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Mamacita
11-05-2004, 06:33 AM
Morning, Chicks, :coffee:

I'd say good, but I'm not so sure it is. Woke up at 4:00 this morning, for whatever reason and panicked. I can't see. Everything is hazy...like I'm looking through cloudy water. I think I've overdone it..severely. I've had a lot of patients, a lot of paperwork and I've been knitting and spinning like a madwoman trying to get a leg up on Christmas. Guess my eyes have decided enough is enough. I have some Pred Forte eye drops. Used some earlier and put in some artificial tears a little while ago, but I'm in a sad way right now. Good thing I can touch-type fairly well. Looks like this weekend will be spent resting my eyes as much as possible.

On a more cheerful note, I'm down another half pound. Yay! :dance:

Ok, off to the shower. Hope you chicks have a great weekend on the Beach!

Mamacita


davoswoman
11-05-2004, 06:52 AM
Good Morning All :coffee:

Mamacita- Definitely sounds like some time for a rest on the eyes! My goodness. Congrats on the weight loss though! :bravo:

I am having a tough morning. I want CARBS!! Not good ones either. Guess I'll go back to bed and try to sleep off the craving. I didn't lose anymore weight today, but didn't gain either, so that is okay. I think 4 pounds in four days is okay!

I tried some nonfat plain yogurt with splenda and some cocoa last night. I though it was pretty good. I'm not much for the ricotta cheese thing so thought I'd try the yogurt. Funny I haven't seen a recipe for that. :?:

Anyway, I am going to have a big tuna salad for lunch (mostly salad of course) to get more carbs in. Hopefully that will help my energy level. I have been very tired the past couple of days, and I have a ton of things to do this weekend!

Hopefully I will get the okay from my doc to start exercising soon. :strong: She still has me on "bed rest" because of my back. It is doing better today so far though. I am sure my weight loss will be better if I can exercise.

Well, I am off to bed for a couple more hours. Hope you all have a wonderful morning. See you later. :wave:

Ruthxxx
11-05-2004, 06:58 AM
Geez, Mamacita! That's not good! I hope the fog clears soon and, if not, maybe see a doc? :(

Shhhhh! Davoswoman is sleeping. Sorry about the carb cravings. Remember to put lots of protein in that salad - maybe a hard boiled egg with the tuna? Maybe some chick peas?

We have cold, gray, rain this morning but the woodstove held for the night and the back room is cozy. Lucy slept down there until 5:30 this morning, had had breakfast, a reluctant potty trip and is now dozing her life away on the couch. It is very tempting to join her! :devil:

However....the painters finished yesterday so I have my kitchen to put back in order and need to study lines this morning. This afternoon, I'll brave the rain (maybe snow?:yikes:) and go to the Falls to bottle wine and visit with the puppies. Two of Lucy's go to their new homes tomorrow - so sad! Hershey's five are starting to eat "real" food and she's losing interest in nursing them so she will be coming home in about another week. :)

Rehearsal went fine last night although I am still working script in hand. I had Danny do a 1960's hairdo yesterday which worked out fine! I look so "yesterday". I wore my navy shantung funeral dress and pearls to rehearsal last night and got Director approval. It is way too big and feels sloppy so I will do a quick alteration on the bodice before the show. It was nice to put on a slip and dress and not feel stuffed into them! Yes, a slip and pantihose and heels all on the same day! I am reverting to the old me! :rofl:

Harry is up and about so I'm switching into caregiver mode. I'll catch up later.

Have a coffee by the woodstove and pet Lucy, OK? :cofdate:


Bamiegurl
11-05-2004, 07:34 AM
Well Good Morning all! Oh Mamacita I am so sorry about your eyes. I will pray for you.
Davoswoman... Have a good rest. Congrats on the 4 and more will follow. CARBS...UGH! What were they thinkin'! teehee
Ruth... I am so glad they got your kitchen done already. That seemed to have been a pretty painless project.
Me... Well today is a day of shopping! WooHoo! I have been strict Phase1 all week and have not lost a pound! I just had to step on this morning! But I am not goin to sweat it just yet. Maybe some Metamucil is in order. (YUCK!)
I have ate more veggies this week than I probably ever have in my life!
Well I am off to tidy everything up for my company. It is their first visit to the new house. Have a good day all!

Bups
11-05-2004, 07:47 AM
Morning ladies!

Mamacita - sheesh! make sure you take care of those eyes! - good excuse to just sit around and rest though. I think that a day at the spa including a full body massage is what is needed to clear your eyes ;) Sending "clear eyes" vibes your way.

Davoswoman - I don't like ricotta either - I think I will get some plain yogurt this weekend and try your recipe. Although I used to be a salty food junky (chips etc) since starting SBD I actually crave sweet stuff more now - had 3 sf jellos last night Sheesh! I have to find other sf good choices.

Ruth- it sounds like you have a full day planned. I can't wait until I can put on formerly snug clothing and move around in them. Must be a cool feeling.

Me - day 5 here - again so far so good - no major cravings or headaches. I have eated a LOT of veggies this week - I though my grocery bill was high last week because I was stocking up on good veggies etc - but I will have to do it again this week as I have eaten ALL the veggies! 2 heads of cauliflower, bunch of celery, 1.5 containers of mushrooms, 1 zucchini, 2 cups green beans and a bunch of asparagus - and that was all by myself - DS won't touch green food other than lettuce and DH hasn't been home for dinner all week (hunting season). This WOE is going to break the bank.

Still feeling good though - very tired in the evenings so going to bed early, that can either be the diet or just getting into the routine of going back to work - I have been between contracts for awhile.

I did pretty good with planning this week but have to include weekends in next weeks plan as I didn't this week and am almost out of veggies. Might have to make an extra trip to the store.

Hope you all have a nice day and wonderfully relaxing weekend :coffee:

Kim

Under a Palm Tree
11-05-2004, 08:11 AM
Morning all -

Mama - I'm so sorry to hear about the eyes. Try hard to baby them as much as possible so they're as good as new in no time.

Baumie - Have fun shopping! Don't worry about the scale. It will catch up, you just do your part.

Candace - You can fight off the carb cravings. Don't succumb. The others are right, get some good carbs in today. One of my favs is fat free refried beans with p/s mozarella melted on top.

Bups - Good job on sticking to plan and eating all those veggies. I know that grocery bill may seem higher but are you factoring in the stuff you used to buy that know you aren't? Hang in there! You're doing great

Ruth - Please post pictures of you in costume. We would love to see you.

Me - I'm still pretty happy with me on plan. I think I may start Phase 1.5 next Friday as you all like to call it. In the past I don't think I've transitioned well. I think I've eating too many carbs too soon.

Question - The healthy choice fudge bars are 90 cal no sugar. Can they be counted as a milk? I know that its unlikely but I'm trying...

Have a great weekend everyone!

sandbeachgirl
11-05-2004, 09:02 AM
Mamacita--- It is never normal to have cloudy vision. No matter how much work you did yesterday. You need to see a doctor right away. You could have a retinal bleed or even a stroke. I am assuming the cloudiness is not from any drainage in the eye, but if it is still go to Dr and get a Rx. Pred Forte is a steroid, not going to help if there is a more serious problem. Could even be diabetes in which case even the small amoutn of steroid in Pred Forte could make your blood sugar rise even more. Whatever it is, it is not ever normal to have cloudy vision. If it has not resolved please go see a doctor.

anchor weight
11-05-2004, 09:32 AM
Morning All!

Wow you guys are soooo busy in the mornings now! I feel like I'm getting in here late. :lol:

My day yesterday never got any better. I dropped a glass bottle on my toe in the shower :censored: , I had a bag of pistachios explode on me (with black pants on of course) :censored: , I locked myself out back of the school in pouring rain while trying to carry in boxes of copy paper :censored: , slammed my finger in a file cabinet drawer that was packed full and really heavy :censored: , argued with the X because he hasn't paid me what he owes me :censored: :censored: , bit the inside of my cheek (chewing sugarless gum) really bad I had tears in my eyes :censored: . The good news is I managed to stay OP! :lol: The only thing I can figure is that my planets are not lined up right or TOM must be lurking out there somewhere! :lol: So yes chickies you can have a day from h*ll and still stay OP!

Mama - I'm inclined to agree that it may be something more than just stressed eyes. You may want to go in.

Bami - You may want to up the water. Sounds like constip***** to me!

Ruth - Sounds like fun all dressed up "retro" for the play. I barely remember my mom in gloves and pretty dresses, heels to go to church.

Bups - You should start perking up. Yes going back to work and the first couple days of this diet could reduce anyone's system to exhaustion.

Is anyone else jealous of davoswoman? I can't even remember the last time I got to go back to bed??? Can't remember at all! :lol:

Under a palm tree - the only thing that I have added since going on 1.5 is a drinkable low carb/low fat yougurt. I use that to break my fast first thing in the am with some vitamins. Then I eat my quiche cups and overnight slaw later for breakfast. I lost 16.5 on my first two weeks and then I pretty much average about 2 a week. The yougurt has not affected the 2 pounds a week so I'm going to add the Chayote Salad (I haven't tried it yet) and see how that does on the weight loss. Good luck.

I don't know about anyone else but I'm totally hooked on the balsamic vinagrette that comes in the SBD book Phase I. If you would have told me 6 months ago that I would be eating salads every day with balsamic vinagrette on them I would have laughed. I was a ranch girl. The other day I ran out and was at work so I ran to the grocery store and bought a bottle - it isn't the same! I threw it out.

Oh well hope everyone has an OP day!

Ruthxxx
11-05-2004, 09:58 AM
Geez, Anchor! Watch your language! I get in trouble when I censor posts but yours was over the edge! :rofl:

ellis
11-05-2004, 10:12 AM
Oh, Mamacita... you look after yourself, sweetie. :( No job is worth your health. :grouphug: Saying prayers for you...

Candace, congratulations on the four pounds! :hat: Take care of that back, girl! :grouphug:

Ruth, if you go out, be careful on the roads! They're slickish. The wind is INCREDIBLE! I love it. :D

Bamie, don't lose heart... that weight will come off! And good job with the veggies. (I hate 'em. Well, except for potatoes. Deep fried.)

Kim, you're doing great with the vegetables, too! :hat: I try to compare the price of them with the bag of chips I would normally be eating. Makes me feel better about spending a bit more.

Under a Palm Tree, Phase 1.5 is a good idea. :yes: It's too easy to start packing the carbs back into your diet.

Hi, sandbeachgirl! :wave: Good advice.

Amy, you're too funny. :lol: What a day... but OP, despite it all! You're a goddess, woman!! :hat:

Little Chick, I know you're out there, and we miss you VERY much! :grouphug:

You're not going to believe this, but I just went to the gym for the fourth time this week. :yes: Yes, there's definitely something wrong. I'm actually working exercise into my day. I'm not enjoying it, mind you, but I sure feel good for the rest of the day!

Yesterday I thought the power supply on my computer had blown. I was in a TERRIBLE panic, thinking that I might have lost my hard drive, too. I opened it up and vaccumed it before taking it into the shop (embarrassed to let anyone see how dusty it was), and when the guy plugged it in, it worked! It must have been all the dust in there from our renovations. Phew!! I don't know about you girls, but my computer is pretty much my lifeline.

Back later... hope everyone is having a good day...

little chick
11-05-2004, 10:24 AM
Ellis how did you know I was lurking..... :) A big Hello to all. I miss you chicks alot and I promise to be back soon. I am trying to do some head cleaning and get myself back on track.

davoswoman
11-05-2004, 10:27 AM
Well I am back up and ready for the day.....I guess. I probably wouldn't feel so much like going back to bed if I didn't toss and turn all night because my back aches!! Shheeeessshhh. I can't even take advil because I am trying to get pregnant and in that 2 week wait to see if I am. Tylenol only and it really doesn't work that well.

Palm tree- Refried beans! I never even thought of that. I love them. Will definitely have some of those.

Kim - Another idea I thought of is mixing yogurt into my jello and then letting it set up. I think I will try that today. Make the jello more creamy. Also I thought maybe some of those DaVinci sf coffee flavors into the yogurt? I have also been drinking some caffiene free diet pepsi. It seems to help with my sugar cravings. I love salty stuff too so I have done the roasted chick peas.

I got the SBD Cookbook at the library yesterday. I am glad I didn't buy it. There really aren't a whole lot of recipes I would use so I am just going to copy the ones that sound good and leave it at that. There are way too many Phase 3 recipes in there. I don't need Phase 3!! Heck by then I won't have any problem coming up with ideas! JMHO :^:

Ellis- Isn't that crazy about exercise? I always feel better afterward. Why then is it so hard to get myself to do it in the first place? I mean, I feel better after sex (can I say that on here? :o ) and I have no problem getting myself to do that! Go figure!

Ruth - funny, I thought Anchor put all those censors in there herself! :dizzy:

GoldieFun
11-05-2004, 11:18 AM
Hi ladies -- back from my verrrry long trip to las Vegas, and I am so glad to be home! Don't have time to catch up yet, but I will be around more now for sure -- woo hoo!

:) lauren

RNMOM
11-05-2004, 11:30 AM
A quick hi, 3rd day at work and I'm about beat. Had a horrible trauma yesterday with 5 kids, yuk. Teenagers and cars are NOT a good mix for us lately.

Stuggling with trying to stay eating right. Haven't cheated but am not eating enough veggies. I'm hungry all the time right now. TOM over thank goodness.

Gotta go, love ya all!

sweet tooth
11-05-2004, 11:31 AM
Good morning everyone. Weather here is good - for this time of year. We are still slightly above freezing and the 2' dump of snow that we got a few weeks ago is melting. However, the forecast for the weekend is nasty and more snow. It will definitely be an inside day for me.

Mama - My vote about the eyes is to go see a dr. right away. Don't wait in case this is a serious matter - I always believe that you err on the side of safety, not on the side of risk.

Davos - Try drinking some water. I find that when I go into a craving mode, I am generally dehydrated and need to be drinking more water. I have now adopted a 'policy' to drink a litre of water when I feel a craving. If the craving remains after I have the water, then I will indulge it in some way. I have never had the craving after I drink the water. I read an article one that said the cravings are often a symptom of dehydration and if you don't solve the dehydration with water, you will not resolve the cravings. It works for me most times.

Ruth - You really must send some pics of the play. I think it will be great. Good luck on learning the rest of the lines. Hope you get the kitchen organized. I hated having the cleaning to do when we renovated our kitchen. I guess the worst part was suffering from jet lag at the time - the renovation was forced when we had a water leak while we were away. :lol:

Bamiegurl - Have a great time shopping. By the way, I suffered with constipation when I was on Phase 1 (and it affected my weight loss) and am still suffering because the dr. put me on a fairly high dose of iron. I started the Metamucil during Phase one and it really helped. I have been taking it off and on after that but the dr. that I was at this week says that it takes about 3 days to kick in, so to take every day if constipated. As the ladies at work said, I could be full of sh** - you too. :lol:

Bups - WOW! You are doing so great with the veggies. Keep up the great work. Hopefully, your budget will settle down and support a completely different WOE. When you think about it - carbs are cheap and they taste good. I can remember when the kids were little, we ate a lot of carbs because they fit into the budget. And when you start to eat WW starches, etc. they are more expensive... Being healthy is not cheap, but you have one shot at it. WTG.

Under a Palm Tree - WTG on the weight loss. I think Phase 1.5 is a good transition into an eating plan for life. I don't think that I have really moved past the 1.5 yet, but I am becoming more bold at including more WW starches and fruits into my diet. I must continue to add now, because I don't want to lose too much more weight. However, my biggest fear is waking up tomorrow with extra pounds added on. Good luck on the transition...it is probably better to begin on the conservative side, then, if you are still losing too much, you can add. If you start too much right away, you may have the feeling that you are depriving yourself if you need to cut back. I guess, for me, the mental game is also part of the WOE. I just don't want to feel like I am depriving myself and so far, I haven't felt that way.

Anchor - I thought bad things only came in threes! How did you get a double dose yesterday? Hope everything goes well today. You have certainly paid your dues. Take care.

Ellis - I bet you clean the house before the cleaning lady comes, too. :lol: I laughed when I read that because my kids tease me about doing the same kinds of things. WTG on getting to the gym. It's really funny because I have always said that I hate to exercise, but I have committed to doing a cardio workout every lunch break. We have an indoor track where I work, so I can pop up to the track during my lunch (boss also turns the other way when I sneak a few extra minutes, but he always gets them back tenfold). Now I am at the point that I can hardly wait until it is time to go. :dizzy: I have also started a strength/flexibility program with a fitness trainer. She has designed a program that I can do at my own convenience at home, so that is much better than coming to the fitness centre here at work - it is usually full except at 6:00 am and I know I can't sustain coming at that time to workout. The hating exercise kicks in there. ;) Keep up the exercise, it will really help.

LC - Good to hear from you. Take care of yourself.

Ruthxxx
11-05-2004, 11:35 AM
Anchor DID do her own censoring! I was kidding. I'd be afraid to censor anything ever again after removing a candidate name the other day! Sometimes it sucks to be a MOD although deleting people's posts is fun. Ask Ellis!

It's cold as **** (?) here today but I am putting on my winter jacket and taking off for town. Holding a warm puppy or 12 will warm me up!

Be good.

davoswoman
11-05-2004, 11:50 AM
Ruth - Glad to know Anchor did censor herself!! Hee, hee. I understand about being afraid to censor. I think that one was justified though. You are doing a FINE job.

Sweet tooth - I will definitely try that. I am trying to get at least 52 oz. of water in a day as well.

beachgal
11-05-2004, 11:59 AM
Morning, Everyone!

Mama, I'm so sorry you are feeling that way! :grouhug: Sounds like you are really stressed and need a rest, physically and emotionally! Please take gentle care of yourself...can you maybe splurge on a massage?

Candace, you might be one of those that takes five days to detox. I promise the cravings and tiredness will go away...just hang in there, okay? :grouphug: Take care of your back and I bet you'll be exercising in no time!

Ruth, what a lady in your hose and pearls! :queen: I bet you looked gorgeous! Thrilled for you that you have to take the dress in! :cp: Oh, sleep puppy potty visits...so cute! I hate to wake up our pup to take her outside before she goes in her kennel for the night. She's so cute and warm and fuzzy! I know you're busy, so I'd be glad to take that nap with Lucy! ;)

Bamie, GOOD FOR YOU for keeping a positive attitude!!! I bet that weight drops off you before you know it! Maybe try eating some beans and flaxseed to compliment the metamucil? ;) I feel your pain...I swear I have about four pounds of poop in my intestines :lol3: I've been taking metamucil like it's going out of style and three days of stool softener and no cigar! :mad: It'll happen eventually for both of us.

Bups, have you tried the No Sugar Added Creamsicle and Fudgesicles? They are awesome and legal on Phase 1! I have a creamsicle and fudgesicle every day, just about, and they really help with my sweet tooth! Another option that I love is to get some flavored decaf tea and make it with milk and splenda! I found one that was "creme caramel" and was totally delcious with some milk and splenda. :T Once you are on Phase 2, you can try the No Sugar Added Puddings...there are several, and they don't seem to bother my weight loss (Nelie, is it bothering yours?).

Palm, I love the refried beans, too! With a little Lawry's seasoning salt, garlic powder, and some red fat cheddar on top, they are divine! :T Definitely comfort food! :yes: Do the healthy choice bars have a lot of milk in them? If milk is one of the first three ingredients, I'd say some can count for milk. That's what I do with my pudding. I have 30 cals of sweet treats during the day, then have a pudding at dinner, assuming that about 45 cals of the pudding is sweet treat. ;) It doesn't seem to mess up my weight loss.

Welcome, Sandbeach! :wave: It's always a good idea to see the doctor...just to be sure. :)

Anchor, have you ever read Lily's Purple Plastic Purse? If you haven't, you ought to pick up a copy of that and Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. :) To quote from each..."today was bad, but tomorrow will be better" (that's today!) and if not, "move to Australia"! ;) I'm sorry you had such a bad day! I hope today is much, much better! :D :grouphug: I think it is AWESOME that you stayed OP, though! :yes:

Ellis, I would freak out without you! :yikes: So glad the computer is okay! :whew: I've been wondering how Little Chick was doing, thanks for getting her out of lurkdom for a minute! :bravo: on all that working out!!! :cp: :high: :cheer: :cb: :hat: That is GREAT!!! :grouphug: You're killing me with the potato comment!

Little Chick!!! If you're reading this, LC, know that you are and always will be my favorite BBQ skewer and that you are loved and missed! :grouphug:

Candace, great ideas...just a quick note...the nutritionist I just saw told me that pregnant women shouldn't have more than four servings of Equal each day...so be careful with the soda, jell-o, etc. She said absolutely no sweet-n-low, but Splenda is unlimited. Diet Rite makes a great decaf soda with splenda. :grouphug:

Me:

Have a student coming in just in a sec, and I have to pee so badly! So very quickly... pounds up a bit, ate an extra banana this week by mistake. :mad:

Looking forward to the weekend...may do a bit of shopping for tops that don't fall off me! That's fun! :D

All else is well. Little baby Ethan is now 1 lb and 11 oz...up from the 1 lb 4 oz birth weight and doing really well. Grow, Ethan, grow! :D

Have a great day, chickies! :D

anchor weight
11-05-2004, 12:09 PM
Hi chickies!

Yes! :yikes: I did censor myself! And the only one I let slip out loud yesterday was outside in the rain - or in my head quietly! It got so pathetic that I actually starting smiling about it later in the day. I was supposed to go to an art show last night but I cancelled because I was so sure I would fall over a $5,000 sculpture and smash it to bits. :rofl:

Today is much better - except I keep re-biting the inside of my mouth when I eat salad - good news is the balsamic vinagrette is keeping it cleaned out. :sp:

That's what is nice about this wonderful place - you can vent and then joke about it later with everyone! :lol: I have to put my tough face on now for a staff meeting so I'll catch all you chickies later!

anchor weight
11-05-2004, 12:13 PM
Beachgal - We posted at the same time! I read the Alexander book with my son! I always make him tell me something good that happened at school that day to help cheer him up. So my cheer up would be that yesterday everyone told me I looked really good - either because of the weight loss - or they were just down right frightened of me :lol:

beachgal
11-05-2004, 12:43 PM
Anchor, you sound like the BEST mom! :D Yay for moms and dads that read aloud!!! :cp: :cheer: :hat:

And I love that you do that with him! Sounds like he's not going to Australia any time soon! ;)

Glad people told you that you look good...I bet you do! :D

tori34
11-05-2004, 01:30 PM
Hi all...It is day 5 of P1 for me and so far no cheats! :D Not that I haven't wanted it.

Const..... is under control as I take fiber con tablets (WM brand) everyday..they are so much better that the drinkable stuff (IMHO) and the crackers come with a choking warning LOL.

I am down 3 lbs since I started; hopefully more will follow..seeing the scales move downward helps me to stay away from the bad things: Coke and chips.

have a great weekend everyone! :smug:

Barb0522
11-05-2004, 02:29 PM
Sounds like everyone is having a busy day. I've been packing for our camping trip. I've prepared 2 zucchini, a yellow squash, a red pepper, and some cauliflower as well as Triscuits for snacking. I have fat free hot dogs with WW hot dog buns for dinner tonight. I know they are very limited but I figure they'll be okay for one day. Dinner tomorrow is Taco Bake on tortillas. I've got yogurt and lean ham for breakfast and good stuff for lunch too. Hopefully I'll be getting a bunch of exercise too but I may just relax and fish by the lake. Yesterday was really hectic at work and I need this break. Talk to everyone after I get back!

sandbeachgirl
11-05-2004, 04:53 PM
What are these rules on censoring you are all talking about? Did I miss something? Also how do you censor yourself? Is there an emotioncon somewhere? Guess I will make sure to keep my potty mouth to myself.

beachgal
11-05-2004, 06:03 PM
Sand Beach, no worries. We are generally pretty liberal around here (every so often "****" or such slips out! :o ). However, when you want to say something that would be expressed as *&$^%#@ in a comic strip, try using an emoticon on the list that looks like this: :censored: You can get it by typing the : sign, then the word "censored" (without the quote marks) then another :

Around here, we tend not to censor much, but the mods can edit and censor your posts if you are either saying something that might start a fight (like talking about politics), overly offend someone, or violates 3FC rules, like obviously trying to sell a product or such. In general, we stay out of it, but try to do what we can to maintain a safe and nurturing environment. However, mention anything made with strange chemicals, and Ruth will yell, Ellis will delete, and I will stick out my tongue. :p (can you tell who has all the power around here? ;) )

Welcome, Sand (and your potty mouth...) :lol:

sandbeachgirl
11-06-2004, 06:06 AM
OK, thanks. I did see the post on bashing the Clinton's, calling them twits etc so guess that is what you mean. I will try not to make any comments like that. ;) Censor me if I do.

ellis
11-06-2004, 06:56 AM
Yes, it was me who called them twits, Sandbeachgirl, and I'm a mod. ;) That wasn't a political comment. This is a site to discuss diets, and that's what we do here. (well, among other things :lol: ) I wasn't trying to be offensive.