Support Groups - Home of the Loozing Floozies......(#23)

01-16-2005, 11:30 PM

Hello :wave:

Here at McSkinneys, Our mission is to motivate,support and lose those pounds & inches.We must keep those Loozing Floozies loosing!!

Feel free to join our group of wonderful ladies.Come on in.....Give us YOUR motivation,support and ideas.We would love to have you!!!

01-17-2005, 01:34 AM
Sherry, I used the original (sticks) all bran and they turned out fine. Just place the cereal in a bowl and pour the water on top. Let this sit for awhile to absorb the moisture. I couldn't believe it when I was ready to mix up, it looked completely dry, but once you start mixing with an electric mixer, it will all blend together and look like brownie batter.

01-17-2005, 08:29 AM
Sherry-Your welcome friends sign is beautiful!! I am 5'3"--although I think I may have gotten a bit shorter since I have hit my 50's.

I am very frustrated because my weight was up today again. During the week, I am down like 3 lbs., then on my weighin day, which is Monday, I am back up. I'm thinking of changing my weighin day to a day during the week when I haven't been home all day. Even though I do my long runs on Sat and Sun, it doesn't seem to help bring my weight back to normal on Mon mornings. What do you all think? I did have Chinese last night--chicken and broccoli. It didn't taste salty. Get this--Friday morning I was 128, Sat. 129, Sun 130, Monday 130. What's up with that??? I know I shouldn't be depending on the scale weight because my clothes are fitting looser. What time of the day do you all weigh, and what day of the week??

01-17-2005, 10:15 AM
Shelley, I bet anything it is the seasoning in the chinese food, you probably retained fluid. Try drinking more water today, stay OP and weigh in again tomorrow.
I weigh in the mornings before I eat or drink anything, usually on Mondays, but I'm thinking of changing it to midweek too. They say that as a woman, due to hormones, our body weight can flucuate by several pounds just within a 24 hour period. Are we blessed or what! LOL!
Also, maybe your body is telling you that it has reached a comfortable target weight? I know when I lost weight before, after I reached a certain point, I could never lose beyond that and if I did by chance, the scale would be back up again within a matter of days.

01-17-2005, 12:16 PM
That's a thought, Gayle. But I don't want to weigh 130! But you may be right. I have been running at least 30 miles per week (my new target for this year--I'm trying to run 1500 miles this year.) I haven't been using all my WPA's either. I know that the number on the scale is not supposed to matter, but with all these ticker thingies, I really want to show a loss!

01-17-2005, 07:04 PM
Shelly I bet gayle is right about the Chinese food making you retain a pound or two. You may be at your bodies ideal weight. When I weighed 136 I maintained very well. Was easy for me to go up a pound or two but just couldnt seem to go down any. Shelley you are so great at your running and exercising. I like to weigh first thing Friday morning because I know if there is a time I am gonna eat bad it is the weekend. I can't make myself get on the scale on Monday. LOL

Sherry I am so glad your hubby is doing better. I know you had to be worried to death about him. Let me know if you need anything. I would be happy to help.

You all have posted some great recipes. I am gonna try the muffins and I want to try the soup that was posted awhile back. They both sound yummy and like something my whole family would eat.
Keep up the good work!!

I hope everyone that had the day off enjoyed it!

01-17-2005, 11:50 PM
Sherry, I just want you to know that I will be holding you close in my heart for the next few days. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it will be easy to send Chris away. You and I both know that isn't true. But, as hard as it will be, try to smile and let him know how very proud you are of your hero. There will be plenty of time for tears once he is on that plane. And there will be tears. Ben has been in the service for five years, and every time he goes back from leave, I have a good cry. Every time Dan calls from Iraq, I have my cry. That's just a mom thing. It doesn't make us weak or small. On the contrary, it shows the depth of our love for our children...and what greater gift could we give than a love that is unselfish enough to let go, even if just for a while, and even though it hurts our hearts. You WILL get through this and you will be a stronger person for it. And as I have told you before, when you see him at that graduation ceremony you will think your heart will burst...not from sadness, but with pride. Just know that I am here for you 24/7, whenever you need me. Please give Chris a hug for me and let him know that he has someone in Arkansas who thinks he is a very special young man. Love you.........

01-18-2005, 03:56 PM
Ramona that is so very touching what you said to Sherry. I know that your support for her will mean the world. Thanks for sharing your deep feelings.

Shelley I am sure that your weight gain is from salt. Remember to drink lots of water and that will flush it out. You are doing so wonderful on the exercise board, that is something to be proud of. Your weight will always fluctuate abit. Like Gayle said maybe your body is at a comfortable weight. How you look and feel is more important than what the scale says. I will be posting with you today on the other thread. I have been working out but not posting.

Gayle you are always here with all the right things to say. How are you doing? I know that winter is tough. Are you feeling depressed? That is great to see the scale moving down. Keep going down. I lost 3 pounds in the last two weeks. Thanks for posting the recipes for me. I made the potato soup recipe for supper today. It smells good. I was watching an artist paint today on tv. She was using arcrilics. I think that is the easiest medium to work with. I think that I will take a course after I get back from my trip.

Sherry spend as much time with Chris as you can right now. Ramona had some wonderful advise for you. I can hardly imagine sending off one of your children. I know that since christmas Dez and I have become so close again. She really grew up after she moved. She has been so supportive and helpful when she is home. She was here for a day on the weekend. When she was leaving I started to cry because I didn't want her to go. She had alot of homework to do and it is better to study at the dorms. She was all dressed and the car was warming up, when I started to cry. I told her to just go she had things she needed to do. She ended up crying to and staying the evening and left sunday morning. It is hard to let your children go when you know it will be awhile before you see them again.
How is Wayne doing this week? How are your's and Wayne's spirits. Remember you are in my prayers.

Doni I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family. I am glad that you can share with us. We are here for you. Love you.

Tina did you make they soup? The recipe for the muffins is one I want to try to. Let me know when you have tried either one.

I still do not have a pc. Hopefully our new Dell will be here by the weekend. Jay is not fond of me using his other wise I would be posting more often. It is freezing here and I am house bound unless someone takes me out. I am feeling a little stir crazy. Thank goodness that Larry and I are back at the Y. I am walking with the walker or a cane sometimes but I am still moving. I have lost 7 pounds since my surgery. I haven't been this weight for about two years. I still would like to lose 10 pounds. I am still planning on going to PV by myself the first week. Larry will meet me for the falling 3 weeks. I leave Feb 12th. Larry has set up wheelchair assistance for me. It will just make things easier. My aunt and uncle are in PV staying at the cndo I have rented. They are going to be there til after Larry arrives. That works out nicely. I think that by then I will have improved a lot more. I keep improving every few days. Just the pain remains the same as before the surgery beside my blood pressure being low. My meds are being tweeked to see if my blood pressure will come back up. That is all for now, I have to go post on the exercise thread. I hope that you are all doing well.

01-18-2005, 06:33 PM
Girls, just to let you know, my computer is down also. I have been using Mike's, so I'm not sure how often I can post. Luckily, he is at work so I can use it right now, but if he falls asleep in the office like he normally does, I won't be able to get on it in the morning.

01-19-2005, 06:50 AM
I guess weighing in on Wed. did the trick. I'm back down to 129, thank goodness!!

I woke up this morning looking like Quazimoto! It looks like something bit me under my left eye. I have no Benedryl, so I"ll have to run to Walmart before work. I have a couple of bites on my neck too. Guess I'd better change my bed linens tonight!!LOL!! I'm hoping the swelling goes down on my eye by the time I'm up and around at work. I really don't want to make a trip to the walkin clinic.

Sherry, Ramona, Dee-I am thinking of you all missing your children.

01-19-2005, 10:38 AM
Shelley, if the marks don't go away, you may need to explain your "wild night!"
I'm sending you some info about premenopause and hormones. I even found an online test to take to see what your imbalance may be. I'm going to see if I can locate the vitamins and cream to see if it helps me. GREAT JOB ON THE WEIGH-IN! I'm going to start doing WEIGH-IN WEDNESDAYS too!

Dee, I'm so happy when you post a message! I'm glad you are slowly seeing improvement and I am thrilled that your relationship with Dez is getting stronger. Sometimes it takes moving out and away from mom and dad to realize mom and dad may not be so bad after all. Did you like the potato soup? I made a low cal stew the other night and used ground turkey in it. I thought it was really good. Also, the entire family has been eating Janice's brownie muffins...time to make another batch!

Sher, please try not to stress...I know you have tons of stuff going on, but remember you are the glue that holds your family together. Wayne, Chris and Drew need you right now more then they ever have before. Each one of them is facing something in their life and I just know they find comfort by having you as a wife and mother.

Ramona, you seem to always know what to say and how to say it. I think of you often and wonder how your coping that day... have you heard from Dan lately?

I'm down another pound, surprising with the big P due anytime. Guess it's time to change my ticker... I may get around to it later today.

01-19-2005, 04:06 PM
Shelley, I sent the info to your email address without thinking. Would you prefer I send it to Mikes email address since your computer is down????

01-19-2005, 04:15 PM
Shelley that is good you are back down. It was probably bouncing around because of the salt from the chinese food. Glad that you were able to post even though your pc was down. I may miss Dez but I count myself fortunate that I have contact with her on the phone everyday not like Ramona or Sherry.

Gayle, Larry loved the soup. He woofed it down last night. Still need to get the stuff to make those yummy muffins. What do you as a base for your stew? You are right about Dez moving out. She does realize hoe good she had it here and how much she really loves us. Congratulations on the pound down. Your little ticker is beating away!

Do you think cooking myself under the fake and bake tanners will make me thinner? I hope so. I started to pre-tan for my trip on the weekend. I already notice a difference. Last night I was able to walk up the stairs one at a time instead of placing two feet on one step. It is like a magic button was pressed I can also walk better. Go figure, maybe it was the six month mark from the time I was operated. I am so happy, I don't even know if I am going to limp when I am all done healing. Now to get that blood pressure up, maybe I will leave that up to Larry to work on that!

Hope that you are having a good day. I am thinking of you all.

01-19-2005, 05:51 PM
Gayle-Thanks for the info. I am using my email addy on Mike's computer.

01-19-2005, 07:15 PM


I'm a lazy cook, so basically I came up with this by opening up the pantry and mixing stuff together.

1 can sweet sue low fat chicken broth

1 can drained greenbeans

1 can drained corn

1 can drained potato dices

1 can (same size as veggies) of tomato sauce

1 T. dried minced onion (or could use fresh)

12 oz. ground turkey (weigh first then brown)

Season with season salt or salt and pepper. I used everglades seasoning. Now I can't remember, I may of added one extra can of water to the ingredients... just mix it up and if it looks way to thick, add the water. :-)

Toss everything together in the crockpot and let simmer all day on low. My recipe came out to 970 calories/7 cups total so each 1 cup serving would be 139 calories. This is thicker then some stews but I wanted it that way, I figured it would be easier measuring out portions.

01-20-2005, 12:10 AM
Mmmm sounds yummy Gayle. Thanks for the recipe. I like thick stew too. We don't have everglades seasoning here, but I am sure I could find something that will replace it. I like the crock pot idea. I have never used mine for ground meat. Is the texture and taste of the meat ok? Someone told me that they never use ground meat because of this. Anyone else put ground meat in their crock pot?

01-20-2005, 01:38 AM
Dee, I have placed raw ground beef in the crockpot before, it comes out almost mushy. I sauted the ground turkey just enough to brown the pieces, then I tossed it on in with the rest of the ingredients for about the last 3 hours of cooking. It held up just fine. Man...I couldn't survive without my crockpot!

01-20-2005, 12:42 PM
Girls, I'm starting a vitamin and supplement routine along with my eating plan. After much reading and research I have decided I'm going through perimenopause. The symptoms have been gradual, so I never really realized it until I started looking and reading. I wonder if most of us here on the board could be? They say one can start in the 30's and carry over into the early 50's. It seems like most of us tend to have symptoms of depression, etc. I buying all my stuff up and will be starting this week, I'll keep you updated!

01-20-2005, 01:47 PM
Gayle, let me know how it works for you. I have no doubt that I am experiencing some type of hormonal flux. By the way, I just noticed your ticker....WAY TO GO!!!! You are doing a fantastic job!!!

01-20-2005, 02:02 PM
Gayle vitamins and minerals sure won't hurt. I think that we ladies go through alot. Thanks for the infor on the ground meat. That is a good idea. I have a cook book just for crockpot recipes and a lot of them have ground meat. I haven't tried them yet but with your method I certainly will. Great idea.

Ramona how are you doing? Has you winter been cold? We sure have had a cold January. Good thing I am indoors most of the time. This week it has been -49 with the windchill. Brrr....

Sherry how are you guys doing? I am starting to worry because you haven't posted. With all this stress you should keep an eye on your blood pressure. Go get it checked at the drug store to make sure you are ok.

We finally got our computer delivered this morning. Hopefully Larry will be able to connect it up tonight. Free reign of a pc. Wow that will be sweet.

Hope that you are all enjoying some of your day.

01-20-2005, 02:56 PM
Ramona, I just sent you some info.

Dee, Steve and I differ over the whole supplement thing. I am a firm believer of trying to do whatever I can without prescription medications. I prefer to take the most natural route whenever possible. Steve's opinion is that vitamins and supplements do not help, if it does, then it is all in your head, because your body will not absorb them. Besides trying to help my well being, I'm out to prove him wrong. :-)
He wants me to go to the doctor, but through reading, the meds doctors sometimes will prescribe for perimenopause can cause breast cancer, plus other nasy things.

01-20-2005, 05:51 PM
Gayle-I was taking Anew for Women, but I'm not sure that they really did anything for me, and I couldn't afford the $69.95 per month they were billing me. Go to and see what you think about it.

01-20-2005, 09:54 PM
Hello friends :wave:

I'm sorry I haven't posted much this week. So much has happened lately I'm just worn out! :( I've been coming home from work & cooking then going to bed. I just wanted to say hello and I'll post a LONG one tomorrow night! :)

BTW: Gayle...PLEASE share what vitamins you're taking. I need something!

Also....Debbie can see what everyone is posting but can't post! It's asking for a password and she has forgotten it. I've got a PM in for Suzanne. Hopefully she'll be able to post soon!

Love to all.....

01-20-2005, 10:08 PM
Hi everyone,
Dee I just got my Dell laptop about a month ago and I love it. It is my first Dell computer and so far I love it.

Gayle the stew sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it. I made the soup yesterday and it was wonderful. The kids even ate it.
We made the muffins today and they are delicious too. And isn't a crock pot great. I would like to have a book of crockpot recipes. Anyone have a title of a good one?

Sherry take care of yourself!
And a big Hello and Hug to all my other floozie friends!!

01-20-2005, 10:10 PM
Hey I forgot to ask something.
My family loves Mexican food. Do any of you have any good lower fat/carb recipes for Mexican food?

01-21-2005, 12:22 AM
Tina, we had these tonight!

I take the 98% FF tortillas, spread with 1 T. of cheese spead and 1/2 cup of cooked white meat chicken, fold over and cook. I use my Hamilton Beach grill (like a George Foreman) and spray it with pam. I then serve these with FF sour cream, salsa and lettuce. To me, the cheese spread seems more flavorful then shredded cheese, plus you can get 2 T. for 90 calories. I can't remember the brand name, but we tried a low carb tortilla awhile back, it was really good.

01-21-2005, 12:26 AM
Try this site Tina!

01-21-2005, 12:55 AM
Shelley, did you take the test on the link I sent you?

In my case, I'm not having an estrogen problem but a progesterone problem. If you read through the links I sent, they will tell you which supplements to take. I ran to walmart today and was able to find almost all of them. Black Cohosh seems to be the favorite for menopausal symptoms. I found a bottle today $3.98 for 100 caps.

01-21-2005, 06:31 AM
Gayle-Black cohash is one of the ingredients in the Anew that I was taking. I haven't had a chance to take the tests yet.

01-21-2005, 09:42 AM
Gayle, thanks for sending me the information. I haven't had time to read it yet, but this weekend I will read through it all.

Sherry, sending you warm thoughts and I hope you are able to get some rest this weekend.

Hugs and warm wishes to all my other Floozies and THANK GOODNESS IT'S FRIDAY!!!

01-21-2005, 10:34 AM
Shelley: I know I looked at some of the over the counter pre-packaged menopause brands. Most had just tiny amounts of the good stuff in them. I ended up getting over a 1 month supply for under $4.00 by just purchasing a bottle. Although, by the time I added my Vit. B, C and E to the list plus other stuff, I spent close to $50.00. But most of it will last me alot longer then the 1 month. Also, if anyone needs the progestrone cream, it is sold at Walmart for under $13.00.

Leaving to go visit a couple of Hospice clients, I will check in later! Hope all of you are having a GREAT day!!!!!

01-21-2005, 11:04 AM
Good Morning Everyone (

Yesterday was not a good day for me. I just could not control my eating. I had been so good for a week, then yesterday I ate 45 points. I gained a pound. I am going to get back with the program today and put yesterday behind me. Some days I just find it so hard, and other days I find it easy. I think the weather has me down, and I'm just plain bored being stuck in the house so much. The water pipes are frozen this morning so we have been working trying to get them thawed before they burst. I can't wait for spring, it is just too cold to do much of anything. I have thoughts of the deck, BBQ's and the pool.
This is going to be a better day, I worked too hard to be going the other direction. I'm not putting that weight gain on my tracker because it is not here to stay long. (

01-21-2005, 12:26 PM
Good morning Janice, heres a {{{HUG}}} for you. We ALL have days like you decribed, its a good thing you continued to journal!!! How about if you lower your daily points for the rest of the week? Say if you went over by 20 points, then each day you could eat a few points less? Just a thought... don't beat yourself up, you will get through this. Just know you can come here anytime you want to and vent. I LOVE your little funny guy in the pool, I'm so ready for spring too!!!!

01-21-2005, 03:44 PM
Gayle, I took a few minutes between entering Arrest Warrants and took the test you sent. Now I'm REALLY confused. I seem to have a problem with EVERYTHING! Were your results clear cut, or did you take the one that had the highest number of points???

Janice, Hope today is much better for you!!!!! Hang in there!

01-21-2005, 04:09 PM
Janice don't beat yourself up. You have done the right thing by facing it and not saying I blew it and throwing in the towel. It is tough just coming here to tell us you had a bad day but that is why we are here. You have a positve attitude, you rock. You are going to do it. I would try what Gayle's suggest and count down for the rest of the week. That will balance out your calories. Maybe add some exercise to undo the extra calories.

My new computer is set up. I just love it. I have a 17 inch flat screen. Now that is exciting compared to my itty bitty one I had before. I will now be able to download my pics on the pc. I will be able to share some with you. Hopefully I will figure it out and share one or two from my trip from Vegas. It is hard to believe that wasn't even two months ago.

My back has been really sore since around 4:00 yesterday. I have cut down on one of the pills to see if it will raise my blood pressure. Just waiting for the doc to call and see if I can increase it again. Well because of that I can't sit here any longer. :( I would love to be able to post to everyone of you. Hopefully soon.
Have a good day.

01-21-2005, 05:36 PM
Janice-Don't worry, just get right back on track. There is even a WW plan made up by someone that lets you eat 1 or 2 days a week with high points, then do a lower point day for the next 3 days. I wouldn't even try to lower your points below your minimum. This is what WW is all about. It is supposed to be a way of life, and there is no possible way that any of us would be able to be perfect everyday of our lives. I hope you are doing better today. We are all here for you!

01-21-2005, 09:32 PM
Thank you to everyone for all your encouragement. I have had a good day today, and ate just the points I was allowed. I find I loose better if I eat close to all my points each day. I guess it keeps my metabolism up. I have an under active thyroid too which doesn't help either. I feel so much better having someplace I can get support and say exactly whats going on without feeling like a failure. I'm really paying attention to all the advice for menopause symptoms, I have asked my doctor about it a while ago because I was getting chin hair. Too much of some hormone. He tested me and I was normal for the male hormone (can't spell it) My mother died of breast cancer at 44, and I had my first lump removed when I was 44 - thank goodness it wasn't cancer, but I am very leary of taking hormone drugs.
I'm feeling much better about myself today.
Thanks (

01-21-2005, 09:52 PM
Hello All :wave:

I'm so glad it's Friday!! :cp: It's been a hard week for me and I'm so tired.

You really know how to bring a smile to my face! I loved the card!! You are soooo sweet!! :angel: I have cried so hard the last 2 days.You'll never guess what I did?! Chris was to make 1 phone call when he got to Great Lakes.Well he called at 10:15 Tuesday night and we were alseep! He did leave a sweet message.I guess with so much going on, I was completely worn out and fell asleep waiting for his call! It has upset me so much. I can't write him and explain UNTIL I get his address. Hopefully he'll understand and forgive me. Thanks again for thinking of me.

Thanks for the info on the pills. I'm like Ramona...They ALL apply to me!! :lol: I'll have to read deeper into it. The tortillas sound great. I'm thinking of having them this weekend. About this Progetrone Cream...Dumb Question??? Where does it go?!

I had my complete hysterectomy in '95. I couldn't take the hormone pill or wear the patches. Now I'm on the hormone ring. It goes up in your vagina and stays there 3 months, then you change it. You never know it's there or nor can you feel it. My question is: I too have chin hair that I have to pluck all the time. Is this due to too much hormones? Is it better not to take anything at all and just fight hot flashes? BTW: I think you're doing great on WW. But please don't go under your points. You need them all to lose weight.

The neighbor is here...sorry...need to finish this post later....

01-22-2005, 12:27 AM
Sherry, of course Chris will understand. You will get to write to him soon, but he may not want a lot of letters. The Navy may be different, but in the Air Force, they make you keep everything you get in the mail and sometimes it can be hard to find a place for it and keep it neat. Just be sure and ask him when he calls again. When Ben left, I didn't get out of bed for two days. All I could do was cry. But he is so happy and has such a great career ahead of him that it was all worth it. Remember, I'm here for you!

Gayle, You've really got me interested in this hormone thing now. I'll try to do a lot of reading this weekend.

Well, I'm off to bed. Talk to you all tomorrow.

01-22-2005, 02:06 AM
Ramona, out of the group of 6 tests, a few more stood out then the others too me. My changes have been gradual, so I never realized it was my hormones making me feel the way I do. I hate to admit it, but Steve has been saying for the past few years I had a hormone problem, guess I thought it would just go away.

Sherry, sweetie, you can rub the cream anywhere you want to.....although it may not be a good thing just yet to excite Wayne to much! LOL!
Actually it is absorbed into your blood stream, suggested spots are the neck, bottoms of the feet, inside of the arm or palm of the hand.

Janice, was it progesterone?

01-22-2005, 12:10 PM

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