the open house! So I will try it. Realized I had no idea where my swim goggles were, so went out to get some. Will I actually get there tomorrow? Tune in for the next step . . .

05-24-2004, 02:40 PM
Hello All!

Cat - that is great that you get a two week trial membership, that way you can see if it will help, without having to pay. Hope it all works out.

Things are busy here at work. Trying to check on insurance to see if my current doctors are in the new plan. Trying to get some last minute appointment in with my dentist. REally looking forward to the 3 day weekend coming up.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

05-24-2004, 11:03 PM
Hey Everyone!

One, yes (1) more day of students. We are giving final exams up until the last hour of school this year, and it certainly keeps the mayhem to a minimum. I ate a sandwich for dinner this evening, and I generally will not do that. I think I make poor choices when I get stressed, busy, excited, all of the above. Strange, but so true. If only to be in total control, more of the time.

I am taking and teaching classes this summer. The first 2 weeks of June are all mine. The 3rd week I am working with the state department accessing and writing state and national test questions for vocational testing. I am also serving as the 'principal' of a summer intersession for incoming freshment to assiist the transition from middle to high school. Wild, huh?

I am sorry not to address all personally this evening. I will be doing that later in the week. GREAT to hear from everyone!

05-26-2004, 10:24 PM
Hal--sounds like some interesting stuff--but also stress. Take care of yourself!!

Have been working OT, and tired at end of day. Went swimming Mon & felt better. Couldn't get it together this morning, but will do it tomorrow. Think if I exercise I will eat better also.

Did I mention that the insurance turned down the appeal? So now we have to appeal again. The reviewing dr decided that my podiatrist (and presumably my PCP and my other podiatrist) have misdiagnosed me. Phooey.

So, everybody, let's get back on p. 1!!

05-27-2004, 06:57 AM
Mornin' chickies - here I am again at the library and it looks as if it will not be this weekend but the following one that I get my new computer. Paul will not be home this weekend either so I have no chance of using his either :(
Eating is fine - I am still doing plenty of that but trying to only have healthy foods. Walking every day is my only form of exerrcise ........... I always hope to get started doing situps for my tummy and weights for my arms but I cannot get started ............ maybe someday :D
I have sold 2 more paintings recently ............. one going to Australia and one to France. I am excited about that but I really need to get the paintbrushes out more often and do some more!
Gotta go now and finish my walk ........... the library was en route.
Have a great day all!

05-27-2004, 02:44 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello, I have been having to fill out paperwork. Going to this new company, is like being a new hire. Lots of paperwork & they want a resume. I have not updated mine in 15 years...

Hope everyone is doing ok...

05-27-2004, 10:54 PM
WTG Mooz on selling your paintings. You really deserve that success--they are so lovely. So now you are an internationally known artist!

1day--sorry for the paperwork, but hope the new company works out. Do your FMLA etc. carry over? Hope so.

Went out swimming again this morning--it does make me feel better, tho it seems to take so long to pack everything--suit, goggles, shampoo, hair rinse) and leave and come back. DH is very sweet about taking care of the animals and walking the dogs.

WI--hadn't done for a long time. About a half pound up, but I thought it would be much worse with cutting back on exercise and stress eating.

Need to get to bed. Hope I will get up to swim tomorrow. Mandatory OT again tomorrow :p .

05-28-2004, 06:48 PM
Hello Ladies,

Just a quick note. I am so ready for the weekend. My plans are to work in the yard this weekend & take it easy.

Cat - What is FMLA? I know my service time goes over to this new company.

05-29-2004, 06:42 AM
It is a sunny Sat here in Ireland and as usual I have called into the library in the middle of my walk. I am getting quite a lot of walks in these days as I now have 3 friends who will walk with me and not all at the same time so I could be out walking 3 or 4 times a day sometimes:lol::lol:
It doesn't always work out that way but I usually get out quite a lot.
Eating could be better ................. usual story .............. I find the bad habits creeping back and I must get a grip on them before they get completely out of hand. I have to keep reminding myself about my blood pressure as I know it will go up if I keep on eating rubbish.
ON a brighter note I was in Boots yesterday looking for a good moisturizer and the lady did a moisture check on my face and the reading was 32.9 which she said was very good. I asked her to do Orla's and it was 24.7 which for an 18 year old is not good. Orla does not drink much water and would not moisturize as often as I do so she will now be trying to change her ways as the lady told her she will get wrinkles quicker if she keeps on the way she is going. Her skin looks beautiful now but that test goes to prove that drinking water does help.
Bettr go finish my walk .............. sorry I have not got time to talk personally but hopefully next weekend I will be online at home again ;)

Time for a Marston

Behold the beauty

Behold the beauty that is all around you. You'll find it in the vast expanses, in the smallest details, and everywhere in between.
There is beauty to behold amidst noise and confusion, as well as in the quietest moments of solitude. You'll find beauty in the simplest of things, and in the deepest depths of complexity.

Why is there beauty and why are you able to know it? Have you ever wondered?

Beauty exists for the purpose of filling your heart with joy. So take in the beauty that stretches out in every direction, and let it do just that.

Beauty's reason is pure delight. Take delight in true beauty, and it becomes even more beautiful. Behold the beauty that fills your life. It is a blessing that has no equal.

-- Ralph Marston

05-29-2004, 10:59 AM
Happy Saturday Everyone...!!!

I do love the changing of the seasons, but we certainly did have some severe weather Thursday evening. Homes were leveled in the towns on each side of where I live. They are calling it a level 2 tornado. They are very, very rare for this part of the country (neighboring states not so, but not in over 50 years here). There is also a fair amount of flooding state wide. The bad thing about it is most folks are not insured, and those that are have very limited coverage. You just have to wonder about insurance coverage these days. It gets more and more expensive, and they seem to cover less and less.

I've had 2 days off, and I feel awesome just thinking that this weekend I have no papers to grade, no lessons to plan - it is MY weekend. This seems to occur only a few weekends here and there.

I purchased 2 flats of flower seedlings yesterday and began potting them last evening. My goal is to finish up (mostly) this weekend. I have some pretty deep salmon begonias and a new flower callled white snow (looks like an asparagus plant like with tiny white buds). I have a huge deck and too many planters to keep up (12 or more) as I ask myself, "What was I thinking?"

My diet has been pretty good. This time of year I can fill up on hearty salads with a little meat. Actually, I plan to clean up and hit the farmers market as soon as I finish this post this morning.

Mooz: Any idea what kind of computer you want to get? There are so many neat things out there new in technology. Congratulations on selling your paintings. That is waaaaaaaaay cool. Keep those paint brushes moving, moving, moving. Hey, Hal's sister Jane is an artist also. She has a website, but I could not see any of her paintings. She also sings, but should stick to the art work I believe! ;) I shall use you as inspiration to start walking...!!!

OneDay: What is the new company/what do you do? I hope everything works out for your benefit. Change can be good. Where do you weigh in, WW? Have you tried the Arby's salads? I ventured into the wild side and tried the Oriental Chicken. My students warned me the dressing was strange. I actually enjoyed it. This salad has mandrian oranges, fresh spinach and the dressing is a balsamic vinegar with a hint of terraki (sweet but not too sweet) flavor. Try one! (No I do not have stock in the company!) ;)

CatLover: Way to go on exercise and swimming. I love to swim, but at my size there 'ain't NO way'. Sad, but true. Hey, you really should splurge and try a pair of Birkenstock shoes. I have bone spurs in both heels (I've seen the scary x-rays!) and when I wear them I have no pain. My feet do not hurt after standing on concrete floors all day, even at my weight. I know how debilitating foot pain can be. I had the steroid shots and a few other things and found these shoes saved me, my sanity and most importantly my mobility.

Nita: I hope you have a great trip. How long will you be gone? Where is it you travel to see your grandchildren? On work and respect, I find that job morale is what you make of it. I have a really 'bad' principal, but I like her personally. Sometimes she says and does things that absolutely make my head spin (as in Exorcist) but I try to step back, and seperate myself from her mistakes/problems. Granted, many of her blunders to directly effect my working conditions - but there is nothing I can do about that. I just focus on what I can to do help and survive! That works. I counsel my students this very same way - there is never going to be a perfect working situation, or for that fact personal relationship. All good things take work. As my man, Hal Ketchum says, "Love is like a garden, we must tend to it, and weed it routinely." Ths applies to working situations, almost everything in life. Hey, did you ever finish "Passing For Thin"? I went to Frances Kuffel's website and she is writing a follow up book with some more information/answers. This is good, because when I finished reading the book I found myself asking, asking, asking... what about??? how did??? Now, she will focus on these things. Good way to lead into a second book, huh? For everyone else... this is a GREAT book about a gal that lost 188 pounds on her own. She attended OA meetings - and still does. It is a 12 step program.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

:dancer: :cbg: :chef: :dancer: :cbg: :goodvibes :dancer: :chef: :dancer: :cbg: :chef: :dancer:

05-29-2004, 11:37 AM
Hal--enjoy your weekend! I am not doing anything much,which is unusual for me.

1day--FMLA is Family and Medical Leave Act. Means that the employer has to give you time off for illness and family needs (unpaid). Kicks in after you have worked for an employer for a year.

Mooz--wtg on the walking. That's interesting about the moisture testing. Sounds like the tester was really trying to help and not just sell a bunch of stuff.

Got information about a Memorial Day campaign I think every American could support--hope no one will mind my mentioning it. The idea is to ask the President to honor the veterans of WWII by supporting the principles that arose from that war, that the men and women sacrificed for. If you're interested, it's at

Have a fine weekend,all!!

05-29-2004, 12:20 PM
Hi All,
For some reason I haven't been getting notification about posts for our group but I finally found us again. Thank goodness! You ladies really get me going. My eating has been very poor the last few days and today I am starting again. I will be leaving on Wed to go to PA to stay with my younger daughter, however, on that Thursday I will drive to Ohio and spend time with my other daughters, sisters and brother. I will then return to PA and stay until the 15th and then I will fly home. On Tuesday, the day before I leave, they called from the Arena for training, and I agreed to go Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The lady says we are going to have a blast working there. I can hardly wait. I only have four more days of work for the attorneys and then I will be off July through September, and hopefully they will find someone to take my place during that time.

Well I have a lot of errands to do today so I will close for now. Hope everyone is having a "super" Saturday!


05-30-2004, 12:17 AM

Have a good and safe trip--hope you can check in from time to time.

05-30-2004, 01:42 PM
Good Sunday Morning...

So, I am getting ready for graduation and only have a few minutes to say hello. Gosh... I am seriously thinking of not going. I do not fit into the seats they place in the lower arena for the graduates and teachers. This is infront of all of the exterior arena seating. I"ve ask the band director to place a black band chair at the end of a row for me - next to the smaller red chairs. I am so sick of being in this situation. Many times...

Anyway... this is a graduation posting and congratulations and success for making the decision to do something about it. Right?

05-30-2004, 07:33 PM
Hal--good to take charge. Hope it went well.

Meanwhile, I am discouraged. I felt so good going swimming, even tho DH (and sometimes DS) were stuck with all the dog walking. (and I miss going out). Well, yesterday my shoulder was very sore--and I remembered that when it bothered me years ago the PT said not to do some (most?) swim strokes, tho I can't remember which. Plan to go to my chiro and see if he knows. Meanwhile, if I can't walk and I can't swim, what do I do? Walk on my hands? ;) Also I have wasted a lot of my holiday weekend lying down with heat on my shoulder. :rolleyes:

Well, at least I have two Sundays for telling stories at Sunday school this summer. I think I will do the Syro-Phonecian woman and the Good Samaritan.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

05-31-2004, 03:21 PM

05-31-2004, 10:19 PM
Hi Ladies,

I have been very busy today, sewing, packing and, of course, my last chance to go bowling. Tomorrow is really going to be very busy--I will work at the office from 6:30 until 12:30 and then I will go to the Arena at 5:00 to 9:00 for training. In between time I will finish packing. Now I am really getting excited. I can hardly wait to see those little grandchildren, and of course, the older ones as well. I may even be able to see the Marine. He is coming in for his girlfriend's sister's graduation next Sat. Time really does fly.

Take care and I will try and check in from PA or Ohio!


05-31-2004, 11:28 PM
:goodluck: Just a quick check in--safe trip, Nita!

Did some extra yoga today and some walking without too much foot pain.

Bed early for new schedule.

06-01-2004, 09:58 AM
I hope this finds everyone doing well this beautiful Monday morning! We had lots of rain - mingled with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. It was NO fun this weekend around here! But... this must be the calm after the storm. The temps look to be in the low 80's and the humidity is low. GREAT weather to work on the planters for my deck.

I bought a bag of key limes. Anyone ever use these things? I used the juice of one to squeeze of fresh brocolli last night as it was steaming. It was really good.

Off to stationary bike. Can you believe it? HA, HA, HA....

Nita: If you read this... safe travels - Ohio had alot of the storms this weekend.

Hello to everyone else...!!! Have a GREAT OP week.

06-01-2004, 03:13 PM
Just a quick hello. Spent most of the weekend working in the yard. Ok, I was not actually working but I was supervising. Had lots of yard work done. I gained .6 at my weigh in on saturday & I did not do to well on food. Ate way to much junk & not enough fruits & veggies. Going to the grocery store tonight to stock up on veggies.

I will post more tonight

06-03-2004, 12:32 AM
Hey Everyone...!!

Tomorrow makes a week off. It has been joyous! I had a night class last night, but other than that nothing but R & R. Just say Ahhhhh......

This is the first day in the last 6 that we have not had either severe thunderstorms and/or tornado warnings - so life is good.

I hope this finds everyone else doing very well... and having an OP week too!

06-03-2004, 07:03 AM
Mornin' Chicks - here I am again in the library. I should be getting my new computer this weekend but not sure if the internet will be connected then. Orla's boyfriend is doing it all but this weekend he is also celebrating his 21st birthday and I hope he has the time!! He is only home every second weekend and is kept busy working at computers. As far as I know it is a Del computer and that is really all I know about it.
Eating is quite good and walking is also good. Today is the first day we have had rain in a good while.
Gotta go now but I may get to call in tomorrow morning so have a good day all.

Hal ........... thanks for the beautiful pictures ........ they really brighten up the thread.

Thursday, June 3, 2004
Imagined problems

Are you fighting against obstacles that don't even exist? Often, the imagined problems can hold you back more firmly than the real problems.
For the imagined problems can prevent you from ever getting started in the first place. When you're certain that things are not going to work out, you have no incentive to move forward with them.

You never really know until you make the effort. The chances are very good that the obstacles are not nearly as difficult as you imagine them to be.

Every undertaking has its challenges, to be sure. Yet there's no reason for you to add to those real challenges with your own imaginary ones.

Go ahead, take action, and you'll likely discover that many of the obstacles you once imagined are not even there. And you'll find a way to handle those obstacles you do encounter.

Don't let the imagined problems stop you. Step confidently forward and move ahead with those things that need to be done.

-- Ralph Marston

06-04-2004, 07:43 AM
WOW - no-one has been here since I was here yesterday! Just bumping us up to the top again. Have a great Friday all.

06-04-2004, 09:33 AM
Hey Mooz: Thanks for supporting this thread, tirelessly. Even without a computer at home is most impressive.

I exercised twice yesterday. I spent time on the stationary bike. I need to do more, and will be posting it as I do it. Diet is good - except I met a dear friend for early dinner yesterday and she gave me a extra large bag of cheese puffs. These are a favorite of mine, and she knows it. She had actually eaten the first half. I let her know that was not being nice to me, and did my BEST to refuse the gift. I gave her the 'Passing For Thin' book and a copy of a CD of Kim Richey (she is playing in town next week). Anyway such is life, nothing is perfect - we gotta do the best we can!

Today I am off to sign my program for my rank one. I've taken 12 credit hours and need to see when the balance of the courses will be offered. Let's hope nothing is available for this summer!!!! HA, HA... We also have a arts and crafts fair going on today and tomorrow. There will be a huge fireworks display this evening - as long as the weather cooperates.

Rocky is doing well, but stilllllll attempting to be bad. He knows what he does is bad and immediately rolls over begging for forgiveness. But... Anyway...
Have a GREAT Friday!!!

06-06-2004, 10:47 AM
Got a quick chance to be on Paul's computer. I still have not got my new one .......... maybe today if the birthday boy does not have a hangover!:lol: I don't think I will get the internet today as apparently they sent him the wrong modem:(
Going for my walk now so have a good day all.

06-06-2004, 04:15 PM
Good Sunday afternoon movers and losers...!!!

How is everyone this beautiful Sunday? I sure hope your weather is as nice as what we have. The storms have finally passed us, and we have been left with low humidity and temps in the upper 70's and lower 80's. Just exactly what I would ask for!

Well, I thought I had the first 2 weeks of June off. Thought being the operative word. I received a telephone call late Tuesday saying we had class in 2 hours! The professor sent out an email the previous Friday, but most of us were already out of school - and he uses our global state accounts to email. Anyway... she was in school to repair some computer problems/data entry and saw the email from Friday and 5 more emails that day. Only 4 students were sitting there when we walked in, and 2 more came in late - one left early. HA, HA!

I met with my program advisor on Friday, and I cannot believe it, but I only have a few more classes to take and I'll be ready to assume a position in administration (principal or assistant principal at a school). That is not a goal for me - altho the salary increase would be much welcomed.

So, I signed up for a summer class that begins this Thursday. The book for it was $90 at the UK book store, so I went on line. I found it for $50. at

ADD to that, I received a letter for jury duty beginning July 1. Shoot me NOW... I know it is my duty, and trust me I am actually interested enough to want to do it. I am just responsible for the summer transition program for the incoming freshmen that month, have a conference the week before and extended days to work. I may get out of it, we will see what they say. Life I said - I am all for doing my part.

I went to see MEAN GIRLS last night. Funny, funny movie. If you have teens you will enjoy and laugh. All it is not so funny, but it is presented with a note of humor.

I feel absolutely desperate. I know I've gained all of the 25 pounds I lost this time last year - and it sickens me. Time to take control.

I hope everyone else is doing OK... and post when you can. How about some new summer veggie recipes as we enjoy the summer harvest?

06-06-2004, 05:36 PM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry I have MIA. Been busy with working around the house. I bought some tomatoe & bell pepper plants & am putting them in containers for the patio. We'll once I did that, I guess Blackie thought mom was bringing in some plants for him to pee on...(caught him lifting a leg on one of them), so I threw that one away & now have the others on a homemade shelf. The storms we had the last few days were terrible. There was like over 300,000 people without electricity. Luckily i didn't lose mine. OH, a my weight in, l lost .2 pounds. Not much but a loss is a loss. This week I am committed to journaling & to exercising twice in the evening. Anybody up for a challenge, or helping me with my committment?

Hal - I know it's frustrating when you worked so hard to lose the weight & it just seems to creep back up. Like you said it's time to take control. I too am going to try many of the summer veggies. I have been eating summer squash & zuccinie (sp) on the grill, or even been boiling it. I also love cucumbers, been eating them with ff italian dressing.

Mooz - hope you get your computer soon. We have been getting lots of rain here. I think our lakes are back to normal, which is good cause in the summer it gets pretty dry here.

Hope everyone is doing ok..

06-07-2004, 12:16 PM
It's Monday, and I am prepared, dedicated and hopeful...!!

To turn the page, begin to be the person I know that lies buried deep within my layers of extra poundage - my burden, my personal jail. Nothing like some time off, time to reflect to put things into prespective!

Hey, I found a nice website you may enjoy. It is created by a girl that has lost over 100 pounds, and has a variety of web blogs for discussion and information. There is a daily disucssion question, and they are really interesting questions. Here you go:

Who on this thread are doing WW? I have a good friend that joined about 3 weeks ago. I received an email newsletter and it arrived today. It had articles for brides to be - which my friend is - so I sent them to her.

I'm reading The DiVinci Code for my book club. It is a good mystery... I love to read mysteries. Anyone else reading anything fun?

OK... I guess that is a wrap for this post. Happy OP days to all...!!!

06-07-2004, 12:40 PM
Here is an article from the WW neewsletter:

06-07-2004, 07:28 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hal - I am on Weight Watchers. I will try to look at the post you have listed later on this evening. Tonight I am committing to walking at least 1 mile on the treadmill.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-08-2004, 04:43 PM
Hi Everyone,

Just a short note to let you all know vacation is fun. I have already seen my family in Ohio and am back in PA. I will be here until next Tuesday when I fly home. My eating has not been too good, however, I am playing a lot of cards and we even played monopoly yesterday. Grandchildren are a blast, especially little Benjamin who is 3 years old!

It took me a while to get back into the system because when you are on a strange computer you are not recognized.

Take care everyone and I will write again soon!

06-08-2004, 07:37 PM
Hello Ladies -

Nita - Glad to hear you are having a great time with your children & grandchildren. Enjoy your visit, don't worry to much about your food, Just get back on track when you get home.

The weather is blah here, lots of rain, I guess i should not complain, come July, August, we'll be praying for rain. I'm having to cover for a co-worker who is on vacation, so I've been a little stressed out today. I need to bring some munchie snacks, I tend to go for the chocholate when I get stressed.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-09-2004, 02:17 PM
Just posting to bring us up to the top. Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-09-2004, 02:56 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am so happy that I changed my password because each time I try to send a message I have to log in again.

Well I am back on track even though I have 6 more days of vacation. My daughter has an encumbent bike as well as another type of exercise for your stomach and legs. I also just got through doing probably 15 minutes to a Richard Simmons tape. My 3 year-old grandson was exercising with me.

I am truly having a restful vacation, and I thoroughly being with family. It is really hard to be so far away from the ones you love the most! My DH is really missing me and I told him that was a "good" sign. I don't believe he agrees with this.

Well ladies thanks again for your words of encouragement. Without all of you, I would probably have gained back all those "ugly" pounds.

Take care and have a "wonderful" day!


06-09-2004, 09:05 PM
Hi, Chicks--

Having some puter trouble. Need some repairs before I can access the Internet from mine, so am borrowing DH"s. It is v awkward, because he is left-handed.

I have been so hungry after I swim--any thoughts?

Nita--glad you're having a good time!

06-10-2004, 09:23 AM
Good morning ladies!
I've been looking for awhile for a place to talk about losing weight and exercising- this seems to be the one! May I join you? I started back in Feb. 2004 at 235 lbs. with Slimfast and had done very well. I lost my job in May and although I stayed on my plan, my activity level plummeted, so the weight loss stopped. I'd been doing some walking, but not faithfully. I realized I needed to become alot more active! I joined a Curves gym and am going 3-4 days a week. On my off days from that, I walk at least 30 minutes. This is my 3rd week on this and the scale is moving again-Yay! When I compare the number of weeks I've been doing this with the pounds I've lost, it averages out to be 1-2 pounds a week- just like they tell us it should be. I'll admit-yes, I want to look better as quickly as possible, but it's more important to me to do this with health being the top priority. Also, from what I've read, you're much less likely to regain weight if you've done it slowly and sanely. I never, ever want to be this heavy again. I am newly 40 and am committed to making the most of the rest of my life!
Well, that's my story- I'm looking forward to making friends here and the support I hope to get and give! Barb

06-10-2004, 09:52 AM
Hi Nita- I'm a newbie to this board and was looking thru some previous posts. I noticed you were reading "Passing For Thin"- did you finish it? What did you think? I read this about a month ago and loved it. Her story about going to the gym was great and inspired me to go! Well, just curious what your thoughts were! Barb :coffee:

06-10-2004, 02:20 PM
Just a quick, large and warm W-E-L-C-O-M-E to Barb. Great to have additional support, advice and ideas here. You will find this group to be true blue, and offer lots of support and suggestions - as well as just listen and share.

I read Frances Kuffel's book, "Passing For Thin". I'm not sure Nita finished it. I thought other than occasional flowery words that I had no idea what they meant (I'm working on my PhD and consider myself literate!) it was awesome! As a food addict, when she would describe things - I got it. I do wonder how she was able to lose 12 pounds in one week, however. Toward the end of the book she mentions she had been at her parents home for 2 weeks and gained 21 pounds. Then, took off 12 in one week. That raised a red flag for me - I'm not sure we are hearing all of the story. She has a website you can go read some more about - but it is #1 under construction and #2 seems to be mostly about the writing she has published. Have you read Carnie Wilson's book? Not that I think weight loss surgery is an option...

Again... welcome...!!!! Lots of luck!!!!

06-10-2004, 04:14 PM
Thank you for the welcome! You know, it went over my head about her losing 12 pounds in so short a time...The only thing I can come up with is that their food plan is pretty extreme, but you are probably right in that there is more to the story! No, I have not read Carnie Wilson's book- but will look for it. Yes, I am with you on this type of surgery- unless I was in immediate mortal danger from the obesity. It scares me too to think "what if I had the surgery, but couldn't change my habits?" I work on this every day, now, and it's working for the first time in my life! Another aspect of Francis Kuffel's story that was fascinating to me was adapting to her new body. Having been heavy for so long, it will be a whole new thing to be in a thin body when I get there. Carnie Wilson must have gone thru a similar process- she seems like a sweet girl. She looks fantastic!
Well, thanks again- I look forward to talking to you some more!

06-10-2004, 10:17 PM
Well, still no Internet on my computer.

Warm welcome to Barb!! We're glad to have you aboard.

It's a lot harder to swim every day than it was to walk--but even if I get some exercise, it's an improvement.

At the pool, I ran into someone I knew. (She adopted our foster daughter.) Turns out she has macular degeneration and is losing her sight--plus a bac back and some other problems. So who am I to complain about my foot? Except, I suppose, the very frustrating fact that it could be fixed if the ins. would pay.

Must at least do my yoga.

Love to all--

06-11-2004, 09:38 AM
Hi chicks!

I want to "come back"....if that's okay. Last year, as most of you know, was the roughest year of my life. Not that that's an excuse for putting back on all the weight I lost AND THEN SOME, but that's what happened anyway.

This year has started off hectic with finding and buying a house and then moving. There are still LOTS of boxes to unpack, but DH and I are really happy in our new home. DH's mom is visiting until mid-August, which is really nice to be able to spend time with her.

I have been feeling pretty stressed out over the past few weeks, between moving and being surrounded by all the boxes -- and in the midst of unpacking, I frequently find things that belonged to my mom or my dad -- which has been hard. And on top of it all, things have been crazy busy at work, plus I've got two freelance projects going during my off-work hours.

But, I went to the doc the other day -- to talk with her about my BP and my asthma which have both been worse lately -- and she made me get on the dreaded scale. I've known I was at my heaviest ever just based on having to buy new bigger clothes and how I look and feel. But the scale gave me the cold hard reality.

She said that I need to lose weight. Duh. I know that. But when my doc says I need to, plus she said that both my asthma and BP would probably get under control if I did....well, here I am.

And I'm not going to TRY and lose weight -- or TRY and exercise -- or TRY and eat right. I'm just going to DO IT. As Yoda says, "Do or Do Not. There is no try."

I'm really glad to be back here with you chicks and before I forget...I do want to thank all of you for your support, especially during last year. :grouphug:

06-11-2004, 09:51 AM
Hi again chicks --

I'm wondering how much "Curves" costs. Does anyone know? There's one not too far from where I live and it's also on my way home from work.

DH got laid off on the day we closed escrow on the house...we're managing, but $$ is kind of tight. He's had some good interviews and hopefully, he'll get offered a job soon.

06-11-2004, 11:27 AM
I just joined Curves in CT 3 weeks ago. It was about $100 for both the registration fee (which was 1/2 it's regular amount), plus first month's fee. Each month after, I'll pay around $30. A couple of things- Curves are all individually franchised, so they each charge different amounts and also run specials all the time. I would call the one you were considering going to and find out exactly what they do charge and ask if they have any specials coming up. It can't hurt- if it's too much right now, maybe you can work it into your budget when things get a little easier for you. I do highly recommend it. The thing I really like about it is that there are women there of all shapes, sizes and ages- and no matter how they look- we're all doing the same thing.
Well, I hope this helps! I saw you are returning after going through some difficult times. I think you are just fantastic to come back and resume what you were doing! It takes alot of strength to do that- so I know you'll be successful. Take care and good luck with Curves! Barb

06-11-2004, 03:00 PM
Hello Ladies,

Wow, I wasn't able to post yesterday & today's there are lots of post.

Barb - WELCOME to our group. You will just love it here. I have heard many good things about "Curves". I think like someone said it doesn't matter what you do, you just have to do it. Are you married/single/ kids? I am currently doing the Weight Watchers program. I have stalled to, but because I have not incorported any exercise. My goal for this week is to get 3 days in, so far I have not.

Mitchellez - OH, I'm am so glad you are back. Of course you are welcomed here. As far as I'm concerned you never left us. I'm so excited about your new house, you have to tell us about it. So sorry to hear about DH losing his job. I will keep him in my prayers. Two weeks ago my group was told we are being outsourced (sold) to another company. So as of July 1, I am only guaranteed a job for 90 days. I'm trying to be very hopeful that they will keep me on, but who knows. How are the babies enjoying the house? Do they have a backyard? I don't know if you had read but my Blackie had back surgery back in December. I had so many decisions to make but fortunately everything worked out. I have to keep him from jumping to much though. So now he stands at the bed & barks til I pick him up and put him on the bed.

Cat - All I can suggest is to have lots of fruits and veggies on hand. Eat lots of low point veggies.

Nita - Glad you are enjoying your vacation.

Hal - Are you going anywhere on your vacation? How is Rocky doing? I bet he is enjoying you being home.

we'll I need to run.... Tomorrow is my weigh in & i'm am not expecting a loss. I have got to get back on track. I think I need a few kicks in the a$$, to get me in gear.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-12-2004, 07:24 AM
Good morning Ladies!
Up early today to get some stuff done before bringing daughter to work and thought I'd check in. I hope everyone is doing well!
Patty- Thanks for the welcome! Oh yeah, absolutely-whatever you do to get your body moving is great! Curves was just the right choice for me right now. I "changed my lifestyle" back at the end of Feb (on Slimfast) and have been doing really well. Then, in May I lost my job and my activity level plummeted! I had always been running at work and didn't need any additional exercise. Well, about two weeks of that, and the scale quit moving. I started with walking 30 minutes a day and then decided to check Curves out. It's turned out to be a really good move, because it gives me someplace to go on a regular basis. It also is a great mood lifter- which I need. I'm hoping too that it will help me to have the confidence I need to find a new job! The hardest part of exercising for me is just getting started- I am the Queen of procrastination! The little rituals of getting the water bottle, putting on the shoes, clipping on the pedometer...those those things seem to help give me a little push. Once I get going, I never regret it. And what a rush from the sense of accomplishment!
In answer to your question- yes, I am married (20 years in Dec) to a terrific but forgetful guy. We have 2 kids- a boy 18 and a girl 16. We also have a lab mix, 4 kitties and some fish that let us live with them. I do alot of vacuuming- Good cardio!
I see you have a dog too- what kind is Blackie? How is he recovering? And what about you, are you also married/have kids?
Well, girls, that's about it for now...I'll check in later- Have a great day!

06-12-2004, 03:08 PM
Hello Ladies,

We'll this morning I went to my weight in and I gained 1lb., two weeks ago I had gained .6, last week lost .2, . I have got to get back on track. This morning my excuse was I'm retaining water. We'll for one thing, I did not journal my food, I did not get in my afternoon walks here at work, I ate out at least 4 days for lunch. And i'm blaming it on water retention. It's time to get real. I know what I have to to I just need to do it. I'm starting to get stressed out about my job. In less than 3 weeks I'll be severed from my current company,where I have put in 24 years, 11 months & 14 days...But's who's counting. I'm trying to stay really positive with this company who purchased us.

Barb - I have a friend who going to curves & she really likes it. I too have a membership to a gym, but do i use it, NO. I keep telling myself if they only open early I would go. I am 40ish... ok 42 .. single, never been married, my only baby is my black chow mix, he's about 8 years old. His recovery is going great. It really put a dent in my checkbook, but thankgoodness my sister offered to loan me the money.

we'll I need to get going... Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-13-2004, 11:21 AM
Hi everyone --

Was busy yesterday working on a freelance website job, which is what I should be doing now.

Patty, I'm glad to hear that Blackie's recovery is going well. I have a dog that barks to be picked up and put into bed also. Funny thing is...she can get on the bed just fine by herself if I bring her favorite toy or a treat into the bed. Sorry to hear about your job situation. It must be especially hard after being there for so long. Is your last day July 1st (or 90 days after that).

Personally, I have a hard time believing all the news about an economic recovery that's supposedly happening. It's sure not happening with anyone I know.

Barb, it's great to "meet" you. Sounds like you're doing great with the Slimfast program and with Curves....thanks for the Curves info btw.

A big hello to everyone else. I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

06-13-2004, 12:16 PM
Good Morning!

Just a quick hello, I really need to be getting ready for church, slept in late today.

Mitchellez - My last day with my company is June 30th, then the new company takes over, we're only guaranteed a job for 90 days. We know that the new company will have to have layoffs, but i'm just hoping it not me. We will continue to work in the same location, same office for now, eventually they will move. You know we been having layoffs for the last 2 years, so i'm somewhat prepared for it, yet when it happens I won't be.

Nita, Mooz, Thin, Cat, Hal, Barb - Hope to hear from you all soon.

ps.. My goal for this week is to get on the treadmill 3 days this week. I need your help, remind me, ask me aobut my weekly goal. I have got to do this. I had a gain at Ww & I need to get back on track. My goal for the month of June was 5 lbs. so far i've gained this month.

06-13-2004, 12:25 PM
Hi chickies and WELCOME Barb ans WELCOME BACK Michelle :D

Just a quick call from Paul's computer. No new computer yet but next weekend I should definately get it!! Anyway I should have Paul's as he goes to Camp America next weekend.
Sinead is now in Sydney and is revovering from the long journey. I'm sure they will have a great time. Orla is in Dublin - she was at the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert last night. Paul was at it also but he came home this morning.
Eating is just OK but walking is good ............ but then it never was a problem for me to go walking ............ it is just the "eating too much" that is tha problem. Some day i will get it right and roll on that day!!
Right I must go and do some painting .................. have a great Sunday all.

Just one

When it seems that you're overwhelmed with problems, pick just one and go to work on it. Suddenly the momentum will shift in your favor.
When you feel helpless to make a difference, stand up and take just one small step forward. And you'll discover that you can indeed make a difference.

You're not going to solve all the problems of the world before bedtime. Yet you can take many positive, productive steps in that direction.

It sure beats sitting around worrying about how bad things are. All the worrying in the world cannot equal the power of just one positive step.

Once you take that one step forward, you'll find yourself wanting to do it again and again. Just one step can ignite your passion, and there's no telling how far that will take you.

When you feel that there's no use in making the effort, that's precisely the time when even the smallest effort can make an enormous positive difference. Commit to taking just one step, and feel how great it can be.

-- Ralph Marston

06-13-2004, 03:53 PM
Pretty good day today- went out walking earlier at the track. Gradually increasing the number of laps to walk- up to 9 now. That's about 2-1/4 miles. I never thought I'd do that willingly! Tomorrow is my day for Curves. Feel a little sleepy today- our new kitten was hopping all around our bedroom last nite! He leaps from knocking stuff off the dresser, to fooling around with the blinds, to the bed where he bumps into my face, purring like mad for cuddles. He is so cute! Like all babies, this too shall pass.

Mooz- You are amazing keeping up with things considering your computer problems- that is so frustrating! I know how happy you'll be once you're up and running again. What type of painting are you doing?

Patty- Do you have particular days you expect to do the treadmill- Or are you being flexible about it? I know once you really get going with it, you will see a difference! I feel so bad about your work least when I was let go, there was no long wait for it, it just happened. It's been about a month now, and things are pretty stable. The worst thing, really is missing my friends- I was there 15 years. The dieting and exercise are really helping me to have a sense of control. I have a job interview Tuesday, so we'll see what happens! Your little Blackie sounds like a doll! That's great your sister can help you with the cost of the surgery- vet care is so expensive- but what can you do? I've considered, at various times, getting pet health insurance. I always put it off because there is always some financial crisis going on around here! It would be nice to save money though, when these emergencies happen with our babies!

Michelle-Yeah, I know what you mean about the economic recovery...still waiting for mine too. I have learned to become alot thriftier, though. Maybe if I can keep some of the habits I've found to save money once I'm working again, I will feel recovered! You know, it's funny- a few days after I gave you the price info- there was a notice up at Curves about the monthly fee going up $10 (luckily our location isn't doing it, for now). Just so you know if you do call anywhere. I just found out, too, that they have their own diet. I have no plans to do that, though- I am really happy with the Slimfast and I'm sure the prices on the Curves stuff would be unaffordable.

That's all for now- really have to vacuum and take chicken out for supper. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

06-13-2004, 09:48 PM
Just a quick check. My son fixed some hardward on my computer, and reloaded some of the software--and it doesn't work!! darnit. I am using DH's but it is a pain.

Michelle--nice to have you back. Best to all--

06-14-2004, 11:16 AM

Hey Movers and Losers!

Another weekend, and looks like week of hot and steamy days - only to be followed by threatenting thunderstorms. Oh well. I do enjoy all four seasons, just some more than others.

I began my lessons/reading for my summer course "Data and Measurements". I think Bush should send some of his CIA/FBI analysts to my class. Did you all hear the report indicating terrorism is at an all time 20 year low? Colin Powell readily admits 'There has been a mistake." My question, is how could this huge of a mistake make it to publication? I honestly am even having a difficult time watching the news these days - it scares me.

I went to the local farmers market last Thursday. I stocked up on fresh green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and some spices. This would be my favorite part of this season............! ;)

Barb: I have a friend that goes to Curves because she travels a lot, and she can use the facilities in any state/city. She has lost over 100 pounds and is working on maintenance close to 6 months.

Mooz: Nothing like trying to keep in touch without a computer. I remember when my system was out for repairs - no fun. Thanks for trying and sending us your Masten stories. I like this one, 'Just One'. I think I need to focus on just one thing, at at time. I have so much I want to accomplish - and it is without any doubt overwhelming. Good luck on painting, and keep posting pics when possible!

OneDay: Good goal, with the treadmill!! You can do it. A few years ago I was going to the gym and using the treadmill and circuit weights. I am so heavy I began having trouble with my ankles and hips from walking! My doctor told me to go to non weight bearing exercise - which is where I am stuck now. STUCK. I use to take tapes (a friend made me many of these) and listen to them, and just go and go for approxmately 30 to 45 minutes. I saw not only a big difference in my cholesterol levels (dropped 18 points over 6 months) but my pant size!! Oddly, I did not lose a lot of weight only a few pounds. I don't think my doctor believed I had been exercising until he read my lab reports and saw the drop in cholesterol. Anyway... treadmill is a good thing. I share a duplex and the retired couple next to me began using a Diet Center plan about 4 months ago. They built an exercise room on the rear deck (enclosed and air conditioned) and I hear that tread mill running both 7A and 10P. I am jealous - I remember well how I felt after walking on that thing!!! Also, this will take stress away as you deal with your work situation. Sending all good thoughts your way!!!! :strong:

CatLover: You have a way of making me smile. I always enjoy what you have to say - no matter what it is - happy or sad - your posts always have an element of ah ha! Seems we have all had our share of computer problems lately - no fun. Do you follow a yoga tape, or do you go to a club? As I am getting older, I know yoga and/or a pilates routine would benefit me greatly. Now to lose enough weight so I can get up and down off the floor! You know this is the time of year to really enjoy the harvests and experiement. Maybe we can share ways we are preparing fruits, veggies and whole grain foods. Hey, I tried a new low carb pasta from the DreamFields folks. It is not an Adkins product so does not cost your first born! I tried the linguini and yum. I steamed shrimp and made a dressing from olive oil and spices. I read yet another article on the healthful benefits of brocolli. Poor Bush, Sr.!

Michellez: A BIG welcome back to our board, altho I agree, we knew what was up - and were really just waiting for your return! So glad to have you back. I just finished reading Frances Kuffell's book, Passing For Thin. She lost 188 pounds by dieting alone - no exercise! She is now exercising, but has suffered 2 relapses. WE all do. It is a GREAT inspirational book for those of us with food issues. I got my book from Sorry to hear your husband is looking for work. What kind of job did he get? I know I was out of touch too much and don't remember what kind of work he found? I do remember a very cool compter repair web page you guys made. My friend that I told you about made all of my upgrades and repairs to my system. I told him about your husband and he was interested in preparing a website also!!! You will have to post some house pics when you can. I know that has to be exciting. What economic recovery? More data that needs to be adjusted - my family members in northern Indiana have been struggling with emloyment for the last 2 years. Factorys close a shift, go to 4 day weeks, go to forced 7 day weeks, close again. No fun, as insurance options change and life surprises are difficult to deal with. I agree, what economic recovery is Bush speaking up? His with the recent oil prices? :devil:

I hope both Thin and Nita are enjoying your summer travels - we miss you!!

Here is a link to an article on exercise from WW:

Good luck MOVING and LOSING this week!!! Have an OP day...!!!!

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06-14-2004, 02:07 PM
Hello Ladies,

Barb - I seem to do best as far as working out in the morning, around 5am. The hard part is getting up. Once I do, I really enjoy it & look forward to it. Last year I was walking with my friends & I would meet them at 5am, I ended up hurting my knee & stopped. This morning I was tired from the weekend, so I didn't get up. I'm planning on working out this evening.

Mooz - Where is Paul coming to? I haven't heard of Camp America? Are you still linedancing? How are the picture sales going?

Hal - I'm with you on the rains and thunderstorms. We had alot of floods and down powerlines about two weeks ago. I think something like 500,00 people lost power. Besides that Blackie does not like storms so he alerts me when their coming though. I too am trying to eat more veggies & fruits. If you have any simple and easy recipes please pass them this way.

Cat - Hope your computer gets fixed soon.

We'll I need to run. I'm going to take a 20 minute walk here at lunch time. I am determined to have a loss this week.

06-14-2004, 06:56 PM
I am so delighted--my computer is fixed! :) DS doesn't actually know what he did that finally fixed it, but it's nice to have it back.

Hal--I take yoga classes from a teacher who works with one or at most two people at a time. She is an RN with a specialty in dealing with pain, and I am so lucky to have her. Honestly, I can't recommend learning yoga from a tape. They can be fun once you have the basic ideas and know how to avoid what might hurt you.

Group classes can be good, but you want (at least to start) a small class with a knowledgeable teacher. In these huge classes, sometimes people get hurt just falling on each other.

I am so frustrated with my foot, and I know I've gained wt back. I did try one new thing. I realized that on my new schedule I'm not hungry at the tie of my second breatk--and then I am hungry later. So today I just had a cut of decaf (I suppose decaf green tea or something would be better), and then I had a snack when I came home and kept it bounds.

Well, DH and DS are working late, so I'd better walk the dogs before it rains.

Sorry for those I missed.


06-15-2004, 10:51 PM
Hi Everyone,

A special "welcome back" to Michelle, however, I agree with the other ladies, you were never gone from our minds! I have come back from a two-week vacation and did pretty well in regards to my eating until the last couple of days. My grandkids just had to go to McDonald's and I could have had one of their salads but I opted not to. When I came home today one of the first things I did was weigh on my scale and it looks as though I gained 5 to 6 pounds. So tomorrow is D-day and I will begain again.

Barb -- Welcome, so nice of you to join us--I really enjoy your posts, they are very interesting, and believe me, you have definitely picked the right group. I must admit I still haven't finished Passing for Thin or have I finished Dr. Phil's book. I just seem to be too busy having fun! Can you believe that a 69 year-old woman having the time of her life!

My vacation was really great but I am so happy to be back home. Michelle, I just thought of something perhaps you can help me with--when I was at my daughters I downloaded some pictures from my digital camera and they are saved in a folder on her computer. I thought I was sending copies to my computer, however, only one picture came across. Is there something she can do to get those pictures to me? No rush--whenever you get a chance!

Well I have been up since 2:00 a.m. my time so I had better get to bed--I can hardly wait to sleep in my own bed!!

HalGal, Catlover, 1Day and, of course, Mooz, thanks again for all your wonderful support!

Take care

06-16-2004, 08:10 AM
Hi Girls! Just a quick check in- had a really good interview yesterday with a potential employer. Have to return a call today to another I've been playing phone tag with. At least things are beginning to happen- I really miss working! Food good- yesterday was day off from exercise kind of by default- will go to gym today, I promise!
I hope everyone is well and I'll talk to ya later!

06-17-2004, 07:53 PM
Hello Ladies,
Things have been real busy here at work. Co-worker is on vacation for past two weeks, having to do his job and mine. I did get on the treadmill on monday night though & I will again tonight. I have been watching Sex & the City which is now on regular cable TV, so I told myself I can't watch that show unless I get on the treadmill. Food has been so-so, as you can tell i am not journaling. I need to get back to that.

Barb - saying a prayer that your job comes though. What type of work is it?

Cat- I would really like to take a yoga class. Their is a new gym that is opening up next month & I think I will look and see what classes they offer.

Nita - I"m sure your DH was glad to have you home. Like you said it's time to get back on track. I know you can lose the few pounds that you gained.

Thin, Mooz, Mitchellez, Hal - Hope you all are doing ok... Hope to hear from you guys soon...

06-17-2004, 09:41 PM
Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know I am thinking about all of you. It's really great to have such good friends as you. I did good on my program this morning but blew it at supper this evening. Oh well, tomorrow is another day and at least I am done working until next Wednesday and then only two more Thursdays at the lawyer's office and I will be done until October. Hopefully they will find someone by that time.

I can hardly wait to go bowling tomorrow. Bowling is one of the things I missed most on my vacation, except for my DH and my dog, Tiffany!

I will write soon again.

06-18-2004, 01:55 PM
Posting from Paul's computer. I think he did say he was cancelling AOL but so far I can get on to the net. Should have my own computer sorted this weekend ............ mind you I thought that for a few weekends before!! Paul is in London and heads off to Philadelphia tomorrow for Camp America Sinead is having a ball in Sydney - she says the people are really lovely and so friendly.
I am trying to get this house sorted and there is a lot to do ...... where does all the junk come from!! I am such a hoarder and my kids are no better! This summer, when Orla's exams are over we are giving the whole house a good going over and DH had better not stand too long in one place or he might get thrown out too!! ........... only kiddin'. He will be busy as he is for putting up a sunlounge at the front of the house.
I had a bad, bad bad eating day on Wednesdayand yesterday. It all started with one of Orla's classmates giving her a box of chocolates to give to me because he had needed an easel to do some of his A Level art on and I had lent mine to him for a few weeks. I was not going to eat any but then I thought that it's not often I get given a box of chocolates so with Paul and Orla's help we quickly cleared the box. Later on we had some cakes with our tea at the final Art Class before the summer break. Then it continued yesterday when I started eating chocolate biscuits and I had far too many. By the end of the day I had a sore head and felt miserable and I blame the bad choice of food for that. The good news is that today I have had NO CRAP and I intend to try and keep this up over the weekend.
Woops I am rambling on a bit so I had better get back to the housework ........... have a great weekend all.

Anyone know anything about Thin ....... I notice she has not posted recently.

Appreciate the good things

The sunshine feels so very much warmer after weeks of rainy days. Your loved ones seem so much more precious whenever they've been away.
You truly appreciate and value your good health after recovering from a difficult and prolonged illness. You learn new respect for financial discipline after working your way out of a burdensome debt.

It's easy and natural to appreciate the good things after you've experienced life without them. Yet sadly, that can often be too late.

How very much better it is to appreciate the good things you have while you still have them. For then, not only can you appreciate them, you can put them to positive and productive use.

So begin each day by counting your many blessings. Pay particular attention to the ones so overwhelmingly a part of you that you might otherwise take them for granted.

True abundance and gratitude are solidly linked. The more you appreciate the good things, the more numerous they will be.

-- Ralph Marston

06-20-2004, 08:43 PM
Hi Ladies,

Where is everyone? Hopefully everyone is having a good day and are busy with Father Day celebrations! Look forward to hearing from all of you soon!


06-21-2004, 01:37 AM
Hey Movers and Losers...

You know, I took a peek, and we have not heard a word from Thin since the beginning of May. She was leaving Colorado, and they were having truck troubles. They had their brakes worked on in a previous location, and were going to wait for further repairs because they thought they may be related - and it sounded like they were going back to the same repair shop. Does anyone have an email address for her? I tried through the site, and it is not avaliable.

Last week was as busy as a school work day. I was in Louisville at state testing writing conference from 8A to 5P and zipped off of Lexington for class each night until 8:30P. NO fun at all. I rested most of the weekend to catch up.

I hope each of you are enjoying the beautiful weather we had this weekend. I am OP and doing well. To increase exercise is my goal, and it is a struggle.
I am reading at the skinny site, anyone else go there?

I am finishing reading The DaVinci Code. Wow... the last few hundred pages are just incredible. I have heard the ending is not as good as the end, but how could it be? ;)

06-21-2004, 10:59 PM
Hello ladies,

I lost 1 lb this week. I just need to continue with my exercise & journaling. Did I tell you all I was growing some tomato plants on the patio. They have all bloomed & now I have baby tomatos. I just hope Blackie doesn't get to them. I too was wondering about Thin, I remember her saying they were going to be heading back to Michigian. I don't think I have an email address for her. I will check my yahoo site. You know that I probably something we should do, is exchange email address & even phone numbers.

Nita - Glad you are getting back in the swing of things. I too like bowling, but I am a terrible bowler.

Hal - Are you taking any summer trips?

Mooz - We'll now that there are no more temptations in the house, it's time to get back on track. How long will Paul be in Phillie?

We'll I guess I need to get going, I have a date with the treadmill.

06-22-2004, 03:48 AM
Mornin chickies - posting from my new computer ;) before work.
I haven't heard from Paul since he left on Saturday so I have sent an e-mail to the camp ...... I just want to know that he arrived safely. He will be in Phillie for 8 weeks.
Patty I think it would be a good idea to send each other Private Messages and exchange e-mail addys and phone numbers. Thin also mentioned about not feeling well when she was up on higher ground. I hope she is OK.
Nita - did you have a phone number for her?

Eating is going quite well and I am drinking (water) :lol: and walking plenty.

Have a great Tuesday all.

Do something about it
One of the best ways to change a bad feeling into a good one is to do something positive about it. Bad feelings have their purpose, after all, and that purpose is to spur you into action.
If you just sit there, wallowing in negativity without doing anything about it, that brings you down in two ways. Not only do you feel lousy, you also pass up the opportunity to be powerfully motivated by those lousy feelings.

Yet when you take a positive cue from a negative feeling, things almost immediately begin to change for the better. As soon as you start to do something about it, you are in control and you are moving forward.

Take a positive step, and you go from being a victim to being a beneficiary of your negative feeling. Keep on going, and you'll soon leave that negative feeling completely behind.

If you seem to be having a lousy day, it's not the day that's lousy. It's your lack of a positive response to it that makes it seem so bad.

So listen to what your bad feeling is attempting to tell you. Get busy, do something about it, and you'll turn it into a triumph.

-- Ralph Marston

06-22-2004, 02:29 PM
Hello Ladies,
Mooz - So glad you got your new computer. Now you don't have to rely on borrowing Paul's. I hope he has lots of fun here in the states.

we'll I need to get back to work, taking a short lunch today. I have a dentist appointment later on today.

Thin, Mitchellez, Hal, Barb, Nita, Cat, - Hope to hear from you all soon!

06-22-2004, 07:30 PM
Hi, everyone. Tonight is my night to write, so I've promised myself not to get distracted with other things, but had to check in.

I wondered if any of you might be interested in getting my poetry book. Advertising is strictly forbidden on 3fC, so if you want to know where to get it, PM me. Only $5 for 40 pages of my poetry. Such a deal!!

06-23-2004, 04:07 AM
Paul phoned and sent an e-mail yesterday so I am content again. He only got a phonecard yesterday and the internet was just being set up also so I suppose that was his first chance to make contact. If I had read some of the literature, that was in his room about the camp, I would not have been so worried. It had mentioned about a representative from the camp meeting him and and also had told him to leave contact info with his nearest and dearest which he did do. So if he had not turned up they would have been in contact with us I assume. He says he is having a great time and has made lots of new and interesting friends.
Sinead and her friend took a flight early this morning to Cairns where they are staying for 5 nights. Sydney was very cold and Cairns is hotter. It was raining when they got there but very warm. They are going Scubba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef for one day. They are being picked up from where they are staying. getting Scubba diving lessons and then being dropped off at their apartment again. She is so excited about it. Then they are making their way slowly down the coast.
I am so glad they are doing these things when they are young. I never had that chance and even if I had I would not have had the confidence to do anything like that. I am also happy that I have not passed on my lack of confidence to my children. I wonder if I was slimmer would I have more confidence? :?: or do most people suffer at times from it but just cover up well :?:
Woops .............better go get ready for work ......... have a great Wednesday all.

Catlover - i sent you a PM about your book of poems.

The beauty of this day

This is a beautiful day, a priceless gift never to be matched, filled with unique and wonderful possibilities. This is a beautiful day, and you can make it even more so simply by experiencing it.
Today's beauty may not be obvious at first. After all, the problems and injustices have a way of demanding your attention.

But they do not have to blind you to the beauty of this day. No matter how loudly the difficulties may shout, the beauty and positive possibilities are always there.

The beauty of this day has no need to shout or scream. For the more peaceful your spirit becomes, the more fully you will know and experience the beauty.

Many things, fortunate and unfortunate, will happen today in this busy, complicated world. And the beauty of this day remains a steadfast reality enveloping it all.

For the beauty of this day does not happen, and needs no push or promotion. It is always, and it is yours.

-- Ralph Marston

06-24-2004, 03:46 AM
Mornin chickies - It has stopped raining ........... still looks wet though ....... yesterday it rained all day long and I did not get walking at all. Today I will be taking my brolly with me and I will go no matter what the weather is like. I miss my walks when I can't get them. Our Art group is going out for a meal tonight as we have no more painting sessions until the end of the summer. I will have to eat lightly today so that I am prepared for eating meal later on. I will try to make wise choices so that I do not do too much damage! :D
I have lots and lots of cleaning to do in the house today as it is all getting messy at once. Needs a real thorough de-junking!! Then it would be easier to keep tidy. I love a tidy house but very seldom have one!! I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day to do all I want to do........... so if I work in the house I don't have time for painting and vise-versa.
Gotta go get dressed and get on with the day.
Have a good Thursday all.

Imagine the future

You do not know for sure what will happen in the next hour, the next day, the next week or year. Yet you can imagine, and when you do, it pays to imagine the very best.
No, your imagination by itself does not make it so. But it can certainly line up many factors in your favor.

The more you imagine your most desired and treasured scenario, the more clearly you can visualize the actual details. And the details are important, for they provide specific goals upon which you can focus.

When you can clearly see yourself being there, you can see much more clearly how to get there. You can imagine the path to your dreams, then start to actually walk it.

Imagining a bright and shining future can serve to draw you toward such a state. So fill that imagined future with whatever you treasure most.

Play an active role in your own future. Imagine with passion and detail how you'd most like it to be.

-- Ralph Marston

06-24-2004, 12:47 PM

Good Thursday morning Movers and Losers!

I hope this finds everyone doing well. What gorgeous weather we are having here in central Kentucky!

Diet is going well, but is seems so much easier during June and July when my schedule permits extra time to 'plan'. What a difference. Exercise is also going well. I saw a clip on a morning news show about Anne Rice (author of the Vampire Chronicles series of books a few years back) and how she simply developed diabetes #1 over a period of 2 days - and it was nearly leathal. It is scary stuff. Exercise is SO important to maintain our health, not to mention to improve it.

So, with my extra time I joined a local movie rental place for 30 days of unlimited rentals. I am surprised to see several new releases are not being offered in VHS - only DVD! I guess a DVD is in the future for me. My computer plays them, but I don't see myself sitting here watching a movie! I watched 'Mystic River" and 'Secret Window' the last few days. Both are good, but I'd not watch a second time.

I am thinking about going to see Farenheit 911 once the hoopla dies down. I bet it is an eye opener. I saw a clip of an aide telling Bush about the World Trade Center being hit, and the next 9 minutes of his non-reaction - simply sitting there infront of the classroom observing the activity. I was also infront of a classroom. I was also given information the World Trade Center had been hit. My initial thought was there was no way this could be true, but I did act, I did immediately sought information to verfiy if it were true, and if we were taking any special precautions. I have a good friend that is a news director at CNN - I shot out a quick 2 line email on the spot and was told that a 3rd airplane was still in the air - and there was reason for concern. I don't know, no one is perfect, but between Bush's interview 6 weeks prior to the election when ask to name the leaders of the 6 countries inwhich we have the most frequent diplomatic dealings with and his response that he did not know, only to be followed by mumblings that he was 'set up' because this was not on 'the question list', and this? As an educator, I find myself questioning exactly what the qualifications are to be a leader? AS I finish my doctorate on leadership...!!!

Mooz: My brother just moved from Philly! He was there for 4 years, and to be honest it was not one of his favorite places. He relocated to Washington, DC (actually lives in Alexandria, VA). He is an executive chef with the Marriott Corporation. By the way, the qualifications for an executive chef are clear cut. No performance = end of career. His Marriott is very close to the Pentagon, and he has lots of neat stories. I hope your son enjoys his time in the USA. GOOD LUCK with dinner this evening!!! I agree with you on traveling the world. I always thought I would... thought being the operative word.

OneDay: No vacation time for me this summer. I am taking 2 classes at UK and have accepted the position as principal over a summer transitional program for incoming freshmen to my high school. My hours are relaxed, but I find myself working daily. It is OK, I've set these goals, and will be so happy once I achieve my degree (and salary increase). Like you I am single, and the income is important. Good luck with the tomato plants. I've decided to frequent the farmers market for my tomatoes. I also have some friends with gardens ;) My neighborhood seems to have been taken over by huge stray cats. NO fun. They are knocking over trash cans, and I shall not go into the piles they are leaving here and there. Makes me ill to think of it.

Nita: Good to have you back from vacation! Those 5 or 6 pounds will be taken care of - as you have done the first step - you are accountable for it. Just the fact you got back on the scale and are beginning to take it off is the best you can do!! Tell us more about your arena job - especially if you get to meet any stars - HA, HA....!!!!

Barb: How is the job search going? According to the news, jobs are easy to find. That is a joke, I am being facitious. What kind of job are you looking for? Good luck and let us hear how you are doing!!!

06-24-2004, 02:33 PM
Hello Ladies,
Had some dental work done on tuesday, with me ending my job here I wanted to use all the insurance up, since the new insurance doesn't pay as much. Had to get 3 crowns done on the right side, and one on the left. The left will have to wait til I go to the other company. Didn't expect to do it all in one day, but with time being a factor, I went for it. The good thing is didn't eat much for a day and a half.

Mooz - That is great that your kids love to travel & aren't afraid of going on their own. I too like to travel, but after 9/11 I was somewhat afraid to fly. I ready to travel now, but now it the finances that are keeping me home. Have fun with your group tonight.

Hal - I too got a 30 day rental card. Have you seen Calendar Girl, or "In America" , those are two I think you would enjoy. I too had to finally get a DVD player. The prices on DVD players have really gone down. I got mine at Walmart.

Cat - I will pm you. I too would like to get a poetry book.

I guess no one has heard from Thin. I hope she is doing ok.

Hope everyone is doing ok...

06-25-2004, 04:08 AM
Why is it ................. that I try for months to lose some weight ............. cutting back on junk food ......... walking every day at least 2 miles and sometimes up to 6 miles and the weight stays about roughly the same all the time but when I went out for a meal last night, after eating lightly all day................ I have put on 3 pounds overnight :cry: Why is it so so easy to put on weight and so so difficult to lose it. Today will have to be a cutting down and drinking water day.
I had a great night though .......... there were 14 of us .......... 13 females and one male. None of us had a starter just the main course and dessert. I had chargrilled chicken with caesar salad. cauliflower cheese, champ, garlic fries and mushrooms. I didn't eat a massive meal .......... I ate all the chicken but just had a little of the other things. Then I had a selection of icecreams in a little crispy basket (can't remember the right name). I had 2 vodka & diet coke and that was it. Now I am up 3 pounds. The only good thing is that if I am careful today I could lose it quickly again and get back to where I was.
Yesterday I got a bit down when I was trying to find something to wear last night. I had myself convinced that I don't look too bad because I nearly always wear the same clothes at home and when down the street............ comfortable jeans and tops that make me look as slim as I can possibly look ;) .............. but when I tried on some of the more dressing up tops and trousers I felt the way I do when I am in the changing rooms at the shops :( I felt fat............. nothing looked good on me. I was actually searching for one particular top through all the pile of tops the I have in my wardrobe ............ tops that I never wear ........... and I couldn't find it ............. I tried on lots of them and got so disgusted with them all and with me that at one stage I went downstairs and got a black binliner and I was going to put them all in it and give them to a charity shop! Then I calmed down and put them back again. I will sort them out someday when I get to that part of my dejunking plan. :cool:
So I am feeling particularly fat this morning and I need to do something about getting this annoying bit of weight off. I am exercising enough but obviously I am eating too much. I know I eat too much bread ............ the bread I like has thick slices so maybe I need to take more care there. I need to make sure I drink lots of water every day!
Must go and see if Ralphie Boy has any good words for me today .............. I certainly need them!

As usual he has come up trumps!!

Keep on choosing

Success is not a secret. It is a choice, a choice that is made over and over again.
The choice that brings success and achievement is more than a one-time event. It is a choice that is integrated into every moment of life.

It's one thing to decide upon a course of action and then leave it at that. Such a strategy will leave you with nothing but empty wishes and good intentions.

Real achievement comes from choosing to achieve, again and again, moment after moment, until the goal is attained. Real achievement comes from choosing to achieve, and then continually reaffirming that choice with action.

Choosing success is really quite easy. To actually reach that success, just keep on choosing it.

Keep on choosing, and acting on that choice, for as long as necessary. And anything is within your reach.

-- Ralph Marston

06-25-2004, 04:55 PM

Carotenoid Craving

Ever shop with a two-year-old? What, were you crazy? Their arms are longer than they look, aren’t they? Watch what little kids reach for in the store. Or watch what interests you when you’re hungriest. Usually it will be packaged in red, chartreuse, orange, yellow, green. Why? It isn’t just Madison Avenue that’s getting under your brain. It’s skillions of years of programming.

We human animals seek out and devour carotenoids. Left to our own devices, we can’t get enough of them. Carotenoids are the compounds that make real food the color of today’s food packaging.

The pigments are themselves powerful antioxidants, and work to neutralize free radicals, the destructive little dervishes that will rob perfectly healthy cells of their electrons when they’re not looking. Antioxidants freely hand over their electrons, and stop the damage. We’re talking about the lycopene that makes tomatoes red. The carotenes in your carrots. There are hundreds of these substances that are found in foods we’ve eaten throughout our history, and we know that they have can help us prevent certain diseases and general bodily meltdown.

Here’s what we know: Folks who eat red, yellow, green regularly, daily — pumpkins, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, oranges, watermelons, red peppers, spinach, kale, etc. — are less likely to die from heart disease and certain cancers, and suffer less with macular degeneration, and are set up to avoid a whole host of other diseases, but cancer and heart disease are the biggies. That is, they age more gracefully and live longer.

Which carotenoids are good for preventing what diseases? That’s one of the games of current nutritional scientists and supplement makers. We’ve been able to research and understand only a small percentage of these carotenoids so far. We have enough evidence to have developed a deep respect for them all as a group. We know especially that men and boys need their tomatoes to help them avoid prostate cancer.

But our nutritionists and public health officials suggest focusing less on the specific elements, and more on getting as broad a mix of these compounds as possible, in their natural state. We should get 5 to 9 servings of mixed vegetables and fruits. They recommend varying the colors and sources as much as possible.

The genius of food marketers is that they’ve packaged their product to look as if it carries this nutrition our bodies crave. Sadly, they haven’t figured out how to include fruit and veggie nutrition inside the box, bag, or foil wrapper. The good stuff comes with a skin or peel. Drive your two-year old around the produce department, and you’ll notice the same grabbiness.

Hey Movers and Losers...!!!

This article comes from The Skinny Daily Post. Each day JuJu post articles similar to this one, and you can write in and comment. It is a really nice site for those of us in the weight loss/maintenance saga. She has lost over 100 pounds and kept them off for 3 years I believe. This article brings it all home. Naturally we are attracted to the things that are best for us. Truly, our behaviors are learned and often become ones of convenience. I have seen this ever so much as during the summer months I actually have the time to shop, clean and prepare fresh fruits and veggies. Girls, there is nothing better than a fresh fruit salad made from each of your favorite fruits fresh from the market. Anyway, when you add the health elements from making the better choices it certainly warrants taking the extra time to do this, even with a busy schedule. In the long run that tortise outran the hare... so can we! ;)

Mooz: You did not gain 3 pounds in one day. That is virtually impossible, but for some reason you have retained water. In order to gain one pound you much consume an additional 3,500 (rounded number) calories above your daily intake of what your body uses just to live. My guess is there was something (more than likely a seasoning) in one of the foods you ate that had a sodium base and your body did what my body does with it... retain, retain, retain water. You are correct, water will go away just as quickly. Drink your water, add some fresh lemon juice as it is a natural dieuritic. OK, next question for you - What is a champ? I always enjoy learning your lingo, as it is a tad different from what we say! Hey... did you see Bush interviewing in Ireland Thursday? I saw a part of it, the news reporter was giving him a good run for the money - lots of follow up questions. Good for her, good for us. I hope some good can come from his 5 day - world wide visits.

Nita: Are you there? Do you have a contact for Thin? I am thinking you met her personally last year. I am concerned for her... she was always so good about letting us know what was going on.

Hello, hugs and great weekend wishes to all!!

06-25-2004, 05:53 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone,

I haven't been getting e-mail alerts again and I really panicked thinking our group had diminished. It sure is great to read all of your posts. They certainly are inspiring.

Mooz -- I, too, went out to dinner with my DH yesterday and I was up 2 lbs. this morning. In fact I have really been having a problem sticking with any type of program these days. It may have something to do with my decision to leave my one-day a week job at the attorney's office. However, now that I wrote that down it really comes down to two of my girls having financial problems back in Ohio. It really is difficult sometimes to be a mother, especially when you know everyone has to work out their own problems and I really do not have any control over the situation. I can only listen and give advice when asked.

HalGal -- As far as Thin is concerned--you are correct, we did meet in Arizona during her visit. However, I never did get a telephone number from her--she always called me. I am sure she will get back in touch with us as soon as she can. I haven't started at the Arena yet because I still have one more phase of training to do. Chris called yesterday and said it should be within the next two weeks so I can work on July 16 for the Sarah McLaughlin concert. I do know in September the hockey games will starting up again and I believe in November Avril Augulierra (?) will be there. I really think this will be exciting. I desperately need to lose the weight I gained because when they fitted me for my vest before vacation, it just fit. Perhaps this will give me some incentive. I am really leaning towards doing Adkins again--the only problem with this is I truly enjoy eating fruit.

Barb -- I am hoping you post again. I wanted to ask you how you handle the Slimfast program! I really enjoy their bars and I don't even mind their drinks.

We are having a man come out Tuesday and put in eight pull-out shelves in three of our cupboards so today I finished cleaning out one of those cupboards and it is amazing how much stuff you accumulate, especially when you can't see what's on the entire shelf. I am getting excited about getting everything categorized and in the right order. With so much can goods, dressings, etc. I really don't need to go shopping for those items for a long time.

One of my WW friends passed this recipe for Gazpacho onto me and I will share it with all of you because it is zero points.
6 large tomatoes (seeded and peeled) (1/3 a time in blender)
1 red onion
1-2 cloves garlic
1 cucumber
1 pepper (green, red, yellow)
fistful of bread, soaked in water (day-old baguette)
salt (& pepper)
vinegar (any kind) - generous but less than olive oil
olive oil - generous dash (2 Tbs. each time)

Now that I have typed this up I think I may just make some today myself.

Well I had better get moving--I have a lot of sewing to catch up on.

Take care,

06-26-2004, 07:13 AM
Well it must have been a water weight gain because I am back to what I normally weigh in at - 160. There was probably a lot of salt in the food I had that night.
Today is miserable, wet and windy. I took a quick walk down to the shop to get the papers and it was very difficult to keep the brolly up.
Today the plan is more housework, eating good, drinking water and then hopefully painting. Maybe I will get a longer walk in there at some point
Think I will go and have a cup of tea and a slice of toast before I start!

Halgal - I too am concerned about Thin - she has never been away for such a long time without saying so and in her last post she did mention not feeling well in the higher ground. :?: and also the brakes as you said. I don't have her e-mail addy ........... Michelle do you have it?

Let's see what Ralphie has in store for us today ...................


There are many things that can hold you back. Yet there's always a way to turn them around, into forces that move you forward.
If you ever find yourself feeling envious, take that envy and turn it into inspiration. The envy will do nothing for you, but the inspiration can make an enormous positive difference.

When despair comes upon you, transform it into strength. When you've experienced a defeat, redirect its energy into commitment.

Take the pain of humiliation and let it spur you to build a real, lasting confidence. When you've experienced disappointment, turn it into wisdom.

Transform your most irritating frustrations into rock solid discipline. Change your negative anger into positive determination.

There's never any need to be tossed around by the fickle winds of fate. For you can take what life gives you, and turn it in your favor.

-- Ralph Marston

06-26-2004, 01:30 PM
Hello Ladies,

Mooz - Glad to hear the 3 lbs came off. I have to agree with you all it was probably a water gain. We have been having lots of rain too. The weather is acting as if it was Spring. I guess I should not complain too much, the lakes are getting back up.

Hal - Thanks for the info on the fruits and veggies. I seem to eat more fruits & veggies in the summer. I have been eating lots of cucumbers...can't seem to get enough of them. Last week I had some watermellon, wasn't quite sweet enough for me & the downfall is I like to salt mine, which is a big no,no for me. I seem to retain lots of fluids.

Nita - I just know when you put your mind to it, you will lose the few pounds that you have gained. I think it will be exciting working all the concert venues. Oh, Clay Akins, is coming to town, I believe in Sept.

Cat, Barb, Mitchellez, Thin - Hope to hear from you all soon.

OK, ladies I need your HELP! I went to weigh in this morning & gained .4 lbs. This past month I have gained +.2, +1, -1, +.4, I can not get passed the 166 mark, I think it's a mind game for me... I don't know why but I just can't seem to get passed it. Of course during this time, I have not journaled, I keep the journal in my mind & by looking at this past month, I have not done a good job. I am committing right now to journal, no matter if i go over my points or not. Also I am going to try and get some other type of workout in, other than walking. Maybe I need to jump start my body. So I need you all to ask me, WHAT Exercise have I done today, for the next week. I am committing to do Tae Bo, or any other type of exercse at least 3 days this week. I have got to get passed this point.

06-27-2004, 04:51 PM
Just a note to bring us to the top!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

06-27-2004, 08:22 PM
Hi One-Day,

You sure are lucky to have Clay Aiken come to your town. He is an outstanding performer and I can truly say I enjoyed his concert very much. It looks like it is just you and me today. I am sure everyone is enjoying their weekend. I just came home from bowling in a no-tap tournament and came in 5th place for $25. It cost me $20 to get into the tournament and it was really a lot of fun.

I, too, am still having a terrible time getting back on track. Also, it has been way too hot to exercise on my treadmill in the garage. I am considering bringing in my Body by Jake and perhaps I could do that instead for the sommer. All I have to do is convince my DH it will be okay.

I have a pretty busy week coming up. Monday--it's back to the dentist for a fitting for my bottom partial; then, of course, bowling in the early afternoon. Tuesday--I need to take the dog for grooming and come back home and finish unloading the shelves in the pantry and kitchen so the gentleman can put in those pull-out shelves. And then I am going bowling again Tuesday in another tournament. Wednesday--I work for four hours at the TV station--this is getting to be a very interesting assignment. You just never know who is going to be on the other end of the line! Thursday--horray!!!! my last day at the lawyers office. Friday--another afternoon of bowling. Saturday--the young man who played pinocchle with us is bringing his dad over so we can play partners with a double deck. So you see, life surely isn't dull around here! I do know, however, 1-Day, we definitely need to journal. It is most important, and that is the one thing I hate to do the most. Perhaps we can get some commitment from some others and do it as a team! I need this kind of boost and perhaps we can just stick to it!

Take care,

06-28-2004, 03:38 AM
Mornin' chickies! It is a nice morning here today .......... unfortunately I have to go to work :( I really want to get this weight off and if journalling my food would help then maybe that is what I should do too. Anytime I tried to journal my food, for WW, I was never that good at it. Oh I started off OK for about 1 day after weighin but then it fell by the wayside. Maybe that is why WW never worked for me .......... I didn't give it a proper chance! So if you ladies are going to journal then I make a commitment to do it also for 1 week to start with. One week is not that long!
Gotta get ready for work. Have a nice day all.

Someday you'll see

Someday, you keep telling yourself, you'll truly start to live. Someday you will take the very best of your possibilities and make them real.
Someday you'll escape from the meaningless distractions that only waste your moments. Someday you'll focus all your time and energy on what is really important.

Someday your longing to move vigorously forward will overcome the fears and insecurities that have caused you to hesitate. Someday you'll realize that you've always had the courage and the confidence to fully live, and wonder why you didn't start sooner.

Someday you'll laugh at the petty angers, frustrations, worries and annoyances that keep you from being all you can be. Someday you'll learn to let go and live.

Someday you'll decide that your life cannot wait any longer. Someday, you'll realize that living with richness and fulfillment is infinitely better than making endless excuses.

Someday you'll see that someday is here, that there's no reason to wait any longer. And there's every reason, here and now, to be fully alive.

-- Ralph Marston

06-28-2004, 09:33 AM
The diet that lowers Blood Pressure and hopefully loses weight too.,2479,s1-5005,00.html

PATTY ............ what exercise have you done today?

06-28-2004, 11:47 AM
Good Morning Mooz:

I am in agreement with you, journaling is not much fun--however, it does get results. A thought popped into my head this morning while I was cleaning my screens that perhaps we could share our journaling with each other and give others a chance to maybe copy your journal for a day and thus avoid the counting process or at least get some good ideas on what they should be eating. I would say to everyone interested that we start our week-long experiment no later than this Wednesday. This morning I threw out a bag of tortilla chips that my DH and I have been munching on for the last couple of days knowing full well I could not stop at the required amount.

Okay ladies, who is going to accept this challenge--one week! that is all that is required. Together we can do this. Once we get past this stage perhaps we can go onto another week--let's see how much enthusiasm we can muster up here!

Take care,

06-28-2004, 12:03 PM
Nita - I am trying the DASH diet for lowering Blood Pressure, that I mentioned earlier, starting from today. I think I will make out a sheet and tick the foods off as I eat them. Then when they are all ticked off I can eat no more! It will be a form of journalling and maybe one that I can keep!!
I did the 8 Minute TaeBo tape today .......... it's a great little workout but counting the warm up and cool down it lasts 16 mins.

06-28-2004, 12:30 PM

Hey everyone!

OK, I am in. Journaling for the week, beginning today I can try. It just may be eye opening, huh? All weekend - as I would go to eat later PM - I reminded myself of a younger, thin person in my class saying randomly she never eats solid food after 8P. What a smart lesson to learn early in life, huh? Well, it kept a few calories from my mouth this weekend. That is success, if even in a small way.

So... lots of luck Movers and Losers this week. I must close quickly today as I am preparing for my midterm exam this evening. ***stress*** :dizzy:

06-28-2004, 07:28 PM
Hello Ladies,
I am all for the jornaling too. I know that is exactly what I need. When I journaled in the beginning of Weight Watchers, I would have a loss. I have not journaled this past month & no loss. You think I would get it.
Anyway I am up for it. Do we want to start today, tomorrow? or wednesday? doesn't matter to me...

Mooz - I overslept this morning so I did not get to my tae bo, but I am planning on doing it tonight. Also i'm back to wearing my pedometer & so far I have 6875 steps.. my goal is to get to 10,000 per day.

Hal - good luck on your test.

Nita - You are such a busy lady, I don't see how you even have time to work. Let's all do this journaling together. Are you still going to Ww?

Hope everyone else is having a great day!

06-28-2004, 09:02 PM
Hi Everyone,

Okay, let's start journaling tomorrow. When I was shopping in one of our specialty food stores this morning I happened to get into a conversation with a gentleman who was buying vitamins. Somehow we got on the subject of dieting and he proceeded to give me several tips on how to be successful. He also gave me a website to check out which I will do and if it is beneficial, I will pass it onto you. He happened to be a vegetarian, however, he did eat eggs. If I remember correctly several people on our site are doing what he suggested--that is, eating 5 small meals per day.

Somehow or other this stranger has gotten me excited to get serious about getting down to the goal I really want to be.

Take care,

06-28-2004, 11:17 PM
Official statement from the White House association:

The White House has 132 rooms, including 16 family-guest rooms (bedroom suites), 1 main kitchen, 1 diet kitchen, 1 family kitchen, and 31 bathrooms.

06-29-2004, 03:29 AM

Mornin' chicks - didn't get for a walk yesterday but at least I did my TaeBo.
I am goiing to a new Yoga class with a friend tonight so that should be interesting. I did well yesterday on my first day of the DASH diet and the journalling that is necessary for it............ other wise I would not remenber what I had ate! ;)
Gotta rush off now for work.

CAt - Are you trying to say that Mr Clinton tells lies?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Give it time

Some of your blessings you instantly recognize as such. Most of them, though, take some time to become fully apparent.
Often, a great blessing can come from what may at first seem to be a heavy burden. Reflect back on your experience and you'll see this is true.

Perhaps a relationship that got off to a rocky start ended up becoming a treasured friendship. Or perhaps a difficult challenge brought to the surface a valuable skill you didn't know you had.

Maybe you needed to solve a thorny problem and in doing so, discovered a golden opportunity. Or perhaps living through a time of immense frustration made you stronger, more confident, patient and resilient.

When life takes a distressing turn, give it time. And during that time, be on the lookout for the valuable and positive aspects of your situation.

Keep your eyes open for blessings in disguise. They are often the most profound and enduring ones.

-- Ralph Marston

06-29-2004, 01:43 PM
Good Morning ladies,

Cat - Can't believe he had to sleep on the couch. Guess he couldn't find a bedroom.

Mooz - Let me know how the yoga class is. I'm thinking about taking one too.

Last night I didn't get home til 8:15pm, went to the grocery store, but i did get to 10,000 steps.. I was so close & yet I was tired but kept telling myself just get to 10,000 so I took out the trash and did some things around the house to get to it. I didn't do Tae Bo last night, but I did get up this morning 5:20 am and did it.

day 1 - am 3 egg whites, 1 cup soy mil = 3pts
snack - 1 banana 2pts
lunch - 1 cup yogurt(2pts) & 3/4 c Kashi go lean (3pts)/
ff jello (0),
not doing to good on my water, will need to work on that today.

Steps so far - 1241
total steps for day were 9825

Instead of writing again later, I think I will just come back to this note & update.

06-29-2004, 02:07 PM
Hi everyone --

Sorry I "went away" from the thread....still trying to get settled into my new house, plus my mother-in-law has been visiting so we're doing stuff with her -- she'll be here 'till middle of August, which is great because I just love her. I just can't get much done. And my old kitty's (17 years old) health started declining rapidly, and she passed away last Thursday. And one of my best friends in California who has been battling Stage 4 cancer for 2-1/2 years has now been referred to hospice. She's not interested in eating or drinking and she goes in and out of consciousness. Please pray for her. Her name is Patricia.


06-29-2004, 02:49 PM
Hi Ladies,

1-Day - Thanks for sharing your menu so far today. That gives me incentive to do the same. We did have a mishap at our house--our refrigerator started going out late Sunday and we didn't notice it until Monday morning. The repairman isn't coming until 3:00 to 5:00 today. I got a couple of coolers and put ice in them hoping not to lose all of our food. As a result my breakfast consisted of bacon-4 pts. and scrambled eggs with a little cheese (4 pts.), 1 pc toast w/ small amt of peanut butter.- 2 pts. and of course my coffee - 1 pt. I know this takes up a lot of my points but at least I haven't eaten anything else and it has been over 4-1/2 hrs.

Michelle - Great to hear from you and I most definitely will keep your friend in my prayers!

Mooz - It seems like you are doing well -- keep going!!!

I will write more later.
Take care,

06-30-2004, 10:27 AM
Mooz -- It's great that you're doing Yoga. I love taking Yoga classes. What is the DASH diet?

Nita -- Was the repairman able to fix your frig?

1Day -- Sounds like you are doing awesome both with eating and exercising. Good for you!

HalGal -- I hope your test went okay.

So, it sounds like everyone was going to try journaling for the week. Since I was gone for awhile, I didn't know....and I haven't been journaling. And I haven't been doing good with my eating. Starting today, I will do better.

06-30-2004, 10:37 AM
Mooz -- I just looked up the DASH diet plan on the web, and at first it looked like something I could handle, then I looked at the sweets category (5 per week)....well, I've been eating more than that lately -- which is in the reason I'm in the shape (pun intended) I'm in. Seriously, it does seem like a very sensible and very do-able plan. Today, I've started off poorly, but I'll do better the rest of the day.

06-30-2004, 12:22 PM

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

My midterm was grueling. 50% of the test was statistical scenerios using a variety of algebratic equations. OK, it has been 25 years since I've had any math classes, and this guy went over each of these types of problems once -I repeat once each. ****stressssss**** Oddly, I passed the test. He wanted to speak to each of us individually on how we did. I told him for a class of 8 sessions to date - each being 3 hours long - and his total time/coverage of the equations totaled no more than 1 1/2 hours I felt it should not have been 50% of the test. I memorized 17, I repeat 17 pages of typed notes on the history of testing and measurements, theories, data and characteristics of... DUH....!!! He is a young professor, and is actually working on his PhD. I believe this may be his first grad class he has ever taught.

In my stressdom - new word - I came home and ordered up fries and a burger. I immediately regretted it, but will attempt to pick up from there and begin again.

Just a few quick notes as I have a long list of "Things To Do" before I go to class this evening...!!!

OneDay: How is your exercise going? I am getting ready to get on the bike AS soon as I finish posting. You go girl.

Mooz: Thanks for your help trying to find THIN. I sent emails to both addresses and both were returned as not good. You know her last email she said 'Say a prayer for us as we drive through the mountains." This really has me shook up. Anyway... what about TAZ. Can you write to her to see if she may have some information? Have you read about the Prisim Diet? I am going to post some on it for us t read. I have a friend that is a nurse that has lost a lot of weight on it.

Cat: LOL... you know sleeping on the sofa is like not having sex. Duh-da...same line of thinking. What next? I am honestly afraid to ask? ;)

Michellez: Good to hear from you!! Sounds like you are on the road to recovery and long term weight loss. WE can do this! Together... :)

Prism Diet

a Low Carbohydrate Diet

The Prism Diet is a faith-based low carbohydrate diet similar to the Atkins Diet. It's main objective is to eliminite sugar and drastically reduce carbohydrate intake. Low carbohydrate diets are generally effective in the short-term, but maintaining such a restrictive diet is difficult for most people.

The following is an analysis by Kathy Goodwin, a registered dietition for The Diet Channel. It appears at

"Weight control can be a highly reactive subject. No wonder! Millions of people have tried countless times to succeed at the battle of the bulge only to watch the pounds creep back on time and time again. It can be an exasperating ordeal, and it’s clear that many have now pledged their diet allegiances to Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution in yet another attempt to claim victory with the bathroom scale. The "new" Atkins plan (which is actually a resurfacing of his book "Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution" published in the 70's) advocates a high protein, high fat diet with a significant restriction of dietary carbohydrate. Since the Atkins regimen contradicts the overwhelming majority of research on how to healthily lose and maintain weight, most public health professionals and organizations strongly disapprove of this diet. Many Atkins followers are incensed by the lack of support for their diet guru. Why? Perhaps because this fad diet could be another diet failure down the road -- a potential reality too difficult to face yet another time. But, many do feel an attachment to Atkins and other low-carb plans because a great number truly do lose weight. Keep in mind however, that there are many factors which must come into play if a diet can be considered truly successful over time. If the indicator of a successful diet is initial weight loss alone, and not permanent fat loss achieved in a healthy way, then my hat’s off to Atkins! Unfortunately, this and many other fad diets will not serve your long term health or your long-term success at weight control (and we do assume you would like to keep the pounds off forever?). Consider the following:

Fad Diet Fallacies

If you are on the Atkins plan or are considering trying it, you may wish to take a good hard look at your dieting history first. How many diets have you tried over the years? Everything from Optifast to Stillman? Have you lost weight and regained it several times only to start on the next "miracle" plan? Do you honestly feel that a low carb plan is something you can stick with for the rest of your life? If not, then it's just temporary like the rest of the fads. No more chocolate cake, mashed potatoes, french fries, spaghetti, pancakes, apple pie or other favorites. Forever. Even Atkins admits that if you go back to a higher carb diet again, the pounds will return. You've also got history and research against you. Studies show that restrictive diets which eliminate several foods or food groups have the worst failure rates over time -- a pretty dismal outlook. Unfortunately, many, caught in the initial weight loss euphoria of the low carb plan, will shun the research, hoping yet again, to beat the odds.

No Magic In Eliminating Carbohydrates

Why do some people lose weight on this diet? Is there some magical phenomenon that occurs in the body when high carbohydrate foods are abolished? No. The Atkins diet essentially eliminates several foods and food groups like fruits, cereals, breads, grains, starches, baked goods, dairy products, starchy vegetables, and sweets. This simply translates into a significant daily calorie reduction - the basis of any weight loss diet. Any reduction of calories - whether from protein, carbohydrate or fat - will result in weight loss. The basic weight loss formula is: calories burned must exceed calories consumed. Easily done when the majority of the foods on a typical day's menu are eliminated. There's nothing revolutionary about this regimen.

Rapid Water Loss

Many people become instantaneously hooked on the Atkins plan due to an initial rapid weight loss. The weight loss isn't coming from body fat though - it's coming from water. How's that? The body's preferred energy source is glucose. When carbohydrates are significantly restricted, as they are on the Atkins diet, the body runs short on its constant supply of glucose - the breakdown product of carbohydrate. The body anticipates these situations by storing emergency glucose, known as glycogen, in the muscles and liver. For every one gram of glycogen the body stores, it must store with it three grams of water. If carbohydrate is significantly limited, the body will begin to break down these glycogen stores to obtain glucose for energy. And what do you suppose gets released and excreted when the glycogen gets broken down? That's right - stored water - and lots of it. This gives the false appearance of a magical victory with the scale. If your goal is fat loss then this is certainly no cause for celebration.

Insulin Insanity

Low carb plans arouse an irrational fear about the hormone insulin. Insulin, like other hormones in the body, has many vital functions. One function is to enable our cells to take up glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy. This gives us the ability to do everything from lifting a finger to recalling memories to running a marathon. Insulin has become unpopular (in obese countries) due to the fact that it helps the body store fat. Because of this fat storing function, low carb plans have condemned insulin to eternal damnation. Unfortunately, it's a very undeserved reputation based on false and twisted truths. One false theory is that only carbohydrate in the diet will stimulate insulin production. The truth is that all ingested foods stimulate insulin production. The second false theory is that insulin stores fat only when high carb foods are eaten. The bottom line with regard to the body's biochemistry is that fat will only be stored if too much food (from any source) is eaten. If the body takes in less calories than it uses in a day, all those calories will be "burned" or used for energy. It does not matter what percentage of those calories came from fat, protein or carbohydrate. On the other hand, if the body takes in more calories than it burns, insulin will help to store those extra calories as fat. Again, it does not matter where the extra calories come from. In fact, if the extra calories are from carbohydrate, the body actually burns some calories in order to turn carbohydrate into fat for storage. In contrast, extra fat calories can be immediately stored as fat. To blame insulin as the sole contributor to obesity is not only ludicrous, it's irresponsible thinking. What about all those days when we got into our cars, sat at the office all day, got the supersize meal from the drive-through, "remote-controlled" the TV all night while devouring ice cream to comfort our stress and emotions? Might this be a better explanation for rampant obesity in America? Obesity is an extremely complex issue. It has to do not only with excess calories and lack of exercise, but also genetics, psychological issues, social issues, medical problems and so many other things. The fact that normal portion sizes at restaurants are growing ever more outrageous, and that high calorie, high fat foods are cheaper and more accessible than ever doesn't help either. Obesity is not a simple issue and insulin is not the cause.

Healthy Populations Eat Carbs

The idea that a high carb diet is responsible for obesity and illness (a concept supported by low carb plans) is completely contradicted by many population-based studies. For instance, in Japan, carbohydrates compose the overwhelming majority of daily caloric intake. High carb foods like grains, rice, and vegetables are daily staples of Japanese life, and intake of high protein, high fat animal products is minimal. In contrast to the reported "evils" of carbohydrates touted by low carb plans, Japan has some of the lowest rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes in the world. Enough said.

Heart Disease Haven

The Atkins diet places no limit on the amount of saturated-fat-laden products one can have each day. Large portions of foods like butter, red meat and bacon are advocated and encouraged. The Atkins plan contradicts numerous studies which have demonstrated the significant correlation between diets high in saturated fat and increased heart disease risk. Dean Ornish, M.D., a renowned cardiologist and author of the book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program For Reversing Heart Disease, showed an actual reversal of the heart disease process through a diet limited to only 10% of daily calories from fat. Prior to Ornish's findings, significant reversal of heart disease was only thought possible through surgery. Ornish's study participants followed a diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with the overwhelming majority of calories coming from carbohydrates. Dr. Atkins has not published a single study showing the long term effects of his diet on heart health. Considering his diet has been around since the 70's he's certainly had ample time to do so. Bottom line - heart disease is America's number one killer - if you have heart disease or a family history, stay away from low carb, high saturated fat diets.
The Cancer Connection

According to the National Cancer Institute, five servings of fruits and vegetables each day is the minimum amount one should eat in order to help significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer. In addition, studies have shown that approximately 35% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. may be related to poor dietary habits. Can one consume the amount of produce necessary to significantly help prevent disease on the Atkins diet? Impossible. Plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables are forbidden. If these nutritious staples contain literally thousands of compounds showing promise in preventing cancer and so many other chronic diseases, why are they off limits? Because they have too many carbs of course - those dreaded compounds which Atkins feels are solely responsible for all our health and weight worries. Bottom line - cancer is America's number two killer - be wary of low carb plans if you are interested in reducing cancer risk through diet.

Only Food Can Provide Optimal Nutrition

Because low carb diets eliminate so many foods and food groups, getting the Recommended Daily Allowance of the nutrients the body needs is a difficult task. Conveniently, Atkins came up with his own line of expensive nutritional supplements to add to his fortune. Many are led to believe that taking supplements each day equals the same optimal nutrition we get from food. Wrong. Even "supplemented" low carb diets fall short on the latest nutrition phenomenon - phytochemicals. Research has isolated literally thousands of these protective substances in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Phytochemicals are showing promise in helping to prevent everything from cataracts to cancer, and hosts of other chronic illnesses. It is as yet impossible to encapsulate these substances into a daily pill in the same optimal ratio and form that only nature can deliver. In addition, studies show that supplements fail to deliver the same disease fighting properties that whole foods do. In short, vitamins and minerals provide us with what we need to live, but phytochemicals provide us with what we need to live healthily. Sadly, falling for the mistaken notion that high carb foods are bad means missing out on daily protection from phytochemical-packed fruits, vegetables and grains. You won't find them in meats and animal products - the basis of the Atkins diet.
Any 70's Successes?

Low carbohydrate diet regimens have been in existence for decades. Dr. Atkins published his first book back in the 70's based on the same concepts as his current book. If these plans worked in the long run, the release of new diet books wouldn't even be necessary. The followers would have actually been capable of maintaining weight loss by eliminating high carbohydrate foods for over 25 years. Their long term weight loss success stories would have spread worldwide as the cure to obesity. Paradoxically, as more and more diets appear, the weight loss industry continues to get richer, and America continues to grow fatter."

06-30-2004, 01:14 PM
Hal -- That's a shame that your test was so stressful. Big congrats on passing it though!! When I read what you said in her last email, I can see why you are shaken up. I just went through my emails from her, and in an old email she gave me her phone number. I called the phone number, and the man who answered said there was no Lyn there. This was a new phone number for the man, so he didn't know who had the phone number before him. I did happen to find an e-mail from Thin that was sent to me and other people, so I emailed the other people on the list (thinking they might be Thin's friends) asking for her current contact info. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

06-30-2004, 07:30 PM
Hello Ladies,

We'll today is my last day with my company. It's been a gloomy day. I'm surprised I have not just spassed out (new word). At lunch we had a going away luncheon for all us leaving & for those retiring. Tomorrow we start with the new company, but only guaranteed a job for 90 days. So these next 90 days will be stressful. Anyway, I'm allowing myself to be gloomy & sad today, but tomorrow is a new day. I'm not going to post my food today, cause I did overeat... let's just say 30 pts for the day..

Mitchellez - Thanks for checking on Thin, I hope you hear something soon. I'm sorry to hear about your cat..thoughs are with you. That is great that your MIL is able to come & visit for a while.

Hal - WTG on your passing your TEST.

Nita - Hope the refrigerator man came on time.

we'll I'm getting ready to go home. Hope everyone has a great evening!

06-30-2004, 07:38 PM
Michelle - thanks for checking up on Thin. I hope you hear something soon.

06-30-2004, 08:14 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone,

HalGal -- Congratulations on passing your test! I can relate to your stress in taking the test as well as studying for it!

As far as Thin is concerned, I have a number in my phone book which may be her mother-in-law so after I get off the internet I will check it out.

Some of you may remember about the gentleman I met at a specialty store this week. I just tried two of his suggestions and I thought I would share them. He had bought an avocado cream and he said to mix it with salsa, any kind. You then use it on celery which I just did and it was excellent (my husband used it on tortilla chips--I have to admit I tried about 3 of these). I am not a celery person but his theory is that celery is a very health food to eat. The other suggestion he had was to take plain lowfat yogourt and mix it with a little fruit. I used a little apricot preserves, even though it was not sugar-free, and I truly enjoyed a small cup of yogourt. Not only is this a cheaper way to go, but there are no toxic artificial sugars in it.

I did my stint at the TV station today and must have talked to well over 15 different people. It really is an eye-opener to listen to all their stories. I am relieved once I am through for the day and try not to think about it until the next week.

Tomorrow is my last day at the attorneys' office, and I am really excited. I am really getting in the clean-out/clean-up mode around the house. By the way the refrigeration man did make it and had the fridge fixed in no time at all.

Well it is almost time to watch Jeopardy and this the young man who has been on for 19 days and he still keeps winning! He truly is a genious to be able to know all those answers.

Take care,

07-01-2004, 01:13 AM
Hi Everyone,

Well the mystery is solved. Thin and her husband are fine and her mother-in-law gave me her new e-mail address--it is [email]
Good Night!

07-01-2004, 04:09 AM
Thanks Nita - you are a star!! I was getting so worried about her. I think we really need to get each others e-mail addresses and phone numbers or maybe even home addresses. As long as we do it all by Private Messages it should be OK. Then we could all send each other Christmas cards personally! I think it would be lovely to get a Christmas card from you wonderful caring ladies.

Isn't 3fc great? Thanks to them I met Shad when she came to Ireland (was it last year or the year before!!) and now that my daughter Sinead and her friend are in Australia, Shad is, as I type, driving the girls down to The Gold Coast. Earlier she took them to hold a kaola and feed kangaroos. She is an angel in disguise!
Had an e-mail from Paul and he seems to be having a good time but it also sounds like hard work. He said ...............

"We just did
a week of training and now all the campers have
arrived. The amount of wheelchairs is unbelievable and
the amount of times I got my foot run over by a 125Kg
chair at the opening disco is not funny! There's 12 of
us jammed into my cabin, 4 councellors and 7 kids and
and an assistant. The kids are aged 7 to 13 and vary
in what they can do. Anthony and Kevin we have to
everything for including feeding and toileting. the
other kids are more able up to Josh who can do almost
everything for himself. 4 of them wear nappies
constantly which prematurely gets me into learning how
to change them. I got 2 weeks to go for these campers
then I get a 6 day break before going back again for
another 3 weeks of older kids. Its gonna be tough.
There are lots of other cultures here but we are
dominated by English and of course Americans. They're
all being well versed on hurling and other stuff so
don't worry."

Sounds like it will be a very worthwhile experience for him and I am so proud of him for doing it.

Thursday and I am off for the rest of the week YAY!! ........... hopefully I will get a walk in and then some more dejunking is on the cards. I am also going for a neck and shoulder massage today to a local lady who does reflexology also. I have had a stiff neck and sore head for a couple of days now and I think it is down to stress. Even though Paul and Sinead are out of sight they are not out of mind!
Have a nice day all!

Many alternatives

There are millions of roads that lead to success and fulfillment. Yet far too many people push and shove just to get on a few of those roads, while leaving most of the other ones empty.
There is virtually no limit to the number of ways your dream can be reached. There's no need to give up on that dream just because one of the most obvious ways is blocked.

Instead of focusing on how you can't get there, consider all the other alternatives. For they are most certainly there.

With some creativity and commitment, you can put yourself in a place where there is no competition. You can put yourself on a sure and steady path that leads to the fulfillment of your most treasured dreams.

The biggest winners do not depend on making others lose, on gaining at the expense of another. The biggest winners are those who create real and lasting value where it did not exist before.

Stop fighting for your share of the existing pie, and start creating a new and even more enjoyable delicacy. It will bring you a level of success that cannot be denied.

-- Ralph Marston

07-01-2004, 07:09 PM
Hello Ladies,
Nita - that is good news about Thin. Hopefully she be back on the forum soon. That avacado celery does sound good. I know Ww tell you to try new things & to get out of eating the same thing everyday.

Mooz - I had a massage the other night. My neck was hurting me & I know it was from stress. That is wonderful that Shad is taking the girls around. I hope Paul is able to enjoy the sights too. Tell Paul if he ever gets to Texas you have a friend here too.

we'll I need to run. Treadmill tonight, hopefully 2 miles.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-01-2004, 08:37 PM
Hello all~~ wow, the word is out, i've been missed. You would not believe all the people who called me or emailed me about your search. I am ok and trying to find more time in the day. I will get serious about posting again, but cannot stay on long right now. Just wanted to thank you all for caring.

Oh, and NITA~~if you could go in and edit your post and take my email right outta there! I don't want just anyone to read these boards and get my addy. OK? Thanks, i would appreciate that.
Like Mooz said we should do it via private messaging.

Trying to read back and see what all is happening here. More later.
:grouphug: thinlizzie

07-01-2004, 09:32 PM
Sorry Thin, I was very exhausted last night and I was so happy to know you were Okay. I also think I imput your address incorrectly because I received the e-mail back that I sent you.

Will write more later. Today was my last day at the office and they surely loaded me down.


07-02-2004, 12:33 AM

Thanks Nita and Michelle for your work in finding/determining our friend THIN
is doing well. I am so happy to learn she is doing fine. I guess you get attached (or I do) to folks. I still miss TAZ. I'm bad I know...

Anyway... GREAT to see everyone posting and I'll post more later!

All the best....!!!!

07-02-2004, 09:49 AM
Yes ......... we can all rest easy now ........ thin is safe and well!! :D
I will post my details to you all later on today in a PM.

Patty - thanks I will tell Paul that. I'm not even sure where Texas is!! ........ have to go look it up!

Thin - great to hear from you again.

Halgal - I see you breathing a sigh of relief! Thanks for the Prism Diet info.

Nita - a good bit of detective work there!

Michelle - thanks also for playing detective!

Shad has posted some pictures she took of Sinead and Caroline, on the day she took them touring around Brisbane, to her Webshots Album. The addy is and the Album to click on is called "Running The Tourist Route"

07-02-2004, 03:43 PM

Hey Movers and Losers!

OK, next week, another test - the final exam and an oral presentation due to be given on Tuesday (same class). I spoke with one of our school board executives as I was gathering information for my presentation and she said this is the most difficult class she remember. I feel better already. :lol:

On endrocologist told me once, years ago, to marry my stationary bike. Well, it appears it is one of the few things that has been a constant. AS I prepare to go do some 'time'. :tread:

Did anyone catch the show on MTV called Real Life, I'm Obese. I could honestly only watch parts of it. It scared me. Obesity scares me. I know it is a lifetime battle, and I find myself so tired of losing the battle. This scares me.

Mooz: Thanks for the neat pictures. It is fun to take trips via your children and the internet. Thanks again for the Marston quotes. I enjoy and need to morale boost.

OneDay: How is your exercise going? What have you done today? Just remember difficult times are hard to avoid - those 30 pts are a temporary thing! Any news on what your new company will be doing? I hope all works out for the 'better' for you! Hope for better, not just what you had. :sunny:

Nita: Thin need not worry about the email address, as it was incorrect. I attempted to send her a note, and it came right back! I've actually made my own avacodo cream and added salsa. Only problem is it does not keep, you have to only prepare what you plan to eat. It was gooood...! Hey, what are you refering to toxic artifical sugars? Do you mean sweet and low? Just caught my eye.

Michellez: Thanks again for Thin assistance! HA, HA! I believe journaling is key to our weight loss. I have a good friend that has lost 50 pounds in the last year on WW. She carries a PDA and as she consumes anything, she puts the points into it. She says when she is out of points, she considers herself out of money.

Cat: How are you? How are the sales of your poem book going? If you want, can you post another one for us? We could use the inspiration... !!!

07-03-2004, 12:14 PM
Hi Everyone,

One of my friends passed Arthur Agatston's South Beach Diet book onto me to review. Perhaps I am just frustrated after giving up my job at the attorney's office, or like HalGal, I, too, am tired of fighting this weight battle. I just have to get back to the exercising. I guess I have done pretty well--not having exercised for over three to four weeks now. I am planning on going back to the gym on Monday!

Can you believe I bought a lemon cream pie yesterday because it was on sale and both my DH and I had two small pieces yesterday at different times. Today,however, it is in the garbage. I do know that Dr. Phil's idea of not having tempting foods around the house is a very "correct" statement.

Well I am going to the mall and plan on walking at least 1-2 hours.

Have a "super" weekend!

07-03-2004, 01:37 PM
Just a quick check in. I journaled my food yesterday and today so far. A small start, but a start.

LIttle bsmt water yesterday, but nothing to what alot of folks have had. Had to evacuate one family.

Glad to see Thin back.

Thanks, Hal. I have a poem I might post.

07-04-2004, 09:02 AM

Happy 4th of July to all my wonderful friends here..
Have a great day all.

07-04-2004, 02:47 PM

Happy 4th Movers and Losers...!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I vote we continue journaling, and for those of us who did not begin - we all try to journal. That would be me. I know it will make a difference.

Nita: I have the Southbeach book, but I am burnt out on reading, reading that kind of stuff. I am finishing DiVinci Code and plan to read another fun book after that!!!

Believe it or not I have to work on a presentation due this Tuesday some today. Oh well...

More soon....!!!

07-04-2004, 06:13 PM

HalGal and Mooz I just love your graphics. You ladies are great. I grilled hamburgers and sausage on the grill today and plan on starting the South Beach diet tomorrow. My friends who I bowl with really did well on it. The lady lost 22 lbs. and has kept it off and her DH lost 16. She has been sharing some of the recipes and they don't sound too bad.

I am going to dye my hair and then do some embroidery work. I am not sure if I mentioned it the other day but I got a new foot for my sewing machine which makes the embroidering so much better. This is really exciting because it sure does keep me from eating.

Happy 4th to all of you,

07-05-2004, 03:47 AM

Mornin' chickies ............... Monday again .......... where does the time go? Sinead will soon be away 4 weeks now and she will have half of her adventure over!
Thank goodness our place has a week off next week so I am really looking forward to the break. I have not been walking just as much recently as one of my walking partners is in Spain for a fortnight's holiday. She will be home on Thursday so I will get my walking shoes on more often. I don't mind walking in the mornings on my own but later on in the day I prefer to have someone with me.

Nita - we are definately going to have to do something about the extra weight because I know it leaves me miserable at times especially when I go to try on different clothes and they show up all the fat bits ......... and there are plenty of them!!

Halgal - good luck with your presentation work. You are quite right to read something with a bit of fun to it. I will be journalling today.

Catlover - I am with you on the journalling from today.

Patty, Thin, Michelle and anyone I have missed ........ hope to hear friom you soon.

Just go with it

Take this richly beautiful day and just go with it. Take this moment, though it may have flaws and imperfections, and live it.
Instead of worrying that there's not enough time, go ahead and fully live the time that is here now. Rather than being concerned that things are not perfect, enjoy and experience all that is, as it is.

There is no need to wait for the gratification of every desire. For that is not what will bring true happiness. There is no need to remain upset if events do not go your way. For even when things have not gone your way, you are always free to be your best in the moment that is now.

The majority of things that trouble, annoy or frustrate you, do so only because you've allowed them to. Imagine how peaceful and positive you can be simply by deciding to let it be.

This day, this life, is a precious, beautiful gift that you've received. Accept it with gratitude and never hold back the joy that can be yours.

-- Ralph Marston

07-05-2004, 11:45 AM
Hello Ladies,
Saturday at weigh in I lost 1 lb... I was hoping for more, but I'll take the one. I'm committing to Tae Bo 4 days this week, & of course my walking. Saturday afternoon went over some 4th of july city celebrations, of course I had to have my roasted corn & then sausage on a stick. Sunday went out to eat & looking at living room furniture. I know I shouldn't even be thinking of buying furniture with my job in limbo, but the stores all have no interest for 36 months & some even have no payments for 24 months. I keep thinking I could buy a couch & loveseat & just make installments. Haven't bought anything yet, but really thinking about it.

Hal - Have you read the Five people you meet in Heaven. I think that is the name of the book. I read it a while back, very good. Have you seen any movies lately?

Mooz - Hope you enjoy your week off. How is your mother doing? I too enjoy walking with someone, makes the time go by much faster.

Nita - I know what you mean about having tempting food in the house. The other day a friend dropped by with some home made cookies. I told myself just one, well 4 cookies later I finally had to wrapped them up & took them to my mom's.

Cat - We too have had lots of rain this past month. Hopefully the rains will stop & give you all time to dry out. WTG on your journaling. Like you said it a start.

07-05-2004, 10:25 PM
1day--good for the 1lb loss!

Nita--you are so good with the embroidery. Hope you enjoy your new sewing accessory--it it keeps your mind off food!

Mooz--your kids are such travellers.

I am now doing my journaling on my little Avon adding machine. I always hated the adding up part--plus it makes me do it the same day--no scrambling to make up the next--because you can't add after the day is over.

07-05-2004, 11:10 PM
Hi All,

1-Day - Congratulations on your 1-lb. weight loss. That is very good after going through a holiday weekend. I am very proud of you.

Well I am doing it--staying on the South Beach program all the way through supper. I have to admit though I had regular coffee this morning and not decaf. If you take the time to cook what they suggest you really don't get hungry. Probably because I had the regular coffee, I didn't even get a headache. Even during the first two weeks you are allowed snacks such as sugar-free jello, sugar-free fudgecycles and a part-skim ricotta cheese dessert. I had mine for a snack. I used about 1/2 cup of cheese, one teaspoon of vanilla, a little sweetner and some broken pecans. It really was filling and tasted very good. Breakfast consisted of an omlette made with sauted onions, mushrooms and zuccini and tomato and a little cheese. There again, this was quite filling. For lunch I had a large leaf of Romaine lettuce and put some of my avacado mixture w/salsa and then I added some fat-free turkey and rolled it up. This is all I had before I went bowling and I was very surprised because not only was I filled up but I didn't have that stuffed-up feeling I get after eating a sandwich. I even did 32 minutes on the treadmill early this morning before the garage became too hot.

Today for the first time I saw a featured thread listed at the top of the website and so I decided to check it out. The moderator, Dave, wrote an excerpt from a book which I found most interesting. If you get a chance, you, too, may want to check out this site.

Well I had better be going. My plan for tomorrow is to get a haircut and then go to the gym and check out their senior exercise program. Wish me luck!

Take care,

07-05-2004, 11:13 PM
Hi Ladies,

Just another quick note--My Marine grandson will be home in Ohio on Saturday for good. It so happens his brother's birthday is on Friday and he will be 21 and so they are going to have two celebrations!!!!


07-06-2004, 02:33 PM
Hello Ladies

Nita - That is great that your grandson is coming home. I pray everyday for all our soldiers that are over there. When I tried the South Beach, I lost about 12 lbs. kept about 7 of them off for over a year. I'm trying to incorporate SBD & Weight Watchers. I'm trying not to each as much refined carbs.

Cat - Good luck on the journaling. I need to get my journal back out this week.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-06-2004, 05:20 PM
Hi 1-Day,

That is terrific that you managed to keep off 7 lbs. for over a year. This is my 2nd day and it really isn't too hard. Since they encourage you to eat snacks I am eating some sugar-free orange jello with a small amount of coolwhip and it really hits the spot. I also found some Salmon Burgers at our wholesale outlet today and had one of those on the George Foreman's grill as well as a small amount of cottage cheese and a small tomato. Even though this is only the second day, I am finding myself not getting hungry like I did when I was eating those carbs. I also like the fact that after the 1st two weeks he adds back at least one fruit.

My plans changed about going to the gym today, however, I did walk on the treadmill for 32 minutes. This afternoon I have to sew one of my baby blanket gifts for a friend of mine.

Patty, keep up the good work and I hope everyone is having a "super" day!


07-06-2004, 11:41 PM
Got letter today--insurance will not pay for procedure on my foot. They say it is "experimental," even though the FDA has approved it for two years. :(

I wrote a letter (I hope polite) saying that if they just weren't going to pay why didn't they list it as excluded from the beginning, and not make us all jump thru hoops--from me and my dr to the scheduling people at work at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. :mad:

So I don't know what will come next, but it is a :headache:

Did get some writing done this evening, so that is a good thing. :twirly:

Say, sounds like we are making some new starts--SB, journaling, exercise. How about a new thread? ;)

07-07-2004, 03:49 AM
Mornin' chickies - just a quick call before work.
I had an aunt (sister of my dads) died yesterday morning. She was 80 and had not been keeping that well recently. Her unmarried daughter, who lived with her, was taking it very badly. So I will be going to the funeral tonight and tomorrow morning.

Nita - great news about your grandson. I checked out that thread you mentioned, by Jack. You are right it is worth reading. Jack also posted another good excerpt from Dave's book.

For any of you the links are:

Cat - sorry about the insurance letter.

Patty - I am also trying to cut down on carbs.

Halgal, Thin, Michelle and anyone else .......... hope to hear from you soon.

Have a great day all.

One to remember

Do you remember anything special that you did exactly one week ago, or one month ago today? What can you do today that will make today a day to fondly remember for a long time to come?
This day is an entire day of your life. You have the opportunity to live this day in such a way that it will make a positive difference for years to come.

You can express your love in a new and unique way. You can begin an ambitious project that you've been meaning to start for a long time.

You could take the time and make the effort to learn a new skill that will add value to every day of your life. You could visit a place you've never been to before, or re-connect with an old and dear friend.

You can thoughtfully re-commit yourself to your highest priorities. And then you can take real, effective action that will bring those priorities to life.

You can live this day in such a way that you'll be forever thankful for what you've made of it. Get started now, and make it one to remember.

-- Ralph Marston

07-07-2004, 03:30 PM

Hey everyone...!!!

I knew something was up - for some reason I've not been receiving the email notices and I have quite a few posts to catch up on! I gave a presentation last evening for my UK class, and have a final (oh yeah...) tomorrow! So, it will be Friday before I really have time to catch up and chat w/ya!

This is todays daily post that comes from the website:

JuJu is the name of the girl that put this site together. She has lost and maintained the loss of over 100 pounds for quite some time. As you will see, she is a fabulous writer and I encourage you to check in. I thought todays post was especially good - so I'll share it with you!

The Truth of My Weight Loss
When I talk to people about weight loss, and they ask me how I did it, I begin to worry. I will tell them, because they asked, but I am fairly certain of the outcome. I know as I begin that I am about to lose a perfectly congenial conversation partner.

I know that a slithering dawning of dull disappointment will slide up from the floor and take over first their shoulders, then their chins, will congeal their smiles into polite plastic masks, settle like cold stones in their eyes. This waxen freeze takes over as they realize my weight loss story will not be exciting, sexy, inspiring, or miraculous.

“It was a lot of hard work,” I say. They nod. They are still leaning in toward me. Sure. Of course it was.
“A lot of focus.” They begin to settle backward.
“A lot of exercise. Tons.” They cross and uncross their legs.
“A lot of food logging.” Now they look around the room for any interruption.
“I still have to do all of this work to maintain my weight, you know,” Did the waiter come by with the check or not?
“And you know, the best thing I did was working a lot with a journal, a body log.” No. The waiter did not come, and my conversation partner is going to go find him.

I have tried to let people know up front that there is nothing miraculous in my story, to spare us all the embarrassment. But then they really insist on hearing the details. I am accused of being cagey. They are sure I’ve found the magic pill and am not willing to divulge its source.

My truth lacks sexiness. I don’t have a realization of my own to pass along that will make any significant sense for you or anyone, really. If what I write here at The Skinny Daily Post touches or reaches someone, then that’s great, but it’s a kind of happy accident.

My truth is a long series of trial and error, wins and losses, focus and doggedness, learning and re-learning. Research.

The best sense we can make of the way we react when food is around is the sense we make for ourselves. There is no greater truth for you than your own truth. The truth of your body and its needs. And when you discover it, it’s powerful medicine.

That’s why keeping or starting a body log is such a miraculous little tool. The little book, envelope, spreadsheet, bedside tablet where you write down what you’re eating and why, maybe explore your reasons for eating or your attachments to certain foods, your goals, your plans for retraining yourself to manage certain eating situations better than before, better than the last time, this little tool, this body log, is the only magic in my story.

Today I’m pulling my body log out to spend some time writing about why I tend to eat so much more when I’m on vacation then I do at any other time. I really don’t know the reasons, but suspect it has to do with vacation times in my past being times when great food is in season and times when my family used to gather. Not sure. The truth is out there. I’m going to go looking for it.

What is your truth? Are you willing to find it? Do you even want to know? Knowing can change the way you react to food, maybe forever. Are you ready for that? Then get out your favorite writing tools and go looking.

I will if you will.

» by juju on July 7, 2004

We can do this girls... together!!! :flow2: :flow1: :dancer: [/B]

07-07-2004, 07:52 PM
Hi Everyone,

HalGal -- Thanks for sharing. Everything this lady is saying is very true. I have only been on the South Beach program for almost 3 days. I am not following their menus but I am following what you are supposed to eat and what is not allowed. It is amazing how your appetite for sweets diminishes so very quickly when they do not pass your lips. I do believe I am finally in a frame of mind which is going to allow me to go the distance. Giving up my Thursday position is really inspiring because it really was stressful to do all that legal work in one day. I have even been getting on the treadmill early in the morning when it is still cool in my garage with the big fan blowing.

Catlover -- If I were you I would definitely appeal to your insurance company based on this procedure being "medically necessary." We have learned at the TV station that sometimes you just have to keep asking and sometimes they come through. Good luck!

One of the snacks I have been having is as follows: 1/2 cup of part-skim Ricotta cheese, a handful of broken pecans, 1 teas. vanilla and some sweetner. I may have shared this earlier but just in case I did not, it not only tastes good but it is also filling. Sometimes I also add a heaping spoon of peanut butter--peanut butter happens to be on the list for Phase One of the diet.

Okay ladies, take care and healthy eating!

07-07-2004, 10:05 PM
Nita--we've appealed twice, and the only next step is to sue. Sigh.

And DH is supposed to have another MRI or CT scan (not sure which yet).

And I am having a lot of trouble at work. Everyone seems to be having trouble with the new material, I think, but I seem to be losing any confidence in my own judgment.

And I didn't journal today. Maybe I can make some kind of estimate.

On track tomorrow.

07-08-2004, 01:54 PM
Raphael Calzadilla

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
- Samuel Johnson, Author, 1709-1784

Are you so busy you have absolutely no time to work out? Is your exercise routine the first casualty if you’re under pressure? Sure, exercise really isn’t so important anyway, right? Wrong. Exercise is vital. Why? Well, here are just a few benefits of exercise: increased energy, improved mood and prevention of depression, increased calorie and fat burning, greater bone density which offers protection against osteoporosis, protection against heart disease, management of PMT… and a better-looking body. In a nutshell, exercise will help you lose weight and get healthy! Yes, our lifestyles are busy but it’s important to make the time for fitness and I’m here to help you do it. In this busy world of work pressure, family and stress we can sneak in workout time – with a little bit of creativity.
I’ve compiled some quick tips to keep you moving, your muscles stimulated and your blood flowing in minimal time. Now you have no excuse!
Here are my 10 fat burning tips for people on the go:

1. When you first wake up commit to 10 minutes of continuous exercise. Choose only three movements and perform each in succession without stopping for 10 minutes. For example, Monday you can perform modified push-ups, followed by crunches for your abs followed by stationary lunges. On Tuesday you can perform free-standing squats with hands on hips, double crunch for abs, and close grip modified push-ups (hands 3" apart) for your triceps. Just 10 minutes! Just take a quick breather when you need it.

2. Perform timed interval walking in your neighbourhood or at lunch. If it takes 10 minutes to walk to a certain destination near your office or in your neighbourhood, try to make it in eight minutes. You can also do this first thing in the morning before work as well as on your lunch break.

3. If you have stairs in your home or in your work place, commit to taking the stairs a specific number of times. Tell yourself that you’ll take the stairs six or eight times (no matter what).

4. While seated, perform some isometric exercise to help strengthen and tighten your muscles. For example, while in a seated position, simply contract the abdominals for 30 seconds while breathing naturally. You can also tighten and contract your legs for 60 seconds. Perform about three sets per area. You’ll feel your muscles get tighter in just three weeks if you perform this a few times per week.

5. For about £17.00 you can invest in a pedometer. It’s a small device you can carry that records the distance you walk per day, either as a number of steps or in miles. Aim for 10,000 steps every day – to reach your target, get off the bus a stop earlier, take a post-dinner dander or leave the car at home and walk shorter journeys. If you and a friend both take part, make a contest of it and reward the weekly winner.

6. Tired at night and just want to sit in front of the TV? Try this technique: take periodic five-minute exercise breaks and perform some muscle stimulating and calorie burning exercise. For example, take five minutes and perform only ab crunches. Then, when it's time for another five-minute exercise break, perform modified push-ups for five minutes. Then for a final five-minute break, perform stationary lunges. Try to do as many as possible in five minutes and try to beat your amount of reps during each subsequent break. It won’t seem daunting because it’s only five minutes at a time, split over a 30 or 60 minute timeframe. Instead of rest breaks, you’ll take exercise breaks. You don’t really need to watch that new commercial do you?

7. How about performing one exercise movement per day for seven to 10 minutes? For example, Monday: free-standing squats for seven minutes. Tuesday: chair dips for seven minutes. Wednesday: crunches and hip lifts off the floor for seven minutes. Thursday: modified push-up for seven minutes. Friday: stationary lunges for seven minutes. It’s quick, simple and teaches consistency.

8. Want things even simpler? Take the longest route every time you have to walk somewhere - even if it’s to a co-workers office.

9. Double-up the stairs. Everytime you take the stairs, simply take a double step or every other stair. It will be just like lunges and the Stairmaster combined. Great for the legs and butt!

10. Enlist your partner or a friend. I’m sure you can find someone who is in the same situation. The support will give you more motivation and you just may find that you can create even more workout time for yourself.
Hey, I know this won’t make you an Olympic athlete or give you six-pack abs, but that’s not the goal. I just want to see you making an effort to improve. If you take two to three of your favourite tips above - that will be the beginning of something great!

07-08-2004, 02:21 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick note. Things are real busy here at work. Lots of new things & systems to learn. Tonight going to see Simon & Garfunkel. Hoping that is a good concert. Will post more tomorrow...

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-08-2004, 10:29 PM
Hi All,

Catlover --I am so very sorry about you appeals not being successful. I just started the South Beach program on Monday and the one thing I like best about it you don't have to journal or count points. I even served their "mashed potato" recipe this evening. They are so simple to make. I took a bag of frozen cauliflower and cooked it in the microwave for about 8 minutes. I then purried it in my food processor. All you add is 1 oz. of I Can't Believe It's Butter Spray and 1 oz. of 1/2 and 1/2. You're supposed to use fat free but I used the regular. They not only look like mashed potatoes but they taste like them too. I also had about a 4 oz. chicken breast. And my dessert is Ricotta cheese w/cocoa powder, vanilla, a few pecans and my 1 heaping spoonful of peanut butter.

I really need to stick to this program because Monday I go for my last training at the Arena and I will be working the concert next Friday so I most definitely have to button my vest.

Mooz -- Thanks for your words of wisdom about exercising. It really makes you think of what can be done to get in better health.

If anyone else is doing South Beach, let me know and we share some food plans.

Take care,

07-10-2004, 09:31 AM
I wore my new pedometer yesterday for the first time and I could hardly believe it when I reached 27433 steps at the end of the day. I can account for 16000 because I went for four 2 mile walks. Apart from the walking all I was doing yesterday was housework (meant to do more) and grocery shopping etc., It is hard to believe that I did over 11000 steps just ‘doing nothing much’
I did think that maybe it wasn’t working properly as it is only a basic pedometer and cannot be adjusted to the length of my stride but I did a little test on it. I walked around the house counting my steps and checked it at 100 and it was exactly right. DH thought I was going mad because he asked me what I was doing but I couldn’t answer him right away as I was counting!! :lol:
I like my new toy and I will try to do at least 10000 steps every day.
Mind you having said that it is now 1.10pm and I have only just reached 1000 today so far!!
Now if I could cut down a bit more on the eating maybe I could lose this bit of extra weight that has been plaguing me for 20 years now.
Why can’t I just do it once and for all? I know I would feel so much happier and confident if I looked better in my clothes. :?:
I hate it in the very hot weather when I can’t cover up my bigger bits!! :blush:
I hate getting hot and sweaty when I am out walking in very warm weather. :mad:
I hate it when I go shopping and try on new clothes and look at myself in the mirror. I know then just how fat I really am! :cry:
I especially hate those lumps of fat around my middle! I want a slim waist ……… I can’t remember ever having one! :(
My boobs are too big!!
My bum is not too bad you know …………. must be all that walking. :D
So what I need to do is figure out how to get rid of the fat around my middle and get my boobs smaller ……….. any suggestions anyone?

Get inside

Dive into your problems. Once inside, you'll find lots of things you can do to get through them.
If you run from them or just stare angrily at them, the problems can seem overwhelming. Yet the closer you get, the more clearly you'll know how to handle them.

If your day is not going so well, identify one clear, specific thing that would make it better. Then go to work and make it happen.

You won't get anywhere by moaning about how rough life is. Yet when you get inside the troubles, you'll find plenty of things you can do to change them for the better.

A big problem with problems is that they cloud your thinking by appearing more troublesome than they really are. Decide to look clearly and confidently at them, and you've already begun to triumph.

Get inside the problems, and there's plenty you can do. Get inside the problems, and you'll find them filled with opportunities.

-- Ralph Marston

07-10-2004, 10:28 AM
Mornin' Chicks~~ Have a few quiet minutes this morning and thought i'd at least say HI.

MOOZ~~~ tough to just lose weight in certain spots. I think they say you can spot exercise to tone some certain areas, but i know when i do lose weight i lose it in the boobs, so there is hope! :) That must have been funny w/your DH watching you stomp all around the room with your new pedometer! They can't figure us out can they?? LOL

1DAY~~ Simon & Garfunkel! You are lucky to see them. Let us know how it was! My DH and I are going to see Eric Clapton soon. That will be awesome also.
And ~~NITA~~ you are so very lucky with this new job at the arena. Who was it you just said you will be working at? I know it sounded good to me.
Keep up the good work with South Beach. I know you will be buttoning that vest soon.
You and Mooz are our most determined of our boards. I just don't have it right now. I know i can get it off, but keeping it off seems totally impossible. It seems now i'm just satisfied where i am.

Dishes are calling. My mom is coming here with 4 more kids, we've had one nephew (9 yrs old) for 2 nites now, and he is really happy to fish-fish-fish. He loves his Uncle and needs the guy time cause his dad is the absent (a$$****) one and does not see them at all right now. Well, i won't go there this morning. There should be nice fireworks tonight and i guess we are going to try to take 2 cars to take all the kids to see it. Talk to you all later!

:grouphug: thinlizzie

07-10-2004, 01:03 PM
Hi Everyone,

Thin -- It is the Glendale Arena, the new one which about 10 minutes from my house. Chris, our supervisor, finally called on Wed. to schedule my final training on Monday at 3:00. He said that way I can be one of the workers for the Sarah McLauglin concert on Friday. I am just hoping Clay Aiken comes back this way on his "solo" tour.

Mooz -- Good job -- walking all those steps, that is truly amazing. Yesterday we were able to bowl two hours for free through one of our local radio stations and my two friends and I bowled a total of 4 games. They gave out a lot of prizes such as car washes, free games of bowling, movie passes, etc. It was a lot of fun and, of course, some good exercise. Today I am going to attend the Healthy Living Anti-Aging Show at one of our plush resorts--The Wigwam. They are having a lot of excellent speakers on many different topics and they have over 65 exhibitors. Perhaps I will learn something I can pass along. One of the speakers is speaking on "weight loss."

As far as the South Beach diet is concerned, the last couple of days I have had very bad indigestion and so this morning I decided to go to Phase Two which allows some fruit and cereal. I was getting burned out on eating all those eggs. Since Monday I have lost a total of 3-1/2 lbs.--so it does work, and I have lost my craving for carbs.

Well I had better get moving and learn what I can from this Healthy Living Show.

Take care all and have a "fabulous" weekend!


07-10-2004, 01:04 PM
Hey Everyone...!

Just a quick hello, welcome back to THIN...!

Mooz: That is a LOT of steps girl. Your heart is healthy, it has to be. Two
four mile walks in one day. Oh my gosh.

Nita: You make me laugh, and oh by the way... button that vest!

OneDay: You will love the S & G concert. I have a friend that sent me a CD set of their Atlanta concert last December - incredible. Lucky you!

Cat: I make no gurantees, but still say try a pair of Birks. They are my only shoe of choice. Best first purchase would be from QVC. They offer a 100% money back gurantee for 30 days if you do not like them. It takes about that long to really break a pair of them in however.

Michellez: Bet you are busy with your company and decorating the new home? How is DHs job search?

Gotta go... it is HOT here today.

Oh, I did well on my final. I actually got all of the math part. You have no idea what a feat that is. I felt like I was floating all the way home, I did not get math in high school or college - at the graduate level and I get it, so some of us are late bloomers!

07-10-2004, 02:29 PM
Saw this picture in another thread.

07-11-2004, 05:34 PM
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, oh sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me...!!!

But seriously now folks, I have the news on and they have just reported that Bush declined a request to speak at the national NAACP convention. His reason he gave, they have not treated him with respect. Guess most teachers across the USA can/may/will/should refuse to teach their classes too.

How, h-o-w, do we get there from here, if we don't work together? Duh.....

Anyway, enough already I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

07-11-2004, 09:59 PM
Hi Mooz and HalGal,

It's great to hear from both of you! Well I went to the Anti-Aging Healthy Living Show and I spent over 4 hours walking around there and visiting all the different booths. It truly was very interesting and I did meet some very interesting folks. As far as the South Beach program is concerned, one of the fitness ladies told me most people do not do Phase One but go onto Phase Two as I have done. I really feel a whole lot better having one piece of fruit per day. I also find the Old Fashion Oatmeal very filling and really quite good. According to the book you are not to use the instant oatmeal because it has more white flour in it.

One of the ladies also said to stick to your program Monday thru Friday and give it a rest on the weekend. There was a time when WW proposed this very idea to their members and some of the members were actually successful following this approach. I understand from a friend that WW is going to change their program again--it will probably have something to do with this whole carb business.

I also had a hand scan to find out if my vitamins were actually working for me. Of course the main reason to have this done was so that you would consider purchasing their "special" vitamin packets. One of the chiropractors at this booth also explained that Centrum and the vitamin I use from Costco which is compared to Centrum Silver really isn't absorbed in our bodies because of how they prepare he vitamin in order to mass produce it. Has anyone else heard this? Another test I had done was dealing with acupuncture and I ended up in the middle. Here again it was a gimmick to get you committed for a more thorough exam by paying $10 at the show which is a $30 value. I opted not to do this.

I did enter a few drawings and got some very interesting items to read. At this point I haven't had a chance to do so.

Well ladies I will talk to you again tomorrow!


07-12-2004, 02:23 PM
Hello Ladies,
The concert was great. I could have sat there and listened to them for hours. I only had a old cassette tape from them, so now I want to get something on cd. Went to the saturday morning weight in and GAINED 1.6 lbs... what can i say, I ate out dinner 4 nites during the week and ate out for lunch all 5 days, plus it that time of the month. SO this week I am determined to get lose the 1.6 lbs. Oh, I don't remember if i had told you all but several months ago I had joined a gym that was being built, we'll it opened up this saturday morning. So I am committed to working out 2 - 3 times a week. They offer yoga classes & pilates classes, so I'm hoping to try those out and they also have state of the art exercise equipment.

Nita - I too tried that vitamin test & actually my absorption was pretty good. Of course they had to tell me that their vitamins offered something extra but I expected a sale from them. Oh, I sure the Sara McLaughin concert will be great. I would like to see her too.

Hal - Good news on your finals. Are you going to be able to take some time off from school before you go back to school?

Mooz - Wow that is alot of steps. That is great that you are geting 4 2 mile walk in. I can barely get passed 10,000 steps.

Thin - Good to hear from you. I'm sure the kids are enjoying visiting with their aunt & uncle. I'm sure they also keeping you busy.

we'll I need to run... Hope I didn't miss anyone.

07-13-2004, 06:48 AM
I have been thinking .............. am 52 now and it is about time I was looking after myself a bit better as I am at an age where things have more chance of going wrong :(
I have been able to do at least 10000 steps every day since I got my new toy but I have not been near the 27000 of my first day!!
After seeing that Fat Vs Muscle on one of the Sticky threads I feel the need to do more than just walk. I need to get rid of this flab on my tummy and waist and I need to strengthen and tone my arms. So I will do about 50 sit-ups every day to start with and I have 7 pound weights which I will use for my arms every other day. I only want to make a bit of a change ......... I don't want to have big muscles :lol:

Patty - sorry that you put on weight ....... all that eating out did not help I'm sure! .......... but you will soon lose it!

Nita - I could never do without my fruit so I thing you are right to have some.

Halgal - CONGRATS on being a late bloomer .......... better late than never!!

Thin - I hope you can get into the swing of losing some weight again. We need to figure out how to lose it and keep it off!

Cat - hope things are better at work for you.

Michelle - hope you get a chance to call in soon.

Have a nice day all!

A golden day

This is a golden day. Open your eyes and see its richness.
Open your heart, live the beauty and value of this day. Accept it as it is, and the love you give to life will make it even better.

Whatever comes along, consider it a privilege that you're able to experience it. Look for the blessings in everything, and you'll surely find them.

Pay no attention to the false limitations that the world may put on joy. There is no need to acquire or to dominate in order to be happy.

Simply open yourself to the abundance that already surrounds you. And you'll be firmly connected to all you could ever desire.

This is a golden day. And the more you live its treasure, the more of it there will be.

-- Ralph Marston

07-13-2004, 10:49 AM

This cute picture reminds me of Rocky Road. It is intersting, I have spent lots of time with him this summer - or more than normal - and he simply seems to crave more, and more, and more. If you could see his official pout behavior as I prepare to leave. It is cute, but I will never let him know that!

I am planning to go see Fareinheit 911 at the bargain night movies tonight. I've been told to take a few kleenex. Who knows. I simply believe is seeing and listening to all sides. To remain informed and educated.

My diet is not going well. Late summer nights have lead to eating at hours I normally would not. This has got to stop.

OneDay: Honestly, the first week of June was the only week I had that was school free. I was in all day Friday and yesterday. I am taking today off, but will be back in tomorrow. I am working on the freshman transitional program that takes place the last week of July. I had a contact from the state dept of ed asking me to apply for a consultant position. I did place my application - but I have mixed feelings.

Mooz: Always the battle. I am with you girlfriend. If only I could tune into my thoughts and feelings in the weight loss and body maintenance area. I know what is best, and have not tuned in. Thanks for your input. I so very much am on the 'same page' as you.

Nita: So did you pick up anything interesting from the anti-aging seminar? I need to know! ;) Southbeach is ever popular, most especially in the summer when fresh fruits and veggies are abundant.

Cat: How's it going? Time for a poem? Ahhh.... ;) I hope you are doing well.

Thin, Michellez - Car 54 where are 'yall'. :dancer: :flow2: :flow1:

07-13-2004, 01:35 PM
Happy Tuesday to All,

Well I had my final training yesterday and since the other two folks didn't show it turned out to be a one-on-one with my male supervisor, Chris. I believe he told me about the worst case scenarios that could happen--at least I hope this was the case. There really is a whole lot of responsibility to this job--but I do believe I can do it--however, I did admit to Chris that I probably will be nervous my first day. We do have a Team Leader who will be there to assist me if I need help. The team leader will also be aware that this is my first concert. Today I need to go out and buy black pants that have pockets and I need to wear a belt. Now for sure I cannot mess up on this diet. I haven't worn a belt and put my shirt in for many, many years. I'm not sure I will be too comfortable, but I will think positive about the whole situation. Chris also has me marked down for another concert this month as well as a fight on the 29th.

HalGal - Probably the best thing about the Anti-Aging Seminar was the fact that I got a lot of exercise just walking around for about 4-1/2 hours. I should have put on my pedometer but I forgot. Yes, the South Beach was probably one of the most talked about programs and as I stated earlier the one fitness instructor told me that not everybody even goes on Phase One, only those that are really gung-ho. Also exercise is the real key to getting the weight off. One of the ladies told me that when you do walk on the treadmill it isn't necessary to go as fast as you can--the real key is to change your type of walking each time. One day just keep it flat and the next day do the incline. The real ideal program would be to get a personal trainer. She even suggested to maybe use a PT for a couple of weeks and by that time you could do it on your own if you could motivate yourself. I also spoke to a gentleman who does hypnosis for people to lose weight. The cost is $150 and he also sells a CD for $25. I have a whole bunch of literature to go through but haven't found time to do it yet. If I find out any other good things I most definitely pass them along.

Well I had better go. I need to put clean sheets on the bed and then I will be on my way out to find the things I need for Friday.

Have a "super" day!

07-13-2004, 02:44 PM
Hello Ladies,

We'll last night I went to the new gym. I tried a Mixx Class. It was a combination of high & low impact, using a tae bo type workout. It was really hard. A few times I just walked in place. Tonight is a yoga class. I'm going to that too. I would like to take a yoga class & maybe a conditioning class & then once or twice in the morning do cardio. I know that just sounds like alot. I wish I would really like working out, where it would just become part of my routine. But I know I have to work at it. Anyway the other thing I need to work on is my food, last night after class I was starving & it was 8:30pm, I really didn't want to stop for fast food, but I was not prepared. So today I brought some yogurt to eat about 1 hour before class.

Mooz - I finally got to 13,000 steps, of course that was because I went to the gym last night. Don't worry about getting big muscles. Most womens bodies are not made that way. Seven pounds seems like alot if you haven't been working out. Be careful...

Nita - I'm sure you will do just great! I bet you will definitely get alot of walking when you work. I'm sure some of the concerts will be exciting, especially if you enjoy the music & i'm sure at some of the concerts you'll be wanting to put earplugs in.

Hal - My Blackie makes the cuties faces too. Especially if he wants something that i'm eating. He looks at me with his sad face & I tell him no, & sometimes he makes a even sadder face.

we'll I need to be running, Cat, Mitchellez, Thin - Hope you all are having a great day!

07-14-2004, 02:57 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello. Went to a pilates classes last night. Oh my gosh. My stomach is so sore. I was not able to do all the moves. But i'm determined to stick to it. I am going to just do the treadmill at home, give me a chance to do laundry, water the yard etc, and tomorrow take another class.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-14-2004, 10:42 PM
Hi Patty,

Way to go Girl! You are on a roll and I am very excited and happy for you. I went to the TV station and after that I trained the lady who is taking my place for two hours. I then had to go to the dentist to get my bottom denture. It feels a little strange but if I remember correctly that is always the case until you get used to them. As a result of all this activity I haven't had a chance to exercise. I am still a little nervous about Friday but I am sure when I get the Arena I will just do as they say. Tomorrow I am going to go over the manual after I hem my pants. And in the afternoon I am going bowling.

Take care,

07-15-2004, 12:49 PM
Hi Chicks --

I'm so sorry to have been away for so long. It seems all I ever post are depressing posts. I really apologize for that.

My best friend who was battling cancer for so long passed away on July 3. And I'm so sad, depressed, etc.

I'm not doing really well. I'm in an angry and feeling sorry for myself kind of mood. Because I've lost three people I love to cancer in the last 9 months.

I'm mad and feeling sorry for myself because I've spent virtually all my vacation time this year and last on sad vacations....I mean, I'm grateful that I was able to spend as much time as possible with my mom and my dad, and some time with my friend Patricia while visiting my dad.

I'm really, really grateful, and happy I took those trips. And, of course, I'm grateful I have the vacation time left to be able to go to Patricia's memorial service.

But, darn it, I want a happy vacation!! I want to have a vacation that's fun or even relaxing, instead of emotionally difficult. I'm sorry....I probably sound really shallow or spoiled or whatever. There are a lot of other people going through more difficult times than me. And I know it's not all about me -- the world doesn't revolve around me, etc. I'm just really blue.

Anyway, I'd better try and get some work done. I just needed to ask for some more support. Seems like that's all I've done over the last year or more.

I hope everyone is doing good. I'll try and post more often.


07-15-2004, 01:03 PM
Hi Michelle,

I am so sorry for your loss. I know it isn't easy. However, you need to look positively towards today and tomorrow. You do have some wonderful things that have happened to you--you have a "wonderful" husband, a new house, and of course, you are working! You also have this wonderful support group to get you through these unhappy times. I just talked to my DD in PA who is going on vacation tomorrow morning and she has not been feeling well and even got one of those migraine headaches yesterday and it is still lingering. I told her I believe it was in the South Beach book that I read about the correlation of migraines and carbs. She is the one who was doing Sugar Busters and had done quite well but has since gained most of her weight back. As a mother, I try very hard not to get on her because I can totally relate to what she is going through. You are so right--everyone has problems and it is how we react to them that make the difference.

Tomorrow is my first concert and quite frankly I am a little nervous. Well I need to go and hem my pants and then I have to study my manual before I go bowling. Take care everyone and hopefully we will get more posting done later today.


07-16-2004, 12:39 PM

It is Friday, and the weekend - yippie!

I hope this finds everyone m-o-v-i-n-g and as we all know, you will be losing! It is such a personal challenge for me. Today, I'm walking the malls. I have several things on my shopping list, the weather is beautiful and I am ready to go enjoy the afternoon.

I just read the new SouthBeach cookbook is out. I may look for it. I need one more cookbook like I need another 10 pounds, but.

All the very best to everyone! :dancer: :flow2: :flow1:

07-16-2004, 01:16 PM
Hi chickies - just a quick Friday call ..........

Halgal - hope you have a great shopping trip

Nita - lots of luck with your first concert tomorrow - you will be fine!

Patty - you are getting lots of exercise now ......... keep up the good work!

Thin - hope all is going well with you.

Michelle - sorry to hear about your friend .............. I found a Marston quote suitable for you.

Have a great day all

Caring enough to be sad

Life is beautiful and joyful, and it is only because life can be so beautiful that it can sometimes be so sad. In grief there is also, strangely, a component of joy.
When we are sad it is because we care so very much. Sadness is painful, and yet the absence of sadness would mean an utter and hopeless emptiness much worse than any pain.

The joy you have known stays with you always, even in times of loss -- especially in times of loss. Indeed, it is the joy that makes the loss hurt so much. Yet that joy is never used up or canceled out. It is still a part of you, though the conditions and the relationships from which it came may have changed. It is still with you. And no one can ever take it away.

Ultimately, the joy is stronger than the pain. The pain may not ever go away completely, yet it will become more bearable as the joy continues to grow stronger with each passing moment.

Not only is sadness a genuine expression of joys already experienced, it intensifies the joys to come. The sun always seems brighter after days and days of rain. The joy and beauty of life mean even more after experiencing the pain of sadness. When you care enough to know true and profound sadness, it's a positive affirmation of life that has no equal.

-- Ralph Marston

07-18-2004, 01:42 PM
Gosh it is quiet here this weekend!
I went to the Giants Causeway and Ballycastle beach on Thursday and took my camera with me. If any of you are interested in looking at the pictures I have added them to Webshots and the addy is
Some of them are in black and white ......... the setting got accidently moved ......... silly me!!

Hope you are all having a happy healthy Sunday.

One step away

If you were just one step away from reaching your goal, would you take that step? How do you know, right now, that you're not?
What a shame it would be to stop making the effort, when just a little bit more would make it all worthwhile. What a shame it would be to have taken all those steps, only to miss the very last one.

The next step you take may very well be the one that makes all the others count. You owe it to yourself, and the efforts you've made, to keep going.

No, the next step may not get you there. Yet what about the one after that? If you keep moving ahead, a little at a time, you will indeed arrive. When you take that final, triumphant step, you'll be so very thankful you persevered.

At some point success is just one step away. Keep going and you'll be there.

-- Ralph Marston

07-18-2004, 01:55 PM

Good Sunday Morning!

Did anyone catch Friday's Oprah show? Wynonna was on, I believe for a second show - follow up or in progress show. It was a really good show, but hard to watch. You know, I lost a substantial amount of weight once and it was on a medically supervised fast. Not having to think about the food choices, no cooking, eating out was no problem because the good feeling of losing weight was a huge reward. I think that may be key, giving food much less importance in my life.

I went clothes shopping yesterday. I am pretty sure I'll end up interviewing for the state department job this week. I bought a black crepe suit, in the largest size I have ever purchased in my entire life. Something has got to change, and I know it begins with my attitude.

Off to stationary bike. It takes all I have to force myself to do this, and I have the time now! My parents use to have one of these shak-em up machines. Ha, ha, ha...

07-18-2004, 02:12 PM
Wow...!!! Thanks for the wonderful photos Mooz!

07-18-2004, 08:07 PM
Hi HalGal and Mooz,

Before I went to my concert I was watching the Oprah show re: Wynona and suprisingly enough when I came home about midnight it came on again so the parts I missed I was able to watch again. It was most inspiring because I would never have guessed she didn't go places because she didn't know what to say. It sounded like she most definitely is being committed to licking this problem. It must be very difficult for her to have such a "wonderfully thin" mom and sister. I was happy to hear what Ashley had to say regarding the problem and that they are very close.

Speaking of the concert--I really was very nervous but a couple of the women I met when I first arrived were very motivating and said not to worry. I lucked out because I drew Sections 121 and 122 and as a result I was able to observe the whole concert without any difficulty. My sections were very busy with folks coming and going the whole evening and one of the things they stressed was that we were supposed to check their tickets when they came back to their seats. I found this very difficult especially when they came with a beer in each hand. I got there at 6:15 and the concert was over at 11:30 so it was quite a long time to stand. I was lucky and didn't have to go down the stairs for any reason but at the end when everyone was gone I had to go down and check to make sure no one left anything. All in all, not a bad experience, and of course, that whole time I didn't eat one solitary thing! My next concert is Michael W. Smith and Mercy Me on July 29th.

I have been talking with my DH and I am going to check to find out how much the personal trainers charge at the gym. I have to agree with Oprah, you need someone to just stay with you and push you, if necessary. It's been so hot early in the morning that I am not able to do the treadmill. As I am writing this the temp is 108.

HalGal--if you have any other suggestions on how we can get motivated to get to our goals, please let me know.

May everyone have a nice rest of the weekend!


07-19-2004, 01:40 PM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry I didn't post for a few days, my niece and a friend of her came in town, so I was busy running around with them. Update: I went to a kickboxing class on thursday and oh, It didn't compare to doing Tae-bo. I really sweated in that class. Saturday was weight in and I lost .6 lbs, but it is TOM for me so i'm hoping to do better this week. I'm going to the gym again this week and taking a class tonight & tuesday & thursday. I'm hoping to walk at home on the treadmill wed. & fri. That is my goal for the week. I am determined to getting past the 166 mark. I keep going up 1, to 2 lbs and then down. I just can't seem to get past that mark. Right now I am down 16 lbs from last year, so I need to keep that in mind.

Nita - Oh, I just love Mercy Me. That will be a great concert.

Hal - I know it's hard to get motivated. But like they said you just have to DO IT.

Mooz - will look at the pictures later.

Mitchellez - So sorry to hear about your friend. I know you have had such a rough year. Remember we are hear for you.

need to run...

07-19-2004, 11:45 PM


I found a new flavor of coffee, Dark Chocolate Mint. Oh my gosh.. it is absolutely decadant...!!!

I also found my stationary bike the last 2 days. This is a good thing. I must do this daily. If even for a few minutes, daily.

Also, I taped a 30 minute lower body workout I saw this weekend. I've done it twice - or shall I say - attempted to do it? ;) I carry my weight in my lower half, so this will be a good thing. I am surprised, and then not, about how totally out of shape I have allowed myself to become.

Today is a new day, tomorrow will be better. If even... remotely. ;)

I hope everyone is doing well. I am fine. I have a busy week ahead as I have 2 projects due next Tuesday for my last UK class of the summer. Also, registration closes tomorrow for the freshman transitional program, so I'll begin crunching numbers and developing rotation charts and files for the 3 day program next week.

OneDay; The only way I'll get a vacation is if we start school a week later than planned. That is a distinct possibility because of lots of construction on older schools as well as a new one scheduled to open - all behind schedule. I did have the first 2 weeks of June off also. Such is life.

Have a GREAT week everyone...!!! :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer:

07-20-2004, 01:39 PM
Good Day Everyone!

I saw this graphic, and thought, hmmmmm...... Thin, Michellez, CatLover! No, I won't name any names! :dizzy:

I did not drive to Louisville for the conference today. Call it a kind of hookey day. As I was getting ready to print driving directions (I can never remember what exits I need in Louisville!) I noticed my copy of the registration I submitted to the Tech Director indicated if you did not have a receipt (which usually arrives in the mail) you must pay all fees - including late fees upon arrival. I took a double look through my mail, and do not have it! I've been so busy with the university classes (everything is due next Tuesday!!!) I never thought about the registration that ususally arrives by mail. So, call it 'my day'.

I feel as if I may have over done the work out thing, caus my knees are sore, but so is my shoulder. I wonder if there is a storm coming in, instead? :lol:
I'll stationary bike only today - burn some calories and increase my metabolic rate.

I saw something on the news this AM about cortisol levels affecting your body's ability to lose weight. Cortisol is a natural hormone that is produced when the body is under stress. OK, that answers it all...!! :stress:

I took some boneless chicken breasts and soaked them in salted, ice water over night. This AM I cut off all the fat and extra skin, then used a mallot to pound/tenderize them. I made a cream cheese mixture with onions, garlic and some spices (black pepper, red pepper, etc...) and 1/4 cup mazarella cheese. I put about 1/4 cup of this mixture into the center of each chicken breast - then... roll it up, and wrapped it with a slice of peppered bacon. I have one baking now! This is all low carb, and very tasty.

Here is a neat article off the WW site:

15 Things to Do Instead of Overeating
By Melissa Sperl | 7/8/2004

What makes you blow your diet? A big presentation at work? A fight with your hubby? Absolute boredom?

Whatever it is, you're not alone. According to Cynthia G. Last, PhD., author of The 5 Reasons We Overeat (Birch Lane Press, 1998), the trick is really understanding your triggers.

Ask yourself what's really wrong, and why you're using food to feel better. Talk to friends and family. And know that, as Last says, "Boredom that never feels like it goes away might be part of a depression." If you think that's the case for you, ask your doctor for help.

"But if your plans are thrown off track by occasional boredom eating, it's probably a habit," Last continues. "Or something you're just used to doing as a pleasurable activity."

Or, says Samantha Heller, RD, senior clinical nutritionist at the New York University Medical Center in New York City, eating when you're bored might actually be a sign of stress — you feel like you have so many things to do that you're avoiding all of them.

"If you understand your triggers," says Heller, "you're better able to control how you behave when they happen." Make self-analysis your first step toward beating boredom eating.

Whatever's behind your boredom eating, your second step after understanding your motivation is to come up with a plan. Try this:

1. Analyze your pattern. When does boredom eating usually become a problem for you? Mid-week? Evening? If you know when it's most likely to strike, you'll be better prepared for the battle.

2. Come up with alternatives. Plan what you'll do instead of eating the next time you're bored or stressed. "On an index card, make a list of alternate activities," says Last. "Have the list with you at all times, so you can take it out when you need it."

Make sure your list is full of fulfilling things you like to do (a list of boring activities won't help). And try to include a variety of things that will suit different moods and times of day. Be sure to add a few items that will help you toward your weight goal, too. Here are some ideas to get you started:

If you have 10 minutes…

Write down the foods you've eaten so far today.

Make a grocery list of healthy foods.

Schedule your next exercise session.

Make a pot of herbal tea.

Shop online for a sexy new dress.

If you have 30 minutes…

Go for a walk.

Write in your diary or journal. How do you feel about your weight loss so far? What can't you wait to accomplish?

Read a favorite book.

If you have an hour or more…

Look through healthy recipe ideas.

Clean out your closets. Throw away clothes that are now too big, or donate them to charity.

Go for a long bike ride.

Start a craft project. Needlepoint or decoupage will keep your hands busy, and you'll have something to show for it in the end.

Take your kids to the park.

Spend the afternoon at your local museum. This will get you out of the house and walking around, and what better way to get your mind off food than to absorb a little culture?


Figuring out when boredom-eating attacks happen will help. Read our article for more on How to Get Through Your Hardest Time of Day.

Subscriber Highlight: Focus on your overall progress and not just the number on the scale with our Weight Tracker and Progress Charts.

Ready to start losing weight?

I think our ideas on journaling is key. I have not done this. I think I'll add this to my committment. Have a GREAT day everyone! :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dancer:

07-20-2004, 01:58 PM

You sound like me--always busy. It is going to be 110 today in Phoenix and yesterday it was 111. Just knowing how hot it is outside makes me want to just stay inside. However, I have promised myself to go to the gym today. I have already taken my DH for his blood work and while he ate a McDonald's breakfast I shopped in WalMart. I did go off the South Beach program this weekend and one thing I found was how fast you begin to retain water just by adding too many carbs back. I am, however, back on program this morning, but on Phase Two. I simply enjoy the Old Fashioned Oatmeal because you sure get a lot of cereal.

I bowled a 501 yesterday but on Sunday didn't do well in the No-Tap tournament, but I did have a good time! While I am at the gym today I am going to check into how much it costs to hire a personal trainer. I really think this is what I need to get on the right track of exercising.

Well I hope everyone else is having a "great" day and hope to hear from you all soon!

Take care,

07-20-2004, 02:07 PM
Check out this recipe:

Mango Chichen Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 10 min
1 bag (10 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1 medium mango, peeled, sliced
1 medium avocado, peeled, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2/3 cup Kraft Light Done Right! Raspberry Vinaigrette Reduced Fat Dressing
2 cups cooked chicken strips (about 10 oz.)

TOSS spinach with mango, avocado and onion in large bowl. Add dressing; mix lightly.
SPOON onto 5 plates. Top with chicken. Serve immediately.
Makes: 5 servings
CALORIES 290, FAT 15 g (sat 2.5 g), CHOL 50 mg,
SODIUM 390 mg, CARB 21 g, FIBER 5 g, SUGARS 13 g,
PROTEIN 19 g, DV VIT A 110%, DV VIT C 50%,

Nita: SO true, I joking tell folks that lose 10 fast pounds on the low carb diet to eat a cookie and gain 11 pounds. The water weight gain is strange - I mean as if you are a sponge. Good to hear from you! Way to go on the bowling - exercise and you enjoy it!

Bye for now!

07-20-2004, 02:57 PM
Just a quick hello. I didn't want to go to the gymp last night, but I went. Afterwords I did feel real good. I just wish I would enjoy going more.

need to run... will talk more later..

07-20-2004, 03:34 PM
Hi there chickies - it is wet and windy here this evening and I did not get for my walk :( maybe later ...........
I had a foot bath detox last night ......... anyone know anything about them?

Halgal - I was just thinking that Catlover has not been around recently which is not like her. Thanks for the great recipe ......... just the kind I like quick and delicious!

Nita - I don't know how you stick that heat .......... I know that I couldn't. When you do the treadmill do you have a big fan keeping you cool?

Patty - well done on going to the gym even when you didn't feel like it ....... you will be getting addicted to it ;)

Michelle, Thin and Cat ........... hoping to hear from you soon.

Let yourself be

Unburden yourself from the limitations you've borrowed from others. And let yourself be. Empty your mind of the fears, doubts, worries and distractions that have built upon each other. And let yourself be.
This moment is filled with every possibility. All that you need to live it fully is already yours.

Look past the noise and turmoil of your thoughts. Be at peace with what is now, and see that peace as it spreads far beyond you.

Let any resentment, anger or disappointment from the past dissolve into nothingness, never to return. Let any anxiety or worry about the future melt away.

Now is where you can make a positive difference. Now is when you can let yourself be.

-- Ralph Marston

07-20-2004, 08:03 PM
Hi All,

HalGal thanks for the recipe. I most definitely will have to try it. I did make it to the gym today and I walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes. I am somewhat intimidated with the rest of the exercise machines but I know in time I will get over it. I was too late for the Senior stretch class but perhaps I can make it next week. It looked like they were doing most of the exercises in the chair. I may also check out the Pilate class which you work at your own pace.

Mooz -- No, I cannot do the treadmill even in the early morning hours because it is about 90 in the garage even with the fan going. My husband's friend said I should move it into the house and that may be a good idea. All I need to do is convince my DH that it will work!

It's so great to see more folks are posting. These posts sure do come in handy. I am planning on making chicken breasts in the George Foreman grille this evening because it is just too hot to cook on the grille outside.

Talk to you all later. I have to watch Jeopardy and see if Ken Jenning continues to be the winner. Has anybody been watching this young man?


07-21-2004, 01:00 PM
As this thread is getting rather long I will maybe start a new one tomorrow morning. A fresh start is always a good idea!!
Hope you are all having a healthy Wednesday!

07-21-2004, 09:13 PM
Just a quick hello. I had several meeting to go to, so I am just now heading home. I'm not going to the gym tonight. Last night they did a assessment on me. My flexability and strength were good, but my body fat and oxygen (****) not sure what that word is were not good. They age me at 46, but i'm only 42. Said I could improve with more cardio for the oxygen & weight training for the body fat. Of course they tried to get me to sign up with a trainer, which I would like to, but I told the trainer, right now i'm getting just use to the routine. Once I get going I would like to sign up with a trainer.

we'll I need to run... I'm starving and of course I don't have anything good here to eat...

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-21-2004, 09:33 PM
Good Evening Everyone,

This was not one of my better days. However, I did go to the TV station and did my thing.

Patty -- I think you are correct in getting used to a routine before consulting a Personal Trainer. I checked at our gym yesterday and a PT costs $50 per hour. Does that sound like the going rate? I, too, decided at this time not to consult with a trainer.

I just changed my PCP today because I really didn't connect with my lady doctor. This doctor has been practicing for over 20 years. His office is so much closer than the other office so I am looking forward to seeing him on August 12th.

Has anybody been watching Jeopardy and Ken Jennings? This young man is awesome! I believe it was 35 days as of today, and, of course, $1,194,000 something. We have a virus going around Phoenix--The West Nile Virus--it is spread by misquitoes. It seems to be in the older neighborhoods which have irrigation and large trees. There already have been a couple of deaths as a result of this virus.

If I didn't have to cook for my DH who is a diabetic, this dieting would be so much easier. When I prepare a meal then, of course, I feel I should eat it. I'm sure this is just another excuse for not staying on program.

Take care,

07-22-2004, 02:54 PM
Hello All

Nita - The personal trainers at this gym are $ 70.00 a hour. I thought that was pretty high, but the trainer told me that they all have degrees, and several certifications with different programs. At that rate, I definitely have to be on a routine otherwise it will be a waste of money for me. We too have the west Nile virus. Last week I had gotten out late and got several mosquitoe bites. I don't like spraying that stuff on me, so in the evening I try to stay in. I haven't been watching Jeopardy but I have seen the news where he just keeps winning. That is one smart man.

we'll I need to run... tonight i'm going to the kickboxing class again.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

07-23-2004, 03:32 AM
Mornin Chickies ............ I think it's time we moved again as this thread is getting very long so


See you all at No 14!