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01-01-2006, 08:06 PM
:welcome3: Welcome to the January edition of our Weighty Issues thread. We're a group of wonderful women from different walks of life, spread out from the east coast to the west Check us out here! . We support each other through the highs and lows of every day life--it's not just about weight loss, it's about LIFE. If you have something to say or need a shoulder to cry on, come on in, grab chair and stay awhile. You'll be glad you did.

01-01-2006, 08:17 PM
Here is the poem I want to put on Tinky's urn when I get him back. It totally describes how this is affecting me.


They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Author unknown

01-01-2006, 08:21 PM
CAL, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :gift: :woo: :hb: :hug:

I hope you feel better today and can enjoy it.

01-01-2006, 08:29 PM
I figured I should start a new thread for the new month. Noelle, You will be so proud of me because I changed the month this time. :lol:

Red, Great job on the run. Your new years sounds fun. We just watched movies all night. but it was nice and cozy.

Kempy, I want a Dyson so bad!!! Now that you have told me how awesome they are than I will definately be getting one this summer. Did you guys have a fun night?

Dips, Did you get much time off from school for the holiday? How is that cute little puppy of yours? I would love to just snuggle him.

Deafinlysmart, You enjoy the snow now but you wont come April when it is still snowing out. :lol: We all like the first one before Christmas but once Christmas is gone than we all want the snow to go too. :lol: How long have you been up here? I will tell you a little about myself: I am a married mom to 3 kids ages 12,12 and 14. I am also a baker for a living. My husband and I have a donut shop at our house where we make wholesale donuts and pastries for the convenience stores in our area. I am a huge animal lover. I have 3 dogs and 5 cats now. My 6 cat just died this week from a urinary blockage that we didnt catch in time. I am heartbroken right now from it.

Who is coming back this week and on what days? Does anyone know off the top of their heads? I am missing everyone.

01-01-2006, 09:41 PM
angie, thanks for the new thread! And I'm recovered from my excesses on New Year's Eve but I was wondering why my neck and upper back hurt. Then realized it was from all the crazy moves I was doing! Sound like Dips! :lol3: Just wanted to say though that the number is wrong AND you have to please change the intro that says we are a bunch of people spread out over the U.S. "from the East Coast to the West." We got Noelle and me!! :lol: Sweet poem for Tinky! :cry: And cal! Happy Birthday! How are you feeling?

01-01-2006, 10:15 PM
OOPS!! I cant change the number now. I wrote it down wrong. Noelle wrote the intro so you gotta blame her. :lol:

01-02-2006, 02:57 AM
OOPS!! I cant change the number now. I wrote it down wrong.

No problem. Once the old one is gone I won't get confused....

Noelle wrote the intro so you gotta blame her. :lol:
Noelle wrote it?! Must be a mainlander wannabe, eh?! ;)

On another point, as you can see from my mini-goal weight tracker, I set my Valentine's goal at 149 but now I'm thinking 7 or 8 lbs is too much till then. Whaddya think? I'd rather make it less and not feel like I've "failed." It's tough for me to lose, really tough...then again...if I could just stop eating so much....If you think I can do it I'll take you up on the dare. Dares often motivate me.

01-02-2006, 11:31 AM
Red, The sad thing is that I wrote down the wrong number last month too!! :lol: I even wrote down the number this time so I wouldnt mess it up and guess what? I wrote down the number of the last thread so I could add 1 to it!! haha I am dizzy I guess.

I think you should write down a number that you are comfortable with. I wouldnt want you to feel like you failed if it didnt happen either. I wrote down 15 and I am not really sure I can do it but it was a nice round number so I figured that even if I get half the total than at least I have lost so I didnt fail, right? A loss is a loss and we should all be happy with what we can lose. That being said if you want me to dare you I will... ;)

01-02-2006, 04:19 PM
Good morning all. Things are quiet around here, aren't they? On my other thread too. It's strange how some times things are just going too fast to even begin to keep up and then other times it seems like days with little action. angie, thanks for your comment..and don't worry about the number. Actually it would never have even come to my attention. It was because things were slow that the posts were close together and I was confused and clicking on the wrong one.. Yes, the weight number. In pounds it didn't seem far away at all, but when I converted to kilograms, which is what I am used to and what my scale is, it seemed like an awful lot, especially because my scale just doesn't seem to other words, I don't budge. I seem to have a built-in gauge that keeps my weight the same. No matter how much I exercise, I seem to make up for it with the eating, and if I try to count calories I just feel like I'm starvingg...that coupled with the fact that things are so tough in my life, huge debts, no work. I just so wish there was some bright spot in my life, something to cheer me up, if even just a little bit.... :(

01-02-2006, 05:16 PM
Hey Red, It is slow here huh? Where the heck is Julie? We havent heard from her in forever.

We can be your bright spot. :hug: I know you have helped me so much with the death of Tinky. It helped to have someone to talk to about it. I know some people that are like..."it is just a cat" but you all understand that that isnt true. You have been a great friend to me and I look forward to being the same to you.

01-02-2006, 09:58 PM
Hi there! :wave: I just got back today and wanted to say Hi!!!

Angie, again I'm so sorry about Tinky and totally agree with Red about you not feeling guilty. I'm sure you would've gotten him help sooner if you had known. :hug: You were a great mom to him and I know he is watching over you now. :angel: On a lighter note, I had to laugh about the thread # :lol:. Ok, ok, now I have a few weeks to come up with a new idea for our thread introduction for next time. Something that will include all of us floating on islands outside of the mainland US ;)

Red, glad you got the calendar in time for the New Year! I know I said I sent it off sooner but you know how crazy things get at this time of year :^: . Don't worry about the postage--it was nothing compared to what Dips paid to ship a small box to Hawaii! $17+

Dips! Thanks so much for the gifts--my gosh girl, you spent a fortune for express mail--you didn't have to do that! I appreciate it though, I'm gonna put that NY crystal on my desk at work, too cool! And to get some batteries... I went into the NY, NY casino and thought about you, like if I was wandering around in their facsimile of your neighborhood :lol:

Cal, Happy Belated birthday! Get well soon, you don't want to spend the rest of your school vacation sick. :hug:

Kempy, you're always welcome to use your new Dyson vacuum at my house. I've got lots of dust and dirt for ya :lol: That is cool that you will be joining WW--it works great! Let me know if you need any tips or anything. ;) I'm good at finding low point foods that I can eat a lot of.

Julie, where are ya girl? Hope your New Year is starting off great!!!

Cherie, and you? How are you doing this New Year? Can't wait to hear about your ski trip adventures.

Did I miss anyone? ... be right back.

01-02-2006, 10:03 PM
I'm baaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk :newyear: :hat: Whew, I swear I still have a headache from New Year's eve. That block party on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas was sooo fun! For $40 we got to see Cheap Trick, The Gin Blossoms (I don't know who they are) and the Spin Doctors. Plus! all kinds of spirits to get you in the spirit! :dizzy: I went from frozen margaritas to Jack Daniels and diet coke, to who knows what didn't matter after the JD. I was hurting the next day. You should've seen all the cute cops too. I took a picture with one of the hunky ones and I swear, he looks like a freakin' action figure--really chiseled looking :lol: I will try and post a pic tomorrow when I get them downloaded. I may be looking buzzed but he was so handsome. It was a blast! I SAY WE MUST GET TOGETHER IN VEGAS SOMETIME SOON. That would be crazy fun. I have to tell you guys that I don't gamble much (table games OR slot machines), but I love to shop and I know where all of the good area malls and outlets are. :lol: Vegas is just a fun town to see things, not just for gambling. And HEY! I think i did alright as far as the eating goes. I jumped on the scale as soon as I got home and it was actually lower than when I left so I'm crossing my fingers that by some miracle I may actually have lost weight this trip--and believe me, in Vegas, losing weight is HARD with all the all-you-can-eat buffets! I have to go to another doctors appt. tomorrow, plus my weigh-in at WW so I will let you know how it goes. :carrot:

Oh and Angie, congratulations on your loss last week! That is so wonderful! :high:

01-02-2006, 11:00 PM
Noelle: Glad you are back safe and sound. Sounds like you had a great time. Alberto had to work New Year's Eve and didn't get home until 11:40pm. We stayed up until midnight and just blew kisses to each other; I was still coughing horribly and neither of us want him to get sick too.

Red: Yes, Ashley is my daughter. She just turned 8 in Oct.

Angie: I hope you're feeling better and not guilty anymore. I agree with what the others have said: you would've have gotten help sooner if you'd known. Tinky is still with you.

Dips: Thank you so much for the gift. I love it. I hope things are going well for you.

Kempy, Cherie, and Julie: Hope all is well with you.

I'm still not feeling well and I'm sooooo tired (especially from the coughing). I'll be back when I'm feeling better.

Take care everyone and stay safe and healthy.


01-02-2006, 11:04 PM
I almost forgot; BIL has painted every room in the house except the master bedroom. It all looks terrific. He was even able to paint the walls in the stairway (it's 20 feet from the floor to the ceiling there). I'm not sure how he and hubby did it with the extension ladder, but it looks great. He told me today that next Friday or Saturday he is going to paint the master bedroom. It will be so wonderful to have all the rooms painted and to have them done by a professional (we only had to pay for the paint....$130 to paint every room in the house and the garage).


01-03-2006, 11:38 AM
Good Morning ladies!! I am feeling pretty good today despite the water weight that my body is holding onto. I am pmsing so I guess my body wants to bloat up. Hopefully I can lose it and at least break even Saturday for my weigh in. I got in my workout already and I am making a nice spaghetti sauce for supper. YUM!

Noelle, I am glad you are back. We missed ya. Your New Years Eve sounds like you had so much fun. I cant wait to see the pics. You went with a bunch of your employees right? Good Luck at your docs today. And your weigh in as well. I am sure you will have a great loss!! Why? Because you ROCK!!!!

Cal, I hope you feel better soon. I cant wait to see pics of your house. Wanna send your BIL over my way. I need to repaint my livingroom and dining room. :lol:

01-03-2006, 02:59 PM
HELLO :coach:

01-03-2006, 03:00 PM
Happy New Year everyone!!!! :-) I am back at work today, the girls are back at school... and the dog is back at home. :D I feel like I've been away forever, but all the holiday stuff is over with, and put away!

Angie.. I loved your poem. It was beautiful. (((((HUGS)))))) And WTG on the continued weight loss. I've been gaining... and it's stopping today. I am getting back on my healthy eating as of today, and so far, so good.

Noelle... hope you had a great trip! Sounds like you had a blast!

Red.... WTG on your run too!

Julie.. I hope all is well with you.....

Kempy... how was NOLA over the new year's?

Cal... it's your birthday? Happy Birthday.... I hope you had a great one!

Well.... like I said, I am back now. The ski trip was great... I got to spend time around Alan's boys, and it went fine. I would love to hear what they told their mom about me.. especially after New Year's Eve night... :D but we had a nice time. It didn't snow much while we were there, but it did finally give me something to ski on the last day, so I was happy. New Years Eve, I spent at Alan's, where he had a big party. It was nice, I had a lot of fun, but drank way too much wine.... I paid for it the next day.

Sunday.. I drove to TX and got the girls back.... Monday, I spend the day cleaning house and putting away the Christmas stuff. So.. today.... I am back on track!!!

Anyway.. I need to go revise my ticker.... and add the 10 pounds that I have gained since this fall.... and start working on getting it back off.....

I'll check back more later!


01-03-2006, 03:22 PM
Good morning ladies. I am heading to my docs appt., then to WW...I don't know if I am heading to the office today, maybe just to pick up the mail. I think I caught something on the airplane, some congestion and just feeling a little under the weather. But I am pretty sure I am down a pound or two--if I am, I will have made my first 10% goal @ WW.

Rick took Michael to work with him so he wouldn't have to work a full day. He's sick as well. I bought Michael some funny t-shirts in Vegas, one said "I do all my own stunts", which is fitting considering his climbing over the fence stunt. Anyway, gotta run for now, but I will be back later with my weigh-in report.

Hope to see more posts later!

01-03-2006, 03:24 PM
Hi Cherie :wave:

01-03-2006, 08:03 PM
Hey guys. Sorry I havn't posted in a few days. I sounds like we all had a great time on the 1st. The weather here was aweful. It was so foggy you couldn't see the house next door. Thankfully we were only staying the the subdivision. We set all of the remaining hurricane debris on fire. The city has never come to clean it up and we are all sick of looking at it so now it is a big pile of ash. As with the rest of us I was not feeling the greatest the next morning. I will see if I can post some of the pics. They really arn't that great due to the fog.

Noelle tomorrow is my big day and damned if I am not bloated from PMS. Well, I guess when I go back next week it will look relaly good when I drop those water weight lbs.

Cal I still can't get over the fact that you BIL doens't use a roller to paint. I would never do that. I am way to lazy. :D

I am going to see if I can post some of these pcis.

01-03-2006, 08:14 PM
Ok. The firts one is from my work party here at the house. I told you guys that we all wore PJ's right? This is the pic that we have at the shop as our Christmas photo. Can you believe that is one of the puppies? What is crazy is she is one of the small ones. Her name is daisy and our neighbor has her. Isn't she just too cute? The pic with lots of people in it is to show you how foggy it was. My house is in the back ground and you can barely see it. We really weren't that far away either. Of course that is Joe and I. Man have I gained some weight. I can totally see it is my face. I think I am going to keep the on the fridge so next New Years I can see how far I have come. I hope you guys can see all of these.

01-03-2006, 08:22 PM
Hi all. Late for work here so I'll try to post later. Thanks for the pix Kempyd. You may have gained weight (you say) but you still look great! Noelle, angie, cal, cherie, hello! :wave: I have a lot of aches today, including a couple bumps on my head after falling off my horse yesterday when everyone was out riding drunk and bareback (including me) at the club party. I put my helmet on later...something wrong there with the order of things. :lol3: but guess I'm lucky I didn't get even more brain damaged then I obviously already am. My horse spooked and ran off and I hit the gate on the way down....oh well, more later. Ciao! Dips, where are you? jbbm?

01-03-2006, 11:04 PM
Hi again. Well, I have some good news and not so good news. The good news is that #1) I did lose 1.6 lbs during (and despite) my trip to Vegas :carrot:; 2) I did make my first 10% goal @ WW and received my 10% keychain (I am doing the happy dance) :dance:; and 3) The scale at my doctor's office was only 1 lb higher than the WW scale.

The not so good news is word from my dr. She ordered more tests which I have to see another specialist for next Thursday. *sigh* the joys of being a woman. Overall though, mostly good things today.

Kempy, Daisy the pup is so big already. Hey girl, you still look great in your pics, I really love your house too, it's beautiful. Hope you get your beautiful LA weather back soon. Good luck on WW, I think you'll be amazed at how easy it really is.

Red, riding bareback w/out a helmet? Fully clothed or like Lady Godiva? :lol: Sorry you had a spill but at least you had some anesthetic in your veins ;) Your work group sounds like a crazy fun bunch. Be careful out there.

Gotta scoot for now. Chat more later.

01-03-2006, 11:41 PM
mele, sounds great with the weight loss. And oh, I do want to see those pics of the ripped cop! Hope your tests are okay. Yes, I was fully clothed. It's freezing here! Well, I'd always be fully clothed....and that's not my work bunch. It was the riding club new year party...pounding mochi rice cakes outside, then inside them eating and downing sake, (me) amounts of beer shochu (like vodka) and beer (me) in ridiculous amounts (oh, god, makes me ill to think about it now)...but, yes, it was fun. The owner of the place is normally totally silent and scary but when he drinks he becomes a lot of fun. The reins broke when he felt off but he gave me a new pair, which means about a hundred buck save for me. I had needed new ones anyhow because my horse is always chewing them, so her breaking them may have been planned. ;) Great of the owner to give me a present of a new pair though.

01-04-2006, 09:57 AM
Good Morning everyone! :-) Day one back on track went well. I stayed within my calories and even did 20 minutes of walking. This morning isn't starting out so great, I left my breakfast at home, so I will be famished by lunch. I guess it will just give me more calories to eat tonight.

Noelle... WTG on the weight loss... that is great that you still lost weight on vacation... I don't think I have ever done that! 10%??? AWESOME! Keep us posted about the medical issues.... I hope it turns out to be nothing.

Red.... Thank goodness you are OK... falling off a horse?? That would have scared me something awful.... but nice on getting the new reins! My daughter wants to grow up and be a horse trainer.... she has only ridden one once.. I need to find a place to take her horse back riding.. I think she would be in heaven.

Kempy.... pictures were great! You still look great! And Daisy? How cute is she!! But she is almost bigger than the girl holding her!

Today, I'll be busy with end of the month/end of the year payroll stuff...... I will try to check back in later..... but don't hold your breath! :D

Talk to you all soon!


01-04-2006, 02:22 PM
Holy Crap!!!!! I weight so much now. I guess I was in deniel about the scale and the numbers it was telling me. Thankfully I am trying to do something about it. I think this will be easy but it will take me a few days to get the hang of it. Joe is all for both of us doing this so that should make it easier. I am hoping to do well in this so I can get my sister involved. She really does need to lose a few lbs. I am worried about her health.

Thanks for the complements but I am the biggest that I have ever been and notice that the shirt is not tucked in or tight. I can camoflouge with the best of them.

Noelle I have been to Vegas and you did great by losing. I think all we did was eat and drink the whole time we were there. We like Black Jack too so were were sitting most of the time. Do you weight yourself at home too or just at the meetings? I am wondering if I need to hide the scale here.

I hope the Julie is ok. It really isn't like her to not post. Does anyone have her number? Maybe we should give her a call.

Angie how are you my shrinking friend? I am thinking about you today. I have the windows and doors open and I am enjoying the wamr weather for ya. It is all going to change by the morning though. Our high on Friday is 52. That is kind of cold for us. That must be summer weather for you. :lol:

01-04-2006, 04:08 PM
Hey ladies, how's your hump day going? I got some pictures downloaded and I'm trying to resize them to post them here. I always have a hard time with it...

Anyway, Kempy, congratulations on making that first step! :cp: That isn't always easy, but seeing that first weigh-in number opens the eyes, eh? I know you'll do well on it. I weigh myself at home, although my home scale is a couple of pounds heavier than the one at the center. I just use it as a guide and remember the base number from my first weigh-in on it. I am a daily weigher--always was, always will be, I guess. :lol: I remember Julie saying that she may be visiting her dad up north over New Years so maybe she's still there? I will look up her phone #...

Julie, if you're reading this we miss ya! Hope your New year is starting off with a GOOD kind of bang. :)

Cherie, yuck, I hate year end/month end payroll paperwork. Hope it goes smoothly. Sorry you forgot your breakfast today, but good job on staying on track your first day :bravo: Have you taken back up with the training for your marathon?

Angie, what're you up to today girl? We're supposed to get up to 79 today :sunny:

Hmmm, let me see if the pics will come up. Nope, keep getting a "page not available" message. Let me tool around some more. Be back later.

01-04-2006, 06:27 PM
I couldn't get my pics to upload so I just put them in a Snapfish album. I sent you guys an email separately though since I didn't want to post the link here. Let me know if you got the email :)

Red, if you PM me your email address I can send you the link as well.

01-05-2006, 10:10 AM
I am so pissed right now! I am up 2 pounds this week! I havent done anything wrong but for some reason I have gained 2 pounds and the scale wont budge all week! I could see a stay the same week but a gain!

Cherie, I am glad you had fun on your trip. I cant wait until I can take one. We are leaning towards a cruise next year. The kids all want to take one and there is a Celebrity Cruise ship that leaves from New Jersey. We would save alot of time driving that way.

Kempy, I love the pics. You look great to me. Just could be worse, you could be as big as me :lol: Echo and Rhea must love having Daisy live nearby. They must get to play all the time huh?

Red, I am glad you didnt get seriously hurt falling off your horse. I think horses are so pretty but I am afraid they will step on me. :lol: I have been attacked by a deer once in a petting zoo so it could happen. :lol:

Noelle, You Rock with the weightloss!! I hope everything works out at the docs. I loved the pics. You all looked like you were having a blast. Is Kalua that guys real name or just a nickname?

Well, I suppose I should go exercise now.

01-05-2006, 10:46 AM
Good morning. It's 4:36 a.m. but I had to hop on and see if anyone had posted... :yawn: Well, my knee doc said my meniscus is not torn (thank God) but my knee cap is the problem. Apparently when I fell, it got jammed up into my thigh bone. Since then, it's been wearing the wrong way and throwing off the entire way I walk. So the ligaments and tendons around it are inflammed and the kneecap is getting worn on one side. I have to go to therapy 3X a week for a month. That's a plus for sure though, it's better than needing surgery! Afterwards I can get back to my normal walking routine I hope.

Angie, 2 words-- "water retention". You mentioned PMS right? Just keep doing what you're doing, but, and I swear by this! Drink more water. It's that simple. Don't get discouraged. Hey, do you happen to watch Live with Regis and Kelly? THey are filming aboard the Pride of America cruise ship which is making her inaugural voyage from Miami to HI. That ship is making it's home port here. It's kind of neat to watch it make it's progress. From Miami, thru the Panama Canal, towards San Francisco then on to Hawaii.

Red, I sent you the link for the pics. :)

Kempy, how was your first day on WW?

Julie, you better get on here and say something girl...I'm starting to worry about you! :o:

Hi Cherie, Dips and everyone. I'm going back to bed while I still can. Be back later. :wave:

01-05-2006, 11:14 AM
Good Morning everyone! Still here working on payroll crap. :D

Noelle.. I got your email.. I will have to go and take a look at the pictures later.. and that is good news about your knee. I hope the PT can help it quickly and you can get back to your walking!

Julie... hon, where are you??? You are missed! I hope everything is ok for you and your family!!

Angie... the cruise was OK.. I think going as a family might be fun... you kids would enjoy it! And I second Noelle's comment... water retention... just keep plugging away.. you are doing great!

Kempy.... now that you have started WW, you have only one place to go.. DOWN!!! :-) You can do it!

Red... how are things going? Recovering from your spill?

Well.. last night the girls and I went to a Rose Bowl party at Alan's. Several people came over, and I got Hannah to sell 24 boxes of her girl scout cookies! She did great! I was so excited that Texas won.... It was a great game, down to the last seconds.

Today.. just plan on working...I've got a catch in my shoulder (got it sometime yesterday afternoon) that is giving me a few problems.. but I hope it works itself out soon.

BACK to work here... :-((

Talk to you guys later....


01-05-2006, 12:10 PM
Noelle, I am so happy that you dont need knee surgery. My FIL had to have that done a few years ago and he was laid up forever. What are you going to be able to do for exercise from now until you get better?

Cherie, You didnt like the cruise that much? I want to take it because it stops in Charleston SC first and Jay wants to go see all the plantation houses and architecture of the old buildings. then it is on to the bahamas so it would be more sightseeing than we ususally can fit in. I think so anyways. :lol: When you took your cruise what things werent covered under the expense? I cant seem to really find that info anywhere. The hard part for me would be putting Rebel in a kennel. I am so afraid he would be scared and try to bite someone.

Julie, Come out,come out wherever you are! We are all starting to get really worried about you. You have never been gone for this long.

01-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Well, Angie.. I cruised with Norweigian.... and it seemed they nickled and dimed us on everything. You had to pay for sodas, for drinks (very expensive) for the finer dining restaurants, any extracuricula activities link bingo, and exercise classes, and then there was the over priced spa treatments if you wanted those. Plus, any alchol you bought in the duty free shop, they wouldn't let you have until the last night of the cruise.. so you couldn't mix your own.. and if you bought any off shore.. you had to turn it in.. which was a crock of poo....

However, it was a nice experience.... the regular dining areas were free, as were milk, juice, coffee and water.. unless you wanted bottled water. They had some cool entertainment shows that were free, and there were a lot of on board activities that were free as well. You got to dress up several times and you could purchase pictures that they took of you. You could get online, but that cost too. There was the casino, which was fun, but of course, you had to have money. And anything you did off shore cost. I don't know what Celebrity cruises do.. but if I every had to do another one.. I would probably go to Royal Carribbien.. I have heard good things about them. Oh.. don't go through hurricane season either :D

I am glad I have done one... it was a good experience.... I had more fun just being with Alan.. we had a lot of alone/together time on the boat... so that was very nice.

I just deleted a link to a cruise line opinions.. I will see if I can find it. Here you go...

If you know what ship you are looking for you might get some more info out of this.... it was right on for the Norwiegian Sun, the boat we took.

Hope this helps!

01-05-2006, 05:32 PM
Hi all. Sorry, no time to post. I've taken on another burden in the shape of a stray cat, well, a severely neglected cat, who has now lost an eye because of it...makes me so angry, the way people turn away from animals. She is at the vet now but I will have to bring her home and try to find room for a cage in my tiny place, try to get her well even though the one eye is not savable due to a horrible infection....well, that's my reason for the quiet, and I have two deadlines now upon me. It always pours when it rains.... Take care all! Noelle, thanks for the pics. They will help cheer me up and remember that there are blues skies and smooth sailing out there. I just have to be patient. Ciao all.

01-05-2006, 08:58 PM
Good evening guys. I had a late client today so I got home late. So far the WW is going ok. One of my friends here is doing it too and has been for a good while. She helped me get a grocery list together. That is the only complaint I have about the program, they really didn't tell me about how to shop. I mean, you get these books and they are filled with list but you kind of freak out and don't want to mess up so you don't want to eat anything. I don't know if it was like that for you Noelle but I just got a little overwhelmed. I am happy thought b/c I can still eat sushi. :D

Red you are such a great person for helping that cat. I hate the way people treat animals too. They wonder why animals attack people after they treat them badly. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Angie Joe and I are going on a cruise in April. We are going out of Tampa on Carnival. As far as I know they don't nickle and dime you. Our neighors are going with us and they are pros so they know the right lines to sail on. Don't worry about the gain. You are doing so great it will fall off too.

Cherie mmmmmm GS cookies. I love those things. We have a little girl in the subdivision that will go door to door and damned if I don't buy 5 boxes. I alwasy think it is a good idea at the time but when I get them in I change my mind.

I need to get some dinner but i will check back later.

01-05-2006, 11:47 PM
Hi Girls, I hope you all are not mad at me that I have not posted, sorry! I missed you girls. I guess my excuse is I have not been myself, maybe in a little funk? Not depressed but maybe the weather? After all the sun has not been out in over 2 weeks!! You are all doing so GREAT losing and sadly I have gained about 10 pounds since the beginning of December!! Anyway time to stop my whining and get off my butt and excercise to not only lose weight but to just feel that good old healthy feeling! We had a wonderful New Year. Lots of seafood and champange. The dog is doing great. I think I told you all the we are going to be sharing her with my FIL. He wanted to get a hunting buddy this spring and since he is getting up there in age we are going to give it a try sharing her. In fact dh is dropping her off there tomorrow before work so he can take her to the bird game farm. I am going to miss my baby when she is not here but I know she will love the excercise. I hope it works out. I think it will, because during the day I am gone alot now helping out at ds's school and dd is going to be starting preschool classes this semester so she will not be alone when I am not here, she is a big baby and a lap dog, can you believe that for a lab? Haha. Well enough about me!

It sounds like everyone is doing pretty good. I am sorry I worried everyone. I love ya girls! You are all the best! I am going to go back and read to see what I have missed.

01-06-2006, 12:12 PM
Hey Julie! Welcome back!!! I know that exact funk that you are talking about... it kept me from coming here too.... I hated it... and you are not alone on gaining weight... I gained those same 10 pounds too..... (((((((HUGS)))))))) we can get back on track and feel better!

I'm happy to hear the new baby has fit right in with your family! That is great! Mine keeps getting bigger and bigger.. but she is really starting to be part of our little family too.

Kempy.. good luck with WW.... I was watching a show last night on TLC I think, and they kept advertizing NutriSystems.. and I kept thinking.. that would be so much easier.. just have the prepackaged food and go by the menu.. then I wouldn't have to shop and decided and try to figure out all my calories..... thinking about it... but it's so expensive.

Red.... you are such a saint. That poor little kitty.. you have such an enormous heart... she was very lucky you found her.

Well girls.. I am so glad it's Friday. I've been busy.. and will have to take work home this weekend too.. but it's OK.... better than not having a job right? Girls and I are going to get our hair cut tomorrow and then go see a movie and have lunch.. maybe not in that order! I still haven't seen the Harry Potter movie... and they saw Narnia while they were in TX... so I think I'll go see Harry with them. Hopefully it's not too scary.

I need to get back to work.. I'm on hold right now with my payroll provider... so I need to make sure I have all my stuff ready for when they answer! I'll Check back later!


01-06-2006, 02:11 PM
Hey girls! I have been grocery shopping all day today so that is why I am late.

Red, You are so sweet! I am glad the kitty found you. She is so lucky. I hope she is okay. Give her(and you) a great big hug from me. I found a Ragdoll cat on Petfinder and I applied to adopt him. (I have always wanted one but I have always had cats in need find me) Anywho, The cat rescue I guess turned me down because I have 2 cats that go outside when they want to. The thing that bugs me is that I would be a great home for him and they were disrespectful about it like I was an idiot or something. They told me he has already been adopted but yet he is still listed as of just now. I could have lied to them but instead I was truthful and they treated me like dirt. I hope when he does get a home the people who adopt him dont just lie on the application because they know to do it.

Cherie, Thanks for the link about the cruises. I liked reading all the opinions about the cruises. How big is your pup now?

Julie, I am glad to hear you are safe. You had us worried girl!!

01-06-2006, 08:42 PM
Hey guys. Well, I have made it through almost 3 days of WW and so far so good. It seems to be pretty easy but I still had a hard time at the store trying to think of things to buy. I ended up buying a few of the Smart Ones meals so I really don't have to think about lunch next week.

Angie that is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. Why is it such a big deal if you have cats that go out? Do they think they people only have indoor cats? I know Spart goes out whenever he wants. Did you buy anything ood at the store today? How was the scale this morning?

Cherie I checked out Nutrisystem too but it is around $300 a month and I just don't have that kind of money. It would be great though not having to ever cook or go to the store. The only problem is Joe and I would both have to be on it to make the no store thing work. I guess if you NEVER have any food in the house you will lose weight.

Julie it is so good to see you back. I think winter has alot to do with the moods. I have been ok this year but I really hasn't been cold and the sun has been out. I try to sit in it for at least 10 mins a day at work so I will feel better.

01-06-2006, 10:23 PM
Hi Girls

Kempy great job the last three days. I wanted to say you and Joe make such a nice couple, good pictures. And the puppy is adorable. So big already. I agree about winter and moods....the weather man said the sun has not been out here since December 21-YIKES! LOL!

Angie, I bet you got some great healthy things at the grocery store. I have to get there this weekend and stock up on some good healthy food for next week. I got your e-mail about your kitty, I am so sorry. He was lucky to have a great mom like you!

Cherie your Saturday sounds like it is going to be fun, can I come along? Lets get those ten pounds off girl! Last year at this time I was twenty pounds lighter and at my goal! Oh well the good thing about that is I was there and I know I can get there again. You know once I get into the swing of healthy eating and excercise I stick with it. I just have to stay at it awhile and not get frusterated with myself.

Dips I wanted to Thank You for the Christmas gift. You are awesome! How is the pup? And everything else?

Noelle how are you? I miss chatting with you. OUCH about your knee, that sounds terribly painful. But you are right....I am glad you don't need surgery. My Mil had knee surgery last Sept. and she is still in pain. She regrets having it done. She has a total replacement though. Cool about Regis and Kelly, I will have to tune in when I get time to watch! What a trip that is.

Hi Red!

And hello to anyone else I missed. We may go bowling this weekend. We took the kids a couple of times over Christmas break and it was a blast. I had not done it about 10-15 years but it was fun. I probally looked like the biggest dork but I don't care, haha. Other than that just shopping and making a healthy menu for suppers this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

01-07-2006, 02:07 AM
Hi girls. I am nursing my sore knee and foot after I went on my regular walk....stupid of me, I guess, but I figure I better do what I can before I have to start therapy :rolleyes:. I am getting scared of being instructed NOT to walk like I have been to let my knee heal. I guess I will have to try and do some weights instead and find something new to do for cardio. That sucks. Walking is so easy and enjoyable too... i have been feeling munchy, and we took down the Christmas tree and ornaments and I had to look through bags of chocolates and cookies and basically just junk food that is still around. I ate some candied pecans that someone made and they were so good. I don't know how to count them but I know they are loaded with fat and calories so I am using some flex points for that. I did walk yesterday and today, but I am feeling it. I start therapy 3X a week starting next Monday.

:hug: Julie!! So glad you popped in again. We're not mad you didn't post, just a little worried :hug: Hey, this is a new year for all of us and we can all set some goals and achieve them together! Have fun bowling if you go. I haven't been since the 7th grade :lol: Sounds like a fun thing to do with family though, gotta love the shoes, eh? :lol:

Red, you are such a kind-hearted person to take in that cat. I don't know how people can be so cruel to animals like that, or to just ignore them when they are obviously in need of help. How is the kitty recovering?

Cherie, doesn't Nutrisystem have a 1 month free trial if you buy one month? So it's like 2 months worth of food, I think. I did the plan about 11--12 years ago, it was a pretty much no-brainer and I lost 30 pounds in about 8 weeks--of course I was 22 years old and my metabolism was on fire once I got into exercising... but I think with 2 mos. worth of food you could lose a lot of weight. My sis has a box full of food but so far she hasn't started yet. Have fun with your girls getting pampered this weekend. That sounds great!

Kempy, I buy the 4-pack of lean cuisines at Costco for quick lunches. I always either have a side salad or some steamed veggies to really round out the meal though. Those aren't enough to fill me up alone. If you like easy meals, you can even buy boneless chicken breasts and just marinate them for broiling, or same thing with a bag of frozen salmon filets. Quick, easy and pretty low in points. Sandwiches or wraps are easy lunches too. Check out the WW website for recipe ideas--I love some of the desserts. :hun: Oh yeah about the sushi--for me that's almost twice a week :sumo:

Angie, that's a crock of bull they gave you about not letting you adopt the cat. Are they implying that this ragdoll cat not ever go outside? What a miserable life that would be for him. You are one of the most compassionate pet owners I have ever known and would make the best mom to any pet ever.

Dips, how ya doing girl? Is NYC still freezing? Are you on break from school or did you have to go back? Miss your upbeat attitude around here.

:hug:Cal, are you back to 100%?

So does anyone have plans for the weekend? Rick and I may catch a John Lovitz comedy show tomorrow. That should be funny, yeah, that's the ticket. :lol: Anywho, chat more tomorrow. Enjoy your weekends.

01-07-2006, 09:56 AM
Okay today is weigh day so I am counting it. I lost one pound of the bloat with the start of my period but that still puts me with a 1 pound gain. WOW, I have never had a period make me gain and hold like that. I dont like it one bit. :lol:


01-07-2006, 12:47 PM
Good morning :sunny: I am still hobbling around so I think I'll just hang out at home today (so I can rest up to go out tonight :devil: )

Angie, a gain sucks but you are still doing GREAT!!! :bravo: You are being accountable and weighing in anyway and posting here so I give you credit for that. I am a firm believer in the evils of water retention and TOM. You will drop that pound and he will take some of his friends by next week. Don't be discouraged. At WW they say, nobody will lose weight every week. For women and their periods they can even gain--but just keep staying on the right track and everything will even out.

Shoot, I remember last time there was this one lady in our group, I think we started at the same time--she lost weight for 16 consecutive weeks. Most of the rest of us had already either had maintains or even gained sometime during the 16 weeks. Anyway, on the 17th week W/I, she actually gained a pound. She was shocked, but everyone else was applauding because she seemed more 'human' like us :lol:. I guess we're evil b*tches huh? :lol: Seriously though, it's human physiology that makes us have water gain like that during TOM. Get past it and move on. :strong: Ok, off my soapbox now :soap:

01-07-2006, 04:43 PM
Good Staurday morning everyone. I woke up to frost all over the gound. It lookes like it snowed a little even though it didn't. I think it got down to 25 last night. BRRRRRR. I was all snuggly in bed with Rhea though. (Joe is hunting) I finally got my butt moving today and took Rhea for a walk. I feel better now that I did too. I have had a good eating day too so that puts me in a better mood.

Angie Noelle said what I was going to say. I usually have water weight for a few days after I start. I hate it too. The one time that I didn't gain for TOM was when I wasn't eating so much sugar. I have been trying to start that with WW so I will tell you if it works next month. You are doing great though so don't give up.

Julie it is so good to see you and thanks for the complement about Joe and I. People say we look like brother and sister. I really don't see it and I have tried to find it. I mean I now we live in the south but I can promise we aren't related. :lol:

Noelle I just found out how much I love pita bread. I can have a whole loaf of it and it is only 2pts. Have you tried the FF Pringles? They have a Jalapeno flavor and it is awesome. I love spicy foods!!! What things should I steer clear of in the sushi department? That is one or the hardest things for me to figure out.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday and I will hop on later. :wave:

01-07-2006, 11:56 PM
Okay, let me just say that i SWEAR I posted earlier this week but then whe n I was going through thte pages I didn't see it at all so I guess it didn't stick. How weird. Anyways sorry for the absence...

Kempy- You're still lovely as ever. You have that same smile that can light up all of louisianna. But I know how you feel about the extra pounds. I put on a couple myself this holiday season but not too much. Anyways, you and Joe will do just fine. Can't wait to peep the new you!

Noelle- My love I am so sorry about your injury. :( Hope you get better soon. You are doing so very well. Funny story about that chick at WW. :lol: yeah that was pretty evil but I would've been right there with you.BTW those vegas pics are fabulous! So is your boy with his litle gigerbread house!

Cherie- How are you and your beauties? That includes the pup. Hope you had a fabulous New Year. Mine was pretty darn good! I go back to class at the end of the month so I'm just relaxin these days :)

Red- Hugs to you. Hope everything is okay with you.

Angie- Don't you dare let that pound kick your spirit in the ***. You are still fabulous and you are still doing well. Don't change a thing!

J- I've been MIA as well. Lack of sunlight can bring your mood down. We need light just as well as the flowers and animals. I'll send you some sun from NY. That's all we have to offer by the way. It's sunny but cold. So I got you on the light, call Kempy for the temp :lol:

Cal- Glad you liked he gift. Miss chatting with you.

I think that's everybody. If I missed you I am so sorry. I FINALLY developed those pics from my B-Day so I'll post them in a bit....

01-08-2006, 12:23 AM
Okay One pic is me on my B-day, The second one is me and my dad and the group photo is (From left to right) My mother, My cousin, Me My uncle in the back and My aunt. Enjoy!!

01-08-2006, 12:26 AM
The first one is me and my friend. The second is me and My cousin.

01-08-2006, 07:14 AM
Hi people. Just been busy and haven't been able to post, though I have been glancing at all the posts. Thanks for all your kind words about the cat. They made me feel a lot better. She is home with me now, after a few days at the vet. The eye is gone...all she's blind in it. She's on antibiotics and I'm putting salve in the eye socket where it's still badly inflamed and swollen but already looks much better. She is an very affectionate little thing, not even a year old it seems. I think I remember back when there were a bunch of kittens at this place in the spring. I guess she was one of them, probably the only one that survived. A girl there was feeding her but they don't ever even think of taking an animal to a vet. So, any little cut or scratch, which is what this probably started as, can kill, as it would have her, if I hadn't stepped in and taken her away. It's not outright cruelty but it's total neglect. If it's not starving animals, it's this kind of thing. It is all over Japan, especially outside the cities and it is really the one reason why I will never like this country, truly like it. There is a tiny minority who pamper their animals, but even that is often until the animals are of no more interest or become a burden. But because they don't believe in putting them to sleep, most animals are just brought to pounds or abandoned. And the pounds suffocate them with CO2 so it is really a slow and horrible death, often in cages with injured and pain-crazed other animals. There are no shelters here to speak of, just one started by a British woman down near Osaka. Okay, I don't want to go on...I only hope not too many animals find me, because I can't take them in. I know I am closing my eyes by not being an activist about it..but...

My monitor is on the fritz and about to die I know it but I still keep typing away because it's all I have. I just hope it stays alive until I can find another one. My computer is so old I can only get a used old monitor that will work with it I think. I hate the way computers keep changing so fast and you can't just buy new bits and pieces because nothing works anymore. Damn!

Dips -- Glad to hear from you. I was wondering where you were. Your pictures are great and you look utterly fantastic. What a cool-looking lady you are! I am jealous. I look like a dork... :lol3:

Kempy -- It's cold here, I guess a lot colder than where you are. The water pipes freeze at the riding club and the ground so sometimes you can't ride as the horses can injure themselves. It's been dry so it only froze one morning. If we get rain then it knocks me out of action sometimes for a week because of the frozen ground. And, glad to hear you're doing well on WW. Keep up the good work!

mele -- You know, I wonder what that lady was doing that she could possibly lose for 16 weeks straight? :eek: Not eating much I guess. Sounds fishy. Thanks, too, for the warm words about the cat. As you can see from above, she is doing fine, minus an eye, and it's such a shame as she's so pretty, all white with blue eye(s). And so young...makes me sick but she seems still happy enough. Sorry to hear about your injury. How is your knee and foot now? What exactly is the matter? Sorry, I'm sure you've explained all this before.

angie -- Yeah, don't give a toot about one little old pound. Just keep doing what you've been doing, at least for a few more weeks, then see if you need to cut back a bit or up your exercise. You've been doing sooo well! :yes: And yeah, that is total BS about the cat. Look, you HAVE to learn to lie. Like you said, the bad people will lie and get the animal. So you have to learn to lie too in order to save the animal from the evil ones! Ok?!

jbbm -- hi there! Glad to have you back. Hope you're feeling better, out of your slump. I am or was quite low but feel better now. Don't ever worry about how you look bowling, or anywhere really! As long as you had fun, that is ALL that matters!

Cherie -- I don't know if I'm a saint or a fool but I couldn't just let the poor thing die and I couldn't pretend she wouldn't. Thank you for your support! :hug: People keep saying she's lucky and I couldn't understand how they could say that because she has lost an eye, but they kept telling me that she would have lost her life as well, so I guess I can see it that way. Still, I chide myself for not having done something sooner. I didn't think the eye would get this bad. I suppose it's like what angie just went through with Tinky. :(

Well, I hope that gets me somewhat caught up. Cal, where are you? I didn't see a post from you.

Okay, all, take care and see you soon!


01-08-2006, 12:22 PM
Good Morning girls!! Dips, You are looking great girl!!! I love the pics.

Red, I am so happy to hear that the kitty is doing well. I was worried about her. Have you named her yet? Are you keeping her? It is so nice to hear that there are people out there who really care about animals.

Not much happening here today. I gotta work so that should be fun. I found a Ragdoll kitten for sale near my house but I am not sure I really have the money to get her right now. She is the cutest thing in the world though and she is my dream cat. They got their names because they go totally limp (like a ragdoll) when you pick them up. She is a seal bicolor female. She has the coloring of Meanie Beanie my himmy/maine coon mix. The kittens would love to play with her I bet. :lol: They tear through this house so fast. Last night in bed Teddy kept attacking my feet. He was trying to bite my toe.

01-08-2006, 09:20 PM
I'm still alive and well. At least I'm better now. Still have a wicked cough, but it shouldn't hang on too much longer.
Back to school tomorrow. I don't mind. The sooner it starts, the sooner it'll be over and we'll be on our way to Paris!!! So far, I've booked our apartment for 5 days in Paris, the rental car, and hotels (3 is all). My BIL goes home on Wed. and though it was nice to have him here, it will be nice to be alone again. :devil:
The house looks great. I love the colors he put in here. I'll post some pics soon. He painted every room except the two bathrooms upstairs. I feel like I have a new house again.
Last week we went up north to Monument Valley. It was absolutely gorgeous. I'll post some pics from there soon as well. We also went over to Four Corners.
I've already got this week's lesson plans done, but I'll still need to go in early tomorrow because I've got to make some copies and I'm sure I won't be the only one.

Red: I echo what everyone else has said; that is, that kitty was so lucky that you found her. You are an angel.

Dips: My daughter saw your pics when I was looking at them. She said you are a 'hot girl'. You look beautiful and you have a very lovely family as well.

Angie: I'm so glad you are doing so well. You have been and will always be an inspiration to me.

Noelle: How is your knee? I don't remember when you said you start therapy, but I'm sure you will do great. Michael is such a cutey; his gingerbread house was adorable.

Cherie: It really sounds like you had a great time skiing. I've never been skiing, but I have hung out at a ski resort here in AZ once.

Kempy: I think for awhile your temps there in LA were warmer than they were here. We're above normal now (in the mid 70's), but we're supposed to be around the mid 60's. I does get cold at night, but so far no dew or frost.

Julie: I'm so glad you're back; you were missed greatly. I hope everything is going well for you. Here's some AZ sun. :sunny:

Have a great week everyone.


01-08-2006, 10:44 PM
Cal- Give your girl a big kiss for me and tell her I said thanks for the compliment. it tickled me to death :lol: I never did make it to Paris. I bet it's beautiful there! Have fun when you go. Meanwhile my friend and I are planning a tropical getaway around spring break time! Yeah Sun!:beach:

J- How are you, love. I been thinking about you a lot lately. When you're not your bubbly self I'm short a few bubbles myself so let us get our bubbles back soon, okay :bubbles: YAY bubbles.

Angie- You should just open up a zoo. You are crazy about animals. God bless you for it. Even though I love Niko to pieces, he is a handfull. I can't imagine a whole housefull plus kids!?! You are a saint.

Red- I cannot imagine one with a spirit as lovely as yours looking like a dork. You are so silly! But you do wonders for my ego. Thanks :D

Noelle I know you'll do well in therapy. I'm rooting for you, girl.

Hi Kempy- How's everything going in sunny louisianna? BTW I may be hitting you up soon for som more of that mix. Mom LOVED it :D

Okay, I gotta find some new sneakers for when I start running again. TTYL!

01-09-2006, 02:03 PM
Hi Girls!
I am totally back on track, had a healthy breakfast-oatmeal and a banana. I even took a walk on Saturday and on Sunday about two miles each! I went with the dog one time but she kept wanting to smell and stop so the other time she stayed home and I used both arms to power walk. Although holding on to her uses some upper body strength. Got lots of fruits and veggies from the grocery store this weekend so I should be set with that. Yesterday I baked a ham and made a glaze with brown sugar. So now I can make some healthy leftovers with it for a couple of days.

Dips you are looking GREAT! Where are thinking about taking your Spring Break? Fun!

Noelle I hope therapy goes well today. I hope it helps!

Cal your Paris trip sounds like it is going to be wonderful. I like the idea of the apratment rental. Glad you are happy with the house, can't wait to see the pictures.

Angie did you get the kitty?

Cherie did you have a nice weekend? How was Harry Potter?

Hi Kempy! 25 degrees? Almost like here.

Hi Red!

Gotta run, late for an appointment, LOL. Check back later

01-09-2006, 05:31 PM
Sorry I didn't post yesterday. It was beautiful outside so I worked in the yard all day. I am so sore now. I guess I never realized how much I worked in the yard. Well even though it isn't official I have lost 5.5lbs so far on WW. It may be water weight but it is weight. I don't care. I go for the weight in Wednesday morning. Joe just doesn't see how I am losing weight with all of the food I am eating. I just eat LOTS more veggies and that fills me up. At least for a little while.

Dips you look great. I bet you guys had a blast. I can't wait until I can wear shirts that cute.

Julie don't think we are as cold as you guys now. It is in the 70's right now and wont get colder for the next week. BLAH! I know I say I hate the cold weather but I would like to have somewhat of a winter. It is like a summer day today. When I walk with the girls they are always wanting to stop too so I am canstantly dragging them forward.

Red I would never think you guys would get that cold. We have people freezing pipes here too. We really aren't prepared for winter down here so if it gets bad people have a hard time with it.

Cal I can't wait to see your house. I am so jealous too, Paris! Is it me our are we not really having a winter this year. Do you guys usually stay this warm?

Angie what's up in the kitty department? I would love to have another cat but Spart would hate me even more. He is still mad at me about the dogs and we have had them for 4 years. He holds a grudge. :D

Noelle do tell about the therapy. I wonder if I will have to do that for all of the weight lifting I have done. I am sure I have done some sort of damage to my knees. I was just trying to squat as much as I could thinking it was cool.

01-09-2006, 07:29 PM
Hi girls, I'm just back from PT and am having my lunch: Subway 6" sub-club on roasted garlic w/baked BBQ Lays potato chips and a diet coke :T.

First things first! Dips, you are so fly! I'm not afraid to tell you so. Girlfriend, you look great! Your dad and mom make a good combination ;) I can't get over how young they are and look too. So where is this tropical getaway you're heading too? Down south to the Bahamas? :cool:

Kempy, that is a great 1st week--and hey, water weight is weight too, it affects the scale so it definitely counts. Isn't it great how you can eat a lot and still lose? There are some weeks where I felt I didn't do so good, but when I weighed in I lost more than I expected--those are the weeks when I say "how the heck did that happen? :lol:

Julie, I think we will all be able to keep each other on track with this positive vibe flowing through everyone :strong: You are very sweet sharing your pup with your FIL. How are your kiddos doing? Are they back in school?

Angie, your kittens must be so big by now. Are they still crazy rambunctious like before? I miss that with my cats. All of ours are getting old...except Leppy, but he doesn't really like to play with humans :lol: He bugs the heck out of Whiskas though (his adopted mom). I went to the Humane Society yesterday and I swear I wanted to bring home this 20+ lb black and white fluffy cat. She was huge and such a big baby. I pet her on my lap for a good 30 minutes while she drooled down my leg.

Red did you name your new cat? I'm happy to hear that despite her injuries she seems happy enough. At least with you she has regular food and water and a place to call home. As far as my knee injury, i fell off a chair back in Sept. and landed on my right knee/hip but never went to a dr. for it. That's on top of some previous problems with my foot :rolleyes:. When I started walking regularly for exercise in Nov. I guess it aggravated the injury.

Cherie, how was your weekend? If you saw Harry Potter, what did you think? I am a huge HP geek so I must've saw Goblet of Fire about 5X (3X in the theater, the rest on a pirate DVD :sssh: )

OK, so my PT guy is kinda cute, that should make therapy a little more bareable. I have to see him 3x a week and he said I can still go walking, just not as much. I have to lessen the time to 30 minutes then ice my knee down afterwards, then if everything feels ok, I can increase my walk 15 minutes, icing it down after I'm done. He gave me a knee (jumpers?) strap so I can see if that helps. I'm gonna really have to watch what I eat and journal my food if I can't walk like I normally do. I'm not gonna let this derail me :no:

Rick is planning another trip to Vegas for next month. The neighbor boxer kid Brian Viloria is having a bout at the Aladdin President's Day weekend so Rick and my BIL and maybe some other friends are going up to watch. I am a little envious, but that's sis will be going for a dental convention in October so i'm planning on going there with her--without him. I should be a size or two smaller by then so I can do some more clothes shopping :carrot: Anyways....I should start on getting some work done around here--it's only 1:30 p.m.! :lol: Chat later. :wave:

01-09-2006, 09:47 PM
Hello all...

First off thanks for the compliments, you guys. You all make my days brighter:D Hopefully by the time spring break rolls around I'll be bearing my midriff.

In an effort to bust my goal wide open I went to and registered for the 2006 weight loss challenge! YAY. Along with the free registration comes a free 8-week membership to Bally's. So my goal is to drop the last of my excess weight at no cost to me :D I THINK ICAN I THINK I CAN.

I'm so silly :crazy: TTYL

01-10-2006, 02:42 PM
Hey girls. I just finished my measly 30 minute walk. I parked my car in the outlet mall and walked around the neighborhood there. 30 minutes! Sheesh, I feel like I'm depriving myself! I wanna go longer... but I have to follow drs. orders. I came home and iced my knee down so now I'm sitting on my butt saying hi to you guys :)

Dips, you go girl! I know you will get that goal by summer. 8 weeks with access to some good eqiupment can work miracles. We don't even have a Bally's here in Hawaii, so that sucks. I am sort of wrapping my mind around the idea of joining a gym for working out. I have to tend to my old knees first though. Did ya get that email I sent ya about Home Depot? :lol: Gross huh?

So where are the rest of ya hiding? come out and chat!

I have to weigh in today and I'm praying for a maintain and not a gain. My scale at home says I'm the same as I was last week so that's good :crossed: Will post results later.

01-10-2006, 02:43 PM
why is my signature line missing? is anyone elses?

edit: OK, that's just weird... check out my above post, no siggie. This one has one.

01-10-2006, 04:40 PM
I am here. I had to go sit at the salon for a little bit this morning. I brougth a few cookbooks though so I could find something to have for dinner. I am going to make Teriyaki pork stif-fry. I got it out of a Pampered Chef cookbook that has lite meals so I am good in the points department. Ok, I know you aren't supposed to get on the scale everyday but I couldn't help it. I am up 1.5lbs now. What is up with that. I stayed below the points yesterday so I was feeling pretty good until I stepped on. Not certain what that means but I hope it is gone by the morning. I have to weight in first thing.

Dips did you ever say where you are going for Spring Break? Joe and I are going on a cruise in April, maybe we will be in the same place. Then you will be able to get one of your new years resolutions. :D

Angie what's up girl? You have been kind of quiet latly.

Red how is the little kitty doing?

Noelle so I guess now that the PT is cute you have to make sure your legs are shaved. :devil: :lol:

Hi to everyone else. I need to have my snack or I will binge at dinner so I will be back.

01-10-2006, 07:34 PM
Kempy, (re: shaving my legs) WORD! :lol: Ugh, last night after karate lessons Rick, Michael and I were eating at a local sushi joint. I was enjoying my dinner when this trashy looking girl comes in and heads straight to Rick and plants a kiss on his cheek,then rushes away. I turn toward him and ask, who's that? (This chick was dressed real skimpy like, w/overprocessed hair, and a big old tattoo on her left boob)...he said it was a bartender from some place he used to go, then he makes sure to say that he doesn't think she works there anymore (wherever "there" is)... anyway, I told him, "maybe you should tell her you won't be seeing her anymore"--did i tell you guys he got caught for DUI? So he's supposed to be trying to quit drinking (again). But I told him not to worry about me being jealous about 'her' since earlier that day I had a cute guy feeling up my legs :devil: :lol:

Hey, regarding the scale? Don't you worry about it. You may find that the WW center's scale is different than yours at home. For example, my scale said I had a maintain since last week. Butwhen I weighed in today, the center's scale said I was down 2.2 lbs! :carrot: I am totally amazed because I had such a hard time this past week, not being able to walk as much and all...I was having a little pity party for myself about how my body's been falling apart, and giving in to the munchies a little once too often--BUT! For the most part, I stayed OP and I guess those WW points works. I absolutely love it! I am sooo close to my 1st short-term goal I just know I'm gonna get there and then some. :strong:

:drill: Angie, yeah what Kempy said. Hope you're doing alright out there. Hope your computer didn't die on ya.

Hope the rest of you can come out and shoot the bull with us :lol:

01-10-2006, 07:52 PM
Hi people. I should be working on two stories that are long due but I am procrastinating something awful. Just can't get started. I need the money desperately...perhaps that is why. I should just whip 'em out...ugh. I hate when I get paralyzed like this. Please, people, send me energy to break out of my paralysis!

I was thinking yesterday, well, feeling yesterday just how nervous I get about things sometime, especially things out of the ordinary and when I know something must be done. Even if it's a great thing, a good thing, and perhaps even more so then, I get so scared like, like stage fright. It's not about appearing in front of people or anything...I don't know. I have felt and realized this often's the reason when I'm doing well with losing weight that I often start stuffing myself and put the weight back on. Fear of success? I don't know. It's not really a fear, actually. It's more just nerves it seems like. Sigh. I guess I just need to calm myself down with lots of soothing inner talk...

Kemp -- Well, I think you answered your question about "what is up with that?" when you preceded it with "I know you aren't supposed to get on the scale everyday..." Unless you're a masochist, stay off the scale! You have to learn to gauge your success by your efforts, not the results. If you don't see results OVER TIME, then you will have to reassess your efforts. Often times I know I feel like I'm doing tons of work and putting in tons of effort but really I'm not, not productive meaningful effort. This mostly happens with work though, not weight loss... ;)

The kitty is back at the vet's to be spayed. I am worried about her because it is so soon and of course her eye hasn't healed (what is left of it) but the vet thought it was a good idea since she is already on antibiotics for the eye and would have to go on them again for the neutering. I started getting afraid yesterday she was already pregnant, though I think it is just her stuffing herself with food the past few days that has made her so distended. I hope she is okay. She should be. After all, it's just a simple spaying operation, not open-heart surgery. She had gotten very lively over the past few days and I am at a loss as to how to keep her. She woke me up at 3 a.m. yesterday because I don't have space for a big-enough cage to keep her in that has a litter box. My cats go out and the cat door is always open so I can't let her run. Even if she was spayed, I can't let her out with the eye the way it is in a new area. Anyhow...too many worries...this is largely the reason I am finding it so hard to work. Since she is not here for today..I can get these stories started and DONE! I had the chance to work today doing a substitute shift for someone but had to cancel that to do these stories. Damn, and I soooo need the money. Still, I didn't really want to go in to that hated office, especially after I lost my temper with people on Monday. I get so sick of the way no one really talks, everyone wants pleasantries and quiet when there are things going down in your life that mean you don't or can't always be pleasant and/or quiet. I am surrounded by guys like this, heck, this IS Japan and the foreigners here tend to be this type. What am I doing here?!?! Someone get me out!!!

As for the cold, lots of Japan gets tons and tons of snow. When you say, "you guys," do you mean Tokyo or Japan? This year is especially bad with people dying in it. Tokyo gets snow but very little. The temperature here usually hovers around freezing this time of year. I go further north a lot where my horse is and it's colder there. The temperature falls below zero every day but goes above it every day as well.

mele -- Hope your weigh-in goes well but remember what I just said to Kemp. As for Bally's, I don't have one either! :lol: and that offer isn't even good outside of the States. That would be so awful having to hold back on exercise. But, yes, follow doctor's orders. If you don't, you could risk not being able to even do that much. Are you allowed to swim? If so, you could get more exercise in that way. As for the cat, no, I didn't name her. Check out the part under Kempy's name for more info....I can't keep her probably and so don't want to name her, but....


Ok, I just saw your new post as I was typing this....Great going on the weight loss! Ahhh, to have a bit of encouragement like that when you really need great is that? Rick is your husband, right? I get totally lost on all these, I would have been seriously ticked if some chick came in and did that! :eek: What goes? Talk about sluts..what the h@ll?!?!? Hmmm....hope things are okay with you guys and last (no, two boyfriends ago) was a boozer and a womanizer and I just had enough with it all....when he was finally out of my life and it took some doing to do that....don't go digging around my place....just kidding!!!....I was soooo happy he was gone...I felt such tremendous relief that I didn't have to put up with the shite anymore. I hope you are not in such a situation, of course.

And, yeah, signatures are missing..

Dips -- I don't know if I look like a dork or not actually. I feel like one, living amidst all these anorexic, tiny people and I don't have any clothes because I have no money. The young Japanese dress like total sluts these days. Really, I mean that. Those are not just my words. They are words of a young British co-worker, who just got back from a trip home to England. It is true. You should see them. This too does not help my feeling like a dork. Women here are supposed to look ultra cute like cartoon characters or like porn stars. I really am sick of it and know it takes its toll. The foreign women I know here tend to be wimpy and unsure of themselves. Then there are the Russian bar hostesses, Filipino and Thai dancers who are just here to make money and are totally looked down on by the very people who pay money for them or old white women who have been here for donkeys' years and do the submissive Japanese housewife thing (not that Japanese housewives are submissive but there is that prototype). Then there are the dippy younger white women come here to be "English teachers," who haven't been here long and are doing the I-love-Japan (even though I don't know a thing about Japan 'cept for what I've learned in the movies)-and-want-Japan-to-love-me thing. They have no strong sense of themselves or suppress it..probably the former, as they are young and inexperienced....and it is soooo boring. I almost never see any black women here, from any country, although there are lots of African guys, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria. I would so love to have some strong, cool women (cool to me means OPENLY opionated and unafraid of saying, "heh, that sucks!" :lol3: ) here to hang out with. Can you come over real soon? Sigh.

Ok, enough of the babble. This always happens in the morning with the caffeine buzz. You CAN get your midriff bareable in 8 weeks. Easily! It's not far away for you!

jbbm -- Hi there. Glad to hear you're back on track. Hope you can keep up the good work! :yes:

cal -- Good to hear from you and thank you for the nice words. I hope you're feeling better real soon. So, when exactly is your trip to gay Paree? Have you been there before? Do you have friends there? How is your French?

angie -- How are you doing? That is so weird with the Ragdolls. How can they breed them to go limp. I see this picture of the Peanuts guy carrying the cat around. Who was that? Was it Lucy who always had the cat draped over her shoulder or someone else? A cat biting your toe at night?!?! I think they would be in for a swift kick...and I don't mean intentionally, but while I'm sleeping. Poor thing. I always have my three under the covers with me and I have more or less learned to sleep without moving, like a mummy or something.

Cherie, you out there? How are things? My friend is training for her second run in the LA Marathon now. Are you still in it for your race?

Ok, all. Anyone I missed, a big hello to you! Gotta run. Hope all is well with everyone! Ciao for now! :wave:

01-10-2006, 08:11 PM
Red, yes Rick is my husband of 10 years (almost 11 next month). I knew what I was getting into when I married him as far as the drinking and all. Both his mother and father were/are big-time boozers so ya know w/genetics and how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree... but it's funny, because I trust him completely in the marriage department. If he's in one of his phases of drinking too much and staying out late, he's in no condition to be getting busy with some other woman... I'm not at all worried about him fooling around, it's the drinking part that bugs the sh*t out of me. But enough about that.

I totally know what you mean about getting *paralyzed* when something needs to get done. I am the only one in the office and sometimes I have some big proposals to write up, or maybe a final invoice on a big job--for some reason even if I have all the information to go on, I stall and stall until someone lights a fire under my @ss (usually Rick) and I just kick 'em out within a few minutes. It's frustrating to feel that anxiety when you just know what you have to do but you can't bring yourself to do it. So, sorry If I can't send you the mojo to get you going, but I can send some good vibes :goodvibes: See them bounding off of me? :lol:

01-10-2006, 08:33 PM
Hi there, Noelle! Further procrastination here, but yes, I did see vibes bounding off you! Wow! They were like fireworks! Thanks so much! :sunny:

Ok, glad to hear that things are more or less cool with your husband. I know how the drinking can really bother you although if you're not worried about other women, then I say, count yourself lucky. I know very few men who are big drinkers and NOT out fooling around when the opportunity presents itself. Of course, things are likely different in Tokyo, where you got a LOT of bimbos and girls who just fall over any guy who is not Japanese. I have a lot of coworkers like this (the guys) and I hear all the stories. Maybe a little bit of not caring, a bit of cool distance, is what would help...that and you getting super hot-looking...could start him thinking he has to get his act together a bit or face the consequences...of whatever...the unknown is scary. :lol: Oh, yeah, more of the "cute guy feeling up my legs" kind of stuff is GOOD! Heh, I think my knee may be bothering me soon. Can your doc come over for a house call?

God, I hate this paralysis. It's largely because I feel I don't know what to write and don't want to write it because the one story is a PR piece and the other is a rehash of a race. Maybe I'm taking them too seriously and should just start by writing anything at all and then editing my own work. That is often a trick I use. I think that may be it. Because I am desperate for the money I AM taking this too seriously, yet at the same time I am actually in total disregard of what it is I have to write. Sigh. Ok, gotta reap that energy you sent me! :dancer:

01-10-2006, 09:11 PM
Hi guys! How is everyone today? Well, I got the kitty. I picked her up yesterday. She is so cute and soft and tiny. She is so much smaller that Tyson and Teddy. Rebel is in love. He just sits there with his nose touching her face. He is a weird little dog. :lol:

Noelle, WAY TO GO GIRL!!!! :carrot: You are doing so good. I am proud of you. All this loss and a vacation!! WOOHOO!!! I cant beleive that girl did that. I would have wanted to lay her out right there. :lol:

Dips, I have been meaning to sign up for the Discovery Health challenge too. Maybe one of these days I will actually remember to do it. :lol:

Kempy, I feel ya with the scales. Just keep doing what you are doing and you know it will leave just as quickly. :goodscale You are doing great!!!

Red, I would send you some energy if I had any. :lol: I am supposed to be getting all my papers and stuff ready for taxes but I keep putting it off. I am glad the kitty is doing well. Evewn if you cant keep her she is very lucky to have crossed paths with you in life. You have already done more for her than any other person.

Julie, How ya doing?

Here is a cute pic of Mickey. He always curls his lip when you show him a bottle of ear mite medicine. He hates it. :lol:

01-11-2006, 03:14 AM
angie -- So glad to hear you have your new little furball! :cb: And, oh, so cute that Rebel (what kind of dog is he?) is in love. Are you sure he's not hungry? :lol3:

No word from the vet yet here on the cat so I take that as a sign that the spaying operation went well. Mickey certainly does look like he hates that medicine. I never really understood "curling the lip" as I'm not around dogs much...though yes, my lip curls at times!....but that pic of Mick is a perfect example. Cool! Is he an old dog? And what are those pieces of tapelike things on his ears? Just wait till I start posting pics of one-eyed cats! Do you know how creepy it feels to be stared at by a one-eyed cat, cute or not?! How many animals do you have now, angie?

01-11-2006, 10:29 AM
Wish me luck guys, I am heading in for the weight in. Be back later.

01-11-2006, 12:19 PM
Good Morning!! I typed up a nice long post this morning and when I went to submit it it disappeared> GRRR!!! So I went and worked out and took a shower and now I am back.

Red, Rebel is a Jack Russel Terrier. He loves all the cats but he is so into them for the first week. I have no idea why his nose needs to be touching them all the time but he is a strange little fella. :lol:

That is just all of Mickeys ears. He has HUGE ears. :lol: He is a cairn/JRT mix...we think. He was dropped on the side of the road with his brother in Tennessee and before someone could stop and get them he got bumped by a car. Luckily all he got was a sprain and some bruising. A rescue group in Boston works with the shelter where he was and they brought him up here and we adopted him. She said that shelter used to have a euthanasia rate of 97% before they started bringing them up here. He isnt snarling at the bottle he just sticks his lip up on his teeth. It is so cute.

I cant wait until you post some pics of the one eyed beauty. I bet she will still be beautiful when her eye heals up. I think it is so great that you are taking care of her and making sure she gets a good home somewhere. You are awesome in my book!!!

Well, I emailed some pics of the kitten to you all. I cant shrink them down to post them. The second one is in there by mistake. It is fat cow and Teddy.

Kempy, Good luck with the weigh in. I bet you will rock!!

My scales are finally moving down now. YEAH!!! I love the way I have been doing it this time because Saturday is my day off so to speak and I am not allowing myself to feel guilty because I eat what I want that day and....I am still losing weight. YEAH!! Last Saturday I had Beef filet and garlic smashed potatoes with cake for my nighttime snack. I actually eat quite a bit of the cake but I am still losing so I guess there is something to this moderation thing. :lol:

01-11-2006, 12:40 PM
6 lbs!!!!! YEAH ME!!!! :carrot: I have to run and wash the car but I will be back later to chat.

01-11-2006, 02:10 PM
YEAH KEMPY!!!!! :carrot: :ebike: :dancer: :high:

You Rock girl!!!

01-11-2006, 02:56 PM
Hey everyone.... it's been a busy week. 1st payroll of the year on Monday, followed by first mistake on the payroll, meaning it had to be rerun to get the numbers I needed (still waiting) and then this morning, I had my court appearance. The case against me was dismissed due to the plantiff NOT showing up. Idiot. Anyway.. I better not hear another word from him again.. or he will get a huge piece of my mind. (Just to remind you, Steven's roommate was suing me for money that Steven owed him and for furniture he said he bought from Steven since he thought I was head of Steven's estate). I've been under alot of stress due to that.. so I am glad it's over.

Dips.. I just wanted to say thank you for the New York momento. The girls LOVE it... they have been turning it on every night.. they are fasinated by the colors going through the glass! Thank you so much for thinking about us! Oh.. and I saw your pictures.. you are one hot looking chick! Soooo Beautiful!!!!

Kempy...... WTG!! 6 Pounds... ~~bowing at your feet!~~ Amazing!

Angie... What a cute pup!!!!

Noelle.. I did go see HP with the girls.. they got really scared, and Hannah even left the theater at one point. I loved the movie.. but I love HP.. I'll be getting it when it comes out! (In April I heard!)

Anyway... back to work.... talk to you guys soon..


01-11-2006, 04:07 PM
Hi Girls

First of all GO KEMPY GO KEMPY GO GO GO KEMPY:carrot:!!

Noelle cute PT guy? Haha....enjoy! The NERVE of that woman kissing Rick. Your are right you have nothing to worry about. You are a beautiful and a great wife and Rick knows it!

Angie I got your e-mail pics of the little cuties! Mickey is a doll! I love the Satruday treat thing. I have to get back to that....I don't know why I think I deserve dessert during the week?

Cherie, your poor thing. I hope that guy leaves you alone for good! Hope those numbers get straightened out.

Red I hope you have a great day.

I took another walk yesterday, a little over a mile. Today I got about 10 minutes of cardio in. Not much I know but better than nothing. Now to get my portions in control with my meals. I have to go pick up dd from pre-school soon and figure out what the heck I am making for dinner. Maybe I will stop at the store and see what looks good.

Gotta run. Have a great rest of the day everyone!

01-11-2006, 07:51 PM
Good afternoon girls. I had my first "real" full P/T session today....they had me do some of this :ebike: :tread: and :wl: (with my leg though) and even some of this :dunno: :lol:. I feel better though, even though I can not walk as much as I'd like, they are making me do things that I would not normally do in a 2 hour period so I should be burning some calories. And after it's all said and done, I get a massge from some muscle bound hottie then a nice big ice pack to cool me down :devil: I have to do this 3x a week for a month so I think I should be in good shape. Then after my session I drove into town to have Thai food for lunch with Rick :T

Congratulations Kempy!!! You did GREAT!!!!!! :carrot: Don't you just LOVE how easy it seems? Uh-huh, oh yeah :dancer:

Angie, Mickey is cute! I love all your cats and dogs, they are adorable and their personalities really come though on those pictures. Yup! Moderation is key. I do believe we will "get it" this time! There's such an AWESOME vibe going on right now around here.

Cherie, I gotta give you credit for handling such a large payroll like that. I hate doing payroll and mine's just for a few people. I have one guy that has a levy on his pay since he didn't pay his taxes a few years back. He's such a numbnut that he didn't fill out his exemption paperwork correctly and now he's screaming about how much the IRS is sucking out before he gets paid :rolleyes:. What a dumb@ss. I told him if he had paid his freakin' taxes in the first place he wouldn't be in this predicament! Don't yell at me about it. :censored: :hug: Sorry you had to waste your time in court when the person dragging you there didn't even show up. That is a pisser!

Hi Julie :wave: Walking is such good exercise. I will never take it for granted again. You will get your portions in control and drop those pounds and look superb for summer. Thanks for the vote of confidence about me and Rick ;) You know, he mentioned to me that this floozie at the sushi joint was there with her husband and kids--well he could've mentioned that to me at the time of the incident, and pointed them out to me, because I DID NOT see her with anyone else. Yuck. I'm so over that anyway. :lol:

Red, give your kitty a nice little pat from me when she gets home from the vet. I think scary looking pet photos are cool--bring 'em on, I may just use it as my desktop or screen saver :lol:

:wave: Hi Cal...enjoy your Wednesday hump day. Halfway through the week!

Hey Dips, what are you up to today?

Anyway, tomorrow I will be getting a sonogram to see what's up with my female anatomy :o :lol: Sorry if that's TMI...I hope they find something that can be fixed--I will be a little peeved if I come out "normal" yet am still having problems. :rolleyes:

Well girls,have a good evening. Chat more tomorrow.

01-12-2006, 01:16 AM
Noelle, I sent you this one. It's not really scary but it was the only one I had. Isn't she cute? A little French bull at the riding club, name of Ume, which means "plum."

01-12-2006, 11:55 AM
First I gotta give props to Kempy. 6 POUNDS!! You Go Girl!!:hug: You are well on your way to hottieville! Keep it up.BTW My friend and I are considering the Bahamas! Were is your cruise taking you?

Angie- I knew your scale would once again do you justice! I am so happy for you. You know we have to have bumps in the road on our way to success. It builds character. You are gonna be fabulous this summer! BTW if you haven't registered for the Discovery Health Weight loss challenge, you better hurry up girl! The free gym membership kicks of on the 14th!!!

Cherie- Glad the little piece of my city makes you and your girls smile. I look at your smiling faces whenever I go to my fridge.(I put your pic in a magnetic frame to keep on my fridge. Before, I held it up there with a magnet that had an ad on it and my buddies though it was an ad :lol: Anyway, that older one of yours is a spitting image of you. I bet you get that all the time.

Noelle- VERY FUNNY HOME DEPOT BIT :lol: it was hilarious! Although I'm pretty sure that wouldn't happen in my store. No hotdogs! :D In fact, we don't sell snacks at all. (Thank Goodness) So, you have a ligitimate excuse for a hot buff guy to rub all over you,huh. Excuse me while I go injure myself...well then again, what are the odds that I'll get a cute buff hottie in NYC who isn't gay? Slim to none, so I'll just let you enjoy the rub down for the both of us! I want you to know that I am proud of you for sticking to plan and not letting this thing deter you. You make me proud:cb:

Red- Cool pic of the doggie. she's adorable. BTW, I know what you mean about the women in Asia. I felt like a fish out of water in Korea. Evn they would stare at me becase they were not used to seeing black women. It was interesting to say the least. The funny thing is that I was never envious of their figures. They have no curves! Everything is padded and they don't even carry any bras larger than a B (I'm a D) so it was very difficult to shop at times. I always thought I had a good figure, I just need to get rid of the extra weight so my true figure can shine through. I'm getting there :)

J- What's good, Love. Keep that walking up. Every little bit will make a difference! Spring break is still in it's planning phases but as I told Kempy, I'm leaning toward the bahamas. I know I'll have a blast no matter where I go but the most important thing is for me to be able to prance on the beach in a two piece which I haven't done since I was 17. So I got a lot fo work to do.

Cal- Come out and play!

Okay ladies. My ticker is still a lie as I am now 134 pounds. I just don't have the heart to move it back so right now I'm working on catching up with my ticker to make it true aagin. I join Bally on friday and from then on it's my mad dash to do all I can in my free 8 weeks. WISH ME LUCK!!

I can't believe how motivated we all are and we are on our way to be one big success story! I Love you guys and I am so proud of us!

01-12-2006, 12:00 PM
I just got 7 pairs of pants altered to accomidate my new slimmer waist. Cost me 105 dollors :yikes: :stress: I feel like I bought them twice but the fit great now! okay, just felt like sharing.

01-12-2006, 12:15 PM
Good morning girls :sunny:

Red, Ume is cute, it looks like she's smiling :D. I love the look of French bulldogs, almost like a Boston terrier but with batlike ears. I've been watching a show on KIKU (Japanese TV programming in HI) called "I'm Old Enough", it's set in Japan and they send toddlers out on errands for their parents and they have a film crew following them around to see what happens along the way. It's kind of scary and funny at the same time. The send 3 and 5 year olds to the corner store to buy stuff like eggs or milk and even make them cross the street with heavy traffic (with the traffic signal of course). Japan for the most part is probably a much safer place for kids to be out and about than a big US city, but still! I don't think I'd let my kid be on that show.

Dips, $15 per pant is a great deal considering if you were just to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Way to go girl. But what will you do if you get even skinnier??? ;) Good luck and have fun with your Bally's membership. Sheesh, no worries about the ticker. Besides, they made some temporary changes to the site and the ticker only appears on your first post of the thread--if you post multiple times on a thread anyway...that's why my ticker doesn't show up on my latest posts. The last time i weighed 134 lbs I was 23 years old and in my wedding dress! :eek:

Well, I gotta run and get this day going. I've been sitting at this computer a little too long. Have a great day everyone!

01-12-2006, 12:45 PM
Hi Girls

It is going to be in the low forties here!!!! I will be able to get a nice walk in. I am setting a goal for myself to be buying a size smaller for summer clothes. I don't have hardly anything from last year so I am going to hold myself to it. Plus I want to be close to what I weighed last year at my yearly check up. I would not like to go in and see the scale with a 20 pound difference. All this talk now lets see if I can do it!

Dips the Bahamas....ahhh sounds nice. Ocean breeze and a cool drink!

Red I also love the pic of that dog. Cute face!

Noelle have a beautiful day in HI!

Hi everyone else, I got to go the dog is getting into something. I don't know how to stop her from chewing. She chewed one of my decorative snowman, magnets and numerous other things! Check back later.

01-12-2006, 12:54 PM
Good Morning girls!

Red, I love the pic of the pup. What a cutie.

Dips, I want to go to the Bahamas with you. :lol:

Julie, It is nice here today too. Yesterday we had an ice storm though so everything is slick. I guess it is supposed to be nice like this through Sunday. I hope so.

Not much happening here today...just work. fun fun.

I will check back later

01-12-2006, 07:20 PM
Just bumping us up. I am going to fix dinner and then come back to chat.

01-13-2006, 12:53 AM
Still sooooo busy.

Red: I've never been to Paris. My hubby speaks fluent French though so we won't have any problems there. He lived in France for awhile and speaks the language like a native.

Angie: You're doing so well. Keep up the great work.

Cherie: I hope things have calmed down at work. I agree with Dips, you're girls are gorgeous (take after their Mom).

Kempy: Hope things are going well with you.

Dips: I might look into that Discovery thing myself. The last time I went to the Dr. I was down 4 pounds and I'm not even trying right now. Too busy to think much about what I'm eating. I just hope it keeps going down. By the way, we lived in Korea for awhile and I know exactly what you mean about the women.

Noelle: Thanks for the email about Home Depot. I am so tired from school, but that really made me laugh. I've seen that guy perform before and he's a riot.

Julie: Maybe the sunshine I sent you helped. :) I hope it stays nice for you for awhile.

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Have a great evening everyone. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!!


01-13-2006, 06:47 AM
Heh all. The snorts and snuffles are me rummaging through bags of food, vacuuming down huge amounts of junk! Scream, tears hair out....does a little of Dips' "injuring herself." Oh well, I am an emotional mess. Couldn't get anything done today. It was hopeless, everything, the writers block, the dying computer monitor, the crying cat who does NOT want to be in a cage. I just could not face the office today and stayed home though I need the money badly. The thing is, I felt so lousy all day and was trying to do things here that just didn't get far at all, that it was NOT a good day after all. Still, I got that out of my system, minus a day's pay. Picked up another writing assignment, though it doesn't pay much. Could be good for easy bits and pieces on a regular basis. That can pull in the money. Any of you know a good digital camera? I really should try to get something as they're needed today and when the pay is low it beats processing costs.

Funny, everyone thinks Ume (pronounced ooh-may) is so cute. I posted her thinking she looked kind of scary...I admit, I did say "isn't she cute?" Ah, what do you expect from a bunch of animal lovers?! :lol:

cal -- Hope you get a breather in there soon. Good to hear that your husband speaks French. That will make things easier. So, when are you off?

jbbm -- Good luck on reaching your goal! :goodluck: You can do it if you really try! :yes:

mele -- Yes, Ume is cute I admit. She always has her tongue sticking out the right side of her mouth. I think it's not in this picture which is highly unusual! I know the show you talk about. I think it's pretty cute, what the kids do. They also have one where they send a chimp out to do things. Often he does better than the kids. Do they dub the shows when they show them there or are they still in Japanese? TV is bizarre here and you really get tired of it. There are some nice little shows though, at least watchable for a short time. God, they are really into cooking and eating shows! Do you want me to send you any?

Dips -- You lucky dog! Pants to "accommodate my new slimmer waist!!" I am soooo jealous!! You were in Korea? How long? I never shop for clothes here. It's too depressing. I keep thinking I'm in the kids' section but nooooo......and I'm short, just not tiny. I wouldn't say I'm curvy, at least not in the right places...but oh, when I went to Hong Kong, I so wished I had money. There were clothes there that fit, they had sizes! And sizes way bigger they me! I was in heaven. Too bad I couldnt buy anything. What's this?! You're going cruisin' too? Are cruises big now or what? It seems like everyone is on one?! Oh, and yeah, how 'bout Noelle, getting cute guys rubbing her down. I hear you on the gay cuties. Here too. Not Japanese, but foreign, at the gym and then the other night on New Year's Eve. At least these guys were out. Some others at work are just so NOT out and I find it annoying. And, yes, your true figure is gonna be shining through real soon! You already look great!

Cherie -- what a pain with the court appearance. That's really stuff you don't need to have happening. What kind of guy is that anyhow? Yeah, glad it's over.

Kempy -- I am SOOO jealous!!! Congratulations!!! :woo:

angie -- Thank you. You are awesome in MY books! :hug: Little white one is growing on me..though at times she is very annoying with her crying....I still feel so bad about her eye...seeing how pretty the other one is and to think that such a jewel is gone because of neglect. Still, I see how the swelling is mostly gone now and the hair starting to grow in and I remember what it was like when I found her. It was so horrible looking I didn't want to look at it. I really thought it was going to pop out of her head. She would have surely died, just crawled off somewhere to die no doubt, with the fever she had and all and the scratching she was doing to it. Sigh. Wish I could have stopped it but yes, hindsight is useless. Gotta take that.

And here's another pic of one of my old cats (with gunk in his eye), Shachi, (pronounced shah-chee), which means "killer whale" in Japanese..because of his coloring. Hear the "Jaws" music as he looms into the camera!? Nozomi (meaning hope, as that's all I think that kept her from dying of starvation before she found me) is in the background. Can you see her?

01-13-2006, 10:40 AM
Good morning everyone.... I am having to practically drag my butt in here every day... I am so not motivated and feeling so blah.... and I should be doing something if I am here.. and I am not.. :-(

Red... your pets are great.. I love the dog. I grew up with a boston terrier, and that is what I thought of when I saw Ume.

I am so glad its the weekend. Last night I took my girls and the neighbor girl to the Girl Scout skating party. That will just wear you out. No.. not the skating, cause I didn't skate, just being around so many screaming little girls! :-)

Anyway... I am just popping in.... talk soon.

01-13-2006, 07:20 PM
Sorry I posted yesterday and then nevert came back. I started working on my MK stuff and it took too long.

Dips we are not going to the bahanas. We are going to leave from Tampa and hit Belize, Cozumel, Grand Caman, and Costa Maya. I am so looking forward to that. I know you will have fun wherever you are too.

Red I don't know if you know but my cat can only see out of one eye. He was born with a diformed eye and it is all off center. It is pretty funny when he tries to jump from things he isn't too sure about. He is just kind of off in the depth department. This is probably a weird question but when you write do you have to do it in Japanese? Please don't laugh but I just don't know.

Cherie I still havn't seen HP yet. I read the books and I just love them. I usually wait for them to come out of the theaters though. I like to watch movies at home. I would think they would frown upon me watching in my Pj's and Joe in his underwear. :D

Julie did you ever get your sun? How are things going in the weight loss department?

Angie where are you today? I thought for sure that you would have posted. Joe asked me the other day if I have actually talked to any of you guys and I told him that you are the only one so far. I guess it is strange chatting with someone for what is it, 3 years now and never really talking to them.

Cal who many days until you leave? I have the calender on a count down now for the cruise.

Noelle now don't go having another injury so you can stay in PT. My luck I would do that and I would get stuck with Brunhilda (sp) :lol:

Well, I am still going pretty good on WW. The scael went down again so it is 7.5 lbs so far. I tried to make my ticker but I read whan Noelle said about it not working right now. This stuff is really working for me. Last year when Joe and I were trying to lose weight it took me 8 weeks to lose this much and now it is just falling off. I know it will probably slow down but I hope it at least keeps up. Now, I need to go find something to eat for dinner. I hope to hop back on later.

01-13-2006, 08:02 PM
Kempy -- Yes, I was wondering where you had got to.....

Your's is not a strange question at all. No, I don't write stories in Japanese. That would be too hard, though I could and then get it touched up. My stories are for publication usually in English or I write in English and then they are translated into Japanese.

I hadn't known about your cat. I had thought one eye would give depth perception problems. The vet said it wouldn't matter much and this cat has jumped on top of the cage with no problem. I think it makes a difference if they were born with one eye or lose it later.

Harry Potter movies I can't stand, but then again, I only saw the first one and I don't think I was in the mood for it at all. However, be forewarned that the movies are not at all like the books. I liked the books a lot and the movies have now ruined the books for me. The movies are all abbreviated and simplified and emphasis is on other things than in the book. The attraction between Harry and that girl is not there in the book, or, it was, it was not played up. The movies just look too childish to me, whereas the books were full of so much more. I have not seen Lord of the Rings for the very reason that I did like the book. I think it is always a disappointment to read the book first, better to read it after seeing the movie and be in for a pleasant surprise at all the more there is.

I have talked with people I have met on 3fc. I don't know. It's a strange feeling, kind of scary, but I think not so much if you've seen pictures of them before on the site. I guess it is kind of strange not to have talked with people when you live in the States but as everyone lives in another country to me, I find it more unusual to have talked with someone.

Great going on the weight loss! I am once again have too many things to do and not enough time for me. I hate that. My ideal would be to have lots of leisure time. I would be so buff! I love working out and feeling physical, hate that my work involves sitting on my A in front of a computer more often than not.

Ok, gotta run, in to the hated office now. I have gone totally "barn sour" on the office. Even yesterday, I was not really sick and could have gone in, but the thought of it was too irritating. I knew I would have lost it with someone as I did on Monday. I just cannot stand being there and trying to be pleasant when I despise the entire operation. At midnight last night I got an email message on my phone (didn't see it till this morning though) from a coworkers girlfriend, asking if I had been out drinking with him (as we often are) and if there had been any trouble. This is the kid that got arrested and I helped to get out after only 10 days. I know he was on alone yesterday because I took off and things would have been tough but I hope he didn't get in trouble due to that. Sigh. If I had an alternative to that place I would jump at it. As it is, I see none and they do my visa too. Even now, as I sit here getting ready to go in, I dread it. I really hate it. Oh, drat, stiff upper can do it!!!

Ciao all! :wave:

01-13-2006, 09:00 PM
Hi girls, I tried posting earlier but my posts kept getting eaten up in cyberspace :mad: Anyway, just wanted to say hello. I'm going to take a nap now then go on my walk later. I've noticed I'm more tired in the afternoon after my 2 hr therapy session. i've got bruises on my right thigh from that darn deep tissue massage...fingerprints!

Kempy, if you go to the Announcements and Forum help thread section, there's a thread about the problem with signatures. Apparently they are trying something new--limiting your signature to your first post only if you post multiple times on a thread. There is also a poll to gauge whether 3FC members would like the signatures to appear on each post (like usual) but be limited to the number of characters in your signature line OR to only allow the siggie to appear once on the thread. If you guys haven't already voted on it, go to the thread here! if you wanna read about the changes, go here: Oh yeah, and congrats on your continued WW progress. Isn't it weird how easy it seems? That's a good thing!

Red, I love the name Shachi and why you named him that :lol:

Cherie, please don't feel like you have to be all gung-ho and motivated to post here. God knows I wasn't motivated for like A YEAR and I was still posting here regularly :lol: We want to know what's happening with you and your girls no matter what...I'm nosy like that ;) Hey, are those OK fires affecting anywhere near you? :flame: To make matters worse, isn't WA state flooding out from all the rain? That's just crazy. I wish there were some way to divert all that water up north to where it's needed to put the fires out.

I gotta go for now, but hello to all :wave:

01-14-2006, 07:42 AM
Just a short note to let everyone know I'm going back to CA for this weekend. I won't be able to post, but I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Keep up the good work; you are all inspirations for me.

Red: I know what you mean about feeling strange or nervous about talking to someone from this post, but I've actually met 2 of these wonderful ladies. I can't wait until we can all meet sometime.

Kempy: You'll enjoy your cruise so much. My brother and his family took a cruise to the same places you're headed to and they loved it. They left out of NO, but that was before Katrina. They've done several cruises. I haven't started a day countdown yet as we are not leaving until June. We will be in Europe for almost 5 weeks. We leave June 8 (the day after school is out) and return July 12. We will be in Paris for 5 days then renting a car and driving to Italy. We're doing some castle tours (Ashley is excited and wants to know if she'll meet any real princesses:) ) and the last 2 days we are taking her to Disneyland Paris (she doesn't know about that yet). I'm looking forward to it.
We'll be in Italy for about 2 weeks visiting family.

Hello to everyone else. I'll be back on Monday.


01-14-2006, 08:25 AM
Noelle, Thanks for the word on the voting. I told my other thread too. For long threads I think the signatures are very important!! We need to keep them every post I think!! People can be asked or forced to shorten them. Some people's are a bit much....

01-14-2006, 09:16 AM
Happy Saturday. Today is weighday and I am down 2 1/2 pounds this week. That makes up for my bloat and a nice little loss to boot. I cant complain! :carrot: So now my TOTAL losss so far is 26.5 pounds. I like that because I can enjoy fattier food on Saturdays and I am not feeling deprived or guilty.

Cal, Have fun in California!

Red, Shachi is so cute! I love the name.

Dips, You lucky girl you! I am so happy for you that you have lost so much weight that you need to get your clothes refitted. YEAH!!!! :carrot: You are doing great!

Cherie, I didnt know you were getting sued. I am glad it all worked out for you. I am with Noelle, Dont stay away. I havent dieted for about 2 years now and I was here most of the time except....when I went on my little pity party for myself. I am glad everyone dragged me back because I wouldnt be where I am now if it wasnt for all of you. :hug:

Kempy, You are gonna be a hottie for your cruise. I cant wait to hear all about it when you get back either. Get pics of the buffets, I hear they are beautiful they way they arrange the fruits and stuff.

Noelle, I did the poll too. I liked it the way it was. It is so much easier to keep track of everyone.

Well, The kitten is fitting in great. She already tears around with Teddy and Tyson. Meanie(my himalayan) is all interested in her. I think it is beacuse she is the only other long haired cat we have ever owned. He usually hates all the other cats and hisses at them but he doesnt to her.

01-14-2006, 09:19 AM
See what I mean about the ticker. I just posted a loss and now I have no ticker to mark it until the next page. :shrug:

01-14-2006, 11:44 AM
:cheer: Go Angie,
Go Angie!!! :carrot: I'm so proud of you for sticking to it! :high: You know the signature problem? If you go to your User control panel and choose edit options, look for Thread Display Mode--if you select Linear--Newest First, the signatures will appear on last post a person posted on the thread. The only drawback is that the newest post will appear first, meaning you will have to get used to reading the thread backwards (the first post is the latest so you read it from the bottom of the page upwards) :rolleyes: I know if kind of sucks for the time being, but I guess the great gals at 3FC are working on making the website the best it can be for everyone, and some people still have dial up and old slow computers. Those long siggies take up space on the server and take forever to load for some... sorry, I go off on tangents some times....Congrats again on your loss!!!! :D

Cal, enjoy your weekend! It sounds great. Your European vacation sounds fantastic as well. Ashley is very fortunate to have the opportunities to go places at her age. You guys rock! Oh yeah, tell Ashley that she's already met royalty--she met a Queen when she met me :lol: :devil: :rolleyes: :p Just kidding!

Hi to Red, Kempy, Julie, Cherie, Dips and everyone. Have a great weekend everyone!

01-14-2006, 11:57 AM
Oh yeah, one more thing...Red, have you ever been to They have a "red balloon" ticker slider...check it out!;51;133;0;0/c/-2/t/-9/k/aed7/weight.png

AND tickerfactory allows the weight changes to be shown in .2 increments, not just whole lbs. :dancer:

Just thought I'd share that with you guys. Can you tell I have a lot of time on my hands? :lol: I know tickerfactory is allowed on 3FC, Suzanne mentioned it in one of her posts. ;)

01-14-2006, 01:23 PM
Happy Saturday Girls!

Oh the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day in the thirties. I am going to get my walk in today.

Angie you go girl! Enjoy your splurge day today. I may make cheesy chicken burritos for my eat what I want day today. Hopefully I will be eating less of eat what I want days, LOL!

Kempy your cruise sounds great. You will be some of the places I like to go.

Noelle how is the knee feeling? Have a great weekend.

Cal have a nice time in CA.

Cherie, you know I have been reluctant to post many days because I am having a terrible eating day or whatever diet wise. I am having way to many of those lately. But I remember we are all friends first, no matter if we are losing or not. I have been feeling blah too. Spring is on its way though! Love ya girl.

Red I hope you get some time just for you!

Hi Dips!

Well girls going to go and make the best of this sunshine. We were going to go to the movies but I think we will bundle up and play with the dog in the backyard. Have a nice weekend everyone:)

01-14-2006, 04:21 PM

Noelle, I voted as well. I hope we go with the shorter sigs so we can still see them in all the posts. I like it like that. Can you tell I dont take well to change? :lol:

Julie, Get out there and enjoy today. It has been pouring here since late last night. I mean pouring too. The snow is getting pretty low. I am going to sound stupid saying this but it better not melt the field down to grass and mud. I know winter isnt over yet so I dont want anymore muddy paw days than I need. :lol:

I got in some workout today which is pretty nice since I dont usually do any on Saturdays. I havent left the house all day. We watched Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle again. I love that movie. I bought it for the kids for Christmas.

Has anyone seen Dirty Love with Jenny McCarthy? She is so funny. If you like her humor than I say go rent it. It was so stupid and funny that I thought I would pee myself laughing. :lol: I am going to buy that one too.

We named the kitten Daisy. She is so cute we thought it would fit.
Well, I should really go do something.

01-14-2006, 04:35 PM
Good morning all. Just a short post before I leave for riding. I am so absolutely disgusted with myself for having pigged out over the past week or so. It's so all or nothing with me it seems. I haven't had any nights out drinking though so that's good. It was more just...there were no opportunities. I don't know, but sometimes I just get so scattered and unable to think straight. That's the way it's been. Still, with the cat and all and me not being able to get these stories done, it's been more stressful than usual. Well, riding is always questionable. Good ride, bad ride, I've got to just get out there and put in the time and effort. My dream is to become a good rider and that's the only way there, not the ONLY way but one part you can't NOT have, time in the saddle....well, I hope I'm feeling better real soon. I am sick, sick, sick of not feeling good! :mad:

01-14-2006, 06:58 PM
Hey guys. I have not really spent much time outside today. It is still kind of chilly to do yard work. Plus, I want to rake but the wind is still blwoing too hard and there is no way I am going to work my butt off and then have Mother Nature deposit more leaves. I am thinking tomorrow will be different. I am going to have Applebee's for dinner. They have a WW menu and Joe really doesn't like them so since he isn't home I am treating myself. I made sure that I couned how many points I could have today so I could eat that tonight.

Red didn't you meet Meg from the weight lifting thread or was that someone else? Do they have fattening foods over there? I would think that you would be able to eat so much cleaner than we do here in the states. We have a Burger King on every corner and that makes it hard.

Angie you are doing AWESOME!!!!!!! I am like you I want to tickers back. I am trying to post one but I guess I will wait to see what they do with the site. I love the name, the puppy I posted is Daisy too.

Julie I know that we will have lots of fun. We are both so ready to do something different for vacation. FL is fun but we are so used to it we just sit around drinking beer at the condo and that is just not fun anymore.

Noelle guess where Joe wants to go for vaca next year? Yup, over to your sid of the world. I told him that his mother is going to kill him if we don't stop to see her but he wants to go to San Fran first and the out your way. Of course we ahve a long time to plan all of the out. Don't be surprised if I have you help me. You are the local after all.

Cal have fun.

Cherie did you and the girls do anything fun today?

Well, I am going to go call in my order so I will chat later.

01-14-2006, 11:16 PM
Hi Kempy I see you on, I hope you got something good from Applebees. I got a great spinach salad from there once. I hope your girls are keeping your company while Joe is away tonight! Speaking of raking my dh went outside today and raked with my daughter, can you believe that in January here? Most of our snow melted and it was in the thirties so we are getting an early start on Spring yardwork, I am sure we will get more snow but less leaves under it.

Well that is about it for me....going to watch tv and get ready for bed. Tomorrow it is shopping day and we are dropping the pup off at my in-laws so they can take her to get spayed early Monday morning since I have to take the kids to school and dh has to work.....I hope she does okay, I know she will.

01-15-2006, 01:58 AM
Hi there. Back from riding. It was a good ride, I have decided, though at one point it got scary because my horse spooked and turned and ran but I stayed on AND kept her going until she settled...which is something you should do or it'll teach her she can do this when she doesn't want to work, which is like always.... :lol: It was a bit windy and the water from a whole day of rain was pooled in a lot of areas of the arena with the sunlight reflecting off it, but we did it and so I feel accomplished! Hurrah!

It was a beautiful blue-skied day and Mt. Fuji was clear as a bell this morning, so pretty with all the snow on it. There was a big full moon off to the right of it, still up and clear because it was still around 6 a.m.

Now I am back home and just must get this damn story out that I've left hanging over my head. At least yesterday at work I got the layout pretty well squared away. The story, though, is more important as the ski resort and the advertising agency want to see it. I hate doing PR pieces and am no good at it because I've never really done them....oh well, good to get some experience.

Oh well, I am feeling MUCH better as far as eating goes again. I just decided to get the eating under control again and if I'm going to eat a lot at least make it healthful food, not just any old junk I can plow into my mouth.

I am starting up my new 21-day challenges on the other thread again. Doing that always helps give my habits a bit of structure, which helps a lot. Gives me an easy thing to cling to and evaluate my efforts, even if I'm not losing weight, if I'm sticking to my challenges, then I feel good about things.

jbbm -- Hi there. I'm sure your pup will be fine. :)

Kempyd -- Yes, I did meet Meg from the weight-lifting thread, about 2 or 3 years ago. She lives where I grew up, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She got me into Bally's and we worked out together. She was amazed at how strong I was! Lol. It was nice and she is a supersweet woman. She was still a lawyer then but I see from her profile that she has since become a personal trainer, which I find fabulous because she has sooo much to teach people. She can literally and probably WILL save lives! I've also talked with one other person by telephone and a number by Instant Messenger. I wasn't saying I wouldn't meet people 'cause I was scared too, I was just saying it was a little scary. But, I am kind of shy..or something...around people...maybe. Do they have fattening foods over here in Japan? Sure, lots of them I guess, but servings are not humongous like in the States and there are lot of nonfattening options. The fast-food joints are over here too so if you want to get the fattening stuff you can. The biggest thing I suppose are the serving sizes and just customs. People just don't eat that much and there is also a tradition of very low-cal food, so most things that are traditional Japanese will be lowcal. Also, like at movie theaters, no one eats anything. I found it strange when I came here, but now I find it strange to eat and watch a movie. At home though, I don't eat but I can get drinking! I have an easier time not eating in the States because I am appalled at the huge servings and because there are so many sizes there I feel I have more choice to be whatever size I want to be and then I tend to lose weight. Here, there is such a stigma against being even chubby that I tend to feel contrary and rebellious and kind of like.."yeah, just you WATCH me eat what I darn well please!" :mad: :lol3: Of course, I only don't eat much in the States on short two-week trips over there. I am afraid that if I stayed longer I would slip back into old habits. Maybe not, but the lack of exercise from all the walking I do here would surely have an effect. I need to be in a walking city like New York or so. I think it's easier to eat clean here if you want to. I know a lot of cities other than the real big ones in the States have very little choice in healthful eating. Of course, here, if you want to eat a ton you still can! I know how! :lol:

angie -- I'm with you on the voting. I want the signatures back, even though I don't always add mine. I think they should just put a size limit on them. Some people have huge ones. I didn't realize the signature was allowed on each PAGE. I thought it was only once on a thread. That's no too bad but still... You could also make your pages shorter but that's a pain then to jump to the next one....Daisy's a cute name. I hope you enjoy each other! :spin: Glad you like Shachi's name. I told him everyone likes his name. You know, he actually has two names because the crippled woman who he used to live with next door didn't know I had cared for him and had him neutered. She thought he was a girl and called him Ai (pronounced eye), which means Love in Japanese. He is a loverboy , gentle and kind of an emotional wimp...though he does know how to hunt and often brings things home...once a rat in my bed! He also hunts sandwiches from the convenience store. They would put ones that had expired out back in the morning and he would carry the whole packaged thing home with him! :lol3: He's old now and smaller but he used to be big and strong even though he's neutered. I thought, too, the orca name fit because they look scary but are really quite gentle...when they're not hungry, that is. Oh, yes, and wow, congrats on the weight loss. You are amazing. I sooo need to get some motivation back, some desire, some oomph in my life again.... :(

mele -- Hi there. I see the red balloon ticker! How cute. I did tickerfactory in the beginning but all the fertility checks were kind if giving me the willies.... :p

cal -- Hi there. Hope you have a good time in Calif. That's cool that you've met people from the thread. It would be fun. I think my best bet is Dips as I often pass through New York on my rare trips to the States. Dips! You there?! :listen: Well, your trip sounds wonderful. If you get down to the Bari area in Italy, you can look up a good friend of mine. She lives in a tiny village right on the Adriatic, a town called Peshichi in Foggia, right on the spur of the boot. I've got a friend in Paris too if you don't have any one to look up. Let me know if you want to contact them. He's an American guy with his Taiwanese wife and kids. I knew him from Tokyo. I haven't been in touch but I figure he's still there and would get in touch with him for you. He's the Wall Street Journal bureau chief there and a nice guy. How old is your Ashley?

Well, I gotta run. Dips, Cherie, anyone I missed, a big hello! Take care all! :wave:


Oh, yes and heh!! There is a sweet, young and very talented rider at the club who wants to do a homestay in the States this summer to improve her English. She would only be able to stay a max of two weeks, wants to be talking LOTS of English and not be around Japanese. If anyone is interested or knows someone you would be, please let me know. She is really a very sweet girl. You would love her and she LOVES horses and dogs, has a Lab who often comes with her to the stables. I think she's about 20 (which translates to about 16 in looks in the States) but she is classy, cheerful, really a joy to be around and is really eager to get better in English. She is an excellent dressage rider but is planning on studying dentistry and probably wants to study in the States later. Anyhow, I just wanted to ask because I saw her again today and said I'd try to help her find somewhere. I think it would be great for her if she could do some kind of volunteer work, say, with elderly people...who would talk her ear off probably!...and then have some nice peole to kick back with and chat at home.



01-15-2006, 01:17 PM
Well, it is cleaing day again and look at me, I am sitting in front of the puter. I just had to post a quick one.

Red I really wish I could ride again. There is no where for me to do that though. Would you ever consider moving back to the states? As far as your friend goes, this town is WAY to small to help her out. I swear some of the people here don't even know English and they have lived here their whole lives. :lol: Thankfully I have not picked up on those bad habits. I try to catch myself if I make a mistake in grammer but some of these people are down right stupid. Sorry, I love my town but the truth hurts.

Julie what kind of shopping day is it? Dinner was ok, Joe said it was b/c I worked it up in my mind for 2 days and then was let down when it was the size of a peanut. Thankfully I got the french onion soup to go with it otherwise I would have been starving.

Angie I wish I had your luck with the weight falling off. I am still sitting at the 7.5 lbs. I am not really sure what to do but I am really going to clean the house today and make it like a workout. It is pretty chilly outside so I don't want to head outdoors. Plus, Joe is on his way home and the house is a mess. I swear there is more cat and dog hair on the floor than on them. :lol:

01-15-2006, 07:29 PM
Bumping us up.

01-16-2006, 12:37 PM
Good morning girls. Does everyone have a day off for MLKjr day? I am going for my morning walk. I'll be back later to chat. Have a good one! :wave:

Cal called me on Saturday night but I was out at a b-day dinner for my sis. She asked about finding those pictures on those Disneyland collages I they DID get to Disneyland after all :lol: I called her back yesterday but left a message on her voice mail....then as I was walking around, her phone called me and I answered, but I think it dialed by accident. I could hear her talking to someone as if they were watching for someone on a ride. I kept saying "hello" but she didn't hear me :shrug:

01-16-2006, 03:56 PM
Happy Monday!! :lol: Can that be possible? :lol:

Red, Are you feeling better? I hope so.

Kempy, Oh yeah, I totally forgot that one of the pups is named Daisy. Duh. I told Jay that she would make a good Daisy and if we had gotten Teddy and Tyson around the same time we could have named them Bo and Luke. :lol: They all love to run and wreck the house together now. We are planning our vaca for April of next year now too. Maybe we should plan to go to Hawaii and we could all meet up with Noelle. That would be awesome.

Julie, What did you name your pup. How has her spay gone? I always feel so bad for the girls when they get fixed. The boys just dont seem to care. :lol:

Noelle, I have today off but only because this is the slow time of year and there isnt really anything to do. Enjoy your walk.

01-16-2006, 03:58 PM
OOHH, the tickers are back. YEAH!!!!!

01-16-2006, 07:11 PM
Well, I didn't have off. I had a few clients but I will take them. We are going to the camp this weekend so I wont be at work for a few days.

Noelle Joe's gradnmother calls us all of the time on her phone. It is so funny, it must be in her purse b/c I can here it moving around like she is walking. Do you have a hard time figuring points of meals that you make at home? I make a few things not out of a cookbook and I am not really certain how to figure them up.

Angie that would be great if we were all in HI at the same time. I don't know what time we would go but we can usually go at any time of the year.

Julie how did you dog do with your FIL. Did he take her hunting. Echo just got back from a big trip and Joe said she did really great.

I hope you all pop on soon. The dogs are looking at me for their dinner. I need to get ours fixed too so I will be back later.

01-17-2006, 12:59 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know I'm back. Wonderful trip.
I'll catch up on posts later; right now I'm just looking to sleep in my own bed without my bedhog daughter. :)
I'll try to catch up tomorrow.
Goodnight ladies.


01-17-2006, 11:17 AM
Good Morning!! Well, I guess the tickers are still gone. :lol: I swear when I posted yesterday they were there!! :lol: Maybe I am going crazy.

I had the munchies so bad last night. What is up with that. I caved and made some onion dip with lowfat sour cream and wow chips. Not too bad but I really didnt want to snack. This time around is so much harder getting the weight off for some reason. I am not going as gunho as the other times so that maybe why. I think I would rather take it slower this time and still eat the foods I like than to go totally strict and end up gaining it all back when I get tired of doing it.

So what is everyone up to? Julie and Cherie, where are you two?

01-17-2006, 11:18 AM
weird, I see the ticker right after I post and then it is gone the next time I come back.

01-17-2006, 03:18 PM
Good morning/afternoon girls :) Today is Michael's 7th birthday. I can't believe he's SEVEN!!! Where does the time go??? :dunno: I went to Sam's Club this morning and picked up a chocolate cake w/buttercream frosting and some ice cream cups...I am so sabotaging myself. I know I can't resist that darn Sam's Club cake and frosting! I was contemplating skipping my weigh in today but I think I am going to suck it up and just go. I need to buy more weekly coupons since it's cheaper if you buy in advance rather than pay every week. I thought for sure I would have a maintain or a gain last week, but this week it may have caught up with me. I dunno though, I think I am just going to go and get it over with--after all, I am only cheating myself if I skip. Hehe, I can be glad for one thing today though, at least I don't weigh as much as I did when I gave birth :lol: :o....

Angie, I know how you feel about the munchies! I have been indulging one too many times these past few days. I think I am craving salty, then right when PMS acts up I go for the sweet stuff like chocolate.... I found these awesome snacks though, they're called mini Soy Crisps, I found them at Costco and they're like those 100 cal packs of cookies and crackers. Yummy for a sweet crunchy treat.

As far as the tickers, 3FC is limiting the siganture lines to only once per thread for now, that's why the siggies don't show on every post.

Kempy, I usually have my 'free' meal at dinner. What I mean by that is that i track my points through dinner and lunch, and by dinner time I usually have around 15 pts left--which as you know is a lot. Then I just eat whatever my mom cooks (I know, pathetic aren't I :lol: ) but I just eat one serving. I stay away from it if it's battered or fried. Then I try to figure out the points from the food finder book. It's kind of a backasswards kind of way of doing things, but it works for me.

Cal, so what did ya ride at Disneyland? Did you find any of the collages?

Hey to Julie, Cherie, Red, Dips and everyone. Gotta run for now. Have a good one!

01-17-2006, 04:06 PM
Hey guys. I am home for just a little bit. I have 2 more clients today.

I am just going to weight in on my own in the morning. We are leaving and I will not have time to go to the meet at WW. Hey, at least I will save $11. :D I hope that I have drop at least something since last week. Joe ans I are going out to eat so I don't have to clean the kitchen tonight and I think I might want sushi. That is really good for me to have and it is easy.

I don't have time to post much. I need to get packing since I will be at work late. I'll post when we get back. I hope you guys have a great weekend. :wave:

01-17-2006, 04:45 PM
Noelle we are so much alike. I LOVE the Sams club bettercreme icing!!! That is a huge reason why I gained every single pound of weight back. I would do my grocery shopping at Walmart ever week and I would grab a few packs of the cupcakes(because they have more icing) and just pig out all weekend on them. My favorite way to eat them is when they are nice and cold. YUM!! Makes me hungry just thinking about it.

Now what I do is bake a white cake mix (omit the oil and egg yolks) just add the whites and water. Then for frosting I take cocoa powder,powder sugar and hot water and mix it until it is really thick. Then I microwave for about 30 seconds until it melts and I spread it on the cold cake and put back in the fridge until it is nice and cold. That is my Saturday treat and I have to admit the kids dont get much of it. :lol: I eat as much as I want on Saturdays of it.

Kempy, You going to be gone for the rest of the week? Have fun. We will miss you.

01-17-2006, 08:01 PM
Hey girls :carrot: I am back from my weigh-in and I should just shut-up about it already (all the moaning and groaning about maintaining or gaining...) I actually lost 1.4 lbs this week...a total of 27.8 so far. I am stoked! I dunno...I guess I feel like I wouldn't have lost weight if I didn't go all out on the exercise like I normally would, but you know what? I am OK with the fact that I am not able to lose 3 lbs a week every week. 1 lb will do me just fine! By summer I should be at a more comfortable weight where I feel pretty in my own skin again. :dance:

I found a WW brand cereal at Sam's this morning as well. 2 pts (or roughly 100 cals) for a 3/4 cup serving. It is called honey/almond crunch or something like that and it has real blueberries in it :T I can't wait to try it for breakfast tomorrow. I also bought some Lean Cuisine pizzas (pepperoni and some spinach and mushroom ones) for quick lunches. I love to have me some pizza once in a while. Michael wants pizza for dinner but at 5 points a slice I can't eat very much of it. This way I am safe. I can eat the whole little round pizza for around 6-8 points and be satisfied.

Kempy, good luck at your weigh in tomorrow, I know you will do better than you think. ;) I eat sushi like 2x a week, sometimes more. I pretty much eat whatever I like, except I stay away from those made w/mayo--like a tuna salad sushi (yes we have those here) or even a scallop w/mayo sushi. I think if I eat nigiri sushi I eat about 10 pcs and that is to get me feeling really full. That is only 5 pts!

Angie, I am going to try your cake recipe...especially since it has frosting :lol: The WW leader I have just takes a cake mix and puts one can of diet soda (diet coke for dark cakes) or diet 7up or sprite for white cakes. No eggs, oil or water, just the soda. Then I think she uses ff cool whip with ff jello powder for flavoring or fresh fruit like strawberries. Hmmm, I'm getting all worked up for cake I think :lol: I am having a small slice of cake for Mike's b-day tonight, but I am going to have to hide the left overs in the fridge downstairs so I'm not tempted to have a piece every time I walk by the kitchen upstairs. That is going to be hard because I just LOVE that cake from Sams. I have to remember to get a walk in today too :tread:

Cal, Cherie, Julie, Dips and Red....holla back!

01-17-2006, 10:16 PM
WOOHOO NOELLE!!!! :carrot: :cb: :dancer: :cloud9: :high:

I knew you would do great with your weigh in!!! You are awesome!!!

01-18-2006, 12:20 AM
I AM SORE!!!:tired: I got my free personal training session at Bally. That dude tried to kill me. But I needed that intense workout. It pretty much let me know that if I want to be fit for vacation it's gonna take some serious work. No BSing! The sad part is I know i'm going to feel it twicw as much tomorrow :yikes: Anyhoo

Noelle, you hardcore diva, you! I am so very proud of you. Even with all your injury woes, you still manage to melt the pounds away. You are going to do so well! BTW I got the best massage after the workout so I finaly got a hottie to rub me down just like you :D AND he was straight! Can ya dig it?!:carrot:

Angie: You are doing great as well! You and Noelle have me thinking about cake though. I could use a slice of tirimisu. That'll be my reward when I reach my goal and not a moment sooner! BTW I see your babies are growing up fast. Happy B-day to your little angel.

J- Hope you're enjoying the getaway!

Hi Red- I'm glad you're pushing forward and spreading your motivation to other forums. So long as we're your favorites :D

Kempy- Pat yourself on the back sister! You are doing it just like I knew you would! Your cruise sounds awesome. Puts my trip to shame. Have a blast!

Cal- How's it going. Still enjoying some fun in the sun? I'll get there soon.

Okay girls, I have to stretch some more and hopefully I'll minimize the soreness that's sure to wake me tomorrow.

01-18-2006, 10:35 AM
I'm checking in. Can I just say that W2 season for payroll sucks? This month as been the most hectic one yet. I keep thinking, it's almost over, it's almost over....

Yesterday, I went to the orthodontist where they took xrays (got a really cool one of the profile of my skull) and took molds of my teeth and then shoved in spacers between my teeth, 6 in all. Yesterday, was pretty miserable. My jaws ache and I'm having a hard time eating. And this is just with the spacers in. Can't wait for two more weeks when I actually get my full set of braces.

Today, I have my yearly well woman exam.. really looking forward to getting that OVER with. I know I will hear about me gaining 10 pounds since last year.. but I am trying to find my motivation to lose. Just not very motivated in trying.

Happy Birthday Michael!!! 7 years old! I KNOW! Where does the time fly.. I hope he had a great birthday.. and I hope you didn't enjoy the cupcakes too much. :-)

OK.. I need to get back to work.. I've been trying to get ahold of a live person in the State of Georgia for the past two days.. need to get back on that this morning.. Talk to you guys soon!


01-18-2006, 11:14 AM
Good Morning. It is freezing rain here today so everything looks like a bottle and all the schools were cancelled. Gotta love this weather. First it is so cold and ry that my hands crack open and then it is rainy then freezing... AAAGGGHHH!! I cant wait until spring is here. :lol:

Dips, I hope you arent too sore this morning. At least you got a rubdown. :lol: Was he a cutie?

Cheire, Hi girl. You sound very busy. Good luck at your yearly.

Jay went and bought a laser for the cats. BOY, do they like that. :lol: It is like 3 little dopes flying through the house. :lol: Helps to tire them out though. Daisy is like a dog. At night she will sleep on the top of the cat condo but she likes to be in our bedroom at night so I said "Daisy wanna go to bed?" And she jumps up and runs down the condo and goes to bed just like the dogs do. :lol: She is a sweetie. I cant let Teddy and Tyson in my room at night because they play and attack us all night. I tried it the other night and had to kick them out. I have never seen such hyper cats as those two.

Well, I gotta get in a workout. I hope you all get a chance to post today.

01-18-2006, 02:51 PM
Hi Girls! I am stopping in for a quick post. I just dropped my daughter off at preschool and now it is time to go help out at my son's school. Lately I feel like I don't have enough time in a day, LOL. I dusted off my excercise bike yesterday and did a full fifteen minutes! Not to much but my leg muscles felt the burn after not using it in a ling time.

Happy Birthday Michael:hb: :gift: :woo: :balloons:

Hi everyone!

01-18-2006, 05:28 PM
Hi girls, I just had a late breakfast about an hour ago but I am already thinking of lunch :hun: It's a short school day and I have to help Michael finish a project on the planet Uranus (did you know there were rings around it? :lol: ) so I think I will finish up my payroll and get the heck out of dodge :lol:

Angie, so what are you guys doing today? Enjoying the warmth of the bakery? :lol: I had a laser once and the inside cats (Tiger and Scully) just looked at me like 'what's the big deal?' :lol: They are a lazy bunch.

Cherie, I didn't know you were going to get braces :D You are lucky that these days they are much smaller and the treatment is a lot faster. Still, I know it isn't fun having them, but it is fun to have beautiful straight teeth afterward...I had braces from the middle of 6th grade to the summer before 9th grade, so about 2.5 years. Those monthly tightening appointments were a pain! But only for a day or so, so don't worry, you'll do fine. Eeewwww, your yearly exam :lol: My doc just called me to day to let me know my last ultrasound exam was negative--meaning they found DIDDLY SQUAT! I guess I am VERY normal but yet... :lol Hope everything goes well for you. At least it's only 10 lbs--not like my 40!

Julie, good job on getting the bike out and riding it. It's a start to something good for ya.

Dips, I hear ya on the pain of a workout. You know, I'm getting a little tired of my massage after working out. That guy does that deep tissue stuff and it hurts like ****! But I feel good afterwards, it's getting through it that sucks. :lol:

:wave: Hi to Kempy, Red and Cal....have a great day.

01-19-2006, 09:40 AM
Happy Thursday!

Okay, so at work we have a little weight loss challenge of our own going on. We all had to put in 25 dollars and form teams. The team who loses the most weight wins the pot! My disadvantage is that my teammate has little to no will power but I am very VERY comepetitive. I told her I will kill her if we don't win. there are 5 other teams so can you imagine how much money is at stake!! Anyways, I'm out to sabotage the other teams. Everyone is motivated right now mut in about 2 weeks time I'm dropping some krispie kremes off in each of their offices:devil: I'm terrible, I know. But I'm rutheless during competition!! Anyhoo

Noelle- There was no deep tissue business with my massage. The whole thing felt great from beginning to end! I loved it! I wish I could get him to do it after all my workouts but ofcourse I would have to pay him :lol:

Cherie- I have to schedule one of those exams myself. In fact I have to hit up the eye doctor, dentist and anyone else who can check my health. I'll work on that for next week.

J- Way to go on getting yourself started. You should be working your way up to being on that bike for at least 30-4 minutes but you will get there, just keep it up!

Angie- Ya know, he may have been a cutie but since he was 6'7" tall, I only got to view his chest most of the time but he had a great chest! :lol: And yes I am still sore but it's cool. It lets me know I'm really working. Anyhoo, hope you get over that cold weather soon and you can wish the same for me. We were enjoying such a warm winter (45-55 degree temps) Now the true winter of NY is in effect! It was like 20 degrees last night. Th egood news is that we're going to warm back up to the 40s and 50s for the rest of the week. YAY:carrot:

Hi Kempy, Red and Cal. Hope everyone is chillin and happy and getting lighter! I'm off to the gym this morning before work. TTYL

01-19-2006, 10:13 AM
Good Morning.... Thank goodness it's Thursday.... two more days of dredgery... I just LOVE work.. can you tell?

The doctor's appointment went well, and he didn't talk about my weight gain... Noelle.. I've gained like 10 pounds since last year.. but I still have like 40 to lose myself... I think he was trying to be sensitive about the appointment.. he did ask me about my ex because at the last appointment, he knew that he had cancer. So other than that and the actually appointment.. it was ok. My mouth is still uncomfortable... but I know it's worth it. The dog is doing well.. this week, I am making a solid effort to crate train her. Keeping her in her crate all day long, coming home at lunch to let her out... and keeping her in her crate at night. So far.. she hasn't had an accident. I was getting really tired of cleaning up the laundry room where I was letting her roam free during the day. I still don't like the idea that she is in the crate all day, but until she gets older and I can get her trained.. I guess it will work.

OK.. back to work...

01-19-2006, 11:49 AM
Good Morning girls!! I got in my workout even though I really dont want to do it. I am up 1/2 pound this week and I doubt I will get in a loss at all. It is really doing a number on my brain the way it is fighting so hard. I dont want to be as strict as I used to be to lose weight because quite frankly it sucked. I couldnt eat anything and I am NOT doing that again....certainly not for the rest of my life. I dont know. I am just getting sick of it all. I wont give up though.

It rained out so bad yesterday but thankfully when the rain stopped the wind picked up...big time. :lol: It blew all the extra rain off my walkway so that is good. It was a nice little ice slick yesterday. We dont have hardly any snow left now, more like a thin coating of ice and that is it. I can see grass in a few spots. The kids snowmobile is pretty useless right now. :lol:

The kitten found out how comfy Jay's pillow is so that is where she slept all night. :lol: She is a cutie pie. She really tears it up with Tyson and Teddy now. The other 3 cats are all old (14,10,7) so they just look at them like they are crazy. :lol:

Well, I guess I should go get something done today.

01-19-2006, 12:27 PM
Hi Girls, one more day till Friday!

Angie, I totally know what you are saying about being to strict with yourself. That is exactly what I do. That is how I got to my goal and then went crazy eating things I did not let myslef have....but I think you are doing it totally the RIGHT way. Keep it up and let yourself have those Saturdays free. I know it is hard though, last week pms just about killed me! I ate entire bag of butterscotch chips in two days!!!! Okay I am embarrassed now:^:. But I am going to be 20 pounds lighter by June 1st!

Noelle I hope you got the project done. My daughter just was working on planets in preschool and I couldn't remember all the names, I guess I forgot alot of things being out of school,LOL.

Cherie I did not know you were getting braces. Nothing beats a great smile!
I feel bad leaving the dog in her crate too. They just give you that look. I know it is for the best though when we are not home. That reminds me I have to make my yearly appt. too. Fun fun....

Dips I like the idea of the challenge at work and you naughty thing with the krispie kremes....too funny.

Hi Cal, Kempy and Red!

This morning I ate one of those low carb oatmeal bar things and they are loaded with vitamins and it is kind of upsetting my stomach. Yuck. I think I will stick to natural foods and not these super vitamin muscle man bars, haha.
I better get some work done around the house today since I have been gone all week. Check back later

01-19-2006, 03:38 PM
Hey all. How's it going? I'm busy with my other thread, the 21-day challenge, which is my main thread as I organize it. We're so busy these days that it takes me way to long to reply over there and there just isn't any time to come in here and chat. Besides, my last mega post here was met with so much quiet that I felt abandoned. Don't you just hate that? I guess I am just too out of sync with ya all! :(

01-20-2006, 07:25 AM
Wow, all day and no posts.... :cry: Just got two cats to the vet. So hectic. Harried day at work.... sigh.

01-20-2006, 06:00 PM
Hey girls, i meant to post yesterday but things got real busy :dizzy: I just got back from my therapy session and just when things started to get easier they go and up my weights and repetitions....I guess it's got to keep getting harder to strengthen me up eh? It's a pain though. I'm actually looking forward to going back to the orthopedic doc and seeing if I improved enough to stop the therapy. I know I probably sound like a lazy butt right? :lol:

Michael's class has a talent show this afternoon and he will be the emcee. I'm lugging a full cooler of canned juice and bottled water for refreshments afterwards. I don't think I can carry the cooler up the classroom steps though... gotta do more of these :strong:

Red, ya know, this thread kind of waxes and wanes, please don't feel like we're ignoring you :) I hope your cats are just going in for regular check ups and nothing serious? How're your articles coming along?

Julie, butterscotch chips? :T Yum! Well I caved yesterday and ate 2 slices of Michael's b-day cake. I threw out the other half though, it was tempting me something awful. Then after I ate those 2 slices all the sugar did a number on my stomach and I wasn't a very happy person the rest of the day (where's the 'feels like puking' smiley when you need one?) :lol: I'm with you on eating real food and not those protein bars. Sometimes they are good for on the run kind of days but mostly I prefer to eat something good.

Angie, I'm so proud of you for not giving up. It's not easy losing weight and it's definitely a mind game. I'm not trying to sabotage you or anything, but maybe you're not eating enough calories? I mean, I'm not trying to convert you either, but on WW they allow you a certain number of 'points' per day according to your body weight. You have to eat the minimum number of points each day and you can earn more if you do exercises...but anyway, I've found that if I don't eat all my points consistently and exercise like regular, I don't lose as much that week. When I force myself to eat all the points I'm allowed, drink all my water and follow the plan to a T, those are the weeks where I can drop 3 lbs. It's weird, but sometimes I feel like I'm eating so much and yet the weight just comes off!

Cherie, glad your docs appt. went well, I know we all hate those appointments! :lol: It's nice to have a sensitive doctor though, I really hate those with no bedside manner. How are you doing with those spacers? Stay away from chewy food or they may just get pulled out--it happened to me :lol:

Dips, wow your massage guy is 6'7"??? Hehe, one of the guys that works on me is actually about an inch shorter than I am--but he has good hands :devil: Hey, with your motivation running high you will win that competition despite your lazy partner. And those Krispy Kremes? You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes right? :lol:

Kempy, hope you're enjoying yourself out there :wave:

Cal, TGIF!!! So do tell about your adventures last weekend. :)

So is anyone watching this season's American Idol show? Did you hear about those twins that made it to Hollywood, only to get arrested for identity theft in their home state? That's too bad too, because they had great voices. Well, gotta get ready for that talent later!

01-20-2006, 06:25 PM
Thanks, Noelle. :hug: I will try to post again soon.

01-21-2006, 11:13 AM
Well, Today is weigh day and I am going to weigh in. I GAINED 1 1/2 pounds this week!!! I have not been screwing up at all. I had some WOW chips with low fat onion dip on 2 evenings for a snack and that is all!!! I am so pissed right now. So I guess I would have to say NO, I am not lucky because the weight is just melting right off. I am working my *** off and it isnt moving. I weigh the exact same weight as I did 3 weeks ago and I have been working hard to lose. Sorry to rant on and on but geesh!! So, I am going to take today completely off and start fresh Sunday. Maybe that will trick my metabolism or something. I dont know what else to do.

My sister found a little black pomeranian out front of her house last night. She called me at about 9 last night and said she heard a truck slam on its breaks and then drive off. She thought maybe her cat got hit so she went outside to check. She saw a small dog under her car and coaxed her out and brought her inside. I would say she doesnt even weigh 3 pounds. She is so sweet because of course we went down to see her. I gave her a bath because she smelled like cigs(GROSS!) and Wendy is going to go around today to see if she can find an owner anywhere. Why a dog that color and size would be out at night alone I would like to know. I am going to take her down some food in a minute and see her. We brought Rebel in and it was so funny. He didnt know whaat to do with a dog so small. She chased him everywhere and tried to get him to play and she humped him too. My poor violated. :lol:

01-21-2006, 06:09 PM
Hey girls, what's shakin' this Saturday? We took Michael to watch the movie Hoodwinked last night...the story of Red Riding Hood from the perspective of each of the characters, it was funny but not as good as say, Toy Story :lol: I'm not up to much today, just doing laundry and puttering around the house. I had a tuna sandwich and some chicken noodle soup for lunch :hun: Just your basic, boring Saturday

Angie, I feel your pain sister. You can get mad, but just get going back on track tomorrow. You are doing the right things and eventually the weight will come off, sometimes the scale is just a really evil thing. :hug: Do you think that pom was dumped by the person in the truck or did it just wander to your sis' house from a neigbors? I'm glad she found it and not some animal hater. :lol: I can just picture that tiny little dog trying to hump Rebel :rolleyes: poor guy!

:coach: OK the rest of you girls, roll call!

01-21-2006, 10:27 PM
Hi Girls, I am feeling pretty sick. My poor son threw up yesterday and has the same cold. Oh well what are you going to do when you have one in preschool and the other in kindergarten? They pass colds every other week. I have been snacking less so that is good.

Angie I agree with Noelle, you are doing all the right things and don't worry that scale will start moving down again soon!

Noelle I wanted to take the kids to Hoodwinked....maybe next weekend, it won't be so crowed then anyway.

Hi everyone else out there. Take care and have a nice rest of the weekend.

01-21-2006, 10:55 PM
This week felt so long. Why is it that having a Monday off makes the week feel longer????:?:

I got progress reports out (we give them out every 2 weeks). Amazing...the kids started asking what they can do to bring up their grades. "Do the work and hand it in...on time!!!" Simple enough...don't you think???

Noelle: We had a great time last weekend. We stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel on the 13th floor. (Yes, they actually had a 13th floor). It was wonderful to just walk across the street and through the Californian hotel and the private entrance to California lines. We went on nearly every ride in just 2 days; on the ferris wheel, we were even able to stay on and ride twice because there wasn't anyone in line. Ashley even went on Tower of Terror with Bert. She was afraid, but now says it was fun and she wants to go on it again. I even bought the picture of her on the ride...she looked terrified. I never did find the collage. Maybe next time. My brother and his family were there as well; they stayed at the Grand Californian. I prefer the Paradise Pier. The next time you go there, you should consider it.

Angie: You are doing great. I know it can be so frustrating for the scale to not move, or to move in the wrong direction. I don't even own a scale. The only time I know what I weigh is when I go to the doctor. I have a size goal and I work for that. My lean weight is so high that the scale will never be good to I don't own one. I've never even been tempted to step on the one at my sister's house either. I have been thinking about joining WW with Noelle. My neighbor is going to do it and we are thinking about doing this together. Power in numbers!!!

Hello to everyone else. I don't have time to do individual posts right now as I have about 6 assignments (from 6 classes) to finish grading.

Have a great rest of the weekend.


01-23-2006, 10:29 AM
Good Morning Everyone!!! Monday.... it's going to be a better Monday than most.. I think I have finally found some motivation!

This weekend, I didn't do much of anything. Friday night, I went to the movies alone and saw Brokeback Mountain. It was a beautiful movie, and the actors were great, however, I just didn't feel the cowboy love. :-) Yesterday I saw Kinsey, and that is to say the least, was a much more interesting movie.. Liam Neelson and his friend were much more believable in the "boy love" than Jake and Heath were. For the rest of the weekend, I just stayed at home and vegged. Last night I did get the rest of my laundry finished and my house organized.

For just this week, I plan on trying to get on the treadmill every day, eat healthy and keep my house organized and really work on the dog potty training.

Angie.... you know that 1 1/2 pound gain isn't FAT.... its muscle and water weight girl.. just keep working.. you are doing such a great job and you all are being so inspirational!!! Oh... back when I was about 19.... on my way home from work, I almost ran over a red Pomerainian... I stopped.. and let her get out of the way.. and then I started driving again.. and she started following my car. So I stopped again, and opened up my door.. and she came right to me and jumped in. I took her home, because I knew that road she was on was going to get her killed before the night was over, everyone from the factory was getting off work and it was a really busy road. Anyway.. she was all dirty and had fleas.. so I washed her and looked to see if I could ever find anyone who claimed her, but no one did.. I ended up calling her Toto... and when I moved back with my mom and Stepdad... they took her over. She lived with them for about another 8 years before she died. They are great dogs!

Julie... I hope you and your son start feeling better. I've been lucky so far, no major illnesses for either the girls or myself this winter.

Cal.. your trip sounded so nice.... good luck with getting your grading done!

Noelle.. sounds like your knee is getting better... they wouldn't give you extra reps if they didn't think it would help you and if you couldn't handle it! How was Michael's emcee job?? :-) I bet that was cute!

Red.... Hey there! How was your weekend? I hope you got to relax some, and I hope your cats are doing OK.... you are brave to take them both at the same time! I remember trying to take my cat in the car to the vet, and he would just make the most horrible noise, you would think I was killing him with all that howling and moaning....

Kempy... Hey there... hope you are doing well..

Dips.. how is your baby doing?

OK.. back to work here..... Talk to you guys soon!


01-23-2006, 11:13 AM
Hmmm... what is this with the red and black Pomeranians?!?!? freaky stuff going down here!!!

01-23-2006, 11:49 AM
Good morning girls. We had some major thunderstorm last night and I actually had a dream that I was on a ship and it was getting tossed around in the ocean :lol: :yikes: There is more heavy rain forecast for the rest of the day so I will probably stay indoors. Yesterday we went to the local mall to look at some displays that the Catholic schools put up of the kids' work. Michael didn't have anything displayed but my 8 y.o. niece had this neat table-top model of the solar system. I called my sis and congratulated her for doing a good job :devil: Then she told me that she actually got the model from a friend at work whose kid had made it....duh! False advertising! :lol: **Oh, and Michael did a bang-up job as emcee for the talent show. It made me laugh a little because at some point he reminded me of Ben Stein as Ferris Bueller's teacher taking roll call--remember that???

:hug: Cherie, glad you got your motivation back :carrot: I know you can get on that treadmill like you want...what shows are on this week? :) I was thinking about you and your training for that half-marathon. I was supposed to do this 8+ mile walk next month but I don't think my knee can go that long :( Last thing I want to do is mess it up again. I haven't seen either of those movies you mentioned yet (I think I was a bit embarrassed to rent Kinsey at Blockbuster a while back :lol: ) but when I sign up for Netflix it's going on my list ;) You were so sweet to rescue that pom and wow, 8 years of companionship for your mom and stepdad, that's just awesome.

Red, how's your personal 21-day challenge coming along? Has this New Year gotten off to a positive start for you? :)

Cal, I will look into Paradise Pier for next time :) I am so proud of Ashley for getting on that Tower of Terror. Bert is a great aunt! You know the secret to that ride? It's WAY more fun if you don't hold on, just go with the flow. We all love it too. I don't think we'll be getting out to Anaheim any time soon but we will be saving up for Michael's 10th b-day and maybe heading to Disney world ( 3 years!). I would highly recommend WW, as you know I can't stop raving about it. It doesn't feel like a 'plan' and it really is a lifestyle change. Go for it! :)

Julie, I hope both you and your DS are feeling better real quick :lucky: and that DD or DH doesn't catch it as well! I tried Airborne (an herbal/vitamin fizzy tablet) while on vacation to Vegas (both on the plane and while in the casinos), and even though I got a touch of a stuffy nose and sore throat during the trip, it only lasted a day or 2. You may wanna try it. The lime flavor tastes best to me. There's even a kids version as well :hug: Take care of yourself :)

Angie, how was your weekend? Did anyone claim the pom?

Kempy, are you back at work today? I'm looking at my MK catalog...I will let you know this week OK?

anywho, gotta get ready for therapy (pain!) Have a good day everyone.

01-24-2006, 12:05 PM
:listen:Hello (hello hello hello)

:sorry: Anybody out there? (there there there???)

Echo (echo echo echo)

:comp: :bubbles: :(

01-24-2006, 12:44 PM
Hi Girls, how is everyone? I have been taking care of sick kids, yesterday I took ds to the doctor and she thought maybe pneumonia because he had wheeze in his lung but the xray came out okay so they gave him an inhaler to help with the coughing fits and my poor dd has broken out with hives all over her body! What a mess, huh? Oh well I think they are getting better. Anyway since my TOM has passed I have shed two more butterscotch chips for me.

Noelle I had to laugh when you said Ferris Bueller. I have watched that movie probally a hundred times. I love all of those movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club and I love Better Off Dead. Oh the

Cherie I like your plans for the week. Those are things I should be working on too.

Angie I saw something on tv last night about plateaus. It said you need to add short high impact to your workout routine. Like if you are walking, walk at a normal pace and they speed walk and then go back to normal pace. I know you are excercising so hard though. Keep going you are doing great!

Cal your trip sounds nice! That is quite often for progress reports. It nice for the parents but alot of work on you I bet.

Kempy how are things going?

Dips how is the puppy doing?

Gotta run girls. Have a great day and I will check back later.

01-24-2006, 01:45 PM
Good Morning.... Noelle.. I had a reply yesterday, but 3FC froze up on me, gave me an error page and when I tried to go back, I lost my entry and was too frustrated to rewrite it... Sorry.. :-)

Julie.. I hope your kiddos start feeling better soon.. Poor babies...

Yesterday went well for me... stayed on track with my food and got in 3 miles on the treadmill.

This afternoon, I go to the orthodontist (Hannah went this morning) for some more fittings and molds and what not... one more week before I get the full metal mouth syndrome. :( After that, I take my dog to the vet.. for some shots and to see how big she is now.. she is really growing alot.. and I can tell she is starting to lighten up, she is losing the black from around her nose and the rust color coat is turning more light brown. My baby is growing up! :D

I wish we would get some thunderstorms here.. it really hasn't rained any in the last 6 months, and everything is so dry. However, I can't complain about the temps... its currently 57... so that is nice.

OK.. back to work here.... gotta finish a spreadsheet.. payroll is being ran tomorrow! Talk to you guys later!


01-24-2006, 02:18 PM
:dance: Hi girls, glad to see you around again.

Julie, your poor babies! What's going on??? I know you are taking great care of them though. I'm so glad your DS didn't have pneumonia. Did your DD get something for the hives? How are you feeling? Congratulations on your 2 lbs gone :cp: You will get to that goal by summer! I love that Ferris Bueller movie too. It's one of my all-time favorites, besides Stand By Me. I remember going to the movies with my girlfriends and seeing those other ones too... remember how weird Ally Sheedy was making snow dandruff in the Breakfast Club? :fr: Yuck! My sis was just telling me that there will be a remake of the movie The Outsiders. Did ya see that one back in 83?

Cherie, how big do Wheatens get? Are you and Hannah getting ortho treatment at the same time? Hey, good going on staying on track! :) It's hard I know, but we CAN do this! :strong:

Dips, you gotta come in here and post girl. I need some more of your positive vibes :goodvibes: How's your workouts coming along?

Angie, don't be hiding out on us...or do I have to come up there and find you? :hug: Good advice from both Cherie and Julie. You are doing great.

Cal, Red and Kempy.....hope you're all having a great day. Hope to hear more from y'all. Later!

01-24-2006, 02:31 PM
Hey guys, I am still here. Daisy has had diarrhea since we brought her home but we just chalked it up to the change in food. We werent sure it was her as I have never actually caught her afterwards to confirm. She sneezed every so often as well so I figured that was because of the different animals. I am not so sure now. The last few days the poop has had blood in it. Not much just a little streak or so. This morning I got up and scooped her box and put a sample in a bowl so that we could have the vet check it and then she was so sick acting. She threw up and was pooping almost bloody mucous. Jay ran her down to the vet. (We got a new one after Tinky died just to make me feel more comfortable) So he checks her poop for worm and there were none and he felt her stomach and said he could feel something in it so he thinks it is a blockage and to keep an eye on her for the next day or so and if she is still throwing up then he will do surgery! HUH? Shouldnt he have done an xray? So anyways while Jay was gone I got searching on the internet for symptoms and the only thing I can find is FIP. That will kill her if it is what she has but it fits. What am I going to do if I have to watch her die? She has only been here for 2 weeks and I am already so attached to her. The info said that if a cat shows symptoms then they will die within a month or 2. I hope I am overreacting and she has nothing wrong with her but I am so scared.Other than the diarrhea and occasional sneezing she has been fine up until this morning. After her pooping so much this morning she seems fine now. She climbed the condo and is napping, she has been purring when I pet her etc.

01-24-2006, 03:12 PM
Angie, I can't believe there was no xray done either? I mean it may find the problem without having to do surgery. I hope the kitty gets better soon! Keep us updated.

Cherie great job staying on track. I hope the fittings are not to uncomfortable. I got a mold done for my mouth night guard, it wasn't to bad but I can't believe all the stuff they put in my mouth. How is the crate training going? Don't the pups grow so fast?

Noelle I bought some benadryl for her. The doctor said she is seeing some kids come in with colds and stuff and the other siblings breaking out in hives? Some weird cold virus I guess. Yup, I remeber the outsiders. A remake? Wow that should be good.

Well I just ate lunch I had a grilled cheese and some grapes. So I am planning on having a snack later so I don't go crazy hungry eating at dinner.
Check back later. Hi All!

01-24-2006, 03:21 PM
Hi Angie. I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy. I do hope the vet gives her an all clear and she gets to go home all nice and healthy. I don't know much about FIP or anything but I do know that you take good care of your pets and they are so lucky to have you as their mom. Try not to worry so much :hug: and let us know what happens.

01-24-2006, 08:15 PM
Hey all, it's me again ;) I went to my weigh-in today and am down .8 lbs. Not much but at least it's in the right direction!!! A total of 28.5 lbs down baby :carrot: This not being able to walk all those miles like I want to is really affecting my progress, but! I am healing and I will be back to 100% in a few weeks time I hope :crossed: I am soooooo hoping to get back into one-derland soon. Gotta scoot and pick up my boy from school.

Have a good evening!

01-24-2006, 08:17 PM
Go, Noelle!! :cp:

01-24-2006, 08:54 PM
That is great Noelle:bravo:

01-25-2006, 11:22 AM
Hey guys! I have been back since Sunday night but I have not had time to even sit down long enough to read the posts. I am going to go back and read them when I have a chance. The camp was lots of fun. It is just so beautiful up there. I am going to try and find a few pics for you so you can see what we have right outside our back door at the camp. I hope all is going well. I am still stuck at the 6lbs mark and I am not certain what to do now. I am hoping that my body is just at a platue.

01-25-2006, 11:29 AM
Here is a shot looking down at the lake right at sunset. I hope you can make it out. The other one is Echo sleeping in our bed. Talk about spoiled!

01-25-2006, 11:56 AM
Well, Joe deleted the pics by accident. That is the main reason I love my 35mm camera. I can delete the pics. Here are a few of the pics we have. The first one is Echo's b-day. Man did she love that cake. The second one is the last puppy we had, Tess. We had to do the Christmas tree shot with her. It was not easy getting her to sit still and not move.

01-25-2006, 12:42 PM
Kempy.. those are great doggie pictures.. they don't look very happy with their antlers on... poor babies! But they are such beautiful dogs! Glad you had a great time on your trip.

Angie... I hope your kitty gets better.... what a shame... sending out get well vibes to her!

Noelle... WTG on losing weight! That is great... any loss is better than a gain!!!

Hey Red!

Julie.. how are the kiddo's feeling today?

Dips.... Hiya!

Well... Tell me this is worth it. Getting Braces... cause right now.. my mouth hurts and I am whiney and all I have in it is four spacers on my upper teeth, and two metal bands glued to two lower molars. I can't eat.. which could be a good thing, but I am so addicted to eating that I still WANT the food.. even though it's not an enjoyable and comforting experience right now. Last night I made myself eat all my dinner, cause it was something I loved... but this morning, I decided that was BS... so when I tried to eat my scrambled eggs with cheese and ham, and it was uncomfortable.. I pushed it away. I mean that is a victory for me there in eating.. but man.. it was hard... Next week, I get the rest of the metal for my mouth.. and I really hope I can get used to it. Cause right now.. it just sucks.

OK.. well, I am in the middle of running payroll.. I just wanted to check in real quick.. sorry for being a whiney butt.... I just keep thinking.. it WILL BE WORTH IT!

Talk soon... Cherie

01-25-2006, 12:46 PM
Cherie how long do you have to wear them? I have a cross bite and they would have to break my jaw to fix that. So, that is not going to be happening anytime soon. It really isn't that bad but if I get TMJ too badly they will want to do it I can guarentee. I told Joe that if I was in a car wreck to get it done then, otherwise there is no way I am breaking my jaw to fix something that really doesn't bother me. I am sure that you will get used to them but at least you will have an easier time staying OP.

01-25-2006, 01:33 PM
I am getting a quad helix put in to spread my upper palete, that goes on the inside of the teeth. I am getting full braces on the outside, and where I have a missing tooth, they are going to place a spring to open the space back up so they can insert an implant. Orthodontist said it could be anywhere from 18 to 24 months that I have this crap in my mouth. So... MAYBE.. I can lose weight soon! :D My youngest daughter has a small cross bite, but I don't know yet what the plan of action will be for her... she still hasn't lost any baby teeth... But, her mouth is crowded, so I see braces in her future as well.

01-25-2006, 01:46 PM
Hey, what are you guys doing to make the ticker work. I don't think I am doing it right. I think I might need a step by step list of things to do. Thanks

01-25-2006, 01:46 PM
Never mind it just worked. :crazy:

01-25-2006, 04:10 PM
Hey There! Stopping to say Hi before I leave to pick DD up from school.

Cherie you poor thing, but it will all pay off in the end with a beautiful smile! As for my kiddos dd's hives are gone and I sent ds to school but got a call to come pick him up. That darn cough is bad. Maybe one more day of rest.

Kempy great pics. The sunset is breathtaking.

Gotta run. Have a wonderful rest of the day!

01-25-2006, 07:40 PM
Kempy, Nice pics. I love the birthday cake one. I make a special donut for the dogs on their birthdays. :lol:

Noelle, My sis is keeping the pom. She named her Tootsie because her poops are the size of tootsie rolls.:lol: Poor dog. I tried to get her to name her destiny because that is how she came to them. The dog just loves Haley my neice. She follows her everywhere. Wendy takes her inside every store. I dont think the dog even weighs 2 pounds. She is that small. Did I mention that she is blind in one eye? (OOPS, I just talked to her and they changed the name to Pepper now.) :lol:

I am not sure what is up with Daisy. She has pooped twice today so I guess she isnt blocked yet. She has had diarrhea since we got her but I assumed it was because of the switch in food but the vet couldnt find anything wrong with her fecal so I am not sure why she was so sick yesterday. I guess I have to wait and see. She has been fine today and all last night she tore through the house.

We found a nice 5th wheel that we would like to get. It is a 2004 Forest River Wildcat 27RL. We are playing hardball with the dealer to see if we can score a really good winter deal but I dont think he is going to budge any more. We will see.

I havent been exercising this week. No time really with worrying about Daisy but the scales are at least moving in the right direction again. Hopefully they stay that way till Saturday.

Julie, I hope your kiddos are feeling better soon. I remember all the colds when mine started headstart. :yikes: It seems like every tape we watch of them we are all sniffling. :lol:

Cherie, I hope your mouth feels better soon.

Red, Hi :wave:

Dips, Where are ya?

01-25-2006, 07:41 PM
Hi girls. I had a therapy session this morning and they replaced some exercises with others --harder ones! In fact, the therapist says maybe next Monday may be my last session until I see the doc again. :carrot: I'm glad though, it really eats up a lot of my time. My computer at home took a nosedive so I'm trying to reformat the hard drive, so no online stuff for me at home for a while.

Kempy, those are GREAT pictures--I love that purple/pink sunset...that place must set the stage for some steamy romantic encounters eh? :devil: :flame: Did you guys make Echo's cake or did you buy it from a doggie bakery? :lol: We have some specialty dog shops here that bake dog treats and sell clothes and stuff, it's crazy. I wouldn't have my jaw fixed (or broken) if it wasn't bothering me either...

Cherie, I know those darn braces hurt like heck right now but it will be worth it in the long run. Once all the bands get put on you'll probably be uncomfortable for a few days, but believe me, that pain goes away fast and you can go back to eating like normal. I used to work for a periodontal and implant specialist for about 5 years, implants are great for keeping your dental bone healthy too. I know Michael will probably need braces later on because Rick's side of the family has a small arch and an overbite. I had a tiny bit of a buck tooth problem going on when I was around 11 but I got braces right away so that wasn't an issue thank Gawd!

Julie, hope your son feels better real quick. Are you watching the new season of AI? I've been watching on and off but it's not really grabbing me yet. I'll probably get into it once they're in Hollywood.

Angie, any word on Daisy? I hope the vet gave you some positive news. I'm thinking about you.

Hi Dips, Cal, Red and everyone. I have to get moving on some work here. Chat with y'all later.

01-25-2006, 07:53 PM
Oh yeah, I wanted to throw this out at ya for suggestions or comments...

My 11th wedding anniversary is coming up next month and Rick and I were talking about what we should get each other. At first he mentioned a gym membership :rolleyes: , which would be VERY practical, but I don't know how often I'd use it if he didn't come along.... then he said "How about getting matching tattoos?". Now we both already have at least one tattoo. Mine is pretty well concealed since it's on my left shoulder/back area. I was more keen to the tattoo idea but I wanted to ask if any of you have any tattoos and what they are or what the significance was? I would NOT get his name inked onto my body nor would I want him to do my name on his (i've heard that's bad luck :lol: ). Anyone have any ideas?

01-26-2006, 10:10 AM
Good Morning everyone.... TGIT... :-) I can almost smell the weekend. Thanks everyone for the concern about my mouth.. I know it will get better and I know it will be worth it. I just don't think I'll be talking as much (not that I really talked much anyway) anymore, at least until I get used to it. The friction on my tongue is really sore so it will just take some time.

On the up side... my eating had drastically decreased. I had soup for lunch and dinner last night.. and that is what is planned for today, along with my oatmeal I am eating now for breakfast. My scale is moving down just a smidgen... so with that, and me getting my butt back on the treadmill (2x down this week, gonna lick a third one this afternoon) I should start seeing some really good health benefits. :-)

Noelle.. I hope you knee is getting better! As for the anniversary present... I won't be any help where the tattoos are concerned. I don't have one and neither does Alan. My ex had one on the back of his shoulder... but he had that before we met, so I kinda forgot about it most of the time. I would take the gym membership.. ONLY if he would go with you.. it's so difficult going alone.

Angie... I hope Pepper has a much better life now. Poor baby... and that sounds about right for the weight of her... they are tiny, YAPPING little dogs! My stepdad is a chiropractor, and he used to tuck Toto up under his arm every morning and take her to his office. She would greet all his patients, and everyone loved her. Good Luck on getting a better deal on the 5th wheel.. I know you guys want one really bad!

OK.. well, I am here at work.. gonna get busy for the day. This afternoon I have a dentist appointment to have my teeth cleaned/checked... then I am going home to do my treadmill stuff and vaccuum. :-)

Have a great day.. and I'll check back in later!


01-26-2006, 11:54 AM
Hey guys. I stayed home today so I can work on my taxes. And look were I am. :D

Julie how is the dog doing?

Noelle the sunset is great but the camp is too muc of a family thing to feel romantic. Once we build our own I think it will be different. Right now there is a HUGE room that sleeps 8 so no lovin' goin' on. :lol: As far as the cake goes we were bad and bought it from the grocery store. She loved it though. She didn't eat the icing flower though which I thought was pretty funny. It is amazing who picky she is for a dog.

Angie I hope you guys get the 5th wheel. I would still love to own an RV. I just love to see new stuff. When we go on the cruise we have to drive to Tampa which is a good 10 hours from here. We are going with our neighbors so it should be fun. We are going to make a stop in Disney though so that will make me feel better. I havn't been since i was 12. I thought i was too cool to be there too. What a stupid kid I was. :lol:

Cherie I love soup. I made some WW hot & sour soup the other night and I am still eating on it. Joe doens't really care for it so it is all mine! Can you eat smoothies? That might help with the variety.

Where is everyone, Red, Dips, Cal?

I guess I really need to work on the things that I am supposed to be doing. I'll be back later.

01-26-2006, 11:56 AM
Oh yeah, Noelle. Joe and I both have tatts. I have 2 though. The last one we were supposed to get together but I had a little to much to drink and did it without him. He pisks on me about it still. I have a sun and the eye of Ra. I hate to say it but I love the sun so that is why I have those. I say, if you are going to USE the gym get that but if you are like me and know that you will not go then don't waste the money. I still want Joe and I to have matching tatts.

01-26-2006, 12:42 PM
:) Hi Girls

Noelle I don't have a tattoo and my dh does not have one either. I think it is a cool idea if you guys want to go for it. I would get a gym membership if my dh would go with me but time is kind of working against us lately. It would be nice to use here in the winter. Maybe when both kids are in school full time next year. That reminds me I asked dh what he wanted to do for our anniversary in the beginning of April, he was like duh....I don't know? After nine years of marriage he better come up with something! I watched AI last night and you are right it is just not that great yet. I guess I like it when they get to Hollywood and get the goofy aauditions out of the way.

Cherie, I remeber when I had the flu about 7 years ago my mom had made me a huge pot of soup and I ate it for several days I dropped a few pounds. And after eating that for awhile it seemed like my stomach got smaller and I could not eat as much pasta and stuff at one time. SO I think I should get back into making soup. I use to make a big pot on Sundays and take it to work for the week. MMMM....Chicken Vegetable with Noodles, Beef and Barley and Hamburger Soup. Good Luck at the dentist this afternoon!

Kempy the dog is doing well. She did great for her spaying. Her incision looks great. I thought I had her potty trained but she was in the living room with me the other night and about 2 feet away from me she pottied! SHe had just went out to pee minutes before. Taxes not fun! Hope it goes smoothly.

Angie I hope the 5th wheel works out, I know you guys love those. I would like to take a road trip someday. No hotels would be kind of nice.

Hi Red, Cal and Dips. Dryer just went off so I guess that is my calling. Dd wants McDonalds for lunch and I think I will have some leftover chili. I want to call about getting my haircut too. I have a gift certificate from my birthday yet. I don't know if I want to use it yet though because I wanted to get some highlights closer to Spring.
Have a GREAT day! Check back later

01-26-2006, 05:14 PM
Hey people. Thanks for asking about me. I speed read the posts these days but just am too busy and my other thread, which I organize and have to keep rolling, takes up so much of my time I have no time to spend here. Sorry. Also, I am simply not able to get a concerted weight-loss effort going now and I must say I am a bit overwhelmed by all your constant success! ;)

01-26-2006, 05:46 PM
I have just a second before my water starts to boil but I remembered that I FORGOT to congratulate Noelle on her weight loss!!!

YEAH NOELLE!!!!!!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! :carrot: :hug: :carrot: :high: :cheer:

I will be back after I get supper done to post more.

01-26-2006, 06:21 PM
OMG You guys don't know how much I need you... I feel on the verge of a freakin' nervous breakdown. I hate being self-employed, at least in this line of work. My desk is piled high with paperwork and I know it's my fault for not coming in everyday but some things are just stressing me out. I actually feel like an anxiety attack coming on. I have to remind myself *breathe in, breathe out* It was getting so bad that I actually got online and was looking at Catholic schools in the Las Vegas area--I just want to sell this business and move! I don't think Vegas would be such a great choice as far as environment but it was the first thing that came to mind since we go there so often anyway... I guess I am calmer now, but I still wanna burn this place down :censored: :flame: :fr:

Angie, thanks!!! That really helped, I was just talking to Rick on the phone while he was ordering his lunch--a big old FAT Hawaiian plate with laulau, kalua pig and lomi salmon--there's like over 3000 cals in the laulau and kalua pig. I was feeling jealous and contemplating going to get me something 'good' but BAD to eat and you just made me think twice ;) Thanks, I think I'll take a break from this madness and go home and have something totally legal and yummy. :hug:

Hi to everyone else, don't work to hard or you'll get crazy like me...I'll be back later and hopefully a little more sane.

01-26-2006, 06:23 PM
MMMM Julie, beef barley soup sounds great right about now...we've got buckets of rain coming down still... thanks for the idea.

01-26-2006, 11:07 PM
Noelle I know we are so far away from each other but here is a great BIG hug :hug:!!!! You know my uncle owns an auto body shop and it is so so stressful. He has alot of responsibility and people are always screwing with him. Being self employed is tough work! Keep your chin up honey. Remember you are only one person and only can do so much. I hope you are feeling better!

Red come back when you get the time.

Well time to get ready for bed. I will confess I had an oatmeal bar tonight. Oatmeal=fiber? Better than some other things I could have had. But I had a grilled chicken breast on a salad so that evened it out. I watched Dancing with the Stars tonight. I just love that show. Anyone else watching?
Okay time to Go. Good Night Everyone.
Tomorrow is Friday!

01-27-2006, 09:50 AM
Hey my gurls!!

sorry 4 the absence but it's the first week of the new semester gott ago 2 class now but I just wanted to say hi. I'll be back tomorrow.YAY EDUCATION!


01-27-2006, 10:08 AM
Good Morning Everyone! TGIF! I have never been so glad to see Friday.. (Well, I probably have, but this is going to be a good one I hope.)

My dentist appointment isn't until this afternoon. I leave work yesterday, drive to the office and they can't find me.. they look me up and it seems the person who books (who is conviently gone at that moment) booked me for a different day and different time than what she told me over the phone. Totally sucks... so I go back to work. Today, my appointment is at 3:00... so another short day for me.

The morning didn't start out so easy... I had to keep getting on the girls to hurry and get ready... Hannah was moaning and groaning about her foot.. she hurt it playing yesterday, and the dog was just being a pain in the butt... I couldn't get her to come in .. so I left her outside in the yard. First time I've ever done that.. but maybe she will learn when I open the door, to come in. It looks like it may rain, so I am hoping it will hold off til after lunch, cause I'll go home then and let her back in. I just wasn't in the mood this morning to play chase the dog.

Last night, I did pretty well.. I got three miles in on the treadmill... I caught up on Lost, Boston Legal and the Biggest Loser... and I came in WAY under my calories... like 300 under.. I really need to figure out something else to eat, cause I don't want to send my body into startvation mode... I may just try to find some good protein drinks and add that to my food. I'm still having a hard time eating, and it's just not fun anymore... but I am slowing down, and taking my time, and I'm making healthy choices. So... I guess there is a good side.

Red.. it's good to see you... I understand about not finding the motivation... I am barely hanging on by a thread.. and have yet to see any results... I hope you have a great weekend...

Noelle (((((HUGS))))) sorry things are so stressful. When my ex and I got married, he and his mom had a roofing company. I started working there.. and then about a year later, she got ill with cancer, so it was up to he and I to keep things going... and I can relate.. things are stressful, especially when you are working with other people to do they job for you. I hope things get better ....

Angie... any word yet on the 5th wheel?

Julie... are the kids getting better? Beef barley soup... got a recipe???

Kempy... how are you? Is Mardi Gras coming up soon?

Dips... nice to see you back! Good luck with the new semester! how is that puppy doing????

OK... time to work. I have lots to do before I can get out of here this afternoon.... I'll talk to you guys soon!


01-27-2006, 12:41 PM
Hi Girls Coffee....Coffee anyone????
Ugh I got about a total of 2 hours of sleep last night. Dd came down with a cough so I steamed her up in the shower and on top of that the dog threw up about 5-6 times last night! We have no idea what is wrong with her so my husband called the vet and took her in this morning, I couldn't because dd has a fever! Does it ever end? When my husband gets home I am calling to see if I can get a haircut late this afternoon. I am stressed and kind of need to do something for me. I hate saying that because that sounds selfish but you know I never take time for myself so I am going to do it:D, that is if dd is okay. Sorry for ranting but we all need it once in awhile;).

Check back later. Have a great day all:)

01-27-2006, 02:20 PM
Good News about the puppers no belly obstruction, probally something she ate outside. So she is on an anitbiotic and will get better soon! The weather is going to be around 52 degrees today, how wonderful is that?

Hi Dips thanks for stopping by!

Cherie I just can't stand those mornings. Not a good way to start out the day. But as you said it is Friday. Do you have any plans for the weekend? I will try and find my recipe for the beef barley soup. It is great.

Okay time for lunch. Have a great afternoon everyone!
Hi Angie, Cal, Kempy, Noelle, and Red!

01-27-2006, 02:53 PM
Julie.. glad the puppy is OK... they love to eat ANYTHING! Mine found a dead cricket this morning and the girls were going EWWWWWWW I just said it was exta protein! :D

Hope your daughter feels better and you get some rest soon.. and by all means.. GO GET THAT HAIRCUT.. it will make you feel so much better.. and make sure the shampoo your hair and style it afterwards... you need some pampering!

My plans.. not sure. Alan is flying home as we speak, so tonight, I am going to meet him at his house (we should get there at the same time) for dinner. My babysitter turns into a pumpkin at midnight, so I will have to make sure I am home by then.

Tomorrow... not much planned.. we need to hit the library and turn in some books... maybe take the girls to go see Nannie McPhee (or McFee, I can't remember how it's spelled) and then the girls are begging to go to church on Sunday... guess I'll get my lazy butt up and take them. :D Other than that.. dog needs a bath... I hope to get in some treadmill time.

I had a "ah ha" moment in the car a while ago while I was coming back from letting the dog back in, I have an oral fixation. (NO dirty minds here.) I think I eat so much because I like having or need something in my mouth. Because.. since Tuesday when they put the bands in.. I haven't really had the urge to go and eat.. part of it is because it's uncomfortable, put part of it is.. well, my mouth is busy now.. I am constantly clenching my teeth feeling the bands on my gums and teeth.. and it's keeping my mouth satisfied for it's need on needing something in it. You know what I mean? I think my eating addiction is just psychological thing because I enjoy having something in my mouth... After I get these braces off.. I guess I should try chewing gum.. (I've never been a real big gum chewer.... my jaws get tired...) but it's a thought. I'll have to explore this more in the next several months to see how this develops!

OK.. back to work here... 1.5 more hours of work to go.. then a hour in the dentist chair.. then I am home free! :D Talk to you girls soon!

01-27-2006, 04:30 PM
Hi girls. I am taking a day off today :rolleyes: I know, makes sense huh? With all the paperwork piling up on my desk I know I shouldn't but mentally I just need a break. I do feel a little saner today though. At my P/T session today I pushed it really hard on the weight machines and got my muscles all fatigued--it didn't feel too good at the time but when I got my massage afterwards it felt great. I got some of my anxiety out on the bike too--pedaled harder and faster just thinking about an argument Rick and I had last night. We're not seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things at the moment and well, it's starting to affect our marriage. I think I need to step back and just get know, choose working together or choose the marriage. :chin:

Julie, thanks for the pep talk. :) How is your DD doing right now? I'm glad your pup is fine and you've got some nicer weather. Not to gross you out too much, but I've had to keep Lucky from coming into the house. She has this nasty habit of trying to eat from the cat litter box...yuck, I know, I'm sorry :lol: :barf: And BTW, it's not selfish at all to take care of YOU. Go for it! Ask that stylist to give you a nice long scalp massage too.

Cherie, ;) I know what you mean about the fixation :lol: Good job on the treadmill girl :high: I am going to take Michael and his cousin to see Nanny McPhee in about 20 minutes. They have a catholic school holiday so they are off. Don't worry, I won't tell you what happens in the movie :lol:

:wave: Hey Dips, study hard girl :)

Red, how are ya doing today? Well, another stray cat has come to our house. I think it's a young male but it's totally skin and bones so I want to fatten it up before I get it fixed. He's black and has the biggest green eyes I've seen. He's really friendly too so I think he used to belong to the people a few houses down. They moved out a few months ago and just left all the cats behind. How are your kitties doing?

Kempy, how's the WW thing working for ya? I see your ticker moving so that's great!

Angie, and what's happening in Maine today?

Cal, TGIF!!! Any plans for the weekend?

Well, I gotta get ready to take the kids out. have a good one!

01-27-2006, 10:04 PM
I am so glad it's Friday. I don't know why, but this week has been hard; I'm so tired.
Noelle: Take care of yourself. Hubby and I had a bit of a 'discussion' last night as well. I didn't talk to him for the rest of the night. Things are much better today (good thing we don't work together). My sister bought tickets to Disney on Ice--Nemo for tomorrow. She called me a few days ago and asked if I wanted to go and bring Ashley...her treat. So that's what we're doing tomorrow and Sunday is my nephew's 4th b-day party at Chuck E Cheese. Hopefully, I will get some much needed rest this weekend.

Cherie: I hope you feel better after the visit to the dentist. Enjoy your visit with Alan.

Kempy: Hope everything is going well with you. Are you having winter there? I swear that someone forgot to push the winter button for us. It's supposed to be nearly 80 on Monday. Today we have beat the record for consecutive days without rain...102 days as of today.

Angie: I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and the 5th wheel (if it's what you really want); I think it would be could come out here!!

Julie: Did you get all pampered at the hairdressers? You do deserve it. Hope your little one is feeling better.

Dips: Great to hear from you. I hope this semester is good to you. Good luck.
Just curious, what classes are you taking?

Red: Take care of yourself and be sure to get plenty of rest.


01-27-2006, 10:38 PM
Hi Girls

Noelle thanks for asking, she is doing much better....those tylenol meltaways work well. Isn't marriage alot of work???? My dh and I were in a couple disagreements this week....mmmm maybe it is the time of year for that:crazy:! Seriously I hope things get cleared up.

Cal I hope you get your rest this weekend. Take it easy and don't do to much. Just thinking of going to Chuck E Cheese makes me feel tired:dizzy:.

Cherie have a nice time with Alan. I know what you mean about having to have something to chew on. I find if I am chewing gum it helps with my pms cravings. But they usually win out, haha...

Well I went and got my haircut after my dh got home, it was a new place downtown and it was really nice. It was great just to have some adult conversation. Refreshing! She put this pre-shampoo stuff on my scalp and massaged it in. It was just heaven. I just got a trim not a big change but I may go back in to get some highlights. Other than that don't have big plans for the weekend. Maybe a movie tomorrow and then Sunday it is my Step-Dads birthday party. I will have a small of cake and a big cup of coffee. Okay time to go get my babes ready for bed.
Have a great weekend everyone!

01-28-2006, 06:20 AM
Hi guys. Sorry for not posting. I just glanced through the posts and thanks for thinking of me. I had a super late night out again...home just before dawn...and was of course very late for work today but did make it in. I had lost my waist pack with all very important stuff in it but was sooo relieved to find it in the last pub we were in. God, what a relief!! Now, I'm home and really need to get some sleep. Noelle, bless you for helping the little cat. The white one is fine. Poor thing was in the cage all day and night yesterday but it's a big cage with a shelf and litter box so it's not cruel or anything. The others go outside through a cat door and I don't want her going out yet. She doesn't know the neighborhood and the eye I don't really know if it's healed or what. Will probably have to take her to another vet and hear what he has to say about it. She is, however, very happy and is rolling around in front of me on the computer table. She likes to play with Nozomi and I'm glad Nozomi has a new playmate. Well, gotta go. Hello to all, and Cherie, I'm not glad to hear you're hanging on by a thread, but it is kind of nice to know I'm not the only one. :^: Later, all! :wave:

01-28-2006, 08:37 AM
Hi. Sorry I havent been here for the last few days but Daisy got sick again. We have her on anti-diarheal meds and I cooked her some chicken and rice to help settle her stomach so hopefully she can get better soon.

Today is weigh day and I lost 3 1/2 pounds this week. (so 2 pounds of new weight and the 1 1/2 pounds gained from last week) It was about a pound higher yesterday but jay bought me a couple Cadbury creme eggs last night and I ate them. :lol:

Noelle, I hope you and Rick get everything talked through this weekend.

Julie, Have fun at your movie and stepdads birthday.

Red, Hi. I am glad the kitty is doing better. The poor little baby.

Cal, Get some rest this week.

Cherie, I hope you had fun with Alan.

01-28-2006, 02:29 PM
Great Job Angie!!! :high:

Sorry to hear about Daisy. :( I really hope she feels better soon, does she have a virus of some sort?

I am in my office for a little bit this morning to try and make some sense of this pile of paperwork. Rick took Michael out to buy some supplies so maybe I can get some work done. I don't work too well when no one's around...hence, I'm online here :lol:

Red, glad your Nozomi and the new kitty are getting along at least. My old girl cat Molly can not stand the new guy. SHe gives him the most evil eye and stalks away whenever he's around. She cracks me up though, her attitude is just like mine :lol:

Cherie, enjoy your weekend. Nanny McPhee was great, better than Hoodwinked...

Julie, glad you got your you time, you deserve it. Have fun this weekend and enjoy that small slice of cake and a nice cup'o'java ;) Hmmm, marriage being a lot of work..... I guess it has to be that way, keeps it interesting.

Cal, I love those Nemo guys...Dory especially :lol: Enjoy the show. Chuck E. Cheese huh? I'd pop a valium and bring some earplugs --just kidding! :hb: Happy 4th B-day to your nephew :hug:

:wave: Hi to Kempy and Dips.....have a good weekend everyone!

01-28-2006, 02:45 PM
Hey guys. Well, it is going to pour soon so I am stuck inside and I have the spring bug really bad right now. I told Joe to keep me away from Lowe's. I would do some serious damage right now if I went there.

Cal I don't think our winter button got pushed either. It has been really mild. I am afraid to trim my plants though b/c I know as soon as I do we will get a frost and they will die. So, I sit here making a list of all of the yard work I want to do. Let me tell you, it is getting pretty big too.

Red don't ever be overwhelmed by us. I have been here plenty of time and I just watch as they are all motivated. Then I feel sorry for myself and go eat some ice cream. :D We love ya no matter how you are feeling. That is the whole point of a support group. Good to hear your kitty is doing well.

Angie you are doing so great! I am going down very slowly but I will take it. What is the word on the RV?

Julie don't ever feel that you are being selfish. You NEED to have time to yourself. I see lots of mom's that neglect themselves. If you aren't in the right frame of miind the whole house suffers. You did a great thing I think you should treat yourself to a massage too.

Noell I missed my last WW meeting but I weighed at home. I seemed to still be moving in the right direction. We eat out last night and I used my flex points. I am up 2 lbs today but I am also PMSing right now so I think that is water wieght. I am not going to freak out about it. Yesterday morning it was 8.5 lbs down so I am going to keep that number in my head for now.

Cherie I want to see that movie too. I love Mary Poppins so this is my kind of movie. We haven't been to the theater in so long. Mardi Gras is coming but I have no idea when. It is going to be very short this year and they really aren't talking about it yet. I think it is the end of Feb.

Dips don't studdy too hard.

I am going to find some lunch.

01-28-2006, 07:55 PM
Morning people. Thanks for your kind words. They bring me back here even though, or perhaps because, I am feeling so low and given up, you know, the feeling where it's, "why bother, is getting a great body really so important?" I mean, I am at that level where it's probably the hardest, where the weight is not at such a high that I am a standout. It's also at the level where I would not like to strip in front of someone. I carry the weight well because I exercise a lot, but I would never dress to do too much revealing of what lies below the clothing layers. ;) I always think, if I could just get rid of 25 pounds of fat....and at the same time I'm probably thinking....even if I did, nothing would change in my life...and then I'd have no handy excuse to hide behind. I think all of you are married, which probably makes it even harder. I, at least, could say, ah, if I would lose the weight, I'd meet someone who would fall for me. That too, though, is a double-edged sword, because I am also thinking, is 25 pounds really so important? Do I want a guy who is so into appearances that he wouldn't look at me if I were 25 lbs heavier. I think I may be like that though myself, very keen on looks in guys. It's hard to say. I am surrounded by an entire city of young, willing, sexy chicks and I am always around guys with bodies of athletes here and so, in the looks arena, I feel I am not even in the running. :( And that very attitude annoys me a great deal too, the thinking that I have to keep proving myself for someone....but, recently, I am very hurt and at a loss for why my life is so devoid of romance. :cry: I suppose I could just decide once and for all to get rid of at least this one excuse and take it from there. Maybe I would feel so good about myself that I would exude a totally new type of energy and aura and thus would send out vibes for a great fellow. It's not just my body either. Though I try to present a neat, clean appearance to the world, my living quarters are a disaster area. No one sees them so so what? is my attitude. But it reflects the general given-up feeling and feeling that all is in vain anyhow, so why bother? Sigh. What do you all think, all you beautiful women? Is there any hope for someone who has sunken so low?

01-28-2006, 08:18 PM
Red I know what you mean. I have about 20 lbs to lose to be where I feel I look "good". You got me thinking we have to love our bodies no matter what size we are. I think with the right attitude everything else will fall into to place with our lives. Don't give up on yourself!

Kempy I think I have the same feeling....I was at the store today and I saw some vegetable and flower seeds and it got me in the mood for gardening. I think I will put some gladiola bulbs in against the sunny area on my fence.

Angie great job on the loss this week! I hope Daisy feels better soon.

Noelle I am glad you stopped in;)! Hope it is sunny by you.

Hi everyone else. My brother just called from CA and is talking to dh so I should go say Hello.

01-28-2006, 08:32 PM
jbbm, thanks for the words. But you see, I think I do love my body, that seems to be the problem, or is my "love" really just apathy? The problem seems to be I don't love the look I say I want to reach enough or something. I mean, why can't I just do it? just get there? It's not that far off even....I think it's the fear that nothing will change...I don't know...

01-29-2006, 11:58 AM
Happy Sunday guys! We actually have some sun today. It is way too mushy to do anything outside though. I will take it without complaining.

Red I have the same feelings you do about the way I look too. A few years ago I actually got to the weight I thought I wanted to be and I still wasn't happy. I looked good though. So, I think it is something else that makes me feel the way I do about me. I know what it is too. I mean I have a hubby that loves me and I still feel yucky about my appearance. I think we are harder on ourselves thanwe should be. I was always the big girl of the group. All of my friends were little things and here I was the big on. They would always share clothes and I could never fit into any of them. I had to just sit back and act like it didn't bother me. Inside it was making me fel that I was fat and that I would never be able to be in style like they could. So, now I find myself choosiung clothes that don't draw attention to myself b/c I don't want people to see me. Do you think that you are the same way since you are around all of those little people? Just think about how smart you are. I mean from the little bit that I know of you I think you are great and extremely smart. In fact if the men over there don't notice that then they are missing out. They are probably shallow anyway b/c they are after those fake little women who are really just out trying to impress each other. You are your own person and that is very important. My mom always told me that you have to get your life and your surrounding in order and the universe will take care of the rest. So, when I am feeling in a funk I weed through things and get my house and life in order and that is when things start to happen. I know that when I clean out I make room for bigger and better things to come to me. I have just gone through lots of things here like the closets and the forgotten drawers and I can honsetly tell you I am noticing thinggs changing. I am not by any means telling you that you are messy but I just know that it works for me.

Ok, now that I am off my soap box I am going to fold clothes. I hope I didn't upset you Red I just couldn't stop once i started.

01-29-2006, 06:01 PM
Hi guys. Feeling better today, well, not really, but at least more resolved about what it is I have to do. I've just decided to stop hemming and hawing about my weight and my appearance and work on getting where I want to be...with an emphasis on "I!!!" That will mean an initial goal 60 kg. I am currently somewhere around 72 kg. which translates to a little less than a 30-lb loss. And I'm going to do it healthfully, not starving myself. Thirty pounds of fat, no muscle loss, that's the goal. I've been doing a lot of running and I want to keep that up and return to light weight training. The "light" part is hard for me as I always want to go heavy. That's why I've been staying away from them totally. I think the only way to do that is to not allow myself to linger in the weight area of the gym, quick, do some light stuff and out...that's the plan. And, incorporate more and more pilates-like stuff into my life. Well, here goes, it's a good start, the end of January and all. I suppose I could whip myself into shape soon enough, right?? :^:

Kempyd -- Thanks for your post. No, of course, I'm not upset. I asked for feedback and that means I'm open to whatever comes my way. I think what was happening, or what has been happening, is that my environment...not just Japan...but the office..has been working on me and reducing me to a shambles. Instead of less involvement with my coworkers I have had more and more and yes, I think you are very right when you say they are shallow. The place totally bores me, the only time I can stand it is when I'm drunk, out drinking with them, so really, that's not standing it at all, that's escaping from it and thinking I'm actually enjoying it. Pretty pathetic, but heck, I like to be around other non-Japanese. I am really so sick of being here. But, I'm not ready to leave I guess basically because I don't know how, but that's beside the point. I have to get myself in order and see how things develop. My room is a total mess from all the clutter and that too is a major problem as I never have time to work on it and don't know even how to get rid of it. It is totally out of hand, has been for years. I will just have to work on it bit by bit I guess and stick to it. It's like the feeling someone who weighs 400 lbs must feel, overwhelmed, helpless, and that the initial 200 lbs won't even be noticed. The motivation is not there because I can't see the progress and thus give up because it seems like it's in vain when I DO do something. I actually don't think I feel yucky about my appearance. I think I am very happy with myself, except, yes, wanting to get the fat off, but it doesn't seem like a huge priority, basically, because I'm not looking to please anyone who would be moved by such a small thing as 30 lbs. Then again, I DO appreciate the difference small things can make and would like to do that for someone who was already taken by me.... :lol: It's hard to say. If I lose weight and look great, how will I be able to differentiate between the shallow and the not-so-shallow? I have a hard time doing that and am easily taken in by charming cads....sigh.

I'm like you though with the not wanting to draw attention to myself. I don't at all, even when I feel good about the way I look, I want to hide my body under clothes. It's like, I don't want the attention, again, because I think the attention, be it shallow or not, is, I don't know, like, none of their business, I mean, what I look like is none of their business and I don't want their assessment, their critique. It's like, "go take care of yourself first." Now, when a bodybuilder critiques me I don't mind at all because they are first looking at themselves and they are totally involved with the body look. But when some fat slob or moron thinks he has the right to whistle at me or "reject" me (what a concept), it just ticks me no end. I should remember that really, because it IS the way I feel. I guess I just forget it when I'm drunk.... I guess the only way out of that mess is to do it for myself alone, meaning, be rather narcissistic about it all. I mean, act like a girl who had been beautiful all her life would act, know how to be nice and turn down the cads and only be nice to the nice guys. I wish I could learn to do that but because I was always fat from about 14 years old, I never learned. Sad fact. Oh, jeez, I am making myself sick here with all this talk. Sorry age to be doing this at. And, oh, Kempy, I'm not that smart or great at all. :lol: Really, but thanks, you are so sweet. :hug:

Sorry, guys, for all the emotional vomit here. Speaking of which, in the train yesterday on the way to the gym there were a bunch of Americans guys, probably from the air force base (there are four U.S. bases near Tokyo). They were really loud and sounded drunk even though it was only around 5 p.m. Then the one guy got sick all over. The car was crowded and everyone just like ran to the other end of it, including me. It was so gross and I was so embarrassed, with all the Japanese looking at me because I was another foreigner and I think they were wondering if I was going to get sick too. I sure was glad to get off that train! :^:

01-29-2006, 11:47 PM
Hi Girls

Stopping in before bed. And bumping us up. Today I went to my mom's to bring my step-dad's gift and had some of my favorite pizza and she made a butter cake with carmel frosting. Not the healthiest but it is a brand new week! It rained pretty much all day today but we are about 15 degrees above normal today. I can't believe it is the end of January. Okay enough from me, I want to get to bed at an decent hour tonight.

Hi Kempy, Cherie, Angie, Noelle, Cal, Red and Dips:)

01-30-2006, 06:10 AM
Not much going on around here, is there? Why whenever I have a bit of time, is there no one else around? :( What a bummer.....
Well, I feel a touch better, but not much. Feels like I'm PMSing and wouldn't be so this must be serious.... scary, really. Things are crap, what can I say... I sure wish I could do something that would make me feel better. I lose a little weight, admire the way my face looks thinner and then that's it...I gain it back. I was noticing how when I hit the station where I get off, how my brain just went into EAT MODE. It was like, this is just what you do, get home, eat, feel lonely....and if I don't I just feel worse and feel stressed, which isn't good. The fat doesn't stress me, just makes me feel old and maybe that is a type of stress. :idea:

I know guys at work went out drinking...well, they probably did. I could have gone, but like what for?! That's not the answer either, yet coming home isn't either. Meeting up with others when I feel so down isn't either...I really know the meaning of misery knows company. Sigh.

Oh, well, I have been good so far with eating today. Didn't get much exercise in but that's okay. Yesterday I kicked A!

Well, hope to see some people in here soon. Bye.

01-30-2006, 12:19 PM
Good Morning Everyone.... I have the case of the Mondays. I had a good weekend... always too short.. I saw A. on Friday night and we made dinner and watched a movie.... afterwards I came home.. Saturday we didn't make it to the movie, but the girls and I did go to El Chico for lunch and went to the ski store to finish getting their ski clothes, and I got some ski boots for myself... then we headed to the mall to explore a little. Sunday, we went to church and for the rest of the day, I cleaned. About 5 hours worth. Maybe next week I'll take them to the movies.

Red.... (((((HUGS))))) sorry you are feeling so down. I have lived in a state of depression all my life.. and my body image makes up a good portion of that depression. As I get older... the more accepting I guess I get of my fat.. that I just seem to keep gaining a little more... or not really working to get the pounds off that I think will make me happy. Its OK.... and as for living and working in Japan... that must be really difficult. I hear stories about how office life is over there (our HQ are in Tokyo) so I know things are quite a bit different there than what they are here. We have visitors here all the time at our office, and I don't know how to even interact with them. Culturally, they are so different. Just know we are thinking about you... and wishing we could help...

Noelle.... I am glad the movie is a good one... I"ll make a point of going with the girls in the next couple of weeks. Good Luck on working out the problems with Rick. It is extremely hard to work together, you can't every seem to get away from ANY problems. They are always there.

Angie.. WTG on the weight loss... that is wonderful! You are doing a great job! But I am sorry to hear about Daisy.... I hope she feels better soon.

Julie.. that cake sounds wonderful! YUM... glad you had a good weekend.

Kempy... Winter has missed us here too.... But there is still February to get through... who knows what that will bring.

Dips and Cal... Hiya!!!

Well... time for me to get to work. Wednesday, I fly out to St. Louis for training on Thursday.... I will get home Thursday night really late... so I may not be around much in the middle of the week....

Red... I am hardly ever on my computer on the weekends, that is why you never see me post... it does get a little slow at those times... but we always come back in the week.

OK.. off to do some work. Talk to you chicks later!

01-30-2006, 04:27 PM
Hi everyone. Sorry I wasnt around much this weekend but we were busy. We are trying to figure out if we should just order a new fifth wheel from rvwholesalers in Ohio and go pick it up or what. We went out window shopping this weekend at some and the RV show is next weekend so we will be there as well.

Red, I dont think anyone really posts on the weekends. Dont take it personally we all love ya. Do you want to move back to the states ever? Do you think that would make you more comfortable? I wished I could give you a great big ole hug and go hang out with you for a girls night out. If we all ever get to meet up are you going to be able to come? We are going to do that someday right girls? :wink:

Daisy is okay today but I got a feeling as soon as the Albon is gone then she will feel ill again. I dont know why they dont just give her an antibiotic because that is what we do when Rebel gets sick from a food switch and it always has made him better.

01-30-2006, 06:42 PM
Hey guys! I just made it home from work and I am popping in b4 I go for my walk. My first client made me promise her that I would go so now I feel obligated to do it. I have Joe's dinner in the oven and I am going to burn some cals b4 we eat dinner.

Red I just want to fly over there and pack you up and make you come back to the states. You need to get away from there. I went through a rough time about a year b4 I left my last job. I was just miserable and I gain about 20 lbs b/c of it. Any of these girls can tell you I was just always down in the dumps. Once I made the change (it was very scary too) I noticed and immediate difference. I love my life now! I want the best for you and I hate to hear how unhappy you are right now. I know we all just want to give you a big hug but this will have to do. :grouphug:

Cherie 5 HOURS???? Talk about a marathon day. I don't have the attention span to celan for 5 hours. I would have ended up in front of the tv after 2.

Angie I was missing you around here. Usually I am the one that is MIA on the weekends. I was checking all day for some posts. I bet you guys had fun shopping, huh?

Julie any more mommy days planned?

Hey Cal and Dip and Noelle where are you guys?

I am going walking b4 it gets too dark. I'll check back later. :wave:

01-30-2006, 07:38 PM
Well.. I just got off the treadmill... 45 minutes... now off to make dinner. Kempy.. have fun on your walk... glad you are keeping your word!
Angie.... good luck on your decision on the 5th wheel... that will be so much fun!

Tomorrow morning... I will be getting my braces.... not looking forward to it.. but hopefully it will be worth the results!

Talk to you all later.... gotta make dinner and get meg to her daisy meeting!

01-30-2006, 08:19 PM
Cherie, Good Luck tomorrow. Just think of how happy you will be when all is said and done and your teeth are perfect.

Kempy, shopping was okay but I HATE salesmen. One guy told us a used cougar was $29,000 last week which is BS because a new one isnt that much!! And this week Jay ran in real quick to see what they had in our range and the salesmen this time told him he can get one of the brand new ones off the lot for $27,000. I hate it when they take us for stupid people. The more I talk with them the more I think I will just go to Ohio and pick one up that I ordered to be the way I want it for about $10,000 less. We are going to see what the Wildcat dealer can do as far as price but we are leaning hard towards Ohio.

Daisy is funny. She is picking all the chicken out of the chicken and rice and leaving a pile of rice behind. :lol: Silly kitty. She is going to be pissed when she doesnt need a special diet anymore.

The kids have colds so I am sure I will be sick before this weekend. fun fun.

I have to confess because it is PMS week and well, I am just a big pig. :lol: I have been eating 2 cadbury creme eggs at night. I know I need to stop but I cant. I suck huh? :lol:

01-31-2006, 03:03 AM
Hi girls, sorry I have been MIA. I got my walking papers from P/T and I go to see the knee doc next Monday so hopefully I am all done with that. My knee is feeling great (now it's my heel acting up again :rolleyes: ) . My home computer is acting funky and I need to run a scan disk again...I am just doing a quickie post since I stopped by the office to drop some supplies off......

Red, :grouphug: being in a foreign country must be difficult to say the least. You are a brave soul for sticking it out for so long. I'm wishing you get a lead on a ground-breaking story that will get you recognized and bring you the big bucks you need to get you at least back on American soil (or wherever it is you wish to go next) ;) Chin up, we're here for ya....I know we go missing on the weekends sometimes, but we're always thinking about one another.

Angie, good luck on getting your 5th wheel. I think a trip to OH to pick it up would be neat--especially with that cushy truck you guys have. (So did you buy Jay those trucknutz like you wanted? :lol: )

Cherie, be brave tomorrow :D It WILL be worth it :yes:

:( I had to take the stray cat to the pound was too sickly to stick around and wasn't eating much at all. It was such a good natured cat too. All he wanted was to be loved. At least we were able to give him some comfort in his last days...we spent at least a half hour brushing his coat out before I took him in. I feel sick about it.

Julie, mmmmm that cake sounded wonderful! Of course, I'm a big cake eater so it doesn't matter what kind :lol: :ink:

Kempy, great job on keeping your word--sometimes it's good to have to prove something to someone else :lol:

Hi Cal and Dips! I gotta run for now, I hear the warehouse door going down. I'll be back online tomorrow. :hug:

01-31-2006, 08:00 AM
Hi, people. I'm feeling a lot better. :^: Thanks for all your kind words, hugs and wishes to pack me back to the States. :hug: I don't know, maybe someday. I know a lot of the problem is probably being in a foreign country, one where the people are quite different and the foreigners here are probably pretty odd too...except for too, maybe, just a bit. ;)

Usually I am okay, really, no problem, but then at times, especially when things are so difficult with money and work like now, some things will send me reeling and I guess it hits me in my weak parts, which are the very things that could be considered my strengths. :stars: And the one you saw here was appearance and, well, me, all of me. I am unlike the typical Japanese girl, and unlike what is preached here, drilled in, and taken to be the only acceptable manner of behaving oneself. :barf: I mean, get this, even today, a woman was saying that I am forgiven the fact that I ask questions of the teacher during my riding lesson BECAUSE I'm a foreigner. :dunno: It's like, oh, ****, give me a break! Normally, I just sniff and carry on, but sometimes it bothers me, mostly, almost only actually when I am being rejected by fellow foreigners. :mad: :cry: This is the problem. I should write them off as losers. I don't have much problem with the Japanese because I write it to their culture. Sigh. Anyhow, enough garbage. I am BACK on my feet. :strong: Here's something I decided today...

I just decided I have to really try to lose this fat once and for all and stop putting it off and putting it off. :dancer: For three days now I have been cutting back on my food, not counting calories but definitely cutting back and, because I'm writing it down, I can see I am. Now, there have been no beer nights so I don't know how I'll handle them...probably just bolt for the office door whenever I feel the urge to round up the coworkers...but for now, I'm OK...three days, big deal, eh? I have been keeping a food journal too, not just writing the food down, I've done that lots of times before, but analyzing and assessing the emotions during or preceding the eating. I am being really honest with myself about what I'm feeling around the "feeding times" and I realize it's all about things like loneliness, feeling hurt, feeling rejected, feeling anxious, :cry: and it just clicks me over to, like I think I said, "eating mode." :hun: It's so natural now that I hadn't really been recognizing it for what it was. I was thinking more along the lines of boredom and reward or deprivation but it's not about food at all, it's really not. It's all this other junk and I'm just really trying to disassociate the two.

Now, along with that, I decided to set a 500 gram per week weight loss as my goal. That's just over a pound a week. It may be tough but I think I can do it it I stay consistent. :drill: I figure that means I have to have 500 calorie cut a day or add 500 calories of exercise a day, which again, shouldn't be that hard if I remain very attentive and aware and cut way back on the drink-till-you-drop or drink-till-you-stumble-home nights out. Ok, so, in my datebook, I marked the weights down for each week until I would get to my initial goal of 60 kg (I'm now about 73 kg). :write: That constitutes about a 30-lb loss. Then I wrote in things along the way on the relevant dates and noted what weight I would be and imagined myself going to such and such event at that weight. It was fun and it's so fun to just take out my datebook and remind myself of this all the time. :dizzy: It's like a reward without having gotten there yet. Like a child looking at Dec. 25 on the calendar. :D BUT, the thing I keep focused on is simple --- 500 calories cut a day --- that's all, nothing fancy or complicated, just that. So, wish me luck. :crossed:

And I'm really sorry this is all about ME! but for now, just let me get this out. I am dead tired now and have to get to bed if I want to get up for yet another kick A workout before the office tomorrow. Good night, all! :wave:


01-31-2006, 11:07 AM
Last day of January and were did it go?

I am home this morning. Idon't have a client until 1 so I thought I would get a wal in b4 I go in. I am staying late too so I wont be able to chat much tonight. My last client is at 5:30 and she takes me awhile.

I swear I hate PMS. I was doing so good last week and of course the week of my weight in I have to have water weight. I just don't know what to do. I don't want to go in there after 3 weeks with nothing gone. I have done everything right. Yesterday was a little rough with food but I walked and walked and still no good. I had my 0 pts soup last night to make up for a little chips and cheese dip at lunch yesterday but to no avail. Not that I can relaly do anything about it right now, I am just wanting a loss so bad in the morning.

Red I wonder how many hours you are ahead of us. It is funny, I just read your post and it is from 6 in the AM here and you are talking about going to bed. I think what you are doing is great. Writing down everything is a real eye opener. I am not a big journaler but I do write the food down. I do notice when I eat too much though and I can almost pin point the exact things that drove me to it. I bet if I put it down on paper though it would make me more accountable. Good for you!

Noelle you have done the right thing for the kitty. I wonder if animals come into our lives at the end of theirs just so they know what great animals they are. I know you made him happy for the little time he had left. I am going in the morning for the big day and I will finally get the exercise formula. I hate that they don't give it to you right away.

Cherie did you mouth ever stop hurting you from when you first got your braces? It sounds like youa re taking full advantage of the weight loss that you are going to have from not being able to eat too much.

Angie I hate sales people. Do they know how much people dislike them? I think sometimes they try to read too much into the customer b4 they get to know them. When we went to get our car we stopped at another dealer with a check in hand and not a single person came out of the office. I think they same our truck and didn't think we could afford their car. As soson as I got home I called the mamager and told him what happened. He was not very happy about that. I told him how much of a mistake that was b/c we went right down the street and bought another car. I hope you get what you want.

Hello to everyone else. I need to get a quick walk in.

01-31-2006, 11:48 AM
Good Morning girls! I got my exercise in and I feel pretty good today. All the kids are in school today so that is nice. :lol: I dont really think Alicia was all that sick yesterday. I told her so too so she went to school today. Remember when we were in school. I always took full advantage of being half asleep and sounding sick when I wanted to skip. :lol: The kids think we are too old to know what they are up to. :lol:

Red, I am happy that you are ready to get on track. I went through the same thing for the last 2 years and I have to admit that I feel so much better now....even when the scales are messing with me.

Kempy, I bet the manager reamed the salesmen after your call. :lol: Serves em right.

Noelle, I am sorry about the kitty. I agree with Kempy though that at least you got to love him for the last few days.

01-31-2006, 12:48 PM
Lets try this again, I pushed the enter button before I was done posting and poof....gone. :dizzy:

Hi Girls Sorry I did not post yesterday, I had to take dd to a field trip and then dance class and just got to busy to type. I am done with crazy snacking....I woke up with that bloated yuck feeling from just one too many snacks. I have got to catch up on my housework and laundry today.

Noelle I am sorry to hear about the cat but I agree with the others you tried and gave it love. Great news about your knee feeling better. I hope it stays feeling good and your heel gets better.

Angie I bet it is a lot quieter with the kids at school. Hope you don't catch that cold. There is so much going around.

Kempy you are doing great walking. I might just have to go take one....the sun is shining:cool: Pms is so bad. It throws me off every month with the sugar and salt cravings.

Red I was writing down what I ate a couple of months ago and it really opened my eyes to how much I was eating. Good luck with that.

Cherie, thinking of you today. I hope everything goes well. Just think of that end result!

Hi Cal and Dips.:)
Check back later on.

01-31-2006, 01:05 PM
Well, the walk is done and so is the cleaning out of our dreaded basket. We have a big basket by our phone and it is the black hole of the house. I swear we could lose the cat in the thing. It doens't have high side so I know when it is time to clean it out. It actually wasn't that bad this time but it still needed to be done. I mean I was home so I figured I should do something other than sit on the sofa. It is such a beautiful day today that I really hate thatI have to go to work. I do need to make some money though so I guess I will suck it up.

Julie I saw on the weather what the temps are up your way and it looks like you guys are pretty warm right now. You should take your walk. I do feel better now that I did mine. The sun helped me out a good bit too.

Angie I remember all too well the "sick days" of school. Heck, I had those in college too. :lol:

Ok, time to get in the shower and get ready for work. BLAH!

01-31-2006, 01:21 PM
My braces are in. My quad helix is in. I have a mouthful of crap, and I just tried to eat a piece of cheese, and it got stuck in my quad helix. I just want to take the day off and cry and lay down and mope. I know this will be worth it, but for just today, I want to be emotional and sad.

I hate this metal taste in my mouth. Good thing I brought puree soup. I don't think there is any way I can chew anything. And I can't taste anything because it gets stuck.... :-(

Tomorrow will be better.

Oh.. and did I mention.. I can't talk worth crap right now? Lisping and slurring. I want to take up sign language.

Tomorrow WILL be better.

01-31-2006, 03:43 PM
Cherie, :hug: You have every right to feel the way you do. It must be so hard to get use to them. But you are right it will get better. Hang in there girl.

Kempy I have a spot on my counter where everything just seems to end up. I should really sort through stuff in that area. Have a good day at work.

Well I thought about it and just walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes instead of outside so I could do it between loads of wash. So I feel good about that. I am trying to think of something for dinner. Maybe chicken breasts on the grill. Check back later on. Hi everyone

01-31-2006, 04:09 PM
Hey ladies, :coffee: I am passing the time in my office waiting to head out to my weigh-in today. I am dreaming about what I will get for lunch immediately afterwards :ink: :lol: There's an awesome lunch-wagon type place right down the way from WW--they have some of the best local food and sometimes it's so hard to leave the meeting and not look in that direction :rolleyes:

:hug: Cherie, you can feel miserable and whine today, you've been through a lot. I feel for you. I've just looked up pictures of what a quad helix is and boy! That is a mouthful. Take some ibuprofen and maybe that will help with the aches and pains. And you're totally right, tomorrow WILL be better. Oh my, did you have to go in to work today?

Kempy, I don't know if this would help you at all, but maybe you can change your weigh day? I know when I weighed in on Saturdays (I go on Tuesdays now) I would have a free day and use most of my flex points on Sunday--the hardest day of the week for me, then I would have the entire work week to work the weight off. It sounds like cheating, but it worked. I know Tuesdays are hard for me too--I can do good during the week but when Sunday or Monday comes, I just want to snack snack snack and then I weigh in on Tuesday and it looks like I only lost a little... oh well, better going down than going up I guess. Good job on getting your morning exercise. I didn't get any yet...

Julie, you too on your treadmill work! Excellent :)

Angie, heh, I always get scared when I think about Michael getting older and pulling some of the tricks that either Rick or I used to do to get out of school :yikes:. I'm keeping him in parochial school for as long as I can afford it!

Hey Red, glad you're feeling a bit better. When you say 'other foreigners', do you work with other Americans or Europeans or a mix of all kinds of people? It must be doubly hard if there's a culture clash thing going on from so many different people... I don't understand this, but when my husband Rick goes out drinking (and he drinks a lot when he does!), he actually goes down a couple of pounds for a few days--he says it's because he's dehydrated from all the alcohol. It drives me insane because when I indulge myself a few drinks--which is not very often at all, I go up a few pounds! I don't know why. Anyway, good for you for taking those positive steps forward to get where you want to be.

Dips, how are your classes coming along? Are you still hitting it hard at Bally's? :)

Cal, hope your students are behaving for you :)

anywho, I guess I should get some work done here. :wave:

01-31-2006, 04:56 PM
Hi all. Early morning here and I am hoping to get out to the gym yet again before going in to the office. I kept waking up last night, too many dreams so I am not feeling very rested and feel hot and tired as I do when I overtrain, which I may be...I always overdo it when I at last get a spark of resolve back, I sooo want to make that work for me.

Yeah, Kemp, I guess you're on Central time or something like that, not sure, about La. But for Eastern Standard we're 14 hours ahead of you. The easy way to figure for you (for Eastern time) is to add two hours and change the a.m. to p.m. or vice versa and always think ahead.

Noelle, the foreigners I work with are a mix from countries where the first language is English. Right now, we have Brits, Irish, Aussies, Canadians and Americans and a Filipino, though he is an exception as English isn't the first language there. We also had a South African and Kiwis before, but no one at the moment. It is a problem but not because of the mix, then again, maybe it is. The level of people, meaning their experience in newspapers, has dropped to an alltime low and this is reflected in their thinking and behavior as well. Also, as far as women goes, I'd say the States still has the most room for strong women. A lot of the guys who end up here can't deal with that and that's why they're here. Me, I just had itchy feet and was taken by the incredibly difficult language I guess. It kept me occupied. Most foreigners here don't speak Japanese very well and no one in my office with whom I directly work. I am fluent and often mistaken for a Japanese on the phone....what a joke.

Cherie, it sounds like you're having a helluva time with this stuff in your mouth. I missed so much, just what is going on?

jbbm, thanks, I sure hope writing things down keeps me tuned in and concentrating on weight loss.

cal, others, I hope you're doing well. I will try to write more later. :wave:

01-31-2006, 09:51 PM
Hi girls, I'm back from my weigh in and I was down 2.8 lbs today :carrot: All I can say is WOW! I got back to my walking those hills this past week and I was hitting those weight machines hard and it paid off. I am doing the happy dance :dance: 31.4 lbs down! I need just a few more to get to my short term goal. Cool! Of course I came home and ate some caramel popcorn and peanuts :rolleyes: after my lunch of grilled salmon and maki sushi... I can always walk it off later this evening. ;)

Red, I guess all newspapers have their quirks with staffing...I have a BIL who is a sort-of big-wig at the local paper here and let's just say that I'm less than impressed with him, even though he has a great position at the paper and gets paid the big bucks, he is dumb as **** sometimes. Go figure.

I am a bit tired and am gonna snag some zzzzz's before I get my walk in for the evening..... talk with y'all later.

02-01-2006, 11:31 AM
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