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12-01-2005, 09:12 AM
Hi gals--hope you don't mind me starting the new month's thread! Seems like I'm always the first one here in the AM--not because I'm a morning person, I can tell you that! If it weren't for work, I would definitely be a night owl like Kimberley! Now, if I stay up for the news, it is a late night!

Well, according to my scales, I've dropped 8 lbs since Monday's weigh in. I know it's mostly water, but I feel much better seeing the numbers go down. My pants are loosening again too--what a relief!

Kimberley: I have always loved scrapping, but haven't done it since I moved over a year ago. My apartment is just too small to set up a table just for that, and I hate having to put my projects away all the time. If we get a bigger place soon, I'll start back.

Better get to work--will check back in later!

12-02-2005, 11:39 AM
Jilly--congrats on your loss! I've been considering finding a TOPS group for some "in the flesh" accountability. I saw there are lots of local groups around.

I'm wrestling with the possibility of joining a gym. My dilemma is--do I find a ladies only gym, or do I find one that both Alan and I can go to? He could really use the exercise as well. He has said in the past that he would go if we found a place to go together.

If I went the ladies only route, there are two Curves that are fairly close, and a Lady of America gym. I was a Curves member when I lived in Indiana and really liked it, but I was hoping for a place where I could do different classes and such, like Lady of America.

Any opinions/advice?

12-02-2005, 12:21 PM
Whoops, forgot about the new thread for the new month--good call, Jen! Here's my post that I inadvertently posted in the old thread:

Posted a 1.5-pound loss at TOPS last night (for 2 weeks since we didn't meet last week)--woohoo for losing over the holiday! :carrot: Per the TOPS scale, I'm now at 268.75, so hopefully those 270s are gone forever. I just realized that I'm only 19 pounds away from the 250 mark--I can't even remember the last time I weighed under 250. I think it was early college sometime. I'm also only 8.75 pounds away from a total of 50 pounds lost. Realizing these things has really inspired me to keep going! I've got 10 more pounds to lose by Christmas for our challenge, but I only have 2 more TOPS weigh-ins before then, so I'll have to go by my home scale that last week to see if I make it. Before I left for TOPS, my home scale said 273.5 (it only weighs to the half pound, not the quarter), so it's been pretty consistently 4 pounds higher than the TOPS scale, so it should still give me a pretty good idea of my progress.

Speaking of ghosts and natural electro-magnetic currents...when I was in college in PA, there was a place nearby that was supposedly haunted. The story goes that a bus was driving a high school football team home after a game one night, and their bus rolled down a hill and went over a cliff, killing the whole team. Now, if you go to that hill and put your car in neutral, your car will actually roll UP the hill instead of down! This is supposed to be the spirits of the football players pushing your car back up the hill so you don't meet the same fate as them. This location was actually covered on a tv special once, and it was determined that it was a very high area of electro-magnetic activity or something, and that was te real reason the cars rolled up the hill. No matter what the reason, I think a car rolling up a hill would be creepy! I had friends who actually went to this place and said it worked. We tried to find it one night and got lost :p

I have to eat lightly during the day today because tonight, we are going to a place called Mike's American for dinner--supposed to be REALLY good! And I'm doing an evaluation for my secret shopping company, so I will get fully reimbursed for our $70-meal (we are required to share an appetizer, order 2 different entrees and drinks, and share a dessert, plus order a drink at the bar). Gotta love free food! :D

12-02-2005, 12:25 PM
Jen--on the gym front, I belonged to an all ladies gym in Virginia Beach, and I LOVED it! It was smaller than those huge gyms but still had enough equipment to go around. I've never been to a Curves, but I don't think I'd like it because I really like to make up my own programs and work at my own pace. The gym I go to now (once in a while :o ) is a big gym that has both men and women. I don't like it because I feel more intimidated about using the weights when there are these big jock-type guys using them. That's why I only use the elliptical--most of the men use the weights, so I just stick primarily to the cardio. At my all ladies gym, I didn't have that fear or intimidation, and I usd whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Maybe it is different for me, though, because I am not married, so I may have a slightly different mindset on the whole male intimidation factor.

12-02-2005, 01:02 PM
Jill: What is Mike's American all about? Sounds like it would serve lots of "American" style food, like burgers and such. Yummm....burgers!

I know if Alan commits to going with me, a mixed gym won't bother me. We are planning to build a house in a few years, and a home gym is definitely in the plans!

12-02-2005, 06:17 PM
Okay gals--headed out for the weekend. Have a great one, and see you on Monday!! :):)

12-02-2005, 06:52 PM
This location was actually covered on a tv special once, and it was determined that it was a very high area of electro-magnetic activity or something, and that was te real reason the cars rolled up the hill. No matter what the reason, I think a car rolling up a hill would be creepy! I had friends who actually went to this place and said it worked. We tried to find it one night and got lost

This is so funny!! Jill, Rob and I went to PA and did this two falls ago. Gravity Hill, in the middle of the country. It really works. Rob says it's in a valley so it gives you the illusion of going uphill, when in reality by the contour of the earth you're going downhill.

:carrot: :carrot: Jen :carrot: :carrot: 8 lbs, woohoo! congrats. That's amazing over the holiday weekend. Congrats to you too, Jill. You've come a long way :carrot: Kimberley, I'd love to hear a speech, you've really done an amazing job. Lots of things in your life must have changed.

I lost 2.4 lbs this week, which knocks my socks off. I ate so many goodies. Sticking to the exercise made a big difference for me.

My gym is mixed. There's a free weights room downstairs, and that's where the buff weight lifter guys go, and then a resistance machine room, which has slightly more men than women, but still lots of women. I do free weights at home, then the resistance at the gym. I like there being a mix of men and women (as long as it's not a meat market type atmosphere), but then I never went to a women only gym.

So I guess I'm no help at all with that decision!

Aimee, I think once you have your program going full steam, and have been doing it a few weeks your going to see more consistant losses. I have to tell you, if you looked at my journal, it's up and down all the time, lose lose, gain, lose, lose, gain. Sometimes you can be so close to finding that balance of exercise and eating to start losing weight, that can be when people are in the most danger of getting discouraged and quitting. Let us know what we can do to help you!

I went Xmas shopping today and my feet are killing me. Think I'll finally go and watch my taped Big Fat Loser finale!

12-04-2005, 08:21 AM
I had a whole post completed then *POOF*. This is the second or third time this month I've done that at 3FC!

You guys did great losing even after holiday goodies! I either maintained or gained 1 pound; the scale teetered between 201-202. I'd had a big glass of water late the night before weighing, plus eaten, so I took it as a maintain. ;)

I'd never heard of the hill phenomenon. Thanks to Marge's post, I did some sleuthing and found out more about it. Here's an explanation ( and here's more ( Gosh, I love the Internet!

Saturday was a full day, but fun. I was at my HS buddy's home from 1-8pm, just visiting and talking (and talking, and talking). Then I went met Howie and his mom at the coffee shop for our usual Saturday night outing and my scrapbooking friend and her husband came to meet us. We're going out for coffee at 10:00am today (yie, and I can't sleep) and then over to their house to visit and work on some pages. Howie and I are so thankful to have another couple to hang out with.

As the time of his surgery draws closer, we're more thankful than ever for the friends we've made online and how the Internet allows us to keep in touch with friends near and far. We're going to be uprooted for a time, in a strange place, and having the continuity of communities like 3FC, and bloggers is such a blessing to us!

Oh, before I forget - Marge, here is my new coat! Howie took the photo for me last night. I tell ya, that baby is warm. I just love it...I have not been cold once since wearing it, and that's really saying something. My fingers get cold because I have cruddy Isotoner driving gloves, but that's just a given. The coat's a deep berry color which looks red in some light and deep pinky-berry in other. It's nice, whatever the shade.

12-04-2005, 01:53 PM
Ok, Kimberley, you look so terrific. You're pictures inspire me -- and it's not just the coat, lady! :) I plod along, and it's slow. It always feels like "some day". Then I see you and Jennifer (teapotdynamo) and it starts to make me say, Ok, this is real, they are kicking butt and looking fierce. Just stay with the program, Marge.

So when is Howie's surgery? That guy is getting skinny. :) Being so healthy now must make a big difference. That's a gift he not only gave himself, but all the people who love him.

This is where we were: Gravity Hill, off of State Route 96 just south of New Paris, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA. Bedford has a fall fair that we went to. We ate literally the best homemade ice cream I have ever tasted there.

I sludged through the snow today to go to the gym, smugly thinking I'd be the only one there -- on a snowy Sunday. Not so, the place was pretty full.
My leg is just about back to normal, knock on wood. So my exercise is in a good place. I need to bake my boss something today, and we rented March of the Penguins. Have a great day, everyone.

12-05-2005, 08:51 AM
Gravity Hill, yes, that is what it's called! I couldn't remember the name. Not that it matters, I guess, since we couldn't find it anyway :p

Well, had a pretty good weekend. Ate out for dinner on Friday night at a great restaurant and had too much food, then ate out for lunch on Saturday and had too much food, both of which were for evaluations, so I get fully reimbursed. Thank goodness I am able to be so strict and good during the week to average my calories all out okay :dizzy: Seems to be working since I'm still losing pretty consistently!

Sunday was a lazy day. For some reason, Jeff couldn't sleep on Saturday night. I woke up at about 1:20am (we had gone to bed just after midnight), and he wasn't in bed. I found him playing his game online, and he said he just couldn't sleep. Well, then I was awake, so we laid on the couch and watched Delores Claiborne that we had recorded on the DVR. The movie is pretty long, and we both stayed awake for the whole thing (although I missed about the second half because my head hurt, so I had turned and faced him and closed my eyes, but I never fell completely asleep)! So, around 4:30am, we went back to bed. We slept till about 11 Sunday morning, got up and showered and dressed and discovered we had NO food for breakfast. I knew we had to go grocery shopping, but we didn't even have milk for cereal, no eggs, couldn't make pancakes without milk, and we didn't even have bread for sandwiches or anything! So we hit Subway for breakfast/lunch, then did some major grocery shopping.

Oh, I did try a new recipe his cousin gave me, though it's not very healthy, so I won't post it on the recipes thread ;) It's just 1.5 cups of self-rising flour and 2 cups of ice cream. That's it! Mix the softened ice cream with the flour until all the flour is moistened, then put in a small greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. We used chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the hopes that it would almost make little cookies throughout the bread, but the cookie dough parts just kinda melted, but it's still REALLY good! Basically vanilla bread with little chocolate pieces and spots of sweetness from the dough chunks. We're also going to try strawberry ice cream. His cousin made it with peaches and cream. It makes a very moist and dense bread, really more like a cake. It's so easy even I didn't mess it up :devil:

12-05-2005, 12:44 PM
Rob does most of the grocery shopping here, so we always seem to be overloaded, heh heh. Mostly good stuff. ;) You'd think he lived through the Depression the way he overstocks, we have about 10 boxes of cereal.

We went to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch on Saturday, very hole in the wall type place. I had a spicy pork taco with rice and beans, and I tried horchata (a rice drink). I love that place. They have all their Christmas decorations up. So does the gym, they put real pine garlands all over the outside, and on the inside up the stairs to the front desk. We watched the Polar Express last night. Such a cute movie, got me in the holiday spirit. I have a couple of friends I have to mail presents to, so I'd better get moving on that!

Better get moving on my Monday to do list. Have a good one!

12-05-2005, 01:22 PM
Hi gals: you know those 8 lbs I lost in a few days last week? They're BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!! It's my own doing--we had a traditional English Sunday dinner with our English friends. The dinner was fairly healthy, with the exception of the Yorkshire pudding, gravy and pie! So, Im back to 320.

I bought The Biggest Loser book this weekend and read it cover to cover. It was a GREAT book! The circuit training outlined in it looks MUCH simpler than in Jillian's book. I think I will start with it, and as I get stronger, add in Jillian's workouts.

Alan's mum has an exercise bike that is in great condition that she wants to give to me. I'll gladly take it! It will give me something to do while watching TV other than eat!

Kimberley, love the coat girl!!

Jill: Interesting recipe--anything with Ice Cream piques my interest!! :):)

Marge: glad to hear your leg is healing, and that you were brave enough to go through the snow to the gym! Being the lazy sot I am, the snow would have been a great excuse to stay home under the covers!

Okay, out to walk, then eat lunch! I'm determined to keep my exercise goal this month!! See you in a bit!

12-06-2005, 12:38 AM
It's just 1.5 cups of self-rising flour and 2 cups of ice cream. That's it! Mix the softened ice cream with the flour until all the flour is moistened, then put in a small greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
THAT sounds wonderful. And now you can tell Jeff you've made him an ice cream cake. ;) Well, you have!

I've been a slug today, just wiped out after running all weekend. My hips have been getting better, but now I've had a lot of pain in my right shoulder, moving down my arm. My left shoulder's hurting, too, but not as badly. I wonder if it's bursitis, too, since it hurts to push on the joints like it did my hip joints. At any rate, it's been kinda discouraging having the unrelenting physical problems lately. I don't know Howie stays so positive and keeps on chugging with all HE has going on. That keeps me going.

I was over calorie both days this weekend, so this week I'm cutting back to compensate. I plan on a lot of veggies in those calories!

12-06-2005, 09:37 AM
Morning ladies! It looks like rain here today....We'll see whether or not it is raining when I want to take my walk.

Alan is headed to an interview today. It is with a job making considerably less money than he is used to. But any amount of money is better than nothing I guess. I'm not used to having a spouse/partner/significant other out of work.

12-06-2005, 03:45 PM
Don't worry, you'll lose those 8 lbs again, Jen. I remember when I started this program, I lost 3 lbs in the first week and was so psyched. The next week I gained back the 3 lbs! I'm glad I managed to keep it together and keep going.

You know, I had the Biggest Loser 2 hour finale on tape and finally watched it last night, heh heh. What transformations those people made. The guys looked so skinny. Cool you get a free bike. It's nice to have a piece of equipment you cn use indoors in the wintertime, when it's too slushy and cold outside to walk. Wait a minute, what am I talking about, you're in Florida! All you have to worry about is dodging falling coconuts! ;)

It's stressful to have a sig other out of work. Been there. For most guys their whole identity is tied up in their jobs. Hang in there, Jen.

Kimberley, I wonder if your doctor or hospital wouldn't have some type of pain management program to help you out. I've seen articles about how it's a growing field. Maybe even something like a physical therapist might help. Doesn't seem right that you should be in pain so much of the time.

The big snow storm we thought we'd get didn't materialize, all we had was a little snow fall early this morning. I have to admit I've been gnoshing on the goodies a little too much these past few days. Hope all the exercise makes up for it. :p

My aunt wants me to go to PA while she's there this month (visiting her sister and niece). I just don't think I'll be able to get away, plus right now isn't the best time to spend the extra money. I feel guilty because I'd love to see her, she's getting older now, in her 80s, I'd like to see her niece (we were close when we were teenagers). I'd have to rent a car or fly, or bus or train, any mode would add up fast.

Plus Rob can't get away and I don't especially like the idea of going away for a few days without him during the holidays. Have to ponder this one.

12-06-2005, 04:28 PM
Marge: "falling coconuts"--heehee!! Actually, the indoor bike will be good to use as I watch telly (and I do watch alot!)

Alan decided to forego the interview. While I understand why he did it, it doesn't give me much of a secure feeling. I have faith he will be working soon...I guess I just don't have enough experience with unemployed SO's. My former husband was (and still is) employed by the same place.

As far as going to PA--that would be a tough one, especially if money is tight. Maybe discussing it with Rob will help make the right decision.

Kimberley: How long have you had the bursitis pain? I hear it can be unbearing at times.

And where is our Jill?

12-06-2005, 05:07 PM
Howie is in such need of some deep, theraputic massage in his neck. This curvature in his lumbar spine forces him to hold his head and neck up at an unnatural angle in order to look up in front of him while walking or sitting at a desk at work. He really should be off work at this point - he's in so much pain. But he says he's gotta just grin and bear it because it's almost over. God, he's such a trooper.

I know there's pain management available for both of us in the form of PT, that's not the issue: It's the doggoned co-pays. :( They're $15 or $25, depending on whether our insurance considers the providers specialists (it's the higher co-pay for them). We know it'll be a matter of 3x/week kind of appointments for a few weeks and that's hundreds. Just can't do it right now. We have got to put money back for when he's off work, that's our focus.

I don't mean to sound like a sad sack - that's just reality. You know how life happens! ;) It'll work out, just has to wait.

My scrapbooking friend called and asked if we could get together later, like at 7pm. She's exhausted and needs to take a nap and still run an errand. I could tell she was really wiped out, so I gave her the option of getting together Thursday instead and she didn't think twice. I've had those days - guess it takes someone who has 'em to hear it in the other's voice, eh? We spent a totally enjoyable day with them Sunday; it's so cool to have another couple to do stuff with. Since all our other friends have kids, we're kind of the odd ducks and don't get to spend much time with them.

12-07-2005, 07:48 AM
Sorry I've been MIA. I'm alive, I promise! I just have had actual work to do at work, so I sit at my computer for 9 hours during the day, then I go home and have reports to edit for my second job, so I sit at my computer for a few more hours, and by the time all is said and done, I just don't want to be at the computer anymore! I come and read a lot, but the thought of typing kinda makes me want to drop-kick my computer off the balcony sometimes :devil: I've got a project due to a client on Friday, a call with a client tomorrow, a meeting at 10 today and another at 1:30...And then my part-time editing job from home is another feast-or-famine case. I went an entire billing period (15 days) with no hotel reports (those are the ones that take 1-2 hours to edit plus addition time the next day when you have to wait for answers on questions from the evaluator plus more time for feedback from the account manager...), and now I have 7 hotel reports just this week (plus at least 3 more next week). I sure enjoy the money, but sometimes I also enjoy sleep ;)

Anyway, I have been busy and eating everything in sight and not going to the gym. I had 2 slices of cheese pizza for lunch yesterday--I NEVER have that during the week! Plus that bread I made plus regular soda (Jeff's, since I ran out of my diet soda)...I've just been a dieting disaster :( Meh, it happens. I left the cash at home in my bedroom closet so I can't buy food in the cafeteria for lunch. I'll stick to what I brought from home (reduced-sugar instant oatmeal and a small can of fruit cocktail packed in pear juice).

Alright, I'm off to fill my water bottle and get back to editing this 23-page table in Word (I hate big tables in Word, but our client won't let us use Excel). Catch ya'll later!

12-07-2005, 09:04 AM
Hi Jill:

Ugh, I HATE tables in Word also--they can get messed up easily! Excel is soooo much better! In fact, if I could only have ONE Office program, it would be Excel. It can be a word document, spread sheet, database and more!

It's easy to go overboard when you are busy and don't have the right food in the house. That's the way it is at our house right now. I need to go to the grocery, but UGH! I hate going!

Kimberley, when I was married to my first husband, we were also the odd ducks out because we didn't have kids--not that we didn't try! I think it's worse if you really want kids and can't have them. If you are child free by choice, it's not so bad. Honestly Kimberley, I can't remember your situation--are you and Howie child free by choice? (Feel free to not answer if it is too personal!)

Off to work....will see you in a bit!

12-07-2005, 01:34 PM
Jill, I don't blame you for wanting to drop-kick the computer. Ugh about editing tables in Word. Any way you could temporarily pull the table into Excel for editing and then pop it back into your Word doc? That's what I'd do in a heartbeat. Hey, speaking of mystery shoppers, you'd be proud of me; :D I got a 10/10 on my Hickory Farms report without needing to submit any corrections. Woo!

Jen, yes, it's by choice. We decided after 13 years of my being on the pill that a permanent solution was preferable. It's so nice not having to remember to take that pill every day.

12-07-2005, 01:35 PM
Cute new pic (avatar), Jen!

Alan decided to forego the interview. While I understand why he did it, it doesn't give me much of a secure feeling. I have faith he will be working soon...I guess I just don't have enough experience with unemployed SO's. My former husband was (and still is) employed by the same place.

Just in general, it might be more worth his time to find a job at his correct level. If you take a job at too low a level, then you might end up having to leave it, and going to interviews where your too overqualified can leave you feeling like you're spinning your wheels: you probably wouldn't get offered the job (most good managers know that an overqualified person would get bored too quickly or would leave for a better job as soon as they could).

I know it can be tough. In our parent's generation it wasn't uncommon for a person to expect to be employed by the same business his/her entire life (mostly his!). That's not so much the case anymore. The responsibility is on the employee to take care of his/herself. Our social safety net has really shrunk. :(

Speaking of which, the insurance situation drives me absolutely batty. I mean, it's really wrong that we have to accept making a choice between our financial well being and taking care of our health needs. We have the most advanced medical resources in the world, so why is it only the wealthy and well insured (a number that's shrinking) get to take advantage of it? :soap: Hang in there, Kimberley.

Jill, at least the extra money comes at a good time. But then when is not a good time to have extra money, heh heh. I wouldn't be surprised if you had a good loss despite the extra snacks, you have the mojo.

I've got to get working, I've been slacking off lately -- that's a pitfall of working at home, it can be too easy to slack off sometimes! Have a good one, ladies.

12-07-2005, 03:58 PM
Hey, speaking of mystery shoppers, you'd be proud of me; :D I got a 10/10 on my Hickory Farms report without needing to submit any corrections. Woo!
hehe, for all the shops I've been doing lately, my shopper average is 10/10 :D Being an editor sure helps because I have been trained on what to look for in a report. I've gotten an 8, 9s, and four 10s. One shop was just as a new customer calling a bank to get info on their types of accounts (they paid me $6, and it took all of maybe 3 minutes on the phone and 10 minutes to write the report), and all the rest have been restaurants. As an editor, I actually get to assign the grades to the evaluators for the reports :devil:

12-07-2005, 05:17 PM
I've been slacking at my work, too, Marge. I had a photo project I was procrastinating about (so many photos to edit!), and as long as that wasn't done, I felt guilty doing anything else work-wise. So...I putzed around and didn't get either done. Anyone else do that? Now the photo job's completed and I am going to hit the webhost work hard and heavy. I want a good paycheck this coming period and it's entirely up to me - the works there, just need to sit down and do it!

I wish there were more mystery shops in my town. Most of them are in Columbus and it would cost me the honorarium's worth of gas to drive in and do them. Fortunately for me, they often send out job board info in the wee hours of the morning, so if there is a shop in my town, I have a good chance of getting it from a 2:00am e-mail notification.

12-08-2005, 10:32 AM
Morning ladies!

I had considered doing a Mystery Shopping thing, or taking surveys, but never got beyond considering it! LOL

It sounds like all of you work from home. I go into the office from 7:30-5:30 every day. I don't think I'm disciplined enough to work from home--I'd end up surfing and chatting all day long. (Oops--I already do that ! LOL) But I do have a great job with great benefits, and I am so glad for that.

Marge, you are right about Alan's job level. Not only can he financially not afford to take something beneath him, intellectually it would really aggravate him. We talked about some strategies that he has in place to start earning again. I feel very confident he will be earning again by the New Year.

Speaking of Alan, I'm attaching his pic....he's soooo handsome! :):)

12-08-2005, 11:57 AM
He's a cutie, Jen :) I'm glad to hear you two are discussing it, talking about it can let the air out of a lot of the fears and anxieties that go with being unemployed. Then it's more like your supporting each other and going through it together.

Kimberley, I do the exact same thing, I can't do this until I do that, then I end up doing neither thing, yikes. Heh heh.

I finally did a few holiday things, last night I mailed out about half our xmas cards. I still have to get together a couple of packages and bake, bake, bake. I've gotten a couple of gifts for Rob. I know he's gotten me more, so I have to figure out what else he might like. He's not that easy to shop for.

Tonight a big snow storm is supposed to move in, and I go to the gym Friday mornings. I'm having my exercise will tested here. If I hadn't overindulged in pannetone and brownies this week, I'd be able to skip it, but that's not the case....

12-08-2005, 01:10 PM
Jen--I WISH I worked from home! Well, I do, I suppose, but only for my part-time job. I work for a giant evil corporation as a technical writer/editor weekdays from 7am-3pm, then do the stuff from home in the evenings and weekends. The actual mystery shopping isn't for income since I don't get paid, I only get reimbursed for the meals at restaurants, so I just kinda do those for fun. The part I get paid for is editing the mystery shopper reports before they go to the clients, and that is a per-report rate, so even if a report takes 3 hours, I still get the regular per-report rate (luckily, that doesn't happen very often!) :dizzy:

Where is our Miss Aimee lately? Looking back, it looks like she hasn't been with us all month! Hope everything's okay...

12-08-2005, 02:54 PM
I don't think I'm disciplined enough to work from home--I'd end up surfing and chatting all day long. (Oops--I already do that ! LOL) But I do have a great job with great benefits, and I am so glad for that.
I burst out laughing when I read your parenthetical remark! :D Had to read it to Howie, too, of course.

That is a *great* picture of you two! He is a handsome guy, you're right. You both look wonderful -- great choice for your avatar, too!

I'm having a lazy, lazy "morning". We're forecast to get 3-6" snow, but who knows whether that will pan out. I'm looking forward to there being something other than brown winter blah, but at the same time, I'm not looking forawrd to cleaning off the van tonight after scrapbooking with my friend.

Good news on the healthcare front...We got an unexpected refund from the furnace guy for a part which didn't fix the problem, so Howie said the money I make from the contract work this pay period can go for me getting some adjustments from the chiropractor and/or PT. My hip's been hurting again and I'm thinking I might just go ahead and have the doc give me a cortisteriod injection sometime before we leave for Maryland.

Take a look at this radar. Woo! We're somewhere near the B in COLUMBUS.

12-08-2005, 06:17 PM
Yupyup...that snow's heading our way right after it hits you guys, Kimberley! I have heard reports here of anything from only rain all the way to a predicted 12 inches of snow! They seem to be agreeing a little more in the range of 2-6 inches now, and I guess it's supposed to be pretty nasty tomorrow morning with some sleet and freezing rain added on top of the snow we'll get overnight. I brought work home with me in case the office is closed tomorrow, but unfortunately, I doubt it will be :p

12-09-2005, 02:05 AM
I'm not sure how much was on the ground when I was out there just now, but the roads are interesting. Really, they could be a whole lot worse. I stopped on the way home and took pictures downtown -- been waiting until we got snow so I could get the courthouse lights in the snow! Here's my favorite shots. You get to see 'em first. :hug:

12-09-2005, 09:19 AM
Morning all....

Gorgeous pics, Kimberley! Reminds me of the town where I grew up (Franklin, Indiana).

Well y'all, I woke up in full b*tch mode today. TOM should arrive today or tomorrow. The sooner the better, before I kill someone! I already told Alan: "I love you, but you are just not going to do anything right in my eyes today." He thanked me for recognizing it and letting him know. It seems like my PMS has been getting worse the older I get. And forget healthy eating--bring on the CHOCOLATE!!!!

12-09-2005, 10:54 AM
Kimberley, those pictures are gorgeous!

Well, we got a few inches of snow (about 2-4), but it took me over an hour to get to work this morning (usually takes about 25-30 minutes). I leave at about 5:30am, so I figured everyone else would still be home. WRONG! It was pouring rain when I left, so I was wiping all the snow off my car and getting drenched, then had to scrape a layer of ice off the windows. I assumed the side roads would be icky, but I figured the highways would be fine. Wrong again! All traffic on the beltway (I-495 going around DC) was doing 15 miles per hour. 15! It was insane!

But, in any case, I made it to work alive and in one piece. Jeff stayed home since there's an accident where a tractor-trailor truck crashed into a utility pole, shutting down an entire parkway right near Jeff's office. He called work, and the guy told him it wasn't even worth it to come in because it would take forever, and he only works till 2:30 on Fridays anyway, so now he is home all day, and I'm stuck here at the office :p

I also didn't sleep well last night, but for good reason. When I got home from work yesterday, my apartment was cold, so I turned up the heat. I was freezing as I was working on my computer, soI turned it up a bit more and put my hand over the vent to find that it was blowing COLD air! So I put on my shoes and went down to the front desk to report it, but aparently the heat was out in the entire building, not just us. So anyway, Jeff and I curled up with blankets and watched a movie, then went to bed with an extra blanket on top. I woke up at about 1:30am SWEATING! I ripped the extra blanket off the bed and went and got a cold drink of water from the fridge, but I was still hot when I went back to bed. That's when I remembered that I had turned the heat up to about 80 when it wasn't working--well, it was working now! So I turned down the heat, and Jeff had woken up as well, so we watched a little tv to fall back to sleep. So now I am at work, cold, tired, and Jeffless, and I wanna go home, but we have a deliverable due to a client today, so no hope of leaving early for me! :dizzy:

12-09-2005, 12:04 PM
At 9:30am, we heard a terrible racket coming from downstairs. My MIL's dog Hannah was yelping and crying up a storm, obviously in distress beyond the normal "poor abandoned, crated puppy dog" cries she normally does after Nancy leaves in the morning. Howie dashed downstairs and found her with her nose wedged partially under the crate door, her mouth stuck open in the bars. She was stuck tight! She doesn't appear to be injured, but wow what a way to greet the day. I'd not gone to bed until a bit after 6:00am and tossed and turned for a while before settling down, so it was a *very* short night's sleep for me.

"I love you, but you are just not going to do anything right in my eyes today." :ROTF: This I must remember to tell Howie!

Oh, Jill, poor you...A bad night's sleep, killer commute and Jeffless to top it all off. Glad they got your heat working at least. Our snowstorm wimped out and we only got maybe 2" on the ground. I heard ice was a possibility, but I've not really seen it.

12-09-2005, 01:15 PM
Okay, where IS Aimee??

12-09-2005, 02:02 PM
TOM should arrive today or tomorrow. The sooner the better, before I kill someone! I already told Alan: "I love you, but you are just not going to do anything right in my eyes today." He thanked me for recognizing it and letting him know. It seems like my PMS has been getting worse the older I get. And forget healthy eating--bring on the CHOCOLATE!!!!

I not only have a twin in Canada (Aimee, you know who you are), I have one in Florida too!! :rofl:

I loved your pics, Kimberley. It's much cuter than my home town of San Leandro, CA. ha. Some people here get into the decorations, there's a three story brownstone on 9th street that has lights plastered all over the building, and a santa claus, I get a kick out of it.

I'm really glad to hear you're going to get PT.

Definitely be careful on the roads, Jill. We're seeing all kinds of news footage with nasty accidents. There was one right here on Sixth Avenue near us, involved about 4 or 5 cars and there's glass all over the sidewalks now. We finally have the heat cranking here, and I've been waking up sweating too, :lol: I keep thinking it's colder than it is and using lots of blankets and wearing a sweatshirt on top of my nightgown.

Happy to report a 0.8 lb loss this week. I changed the ticker to read 15 instead of 10, I'll never reach 15 by Christmas, ha. This way I can feel like I got closer to a goal. :)

Well, I'd better go get some stuff down, have to order bagels to be shipped for my dad's birthday (12/11).


12-09-2005, 02:09 PM
Just thought I'd pop by and let you all know where I am... life is crazy, and I'm having a rough time.. so I'm taking a time out.. Just need some time.


12-09-2005, 03:57 PM
Aimee we miss you and are thinking about you!!:hug:

I'm happy to report that so far there are no homicides committed by me today!:cp: There' s still time, though...:fr:

Potential good news! Alan is getting the opportunity to bid on some contract work. He feels he has a good chance of winning this bid! :carrot: Fingers crossed!

Okay, so a little informal census of our little group (let me know if I'm wrong on any of this):

--We all have jobs (all outside the home except for Kimberley)
--Kimberley is our only married; Jill, Marge and Jen have live-in Significant Others; Aimee has a boyfriend that doesn't live with her (not sure about that one)
--Jill and Aimee are in their 20's; Kimberley is in her 30's; Marge and Jen are in their 40's
--None of us have children at the moment
--Jen lives the furthest south--Aimee lives the furthest north

Am I very far off base?

12-09-2005, 04:25 PM
Aimee, sorry to hear you're having a rough patch. :hug: Take good care, do what you need to do, and come back soon as you can - we miss you.

I think you're right on, except I think Josh does live with Aimee. Hope I'm not getting SO's mixed up! I can't keep spouses/SO's straight sometimes. Mine's pretty easy for everyone since he's active here. ;)

12-09-2005, 05:06 PM
I think I got the SO's down:

Jen and Alan (duh!)
Kimberley and Howie (duh again!)
Aimee and Josh
Marge and Rob
Jill and Jeff

Speaking of yours Kimberley, I was excited to see he made it to the 240's!! Nearly half the man he was!

12-10-2005, 07:13 PM
Good luck to Allen, Jen. That's good news. I'm happy to hear you avoiding hurting your loved ones too, heh heh. I have one correction to your survey. I work out of my home.

Aimee, :hug: Looking forward to reading your posts here again. I know sometimes a break is the best medicine.

I've been baking up a storm: biscotti and cranberry bread. Tomorrow it will be chocolate chips, maybe oatmeal if I have enough energy. Then I have to pack them up to give most of them away, heh heh.

12-11-2005, 12:39 AM
Howie's Uncle Bobby and Aunt Bea came out to take my MIL Nancy to lunch, but invited us to come along, too. They're great people, quick to laugh and kid.

This evening, we went with our coffee shop friends to a Victorian Christmas event at a local historic home, Davis-Shai House ( They had a Santa Claus display with all kinds of figures from different eras, plus dozens of trees throughout the house. Live music from various local groups were nice, too. They have a big, heated events tent set up outside where they serve free doughnuts and hot cider. After that, we headed over to...You guessed it...Caribou. Tonight we mixed things up a little and played double 15 dominoes, what a fun time.

Tomorrow we're having Howie's nephew and his family over for dinner. I'm so pooped right now, that makes me downright tired to think about. But it'll be fun. :)

12-12-2005, 10:25 AM
Too bad the Davis house site didn't have Christmas pics. Sounds like a lot of fun.

I was making more cookies yesterday. One more batch to go. I have to mail my dad's Christmas package this week with all the baked goods. And I'll send Larry (my boss) his cookies too. It's work but I enjoy it.

Rob has developed an earache and is in a bear of a mood. His sister is causing a lot of problems, I think she's having a mini-melt down.

The thread's quiet. How's everybody doing? I'd better start working on my Monday list. Have a good one, gals.

12-12-2005, 11:21 AM
Good morning ladies!

It is COLD here in Florida today....45 degrees, to warm up to 65....I know, I shouldn't b*tch, but I don't have a warm coat like Kimberley does!! :)

Our company barbeque went well! Everyone went away with at least two gifts and a belly full of ribs and chicken! We also had the bouncy castle for the kids as well as ice cream and snow cone machines. Everyone went home happy (I think!)

WARNING: The next paragraph may be TMI for some!

Okay, so my TOM is freaking me out. I had all the symptoms, but only half a day of any bleeding (and not much at that). Very odd! I have the sore breasts and general b*tchiness, but no other evidence. Makes you wonder......

Sounds like Kimberley and Marge are really getting into the Christmas spirit!! Baking cookies and going on house tours--what fun!

ON the news last night here in the Orlando area, there is a church heading up a "To **** with Happy Holidays" campaign. It is protesting the retailers that have removed Merry Christmas and replaced with happy Holidays. You can read about it here Looks like the petition is led by the American Family Association, an organization that has some controversial viewpoints. No matter what side of the debate you stand on, it is definitely fuel for passionate debates for a long long time.

12-12-2005, 01:18 PM
Oh, Jen, don't you worry bout TMI around here! :p

I did a bit of holiday baking myself this weekend. I made white chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, and 2 loaves of that ice cream bread (one strawberry and one a Friendly's ice cream flavor called Strut your Streusel--both VERY good!). Needless to say, I have gone crazy on calories with that all in the house, but it'll be gone when I bring it to the party at work tomorrow.

As for my TOM, I'm not supposed to have it since I'm in the middle of a pill pack, but like last month, I have been spotting a bit and extremely hungry and emotional. Perhaps these pills are no longer strong enough for me? I'll have to ask my doctor when I go in for my yearly in January.

12-12-2005, 02:50 PM
Jill: That would be my guess regarding your pills. Your doc would know for sure.

What was that recipe for the ice cream cake/bread? I might give that a try....

12-12-2005, 03:14 PM
Hiya, hiya. Jill, it could be your pills need to be readjusted because of your weight loss. My doctor told me the spotting et. al. was likely due to that. Then they started getting wonky after I got off the pill -- really heavy with painful cramps, and my cycle between them got shorter than it's been. Then she told me I was in perimenopause, the precursor to menopause. Jen, how old are you? Could that be the issue with you? I just know I'm all over the calendar now and don't know exactly when to expect TOM...I miss those regulated pill months sometimes!

Dinner with Howie's nephew and family was great! His kids are well-behaved, and watched some cartoons while we played a few games of dominoes after dinner. I found a couple of club chairs at curbside a week or so ago, and it turns out they match our living room/dining room AND they are so comfortable , Howie can sit at the table without discomfort. :D It's so fun getting to know Thomas and his wife - this is the first time we've had them "all to ourselves" instead of smalltalking with them at a family gathering. Love it!

12-12-2005, 04:55 PM
Kimberley: I'm 40--will be 41 in April. I've always had wacky cycles until a few years ago, when I dropped 70 lbs. I became like clockwork then. Since I started gaining weight, they have become more iffy. The solution is obvious....

Glad you had fun with the family...although I have no clue how to play dominoes!!

12-12-2005, 05:02 PM
The recipe for the bread is 2 cups of ice cream and 1.5 cups of self-rising flour. Mix together until flour is moistened (let ice cream get soft, but not completely melted). Bake in greased/floured 8x4 loaf pan at 350 for 45 minutes. I thought about trying low-fat ice cream or no sugar added or something to take the calories down a notch, but I Googled the recipe and found people complaining that it didn't come out well unles syou used regular ice cream.

As for the pills, I sure hope that's all it is. They changed my pill just under a year ago when I changed insurance, and they said it was the same as what I had been on, just a different name, but I looked online today and it has a different progestin. I just hate that I basically feel like I am PMSing for no good reason--I even cried in the car on the way to the grocery store yesterday! At least the spotting seems to have stopped, though, and I seem less emotional today (no crying OR screaming...yet...:devil:).

I almost wish I could go off the pill and see if that makes a difference, but I have firm instructions to never go off until I am trying to get pregnant because they were initially prescribed as cyst prevention medication. When I was 16, I had ot have emergency surgery to remove a 10-inch (LARGE grapefruit) cyst from my ovary, and while they had me cut open, they found a cyst starting on my other ovary as well--the doctor referred to me as a "cyst farm" :p Anyway, the big one was so big it got tangled in the tube leading to my ovary and cut off the circulation, so I am now only a mono-ovarian woman :D You'd think with only one ovary, I would only have half the girly problems to deal with! :dizzy:

12-13-2005, 09:07 AM
Morning gals!

Jill, that's awful about your ovarian cysts! I can imagine how painful that must have been!

I didn't get much sleep last night--we watched the movie "Sideways" (kind of weird, but good) and got to bed late last night.

Alan had a telephone interview with a company in (GULP) Butte, Montana! I do NOT want to go there!!! He doesn't think they will offer him the position anyway. Secretly I hope they don't! I want to stay in Florida!

12-13-2005, 12:00 PM
Jen, for me weight loss, exercise and stress all affect my TOM. I'm sure I skip periods (still have symptoms) because I'm in that peri state too. If you're really nervous about it, you could go to your gyn and have it checked out, never hurts.

I would like to see it be ok to say Christmas again, it is a religious holiday. I'm not a very religious, but that is what it is. I'd like to see it be less of buying frenzy too. Why should we feel so pressured to buy things to enjoy it?
That's my 1.5 cents, heh heh.

A cyst farm, boy, that's nice. I guess that's what they call a bedside manner....:dizzy: That does sound like it was really painful.

12-13-2005, 12:25 PM
I would like to see it be ok to say Christmas again, it is a religious holiday. I'm not a very religious, but that is what it is. I'd like to see it be less of buying frenzy too. Why should we feel so pressured to buy things to enjoy it?
I think the problem with Christmas isn't just that it's religious, but that it excludes other religions. If you advertise for Christmas, what about those who buy gifts for Hannukah (or whatever of 20 different spellings)? I think "Happy Holidays" is best for retailers because it doesn't exclude anyone. Almost every religion celebrates something this time of year, or even just to include New Year's, it's a total holiday season, not only Christmas. I do celebrate Christmas, but I have also worked retail where those who do not celebrate Christmas get very offended at the commercial world assuming that Christmas is the only important holiday of the season, which I think is understandable.

Although I bet there are plenty of kids out there who have no idea what Christmas really supposedly represents in Christianity besides decorated trees and wrapped gifts, so I definitely agree that it has been over-commercialized. Then again, that's how retailers stay in business, right? :dizzy:

12-13-2005, 01:00 PM
I always thought I'd like to be Jewish and celebrate Hannukah--eight days of presents! LOL:present:

12-13-2005, 03:51 PM
Yeah, but remember Hannuka Harry on Saturday Night Live...Might be 8 days of presents, but they're things like socks and underwear. ;) LOL

12-13-2005, 04:13 PM
OMG Kimberley I forgot about that! LOL

Hey girl, just wanna say how awesome you are for standing up for your man. I'd do the same if I were in your shoes! You guys are a perfect match!

12-14-2005, 12:46 AM
I'm very grateful for him. He wasn't real happy that I wrote his cousin - Didn't know I had done it until he replied to Howie. He never replied to me, however. I agree, we are the perfect match. :love: I've got his back and he's got mine.

Tomorrow at Noon I see a chiropractor for a consultation and x-rays. If he thinks this junk with my shoulder and arm is nerve/alignment-related I'll go to him. If he doesn't, I guess I'll see the orthopedic specialist who diagnosed the bursitis in my hips. All I know is, tomorrow's good timing because tonight while scrapbooking, my arm was not only tingly, but also started hurting again. It's the pits and I want to get better. Like right now! :dizzy: Think that's doable? ;)

12-14-2005, 11:06 AM
Hey Kimberley...

I know how the arm thing hurts. I had a rotator cuff injury a couple of months ago.

How much will your insurance cover for chiropractic care? Most of them have a very limited budget for chiropractic. You may end up at the ortho anyway. I hope you figure out what it is soon!

12-14-2005, 12:11 PM
I think the problem with Christmas isn't just that it's religious, but that it excludes other religions.

I guess how I see it is that it's not a retail holiday, it's been made into a retail holiday. So for retail to embrace other religious holidays to make them equally as lucrative for retail seems to me not that great an answer either. I don't mean to argue for non-inclusion, my feelings run more along the lines of the spirit that I see this time of year to have (whether you're talking about Ramadan, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa), which to me should outweigh materialism and shopping, stress and debt.

They've been playing the Hannukah song all week on the radio, so funny. What happened with your cousin, Kimberley? Good luck with the treatment, hopefully you'll get relief asap.

12-14-2005, 04:04 PM
Regarding the cousin, see this thread (

Just got back from the chiro - looks like there are some vertebrae out of alignment in my neck, and the nerves which come down from that area go over the shoulders and down the arms. He took x-rays and I'll know more after I see him at 4:45pm, when I go back to his office to go over the x-rays and get an adjustment.

12-14-2005, 06:07 PM
OH man....I miss going to my chiropractor in Indiana....he gave the BEST adjustments! Let us know what your line of treatment will be, Kimberley!

LOVE the Hannukah song, Marge! "Put on your yamulka, it's time for Hannukah...!"

12-15-2005, 12:04 AM
Yes! He can help. :dance:

When I went back to see him, I brought in Howie's films because I knew he'd be interested in seeing them. He couldn't believe Howie's still working. He did find the back x-rays and CT scans particularly engrossing -- I kinda figured he would since they're the backbone of his business (snicker).

He showed me the x-rays of my back and said my lumbar spine is too straight, and there's some subluxation of the vertebrae in my neck. There's also some arthritis in a couple of the vertebrae. The numbness and tingling in my right arm comes from the neck vertebrae being all whopper-jawed and he started adjustments on that and the other two problem areas today.

I'll see him two more times this week, then 3x/week for the next two weeks. He's confident I'll find a good bit of relief in the amount of time we have to work with. Thank GOD.

He also was flexible on his fee -- normally he gets $35 a session (yie, 3x/week?), but because of our extenuating circumstances and that I'm self-pay, we worked out a discounted rate. He asked what my co-pay would have been were he on my plan ($25). We worked it out with him offering to take only 2 copays for every 3 adjustments. That's doable, I think. I have to do *something* and this seems like it will help. God bless the guy for working with me on this, I tell ya.

My neck feels much looser after the adjustment, but my mid-back needs some convincing. Owie. I know from previous chiropractic care that it's always darkest before the dawn when it comes to adjustments, and I'm looking forward to getting past the ouchie point and feeling better. ;)

In other news...Still trying to be positive about the whole "lifestyle change" thing. It's been rough going on the weekends and I've not felt very motivated to eat right after the weekend's over. I've not caved the last couple weeks, but the maintains have me bummed. I want ONEderland...But how badly? Tonight I stocked up on a bunch of veggies both cannned, fresh and frozen. I know I'll eat 'em and I know that'll get me back in the mindset I need. It was just easy to get lazy during the busy weeks of entertaining and not feel like doing much food prep.

I might not reach the 15 pounds by Christmas goal, but this train is not derailing!

12-15-2005, 07:23 AM
In other news...Still trying to be positive about the whole "lifestyle change" thing. It's been rough going on the weekends and I've not felt very motivated to eat right after the weekend's over. I've not caved the last couple weeks, but the maintains have me bummed. I want ONEderland...But how badly? Tonight I stocked up on a bunch of veggies both cannned, fresh and frozen. I know I'll eat 'em and I know that'll get me back in the mindset I need. It was just easy to get lazy during the busy weeks of entertaining and not feel like doing much food prep.

I might not reach the 15 pounds by Christmas goal, but this train is not derailing!
Good for you! My train has derailed wildly, and I know I need to get back on track, but this honestly seems like the absolute worst time of year to try! Our TOPS meeting for tonight has already been cancelled due to inclement weather--it's supposed to be a messy mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain for most of the day, and since it's been extremely cold these past couple days, it's expected to freeze on contact with the roads. It's supposed to start around 7-9am (luckily, it's 6:20am now, and I'm already at work), so I'll head home at 3 as usual and just STAY home!

Point being, no TOPS tonight, no TOPS last week, and no TOPS next week since I will be in CT. I considered going to a TOPS group in CT while I was up there, but the closest one meets on Wednesdays, and I won't be there till Thursday, so so much for that!

It's actually surprising me how much the accountability of TOPS has really been helping me, and I guess I didn't know how important it was until it was gone. I had been considering not renewing my membership come March when it expires, but maybe I will just go check out some other area groups to see if I can find a better fit. The ladies in my group are nice, but most only have a few (20 or fewer) pounds to lose, and I'm the youngest member by a landslide (last meeting I went to, I had a lovely conversation with a few ladies about their osteoporosis medications).

In any case, there's no way I'm meeting my 15 pounds by Christmas, but at least I'm still down a bit overall since we started that challenge, so it wasn't for nothing!

12-15-2005, 10:40 AM
My sister went to the chiropractor after a car accident and I know how much that helped her. So, sounds good.

That was a great letter to your cousin, he should have owned up to his comments, but not everybody is able to do that so easily.

I'm number three having a bit of trouble these days. I haven't really strayed that far off, it does look like a gain this week, which I think may have to do with TOM too -- got a similar gain same time last month. I think it's hard to think of staying on plan when it's the holidays, I don't know about you all, but we're surrounded by goodies here. It's an eating time of year. Once January comes, we'll be carried on by the momentum of all the millions of Americans going on a diet and exercise plan, all the news stories will be about it, tons of commercials from gyms and diet programs. All the talk shows will focus on it.

Sounds like a plan checking into other TOPS. I would bet you'll find one that has younger people, and a better variety. My journal works as my accountability. I even chart the lbs lost (and sometimes gained :o ) over time, so I have the truth of what I've done and not done staring me in the face when I open it each week, ha.

I liked the thread that Apryl started once about what one thing I will do this week. I want to say I won't eat any cookies, but I can't see me keeping that one. I will have 3 days out of this week where I will not eat any cookies or sweets and I will keep to my exercise plan. My cookie eating will not exceed one cookie in a day. That I can do.

Anyone else?

12-15-2005, 10:54 AM
Hi ladies:

Make me number 4 on the "derailed" list! I'm amazed at how quickly I can regain weight! Two months ago I was 300 lbs, today I was 322. It comes from not sticking to my plan and having an "all or nothing" attitude when it comes to my plan. I know some of my gain is water, but it can't ALL be water. My current plan is to at the minimum maintain my current weight (hopefully lose!), then after the holidays go full force.

12-15-2005, 11:05 AM
My current plan is to at the minimum maintain my current weight (hopefully lose!), then after the holidays go full force.
I think that's the best thing we can all do at this point. I know right now that when I go home for Christmas, our family's tradition is home-made lasagna on Christmas Eve, and fudge and orange juice for breakfast on Christmas Day early, then a full-out home-made brunch once we're done playing with our gifts (cheesy eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, maybe pancakes...). I know my mother is also trying to lose weight, so things that can be made healthier probably will be (i.e., low-fat cheese on the lasagna, reduced-sugar orange juice, etc.), but I also know that she lets go of the dieting mentality very easily for special occasions (hmm, maybe it's in my genes? ;) ), so we'll see how it all works out. Knowing that, though, I can't say I'll lose anything else until after the holidays without most likely being disappointed in my results.

12-15-2005, 02:25 PM
You should have labeled your post FOOD PORN!! Cheesy eggs sound yummy, as do the pancakes!

I'm one of those who lets go of the dieting mentality as well during the holidays....that has GOT to change!!

So do you think we shouldn't expect too much out of ourselves right now? I mean, are we setting ourselves up to fail? The holidays are HARD!

12-15-2005, 02:40 PM
So do you think we shouldn't expect too much out of ourselves right now? I mean, are we setting ourselves up to fail? The holidays are HARD!
I just think it's good to say that, yes, we will try our best at this time, but not to set a specific number (I want to lose X amount by New Year's Day!). Personally, I think it is a good goal to just NOT gain over the next couple of weeks.

Well, it is getting messy here! It snowed for a couple of hours this morning (nice big fluffy lakes falling slowly--very pretty), and I'd guess it accumulated maybe 1.5-2 inches, and now it just downright POURING rain, but the ground is so cold that some of it is freezing, so we basically have roads that are all slush and ice--should prove to be a fun drive home (only 1 hour and 20 minutes to go...)!

12-15-2005, 03:17 PM
I'm staying full-force now, except for one treat day a week. My problem was letting the treat day turn into two...And to use them as an excuse to just munch all day and go way over my calories. If I can't do this during the holidays, it will be too easy to just slack after them, especially with the crazy stresses of Howie's surgery. That, plus the fact that in all likelihood I'll be eating on the run and at the hospital for a week until he gets out. I can deal with sweets easier because I'm not faced with them every day in an office or in gifts from friends -- they all know not to do that (I hope!).

12-16-2005, 10:54 AM
Hi ladies:

Big news! Tomorrow we are finally getting cable TV AND high speed internet at home! We weren't sure how long we would be staying at our present place, so we didn't get it when we first moved in. Well, I was tired of watching shows on a snowy TV! American Idol starts in a couple of weeks, and I want to have a clear picture this year!

And I hate only having internet access at work! I'd like to be able to surf and post on the weekends again. Plus it will help Alan to jobhunt if he was doing it from home.

How much snow/ice did you all get? Looks like NY got a good heap of it. How about everyone else?

12-16-2005, 01:20 PM
Update: Got my company bonus check today....WOOHOO!! It was the equivalent of two month's salary! Needless to say, my company did very well this year....

12-16-2005, 04:04 PM
Wow, awesome bonus! Howie got one, but it was less than a week's pay. Still, it was unexpected and most welcome.

We didn't get the ice storms, thank goodness. Friends of ours in Maryland put a bunch of their employees up in a hotel last night knowing that the ice storm would make the roads impassible, especially for those having to come over the mountain from a neighboring town. They rented a bunch or rooms, bought the folks a nice dinner out, and had the needed warm bodies at work today. They have oodles of loans to close today, and it would have been disasterous for all those people to be home from work.

I am feeling so much better after just three visits to the chiro. OH, sweet relief!

OH!! And I finally lost a pound. Wooo! Next week, I'm going to be in ONEderland for Christmas. I just know it. :D :D :D

12-17-2005, 01:17 AM
Okay...So where is everyone? *Sniff* is it me? I showered! ;)

12-17-2005, 01:15 PM
Kimberley, you smell wonderful :p Our internet was down in our apartment all day yesterday and Thursday night. We called Comcast (our cable provider) to report it at around 4:30pm yesterday, and it's STILL out! Right now, I am on Jeff's computer because he is connected to someone else's wireless connection in our building (sssh, don't tell! They should have a more secure connection, anyway ;)). I have 4 hotel reports (each takes about an hour) and 2 feedback forms to do for my part-time job this weekend, so this thing better be working by tomorrow morning! Otherwise, I may have to go to my office and work from there instead of from home, but I REALLY don't want to have to be in my office an extra day!

YAY for bonuses! Jeff got a bonus with his check this week, too--$50. Better than my Christmas bonus, which is NOTHING! We only get a bonus at raise time, which is in June or July, and even then, it's not everyone, only those who "earned" it. I may not be at the same job then, though--I got an email last night (though I just read it about 5 minutes ago) from a company to whom I sent my resume back in October for a Managing Editor position. I also fudged my salary requirements in my cover letter for that position a bit and said I was looking for $10k more a year than I am making now (not to be greedy, but because if I remember correctly, they stated a salary range in their ad, and I wanted to take advantage of it rather than come in way too low), and they still responded, so I'm going to call her back first thing Monday morning :D

Well, keeping my fingers crossed that our internet gets back online sometime today. Otherwise, I'll talk to you chicas on Monday--have a great weekend!!

12-17-2005, 02:03 PM
have to make this quick since I haven't jumped in the shower yet, so don't sniff in this direction!! heh heh

congrats on the bonuses and the 1 lb :carrot: here's to onederland!

I have to bake more today (I like it), it's time to give those cookie presents away. then shopping, then wrapping. tis the season. the Christmas trees on 9th street near the gym smell WONDERFUL. I love walking by there.

:hug: (ps it rained so pretty much all the snow is gone and it's almost 40 degrees here, we're sweltering!

12-17-2005, 02:13 PM
I weighed this morning and have, indeed, reached Onederland!! Wooo! Started a thread in the 100 Pound Club forum. Kimberley's a happy camper today!

We're heading into Columbus to visit my MIL's siblings. See y'all later. :)

12-19-2005, 09:36 AM
WOOHOO, Kimberley!!!! Congrats on getting to ONEderland!!!!!!!!!!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

12-19-2005, 09:44 AM
WOOHOO ON ONEderland!!!! What an amazing holiday gift for yourself! :elf: :encore:

12-19-2005, 12:25 PM
Good morning ladies!

I purchased a new home computer with my bonus, and still have lots left to put into savings--hopefully for a return trip to England in the spring, or possibly a trip to Vegas in February. I'm also sending some to one of my sisters who lost her husband last Christmas and has had some struggles. I want to send it anonymously though...still trying to figure out how to do that. I can't mail it from here because it will have a Florida postmark. I might have to send it to my other sister who lives in the same town, then have her send it out.

Will check in later!

12-19-2005, 01:36 PM
Kimberley: Does Howie have a template for the charts you all use on his site? I think it is a good one!

12-19-2005, 01:54 PM
Thanks, you guys! Jen, if you write to him from the link at his website, he'll be glad to send you the file. :)

Ohhhhh, I ate stupidly yesterday. We spent the afternoon and evening with our best friends and just fell into old habits. She made baked spaghetti topped with cheddar cheese, plus a salad and bread. We could have done just fine, but didn't. After we left there hours later and hungry, we got pizza. I'm feeling down today, thinking about how easy it is to slip into old habits. Blah.

Tomorow will be better, and I am on track today. Like last week, I'm going to adjust my calories down to make up for going too many calories over on my treat day. At least I only had the ONE treat day this weekend - that's a step in the right direction after the last three weekends of food porn! ;)

12-19-2005, 02:01 PM
This process is literally a meal at a time, isn't it? That seems like a more attainable goal to eat right at each meal rather than a whole week or a whole day.

Just think Kimberley! You could be at your drivers license weight by Valentine's Day!!

12-19-2005, 02:28 PM
Way to go, Kimberley!! And during the holidays, I'm very impressed :)

wow, Christmas is coming up on my fast and furious. And I'm swamped at work. Enjoy yourselves, gals.

12-19-2005, 04:21 PM
Valentine's day...That would be cool. Man, I am so sleepy today -- don't think I'm gonna last. The chiro suggested I sleep on my back with a good support beneath my neck. I just don't sleep well on my back, so the sleep's been bad the last several nights. Plus all the running around visiting is kind of taxing to a homebody like me. I am very social and enjoy myself when out with people, but it's not the norm for me to be on the go every day of the week like I've been these last two or three weeks. :tired: My bed is sounding sooo good today, maybe I need to catch some ZZ's after all. Then tonight I can do more contract work after I'm less zombie-like.

Howie's last day at work is Thursday, a week earlier than he'd originally scheduled. Since our family doctor had seen him about his back, her writing him out early will go on the disability claim. Woo!

Friday we have plans to go to Easton Mall with friends from the coffee shop, and with a wheelchair, Howie will be able to participate and enjoy everything with us. :) We should be getting a call back from a local church which has wheelchairs to loan out. It'd be great to have one to take with us in the van so we didn't have to use the mall's...I can't imagine having to park in the parking garage, schlep down to the building where they have the chairs, go all the way back to the van, etc. Plus this mall is a combination indoor/outdoor one with SO much to see you have to drive your car to different areas.

12-20-2005, 12:56 PM
That's a good idea Kimberley--the wheelchair makes the most sense. I don't think I have heard of anyone loaning them out for free, so that is definitely a bonus!

Sorta OT:

I have to admit, when I go to Wal-Mart and see people so obese they have to use a motorized scooter to shop scares me. I do NOT want to be one of those people. But I know that unless I change my ways, that is my destiny. I do not want to be a burden on anyone if I become disabled for some reason.

12-20-2005, 03:10 PM
I can relate, Jen. And I'll tell you, for years, Howie's been someone who would benefit from using one of those scooters or carts because of his back - but he very seldom would use one because he didn't want to look like "just another fat guy who couldn't walk". People would assume it was his weight making him use it, not a "legitimate" injury. He was the same way about getting a handicap tag, though now he realizes the need for one. That reminds me, I need to call the doctor's office and find out how to get one.

I'm on the prowl for replacement filters for our humidifier. We bought it online, a big Bemis console model that puts out 12gal. water every 24 hours. No one sells the refill wicks or filters here, though. :dizzy: It was my choice to buy online, and now I'm forever shopping deals come wintertime. I think I may buy a 6-pack of wicks this time, but may just vacuum the air filter part to keep using it. ;)

12-21-2005, 03:12 AM
Hey, now, where is everyone? I miss Aimee's nighttime posts...*sniffle* C'mon back, Aimee! :hug:

Turns out the Ohio BMV has PDF copy of the handicap tag application form (a.k.a. more politically correct "Application for Disability Placards") online. I just have to print it out and have Howie complete it and fax it to the doctor's so she may write a prescription for the tag, uh, placard. That's easy enough!

12-21-2005, 07:33 AM
I miss Aimee's posts, too :(

Well, I had a phone interview for a new job yesterday afternoon. It was short (about 15 minutes), but I think it went well. She said they will be scheduling in-person interviews after the holidays because so many people are on vacation for the next 2 weeks. She also ended the call by asking me if it still sounded like a position I would be interested in, so I take both of those as signs that it went well. I mean, why woudl she explain the next step of the interview process if she didn't want to have me back--wouldn't she just have thanked me and said something like, "we'll get back to you." I hope I get an interview--the job pays a LOT more than I'm making right now and sounds much less boring :devil:

12-21-2005, 09:38 AM
Morning gals!

Jilly, good luck with your interview! More money is always a good thing. What kind of job is it?

Kimberley, how long will it take for the placard to come through? I figure since it was a government thing it wouldnt be too fast!

And where IS Aimee? I've seen posts on other parts of 3FC,but not here!!

Alan leaves tonight for Richmond, Virginia for a job interview. This may sound pathetic, but tonight will be the first night we've slept apart since we've been living together, and I'm a bit anxious about that! How crazy does that sound??

12-21-2005, 12:33 PM
Well, Hello there ya'lll...I am so sorry I have been MIA for several months...Where to begin...hmmm...well, my only excuse is this, for a few months I took time to stay away from the PC and to sew and spend time with the DH...My website has almost sold completely out a couple of times, and I have had to really sew sew sew...I slacked off a bit in the diet/weight loss area...though I am under 300 now which is a good thing, never thought I would see that happen lol..I am making it my personal plan to work on ME in 2006 , and not give a hoot about anyone else's problems or anything that could affect me in a negative way...I have also had 2 miscarriages since my last post, and come to find out that I am Peri-Menopausal, at 38, yup...since I have had no children as of yet, my body has completely wacked out on me, and now I am taking Estroven to get my Hormones back on track...Heather is now pregnant, and is due in July...Lucky her I guess..She is having financial difficulties and is rarely on her PC so this is why she has also not been around...We went to Florida for Thanksgiving, and discovered that my father is slowly dieing now...He has the same problem my grandmother died from, and is slowly starving to death...He has a blockage in the esophagus, and unless he chews the heck out of his food, it will not go down...His heart is too damaged from years of abuse, and they will not do anything for him...He should be force fed with a tube, but who wants that, so he is at home and taking it one day at a time...I doubt he will be here another year...but he is 88 now, so he has had a long life...I guess that is basically that...the long and the short of it so to speak...I am so busy sometimes, and then I get periods with nothing going today...I have skimmed through everyone's posts since July...Kimberley you look just AMAZING to say the least...I have a rod fused to my spine and went thru extensive reconstructive surgery to fuse the rod and fix two ruptured discs, so I can relate to the whole surgery thing...although I was laid up for over a year, and had to wear a body brace and use a walker for quite sometime after that...this was almost 14 years ago now...Aimee, you are too pretty, girl...and everyone else, I am back!!! won't be here every single day, but I will not take such a long break from now on...Missed ya!!:carrot:

12-21-2005, 01:13 PM
Kimberley, I wanted to say again

:woo: :balloons: :queen: :dancer: :cb: :cp:

You're an inspiration for a lot of people, including me.

It's been a long time since I went to a real mall. You all should enjoy that. My brother got one of those placards, since he screwed up his knees so bad he has real trouble walking. It's made life much easier for him.

I don't think it's ot to talk about scooters. When I got to 320, actually it was 330, I had a hard time walking a long city block and using the subway. You're here, Jen, posting and working on it. If there's any way I can help you, let me know. (BTW, if you had told me then that I'd be working out at a gym, I would never have believed you, heh heh). It's not pathetic that you'll miss Alan! I have a tough time sleeping apart from Rob. You kind of get attached to these guys ;)

I bet Aimee would appreciate PMs if you miss her. She's really a good person with a great heart. I know on message boards it's not always so easy to convey what you need when you need it.

Good luck with the job interview, Jill. Sounds exciting. :) It sounds to me like she's interested in interviewing you in person. If not, she probably would have said thanks for your time, or some such.

DIANA!! I'm so happy to see you again. Missed you, woman! I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. Your poor dad, I had an uncle that died of Lou Gehrigs disease, and that was really a tough ordeal for his family, he couldn't keep food down. I'm glad to hear your website is doing so well. I buy stuff all the time on the internet, you might want to post your link again or PM it to me. Kimberley does look great, doesn't she. and Aimee's a cutie pie. Keep us posted as often as you can, and tell Heather I said hello and CONGRTULATIONS :bb: My cousin in PA couldn't have kids, she ended up adopting three adorable girls. They're such a happy family. Rob and I have talked about that possibility for us too, in the future. I wouldn't feel comfortable having a baby at my age (41). We'll see.

There's a transit strike here in NY. It's chaos. Plus just trying to get work done, and all the Christmas chores. I signed up to do volunteer work with a local organization that helps immigrants pass their civil exam for their citizenship. I'll be intereviewed in January. I'm really excited about it.

Take care, ladies. Enjoy the holiday celebrations and spirit. :hug:

12-21-2005, 02:01 PM
It *sounds* like we just have to bring the application and scrip from the doctor into the BMV office, pay $3.50 and they hand it to us. I hope that's how it goes - be nice, wouldn't it?

Did you see Howie's reached 245?! Wowzers!

12-21-2005, 02:11 PM
Oh! Y'all posted while I did. Great to see you Diana! I didn't realize you'd had the back surgery and all, or if I did know...Well, they say the memory's the first to go. LOL Sorry to hear about the miscarriages...And also your dad. That's got to be rough to see happening to him. :( I'm in the same perimenopausal boat. Fun, fun!

Marge, I missed your post, too. Thank you! I'd love to see NYC sometime, but I am so scared of it. I guess I've seen far too many crime dramas and movies...Big cities scare me. Columbus isn't too bad, but NYC just seems like this big looming bohemoth. As a local, you know the safe places and what to watch for. Me, I'm a big ol' gullible puppy. LOL!

12-21-2005, 02:11 PM
Hello Diana! Looking forward to getting to know you better! Sorry to hear about your miscarriages and your father's ill health.

Marge: I just realized that your start weight is where I am now, and your current weight is my lowest weight in recent years. You really can understand what I'm going through! What did it take for you to finally start losing weight?

I hope for your sake and all the other New Yorkers the strike ends soon.....

12-21-2005, 03:14 PM
:D Hello there, Marge, and Kimberley, Glad to be back and Ty about my dad and the miscarriages...Lol, Kimberley about the memory, aint that the truth...and don't feel bad, I live in NY state and NYC scares the dickens out of me too, even my DH tries to stay away...but, I guess if you live there, you see it in a whole other light...we keep wanting to go down for a day trip to see the holiday lights and stuff on the train, but , again, we missed it...Maybe next year...:D Hello, Jen , and Ty too, it will be good to get to know you as well...I was your weight a year ago...I am 5'10 inches tall, and weighed 325 #s when I I am at 295 #s...All of the 30 pounds was lost in the first couple of months and te last one ( so march, and april, then last month in October/November) least I didn't re-gain it...I started going to Curves religiously, then slacked off a LOT the last 2, next week, back to it, and walk walk walk out doors starting Monday as well...I have started eating smaller portions, and drinking a ton of water...every little bit helps...posting a pic of myself in the profile sometime today..that is what I look like now, and every few months I will take a new one...Well, Take care ladies, glad to be back, and TY again...Diana:carrot:
oh and here is my site:
just now getting things ready for valentine's and St. Patty's

12-22-2005, 09:10 AM
Good morning ladies!

I spoke to Alan this morning. He is preparing for his interview that starts about 9 am. He is definitely not used to the cold! I survived last night without him, but I definitely did not sleep very well! I'll be picking him up at the airport about 8:30 pm tonight.

Nothing else exciting going on at the moment....our office didn't win the Lotto last night (okay, $3!), so we showed up to work today. Oh well, it was fun to dream for a few days.

Here's a fun question: what would you do with a million dollars?

12-22-2005, 11:24 AM
I think you might be a little surprised how unscary NYC is (except driving here, which I find scary, heh). I have to admit when I first came in the late 80s it had a real edge to it. Since then, it's changed dramatically. All the scary spots have moved out of Manhattan to the outer boroughs. I'd love to show you around, Kimberley, if you ever decide to try it. Or anyone else :) All the Christmas decorations are so fun, and Grand Central has a nice gifts fair, a laser show. I've seen it all so many times, sigh, ha. I still think it's special.

What did it take for you to finally start losing weight?

I started having health problems, walking, breathing, with pains in my legs, then had to have a mammography, and I just knew I had to take charge of the situation or I'd be running into real trouble.

I started with walking to 9th Street, which is about 6 short blocks. And I started following a Jenny Craig type diet at about 2000 calories. The first year I lost about 37 lbs. I had a hard time getting into a routine with the exercise and sticking to the diet, but I just kept at it and it got easier.

To help with the mental part of the diet, not giving up when I hit rough patches, I started a journal keeping track of the weight loss, the amount of exercise, I glue pictures in it to inspire myself (mostly sports pictures, people horseback riding, biking, etc.).

That might be more than you wanted to know, :lol: Feel free to discuss or ask any questions you might have. Bring up any issues you feel like you're struggling with. Between us all I bet we could help you out :) or at least make you feel better.

Thanks for posting your site again, Di, those gingerbread door hangers are really cute; I like the snowflake snowman too. You're lucky to have a talent like that. Boy, I've been pooping out with the walks lately, I hate the cold. Suppose to warm up around Christmas, so I won't have so much of an excuse. It's good to have you back. Give us the link to your pic when you post it.

With my million, I'd buy a big house in the Hudson Valley (with my own gym, a personal trainer that comes over once or twice a week -- he should look like a young Mel Gibson or Paul Newman). Take trips twice a year. Buy an RV to travel around the states in. Wow, think I'll need another mil?? heh heh.

Have a fantastic day, gals.

12-22-2005, 03:16 PM
Hello and TY for the order Marge, was so surprised by that one LOL..I emailed you with the total and my address...I gave you another 15% off the price since it is a seasonal item and the season is almost over...TY again...
With me, it is all due to the fact, weight wise, that I have no confidense in myself any longer...Used to have so much confidense, and loved to dress nice...I am so tired of wearing fat clothes, and being out of shape and out of breath when we go camping and try to take hikes...That is so frustrating...And because of my fertility problems the weight loss would be such a help..
Hmmm if I won the lottery? hehe...I would pay off all old bills and debts...send some of it to animal shelters, and then sell our house and have a beautiful home built on 5 acres of land , part of itwould be a wooded area, with a pond, and a place to raise Bantam chickens, lol...that would be my paradise ;) Oh and of course I would probably get a boob job ( lifted not added to)...nice to dream eh?
Well, if I don't make it on here later, have a great day ladies..:carrot: And Ty again Marge..

12-23-2005, 01:55 AM
A million dollars...Wow. Well, let's see, I would pay off our debt, our folks' debts, my folks' house...Our friends' house. Pastor would love our tithe that week - LOL! Then get a nice little place in the country, nothing too large. New computers! Lotsa scrapbooking stuff so I could share it and make gorgeous things for people.

12-23-2005, 09:25 AM
A million dollars--jeez, I'd first pay off my student loan, car loan, and credit card, then I'd use what I have leftover to maybe buy a townhouse. A million dollars around here isn't very likely to get a house with any actual land--how sad! But I could probably find a nice 2-bedroom, 2-car garage townhouse in a not-so-scary neighborhood :)

12-23-2005, 10:20 AM
Guess I should answer my own question!

With my million, I would:
--give a portion to charity (or use the money to start an ongoing enowment for a charity)
--give my family members some money to do with what they want!
--build the house that Alan and I really want, with a great home gym and a personal trainer 2-3 x a week
--investments of some sort to use for fun things like vacations and such

12-23-2005, 02:41 PM
You're welcome, Diana. :) Can't wait to get it. And thanks for the extra discount. and with my million I think I might add on money to animal shelters and some type of firming up surgery too, heh heh.

Gotta go do a bunch of grocery shopping and last minute stuff (including dropping a check in the mail ;) )


:wreath: and :wreath:

to those who celebrate it,

:present: from Brooklyn, NY :ginger:

12-23-2005, 03:10 PM
We've got the coveted disability placards now, so along with the wheelchair, we're all set for this afternoon and evening with our friends. What a cool thing to have them available (both the friends and the stuff, actually!). Howie's out putting CHristmas lights up in the van; we had some of those suction cup light hangers, so he's putting a couple strings of lights up in the van windows and we'll plug 'em into the invertor. Festive night, this!

Merry Christmas, y'all!

12-26-2005, 10:10 AM
You guys up yet? I'd imagine those of ya who work in offices might have the day off, eh? Unbelievably, Howie and I have been up for a half hour already. We got home from our friends' last night and were so pooped we were asleep by about 12:30am. I'd have stayed in bed longer, but my back bid me "get yourself outta here!". *yawn*

Friday was a big success, so much fun with our friends. Boy was that disability placard appreciated, especially once we saw the crush of cars at that mall.

Here's Howie and the van's little tree ( :santa:

My MIL is going to help us clean the house today. My shoulder and lower back are still really bothering me, so Nancy said she'd help. Howie wants me to rest it so I can be in better shape come early January when he'll need the most help. He's getting the ornaments off the tree and disassembling it, so I'll have light duty today like wrapping the ornaments and putting them in their boxes. Right now, though, the heating pad feels realllllly good. ;)

Didn't quite make the Christmas challenge, but that's okay. Still chuggin' away at it. Friday and Saturday kinda morphed into treat days, but yesterday we did really well at our friends' house. We brought a huge salad with lots of veggies and mostly had that. We ate little of the other food, and enjoyed two cookies each, and split a piece of bundt cake. OH...And had a bit of Irish Cream in our coffee. Yum!

12-26-2005, 11:19 AM
Great pics, Kimberley! Were your fur guys and gals as overexcited as our cat Chloe? She didn't know whether she was coming or going with all the wrapping paper and bows to play with, not to mention all the back and forth with the cooking. She got some toys too, not sure they interested her as much as the ribbons, heh heh.

We took a walk around the neighborhood and I took a couple of pics of some of the holiday lights. Here's one of the local firehouse all decked out for the holidays.

Definitely a break weekend for me, diet and exercise wise. I'm going to the gym today, if it's open. I have to give them a call to make sure.

I get today off, :carrot: Rob's renting a couple of videos right now. I think I'll just get in some exercise and chill watching movies. Last night I slept like a log (partly due to the heavier meal and partly due to all the champagne we drank with the heavier meal, heh heh). That felt so good. And the cat's completely crashed right now, so it's very peaceful here.

Enjoy your day, :hug:

12-26-2005, 10:55 PM
Hi all, checking in.....

It's been a fun, long weekend....

Christmas Eve Day: shopped a bit...bought some new Yoga DVD's (

Christmas Eve: spent at home with my sweetie. He cooked us steak, potatoes and veggies. We watched a couple of DVD's, then settled in for our long winter's nap! LOL

Christmas Day: Slept in, then met our friends for Chinese food, then a trip to an English pub where we took in beer, diet coke and played many rousing games of table tennis.

Today: slept in again! then did laundry and cleaned house in the morning. Later, my friend and I went shopping while the men folk watched TV and cooked us dinner. They just left a few minutes ago...

It's back to the office tomorrow for four days, then another 3 day weekend!

See you ladies soon!

12-27-2005, 01:25 PM
Morning, ladies.

At work today, thought I'd stop by to say howdy. As you might imagine it's extremely quiet today.

You know, Jen, the air fare from JFK to London right now is soooo cheap. About $150 rt. London is the next place I'd like to visit. Not sure when that will be exactly.

I was totally shocked to get an email from the court about a woman who I work with whose husband just died. She just recently took time off for maternity leave. What a year it's been! Like one big karmic fart. It's comforting to think there's only a few days left of it. Here's to a better year. :carrot:

12-27-2005, 03:55 PM
hello there Ladies...Glad to hear everyone so far had a great did I my goal this week is to re-organize most of my house to start fresh on MONDAY for the new year...I just cannot take it any longer :)...I got your check today Marge, Ty again, and the gingers will be on their way to you tomorrow :) ;) then time to put all the Christmas stuff away til next year...only thing I leave out is the Snowmen:) Monday I will be starting my Curves and walks back up as well...That ought to be fun fun fun since I have taken almost 3 weeks off from Curves, and 2 months from Walking...Geee, I hate it when I do that...Looking forward to New Year's even and the party in Weschester County though, for a change...Usually he works and I am alone on New Years, well, me and my doggie lol...He usually spends much of that night sleeping so what fun is that, lol..well, off to make some meatballs and sauce...have a great night ladies...((hugs)):coolsnow: PS...My Friend has to put her dog to sleep today and she sent this link to sure you have a hanky nearby, it is a real tear jerker...

And, Marge, you wanted the link to my Profile pic:

12-27-2005, 04:17 PM
Awww, what a neat presentation. This one was cool, too:

12-27-2005, 06:16 PM you've gone and made me cry!! (Good thing I have a bit of a cold, so no one is the wiser! :) )

12-27-2005, 11:11 PM
Awww, ty for that link Kimberley Loved that...

12-28-2005, 07:01 AM
Hello all. Sorry I have been absent! I never get a lot of internet time, so I have been neglecting you all and being a very bad friend!!! So here I am.

Diana, so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. I have had two as well. No more trying for babies for me I don't think. I might re think in a couple of years, but for now, my life is pretty good. I still get the odd baby sadness but not very often any more.

We had a good Christmas. I got really ill on Thursday and couldn't eat for a couple of days and just drank a lot! By the time Christmas rocked around I could eat a bit, and managed our dinner, and of course all the dessert!

I have managed to lose 5lbs in the last 2-3 weeks. I am hot on your tail Kimberley, 2 lbs to go and I will be at 199!!! Which was my end of summer goal...................ah well never mind, better late than never!

I'm at work at the moment, but it is sooooo quiet! I have only taken one phone call!

12-28-2005, 09:10 AM
Hiya Kykaree! I didn't know you posted on this little group!

I've got a monster cold, and everything that goes with it....UGH! I've been using Zicam, hoping it will get this cold over with quickly.

See you gals around!

12-28-2005, 10:19 AM
I was one of the ones at the beginning, then life got in the way, but I'm back, well at least for now.

I'm sorry you have a cold, winter is the worst.

I had some bad news today, my dad is in hospital with pneumonia....I rang and spoke to him and he sounds ok, very breathless, but I guess he is in the right place. He has emphysema, and he's 80 years old, so it's always a worry, and he's in Australia and I'm over here, which is stressful.

12-28-2005, 11:40 AM
Hi, Kykaree :wave: it's good to see you again :) Sorry to hear about your dad, it's tough when they're so far away too. My dad is about your dad's age, and he's on the west coast. I hope he gets better fast. You really have kicked butt with your weight loss. Wow, you are so close to onederland! You must feel fantastic about that. Do you have pics?

Ah, it's tough to lose a pet. I got teary eyed watching both links. Your pic didn't show up at your 3fc link, Diana. I still wanna see it. Have fun at the party, we're not planning on anything big, we have a bottle of Mumms champagne and will get a couple of snacks and we'll enjoy it quietly, which is fine by me this year. You know, we'll put up those gingerbreads for a while even though it's after Christmas, haha. We still have the cards up and our nutcracker.

Jen, I was at Barnes & Noble last night, taking advantage of the sales, and I saw this CD Walking: The Ultimate Exercise for Optimum Health (Mark Fenton and Andrew Weil). Mark Fenton does a PBS show called America's Walking. Andrew Weil is sort of a New Age health advisor. I saw you bought the yoga DVD, and this might interest you as well. I'm a big believer in walking for health. It helped me to really get started.

My head is spinning that I'm showing a loss this week, I didn't exercise at all for 4 days and ate whatever I wanted. I guess I'm getting used to not going overboard, which is a good sign.

Have a good day, everyone.

12-28-2005, 11:51 AM
Marge--AWESOME that you had a loss! I'll check out the walking CD....

Kykaree, sorry about your dad. It's hard when they are so far dad's health isn't that great either. He had 1/3 of one lung removed a couple of years ago due to lung cancer. He had stopped smoking, but went back to it not long after his surgery. He's pretty hard headed--guess that is where I get it! LOL

Hey gals I had a thought: Should we do a group challenge for Valentine's Day? That is about 45 days from Jan 1-FEb 14. What do you think?

12-28-2005, 12:06 PM
My dad was a smoker too, he gave up about 10 years ago but damage done I guess. He hasn't taken it up again though, but he still drinks far too much. It was nice to be able to ring him in hospital.

I can't believe I have lost over 60lbs, never thought I would see the day. It's taken a year, but hey, slowly does it is the best way.

I am missing my swimming, the pool is shut for two weeks!!!! I am really missing it, and the gym is shut too. At least my gym at work is open, I went at lunch time.

12-28-2005, 05:51 PM
Too bad about the pool....but GREAT to hear about your loss!

12-29-2005, 07:20 AM
Good morning, ladies! Glad to see you back, Kylie! Our little group is getting back to normal :D

Well, I'm back at work today after having been gone for a week. I'm glad to find there's not a huge stack of work on my desk--I guess everyone else has been on vacation, too. My weight is up (surprise surprise, falling into negative success on the Christmas Challenge goal), but I'm still at least 30 pounds less than I was at this time last year, so not all efforts were in vain. Heck, if I can steadily lose just 30 pounds a year, I'll be below 200 by the time I'm 27, which is a goal I'd like to reach before I start trying to have children. Of course, we'll see where life is at that point, but it's nice to know it's a truly attainable goal ;)

Along similar lines, my mom bought me 2 shirts for Christmas. When I took them out of the box, I didn't think they would fit (they looked narrow for me), but they did! I think it's the first Christmas in YEARS where I didn't have to return, exchange, or "pack away till they fit" any of my gifts :dizzy:

Glad to read that everyone had a safe holiday--any exciting plans for the upcoming New Year's Eve?

12-29-2005, 07:36 AM
No firm plans for New Years Eve, I suspect we'll wander to our local pub and kiss a few locals (erk!) and perhaps wander the main street and go to a few other locals. Last year we were in bed by 10, so we're going to aim for midnight this year!!!!

It's so nice to get clothes that fit. For my birthday in June, Col bought me some pyjamas and as I unwrapped them my heart sank as they looked so tiny. I was dancing around our little house when I discovered, to my delight, that they fit!!!

For 2006 my goal is to get to 160lbs at least, and my stretch goal is 140lbs. Its quite scary my ideal weight is apparently 127lbs...........which I just can't picture at all!!! Right now I will be tickled pink just to get to 199!!!!

12-29-2005, 09:19 AM
Welcome back Jill! Hope you enjoyed your time away. It's great when you fit into something you didn't think you could!

Kylie, you may find YOUR "ideal weight" is not what the charts say! I'm going to lose weight until I am comfortable, not until I hit a certain number. 199 is my ultimate goal, but if I want to lose more I will.

New Year's Eve: Alan and I are planning to go out with our English friends to the local village that has several pubs and restaurants. It should be fun!

Anyone have goals for the new year, besides weight ones, I mean? I'm working on mine....

12-29-2005, 11:08 AM
GM ladies, and WB Kylie...glad to see I was not the only one MIA for a time LOL...WTG on your weightloss, you are doing an amazing job:carrot: ! I will say I agree with Jen though..Even doctors have been saying that charts are nice to aim for, but not to follow 100% due to bone structure, Muscle mass, etc...It says, for me, my weight should be 155, but, if I were to weigh that, I would look sickly...Keep it up, You will get to where your body should be...
Goals, other than weight, HMMMM..well, too get my house very organized for once...I am so sick of the chaos...MY Husband's job may be in jeapordy though...His plant is going to be laying off a LOT of people this next month or so...To be honest, I doubt GE will even have a plant here within the next few years, they are farming work overseas, and to other countries ( Mexico is one) ...The plant he works at once had 20,000 people at it, now there is just 1000...and they will be laying a LOT of them off..he has been there over 16 years, so is high up, but still, he is worried now..So, if this happens, we already decided, the house is going up for sale, and NC here we come...We can get over 340 for our house here, go there with over 200,000 left after the mortgage is paid off, buy a nicer, larger house than ours here, for 220,000 and have hardly any mortgage payment...and he can get a decent job to boot, not as much money as he makes here, but with such a low mortgage, and such low cost of living, we will be better that may be in our plans sooner than we thought...Have to see I guess...Well off t figure out why my pic is not accessable...((hugs)) and have a great day! PS: I know I am so out of the loop, but, what is ONEderland?:)

well here is my Profile, maybe it will work now:

12-29-2005, 11:16 AM
When I joined TOPS back in March, I had to get a "goal slip" from my doctor to prove that I had seen a physician and had a healthy goal set for myself. He saw that I was over 300 pounds and asked one of the assistants to check a weight chart for my height. She came back laughing with a number insanely low (like 117, I think...I'm about 5'5) and said even SHE could never weigh that little (she was a tiny little thing herself). He agreed that that was crazy, and we agreed on 150 as a goal weight (of course, only after him giving me the speech about how losing ANY weight would be a great start and make me healthier, blah blah blah). I just found it amusing that both the doctor and the assistant were eager to roll their eyes and ignore the number on the chart :dizzy:

12-29-2005, 11:16 AM
ONEderland is a glorious place for someone who hasn't been there ever in her adult life (me!) It is when my weight will begin with a "1"!!! I think I was less than 200 lbs when I was a junior in high school.....

12-29-2005, 12:24 PM
Ahhhhh I understand now...Gee, can be a ditz sometimes lol..I was there for a few years, and cannot wait to get there again...when the day comes I am at 199 I will truly cry...You will get there toooo:)

12-29-2005, 12:56 PM
You're dang right I will! Nothing will stop me!!

12-29-2005, 01:26 PM
Welcome back, Jill. Congrats on the shirts and the 30 lbs. :) I can understand why the doctor and nurse rolled their eyes, 117 does sound really low. I can remember getting a rain coat from my parents one year, and it was so much smaller than what I needed, I felt like shredding the thing. Buying the smaller sizes now feels almost better than seeing the numbers go down on the scale.

Kylie, put me in the category of someone who'll be in tears when she reaches 199, :lol: It must make you feel good to know how you really were able to plow into the weight loss. I remember that magazine article you posted the link to. I didn't choose a snail on my chart for nothing. :^: It will be interesting to see if we make it to midnight this year, we do sometimes, don't other times, heh heh.

Jen, I would do a Valentine's Day challenge. Can't hurt, even though the Christmas challenge was a bit of a bust for me, ha. I think I'll make mine 10 lbs. I was about 200 lbs in high school, that's probably my lowest in my adult life. Boy, I wouldn't mind doing a little pub hopping, but I have to admit I can barely drink now, one to two beers, a couple of glasses of champagne and I'm ready to dive into bed. Not exactly a party animal!

Diana, you're so cute. Thanks for posting the pic. It's fun to see the faces. My bil had his job outsourced to I think India. He's looking for a job right now (in finance). It can be stressful. The NC move sounds really good to me. I've never been there, but Rob and I have talked about taking a vacation there, I know it's supposed to be beautiful. It will be warmer than Syracuse, that's for sure, ha. (PS I spotted my gingerbread man up on the wall there.)

Hey, Kimberley, where are you?

Rob's been struggling with an ear infection and with his new software these past couple of days, he's been mighty cranky. Today he's in a better mood. Work is really slow, so I admit that I took off early to go to the gym yesterday. They're building a new pool there (I think they call it "an aquatic facility," don't ask me why; maybe they get better funding when they say to investors/donors: "we want to create an aquatic facility" rather than we'd like to build a new pool).

As for goals for the new year, I'm planning on taking classes, volunteering (already signed up for that). Seriously researching my next job move (I'm seeing a counselor right now to help me with that). I'm taking a vacation (which I skipped last year).

Anyhow, I'm writing a book here, ha. Have a good day.

12-29-2005, 01:46 PM
I don't think I'll join in on the V-day challenge. I have never met a goal I set for myself for these challenges, so maybe that should tell me something :p I will, however, set a goal of 250 for myself as my next major benchmark (I was less than 10 pounds away at one point, but I'm up again now), so I'll make a ticker for that in my sig. Ahh, Onederland--I have never been there in my adult life, either. I think I was in middle school last time my weight began with a 1 :dizzy:

Ahh, back to posting multiple times a's great to be back in the office ;)

12-30-2005, 12:56 AM
Kykaree! It's so good to see ya! First Diana pops back in and now you...Wow! Sorry to hear your dad's struggling right now.

Jill, how cool to think something's going to be too small and have it fit! Yowzah! Diana, I would like to get organized this year, too...That and get my hands in non-computer creative projects more often. The time I've spent with my friend Ivana working on a scrapbook for our friend Susie from the coffee shop has really gotten me back into creating things with my hands. That feels good.

The January 26 "Your Diet Magazine" should be out on the stands Friday, 12/30. We'll see, eh? The writer said she was overnighting 5 copies to us, so we should have them Friday. I hope I hope I hope! Otherwise, they'll come Monday.

12-30-2005, 07:13 AM
Bah--yesterday afternoon, my throat started to hurt a little while I was at work. I figured it was just the dry office air, but just in case, I went home and used some Zicam and took some Tylenol. I woke up this morning with a stronger sore throat and a bit of a headache-y feel (sinuses filling up?). Took some more Tylenol and Zicam (and have more in my purse for throughout the day here at work). I really hope it doesn't hit too hard for the weekend since we're driving about 2.5 hours to Jeff's mother's house for New Year's. We're spending Saturday night there and coming home Sunday, but at least I'll have Monday off from work to recuperate. And here I thought I was so lucky to have missed all the colds going around this season--turns out, I'm just a little slow :p

Kimberley, I'll have to try and find that magazine. I wonder if their website might tell us where we can find it? Hmm, I may have to investigate...

12-30-2005, 07:36 AM
My new year's resolutions are all around exercise and work. I want to start doing all the things I never did coz I was too fat, like white water rafting, long hikes, abseiling, rock climbing, all that sort of stuff. I have worked so hard building muscle, now is the time to start using them!

I really want to get more organised at work, and stop cruising and really work on my career development. I made no secret last year that my main aim was to let my career progression cruise whilst I worked on my weight. Despite this, I still managed to get a very competitive promotion!

My other new years resolution is to take up yoga. I feel a bit disconnected with this new body, and I think something like yoga that doesn't involve any equipment, just your own body, will help me get back in touch with who I am and where I am at. I want to shop around and find a teacher and class that I really like.

Jill I do hope your flu symptoms fly away.......miserable having flu.

12-30-2005, 09:10 AM
Good a bit of a funk today. I weighed in officially--326 lbs. I'm only 14 lbs away from my all time high. I'm also wearing the jeans I wore at my highest weight because the others are REALLY tight.....HUGELY depressing....Alan is bummed about his weight as well--he's up to 241, which really shows on a 5'7" man.

THE GOOD NEWS--we are both ready to do something about it! Alan has signed up with a membership on SparkPeople so he can track everything, plus we are having a "home strategy meeting" tonight. We both want to get fit and healthy. I know we can do this together! Watching Howie and Kimberley get fit together has inspired me! I can't wait to find the magazine with their article and pics in it!

Okay, enough whingeing! (That's whining for us Americans!)

12-30-2005, 09:32 AM
I'm also wearing the jeans I wore at my highest weight because the others are REALLY tight
At 42.75 pounds lost, I still had not gone down a pants size. Don't let the clothes get you down--being down ANY amount from your highest is still progress! You're also very lucky to have your husband want to do this with you and to not be competitive about it. Jeff doesn't need to lose weight and doesn't have much interest in eating healthier (although I force it upon him at home via turkey burgers instead of beef, wheat bread products instead of white, brown rice instead of white, 2% American cheese instead of full fat, skim milk instead of whole, etc.), so I don't talk to him about it all very much, but he knows I'm trying. I've recently tasked him with the job of reminding me NOT to get french fries when we eat out--sub a baked potato, veggies, rice...almost anything is better than fat-fried carb sticks! :p

12-30-2005, 11:09 AM
At least he is supportive and not wanting to sabotage you! I often read on here about people who have SO's that try to sabotage their plan because of their own fear that they will leave them. My former husband was that way when I lost 70 lbs....the thing is--I did end up leaving him, but not because I lost weight.

Alan has said that he does not want to turn 50 next November and be in the same (or worse) physical condition. Likewise, I do not want to go through my 40's being obese.

12-30-2005, 11:44 AM
My DH was a saboteur at first. I just ignored him and let him have his hissy fits. He was worried that I was going to let myself down, that losing weight would be too hard and that I would give up. As the weight came down, he started to come on board, and now he is my biggest supporter. I bought some new underwear this week and was showing him, and he just looked at me and said "I can't believe your the same person, you have changed so much".

A far cry from the 54 year old who was acting like a spoilt brat because I wasn't buying cookies and cakes any more!

12-30-2005, 02:09 PM
I never meet the goals either, Jill :p . But I think I'll give it a try here, see if it motivates me to work a little harder. A lot of people I know are sick, it's a nasty flu season, hope you get over it fast.

almost anything is better than fat-fried carb sticks!

heh heh. that's pretty good. I'll try to keep that in mind the next time I'm tempted. Got anything for chocolate?

I've had the same experience with the pants size changing -- 60 lbs and really only maybe a size and a half. I agree with Kimberley that it's great you get to do this with Alan, Jen. Rob doesn't need to lose weight, and he helps, but sometimes I feel like he doesn't always quite get what I'm going through. I do completely believe that the two of you can do it if it's what you want to do. Believe me, I've been through the scale number shock scenario, more than once.

I love your goals, Kylie. I feel like I still have a ways to go before I can seriously tackle some of the activities I'd like to do, but man, I want to bike, and rollerblade, scuba dive. I'll be interested to hear how you like the yoga and how it works for you.

I'll have Rob look for that mag when he gets the paper tomorrow. How cool. You know, Rob and I have a habit of making decorations or at least drawing around holidays, it does feel good to be creative like that. Rob's a much better drawer than I am (despite my years in high school taking arts and crafts, heh heh). we have lots of art supplies, paints, pencils, felt pens, pastels, watercolors, drawing and painting pads. wow, we should hold classes and make some money off it it!

went to the gym this morning (kinda sounds like the beginning of a blues song: I went to the gym this morning, da da da dum....). I get Monday off for New Years :carrot: Gotta go make a to do list to get some stuff done this weekend (other than ringing in the New Year).

12-30-2005, 02:24 PM
Hey y' sweetie is now on 3FC! He's posting on the 100 lb club (even though he doesn't have 100 lbs to lose!)

12-30-2005, 04:36 PM
Jen415--HOW CUTE that yours and Alan's avatar photos are like 2 halves that go together! I'm so happy you have such a great supporter :^:

I just had to come share my excitement! I found a listing on Craigslist from a girl who lives near me (literally within walking distance--less than a mile, I think) who wanted a workout buddy. I replied, and she wrote back, and I just spent almost half an hour on the phone with her. She's currently doing LA Weight Loss and has lost 17 pounds so far. She only weighs about 10 pounds less than me, and we are going to get together on Monday since we both have the day off so we can share ideas, recipes, and make ourselves a workout schedule and plan of attack! I was afraid when I responded to the email that it would be like someone who only had to lose 10 pounds or whatever, so what a great feeling to find someone in the same boat as me. She is 21 (I'm 23), and she lives in an apartment with her boyfriend (just like me), and she wants to slim down a bit for a trip they are taking to the beach in April (I want to slim down for my sister's wedding in Virginia Beach in April). How could this be more perfect?! I am so excited to meet her on Monday!! :D

12-30-2005, 04:42 PM
Awesome Jill! You can't beat in-the-flesh support! (Although 3FC comes pretty close!)

12-31-2005, 02:13 AM
Hey, gals - just checking in. I'm pooped and heading to bed. I did read your posts, but am too zonked to reply individually. I will say that it's great you found a workout partner, Jill. Sounds super! G'night, ladies!

12-31-2005, 06:26 AM
Hey Ladies...Have a wonderful New Years...up with Cramps this morning , lol, YEAH!!! GREAT, love that everytime we have plans to stay the night someplace, Aunt Flo comes to visit...Never fails...TY Marge, I will take I sent out the Gingers to you Tuesday so you should get them today I would imagine...USPS has been very very slow, even with first class this last month or so, way slower than usual...I hope you get them today...I will deposit your check Monday, never had time to hit the bank this week...TY again:)...Well, WTG Jill, that is great that you will have a partner...I am so on my own here...well, off to try to get back to bed...Have a great day and night, ladies, God Bless, Diana

12-31-2005, 10:27 AM
Good morning! Diana, get out the heating pad for the cramps! UGH, I hate getting them too.

will be heading out to stay with friends tonight. We are going out near their house, and it will be safer to spend the night rather than travel when all the drunks are out.

Happy New Year!!! See you in 2006!

12-31-2005, 02:03 PM
afternoon, ladies. It's snowing here, on a day I planned on getting out and running around. Have to be tomorrow.

Jen, that's cool Alan is posting, I let him know he could drop by here if he ever wants to. I have to admit these days I pretty much just post at this thread.

That's cool you found such a good match, Jill. I met a lady that I really liked through the Oprah site, but it was too hard to gel our schedules.

It would be something of a miracle if the mailman brought them today, Diana, heh heh. I think he was mad we didn't give him a tip for Christmas. He's been shoving our catalogs kind of viciously through the mail slot the last couple of days. Cute is good. To be honest, I'm not that thrilled with how I look in pictures, the camera treats me bad. heh heh. Cramps suck, I use advil, usually within about an hour I'm up and running again.

:woo: Have a great New Year. :newyear:

12-31-2005, 02:15 PM
oh me of little faith! just as I posted the doorbell rang -- the mailman with the gingerbread men. I love em! They smell fantastic too. Thanks, Diana :) My only regret is not having them a couple of weeks ago, very cheerful! (I love those creme savers too).

12-31-2005, 03:01 PM
Good...Uh, morning. ;) Howie went out shooting (photos) with our friend Mark this morning and came home with a doggie "bag" from Bob Evans for me. He'd only eaten half his omlette, bringing the rest home for me. Yum! I dug in and enjoyed it for my breakfast, but was dismayed to learn that between the 1/2 omlette, 1/2 order of hash browned potatoes, and biscuit, I'd had 770 calories and over 40 grams of fat! That is not how I typically start my day...But it sure was good, even with a cold. If I could smell anything, I think I'd have enjoyed it so much I'd have been bowled over.

No cramps here this week - got them out of the way last week. I'm taking antibiotics for a UTI and my cold is at its worst day (I hope). While I know we'll have fun with our friends tonight, there's nothing I would like more -- and probably need more -- than staying home tonight and relaxing. I have a ton of laundry to do before I can pack.

Right now, though, I need to go make chili for tonight. And I need to make up another batch of laundry soap so I can tackle the mound o' clothes tomorrow. Then maybe Monday we can relax while the football games are on. Tuesday's the big day, with us heading out about 10:00am.

To quote George Jetson: Jane! Jane! How do you stop this crazy thing!

01-01-2006, 01:38 AM
Hey Ladies! I just wanted to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Things are still crazy here, I am *still* sick, but hope to be back into the swing of things in the next few weeks here! Here's to 2006!


01-01-2006, 02:58 AM
Aimee. great to see you! Happy new year to you, girl. Hope you're better very soon - we miss seeing you. :hug:

01-01-2006, 03:03 PM
Hi all, I've had a quiet day, just hanging out with Col, we went for a nice walk, it was quite chilly out! No snow though :mad:

Here is a pic taken today, I got a new dress for a party in a few weeks. There are some before pics I have just posted in the 100lb club progress pic thread but this is a special one just for you!

01-01-2006, 03:34 PM
Wowee! Look at YOU! That dress is really pretty - is that velvet? I love velvet, but with a cat and two dogs (three if you count my MIL's), I would quickly look like a coconut-covered doughnut if I wore velvet. :D

01-01-2006, 03:37 PM
It is silk velvet, and a bargain to boot, it was half price in the sales. We have a black cat, so it'll be alright!!! I used to have two cats who shed a lot, but Molly seems to keep her fur to herself mostly!

01-01-2006, 05:55 PM
Aimee!! :cb: :hat: :D :wave:
Happy New Year, glad to see you posting here again, my Canadian twin. :)

Kimberley, I hope you feel better fast. As for the breakfast, sometimes it feels good to indulge once in a while, it's still the holidays too. I haven't been able to keep up with the 100 club, are you and Howie headed to get the operation on his back?

Wow, Kylie, very nice! I love it. Very hot. :devil: These are the kinds of pics that are going to keep me away from the donut box in 2006 ;) I used to have a long haired white cat, and a long black winter coat. Not a good mix at all.

Rob and I went for a walk through a couple of Brooklyn neighborhoods today, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, had a little lunch at a diner, walked along the promenade. Wasn't too bad here, in the 40s (7 degrees celsius). We celebrated with Rob's family last night, so we're having another NYE celebration tonight with just the two of us (it will be close to midnight, however late we can stay up, heh heh).

Take it easy, ladies! :hug:

Oh, I'll go start a January thread (

See you there.