Support Groups - Home of the Loozing Floozies.....(#51)

09-30-2005, 10:44 PM


Hello :wave:

Here at McSkinneys, Our mission is to motivate,support and lose those pounds & inches.We must keep those Loozing Floozies loosing!!

Feel free to join our group of wonderful ladies.Come on in.....Give us YOUR motivation,support and ideas.We would love to have you!!!

09-30-2005, 10:49 PM
Hello :wave:

Just a quick post to tell you that I'm alive & well. I've been busy all week working & spending every free moment with Chris.

Thank you for your patience while I've been MIA and for my quick posts.He is leaving Sunday morning to head back to CT. :( I will miss him sooooo much!! I have to work the Titans game Sunday and I'll probably cry all day because he'll be gone.

I'll be back to normal Monday (Ha-Ha...I'm NEVER normal!! :lol: ) so I'll be back to posting regularly again and get caught-up.

I love you all!!! :grouphug:

10-01-2005, 12:33 AM
We'll foregive you Sher! Give Chris a big ol' hug from me!

Good luck with the house Cheryl!!!! They make a sugar free powder to mix with water or juice to help get things moving could maybe check the carb count and try some of that. Drinking more fluid also helps. Try drinking a LARGE glass or two of water, then taking a long walk.

Dee enjoy your weekend! How true, we do get so caught-up in everyday life we overlook the beauty and blessings around us.

Steve & I are leaving the 10th to go to a wine tasting. We are mixing business with pleasure! We wanted to go so out employer is giving us the tickets, when we arrive we will be handed a book with everything listed that will be served. We are to take notes and get some new ideas for the store. We will stay all night on the 10th and come back home the 11th. This is as close as it gets to the two of us ever getting any time away together.

We are brewing beer tomorrow and mixing up a wine kit. Steve designed and built an all grain setup so it starts out as a mixture of crushed grains and will eventually become bottled beer. He has everything ready to go, we will do it outside because of the risk of fire doing something so extensive in the house. My wine kit will need to ferment and when finished will be a sparkling wine like a spumante.

Ok everyone......what are your plans for the weekend????

10-01-2005, 07:58 AM
Sherry-Your welcome picture is adorable! You always have the best greetings for the Floozies!! Enjoy your time with Chris this weekend, and don't cry too much on Sunday.

Gayle-Sounds like fun. It's good that ya'll will be able to get away together for once.

Cheryl-Like Gayle says, try some of the fiber stuff they make, such as Metamucil. Good luck on the sale of your trailer.

Dee-I know I am OCD. That's the main reason I've been on Prozac for soooo many years. I only with I would clean up my house. I am just not overly compusive with that like I used to be before Prozac.

The teachers and students have off Monday and Tuesday. Monday for inservice and Tues for Rosh Hashanah. I am not supposed to be off on Tuesday, but the principal told me to take off, since it's my holiday. Actually, on Monday there is an inservice going on, but mainly from another school. I am hoping to get caught up on quite a few things at that time.

I'm off to run!

10-03-2005, 09:54 AM
I hope everyone had a nice weekend!!!

We made wine & beer on Saturday, they are in primary fermentation now and after racking in a week or so, should be ready to bottle the 2nd week of November. I's fun just to know you can mix something up and eventually have something very comparable to what the stores sell. Saturday I did not stay OP, so because of that plus TOM, I show a 3 pound gain on the scale. I'm sure most is fluid, so I'm not going to change my tracker until next week. Today I'm going to make a big batch of core soup so I have something to grab quick when the hungers get to me.

Sher, I know you enjoyed your time with Chris!!!!! When you have a minute, post and let us know how things went. Did Drew enjoy having big brother home??? BTW: Is Drew a Senior this year??

Shelley, I hope you can get a few things taken care of on Monday since the teachers won't be there. Enjoy your day off Tuesday! You deserve it!
HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-03-2005, 01:15 PM
Sherry I am sending you a big hug today. I know that you will need it. I hope that you are doing ok and remembering all the good memories that you made. Think positive girl!
I was pleasently surprised with your welcome greeting. He is so darn cute. Thank you for all your efforts. I was wondering if you know anything about the script error I get everytime I open up 3FC's. Dez said that I can't fix it on my end but to ask you if you get the error.

Gayle that sure is the process for making beer. We have wine that needs bottling since May but just haven't made the effort to do it. We are just drinking it out of the big old jug! I am happy that you and Steve will be able to get away together. Even if it does involve business I am sure that you will enjoy each other.
How is your cousin doing, is he still in the hospital?
I am so proud of you, even though you didn't stay on program on saturday and are up a few pounds you are still going strong. Good for you. You are an encouragement for the rest of us to keep going even if we have a bad day. What is the recipe for core soup? I make a lot of homemade soups. Have you tried the green tea yet? I bought some sugar free crandberry juice.

Shelley get caught up today and enjoy your day off tomorrow. I tend to be a perfectionist so I can understand OCD. I have problems with a "perfect house" and "over exercising to burn off the extra calories I think that I ate". Jason also is a compulsive hand washer and will not put his hands in a sink of soapy water with dirty dishes in it. He also needs a clean cloth anytime he wipes the counter.

I hope that you all had a good weekend. We certainly ended up having a busy but good one. We went to see Duke's of Hazard, which we loved. Had a lovely dinner with our friends on saturday. A funny thing happenned there that I have to share. She pulled me into the bedroom to show me these pamplets she had on her dresser. She wanted my advise on a tummy We had a little show and tell. I said to her well show me your lose skin and she did. After that I said to her well I will show you what a tummy tuck looks like. Her jaw hit the ground. She had no idea. She has wanted a TT for over 10 years but was scared because of the scars. I was too but they really are very thin and look good for being only a month old. I also flipped up my shirt and said to her what do you think of my new set? She couldn't beleive it. We had a great laugh all night about it and I felt better sharing it with someone that really needed some encouragement to go ahead because she felt so low about herself.
So that was our saturday and on sunday we went to aquafit for the first time. I thought that I would be able to swim at least 5 minutes but I couldn't even make it one lap. Too much pain from the pulling. I did do the aqua class though and felt great. One of our friend from the class came down in the afternoon to take some photo shots of Larry and I for our 25th anniversary party. I will email you of I have your address or maybe post one on the board. It took from 2:00 to 10:00 with a few bottles of wine to complete them. Of course we had to have a candle lit steak dinner with french melodies setting the mood. We had a wonderful time and the 120 pictures turned out really nice. Now to decide on just one for our anniversary card.

Well If I don't get going I think my butt is going to grow into this chair. My washer and dryer buzzed a long time ago. Larry is coming home for lunch soon and we have a guy coming down at 12:30 to give us an estimate on windows for the bathroom, Jay and Dez's room plus a garden door that will lead out to the back yard. Not only that I need to go to the dr's with Dez. She has a leaky butt again. It really didn't go away for long and she is in pain. With her four jobs she is working she hasn't made time to go to the dr's. I had to make her the apointment and say that I would bring her there.

Adios I better stop rambling on. I hope that all you lurkers will post.

10-04-2005, 05:53 AM
Gayle-You are right about the gain. Just get right back OP and you will have a pleasant surprise. You will probably drop those extra 3 in a day or 2.

Dee-When is your 25? How exciting. What are your plans? I'm glad that you were able to share such an intimate thing with your friend. I can't wait to see your pictures.

My aunt died yesterday. My dad is the only surviving child left now. It is a shame that it happened during the holidays, but she really was in great pain and is better off now. I went to Services last night with my parents, so I could be with my dad. I can see he is really hurting inside. He says he's okay, but I don't think so. He and my mom will be attending the funeral in Miami on Thursday. In the Jewish religion, burials take place as soon as possible after one has passed on. People were so friendly last night at Rosh Hashanah services and were happy that I have rejoined the Temple. I will be going again today at 10:00. Of course, I'm going to run 7 or 8 miles before I take off.

10-04-2005, 07:16 AM
Shelley - Condolences on the passing of your Aunt.
How is everyone doing on the weight loss. I noticed there has been no action on the weigh-in thread.
I was down 1 & 1/2 pounds by the middle of the week then went back up, so this week I have don't have a change. I was eating mixed nuts a lot. I have stopped that, I think the fiber was good but the salt was bad. I hope to see a change this week.
I get my surgery on Friday.
My dog is 12 1/2 and has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. I have to take her to the vet tomorrow for the day so they can run several blood tests throughout the day. She is my baby and I'm more worried about her than I am the surgery.
I know a lot of people think I'm nuts but that's okay. I love animals - sometimes more than people. There love is unconditional!!
Well good luck this week to everyone - stay on program.

10-04-2005, 08:32 AM
Hello everyone....Sorry haven't been around for awhile, you know me if i don't have much to say i just lurk......

Sherry i am sure you have been enjoying Chris while he has been there and will have tons of memories of this time while he is there.

Shelley you have been a busy woman and doing so well keeping your weight.

Dee. Glad to see you are doing better and my daughter & i talked of going to see the DOHazard this coming wk/end.

Gayle...I wine tasting trip sounds like alot of fun wish i knew about it would love to do something like that..Now you two behave yourselves while there...No hangovers...lololol

Things here have been hectic with the daycare and my arm has been really hurting me since i fell a couple of months back. They say i tore some ligaments and it will just take time to heal....Then my sis if FL. calls to say Mom having chest pains and they are taking her to the hospital...So sitting here in Ky was causing my blood pressure to go extremely high itself and the stress of waiting around helpless. They ran a bunch of tests and they think that b/c she had some oral surgery done the day before it just threw her off track b/c the tests all came back negative.
She is getting dementia so bad that she talks about things that happened so many years ago and i want to be with her more now and can't b/c we live 16hrs from each other. Hubby isn't going to move there that is for sure but i am in a way glad that i don't see her slow going down with her memory and i can remember her the way i did when she was herself with a clear mind.

So i will jump off my box and let someone else speak for awhile.

Love you gals

10-04-2005, 10:12 AM
I'm back!!

I didn't sell my trailer. The people backed out--they found one "exactly like mine" for about $2,000 less. Well, I'm sorry, but I feel my asking price is fair. I sure couldn't come down $2,000--that would be less than what I owe on it!

Oh well, I'm not desperate to sell it, so I guess I'll hang in there for a while longer.

If I didn't have a loan to close this afternoon I would've called in sick to work today. I feel like CRAP and I have a paper due in my class tonight. I really could've used the extra time to wrap it up. As it is, I'll have to try to squeeze it in around work today.


10-04-2005, 11:27 AM
Cheryl, sending hugs your way. Sometimes life seems to never go as we hope. I posted to you on the weight loss thread...keep your spirits up girlfriend!

Shelley, so sorry to hear about your aunt. Prayers sent to all of your family. How old was she? Had she been ill? I have a question and I hope you don't the Jewish religion, do people send flowers when a loved one passes on? I have always heard of the bringing of food, but never much about flowers.

Dee, pass that jug of wine on down to me missy! You sound like us, we are usually so excited to try a new batch, we end up drinking it way too young. I'm considering making a port this next time...
The soup was actually a core chili recipe very, very similar to the flavor of Wendy's chili. It turned out really good! I plan to have it for lunch or dinner throughout the week. I do better if I prepare a dish or two ahead of time, then when I come home starving, I have something I can instantly grab.

Vickster, nice to see you again! Dementia is a horrible disease, I feel for your family. Is your mom not living in the nursing home anymore?
The wine tastings are very fun and easy to do...just make sure to eat prior to going and to continue snacking as you sample! Wine can get you "WOOOZZZZYYY" before you ever know what hit you!
We will be staying in the same motel as the tasting, so as long as we can find our room after, I think we are in fine shape!

Have any of you heard from Ramona? I sent an email, but haven't heard back. I have an odd feeling, like something isn't right with her...

10-04-2005, 11:28 AM
Hey, you guys rent? Could it be a possibility to trade your house in as a down payment on another one in the town your living in now? Just a thought!

10-04-2005, 11:33 AM
Hello :wave:

The principal is out today at school and I'm going to try to post a quick post!! :lol: I have already posted my weigh-in from yesterday.

First of all, I had a great time with Chris being home except for not having the time I really wanted with him. Dayna got most of that time! (Can you hear a little jealous in my tone??!! :lol: ) I might as well shake it off, go on & get over it because she will be my DIL one day. I really like her but she's the type that will get on my nerves quick. I think she's a spoiled,conceited brat! :lol: But Chris loves her and that's what matters. I just wish that we as Parents could pick them out!! LOL

Anyway, Chris left Sunday a.m as we were leaving to work the Titans game.It was a long,hard day and missing him already didn't help.Yesterday I didn't post because when I got off work, I cooked,cleaned the kitchen and went straight to bed!!! I'm just soooooo tired ya'll.

Gotta go...I have a child sick in here.I'll try to get back on and post again in a few minutes. I just love the "boss" being out!!! LOL


10-04-2005, 01:24 PM
Ok back.......Going to try to post again before the phone rings,a child throws up or a teacher needs me!

I bet you & Steve have fun with the wine! Is it expensive to buy the stuff to make it? Can you believe that I have never tasted wine?!! So really I don't know if I like it or not! :lol: I was thinking this morning, We have been on-line friends for several years, I think it's sad that we have never meet! Don't you? Do you think one weekend next spring or summer we could meet half way & have a long lunch or something?

I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. What type of long illness did she have? I hope when you get home from the funeral home you can finish enjoying your day off. I'm posting this at school. Do you think there is anyway this website will show up anywhere on Chancery? I can just see me getting caught! :lol: I have walked a lot and need to catch-up on my walking over there and post. You're doing a great job, as usual.

How are you sweetie?! Your post about your friend that wanted to have a tummy tuck done, then you showed her yours, was awesome! I bet she about died that you had already had yours done! I bet it felt good to tell someone! Your weekend sounded great!! I'm glad you're doing so well from surgery. I'm not sure what the script error is that you're getting. I'll check into it or I'll PM Suzanne. BTW:Is Dez and Jay back home??? I was a little confused when you mentioned their window.

Good to see a post from you! I'm sorry to hear that you've been under so much stress lately. What exactly is Dementia? I'll keep your Mom in my thoughts & prayers. Try to get some rest too!!! What is the dr. going to do about your torn ligaments?

Carol & Ramona....How are you???? Gosh I miss you!!!!! I'm begging you...PLEASE post and let me know you're ok!!!!!!!!

Doni.....WHERE ARE YOU????!!!!!!

That's ok that you didn't sell your trailer. It just means it wasn't meant to be! Right? How are you doing on low carb? I love it! I'm never hungry!!! I have missed you! :grouphug:

I think you're doing great on LC!! Yeah, watch those nuts! A handful is ok but not too many. Have you tried the fried chicken battered in the pork rines? It is sooooooooo good!!!!!! I'm sorry about your dog.What exactly is crushing disease? Let us know about him!

Are your legs as sore as mine are today? I worked my butt off Sunday!!! Will you please post here again!!!!!!!???? Should we tell the ladies where we're going in Nov????!!

If I left anyone out, I'm sorry!!!! I've gotta go.............

10-04-2005, 01:41 PM
I would love to get together Sher!!! I think Wayne & Steve would hit it off too! We could possibly do a weekend get-together...whatcha think??? We wouldn't need to do anything too fancy or expensive, maybe just meet at the same motel and do some light sight seeing. We are simple folk & easily entertained!!!!!!
Steve earns bonus points to Holiday Inn's because of staying out on the road so much. Maybe if I sweet talk him, he could earn enough bonus points for the rooms so there would be no expense for lodging.
It depends on which kit you purchase. I stay within the mod. priced range so I can make a 6-7 gallon batch for around $35.00-$45.00. I think it is 5 bottles per gallon so I average 30 bottles when bottled. Not bad when this type of wine would average $10.00-$12.00 a bottle in the store. The major expense is getting setup and purchasing the primary fermentation bucket, carboy, misc. supplies etc.
The batch I'm making now is a was close to $30.00 and will only make 3 gallons when bottled. Some kits go as high as $80.00-$90.00.

10-04-2005, 02:48 PM

Can I come, too? Pretty please?

10-04-2005, 05:54 PM
Sherry - I didn't know about the fried chicken in pork rinds. Can I bug you again for that recipe. I made the taco salad and loved it. I think the main thing is to always be trying different things so we don't get bored.
Cushings disease is an overactive adrenal gland that puts too much steroid into the dogs system and poisons them. There own body turns on them. I never heard of it either until she was diagnosed with it. Sheba is 12 1/2 and she is my baby, she is a husky and she talks instead of barking.

10-04-2005, 08:27 PM
Cheryl.....Sure you can come!!!! The more the merrier!!!!!! :cp:


Dip your chicken tenders in eggs, salt & pepper and roll into crushed pork rinds (I use bar-b-q ones). Then fry in the skillet like you would regular batter chicken. That's it!! Enjoy!!

Here's a recipe I found today that I'll try this weekend. Sounds great to me!!!

Cheese Soup with Bacon
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 strips of bacon, crumbled
Salt and pepper, to taste

Over low heat, in non-stick pan, heat cream and water until it starts to thicken. Add shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. 6 servings/ 3 carbs per serving


Cheese Soup with Broccoli
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup broccoli, steamed and chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Over low heat, in non-stick pan, heat cream and water until it starts to thicken. Add shredded cheese, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Immediately before serving, add warm, chopped broccoli.
6 servings/3 carbs per serving

10-05-2005, 12:46 AM
Sher, the broccoli soup sounds really good!

Kinda upset will be cold tomorrow so I decided to try on some of my pants since wearing shorts most of the time. They fit looser in the butt & legs but seem super tight in the tummy & waist to the point I couldn't get a few pairs zipped. Whats up with that? Could it be because it is the week of TOM? Now I feel like a fat cow... Help me stay motivated girls!

BTW: I forgot who asked cousin is recuperating in a nursing home after being transfered from the hospital. They found more infection again but are able to treat it at the facility. Hopefully he will have a complete recovery. His son went through a nasty divorce and has a set of twins. The x-wife even wanted to abort the babies. When his dad became ill, he called the X-FIL to see if they could watch the girls so he could go be with his dad. All seemed to be fine until a few days later when he was served with papers for abandonment from her lawyer! He is a very loving and caring father and loves those girls dearly, the X is just acting out in spite.

10-05-2005, 07:01 AM
Janice-What about unsalted peanuts in the shell? I used to eat so many of them when I was on Atkins. It takes longer to eat them, since you have to shell each one, and you are getting your exercise by shelling them :lol:

Gayle-Yes, flowers are sent in the Jewish religion. Don't be sorry about asking any questions about it. Please don't be so hard on yourself about the long pants not fitting. Remember, you only started Core a couple of weeks ago, and the last time you wore the pants was when it was cooler out.

Sherry-I don't know what Chancery is. Is it the computer system that your school distict is on? If so, I do know that "they" can tell what exact websit you are on in my district.

Dad wanted me to go to the funeral, but he understood that I didn't want to ask for another day off. My DB and DSIL will be attending. My parents will be leaving today and staying until Saturday. In the Jewish religion you "sit shiva" for 3 nights at the house of the closest relative of the deceased. My parents will be going to my cousin's house to sit with her.

Gotta go-can't post to everyone. Oh, BTW, I got bitten again! My elbow is swollen. I don't know if some weird insect is living in my house, or if I get these bites when I run. I tend to think this happened yesterday morning when I ran since it started hurting at services yesterday.

10-05-2005, 08:26 AM
Sherry ....I understand how you feel about the girlfriend, i feel that way with Cara's boyfriend he can get on my nerves fast but she loves him and i have to accept that. He is a nice boy but not my choice.

Gayle....Geeeez don't you just hate it when you feel and know that you lost so weight and then you try something on and it shoots you down. I don't understand it either and i just quit trying on things for awhile.

I have lost 10 lbs. taking Relacore. You take two capsules before each meal and i can tell a big difference in some of the things i wear.

Shelley .....Take care of yourself when running do you I am sure you do use any kind of bug spray before you run or is that not a good idea for runners. Do you have your cell phone with you when you run (just in case).

Well those little rug rats will be coming soon so better jump off.

I will let you in on a little secret...I am getting tired of watching children all the time. It has run its course......

10-05-2005, 02:04 PM
Shelley our 25th is November 8th. We will be celebrating it on Nov 5th at a hotel with a dinner and party after. Because we had such a big 2oth with a dinner and dance this will be a little smaller. Probably around 50-60 people. We will be going out to a beutiful romantic cottage for 3 nights with all the ammenties.
I am sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt. It is especially hard when it is a holiday. I like how you have a "sit shiva". It is nice to have loved ones around when you are grieving.

Janice I will be thinking of you on friday when you have your surgery. Let us know when you can how you are doing. I am sure that for awhile you will not be able to type with two hands.
I know how you feel about your dog. I love mine as if he is my child. When we lost our 13 year old pek I was devastated. I hope that they will be able to do something for your husky.

Vicki let me know if you enjoy the Dukes of Hazard. We got a few laughs.
I am sorry to hear that your arm is still giving you problems. It sure is taking a long time to heal.
Dealing with a Mother with dementia has to be one of the hardest things that you will ever do. I am sure that you are morning the Mother that you had. One of my neighbors that is only 54 has dementia really bad. He was off work since he was 50. It is sad to see someone with this illness go down hill. Hugs to you.
How long did it take you to lose the 10 pounds. You are doing awesome and I am sure that you feel great about it.
I also ran a daycare for 18 years and I know that it is one of the most challenging under payed jobs. It takes a very special person to work with children and you have done a wonderful job.

Cheryl I guess selling your trailer just wans't meant to be right now. Settling for less that you want would have not been a good idea. Hang in there.
Don't be discouraged withyour weight. Keep on trying and tweek a few things. Maybe you can do some extra walking.

Gayle thanks for letting me know how your cousin is doing. I sure hope that the infection they found clears up soon. That x of your cousin sounds like a bi#$h! How can people be like that when you know it will affect your children too.
Your batch of sparkling wine sounds like good, maybe I will have to come down and sample it when it is ready.
Don't be discourage Gayle. I know how you feel I have been there. I have been anxious to try on clothes that I am sure that will fit me or be baggy on me to only find that they are still tight. You have to focus on the positive. They were baggie on the butt and hips. Besides that I know that my tummy swells at the TOM so it is probably that.
Would you be able to post the soup recipe. I would like to make it. It sounds like something that would warm me up today. Would you believe that as I am typing this that there is a BLIZZARD outside. I woke up to 70 outside on sunday morning. You just never know. Thankfully it will not stay.

Sherry I am jealous I would love to meet with all you ladies. What a dream.
Magically after about 3 weeks my script error is gone. I don't know if someone fixed it but it isn't here. Thanks if you did it.
You bet it felt good to tell someone what I did. My girlfriend booked her surgery for Nov 24th. It will be intereting to compare after.
I will clear up your confusion about Jay and Dez's room. Dez is living at an apartment close by but I still call her old bedroom her room. Jay bought a house about a mile from here and will be movine out Nov 1. We had the guy down for window estimate and it looks like they will not be able to do them til January or longer.


Has anyone started Christmas shopping? I have 6 of my girlfriends gifts, Ashley's gift and my God Child's gift. I like to be done by Nov 25th. I hate crowds.

10-05-2005, 06:13 PM
Dee!! CHRISTMAS SHOPPING???????!!!!!!!! Heavens NO!!!! Remember, I'm the one that just STARTED shopping 2 weeks before Christmas last year!! :lol: I'm thinking about just skipping it this year!!! No gifts...Nothing!!!! (I sound like a scrooge don't I?)

Be back later to post!

10-05-2005, 10:41 PM
Christmas shopping...LOL

The secret is that Sherry and I have been offered tickets to the Colts vs Titans game Dec. 4th in Indianapolis. We are going to make a weekend thing of it staying all night in some fancy hotel after the game and driving back to Nashville on Monday. We both need a weekend getaway and to have some fun at a game for once.

Hope everyone is having a good week.


10-06-2005, 10:50 AM
Thank you for the support girls!!! I know alot of it is fluid, TOM etc. but it still messes with your thinking when you keep seeing no change or a gain.
I had to hurry and change my tracker! I am OFFICALLY at the halfway point!
I weighed this morning and lost the couple of pounds gained PLUS an extra 1 pound!!!
This is TOM week for me so I fully expected no loss or a gain on the scale. In fact, I almost decided to not weigh today, but then I thought what the heck. I'm sure I will show a gain again after Sunday with the wine tasting and appetizers, but I am getting right back on plan Monday.

Dee, I made a CORE CHILI, it is very similar to the flavor of Wendy's chili.

1#-93%-95% lean ground beef (browned)
1-14/15 oz. can tomato sauce
1-14/15 oz. can kidney beans with liquid
1-14/15 oz. can pinto beans with liquid
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1 small can diced green chilis (about 1/4 cup)
1-can rotel tomato chilis
1 t. cumin
1 T. chili powder
1 t. black pepper
2 t. salt
1 cup water

I mixed everything together in the crockpot and cooked on low most of the day.
If you prepare it on the stovetop, simmer/low heat/stir every 15 minutes for 2-3 hours.

I'm making potato soup tonight!!!! I will make the rest of the family soup like usually and will prepare mine with skim milk.


Deb, I KNOW you two girls will have soooooooo much fun in December! I will be watching the news to see if they mention two wild women running the streets in Indy!!!

Sher, thank you for the recipes! I can take both of them and adapt them to my core plan. YES!!!!! We all know you love last minute Christmas shopping!

I made a few Christmas gift purchases this week too. I need to start early because BOTH of the girls have birthdays within a month of Christmas. This is the time of year I look around at some of the stores for clearance toys etc. Steve and I set our budget for each other last night too, so now I can start shopping for him.

Shelley, thank you for explaining the process of going about the death of a loved one. Years ago people of all religions use to have what they would call a wake. The person who passed on would remain in the home and lay in state with all the family and loved ones present. Prayers are sent to your family!!!

Cheryl, how ya doing???? PLEASE do not get discouraged!

Janice, your surgery is tomorrow??? I will be sending good vibes for a speedy procedure and an even quicker recovery!

I'm concerned about Ramona...I emailed her and she USUALLY emails me right back...I still haven't heard from her. She hasn't posted here for several weeks if I remember correctly.

BTW: I ran across a thread asking about Jennelle. She has not posted either since the hurricane. I think her area was one of the hardest hit.

10-06-2005, 12:43 PM
Just made a baked oatmeal recipe from the web but made my own adjustments! I tasted a piece warm from the oven and it is better then I expected! Hopefully, it will taste even better once it cools and sets up. I added just a splash of Davinci SF vanilla syrup for flavor to the top on the piece I sampled. Reminded me of a pumpkin pie/ pumpkin bread combination.

I ALSO NEED SHELLEY to tell me if it is all core! As far as I can tell...YES!

Gayles revised baked pumpkin oatmeal

2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1.5 t. baking powder
1 cup skim milk
1/2 of a 15 oz. can of solid pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup splenda
1.5 t. pure vanilla
1 t. cinnamon

Bake in a sprayed 8x8 pan/350 degrees/40-45 minutes

10-06-2005, 01:16 PM
Debbie and Sherry that will be a lot of fun. Is it just the two of you? Girls night out on the town can be very dangerous! I bet you ladies will laugh so much that weekend that your tummies will hurt.

Sherry guess what I have that script erro showing again. It was gone for almost a week. This is what is says

an error on the script has occurred

Line 287
Char 17
Error unterminated string constant
Code 0

I have no clue what that means!

Gayle is that a nice surprise to be down a pound when you thought that you would be up. You are doing great. Thank you for the recipe. I love soup and will make this one soon. What is tomato chili? I haven't heard of it. I have made baked oatmeal before but not with pumpkin. Sounds good. Well I am glad that I am not the only one that has started christmas shopping. Jay's birthday is on the 19th this month plus I have been picking up all kinds of gifts for him for when he move in 3 weeks. I haven't got him any christmas gifts because all the gifts are going to be given before christmas. I will send you a picture soon. Hopefully tonight.

I haven't heard from Jennelle or Ramona. Please post if you read this.

I had a rough night last night. I barely sleep, my tummy had a pain in it just below the ribs close to where they stitched the muscles. Everytime that I do a bit to much it hurts but this was bad. I might be a bad girl I don't know. It has been 5 weeks and I jogged 1 mile and walked 2 yesterday. The jog was slow so I don't know. I also slipped on a hanger at wal-mart two days ago and that pulled all my stitches inside. WHo know but I am feeling no pain now with my oxycontin.

I have to go get read, I have my dreaded cardiologist appointment today.

10-06-2005, 07:26 PM
Dee-Please be careful with those stitches. You just had major surgery and it isn't a time for you to be doing so much.

Gayle-Looks all Core to me. I love baked oatmeal. I freeze mine though and eat it while frozen. Otherwise, it's a red light food for me. I can eat the whole pan when it's warm.

Can't post to everyone right now, I have a few things to get done before dinner.

10-06-2005, 09:59 PM
I will be thinking of you tomorrow hon!! :grouphug: You'll be in my thoughts and prayers!!

Low carbers: I fixed the broc. soup tonight and added my bacon. It's sooo good!!!

Dee....I LOVE your pictures! You are very pretty. The caption you wrote sounds great! You are sooooo TINY!!! I'm JEALOUS!!!!!!!! :devil:

Shelley....How is your elbow? Ouch girl!!! Get rid of those spiders!!!!!! I have been worried to death about my posting while at work! We probably have a system like yours that shows everything too!!!

Gotta go...HUGS to all.....

10-06-2005, 10:01 PM
Low Carb Spinach Dip:

2 10oz.Frozen Spinach-chopped
16 oz.Sour cream
2 C. Mayo
2 Lipton VEGETABLE soup mix (envelopes)

Mix together!!! Chill....Use the dip with your pork rinds.

10-06-2005, 11:29 PM
Sounds YUMMY SHER! I'm fighting the major munchies tonight! I'm not feeling well (TOM plus allergies/sinus) I want to self medicate...

Dee, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL & tell Larry he cleans up pretty good too!!! LOL! You two look so IN LOVE & HAPPY TOGETHER!
BTW: It is diced tomatoes w/green chili's...Rotel is a popular brand but I buy the Walmart brand and it is really good too. Adds a touch of spice, but not too much. This is coming from a "mild taco sauce" gal, so your safe!

Shelley, I knew ???? it was core, but wanted to double check....almost too good to be true, huh? I'm going to freeze mine too.


Now since seeing the pics of Dee, I want to get together SO BAD with EVERYONE!
You are all such dear friends, you know more about me then most of my relatives and friends here...I feel like we are all more like sisters!

10-07-2005, 06:46 AM
Janice-Good luck today. I'll be thinking of you.

Dee-I absolutely love your pictures. You two make such a cute couple.

Gayle-I have been hungry too. I fall asleep so early, then wake up at about 11 or 12 and have a pear or something like that. I really need to stop it.

It is pouring here. My mom and dad are in Miami and driving home today. I'm worried about that. I hope it stops raining by then.

10-07-2005, 12:51 PM
Janice I hope all goes well today. I will be thinking and praying for you. Good Luck.

Gayle thanks for the info on the tomatoes. I have seen them with chilis here only a few times. I will just have to add my own. I really like the caption you wrote. I might just use it. We got the prints back and the one of us walking isn't sharp enough to use. We will have to choose another but just the same the first part of your quote will work. Thanks for the compliment. When you have cravings drink green tea. If anything it just might fill the void. I will hold you up and support you now and you can do the same for me next week when it is my TOM. Gayle you are so right, we are so close to everyone here and share some pretty intimate and private moments.
Shelley let us know how your parents make out. You are just to kind with your compliment. Thanks. You post at an ungody hour.

Sherry just call me tiny tim. I didn't look this way a year ago. I lost 20 pounds. It was tough with my back. I feel really good. I am at goal but I wouldn't mind dropping a few extra pounds for insurance. I can't phantom eatting pork rinds with dip and being on a diet. Sounds like a sweet treat to me. Go, girl, go! I have never done the low carb diet. I have always counted calories or points for ww's.

I need your help. Can you give me your ideas of what to get or do for Larry for our 25th. He is buying me a ring. I was thinking of making a memory book. Any ideas with that? I was going to go through our pictures and put I remember when with each one and put it in an album with those black pictue corners. I won't have time to do much scrap booking but maybe a page or two. What about a gift?

Yesterday my cardiologist visit went fine. He said that I was having a few skipped heart beats which are ok. I don't have to go back for a year. While I was down town I went to the surgeons office and asked about the pain I was having in my abdominal area. They told me I need to take it easy, I am doing to much. Heat and advil will help and to wear the binder (it is like a girdle) for a few days. Having it back on again actually gives me the support. They thought that when I slipped on the hanger it pulled one of the muscles they fixed and with the jogging and increased activity it is too much. So I will slow down a bit, I won't job but I think that I will be fine in the pool.

Well I better go hunting for some pics.

10-07-2005, 05:42 PM
I'm still at work but wanted to tell you something.
About 2-3 years ago, I took about 75 of Debbie's pictures (stole them from her home! :lol: ) and I had them made into a video. I started with her kids being little,marriage,grandkids & life today. It played music (I picked the songs out). It was beautiful! I just thought Larry might like that.

Gotta go........

10-07-2005, 07:31 PM

Now get your little patootie back to work! LOL1

10-07-2005, 07:32 PM

AWESOME & LOL!!!!!!! giggles......

10-08-2005, 07:09 AM
Dee-When my parents had their 50th anniversary (14 or 15 years ago) I had their picture painted by an artist. It is so beautiful. I presented it to them on an easel. Now they have it hung in their foyer. It was the best gift I ever gave them. Just an idea. The video sounds like a great idea too. Another thing I did on their 40th was a solid gold key chain with 40 in diamonds. It was made so that it came apart into 2 key chains, one for each of them. You could do one just for Larry. I got mine from a custom jeweler.

Janice-How is the hand?

10-08-2005, 08:31 PM
Gayle you are too funny!

Sherry great idea. I will look through my pics this weekend. Thanks.

Shelley wow you are a romantic. Very creative. I love the key chain thing. The portait was a very nice idea too.

It is our Thanksgiving weekend so I won't be posting much because the Turkey got me!

10-09-2005, 12:13 AM
I was thinking along the same thing as Shelley, Dee. A piece of customized jewelry or a very nice watch with an inscription on the underside. Maybe for your 50th, you two can have your portrait painted!

Well girls, leaving in the morning for the wine tasting. I will be home Monday afternoon. Wouldn't you know it...this is the first time Steve & I will be alone (without friends, kids, parents) for over 8 years and I feel like crap! I'm fighting a bad case of nasal drip (lovely) then congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy throat, eyes etc. So much for a sexy weekend, I'll need to stuff Kleenex up my nose to just stop the flow! LOL!

10-09-2005, 11:05 AM
Well, I had my surgery done and I feel good. I didn't take the pain killers after the first night because I didn't need them. Amanda turns 25 today. My dog Sheba didn't have Cushings Disease, but has a bladder infection and arthritis. Things are definately looking up here. Now to get back on track with my program.

10-09-2005, 11:30 AM
Yay, Janice. I'm so glad everything is going good for you.

Gayle-Have a good trip. I hope you feel better!

10-09-2005, 04:05 PM

Please Go To #52............A New Thread Has Been Started!!!!!! :D