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05-01-2004, 06:42 PM
I refuse to be in the month of March any longer! :lol: Jello, hope you don't mind that I started a May thread.

I got seriously ambitious this morning. I got up at 6 am, painted the right side of the kitchen countertops so all the counters are done, Jack resanded this outcropping part of the wall and the cabinet over the fridge (we had a leak from an upstairs toilet a while back and I hadn't gotten to repainting UGH!) and I finished painting the kitchen cabinets, then I got down on my hands and knees and stripped, cleaned, the remopped the whole kitchen floor, laundry room floor and bathroom floor, cleaned the bathroom, oh yeah fixed and cleaned up breakfast and lunch in there somewhere, did a load of laundry and cleaned all painted and floor cleaning junk up and put it away. I am pretty pooped now and sore. I told my dh I was too old and too fat to be doing stuff like that anymore. :lol:

I am not sure whether or not I told you I had a job interview on Friday, but it went really really well. They spent an hour interviewing me including the office manager, which is the owner's wife, the owner, who is the optometrist, and another technician. The owner told me I did a really good interview so I hope they offer me the job. I think I would really like it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Well, just wanted to check in. Everyone have a great weekend.


05-02-2004, 01:18 PM
:wave: Hello everyone!
Well, the houseguests have gone and left me with a pretty clean house and leftovers in the fridge (that means I don't have to cook til maybe Wednesday - woohoo!). It was really a lot of fun.....and when they got underfoot, I mentioned a new computer store and they were gone for HOURS... ;) hehehe

Jello......what a relief to finally hear from you! Congratulations on the new job :cp:
The stress is awful now.....and there will be a certain amount of stress in the new job with new people and procedures to get used keep up at Curves at all costs! I have always found exercise to be a great stress-reliever!

Faye......loved the wallpaper border and wall color too! Have got my fingers crossed :crossed: for your job interview

Dyan.....keep focusing on May 19 to get you through. Once you get everyone under one roof again, with someone to share the joys/stresses, it will all be worthwhile :hat: you busy or what!......job....boys....curves....lawnmowing.... ..good thing you're a woman or you wouldn't be able to handle it all :encore:

05-03-2004, 05:48 PM
Thanks for the new thread, Faye. The old one was pretty long. Where is everyone - we have to support each other!

05-04-2004, 08:34 AM
Good morning everyone. Nice weather must be across the country since everyone seems to be absent. I can't wait for the pool to open at the end of the month. We are getting unseasonably hot weather here for the next week and I hope it continues so the pool will warm up.

I have been eating improperly for about 5 days now and it has got to stop. I know it is somewhat related to hormonal issues, but I need to get back on track and back to eating properly. I seem to have no problem with the exercise part of it, which for the majority of dieters is usually the problem. I have to decide what I want to do and go from here.

I am still waiting to hear about the job. I figure it will be about another week or so. I know that my last job, I competed against 350 other women so I am sure she has a lot of resumes to go through.

I started moving stuff around in the dining room area so that we can start on the dining room in another week. We are going down to the casinos this weekend as I have a 2 free day hotel stay. I am taking our dvd player and they have an indoor pool and we are just going to relax Fri and Sat. Gambling it not the biggy this time as we did that in Vegas, but I couldn't see wasting a free hotel stay.

Hope everyone has a great OP day.

Faye :)

05-04-2004, 09:39 AM
Good morning, Faye and all the rest of you. Beautiful day in Virginia but COLD last night. Getting warmed up again today.

Faye, you already know what you have to do, an unfortunately you are the only one who can control what you eat. I know when I get off track I not only feel bad from eating junk but guilty and miserable that I let it happen. Just take it one meal at a time and you'll soon be back on track :) I envy you the weekend. I'd love to get away but will definitely next month (32nd wedding anniversary).

05-04-2004, 10:42 AM
It's a mad house in my little neck of the world! This week alone my boys have soccer, baseball, track, weight training, band concert and sports physicals. :faint: DH doesn't get home early enough from work to help with any of it. I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR! :lol: This week events overlap and I'm hoping for next week to be better. :yes:

Jello, are you sticking it out the last week at the old job? What will you be doing at the new job? Is Curves near the new place?

Faye, you should see downtown Plymouth. They have the roads tore up from the little airport to KFC. It's a disaster. And wouldn't ya know it, Curves is smack dab in the middle of all the mess. Have fun at the hotel. I'm green with envy. :p

MsRD, I think I need to plan some house guests to get me motivated for some deep cleaning. I'm doing the minimum to get by lately. :^:

Hey Quilter! 32 years :hat:


05-04-2004, 02:00 PM
Tigerlily, you, indeed, are WOMAN...don't let the pace get you down. Glad to hear you are still going to Curves. Take care of yourself!

05-04-2004, 02:26 PM
Tig: What are they doing, widdening that part? It has needed it for years and years so it will probably be nice when they get it finished, but being just 2 lanes and the way most folks north of Plymouth come into Plymouth, I am sure it is a royal MESS!

Susan: Yep, you are right, I AM the only one that can improve my eating and I started today. One of the BIGGEST things I have problems with is boredom eating and I was hoping that getting a job would help with that. I am running out of things to do here at home again and can't wait for the pool to get open so I can get into it.

Hope everyone is doing well today. Miss all of you who have posted in awhile.


05-04-2004, 06:49 PM
Faye, you should work on your scrapbooking or some other busy hand project that make it hard to snack until the pool opens. Wouldn't want crumbs in the scrapbook. :no:
As for 31, I'm guessing they are making it wider...but can't tell for sure yet. They also have one side of the 30 overpass tore down. Bad timing, doing it all at once. Seems to me they tear it up every couple years and haven't gotten it right yet.

Quilter, I'm definately keeping up with Curves. I like my money too much to let it go to waste. And, results are added incentive.
I'm down 8.5 since starting Curves. It's a slow pace, but I'm happy with it.
Slow and steading wins the race. :D I figure a few more pounds and I should start to notice it in my clothes...I'm gonna like that!

05-05-2004, 11:05 PM
Evening all! :wave:

Just stopping by for a minute.....I really did eat too much when company was here, so have vowed not to step on the scale until Saturday. By then, I will hopefully be back down to being overweight..... :^: The good news is the weather has been a bit warmer, so I have started walking again.....I take the dog and he encourages me to hurry along. (Dog is a Siberian Husky....and is bred to RUN.....)

Faye...have a great time on your getaway weekend. Sometimes a break in scenery can help clear your mind and get you back on track :coach: make me tired just listening to your schedule. Sometimes being busy helps with the dieting.....and sometimes it makes it worse when you don't have time to eat properly.....:crossed:.....hope yours is doing ok!
Gotta go!

05-07-2004, 11:55 PM
Hola Chicas!

Just dropping in to say, I'm still here. Have been having a hard time with the "slumlord". I've talked to a lawyer and will probably have to take him to small claims court. In a nutshell, he didn't have things fixed when housing came for their 2nd inspection, so for everyday it's not fixed, they aren't paying him, so he calls me and tells me that for everyday it's not fixed he's going to take money out of our security deposit. For example, when the electricians couldn't make it on the day I called, I called him and said that they's be out the following day and he said, well, that's another $50 out of your deposit!! He's such a :censored: :censored: and he can this place and shove it up his :censored: :censored: and then :censored: :censored: :bomb: . Sorry, I'm a LITTLE upset.

On to other news.....I weigh in next week at Curves and am scared to death. We went to Utah last week, and I ate like a freakin oinker. I came home and the scale said I gained 10 pounds!! What's that all about?!

Talked to Dh today and he found a 4 bdrm, 2 1/2 townhouse for rent. It's a great price. It's $850 a month. Right now the rent's $1950 for a 4 bd 2 bath house. Granted this place is 1600 sq ft as opposed to the 1200+ square ft of the townhouse. I'm excited because it has a w/d upstairs, AND a dishwasher. Never had one of those before! the complex also has a pool, playground, and gym. They also take section 8, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get it.

05-08-2004, 08:07 AM
Hello all! Just a quick post before I head off to Curves for their 1-year anniversary and then off to an early mom's day lunch with mom. :D

Lasted my first week at the new job. It was terrible at first b/c I was so confused and all but it got better. Then yesterday I did a really big boo-boo when entering some data :yikes: and some of us had to stay late and fix it. I felt terrible but they were nice about it.... quite unlike what my old boss would have been. Yeah, I think I'll stay. :lol:

Have had my ups and downs (literally) with my weight and eating but I'm hanging in there. MrsRD, I know I shouldn't step on the scale all the time like I do but I can't help myself!

Faye, like Quilter said, you know what you have to do. Trick is doing it, right? :rolleyes: Yeah, I know exactly!

Tiger, hi Superwoman!!

Dyan, I'm so sorry to hear about those :censored: s!! I've got everything crossed (and it's quite painful :o ) for you and that new house!!

Well, I really do have to run. Good job on starting the May thread Faye!!! See, knew you guys could do it. Now I have to keep up my end of the bargain and check in more often.

See ya!

05-09-2004, 08:32 PM
:love: Happy Mother's Day! And I hope you all survived! Dinner was here and, as usual, worked my butt off (wish I could say that figuratively :lol:)

Both married kids were here with their assorted offspring and DH and I picked up our mothers from the home (one is there due to a stroke and one due to dementia) to join us. It does makes things a bit more complicated....what one does so that one can sleep at night :rolleyes: was a wonderful brought me two hanging flower baskets....and we all ate until we couldn't sit up any longer (maybe I should put off getting on the scale until NEXT Saturday...:idea:

Dyan.....It will be just a short while until you are out of this point, you would probably leave if DH had a tent pitched in a WalMart parking lot

Faye...good job on 'starting again' know what you have to do! You have to get back to being my inspiration again! :goodvibes:

Jello....good to hear from you and that your job is going well. going to take 2 aspirin and put my feet up for 20 minutes before I tackle the kitchen disaster area! :headache:

05-10-2004, 11:53 AM
Hello, ladies, checking in today! Was attacked by the bad food gang over the weekend and they forced me to eat things I shouldn't have. Sheriff got them so I'm back on track today. Actually, the Sheriff's deputy showed up at my house Saturday morning - with a Supoena for Jury Duty. Aren't I lucky. Actually, I don't mind serving and the cases may be settled out of court before the days come up. Boss was not real happy about it. So sad!

Jello, looks like this job may be a winner. You know you are only human and will make mistakes at the beginning.

Dyan, I'm not sure it's legal for him to do this. In Virginia, you can't use the security deposit as rent payments. It has to be kept in a separate account. We rent office space. I'd check into it. He needs to be taught a lesson.

05-11-2004, 01:31 PM
Hello all. I should be finishing up cleaning my upstairs, but here I sit. We had a great time at the casino and I won $550 so it paid for anything we ate, our gambling and lots and lots of redecorating stuff for the condo. I bought new light fixtures, marble stones for the flower patch I don't want to plant, faux stone for the fireplace that is gray and it really looks cool now with the blue painted walls and the off white mantel.

Dyan: Ca. is a renters dream so I would certainly check into it. It is the one state where renters really have the upper hand so I would lower the boom on the jerk! Sue his pants off!

Jello: Hope your job is going smoother. I haven't heard from the one I applied for but whatever happens happens.

Let me tell you what I did as far as the eating etc. I decided I really needed to deal with emotional issues that hadn't really been eliminated out of my life. I sat and typed a huge journal entry listing all the bad things in my life, and then "talked" to the people that caused me the hurt then I put it in the fireplace and burned it up. I feel so much better having let it out especially since a lot of the people are dead now and I can't confront people anyway. I told them all off and really released a lot of what has been inside of me for years and I burned it to "release" it all from my emotional being. I know that part of what is going on with me are issues that I have kept buried inside me and now maybe I can be more effective than I have been.

have a great day ladies, I really do need to finish upstairs! lol


05-11-2004, 03:40 PM
Faye, what a great way to get it all out once and for all and not have to deal with the still-living people's hurt feelings, etc. I might have said this before, but Dr. Phil's book has some great help even if you don't do his food plan. He really makes you sit back and take a look at what is causing you to overeat and how to remedy it. You might be able to get it at the library and I think it is out in paper now as well. Having already lost so much weight, you certainly know how to do it, but resolving the other issues will mean you will keep it off.

I'm thinking I need to buy a lottery ticked - $16 million and I might be able to retire before I die. :lol:

05-12-2004, 10:14 PM
:) Hello All!
Just stopped in for a sec.....dirty house awaiteth.......but had to tell you what happened at work today. A lady I work with was telling me about her DH ....he never exercised, smoked like a chimney, ate all the wrong things, and had a heart attack last fall (he's ok now). It really shook her up, as they are only in their mid-40's....then she turned to me and said, with tears in her eyes, "I really wish you would take better care of yourself'" A simple statement, but her sincerity rattled me right down to my toes. I don't think we realize how we impact other peoples' lives. It has given me a new boost.....not only knowing how much people care, but also that I don't want to put anyone thru the worry and stress that she has gone thru.

Have a wonderful evening, ladies

05-14-2004, 09:02 AM
Hi, ladies...where are you hiding? Have all the plans to lose weight flown out the window with the advent of summer? Have you all reached your goal? I need to know you are still around or find another group.

05-14-2004, 09:58 AM
Susan: Here I am! I know it seems like this once busy group is pooping out doesn't it? Maybe it is just summer has made everyone busier. I know I am trying to get a lot done in the house and then running my own thread takes a lot of time too.

I am really really struggling you guys. I was talking to dh last night and I seem to really be hungry a lot and I am consuming the correct calories, I am getting in water and exercise everyday. I am wondering if it is hormonal because it seems really really out of whack. I have gained weight, about 15 lbs and it is kind of depressing to be struggling like this though I really try and keep a good attitude about it and I am committed NOT to go back to where I was. I guess I will just have to fool with things and see if I can get a handle on what is going on.

I guess we are going to take a trip to Indiana for July 4th weekend. I would like to be somewhere I can see fireworks and not have to deal with huge crowds like they are here. DH gets Monday as a paid holiday and is just going to take another day and a half off. Wish I could see the Cubs play but their games are completely sold out for the whole year!

Hope all is going well with everyone and don't worry about me. I will figure this thing out!


05-14-2004, 12:03 PM
Hey There! I'm here too. I've been reading, but not much time or news to post.
I did finally do a weigh/measure at Curves the other day. They showed a 7 inch loss and 7 pounds. I weighed in 8.5 less the week before....before Mother's Day. :^: But, I'm confindent I will get it back down....and down, down, down!
Things are still nuts here. Sports mania for the boys among other activities. I'd pull my hair out, except I pay too much to have it colored. :p
And, I'm not sure if everyone was here when I first talked about my Dad. He has lung cancer. Things aren't going very good and that's really zapped me. On top of that, DH has been back/forth to the doc. Finally went to a specialist. Could have a clogged artery, or lupus, or raynauds disease. We will find out more next week when they are done running tests on the gallon of blood they drained out of him.

Faye, I hope you can find your groove. Getting back in the pool should help.

Well, I have to get to work. Gotta feed the masses. Today they are having fried cheese sticks with marinara. Give me Strength! :wave:

05-14-2004, 12:15 PM
Faye, some suggestions that may (or may not) help with the hunger. This is what I've found with the help of my Dietician.

Spread your food out in 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks each day. This keeps you blood sugar levels more even. Don't eat lightly during the day in order to snack in the evening because that can actually make you overeat at night. Add more protein and be sure to have a little protein or fat with every meal or snack. This can be as simple as having a cube of cheese with fruit for a snack or an apple and 4 walnut halves. It doesn't have to be much but it satisfies longer. Artificial sweeteners can also actually make you hungry. I try to only use Splenda (made from sugar) now. Having lost 200 pounds, I've been where you are and know how scary it can actually be to gain a few pounds - you think it'll all come back. If you haven't had your thyroid checked recently, you might want to get that done. I know you plan your meals very carefully. If you insurance covers it, you might want to consult a nutritionist and have her help you tweek things. She'll know how to get the foods in you like and still let you lose at a steady pace.

My problem is still exercise. I started walking again and my hip went beserk so I'm back doing my chair aerobics tape for awhile again. It seems about once every six to eight weeks I just get fed up with the whole thing of watching what I eat and spend a week eating everything in sight and then have to repent and cut back.

05-14-2004, 12:19 PM
Tigerlily, you are excused! Sorry for all the worries with loved ones health and I'll keep them in my prayers.

05-14-2004, 02:31 PM
Well, I guessed I freaked out for nothing. I weighed myself today and am down 5 lbs for the week. I was probably retaining water.

Susan: Thanks for the ideas. I do eat 3 meals and at least 2 snacks. I have one between breakfast and lunch and one before dinner. I don't eat after dinner because I know I will go way overboard. I have been traveling a lot and you know you don't eat well when away from home and that is probably part of the problem too. Good luck with exercise. (as for cheese, I like the little things of string cheese which are lower in fat)

Tig: Our prayers are with your family and hope your dad can be released from his pain. I AM VERY anxious to get back to water aerobics. I get a really good all over workout and I love it.

Well, I need to get some exercise in even though I painted walls for an hour today with a roller so my body got a pretty good workout from it! :lol:


05-14-2004, 10:23 PM
:wave: Hi All!
Great to have the weekend here, isn't it! I have a baby shower to go to tomorrow....the first in a few years...:hat:...will be kinda nice to get out and do a 'girl thing' for a change.

Faye.....congrats for getting back on track. You are one determined lady, and I really admire you :cp: really have your hands full with your Dad and DH.....prayers go out to your and your family. :grouphug: with interest your tips on eating. Eating lightly during the day may cause you to overeat at night? That's me, all right! One of my greatest battles is the snackies that hit around I will have a little more at lunch.....or a midafternoon snack.

Have had a good week, despite the aforemention snackie problem.....been exercising more.....gardening and pulling weeds...and lost 2 pounds! I had set a goal to lose 10 lbs by vacation (June 21) 5 weeks to go and I just may make it! :crossed:

Have a great weekend ladies! :)

05-17-2004, 08:00 AM
Hello group. Well, we have been remiss and it hasn't been much of a group lately has it?

I finished all the painting and wallpapering in the dining room and it looks gorgeous. I am going to steamclean the carpets today and put everything back then take some pictures of it. It turned out even better than I hoped it would.

I feel so much better since I seem to be losing weight again. I think I am having a time of it hormonally and it is causing all the other junk. Today is weigh in so I will let you know what my weeks total is.

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the end of spring. We are in the upper 80's all week so it is going to be a hot one here.


05-17-2004, 01:58 PM
I still get WW magazine and there is an interesting article in there on eating to be full. Shows meals that have the same number of points and one is a whole lot more food than the other. All points (calories) are not created equal. I like lots of food. Picture Perfect Weightloss is another good one to look through if you want to get a lot of food for few calories.

We in the 80's as well - went from cool to hot...and already needing rain.

05-17-2004, 04:29 PM
Went out for a walk and almost melted it is so hot and humid out. I am NOT going to complain because the hotter the warmer the pool will get when it is open.

I finished everything and the room looks beautiful. It is the prettiest one we have done yet. I am enclosing a couple pics.

I weighed in and lost 9 lbs total since last Monday so I am sure I was retaining water big time. I also feel so much more in control of hunger and whatever. It is totally weird to be ravenous one day and on program with no problem the next!


05-17-2004, 09:41 PM
:dz: Hello all!

Whew.....sure am glad this day is over! I had an incredibly busy shower, grocery shopping, picked up plants at the nursery (which the 3 grandkids helped me plant on, but we did have fun!) and kids came for dinner on addition to the laundry, housecleaning and other chores that I seem to always leave to the weekend! It was probably more activity than I have had in months.....probably good for me, but it did leave me tuckered (all the more reason to lose weight......I just don't have the energy level that I used to).

Faye.....the dining room looks great! You sure are getting a lot of remodeling aren't planning to move, are you?

Speaking of moving.....anyone hear from Dyan? She should be up to her forward flange in packing boxes about now!

Quilter.....thanks for all the tips on eating. I like to think I am pretty up on all the food pyramids and nutrition stuff.....but sometimes a practical hint from someone who has been there is a lot of help.

Well....gotta go......have got to get a little low impact aerobics in!

05-18-2004, 06:53 AM
MRS: Heaven's NO! Don't laugh, but we bought this condo 2 1/2 years ago and it is our first home. With dh being in the military it seemed stupid to buy a house and then struggle to sell it every three years so we always rented. When he got out, his income didn't improve and we just couldn't swing it until we moved here. The fact is, the condo had been empty and used for storage like a warehouse for 2 years so it was in pretty poor shape and we got a good price for it so we are just having a good time doing it figuring it will probably be the only home we ever own so we should make it as nice as possible.

Hope all you absentees are ok!


05-18-2004, 03:47 PM
Faye, I love what you've done with your dining room. It looks so bright and cheery. Glad to hear the scale has decided to cooperate. I knew you had this weight loss thing down.

Finally cooled off to the 70's so it's very pleasant today.

05-19-2004, 08:58 AM
Is it Friday yet? :^: 7 more days of school. I feel like the little engine. I think I can, I think I can....
Oldest son's track is over Thursday. Youngest son made All Stars for soccer so that season gets to drag on and overlap with his baseball even longer. :dizzy: Tomorrow is DH appointment with the specialist. Hopefully they've figured out what is wrong with him and we can deal with it.
As for me, I've been sticking to Curves, but eating has gotten a bit out of control the last week. I'm gonna blame being overly busy and stress. :devil:

Faye, your room looks great. Wish we could finish a project at my house. We like to drag it out and make it really painful. :p

Quilter & MsRD, Howdy Chickies!

Jello, wondering how the new job is going?

Cafe, Semo, Dyan, Huntress, DNW, Tiffany....and the list goes on. Come back girls! We miss you!

05-19-2004, 10:05 AM
Hey ladies! I am wasting time waiting for my tub to "cook" with cleaning stuff in it so I can clean house today. It is hot and humid here and I have yet to get outside so I am vacillating between getting on exercise clothes and getting outside and starting to clean house. I get exercise just lugging my big ole vacuum up and down the stairs along with laundry, trash etc. I should have buns of steel instead of buns of blubber, but oh well, those years have past never to return! :lol:

Susan: Weird, but since my complaining about gaining the weight, I have taken off a total of 12 lbs as of this morning. I don't see how the poor women who have to take meds like insulin, steroids etc don't just give it up. I know I got discouraged for the first time last week and a half when this all occurred because I felt like I couldn't control it and you know how up I am by all of this most of the time. Even when I am not doing well, I take it with a grain of salt and know I can improve, but this seemed so out of my control. One thing I do consistently to make sure I do not slide backwards is exercise. I know I can keep control of things as long as I make that part of my day everyday or at least during the week. That doesn't count all the stuff I do. I have guilt feelings about sitting down so I am up and doing something most of the time.

I don't know where all you ladies have taken off to, but sure hope you come back. The 3-4 of us still posting are going to get bored telling each other the same stories over and over.

Have a great day ladies, I am off to Comet/Tilex world! :lol:


05-20-2004, 06:01 PM
Anybody there? Faye - I congratulate you and do the hap[y dance - 12 pounds is great. I know you can do this. We all get discouraged when the darn scale doesn't cooperate with out efforts. It's been so warm here we are opening the pool in our development Saturday - 2 weeks early but the water is already warm. I'm going to see if swimming or water aerobics agrees with the old hip.

05-20-2004, 09:33 PM
:cb: WOOHOO! I AM ON VACATION! it is only two days off BUT, I am not at work! I am hoping a couple mental health days are all I need to get my perspective back again.
And, while I am on the subject, how come vacation days go faster than regular at-work days? Does someone fast-forward the clock when I'm not looking? fair!

Not going away for this vacation.....staying home and getting some stuff done. I have a list that would keep 3 people busy for a month :spin:....everything from getting a new drivers license (do they really expect me to tell the truth about my weight?) to getting the gardens in shape (it would help if it would quit raining......or maybe I should just plant lilypads?) to a major house-cleaning sprint (at least, I should vacuum up the 10,000 dead ladybugs that moved in over the winter). With any luck, I won't have TIME to eat.......:rofl:

Faye......great news on getting the scales working again! Perserverance always wins out is almost out HOORAY......hmmm, are you sure this is what you want?

Susan....Swimming is great exericse! Or just treading water, for that matter. Guess my goal is to look presentable enough in a swimsuit to go to the local last suit was orange and I bore a striking resemblance to the Great Pumpkin :rolleyes:
Well.....back to the rest and relaxation.......

05-22-2004, 08:47 AM
I am beginning to feel like I live in a ghost town and no one told me they all left!!! Where is everybody anymore?

Susan: Water aerobics is THE BEST! I am so ready for the pool. I can do an hour in the pool and the time just seems to fly by and I think because you are in the water, you aren't all sweaty and miserable, but come back in tired and relaxed, at least I do.

Mrs: Honey, I NEVER EVER worry about me and being in a suit. People can stare, whisper, whatever they want, because I don't care. If I want to swim, I am going to swim. My suit this year is bright orange, red and black tropical and I love it (for one thing it is a size smaller than last year!) I got the kind that fastens over the back so the straps are not falling off all the time sort of like the olympic swimmers wear. Walmart, less than $30!

We are working around the deck today putting out the marble chips so I will be sweating off the weight. It is supposed to be in low 90's today!

Have a great weeked everybody!


05-22-2004, 01:40 PM
Hi! Saturday. Time to Breath....maybe. DH at work and oldest son is golfing. Youngest is suppose to be cleaning his bedroom before his friend arrives to spend the night. Like we don't have enough to do during the week, I let them make plans on the weekend. *doh* We might take the crew to see Shrek 2 this evening and then out to supper at Hacienda. *danger*

All this talk about pools really make me want to take a swim!
Even though I've been stress eating, the scale still went down a pound! Gotta give credit to Curves!
I absoultely HATE wearing a bathingsuit in public. I usually try to find ones with a skirt to help hide my cottagecheese. bla.
Gotta get busy, the house is a MESS!

05-22-2004, 08:24 PM
Tig: I don't care a fig for Hacienda's food, but I absolutely LOVE their salsa/ chip dip whatever you want to call it. I always buy containers and take it home when I am up there. I tried to get them to give me the recipe, explaining that I used to live there but lived here now, but of course they wouldn't. The dopey owner said, "You can come and enjoy it while you are up here catching a Notre Dame game." I sent him an e-mail back, "Are you kidding? My husband despises Notre Dame. No thanks, we will just go without." :lol: Hope you had fun. Which one did you go to, the mall, or the one in Mishawaka? I am sure I told you, but my son is the showroom manager for Wholesale Spa Network there on Grape road next to Outback and my new dil, Alicia is a pharmacist for Meijers (she is a floater) so if you are ever in one of those places and you see either of them, tell them their mom said HI! :lol: Actually, we are coming up your way for the weekend of the 4th and I can't wait. We are going to Das Essenhaus on Saturday night and to see the Silver Hawks on Sunday night (just so I have some place to see fireworks. They always put on a great fireworks show after the game)

Everyone have a great weekend!


05-24-2004, 02:17 PM
Hello, ladies, another hot week on tap here. Had horrific tunder and lightening storms Saturday and Sunday. One of our darn skylights leaked and we can't figure out which one - three are in a row close together. I guess the guy we called to fix it will figure it out. It is not pleasant to get up for breakfast and find the tablecloth and everything on the table soaking wet. :coffee:

Faye, our pool opens Saturday and I'll be there as many nights as I can make it. We have adults only from 7-8 PM and there are not too many who use it regularly. Maybe I can find a buddy there to exercise with me.

Spent yesterday going through stuff in my sewing room - and finding fabric I didn't even remember having and 4 pair of drapes that we had never hung and I don't even remember getting. (They went up last night.) Just goes to show there is too much disposable income for some stuff.

I'm so looking forward to a 3-day weekend. Don't have any big plans, but something will turn up. :lol:

05-24-2004, 03:25 PM
Susan: They usually send out a flyer to announce the pool is opening and haven't yet so I am wondering when they are going to get it open. I sure am anxious to get out and swim each day.

My sister's sil had bypass surgery a year ago and has been sick including mental illness since then. She formed lesions on her brain which caused the mental illness and she is now in the hospital trying to build up her strength for an operation. Seems there is a hole in the tube running from her stomach to where they attached the intestine and it has been dumping digested food and bile into her blood stream this whole time. She also has a huge mass on her intestine they think is filled with infectious bile from the problem. I know people are desperate, but I still think this surgery is way too risky. My sister was telling me today she has a friend who had it done and her mother and she was successful and her mom died. Since you still MUST learn to control how you eat and how you look at food, I think the old fashioned methods are still the best. Maybe not the fastest, but surely safer. I saw an article in last week's People I think it was where people had the operation and are not fat again. Like I told my sister, it is not an operation like a vasectomy that can be reversed if things go wrong.

Well, I guess I should find something to do.


05-24-2004, 05:19 PM
Faye, I know where that Spa place is...never been there though.
Hacienda Salsa and Chips, love them! Ate too many of them I'm sure. Also had too much to drink and have felt terrible for two days. :o

I want a pool! I don't think I'll be swimming in our pond this year. The men creatures have added fish and turtles. But I guess ya never now, heat can do strange things to ones judgement. :dizzy:

This is the last week of school. :cb: I should be around more often when it's finished.

05-26-2004, 04:11 PM
Dear Ladies:

I'm still alive and doing much better...went through the widow's blahs for most of the winter and Spring but things are turning around now and I have many more good days than bad. In other words life goes on and so do I. I have given up on the nursing thing since my back was also acting up this winter. I have investigated a Master's program in Psychology, which I can attend part-time and just about the time I am ready for retirement from the corporate world I believe I will be able to hang out a shingle and can get licensed to be a certifed therapist. I am figuring on part-time 2-3 days a week should do me fine in my old age. Also found out that my job will likely pay for my Masters with any luck...things are looking up and I think Bob is watching out for me...

You all sound like you've been busy too. I am back at OA and also started with a personal trainer this past week...a gift to myself for the summer. I also am journaling my food again and I have managed to break 250 finally.

Much love and an overdue :grouphug:

05-26-2004, 05:05 PM
Oh, my gosh, it's so good to hear from you DNW. I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. Congratulations on breaking the 250 barrier. Sounds like you have a plan for your life and that is good too. I'm sure Bob is looking out for you.

Faye, I was listening to Dr. Dean Adell over the weekend and he has some interesting facts about bypass surgery. There has been a huge study done and it only adds a little over 5 years to your life expectancy if you have the surgery and then maintain a lower weight...not worth the complications that can happen. I have a friend who had it done, lost over 200 pounds and has gained it all back and then some. Still no cureall for obesity...darn!

We've had thunderstorms every night this week and last weekend and it's supposed to keep up all through early next week. Once the storm passes, it gets hotter than blazes. Set a record yesterday and we are averaging 15 degrees above normal so I'm afraid July and August will be unbearable if it keeps up.

Have one of my quilting bees tonight so I'm going to try one of the new Salads at Burger King (50% off coupon).

05-26-2004, 09:41 PM
:) Hello All!

DNW - great to hear from you again.....and good news breaking 250! It sounds like you have a great plan for the future. You go girl! :cheer:

Quilter. - We have been having severe thunderstorms here too. :rain: All the rivers have flooded (they are supposed to crest tonite), dams are full open, and they are predicting more rain over the weekend. We have a creek on our property, which has flooded into the backyard.....great blue herons wade thru the yard now, catching small fish and frogs. Just another adventure.....

Faye - hope your SIL is getting stronger and ready for a healthy future. There just is no quick fix to losing weight......we just have to keep slogging along....less food....more exercise......we will succeed! :high:

Quilter - have you tried the new salads at Arby's? They have a "Marthas Vineyard Salad" that is awesome......salad greens with apples and dried cherries.....really really good :hun:

I brought home a stack of stuff from work be done before morning..:comp:....can't figure out if there aren't enuf hours in the day or if I am just moving slower in my old age?

05-30-2004, 12:30 PM
Just wanted to let you know what is happening. I slipped and fell in a restaurant tues evening and was in the hospital until Thur night. I have a personal injury attorney so can't talk much about it, but wanted you to know why I haven't been posting.

I am able to use both hands a little more, but one arm is injured and the other one the emt put my line in wrong and all my meds flooded under the skin instead of through the vein so it has been really swollen and bruised and very very sore so it also has been hard to use and still is. I go to my reg dr on Tues and then on to the others.

I am depressed because I can't exercise, fix proper meals and such and am determined not to gain weight back but it is pretty difficult. I hope to convince the dr to let me get in the pool with Jack's help.

take care and I will check in as I can


05-30-2004, 09:13 PM
Hello All!

Faye......:( so sorry to hear of your accident! It is always so frustrating to be physically limited...but don't let it get you down! A few days of R&R and you should be back on the treadmill!

We had the kidlets and subkidlets down for a picnic today.....grilled burgers and hot dogs, with potato salad and calico beans and fresh carrot sticks, celery sticks, and sliced cukes. Chocolate cake for dessert :T .....and yes, I did indulge, and, thankfully, it is all gone so it will not awaken me in the middle of the night.....:lol

We put the veggie garden in yesterday.....tomatoes, cukes, acorn squash, zucchini, cabbage, watermelon, onions,cantaloupe, green beans, sweet corn and pumpkins. :hyper: DH also bought some raspberry plants and about 4 dozen strawberry plants; so that pretty well filled up the garden spot. Needless to say, I am pretty seized up...but quite satisfied with the work we accomplished yesterday.

I will probably work in the flowerbeds tomorrow.....a lot of weed-pulling to be done. There is always stuff to transplant and we need some annuals to fill in the empty spaces. Better take my vitamins now!

05-31-2004, 08:28 PM
Hi everyone. I'm new and your group sums up what I'm doing, my own thing. I've tried WW and even tried the induction phase of Atkins and hated it! I gained 15lbs in 10yrs then last year I gained 14lbs in that one year. I was really sick when I saw the dr's scale. I'm 5'3 and weighed 144. It's not the most I've ever high school I weighed 170. I have yo-yo'ed all over the map. I felt my best at 115 and maintained that the longest so that is always my goal weight.....BUT I can't (couldn't) stick to a diet. After seeing the 144lbs it got me thinking about how miserable I was in H.S. I lost 6lbs then gained it back, twice. Enough I thought. I hate the daily grind of counting calories so I thought I'm going to cut out pop -Coke (my favorite) and quit eating at the convenience store for lunch (a job related evil). I didn't set a weight goal this time, only a date goal. That I would stick to these rules until the 3rd week in Sept (20 weeks). Guess has been 5 weeks and I now weigh 132. Packing my lunch has been a pain but it is a habit now and I relied on tea as a substitute for pop originally but last week switched to water and am fine with that. I feel alone without my comfort foods. I'm a divorced mother with a 13 yr. old son in every sport, every season and for the next 6 weeks he will be at his dad's and it's me time. Would it be okay to join your group?

05-31-2004, 10:16 PM
Hello Everyone!

Tinlizzy.....good to meet you and welcome! :) Yes, we all pretty much do our own programs here....whatever happens to work of each of us! I think you have hit on a wonderful concept....small changes, one by one, that ultimately show great results! Thanks for the tip!

I spent the day in the gardens......putting in some more annuals, then dividing and transplanting certain plans from one garden to another. We got more rain today :rain: and more is predicted tomorrow......I am going to grow webbed feet!
Back to work tomorrow.....maybe I should check the laundry situation!

06-01-2004, 09:46 AM
Welcome, Liz, glad to have you join us.

Faye, sorry to hear about your accident. It's frustrating to be laid up, but cut back on calories a little and stick with it! Keep us posted.