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11-01-2005, 05:37 PM
Hello everyone!

A bit of a late start today on the new thread but better late than never!

How did everyone's Halloween go? We got about 30 trick or treaters this year which was great cause we only had about 8 last year. Unfortunately we still had some leftover candy but I have tucked it away into a container marked "Movie Treats" which we will take to the theater whenever we go see a movie. That way DH and I will have a small treat and not spend big $. :)

I am doing my meal planning tonight which I have now made part of my regular weekly routine. Then we are going grocery shopping tomorrow night.

I feel so virtuous today, I had a salad for lunch with leftover turkey breast from Sunday's dinner and, even though there is a giant bag of candy in the office, I ate a Fruit To Go Bar as my afternoon snack. :angel:

11-02-2005, 03:46 PM
Hi all!

No candy mongers at my place - must be the pitch blackness of our place - LOL

Anyway - I ate a lot of chocolate last week but I still lost weight so my overall calories were low - just proves you can live on chocolate! Not that I will do that (all gone now anyway).

I really need to plan my meals again - but I seem to be doing ok on calories - just not getting the necessary nutrients. Must be healthy (within reason of course).

So I hope everyone else is ready for the upcoming food season - I like the idea of a food thread - a bit of a confessional - let's call it "Did I eat that?" or something along those lines to confess our treats - not every bite but just the stuff we shouldnt have eaten or that we regret eating or that we ate for the sheer spite of doing so - if you find yourself posting to that thread regularly - you might just see a pattern.

Just my nickle.

Later ladies.

11-02-2005, 04:43 PM
Happy November!

Halloween was very quiet - we've never had trick-or-treaters here, the houses are too far apart (on 5 acre parcels). Poor kids would hit 3 houses in 20 minutes and be pooped! I wish that would mean that I didn't buy candy - but I did. Bad me.... At least one bag was Jr. Mints and I won't inhale those. But the candy really DOES need to go!

I think I'm ready for food season. I hope I'm prepared for it emotionally, with it being the first without my stepdad. My mom wants to eat at a restaurant for Thanksgiving, which I think would be fine. The rest of the holidays though? I donno'...

Took a big breath and got on the scale for the first time in months. Not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm up about 4 pounds. So, now that I've faced the demon scale it's time to get my head screwed back on and get moving. I won't be bikini clad in Fiji next September if I don't get my butt movin' now!

ajandpj - love the confessional thread idea!

Mauvaisroux, planning, I really think planning is a big part of success. Time to break out the Tupperware and get cookin'! Meal time for the single girl can be dangerous - so much easier to have a bowl of mashed potatoes than to fix an actual meal. But if it's planned out? Ooooh, I need to do that!

Til later!


11-02-2005, 04:59 PM
We never get trick or treaters either. We live one block up the hill from lots of houses... poor darlings don't seem to like to expend the energy on the hill though :P

I need to start planning our dinners again. We've gotten into a rut of having the same 3 or 4 things *all* the time. Time to get out the recipe books and cooking lights and make some new stuff :)

11-02-2005, 05:57 PM
How about a pigs anonymous thread? We used to have one ages ago and it was a good confessional and funny at the same time :)

I found some great meal planning tools on-line at If you go into the menu and scroll down to the printable planners there are free printable forms for pantry & freezer inventories, weekly meal planning and shopping lists. There is also a make ahead freezer meal planner so that you can batch cook and freeze meals. :)

11-02-2005, 06:25 PM
P.I.G.s = Pretty (as in very) Intelligent Girls?

Certainly not annonymous - unless I change my user Id LOL

"I cant believe I ate the whole thing"


"Are you sure that Chocolate isnt non-caloric?"

or just plain old "Alternacheaters post your guilt trips here"

11-02-2005, 07:44 PM
Thanks for the tip, i so need this! It's sometimes hard to keep up a healthier diet when hubby is a penny pincher. He wants to only go to costco once a month. period. and i need some fresh food once in a while darn it! I am so going to try out those tools, Mauv thanks! I am so sick of frozen foods... but with my new work schedule I can't exactly make dinner every day - i work til 9pm! i need to find some crock pot meals i think.
we had only 2 trick or treaters, it was sad They were so adorable though. Guess that's what happens when you live in an upstairs apt and most of the people in your apt complex have a different culture than the standard candy grubbers of america. *LOL* i was kind sad not very many kids, but it was a quiet night. I carved the coolest pumpkin, it was a kitty face and the top i did a paw for the vent for the candle. it was so dang cool... too bad not too many people got to see it. :(
Take care!

11-03-2005, 10:54 AM
Mmmmm I pulled out the crock pot last night and made a big batch of stew. I cooked it over night because we're gone for too long on weekdays to cook while we're at work. It works out well for us to throw the pot in the frig in the morning and then reheat for dinner.

11-03-2005, 12:48 PM
Oh yeah - I love my crockpot! There are some great crockpot recipes in the WW forum here at 3fc
-you'll have to go into the archive files to find them but there are quit a few :)

I am hoping to make some small (2 person servings) lasagnas, casseroles ect. before for December so we have some easy meals for the holiday rush.

I'd like the confessional thread to be kind of funny - sometimes these things can turn into a moan fest or people beat themselves up too much over stuff - keeping a sense of humour about it better :)

I like the suggested titles so far :D

11-06-2005, 02:00 PM
Well, even though I just dropped in I noticed no one has chimed in with a November chat yet. Isn't the weather gorgeous!??? :carrot:
It is here in Virginia at any rate. It's been in the 70's for days!

11-06-2005, 02:47 PM
It's been in the high 40's and raining cats and dogs here for the last 5 days. Although we're having a break this morning (from the rain anyway) :D

11-06-2005, 02:54 PM
here is it ok. 54 here today sunny and beautiful!!!

Goddess Jessica
11-06-2005, 09:19 PM
I had a big fight with the Cute boyfriend. I hate boys sometimes. They make me so mad. Long story short - he was wrong, he recognizes it and apologized but it still hurt my feelings. Sigh.

11-07-2005, 11:07 AM
there already is a November chat thread so I will merge the two of them :)

11-07-2005, 11:56 AM
Wow, this weekend was so nice out (Maryland)! Yesterday my sister, her daughter, and I went to SugarLoaf Mountain and hiked all morning. Of course, we were so tired by the time we were done that nothing else constructive was done all day!

11-09-2005, 12:25 AM
The weather here in Albuquerque has been nice, as usual. It's getting a little chilly, but nothing to interrupt my routines.

My NIA class today was great. The teacher had us do a routine to Dead Can Dance. It was excellent and just the kind of thing I needed. I was a little apprehensive about NIA at first, but I'm totally hooked now. I can totally recommend it to anyone who's looking for something different to try.

11-09-2005, 11:11 AM
ooooooooh I love Dead can Dance! That sounds really fun. I wish I had room in my schedule for a dance class.

11-10-2005, 01:10 AM
Hey Chickettes,
Here I am, like I am.
ie, chunka bunka...bigger than evah...needin' y'all bad like.
So many changes in my life and I gotta get some sleep so won't go into all of that now...but, on the food front, my food isn't too awful but I haven't moved this azz in so long...last night I dreamed that I was doing push-ups, sit-ups, and then I stood in front of the mirror, just in my dream, and started doing jumping jacks...and hey, I still have these fairly new boobies and they're holding up pretty well even though I'm stretching them out a bit, but ,still, I don't think I'm up for jumping jacks in the buff.
okay, see, I'm still odd, still a certified alternachick...and still a lesbian...but, ah, I digress.
tell me what you've been up to girlfriends, i've missed you...and let's see if i get inspired to move and lose, i hope so. i'm still loving this body even though it's bigger...that's the best thing that happened to me in my forties, loving my body all over again...and not feeling betrayed by it.

talk to you soon I hope...

11-10-2005, 05:28 PM
Welcome back soozie! :wave:

I saw your name and I thought - "is that who I think it is? No freakin' way!" How is your partner and your daughter? You must post later and catch up with us old school girls and meet the terrific newer chicks on this forum :D

11-10-2005, 05:40 PM
Welcome Back Soozie!!! :carrot:

Just a quick fly by - i am still here - I am still losing & gaining the same 2 pounds. Off to NYC area for a wedding this weekend - 16 hours in someone else's car in 3 days. :p oh well. Be back Sunday night...

11-10-2005, 05:58 PM
freakin' yeah mauvais, it's me. my name was still in there, no one tried to boot me out for not posting for a year or so! Looking forward to meeting the new chickies. my how you have grown...! Is Ellis still here??? And Squeaker...any news of the boy? you're still doing those pounds so I wondered if you were still in the dance with him? Or has it evolved into, really just friends, or really something else???
My partner and I have separated. ugh. That's some of my news. I bought a house and am STRUGGLING to get the monthly mortgage paid on my own. But, still. I love it. And my DD is wonderful...thankfullly...she's eight years old and in third grade...and almost taller than I am...but, not quite yet. Okay, off to go pick her up from a play date. Glad to be back!
talk to you again,

11-12-2005, 11:09 AM
Hey how are you? It's great that your back. Sorry to hear about you and your partner spliting. I have not seen Ellis around in a long while. I hope she jumps in to say hi sometime soon. So your DD is eight now, WOW! Time sure flies, doesn't it.
It is reaqlly great hearing from you, please fill us in later on whats been happening in your life.

11-13-2005, 06:06 PM
Soozie - sorry to hear that you and your DP broke up :grouphug: Glad that your DD is doing well - hang in there girl! :)

11-14-2005, 06:24 PM
Sorry to hear about DP Soozie. :(

And yes, the boy and I are still "in the dance". I don't think we ever won't be at it sometimes. :lol: I don't mind. It is fun. And living on opposite coasts, it won't ever be much more. Niether of us wants to move.

Some days I think if he wasn't around, I might be more motivated to drop the weight. But lets face it, I just don't have any will power, food or otherwise. ;)

I am back at work. :p The wedding this weekend was wonderful. The car ride, not so much. But I expected it to not be fun. I just don't think I was meant to spend a "vacation" with people other then my family or the boy. I am moody and like alone time, but I am ok with that. :D

How is everone else doing???

Den come back...

11-15-2005, 12:35 AM
Things a bit poopie here when it comes to my new job. Not really diggin on it so far - but maybe my mind will change. It has only been two months, one of which was spent in training. Just so boring.
My aunt, uncle, and cousin are spending TG with me, which will be nice. My folks being over seas and all... and my in-laws being insane and a little bit evil. Plus, I get to do Christmas with them anyway. I am hosting, and will be cooking turkey for the first time EVER. I hope Alton Brown knows what he's talking about, because I'm going to just do what he tells me to. *LOL*
I have totally been in a domestic mood, cleaning, rearranging my apt, sewing and crafting. I don't know what's up, it's like I'm nesting or something. Maybe it's the weather change... I like it whatever it is. Wish I felt this creative all the time...
Got the Winning by Losing book by Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser. Not going to pressure myself, going to read it now and start it after the holidays. Will at least give me some direction to start with.
Hope everyone else is doing well... any pointers on food at the office. They feed us all like at least once a week - and then joke about gaining the 30 lbs that almost everyone gains when they start working there. Oy! I can't afford to gain anymore!

11-15-2005, 01:49 AM
lizziness: I think Alton Brown knows what he's talking about. I plan on brining our turkey using his directions. Sorry to hear the new job is poopie, I hate the first few months at any job. When they feed you do you get to pick, or do they just buy stuff? If you don't get to pick, then try to find out ahead of time what will be there and plan accordingly. If that won't work, then maybe you can just be the "oddball" that brings her lunch and eats it with everyone while they're eating whatever it is. :rofl: I've done that, it's not so bad. :)

Things are good here. I'm plugging along on my papers. I've decided to write three pages a day, everyday, until the end of the semester on December 11. I've been doing pretty well with eating and okay with exercising as long as I am counting cleaning. It's going to start getting cold here tomorrow, so I'm thinking of trying out the cardio machines at the school gym, anyone have a favorite?

11-15-2005, 08:24 AM
Alton Brown is awesome! I would listen to him. ;) :lol:

11-15-2005, 11:15 AM
Just checking in...I've been away since earlier this year. Now I am back with 11 more pounds and high B/P -- why do we do this to ourselves?

Good to see some familiar Alternachicks...Mauvais, squeaker, lizziness, Goddess Jessica . . .and funny that you just jumped back in sooze because I remember you too!

Lizziness: I watched that Alton Brown show and we are probably going to do that too. It takes some planning ahead! If you don't have the time/refrigerator space to do the brining those roasting bags do very well for the cooking process.

We are hosting the big Thanksgiving family dinner this year. I have a very hard time resisting stuffing so I will just limit my portion. I do NOT want to feel miserable afterward! I really need to remember that -- I have been feeling so much better since I have been back OP. The day is supposed to be about family and football too, right? At least I like the family. :)

11-15-2005, 11:21 AM
Lizziness: I just ignore our office food, nobody seems to mind. If we have a potluck I bring something healthy, plus extra stuff for me. If they're buying pizza or whatever I just eat my own lunch.

I've been in domestic mode too. I think my cleaning routines are finally starting to stick. Maybe I can make it through the holidays with a minimum of crisis cleaning this year ;)

Also, brined turkeys are the best! We started doing that a couple of years ago and now everybody in my family does it. Yummers.

11-15-2005, 02:59 PM
hehe. i'm totally brining the turkey. i tivoed the alton brown special, watched it and then saved it so i can watch it again. i bought myself a roasting pan... so i should be all set. *LOL* i hope so. the only thing that scares me a little is - if i do get a frozen turkey, how long will it take to thaw out? cause i have to thaw it, then brine it, then cook it - time consuming!!

Thanks for the suggestions. I bring my food every day with me. Granted it's not always be best food i could be eating - but at least i'm not going out. I swear about 70% of the people i work with just go out to eat every single day! between that and the potlucks every week - it's no wonder they joke about gaining 30 lbs when you start working there. sick!
i'm hoping i'll get adjusted to this job in the next month or so. if not - classifieds here i come. there are no jobs in this area and i'm lucky i have one at all, i know... but man the ones that are available kinda suck. retail, call center, or food services. none of those appeal to me. and two of them i refuse to do. *LOL*

11-15-2005, 10:15 PM
SOOZIE!!!! HI!!! Glad to see you here!! I dropped out for a while too, and am kinda back (not posting enough) also with extra pounds...

MY HORRIBLE WEEK: Our in-door cat SOMEHOW got fleas, and we didn't really realize it until it was out of control. Tried the natural way, it was taking too long. Fogged the house last Friday, discovered standing water in the basement while setting up a fogger. Plumber says we need to get the back yard dug up, but has temporarily fixed the problem ($$$ that we don't really have!!) AND DS15 THINKS HE JUST SAW A FLEA>>>AAARRGGHH!!!!

:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

Well, maybe he is wrong.....

SOOO, how are all of you?

11-17-2005, 03:20 PM
Yuck Den! That sucks! :(

Lizziness - I think it will tell you how long to thaw the turkey on the package. It is normally a few days in the fridge.

Tani - would you like to come clean my house too? :D :lol: Ok. I guess not. ;)

SoCal - nice to see you popping back in.

Everything here is ok. Went to see the musical Hairspray last night. It was a lot of fun. Work is going ok - quiet for once! I am heading to Ohio for the weekend to see the boy. :D I can't wait. Got a jump start on my Christmas shopping, and am feeling good about myself this week. :) I am feeling on top of things (except the mess that is my apartment, but I am ignoring that bit for now).

11-17-2005, 04:15 PM
Ugh Den, how awful. :( I hope your son is wrong about seeing a flea.

I had this total duh/realization moment today. Last night DBF and I got home really late from a club meeting. We were both starving and tired, so dinner was brown rice and steamed veggies. Well, just now I was stressing out over what to have for lunch, like I do every day, when I realized that is the perfect lunch! My rice cooker steams veggies while the rice is cooking and I don't have to pay any attention to it. I can come home from school, cut up veggies, get the rice ready to go, turn it on and take a 1/2 hour nap or walk. I'm so happy because it means I can stop worrying about how to get all my fiber and eat more veggies. :D

11-17-2005, 04:25 PM
oh, what a great idea hannah. i thought it might be cool to get a rice cooker. i can't even make minute rice without screwing it up somehow... i love rice but it seems to be my cooking bane. *L* if it multi-tasks.. .thats all the more reason to get one!

i can not believe it is almost thanksgiving. and then christmas. time just goes by fast no matter if you're having fun or not. :)

11-17-2005, 04:36 PM
Hey Chicks! Been lurking about but too busy to post. Hope you are all doing great!

Den - sorry about the fleas - I can relate - the trouble with fleas is they and there eggs can survive a nuclear winter (no joke) so you usually have to flea bomb with a bomb designed for fleas, bathe all animals, wash all bedding and vacuum. Then in 2 weeks do it all again. It is getting cold outside so the fleas hitch a ride on your pets to the liv rm carpet where they can be warm and lay eggs. Ick. A fleas egg will go dormant if no food supply like in the winter - then up to 6 mos later when they feel warmth like your cat - they hatch instantly.

I love steamed veggies and rice.

Good to see you all again! :D

11-17-2005, 08:08 PM
I am new. How do I jump into this conversation? LOL

11-17-2005, 08:30 PM
I am new. How do I jump into this conversation? LOL

You just did! Welcome.

11-18-2005, 12:03 AM
Welcome hathor6! You may also want to post a bio in that section, so we can read all about you. :)

lizziness: I love my rice cooker. You can also cook other grains in it too. It's really a wonderful invention. One suggestion, if you decide to get one, get a non-stick one. I had an aluminum one and it was so hard to clean.

11-18-2005, 01:21 AM
Thanks for the sympathies everyone!!

Squeak-Hope you have fun this weekend!!

Hannah-Good Idea! Sounds extremely easy, wonder if DS15 would eat that...

Lizziness-Usually they say a few days in the fridge. ALWAYS takes longer for me, but my fridge runs cold. By the way, brined turkeys are DELICIOUS!!

ajandpj99-We had that happen in our old house. Dormant fleas that woke up when we moved in. YUCK!! Luckily THAT time we got them before they laid eggs. The stuff we used this time is SUPPOSED to kill eggs, but I have my doubts!!!

Hathor-Just jump right in. WELCOME, by the way!!

11-18-2005, 01:42 AM
I posted in the bio section and a mod moved it to another thread I think.

Seems like you guys known each other for a long time. I checked out other threads with chats in them. Some section of the board has had people chatting with each other since 2003! I didn't want to join in their chats because their convos was way too familiar. It felt like I would slow down their conversations as a newbie.

Goddess Jessica
11-18-2005, 03:00 AM
Hello all!

Welcome hathor6! Most people (like us) would welcome a fresh face (avatar) anytime. Feel free to jump right it.

Okay, so this has been my week from ****. I really need a good cry.

Work - I fired someone today. I have been wanting to fire him for 3 months now so I'm not sad about it but it's totally stressful. I have this great job where I got promoted to manager even though I go to school too. Well, now I have to train 2 new people (one to replace the fired guy and one because we need more people - we're that busy). We've already hired one person (about two weeks ago) and she starts monday. I had interviews today for the second hire. I had three interviews lined up and two of them cancelled because that got job offers today! What the heck! The one person I interviewed was nice enough but really did have what I was looking for. Sigh!

School - Hard.

Home - I got into a fight with my sister. Who I love dearly. And we hardly ever fight but this was a big one. I hate fighting with people I love.

More Home - Emo, my 11 year old Siberian Husky, developed a large lump. I had it biopsied on Monday and Tuesday they told me it was malignant cancer. She has surgery scheduled for Wednesday to have it removed. The vet says that it's hard to tell if it will spread or not. I think pets should be immortal.

Sigh. Life can be so hard sometimes.

11-18-2005, 09:47 AM
Oh - I am so sorry you are having a bad time Goddess Jessica. :hug:

I hope you work things out with your sister - I am sure you will. And the work stuff will work itself out. You may find you are better off with someone trainable than someone already trained. The trained tend to be a bit up-i-ty whereas the trainable are eager to learn.

Welcome here as well to all our new folks - feel free to just chime in or make comments. The cool thing about this website is most of us dont know each other except here and we all tend to talk to each other as if we have know each other for years even when we - like me - have only been a member since summer.

I think once you disclose your age and weight to someone - they become family - heck - my family doesnt even know what I weigh! LOL

11-18-2005, 11:17 AM
Jessica, I can so sympathize on both the sister and pet fronts. I lost all three of my ferrets to cancer. No more ferrets for me. I love the little buggers insanely, but they're so cancer prone. I just couldn't take it. Our cat has put us through the emotional ringer too, but that's a case of her love of eating inappropriate things :dizzy:

Sisters... oy. I had a blow out with mine over a year ago and we're still not quite back to 100% yet. I love her to death too ;)

11-18-2005, 02:54 PM
Jessica-Sorry to hear that you have been having such a rough time. Pets SHOULD be immortal, and losing them is incredibly difficult. :(
Hopefully Emo's cancer will be treatable.

11-19-2005, 10:40 AM
:hat: Here is to Immortal Pets!

:hug: Here is another hug for anyone that needs it. I need to warm up my hugger since going to visit family next Thursday - we hug so much that the video I did of my parents anniversary party has 2 different 5 minute compilations of just people hugging and shaking hands. I mean there were over 200 people there at one point and I think I got just about everyone hugging someone.

:happ3: to those that celebrate - 1 more week and I can get into the winter holiday spirit - time to get out the decor and clean house top to bottom.

I just love stuff that twinkles and a lot of decor has become very old fashioned, some of it could pass for homemade, fits in nicely with the home at the edge of the forest and a fire in the stove.

11-19-2005, 12:01 PM
I'm all for the immortality of pets too. I'll keep Emo in my thoughts.

11-19-2005, 07:30 PM
I can't even imagine what I would do if something were wrong with Emma (my kitty). I'll keep you in my thoughts too...I hope all goes well.
I couldn't wait to decorate for christmas til after the holidays - so I did it last weekend. Sick, huh? :) I don't have much, no tree or anything, just a few little christmas houses and other knickknacks... I am still debating on whether or not to do lights... I live with some grinchy boys afterall.

11-21-2005, 04:15 PM
Jessica - I hope everything is ok with Emo & your sister.

Lizziness - That's not bad! I plan on dragging my tree up from the basement & get everything at least organized since I plan on being out of town this weekend!

Welcome hathor6!

I am back from my wonderful weekend. We did nothing in particular, but I like doing nothing with the boy. :) Hanging out & watching movies on the couch with him is one of my favorite activities. We haven't seen each other in months, so it was nice. Plus I got called cute & sexy, and that is always nice. ;)

Not much else going on otherwise. Just trying to get my head together & organized.

11-24-2005, 11:35 AM
:thanks2: :turkey: :happ3: :thanks1:

Happy Thanksgiving!

11-25-2005, 02:46 AM
:turkey: :thanks2: :turkey:

:thanks1: :happ3: :thanks1:

11-28-2005, 09:56 AM
Well ladies, we survived the November Feast - now on to the next.

For some reason my smilies not working?

Anyway - I had an ok holiday. We left here at 730 am on Thursday to drive to Portland to spend the holiday with my family. My aunt that lives down here with us wasnt feeling well and wanted to stay home - she was planning to come to Portland later in December anyway.

So we get to Portland and it is all good, had a couple drinks and played some good music. We danced and ate and then kicked back for a movie.

All was well until about 6 or so when I get a call from my cousin in Texas (the daughter of the aunt that lives here with me) telling me that she just got off the phone with her mom and told her to call 911 do to severe pain caused from an infection. So at this point I feel like an *** for leaving her here alone not that I have any control over her but still.

So aunt calls 911 - it is 2 hrs before I can get a hold of any body down here (I called my buddies from the fire dept at home) to confirm she made it to the hospital.

Then Friday night - her son from Portland shows up at my place down here and I get a call from my neighbor that there is a strange truck coming down my driveway and they were in my aunts house. So then I get that straight but I just felt like I should have just stayed home and looked after her since that is why she moved down here in the first place. Not that her own kids shouldnt feel the need to be here for her - I dont know - it just messed with my head a bit.

So auntie is still in the hospital though last night she did say she was feeling a bit better - she finally got some sleep and the morephine must finally be deadening the pain - of course it has been over a week and the antibiotics are probably finally taking charge of the infection too - but it was good to hear she was getting better.

Monday - ick. Back to work. It was 34 last night with snow above 2000 ft - we are about 800 ft, so you can see the snow on the ridges around us - very cool - about 5 min drive to snow. We are about 2 hrs from Diamond Lake Resort and they opened the tubing hill last Thursday. Woo Hoo.

So that is my drama for the year. Not leaving my home again now until who knows when.

I need to get motivated this week to get decorating. DH is going elk hunting this next weekend at his dads place in Oakridge so I can get everything down from the cabin and decorate next weekend.



11-28-2005, 11:46 AM
Hi, everyone. I've been lurk...lurk...lurking here for a while and am hoping no one minds if I join in. I'm new to this board but not to 3FC ("Slimmin Sistas" under the WW forum) and CERTAINLY not to weight-loss efforts. Been doing THAT for 25 years! I'm at work so I don't have a whole lot of time for an intro right now. I'll quickly say that I've been "trying" to do WW since July and now weigh exactly one pound less than when I started. At one point I had lost 15, but it seems to me that I simply cannot stick to anything that is "official", such as a "diet" plan or even a religion (LOL -- hence, my reason for considering myself an Alternachick). I guess I could best be described as a Christian witch (more about that later, if anyone is interested). As for dieting, I've decided to pretend that I haven't been dieting my whole life and that I am starting out fresh by eating less crap, eating more good foods and exercising regularly and reasonably. Damn... that sounds like it makes so much sense! I'm also re-focusing my attention on getting enough sleep, drinking water, taking my vitamins, generally taking care of myself and nurturing all facets of me -- spirit, mind, body, soul... you know, the holisitic thing! :) You seem like a great bunch of women who are in tune with what I am all about. I look forward to getting to know you.

PS. Goddess, I know how hard it to deal with a beloved pet's health problems, but remember that our pets -- and all our loved ones -- ARE immortal. They live in our hearts even after they've left us physically. Bright blessings to you. :hug:

And Trish... family things can be so icky-sticky. I'm glad your aunt is doing better. Please don't beat yourself up over not being there with her. Life happens, and not one of us can be everywhere all the time.

11-29-2005, 12:19 PM
jessica- sorry to hear about Emo :grouphug: Hope things get better soon.

sine nomine
12-02-2005, 08:13 PM
i'm new here, too, sort of. i posted in this forum a while ago and then went away until i actually got started (that's today). it's a bit intimidating to jump into a place like this where everyone knows each other.

i'm doing optifast (with serious medical supervision and group therapy) and i've got tons of support: friends, my husband, and my girlfriend. my husband and gf are both going on ww while i'm on optifast, and one of my friends at work has said that if i can do this, he can stop smoking, so he's stopping. i feel very lucky to have so much support and encouragement in my life.

i had my first group session last night. it's nice not to have to explain and to have people really understand. i was asked why i'm doing this. i've wanted to lose weight for a while. the final trigger was in september, when my husband and i met up with his mother in rome. i hadn't met her before, and one night over dinner she and her boyfriend very politely grilled me in detail about my weight and how i got so fat. i tried to explain, but they didn't accept anything as a valid explanation. they meant well, but it was excruciating. when i talked abotu it last night, people there understood exactly what i meant.

so anyway, i'm here and jumping in. *splash*

12-03-2005, 12:48 PM
Welcome Sine! (that is funny - welcome sign - get it?) :D
So glad you decided to chime in.

I dont know if I would have handled the MIL (mother in law) as well as you did. If mine asked me how I got so fat - I would probably say something sarcastic like - "all the stress from having you as an in law caused me to get depressed and gain weight" :p

And what a rude thing to ask anyone? :censored: That is like asking someone how they got to be so stupid? "So did you skip alot of school or were you just stoned the whole time?" That would have been a good retort. :rofl:

Anyway - we all love you and that is all that matters! :hug:


12-03-2005, 01:13 PM
Ahh, Trish .. its nice to see someone else who loves using those cute lil smilies as much as i do !! :high:

And, you are absolutely right! It takes a real idiot to ask someone "how they got so fat?" .. replies, "umm, I have a rare disease my doctor called 'forktomouthdisease', ever heard of it?" :dunno:

Sine, :welcome2: to the board. Today is only my second day and everyone here has been very supportive and kind. I'm sorry you had to go through such an ordeal with your MIL ~ that must have been horrible. But what does not kill us only makes us stronger... People who do not or have never had weight issues in their lives tend to be very ignorant and insensitive about it. I used to work with a guy (who barely weighed 100lbs soaking wet, mind you) who would listen to me vent my frustrations about my weight, only to reply, "well just lose it then and be done with it!" .. I was like, okay .. lemme go put my :mcd: down and go get my :genie: and be "done with it" .. pfft .. if it were only that easy.

But, hang in there! We are all here for you!! :grouphug:

12-03-2005, 01:27 PM
Hey! If someone is handing out :genie: , then I want one too so I can "be done with it!" Lemme know if you find one on e-bay or something, OK Rayne?:rofl:

I think I finally managed to lose a pound. My God, this is gruelling!

Sine, I know how you must have felt during the grilling from your MIL, and what makes it so hard is the fact that, as you say, "she meant well." I once had someone tell me that I'd be a real knockout if I'd "drop a few pounds."
I know he wasn't being mean, but it was hurtful nonetheless. In return I told him he'd be a real knockout if he wasn't so hung up on appearance. :carrot:

(BTW, I love the smilies too. I think my favorite is the dancing nanner -- :cb: -- and this ROFL guy -- :rofl: .

12-03-2005, 05:02 PM
hmm.. let me count the jackassess that have come across my path. well, when i was still in highschool i had some guy look at my yearbook and see a picture of me in jr high when i was literally anorexic, and then look at me and say "you used to be cute, what the @#$& happened?" Sad thing is - the fatness I thought I had in highschool is about my goal weight now. *LOL*

I also used to work with this guy that once told me to my face "I hate fat people, they are disgusting" well, turns out after a few years, we work together again and he has gained a ton of weight and you know what? I am so happy about it I could do cartwheels. *L* Does that make me a bad person? (we already know i'm 'disgusting')

Those are the two best ones I have, but people really can be so cruel. Someone once said that it's the last prejudice that is acceptable and I think they were right.

12-03-2005, 05:18 PM
Hey! If someone is handing out :genie: , then I want one too so I can "be done with it!" Lemme know if you find one on e-bay or something, OK Rayne?:rofl:

HA ~ I'll keep my eyes open for ya, maybe they'll be on sale this time of year ! lol ;)

:bravo: for losing a pound .. each and every one SHOULD be celebrated!!

:crazy: :sunny: :sumo: :dancer: :cb: <~~ favorites !!

and lizziness ~ to the dude who said "fat people were disgusting" and then BECAME one of "us" ~ "Karma is a b***h!!* Bwahahahahahaha ~:lol3:

12-03-2005, 05:53 PM
:coffee: AAhh Karma, my old friend, they say that revenge is a dish best served cold, sarcasm..., that's cold. :lol:

There is no greater joy in my life than running :dance: across someone I went to school with that was a stick figure :carrot: and had the b***s to say boo about my body (I was so not even as fat then) anyway - then you see them now and its 3 kids and 5 sizes later :moo: - I smile so bright inside that I am sure there are beams shooting out my nose. :sunny:

12-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Welcome Sine. :grouphug: I've been there too. When I was at what is now my goal weight in High School my Dad offered to pay me to lose weight. :mad: It was the most awful conversation. I went home after that and started putting on more weight, boy did I show him.:o