Support Groups - Amazing Royal Adventure V -A ROBIN SIGHTING!!-ALL WELCOME!!!

02-13-2005, 04:05 PM
Welcome all from every kingdom, province, monarchy, duchy, federation, or ------------------( please fill in the blank)......

To the AMAZING ROYAL ADVENTURE V--A Robin Sighting!!!!
Spring is on its way!

This adventure promises to lead us to places we've never been but have longed to see ... this adventure promises to teach things we thought we knew ... this adventure will be FABULOUS!!

So, call your coachman, the adventure awaits!!

And as most adventures are written by the adventurer....

YOU decide ( and who better??) what direction you shall fly your colors!!

This adventure is a shared adventure... with other royals who will share and support ....

Open the blinds! Let down the drawbridge! Sound the trumpets!


The Amazing Adventure Continues!!!

02-13-2005, 09:12 PM
So, I just printed up a new weight tracker chart and an exercise tracker chart and I am raring to go. Actually I haev been rather lax for a couple of weeks and felt a need to refocus in a serious way. So here it goes. I am trying to reach a mini goal by the official begining of spring, which means that I have to get serious about exercising (which has never been my strong suit) and rededicate to my journal.

All I can say is that this year I am going to buy a swim suit.

02-14-2005, 07:40 AM
Hello all!

Here we go Monday, here we go!!

Some type of perciptation is predicted so I am bringing extra sox just in case for the bus stop later and making sure the coat I grab has my gloves in the pocket too....

Its the little things like that can make such a difference in your day....

Same way I'm expecting my new Stash Rasberry Decaf tea to be a really nice treat when I need "something" ....
Easy to carry the teabags and sure beats paying for a cup of tea....

I have weighin tonight and have revised my expectations to hoping for a pound down....
Am hoping I don't have to look at a plateau tonight!

SeeCat! We are almost stride for stride! You are REALLY close to goal too! YAY!

Ok all, its true, I did see a Robin yesterday-- in fact at least 3.... its proof that yes, no matter what, we do have much to look forward to.....

So... let the trumpets sound, let the flags unfurl, let the drawbridge down.....


PS-- anyone seen the Royal Clothing Designer??? Looks like there is a new "fitness wear trend" .... am noticing lots of folks wearing a trendier "jogging" pant.... hmmmmm....
Or is that only here in Delaware???

Thought of the day :

" .....(Folks) travel the world over in search of what they (he) need, and return home to find it."
--- George Moore

Question of the day :

"What is the last new thing you tried? Will you do it again?"



02-15-2005, 08:59 AM
Ok, time to put the St Pat's decoration on the door. Spring is coming, etc. etc.

DH and I had a great time over the weekend. Much needed. Nice hotel, good show, great dinner, champagne, breakfast. Drove the 100 miles back in the rain but worth it. REALLY, REALLY needed the little break. (Kaylets, it was the Lily Langtry show in King of Prussia so we were down your way a bit more.)

Fresh start time again. Always love a new thread and the chance for a clean slate. Always seem to need it too.

02-15-2005, 11:17 AM
So, it was a good news bad news day yesterday. The good news was that I exercised again. That is two days in a row, which is almost unheard of. The bad news is that I ate cany. V-day candy to be exact. A lot of it. But at any rate, today is a new day, and all is redeamable. I had my breakfast bran cereal and I am raring to go.

02-16-2005, 08:13 AM
I, too, am in need of redemption, See Cat, and yesterday was a good start, exercise and all. Supposed to rain again today here which is better, of course, than snow. 'Twill be oatmeal again this a.m., I think. Must get to store as no cottage cheese, carrots, etc. Need my tools. Even out of Slimfast. Chicken this evening. Gee, I almost have a plan.

Didn't get the St. Pat's stuff out yet. Today's the day, right?

02-16-2005, 01:54 PM
Thanks for starting the new thread, Kaylets!

Just wanted to pop in and get on the list-I feel like I'm fighting a cold or something now. Plus my weight is UP 2 pounds. Grrr...

02-16-2005, 05:19 PM
I'm just poppin' in also to say :wave: ... everyone seems rarin' to go.

I'm a bit on the blue side and really tired. Seems all my energy in the past came from cupcakes but I don't eat those anymore! :)

Later, gators.

What do the new jogging pants look like, Kaylets?

02-17-2005, 07:44 AM
Hello all!

Its been crazed .... finally realized just trying to squeeze too much into too little.... DH even let me sleep 20 minutes past the alarm ....
But the good news is that most of the efforts are showing results and that is uplifting....

Hope everyone is doing well....defeating flu/cold symptons, conquering gym dictators, battling sugar demons, ....and of course, just the daily run of the mill battles!!

But.... no matter....


Thought of the day :

" I can accept failure but I cannot accept not trying."
---Michael Jordan

Question of the day :

"To paraphrase the commercial, are you the next "it" ?"



02-17-2005, 07:51 AM
Kid and Grandparents--
(Thanks for sharing B! )

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws. "You've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint!" a girl in the line said to the little fella. Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him. "I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles she said, while tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "Freckles are beautiful!"
The boy looked up, "Really?" "Of course," said the grandmother. "Why,just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles." The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma's face,and softly whispered,
A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

After putting her grandchildr en to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the
three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
A Sunday school class was studying the Ten commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell him what it was. Susie raised her! hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbour's wife,"
Our five-year-old son Mark couldn't wait to tell his father about the movie we had watched on television, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed. In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, "What caused the submarine to sink?" With a look of incredulity Mark replied, "Dad, it was the 20,000 leaks!!"
A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, "Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The mother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said,
"How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change "y" to "i" and add 'es'." (Why wouldn't an English teacher love that one???)
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A grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are these army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV, "The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!"
A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front se at of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one youngster. "No," said another, "he's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close...."They use the dogs", she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrant

02-17-2005, 08:39 AM
Great start to my grandmotherly day, Kaylets! My four yr old was telling all the kids in preschool that her grandma had a baby recently. She does have an active imagination -- but I think might just have misconstrued = when she was here last time I showed her a picture of newest grandniece and told her she had a new cousin. Since four is so precious, I think that became "Grandma's new baby".

Know what you mean about "too much" - but had a most productive day yesterday and a good day dietwise too. Then ruined it all staying up to late playing solitaire. so much for that NY resolution. But it is stress relieving. Just should have spent the computer time answering a letter from a friend.

DS coming tonight to go skiing tomorrow. DD and girls coming Friday. All leaving Saturday but for a short time I'll have all my most loved people under one roof -- and mayhem, of course.

Sending you lots of pink, Empress - or better yet, my brightener - yellow.

02-17-2005, 08:48 PM
Hello all!

Dh is bowling and I have the house to myself for a few hours... am just really beginning to feel the full effect of DS not being here.... Its even becoming a way of life... things are where we left them, things are as we left them, and as I mentioned recently, its a whole new feeling to just do the vacuuming, yardwork, etc instead of "assigning it" in lieu of rent and never seeing it done or done haphazardly.....
For years, our house phone had "blocks" to protect against scary phone bills ( one time nearly $600 --!) .... now, we only have our cell phones and what a treat to know that the call is for us ....

Anyway... hope everyone is doing well....

anyone catch Oprah doing her Boot camp show??


02-17-2005, 08:51 PM
hello royals, one and all!

anagram-hope you enjoy having your beloved family visit this weekend.

hi kaylets, and amarantha!

i am "sneaking" back in to my food plan slowly but surely. i am eating healthfully again now, but still have to decrease my portion size some more. i have been de-caf (woo-hoo!) for 3 weeks now, which is helping me to drink more water. i am not sure about making this a forever thing, but for now, i am pleasantly surprised that i have been sticking to this. actually, i thouhgt i'd feel a lot worse at the beginning of no cafeine, but fortunately, it wasn't nearly as hard as i thought it would be. i am also trying to eat pretty low sodium and fat. the low or non-fat part has been much harder for me, but so far, so good.

i am also working on my stress management by listening to my favorite meditation tapes, deep breathing, etc. since i was laid up for so long the past couple of months+, i have had to reach in to my bag of tricks and remind myself of what has worked for me in the past and what didn't. i definitely do better all the way around when i do morning meditation, write in my journal, and exercise, etc. i know what to do, but sometimes in the throes of whatever is causing me stress, my memory somehow gets a little slippery. ah well, it's a lifelong process----.

so---my goals are to get back on track with better portion control, eat healthfully, use my stress management techniques, and exercise. i am going to stick with this no matter what is going on around me/or in my life. this is my declaration of intent. i haven't lost any weight in a long time, and have felt frustrated by that. if i stick to my commitment, though, i know that my body will eventually catch on to the fact that it is supposed to drop weight. dare i say it---- i think i have gotten my fight back!

hi see-cat, eydie, arabella, ceara, cerise, punkin, frogger, and to all the rest of the royal kingdom! i am thinking of you all. have a good evening.

02-18-2005, 06:45 AM
Hello all!

WSW!!! So glad to see you ! And I agree 100%!! We really do know what works for us....we just don't BELIEVE IT!! I had that lightbulb moment just yesterday.... we believe what we see around us, on tv, books, etc, etc....

You are so right.... sticking w/ the basics always makes things go so much more smoothly....

Big pot of your favorite DECAF for you and everyone else...

We have very cold temps this am so DH and I are traveling together...

Take it easy everyone!


Thought of the day :

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to ourselves."

Question of the day :

"Do you use coupons?"



02-18-2005, 12:49 PM
Well, I have now exercised for five days in a row. I am hoping I can do it for long enough that it becomes a habit, but quite honestly it is still a major production number. The eating is going not so well, but I am actually willing to cut myself some slack during this first week of exercise, and I am not eating really poorly, just not really well either.

I am glad to see that folks have found the new thread. I was worried for a bit.

Work is kind of getting me down. I do not know what it is. I am starting to think that maybe it is time to go back to school for something else. The only problam is that I do not know what I should do with myself if I grow up. Hmmmm.

Well, speaking of work, I supposed I should get back to it. Stupid stupid census statistics are the order of the day.

02-19-2005, 10:45 PM
Oh no, long long message just lost due to vagaries of something. Short version:

Welcome WSW - so great to see you're up to posting and getting back on track.

Lovely weekend w/family here (except DDIL and DSIL). Nice vibes all around but I'm tired.

Best news and icing on cake is that some of DHs labs were IMPROVED (others worse) and these were critical to dialysis decision. So as of now, it looks like he's bought another month until next lab work. Two old people were dancing happy.

Bad on diet last two days. Been happy w/weigh ins up until then. Won't weigh in again for a while. Too chicken.

Sorry for short, non-responsive version. Hope this one makes it through.

02-20-2005, 10:55 AM
wsw, glad to hear you're doing better. Please check in when you can, okay?

Anagram, such excellent news! I'm happy for both of you! :D

SeeCat, great job on the exercise!!! What kinds of things are you doing?

Hi Kaylets! Regarding the ? about coupons: I always have intentions to use coupons but they usually expire before I remember to bring them with me. Oh well....

We're still missing Cerise, Ceara, Wildfire, Punkin, Arabella, Amarantha...who else? I know I'm missing someone.

I've been so sick [a really wretched cold] since Wednesday. I feel like I'm fianlly coming out of it today. I'm at that stage where I still feel lazy and sleepy, so it's going to take some intentional exercise to shake me out of the doldrums. I've only wanted to sleep and snork these past few days. I will say this: God bless Nyquil! I wouldn't have slept at all without it!

02-20-2005, 11:53 AM
I am around, :queen: E, lost 1.4 pounds ... need I say more of how I'm feelin' ... :)

Later, gators!

02-20-2005, 02:31 PM
That's GREAT! Cheers for the Empress! :high:

02-21-2005, 12:34 PM
Hi Honey! -- Slamming the door and flopping onto the chair with big thud

Feels like I've been gone forever !


Are you ready???

And a one, and a two......


:lol: :lol:

Empress!! YOU'VE GOT THE POWER! YIKES ! Didnt that come straight out of the pre Disco days??
You have done it!

Eydie-- Keep an eye on that cold, round here, its moving like wildfire and folks get bronchitits very quickly. Hospital beds full up.

Anagram-- Which makes me GLAD you had your getaway last week... You're like me, ( only more so) keeping an extra vigilant eye towards our DH...

And yes, how is everyone ??



Dh let me sleep this morning but I woke up about 5:30... He thought I was going to keep sleeping so he even put his own lunch together-- which isnt hard, and is really breakfast and lunch but sure made my morning simpler. Right after DH left, I started playing "Beat the garbageman" as fast as I could as I thought w/ the holiday and our "slush" they might come thru early.
Even got the vacuum cleaner bag out!

In a few minutes, I am going to leave and meet a friend for lunch. I had a good lo pt breakfast and an apple, and about 2 cups of airpopped popcorn so staying busy this morning helped too....

Am thinking I might check out the Goodwill store .... A week ago I found a brand new Causal Corner navy blue wool slacks....

I'm looking for jeans in a smaller size, am hoping I bump into some today....

off to lunch...

( in fact, did I tell you that Stash decaf chai is the best?)

02-21-2005, 07:43 PM
anagram-so happy to hear dh got another month's reprieve for dialysis!

eydie-sorry to hear you have had a bad cold! hope you're feeling all better soon.

amarantha-congrats on the weight loss, empress!

kaylets- hope you found the jeans you were looking for in a smaller size---pretty neat!

hi wildfire! and to all the remaining royals, hope your evening is pleasant.

raining here all day, so didn't mind being stuck inside today. my eating wasn't the greatest, but i did exercise. better food choices planned for tomorrow. well, take care, all.

02-21-2005, 09:37 PM
Hi, Wsw!!!! :wave: It is good to "see" thee and soundeth as though thou hadst a pleasant, relaxing day in thy castle. Thanks for the congrats!

Thank thee, too, :queen: K!!! Thy day off soundeth so wonderful.

Queens, an odd thing happened today when I went to do my four hours in one of our little newsrooms before coming back to finish this week's stuff at home ... but I can't post about it as it may be recognizable to someone who might be lurking, so ... well, suffice to say I feel a bit troubled about a coworker.

Later, Gator Queens!

02-22-2005, 10:26 AM
Durn - lost a nice cheerful post again. Says can't find server but still connected. Wish I knew more about this stuff.

No time now so I'll just say "hi" to all.

02-22-2005, 01:37 PM
Feh! Sick again. And I was so excited about all the stuff I was going to do/get done while DH was away. Ah well... Trying to gently get a grip on housework/diet with some success. Gradually getting house clean and eating closer to the ideal.

Anagram, how horrible to lose your posts! I sometimes write my posts in Word before I enter them here. Of course those are never the times that they get lost :rolleyes: I'm so happy about your DH's results! :)

Kaylets, look at you :eek: looking for a smaller size of jeans! You've had such fantastic success and it's SO well deserved -- KUDOS!!!

Eydie, is your cold better? Look after yourself!

WSW, how lovely to see you! I sometimes really enjoy a cozy day inside while the rain comes down outside.

Amarantha -- 1.4 fluffy ones gone forever! Congrats to you!

K - I'm heading back to the couch. Have to make up my mind whether I'm going to just take the afternoon off or do some work. When I don't make up my mind, I end up not really committing to either, so that I never really relax and don't get anything done either.... hmm.... I think I'll print off some stuff to read to get my head around some concepts....

Love you all, mentioned or not, present and accounted for or AWOL. Let's take this day and do the best we can with it...

02-22-2005, 05:14 PM
They say confession is good for the soul, right? Well, girls--my weight is mysteriously up. Or maybe not so mysteriously. I was doing so well on the Radiant Recovery program and then I kind of lost faith; felt like I was eating too much saturated fat and pulled back from it, and now Ive gained almost 5 pounds in a month!!!! :o :?:

Trying not to panic......... :eek:

I was doing so well on my plan and then I blew it!


02-22-2005, 07:52 PM
hi all!

arabella- i hope you are feeling better asap!

eydie-remember it is all relative. think of what a great job you have been doing for so long now, with reaching and then maintaining your goal weight. perspective is not always easy to keep in mind, or at least not for me, anyway.

speaking of perspective---i am trying to maintain mine. i was very stressed today, thinking about financial concerns(on-going, nothing new) and felt pretty whiny this afternoon. the good news was that i remained op, and exercised, and am feeling much less freaked out. i did my deep breathing, which helped too. well, have a good evening, one and all. take care.

02-23-2005, 07:23 AM
Hello All!

Yes, WSW, perspective, Eisntein theory, seeing things in a different light, its soooooooooo true......
I too often have that stomach prickling that finanicial worries can create....
Sometimes I literally have to force myself to deep breathe, image, and stop projecting.....
I know for sure, its much worse when I've had too much caffeine.... and these days, 2 coffee mugs worth is the limit!

Eydie-- ouch, that must sting! Another one of those mysterious body secrets!
And here I was having a pity party about my traditional monthly increase....
As much as none of us want to hear it nor believe.... Its part of the process...
I truly believe we are in constant flux and just don't see it....
And hope you're on the feeling better side of that cold

Arabella--Yes, I can relate to sitting on the edge of the chair " not really" relaxing but then again " too tired to get anything done" .... spoils a lot for me too...

Empress: How goes it?? You never mention the storms I'm seeing so much of on the news... Is El Nino affecting your part of the very hot place?

Thought of the day :

"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell".

Question of the day :

"Name you favorite time of the day."
---from "Once A Month Cooking" by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg



02-23-2005, 09:38 AM
Good morning, Royal Personages!
I feel like I might recover today, still sick but not so sick that I have no capacity to enjoy anything. My ideal sickness is when I'm too sick to do anything but lie in bed and read novels and magazines, but not able to work. V. fine balance, seldom achievable. I'll work a bit today, but am not going to knock myself out, esp. since I think that's what's largely responsible for my being ill in the first place...

WSW, I admire you so much for turning that stress around. I was just thinking yesterday that I might feel better if I had the gumption to work at it. And then I thought, yeah, well I don't :lol: Glad that's passed! At least I didn't do anything to make me feel worse, like jump into a vat of icecream to find the pecan pie at the bottom... Ok -- not going to talk about that any more, as it still sounds good. What I kept reminding myself was that it would make me feel much worse, ultimately. Which it would. Onward!

Kaylets, love that TOTD -- so true! Sometimes it gets really tiresome trying to wait long enough for temptation to give up and go away. Re: favorite time of day -- It can certainly vary, but I love the ends of the day; right now my best is early morning while the house is asleep and I can center myself, think my thoughts, and prepare for the day.

Eydie, I'm curious (some might say nosy) -- when you weren't doing the SB thing, how was your diet different? I bet this is a very temporary increase -- and, in any case, wow! Look where you are -- in those few fluctuating pounds around your goal weight where all very successful dieters wind up. :yes:

Amarantha, you are SUCH a tease! :lol: Don't you know that enquiring minds would want to know? However, I do hope that the coworker problem isn't serious.

Ok. If I'm well enough to post, I guess I'm well enough to work. Off to the salt mines! Love to all, mentioned or unmentioned. Let's take this day and do our level best with it.

02-24-2005, 09:04 AM
Mornin' all!

Just a quick wander through...I do check once in a while, but am very stressed and of course way off programme...I also am having co-worker problems...niggly stuff that makes me question the motives.

Glad you are doing so well wsw....and Empress A....Arabella has gotten herself outta the snow and into a cold? Again? Eydie!!!!!! Argh!!!!!!! Our bodies are a temple and I wonder sometimes just what goes on in there! Keep with your goals girl! You are one of my heroes!

Awakening time last 36 year old cousin had a heart high blood pressure, no cholesterol problems..everything appeared to be normal and ke-boom. His grandmother (my aunt) died in her early 30's of what I just was told was a massive heart autopsy so that is just a doctor's opinion at the time....of course she'd seen that same doctor earlier in the day and been sent home...typical...I was quite young at the time and remember hearing that it was an anyurism (?) in her brain. When I said that to my Mom she wanted to know who told me that...of course I don't remember...I was only 9 and how did I know a word like that at that age? I can't even spell it now!!!! :s: Anyway I think this is weighing on me. And I need to get outta this funk!

So I am off this morning to try and have a meeting with my manager.....I am really having some problems with this new probationary employee. Questioning my own role in things...jeez.

Wildfire...are you moved yet? I know you must be so excited about the new house finally happening. Kaylets...smaller jeans? I missed that somehow...congrats! Seecat, you are on a streak! Anagram...good news on the dialysis...and how is the swimming these days...I think of you everytime I rush off to work with half wet hair! Where are Cerise and Punkin? The west coast hasn't fallen off yet.......or did I miss something else?

Anyway, must run and make some notes for this am......I should be making notes anyway I guess.



02-24-2005, 10:00 AM
Good morning! Woke up this morning with a sudden drop in my weight. Down to 134---I know, I know, I panicked before! Felt so good to make the decision to go back to Radiant Recovery. To answer your question, Arabella, when I went off the plan, I just wasn't planning my meals as well and not making sure I got in adequate protein for my weight--most of all, I was really spooked by all the extra saturated fat I was taking in. That is, being a vegetarian I was turning to cheese quite a bit as my protein source. And I was also getting a little irked by one or two of the really hard-core by-the-book folks over at the RR message boards!

Ceara, sorry to hear you're having co-worker difficulties, and very sorry to hear about your cousin. So young, that's always a shock.

Did I mention that this Tuesday I'm getting my first mammogram? I'm almost 42 and finally getting around to it--don't scold me please! :^: I'm kinda scared! Any advice? I have petite boobage and am afraid of getting squished! :lol:

02-24-2005, 10:15 AM
Good morning! I made it to my writer's group last night, although I did leave early. I must stay determined to do those things that are important to me instead of just giving them up if I've got any other demands on my time/attention. Also did a big vacuuming job. Bit by bit, day by day, the house is getting cleaner. Not quite the "white tornado" single day job I'd envisioned, but darn reality strikes again I guess. Not planning anything major today, a little stroll downtown, maybe take DS out to lunch since he's off. Planning to sign up for Oprah's 12-week bootcamp on Monday (I feel like it's going to take me that long to prepare).

Ceara, how lovely to see you! Sounds like you're in survival mode, pretty much where I am at the moment, too. Sorry to hear about your cousin's heart attack -- so shocking! I had a cousin about that age die of a heart attack a couple of years ago. He was apparently in great shape, too. The lesson, always, seems to be to make the most of our precious days on earth because we don't know how long we'll be here.

That said, I'll get back to work. Love to all...

02-24-2005, 02:15 PM
Wow, I feel as if I have not been here for a while. It has been crazy busy at work. I am planning a conference and am in rather frantic mode, which is actually quickly transitioning into "I do not care" mode. We shall see.

At any rate, I have exercised every day except for two for the last couple of weeks. I have a stair step machine and I am now doing 32 minutes a day. I am adding two minutes a day each week till I hit 60. It is really not so bad becuase I can do it while I watch television (usually dvd episodes of Firefly, which for some reason seems to be the perfect backgroud stuff for me and exercise although there are so few that I may get bored of watching them soon). I have lost another pound and I am now so close to getting below 150 which seems like a major milestone, probably because it has been a while since I was there. DH is also exercising and losing weight, though we do not exercise together. Also he has a tooth problem right now so he cannot eat anything with sugar in it, which has actually been a bit of a blessing in disguise becuase it means that our home is a sugar free zone for once.

Well, I suppose I should get back to work, cruddy as it is. I know now that I am going to stay here till Fall 2006 and then go back to school. It actually helps having an exit strategy.

02-24-2005, 03:36 PM
hi ceara! i'm so sorry to hear about your cousin's heart attack! i hope things will improve with your co-worker difficulties soon.

eydie-glad to hear your body is cooperating now by letting go of that weight. i'm sure it must have been very frustating when the scale went up when you were doing all the right things. mammograms aren't that bad, although i definitely cannot speak from petite boobage experience, since mine are very un-petite! mammograms don't last very long, so even if there is any discomfort when they are placed on the x-ray machine, it is for a very brief time. the thing i notice the most is that it feels rather cold when they are first placed on the machine.

seecat-congrats on the lb. down! and for all that exercising.

arabella-each day on earth certainly is precious!

hi kaylets, anagram, amarantha, wildfire, punkin, cerise, frogger, and to all the royal kingdom!

when i went to my internal medicine doc for my yearly physical, she said my b/p and cholesterol were up. i am really working hard now to make sure i am doing my part to change those things. especially after hearing about your cousin, ceara, who had not been ill, i was reminded again just how important it is for me to continue to make positive changes so that i know i am at least doing my part to try to improve the situation. i know i am lucky to have this information so that i can try and do something about it. i don't have control over the randomness of life, but when there is something i can improve, then i plan to give that my best shot. i have to go back to that doc in a few months to see if the numbers have improved any, or if i need to go on medication, which i certainly will, if necessary. speaking of which, i am continuing with my very basic food plan and daily exercise. well, thinking of you all. take good care.

02-25-2005, 06:54 AM
Hello all!

Hoping the Robins I saw just a couple weekends ago brought their mittens as it is brutal outside-- not so much snow but raw biting wind .... lots of icy spots too....
Was walking in a covered parking lot yesterday w/ gloves, hat, sweaters and coat ( and moving briskly too !) and was VERY relieved when we were done...

Cear:- My best to you and your family.... sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

Hugs to all!

Thought of the day :

"Life is a sum of all your choices."
--Albert Camus

Question of the day :

"When is the last time something scared you?"



02-25-2005, 05:13 PM
Thanks for all the good cousin didn't die though...that post was a bit ambiguous in my re-reading. He and we just got a scare....thank goodness.

The co-worker thing is not improving. We...she and I.. had a brief...2 hour..meeting last night and I need to sit and document it....I am just exhausted by thinking on it. She really has no respect for my position as her supervisor, not to mention for me as a person. So I'm buggin' out so to speak...will supervise, will be professional, will try not to be negative although I didn't think I was and do a lot of documenting. If she had spoken to my manager the way she spoke to me last night, she'd be toast on the road. She doesn't know the words listen and discuss. Just berate, belittle and cast inuendoes.

Anyway, Eydie, you will have flattened petit boobage for a short bit....and hopefully they get what they need the first time! I've always been lucky and had good technicians. Don't wear deodorant before the event....the aluminum sulfide? can be a problem. So a really bad technician told me, whom I complained about, and she got fired. The rest have been really good since her.

Good plan wsw....decreasing those blood numbers is a healthy way to start....yeah Seecat....the :queen: of exercise! Nice snow here...and a gorgeous full moon in early eve and morn!

I need to go....:wave: to all!


02-25-2005, 06:09 PM
Ceara, okay, that's GREAT news about your cousin!!! :lol: That's funny that we all read it that way---why, it's like they've been reborn!

That sounds soooo uncomfortable with your employee. I'm P.O.'ed on your behalf. Reminds me of an EX-co-worker who was caught smoking marijuana on the grounds and protested when he was reprimanded--he didn't know that sort of thing was frowned upon. Some people TRULY just don't get it.

Ceara and all, thanks for the advice on my upcoming mammogram. I guess I'm just afraid that they'll pop like a grape!!!! :rofl:

02-26-2005, 08:38 AM
Hello all!

Its early and quiet-- DH is still asleep and I 've had 2 cups of real coffee and have started cup 1 of decaf tea....
The bluetick beagle needed to go out at 4:30 and I've stayed up. DH needs to go to work for a few hours this morning which means I can get some things in the house done while he's gone.....

Dh did get up a few seconds after I typed those words and we've since eaten breakfast..

And now I'm feeling like I could go back to sleep but I 'll try and put that off till this afternoon....

The past couple weeks, 4 days a week, I spend 30 minutes walking w/ a girlfriend around the parking garage. We've try to beat the number of laps we can do.... So far, we've increased by 1 and some days even 2.... and there are mucscle in my legs that are feeling firmer.....

Another storm on the weathermaps.... need to make sure the heavy sox are at the ready!

How's your Saturday going?


Ceara: glad your bil is ok.

02-26-2005, 08:52 AM
Thanks for the thoughts on my relative.

The day is sunny and bright here...not too cold. I've already been outside in my nightie and housecoat with my winter boots with the fur tops...what an eccentric picture eh? :lol:

I'm going to work today on maintaining my sanity. This co-worker thing is quite monopolizing my mind. I fall asleep and wake up fussing. Geez. Have to work 'til 4...hopefully alone. You never know who will just drop in.

Went to a Pampered Chef party last night...the food was WW and looked scrumptious, but my stomach is too fragile now to eat that late...stress. Anyway, had a great time ... ordered some stuff. I think I need to start clearing some of those cupboards in the kitchen and get rid of things I don't use....yard sales coming up....They have a line of stonewear that looks fabulous for baking...but with my family, I'm afraid for the safety of that medium. I should try one thing maybe.....

Anyhow....should get a load of laundry in before I leave....have a great day all :queen: s!!!

:wave: Ceara

02-26-2005, 09:27 AM
Good morning, :queen:s! I'm working on getting my commit-ability ready for Monday, and in the meantime of focus on healthy habits. I like the idea of a serious twelve-week commitment, thinking there'd be a great improvement in that time span. Still feeling cruddy, so will take it semi-easy today. A little work, a little cleaning, a little relaxing. DGS is coming for an overnight tonight.

I feel cheated by being sick now, when I had hoped to cram so much into the two weeks while DH is away. I guess the lesson to be learned is that I've got to find a way to get done what I want to get done, visit with people, and so on even while he's home. This is, as they say, my life.

Seecat, I know what you mean about having an exit plan -- I don't hate my job, but I'm already looking forward to retirement, or at least the time when I can start doing things that are more personally meaningful. Thinking maybe ten years down the road...

Kaylets, good for you on the walking! And think how lovely it will be when you can walk in the world outside the parking garage.

Eydie, that was quite an image -- petite boobage popping like a grape! I was glad to hear the reports from my braver sisters here that the squashing was strictly temporary. All this talk about doctor's visits and tests and so on makes me think I should schedule a physical, since it's a few years since I had one.

WSW, you continue to be an inspiration -- I love the way you just make up your mind to do what's necessary. Trying to get my own head around that very concept.
Ceara, is there any way you can tell your coworker that it's inappropriate for her to speak to you that way? If not, can you tell your supervisor? I would almost be inclined to record a session... There's just no way you should have to tolerate that kind of treatment! When the stress is affecting your life so much, something has to be done about it.

Well, Dovies, I'd best start doing some of those things if they're to get done. Going to start with some qi qong and yoga. :yes: Love to all, mentioned or un- and have a great weekend.

02-27-2005, 07:37 AM
Haven't seen any robins yet, but I've seen daffodils blooming! Another sure sign.....

Arabella, can you tell us some more about the 12-week challenge? Maybe some of us will join you! I need a jump-start of some kind.

Yesteray I found something that may get me excited about exercsie again. I purchased a used Pilates machine from one of those used exercise equipment places. Seems brand new. Some of the videos that came with it were never even opened. I tried it out in the store and really liked it and used it for about 35 minutes last night. It's quite a workout and I'm a little sore this morning! Anyway, it was 150$ and we truly couldn't afford it but went for it anyway. Garry said we'll just have to eat rice and beans the next 3 weeks. Oh well, we do that anyway!

Ceara, I know all too well what it's like to dread going to work becasue of a certain person. Do you think it's time for the dreaded mediator? It's so unfair that you're going thru this.

I'm attending a workshop today about the proper way to preserve old documents, books, photos, etc. I'm thinking I could use that knowledge at work.

02-27-2005, 11:33 AM
Just a flyby to say hi and that I still exist in one incarnation or another ... so much at the palace to catch up on and I have to work so I won't even try.

Sword Bearer, I am so sorry to hear about thy cousin.

Wsw: :wave:

E, I would love to have a pilates machine! That's a great buy. I bet your excercise mojo is excited!

To all, mentioned and unmentioned, as always! :wave:

02-27-2005, 12:48 PM
HEllo all!

So far, the day has been very productive, on program and relaxing too....

During breakfast, DH and I watched Bruce Almighty on DVD from the library.
Not impressed although I did get the thought of the day from it. Am now listening to some music cd's also borrowed from the Library... The ones I like, DH downloads for me and then to the Ipod. Trying to make as much use of his expensive gift as I can. I have a suprise for him very shortly.... more later!

Ceara: Sometimes the coworker friction is unbearable. I have tried various methods over the years. But, my situation is different than yours as I don't have anyone that I am responsible for. One thing I have noticed, is that DH's work environment allows miles more interaction than most of the places I've worked. My environment always stresses " professionalism" -- although often its really smoke and mirrors.... everything's fine until review time. Meanwhile, DH gets into screaming matches w/ nearly everyone but the CEO... and bad language is the norm. But for sure, he knows if they are unhappy with the smallest detail where many of jobs its much more veiled.

I don't know what I would do if I were you....

Empress: Keep seeing your very hot place on the news talking about the weahter.... and what's going on at the gym?

Eydie: I love classes on new subjects too! and I bet you make good use of your Pilates machine... after all, you could always resell it later!

WSW-- got a call from NC last night and was told " ITS COLD!" -- same your way too????

Arabella--- Garlic my dear, Garlic!! Its the one thing I have been very consistently eating and so far, am almost at a 2 yr record for no cold or flu symptons.... ( hope I'm not bringing it on myself by saying that!) ... AND I really, really, really, am very concious of washing my hands often....
And yes, you're right, carving some time when DH is home is crucial. ... I' ve done the same thing but in small, small pieces... AND what works really well, is that I try to incorporate into something DH already enjoys... IE... I joined the bowling league w/ him....

SeeCat--I too have stair machine-- too b ad its in the garage and I don't have a spare space for it in the house. I'm ready to make room for it though.
Does yours also have levers for your arms to swing? I really ought to put that on my short goal list.

Time for a shower!

Thought for the day :
"Be a Miracle."
--from the moive 'Bruce Almighty'

Question of the day :

"What's your favorite way to save money?"




02-27-2005, 09:13 PM
Oh my, the Castle is a bustling place! Love it! Ceara, so glad your cousin is still with us but what a shock. Hope there wasn't a lot of permanent damage done to his heart. And Kaylets, like your determined walking plan. Have done little myself of recent months and am missing it. Made the pool twice this week and have done some exercising at home but tai chi was cancelled due to the weather and now it looks like there will be too much snow tomorrow as well.

Sorry about the coworker situations too. Something like that would fuss me to bits and pieces. Sometimes it's amazing what some people can get away with.

Daffodils, Eydie? Hurrah! Mine are up a few inches but it will be a long way until blooming time. I'm going to have to either recommit to my ski machine & bike or get rid of them. SOMEONE might appreciate them as I don't seem to.

wsw, hope the financial worries have abated somewhat. Not much fun. Ceara, that image is me when I beat dh down to get the paper. I'm too old to care and there are no small kids out at that hour for me to scare!

SeeCat, your plan sounds SO motivating. And it takes a lot to make the decision so I'm glad you'e past that.

Wood Nymph,you have certainly had a time of it. And I agree, you were cheated by being ill. When dh used to travel (and before I started going with him), his days away were a big luxury for me. It's sort of just the chance for a change of pace. Used to feel that way about snowdays for my kids too. Just sort of changed out the routine.

I was terribly funked out on Friday. I was crabby in the morning, out of sorts = but I had an hour long massage scheduled and felt that would make all right with the world so I carried on and the day got better. Well, the massage DID NOT relax me and when I got home I was really funked out and sore. I feel like I wasted a lot of money and was denied (cheated somehow) out of a "reward". I'm back on a more even keel but.... I may try a half hour next month again (last month's half hour was ok but again not the same relaxed feeling I've had in the past) to see how it goes and then use the rest of the gift certificate for pedicure(s) for spring. I don't know what was going on in the morning, sort of a post full moon letdown that seems to happen to me with more and more regularity.

Saving money? Well, the best is a good bargain, preferably w/a coupon on top of a good price. Stopped at grocery store today for a few things. w/store coupons, paid 34 for $45 worth (well not really WORTH since things are so overpriced).

So we're hunkered down for more snow. Wouldn't mind if we get less than expected! But this late in the season, I don't mind them (of course, I don't have to go out to work in them) because even the sky is changing to a spring blue and I know it won't last. And last Thursday's snow was SO pretty and on Friday morning at sunrise the snow was reflecting pink and blue and really awesome. We'd have been on our way back from FL if we had been able to go. That time always seems to fly.

Sorry, didn't mean to write a novel......

02-28-2005, 07:59 AM
Hello all!

We too are hunkering for the incoming storm although right this minute, there is a glimmering that if the temp increases, we may get more rain than snow...
Which would be fine w/ me as I have become a snow hater.

Am just realizing my computer clock is running slow -- so, I am off....

Will try and look in later but will only be lurking...

Big Monday cheer for all of us....

Question of the day:

"What quotes, sayings, songs, etc, motivate and inspire you?"


02-28-2005, 10:13 AM
Yo, Queens! Another flybye, sorry. Lots to do and I have some major plans for a career change in mind that are coming to a head, mayhap anyway.

Re the storms here, they're not really calling it El Nino this year ... too early. Just lots of storms and rain and cold (for this part of the country). Seems to have abated somewhat ... everyone likes it but me, seemingly.

Sorry this is a me-me postie. Kind of have a short attention span since saying good-bye to Cupcake and her/his friend Pound 151. Details posted elsewhere and would'na wanna bore thee with repeatness! :)

This is Day 44 for me of the sugar bustin' thang!

Definitely worth it.

Gotta go!

Later ...

02-28-2005, 11:46 AM
Day 44! I'm so impressed. Good luck on the career change thingie - now, I'm intrigued.

03-01-2005, 08:46 AM
Mornin' ladies!

The snow is beautiful, the trees look lovely and the roads are a mess. Have to put something good onto the storm you know. I salted last night on the walkways and will shovel a bit in a few. Am just having my hot milk and instant coffee....I know, but I like it and I get some calcium that way.

My stomach is horrid...stress and my head is on the verge of a headache. I wake up with work on my mind. If she's playing games I wonder if that is justifiable homicide? Anyway, I am perservering. It is hard because I have enough problems with this time of year as it is...not getting depressed that is. Life is a challenge eh?

So, I may have a programme this morning. The roads are treacherous. Am still thinkin' on this.

Anagram, is this a new massage person for you....I find the person administering the "care", be it massage, ministering, candleing, or whatever surely does make a difference. It is a spiritual thing for me and maybe you need to try a different person? Empress A....another pound :dance: Have a :cb: or do they have too much sugar? You do eat natural sugar right? Anyway, kudos on the progress! Kaylets...muscles...o-o-o-That walking is paying off! I am still wending my way through thin for has a lot of stuff I "know" but don't DO. Gotta DO more rather than just know.

QOD....can't name any....brain burp.

:wave: to all unmentioned and AWOL...Cerise? Punkin? Wildfire?


03-01-2005, 09:30 AM
Yo, Sword Bearer, ripe :cb: s are verboten on Sugar Busters, not because of the sugar but because they trigger a very high glycemic response. I used to wonder why I always got sick when I ate a banana, now I know I wasn't allergic, they were spiking my blood sugar. According to SB, green :cb: s are ok. Sorry about your work woes ... I can totally relate ... seems we should have enough to deal with without that.

Thanks, Anagramatic! :wave: Career plans are really just an exit strategy and yesterday they kind of didn't work.

Those are the only posts I can see on the screen right now, so to all mentioned and unmentioned, greetings from your alien friend. :wave:

03-01-2005, 10:37 AM
A new motto for me - DO, don't just KNOW. I'm guilty of knowing lots I don't put into practice.

Massage person had done a half hour one before - and she was better than the one I had tried previously. Sister said same thing - person who does hers now is good but not as good as the one she had previously. DH picked the place because it's close but I can use certificate for other stuff. I just need to find a GOOD massage person. (I've had good ones in the past but when I go back, they're usually not there.) Will consult w/sister who lives half hour away - will travel if necessary. I mean it to be a spiritual experience. Of course, I wondered if it was just me - my meditation stuff isn't working as well as it used to either. Back to the tapes, I guess.

Snow is beautiful here today too and looks lovelier since kid came and shovelled. No excuse now for not going to pool as planned. Sounds like more messy stuff in the next week but then I'M SURE spring will be here right after that!!!

Sorry again about coworkers - they really shouldn't have the right to mess with our heads. Off with theirs!!!!

03-02-2005, 07:14 AM
Hello all!

Anagram-- I can relate---many of my stress-busters seem to be nibbled away at the edges too.... seems to be a constant battle trying to remain peaceful....hmmmm..... interesting turn of phrase....

am also feeling like I traded one frying pan for another when I changed jobs...
Am finding that many of the calls are sad and depressing... I realize its the busiest time of the year but I've was told my average call time is much too long and I need to shorten it. I realize something must change and my first instinct is NOT to change me.... Many of these folks are very fragile .... yet.... sometimes so am I....

Havent told DH too much about this yet... but I know I have to find an outlet soon.....


Empress-- I CAN RELATE!

To everyone, wish I could post longer ....


Thought of the day :

"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

Question of the day :

"Where were you born? Where were you raised?"




03-02-2005, 12:24 PM
Mornin' just gorgeous out there! Shovelled a bit of the walkway and 2 runs so the girls could hang is not too cold and the occassional vagrant showflake drifts by....very peaceful and calming. You have to appreciate where you are. The very old dog...she is 12 this year, who I almost lost a year ago is doing very well...she actually ran out ahead of me today, and is just fun to Mom has one of my "puppies"....she is 16 now........long-lived.

Co-worker thing is weighing me down....I need to pull back and then look at it objectively......kinda hard, because this stuff really bothers me.

WI stomach is such a mess from stress that I can't eat much......the scale is certainly behaving! They'll prolly chew me out for losing too fast......c'est las vie!

Two more days and it's the week-end for me...starts Friday. Where's Punkin?

Yes Kaylets...battle and peaceful in the same breath....oxymoronish.....But that is how I'm feelin' too...struggling to maintain my equalibrium and professionalism....I'd like to pull her hair out and smack her up the side of the head! OOPS....down girl! Anyway lots of :grouphug: s for you....and positive they come!! ))))))

Gotta go.......mayhap I'll soothe the beastie by playing the piano....can only do that activity with my whole brain!


03-02-2005, 02:15 PM
Feeling sad and subdued. Our old cat is leaving us--wasting away every day, and I'm afraid that we're going to have to make the decision to euthanize her very, very soon. Trying to be philosohical about it because she's 18 1/2 years old and has had a great life, but it's still hard to let go. She's stopped eating and trying to force her to eat seems like torture. She used to weight 18 pounds [!] and now is down to 4 1/2 pounds; she's so fragile. I've cried the last 2 days. Send me some strength, please. :^:

03-02-2005, 02:47 PM
Strenght vibes to Eydie!!! a horrific time as our Pierre did the same at only 14. I didn't take her to be euthanized but it was horrid watching her go day by day.

Had a good day yesterday, working on today. Went to new taichi group - think it will work out well for me in the longer run. Roads, etc. totally dry, cleared off well yesterday so I did a lot of errands. Going to go out now w/dh and look for some small things.

Born in Philadephia, raised in two small towns in the mountains about an hour north of here so you can see I've not wandered far.

03-03-2005, 06:43 AM
Hello all!

Another one of the weeks that seemed too long to live thru but now in hindsight seems to have flown by.....

Eydie-- so sorry you're cat is so sick. This is just a small thought but at least you know she had a great home and human companions! A few years ago, we had a similiar situation w/ a dog.... very, very difficult.....

Anagram... Tai chi sounds great!

Empress-- Just read an ariticle in last weeks NY Times about the Grand Canyon and Rt 191 (or 190?) ... and wondered how familiar that interstate was to you.... the story was all about how the Canyon is even more spectacular in the winter....

Ceara--Saw a coworker "go off" about a newly assigned "partner" .... coworker believes she will replace the "partner" ...... Most of us know this is impossible.... Meanwhile the partner has to deal w/ her new "assistant" .....

As for me, three things happened yesterday to make me rebelieve in blessings /happy coincidence....

Early in the morning, a highly respected coworker came to me redfaced asking for help w/ a universal logon and password... She actually said " I think my mind is going...." and made me realize, some days, we ALL feel that way. I couldnt h elp myself, I just got up and hugged her and told her howm uch I needed to hear that ! Than, a complete stranger in th ebathroom started telling me how much she thought winter was making her sad and anxious.... and I thought right away, here is my 2nd coincidence, listen, get a grip, lots of folks are struggling to just keep abreast....

and then, my boss came to my desk and watched me work for a couple of hours ... and actually, pointed out some real, perfectly legal shortcuts....
and was kind, never condenscending, etc....

and then guess what arrived this am....... And don't you hate it when its "because of TOM, hormones, etc, etc....."

and another plus.... I was resolute in the face of donut holes sitting next to the coffee pots all day.... finally at about 4, the box was thrown away and I gave a silent cheer becuase 4"30 seems to be a new "starving " hour.....


We will get thru this.... it will pass... And we really are doing the best we know how.... ;) ;)

From Dr Weil's site this am--- looks like he's giving crdit to CBS News....

Science and Supplement News: Fish Oil for Arthritis Pain

Fish oil may work as well as prescription drugs to relieve arthritis pain. Neurologists at the University of Pittsburgh recently tested omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil) supplements on 120 arthritis patients. The object was to see if the anti-inflammatory properties of the omega-3s would help ease arthritis pain, which stems from inflammation of the joints. Of the 120 patients participating in the study, 59 percent found that the fish-oil supplements did reduce their pain, and 68 percent were able to discontinue taking prescription pain medications. The advantages of the fish-oil supplements over drugs include lower cost and fewer side effects. Those taking blood thinning medications, however, should consult with their doctor before using fish

Thought of the day :

'..........yesterday's over my shoulder
So I can't look back for too long
There's just too much to see waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can't go wrong.'
-----Jimmy Buffett

Question of the day :

"How did you meet the love of your life?"



03-03-2005, 09:19 AM
:grouphug: for Eydie! It is hard to lose one of our friends.....especially when they have lived with us so long. Keep strong. ))))))))))).

Yes in my meeting with my manager, I mentioned that I felt that she was after my job....manager said like that'll happen under her breath. Still doesn't take away the feelings though. I guess I need to sit back, disengage, journal and document, and give her enough rope to hang herself. I had a patron confide in me yesterday that she was weird........and this is someone who generally doesn't say much. I certainly didn't broach it. I also find she fawns over me..which drives me nuts...fake compliments etc...and she is very concerned about her image...someone "made a mistake" in her haircut yesterday......I pity the stylist! My response to her tirade was it looks good to me and if she doesn't like it, guess what? It'll grow!

Glad your day got better Kaylets. Mine too...the flood stopped for a minute...that has been going on for 10 days now too...I suppose the stress doesn't help. Getting older has its downsides too. Anagram, glad you are finding a class that works for you. :wave: to wsw!

WI was interesting....I was way up last week and lost all that plus 3 more. Nine pounds. I don't advocate this method of weight-loss.

Spring is coming you guys...the birds are singing their "Look at me! Aren't I handsome! I own this tree...!" songs. And the days are noticably longer. More light is a good thing.

QOD - born north of here...where my parents 1/2 hour away. Schooled at U 2 hours down the road and lived briefly in the west....north of was beautiful there.

:wave: to all. Carpe's the only one we have today!


03-03-2005, 10:21 AM
Ah, Ceara & Kaylets - thanks for the wisdom to last me for this day! Seem achy, on the verge of "down". Won't go that way. The light is so "springtime" even though it's so cold here again today. DH does better w/more light and it seems to be perking him up a bit lately.

Anyway, I'm planning a less active, more paperwork, more introspective day so I'll have something left for the last of my first tai chi classes tonight. Our "party" to quote Andrew. He has turned out to be a very nice, gentle addition to my life.

As you mentioned, Kaylets, sometimes things happen to point us in right direction. If DH had not prepaid my tai chi classes, I might never have "gotten to it", if Andrew had not mentioned the Sr. classes, I might not have gone there. I knew of another one he teaches but not this particular one which seems to work well for me. So sometimes things just flow to the right direction.

I don't miss the workplace when it comes to bad coworkers. While I had lots of good ones (and I periodically run into one here and there), there was one that was so horrific, I still shudder when I think of her and what she got away with i.e., sitting and reading a novel in the daytime so she'd have work left to do on her "overtime". She resented that I was hired at a higher grade than she and made no bones about it until I told her she could take the same test I had and she'd stand a better chance. Of course it also helped when I told her I had held that grade previously but didn't use that for reinstatement for which I was eligible but instead retook the test so people couldn't gripe that I took advantage by coming back in w/o passing test, etc. I know that sentence doesn't make sense but it doesn't need to - basically it means some people will gripe no matter what and some people will be problems no matter what. Eventually, she settled down a bit but whole experience tarnished my "return to work" glow. Had bad experiences even when working as a "temp" = people telling me wrong info, etc. Because I was temping for the president of the company and they thought they should have been put in to sit in the front office because they knew "more". Of some things they did, others they didn't but they didn't know that. Ah, retirement - not always the best but then I think of the working horror stories. I'd usually rather remember the good and there was lots of that too.

Best, Eydie, hope it's getting easier to accept.

03-04-2005, 07:24 AM
Hello all!

Here we go Friday??

I am SO DONE w/ cold weather, and all that entails.... clothing, extra things for the drive, etc, etc.... ...and it seems as though lots and lots of other folks agree w/me because everyone seems to be short tempered....

Have to just go back to the rules....

Rule 1
Keep it Simple Sweetie

Rule 2
Refer to Rule 1

Breathing of course is mandatory for rule 1 and rule 2.....

Breathing in
Breathing out

scale is teasing me again today. Last night too... I am beginning to think the scale is really a BIG TEASE..... hmmmm...

Must get real and get out of here....

Eydie-- Thinking of you this morning and sending a big hug....

in fact, hugs to everyone!


Thought of the day :

"We don't remember days;
we remember moments."
--Cesare Pavese

Question of the day :

"How many times a day do you change clothing?"



03-04-2005, 04:12 PM
Still feeling cruddy, but have been off sugar and carbs (other than beans, of which I am mightily sick:p) since Monday. Doing South Beach induction for a jump start, after which I'm going to go back to WW core program. Doing renovations while DH is away, and really lacking the energy even to clean. Should be mostly better by Monday I think, since that will be the magical 2 weeks it seems to take me to recover from a cold these days. Thinking I'll really concentrate on HEALTH... when I have the strength. Feh.

Eydie, so sorry about your cat friend! But I salute you for being brave enough to let her go when she was so apparently ready. I know how sad you must be, and how much you miss her. You know she'll always be with you... Sending love... :grouphug:

Kaylets, that was an interesting question (how did you meet the love of your life?), but I wonder how many of us feel that we have, married or not. I've got a basically good marriage, but I don't know if I would say my husband was the love of my life. Not that I think I'll meet someone at some point who is. I know some of the women on the thread do feel that they have. But... hmmmm... Maybe I don't need to think about it so much, but just say he's my husband, so he must be the love of my life... I do love him, but it's not an easy relationship. Ah well...

Ceara, getting older has a downside? :p I'm still occasionally surprised to find an upside! :lol: Hope the coworker situation has eased...

Anagram, that said, did I hear that retirement isn't nirvana? Because, really, I had it built up that way in my mind and have been looking forward to it. Seems like the ideal is to make the best of wherever we are, which is something I have to remind myself of constantly.

Amarantha, you're my inspiration! Trying to stay off the evil sugar & etc -- occasionally I have a tempter whispering in my ear, and I look to you as a steadfast example to keep me strong. Kudos!

WSW, how goes it?

Love to all, mentioned or un- ...

03-04-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. I'm feeling better today. It was the right time, and have been "seeing" Weed [the departed] all day! You know how that happens--thinking I see her out of the corner of my eye and it turns out to be something vaguely her color or whatever.
Busied myself with cleaning house all day; that felt really good. And even did 50 minutes of Pilates on my fancy new machine!

03-05-2005, 10:28 AM
HEllo all!

Yes, Eydie, I understand completely and nearly mentioned "seeing" in an earlier post but thought better of it..... I too, even as long as 6 weeks later, and not just out of the corner of my eye, a complete visual. Our first beagle, coming down the hallway as if he had just awoken and was needing to "go out".... You were a wonderful friend to your cat and you will always know that....

Wood Nymph-- I imagined some folks might name a child or even a car (!) ... I purposely wanted that question to be open ended..... And you're right...
some of us are not married to the "love" we had imagined.... but then again, its very much like "retirement" .... not anything like the commercials show...

yes, very much like that song, love the one your with, you could almost paraphrase "Live the life you have"....


To all...
I've run out of time to post... Dh suddenly went from neutral (b/4 the shower) to 3rd gear...

More later!

03-06-2005, 08:39 AM
Good Morning! No sun at the moment, but no snow either!

Am starting to move up out of my tunnel...I hope. Jeez, I was doing that before the work doodoo erupted too. However, I talked to my manager on Friday, had an enlightening conversation. I just need to disengage and stand strong a bit more. Enough said.

Went to a seminar yesterday called Being and Doing....based on Mary and Martha and the different walks we have spiritually. Interesting. Then I went to the parentals, where I was fed lunch...home made sour dough and minestrone soup....yum. Groomed on my Cara....she is such a pretty girl...darn hips..My mom has her now. Then had another sour dough biscuit with home made wine and no store snacks...which my mother had........the tummy is still sensitive. Which is a good excuse even after it catches up to my head. So it was a nice relaxing and productive day.

Have 2 vacation days this I won't be working with my co-worker. Just leave her lots of notes I guess.

Have to go and get the rest of the girls out, wake the boy-child, and get to church...maybe I'll have some brekkie in there!

Have a great day! I haven't seen a robin yet though.......


03-06-2005, 05:18 PM
Hello all!

Its been nonstop for me today-- was in the grocery store at 6 am and until I took a nap this afternoon, it was hard core sort and toss. DS's room is nearly 95% OUR room.... lots of things at the curb for the trashman.

DH has turned the room into a auction staging area which immeadiately made the room... OURS.... and emptied my living room nicely too....

Yesterday we went to Appleby's for lunch. I don't imagine we'll go back soon.
They do have the WW friendly menu but its overpriced in my opinion.
We tried an appetizer from the regular menu and were told the ingredients other than the artichoke and spinach ( it was a dip) were a big secret... ( the chef won't share) ..... well, its so creamy because of least that's our guess.... its tasty but I stopped after a few tastes... might have been butter too.....
Went to the Appleby website and found no nutrional info there either...
went to Dotties website and Appleby's only gave her limited nutrition info...
I find it very interesting that they are making sure all their ad's promote WW's but they are so closed mouth about much of their nutrition info...

and if I wasnt a fish eating vegatarian, I have no idea what I wouldve eaten there....

Ceara- Glad to hear your boss is a) listening
and b) so supportive...
Sounds l-- Things will work out!

To everyone!
Have a great Sunday!


03-06-2005, 07:42 PM
I really want to start keeping a journal again and looking for inspiration I sought out my old journals from10-15 years ago. [I'm talking a regular journal and not just the food journals.] I was stunned and alarmed at how often the subject of my sugar addiction came up. I'm so glad I finally did something about it--I think that this is day 169 without sugar.

03-07-2005, 07:43 AM
Hello all!

Ok, are you ready?? (clap your hands!)
Let's go !!
( With feeling!)


Yes, I know, when I woke up, I sure didnt feel that way... in fact, I am feeling lots of sore muscles from yesterday's marathon hardcore sort and toss but after a cup of coffee and a cup of decaf Lady Gray tea and 3 Ibeprophuen ( sp?)... I am little more cheerful....

After all, when you come right down to it, we only have one 03/07/05.....

Thought of the day :

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it. "

Question of the day :

"When is the last time you polished a pair of shoes?"


Kettle is on!

PS Eydie-- at the risk of sounding like goofy.... YOU ROCK!

and tell us more about your journals... do you have any rules? length, time, topic???



03-07-2005, 11:07 AM
Good morning, All. Feeling worse today, but it's my own fault -- drank wine Saturday night and yesterday fell prey to wheat. Now, today, my face is puffy and I feel very tired. I picked up "The False Fat Diet" at the library yesterday (thanks for mentioning it, Eydie) started reading it this morning, and it's ringing a LOT of bells: suppressed immune, lack of mental clarity, hormonal difficulties, mood disorders. And so on. I'm going to try an elimination diet to see if there's anything other than wheat that affects me (Man! I surely know that wheat does!) Also -- started out this morning drinking peppermint/green tea, which makes me feel good. But ended up chugging coffee, which lately doesn't. Definitely coffee (and the milk I put in it) are going to be eliminated tomorrow. :yes:

Kaylets, I was so intrigued to hear that you'd had full visuals of your departed pup. What a powerful experience that must have been! I've never seen one of my pets after they'd left, but I've heard them run into the room.

Anagram, I love hearing about your tai chi classes. I'm going to go back to class tomorrow night -- it will be especially easy to return, because I've got my brother here working on the house and I'll be escaping sawdust and power tools. :)

Eydie, congrats on the Pilates machine -- I saw Oprah working out on hers and it looked like it would be great!

Ceara, did i hear you've got a week free of interaction with dread coworker? That's great! Some people are just so uncomfortable to deal with, and best avoided if possible :yes:

K -- I'm going to get on with day. Want to get to the gym, not sure what else. At least get my head around the "false fat" thing. And prepare for the elimination diet. Love to all, mentioned or un- Hope the wanderers return...

03-08-2005, 07:22 AM
Hello all!


I am 'officially' .8 lbs away from GOAL!!!!

and yes, I am doing the happy dance!
and would someone look up the activiy points for that too please!!

Sometimes, it really is a good thing for your WW meeting to be cancelled due to snow... Don't know when those 4 lbs "fell" off -- but it averages out as 2lbs a week so I am still healthy and SO EXCITED!!!!

Did changing up my activity routine to the "speed walking " around and around the garage?? Could be....

Did eating all my pts plus the flex ....
Could be...

Getting my dairy in....
I betcha

Taking my magnesium...
I think so...

Oh dear, I hope I am not too full of myself...

You see, part of the reason I am so excited is that I am such a SLOW loser and this journey has taken me a long time.....

I am your living witness that small steps add up!!

: ) !!!



03-08-2005, 09:10 AM
:cb: That's me, cleverly disguised as a banana doing the happy dance with you! That's WONDERFUL, Kaylets!

03-08-2005, 09:42 AM
:cb: Hey, look -- I squeezed into my banana suit too! Hooooray, Kaylets!!! Wow!

03-08-2005, 10:33 AM
Ummm - I still had to wear my pear suit and there's no smilie for that but I'm still dancing for you, Kaylets!!!!! And dancing for your new "staging" area too.

Have been awol to long. I think yesterday and today I'm sort of flloundering in Arabella's tunnel (hope you're back out in the sunshine, luv). And before that was playing w/the princesses for a couple of days. Always mood brighteners so I'm not sure why I'm in the tunnel. Snowing here today and hard to think of donning the bathing suit but that's the plan. Tai chi'd yesterday. Tunnel didn't start until last night = maybe just tired a bit or something. Plus pressuring dh about making appt. with new doctor he's been referred to - been several weeks now.

On retirement - it's good but nothing in life seems to turn out to be what you expect or plan. I took up golf because our "plan" was that we'd do lots of that. Well, when the time came for dh's first retirement, I was gimping around on bad knees and had an extremely ill dad and two kids getting married, etc., etc. That was the last year I golfed. Planned lots of travel = see prior sentence. (Note I never "retired" because I never worked long enough to "retire".) We did go to Rome right after he retired and that's where I first realized just how bad my knees were - always the last in line, etc.

But I had earlier decided not to go back to work (probably should have) because Ihad the opportunity to travel along when dh travelled in his job so we had done a lot of that and it was great fun, etc. Plus we spent lots of time in Myrtle Beach and FL in the winters and took lots of mini trips the last ten years. So how healthy you can stay is a really important factor. Plus we've had lots of "together" time which has been a blessing. Sort of a second "getting to know you" phase.

Which brings me to the "love of my life" phase. Yes, he is. But that doesn't mean it's not occasionally been necessary to grit my teeth (as I'm sure he has as well). Nor do I feel it would not have worked out with someone else if we had nevermet. He's always had enough good qualities so tht when I wrote the good/bad lists, I was better off where I was than leaving. (I think he stayed because once the kids hit their teens, I always told him he'd have to take them if he left.) He's no longer quite as stubborn as he used to be. Nor QUITE as hotheaded. He's always been more or less neat. And he's always thought (and said) I'm the best thing that ever happened to him. I'm not quite sure about that but sometimes I do need to agree (said most modestly). My life before him was pretty rugged in a lot of ways and I think (and does he) that that made my life with him look a lot better. He was blessed with a mother with a lot of problems which made me automatically look so much better. Our goals were essentially the same and we made the transitions with women's roles/expectations easily enough - probably harder on him than on me. But like retirement, nothing is exactly as I would have expected/planned but good. The one thing I have that I always pictured is that I sit here writing as I look out on a treed scene. True it's my backyard and the neighbors, not a little woods, but the idea is the same. Always had that visual in my mind somewhere as something I wanted in my life (of course, I thought it might be paying writing or long letters or something - who knew computers then?) But a nice visual, nonetheless.

Hope coworkers problems are better and, ceara, enjoy that needed respite.

Hi, to all else. Must get ready for pool though the snow is still coming down. I think I need a hot chocolate not a pool but it is heated to 94 degrees or so so should sooth aching bones.

03-08-2005, 01:42 PM

03-08-2005, 09:05 PM
WTG, :queen: K on the weight loss!!!!!

WTG, :queen: E on 169 days!!!

WTG, :queen: Ceara on the coworker improvement situation!

WTG, :queen: Anagramatic on having such a great dh!!!!

WTG, :queen: Arabella on identifying the allergies that may be causing uncomfortable feelings and having the mental toughness to deal w'it!

WTG, :queen: WSW on all your courage and fortitude as you go through life ... hope all's well with thee.

WTG to all :queen: s, mentioned and unmentioned.

I am taking a wee postie vacation but likely t'will not last, who can say?

I'm on Day 52.

Bye all!

03-09-2005, 07:56 AM
Hello all!

Angram-- sending some light your way into the tunnel... I can relate... spent a few days in it last week.... I think so many of us are just DONE w/ winter and dark days...

Positive energies, warm hugs being sent to all kingdoms in all directions!!
Let's treat ourselves gently for a while just as we would a friend feeling down...

Thought of the day :

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
---Richard Wagner

Question of the day :

"Name your favorite commercial."


03-09-2005, 09:18 AM
Still heading out of the tunnel, determined not to stall anymore :rolleyes: We've got rain and wind here today, which is better than more snow (which is still heaped everywhere, in any case). I'm still recovering from the cold, but at least I AM recovering :yes:

I'm reading "The False Fat Diet" and thinking of how to approach it. He suggests a range of ways to start out, from a 3-day juice fast to elimination diets of varying stringency. And his descriptions of the transformations people enjoy after that week are pretty compelling -- and also believable, because I've done something similar and experienced the same type of results. Ok -- here I go, then! I KNOW that I react to wheat and I suspect red wine. Wheat is just something I'm never going to be able to eat much of, and I guess I've come to terms with that. It might really be worthwhile to eliminate some other things, like dairy and coffee. I'm having some trouble thinking of giving up the coffee, but I might switch to green tea. Hmmmm... I guess I'll decide today how far I'm going to go. You could definitely put together a healthy plan that you could live with for a week even avoiding his top ten reactive foods...

Anyway, OP for me right now will mean exercising every day, eating no wheat or white stuff, sugar, or processed foods, NEVER eating other than at the table when alone, eating only when hungry, and drinking the water.

Kaylets, I think you're right -- my feeling, both online and in the "real world" is that people are just getting through and many of us struggling. Yet, what can one do but struggle on? Thank you for ALWAYS being an inspiration to keep on trying and staying positive!

Amarantha, I thank thee for those words about "having the mental toughness" to deal with those things, because I wasn't sure that I had until you convinced me. Between your encouragement and your sterling example, you HAVE convinced me. I WILL DO THIS!!!

Anagram, what a lovely long message! It's wonderful to have this kind of ongoing, open sharing of our lives online. Certainly makes my life richer! I think I might just be able to manage that kind of "love of my life" marriage. Like so many other things, a lot of this is attitude and perspective, isn't it. (Truth be told, I couldn't zip the banana suit -- I'm still in my pear suit, too -- shhhh!)

K -- more coffee for me. But really thinking of letting it go tomorrow... Have a great one! Love to all, mentioned or un-

03-09-2005, 10:40 AM
Fly-by as I'm still on posting vac! :wave:

Yes, Wood Nymph, you DO have the mental toughness!!! You will reach all your goals, my crystal ball is never wrong.

In fact, all :queen: s will be reachin' their goals and then they will make new goals, 'cause that's how we are!!!! Right?

Too right! :)

Well, I am embarking on a FOUR-DAY LURE THE EXERCISE MOJO BACK INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD personal challenge (doing it on my journal in the land far far away) and it starts with GOIN' SHOPPIN' for exercise clothes!

So here I go!

03-09-2005, 12:26 PM
Wow, it has been a while since I posted. Time just sort of got away from me. The conference I was planning (and going kind of psycho over) went off without a hitch. I have it on good faith that my presentation went well, though when I do public speaking I can never tell how it went after the fact. Today, I can honestly admit, I am going to get nothing done at work. Deliberately.

I am becomming an exercize fanatic suddenly. I have been doing 45 minutes a day 6 days a week and am actually starting to enjoy it. I exercise while watching television on a stair step machine, and may get an eliptical when I feel less broke.

At any rate, now i must go back and read through everything and find out how everyone is doing. I feel as though I have a lot of catching up to do.

03-09-2005, 05:04 PM
Out of the tunnel - my stays (happily) are usually pretty short. Actually doc put me on yet another med Monday and I suspect it played a part. Halved the dose yesterday and a lot better.

Offed to tai chi this a.m. only to find a note on door that coach is ill. But it got me up and at 'em early so I've had a productive day.

Commercial: There is one about a wife being "on her dh's back" about seeing a doctor. And she's literally "on his back" and he's carrying her around. I laugh each time I see it as I'm still bugging dh to get to the last dr. he's been referred to. He's being a tad uncooperative but I'm not his keeper so I've cut back on the nagging. I'll go to guilting. That's always pretty good. But the visual of me on his back cracks me up.

Though it is bitterly cold here again today, I'm beginning to get "spring" vibes. Must be the light or something. Today the trees told me they're beginning to stir and become anxious to get blooming.

Here we go, Royals, here we go! That represents a big attitude change from yesterday when I was questioning the whole weight loss journey, period. My heart really knows this must be a big part of my life but once in a while this stranger crawls in and inhabits my body and I don't recognize myself.

03-10-2005, 07:54 AM
Hello all!

Yes, we DO need more light and warmth! The dark days are getting to us and the GOOD news is that THIS TOO WILL PASS!!

There is a quote somewhere about the light at the end of the tunnel might be an approaching train.... OR
could that light be you???

Spent some time thinking on that topic yesterday....

Thought of the day :

"There is always another choice."

Question of the day :

"How many times a week do you go to a grocery store?"

Have a wonderful day all! I'll try and look in from work but probably will only be able to lurk!


03-10-2005, 08:12 AM
Good morning, Lovies! Day 2, it is. :yes: I made it yesterday on all counts. It was my first day at the gym in over two weeks. I've just managed some walks. But now I'll be back on schedule and soon I'll be able to up the pace again. Bright and sunny here today, and is supposed to get within hailing distance of the freezing mark, I believe.

Anagram, so glad you're out of the tunnel! And that was a funny visual of you on your husband's back :lol: Re: guilt -- ya gotta do what ya gotta do. It's your job, right?

SeeCat, what do you do at work when you're officially not getting anything done? I admire your declaration. I certainly have days where I don't accomplish anything, but haven't managed to do it on purpose :rolleyes:

Kaylets, yes! Light and warmth will definitely help! You must be so excited to be approaching goal (so close!) :cp:

WSW, hope you're well!

Amarantha, Ceara, Cerise, Punkin, Wildfire, and any other :queen:s who might poke their royal heads in :wave: Let's take this day and do the best we can with it! Love!

03-10-2005, 09:08 AM
My boss has a little sign in her office that says something like "Because of heavy work load the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off"! That's the spirit, huh? :lol:

Made it thru the 2-night trade show without even approaching the buffet room. Last year I gorged myself on sweets, so why tempt fate? Came home and had my black bean soup already prepped and turned the heat on under the pressure cooker and by the time I'd gotten the dogs and myself settled dinner was ready. I love that--I feel all capable and grown up! [Have I mentioned how much I love my pressure cooker?]

Great to see you, SeeCat! Enjoy your goof-off time!

Anagram, I loved hearing your love-of-your-life story.

Arabella, have you started your no-wheat regime yet?

03-10-2005, 10:17 AM
Eydie! :wave: Yes -- this is Day 2. I'm thinking of doing the "false fat" elimination thing, but while I contemplate that, I KNOW I need to be wheat and sugar free at least. I was thinking yesterday how everything falls into place after a stretch of clean eating. Can't wait to get to that point again. It's amazing how off-track you can get, though. Just a bit of those addictive substances can put me off plan for months. Must remember that :yes:

I love that too, when I've got something mostly prepared ahead of time. It almost makes me feel like someone else did the work for me :lol:

03-10-2005, 02:01 PM
Well, today I am back to working, but yesterday I had a blast. I surfed the web, worked on a short story and had a long lunch. Today, back to the grind, but I feel like the pressure is off a bit.

It looks like there have been some difficult time for y'all, but I am happy to see that things seem to be getting better.

QOD: I go to the store at least three times a week. Sometimes more. I know that it would eb wise to plan well in advance, but it just never happens. Easpecially on busy weeks.

I just went to the doctore last week for general check up stuff and I got a perscription for a sleep medicine (the generic form of ambien). I can now get to sleep at night and now wake up for hours in the middle fo the night. It is really nice. She said that if I take it for a few weeks I will hopefull train my body to sleep through the night and can stop taking it. I have been an insomnic since I was a child, so this is a major lifestyle improvement.

At any rate, I should get back to my new project. Yippie.

03-11-2005, 07:51 AM
Hello all!

Short and sweet this morning....
but sugar free!


Thought of the day :

"Whe you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

Question of the day :

"Do you wear glasses? ( contacts?)
Would you consider laser surgery if cost was no object?"




03-11-2005, 12:03 PM
G'mornin', goilies! Sunny today instead of the snow/rain predicted. I'll take that. Still struggling, struggling but not about being happy. Just this healthy eating thing, as usual.

Usually once a week to the grocery store, if that. But dh will take a run now and then if necessary. Yes, wear glasses and/or contacts. Reading glasses over the contacts as well.

Sorely missing our western contingent in case either the Queen o'Friday or Cerise are tuned in!

03-11-2005, 05:15 PM
Fly-by check in. Day 3, going well. It's like I flipped the switch and am not struggling any more. Momentary impulses, but nothing overpowering. One of my favorite editors announced his resignation today (there are about 45 of us at various levels in the company). Company meetings will never be the same -- he was so funny and smart, and just an all-around great guy. Sigh.

SeeCat, that's great about the ambien. So good that it's supposed to train your body to sleep rather than make it dependent on the med. Really, when I feel healthy and rested, I feel like I can do anything. ANYWAY -- I just went out and bought a Simmons Beautyrest mattress today. Close to half price, it was $1600+. But it was SO comfortable, and will not transfer movement so I'll be able to sleep even while DH flails about. Crucial, it is, to get a good night's sleep. Can't wait till they deliver it!

Kaylets, I wear contacts/glasses. I have the kind of contacts that you're supposed to be able to leave in for a month but I've never tried to leave them in. One night maybe. My eye doctor said that laser surgery wouldn't be a fabulous option for me, although I can't remember exactly why not. Otherwise, yes, I'd definitely consider it. I'd love to be able to see well without lenses!

Anagram, being happy is Job 1. And everything else will fall into place somewhere along the line.

Yes, the missing are missed. Feeling losses today...

I'm going to take the weekend off, because I... damn well should EVERY weekend! :yes: In that spirit, since our Punkin has not yet appeared:

I DECLARE IT FRIDAY!!!! :cb: :cb: :cb:
Have a fabbo weekend, all!

03-11-2005, 09:34 PM
Hi, :queen: s! :wave: Just lurkin' and noted your quote, :queen: K: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!" It's from Dr. Wayne Dyer. :)

I'm still on vac from postin' except on the journal, so please excuse the brief reply but am thinkin' of ye all. Glad everyone seems well.

Things heatin' up a bit here weatherwise. Had AC on in car and need to revamp my room ACs and fans. It gets hot here very quickly when it starts!

This is Day 55 of Sugar Busters for me.

:queen: E, thanks for the support you've been givin' me on the journal, as well as everywhere else. :wave:

03-12-2005, 08:31 AM
Just reporting in: Day 4 and all's well!

03-12-2005, 12:34 PM
HEllio all!

What's new ?

Been running so much lately it seems as though I never get here for as long as I'd like....

THis may sound very much like self abosrbtion, and I guess it really is...but I am planning my wardrobe for next Monday's weighin already.... am hoping its pretty warm as I may even consider shorts if I can find a pair in the drawer that are lighter than the pullon's I bought to wear running around the house...
And honestly, I really am considering bringing a big towel w/ me if the numbers arent what I want...

I have decided its time for me to start answering the question of the day...
Don't have any idea why I havent been....
...... I wear glasses to drive, see close print, and to see things at a distance....
Otherwise, my vision seems good to me... Only needed glasses the past 5 yrs or so altho I needed trifocals .... so I went from nothing to trifocals ... and still get caught off guard when I see myself in the mirror...
And I don't like the idea of putting contacts in, I am resistant to eye surgery at the moment
--- Seems like no matter how I try, I wind up in the grocerystore more than once a week--
and sometimes the vegetable stand more than once a week too!

****my favorite commercial right now is one for 6 Flags Amusement Park-- the theme music and the actor just make me smile... I tell my DH that the older gentleman is going to be my next husband... he just kills me...

***I was born in Chicago but for the most part, raised in Connecticut....


on another crazy, can't believe I did it, much less am thinking about trying it again.... I am catching myself running.... The other morning it was brutally cold and I ran 1/2 a block just to hurry....a nd was amazed that I was doing it pain free ... and felt graceful and light.... then I tried it again ( accidentally) rushing to get a grocery cart and nearly looked foward to leaving the store to try it again...
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....................only a few yards mind you..... could it be that really could run? I wonder....

Empress-- thanks, yes, I heard Wayne Dyer say the quote but was "surfing" so didnt know if it was his or if he was quoting someone else... somehow, I just can't stay focused on his entire program... Many things make perfect sense and then, I just lose interest.... Starting to wonder if I have ADD ....
Hats off on the NoSugar Marathon!

WoodNymph-- are you done with the cold? I admire you for figuring out how to do w.out wheat... I wouldnt know where to start.... and I like dairy too much to even think about giving dairy up...
I can relate to you already missing the editor.... I still miss a number of coworkers, bosses, etc.... The wheel turns on....

Eydie-- Please tell us more about the trade show.... Does the "Homestead" have a booth for tourism purposes or is this for Garry's profession??? Inquiring minds you know!
Hats off on your NoSugar Marathon too!

SeeCat-- How is life treating you? Spoke to a gentleman your way yesterday who told me it was warming up... I said "Please send it this way" and he laughed.... said he was going to enjoy the warmth as long as he could...
Then we realized, his perspective of warm ( just at freezing) was entirely different than mine ( I was talking 50-60 degree temps).... funny....

Anagram-- Painting all done?? Ever figure out what to do w/ some of the things you had to take out of that room?? We got very lucky and the trash man took the dresser ... the drawers were piled up and a good kick probably would've put the rest of the dresser in pieces but I was still suprised they took it. We've tipped them in the past for great service so I think its time to do it again....

hmmm.... Cerara... How goes it?? Doggies treating you ok?? and the employee??

Wildfire must be still enjoying her new home and the joys of unpacking....

WSW... Know you are watching for signs of spring too! Keeping your spot here for you... You are in my thoughts!

Cerise, Punkin, Dollar, and everyone else I don't mean to forget....
Warm regards to you all!
I have the feeling we'll catch up soon!


03-12-2005, 06:40 PM
:queen: K, dinna feel like the Lone Rangerette re Dr. Dyer. I really like him but more so from the book I read of his from the (I think) 1970s. I happened on it in July in a thrift shop in a certain mountain town where I was working. It was a book he wrote as a psychologist, very practical, not the sort of diffused spiritual thing he does now and was about how not to be victimized by other people. It perfectly suited the situation I was in at the time and was very helpful.

I don't really understand where he is coming from now, but I still enjoy hearing him speak when PBS runs him! :)

Re temps, it is in the 80s here! :)

I bought a new fan for the living room.

Thanks for the hats off. I have a feeling, though, that I'll be up on the scale tomorrow. Doesn't really matter. We'll see.

03-12-2005, 09:24 PM
Kaylets, the trade show was for tourism purposes and was for Reynolds Homestead, my workplace. Things are really getting started at work again--that is, Jan. and Feb. are so slow. I have an art class to make lunch for tomorrow--I always love that.

Paul Newman products has a line of organic coffees out now and they are really exceptional. I wish i didn't love coffee so much!

K, very exciting about your running! Keep us posted!

03-13-2005, 10:19 AM
Reporting in: Day 4 down, here we go Day 5 :cp: Think I am going to do the False Fat elimination soonish. I do already feel better for going wheat/sugar free, although I'm still not up to speed from that last cold.

Doing reno work here in the last few days before DH arrives home. Must fill various holes in kitchen walls preparatory to painting. It will be nice when it's done...

:wave: Everyone: Let's make it a good one!

03-13-2005, 11:11 AM
Hello all!!

I've spent some time catching up w/ The Skinny Daily Post and thought these two articles so good I had to share them......

Hope you enjoy as much as I did.


Portraits in Courage, Part 1
Ľ by jane on March 1, 2005

Inspiration comes in many forms, and is found in many places. People who inspire us often have no idea that theyíve done anything, and we donít have to tell them. Over the past year, Iíve found inspiration in two people around town. Iíll describe them in separate posts, mostly because of space.

The first one is a man who has some form of ataxia, like Huntingtonís or ALS [Lou Gehrigís disease]. I donít know which, and itís really not important. Iíve seen him all over town. The first time was where the dog and I hike, at the top of a hill at the end of a long road. He was running UP THE HILL. Slowly, but he did it. We stopped to chat. He petted the dog, and ran down the hill.

Heís been spotted sledding with his daughter. Running alongside his wifeís motorized wheelchair, and several times running up that same hill. The saddest scene, though, was seeing him in a specialized bicycle cart ó kind of like an enclosed pedicab ó being powered by his 12-year-old daughter. A few months later, I saw him running again.

Last night at the gym, he inspired me even more. Iíve never seen him there, but last night, he plopped himself on a floor mat, and did an IMPRESSIVE ab workout ó bicycle style, on an incline, obliques. All at high speed. For at least 20 minutes. And he kept a smile on his face.

The man is fighting to keep moving, and managing the responsibilities of a marriage [to a wheelchair-bound woman] plus at least one child. And I complain sometimes about having to walk for an hour a day? I gotta change my perspective here!

We all have challenges we must deal with every single day. Some are internal, others are more visible. But like this man, we have to keep moving in spite of everything.

Ľ by jane on March 1, 2005

Portraits in Courage. Part 2
Ľ by jane on March 2, 2005

From the first moment I saw Annie at the gym, I was incensed. This gym has two stories, and the womenís locker room is on the second floor. No elevator, no little chair that rides up the banister. And here came this woman crawling up the stairs on her hands and knees, dragging a beat-up skateboard. When she got to the top, she plopped the skateboard down, knelt on it, and started buzzing around the second floor using her hands.

I thought she deserved an elevator. When I asked the sweet young boys at the front desk, their response was interesting. They said that sheíd be insulted if the gym decided that she needed extra help.

So I kept my mouth shut and watched her. Over the next few months, I saw her propel herself into the cardio room, kneel on one of those glider things [not the elliptical] with handles, and start moving, using her hands as the main power. For at least 30 minutes.

And another time, we shared a lane in the pool. She swam faster and longer than I did, and I swam at least a half mile. With all that she faces, and all that she does, the least I could do was to not complain about doing bicep curls [which I didnít like at that point because I was using the machines; now that Iíve switched to free weights Iím happier]. I pushed myself harder because of her.

I started asking around. Apparently, she had been in a car accident and has lost just about all use of her legs. Thereís a little movement in the upper thigh, but thatís it. She canít walk, but she parks her wheelchair under the stairs at the gym, and buzzes around under her own steam on that old skateboard.

Feel inspired now?

Ľ by jane on March 2, 2005


03-13-2005, 05:01 PM
Hi, :queen: s ... sorry to always come here when needy, but just had my car totaled ... long story, no one hurt ... but the logistics of my job and the traveling involved have prompted me to leave a message with publisher that while I'll help with the immediate work as much as I can, I'm not going to be able to continue. I don't know whether I can get another car or whether this one by a miracle can be fixed or whether I can rent a car without a problem or what ... it's just a logistical nightmare right now, as of two hours ago, when this happned.

Strangely, still on my diet plan and am embarking on a two week challenge to Easter, details on my journal in the land far far away.

The neighbor even offered to take me to the store when he saw the hunk of metal in my driveway ... (it was marginally driveable, but he's also offered to tow it to the body shop tomorrow in the off chance it can be fixed) ... I thought of Cupcake and how she'd make me feel better but said no and then came in and had sprouted toast and skim milk.

Go figure.

03-13-2005, 05:44 PM
Amarantha, I'm so glad you're okay--sounds like you're handling it all admirably well in spite of it being a nightmare. Being sugar-free does give you a little more serenity, biochemically speaking. Good for you for knowing that cupcake wouldn't really make you feel better!
I'll be thinking about you.

03-14-2005, 07:37 AM
Hello all!

Empress! So glad you are ok but am very upset very you about the accident!
And am so inspired that you chose toast instead of Cupcake.... I know my mind would've been screaming for SUGAR STAT!
Big hugs and lots of positive energy coming at you!
What a ROYAL PIA!!

My Monday has so far on both sides of the graph so I have decided to stay w/ basic rule today.
Keep It Simple Sweetie..... and remember that I'm the sweetie......

We are all Sweeties!


03-14-2005, 06:03 PM
Amarantha, so glad you're okay! Hope the accident didn't shake you up too much and doesn't cause too much trouble. I'm v. impressed by your stalwart behavior in this situation! :cp:

As for me, alas, I had both white flour and sugar. Not a lot, and definitely haven't overeaten, but gave into reno stress and grabbed what was easy a couple of times yesterday and today. Really didn't make me feel well, so now working on getting same out of system again. Will have a healthy dinner and start Day 1 again tomorrow. Because I am NOT quitting, not ever. :no:

Love to all...

03-14-2005, 09:34 PM
Had my first mammogram today and am happy to report that all's well in boob-town. Interesting experience and I feel good about it and am very grateful to have had a nice technician who explained it all to me. Feeling a bit sore now, but that's to be expected after all the squishing! :lol:

03-15-2005, 07:33 AM
Hello all!

Short story--

Last night's weighin showed aprx 1/2 lb gain.... historically, exactly what happens after every loss more than couple pounds.... still very discouraging...
all the leaders and secretary were hovering to see the results...

Decided midday yesterday that all of this will just make me a better leader...


only can eat an elephant one bite at a time.......

Thought of the day:

"Todays is gift, that's why we call it the present."

Question of the day:

" What is your most favorite gift?"



03-15-2005, 09:24 AM
Hmmm... well, what was easy last night was a couple of gin & tonics at 1 a.m. after vacuuming sawdust for an hour, almost falling down tired. I think that I might just do core plan for the next few days, still avoiding sugar & wheat, but allowing for the occasional drink. I don't think I've got the capacity to get through this hard-core yet.

Kaylets, fear not -- next week you'll be right on goal. And really, you are close enough to declare yourself there. :yes:

Eydie, so glad that all's well in boob town. :lol: I must schedule a check-up. I will...

K -- I've got an artist coming for an interview in a half-hour and need to shower and eat my oatmeal. Let's take this day and do the best we can with it. Love to all!

03-15-2005, 01:02 PM

Amarantha - I am sorry to hear about you car, but very glad that you did not get hurt.

Work has been getting busy again, but not in a stressed out kind of way. Well...somewhat stressed out, but not too bad.

I ahve been off and on the wagon several times recently as far as food goes. I am doing okish. It is strange becuase in the beginning I would get concerned if I did not lose from week to week, whereras now I am fairly content as long as I at lest maintain. I suppose it is the realization of how much work it was to get where I am.

At ray rate, St Patricks day is approaching which means that I will have one day where I will pretty much blow all of my calories on drinking. I am not normally a very active drinker, but St Patricks is something of a tradition with my friends. The busses in the Twin Cities are free of St Pats, which is very condusive to having a safe fun time. Saint Paul is a very Irish city so Saint Patricks day is a major holiday here.

I had a chuckle about the relative nature of warm weather. I was just thinking that it was going to be warm for Saint Patricks day: a whopping 40 degrees for the high. Arround here, that is warm.

At any rate, I must get back to work.

03-15-2005, 06:43 PM
Hi, all! Thanks for the supportive comments re my accident. Logistics are vastly improved ... and I am still on Sugar Busters!

Taking time off to "find myself" ... now I shall take a nap.

Sorry for the me-me postie.

40 degrees?


03-15-2005, 08:37 PM
40 degrees? I can only dream of it, as the fluffy white stuff (not wonderbread) drifts down past my window. Me too, SeeCat -- anything above freezing is pure hedonistic bliss.

03-15-2005, 09:46 PM
I binged today--lots of cheese and crackers. Calories and fat gram count are positively obscene today; I don't even want to think about it. :o Have to put it all behind me and move ever onward!

The reason: major water problems at work today. A pipe in the kitchen came loose today and flooded the upstairs and then the water went down the steps to the lower level and thru the ceiling to the lower level. It was just bloody awful. Took 40 minutes to get the water turned off--the boss is away :o and the 2 of us that were there didn't know where the main valve was, so we called in the guys from next door--and of course a plumber who never showed up. When the water was turned off, nothing to do but sweep it out the closest door. I tell you, when you amke that first swipe with the broom, you just see a long road ahead--you think it'll never get done, but we did it!
Now that it's over, I see that there were some comical elements there, very Lucy-and-Ethel-ish, and a lot of panic and horror too. But in the end, we handled it and I feel good about it. I do know that I NEVER want to go thru that again! I hope that I don't dream about it tonight.
You know, you'd think that the sound of all that cascading water would be soothing, but it wasn't....... :^:

03-15-2005, 10:44 PM
Sorry about your watery day, :queen: E! :(

Lucy-and-Ethelish! :lol:

Sorry, am getting a visual here of :queen: E and coworker in wizard hats ... ala the Disney "Sorcerer's Apprentice" with Mickey Mouse.

Dinna worry about the cals, you probably worked them off!

03-16-2005, 07:48 AM
Hello all!

DH and I overslept.... first time in a long time!

will try and look in from the job,,,

Thought of the day :

"Each day comes bringing its own gifts.
Untie the ribbons."
--RuthAnn Shawbacker

Question of the day :

"Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?"



03-16-2005, 08:22 AM
G'morning, Royal Sweeties! Short one here as busy morning. Kaylets, I really needed those inspirational vignettes this a.m. = always find what I need in the Court. And hang in for next weeks weigh in. That half pound is just a "range" thing.

Sorry to learn of your accident, A. And glad you're not hurt and able to stay on SB. And, Eydie, I know it was horrendous but the visual of the water pouring down the stairs and Lucy and Ethel - well, it all brought a smile which I'm sure I wouldn't have had I been there for the panic and work parts.

I'm more in Arabella's shape today - have been non-compliant and, worse yet, at a very low spot still in chasing the wagon. And foregoing wheat must be such a difficult task. 'tis everywhere.

Have I told you lately how i love my new blue bedroom? (Renos will be worth it, WN). Still doing finishing touches. Didn't have to move anything yet, Kaylets, as dh has decided to start (when he must) dialysis in DDs old room and wants nothing changed at this point.

Today is "waiting for lab results" day plus another medical/dental problem added to mix yesterday on top of the one dh has not moved on yet. Reminder - sugar and fats will not help these situtions either.

Spring teasing here. Sunny lately but ten degrees colder than our norm. Finally broke down a couple of days ago and brought in some forsythia to force.

Celebrate St. Pat's? Sure 'n' begorrah! No special plans this year except to make stew and soda bread UNLESS we decide to eat out at a place that REALLY celebrates and which one can never get in on St. Pat's unless you start at the crack of dawn. Will be awearing the green, of course.

anagram Mcnamara Kavanaugh Butler Tallon Doyle etc.

03-17-2005, 06:14 PM
Quick check in postie on this fine St. Patrick's day, which I celebrate with great gusto (to answer the QOD). Quite soon I get to leave work and then...well, a bit of Irish Bar hopping and then to First Ave. (for those of you who are not from round these parts, it is famous for being the bar in the movie Purple Rain) to hear some Irish music. One of my favorite days of the year becuase it is a holiday with no expectations, if you know what I mean. It is absolutely not about entertaining family or buying presents (although I love buying presents), but simply about enjoying the day.

03-17-2005, 10:38 PM
Hi girls! Happy St. Patrick's Day! :) Yes, I celebrate....I'm Irish by association, you know. AND I have my very own Irishman. :p I figure that qualifies me.

Haven't read posts, just wanted to say hello and let you know I haven't slid off the planet. I should be around more now that we are down to the last few boxes and the place is clean. We love our new house!

Missed you all and I'll catch up this weekend!

03-18-2005, 05:56 AM
Wildfire, darlin' - how great to "see" you. We'll all be anxiously waiting to hear more - about your new house AND about that intriguing Irishman! You just tantalize our inquiring minds.

03-18-2005, 07:32 AM
hello all!

FRIDAY!~ been a roller coaster week .... work review... ( went better than expected , wipe sweat off brow!) .... and finally have to admit .... its time for Black Cohosh.... really am convinced the hot flashes have begun....
Any insight or advice much appreciated...

Also, we've decided on the spur of the moment, since our garage door needs replacement, to instead, make the garage a room.... which means major sort and toss....Am excited as am hoping to gain a large "garden" window.

Glad to see you Wildfire! Am interested to hear more!

Eydie! Saw a PBS special on Pilates and have to admit, had no idea the benefits for back pain. Have to let DH know, he has chronic problems that could benefit. Also noticed the older ladies upper arms didnt "wave" around too much.... I liked that!

Am again rushing, my best to everyone, wishI could stay and chat personally w/ you all!

Thought of the day :

"Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved."
--D.H. Lawrence

Question of the day :

"What are your plans for the weekend?"



03-18-2005, 07:43 AM
Hi Wildfire! I knew you'd be back! Want to hear more about your nest--send pics!

Kaylets, I wonder if I could catch this Pilates special sometime. Did you catch the title? I'd love to see it. I'm really enjoying my Pilates machine--I think it's really helping with toning my arms more. And the day after the infamous flood at work, I did 40 minutes and felt noticably better. The more you strengthen your core, the stronger your back is--because your back's not doing all the work. It's all really interesting. I still prefer the mat exercises to the machine, btw.

Snowed here yesterday and Garry and I had the day off. We made fruit-sweet. peanut butter cookies and chocolate biscotti. I've found some really great sugar-free recipes lately!

03-18-2005, 08:55 AM
Good morning, All :queen:s! :wave:

Welcome back, Wildfire! :cb: :cb: Glad to hear you're happily nesting!

Kaylets, congrats on your good review! Nice to have it over with, I bet. I celebrated St. Paddy's day by sending out a newsletter "It's good to be green!" about recycling electronics (donating, redistributing, or proper final disposal). Don't know what to say about the hot flashes. I know that for me stress, alcohol and caffeine are triggers, so trying to limit those is crucial. Getting serious exercise on a regular basis helps a lot. One of my sisters said that a calcium magnesium supplement did wonders for her, but that it has to be chelated.

Eydie, Garry made cookies with you? Wow! DH and I have cooked together occasionally, but I've never known him to bake. Sounds very cozy!

Ok -- I've got a reader survey to finish putting together today. I'll let you know when it goes out so you can send me good vibes!

Love to all, mentioned or un- ... Let's make this a good one!

03-18-2005, 03:56 PM
Quickie postie. Wanted to post Sydney's pix. I'll be back on tonight to catch up. These are valentines pix and she was 4 months old. She'll be 6 months on the 28th.
Let's see if this works!

03-19-2005, 12:24 PM
Hey, FROGGER!!! Sydney is ADORABLE -- what a cutie patootie!

03-19-2005, 01:00 PM
Wow, Frogger, has it been that long? Arabella's right, Sydney is a cutie-pants! :D

How's everybody this weekend? I'm okay, but we had to de-skunk a dog last night at about 11:00. What a chore. Now there's just a little 3" quadrant of Lupin's face that's still rather pungent, but at least he can come back inside now.
I almost feel ill, so I'm going to take it easy today. had planned a big cardio day for myself but I don't think it's in the cards--maybe some yoga and Pilates and dumbells while I watch the Discovery health challenge marathon.

03-19-2005, 01:25 PM
Hello all!

can't wait to hear more!

Eydie-- I will see what I can find about the local listings here -- maybe, maybe maybe, I'll even have a link!!!

WoodNymph--Hee,hee, DH and I just bought buy 1 get 1==zinc, magnesium and calcium...not chelated... hee hee!! I bought black cohosh and will see. I know another lady who swore by it.

What I 'd really like is some sort of natural safe diuretic. I have decided that 1 lb on the WW scale vs what my scale says has just gone as far as I can stand it! 1 lb has got to be mostly water right???
I was thinking of saurekraut since caffeine is out of the question but then remembered the "brine".....
Dr Weil says cucumbers, celery and onions are diruetics... I never noticed... everyone says asaragus too... at least that one's thing I like....

Meanwhile, am trying to get more things sorted by category ... .... this would be so much easier if it was warmer and I could be hauling it outside for a yardsale! I am so DONE w/ this stuff!

but.... still too much of a tightwad to trash it.....

I will find a corner in the basement....

I hope...

: ) !

03-19-2005, 08:24 PM
Just want to send a virtual "squeeze" to darling Sydney. She looks so huggable!

Spring is just about ready to burst out any minute here! Yesterday I took a 25 minute walk and today a 35 minute one around the neighborhood. Croci (?) blooming all over and other bulb flowers trying hard. Got up to 52 today at least so that's almost spring. In addition to that 35 minute walk, I spent at least two hours walking around stores plus time in the grocery store. Got in two tai chi classes and one pool workout this week as well.

Unfortunately, I've run into a few jelly beans.....

Kaylets, I know that "tightwad" feeling. If I could toss a bit more easily, my life would be soooo improved. And I trotted around those stores with 20% off coupons in my pocket and didn't find a thing I wanted to buy.

All ready, Queens? Just about twelve hours now.........

03-19-2005, 10:48 PM
MORE than ready, anagram! Your blue room sounds pretty, glad you are enjoying it.

Can't wait to see what surprises await me in the yard when Spring blooms. There are two rose bushes, and a large bush in the front that has buds on it, but I don't know what it might be. I am hoping magnolia, but it looks too twiggy for that. I can see two small flower beds along the fence in the back now that snow is melting a bit.

We are in a great neighborhood for walking with long stretches of sidewalks and a high school about a kilometre away that probably has a track. I'll have to check that out. And there is a paved path that runs along the power lines that will be interesting to travel on my bike.

The Sofa Saga continues...when we moved in, our old sofa was destined to be banished forever to Bill's World (the finished basement). One small detail, wouldn't fit down the stairs! So it sits in my living room hiding under a slipcover. I thought I could live with it, but I can't do it. We tried again this morning to squeeze it down the stairs but it just isn't happening. Bill thinks he can open up the upholstery on the side and remove the arm, then reassemble it when we get it downstairs. So I went today and ordered a new sofa, a mocha brown chenille with patterned throw pillows and nail head trim, which will arrive Thursday evening. I knew if I didn't arrange for a new sofa, that old beast would become a permanent fixture in my room.

There is still so much to do here, but eventually it will get done. No curtains up anywhere but all the blinds were left so no immediate rush there. Haven't hung pictures or unpacked any candles, etc. No point until I know what I'm doing in the rooms.

Now that all this insanity is somewhat over, I am climbing back on the wagon. I was on a good stretch there before Christmas going to the gym. Have cancelled my membership since I moved, and am selling my wouldn't fit downstairs either, and it is NOT staying in my living room. Plan to start a walking program and do some yoga/pilates/weights at home.

Frogger, Sydney is precious!

Amarantha, sorry to hear you were in an accident! Glad you are okay, any lasting aches? You're getting close to goal!

Kaylets, you are ONE POUND from goal? WOW! :cb:

Eydie, how awful to have to clean up from a flood! I don't think I would have handled it as well as you did.

Arabella, how is life in PEI these days? Any sign of Spring yet?

SeeCat, how did your St. Patty's celebrations turn out?

wsw, hello if you are reading! :wave:

Have we lost Cerise and Punkin again? :mag: Where is ceara these days?

03-20-2005, 10:31 AM
Happy Spring, Spring, Spring! Just on cue, the forsythia I brought in a week or so ago to "force" bloomed this morning. Rainy, dreary here all day so it'll be a leisurely one I hope. Church then lunch out then lolling around reading paper and watching tv or tapes. Perfect day!

03-20-2005, 10:37 AM
Just got an emailed greeting from sis noting that today is also "Smile Rejuvenation Day" . Who am I to fight that? So a big smile on my face. Other sis also sent me "first day of spring" greetings. Gotta luv 'em.

03-20-2005, 10:53 AM
Hello all!

Rainy, raw and cold this am yet DH and I are going to visit some nurseries....

Eydie-- Here is the show on Pilates I saw-- Heart of Pilates--
It played on WHYY on March 17-- at 8:00 pm ...
the pbs station website is

I think I saw an email address--perhaps they will give you some info..
Didnt have too much on the website but I then did a google search using the title and found this on another PBS station...
Heart of Pilates
This program focuses on the benefits of Pilates as a form of fitness and physical therapy as experienced by students at a Pilates studio in Los Angeles.

"Instructor K.J. Luker has used Pilates to find the inner strength to heal herself physically and emotionally. Her empathy with students stems from her own problems with extreme back pain, asthma, and poor body image. Luker explains how the lessons learned in a Pilates class can be incorporated into daily life, making it more than a just workout. She shows how Pilates changes the body and increases confidence in its practitioners' movements, thoughts, and work. "

hope this gives you a starting place to find more info!

Dh is ready so I 'll promise to look in later!


03-20-2005, 11:17 AM
Woke up to a fresh blanket of SNOW this morning! :rollpin:

anagram, how perfect that your forsythia bloomed!

Today will be laundry, more purging of my wardrobe - getting rid of stuff I'm not wearing to make room for new SPRING things if we ever get the weather - and a quick trip out for closet organizer type things for DD. Her room is small (as she reminds me daily...not quite the palatial expanse she wanted) so organization is key in there. It may be small, but it is cute. I painted it hot (HOT!) pink and she has black & white zebra everywhere....fur bedspread, black floor lamp with zebra shade I made for her, zebra curtains, pictures, etc. Tres cool.

I'll check in later...have a great day!

03-20-2005, 12:28 PM
Hale, :queen: s!!!! :wave: Sorry for not lurkin' more in the castle keep, but mishaps in the Hinterland hath kept me at bay fer many a'day!

This be a brief howdy-ho postie and it's mostly (ok, totally) about ME! Whee! :)

Nay, Wildfire, I be not hurt beyond an increase in stress level. Still sortin' things out, not sure where they are at re either fixin' or replacin' my car. The other party was not hurt either, so that's all to the good. :)

Am down another .6, making a total of 9.4 (I think) in 9 weeks of sugar bustin' ... I know without a shadow of a doubt that if I did not go off this plan (my slightly modified version of Sugar Busters) last week, I never will. Hopefully, I'll have a bigger loss next week, but am happy with .6.

Your dd's room really does sound cool. You can come and paint my house hot pink next. I'd love it.

03-20-2005, 04:02 PM
EmpressA - how totally great that you are down 9.4 (or so) in 9 weeks. How absolutely fab!!!

And Wildfire - the hot pink with zebra sounds way too cool. Your chicklet will NEVER want to leave home!

03-21-2005, 09:45 PM
Quiet in the Court today.

I'll post pictures of the hot pink zebra room when we get it all finished. She complains the room is too small while I'm thinking to myself I would LOVE that room...very cozy, perfect for lounging and reading.

Woke up to...uh-huh...MORE @#$#@$% SNOW this morning. At least it was mild and got up above freezing this afternoon. Enough already! :mad:

Had a delish stir-fry for dinner with orange-ginger sauce. :eating2:

Hope all is well...getting a little paranoid...I come back, everyone leaves...:D

03-21-2005, 10:03 PM
hey girlies!

Spring like temps here for the next couple of days.

DH and I tried the low carb thing again (like I was doing before I got pregnant) I gained 8lbs in a week. So we quit. I don't know what WOE will work now. Nothing else had until I did low carb, and I had lost 70lbs!

Just checking in to see how everyone is doing.

03-21-2005, 11:29 PM
Thanks, Anagramatic! :)

Hi, Frogger! :wave:

Sorry this is another flybye postie, just got in from 12-hour day and flipped on TV to get some noise in here, Dr. Wayne Dyer is on TV and was saying something about how you can't be what you want to be if you put harmful substances in your body ... since Sugar Busters, I know what he is talking about.

Later, in an interview (pledge drive) he said something else, an affirmation I think he was recommending: "I want to feel good and I refuse to have any thoughts other than this."

Yup. :)

03-22-2005, 07:33 AM
The scale moved .... I am officially at goal....

Very though I don't believe it... in fact, that is exactly what it feels like... that I'm not convinced....

I owe more than I can say to all you... for reminding me daily that my journey is one that so many share.... that the biggest part is just to continue....

Wildfire-- it just seems empty! Not to worry, I am sure once the other royals get a break from their royal duties they will be by to share....
and the zebra room sounds very exotic! Lucky kid, I felt like I was decorating when I was allowed to put some posters up!

Empress---Good for you! I have to hand it to you, you have been an inspiration to me, making me realize that if the hammer you are using isn't working, try another or MAYBE, its not a hammer you need but a screwdriver....

Frogger-- My first guess is that your pregnancy hormones might still be in the palace and you may need to make adjustments.... Personally, I prefer and feel fuller w/ good carbs but I know other folks who love the lo lo carb plans....But a good piece of whole wheat bread toasted w/ a big bowl of soup is more up my alley ..... You'll find a plan that works for you... I know it!

Anagram! Can you believe this weather?? And tomorrow is supposed be very heavy rains! let me dig those boots back out!

To everyone.... lots of good thoughts today... Tuesday!!!

Thought of the Day:

"I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
---Jimmy Dean

Question of the day :

"Name a time you changed your mind and are glad you did."



03-22-2005, 12:34 PM
Good Morning Royals! How is everyone today?

Sydney says thanks for all the hugs, she loves squeezes! She's learning to do it herself. She'll put her hands or her arms on each side of your neck and squeeze a little bit. Sydney hugs are the best, I highly recommend them. :lol:

(said in the spanish channel's soccer anouncer's voice) Congratulations! :cb: :dancer: :cheer:

Not sure what plan is going to work for me, but I am going to start doing my belly dancing DVD's again and trying to walk when I get home. It's a start anyway :^:

QOD: (And you girls helped me with this decision) I wasn't going to leave my old job, I had discussed it with DH and I had made a decision to just stick it out until after the baby was born. BUT came here and laid my case out. I left that stressful non appreciative environment, 5 months pregnant, no future full time job to go to and I'm glad I did. I worked part time as a cashier just to make a few $. I did find a wonderful company who accepted me prego and all and I didn't pay but my co-pay for the hospital! They are "family comes first" kinda company. Even though I don't like the client site that I am at, it won't last long. They don't like leaving their people out in the field too long. YEAH!

03-22-2005, 06:06 PM
I'm battling a stuffy head right now, but wanted to pop in and congratulate our Kaylets! :D Well done!!!!! :cp: :cb: :goodvibes :hyper: :yes:

03-22-2005, 08:18 PM
YAHOOOOO, KAYLETS!!!!!! :goodscale :encore: :hat: :cb:

03-23-2005, 07:35 AM
Hello all!

Thanks for the congrats! Its great to think that you understand the impact of seeing THE number on the scale. I only shared w/ a few at work as most of them thought I was "done" a year ago.... in fact, one told me I was getting "bony" ( Interesting how a 40 D could be bony but in all her fairness, hse remembers me at my highest so it IS a big difference)....

I think for so many of us, part of our journey is learning that not only is it ok to reach out and ask for help and support, it is also a real lesson in losing the guilt and shame many of us carry about being overweight....

I wonder if women feel this more than men...

And then I remember, that awhile ago, I was saying very much the same thing... and WoodNymph, am still honored that you carry that quote in your signature line....

I know for me, its take a long, long time to REALLY understand, its not about my lack of control of what I eat but how what I eat can control me.....

Thought of the day :

"Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful."
---Annette Funicello

Question of the day :

"Have you ever been on a cruise?"



03-23-2005, 09:42 AM
:wave: Hi all! Feeling a bit stuck and glum today but doing what I can to feel better. Had a mini sugar binge yesterday afternoon. When will I learn that I always feel worse afterwards? It adds so much to my stress level. Also didn't manage to exercise yesterday, and I really NEED to exercise every day. Woke up in the middle of the night thinking "What am I doing? I'll never get this weight off, etc. and so on." When I think of the momentary comfort that the treat gives me as compared to the continuing weight problem and stress... Surely to god a reasonably intelligent person should be able to make that connection? I know when I've been sugar and wheat free for a little while it gets so much easier. Back on wagon I go!

I got a message from a newslist that I belong to that sums things up pretty nicely. I'll append it at the end of this.


Amarantha, I so agree about the toxic substances that keep us from being our best selves. Absolutely true. I AM a different person when I'm off wheat (it's toxic for me, not everyone) and sugar. Remember the "Twinkie defence?" I read an interesting article about unhealthy veg. oils and links to aggression and violence. It was because they negate the positive effects of omega 3s. Must see if I can find it online...

Ok -- can't find the one I read, because it's in a for-pay part of the newspaper, but this is similar:

Frogger, so glad that you found better employment! Life's too short to hate our work, right? :yes:

Wildfire, not to worry about the quiet in the palace. Has been sporadically like that lately. I love hearing about your new house!

Eydie, take care of that stuffy head -- baby yourself, baby! As I recall, we both just HAD a cold recently. Hope you feel better soon!

Well, DGS is coming over for the day, so I'd best finish up some paying work whilst i can do so uninterrupted. Love to all, mentioned or un- ... Let's take this day and do our level best with it.

I'll copy that message in a separate window, methinks...

03-23-2005, 09:47 AM
Carol Solomon, Ph.D.

One could argue, as the Dalai Lama has, that the purpose
of life is to seek happiness.

Every day, we are faced with a multitude of decisions to
make. And even with good intentions, we don't always
make the choice that we know is "good" for us.

The "right" choice is often one that sacrifices pleasure.

Many of us struggle with how much pleasure to allow in our

At least pleasure is something we can recognize - the raw
feel of a hot bath on a frosty day, a massage following a
hard workout, a cool breeze on a warm night, or the touch
of a loved one.

Then there is the other side of pleasure - the side that can
turn destructive . . . the exhilaration of an alcohol high, the
numbness of a sugar binge, an unrestrained shopping

While there may be no easy solutions to these very real
issues, we must come to terms with them.

The reason that "just say no!" doesn't work comes in the
word "no". This seemingly simplistic approach is
associated with a sense of denying ourselves, of giving
something up.

A better approach is found in the words of the Dalai Lama.
"Will it bring me happiness?"

This simple question can be used in every decision, large
or small. Whether you are deciding whether to have that
3rd chocolate chip cookie or to change careers, you can
shift your focus from what you are denying yourself to what
you are pursuing.

If we approach decisions with this simple difference in
mind, it makes it easier to give up things that are ultimately
harmful even if they give us momentary pleasure.

Will this bring me pleasure or happiness?

Happiness is stable and persistent, despite life's slings and
arrows, and everyday mood shifts.

With this perspective in mind, it is easier to make healthy
choices, because we are acting to give ourselves
something as opposed to denying or withholding from

There is nothing wrong with seeking pleasure.

Some of us need to allow more pleasure in our lives.

But keeping in mind what your choices will bring you goes
a long way toward embracing life in the pursuit of

03-23-2005, 10:04 AM
Short postie. Co-worker quit..........I think she'd planned it for a while...little things I've since put together lead me to this conclusion. She picked her time, but I think her hand was forced slightly by my manager. Quit while I was on vacation. And right before March Break. I had to do all the big deal..But I think she was trying to stick it to me. Still is. I have a complaint against me at the Union level from her also to deal with tomorrow. Give me strength.

Empress A, glad you're OK. Wildfire...glad the move went well. Arabella...more snow down east? I finally have seen some robins and killdeer here. Cute tadpole sound so happy. hero! Goal!!!!! Ya Ha! Anagram, the exercise Queen! I have to start that again. Eydie....a little binge don't hurt...just don't make it a daily occurence. You're doin' great! Wsw where thee'd be? Seecat? Hanging in there?

Busy. Local show this week-end, (I work this one not exhibit), I've had the dreaded (and still have) cold, with fever and greenies...actually slept for 2 days...Sunday and Monday...and I have a ***** in season to be bred. Yeah......I think I'm tired. So gotta go. Will peruse the posts with greater intensity later...'Gator!

:wave: Ceara

03-23-2005, 10:32 PM
Good evening all! Not much to post tonight. Just checking in.

Keep pluggin along!!!

03-24-2005, 09:09 AM
Short postie here, too. Feeling a bit brighter today. I facilitated my writing group last night and all went well. I'm taking a four-day weekend starting tomorrow and hope to finish painting the kitchen with DH's help.

Ceara, I'm THRILLED to hear that toxic co-worker quit -- isn't it great when situations resolve themselves? We seem to keep missing the big snow, although it seems to snow a little bit every day. My co-editors in NY have had at least 4 major snowfalls that we've escaped here in PEI.

Have a terrific day :queen:ies! Love to all!

03-24-2005, 05:56 PM
I've realized today that I'm losing some of the tone I had when I was doing more strenuous workouts, so I have to get back to sweating more. :o I did one of my 'Firm" videos today and had a blast. Don't know why I ever stopped. I'll probabaly be sore tomorrow though!

Anyway, I wanted to share my intention for more strenuous exercise and ask for support there.

Still feeling congested..... :(

03-24-2005, 08:48 PM
Eydie-I've always heard that a good workout is great for a cold. Just not too much because then you can really get sick!

I'm almost done reading the South Beach Diet book that a friend let me borrow. After almost finishing this book, I've realized it's the same daggone thing I was doing (that this time made me gain weight). Onto plan B.

I don't have a plan B!!! :(

I guess I really should get to moving more. I feel like I don't sit still w/the baby, but maybe it's not the right moving. Bellydance DVD's here I come (again).

03-24-2005, 10:10 PM
Kaylets, hurrah and hooray! I can only begin to imagine.......

Ceara, hope the union thing went well and you can put co-worker behind. Wood Nymph, enjoy that well deserved four day weekend. Eydie, feel better. Dance with abandon, Frogger. Nothing personal, Wildfire. We're all glad you're back and 'tis true the palace gets empty from time to time lately but when it heats up, it's hard to keep pace.

Great news from this wing of the palace. - Nephrologist told dh yesterday that his lab work has improved and it does not look like he'll need dialysis "in the near future". He's still flying. Will need to get iron IV but he says that's naught compared to dialysis. We are blessed.

Bad weather (and stress, I'm sure) has flared up my RA. I'm improving but aggravated because when flared I'm not my old sweet self. I'm also on my fourth day of eating as little sweet stuff as possible. I miss my jelly beans. Friend is going to bring me some pb easter eggs but she's waiting until Monday because I want to keep my run going a few more days.

QOD - Nope, no cruise.

03-25-2005, 08:20 AM
Mornin' all! No the Union thing did not go well. I'm afraid they and I aren't seeing eye to eye. So I'm sure there will be changes ahead. May just lighten up my life a lot. Unfortunately I think we both fell in each others eyes. I know that my level of respect fell. I can't waste any more time or emotions. What is done is done, can't take it back. However, I won't be as trusting or gullible again. That's me...the hard-hearted, nasty, mean, rude etc B****.

Great news on the dialysis Anagram! What a load lifted! Just keep pluggin' on...those dreaded jellie beans or Easter eggs can't have you..'til Monday! :s:

Anyway I have to run...still need to format the ring assignments and posters for Sundays' show, and I have brekkie with the parentals this am.....and set-up at noon...I think I'm tired.

See y'all later! I'll likely lurk over the week end. Watch out for big hairy white things with pink ears. They like to stuff sugar down your throat!



03-25-2005, 10:01 AM
Just a flyby, sorry I'm always doing that these days. Having some major life probs related to accident ... but anyhow, I'm on Day 69 of the SB thingie.

Sword Bearer, sorry re the union situation. Hope you feel better soon; it's hard when you get shafted and lose that feeling of trust in people and things. Dogs are better!

E, I'm needing to perk up my exercise as well ... WE NEED AN EASTER TO MAYDAY EXERCISE MOJO CHALLENGE! I'd post one but ...

Anagramatic!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO DH FOR THE GOOD NEWS ON THE MED FRONT!!! :cheer: That is terrific!

Frogger, the Sugar Busters plan I'm doing is very similiar to SBD Phase II. You might enjoy reading the SB books as well ... dunno, I've had the most remarkable life change from doing so.

I don't have a Plan B either, if this falls through, but it won't! :)

Wood Nymph: Enjoy your four-dy weekend!!!! :wave:

Bye all!

03-25-2005, 10:33 AM
Hugs to Ceara re union situation and to Empress E re accident related problems. And special congrats on staying sugar free in light of all.

Still dragging here today. Weather to be gloomy as far as forecasts reach. Sigh! However, goin to bunny w/ the princesses tomorrow and they are usually, almost always, pretty certain mood elevators. Except when they're cranky, or sick, or whatever - like the rest of us. DD has said I need not bring anything (foodwise) and she's not a cook (for sure) so won't be too tempted foodwise. Basic stuff. It'll just be the skittyzillion E. baskets that will be there. Fortunately I'm not a chocoholic so that part won't be too bad. It'll be my pb egg from friend and the jelly beans for dh. I've gone w/dolly clothes for the girls again. Cutest little swinsuits w/purple sunglasses and blowup dolly innertubes. (I'm in my second childhood.) Also taking them some veggie chips made w/canola oil. They are not big on veggies despite all my efforts so this is a sneaky way...........

Have a great weekend all. Don't know if I'll be back before Monday or not at this point.

03-25-2005, 10:35 AM
Whoops, just noted your chart, Empress, and that you're at the 100 MARK! WOWZA!!!

03-25-2005, 12:45 PM
Anagram, what great news---made my day to hear that! :D

Ceara, a pox on that wretched person. At least she's the EX-coworker. Good for you for deciding to not sink any more energy into it.

Amarantha, sorry you're having difficulties. It'll pass, it really will. Are they able to repair your car? BTW, I know it's my fevered imagination but I feel better and tauter already since doing the 'Firm' video yesterday. I'm committing to every other day.

Frogger, which bellydance DVD's do you have?

03-25-2005, 08:01 PM
hi all! have been thinking about you. trying to catch up on posts, but for now, wanted to say hello and i have missed the royal kingdom. my back has been on the rampage again/still, and have had trouble sitting up at computer for any length of time, but thought i would sneak on for a bit now. fortunately, i haven't gone hog-wild this time while being laid up, so grateful for that. i have remained cafeine-free too, which is pretty darn good for me. (it has been 2 full months now!) well, regal ones, i am thinking of you, and hope everyone has a pleasant holiday weekend. take care.

03-25-2005, 10:49 PM
So good to "see" thee, Wsw!!!! I know we all think of you often, too, when you are away from the computer. Please have a wonderful Easter and congratulations on not going hog wild :) and remaining caffeine free! :cheer:

Thanks, E; yea, things pass ... but it's good to be reminded and I appreciate your support, as always! Congrats on doing the Firm ... those old ones really killed me, I must dig 'em out. I'm also committing to every other day at a higher intensity. I've put my walkin' pard on notice that I intend to run a bit when we meet tomorrow.

Re the car, noppers, no one has contacted me to tell me zip about it since they hauled it in. I presume they will sometime, only hope it's before I run out of insurance days on the rental. With my luck, they've not even started on my car yet or already totaled it and forgotten to contact me.

Thanks Anagramatic for the hugs and congrats on the sugar free and the 100 pounds (technically, I have .8 to go to the 100, but it's all good, hope I don't gain this week as have been eating a bit more, although still on program).

I must tell ya all that the Sugar Busters WOE (modified slightly by moi, of course) has become a religion of sorts to me, that's how strongly I believe in it ... it's not more powerful than a locomotive or faster than a speeding bullet, and, well, I'm obviously not Superwoman yet, but ...

03-27-2005, 01:09 PM
Well, now I AM officially below a 100-pound loss ... have been there before but NOT heading back in the other direction this time.

Have a wonderful and HOPPY Easter, :queen: s!!!!!

I'm in brevity mode as I have to do some work.

03-28-2005, 07:39 AM
Hello all!

Have to admit I was caught offguard when I couldnt get here over the weekend....

This weekend was very emotional ......the news stories are so sad, long talks w/ friends and family all reflect the same ...a reminder to keep the priorties in front of us ....

Although DS made an appearance for a few minutes Thursday, that was the only contact from either child this weekend....Dh is trying to get beyond a bad chest cold so I'm not so sure how much that affected him but I do feel sorry that he has to deal with it at all.....

Empress! You really are so have met so many challenges and always find a way ..... you regather your motivation and just give it your best upper cut! And with such humor! GOOD FOR YOU!!

To everyone, big hugs .... You are very important to me....

Thought of the day :

"There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above and overcome."
--Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Question of the day :

"Do you eat eggs?"



03-28-2005, 08:08 AM
QOD..yes I eat right from our own ladies. We have no rooster, so they are virgin eggs :lol:

The week-end is over...yes. The show went well...and I think I have food sensitivities. Judging by my reaction on Saturday now I need to figure out what they are...Am reading False Fat, which is making a lot of sense to me.

I have to compose a letter of resignation today (not job), and do a lot of running around. So I'm off. TTYL, and have a great Monday!

Congrats Empress for your victory against the dreaded sugar and the submission of the :devil: scale! WOW!



03-28-2005, 10:59 AM
Well, I hate to admit but at least I'm not as redfaced as I was 2.5 hrs ago....

Couldnt find my carkeys to get to work.... finally called DH who checked his vechicle and sure enough... my keys were on the seat ....

The bus doesnt come anywhere close enough to the house to walk so I had to call out....
I got very upset but am trying to just remember I'm human and things happen....


so, I have a load of dishes run, started a load of wash, ran around the yard and pickd up orphan paper, wrappers, etc and put a pot of beans on to quick soak....

DH says I have bigger priorities which is why I "misplace" things lately....

I wonder....

Anyone else around??

Just made a fresh pot!

03-28-2005, 12:55 PM
Hello all!

Hope everyone had a good Easter holiday.

Empress-I decided to check out Sugar Busters on your recommendation as South Beach is confusing me for some reason. Why do I find that it more restrictive than what I had been doing? I just get that feeling. What modifications did you do to the SB plan?

I actually logged on for a rare weekend postie to find the upgrades going on. Oh well, next time!

Have to get my pix of Sydney developed (am I the only person still developing film?) so I can post an Easter picture of her.

I did relatively well considering holidays are in my family a joyous food celebration. I filled up beforehand on the veggie platter I prepared, and a few shrimp, and had a small helping of a few things at my sister's house. Then of course I overdid dessert. :^: Strawberry shortcake made from scratch by my neice. (No mixes!!!) She's getting to be quite the culinary goddess at 15. Oh well, could have been worse.

QOD: Yes I eat eggs. I like them fried (preferably in bacon grease) but I never make them that way!!! I use cooking spray and pretend. I will admit though, I like mine runny (and I KNOW you're not supposed to eat them like that!!!) I have a hard time eating scrambled eggs because that's what I survived on for a while when preggo.

Until later...

03-28-2005, 09:57 PM
hi all!

amarantha-congrats on being over 100 lbs. down!!! i am so relieved you were not hurt in the car accident.

kaylets-congrats on being at goal!!! how fantastic!!

anagram-i am glad that your dh does not have to have dialysis now. that is wonderful.

frogger-i saw sydney's photos you posted. she is adorable!!!!!

wildfire-i am so glad that you are enjoying your new home.

hi ceara, arabella, eydie, seecat, and to all the remaining royals!

it has been raining hard here the past couple of days, but i'm very grateful that it is rain and not snow. i'm still not getting around as much as i would like, but am doing better at least back-wise. i'm definitely eating healthier now in the past couple of months, and with being cafeine-free i haven't had much trouble drinking plenty of water. i still need to decrease my food portions some more, but am definitely back on the right track, along with keeping up with regular exercise. i have a good tai chi book of exercises for being in a (wheel)chair for when my legs aren't cooperating, and have been using another tai chi exercise videotape for beginners which has been helpful, along with my back stretching/strengthening exercises, which i do daily. i've also been listening to my favorite meditation tapes for stress reduction.

well, i'm thinking of you all. hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. take care.

03-29-2005, 04:07 AM
Hi, :queen: s!!! :wave: I can't sleep but that's nothing new. The neighbors to the back of me are again having one of their giant nocturnal fires. I must confess I've come to enjoy this strange procedure in the middle of the night and after a couple of years of this, I have to admit they are doing it safely, so I'll be able to sleep soon. I've talked to the guy about this and he is very nice and competent. They just like fires because it reminds them of camping. Ok, whatever ...

Wsw, I'm mostly relieved that no one else was hurt in the accident, so whatever ramifications come out of it, I can view with equanimity. :) Thanks for the congrats on the 100 pounds!

Tai chi is great ... it's especially good IMO when one learns to really contract the muscles during the moves ... for me that really raises the heartrate and it becomes aerobic as well as spiritual and strength building.

Frogger: Really the only significant mod I make to SB is re the fruit rule, which is to never eat fruit with other food ... always eat it at least 30 minutes before a meal or at least two hours after. But in an interview one of the docs who wrote the SB books says that this is just for digestion (although it has, according to the books, some significance in blood sugar control) ... he said if it doesn't bother one's digestion to eat fruit with food, then go for it. I had already come to that conclusion ... I see no reason to isolate it and I like to use it as an ingredient in recipes.

I like SB better than SBD Phase II (for me, SBD Phase I is not even a blip on the radar, I don't believe in "induction" periods that just set one up for failure later). I have all the SB books available and wish they'd do another one as this WOE really appeals to me. They can be a little confusing but when read together seem to make perfect sense (to me, anyhow). SB does seem restrictive to some people, but the restrictions have actually freed me from the tyranny of cravings and all the effects of unstable blood sugar.

In a nutshell, it works for me! :)

03-30-2005, 08:12 AM
Whoa!. Echoey in here!

Hump day! Wednesday! Almost there! I think I have to work on Saturday tho'. It'll be nice to have a normal Thursday...we were in conciliation 'til 9:30 last night...a 12 hour day.

Just a short postie...I want to get dressed and do some stuff before I leave this morning.

Have a great's the only one you'll get today!



03-30-2005, 09:35 AM
Sun shining today. RA flare finally fading a bit - worst I've had in ages. Princesses coming to Gramma's today so must horde energy for them. DH to cardiologist.

Eeks! to conciliation and twelve hour days. Hope it's heading your way.

Shucks, Empress! I was hoping the fires had a deep cultural, spiritual connection somehow.

Listening to birdie serenade. Must start chirping myself.

03-30-2005, 08:14 PM
*L* Anagram, according to my DD, I "chirp" non-stop. However, it isn't exactly in the "music to her ears" manner. It is a very sarcastic, disrespectful way of saying I'm going on about nothing, nagging when she says to me "Are you chirping AGAIN?" I have started responding by saying "tweet tweet tweet", and will only reply in "tweets" until she gets fed up and stomps off. Small revenge, but oh so sweet. :)

Not much news in my corner of the palace. Had a physical done for life insurance on our mortgage on Saturday....wondering if the results will indicate anything....and I weigh exactly what I weighed when I joined here five years ago. Hmmm...not giving up yet, though.

:wave: to all!

03-30-2005, 10:28 PM
Hi, all! :wave: Flybye as must rest up, long day tomorrow as have to take care of all the car stuff, entailing drive to Phoenix (ugh) and various other places. Hopefully, will be taking possession of my new car (other one is totaled) by evening. Big load off the mind! Hope the deal doesn't fall through.

Anagramatic, I'd often wondered in the past whether the fires had a spiritual connection; actually, I feel the man's love for camping may be kind of spiritual. If you could see how they all stand around the fires in the middle of the night, gazing at the flames ... BTW, he's a fireman ...

Wildfire: Never give up on anything, never ... :)

Later ...

03-31-2005, 09:19 AM
Well, we have 2 more dates set to negotiate. We're not on the street yet!

It is a beautiful day here so far...found some more crocus that I forgot were there and pulled some quack grass...already :shrug: The girls are all outside and I'm ready to change my shoes and go for a walk....what a novel experience that will be. Haven't done it in months...

Am still plugging through False is resonating. Am eating baked yams for brekkie this moment....naked ones. Need some reserve for the walk :lol:

A normal day today I hope. The first in a while. :cheers:

Seize it! :wave: to all :queen: present and AWOL!


03-31-2005, 10:11 AM
Good Morning Girlies!

We had a bit of a scare with Sydney, but all is well now. She went for her 6 month checkup and got her exam and all. Got shots but was a good trooper only crying for a minute. And the doctor sent us for x rays. Seems the little fat rolls on her legs were not even. She has 3 on one leg and 2 on the other. Apparently this is an early sign of hip displaysia. She we got x rays and the doctor called that night. Everything is just fine. :dancer:

04-01-2005, 02:07 AM
Frogger, glad to hear that the scare was a false alarm. I didn't know that the little fat rolls in a baby had any significance whatsoever. Good that you had it checked out.

Ceara: Good for you for eating yams ... I really can't stand 'em but intend to keep trying with the sweet potatoes (which are sometimes called yams and sometimes not, depending on where one lives ... yams have more cals apparently, so I go for sweet pots). I just put butter spray and salt substitute on mine. Very blah, but at least I am no longer getting deathly ill eating white pots and not knowing why ... haven't had any sweet pots for awhile, will be getting some soon.

Got my new car today ... they totaled the other one. Exhausting day ... had to go to Phoenix ... bleech ... never again.

To all :queen: s, mentioned and unmentioned ... well, you know! :)

04-01-2005, 07:54 AM
Hello all!

This week has just flashed by for me.... What I didnt realize early Monday morning was how some kind of 24-48 stomach virus was upon me... by late Monday I couldnt even sit up in a chair for more than a couple minutes and spent all of Tuesday sleeping, sleeping, sleeping....

Feel much, much better now but still more tired than normal.

Frogger! So glad the doctor was just RULING out a problem instead of finding a problem.... Can only imagine what you must have been thinking!

Anagram! Glad you are feeling more like yourself....

WSW! You too! Glad you are able to join us and share the news of your kingdom.... The news is showing lots of flooding in Atlanta... is that effecting your kingdom too??

Wildfire!--yes, the teen years are so full of wisdom! : ) !

Empress! Tell us more about the "new" vehicle! ( royal carriage!)

Cerara! I am having a hard time keeping up w/ your schedule! How goes it?

Seecat! Any increase in temps your way? Any snow melting?

WoodNymph! How is life in your kingdom? Any horoscopes to share ??

Everyone else?? How goes it??


Thought of the day :


An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car
has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation
to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the
brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said,
"Stay calm. An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer
radios in. "Disregard." He says. "She got in the back-seat by mistake."
Three sisters ages 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?" The 94 year old yells back, "I don't know. I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses "Was I going up the stairs or down?" The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful,
knock on wood." She then yells,"I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door."
Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, isn't it?" "No," the second man replied, "it's Thursday." And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's have a beer."
80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, "Anyone who can guess what's in my hand can have sex with me tonight!!" An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, "An elephant?" Bessie thinks a minute and says, "Close enough."
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week
to play cards. One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me ...I know we've been friends for a long time ...but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is." Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?"
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!" "Heck," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"
Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light." After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!" Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh, crap, am I driving?"



Question of the day :
"Do you have any April Fool traditions?"



04-01-2005, 08:09 AM
Frogger, I'm glad Sydneys okay. I didn't know those cute little fat rolls had any significance either!

Yeah, Empress, I want to hear about the new carriage too! Do you love it?

Kaylets, funny stories---the scary thing is yes, it could happen to us!

Things are going well here. Spring is springing like crazy and we already need to mow the grass. We'll most likely wait another week though....just to give it a good head start. ;)

04-02-2005, 07:31 AM
Oh, no, Kaylets - I see me in so many of those vignettes. Sense of humor only way to deal with it.

Love yams and sweet potatoes - must remember to get me more.

"Chirping" - ah yes, you old fogey mom, Wildfire. All my friens were "biddies" to my son and I "yammered". Keep heart - revenge is somewhat sweet. Princess will soon turn nine and is already teenagerish. I say "somewhat" because I hate to see her and Mom go through the history-repeating thing. Of course she's still an absolute angel with me but I suspect that may not always be either.

Sorry for problems, Empress, but I'll worry less about your time driving at night in the mountains now that you're new-car-empowered. Though I personally hate traffic and all the rigamarole that goes w/buying cars.

And just kiss everyone of those little leg rolls for Auntie Anagram who's so happy they are just pleasureful and not indicative of something more.

Eydie, so glad you're springing because then I know it's coming. On walk yesterday did see daffodils, crocus, and some very early tulips (none of them mine yet) so things are looking promising. But tons of rain expected here today so I'm back to lots of aching.

Five hours at hospital yesterday w/dh for a procedure - length partly because orders not faxed in as promised and appt. was before office opened - then they weren't answering phone, etc. A whole hour until communication finally commenced. Patient not happy - nor were nurses or I, of course. Also had visit with his cardiologist Wed. Good news there.

Then Princess Royal and the princesses were here for a day or two. Went to Shrine circus and just had an overall good time.

Well, hi to all others. I'm looking around for the wagon. Seems to have passed me by and I'll have to catch the next one. More anon.

04-02-2005, 08:07 AM
Ahhhh! :( My weight is way up. I'm starting to think this isn't a fluke--I'm up to 140 pounds as of this AM. I've been eating well, just not counting calories so this is me going back to doing it the old-fashioned way.
The good news is this is Day 196 of my no-sugar regime. :) I've been experimenting with making sweets with whole wheat pastry flour and fruit juice concentrate and have made some amazing things, so maybe that's part of my problem--I'm eating the stuff! [Sugar and white flour are off the menu, but there's plenty of God's good butter in those recipes! :lol: ]
Also, it's particularly unsettling since I've started a more intense workout schedule too. :o And I'm drinking lots and lots of water too.
Anyway, I'm not afraid, I'm not ashamed--just need to do some detective work.

04-02-2005, 09:17 AM
Oh man! Is it ever blustery here.......and wet!

I too have seen crocus blooming Anagram. In fact one of my Siberian iris's was in bloom the other day...and those little yellow flowers that I never remember the name of are bursting all over in the back yard...not dandelions. These come from little peanut sized tubers, that scare you later in the summer if you are digging, 'cause they look like hairy big bugs. The daffs and tulips are sticking out their leaves right now...and the robins are all over!

So, hi ho. Off to work today. I've been off coffee for a while now and have been trying different teas....have a cup of jasmine brewing upstairs.

Have a great day! Where's Seecat these days? And our maritime queen? Since Fridays have been taken from the calendar, Punkin has disappeared? And Cerise?

:wave: to all


04-02-2005, 09:50 AM
:wave: Hello Lovies! Bright and sunny here, supposed to get several degrees above the freezing mark today. Crocuses blooming, and tulips and daffodils poking up, despite lingering crusty snow.

Amarantha, a belated WOOOHOOO!!! for your passing the 100 mark! Wow-- cutting out the crap really did it, hmmm. I've been almost, but not totally, clean this past week. Next week I'm going in both guns blazing... And congrats on the new carriage as well.

Frogger, so glad your scare was short-lived!

WSW, tai chi is great! Several royals do it now -- we should have a virtual class!

Eydie, is it possible that your new intense work-out is the culprit? I know that my muscles retain water for a little bit after I start anything more intense. And it can add several pounds. Of course, even healthy treats can do the same thing, I concur. 'Tis a blessing and a curse to be talented in the kitchen, n'est-ce pas? However, I'm putting my money on your gain being a temporary fluctuation from the new work-out. :yes:

Ceara, IRISES!! Wow, you ARE in the banana belt. I've got scads of them planted and will be thrilled when they come up. Each year, DH and I add more bulbs. Yes, the :queen:s are a little thin on the ground, aren't we. Hope the wanderers return...

Anagram, wanna take a run at the wagon with me? I've been doing ... not too badly. But I'd love to get moving again. I was very thrilled to hear that dialysis (sp?) is not in the near future for DH. Sounds like fun with the princesses -- we're actually thinking of scaling down the fun with DGS here, because he never wants to go home and tells his mom every day that he wants to go to daddy and nana's. His daddy plays with him nonstop, i think is the prob.

Kaylets, those were SO FUNNY! And unfortunately sounded way too familiar. One time when I went into a store and my mom was waiting for me in the car, I came back and hopped in the back seat. And it took me several seconds before I realized what I'd done. Uh-oh.... :lol: I'm famous for absent-mined things like that -- putting coffee pot in cupboard, etc. Taking the cat's meds.. Anagram's right -- gotta just find it funny!

I was reading somewhere lately that we've got about 30,000 days to us. Which didn't sound a lot, and works out to something like 82 years. Somehow helps me to remember the finiteness of days, and the importance of living each one. That said, I'm (still!) painting my kitchen and must go hoist brush. In the meantime -- have a lovely day!

04-02-2005, 10:26 AM
Hello all!!


*** if you wouldnt mind me becoming philosphical for a few lines........

So many thought provoking items in the news.... some so sad and for me, depressing..... Real reminders of making the most of THIS moment... TODAY is the day....and that our vision of what is happening is worth defending....


DH and I take our first Tai Chi /Chi Kong class today.... its at a local community PAL center and very economical.... makes it a treat so we can take it together. Another bonus is that its a Sat morning class.

We also have introduced a new vegatable to our skills... Fresh kale.... we have added it to our tofu scramblers w/ mushrooms and very light teriakyi sauce... We're enjoying the taste and are thrilled that there are so many vitamins and minerals in kale too... Think we have turnip greens too to try this week....

Yes, Eydie, I can relate.... the cravings are easier to combat but the "safe' items have to be monitored for me too.... You may very well see a "plateau" for awhile w/ the increased workouts and then a drop...
Bet your're looking buff!

Anagram... 5 hours sounds brutal.... can only imagine the frustration w/ the fax mixup... something I often see in our office....we 'll receive a confirm but the other end recieves nothing.... glad you are now beyond that...

Dh says we need to leave soon and I have yet to shower so I am cutting short...

will try my darndest to stop in later ....

glad the Friday grin was enjoyed. Came at a perfect time for me too....


04-02-2005, 11:55 AM
Great news on the tai chi classes, Kaylets! Sorry to say I only got one in this week. Also only one "pool" but two walks.

Eydie, I'm sure too that it's in the "buffness" but I'd love to have some of your kitchen talent.

Yes, Wood Nymph, that all-the-time attention is the attraction here too, I'm sure. So tired when they leave. DD says they were moaning all the way home that they wanted to stay another night. Same when we go there - it's really every minute. But we don't see them a whole lot so I like to make hay.

I'm missing our West Coast contingent as well. Sob, sob, sob.

04-03-2005, 01:20 AM
:lol: Wood Nymph, thou hast put thy finger on the exact nub o' the matter: cutting out the cr*p really did do it! :)

To all, I am brain dead or I'd respond to each and every one o' you kind :queen: s!

But I can't seem to stay awake.

Later ...

04-03-2005, 09:56 AM
Still grey and blustery out there. But it isn't snowing :lol: !

Had a great day yesterday....good work day and then we had a gathering for a friend's b-day....spinach salad, pizza, birthday cake and beer. Also smoked oysters with cream cheese, crackers and cocktail sauce, shrimp ring and hummus as appetizers...put 'em together as you please. I put baby spinach, shredded feta, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, sliced almonds, sliced mushrooms in the salad....pick your dressing. It was really good. I only had 2 pices of pizza(my tummy finds it spicey) mostly salad, few of the appetizers and a tiny piece of cake (I've cut way back on sugar). My weight is the beer, just 2 glasses wine. Trying to cut out yeast at the moment...and figured that wine has less. Lots of good conversation.

So today, must rouse DS and do the pilgrimmage to church...what with other things I've not been for a couple weeks. Off I go!

See y'all later!



04-03-2005, 12:38 PM
No electricity today--went off in the middle of the night because of the high winds. We have a generator--so I'm here! ;) We lost one of the big locust trees near our house; it's quite dramatic since it missed our deck by about 10 inches, and if it had fallen the other way it would've hit all 3 of our vehicles. [CRUNCH!] So we're feeling really lucky and blessed this morning. :D

04-03-2005, 01:16 PM
E, I hope you get your electricity back soon! Sorry about thy tree, but you are indeed lucky that it didn't hit your deck or vehicles.

Ceara: Thy salad soundeth good. I saw a cookin' program yesterday about goat cheese salad and would like to try something like that.

I'm down 1.2 ... I keep changing that figure as I can't seem to subtract right. Oh well. I put a bit of a testimony to this sugar freeness on the no refined sugar club.

See ya. Have to go buy an outfit (yuck) as I can't get out of covering an important visit from a muckety muck this week and old jeans won't make the cut.

04-03-2005, 07:05 PM
wow -- I am glad that tree missed anything but open space for you - and I hope you power back on now.

Almost two years ago now -- but I was one of those people effected august 14th in a heat wave no less - of no power. Not sure if any one else in here was effected by that -- it was the hugest to area to date for a black out. Except I can't say it was a negective effect. It was great to see how well our community pulled to gether and made the best of it :). We even saw mars that night - and if we didn't have that black out we would of missed it --- to many lights would of been on -- and it wouldn't of stood out for us here :). It turned out to be a great night of people helping people, no looting happened or anything - I was very proud of my city that day :).

Amarantha -- from an above post -- saying 100 to you and congrads -- does that mean you lost 100 pounds already -- if so - congrads to you way to go :).

I hope the rest of you don't mean me joining in --- I guess I should of started off that way --- Amarantha recommended this thread to me :). My orginal forum has vanished as of yesterday -- and I am now spreading my wings - trying to make new friends as I success in my new way of life (doing the south beach plan) - but I chose to do it without reintroducing refined sugar into my life (though I am allowed it on the plan in limited amounts - my choice not to have it all now ) and I don't miss it :). However I would miss my fruits - so I allow that sugar in my system :).

I look forward to gettting to know you all better :)


04-04-2005, 07:14 AM
Welcome, Dove!

Still no electricity...sigh...getting tiresome, but we're soldiering on. Garry spoke to a real human at the electric co. this morning and they said it'd eb back on by midnight tonight, but they said that yesterday too.

04-04-2005, 09:41 AM
Good morning, All! :wave: Well, it's Monday morning, big time, here. Putting on a big push to make progress before we go to Europe mid-May. I've got six weeks... hearing "Rocky" theme music already :lol: I haven't been doing badly, but am going to kick it up SEVERAL notches :yes: Back from the gym already and am going for another walk this aft. Aiming to squeeze in some yoga and tai chi. I feel more energetic than I have for a while -- might actually start running again tomorrow.

Welcome, Dove (what a sweet name!). Amarantha would never steer you wrong -- we're FANTASTIC! IMHO, of course. :lol: There's also a whole, huge subforum devoted to SBD at 3FC that you might like to check out: and one for sugar busters, too:

Eydie, hope you've got power again! Definitely does get tiresome. I don't think I've ever had to make it that long without power but even a day is pretty awful.

Amarantha, how was the shopping? Maybe you had a pleasant surprise? WTG on the 1.2 more fluffy ones released!

Anagram, a tai chi class, a pool visit and two walks doesn't sound too bad! I'm going to try to get back to tai chi class tomorrow night.

Ceara, my MIL in TO said that it was snowing there yesterday and quite nasty -- did you get that too? I'm reading the False Fat book, too, and likewise having recognition. I've known for YEARS that I can't eat any significant amount of wheat without reacting... why must I try over and over :shrug:

Ok, Lovelies! I must shower and become productive. Love to all -- let's make this a good one!

04-04-2005, 11:42 AM
Mornin' all. Nice bright sunny day. No the snow didn't hit here, although Buffalo NY and TO were bad....a friend of mine drove back through it last night...over 10" of snow...How far are you going with the False Fat Arabella? I'm up to the supplement part and needless to say getting confused. I've been caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and pretty much wheat and dairy free now for 10 days....the stress from the "incident" caused me not to be able to eat...and since I was nearly fasting anyway...through food intolerances period, I continued. I've had small amounts of dairy...yogurt and feta, and not noticed anything....but I'm not supplementing...will go up and take a vitamin in a minute.

Congrats to Empress A on the loss! WTG!

To all :queen:s present and AWOL.....:wave:


04-04-2005, 04:33 PM
Hi all and thank you for the welcome ;)

OH yes was it ever snowing here in Toronto yesterday :) I am so ready for spring to be here :).

Today is it basically gone though -- it rained thorugh the night I think :). Or something was dripping away anyway.

well more later


04-04-2005, 07:43 PM
Hello all!

HI !!

I was almost here this morning but then got " fatal error, yada yada" and so here I am now!

Welcome Queen Dove, wonderful to have new royalty here w/ us in the palace!
Tell us more about yourself....

Eydie! Hope you have power soon! Sending positive vibes your way!

To all.... I am off to my meeting... wearing a skirt as it weighs in a pound less than my slacks and I am still up... BLOATED.. belly sticking out very taut.... and my cravings today were almost out of control... this time change is really making me tired... Isnt Daylight Savings Time FUN! Trying to be cheerful but I have to admit, I had 6 servings of SF hot choc today ... and you know how it makes me swell up from the salt in it... but I swear, I wouldve eaten my desk if I thought it would taste like chocolate.....



Take care all!


04-05-2005, 12:08 AM
Just a quickie...Welcome Dove! So nice to have royalty from a neighboring town in our palace. I live in the royal city of Burlington. :wave: Lovely weather we had this weekend, no? I didn't move outside all weekend it was so depressing. Have lots to keep me busy inside these days...we moved a few weeks ago. Glad to have you with us!

My sister and that adorable nephew of mine arrive late tomorrow night for a two-week stay, so I may be scarce for a bit, but I will try to post when I can. Been thinking...anyone up for a sprint? We haven't had a challenge for some time. I need something to get me motivated because I've been feeling like I'm tumbling head over heels down a very steep hill...and not looking forward to the crash at the bottom. :eek:


04-05-2005, 07:51 AM
HEllo all!


Yes, WIldfire, a sprint is a great idea.....
For me, to focus on the basics---- water, journaling ( I know, I know) and activity......

for me, short goals work better.... thoughts? Put me on the list.... in fact, I am going to begin today.... just let me know what I began!!!!


Thought of the day :

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."

---Grandma Moses

Question of the day :

"What was the last thing you learned?"



04-05-2005, 08:17 AM
Hi Kaylets, hmmm...last thing I learned? We're in the process of buying a car and I learned that you can get an amazing amount of info online. And when you set foot in CarMax, by God, they intend to sell you a car--that day! They were nice but reminded me of one of those excrciating time share pitches that lasts for far too long.

Electricity's back! :D It was only out 48 hours. Can't complain, it's been out for 6 days before.

04-05-2005, 09:48 PM
Eydie, glad you are hard wired once again! :)

Looking at the calendar today, I was thinking maybe a sprint to May 1? May Day Challenge? I certainly need rescuing!!!

Sis and baby are arriving in TO at 12:30am....ugh...and it's a good 45 minute drive. I am going to be VERY tired tomorrow.

04-06-2005, 10:06 AM
Good morning, Lovelies!

Yup, a sprint to May 1 sounds like a grand idea! This morning, I walked to the gym, did 20 mins on the elliptical machine, did the weights, walked home and did yoga. :cp: :cp: Two hours, all told. And I have to admit, I'm tired... Maybe I should break it up a bit and do yoga later in the day... I really need that yoga, though. Haven't done it in a while and I've been getting stiff and achy.

So, for me the sprint will be exercising every day: Weights and high-intensity aerobics at least 3 times a week, yoga and tai chi at least three times a week each. Qi qong (ideally) every day. A longer walk or cycling on days that I don't do the weights/aerobics. Dietwise -- no wheat, no sugar, no processed junk. At least 8 glasses of water. No eating other than at the table when alone. Meditation every day. Did I forget anything? :chin:

Now, of course, the challenge will be to fit work into the equation. Ta ra -- I'm off! Let's get out there and make it a good one!

04-06-2005, 12:40 PM
I'm lurkin' :queen: s but not up to postin' much, so this is mainly a me-me postie, sorry, guess most of mine are lately. Strange mood, details in me journalista place in the land far away.

Happy to see Dove hath found her way to the palace. Also saw you posted on the No Refined Sugar Club ... it's quiet in there now, but likely will pick up!!! Hope you keep comin' to the palace on a regular basis.

Thanks to those who woo-hooed me on the weight front! It is all effortless on Sugar Busters. My biggest effort now is to post my menus daily on the journal in the land far far ... it's helping a lot with meal patterning ... and also am still vegetable challenge. Working on it.

Not sure if I mentioned that I have my new car now (saw you are getting one also, E) ... the other one was totaled. The new one is nice ... I'm lucky to have found it! (Lucky to be driving anything, actually)! :)

Ordered a new water heater today.

Will go pay other bills now and work tonight.

See how exciting and :queen: like my life is! :)


04-06-2005, 05:11 PM
A May Day sprint sounds great. I'm ready!!! :D I'm going to do my "firm" videos on alternating days along with Pilates and weights; on the other days I'll do yoga and walking. I've started that part already.
Food-wise I have to start counting calories again--and preplanning my meals and snacks---something I've gotten away from for some reason. I'm going on a short beach trip in a month, so I have to get ready. And I have to get some of that self-tanner immediately!!! :o I'm white as a frog's belly! :lol:

Amarantha, I've said before that we were cosmically linked [or comically maybe?], we got a new car last night. We went into debt to get a 2004 Honda CRV and I can't believe it. The nicest car we've ever had. :) :) :) It's love....

Okay, someone congratulate me before I burst-----drum roll, please.....200 days without sugar! :angel: :faint:

04-07-2005, 03:18 PM
Haven't done the belly dancing vidoes, but we did start walking last night. Took Sydney in her stroller and went on the bike trail behind our house. We've lived there 2 years already and I have NEVER been on it. :^: I'll have to go it with baby today as Daddy needs his sleep before work tonight.

I've become increasingly bored with this job. I'm not doing anything that I was hired to do. I really believe the govt. boss thinks that women can't do anything. I am the only lady on his team and he was supprised when I showed up the first day. My company had told him they were sending someone else (a man) and here I come! (The guy backed out at the last minute). Sooooooo. I've applied within my company for a new position. We'll see how it goes. I cannot stand being bored at work. I have to keep busy.

Trying to catch up on posts. More tomorrow.

04-07-2005, 03:19 PM
Congratulations Eydyie!!!!

04-08-2005, 09:22 AM
:wave: Hi all! Here I go, Day 3. Counting yesterday a victory because I did the essentials and persevered against the odds. 'Twas DS' birthday and I bought him a ton of good chocolate as a token of the present he's waiting for (some computer stuff). I withstood the call of the chocolate, and had none of his birthday cake. I was grateful that DH kept him company in that respect. Had no wheat or sugar, although the only non-wheat pizza crust I could find was made with white rice flour. I wasn't up to making my own, so I'm counting that as ok. :shrug: Wheat and sugar are the two major no-nos for me, although I mostly avoid white rice as well.

Eydie!!! 200 days is FANTASTIC!!! You're the :queen:!!! I was craving sugar yesterday, all stressed out. I eventually had a spoonful of pressed dates and felt quite satisfied. I know they're high GI but they don't make me feel bad and sugar does, so :shrug:

Frogger -- good for you applying for the new position! You're a woman of ACTION, which impresses me mightily!

Amarantha, I'm with you on that "effortless" thing. It flat-out astonished me to find how easy it was when I just avoided eating wheat and sugar (I know you can eat wheat on SB -- it's not unhealthy, but I'm allergic at least partially from having eaten way too much of it). Temptations don't have that compulsive force; they drift into my head and are easily dispelled. I always thought my food issues were part of deep-seated psychological stuff and then, it seemed they just melted away when I cut out the crap.

Wildfire hope the visit's going nicely. 12:30 a.m. arrival? Brutal!

Kaylets, I'm not in favor of daylight savings at all! I'd far rather have a little evening. We go to bed so early that it's still light in the summer. And I just read that Congress is looking to extend DST by two months. However, that's to use less fossil fuels, so I guess I can see it on that end. Just not in the summer! And I always deeply resent losing that hour!

Love the Grandma Moses quote -- amazing how often I need to be reminded of such a simple concept! :rolleyes:

Well, Lovelies, I must become productive. Love to all, mentioned or un-... Let's make this a good one!

04-09-2005, 10:48 AM
Arabella, how do you do with spelt flour products?

04-09-2005, 01:29 PM
Hi Eydie! I do fine with spelt. Even though good spelt products are pretty similar, taste-wise, to good whole wheat products, they don't cause the symptoms I get from wheat: fatigue, brain fog, carb cravings, etc. I do bake with spelt sometimes. I'm looking for a good wheat-free multigrain bread recipe that I could bake as loaves and also use as a pizza crust.

I just read about someone making banana-walnut pancakes and had a momentary pang and then thought -- I could make them with buckwheat or spelt, and have real maple syrup. Not too deprived, really, huh.

04-10-2005, 09:38 AM
No, no deprivation there, Arabella. You can adapt, just takes a little planning ahead. ;) You probably know this, but you can bake a spelt tortilla for about 10 minutes until it gets crispy, and use that as a spur-of-the moment pizza crust. To me it tastes like a pizza crust from one of those fancy-schmantzy brick oven pizza places!

Where's Kaylets?????

04-10-2005, 10:05 AM
Eydie, that does sound good! The only trouble is, around here, I'd have to make the spelt tortilla in the first place :rolleyes: I can find a spelt loaf, and spelt pasta. Also tried brown rice pasta this past week and was very pleasantly surprised -- I'd thought it would be mushy, but it wasn't at all.

You're right -- it's gotten awfully quiet in here. I've gotten over taking it personally, though :lol:

If there be any :queen:s about, have a good day!

04-10-2005, 07:40 PM
Looks like it's just you and me, Arabella! :lol: Have you tried quinoa pasta? I bought some recently and it's very good, probably my favorite of the non-wheat pastas. One of the ingredients is corn--don't know if that's something you're trying to avoid.

Since the time change, I'm finding that my meal timing is way off. We had lunch around 3:00 today so I'm not even hungry for dinner. Probably will have a smoothie or something. I'll have to pay attention to timing tomorrow. I always forget that it takes a while to get adjusted.

Have I mentioned how much I love our new vehicle? :)

04-10-2005, 09:52 PM
Hi, :queen: s, I be here also ... always! :) Thanks for joining my Mayday Peace Team, E 'n WN!

Yea, Wood Nymph, we can eat whole wheat on SB, but when I look at my menus (which STILL need more vege ... I'm trying), I find I'm not eating that much of it. SB discourages more than a few slices of bread a day, but I find myself just eating the sprouted grain kind ... which doesn't have even whole wheat flour. Had a number of "mini whole wheat pita chips" today (made by me), but don't usually.

I haven't been eating much brown rice either ... just a little here and there. I've been reading on some of the low glycemic forums (there aren't many of them) that barley is extremely low glycemic and I intend to kind of get into that soon. I've never had luck cooking it.

E, haven't seen quinoa pasta ... can't eat it on SB because of the corn, but that's interesting. I made quinoa once but it looked so unappealing I couldn't eat it. :)

Hi, Frogger! :wave: Hope you get the position you go for and like it better. Hmmm, but I think it'd be nice to be bored at work for a change. Of course, since I often work at home, I'd end up on the sofa takin' too many naps ... oh, wait, I do that anyway! :)

To all :queen: s, mentioned and unmentioned ... avanti!

04-11-2005, 11:06 AM
Good Morning Ladies!

I had a phone call on friday afternoon from the hiring person for that new position within my company. He was really interested in me and impressed with my resume. He wanted permission to have the actual govt. person review it though as I would be working for her. Sure no prob!!!
So we'll see.


I have an admirer at my present station. He's a tech-ie (engineer) and although a nice guy, VERY boring to talk to. I smile and nod because I have NO idea what the heck he's talking about with all this technical jargan. I think he just identifies with me because he and his girlfriend have a 3 month old little girl. Mom and baby live in Canada and Daddy works down here for now. But he's always asking me to go out to lunch, or what train am I riding home so he can sit with me. I've even gotten an email from his girlfriend who seems OK with him taking me to luch and everything. Maybe he doesn't have very many friends. Cute baby though. But the guy is SO not my type. I hate a yappy guy. LOL

Anyway, haven't lost a pound!!! I'm going to try REALLY hard this week to watch what I eat. I think that may be the culprite. I'm sneaking something in there that shouldn't be. Maybe I'll start journaling. Does that work for anyone?

You ladies have a wonderful day.

04-11-2005, 02:26 PM
Hello all!!

Been trying to stop but seems like there are so many popups my not so new system gets lokoced up every time....even now, I'm typing way aheade of the system.....
and I don't types so fast!

DH and I flew up to CT to see a BIG bowling championship at one of the Indian Casinos-- Flight nearly cost the same as the gas we would've burned but the real bonus was that it saved us nearly 11 -12 hrs in the car and we were able to lave and come back the same day----we had fed and walked the dogs very early so they weren't ravenous when we got home and it was great to know they were ok.....

Saw family b/4 the bowling tournamnet began at brunch in one of the casino restaraunts and then more family for supper near the airport.....just enough time to make you wish you had more time but not tooo too short.

DH went into work a couple hours late and I am trying to stay active getting things done inside and nice to bring my drying racks outside and get that frsh air smell .... even have widnows open the dogs are having a ball running around as they follow me in and out........

BOth Dh and I are so inspired w/ the "day trip " success we are finally getting very motivated to get to DC and begin to find other similiar trips using as much public transportation as possible......

And especially DC, Philly, Baltimore, lots of "activity" at our pace.... ie, DH's foot was bothering him by day end yesterday-- he took the escaltor and I'd run the steps... seems like the steps at my job are very steep compared the ones I encountered yesterday.....

Any tips from anyone who is familiar w/ DC especially the Smithsonian and the zoo I'd be interested in your feedback.....

Oh, btw,



04-11-2005, 11:00 PM
Hi, :queen: K! Gotta go in a sec to do a meeting, but wanted to say that I don't ever get popups on here because I pay a small subscription fee ... it's really nominal ... you can do somewhere on the user CP ... I forget where exactly. The elimination of all ads from the forum happens instantly after you do the transaction.

Gotta go! Hi to all!

04-12-2005, 12:57 AM
hi all!

it has been beautiful here the past few days-mild and sunny, and not humid. it is even worth having to put up with bad allergies! hadn't been able to get out for a while, but did over the weekend, and it was a pleasure to be out among 'em. hope everyone is having a good start to their week. take care, all.

04-12-2005, 07:43 AM
Hello all!

Here we go Tuesday!!

Thanks Empress, I have been thinking of you and how you had employed the blocker....

Wsw! glad to hear you are enjoying spring altho its from inside.... allergies are so annoying sometimes!

Frogger! Good luck w/ the job process! sending good vibes saying " You must hire Frogger... Must hire Frogger!"

And to all... big hugs and a cup of your favorite tea.... starting to t hink of experimenting and finding out which hot teas are good cold too....


Thought of the day :

" You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
--Wayne Gretzky

Question of the day :

"How many pieces of jewelry do you usually wear?"



Was wondering if anyone knows anything about the Amercian Women's walking challenge club or something like that I saw on Good Morning America... especially for women over 40.... (if I'm right)....
Am starting to get very motivated about walking and its so many, many pluses....

Here we go Tuesday!


04-13-2005, 07:59 AM
Hello all!


Hope everyone is well...

Meant to share that DH and I did have our first tai chi class last Sat (and y yes, only 3 people in the class... at $5/lesson its a beautiful thing!)... This instructor has developed his own version of Tai Chi/Chi Kong w/ a very strong emphasis on healing and the class was everything and more than I hoped..
The few quick tips on self massage were invaluable.... As for the Tai chi walk, well he had to come and untangle me more than once.... I got lost a few times.... but practice will help and we are both looking forward to this Sat's class.....

Am really studying the Step Diet Book for more tips as I finally UNDERSTAND that my body isnt stressed as much at my current weight which = my metabolism needs more physical activity to get fired up.....
Don't know why none of this was obvious to me before.... The WW 's activty counters all showed the same thing, the calorie burn charts too .....




Thought of the day:

"Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So go on your way!"
---Dr. Seuss

Question of the day:

"What other profession would you like to try?"



04-13-2005, 08:55 AM
Good morning, All! :)

I'm taking the day off today, kinda takes the sting out of working the rest of the week. I want to make this my "spa" day so I have to stay focused. It'd be so easy to just squander the day [not that I won't do a fair amount of that too!]. :lol:

Weighed this morning and my weight is back up to a clear 140 pounds. Not that there's anything wrong with that in the grand scheme, but I wanted to lose 3 pounds this month, not gain 5!!! :o :?: I'm eating well, maybe too well? And I'm working out like crazy, so what's going on?

04-13-2005, 11:00 AM
:wave: Hi all! Still feeling semi-cruddy. Not horrible, but not up to any high-level aerobics this morning. Did manage walk and weights, though, so I guess that's ok. I'm sending out my reader survey today -- please send good energy this way! I'm hoping to have lots of useful responses.

Kaylets, it's so cool that you and DH have an affordable tai chi class to go to. And it sounds like a good one, too! Yay! I love the "other career" question. It's in "The Artist's Way," so I've already thought about it: Psychologist, restauranteur, novelist, visual artist, musician... the list goes on! One of my favorite things to think about doing lately is to have a kind of "reclaimed" shop, with hand-crafted items made from discarded stuff, both natural and man-made. Making nifty things and objets d'art from found objects.

Amarantha, I'm just writing about an extension to Firefox that lets you install scripts to customize Web pages -- change colors, remove ads, etc. It's neat, but slightly dangerous, because if people don't recognize malicious programming they could install a script that did just about anything.

WSW, isn't it life-enhancing when the weather's nice! We just had a substantial snow-fall night before last -- looked like a Christmas card when we got up, but within a few hours it was mostly gone again. It was actually kind-of picturesque, the crocuses poking up through the snow.

Eydie, without exception, when I start working out more weight loss stalls. It's been brutal when I've been going to WW -- following the plan and working out like mad and not losing. And not even having the looser clothes, although I can see physical changes. I've seen the topic in various articles. Someone said that your muscles hold water and that sometimes they do that for a while. There's even something called "the whoosh," when your muscles release the extra fluid all at once.

Oh, enjoy your spa day! I swear I will have one of those some day.

I know this really happens to me -- not losing weight, not getting smaller, but I can see a difference in my body -- firmer, etc.

Ick. Having difficulty sending out my survey. Server troubles, seems like. Maybe I'll wait till tomorrow...

Have a good day, :queen:ies! Love to all!

04-13-2005, 04:59 PM
Thanks Arabella! I do feel that I'm doing all the right things and will keep the faith---and wait for 'the whoosh'! :lol:

04-13-2005, 09:42 PM
Hey, E, this is my day off, too! I have a really good report for the mayday thread because I had so much "spa" time this a.m. ... remember, peaaaaace !!! :)

04-14-2005, 06:57 AM
Mornin', Court. Sorry to have been AWOL. Technical difficulties. Trying to scan posts, hold to the royal rules, etc. Not necessarily too successful. Lovely weather has not yet been enough to undo physical complaints so am considering a visit to dr. Usually making the appt. is enough to make all bads go away.

04-14-2005, 07:45 AM
Hello all!

Here we go Thursday!

Am hoping to take a look at the Mind Challenge ... looks so enticing...

Dh found a park very close to his job w/ a terrific walking trail thru the woods, etc and he had a wonderful lunch yesterday as he got in 2.2 miles "exploring"... I'm very excited that he found a place he knows is "at his comfort level" and also attractive and inspirational. He is already calling it "my time".....
Just another example of how we sometimes put so much emphasis on how fitness can only come w/ a class, membership, cash......

hmmmmm..... feel a speech coming on....

have to work on that one...

went to the downtown library fund raiser during my lunch yesterday .... the last day is fill a bag of books for $2.... I grabbed lots and lots of stuff including a copy of OverEaters Annonymous.... read thru it quickly last night... its a compliation of experiences rather than the program.... and again, so interesting how so many folks share the same "out of control " feelings and behavior whether they are carrying an extra 30 lbs or 300 lbs.....

Used to feel I shouldn't pay too much attention to other food plans as it was a waste of time.... but my experience from reading the Step Diet ( sorry, I know I've mentioned it alot lately) made me realize that perhaps one sentence can open an entire universe for me....

Hello to all, hope everyone is doing well....

Eydie.... bet you are very, very toned..... I've seen some people on other threads say that they actually had to eat more to break a plateau..... and then again, the Step Diet taught me about how the less you weigh you the more activity you need to burn to offset our metabolism slowing because you weigh less.....


Thought of the day:

Try may be tougher than you think! Be sure to read the

Question of the day :

"How will the increase in gas prices change the way you do things?"



04-14-2005, 11:08 AM
Arabella, mayhap you can send me the link to your story on Firefox when it's done? I'd like to learn about that ...

:queen: K, would love to have ya on the peace thread ... that's kind of what it's turning into ... I just posted my meditation exercise for today and wonder if you have an answer for me ... I am in a crossroads in my life and really need some ANSWERS! :)

But I know the answers (for me) will come from myself, someday. Dunno. I'm really in need of some inner peace and you seem to exemplify the ability to reach that state.

I'm sorry if I seem to neglect this thread sometimes or my responses are not as detailed as they once were ... time gets away from me. But I am always a ROYAL and denizen of the palace!

Hmmm, but if I don't get to the gym soon, I won't get that exercise done. Working tonight, must save time to rest a bit later. :)

04-14-2005, 06:19 PM
Kaylets, how exciting that you and Dh are taking the class together! I love that kind of thing.

Hi Anagram! Did you have a miraculous recovery?

Amarantha, thanks for starting the mind/body thread. Hope more of the queens will visit. It's really fun, but in a serene kind of way, of course! :D

04-20-2005, 12:50 PM
I'm baaaaaaack..... (again)

Hello loves, new and old friends. I'm sorry I've been gone so long - again. Life's been less than grand lately and on top of that my old computer had gotten to the point that trying to post became an hour long process and I had to choose between getting my work done or waiting for this site to load. Work bought me a new zippy computer about a month ago so I want/need to get back! I've missed you all, our conversations and support.

The last few months have been almost unbearable - my grandfather passed away in late August and on Easter morning my stepfather passed away. Yea, same stepdad that would take off his oxygen to smoke - the one I've lamented about for years. He died peacefully in ICU after a relatively short bout of ulcerative colitis, which turned into septic shock - he was just too weak to fight anymore. My mom was there with him, and I got to see him the day before he passed - but it was still such a shock. Since our family's company is run from my mom's front room the loss of him is felt daily in a big way - he's not here in the house, eavesdropping on my work calls, offering advice or cursing at the cats tearing through the house at top speed. He's in a better place though - he'd been sick and tired of being sick and tired for a long, long time.

So, I've mourned myself right up to 250 pounds. Thaaaaat's right ladies and gentlemen (if there are any here) I now weigh more than some football players! Go me! :^: I finally decided earlier this week that if I keep waiting for life to "settle down" then I'd NEVER get back on the wagon. Lately it seems like something's always happening - both good and bad - and I eat to cope with both emotions. I'm already down almost 2 pounds just from Monday morning and all I've done so far is focus on not binging and trying to actually care what goes in my mouth. I'll phase in exercise - I don't want to feel like a failure if I can't do it all immediately. Especially since both my mom and I are still in that phase where there's good days and bad - some days I'm ready to hop on the treadmill, some days I'm lucky if I can hop on the couch.

I'm going to be checking in on Mondays again and will work on taking care of me, first and foremost. The weight will take care of itself if I do that.

Short term goal - 245 by Beltane (May Day)
Long term - 150 by Fiji, May 2006 (oooh yes, I'm goin' to Fiji!!!!!!!)


04-20-2005, 05:34 PM
PUNKIN!!! So happy that you've returned to our collective bosom! You were sorely missed. :yes: Sorry things have been rough. Seems like winter was hard for a lot of us, lots of just keepin' on keepin' on, but here we are on the other side. Life begins again! Fiji!!! :cb: :cb:

We're posting to a different thread now: Mayday Mind/Body Challenge: All Welcome to Join the Team!!!! Come on over -- it's safe AND SEXY -- OHHHH Baby! (a la Barry White on the Simpsons)