Welcome all to a thread full of wonderful women taking on the responsibilty of raising a family and trying to take care of themselves too. We look forward to a new day with members, new and old! Please feel free to jump right in and say hello!
Here is a little bit about who we are ...
MichelleRae: Michelle sahm to Taylor 8-25-01 & Teagan 10-13-03 Married 2 years to Zhaun. Plan I'm following is a combined WW and South Beach Diet.
Spryng: 24 y.o. married 6 years. Kids- Ava 4, Bubba (aka Joseph) 3 & Tanner 1. Currently on ww, hit goal in April.
Mompen: Penny 24 y.o. Happily Married & SAHM Momma to three active boys, Hunter 5, Nicholas 4 & Andrew 19 mo. Taking what I learned from WW & South Beach is my way of life.
Sydsmom: Kristin SAHM to Sydney 09-27-01, married almost 2 years to wonderful dh Began Weight watchers mid-July
Cindi: Mom to 6 boys & 1 mean girl. Plan.. No diet for me! Portion control, exercise & lots of water (most days)
Chubba: Geri..Mom to two boys, Will (3) & Tony (1)..married for 4 years to a great guy..following Dr Phil most days!
Crystal: 27 yo sahm of 3 almost 4. Alisa 6, Ally 3, & Andrew 22 months. Due Feb 1st. Married 9 years, live in Texas & homeschool. My plan, when on it, counting calories & exercise.
Ricci sahm to two boys 4 and 5, married 7 years, doing ww
Jill: SAHM of 1 daughter, Bayley, born 9/19/03. Currently trying to lose some of the baby weight I gained with her & need some extra support to help me do so.
Melissa: SAHM of 1 girl (4) and 1 boy (2). Currently watching what I eat and exercising 4-5days a week.
Deana: SAHM of 3 boys and 1 girl. Counting calories, exercising, and drinking lots of water.
Chris: SAHM of Tiana, Kayla and Nicole: ages 11, 5, and 2. Married for 5 years. I live in Billings, Montana. I'm a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer and trying using WW Flexpoints to lose weight
Gretchen, wife to Matt, Mom to Sean (15) and Jeremy (11). Just starting out with no diet plan except reduced calorie. I'm also a Curves lady!
Roxy, married (21yrs) 4 boys, and 6 girls, have to get serious after last baby. Doing the low-carb thing, drinking lots of water & more exercise
Stephanie, sahm of 2 boys Timothy(7) and Jack(3) and a new baby girl, Ella(8 months).
01-14-2005, 08:19 AM
THANKS TO ALL WHO WISHED ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUT JILLY WAS RIGHT. IT WAS NOT MY BDAY. PENNY, WAS DOING A HAPPY DANCE SAYING IS WAS MY BIRTHDAY, LIKE A NEW BEGINING FOR ME. LOL....DONT' MAKE ME OLDER YET...PLEASE....FYI, THE REAL BDAY IS MAY 8........MOTHER'S DAY THIS YEAR!
Spryng, It was wonderful hearing from you!! We know you are crazy busy, but your story is helpful to all that we can get there. Sorry, that treadmill wasn't good. At least you were able to take it back. It amazes me sometimes the CRA---p that is in the stores. What a hassel when something so large has to be returned.
Chris, come on you were doing soooo great, don't stop now. I read your msn post about being lazy. You are not! you just had one bad day. Today, will be better. we are here for you.
Cheri, Cute pic of you! You are too funny with you little bio there. Be well, hope to hear from you again soon. House sounds wonderful!!
Anyway, I don't know if I am going to the gym this morning or not. I have to meet my sister at 10, which means I'd have to be at the gym at 830 and leave by 920 to get to where I have to be by 10. It's a lot of running, but I just might do it. I'm gonna be there tomorrow at 8 too. hmmmmmm what to do....
01-14-2005, 08:56 AM
:coffee: :coffee: :coffee:
Happy Friday to all of you. Again, I didn't sleep well at all. I definately will try to get a nap in.
Spryng, so glad you popped in. And I hope you didn't get mad at me for telling the others what you had said but I knew what they would say and I think you needed to know that. Try to stop in often.
Mel, I knew it wasn't your birthday either, I got the whole happy dance out of it. And we are proud of you for hitting onederland.
Cheri, so glad to hear from you. Almost 15 weeks, huh? I'll be 38 weeks on Tuesday and as of last Tuesday I was dialated to a 1 and the baby had dropped, YEAH!!! So hopefully I'll be a new mama soon.
Okay, so now dh's grandma thinks I'll have this baby this weekend, my sis thinks I'll have it by this time next week and dh thinks I'm going late and having it on the third of Feb. I'm still going for like the 25th thru the 28th sometime. I know, I'd like it to be sooner, but I think I'll hang in that long. Does anyone want to have any suggestions or guesses?
Hello to Deana, Chris, Roxy, Michelle, Penny, and all you other desperate housewives. I'll check in later.
01-14-2005, 08:57 AM
Sorry about the happy dance for Mel.... Now looking back it was cute :D
Congrats on going to the gym anyhow! It's nice to chat with ya in the am's :)
Hi girl :wave: OK WHATEVER! You are always welcome here and you have been around longer that most of us!!! We miss ya! :)
Congrats on only gaining one pound in your pregnancy so far! That is awesome! How are the boys taking the pregnancy so far?
Well I need to get up and Adam ...... I have a ton of stuff to do today.
What ever happened with the stuff you were sending to the printer for Light the Night???
01-14-2005, 09:00 AM
Sorry I missed your post Crystal......
Maybe we can do a guess thing with weight, height and date!!!!
What does everyone think????
01-14-2005, 10:27 AM
Well we're cold again! -23 actual ground temp. with wind -39 so brrrr! School is going to be two hours late because the are waiting for the sun to come up to get the children out. Well I down to 241! Which seems like I lost 4 lbs. according to my ticker but it's only 2 this week cause I didn't change my ticker from last week. I have alot more energy since end of Oct. I can only imagine how wonderful it will feel when more comes off!
Penny! You tricksy girl you! Yup, I fell for it, got me! :lol: Oh well...it was a great day for Mel and it was probably as good as a birthday, without a cake. The guessing game for Crystal sounds fun, I think she's going to have an 8 pounder at least, maybe 8.4 and 21" only a guess, but you are all out in front(by your pic) and looks like 8 pounds to me!
Crystal- I hope you do that nap in. As for comfort or rest forget about it! Let's just get it over with and then rest! how's the pelvis, Elvis?
Mel- sorry I made you older! :lol: That was funny! I'm so glad for ya though and so is everyone else! I can't wait till I'm there myself, really! I am looking forward to that day, hopefully by summer? Hope ya make it to the gym!
Well, I'm making hot cereal for the crew this morning since schools late so I better get crackin'! TTYL
01-14-2005, 11:21 AM
Good Morning ladies!
LOL Mel, I really thought it was your bday LOL I hope you have a great day today!
Roxy we are at -18 degrees right now!! Ugghhh sooo cold!! I had to cuddle up to hubby last night cuz I was so cold! normally Taylor is sleeping between us but he moved her to the outside of the bed so I could warm up lol.
Penny, we're just getting our Regional Friends of Allie group together I don't have flyers ready yet but our walk won't be until September (I'm thinking) that way it's not too hot not too cold.
Geri how are you doing girly? We're here for you if ou need us :) Love ya chicky!
Well I'm gonna go get the day started.
01-14-2005, 11:21 AM
Morning! How is everyone! I was laughing so hard too about "Melissa's Birthday"...LMAO, that was hilarious. Its like your psuedo-birthday....LOL! Anway, just wanted to check in quick!
Hi to cheri! Glad to here the the pregnancy is progressing nicely! Good to hear from you!
Spryng - YAY ! I am so glad that you posted! :) Missed ya, love ya! Sorry about the treadmill, we had my parents, but it was so old and loud, it made me feel fat because it creaked and cracked and hummed all the time, so I had to ditch it. LOL! How is work going?
Crystal - Any day now is alright with me! :) What pic di dyou post and where? I didn't see one!
Roxy - Its cold here too, not that bad though, -6 right now, feels like -20 with all this wind...and we are gettinga dusting of snow again, only a few inches though.
Penny - You are so cute with your little happy dance! LOL Sorry you missed karate - i did that with sydneys first day back at pre-school last thursday, WHOOPS! LOL!
Jilly - Hi hunny bunny mcfunnyskins.....(shell I had to...LMAO)
Michelle - I am still laughing about that...did you get some more sleep?
K, that is all that I can remember, so I am going to get my butt in gear and make my weekend lists, etc so I can get started on all that cleaning that my house so DESPERATELY needs....i am a true desprate housewife this week. G-ma is napping, so perfect time to "unclutter" my thoughts and plan how to "unlclutter" my house! Oh I forgot to tell you all....sydey is sick now too! :( She is at home with Daddy today with a fever and head cold....poor girl...she told her dad..."Im not feeling that great, you should check me out" LOL...too cute. Her new things this week are "actually"...."I am thinking that..." and a few others that I can't think of...but she talks so grown up now, its so funny......Have a great day ya'll, might get a post in this afternoon, but I won't tonight for sure...gotta work and then get to bed so I can get all my housework done Sat morning, then I will have the rest of my saturday to relax :) TTYL! :grouphug:
01-14-2005, 12:52 PM
Hello to all!
Well, I'm back from Curves. 2 pounds lighter! Woo hoo! :cp: Is it wrong to clap for yourself? LOL! I had a tough workout today. The first couple days, I was feeling fine, but my muscles are screaming lately! They're not used to work! Besides that, I am really happy with my results this week.
I needed some good news today! Jeremy (my 11 yo)'s Home Ec teacher called this morning to tell me that my darling :p (right!) son is failing her class and hasn't turned in any assignments. This is a kid with severe ADD and learning disabilities, but I do expect him to turn in stuff, ya know? So he got a "talking to" on the way to school this morning. Thank God I have one son who doesn't need constant supervision.
I hope everyone has a great day. I still feel kind of weird about posting specific stuff to specific people since I don't know you guys as well as you know each other. I hope you don't think I'm being rude.
01-14-2005, 01:38 PM
I have rejoined the club as a cold spot. We are -13 degrees. Not as cold as Michelle or Roxy...but once your below zero, It's all cold!
Mel-Looks like we were all playing follow the leader about the B-day! :lol: I am so happy you're in ONEderland though...that's kind of a birthday.. I just have to tell you a short story. My MIL wished my dh a Happy Birthday on Christmas. So for her birthday (Jan. 3rd) we told her Merry Christmas and Happy 4th of July. Just to tease the heck out of her. She was so embarrassed for it.
Gretchen-Get personal! We all like to hear from everybody.
Kristin-Sorry to hear Syd's under the weather. kayla stayed home from school today with a tummy ache. I'm thinking she really doesn't but I guess this is her first absence for the whole school year.
Cheri-OH my gosh! I forgot you were having another too. How are you feeling?
Michelle-Thank you for sending all the *warm* weather my way. I would have just settled for some snow... :D
Roxy-I'm going to get those patterns sent off to you on MOnday. It's too cold out there for little ol me right now. I'm staying inside where it's cozy. I got some chili on for supper....(I got the recipe off the WW website). I'll have to see how it tastes and let everyone know.
Crystal-Hang in there hon! You must feel miserable. Think about what is waiting at the end of the pain...a beautiful baby girl! :) Rest, rest, rest, as much as you can.
Jillybean-How's Bayley, Ron, and yourself? Are you working on the challenge exercises? I'm so glad you and Bayley are home. It is soooo scary to have a sick little one, esp. THAT sick.
Okay...I'll get personal with Jeniqua, Penny, Stephanie, Geri, Ricci, etc after I see posts fromt them.
01-14-2005, 01:47 PM
Roxy, Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr that's cold girl.....Congrats on the 2lbs down. you are getting there. Keep up the good work.
Chris, that is a funny story. Valentines day, wish her happy easter. lol
Michelle, you silly, I'm sure you would know it if it were my bday. Have a good one.
Gretchen, go ahead and clap for yourself. You need to pat yourself on the back too..Great JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTG girl. Silly son of yours better turn in his work. Typical boy doesn't like home EC....
01-14-2005, 01:47 PM
hello ladies!! I am finally able to get here. I tried before but it said page not found. Anyways, I am still doing great. Today I exercise at home because the gym is closed. I can't believe I've been drinking 100 oz of water every day, all week!! WOO HOO!! I am soo proud of myself. Last night my husband told me he notices my stomach going down a little. I noticed it too, so it was nice that he noticed as well.
Mel~ You deserve a party after yesterday!! I am soo proud of you. You have been working so hard and it is showing. Keep up the Marvelous job!!
Penny~ Hey!! How are you doing?? Are you staying OP?? I have an email I am getting ready to send you. I think you'll get a kick out of it.
Michelle~ Hey Girl!! How are you?? You have been busy lately, huh?? Are you staying OP??
Chris~ Hey!! How are you?? Where are you?? LOL!! Hope you're having a lovely day.
Crystal~ I know, nobody wants your baby came more than you, but come on already...LOL..JK. Anyways, I am guessing your baby will be 8 pounds 10 oz and 21 inches long. I think you will go to your due date. It was great chatting with you. Have a lovely day!
Cheri~ Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy!
Roxy~ Hi, how are you today? Today is an easy day for me. Right now it's just me, my son and my nephew until the kids get home at 2:30. Way to go with your weight loss! You're doing great.
Jill~ Hey!! How are you today?? It's so nice having you post again and back at the challenge!
Kristin~ I think I'm going to call you the fly by lady...any time you feel like flying by my house and cleaning, you're more than welcome..lol!! You have been really busy. I know you must be looking forward to the weekend to relax after you clean your own house. Sydney sounds like a doll. I hope she's feeling better soon. Take it easy and have a Beautiful day!
Gretchen~ You're doing great!! Way to go!! I can relate to you about your son having ADD. I babysit an 8 year old boy who has ADHD and everyday is a battle with him. He has no attention span whatsoever. I only have him 3 hours a day. I can only imagine what it must be like for his parents.
Spryng~ Hi!! We've missed you..please stop by often and keep us updated on you. Even though you have reached your goal you can be a huge assesst(sp?) to us. You can give us great tips and ideas on how we too can reach our goals and maintain. BTW, congrats on being able to maintain! I think that's actually going to be the hardest part for me. Have a great day!!
Well, I better go for now but I'll BBL!!
01-14-2005, 02:58 PM
Hi, all. Just a quick post today. I have to go pick up my son and my sister early from school. They have early outs every friday. Tomorrow we are going down to Branson and stay the night at a hotel with an indoor water park. The only problem I have is I am too pale for a swimsuit, but that isn't stopping me. It will be so much fun. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I will check back in on Sunday.
01-14-2005, 03:08 PM
Hi Michelle! New Siggy? Is that you with your new makeup on? You supermodel! Well, I sure don't want to win the who got the coldest weather, but it's nice to know someone else can relate!
Mel- I'm a May baby too. I'm the 12th. So we can take it all on in the spring, and yeah I can wait too. :lol: Sorry about the flub up, but it was funny. I'm such a dork sometimes. :lol: Anyway you are doing such a fab job it makes me try harder too.
Crystal- did you get your "burst of energy" yet? Usually, it's not to long after that. I suppose that's my guess. So If you feel you've already had that, maybe soon!
Kristin- sorry to hear that Syd is sick, you don't need that now! How is that working out with Grandma? I don't know if you told us but is it MON-FRI or everyday? You said that she was declining quickly. It must be alot of stress for you! Have fun, yeah right, cleaning today!
Gretchen- glad you are doing so well! Why not be your biggest cheerleader?! Nothing wrong with that! Glad you are going for the burn! Remember to drink lots of water too, wash that fat out!
Chris- thanks! Oh yes, stay warm! Chili sounds good! Today I'm making crockpot Spinach Lasagna. Cause we have a pageant tonight (maybe) and I have to have something ready. I won't eat it, I will have tuna salad.
Rat's gotta go! Marty---
01-14-2005, 03:18 PM
A quick post from work!
Michelle...I always need you guys ;)
Welcome back Spryng and Cheri!! Hi to everyone else. I'll get a good quality post in this weekend :)
Gotta run! See ya later.
01-14-2005, 03:28 PM
Been checking in today but everytime I go to post my kiddos won't let me! :dizzy:
Luv the new siggy darlin' ;)
Hi Lady :wave: The lasagna sounds good! You could probably make it so you could eat it also... Or then kiddos wouldn't eat it huh? LOL CONGRATS ON THE LOSS!
HAVE FUN! That sounds awesome! Show off that new you!
I am sooo proud of you! That is awesome that hubby is noticing your weight loss! And congrats on the water! :cheer: :bravo: Sorry I can't say "it's your birthday" i learned my lesson!
Funny story about the bday! LOL
Are you on plan girl?
Did you ever get those forms downloaded? I wish you a great weigh in this Sunday!
Sry Sydney is sick :( How is your cancer warrior doing? I need to go check her site.
Congrats on the loss :cheer: That is awesome!
I am glad to hear you are making progress on Allie's walk! Congrats to you! How do you like your new exercise thingy??
Well I hope I covered everyone .... If not let me know!
I am heading to the gym in about 30 minutes..... :) I know late but I'm going!
01-14-2005, 03:38 PM
You sneaky lady!
HI TO YOU :wave:
01-14-2005, 03:39 PM
I'm back everyone. My sister dropped her little boy off so she could go to her eye appt. So I got a 2, 3 and 5 yr. old racing around the house. Kayla's *recovery* is miraculous. Right after it hit noon..she felt so much better. ;) The little turkey!
The sun is shining but the temp still stinks. -5 below now, I think. Tonight it's supposed to be -15 . Jeniqua (I'm in Montana...about 400 miles or so from Michelle). Michelle sends all the "good" weather my way.... :lol:
I think I might have to crack into another book today. I'm bored and I can't sew with so many little helpers around me. Maybe I'll check out my new dvd: EXTREME MAKEOVER FITNESS FOR BEGINNERS. See what's its like.
Oops, here comes the troops. Stupid McDonalds's is putting Lizzie McGuire cds in their Happy Meals...so I got 3 cds in 3 hands all wanting to shove them into my computer at the same time. Ahhh...thank you Ronald!!!! :lol: I'm going to hunt him down and dye his hair blue...
01-14-2005, 05:16 PM
Hey ladies real quick from me. Sorry I've been posting short ones lately, just seems like there are not enough hours in the day. I'm sure you all know how that goes. I just ran out to Gold Hill (about 25 minutes from here) and now I can check 2 things off my list, so I feel better. They have been hanging over my head for awhile and now they're done!! Anyway I'm getting ready to head to the library for some quiet time so I can fill out this application without a lot of interruptions. I've been OP today and need to get some more water down but food wise I've been good. Going out to dinner for me and my BIL's b-day tonight so I have to be careful there. I can do it though. So Penny if you really want to say it's your birthday to someone you can say it to me on Monday LMAO! I am still laughing about that. Ok I should be back later for a personal post! TTYL:
01-14-2005, 05:35 PM
Hey Chris~ I brought that same video!! I love it. You can even make up your own routine. It has an exercise segment for each day of the week. Let me know if you like it or not. I like the fact that the ladies all have a little meat on their bones too, so it's very inspiring to me. I thought it was cold here...It's 27 today. Maybe NY isn't so bad after all... :)
Jill~ Hey!! It's so great to see you post. I am glad you were able to get out and get some "ME" time. Peace and quiet, what's that??? LOL. Great job with eating healthy.
Chris~ You are too funny!!! My kids drive me nuts with the happy meal toys. Thanks for warning me in advance about the Lizzie Mcguire CD..LOL!! I won't be going there for a while, my daughter loves her.
I better go make dinner but I'll BBL!!
01-14-2005, 07:38 PM
Yet another article from me.....found this one on msn. Does it sound like someone you know???????????
I am desperately trying to lose 50 pounds. I joined a gym three months ago and go twice a day, five days a week. In the morning I do 45 to 60 minutes of aerobics and 45 to 60 minutes of body sculpting. Each evening I do 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill and then the weight machines. I threw away all junk food and eat salads two to three times a day. After almost three months of hard work guess what? I gained three pounds. How can that be? My doctor said my thyroid is fine. Why is nothing happening?A:
I can certainly understand why you are discouraged, but take a deep breath, relax, and let's "rethink."
You formulated what looks like a very good strategy. It ought to be "working". For some reason it's not. So acknowledge your disappointment, and now let's roll up our sleeves and go back to the "strategy drawing board."
Several things could be happening:
With such an ambitious workout routine you undoubtedly gained some muscle. You probably also lost some body fat. Even though the scale may not reflect it, chances are there is a small but measurable shift in body composition, which you're not seeing on the scale. I know that's not a lot, but wait, there's more.
If you haven't weighed yourself in three months, you don't have a good reliable indicator of what's going on. There are all kinds of fluctuations from day to day. If you're going to use the scale, pick one specific scale, decide on whether or not to wear clothes (I suggest not), pick a time of day (I prefer early morning before eating) and then consistently weigh yourself under the exact same conditions with the same scale every time to determine whether things are moving in the right direction. Different scale, different time, different anything makes the comparison like comparing clocks in the bank with clocks in the subway with clocks on the street -- they're all off by a minute to three minutes, so you can go nuts if you're making comparisons.
You didn't gain that 50 pounds overnight; you need to look at this as a long-term strategy. There are many reported cases of people who worked out for many months before finally getting their sluggish metabolism to respond, at which point they finally began to see results.
I wouldn't completely trust that thyroid test. Low thyroid is one of the most misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed conditions, and many traditional doctors simply don't catch it. You can do an at-home test to see whether this is worth pursuing further. Take your underarm temperature upon arising two or three days in a row, not on menstruating days. If it's consistently below 97.8, make the doctor check again with a complete panel including TSH.
Rethink the food strategy. You have started a very heavy exercise program at the same time as a very big reduction in calories. Your body may be reacting by "conserving" energy and slowing your metabolism down somewhat. Also, I want you to consider that you may not be getting enough fat, especially the right ones. So I want to make sure you're eating enough to fuel these hard workouts and that you are not on a "no fat" diet. If you're comfortable with the concept of counting calories, try to aim for 1,300-1,500. A good place to start is with 40 percent from carbs, 30 percent from protein and 30 percent from fat. This is a very good beginning template. You may need to adjust the contribution from carbohydrates down a bit if nothing continues to happen. My colleague Ann Louise Gittleman reports that she has seen women move off of the kind of stubborn "plateaus" you're on just by adding supplemental fats of the right kind, such as flaxseed, fish oil and evening primrose oil.
Consider supplementation. If your body is not getting optimal amounts of the right nutrients, the metabolism may be performing sluggishly since it may not have all the nutrients it needs to break down food and fat stores for energy in an optimal way. Some people have had good results with, at the very least, extra B vitamins and definitely chromium picolinate. And a number of nutritionists theorize, with good reason, that many overweight people are not getting enough carnitine in their diet, so supplementation with carnitine might be worth a shot.
The point is this: Keep checking your strategy. There's no need to be desperate. You may feel as if you're looking at a locked door right now, but believe me, there is a key on that key ring. It's just a matter of finding it.
01-14-2005, 08:26 PM
Good evening, ladies! :)
Dinner's over, oldest son is at his friend's house, youngest is attached to the Playstation, hubby is napping with our dog, and the house is kind of quiet. I had Jeremy (the youngest) make up some of his homework this afternoon until I decided to let him outside for awhile before it gets cold this weekend.
Speaking of cold, how do you ladies deal with all that cold weather up North? Brrrr!!! I complain when it gets below 40 here. I guess I've been spoiled this winter, we haven't had any snow. (knocks on wood). LOL
Crystal - How are you feeling? Any contractions yet? ;)
Roxy - Congrats on your two consecutive successful weeks!
Jeniqua - 100 oz of water? That is great! Yes, ADD is a challenge, for sure. My boy really does require a lot of supervision.
Jill - Have fun at your dinner out!
Kristen - Sorry Sydney is not feeling well. Hope she gets better quick!
Chris - I guess my boys won't be nagging me for any Lizzie McGuire stuff from Mickey Dee's! LOL!~ :lol: That DVD sounds interesting. Let us know how you like it!
Well, I really appreciate having you guys to talk to. Thanks for letting me join your group. :balloons:
Have a good night, everyone.
01-14-2005, 09:49 PM
Good evening all. Sounds like everyone has had a good day. Hope all is well.
I've been home all day not doing a whole lot. I walked to the mailbox which it isn't close, but it's not like really far, in hopes I'd have some contractions and I didn't really. I tend to have more activity down there in the late evenings and towards the night time. But not alot tonight.
Tomorrow, I'm either going to be home all day or go to my mom's to do some laundry. Not sure just yet.
I think dh and I have figured out a way for him to go to fire academy and he'll enroll Monday, the class starts Feb. 21st. It's going to be very, very hard. His grandparents are paying his tuition and getting him a small truck. They'll also loan us $1000 a month on top of my grandpa loaning us about the same and with his unemployment that will be enough to barely cover our main bills. We're going to deferr our credit card payments or as many as we can for now. So we're gonna go through some tough times, BUT, the long run things will be sooooo much better. The alternative is that he gets a job in the construction field and he WILL HATE it and be miserable plus you can't find many construction jobs with benefits such as insurance and retirement and of course as a firefighter he'll have all those benefits. Plus have the days off to follow up with his goal and dream of real estate. So we're gonna make it through about 6 months of really, really hard times to have a much better and brighter future. My g-pa is a retired fireman and is very much in support for dh to do this for us. Dh's g-parents have always wanted him to do this so they are very much in support as well.
So that's what I've been going through lately and at last I think we've got it figured out. His best friend is a firefighter and the firestation will hire him, pay him full time and send him to paramedic school. His friend has only been a fireman for a few years and makes almost $70000.00 a year. I can't imagine that much along with what he does on the side. I'm so excited and totally okay with the struggle to get to the outcome. So with all that said, keep us in your prayers that this is God's road for us and that thinks work out. I know that God is in control but understanding which path is God's path is really hard, so we're hoping that this is it.
Okay, kids are gonna get ready for bed shortly. I'll try to get personal later or in the morning.
Hope everyone has a great night. TTYL
01-14-2005, 11:02 PM
Good evening all! It has been such a long day.Ella has been sick all day and she woke up this morning with her first 2 teeth. I guess that explains why she didn't sleep much last night. Anyways I am so glad to hear everyone is doing so well. I weighed in this morning and found I was down to 154!!! It is so exciting to be able to share our little victorys together. I hope Ella has a better night, but she is really getting congested now. I wish I had more time to share with everyone, but hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
Have a good night all.....
01-15-2005, 04:31 AM
It's late and I just got home from work, it was a busy night! I did complete the challenge but I didn't do any other exercise. I got on the scale today and I was at 210 exactly woo hoo so hopefully I'll show at least that on Sunday! I work 10 hours tomorrow so I'll probably only get the challenge done. I think I'll go to work early and walk the treadmill for 30 minutes before I start my shift.
Roxy, no that's not me in my siggy lol! But I did make the graphic, I used a tutorial but I did it all myself :)
I hope you all had a good evening!
Penny way to go on the exercise!
Mel, great article thank you so much for sharing it with us :D