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dragonwoman64
04-01-2005, 11:21 AM
Hey, Gals, welcome to April!

Today was my first day at the gym! I was definitely nervous, Rob went with me on a guest pass for moral support. I look at this first session as more of my learning how to use the equipment more than a real workout, since there was a fair amount of stopping, starting and waiting because I didn't know how to use the machines. I did the treadmill, the bike, and a couple of the resistance machines. A nice looking trainer helped us learn how to do everything.

I was surprised how crowded it was, I couldn't get on an elliptical, so that will have to wait until next time.

So another piece of good news, I lost 1.8 lbs this week!!!!! I was thrilled. It took work, and major chocolate avoidance, but I did it. So I'm happy to see the March weight loss stall madness behind me!

Have a great day everyone, and be nice to someone Scottish! it's their heritage week after all!


DianaLS
04-01-2005, 11:48 AM
Heyyyyy I am here, Like the fact that it's APRIL..and I will give my Scotty lots of sugars...hehe HAGD!

DianaLS
04-01-2005, 11:51 AM
Hey, Gals, welcome to April!

Today was my first day at the gym! I was definitely nervous, Rob went with me on a guest pass for moral support. I look at this first session as more of my learning how to use the equipment more than a real workout, since there was a fair amount of stopping, starting and waiting because I didn't know how to use the machines. I did the treadmill, the bike, and a couple of the resistance machines. A nice looking trainer helped us learn how to do everything.

I was surprised how crowded it was, I couldn't get on an elliptical, so that will have to wait until next time.

So another piece of good news, I lost 1.8 lbs this week!!!!! I was thrilled. It took work, and major chocolate avoidance, but I did it. So I'm happy to see the March weight loss stall madness behind me!

Have a great day everyone, and be nice to someone Scottish! it's their heritage week after all! I am glad you started the GYM, WTG you will get into a routine and LOVE it...I cannot believe how sore I am today, wow...HAGD..Pizza...hmmmm.drooling, lol


Gardenwife
04-01-2005, 12:20 PM
If I worked out at the Y as hard as you all do, I think my pounds would melt away. Y'all challenge me, which is something I need. The backs of my thighs are still so tight from working in the yard. I'm sure the sight of me hobbling around here is amusing, but I need to do some stretches and keep moving.

A drumroll....I lost 1.5 pounds this week! The plateau, she is broken! I'm definitely retaining a lot of water right now, so to see a loss on the doctor's scale today was an amazing thing. I still feel like a puffy marshmallow, but there's still less of my puffy self than last week. :D

SwimGirl
04-01-2005, 12:56 PM
Kimberley - yay! congrats :) I once hopped on my scale thinking I should have gained, I was puffy as well.. and I was down.. gotta love that :) Keep it up !! :) Make sure you do a little warm up before you stretch, stretching a cold muscle can hurt it.. or I think so..

Marge - a goodlooking person at the gym? Thats always a definite motivation for me.. the gym I used to go to had tons of really hot men.. it's nice to have some eye candy to look at! Mmmm.. at my old old gym the treadmill overlooked the free weight area, it made those 45 minute runs a lot more fun! I'm showing my age aren't I? Congrats on your weight loss! You all are shrinking!

As for me? I'm.. RE-shrinking, I lost the 4 pounds I had gained, and am actually AT my ticker weight now. I changed some of my goals up, and now am looking forward to a 14 pound loss for April. I'm going to start mini training for a 10km walk/run on April 17th. My origional plan was to run it, but I just didn't train for it.. so I'll walk it. I think I'm prepared right now, but in the next couple weeks I'll look at increasing my km's, when I go for walks now I go for 5-6km's, so I'll add 1-2km's to that and really try and increase my pace. It's called the Vancouver Sun Run, the 10 km thing, and I've wanted to do it for 3 years, and I figure walking it is better than not doing it at all! My brother will come up from Seattle for the walk as well, it'll be a good time :) Alrighty, you know the drill, I have to go shower.. lol.. I'm always leaving here to shower! Take care you Fabulous Gals! :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-01-2005, 04:07 PM
WTG Marge and Kimberley for losing, Aimee u too girl :cheer: !! I will not be weighing myself until a week from Sunday...I will then have been working out at Curves for close to 2 weeks, and eating better...I took a 2 hour nap, but boy are my legs still sore..whew!
I will be ISO some great getaways for the Summer and fall with the 3 of us...Usually, we go camping, ( Tent), but, the last trip of the season last year, it downpoured for HOURS, buckets and buckets, so bad everyone in the park left...We ended up throwing out the tent and sleeeping bags ( u see here, in the Adirondacks, you camp on dirt and sand, not like the lush grass of OHIO, and rest of the country, so when it rains it is a MESS)..I hated that tent anyhoo. DH likes Domes, and it was a large one,but, with the rod up my back, it is so hard for me to get around in them since the sides curve in...I have finally talked him into a really nice Cabin tent we found, but we decided to take the year off from camping and go to hotels and cabins this Year for a change...DH works shifts, one week days, then a day off, the next 3-11, then the weekend off til Tues, when he goes in at midnight ( 11-7) then has 2 days off b4 he startsover again, some weeks he gets a lot of OT too, so he is exhausted. :tired: Usually we schedule camping for his long weekends so he won't have to use a lot of vacation time for that and we use that for longer trips, like in November we are driving to Fla to spend Thanksgiving with my elderly parents, my dad is not fairing well any more and I know he only has a matter of time ( he is 87, and had me at 50)...In May, we are using one day and taking the long weekend he has off to go back to OH and visit Heather :hyper: ...So we have planty of time left for trips...I will be looking into Gatlinburg, TN and Niagara falls today...it is hard to find QUALITY places that aren't too commercial or dumpy when you bring your small dog, we never leave him home..well, am off, gotta finish that sauce and get looking, HAG1 all!

Gardenwife
04-02-2005, 02:21 AM
Thanks, y'all. I was so shocked and happy to see the number dipping on that scale. :D

Lunch with our friends was great. My mom came with me and we split the dinner portion Caribbean Chicken entree since it came with two chicken breasts, and she just got two sides a la carte. Sure beat paying $8.99 each for the lunch portion. Of course, the freakin' $1.99 we paid for each coffee kinda blew that away, LOL. We shopped for 4 1/2 hours and then closed down Bob Evans for dinner.

Their new Tuscan Chicken salad is great! If I'd not had the banana bread, I would have been within my calories for the day...But you know about me and banana bread. :o And the irony was, it was again with my mother!

Ohio? Hey, now -- where in Ohio? We'd love to meet you if you have time. We may stay at a hotel in Cleveland the weekend of May 28-29 and catch the Indians game on Sunday for an early b-day gift for Howie.

DianaLS
04-02-2005, 09:41 AM
Hey all :coffee: drinking some Java...Where is everybody the last couple of days? Everyone must have a life except me, lol... :lol:

Kimberley...I love Bob Evans, and sure wish they had one here...I miss that Peanut Butter Pie..YUM! I think that is the weekend we are going to be in Toledo. This is the first time I will be back to Ohio in close to 7 years, so I will be busy visiting, we will only be there 3 days...Maybe we can catch up the next time I go, lol only who knows when that will be...I am thinking in 1 year, he promised me we will not be staying away for so long, and he really wants to go to Cedar Point, I used to work there years back...This time we will be doing the Toledo Zoo, and eating some great food, I miss the variety of foods and restaurants, we are starting to get more here, but still have as of yet to find a good mexican place...and my almond chicken...I miss that a whole bunch...and we will be shopping to bring stuff back here that you cannot find here: Hires Root Beer, Verner's Ginger Ale ( nothing here is even remotely as good as Verner's), and Little Kings Cream Ales, I cannot find them anywhere here, and it is one of the few beers I will drink...Very potent...
It's funny the things you miss when you are away...I may get some Tony Packos Chili mix too, I have bought it online but it is expensive to have it shipped. Tony Packos is awesome...And, I also miss other things, like Toledo's waterfront, and the things there are to do there. Albany, which is close by and the Capital, is very pathetic, nothing at all to offer people to bring them here. We went to the Tulip fest that is such a big deal here, I laughed, it was sad...Nothing like the ones I have gone to...it is nice here, I mean we are very close to Saratoga and in the Summer that is where all the celebrities, and millionaires hang out for the race track, and the Mountains are beautiful...I just miss some things...Looking forward to the few days we will be there...
Well, gotta do last night's dishes...BBL, HAGD all! :D

dragonwoman64
04-02-2005, 10:09 AM
Wow, Aimee! Congrats! That must feel good! The walk sounds like a great idea. There's a breast cancer walk in October that I have my eye on. I don't think it's as long as yours. Maybe a 5k. We'll see if I work up the gumption to do it, ha.

Congrats, Kimberley. It's nice that we both got to see some plateau busting this week.

I'm really impressed by your Curves work, Diana. Rob has never seen Niagra Falls, so I've played around with the idea of us going there for a long weekend. In May we're renting a little cabin on the water in a town about 2 hours from NYC on the Hudson, for my birthday, so that should be fun. Not too expensive just for the weekend. And it's early in the season, May is still pretty cool. Then we're planning a weekend to PA in July to see relatives, we'll see if that falls into place. Other than that, we don't have big vacation plans. Oh, and the cat STAYS AT HOME! :lol: We do miss her, but we could use the sleep!

It's pouring here today! Scottish heritage is going to have to wait until tomorrow! We rented Finding Neverland yesterday and I cried like a baby.

Think I'll curl up in bed for a couple of hours and read a Tony Hillerman mystery!

dragonwoman64
04-02-2005, 10:19 AM
but still have as of yet to find a good mexican place...


growing up in Calif I just love Mexican food. We had a place called La Imperial that my family would go to all the time. It was a restaurant that was originally opened in the back of a Mexican grocery store (with pinatas on the walls). It became a local phenomenon, people would line up down the street to get a table.

In the past 5 or 6 years, a lot more Mexican restaurants have been opening up in NY and Brooklyn. Before, most of the Spanish restaurants were Dominican, Puerto Rican. Yesterday, for my meal off, we went to a Mexican place down the street and I got the spicey pork chops with fresh corn tortillas. Delicious. I think I'd really suffer without good Mexican food, ha.

DianaLS
04-02-2005, 10:48 AM
growing up in Calif I just love Mexican food. We had a place called La Imperial that my family would go to all the time. It was a restaurant that was originally opened in the back of a Mexican grocery store (with pinatas on the walls). It became a local phenomenon, people would line up down the street to get a table.

In the past 5 or 6 years, a lot more Mexican restaurants have been opening up in NY and Brooklyn. Before, most of the Spanish restaurants were Dominican, Puerto Rican. Yesterday, for my meal off, we went to a Mexican place down the street and I got the spicey pork chops with fresh corn tortillas. Delicious. I think I'd really suffer without good Mexican food, ha.
There are only 3 mexican places here, well, one In Albany, but the dishes are dirty and the glassses are too, so that is a great indication not to eat there to me, lol..Toledo is considered a Restaurant testing area. They have restaurants everywhere, and actually do a lot of market testing there before they send them to other parts of the country...There are several fantastic family owned Mexican places there, and I cannot wait to go..the ones here are okay, but not to my standards. I grew up with several Mexican friends, whose parents made the best food, so I must be spoiled. I love a LOT of flavor in mine ( not necessarily hot, but flavorful.), and here, there just is not enough for my tastes..I told my Dh he is in for a real treat, because he willsee what I am talking about...Mexican is my ultimate fave food...YUM!!!! :D

jillybean720
04-02-2005, 11:56 AM
Scottish heritage week? huh? I'm 1/4 Scottish! I actually went to a Scottish festival thingy with my parents either last year or the year before. The thing that struck me most was the amazingly well-trained herding dogs. My aunt actually has kilts and pieces of our family's plaid--we come from two clans, but I don't remember the names.

Anyway--it's nice to be back! I'm at Jeff's right now, but we're heading over to my place today so I can do laundry and divide/sort/pack food for the upcoming week. We are also going to a party tonight for his friend who is in the navy and just came back from doing a few years in Japan, so that should be fun.

I'm glad to see you guys are doing so well with the weight loss! :bravo: Re-losing past gains, beating plateaus, joining workout facilities...I didn't weigh in this week cuz I didn't have access to my scale, but I don't think I have to to know I gained. That's okay, though--it'll be gone in no time with the super-hectic schedule and 4 days at the gym each week starting on Monday. I won't have time to overeat! Will have to watch my sleep, though--I'll probably only be getting about 5 hours of sleep a night 4 times a week, so I hope that doesn't slow down the weight loss too much.

Well, better make sure I'm all packed and ready to go by the time Jeff gets out of the shower. I always make fun of him for taking longer than a girl to get ready to go anywhere, so if I'm not ready before him, I catch **** for it :p Catch all you Fabulous Ladies later (yes, Aimee, I am copying you--I think we should name the next new thread Fabulous Ladies :D )!

kykaree
04-02-2005, 03:37 PM
Hi all!!!! Well done with the exercise DragonWoman. I had to laugh today, do you remember a conversation we had on a thread ages ago about people who wear things under baggy pants, so that you can see the tops of them??? And I was joking about buying a diamante thong??? Well, I got my haircut today and my slim and hip hairdresser was wearing.........low slung white hipsters and a black diamante thong!!!!! I had to stifle giggles, and a desire to get out my digital camera to take a picture as evidence!!!!

I have no idea how my weight is progressing, I get weighed on Monday. I was on a break over Easter, and maintained, so hopefully this week will see a drop on those pesky scales!!! I went to the gym today and did 20 minutes on the bike, 20 minutes on the treadmill and half an hour on the eliptical. You should have come with me, there was only me in the gym, you could have had your pic of four elipticals!!!!

I've got a big week at work this week, and I'm really nervous. I work in a call center for a medical insurance firm. I am going to be training new people for two weeks. I have never done anything like this before!!!! I am really excited too, it will be a nice change (and a break from talking on the phone all day!!!)

Hope everyone is having a fab weekend!!!!!!

SwimGirl
04-02-2005, 04:33 PM
GoodAfternoon! I am AWAKE! After a sleepless night, I slept WAY in. My poor boyfriend, he's pretty stressed, and sick, and had a migraine last night. And you know how men are with pain.. they turn into babies. But he went off to work today anyways, silly boy, doesn't know when he needs to rest.

I've recently started a new addiction... country music. It makes me want to dance, hehe. I should just get up and dance, cuz my food was HORRIBLE yesterday! The only good thing I did was pick up some yogurt for today. Yogurt is a great food, it's easy on the stomach, it helps to restore proper ph to your stomach (I have issues with that), and the stuff I have is fat free, sugar free, and has no artificial sweetners :) I'm hoping I can put some stuff together in my house thats on plan, and then tomorrow at my staff meeting, I'm just going to avoid all their crappy food. Stupid crappy job. On the plus side I have TONS of time off this upcoming week, so I can properly apply for jobs :)

Jill - there is nothing wrong with you using that word :) Although, if you steal my idea and write a book, I'll probably come over there and kick yer butt ;) Glad to hear you are getting back into the swing of things... sometimes it's nice to have things the same when you are trying to lose weight. Or I find it really helps me a lot.

Marge - it's possible that I'm crazy, like 10km's is pretty far for someone who doesn't regularly workout. Granted I walk at least 2km's a day.. i'm young enough I can hurt my body and it'll recover. However when I walked those 6km's with my friend, I was completely fine afterwards, just needed something to drink. We'll see.

I better go get to doing some stuff, I want to tidy, do some dishes, and make something to eat before I leave for my walk. I'm going to meet the bf after he is done work to pick up some veggies for the next 2 days. I'll be back later!

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-03-2005, 01:42 PM
:wave: Helloooooo! Boy where is everyone? lol. I got up after 11 and by the time I got here I thought for sure someone would have posted...Must be you all have lives, sad to say, I don't lol... :rolleyes:
back to Curves tomorrow, looking forward to it. Going to really start cracking down on mysel this week as far as water and walking go too...Walk away the pounds will be a part of my daily routine again. :tread:
Heather should be back today..Woo-hooo... :cheer:
Not much else going on here, just wanted to say Hi and see how you all are doign today...HAG1, Diana :D

a little poem someon posted on my Prim forum earlier, thought it was cute:

Me And You Is Friends.

You Smile, I Smile.

You Hurt, I Hurt.

You Cry, I Cry.

You Jump Off A Bridge.

I Gonna Miss You :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

SwimGirl
04-03-2005, 02:09 PM
Goodmorning Diana! It is pretty quiet around here eh? Everyone must have a life... except us ;) heh.

There is nothing on TV, so I just watched a infomercial, Winsor Pilates. Oh man, I need it! Badly! I just called my mom, who is going to track down the diet plan for me, I already have the buns and thigh workout, and can get the others burned to a DVD for me. This is why I'm not allowed to watch infomercials! A LONG time ago I watched the Billy Blanks one, and now own that (I waited until it came to the stores). Alrighty, I'm insane.. and have to shower.. lol... I'll bbl!

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-03-2005, 06:20 PM
Howdy, Fab gals!

Well, the Scottish fest was a bit of a bust. There was a Scottish rock band, men in beards and kilts playing rock guitars. Otherwise just a lot of pushy tourist industry types trying to get people to buy bottles of Glenfiddich scotch and book flights to Glasgow. I shopped a little in Grand Central then went to a nearby museum then headed home. We have Campbells in our family, at a family reunion there were a bunch of red heads. :lol: I would like to go there one day, really beautiful countryside from the pics I've seen. I'm intimidated by the thought that they drive on the opposite side of the road from us. Somehow a head on collision on a small road out in the boonies just doesn't sound like my idea of a vacation....

Diana, did you ever eat fried chicken at Hatties in Saratoga Springs? Wow, that place is good. Ha, I go from gym talk to fried chicken.

Kylie, can you imagine if you'd taken a pic of the hairdresser's undies? heh heh. Probably best to do that after she's put the scissors down. :lol: I would love to have been in a gym that empty! By the time we left ours there was a line forming for the ellipticals. I'm sure it will just be matter of finding the right time of day to go at our gym -- when we took the tour on a Friday afternoon the place was practically empty. I have a feeling people are getting geared up for the summer and that's why there are more bodies around. (Hey, good luck with the training.)

Aimee, I eat a yogurt almost every night (so, I guess I get the yogurt prize :lol: ) I was on a Warren Zevon kick last week, I get weepy every time I listen to his last album, The Wind (Keep Me in Your Heart for a While). He died last year of lung cancer. I've been a fan of his since I was a teenager.

Rob always takes forever in the bathroom. A lot longer than I ever do. (Should I admit that ?? :lol: )

Hey, do you ever get to the end of the week (or even the weekend) and picture yourself being able to extract something you ate that you kinda regret (like a bag of popcorn), so that it's sitting in front of you again, uneaten, and unapplied to parts of your body? It seems like every week I have a small, sometimes bigger, list of stuff that I'd like to extract and put back on the shelf. Funny how that works. :p I should create a television show around that idea, like Seven Days for people working to lose weight.

DianaLS
04-03-2005, 09:57 PM
lol u are all so funny! I have never eaten at that place Marge, but thanks for the info, may check it out sometime...We went to Fridays tonight and my tummy is killing me never have I seen so much grease on a plate in my life ( It was a Chicken and shrimp Sizzler), and boy, may as well have opened the bottle of oil and poured it down my throat...YUKKKK. And I only ate part of it..YUKKKK! I hope Heather is okay, have not heard anything from her, and I know they have had car trouble in the past..Boy, now I am worried...well, gotta run, Have a great night all..TTFN!

SwimGirl
04-04-2005, 12:51 AM
Ugh. I am just getting home, and have to get up early for my crappy job tomorrow. The staff meeting was un-eventful, which was good.. I was worried my very un-tactful manager would bring up the conflicts in the store. I did get the cold shoulder from my assistant manager... again. She really hates me, it's amusing to watch. Because on paper I am the perfect employee, I make the most money for the company, have the least amount of returns, and always do everything they ask. It's just all stupid, I'll talk to my district manager tomorrow.. see if I could transfer to another division of the company, I just have to get out of my store. Or I'll quit. I'm just tired of talking about this stuff, yah know?

Alrighty ladies, I'm SO tired, I'm gonna get some sleep.. I'll talk more tomorrow :)

-Aimee

kykaree
04-04-2005, 01:16 AM
I'm off to work now, while you are all sleeping, lucky things. I'm not doing any exercise today, my day off!!! I am too stressed to think about the gym. I am even going into work an hour early to get organised. I had to move desks on friday night, and my new computer won't have any of my files on it, so I have to sit at my old one and transfer them all, what a pain in the neck that is!!!!

Hope everyone has a lovely Monday. I've even packed my lunch today, so I can have a walk at lunch time and not be stuck in the cafeteria. I had a lovely afternoon in the gym yesterday, the cute instructor was there, and he was exercising. I am trying to teach him to smile, and he gave me a lovely one when I arrived, so he is making good progress!!!!

DianaLS
04-04-2005, 06:56 AM
Hey there ya all...Hope everyone is ready for the new week...having my morning coffee b4 curves. :coffee: our weather has been so depressing this weekend, sure do hope the sun comes out one of these days. :sunny: Need it so my tulips and Irisis wills start growing more...I love Spring ( when we are lucky to get one usually it goes right from Winter to Summer here) and Fall the best. :flow2: I sue do hope we have a Spring this year. 3 years ago, we had a beautiful one we went and bought some purple fountain grass to plant around our deck, and that next day it snowed ( the day b4 memorial day weekend) and we thought they were toast...I had to cut them to the ground and pray for the best, luckily they were fine...the following week it was in the 80s...lol..I just trimmed my climbing roses they look like they survived the Winter, They are one of the few roses that do. :flow1:
MY MIL is supposed to go with me, but she had a date last night and is not on yet this morning so maybe I will be going alone lol...she has, now I just got this out of her, are u ready...6 boyfriends. :cofdate: U see when I first moved here, she was like Aunt Bea on Andy Griffeth, even wore housedresses was chunky the works...well, 3 years ago, she started losing weight and meeting friends online to play games with and chat with, then she started wearing regular clothes ( not house dresses) and getting her hair colored etc...then she left her husband if 38 tears and filed for divorce...and now she is a COMPLETELY different person. Boyfriends~ She has two black ones ( before she said she did not condone dating other races) and 2 younger men, ( one is only a couple years older than us, and 2 her own age ( 54)..She says they are all just friends, but, for some reason, Blanche from the Golden Girls keeps popping into my mind. she wasn't going to tell me, it sort of slipped out. She swears they are all non-sexual...LOL okay we will see..She had better be careful is all I know..My DH says he doesn't even know her any more or like her this way at all...I can see his point, I mean, she went from One extreme to another ya know? When she went through the change she literally changed. And she changed the entire family in the process...Her hubby was a major mental abuser, so I am not saying I don't blame her, but to stay for that long, I just don't get it..Should have left long ago in my opinion, but to change that much, wow. Christmas is so weird now. :sorry: Hmmm not on yet, she is usually always on by now...Oh well, and his sis, well, she will be the next chapter of my book, but this one will crack you up...Hint: She is my age gonna be 37, has a mullet, wears tweety shirts EVERY day of her life, and still ives at home ( with her father)...hehe..and on that note, am off..HAGD! :lol3: :lol3:

jillybean720
04-04-2005, 07:18 AM
LOL @ Blanche from the Golden Girls :lol: Oh, Diana, at least she's feisty at an older age instead of sitting around drinking Ensure and watching Judge Judy all day, right? :p

Aimee--GET A NEW JOB! I know, easier said than done. When I was working at Payless, I complained endlessly about my job for like a year before I quit, but when I did, GOD it felt good! And even the bad parts of the new job (no job can be perfect all the time) seemed so much better in comparison!

Marge--Heck yeah, Jeff ALWAYS takes longer in the bathroom than me! I go from pajamas and icky hair to squeaky clean and dressed in like 20 minutes. He goes in the bathroom and lord knows what goes on behind those doors, cuz he doesn't come out for at least an hour! Now, I don't wear makeup or do anything to my hair other than brush it, so I guess if I were a "normal" girl and actually did girly things, I would take longer, but he doesn't have to do those girly things, so why does he take so long?! He says it's because he has to shave, but ya know what? I'm pretty sure the surface area of my legs and armpits is much greater than that of his face, so that's no excuse! Bah, who knows--maybe I really don't want to know what goes on in there...:dizzy:

Kylie--I just got into work this morning after being out a week only to find that I have to switch desks, too! I came in and my computer and phone were moved to another cube, so I had to move the rest of my crap over, too. I wish they would have waited for me to be in the office so I could have done it all at once, but, c'est la vie...:rolleyes:

Well, I did NOT pack my lunch for today, which means I will be eating in the cafeteria (bad Jill! :mad: ), but that's only because I have pretty much NO food at my house! After being gone for a week, I had to throw out a lot of food. I couldn't even have my usual cereal for breakfast this morning because I had to dump out my milk that had gone bad! I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead, which used my last 2 pieces of bread, so no sandwich for lunch. At least I don't have to work at the restaurant this evening, though. That means I can run all my errands I didn't get to run over the weekend, which is good. I haven't been sleeping well at all lately--even when I get a chance to actually sleep in, I am up early and wake up multiple times throughout the night, which means I'm not getting any REM! Oh well. Back to the old grinding wheel...Hope you all have a great Monday!!

cacmsc
04-04-2005, 07:20 AM
Girls you all sound very motivated hope you don't mind if I join in? I have also been trying to increase my exercise and drop some more wt. I have been working out 3 days a week and now have challenged myself to 4 starting this week. Recently I discovered by going in the morning I have no excuse not to get to the gym. In the afternoon I have many excuses. I haven't done the scale thin in a week but will this saturday. I find saturdays to be a good day because at least it makes me watch myself a bit more on fridays. Well good luck to all of you. The talk of camping makes me want to pull that popup out but still talk of snow showers in NY.
CC

jamswife0807
04-04-2005, 09:57 AM
heyyyyy all :wave: missed you while I was gone. I am so proud of all you have done for yourselves. TOM decided to show up two days late, and while in the car on the way to MO, but its here, nonetheless. Also making appearance on the trip is possible strep..lol. I know its customary to bring things back w/ you from vacation, but this is ridiculous :crazy:
I tried to do my best while on vacation. all my snacks in the car(its almost 10hours by car) were lowfat(unlike the family, who were eating candy and doughnuts and pop, but they dont have a weight issue, so its cool) and when we had to stop at ff places, i only ordered chicken. while at DH grandmother's house, ate the good stuff, and no ice cream, or homemade country desserts, or grandma made pies....i never knew i had willpower.. :lol:
I also made sure that while there I did some walking. One night DH and I took a brisk walk on the dirt road. The next day, we all did some walking on Grandma's property(she owns two farms, and each farm is roughly 750 acres each, so we just kind of walked up a lot of high hills)we stuck to one farm, and didnt walk the whole property, but we did some serious walking for about an hour or so. she lives near the Ozarks, so there were a lot of inclines...it was rough to say the least, but it felt good to be able to do it...a couple of months ago I wouldn't have been able to.
Well, I'm off like a dirty shirt. I'll bbl. Have a wonderful day! ((((all of you)))))

SwimGirl
04-04-2005, 10:28 AM
Heather - sounds like you did alright.. no bad eating.. and you were worried.. silly girl :) Congrats though, it's hard to go away and eat good.. All that walking definitely should help yah out. I'm going to hike down my mountain, and up it today. but only cuz the bf works until 10pm, and I want to get home before then. It's quite the workout!

Jill - bad jill. BAD! ;) I say this as I prepare to head to work without eating, or packing a lunch either.

Diana - you are too funny, I love it!

kykaree - I hope your Monday was Fabulous!

I'm running late... again.. I need to work that out... get up earlier or something. I'll talk to you ladies later! :)

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-04-2005, 12:00 PM
Hi, CC. Doesn't this weather completely suck?? I know April showers bring flowers etc., but give me some sunshine!! I'm going to do the gym in the mornings too. Getting up early tomorrow as a matter of fact. Hope I don't encounter another elliptical line, I may have to figure a way to empty out the gym to be able to get to use one...hmmm...either a nasty fluffer or shouting Brad Pitts filming outside (or both...). Anyway, great job on upping the exercise.

Last year Rob and I were on vacation and I got my TOM on a holiday, ALL the stores were closed. I didn't have anything. It was like a bad anxiety dream. I was going to the hotel bathroom every 1/2 hour that night! Never will I travel unsupplied again! I'd say skipping Grandma's pies goes beyond will power. I'm impressed by that.

I hate to say it, but I still have many files on an old computer that I haven't transferred or saved yet :eek: I've been meaning to lug it over to the local PC place and have them put the files on a cd for me and haven't even done that yet. Well, it's ONLY been about 6 months.... Yikes! I can relate to not liking to transfer files (in my defense, the floppy drive is broken and there's no CD-rom drive, so I was attaching the files to email and doing it that way, can you imagine?).

Well, at least that crappy job will soon be just a memory. One lady I worked for, at a book PR firm that she ran out of her 19th century mansion/house here in my neighborhood (her mom *owned* an island), used to go through employees (three of us) like someone with a cold goes through the tissue box (new one every six months). We all had our own keys, and she had the door set up with an alarm. You'd get something like 15 seconds to punch in the code or else it would sound. I usually was the first one there; a couple of times I set that sucker off and it was LOUD. She would come down the stairs in her NIGHTGOWN and slippers (the two other employees were young guys). She used to stand behind the door so she could listen to what we were saying without our knowing. Those were probably the least psycho things she did.

Wow, 6 boyfriends! Never has my love life been so busy! Our accountant is going through something like that. He left his girlfriend and went to Russia to meet a woman he'd been corresponding with over the internet (and phone). He's part Russian. He's living la vida loca right now, going out with different ladies all the time. He tells me he's having the time of his life, and I believe him. I guess there's hope for me yet! :lol:

Jill, I agree, let's leave it as an Unsolved Mystery heh heh.

I've been putting it off, but I have to go do some check book stuff for tax season. Found a dog sniffing expert this morning. I'm a woman of many talents ;)

jillybean720
04-04-2005, 01:02 PM
Okay, okay, so I did a bad thing and had lunch in the cafeteria, but it could have been a lot worse! I got a grilled chicken wrap (no mayo) and a small salad--will drink water or the 1 20-oz bottle of diet pepsi I allow myself each day. Considering they also serve amazing-looking cheeseburgers, fries, pastas, pizza, calzones, etc., I think I did pretty well :D

I found out today that I will be working on government proposals pretty much full-time for the next week or two. YAY! I actually got turned down for a job before due to my lack of government proposal experience (living near DC, it's pretty much a must-have). Now I can add it to my resume for next time around.

I also found out that I will not be getting the security clearance I was hoping for. I really only wanted it because you get paid a lot more if you have one, but apparently the company is currently processing about 1500 new clearances, so they basically said I'm SOL for now. Oh well. I'll have to find another way to get the bug bucks :p

Can I just say that I haven't even had a grand total of 6 boyfriends in my life, let alone at one time! Actually, Jeff is my first real boyfriend (the first relationship that I've had that is based on more than drunk party weekend hook-ups), so I'm lucky to have caught a good one early off. A big light bulb went on over my head this weekend concerning him, though. We have been together for over a year now, and my friends keep asking if I think we'll get married, if he's made any mention or hints about possibly proposing, etc. It got me wondering why we don't really talk about marriage at all. My friend from college got engaged on their 1-year anniversary and had been talking about it for months before then. So what gives? Well, his friend proposed to a girl this weekend, and Jeff's initial response was, "They haven't even lived together yet." Ah HA! There went that light bulb! Jeff and I are planning on living together when my lease runs out (not until early November :( ), so I take it as a really good sign that he wants to live with me, since he clearly thinks that is the pathway to marriage. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree that people should live together first--you learn a LOT more about people when you share the same space. I just didn't know it was such a major step in his mind. I feel better now--not that I had any reason to not feel good about our relationship. Does that make any sense?

Alright, back to pretending to work (since I don't really have much to do until this government proposal comes my way in a few days). Hope your Monday is Marvelous--catch ya'll later!!

DianaLS
04-04-2005, 01:39 PM
hey there ladies...And "Welcome, CC!" :wave: Our group is very friendly and a great place to get a boost every day...
Heather, my dearest friend, WTG! :cheer: you truly amaze me, I haven't got that much will power, of course, I am trying not to Cut everything out because then I will Pig-out on it one day, instead, I just have a small piece, then I am happy...

I will be weighing myself on Sunday, so hopefully I will have lost a few pounds..Not eating nearly as much like a :ink: as I used to hehe..

Marge and Jill~ once, long long ago, I used to date a ton of guys, when I worked 2 Summers at an amusement park ( Cedar Point, the greatest in the world, will post the link below)...I once dated...2 Scotts, 2 Todds, a Brett, A Michael, and a couple whose names I forget all at the same time...It was all innocent :angel: ( went out for ice cream, mini golf, stuff like that) but had a blast..Every guy in the park knew me, they used to sing "Dirty Diana" to me in front of the entire employee's cafeteria ( over 350 ppl) and my nickname was "Boogie Bunns"...LOL Ask Heather , she was there too, hehe...Oh and there was a Scott at home too, but we were just in lust with one another but too scared to do anything about it, lol...Serious Boyfriends, well, ones that I really loved...3, before my husband and found out what real love is all about... ;)
Well, that 's it for now..Just got back from ****...er Walmart...Today it was TERRRIBLE, just wanted to yell "Get the **** out of my way you idiots" but that truly would not have been nice eh?.. :^:
BBL HAGD!

Cedar Point it has been vote the Number one Amusement park in the world the last few years..
www.cedarpoint.com

Gardenwife
04-04-2005, 10:09 PM
Hey, y'all - I stopped by here a couple days ago and there'd only been one post! I got one notification and then nada, so I forgot to come by. We were running about all weekend, and today I slept in late then worked outside. Ahhhh, ouch again, but not as bad. I've read your posts (LOL about the nightie-clad boss evesdropping).

And welcome CC! Didn't want to leave you out, especially since you're new! :)

Gardenwife
04-04-2005, 11:06 PM
P.S. I have Chicken Reuben in the oven. Anyone here like sauerkraut?


Chicken Reuben Casserole
Makes 6 servings

1.5 skinned and deboned chicken breasts, into strips* ( 750cal/8g fat)
1 14oz can sauerkraut, well-drained (73cal/0-fat)
7oz swiss cheese, sliced (700cal/56g fat)
1 cup Kraft fat-free thousand island dressing (250cal/0-fat)

Total per serving: 295cal/11g fat

Chicken can be browned in skillet or put in raw. Put chicken in bottom of a 9" casserole dish and layer on sauerkraut, cheese and dressing. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45min to an hour.

* You can use whole boneless-skinless chicken breasts and just have less kraut/topping per serving. I'm serving this with a generous side of veggies.

SwimGirl
04-05-2005, 12:29 AM
Holy crap my body is sore!! It was my first all day shift in almost 3 weeks!! It was alright, I worked my butt off.. and it went fast. I sold 1,455 in crappy clothes today, yay for me.. heh. After work I went to see my bf, and then walked home from there. Just over 2km's straight up my mountain. I really need to take a picture of it, I told my friend about it.. and she didn't really think much of it.. until she drove me home one day. It's insane! So thats my exercise! Tomorrow? My exercise will be applying and FINDING a job! I'm thinking I might apply in a restaurant.. tips would be nice :)

Jill - thats awesome about the government thingy (me smrt). I agree that it's a GOOD idea to do anything you can to make more money... 1 year and you are *ready* to get married? I've been with my bf for over 5 years, and I'm still not ready for marriage. I know that my bf wants to be more financially secure before he pops the question, I agree with him.. mostly only because I barely make any money and would like to be "grown" up.. man, I really need to think about this career thing.

Marge - try the stairmaster.. I love it! It hurts so badly.. I'm crazy. Those ellipticals are really popular, this one gym I went to had like 15 of them, and they were almost always in use. Try mid morning, like 10-11am. I usually found that was the most dead time. 6 boyfriends at a time is hard to juggle, I've been know to.. date more than one person at a time. My boyfriend is the only one who could tame me :)

Diana - "dirty diana" i love it!! When I was young.. and rather stupid.. I used to tell people that my theme song was "I get around" by the Beach Boys. Oh man, I got really popular off that one! I suspect I really did have a bit of a reputation, which is funny because I really did NOT get around in that kinda way. Wal-Mart is evil. I worked there for almost 5 years. I was working in the photo lab, so I was pretty secluded from the rest of the store. I had some pretty bad managers, and was very mouthy.. I was never fired though.

Kimberley - I was wondering where the heck you were! I want to sleep in, you are making me jealous :)

I am off to watch some TV... NC tarheels won the NCAA finals :) Yay! I'm tired, so have a great night all :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-05-2005, 06:54 AM
hey all just a quicki b4 curves...yawn....you are all too funny...I am assuming, Kimberley, that you must got to bed very late, and sleep in very late, lol, or else that was your midnight snack? lol...I am in bed at the latest 12. I really need o go to bed before that, but seems like things just pile up and I never get done before then, and yes, Aimee, you do need to take a pic of that mountain of yours, just so we can see it..lol...And Jill...I think, with me, I had dated so many people that by the time I met my DH, I was ready for marriage. If I wasn't ready by then I may never have been. We lived together for a year before we got married, I think, when it is the right person, you know, and time is irrelevent. I know of people who dated for years, lived together for most of them, got married and 6 months later were headed for divorce. Ask heather too, she lived with her first hubby for a good many years before they got married and now she is re-married to another guy. Like I said, when it is the right person, there is a feeling you have inside and you know...I hope that is the feeling you have with jeff...Well, am off, gotta get dressed..BBL, hag1!

jillybean720
04-05-2005, 07:19 AM
Good morning, Fabs!

Time for the usual morning complaint--I'm tired! I didn't get to sleep till about 11:30 last night, so when that alarm went off at 4:30, oi vei! Only 4 days a week, though--get to sleep lots on the other 3 to make up for it :)

1 year and you are *ready* to get married? I've been with my bf for over 5 years, and I'm still not ready for marriage. I know that my bf wants to be more financially secure before he pops the question, I agree with him.. mostly only because I barely make any money and would like to be "grown" up.. man, I really need to think about this career thing.


I'm not ready to get married--I'm ready to get engaged :p I know once he pops the question, it'll be at least another year of wedding plans and stuff. I've got a life plan, here: I want 4 kids. I want to be DONE having babies by the time I'm 30. Therefore, I must begin having babies at age 25-26 (I'll pray for a set of twins to cut down on the time spent pregnant ;) ), which means I have to be married by 25, which means engaged by 24. So, he's got one year to make up my mind, since I will be 23 in July :p I know, I'm young, and I don't really need to "rush" things quite so much, but I really want to be a younger mother so all my kids will be grown up and on their own by the time I want to spend my older years with the husband. It all makes sense in my head...

Also, I think I've done a pretty good job of proving to myself that I don't need to rely on anyone else, which was the biggest step for me toward becoming "grown up." I'm definitely not completely a grown up yet (and hopefully never will be!), but since I left my parents' home in August of 2000 when I graduated from high school, I have pretty much figured everything out on my own. While I'm not exactly rollin' in dough, I'm financially stable enough to afford to rent my own apartment (which in this area is basically equivalent to paying a monthly mortgage!) and bills and student loans and yadda yadda yadda. I have lived both with other people and alone, so I know I can survive either way if I ever have to. I've also made it pretty clear to Jeff that once I'm married and kids are in the picture, divorce is not an option (unless under certain extreme circumstances). We are the adults and should be able to handle our problems without involving (or jeopardizing) our children. Since his parents just got divorced about 2 years ago, I know he's completely on-board with that idea. Once I get married, I plan to stay that way (not that anyone really plans on getting divorced, but when my friend got married at 19 and I expressed my concerns with her, she once said, "It'll be fine, Jill. If it doesn't work out, we'll just get a divorce." JUST get a divorce?! Like it's no big deal?! Like it's the easy answer, the easy way out?! Words could not adequately describe my feelings when I heard that come from her mouth).

My grandmother (who just passed away Easter weekend) and my grandfather (who passed away when I was in high school) would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this spring. My sister and I sent my parents on a trip to New York City for their 30th anniversary in November. If my psychotic and dysfunctional relatives can make it, then so can I :p Of course, I don't want to get married just to be married. I do love him, and he's got an amazing amount of patience when it comes to dealing with my sometimes-neurotic emotions and outbursts :dizzy:

Okay, enough blabbing about my Jeff. I miss him so much during the week (he stays with me Friday-Sunday night, but I don't see him at all Monday-Thursday since he lives on the opposite side of DC in Maryland and I live in Virginia--bout an hour and a half apart). Good thing I have a picture of him on my desk at work and bug him on AIM while he's at work all day :p

DianaLS
04-05-2005, 09:34 AM
Jill~~~"I'm not ready to get married--I'm ready to get engaged I know once he pops the question, it'll be at least another year of wedding plans and stuff. I've got a life plan, here: I want 4 kids. I want to be DONE having babies by the time I'm 30. Therefore, I must begin having babies at age 25-26 (I'll pray for a set of twins to cut down on the time spent pregnant ), which means I have to be married by 25, which means engaged by 24. So, he's got one year to make up my mind, since I will be 23 in July I know, I'm young, and I don't really need to "rush" things quite so much, but I really want to be a younger mother so all my kids will be grown up and on their own by the time I want to spend my older years with the husband. It all makes sense in my head..."


Hey hon...I want to just say one thing..not that I am an expert, but maybe with age comes knowledge..I had a life plan too...I planned to be married and have 3 kids by the time I was 30...well, got married at 30 and no kids yet...Life just has its way of pulling the punches on ya sometimes, and things just do not go as planned...I hope they do for you, but a lot of times they just don't. Marriage is VERY hard. A **** of a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. Living together was hard too, but, for some reason, things change when you say "I do" ..I know that sounds nuts, but, it is very true. Ask anyone, and they will say the same thing...lol..twins run in my family, but I am having a heck of a time conceiving and carrying to full-term, granted, it gets harder the older you get ( I am 37), but we have been trying to conceive almost 5 years. I can now conceive, but cannot carry, and it is weight related, so this is why I am sticking to my guns. My neighbor is 34 and she tried to conceive for 10 years with her hubby whom she married at 23...they had to go through all kinds of fertility tests. She had twins almost 3 years ago, and now, they are not having a great time of it, because, she had no idea how much kids change marriage. And they do, I don't care what anyone says, kids change a relationship. Not saying it is bad, but just saying they do...You are young..so stop fretting and thinking you have to stick to a plan. Just go with it and relax, let things happen as they are meant to happen. Maybe he is scared because you have it all planned out, and this is somewhat intimidating to him? just a thought. Only you can know how you feel. As for divorce..i don't think anyone goes into a marriage planning to divorce the person they "Love til death do us part" unless they have alterior motives. Sometimes people just change, things change them, things happen. I would have rather my mother, for example, have divorced my father ( whom she has been married to for 50 years last July) then allow us kids be subject to years of abuse, alcoholism, and infidelity on his part. We would all be better off for it now, but she stayed, and we are who we are because of it, I love my dad for who he is now, an 87 yer old fart, but I will never forget the things he put us through. Same with Rod's mom...She left after 38 years, for one because she had changed yes, but because she was tird of being emotionally abused by him, after 38 years, she wishes she would have done it 20 years before. Even Heather, she loved the SOB she was married to and had been with for 13 years and had 2 kids with, but finally ( THANK GOD) she left him and divorced him and found someone who showed her she is worthy of living. I know, who am i to say anything to you, but I was you once too..I had been engaged before, I had been in a serious relationship before, and thought I would be happily marrried in a nice home with 3-4 kids by the time I was 30...Then things just happened and everything went in a different direction for me...
...Okay, Okay, enough already... the Dr. Is out now...HAGD!:)

dragonwoman64
04-05-2005, 10:33 AM
Ladies, you all are so interesting.

I love saurkraut. Thanks for the recipe. It did seem like you were gone for a long time, Kimberley!

Diana, my family used to go to the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk. That was a lot of fun (except for the time I laid out too long and turned my legs as red as as cooked lobster -- that was less fun). There's a huge rollercoaster there -- probably not huge anymore compared to the ones they build nowadays. When I see the stories on teenagers on the news and on talk shows, I feel like we were so innocent! My group of friends (girls and guys) used to go out and have ice cream, that would be our wild time, haha. We did drink some beer after highschool. It was all pretty G rated. To hear the stuff that 12 and 13 year olds do, shocking to me. You'd think I grew up on a different planet.

My parents were married until my mom passed away in 1996, something like 52 years. They had a good marriage. Rob and I have been together since about 1995 (wow, it's been a long time!) and we've been living together since about 1996. We might get married some day, but it's not a huge deal to me. I agree with Diana that a relationship is hard work with lots of compromise. Also, I feel as a person that I changed quite a lot from the time I was in my twenties to the time I was in my thirties. All I'd say about marriage or a committed relationship is do lots and lots of talking about all your goals, dreams, habits, likes, dislikes, needs, money, expectations, etc., to make sure you're on the same page. It's tough enough to navigate life if your sailing in the same direction, if two people start to act with cross purposes, then it can really create problems.

So, I went to the gym this morning and got on a gazelle type thing. Then did the bike and several of the weight machines. Felt good. Definitely the morning is a better time to go, not many people at all. They have a stair machine and rowing machines, I'll probably give those a try sooner or later.

Good luck on the job front, Aimee. I'd love to see pics of Vancouver and the Hill. They call my neighborhood here in Brooklyn the Slope. heh heh. It does slope about 30 degrees going up to the park.

jillybean720
04-05-2005, 11:23 AM
I definitely agree that marriage (or any type of relationship, for that matter) is a lot of work. I also know that having a plan doesn't mean that everything will go according to plan. For example, I know it may be difficult for me to conceive because I only have one ovary (had the other removed along with the 10-inch cyst that killed). However, I also know that if I don't try to stick to the plan, then there's no way it will every happen! I also mentioned that I feel divorce is an option in extreme cases (I would consider ANY type of abuse to be extreme, whether physical or emotional, or even substance abuse), and I would certainly not put up with him ever cheating on me (after all, what kind of example would that be for kids?).

I'm not saying it would be easy. I'm not saying I won't be happy if everything's not perfect and peachy. I've dealt with plenty of ups and downs in my life and have overcome them all, so I know I'm pretty good at rolling with the punches. I know a lot more about myself than a lot of other people ever do (if that makes sense--I have known people who have a very difficult time admitting things about themselves, ya know?), so I also know that I'm ready whenever he is. I've lived the wild n' crazy college years, I've stopped drinking ANY alcoholic beverages (I know that I can never have just 1 or 2, so might as well stop a problem before it starts), I've lived with a 4-year old for a year, I've lived with multiple psychotic roommates, and I have lived alone. I'm definitely ready to live with Jeff :) And like I said, it'll be about 2 more years till we're married anyway (if he even proposes), so we've got some time to figure things out and even change our minds if necessary.

I just don't want anyone to think that I'm completely delusional in assuming my life will pan out perfectly as planned. I just know that I do have a plan and will deal with obstacles as they arrise, but for now, it's nice to imagine my perfect little world in my head :p Just like weight loss--I have read that if you can't picture yourself thin, then you probably never will be--you have to BELIEVE!

treefrogtoes
04-05-2005, 11:27 AM
Jill - I have to say that I'm with Diana on this... I was married (at age 19) with every plan in line to have 2 kids (he wanted 5!) by the time I was 25 and to have the happy ever after. We lived together for 18 months before we got married (we were already engaged). He was very sweet to me the entire time we dated and were engaged. He had strong marrage values as do I. Divorce is *not* an option! With the exception of cheating and/or beating. I swear though by the time we were home from the honeymoon it was like I had married someone else completely! He was rude and a slob, he was always going out with friends or hunting/fishing without me. I felt absolutly stuck, but I had a 'plan' set in place and my values, so I had to follow that right?! We tried to have kids for over 3 years. It never happened. (Thank god now though!!!) A combination of me being overweight (I was 320 at that time and had gotten down to 297), and after seeing a fertility specialist she discovered I had a 'hostile environment' for his sperm... gross I know. Anyway, come to find out that while I was screwing my hormones up with the fertility drug Clomid, he was screwing his girlfriend! We seperated a month after I found out and were divorced less than a year later. My 25th birthday was the worst day of my life. I cried ALL day. Got really drunk and cried some more. I felt I had failed myself because I was not a mother, or a wife, I no longer had a family, or a house... it was really hard. It took a lot of self-reflection to get through that. My point is, don't put time constraints on things you have no control over. I hope that everything works out great with you and Jeff but promise to not put pressure on you or him to have unneccessary goals.

Kimberly - that Reuben Chicken sounds delish! I'll have to try it soon! And congrats on falling off your plateau!!! Woohoo!

jillybean720
04-05-2005, 12:25 PM
A combination of me being overweight (I was 320 at that time and had gotten down to 297), and after seeing a fertility specialist she discovered I had a 'hostile environment' for his sperm... gross I know.

I'm sorry, but that sounds really funny. All I see in my head is like the scene from the beginning of "Look Who's Talking" (where they show the sperm all going for the egg), and the egg like whips out a baseball bat to beat away all the sperm :lol: I'm glad you had a "hostile environment" for his sperm since it didn't work out.

I really didn't mean to start anything here, guys. I was just babbling--everyone has hopes and dreams and the perfect little picture in their minds. I was just blabbing mine out in a post. I do not pressure Jeff for anything (he actually mentioned living together before I did--I even asked him if he thought we would kill each other if we lived together, but he seems pretty confident that we'll be okay, and that is what I feed off of and use to push my own apprehension away), and my timeline is very much based on life being perfect, which I very well know it is not. Like I said, I know obstacles may (will) occur, and that's fine. Having a plan does not mean ignoring bigger issues to stick to that plan. Plans change. People change. Life changes. I know all of this. And also, like I said, I will not be unhappy if life does not go according to plan--spontaneity is half the fun of life, after all! If things don't work out with Jeff, I'm sure it's because there's someone out there that's better for me.

Jeez, I guess having spare time to babble about stuff in the morning is a bad thing. I know I sounded dumb, but I also know that a plan is good to have (not necessarily as specific as mine, but still). However, I am realistic [since I was about 10 years old, all I have ever heard is, "You're so mature for your age!"--I even had a teacher in middle school have a conference with my mother about my maturity level and how he thought everything I said was true and funny (I've always been quite sarcastic), and how he would have laughed and agreed with everything I said if I were 10 years older, but he felt inappropriate laughing at that sarcasm coming from a 12-year old]. From now on, I'll be sure to just complain about how tired I am and leave it at that (yeah right--I'm good at causing a ruckus) :p

jillybean720
04-05-2005, 12:28 PM
real quick--I also think there's a difference between getting married as a teen and getting married in your mid-20s. I know, it's not a lot of years difference, but I think (for me and my friends, at least) that it's a huge maturity/experience difference. My sister got married at 19 and divorced at 24 and is now engaged to be married next March (she will be 29 at the time). Her life certainly didn't go as planned, but she's still quite happy now :)

dragonwoman64
04-05-2005, 02:33 PM
From now on, I'll be sure to just complain about how tired I am and leave it at that (yeah right--I'm good at causing a ruckus) :p

:lol: Fabulous women can handle any ruckus ;)

Gardenwife
04-05-2005, 03:14 PM
Howie and I were 24 when we got married. I can't imagine if I'd married my then-boyfriend Jeff at 19 or 20. There was a big change in me those 5 years. At 19, an older friend of mine said I would be a different person in 5 years and not to rush life -- boy, was he ever right.

Howie works 4pm-12:30am, so we have a rather odd schedule. We had dinner about 1:00am and he headed to bed about 2:30am. Trying to apply rules like "don't eat anything after 6 o'clock is pretty hard when your life's upside-down. ;)

I have GOT to get back to the YMCA. I'm finally using a 3-day prescription ointment for the female thang, so swimming is definitely out. I've been spotting for 2 weeks solid, too, just insane. That part I did to myself, inadvertantly. three weeks back, my birth control pills didn't come in the mail Friday like I'd planned, so Sunday I grabbed a first white one from an old pack I kept for spares. It was a different brand (Ortho-Novum generic vs. my normal Ortho Tri-Cyclen generic) so when the pills came the next day, I thought I'd take Sunday's plus Monday's pills just to be safe. D'oh! :o Thus the 2-week long spot-fest.

SwimGirl
04-05-2005, 03:24 PM
Wowsers! I missed a lot by sleeping in today... it's interesting to see all of our different views. When I was a young girl, I always dreamed of being single and having a Fabulous life living in the Big City. I never wanted children, never wanted to be married, didn't mind the idea of having a boyfriend, but never in a million years did I think I'd be living with a guy at 23! (I'm 25 now). I think we first lived together when I was 22, man... it's been a while.

Jill - I think it's fine, to have a plan, as long as you can accept things don't always go as planned, but you seem like a sensible girl.. so I'm not worried. Everything happens for a reason. I think I'm the type of person who wants to get married (eek, scary!), and I just wouldn't take it well if my boyfriend just wanted things to stay as they are now. I think entertaining the idea of marriage and children really keeps a guy on his feet, thinking... changing.. and if he can handle all of that, you've got yourself a great man! :)

And I also agree with the rest of you gals... life happens, things don't turn out like we thought. If you've got a good sense of humour, and a positive outlook... things will always turn out. I don't know if that makes sense... you've just got to have faith in yourself.

So I actually live outside of Vancouver, in a suberb, Coquitlam. It's about 30-45 minutes to get to Vancouver, depending on how you go. I think I'll drag the bf out today and take a picture of my view, it's SO pretty, I can see all over the Valley, I can even see Mt Baker, which is in Washington State.

I am totally procrastinating. Ugh. I woke up so late that my whole plan of applying for jobs in the morning is gone, but there is tomorrow! I'll go get tons of photocopies, and apply for the one job I think I REALLY want (clothing store close to home). Wish me luck! I'll be back later! :)

-Aimee

SwimGirl
04-05-2005, 03:29 PM
Kimberley - we posted at nearly the same time :wave:

-Aimee

SwimGirl
04-05-2005, 05:38 PM
I am home! And I got an interview :) It's on Thursday at 3pm, I wonder if they are really ready to hire.. cuz I could quit my job on Friday! :) Well, give my notice.. cuz I'm not mean! I am so excited I could do a dance! The girl was really cool, and they were all wearing pink... my fav colour. So I'm gonna wear pink when I go in, dunno how that makes sense.. but it does in my crazy little head. I have to go run some errands.. bbl!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-05-2005, 06:34 PM
Oh, cool - congrats on your interview! That's be great, close to home, too.

My mom and dad had to put one of their cats to sleep today, just a little while ago, actually. :cry: DeeDee sneaked out of the house July 3 and was missing for 2 months before someone captured her and took her to the pound. A neighbor "just happened" to be there and recognized DeeDee. Well, to make a long story short, DeeDee's nutrition was surely lacking during the time she was stray and cats are prone to diseases if they don't get the right food. She developed pancreatitis.

She just kept losing weight despite eating, and then went off her food. She'd nibble here and there, but never enough. Even raw meat only tempted her a little, and then she'd turn even from it. But yet she'd meow like she was starving! She'd gotten to the point where she was skin and bones and just not doing well. The tests needed to pinpoint the problem would have been hundreds, and the vet suspected she had a tumor causing the problems.

They're just devastated. :( Their other cat, Tigger, was beside himself the whole two months DeeDee was gone, and now he'll have to get used to it again. The lady who bred them both will have some adults availble for adoption after a bit, so mom and dad might get another.

Well, I need to log my calories for the big salad I had for lunch, and then I'm out in the yard to sweat and grunt with the weeds until dark.

DianaLS
04-05-2005, 11:09 PM
Oh Boy...been busy all day... I must have been the one to cause the Ruckus... :o :o I just wanted to tell you , Jill, that we care about ya, and don't want to see ya get hurt ...Sure it is great to have an Idea of where you want your life to go...Sometimes things just happen to change things, Par for the course I guess...I wanted to be a fashion Illustrater in the worst way in HS, but could not afford school, and was not good enough gradewise to get a scholarship and back then the best schools were in NYC and LA neither of which I could remotely afford..Sigh...I did not mean to upset you and if I did, I am sorry :halffull: ...Maybe I misread your post, and felt like your big sis or something, please take no offense..I just hate to see people make the same mistakes I did...No matter who they are...Sorry my dear.. :sorry:

Kimberley am so sorry about the kitty...I love kitties so much. .Dh is allergic to them, but whenever I see one outside, they always come to me so I can pet them..Poor thing.. :(

I know what you are saying Marge, about kids...I used to have so much innocent fun, ( Movies, Ice Cream etc) nowadays, wow...Scares me to think of the things they know about. My neices knew abot Sex when they were 8 and 10, even telling me their friends already did it, like it was no big deal..

Kimberley, I thought my schedule was wacky :lol: ...LOL...DH just finished 11-2 shift, is off til Friday then goes in 7-3, so we will have a relatively normal life for 6 days, then he does afternoons ( 3-11)...I usually eat on a regular schedule, and fix him his when he is home or he takes it with him. Or else I would be all screwy like I was when I first got here, I used to stay up all night and sleep all day with him when he worked 11-7 shift :tired: ...Also, my TOM is whacky...I have dealt with PCOS most of my life, in HS when I ran 4 miles a night, I had no TOM at all, only 3 a year...then after I broke my back, I went on BC pills to get regular , then stopped taking them, and was regular for a long time til I moved here..Then startd gainin weight again, and was lucky to have 4 a year again...Last July, while on vacation in Maine, I started, and was greatful, when you are so irregular you want TOM believe me...well every month, like clockwork, I had one, until I had a miscarriage in December...Seemed like I was bleeding constantly for weeks after it, because all of the stuff had to leave my body...well, had a TOM in Jan, but had spotted a LOT...then last month, had a lot of spotting and another Miscarriage...Now, if all goes like normal, I will be having another TOM next week...I think this exercise will help me out with all of it, and eating better.. ;)


Aimee! WTG!! And GL to you, hope you get it... :cheer: :bravo:

TreeFrog~ love that name, so cute, love treefrogs, they are cute :D welcome to our crazy group, please join in whenever...

and, my dear friend Heathr has Strep throat all, she says hello, but is now being put on Anibiotics to get well, poor thing!!! :p

okay enough babbling frome me today, off to bed, hag1... :cool:

jillybean720
04-06-2005, 07:33 AM
Good morning, all!

I definitely got of to a late start today--I didn't wake up until 5:30 (which is the time I usually leave the house for work) :fr: I got myself together and was out of the house in 15 minutes, so I was only about 15 minutes late f or work. How good am I :cb:

I just found out I have a meeting today at 1pm, so it better not be too long! Anything that goes past 2pm cuts into my gym time :tread:

I had trouble sleeping again last night. I got home around 11:15pm, packed my clothes for the gym and restaurant for today, and packed my food for today, and was in bed by midnight. However, I was awake again at 3:30am, and then my alarm went off at 4:50, so it's no wonder I overslept after I hit the alarm. I just wish that on these nights where I only have the opportunity to sleep 5 (or less) hours that I could actually sleep for the entire time! :tired:

Aimee--Congrats on your interview! Do they carry plus-size clothing (and more importantly, would you get a good discount :p )? My closet filled up with shoes very quickly when I worked at Payless.

Diana--When I first started getting my TOM (when I was 13), it was irregular and never became normal until I went on BC pills when I was 16. The beauty of the pill is the regularity, and I'm actually starting a new routine so I only get my TOM every 6 weeks. I'm so sorry about your miscarriages, though. I can't even imagine how frustrating that must be.

Kimberley--2 weeks of spotting, yuck (especially when you like/want to swim)! I hate spotting cuz ya never know when the spotting might stop all together or if it'll grow into full-on TOM. I have taken 2 pills on the same day before and never had a problem (I actually was supposed to start a new pack on Sunday but forgot to fill my prescription, so I had to fill it Monday and take 2 that afternoon even though I usually take them in the morning). I've never mixed different kinds, though. You are lucky you're just spotting--if my sister takes 2 pills in the same day, she actually ends up getting sick :barf: You're smart to have a back-up pack on hand--I've never done that and have come across times when it would have been helpful.

Well, time to find me somethin' to keep me awake. I don't like tea, but maybe I need to start drinkning it for the caffeine (I'm sure it would be better for me than diet pepsi, and I can't stand cofee). Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

dragonwoman64
04-06-2005, 09:31 AM
My mom and dad had to put one of their cats to sleep today, just a little while ago, actually.

oh, I'm so sorry! I know what it's like to lose a pet you love. That's so sad.

dragonwoman64
04-06-2005, 10:21 AM
Aimee, glad to hear it about your job interview, good luck! That will be a major relief for ya. Now that you described the area where you live more, I really can't wait to see your pics.

don't put time constraints on things you have no control over.

what an experience. sorry you had to go through that. my sister wanted to have kids so badly by the time she was 30 that I think she really rushed into her marriage. She has 3 great kids, a great job, but doesn't seem happy to me and I think that has to do at least partly to do with that relationship. With 3 kids, a big house, and all the debts and obligations that go with it, divorce becomes a much bigger issue.

Now, if all goes like normal, I will be having another TOM next week...I think this exercise will help me out with all of it, and eating better..

it's definitely helped me. I tend to be pretty irregular, but in the last month it's like clockwork.

Well, it's going to be 70 degrees today, YAHOO! I can actually go out without a coat! I think we might head over to Coney Island and hang out one of the days this weekend. I have to get some new sunscreen. I'm so freakin' white that if I start going out without it I'll end up like a tomato. Lots of Russians have moved into the area (actually into our neighborhood too), so most of the kids who are selling those famous Nathan's hotdogs (if you all have heard of Nathan's :lol: ) are all Russians now. A few years ago they built a big baseball stadium there where the Brooklyn Cyclones play (go Cyclones!). It's a blast to see their games. On Fridays there are fireworks on the boardwalk that you can see from your stadium seat.

Have a good one everybody. (Don't forget to watch Lost tonight!)

jillybean720
04-06-2005, 12:59 PM
Well, it's going to be 70 degrees today, YAHOO! I can actually go out without a coat! I think we might head over to Coney Island and hang out one of the days this weekend. I have to get some new sunscreen. I'm so freakin' white that if I start going out without it I'll end up like a tomato. Lots of Russians have moved into the area (actually into our neighborhood too), so most of the kids who are selling those famous Nathan's hotdogs (if you all have heard of Nathan's :lol: ) are all Russians now. A few years ago they built a big baseball stadium there where the Brooklyn Cyclones play (go Cyclones!). It's a blast to see their games.

It's supposed to possibly hit 80 here today! I would be more excited if I didn't spend my ENTIRE day indoors, but at least the weather's getting nicer, so hopefully that will also mean nicer weekends. I, too, am "so freakin' white that if I start going out without it I'll end up like a tomato." :lol: I actually use SPF 50, I think, and it has to be waterproof, sweat proof, blah blah blah. Otherwise, it is bright red skin, dehydration, and peeling for me all summer long. Jeff and I are going to an Orioles game up in Baltimore in a few weeks. Some people say baseball is boring, but I really like it (I think beacause I played softball for like 12 years, so I'm biased). And yes, I know of Nathan's hotdogs. There's actually a Nathan's counter in a movie theater near me, but since it's in a theater, they charge movie theater prices--like 6 bucks for a hotdog or something ridiculous like that. :mad:

Oh jeez, meeting time--here's hoping it doesn't go past 2:00! Hope everyone else is having a great day (been quiet here on our board so far today)!

DianaLS
04-06-2005, 01:25 PM
hey all, just a short note, day number 7 is done, whew,,I am heading into three weeks of Curves on Monday, I am so glad..I feel better already, don't know if I have lost anything, but feel like I may have, who cares, all I know is I feel great, my knees are sore a little today, but other than that, Woo-hoo...I have a cold-sore on the top of my lip, have gotten them every since I was a child, my dad gets them too..I HATE them...I only get one a year, usually after I sweat a lot or something, must be I sweat too much, lol..I hope it goes away soon, even as small as it is it hurts...:( I need to get cracking on the house work, no matter how much I don't want to..lol...has to be done. Making-Home made Pizza for dinner tonight, I make my sauce now, after years of experimenting I came up with one i really like...I really think it is in the sauce...just my opinion, and the pan. My pan is seasoned just right, gets the crust nice and golden...other than that, not much else going on...Our new neighbors have a yellow tabby cat, just saw him out in their yard today, hope my dog doesn't see him, that would not be pleasant...Maybe he will come see me some morning while I am out planting my flowers...I love kitties, sorry to hear that , Marge...One thing about pets, there always comes that time, and it always hurts too much...and we have a lot of Russians and Chinese here...never saw so many til I moved here. How is Coney Island? I hear the beach is a mess...that's a shame. my parents went there when they were first married...

well, hagd all, and see ya later...:)

dragonwoman64
04-06-2005, 03:03 PM
I'm scarfing down my afternoon apple, it's been BUSY here, scrambling around to find a Spanish interpreter for some documents.

Once I went to a baseball game I found out how much fun it is, completely different than watching it on tv. I got to go to a Yankees game one time, we took a ferry up the East River to the stadium -- it was a BLAST. At the last place I worked we got tickets for a basketball game in Madison Square Garden. That was great too, but I like baseball better. Mmmm, a Brooklyn Lager, a Nathan's dog with saurkraut, the smell of the sea, and the Brooklyn Cyclones, doesn't get better than that! Well, a date with Mel Gibson.... ;)

I usually stick to SPF 15, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to try a better one. That stuff is expensive, isn't it? I have a big forhead and when it gets sunburned I look like an apple head. :lol: an apple head with glasses.

Diana, I can't imagine that you haven't lost weight after all that work at Curves. I admire your resistance to the scale. I've had weeks where I've weighed myself EVERY day, sigh. For me, that is like torture.

It's true Coney Island has gotten run down, and the beach I'm sure isn't as nice as it once was. There can be glass and garbage in the sand.
:( In the last few years the city has been trying to improve the area, after a couple of decades of neglect and really the neighborhood being marginalized by huge projects for the poor. Still, the place has a lot of character. The boardwalk has been redone and it's a fun day out. There's an aquarium. The subway takes you right there too.

Enjoy that pizza, it sounds delicious. Tonight it's chicken, asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes. I think I'll make a pork roast this weekend. I have this recipe for a dry rub that's really tasty.

Gardenwife
04-06-2005, 03:26 PM
Hi, y'all. Well, spotting has become TOM - I am wrapped in a little ball of cramps, worst in ages, but I don't care! I'm just happy it came! Men all over 3FC are going blind just thinking about the contents of these threads of ours, LOL! The headache's back again, probably allergy-related since the trees are budding out. Time to get a refill on Zyrtec.

I've never heard of Nathan's hotdogs, but I'll tell ya, I've been jonesin' for a good kraut dog ever since I made that Chicken Reuben the other night. I opened two cans of sauerkraut, but only ended up needing one since I made less meat than usual. So, I think we need to get some low-fat turkey sausages, like a spicy Italian, maybe. Mmmmm!

In the meantime, how long does an opened can of kraut keep? Nothing like food-poisoning-induced weight loss! ;)

SwimGirl
04-06-2005, 03:33 PM
Goodmorning! I still have 15 minutes left to my morning... and I gotta tell yah, I wish I was still in bed! The bf was having problems sleeping last night, he's pretty stressed about his supervisor at work, who isn't doing his job, or anything for that matter. So we were up until 2:30am talking about it, and then he had to get up at 5:15 for work. I'll go meet him at work today with a burger and a HUGE pop, he's probably dying right now. I did just get semi good news though! He's getting all 4 wisdom teeth pulled on Monday and was worried about how much we were going to have to pay, so I made a few calls this morning and found out the most he'll have to pay is 234. Which is great news because we thought it might be up at 1,000. We are both pretty stressed about money right now, the transition from one job to another for me should hopefully go smoothly, but you never know right? Either way, I can get cash from my brother, so it'll go fine.

Jill - I hear yah on that sleep thing, I went thu a thing where I was sleeping an hour a night, my body basically started to shut down.. MAKE SURE YOU SLEEP! Take liquid calcium, drink tea.. do anything! Sleep is so important when we are trying to lose weight. Alright.. enough nagging from me.. ;)

Kimberley - 2 weeks spotting is CRAZY! I don't know how you can handle that. It would drive me insane. I've been very "lucky", I know the exact day, time, minute that my period is going to start. Usually I can prepare by taking ibuprofen in advance for the cramps I get, I need to see a proper doctor about that. I'm ruining my stomach from taking SO much ibuprofen. I'm averaging about 28-32 extra strength ibuprofen in 2-4 days. It takes me about 2 weeks to get my stomach under control afterwards. ick. On a side note, I always found my period stopped when I was swimming.. I don't know why.

Marge - I am banned from using the Digi cam ( I broke it 3 times, heh), but I'll see if I can make it work without breaking it. I'm going to walk down to the mall to meet Josh (the bf), so it'll be the perfect time to take pictures. Its also NOT raining at this moment, woohoo! It's always so darn rainy in April, I find it usually clears up around mid-April.. so I'm waiting for that :)

Diana - holy cow, I didn't realize it has been so long that you've been doing Curves! I'm so proud of you, it's not an easy thing to get into a good workout routine. Keep up the good work gal :) Can I come for dinner? I want homemade pizza!

I just got a package in the mail from my mom, with about 10 different careers I might enjoy. Each has 2-3 pages of details about the job, where you get hired, the money involved, the schooling involved. I'm excited to read over these later :) My mom is the best.. and it really helps that she's a career counsellor. She's going to send me that Winsor Pilates diet this week, I'm excited. lol. I'm going to give it my all for 10 days, and we'll really see if I lose a dress size! I'm SO weird with dieting, I absolutely HATE it, so I go on these "spurts" where I go really hardcore for 2-3 weeks, and then maintain for a few weeks (almost a month this time), and get back into it. I don't know if thats a good thing, but it works for now. I might have to rethink that in the future.. But until then.. I'm pretty excited for the Winsor Pilates thing. Until then I'm going to do my best to cut that sugar/wheat stuff out again.. it really makes me feel ill. And if that isn't a good reason to quit.. I don't know what is! Well I should get going, I have to eat and make some more calls, and then it's off to meet Josh! Have a great day (but I'll be back!).

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-06-2005, 05:13 PM
Aimee, be careful with that ibuprofen -- it can cause liver damage. My doctor tells me when my knee or back is bad to do 800mg every 4-6 hours. Anyone on a high dose like that long-term, though, she wants to monitor with blood tests to watch liver enzyme levels. So far, I've not stayed on it more than a few days at that kind of dose.

Up until this weirdness, I was very regular on the pill. Green pills time, Wednesday morning, hello there. It was right on schedule today, just not as obvious a transition, save the cramps.

Your mom sounds awesome - what a thoughtful thing to send you. Times of transition can either be terrifying or exciting. I get the feeling you're the type of person for whom life is an adventure and you'll do great!

DianaLS
04-06-2005, 11:40 PM
hey ther e1, busy getting things ready for an online craft show we are having next month..
Marge, I think Coney sounds cool...Maybe some day we will make it there. I like nathams Hdogs, they just do NOT like, me, they give me wicked stomach cramps...I wish I could find some footlongs YUMMMMM..With some home-made sauce, YUMMMM..
Jill...oh pooh me forgot what I was going to say...hmmm maybe it will come back to me...lol
Kimberley, you are so funny!!! Sorry you are having cramps though, that stinks...I love saurkraut, I use the vlasic in th jar though, never had the canned before..
And Aimee....Looking forward to the pics when you can take them. How do we post pics on this forum anyhow, I have NO CLUE...I will show some of my house, and my baby, etc...oh duh, manage attatchments at the bottom maybe? I will attatch a pic of my baby here and one of my dollies ( am giving her to my neice) to see if it works! LOL never saw that b4...lucky you to have a mom like that too...You sound like you have a great life!
well time to hit the hay another work-out in the am..Sure do hope I have lost something, yes, I will be there going on 3 weeks already on Monday, I am shocked...I will be incorporating walks too, so that will help, and bike rides now that the weather is warming up...
HAGN and see ya tomorrow gals! :D

hmmm can't load pics here, says they can only be 50 KB and if I make them that small they will be really distorted...so now to figure this out tomorrow, lol gnight!

Gardenwife
04-07-2005, 12:58 AM
Diana, you sure this is read-only?

SwimGirl
04-07-2005, 01:15 AM
I don't know how to attach pictures either.. I still haven't taken any.. but I'm gonna! Today I walked to the mall... about 2-2.5 km's. I'm now getting worried about this 10km walk I am commiting to, I want to have a good time.. I don't think I can/will. Then again, who cares about the time right? As long as I finish it! I'm hoping Josh will do it with us as well, cuz he walks at a fast pace than me, which really helps and pushes me. Alrighty, enough with unfounded concerns!

There is a little fair down at the mall, we might go check it out this weekend. I used to love going on rides, but I'm getting less adventurous with my old age ;)

Kimberley - I had origionally asked my mom during a fit of tears to help me find a career, and that I really need her help. She knows me pretyt well and I feel she can help me the most. I once saw a career counsellor who told me that she couldn't help me until I took a month long-40 hour a week course. Unfortunately, I have to work, I have a car loan, rent, student loans, a credit card.. no room for not working. Plus, since the closest person in my life is a 51 year old, I've absorbed a lot of information from her.. so I tend to be more mature than people my age. It was funny, I was having a problem at work, and was trying to explain to my older manager that I was feeling excluded, but not actually BEING excluded. She couldn't understand the difference.

I am going to go and see if I can find some pics.. and I'll try to post them either later or tomorrow! I gotta get some beauty sleep.. my big interview is tomorrow! :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-07-2005, 06:49 AM
Diana, you sure this is read-only?


that worked well I see, lol ty for letting me know...that stinks...that was supposed to direct you to the 2 pics only...GRRRR...there has got to be some way to do this...I'm on a quest now...BBL ya'll, gotta get ready to leave... ;)

jillybean720
04-07-2005, 07:05 AM
Good morning, all!

Guess what--I'M AWAKE! I don'tknow how or why, but I actually do not seem to be struggling to stay awake at this particular moment (by now, my head is usually bobbing as I'm trying not to fall asleep at my desk--or I just lose it and completely DO fall asleep at my desk :p ). I got out of job #2 a little early last night--left around 10:30, so I was home before 11 (gotta love it when the manager doesn't want to be there, so he lets everyone else out early, too). I decided not to do much last night, so I just crashed on the couch and was asleep by 11:30. Of course, as per usual lately, I could not just fall asleep and STAY asleep--no, I woke up about 1:40am. It's so frustrating to WANT to slep and just not be able to! So then my alarm went off at 4:40am, which means I got hardly any REM sleep at all last night (just like every other night for over a week now), so I thought I'd be tired like usual, but for some reason, I'm not. I was actually surprisingly awake and mildly wired throughout my shift at the restaurant last night :hyper: I should have plenty of opportunity to catch up on some sleep this weekend--my friend from college is coming to stay with me for the weekend, and we're going to a concert in Annapolis on Saturday night (O.A.R., if any of you know of them), so should definitely be a good relaxing weekend.

Aimee--I try to sleep--honest! I just can't seem to stay asleep once I'm out. You're so lucky you can TAKE ibuprofen! I am allergic to all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), so I can't take ibuprofen or naproxin (over-the-counter Aleve) or even aspirin. All I am allowed is Tylenol (acetominophin), which doesn't even budge a headache or cramps. I developed this allergy after my first year of college. I took Aleve one day for cramps (worked REALLY great to get rid of my cramps, so I took it every TOM), and I ended up in full-blown anaphylactic shock. The doctor said if I had gotten to the Emergency Room 5 minutes later, I would have died. As it was, I had no blood pressure when I got there because my body was so swollen, it actually constricted my blood vessels so no blood could pump through my body. Fun times. Just another of my close encounters with death--makes me think there MUST be a reason for me to be here. Someone up there's lookin' out for me :)

Kimberley--Yay, TOM! :p Doesn't it feel weird to be HAPPY about it? I feel ya, though--I'd much rather know it's full-on for a few days instead of just spotting forever. How frustrating!

Alright, a quick whine about my diet--yesterday I broke down and went down to the cafeteria pretty early. I knew I needed to get up and walk around or else someone would surely find me passed out sleeping in my cubicle. So, I decided to go down and get a diet pepsi (I MUCH prefer fountain soda over the bottles from the vending machines). However, when I got down there, I decided to get something to nibble on. Did I get a little thing of healthy cereal or a bowl of the chilled fruit that was out on the salad bar? Oh no, that would have been too easy. No, instead, I opted for the BIG FROSTED DONUT with colored sprinkles. I LOVE colored sprinkles. Did I stop there? Oh no. Right next to the donut was a CHEESE DANISH (I am so addicted to anything with cream cheese--cheesecake is my biggest downfall). So, since I couldn't decide between the donut and the danish, I had both. Yeah, that's right, BOTH. It was really good. I felt really bad. So, to make up for it, I didn't eat my 2 hotdogs and the orange I had packed for lunch. I know there were more calories in the junk food than in my lunch, but at least it helped to compensate for some of it. I got on the scale this morning (Thursday's my weigh-in day), and I'm at 305.5, so up 1 pound from 2 weeks ago. I was actually surprised it wasn't a lot more considering what I had yesterday AND what I had all last week in CT (I probably can't even count the number of brownies I ate on all of my fingers and toes combined). So, 1 pound to lose this week to be back on track. I know I can do it :)

Okay, that's certainly a long enough post, so I'll be going now. I actually have work to do since this new proposal came bombarding our office yesterday, so I'm flooded with stuff to do today, which means no more poting timm tomorrow morning. Happy Almost-Friday!! :D

DianaLS
04-07-2005, 07:41 AM
http://www.picturetrail.com/dianals

maybe this link will work...if it sends you to a password area, it is ~chicks then go to my album...HAG! if not, I will figure it when I get back...

dragonwoman64
04-07-2005, 10:28 AM
he's adorable, Diana! I wish I were good at crafts. I did a little drawing and stuff in highschool (loved art class), I like it for the fun of it (the results are a little lacking!) I had a raggedy ann, store bought, when I was a kid. Your niece is going to LOVE that!

Kimberley, I'd think sauerkraut would keep pretty well, as long as it's refrigerated. It's pickled cabbage. But I'm no expert on that! One of the best hot dogs I've ever had hands down was when I was on a layover in Cincinnati. Can't remember the name of the hot dog place. So, I'm thinking the midwest has the all time best dogs.

I just got a package in the mail from my mom, with about 10 different careers I might enjoy. Each has 2-3 pages of details about the job, where you get hired, the money involved, the schooling involved. Aimee

your mom is awesome. Good luck on the interview today. I agree with Kimberley that you have a great spirit, that will bring good things your way. Glad the teeth price turned out better than expected. Almost nobody offers dental anymore in this country. I was still in college when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and my dad's insurance still covered me. If I told you how much my boss just spent on his teeth -- I'll just say it's in the 5 digits, and that's not counting after the decimal point.

Jill, I've gained more than 1 lb from *looking* at a doughnut :lol: Sometimes when I'm overtired, I tend to want to eat goodies. Especially stuff like chocolate cake, cakes, doughnuts and cookies. (Those Lu cookie commercials they show here in the evening are killer btw.) Sometimes when I'm stressed I do that too.

Bf is sulking this morning after a discussion we had last night. Right as Boone died on Lost too! Nothing like a little drama to get my blood pumping. :dizzy:

Here's a pic of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where we hang out in the spring and summer, sometimes fall. (If anyone wants me to resize any pics so you can post them, send them to dragonwoman64@yahoo.com.)

Gardenwife
04-07-2005, 12:47 PM
That picture reminds me a lot of the Japanese Garden at Dawe's Arboretum here in Newark. Here's one I took a few years back at sunset in the fall.

Not much on words today yet...Killer headache again. I'm really sick of 'em.

DianaLS
04-07-2005, 03:58 PM
Well, finally hee...whew...had a busy day.Did my work-out this morning after a kind-of argument with MIL online :o ...she tries to get me to listen to all the hate she spews forth about her ex hubby which is my FIL and my DH's father, so I told her I have heard enough, that she should deal with it through her lawyer, and all that jazz, and she will not make us hate him, it is between them...then I went and took out my frustartions at the gym, lol :lol:
it gets to be a but much sometimes...
We then went out for Fish fry for lunch, which is bad but sooooo good...so for dinner am making some tuna pasta salad...
Jil~ maybe you unconsciously have a lot on your mind and this is why you are missing sleep, I know this happens to me from time to time..It will be good to have your friend visit and chill for a couple of days! And, I LOOOOOOVE Cheesecake, that is my ultimate fave dessert, and I make it every year at Christmas...YUMMMMMM...making my MIL's fave carrot cake for her bDay next Tues...I make it 3 layers with lots of cream cheese frosting, it is my mom's recipe tht I have tweeked a bit and everyone wants me to make it for them...It is very VERY fattening, so we will take to her and leave it there, she can eat it all ( after we have a piece, ) or take it to work and share it... :^:

Marge~I miss this hot dog place in Ohio that has amazing hot dogs, it is only open during the Summer, it is this tiny rinky-dink place, I think the name is Sudsy's or something like that, there is also a place open all year that has really good ones Called Rudy's...They have these hot dogs here that are tiny, you get 6 of them, and they even come with tiny buns...They are okay, but too greasy. Ahhh, a footlong,, loaded up, YUMMMMM! And Ty about my baby and my dolly, the dolly actually looks like her too which is funny, am making my other niece a bear for her grduation with a cap and gown she can take to school with her when she goes. The Botanical gardens look really nice, and I will take you up on the picture offer, Hopefully you can get mine down to the right size, on my PC if I try, they come out all distorted...will be sending you a couple when I take them of my house ...

Kimberley~ That place looks beautiful too...Wish we had a place like that close by, sigh! Hope you start to feel better soon... :)


BBL all, HAGD! :D

SwimGirl
04-07-2005, 04:07 PM
I'm awake, I think. I had a rough night, was up sick until about 2:45am, and then Josh got up at 4:15 for work (he's filling in for someone this week). I slept until 9:30am, and was SO tired I went back to sleep around 11am, until 11:45 when the stupid phone rang.. grrr.. and then I was still SO tired, I went back to sleep until 12:45pm. I just feel... ugh. But I have to get all excited about this interview.. this is MY job, and I need to get it. Alright? ALRIGHT!

In the middle of the night I got fed up and started writing.. I wrote about 5 pages of that Fabulous stuff I've been talking about. My mom and I talked about the idea of putting together stuff, and possibly writing a book. I don't HAVE to write one, but we both agreed I should write everything down at least.

Jill - I'd come and spank you, but I ate far worse.. heh. My view on "cheating" like that is you should have room in your diet for the occational slip up, or whats the point. You will recover, and 1 pound? ONE POUND? I wish! I'd put on like 5, I'm like Marge, I just look at certain junk food and gain weight.

If it's confession time.. I should fess up. I'm barely eating, maybe 1 meal a day. SO unhealthy, I'm barely drinking water, I'm taking rolaids because the food I am eating is making me SO sick. I'm thinking I'm going to go steam some broccoli for lunch. This morning I got up and ate some yogurt, and no sugar has passed these lips so far.

Marge - I sent you a picture to resize.. And I will try and take pictures today, if it stops raining, stupid rain. I keep missing Lost, I've been watching America's Next Top Model.. and never think that Lost is on at the same time until afterwards. Who is Boone again? and how/why did he die? Or was that one of those times where you think they die.. but they don't?

Kimberley - I hope your headache goes away... I just can't stand headaches.. my whole world feels so confined. Feel better soon :)

I'm going to go finish making some steamed broccoli and then hop in the shower. And then I should be off to my interview. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I'll come home with a job offer! :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-07-2005, 04:46 PM
hey there...aww, Aimee, ss you are sick, but we all are pulling for u to get the job!!! I forgot too, I m addicted to Lost...Boone is the one who was in love with his Step-sister ( she is the spoiled blonde) and she is now with the Iraque guy, who is MIGHTY sexy if I say so myself....I love that show, and the baby was born last night too, she had a boy...hmmm think that is it...BBL:)

SwimGirl
04-07-2005, 05:24 PM
How and why did Boone die? I liked him too..

My tummy is doing backflips.. partly due to eating terribly lately.. and then this interview. I finally decided on wearing black dress pants, my black and pink Steve Madden shoes (soooo cute), a baby pink satin trimmed top, with a wool cardigan type sweater. I think I look pretty cute, I just couldn't find the traditional blouse and dress pant combo, but I'm going for cute, classic and better dressed than how people dress in the store. I read somewhere to dress 1 level above the place you are applying, because if you dress TOO good it's not a good thing, but if you dress like they do, also not a good thing. Who knew this job stuff was so complicated.

Do you guys notice I always seem to not be feeling good? That means I'm not eating right, it sucks.. my body is SO sensitive, I really have to be careful what I put in it. But it's hard sometimes, yah know? Alrighty! I am off. Be good!

-Aimee

P.S. Diana - spelling is el stinko? :lol: you are too funny!

SwimGirl
04-07-2005, 07:39 PM
It went SOOOO good. They are looking for a 3rd key holder, which is the type of position I am looking for :) She was so nice, and we chatted, and have things in common, and it went well. She is going to check my personal references, all the companies I've worked for don't give references. I'm excited! :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-07-2005, 10:16 PM
WTG Aimeee, Hope you got it, will keep my fingers crossed 4 ya...I know, with me, I could always tell when the interview worked in my favor...You sound like yours was very promising, hope you get it!!!! Boone was out in the woods with that John guy ( bald older guy who was crippled b4 the crash) and they found this other plane wreck, well, Boone climbed up inside of the plane and it crashed to the ground, and he had a broken leg and multiple internal injuries from it, and to make a long story short, he died
and, on that note, hitting th hay...get some soup in ya, or something substantial to get yourself healthy...and get some rest..
Okay, bb tomorrow, HAGN all! I feel my TOM coming on, my ankles are swelling, always a sign, UGH!!!

Gardenwife
04-07-2005, 11:42 PM
Hey, ladies - here I am bringing in the late night posts, as usual. Wish there was a smiley for a nightowl. Guess the closest would be this little :o since she's going "oooo". I mean, that's close to "hooo". Right? But not really, no.

That was my Ellen Degeneres immitation above, there. ;)

I'm telling you, that carrot cake sounds wonderful. And cheesecake! Oh, man. I need to come up with some really good low-fat/low-cal desserts.

Aimee, glad to hear your interview went well today! Got everything crossable crossed for ya. Now you listen to all us mother hens and start eating right. Get some nutrition in that body as soon as you feel better. Don't make us come out there!

Two Ultracet worked wonders on the headache and I felt decent by early evening. Happy thing, too, because my MIL asked if I wanted to go to the YMCA and swim with her. For a split second, I hesitated, "Oh! Uhhhhhhh" and then said, "Sure!". We were there for a little over an hour, and I spent 45 minutes of that either treading water or swimming. It felt so good!

Tomorrow's weigh-in day and I feel positive about it. My MIL's scale said 230, which would be a 4.5 pound loss this week. Wouldn't that be awesome? All that water weight finally gone, along with a real pound or two. And it's also :mcd: Egg McMuffin day...Our weekly treat. Melty cheese...Mmmmmm.

SwimGirl
04-08-2005, 12:15 AM
I'm awake Kimberley!! Weigh in day for you, I'm excited, I have to live vicariously through you guys.. I am not feeling the whole diet thing. Today started out GREAT, yogurt, steamed broccoli, and then Burger King, and WAY later followed by a DQ blizzard. Ugh. Tomorrow is a new day! My brother is on his way over, from Seattle. He's just staying the night, he's heading to the island, Victoria to be specific tomorrow. I am frantically trying to clean my house.. sorta.. lol. He is coming next weekend to stay here, so I'll do a good clean this coming up week, his girlfriend is coming on the weekend.. and she made a comment on my house last time she was here. Poop, eh?

It feels really good to be back in the pool eh Kimberley? I can't imagine how good it would feel for me.. better than sex ;)

Alrighty, so whats it going to take to get me back on plan? Josh and I will do a grocery shop in the next couple of days, which will make a huge difference. I really have to start fueling my body for this upcoming 10km. I'm just babbling.. I am off to go do some more cleaning.. have a great night :)

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-08-2005, 06:45 AM
I SO have to clean my place, too. It's quite the disaster. I thought it would stay clean since all I do is sleep there--I'm never really around to make a mess. But no, in the 10 minutes between coming home at night and going to sleep, I can tear the place to shreds :p I think it's cuz I'm in such a rush to get to sleep--I get home and kick my shoes off and just start taking off my clothes and tossing them wherever they land (TMI, I know, but it's part of why my apartment's so messy :dizzy: ), take the dirty clothes out of my gym bag, fill it with new gym clothes and a clean uniform for the restaurant job, then I clean out my lunch bag (containers in the dishwasher, ice packs in the freezer, etc.), then throw my lunch for the next day together...so in that 10 minutes, all **** breaks loose :devil:

Guess what--I SLEPT ALL NIGHT LAST NIGHT! I was asleep by 11:30pm and did not wake up until my alarm went off at 4:50am. Still not a lot of sleep, but SO much more than I have been getting lately.

So I found out I have a meeting at my restaurant at 9am on Saturday. A Saturday morning meeting--AAAARGH! That is my time to catch up on me week's sleep! My friend from college is supposed to be arriving around 10am on Saturday, so now I won't even be home when she gets here. Jeff is coming over tonight, though, so he will be around to at least let her in.

I think the reason I only ended up gaining a pound is that whan I am here at home and working the hectic schedule and stuff, I stick to the diet and exercise routine REALLY well. This is only during the week, when I have the routine to stick to. I think the steady routine is what keeps me in check. Aside from the donut/danish incident earlier this week, I pretty much religiously stick to 1400-1500 calories a day plus do 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the recumbent bike in between jobs, and then I am running around the restaurant all night (I still have not eaten anything at the restaurant!). I also drink nothing but water (occasionally a diet pepsi) at my first job, then Minute Maid Light lemonade (5 calories per serving) while I'm at the restaurant (their water is kinda gross, so I figured the low-cal lemonade would be better for me than the diet coke--though I'd much rather have Sprite! :T ). Hopefully I can keep this all up--without the donut splurges--and I will actually see some success for a change. I just have to be careful about my weekends...I always go out to eat at least once with Jeff (usually Friday night), and this weekend with my friend, I'll have to make sure I don't go overboard. I can do this...

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 06:58 AM
GM all a quickie b4 I start my day...Got a sore throat this morning, am hoping it is just my sinuses due to the weather change, still it bites...Speaking of Better than sex...My mom makes this cake called Better than Sex...It is to die for...Good thing she lives in Fla...I would be in trouble, lol...Kimberley you are so very funny...and poor Jill, how dare they cut into your sleep time, but, at least you slept last night, that's great...well, gotta get dressed, tie my hair back and go..BBL and hag1 all!

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 09:01 AM
Just got done working out...whew :dancer: ! Okay... Time to ask your opinions...and since I have no friends here, you are it, lol...at least no one who comes out of their houses...okay...My MIL...She still picks me up to go with her. which is fine, until today..today I got very annoyed, so I need to know, is it me, or did I have a right to be? yesterday she went at a different time than me, and actually, I liked it, but that's just me :yes: ...I guess when she went, the woman there told her she should work at each station longer since she was alreeady in shape..Where as I go around like everyone else, 30 seconds each machine and walking station...she told her to stay for close to a minute per station, and still go around 2 times, and she showed her how to use the hula hoop...well, I went around twice and even added 2 extra machines in there so basically went around over 2 times...So I was done, and sat and waited and waited and waited for her, in the meantime, all these women were coming in and asking me why I was waiting etc, kind of embarrassing since they probably thought I should be working out or leaving :o ...then she did the Hula hoop( it is weighted with 5#s and cushioned) for a few mins...so basically I had to wait for her for almost 10 mins( if I would not have thrown in the extra time at 2 machines would have been longer)...If I was in my own vehicle I would have left...no biggie...so, I got annoyed, does this mean I am wrong to get annoyed, or should I have waitied patiently :?: ? I am going to just meet her there if she wants to go in the mornings, if she asks why I will tell her she is there longer than me...I mean, she is thin, she has been walking over 5 miles a day for 2 years, etc...so for her, this is really no big deal...to me, who needs to get back in shape and lose another whole person, it is a big deal and I am proud of myself for sticking with it, but I also know, that, if this continues, I will continue to be annoyed, and will start to make up excuses to not go...I don't know...but, this is yet another reason why I like doing things like this by myself.. I like doing them in my own pace, when I want...I will save the hula hoop for my home, when they get some more in, anyhow, just don't feel like doing that there...GRRRRRRR!!!! :rollpin: okay, B session is done...sorry had to vent, but, really what do you all think? Please be honest... :^:

treefrogtoes
04-08-2005, 10:22 AM
Diana- I went to curves a couple years ago... I Was 324 when I started there, anyway, I asked if I could go around more than 2 times or work longer at the machines and I was told it was not beneficial for your body. The guy that designed the program intended for you to get a full workout in 30 minutes and doing more than that isn't good for your muscles. If you want to do an extra walk or sit-ups or something at home that's cool but the resistance machines at curves are supposed to be used as fast as you can push yourself for the 30 seconds!

Amiee- When should you know about the job?!

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 10:36 AM
Diana- I went to curves a couple years ago... I Was 324 when I started there, anyway, I asked if I could go around more than 2 times or work longer at the machines and I was told it was not beneficial for your body. The guy that designed the program intended for you to get a full workout in 30 minutes and doing more than that isn't good for your muscles. If you want to do an extra walk or sit-ups or something at home that's cool but the resistance machines at curves are supposed to be used as fast as you can push yourself for the 30 seconds!

Amiee- When should you know about the job?!
Ty, ya know that is what I thought too, I thought that you were supposed to go at it the hardest and fastest you can for the 2 circuits, which is just what I am doing. But, what do I know anyhow? I mean, I wonder sometimes. Not that i would be mean, but, there are women there that just go to be around people I think, some of them do more talking than anything, and I go there for the work-out and I do sweat so much it drips off of me...That's a good thing right? Although, you cannot tell her anything, then she gets Bchy...I just plan to go alone. then I can leave when I want...Not going to wait around any more...TY an hag1 ;)

Gardenwife
04-08-2005, 10:43 AM
:goodscale: Yes!! I weighed in at 232 today, down 2.5 pounds! That water weight finally went away. No more Mrs. Marshmallow! Not for another 3 weeks, anyway. ;)

Diana, I don't see a thing wrong with telling your MIL that you'd like to drive separately. I know you'll approach the subject kindly and your reason isn't anything hurtful, just realistic. She might feel weird about making you wait while she continues on her course, so maybe it will be a relief to her, too. Maybe you could try to go at the same time, but just in separate cars; that way it's a compromise and it won't seem you're trying to avoid her, just to make better use of time.

Jill, Saturday meeting? Blah! Can you power nap? Howie can, and it makes me sick. He can lie down and sleep for 15-30 minutes and awake recharged and ready to take on the day. Me? My naps are 2-3 hours long. I try not to nap because of that...I need to see some daylight, after all. ;)

Aimee, when do you hear? Hoping good things for you! By the way, do you pronounce Aimee "Ah-may" or "A-mee"? I've known one other Aimee and she pronounced it "Ah-may", French, I think.

Gardenwife
04-08-2005, 11:18 AM
You posted when I did - Just saw yours. Definitely you're doing the right thing by working up a sweat. Challenging yourself is good! Life ain't no social club, ya know?

jillybean720
04-08-2005, 11:21 AM
Whoa, is Curves telling people to use resistance machines (weights) as quickly as possible in the 30 seconds at each station? I have been told plenty of times in multiple gyms that working out quickly is NOT good for your muscles--jerking them back and forth does not work them at all compared to the slow, controlled movements that feel more resistance. You're also not supposed to let the weights rest completely in between each rep--keep the resistance on your muscles the ENTIRE time, which is hard to do if you're moving too quickly. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you guys are saying, but it sounds pretty insane to work out fast like that--dangerous, too, for it's a lot easier to pull a muscle when you workout too fast. :workout: Also, when you do the circuit, do you just do each machine once for 30 seconds? I'm not sure how that's an effective workout either, for my trainers have always had me doing 3 sets on each machine (2 to start off with until I could handle all 3). When I worked out, I would do upper body one day and lower body the next, and doing just one upper or lower body workout would take me about 20-30 minutes, so it would be almost a good hour for me to get a good full-body workout in one session, then follow it with 20 or so minutes of cardio. Like I said, maybe I am misreading/misunderstanding, or maybe I even have a warped concept of what exactly is involved in the Curves circuit (since I have never been to one), but something doesn't quite sound right in my head. :shrug:

Yeah, Aimee, when do you find out?!

Kimberley--I nap like you...a few hours at a time. If I sleep for 20-30 minutes or whatever, then I still feel tired when I wake up, like I got cheated out of more sleep :p Congrats on that pesky water weight finally letting go of you!

Diana--Regardless of how much you're supposed to be doing at Curves or whether you can do the circuit more than once or whatever, at least you're out exercising instead of sitting around! You're doing awesome, and I would think that even if you don't get the muscle workout on the 2nd time around, I'm sure you're still sweating, which means you're still burning!

According to the new national dietary guidelines that came out in January, we are supposed to work out for 60 minutes most days of the week (I'm not sure if by "most" they mean 4, 5, or 6...) just to maintain our weight, and 90 minutes most days to lose. Like I have 90 minutes most days to workout (and you know it really takes longer because you have to account for changing clothes and showering and such). How insane! Besides, if you're trying to lose weight, I would think ANY exercise would be enough, since you most likely haven't been getting enough if you seriously need to lose weight, ya know? :dunno:

jillybean720
04-08-2005, 11:26 AM
Diana--I used to workout with my sister all the time, and I hated it! She always wanted to talk and stuff, but I just wanted to concentrate on what I was doing and get a good workout. I think going at different times, or at least driving separately, might be a good idea. Good luck! :)

dragonwoman64
04-08-2005, 11:38 AM
Wow, lots to catch up on here!

That pic is GORGEOUS, Kimberley. Wow. I think because so much of NYC is so unsightly, I consider going to botanic gardens and the parks such a relief. Congrats on the great loss!

We love Lost. Boone was a good sidekick for Locke, but the producers promised to kill somebody off. (That means he's really dead.) Lots of good looking guys on that island! We got the tv guide with Sawyer on the cover (the blond bad guy), whew! And all those actors get to work in Hawaii! Now that's a tough life.

Diana, you're sinking a lot of time, energy and money into Curves, and you're doing it for you, so I wouldn't feel bad about nicely telling MIL that you'd rather go solo. It can be tough enough at times to stay motivated, I figure I'm going to make my gym experience as good as I can. (I went this morning, yeah.)

Aimee, I wish you were here to be my clothes consultant. I have to admit most the time it's t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes on this broad. Now that I don't have to dress up to go to work, I tend to wear comfy clothes. I've got everything crossed for you too. (Even some things that shouldn't be!)

I'm going to have to go, will post more later.

Take care of yourselves, ladies. Your health, mental, spiritual, and physical are important! We're fab and we deserve it.

On that note, I lost 1.2 lbs today. Very happy about that. The gym's making a difference already. I'm really glad I joined.

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 01:01 PM
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Whoa, is Curves telling people to use resistance machines (weights) as quickly as possible in the 30 seconds at each station? I have been told plenty of times in multiple gyms that working out quickly is NOT good for your muscles--jerking them back and forth does not work them at all compared to the slow, controlled movements that feel more resistance. You're also not supposed to let the weights rest completely in between each rep--keep the resistance on your muscles the ENTIRE time, which is hard to do if you're moving too quickly. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you guys are saying, but it sounds pretty insane to work out fast like that--dangerous, too, for it's a lot easier to pull a muscle when you workout too fast. Also, when you do the circuit, do you just do each machine once for 30 seconds? I'm not sure how that's an effective workout either, for my trainers have always had me doing 3 sets on each machine (2 to start off with until I could handle all 3). When I worked out, I would do upper body one day and lower body the next, and doing just one upper or lower body workout would take me about 20-30 minutes, so it would be almost a good hour for me to get a good full-body workout in one session, then follow it with 20 or so minutes of cardio. Like I said, maybe I am misreading/misunderstanding, or maybe I even have a warped concept of what exactly is involved in the Curves circuit (since I have never been to one), but something doesn't quite sound right in my head. ~~Jill...

U must have mis-understood me lol...or maybe we described it wrong, no, it isn't speed lifting or anything like that, but it is kind of like lifting combined with arerobics, I can't describe unless you have gone...it isn't really the length of the work-out as much as the quality to me anyhow...it is a 30 minute circuit, you start out on a pad that is cushioned, and you walk or jog or dance for 30 seconds then you go to a resistence machine and do that for 30 seconds, then back on a pad and walk or jog, then to a machine. then when you get to where you startd, you go around again. I start out with a slow walk , then the next pad I jog, then next time I do lunges, then the next I do other things ( free weights, etc)...It really keeps you moving, and I like that. I have so much more energy now. It has been proven to work, and is very successful...It is also designed for 30 mins because so many women do not have time to go work out for hours for the same benefit. I think I just get tired of it because I feel like I want to get all sweaty and am not there to win a beauty award...I push myself because I enjoy that. I am not there to gossip or anything. And I am not there to prove I can do something longer or faster than anyone else. She kind of annoys me when she says she isn't breaking a sweat or doesn't feel like it's working or whatever...So, I will be meeting her there and leaving when I am done. No biggie, lol...Sorry if I confused you and got you worried, :)

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 01:05 PM
WTG, Ladies, all with the losses, hopefully, Sunday, i wil have good new there too!!

SwimGirl
04-08-2005, 01:10 PM
Goodmorning! I'm feeling tired today, again, another night of waking up at weird times. I got up with Josh at 3am, and then again with my brother at 6:30am, and then slept until 9:40. My brother spent the night here, and then headed to Victoria today.

Diana - if you don't feel like telling the MIL that you don't like waiting, just tell her sometimes you have to run errands, or are running late, or early.. and it's just more convenient for you to drive yourself. I know with MIL's you just dont' want to offend them, because it can be pure ****. I wish you the best of luck with that!

Kimberley - congrats! 2.5 pounds, yay!! There is a slight possibility that I gained them ( I ate ice cream last night!! I don't even like the stuff!!), I deserve it.. but my scale still says the same. I was in the bathroom in the middle of the night feeling sick (no details!), and I just thought, enough of this, I NEED to sleep better, and feel better. So I'm REALLY going to try today. My name? I just go with the English version, most people can't pronouce my name in French. A few people try, and I giggle, I grew up speaking french and english fluently. I did lose the french quite a few years ago though.

Marge - everything I wear is comfy, except shoes sometimes. I think you can be stylish and comfy all at the same time. However, on my days off of work? You can find me in sweats, sweat-type-capri's, and t-shirts. I am addicted to flip-flops, and runners.. its bad sometimes!

Alrighty, I am sorry this is so short.. I gotta shower.. cuz.. you guessed it.. I'm running late!! lol, just a given. I'll be back in a bit..

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-08-2005, 01:23 PM
Diana--I used to workout with my sister all the time, and I hated it! She always wanted to talk and stuff, but I just wanted to concentrate on what I was doing and get a good workout.
Tell you sister to move here -- I'd love someone to talk to when working out, at least while swimming. The time spent swimming last night went quickly because I had my MIL to talk to. I don't get as bored on the machines, thankfully. Once I get back into the habit I'll be okay, but it's hard. Y'all can understand that, I know.

Howie hit a plateau this week, right when he was so close to getting under 300lbs. I sure feel for him! I can't wait to get down to 220lbs - that's my wedding weight, something I've not seen since 1992.

We're going to see "Fever Pitch" tomorrow evening. Anyone seen it yet? We like both Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon, plus Howie's on this baseball kick. He got a Major League Baseball radio subscription (http://www.mlb.com) for $15, so now he can listen to all the major league games online all season. You can tell the excitement in my voice, right? ;)

jillybean720
04-08-2005, 01:39 PM
Treefrogtoes:
If you want to do an extra walk or sit-ups or something at home that's cool but the resistance machines at curves are supposed to be used as fast as you can push yourself for the 30 seconds!


Diana--that part is what confused me. I got this horrible image of women just flying on these machines--sure, that'll give you a cardio workout, but instead of building muscles, they'll all just hurt! What you said makes more sense to me now. Thanks for explaining. :)

I know the Curves my mother went to actually had those little trampolines in between each machine so you could jump on those instead of jogging in place. At first, I thought that sounded so fun, but then reality struck, and I pictured my 310-pound self bouncing up and down on a little trampoline with my feet sinking all the way to the floor every time I landed on it, and I became mildly horrified. I prefer the freedom of the gym. Something I say to Jeff ALL the time is, "I want what I want wen I want it!" I was looking in one of those little astrology horoscope booklets at the checkout of a grocry store a few weeks ago (the Cancer one, since it's my sign), and it actually said that people born under this sign "wants what he wants when he wants it." Exact words! Of course I had to show Jeff so he knew I was just a Cancer and not a spoiled brat :p But I guess that's how I am at the gym, too--if I want to just sit my butt on a bike and ride for 30 minutes, I can. If I want to work my biceps for a few minutes and then use the elliptical, I can. If I'm all gung-ho and want to just lift weights for an hour, I can do that, too. Just my personal preference (though I suppose it would be nice to have a regular structured program, too, especially since you have the freedom of changing what you do in between machines).

Alrighty, bout half an hour till I get to go home and clean while I wait for Jeff. Hope ya'll are having a Fabulous Friday!!

treefrogtoes
04-08-2005, 03:35 PM
Jill- I'm glad you now have a better understanding of Diana's curves gym. I also want to add that the machines are built with a hydrolic resistance and not an actual weight system. Therefore if you push or pull faster or harder you create more friction making your "weights" heavier. If you go slow you're going through the motions but it would be like leg pressing a bag of marshmallows, if you push quicker your forcing the hydrolic together making your marshmallows into cement bricks. Hope this creates a better visual for you! :dizzy:

Kimberly- Yea for you girl!!! I love to see big drops on the scale!

DianaLS
04-08-2005, 07:40 PM
TY Treefrog great explantation,,hehe..Hope this all makes more sense now Jill...she said it perfectly...okay, having grilled burgers over a bed of lettuce with tomatos ,lettuce, pickles, etc..no bread...we started eating them like this last year and I love them this way now...okay ladies have a great night, bb 2 morrow!!

jamswife0807
04-09-2005, 09:04 AM
Good morning all. Im sorry I havent been here in a while. I had strep and was trying to get better. Not to mention ex-hubby drama with my children. But today is beautiful, I will not be upset that I turn 35(age is just a number anyway, and DH is younger so he will keep me young..lol) I have missed you guys, and will have to get on a little later to read everyone's posts.
Congrats to all of you who have done what you wanted this week, and congrats to those who might not have, but still get back up and do it again the next day. We have solved the cake dilemma. DH is making me cake, b/c, in his words, you can't be w/out 24/7. So I'm getting my chocolate cake, and eating a small portion of it, and then getting the rest of it out of the house asap..lol.
I'll bbl. My kids get to stay w/ me for the day today(they go to their dad's every weekend) so I don't know when I"ll be back, but I will.
((((((all of you)))))))
~Heather

Gardenwife
04-09-2005, 01:21 PM
Hey, Heather - good to see you! Hope you feel better soon and can really enjoy that birthday cake! :)

We're working outside today. Well, Howie is...And I will be soon. I'm enjoying some Kashi and blueberries with my "morning" coffee before I get out there. Ahhhhh, Saturdays.

kykaree
04-09-2005, 02:10 PM
Hi everyone. Not been around this week. My dad in Australia has been diagnosed with emphysema. His lung collapsed on Wednesday and he was taken to hospital by ambulance. He is out now. I am beside myself with worry, but don't want to travel back to Australia at this stage. It's all a worry and my mum is stressed out. So I haven't been on the internet so much. I am still on plan and exercising, which I am really pleased about, thought some bad news would have me dashing to the chocolates, but not so far.

I've missed you all!!

SwimGirl
04-09-2005, 02:50 PM
kykaree - Wowsers, thats pretty stressful, I hope your dad gets better soon! Thats pretty impressive that you stayed on plan... if something happened to my mom, I'd fall apart. Keep it up! :)

Heather - ouchies, strep throat is painful! Glad to hear you are feeling better though :)

Kimberley - working in the yard sounds great, I wish I had a yard! I think I'm going to try and drag the bf for a walk in the sun today. Maybe I can get a little colour on my face.. I'm looking pretty pale (except I'm part native, so I'm never *white*).

As for me today, I'm going to try and go for that walk.. and later I'm heading to one of Josh's co-workers house for a tarot card reading thingy. I'm actually pretty nervous about that, I've been to tea readings, and various things like that, and they tend to be bang on for me. And I don't know these people, and it feels pretty vulnerable. Especially if it involves my boyfriend at all, these people are pretty loyal to him. But I'm pretty sure I can steer clear of that.. we'll see! Alrighty! I am off to watch "Taking It Off". Have a great day :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-09-2005, 03:28 PM
Hey alll. just a short note, ss Karee about your dad, we are all hoping he will be okay for you...Kimberley, lol, you are too funny ...and Aimee~ I am part native too ( Ottawa)..My Dh is part Mohawk..and we both are part French Canadian...the only other thing I have thrown in there is german...I love this weather...Going out to our fave dinner place with some people in our neighborhood...our new neighbors, well, on top of being VERY unfriendly, they have a crowd of people joining them every weekend so far, and these people are very very loud...Hmm, maybe our nosy neighbor wasn't so bad as we thought...We were throwing the idea of maybe moving around before, I know for a fact that if this keeps up, we will be for sure...That can be a bit much in the Summer when you are trying to relax in the backyard..on top of the fact they allll smoke and we hate smoking...I used to be a smoker, so I hate it even more than DH does...what a crew...lol...Oh well, the rate the houses are going up here, the houses we live in are going for 280-300,000, and new ones are starting at 350,000 so now you get a different kind of people who are buying here. Sigh...I am not a snob or try not to judge people, but, when they look the other way so as not to have to wave or say hello, and they get this group of people here, well....Never mind...enough said...if I am not here as often the next few weeks, it is because I really need to get busy crafting and spring cleaning and yard work, so Have a great rest of the weekend, and see ya all soon!! I am still weighing in tomorrow, and will be very happy with 3 pound loss if not more, keep those fingrs crossed :)

Gardenwife
04-10-2005, 03:22 AM
Kykaree, sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you, and proud of you for staying on plan despite the stress.

When we were at Caribou Coffee shop earlier this evening, I somehow managed to bump Howie's arm as he brought our coffee to the chairs. Out sloshed just enough coffee to penetrate my shirtsleeve. As fast as I ran to the bathroom to run cold water on my arm, the coffee still burned me pretty well. There's one spot with a second-degree, blistered burn and the rest is just minor first-degree. I just thank God it wasn't worse; some Bactine dulled the burning and we went on to see the movie after all.

We saw "Fever Pitch" -- loved it! Our treat day was today, and...well, we kinda went over by a lot. We didn't gorge or anything, we just had dinner way too early. By the time we went to the coffee shop and show, we were really hungry! So, we went out for a bite to eat at Applebee's after the show. Definitely didn't stick to our usual allowance of an extra 600 calories for the day, but we didn't make gluttons of ourselves.

jamswife0807
04-10-2005, 08:28 AM
well, the bday is over, it was nice. I ate my fave foods(mexican)and tried not to overdo it.We made it at home, so I could control what was put into everything, which made it much easier to do. The cake DH made was really good, and I managed to eat a way smaller piece than I usually would, and I only ate 1 piece, which is out of character :lol:
I know that a lot of times when you workout, and start this, you don't lose very much weight, and it could get discouraging. I think it's the " you convert a lot of fat into muscle at first" syndrome..lol I've been having those days. I look at myself and just don't see where the work is at. Until yesterday. I put on a pair of jeans I havent worn in at least 2yrs. They are two sizes(?) smaller. Im encouraged..lol.
Well ladies, Im off to take an ecology exam online and church. Have a terrific day, and I"ll bbl. :angel:

DianaLS
04-10-2005, 08:54 AM
:wave: hey there e1...OH my Kimberley..I hate burns, they really hurt...hope you will be feeling better soon, a few weeks back, I burned the heck out of my hand with the glue gun, so I can relate...
Well, 4 pounds lost in 2 weeks, I am glad to see something lost, but not glad because That is not enough being as big as I am and as hard as I have been working :( . So now, I am even MORE determined to lose lose lose...I think the biggest problem is Soda. I really need to keep it out of the house, and if DH cannot abide by that, well, I will have to punish him somehow :rollpin: , lol...I would never buy it and don't~~ he sneaks it in the cart when I am not paying attention.That, and this week walking will become another habit every day..I don't care, I will be walking out side again...Something has got to give. So, 5 days is Curves, M,W,F~Walks.. Tues, Thurs, Bike...And MORE WATER... Okay...
Whatever happened to our challenges? Never heard any more about them...
I think this week would be a gret way to start...and my suggestion is staying on plan as far as drinking water goes...
I know, for me, I plan to drink 6, 20 oz bottles of water per day...Eh, just an idea..
BBL, HAGD! ;)

SwimGirl
04-10-2005, 11:01 AM
Goodmorning! And look at that time! I am up EARLY! It's only because I work today though. I'm feeling pretty good, having a GREAT start to my day, I got up, got the oven fired up and put some chicken in for lunch, and then I steamed veggies. I haven't even been up an hour and I've made my lunch, breakfast, showered, got dressed, semi blow dried my hair, and I'm halfway thru putting on makeup. Normally I'm barely out of the shower.. heh. I am also feeling motivated today, I realize I only have 1 week until my 10km walk, and I have to get my body feeling better.. I have been feeling really badly lately. Here's hoping my motivation can outdo by need for instant gratification!

The tarot card reading went well last night, mostly I just found out stuff I already know, it turned up quite a few cards about my situation with work, it's been heartbreaking for me. But it also said that I am going into a time of change, but the change is good and is the direction I'm supposed to take. Now I don't know how much I believe in this stuff, but every single thing she said rang true for me. The best thing I think is that it said a lot about how my future is going to be looking up, and I've been dealing with really really crappy things in the past 2-3 years, I'm about due for something pleasant to happen. I'm one of those people who believes the harder you work, the luckier you are, so I'm not saying that I deserve good things to happen without me working for them.. hmm.. I don't know. It was interesting!

Kimberley - ouchies, I hope you feel better soon! And I hope it doesn't keep you out of the pool, you definitely don't need that again! There are 2 Applebee's in the lower mainland (Vancouver and surrounding areas are called that), and the one I went to was alright.. kinda hit or miss. I used to live in Winnipeg and they were all really good. Oh, and Olive Garden before they went all fancy was my FAVORITE! We've only got 1 Olive Garden and their portion sizes SUCK, not to mention that they don't do the breadsticks here.

Diana - 4 pounds in 2 weeks? And you are going to the gym and watching what you are eating? If you aren't counting calories or being REALLY mindful of that stuff, thats BEYOND good!! THey say 2 pounds a week is the most you are supposed to lose, however, I think if you are making healthy choices and are eating enough, more is fine. I am SO happy for you!! Now that you've got this exercising stuff perfected, do you need to make other changes? I once heard 80% of weight loss is your diet, and sometimes I've heard 95%, but 80% sounds reasonable. Don't forget measurements!! Those will tell you the most of whats really happening to your body.

Alrighty! I am off to work, have a great day :)

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-10-2005, 12:23 PM
Kylie, I'm so sorry. I was thinking about you and about to post a "where are you?" note. I know it's tough when you're far away too. My dad had a heart attack when I was here in NY (he's in Calif). Hang in there and keep us posted.

I used to rent an apartment by Columbia Univ and it had a heating bar in the bathroom that ran floor to ceiling (steam heat). That thing used to get so hot, I'd get out of the shower and burn my arm leaning on it. Hurt like ****. Never 3rd degree, that's nasty. I saw Drew Barrymore and the guy from SNL on Dr. Phil the other day. I'd see that. Lots of good movies coming out; we have two free passes for the theater up the street, but we rent movies 99 percent of the time now.

I agree with Aimee, Diana, 2 lbs/week is a great rate. I know for me I always want more, even when I do well. We have had that "unfriendly neighbor" phenomenon growing here too. I guess it's because people move around so much, from one area of the country to another. And so often. Today we're going to a neighborhood march against overdevelopment near Greenwood Cemetery. (Lots of famous people buried there, including Tiffany, the stained glass maker, just to name one.) It's tougher to get people involved in local issues when lots of the people are here from other places and may not plan on staying here for more than a couple of years.

Aimee, I get a kick out of tarot, there's a website that does it it too (along with runes and a couple of other things). It's hard to know how real that stuff is, I always feel my horoscope fits me (Taurus).

Glad you're feeling better, Heather. Sounds like you handled the d-day situation really well. Cake would definitely be a tough one for me.

Yesterday we did go to Coney Island -- turned out that the subway that goes there from here was undergoing construction (just for that weekend), a fact we didn't figure out until we'd been in the subway station for an HOUR! We ended up having to take a shuttle bus after the train ride, grrrr. It was fun though, and we took pics. When I get them I post a couple to show you. Wasn't a great diet day. I had hot dogs (couldn't resist), coke, and a soft ice cream, french fries.... Oh, boy, sounds so much worse listing it here! We did walk a lot. Guess I'm going to have to be very, very good this week.

Ended up with a red nose despite sunblock.

Well, gotta go get ready for this march, only an hour, from our place to a spot in the cemetery -- yes, we're that close to a HUGE cemetery heh heh. Wish us luck.

Gardenwife
04-10-2005, 10:22 PM
Diana, 2 pounds a week is good, so yay for you! I shoot for 1-2 pounds a week and it all adds up.

I'm not too much for tarot and fortune stuff - I think a skilled reader is as much going by the laws of averages and psychological cues as anything. I can read any sign in the horoscope and apply parts of it to any number of things in my life.

Howie and I have enjoyed another day of outdoor fix-'em-up and got a lot done. I cut our azalea bushes back to the ground since there was a lot of dead wood in them. Also primed and painted our light post and installed a new post light. Howie cleaned out our ornamental pond and got the pump working again for the water feature, and also put up a porch light. A friend came over and helped us out by taking down what was left of our poor crabapple tree.

We had BLT's on pita bread, using Canadian bacon instead of regular belly-cut bacon. It has a lot less fat, and has that same good smokey flavor. I just fried it up crisp in a non-stick skillet. For dinner we (finally!) had kraut dogs made with low-fat turkey sausage cooked over a fire. Saved a few calories for the important thing: a few well-deserved and muscle-relaxing beers...And half cup of that tasty Edy's Light "French Silk" ice cream. OMG that stuff is good.

The burn's really not that bad, only bothered me a few times today when I accidently let something brush up against it. The Bactine numbs it if that happens. This week I think I'll take MWF and focus more on cardio and weights at the YMCA, and do yard work on the alternate days.

Right now we have a fire going on the patio fireplace, the water's trickling merrily in the pond, and the dogs are snuggled up quietly with us. I'm browsing 3FC, and Howie's listening to a baseball game on his computer. It's a gorgeous night, just chilly enough to enjoy the fire. I feel thankful.

DianaLS
04-11-2005, 03:56 AM
I'm not too much for tarot and fortune stuff - I think a skilled reader is as much going by the laws of averages and psychological cues as anything. I can read any sign in the horoscope and apply parts of it to any number of things in my life.~~Kimberley

hey there, Could not sleep...ugh...Okay...I think, truly, that there are gifted people out there. My friend's sister is right on when it comes to giving tarot readings to people, and she gets paid a lot of money for healings and such...I have tried learning tarot myself, and I just could not get into it...As with Psychics. I have met with ones who told me things that no one could possible have known about and were 100% right on with my whole life, even predicting how and when I would meet DH..I have also met ones who were nothing but a load of crap...I guess if you are open to these things, you will believe in them...I don't follow the philosphy that everything in life has an explanation, I have had too many things happen to me..and yes, things that would make the hair stand up at the back of your neck..Things that other people were witness to as they happened...Of course, I also do not believe we could possibly be the only intelligent life form in the vast universe, but that is another subject. And I am a Scorpian, (11/12), and if you read the scorpian profile, It is dead on with me...
Anyhoo, well, gonna go read some things, then try to get back to sleep, took some tylenol, we were in the back of a very cramped mini van when we drove to Saratoga for dinner, and, mini-vans are not that great on my long legs, felt like my knees were in my face for 20 minute stretches, by the end of the night was in major pain..HAG1 All...

DianaLS
04-11-2005, 03:58 AM
PS TY everyone for the Congrats...you guys are wonderful!

jillybean720
04-11-2005, 07:21 AM
Good morning and Happy Monday (I know Mondays are not typically happy, but better to pretend to be happy about it than to start the week off on a negative note :p ),

Well, I came in this morning to a small pile of work on my chair. I was excited--thought it would be work to last me through the day, which makes the day go by a lot faster. However, I'm already done with it and have been here for less than an hour (plus I checked my 4 email accounts and read some posts on other boards here). So much for work for the whole day :dizzy:

As far as psychic-type stuff, I have mixed feelings. I do feel that things happen for a reason sometimes. I have been in entirely too many near-death situations and situations that could have turned out a thousand times worse than they did to believe that I am here and still alive just out of pure luck. I realize that maybe I am not here because I am supposed to cure cancer or become President or anything like that, but perhaps I am supposed to meet someone and say something that has an impact on them, which in turn affects how they do something or how they treat someone else, or maybe I am supposed to have a child that will acomplish something great--I feel I need to be here, but I may never know why (sort of a Butterfly Effect line of thinking, I suppose).

I went to a Psychic Fair on campus when I was in college once. I went to the palm reader, and I had to leave early to go to work, but before I left, he did have time to tell me that there was an interruption in my lifeline coming up soon but that the lifeline overall was long. That summer was when I went into anaphylatic shock and arrived in the ER with no blood pressure and barely a pulse. I'd consider that an interruption in my lifeline :p He also told me he could tell that I did not at all see eye-to-eye with my mother but was very close with my father. How could he have known that? Most of my friends got along really well with their mothers or didn't even have one of their parents in their life. He knew I had both parents, and all I had told him was my first name and shown him my palm. It wasn't life-alterring information, but was definitely stuff he couldn't have known just by looking at me. I don't know. I think there are people who have a better understanding of the universe than the rest of us, but I am also very skeptical (before going to the palm reader, I was talking to my friend, and I was like, "yeah, he'll tell me he predicts I will graduate from college and that I'm fat--big deal"...so I wasn't expecting to hear what he had to tell me).

I once read about a study in a college psychology class where a psychic came into class one day and announced that he was going to do an astrological profile on everyone in the class (about 30 students). He had them each fill out a sheet with their name, birthdate, birth time, and some other info. He collected them all and returned to the next class with a pile of papers, each with a name on them. He passed out the profiles to their respective owners and asked them to read their information. After everyone had read them, he asked those for whom the profile was accurate to raise their hands, and nearly everyone in the class did. They looked around and were amazed and astonished at how accurate his profiles were. Then he asked them each to switch profiles with the person next to them. To their amazement, all of the profiles were EXACTLY THE SAME. Just kinda goes along with Kimberley's "laws of averages" idea. Of course, all of the Cancer sign information I read is right on with me, but I bet aspects of every other sign are, too, so who knows.

Alright, enough babbling about astrology, phychology, and psychics for now. Jeez, my posts are always so long--sorry guys. Guess I just have a hard time shutting up :tape:

jamswife0807
04-11-2005, 07:51 AM
I wish all of you a great Monday morning. Im having one so far. I lost 3 more lbs. Im off to schedule my classes for today, and have to walk to get there, but I'm sure I can do it...lol.
My prayers are w/ those who's families aren't doing well right now. I hope things get better. I am so proud of all of you who are sticking this out too. I think this is harder than when I quit smoking, b/c the food is around me a lot more than the cigarettes were..lol. Congrats to you who also workout every single day, and if you only work out once a week...its healthy no matter what.
I believe in true psychics, but not so much the ones you can pay to do parties at your house, or get a reading by phone. I think horoscopes are pretty accurate, but usually only where it concerns me... :lol: But I can't believe that there aren't people out there who are able to have contact with other planes... but that's just me.
well, i better get a move on if i want to make my meeting. Have a great day ladies, be it at work, school, or home. I will bbl. (pssst: Hi Di. I wanted to tell you that on top of me and DH, there are 2 kids who are getting anxious at your visit...a certain 9 yr old keeps asking me if youre his aunt, how long before you get here, is your dog nice....lol) Have a great day all!

DianaLS
04-11-2005, 08:58 AM
hey all...whew, just got in...I think to be honest from what I have read about signs, that it is according to what time you are born, like my husband is born Dec. 21, which is the cut-off day for saggitarious, and the next day starts Capricorn..he has the traits of both. I am Nov. 12 which is smack dab in the center, and truly I have 98% of the characteristics...I have never come across any other signs that I have read the characteristics of and said, oh yeah, that is me too. but, we are all different I guess...I am right on with Heather, that I would never got to a psychic out of the phonebook or at a party and expect it to be accurate...But I think truly gifted ones, they don't need a lot of hype. I think we are here for a purpose, but my beliefs may sound wacky to a lot of people so I won't get into all of that. I think that , from my way of thinking, we are here to learn from this lifetime so we can go on to a better place, and that place is beyond our wildest expectations, and yet very familiar at the same time. ahh, lol...what the heck do I know? lol I figure if I believe a little of everything, then my bases are all covered no matter what, LOL..
Anyhoo...am off to the post office and stuff, HAGD all, BBL!

dragonwoman64
04-11-2005, 10:03 AM
It's Monday, wow. Comes fast, doesn't it.

Man, I think I sunburned the top of my head. The march turned out to be a workout. Up and down hills, ha. I think I worked off Saturday's french fries (almost). Fox 5, and Channel 7 were there, and a local cable news network NY-1. Lots of local politicians showed up, several participated in the march. It looks like the cause will get some press, which is a good thing. In just the last couple of years developers have torn down houses up and down our street (and in a bunch of places in the surrounding blocks) and replaced them with this multiple story apartment houses that are so overpriced they stay unrented. It's a really bad phenomenon and really bad for the neighborhood. It happens in part because of faulty zoning, which was basically what we were marching for, to get the area rezoned so that new construction has to fit the current design of the neighborhood.

You're place sounds really cozy, Kimberley.

Congrats on the 3 lbs, Heather! That strep sounded very nasty. Is that basically gone now?

Have a good one, everybody.

SwimGirl
04-11-2005, 10:34 AM
Goodmorning! I am just running out the door.. I've been REALLY slow this morning. Hope yah'll have a great Monday (ugh, is it Friday yet?), and I'll post later.. much later (I'm not home until 7:30pm tonight, I hate these 12hour days!).

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-11-2005, 05:31 PM
Hey, y'all. Howie went to the YMCA and worked out at noon, but I stayed in bed. I am going with my MIL at 6:30pm, though. I'm trying to stay with the same 3-day schedule as Howie for the summer months since we will mow the lawn and work outside the other days of the week.

Here's a smile from today. My MIL had to drag Emma up onto her lap, but once she got up there, she settled right down. It cracked us up how Emma was straddling Nancy's legs as if she were riding a horse!

dragonwoman64
04-11-2005, 06:17 PM
that's adorable, Kimberley. You're really good with a camera. :)

Here's a couple of pics of the kinda run down but still spirited Coney Island :lol:

Gardenwife
04-11-2005, 10:34 PM
Coney Island looks like our kind of place; we love to people-watch and there's always so much to see at a place like that. Photography is my big life's passion, above gardening and...almost...above computers. I couldn't do the digital photography and editing without computers, so really they're the same.

For lunch I enjoyed a yummy salad topped with veggies, an ounce of almond slivers I toasted in a skillet, an ounce of cheddar cheese, and some fat-free thousand island dressing. Those almonds gave every bite such a delicious nutty flavor. Sure beats a Quarter Pounder, in every way.

Nancy and I walked at the YMCA from 7-7:20pm and made it a mile, so 3mph. Then we went into the fitness center and I showed her a few of the machines. Denton, the same nice guy that showed Howie the equipment, was there tonight and he had time to show me the lower body machines I'd skipped at first. My knee's been feeling better, so I wanted to learn how to safely operate those machines, too. I'm a little sore, 'spect I'll be a lot more sore in the morning, but I feel so good!

Providing it's not pouring rain tomorrow, I might divide some perennials. What I need to do most, though, is clean. I'm a messie and a packrat, but the house is so bad even I feel claustrophobic in it. LOL!

DianaLS
04-11-2005, 10:48 PM
hey all. Beautiful pictures...We went to maine last year and got some nice ones, but not with the digital, didn't have it yet...took them with my Elph...love that camera...I really like my new Kodak Easyshare he got me for Christmas, it is 5MPs, which is way better than the one we had before 2.5 mps...I just wanted to say hey and hagn am off to bed..Coney looks like a really neat place, and not nearly as dirty as some of the pictures I have seen of it in the past...I saw one pic of people on the beach there, laying on towels and blankets amidst butts, cans, bottles, wrappers, and lots of trash in general...I was in shock, they acted like it wasn't anything out of the orinary , lol...Looks like it is cleaned up some, let's hope it stayes that way...well am off to bed, HAGN!!!

jillybean720
04-12-2005, 06:46 AM
It's that time again...morning! I woke up this morning in a panic thinking I was extremely late. I checked the clock...3:30am. Nope, not late for anything :p I hate that feeling of panic, especially when it's for no good reason. Other than that, slept alright last night. Now I'm eating my store-brand Fruit Loops with skim milk for breakfast at my desk :)

I didn't get to go to the gym yesterday. Jeff's birthday is Saturday, so I ran to Target between jobs to buy him new jeans since almost all of his have holes in them and he refuses to buy new ones ("but they're still good!"). I bought him a new watch, too, but not a really good one. He works in a metal shop, so he says he doesn't want "good" things because if he wears them, they'll just get ruined. However, the watch he has now has a velcro band and is so old that the velcro barely sticks anymore. When he puts his arm around me, the worn-out velcro gets caught in my hair (ouch!), so it's really a gift for me, too :p It still has velcro (I know he'd prefer that over a real band), but hopefully it won't be ripping my hair out as often. I also ordered our HFStival tickets online (we went last year and loved it), so that will be part of his gift, too.

Kimberley--what a cute picture! I am a big fan of black and white pictures. My sister has actually booked a photographer for her wedding that specializes in black and white photography as well as color tinting. There is this amazing picture of her from her first wedding that is all in black and white except for a hint of blue in her eyes and touches of pink on her cheeks and lips. I've always loved that picture (especially since it doesn't have her ex-husband in it!). Then again, I think I'm a photo snob since my grandfather was a professional photographer and used to actually hand-paint the color tints on black and whites. We used to play with his old cameras all the time when we were little--probably worth lots of money nowadays.

Aimee--You lied! You never came back and posted last night--I'm so used to looking for your 1am posts :p

Marge--I live in one of those overpriced apartments :lol: I miss the houses where I grew up--actual houses! WITH YARDS! Here, everything is apartment/condo complexes and townhouses. Even the homes that are not attached to another have almost NO land (it's a stretch to get a whole 1/4 acre). It is absolutely insane. I pay $870 a month for rent for a 1-bedroom apartment, and it was a bit of a challenge to find one for less than $1000 a month in an area where I wouldn't get shot when I went out to get the mail :o Welcome to the DC metro area...but I'm sure you know how it is, being in NY.

Diana--I agree with you that it depends on the actual day you were born--I have some Leo characteristics because my birthday is on the Cancer-Leo cusp (though predominately Cancer--July 20).

Heather--Great job on the 3 pounds! And you're absolutely right--whether you exercise once or ten times a week, every little bit helps. Makes me feel a little better about missing the gym yesterday--I will be there today, though!

dragonwoman64
04-12-2005, 10:09 AM
I started taking photos at our local botanic garden, I have a Vivitar 35mm manual. I did take a class, but do it for fun and don't stick to it as much as I should to learn how to do it really well. You'd like the Nikon gallery here. They always have great exhibits (it's a little place).

A few of my pics.
http://members.hometown.aol.com/medansersmanor/myhomepage/photo.html

You'll always see people with cameras at Coney Island, it's a great place to get nice shots. Lots of different kinds of people, from all over the world. There's so many clams on that beach that the seagulls have a field day, you'll find hundreds of shells all up and down the shore. The wildlife has made a big comeback in this area since there's been a big push to stem the pollution. We have hawks again in Prospect Park.

It would be much better if those new apartment buildings were renting units, they sell them as condos. That means only people (or people with wealthier parents) with enough money to invest $250,000 plus can get a place in them. And since they're not selling them very quickly at all, the buildings stand empty or mostly empty. We have two on our block alone.

Now I'm eating my store-brand Fruit Loops with skim milk for breakfast at my desk --Jill

My dad got into a generic brand kick when we were teenagers. We ate the store brands too, but the generic had plain yellow packaging that would just say: TACO MIX :lol: I don't think the stores do that anymore. He hates spending money on food.

Aimee, one day without a post from you seems like a week!

Went to the gym today and I think I'm finally getting to the point where I'm getting a decent workout :lol: I do the elliptical and recumbant bike then do resistance machines.

I'm going to make another ratatouille tomorrow. I made that roasted pork loin, but ever since I made that horrible potato ham casserole for Easter with the thyme, I'm having a hard time eating anything with thyme in it.

Take it easy, all.

DianaLS
04-12-2005, 10:46 AM
GM everyone :wave: ....and yes, one day without our Aimee is like a week, lol, she is so darned cute...

Wow, Marge~ Your photos are lovely ;) ...and willl have to go the Botanical gardens someday, they look beautiful...I have some really nice pictures from our past vacations, and of flowers we have seen at festivals and our yard, not too shabby for an amature, but My DH will hav to get the Scanner set up so I can send them to you to downsize for me so I can show you all..

Kimberley~ I love that picture, your dog looks like a sweety... :yes:

Jill~ Apts, nice ones that are not dumpy and in drug dealer complexes, go for 900 a month...so glad I no longer have to worry about that... :^:

And Heather, WTG...You are amazing...And even if I am not his aunt by blood, I will always be his Aunt in Heart...You can tell him that too, I wish Chelsea remembered me, she was such a cutie when she was my buddie... ;)


I am getting reaady to make the cream cheese frosting and frost the cake, and wrap her gifts...I am dying to have a piece, then she can do with the rest whatever she wants, lol...It will not be in our house any longer...I bought some of that French Silk ice-cream, I forget who said they loved it...Sounded good, so am gonna give it a go, bought some cones too, will eat it that way.
And, I have been a published poet for a few years now, though have not had anything published recently...I gave one book that I have 2 poems in to my parents, and another is an anthology of poets, from about 9 years ago...I have some of them on Poetry.com, but have a ton of them put away in storage...I have really always wanted to be a writer, and maybe one of these days I will stick to my guns and do what I want with that...I remember my Contemporary Lit teacher in HS tell me how gifted I was, so, who knows, maybe I will...I would love to do a poetry book with Watercolor paintings...I love to paint...and I want to write a couple of novels I have in my head..
You can find my poetry, or a few of them at:

www.poetry.com you can find me under: Diana L. Shrome, or Diana Shrome

well, am off, BBL hagd all! :angel: :)

Gardenwife
04-12-2005, 03:36 PM
Look at all of us fabulous women, just bursting with talent! That's great! We're more than just these bodies we're trying to shrink, we're writers, mothers, photographers, gardeners, teachers, lovers, encouragers...Quite simply, we ROCK. And we need to remember that, especially on discouraged days.

I can't believe the rents you guys are quoting! We're pretty spoiled in this area, I think. Howie and I rented a 2br townhouse in a wooded area. It had washer/dryer, dishwasher (cruddy) and 1.5 baths. It was actually in a group of condos which sold for around $45-55K because there were several in the group which were rentals like ours. I think our rent was $575/mo. in 1998. We bought our house in 1999. It's just insane how different the markets are in various parts of the country!

We love our little 2-bedroom house. We bought one well below what the bank was willing to loan us -- like half of what they said we could borrow. We're so glad we did, for when Howie was downsized from his last job and I was off work on medical leave, we were able to survive.

When he got another job, we juggled bills and figured out I could stay home. We don't have kids and having my MIL live here doesn't really add anything of consequence to our utility bills. I'm just really glad we didn't get a $150K house now. Keeping this little abode clean is challenging enough with 2 cats and 2 dogs, anyway. ;)

SwimGirl
04-12-2005, 09:46 PM
Well!! I am Alive, who knew eh? I got home at 7:30 last night, and my bf was very needy. He survived the pulling of his wisdom teeth thanks to Valium, which he now loves. I can't even believe how it effected him, I expected him to be normal, but he was a little loopy. I also had to talk to my friend who is going away (she left this morning) to New Orleans, she's gone for a week and a half.. I miss her already! I have no one to complain about work to!

I slept pretty good last night, and Josh slept the entire night through, he was all energetic this morning so we went out! We went to Vancouver and shopped downtown, wandered around for hours, spent too much money, and had a REALLY good lunch :) Chicken Foccacia sandwhich, it was SO yummy. I bought a new purse by Matt & Nat, which makes animal friendly purses (ie, not leather), a cute cute cute shirt from the gap, lip gloss from the gap (I'm addicted), and I can't even remember what else. On our way home we stopped at another mall, and then at IKEA, it was QUITE the eventful day. I'm completely pooped now though.

It was bitter-sweet being downtown, I love the excitement, and the atmosphere, and if I was making more money, I could afford to live there. I found a 1 bedroom place overlooking the ocean for 775, including parking and gym/pool use. I love the ocean, and that area of town was so fun to live in (I lived there once before, but with friends, and only for a month). I feel so unsophisticated, and FAT, I miss shopping at all those stores, I went into my fav store and couldn't buy anything because I've gained so much weight. What a horrible feeling.

So you all missed me eh? And my "late night" posts, I have to laugh at that because it shows Jill's posts at like 3:30 in the morning for me. What are you going to do without me this weekend? I will hopefully be around, but my brother arrives Friday night, and will be here until Sunday night. Either way, I love to be loved. lol.

I now pay 575 for a 1 bedroom place in a really upscale area of town, it's not really huge, but we have our own laundry room, and access to the yard. It's a basement suite without the basement part, we are totally above ground. Jill - my brother was once paying 1100/month for a bach pad in downtown Seattle, it was INSANE! I'm sorry ladies, I'm so tired, and Josh is bugging me to spend more time with him.. I'll try and come back later for a proper post!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-12-2005, 10:56 PM
I'm shopping eBay for a digital scale right now. I read reviews of various models at a UK website which reviews scales, and it looks like My Weigh Ultraship 50# scale is what I want. I'm not just going to weigh food with it, but also packages, so that'll be so nice! It weighs in both ounces and grams, which will make portion control a lot easier (no more having to figure how many ounces a serving listed in grams converts to).

jillybean720
04-13-2005, 06:40 AM
So, it's going on 6:30am here--I didn't even think about how the time zone differences affected our posting times for each other! I have some work to do, but I know it's not enough to last me till 9:00 (when my boss gets in), so here I am procrastinating :D

I have been checking out apartments online just to get an idea--I'm trying to convince Jeff to make the leap from Maryland to Northern Virginia. If we live in Alexandria, VA, we'll be close enough so we can both stay at our current jobs. However, Alexandria is closer to DC and, therefore, more expensive than where I am now. For a 1-bedroom (with AC, dishwasher, and washer/dryer), we're looking at about $1200 a month. With the two of us, I know we can swing it, since I pay more than half of that right now alone. However, Jeff has never lived alone, and I'm not sure he really knows just how expensive it can be. I'm sure we'll be okay, though.

Wow, Kimberley, you found a house for less than $150k?? Here, that would be a studio-apartment-style condo (if you're lucky). It's definitely crazy how different values are in different areas. Where I grew up, you could get practically a mansion with a few acres of land for $500,000...here, that's about the price of those "cookie-cutter" houses in the developments where the houses all look almost exactly the same and have less than 1/4-acre lot (you know what I'm talking about?). Craziness :dizzy:

Aimee--I LOVE Ikea! But I try to stay away or else I will eventually cave and actually buy something (and I'm sure it would be something I don't need, at that!). I have a few near me--one about 15 miles from my house, another in Maryland--and they are ALWAYS insanely packed. Any store that needs its own food court and child care service is definitely worth looking at, though :lol:

Diana--yeah, I'm close to 900 a month already (hence the 2 jobs). I don't think Jeff quite understands why I want to buy a house as soon as I get married (if I even wait that long--not that I want to buy a house with him, just that I want to buy one at all so I can stop renting). He grew up in an icky apartment, so he doesn't always quite see where I'm coming from. Then again, most boys are pretty clueless anyway :p

Marge--LOL @ Taco Mix. I try to get generic brand EVERYTHING--or at least as much as possible--unless a name brand is on sale for less than the generic. Then again, I don't buy a whole lot since it's just me I'm feeding.

Well, I made it to the gym yesterday. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical instead of 20 elliptical/15 bike like usual. I wanted to sweat a little more since I had 2 slices of pizza for lunch (I know the elliptical burns a lot more calories than the bike or treadmill). I included the calories of the pizza in my calories for the day, but I still was over my usual daily calories by about 150. I will do the same today and tomorrow since I have pizza again (Jeff bought pizza while I was gone on Saturday and, of course, left it at my house). I cheated and got on the scale this morning, but I won't tell ya'll what it said till I weigh in tomorrow, since Thursday is my normal weigh-in day. As long as I lose that pound I gained during the week I was in CT, I will be happy to be heading in the right direction again :)

dragonwoman64
04-13-2005, 11:07 AM
Look at all of us fabulous women, just bursting with talent! That's great! We're more than just these bodies we're trying to shrink, we're writers, mothers, photographers, gardeners, teachers, lovers, encouragers...Quite simply, we ROCK. And we need to remember that, especially on discouraged days.--Kimberley

It's true :) I love hearing about everybody in this group.

Diana, I admire anyone with the talent to write. How great is that you're a published poet! I took a class in college with Robert Pinsky (he was the poet laureate for a while -- yes, America has a poet laureate :lol: ). Once he said my full name in class in front of all 200 of us and said he liked the sound of it. I just about died. I'd love to see your pics, send them any time and I'll resize them for you.

Jill, the rents in your area sound about the same as in Brooklyn here. One bedrooms are going for $1,000 to $1,200. Rob's family owns the building we live in; we're dying to buy a house. It's really tough to save up the money even to get to the point where you can make a downpayment and get that loan for the mortgage.

Sometimes what happens here is unscrupulous realtors build units in cheaper areas, like Pennslyvania (usually poor quality), they advertise them here and convince low income families that they can afford it. These realtors steer them towards certain banks that agree to finance them for loans that they truly aren't qualified for. Then the families move out there not fully realizing how high the costs will be and how difficult the commute will be. They end up defaulting on the loans, losing the homes, and coming back to the area with all their savings depleted.

Aimee's back yeah! :lol: man, an apartment overlooking the ocean! that's awesome. I do think you live in a great area from everything I've seen of it. It's funny, I was dying to live in Manhattan, then when I lived there I thought it was just too intense and now I love living here in Brooklyn. I had the wackiest neighbors. The guy next door painted his entire apartment a deep blue, had a pro IRA certificate on his wall, and played Pink Floyd's the Wall constantly (and when he wasn't playing that, it would be Ace of Base). Another lady had two old Chows, she'd sit in the doorway of the building with them and they'd snip at anybody trying to get in. Then she'd turn to the dog and say, are you ok? She gave massages out of her apartment for a living.
Anyway, have a good time with your brother this weekend.

I'm going to the gym this afternoon, I did an early weigh in and I think that Coney Island splurge may have done some damage. :( I still have a couple of days to try and curb the tide, or whatever that saying is.

Have a great one, everybody.

SwimGirl
04-13-2005, 03:10 PM
Whats all this cheating and getting on the scale stuff? I did the same, and my scale is holding steady at 259. I need to get off my duff and get back to working out, my vacation is coming up REALLY quickly, and I'm still a chub-meister! I'm going to dust off my tae-bo tape (it's been "hiding" for almost a month!!), and work that into the mix again. And once I gather all my stuff I can do that Winsor Pilates plan thingy, I'm so excited to try it, dunno why.. I watch too many infomercials!

Jill - you posted at 3:40 am my time, goodlordy! heh. Do you realize if I stayed up late enough, and you got up early enough, we could talk! It wouldn't make much sense, because my brain goes to mush past a certain time.

Marge - Vancouver is divided by areas, the area thats RIGHT downtown, by the ocean, is called the West End, and it's full of gay guys. Its great! I used to get my coffee from this place where the staff was all gay guys, they were funny, and very cute. Manhattan is such a glamourized city, heck, I'd live there just for the stories I'd be able to tell. lol. My friend Karen and I talked about going to New York for Fashion week, we'll see if that turns out... she's kind of a flake at times.

Alrighty ladies! I am off to spend some quality time with the bf, he's just begging for some attention. bbl!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-13-2005, 03:58 PM
We're fortunate to have reasonable housing here, yes! We probably have a lower average wage, though, too. I've been out of the job market since 2001, so I'm not sure what admin assistants and other office support people are paid in central Ohio.

...we were in the back of a very cramped mini van when we drove to Saratoga for dinner, and, mini-vans are not that great on my long legs, felt like my knees were in my face for 20 minute stretches...

That reminds me of my most recent trip to Louisiana to visit my friend Lisa. It was just me that time, and we camped a couple days at Grand Isle. We were quite a ways from the park's payphone (plus the mosquitoes were unreal), so I drove her van up to the park entrance one night to give Howie a ring at work. She warned me that the seat adjustment didn't work, but I didn't think anything of it until I climbed behind the wheel. I felt like I was crammed in a little clown car! Lisa's only 5' and a breath tall, and I'm 5'9"! I had to kind of straddle the steering wheel so I'd have room to move my foot between the gas and break pedals.

I was still prone in all my sluggish glory when Howie went to the YMCA today. If I'd just pried my eyes open, I actually did want to go with him! My MIL has church tonight, so she isn't going today -- I'm exercising solo. You heard me, I'm doing it. I think I'll walk the track at the elementary school nearby and soak up some sun and fresh air, then head to the YMCA for the resistance machines. Wish I knew where my little quasi-Walkman radio is! Maybe I need to stop and pick up one on the way. ;)

If you all want to read a really encouraging thing, be sure to check out Sarah's blog entry from Monday. It was so beautiful and full of hope I had to write about it (http://www.gardenwife.com/mt/archives/2005/04/sarah_affirms_l.php) and link to her site (http://journeytobabeland.blogspot.com).

SwimGirl
04-13-2005, 05:39 PM
So!!! I got the job!! I just got the call right now, and start on the 27th! Thats 2 weeks from today, I'm excited! :) Yay!

Kimberley - ouchies, that sounds painful (the minivan thing). It's like me driving a Neon, we rented one once, I barely drove it, but my whole body would ache afterwards. You make sure you get out there and exercise! My exercise today is going to be cleaning, I have to clean the walls in the bathroom, and the floors, and laundry. And I have to tidy the house, because I only have today and tomorrow morning to clean before my brother gets here.

I am off to quit my job! BBL!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-13-2005, 05:47 PM
EXCELLENT! Nothing like being able to hand in your notice at a place. HURRAY for you!!

DianaLS
04-13-2005, 07:04 PM
Hello e1 boy been busy today...WTG Aimee, that's great...

TY Marge, for the kind words...Maybe some day I will work more on my writing..I truly believe in using the gifts God has given you...

"Marge - Vancouver is divided by areas, the area thats RIGHT downtown, by the ocean, is called the West End, and it's full of gay guys. Its great! I used to get my coffee from this place where the staff was all gay guys, they were funny, and very cute. Manhattan is such a glamourized city, heck, I'd live there just for the stories I'd be able to tell. lol. My friend Karen and I talked about going to New York for Fashion week, we'll see if that turns out... she's kind of a flake at times."~~Aimee

LOL that cracked me up...When I lived in Ohio, b4 I met my H online, I lived in the Old West End, it is the largest conglomorate of Victorian Homes this side of the Mississippi, and Loaded with Gay men...I worked at the neighborhood deli 56 hours a week, and it was owned by, u guessed it, a gay man, and a few co-workers were, u guessed it, gay men...We had a blast...They used to tell me "Girlfriend, if you want to meet a man, this is the WRONG place to be working" , after work practically every day, and on my day off, I had a cleaning business, for You guessed, it, Gay men..The name of it was called: "Lady Di's Cleaning...For a clean fit for a Queen"..Basically I worked around 70 hours a week..and walked everywhere...One of the customers, P( won't say his name), ended up being one of my best pals, and he would take me out for Chinese once a week to chat...He was great friends with Blythe Danner, and knew Gwyneth very very well, watched her grow up...He worked in NYC for years in the entertainment field, and Modeling, and Dancing for male dance groups..he is now working in LA for E...anyhoo...I had a lot of fun with all of that, what a year that was...Oh, and I ended up renting an room in an apt with,,,you guesed it, Lesbians who were married, LOL..But, at least I never had to worry about them going after the guys I liked...And they got me hooked on the internet, and that was how I met DH, so it was a blessing really.
Kimberley~ I checked out yor blog yesterday, wow, u and Howie have come a long way, WTG!!!

Wow, wore myself out...LOL, WHEW..
Just wanted to say HEY, and hope you are all doing well..I refuse to weigh in til next Sunday...

HAGN, :D

Gardenwife
04-13-2005, 10:45 PM
Gosh, what a sheltered life I've led compared to you guys and your adventures! I moved out to Ohio with my mom just in time to start high school, did the usual partying and rabble-rousing for three of my four years there, and worked a year before deciding the local tech school was a better alternative than being a waitress the rest of my life.

Funny thing is, now I've come full circle and actually think I'd enjoy waitressing a lot more than sitting at a desk all day like my computer jobs have put me for my working career. I hate busy-work and would much rather interact with people and make them feel welcome and happy.

Anyway, my point is, I never tried very hard at school even though I was bright. I stayed at the local tech college first because my grades were not too great and second because I was too scared to go out on my own and attend school out of the area. I'm not a very big risk-taker, can you tell?

I guess that's why losing this weight and exercising means so much to me. I've never challenged myself much in life, certainly nothing long-term like this. Fear of failure be damned, this time I've found something important.

Hey, accountability partners...I did it. I went to the YMCA today all by my lonesome. I didn't walk outside first, but did do a mile on the inside track after using the machines. I figured out I was slacking when I told the instructor what weights I felt comfortable doing, so tonight I upped the weights on several machines so it actually took effort to do the ten reps. What a concept, eh?

SwimGirl
04-14-2005, 01:46 AM
Kimberley - thats AWESOME! Keep it up, infact, whats up for tomorrow?

I did some "exercise" today.. barely.. I cleaned my house with music pumping, so I did some thrusts here and there with a cloth to clean the walls in my bathroom. I bet it would have been amusing to watch.. thankfully I was alone. :) So, get this, I was Miss Productive tonight! I cleaned my bathroom from top to bottom, and then turned on my kitchen, I even got the burners, and below them. So those two rooms look fab! I ran out of steam for my livingroom and bedroom though. However, I just got a little more energy before the bf comes home and managed to get the livingroom looking a bit better. My side table looks pretty cute, I have my cd's and stereo, and then I have my one bamboo thing that I didn't kill, a cute little picture frame and a candle, it looks SO cute. I'm impressed with my arrangement skills. :)

Alrighty! I'll see yah'll in the morning..Jill I think it's almost 2am your time!! ;)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-14-2005, 01:52 AM
Mine, too, but the night's still young! We're just getting ready to watch Alton Brown's "Good Eats"! ;) I have this image of you cleaning like the women on the Swiffer commercials....Or the maids on Merry Maids' ads, if you've seen those.

Tomorrow is a non-YMCA day. During the summer, we're going to work out "formally" on M-W-F, and mow the lawn, garden and play fix-it around the house the other days. Weekends we may not do much of anything.

DianaLS
04-14-2005, 07:19 AM
Hey everyone :) ..my left leg is killing me this morning. to be honest, has been sore all week, but today it is really bad. I think that I really pulled something a few days back, and now, with working out all week, it is sorer than ever, so am taking today off. I have gone pretty much every day but the Monday of the first week..so I am taking the day off ( And no weekends, they are only open 4 hrs Sat, and get packed) I will feel guilty but 4 days this week is far better than zero days like I was doing over 3 weeks ago...and I really push myself, so I fel good about that. Funny thing is, pulled my muscle at home, not there...Sunday sometime...UGH...Need to rest it. I will go tomorrow, to make it the 4th day, then will have 2 days of rest...Today it is just too sore.. :^:

We will be working in the yard all next week too...my DH has to take dirt out of the flower beds, we have too much in them with the mulch we have let turn to soil the last few years. I told him to watch around my tulips though, I have a lot of them in the one bed...
I will be glad when I can plant flowers after the threat of frost or snow, Planting a lot of cosmos up against our white privacy fences and in my back yard( Have an area put aside for birds and butterflies), black eyed susans and purple coneflowers...in the front am planting New Guinea Impatiens...And a clematis, My DH will be building bluebird houses too so when we put them up, I will plant morning glory around them...I love this time of year...I hope my Hibiscus made it throught the Winter, all of my roses look like they have. I have a Tangerine Hibiscus I planted last year...It was so beautiful...Keeping my fingers crossed.
Well, gotta get busy, and all that jazz...
HAG1 all, BBL :D

jillybean720
04-14-2005, 09:27 AM
Alright, just in for a quickie--lots of work to do here (for a change!).

Thursdays being my actual weigh-in day, I am now at 303.5 (down 2 pounds from last week). That means I lost a pound in addition to the pound I had to lose from the week in CT. Yay!
My feet HURT today! Too much running around at the restaurant at night, man. I need to get some gel inserts or something. They are new shoes, too, so maybe they still have a bit of stretching/molding to do (I have only worn them for about a week).

Aimee--you were right...you posted at 1:46am my time! I was asleep by 12 and up at 4:40, so I just missed ya :p

Alright, back to plugging away (I am formatting resumes for the personnel section of a government proposal for a HUGE contract--93 resumes in all). Have a great day, everyone (I should be busy more often--I think this is the shortest post I have ever written ;) )!

dragonwoman64
04-14-2005, 10:14 AM
So!!! I got the job!! I just got the call right now, and start on the 27th! Thats 2 weeks from today, I'm excited! Yay! --Aimee

Congrats! :balloons: That's great news! I lived in the West Village (that's where the Pink Floyd/Ace of Base guy was), which is basically the gay part of NY. I had a lesbian bar right next to my apartment (around the corner, so I didn't know it when I took the place). I couldn't really hear the music, but I would hear the BEAT through my wall until about 2am. That used to drive me nuts :lol: . Ah, city living. I had some gay Cuban friends, one was an artist, that I used to hang around with, Gilbert and Orestes. Gilbert gave me one of his paintings that I have in my bedroom. Great guys. I've lost touch with them over the years, unfortunately.

Rob used to work for a costume jewelry business and they always participated in Fashion week. I know there are lots of places where you can go to sample sales, where you can buy designer clothes cheap, sometimes right from the show rooms. I never did that. It's worth doing a little research on that before you come :) Love to meet you, too! I can give you the 50 cent tour if you want.

I guess that's why losing this weight and exercising means so much to me. I've never challenged myself much in life, certainly nothing long-term like this. Fear of failure be damned, this time I've found something important....Hey, accountability partners...I did it. I went to the YMCA today all by my lonesome.--Kimberley

In my mind, this weight loss project is the biggest challenge I've ever done too. Congrats on the Y! :) Just starting for me felt like a big step outside my comfort zone. I get how important each step is.

Sarah is amazing. I get weepy when I read her posts. I'm so glad she's taking that trip to St Marteens, that place looks incredible. I liked what you wrote about it, too.

Planting a lot of cosmos up against our white privacy fences and in my back yard( Have an area put aside for birds and butterflies), black eyed susans and purple coneflowers...in the front am planting New Guinea Impatiens...And a clematis, My DH will be building bluebird houses too so when we put them up, I will plant morning glory around them...I love this time of year.--Diana

please take pics! sounds gorgeous. There's a lady in the neighborhood who grows a vine with HUGE white morning glories in the front of her house. They're such beautiful flowers. I get excited this time of year seeing the trees start to bloom, all the daffodils, the crocuses. We're going to the Botanic Garden tomorrow. It definitely lifts my spirits way up.

Definitely rest an injury. I've had times when I've pushed myself too hard, got hurt, then couldn't exercise for a week, and that really screws up my program. So I've learned to take it easier (the hard way!).

Gongrats on the 2 lbs, Jill!! Hey, after you get the insoles, can we say you must be gellin'?? Ah oh, who here watches too much TV??? :lol: Speaking of that, can you believe Nadia got kicked off American Idol? And Bo was in the bottom 3??? wow, what's happening in this world??

I did go to the Y yesterday. I may have to use the treadmill instead of the elliptical on Friday, my knee felt a little sore, I may not be ready to use it as much as I'd like. I can definitely feel the work out on that machine more than any other, but like I said above, I've learned to back off if there's a possibility of an injury.

DianaLS
04-14-2005, 10:26 AM
hey all, just a quickie before I go for the day...am thinking of getting into making jewelry and figures to add to my site with polymer clay...You should see what a couple of these women do...I am not nearly that good at it yet, talk about talent..Wow...will put link at the bottom...WTG Jill~ that's great...And i will take Pics when everything is blooming, marge, promise!!:) :D

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZbearQ5fexpressions

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZbaking67124

http://stores.ebay.com/Bad-Kitty-Designs-Jewelry_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm

and this woman does everything in Miniatures, size of a penny ..she also sews and paints in miniatures:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZkarryjohnsonQQssPageNam eZSTRKQ3aMEFSQ3aMESOI

SwimGirl
04-14-2005, 01:47 PM
Goodmorning! I'm having a lazy start to the morning, I just dragged my butt out of bed at 10am.. I don't work until late today, and don't really have that much cleaning left to do, so it's alright. :) Josh works 9-5:30 today, and I work 5:30-9, so I don't really get to see him today, I was very stern with him and said this house does NOT get messed up before my brother gets here.

Jill - that was a record short entry for you! Congrats on the 2 pound loss! :) Slow and steady wins the race..

Marge - of course I'd love a tour! I'm into fashion and accessories, infact, I'm addicted to purses. Oh, and shoes. If I was making more money, it would just be scary! I just got this black handbag, by Matt & Nat, it's a Montreal designer, and they don't use leather (I have a wallet that matches). For sample sales.. don't you need to fit their clothes? Definitely something to work towards, but I don't think they really design for size 18-20 gals like myself!

Diana - definitely rest! Taking a day off will help you heal, and you'll get right back to it :) An injury is a pain when you are on a role, eh?

So I'm going to have a really healthy breakfast, and hope to have something good for lunch as well... it's that work time thats going to be the hard part. I'm barely working, but I'm working at such a weird time.. right in the middle of dinner. Stupid work. I'm going to walk just over 2km's today so I could do really good. I just need a kick in the butt!! I have all this healthy food in my house, and yet I'm still eating terribly. Someone kick me in the butt!! I'm going to do some thinking this weekend, I know I can't stay on plan for the weekend, only because my brother will be in town and we always eat out, and I shouldn't really being doing a harsh diet before the big 10km walk on Sunday. I'm just babbling, so I'm going to go make myself a healthy breakfast (an omlet :) ).

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-14-2005, 04:25 PM
Oh, sore, sore...But a good sore with nothing feeling injured, just well-used. Aimee, I didn't get up until 2:00pm!

We had an eventful night, with my step-dad having some sort of episode with nausea and a tight chest. His arms felt funny, too. Mom called us about 3:30am worried because he wouldn't go to the hospital. Finally, we convinced him and followed them to the hospital. His EKG was fine, but they kept him for observation since the diagnostic blood tests need to be taken 12 hours after an episode (?). The doctor came by today and said it looks more like an esophageal issue (reflux, maybe?). If the blood tests indicate any heart episode, they'll go from there. If not, home he goes.

WTG on the loss, Jill - that's awesome! Diana, you rest up. It gives your body a chance to heal if you rest between sessions, anyway, so don't kick yourself (not that you could, LOL). Better to rest now than to push too much and really be layed up!

I laughed when I saw this on the one eBay seller's page. Fabulous earrings!

SwimGirl
04-14-2005, 04:47 PM
Kimberley - you were up WAY later than I was, I went to bed at 12am. I like the feeling of sore muscles.. like I've accomplished something. I don't get that feeling much these days.. lol

I dug out some of my old Weight Watchers books, my journals actually. So I took my measurements when I was 265, and then just redid them at 258, and it turns out I lost 7 inches! A little on my thighs, arms, but most of it came off my waist, 2 inches! My hips and bust stayed pretty much the same.. just shows where I lose the most of my weight. It was interesting, and rewarding to see on paper! I'm looking forward to more inches lost! 7 pounds and 7 inches, is that weird?

Okay, I am off to shower, and then to do the work thing, have a great day, and I'll be back in the middle of the night for some of you ;) Jill - thats about 1-2am your time. heh..

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-14-2005, 08:26 PM
Wow, inches lost are great! I still need to get my measurements. I meant to a month or so ago, but got sidetracked (no, not me!) and forgot all about it. I know I've lost inches in my waist, thighs and butt...Wish I had a way to measure other than to see pants that were snug now hanging on me like 'tater sacks.

SwimGirl
04-15-2005, 02:04 AM
Psst... Jill.. shouldn't you be getting up soon? ;)

Kimberley - get a measuring tape!!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-15-2005, 03:02 AM
I have one! It's for quilts and is something like 110" long. Grabbed the first one I saw at Wal-Mart and it's a big'un. :D

Dad's fine - blood tests were okay and he's home.

I got my closet re-organization started. Stuff everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Going to bed and facing it again tomorrow after we weigh in and go to the YMCA. G'night, all.

jillybean720
04-15-2005, 06:56 AM
Whew, I'm up, I'm up! :p Actually, I got to work late today...didn't roll in till about 6:20. That's okay, though, since I stayed an hour late yesterday. Of course, staying an hour late yesterday meant sacrificing the gym, but my boss already asked me to work over the weekend (and I said no, so I figured it was the least I could do.

Tonight, Jeff and I will be eating at Damon's--he loves to play the trivia on the big tv :dizzy: Then we're off to see the new remake of The Amityville Horror. I have the original on VHS and have been watching it since I as about 6, so I hope this isn't a huge disappointment. Should be pretty good with new special effects and such. Then tomorrow, Jeff, his 5 cousins, and I are going to Jillian's (the grown-up Chuck E. Cheese's). Should be fun--I LOVE the virtual bowling. What an arm workout!

So, have I told you guys how badly I need a new car? Nearly $2000 of work into my current 1993 Toyota Camry in the past 3 months (brand new distributor, new radiator, radiator hoses, and thermostat), and it still needs more work! Needs new front drive axels (bout $510), new rear struts, new front brakes...it's just not worth putting the money into it anymore. So, good thing I got a second job so I can take on a car payment, right? Ugh, I got the new job so I could pay off my bills, not acquire another one! But, gotta do what I gotta do. I've been looking online (like I have the time to go to the actual dealerships!), and I think I'm going to go with either a Honda Civic, a Toyota Corolla, or a Toyota Echo. I want to stay Honda or Toyota strictly for the reliability factor (assuming the previous owner took car of the car). I think the previous owner of my current car didn't do much with it, and it had a little over 100,000 miles on it already when my parents bought it for me. Now I'm only looking at cars that have around 60,000 or fewer miles on them. Might as well get the new (used) car while I have time to think about it rather than wait a few months and have my Camry completely die on me and be forced to buy the first new car I see, ya know? Bah, it's all a bit of a headache for me. Anyway...

Back to work! Formatting resumes is fun. I enjoy formatting resumes (maybe if I keep telling myself this stuff, I'll begin to believe it :p ). Have a FABULOUS weekend, ladies!!

DianaLS
04-15-2005, 10:51 AM
Hello there..WTG all of you who have lost inches and pounds...that is FABULOUS!!! :D

Jill~~ I have a Toyota matrix ( 1st year it came out) it is excellent on gas mileage, and zippy...we are just exchanging it because hubby hates station wagon kinds of cars. I love Toyotas over Hondas myself, we get one or the other usually, though he is seriously giving thought to the Mazda3 for me...

Another week of curves, I felt much better today after taking the day off yesterday...back to my energetic self...After we dropped the dog at PetCo to get groomed, he took me out for Breakfast...I love doing that once a month or so...Having grilled chicken over tossed salad tonight( with Fresh made dressing ~ good seasons, I mix a packet of the garlic and herb with a packet of zesty italian and then add the oil and stuff to make a huge bottle for the week, that is a great mixture to try..., and he promised me a trip to the new StoneCold Creamery down the way...I hear it is FABULOUS :D ...I will try not to be too bad, LOL, Yeah RIGHT!! Did I tell you all how much I love that Edys Low fat ice cream? That is good stuff, tastes yummy..

HAGD all, BBL! :D

Gardenwife
04-15-2005, 01:17 PM
Ahh, cars. We had a 1987 Park Avenue which seemed to be a perfect car. Then, the summer Howie had his back surgery (and I was let go from my job at a university), the engine blew on it and we had to have it completely rebuilt. Ouch! Thank God, we had many little financial miracles that summer, things like cash showing up in unmarked envelopes in our church mailbox, friends dropping by with money, etc. Between Howie's workers comp and my unemployment, plus those gifts, we had just what we needed - nothing more, but what we needed.

Weighed in and showed a 1-pound loss! Happiness! Howie was teetering at 300, SO close to 299. Afterward, we went on a drive out to Dawe's Arboretum (where that Japanese Garden photo I posted was taken). The magnolias, some azaleas, and many tiny woodland wildflowers are in full bloom and it's gorgeous. The big show in the crabapple collection is coming up soon - that's *really* a sight.

DianaLS
04-15-2005, 02:15 PM
"Weighed in and showed a 1-pound loss! Happiness! Howie was teetering at 300, SO close to 299. Afterward, we went on a drive out to Dawe's Arboretum (where that Japanese Garden photo I posted was taken). The magnolias, some azaleas, and many tiny woodland wildflowers are in full bloom and it's gorgeous. The big show in the crabapple collection is coming up soon - that's *really* a sight"~Kimberley

Wtg on the loss, something is better than nothing...I plan to measure myselff next weekend too with the weigh-in, I am really feeling like I have lost a few inches...You will have to get pics on here of the park, I wish we had places like that around here to see, although nothing is in bloom yet here...Maybe we will go up to Saratoga with the dog when the trees start to bloom...there is a beautiful park there...
well, gotta run, BBL all, Hag1 :)

SwimGirl
04-15-2005, 02:51 PM
Gooodmorning!! I still have 20 minutes left to my morning.. hehe... I am feeling pretty good this morning, my makeup looks great, the clothes I have picked out are super cute, we'll see how my puff ball (hair) turns out though. Its looking very country right now, I can't believe how straight it's getting! I normally have curly ringlet hair, but have been straightening it almost every day. I feel vain today.. lol, I'm looking at myself in the mirror and thinking how hot I look.. teehee...

Kimberley - congrats!! 1 more pound GONE! You are so consistant with your weight loss, I'm impressed :)

Jill - these short posts have me wanting MORE.. I'm going thru Jill withdrawl.. no more work for you!! ;) Definitely get a new car, my mom has a 2001 honda civic, it's been SO good to her, she had a few things to work out.. but after that it's been smooth sailing. Her and I bought our cars at the same time, and while I've changed the brakes 2 times, had my wheel barings done, struts done, strut bushings fixed and am now looking forward to a new transmission and another brake change.. she's done nothing. She's also got TONS more km's on her car than I do.. I have a Chev Cavalier, they've treated me in such a way that I'd never buy a GM again.. there has been SO many loopholes with our warrenty, basically it works out that nothing is covered. Poo on CHEV!! Heh..

Diana - you are doing so well with curves, It's inspiring, keep it up :) Sounds like you are having a nice day :) It's rainy and gloomy here.. fortunately I'm feeling FABULOUS! Yes thats right.. the return of that word.. lol ..

Marge - WHERE ARE YOU?!?!??!?! The day is almost over.. and no post from you yet.. me so lonely...

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-15-2005, 02:53 PM
here is something funny I found on my Crafter's forum:


English .. a constant source of frustration
>
> Can you read these correctly .. the first time?
>
> 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
>
> 2) The farm was used to produce produce.
>
> 3) The landfill was so full, they had to refuse more refuse.
>
> 4) Please polish the Polish furniture.
>
> 5) He could be in the lead if he would get the lead out.
>
> 6) The soldier chose to desert his dessert in the desert.
>
> 7) Since there is no time like the present, it is time to present the
>
> present.
>
> 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
>
> 9) When shot , the dove dove into the bushes.
>
> 10) I did not object to the object.
>
> 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
>
> 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
>
> 13) They were too close to the door to close it.
>
> 14) The buck does strange antics when does are around.
>
> 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
>
> 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
>
> 17) The wind was too strong for us to wind the sail.
>
> 18) I shed a tear upon seeing the tear in the painting.
>
> 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
>
> 20) I need to intimate this to my most intimate friend?
>
> Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in
> eggplant, no ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
>
> English muffins were not invented in England nor French Fries in France.
>
>
> Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
>
>
> We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find
> that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea
> pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
>
> And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't
> groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't
> the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
>
>
> One index, 2 indices? Is it not crazy that you can make amends, but not
> one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but
> one of them, what do you call it?
>
> If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats
> vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
>
> Sometimes I think the first "teachers of the language" should have been
> committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. How is it that people
> recite a play and play at a recital; ship by truck and send cargo by
> ship; have noses that run and feet that smell??
>
> How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and
> a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a
> language in which your house can burn up as it burns down; you fill in a
> form by filling it out and an alarm goes off by going on.
>
> English was invented by people, not computers, and reflects the
> creativity
>
> of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.
>
> This is why... when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the
>
> lights are out, they are invisible.
>
> PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick ????

SwimGirl
04-16-2005, 01:30 AM
Ack, what happened today? You all disappeared! I am so tired right now, and my brother isn't here yet.. I am just not good at staying up late... sleepytime...

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-16-2005, 12:23 PM
Yesterday I went to the gym at 7am (NObody was there, guess tax day kept everyone at home!). Rob got me headphones so I watched MTV and VH1 while I did the bike and treadmill, heh heh.

Then we went to the botanic garden and I think I almost literally walked my &(*&&^%$ feet off! :lol: All the magnolia trees in Magnolia Plaza were filled with blossoms. Really beautiful. We walked home through the park, and the magnolia and cherry trees were blooming. Great to get some fresh air and sunshine.

Last night I just about finished my mystery, Jim Chee got shot (again!) and I know who did it now. Tsk, tsk. Crime does not pay!

Aimee, I asked Rob about the sample sales and he said that some of the showrooms do cater to larger sizes. He said you find the places that sell larger sizes, like J. Jill, then get on their sample sale mailing list. Each company that produces their own stuff has a mailing list. Besides that, you can buy jewelry, purses, scarves, shoes! I never learned much about it, but it's definitely a gold mine for anyone that does basic research and has the interest.

I had a friend who used to shop at a Salvation Army on the Upper East Side and she'd get expensive designer clothes that were barely worn, because a lot of the rich women up there will wear something a couple of times then give it away to charity (!). Unfortunately, I'm usually the dummy who pays full price for a blouse that goes on sale a week later!

Congrats to all those of you with inches and lbs gone!! I'm taking the weight loss equivalent to the 5th! Fear not, Marge will never be defeated by the fat devil.

Diana, the jewelry sounds fun. I've gone through so many earring phases! In college the bigger the better. I had short hair too, that let me show them off. Mostly I wear posts now. I like necklaces and bracelets too. I have a silver chain bracelet that I never take off. I almost never wear rings. I don't like how they feel. Hmmm. Keep me posted on that.

This afternoon I'm going over to the Polish store to get stuffed cabbage for dinner. We watched a travel show this morning on Prague and Poland and got a craving!

Kaylee, I miss your posts. Hope your dad's ok!

I haven't owned a car since I came to NYC in 1989, believe it or not.

Gardenwife
04-16-2005, 01:00 PM
Stuffed cabbage sounds delicious! I have a head of cabbage in the fridge, along with some turkey sausages (spicy Italian!).

Good morning, everyone. Well, I've not made coffee yet, so it's not quite feeling like morning. Howie's been up since 9:30am (masochist!) and already has the lawn mowed. He also talked to our neighbors and asked if they might consider letting us take down their rag-tag, gap-toothed, 50-year-old fence. They're in their 80's and planning on moving, so they don't want to put money into anything; the husband told Howie earlier today he'd be fine with taking down the fence, but he'd have to talk to his wife.

Well, she's obviously the one who runs the household, and she said they'll have it "fixed". Last time they had it "fixed" was 2 or 3 years ago and the only panels not falling out are the ones put up to replace those which had. It's a dry-rotted old mess. Our friend who works for the city didn't give much hope for local zoning enforcement to do anything to help. Ugh.

I am going to have to find some temp work, both for car repairs and for some privacy fence. If they leave theirs like it is, we're just going to put up our own to shield that nasty thing from our view. I mean, would you want this by your patio and all along your yard? :(

SwimGirl
04-16-2005, 02:29 PM
Just a quick post from me... as my brother and his galpal are here..

Marge - when I make money.. I'M COMING!!! Seriously.. like.. omg.. I was drooling when I was reading your post about the sample sales... I just have to win that lottery ;)

Everyone - :wave:

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-16-2005, 03:14 PM
Happy Saturday! I am so glad the weekend is HERE! I slept for almost 12 hours last night (and, sadly enough, feel like I could still use a few more). Of course, this feeling tired all the time thing is probably due to my schedule during the week, but lately, I have also been very cold at work. I am NEVER cold usually. One of my coworkers said I should be checked for anemia, as tiredness and feeling cold can both be symptoms. I have to go to a doctor anyway since I have an infected ingrown toenail (sorry to gross anyone out). I have had them before on my other foot in middle and high school, but I really can't afford to have foot pain now that I am running around a restaurant 4 nights a week. So, I will go to my doctor and have checked: my toe (for a referral to a podiatrist), my iron level, my thyroid (full testing, not just the basic one they usually do), and discuss my weight (see if she has any suggestions for me considering my schedule). I also need new contacts and glasses and have a cavity I STILL have to get checked. I am falling apart, I tell ya--my car isn't the only thing in bad shape here :p

Today, we are still going to Jillian's with Jeff's cousins, but now we have new plans for later, too. Jeff got 4 Washington Nationals (the new DC baseball team) tickets from a sales rep at work yesterday, so we're going to that game tonight, too. Fun! We're also going to a Baltimore Orioles game on the 30th, so that should be fun, too. Of course, that means no time to look at cars this weekend, no time to look next weekend (it's his cousin's birthday), and no time to look the weekend of the 30th. Looks like I'll just be checking out cars online till I get a chance to see any in person in May. Hopefully, my car will last me that long without new front drive axels :crossed:

Kimberley--I'd try to hide that fence, too! Not much of a fence with that many gaps and holes in it, eh?

Marge--Salvation Army and Goodwill stores rock! I also once knew a couple that would go to rich neighborhoods on trash day and search the sidewalks. They wouldn't like, go through their actual trash or anything gross, but a lot of people would throw out old lamps or furniture that was still perfectly good to us poor folk :p

Diana--That English language thing was cute! Being a technical writer (aka, grammar and punctuation geek), I can definitely appreciate that kind of stuff.

Aimee--Is this post long enough? :D How'd it go when you put in your notice at your job? Were they surprised? OR were they jerks about it? I'm so happy to hear you got that new job (not that I had any doubt). I'm sure you'll be SO much happier!

I had my heart set on this car I found on cars.com. It's a 1999 Audi A4 (sedan, not wagon). It's charcoal colored with black heated leather seats, power everything, sun/moon roof, cd changer, the works! It's so pretty, too, and it's only got 54,800 miles on it. I had my heart set on it (even emailed the seller) until I did a little research online. Turns out, that year/model seems to have quite a bit of electrical problems and issues with the rear wheel bearings. Also takes premium gas (with gas at $2.15 for regular here, I"m not about to upgrade anytime soon!), and if you don't use premium, it will get a carbon build-up and your check engine light will go on, which is at least $75 to have turned off. So, my dream car is no longer my dream car. Back to the Hondas and Toyotas. I though being an Audi that it would be a good, strong, German car, but I also know that even VWs have been going downhill lately, so I can't say I'm all too surprised.

Alright, well, Jeff is in the shower, so as soon as he gets out, we'll go grab some grub (I am starving!). OH, btw, anyone who likes scary movies, the new remake of Amityville was really good! After recent "horror" movies (Saw, White Noise, Darknes, etc.), I was expecting the same type of garbage. It didn't stick exactly to the story of the original, but it was still done pretty well. There were also a few moments of laughing instead of screaming or jumping, but overall, I'd give it a B+. It was a good balance of slight humor and bone-chilling imagery. Usually, when a movie has something scary happening every 30 seconds, it gets old pretty fast, but I actually kept jumping at the scary parts. Okay, that's it for me for now...hope everyone is having a good weekend!

jamswife0807
04-16-2005, 05:27 PM
hey all. Ive missed you guys. Unfortunately things here havent been the best, which is the reason I was gone. Thankfully no one is ill, just ex-hubby issues w/ the kids, school issues, etc.:stress:
Congrats to everyone who has lost weight, inches, worked out, ate less, or tried as best as they could. We are strong women who can do this, even if it takes longer than we'd like...because by the sounds of it our support systems are large and wonderful.
Congrats also to Aimee who got her new job! I think that's wonderful, and I hope its all you hope it is.
Well, I know how hard it is to sometimes see the results, or have our families and friends see it, because they see us every day. So my solution to this is :idea: go see someone who hasn't seen you in a while..lol. Case in point: I havent seen my mom in about 3 weeks, and went over to see her last nite. She noticed as soon as I walked in the door that I had lost weight....it made my day completely. Its always an inspiration and self-esteem boost to hear that.
I have to performance coming up next Friday, and have been working hard for it...still I'm so nervous about it...lol. NO matter how often I'm up on stage, it still makes me sick to my stomach up until about three hours after the performance is over.. :joker:
Well, Im off to the store w/ DH. Have a wonderful evening ladies, and I"ll see you soon.

DianaLS
04-16-2005, 10:22 PM
well, what a Friday for us...let me see, started off great, Curves, breakfast...then all **** breaks loose...His mom calls hysterical, his sis was in an accident, her car got totalled...she was okay,Thank goodness, but five seconds after she tells my Hubby, she starts in on the problems with his dad she is having, bringing us into the issues again..Rod got PO'd and started yelling at her that he didn't care, it was between them and she needs to worry about his sis etc...then his dad calls and starts all sorts of crap...I had enough, and exploded...I was so mad for one because they were acting like idiots when they should be focused on her...His father is acting like a psychotic ( he is very arrogant, pig-headed etc)..and keeps asking where she lives ( his mom) and he has no reason to ever know...it is getting beyond scary..Literally something you would see in a movie...what a mess...they are all wacked...if we could move to a different state, we would..to get away from all of them...we can't because Rod will not find any job where he would make as much as he does...so we will stay ...at least until he retires..

sorry,had to vent...
WTG all on the weightloss! Marge, will let you know how the experiments go when I start, have a ton of other stuff to finish first..

Aimee~ You are so cute...boy wish I had your gusto when I was your age..

Jill~ Good luck on the car search, now my Sis-in-law is in your boat...

Kimberley~ that fence is terrible, boy, I thought I hd problem neighbors, well had since he left...you would think they would appreciate your help...

Well, am off, have a good one! :^:

Gardenwife
04-17-2005, 12:40 AM
Hey, you's all. Just a quick note because I'm pooped. Worked outside today, first potting up some hostas and iris a friend from davesgarden.com mailed to me, then doing some watering...who'd think we'd need to water already?! My elderly neighbor across the street (Pearl, 93 this year) is really hurting, so when she said she was going to clean the dead leaves and vines from her vinca, I said "oh, no you're not!" and did it for her. She didn't object very strenuously. ;) I just love her and hate to see her in pain like that. Like she said when telling me one of her annuities ran out, "I never expected to live this long!".

Anyway, it was a good outside day in the fresh air, but one of those days that (I hope) makes me sleep like a rock.

SwimGirl
04-17-2005, 01:23 AM
Goodevening ladies! I'm just winding down the day, I'm totally exhausted and just want to sleep for days!! But I'm going to get up and do that 10km tomorrow. My brother and I are going to switch it up and run some, and then walk some. I think we are feeling a little crazy.. but it'll mix it up.. and with a lot of stretching I think we'll recover nicely.

So my day, kinda sucked a bit. I woke up with a headache (stayedup until 1am... too late for this little girl), I took some tylenol, did nothing, we bummed around the house until 12:30pm ( I took sinus pills, as it turns out it was my sinus's bothering me), we then headed to Vancouver to get all of our race stuff, checked out some of the stuff there.. they gave out free multivitamins! woohoo.. free stuff! We came home, and went out for Japanese... mmm.. I love Japanese food :) We ran errands for a couple hours, and picked up vitamin c. I'm sick, can you fricking believe it?!?! I have the starting of a cold, with a FEVER, ugh. Thats the low down of my day..

Jill - uh huh.. totally long enough :) I'm sorry to hear about your car crap.. I hate dealing with that stuff.. I wish you the best of luck. Get a honda civic or honda accord. :) The people at my job didn't really care that I gave my notice, one girl pretended to care.. but I don't believe her. It's fine, I'm done with that crap.

Diana - gusto? I live a very very tame life.. what do you think is gusto?

Kimberley - You are a kind person to help her like that.. I can't garden.. mostly I just don't enjoy it.. I'm more of a pool person.. :)

Okay, I better go back to my guests.. have a great Sunday, I'll post later in the day and let you know how it went!! Nite gals :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-17-2005, 09:06 AM
Diana - gusto? I live a very very tame life.. what do you think is gusto? ~ Aimee

energy, great outlook, confidense...I guess that about sums it up..lol
Good luck today, hope you have fun...

Kimberley~ you are so nice to help her out, that is great....She appreciated it I am sure..My dad, who is 87, still thinks he is 27, sometimes...Does things he shouldn't then pays the price for it the rest of the week...

well, am off, Have agreat day e1!

SwimGirl
04-17-2005, 10:36 AM
Oh man.. it's too early for me.. it's 7:30am, on a SUNDAY, ugh. I'm rethinking that running portion of today's thing.. my body is sore (I just got out of bed), but we'll see. So sleepy!! But it's worth it... right?

Diana - I see so many people who do more than me, who do much more braver things.. and generally think my life is just TOO tame. I've never really travelled, or had an exciting job.. I have dated lots.. but yah.. lol. I do feel good about myself (thanks to my mom), and I know that I'm goodlooking.. teehee.. so modest too. It's easy to have confidence when you have a mom teaching you to :) So I'm going to take the compliment and shut my trap :) Thank you Diana!

Well, I'm off... seeyah later gals :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-17-2005, 10:44 AM
LOL Aimee, YW, and yes, take the compliment and shut your trap, LOL..You are so funny!!! Have fun!!!

dragonwoman64
04-17-2005, 02:40 PM
I got up at 7 this morning and stumbled over to the gym. Wow, was that place empty! Then Rob walked up to the park, got a sandwich and shared it in the park, it's gorgeous here today. I bought one of those huge deli pickles.

The stuffed cabbage was really good. Not greasy at all, which is how I like them.

Boy, Kimberley, I know that's a headache. My dad always was having to deal with the neighbors to get the fences fixed. He went through Sears the last time and got them to do the entire job. That fence fell down I think within a year, just bad workmanship.

Good luck with the 10K, Aimee! One day I'll be able to do something like that. Not today. I'm still creaky from going to the botanic garden and back. ha.

I think every one should travel as much as they can afford to money wise and time wise. It gives you a better perpective on the world, and about people in general. I know traveling isn't everyone's cup of tea. I've had friends who've loved it and have been all over the world, and friends who basically have been satisfied to stay within a state of where we grew up. I think because my dad used to take us all over the US when we were kids (in the ol' station wagon, camping out at KOAs -- Kampgrounds of America), I've always enjoyed seeing new places.

Yeah, I like Salvation Armies. We have one a couple of blocks away from us here, unfortunately they sold the building so it will be gone in a few months. I almost always give my clothes and books and other odds and ends to them, I'll miss them, it was really convenient. Sometimes the prices at the SA's here can be a little high. My artist friend who I mentioned before used to buy his frames from an SA in Manhattan. In college I used to buy sweaters from the SA in my home town. (My mom always like to donate change at Christmas time too.)

DianaLS
04-17-2005, 03:45 PM
I think every one should travel as much as they can afford to money wise and time wise. It gives you a better perpective on the world, and about people in general. I know traveling isn't everyone's cup of tea. I've had friends who've loved it and have been all over the world, and friends who basically have been satisfied to stay within a state of where we grew up. I think because my dad used to take us all over the US when we were kids (in the ol' station wagon, camping out at KOAs -- Kampgrounds of America), I've always enjoyed seeing new places.~~Marge

LOL I had to add something when I saw that. we have been all over the country too, my dad did the same thing, every summer we camped and traveled...I loved it, and when DH retires, we will be going on road trips ourselves to Yellowstone, Grand tetons, Grand Canyon, etc...beautiful...we will be motelling it mostly, he is not into tenting as much as I am, but it will be fun...He has barely seen what beauty this country has to offer...BBL all, and I LOVE Cabbage Rolls, or Pigs in a Blanket as we called it in Toledo, here, Pigs in a blanket are hot dogs wrapped in Crescent rolls..lol, Funny how different things are...Hmm, may have to make some of them for myself this week, He is not fond of them, I love them and he will be working ot all week on afternoon shift, hmm....

SwimGirl
04-17-2005, 09:37 PM
Alright, so 10km's? It's pretty far!! I was going at a great pace 10minutes per km, and considering I had the most painful shin splints in the WORLD, I was good with that. And then I hit the 7th km. My fingers started to feel kinda weird, and after a hill I got a tight feeling in my back (from working hard, but of course, I'm paranoid and thought I was dying or something). I kept on going though, and because of my being all paranoid about that crap.. my panic attacks started. I felt like I couldn't breath and just wanted to lay down and cry, I was going to go to a medical station.. but instead I called my mom. I cried a little (I'm such a wuss!!), but she talked me thru it, for 1km (I was at a 12min/km at that point). And I survived, focused on the moment. It was quite the little journey, it definitely humbled me. Fortunately, I'm feeling strong, and will recover, both physically (my shins are ACHING!), and mentally. :)

I totally believe people should travel as well.. I really wish I could afford to, one day I will. In the mean time, there is tons to see around where I live :) As for camping? I just can't do it... tents aren't my thing, and those RV thingies.. expensive!

Alright, I gotta go take care of my body... remember, we can do ANYTHING we set our minds to, heck, I did a 10km walk with no training at all!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-17-2005, 11:09 PM
Just briefly saying hi and then I'm curling up in bed with my Dean Koontz novel. This nightowl is dog tired! We went to a Columbus Clippers baseball game today (they're the farm team of the NY Yankees). The game started at Noon, so we were up early -- early for us, anyway. ;) The Clippers and the Charlotte Knights were tied and went extra innings - finally, in the bottom of the 12th, the Clippers had a homer and won. It was a great ending to the game! Howie's new avatar was taken by our friend today at the park.

Night-night, bunny rabbits!

jillybean720
04-18-2005, 07:14 AM
Good morning, all!

I'm up and at 'em at work--I know a bunch o my coworkers came in over the weekend to work on stuff, and my boss had said she would leave work for me on my chair. However, I came in to an empty chair with not so much as even an email asking me to do anything. Looks like I'm off the hook (till everyone else comes in, anyway)!

So, Saturday was SO fun! Jeff and I stayed in bed till about 9-ish, then I woke up and dragged him over to the couch so we could watch cartoons. Then we fell back to sleep on the couch till about noon, got up and took our showers, then went to Jillian's with his cousins. We got there about 4 and had dinner (well, breakfast for Jeff and me), then played video games for a couple hours. I LOVE the "Hyperbowl"--it's this big screen that shows a bowling ball and a course, and you have to spin this bowling ball on a stand to make your ball move in the direction you want to try to hit the pins at the end of the virtual course. It's funny to watch people do it, and it's even a great arm workout. Jeff, his 17-year old cousin Matt, and I played 2 games of that, a little air hockey (which I LOVE), and a few other video games (can't go to the arcade without some bloody, violent, first-person shooter games). Then, the rest of his cousins (the 2 parents, the 13-year old, and the 7-year old) went home while Jeff, Matt, and I headed to the Metro (train) station to go to RFK Stadium to catch the rest of the Washington Nationals game. They're doing really well for a new team--#1 in the National League so far, and we watched them kick some Diamondback behind that night! Funny little story about the game, though...

Since we had gone to Jillian's, we got to the game a little late. We missed the first 3 innings. No big deal--we still had more than half the game to watch. So, we go in and find our seats--not the greatest seats in the world, but at least they were along the third base line and not all the way back behind the outfield. So anyway, we sit down, and the guy behind us says, "Hey, one of you might have to move and come sit up here or something cuz these guys [gestures to the men sitting about 3 seats down to my left] were taking up all but these last two seats here," to which I replied, "Well, we've actually got tickets for these seats, so I'm pretty sure we're staying here." The guy looks at me and goes, "Oh, well, I hope that works out for you, then." Hope that works out for you? What the he!! is that supposed to mean? Of course it's going to work out for us--they're OUR seats! Just because some other people stole our seats before we got there does not mean we should have to move to accomodate them. No one ever asked us to move, since they knew those weren't really their seats (we saw some of the guys come down, look at us sitting in the seats, then go to sit somewhere else), but just the way that guys said stuf was pretty rude, even the tone of his voice. Ugh, people!

Okay, done with my little rant for now. So then yesterday, all Jeff and I did all day was lay around watching movies/tv and sleeping (I almost always fall asleep during movies anyway), so I caught up on quite a bit of the week's missed sleep.

On a more painful note, has anyone ever had an ingrown toenail? I have had them before and had to have the root of the edge of my toenail cortorized by the podiatrist. Well, not to gross anyone out, but on Thursday night after working at the restaurant, I came home and took off my socks and shoes to find a new development on my left foot--an infected ingrown toenail. Great. Like I have time to see a doctor! So Friday I wore flip-flops to work (luckily didn't have to work at the restaurant that night), and it hurt even when sitting still and not touching anything. Not a good sign. Saturday, I had to wear socks and real shoes (sneakers, since I knew the baseball game would require walking to and from the Metro station, not to mention the 10-mile hike to get to our seats), and by the time we got home on Saturday night, it was insanely painful and quite disgudting to look at, so I put my flip-flops on and made Jeff drive me to the store (not many choices at 11:30 at night, so we went to the grocery store that was open till midnight). I bought q-tips, peroxide, Neosporin (with pain reliever), and band-aids. Then we went back, and I went to work on my toe as best I could. I did some things I won't mention just in case any of you have just eaten, then I put a huge blob of Neosporin on it and 3 band-aids. I must have done a pretty good job--I left the band-aids on over night but didn't put any more on yesterday or today--let it get some air and dry out. Yesterday, it was kinda purple instead of red/yellow, but looking at it now, it's a lighter shade of purpleish-red and is much less swollen. I am wearing sandals (socks and closed-toe shoes make my big toe rub against my second toe, which KILLS since the offending toenail is on the inside of my big toe), so it doesn't hurt at all right now. I am PRAYING that I make it through my shift at the restaurant tonight okay--I'm serving instead of hostessing, so I should be able to sit down a little more often, which will be good. I'll have to see how it goes this week to see whether or not I will have to consider a podiatrist.

Aimee--congrats on making it through the 10k--tears or not, it's quite an accomplishment!

Marge--I would LOVE to travel. I went on a cruise to the Bahamas when I was in high school (school trip for a singing group I was in), but I have never been west of Kentucky or to any other countries. Maybe when I'm a little older and am not work 70 hours a week to make ends met :p

Kimberley--you're so great to help Pearl out like that. When I was in high school, I was a member of our Service Corps. We did stuff to help people in the community (shovel snow, rake leave, etc.), and I once had to help clean the gutters of this huge house for an older woman who had broken her collar bone. It would have been okay if she was actually nice! Talk about a mean old lady--she kept pointing out things we were doing wrong and watching our every move as if she'd just hired us for the day straight out of prison! I love helping people out, but I love it even more when they actually appreciate it!

Diana--good luck with the family stress. I know how difficult it is when people try to drag you into their conflicts. I always have this feeling like I want to help, but I know it's better to just stay out of it as much as possible.

Heather--I'm so glad your mom noticed your weight loss! That is such a great feeling, and it's very motivating to know people can see a difference. I know one of the ladies here at work keeps asking me how much I've lost. She says she can see it in my face. I think for me it's not so much the weight loss, but the working out that kinda shifts the wieght around even though I am only down about 7 pounds total.

Alright, ladies, this has been quite a long post (even for me--and only 1 smilie the whole way through! :dizzy: --well, now 2), so I'm gonna go pretend to do some work now. Have a Marvelous Monday!!

Gardenwife
04-18-2005, 12:33 PM
I'm no stranger to the ingrown toenails - Ouch. I've always been able take care of them myself, fortunately. Every so often they grow out on the sides and I just do some "intensive clipping" after I get out of the shower.

Aimee, I didn't reply specifically to any posts last night, but wow...I felt like I was on the walk with you. That's awesome how you pushed through the panic and kept going.

We're getting ready for an overnight in Cincinnati this weekend. About 45 folks (including kids and spouses) from davesgarden.com are meeting at a park down there for a plant swap, lunch together, and visiting. I may go to the Cincinnati Flower Show at Coney Island with some of our friends, but Howie is going to hang out and visit. We're staying at a B&B Saturday night and making our treat day Sunday since the owner cooks up a full breakfast for guests.

The first weekend of October, we're going to the really big roundup in Kentucky. We'll stay several days that time. We have such a blast together!

We need some 3FC gatherings, eh?

SwimGirl
04-18-2005, 12:50 PM
Goodmorning! I am just dragging my butt out of bed to go grocery shopping, I am feeling SO much better than I was feeling last night. Before I went to sleep I was half laughing, half wanting to cry, and in SO much pain. It was a really long day, I think I was actually delerious from needing to sleep. I woke up this morning with a tiny bit of pain in the butt (teehee), and my calf muscles. My shin splints ARE GONE!! :)

Jill - sounds like a fun weekend, minus the toe nail thing. I'd totally dig the sucker out, which I suspect you might have too :)

Okay, I gotta go.. but I'll be back later!

-Aimee

SwimGirl
04-18-2005, 12:53 PM
Kimberley - Thank you :) We should have a 3FC's meeting, however... I live SO far away, and have no car.. but this might all change ! :)

I'll BBL for real now!

-Aimee

jamswife0807
04-18-2005, 02:16 PM
afternoon ladies. I hope your day's are all going well so far.
Kimberly, I think that sounds like such a wonderful weekend planned. My daughter will be in Cincinnati on Friday...she has choral competition there for school. We don't live that far from you.
Aimee, I am so proud of you for doing that run!!! I know what you mean about shin splints. I get them all the time in class. My professor keeps telling me to do toe lifts, but they don't help. I hope eventually they won't be so much of a problem.
Jill, Im sorry youre having problems w/ your toe. I used to get them alllllll the time, and my mom(who was a nurse) would make me soak my foot in hot water and epsom salts..it always helped.
Di, I hope things go well for you this week at curves. Does that membership travel? or is it only good for your city?
I think it would be so awesome to have a 3fc meeting. The damage we could do to one town...oops....I mean we could have so much fun together...yeah, that's it, that's the ticket, fun.....:lol: :joker:
To everyone I havent seen in a while, as well as to those I have, I wish you all a fantastic day, low fat food that actually tastes wonderful, and the ability to laugh at your scales.

SwimGirl
04-18-2005, 02:43 PM
My time is in.. 108 minutes. So I held my pace of 10minutes per km, or close enough! Yay! :)

Heather - Congrats on your weight loss.. I'm late.. I'm sorry. Life has been very distracting lately. But I bet you know all about that.. I don't even have a husband or kids.. I can't imagine. My bf is pretty time consuming.

I went to Costco today and bought these drinks, sparkling something, flavored type water stuff, made with Splenda.. which doesn't always work too good in my system.. but one here and there will be okay. I'll keep me sane as I'm quitting sugar again!

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-19-2005, 07:18 AM
Gooooood morning!

So, I was serving last night instead of hostessing (yay!), and since I was the first one on at 4pm (others didn't come on until 5:15 or 6), I was first cut (yay again!). That means--I was home by 8:30!!! And that was after I went grocery shopping after my shift! Oh, it felt sooo good. I only made about $8 less than I would have if I stayed all night to hostess, and I only worked for 3 hours. The schedule has me serving 2 days next week--Monday and Tuesday (I'm hostess for today-Thursday this week), so that'll be a nice change of pace. I'm SOOO glad to be serving again!

I did not go to the gym yesterday. I could have--I had the time to do it. However, I feared putting my sneakers on and irritating my toe. As it was, I only had my socks and work shoes on for about 4 hours last night, and it made the toe worse. It doesn't necessarily look any worse (it's not redder or purpler or ickier), but it definitely made it hurt a little more. I may take this week off from the gym and just try to eat a little healthier in a meager attempt to make up for it. I can also do some muscle tensing exercises at my desk at work. I'll still b moving about the restaurant all night for the next 3 days, so I won't be getting no exercise, just less.

So, here I am at my desk, tired and cold. I bought more meat when I went shopping last night (sliced ham, shredded chicken, and turkey burgers). I think I need more protein in my diet. I need more iron, too, I think, but I don't really like red meat much. I also bought yogurt (I know you're a big fan, Aimee), which should be good for me. It's no sugar added, but it has aspartame in it. It has 90 calories per container, and they're only 44 cents a piece. I figured that would be a good snack during the day. I really need to focus on eating healthy, not just cutting calories. I eat quitea bit of fruit, but no veggies and barely any meat. Example, here's what I have for today:
Breakfast: cereal (fruit loops) with skim milk (2 servings~400 calories)
Snacks: 2 cinnamon graham crackers with 2 tablespoons fat free strawberry cream cheese (170 calories)
Chex mix (130 calories)
BBQ shredded chicken (2 servings~180 calories)
yogurt (90 calories)
Lunch: Lean Pocket Ultra--meatball & cheese (200 calories)
Dinner: Chef Boyardee pasta w/meatballs in tomato sauce (220 calories)
After-work snack: apple (80 calories)
All together, that keeps me under 1500 calories for the day. I don't drink coffee or tea or anything, just water at work and occasionally diet Coke at the restaurant. I'm also currently eating some fresh strawberries a coworker left for me [at 50 cals per cup, I'd say I'm only having about 100 calories (since some are already kinda mushy and browning), so still under 1600 total for the day]. This is a very typical day for me except that the shredded chicken is a new addition. I usually just have either more fruit [like an orange and/or kiwi, or like yesterday I had a can of fruit cocktail (not packed in heavy syrup)] or pickles or something, but I added the chicken today for protein.

When I started this whole dieting thing, I decided to just count calories and not worry about anything else for the time being. As you can see from the above, fat grams is not a major concern of mine (I always stay well below 30 for the day), but I feel I'm certainly not getting the proper nutrition. I know it's better for your body to get nutrients from food, but I'm thinkging I need to start taking some major supplements. I'm always cold (I used to never be cold, and I've only lost about 7 pounds, so I know the weight loss is not the culprit), and I'm always tired (I know I work a lot, but Sunday I slept for about 13-14 hours and still felt tired), so I think lack of certain vitamins/minerals may be to blame. Anyone else have these issues or have any suggestions (suggestions for changing my diet or for adding supplements)? :shrug:

Aimee--congrats on sticking so closely to the time you set for yourself for the 10km! That's an awesome accomplishment! :cb:

Heather--I had always soaked my foot in salt water before, too. Not only does it feel good, but it softens the skin for when I need to cut the nail out myself. It just never seems to be an issue for me until it gets infected--I never know I have an ingrown toenail until it is red, painful, and needs to be drained (I know that's icky--sorry). It sucks, especially when one of my jobs requires walking all night long! But, woe is me, I'll survive. I've survived worse :D

Kimberely--How cool that you get to meet people that way! The only people I have ever met from online have been guys I've dated (2 I only had one date with, and then my Jeff :smug: ).

How AWESOME would it be to have a 3FC gathering?! what've we got here, I'm near DC, Marge in NY, Kimberley in Ohio, Aimee near Toronto--Heather and Di, are you guys in Ohio, too?

Alright, back to pretending to work (and by that I mean researching cars online ;) ). Have a Terrific Tuesday!

DianaLS
04-19-2005, 09:10 AM
quick note. hey all...No, I am in NY state,way up..close to Saratoga.. I used to live in Ohio..I am going to visit Heather in over 4 weeks...It has been almost 12 years since we have seen each other
and she is remarried now, so I cannot wait, her ex-I call him Beeazlebub, he would not allow her to have me in her life, because I knew he treated her terribly and I hated him for it. So it is a long time in coming...been staying on track so far this week, not much else going on, just busy crafting and planting...HAGD! and BBL!

dragonwoman64
04-19-2005, 10:22 AM
I can't believe I didn't check in yesterday. I was paying the price on Monday for taking it easy last week! I missed you all! I'd love to get together! Great group of ladies!

Aimee, way to go on the 10K!! That's very cool. And you kept going even when it got rough. That inspires me. :) I think most people do wait until they're older or retired to travel. It's not so easy to have the extra cash and time. Or else they decide to have fewer things, a used car, a smaller house, or to rent, so they have the money to travel.

Kimberley, when I saw Coney Island I did a double take. They do the Cincinnati flower show here?? :lol: I love flower shows. They have a big one here that I went to a couple of years, but they've been upping the entrance fees and it got overly commercial so I stopped.

Ah, the dreaded ingrown toenail! I would have voted for the podiatrist on that one. I get them, never had an infected one though. Yeow!

I'm not a dietician, that said, sugary foods (like fruit loops) and very processed foods (like the Chef Boyardee) go through your system fast and give you a quick burst of energy but then leave you tired. Try to go for more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat, etc.). You might want to check out Dr. Phil's food supplement book, it's in paperback and gives a long list of foods and their nutritional values.

You also haven't incorporated any veggies. Veggies have a lot of fiber and nutrients that will fuel you and make you feel fuller too. I remember you said there aren't many you like, but maybe some experimentation and cooking them various ways might help. I remember making broccoli for a friend of mine and he was amazed how much better it tasted the way I'd made it -- his mom always boiled it to mush, I steam it and leave some crunch, and put a pat of butter and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

I'm not a big believer in supplements unless a doctor tells a person they have a particular deficiency. A balanced diet should cover all the bases. I'm slightly anemic and the doc told me to take iron supplements -- not to get the iron from eating red meat. Not that I think red meat is evil, but it's more difficult to digest, takes longer to move through the body, and tends to be fattier. (You have to be careful with iron supplements because a build up can be toxic -- I take one tablet every other day.)

I believe 1400 calories for a busy woman who's larger sized is low. And in the end, you are really busy! You're on your feet all the time and running around, you have two jobs and an active social life, it makes sense you'd be tired. Plus, like most of America, you have problems sleeping sometimes.

I got up early and went to the gym today. I'm likin' it :) I still have those gym-gringo moments -- like stepping on the one treadmill out of about 15 that's not working and taking five minutes to figure it out (should I push this button???)! Or having my feet slip off the recumbant bike pedals! heh heh.
Guess this post is long enough! Have a great one, you all deserve it.

jillybean720
04-19-2005, 11:22 AM
Marge, you're right about so many things! I know I need more veggies. I did buy some frozen stir-fry mixed veggies (no sauce or anything added, just pieces of peppers, broccoli, and such), and I have some frozen boneless, skinless chicken. I should just throw it all together, heat it up, add a little of my teriyaki sauce, and dish some of that out for lunch each day. Now, just to find the time for it...:dizzy: I leave my house at 5:30am and get home around 11:15pm Mon-Thurs, so during the week is out. Normally, I do my grocery shopping and food prep for the week on Sundays, but this past weekend (and the next 2 weekends in a row), I was in MD at Jeff's. I also know the Fruit Loops are no good, but it's my one meal that feels like a splurge (even though I still count all the calories). I bought some Kashi cereal, and (not to offend those who enjoy it) I personally think it tastes like cardboard. I still have it in the cabinet, but I won't eat it unless I add sugar to it, which really defeats the purpose :p I did buy, however, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal with fruit in it (I know, it still has sugar, but it's got to be better for me than Fruit Loops!), so when the Fruit Loops are gone (which should be in the next 2 days or so), that's next on my breakfast rotation. I would love to have an egg white omelette and whole-grain toast or something, but I don't have the time to cook it, nor do I have the time to clean up after myself :p Basically, everything I eat right now is a matter of convenience and easy (or no) prep (hence the sodium-filled Chef Boyardee dinner cups!). I have no time to cook (nor am I very good at it!), and I only have time to shop once a week, so fresh foods are difficult to keep fresh long enough to enjoy them. I know I'm just making up excuses--I need to find something that works. I need veggies and more protein and less sugar--No point in losing weight if I'm too tired and malnourished to enjoy it! I do only eat between 1400-1600 calories per day during the week, but on the weekends I have much more, so I restrict myself during the week when I don't have the temptations of eating out and such. We all lead busy lives and still find the time to make things work. I just need to crack down, stop whining, and do the same! :D

DianaLS
04-19-2005, 01:49 PM
Jill & Marge~~You all wore me out...Before I get into all of that...I got a compliment today from someone who has not seen me in months, so it must be working, I will know how well on Sunday!!!

Marge~ How right you are about everything...I agree...I do like the suggestion with the broccoli, will give that a go myself!

jill~ have you tried cutting up the veggies, like carrots ( baby, ths smaller they are, the better), cucumbers ( I get the european ones wrapped in plastic--they do not make me burp and taste better to me), and celery sticks, placing them in a divided container with ranch or other dressing to dip as a snack? I do this often...I agree with you about the Kashee, like eating sticks to me, lol. I eat a lot of Cheerios ( honey nut, wholegrain) or similar cereals, or when I want oatmeal, I eat Nutrition for women by quaker, it has soy in it, and I like the Vanilla Cinnamon one...I also eat a lot of lowfat yogurt with some granola mixed in, and fruit for breakfast. As far as other foods go, maybe investing in a nice sized Crockpot is the way for you to go. then on the weekends, put in stuff for nice stews or soups or pasta sauces, then divide them up and freeze them so you will have meals for the week ( cook the pasta and mix in the sauce)...then you will have good food, and it won't take too much out of the weekend plans for you to have to cook all day, the crock pot does it for you...Below are some great sites for you with recipes, low-fat, low-carb, whatever...Dottis also has great tips for everything else..Once you find the recipes you like, print out and keep in a folder...I like the other sites too, and the directions are great for most of them.. Just some ideas...Hope they help!


www.dottisweightlosszone.com

www.recipezaar.com

http://www.angelfire.com/journal/wwrecipes/index.html

dragonwoman64
04-19-2005, 02:18 PM
I love the Cheerios with fruit, amazing how they manage to do that, heh heh. I usually eat a little of that, mixed with Wheat Chex and/or Grape Nuts. I have cereal with skim milk just about every day.

I don't know if I could survive your schedule! We sometimes cook a pot of something or casserole and eat it during the week. You might consider frozen veggies that you can nuke -- if you don't have a microwave you can get one for $50 and under nowadays. I know you've had some unexpected expenses lately. Maybe the crockpot would be the better investment, they can be pretty cheap too. Sometimes if you ask around or mention your looking for those things, someone might even give you one. My boss gave me our office microwave (a small one). You can always make your changes bit by bit, so it's not so overwhelming time wise and habit wise.

With cooking for this diet, I find if I have a repertoire of about 5 dishes or so that we rotate, that can keep us going for quite a while before we get the urge to shake it up. That makes shopping easier.

I'm going to check out your links, Diana. I could use some new dishes. Now that it's getting warmer, the urge to cook starts to really go out the window!

DianaLS
04-19-2005, 03:05 PM
I just found some yummy looking recipes off of that last link all are WW type low fat...I must have printed out about 30 of them LOL..Even some of the desserts look good, gonna make them and never tell DH they are low fat..hehe...have fun!

SwimGirl
04-19-2005, 10:51 PM
Hey Girls!! Very late post from me today.. I got up and had to head to the new job to fill out papers, and then headed to my old, icky job.

I have GREAT ideas for breakfasts and lunches :) Often I'll have nothing to take for lunch and need to eat in a grocery store.. with that in mind I bought myself a bag of croutons (they make low fat ones!), some parmesean cheese (which is low fat!), a bag of already chopped lettuce and some low fat ceasar dressing. I can usually make a HUGE salad, and then have some pudding for dessert. I also converted to head lettuce in my dislike for preparing things, I can chop it up and it takes maybe 5 minutes to make a salad. Also, I usually buy a HUGE bag of broccoli from Costco, it's already chopped so I can add it to eggs, salads, stirfry's. I always look for creative ways to add protein to my diet (I reallllly don't get enough, if any).. and when I did the Winsor Pilates diet thingy I learnt how to. My ultimate fav thing was "Apple Cobbler" It has 1 cup 1% milk, 1/3cup of oatmeal cooked, 3 teaspoons slivered almonds, 2/3 ouch protein powder, and 1/2 a granny smith apple chopped. It was SO delish!! my second fav thing ever on that diet was Skim ricotta cheese, 1/2 a pear sliced (or sometimes grapes), and 1 teaspoon slivered almonds. Oh man.. so yummy. I'm looking at the diet right now, and am thinking I should try it again, I just have to track down my dvd's. Soon.. in the mean time, I'm reverting back to South Beach-type diet, that I'll start on Thursday.

Well, I'm all talked out, and have to go find dinner (in the form of delivery pizza.. I'm so bad :( But I'm not going to bother trying to diet until I'm away from my horrible job). Have a great nice you hot fabulous ladies!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-19-2005, 11:11 PM
Hi, everyone. I crashed really early last night - like 8:30pm - and slept through until mid-morning today. I guess it was just too many nights of poor sleep catching up with me. It sure felt good, though, I'll tell ya.

We went to the YMCA today and I walked 15 minutes on the treadmill next to Howie's, then started in on the machines. I managed three sets on each one except the assisted chin-up's. Thinking I needed to challenge myself more, I upped the weights on several of them. Oh....Too much, I think.

I'm glad tomorrow is a rest day for the weights, because everything from my forearms on down to my fingers hurts. It's very painful to grip and carry a glass of water. Next time I go, I need to identify the machines that cause my hands pain and skip them - either that or ask if there's a way I can modify my use of them.

I'm kind of discouraged about this, because my pre-existing wrist and hand problems are flaring up again, and I don't want to be further limited in what machines I can use. My arms are strong enough to do many of the machines, but my hands are not strong enough to do the necessary work.

Gardenwife
04-19-2005, 11:20 PM
Hey, Aimee, we posted at the same time. Hiya! :)

SwimGirl
04-20-2005, 01:18 AM
Hey Kimberley - HOT picture :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-20-2005, 07:11 AM
hey all, quickie b4 I leave...wow, Great Pic Kimberly...you can really see the weight loss in your face!BBL all, HAG1!

jillybean720
04-20-2005, 07:41 AM
Whew, got a late start this morning--didn't get here to work till 6:30! :o I made a big boo-boo last night--I ate dinner at the restaurant :mad: For some reason, I was really hungry yesterday. Usually, I eat my Chef Boyardee cup dinner at about 3:30pm then have fruit in the car on my way home at 11 (since I work from 4-11...I know you should eat every 3-4 hours, but I can't just sit and eat whenever I want when I am supposed to be standing at the door to greet guests). I'm usually okay during that stretch of 7-hour fasting, but last night, I just felt so hungry! I thought maybe it was just a craving, but after more than an hour, I still wanted food, and my tummy actually growled. So I broke down and had a horrible-for-me dinner of a chicken club sandwich and french fries. Tomorrow is weekly weigh-in...I'm sure I'll be paying for it, especially with not going ot the gym this week. Bad combination. If the same thing happens again, and I feel hungry during my shift, I will have to get the salad bar (no matter how amazing the fried foods look and smell!).

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! Still no veggies packed for my food for today (although I did forget to put my ice packs in the freezer last night, so I have a bag of frozen broccoli in my lunch bag to keep my food cold :p ). I do have a crock pot! When I moved, one of my friends from my old job gave me hers. I have only used it once, and that was just to make meatballs. I also do have frozen veggies (broccoli, stir fry veggie mix, and sugar snap peas) and a microwave, but I don't like them without some sort of dip or dressing, so I'll have to check and see if maybe I can find a lower-cal honey dijon or something (I LOVE honey mustard dressing, but it is insanely high in calories--the one I have now is 130 calories for 2 tablespoons!). I once went on a Caesar salad kick for months at a time, and now I get semi-nauseous just thinking about Caesar dressing :dizzy:

Ugh, this has been a bad week for me. I feel as if I ate like it were the weekend all week long. I had a chocolate milk on Monday (fat free, but still not on plan, especially since the bottle was actually 2 servings), then the Ruby Tuesday food last night, and the weekend was a little worse than usual since it was Jeff's birthday (dinner at Jillian's, snacks at the baseball game, a McDonald's happy meal, out for ice cream Sunday night...). I'm not even close to looking forward to tomorrow morning's weigh-in, but I can't do anything now but stay on plan for today! I will eat what I packed and nothing else!! Screw what I said before--not even salad bar tonight! I'll have to start packing food more wisely and include a snack (that does not require cooking or refrigeration) to keep in my apron at work in case I get hungry during my shift at night. Maybe I can toss my apple in my purse and have that if I need it. Yeah, I'll do that. I have plenty of other food for during the day.

Alright, blah blah blah, time to get to work--but not before mentioning how much I love Kimberley's new picture! Have a Wonderful Wednesday, all!!

dragonwoman64
04-20-2005, 12:46 PM
Kimberley, Very cute pic!

Maybe one of the trainers at the gym could give you exercises to strengthen your wrists. In the meantime you could concentrate on the leg strenthening machines.

It's another warm gorgeous day here today, yeah! We bought window fans this week. We have an air conditioner but only like to use it as a last resort. Mid May we're going up into the Hudson Valley for a long weekend to celebrate my b-day. We'll probably take Amtrak up there then rent a car. Can't WAIT for a little break.

I peaked at the scale and I've lost last week's weight (official weigh in Friday). I'm 95 percent sure it was TOM water weight (whew! :lol: ). I keep a journal and as weird as it sounds that same week for the past 2 months I've gained the exact same amount of weight (to the tenth of a lb). Then I get my period the following week. So, like, I figured it out! heh heh.

I have to say restaurants can be my downfall. I admire anyone that can go in and get a meal that fits well with her/his program. I see a menu and I want to get what looks most delicious, which is rarely the salad plate! I love salads, but I get pulled towards the less desirable choice usually! :o When Rob and I got that sandwich last week to eat in the park, I did manage to not get a bag of chips (Marge patting herself on the back). That's a step forward for me. I know this is going to be a challenge for me this summer since we'll be going out a lot more. I'm going to have to keep my eye on the prize!

jamswife0807
04-20-2005, 01:09 PM
all I can say is ouch! lol. That was a very interesting workout to say the least. Hi Marge! good to see you. Kimberly, gorgeous pic! I hope to one day put one like that up.
Jill, how is your foot feeling? Aimee, hope the last few days of your old job go ok. Di, he may be beelzebub, but my mom always said he reminded her of Frankenstein...lmbo.
Have a wondeful day all. I have to go to rehearsals. I'll try to be back this evening. Its warm here but is supposed to rain...and I love how the sky gets dark in the daytime before a storm..not sure why though..lol. Anyway, have a wonderful day ladies! big hugs to all of you.

SwimGirl
04-20-2005, 02:13 PM
Goodmorning Ladies!! How are yah'll? I'm pretty good :) Feeling good, I work today, but then have Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off, so tomorrow is going to be the day I get 100% on plan!! I have a little workout thing set up, I was reading this month's Glamour (I'm addicted to magazines), and they have a whole thing "Body by Glamour", so I signed up. There is a workout, which helps me, because I hate trying to figure out what to do, plus I have to workout at home (can you believe a gym membership costs 50+ dollars a month AND you have to sign up for a min of 2 years?!?). So I'm going to try their weight routine, and will do my own diet. I really have to get serious if I want to lose some of this weight before the summer gets here! Once I get tired of all of that.. I'll do the Winsor Pilates thing. I get tired of workouts WAY too easily, I'm hoping to hang on to this thing for at least a month. I wish I lived closer to a gym, and had more cash to spend on that, I'd totally hit up different classes.

Jill - Cheese Strings would be a great snack! You can get low fat ones, which will keep your fat down, but that protein will help you keep on going. Or even peanut butter on celery.. just to name a few ideas. I think the cheese string thing is my best idea. Or WAIT! Green pepper, yellow pepper, red pepper! They are semi sweet, AND veggies!

Marge - restaurants are my downfall too, I have a hard time picking a salad.. but only because I can make a salad at home, why go out and pay 10 bucks for a salad? Just seems pointless! I'm cheap.. sorry.. heh. How much weight do you put on before TOM arrives? Sometimes I go up 7-8 pounds!!! It always scares me, I'm not weighing in this week (my scale is already saying I'm up 2 pounds, eek!) I'm going to change my weight tracker though.. gotta measure my weight loss for real I guess.

Heather - I LOVE pilates! The best part for me is that it stretches my body, and works it out all at the same time. I bought the pilates for dummies tape about 4 years ago, and then got the winsor pilates tapes from a friend, and have one called pilates for weight loss. I just don't do them enough (fighting for the tv/dvd player when the bf is home).

I can smell the warm weather (sounds weird... ), I left my window a little bit open last night.. I absolutely LOVE the summer.. I just hope to be able to enjoy it properly this year. Alrighty, this is taking me FOREVER to write... so I'm going to go off and be productive before work.. have a great, Fabulous, day! :) My brother was here and decided I needed to do a blog thingy (don't ask me.. no idea what the heck it is), so he set one up for me (I don't even know WHERE it is either!), anywho.. it's called Fabulous Aimee or something along those lines.. he wants me to write a book on being fabulous... he's so funny. Anywho! BBL!

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-20-2005, 03:00 PM
Haha--Aimee, I so just posted my food for the day this morning on the 100 lb. Club forum, on the thread where everyone is listing their foods. Notice my lunch was ham with honey mustard and STRING CHEESE! That is too funny--I just bought the string cheese on Monday night, so today was the first one I'd had. I think you're psychic :p

I tried the pepper thing a few weeks ago. I never really ate peppers before, so I bought a yellow one, an orange one, and a red one just to try. At least I made the effort to try them before I decided I really didn't like them :(

I LOVE peanut butter--the only bad part is, I can't stand celery! If I could just eat a jar of peanut butter every day (my favorite is the reduced-fat Skippy--not as sticky as the full-fat kind), life would be awesome :D

I'm hungry again today for some reason. I did manage to stick to only the food in my bag so far, though, so I'm being strong! I'm outta here in just a few minutes--off to job #2 soon.

My toe is a little better. The side is still red and shiny (and I know shiny is bad--it means there's fluid in there that shouldn't be). I drained a little more of it last night (eww!). I'm afraid it won't get much better till the weekend since I still have to run around the restaurant every night during the week.

OH, I found out today that Jeff is coming here this weekend since his cousin isn't having a party (I was supposed to go to his house for his cousin's birthday). That means I get to go out and actually look at cars IN PERSON instead of just online. Yay! And it's only supposed to be in the mid 60s this weekend, so I won't be sweating and gross like when we went to look for Jeff's car last May. I'm so excited! I never bought a car before--my parents bought me my first one in high school and my second one in college when my first one died. This one will be ALL MINE! :D

Gardenwife
04-20-2005, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the compliments, ladies. Considering that last picture was taken in June 2004, when I weighed 266, I thought I probably ought to put up a more recent one!

Fabulous Aimee! Love it...And I think I found it, yes? http://fabulousaimee.blogspot.com/ I figured he probably set it up at Blogger, and he did. ;) Now go post, you!

My hand and arms feel better today, thank goodness. Got a haircut today and it looks so much better, cut short over my ears and stacked in back. I finally went back to the stylist I'd been going to since the late 1980's. For a while, I went elsewhere, just for a change - for a fresh idea from someone who wouldn't be influenced by how I'd always done it in the past. Then I went to Great Clips for a while because it's so cheap...But it was hit or miss there, even with sticking to my favorite stylist.

It's just nice being back with my buddy Chris again. There's something to be said for long-standing business relationships, I think. I felt guilty for "cheating" on him for the months I went elsewhere! ;)

Jillybean, good for you on going for more nutrition. It kinda goes back to my calories as money theory - which foods will give your body the most benefit for the calories you spend on them? I'm happy for you...Even if you don't like Kashi, LOL! My sweetness palate has changed over the last few years, because I even like my iced tea unsweetened. Insane!

SwimGirl
04-21-2005, 02:31 AM
Goodevening! I made it thru work, and realized that 3 of the people I worked with today, I might never see ever again. I thought I'd be more upset, we'll see though. I was a VERY good girl today, I hate horribly.. heh, BUT I took my new vitamin! I am starting to take Fish Oil pills, they help to take away my cramps and cyatic nerve pain.. this morning I also decided I should go back to taking Calcium, Vitamin C, and eccancia? I can't ever spell that word. I'm convinced my body is not in good shape and really needs to be pampered in that area. I am starting on plan tomorrow (the bf is trying to convince me not to.. I don't get him!!!), but I'll walk to the damn grocery store if thats whats gotta happen. I am determined, I always get so motivated the week before my period. heh.

Kimberley - thats totally it! I need to do some writing and thinking before I write anything, I also need to decide the point of the blog.. my brother thinks I should use it as a place to write things about my little book idea. He thinks it's a great idea for me to write a book.. this is also the boy who thinks I should lose 80 pounds and be a plus size model (plus size starts at a size 10). So I don't know... tell me what you think ladies..

Jill - I am psychic.. I tune into ESPN (ha-ha, I use that one at work all the time when I want to seem stupid). When I did a crazy diet a few years back (I lost 3 inches on my waist tho!!), I used to eat an apple with peanut butter. I'd measure out 2 tablespoons, and slice up an apple. It was very yummy.

I have crazy PMS, so I'm going to go to sleep :) Nite !

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-21-2005, 02:39 AM
Have crazy PMS dreams, fabulous Aimee! :lol:h

Did any of you watch "Big John" on Discovery Health Channel? It was touching, seeing what he went through (and some of it so familiar to us, especially Howie). It showed that weight loss surgery isn't the easy fix people make it out to be. It did a good job showing that patients still have to take their vitamins, exercise, change their eating habits and change their thinking. Here are additional airings (http://health.discovery.com/schedule/series.jsp?series=106737&gid=0&channel=DHC) of the documentary.

jillybean720
04-21-2005, 07:46 AM
Never caught "Big John," but I wroked with two women at my last job who had "the surgery" (funny how we all know what "the surgery" refers to, kinda like "the pill"). My boss lost I believe over 150 pounds after her surgery. She was insanely disciplined--she took vitamins and supplements at every meal and would go off carbs anytime she got above the 5-pound range she allowed herself. She just recently had surgery to removed a huge amount of extra skin--without that skin, she now weighs even 20 pounds less. 20 pounds of skin! I can't even imagine. The other woman had the surgery right before I started working there, so I got to see the transformation. In about a year, she has lost a little over 100 pounds. She is still heavy (about a size 20), but she is so much happier. She can't eat much in the way of fried foods or anything too oily or greasy because she will get sick. I just think about these people who have to be so strict about wht they eat after they have the surgery--if they could have just had that self-discipline without the surgery, they could experience almost the same weight loss (100 pounds in a year is doable with such strict discipline) and could have spent thousands of dollars less! I have also heard of people who have gotten the surgery, lost the wieght, and then gained almost all of it back :o My boss used to try to convince me to have the surgery, too, but having had surgery in the past, I know that's not something I want to do to myself voluntarily.

Alright, enough about that. I've been thinking about starting a blog site, too. I don't necessarily have anything special to say--just need someplace to spill my guts about stuff. I don't even care if people actually read it, and it's much easier for me to type than to sit and write in a journal (since I can pull off the typing at the office and still look like I'm doing work :dizzy: ). Then maybe my posts on here wouldn't be mini-novels every day ;)

I did stick to only my packed food yesterday--no restaurant splurges (yay!). However, I also weighed myself this morning--304.5. Up a pound. I can take it...it'll be back down next week. I'm quite determined. Plus, since Jeff is now coming here this weekend, I will have time to cook and prepare and separate foods for the week. Saturday will be car shopping day, and Sunday will be food day!

I am SO tired. I didn't even take a shower this morning (good thing I didn't go to the gym and get all sweaty yesterday) because I kept hitting snooze on my alarm for 40 minutes before I was even coherent enough to actually open my eyes and see what time it was. I usually only hit snooze once and get up when the alarm goes off the second time (7 minute intervals), but today took me FOREVER. When I start serving more (I have 2 server shifts next week :D ) instead of hostessing all the time, I will get to leave the restaurant by 9:30 (often earlier) instead of having to stay till 11. My body will surely appreciate the extra sleep time :)

This morning, I officially decided to let my tongue close up. I got it pierced in October of my sophomore year in college--one of those "I want to do something people won't expect me to do" kind of things. Well, I can't wear it when I'm working at the restaurant every night (not allowed to have any piercing other than earrings), and putting it in and out every day is a pain in my butt, so I'm done with it. It's hard to let go of--it was my little reminder of how much fun I used to be (when I had time to be fun) :p It'll only take about a day to close up since the tongue is the fastest-healing muscle in the human body (a little bit o trivia for ya).

Aimee--have you ever tried one of those Fashion Bug fashion shows? I know they're not exactly the big time, but it's a start to building some experience, and I know they take models that are well over a size 10. I see them advertising for one almost every season, it seems.

Alright, off to try and stay awake at my desk (a very difficult task). Hang in there, all--the weekend is right around the corner!

dragonwoman64
04-21-2005, 10:38 AM
Marge - restaurants are my downfall too, I have a hard time picking a salad.. but only because I can make a salad at home, why go out and pay 10 bucks for a salad? Just seems pointless! I'm cheap.. sorry.. heh. How much weight do you put on before TOM arrives? Sometimes I go up 7-8 pounds!!! It always scares me, I'm not weighing in this week (my scale is already saying I'm up 2 pounds, eek!) I'm going to change my weight tracker though. gotta measure my weight loss for real I guess.

I know! salads in restaurants are pricey! a burger and fries is usually one of the cheapest thing on the menu -- and a lot more tempting than a salad for me most times. These past few months I've gained 2.6 lbs the week before TOM. My TOM can change quite a bit. I've been on an even keel lately. I think the diet and exercise effects it too.

Rob hates the summer; I like it as long as it doesn't get too hot and humid. Yesterday I took my usual walk (it was in the 80s and sunny), the warm air and sun felt GREAT! We have some beautiful trees in this neighborhood too, a white magnolia and a huge white one that I pass, they're gorgeous. And the cherry trees are all blooming too. I love this time of year.

Yeah, the things that really attracted me to the Y here was that I pay monthly, have the option to stop my membership any time with a 30 days notice. I can also suspend it for up to three months in a year. That's how all gyms should be.

I also need to decide the point of the blog.. my brother thinks I should use it as a place to write things about my little book idea. He thinks it's a great idea for me to write a book.. this is also the boy who thinks I should lose 80 pounds and be a plus size model (plus size starts at a size 10). So I don't know... tell me what you think ladies..

I say jump in and let the ideas flow. Post a few times and the point will come to you, not that it even has to have a point. I say go for the book, the world can always use more inspiration. If you want to be a plus sized model go for it!

Why do you think the bf is anxious about you going on a plan?

dragonwoman64
04-21-2005, 11:02 AM
(funny how we all know what "the surgery" refers to, kinda like "the pill"). My boss lost I believe over 150 pounds after her surgery. -- Jill

It's true, re: the surgery. ha. My brother had that surgery; from what he told me it was pretty horrendous afterwards for quite a while. He hasn't gained back all the weight, but he doesn't exercise (he was an athlete in highschool and college, and he always played sports like tennis). He went to a diet program at Durham too and lost a huge amount of weight, that was before he did the surgery -- he gained that back. It definitely is not a cure all. It's been a couple of years and he's able to eat bigger meals now. I worry that he won't be able to change his habits and stop gaining. His wife is a woman who when she feels she wants to lose weight she goes on a diet and to the gym and doesn't have any patience for anyone who struggles.

onto other topics: Good job on packing the food, Jill. :) I have one ear with three piercings, usually now I just wear a regular pair so I hope they don't close up. Was it painful getting your tongue pierced?

I think PSM and lack of sleep has been making me a b*tch queen the last couple of days. Want to sleep, just can't. Tomorrow morning is gym morning and weigh in. Then we'll enjoy the one day out of the weekend that should be sunny. Maybe Coney Island again.

Hey, Heather!

Diana, where are you? I miss your posts. How're you feeling? Hope you're in the garden!

Kimberley, you're making me miss my short hair. I was watching Amazing Race and when Joyce shaved her head I couldn't believe it, Rob thought she was a nut and I thought she rocked :lol: Very gutsy.

Enjoy your day, all.

jamswife0807
04-21-2005, 11:03 AM
morning ladies. I hope you are having a great day so far. My son was in his 3rd grade play today...it was soo cute. so i get to play hookey from school today..oh darn..lol. its actually not a good thing, but oh well.
Jill, I know what you mean about the piercings. I got my navel pierced a while back, for the same reason, and ive been thinking about getting rid of it. it never gets shown..lol. but its a reminder of times when things werent the best, but i tried to make the best of it, so i havent gotten rid of it yet....sometimes its hard to leave things behind.
i think the blog idea is a good one for anyone who wants/needs to get anything out there...it might help someone else, and will definitely help you.
well, i better go for now. Ill be back later tonite. i need to go practice for tomorrow. have a terrific thursday and Ill chat w/ you all later.

SwimGirl
04-21-2005, 12:48 PM
Goodmorning! I am up a little early this morning.. I'm still really tired, just can't sleep. Ugh, stupid PMS. I'm hoping this little burst of wanting to be on plan will help with my weight gain. See my weight tracker? Yup, I'm up 6 POUNDS!!! I can't even believe it. I had to weigh in this morning because today I'm officially back on plan. My plan sounds a little insane, but unfortunately its what I've got to do to lose weight, I've tried Weight Watchers, but they say not to cut foods out, but I have an allergy to wheat, and sugar does not do good in my body. Also I don't drink milk, I'm allergic to it. Poop!

Jill - what? no more mini books from you? I don't know what I'll do! I also got my tongue pierced in college, don't really know why I did it.. but it's still there. I've been looking for a reason to take it out.. I don't have one. And I'm so used to it. Soon I think I'll take it out, I'm turning 26 this year, and need to look like a grown up!

Marge - I'm not too sure why the bf doesn't want me to go on plan, partly I think it's because I have to be SO strict, which completely eliminates our midnight slurpee runs. Also I think he's avoiding his weight, he needs to lose almost 50 pounds, infact, he keeps gaining weight and we have to buy him new clothes. He says he needs new work pants, but he has a perfectly nice pair in the bedroom, but he just doesn't want to lose the 15-20 pounds to wear them. The ones in the bedroom have never been worn either! If I knew a guy who was Josh's old size, I think I'd give him all of the clothes in the bedroom. The boy seriously has 10 pairs of jeans, and probably close to 15-20 shirts, not to mention shorts, or even the 50 dollar board shorts I bought him and he hasn't worn more than 2 times! Ugh. I'm not going to let him discourage me, which isn't what he's trying to do, he just doesn't want me depressed about my weight. I have 102 pounds to lose, thats pretty scary for me. I also need his support to do this, and sometimes rely on him, he really hates that. I don't get him actually. You would think him making me meals when I'm tired, and me getting thinner faster would actually make his life easier.

I'm babbling, and I should get going to go grocery shopping. I'll bbl!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-21-2005, 02:13 PM
It's hard to stay on plan when your SO or family member(s) either knowingly or subconsciously sabotages your efforts. God bless Howie, he was able to stay on plan all the months last year when I just dilly-dallied around. Now that we're both on plan, it's so much easier.

That TOM weight gain will go away. You eat healthfully and do what's good for your body, mind and soul -- the rest will come.

Hey, I found an eBay seller who carries all sorts (http://stores.ebay.com/Chrisp95-Plus-Size-Clothing_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm) of Lane Bryant and other good clothes. Looks like she must shop nearby outlet stores, maybe, because they are all new with tags. Her feedback's great, too. I figure I need to take a trip to Lane Bryant and try on their various clothes so I know which ones fit me best...Then, baby, look out!

I just tried on some jeans I had set aside for "some day". They fit now, but they're relaxed fit with tapered legs and hide any weight loss I've had. They make me look like an ice cream cone (thanks to What Not to Wear, I have a term for the illusion they create!).

They're going up on the auction block soon as I get them photographed and measured. Might as well finance some new clothes. It'd be nice to have several favorite jeans, one each in descending sizes, and just work my way down.

DianaLS
04-21-2005, 03:29 PM
Hey all :wave: , Sorry, just been busy crafting, and cleaning, and trying to stay focused...Love the Frankenstein thing Heather, LOL yes, He does resemble him too, That man is just vile, good riddense is what I say.. :barf:

My Dh's grandmother told me I am looking great, don't know if I posted that or not yet, she can really tell I have been losing something, be it inches or weight, I no longer care, as long as it shows in some form...I only weigh in every couple of weeks and measure once a month, because, with me, I need to see something other than a pound gone, or else I will fret over it.

I have decided to just live, and stop beating myself up if I have something bad to eat sometimes. :spin: I have no candy in the house, a big deal for me, trust me, and only low-fat junk foods, but even those I hardly eat. I am trying to look at this as an adjustment in my life, as opposed to a diet. So I am basically only eating when I am truly hungry, then only eating half of what I normally would. Have been drinking tons of water too, so that helps. A handful of grapes, or something when I feel the urge to eat between meals, as opposed to a whole bag of chips...I am not allowing myself to over indulge, but I am not going to deprive myself either, because I will only pay for that in the long run. I also am looking forward to a great workout every day, so that helps. I focus on the weight or resistance aspects, M, W, F, and focus more on the aerobic aspects, Tues, Thurs. So this is what I look forward to every day. I have decided, starting Sunday morning, rain or shine, to start walking too. No dog, just me~~ sorry baby, but I need to worry about my health, that is most important. even if it takes me an hour to go the distance, I will do it. I also will start riding my Mt Bike, I have a nice, new one that really got very little use last year because it rained so much here. I will be riding that too. And working in my yard and flower beds. Dh fertilized yesteday, so was not able to go out and work my gardens yet, but this weekend we will be, and looking forward to that for sure. Planting a TON of Cosmo seeds, and some other stuff. Once my metabolism gets up to par, I can eat like a normal person again, not to excess, but not a rigid strict diet either. nothing much else to report.

I plan to get my rat's nest taken care of in OHIO...I am sick of it hanging in my face, and I want something along the lines of how I used to wear it. In a Bob. I always like them and they are easy to manage, and frame my face nicely, one around chin length works well for me. so now am just letting it grow wild until I go, lol, wearing it in Ponytails mostly. I want a dry and go look, nothing I have to fuss over all the time. I used to spend hours on my hair, in fact, in HS someone voted for me for best hair my senior year. LOL ahh, the good ol days. Of course, one year, my hair was dark purple, but that is another story.

Peircings, NO THANKS, other than my ears, have two in each. I hate it when I see great looking people that have a ring in their face, whether it be a nose, or eyebrow, makes me cringe every time. I do have 2 tattoos, that I regret immensely . Costs thousands to get removed so am stuck with them til I am old and wrinkled. One is of a small butterfly just above my left boob, the other is of 4 intertwining butterflies on my right calf just above my ankle. Craziness.. :cool:

Aimee~ Go for the modeling thing. I was always told, when I was in HS, and much thinner, to become a runway model, my parents of course never supported me in anything, so I had no confidense. then as I gained some weight, everyone told me to become a plus-sized model. I wished I would have, maybe then I would have some self-esteem. I have zero. Even with all of the beautiful men I have dated, and my handsome hubby, I still have zero...Nice how your family can play with your mind eh?

And I love the Amazing race. She was amazing and I really like them, I hope they win. Rob and Amber are such a cute couple too, but they won Survivor so it is time for that other couple to win. and any woman who would do something like that deserves it.

Okay, sorry for babbling...Gotta run, HAGD e1! :D

PS: DH is biting the bullet, we are going car shopping this weekend too..woo-hoo...he loves new cars, and is ready for the change...Okay by me... ;)

Gardenwife
04-21-2005, 04:20 PM
Hey now, we've not watched our tape of this week's Amazing Race yet! We hope Rob and Amber win...They're good players in whatever they do, why not let them excel? I would love to have even half the competitive spirit those two do. *sigh*

It's hard getting past the lies we've heard and told ourselves all our lives, I hear you. The only way to even start getting past them and to build up that missing self confidence is to start acknowledging the good things about ourselves, treat ourselves right, and stay focused on that.

SwimGirl
04-21-2005, 06:46 PM
I am back! We went MAJORLY grocery shopping, so I am pretty stocked up, we'll make a trip to the fruit stand tomorrow for spahgetti squash and lettuce. Josh seems to have smarten up, he was going to get some coke, but got the C2 coke instead, because I can have it (very limited amounts). Also he didn't pick anything out that would be a huge temptation for me (usually frozen pizza and coke), so I'm happy enough. We'll see how the week will go though, I have 2 weeks of being completely sugar free before I will start adding things in. I loosely follow the South Beach diet, very loosely. I am now eating this odd dish, I was hungry one day and threw together extra lean ground beef, celery + garlic (the flavor base), and a can of crushed tomatos, and of course random seasoning. It tastes really yummy! This is my lunch, and for dinner I'll have a stirfry with chicken, asparagus, and broccoli in a curry sauce. As for snacks, fat free yogurt, and cheese strings (Jill.. ;) ). So besides my breakfast, it's going to be a perfectly on plan day :)

Diana - you are back! Glad to hear everything is all good on your end :) I can't wait to hear your measurements! If people are noticing, there has to be some inches lost! You did take your measurements right? As for modelling for me? I'm thinking about it, I have a bit of weight to lose, so it might be a few months, but I'm entertaining the idea. I'm like you though, I don't have the confidence, I just fake it! Mine isn't from my family though, my mom always told me I was beautiful and perfect, but I've always been really sensitive to what people think of me. And turns out a lot of people think that a size 5 is fat! Stupid people.

Kimberley - Those jeans sound horrible!! Get rid of them! Thank you, it's hard to remember that the TOM weight will go away, seeing a 6 pound gain was frightening. It WILL go, I just can't wait! heh. It's most definitely TOM weight, when Josh and I were in the grocery store I started to tear up as we passed by the butter. Not for any real reason.. but just because. BTW, Dr Phil isn't a good show to watch with PMS, it was really a tear jerker today!

Okay, I gotta go get my Glamour workout in before my friend calls and we go for coffee (we'll see about that.. she's a flake). Either way, the workout has to be done! I'm thinking I might even do a 1mile WATP workout.

-Aimee

SwimGirl
04-21-2005, 10:08 PM
Alright, no WATP tape, that Glamour workout really tired me out! My legs feel like jelly, I think thats a good thing though. It only took 30 minutes, and it was a full body workout with some intervals of cardio. Alright, dinner time!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-22-2005, 02:10 AM
Just checking in...Was out at the arboretum this evening taking pictures of the gorgeous blooming crabapples, then I went grocery shopping. MMMM-MMMM! Good stuff in the cart, cabinets now full of canned veggies and the fridge is full of all manner of veggies. My feetsa's is killin' me, though...Note to self: Do not wear your comfy sandals to traipse through the apple grove and supermarkets. They're comfy for the brief jaunt here and there, but not for the long haul.

SwimGirl
04-22-2005, 02:22 AM
Kimberley - tomorrow is your weigh in! Sounds like you had a nice day, minus the sore feet. Canned veggies? I don't know that I've ever had anything but tomatos from a can before. I used to eat canned fruit, it was short lived thing, they didn't taste as good as fresh. I think I'm lucky, we always have fresh, cheap veggies and fruit.

Well thats all for me today, I sure posted enough times. I'm going to drink some peppermint tea to calm my tummy, and then hit the sack. Nite! :)

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-22-2005, 07:04 AM
Good morning! I know I always complain about being tired, but today I am hard-core tired. The restaurant got pretty darn busy last night. We usually cut our first section of servers by about 8pm, but last night, it was busy enough that they didn't get cut until after 9. Then when we only had 2 servers left (the closers), we got a little pop and had like 9 or 10 tables sat just a half hour before we closed. Yes, we close at 11, but that really means we want people OUT by 11, not coming in at 10:55! So yeah, instead of leaving about 10:45-ish like normal, I was stuck in the restaurant helping the servers and doing closing work until 11:35. By the time I got home, I just wanted to strip off my smoke-smelly clothes and crash in bed, but my toe was doing pretty badly from all the running around I'd done all night. I didn't have time to soak it (pretty sure I would have fallen asleep and woken up to a cold pruned foot), so I cleaned it with peroxide and put some pain-relief Neosporin and band-aids on it for the night. I cleaned it off with more peroxide this morning after my shower and left the band-aids off for the day so it could breathe. Hopefully, it will dry out and heal up nicely like it did last weekend (as long as I stick with the flip-flops instead of socks and sneakers).

So yeah, when my alarm went off at 4:22 this morning, I was still a little sleepy, since I had not gone to bed until about 12:05, and by then I was so wound up that it took me a while to actually fall asleep. I had some stress from the day job yesterday, too. They asked me to come in this weekend to work. This is the third weekend in a row they have asked me to come in. Granted, I didn't actually come in the past 2 weekends because I was at Jeff's, but still. Maybe if there's so much work to do, they need to hire someone else. Now, I am all about helping out and doing my part and working hard and yadda yadda yadda, but between the 2 jobs, I am already working 70 hours in my 5-day week. I really don't want to give up my weekend! Also, I am salaried, so I won't get overtime or anything. I will basically be volunteering my weekend away. Of course, I'm a big weenie and can't say no, so I said I cold come in in the mornings for a few hours if they needed me to. The problem is that I work with people for whom this job is their life, ya know? My boss has no husband, no boyfriend, no pets that require much attention (she has a snake), she lives alone, and most of her friends are other people who work here, so she thinks nothing of working on something from 10am till 1:30am if she has to. This is her career--we work on EPA documents, and she went to school for environmental science. Works for her. For me, however, this is just a stepping-stone to something better. I don't want to be a technical writer forever. I want to be in marketing/advertising/sales assistance--something a little more exciting and fun. I hate that I have no communication with the outside world here--I'd much rather be dealing with customers and clients and sales people and stuff. Therefore, I feel that for as much work as I do here (and for as little pay as I get), I'm wasting my time! If they actually paid me enough here so I didn't have to work nearly 30 hours at the restaurant each week, then maybe it'd be a different story. I know I should maybe find a new job, but I have only been here since November, and this coming November, I will probably be moving when when my lease runs out, so I don't want to start a new job here and have to move and switch jobs again in 6 months. ARGH! so frustrating...but I'll survive :^:

So, I may not get to do as much car shopping as I'd hoped if I have to work this weekend. We'll see how that goes. I think my current car knows I'm thinking of a new one--it was particularly smooth and peppy on the drive home last night. She's trying to prove to me she's still got what it takes. Unfortunately, it's too little, too late :p
I didn't pack any food for today. If I need a snack, there are 100-calorie bags of Smartfood popcorn (yum!) in the vending machines. The cafeteria has a salad bar, so I can make me a good salad for lunch. Dinner tonight will be out splurging with Jeff (assuming I can stay awake for dinner). I really need to clean my apartment, too. Right now, there are piles of mail and dirty clothes and dishes and trash and...I have NO time to clean or do laundry or even run the dishwasher (it's even stated in our lease that we're not supposed to run them after 10pm or before 8am because you can hear it in the apartment below you, so I'm never even home during the "dishwasher-allowed" hours). So yeah. Usual complaints--I'm tired and broke and frustrated. Sorry about the big Jill pity party today. I'm just not quite energetic enough to be chipper this morning. On the bright side, it's Friday, so make it a Fabulous one, ladies! :D

SwimGirl
04-22-2005, 01:11 PM
Jill - there must be something in the water, the internet water of course, because I don't think we are on the same water system. Anywho, I feel very blah today. Partly it's the crazy headache I have, Josh is going to go get me some coffee soon, I'm hoping it will help. I'm going thru serious sugar and caffiene withdrawl. It hurts! Everytime I move I kinda feel like barfing, I've taken tons of tylenol, and hope this coffee will help. I will be back later to post properly. Gotta lay down or something.

Kimberley - where are you weigh in girl?!?!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-22-2005, 02:08 PM
Heya, heya! Howie made it...He's in TWO-rific territory at 297lbs today! I am down to 229lbs today. :dizzy: Can't believe it.

We went out to Dawe's Arboretum for a bit after enjoying our Egg McMuffins (do you know the McMuffin man? LOL). Howie didn't have his camera and got a little peturbed when I kept oohing and aahing, asking him to stop the van so I could jump out and get pictures of the gorgeous rain-soaked greenery. I put my camera away after that. But, we walked a little on the boardwalk in the cypress swamp (yes, we have a cypress swamp in Ohio!) and I took a few more then. ;)

Here's a few from today. The white flower is a trillium, Ohio's State Flower. The boardwalk is in the cypress swamp and the green glob is salamander eggs in the water at the cypress swamp.

SwimGirl
04-22-2005, 03:30 PM
Woohoo Kimberley! I am so happy for you :) You go girl! ;)

I'm feeling SO much better after my huge starbucks coffee :) I am a new person! I'm not too sure about eating, I just feel like I have the flu.. even though I know it's just sugar withdrawl. It's going to be worth it! Just look at my weight ticker.. I'm already down 2 pounds.

Now I need to vent, my new boss was supposed to call me on Tuesday and let me know my schedule, but I still hadn't heard from her today, so I called with more questions (she hasn't been telling me enough info). But she was too busy to answer, and so now I'm worried she's going to be as useless as the boss I just left. I sure hope not though. Even so, it's closer to home, right? I gotta be positive. Worst comes to worst, I'll try and get a job at the gap, my true clothing home.

Enough venting, I am going out to enjoy the sun :) Have a great day, STAY ON PLAN! GET SOME EXERCISE! FEEL FABULOUS! :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-22-2005, 04:29 PM
Hey, Howie and I were just saying today that coffee is the one vice we don't plan on giving up, Aimee. ;) Hey, the ticker moved down - yay! I haven't updated mine yet, whoops.

Maybe new boss is just swamped with contacting the applicants who didn't get hired, or has been wrapping up interviews. Don't go in with preconceived notions, just enjoy the new territory and put your best foot forward.

dragonwoman64
04-22-2005, 04:55 PM
We got into early summer mode and went to Coney Island again -- only it's not early summer, it's April AND IT'S COLD. Maybe not the best idea...Bad Idea Jeans, as a matter of fact. It was fun to be outside for a few hours. Luckily the Parks Dept heats the bathrooms or else I'd probably be suffering from hypothermia right now.

Went to the gym early this morning (before CI). Felt good. I lost last week's gain, which leaves me at my ticker weight, sigh. Next week I'll leave the 270s. Gotta be patient sometimes. I think I had a fantasy that I'd join the gym and lose 10 lbs a week :rofl:

Congrats to you and Howie, Kimberley! Believe it! You're really getting down there! Nice pics, I like the cypress boardwalk. There's a place north of here called the Innisfree Garden that you'd love. It has a bridge that goes over a lake right at the surface of the lake, so you feel like you're almost walking on the water.

I am trying to look at this as an adjustment in my life, as opposed to a diet. -- Diana

Me too, Diana. Family can truly suck sometimes, even if they don't mean to. You have a great personality, it surprised me to read that you feel like you don't have self esteem, I don't get that vibe from you. You seem to me to be a doer. You go after what you want, with the exercise, with your interests. I admire that.

I have 102 pounds to lose, thats pretty scary for me. I also need his support to do this, and sometimes rely on him, he really hates that. --Aimee

Yeah, it gets complicated, doesn't it. It's never us alone with the weight loss, it's the people around us too. Did you see that episode of Extreme Makeovers with the guy who lost hundreds of lbs (can't remember how much) and his wife stayed heavy. I couldn't help thinking to myself that that must have been a scary dynamic -- but he obviously loved her very much and didn't put any pressure on her to lose the weight.

I think it feels scary to me sometimes too how much weight I have to lose. It's like Rob always says though, I just need to stick with it and keep my eye on the prize. What else am I going to do, freak out and eat 2 dozen glazed doughnuts? :lol: :dizzy:

So, you saw that episode of phil? I was sobbing :lol: I had to laugh when I saw you mention that. Two women, in two different countries, watching the same episode of Dr. Phil, both PMSing, and sobbing as that poor woman got that 7-foot $15,000 check, heh heh.

Hang in there, Jill. I bet it all changes before you know it. You have a right to b&m. I did do a double take at the boss with the pet snake. I do like snakes, but never had much of an urge to have one as a pet. I guess that does give you some real insight into what might be happening there at that job....

Heather, I can never remember being in a school play at that age -- they just made us give concerts (I played the clarinet). I think I tortured my parents more than gave them an experience of thinking I was cute in a play :lol: When I think of all those sour notes in front of all those parents, :o ;)

Have a good Friday night, everyone, Fab Ladies.

Gardenwife
04-23-2005, 12:21 AM
I am trying to look at this as an adjustment in my life, as opposed to a diet. -- Diana

Ditto...we count on the fact that calorie counting is just a fact of life for us because it keeps us on track.

Well, we have to get up at 6:30am, and we're still up. Heading out to Cincinnati about 7:30am and may not get back here until Sunday when we scout out a spot to grab a of coffee and wi-fi!

SwimGirl
04-23-2005, 12:53 AM
Hey Ladies! I have quite the busy day, spent WAY too much money. We bought the bf's neice 2 pairs of shoes at BOGO, and a cute little visor, the bf also took me out for lunch and then we had to buy him a new pair of work pants. It adds up though, eh? 130 bucks later! My lunch was SO good though, and the bf's parents made dinner for us, so it was a really good day in that sense. Although, I cheated. I had fruit (no sugar added), fat free organic sugar free yogurt, and ice all blended up. Sounds good, but it's that fruit thing. I'll know tomorrow on the scale how bad it was.

Marge - you are too funny, I totally laughed about that whole Dr Phil thing, good to hear I'm not the only one who gets like that! Did you see Oprah that day? I almost started to cry.. but was so tired nothing came out. heh. So I only have 100 pounds to lose now, but still overwhelming. Sometimes it's better to know how much exactly you have to lose, sometimes it really helps me stay on plan.. othertimes not so much.

Kimberley - mmmm, coffee. I drink specialty coffee's, so they tend to add up pretty quickly. Have a great time :) Whats wi-fi?

I am off to hem Josh's pants! Have a great one!

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-23-2005, 11:56 AM
I missed the Oprah. ha. Probably would have cried at that too. Hey, we watched Globe Trekker this morning (a travel show on PBS) and guess where they went -- Canada, and Vancouver! The host guy went to the anthropology museum there, and ate lunch at an indigenous peoples restaurant.

I need to get new jeans, have to do that tomorrow. I'll take the train into manhattan and go to the Lane Bryant near Macys. And i'll get some undersquares. Tomorrow is another gym day too. So think I'll lounge today. Maybe do some cleaning.

I also will start riding my Mt Bike, I have a nice, new one that really got very little use last year because it rained so much here. -- Diana

That's cool, Diana. There's a huge loop in the park here, and lots of dirt paths, people use mostly 10 speeds but we see quite a few dirt bikes too.

SwimGirl
04-23-2005, 12:47 PM
Marge - I wanna come shopping too! ;) Make sure your jeans aren't tapered! I once had a customer who told me that tapered pants look better than ones with a straight line from mid-thigh down, she told me my pants made my thighs look bigger. She was insane! heh. "undersquares" ?

So that "cheating" I did yesterday? It wasn't bad. My scale was happy with me this morning, so thats that! My friend is supposed to call me this morning, and we are supposed to go for coffee. I have a feeling I won't be getting a call though, why the HECK am I friends with so many flakey people?!? Alrighty, I'm gonna change my ticker, and then enjoy some more sun! I already have a slight tan, most noticable on my foot because I was in the sun washing the car yesterday, or supervising while the bf did it, heh :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-23-2005, 09:53 PM
Hi all, just a quickie...been out looking at cars, are waiting for them to get in a blue Camry, SE, then we will buy it...
I hate jeans that have a flared bottom..I like a relaxed fit I guess, the basic jean that has been around for hundreds of years lol...
well, tomorrow is weigh in and measurement day, boy I am sure hoping i see something, after over 3 weeks of Curves and cutting back...it would be real disappointing to have seen nothing. But I will NOT get discouraged, will just work harder..
I love my bike...it's a DiamondBack...I had a Specialized before, but I hated it, cannot get used to having to raise my leg up over the top bar, the Diamondback is a woman's Mountain Bike, and it is made so I am not so hunched over and it has shocks in the seat. Nice and comfy.
Well am off..Busy busy busy...will be out in the yard all day tomorrow...MY sis-in-law may be here too, which will be nice, but after a couple of hours of looking at her Mullet, I am ready to see her home...lol..She is so immature, she is 6 months younger than me and has no clue what life is all about. She still lives at home scot free...It will be a rough year for her, when His dad gets the house sold, she will have no choice but to grow up...

see ya all tomorrow, hope everyone is haveing a great weekend!!!

jillybean720
04-23-2005, 10:40 PM
Well, a little something to brighten my mood today--I bought a new car! Well, I actually get it and finish the paperwork tomorrow since they didn't have the color I wanted in stock, but I put a holding deposit on it and have to go back tomorrow at 3. It will be a black 2005 Honda Civic LX--power everything and remote keyless entry. I'm so excited! PLUS they gave me $1150 for my trade-in (Kelly Blue Book said I would only get $700 on my trade-in, and I figured even less since it needs so much work). Of course, I had test-driven a Toyota Corolla earlier and gotten financing info on that, so when I went to Honda, I was like, well toyota was going to give me a new corolla for about 250 a month, and toyota was going to give me 1000 for my trade-in...it worked like a charm. MSRP on my car according to the Honda website is $16,410 plus title, tax, tags, and fees. I got mine for $13,900 bottom line (title, tax, tags, and fees included), so I think I did alright for my first car-buying experience, especially since I had originally been quoted $13,700 for the VP (step down from mine). Oh, it's just so great to know I don't have to worry about my car anymore. I don't even have to have my first tune-up on the Honda until 110,000 miles, and oil changes are recommended every 5000 instead of 3000 miles. WOOHOO!

Aside from that, my diet has been my typical weekend diet--crappy! The scale was still at 304.5 this morning (AFTER I ate breakfast), so I think I'm still doing okay. Have to wait till Thursday to know for sure.

Howie must be SO excited! I'm still struggling to get into the 200s, but at least I'm still down from where I started.

Diana--the new Camrys are nice! I have a 1993 Camry now (well, until I trade it in tomorrow), and I think the only reason I am having so much trouble with it is that the previous owner must not have maintained it very well. I would definitely still be willing to buy a new Toyota--they get EXCELLENT reviews. Heck, I almost bought a Corolla this morning (but had to at least check out the Civic for peace of mind--ended up Honda just had the better deal for me).

Aimee--I'm sure your new job will still be much much better than your old one. Just think, it couldn't be much worse, right? :dizzy:

Marge--I think I'm done with the b&m for now...got the new-car-smell high! ;)

DianaLS
04-23-2005, 10:55 PM
wtg Jill...thats great...we always buy Toyotas or Hondas...I have a 2003 Matrix now, only has 23,000 mi on it. Only trading it because DH trades cars in every 3-4 years...He got a new truck last year ( 2005 Tundra double cab) so he decided this year it is my turn., he never really cared for it too much anyhow since it is made with Pontiac parts and rattles like crazy...When I first moved here, 7 years ago, he leased me a new Acura CL Coupe ( cranberry red, loaded), which was a beautiful car, but too low to the ground for my tastes..So am not complaining~we can afford to do this. I had to ride the bus and walk it in OHIO. Well, WTG woohoo how exciting for you! HAG1!

SwimGirl
04-23-2005, 11:27 PM
Jill - I am so excited for you!! Thats wicked, a new honda civic.. I'm jealous! Yay!

Diana - you too! Holy cow, you are all getting new cars!! My bf wants a Toyota Tundra or Tacoma, with a quad cab. I don't think we will get one though, gas prices are INSANE! We are paying 105.9/L, we've been holding steady around 89.9 to 99.9 for the last year or so. Too expensive. I don't know what that is in American, heh. I can never convert L's to Gallons.

Alrighty ladies, we have 1 more day left in this weekend, we have to stay on plan! Exercise too! However I hear that 80% of weight loss is what you put into your mouth. So lets watch those calories, sugar, or whatever you need to watch!

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-24-2005, 10:37 AM
Hey all...well, not able to use MILs scale she is not home, so will use the calibrated scale at Curves tomorow. I do know I have lost significant inches in a month...ya all ready for this? okay, total inches lost is..............17.75 inches lost. I cannot believe it. Must have really been bloated when I first measured last month. Lost 1/2 in my neck, 2 in my arm, 5 in my chest, 4 in my waist, 3 in my hips, and 2.25 in my calf, my thighs are .5 inches smaller. we measred it twice to make sure. Amazing..So I am happy with that.
well, am off, got a lot of crafts to finish this week, HAG1 All! Diana

PS" Aimee~~ I know that per gallon, and we use Middle grade gas, it was $2.49/gallon the other day. Crazy...

SwimGirl
04-24-2005, 12:12 PM
Diana - you worked VERY hard for that, don't discredit yourself! I doubt you were feeling bloated a month ago.. you really just worked that hard! I am so so so happy for you!! Keep at it, and soon I can call you a "skinny b*tch"! ;)

I am heading to work, oh yay? after this I only have 1 more shift! Have a great Sunday, Stay on plan.. all that good stuff :)

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
04-24-2005, 12:45 PM
Way to go, Diana! You're the incredible shrinking woman! Congratulations!

That mountain bike sounds like something I'd like to get. I'm going to check into that. It's really a future purchase; I don't think I'm quite ready for a bike right now.

Aimee, I hate to say that TOM came yesterday so I decided to put off the jean shopping until next week. In the mid-80s tapered jeans were a huge fad (with zippers at the bottoms of the legs). I had several pairs of those and even though I was about 70 lbs slimmer than I am now, I did indeed look like an ice cream cone! Kylie and I were joking about that on another thread. I learned my lesson from that! heh heh. I'm moving on to other Glamour Don'ts! (Rob and I joke undersquares instead of underwear, I know, pret-ty immature of us! :^: )

And CONAGRATS on the loss :) I love it when those numbers go down!

I had a guy I worked with who's wife went to San Diego (she's as white as I am -- which is in the Casper range). She walked on the beach for one day and sunburned the tops of her feet. He got a little offended that I laughed when he told me the story. It's not like I was laughing at her pain, I just can relate to burning that easily.

Congrats on the new car, Jill!! Very cool. Enjoy that high!!! You've worked hard for it. :)

Definitely my Fridays off and the weekends are where I have the most trouble. Now that we're running around more I get tempted to eat more treats too. I'm really happy with the gym (went this morning), but you're right, Aimee, the diet has to stay steady to make it work. Next Friday is my last weigh in for April, it's already much better than March. March I gained a half a pound (!!!) for the total month. April I've already lost about 3 lbs for the total month (and still have next week).

I'm right on the cusp of being in double digits left lose and right on the cusp on being in the next set of 10 lbs to lose, so I want this week to be a GREAT one!!! Let's all kick Marge's butt into gear ! :lol:

Gardenwife
04-24-2005, 04:15 PM
Hey, guys! We're back in Columbus and sipping some light roast at Cup O' Joe in German Village. Lots of interesting people to watch. Howie and I are IM-ing back and forth so we're not rudely talking about others out loud, LOL. ;) Seriously, there are some *interesting* people here today!

Great to hear you found a car, Jill. And congrats on more loss, Aimee! And Diana, you are unstoppable...All those inches gone to the land of missing socks.

Our gardening get-together was fun. We did indeed get rained out, but one of the locals hosted us at her house. It was HUGE. Seriously, we could have fit four or five of our house in there, maybe more. It was beautiful and full of beautiful things, but it was just too perfect, you know what I mean? But OH what a yard they had, full of trees and backing up against Woodland Mound Park. They get all kinds of birds and wildlife there and their feeders were busy all day.

Howie and I made good choices at the get-together, but did decide to make Saturday our treat day when some others mentioned going out to eat later on that day. We enjoyed crab legs and other goodies at a Chinese buffet, but didn't pig out.

The B&B was restful and a welcome getaway - the innkeepers were really down-to-earth, nice folks, too. Kimberly greeted us with hugs!

I'll post more later, once we get home. :)

SwimGirl
04-25-2005, 12:38 AM
WB Kimberley! Glad to hear you had a good time, and were a good girl! Sounds like a nice house, I love those big picture perfect houses, I couldn't live in one because I'm pretty messy. And I definitely couldn't clean one. But they are nice to look at! The houses up by where I live are SO nice! Josh and I sometimes drive around looking at all the new houses, I cannot believe the view some of them have, or why people even need a house THAT big. Still... it would be nicer than my tiny little place. Thanks for noticing my weight loss, I imagine part of those 5 pounds is water, but I'll take it!

Marge - I don't really burn, I am part native, I also have a nice complexion from that too. I already have a cute little tan on my face, I just say cute because I get freckles. I've had a couple burns, not too pleasant. I can't imagine having to put on sunscreen all the time in order to not get burnt. And burning the tops of your feet? Yikes! Sounds painful! I am waiting for TOM to arrive, I am now 2 days late. Luckily there is NO chance I'm preggo, I'm just late. I sorta went shopping today! Bought a pink tank top - men's style - for when I go for walks, and socks! heh. Lame shopping.

I was almost completely on plan today! I had some tempura, which was off plan because of the batter. But the little cheats keep me sane, like my daily coffee. I had TWO of them today, and be careful.. I know how to make them and only need 1 thing to make them at home. Fear my specialty coffee making skills! ;) I'm going to go try and convince my bf he's tired.. nite! :)

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-25-2005, 06:50 AM
Ahh, Monday morning--everyone's favorite time of the week! :rolleyes:

I had a minor freak-out this morning. :o I drove my new car (picked it up yesterday) to work this morning. When I came into the office, I went to put my lunch pack on my desk. I noticed this orangey-colored liquid that looked like it was leaking from my lunch pack. I immediately grabbed a stack of paper towels and small bottle of water. I couldn't believe I got my car dirty in less than a day! When I got out to my car, though, there was nothing. I felt the seat and the floor--everything was dry. *WHEW!* I think the liquidy substance came from the wrapper from my breakfast (a Yoplait frozen yogurt/orange sherbet frozen breakfast sandwich). Luckily it only got on my lunch bag and NOT on my car. Crisis averted.

So anyway...I have to tell you what happened to Jeff this weekend. He was driving to my house on Friday afternoon, as per usual, and he was truckin' along on the highway (those of you who know I-95 know that it is not exactly a desolate country road--very busy highway at almost any time of any day). So there he is, just driving along, when *BAM* his front passenger window explodes! :fr: He never saw if anything hit it, never found anything in the car that may have hit it, but it just shattered into thousands of pieces. There was not a piece of glass left that was more than maybe a jagged 1/8-inch square. It was insane. Luckily, he wasn't hurt by any of the glass (it flew all over the car, including the driver's side back seat). I was also insanely relieved that it didn't cause him to get into an accident. I know if that happened to me, it would have scared me so much I would have hit something else, I'm sure. :eek: He said it sounded like an explosion, and the glass just shattered all over the place. So we had to spend a good part of Saturday finding someone to fix his window (we vacuumed out all the glass we could and put sran wrap on the window on Friday night). It's all fixed now, but it was just so crazy (and kinda scary to think about).

Thanks to all for the congrats on my new car--I'm still so excited! Our gas here has gone down to $2.09/gallon for the regular. Not bad considering it was $2.21/gallon a few weeks ago.

Awesome work on the inches lost, Diana! I haven't taken any measurements. I know I should, but it's so depressing to even see where I'm starting. I can tell a little bit of a difference in the way my clothes fit, though (like I said, even though I haven't lost a ton of weight yet, I think things are shifting around, ya know?).

Marge, I, too, am in the Casper range. I have had sunburn on the tops of my feet, which sucks cuz then you have to wear the same sandals till it heals because other sandals will rub the burn and make it hurt more...I am well on my way to skin cancer with multiple serious burns in my history. Even when I wear sunblock, I sometimes burn. So, I try to steer clear of relentless hours in the sun. I NEVER tan--other people say, oh just burn once and it'll turn to tan. Heck no! My skin color choices are red, pink, white. There is no tan to be found :p

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend, Kimberely--very relaxing!

Aimee--1 more shift!! When is your first day of the new job?

I got on the scale this morning (bad Jill--Thursday is weigh-in day!). I was pleasantly surprised with my post-weekend weight. Hopefully, that will carry on to Thursday. I packed my food for today sensibly, so as long as I continue to have a good week, I should love the scale on Thursday morning ;)

Well, that's certainly enough out of me for now. Hope ya'll have a Magnificent Monday to start off the week!

DianaLS
04-25-2005, 09:11 AM
hey all, gotta change my ticker, but only lost 2 pounds this time. I cannot fathom how I could have lost so many inches and only 2 pounds, but am guessing it has to do with building muscle, etc...Everything is so comlicated eh? I am on a mission, and by Christmas I will be my old HOT self, this is a guarantee. I am going to have DH take a couple of b4 pics for here, and will start a progress Blog, will let you all know when this is done. Today, I am taking my first walk in over a month, it should be interesting. but very little bit will help. Drinking a Slimfast shake right now, am sticking with that over the next month or so too, just to get myself a head start.
LOL Jill, I can relate, I get so nervous with new Vehicles. Looks like Dh has made his decision, going for the Camry SE today or tomorrow ( Black, Sunroof, spoiler, etc)...
the Navy one got sold. UGH!!!!
well just on for a sec..HAVE FUN e1, and thansk for the Supportive words...This is a journey, that is for certain...

dragonwoman64
04-25-2005, 09:50 AM
I don't like Mondays, nope, not at all. The temp is in the 40s today; I AM COLD.

So there he is, just driving along, when *BAM* his front passenger window explodes! --Jill

WOW. That's really scary. He definitely has a cool gene. I once had my hood pop up in the middle of a freeway, going from Walnut Creek to Berkeley. I had to look at the road in that little space between the hood and the top of the car to navigate until I could pull over. Luckily there wasn't much traffic at all.

Aimee, I was 3 days late :lol: I have coffee every day. I'm an addict. I figure it's less than 2 cups and I just put a little whole milk in it, can't be the worst thing. There's a local store we buy it from, they keep a cat in the front and have a basket for it. Rob buys the coffee and the cat they used to have loved him (the store people said that cat never liked anybody, ha). It passed away a few months ago. Now it's a new kitty (has to get to know Rob).

I will usually burn, then tan, and I have a ton of freckles.

Diana, don't let the numbers frustrate you. It's true muscles are more dense and so heavier than fat. And you've been doing a ton of exercise -- and have lost lots of inches. :)

Welcome back, Kimberley. Got any pics of Germantown? Sounds like an interesting place.

Gardenwife
04-25-2005, 12:48 PM
I don't have any recent pictures of German Village, not from times other than Christmas. Oh, I'll tell ya, I'm pooped today. We don't normally do so much running around on the weekends, let alone get up so early two days in a row and keep going all day long!

On the way home we stopped at not one, but TWO, factory outlet malls (yay, Howie!). I'd never been in the Liz Claiborn Woman store, and thought their clothes were really pretty. But DANG, they are pricey, even at the outlet store! :P At Casual Male, Howie found a new lined flannel shirt to use as a jacket...He only had to get a 2x this time instead of a 5x!

SwimGirl
04-25-2005, 02:38 PM
Goodmorning girls!! The sun is shining, and it's VERY hot out.. well hot considering it's April. I'm going to slap some sunscreen on and get a little sun later :) Ah the summer, I love it!

Jill - thats completely scary what happened to Jeff! I would probably have freaked out, slammed on my brakes, something un-safe probably. Gotta make you wonder what happened, eh? My mom bought her Honda Civic in 2001, and it's still the way she bought it, she's in love with her car. Once we were coming home from shopping in Spokane, and we decided to stop at the new Krispy Kreme, we only bought coffee believe it or not! Anywho, as we were pulling out, someone hit her car. Her bumper was crushed. Thankfully the people gave us their info and her car was fixed, but as we stopped at the border, the border guy said to my mom, you know your bumper was hit. That pissed her off, her beloved car! So she actually said to him " yah, I know, you don't have to REMIND me". I thought we were going to be taken "inside". But she told him it was a new car, and I guess he understood why she was being so mouthy. Heh, still funny though!

Diana - if you are only doing a weight program, it totally makes sense to me why you'd lose mostly inchs! I'd glad you did measurements, can you imagine how you'd feel if you hadn't? 2 pounds feels like a bummer, but that many inchs is SOOO good! Keep it up, I'd say definitely add some walking in. You go girl ;)

Marge - are we the same person? my god! I think I'm also 3 days late now. Except I tan ;)

Kimberley - I would be mighty pooped after that kinda weekend! It's nice to shrink, and wowsers, Howie really HAS shrunk!

I am off to eat breakfast! Have a great day gals :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-25-2005, 04:10 PM
hey all, ty for the great support, And you are so right. Wasn't able to walk today, so windy and cold would have been lucky to make it to the end of the street b4 turning back around, lol I HATE WIND...Only time it is great is kite flying and sailing , lol. So, tomorrow will be warmer, and I am going when I get back from Curves...So far, today this is all I ahve eaten:
Slimfast shake for Breakfast, and 2 C of coffee, no sugar
I glass of raspberry tea
1 Turkey sandwich on whole wheat with mustard and lowfat swiss,
60 oz of water so far
I C of raw veggies and dip with a small piece of meatloaf from yesterday's dinner
for dinner: Tossed salad with home made dressing ( vinegar, oil, water, and herbs)
1/2 of a tuna sandwich on whole wheat...
20 oz of water
That will be it
Doesn't sound too bad...
Well, am off, oh, and Jill, I forgot to mention about your BF and that freak thing. Wow, luckily he is okay, did someone throw something at his car? Geez, good thing you weren't in the passenger seat...
I am not exactly Casper, but not dark either. I have part Ottawa Indian in me ( My great Grandmother was ), but my parents are french and german too, so I guess that explains that. Rodney is french and Native American, so he goes outside one day and turns dark. I have to get burnt first...And I have had the tops of my feet burnt too. My cousins have a cabin in Muskegon MI, close to both Lake MI, and Silver lake, well, to get to Silver lake, you have to hop in Dune Buggies to get to it, and it is just beautiful, but the sand, WOWEEE gets very hot...I would love to take Rodney there someday he would have a blast.
well, am off have to throw some tuna salad together, HAG1...:)

Gardenwife
04-26-2005, 12:05 AM
Hope there wasn't another Charles McCoy (http://news.google.com/news?q=charles%20mccoy&num=30&hl=en&lr=lang_en&sa=N&tab=wn) shooting from overpasses. It was awful not knowing who was taking pot shots at cars.

Howie and I worked out tails off in the office and bedroom today, de-cluttering and reorganizing. And his mom came up and cleaned our living room for us! What a blessing...Many hands make light work (and light hearts). I still have some organizing to do and then need to dust and vacuum the office and bedroom, but it's all downhill from here.

Been on plan today, glad to be back to familiar food and plans! Made a *really* yummy salad for the three of us today...This is pretty close to the measurements, I think:

1/2 a medium red onion, finely diced
2 small mango fruits, diced coarsely
1 cup coarsely diced tomatoes (remove seeds and pulp first)
2 cups cucumbers, diced coarsely
1 whole jalapeno pepper, finely diced
2 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped (or 2 Tbsp. cilantro paste from tube)

Just mix 'em all together. It is too spicy for me now that it's had several hours for the flavors and pepper oils to marry. Next time, I'm not including the pepper seeds or membrane!

jillybean720
04-26-2005, 07:28 AM
Well, it's that time again--entirely too early in the morning to function. My boss left a pile of papers on my chair, but I haven't got a clue what I'm supposed to do with them! I'll take my best stab at it and turn it around as quickly as possible, but she doesn't come in till about 10:30 usually, so I at least have to take my own stab at it. I also have a fact sheet (kinda like a q&a style brochure) to write up about Medicare's new diabetes screening benefits (how exciting). At least it'll be something to put in my portfolio for when I try to find a new job. I've already got one major publication under my belt (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medlearn/psguid.pdf is the big one--just in case any of ya'll think I'm lazy because I'm always posting here in the morning from work :p ).

I was home about 9:15 last night. So nice! And I made a few dollars more than I would have if I were hostess until 11, so now I am a HUGE fan of serving over hostessing. I serve again tonight, so hopefully it'll be the same story (need the $$ for the new car payment). I think next week, I serve 3 nights and only hostess once. Perfect! Especially since I think she is keeping me as Thursday night hostess, which is the night the hostess makes the most $$ (they make less on weekends because they have to split it since there are 2 hosts on at a time, whereas I work alone on Thursday nights).

I had a problem yesterday in fitting all of my calories into my day. I didn't have time for dinner before work, so I didn't eat the mac n' cheese, apple, and chex mix I had packed. That's 300 calories out of my 1444-calorie day, which left me eating only 1144 for the whole day--not good. So even thought I wasn't hungry when I came home, I had a bowl of cereal. Should have been around 400 calories, which actually bossted me up to 1544 for the day, which probably closer to how much I actually should be eating. I find it SO easy not to overeat when I have to pack everything for the day, and I don't have time sitting at home to worry about grazing in the evenings (used to be a problem for me). I think I'm doing well this week--I hope Thursday morning's weigh-in shows some good results (I have even been working harder at the restaurant--running around more, wiping of more tables, etc.--since I haven't been going to the gym on account of my toe). I just neeeeeed to get below 300. In March of last year, I was about 275. How much damage can I do in a year...:mad:

Diana--yes, it all is entirely too complicated! Muscles weighs more than fat but takes up less space, so inches lost will be more than pounds lost blah blah blah...of course, I'd much rather lose inches than pounds any day, so rick on, girl! The inches lost is what makes the clothes look and feel better and gives you the confidence in knowing you look better and are healthier! Dang, if I were 300 pounds of muscles (as scary as that would be), I'd be a whole lot happier! (I also probably wouldn't have ANY boobs or hips--ever notice how manly those body-building women are on tv? ugh!)

Kimberley--I hate when I go to outlet stores only to find I still can't afford the stuff! I get all excited to go outlet shopping, and then I come home with like a new pair of socks cuz that's all I could afford :dizzy:
Marge--not quite 40s here, but still lowe 60s, which is still too cold for this time of year, especially when it was over 80 just a few weekends ago! I wish it would just pick something and run with it--either stay hot or cold for a while. This switching back and forth all the time thing has gotten pretty old! Growing up in CT, I was always told it was a New England thing, but now that I have also lived in southern PA, Virginia Beach, and here in Northern VA, I see it is not just a local fickle weather epidemic :p

Aimee--Hi! Shining sun and hot outside--I am jealous!

Where's our Heather been lately? Hope she's doing okay with everything.

Alright, time to do the innevitable--work! Have a Terrific Tuesday, Fabs!

DianaLS
04-26-2005, 08:49 AM
LOL hey Jill~~~ When I shared a house a few years ago with a male dancer, he owned his own company ( like the Chippendales, even one of his dancers became one) and when I answered the phone i used to have to answer it lik "Action Dancing, can I help you?", LOL, which was fun living there as a 20 year old girl, especially when he had all the guys come for practice sessions, I LOVED that hehe...he had girl dancers too, but not my thing!...he wanted me to train to be a body builder, he thought I would be perfect for it, He also wanted me to join his group, but that is a whole other story, LOL..I do have a lot of muscle mass, so this is why most people do not think I weight as much as I do...DH calls me his Amazon temptress, LOL...WTG, I looked at the link, now we all know what you, do...very interesting...Well, am off, HAG1 All...gonna go do my first walk in over a month, if I walk from our house, around the other side of the loop and down the road to our town Hall and gazebo that is just over .6 of a mile, so I have to walk back right, LOL, that will be a good start and not so boring as doing to loops...

dragonwoman64
04-26-2005, 09:58 AM
Dang, if I were 300 pounds of muscles (as scary as that would be), I'd be a whole lot happier! (I also probably wouldn't have ANY boobs or hips--ever notice how manly those body-building women are on tv? ugh!)

:lol: I'm picturing Marge the linebacker, heh heh.

Marge - are we the same person? my god! I think I'm also 3 days late now. Except I tan --Aimee

If I were better dressed I'd almost think so! :lol: I have this spring scarf that I bought a couple of years ago that I was thinking of taking a pic of and asking you what I should wear it with. It's cute, but I can't seem to figure out what would work with it. BTW, I work for a criminal defense attorney if your mom ever does get "taken in" ;) We're aiming for 70 today, it's cool and sunny.

I've been pondering making salmon with a mango salad like that. Rob's going to make spinach lasagna today, so maybe on the weekend. I might have to omit the fresh jalapenos, I like them, but my body doesn't. :o (that's what's known as too much information). Good for Howie, he must feel like a different person. I lost 100 lbs in high school, and the terrible thing is that I don't remember what that felt like! This time I'm doing it gradually so it doesn't feel dramatically different. I feel like I have more energy and stamina, but it doesn't strike me as dramatic. I still have a ways to go. We'll see.

Went to the gym this morning, upped the treadmill a little. I felt my pecs (one of the resistance machines I use is for pecs). Odd sensation!

Well, I actually have a lot of work to get done today. Hope I can stay awake for it. I'll be starting a new threat beginning May, if you all want me to change the name, just let me know. Something with fab in it? Fab fit ladies?

(PS I never doubted you worked hard, Jill!)

SwimGirl
04-26-2005, 11:29 AM
Goodmorning !! Today is my last day of crappy job!! I am excited for it to be over, and bummed that it is over, and am going to miss my discount. I don't know if I'll miss the people, give me a few months..

So I cheated yesterday, badly. I had a child size ice cream, and a cookie. I got my on scale this morning, and yes I'm addicted, and I was up 1.5 pounds. My body just can't take all that sugar, grrr.. it's hard to have to work SO hard for weight loss. But I was back on plan last night for dinner, and am going to do great today. I packed up my lunch and snacks (is Jill rubbing off on me? ;) ), and besides my morning coffee, I'll be on plan!

Jill - you work? huh? ;) I am the one who is always on here when I should be doing something else, like blow drying my hair.. I have 20 minutes to pick an outfit and do my hair. Hehe, I'll be running late again. But I get a ride to work today :)

Diana - you've had quite the life eh? Always coming out with these stories..

Marge - I don't know that I'm all that great dressed, I just kinda wear what I want, and what fits.. lol. you work for a criminal defense attorney? That sounds interesting, what do you do? You know, I don't know that I really know what anyone here does exactly for a living. I obviously sell cheaply made plus size clothes.. heh..

Okay, I am running late, so I should get going! Have a great day girls! Stay on plan (I promise I will too this time! ;) )

-Aimee

DianaLS
04-26-2005, 12:13 PM
Hye all...LOL @ Aimee~~~ yes, I guess I have had quite the life so far. But wouldn't trade any of it for a million bucks, some great times, some great friends, some great things to tell my Grandkids when I am old and gray. No one could ever accuse me of being a bore. I guess I would rather live than exist in life. I see a lot of people who just exist, ya know? Not me, I am enjoying the ride while I am on it...At least, when I do get old, I will be able to look back on my life and have a lot to be thankful for, some people have not experienced half of what I have, so that is something. well, hag1 e1, BBL!

jillybean720
04-26-2005, 01:09 PM
I want to live! Right now, I exist. I move robotically from one job to the next, same routine all week, tired all weekend, blah blah blah...I did used to have some fun! When I lived in an apartment on campus with 5 other girls in college, one of my roommate's boyfriend's brothers ran a XXX website and was starting a 900-number phone service to go with it. He asked us if we would work for him talking dirty to the guys who called in. He was going to pay us $20 an hour, so we were all about it--came up with fake names and everything! Then he got arrested for dealing drugs, so that plan went out the window, but it was fun to think about :p

When I moved into my off-campus house my senior year, I lived less than a block from "the bar" (the only bar within walking distance of campus). I lived with a girl on the Dance Team and 2 male wrestlers. What a time we had! Parties every night, even when we didn't plan on them. When the bar closed, people would just sort of migrate over to our house at 2am. Needless to say, some interesting things happened. I remember waking up one night about 3am and going downstairs to find an actual wrestling match taking place in the dining room. I just rolled my eyes and went back to bed since I had class at 8am :dizzy: They also almost burned the hwole house down once when they decided to all be martial artists and karate chop all of our dining room chairs into smaller pieces. They then proceeded to stack the pieces in the fireplace (which did not work--the chimney was closed off at the top), douse the pile of wood with rubbing alcohol, and set it on fire. Then they wanted to leave to go to the bar. I watched the fire leap onto the living room carpet, and I had to physically grab and pull the little meathead who started the fire back into the house to put it out. It was insane. So many other stories, but reminiscing kinda makes me sad about how boring I am now (and I'm only 22!) :p Not that all of that was so much me doing the living as it was me living vicariously through my roommates, but it was still good times.

Alright, enough time travel, back to work!

DianaLS
04-26-2005, 05:08 PM
LOL @ Jill~~ Good to see my life wasn't the only crazy one, hehe...I have a relatively sane life for the moment, other than his family...knowing my luck, once I lose my weight, and go on fertility, I will end up with triplets or something, YIKES! hag1, bbl:)

SwimGirl
04-27-2005, 01:24 AM
Hey girls! I was SO good today! I ate good, except for my dessert. The bf and I went out for a long walk, and then he took me to starbucks for coffee, and suprised me with a low fat brownie. He was so sweet today :)

So I don't know if my life was as exciting as you gal's.. I'm sure I've got a few stories up my sleeve.. but that'll have to wait.. it's LATE! I'll talk to you cuties tomorrow! :)

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-27-2005, 07:14 AM
Here I am--up with the sun! Actually, I get up long before the sun...I don't know when the sun comes up cuz I live in a cubicle at job #1 and can't see any windows unless I get up and go to someone's office. How sad! I should get one of those natural lights--I fear I am not getting enough sunlight, which studies have proven can actually put you in a worse mood (though I'm pretty sure at this point, if I'm in a bad mood, it's lack of sleep that's to blame). Anyway...

I was bad last night. Instead of my usual thingy of mac n' cheese and an apple for dinner, I ate at the restaurant :o I almost ordered the fried chicken club sandwich and fries, which would have been quite disasterous, but instead, I at least kept half my senses and ordered tha Asian Steamed Dumplings (SOO good!). Total with the sauce, they have about 500 calories, so I still stayed below 1800 for the day. Hopefully, that was good enough, especially with all the running around I did all night. I was serving and was supposed to be first-cut (first pair sent home), so I would have been home by about 9:15 again. However, a girl in another section was whining about how she had to write this paper or whatever, so she wanted to be first cut, so (being the big pushover that I am) I switched with her and ended up not getting home till about 11. At least I made 50 bucks in the process (if I were hosting, I would have only made maybe 35).

Today I will try to stick to only the food I packed. Scratch that, I will stick to only the food I packed! My wallet and waist/scale both get angry when I eat at the restaurant. The only thing that gets happier is my taste buds, and they really have no control over anything else I do, so why give in to them?! I have to close hostess at the restaurant, so it's gonna be a long one. I get spoiled from serving too much and getting home before 11 :D Live life, ladies!

dragonwoman64
04-27-2005, 10:52 AM
I do legal research, I manage the office, and work as a personal assistant and secretary. Now legal documents can be filed over the internet, believe it or not. So we're able to do a lot of work through the www and emails.

After living in New York for so many years, and working in high stress environments for the most part, with demanding personalities, it may be a case of the grass is always greener, but I wouldn't mind a little peace and "non-happening". I've had people say to me "why do you want to live in Brooklyn and not Manhattan?" Manhattan is probably 10 times more intentense than Brooklyn, not to mention more expensive. Now my idea of fun is to have a relaxing day in a beautiful place :lol:

Jill, I agree with the sunlight theory. I feel so much better now that spring is here (says Marge looking out at a stormy day!) I always stay on the sunny side of the street when I take my walks. I figure at least 1/2 hour direct sunlight has to help.

I'd say I've been doing pretty well with the eating. I was a little afraid I went overboard this past Friday, don't know what got into me, I just wanted all kinds of goodies. I stuck to the exercise which I think balanced it out. (You know you can't really gain 1.5 lbs from a couple of goodies anyway, A.) Peeked at the scale today and it looks good.

Well, gotta get to work. Have a fab one, everybody!

jamswife0807
04-27-2005, 11:32 AM
Morning ladies. I have missed you bunches lately....and a big awwwwww to Jill. That's so sweet of you. Sorry I havent been on lately. Things are winding down for the kids at school and scouts and all, so we've been doing a lot for that. Then my finals are next week for school, so Im slowly going crazy from that. I have to perform again next week( I just did a performance last Friday) so my days are also spent on rehearsing..lol. I get a whole week off soon, then back to my classes...I feel like I live at school..lol.
Other than that, not much to report. Haven't gained, haven't lost, waiting for TOM to get here tomorrow, and I finish my fitness class next week, so IM looking into things to keep me motivated to do it on my own...which I have to have complete confidence that I will.
I have to say that Im so proud of the ladies here. You all have such wonderful talents, be it crafty, a sense of humor, intelligence, and true compassion...I feel you all have each one of those, in what you say, and how you react to others. It is a wonderful thing.
Well, now that Ive posted a small novel, IM off to get things done. I wish you all a great Wednesday, and Ill be back soon. (((((((((all of you)))))))))

DianaLS
04-27-2005, 01:06 PM
Hey e1...Wtg Jill with staying on plan that was a great choice you made! I hear ya all about life, and I am so thankful I have a pretty normal one now...but I did have a fun tuime in my 20s...lol. I figured out why I haven't lost too much weight, started my TOM Monday late, so that must be it. When I thought I had started over a week ago, it was spotting during Ovulation, I do that a lot. Sigh! The joys of being a female. Hope Aimee has fun at her new job..And, am off, whew so much to do this week! HAG1!

SwimGirl
04-27-2005, 03:00 PM
Morning ladies, I'm having a rough start to the day, got some killer cramps. Up thru my cyatic nerve, so my one leg hurts, my butt hurts (hurts to sit!!), tummy hurts, I hate being a woman sometimes!! I did however make it thru 2 days without these cramps, so I should be happy.. they actually get so bad I scream and cry. Ugh, I should find a doctor who will tell me this isn't normal. Alright, enough complaining!!

Jill - tips definitely have to be nice, an extra 50 bucks would definitely make my wallet happy! I was considering a serving job, just for the tips.. but I think it'll have to wait until I'm back from my summer vacation. I don't want to start another job 2 months before I leave. You stick to you plan girl! OR I'll come over there and kick your butt! ;) I am one to talk eh? heh..

Marge - I am SO swollen from TOM, so I think that extra weight came from that. I don't dare go near my scale today, my tummy has literally doubled in size. I like the idea of the big city, but I also enjoy a relaxed environment. I don't want to have to look good to leave the house!! I really liked living downtown Vancouver, while it was the big city, it was also really relaxed, and it was right along the ocean. I just don't miss the expensive rent part!

Heather - nice to see you around! :) You are one crazy busy lady! I don't know how you do it.. I'd go insane!

Diana - Thank you :) I hope this job will be tons of fun, and time will go quickly! heh.

I've been doing some thinking about this new job, and am going to try to make working out and eating properly my main focus, and since this job is so close to home it doesn't take up my entire day for a 4 hour shift. I have to make this about me if I plan to lose weight in time for my summer vacation :) But for now, I'm completely drained from my little cramp experience (infact, this has taken me an HOUR to write!).

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-27-2005, 03:33 PM
Jill, sounds like planning and packaging your food is really helping you stay focused - way to go! I love Chinese dumplings, too. Ruby Tuesday's has tasty potstickers and they don't put a hurt on the plan, either, since they're steamed.

Aimee, I know you're trying to watch your sugar -- watch those fat-free and low-fat confections, for they often have even more sugar than the full-fat versions. Added sugar makes up for the moisture lost when fat is removed from a recipe. Bummer, I know. Sneaky b*stards. :mad:

I read a cool success story over at Calorieking.com this afternoon. Bob lost 400 pounds (http://www.calorieking.com/success/?story_id=167), and not with surgery or other artificial means. Way to go, Bob!

DianaLS
04-27-2005, 05:48 PM
wow,Kimberley great link, and story...I love the link too, have been wanting to find a place like that too, now have to go and look some more! TY:)

Gardenwife
04-27-2005, 08:40 PM
They charge $30 a year for full access to forums and all the goodies. :( I love their food database, though - it's very complete, and it's free. Hope they keep it free!

SwimGirl
04-28-2005, 01:02 AM
My first day was good! Great even! It went smoothly, it's a LOT slower, and there is a lot less to do, just because of the size difference. I'd say my other store is about 2 times bigger than this one, this store has all cotton stuff :) And no slutty clothes! I'm feeling a little more positive after tonight.. I think I might enjoy it!

Kimberley - it's definitely annoying when they add sugar in to make things " low fat" fortunately the brownie I had wasn't sweet like that. Normally treats like that hurt my teeth (they are very sensitive to sugar). It sucks always reading all the labels, i'm shocked at the things that have sugar in them, it's pretty digusting really.

Anywho! I didn't drink coffee for most of the day.. so I'm going to go get some.. I'm suffering from a headache. Talk to yah ladies tomorrow! Jill, I weigh in tomorrow as well.. I'll keep my "skinny" fingers crossed for you, if you cross yours for me! ;)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-28-2005, 01:21 AM
Glad to hear your first day went well, Aimee. It's always such a mix of excitement and nerves to start somewhere new. I love the "fresh opportunity" feeling to make the situation something different.

jillybean720
04-28-2005, 06:52 AM
Woohoo! What a great way to start my day. I hopped on the scale this morning and BAM! Something I've been doing has finally caught up with me--300 pounds flat! That's 4.5 pounds down from last week (even though last week I was up 1 pound, so really a 3.5 pound loss overall). I thought it was just the scale, so I got off and on it 3 times. Then, since it's a digital, I thought maybe it hadn't calibrated right when I turned it on, so I let it turn off and turned it on again, and still 300 pounds! Thanks for crossing your skinny fingers Aimee--I've got mine crossed for you, too!

So does anyone know where I can get a pedometer? Might they have them at like Walmart or Target with the other exercise stuff (I know they have like workout mats and little free weights and stuff)? Someone on another board suggested I wear it while working at the restaurant to see how much I really walk, and I was like DUH, why didn't I think of that?! :dizzy: That way I know how much exercise I get at work, which will be great to know, especially since I haven't been to the gym in 2 weeks cuz of my toe :o Now, does a pedometer measure how many steps I take, or how far I walk? Like, will it say 5,000 steps or will it tell me I walked 3 miles all day? Anyone have much pedometer expertise?

Aimee--I'm so glad your first day went well! It's always a relief to transition smoothly. I'm happy it'll help your schdule and focus, too. Think about YOU!

Heather--wow, if you haven't gained at all and TOM is arriving today, I'd call that just as good as a loss! Keep up the good work--we're glad to hear you're doing well (even if you are super busy)!

Kimberley--funny you should call them "potstickers." I had no idea they were called that. The first time someone ordered the "Asian Steamed Dumplings," silly me, that's what I wrote down. Then I get to the computer to put in the order, and I am searching like crazy for anything that resembles that name (asian, dumplings, maybe chicken dumplings, since that's what they're filled with). But oh no, that would be too easy. No, in the computer they are called Potstickers. How on earth was I supposed to know that?! Took me forever to put in that table's appetizer order! :p Oh, and wanna know a little secret? They're grilled, not steamed, eventhough the menu says steamed--but, sssh, don't tell ;) In any case, as least they're not fried!

Diana--ahh, the joys of being a female indeed! I just actually started a new schedule of the pill where I take 2 back consecutively with no placebos in between, so I only get my TOM every other month (so I guess it's my TOEOM :D ). I was supposed to have it this week, actually, but I switched right to the next pack, and haven't had any problems yet, so hopefully this every other month cycle will work out for me (some people spot when they start the new pack and were supposed to have full TOM, some people get sick from taking the pill for so long without the placebos in between).

Marge--I'm beginning to think that you were right a week or so ago when you mentioned that maybe I'm not eating enough calories. I had every intention of having 2 low-fat hotdogs for lunch yesterday, but come lunchtime, I opened my lunch bag, and I had only packed the rolls--no hotdogs! that's what I get for being so tired in the morning when I'm packing my lunch! Anyway, I ended up going down and getting a salad at the cafeteria instead, which I'm sure had more than the 340 calories my 2 hotdogs would have been (since I had cheese and egg and regular honey mustard dressing on the large salad). I also had those dumplings the other day, which put me up in calories to almost 1800 for that day, plus over the weekend, we went out twice, and I got a big burger and fries both times. I'm not saying I need to have burgers and fries every day, but maybe I need to up my calories to an average of 1650-1750 instead of the 1400-1500 I have been doing. After all, I am down 4.5 pounds from last week!

So, I don't know if I mentioned, but I joined a local chapter of TOPS over a month and a half ago. Because of the added second job, I have not been able to make it to a meeting since the first night I signed up (the meetings are Thursday evenings). Well, a girl at the restaurant yesterday wanted to work today since she had off and needed the money, so I gave her my shift. Now I get the night off, and I get to go to TOPS. Yay! I updated my ticker and added one for my sister's wedding. I put a goal weight of 200 pounds by then (it's April 22, 2006), but I know that's semi-aggressive, so I won't be crushed if I don't reach exactly 200. I'll take any loss I can get before wearing a sleeveless dress! So far, my day is off to a great start (despite the droopy eyelids)! Hope everyone else's days start off just as well--and stay that way!

DianaLS
04-28-2005, 07:15 AM
GM e1...Kimberley, yes, I saw that it is 30 dollars, am seriously contemplating on joining. WW for me is just too expensive, at least here, and I pay 30 dollars a year to play POGO so what the H ya know? I think, in the long run, it will be worth it, now, to just get DH to agree...another story altogether, lol...let me see, 30 dollars for the entire year, versus almost 20 bucks a Month for WW...hmmmm...And, basically, getting the same sort of guidelines to follow, hmmmm...
well, still having major problems with the neighbor's cat. Now,. please understand, I love cats, but not when they decide to use our entire yard as their litter box. And, NY state law says cats have free reign, they are basically allowed to do whatever they want wherever they want and no one can do a thing about it. That has me slightly perturbed, I mean, Scottie is not allowed to go poop in their yard, or else we get fined, but their cat can basically ruin all of our flower beds we put time and money into and its okay. So we went and invested 20 bucks in this small bottle of stuff that smells like Coyote pee, LOL the thing walked right over it...then we threw Mothballs down, again, walked right over them, and some the thing even scratched into the dirt..So we went ind bought two big jugs of Cayenne Pepper.. I threw a bunch down last night...now, she will probably work her way to the other side of the house today, so I will have to go throw some down there too.. I have never seen anything like this before in my life, I never knew one small cat could do so much damage. And now the other cats are all sniffing around too...what a mess..Any poop I find I am flinging in their yard I know this much...Seriously...I am...
And, on that note, am off...HAGD!

DianaLS
04-28-2005, 07:24 AM
Jill~ Just saw that...heck yes, you can lose that much by next year, and, no I don't think that is slightly aggrssive at all...8 pounds a month on average, that isn't too much, at least not to me...heck I lost 6 in a month, and plan to cut my portion control so I will lose at least 8 a month. Some people may think that's crazy, but I think, when you are as overweight as we are, it is not too much to strive for. just my opinion...well, HAGD!

treefrogtoes
04-28-2005, 09:44 AM
Jill - I have a cheap pedometer from Walmart about $5, It's digital, and shows how mant steps I take as well as distance. It also shows calories burned and the time of day. I usually use it when taking the dog for a walk, but it's fun to wear when you go shopping just to see how far you go just walking around the mall. I'd like to wear it next time I mow the lawn just to see how far I walk behind a 22" blade!

Aimee - great to hear the job is going well for you!

Have a great day everyone!

dragonwoman64
04-28-2005, 10:54 AM
Wow, lots going on. Hi, Sara :)

Congrats, Jill! Great loss! The more I read about the body and weight loss, the more confused I feel about it. And then the current opinion changes -- like now they're adjusting the food pyramid. I figure I'll just see what works for me and adjust it when it stops working! ha. I don't know anything about pedometers, you might want to check out America's Walking (http://www.pbs.org/americaswalking/gear/gearpedometers.html), we used to watch this show all the time. Talks about pedometers and all sorts of stuff. (BTW, In college we called dumplings pot stickers.)

Good luck on the finals, Heather. I agree that staying the same weight at TOM probably means a loss.

Glad to hear first day went well, Aimee. I had bad cramps in my 20s, and a really heavy period. I never really did anything about it, and over the years I stopped having the bad cramps. It probably is worth looking into to get help with, I'm sure there are ways to alleviate it.

Rob has a friend who lost 200 lbs in college by eating a can of tuna a day and exercising like a mad man. Took him a year. He had to have that skin operation, since he lost the weight so fast, and he'd be weak, and almost faint! He did keep the weight off after that, by watching his weight again if he gained a couple of lbs. I do believe that being in touch with your body is the way to go to keep weight off.

Diana, when our cat was a kitten she would go bananas climbing on everything she shouldn't -- including our indoor palm tree, yikes, that was a nightmare. You can get that Cat Away spray and put it in your yard (they sell it in pet stores). We used it for our computer wires too, since she was biting that. It works.

You know, in the city pigeons are always a problem. Here you'll see people putting out plastic owls, with the idea that the pigeons will be scared away. Pigeons may be pea brained creatures, but the fake owls don't fool them at all, :lol: . I see them chillin' out, cooing away right next to those things.

Well, I've really written a book here. Have a great day, everyone.

Gardenwife
04-28-2005, 02:19 PM
Hey, Sara - nice to see you in here!

Our neighbor lets her cats roam during the day - I just hate that. Yes, the fence neighbor. ;) The poo doesn't bother me nearly so much as when a cat sprays on stuff. That just makes other cats come around and spray....A regular pee fest. Fortunately, I've not noticed any spraying happening around our place this year.

I'd like to get a pedometer, too. We finally bought a couple of radios to use while working out. I went ahead and got a Walkman with a cassette player so I can listen to books on tape. I figure that way I can "read" as I garden or walk. Eventually, we'd like to get a good TV/FM radio tuner card for our desktop PC so we can record shows off cable and the radio, then burn them to CD or tape them. We hardly ever hear our favorite Saturday morning shows on NPR, just because of our weird night schedule.

I posted a recipe (http://www.gardenwife.com/mt/archives/2005/02/pot_stickers.php) for potstickers a while back. You do grill them at first, to make the bottoms crispy and tasty, then you add liquid and they steam for the remainder of their cooktime. They are so delicious, and you can make them very healthy! Hmmmm, I need to get some wonton wrappers, methinks.

SwimGirl
04-28-2005, 02:36 PM
Jill - YAY!! I am so happy for you! Thats a huge loss! Thats like a hand or something.. so from now on I'm going to cross my skinny fingers for you! ;) I had one of those free pedometers from McD's, and then another one from Special K. My mother and I put them on here, drove to the seawall, where we discovered one of us had taken a mini-walk, heh. And then we went for our actual walk, her's kept working, and mine just all up stopped working! So don't get that cheap of one!

Diana - I had a cat like that, my mom used the Cayenne pepper, and it worked really well for her. So hopefully!

So the job! The manager was sick last night, so I met the assistant manager, and their other new part timer. Everyone was really nice, and I seemed to fit in alright. The weirdest thing is to be working in a smaller person store, they start at a size 5 (and go to a 24), vs my old store which started at a size 14. It's funny seeing all these tiny people, because I really haven't for 2 years! It's going to be an adjustment. I think it's time for me to shrink! heh.

Speaking of which, so my official one week weigh in is a total loss of 5 pounds.
I wish I could say I am happy about that.. I don't know why I wouldn't be. I need to be slapped!

Alrighty! I am off to make some food and clean up a bit! Have a good one :)

-Aimee

jillybean720
04-28-2005, 02:44 PM
*SLAP* Be happy about the 5-pound loss, damm!t :p How's that for tough love? ;)

Gardenwife
04-28-2005, 02:45 PM
I've got a dessert plate full of celery, cucumbers and carrots...And 2 tbsp peanut butter to dip the celery in. Yummy!

Jill, I meant to congratulate you on your weight loss, too! I hit send instead of "go advanced" and never went back to edit it. And Aimee, yes, we'll have to slap you, LOL. That's a huge loss!

My weigh-in's tomorrow, and TOM is next week. We'll see how that all pans out, eh?

DianaLS
04-28-2005, 04:17 PM
Hi all...yes, Jill, I forgot, too in all the mess I am dealing with, WTG! And yes, do get a pedometer. :tread: The amount of steps you should be doing in a day is 10,000. I have a pedometer I got for cheap at Walmart, and it just tells me my steps, and has a reset and start button, plain and simple, which is good for me. My MIL has bought all different kinds and hates them all, they are all so complicated. I figure, If I can get myself to do the 10,000 steps in the day, then the rest will all be a bonus. Now, to just remember to put the thing on, LOL...My entire yard looks like one big can of Cayenne pepper, LOL...I went crazy with it after I got home from the gym, and there sits kitty, waiting to pounce on my little tufted titmice and chickadees :yikes: ...Good thing we have not spent 500 bucks for mulch yet..lol..Okay, am off, I will be looking into those potstickers, Kimberley, they sound really yummy...those with a nice salad in the Summer :D ...YUM! Okay, am off....HAG1! and WB Sara~ We have missed you!