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01-31-2006, 06:18 AM

We are a thread dedicated to making losing weight a pleasant experience. We laugh, cry and talk together. We have challenges, points for staying on program, drinking our water, and exercising. We have a daily topic to join in. Our only focus is to help us realize that dieting and all that goes with it need not be unpleasant, but can be fun. Come join the fun here at Time for Serious Fun! Everyone is Welcome!


Monday: Mission Monday New mission each week
Tuesday: Target Tuesday We target something to work on
Wednesday: Wednesday's Woes Our day to complain about anything and everything
Thursday: Time for Us Thursday The day set aside to pamper us!
Friday: Fabulous Lbs Down Friday. Report our losses!




01-31-2006, 06:28 AM
TUESDAY: Today is Target Tuesday and our target this week is unsaturated fats. We need fats in our diet so try and get some "good" fats in like olives, olive oil, nuts etc.


LeeAnn: :bravo:


Susan :goodscale :goodscale :goodscale :goodscale
Carri :goodscale :goodscale

Amanda: Hope you are feeling better and that is so terrific about your boots! I am just trying to get another pair of sandals to fit properly. This is the third pair I have ordered and am sending the second pair back tomorrow! I am having trouble getting them to fit over my fat instep! :lol:

Susan: Hope that asthma is calmed down a bit. It is a tough thing to go through when you are having problems! Hope dh continues to turn the corner!

Carri: We go to casinos in Tunica, Ms, which is about 40 miles from our house. There are 9 down there all together so you have a big choice, Goldstrike, Horseshoe, Sheraton, Ballys, Fitzgeralds, Sams Town, TheResort (used to be Harrahs) the Grand and Hollywood. We have stayed at Goldstrike the last two times, but I like the slots at Fitzgeralds better. Jack loves Baccarat and there are only a coupe casinos that have it so we have to stay there so he can play (up all night and it is more convenient that way :lol: ) What does you husband like to play? Let me guess, he is a blackjack or poker player?

Well gals, I have an icky stomach this morning and have been up overnight so I am going back to bed!


Faye :)

01-31-2006, 09:53 AM
Rainy day this morning and lots of fog. Not good asthma weather.

Faye, I hope you are doing better!

Amanda, glad you got the boots you wanted. Just shows what exercise can do for your body.

Add some avocado to the good fat list. I love avocado and turkey on a salad or sandwich.

01-31-2006, 04:27 PM
Hi all,
4 points for me yesterday.

Hope everyone's doing well.

Amanda Panda
01-31-2006, 08:05 PM
Hi all,

I got 2 points yesterday - but only went slightly over my cals. It's weigh day tomorrow - I feel really nervous because I have absolutely no idea what they will say! Normally I'm hopping on them every day, so I always know what they will say, but this time I've not weighed in for 10 days! I am preparing myself for a gain - but I may be pleasantly suprised!

FAYE - My boots are specially made for my big ole calves! Normal fitting ones would never fit round my chunky calves, even with the weight loss and toning!

SUSAN - Sorry I missed that you've lost 4lb - congrats! I agree - avocado's are full of good fats - I should eat them more often.

Hi to everyone else!

Love Amanda x

02-01-2006, 09:45 AM
WEDNESDAY: Today is Wednesday's Woes so if you have a gripe today is the day to get it off your chest!


Julie :bravo:

Good morning gals! I am still a little under the weather, but nothing catastrophic. My hormones are just all over the place and I am out of my herbal progestine cream. I don't do HRT because I think it is too dangerous for someone as overweight as I am. Too much controversy. So, I have good days and bad days, but nothing that doesn't turn around back to good days and hey, it will stop sooner or later!

Amanda: We shall see about my shoes. It is the last shot for them! I really liked the second pair I had to send back, but all they had in a larger width was red and I don't want red shoes. If these don't work, I will just bide my time until they get new stock in and start all over again ordering. This place is great because they pay for return shipping!

Susan: I was trying to think of good fat sources, so thanks for your contribute. I love avocado too!

My gripe is my weight routine is mucked up and I have to get on the ball and get it back. I am going to the store tomorrow so all should be right again. I am going to try and get on the treadmill this morning.

Everyone have a wonderful day!

faye ;)

02-02-2006, 07:43 AM
Bad bad day yesterday. I ate everything in sight...........

Sigh. Skating today though!!


02-02-2006, 09:43 AM
THURSDAY: Today is Time for Us Thursday. Take an hour just for you today and do something fun!

Morning girls! I am busy busy today. Hope you all have a wonderful day. I have to get things done so I can get to the commissary.

Faye :)

02-02-2006, 11:09 AM
Just never stops at my house - our heat went out yesterday afternoon. Not good with my husband being ill. At least it wasn't too cold out last night so it got down to 64 degrees in the house but we have an electric blanket and quilts so he stayed toasty. I called the heating people and they came first thing this morning and replaced the thermocouple so that was $150 but I'm thankful it wasn't more.

I had 4 points yesterday. I got really ambitious and have all my meals and snacks for February entered into Mastercook so no excuses for not doing what I should. I find that when I preplan I will stick with it - eating on the fly is my downfall. I like Mastercook because it will print the grocery list and recipes as well so I have it all in my notebook now. I'm just aiming for another 2 pounds this month. That would put me back at 158.5.

Julie, keep skating. We all have bad days so don't beat yourself up. Just move on and get back on track.

Amanda Panda
02-02-2006, 06:19 PM
Hi guys,

Well boo-hoo, I gained back the 3lb I'd lost earlier in the month, making it a total loss of ZILCH for January (and Dec, Nov and Oct :( ). It's my own fault - I haven't been fully committed, and whilst I could get away with bad eating at the beginning, that is obviously not the case anymore. I need to face the fact that I am going to have to seriously look at my diet and cut out all the rubbish. I have had a pizza tonight as I was feeling shattered and down, but from tomorrow I will commit to giving it 100% effort for the rest of the month - then I shall see what the scales say.

I got 4 points on Tuesday, and 1 point yesterday.

FAYE - Good luck with the shoes - free returns is good, it annoys me when companies charge for delivery & return. I wore my boots shopping today - BIG MISTAKE!! I was virtually crippled after an hour of wearing them - I put them on straight after the gym and my feet and calves were already swollen so they felt tighter than usual - plus, I hadn't cut my toenails and one ended up cutting in to my toe - ouch! I am hoping these are teething problems - they better be as I can't send them back now and they were VERY expensive! :o

SUSAN - Glad you got your heating fixed promptly. I do envy your discipline - but I guess you don't get to lose 200lb by being slack!

JULIE - Don't worry hon, I've been slack too - completely wasted all Winter when I could have lost 30lb!! Oh well, lets hope Spring brings us better discipline and motivation! Keep up the skating - your butt, hips and thighs will thank you for it later!

Hi too Lee and Carri,

Love Amanda x

02-03-2006, 08:22 AM
Weird day yesterday. Ended up with 2 points for exercise and water. My daughter made jelly filled sugar cookie thingies after dinner, and I ate 3! These things are huge and dense, she has her own "secret" recipe.

I skated fine, learned a 2 jump combination...which was awesome! :carrot: Except when I fell really hard after going too fast into it. BUT I got new "armor" for my birthday, some funky kind of shock absorbing gell that they make into skating pads. My coach was really concerned when she saw me fall, but I didn't feel a THING! :carrot: :carrot: I just got right back up and kept going. They were wicked expensive, but I'm so glad I have them now. It takes alot of the fear out of what I'm doing now.

Amanda, honey, I totally feel your frustration! It seems I can either stay OP and can't get off my butt or I can exercise like crazy but can't stay away from the food! GRRRR........ I really need to lose this weight, really really...I want to take my first skating test this summer and start competing next winter, but I can't do it at this weight. For one thing, I don't think they make tights in my size! :o

My body is definitely reshaping itself. All my joints have that loosey-goosey feeling, where if I step the wrong way they feel like they slip out of place. Anyone know what I mean? I tell people and they think I'm crazy.

Anyway, I gotta get the kids to school. Everyone have a great day!


02-03-2006, 09:37 AM
FRIDAY: Today is Fabulous Friday Follies and our Follies ? for the week is have you ever put the "wrong" thing in something you are cooking and what was it, ie supposed to be sugar and you put in salt....


Susan :bravo:
Amanda :bravo: :flow2:

Carri: We miss you girl and haven't seen you in awhile!

Julie: :carrot: :carrot: with all that jumping. Must be all that skating loosening everything up.

Amanda: I would start out a little easier than you did with the boots, maybe 15-20 minutes. Think about it, besides them being new, they have a much higher heel than your feet and calves are used to. Give them several weeks to get broken in. The less weight you put on the feet the better it will be too so as you lose it will be easier to wear them. As for the diet, you can get back up and get things going again. We all can.

Susan: Oooh, glad it was something not too expensive to replace. I know that when our furnace went out, our electric blanket was just the ticket for the chilly nights. We still keep the heat at around 65 at night and kick on the ole blanket if we want more warmth. Hope this doesn't set your hubby back any.

As for the folly, I think it might have been baking soda instead of powder or vice versa, but most of my cooking and baking big booboos were when I was way younger and much more inexperienced. I had been married less than a year, up until then had never made anything more difficult than rice krispie squares, and decided to make beef stroganoff. Most expensive mess I ever made and Jack even ate it the dear, but he does tease me everytime I mention making it! :lol:

***FYI don't forget the upgrade is this weekend so it is unlikely there will be any posting until Monday***

Have a great Friday an a super weekend girl and I will catch you on Monday!

Faye ;)

02-03-2006, 09:52 AM
Four points for yesterday.

Amanada and Julie, you've got to make a plan to get back on track and not trust to the illusive motivation and inspiration to hit. Which is more important, losing weight or eating the wrong stuff? Like I said before, when I don't have a plan I don't do well.

I still keep a food journal/diary every day - this is the 30th year. Even when it isn't a good day, it gets written down.

Its going to be 70 degrees today so I am going for a walk at lunch time for 30 minutes. Taking DH to doctor this afternoon.

Have a good weekend. Remember - the last bite tastes just the same as the first so don't eat too much.

02-03-2006, 11:34 AM
I had join this forum last year, I got so much support and help from all the people here, So needless to say I need HELP and I could not think of no one
better for advice than all of you. I have not took the time to read the post to see who is still here and who isn't, but i hope that it will be ok with all of you if i join you Again.

If any body has any advice i would appreciate it very much.

I need help, I am 53 and I am starting a NEW Job tomorrow,
I am required to wear Black pants and a white shirt,
The problem is I have to wear my shirt tucked in!!!
I have NEVER worn any type clothing that is tucked in or anything that that has a belt. my current weight is 249.
Does anyone have any advice or tips.
I started weight watchers 3 weeks ago . as of last night i have lost 6.2 pounds.
I am very self consious about wearing my shirt tucked in, it just seems to show every ounce of fat.
PLEASE I need any advice or tip
should i go buy a belt? will a belt make this look better or worse,
Thanks, Donna

02-05-2006, 02:48 PM
Hey ladies! It's been a while, but that Korean buffet for 200-300 people that I was so nervous about went GREAT! It was a smash and there were almost no leftovers at all! I worried for nothing, but the relief was amazing, too.

Let's see, they gave me an award for fighting and everyone begged me to post recipes to the email list we're on. I was also asked to teach a class of armoring and fighting for women in the spring.

Donna- I feel your pain. I had jobs like that, and I HATE tucking in my shirts, too. Could you have a covering -loose jacket, or something- to disguise? I think you're right that a belt would help. You could also try to get your pants and shirt in a larger size than you wear so it's still relatively loose and comfy as well as disguising...? What do you ladies think?

Now that 85% of my stress has dissipated, I'm looking to break the 150 barrier this month... I have a free gym membership with a fantastic day care! No reason why I can't do it. Treadmill, here I come!

-Lee Ann

02-05-2006, 07:17 PM
Lee-Congrats on the feast! :cp: :cp: I was wondering how it went! Did you get that baronial award after all?

It's been in the 50s all weekend, with all our lovely snow is GONE.
It's only February....What gives???

Donna--Welcome Back! I think a belt and "oversize" pants and shirt is a good idea. Hope you can find something you like!


02-05-2006, 07:28 PM
Ladies, I may be out for a couple days. I have a horrific case of the flu and am in bed most of the time. Hopefully I will feel better in a day or two. Until then, be good and stay OP.

Donna: Be proud of whatever size you are, tuck in that shirt and don't worry about it!

Faye ;)

02-05-2006, 09:10 PM
Feel Better Faye!

02-06-2006, 02:19 PM
Okay, I took Susan's advice and started journaling again yesterday. When I stopped writing everything down last time is when my weight loss stopped...go figure :rolleyes:

So, 4 points for yesterday...on track for 4 today.

Hope everyone is doing well!

02-06-2006, 05:13 PM
Hey ladies! 2 points for me... Being OP is hard when your house is full of leftovers from a 300 portion buffet! But I'm determined. :)

Julie- Yes, I got the baronial award. I know, I know, but I just decided to let it go and be gracious. ;)

-Lee Ann

02-06-2006, 05:48 PM
I also vote for being sure your pants and shirt are lose. When they are too tight, it emphasis the pounds.

DH is doing so much better. Dr. says he is almost ready for surgery but has to get albumin levels up because that has a direct effect on healing. Get that from meat, dairy, poultry and seafood. Must be complete protein so beans and soy don't qualify. Recommend 4 servings a day of whey protein powder mixed in whole milk, plus he is eating much better.

Faye, I hope you are on the mend - we need you!

Lee Ann, toss the leftovers if they are giving you problems. Congratulations on your award.

I had just 2 points each day for the last 3 days. Looks like today will move to 4.

My husband was doing well enough for me to leave him for a few hours yesterday so my 2 best friends and I got together for lunch and quilting. It was a much needed break for me, but now I'm behind in the housework. Drat!

02-07-2006, 09:33 AM
4 points yesterday! 2 in a row...working on 3. It's amazing how just the thought of "crap! If I eat this, I have to write it down" will make me stop and think before I just shove something in my mouth. :dizzy:

Susan, I'm so glad you got a little time to yourself! Especially quilting time, I'm sure it was very therapeutic.

Hope everyone's doing well!


02-07-2006, 10:48 AM
Only ended up with 3 points yesterday - will do better today!

02-08-2006, 08:18 AM
WEDNESDAY: Today is Wednesday's Woes a day to gripe about anything!


Julie :bravo:
LeeAnn :dancer:
Susan :dancer: :dancer: :dancer:

Can't say that I am better, but thought I ought to get in here and at least set up the post and do pts. Boy, I stay home almost all the time and then wham when I go out I always seem to be bringing something home with me! It didn't help I was out in the rain on Thur and Friday and then went out Saturday morning not really feeling great to do shopping. Ahh, well, it will get better with time. Right now I am fighting a ferocious headache with this stuff. I ended up having to stick a piece of kleenex up my nose like a stopper so I could sleep last night as my nose just continually dripped and kept waking me up.

You girls stay OP this week and you are doing a great job!

Faye :)

02-08-2006, 08:27 AM
4 points for yesterday! :carrot: 3 in a row...

I'm wondering if I'm using the right calorie baseline, though. One calculator says for "moderate activity" and 210 pounds, I need 2500 to maintain. So, 2000 should make me lose a pound a week. Sometimes, I think that seems high...then I wonder if it's too low because at 12-15 hours of exercise a week (skating and dance class), I should probably consider myself "active". In which case, I'd need closer to 3,000 to maintain, and my calories to date have been too low.'s so frustrating, I just don't know! I'm doing a calorie counting version of the "wendie plan" from weight watchers right now, where I alternate high and low calorie days to keep my body guessing and keep my metabolism high. We'll see if it works.

I'm definitely eating less, now that I'm journaling, so I guess I just have to be patient. It's only been since Sunday, can't expect results this soon. I'm noticing my hands are getting bonier and my shoulders, too. I guess I'm just excited because since Sunday I actually feel like I could succeed finally.

I've rambled long enough...time to get the kids to school.


Amanda Panda
02-08-2006, 04:00 PM
Hi all,

I'm hanging in there - but have still not reined myself in totally foodwise. This is PMS week, when it's always hardest to be disciplined! I've not lost the plot though - I'm still exercising and eating healthy meals most of the time! At the moment I am struggling with the usual PMS bread cravings - oh well, at least it's not pizza and chocolate! ;)

I went out with my friend on Saturday night and wore my new outfit - new boots, pretty top and pencil skirt - I felt pretty good! By the end of the night my boots were killing me - but I think I am slowly but surely wearing them in!

FAYE - Sorry you've been poorly hon, hope you feel better soon!

SUSAN - So glad to hear that dh is getting stronger - that's wonderful! I am glad you were able to have a break to spend time with your friend - you deserve it!

JULIE - Look at you with your 4 points days! :carrot: I have the exact same confusion about calories - I have 1600 a day and exercise alot so I often wonder if I am not having enough. When I do a 45 minute cycle class the computer says I have burned 1000 cals, so does that mean I am surviving off 600 cals a day? I guess I am scared to raise it to 1800 - 2000 as my mind says 'well I am struggling to lose weight on 1600, raising them will definately make me gain!'

Hi to CARRI - hope you are okay!

Love Amanda x

02-08-2006, 09:44 PM
Hi my Beautiful fabulous friends!! Im back and im stayin back... Lets see if i can catch up without writing a book. We moved to Kentucky and im loving it. Hubby and kids are all well... and im ready to be serious about getting me healthy again. Im not sure what my weight is anymore... but i do know ive got high bloodpressure so im on meds for that. I need to begin and stick to a routine again. I hope all is well with all of u... and i will be seeing you daily from now on! Love to all

02-09-2006, 07:23 AM
THURSDAY: Today is Time for Us Thursday so be sure and take a little "me" time today!


Julie :bravo: and an extra :carrot: for being especially good!

Amanda: Hang in there, you will get back to it!

Sandy: Hello, stranger! Welcome back and hope to see a lot of you!

I now have a sick husband so guess we are in this together. I changed my meds and I am hoping they will better help me get over this. Right now I am just plain exhausted. I was up most of the night trying to make Jack comfortable so I am hoping I can get him back to sleep and I can rest this morning.

Everyone have a super day today!

Faye :)

02-09-2006, 10:12 AM
Its good to be back and yes u will be seeing more of me... well less of me really... hahahha! Sorry youre dealing with the yucks... im just getting over them, noooo fun! I just wanted to post quik this am but i will be back later... Take care of u everyone!

02-09-2006, 11:23 AM
Welcome Back SandyB!

4 points for me yesterday...and GUESS WHAT???

I'm wearing jeans that I haven't been able to zip since like a year ago...:carrot:

I'm not going to look at the scale for a while, cuz I just don't want to put myself through it until I kNOW I've lost pounds.

Hope Jack is feeling better soon!

02-09-2006, 05:37 PM
Just read an article on the calorie counts from machines in the gym - off by as much as 30%. But you should probably be eating more, Amanda. That doesn't seem enough for what you do.

I've been stuggling the last 2 days - I've really felt hungry so I've ate a little more. Stayed the same so it must be a good maintenance amount.

02-10-2006, 08:52 AM
FRIDAY: Today is Fabulous Lbs Down Friday. Do we have any losses for the last two weeks ladies?


Julie :bravo:

Julie: I would certainly consider what you are doing more than light activity. You may need to kick the cals up just a bit. Sometimes it takes a lot of tweaking to get it right.

Amanda: I would certainly be eating around 1800-2000 with the exercise regimen you are on.

The Wilkinsons are still a sicky household. We were both up well past midnight last night, he with fever and sore throat and me coughing and such. We did finally get to sleep and slept the rest of the night. I heard him stirring just a minute ago to call into work and stay home so I am going to try and get him feeling better between now and Monday. Mine is working itself out, but I am pretty tired from trying to take care of him and keep up the house, the animals and myself. I try and nap whenever I can, but I still have stuff I have to do, like I had to go to the store last night. I needed more honey for my sore throat concoction and he was too sick to go. It was cold and windy and boy did that zap me and have me coughing when I got home. Had to be done though. I am hoping by Monday we will be on the mend and I can get back to exercising and eating properly.

Have a good weekend girls.


02-10-2006, 08:58 AM
Another 4 point day for me yesterday!! I believe that's FIVE in a ROW :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

I know I'm losing, but not ready to weigh yet. Just gonna keep positive.

Gotta run. Everyone have a great day!

Amanda Panda
02-10-2006, 01:31 PM
Hi gals,

Thanks for the advice everyone - I am taking a serious look at my diet right now and have decided the following things:

1) I am going to stop eating carbs with my evening meal (when I say carbs - I mean bread, pasta, potatoes etc, not carbs found naturally in veg). This is going to take alot more planning for me - I am going to have my carbs for breakfast and lunch and the protein and veg for dinner.Being a vegetarian doesn't make it easy, but I am going to give it a try. I am still allowing myself a 'carb night' once a week - and guess what I am having on that night???????????? (:jeno:)

2) I am going to look at eating 5 small meals a day to keep my metabolism up, rather than 3 meals and the biggest one being my evening meal. I sometimes go 5-6 hours between meals and can understand how this causes my metabolism to slump, and then causes me to overeat. Again, this will take planning - as I don't want to eat rubbish inbetween meals or end up eating 3 big meals and 2 extra meals!

3) I think increasing my calories to 1800 wouldn't hurt - I'll give it a try!

I am quite excited at the prospect of making some changes - I've been doing the same thing for a year now and feel like I need to shake things up a bit. I shake things up at the gym regularly, but am stuck in a rut food wise! Like I say, I need to be a lot more organised and plan this diet out before I start - I am going to try to do this at the weekend, but it may take me a bit longer. Nige has said he is happy to forgoe carbs in the evening, which suprised me as I've often put off the idea as I never thought he'd put up with it! I'll let you know how I go! I feel quite excited!

I am back up to 3 cycle classes a week - just finished my third class of the week today and I feel great! Afterwards I felt so energised I decided to spend some time doing some gym ball exercises - must get that six pack!

FAYE - Oh dear - sorry you are both poorly and I am sure if Jack is like any other man then he is convinced that he has it 10 times worse than you!

JULIE - I am so happy for you! Fitting into clothes again is the best feeling - it is absolute proof that you are changing shape! I agree - don't be in any great hurry to weigh in yet - my continual change in body shape and clothes size seems to be despite the scales not moving at all!

SUSAN - Eating a little more when you are hungry is no bad thing - summer is coming and we all tend to eat less then!

SANDY - Hello stranger! Lovely to hear from you - hope you and your family are well. Look forward to hearing more from you!

Where are you Carri?- hope you are well!

Love Amanda x

02-10-2006, 02:12 PM
Amanda, congratulations on the plan...sounds great. Great minds think alike - I was thinking about not have starches for dinner (my reason being "but dh needs/wants them". Then I started looking at his tray a little closer after dinner. He eats all the protein, veggies and fruits and maybe a bit of starch. He does eat toast and a sandwich during the day, so it's not like he doesn't eat them at all. I'm just saying I can't use him for an excuse. Just me wanting to make a meal of bread, butter and tea.

I definitely need to shake things up, another bad day in the making. I've gained another pound.

02-10-2006, 05:13 PM
Afternoon All ....

Amanda - Sorry I have been MIA, been really busy, yeah I often think about lowering my carbs as well, and I think by you doing it at night that it will help...I eat about every two hours or so, I have an a.m. snack around 10:00, then lunch at noon, then an afternoon snack around 2:30-3 then dinner at 6:00 and my late night snack around 8:00 - I eat nothing past 8:00 ... well I guess I am eating every 2-3 hours, but it really helps with my hunger I think, helps me stay on plan ... I also think that will all your exercise you do need to up your calorie intake .. right now I am having about 1380 calories per day but I only exercise about 3 times a week for 30-40 mins on the elitycal ( sp? )
and then some light weights ... keep it up you are doing such a great job !!!!

Sandybrat - Welcome back !!! Yes I so remember you !!!!

Faye - Hope you and Jack feel better soon, I had a touch of that last week so I know how you feel ... but mine was not as bad as yours sounds... feel better !!!!

Julie - Great job on all the four pointers!!!! :)

Well I have been doing great sticking to plan and exercising but it is the weekend again, hope I do not blow it.... :D Have a good one all !!!

02-11-2006, 07:46 AM
Hiya ladies!

Well, it seems to be the time for changes all around. *smile* I've had a 3 point day two days running (just can't get the water in.. yuck!)

Our bank called and said that everything was done and we should start packing to move into our house in 3 weeks... YAY!!! Now we're just waiting for the lawyers to finish up the formalities.

Also, I just wanted to mention that gym memberships are a pain in the butt! All these guys ever do to me and hubby is try to sell us more, more, more, more! It's "karate-cardio.. only $75! BabySwim classes.. only $70/child! Personal trainer... only $50/hour!" And when you say no, they say they'll check with you again in a month.

Arg! The home treadmill is looking mighty fine again even without the daycare service.

What else... we're starting to simplify. We're doing too much and most of it is stuff we feel like we have to do instead of what we actually HAVE to do. We're too busy and we are always saying "I miss you so much!" So we're both cutting back on all of the extraneous activities that we do...

AND we've decided that the girls are not going to be home schooled and that I will return to work when they start school. So I have 4 years or so to get ready and do whatever it takes to get a leg in the door. (maybe a 2 year college p/t to make up for being out of the workforce for so long?)

So a lot of things are percolating and moving and grooving around here. Feel free to suggest jobs.. I've already been offered a security guard job (in 4 years.. go figure!) from someone at our local martial arts practice. Ha ha! We've discussed omputer programming so I could work with hubby, motorcycle mechanic certification since I already work on ours so much, etc.

hmm... I'm at a point where I can decide again (just like senior year in high school!) what course I would like to take in my career. It's not a bad place to be. And we're probably going to take the $$ from my pilots' lessons and putting it into a new career track. *sigh* but I guess just about everyone saw that coming (even me!) *grin* Maybe I can find a way to salvage it...:p

-Lee Ann

02-11-2006, 09:02 AM
Lee, think LONG and HARD about what makes you happiest...Don't think about money or the girls or Dave...what makes YOU happy?? (And don't say fighting, cuz I'll slap you! :hug: ) That's where you should take a career.

Glad you'll be moving soon!

Amanda Panda
02-11-2006, 11:46 AM

Just popping in to say hello!

LEE - Things are really moving in your life aren't they - how exciting? I can't believe how quick the house sale is going through - in the UK it takes months! Career wise, I agree with Julie - if you are in a position financially and commitment wise to retrain, then think long and hard about what you REALLY want to do - it is highly likely that you will never get this sort of opportunity again, so make the most of it! I am in a similar position in that I have decided to not go back into social work, which is what I studied and trained for 4 years to do! The trouble is I have no clue what else to do - I don't particularly feel passionate about anything, nothing is jumping out at me! I am doing an IT course which I am good at, but I wouldn't say I feel particularly excited about it! At least it's free, so I've got nothing to lose by doing it!

Have a nice weekend all,

Love Amanda x

02-11-2006, 09:31 PM
Hiya Folks! I am Kim, and old member (went by Georgette once too). I left this site and found another support network that worked for me, something local in the area. Every once in a while, though, at big milestones, I like to check in with this fabulous group.

Here is a little update on me: I never liked to list my weight, I liked BMI better cause then it related to my height. Well, for you BMI people, I started around 27 and now am at 23. Yay! Overall, since I began my weight loss journey, I am now down just under 50 lbs! I feel very good about it.

I love this group, though, and my current group doesn't focus much on water intake or exercise. Bummer! I would like to focus more on that.

Faye, Amanda, Mirabelly, Satine, it is inspirational to see that you are all still here. Amazing! Sorry if I am leaving out any old-timers! you are all making big progress. I bet your lives are different than when you first came here!

Take care, all!


02-11-2006, 09:31 PM
Oh, yeah, that footer is a lie. That is bigtime old.

02-12-2006, 03:21 PM
Good afternoon girls! Sorry I am behind. Besides my still being sick, Jack took a turn for the worse and I was up from Friday night until this morning with him. We finally went to one of the emergency clinics, which wouldn't take our insurance so I had to pay $130 just for an regular appt and then they put him on 5 meds and those cost me $50 and that was with our prescription plan. So, my pockets are a lot lighter. I also had to run and get my grandson something for Valentine's Day (I got him $30 worth of Chuck E Cheese gift cards) and it looks like I have to have the garage door opener replaced! {{{Sigh}}}

I am so pooped, but I have to try and keep the house going and keep an eye on him and run the errands and cook too. Thank God we don't have kids or I would be in the loony bin by now.


Julie :bravo:
LeeAnn :cp: :cp:

Kimmy: Good to see you again. Hope to see more of you!

Lee: Oh, how wonderful for you! I know you are just so excited you don't even mind all the packing!

Amanda: You are such a smart cookie, I know you will get it all evened out!

Carri: Good to hear from you! I know that ole job of yours keeps you super busy!

Julie: Hey, I didn't see you with the american olympic skaters, what happened??? :D

Susan: I sometimes use Jack as an excuse too and have to chide myself for doing so.

Well gals, I need to go. I have bunches of stuff to get done this afternoon and a nap would be nice as Jack is finally zonked on the recliner from his meds kicking in.

Faye :)

02-12-2006, 06:32 PM
Don't you know? That's why Michelle Kwan dropped out! SHe heard Julie was skating! ;)

02-13-2006, 08:04 AM
Ohhh, you gals are soooo funny! :rolleyes: ;) Just you wait till this time next year and I'm kickin' all the other 40 year old begginer's butts all over the ice! Gold medals are so much shinier than white belts, don't you think Lee? Of course, I can't exactly wear them out in public...can I?

I did okay over the weeekend. Didn't journal as strictly as I did during the week, and I definitely noticed myself eating a bite here and a taste there. So, it's back to the paper and pen. What's my schedule for today?

9:30: ballet class
10:30: Figure ice
11:30-1:30 public ice
6:30-8 dance class

Think I need a few more calories today!!
Welcome back Kimmie--glad to hear you've been successful on your program

Everyone have a great day!

02-13-2006, 08:18 AM
Hello again. Today I learned that I'm down a pound. After finding out that my scale was 5 pounds too light, though, it doesn't feel like much. Yesterday we had a great day out at the mall with the kids. Deanna's trying to walk now, so we got there just before it opened and let her follow Amelia around while holding her hand. It was a great day. We don't get family days (or go to the mall either) often, so I really went out of my way to enjoy it to the fullest.

It's snowing giant white fluffy flakes here today. Everything feels so serene and nice when you have a hot cup of coffee and you sit quietly looking out at it. - - But I have a cold cup of coffee and two kids who are cranky need naps. LOL! :D

Have a great day girls! I'm off to find serenity and to pack for our move.. YAY!

-Lee Ann

02-13-2006, 09:44 AM