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03-23-2005, 07:42 PM

What we really want in a weight loss support group, boils down to one concept; we are looking for a sanctuary.

Sanctuary means different things to different people. Sanctuary is a place of peace, rest, safety, and rejuvenation. It keeps our spirit and our sanity intact.

Many of us who have a long journey down the weight loss path find ourselves in need of a break. Sometimes our bodies crave it, and sometimes the choice isn't ours, but circumstances forces it upon us. Other times, we need the clamoring throng to cheer us along our way as we breeze past milestones and overcome obstacles.

Sanctuary can be all that as well. It is what you need and when you need it. Sanctuary can be found in good friends who aren’t afraid of your truths and in an open, honest atmosphere.

Sanctuary isn’t judgmental, neither does it discriminate or ask to be censured. It is open to anyone with a desire to share, and especially those in need of and willing to offer support

03-23-2005, 10:07 PM
Red, your life is exciting – sounds exhausting but fun. :dance:

Tricia: I want those feelings you are having. I seem to have such a time getting a good start. Example: I exercised Monday for about 30 min and
last night for 45 min – today I stepped wrong and I can barely walk – my
right knee is HURTING. But only when I bend or stand on it!!! :mad:

Gloria – keep posting whatever you want. Yes, we are here to help each other lose weight but part of that is being friends too. I love your posts.

Kat, I knew you could do it – find your passports – toooo funny they were
in your purse but ya know, I have known you long enough that I am not
surprised. :lol:

Andria – I think I am in the same place as you as far as eating – dieting etc. BUT at least I keep trying, like you, to find my way. Please post
more often – I miss you.

I do better if I eat a big lunch and don’t have any dinner at all. Of
course then I hear that tape in my head that we need three meals a day and
it’s not good to skip them. I feel better when I consume my food earlier
in the day.

My Dad only ate twice a day and all of his life he has been slim - even at 84.

Well, time to get ready for tomorrow.

I put some of that "mineral ice" on my knee and it feels better - WHEW I don't want to have knee trouble.


03-24-2005, 01:19 AM
Oh, lucky, you mean I can't convince you yet!! NOT exciting. . . .:rofl:

03-24-2005, 09:06 AM
GOODMORNING Ladies and Gent!

How is everyone?

I am feeling more positive today than I have in a while (maybe I am catching Tricia's mood!)

Off to work - :coffee:

5 dogs
03-24-2005, 10:23 AM
I have a theory on your gaining and losing weight Andria. Now I'm not in the medical profession, but i know it takes the body three days to process food. For me, popcorn can be very binding. (I'm trying to find a less gross way of saying this). After i eat popcorn, three days later i find myself constipated. I'm wondering if three days from the time you ate the cake and pizza, you will find a weight gain. Its just a theory.

Have to get to my belly dancing class.
Talk to you later.

03-24-2005, 11:05 AM
Hey everyone :)

Waking up and feeling pretty good about life. My house isn't quite as much a disaster this morning because I put a lot of effort into it yesterday. Somehow, controlling the chaos just a bit makes everything else easier to face. :)

Gloria, that isn't a strange question, and trust me, I've been watching for that sort of thing as well. Some foods do take longer to clear my system. Since I paid dearly for eating that pizza with trips to the bathroom all night long at work, I don't think that is one of them. I've just been wandering around the same 10 pounds for a few months now, and I think it is time for it to start shifting again. As I've been watching my patterns the last few years, I find that there is a steady period starting right after Christmas and lasting until early spring where I don't lose weight, no matter what I'm doing. It might adjust a smidge here and there, but mostly I'm on a plateau those months. Then all of a sudden, spring comes and I'm zooming along again. It might have a lot to do with the weather that time of year and some seasonal depression. I'm looking into that idea, but mostly I'm just being happy to find myself not only ready to move on, but willing and able. :)

Today is my busy day, plus work starts again tonight. I'd better get outta here and get moving!

Take care :)


03-24-2005, 05:32 PM
Hi Gang -

Popping in to say hello! :wave: Sorry I haven't been around much, life has just been so hectic lately.

I hope you are all well!

Barb :)

03-24-2005, 07:21 PM
Good morning, people. It looks like it's going to be an absolutely gorgeous Good Friday here in Tokyo. I do NOT want to go into the office today. Would love to take off and I need to very much as well. Other work to do, my room is a disaster area. But I lose the day's pay if I don't go in. We have been having symbolic strikes at the office as well this week. I didn't take part because I'm only parttime and wasn't in. But you can be sure the atmosphere will be awful and even more disheartening than usual because there is no response from management.

BarbPA -- hello there, don't know you but I've heard about you. Something about a trip, was it to Europe or something? Hope to hear more from you soon.

qsilver -- I hear you on the house. This is where I am too and wishing I could do some work on it. But I am never home and it is looking worse and worse. Whenever I am home actually I am working at the computer. It is really bad. Ugh. Your patterns sound like my perhaps though I can't say I've been following or noting any really. It's just up and down and recently, it's all up, or that's the way it feels. I love the warm weather, makes me want to walk, get out, not eat, lifts my spirits, yes, I think I have the SAD too. I hope you see some progress in your weight loss again. Good luck!

lucky -- glad to hear you're feeling more positive too! It makes me feel better to hear how others are feeling, whether down or up. Consoling or inspiring, I can always use the feeling that I'm not in this alone, though I may be in it alone in my own little world, everyone's doing the same in theirs.

5dogs -- how are you? I hope you too are feeling what seems to be an upswing here!

Well, that was just a quickie as I slept in this morning and probably wouldn't be up yet if it hadn't been for my cat alarm clock pawing at me to get UP! Ciao tutti!!

03-24-2005, 09:01 PM
Just a quick note - just got home from running errands.

I went to the grocery store and bought only things easy to count. Sliced cheese - 90 calories, fat free pudding - 90 calories and they had WW dinners on sale for $1.98 each so I got tons of those. I want to make it easy for me to keep track of what I am eating. :D

On the way to the car I thought, Hump, now I am ready to start journaling my food on Monday - STOP, that isn't the way Tricia would act - nope I am starting tomorrow even if it is Friday! ;)

SO HAPPY to see you post BarbPA. Tell us all about the trip!!!! Are you and hubby all rested?

Gloria, red & Andria glad you are posting too but I have to stop and get some things ready for tomorrow.

One of my co-workers close friends died at 44 on Tuesday. She is so shook up so I am working for two until next Tuesday when she gets back.

I picked up a Readers Digest pamplet on eating for energy - BOY do I need that. I will share all the tips I find. :yes:

03-24-2005, 09:54 PM
Wow, lucky, so sorry to hear about your coworker's friend. So sad. I'm sure you'll be a big comfort to her. Take care of yourself, too, OK?

03-24-2005, 11:47 PM
Hello, all!

I made a nice, long post this morning (you all know how I ramble) and then one of the kids tried to get in my lap, hit a button, and it all vanished. I haven't had time to post again until now because we are spring organizing. We tackled the garage and storage room today and hopefully will move inside tomorrow. I've got to get out and find fabric to recover the seats of my dining room and kitchen chairs.

Our house is buzzing with excitement as we pick up our new puppy in the morning. We'll be taking the kids to Cracker Barrel for breakfast (that is where we are meeting the breeder - she lives out of town and that is a good central place). I am already thinking ahead of what I will order as TOM is almost here and I cannot be trusted with biscuits, gravy, pancakes, sausage, bacon and the like. I'll have to make up my mind tonight so that can order right away. If I check out the menu too long I'll be doomed!

Gloria, I love ALL of your posts. Having friendly, general conversation helps keep me from becoming too obsessed with my weight loss. I'd like to say that it kept me from obsessing at all but we know that isn't true!

For what it is worth I think your theory has some merit. I've never been constipated before, not even when I was pregnant. But while looking at some of my fitday reports I noticed that I was never meeting my fiber minimum. About two weeks ago I started using Benefiber. Not for any regularity issue but just as a means to make sure I got as much fiber as I needed. I can't believe how "light" I feel in the gut now. I never thought I was bloated before but I didn't have anything to compare it to. Also, when I eat a big meal (I'm the QUEEN of eating a lot of food for relatively few calories) I notice that I don't have that "ugh, I ate too much" feeling for nearly as long. So, I think there is something to be said for pushing those meals through your system at a faster pace. I haven't felt sluggish at all since I started using it.

Andria, you have the right attitude and are on the right track. Just keep your focus and don't let those 10 pounds beat you. Oh, but don't go back and read any of my posts when I was on a plateau. This is "do as I say, not as I do" advice. LOL!

Lucky, I know exactly what you mean about your knee. I hurt mine exercising the other night and had to stop what I was doing. I was on a roll though and I didn't WANT to quit. It was very frustrating.

I had just finished a few classes though and there was a lady in them with me that I see at the gym all of the time. I don't think she's missed a class in about three years. She always seems to have trouble keeping up and doesn't seem to be making any weight loss progress. That always struck me as strange. These were the first classes I've taken with her and in them it became obvious that she has been in some sort of accident that prohibits her movement. But, there she is every single night doing something she knows is good for her even though it must be very difficult. She was such an inspiration to me. When I heard my knee pop knew I had to stop even though I wasn't ready to quit. I thought of her and decided instead to just work on my arms and abs. Honestly, had I not been in that class with her I would have just packed it in once I felt that pain shoot through my knee.

Now, I'm not comparing my situation to yours. You only recently finished therapy and you have to stay super safe to make sure you don't cause any damage. I guess I just want you to know that as your knee gets stronger you will be able to work around it even when it gives you trouble.

We must think a lot alike. Your shopping trip sounds just like one of mine. I ALWAYS keep things that are either easy to count or that I've eaten so long that I don't have to think about too much. I don't use them every day but if I ever feel a little out of control something like a lean cuisine saves the day. And, I'm so glad you decided to go ahead and get started. For me, it always seems easier to start on a Monday but then I rarely do and I end up right back where I started but with less motivation. And it isn't just eating and exercising. I'm the same way with cleaning house, running errands, etc. I finally just had to face the fact that when I make a "Monday" commitment I really don't have any intention of following through. It just makes me feel better about procrastinating if I act like I have a plan. I know that is terrible but it is true - and I am working on improving that attitude.

Red, I hope you found time to enjoy the beautiful weather even if it was for just a few minutes.

I am off to make one more round of the downstairs to make sure we haven't missed any toys or shoes on the floor - I wouldn't want anything to get chewed up on the very first day. I will check in tomorrow afternoon!


03-25-2005, 09:56 AM
Hi Gang!
Thanks for the welcome back. DH and I had a very nice, relaxing vacation. The relaxing part was the most important thing for us. We went on a cruise out of Port Canaveral, FL with stops at Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. The weather was beautiful we toured each of the ports.

If you are interested, here is a cruise review I wrote for another group of friends:
Ok - Cruise update! :cool: For those of you that have never cruised - I highly recommend it! A lot of people think you'll be closed up and get bored and claustraphobic - nope - there is more to do on the new, large ships than you could ever do in a week. We love cruising. This was our 4th cruise so we didn't feel obligated to attend every show and activity - we took it easy. Not to mention, the whole reason we took the last minute trip was to get away from the stress in our lives and relax. There are constant activities going on around the ship - everything from bingo, pool-side activities, art auctions, production shows, wine tasting, casino, dancing, karoke.......

We boarded the ship - Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas on Sunday in Port Canaveral. The boarding process was quick and we were in our cabin about 30 min after arriving at the port. We booked a balcony cabin because we love to sit outside and enjoy the sea air and watch the stars at night. The ship left about 5pm on Sunday and we found a spot up on the very front by the bridge to watch us sail away. Sunday night we had dinner with two other very nice couples. This was the only night we ate with them because we had requested a table for 2 and were moved the next night. Normally we enjoy the company and meeting two people, but this trip was about us! ;)
After dinner we strolled on the deck and went to the casino --- we like to gamble so the casino was a part of each evening. :D
OH - and before dinner I had a hot stone massage. OH MY - it was heavenly. Great way to start out the trip. Although, expensive on board. We decided next time we'll get massages the day before we leave.

Monday morning we arrived in Nassau, Bahamas. We love watching the ship pull in to port and seeing the activity of tying up to the dock. It's amazing how they navigate these huge ships. We booked an excursion through the ship to go tour the Atlantis resort. We took a ferry to Atlantis and took a group tour through the grounds of the resort. It's a beautiful place. Then played some cards in the casino. We ended up cutting out of the tour early because I started to feel miserable. I had an allergic reaction to something and started breaking out in rash on my neck and down my chest. I tried to be a good sport, but I could only hang on so long. I decided to go see the ship's Dr. when we got back on board. Thank goodness I did. He gave me an IV Cortisone shot and some prednisone. I started feeling better w/in 30 minutes from the shot! :goodvibes

Tuesday was a day at Sea. We lounged around, sat on the deck reading. Went to the art auction (one of our favorite things to do on board), played shuffleboard, pingpong, scrabble, tried to play the mini-golf they have on board, but it was too windy. Just had a great, relaxing day! :flow2:

Wednesday we at St. Thomas, USVI. We didn't book a tour through the ship. Instead we got off board and hired a cab at the pier. He gave us a tour of the island, stopping at some scenic areas. It's a beautiful place! They have a great shopping district at the pier - tons of jewelry stores in the caribbean. We had lunch at a little local place and then I spent hours wandering through the stores. I bought some local art and decided on a rainbow topaz ring set in white gold with a matching pendant! That was my treat to myself! :queen:

Thursday we were in St. Martin, USVI. Again we didn't book a ship's tour. We got off board and went to a rental car place. We rented a Jeep, got a map and took off! :twirly: We drove the perimiter of the island stopping at beaches and interesting places along the way. The island is 1/2 Dutch, 1/2 French - when we were on the French side we stopped at one beach that turned out to be a nude beach. :o We walked around a little, kept our clothes on and left. I wish I was as comfortable with my body as the people there. No one cared what anyone else looked like. There were people of all shapes and sizes just enjoying their day. We planned on doing some more shopping back at the pier, but there was not as much as the day before - probably a good thing cause I didn't spend much more $. :^:

Friday and Saturday were Sea Days. Again, just very relaxing days on board the ship. I treated myself to a facial one day. I had never gotten a full facial before. It was great! Again, lots of lounging around, playing shuffleboard and games, went to a couple bingo sessions - won nothing. Friday was the final art auction where we made our biggest art investment yet. We purchased a limited edition Rembrandt etching - the Raising of Lazarus. We also got a few smaller items. Every cruise we go on we buy some kind of art work. Can't remember what else we did the last couple days. It was just very calm and relaxing. :yes:

Sunday morning we were back in Port Canaveral. We were off board about 10:00am. Got a shuttle to a rental car place and drove back to Orlando. We had the day to ourselves so we went to Disney's MGM Studios. It was a beautiful day. We wandered around, went on a few rides -- the Tower of Terror is our favorite --- and had a nice time.

Monday morning we caught and early flight home! :cry: Back to reality!

That was nearly 2 weeks ago now - I can't believe it. :cool: Since then I have been trying to get back into a good routine. This week I got back to journaling food, more exercise, facing the number on the scale... It went well - I lost 2.2 pounds this week. I weigh in every Friday morning! I need to add in more exercise this upcoming week.

I hope you are all well. I'll have to catch up personally later. Time to start on some work!


5 dogs
03-25-2005, 11:56 AM
Ouuuuu, i am so sore. At my belly dancing class yesterday we had a new instructor so our normal dance routine was completely different. She had us doing a lot of squats to firm up the butt, but now the back of my legs hurt so much that i have a hard time bending over. When i tried loading the dishwasher this morning, i had to hold a dish wast high and just let it drop and hope for the best. Also, i am still working on refinishing my hard wood floors so i was doing even more squats. Its no wonder that my butt and legs hurt. Floors are starting to look really good now, lets hope all that bending will do the same for my legs.

I can't tell you how many times i finished writhing a post Tricia, only to have the computer fairies come in and eat the darn thing. The first time it happen i just sat there staring at a blank screen where my post should have been. Then the reality of it all sank in. NOOOOOO! Know matter how many buttons i pushed on my computer, my post was gone. Now, i write my post first as if i were going to send an email to someone, then copy and paste my letter into the reply section of Sanctuary. No more loosing post, plus i have spell check on my computer.

Welcome back BarbaPa. I only had a chance to start reading your post but am strapped for time just now. Have to get my hair cut so will be able to talk more later.


03-25-2005, 08:07 PM
hey all...I SO want to read and catch up and post before we leave, but it looks like that just ain't gonna happen! SO much stuff to do. Last minute packing and party arranging today. We went to pay the final balance and lo and behold, there was that pesky tax and gratuity that we forgot about. The caterer was fine, just said to bring the $600+ dollars on the day of the party. Just. Now, If sis and I were petty and mean, we'd have the boys pick up the balance, seeing how we've done everything else...but we'll just split it five ways. I hate haggling over money. :p Of course...if they had more than a few brain cells to rub together, they'd realize just how much more has gone into this than just handing over a check every so often.

Oh well...rant over. Time to think about sunshine and beaches and pina coladas! (I wonder how many points are in one?)

So glad to see you back posting Andria! I'm glad you're feeling spunkier!

Welcome back Barb...I was getting ready to send the search party out for you!

Lucky, baby that knee. You do NOT want a bum knee keeping you from raking the driveway and all that fun stuff!

redballoon...Yes! It does sound fun and exotic over there in Tokyo! And all your adventures. I think just the fact that you have the chutzpah to just up and go where you feel like makes you sound like quite the adventuress! I want to go too! (kids, husband and dog might have something to say about that though!) continue to inspire us, keep it up!

Gloria, Keep squatting! You'll have the best looking butt in town...not too mention that nicely refinished floor. I love multi-tasking!

Cheryll, HI! Skittles, HI and where are you? I miss you! Tony, you too!

I think that's it....any omissions are purely unintentional. I have to get moving here. I'm going on pure sleep at all after work last night. I'll sleep on the plane tomorrow!

Adios, my chickies, I'll see you in a week!

03-26-2005, 07:00 AM
Hi people. Sorry, I have no time to post now and I see the forum will be down for a couple days. Lonely! I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you have some nice times. Here, it's not an event or anything so I won't be doing anything special.

Wow, did you see the full moon out tonight? It's beautiful!

Well, take care all and I will try to read all the posts and catch up later in the week. :wave:

03-27-2005, 12:34 PM
Hello All!

Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone is well. I have decided that I am just going to start over. I may try to respond to a few of the things that were posted on the other threads, but alas it is just easier to start from here. On the home from things are ok, I have a visitor which may be permanent, not sure yet, he is a blue and gold macaw. We will see what happens.
I had my review finally for work, and I get no raise right now as business is slow, which sucks. They are going to review their situation in 60 t0 90 days and see what happens then. They don't want me to leave the company but people have to survive.
Other than that, I have been walking, trying to drink more water and not eat as badily.
Today I am off to the inlaws for lunch. So I must go now, but I will be posting on a regular basis, so I don't have to catch up again.

Peace to all

Kat, have fun on your trip and don't think about us while you're gone.

03-27-2005, 02:08 PM
Skitt: Glad to see you posting again. I missed you. I was wondering what you were doing and on the verge of worrying! :(

Gloria: My MAIN thing is tomatoes. I LOVE them as do my brothers family - across the road from me. I have to be careful because it isn't beyond them to STEAL from me when they start turning red.

Oh, do I hurt. I was cutting back my bushes yesterday from 10AM to 5PM. I was cutting, hacking and sawing away when I thought, hmmm wonder why it is shaded by the front door - :yikes: It finally sunk in that it was because the day was nearly over!!! :lol: Anyway, I barely made into and out of the shower. I was going back out to finish today but it is very windy - 60 degress here which is amazing but too windy to get anything done without blowing over! :)

BarbPA, thanks for the cruise!!! It sounds like the two of you had a much needed relaxing time. Congrats on the 2.2 lbs. When we all reach our goal weight maybe you can take us all to that nude beach you found! :o

red: The full moon has been so awesome here too. I felt closer to you knowing you were looking at that same glorious moon!!!!

Well, I think I will take some Advil and lay down for 1/2 hour and see if I feel well enough to move at least the upper part of my body!!!

03-27-2005, 06:36 PM
Morning people. Easter's over here but since the forum was down, here's wishing you a Happy Easter! Actually, there is no Easter here unless you find a church somewhere. A Filipino guy from work was telling me there are big midnight masses and so and he was off to church after working Sunday. I was raised Catholic but left the religion (as in churches and such) behind a long time ago. So, there was no sign of Easter here except for some chocolate eggs and Eastery wrapped candy from the States in one of the import shops.

Skittles -- starting over is always a possibility, until the very end, and some would say that is just the beginning of another start as well. OK, sorry to be sounding morbid here, then again, it is Easter and that's what it's about, at least the resurrection part. Did you know that Easter was also a pagan festival and was named after the Goddess of Fertility, Eostre or Eastre. Thus the bunnies and eggs. Good luck skittles. Today is my day back getting serious. I have been on a sugar and junk food binge and feel and look horrid. I want my good feelings back!!

LuckyLady -- hi there. sweet of you to say you felt closer to me watching the moon. I absolutely love full moons. Don't know what it is, but I will be restless and go for a walk and look up and bang, big darn thing speaking to me from up there. From way back, must be the gravitational pull or so. Funny thing, I never had a feeling I wanted to go there though. I have a calendar of moon phases in my room so now I know just where the moon is, in what phase. Interesting to see if I seem to be affected any way by the phase. I miss homegrown tomatoes. We used to grow a ton of them and they are a world apart from anything I buy in the store nowadays, which seem to have no taste. Hope you feel better. Then again, it's just muscle soreness. Kind of a good feeling knowing you got all that exercise in, no?

Well, people. today is to be my return to sanity with my eating, exercise. I called in to work (one of them) and told them I was taking the day off. Have a lot of other work to do and my place is a disaster. I hate to take off because I lose the money and need it desperately but I also need some time to tend to other aspects of my life. Also, the atmosphere at the paper is horrible.
So, I was having a bit of a sleep-in and then decide to finally get up, check my mail on my phone (bad habit) and there's a message saying my father is in the hospital. It doesn't sound that bad, but it doesn't sound good. Damn. This is not what I need. Very worrying. And I have no money to just up and go halfway around the world to see him. Let's hope things will get under control. He is 74 and has been under a lot of stress caring for his ailing brother, trying to get his affairs in order because he seems to be losing it mentally, my uncle, not my father. My mother died a long time ago and my father has remarried so his wife is there, thank God, but we are not close.

Others, I'll try to catch up later. Hope you're all well! :wave:

03-27-2005, 11:41 PM
Ugh, I only exercised three times this week and haven't done anything since Thursday. :( I try very hard to not use lack of time as a reason not to get to the gym but that really is what happened this week. Will is home for spring break, we got our puppy Friday, plus Greg took the last few days of the week off. It all added up to having more than the usual number of people to deal with and I let that cut into my personal time. My eating has been fine so there should be minimal damage. :crossed: At least I am ready to get back into my workout routine - in the past a lapse like this would have gotten me off track for good plus I would have used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. :cbg:

I hope everyone had a happy Easter and that nobody was too overcome by candy. I admit to a nibble here and there (darn malted milk balls!) but I didn't buy much and the kids ate what little there was pretty quickly.

Red - We admired the full moon too. I am so amazed at how bright it can be. It really is an astonshing sight.

Skittles- I am so glad you are back! I hate that you didn't get a raise. It can be so frustrating not to get what you know you deserve. I always hate to hear a company claim that business is slow, etc., etc. Not to say it isn't true, just that it doesn't make up for the fact that you aren't being rewarded for a job well done. I hope it will all pan out for you in the next couple of months. :goodluck:

Lucky - How is your knee feeling? Sounds like you've been able to move around a little more. Cutting back hedges all day has to be a pretty good workout! :strong:

Gloria - How did your floors come out? I have been considering doing mine as well. Did you have to sand them first? I've never done it before and have only started looking into the process. We intend to replace all of our flooring once the kids are older. It just doesn't make sense to go through the expense while they still put so much wear and tear on them, plus I will probably go with brick pavers or stone, neither of which is a good idea with three little daredevils running around. :stars: But, in the meantime, our wood floors could really use some TLC.

I'm getting nightime munchies so I'm going to head off to bed before I do any damage! :tape: I will be weighing myself in the morning to see how I'm doing for our 2x2 after all. I'm hoping to start the day off right! :goodscale

Talk you you all tomorrow!


5 dogs
03-28-2005, 11:51 AM
Jamie (my daughter) called yesterday and told us some good news. She's ENGAGED! I don't remember if i told you this, but Jamie met a guy when she was in Iraq two years ago. Carl, Grandma (My mother-in-law) and i met him last year and really like this guy. Jamie was married once before, and just before the Army told her she was going to Iraq, her then husband of only two years, told her he just didn't want to be married anymore. After the devastating divorce, she spent a year and a half in Iraq where she met Don. He's about 20 years older than her, but right now, the age thing is not an issue. Jamie is such a sweet person and if she can find some happiness after everything she's gone through, than i say go for it. They don't know when they will be getting hitched, but it wont be this year. Jamie still has about two years of collage to finish so they may just have a very long engagement. I have lots to do today so i cant stay long. Just had to tell all my Sanctuary friends the good news.
Talk to you later.
Jamie and Don are on the right, Will and Gina (Daughter-in-law) are on the left.

03-28-2005, 02:56 PM
Hello everybody! My name is Chelsea Pectol and I am new here to this forum. I thought this was a good place to start. The thought of a sanctuary is very appealing! :)
I turned 31 last month and I weight 368 pounds. I am just about at my wits end with myself. I am still living at home with my mother, mainly because I have Obessive Compulsive Disorder and it has been difficult for me to keep a steady job. I also attribute my non success to my weight. I am embarking yet again to see if I can drop this weight. I fear for my life, being so young and so heavy!! It is difficult for me to do anything in life. Hard to take a shower and go to the bathroom even! I am hoping to find here support through my journey. I've always felt that people who are trying to lose weight together give great support.
I hope to develop friendships here with all of you!

Thanks for the support!!

03-28-2005, 03:22 PM
Hey Gang -
Sorry for the fly-by post, but I just wanted to say hi! I'm thinking about you all, but also thinking about the work piled up on my desk. :dizzy: It's a rainy, icky day here! I want to see the sun again!!!
Have a great day and I'll pop back later!
;) Barb

5 dogs
03-28-2005, 03:24 PM
Hello Chelsea, if you need support, then this is the place to be. If you ever feel like your alone and have no one to talk to, well i can honestly say that all of us have our own weight issues. For me, that lonely feeling is devastating and the only way to get over that feeling is with food. You are not alone Chelsea. You just made friends with a bunch of terrific people.

03-28-2005, 05:18 PM
Thank you Gloria! It makes me feel happy to know I have support here! I was looking all morning for a good support group! I've never participated in a support group online for weight loss. I'm quite sure it will be most helpful!
I seem to have the most trouble with munching. I want to snack all the time! Even right now, I am snacking on Wheat Thins. It's so hard to find truly healthy things to snack on, even things that sound healthy, like my wheat thins, are often not really all that healthy because of salt or whatever the case may be. I am also an INCREDIBLY picky eater, which makes it all the tougher! Luckily I like some fruits and vegetables. So I should focus mostly on that stuff.
I hope I'm not overly blabby on my posts. It's just nice to post messages to people who know a lot of what I am talking about! :)

5 dogs
03-28-2005, 05:36 PM
I am the nibble queen Chelsea. I nibble even when I'm not hungry. I think it has a lot to do with boredom. There are some days that i make myself get up and go for a walk instead of nibble, nibble, nibble. I was wondering if your on any special diet? I started the South Beach diet the end of last year and in the book it says to eat three meals and two snacks. So far I've lost about ten pounds in two months. I know thats not a lot of weight to loose but a person has to start somewhere. The people here at Sanctuary have really helped me a lot. Just being able to talk about regular everyday stuff is a blessing to me. What kind of vegetables and fruits do you like?

03-28-2005, 07:12 PM
hi people. just a quickie here. good news on my father. They did the test and found he had had a heart attack but it looks ok, the arteries are not blocked. Thank God. I was hoping for good news. Didn't get much work done yesterday as I was on the phone most of the day to the States.

Chelsea, welcome. I am very impressed with your desire to try to lose the weight again. Come here for all the support you need and keep trying to change your habits. It is probably hard for you to get exercise in but do try. Do you get out much at all? If you ever need to talk more than you want to here pm me. :wave: And don't ever mind about writing long posts. The longer the better! Take care and good luck! :sunny:

5 dogs
03-28-2005, 07:15 PM
I'm still working on my floors Tricia, but what i have done looks all nice and shiny. I did have to sand my floor a little but that was only because i put polyurethane on them a couple of years ago, and the people at Home Depot told me that in order to make the new polyurethane stick, i would have to sand some, but not that much. My knees wouldn't hold up to hours of sanding anyway. My problem is the dogs. I hate to make them stay outside all day long while the polyurethane drys, and the smell can be quite strong. The weather here has been nice enough to where i can keep my windows and doors open for good cross ventilation. Ask the people at Home Depot or Lowe's about putting polyurethane on your floors. Its amazing how a little shine can make your home look like new.

What did you name your dog? Is it male or female, and what breed is it?

My mother-in-law came over yesterday for Easter dinner and of course, she gave hubby and i each a chocolate bunny and a basket. Giving me chocolate is like asking an alcoholic to be a bartender then telling him not to drink. Dah.

Hay Red, do you have trouble sleeping when the moon is full? Hubby and i sure do. For the past couple of nights we have been doing a lot of tossing and turning, (From lack of sleep only);)

I'm sorry to hear about your father Red. I don't know where your father lives, but if its Florida, (That's where i am now) let me know if there is anything i can do for you here. I know how stressful it can be being so far away and not knowing if you should try to come back to the states or stay there. They say money won't bring happiness, but its sure good to have when you need it. I know you don't know me very well, but please, if there is anything i can do, just let me know.

Have to get dinner going so will talk to you tomorrow.

03-28-2005, 07:21 PM
5dogs, that's so sweet of you to offer to help! :thanks: My father is in Pittsburgh. It should be OK, you're just too sweet! :yes: My sister is in Philly and brother in Seattle so there are people closer than me! I'm hoping for the best and hope my father sees this as a call to arms for him. He doesn't exercise but still does a lot of things around the house like shoveling snow and things and those sudden bursts of energy, or rather, sudden exertions, are probably worse than anything. He has a lot of stress with worries and unfinished projects but he is that type where HE must do everything because he wants it done just right and boy, I grew up with him, and he sure instilled the same in me. It's taken a lot of time for me to learn to let things go! Thanks again, 5 dogs, sorry I'm not commenting on posts now. Just kind of busy and a bit scattered. I'll catch up later. Hope you're doing well.

5 dogs
03-28-2005, 07:29 PM
Don't worry about me Red. I can only imagine what your going through. I know a sick loved one and put a lot of worry and stress on a person, but being so far away can make it even worse.
Take care of yourself.

03-28-2005, 09:29 PM
Hi All.

Cross your fingers - I am getting my hair cut tomorrow and hoping to drop a few oz!!!! :lol: ANYTHING to lose weight!!!

red: Sorry your Dad is having trouble but it sounds like he should be okay now. It sounds like he has stress from taking care of his brother and having everything done "his" way, but then I can understand because I have that trait too. I am trying very hard to change. My nephews mow my yard for me in the summer but not the way I would!!! At first I got mad but then decided I would rather have them mow it so I have more time for myself so I just take a deep breathe when I see something I don't like and a bless the fact they mow ALMOST as good as I would. :D

I love the moon and watch the phases too. When there is full moon I love to sit outside and just "be" with it.

Gloria: Thanks for sharing the picture (even though your cute son is hiding) and I am happy for your daughter.

Tricia: My knee still hurts a little but getting better, thanks.

Now my back hurts and my legs - Spring is a killer on my body!!! :lol: I like to get all my projects done so I can have fun during the Summer.

You can jump right back into your workout routine!!! One slow week won't keep you down!!! Not my HERO!!!!

Chelsea, Welcome!!! I have been stuggeling to get the scale to start moving down so we can encourage each other. We all are here to support each other and chat about our lives. Just jump in and type away.

Kat: I suppose you are laying on some sandy beach soaking up the sun!!!

Well, I could keep chatting away but it is already 7:30PM and I haven't gotten some of my chores done.

Later - by the way, I appreciate all of you sharing your time here with me.

03-28-2005, 11:21 PM
Hello all!

First off, Chelsea, it is good to have you here. You are going to love it. And don't worry about rambling in your posts. I'm always yappy :blah: in mine and they haven't kicked me out yet. :lol: I tend to be compulsive myself. I wouldn't say that I have OCD, but my family might disagree. My compulsiveness manifests mostly in my perfectionism. I like things to be just so. My husband will do things like put a wrinkle in the bed after I've made it just to see if I notice - I never miss it. It isn't anything that interferes with living my life but it probably does drive the people around me crazy. I work very, very hard not to apply my standards to my children as I want them to grow up happy and carefree not feeling like they can't live up to my expectations. It really is something that I have to be conscience of every day.

Gloria The puppy's name is Daisy and she is a Cockapoo. Oh, how we all love this dog! And after our experience with Sweetie Pie it is wonderful to watch the kids interact with her. She follows them around, well, like a puppy dog and they are the happiest children on Earth right now.

Part of my problem with doing my floors is that there is no way I could do it while the kids are here. But, they usually go and visit my in-laws for a couple of weeks in the summer so I thought I might tackle them then.

Red, I am glad your Dad is going to be okay. The same thing happened to my sister a few months ago and it was terrifying. She isn't even 40 yet. She is thin as a rail but has always battled high blood pressure. In fact, it was her heart attack that got me back on a healthy trail. It just seemed so ridiculous that I was taking my body for granted as I was. I mean, here I am, I've somehow dodged the bullet of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol that runs in my family and I'm going to increase my risk of those things anyway? Nope. I knew right then that I was going to lose the weight I needed to and I haven't looked back since. Okay, okay, maybe I've peeked back there once or twice, but nothing serious ;)

Lucky, I did jump right back into my routine and, you know, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I went to a new class tonight. I love step aerobics but I've been going to the beginner class. Well, tonight I ventured into the intermediate/advanced class. Hmmm - they sure do things a lot different in there! :eek: But, I am plan to keep going to this one. It was more challenging but was also more fun. I should have switched sooner but, you know, I was in my comfort zone in the beginners class. This one was so much faster. The moves I can do but darn these short legs of mine don't make it easy to do them FAST. I survived though so I figure that means I would be foolish to turn back now.

BarbPA, I'm glad you popped in to say hi. I hope things are going well for you and that you are still reaping the benefits of your fabulous getaway. I'll cross my fingers that the sun comes back out in your neck of the woods soon.

Alright I've polished off the last bite of my dinner so I am outta here. The Mary Kay stuff I ordered at the party I went to got here today so I'm going to go be girly a while before bed. You guys have a great night!


03-29-2005, 01:19 AM
You're all so wonderfully sweet! I was asked what fruits and vegetables I like...well...I like apples and oranges and bananas. I also like broccolli (I don't think I know how to spell that! lol) and peas (yes, I know, starchy!), and carrots and corn, more starch! I am kind of on a diet plan. It's called ********, and it's mainly a health regiment. It sure makes me feel good. It cleanses the system, lots of antioxidants, and is a fat burning system to boot!
I don't get out much, which is a problem. My mom was just telling me she thinks I should get out of the house more and thinks that would help. I would have to agree.

Man, I have 223 pounds to lose!! That's a massive amount! I have to try and make myself make small goals, and not just think about the long term goal. That's very hard to do for me because I am a "I want it and I want it now!" type of person! The longest on a weight loss journey I usually travel is about a month. Once I hit that month, something in me just says, "Man, I've worked so hard and I look not much different, what's the point?" I'm sure most, if not all of you know what I'm talking about.
I think I've decided to weigh in once a week. That seems to be reasonable. My mom says she'll take the scale and put it in the trunk of her car and only bring it back in once a week. :) I really think I'm going to get more support from her this time. She's always tried, but I'm talking to her more about it this time, and I think she's really thinking it might happen this time. She is over 300 lbs herself, and I hope she can lose the weight too. I am heavier than her, but we both need to get healthier!
Thanks for listening everybody! This really helps! I feel a closeness with you all already!

5 dogs
03-29-2005, 02:46 PM
I know what your talking about Chelsea when you said "I want it now. I have said those exact words to myself. Then one day i was reading in the paper about a woman graduating from college at the age of 55. Why would anyone start a career at that age? Then it dawned on me. Its all about the passing of time. What do you want in you life? I don't want to be the same person a week, month or even a year from now. Like the woman graduating at age 55, even though it took her longer to get to where she wanted to be, she still got there. I'm 53 now, but at age 54 i could weigh the same as i do now, or i could be ten pounds heavier or i could loose those ten pounds. There's nothing i can do about turning 54, that will come no matter what i do, but what i can change is my weight.

On the lighter side, today i did the ultimate multitask. Instead of driving to the store this morning to pick up the few things i forgot to get yesterday, i rode my bike there instead. I got some great exercise, fresh air to boost my spirits and i saved the gas i would have used. (What is with the gas prices anyway?) Where i live there are two very busy main roads with nothing but businesses that run along side. My house, along with many others run behind the stores so its easy to walk or ride a bike to get to where your going. We also have sidewalks here, so i don't have to worry about getting hit by a car. Anyway, i am feeling really good right now.

I have laundry to do so best get to it.
Have a great day.

03-29-2005, 05:03 PM
I absolutely 100 percent agree with you Gloria! That is a wonderful attitude to have! There have been many things that have contributed to my being held back in life, but I do have the power to change things. We all do! There is a lot of hope in that. My, OUR lives can change! I started writing in my journal again for the first time since Christmas. I got a lot of concerns out on paper there. That feels good to do that. It was suggested to me by an extended member of my family to keep a food journal as well. I will think about that. Does anybody here keep a food journal? If so, how is it working for you?
I got a book on CD to listen to while I go for my walks. The weather is real good here today, it's just beautiful. We've had some strange weather here lately, but I think Spring is definetely in the air! I have been laying out by our pool, which inspires me to lose weight too. I think about how I would like to someday be able to go to other peoples houses and wear a bathing suit and not be embarrassed! Wouldn't that be awesome!?
Talk to you ladies soon!

03-29-2005, 05:38 PM
I just created my weight tracker, and of coarse since I just began to lose weight, I am at 0 lbs lost...but not for long! ;)

03-29-2005, 06:22 PM
That's the attitude Chelsea! :cp: 5dogs, I found your post inspiring as well. Thanks! Will write later. :wave:

03-30-2005, 12:37 AM
Good for you, Gloria! Your post reminded me of when I was younger - junior high. Of course, we couldn't drive yet so my friends and I would ride our bikes to the Cross Country (a local quick stop that was just outside our subdivison). It was probably 5-7 miles each way. We'd get Icees, candy bars, chips and then ride on back home (and all around the neighborhood while we were at it). I was thin back then. I think what must have happened was that I kept getting all the treats but stopped riding my bike to the store to buy them. Man, hindsight is really 20/20, isn't it?

Oh! And congratulations on your daughter's engaement! It sounds like she's found someone who makes her very happy - and that the rest of the family likes him too - it just doesn't get any better than that. Good for her.

Chelsea, I think your mom is right. Getting out of the house more is a great idea. I used to stay home all of the time and claim that I enjoyed being a "homebody." The truth was that my weight kept me from wanting to leave the house. Well, as it turns out, I am a homebody by nature. I prefer spending time at home with my family over other things. BUT - I don't sit around on the couch anymore. I get outside, roam the neighboorhood with the kids, talk to the neighbors. And, I didn't wait to lose any weight to start doing those things. In fact, it was probably one of the first steps I took when I started a few months ago. I think I just realized that I wasn't going to get anywhere healthwise if I didn't get over the idea that I was too fat to be seen, if that makes any sense. Anyway, whatever your reason is for staying home a lot just try to overcome it and step out a little more often. It really will make a world of difference, I bet.
Also, feel free to ask your mom to join us as well. Maybe the extra support she is showing you now is her way of taking a babystep to lose weight herself.
Finally, you are right, 223 lbs is a lot of weight to lose. You can do it though, I know you can. You have the right idea about making small goals. Try not to think too much about your long term goal right now. Someone on this site has a ticker that says, "I can't lose 100 pounds but I can lose 10 pounds 10 times." I think that sums it up for everyone - regardless of how much weight we have to lose. Just remember that we are all in this boat together. Losing weight is hard even for people who have just 10 pounds to shed. The only difference for those of us who have more to lose is that it will take us longer. But the struggles, the rewards are the same for everyone.
That butterfly of yours will be making its way towards 145 in no time!

So, summer is near and all those yummy vegetables are about to be at their peak. So, I've been thumbing through my recipes to help me decide what all we'll put in our garden this year. I came across this one that I had forgoten about. It is so easy and good. It only has about 125 calories. If you like fried zuchinni (sp) you'll like this alot so give it a try:

Oven Fried Zuchinni

3T Italian bread crumbs
1T Grated parmesan cheese
1/8 t each of garlic powder, paprika, pepper
2 t olive oil
2 medium zuchinnis

Preheat oven to 475.
Slice zuchinni into sticks. Mix bread crumbs, parmesan, spices. Toss with olive oil. Put everything into a zip lock bag and shake until zuchinni is coated well. Bake for 12 minutes.
I mix 1T of Light Done Right Ranch dressing (adds about 30 calories) that has a little horseradish stirred into it to dip them in. I had them tonight with my Lean Cuisine Spaghetti. It was a nice change from the usual salad.

I'm off to bed. Hope you all have a great night!


03-30-2005, 06:54 AM
Hey all, sorry, still no time to catch up. Glad we have some prolific types on this thread. 5dogs, jawsmom, chelsea, lucky, anyone I missed, take care and I wish you all the best on your programs. I'll be back! :yes: :wave:

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 11:04 AM
Thanks Tricia for the congrats on my daughters engagement. Its good to have friends to share the happy and sad times with.

Went to the Y yesterday for my water aerobics class and to weigh myself. I'm excited to report that I've lost ten pounds! Ten Pounds!!! For those of you that don't know this, i don't have a scale in my house because i found it to be a hinderance in my weight loss. Every day after exercising i would weigh myself only to find the scale the same as the day before. Like you said Chelsea, "what's the point? So my scale went out with the trash, and along with it went my compulsive behavior on my weight issues. Loosing weight is like Martha Stewart puts it, "Its a good thing", but there is soooo much more to it than watching that stupid scale go down. That wonderful, wonderful feeling that you get after exercising, and fitting into my clothes again. Now I've rediscovered my bike and all the wonderful sights and smells that only a person on a bike or walking can enjoy. The gardenia and rose bushes are starting to bloom and the smell is very intoxicating. Working very hard to peddle my bike up a hill and coasting down the other side with the wind blowing in my hair. Its a natural high and all of it makes me feel good and excited just to be alive.

Have to get this day started so will say so long for now. I'm off to the little produce stand not far from my house. I wonder how much i can carry on my bike? Talk to you soon.

03-30-2005, 11:36 AM
Hey everyone! :)

Ummm... there isn't a post here from me, but I wrote one yesterday! This site goes so slowly for me, I wonder if I just thought I had it posted and it didn't. I usually walk away and do other things after submitting, because it can take up to five minutes. :(

I baked one of my favorite adjusted recipes yesterday and thought I would share it with all of you. I left lots of notes in there, because I just can't seem to leave a recipe alone! The biggest changes are taking out the sugar and replacing with Splenda, as well as replacing the vegetable oil with applesauce.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 1/4 c. Splenda (or 1 c. sugar)
1/2 c. applesauce (or 1/2 c. vegetable oil)
1 egg
2 c. flour
2 t. cinnamon (I used 3 t. of a cinnamon spice blend. I love spicey cookies!)
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
PLUS 1 t. milk
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. nuts (optional, I never use them)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil and egg.

Stir together flour, cinnamon and salt. Mix all together along with 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon milk. Mix. Add chocolate chips, vanilla extract andn uts, if desired. Drop by teaspoon onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, being careful not to overbake.

Yield: 3 dozen (I use a tablespoon sized scoop and get about 4.5 dozen)

Notes about these cookies. They barely spread out at all, so you can place them fairly close to each other. If you want spicier cookies, you can add 1/8-1/4 t. clove, 1/2 t. ginger, 1/4 t. nutmeg. Pampered Chef has a really yummy Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend that I recommend for this recipe instead of all the other mixing. :) Oh yeah, and I'm really lazy and toss this all in my Kitchen Aid, so I don't bother to mix the dry ingredients all separately first. I just add them in the order they go down the list.

Chelsea, glad to have you with us! Your weight isn't very far off my top weight at all, and there are a couple of others posting here who are or were in the 300+ category. We can help you address some of those specific topics if you need. :) Food logs? You betcha. I'm one of the worst for telling myself I haven't eaten all day and then realizing afterwards how many little things I snuck in and forgot about totally. A food journal keeps me aware, and is a really good first step. I also believe exercise is a must, but start out really slowly. It feels so good, I always want to do more, but that is how I ended up injuring my knee.

There is so much to say to everyone else, but I'm running out of time here. I got a new writing assignment yesterday and have to get some research done before calling to set up interviews. Betting redballoon could give me some tips there! Also, my job has requested that night staff show up to two staff meetings a month, and of course the meeting falls on my day off. Oh well, at least they are nearby? Yeah, I'm trying to convince myself this is a good thing. :lol:

Hope Kat is having a wonderful vacation! BarbPA, loved reading about yours! Skittles and BarbG, haven't heard much from you, and I miss you. Tricia and Gloria, thanks for your inspiration. I love reading about your exercise classes, especially Gloria's belly dancing. :) Lucky, how do you do it all? I wish I had half your energy.

Ok, past the time I promised myself I would be getting out of here! Someone shoo me off the computer! :lol:


03-30-2005, 03:56 PM
Hey all!

Tricia, thanks for the words of encouragement! I am really going to try to get out of the house more! I really do enjoy getting out, but I do make excuses why I shouldn't. 'It's too hard', 'I have no money to do anything', etc.
Gloria, when you talked about the sights and smells experienced only by someone who was biking or walking really inspired me to continue to do my walking. I want to discover new places to walk too. And a HUGE congratulations on losing TEN pounds! That's awesome, and sure not easy!!
And Tricia, to look at your 49 lbs lost is very inspiring as well!!

Thanks for all your encouragement! I will be weighing myself in about 4 days, so hopefully there will be some results. But it is true what you said Gloria about what Martha Stewart said about there being so much more than watching the scale go down. I am already feeling better. I have a little more energy, and if it can be believeable, I feel a little lighter! :lol:
I am going to start meeting with a couple of ladies from my church who also need to lose weight. We are going to have a little support group. We used to do these meetings before, but after a few months, we stopped. But it sure was nice having that extra support. So I called the lady whose house we had it at and she would like to start it up again too. :)
Thanks for the nice welcome Andria!! It's truly nice to be a part of this group!
Hugs to you all!!

03-30-2005, 04:14 PM

I am on the right. And my cousin Rachel is on the left. This was taken about a year and a half ago, and I've probably gained a few pounds even since then.

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:15 PM
Chelsea, are you trying to send a picture?

03-30-2005, 04:19 PM
Are you unable to view it??

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:21 PM

03-30-2005, 04:22 PM
That's very strange, I can see it. I had a hard time posting it before, but I thought I fixed it. Hmmm.....

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:23 PM
Did you push the red X that says (Close Current Tag) before sending it?

03-30-2005, 04:24 PM
Oh, no. I'll edit it and do that.

03-30-2005, 04:26 PM
Man, now I don't see that icon to click.

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:28 PM
This is to funny. I have never done computer tag before.

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:33 PM
You have to get into (Post Reply) in order to see it. If you have been posting your reply by way of (Quick Reply) then you wont be able to see because its not there. Close current tag is in the same line as (Font) (Size) (Color

03-30-2005, 04:37 PM
Okay, let's see if this works. Once again, I'm on the right, and my cousin Rachel is on the left. :)

03-30-2005, 04:40 PM
Anything yet???

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:42 PM

03-30-2005, 04:45 PM
Oh well, I guess it's not going to work. :(

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:45 PM
This is what i see

03-30-2005, 04:48 PM
Chelsea, It looks like you can't download the link. It won't allow you. All I can suggest is that you perhaps directly download the picture to your computer, add .jpg or one of the other picture file names at the end of the file name and try that.

03-30-2005, 04:48 PM
OH, ok, they just won't allow it then. Bummer! I have it on my documents on my computer, but I don't know how to post something that's just from my computer.

5 dogs
03-30-2005, 04:57 PM
I went through the same thing. I was told to use the web site Ripway. Its free and it will turn your pictures into gif files so you can copy and paste them into your post.

03-30-2005, 04:58 PM
I will go there and try it, thanks!

03-30-2005, 05:03 PM
Go into the post reply go advanced.

Scroll down to past the bottom of the reply box and see the "manage attachments" part.

Make sure the file on your computer (it is a picture, right?) is in one of the formats listed there. With IBM you need to have the file name end in those letters, ie., myphoto.jpg

go into manage attachments

then hit browse and find the file on your computer and click on it so it goes in the box.

then hit upload

then hit close the window

go back to the reply window and type your message and hit submit.

try that, hope it works

03-30-2005, 05:16 PM
Hopefully this one works. ;)

03-30-2005, 05:25 PM
Hurrah!! Chelsea, you did it!! Wow, Chelsea, you're beautiful! Jeez, sure wish I had your looks. You look in your early 20s! Thanks for the pic!

03-30-2005, 05:29 PM
Aww, thank you Red, you're so sweet! I think my cousin Rachel with her long dark hair and big beautiful eyes outshine me by a long shot! But that's sweet of you to say! :D

03-30-2005, 05:36 PM
Nah, Chelsea. Your cousin is very pretty too but doesn't outshine you by a long shot. You look like sisters. Take the compliment for what it is, the truth!! :cb: Yeah!!! :sunny:

03-30-2005, 05:38 PM
Your eyes have more of a twinkle!! :yes:

03-30-2005, 05:58 PM
You're going to give me an even fatter head! :smug: :lol:
I'm blushing! :o
Thanks for the compliment! I just thought it would be nice to have a face with the new name. I like to be able to place a face with a name I know. If you guys have pictures of yourselves I'd love to see them! I'm sure you're ALL beautiful!!! I did see the pic of Gloria she has, and she is very pretty! :) Of coarse our real beauty comes from within, right? I need to work on my inner beauty, that's for sure! I have such a patience problem, and I can be quite ugly! I am working on that too! Sometimes I just get so frustrated with life that I forget to look at the many blessings I have!
It's all a process that we must go through to try and better ourselves. I know it's a struggle for me every day to be a good person. But I do try. Sometimes not hard enough, but it's a work in progress! ;)
Love to all!

03-30-2005, 06:02 PM
Red is right, Chelsea. You are both very pretty. Also, you look like you carry your weight very well. Lucky, Lucky you! Especially at my heavier weights I carry pounds very sloppily. I don't know, I think it is because I'm so short. And if I ever let myself be photographed I post the pictures to prove it! LOL.

Will has karate tonight at 5:30, I've got a step class at 6:15, and somewhere in there I need to get dinner on the table and hose down the children. Thank goodness Greg is always willing to help out.

Gloria, I LOVED your description of being outside. We have a big hill on our street that the kids always climb and the coast down on their bikes, scooters, anything with wheels, yelling "WEEEEEE" all the way down. I have to admit that I do it too. That is the great thing about having small children - I can yell WEEEE riding down a hill without being looked at like I'm a total nutcase. Oh, and hey, I went jogging last night. I still don't get far without having to stop but I'm giving myself an A for effort. We had a very hectic night and I missed getting to the gym. After the kids were in bed I thought to myself how ridiculous it was of me not to do ANYTHING just because I didn't get to do what I had PLANNED. So, on with my shoes and out I went. I felt really proud of myself by the time I got back home.

Alright, I guess I gotta go figure out this dinner situation. Have a great afternoon!


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03-30-2005, 06:06 PM
Sorry i hung up on you Chelsea but my computer just decided to take a quick nap. Chelsea, you are down right beautiful.

03-30-2005, 06:17 PM
:thanks: You guys are the best!

Tricia, I sure wish I could go rolling down a hill and yell WEEEE! That would be a blast! But at my weight, I think that might not be a good idea. I would probably stop with a crash! :rofl:

03-30-2005, 06:41 PM
Well then, Chelsea, that is just one more reason to stay focused on your new and improved lifestyle! You'll be flying down a hill in no time!

03-30-2005, 07:07 PM
That will be awesome!!! :D

03-30-2005, 10:15 PM
Ok, I feel left out! I can't see Chelsea's picture. :(
And someone is going to have to start a new thread soon! :lol:
(I have this weird superstition about starting new threads. People stop posting as soon as I do!)


03-30-2005, 10:46 PM
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