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12-12-2005, 07:57 AM
Morning LWL,
I'm off to the gym early this morning, so this is just a quicky to get the thread started :wave:

Hang tough- two weeks until Christmas!


12-12-2005, 09:39 AM
Hello! Already succumed to the blasted office Christmas buffet! Gah! I didn't know it was going to happen! Came in today and we were all invited to the pig-out! I brought a jacket potato, but ended up eating pork pies and mice pies and sausage rolls! :tantrum: The next healthy meal's only another 3 hours away :D

Apart from that, had a good weekend. Managed to stay away from the biscuit tin most of the time - a vast improvement on the usual cradle-in-your-arms-while-you-cram-your-face method! Cleared my old bedroom out, had loads and loads of energy for carrying stuff about, throwing things around and running up and down stairs. :D

Had a nice shopping day yesterday, I got 2 bras (32E!!! :yikes: ) some dri-fit running tops and erm, some chocolates (for Christmas!). :D

Forfeited my run this lunch because of a late night yesterday and goddam buffet! Will get back to weights this evening then a nice early night for me :D

Stay strong over the next two weeks - step away from the mince pies! :goodvibes:

12-12-2005, 01:10 PM
I had a tough weekend painting my teen daughter's bedroom. Actually, she painted it and I did prep work. Also I did trim, which need more coats today :(. However she is excited - finally she has the color of her bedroom and even a closet in her bedroom!

I had emotional thing going on at my work - I finally found out that I did not get a position I wanted and I was so bitter and angry! I was substituting on this position for 2 month now also doing what I could on my own position, however somebody else who left our company on grounds of beeing not satisfied in his position got in. Ironic - is not it - you have to leave to get what you want! Anyways, apart from beeing very emotional I also actually lost some weight - i guess it is due to stress, but whatever it was - I am happy at least about the result :)

I am totally NOT in Christmas spirit - we do not have any presents yet so I will have to do some shopping next weekend (during the week I am still doing double work as the new person starts in January).

Otherwise i exercised redularly last week - thanks God! I gues sit was the o nly thing keeping me sane :)


12-12-2005, 06:02 PM
I'm so sorry you didn't get the position Sandy, that sucks.

I am no longer an interloper in this thread, I am a lady who lifts once again!!! I took my ankle to the gym and did my full programme with just a few ammendments, I did my warm up on the bike instead of the treadmill, and I left out the lunges (no cute instructors to pick me up off the floor if I fell!!!) but I managed everything else, and the leg and ankle feel fabulous!

I really missed the gym, it felt great to be back, what a scary feeling!

12-13-2005, 09:19 AM

Sandy - how awfull about the position, and that you are expected to do double work untill january! Can you bring up the subject of compensation at work ? Good thing though about keeping up the excercise! AND about doing your daughters bewdroom with her. I admire you showing the stamina that you do these important things for your kids even while things are not going 100% your way. Keep on hanging on !

Kykaree - Hurrah about the ankle!!! Good for you to hit the gym again!

2F - How about kickboxing with the biscuit tin and the mince pies??? Both biscuits AND mince pies are small flyable objects, you must be able to back kick them from one side of the room to the other!!! Today there also was the christmas buffet thing at the place where I work. I was totally surprised, but joined in for a cup of coffee and a piece of christmas bread. I passed on the cookies and chocolates, but I still have a stomach ache from the christmas bread. Looks like it is going to be a frugal christmas in this house again: The kids are not into cookies and cakes much, and I find I get a stomach ache very easily these days, so why bother?? We'll probabely end up having a festive pineapple or mango and some snacks. Also of course the kids will spend christmas with XH. But I will put up a tree and put chocolates in that.

Hi Mel - how are you doing on the eating thing???

Not much happening at this side. Yesterday had a session with XH at the therapist again. The therapist advises to wait a bit more with the divorce proceedings, as emotions still run high. I had a reasonable good session from my point of view: I did not cry and I did not scold. Still it was tiring. I did the sitting meditation CD and that revived me a bit.

Today I am also tired, just got back from 4 hours of work and I am floored. My son is a bit ill, he stayed home from school today, and reported that at least the cat performed his best: cat actually caught the mouse that was in the living room!. Over the weekend we had moved the other pets out and put the cat in, in order to scare the mouse away as the cat is not that a ferocious monster. But apparently I was successfull in not feeding the cat too much, as he caught the mouse and ate it, (and my son then put cat outside again).

I'll try to have a rest now, maybe do another meditation CD today. I noticed that they do help in catching the subconscious thoughts, and mine were not supportive at all. So I am trying to stamp these out, and I keep repeating a new motto that I got from one of the mum's at school, who has the same situation 5 years ago: "You're worth it". I and the kids are worth a nice house, nice things, fun etc. It was an eyeopener for me, because I always looked from the other side "do we really need this " And the answer usually was no. The "you are worth it" approach is much more fun !!

Have a great day all,


12-13-2005, 09:50 AM
:wave: Hello! Doing ok today with eats wise, still feeling tired though. kickboxing later, so that will wear me out good and proper! ;)

Sandy that's a total bugger not getting your job - it always happens that way. My DF's Mum was acting head of maths for about 6 months, applied for the job for real and some dim-wit got the job over her!

Rabbit - you are definitely worth it! :D

Mel - how are you doing on the clean eats?

Kykaree - I'm glad your ankle's better, how about some pics of the pretty frock? ;)

Where's Ilene and ellen and co? I think they're hibernating with the biscuit tin! :lol:

Can't wait till the weekend - lots of sleep and a night out partying and the tree is getting bought - I suppose I might have to buy some more decs, since we only have fairy lights and about 20 baubles! Then next Tues it's the Christmas dinner at work with 10 pin bowling! Ooooh yummy! Just hope I can keep on track till then, then I can eat nice food without feeling too stuffed!

12-13-2005, 01:49 PM
NOOOO biscut tins in the last 2 days anyways :lol:.... I'm just so dang busy working, working out and life in general, but life is good so that's great...Gotta get back to work...:wave: TTFN

12-13-2005, 04:21 PM
Hi - My friend just sent me the "Robot Bodybuilder" via e-mail. It is really something, if anyone would like to watch it just PM me with your e-mail address.
Just thought you might like it....

12-13-2005, 08:41 PM
I just googled it, it's pretty cool!

12-13-2005, 08:57 PM
Gosh, here it is Tuesday afternoon, and I'm just getting around to reporting my exercise. :) Did a good upper body workout last night - nicely sore arms today! Cardio was, well, the bare minimum with no enthusiasm! But I did it.

My MIL is in the hospital in ICU in Massachusetts. DH and I are sitting down in an hour or so to decide if he needs to go there. She's 94, and the best case scenario is that she stabilizes enough to move to a nursing home. Not fun things to deal with, esp at Christmas.

12-14-2005, 07:01 AM

Pat - awful news about MIL. Lots of courage for you and DH in this.

Ilene - good to hear from you! Glad you are doing well.

Hi 2F !!

Really easy day today; no work and did some shoppping. I had amazing luck the other day, won 50 euro by answering a soup quiz. I also bought fire and CO detectors for the house. XH always thought this was nonsense but with him out of the house I guess I feel a lot safer sleeping in the knowledge that if we get a fire at least we have some extra minutes to get out of here. And guess what ?? We are definitely worth this !!!

I plan to do some lifting and a meditation CD today, and put up pthe tree. Still have to buy the chocolates for it though!

Have a great day all,

12-14-2005, 03:23 PM
Hi LWL - I am still here, just catching up - cardio, yoga and 7 loads of laundry on Mon made yesterday a very bad day fatigue wise. rabbit, keep your head up, girlfriend. You are my hero. Gosh, you are stressing over smoke and CO2 detectors? You and your children are SO worth it! And, because of you, I have started reading Full Catastrophe Living. It makes a lot of sense and once I got past the first 3 exercises I am hooked. It really does work. Thank you ... Sandy, it really does suck about the job. Good for you for focusing on other fronts and realizing what is really important. I am sure your daughter looks at her room every night and thinks of how special you are. Maybe time to put out some new job feelers after the New Year? Hi to all, more later

12-14-2005, 03:55 PM
Rabbit - you are SO worth it! Can't believe you xh didn't believe in this protection! In Alaska, smoke detectors are mandatory. We have just added CO dectectors in our home too, since we heat with natural gas.

DH is leaving tomorrow night to spend a week with his parents. He would have left tonight, but there was not a seat to be had. In order to leave Alaska you pretty much have to fly through Seattle, and that's usually the bottleneck. Once in Seattle there are flights, but unless you grow wings or charter a flight, you're dependent on the airlines. I had to redeem premium mileage for his ticket, but hey, that's what it's for right? We'll get busy tonight and tomorrow and get the tree and decorate it since he won't be back until the 23rd. We usually have a real tree, so we don't get it too early. Had planned on doing it Sat.

12-14-2005, 05:37 PM
for me to post much. Just wanted to tell you all that I am losing weight, hand over fist. I am almost at my February target. What??? It's a mixture of heavy weights, interval cardio, and pure, pure eating. No white stuff. And not too much. Oh, and sleep. The glamour fund is looking good.

I'm thinking of you all. Just 'walk on by'* the less-than-clean food in those buffets. We are ALL WORTH IT!

*Can you remember who sang this, far away in the mists of time?

Love, Silverbirch

12-14-2005, 07:16 PM
I'm just heading off to bed. I did body pump at lunch, which was so much fun. I love core exercises. And I went swimming tonight too.

Well done on nearly reaching February target you over achiever silverbirch.

I had to leave the ball before many pics were taken, I am planning to get Col to take some that I can post. I have seen a couple but they are all "real" photos and I haven't got a scanner!!!

We're having a work buffet next week, and each of us is bringing something. Two girls are on weight watchers and another is exercising ergularly and watching what she is eating, so everything is really healthy, which is great!!! It was quite an unhealthy team when I joined in September, but my healthy living regime is rubbing off on them!!!!

Well night night folks off to beddy byes for me.

12-15-2005, 05:20 AM
Silverbirch I do believe that was Dionne Warwick. I shall be singing that song all day now!

Did a very heavy set of UBW last night, feeling a lot better for it! I managed that on a running day too! Hooray! I've re-jigged my schedule so that I can fit in 3 runs, 3 weights and 2 kickboxing without clashing my leg weights and a cardio session, just means I only have one day off, but I can cope with that if it's going to have dramatic effects like silverbirch ;)

Double kickboxing tonight, I hope we get a hard workout! Got all my clean eats with me today, am feeling optimistic for the weekend since DF is away in Cornwall so I will have only myself to blame! Means I can stay in and eat healthily (I wouldn't even chance going to the shops this weekend :crazy: ).

Have a lovely day all, as silverbirch says, just walk on by! :D

12-15-2005, 06:03 PM
Kykaree and 2F: I can cope with being a dramatic over-achiever for the time being. As long as it doesn't give me a headache.

Dionne Warwick - thanks, 2F! Just keep 'walk on by' playing in your head.

So now I'm ahead with weight loss and I'm going firm.

The aim and rationale

Lose 2 stone (28lbs) by 1st December 2006. That gives me loads of time to reach the target. And if I get there fast, time to practise maintaining.

The objectives

4 of 7lbs each. That makes it feel manageable.

The method

Put time aside to make this a priority.
Lift heavy weights, do interval or high intensity cardio. Now I'm happy about my gymn (and occasional trainer) this should be fine.
Move as much as possible in the rest of my daily life. (Helped here by the Boy who likes to sing 'I like to move it, move it' from a cartoon called Madagascar.)
Be rigorous about eating clean, modest portions. (I've never eaten junk at all so I don't intend to start. I'll become more of a wholefood and vegetable and water fanatic than I am already. I'll particularly cut out saturated fats as much as possible. Ilene's talked recently somewhere about eating clean and the fat melting off. That sounds good to me.)
Get enough sleep.
Keep coming here.

It'll go well. I feel quietly confident.

Everyone, just walk on by!

Love, Silverbirch

12-16-2005, 05:35 AM
"I like to move it move it!..... I like to MOVE IT!" I know that song from when it wasn't in Madagascar :o

Silverbirch - I am totally 100% with you on this! I love your little theme songs (like in Ally McBeal?)

I'm going to try a lot harder to keep eating clean. I have my chocolate-a-day treat and I guess I should cut that out! I'd throw them away if they weren't so bloomin expensive! And I have a whole pound box of Thorntons Continentals that I got my Mum to buy me for Christmas in a moment of madness! Gah! :crazy: Maybe I'll cut down to one very other day!

:goodvibes: We can do this! YEAH!

Did a double kickboxing lesson last night. Had the second lesson to myself so I got to practise BBK (bloody back kicks!) - I have Christmas homework! :lol: I'm planning heavy legs tonight and a run tomorrow. Also got a girlie dancing night out, so should burn some serious calories on the dance floor! :dance:

DF is away for the weekend so I should be a clean little girlie all weekend! I have no excuses! Just got to battle with the Christmas lunch on Tuesday, but I'm counting on melon for starters, turkey with lots of veg and one of each type of potato, no gravy and I don't like stuffing or other trimmings (unless there's pigs in blankets!), then I'm going to have dessert, but half of it, ok I'll try and leave at least some of it! Then a nice clean dinner on the evening.


12-16-2005, 06:55 AM
hi LWL,

Friday already !! Another no work day, and I have already been shopping for my groceries for next week. I still have a fridge full of food, so I could make it fairly sparse. I found out last week that if I buy comfort food to get me through the weekends without kids, I end up with a fridge full because I always buy too much, and then I also eat it!!!

XH is away now for about 2 months and I really seemed to have perked up. There are a lot of things actually going much better in thouse. It seems I hardly have to cook anymore, and guess what? I did not have to buy potato chips for the past 2 months! This is because we don't have to wait eating dinner untill XH came home anymore. This means we eat about 1 hour earlier, and so we do not have to eat potatochips because we are hungry but dinner is still 1 hour away!!!

Also I am busy again with a "backlog" of things to change. I mentioned already that I have bought smoke and CO alarms for the house, to be installed this weekend, but I am also replacing some of the electricsl extension cords. XH swore that they were perfectly safe, but I like them to also LOOK safe, so I am replacing them. It really feels good to do these things.

Good news also from my regular therapist: She saw me yesterday and has the impression that mentally I'm fairly allright now. I have to come back in february, and then we'll evaluate if I need any more sessions.

Ellenuw- Glad to hear you got into the full catastrophe living book. I have mentioned here before that after reading the book I also bought the CDs, and it works for me!! Doing the CDs makes it easier to track the unconscious thoughts that I have, and then I can deal with them. This is better because once I have dealt with them I have more energy to spend on other things.

Silverbirch, 2F - You girls rock !

Gave a great day all,

12-16-2005, 08:52 AM
Thanks to the thoughtful mod who moved my post to where it belongs :)

Things are going well - slowly trying to get back into a rhythm of cardio and weights. Then my trainer turned in his notice - I saw it coming and am very happy for him. Now I am trying to line up a new routine with a new trainer. Oh, have to find one, first. The problem is the senior trainers at my gym are pretty booked and I don't feel comfortable with the ones who have just been certified because 1) I know that means they can pass a test - may not have a lot of practical experience; and 2) I am really not part of the "general population" anymore and want someone who has the physiology background and 3) finding the right personality to work with me. All this on top of getting back from vacation and right into the holidays. I am excited and want to play and enjoy the season, not stress over the gym. I figure it will all work itself out somehow and I need to be proactive, but not obsessive (thanks for the book suggestion, again, rabbit!).

Eats are coming along well - they are clean, but portions need to come down, especially nuts (tis the season and all). Cardio is back - I am enjoying speed walking, as much as I have been able to figure out on my own. I'd still like a lesson with a pro, so if anyone hears ... I am glad to be back to yoga and Pilates.

I have an appointment with Internist this afternoon to talk about the neuropathy in my leg (like it's stopped me, huh?). So far the drug has brought it down in intensity but not gone) and therapist on Sat. I think with all the uncertainty on top of the physical symptoms I am doing pretty well. I have my good days and bad days, but I am pushing forward. I know things are a lot different than when my sister was diagnosed and there are plenty of sources for me to investigate. I am not sure how different things would be with a conclusive diagnosis expcet all 5 drugs on the market for MS sound pretty miserable. BTW - a number of people have talked to me about accupuncture for my leg pain - anyone have any experience there?

rabbit - I am so proud of you I could burst. You are an amazing lady with a deep reserve of personal strength. No matter how snarky XH acts, you are a lady and strong provider for yourself and children. What better gift could you find under your tree but your true strength and beauty? I am sure your children and friends see it, too.

Pat - good luck with you MIL. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Silverbirch and 2F - I love your attitudes. I think of you and start humming. You'd be amazed the things my mind wanders to during cardio. Now I have a soundtrack to go with it!

Greetings to Mel, Ilene, Kyree, Shannon and all I have missed - have a great weekend. I am ready for it :dizzy:

12-16-2005, 08:58 AM
:lol: On the "soundtrack" issue - I've just loaded my Zen with "I like to move it" and I'm still looking for "Walk on by" and I've just figured out how to make a playlist so I can put all my running tracks together! :D :rofl:

12-16-2005, 01:17 PM
2F when you figure that playlist out, let me know! I have a Zen, but when I want more than one song, I have to call up the library and do a lot of "add to play!"

Ellen, sounds like you're enjoying the season! I personally know nothing about acupuncture, though I know a couple of people who swear by it - more for pain though.

Rabbit - you are doing great!! :) ANd yay for bill of clean mental health!

Silver - Yay for a good gym and weight "falling off." :lol:

:wave: at the rest of you!

DH left in the pouring rain last night, going to the east coast where I see you're having rotten weather too! :eek: I worry about him in a rental car with who-knows-what for tires. I'm sure he'll be missing his 4 wheel drive truck! MIL was moved to a nursing home yesterday, and no word yet on how that went. Hoping to hear from DH later. He's arriving in Boston about 5 pm, just what you need in a snowstorm, Friday night rush hour.

We got our tree up and decorated before he left, so at least we look Christmasy now. I'm mailing my last package this morning, and hope to finish the cards over the weekend. I have 2 parties Sat night - one dressy (have a new "sparkly" outfit) and one totally not! I'll have dinner a the first, the local hospital's where I will know only a handful of people, then move on to the casual where I'll know most everyone, but including my boss, so I'd better behave. :lol:

12-17-2005, 10:03 AM
Well I've got all my chores done already and it's only 2pm! :D

I went to the post office this morning - queueing outside before it opened - then bought tree decs, then went to the optician, I've got contact lenses and new specs (which are lovely and trendy btw). Dropped all the shopping off at home then headed out for the Christmas tree with some recycling stuff (the bins are in the Christmas tree shop car park). Bought a 3' tree in a pot (living tree) and carried it back home no problem :D

Had a lovely clean lunch then decorated the tree. Just need to put the room back the way it was and have a little sweep up, take the washing out of the machine and it's time for a nap before my night out tonight! :dance:

I've had the Christmas carols blaring all day - the neighbours will wonder what's hit them! Hope everyone's having a lovely weekend! :goodvibes:

12-17-2005, 04:29 PM
Another track I've thought of ... but it only really works for people who think in avoirdupois weight. Fyi: 1 stone = 14lbs = 6.4kg.

drumroll ...

Roll away the stone by Mott the Hoople. 1973. Glamrock. Roll awaaaay the stone!

Should we start a thread? If I can think of three songs, there must be many, many more!

12-17-2005, 11:17 PM
Hello ladies who lift. I have been reading your threads for a bit and I love the support that you give each other. I thought that I would introduce myself. I have been working out since October and have been pretty successful. I am really trying to eat clean - no sugar, no processed foods - but the holiday season has thrown me for a loop. I am not losing right now but I am not gaining either. I lift 3 times a week. For the past 4 weeks I have been doing a full body workout but I think I am going to change it up after Christmas. My body tends to be quite muscular and adapts to any exercise routine within 6 weeks and if I don't change my routine I will not see the gains that I am looking for. I do tons of cardio - elliptical, running, and jumping on our trampoline. I know that I'd be losing better if I could avoid all the sugar that keeps making its way into my house in the name of Christmas. Anyway, I thought I'd say hi.

12-18-2005, 09:33 AM
:wave: Hello AMY! :D We luvs newbies! (beat ya Ilene! ;) )

Had a good weekend so far - very clean yesterday and I went dancing yesterday evening in my high high heels - gave my calves a good workout. :D

Silverbirch - I don't know rolll away the stone and I didn't know that our weight thingy was called avoirdupois either! You learn something new every day :D I will look up roll away the stone though - I like the sound of it (another track for my Zen!).

I'm trying to get myself out for a run today - I've bribed myself with a trip to see Narnia at the cinema. But it's COLD! BRRRRRRRR! Lung burning here we come! :tantrum: And my legs are still a bit sore from dancing. :chin: I might go. I should go! :tantrum:

12-18-2005, 04:33 PM
:wave: Hi Amy! Glad you decided to join us.

Yep, we'd all be further along without the demon sugar :p

And everyone's body adapts after 4-6 weeks of the same program. You definitely need to change things up after the holidays :)


12-18-2005, 11:37 PM
I'm thinking of splitting up my weight training workout from 3 whole body workouts a week to working different body parts of different days. I was wondering what advice you all have for splitting up the body parts. What do you guys do? My fitness goals are to lose weight, become a better runner (I run about 4 times a week for a total of about 15 miles) and tone up my flabby self.

This weekend has kind of been tough for me. We went for a 5 mile run yesterday but my legs were really tight afterwards so I didn't do my weight lifting routine. I didn't get much sleep last night because my son (2 1/2 yrs old) is sick and miserable. I haven't made good food choices today (demon sugar!) but I guess tomorrow is another day. I haven't gained any this week but I haven't lost any either (kind of bums me out but what can I expect after a week of eating crap?)

I hope to get to know you all better and learn from you.