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Ivana B. Thin
02-13-2005, 12:57 PM
Hello Princesses,
:love: Happy Valentines Day!!!

Here we go! We start off in Stage 1 - Beer Belly Babe. You are to drink at least 64 oz of fluid a day. This can not be a caffiene product. This stage is for one week. One Week! You can do this. I know I can....after I make my run to the store for panty shields. :o

Your first mini challenge is an easy one. You are to post here and introduce yourself. That's simple enough!

If you have any questions, let me know.

Ivana B. Thin
02-13-2005, 04:57 PM
Hi Princesses,
Besides Ivana B. Thin, I am aka Carole. I have made it past a half century....Lord, that sounds older than just saying, "I am 51 years old". I have been married to Bill for 22 years. I have 2 sons, David, a senior and Danny, a freshman. Life is interesting with 2 highschool boys. I also have a fat shitzu named Dusty.

I am a Hospice nurse and I love my job. I like to knit, quilt, swim, garden and fish. I also must admit I AM A VOYER!!!!!!! I can't help it. I am addicted to watching Survivor. By the way, a new Survivor series starts this Thursday if anyone is interested! So no one call me on Thursday nights between 8-9pm. My family has learned to lie for me and will tell you I am busy and can't come to the phone! Good boys!!!!!!

Starting this week I plan on getting my water in by filling a jug up each morning. The rule for me is that I can not go to bed untill I have drunk all my water. So hopefully I will get most of it in during the day. Downing several ounces of water at bedtime is not condusive to a full nights rest :^: if you know what I mean!!

Anyway, I am glad to be in this challenge and I WILL be the Queen!

See you on the Beach!

02-14-2005, 01:21 AM
Hi Princesses,

Nice to meet you. My name is Jo. I'm 50. I'm happy to take on the QOTB challenge.

I've been married to Dennis for 24 years. We live in Grand Rapids. We have 2 boys. Mike is 11 and I homeschool him (6th grade). Chris is 7, in public school, 2nd grade. We have 4 dogs, my favorite of which is Barney (hence my username, of course). I am a busy person and my favorite time of day is when the kids go to bed at night and I can have some peace. I tend to stay up too late and have been known to be tired the next day.

I like to lay on the couch and read with my dogs on top of me, swim, do step aerobics, ride my bike, watch "24" with Kiefer Sutherland, go to musicals, go out for dinner, go to Chicago, and spend time with my girlfriends.

I have a 64 oz. jug to drink my water. I always feel tons better when I drink plenty of water. Carole, should we make it our policy to drink an equal amount of water before or after we drink a caffeinated beverege?

Stage I Beer Belly Babe

Ivana B. Thin
02-14-2005, 08:37 AM
Hi Jo!
Glad to see you! I think that is a good idea. Say hi to Den and the boys from me!!!
{HUGS} Carole

Lena Thys
02-14-2005, 12:15 PM
Hi ladies! I'm with you! Trying to change my screen name, however. Currently it's Ima Leaner, but I'm wanting to change it to something else. Sounds like I can't stand up straight!

Anyway, I am turning 49 a week from today - my one year before the big 50! Hoping to gain control of myself and take better care. I have 4 children, 3 in college and one in 10th grade. I work part-time which takes up alot of my time.

I de-stress by knitting (eating was the previous option) and visiting with friends.

Looking forward to these next weeks/months/ a "leaner" me!

Lena Thys
02-14-2005, 12:32 PM
Hey, Ivana - is this plan listed somewhere at this site? i.e. week#1, #2 etc.? I couldn't find it at the home page of 3FC's and wondered where you found it?

Ivana B. Thin
02-14-2005, 01:40 PM
Hi Ima-No, this is our own personal challenge. The threads will be listed only in the "group" section. I participated in this challenge about 4 years ago and got into really good shape and placed a copy in my Word. I have been having trouble getting under control so I thought I would bring it out and see if anyone wanted to join me.

24 No More
02-14-2005, 02:49 PM
Hello Princesses! I am the young one of the group, sorry! I am 27 and live in Chicago, Downtown near Greektown. My parents have the trailer next to Carole's in Saugatuck. I am currently in between regular day jobs, I was working at Brookfield Zoo for 2 years up until October. In the mean time I am working full time at a bar (which means 8 p.m. to 4 A.M.!!!) Talk about not condusive to healthy habits but I am working on it.

In my free time I love to walk my dog around the city, he too is a shitzu and his name is Bailey. He, unfortuantely, is in much better shape than I! I also spend a lot of free time with my friends - at other bars and going to concerts. I destress by making candles but sometimes with the mess I make it creates more stress : )

The 64 ounces of non-caffinated beverages is going to be difficult because working nights you need the caffiene to keep me going but I have a 20 ounce bottle that makes it not so overwhelming! Hopeing that this try will really get me going!

Ivana B. Thin
02-14-2005, 04:36 PM
Hi Amy! I'm glad your here!

Ivana B. Thin
02-14-2005, 08:45 PM
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02-15-2005, 04:57 PM
HI everyone! I'm Julie. I have recently turned 30 and had my second child (another girl as you can probably tell from my username) :bb: . With the turn of 2005 I made up my mind to lose the many pounds I have added to my waist (not to mention other places) over the last 5-10 years. I am also doing weight watchers and so far have had a fair amount of loss but still have a LONG way to go. I work with Carole as a Hospice nurse as well, and am glad to have support and accountability in place for this challenge! With only just over 4 months until the first of summer I have a lot of work to do...bring it on! :sunny:

02-15-2005, 05:56 PM
Well, I'm a day late as per my usual habit, but this sounds like a great challenge.

People online usually call me Kiwi, IRL my name is Kath. I'm 49, married 18 years and have a daughter who just turned 17. I don't know where the time goes, because I'm still carrying my pregnancy weight :fr: Anyway, would like to join you all and will get out the giant water bottle as soon as I post this.

I don't follow a structured weight loss plan, so I'm going to have to come up with something for next week. I used to keep track of calories until it drove me completely whacko.


Anita Smallerass
02-15-2005, 10:34 PM
I'm Anita Smallerass, and I'm looking forward to being in the group. Still trying to figure this out, I thought I posted yesterday, but today it doesn't show up :?:

I'm doing well with the water, 'cuz I already drink alot and I gave up pop and coffee awhile ago (4 the most part).

Anyway, I'm married, 42, no kidlets just 2 dogs, who I have finally started walking again and it feels soooo good!

Thanks, Ivana, for pulling this all together!

Ivana B. Thin
02-16-2005, 09:30 AM
Hi Kiwonk, Anita and 2girlz,
I glad you could join us at the beach! Anita and Lena, I love your name :lol: !!!

I am doing ok in getting my water in but I am going to have to pay better attention. The past two nights I have had about 10 ozs left when it was bed time so I had to down it. I need to budget my water better so I don't have interrupted sleep!

Have a good day princesses!

02-17-2005, 04:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Debbie and I'm 51. I'm married and have 1 daughter who is Amy or 24 no more in the group. I'm always late doing stuff like this, sorry. I don't even know if I'm doing this right! Carole and I are neighbors in Saugatuck, she keeps us laughing and she is a great neighbor and friend. I'm really glad she started this group because I needed to get motivated. I've lost about 45 lbs. in the last year and a half. My husband and I both joined our local health club and he went from a major couch potato to an exercise buff. I on the other hand have not been as good at working out. I do want to lose another 20 or 30 lbs., but mainly just want to be healthy. I already drink alot of water, so this part has been easy. I try to follow a healthy eating plan, lots of fruits & vegies and cut out those bad carbs that taste so good.

I really don't have any hobbies, but I do love being outside. I love the water, lake, ocean or the pool. I love to swim. I enjoy going to plays with my daughter and just hanging out with her. But, as everyone who knows me, knows that I am the queen of shopping!!

I think I've talked enough for now, nice meeting everyone. I just want you to know that I'm already the queen of mostly everything, so I will win this challenge!!

Lucy Pants
02-18-2005, 04:50 PM
Hey, Hey, Hey! Here I am! (That's my imitation of Fat Albert.) I'm Carole's sister-in-law -- the sweet, nice, dynamic, intelligent, gorgeous one. (I love the Internet. However no pictures will be posted.) I've been a past Weight-Watchers participant but am having trouble getting it going again. I'm 53, and an out-of-work human resource manager with three grown chilren, 4 grandchildren, a traveling husband and a Samoyed dog. I am actually working short-term special projects for a former employer, so I still keep busy. Carole and I became Yanni fans this week after I talked her into going with me to his concert on Tuesday. Neither one of us had ever seen him and neither of us really wanted to go. Wow! What a high energy show. We were surpised!

Otherwise, I like to golf, I bowl when I have to and I make sure to spend a lot of time with my grandchilren. Our youngest son is getting married in August and that dress I'm going to buy will serve as my best motivation.

Here I go. 64 ounces a day!

Lucy Pants

Ivana B. Thin
02-19-2005, 01:01 PM
Well, Princesses-It looks like we have a good group for a little Beach competition. OOPS! Sorry. I didn't mean to kick sand on you as I passed by! :devil:

Ivana B. Thin- The Princess of Goshorn

dream catcher
02-19-2005, 03:09 PM
Hi! I'm Dream Catcher - aka Mary Jo. I was thinking about Ivana's comment about when she did this challenge previously, she was in great physical shape. In order to catch some dreams, I am going to have to start some good habits healthwise. I've been married to Al for 28 years and have 3 children - Trish is 25, Tiffany (Married to Matt) is 22 and Jared a high school senior. I work at Hospice (where I met Carole) in the admissions office. My job is good. I like photography, bike rides and the beach.

Drinking 64 oz everyday will be the toughest part of this challenge. I am starting to get my "sea legs" and expect to give ya'll a good challenge.

24 No More
02-19-2005, 08:06 PM
Ilean Machine is definately Queen of a lot of stuff...but she has got a run for her money this time :chin:

I too have had a little trouble with the 64 oz. Left 20 for me before bed the other night :doh: But am going strong and actually decided to give up fried foods for lent. So far so good! :D

02-20-2005, 12:23 AM
I am starting to get my "sea legs" and expect to give ya'll a good challenge.Boy, sea legs is right -- I'm kind of floating with all this water! :lol:

I've hit 64 oz every day, although here it is 11 PM and I've still got almost a quart to go. Time to fill up! :cheers: Skoal!!

Ma Snacker
02-20-2005, 10:01 PM
Hello all. I am looking forward to this challenge! I am Carole's niece. As I look to the next week which includes the day that I will no longer be able to say that I am in my 20s :stars: , it has made me really rethink my food choices and activity level. Right now, I am a happy 29 year old mother of two boys--Andrew (3) and Jack (7 months). I have yet to lose all that baby :bb: weight from the first. Recently, I have done pretty well losing some weight by walking and :strong: . But as my name says, I am a big snacker. I drink plenty of water, but those snack foods!!! I teach 3rd and 4th graders who love to share treats with their teacher!

As for hobbies, I enjoy walking and I do a lot of scrapbooking. Summer is a great motivator! Good Luck Ladies!

Ma Snacker :goodscale