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01-30-2005, 10:15 AM
I'm only about a week old here and I've been lurking around and don't seem to quite fit in anywere! So I want to search out some others who share my issues as well. I work full time, with the commute I'm gone from home about 50 hrs a week. I would love to share lunch ideas, quick dinners, and after school snacks! Things like trying to keep up with the laundry and squeeze in a good work-out! Couldn't go to the gym if my life depended on it! :^: I love newbies with their abundance of excitement when they first start (always a moral booster when somebody is excited)! I want to have some old timers too! Sometimes newbies disappear. :( I love to have fun, laugh at myself, and survive this crazy life style! It dosen't matter if your weight loss goals are more or less than mine, it dosen't matter if you have kids or not, it dosen't matter what diet plan you are following, and it dosen't matter if you fall off the wagon. (who dosen't :^: ) I would love to chat with others who have to survive the parties at work, the mad dash to get home and get dinner together, stay ahead of the laundry, and trying to make healthy choices among it all! And above all people who don't mind that I can't spell :lol: !!!

01-30-2005, 11:50 AM

I know how you feel about newbies dissappearing..that happens to me all the time :^: I've been around since November and really like it here. I work full time and go to school part time. It is hard to make healthy choices when you're constantly on the go. Of course, I only have to worry about myself. I'm single with no children. I'm working on myself right now getting ME! where I need to be and not worrying about anything else. I joind WW in November and I've had alot of success with that. I suffered through two holidays working at a grocery store with all the goodies I could eat and I still managed to lose through those few weeks. I am always needing quick and easy recipes. I really like to see people successful and motivated toward their life goals... the reason I'm going into Elementary Education.
If you're still interested in a buddy just send me a pm
Take Care,

01-30-2005, 12:00 PM
Lori, I was working 40 hours a week and spending 10 hours a week in a classroom two nights out of the week. I'd use my lunch hour on the nights I had class and go walking or even run a few miles. Then I'd eat at my desk or save 10 minutes to eat at the end of lunch. When I didn't have class, I exercised right after work before I did anything else. I would spend one whole day on the weekend and cook up several dishes and freeze them so that I would have my meals already prepared for the next week or so.

01-30-2005, 12:26 PM
Hi, I hope you won't mind if I join you. Even though I am a newbie, I believe I won't dissapear ;)

First of all, I apologize for my mistakes. i am from Europe and still stugling with English

I am just 20 years old but I work full time and go to school. My schedule is really crazy. I work M-F from 8:30am - 4:30pm and then I have a second job Sun-W from 7:30pm - 10pm. I am taking ESl classes (before I go to university) on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm.
Well, I really have no time to exercise. On weekends, I am trying to clean my apartment and cook for all week. The thing is I work as a nanny and honestly, there is no healthy food in the people's house.
I really love group exercises and try to get to my gym as often as possible but it is so hard :(

01-30-2005, 12:27 PM
Hello there!

Well I know how busy feels, lol!

I currently am out of the house for work plus travelling time for about 50 hours per week too, I am a single parent of a 14 year old; I tutor part time and I'm also studying as well as trying to fit in exercise and lose 40lbs! I'm also a moderator on a couple of websites, lol

I am desperately trying to get back into my exercise routine but it usually means getting out of bed at 5.00am so that I can exercise in the front room to DVD/videos - I have absolutely no time for travelling to and from the gym and time for getting changeed etc. etc. either.

I am hoping to get a small amount of weight training in at night too (or am I just expecting too much)

Nice to meet you all

01-30-2005, 12:31 PM
The more we have the more fun and better ideas! :D I'm going to see how many takers we have and gather up email and contact info maybe find a spot in the support forum we can chat on! :) I love newbies, they always bring forgotten excitement to the group! I just feel sad when they give up and don't come back! :(

01-30-2005, 05:07 PM
Hi Imatis And Everyone! I Am Not So New To 3fc! Haven't Visited For About 3 Yrs Or So.... I Saw Ur Post Imatis On Another Thread.... I Too Am Having A Tough Time Trying To Find A Place To Fit In..... I Am 48 Work Full Time 3 Kids 2 From Dh 1st Marriage Work A Swing Shift I Am Falling Off Track With Diet And Exercise And Really Need Some Support And Would Be Happy To Give Anyone Else The Same Back. This Site Was My Inspiration... I Have Posted On 2 Other Threads Regarding My Story. Would Also Like To Email And Chat With Others Going Thru Some Of The Same Things... Cooking Dinners Bad Snacks Good Snacks Emotional Eating Etc..... Swing Shift Trying To Fit Exercise In... U Know What I Mean... Thanx For Listening

Donna From Southern New Jersey

01-30-2005, 05:58 PM
What kind of diet plan is everyone doing?

01-30-2005, 06:03 PM
Hi Karen,
Whatever you want! Looks like we have some WW, low cal., and low-fat! Maybe more soon! :)

01-30-2005, 06:11 PM
Hi Lori,
I've been doing LAWL but not with any luck. I've been gaining and losing the same weight over and over for almost a year. I think it's time for a change. I was thinking of doing the old calorie counting again. I just need to get these 40 pounds off... :dizzy:

01-30-2005, 06:28 PM
Hi All!
This newbie also puts in a lot of time at work, but I'm not nearly as busy since I moved to Ky. I was EXTREMELY active with the city while living up North, but the rednecks down here do not like outsiders coming in to "mess up" their good-old-boy politics!
I will soon be opening a new office about 90 miles away, so I will enjoy my free time while I have it!
I was going to a gym, but have found that I am more committed here at home with my cheering section not letting me slip up. I don't think I would be comfortable going to WW meetings. Using support via this format is new to me, but I think I will like it. I tend to laugh at myself easily (and the opportunity pops up all too often!), so I would love to share with others.

01-30-2005, 06:56 PM
Hi everyone :)

I'm new here too and haven't really found a place that I fit in either.

I'm 45, the single mom of a 17 year old girl, and work fulltime (40-45 hours per week). I just quit smoking January 3, and have been on a good old fashioned 1200 calorie plan. It's working well for me - as of this morning I've lost 11.5 pounds. I'm a little bit afraid of what's going to happen when I finally take the patch off though.

I just started on my treadmill today. I'd like to do it everyday, but I can't decide if I want to get up at 5 AM or do it at night after work. Getting in exercise during the week has always been a challenge for me.

01-30-2005, 07:02 PM
Way to Go on quitting the smoking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-30-2005, 07:35 PM
What kind of diet plan is everyone doing?

I found out that there is no diet that would help me. And I also found out that if I want to lose weight and then maintain them, I have to stick with it for rest of my life. Therefore, I am counting calories, trying not to eat fat and sweet, and exercise a lot.

01-30-2005, 08:33 PM
Greetings All! I am new here too. I've been lurking for awhile and decided to join so I could be a part of your group. I've been TTLW (trying to lose weight) since Jan 3. I have lost a total of 9 lbs. All I am doing is counting calories (using, cutting our sugar (esp coca cola) and trying to stay away from too much saturated fat. I read a book called "Fat Land" this month that has really helped with my mental perspective on Americans, our habits and where they are derived.

I really need a support group that understands the pain of denying oneself during stressful, difficult and emotional moments. I have yet to be able to give up alcohol altogether and I can't give up caffeine either.

I hope to get to know you all better and hopefully we can find a way to shed these pounds and be healthier altogether. My biggest issue is that I am an asthmatic that is afraid of exercise. I hope to ease into it gently in the coming months.

Good to meet you all! :)

01-30-2005, 08:38 PM
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congratulations on quitting smoking!! :p u have made it thru one hurdle! u must take weight loss one step at a time.... some days will be good and some might not be so good.... but don't give up!! thats what i try to keep saying to myself! :?: hang in there!

01-30-2005, 08:51 PM
Welcome Kerry.... I Really Think That U Will Find The Support And Help U Will Need With This Group. This Is A Great Site! Totally Was My Inspiration! We Have A Lot In Common... Am Trying To Get To 130-135 Lbs.. With A Starting Weight Right Now Of 164. I Used Weight Watchers And South Beach Diets And Got Down To About 140 Give Or Take A Few Lbs... But Recently After Holidays Etc Have Been Having A Hard Time Getting Back On Track With Fitness And Eating Habits.... In Ur Area Are There Any Places Like Curves Or Ladies Workout Expresses?? These Clubs Are For Women Only Take Only 30 Minutes To Complete And U Meet Other Women Going Through Their Own Weight Loss Endeavors... Its Fun... I Joined One.. And Like It A Lot Just Need To Get My Butt Back There... This May Help U Ease Into The Exercising Mode....


01-30-2005, 10:04 PM
I have looked into some of the fitness places in my area, but right now I can't justify the expenditure. I am married and we are living on just my income, which is only PT right now. My DH is a FT student with two years until graduation. We live on a strict budget, which makes it difficult to lose weight. I have had some room to flex the grocery budget but not eating out and DH has been very agreeable about it.

I do pilates at home occasionally and walk my Rottie regularly. I need to do the pilates more and probably start some yoga. My muscles are still long and lean from my athletic days, but I just don't have it in me to be a runner again.

I'd like to look good in a bikini by summer. I think I need to get cracking to make that happen ;)

01-30-2005, 11:22 PM
Lori- looks like we have enough to start our own group.
Karen- I'm on WW and lovin it.

I weigh in tomorrow so wish me luck

01-30-2005, 11:51 PM
I'll get us up and running by noon! Going to bed for now!! Wow I'm excited looks like a fun group!!! :D I call it the same thing "Full time working stiff" if we want to change it later we can! Oh and GOOD LUCK! I'm going to do my first weigh in tomorrow morning! :o

01-31-2005, 02:08 AM
Lori And Christina... Good Luck With Weighins.... Christina U Say U Are Doing Ww And Loving It... Are U Doing The Flex Plan Or Core Plan... I Did The Flex And Did Well But Just Don't Want To Go Thru The Points Again!! Got Tired Of Not Starting My Official Weighin Until I Decide If I Am Starting Ww Or La Weightloss....

Yes This Looks Like A Great Group..... Looking Foward To Getting To Know Everyone.... :)

Libraryian.....can Relate To The Financial Situation I Have A Bit Of One Of My Own... But We Are Still Both Working And I Decided To Cut Back On Eating Out So Much And Giving Up Some Of My Female Maintenance... Hair Dresser I Limit To About Once Every Just To Get My Color Done And One Of My Best Friends Is Hairdresser So She Gives Me A Good Break... My Husband And I Don't Really Go Out Socially So That Helps To So That I Can Afford To Put Out About 35.00 Per Month To Join My Health Club.... Also I Gave Up My Cell Phone Too For That.... Though Like U I Used To Work Out At Home With Tapes I Have A Whole Box Of Them Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Lbs... Is Great Workout And Also The Denise Austin Tapes Are Awesome If U Want To Kick It Up A Bit... They Are Both Great Motivators.... I Got A Lot Of Mine On Ebay For A Fraction Of The Cost.... And Still Use Them In Between But Right Now I Am In A Terrible Rut.... But I Know I Will Get Back On Track With The Help Of All Of U..... Lets Just All Hang In There.. Cuz Yes We Can Do It!! :d


01-31-2005, 06:24 AM
Good Morning Everyone,
I have decided to count calories as well. I was told that 1300-1600 would be good for me to do. I thought the 1600 was alittle high but I'll find out for sure on that today. I decided the only thing that works for me is being able to eat what I want when I want it.. :lol: I'll be doing that but now I'll have to be held accountable with counting calories. I sure hope this works for me.
Good luck to everyone today with your new ways of eating.
The boss will be at work for the next two days so I might not be able to come out and play much today and tomorrow. We'll see... :p
Lori...Let me know how you're doing with this lifestyle. I like your attitude about the whole dieting thing.
Talk to you all later..

01-31-2005, 09:25 AM
Good moring everybody, I'm having problems getting our first post up on the support group threads. I have been trying since about 6:30 am and it won't post. I'm going to contact the girls for help. I was hoping it was just my computer at home, but it won't work here at work either.
I had the same problem yesterday too!

01-31-2005, 10:18 AM
Well here we are, support buddies :) I like the sound of that.

I am happy to report that I weighed this morning and I have lost another pound! I am down to 155 even after eating that cheesecake this weekend that I COULD NOT resist! :D

How's everyone else doing?

01-31-2005, 10:34 AM
Suzann moved us because we couldn't post a new thread. So for now we'll run off the original. I did my weigh in today and I also lost **4 lbs.** Probably mostly water since it's my first week, but I'll be postive and say 2 for water and 2 for fat :D . Now I have to figure out my slider and contact everybody with the move!

01-31-2005, 11:50 AM
Congratulations To All On Ur Recent Weight Loss! U Go Girls! ;)
I Am Off To The Gym... And Then Work At 4;00pm This Week... Still Haven't Decided Which Weight Loss Plan I Am Going To Start... But I Am Getting My Feet Back Into The Right Perspective.... At Thats To The Gym... Well Thats A Good Start Right?? :) I Had A Egg Beater Omelet With Once Piece Of Whole Grain Bread For Breakfast To Start Off... Which I Guess Is Good... And Hot Herbal Tea... Won't Have Much Time To Post Until Tonight Probably After I Come Home From Work At 12:30am... So U All Have A Great Day....

Donna :)

01-31-2005, 12:05 PM

I have been posting on and off for a few weeks now. I am 31 years old, married and have a 5 year old son. I work as a nurse in a local regional jail. My MD just put me on Meridia a few weeks ago. The first week I lost 4 lbs. and this past week I lost 2 more. I have been fixing smoothies for breakfast and lunch and then eating a salad for dinner. I have also been drinking lots of water. That is one good thing about the pills, they make me VERY thirsty. I also go to Curves every morning. My first goal is to lose one dress size before I go on my cruise (2/25/05). I'm sure that I will gain some weight while on the cruise so come the first week on March I will have to start working EXTRA hard.

I was on WW a few years ago and lost 15 lbs or so. I would like to start that back up but I can't go to meetings. I work 3p-11p so I couldn't make it to the meeting during the week and on weekends I try to sleep in till 9:00 and that is when the Saturday meetings are. I might look into WW online once I come back from my cruise.

Hope everyone has a great week!!

~Jenn :coffee:

01-31-2005, 12:14 PM
Hi Jenn,
Welcome! My Dr. put me on Merdian twice, I had good luck with it the first time, but gained it all back when I went off them. The second time I had some strange reaction, the only way to explain it was a metal taste in my mouth ***yuck***. My Dr. is sweet I'm trying to lose at least 10 lbs before I have to go see her on March 10th. That way she won't offer the pills to me again! :D Working afternoons has it's perks but it can really mess up you up for dieting. I worked afternoon shift straight for 2 yrs., I was glad to get off it. I really missed out on 2yrs worth of sports with the kids and ate all kinds of crazy things.

01-31-2005, 12:51 PM
Hello :wave:
Donna- I am on the flex points program. I think I would go overboard if I was on the core plan. I need to be help accountable for my actions. I think I can be sneaky at times :^: :lol:
I am so upset :mad: I gained this week and I don't know how that could have happened. Just recently, my job said no more drinking at our stations :censored: and if that is the reason...I'm gonna forget that I'm an :angel: I do feel stress free at the moment :cool: I dropped my Intro to Algebra class and added tennis. I will take a Algebra perparation class next semester. I never understood math :( I even had to drop Lifetime Fitness for the Algebra class :mad: anyway...Sorry for my rambling :blah:
I'll check in later.

01-31-2005, 01:17 PM
It's muscle you gained, yea that's what it is, now I'm jealous!! :D I would be under my desk drinking H20 from a sprots bottle!! That's mean, I know liquid + computer = disaster but come on if you use a lid all should be good. I would suggest a camel back, can't spill that, but you would look like a dork! :dizzy: When I worked at Verizon we all got special spill proof cups with fancy lids. :coffee: I hate math too, if it wasn't for a calculator I'ld still be sitting in that math class from 2 yrs ago trying to finish the test.

01-31-2005, 02:21 PM
Congratulations on the weight losses!!

Rusty I have to ask what is LAWL??? There can't possibly be a diet that exists I haven't heard of...... can there, lol!

I may be a newbie here but I have been a regular on a couple of other diet and fitness related websites for a while now. Still keeping on keeping on {sigh}

In that time I have had chance to experiment as I do not lose weight easily. I discovered that low carb, low calorie is about the only thing that works for me but I can't stick with it for long so I carb cycle. I basically use Monday to Wednesday as my weight loss days - low cal, low carb, low fat and aerobic exercise and then eat healthily with moderate carbs and about 1500 calories for the rest of the week and *supposedly* weight train. I keep promising myself I will start a 12 week Body for Life Challenge but haven't quite managed it yet - I also recently bought myself the New York Body Plan exercise DVD (tough) but for some reason (severe procrastination) haven't got around to blowing up my gym ball (can you see a pattern here)

Well I set my alarm for 5.00am this morning and didn't get up until 6.00am so I missed my window of opportunity for pre breakfast exercise.

I read a great article which suggested that exercising before breakfast is up to 300% more effective than any other time of day (because you go straight into fat burning as you have no food to burn first) and I actually found I lost more weight by doing it this way too and had more energy throughout the day. But then Christmas happened. And I haven't got back on the wagon ever since.

I am armed today though! I have a timer to put on my lamp so that my light should come on fifteen minutes before the alarm goes off (waking up in the dark mornings is soooo hard for me) AND I'm going to take my kettle to bed so I can have a coffee in bed before I have to get up and bounce around my front room!

Mind you, I have to catch up tonight with my lack of exercise this morning now.... I find it so hard to motivate myself straight from work. And of course, I still have some grocery shopping to do first.

01-31-2005, 02:55 PM
Hi all, hope you don't mind me crashing your group. I've been a regular on another group for several months and I love it. Only problem is that there is only three of us and when one goes away for a few days, we tend to not post as much. So I saw the working stiffs and knew that I belonged here.

I work full-time with computers for a school district. I admit I have it pretty easy since I don't work year round, but since we're in the middle of a school year, it seems like I work all the time.

Since May 2004, I've lost 19 pounds but have been at the same weight for 3 months. Can anybody say Christmastime?!?!?! Even though I was pretty good, I didn't diet, per se. So I'm stuck. I'm hoping now that I'm back on the wagon for good, that the mini-maintenance stage will make losing go a little easier for a while. I count calories - loosely. After a lifetime (I'm 43) of dieting, I know the calories of just about everything, so I add it up in my head. Once in a while, I'll double check myself and put it into my database and see if I'm doing okay (usually I am under what I guessed/estimated). I'm aiming for 1700 calories a day. I've always lost weight at this amount and am not too hungry. I envy those of you who can go with 1200 cals per day. I'd be so obsessed with food that I'd fail often. So I'm losing weight slowly, which has made my dr. pleased.

I exercise with my husband MWF and we're pretty active on the weekends. The new year's resolution was the MWF routine together. It's been really nice. We have a nordic track, exercycle and Gazelle. I use the Gazelle and DH alternates the other two. We put on a concert on the big screen with the surround sound and it's like we're at a concert. The time just flies. So exercise has become easier. Before the new year, I would force myself to exercise, but I didn't enjoy it. Now I do.

So, that's my story. Hope everyone is having a great day.

01-31-2005, 03:28 PM
I read a great article which suggested that exercising before breakfast is up to 300% more effective than any other time of day (because you go straight into fat burning as you have no food to burn first)

Oh no is this true??? :faint: Can someone comeover to hook up a coffee IV drip??? Half the time I'm working out at 9 at night! I have heard so many debates about this but never thought about it before. My concept was it is just better to at least do it! I HATE 5 AM!!

Oh and Marie welcome we don't mind the crash at all!

01-31-2005, 04:19 PM
What in the world am I doing to myself today??? I was tempted by the eggs and bacon this morning but by the time I got back to my desk the only thing I wanted to eat was the biscuit, which I only ate half of. Then I worked straight through lunch. So now I am snacking on graham crackers and water and I want a Coke so BAD!!!! This is what happens when I go without needed calories :dunno: why oh why do I do this to myself??

So now all I can do is think about dinner and what I want to make. Oh I hate watching what I eat so much!!! If I weren't, I'd be drinking Coke and eating chips and then finish with more cheesecake! :devil:

BAD BAD Kerry!!

You all sound so good with your exercise and I am awful! I wish I could get up and exercise in the morning. I'm luck to get my hair dry in time! ;)

01-31-2005, 05:28 PM
Hi all
Lori thanks for the invite. This looks like a great group. and I need all the help I can get. I'm 51 can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to diet. I think I have hit them all. I was doing WW just lately but could not get to the meetings so was just trying to do it on my own. I have really good days and some not so good days. Lately it has been the later. I have two grown children and a 7 year old. So I do get out with my 7 year old to play kick ball...but right now we have been going sledding & building snow forts. But as far as regular exercise I sure wish I could get back into it. I work 24 hrs a week some times more. So you would think I should have the time and I'm sure I would if I would make it. There in lies the problem. I bought one of those exercise balls. Haven't even taken it out of the box yet. I do have an exercise bike and a treadmill also a twister. I did a little of that last night. I'm not one to get up at 5:00 A.M. I love to read, knit, sew, I'm sometimes up till 1:00 A.M. doing that after I get home from work at 6:00, get supper on the table, do a load of laundry, help with home work and get my 7 year old to bed. I also teach Sunday School so I am getting ready for projects we do in class at nights also. I've always thought there should be 36 hour days. But just want to say congrats to everyone who has lost wt this week and wanted to ask MMarie what a gazelle is? Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow.
:grouphug: Anmyreah

01-31-2005, 06:51 PM
Imatis! Take a deeeeeeeep breath! I also read that exercising before bed will keep your body burning fat throughout the night! :)

My aim is actually to exercise before breakfast each day - moderate aerobics - to burn fat and to weight train before bed (all that growth hormone surging around during sleep to pump up the muscles) but in reality if I exercise at all I'm pretty grateful, lol!

01-31-2005, 06:52 PM
P.S. MMarie - what is MWF - I'm obviously a complete idiot when it comes to abbreviations!!!!

01-31-2005, 07:04 PM
Hi all, MandyJane, MWF is Monday Wednesday Friday. So I exercise those days of the week without fail with the DH. Don't feel bad, I usually can't figure out abbreviations either. Anmyreah, a Gazelle is an elliptical trainer that was developed by Tony Little. It gives the motion of walking/running without any strain on the joints. You use your arms and legs so you get a "total body" workout - which I doubt, since my tummy doesn't appear to be getting into any better shape. :) But it is better than my exercycle.

So far today, I've been really good, staying on track eating wise. I need to make it through the whole day. I set up a goal with myself - if I'm good Monday through Friday, on Friday I can have a Cherry Chocolate Chunk medium Blizzard at DQ for lunch. It's about 250 calories over what I'd normally have for lunch but it's a once a week thing. And since I would die for that specific Blizzard, I figure it's worth the few extra calories since I'd be good all week. And, it just makes Fridays even better.

01-31-2005, 07:40 PM
Good Evening All!
Lemme see if I have the names so far: We have Lori, Christina, Almostheaven, Katushkacz, Mandy Jane, Donna, Karen, DaybyDay, Kerry, Jenn, Marie, and Anmyreah.....Have I missed anyone?

I was at 210 early this month, and am now about 198. I was at this weight during high school and lost down to 125-130 my first year of college--kept it off until a few years ago when I married a guy that loves all the fattening stuff!!!

With online buddies like all of you to kick my butt, I am trying to cut portions and get off the wide load and onto the cross-country ski machine that has been collecting dust for years!

So what info are we sharing? I can be rather verbose, so feel free at any time to tell me to shut it!!!
Husband-1 (at a time :dizzy: )
Kids-1 stepson 15 yrs old and a really cool kid!!!! (seriously!)
Jobs- 2
Location-Ky now, was in the Chicago area for over 20 years
Age- 49 and looking at 50 up close and personal :p

Glad you guys are here!

01-31-2005, 08:22 PM
Well I feel obligated to tell you all a little about myself! :^: I'm 33, have a DH and 2 sons (8 & 11 yrs old) I drove school bus for years while the children were small and had tons of time to cook and work-out. Wow I was thin, but then I got too thin. Before I knew what happened I dropped to 115 lbs. I weighed more than that in 8th grade! :o I had an over active thyroid (graves disease) Anyway if we left it go I'ld have a stroke for sure so I let them kill it with radiation (wich wasn't bad at all only pills and nobody around for 3 days after) Well it was worse than the Dr. thought, it took 3 doses 6 months apart to make it stop working so much. So now I have the usual under active thyroid! :D (this all took place about 6 yrs ago and the lbs. kept coming!!) Any way I work for an emergency response hazmat company. Basically we clean up bio-bad stuff that gets spilled and stuff like that. We also clean septic tanks and rent trash boxes in between the spills. (My boss calls me queen of the crapper :lol: ) I take care of all our small customers and the guys handle the big stuff! Our entire company has about 100 employees only 6 girls, go figure! I prefer low fat other than anything else. I try to work out for 30 mins a day, but that dosen't always fly! Anyway I had my darling son hide the scale until Sunday night. (Big weakness :^: ) I made a really good low-fat tuna noodle casserole for dinner. (too much pepper!) we're looking like a great group! Maybe we can discuss exchanging reciepes. Looking forward to all your ideas and support! :)

01-31-2005, 08:39 PM
Hi Girls! It's great to see so many people here and read everyone's stories. Congratulations to all of you losers! Christina, you hang in there - that small of a gain could be due to exercise, water retention, or even how you stood on the scale.

Right now, I am limiting myself to 1200 calories, but only until I figure out what not smoking is going to do to my metabolism. I am starting the exercise thing slow because while I was smoking, I had asthma. Since smoking is what caused it to begin with and was the trigger, I was pretty much unable to exercise while I was a smoker for the last year or so. Now that I'm not smoking, it's much better and I feel like I can start to safely exercise.

My eating plan is pretty boring and doesn't change much day to day, but I purposely chose things I like since I will be on this a LONG time and don't want to feel like it's a chore to follow. I knew I needed to follow something very structured during the time I quit smoking. Another thing I have done is really space out my food so it never feels like I'm depriving myself. I think it also keeps the metabolism going which can be an issue after quitting smoking.

One more thing 'bout me then I'll quit rambling. Girls, I work for a company that owns 20+ grocery stores - that means food samples EVERYWHERE! :yikes: One good thing though, I sometimes get to try brand new things on the market. The new Kraft South Beach frozen entrees are awesome!


01-31-2005, 10:00 PM
:cp: :bravo: For you Diana
My DH has been trying to quit smoking for so many years. this D-day was going to be the finale but it just didn't happen. I can't say he doesn't try. He does understand how hard it is for me to lose wt because he has the same problems with tobacco. Good luck with the wt loss. With all of us here helping each other it should really help. I know I need the support of a group like this and I hope we all stick to our goals.
:wave: Anmyreah

Under my name I have a scale that does not want me to step on it but when I hit my goal I will chose a friendlier icon.

01-31-2005, 10:05 PM
Lori, Christina, Almostheaven, Katushkacz, Mandy Jane, Donna, Karen, DaybyDay, Kerry, Jenn, Marie, and Anmyreah....
Nice work with the roll call Joetta! :cp:

Well, I was awful today although I didn't eat too many calories, I ate garbage! Ugh! I'll do better tomorrow :)

A little about me:

I'm a newly graduated librarian working in a medical library part time on contract. Yuck :( I have a DH that is a FT student studying Interior Design. He has two years left and so I have to survive in a bad job market (for my profession that is) in the meantime. So we're broke and that makes it hard to diet. I have a beautiful Rottie that inspires me to go walking and wrestle, but I mostly fear exercise because I too have asthma.

So at the beginning of the year I decided I HAD to DO SOMETHING about this extra 35 lbs I've been carrying around. I've not taken good care of myself and I want to feel better about me. I've been counting calories using fitday and eating low fat and more fruits and veggies. I try not to go over 1400 cal/day. So far I've kept losing, but I have a feeling that may come to a screeching halt. I can't imagine dropping to 1200 cal/day like MMarie said - I'd go crazy too! :dizzy:

We've got a great group! Hopefully we can persist. :)

01-31-2005, 11:46 PM
First of all thanks daybyday and Lori? for the supporting words on my gain :)
I'll try to remeber all of your names :^: Lori, Almostheaven, Katushkacz, Mandy Jane, Donna, Karen, DaybyDay, Kerry, Jenn, Marie, and Anmyreah that everyone? The last group I belonged to seemed to fizzle out. I hope that this one will remain active :grouphug: :gossip:
I'm a 30 year old, single/divorced, confused on a major, college student with one cat and one dog that I treat like children. I work at Hen House grocery store as the Customer Service/Team Leader and have a small crush on a co-worker that is also interested but is shy...there I said it :lol:
I need some easy ideas for breakfast and lunch that doesn't need to be heated up or kept cold..any ideas??

02-01-2005, 03:09 AM
Hello again ;)

Thought I'd better add to the information gathering!

I'm 38 (very soon to be 39) and I have PCOS which makes me gain weight {sigh} so my whole life seems to be spent trying to counteract the gain. I have spent two years trying to lose weight with little success - I put a lot of effort in to lose weight and then I get too busy, take my eye off the ball and WHAM back it comes!

I have a 14 (nearly 15) year old son - I am a single parent though dating and engaged! I work for the local authority as a Customer Services Manager and tutor Postgrad students in Pensions! I'm also studying for a training qualification.

I have to do everything to lose weight - low fat; low calorie; low carb. I tend to use the carb cycling method which basically means eating low for three days (my weight loss days) and then moderate for the next four so that I don't depress myself too much.

On my low days I average about 1,000 calories and 20g carbs - the moderate days can be about 1200-1600 calories and 50-60g of carbs. I lost weight well last year when I started adding weight training to the mix but I just haven't got back on that exercise wagon yet

02-01-2005, 03:33 AM









02-01-2005, 03:43 AM
Mandyjane: The Exercise Will Come... Its Hard At First... But Just Like Weight Loss Take It A Little At A Time.. Start Small Like A Brisk Walk.... Maybe Say For 10 Or 15 Mins... And Then Work From That... Mind U Thats Just An Example... I Don't Know What U Are In To... But The Best Advise Is That U Have To Like What U Do... Because If U Don't U Won't Stick To Ur Fitness Program... Thats What We Are Here For.... Start Maybe With Twice A Week And Then Build It Up To Maybe Three And So Forth....

02-01-2005, 05:26 AM

I am Kathy and would like to join your group!!! I work full time at a hospital as an Er registration clerk. It is a great job and I finally got a great shift that I like. I work Fri/Sat days (good so I can go out if I want, or I can stay in and quilt..(my passion) Sun/Mon/Tues i work swing shft. (good because I can go to Church, and stay up late and get up at 9:00!!

Nurses like to eat and there is always junk food around. I have been on WW for 4 days and have totally stopped induldging in that stuff. I will not go over on my points even if I dohave 35 extra a week. I don't want to use them.. I have 58 lbs to lose and I am in a pre-diabetic state. If I don't lose this weight I will have to go in medication and if i do that..I will have to prick my finger. I am a whimp. really. So my doctor is giving me a chance to get my weight down and blood sugar in contol.

Since I am on WW I can have lots of different stuff, but I am trying very hard to lay off the sweets and get myself off it. I feel better when I don't eat sugar. I don't like water but I have been drinking it. Everyone says I make faces when Idrink it. Funnyhun?

I am married, husband disabled, 2 married dd's, 1 new grandson who lives with us (dd and sil too) and I am totally in love!!! He smiled at me every time I spoke to him today. I am so proud. He is another reason I want to get healty and lose this weight. I want to be the grandma that takes him on the roller coster, and the water slides. If i don't get smaller I won't want to. I fogot to tell you I am 51.

It was nice to read all your post. This will be a fun group


02-01-2005, 07:16 AM
Good morning all, and welcome cathy! Tell ya what how about everybody PM me with your email address and I will get a short name and about me kind of list. That will help everybody remember everyone. for example: Lori *Aka lmatis, 2 sons and a DH. Work daylight for a bio-hazard company. I will list everybody with a shorten bio. What do you think??? If you want I can also share your email adresses with one another but please make sure you let me know that. I won't share anybodys unless they tell me too! Also I was thinking about sending me PM's with 1 favorite reciepe a week, maybe workout ideas and we can do like a news letter email or post, what do you think???

That is hard, not cold not warm hmmm. Can you put an ice pack in a lunch box? I leave my lunch on my desk in my lunch box (our fridge is always full at work) Shed some light on the situation and I'm sure we can find some good food ideas for you!

Mandy Jane whats PCOS, I'm sorry I probably just need it spelled out I never heard of it before?

I have a really different out look on dieting than most people, I can't follow the structured diets too well so I kind of do my own thing. I chose low fat food and I am probably in a good cal. range, I just choose not to look! :^: Last time I had my weight down, I continued to follow low fat but I gave myself one cheat day a week. What ever I wanted, it helped with parties at work and the Sat. night I have no life feeling, rent a movie and stay home! :D I could never give up pizza, eating out, and pepsi for the rest of my life, I would just be fat and the heck with it! :D

We seem to have a great diverse group of people with all differnt types of issues. It brings so many more great ideas to the table!
Hope everybody has a great day!!!!

02-01-2005, 09:36 AM
My poor kids, no mother of the year award for me! I sent them to my mom's and headed for work. I called and told them it was cold not to go to the bus stop 20 mins early (which they love to be first) and told them to bring the change home from their lunch money. I'm driving along, the sun is shinning and it's cold but pretty morning and bahm it hit me they have a dentist appt. I start calling, frantic for them not to get on the bus, I was over half way to work! :dizzy: I swear I need to pin notes to my forhead! :lol: So I'm off to a usual CRAZY morning. It's monday here ever day!!

02-01-2005, 11:12 AM
Oh Man Lori! What a morning you've had!

I woke up with a horrendous headache. :headache: probably paying for all the crap I ate yesterday! This morning I'm having my coffee and oatmeal and sticking to a good eating plan all day.

I am wracking my brain for things that Christina can take for lunch, but all I've come up with is fruit and veggies! Can you get a cooler pack? That would help considerably. Then you could take some hummus, pita, veggies and an apple. That's one of my favorite healthy lunches.

PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I know this bc I've been ttc for 18 months and I'm a member of another online support group for that :rolleyes: And I know lots of women struggling with it. I also have great hopes that getting my weight/fat down and becoming more healthy will help with my fertility issues. Of course it's all stress related for me - ALL of it! :stress:

02-01-2005, 04:32 PM

I have a problem taking vitamins..they make me sick. I've tried all kinds even the "natural organic" kind. I took one a few months back and of course, I was sick to my stomach. I can't remember if I took it with food or not. I took one of the One A Day Weight Smart today w/food and no bads signs yet.

Now to my question :^: Any thoughts on One A Day Weight Smart?

Eventhough I gained this week, I still rewarded myself on my 15lb loss. I bought a cute little purse @ target for $10. I've also started saving for my goal reward that includes a shopping spree and a trip to Glamour Shots.

I'm starting another mini goal for myself. I want to be at 200lbs. by
the time my Tennis class starts @ the end of March.

02-01-2005, 04:52 PM
My opinion on vitamins, they are ok as long as you are not using them to replace food and your not taking some crazy amount. I'm sure your not so go for it, espically if they don't make you sick!! I have a bad time remembering my prescribed meds let alone anything else. If you like the let me know, I think they are pretty new on the market. My father in law took the reg. one a day and he said after a week he could feel a difference. Kind of a boost in his energy and other things.

02-01-2005, 07:18 PM
Hi All!
Welcome Kathy! My husband is also disabled--he has multiple sclerosis. He has a wonderful attitude about it, but he would still much rather be working instead of being at home most of the time. The house we have now has a huge detached garage and a 2 car carport attached to the house, so he has the garage all to himself! In Ky weather, I don't worry about the vehicle in the carport--not enough really cold weather to make it a big deal. I have decided that in every marriage, there needs to be a detached garage--should be written into the vows!!!!!!!!!!!

I ventured onto the scale today--196.5--down another pound and a half--whoo-hoo!!!

I have been taking fruit to work for lunch, I have no snackies in the drawer, and I don't carry cash to tempt me to order from the chinese restaurant--it is working!

As for working, since Lori is the gatherer here, I am a certified financial planner (so I am a little familiar with the pension stuff {oh good grief!! I have already forgotten which of you gals is into the pension thing!!}) I am also an administrative law advocate, dealing in social security disability hearings--boy do I get some interesting clients there... I'll have to share some stories someday.

My 15 yr old stepson is one of "those" gifted students, but a real hoot to have around. Quote from the loving one--"Joetta, you have more rolls than a pastry truck!"
Never a dull minute around our house--laughter abounds.

Will probably be on a little later tonight, but am now heading to the cross-country ski machine. The dust bunnies have been flying out everywhere from years of non use!!

later gals!

02-01-2005, 10:05 PM
Today must be one of those busy days, not many came out to play :( .. And I just can't stay up this evening! Tomorrow is my early day which means at work before day break (YUCK!) I hate getting out of bed, I just want to lay there and drink my coffee :coffee: !!! I'll check back in the morning from work. In case you missed it check my post from this morning on page 4, I had some email ideas and I want to know what you all think!!
Oh and I sqeezed in 30 mins of cardio this evening. Ya know this working out at night is working well for me! Well ok having you guys to chat with is working out even better!! :D
Have a good evening!

02-01-2005, 10:57 PM
Hey gang,
How do I calculate how many calories I need per day for weight loss?
I'm 5'4 224lbs

02-01-2005, 11:14 PM
Hey Buds!
Christina, I know that I have found that info that you are looking for by going through a search engine (ie Google), sorry, but I have no idea now what website I found for that, but just search for "calories for weight loss" and you should be able to find something. Or maybe some of these smarties here will be able to guide you better.

I managed 1 hr 20 min on the cross-country ski machine this evening (in 20 min increments), so celebrated with a glass of red wine (good for the heart, right?).
Growing up in a strict Southern Baptist household in a dry county, I did not learn at a young age to drink. So now, a glass of wine has me looking for my pillow! I think that classifies me as a cheap drunk!!!

G'nite all, chat with you all tomorrow evening. Oh, BTW, I am not much of a TV fan, but while visiting up north a few months ago, nothing to do in the motel room (hubby fast asleep), so I started watching what I thought was a movie about a plane crash. Turns out it was the first episode of "LOST", so now that is my one and only tv show that I watch on a regular basis, and da boys (hubby and son) actually pretty much leave me alone during that time, so tomorrow is my night for an hour alone............Okay, so I am rambling..told you I was a cheap drunk!!!!

02-02-2005, 09:59 AM
Here is a great weight loss calculator that I've been using and I really like it:

I had a great diet day yesterday. I was able to stay away from sweets and stayed way under my calorie max for the day. I hope I can keep it up. I still get on the scale in the morning because I still can't believe that I am weighing in at 155. I was 165-168 for so long. My clothes feel better too and that is a great incentive for me to keep it up.

I hope you are all doing well also. I wish I had more control over other things in my life, but I guess I'll keep doing what I can. Have a great day ladies!

02-02-2005, 09:59 AM

I found a site that basically said to find the number of calories to maintain the weight you are at, then multiply your current weight by 10. If you want to lose weight, take your goal weight and multiply it by 10.

As for your vitamins, I found that they upset my stomach sometimes too, so I will take them before I go to bed. That way I sleep through the upset stomach.

Hope everyone has a great hump day! I'm off to Curves. I'll try to check in again later!

02-02-2005, 11:36 AM
Thanks Kerry and Jenn.

I figure that in order to lose weight I need to eat 1400 calories a day :?:
I've checked out several websites and everyone tells me a different amount so I'm just a little confused.

02-02-2005, 12:30 PM

I would say that 1400 calories sounds about right. But then again, I'm no expert on this weight loss thing. :D I am trying to stick to around 1000 calories a day so that I can get some of this weight off quick before my cruise at the end of the month. :crossed: I could kick myself in the rear for waiting until the last month to do anything about my weight. :kickcan:

Let me know how the 1400 calories goes!

02-02-2005, 12:44 PM
I will keep you updated. I was getting a little confused by all the different websites. Everyone of them told me a differentt number and so did the one here at said 2074 calories.
I think I'm gonna take it one day at a time and see what works best.
I'n gonna buy me a scale so I won't know how well I did until Tuesday or Wednesday.

02-02-2005, 12:53 PM
Hi Everyone..Thanks for the big welcome. I had a pretty good day yesterday except I ate too many peanuts when I came home from work last night. Need to tell husband not to bring them into the house or I will just have to hid them, get them off the table. Ate well at work, but didn't drink enought water. Will do better today.

My husband is disabled cause he got hit with a 500 lb wrecking ball and lived to tell of it. He hurts pretty bad all the time, but he a very nice guy. He is very much over weight so i am encouraging him to lose weight too but he is not really there yet, he says he is but I don't see it...

Today is a day off. Only 1 this week, then I work 5 days, then off 1 day then work 2 to Shreveport Louisana!!!! to visith my daughter. I am so excited. I will try to eat well there, but there might be a few splurges. I just can't wait to see her and hang out. She will be going to Korea in July for a year so I this will maybe the last time we see each other till she come home on leave. Thank goodness for email and maybe we can set up a web cam too. Anyone know anything about getting on a site and being able to talk?

Well got to go finnish a quilt for a meeting tonight. I get to show off 2 quilts tonight that have been waiting to be finnished for 6 months. Yea!!! I did it!! 2 quilts finnished.!!!

bye now


02-02-2005, 01:49 PM
The number of calories you need is very contingent on the amount of activity in your lifestyle. If you are sedentary you must eat less to lose weight. The more you exercise, the more you can eat and still lose weight. ;)

02-02-2005, 02:17 PM
I've always found this guide to be accurate on calories:


The exact number of calories you need each day depends on age, sex, height and the amount of exercise you do. The bigger you are, the more calories your body needs to function. If you want to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than your body uses. As a general rule, follow these guidelines:

If you want to lose 14lbs, eat 1,250 calories per day; if you?re between 14lbs and 42lbs overweight eat 1500 calories per day; if you have more than 42lbs to lose eat 1,800 calories per day.

02-02-2005, 02:19 PM
After having said that I eat 1500 cals or so four days a week and about 1,000 on three days per week - but then with PCOS it isn't easy to lose weight and you have to go that extra mile! ;)

02-02-2005, 02:24 PM
Mandy Jane, Thanks for the guidelines. I'll try it.

02-02-2005, 04:14 PM

I'm back after a few crazy days. I'm home sick today, the bug finally caught up with me, but not as badly as it hit some of my co-workers, so I hope it passes soon.

Christalynn, I can sympathize with your confusion! All these charts and formulas are just a tool to help you figure out what will work for you, in combination with exercise and what your habits were before. You will probably have to futz around with them again in a couple of months, as your body adjusts to the amount of calories and exercise you're doing, so you don't get stuck on a plateau. I'm not counting calories right now, but I'm thinking that I need to start again. I think my portion sizes have gotten a bit too generous :^:

Kathy--I'm not a big peanut fan (now, almonds or pecans, that's different), but last month a friend from Georgia sent me a big bag of fresh peanuts, right off the farm. Man, were they good! I had to get rid of 'em, I couldn't stop noshing in the evenings.

So far I'm doing well on my goal to eat EPP (exactly per plan) between now and Valentines Day. I don't much like working out, though. I've been repeating this to myself several times in the AM and PM, and now and again throughout the day--"Too much food is damaging to my body. I need my body to live. My body deserves respect and protection. Too much weight is bad for my body. I am shedding the extra weight." I got the idea from a magazine article. It feels a bit weird at first, but now it just flows through my mind, and is almost reassuring.

Anyway, good luck to you all!


02-02-2005, 05:21 PM
Hey, crazy day at work!! ;) Christina, glad you got some info to help you I don't know much about cals. From what I have noticed 1200-1500 seems to be the most followed around here.

Joetta, the dust bunnies? Was that thing at my house? If I don't clean this weekend the health dept. is gonna come to my house and shut me down :D !

Looks like everybody is getting off to a pretty good week. Phil, the ground hog saw his shadow this morning which means 6 more weeks of winter. What a hoot the sun is shinning and it's 40 degrees of course he would see his shadow! Oh well good thing it's all in fun!

I ate way too much at breakfast, we were in our meeting this morning which is normally an hour, it went on for two. When I got out I was ready to eat everything in my luch box, which I almost did! :D

Heading home shortly, the only nice thing about coming in early is leaving early!!
I'll check back later!!

02-02-2005, 07:09 PM
Hi all, I had a hectic day yesterday, filled with all kinds of things, so I couldn't check in. I stayed with my plan all day and I've been exercising per my schedule. Just call me a robot at this point. I really want to see at least 10 more pounds come off after maintaining my weight loss for 3 months. I have even been drinking more water. I want the fat to go away.

Today is exercise day and I'm looking forward to it. I love the Gazelle (elliptical) machine and how smooth it is. It is so easy on the joints. It was definitely a good investment. The nordic track bored me to tears and exercycle didn't work my arms. I have wings on my arms so they definitely need a good workout.

I'll pipe in with a little about myself. I amd the database manager and webmaster for a school district. I also assist the network administrator so he has a back up. Some doays are hectic and some days are plain boring. But no matter what, there are days when everything works and you accomplish a big project (read solve a big problem) and the job feels great. That is today. I feel great, I accomplished a lot.

Personally, I am a dog mommy. Yes, I have two boys (18 and 19) but they're so grown up now that I am a dog mommy. I just adore my puppies. I have three, a Golden Retriever, an Alaskan Husky and a Siberian Husky. The alaskan is my baby and I just worship the ground she walks on (BTW, she knows it). My plan with Blizzard (my Alaskan) had been to ski jour with her, that is cross country skiing with a dog on a harness working with you. But she developed bad hips and arthritis at 9 months. So she's just my love. I want to train my Siberian, Kodiak, to ski jour since he's now old enough and he has perfect hips. But he's a wild boy and I think ski jouring with him could be akin to taking my life into my hands. But we'll see. I haven't given up hope on that yet. My Golden is the eldest and dumbest. She's a sweetie though.

I'm a stained glass artist and have been doing that forever. I have oodles of glass in my house tand this past year, developed a web site to try and sell some. That hasn't gone too well since I'm not a business person and getting on Google isn't so easy. Anyway, I love the art.

I also machine knit and am a beginner. I'm almost done with a cardigan - my most difficult project so far. I'ts grape purple and it's turning out beautifully. I should finish tonight or tomorrow night. I also sew, quilt, and goof off.

I've probably rambled enough for this post. :)

Take care and my next post won't be focused on me. I promise.

02-02-2005, 11:21 PM
Late night post for me:::
Strange day, but then what day isn't????
2 hours late getting home since I had to give a girl a lift, "Lost" was a rerun, and the exercise machine started growling at me (not that I blame it!).
But in spite of the growling, I got my hour in.

Donna, how is the smoking cessation going?? That will be such an accomplishment to be forever free of that! Just keep envisioning the silky hair, non-leather skin, no more black goo on everything in the house, and the smell of fresh air!!! I'm rootin' for ya girl!!

Karen, pardon my ignorance, but I have to ask--Who is Rusty Wallace???? (I know, I know, I do need to get out more!!)

Have a great day tomorrow--I'm off to take a much needed shower!

02-03-2005, 07:27 AM
Karen, pardon my ignorance, but I have to ask--Who is Rusty Wallace???? (I know, I know, I do need to get out more!!)

Joetta, not out more, turn on the tv :D ! Rusty, drives nascar. I amazed that you like Lost, my husand was into when it started but he has lost interest. Were big CSI fans, I was more than irritated over the state of the Union last night because CSI NY wasn't on :( ! I just went to bed.

The kids have baseball sign ups this weekend, another dreaded year of sports, practice, and spending a small fortune on equipment! It's not bad enough to just be busy on a normal basis, but throw in practice and games and I would rather eat out (HUGE WEAKNESS!!!) :^:

I wanted my son to get me the scales I asked him to hide, thank goodness he won't cave in! "You'll get it Sunday night for Monday weigh in, now get out of my room it's too early to get up!" I ate too much for dinner last night and I'm slightly worried, ok I'm paranoid!!!

I've only gotten 2 PM's so far with short bio info and email addresses, I would like to get the list together and out this weekend for those interested. If your not interested in sharing the info that's fine please PM me and let me know. A cheat sheet with names and a little info about our group will help me keep everybody strait! :dizzy: Ok, I have to get ready for work, hope everybody sticks to their plan and has a great day today!!! :)

02-03-2005, 09:18 AM
Well, it is snowing outside! :stress: I remember when I was a kid I would pray for snow every night. Now that I'm all grown up (ha ha) I hate the snow!! That is unless it is a weekend that I am off from work and I get stuck in the house and don't have to do anything but catch up on sleep!

Hope everyone did well yesterday. I did sneak a few chips when I was leaving from work. The nurse that works night shift came in with a HUGE bag of chips and I just had to grab a few. I feel bad for her. She is already a rather large lady and every night she comes in with enough food and snacks to feed a family of three for a few days.

No Curves for me today (already been 3 days this week). I am going to focus on this house that could be health hazard before I head in for another evening at work! :dizzy: Excuse me while I vent for one quick second...... Am I the ONLY person in my home that can see that the floors need to be vacuumed, laundry needs to be put away, dishwasher needs to be emptied, the inch of dust needs to be removed from everything???? :censored: I have seriously thought about just letting everything go and see how long it takes for him to GET UP AND DO SOMETHING!! :dz:

OK, I feel better now that is out! :D Have a great day and everyone keep up the GREAT work!! :goodvibes

02-03-2005, 07:03 PM
Hi everyone,
Sorry that I've been MIA for a few days. We are having computer problems at home and I haven't been able to come out and play. I sure hope we can figure it out. I'm at work right now and since the boss is gone, here I am.
Lori...Thanks for the answer to Rusty. I have been a fan of his for about 13 years. I really hate that he's retiring after this year. So sad for me.... :(
I really like Dale Jr. too and when Rusty doesn't have a chance, I always pull for Jr., so he will be my driver next... :cool:
I started my calorie counting today (and writing it down) and I've been on the exercise bike for the last 3 days..That's a big accomplishment for me...I am so lazy.. :dizzy:
But anyway, just wanted to say hi and good luck to everyone with whatever plan you are on.. :D

02-03-2005, 08:37 PM
Hey Gals!
Thanks for broadening my horizons Lori and Karen! As for tv--I am not a big fan at all..while single I didn't bother having one, but now that I have 2 males in the house, I broke down and bought them one that takes up half the family room!!! (with surround sound of course--one of my many insane moments!) While in a motel room with hubby fast asleep and nothing better to do, I turned on the tv and watched whatever came on--happened to be "Lost" (which I thought was only a movie). Much to my chagrin, it turned out to be just the first episode, so I decided to watch at home the next week. Da boys left me alone (read:whoopee!!) so it is now a weekly thing for me. But I still can not sit through a rerun--I find myself thinking that I need to rearrange my sock drawer, or something equally important...

Marie, you sound like a crafty person....ah, yes ...I remember those days ....back when I had time to call my own..........Picture me green.

Lori, I thought my sprts mama days were over when Justin had enough of Little League. Unfortunately, the coach at his new school this year told him that he needs to play football--by hey, I did learn a few things during the season..The players actually do more than spit and scratch themselves. They seem to think there is something called a "game plan"... silly boys!

Have done 40 minutes of the sweating thing today, and the eating was pretty good--so here is my cheer for all of you...

If I can do it, there is absolutely no question that each of you can outdo me fourfold!!! go to it girls!!! And of course tell me how wonderful you are doing just to put me to shame...........give me the incentive to keep it going!

02-03-2005, 09:20 PM
Hi everyone,

Karen, Dale, Jr. huh? He's definitely not my favorite. I get the idea that people like him just because of his dad. But, hey, what would I know. I'm a Jeff Gordon fan. Why, I have no idea other than he's much maligned and I go for the underdog. DH and I checked yesterday to find out when the Sonoma race is and it looks like I'll be going to my first Nascar race in June. I've been to an Indy car race, but I don't follow that anymore. Nascar is way more American.

Joetta, way to go on the exercise. It does start to begin to feel good after a while and the body does miss it if you don't do it. It's pretty much a habit with me, but I still have my days when I have to force myself to get on the elliptical.

Jenn, I sure can relate with your rant, but for me, it's more towards my kids and the kitchen. Both of my sons are cooks at restaurants but they can't cook their own food. They're 18 and 19, BTW. And dishes, there's a dishwasher for goodness sakes. One would think able bodied young men could hold a dish, bend over and slide the dish through the slot. Yes, I definitely can relate... :)

Lori, I tried figure out the PM and so far am unsuccessful. Pretty funny since I've sent on in the past. So I'll keep working at it.

Today is my Friday. In other words I took off tomorrow and it's weekend a little early. Tomorrow I'll have the house to myself for a few hours. That doesn't happen too often. I'm just hopeful I'll be strong willed against my diet competitor - the munchies. They are evil and I must resist. At work I've been doing pretty good. Now I just gotta be good a home without DH supervising.

So, today was good food wise and it's a non-exercise day. I'm going to work on my knitting and just vegetate tonight. Tomorrow I plan to finish my sweater and try to make a complete one in one day. I love the knitting machine. It's just way faster than by hand.

Have a great night and I'll talk to you probably throughout the day tomorrow. The computer always beckons me.

02-03-2005, 09:59 PM
He-he-he this might turn into a race debate! :D My husband likes nascar, only because he does well every year in the nascar pool at work. They all told him the didn't want to play if he was going to. I swear we are cheering for somebody different every week. Personally I LOVE drag racing! I used to do a little in my younger years (lied about my age and everything, oh I was soo bad :devil: ) I don't knit well, I only ever learned to make one stitch and I can't pay attention to count! I am crafty when I feel like it, which isn't much anymore. I like to sew, but I never have time to finish anything! :^: Well I must say the diet almost went in the can today at lunch. We had a big to do last night at work, some emergency drill. Police, fire depts., ambulances, FBI and all. It looked like a parade! Anyway they ordered too much food and well I almost got introuble until I spotted the pasta with no meat. Saved, but I did over do the bread, I love bread!! Any way even brought some home for dinner. We couldn't get it all in the fridge at work! So I was feeling very lazy not having to cook dinner, but I did finally get up and do 30 mins of cardio. (I'm soooo glad I did!) You all have a good night, CSI is coming on. I'll chat tommorrow.

02-03-2005, 11:10 PM
One last post before I head for my pillow.
Growing up in the backwoods of Western Kentucky where I drove like a maniac on those twisty gravel roads, the nascar stuff seems so lame (a circle already? where is the challenge in that?) :lol:
I do have a little nephew that is into the nascar thing, but da hubby and son were in the Chicago area too long to get into the racing thing, but now, hey if you wanna talk about da bears and da bulls--they are right there with you!
Okay, my heart healthy glass of wine is kicking in, so the thought processes are even more warped than normal--- being a stock broker, I can talk about the bulls and bears also!!! Alright--it wasn't funny to them either! :dizzy:
G'nite all!

02-04-2005, 09:48 AM
Marie...Jeff Gordon fan huh? Well, that explains it... :lol: Actually, I hated Dale Sr. for years. Probably up until the year or two before he died. I really don't care for Gordon that much but atleast I don't hate him as much as I used to... ;) We go to Talledega twice a year. We went to the night race at Bristol last year and will try for the fall race at Bristol this year and the Atlanta race. Can you tell we love racing... :D I hope you enjoy your first live race. There's just nothing like it....I hope you don't take offense to my Gordon remarks. It's all in fun... :cool:

02-04-2005, 03:06 PM
Ok I guess I should pipe in on the NASCAR thing too! Dale Jr. all the way!! I like Dale Jarrett too. I think that he is hot for an older man! Oops, let me rephrase that.... a man older than me!! :D My DH and I are big fans. We have been to Martinsville and Richmond. I personally like the smaller tracks. I like to be able to see the whole track. And there is nothing like being there. Yes, it is nice to watch on t.v. cause you can tell what is going on a little better, but at the track when you have the headset on and can hear the drivers, and all that noise and the smell of burning rubber!!!! OK, I quit now! ;)

I was a little bad at lunch today. I had to leave the house early to go to school with my son and I didn't have my smoothie. I called my bestfriend and she wanted me to go shopping with her. She just had a baby 4 weeks ago so I jump at any chance to see them. Well, she was hungry (breastfeeding and ALLWAYS hungry) so we went to a steakhouse cause I knew that they had really great salads. I ended up getting a steak fajita rollup. It was good but I couldn't eat much of it!! I stopped before I was full so that I wouldn't be miserable!! The only bad thing is that now I am bloated big time! Everytime I eat "real food" I get so bloated.

Well, enough rambling on and on. :blah: Hope everyone has a great weekend!! :)

02-04-2005, 06:24 PM
Jenn, way to go on your control over lunch! There is no way I would have had leftovers!
Feels good--huh?
The weekend is upon me, and I am SO BAD on the weekends!
I need everyone to yell at me--please!!!!

02-04-2005, 08:11 PM
Hi, everybody--

I've been down with something, and not online much these past few days. But I've managed to Eat Per Plan, although I haven't worked out since Monday. I think I'll make it back to Curves Saturday morning. I only just started a week ago, they will think that I got cold feet.

NASCAR? Doesn't do a thing for me. Joetta, I lived in Chicago for 16 years, so--how 'bout those Bulls, huh? Actually, I'm just a casual fan of sports these days, my ex totally burned me out on football and basketball. I'm only just recovering my interest.

Marie, you sound like a very talented woman! I love stained glass, please share your website with us.

02-04-2005, 08:41 PM
Hi everyone ~

I've been lurking the last few days and haven't posted. Things are going well, so far it's 32 days smoke free and 13 pounds gone. For some reason, I need A LOT of structure with the weight loss plan I'm on this time, probably because of the quitting smoking thing. It probably sounds pretty boring to all of you, but I eat 1200 calories every day and pretty much stick with the same foods at the same times. I can't explain it, but this has been incredibly easy for me this time.

I haven't shared this yet, but I'm the single parent of a 17 year old girl and she's leaving for college in August. At that point, I will be alone. The first of January when I thought about her leaving, I thought about what life would be like for me if I didn't make some drastic changes. The thought of being alone, 70 pounds overweight, and unable to breathe from smoking was too much for me to bear so I instantly decided there were going to be some drastic changes and made a plan. Coincidentally, I should be arriving at my goal weight of 120 right around the time she leaves for college. And I don't intend to be sitting around here feeling sorry for myself :D

The two things I haven't quite mastered yet are the water drinking and daily exercise. I have a treadmill that I have been ignoring all week!

People at work are starting to comment that they can tell I'm losing weight which feels good.

I think one of the things that has really made this work this time is that when I first decided to do this, I thought very hard about what life would be like if I didn't make any changes and actually had a very clear visual in my head of myself sitting at my computer all alone in my apartment, very overweight, and basically suffocating from my worsening asthma condition from smoking. Then I right away switched over to visualizing myself as a nonsmoker weighing 120 pounds and being wined and dined by very attractive men :lol: I mean really, which would YOU choose?!

I hope everyone has a great, healthy weekend!

02-04-2005, 09:32 PM
Diana, I am so proud of you!!!!!! 32 days smoke free! :cheer: Your daughter must be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud!!!!

The first date with my now husband, I had the audacity to tell him that I could not date a guy that smoked...kissing him would be like licking an ashtray! And I know the **** that he went through quitting....occasionally I bleached his cigarettes when he would slide :devil:

And thank you so much for not being into nascar--I was beginning to think I belonged with another group! Isn't it interesting how just living in another area makes a difference in interests? I find that fascinating.

So what area of Chicago did you call home? I ran the city of Elgin forever(okay, I just let the city officials think that they could not exist without me!). I really do miss it!

Keep up the good work kiddo! And single life is so empowering!!! Scary as all get-out, but it will make you so much stronger! A strong, empowering female--- a great legacy to pass along to your daughter!

If you need moral support, I'll PM my email address--lean on me anytime!

02-04-2005, 09:56 PM
Hi there everyone, today has been great. Some of you might remember that I had the day off and I had a great time. I finished a sweater and am wearing it. I still a beginner at machine knitting, but it is pretty cool. I already started another sweater.

Our tax return was deposited into our account today, so I paid several bills. That always beels good. And I went shopping for diet soda - it's my addiction - I love diet pepsi. I went overboard and bought 36 2 liter bottles. I could barely push the shopping cart. At least I won't run out for a day or two. :)

It's pretty interesting that we have so many nascar fans. I really like it but it puts me to sleep. I think I made it one race last season where I didn't feel an intense need for a nap and that was because I was working on stained glass. I like the beginning of the race and I like the last 50 or so laps. DH wakes me up for the end. I can't say I feel like I missed anything.

Joetta, what I'm a really big fan of is the Green Bay Packers. I just adore the Packers and not the Bears. I bet you feel the reverse. I have my whole office decorated in Green and Gold. Regardless, I know you can make it through the weekend without falling off track. You can do it and you will.

DaybyDay, that visualization was probably the best thing you could have done for yourself. I can relate to the asthma and weight problem (well, duh on the weight problem :) ). I think my weight problem has definitely worsened the asthma. I too went through a period of eating the same foods everyday last summer. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and lunch, then something for dinner. I do the same occasionally but have branched out to having two slices of sweet oatmeal bread for breakfast and or lunch. I don't smoke, so I can't imagine how hard it is for you to give up two vices at one. Congratulations on your success. That is just awesome.

Judy, my website is at I love stained glass and have sold a lot, but mostly I put up the website so that I could try to sell some and make window space available for the new stuff. I just made a howling wolf in front of a big moon and blue/purple sky. It is so pretty and I just don't have room for it. I'm going to take it to work and let it clash with my Packer decor. Anyways, thanks for asking about the site and the compliment. Sometimes I don't think I'm very creative, but then other times I realize the reality of what I really love to do and know that I'm artistic, just not in the traditional sense. And Judy, I sure hope you feel better and get back to Curves. Exercise is the best thing for you.

Jenn, the fajita rollup wasn't probably as bad as you thought it was. Most places marinate the meat, then grill it. It isn't boiled in oil and the fat content is pretty low. Then they pack it with veges and I bet that it was actually a pretty good choice. Protein and veges - a good choice.

Karen, no offense taken. I know by the boos that there are a lot of Jeff Gordon dislikers. Doesn't matter to me and it probably is a big reason I'm his fan. I just don't get why people are so against him. DH said it was because he used to win so much, but I don't know if that's the case - I wasn't a race fan back then.

Lori, way to go on finding the meatless pasta and sticking with your diet. You're doing great. And I bet you had no idea that you'd collect so many nascar fans in your thread. Maybe you should rename it - just kidding.

Diet so far today has been good and the exercise is planned for this evening with my DH. I was excited that I found an ice cream at the store that was as delectable sounding as my DQ Cherry Chocolate Chunk Blizzards. It was called cherry cordial and I took a spoonful when I got home and it was better then DQ. So for a 1/2 c. serving there's only 180 calories. I use that 1/2 c. on a cone (I eat way less ice cream if it's on a cone) so that's only 230 calories for a favorite taste. I will leave room in my calorie counts every evening. I am an ice cream fanatic. I've always been able to lose weight while still giving myself that indulgence. So today was great. There's way less calories in my cones than in a blizzard.

Talk to you all tomorrow. I think I've rambled enough for today.

02-04-2005, 10:39 PM
Marie, thanks so much for the encouragement! I really do plan to be good this weekend, but my good intentions seem to all too frequently go awry!! Knowing that I will have to account to you guys may help keep me in line!
I was at my sister's house a couple of weeks ago, and she brought out a baby sweater that I had knitted (my first) for her eldest son. He is now 25 yrs old, and he and his wife are expecting a baby, so she is giving the sweater to them. Made me cry!
Sorry girls, I get sidetracked so easily---but a sideline here--the nephew that is 25 yrs old is in Tikrit. He is a military reporter, and he covered the elections. We heard from him today, and the good things coming out of Iraq are so inspiring! He said that locals wanted their pictures taken with our guys. Adam said that one man came up to him and asked him to please hold his baby so they could get a picture--history in the making!!! Our guys are helping to set up city councils, getting project underway to make their lives better. They are building new schools to replace the mud huts being used now, and the kids just love our military boys! What a feel good story!

Okay back on line now--Marie, my secretary is from Wisconsin and a big Packer fan. I went to Cub and Bear games, but really never got into it. I loved Walter Payton, but only because he was such a neat person, it didn't matter to me what he did for a living. Green and Gold is not a bad color combo! And I love cheese curds!


02-04-2005, 10:52 PM
I think we've had pretty good first week!! FINALLY FRIDAY!!! Ok, I work Mon. thru Fri. so yes I live for the weekends. I'm glad we have some many different views from sports, to hobbies, and diets. I took alot of courses in college and the main thing I learned the less people are alike, the chances are better for the most creative solutions!
Jenn, don't feel bad about lunch! If you wouldn't have had it you would have felt deprived and you can't lose any weight if you feel deprived!!
Diana, you are going to have a great time when your daughter goes to college! Keep me posted on the patch, I'm very interested to hear how it's going (which appears to be great!!!) Oh, and dust off that treadmill, I'm jumping around like an idiot on a step that I use for a weight bench too. My energy level is getting better I can feel it!!
Judy, I hate being sick :( . Hope you start feeling better!! One advantage to driving a school bus for 7 years, I built up a heck of an immune system! The second winter I drove I had a fever every other week, no kidding, but haven't been sick since.
Joetta, I have to do a birthday party this weekend so you stick with me! :drill: I wanted to order out in the worst way tonight, but I didn't! I want to keep my eye on the ball, but I'll have to go get my glasses :lol: !
Karen, I hope you get your computer fixed, we'll miss you over the weekend!
Ok, I'm heading to bed, hope to chat with you all over the weekend!!!

02-04-2005, 11:41 PM
Diana~Congrats on the not smoking. I have smoked for 15 years or so and I have tried to quit several times. I know how hard it is. And for you to be try to diet at the same time....all I can say is WOW :bravo: After I lose some more wieght I will try one more time! Just remind yourself everyday how far you have come and how much you will lose if you are ever tempted to smoke "just this one"!! What does your 1200 calories a day consist of? I eat the same thing pretty much every day too, so maybe you can give me a fresh new idea or two!!

Marie~36 bottles of soda:yikes: I would have loved to see the looks you got while pushing that buggy around the store!! Hey look at it this was good exercise pushing that heavy thing!!

Thanks to everyone for making me feel better about the rollup at lunch!!

Have a great weekend!

02-04-2005, 11:50 PM
I am not very good at this thread stuff - I'm having a difficult time following along, keeping everyone straight and being able to respond to each of you. :dizzy: I've decided to go into lurk mode on this site for awhile.

You're all great ladies and I'll be pullin' for all of you as your ticker numbers go down. Thanks so much for all of your support. :wave:


02-05-2005, 07:24 AM
Diana, please don't just lurk! We are are struggling to remember each other and post. Something that might help, when you hit reply if you scroll down from where you are typing there are the most recent threads. You can at least reply to them, and I know the signatures disappear, it's making me crazy too trying to associate everybody's user names with their real name! That's why I had the email/short bio idea. I thought it would help with remembering everybody. It's more fun when we all come out and play! :)

My 8 yr old son is looking through one of my low fat cook books so we can decide what new dish to try this week! I think it is wonderful that they will at least try a new dish when I make it. I made that low fat tuna casserole and there wasn't much left for my lunch, they all tried it. I can't believe it, it's 6 am and were all up :coffee: , I've runied everybody, nobody sleeps in anymore! I have sooo much to do today, groceries, pick up boots for work (I have a job in the field on monday), and a birthday party. Oh yea, and get a gift! I'll probably be out most of the morning, but I'll be back to play around dinner time.
Oh yea, and where is Christina? I wonder how her 1400 cals. are going? Marie, what kind of machine makes sweaters? I always spend a small fortunie on mine, it would be nice to be able to make some. And 36 2 liters, where do you put them all :D ?
Jenn, don't feel left out, I also smoke. I figured it wold be best to get the weight down before I quit. I was afraid I might take out the whole neighborhood if I cut out fat and smokes at the same time :D ! So hopefully by the end of the summer I'll be fit and smoke free! I hope the patch thing works for Diana, I'm excited to see!
By the way were big Steelers fans here! My kids played their first year of pee-wee football and learned about the game, so they were both very much into the NFL this year and it's been alot of fun since our team did well this year.
Ok, I'm getting my shower and off to shopping, I'll be back to play later.

02-05-2005, 12:57 PM
So how many asthmatics do we have here? :raises hand: :wave: What do you ladies do to exercise or is it not exercise induced? Mine is exercise, allergy and reflux induced! :( I try doing the two puffs before exercise, but it doesn't always work. I am getting my albuterol filled today. So we'll see. . . I know I need to start exercising if I REALLY want to look good. Last night we went out and I was feeling fine - DH even jumped me when we got home :o and the first thing he said was you look REALLY good since losing weight. I'd love to hear more of that. :^: Maybe he'll eventually try to lose his handles as well! :lol:

My in-laws are visiting this weekend and making it very difficult to stay on my diet. There are chips/dip, donuts, beer and more beer all in my kitchen! Yikes! :yikes: They'll be here until Monday morning. So Superbowl will probably be a diet buster. :(

Nonetheless, I got on the scale this morning and I am very close to 154. I think I've gotten handy at staying under my - don't gain weight calorie limit (1800) even if I don't stay under my lose weight calorie limit (1400).

Marie - your stained glass is beautiful. I LOVE the ship panel and the penguin is too cute. My mom collects penguins and would love it :)

Lori - it is great that your family is so supportive. Mine is not so. Let me know what recipes everyone likes and maybe I'll slip on into our meal plan. We cook every night here and we keep having the same thing over and over - BORING!

All you Race Fans :dizzy: Geez! I've lived near racing cities a few times in my life - well I grew up outside of Indy, lived a year in Florence (right beside Darlington SC) and now I live just south of Charlotte. I still am not a racing fan; I just can't get into it, but I sure know there are a lot of fans and most of the love to drink beer! :p

Alrighty I'm off here for now. I'm going to do my best to stick to my diet and still enjoy myself. Have a great weekend ladies! :)

02-05-2005, 01:10 PM
Hello gang,
I 've been around. I'm not much of a nascar fan so I've been just reading the posts. I'm doing ok on my 1400 calories. I'm finding it hard to get all the calories in...that was my problem with WW..couldn't fit in all those points.
I've been crazy here with work and debating over switching majors. I suppose the only new news at the moment is the guy I have a small developing crush re-thinking he concerns about dating someone he works with...wish me luck :lucky: I think he is realizing that I'm not a 15 year old that is going to follow him around the store. I have my own responsibilities at work. Anyways..hope all is well with everyone.
I'll check in later

02-05-2005, 01:45 PM
Mornin' everyone. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I do agree with Diana, it's starting to get hard to remember all the threads that we have going on. This is turning out to be a great place to post. I am really thankful I'm here. We all are so different but there sure is a lot of commonalities between us. Because we're on a new page, I'm going to have to go by memory to respond as opposed to scrolling up to reread a post so I can respond to it.

Diana, please don't just lurk. If you don't respond to everyone, that's okay. If you resond to no one, that's okay.; Just share how you're doing and what you've been up to. We all care about you and your success. We're all in this boat together.

Lori, you are really lucky that your family is supportive. My kids are older and don't eat at home too often. My hubby will eat anything I put before him (actually he does lots of the cooking after I decide what we're having). But when the kids were young, I had to make myself separate meals to eat low cal and low fat. That was a pain in the butt. So consider yourself lucky. Also, DH and I decided that we needed more creativity in the kitchen and now try out one new recipe a week - on Friday nights. So we have that in common.

Kerry, thanks for the compliment on the glass. The ship is awesome in person. It's in our big picture window and it goes with the models DH makes. He does ship models that are about 40" long. They're just gorgeous so that's why the glass had to be made. Yoiu can make it through the super bowl and stay on track. Just don't overdo. Eat to maintain this weekend while the inlaws are visiting.l

Christina, good luck on deciding which major. I'm forty-three and do nothing with my major or masters. I stumbled into database management and have been there since. I now which I had gone into computer science. So really, good luck. It's a difficult choice that sort of steers the rest of your life. And the guy you have a crush on, work romances do work out. I've been married to DH for almost 22 years and we met at my college employment. So good luck.

Today we sign on our mortgage refinancing. It'll save us about 600 a month. I am really excited about the change - we'll have money again. Yeah!!!! I didn't exercise last night like I was supposed to so I will exercise this afternoon. Calories for today are going ok but it's only 9:44 in the morning. So I still have a long way to go on a weekend. I can relate with everyone that has weekends as a diet obstacle.

Take care and have a healthy day.

02-05-2005, 01:52 PM
Lori, I knew I forgot something - the knitting machine. It's at and called the Ultimate Bond Sweater Machine. It's about $140 and worth every penny. I'm having fun making the sweaters with yarn that I love. There's so much to choose from that I now have a stock pile that will last me the rest of the winter. It's really pretty easy once you get started and you don't have to know how to knit. I don't and I produce these cool sweaters and stuff.

02-06-2005, 10:43 AM
Well it's game day, the superbowl! Looks like Kerry is going to have her hands full! :dizzy: Since the game don't start until 6 I told my DH not to invite anybody over, too much work with getting everthing organized for back to work/school tommorrow. Jenn, next time you know their comming let me know, I have some really good low fat chips, dip, and pastry ideas.

I jumped on last night and caught up on recent activity, but one of my friends called and I never got back over here to post. Although I did get my work out in at 11 pm last night, I could kick myself for sitting around watching movies all day. Now I have a ton of laundry and house work to do! Oh well, typical weekend around here!

Christina, I'm glad to see your still hanging out! I think it would be weird dating somebody at work, I'ld kill my DH if we spent that much time together. :D I used to work at a call center and we had alot of couples work there, the ones that were more mature appeared much happier (as in not following each other around) I've seen that and boy can that get ugly! I don't remember, did you say what your major is now? What are you thinking about changing too? Wish I had a clue what I wanted to do when I grow up! :lol:

Marie, I don't know if you can call them supportive, I still wind up making extra food because they don't always like everything I make. I just like that they will try it. My DH would eat anything too! I like trying new stuff every week, keeps the whole diet thing more interesting. I haven't checked out the machine yet, maybe that can be something I can ask for for christmas, sound cool. And good luck with the mortgage refinancing!
Well I'm going to make breakfast so I'll check in shortly! Hey, I almost forgot, I PM'ed and emailed everybody with the short bio stuff to help with remembering everybody. If somebody wants me to add or change anything let me know! Do you guys want to do like a reciepe post? Maybe you guys could pm me and I could put it in one big post! Maybe this week, your favorite food, or anyother ideas??? If we go with this let's include nutrition facts since everybody is doing something different!

02-06-2005, 11:03 AM
Hi ladies. I am not new here I have been here for almost 5 years. I did great untill I changed jobs (first one closed and went on Un Empl for about 6 months then started up in a very stress ful job) I started 234/size 24 and lost to 169/size easy14 now I am up to 248 and tight 22. Not good I can not be a frequent flyer as not only do I work 50= hours a week for regular time but also add OT on off shifts, and have 3 kids still at home with sports work and running for all of them. SH is no help as I feel that my children need to be active or they will learn poor habits like I did when I was a child. He sits on the couch and yells at me so I take them my self make dinner work my butt off (don't I wish). and try to clean the house. some thing has to give some where :rolleyes: Now I am starting to get back to they gym. LOL like I needmore!! But I do need that and a little attention to my self. I alsofeel that very few people understand the desperate needs of an over worked woman with kids. food tend s to be a no brainer and fast foods are the ease of life. and the killer of a figure.

I Do LOW_CARB. and I do not know if there are any followers on this thread but I found that is the only way in the past that I have even come close to my goal of a size 8 (10 would be nice too, I would even settle for a 12, 14 does not sound horrible either) :lol:

diana I too am realy bad about keeping up with what and who every body is so I read and enjoy do not lurk (I just found this thread today) I will say I am not good about posting daily (Impossible) nor individual responces (even going back and reading all the post that I miss if gone for more than a few days) :o

So that is mY HI to all you folks here.

by the way I am 45 with 4 kids (19 f, 16 f, 11 b, 10 b) work as a Nurse manager and fill in for nurses when staffing is low and/or sick.

02-06-2005, 11:33 AM
Welcome Sue!

You can't believe how much I appreciated your post!! I was feeling really selfishly miserable, hating weekends--until I read your post. Good grief girl, compared to you, I should have lots of time to just sit around and eat bon-bons!
So here goes my weekend vent---I was up a lb this morning :ink:, I was not in the mood to go to church, I have laundry and house cleaning to do, am going this afternoon to pick the bagworm cocoons off a tree in front of one of my offices, and will spend a few hours at the other one finishing up some taxes. I didn't get my exercising in yesterday, but I seemed to by busy all day-HOW DID I GAIN??????????

Okay venting over, time to regroup :coffee:

I'm making pancakes for da boys (hubby and stepson), which is a good meal for me--I hate that sweet taste of syrup! So I will not be eating much of that. My downfall will be this afternoon during the game when I know that I will be making hot wings for the ones that inevitably show up to watch the big screen. Hey that might be a good time to be at the office :write: !

Note to all: If anyone hears about losing weight on an all carb diet--PLEASE let me know--I am so there!!!!!

Have a great game day, and thanks again Sue!


02-06-2005, 11:47 AM
Joetta, I also made pancakes, blueberry my favorite! I don't know, I must be the carb queen because I refuse to give any of it up! :D Welcome Sue!! I'll get you a pm with names and short bio's and I'll have to get you added to the list! WOW, are you busy girl!! I hope we can help you get back in the swing of things!!

02-06-2005, 04:12 PM
Hi to all of us BUSY people out there. I work fulltime at a vet clinic, have been there about 6 years, after a full day there I clean a bank daily, than get home to dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, peacocks, pygmy goats, a parrot and a cockatiel who are of course hundry. Plus I have a 12 yo son and a husband who thinks that dishes, laundry and meals are "womans" work! Than after that is done there is always the homework battle! So even though I am on the run all the time, I make bad food choices and have for years, I grab whatever is quickest and easiest, so naturally not that healthy! I am not a breakfast eater, which is bad, and more days than not I don't have or take time for lunch, so by night time I am starved. I am trying to change the lunch time routine and at least make a sandwich or something that I can eat on the run. As for making time for exercise, LOL, I haven't done that for a while. I like to walk and when I get into a routine I am pretty faithful about it, hoping that as soon as weather permits I can get back to walking, cause that is the only way I have found that any type of eating plan will work. I am looking forward to getting ideas from all of you!!! Good luck in the coming week, and hopefully we all will be losers! Take care, Lori

02-06-2005, 06:30 PM
Just kidding! Lori, I PM-ed you my bio, but here I'll just say that I'm a 47-year-old bachelorette, a nonprofit manager, and a confirmed foodie. My dream job is to be a restaurant critic for a daily newspaper.

This morning I met friends for a great Mardi Gras brunch. I definitely ate too much, but the food was really special, and I did eat mostly protein (seafood omelet)--but probably a whole stick of butter. I'll try to make up for it the rest of the day. I'm feeling pretty upbeat, because I'm not sick for a change, and as of today, I've lost a good 10 lbs since Christmas, despite some indulgences, workplace stress, flu bugs and snow storms. All of you who participate in these forums have been tremendously supportive, and I thank you! :grouphug:

To everybody struggling to find these threads: I've finally started using the 'subscribe' function on the control panel. If you want to keep up with this thread, for example, just go up to the top of this thread, click on Thread Tools, and choose Subscribe to This Thread. You can choose to get an email whenever someone adds to the thread. If you say no email alerts, then whenever you first log in, just look at your control panel, it will show you if there are any new posts in the threads you've subscribed to, or you can see a list of all the threads you've subscribed to, whether or not anyone's added anything. There's probably a less wordy way to to explain this, but it's the best I can do! :^: Anyway, it's made my time on 3FC a lot more productive.

Marie, thanks for sharing your website, your work is beautiful. And congrats with the mortgage. Let me know if you have any extra money you need help getting rid of....

Joetta, don't worry about the weight 'gain,' from day to day it's all so arbitrary, between hydration, bloating, hormones, digestion (sorry), many doctors say even if you weigh yourself at the same time every day, you should concentrate on the weekly averages, not the daily fluctuations. Plus, if you've been working out, then you're turning fat into muscle, which is 'heavier' but takes up a heck of a lot less space, and helps you burn off more fat....keep your chin up!

Gotta go and walk on the treadmill to atone for pigging out at brunch. More tomorrow.

Take care, y'all :goodluck:

02-06-2005, 06:49 PM
Welcome Lori!
My first post on 2fc was a reply to a post of yours, and heck if I remember what that was all about-or what thread it was-but I do remember thinking that it sounded as if we had a lot in common.

Update on my pancake/hot wings food plan for the day---scratch all that.
While I was mixing the pancake batter, my sister calls (who, by the way, happens to live 3 houses away--I LOVE IT!). She invited the family to Louisville to eat at Shalimar's, an Indian buffet. So off to the hog trough I went! Knowing that I would have to exercise long and hard this week to repair the damage, I knew it would be worth it. I took it easy on the first plate full, and was so full when I finished it, I could not go the second round!

I will still be making the hot wings for the game--but I will not be tempted with my belly full of curry!

Off to exercise! Oh, yeah, and to get the clothes out of the dryer.

02-06-2005, 06:51 PM
Judy, Thanks for the subscription info--I could actually follow the instrutions!

02-07-2005, 07:14 AM
Well it's Monday morning again, UGH!! I have to go out in the field this morning so I won't be around until lunch. My official weigh in was 164.5 that's a 1lb loss. Oh this is going to be soooo slow! It's a good thing though, as long as I'm seeing the numbers go down I should stick to it. These two weeks are always the toughest for me not to quit. (3 & 4) Having all you guys to chat with is helping big time, normally I'ld freek over only one pound after I worked my can off, but being with others who struggle too helps me remember I'm not alone! I wonder if this is going to be what is normal for me??? I was hoping for two pounds a week, but dropping 4 the first week should still put me at my target to lose 10 lbs by March 10th. (I have to go to the Dr. so this is my first goal) And it's is real important I get my weight back down so they don't play with my meds, I don't think I could stand that. I found the BEST fried chicken (low fat) reciepe I've ever had and I can't wait to share it. OH was it good, it was a big hit with the family, I'll be making it alot more (it's just not real fast. I got to run since I'm going out of the office today I have to be on time so I'll chat with you all later!!!

02-07-2005, 09:49 AM
Hey Guys! Good monday morning! :dizzy: Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent mine at work!! :rolleyes: I have fallen off track a little. I have not been to Curves since last Wednesday!!! :o Plus I didn't stick to my meal plan 100% over the weekend. I don't think that I really went over my calorie limit but I still didn't do as well as I should have done!

Lori~ I have a feeling that when I weigh in today I will have only lost 1 lb too, if even that! I get a little frustrated when I weigh myself. Every scale I step on shows something different. I have been using the one at Curves to track my weight loss. It is a little more than the one at home but it is the weight that they are tracking at Curves so I figure that should be the one that I use.

Well, hope everyone has a great start to this new week. I need to get off my butt so I can get to Curves!! :tread:

02-07-2005, 11:17 AM
:cb: :cb: HAPPY DAY!! HAPPY DAY!! Lost 4 lbs this past week!! :cb: :cb:

Can you tell that I'm just a little excited!!?? I really didn't think that I did that well this past week. I think that I am going to join WW tomorrow. The lady that runs Curves also runs the WW meeting in my area. We had a long discussion today about my meal plan and I think that I am going to give WW another try. I was in WW a few years ago and did really well with it but then I started working crazy hours and couldn't attend meetings anymore and just stopped going and following the plan. I would like to get started before I go on my cruise so that I don't gain all my weight plus some back.

Well, have to run. Have a dentist appointment in 45 minutes. :stress:

02-07-2005, 12:28 PM
Hello! It's me again!! I just found this web site that is pretty cool. It gives nutritional info on all sorts of food plus you can figure up how many calories you need each day based on your activity level.

02-07-2005, 04:03 PM
Congratulations, Jenn!

Can't stay, just trying to distract myself from the cookies a colleague brought to work. Will have to eat my protein bar a little earlier than usual this afternoon, I think.....

more later--judy

02-07-2005, 07:56 PM
Wahooo, way to go Jenn!!! :cheer:

02-08-2005, 07:23 AM
Good morning everybody, hope your week is going well!! :coffee: I had an interesting day at work yesterday, I went out with one of our drivers to pump out some yucky greas/oil. It was like sludge, and took a long time to fill the truck up. We got the truck stuck and the material wasn't what we were told we were getting, it was a real eye opener and a good learning experience. It's hard to talk to customers about what they want us to get rid of for them, I don't know if they just plain out lie or just don't know. But when they don't give us the correct info on the material we can't send the right equipment. Ok, sorry to bore you. I made choclate mosse (I'm expecting my monthly soon) so I want to be ready when that craving hits! I have sooo much to get done this week, needles to say I didn't get much done over the weekend so now I'm busting butt to try to get the dust under control. Last night was animal night, two cat litters cleaned and a hamster cage. I also folded 10 loads of laundry, I had no idea boys could go through so many clothes. :D Ok, I had a boring day yesterday and the rest of the week is looking to be about the same excitment level. I did work out and ate good so I'm still working! I'm going to get my shower and head to work since I don't have anything exciting to tell you guys!!!

02-08-2005, 06:39 PM
My Monmday was the pits lets say that I worked from 3 am to 9 pm. and Was woken by the dog at 4:30 this am. I will say that I did work out this morning. I have about 3 more 12 hour shifts to do this week if I am lucky I can bow out of one of the management days, HHHMMM I am trying to figure out which one and really can not see any of them that it is possible.I guess i will be sleeping all sat. (have to do a night shift then and a swim meet on sunday about 1.5 hours drive away.)

I have been OP mostly for my diet but I can not promise to stay that way. (Except for the pizza on sunday but I did limit my self)

Way to go all you loosers!! It sure takes dedication and hard work. One day I will be joining you with weight loss!! for now I jumped on the scale and it did not budge. I can live with that as long as it is not going up!!!

Catch you all when I have a min!

02-08-2005, 07:59 PM
Hey I'm getting lonely!!! Where is everybody??? Somebody brought in a Fat-Tuesday cake!! All that icing almost made me sick looking at it! I wonder if that's a good thing? I have to keep telling everybody I'm trying to lose 10 lbs before I go to the Dr., they keep bringing food and want you to eat, eat, eat! Mentioning the diet is the only thing that keeps them from force feeding ya!

Sue you poor thing, nothing makes me feel worse than no sleep! Hang in there, and I'm glad you maintained (it's a step in the right direction!)

How did everbody elses weigh ins go???

02-08-2005, 08:07 PM
Hi, again--

Trying to stay centered in during a frantic week at work. We have a campaign in response to the proposed federal budget cuts, and our board of directors is meeting this weekend, so everyone is busy, tired and testy....just the type of situation that makes me want to eat sweet and/or crunchy food non-stop. I am feeling "hungry" lately, but I know it's not my stomach, so I'm pounding down water and decaf tea, and heading home for dinner soon.

It's that time of the month, so I'm allowing myself some foods that aren't on my plan (a cup of chili, some sweet potato gumbo) as a way of appeasing myself without doing too much damage. I did make it to the gym yesterday, and the weather is nice right now, so I've been able to get a little walking in before and after work. But I had to see the podiatrist yestercay, and now I'm wearing a special pad on my foot to soothe a neuroma or something. But I'm walking anyway, it's not so bad.

And regarding life not being exciting enough to post: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

02-08-2005, 08:48 PM
If I go missing--check the police blotter!!! I am ready to kill my business partner! Lets just say that I am a bit conservative and he is .....well.....not!
I love the guy dearly-but I still wanna kill!!! (This business partner that makes me crazy also happens to be a Baptist minister and a professional Mime!)

I just dropped the munchkin off for a bball game, so I will get on the cross-country skier and get some calories burnt off!

Later gals!

02-09-2005, 07:26 AM
Good morning gang! :coffee:
It's Wed. and the week is slowly dragging on. I feel like a dork, I forgot about the time zone difference when I posted yesterday wanting to know where everybody was. :^: I am sooo glad I made those choclate bars, the monthly thing hit today so I know I'll be craving the choclate! I will be interested to see if the cramps are any better since I have been working out now for three weeks. I hope the bloat thing don't hang around too long, I really get this bad! We have fog issues this morning so I'm going to have to give myself some extra time to get to work this morning.

Judy, I'll try not to wish for too much excitment :D ! You know how the blah from the same day to day routine gets too you! I hope your foot gets better, I twisted my ankle on the icy porch a couple of weeks ago man was that bad. It's better now but I looked pretty silly limping around!

Joetta, how does someone get into being a professional mime? I can see the head lines now "Woman snaps and kills the mime minister" :lol:

Ok, I'm going to jump in the shower and get to work!!! C'mon I want to hear how everybody else is doing!!!!

02-09-2005, 09:35 AM
Good morning everyone! :coffee: Well yesterday was a total waste of a day. I was off and didn't manage to get anything done but go to Curves, go to the tanning bed (gotta be tan before this trip, plus cellulite looks better tan) and make it to my first WW meeting. We did go vistit my friend with the new baby last night but before we went there my DH wanted to try this new hamburger joint. OH MY GOSH!!! :dizzy: I could blow my weight loss all to heck at that place. They have the BEST burgers and homemade fries. I didn't feel too guilty cause that is about all I ate yesterday. I did leave there feeling so stuffed I thought I would be sick. :p

Today it will be my plan 100%. There is just something about going to WW and getting on those scales just to see that it went up instead of down. Next Monday is my 4 weeks at Curves so I get to do my measurements again to see how many inches I have lost. I can tell in my clothes that I have lost some. The other night I put these jeans on and my DH said that he could tell that I was losing because those jeans use to be tight. I told him he better watch out cause soon I would be too sexy for him!! :D I'm also noticing that my boobs are getting a little smaller. I think that I will go to Victoria's Secret this weekend to buy some new bras. I have stretched all of my others out quite a bit. :o

Well ladies, I better get off this darn computer and get something done today before I have to go to work. :D

02-09-2005, 09:54 AM
Another website that you might find helpful......

02-09-2005, 02:20 PM
Hi everyone, sorry it's been a few days since I posted but life has been busy and I haven't been all that good. Not too bad food wise, but I did eat more than I should have. I noticed it is so easy to slip off calorie counting and I decided to stay off. No counting anything anymore. I am going to have small portions of whatever meal is being made. I've lost weight this way before and it's something I can do for the rest of my life. It just blows me away how fast I could fail when counting calories so that's what sparked the change.

Tonight is exercise night and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been in the mood to exercise, but today I am. I just hope I still will be when I get home tonight. By evening I'm so exhausted from work that I just want to vegetate.

Well, back to work. I just wanted to check in. BTW, Jenn and Lori great going on the weight loss. You're doing it right!

02-09-2005, 02:32 PM
I've been so overwhelmed lately and I have gotten off track. I think I almost gained a pound back :( but I am back at it again and feeling a bit better about things. It was hard with my in-laws here for FIVE days! :mad:

I am also super-duper stressed! :stress: My job is pt/temp and was supposed to go ft/perm, well it is not looking good. :( Hence, I am on the job hunt and thinking about possible relocation. I have a DH that is right smack in the middle of his BFA. I honestly can't believe it is all coming down to this.

Of course all of this makes me want to eat. I really wanted to make some brownies or chocolate cake. :devil: But I have resisted and just had a few chocolate chip cookies - the mini Famous Amos. That's my only treat.

So that's what is up with me. Sorry I'm not keeping up better. It is just a hard time right now. I am really trying to stay on my diet and lose lose lose. God knows it's one of the few things that has made me feel better about myself lately. The easier I fit in that interview suit the better! ;)

It sounds like I am not alone on the chocolate temptations around here either! ;) And that makes me feel less alone. :)

02-09-2005, 06:56 PM
Another long day at work. I am tired. and well it was less stresses full as the boss was not there. and dress down day. I do have several clods working for me. OMG why do they do such stupid things????

Enough of that. I am OP sort of. I did not get breakfast so I ate 2 pieces of choc one of my discharges brought to me. I do not have time to see the gym yet this week except for yesterday morning. water is still such a task soon though it will be second nature.

Hope all have a good end of the week.

02-09-2005, 07:33 PM
Hey all,
Sounds like a tough week all the way around for the gang.

This is where the rubber meets the road--

We have been dealing with butt-head employers, employees, customers, partners, restaurants that make great burgers, hormones that cause bloating, and last but far from least---IN LAWS FOR 5 DAYS!!!

We shall overcome!!!!

I'm quite certain that someone superglued my scale--but I am determined to beat this thing!

Kerry, I would have lost weight if my in-laws had been here for 5 days! The blood flowing from the slits in my wrists would have that scale moving downward quickly!

Chin up girls, or in my case, chins up!


02-09-2005, 08:19 PM
Glad your still hanging out!!! I'm always amazed at how relatives come to your house and just camp out! But I have to say having your mother live across the street can have it's moments of insanity :dizzy: . I spent all of my teenage years trying to get away from them, then I put a house up across the road, go figure! It wouldn't be bad, but my mom and I are almost too much alike, she calls and wants me to come over right now and move furniture (remind me to tell you about this womans furniture sometime) and I'm involved and want to finish what I'm doing first. Two stubborn people wanting something done at the same time, I'm getting a headache just thinking about it :lol: !

Kerrry, I hope you land another job quickly, that's too much stress for anybody. My hubby was unemployed for almost a year, we almost lost everything. Hang in there, things have a way of working themselves out!

Marie, I don't count calories, I would have landed flat on my face less than 3 days in :^: . I always pull mental games on myself, like not eating enough, or splurge for days because I blew one day! I can't do it, I watch my fat intake and sweets so if I fall one day, I can start fresh the next!

Any way, I'm trying real hard this week to remove the dust that has collected everywhere, so I'm going to run! Everyone keep up the great attitudes, before long maybe we'll be a maintance group????

02-10-2005, 09:04 AM
Good Thursday morning everyone! :coffee: Is it just me or is this week going by soooo slow?!?! :snail:

Will write more later. Gotta run!

02-10-2005, 10:27 AM
This week is dragging by . . . . . :(

Yesterday I spent the day applying for jobs and developing a website for a non-profit. Thankfully the web dev pays a bit so that will help to keep us afloat. I really hope something comes together quickly on the job front, but I know it will eventually come together. Some days I think relocating would be a fun adventure and others it seems like hard work.

I am back on track now and the scale said this morning "You are almost at 154" :lol: Not that it really talks mind you. If it did, I'd probably murder it! Still having trouble staying away from the Coca-Cola. :mad: Still hate water too. :D Need more exercise - but I still hate that too! :smug:

02-10-2005, 10:47 AM
Good moring, :coffee: well I'm not sure about good! I didn't want to get out of bed this morning and I had problems with my computer, so I lost alot of info. At work now so I'll check back soon.
It may be a slow week, but it's almost over!!!! :D

02-10-2005, 07:41 PM
Stealing a moment to say hi! I've got to crank out one more document before I leave work, and I don't want to be here late again tonight. I am sort of Eating Per Plan, manuevering my way around tempting restaurant menus. Wearing this orthotic thing on my foot is helping with the pain, so I'm still walking and working out. I'm getting the hang of the Curves machines, so I feel like it's a much better workout. I wanted to lose another two pounds by Valentines Day, but that's beginning to look unlikely. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with my slow but steady progress this past month or so.

Gang, the week is almost over! I just want to get through this meeting tomorrow without shrieking at all my bosses or bursting into tears. Wish me luck!

02-10-2005, 11:16 PM
Judy, go in there tomorrow with what my baby sister calls "the Joetta attitude"--give 'em the "you are the only one that knows what the heck is going on" look, and don't you dare let them get to you!!!!!

Give me some feedback girls---one of my girls at the office mentioned that I am losing weight. While I am pleased that someone is noticing--I must tell you that this girl leads an alternative lifestyle. So do you think I should head over to the Alternachick board??????????

I do know some very interesting people--I don't have animal magnetism, I have quirky people magnetism! But ya know what? I love it! All my nutso friends make me look more normal! (or maybe not)

Nite all!

02-10-2005, 11:22 PM
Oh, and Sue, thanks for the article that I saw on another thread--it was encouraging to me. I know that the scale will eventually head south.

02-11-2005, 05:38 AM
Joette I have several friends that live that style, and take the compliment for face value. if she looks at the back side just pat it and say getting there. Unless seh is on the prowel she is just making a nice compliment. women are much more sensitive then men when it comes to EVERYTHING. and she is just giving you a huge bolster and paying you hommage for the very hard work and dedication. with out ties.

Gee work is starting to lighten up towards the end of the week. note it is 4:30 am and I am not at work??? I am physically and mentaly worn out. but I can not let it show. My boss has stepped up the pace by far and with several routine things flying in the picture such as sick coworkers (me trying to cover as many shifts as possible with out killing my other staff), PRI review and last months end of the month paper work and many admissions. I have been told I have two weeks to get my act together and focus on the right stuff. I have said many times that this job is more than enough for 2 people, and with the step up in work it certainly is. I am seriously going to grap an appy from one of the other places as I can not stand this. My boss will not even look me in the eye or have some casual conversation with me. (NOT GOOD) I expect that I will be looking. I know she is stressed but that threat, with all the drop of work on my lap that has happened, I think that she has carried it too far.

well I have been mosly OP even with this and I have exercised several times this week and am getting ready to go for more. I am not doing bad. I will not get on the scale till next month if I can stay away. (myfluid balance is all off. I have 3+ pitting edema in my feet, typical for fluid imbalance) I am hoping that some of it will fis itself before I jump on the scale again.

02-11-2005, 07:30 AM
Good morning, it's Friday, YEA!!!! Wow, Sue and Judy, looks like this has been a stinker of a week for work. I'm sure the problems have been going on longer than a week, but really, ouch! I wanted to scream yesterday at work too. I have been trying to put together a good customer data base to use, and have tried alot of different ideas. They finally installed Access on my computer so now it's starting to come together nicely. But my boss thinks it's a waste of time, he keeps asking me to do some really stupid stuff because he thinks I'm not doing anything. It's our slow season right now and the timing is right for getting things organized. I came from a large, well organized company and I took one look at this company's stuff and it is just an unorganized mess. My boss dosen't understand how much more efficent it is to have the customers information altogether for quick refrence on the computer, he's an old paper pusher (you ought to see his office). My other co-workers are starting to see what I'm doing is going to make life easier and help keep better track of the customers.
Anyway, my hands are all dried out from all this cooking and washing pots and pans! But I'm really starting to lose all cravings for grease (that's a good thing!) :D I even noticed my skin is not oily and I'm not broke out for my monthly which usually makes a mess out of my face. And I really do feel better. I noticed my face looks thinner, I put weight on all over and am very round in the middle. So visible weight loss is very slow. Well I best stop rambling and get in the shower. Chat with you later!!! Have a great day!

02-11-2005, 09:51 AM
Good morning ladies!! TGIF!! :dance: I didn't think that it would ever get here!

Ok, I need your opinion on something. My employeer is having a weight loss contest starting on Feb 17. It will last for 10 weeks and the female and male with the highest % of weight loss will win a prize. I really do not want to participate in something like this. I feel like I am losing this weight for myself and if I only lose 1 lb then to me that is a success and I don't need someone to tell me that I'm not a winner. Does anyone understand where I am coming from? I know that some people are driven by competition but I just don't need that. I have the type of support I need from this place and WW and most importantly, my family and friends. Tell me that I'm not being stupid about this!!

I know that I have complained about this before, but boy is it getting BAD. Every evening after I eat dinner, I get so bloated. Does anyone else experience this and if so what do you do to help it. I take a few gas-x tabs but they don't seem to really help much.

OK, this is off topic but I just have to vent about it. Virginia actually took the time to try to pass a law that would make it possible to be fined $50 for your pants drooping and exposing your underware. I have to admit, I can't stand to look at someone walking around with their pants hanging off their butt, but who is it actually hurting?? If you don't want to see it, look the other way. I encounter this everyday at work since I work in a jail and usually I will tell them to pull their darn pants up. But to say that some kid walking down the street could be fined $50 for this is crazy. I think that our lawmakers need to spend more effort on more important things going on in this crazy world than worrying about what people wear. This is America for gosh sakes! We have freedom. That freedom allows us to wear what we choose, as long as we are not exposing ourselves in public. You can click on this link to read the entire article.

Ok, I think that is enough for now!! By the way...if you think that I type a lot you should talk to me in person some time!! :blah: :blah: :blah:

Have a great weekend! ;)

02-11-2005, 08:12 PM
Hey Jenn, I am with you on not wanting to join in on the weight loss contest at work. The good feeling of doing something for yourself would have a tendency to get lost in a situation like that. But if you do decide to go for it, we will be here to cheer you on!

And you wanna talk gas??? My husband has MS, and has a tendency to over-focus. A couple of weeks ago I made some cabbage soup, and it was pretty tasty. Da hubby decided that it must be good for my diet, so every day when I get home from work now, he has a nice fresh little pan of cabbage soup for me. Let's just say that I need to tie the covers down at night!!!!!!!!!!

Sue, rest assured that I took the compliment from Mel at face value. We are extremely open at work, and joke with each other about everything! Even our sexuality! Our co-workers make the Jerry Springer show seem lame! (actually, we have an ad that runs during the Springer show, and we know when the ad runs, because the crazy calls start coming in--we call those our Jerry Springer clients!)

Lori, as you know, once the boss has a taste of an organized customer database, he will think it was his idea!!!

Judy, we are all waiting to hear how the meeting went.......................

And Kerry, we wanna know about the job hunt.....................

Have a great weekend all!

02-11-2005, 08:13 PM
Jen I needed that laugh thanks!! I am thankful it is friday so much so that I am ill. I feel my head just swarming and my back aching and well you can name it. I agree a contest is really bad as they will start of big and really make you feel like you are not accomplishing any thing. Just say no thankyou you are losing slowly and do not want to be in a race or feel like you have to lose faster than what is safe. that should shut them up.

I am not sure what is going to happen at work one of the other nurse managers is going to go and be admitted for some cardiac workup, so I guess my job is safe for a while they can not afford to lose two fo them. On the other hand >>>>>>>> that would show them what I think of them. I am tired now so I will be hading off to bed soon so have a great evening gals. I will be reading the inside of my eyes as sooon as I know the boys have a ride home tonight. (they went to a dance at 10 & 11?? )

02-11-2005, 11:31 PM
OH Joetta, that is just toooo funny!!! :lol: I usually have gas problems if I eat ice cream, and many other foods, but ice cream just about kills me. It is actually painful. One of my friends suggested a vitamin, I just don't remember what it was. I'll ask her again, it is supposed to help with food digestion and it's something normal like B12, but like I said, I'll ask to be sure.

Let me tell ya, I'm glad all you sickies are not within breathing distance, everyone at work is sniffiling, sneezing, and coughing. My oldest son is too, I feel like I'm surrounded :o !!

Jenn, stay away from the contest! Nothing will annoy you worse than an idiot with a complex to lose more weight than you. Don't get me wrong, but I can't stand any competition about weight loss. Well, I'm not real competitive about much of anything really. Best thing to do is when you hit your next short weight goal buy a pair of georgous shoes or an outfit!!! (I love shoes)

Sue, get some sleep! And remember nurses are in demand, jobs are plentiful in your field and you DO have the upper hand! My old supervisor used to get real nervous when he had to talk to me about anything, I used to tell him loudly, I can get buckets of crap from another employer just as easily. By the way my new job is 100 times less stressful and the commute is half of what it was! I wish I would have left sooner!
Well I'm going to get to bed.
Chat tommorrow!!!!

02-12-2005, 12:05 AM
Sorry I haven't been on for awhile. Been fighting with the flu and respiratory infection most of the week. Finally went to the Dr. today. So hopeful by Monday I can get back to work.

Kerry I hope you find a job very soon. Maybe that PT job didn't turn into a FT job because there is something better waiting for you out there. Good luck.

Nasus Treat yourself to nice bubble bath with some great music playing in the background some night when you get home and you are really tired from a long

Joetta I love your phrase "we shall overcome" in a nut shell.

Lori Thanks so much for sending me the list of the Bio's sorry it took so long to get mine to you and I'm going to try to shoot for that we are a maintanence group in the making.

IPNIN Yes this week went sooooo slow for me too. Especially not feeling to great I had a million and one things that I needed to get done and I had to sit by and watch the clock tick.

Judy Thanks for the tip on subscribing to the thread. It was reader friendly. Worked like a charm. And what happened at the meeting?

Good luck to everyone with the weigh in Monday. Have a great weekend

02-12-2005, 08:56 AM
Good morning! :coffee: It's a nice quite Sat. morning, kids are still in bed and DH went to work for some OT (over time). Shhhh don't tell, I snuck on the scale this morning (163) thats a 1 & 1/2 lb. loss this week, I won't change my ticker until my official Monday weigh in, maybe I'll lose another 1/2 lb and make it a full 2lb loss ??? ;)
Anyway, Anmyreah glad to see you, I got your pm with your updated short bio. I'll get those updated today and resend them, I have some more updates too.

I need to ask, do you guys want to update our post (start a new one)? Maybe once a month, or once a week? I want to make sure this stays easy for everybody to come hang out! I know we are all busy and not everybody can check in daily, I don't want anybody to feel left out! So I don't know if it would be easier or not to start a new thread now and again. Let me know what you guys want and we'll do it.

Ok, next idea I would like to get off the ground is reciepe sharing. How about you guys pm me one of your favorite reciepes and I'll gather them together and we can either make it a post, or I can PM them back. Let's include nutritional facts since we are all following something different.
And maybe an idea to include would be one of your favorite house keeping short cut secrets. Let me know, I love chatting and I think we have alot of ideas to help each other survive daily life! :D

OK, I see I'm writing another mile long post, so I'll jump off here and get these clothes folded and put away, I'll be on and off the computer all weekend so I'll be back!

02-12-2005, 09:49 AM
Hi Chicks, :hat:
I'd love to join you. You're a fun group I see and I DEFINITELY qualify for membership. I'm a Unix Systems Administrator and with my commute and unpaid lunch, I'm gone from home about 55 - 60 hours a week. I have a 16 month old boy, and a husband of 3 years as of today ( (to see pics, login is "pics" passwd is "pics"). I'm also 42 years old and about 80 lbs overweight. I have worked full-time since I was 21, with about 9 months off total during that time unemployed.
I love to work, but tend to let it overshadow the rest of my life. I'm getting better about that since becoming a Mom.
I joined up here at the end of the year, and promptly lost 10 lbs, then gained 2 of them back last week primarily because of evil girl scout cookies and my total lack of control with them. :nono: I signed up for WW in 3-d on Thursday to add a layer of F2F accountability. :coach:
I am determined to get to my goal weight once and for all to have more energy, be a more active Mom, and improve my health.
Nice to meet you all!

02-12-2005, 10:00 AM
Kim, welcome, we would love to have you join in!!!
I sent you a quick PM I'm sure you will have a good time with us!

02-12-2005, 12:25 PM
Happy Saturday All!
Welcome Kim, to our humble abode!!!!
I invited "Paige" from an "Overwhelmed" thread to join us here--hope she does!

Da munchkin just told me that he needs a "Romeo" costume in about 6 hours!!!!!!!!
Can you spell K I L L ??????


02-12-2005, 12:26 PM
Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to let you know that I'm still around. My computer is down at home and the boss is in town this week so there's no time to play during work... :( I'll be back by Wednesday when everything will be back to normal. So, I'll talk to you all later....

02-12-2005, 02:42 PM
Thanks for the invite Joetta and HELLO everyone. My name is Paige and I am an elementary school Asst. Principal. This group is right up my alley!!!! I am married and have two children ages 4 and 6. We also recently adopted a cocker spaniel from a rescue center a few weeks ago. I have organized a group at work of 22 teachers and staff to participate in WW. It has been working out really well having WW come to our school to do the meetings. My excuse before was that I didn't have time to pick up the kids and get to a meeting. So this has worked out great. We just started week #3 and I have lost 6 lbs. so far. Now my biggest challenge is finding time to workout. I
found a gym close to our house that has great hours. I'm just not sure I want to be bound by this for a year. I am taking a break right now from cleaning out my closet. I decided it was time to get rid of all the clothes that I think I might beable to wear someday. When I know perfectly well that once I lose this weight I'm going SHOPPING!!!! How do you all find time to workout????? Well time to get back in the closet!


02-12-2005, 03:21 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say Hi to all of you. A big welcome to the new ladies :)

My loss is now 17 pounds and it's been forty days since I smoked my last cigarette. We had a mild Minnesota day yesterday so I hurried home from work and walked outside for an hour. Wow, what a difference! The asthma seems to be a thing of the past and I can walk so much faster than I could before. I had an awful flu bug last weekend - temp of 101.8, chills, body & headache and cough. Over the last 2 years, a respiratory virus put me in the hospital twice with asthmatic bronchitis. Apparently, my lungs have healed enough that I no longer have trouble breathing when I get these things. I can't wait to show my doctor the new Diana. He was pretty sure the damage I'd done with smoking was permanent. As I get closer to my goal weight I'm going to pay him a visit and surprise him.

I'm still at 1200 calories and as long as I have consistent losses of 2 pounds per week, I'll stay there. I was surprised that even the week prior to TOM, I lost 2 pounds. People at work are really starting to comment on the weight loss which feels good. Clothes are starting to be a problem and I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet because I still have fifty pounds to go. I wish I would have had my daughter take a picture of me when I was 188. This weekend, I'm going to have her take a picture of me so I can have pictures to show my progress.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

02-12-2005, 03:24 PM
Hi Kim and Paige, welcome to a great thread. The thing I like about it is that everyone here is busy and can't post all the time. I suppose that didn't make sense since I like to read the post. I just think it's nice to feel welcome after a busy couple days at work that you can come back and still feel part of the group.

Lori, I like the recipe idea. I have a great recipe for Sweet Oatmeal Bread that's made in a bread machine. You don't add any fat to it and it's great. My kids devour it. I'd love to share it. BTW, I got my new bread machine this week and if anyones looking for a great one, try looking at the Ultimate Breadman. It's way better than my old one (Welbilt).

Kerry, good luck on the job search. I swear that is the most depressing process in the world. I remember one time after not getting a job that I sunk to the floor in tears wondering why nobody liked me. This was when I was about 33 years old. By then I shouldn't have taken it so personally. Then I was in HR for so many years that I saw the other side clearly. Sometimes one candidate has one trait or skill that isn't part of the job but would be clearly beneficial to the company and that was the deciding factor. The lesson learned, always promote anything that you can do that will put you over the top, even if you don't think it's important. It possibly can be. Good luck to you.

Work was busy this week and yes it seemed very slow. I think it's because it's winter. I blame everything on winter. I'm not a cold weather, dreary day type of person. But yesterday I saw my first signs of spring - the lilac bushes have growth on them. Spring is coming then the days will be flying by.

I've been exercising and that's the good news. I'm definitely starting to get in the mood to exercise (I started regularly as mine and DH's new year's resolution). The bad news is that I'm having trouble with eating. The portion sizes are just too big. I might need to measure for a couple weeks to get that back into control. Bu first I'm going to try harder. That is my promise to all of you.

To everyone, have a great weekend and really enjoy yourself.

02-12-2005, 04:45 PM
Welcome Paige, yea were a bunch of busy nuts! I find myself working out sometimes right before bed! I couldn't imagine trying to get to a gym!:dizzy:

Diana, I'm soooo happy for you!! Keep me posted, I'm planning on tackling the smoking thing this summer! I'm also glad you dropped a line to let us know how it was going!

Marie, we'll have to come up with a solid plan to get everyone in on a reciepe post. The bread sounds wonderful. I have a bread machine some where, hmm, I'll have to look for that!

Karen, we'll be here waiting on you when you get rid of the boss!! :D Imagine, him wanting you to work! :lol: I know the feeling!!!

Joetta, my only mom duty this weekend it to get treats for the Valentines day party, thank goodness. Yes, I know the feeling of KILL! My favorite moment is trying to get out the door in the am and I hear, I forgot to do my homework! I just want to run out side and run myself over in the driveway!!!:crazy:
I'll check back later!!

02-12-2005, 07:28 PM
I did it!!!! Luckily he didn't want to go over the top on the costume, so I didn't have to run to the local fabric store and spend another small fortune (as I do every time I go). I had made Justin a gauze shirt last year that he loves to wear around the house. He calls it his "Gandhi" shirt. We used that, and then a quick pair of blousy knickers, sashes, a pair of tights, and off he went!!!! :joker: :twirly:

Do any of you have problems with cravings during ovulation? HEY :cb: I meant food cravings!!!! Thank goodness I have moved to an area that does not have a bakery around the corner (or down the street, or in the next town, or in the next get the picture). I never have a chocolate problem, I have never liked the taste of chocolate, but man carbs get me salivating!

Anmyreah and Diana, I am happy that you both are feeling better--and Diana--you rock girl! :cheer: Every day smoke free is a victory!

:comp: Alright Lori--Miss "I have a second to spare so let me use my computer skills to create a customer data base including shoe size and nose hair count from scratch"--What do you mean, Start and new Thread???? I do a little jubilation dance every time that I find my way back here! :jig:
Okay, maybe I am over reacting just a bit---If you do something different, just please explain to me how to find you again!!! I can put together a Romeo costume in an afternoon, but I can be totally blown out of the water when it comes to computers.

02-12-2005, 07:34 PM
and welcome Kim and Paige.

Lori I think the receipe trade is a great one. I have a breadmachine somwhere also. Better start looking for it.

Marie your bread receipe sounds great. Also I'm so happy you are a machine knitter. I know how to knit but I bought this machine from a lady who got a new one and she sold it to me for $25.00. It's just the basic manual machine but I could use some pointers on how to start a project. Quess I directions in a book haven't always been easy to understand for me. I have it all set up and I just want to make a basic baby blanket but I think I'm affraid of the thing.

Diana congratulations great job

Joetta I work in a Library and we have school children come in all the time and want resources on some topic they picked at school and we belong to wider system so if we don't have it we have to send to our member libraries for the info. The trouble is they come in for the info Tuesday after school and ask for it because it's due on Wed. It just happened again a week ago. I just chuckle and think I probably did the same thing when I was young. :lol:

I also have a ?
Where do you guys get all your cute Icons that make up your weight charts and such.

02-12-2005, 08:21 PM
Hi Anmyreah...go to User CP at the top of your page. Then click on Edit Signature. It will tell you where to click if you want to set up your own weight tracker.


02-12-2005, 10:34 PM
Anmyreah, I found the video that came with my sweater machine. You can have it if you want it. Even if they're not the same brands, I'm sure it will help. Also, I have the basic instructions how to set the machine up if you don't have that. PM me if you want any of the stuff.

02-13-2005, 05:41 AM
Mornin' all!
It is 4 AM and I am wide awake=silly, silly me!!!
The scale is not friendly--I did lose the pound that I put on last weekend, but nothing more. I am not discouraged though, since my weekend jeans, I can now just pull up and zip. No more of the wiggle-jiggle, squeeze, yank, lie flat on the bed and suck-it-in just to get the zipper closed--and then try not to bend for the rest of the day!

I know that the hubby will talk me into going to church this morning__I know-shame on me that I have to be talked into it! The associate pastor lives across the street from us, and he and Tom have become good buddies. They usually want to take us to lunch afterward, and then we have a B'day party for a 2 yr old this afternoon. Tomorrow we have a Boy Scout Court of Honor with lots of food--so the temptations will start hot and heavy this week. I'll have to get my game face on!

Paige, you asked about finding time to exercise. I was going after work to the fitness center, but way too many days, I had too much to do. When I did go, I would stay for only 30-40 min. I dusted off the old cross-country ski machine at home and have it the family room. I hop on that while the guys (and I) watch TV. They give me support in gentle reminders that keeps a guilt trip going if I don't get at least three 20 minutes rounds per evening. I find 20 minute stints frees me up in between to do dishes, laundry, etc. That is working much better for me than the fitness center.

Have a great Sunday gals!

As for recipes--anyone interested in cabbage soup?????--Yeah, didn't think so....


02-13-2005, 10:14 AM
Good morning :coffee: !
The weekend just goes buy way to fast! Ok, it's Sunday how about confession time :^: . I had pizza last night, not just one slice either, it was soooo good! Pizza and a short glass of pepsi, wow did I miss that! I'm glad I did it, and in a few weeks I'll do it again! :o Something I learned along time ago when I actually did lose all my weight was that it was the best idea in the world to cheat now and again. Once I get the weight down and I'm ready to maintain (I can't wait) I would have a cheat day once a week it worked and I never felt depived.

Joetta, I had kind of a late night myself. Like a fool I let the kids talk me into running to Walmart and 11:30 last night, they didn't have what the kids wanted so they thought we ought to shop around, by midnight I was ready to leave both of the at the store. :mad: The didn't get anyting and were both tired and mad at me, not a fun ride home. (I need a smile with tears flying out of it) But this morning they both still have their money and I can call around to some other big stores and see if they have the game they wanted.

I did my weight ticker over on, you can get it the way you want it, copy and past it right in your signature when you edit it. You can use the user cp link at the upper left hand of the paige and it will open up a new screen with links on the side, choose edit signature and away you go!! If you need more help give a yell.
Ok, I'm going to make breakfast, I'll be back!!!

02-13-2005, 10:41 AM
Off to church I go---but I forgot my confession----Friday I succumbed to Chinese at lunch, and then when I got home my dear loving (gonna have to hurt her) sister had taken my and her munchkin out to eat --the restaurant had a special of fried green tomatoes--so she brought me back an order. They were soooooooooo gooooood!!

02-13-2005, 01:14 PM
Hi everyone
Thanks girls for the info on the chart. We'll see if it shows up on this post. I was going to ask along time ago but I always think I should know those things so I try and try and try and then I finally ask anyways. :shrug:

Marie thanks for the offer what a nice thing to offer to send me that infor. The thing is I have it set up no problem. I have the instructions and I have knitted a straight piece but when it says K 1 P 2 for the ribbing how do you set the needles to purl. I can't find it in the book. I know it has to be there but I just seem to be missing it. And thanks again for the offer it just shows what a kind person you are and I'm so glad I'm in this group with all these special people.

Good luck tomorrow everyone


02-13-2005, 02:18 PM
I must confess that I could not stay away from the chocolate this weekend. I did not indulge in chips or soda and ate good meals, but I had TWO brownies - one Friday and one Sat. DH was evil for bringing them into the house ! :devil: Then I just HAD to try the new hershey kisses with carmel - YUM! :p I am BAD! But I have managed to stay at my calorie limit by watching everthing else strictly - is it possible to still lose weight this way? I am new to all this and I feel like I am looking better (smaller tummy) most of the time, but I still indulge from time to time. Hmmm. . . I must weigh in tomorrow morning so I guess I'll see.

It sounds like we all have our temptations that we give into. All the things you've given into sound wonderful to me too - :lol: Pizza, Chinese, and baked goods (I LOVE to bake so no bakery does not help me :( ). I also get cravings during O (ovulation) and also right after AF shows. That's twice a month that I am out of control - NOT GOOD! :mad:

Marie - thanks for the encouragement/advice on the job search. This round I have tried to do things a bit different. I have beefed up my PR experience/skills and been a bit more honest about my interest. My DH's program is hard to find and we are tied to those areas and schools. I just keep hoping for the best and trying to stay on the diet plan so I feel better about myself.

Well, I am off to the grocery today to do the shopping for the week. My plan is more fruit for sure as well as more from scratch. I could use that recipe exchange right about now. I do use epicurious ( which is what I am going to do today to find a recipe for a good bean soup. I also need to get some creativity into my lunches - bc I get bored! :D

TTYL! Soon it's back to the daily grind!

02-13-2005, 03:06 PM
Hi all,

Weekends do tend to be hard but my success today is yesterday I was really good. I stayed a little under my calories and I haven't done that in a while. I chose foods that were for their nutrient content instead of sweets. It really was a success. Today I'm starting off the day with the same foods. Hopefully it'll be two days in a row. I do know that Monday won't be on plan but I've planned a cool Valentines with DH and I do believe in special occasions to be off plan.

Anymeah, I will PM you with instructions on how to do the knit/perl with the machine. It's sort of a pain but in a way it's relaxing. If you've got it set up and stuff, you'll be able to do it with no problem.

Kerry, brownies are a problem for me, too. I make them all the time and common sense would tell me to stop, but my family loves them. I have two ultra skinny teenagers and they will eat them. With them, I hope that they have enough calories and they won't eat nutritious foods. So I make brownies. Most of the time I can stay away from them, but if I'm bored or angry, I gravitate towards the pan.

DH has Guard Weekend yesterday and today so I'm on my own, playing with my knitting machine. I finished a sweater for a friend's little girl and I started a sweater for me in a really pretty jade green. I do think that the reason that I didn't munch yesterday and so far today is because he's not home. I don't know why but it's just easier to stayon plan when I'm by myself. Funny thing is, he's not a bad influence - he's very supportive. So I've got to wonder why I do better when he's working. I'll have to figure that onw out. Anyone have any ideas?

Have a great day and I'll talk to you later.

02-13-2005, 04:30 PM
My DH is sometimes a bad influence, but mostly we consider eating an activity that we enjoy together. That's how we put on all this weight together since the wedding! :lol: Maybe it's that Marie?

I forgot to mention my issue staying away from beer - Newcastle & St. Pauli Girl Dark. :devil: I add it into my calorie count but I am not sure about the exact calories of either of those?

I bought lots of apples, low fat peanut butter, delight (sara lee) wheat bread, leafy lettuce, peppers, 13 bean mix for soup, turkey smoked sausage, 7up Plus, pita/hummus, and popcorn (my salty indulgence). I'm going to make baked italian chicken with orzo and baked chicken mushroom with rice this week and dirty rice. We are having fajitas tonight and I am also planning a taco salad night. :) It all sounds good to me!

02-13-2005, 07:01 PM
Good afternoon everyone!! Where has the weekend gone. I can't believe Monday is around the corner. The only good thing is that it is a 4 day week for me. We have Friday off instead of Monday for Presidents day. We have to give a state test called the TAKS test that week.

Kerry- I can really relate to what you said about how you and your husband both enjoy eating. I can ditto on that one. Our other issue is that we eat too much food that comes from a window or is delivered to our door. It isn't that I don't like to cook but it is all about time and convience. I am really proud of myself though. I have cooked the past two weekends for the upcoming week. I have chicken in the crock pot and a few other things still to cook today.

My workout dilema has been solved!!!! My wonderful husband and kids came home today with a treadmill for Valentines Day. Now I don't have to worry about finding a qym. I just hope this doesn't end up in the fitness equipment graveyard!! I have really wanted a treadmill for a long time. I don't mind walking but it is just to humid in Texas to walk outside! Now I just have to get my butt on it.

I need to call the Salvation Army tomorrow to arrange a pickup. I have 8 large lawn bags full of clothes from my closet. Seeing those bags makes me feel like I was very productive yesterday.

Well I guess I had better go and see if I can lend a hand in the treadmill assembly! Enjoy the rest of the weekend ladies!!!!!!


02-13-2005, 10:47 PM
Paige, what a sweetie you have for a husband!! Tell him that he has lots of fat chick admirers!
8 bags of clothes?? Good for you! When I moved I got rid of a lot of clothes, and then a couple of months ago, a neice came over and started going through my clothes, and of course wanted most of them. I said to her "Hon, they are not new clothes." Her reply? "Oh, that's okay, vintage is like-back in!" She has red hair but I swear she has blonde roots!!! So she took 2 bags of my "vintage" clothes.
While living near Chicago, a thrift store opened within walking distance of my house. I originally went looking for fun stuff for costumes, and I was hooked quickly! I would buy only the brand name new condition clothes, and I wound up with a designer's closet! I kept all the extended family in nice rags at ridiculous prices. There is nothing here that even compares. Now I go shopping and the prices just kill me!!

Oh crap! I just noticed the time...gotta go girls!


02-13-2005, 10:53 PM
Paige, what a nice gift! I have a bike (we hang stuff on it :^: )!
Ok girls, I have a problem I can't find fat free parmesan cheese at any of our local stores. It takes me a long time to use one bottle and I haven't needed it for a long time. I need it and can't find it only reduced fat (which is still way to high 45% fat) not low enough. Could you ladies spy at your local stores for me and see if anybody carries it and get me a brand name. Maybe I can get online and buy it if I could find somebody that makes it.
Gee, if I can't find it I might be going into the cheese making business! :lol: I make alot of my own foods, I love to can I just don't have a basement at the house we live in now. Alright, it's getting late, I'll check in in the AM, can't wait to see everyones losses for the week!!!

02-14-2005, 07:18 AM
Good morning :coffee: ! My official weigh in this morning 162 lbs., that's a 2 & 1/2 lb loss. Wahooo!! :cb: That just makes Monday all better! I almost forgot happy Valentines Day! My DH got up in an awful mood this morning, I wonder if he realizes that today is Valentines Day? I'll have to remind him! :D Well gang, I'm impressed with myself, I just blew through week 3 of my new healither lifestyle, I hope week 4 goes just as good! Week 3 always seems the hardest, I usually wind up giving up. I think I'm going to do something different when I reach my 10lb goal, I'm going to clean out my closet. (Idea from Paige) I have my thinner clothes packed in totes in everybody's closests so I think I'm going to dig some stuff out for more motivation!

I saved my measurments and weight from Dec. 19th, I was at 167.5lbs before Christmas, imagine packing on 2 more pounds over the holiday, I wonder how that could have happened?? :lol: I'll have to remeasure and compare the numbers. I actually downloaded the chart template off of microsoft's web site. I'll have to look up the link and share!
Ok, I've got to jump in the shower, I'll check back later today!! ;)

02-14-2005, 09:31 AM
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! Here is my gift to everyone :m: :m: :m: :m: :m: A handful of M&Ms. Eat them and enjoy!! :D

This weekend went by way too fast. I didn't do too well with my diet over the weekend. On Saturday we went to a party for my cousin's daughter. I didn't do too bad but I did have a slice of pizza, some chips and dip, some veggies with more dip and a small piece of cake. Then yesterday we went to visit my mom and step-dad and they took us out to eat for my DH's bday (which is today..he's 30). I had a small piece of prime rib, baked potato, limas and a small salad. Even though I splurged on "real food", I don't think that I really hurt things too bad. I guess I will find out when I go to Curves today and get weighed in. I also get to do my 1 month measurements today. I am really anxious about that. I know that I have lost some inches cause my clothes are fitting better but it will be nice to actually see the numbers.

It is that wonderful TOM. That bloated feeling that I am always complaining about is so much worse today. I was standing naked infront of the mirror this weekend :yikes: and noticed that one of my hips is larger than the other. My right hip sort of goes straight down but the left one sinks in a little. What in the world is up with that!!?? I kept pointing it out to my DH and when I was trying on a few dresses that I bought for the cruise that is all I could see. Does anyone else notice anything wierd like that with their body? I guess now that I am losing weight I pay attention to every little curve and dimple!!

Well ladies, gotta run. I just got a call that the man is coming now to pump our septic tank. Gotta love that!! :D

I will post again when I get back from Curves.

02-14-2005, 09:59 AM
Seemingly - I am down another pound! :dancer: Although I probably shouldn't count it yet since DH & I are going out for Italian tonight to celebrate our love! Of course we did some of the celebrating last night, which was fun. :o

I thought my choices were kind of bad over the weekend, but I still managed to shed a pound. I need to get back on my plan and eat more fruit and veggies, but I think I've gotten good at staying under 1400 calories. Have I mentioned that I suck at exercising? I did leave my coffee in the car by accident and had to climb back up 5 flights in the garage to get it this morning - that has to count towards calories burned. A girl can't live without her coffee! :coffee:

I hope DH gets me dark chocolate for Vday. I can just eat a little of it, while milk chocolate I can't leave alone. Also we already agreed to stop after dinner and get some vanilla bean ice cream so that we can finally indulge in the homemade chocolate sauce my gma made me at Christmas. Yum. :devil:

Happy Valentine's Day ladies! Enjoy your day and have a bit of chocolate or whatever your passion may be! ;)

02-14-2005, 10:03 AM

Thought I better post before I head to work. I am down 7 total. I saw my sister this weekend and she is down 25. She was so happy and excited and she looked it. I hope that incentive takes me to my goal. Congratulations Lori on your loss that is great and this challenge really helped me. What about a St. Patrick's Day Challenge or Easter or just a date set for a spring challenge.

Glad you got your treadmill Paige. That was very sweet of your husband.

Jenn Thanks for the M&M's and you have a great day at Curves & Good Luck.

Mariie Thanks for the info. I did understand it and your right it will be tedious but if I don't have a ribber it is the only way.

Well off to work for me Good Luck to All today

:wave: Anmyreah

02-14-2005, 02:08 PM
Ok ladies the official results are in.....
In one month I have lost......

Bust 1 inch
Waist 2 inches
Abd 1.75 inches
Hips 2.5 inches
Thighs 0.5 inches
Arms stayed same
Weight 12 lbs
Body Fat 2.5%

The lady at Curves was so excited for me that she busted out of the door and told everyone that was working out how much I had lost. Everyone started clapping and I have NEVER felt so wonderful in my entire life. :D
When we were doing my measurements, I asked her about my hip and why one looks different than the other. She showed me that she has the same problem. She said that one of her legs is longer than the other and that could be my problem also. She suggested that I have a MD check it out because now that she is older, she has lots of pain from it. I had a MD ask me that once but we figured that it just looked that way because of the way I had been standing because of my herniated disk.

Well, gotta go get in the shower and get ready for work. Talk to everyone later.

02-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Wahoo Jenn, your doing great!!!
Anmyreah, down 7lbs, isn't it great!!!
Kerry, hey a 1lb loss is still going in the right direction!!!
3 cheers for you guys! :cheer::cheer::cheer:
Rough food day at work, choclate, candy, and brownies everywhere! I didn't see that coming, I expect christmas to be a problem, the football playoffs were also filled with food, but I wasn't expecting them to have something on Valentines day!! I hurried up and at my lunch so I was too full to be tempted, oh and I stayed upstairs at my desk away from the junk! :D

02-14-2005, 08:57 PM
Hello. I'm new to this thread, and relatively new to the 3fatchicks web site. I'm 37 and need to lose about 50lbs. I've lost 3 so far. I work full time, and have a hard time finding the time to exercise. Plus, the office in which I work shares a building with a day care center. And they're always offering leftover food. Today it was cup cakes. Pastries are my worst vice, but I was strong and refused the cup cake.

I'll write more later, but I thought I check out this group, too.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

02-14-2005, 09:44 PM
Hope everyone has had a great Valentines Day! Just wanted to drop in quickly and say HI to everyone. Again thanks for the warm welcome into the group. Today was a huge challenge at school. I had so many students drop by my office today, therefore I ended up with a large stash of sweets by the end of the day. I did manage to pass most of it off to our special ed director. He'll eat anything and is as thin as a rail!! However, we have a pie shop close to school and we ordered strawberry pie and strawberry cheesecake for faculty at lunch today. I knew I was saving my bonus points for something. And let me tell you I enjoyed every bite!!!! I decided that I wasn't going to feel quilty. I have been trying not to use those 35 extra points, but after all it is Valentine's Day and I guess if that is my only quilty pleasure today then I have done good. Now I am off to that new treadmill, no excuses!!!!! Enjoy the rest of the evening ladies and congrats to all those loosers today!! Keep up the good work ladies. (Whoever thought it would actually be a good thing to be called a "looser")
Till tomorrow!!
Paige :grouphug:

02-14-2005, 10:21 PM
Congrats to you all on the losses!!! I didn't dare step on the scale this morning- I feel so bloated and crampy that the 50lb extra weight that i must be carrying around right now would really get me off to a bad start! Give me a few days on that one...

I survived the b'day party--wound up having 4 college kids (2 couples) and an 11 yr old follow me home. One of the couples is thinking about buying a home, and wanted me to crunch numbers and give them advice. I ended up driving to Louisville (about 45 miles away) to give them my opinion on a house that they are looking at. But it is so cool to me to help young ones get a good start--that gets my motor revved!!!

The Boy Scout Court of Honor tonight was not too bad for me. I ate more than I would have here at home, but I concentrated on the veggies--I left the dessert table alone!

I showered and washed my hair this morning and didn't bother to curl it, and once I got to work, I got really busy and never got the makeup on. I knew that I had no appts scheduled, so I didn't bother. But of course, THIS had to be the day that clients just dropped in all day!!! Just kept telling them--I actually do better work than my appearance would lead you to believe....

It is late, but I am going to hop on the sweat generator for a while.


02-14-2005, 10:24 PM
I'm so sorry Robin!!! I really meant to give you a big welcome right off the bat--but instead it was all about mememememememememememe

Welcome!!!! We are a new group just getting to know each other and you are most welcome to jump right in!

02-14-2005, 11:19 PM
Just a quick update on my first trial run (sort to speak) on the new treadmill. I did 1 mile in 20min. Not great but not to bad. I got interrupted with bed time for the little ones. :bb: Tomorrow I need to time it a little better so that I can walk further. :tread:

Robin, I too forgot to say welcome. I am soooooooooooooo sorry!!!!! :wave:

Last week I ordered a Trading Spaces shirt and it arrived today. Is anyone else a fan?? I am so depressed they are switching to a hostless format and Paige is leaving. I don't know if she was fired or left on her own accord. Anyway since they are changing formats they are also changing their logo so the shirts are on sale for $4.99 instead of $40.00. :soap:

I have a new house and need ideas so I am an HGTV/TLC junkie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's to another day around the corner. :cheers:

Paige :balloons:

02-15-2005, 07:31 AM
Robin, welcome!!! I have a list that I've PM'ed every body and I will get it to you tonight with names and short bio's it's nice to print for quick reference since we are all so busy not everbody is here every day and it can get confusing. If you want you can pm me a short bio and I can add you ot the list.

Good morning ladies :coffee: ! Oh am I tired this morning, I stayed up to late and still missed the news getting lunches, dishes and laundry done. I wound up working out while CSI was on, I didn't know I could stretch my neck that far! :lol: Well I'm gong to cut this short since I played the snooze button like a piano this morning I didn't leave myself much time!
I'll check back in later today!!

02-15-2005, 07:35 AM
Mornin' all!
I am up a bit earlier this morning--I'll actually do something with the hair and face BEFORE I get to the office. 13 more days until the Evil Judge is gone!!!! The countdown is on!!!! It makes going to work so much easier to deal with.
Have a good one gals!

02-15-2005, 12:04 PM
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day and didn't pig out too much on candy! :tape:

I just got back from the dentist. I had to have a root canal done. :( I had a tooth filled back in November and I started having a lot of pain and it was SUPER sensitive to cold. At least the worst part is over and I don't have to worry about it acting up while I'm on my cruise. :) Now that my entire right side of my face is numb, I don't feel like going to work out. Which really sucks because I was planning on going every day this week. Oh well! What's one day in the big scheme of things.

Well, I'm gonna go lay down for a while before I have to head in to work this afternoon. Hope everyone has a great day. ;)

02-15-2005, 01:49 PM
Hello again. I hope everyone had a good valentine's day. Mine was pretty good. My husband and I had gone out to dinner on Saturday, so we didn't do too much last night. We usually walk about two miles every evening, but the weather was too cold and windy last night. I can manage the cold, but cold and windy - I prefer to just stay inside. I played with our dog for about 20 minutes, which is somewhat aerobic. He's a 90lb German shepherd and loves for us to chase him with his ball. Then while I was trying to do some crunches and weights, he had to come help me on the floor. He's blind and ended up stepping on me while I was on the floor. And since I was down there, he decided it was a good time to play. Needless to say, I didn't get many crunches done.

My husband and I are about to build a new house. We're in the process of buying the property and planning the house. So, I love home improvement shows, especially Trading Spaces. And from what I understand, Paige's contract just wasn't renewed due to the new format. Personally, I think the new format will hurt the show. But since I'm not a TV exec, what do I know? I also hoping that while we're working on the property and house, I'll burn some extra calories. I'll be glad when the days are longer.

What kind of information do you want on the PM? I'm assuming that's personal message? My background is in the computer industry, and I'm currently working as a parent locator for foster care cases. Between the two, I have too many acronyms to remember, so I just prefer to write things out when I can. It's actually faster for me.

I hope everyone has a great day! I'll check back in later.

02-15-2005, 04:48 PM
Hi all - I am not new to 3fc but I am new to this group. I thought you might be a good group to ask the following question which I've been pondering:

Does anyone have any good strategies for dealing with work-related events with food? My current job has a lot of birthday things with cake, occasional staff lunches out on the director, and every week there is a fellow giving a presentation at lunch to which we are invited. I really like my coworkers and I've shot myself in the foot in previous jobs by being too standoffish, so I don't want to be "no, I will go sit in the corner and eat my tofu." But the work 'splurges' are really affecting my ability to lose weight and my willpower to resist such treats outside of work. Any ideas about how I can deal with this constructively but still be friendly?

02-15-2005, 07:34 PM
Hello. I used to work for a firm in which on of the employees had a very serious heart condition. He couldn't eat most of the food that was always available around the office. He would usually bring his own lunch and snacks. However, he didn't let that stop him from joining us when we ate out as a group, or had a catered lunch, or anything. He just brought his food with him and ate with us anyway. We never had a problem with it. And because he still chose to join us, he was never considered to be standoffish. He was just watching very closely what he ate, and we respected that. I would bet that you'd find the same thing at your work if you just explain to everyone that you are trying to get healthier, and in order to do that, you need to eat better. Hope it helps.

02-15-2005, 08:04 PM
Hi! Sorry for being MIA for a few days. Work has been all-consuming, and I've spent my evenings rushing around doing chores and volunteer stuff.

Congratulations to everyone for dropping the weight! Jenn, you're putting me to shame :ink: I totally lost focus last week, and haven't lost anything. Plus I did something to my back at the gym on Saturday, and am just now able to turn my head and lift my arm without swearing loudly....

I'm re-reading a book called Weight Loss Through Persistence. It's helping me to remember that everyone who's lost weight and kept it off has gone through peaks and valleys, but kept at it, and didn't give up because they lost momentum, or because life got in the way. You are all giving me lots of inspiration to hang in there, so thanks!

Re treats at the office: I firmly believe in lying. Allergies, an upset stomach, I'm still full from lunch, I just brushed my teeth, whatever. People will give me grief about 'dieting' (and I'm obviously overweight!) so I don't even go there. It's great when your co-workers will support you, but I think that most people are tired of hearing people like me go on about carbs/fat/sugar and some feel like they're being criticized for enjoying the treats. However you go about it, I think it's important not to feel apologetic. No one's going to strike you off their Christmas card list because you didn't have cake or because you drank seltzer instead of beer. If they do--it's their loss!

02-15-2005, 08:10 PM
Lara the I am a diabetic works great for an excuse, You just can not cheat there any more if some one catches you! or you get gas with starches. I have a bad reaction to wheat products.

that leraves the diet off the plate and you can stick to plan with very little problem

Just watch that the do not catch you eating the wrong fooods. HE HE HE

I have eaten like a pig all the last 2 years now that I am going good and serious I do not want to blow things. Thursday we are having a meeting that I must go to. And they are having pizza. I love that but do have plans to pass it off. I do not like wings so that is out. I need to bow out gracefully with this one and eat my shake and have a good meeting. I know the feeling we have cake and cookies and candies brought to us all the time. so watch out!!

Work is being busy but I feel more in control. untill they tossed 3 admits on me today and 2 tomorow. and a new glitch in the computer system so it is harder to do the work that I need ot do untill i figure this system out.

I am OP and exercising and going strong. I am getting the cramps so I needed to take my potassium and mag today. that is good though!1 dragon breath is not far away. (low carbers)

02-15-2005, 08:26 PM
One of my tricks to avoid the goodies at work is to say honestly that I am trying to lose weight. But I try to add something like "You know I must really be serious when I can say no to {insert name} 's cheesecake, or cookies, etc." If there is anyone that says something negative, just ask them to go ahead and take your share so that you won't be tempted.

It gets tough, especially when the foods that you really enjoy are spread out right in front of you. Here is my mantra "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels". Of course it does not work--but I try. What does feel good is when you go to bed at night knowing that you resisted!!!

And if it helps--convince yourself that you will have to confess to all the "fat chicks" and you don't want to disappoint that bunch!

The pep talk was mostly for myself, but hey, if it will help you, too---


02-15-2005, 08:34 PM
Yes Robin, PM is for private messages, alot of people included their emails so I dont want to post it. I'll get you the list in a few mins.
Laura, welcome, I know about the parties at work! My boss is diabetic, and one of the guys never eats what we have so nobody pays much attention when we skip out. Although they do nag you to eat and try it and oh it won't hurt. I always giggle and tell them I brough my lunch I don't want to waste it, I HATE cake (I used to make them for people the smell of the icing makes me sick) and I can't eat ice cream or the whole office would have to leave on account of my gas. Everybody has food issues, just be polite, bring your own and join in. I usually only eat catered lunches on special occasions and I try to pick the healthiest thing there. The other thing, and this works good for family parties too, is to eat before hand, your not hungry and you won't eat much at all.
Well I'm off to jump up and down on my stupid box (thank goodness for mini blinds, the neighbors would really have something to talk about if they could see in :lol: )
Robin, your PM's are turned off??

02-15-2005, 08:58 PM
Today was actually a good day all around. Work wasn't too hectic for once and it was a beautiful day today. As a matter of fact the last 2 days have been gorgeous!!! Do I hear "Spring Fever"? :flow1: However, it is suppose to get cold and rainy again. :rain: YUK! The kids were in a good mood when I picked them up so I let them ride their bikes for alittle while. I will be so glad when daylight savings time comes. I just hate coming home and it is already dark. However, I am starting to see a change. It seemed like it should have been dark when we got home tonight but wasn't. So we took advantage of it and enjoyed it for a few minutes anyway.

Last night I did a mile on the treadmill so I am going to shoot for two tonight as long as the kids don't interupt me. :tread: They think it's a toy and want to do it too. I'll probably just wait until they go to bed.

I have a huge pile of laundry that needs to be folded and is calling my name. Sometimes I am convinced that I was switched at birth. I am such a procrastinator when it comes to "housework". My mother is totally the opposite but she was also a SAHM. Not that, that isn't hard. Trust me I have just enough of that during the summer and I am always ready for school to start back in the fall. I get about 6 weeks off and I don't know that I could ever be a SAHM.

Have a great evening ladies!!!

Paige :grouphug:

02-15-2005, 09:06 PM

Yep, I'm still around. I can't seem to catch up on all the many I'l jsut say this..Congrats on any losses and welcome to any newbies.
I hope you all had a good day. I am still so excited. I actually had to buy a new pair of jeans today and guess what?..they are 2 sizes smaller..WooHoo!
and my mom cancer test went said there are no traces of Cancer and that the side effects will eventually work themsleves out of her system.

Take Care.

02-15-2005, 09:40 PM
Christina, wow way to go 2 sizes smaller!! You are doing great, and don't worry about keeping up we're all busy and can relate! I'm glad to hear your mom is doing well! Good news all around!

Paige, I know about summer break, I drove bus for about 7 years when the kids were small and I couldn't get day care for them. I couldn't wait for summer, then I couldn't wait to go back to work! I'm a lousy house keeper myself, I kicked around the idea of hiring somebody to help with the basics but I'ld have to clean before they came or they might quit before they start! :lol: I always worked out at night when the kids were little and they were in bed, I was always afraid of going to the ER because they beat each other up with my wieghts!! :D

Great Pep talk Joetta! I took my Valentines day candy from work and set it on the counter so the drivers could eat it!

Jenn, I'm glad you got your tooth fixed before your trip, nothing like a toothache to ruin it! I had a tooth go bad and didn't realize it, I honestly thought I had a bad sinus infection, after the root canal I could have kicked myself for all those sleepless nights!! BTW, I have had MANY root canals, my dentist loves me, but I think I paid for at least one of his kids to go to college by now! :D

Sue, I just finished my monthly and I noticed my cramps weren't half as bad and didn't last the whole stinken 7 days this time. (I really think working out helped)
I'm going to pack lunches and head for bed, tomorrow is my early day!
Chat with you all in the AM!!!

02-15-2005, 09:43 PM
My personal messaging is set up now. I'll log back in when I get home if I have time. Have to go walk first. Priorities, you know.

02-15-2005, 10:44 PM
What a day, unplanned day off. DS is home with Daddy this week cause Daddy doesn't have any work til Monday. DS is also fighting a cold, well, Daddy came down with something last night and I stayed home to nurse them both. I actually stayed OP at home! Thank G for zero point soup. I am really desperate to post a loss at Thursday's weigh in.
Enjoying getting to know you all, but it'll take a while before I can keep all the names, situations and stories straight!

02-15-2005, 11:01 PM
All is well and and good in my little world tonight!!! :angel:

The kids are in bed and asleep. :dance:

I did 2 miles on the treadmill (2 days and 2 workouts , I don't even remember the last time I worked out 2 days in a row) :cb: :cb: :cb:

And to celebrate.... a Skinny Cow :moo: YUMMY!!!!!!

Sleep tight!!!!


02-15-2005, 11:24 PM
Great going gals! Smaller jeans, 2 nights in a row of exercise, toofies fixed, Mom's doing better, staying Op, all good stuff!!! But just a warning--if anyone starts bragging about the house being spotless--well, just please dont!!!!!!!!!!!! :nono: I can handle only so much perfection.....

Shared a bottle of wine tonight with my other business partner (not the minister/mime) {this time the brother-in-law} and he is ready for me to start doing hearings :judge:

In spite of this I did get in 50 minutes of sweat. Maybe I'll get back on for 10 more min----
Till tomorrow

02-16-2005, 09:26 AM
Good morning ladies! Well the root canal wasn't that bad after all. I was expecting some serious pain after the numbness wore off. Today it doesn't really hurt at all except when I move my mouth a certain way. :D

Christina~ Congrats girl on the jeans!! I keep reminding my DH that this weight loss thing can get rather expensive when I have to start buying myself all new clothes!! :dizzy: I'm happy to hear that everything was ok for your mom. :goodvibes I'm sure that had to be rather stressful for you both.

Paige~ Doesn't it feel good to work out two days in a row. I hate when I miss a day at Curves. My DH made a comment last night that he would like to have a bowflex. We might look into that once my membership is up at Curves. I would also like to buy a treadmill for here at the house.

Well, I'm gonna go for now. I need to get to Curves and get home to clean up a little bit. Have a great day!! :balloons:

02-16-2005, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the suggestions about food at work, everyone. I've been working here for over a year, so I don't think I could suddenly become diabetic :lol: but I will give the other ideas a try. Talk to you all later!

02-16-2005, 02:46 PM
Hello everyone. It's been a good day so far. I just came back from my break where a coworker and I went for a good walk. We walk up and down the hills around our office for about 20 minutes. We do that twice a day. And then if I have time on my lunch hour, I walk some more. And then when I get home, my husband and I take the dog for a 2 mile walk. I have to squeeze it in where I can. But I need to squeeze in some crunches and push ups.

I'm glad the root canal went well, Jenn. I've had a few myself, they're not fun, but there is worse.

Way to go on the smaller jeans, Christina! That is such a great feeling. I still have several pairs of my size 12 & 14 pants/shorts. That's kind of how I guage my success. And my short term goals are to get back into the 14s, and then the 12s, and hopefully back into a size 10. I'd be ecstatic when that happens. I'm 5-10, so anything lower than that, and my face looks too thin.

I don't know how some of you find the time to workout, have kids, work, etc. Paige, you are doing great on your workouts! My house looks like a hairy hurricane hit it. Our cats and dog are shedding, and so there is hair everywhere. And I don't have time during the week to vacuum. My husband is really good about helping out and making dinner since he usually gets home first. But still. There's always something that needs to be done.

Anyway, have a great day everyone!

02-16-2005, 07:42 PM
Well I missed the good mornings, I didn't leave myself much time at all :faint: ! I couldn't think of what to make for dinner so I made an old fast favorite. Chilli cheese dogs (low fat version) sooooo easy! 1lb gr. turkey, can of manwich, and fat free hot dogs, with fat free cheese. The kids go nuts over this one! It is such a pain to find something everybody will eat that works for me as well. Oh it's hump day, I can't wait for this week to be done, well that's not true this week is no different than the rest, I just want it to be the weekend!

Joetta, don't worry you'll never hear the words spotless and my house together, it's just not going to happen! Although the laundry pile is going down, but that never last long! :dizzy: The poor kids, they are sitting in the living room in their underwear playing playstation 2! (boys, they could care less) I made them strip when I got home from work, they were sooo muddy!
Well, I'm going to make some polanta for work tomorrow, I'll be back!

02-16-2005, 07:51 PM
Hey, it's nice to see so much good news lately! Congratulations on losing weight, staying OP, and workin' those bodies. Most of you do this while dealing with hubbies, kids, pets, too, I really admire you. I only have to organize myself, and I have trouble doing that :lol:

I'm trying to work up momentum after maximum (I hope) stress at work and hurting my back. Things are a bit slower at work, and my back, arm and shoulder are getting better, so it's time to go back to my master plan. So far today I've been EPP, although I'm not going to Curves tonight, I'll take a long walk on the way home. I've been eating too much at night--all healthy, just extra, so I will have to stop it, starting today. I'll think about Christina and her new jeans, that should inspire me!


02-16-2005, 08:54 PM
I am alive and well here worked out again today and it felt great. i was on a workout high all day. it sure helped that I walked into a crisiss at work and sent one of my new residents to the hospital and several other things went bad and I managed them just fine. I feel more incontrol. My workouts are hard but strong I need to start cardio not just weight next week I think but if I di cardio I want to run and I am too heavy to do that now so I may just wait a bit longer. the eliptical machines are so hard to get on.

christine I can not wait untill the day I say I fit into my small jeans or even some of my smaller sizes. soon I hope.

Wish me luck with the pizza tomorow. (though I did great with BK today I got a salad) and passed on the chinese

02-16-2005, 10:14 PM
Today was so hectic!!!! Work was insane which means there must be a full moon because I saw way too many kids in my office today. I called 2 parents and made them come and get their kids, I suspended 3 more, paddled 2, and called 4 more parents (and we only have grades K-4)Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then I had to pick up the kids and rush home so I could get my daughter ready for dance class and get her there. It is so cute to see 7 four year olds do tap and ballet. They are trying to learn their dance for the program in June. They are going to be black birds in the Wizard of Oz.

So we just got home and I am eating as I type. I don't know if I will make it to the treadmill tonight or not.

Tomorrow is weight in day. I am so nervous that I didn't lose anything. My scale sure doesn't indicate that I did. Our WW leader says we have to eat all of our points or we won't lose any weight. I can honestly say I have trouble most days using all mine. I may have to start eating food with more points. For breakfast I usually have a 2 point bagel with 1 point of FF cream cheese. I may have to find a bagel with 4 points for example so I can get all my points in. It seems like I usually have to eat at least half if not more of my points when I get home from work. I guess I will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. Wish me luck!!!!

Sleep tight everyone!

Paige :balloons:

02-16-2005, 11:12 PM
Hey! Only have a quick second. Hope everyone is doing well. Not a bad day for myself.

Paige~ You mean to tell me that you can still paddle kids in school?? I remember getting the paddle waaaay back in 5th grade for not turning in my homework for like the 4th day in a row. I just really can't believe that with the way things are now days that you can actually still paddle kids. I have a 5 year old in pre-k and I think that if I ever found out that he was paddled at school I would have a fit.

Well, the other nurse just came in to relieve me so I'm gonna head home. good night everyone!!

02-17-2005, 07:40 AM
Good morning all :coffee: ! I don't have much time, I can't wait till the weekend, oh I think I already said that! :D I fell asleep last night, didn't even get to see the end o my show :( .
Paige, must be in your area, the paddle in PA is a huge no-no, it's a very hot topic. Sometimes I think that the threat of the wood would be better than the pschyco crap they dish out at the kids now! I saw a little kid rip the princaples office apart one time. He was threatening to stab kids on the bus with his pencil and was hitting everybody. The driver took him back to the school (this had gone on for weeks mind you) they just kept calling his parents who apperantly weren't doing anything. Well the display in the office got him a one way ticket to private transportation. But to think they had weeks of videos of his fits on the bus and nobody would do anything. I don't admit to having the answers, and thank goodness I'm only responsible for my own children, Paige I don't envy you what so ever. I tell everybody that my 7 years driving bus was fun and I enjoyed the kids, just not some of the parents. When I hear somebody say "Not My Kid", I would love to know where they bought their rose colored glasses??? I could go on about this forever so I'll stop and get ready for work!!!
I'll chat with you all later!!!

02-17-2005, 08:37 AM
Just quick note to say good morning. Today is weigh in! @#$!$%%&!@~

Oh, well I guess whatever happens, happens and then we are on to a new week.

And yes we do still paddle. In our district it is up to each school whether we do or not. I wouldn't say I am at an inner city school, but.... We have a large part of our students that tend to not be very stable in that they move from apartment to apartment (whoever has free rent that month) and alot of our kids have parents or family in jail. So it can be tough. Paddling isn't something I do with everybody. Some kids I could paddle 3 times a day and their behavior is not going to change. Some just try to see what they can get away with and are followers. It works for those kids. If I have to paddle a child more then a couple times in a school year then it isn't working so they get sent home instead of paddled. Enough about my soap box!! Have a great day everyone!


02-17-2005, 11:08 AM
Good morning everyone! It is not even 10am and I have already gone to tan and to Curves. Now I just want to crawl up on the couch and go to sleep until time to go to work! :tired: I was thinking the other day that I will probably need another vacation when I get back from this cruise just so I can rest. With everything to do on the ship and at the ports, when in the world do you even rest!?!? :dizzy:

Paige~ Good luck with your weigh in today. :crossed: I hate weigh in day (except for when I step on the scale and see that it did actually move in the right direction)! :goodscale As for the paddling thing.....Girl, I would HATE to have your job. There are days when I get so frustrated with my 5 year old and I could not even imagine having an entire school of kids to look after. Being a nurse in corrections I get to see the other side of the spectrum. It upsets me so much to hear these mothers that are in and out of the jail talk about their children acting out. I just want to say to them so bad that if they would get their lives straightened out and be at home with their children, giving them the love and support that they need, then maybe their children would behave a little more. :censored: But enough about that. Happy thoughts only!! :D

Well gang, I better get off of this darn computer. Everyday I complain that I never seem to get anything done other than work out and tan before work and then it dawns on the that I sit in front of this crazy computer all morning!! :comp:

Have a great day! :grouphug:

02-17-2005, 07:48 PM
DH & I were just talking about him getting paddled in school recently. Both of us wondered if they still do it anywhere in the US and I guess there's the answer to that.

Sounds like everyone is doing good! Jenn I am so jealous of your cruise, but I know what you mean about a vacation wearing you out. I think we're going to try to take a short trip down to FL, but there is so much we want to do that I'll have to take an extra day off just to sleep upon return.

I got on the scale this morning and I swear that it said 152 :eek: , but I was tired and groggy so I'm not counting it yet. I think it was in between the 2 & 3! :dizzy: You ladies are so right about the clothes though. I used to laugh at my mom growing up bc she called them practice pants. :lol: Now I know exactly what she means! I have a pair of practice pants in the top of my closet as well that are fitting better and better. I hope to pull out a size smaller soon to start practicing. :D

I've been busy with the job search, work and my side work doing web dev. I have a full weekend of more work and my folks are coming to visit for the day on Sun (they live about 2 hours away). I have had a hard time keeping up on our thread and posting. I guess that's the nature of being a working stiff!

I'll be able to check in more over the weekend, which I think is the case with most of us. Have a great Friday everyone!! :)

02-17-2005, 09:04 PM
GIVE ME STRENGTH TO JUMP UP AND DOWN ON THAT STUPID BOX AGAIN! :lol: Hope everybody had a great day, we were busy at work so I only poped in and caught up at lunch, no time to chat :( ! Unfourtanatly I'm busy tonight too. I forgot to set something out for dinner, so it took forever to get it ready! Now I need to clean up the dishes, fold a load of laundry, pack lunches and jump on that dumb box!!! FRIDAY at 5:30pm can't get here fast enough!!!
I'll probably go to bed when I get this all done so I won't be back till morning so everyone stay focused and I'll be back!!

02-17-2005, 09:58 PM
I cursed like a sailor all the way home today. I only lost .4lbs. I am so disappointed!!!!!!!!!! The only thing we can figure out is that I'm not eating all my points and I already knew that. So this week I am eating every last damn point I have!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other then that today was great. Work was great, no one came to the office today. YEAH!!!

I have to spend tonight cleaning house because my mom and stepdad are coming tomorrow for a few days and my mom can spot dust 200ft. away. She usually straightens up the kitchen cabinets every time she comes because it drives her nuts. She asked me if it bothered me that she does that and I simply said hey if it makes you happy knock yourself out. So I am sure that no matter how much I clean tonight she will find something that needs her "attention" while she is here.

I didn't get on the treadmill last night so I need to make sure I get that in tonight as well.

Here's to a bigger weight lose next week!!

Talk to ya'll later (as they say in Texas)!

Paige :rofl:

02-17-2005, 10:47 PM
I spent the day in Lexington today, and signed a lease on new office space. So the next few months are going to be insane!!! It is a 3 hour round trip, and I will have to be there a lot to get the thing going and to hire someone to train to be there full time so that I can just do 2-3 days a week.
On the bright side, the location is perfect, and the potential is great!
I am concerned about not having any time to exercise though--I'll be sitting on my butt most of the day.
I'll just have to figure out how to work that one out.

I know how it feels to work so hard all week to lose weight and then the scale just does not move! But please dont give up! Consider it muscle, the body compensating for the water loss, whatever, just know that eventually it will have to move south! Hey--at least it is not going up!!!!

I find it interesting that paddling is still allowed--When I moved North, I had planned to teach, but having no control over the kids was a big issue with me.

Have a great evening
Hang in there all!

02-18-2005, 09:47 AM
Good morning everyone!! :wave:

I don't have to work today! :dance:

The kids are at school/daycare! :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:

And it is the start of a new week (weigh in wise). Your right at least the scale didn't go up so I need to focus on the positive. :yes: :yes:

My house is clean. :dancer: My mom and stepdad are coming this evening and I have the whole day to do whatever I want. I just don't know what to do with myself. :chin: I get a day like today about twice a year. Maybe a pedicure/manicure is just what the doctor ordered for today!!! Well gotta hop in the shower and get on with the day.

Have a great Friday ladies. :flow2: :flow2:

Paige :balloons:

02-18-2005, 12:43 PM
Paige, don't be so discouraged. You may just be exchanging fat for muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. So don't feel bad for one week's scale response. And while your're losing weight, no matter how much you exercise and don't eat, you're going to hit plateaus. It's just your body adjusting to everything. You'll start seeing the pounds drop off again. I'm sure of it. Just stick with what you're doing. (Besides, there's that whole female thing with the hormones and such.) That's why I weigh myself only once to twice a month.

If you exercise, it will go.


02-18-2005, 07:45 PM
Paige, I would kill for a 4lb loss in one week! I usually lose 1-2 if I'm lucky :D ! One week I only lost 1/2 lb. so 4lbs means your doing great!!!

Ok the scales are not looking to promising this week, Ok I peeked! But even if I didn't lose I'm all excited that my endurance and fitness level has improved!! I was able to do my whole step tape, arms and all from beginning to end!!! I'm impressed with myself! I'm planning on measuring this weekend so we'll see if I have any number changes in this area.

Did I mention I'm sooooo glad it's FRIDAY? Well I am!! The kids are helping to finish up some left overs so I don't have to cook big tonight (thank goodness) I think I'm gonna make myself a tuna boat tonight so I'm going to go eat, I'll be back!!! ;)

02-18-2005, 07:53 PM
Lori- I would kill right now for a 4 lb weight loss too. Unfortunately in was .4 lbs. Anyway I just got on quickly to check my mail etc... My hubby has a project he is working on and will be on the computer all night. I'll check in with you all tomorrow.


02-18-2005, 08:20 PM
I need to vent. :mad: :mad: I know that some people just don't get how hard it is for others to lose weight. But why do they have to they have to make it even worse by being inconsiderate. I've done really well all week - no sugar or sweets, at least up until this afternoon. There are only six people in my immediate office. Three thin people who can literally eat whatever they want, and the other three of us who are all at least 50lbs overweight. My boss, one of the thin ones, brought in a icecream birthday cake this afternoon for one of the other thin people. I was the only overweight one in the office at the time. They went to serve it up and I refused. I really didn't want any. The three of them gave me a hard time about it. :mad: I finally relented and told them I wanted only the smallest piece possible. I took the piece back to my cubicle, where I wasn't going to eat it, but just throw it away. As I said, I really didn't want this cake. Just as I went to throw it away, my boss said I could (meaning should) go join them at the conference table. So I ended up going over there and picked at the cake. When they saw that I wasn't really eating it, they kept giving me a hard time about it. I finally just ate the *&^$ thing to shut them up. :mad: Now, I'm pissed at myself for giving in, and pissed at them for not being more sympathetic. :mad: I can honestly say it will not happen again. Next time, I'm just going to tell them that if they don't like me trying to better my health, then they can shove it ....

The coworker, that I have a weightloss challenge with, and I just got back from a walk. He wasn't in the office while the cake was being served. So, he got lucky.

It was my 3rd walk of the day, though. I've taken three, approx 3/4mile walks today. And I will still do my 2-mile walk tonight. And I will go hiking and work out this weekend. But I'm still mad...

Thanks for letting me vent.

02-18-2005, 08:35 PM
Ok, I have an idea! Here is how you handle this, you must tell them that you were at the Dr. and your blood pressure and cholestoral levels are dangerously high. If you don't get on the ball and get in better shape you will have to start taking medications. People are jerks about others being heavy, but nobody wants anything bad to happen to you. It's best if your going to play this number to do it soon before cake is served up again! That way it dosen't look like a last minute ditch to avoid the cake. I'm not kidding this works, I have gotten out of all kinds of junk food the past month because I told everybody loudly that I had to go see my thyroid Dr. and if I didn't drop 10lbs before I went she would put me on diet pills, oh and I said they had a real hiddous side effect. I'm such a liar :D!! But I do have to go to the Dr. that wasn't a lie, but she would only give pills if I asked for them! I figure that should get me to the appointment and my first goal. When I get back from the Dr. I'll have a whole new excuse (I just have to think of one)! And yes that was rude, but on the other hand they have apperantly never had a problem. We have a Dairy Queen up the road so ice cream cakes are always popping up, not to mention dilly bars. I have lactose problems, and it is painful, so they let me off the hook when I mention it! They have no idea how bad it would be for them :lol: !!! When all else fails LIE LIKE A RUG!!!! :D

02-18-2005, 08:58 PM
I don't lie very well. People can always tell. And besides, we've sat around and talked about our health issues, and other than needing to lose weight, I'm very healthy. My blood pressure and cholesterol are very low (good low); I recently took a glucose tolerance test and passed with flying colors (which they all know about); and I'm the only one in my office that hasn't had the flu or a cold this year. So, I seriously doubt that they would buy into any Dr.'s orders thing. I'm just going to tell it like it is. If they don't like it, too bad.

And this icecream cake was from DQ.

02-18-2005, 09:20 PM
I have a habit of being brutally honest, so when I read your post, I thought if that were me...I would, like you, be angry with myself. So next time, I would just say, hey guys, I got really pissed at myself the last time I let you talk me into eating something that I really didn't want--so go ahead and bug me all you want---I AM NOT EATING THAT TODAY!!! It takes me too much extra time exercising just to get rid of calories that I really didn't want in the first place!

I'm all for no lies--but that gets me in SOOOOOO much trouble! Especially with idiot co-workers! But I think it will earn respect in the long run.

And you might ask, "Hey, do I bring in alfafa diet drinks and force them on you? Back off!"

Go get 'em girl!

02-18-2005, 11:43 PM
"Hey, do I bring in alfafa diet drinks and force them on you? Back off!"

Alfafa?? That sounds rough even on the most seasoned dieter! :lol:
Yea, that's about as straight forward as it gets! My co-workers push because they are afraid that somebody will feel left out, it always takes me back when I say no and they keep pushing, I would never do that to anybody. But that's just me, I know my one friend who has always been thin (even during pregnancy) has a real hard time excepting no thank you from me, she wants to understand and be supportive, but she just doesn't get it. You can cheat today, you don't do it everyday, but what she dosen't understand is that there are temptations every day. I have tried explaining it to her 100 times over and well my cat understand better than she does. I agree Robins co-workers sound like they might need an eye opener. I couldn't take that aproach at work, they would get offended. My honest truth with them is I'm tired of my knees, feet and back hurting so I'll pass on the sweets. No thank you and disappearing saves alot of hounding and ill feelings, it's sooo hard when they just don't understand!

02-19-2005, 09:23 AM
Good Morning :coffee:! It's a cold morning here in PA, and I didn't want to get out of my warm blankets! But I can't lay there forever, or can I??? Ok, I'm going to send out an update of our short bio's.

Ok, let's get this receipe sharing together PM, or email me your favorite receipe. Let's make this week a dinner theme, please include the nutrition values (if you know them)! Let's make the dead line for this weeks receipes Friday, I'll put them all together and make one big post next Saturday.

I have to get a shower, go get my hair cut, and go to the grocerie store today! I still haven't found my fat free parm. cheese, so I'm going to check another store today! I think if I find it I best buy a case!!

I hope everybody is having a GREAT weekend!!! ;)

02-19-2005, 09:49 AM
Mornin' all!
Busy day for me as well, couple of hours in the office this morning, birthday lunch in Louisville, then back home to clean as we are having overnight guests (a neice and her husband) They have a cute little beagle that they can not take into my sister's house, because of her severe allergies, so when they come to visit, they (along with the dog) love to stay at our house. They are so funny, they will keep me laughing till I ache! (This is the same neice that ransacked my closet for "vintage" clothes!) So I will scrub the shower and stock up at a liquor store in preparation for their visit.

Tomorrow I wll put more time in at the office...

Sounds like a blast, huh?????
Have a fun weekend gals!
Oh, and hey Lori---Your good luck charm is getting closer to the pot of gold!!!!

02-19-2005, 09:58 AM
Let me preface this by saying that hubby, munchkin, and I each have an extremely warped sense of humor. :joker:

After my shower, I put on my panties, sat down and was putting on my socks, when my darling, loving, husband started laughing. Knowing that he had a warped thought going--I gave him the "what know?" look.

He said, as I was bent over pulling on my socks---"That is kinda like tying your shoes in the car after the airbag has deployed, isn't it?"

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I thought that was sooooo funny. I do appreciate dry, quick wit, even if it aimed at me!

Just had to stop and share that one--now back to my coffee :coffee:

02-19-2005, 10:23 AM
Hang in there Robin!!! I myself tend to be alot like you Joetta. I speak my mind whether I should or not. I hate it when skinny people have no consideration for how they make those of us who are not so fortunate feel. Maybe if you kept somekind of special snack at work so when this kind of thing happens you can still "join them at the table" but you don't have to pay the consequences later.

I forgot to tell you all about this great idea I had. (yes, I do have them once in a while HA HA) I got this idea from an ad in the WW magazine when I saw a bracelet that you use to help you count your points. I thought well I don't need to count by points but I do need to do something to celebrate my losses. So I ordered a charm bracelet and it came 2 days ago. Each charm says something different like family, love, believe, hope, etc... I get to add a charm with every 10 lbs. I loose. This way when I am tempted I can just look at my bracelet and remember all the reasons why I am doing this and I have a visual of how far I have come. I started with one charm "family" on my bracelet and I am really motivated to add the next one.

Well my kids are up and ready for breakfast. Enjoy your day ladies!!!!!

Paige :balloons:

02-19-2005, 12:09 PM
Good morning Ladies!! :coffee:

Paige - LOVE the bracelet idea!

Robin - I so sympathize!! I come from a whole family of food pushers! :devil: My Mom's a food pusher, my Grandma is one of the worst, my Dad, My SIL, my brothers, my aunts and on and on! They're all food pushers! When I was younger I was thinnner, but just couldn't eat as much. I swear part of the reason I ended up overweight is bc I got tired of saying no no no to all the food pushers. What's worse is I think I caught it from them! :( I LOVE to bake and when I do I get offended if people won't eat what I make. So I'm not baking right now! It's a shame to let the beautiful Kitchenaid mixer sit there all lonely, so if anyone has anything low cal/fat I could bake - HOLLER at me! :)

I say honesty is the best policy as well. I've been telling people at work no because I am trying to eat healthy and stop eating sweets. Of course I can't leave the chocolate ALONE! :mad: We have a co-worker that has some sort of GI tract issue that she can't eat anything processed so she never eats with us and everyone at work has become less pushy since she joined us.

I'm still arguing with the scale about what it says. :lol: I don't think I should weigh again until Wed. That should be my weigh in day. I'm killin myself here getting on the scale everyday. I'm doing great with my meals, but the snackin and chocolate thing could be a lot better.

Well, I have some work to do. So I'll be on the puter most the day - programming away. :dizzy: Enjoy your weekend ladies!

02-19-2005, 01:33 PM
Kerry, I have some great low fat baking receipes, how about choclate angle food cake?? One of my favorites!

02-19-2005, 02:07 PM
Goodmorning Everyone
I had my eggs and diet toast this morning with juice. I'm trying to stay on track. My daughter and two little ones are coming this day so I baked a sour cream coffee cake with fat free sour cream I hope it tastes okay. Has anybody else did any baking with the fat free sour cream? I made up some elk barbecue so I have supper done. Just need to think of meals for Sunday and Monday. I went to dr. Fri. my bottom #on my blood pressure was 100 and I'm on B/P pills already. So he said watch the salt. But I thought I already did that. I love sunflower seeds and my friend makes them so she made me a bunch with no-salt substitute. She didn't like them but I thought they were okay. Well better go get dinner on the table. Talk later.


02-19-2005, 04:25 PM
Lori - I would love to have your recipe! Anything chocolate AND low fat sounds GREAT!!!

Anmyreah - Let me know how the cake turns out with the fat free sour cream. I might try that too :)

02-19-2005, 05:49 PM
I have tons, I own so many cook books it is really kind of alarming. I just got back from getting my hair cut so I need to toss some color on it and get a shower. I'll get dinner together and get some receipes together for you guys! I swear I get my hair shorter every time I go, if I keep this up I'm gonna have a crew cut :D !!!

02-19-2005, 06:55 PM
I have a wonderful collection of cookbooks, but only one light cooking. I looked through it today and everything looked SO complicated and it didn't have many desserts. I am ok with regular meals. I generally cook the same things just replace beef with ground turkey, use ff sour cream, light margarine, canola oil, ff ranch, etc. When DH wants tacos, I have taco salad LOTS of greens!

So yeah, if you have any low fat or light baking recipes send 'em my way. Chocolate anything is great since I have a chocolate craving that cannot seem to be satiated lately! How about a low fat brownie anyone :D

We're having thin sliced lean grilled chops tonight with couscous and french green beans. I'm splurging with beer while grilling :chef: and low fat ice cream with a itty bit of chocolate sauce for dessert. I slept late and I've only spent 500 cal today so far. My folks are coming for the day tomorrow so I am sure we will eat our way through the whole day! :shrug: I told you already they're the food-pushers. It's all about the choices I make wherever we go though right! :smug:

02-19-2005, 10:15 PM
This will solve any cravings, they are rich and wow. I don’t do all the details, I melt the chocolate in the microwave, and I don’t sift anything.
This is from Susan Powters "Food" book.

Chocolate Mousse Bars

2/3 c. flour
½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 Tbs canola oil
6 extra-large egg whites
1 ¼ c sugar
¾ c unsweetened applesauce
¾ c unsweetened applesauce
½ c plain nonfat yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-X-9 inch baking pan with oil and wipe off excess or use a non stick pan.

2. Sift together flour and cocoa powder, set aside.

3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. When melted, turn off heat and add oil. Mix until combined. Cool slightly.

4. Beat egg whites on high with sugar until very fluffy. Add applesauce, yogurt, vanilla extract, melted chocolate, and dry ingredients. Lower speed and continue beating until well incorporated.

5. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The center of the mixture will feel firm and not liquidy when touched. A toothpick inserted will come out covered with batter, not clean.

6. Cool and serve chilled. Cut into 16 bars.

Serving size 2 oz
Servings per recipe 16
Calories 129
Total fat 3 g
Saturated fat 1g
(total fat 21%)

02-19-2005, 10:27 PM
This one takes longer, but oh soooo good!! It never lasts at my house!
This one is from the same Susan Powter "Food" book.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

1 c cake flour
¼ c cocoa
1 1/3 cup sugar
6 large egg whites
½ tsp cream of tartar
3 whole eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract (I leave this out)

1. Preheat over to 350.

2. Sift flour, cocoa, and ½ cup sugar together. Set aside.

3. Whip egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Set aside in a large bowl.

4. Whip whole eggs with 1 cup sugar until creamy and golden. Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined

5. fold whole egg mixture gently into whipped eggs whites.

6. fold dry mixture gently into egg mixture, until just combined.

7. Pour mixture into a 10 inch tube pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Invert cake and cool.

8. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cake. Remove bottom with tube. Run knife around the bottom of pan and around the tube. Turn cake onto plate.

Serving size 2 oz
Serving per recipe 12
Calories 162
Total fat 2g
Saturated fat 1g
(Total fat 11%)

02-19-2005, 10:33 PM
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!! My husband is taking a break from the computer so I thought I would get on quickly before he gets back on. He is working on a big project that needs to be done tonight.

My mom is here so we have been running around Houston looking at fabric for window treatments. I am so depressed. In my mind I know exactly what I want, but can I find anything I like.... NO................ I came home and told my husband that we just need to sell this house and start over, he then reminded me that we just moved into this one Ugh.....

I need to cook for the week tomorrow so I have been looking for recipes. I think my husband is getting tired of Chicken. So I am going to try to vary things a little more.

Well he is standing behind me looking over my shoulder so I guess that is my cue to get off the computer. Until tomorrow ladie!!!

Paige :grouphug:

02-19-2005, 10:40 PM
Thank you Lori! I can't wait to make the chocolate angel food cake! Yum! :)

02-20-2005, 11:12 AM
Ok, ladies this is what I am going to call a "Hit and Run" post. I had planned on writing more until hubby walked in ( he needs the computer ). Anyway I hope everyone has a great day and makes good choices. I will write more later. Just a quick hello!!!!


02-20-2005, 12:06 PM
Good Morning :coffee:!! Why does the weekend have to fly by?? I can't believe it's Sunday again! I have to get to the store today, I didn't squeeze it in yesterday.

Ok Paige, tell hubby your going to need your own laptop because he's just hogging up to much of your chat time :lol: !!! Yea, my hubby would tell me to go pound salt and walk across the road and use my mom's computer.

I think I have a laundry conspiracy(sp) going on, the clothes are multiplying in the baskets, I know it, I just can't prove it!

Did I ever mention to you guys about my friend who looks like a life size Barbie? Well she's a hoot, she is usually in great shape, just has problems with her butt zone. Well she got pretty lazy of Christmas and has put on 13lbs so she's working out and trying to eat good and she called me yesterday crying that she put on another 2lbs. I'm trying not to laugh at her because she was truely upset, but I had to tell her to get her head out of the sand, she lost inches around her waist and her jeans fit better, and if she dosen't knock it off I'm comming to take her scales!! I had her laughing, I said try looking at 40+ lbs over weight and then we could talk. So I had an eventful day on the phone trying to convince her the numbers weren't important. How does one get so engulfed by the stupid numbers??? I still hear so many girls say the chart says I should way X lb's I could scream. I NEVER was in the chart range! I always weighed way more than I looked, I didn't know about the muscle until I ran into a body builder and he spelled it out. Anyway, I'm not going any where with this so I guess I'll quit rambling!

I hope everybody is having a great weekend and remember PM or email me your favorite recipes so we can share!!!

02-20-2005, 08:55 PM
Hi everyone
Hope the weekend was a good one for you.

Kerry the coffee cake turned out good.
Heres the the recipe

Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

1/2 C. butter
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C. sour cream ( I used fat free sour cream)
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix and put 1/2 of this mixture in a buttered 9X13 pan.
Then sprinkle 1/2 the topping on this
Add rest of mixture and top with rest of topping.

1/3 C. Br. Sugar
1/4 C. Sugar
1 tsp cinnamin

Bake 375 for 35 min.
Happy Eating :hungry:

02-20-2005, 10:02 PM
A quick hello...
The weekend with the houseguests was a busy one for me. The neice and nephew invited friends to come over for drinks and laughter (okay with me)--all stayed up way too late and drank way too much--except that I never allow the drivers to imbibe. They brought their laundry with them, so mine will have to wait a day or two.
One of my hubby's friends from Chicago drives a bread truck, was down for the weekend and brought cases--yes CASES of Hostess--everything imaginable!!! I hate that guy!
more tomorrow...

02-20-2005, 10:54 PM
Hi all, I know it's been a while. I've been a lurker since life has been so busy. But Joetta, you just had me laughing outloud. A case of Hostess?!!! I'd have to kill myself. Holy smokes, what was the guy thinking? He's probably just trying to be nice and generous. Since they're all sealed, maybe you can give them to the food bank or something equally magnanomous.

Lori, the Barbie friend - I can relate with being irritated with a 2 pound gain on a Barbie friend. Sometime they should try walking in our shoes. Oh yeah, they wouldn't be able to lift them with their skinny legs.

We are in the midst of a major remodel of our house. We bought oak laminate for the entire house to replace the pukey carpet. The house looks like a bomb hit it (I'm a non-clutter type of person) and we are painting the living room, family room and kitchen. That's mostly why I've been a lurker lately. Too much home improving and I'm not the one doing all the work. I'm just the helper bee. DH is doing all the work.

I need all of your help. I am eating out of control. I don't know why, I just am. I'm not hungry but I eat. Maybe it has to do with the upheaval in the house, but I just don't know. So if you have words of wisdom, threats of torture, please lay it on me. I need a swift kick in the butt. Seeing all of your losses (weight) have me jealous but still not motivated. What's up with me?

Well, time to work again.

02-20-2005, 11:18 PM
Joetta, Ha-ha-ha-ha :lol: Oh my that's soooo funny, there he is trying to do something nice for his friends and your standing in the back sizing him up for a ditch in the back yard :lol: ! We have all been there before. Hand them out to every neighbor kid you can find!! I was thinking the same thing with my dear neice reminded me I owed her money for girl scout cookies, forgot I order them and what was I thinking so many boxes!

Marie, we need to change your choice of snacks, or should I saying grazing treats. I have days when I swear all I do is graze!! Go for the pretzels (salty, but low in fat and can do the trick), pop corn and get creative, not the darn bag stuff. I have been known to use molly butter stuff and cinnaman and sugar, can I just say wow! I have made a big bowl and put some in a bunch of little ones and just tried differnt spices in them all. Oh another favorite dry cereal, although I can't eat straight from the box the kids wouldn't have any left for breakfast! Veggies, love carrots in fat free dill dip!! And I always have a glass of ice water within reach, a must at all times! I keep dumping it out and refilling it, I never finish a whole glass the ice melts and I want it cold.
I got to get to bed, can't wait to hear everybodys weigh ins tomorrow!!!!

02-20-2005, 11:23 PM
Hello, I am new here (ut oh another newbie!) and had to click into this group - I work about 45-50 hours a week, and 2 hours a day commuting. Normally my husband and I don't even bother trying to cook during the week. So, it's been pizza, carry-out and fast-food for years, and boy does it show. Plus, I'm 46 and the weight is really glued-on well! I just joined WW today and am going to try the Core program. I also have exercise induced asthma, but I have it mostly under control, and plan to introduce exercise into the mix. I really am happy to have found this group.

02-20-2005, 11:43 PM
Hi everyone!!! I was finally able to kick my hubby off the computer. So here I am.

Laurie- Welcome to our group. :wave: I am also on WW and have been for about 3 weeks. I choose the flex points because I just don't think I can do the core plan. Good luck with it. You have made it through one of the hardest parts. Just deciding to do it. I know how you feel about fast food as well. :mcd: :burger: :jeno: If it didn't arrive at our door or we couldn't pick it up from a window then we didn't eat. I have to say I have cooked more in the last 3 weeks then in the last 3 years.

My mom and stepdad are here this weekend and won't be leaving until Tuesday. They have been very supportive and have been eating WW recipes while here. My stepdad has to have something sweet in the evening so we made pop cake tonight. It is very interesting I must say. Just a can of diet soda and a cake mix. You don't need to add water, oil, or eggs. It was really good! I used a choc. cake mix with a diet coke. Everyone ate it up including my kids! :eating2:

I did 2 miles on the treadmill tonight. :tread: I haven't been on the last couple of nights. I have also had a hard time drinking my water. My mom and I have been running around town all weekend and I just kindof forgot about it.

Here's to a new week and what ever challenges lay ahead of us, together we can get through anything. :cheers:

Paige :grouphug:

02-21-2005, 07:24 AM
Good Morning :coffee: !
Off and running on another week! A big welcome Laurie, we can all relate to take out :D , still my favorite!!! But I will have to behave, and made a promise to myself, once I get to my goal weight we can eat out once a week! I have a short bio list that I'll PM you, and when you get a chance you can send my your info too. It really helps with remembering everybody, were all so busy not everybody is here everyday and confusion can really set in!

Interesting idea with the cake, how fast and easy it sounds!

Ok, my Monday weigh in is sizing up to a one pound loss for the week! That is good, it's still moving in the right direction!! I only have two more weeks to go to hit my first goal, which is 10lbs. As long as I continue at this rate I'll make it!

I'm going to go get ready for work, I'll check in later!!

02-21-2005, 10:53 AM
Good morning ladies! I've been MIA for a few days. Things have just been crazy around here lately. This week will probably be even worse. We leave for our cruise on Saturday and I have not packed the first thing. :dizzy: I always wait until the last minute. I only have the day before off from work so hopefully I can get everything done!

My son is home from school today. They have parent-teacher conferences so I won't be able to go to Curves today and get weighed in. Probably a good thing cause I don't really feel like I have lost much this last week.

For those of you that are on WW, I found the most wonderful treat that is only 2 points. It is Blue Bunny Vanilla Almond ice cream bars. They are sweetened with splenda and like I said only 2 points. You should really give them a try.

Well, need to go get in the shower so I can get ready for this conference.

Have a good day and good luck to everyone that is weighing in today. :D

02-21-2005, 11:39 AM
So the scale and I came to an agreement that it says 152! :goodscale When I get below the 150 point I'll probably faint right off the scale. I even started exercising this weekend - doing pilates and yogacizing. I'm going to try to stick with it. I need to get out there walking too, but it's been raining and chilly here in the evenings.

Thanks for all the great recipes ladies. I probably won't be able to try them until next weekend, but I'm looking forward to it.

Jenn - enjoy your trip! I'm so jealous! :o

I'm still hot on the job search, but still no bites. It can be very depressing and it makes me want to eat CHOCOLATE!! :nono:

02-21-2005, 06:40 PM
quick hello before I head out to another birthday party--at a PIZZA BUFFET!!!!!!!!

welcome Laurie!

Kerry--interested in a job in Lexington, KY????

02-21-2005, 07:42 PM
Lexington is on the radar! :p UK has DH's ID program and also a good library system. So far nothing available there :(

We are both from Indiana and have family up there so would be willing to do the next couple years in the midwest, but so far NOTHING. :mad: Right now I have resumes out to Florida State, Virginia Commonwealth, NC State and a law firm in SC. I'm starting to feel worthless :( esp after a depressing day like today. Where's the chocolate :devil:

02-21-2005, 09:49 PM
Kerry, I'ld invite you to look for a job in PA, but after you got one look at our property taxes you'ld run for your life!!! :D Keep searching, one will fall right in your lap when you least expect it. Have you thought about being a library teacher at a school? Just a thought, not sure of your interest or what kind of qualifications you would need.

Pizza Buffet, where, I'll be right there, oh what am I thinking, I don't fly and that's too far to drive! :dizzy:

Well I must be getting stronger, I bumped up my weights today to 3, 5, & 8's. Wow I can really feel it. Ok, I'm going to run and get my evening chores done, chat with you girls in the morning!!!

02-22-2005, 07:09 AM
Good Morning :coffee: !
Not much to report today, after I got my chores done last night I went to bed and watched a little TV. Boy am I itching to take a day off work, I don't know what gets into me sometimes. The weather is down right crappy and staying home wouldn't accomplish anything. We didn't hear much about weigh ins yesterday, I hope everybody did good!

I made a huge pot of chili last night and DH took the kids out for tacos before I got home from work, so nobody was really hungry. I'm taking the chili in my lunch today, but I really shouldn't eat it again for dinner tonight. Too many days on chili really rips up my stomach, I wonder if it would freeze? Ok, I'm rambling so I'm going to jump off here and get ready for work! I hope everybody has a great day!!! And don't forget if you have a recipe you would like to share get it to me by Friday night so I can have them ready to share over the weekend!!!

02-22-2005, 09:14 AM
Yes you can freeze chili! :)

As for the school librarian thing, I'm not certified to do that. There is a special track for K-12 Librarians and they become cerified teachers in the process. The school system probably wouldn't be the best place for me and I knew that while in library school. Of course now I just want a job! I am mainly focused on University/College libraries (even tech colleges), medical & law libraries. Although, I would consider anything "special" like inside a biz for instance Disney or NBC, etc. . . Yes there are libraries everywhere, but I swear you have to wait for someone to die to get a job - I see it all around me. I work with some serious geriatrics.

I shouldn't have gotten on the scales this morning. AF showed yesterday and I am bloated and feeling icky (sore throat, sinus). The scale did not say what it was supposed to! :mad: But I'm ignoring it until next Monday. :smug:

Marie - Good luck with the remodeling project. It sounds like it will be wonderful with all laminates when you are done! :)

02-22-2005, 11:22 AM
Good morning ladies! Weigh in this morning was good. 2 more lbs. :D I must say, I am really impressed with myself this go around. I think that these weekly weigh in's really help.

Had a horrible night at work yesterday. We have this inmate that is 25 and in August he was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. After all of his surgeries he ended up with a ileostomy. When he first came to our jail, the word around town was that he wasn't going to receive the type of medical care that he would in the hospital. My boss started to treat this inmate like he was royalty or something. She made a trip to the grocery store to buy him ginger ale and fresh fruit. :?: Well, he started to become royalty alright....a royal pain in the butt!! He goes through ostomy supplies like crazy. At least 2-3 times a week he is wanting a new barrier and bag. Just to fill you in a little, these things are expensive as crap and WE are paying for them. :mad: He will pick at the barrier so that it won't stick or he will let his bag get so full that the weight will cause the barrier to come off of him. The more often you change these bags, the more skin breakdown you have in that area. There is only one type of barrier that he claims will work, the most expensive of course. We do not always have that type and he must use a cheaper version....which works just fine. I bet if he were on the street, these are the ones that he would be using! Anyway, last night he needed a new one and of course we didn't have the one that he wanted. When I handed it to him, he started to complain that it wouldn't stick to him and threw it in the trash. Then all of a sudden he had one of the expensive barriers that he just "happened" to find and wanted to know if I could cut it to the right size. I told him that I couldn't do it at that moment because I didn't have scissors on me but that I would take it back to medical, cut it and bring it back to him as soon as I had a chance. He wanted to know a specific time when I would be back. I told him that we were very busy and that I would get to it asap, but I could not give him a specific time. He took the barrier away from me and asked the officer for a grievance. By this point I was so mad at him that I just wanted to stand there and tell him EXACTLY what I thought about him......but of course I handled myself pretty well. I just ignored him and started giving another inmate his medication. Then this little creap looked at me and said, "Nurse Coleman, my bags are no different than you females changing your tampons." I told him that was a little uncalled for, there is a big difference in the two and that he could get away from me before I had him charged. Technically I could have him charged with destruction of jail property (since he threw the bad in the trash) and charge him with the cost of the bag. We were so busy last night that I didn't want the hassle so I didn't charge him with anything. When I go in today, I will talk to my boss about it and see if she thinks that we should charge him. I want this inmate to realize that we are not at his beck & call and that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. I did see a note in his chart last night that said that the doctor told him that he could only get his supplies once a week. I am going to get the doctor to actually write that as an order so for now on when he picks at it or lets his bag get too full then he is out of luck!

Ok, sorry for that long vent but it has been over 12 hours and I am still mad! :mad:

I better go so I can get some laundry done. Only 3 more days till my cruise and I STILL don't have the first thing packed! Hope everyone has a great day!!

02-22-2005, 02:43 PM
I hope everyone is off to a great start for the week. I did okay for the weekend, but not great. However, I didn't eat any sweets, candy, or pastries, so I did pretty good. I didn't get to go for as many walks this weekend because it rained part of the time. But I did go for a walk on both Saturday and Monday. The weather was beautiful yesterday, and both my DH and I had the day off so we went for a long hike in the country. Walking up hills gets the heart pumping. I didn't do very well at all with my water intake though. I really have to work on that. I just hate having to go to the BR all the time.

Thank you all for the support with the issue of the peer pressure from the coworkers. If anything, I think it's made me more determined this time.

We had my mother-in-law and her husband over for dinner on Saturday. And for the first time, it really bothered me to watch someone else overeat. My mother-in-law needs to lose quite a bit of weight, too. She knows it and is always saying things like, "I haven't had a greasy hamburger in a while, so I'm going to treat myself." or "I haven't splurged in a while, so I'm going to eat some of this cake." Even though, I know she probably had had something just as bad the day before. I had tried to make a healthy dinner - crock pot herb & garlic chicken with vegetables, a salad, a little bit of pasta, and some lowfat biscuits. She ate two of the busquits smothered in butter and honey, not to mention the huge amount of other food that she ate. And I think I recognized myself too much in her because it turned my stomach to watch her eat like that. Anyone else feel like this now, too? But it did give me incentive to work harder at my own eating habits.

Jenn, hang in there. Just keep thinking of the cruise. I definitely think getting a doctor's prescription that defines when, what type, and size, whatever, is the only way to handle the inmate. That way he can't say you aren't following doctor's orders.

Welcome Laurie! I understand the commute. I work only 40 hours a week, but have almost two hours of commute per day. And then if I have to run any errands after work, it's sometimes 8:00PM by time I get home. Makes it hard to work out and eat right, but stick with it. Any little changes will help. And this group is very supportive.

Well, have a good week. Small steps up make it easier to get to the top.

02-22-2005, 08:08 PM

I've been away for a few days, hanging out in New York and trying not to derail myself (with mixed success). I had a great time, danced like a maniac Saturday night, and generally let off a lot of steam :dancer: I have probably gained a few pounds, between my trip and being out of commission last week with my back. During other periods, I would have been eating my way through Manhattan or comforting myself with my good friends Ben and Jerry, so I guess I haven't fallen too far off the wagon. So far today, I've been on plan. Knowing I need to come back and check in helps keep me from straying too far away!


02-22-2005, 09:13 PM
Hello ladies!!! I missed you all terribly yesterday. My husband has been working on a huge project that was due last night so I haven't had a chance to check in since Sunday.

I look so forward to checking in with you all everyday that as soon as I walk in the door I am turning on the computer.

My company left this morning and it was nice to come home to an empty house. I enjoyed my visit with my mom, but... it is nice to be back in our routines.

Everytime I tried to get on the site this weekend my mom would come in and stand over my shoulder to see what I was doing. That really bothered me. It made me realize how important you all are to me because I can say things here that I wouldn't feel comfortable saying to other people. You know what I mean??????

I had the best complement today, a teacher at work came up to me and said wow you really look like you have lost weight. :dancer:

I am nervous about weigh in on Thursday since I only lost a quarter of a pound last week. I am also trying really hard not to weigh myself until then. My whole day is determined by what the scale says in the morning. So I have gone cold turkey on the scale.

I hope you all had a great day and here's to tomorrow!!!! :cheers:

Paige :balloons:

02-22-2005, 09:46 PM
Ok, ladies I was just skimming the journals thinking about adding one when I read one that mentions It shows you what you look like now and what you will look like when you reach your goal. It is kindof neat. You might want to check it out sometime, especially if you need a little motivational boost.


02-23-2005, 11:29 AM
Mornin' Everyone,

Things have been going good lately. Our home improvements are coming along nicely and I'm excited for them to be finished. I don't like doing home improvements, but I do like the results. Yesterday was hard to get motivated to paint after working all day. I think that will slow the project down some. Usually after work I'm too tired to do a whole lot of anything. Making dinner is hard enough. So yesterday I didn't do a lot.

Lori, that was a great idea to change the snacks. Believe it or not, I hadn't thought about it. I was in the mindset that I had to be good and not snack - period. So then I would and I'd choose bad foods. After my dentist appointment this morning, I will pick up some pretzels to stash in my desk. I don't like popcorn, so that one is out. But if you or anyone else has good snack ideas, throw them at me. Variety would be good. I do like to munch while working. I seem to be more productive but it's heck on the diet.

Paige, I know what you mean about not wanting my family looking over my shoulder. My kids will ask what I'm doing and I'll tell them, but then I have to stop and wait till they go away. They don't need to know about the struggles and privacy of this public board. :) That made no sense, but I feel that way. It's like it is mine and I don't want to share.

Welcome Laurie and you've came to a good place. It's a great thread.

Take care and I'll talk with you soon.

02-23-2005, 12:28 PM
I have to say that my most recurring snacks are apples and popcorn. Marie I CAN"T believe you don't like popcorn! :eek: I would die without that salty snack, but if you like pretzels those are good too. ;)

I am proud to say that I am WEARING my practice pants to work today! I thought I looked like a million bucks in them so I did it! I'm so glad that I did. They are comfy and much more fitted than most of the baggy clothes I've taken to wearing. I even wore a fitted top with them. :smug:

BUT I am feeling under the weather :( I went home early yesterday and I'm trying to hang as long as possible today. So I did splurge and had a Krispie Kreme a bit ago with some STRONG coffee. Hopefully it will help get me going. I just count the calories and move on.

I know what you mean about message boards being your private sanctity. When DH & I started getting into them we used to get mad at each other for coming up behind each other on the computer. Now years later, the boards we participate in have become active parts of our conversation. I have made true friends from my online groups and he is well aware of the goings on. But I do remember when I considered it VERY private. My DH knows that I consider him my biggest obstacle when it comes to losing weight! :devil: So he's just glad I have a group of girls to lean on.

Well I guess I should try to do some work around here. :rolleyes: It is a boring and slow day. If I had any PTO I'd be home in bed instead of here feeling icky.

02-23-2005, 03:23 PM
Good morning. I tried out the virtual model you posted, Paige. And I have to say that I don't agree with what it showed. If I looked as good as the model at what it shows for my current weight and such, I wouldn't be complaining. They need to figure out how to show the rolls of fat on my stomach when I'm sitting down. Then we'll have a more accurate picture - of course there's the cellulite on my thighs, too. Oh well. It was still fun to play with.

Not counting the whole icecream cake fiasco of last Thursday, I haven't had any sweets since the 14th. I think this is the longest time I've done that. I do use Splenda some, but I've not even had a cookie! And even though I was tired last night, I still made myself go for my 2-mile walk. It was pretty last night, too. The moon was full and shone brightly out on the open fields in the hills. We even saw a coyote.

I've gotten to where I eat all day, instead of having set meals. But the way I do it is I pack so much food each morning in my lunch bag. I usually bring a cup of Blue Bunny Lite 85 yogurt (the best fat-free, no sugar yogurt I've found), a Lean Cuisine entre (or some other similar type of entre), some fresh fruit and/or vegetables, and some crackers or bread. Then, I just eat out of it throughout the day. If I haven't brought enough one day, and my stomach is really growling in the afternoon, then I have some backup popcorn that I keep in my desk drawer. This works for me, but it probably won't work for everyone.

Well, I have to get back to work. Take care.

02-23-2005, 06:40 PM
Good evening!! Sorry I missed you all this morning, but it was my early day and it is absolute _ell to get out the door on time!

Robin I usually do the same thing, I over pack my lunch and I have some instant oatmeal at my desk just incase I didn't bring enough. I'm playing with the chex mix recipe trying to get the fat down, when I get it right I'll share.

Marie, something else I've been meaning to try and make is bagle chips, you slice 'em thin and bake them to a crisp. I'm sure you can add flavorings too. I really like fat free cottage cheese, but I have to have pinapple on it, I'm not sure I could eat it without! And I'm a huge left over junkie, I make giant pots of soup, they make great snacks. I have one that uses dill as flavoring and it is mainly chicken broth and vegtables.

Wow Kerry, that is great news!! I haven't dug out any of my thinner clothes yet, but I'm hopping I will need to soon. I noticed I'm going to have to start wearing a belt with my dress pants that I wear every week so the progress has started!!

Ok, I have to go crank something out for dinner, I'll check back later!!!

02-23-2005, 07:19 PM
A quick hello before heading out to the gym!

Paige--Good luck on the weigh-in! If others are complimenting you, you must be doing something right!

Marie--my favorite snacks are protein bars (Balance), and combos of fruit and protein, like an apple and a few almonds, or berries and plain yogurt. I'm pretty happy with them, unless someone's brought in Krispy Kremes...

Kerry--Yaay for practice pants! I have what for me is a little black dress (size 18) that I want to be able to wear by New Year's Eve.

Robin--I agree with you on the Virtual Model. I tried it a few years ago and thought it was fun, but even the big model was kind of a babe....hmmm, maybe that's more about my own self-image than anything else, I have to think about that for a while....

Gotta go work that body! Have a good one, everybody.

02-23-2005, 09:16 PM
Kerry: That is great news! :D I have pants of every size, down to a size 10. It's going to make me feel so good when I get down to each smaller size. It was utterly depressing every time I had to go up. Congratulations again! Keep up the good work.

Marie: I'm about to join your world. My DH and I just closed on our land, and so now we can begin building our house. We have to find a contractor and such, but we're ready to go. It's going to be a lot of work, especially because we both work full time, too. But I'm hoping the extra work will burn a lot of calories for me. I won't mind if I drop and lose a few pounds out on the property. They won't be welcome in the new house anyway.

Paige: If others are noticing the weight loss, then you must be doing something right. And remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so just because the scale doesn't say you've lost weight, doesn't mean you haven't lost fat. And muscle makes a body look good.

Everyone else: Have a great evening! I think I'm going to spend most of the evening doing our taxes! FUN! :p