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01-17-2005, 04:28 AM

Welcome to our new home and let this be the time when we all decide to get healthy and stay healthy. I admit I have fallen off the wagon once again and I have not been using the “I have Willpower” thought like I was a while ago. That thought really worked when I was using it so I am starting today to think it often and especially when I am tempted.
I have to do this as I have to get my Blood Pressure lower and God only knows what my cholesterol is. I want to lose a bit of weight and then get them both checked. Maybe I should be getting them checked first but I am scared to!
I am going to try and eat 6 small meals a day and then I won’t get too hungry at anytime. I will drink lots of water as that is also, in my opinion, one of the best ways to keep from overeating.
For me the exercise is not a problem( except in really bad weather).
“I have willpower” and I can do this with the help and encouragement I get from all you lovely ladies.
Together we can!

Lose weight with water
by Sharon Biggs

'Must drink more water, must drink…' We all know that the wet stuff is essential for life - but did you know it can help you lose weight?
Water keeps us cool, lubricates our joints and flushes toxins from our bodies, but admit it, how many of us really drink the recommended two litres a day? For those of us who do struggle to drink enough, the great news is that water actually can help you in the battle against the bulge.

Now for the science bit

Your metabolism is the bio-mechanical process that breaks food down and turns it into energy. In a nutshell, it consumes calories. Since metabolism is your best ally in the frontline against weight, you want it to be working at full speed. Water is the fuel that drives metabolism's chemical reactions. So, if you're not drinking enough, you won't burn as many calories as you can. Simple.

Running on empty?

If you're not drinking enough water - at least 2 litres a day - here's how your body is being affected:

• Your weight loss will slow right down. This is because about 2.5 litres of water is naturally lost through daily bodily functions such as going to the loo and sweating. If you don't replenish this water you'll soon become dehydrated, and your metabolism will be among the first to shut down. So, if you're dieting and you can't seem to shift the weight, perhaps it's because you aren't drinking enough water.

• Your digestion will suffer. Water is essential for digestion and elimination. Poor digestion means you won't be absorbing the goodness from your food. Your body in turn will send up signals (read: cravings) for food that has minerals your body lacks.

• You'll feel 'fake' hunger. When dehydrated, your body sends out the same signals that prompt you to eat and you may end up answering that response with food. Water will not only curb those hunger pangs, but it will fill you up. Fitness trainer Bob Greene recommends drinking a tall glass of water half an hour before a meal to fill the void and prevent overeating.

• You won't get the full benefit of exercise. Your metabolism increases with exercise, and as we mentioned earlier, water is essential to maximise your metabolism. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout.
Mine's a pint (or five)?
How much H2O should you drink? The British Dietetic Association suggests adults drink 2.5 litres (that's a little over five pints) of fluids a day, which can include fruit juices, squash and weak tea and coffee. This amount is recommended for maintaining your daily fluid requirements. If your aim is to lose weight, add another 750ml to that and you'll aid your metabolism and help create new muscle weight.

• You know you're drinking enough water if your urine is clear and odourless (not including your first urination of the morning).

• But sorry, ladies, even though it's technically fluid, alcohol can't be included in your daily intake. That's because booze is dehydrating - so if you are going to have a tipple or two, drink one glass of water for every glass of alcohol.

Drinking loads of water will not make you retain water, but dehydration will. If your body feels worried that it's not getting enough water, it will hold on to what it has.
Water does make you pee and you will notice more trips to the loo, but you can lessen the effects by drinking throughout the day rather than chugging a couple of glasses in one go. If you drink more than one or two glasses in one sitting, your body will want to get rid of it and you won't reap the benefits.
Although some dieticians disagree on this, sparkling water, weak tea or weak coffee can count toward your daily fluid intake. But because they have a diuretic effect, try to limit the amount. Consider drinking herbal tea instead. If you are going to have an espresso, add an extra serving of water to your daily intake.

It's as easy as one, two, three…

1. Keep water by your workstation. Instead of munching on a biscuit or crisps, take a sip from your water bottle.

2. If the thought of consuming that much water makes you queasy, be strategic. Drink when you are most thirsty: when you wake up, when you have your meals, during your workouts. Carry a bottle of water with you and you'll be more likely to sip your way to your daily amount.

3. Make your water taste better by buying a water jug with a filter. You can also make your own flavoured water by cutting up a lemon, apple or cucumber and adding to the water. Or mix with a tiny splash of squash or juice. Try making herbal iced tea by pouring boiling water over four tea bags, letting it steep for 10 minutes and diluting to taste with cold water.
And there's more

Although we diet for health reasons, it's often the fact that we'll look better that keeps us motivated. Drinking plenty of water will give you that dewy, fresh-faced look by plumping the cells in your skin so lines are less visible. Water flushes impurities away and reduces blemishes. And, according to the American Holistic Association, water has a very high concentration of negative ions, which can bring about a feeling of well-being.
Sitting by a lake or ocean can add to your sense of peace; a benefit for emotional eaters. Swimming is great exercise and the fact that you are immersed in water means you'll also get the emotional benefit of those negative ions. So what are you waiting for? Jump in now, and before you know it, your weight loss will be going swimmingly.

01-17-2005, 12:39 PM
Hello Ladies,
Mooz- thanks for our new home. I too have not been following my new year's resolutions, I always seem to let work get in the way of not exercising. I know it's just a excuse though. Working out would definitely help out my stresses that I do have with work. I just have to get that focus, that motivation.

oops need to run, be back in a while

01-17-2005, 09:09 PM
Hey--lost almost a pound today! :dance: :dancer:

Now if I could just keep it off.

Mooz, good material. Isn't it silly how we stop doing things that work? Why do we slip back? Thanks for the new start. Let's make it a new one for all.

Breakfast with my best friend, saw the nurse practitioner (did I tell you my dr left? So we will see her until the new dr comes). She said I was doing well. Worked with my storytelling coach, saw my pastor, took a bunch of old books over to sell -- Busy "day off."

01-18-2005, 04:00 PM
Hi all~~
Cat, you make a good point. Why oh Why do we slip back when we are doing it steady and slow and supposedly making new and good habits? I can't figure that one out.
Glad your doc said things were going well with you. I think i remember you saying that the doc left. When will they get a new one at your office?

Great news on the pound lost! :dance: :flow2: YGG
I am down 2# since the beginning of the month. Feeling great with this new year of walking every day. 2 miles in this morning and most evenings DH and I add another mile...hoping we can do even more soon.

Finally got in the pool and hot tub yesterday. My knees were very sore from the walking and i'm thinking i'm getting arthritis in them also, so the hot-tubbing relieved it nicely. Started again in the middle of the night tho, so i am going to go again and sit in it, even if i just put my knees in. I can't sit in there too long w/my high blood pressure. They say not to go in at all! But i just do it for 5 minutes at a time.
Besides i think i've gotten the bp down with cutting out caffeine('cept for occasional chocolate!) and the walking must help too. I must check it again.

~~MOOZ~~ good ideas on the water. I did not think of cuke or apple in the water. Might like that better than lemon. I have cut way back on my diet soda/cola drinks. And trying to add more water. Got to buy it here in AZ to be able to drink lots of it. Tastes pretty terrible out of the tap. I mainly use that for dishes/showers. I even use the bottled for our (decaf) coffee!

I think i'll brew up some iced tea now. Thanks again for the tips! And the new home!

All for now chicksters~~:wave: :grouphug:thinlizzie

01-18-2005, 07:28 PM
Hello ladies,
OH, what a day. I have a big project that is due friday and I'm feeling really stressed. I missed my weight in at Ww on sunday, and I really need to get in. Yesterday I went and bought lots of fruit and veggies and brought some to work.

Cat - when do you leave for your trip? WTG on your 1 # loss.

Thin - WTG on your 2# loss. Getting in a hot tub sounds really great right now. We had another cold spell but we're due for some warmer weather this week.

Hal - your fish dinner sounded good. That is one food I wished I like more. I don't mind eating it at a restaurant, but cooking it at home. I just don't know. I don't like the smell it leaves.

Nita - I'm sure your daugher is really enjoying having you around.

Mooz & Mitchellez - Hope you all are doing ok.

01-18-2005, 08:26 PM
Thin--WTG on the loss.
I know knee pain can make it hard to exercise. You might ask your dr about glucosamine. It's great for arthritis, and lots of drs and the American Arthritis Assn recommend it. Doesn't work right away, tho--have to take it at least a couple of weeks.

01-20-2005, 12:23 AM
Chicks--we fell to p. 2!!! Let's not let this happen.

Meanwhile, I did get the promotion. (Did I mention there was a test after training that I was worried about?

We went out to dinner--v healthy salmon and lots of veggies--a bit large serving but not huge, and and I left some of it which is unusual for me.

Let's get back on track!

01-20-2005, 11:29 AM
Mornin' Chicks~~ i know it is quieter on here w/o Michelle and Nita so lets all try to post more to keep us on page one like Cat said!
Congrats CAT~~~ on the promotion. You must have aced the test you were worried about. Good job! Will it entail a raise? Hope so!! that is always good incentive :)
Glad you chose healthy foods for your dinner out. I am thawing some of that tilapia fish for tonite. I think i'll grill it? I've never cooked it B4. Anyone reading please advise if you have a recipe for it!
I will check on taking glucosamine. DH has taken it and had good results. It's not a dramatic change, but it will ease some of the pain. Does it interfere w/any prescription drugs? Or i can wait and ask my doc when i get back home in the spring.

Got my 2 mile walk in already and it's only a bit after 8 our time. We are going shopping for some good walking shoes today w/DMIL. All of us need them. Anyone hear of Propet' shoes? That is the ones we are going to look at.

DH and I have been walking twice each day. About 2 miles in a.m., and 1.5 in the evening. Going to try to add to this soon. He has been a great ally in this challenge i'm in, cause some days i would like to skip walking and he gets my butt out the door! Love that guy!

Talk more later! :wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

01-20-2005, 02:45 PM
Hello Ladies,
Things are really hetic here at work. Luckily I have been bringing lots of fruits. I think yesterday I ate 2 apples, 1 banana and 1 tangelo. To me it seems like alot of fruit but I know i'm lacking in veggies. My project that I am working on will tack place on friday. I will be so relieved to get that done with.

Cat - Congrats on your promotion. Hope more money comes with it.

Thin - WTG on getting your walking in. I wish I had someone to walk with at home. At work I have a friend to walk with but with this big project I have not been able to walk this week. That's great that your hubby is keeping you in line with your walking.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-20-2005, 05:55 PM
Hi chicks - just a quick call. The weather is miserable here and not great for walking although I did get twice today which was great. Eating is not good and maybe I should try and post every day to see if it helps me get back on track! :coffee: ........ so I will drop in tomorrow morning again.

01-20-2005, 10:36 PM
Thin--WTG on the walking. And 1day--good food choices with the fruit.

Wonder how Michelle is doing with the contest she's in.

Yes, definitely a raise with the new job.

Still haven't actually started the new duties yet--now the waiting is making me nervous. Guess they have to wire up my phone to take transfers.

Mooz--WTG on walking in spite of the bad weather. Always better to do something than to do nothing because you can't do all you'd like.

See everyone later.

01-21-2005, 02:38 PM
Hello Ladies,

My big project was this morning and it went great. I was so stressed over it and so proud of myself for not running to the nearest ice cream store. Usually when I get stressed I eat my comfort foods and this time I ate nothing but fruit.

Mooz - That is great you got your two walks in. I know it's so hard to get back on track, but keep taking little steps and eventually they all add up.

Cat - Hopefully you won't have to wait to long before you see your pay increase.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-21-2005, 07:00 PM
Just a quick note to say I'm spending this evening and Sat. with the storytellers. You may not hear from me until Sunday.


01-21-2005, 09:43 PM
Hi Chicks~~
Got a new job at the flea market. Both DH and I will be working for the same gal. She is the one i mentioned we had been trying to get in with. She is an awesome young lady-runs over 30 booths in there and at least one store that i know of. I'm quite sure she is under 30 yrs old. At least she has a smile and a nice attitude. We work hard of course, but it will be nice to have more cash to do things. Otherwise we always seem to bow out on alot of the events his mom and friends of ours attend. Just can't swing it all on a pension.

~~1DAY~~ CONGRATS :clap: :dance: :flow2: on your project turning out so great and that you did not give in to sweets during the stressful times. YGG! That is fantastic.

I think with the job and my plan to drink that new slim-fast i will see more #'s dropping off. Tho i didn't have enough energy to walk 2 miles after 10 hours of work today, I didn't feel as bad as i thought i would. I'm sure the 3 miles we walked daily has helped us to have the stamina for these jobs. I have 2 more days of the 10 hours each day so i will be hard pressed to post, but i will give it a try in the evenings!

~~CAT~~ have fun w/the storytellers, we will miss your posts, but look forward to some news on Sunday from you.

~~MOOZ~~ daily posts will probably be just the thing to keep you on your journey. Are you still using the journals on here like you used to? I haven't had time to go and see how many still do.

All for now! I will be hitting the hay early tonite!

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

01-22-2005, 09:45 AM
Hi there chickies - just a quick call. EAting is still not too good but so far today I have not been too bad. Yesterday I did over 20000 steps so I was pleased with that.

Thin- that is great news about the job and great that you are both working for the same person. I don't visit the journals as often now.

Catlover - have a great weekend

Patty - well done in the wise food choices.

Another choice

Stress is only what you allow it to be. When you choose not to let it affect you, it is now longer there.
There are no situations that are stressful on their own. There are only situations in which you choose to respond with a stressful attitude.

When you choose to focus on the negative aspects of a situation, you choose to fill your experience with stress. Yet there are other choices.

You can, for example, choose to respond with love. You can choose to respond with positive action and enthusiastic determination.

You can look at challenges and see in them the opportunity for positive progress. You can look at the disappointments and see in them the opportunity for real joy.

When stress begins to fill you, stop and remember that it is only one of many possible responses. Then smile and make another choice.

-- Ralph Marston

01-22-2005, 09:47 PM
Hello ladies,

Went to Ww this morning and had a 2.3#loss and that was without any exercise. Just think if I would of exercised some. After my weight in I stopped off at the office supply store and got one of those big calendars to put on my wall. I do seem to do better when I can visually see when I have exercised or when I have not. I know it's a mind game, but it works for me.

Cat - have fun at your storytelling.

Thin - That is great news on the job. I'm sure you will get plenty of steps in working the flea market. Now be sure and stay away from the corny dogs and all that good food out there.

Mooz - 20,000 steps that is great. I still have not seemed to get passed 12,000 steps, of course i have not been walking so i'm sure that is one reason why. I'm going to commit to journal my food next week. Want to join in?

Nita - Hope your enjoying your time with your kids and grandkids.

Hal & Mitchellez - Hope to hear from you all too.

ps. changed my ticker. I'm using my starting weight with Ww from last spring. I had actually lost about 15 lbs gained some back but not all of it. Geting back on track.

01-23-2005, 02:39 PM
Hey everyone!

Wow, back into the swing of things, and it is truly difficult to fit everything in. AS of last Monday my weight loss was 7 pounds. I only hope to maintain that loss tomorrow because I did not exercise as much as I had the first 2 weeks. I also 'fell off the wagon' during a food event with my culinary skills students. I even felt bad after eating that stuff, physically ill. I know a big part of it is emotional/psychological - which is not all bad. Anyway, the good news I am still highly motivated, still exercising and still planning on much less of me in the near future. I cannot, I repeat, c-a-n-n-o-t wait to drop a clothing size or two or three!

Mooz: You are so lucky, exercise is no battle for you. I envy you! Hey, thanks for the new home! I agree on water. I've been true blue to drinking it as I've experienced recent weight loss success. As we all know, it takes everything all together to pull this off.

Thin: Good news on the new job. What type of items are you selling at your booth? I bet you meet all kinds of folks, huh?

CatLover: Tell us more about your new job! Good to hear you have a promotion! I do hope you enjoy it lots.

Michellez: Our school is sponsoring a version pf The Biggest Loser also. We even have some students participating. The teachers that are doing it walk in the halls late evenings to work off the weight. Lots of folks are excited. I think the group effort is a very positive part of the weight loss efforts. I know it keeps me on track. How are you and your husband doing on your contest program? Come on, details girl....!!! ;)

OneDay: Good job not eating poor choice foods during stressful times. A good friend of mine recommended making 1/2 cup containers of steel cut oatmeal and having it ready to consume. It is hot, it is full of fiber and fills you up! I add some splenda and some sweet and low brown sugar. It has been a part of my weight loss so far, so I am changing nothing.

Here is an article from WW on planning for success. I have to admint, I do plan my meals. I am eating lots of WW and Lean Cuisnie frozen meals supplemented with fresh fruits and veggies. It IS working... like a charm!

Motivation Center
Can You Change Your Ways?

We are creatures of habit, but change is possible if you have the desire. Motivation for self-improvement stems from caring about yourself. You can do it if you open up to the idea of change and stay focused on the positive end result. Here are tips to affect lasting change.

Know Yourself: When people make behavioral changes without identifying their motivations, behaviors are less likely to stick. Think about what you want to change and why. Write it down in the form of an affirmation and frequently say it out aloud.

Make a Plan: Outline incremental, achievable goals and build in rewards along the way. Measure your progress. "When it comes to losing weight, one of the most effective methods is self-monitoring," says psychologist and weight-loss researcher Daniel Kirschenbaum, PhD, director of the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Sport Psychology in Chicago. "Systematically observing and recording target behaviors, such as reduced calorie and fat intake and increased daily exercise, helps you stay on course."

Create an environment for success: If you want to eat better, rid your cupboards of tempting foods and keep healthy snacks on hand. To exercise more, make sure your workout gear is always clean and put it where you can see it. To facilitate self-monitoring, keep a journal and pens readily available.

Swap Bad for Good: Our bad habits fill a need. As you break old patterns you still need a way to meet these needs. Identify what the payoff is for the bad behavior and find a positive way to meet it. If you overeat when you're tired or stressed out, try napping, meditating, or going for a walk instead. If you order high-calorie takeout to save time, prepare a healthy meal but use paper plates to cut down on cleanup. Or learn what you can order that won't throw you off track.

Join Forces: Numerous studies have shown that if you partner up with one or more people with similar goals, you're more likely to achieve them. Find friends on the message boards or at your meeting. Look for other opportunities, such as enlisting a friend for regular walks or trips to the gym.

Strategize for Relapses: If you have a plan for how to deal with failure, you'll spend less negative energy on the relapse and be able to get back on track.

Have a GREAT week girls. I do my very best to post during the week! :comp: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :angel:

01-24-2005, 09:48 AM
10 Ways to Lose Weight without Trying!
By Susan Burke
Every day you’re faced with choices… choices that make the difference between a size 8 and 18. We don’t get fat overnight and one big blow-out won’t undo a week’s worth of healthy eating. It’s the day-to-day decisions, those consistent choices we make that make us slim…or keep us overweight.
I’m sure you’ve seen those "naturally" thin people who seem to eat whatever they like and never gain weight. I bet you that A: they only overeat occasionally, B: they stay active, and C: their usual diet is healthy and moderate.
It’s the everyday stuff that’s important. It’s easy to say but more difficult to put into practice. There a lot of temptation out there - fat tastes good, sugar’s sweet - but that swim suit reminds you of your good intentions. Ask yourself the following questions – and be honest in your replies.
1. Someone brings a box of chocolate-covered biscuits into works. You:

a. Eat one biscuit
b. Eat two biscuits
c. Forget about it! You already had your cereal and milk for breakfast

2. You have an exercise bike, treadmill or stair stepper at home. You use it:

a. Every day
b. Twice a day
c. Once or twice a week
d. I use it as a clothes rack

3. When it’s time for lunch, do you:

a. Eat, because it’s time to eat
b. Wait, because you’re not hungry

4. What’s a “normal” size serving of meat?

a. 3-4 ounces
b. 5-7 ounces
c. 8-10 ounces
d. More than 12 ounces

5. How many times a week do you eat out for lunch?

a. More than three times
b. Only once or twice
c. Never… I bring my lunch
d. I don’t bother eating lunch

6. Your gym membership is about to end. Over the past year you’ve used it:

a. Often, at least twice a week
b. Occasionally, maybe once a week
c. Forget about it! What a waste… this year you’ll be better!

7. You’re travelling for business. Stuck in the airport, you:

a. Grab a burger and fries… and a diet coke
b. Eat pizza and beer
c. Get a salad with chicken
d. Don’t sweat it; you’ve brought a sandwich and water

8. Your dog needs to go out. You:

a. Let him out the back door
b. Put on the lead and take him outside
c. Walk him at least 30 minutes, twice a day, every day.

9. When you’re thirsty, you drink:

a. Full sugar, full caffeine fizzy drink
b. Diet fizzy drink
c. Juice
d. Milk
e. Water

10. If your kids leave food on their plates, do you:

a. Throw it away
b. Save it for later
c. Well, I don’t want to waste it… I eat it
d. Tell them they can’t have dessert until they finish what’s on their plates

11. (Bonus) How many pair of athletic-style shoes do you buy per year?

a. Less than one (they look like new)
b. Two
c. More than two
d. I bought stock in Nike… I’m constantly wearing them out!

How you live dictates how you look. Make smart choices consistently, and you’ll stay slim.

1. Think what biscuits really are – refined carbohydrate and saturated fat. A few biccies once in a while can’t hurt you, but people who make a regular diet of them have difficulty staying slim.

2. Buying that exercise equipment was a great idea but only if you use it. Most people wind up hanging their clothes on the treadmill, or it gathers dust in the box room. If you buy home-exercise equipment, set it up in an obvious place where you actually will use it. Make sure it’s something you like to do. Try it out in a gym first and don’t buy the cheapest model, because it probably won’t function well.

3. Eat to live…don’t live to eat. The "secret" of slim people is that they eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. Don’t eat because the clock tells you to. Smaller, more frequent meals are healthier than a large meal. If you’re not hungry at your assigned lunchtime, then have a small snack and another snack a few hours later.

4. Many of us eat more than double the amount of protein necessary for good health. Active people need about .8 - 1.0 grams per kilogram daily (1 kilo = 2.2 pounds). A "normal" serving of meat, chicken or fish is about three to four ounces, which is about the diameter of a normal-sized hand (palm).

5. Studies show that restaurant meals are enormous and people who eat out more often are more likely to be overweight. It stands to reason that bringing your own lunch helps you control calories, sodium and fat - notoriously high in restaurant foods. Eat out less often and stay slimmer.

6. The secret of staying slim is showing up! Joining a gym is easy but using it takes commitment. Join the gym closest to your house or workplace…don’t join one that takes too much effort to get to - you won’t go. Gyms are great because you can establish a routine and meet new people. But, if it’s at all inconvenient to get there, forget about it!

7. Travel light… in food choices, that is. Food courts in airports are identical to food courts in shopping centres - not a lot to choose from - mainly deep-fried, from burgers to Chinese to Italian. Bring yoghurt, cereal, fruit, nuts, even sandwiches.

8. If you see an overweight dog, look at its owner. Dogs need to stay slim to avoid diseases like diabetes and heart disease, just like people. Your dog can be your best motivation to stay active. Walk your dog - it’s good for you too!

9. If you’re thirsty, you’re not drinking enough water. Drink at least eight (200ml) glasses daily and avoid fizzy drinks at all costs. One can has about 9 teaspoons of sugar and around 150 calories. Juice is not that much better… a few vitamins and minerals, sure, but its not as good as water to satisfy your thirst (and costs you the same calories as fizzy drinks).

10. Don’t be a waste disposal! I know women who finish everything on their kid’s plate and wonder why they can’t lose weight. It’s OK if your kids don’t finish everything on their plate. Let them eat until they’re full – it’s a smart thing to do because it teaches them not to overeat. Just don’t you finish it - otherwise you’ll end up wearing it.

11. Your bonus question: if you need to buy stock in the athletic shoe company, then you’re on the right track to permanent slimness. Health experts report that the best indicator of success in keeping the weight off is exercise. Stay active… stay slim.

01-24-2005, 02:03 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello, very busy at work. Will post more later.

01-25-2005, 11:44 AM
Mornin' Chicks~~ Bumping us up to the top again as we were 2nd page. I really needed a day of rest after my 3 days on the job(30 + hours). I did walk 2 miles in the a.m. tho. Just got back from a 2 mile walk and i weighed in yesterday and was 1.5 pounds down! :dance: I'm sure if i keep this job the wt.loss won't be a problem. You go-go-go the whole time. I have been drinking the slim fast optima(less sugars) for lunch there. Seems to be a good choice. Also nibble on salt free pretzels, almonds and sometimes part of a fiber bar.

Talk more later on~~ few things to catch up on here.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

01-25-2005, 02:42 PM
Hello Ladies,

Thin - How does the Slim-fast taste? I have been drinking the Adkins drink for breakfast. The only ones I like iare the chocolate ones. I'm sure you get plenty of steps working the booth.

Mooz - thanks for the 10ways to lose without trying. I am going to print and then answer my questions.

Hal - you sound so motivated girl! What is steel cut oatmeal? Is it a speciality?

Tonight my plans are go get on the treadmill for 2 miles.
Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-25-2005, 11:41 PM
Hal, Thin--WTG on the loss.

I am getting the salary increase, but haven't actually started the new duties. The idea of the new job is that all the more complicated calls are to be transferred to experts (such as myself). The people I know who are already doing it say it's actually less stressful, because there's less push to keep your call time down. I might be doing it in Spanish, also--they need Spanish operators badly.

Need to get to bed . . .

01-26-2005, 04:55 AM
Come to life

In this moment is everything you need to live with richness and joy. Can you see it?
If you use this moment merely to wish for more, you'll miss out on most of the value that could be yours right now. If you fill this moment with worries about the problems you face, you'll miss out on the opportunity to transcend those problems.

Instead, find as much as you can about this moment that you can genuinely appreciate. And as you do, the real value of this moment will become more and more available to you.

The options open to you in this moment are more numerous than you can imagine. Find a few of the best of those possibilities, and bring them lovingly to life.

In this moment there is real magic. For in this moment your precious life is lived.

Let all the anger, the worries, frustrations and distractions fall away. And let this moment come to life.

-- Ralph Marston

Mornin chickies ......... I thought it was time for a Ralphie! :coffee: I do so need it at the moment as I am not doing great on the eating. Far too many treats :devil: and I never use the "I have willpower thought" :( ....... so as Ralphie says Come to Life ........... I should take more care of what I put in my mouth as want to keep healthy.

Catlover - well done on the payrise ..... sounds like a pretty important job you are doing.

Patty - I hope you got your 2 miles done.

Thin - CONGRATS on the 1.5 pounds loss! Sounds like you are kept busy.

Halgal - GREAT loss .......CONGRATS!

Nita & Michelle - looking forward to hearing from you both again.

I want this to be a day when I take care of me especially with what I put in my mouth. I have willpower....... I have willpower....... I have willpower.......I have willpower....... I have willpower.......
so I will take care of me and each of you ladies take care of you!

I heard someone talking on TV yesterday about how blood sugar levels can affect how we eat and I found some info on it which explains how when we eat something sweet we are not satisfied with one bit but then want more ...... :mad:

How does my blood sugar level make a difference?

When we eat, our bodies convert digestible carbohydrates into blood sugar (glucose), our main source of energy. Our blood sugar level can affect both how hungry and how energetic we feel, important factors when we are watching how we eat and exercise. It also determines whether we burn fat or store it.

Our pancreas creates a hormone called insulin that allows blood sugar to enter our body's cells to be used for energy. When we eat sugar and other carbohydrate-rich foods that are quickly processed into blood sugar (e.g., most refined foods including white flour and white rice), the pancreas goes into overtime to produce the insulin necessary for all this blood sugar to be used for energy.

This surge of insulin causes our blood sugar level to drop below normal which makes us feel tired and hungry. The unfortunate result of this scenario is that it makes us want to eat something else with a high sugar content. When we do, we start the cycle all over again.

In addition to causing our blood sugar level to drop, the insulin surge promotes fat storage. It tells our bodies that plenty of energy is readily available and to stop burning fat and start storing it.

Be especially careful about sugar in coffee and soda pop. It can add up quickly, and these drinks aren't filling. And watch out for "fat-free" foods. Sugar is often used to replace the flavor that is lost when the fat is removed.

It is also important to understand what happens when we skip a meal or go on a crash diet. Our body thinks it's starving and slows down our metabolism to conserve energy. But what is conserved is our fat stores; our weight loss comes from water and muscle.

Regulating your blood sugar level is the most effective way to maintain your fat-burning capacity. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast, and eat healthy snacks between meals. Eating frequently prevents hunger pangs, provides consistent energy, and maintains metabolism efficiency.

When you will be away from home or work, plan your snacks and take them along so that you will be able to eat regularly and won't be tempted by junk food. This may be good advice for people that stay at home, too.

Snacks should be nutritious, convenient to carry, and pre-portioned so that you won't be tempted to overeat. But snacks should not necessarily be fat-free. Fat digests slowly and a little fat will go a long way towards keeping you satisfied till your next meal.

High fiber snacks and meals also help to regulate your blood sugar level. The fiber slows down your rate of digestion, keeping your blood sugar level more consistent and warding off feelings of hunger.

A Note about Diabetes: Some people either produce too little insulin or their body doesn't respond to it properly. This creates too high a level of blood sugar in their blood which leads to diabetes. For further information please visit the American Diabetes Association website.

01-26-2005, 09:42 AM
Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks. I've been so busy both at work and in my free time (what's that again?).

Weekend before last, I had a wonderful trip to New Jersey to visit my 92 year old grandmother. She even remembered me! I spent most of my time with her in the nursing home (a very, very nice nursing home). I also spent time with my cousins and aunt who live there. All in all, a very nice weekend. Except coming home. The airline lost my luggage and they still haven't found it. The suitcase contained clothes I typically wear to work, my workout clothes, curling iron, shoes, etc. When I got home, I spent the next few days shopping to replace everything. My DH also had his company holiday party the weekend after I got home, and I had bought an outfit while in New Jersey because I didn't have anything to wear. And of course, like all the other clothes, the brand new outfit was lost too. Aaargh. So I also had to shop for a new outfit for the party. Luckily, I found a nice dressy pantsuit that was on sale.

I've also been going to the gym a lot, thanks to being in that "biggest loser" contest at my local gym. Despite the fact that I'm exercising a lot and eating on program, the numbers on the scale aren't showing my progress. We took measurements at the beginning of the contest, so I hope that when we take progress measurements this weekend, I'll see some results. In the contest, we have group personal training sessions 3 days a week -- that last approx. 90 minutes each. We're also encouraged to use the gym on our "off" days. We also have to journal everything we eat each day and turn our journals in each week.

Last week, I went to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. And on Saturday, I shoveled show for an hour -- which is a victory in itself because, thanks to my asthma, in the 3 years we've lived here, I haven't been able to be much help to my DH when it comes to shoveling.

This week, I've gone to the gym on Monday and Tuesday, and I'm going again tonight for my personal training session. I'm planning on going either tomorrow night or Friday or both, and I have another personal training session on Saturday.

In the personal training sessions, we do some cardio and then it's mostly strength training and core exercises. Lots of Pilates moves, lots of using the exercise ball, and using dumbbells.

I know that I should be "feeling" the endorphins from all this exercise. Mostly I just feel exhausted and a bit sore. But I'm really, really glad that I'm doing this. What's also cool is that the local paper did a story about the contest and came to one of our training sessions. And a photo of me using weights with the help of the trainer got on the front page (granted it's a small town paper, but I still think it's cool).

I hope you all are doing well. Again, I apologize for not posting for awhile.

I'll try and catch up with everyone's posts very soon.

01-26-2005, 01:34 PM
Michelle--great to hear from you. Even if it doesn't show at first, you know if you eat less and exercise more, you WILL lose.

Mooze--could you stick little reminders around (with your talent, you could even make them lovely) telling you to use your phrase or phrases--on the frig, the cabinet etc.?

Didn't mention that I did pretty well at the storytelling--skipped most of the deserts, and popcorn for snack.

Checking in now because had the morning off for dr visits--came home for lunch and a quick check in! Anyway, the oncologist says my condition is stable, no reason I can't go to Mexico (which is good, since I have the tickets). He thinks it will be years before I have any problems with this thing.

BAck to work!

01-26-2005, 02:58 PM
Hello Ladies,

Cat - when's your trip to Mexico? WTG on skipping the desserts and just having popcorn.

Mitchellez - So sorry to hear about your lost luggage. Can't believe they still haven't found them. WTG on getting all your gym time in. Don't worry about the numbers right now. Just know that what you are doing is benefitting your health. The numbers on the scale will start moving. Oh, you got me motivated to go to the gym.

Mooz - Have you read DR. Phil's book? He says it's not a matter of willpower, it's a matter of choice. Everyday we wake up and make a choice of what to put on, of whether or not to go to work and of course of what to eat. I guess i'm one who doesn't make good food choices, but I am trying to change that. I don't really care for all of his book, but I like to reread certain chapters to get motivated. Let's make good choices today.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-26-2005, 09:33 PM
Hi Chicks~~ Raining again in the valley! What a winter here. Well, DH and i got going w/our rainjackets thismorning and managed to get our 2 mile walk done between drops. Then we had a Costco and Walgreens run and also saw Christmas w/the Kranks at the super saver theater($2.admission!) That was pretty funny.
I got quite a bit of strawberries off the plant i had bought at Target, but now it will be awhile for the next ones to ripen so i bought some. Starting to come down in price finally. Tho' i'll have to wash them real good, they are from Mexico.

Great to hear from you ~~MICHELLE~~ Keep up the workouts at the gym, glad they are keeping measurements too, i am also doing that. By next week it will be a month since i started this e-diet so i will re-measure and see how that looks. I know you will see results in one are or another. Good to have a trainer and neat that you got your pic in the paper! Don't feel bad about just being tired during & after a workout. That is how i always am too.I don't think i even HAVE 'endorphins' to get the boost from!
:( Sure doesn't seem that way anyhoo. It's a good thing i have DH as a walking partner or i might have given up already. HOw is your DH doing at the gym?

Glad you had a good trip to see your grandma. Did the airlines give you some money to reimburse the lost luggage then? I certainly hope so. That is odd that it hasn't been found.

More snowfalls there? Sounds bad all over this winter. Glad you could work out and shovel so long this time w/o an asthma attack. That is great news.

~~CAT~~ what do you see the oncologist for? I'm sorry if you've mentioned this b4, but i must have missed it. When is the Mexico trip and who will you be going with?
Good job on the treats at storytelling. YGG!

~~1DAY~~ Yes, i thought that might be the case w/Dr.Phils wt.loss book. Sometimes what he is preaching just doesn't 'click' with me either. Glad you can get some motivation from it tho. I think he has that right about nobody having enough willpower to do it, but just to concentrate on your good choices each and every day.
Had movie popcorn today, but that was pretty much lunch, then for evening I made us HUGE salads w/some feta and real bacon on it. Also have some cantaloupe all cut up, so i should be good for the night now. I will NOT eat anymore for tonite, and walk more tomorrow. That is my goal.

Bye for now chicksters~~ :wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

01-27-2005, 12:06 AM
Let me see if I can answer everyone's questions. I am leaving for Mexico (Monterrey) March 15,returning April 12. I will be helping an old college friend who has been a priest there for about 10 years to start the school he's dreamed about for a long time. I have some funding to pay my way through generous supporters.

Re the oncologist I have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). At present I am symptom-free--what they call stage 0, only accidentally diagnosed when the dr did a blood test for other reasons. The life expectancy after diagnosis is about 12 years (that is, about half of the people live longer than that), and they are coming up with many better treatments.

I need to get to bed!

01-27-2005, 02:19 PM
Hello Ladies,

It's raining here to. The weather has turned cold, but nothing like up north. I have been really busy here at work, so in the evenings I have not felt like working out.

Cat - Wow, you'll be gone for about a month. That is great that you are able to take the time off of work.

Thin - That is great that your hubby is into walking to. Having someone to give you that extra push is great. Have you seen any of the movies nominated for the academy awards? I saw Million dollar baby. I really would like to see Hotel Rwanda.

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

01-27-2005, 08:17 PM
Just bumping us up--tho I did see The Aviator. Really excellent

01-28-2005, 05:48 AM

Mornin chickies ….. in a rush this morning …….. getting a new suite of furniture today so looking forward to that …… will post later.

Choose a response

Life will knock you around if you let it. But you don't have to let it.
You can't always control what's coming toward you. You can, however, decide what to do about it.
You can decide how to respond. And the way you respond can make all the difference in the world.
There is a positive, forward-looking way to respond to whatever may come your way. Though the circumstances may not be ideal, your response can be just right.
Rather than allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by life's surprises, decide that you will take each one and find the value in it. Instead of impulsively reacting out of habit, resolve to act with positive purpose.
Choose a response that is based not only on the situation, but also on who you are and where you intend to go. By doing so, you can stay in control no matter what may happen.
-- Ralph Marston

01-28-2005, 03:02 PM
Hello ladies,

Cat - Oh, I like to see The Aviator too. Heard it was a long movie.

Mooz - i'm sure your busy with getting your new furniture. Are you getting living room or bedroom?

Really looking forward to the weekend. It's been raining here for the last two days and it's cold. Plans are to go to Ww and weigh in on saturday morning and then clean house. Dog needs a bath but don't know if i'm wanting to mess with that with all the mud outside.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-29-2005, 08:25 AM
Mornin' Chicks~~ off to work again....long long day. I had forgotten how tough it is to get up at 5 a.m.! More like reality for some of you hard workin' chicks. It is cold in the mornings again. Need the heat on. It is just 40 degrees it looks like.

One nice thing is DMIL is having us over for supper, and this other couple from the U.P. that we haven't seen since last year in Michigan. She is so sweet this lady, she is also super tough! She has been fighting off her cancer for like 20 years. It moves around to diff. parts of her body. But what a woman she is. I can't wait to see her and her husband too. They have some family here and in the u.p.

~~1DAY~~sounds wet there alright. Might just be best to wait for it to dry up some b4 washing your doggie!
Aviator does look good, but havent' seen that yet. Ray is now at the super-saver we will try to go see that next.

~~CAT~~Glad to hear you show no signs of this CCL. So many types of luekemia out there it is mind boggling. I guess my grandmother had a type of luekemia, and my aunt had the 'regular' kind but beat it, and now my sister has another type. Oh, and my grandmothers last son born had it, and died when he was like 3 or 4.

The trip sounds exciting! Glad you have some funds to go and help your friend do this.

~~All for now chicksters~~ I am going to stay on-plan for my first 2 meals, so even tho DMIL has kind of a bad supper planned for us, i can still eat some of it. Pork pie, and it is heavy! and in a nice flaky crust! yikes. Well, my next weigh in is tomorrow, so i'd best work it off.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

01-29-2005, 03:59 PM
Hey Movers and Losers!

Thanks for all of the kind words and support! I regained 3 of the 8 pounds I lost at weight in last Monday. No surprise. I did not exercise, drink water as I should and went off course 2 days. That is a-l-l it takes! I am back on track and feel like weigh in this Monday will be a good one. Yes, I am ready to see less of me.

I have a slight cold (minor sore throat, blocked ears and occasional sniffles). The good thing is it is Saturday, and just possibly I may beat it before it turns into anything too big.

If any of you are Martina McBride fans, she has an awesome CD out sold at local Halmark stores through the end of February. It is a set of classic love songs for Valentines. I love her voice and her dedicated spirit to family.

GREAT to hear from everyone. I'll do my best to post individually this weekend.

01-29-2005, 04:37 PM
Hi ladies --

Just a quick check in for me. I've been doing good with eating and with exercise -- I've gotten to the gym every day this week (either for the personal training sessions or at least to do cardio). Today, was a training session. We did circuit training -- 2 minutes non-stop on the weight machines, then switch to the next one. We worked chest, back, biceps, triceps, legs, calves and abs. :strong: Gosh, those two minutes per machine seemed to go on forever! :censored:

We also took measurements today (we weigh in on Monday night). I didn't have good results on the scale last week, but I was pleased with my measurement results today. I am losing inches! Yay! All this hard work and healthy eating is paying off.

It may sound weird....since my trainer is such a "drill sergeant" and really, really, really works/abuses us....but I am going to miss this once it is over in mid-March. It's very fun and motivating to workout with a trainer -- doing cardio and strength training -- and to be a part of a team.

Mooz -- Congrats on your new furniture. I'd love to see pictures of it, if you get a chance.

Cat -- That's good that your doc was able to catch your CCL in the early stages and that you're showing no signs. You must be so excited to be going to Mexico to help your friend. Good for you!

1Day -- I haven't seen Aviator yet or Million Dollar Baby. I do want to go see Meet the Fockers. That looks like it's hysterical.

Thin -- Between working and working out and your social life, sounds like you're very busy and enjoying your life in sunny AZ. And even if you indulge a little at dinner...I know with all the walking, you'll be able to work it off.

HalGal -- Good for you for getting right back on track.

Well, I'd better sign off. Sorry for such a quick post, but I've got lots to get done today, and my muscles aren't letting me move very fast.

But I've got to say that despite all the soreness, which I haven't figured out if it's good soreness or bad soreness, :lol: it's been the best incentive for me to not go off program with my eating. The soreness and pain is a reminder of how hard I'm working to make healthier choices.

Here's to a great weekend for all of us!

01-29-2005, 09:30 PM
Good Evening Ladies,

I cannot believe my vacation is over! It really went very fast. The only person I didn't get to see was my brother because the last day in Ohio they had a threat of the Turnpike workers going on strike and so I had to head back to PA that same day. My sister and I were snowed in on Friday and we really had a very enjoyable day. We were both crocheting and chatting about old times. We even took a nap. I was really very lucky because all the time I had the rental car I didn't have any close calls even though some of the roads were very snowy and icy.

I most definitely did not do well on my dieting while away. I tried to eat small portions but that didn't always work. Actually since I have been home--I have been quite frustrated because all of a sudden things are piling up. My DH is having his cancer surgery on his nose and ear this coming Monday and needless to say he is quite nervous. I also need to get my tax info in order because the accountant has already called to set up an appointment. At first I couldn't find our thread so I was so happy to find you all again.

It sounds like most of you are doing quite well. Just reading all the posts has given me some incentive to get back on track. I definitely know what I have to do--now all I have to do is DO IT!!!!!

I promise I will keep in contact and I firmly believe writing these posts to each other is very important!!


01-29-2005, 09:51 PM
Michelle--WTG on the inches loss. You know you're getting healthier even tho it doesn't show on the scale.

Nita--will pray for DH. Glad you got the vacation before you got hit by the stress.

Hal--good for you for getting back on track. Hope the cold doesn't amount to anything.

Thin --just remember, even if you don't do perfectly, you can make some improvement.

I have been doing well on exercise and yoga, not so well on eating. Up a pound at the oncologist's. I think his scale is more accurate (it's digital), but I'm not sure how it compares. How can I get myself motivated again? There seem so many more interesting things, like my trip . . .

01-30-2005, 06:18 PM
Hi Ladies,

Just a quick message to let you know I am thinking positive today. I went bowling and then I worked in the yard getting rid of weeds. I am going to make chili for dinner because it is one of those things you can eat without going off the CORE program. I am planning to weigh in at WW this Thursday. I will probably be up another 5 lbs., making it 10 lbs. from my goal weight. However, this just may be the weigh-in that gets me back on track. I still qualify as a Lifetime Member so I will only have to pay the $12.

I need to share one of the most "special" moments on my vacation. The day before I left, everyone had gone to bed and the lights were out. I happened to be the last one up and I was doing my thing in the bathroom. When I came out, much to my surprise there stood Benjamin (he will be 4 the end of April) and he asked if I would put him in bed. At that moment my trip was all worthwhile! I, of course, said "Yes." After I tucked him in he gave me the biggest kiss a Grandmother could ever receive. This is the same little boy who my daughter says is a terror! In my eyes he is just being a "little" boy! Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the rest of my family and because of the bad weather we spent a lot of time together!

Well now I know what I have to do--that is, get back on the treadmill and start walking at least 4 to 5 times a week.

I'll let you know how the surgery goes!

Take care Ladies and keep up your "excellent" work!

01-31-2005, 05:13 AM
Mornin chickies ..... just a qiuick call. I have got a touch of toothache these past few days. ....... not pleasant company amd it is worse when I eat! :(
I may have to go visit the dentist :(
I may have mentioned that we have got a sunroom built on to the front of our house (making this room bigger really) ...... it was in the Christmas card I sent.
The furniture was for it and for this room and the living room. So we bought a 3 seater settee, a 2 seater settee and 3 chairs in dark brown leather. The 3 seater has recliners at both ends. The 2 seater is not reclining but the 3 chaire are reclining swivel chairs....... so comfortable. We have not got it all yet ....... the third chair is arriving today and the 2 seater will not be here for about 10 weeks. There is no rush anyway as we have not got the KArndean flooring put down yet as the new floor in the sunroom has to be down for at least 3 months to be dried out properly. I will tak some pics for you to see later.

Nita - that is such a sweet story about your grandson. I don't have any grandchildren but my nephews son, who is 4, comes to our house sometimes and they are so funny at that age. Glad you had a good vacation.

Michelle - sounds like that body of yours is getting into shape very fast ...... great stuff!!

Catlover - I can certainly understand about getting the exercise right but not the food. Unfortunately it needs both to make a difference! :(

Halgal - I hope you are feeling better and Good Luck with the weighin! :coffee:

Thin - it is impossible to eat healthy all the time and when invited out we have to eat whatever food our host provide so eat slowly and enjoy it. No need to feel guilty. You will soon make up for it by getting back on track.

Patty - I hope you had a good weighin on Sat and that you had a good weekend.

Gotta go now.

Have a great Monday all.

Ten Minutes To A Flatter Tummy

01-31-2005, 12:36 PM
Hi everyone --

Nita -- I'm saying a prayer for your DH's surgery today. Such an adorable story about your grandson.

Mooz -- How exciting to be getting new furniture and new flooring!! So sorry to hear you have a toothache. I hope you feel better soon.

I weigh in tonight for weigh in, I'm really hoping I do well -- I did have good results with the measurements on Saturday. But I just don't know what to expect as I just started that TOM. My eating has been really good, and I went to the gym to work out every day except for yesterday. I'm still very sore from Saturday's cross training. Ouch!

Here's to the start of a great week for all of us!

01-31-2005, 02:27 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - Saying a prayer for your husband's surgery. I too need to get on my treadill. I plan on getting on it tonight. Goal is 2 miles. That was such a sweet story about your grandson.

Mooz - Hope your tooth is feeling better. Going to the dentist is the one place I just dread going. I don't know why i'm so afraid.

Mitchellez - Good luck with your weigh-in today. You have been doing so well with your exercise I just know you soon see results on the scale. How is your husband doing?

Cat - the good news is your doing well on your exercise and yoga. Just keep that up and soon the eating will follow.

Hal - Hope you get over your cold soon. There seems to be alot of upper respitory illness going on here at work. Let us know how your weigh in went.

Thin - Hope everything went well at the new job. Is this a outdoor flea market?

01-31-2005, 03:24 PM
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your prayers and concern re my DH's surgery. Evidently the plastic surgeon had to do another skin graft on his ear this time. His nose has a whole lot of stitches so he looks like someone beat him up. It's too bad these doctors don't have time to let you know what the prognosis is and even his office had no idea. All I know is we have to go back on Friday to have the ear thing taken off.

We got up at 4:10 this morning and got back home at 11:30. He is resting now so I think I may do the same. I chatted with a gentleman whose wife was having a colonoscopy and he convinced me to get back on track and just do it!!!! He, however, gave me to option of starting tomorrow. I may just do that. I was going to work on the taxes today but I am just too exhausted so like I said I am going to take a nap as well.

Thanks again ladies, you are the very best!!!!

02-02-2005, 03:56 AM
Mornin chickies. I still have the toothache but not all the time :D I think I may have to make an appointment with the dentist because it will not go away on it's own :( :(
I have put my name down for Shad's challenge. Don't know a lot about it but I think that each week we pick 2 challenges and get points for carrying them out. I didn't know it was only 2 at the start and I said I would drink 2 litres of water every day, only have 1 cup of coffee with a biscuit and do my weights and tummy crunches 3 time a week. Shad combined them to make it 2 challenges. Anyway I did not even have one cup of coffee or a biscuit yesterday. Mind you I did eat a lot of bread which was probably worse than 1 biscuit!! On the upside I did over 21000 steps but I have not done any weights etc., yet!

Nita - when you say your DH's face looked like he had been beaten up it just reminded me of how my DH looked when he had his operation a few years ago for skin cancer. He looked just like that too. They will both have to be careful and get any changes to their skin checked out early. Sending him and you an :angel:

Patty - so did you meet your goal?

Michelle - waiting to hear if you had a loss but you may not as you will now be building muscle and that weighs more than fat. The measurements are actually a more accurate way of know how well you are doing.

Halgal, Thin and Catlover ..... hoping to hear from you all soon.

Shine a positive light

Shine a positive light on the people around you. And they'll live up to the best of your expectations.
Shine a positive light on the circumstances in which you find yourself. And you'll discover opportunities to create real, lasting value.

Shine a positive light on the disappointments that can hurt so much. And you'll learn how to successfully move forward.

Shine a positive light on the things you cannot control. And you'll find plenty of ways to achieve whatever you intend.

Shine a positive light on the moments of each day. And you'll see real treasure in every direction.

Shine a positive light on life. And the life you experience will be filled with true richness.

-- Ralph Marston

02-02-2005, 02:31 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - glad to hear everything went well. Glad the gentleman you were talking too convinced you to get back on track. You know I keep thinking I need to do this now while i'm in my 40's. People always said oh, once you hit 40 it's so hard to lose weight and I never believed them. WE'LL I do now. I"m 43 and it's so hard. Let's get back on track together. I am going to get on the treadmill tonight.

Mooz - Glad you got a appointment with your dentist. WTG on getting over 21,000 steps in. That is great.

The weather here is dreary, it's cold and has been raining. I know I just need a jump start on getting me motivated. Maybe I need to go look in the mirror naked, you think that would get motivated.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-02-2005, 08:54 PM
Hi, Chicks. I have been so tired--just a quick check in then a nap.

I did set up a blog for my trip--so if anyone's interested, it is

02-03-2005, 04:16 AM
Mortnin chickies .... just a quick call .......

Catlover ....... just called in at your blog and tried to make a comment but I have to be a member first. It will be interesting to read about your adventures.

Patty - looking in the mirror naked :o ....... yes I think (for me anyway) it might just help :lol: ....... unpleasant as it is!

Gotta go get a shower and then get my mum sorted for the day.

The bright side

Look on the bright side. It won't cost you anything, and yet it will benefit you greatly.
Let your first word be a genuine smile. It will encourage others to listen to the rest of what you way.

When things go wrong, spend more time looking forward than backwards. For that is how you will find a successful way out.

When others criticize you, be truly thankful and appreciative. For you've just learned a valuable lesson.

When conditions change unexpectedly, respond with renewed energy and enthusiasm. For a whole new set of valuable opportunities has just been created.

Yes, you can live in the dark shadows of gloom and dismay, but why would you ever choose that for yourself? Choose instead to live on the bright side, and enjoy how great life can be.

-- Ralph Marston

02-03-2005, 01:42 PM
Hi Chicks~~
Sorry i haven't been posting as connection is just terrible, so i have not even been able to make as much use of e-diets as i'd like. But instead of journaling my foods on there, i'm keeping track w/a pen and paper at home. Keeping the meals smaller and making some good new habits. Most everyday DH and i walk about 3.5 miles total(2 sep.walks) NOw i'm adding some sit ups and such at home. I caught a cold so i am kind of down today, but i hope to walk later. It's cool and very very windy here in the valley. But the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. In fact right now a pretty male house finch is sitting on my hummingbird feeder and just singing away. The finches sing so pretty.

I did lose 5# for the month of Jan. I think today i'll try to do my measurements and compare those too. I don't have the right tape to do it, but i make do.

~~CAT~~thanks for the link to the blog. I will be checking in to hear all about your days in Mexico.

~~MOOZ~~ thanks for the link to the sit ups. I saved that one. Great the way they can show it done in motion. Hope your tooth is better now.

~~NITA~~ glad you had a good vacation. Hoping for good news from your DH's doctor soon :angel: :angel: 's sent your way.

~~1DAY~~ it is harder in our 40's to get on track and stay there. HOpe you did your treadmill last eve. I am closer to 50 than to 40 anymore, so it is very difficult. We can do this in 2005! I am really ready.
Hoping for some sunshine for you already. This winter has been dreadful all over the place!

To all the chicks~~ wishing you a fantastic Thursday. I will try to at least get my computer connection to last for a post on here. Another goal! Yikes.
We can do this :)
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

02-03-2005, 02:30 PM
Just a quick hello to bring up to the top.

Will post more later today!

02-04-2005, 03:57 AM
Mornin chickies ..... just a quick call. Not really a good week for me so far. Had an aunt died yesterday ...... my dads youngest sister. She was 78 and had had cancer for nearly 2 years now. My dad died over 11 years ago and he was the first of his family to die. There were 6 of them ..... 5 girls and my dad. Then in the past 6 monthe 3 of his sisters have died and the 2 remaining ones are the 2 oldest! This aunt, who died yesterday, had 15 children (3 sets of twins), 49 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. There was never a dull moment in that house! It was good for her to get away as she was in a lot of pain at the end. The funeral is on Saturday.
Then this morning when I came downstairs and looked into my mums room ...... she was on the floor. She said she had thought we were out and had tried to get up and get dressed herself. Thank Goodness DH had not
gone to work and was able to help me get her up into her chair and then I eventually got her back into bed again.

Thin - sounds like you are doing well and getting into good habits. CONGRATS on the 5 pounds loss .... WELL DONE! :coffee:

Have a great day all.

Room for everything

Where there is nothing, there is room for everything. When all is lost, there is no limit to what can be gained.
When little is known, there is much that can be learned. When nothing has been done, there is much that can be accomplished.

Emptiness is an opportunity to be filled. Limitation is an opportunity to grow stronger and more capable.

Where there is overwhelming despair, there is also enormous space for love to abound. Where there is darkness, there is also the potential to be filled with light.

When you are down as low as you can go, you have the opportunity to be the best that you can be. When you're surrounded by emptiness, there is unlimited space available for real fulfillment.

When the world seems dark, cold, and empty, there is plenty for which to be thankful. For you can fill it with warmth, with light, with meaning, and with life.

-- Ralph Marston

02-04-2005, 03:20 PM
Hello ladies,

Mooz - I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt's passing. With 15 children and 49 grandchildren i'm sure there was never a dull moment in her house. Oh, I'm sure it was a frighting moment to see your Mom on the floor. Thank goodness she was ok. Have you all thought of maybe putting a baby monitor in her room? A friend of mine who also cares for father has put one in his room, so if he needs assistance he just calls for her and she is able to carry the other piece to the monitor from room to room.

Thin - WTG for loseing 5 lbs in the month of January. If you keep up the walking and journaling i'm sure you will see another good loss this month.

we'll i need to run, hope everyone is having a great day!

02-05-2005, 03:57 PM
Just bumping us up with a MArston .....

It's possible

When you imagine it, it's possible. When you visualize it in every detail, it's possible.
When you expect it to happen, it's possible. When you develop a workable, realistic plan, it's possible.

When you put forth sustained, effective effort, it's possible. When you make a solid commitment, it's possible.

When you're willing to work through whatever challenges and obstacles may come your way, it's possible. When you persist through all the ups and downs while always looking forward, it's possible.

When you can learn from the mistakes and gain strength from the disappointments, it's possible. When you put your creativity, passion and enthusiasm to work, it's possible.

When you imagine and visualize, expect and plan for it, when you work and commit and persist, passionately facing every challenge, it is not merely possible. It is certain to happen.

-- Ralph Marston

02-05-2005, 09:28 PM
Hi Ladies,

Just to let you know I am thinking of you. I am trying to stay busy and not think about food--however, it's not working too well. I did do something positive today, I stopped by the gym and set up an appointment with a personal trainer for 7:30 on Monday morning. I also informed my DH if I connect with the trainer I might take a few private lessons. Gene's wound on his ear is hurting him but the one on his nose where they took out the stitches is doing quite good.

Well I had better get moving.

Take care,

02-06-2005, 10:58 AM
Mornin'Chicks~~ Today is the first day that i feel i'm getting over this head cold. It has been very nasty. Every part of my head hurt, even felt like i had toothache(in each tooth!) Must have had some pressure up in the sinus'. Last night i wasn't awake all the time blowing and snorting :o so i got more rest too. I keep putting vaseline on my nose so it doesn't get any redder. I don't have those lotioned tissues this time! I won't overdo it and walk hard today,but i plan to get out for a short stroll instead.

My GF back home in Michigan and i are both doing the slim fast plan right now. I found it is helpful for taking to work, and then she decided to try it again as she's lost on it B4. I am trying to give her alot of support via email and some cards and things i send her. I like the free stuff on their web site too. Not as precise as on e-diets, like you can log in your meals but have to figure your own calories etc. But the ediets is not free normally. I'm only going to use it till this big challenge is over.

Weigh in day today...i'll post again if i have any loss. You'd think so when i've been so sick and no taste buds to build up an appetite, but then i haven't been able to walk either... :?:

~~NITA~~ sounds like you made a good move w/the personal trainer. YGG! Glad Gene's starting to do better. I'm sure any surgery on an ear would hurt more than say the nose I wish him a speedy recovery on that also.

Superbowl Sunday :devil: alot of parties happening. There is one at a neighbors of his mom's but i don't know if i feel up to going. DH is at work right now, and we'll decide once he gets home.

To all the chicks~~ have a wonderful Sunday and post soon.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

02-06-2005, 09:43 PM
Nita--good idea with the personal trainer.

Thin--sorry about the cold. Glad you're feeling a little better. Don't push it, but moving a little will make you feel better.

Did well on the walking--even tho we had some cold rain today. But darned if I can handle the eating.

In regard to Mooz's Marston quote--I ordered a visualization CD (you can't get a tape, tho that would be more convenient--guess I can copy it.) I'm sure you can do the same by visualizing on your own, but it's harder to get yourself to do it.

Not a very productive weekend, but sometimes it's like that. Got some great books to take to Mexico--very excited about this approach to teaching.

02-07-2005, 04:08 AM
Went to the funeral on Saturday but I didn't go to the mass. I didn't want to leave my mum too long after her fall on Thursday morning........or was it Friday. :?:
I just went to the graveside for the burial. My brother said it was very emotional when the 8 daughters carried thr coffin out of the chapel and the choir sang the song "I'll take you home again Kathleen"

I'll take you home again, Kathleen
Across the ocean wild and wide
To where your heart has ever been
Since you were first my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek.
I've watched them fade away and die
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak
And tears bedim your loving eyes.
Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen
To where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I'II take you to your home again!

I know you love me, Kathleen, dear
Your heart was ever fond and true.
I always feel when you are near
That life holds nothing, dear, but you.
The smiles that once you gave to me
I scarcely ever see them now
Though many, many times I see
A dark'ning shadow on your brow.

To that dear home beyond the sea
My Kathleen shall again return.
And when thy old friends welcome thee
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn.
Where laughs the little silver stream
Beside your mother's humble cot
And brightest rays of sunshine gleam
There all your grief will be forgot.

I got a baby monitor to put in my mums room but this morning I woke at 5 and came downstairs and she was on the floor again and couldn't get up. I don't know if something from the monitor woke me but I didn't hear a thing. It is a worry as she seems to be falling a lot now.

02-07-2005, 02:42 PM
Hello Ladies,

Had a very relaxing weekend. In fact I really didn't do much. Sunday watched the superbowl game and ate way to much. I have eaten way to much ice cream and I think i'm going to give that up for lent.

Thin - glad to hear your feeling better. Just take it easy for a few days so you don't get a relapse.

Nita - I think working with a trainer will definely get you on the right track.

Mooz - I'm sure that was scary finding her on the floor again. That is such a beautiful song you posted. I'm sure that was very emotional having her daughters carry her out.

Cat - when you mentioned the visualization, it reminded me that I have some hyponisis tapes I could listen too.

02-07-2005, 09:51 PM
Mooz--sorry about your mom. Have you talked to the dr? I know with my DMiL they were really able to improve her mobility with a walker and some physical therapy. Or it could be some medicine she's taking makes her dizzy.

Patty--what kind of tapes have you used? Have they helped?

02-08-2005, 10:26 AM
Hi everyone --

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Last week, I was so busy with work and then also going to the gym every day. Then on Thursday, I came down with bronchitis. It started on Wednesday afternoon as a sore throat and raspy voice. By Thursday afternoon, I was running a fever so I left work at noon. I was home sick on Friday too. I went to the doc on Friday and he put me on antibiotics and Prednisone to help clear out my lungs. I basically slept all weekend. I went to work yesterday, and then to the gym last night to do the training session (I'd missed Saturday's session due to being sick, so I didn't want to miss another one). Luckily, we did mostly weights, and I did okay.

We also weighed in and measured last night. This past week, even with being sick and not being able to work out for 4 days, I lost 4 lbs and 6 inches (throughout my whole body -- though I seem to be losing more on my waist and thighs). This brings my total lost since starting this challenge at the gym to 8 lbs. and 14 inches. Woooo Hoooo!!

As I said, we did a training session last night, and I have another one tomorrow night. I may go to the gym tonight to do cardio...I'm going to wait and see how my lungs feel. On Saturday, we're doing a boot camp! Yikes! Our trainer said there will be weights, abs, cardio, including jumping jacks and mountain climbers - which I don't like. There will be 4 trainers, each doing a different station, and we'll run from station to station. It'll go for about 2 hours straight. She told us that we will work very, very hard -- we will swear, scream, maybe even cry. She is a great trainer, but she is a drill sergeant.

She gave us all goals for this week. My goal is to lose 6 pounds and 8 inches. The other people's goals are equally challenging (and possibly unrealistic) too. She said anyone that meets their goal for this week doesn't have to do the second boot camp which will happen in a few weeks -- definitely good incentive. So I'm going to work out as much as my recuperating body will allow and eat right. I don't know if I'll be able to achieve my goal, but it is something to strive for, and all losses are good ones.

I hope you all are doing okay. Now that I've checked in, I'll try and catch up on all your posts.

02-08-2005, 11:53 AM
Hi Ladies,

Michelle -- great job--losing all that weight must surely be incentive for you to keep on going! I am very proud of you! When I went back to my gym Monday I asked them if they were going to do a weight challenge project and they said they are trying to put one together. I did get my 1/2 hours with a personal trainer and she was very good. I told her I only want to work on a few machines that would concentrate on the upper body and hips and legs and that is exactly what she did. I am a fool for not following through since I don't have to pay for the gym. This 1/2 hours was free, however, if I want more of her time the going rate is $49 per hr., 44 if you book 5 hours and $39 if you book 10. I thought I would try in on my own and perhaps go with 3 hours or maybe even the 5. The catch is you pay up front for whichever you choose.

After leaving the gym I went to my vision appointment which turned out to be very frustrating. I had called early in January and asked if they were still on my vision plan. Well they said they were and when I was halfway through the exam the girl came in to advise the doctor that this wasn't the plan they were on. The doctor proceeded to inform me that my $20 co-pay would only cover a prescription for glasses and not being fitted for contacts. I really became quite unglued and informed her the only reason I came was for a contact prescription. Since she really had already gone through the process she said they would forgo the vision scan I had agreed to pay $35. Instead she would that $35 and give me my contact prescription. She never did let me know how my corneas were but she did rule out cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. After leaving there I really wanted to resort to food to calm me down but I opted not to ruin my good day. My husband says I get too upset about these things but nevertheless I intend to report this incident to the insurance company as well as to the Medical Board just for my own satisfaction!

Thin -- I am sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. However, you must agree the weather in Phoenix during this time of the year is quite excellent!

Well I had better get moving, I still have to work on those taxes and try and get my house in order.

Take care all and have a "fantastic" week!


02-08-2005, 02:46 PM
Hello Ladies,
Mitchellez - Glad to hear your feeling better. The boot camp sounds like fun, yet I know it's going to be alot of hard work. 6lbs goal for this week, you better get moving! How long is this challenge? Keep up all the hard work, your doing great! How is hubby doing on this challenge?

Nita - I know that has to be frustrating dealing with your doctore and the insurance. Are you planning on hiring the trainer?

Cat - I don't know the name of the tapes, I'll look when I get home.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-09-2005, 04:42 AM
Mornin chickies ...... just a quick call ........ I am not sleeping well :( This monitor take a bit of getting used to and it makes a humming sound which annoys me when I am trying to sleep and then I get so tired that I sleep through some of the times my mother is getting up through the night!
I also worry about what way I am going to find her when I come back to the house after being out shopping or walking. I am trying to tell myself that I cannot be with her 24 hours each day and that as she is nearly 93 something is going to happen sometime. I just hope it is during her sleep and not from a fall.
Got a funeral to go to this week also. The father of one of our linedancers dropped dead yesterday.
He had been to his doctor a few week ago and had been told to stop smoking and to lose weight ...... another reminder as to why we should lose that weight!

Patty - I think I should give up something for Lent also so I will have to decide today!

Michelle - WOO HOO!! CONGRATS!! you are doing so well and you are an inspiration to us all!

Nita - sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your vision app and well done for not giving in to overeating.

Catlover - when do you go to Mexico? That was one of the places Paul wanted to go to but he couldn't. Apparently at the Canadian border they took some document off his passport and it was not returned to him at the time. Without that document he could have gone into Mexico but would not have been allowed out of it! :?:

Thin - I hope that by now you are over that nasty cold.

Interesting article about Flaxseed Oil

Some Fats Are Essential
By Raphael Calzadilla, BA, CPT, ACE
eDiets Chief Fitness Pro

Most people who are looking to get lean avoid dietary fat like the plague. This is one of those great myths that never seems to die. Dietary fat is absolutely essential in your quest to get lean, but it must be the right type and in the correct amounts.
One of the most amazing fats you can consume is flaxseed oil. The magical flaxseed has health benefits that will make you run out and buy some after reading this article.

There are two essential fats that your body is unable to produce, the omega-6 fat called linoleic acid and the omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid. These fats, which are both in flax oil, are essential, because they actually help to form parts of the structure of your brain, eyes, ears, adrenals, joints and just about every cell in the body. When these two fats are deficient, body function declines. Plus, these essential fats help reduce body fat. Yes, you read that right -- they help reduce body fat.

According to The Complete Guide to Fats and Oils in Health and Nutrition by Udo Erasmus and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, clinical and physiological research has shown that the majority of diets are deficient in omega-3 fats and this deficiency can result in:

Coronary Heart Disease: Studies show that oils containing omega-3 can have a number of beneficial effects in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease. Omega-3’s have been shown to reduce the cholesterol ratio, blood pressure, triglyceride levels and cardiac arrhythmia.

Cancer: Omega-3 has been shown to selectively kill human cancer cells in tissue culture studies, without harming normal cells. Clinical studies are confirming the potential of high doses of omega-3 to reduce tumor growth.
Arthritis: Several double blind studies have shown that when oils rich in omega-3 are taken as a dietary supplement, about two-thirds of patients are able to discontinue their non-steroidal drugs and a further 20 percent can cut down their drug use.

Skin Problems: Skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, dry skin and other allergic conditions have all been shown to be partly related to omega-3 deficiency.

Stress: Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors for the Series 3 prostaglandin's, which regulate immune function and are responsible for reversing the body's physiological response to stress. Some clinical studies have indicated a sense of calmness in response to omega-3 's.

Take a look at some other interesting facts about flax oil:
• Assists in the protection of the body against inflammation, water retention and lowered immune system.
• Shortens recovery time for worked-out muscles after high exertion.
• Assists in the healing of sprains and bruises.
• Increases the metabolic rate by stimulating brown fat cells, making it easier to lose body fat.

Lignan, a phytochemical that acts as an antioxidant, is found in flax. Populations that have high amounts of Lignan in their diet show low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer.
It’s important to look for high quality flaxseed oil. Based on the fact that flax oil can easily be destroyed by light and oxygen, it should come in a dark or amber brown bottle. In addition, it should be refrigerated and never used for cooking. It can be combined in a protein shake or poured over your favorite food.

As with everything in the world of health, flax is not the sole answer to all your issues. It’s a great supplement, but you still need to train with weights, perform cardiovascular exercise and consume nutritious foods. Flax oil is marvelous fat and one more ingredient in your arsenal for great health and fitness.

A competitive bodybuilder and 2004 winner of the prestigious WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) Masters Pro Card, Raphael Calzadilla is a veteran of the health and fitness industry. He specializes in a holistic approach to body transformation, nutrition programs and personal training. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified as a personal trainer with ACE and APEX. In addition, he successfully completed the RTS1 program based on biomechanics.

02-09-2005, 02:56 PM
Hello Ladies,

Mooz - I'm sure sleeping with a monitor in the room takes some time to get use to. Are there any neighbors you could ask to check in on her while you are out?

Tonight i'm getting on the treadmill, 30minutes is my goal.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-10-2005, 03:37 PM
Choose to feel good

Choose to feel good and your actions become more effective. Choose to feel good and you'll see opportunities that you otherwise would have missed.
Choose to feel good and you'll attract positive, helpful people into your life. Choose to feel good, and events will work in your favor.

Choose to feel good, and you'll find a reason to persist through the most difficult of challenges. Choose to feel good, and the problems will not be able to overwhelm your spirit.

Choose to feel good, and your creativity will flow. Choose to feel good, and your days will be purposefully productive.

When you choose to feel good, it costs you nothing and it causes no harm to anyone else. In fact, when you choose to feel good you create much more value for yourself and for those around you.

So whatever life may send your way, choose to feel good. The joy you give to life cannot fail to make it better.

-- Ralph Marston

02-11-2005, 03:49 AM
Looks like it is just myself and Ralphie Boy! :lol:

Closer than you think
In many ways, your most treasured dream is, even now, close enough to touch. If it seems distant, that's only because you imagine it to be.
To reach your dream completely will of course take time and effort. Yet you can begin to reach for it at this very moment, if you so choose.

The value of a dream does not reside in the moment of attainment, but rather in the process of attainment. And that process can begin right now.

Whatever your dream may be, the most valuable part of it is the opportunity for you to live with a purpose. That value can be yours as soon as you are ready to live it.

Think of the most magnificent, ambitious, meaningful dream you can imagine for yourself and your world. Just thinking about it begins the process of making it real, and gets the value flowing from that dream into your life.

Your most treasured dream is, today, close enough to touch. Reach out, touch it, and hold on tightly as you make it more and more real with each passing moment.

-- Ralph Marston

My mother fell yesterday while I was out doing some food shopping with a friend. I was going to a funeral later on and my friend was staying with my mum. We both got her back into her chair. It seems that when she thinks there is no-one in the house she decides to try and walk to the toilet that is close to the back door but she has to walk through the hall, living room, kitchen and utility room to get to it! Yesterday was the first time she fell while trying to get there. The problem is that she forgets that she fell and still thinks she can walk a short distance!
Going to the dentist today........ got a cancellation ,,,,, Thank Goodness! ...... this pain especially when I take a hot drink is driving me crazy.

02-11-2005, 10:29 AM
Hi Chicks~~~
Sorry i have not been good about posting again...:(
I started working at a different place yesterday. A new boss too. Hope this works out. He is very fussy for a man. :) I was only getting one day at the last place, and i can still do that for her( be a floater). It will just depend on which day i work for this guy. I'm all over the place! Actually DH picked up another job to go w/this one. He may have to make a decision where he wants to work if they overlap too much. But this week they didn't. Well, there certainly is not this much work back home, so take it while it's available.

~~1DAY~~ i hope you got your 30 min. on the treadmill. How are you doing on the diet part? I'm still working w/the slim fast optima product and eating less. The walks haven't been happening lately with these new jobs of DH and myself. But i know we both move on the job alot. Now it's raining again in the desert. It is getting things so lush and green, even my allergies can attest to that! When it does bloom it will be pretty here tho. I think by Sunday the rains should end. Then walking will begin again.

~~MICHELLE~~ some great #'s there girl. Keep up the good work. The trainer sounds tough, but to see those results it's gotta be very satisfying.

~~MOOZ~~sorry to hear about your mum's fall. Hope she is ok now.
Glad you got the dentist appt. That is very painful. Good luck with it.

Oprah is starting a boot camp too. I don't see her show often these days, but i will check her website to see if i can join in there.

Talk to ya all later! Weigh in day is Sunday...coming soon. I will post if any loss is happening. I did not lose any last week, so maybe this week it will show up.

:wave: grouphug: thinlizzie

02-11-2005, 01:45 PM
Good Morning All you Fine Ladies,

Well today is another day and since I ate the wrong foods yesterday, I paid for it--I was kept up most of the night with a lot of gas and belching. I guess you have to go through this every so often to make you aware of what you are doing wrong. However, I have been faithful on the treadmill since Monday and have been logging in my progress. Yesterday was only 30 min. because of how I felt. My log from 2003 shows that I am actually up from 147 to 152-1/2, so at least I have not gained back most of the weight I took off since 2003.

Mooz - I am sorry to hear about your mom falling--every time Gene has a fall it does have an impact on our lives. He has been doing much better now that his surgeries are over. All the stitches are out and I received his medical records which show all the cancer is gone!

Thin - You are quite a busy lady--as soon as the weather gets better I'll have to come and visit. I presume you and your hubby are working at the outside market in Mesa!

Michelle -- How are things going? Is your health doing better.

Well I had better get moving--I am feeling a whole lot better today and intend to have only fruit for lunch.

Take care all,

02-11-2005, 06:28 PM
Hello Ladies,
Was away from the office for two days, it was a nice break. My heater went out on me the other day, the service man is suppose to come today. Hope it's not anything major.

Thin - hope this job works out for you. I think the rains are coming our way. I got the 30 min. in but not doing to well on the eating. But for lent I did give up ice cream, and desserts, so that is helping. I saw where Oprah is having the bootcamp too. I think it's airing this monday.

Nita - I know what you mean on the food. When I eat something really greasy I get pain with my gallbladder. It's a good reminder of what I shouldn't eat. WTG for walking on your treadmill.

Mooz - So sorry to hear that your mother fell again. I'm glad she was ok. Hope the dentist took care of your tooth problem.

We'll I need to run. This weekend I'm am going to clean out one of my rooms. I was watching one of the get organized shows and i'm going to put all my junk & stuff in some big containers and then sort out each container. I am a major pack rat but i'm running out of space, so it's time to get rid of some stuff.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-12-2005, 11:44 AM
Good Morning Ladies,
Just bringing us to the top. Getting ready to start cleaning. Goal for the day is to have computer room somewhat straightened out.

OH, and I have decided I'm going to give South Beach Diet one more try. I know when I was on the program before it really helped with my cravings and lately I have been craving nothing but carbs. So this afternoon i'm headed to the grocery store with my list in hand to get foods that are on the list.

Wishing everyone a great day!

02-13-2005, 07:21 PM
Hello Ladies,

Guess it's just me this weekend, hope everyone is out moving and losin. Yesterday started cleaning out the computer room, I think I took on more than I wanted. It's a beautful day here today, so I decided to sweep out the garage and move some things around. Wanted to get some sunshine, ok partial since i'm in the garage. Will continue in the computer room this evening.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

02-13-2005, 11:09 PM
Patty--I know that whole cleaning up can get out of hand. Sometimes I just get sick thinking of moving out of this house in 4-5 years and how much has to be done.

Nita--hope you're feeling better.

I wonder if my new job will help, since I'll be eating at more "normal" times, and won't have so long after I come home to snack before dinner. Let's hope!

Everyone have a good week!

02-14-2005, 08:21 AM
Mornin chickies .... just a quick call........... gotta get back quick to finish opening up all my Valentine Cards!!!! :lol: :lol: I should be so lucky!!
Paul is the only person to get a card today!
My mum was very confused yesterday evening. She just seems to be getting slower and slower.
I am doing the Shad challenge where every one picks 2 challenges for the week and every day that you stick to the challenge you gain 1 point so at the end of the weej a person can have up to 14 points. I only got 4 points this week :( My challenges were to ...
1. Drink 2 litres of water every day
2. Only have 1 cup of coffee and 1 biscuit per day
The good news is I lost 2 pounds this week so just trying to meet the challenge seems to be making a difference.
Gotta go get some work done.

Steady effort

Sometimes the way to move ahead faster is to slow down. Sometimes the way to get more done is to stop trying so hard.
When you're relentlessly pushing yourself, then the pushing becomes your focus and you can lose sight of your true objective. When you're constantly busy being constantly busy, it can be easy to forget what you seek to accomplish.

Hurrying through a task can burn you out and create mistakes that you'll have to spend more time fixing. Keep in mind that sprinting is not a workable strategy for winning a marathon.

Slowing down to a sustainable pace can actually make the results come faster. Remember that your goal is not simply to be busy, but to accomplish something of value with your efforts.

Take a deep breath, calm your mind, and focus your thoughts on where you're going. There is much power in moving thoughtfully and deliberately.

Time and steady persistence will achieve much more than frantic, hurried turmoil. Go fast enough to get it done, yet slow enough to get it right.

-- Ralph Marston

02-14-2005, 02:53 PM
Hello Ladies,

Happy Valentine's Day!

We'll this is day of SBD and to tell you the truth, i'm not hungary but i feel a major headache coming on. My head feels "groggy". I think that is from the sugar withdrawls.

Cat - I hope the new job helps with the normal eating times. Now are you having to work less hours, or less overtime?

Mooz- WTG on your 2lb loss. You know you may not have met the challenge this week, but it was helping you focus on your eating. What is your challenge for this week?

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-15-2005, 12:48 AM
Took DH to the ER after he came home from work today. They say his hemoglobin is low, and he's probably been bleeding internally a while.

We think it's probably the same "cryptic bleeding" (no one knows the cause) he had in '92 or '93. But prayers will certainly be appreciated.

02-15-2005, 03:49 AM
Mornin chickies ...... just a quick call.

Catlover - sending you :angel: :angel: for your DH and I will say a prayer for you both.

02-15-2005, 05:59 AM
Hiya Mooz - well done on that 2lbs. Is the challenge going to take off another 2lb this week or will you be happy with just one?

Good to see you participating.

Good evening to everyone else on the thread. Sending good vibes for Catlovers DH. Hope someone, somewhere finds some answers to the problem.

Exit left skipping and wearing a happy smile and the crown, while carrying the orb and sceptre. Can you guess I am a happy bunny?

02-15-2005, 01:04 PM
Hi All,

Catlover -- Sending you prayers for your DH. I know what it's like to have to worry about your DH. My DH's wounds are finally healing quite well but I still have to clean them once a day.

One of my friends at the bowling alley told me about a book she is reading about things they don't want us to know. She said one of the items they talk about is why people are gaining weight and not losing. They say it has something to do with the pancreas and liver and both of them need flushing out. I asked how to do this and she mentioned eating grapefruit. Well as of Monday I started doing just that eating a whole grapefruit for breakfast with one hardboiled egg. Well I really started this on Sunday and without eating carbs for breakfast I had more energy than ever and even cleaned the house. Yesterday I went back to the gym and not only walked on the treadmill 30 min. but also did the different weight machines for another 30 min. Then I decided to do another 30 min. on my treadmill at home in the evening. The first day I ate the grapefruit for breakfast as well as lunch. However, for lunch yesterday I had a whole wheat tortilla with a little bit of lite cream cheese with a little sugar-free apricot preserves and then I went bowling. I didn't bowl that well because I am getting used to a new ball I bought on Saturday, but I really had a lot of energy. Today I had the grapefruit and egg again for breakfast, but I have to confess when I went to the auto dealer for my oil change at 7:00 a.m. I allowed myself to have one donut which I ate very slowly. To make up for this I am going to walk on the treadmill again this morning. I am very lucky because one of my bowling friends brings me grapefruit from his trees.

Well I had better get moving. Hopefully we will hear from the rest of you folks and that you are all doing well. I just remembered the one lady on Oprah yesterday who is from Phoenix has a website and you are entitled to one free telephone conversation with her. She lost 85 pounds and has kept it off for over 5 years. Oprah really didn't give her too much time, however, this woman is now a fitness instructor.

Mooz -- I almost forgot -CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2# LOSS!

Take care,

02-15-2005, 02:39 PM
Hello ladies,

Cat - sending :angel: 's and prayers your way.

Nita - I know many years ago there was a grapefruit diet, but I really didn't read up on it. Oprah was a good show yesterday.

Shad - thanks for dropping by.

Mooz, Mitchellez, Thin, Hal - Hope you all are doing ok.

As for me, today is day 2 and going pretty good. I woke up this morning craving pancakes. I dont know why I really don't eat pancakes during the week, but instead I had two hard boiled eggs. Yesterday water drinking was great, drank about 80 oz. Today i'm still on my first 24oz bottle. Oh, also yesterday i walked over 13,000 steps. Today my toal is 13, 500.

02-15-2005, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. No diagnosis yet--leaving to see DH now.

02-16-2005, 02:41 PM
Hello Ladies,

Cat - Keep us informed on DH's condition.

As for me it's day 3 of SBD, and yesterday I had the cravings bad. I couldn't decide what I wanted, all I know i wanted food. OF course what I ate didn't quite satisfy me. I wanted SUGAR. Today is going much better, the hardest thing right now is having enough prepared food on hand. This morning I used a Walmart bag as my lunch bag. I didn't meet my goal on my steps, but tonight I will.

Hope everyone is doing ok!

02-16-2005, 07:07 PM
Hi Ladies,

Just checking in to let you know I am still on track--I went to the gym this morning and did both the treadmill as well as some of the weight machines. I then went bowling. I didn't eat the grapefruit this morning, instead I had Old Fashion Oatmeal and an orange. I think I shared my lunch--a whole wheat tortilla and today I had peanut butter and some light cream cheese. I also had a glass of skim milk. This really fills me up and doesn't make me feel uncomfortable. I do believe we need to listen to our bodies and they will tell us if we are eating too much. My DH game me a compliment when I was leaving for bowling--I sure enjoy you when you are on your program and losing weight--you are always in such an excellent mood! I told him he was right about that--when we go off our programs and lose control we are beating ourselves up and probably anyone else in sight!

Catlover -- I sure hope you get some answers real soon--please do keep us informed!

Hopefully the rest of you ladies are doing well and have a lot going on!

Take care,

02-16-2005, 07:43 PM
Hi Chicks~~things have been busy here. I may have only lost 1/2 a # this last week. Running at work so much and only eating a very light lunch. Slim fast optima and either a cheese stick or an orange. And not even eating too heavy for the evening body is just holding onto the wt right now. I think it's cause i haven't been walking my 3 miles anymore. DH and i haven't even been on the same shifts in a long no walking partner. Plus we are both beat from all the work, and i still have a touch of my cold and now DH has caught it! bummer.

Sending :angel: :angel: s to Cat for her DH
and to Nita's hubby too.
Hang in there 1DAY for the sugar cravings will get easier. You can do this!

Keep up all the good work on the exercise and diet chicks~~ we are worth it.

:grouphug: :wave: thinlizzie

02-17-2005, 05:28 AM
Mornin chickies - been busy here - we are getting a new floor put down on our new sunlounge and front room so everything had to be moved out for today. Today they come and put something on the floor and then tomorrow they lay the floor. Really looking forward to getting the room looking better than it has been. It is not wood but looks like wood and is supposed to be harder wearing, quieter and warmer than wood.
Exercise ..... well the waliking anyway is going good and the eating is OK but could be much better!! :(

Shad - thanks for dropping in and you are most welcome at any time :coffee: I would be happy with just 1 this week ........ probably happy to just keep of the 2 I lost!!

Thin - take care that you are eating enough as your body may think it is starving if you cut down too much. 1/2 a # is better than none though! Do you wear a pedometer at work as you may be getting in lots of steps there?

Nita - isn't it strange how much better we feel when we are on track but we get so tempted at times and give in for just a few seconds pleasure! :?:

Patty - good for you for getting to day 3 on SBD :coffee:

Catlover - I hope your DH gets good news. :angel:

Halgal - I take it you must be up to your eyes in schoolwork ...... i hope you get a chance to post at the weekend.

Michelle - yoiu must be starting to feel better in your clothes after all the exercising you have been getting. Keep it up!

HAve a great day all.

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The life you experience is the life you expect to experience. So imagine the best, and expect the best.

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02-17-2005, 02:38 PM
Hello Ladies,
Day 4 of SBD and it's getting much better. The key is to have prepared foods available at all times. Luckily I have a small refrigerator in my office and right now it is full of food. Layoffs are scheduled again for next wednesday, so keep me in your prayers. We expecting to lose 10-11 people.

Thin - a 1/2 is still good. Sounds like you might need to eat more. I'm sure the cold bug is also keeping you down. Hope hubby gets to feeling better too.

Mooz - oh i'm sure your sunroom will be beautiful. Sounds like you getting some exercise in by moving your furniture.

Nita - your so right about our moods. When i eat right i just feel good, and when I overeat I get tired and lazy. WTG for going to the gym and getting a good workout. I too need to get back to the gym. I figured this week I would focus on my food and next week incorporate the gym.

Hal, Mitchllez, Cat - Hope you all are doing ok

02-18-2005, 11:17 AM
Good Friday Morning everyone!

Yes, Mooz - way past my eyeballs in school work. I have a few hours off this morning, but have to be in at noon. Today is a professional development day. I am on the instructional team for this training, and we did not have to attend the AM session, but - and this is a big but - we have to be in at 7:30a tomorrow - as in Saturday - to work out the next training session in March. So, I have an hour to do a few things. I am hoping to drop off my tax information at the accountants office, and take Rocky in for a grooming!

I lost 8 pounds last month. I've managed to put 4 of them back on. It is due to stopping exercising. I know I must do this. I even feel better. I must take time for me. Actually, Rocky loves a good walk also. So for each of us!

Mooz: Did you receive my holiday card? I just plastered postage on it, and I hope it arrived, and you did not have to pay? I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. I took care of my Grandmother for 9 years as she suffered with Alzheimers. I would do it again in a second, but know how much it takes out of you to do this. I know your Mother is very appreciative of you. Hang in there.

Nita: Wow! You are doing great. Let us know if you decide to use a personal trainer more. I have a good friend in LA that used one to take of 20 pounds. She went from a size 14 to a 6 again. She is dedicated as you sound like you are too. The grapefruit and boiled egg diet is a very old, and from what I understand effective diet. My Grandmother told me once she used it to lose about 20 pounds (of which she kept off for always), but could not eat either a grapefruit or a boiled egg again! Too funny.

OneDay: Just remember, layoffs are stressful - yes - but I honestly believe when a door closes there are open doors to choose from. I know this sounds all so easy, and it is not, but in my experience it has always been true. It is still a difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are right about food preparation being key to South Beach. It is important in all good nutritional plans! I've been living on the frozen low calorie meals from Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones and a few Healthy Choices. I supplement with a nice salad or fresh vegetable. I need more fruits in my diet. Hummm... maybe some nice red grapefruit is in order?

CatLover: Prayers are also with you. I hope the diagnosis is easy to deal with for your husband. When you get a minute, tell us about your new job!

Michellez: Wow! I sounds like you have some lofty goals with your personal trainer. 6 inches lost in a week? Did I read that correctly? Exercise... ahhh... keep telling us about what you are doing. It really helps! Lots of luck in your challenge!!!

Thin: Actually, it sounds like fun to be able to pick and choose and change jobs at random. What freedom! It sounds like you are getting a real work out with all of that walking - way to go. I had a touch of the flu and/or cold a few weekends ago - I found myself nestled for the entire weekend, only to return to work Monday. Such is life...

I made a really good recipe this week. I've not had time to cook, but took the time for this. Here is the rough version:

1. Grill boneless chicken breasts and allow to cool. Slice lengthwise in 1/2 inch slices.

2. In 8X8 casserole pan, place large bag of frozen veggies (I used select green beans, but brocolli is recommended for this). I added a few spices and a small can of sliced mushrooms.

3. Layer shredded cheese on top of the veggies. I used a pepper jack for the spice! American cheese is recommended.

4. Layer the sliced chicken breast.

5. Top with no fat cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.

6. Add crumbled crackers to the top.

7. Drizzle melted butter over cracker crumbs. (I used a tiny amount (2TBS for the entire casserole. I have a feeling you could leave this out and it would not be noticeable.)

8. Season with pepper and garlic salt on top.

9. Bake for 40 minutes at 350.

It is good... = )

02-18-2005, 11:59 AM
Hello Chicks~~ Yes, it is nice that i have no reason to stay on a job that i dislike, and again i find myself jobless! This guy turned out to be a bear to work for and i am not putting up with that at my age. When i had to work it was different. Now i am not going to let myself stay where i'm unhappy.
It might rain again here and has in the last 24 hours, but right now there are some peeks of sunshine, so off I go for my walk. I am really trying to get back into my 3 mile routine. So far i'm working up to the 2 miles again. As i got outta shape with the cold and not walking after work hours etc. So i gotta build up again
Thanks for the recipe HALGAL~~ sounds great. I saved that to my hard drive.
Way to go on the pounds gone~ :dance: :flow2: You just keep up the good work on the meal plans, and walk that doggie as needed!
Couldn't watch the Westminster dog show, as i don't have cable, but i did see alot of clips on our local channel later. There was a vizsla entered from the Mesa area and they were highlighting that dog. That is the breed i had. Love those things. They are hyper, and a hunting breed usually is, but i still love to see them.

~~1DAY~~ sending good wishes your way on the job front. I do agree w/Halgal... whatever happens is for a reason. You stay strong and on your SBD plan! Don't let that affect how great you are doing. We will help in any way we can :) :angel: sent your way.

Got to get walking! Had a slim fast optima fruity shake today. Strawberry. Was very tasty, and alot less sugars in this optima stuff. Love that. Also ate 4 nice ripe fresh strawberries along with it. They are coming in from CA now and are they delish.

:wave: :grouphug: till later, thinlizzie

02-18-2005, 02:04 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hal - Too bad you have to be at your training session tomorrow morning at 7:30am. You are so right about my job. I have to remember I have been blessed for 25 years with a good job and maybe it is time to move on. But for me change is hard. I too need to start walking Blackie more. I know we both need the exercise.

Thin - I'm with you. When I retire, I do plan to work, but it will be part time and something that I enjoy doing. I'm thinking maybe working at a garden center. We'll I still have about 12-18 years to think about it. Depending on when I retire.

Cat - hope to hear from you soon. Keeping hubby in my prayers.

Day 5 and well not doing to good. Being lent I can't have meat today, and I really don't want to eat tuna. Also I found out the peanut butter I was eating is not on the list, (too much sugar). Drinking my water has become harder. It's noon and i'm still on my first 24oz. But I will make it.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-18-2005, 07:04 PM
Hi, all--

DH home and doing better, not quite so tired. Still waiting for all the test results, but he thinks (and the dr also) that if it continues as now, he can go back to work.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts.

Oh--I think the new job will be OK, but the training is driving me out of my skull. I finally brought my knitting, and the trainer hasn't said anything, so I suppose it's OK. We look things up (which is fine), and then someone reads it, while wee read it on our computers and usually it's on the screen also. And we look at the same scripts over and over and have to read the WHOLE thing each time.

We had a chance to listen in with actual operators,and it was interesting.

02-20-2005, 03:07 PM
Hi Chicks~~ gotta get us off page 2 with a post. I got a 2 mile walk done this morning...i wanted to do 3 but didn't succeed. I will try again before dinner for at least 1 mile more.
Sun is trying to shine today! hurray!! :) Going to get outside and get some vitamins from the sunshine. Read my book for awhile and then it's back in for house chores.

CAT~~ sounds like some good news from the doc. Hoping for even more :) :angel:

So there is alot of quiet/down time on this new job? or just repetetive? Glad your boss didn't mind you taking the knitting along. I used to be able to do that on my teller job when it was slow. Eventually you catch up w/all the filing and everything, so why not. That was when places actually had enough people. Now they cut back so much no one has a chance to breathe inbetween and usually have 2 - 3 peoples jobs put upon them to complete! What a world.

1DAY~~ can you get to a health food store and get fresh ground peanuts? Shouldn't have any added sugar that way. That is what we are getting now from this great little place. And it's not that expensive really. A tub like medium margarine would come in is only $2.00 Do you get Monday off?
The garden center job sounds like a grand idea. I would like that kind of work too.
Don't forget to try adding fruit or fizzy (lo sugar) juices to your water to jazz it up. Or you can buy those fruity ones that still dont' have calories. I forget what they are called. fruit 2 o or something?
When i got on the good scale at our hall this morning i think i'm staying the same. again. Well, it's not a gain, but i thought it might show a bit of a loss. I need to exercise more. My GF sent me a video to try, but i don't have a VCR here. I think we are going to go shopping for one tomorrow. Its the denise austin pilates tape and it comes w/some resistance (x shaped) bands. Where you have one foot in each part and your hands on the other...know what i mean?

Well, chicks i will try to post this now B4 i lose my connection...again! stay strong all you great chicks....Hope some of you get tomorrow off
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

02-20-2005, 04:01 PM

Hey Girls...

I saw this and thought we could use some well placed humor this dreary Sunday. It is pouring rain here in central Kentucky... all day. Off to the stationary bike!

Here is a quick low calorie dessert. It comes from the Kraft folks. See what you think?

Mocha Espresso Parfait

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min
Makes: 4 servings

1 container (16 oz.) Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup splenda
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. Instant Coffee
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds, toasted

PLACE cottage cheese, sugar, cocoa and instant coffee in food processor container; cover. Process until well blended, stopping occasionally to scrape down side of food processor container.
SPOON half of the cottage cheese mixture evenly into 4 parfait glasses; top with half of the strawberries. Repeat layers. Top with the whipped topping and almonds.
SERVE immediately. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Great Substitute
Substitute fresh raspberries for the sliced strawberries.


Nutrition Bonus:
Serve this delicious parfait as a sweet finish to any meal. As a bonus, the strawberries are high in vitamin C.

Diet Exchange:
2 Meat (VL),1 Fat,1/2 Fruit,1-1/2 Carbohydrate

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 220

Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 370mg
Carbohydrate 29g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 6%DV
Vitamin C 80%DV
Calcium 10%DV
Iron 6%DV

***I have a friend that makes this with Ovaltine chocolate mix, cottage cheese and whipped topping. She says it is GREAT...!!! I trust her advice!

02-20-2005, 04:30 PM
Hal--do you think a blender would work? Sounds great, but I don't have a food processor now (broke).

Thin--haven't started actualy job--this is training. We go over and over stuff, and then there's a lot of down time, too,when they're working with one person. I don't tolerate boredom well.

Sigh--I'd gotten so far behind with the checkd and the bills with DH being sick. GAve myself a break, but must get back to it. I hate this--and the more I put it off, the worse it is.

02-20-2005, 05:57 PM
Hello Ladies,

Yesterday was a great day! My niece was in town and we went shopping for prom dresses. The great part for me was we stopped for lunch and we both had cesar salads/chicken, but she also had a dessert. We'll as she was eating it i could definitely see it and it looked good, but I really didn't want any. She offered and I just said no thanks. Of course later that night came home and had like two jello and two popsicles. But I didn't have the sugar dessert :cp: This is day 7 of SBD, look like i have a 4lb loss, but my official weigh in is tuesday.

Cat - Glad to hear you hubby is back home. Keeping him in my prayers. Praying you all get good test results.

Hal - It's a beautiful day here. Went out early and did the pooping scooping. When I don't Blackie seems to get closer and closer to the house. Hoping to get out and go for a walk with him. The receipe sounds good. I have all the ingredents with the exception of the instant coffee and strawberries. Strawberries are a no/no on phase 1 of SBD.

Thin - I bought some lemmons today to add to my water and also some of that crystal light. Maybe that will help. I'm going to go to Whole Foods tomorrow and I know they will have some peanut butter I can eat. When you start using the bands be careful no to pull something. I tried them one time and I was like this is so easy. The next morning woke up and was very sore. I'm taking tomorrow off, floating holiday, in the event I get laid off I won't lose it. Think i'm going to try and catch a movie.

Mooz, Nita, Mitchellez - Hope you all are doing ok. Hope to hear from you soon!

02-21-2005, 03:42 AM
Mornin chichies ...... sleety and cold here this morning but I hope to get for a walk later and then maybe TaeBo tonight. Eating is not good and I have only made my 2 litres water challenge on 4 days so I am afraid it is only 4 points for me on Shads challenge.

PAtty - the SBD sounds like what I need ..... where can I get more info on it? You are doing great! :coffee:

Catlover - the sooner you get back to getting those things sorted then the sooner you will feel better. I am always putting things off till the last minute and it is not a good thing.

Halgal - that quick low calorie dessert sounds so yummy!!

Thin - keep up the walking and healthy eating and the weight will show a loss. That is all I need to do too!!

Nita - I hope you are still in "an excellent mood" cause that means you arin control.

Michelle - hoping to hear from you soon.

TAke Care all

02-21-2005, 06:35 PM
Just getting us back to Page 1

02-21-2005, 11:35 PM
Hello ladies,
Took the day off today and really enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful here. Feeling a little stressed with the layoffs coming up wednesday. Keeping lots of good food choices on hand.

Mooz - you can find information on SBD on the web site. From there go to popular diets and there are several articles on what the program is about and what you can eat. It is basically eating unprocessed foods. You can eat meat, cheese, eggs and lots of veggies especially green ones. NO potatos, corn, NO fruit, NO bread, rice, pasta and of course no candy, sweets or anything like that. AFter two weeks you can incorporate some fruits. I was going to do the SBD for two weeks and then from there try the WWcore program. Of course on this site there is also a forum on SBD and they have a updated list of what is ok for phase 1.

Hope everyone is doing ok.

02-22-2005, 11:21 AM
mornin' chicks~~ bumping us up to page with a quick post. I did get my 3 mile walk done yesterday. Was happy i could complete it again. I ate a healthy bkfst and lunch but then for supper we grilled steaks,but instead of a white potatoe with it, we split a big sweet potato and then had salads. Bad thing is i had those free coupons for the new butterfinger bar. Finally noticed it in the groc store so i had it to look at last night. I opened it, tried eating 1/4, then a bit later i ate it down to less than 1/2, then right b4 bed i ate the last of the bar! I wish i didn't like it so much. Well, i did it and today i'd better exercise more to lose those calories i ate. I did not really lose this week. Well, it could be 1/4 # but on that scale you can't really tell that kind of thing. It's a nice scale, but not a doctors or a WW scale.

~~1DAY~~ glad you had such a nice day off. You deserve it. I cannot attempt SBD it seems. Too weak to give up the fruits, much less my slip-ups on the sugar/choc. things! Well, my plan is to move more since i cannot seem to make this kind of change in my life.
I do have a reunion coming up this summer so i have another reason to get in shape. I am glad i've kept the #'s lost off, and at least have to learn how to continue in the small and often meal plan that i'm on. I spread out my snacks and meals so that every 3 hours or so i've had something. Seems to work for me.

Hi to everyone else...hope to hear from some more of you today.
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

02-22-2005, 02:31 PM
Hello Ladies,
Went to weight intoday at Ww and lost 1.7 lbs. At home it looks more like 4 lbs but of course that is without clothes on. I'm somewhat disappointed but yet need to remind myself 1.7 is good. I"m going to try this for one more week. I need to look at the bigger picture.

Thin - Your dinner sounded yummy. Losing the weight is hard, but keeping it off is even harder. You have done a great job at maintaining your weight. You have incorporated the 3 meals and snacks. I do good when I'm on a program but once I get off, I lose track of what I ate, or I tend to eat all carbs. I need to look at food as a fuel and not just a meal.

Cat, Nita, Mitchellez, Hal, Mooz - To to hear from you all too!

02-23-2005, 03:19 AM
Mornin chickies ............ I am finding it hard to stay in control of my food but today I am going to make a better effort. Exercise is good as I walked 4 miles and had a total of over 20000 steps for the day.

Patty - CONGRATS on the 1.7 loss. That is great and slower is better

Thin - glad you were able to get that 3 mile walk in. I always feel better after my walks.

Catlover, Nita, Halgal and Michelle ...... hope you are all well and that you get a chance to post soon.

You have now

You are here and you have now. What are you going to do with it?
Will you fill it with guilt and regret over past mistakes? Or will you use it as an opportunity to move positively beyond previous disappointments?

Will you fill this moment with worries about problems and difficult challenges on the horizon? Or will you use it as an opportunity to grow stronger and prepare yourself for successfully dealing with whatever may come?

You have now to work with. You have now to live, to enjoy, to love and to learn.

Now is when you can get busy on the things you've been meaning to do. Now is a fresh new chance to live with powerful positive purpose.

Now is everything you have to work with. When you live it fully, it is more than enough.

-- Ralph Marston

02-24-2005, 02:32 PM
Hello Ladies,
Yesterday was our round 2 of layoffs and I"m happy to say I made it through. It was a very stressful day though. I came prepared with a bag of pistachoes, and cherry tomatoes. I know when I get stressed I eat. Ate everything and that was ok. I still haven't workout and today I just feel drained. Giving myself a few days to recoup but starting monday I'm going to the gym.

Mooz - WTG for getting 20,000 steps in. You are definitely making a path wherever you walk. Just keep trying to make better choices.

Hal, Thin, Mitchellez, Nita, Cat - hope to hear from you guys soon!

02-25-2005, 01:14 PM
Hi Ladies,

Just a quick post to let you know I am still here. I finally got the taxes done and I had a lesson in bowling with a pro yesterday. I am very anxious to try out his advice today. He also took my new ball--he said it most definitely was not drilled properly so he is going to do it correctly. I will pick it up tomorrow. It is amazing what you can learn in just 30 minutes. It's too bad dieting isn't that easy. I am still in an excellent mood but diet-wise I have been cheating somewhat. I took my DH out to dinner yesterday because he never gets out. I had a steak, baked potato and one biscuit. I also drank a lot of ice tea.

Well I will most definitely post over the weekend. Tomorrow I am planning on a five-hour aerob-a-thon at my gym. It starts at 8:30 and continues until 1:30 p.m. You do get hour breaks in between and you don't have to keep up with the rest of the group.

Take care,

02-25-2005, 07:40 PM
Hello Ladies,
I'm afraid my workload is increasing due to our layoffs, but I guess I need to remember I still have a job. Doing good on SBD, but I still need to increase my exercise.

Nita - Wow a 5 hour aero-bo-thon. That is tiring just thinking about it. Hope you have lots of fun tomorrow and good luck with the tips the bowling instructor gave you. Let us know how everything goes.

Hope everyone is doing ok.

02-26-2005, 12:22 AM
Just a quick note to let you know that DH's biopsies came back clear--hooray! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

And I seem to have skipped the cold--maybe the herbs etc. helped.

Beautiful weather--took dog on long walk.

Right--1.7 lbs is good. That was great planning--bringing those veggies when you knew you'd be subject to stress.

No one seems to quite know how the two of us who are bi-lingual operators will finish our training. Oh, well, hope someone knows by Tue. when training is done.

Night all.

02-26-2005, 04:17 PM
Hello Ladies,

Cat - Great news on DH's biopsie. I'm sure that was a major stress just waiting. Is you trip still on schedule?

as for me i'm here at work, yes on a saturday trying to catch up on a few things. The weather is gloomy here, so i'll probably pickup a video movie on the way home and just rest.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-27-2005, 11:53 AM
Good day all.... just bringing us to the top again with a Marston ........

Almost there

Even when it seems that you're not making progress, you most likely are. The biggest breakthroughs often come after a long period of being stuck.
If you're making a focused, determined effort, then you are making positive progress, even if you can't see it yet. Keep going, for the breakthrough will come.

It is impossible to create value without receiving value in return. Keep working to create value, and the value you seek will come to you in time.

Your next bit of effort may be what finally makes everything start falling into place. You may already be so close to the goal that you can almost touch it.

Keep going, for your efforts will pay off. Keep on acting with purpose, with focus and commitment.

The path to the top of the mountain of accomplishment will grow steeper as you near the summit. When the going gets difficult, keep going, for it means you're almost there.

-- Ralph Marston

02-28-2005, 03:04 PM
Hello Ladies,
Today's another busy day. Did anybody watch the Oscar's? I was so excited that Jamie Foxx won, he portrayed Ray so great. Today is my last day of SBD phase 1. We'll see what the scale says tomorrow.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

02-28-2005, 06:54 PM
Hi All,

Patty -- Yes, I did watch most of the Oscars and I was happy to see who won. As far as my marathon went--I ended up getting sick that morning and stayed home and slept in. Of course, the reason I was sick was because I had eaten the wrong food the night before. But staying home was good because I accomplished a lot of tasks around the house I had let go. I also found a tip for training animals to stay off furniture, etc. What you do is put aluminum foil on the item. I tried it and it really works. Since I had washed the cushions on my couch and loveseat, I didn't want Tiffany to go on them. I tried the spray but it really didn't do the trick. Then I met this stranger and she is the one who passed on this tip. I am not doing well on the dieting and have decided to go back to WW in three weeks. The State is going to have another 10-week session for $59. In the meantime I am trying to just maintain. Yes, my bowling did improve but I still need to do a lot of work and more concentration.

Cat -- I am really happy to hear your hubby's biopsi came back okay!

To those of you who are in control--I congratulate all of you! It's so easy to lose control and so hard to get back on track but I will try and not let you down!

Take care,

03-01-2005, 11:11 AM
Hi Chicks~~
Sorry i've been absent so much. My computer connection is not real reliable and i find i am not on here nearly so much...not fun to be disconnected and have to start over again.
I have been walking alot and trying to add some toning exercises to my day. I did good 2 days ago and i felt it in my abs. I know i had worked them out good and hard. Today i will try that again. That is my weakest point i think.
The weight loss is more at a standstill, but i have not gained any back. I must try to move more cause i don't see myself eating less. That is harder than walking more! LOL You guys know what i mean. I still have an occasional treat and don't see that changing! My MIL brought home a can of macadamia nuts for DH and a box of choc. covered mac.nuts for me. Well, the candies are gone now. I knew it wouldn't take long. I have no willpower with them around.

~~CAT~~so glad you and DH got the good news about the biopsies. Now you can rest easy on that front and concentrate more on your plans. When will you go to Mexico?

~~NITA~~ are you still working one day a week for the attorneys office? I am jobless again. And i don't seem to mind! LOL Yes, if you need to rejoin WW i think that is great that you can get that good deal thru the state! YGG!~

~~1DAY~~Congrats on getting thru phase 1 of SBD!! You are doing great! Keep it up.
It will help alot to be able to add some fruits and fun things this upcoming week. YGG~ :dance: :flow2:

Hi to MOOZ, and all the rest of our gang. Hope to hear from more of you soon!

goals for today ... 3 mile walk
aqua aerobics and target tummy area!

till later chicks~~ thinlizzie :wave: :grouphug:

03-01-2005, 01:13 PM
Hi All,
Thinlizzie -- Yes, I am still working for the attorneys one day a week. I told them though I really don't need a full 8 hours because since I will be 70-1/2 this year I need to take out some deferred comp money and IRA money. Perhaps I can take off the summer again--and I feel like you do, if they don't want me back that's quite okay! I am still bowling and walking on the treadmill watching American Idol. I am not really dieting at this time but only trying to maintain. I do have a doctor's appt Monday for my yearly checkup. This morning I was reading this book re desserts without sugar. They use frozen concentrate unsweetened apple juice in most of their recipes. The lady who writes this book brings up a good point. All this artificial sweetener out there only keeps you wanting sweet stuff. So I am going to try some of her recipes and see how they are.

Michelle -- How are you doing on your weight challenge? Look forward to hearing from you real soon.l

Well I had better get moving --today is league bowling and right now we have a plumber putting in a circulation pump on our hotwater tank so that we will get instant hot water in our various sinks. He is also recaulking my husband's shower and also re-setting the toilet. He has been here since 8:00 o'clock and it is now 10:00 o'clock. Since my DH can't do these kinds of things, we need to hire outside help. It is my intention to keep the house in excellent condition just in case we do decide to move back to where family is--that is, Ohio.

Take care all and have a "super" week!


03-02-2005, 03:51 AM
Mornin chickies - just a quick call - I am busy trying to clear out all the "hot spots" as Flylady calls them and there are quite a few in my house. :( It is amazing just how much stuff fits into a little drawer!! Especially if you just empty it out ...... it looks as if there never was space for it in the first place.
I have taken some pictures of the sunroom and I will post them later on today if I get a chance.

Quickly let go

The energy you devote to being annoyed brings you nothing of value in return. So choose to quickly let go of your need to be annoyed.
The time and energy you put into being offended adds nothing positive to your life. So decide to quickly let go of your need to be offended.

Winning petty arguments will do nothing to enhance your relationships. So find a way to quickly let go of the need to prove that you're right.

There are many things that can hold you back. But they'll hold you back only as long as you continue to hold on to them.

Each day is filled with plenty of valid reasons to be angry, resentful, jealous, frustrated, offended and annoyed. All that negativity can stop you cold if you allow it to take up long-term residence in your life.

So make the choice to quickly let it go. And free yourself to soar above it all.

-- Ralph Marston

03-02-2005, 11:50 AM
Mornin' Chicks~~
I did reach my goals yesterday. Got a good 3 mile walk in early. Took me 50 minutes. I'd like to whittle that time down next. Also did aqua aerobics which did alot of tummy twists and such for the sides of the stomach. Today i will do some floor ex to target the low abs again. They aren't sore anymore so it's time to get them talking to me again ;)
I believe i may be down 1/2 # again this week. Those things are hard to gauge on the scale i use, but i know i'm at the very least maintaining this week. I lost 5# in Jan and for all of Feb i think it's only been 2# down...kind of frustrating how slow it is coming off. But i guess that is the right way to lose it. I certainly am not depriving myself of foods that i like! And basically i like all foods!

~~MOOZ~~ now you've got me thinking of taking some things and organizing too! You are correct in how much we can cram into these small spaces! :lol:
Do send some pics of the sunroom...can't wait to see them. How is your family doing, kids and mum?

~~NITA~~ did the plumber finish up and do a good job for you at your house? That is nice to have the hot water instantly at each sink/tub. You can waste alot of water running it to finally get the hot to arrive. That is the problem at my MIL's. She ought to get that done at her house. After all you do get metered for water here in AZ. Very valuable stuff.
We have to go out and buy our drinking water in gallons. I think we go thru about 1 gallon a day for our beverages and just drinking water. So i must be getting my quota in each day.

I too am looking forward to an update by Michelle....please let us know how you and DH are doing with your workout plans. I'm sure you are very busy with work and all this, but just drop a short note when you can! We miss ya!

And HalGal too!! how are things? Did you get to relax this past weekend? I hope so. Will you take the summer off this year?

Talk to all of you more later on :grouphug: :wave: thinlizzie

03-02-2005, 01:41 PM
Hello Ladies,
We'll I wasn't able to officially weigh in but it looks to me like a 6 lb loss. Now i'm able to incorporate more fruits into my diet, but slowly. Things at work have been so hetic. We the job cuts more work is coming to me. My boss is very understanding though. He basically said you can't do two jobs unless you spend 12 hours a day here and I don't expect you do that. He said to prioritize and do what has to be done. we'll see how long that last.

Nita - What do you mean you use foil? Since I got new furniture I am trying to keep Blackie off the couch too. I have a fly swatter I keep on the couch and he won't get on if he see that. When he comes in the room and goes directly to his bed on the floor I try to priase him alot. Of course all that does he make him get of the bed and come to me.

Thin - WTG for getting your walks in. I'm sure it's fustrating loggin in and getting bumped off. I don't logging from home cause it's takes so long.

Mooz - I too need to work on organizing the small drawers. My new furniture came with lots of drawers on end table, but i'm trying not to put anything in there otherwise i'll forget where things are.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-02-2005, 10:23 PM
Nita--too bad about the marathon. Hope you are feeling OK now.

I passed my tests for my new job--the written and the practical. So that's no more excuse for stress eating--esp. since my supervisor has decided I won't take calls in Spanish before I come back from Mexico.

Now if I can just get back to business . . .

03-03-2005, 04:32 AM
A couple of pictures of the front room now that the sunlounge has been built on. The skirting board still has to be put on around the bottom of the walls. This will hopefully be done this weekend.

I have been trying to keep off coffee and chocolate biscuits and for the past 4 days I have done so. When I feel I need something tasty I have a cup of tea and two WW biscuits. I go to TaeBo on a Monday night now instead of Thursdays as it was too much going to both on the same night. Walking is still going well and I always seem to make it to over 10000 steps every day ........ even when I don't walk very much! Just goes to show how many steps we take when we are in the house.

Catlover - COMGRATS on passing the test ......... we had every faith in you! :coffee:

Patty - WOW and WOW again ...... 6 pounds ....... well done! :coffee:

Thin - well done on reaching your targets for the day and for losing a bit more. Those little bits add up! :coffee:

Nita - I think you have to do what suits you best and you look absolutely fabulous for 70. The struggle to keep the weight off and to eat healthy is paying off. :coffee:

Michelle and Halgal ..... hoping to hear from you soon :coffee: :coffee:

03-03-2005, 06:25 AM
Wow, that is looking great Moozie. What an improvement for you and the house. Now that all the kids are leaving home what are you going to do with all the space - chase the DH around the house???

03-03-2005, 06:42 AM
NO SHAD I will NOT be chasing DH around the house

It is a big improvement on what it was like that day you were here :coffee:
I am trying to keep it as free from junk as I possibly can as it is nice to have a stress free room!
Thanks for dropping by :coffee:

03-04-2005, 03:22 AM
Morning all :coffee: ......... looks like it was just myself and Shad yesterday ........ hopefully more of you gals will get a chance to post at the weekend. I have started with my walking friend to weigh in on a Monday morning so maybe that will help me stay in control over the weekend. Last Monday none of us had lost any weight but stayed tha same. Keeping fingers crossed for this Monday......... :coffee: (This is the only way I get coffee now!) :coffee:

Have a great Friday all! :coffee:

03-04-2005, 02:45 PM
Hello Ladies,
Looking forward to the weekend. It's rainy and gloomy here today, but hopefully the sun will shine tomorrow. Still on SBD and trying to find different things to eat. Seems like I get in the same rut of eating chicken.

Mooz - Oh, the room looks beautiful. That is great that you have a walking partner. I know I do better when I have someone to walk with.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-04-2005, 05:42 PM
Hi Chicksters~~ Just a quick post while i can get online. Been keeping true to my goals each day. Yesterday walked 2 miles. Got my new pedometer only measures steps not miles like the one I lost, but it is something to gauge it by. Today i got 3 miles walked and it said 5800 some steps. Also did my floor exercise and upper body workout too. I hope those things become habits cause i need plenty of work!
Keeping my calorie count low cause i know we are ordering out a pizza tonite. Not as low cal as when i make my veggie pizzas for us at home, but we will be busy tonite. DH's new prescrip.glasses came in and we have to pick them up, also i need to go shopping for some things at Walgreens. Then we planned to get in the hot tub this evening. Get those muscles massaged.

~~MOOZ~~your sunroom looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing those pics. The wood flooring is really great in there, makes it seem warm and cozy doesn't it?

~~1DAY~~ hope you get some sunshine on your day off tomorrow. Yes, we are practically living on fish and chicken too, and DH is really wanting that red meat. But we have done well by avoiding it. Last night we had some seafood. Found these crab meat patties (had a breadcrumb coating but you could bake it to prepare it) and they were 'hot and spicy' too, which we love. Then i cooked 1/2 of a pkg of shrimp. Boiled in their shells, so that was lo-cal and with it we had asparagus and brown rice. Pretty healthy.

If i see any tips on what recipes people are adding w/SBD or even WW Core plan, i'll pass them along to you.

All for now chicks,
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

03-04-2005, 09:45 PM
Hi Ladies,
I haven't left town but I haven't been feeling too well with this horrible cold, however, I did go to work yesterday and did an eight-hour day. Today it was to the doctor with DH--his blood sugar has been up and he needs to get some blood work done so the doc can change his medicine.

When I talked about the aluminum foil--what I did first was just put it across the top of the couches where Tiffany usually laid. Well then I decided all I had to do was put it on the bottom cushions and that really did the trick--she made only one attempt to go on there and she immediately jumped off--it really is the noise they don't like. We have decided to leave it on for another week or so and get her used to staying in the family room with us. There is one chair in the living room by the window where she can go and look out the window. I will let you know what happens when I remove the foil.

My bowling is improving and today I bowled 536 for 3 games. Did anyone see the congressman from Arkansas, I believe, his name is Huckabee--well he was on CNN and has lost 110 lbs.--I believe it took him a while but he did it simply by giving up sugars, junk food and using smaller portions. When they put his fat picture next to his thin one you could hardly know he was the same person. He also did do a lot of walking. He said at first he could only walk for 5 minutes because his legs just couldn't do it. The reason he did this turnabout was because his doctor told him was headed for a heart attack or stroke carrying around all that weight. Would you believe, he is writing a book on how it can be accomplished.

Being sick I haven't been exercising except for bowling. I did try to cut some high grass with a non-powered lawnmower. I have about 1/4th left to do. The weather has been quite nice here so I am trying to get out as much as possible before it gets too hot.

Thin -- Yes, it most definitely is great to get "hot" water instantly in all rooms of our house. We have a split-floor plan so you are correct it took approximately 2 to 3 minutes of running the water before it got hot. The plumber owns his own business and does all his own work. He said he got tired of baby-sitting the workers. The charge for putting this in was $450, and I firmly believe it is well worth it. Some of the cities are even offering rebates to their customers because it most definitely is an energy-saving device. Also, I am so very proud of you losing all that weight and doing all that exercise. I am still hoping before you go back to Michigan we can get together even if we meet halfway. Let me know how long you are going to be here.

Mooz -- Thanks for sharing those pictures. We had our patio screened in last year and I do enjoy going out there in the mornings. I, too, have to dejunk my house, especially if we ever decide to go back to Ohio. I am seriously looking into selling some my treasures on E-Bay.

Well I will close for now. Take care and I hope you all have a "wonderful" weekend!


03-06-2005, 12:35 PM
Sad news chicks - I got the following e-mail from Halgal today .....


I cannot bring myself to post this sad news on our board
so I thought I would share with you. Please feel free to
share this information with the other board members.

My 31 year old niece was murdered last Sunday. It is
a case of domestic violence/alcohol abuse. I am simply
beyond words/devastated.

I am sure I speak for us all when I say our hearts and prayers go out to HalGal and her family at this very sad time. :angel: :angel:

03-06-2005, 04:30 PM
Oh, no--Hal, if you read this, I am so very sorry. Sending prayers and love to you and the rest of the family.

And I thought my news was bad enough--my supervisor who is I think in her mid-late 30s and has a 2-year-old son will have surgery for thyroid and throat cancer tomorrow.

Then my DSiL told me that her hypertension is severe and not responding to drugs.

A reminder to treasure all we love when we have them.

03-06-2005, 08:32 PM
HALGAL~~ my deepest sympathies to you and all your family at this time of sorrow.
:angel: :angel: 's
Thanks for the reminder ~~CAT~~ "a reminder to treasure all we love when we have them" true~

:grouphug: thinlizzie

03-06-2005, 09:30 PM
HalGal -- I am so very sorry about your niece! I will keep both she and you in my prayers! I can understand your frustration and devastation--this should have never been allowed to happen! Take care and do get back to us when you can!

I am still under the weather--it seems no matter what I eat I get indigestion--I'm not sure if this is part of the flu along with this cold or what it is. Luckily I am going for my physical tomorrow and I will ask the doctor what he thinks. I did manage to go bowling but had one of those coughing attacks while I was there.

Michelle -- I am looking forward ot hearing from you, especially on you and your hubby's progress with your weight challenge!

Hopefully all the rest of you gals are doing well and enjoying the rest of the weekend!

Take care,

03-07-2005, 03:35 AM
Not much to say this morning ....... my troubles seem so small compared with HalGals tragic news. It would be hard enough to lose a young life to illness but to lose it to domestic violence must be so devastating for the whole family. Take Care Halgal and we will always be here to support you.
:angel: :angel: :angel:

Caring enough to be sad

Life is beautiful and joyful, and it is only because life can be so beautiful that it can sometimes be so sad. In grief there is also, strangely, a component of joy.
When we are sad it is because we care so very much. Sadness is painful, and yet the absence of sadness would mean an utter and hopeless emptiness much worse than any pain.

The joy you have known stays with you always, even in times of loss -- especially in times of loss. Indeed, it is the joy that makes the loss hurt so much. Yet that joy is never used up or canceled out. It is still a part of you, though the conditions and the relationships from which it came may have changed. It is still with you. And no one can ever take it away.

Ultimately, the joy is stronger than the pain. The pain may not ever go away completely, yet it will become more bearable as the joy continues to grow stronger with each passing moment.

Not only is sadness a genuine expression of joys already experienced, it intensifies the joys to come. The sun always seems brighter after days and days of rain. The joy and beauty of life mean even more after experiencing the pain of sadness. When you care enough to know true and profound sadness, it's a positive affirmation of life that has no equal.

-- Ralph Marston

03-07-2005, 04:21 AM
Mooz, please pass on my deepest sympathy to HalGal. Such a terrible thing to have happened especially to one so young. My thoughts will be with her and her family as they struggle to cope with this loss.

Certainly puts my little niggles and struggles in perspective.

03-07-2005, 08:52 AM

Thank you for your warm thoughts, words and wishes girls. I am absolutely devastated. I was unable to make myself return to work today as I had planned. Let's hope for tomorrow.

My niece was a kind, gentle soul. I can honestly say I never, as in ever remember hearing her raise her voice in anger.

Here is a link to one of the many articles about this. Do know that there are many inaccurate facts here and there within each of the articles. Interesting the quality of our journalistic efforts. One more thing for me to follow up upon once I get my act together.


03-07-2005, 02:16 PM
Hal - My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We're here if you
need us.

03-08-2005, 04:27 AM
Mornin chickies ...... I think this thread is still in mourning because of the news about Halgal's niece.

It seems futile to be talking about how many steps I took or how my eating is going! So I will just post a Marston that is suitable...........

Joy and sorrow

In life there is some sorrow. And in life there is also joy. The sorrows show you who you are and what is truly important. The joys show you how incredibly wonderful all of that can be.
The sorrows help you understand how good things have been. The joys give you a magnificent glimpse, and spur you on, toward how much better they can be.

If there was no possibility of sorrow, then there would be no experience of joy. In this way both sorrow and joy add to the overall richness of life.

In sorrow you grow stronger, and in joy you put that strength to positive use. In sorrow you learn profoundly painful lessons, and in joy you create good things from what you have learned.

The sorrows will come, and the joys will come too. Each has their place in filling life with richness and meaning.

-- Ralph Marston

03-08-2005, 02:09 PM
Hello Ladies,

Just bringing us to the top.

Hal - I've been thinking of you and your nieces sons. My prayers are with you.

03-09-2005, 03:30 AM
Triumph from tragedy

When you experience misfortune, or when another person wrongs you, or when you find yourself in difficult circumstances, you can choose to be a victim. You can choose to solicit sympathy and to feel sorry for yourself. You can choose to take comfort in the knowledge that someone else is responsible for your troubles. Or you can choose to pick yourself up and move yourself forward. You can refuse to allow yourself to be a victim. Others may hurt you. Circumstances may work against you. Tragedy may come your way. Yet none of this means you must consent to be a victim. Choose to make triumph rise from tragedy. Choose to make every defeat a temporary one on the way to ultimate victory. Rather than being skilled at complaining and collecting excuses, become skilled at adapting and turning even the most difficult circumstances in your favor. Every opportunity to be a victim is also an opportunity to move ahead. The path you choose is up to you. -- Ralph Marston

03-09-2005, 07:13 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello. OH, i forgot to tell you all when I went to Ww last saturday morning I had lost 4 lbs. So that puts me at 5 lbs since this year. My goal for this month is 5lbs.

It's a beautiful day here today, so this evening I"m planning on walking the dog.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

03-10-2005, 11:31 AM
Hi there chickies ...... just a quick call. I have been getting anonymous phonecalls to my mobile phone since last Friday and it is getting a bit annoying now especially as they are nearly all after midnight and early in the morning. I now put my mobile to silent at night and every morning there are 1 or 2 missed calls. I have been in contact with the police and they suggested getting in contact with O2 and getting a new number. I have done this but it can take up till 5 days for them to contact me about getting it done. Modern day stresses!! :(
Maybe Ralph will help ........

And you can

The unexpected will happen today, and you can adapt. Complications will arise, and you can work through them.
Opportunities will appear, and you can make the most of them. Challenges will threaten to hold you back, and you can find your way beyond them.

Some of your efforts will bring desired results, and you can build on that success. Other efforts will not work out, and you can learn from what went wrong.

There will be setbacks, and you can let them make you more determined. There will be victories, and you can put what you've gained into the next effort.

Life will be filled with ups and downs, chances to move forward and times when you fall and must pick yourself back up. When you give your best to each moment, regardless of what that moment may bring, there is no limit to what can be achieved.

And you can. If you will.

-- Ralph Marston

03-11-2005, 03:26 AM
Just bringing us to the top again :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:

03-11-2005, 04:25 AM
It's a pain in the butt getting a new number and having to tell everyone about it. You never know whether the nuisance caller is one of the ones you have told or not. Do you have caller id on your phone? Can you tell the number of the person? It almost sounds like an overseas idiot at the time he/ she calls. It's not me! I would wake you up and talk to you! :lol: :rofl: Sometimes it is not a bad idea to swap phones with the DH or the DS for a day or two. Having one of them barking into the phone is a ready deterrent. The police will do nothing unless you can provide them with a number or identity. Annoying hey, but there are some weirds out there.

Have a good one.

03-11-2005, 07:43 AM
Thanks Shad. I do have the number but most times when someone rings it is switched off. The police said they would try and ring it but they will prob only try once. Paul actually got through twice with our landline but they cut him off immediately and switched the phone off. I got a text message inmmediately after the first 2 calls last Friday night at 15 mins past midnight ..... it said "Salamz hoz dis plz"
I did not reply to the text until yesterday when I sent a text saying "If you think you are scaring me you are wrong! If this is how you get your 'fun' then you must lead an extremely sad life" He/she sent a reply saying"Salamz. Na its nat dat im tryin 2 scare U. Y wud I do dat? Jst wanna chat2U" Not sure what the Salamz means but I think it is some sort of Islamic greeting. The first two times it rang he/she let me answer but they did not speak. Now when it rings it rings once only and I have no chance to answer it whick I would not be doing anyway. So if they wanted to chat why did the not speak the first time and why do they only let it ring once and then hang up? As you say there are some weird people in this world. I am not scared now but kinda feel sorry for them as they must be sick!
Paul wanted to take the phone with him to his room one night during the week but he needs his sleep during the week as he travels for 2 hour every morning to get to work and the same in the evening, so I didn't want him being wakened in the middle of the night.
DH thought I should not have sent the text and maybe he was right as they phoned 5 times yesterday after that. So far today they have phoned 3 times.
I am pretty sure it is not anyone that knows me and that they have just picked a random number and that is why they had to hear a voice the first time they rang. Still I will be glad when O2 eventually get around to getting in touch and giving me a new number as I do not feel the same about this one now.

03-11-2005, 02:41 PM
Hello Ladies,

Mooz - Can you put a "BLOCK" on the phone number. I know here we can do that to land lines. Didn't know if you could with cell phone. One thing you could do is carry a whistle. And when it rings at midnight, turn the phone on and just blow the whistle. That will either make them madder or maybe stop calling you. I wouldn't accept their text messages anymore. NOw the person knows they got your attention.

Things are the same here. Ready for the weekend. IT's suppose to be 80degrees here tomorrow. Ready to work in the yard.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-11-2005, 04:42 PM
I guess I would just ignore it Mooz and wait for the new number. Maybe they'll get sick of trying and give it away. I have to agree with DH - replying to them only gets you more aggro because they know then that they are winding you up. I suspect they are not arabic, the writing is too close to that of our street kids who put the weird graffiti on every possible wall overnight. The spelling is just like the tech head kid who has a brain but doesn't know how to use it and is good at creating virus' for computers just to get up the noses of people like us trying to get on with our life.
You've done what you can. Just have to ignore it until it goes away or you get your new number.
Have a great weekend.

03-12-2005, 03:15 AM
Mornin chickies - got a call at 1 am this morning but the phone was on silent so I didn't hear it. I have now switched my phone off and will leave it off till Monday. Hopefully the person will give up trying. :coffee:

Patty - no I can't get a block on it as it is from one mobile to another and they only let it ring once so I wouldn't even get a chance to blow a whistle ....... don't even get a chance to answer it.

Shad - I think you and DH were right about replying to the text as I got 4 calls after that but at the time I really wanted to tell them that they were not scaring me. The writing does seem like someone who is used to writing that way a lot. It would take me ages to do a text message like that!
We will see what happens after they cannot get a ring for 2 whole days and nights!

I hope the rest of you chickies get to cal in today.

Have a great Saturday all

03-12-2005, 05:28 PM
Trying to get everything ready for Tuesday. Washing clothes, putting clean clothes into suitcase(s).

Got a tape and book on self-hypnosis. One of the magazines I read said it was really helpful for weight loss. No time for an appt. before I leave, so I thought it was worth a try.

Mooz--hope you get your problems solved with the new phone.

03-12-2005, 05:46 PM
Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't written lately but we have been busy going to medical appointments, etc. My DH's sugar is out of control and he has to see his doctor but the doc is out of town until the 23rd.

HalGal -- Thanks for sharing the news article. I can understand your shock--such a young life to be taken away for apparently no good reason. I will keep you both in my prayers.

I just talked with my sister in OH who is in real pain in her right foot. She is the one who had surgery on her left foot and being a diabetic she is very lucky because they only had to remove part of her big toe. However, now the other foot is the one that is giving her problems--besides all of her other meds she is taking Darvon and is completely miserable. We just never know how good we have it until you talk to other people!

Hopefully everyone is enjoying this "wonderful" weather, at least Thin who is also in Phoenix.

Take care,

03-13-2005, 12:20 PM
Mornin' Chicks~~
I have not been able to be on line for many days. This provider i have(netscape) seems to be having problems. Plus i've never had a good phone line connection where i live. Very old and not-maintained underground phone lines must be disinigrating with the heat of the desert. I have found that if i dial up and just let it be for about 5 minutes it finally starts transmitting the signal (better?--well at least i can try!) And the little toolbar that usually stays on top (netscape's thing) just totally dissapears. Then the thing works a bit. So here i am to check in on everyone.

~~CAT~~ you will be leaving for Mexico on Tues? Wishing you safe travels and a very worthwhile trip. Hope you can help your friend make this goal of his happen.

~~NITA~~ sorry to hear how DH is doing poorly with his sugar again. It is a very difficult thing to keep in line, no matter how good you think you are eating/ good friend back home her 'guy' is in the same boat. They put him on a new type of insulin after many many years on the same kind, and that is taking awhile to get adjusted. But the young doc he has now thinks he has to stick it out and keep trying to get it lower using this new drug. Maybe it has less side effects?

I have been off my routine for 2 days. Friday DH took the day off and we went to Ostrich Fest. This old rock band was playing that evening. 'Guess Who' They did an awesome job, forgot how many hits they've had over those years. They ended w/ American Woman & No Time. It was great.
Didn't cost an arm and a leg as it was just an outdoor concert, bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Very nice weather for it.

~~MOOZ~~ that is very frustrating w/the cell phone calls. Hope soon you get a new # and that solves it. Always something else to be worried about in life isn't there??

~~1DAY~~ hope the 80's got over to your area as predicted and you were outside enjoying it. Well, even doing yard work is enjoyable when the weather turns to summer. It sure did here. I've got to be careful to put on the sunscreen a few times a day to avoid turning red! Hopefully i will build up a small tan to keep that from happening so much. Some folks just naturally seem to tan and not get red inbetween like me! northerners :lol: :lol: we are pitiful!

I need to get out there and walk today. So i'd better go now B4 it gets any hotter. It's 60 degrees in the shad already and it's only 9:15 a.m. And i've missed walking for 2 days, so i will probably only do a little over 2 miles to get back into it. Then floor exercises for me! Need them bad. Oh, Saturday i managed to find a VCR at his DM's 'cul-de-sac' rummage sale(one of the neighbors was selling one) so we bought it and now i can play the Denise Austin tape while i'm working out. Instead of just guessing on some of the moves w/the elastic bands. I was just doing some of it off the written chart, but i'm not sure if i was doing them correctly. Today i'll have that to watch and follow along.

~~HALGAL~~ sending you strength to get thru these tough days. Please take care and drop us a line on how you are doing. You know how we worry. sending some more :angel: :angel: 's your way.

:grouphug: :wave: thinlizzie

03-13-2005, 03:31 PM

Hello all...!!

Thanks for your warm words, thoughts and most of all prayers. I am hanging in there. Today I feel better than I thought possible. I don't have tears brimming non-stop. I am still shaken - as I feel shaky, shocked that kind of thing, but trust me - I am much better that the last 11 days.

Diet is going well, what a way to stay on plan.

Mooz: That telephone text stuff sounds scary to me. I am alarmed at the crazy things going on in this world. It astonishes me that the majority of the world purchase and enjoy violent games, movies, books, etc for entertainment purposes. Stay safe, take all precautions, take no chances.

I'll post more to all soon, I promise. :angel: :stress: :judge: :angel:

03-13-2005, 05:00 PM
Yes, leaving Tue. Thanks for all your good wishes.

Hal--glad you're hanging in there. Give yourself time to heal.

NIta--maybe you should get DH to the dr before the 23rd. I know when my mother's sugar went sky-high she often had an infection--maybe a runny nose or a little skin infection. I know how important your regular dr is esp for a diabetic, but always the quicker it's treated the better.

Trying to get packed.

Love to all.

03-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Hello Ladies,

Cat - Have a safe trip. I'm sure this will be one of those experiences that you never forget.

Nita - Keeping your DH in my prayers. I'm with Cat, if you can't see his doctor can you see someone else?

Thin - Yes, we had beautiful weather here on saturday and then this morning a cold front came through. I think it was 39 when I woke up.

Hal - Your right, what a way to stay on your diet. Me, I would of been stress eating. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

As for me, had a .02 gain this week, but it's TOM so i'm ok with that. My goal for this week is to increase my exercise. My eating is going good, BUT this week when i was grocery shopping I picked up two bags of Brach's malted easter eggs. The only reason I have not eaten them is because I have given up candy for lent. But I know come Easter Sunday, I will have eat one bag. Why do we sabatoge ourselves?

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-14-2005, 03:50 PM
Leave candy at church--have maybe two as Easter treat, share the rest.

Last night my computer crashed--called the company, fortunately it is in warranty. Hard disk crashed. So they will send a new one. Guess it could be worse, as I can't use it anyway.

So it may be a while before Ican post (I'm at the cyber cafe).

Oh--got one real regular Spanish call, and the lady said my Spanish was very good, so that made me feel good.

Ran around and got some teaching stuff I should have gotten before--different color and different-sized balls and a wall skeleton. (Give me the red ball--give Juan the red ball, Touch Skelly's head with the small yellow ball. Lots of lessons.)
Love to you all--

Hasta la Vista

03-14-2005, 06:18 PM
Quick post to wish ~~CAT~~well on her amazing journey! Best of luck to you and have safe travels. If you find internet cafe's anywhere there, we hope you can drop a quick line to let us know how things are going.
Glad you were told how well you are doing speaking Spanish...never hurts to hear it from an unbiased person!
That teaching stuff sounds like just the thing! the colored balls and such.
:grouphug: :wave: we will miss ya!

03-16-2005, 06:39 AM
Hi chickies - just a quick call ......... no anonymous phone calls or messages since 3.15 on Monday WOO HOO! I will still change my number if O2 ever get around to contacting me! One of the last messages was a soppy one that went something like Of all the smiles you have missed today there was one you did not see, one that came not from the lips but from the heart .... that was me XXX Then the last one which came after I had my phone switched off all weekend ....... it said ne 1 der? which translated means Anyone there? (I think!) So hopefully they have got fed up ringing me and will stay away forever.

Cat - Good Luck on your adventure

Patty - TOM explains a lot ..... you will do better next time.

Halgal - glad you are feeling a bit better.

Thin - I also need floor exercised real bad. This tummy makes me look like I am pregnant!! :o

Nita - I hope your hubby is feeling better. Sorry to hear about your sisters problems.

Shad - thanks for your good advice as usual.

Have a great day all.

03-16-2005, 02:45 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick call. I was out of the office yesterday for a meeting and today i'm swamped. Eating is going good. But I need to incorporate the exercise. I keep saying I don't have time, yet I know I find time to watch my tv programs. That is something I definitely need to work on.

Cat - Via con Dios! Go with God! Keeping you in my prayers.

Thin - i'm with you. I definitely need to do some situps. I have one of those ab things in the garage, think i just might get it out.

Mooz - good to hear you haven't received any more phone calls.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-16-2005, 09:10 PM
Good Evening Ladies,

Just a note to let you all know I am still hanging in there. My eating is not very good but I am still doing the treadmill and bowling. I took DH to the eye doctor today and his eyes are in great condition and he didn't even have to get new glasses. That's pretty good for someone who has been Type 2 Diabetic for 10 years. He is still having a hard time getting around but it seems when I get him moving his attitude is a whole lot better.

I have to say each morning I get up I really am sincere about doing my program--I just seem to go astray after lunch. I am supposed to have a colonoscopy but I just may put it off until next year. I really don't have any problems in that area that I am aware of. I am going for the bone density test though.

I just thought of something--this group has really been together for quite some time and it is just great know you are all out there and we are all striving to get the job done!

Take care everyone!

03-17-2005, 03:39 PM
Hi Chicks~~
I went to post twice and my connection failed each time i was ready to post. So this time i'll write my letter on note pad and copy it and paste it over...then hopefully the time i have will work. I just don't know what is up w/this Netscape.
I will be glad to cancel it out in April. I won't need it for the trip home since most all the hotels now have wireless for the people to use. I had it all the way down at least, so hopefully it will be so in reverse!
Then i am checking to see if broadband or DSL is avail. in my area yet. Perhaps i can get a decent speed soon.
I wish for cable, but that is not avail where i'm at in Mich, nor here in AZ. I don't want to live any closer to the city tho! It is noisy enough these days with sirens and helicopters(of course not to mention all the traffic noise--that part i won't miss when i get home. then noisiest time is a holiday when all the boaters are on the lake at once!). Sherrifs dept. just had to resuce a man who hurt himself while hiking in the mountains near here. Good thing he was with others who went for help. Then they had to air lift him out to where the ambulances were waiting. Those kind of things happen with regularity around here, so the choppers are needed.

Well, my journaling my food and is helping. I haven't weighed in for a bit, but i'm either maintaining or perhaps losing 1 - 2#. Soon i will check again. I hate to do it too often, since my clothes still fit about the same, i'm not expecting huge results. I just want to lose about 15 more # by July. That is very do-able. Having a class reuinion that is my current time/goal.

Got some pretty good strawberries again. Hard to stop eating them. I have to look up how the calories add up for them. Should'a taken this book i had of calorie count. Well, there are web resources for these things, just need a better connection to use them all!

I'm trying to think of what was posted last...~~NITA~~ i hope your DH is feeling better now. He does need to try doing a bit of movement each day but what can he find that he will enjoy and can do safely? That is the hard part.

Hi to all the great chicks. Keep your head high and remain strong in your plans! We can do this.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

03-17-2005, 07:32 PM
Hello Ladies,
Nita - that is great that your hubby's eye sight hasn't changed in over 10 years. Mine seem to change often, I think it's from using the computer. This past year I finally had to get some bi-focals, kept having to take my glasses off to see the writing on the wall when I'm in classes. Keep up your treadmill and bowling. The way I look at it is even though you might be doing to well on your eating, at least your not gaining.

Thin - I too need to look into broadband or dsl. Yesterday there was some info from Verizon about a optic band. I'm so computer illeterate when it comes to things like that. When I use the pc at work, it's so much faster. I think strawberries are pretty low in calories. Are you still working?

Getting ready to head home. I think tonight i'm going to get on the treadmill since I haven't done any exercise all week. Hope everyone is having a great day!

oh, your right Nita, I think we all have been chatting for a quite a while now. I"m thinking over two years.

03-18-2005, 02:09 PM
Hello Ladies,

I'm so ready for the weekend. Tomorrow going to a Easter picnic with my sister and her daughter. She's two, so it will be lots of fun helping her find easter eggs. I need to be sure and eat before I go, so I don't get tempted with all the food there.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-18-2005, 07:20 PM
Hi Everyone,

Well the weekend is here again. I decided what was giving me stomach problems was eating those mixed nuts. Today I threw the rest away. I had oatmeal for breakfast and a tuna sandwich for lunch and then I went bowling. In fact, I feel pretty good today. I brought home a Hugo Walker for my husband and found out it will not fit in the trunk. Even though my car is almost 2 years old, I told him I would check into seeing if we could trade it in for a small mini SUV. I believe this would make life easier. He thinks I am out of my mind but they have been having some pretty good deals here.

It's so great to hear from you ladies. Let's hang in there and who knows this time next year we could all be where we want to be!

Take care,

03-21-2005, 05:04 AM
Mornin chickies ....... just a quick Monday morning call. It is wet and windy here this morning :(
I will try and get for a walk later though :D I have stopped eating chocolate biscuits and coffee now and have been doing so for about 3 weeks now. I have not lost any weight but when I took my BP the other day it was down so the coffee was not helping! If I feel like a treat I have a small cup of tea and 2 WW plain biscuits - no chocolate!
I have put some pictures onto Webshots of the annual Horse Ploughing Match which is held near here on St Patricks Day. If any of you are interested the addy is
(If the link does not work you can copy and paste it to your browser and it might work that way. For some reason when I tried the link it said that the page had moved!)
My brother actually took the pictures.

Nita - it is good that you found out what was giving you stomach problems

Patty - I hope you enjoyed the Easter picnic. I am sure there was plenty of exercise with a 2 year old!

Thin - time seems to go by so quickly ...... it seems like no time since you arrived at Arizona for the winter!

Cat - I am sure you are getting plenty to do. I hope all is going well with your adventure!

Halgal - I hope you are feeling better each day.

03-21-2005, 07:25 PM
Hello Ladies,
Had a great weekend. I weighed in saturday morning and had a 1.2lb loss. I had gained .2 last week so I lost that and then a pound. This week i'm going to try to 2 lbs. I have been eating peanut butter every day and this week i'm going to try and eat veggies instead of the peanut butter. Maybe I'll see a better loss. The easter picnic was fun. Lots of food, but I ate before I went so I wasn't starving when I got there. And once the festivities began, I just had chicken and 1 small brownie. Afterwords I had a major headache and I don't know if that was from the sugar.

Mooz - your so right, I got plenty of exercise chasing my niece. In fact when I saw my sister she looked like she had lost about 10 lbs. She said it was infact from chasing her daughter.

Nita - there are alot of good car deals you just have to really shop. Glad you stomach is feeling better.

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

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-21-2005, 09:47 PM
Hi Ladies,

Well today I really feel good--no Tums or stomach medicine. I decided that I should stop taking all my vitamins and it took a few days but I really feel I didn't need everything I was taking. I probably will have to go back on the calcium but I will wait until I hear from doctor. I had one of those bone density tests done today. The other thing I noticed is that I am not as hungry as I was and don't seem to have all those cravings. Now I will have to see if I can start the WW program again.

Saturday morning I am signing up to do a bowling tournament--we will be bowling 10 games on five different pairs of alleys. None of my bowling buddies are game to do this so I am going to do it by myself. I stopped by the alley today and talked to the folks and found out more about the tournament. It does cost $60 but the payout is 1 out of 3 so there is a good chance of getting some of your money back. My DH doesn't think I can handle the 10 games but I really don't see it as a problem. Wish me luck!

l Day -- CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss. It just goes to show you it can be done. I know we all want it to just go away fast--but we all know that just doesn't happen.

Thin, Michelle, HalGal--hope all is going well and we will hear from you when you get a chance!

Take care,

03-21-2005, 11:40 PM
Hi Chicks~~ just popping in to say HI.
Haven't done a weigh in for a few weeks, but i have still kept up with my walking and some floor ex. Swam in pool after supper today and sat in hot tub. It was just a perfect day here in the valley. DH had to work, but when he got home i convinced him he NEEDED to sit in the hot tub. He was glad i got him over there.

Taxes are finally done and just have to mail the money in now! yikes. At least we are done with them. (the accountant that is!--i can quit bugging her now!)

YAY 1DAY~~ YGG :dance: :flow2: congrats on the wt.loss. Keep up the good work girl!
Does sound like you might have got a headache from the sugar, once you get your body off of it, that probably will happen.
Did anyone see where they now sell frozen South Beach Diet dinners? I cut out the coupon from Sundays paper in case i want to try one.

~~NITA~~ i'm sure the bowling thing will be fun, and if you are determined i figure you can get these 10 games in! YGG!!
You know all those vitamins could have been the cause of your tummy upset. Maybe just get a multivitamin and take the calcium. Check w/your doc of course.
I just take a good multi one and calcium now.

Just finished reading John Grishams "the Partner". Was that good. Well, sad too, i felt bad for the guy at the end, but the whole thing was so riveting, i read it in no time.

~~MOOZ~~ glad you are doing so well cutting out the snacks. Was this for lent? Will you try to continue it after EAster? You can do this! Feeling better is half of it, right? I know when i changed to decaf coffee it DID make a big diff. in my b.p. I didn't think it would, but i was proven wrong! I mostly drink green tea(with rasp. or berry flavor--that is my fave) can't stand the plain green tea. It has alot less caffeine i guess. And supposedly all the good anti-occidents! So i will try to stay on this track.

All for now chicks...OH< i see where there is a message from Suzanne on the main pages...the site will be undergoing a change in servers, so at some point it will be down for 1 - 3 days. She will let us know more when date is set. They think w/in a week. Might as well be around the easter holiday as we will all be busy then anyway! might be less withdrawal for all of us! LOL :)
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

03-22-2005, 02:55 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - your so right. I get very impatient about my weight loss. I should be happy with 1 lb a week but I want more. If I look at the big picture 1 lb a week for 4 or 5 weeks that put me at 4 or 5 lbs a month. It adds up, but of couse I want it all in one week. Glad you stomach is feeling better. I too had problems with taking vitamins. I was getting heartburn really bad. I finally found one I could take. Now I just need to remember to take it. I think the bowling will be fun. Gives you a chance to get out and meet a new group of people and exercise while having fun.

Thin - OH, the hot tub sounds really good. I too saw where SB was selling frozen dinners. I have not checked them out yet. Let me know if you try one. Glad you mentioned the note from Suzanne. I had not seen it, so now i know if I can't log in I'll know why. I"m with you, next week would be a good week.

OH, I don't know if I had mentioned but about two weeks ago, I won a book from the contest that 3fchicks were having. They were monitoring how many people were logging in and if you logged 5 days in a row you were entered into the contest. I ordered a lowfat cookbook.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

03-24-2005, 04:14 AM
Mornin chicks ...... just a quick call. I am still busy de-junking ............. trying to do a bit each day. :coffee: There is so much stuff in this house ........ gathered up over the years ........ I just have to be ruthless! No weight loss yet even though I have cut out the coffee and chocolate biscuits and do at least 10000 steps every day. I go to TaeBo and linedancing on Mon and Thurs. It seems that my body wants to hold on to the weight :(

Patty - CONGRATS on winning that cookbook. PAtty I would settle for 1 pound a week ..... that would be 52 pounds in 1 year! ;)

Thin - that hottub sounds like the perfect way to end a day :coffee:

Nita - GOOD LUCK in the bowling tournament ....... of course you can do it ......... you just show them! :coffee:

Catlover - have just read about your very interesting time in Mexico ........

For any of you who don't have it the address for Catlovers logbook is

Halgal and Michelle ..... hoping to hear from you soon.

Have a good day all

03-24-2005, 01:53 PM
Hello Ladies,
Don't know where the time goes. Taking a few minutes to get my lunch in. Still doing good on the food. It's the exercise I need to work on.

Mooz - your soo right, 52 lbs in one year would be wonderful. I have to keep my sights on the big picture. Thanks for putting the blog for Cat. I'll readup on that next.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

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

03-24-2005, 02:23 PM
Hi Chicks~~
Hope everyone is ready for a nice Easter. I am trying a new recipe for these rolls --some ingred. are sweet potato and sounds good, i just hope they turn out good! MIL is having at least 15 people to her house for the easter brunch. Will be interesting feeding all that many! I guess each is bringing something tho'.
Last years went well, but that was about 12 people.

MOOZ~~Thanks for the link to CAT. I am interested to see how things are going for her. Yes, even that 1# a week would be excellent wt.loss wouldn't it??
I am now trying more protein in my daily plan. I bought some powder to make shakes and a few bars w/25 Grams in each bar. I read about a wt.loss plan w/o have to figure your need for protein...mine is about 125 grams protein a day for my wt. & height. So more to tally up. Supposed to burn more calories on this plan, and be able to eat some carbs w/o any problems. It's based on a book by David Heber, m.d.

~~1DAY~~ good to hear from you also. Are you still planning ahead w/your lunches for work to alleviate the wrong choices? How was your niece? and the other family members? Did your doggie get to go with you?

Finishing up w/housework today, and then perhaps i will still get my walk in.
Still no word on when this site will be down...

I'll keep you posted on my new diet plan!
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

03-25-2005, 02:26 PM
Hello ladies,
Having to work day, it's not our holiday. The office is pretty quite, which is good, able to get lots of work done. Planning on going to my parents for Easter, I'm bringing the fruit salad. CAn't wait to get into my bag of candy. I had given up for lent. Yes, I know someone had said to donate or give away, but I just can't give my malted eggs away. I'm only allowing myself to have that day.

Thin - The easter picnic was fun. My niece is only 2 so had lots of fun with her. Even the Easter Bunny showed up. I am definitely bringing my lunches and snacks to work. I have a small referator in my office and it works out great. Of couse my biggest problem right now is peanut butter. I'm eating the lowfat one, but once I get going on that I just want more. A friend told me there is a low carb one. I guess I should check into that, but i'm sure it won't be a tasty as the lowfat one.

Hope everyone is having a great day

03-27-2005, 07:05 PM
Hope everyone had a lovely Easter ........ I ate far too much! :(

03-27-2005, 08:06 PM
Hello everyone!

Today is not only Easter, but marks one month since our family lost my niece. I feel better now, but it is random. Listening to the news to any types of reports of violence absolutely shakes me to the core.

I just took a look at a picture CD of my Mother's funeral, my oldest brother gave me while I was home for my nieces funeral. I GOTTA lose some serious weight.

Thank each of you for your kind words, and I promise to re-join our team efforts to see less of each other - soon(er).

I hope everyone had a very nice Easter holiday. Mooz, I am with you... too much chocolate. :angel:

03-27-2005, 10:24 PM
Hello ladies,
The weather has turned cold here. This morning there was even light snow about 50 miles away from here. We weren't able to have a easter hunt outside, to be had one inside. I ate way to much food. I really enjoyed eating my easter eggs. Tomorrow i'm taking the bag I have left and giving to someone.

Hal - Your right there is so much violence everywhere. It just turns my stomach when I hear it on the news. How are you niece's kids doing? I know it must be so hard for them. I too cringe when I look at pictures of myself.

Mooz - I ate way to much too. Did all the kids come home for the holidays?

03-28-2005, 03:13 AM
Mornin chickies ............. I really need to get more in control and shift this weight. I have put on some over Easter and my weight is 167 this morning :(
This can't go on.......... the weather is getting warmer and I cannot hide behind my winter clothes on a warm day! I need to lose weight so that I feel good about myself. I was thinking of going back to WW but that is 1 week away ........... I need to start today. I will report back here every day and make use of this thread to try and help me do this ....... are you all with me in trying to get fitter and healthier?

Paul went to Copenhagen on Saturday, with one of his friends, to stay for the Easter period. He will be home again tomorrow. They were talking of going into Sweden when they were there.

Sinead came home from Belfast just for about 24 hours as she is working most of the time.

Orla just came back from a 4 day trip to London. Her boyfriend treated her with this for her birthday. They stayed with his sister while they were there.

Mum is getting more and more frail and I use the baby alarm every night to listen for her getting up through the night.

DH is working away and at the moment he is also helping his father look after the sheep as this is the lambing period. Thank goodness the weather is good for them. It is lovely to see the little lambs jumping and skipping in the sunshine.

Patty - I think we are all the same as far as eating too much goes! Lets get healthy from today on!

Halgal - I too hate violence and cannot watch it even in a movie when I know it is only acting!! When you think about your neice just remember that she cannot be hurt anymore.

Thin - how did the new recipie go ........ I love dates and probably would eat too many of them if I bought them though!

Nita - how are you feeling now? HAve you stayed away from the vitimins etc?
Are you still for going back to WW?

Michelle - I would love to hear how your challenge is going.

Have a great Easter Monday all.

Go one better

What's a great way to get beyond a bad experience? Create a good experience of equal or greater significance.
When something bad happens to you, it can continue to take its toll even long after the original damage is done. In the absence of anything else to focus on, you're likely to continue to dwell on it and allow it to put a negative spin on everything in your life.

And what happens when you try not to think about it? The very effort involved in trying not to think about the bad experience will probably make you think about it even more.

There is, however, a very effective way out. And that is to create a new experience so overwhelmingly positive and memorable that it takes over the primary focus of your thoughts.

Put your imagination and creativity to work. Think of how you can be especially good to yourself, to those around you, and to the world in which you live.

Respond quickly to the negative experiences by creating even greater positive experiences. It's a habit that will add extraordinary richness and serenity to life.

-- Ralph Marston

03-28-2005, 11:35 AM
Hi Chicksters~~
So good to hear from you ~~Halgal~~ been thinkin' alot about you. Stay strong!

Easter was nice but hectic! MIL had 17 people over to eat brunch. But this time the crowd was good together. There was alot of younger people to make the work lighter after the feed. Usually DH and I pick up all the dishes and rinse and load dishwasher etc., this year it just went fast with all the shifts of people helping. I didn't overdo the food(it didn't feel like it anyway!) OH, the muffins turned out good,they are a heavy filling thing tho!
THEN there also was a potluck here (at our park)at midday that we attended...and there was more good food. I did try to just take turkey this time, since MIL had a ham, and then our table got up there last so alot of the dishes were gone already. I did have a BIG scoop of 'death by chocolate'. I hadn't had one that tasty B4. The cookies in there were really good, maybe it was brownie...not sure, but it was excellent. Today is a new day...
back on my protein plan. I had my shake for breakfast and i will do the same for lunch. These are made in the blender w/protein pwdr and 1/2 banana and soy milk. It's tasty and seems to be filling. I really get full from eating snack of canned meat or tuna or beans. I just made a big pot of pinto beans (from dried). I hate the canned ones anymore. I have some in freezer and it will last a long time.

Now to get back into my walking and see if this plan drops any #;'s or not. I'll keep you posted!

~~MOOZ~~ glad you are in touch w/your kids for the holiday. Even if it's just for a short time. They lead such busy exciting lives! All that travel sounds fantastic.

Sorry that your mum seems to be sliding downhill w/her health. She has been well taken care of by you, and you should be proud of yourself.

All for now, chicks. I will try to post more later.
Glad the site is back up already. I was suprised how quickly she got it back on-line.
:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

03-29-2005, 03:09 AM
Mornin chickies .......... it is another nice morning here today. We have had such nice weather for the past few weeks that we will be feeling depressed when it starts to rain again! :(
Yesterday went quite well as far as eating and exercising goes ....... I felt in control and that was good. I didn't starve myself either :coffee:
Paul is due to come home today from Copenhagen so it will be interesting to hear his stories and see his pictures. He will probably put some pictures onto his web page.

Thin - sounds as if you are in control but enjoying your food which is what it is all about.

Hoping to hear from all you chickies soon.

Have a lovely Tuesday.

03-29-2005, 02:27 PM
Good Morning to All of You,

HalGal, it was so nice of you to post--and I am very proud of you. As far as the weight goes, I, too, found a picture when I was at my heaviest and it was like looking at a stranger. I need to get back on track because now I am about 12 pounds from my goal weight. I most definitely am going back to WW tomorrow because my DD in Ohio said they are raising the weekly rate from $12 to $15. It truly is a very profitable business for them. I am sure the State of Arizona will be raising their rate--which is now $59 for 10 weeks. The last time I joined I really wasn't ready--hopefully that has changed.

I did manage to complete the 10 games of bowling on Saturday. It ended up I was the only woman among 24 guys. I did have a mishap on the 7th game--I stuck at the foul line and fell into the oil. Luckily I have enough padding I didn't get hurt too badly. And in order to take home $33 that I had already won it was necessary for me to complete the last 3 games. It was quite an experience and a real challenge.

I am still not taking any vitamins and the medicine he gave me for my stomach really doesn't agree with me so I probably will have to go and see the gastronologist the doctor gave me a referral.

As far as Easter dinner went--we just stayed home and ate regular food. I did, however, get to talk to all my daughters and that just made me sad that I couldn't be with them!

Well ladies I need to go and get ready for bowling--take care and let's not give up our goals to be "happy" and "healthy."


03-30-2005, 03:05 AM
Mornin chickies ........... I am finding it difficult to cut down enough calories to lose this weight so I am going to try and be more in control today. Paul brought home some Danish Cookies from Copenhagen Airport and I just had to try them and then I had more and more. They were small and so delicious but probably very high in calories ....... butter cookies!! :coffee:

Nita - I hope the doctor can get you a stomach medicine that agrees with you. CONGRATS on your bowling ....... the omly gal in among those men! I knew you could do it! :coffee: :cb: :dance::twirly:
It is sad that you are so far away from your daughters ....... maybe some day you will be able to live closer.

Hope all you other chicks get to post soon.

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03-30-2005, 05:48 AM
Danish Cookies oooooh yum. No wonder you couldn't stop Anne. Glad to hear Paul is back safe and sound. Hope he enjoyed the holiday.

Easter is over - not a morsel of chocolate passed these lips. Plenty of other stuff did though and weigh in and measure is tomorrow - oh heck. Hope you are all doing better than me.

Catch you all later

03-30-2005, 01:49 PM
:nono: No more cookies :cookie: for either one of you!! Not Danish or otherwise :cookie: :rollpin:

Shad....shame on you....and you too Moozie!!! Good thing I dropped in to say hello today! Caught both of you in the cookie jar :cookie: red handed!!! :rofl:

:cheers: Miss Mooz I dropped in to say hello to you and all the chicks on this thread. Wanted to see how the other half lives!!! Loved the first page and the burrow pic!!!
Hope you and your friends all survived the Holiday!! I am trying to get back on my program and seem to actually be succeeding :encore: Hope you all have a great week and do one thing special just for yourself! :dance:

Thanks for letting me drop by unannounced! :p

03-30-2005, 07:19 PM
Hello Ladies,
For some reason I have not been able to log on. Keep saying it couldn't find the site. Anyway i'm back. but now i'm headed out the door. I will post more tonight.

03-30-2005, 08:28 PM
Hi Melody,

Thanks for joining us. We are always happy to find new friends. I, too, am getting back on program. I re-joined WW today and tomorrow is "D" day! I have still managed to keep off 40 lbs. but did regain 15 lbs. I had also lost. For some strange reason I had joined about 4 months ago and evidently wasn't ready to do it--so hopefully this time I will not blow it! If you have any good suggestions and/or recipes, please do share.

Mooz and Shad -- We have had our fun and now it's time to get serious so we can look great in our shorts this summer!

Hopefully we will hear from Michelle when she gets a chance.

Take care,

03-31-2005, 12:31 AM
Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Ahhh.... two more days and I have a week off for Spring break. I'll spend two days here taking care of odds and ends, and head up to my sister's place the rest of the week to lend a hand. I look forward and dread this at the same time. I'll do my best to focus on the positive, and try to be as helpful as possible. I cannot imagine how my nephews are doing, or feeling. The 4 year old may be OK, but the 11 year old certainly must be going through very difficult times. I think he will be out of school the same week, and if so I'll make a point of planning some outings that involve laughter and fun.

My diet is OK, but once again, I have no real appetite. I am starting to eat more than I have been. It is funny how e-a-s-y it is to fall back into old, bad habits. To be perfectly honest, I had had a white american cheese grilled sandwich the last 3 nights for dinner. Bad, no veggies, no nothing. Just quick and filling. I have yogurt for breakfast with some grape nuts cereal I put in it. Today I had a new flavor, Lemon Chiffon - and it was really very good. A nice surprise.

Now, to start walking Rocky again, and move this body....!!!

03-31-2005, 05:06 AM
Mornin chickies ....... just another quick call. I am doing OK so far this week with eating and exercise ....... mind you it is only Thursday! :coffee:
If any of you are interested I have put photographs that Paul took, while he was in Denmark and Sweden over Easter, onto Webshots. The address is in my signature at the bottom of each post. It is probably the closest I will ever get to seeing any of those beautiful countries. The Denmark album is pictures taken in Copenhagen and the Sweden Album is pictures taken in Malmo.

Halgal - good to hear from you and I am sure your visit with the family will help both you and your nephews.

Nita - I am with you on getting back onto programme. It is the only way to try and stay healthy and happy.

Patty - here's hoping you get logged on next time!

MEL - lovely to have you visit ........ even if it is to tell some of us off!! Call anytime ...... you will be most welcome.

Shad - you did so well to stay away from chocolate over Easter! Good luck with the weighin and measure!

03-31-2005, 02:34 PM
Hello Ladies,
Hal - Good to hear from you. I"m sure you looking forward to sping break. I'm sure your sister will be glad your coming up to help. Are the children staying with her? Does Rocky travel with you?

Mooz - I will look at pictures once I log off from here. You mentioned that you probably won't ever see those countries up close. It's funny cause in my mind i'm thinking you have probably been everywhere. With all the different cultures, historic sites, rail system. I guess I just think all Europeans travel everywhere. Yet I myself have not been to all of our states here.

Nita - I'm still working Ww. Your right, we just have have to get that mindset and it can be done.

Thin, Mitchellez, - Hope to hear from you soon.
Cat - hope your having a great trip.

03-31-2005, 08:54 PM
Hi All,

HalGal -- It's great to hear from you and I am happy to see you will be spending some time with your family. I know you will have only a positive influence. As far as your eating is concerned, at this time I would not beat yourself up. You will get into the mood again to begin eating those veggies, fruits, etc. By the way, have you tried the "new" Lemon SS pudding? They also have "cheesecake." Both of these are very good. I just made one of my pudding/jello/yogurt/coolwhip/crushed pineapple pies with the lemon jello and cheesecake pudding! It almost tastes as good as Sara Lee's with a whole lot less calories.

I did join WW yesterday and started on program today. Even though tomorrow is going to be my birthday, I convinced my DH that it would be much better if we did not celebrate by going out to eat. He said it was fine with him! I am 15 lbs. over my goal, however, I did manage to keep off 40 lbs. I do believe it takes someone other than ourselves to weigh us--for some reason it does have more of an impact.

While I was looking for my DH's last blood report, I came across a "Cookbook for Diabetics." It was written in 1969. I am most definitely going to check it out. I do believe losing weight back then was much easier than it is today. Today there is way too many choices when it comes to eating! I'll let everyone know if I find anything that is really yummy!

Take care,

04-01-2005, 03:41 AM
Nita - got an e-mail from MEL saying ...........................

anne~ I am haviong trouble getting on to 3fc and cannot answer Nita. Been trying all afternoon, make a comment in a journal and then lose the site. Each time I go back I can't get on. will try tomorrow! Wanted to wish her luck with WW!! Take care and have a great night! Love, Mel

04-01-2005, 12:26 PM
Hi Mooz,

Thanks for the message--the first day went really well and I am going back to my old way of eating on WW. For breakfast I had 1 egg with a little fake egg fried in a teflon pan sprayed, 2 pcs of diet bread w/sprayed butter, 1/2 grapefruit and my coffee with coffeemate--a total of 5-1/2 pts. The diabetic cookbook I found yesterday has some really good recipes and it was written well before we had all these fake sugars, etc. In fact I am going to try the Macaroons today--there are only three ingredients--1 egg white, 5 or 6 walnuts or blanched almonds and saccharin. This is only one serving of 4 cookies--a total of 61 calories. If they come out well, I will post the whole recipe.

I am trying to get my DH into physical therapy because he needs to get moving or else I am going to have a real problem on my hands. His health plan will cover this therapy and I have a call into the doctor for a referral.

I hope all of you are having a marvelous day--the weather in Phoenix is perfect? I am sure Thin will attest to that!

Take care,

p.s. Mel -- Thanks for your support!

04-01-2005, 02:45 PM

Wishing you a great day!

04-01-2005, 04:34 PM
Have a wonderful :dance: :cb: :gift: Birthday! (saw Patty's post!!! LOL)

I couldn't get back here. Not sure it was 3FC fault either. I think it was AOL yesterday. I have dial-up and I get bad days sometimes. Anyway... I am glad you got off to a good start and wanted to say that you gave me an idea....I got out my old WW cookbook and dusted it off. I forgot I even had it!!! I can use some of those recipes for MY plan. continued success!

anne~ Thanks for passing along the message. It was the funniest thing with the PC. On my other diet site, each time I posted I got knocked off! :faint: AOL kept tryuing to restart and then it told me it had no phone numbers!!! :yikes: Thanks again.

Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy!!

04-01-2005, 05:35 PM

Happy Birthday Nita ......... you can have as much as you want of that cake!!

Mel ...... glad you are getting on to the site today ....... don't want you having withdrawal symptons!! :D

04-01-2005, 09:11 PM
Hi Ladies,

Thanks for all your birthday wishes! It's been a pretty good day. When I got home from bowling I was surprised to find a bouquet of flowers from my daughters in Ohio. They said since I was 70 that was a special time!

I did not go out for dinner but had a Healthy Choice Dinner with a big salad. I do believe this is it--I am ready, willing and able to do this one more time!

Take care,

04-02-2005, 10:20 AM
Hey Nita,

Thanks for you kind words of support. I think WW has a lot going for it, I always have. One thing is for sure, they research and remain current with the latest positive trends in weight loss for a long term result. I think their prices are a tad high, and truly believe if they could come down only a few bucks a week, they would see a big jump in membership. My opinion, ofcourse! ;)

I'll write more to all later. I just wanted to make sure NITA has a special day, as she is very special to us!

04-02-2005, 04:05 PM
Happy Birthday Anita~~ :dance: :flow2: 70 is a birthday to really celebrate. Having met you I can certainly say you are living younger than that! You busy lady! Keep it up girl~
Tomorrow is our anniversary. I think DH wants to take me out somewhere. I guess i can go off the 'plan' for a special event like that.

This protein plan i'm on is fun. I either have one or up to two a day. (bkfst & lunch) then i can have any carb i want w/supper. I still have healthy carbs, like whole wheat pasta or brown rice, and lots of veggies and ckn breast or fish. I like the whole wheat spaghetti "healthy harvest"brand that i found down here...wonder if i can buy it at home...?Hope so. as some are better than others.

I agree, HALGAL...WW could just charge a tad less, and still do well. It would bring more people to them. They do put the effort into making sure the plans work and change when needed.

Hi to all the rest of the chicks. Don't know if i will get my 3 mile walk in today...supposed to be nearly 90 degreees and i did not get it done early as we had to go do some shopping at the flea market early. Picked up 4 tshirts for his great nephew at a great price(thru the gal DH worked for ) and he got plain white tshirts at her cost. He goes thru them like crazy for work shirts. It's amazing how much cooler white is over all the other colors here in the hot sun. Even our vehicle is white this time 'round.

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-03-2005, 03:32 AM
Hello Ladies,
Went to my Ww weigh in and I lost .4 lbs which is good considering what all I ate last sunday. I'm doing great on my food, it just my exercise. I know if that If I would increase that I would see better results. My goal for the week is to get on the treadmill mill 2 days and tae bo 1 day.

Wishing everyone a great Sunday!

04-03-2005, 06:48 PM
Happy Sunday to all of You,
As Thin has said the weather in Phoenix is fantastic! I am staying on program and I have gone back to eating the whole wheat bread that counts 1 pt. for two slices. I then have two thin slices of 98% FF ham and 1 pc of cheese--all total this makes for 4 pts. I know everyone will agree with me--just a few days without those carbs does make fruit and veggies taste better than ever. I still have not gone back on any vitamins and I thought I would make an appt. to see my doctor to see what he thinks. I really have as much energy as I did before and then some. I bought an electric trimmer for my small piece of grass today and I think it will do just fine.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon I need to attend the 5-Alive Driving Class for Seniors. By doing so I save $100 each year for 3 years on my car insurance. Do your states honor this? It's surprising how many people don't know it exists. It is backed by AARP and the cost for attending is $10. This means, of course, I will have to give up two days of bowling but it will definitely be worth it.

Ladies have you tried those new flavors for FF pudding--lemon and cheesecake. They are both really awesome.

Well I have some sewing to do so I will close for now. Take care and enjoy!


04-03-2005, 08:42 PM
Hello Ladies,
It's a beautiful sunday evening here. I love it when the time changes here.

Nita - I have not tried the new flavors. Are they the ff ones or the sugar free ones.

Plan on taking Blackie out for a walk this evening. Hope everyone is having a good evening!

04-03-2005, 10:11 PM
1 Day -- They are ff and sf. They also have the sf lemon jello. I usually use both the jello and the pudding. If you want my recipe for making a "wonderful" almost sf pie, let me know.

Hope your Sunday is going well!

04-04-2005, 02:17 PM
Hello Ladies,
Was not prepared with my snacks today and got into the candy jar. Tomorrow will be a better day.

Nita - yes please send the recipe. Did you all change with the daylight savings time?

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-05-2005, 10:35 AM
Hi chicks ..... just a quick call ......... didn't have internet access at all yesterday ....... don't know what happened.
I have jusr got the Paul McKenna book and CD "I Can Make You Thin"
His 4 key points are
1. Eat whenever you're hungry.
2. Eat what you want, not what you think you should.
3. Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful.
4. Stop when you think you're full.

When you think about it that is exactly what thin people do all the time.......

Have a good day all.

04-06-2005, 04:12 AM
Just a quick call ......... doing OK with Paul McKenna ....... it's early days yet but I think it could make a difference to the way I think about my food!
Maybe I will finally start to think of food the way a slim persom does! ;)

Have a great day all.

04-06-2005, 04:29 PM
Tis very lonely in here all by myself! ....... just bumping us up to the top again ........

04-06-2005, 08:15 PM
Hi Mooz,

Hopefully the rest of our group will have a chance to post real soon. I am doing the WW program, however, I must confess I am not writing everything down. I am using the low cal bread so that I can have two pieces of toast with my cereal in the morning. Sometimes I eat an omlette made with one egg and fake egg, plus a little cheese. I also made my diet lemon pie today and it really is nice to have a dessert without all those calories. I am having steak and sweet potato for dinner along with some salad. If I get hungry in between I am eating fruit. My indigestion is almost gone.

I will be weighing in on Saturday and I will let you know my progress.

Take care and I hope everyone is doing well!


p.s. I am not sure if I mentioned this but I just finished about 6 hours, yesterday and today, going to AARP's safety driving course. It costs $10 and it will save me $110 per year for the next 3 years off my car insurance.

04-06-2005, 09:48 PM
Morning to all at the Movin' and Losin' house. My brain has done a rebellion on working on the house and yard so I have decided to have some time off - right after the pest control man has been.
The new fence is going up finally and I have discovered a lot more white ants in the yard - if these are termites, It's a wonder the fence has stayed up as long as it has!

Glad to hear that the indigestion is subsiding Nita. Nothing worse than sitting in pain with something that has disagreed with the stomach.

Mooz, I must get back to looking at the Swedish photos once more. My friend and I are thinking of putting Italy and Switzerland on the agenda for next year. It was supposed to be this year, but the bank decided otherwise. So maybe, just maybe we will meet again next year!

Okay, since work is non existent, I had better go and plan some pleasure! See ya.

04-07-2005, 01:27 PM
Hi Chicks~~
i've had a hard time (again) with this Netscape connection, so i could not post. I am walking 3 miles every day, and still working on losing a bit with the 2 shakes a day. But for some reason i am just maintaining again. I should do measurements to compare from last month and see if it is there...?
Of course alot of days i end up eating twice and only having one shake! so that might be the big problem. It is certainly hard to lose what we've kept for so long!

It has gotten quite hot for me in Ariz. near 90 for 2 days now. I guess cause i live in a small trailer it feels worse than it would in a real house too! Got to get to the pool today.

May you all have a fantastic strong day today!
bye for now,
thinlizzie :wave: :grouphug:

04-08-2005, 09:42 PM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry I was MIA for a few days. Went away on a short business trip. Not doing too good on my food this week. With this trip, I was totally unprepared, so of course I ate junk. Tomorrow i'm getting back on track. Now just to get back on track with the exercise. Tomorrow plans are to clean house and maybe plant a few flowers and tomato plants in containers. Last year I had several tomato plants and they did really good.

Thin - Wow 90degress already! When do you all head back home? WTG on getting your 3 miles in.

Shad - thanks for dropping by. I too would love to visit Mooz, but unfortunatly not in my budget either.

Nita - Let us know how your weight in goes tomorrow. I too need to weigh in tomorrow.

Mooz - Sounds like the book is giving you a different view on how to think of food.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-09-2005, 09:19 PM
Hello ladies,
Can't believe how fast this day is going by. This morning I ran lots of errans to the garden centers, post office, grocery store etc. Picked up potting soil and some flowers and tomato plants. Now I have to plant them. Tomorrow I guess I'll clean house.

Hope everyone is having a great saturday!

04-09-2005, 10:16 PM
Hi 1 Day,

It must be just you and me today! You didn't tell me about your weigh-in. I lost 3 lbs. and met my friend there so perhaps that will give me motivation.

We just had a repairman out to check our washer because it was leaking. Even though it is only 6 years old he said it sounded like the transmission was making a noise and may go out at any time so we opted to get a new Whirlpool Washer through him and he will install it and take away the old one for $423.00. We didn't think that sounded too bad.

Well I had better get moving--while he was here I had him clean the back of our refrigerator--he was only going to show me how to do it--instead he did the whole thing. I couldn't believe the dirt that was underneath. However, now it is all cleaned up.

Take care and I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

04-10-2005, 05:02 AM
Mornin chickies ......... just a quick call........ eating has been going great and I do believe that Paul McKenna's book is really helping me. Tomorrow will tell when I weigh in. I have had a nasty cold this week and didn't get much walking done. My mother also took a urine infection and a sore leg and was not sleeping well at night which meant I was not getting my proper sleep also :( ........ so I got her antibiotics, painkillers and light sleeping pills. She has been sleeping really well at night with the aleeping pills which is great.
We are having a big linedancing weekend in our town. I have been to the Friday and Sat night but I have to always come home by 11 to get mum to bed.

Shad - thanks for dropping by and I look forward to when you get to visit here again.

Thin - good for you with the walking - when do you move back to your other home?

Nita - CONGRATS on the 3 pound loss! WELL DONE!

PAtty - it is hard to eat well when you are away from home and are faced with different foods. You will soon get back to your better habits.

Gotta go now but will hopefully get to call later

04-10-2005, 12:13 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - I missed by weigh in. I had scheduled a contractor to come out and give me some estimates for a patio for early saturday morning. He was running late and by the time he came it was late. I'm thinking of going today but it's a 2pm checkin. I know there will definely be a weight difference with me usually checking in the am vs the pm. WTG for you 3 lb loss.

Mooz - Hope you and your mom get to feeling better. The linedancing event sounds like fun.

We're expecting rains this afternoon, so I plan on repotting some plants this morning before the rains come.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-10-2005, 02:21 PM
here is a photo of me and blackie, I tried to upload a better one, but it was too big.

04-11-2005, 11:18 AM
Good day chicks ......... I was down 1 pound this week but don't know if it was due to having the cold or what. Next week will tell the tale ........

Patty - thanks for the picture which looks great if only it was bigger or I had better eyesight! Are you not able to reduce the size of the bigger one?

Have a great day all!

04-11-2005, 01:46 PM
Mooz, if you click on it, it makes it a little bigger. I will work on the other one i have.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-12-2005, 01:03 AM
Hello all...!

I have just returned from a week in Indiana helping my sister. I baby sat the boys while she worked (she sells items on EBay for her income - has for almost 2 years now). I had a ball with the boys, but trust me - they wore me out. The good news is... sit down everyone... I walked every day. I walked miles, everyday. Masen (the 4 year old) has his first bike with training wheels - and we walked around and around and around the block, morning, noon and night. It was great, the weather was wonderful. I did get to take Rocky with me, and he learned how to walk on a lease (30 foot)
very quickly. Infact I unpacked it tonight and he began dancing! So, with that said - I'll do my best to continue walking.

Stress is everywhere, more than likely will be for a period of time just dealing with all of the parts of what is going on.

I was very good on the diet, but do not feel as if I've lost an ounce. LOL...

Just checking in to say hello, and I hope you are all doing well also.

All the very best...!

04-12-2005, 10:33 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know I am hanging in there and my eating is in control. I find if I take the time to make my sugar-free desserts I do much better.

HalGal -- It's great to hear from you and I know what it is to do all that exercise and not feel like you are losing weight. I have been doing the treadmill at least four times a week and yesterday I even did it twice in one day. However, since we are toning up we are also building muscle and the scale isn't going to go down as fast. The good news is--take your measurements and check them in a month or so and you should see a difference there.

Well our electricity had been off and it just came back on--I need to re-set clocks, etc. However, I did find out my laptop battery still works.

Hopefully the rest of our group is still with us and with each other's support we can all get to our desired goals!

Take care,

04-12-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi Chicks~~
Finally getting a minute to get on-line...just hope i stay connected to write a post!

~~HALGAL~~ was soooo great to hear from you. Sounds like the boys really enjoyed having you do things with them. And i'm sure your sister was happy to have the help too! I'm sure it was a good thing for all of you. And Rocky got to go too, and learn how to walk on a long leash. Is that one of those retractable kinds?

~~1DAY~~` thanks for the pic of you and Blackie. He is adorable. I think i thought he was a smaller dog, at least the hair makes him look a bit bigger! Do you have to have him groomed at times? You both look great, thanks for sharing.

~~NITA~~ wonder why your power was out? I believe it stayed on here in AJ
I am with all of you, as good as we behave, and the exercise we do, it sure is a slow process. In fact i think i've lost about 12 # since getting here in Dec, and lately nothing has budged. I even measure out the same! My calves might have dropped 1 inch, but it showed my thighs gained that inch!!! I don't want to be discouraged, but sometimes it is hard. I just HOPE its' the muscle thing like you mentioned :)

~~MOOZ~~ thanks for the graphic '**** o' ...made me smile.

Hi to all the other chicks, lurking and posting occasionally! We miss you all.
Anyone hear from Michellez lately? I haven't checked CAt's blog lately either...anyone know how she is doing?

All for now:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-13-2005, 07:20 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hal - I'm sure you sister and the boys were glad to have you up for a week. WTG on getting all your walks in. If Rocky is like my Blackie I sometimes have to hide the leash, otherwise he just lays right in front of it. Like Nita said you might not of lost any lbs, but you know your toning up. Just keep at it. Eventually it will all come in place.

Nita - Like you said we need to take the time to get our sf desserts in and our meals. I know I do much better when i have prepared foods on hand.

Thin - Blackie weighs about 40-43 lbs. He's a chow mix. In the summer I get his hair cut short and pretty much keep it that way til winter. With his short hair he looks alot smaller. WTG on your 12 lb loss. Cat should be coming home soon.

As for me. I'm doing terrible on my foods. It's that TOM and I have used that as my excuse this week. I have got to get back on track with my eating. Tomorrow a new day right?

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-13-2005, 08:09 PM
Hi Ladies,

It's great to read all your posts. Trust me, I know how hard it is to get these pounds off. Thin, congratulations on your 12 lb. loss--how is your mother-in-law doing with LA Weightloss?

Today at bowling one of the ladies was celebrating her birthday and her daughter brought in a whole bunch of chocolate cupcakes! She knew I went back to WW and was not offended when I opted not to have one! One thing I have been doing is keeping some trail mix in my car and if I am out shopping and think I am hungry I will eat some of this. I read this in one of my weight magazines. I think though from here on in I will be making my own. It really isn't hard and you can even add a few M&M's to it.

Tonight I am going to be making salad and using Tyson chicken strips to make it a whole meal. They had buy-one, get-one free at our grocery store this week. At the same time I will be making a salad for me to take to lunch tomorrow, along with a small yogurt.

Well I had better get moving.

Take care,

04-13-2005, 09:51 PM
Hi, Chicks--

Well, I didn't get lost in Mexico, but when I tried to go to 3fC on my friend's computer, everything jammed with pop-ups and I thought I would NEVER get out. I also had very little access period, so mostly used it for my family.

I ate pretty well down there, and while I didn't walk much--not that the neighborhood was dangerous, but the streets were terribly confusing), but I did a lot of yoga, and my clothes feel looser. I will weigh in tomorrow.

I don't guess I'll ever catch up with everything that has happened on the thread, but I'll be on now.

Will tell you some things about Mexico, though mostly you can look on my blog if you're interested.

I brought a kitten back with me. Why? Long story. But he is SO cute and loving.

Love to all,

Catlover (Amadora de Gatos)

04-14-2005, 12:32 PM
Lost 4.5 lb!! :) :D :dance:

04-14-2005, 11:32 PM
Hello Ladies,

Cat - Welcome back home. We missed you. I'm sure the kids were sad to see you leave, but i'm sure you husband was glad to have you back. WTG on your 4.5 lb loss.

Ladies, I need a good kick in the A$$. I have been eating like crazy. I know it's that TOM for me, but this is getting out of hand. First I want something sweet than I want salt. An example, tonight I was at a dinner meeting, I had a on the rocks margarita while I was eating my strawberry cheesecake. Tomorrow i'm starting SBD phase 1.

04-15-2005, 09:36 PM
bring us to the top!
Hope everyone is having a good day!

04-16-2005, 11:12 AM
Good morning girls!

Wow, this is my time of year. Highs during the day in the low 70's and lows in the evenings in the 40's. If only...

Life is full of if only's, huh.

Today's national news shows the young man that murdered his wife pleading guilty to murder, saying he did it. The county prosecutor in Huntington, IN is saying he wants to reduce the murder charge to voluntary manslaughter becuase "no one pleads guilty to murder". Hummm... I do wonder and more than that, hope he is watching the news this weekend. I've written a letter to him, that I will mail today regarding making sure this young man that took my nieces life is behind bars for as long - as possible. You know something? The penalities for murder in this country are not what you would think. There is a real possibility this guy will be out of prison in his 20's. I wish I were kidding. We are lower middle class folks, and murder trials are expensive. The public defenders are attempting to work out a plea agreement in their words 'to protect my 11 year old nephew from having to testify". I want to know who will protect him when he is in his 20s, living in the same small town with the man that murdered his mother, while he watched, and he goes after him. Sad stuff, scary stuff. Please send your prayers for an adequate resolution to this horrible situation.

Now, on the diet. I am GOOD. Rocky and I are walking, and I am now stationary biking too. Exercise is a great stress reliever. I plan to get the weight off so I can be around to support my nephew's in the years to come.

Do you know that my best friend just returned from her honeymoon and a 14 day cruise to Hawaii. She lost 10 pounds! She went to her doctor and it is official. I have never met anyone that lost weight like that! I saw her and told her she had lost weight, she said no way. Way! ;)

04-16-2005, 05:32 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hal - I'm with you. They need to make the jail sentences harder or longer. To many are getting out after just serving 10 years or even less. Will keep you all in my prayers. WTG for getting your exercises in. I keep saying i'm going to start, but so far haven't. AND for your friend who just got back from her honeymoon... Maybe it was all that sexercise :D :D

As for me I had a .8 lb loss, which is great. This past week was my TOM and my eating was way out of control. Tomorrow i'm starting back on South Beach. Today i'm planting my some more plants.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-17-2005, 11:22 AM
bringing us to the top!

04-17-2005, 04:57 PM

Good luck on the SBD. I think of all the limited-carb diets it sounds the most sensible and has good research support.

04-17-2005, 05:15 PM
Hi Ladies,

It's so great to read so many posts. This group is becoming "very active" again. WTG! I weighed in yesterday and lost 1-1/2 lbs., making a total of 4-1/2 lbs. in two weeks. I know I will be hitting some plateaus, and I know that is normal, however, it can be frustrating. As a result of my doing WW, my DH's sugar is coming down as well. I am still making my favorite sf pies and this time instead of getting the piecrust already made, I just put some graham crackers in the bottom of the pieplate and it worked out great, probably a little less calories.

HalGal -- I know how you are feeling--I have a young granddaughter who just turned 21 last December and just gave birth to her 4th child. Also, at the moment her children have been taken from her by the State and her baby which was born a week ago they took her also. I talked to Katrina last evening for over an hour trying to make her see what she has to do to get out of this mess. She is not married to the father of the last three and he is Puerto Rican who comes from a very angry family and several of the members tried beating her up, and would you believe, the police said there was nothing they could do. There is something wrong with the law--they seem to protect the guilty and not the victims.

Today is one of those days where I need to take a nap. I did go bowling but now I am tired. So I will close for now.

Catlover -- It's great having you back and CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful weightloss.

Take care,

04-17-2005, 11:48 PM
Hey girls...

Monday, the 25th is the preliminary trial. This is where we will see the direction this case will take. The county prosecutor says he is not sure he wants to pursue a charge of murder because:

#1 No one pleads guilty.
I hope he is watching the national news today. That young man that
shot his wife in bed sleeping pleaded guility on Friday.

#2 He wants to spare my 11 year nephew the process of testfying.
I hope he will provide personal guidance and protection if/when this
man that took his Mother's life walks out of prison, and they find
themselves sharing the same streets in the small town of Htgn, IN.

Oh my gosh... say your prayers this week for my family. It is really difficult. We honestly live in a society where if you have no financial resources, you also have no choices. I believe in God. I really do. :angel:

My good eating and exercise went out the window today, but I guess I knew it would not last forever. Now to get back on the wagon tomorrow.

I did grill swordfish and steam brocolli for dinner. It was great! I made a chicken dish for this week. It is a casserole. In the bottom it has a bag of frozen brocolli mixed with cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. I topped that with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. I placed boneless chicken breasts on top of the cheese, and Ritz whole wheat crackers/crumbs on top of that! You cover with foil, bake for 45 minutes, remove foil and brown for 10 min. It will last me the week. ;) I'll probably eat it twice, and freeze the rest for another time.

Thanks for all of the kinds words of support everyone, I appreciate each of you so very much.

04-18-2005, 03:50 AM
Mornin chickies - just a quick call. I don't seem to have as much time for the computer these days. My mother is slowly getting worse all the time and needs more care so I am busy doing that.
I am down half a pound this morning so I am happy with that.

Halgal - I hooe and pray that that murderer gets what he deserves.

Nita - That is so sad about your granddaughter ...... she is so young ....... barely a child herself.

Patty - CONGRATS on the .8 pound loss ...... a loss is a loss!

Catlover - CONGRATS on the 4.5 pound loss! Nice to have you back with us again.

Hava a nice day all .............. think I will go get a Marston quote ........ we are in need of some inspirational words .......

and todays is a good one for us all I think ................

Monday, April 18, 2005

Gateway of experience

Everything you know has passed through the filter of your own perspective. So when was the last time you cleaned that filter?
Have your thoughts and assumptions collected a lot of anger, resentment, frustration, and other forms of negativity? Then the world that comes through the gateway of your experience will increasingly seem more dark and depressing.

Fortunately, you can choose to cleanse your own perspective so that it lets in more of life's goodness. By improving the value of what you expect, you'll increase the value of what you get.

Simply changing your thinking will not directly change the world around you. Yet it will significantly change what part of that world actually gets through to you.

Everything you expect to find in life is out there somewhere. And what you expect to find will very faithfully determine what you do in fact find.

Life has more than enough substance to meet every expectation. So choose to expect the very best, and that is exactly what will come your way.

-- Ralph Marston

04-18-2005, 02:11 PM
Hello Ladies,

Hal - Is there a local chapter of ?? I can't think of the word, but a place where women go when they get abused. I was thinking maybe there was a legal advisory at one of those places who could assist or make sure he get charged with murder.
Hal - would it helped if we (chicks) or other family members or friends would write or call the district attorney who is handling this case and say that it is a outrage that he is thinking of pleading down this case. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

Mooz - I'm sorry to hear that you mother is not doing to well. I will keep her and you in my prayers. WTG on your 1/2 loss.

04-19-2005, 02:11 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just bringing to the top.

I'm on day two of SBD and I sure am craving something sweet.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-19-2005, 03:35 PM
Hi Ladies,

Hal, I agree with Patty, is there something we can do to assist you. I work for a criminal attorney here in Phoenix and I will be seeing him on Thursday. Perhaps he could shed some light on this subject. My other attorney represents inmates and I do believe the Assistant U.S. attorneys represent the state against these criminals. Please let us know what we can do for you. I will, of course, keep you and your nephew in my prayers.

I just finished eating my lunch which consisted of a small container of peach yogurt (1 sugar), some real chunky applesauce and about an 1/8th cup of grapenuts. I did this yesterday for lunch and found it is not only filling but I do not get any indigestion eating it. I also eat a big breakfast each day and most of the time it consists of Old Fashion Oatmeal with some raisins, skim milk, coffee with coffeemate and two pieces of low cal whole wheat toast with either a small amount of "real" jelly or regular cream cheese. For exercise I have worked out in the yard these last two mornings cutting and trimming bushes, went bowling and walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. It seems if I stay busy my eating is under control. I am not sure but since I gave up all my vitamins I really don't feel those binge urges for the wrong kinds of food. I also have one of those fudge bars if I really want one in the evening.

Well I had better get moving I need to pick up my bowling partner because his truck is in the shop.

Take care,

04-19-2005, 10:38 PM
This re-training at work is SO boring. But, then, it may be a good deal. I think I understand some of it second time through.

One thing I've noticed is that I always used to grab something to eat at break, but this time I've (2 days!) I listen to whether I'm really hungry and not just that it's break time. Going home is still hard.

Nita--WTG on the exercise and control. I wonder if some more fruit instead of the toast might be more balanced.

In Mexico I had grapefruit every monring, and it was great. Here, just the time to cut open a grapefruit seems like too much.

Hal--keeping you and family in thoughts and prayers.

Mooz--sorry about your mom. That must be very hard. My DMiL had pneumonia while I was gone. Haven't seen her yet since I got back. We did go by, but it was after 9:30 in the morning and she was still in bed. (Unusual for her--but a nice thing about her not being in a care home is she can choose her schedule just like any adult).

Hi to everyone else.

04-20-2005, 07:26 PM
Hi Chicks~~ just stopping by briefly while i have a connection (again! :( )
Things have been getting pretty busy with us trying to see everyone who is leaving for home soon. And before you know it we will be one of the migrants again. I think we will leave by May 1 or 2 as of right now.
Weather is nice again. Only 80's for the high. If it would stay like this it would hard to get any of us 'snowbirds' to leave here! LOL

Went w/a couple today to the Arizona Mills Mall. That is all outlet stores...we had never been there. Kinda neat. Didn't buy anything tho! Got to be on this budget and it is not fun. If they hadn't already seen the IMAX movie perhaps we would have done that.

Oil change tomorrow and a budget movie --it's nearby, so we will do that while they work on the vehicle.

I will try to post more later...everyone stay strong on your plan :)

:wave: :grouphug: thinlizzie

04-20-2005, 10:32 PM
Hello Ladies,

Thin - The weather has been beautiful here to. Actually it's been cool in the evenings, but warms up during the day. We'r due some rains this weekend.

Cat - Are you having to retrain cause you were out, or just because they want everyone to take course over? How is you MIL?

Nita - sounds like you have your meals pretty well under control. Now the hard part is to just keep doing that. I tend to do my best, when i'm prepared.

Hope everyone is doing ok!

04-20-2005, 11:43 PM
Hi Patty,

You are so correct--I need to keep on doing this. I think what has me inspired this time around going back to WW is the fact that I have a friend whom I have committed to meet at the meetings. I haven't had this companionship for a long time and it really makes a difference. I do believe that the fact I have given up most of the sweets I was eating, I am no longer feeling I need to binge on any type of food. I did make up my own trailmix by mixing together peanuts, slivers of almonds, raisins, small cubes of papaya, a little pineapple (dried), sunflower seeds and a small amount of some M&Ms. After bowling I often have perhaps an ounce of this and I am satisfied while I am making dinner and not eating like I used to while making dinner. Today I made my sf pie with saltines on the bottom instead of graham crackers. The more the filling soaks into these crackers, the better it tastes. You are correct--it is very important to plan on what you are going to eat for the day. It is also important to eat enough food to keep you satisfied.

Take care,

04-21-2005, 08:15 PM
Patty-- They're making me re-train because I was out. I wish they had told me that this would be required, because I just would have stayed on my old project until I came back. It wouldn't be so bad if the training weren't so HORRIBLY dull and repetitious.

Haven't had a chance to talk to MiL. She's been resting when I've been around, but my SiL who lives with her says she's improving. She'll be 90 this year (I think that's right).

Mooz--thinking about her made me think about your DM. Could a walker help keep her from falling? She might not need it all the time.

Nita--that trail mix sounds yummy. I might try that, tho I know my danger is that I won't quit at an ounce!

04-22-2005, 08:38 PM
Hello ladies,
Cat - I"m with you on the trail mix. I would not stop and I would pick out the m&m's first.

Nita - I have a friend who just had the bypass surgery so that is inspiring to me knowing that I do have a choice.

Another busy day at work, but stayed OP. Tomorrow is weight in so we'll see how I did this week.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-23-2005, 12:37 AM
Good Evening Ladies,

Well I did go to the WW meeting a day early in order to meet my friend. I lost 3/4 of a pound, making a total of 5-1/4 lbs. in three weeks. One of the things the leader suggested is "variety". It is most important not to get bored with the food you are eating. There was an older woman who reached her goal today--a total of 86-1/2 lbs. It took her over two years to do it, but she really looks great. I believe when you take it off slowly you have less chance of hanging skin. She looked really toned. What works best for her is high fiber--she said she gets in about 70 grams of fiber each day. I was so impressed with her that instead of eating my spagetti this evening I had a bowl of Fiber One with yogurt. It really was very tasty. This is the "new" Cluster cereal that they just came out with. I believe it has 14 grams of fiber. They also passed out an entertainment booklet and quite a few good recipes. I will pass some of them on after I try them out first.

As far as my trailmix goes, I, too, tend to eat the M&M's first but since there are only 3 or 4, I don't believe it matters.

Well I had better get moving. Oh, I almost forgot--when I went bowling today I bowled a 582 (187, 204, 191). This is the highest three games I have ever bowled. Who said when you get older you don't get better. I just proved that theory wrong!!!

Take care,

04-23-2005, 03:15 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - WTG on your 3/4 lb loss. Your right with the variety, you have to try new things. I tend to eat the same foods over and over then I just get tired and then overdo it. So my goal is to try something new each week. Great scores on your bowling. I like to bowl too, but i'm not good at it.

As for me I had a 1.8 loss this week. I'm slowing learning that when I do have to eat out I have lots of choices. This past week I ate out 4 days and still had a weight loss. I have got to start incorporating some exercise though. Nita, have you tried those little candies that Ww puts out at the meetings? It's like 1pt for the whole package. That is helping me quite a bit, cause when I get stressed I want to eat. I think one day I ate the whole package in like a hour, but I figured it was better than eating candy bars.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-24-2005, 07:36 PM
Had so much to do and read murder mysteries cuddled up with cat and kitten.

At least I will walk today.

Thinking of you all.

04-24-2005, 07:57 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a lazy day here too.

Cat - How did you cats adjust to the new kitten?

Hope everyone is having a OP day!

04-24-2005, 10:49 PM
Hi Ladies,

I really had a very busy day today. First of all I went bowling and bowled 3 practice games and then we did a scotch doubles tournament (4 games). After that since it was so nice and cool here I decided it would be a good day to go out and trim some more bushes in the back yard. Then it was time to make dinner and after I finish this message I am going to relax and watch some TV. As far as my eating went today--it went really well. In fact all I had for lunch was one of the New Blue Bunny Smoothies. At the bowling alley I did have about an ounce of my trail mix and that was it. Of course I had a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and a few sliced almonds in it. And I did have my usual large cup of coffee with Coffeemate. I also had two slices of the low cal whole wheat bread (1 pt). I have not been actually counting the points but I do keep my WW calculator on the counter and I am aways checking how many points are in any one item. At the meeting the folks who pre-planned their daily eating were the ones who lost the most weight.

Well I had better get moving. Take care and I hope the rest of our group are having a super weekend!

Take care,

04-25-2005, 10:22 PM
Hello Ladies,

Nita - I have noticed that too. The ones who have planned their meals and have good food choices on hand do tend to lose more weight, plus exercise. I seem to do much better on the weekends and at home. I guess at work I guess stressed and want to eat something.

Yeserday I worked on my plants and I think I was bending down too much. My back is sore today.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-25-2005, 10:24 PM

The other cats are fine with the kitten. You should see--one comes up to her bowl and the little tiny thing just nudges them away and they go!

04-25-2005, 11:35 PM
Good Evening Ladies,

I just had to post this short message--today is the first day I have had the munchies. I tried just eating fruit but I ended up eating some of my trailmix, not once but twice. I did walk on the treadmill twice today and went bowling, as usual. I think perhaps I am frustrated because I bowled so well last Friday and today I couldn't do a darn thing. Tomorrow is our Sweeper Day for our League and we have a chance of making some prize money. Perhaps I am worried that I will not do well tomorrow. I need to just stay focused and it really doesn't matter if I don't win, as long as I have fun! My other bowling alley is having its monthly luncheon this Wed. and on Thursday morning I am going to a restaurant for breakfast put on by our councilman. I really need to stay focused and not blow the program. I think what happens after three weeks or so, sometimes I think I have it made--then I find out I really don't and need to work harder.

It's so nice to have you ladies to listen to my woes!

Take care,

04-26-2005, 08:20 AM
Nita--one day (one meal, one choice) at a time--hang in there!

04-26-2005, 09:14 PM
Hello ladies,
Today was a really stressful day at work. We were working on a project and it didn't turn out as well as expected. Of course the first thing I turn to is food. I was somewhat prepared with fruit, but I still wanted that candy. So I ate some. Told myself, see it really didn't help so the rest of the day, just drank lots of water.

Nita - We'll maybe you just had a off day with your bowling. Stay positive, and like Cat said one meal at a time.

Hope to hear from everyone else!

I was looking at other sites and came across this web site. It's great! It's world's healthiest foods, lots of recipes etc.

04-26-2005, 10:23 PM
Hi Patty,

Looks like it is you and me this evening. You are so correct--today at bowling I did much better. Also, I have to tell you I had so much energy this morning that I cleaned my enclosed patio and took the high-back chairs outside and scrubbed the cushions. They hadn't been given a good cleaning since we bought them 6 years ago. I then blew the dust off the patio and ended up using an old mop to really get the concrete clean. After bowling I picked up a 5 x 8 piece of Berber carpet from WalMart and my patio looks like it belongs to a rich family! I had another omlette this morning and this time I added some strawberries to it along with the raisins. This kept me filled up until noon at which time I had one of those new Yoplait yogurts with a little grapenuts in it. It is so great not to have that bloating feeling or indigestion. It sure does pay to get back on track. I even walked on the treadmill and will do so again soon after I finish this post before American Idol and House come on.

My daughter in PA let me know today about 12 people at WalMart have all paid $20 into a pot and the one who loses the most weight come July 4th that person will get the entire fund. She told me what makes the difference is someone else is weighing her and now she has incentive to keep going.

Well I hope everyone else is having a controlled week--hope to hear from you soon!

Take care,

04-27-2005, 04:31 AM
Mornin chickies ....... sorry I have not posted for a few days. Not getting an unbroken nights sleep is leaving me tired a lot and I have to try and rest when I can get a chance during the day. Last night I had to get up to my mum at 2.30, 3.30, and 4.30! It is now 8.30 and she is still sleeping but I am up! The chiropodist is coming today to do both our feet and I will be so glad to get mine done :D
My weight is still the same but I have not been listening to the cd every day like I should be doing. I really must start and do it as it also helps me relax for 25 mins and I always fall asleep during it but waken up when he tells me to at the end. I will read your entries later but just wanted to let you know that I am still here!

Have a good day all.

04-27-2005, 11:57 AM
Good Morning Mooz,

I am sorry to hear about your Mom not sleeping well and as a result, you are very tired. However, I am so happy you let us know you are still with us. I am taking Gene to the doctor today and perhaps he can get some physical therapy. He, too, is becoming quite helpless when it comes to doing things for himself. Hopefully you will get to listen to your tape today and have a very restful night.

Take care,

04-27-2005, 02:45 PM
Hello Ladies,
Just a quick hello. Eating is not going to well today, nor is drinking my water.

Mooz - Sorry to hear you mum is not sleeping well. Hope your able to get your cd in today.

Nita - Wow, you have had a burst of energy. I think eating right gives us that. When I eat to many carbs, I tend to be lazy.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

04-27-2005, 08:51 PM

Remember we cannot be perfect so don't beat yourself up. The day I really had the munchies I ended up having some 94% fat free micro popcorn. It's not my favorite treat but it did take away my hunger!

I went to the doctor today re my tests and he said I have the bones of a 20 year-old. That really pleases me and it gives me even more incentive to exercise more and more. I also told him about not taking any vitamins and he said I should go back on the calcium--1500 mg. per day and 400 mg. of Vit. D. So I will do as he says. We had our monthly luncheon at bowling and I did very well--I had a chicken thigh (and it was deep fried) but it wasn't too big. I also took about a tablespoon of macaroni salad and a tablespoon of potato salad. I also had one whole bread roll. I wasn't going to partake any of the "super" cake they had for dessert and then I decided to have just a very small piece. I really felt good afterwards because I wasn't stuffed, and as a result I had another three good games -- 548 total.

Hopefully we hear from the rest of our members real soon! Wishing you all a very good week.

Take care,

04-27-2005, 11:02 PM
Nita--WTG on the bowling and on the eating--and on not beating yourself up over the cake! Hope the dr or PT can help DH. That must be very hard.

Mooz--sorry about your mom. Have you talked to the dr about her getting up?

Patty--hope you're doing better.

The training at work is so stressful and boring. So I feel I "deserve" a treat, which is silly.

Did I mention that one of the diabetes management magazines had an article on hypnotism as an adjunct to weight loss? I got a tape, but it didn't really work for me. There are some hypnotists in Lawrence--but they generally seem to do past life regression as well as weight control, pain etc. I could not be happy with someone who did past life regressions.

Well, I just the name of a therapist who does hypnosis--someone I had actually heard good things about already. So will try to call him tomorrow.

Love to all--

04-28-2005, 10:26 PM
Kickin' us back up to the top.

04-29-2005, 12:09 AM
Hello everyone!

I cannot honestly remember my last post, what I said or even how long it has been. My life is simply at an all time l-o-w at the moment. For the first time in my life, and I have been through much - I have had just about all I can handle.

The preliminary trial was Monday in north central Indiana. The county prosecutor has talked my sister into accepting a plea bargain on the murder trail for her only child and she has accepted - no questions ask. Not only that, no discussion with any family members. Bottom line, this young man will not only serve much less time, but he may negotiate the time he is given from the moment he is sentenced by doing things for an early release.

The plea bargain is from murder to voluntary manslaughter. The courts say the murder was in "the heat of the moment", thus more accurately fit into the category of voluntary manslaughter.

My sister told me that as my niece died, she lay on the floor begging this young man to dial 911. He taunted her as she described the dying process...letting him know she could not breathe, then she could not see, and then dying! He rang a variety of cell telephone ringer tones, never once dialing 911. Only after her 11 year old son determined what was happening, and he ran upstairs to get another cell telephone with a different number, and he dialed 911 was medical assistance summoned. Too little, too late for my poor niece.

Now, you tell me this is voluntary manslaughter? Remember, my sister told me this. She is the one that negotiated the plea bargain.

The murder charge will officially be dropped on May 23 at the sentencing hearing. According to my sister, 'this is when we all defend our niece'. I am at a total loss. I pray for peace and understanding. I do not understand.

I have not given up. I loved this young lady with all of my heart. I am haunted by the decisions that have been made, and the movement of the trial that is suppose to protect her interests now that she is gone. She will never have the opportunity for an early release from her grave. How on God's green earth do we allow these felony to walk with a minimum of years served?

Bottomline, our prison systems are at maximum capacity. Murder trials are expensive. Our world is a scary place for the average citizen that must rely upon our judicial systerm without the benefit of very expensive personal attorneys - which the average citizen cannot afford.

All beyond sad... :angel: :( :stress: :judge: :no: :angel:

04-29-2005, 12:29 AM

I am so very sad for you as well! You are correct--the judicial system has many flaws and the victims sometimes are the only ones who suffer! Perhaps your sister is still in shock and that may be why she took the plea bargain. I will most definitely keep you in my prayers and I know your niece will always be in your heart and besides that she will be watching over you and her family!


04-29-2005, 04:09 PM
Hal - I too am at a loss for words. Your right, what is happening to our judicial system? How can the prosecutor even think about pleaing this out? I don't know why your sister would of settled for a plea bargin, but like Anita said maybe she still in shock, or denial. I don't know what to say. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. If there is anything we can do please let us know and know that we are here for you if you need to vent out or scream or just anything. Don't keep this bottled up. We're here for you! :angel: :angel: :grouphug:

04-29-2005, 11:20 PM
just bringing us to the top!