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06-02-2006, 10:48 AM
Okay here's a new home for the month of June. I imagine Lois would have started a new one but since she has computer problems I guess she just hasn't been able to do it.

06-02-2006, 10:57 AM
Hi guys! Just posted on here to get the subscription started, so I don't lose ya'll! Have a great day!

06-02-2006, 11:33 AM
Nova Scotia had rain last night and once again you literally can watch the grass growing. :D It's going to be a humid day today, but at least it isn't too hot.

Shawn . . . After reading your post I decided to try a frozen peach slice . . . not too bad at all. In fact, considerably better than I would have expected. Thanks for putting me on to a new treat. :hug:

Liliann . . . good for you getting back on track and you are so right about how easy it is to lose sight of portion sizes. :hug:

Tina . . . oh how awful for you and, of course, for the poor cat. :hug: According to Paul (mechanic) the particular little spot where my mouselets were hanging out is both warm and safe and the baby critters can just ride around with you until they are old enough to leave the nest without coming to any harm. I honestly felt a little sorry about evicting them but they were doing damage . . . expensive damage.

Cheryl . . . have a great personal long weekend. :hug: See you when you get back.

Ryanmi . . . for some reason I always found that four-day weeks seemed long, too. :hug: BTW, I've never even tasted Dr. Pepper. I'm a Pepsi person when I drink soft drinks at all. My 'beverage of choice' really is water.

Erin . . . yep, that really does sound sick. :hug: Wow, do I ever wish I could catch that bug. In my family, I'm known as the repository of 1001 useless facts. :dizzy: I really love trivia. Over the years, I collected bunches of it on just about every topic you can think of.

Here's some FFF for today . . . about nuts . . .

. . . Clinical studies have shown that nuts help with weight loss, but nobody as yet has figured out why. But try to stay with about 1 serving (1 oz) a day because they are very high in calories . . . Macadamia nuts are the highest in calories . . . Almonds are the lowest . . . Roasted nuts (dry or oil roasted) are even higher in calories and usually contain a lot of extra salt . . . Peanuts are actually a legume not a nut at all although they are still very high in calories and fat.

Have a great day of moving and shaking and heading in the downward direction, chickies. See you soon (hopefully you all make it over here). :carrot:

06-02-2006, 12:04 PM
Good Morning Girls. Not much to report on here just the same old stuff going on. I am at work and didnt want to get up this morning. Actually it seems here lately I am having a really hard time getting up in the mornings. I have even started taking vitamins thinking maybe that would help but it hasn't. Oh well what can you do?
Tina – it is nice to have that snuggle time. Don’t worry about missing a little exercise to spend time with the hubby. I would love to have snuggle time but with 4 kids there is never a chance.
Lillian – glad to have you back. Sounds like you have done some serious thinking and know which way you want to go now. I think you will find the anti-depressants will give you more motivation to stick to your plan. I don’t think I would be doing as well with out mine.
Linda – Mice can create some expensive problems cant they. Last year we had one get into our Central Heat and Air unit and chew up the wiring harness, thank goodness we were home when it shorted out if we hadn’t our house would probably have burned down.
Shawn – I haven’t had a chance to get a look at your babies yet(my computer at work has that site blocked) but I am hoping to get there soon. I love kids at the toddler age. I love to watch them learn. My youngest turns 5 in July and I just love to hear him say his ABC’s or tell a story.
Cheryl – hope you have fun on your long weekend. Sorry to hear you are having pet problems. Isn’t it weird how we get so attached to our animals? I don’t know what I would do without my little Chihuahua, his name is Taco and I just love him.
Ryanmi – We just had kindergarten graduation with my 5 year old and it was so fun. They sang songs and did sign language to one of them. Of course I cried like a baby to see my little boy so grown up.
Erin – I guess the threats worked for the scales cause they were back to normal today. I weighed the same as my Sunday weight so I wasn’t too upset with them. I would have liked to see a drop but I will be happy with a “no gain”. I am happy to hear you are still in a good mood, it makes life so much easier.
I have found a few "Did You Know's" I thought were interesting so here goes.
You're More Likely To Be Hungry If You're Cold!
When a source of Vitamin C (orange, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, tomato, potato, etc.) is eaten with meat or cooked dry beans, the body makes better use of the iron in the protein food.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
The average McDonald's Big Mac bun has 198 sesame seeds on it.
The average person eats around 1500 pounds of food per year.

06-02-2006, 01:59 PM
Good moring girls. Not much new to report on my home front. At 9am this morning it was already 20C. I'm already! I was thinking of the swimming pool, thanks Shawn! But not sure if public swim is during the day aswell as evening. Gotta make a phone call I suppose.

Cheryl, oh your poor pup! How many will he have to get pulled? I love stir fry so fast and healthy. Enjoy your time with your hubby this weekend.

Ryan, graduation sounds really cute. Would love to hear the rendition of "First grade, First grade", I bet it was funny. Good job with the icecream! Fortunately last summer an icecream shop opened up that sold fat free frozen yogurt in chocolate, strawberry, french vanilla and cheesecake flavors. It's so good you'd think you're cheating.

Liliann, thanks for the bravo. I'm excited for you today! You're really taking control and putting this weight loss effort into your mindful hands!

Erin, I'm just loving the enthusiasm coming from your posts lately...I just wanna give you a big :hug: !! You're welcome by the way for the rubbing off! hahaha! But seriously you are starting to sound like my's scarey! Lastnight on the treadmill I was saying to myself..."self! I think you were sweating more at this point I uped the inclined and added a few more beeps to the speed. When the sweat was running down my face, neck and back....I said now it's working! Yes, I really am that insane! hahaha! Do you like icecream? I have a major sweet won't do...I have major sweet teeth! After dinner each evening I have a serving of Breyers Smart Scoop Icecream..Chocolate fudge brownie, to be exact. Only 1.5g fat and 110 calories. Thanks for the helps more than you know. :) Yeah, I heard on Oprah that a handful of walnuts a day can do wonders for you. Can't remember the specifics though...I could look it up I guess.

Linda, I am an animal fan. I couldn't kill anything unless it's a bug. So I know how you feel about feeling for the little critters. You're right they're cute as long as they don't cost harm or money! LOL! I remember one time (when I used to work) at my office there was a mouse sleeping in my bosses wifes slipper. My co-worker wanted me to slam the broom down on it...but I couldn't. I instead put a garbage can infront of it..woke it up and it ran into the can and I carried it outside to let it go. LOL!

Robbin, I would suggest a second honeymoon for you and hubby...but I would be scared of you having a fifth!! hahaha! Thanks though..I did enjoy some alone time with him.

Have a great day ladies. I know I will try to!


06-03-2006, 12:14 AM
Evening Ladies...Busy day shopping with hubby in Fargo, but we had fun. Hubby bought me a new mower, so you know what I will be doing for exercise tomorrow. LOL We want to get our yard work done before we are gone on Sunday and Monday, so it will probably take most of the day. Really warm today. I'm enjoying the central air right now. The fairy fat mother paid me a visit, I'm down 2 pounds.:carrot: :carrot: My little Ozzy is doing much better. It's amazing how fast antibotics work. Don't know how many teeth they will have to pull, but I just want him to feel better and not be in pain.:(
Going to do a few personals and be back and do some more in the morning if I have time.

Shawn...Your girls are beautiful and I'm sure keep you very busy. I have to tell you that my hubby and his brother look so much a like, that when I was engaged to my husband, I hadn't met his brother. Well, his brother came for a visit, knocked on the door and I thought it was my intended. Boy, did he get the biggest lip lock!!! That's how I met my future brother-in-law.LOL:o Of course now I know the difference between the two of them.

Liliann...I'm so happy to hear you have not given up on yourself. You are so worth this Liliann. We are here for you.:hug: Give your meds a chance to do there stuff, I know you will be feeling much better soon.

Linda...I had a good laugh about your cats holding a house warming for the mice. Hope you got your car fixed.

Tina...Sorry to hear about your kitty.:( I love all creatures. I even scoop the spiders out of the tub and put them someplace safe. Your my hero, 27 shirts to iron. Once my hubby retired from the military, so did my iron. The only thing that see an iron here, is my fabric!

Robbin and Erin...Hang in there with the heat. I sure hate the heat and humidity. Wish I had a pool in my back yard.

Michelle 2....Graduation sounded real cute. You did great on the ice cream. Don't know if I would of had the will power. It was really hard not to go to Stone Cold creamery today, but I thought about the 2 pounds I just lost and I want to see 320's so bad. So I was good.:D

Michelle...Hope you are having pleasant weather. Not long till the Rose Parade starts. The ships should be arriving soon, or is it another week away?
Hope to be out for it next year since my granddaughter graduates from high school.

Here's the receipe for the dish I made last night.

Polynesian Pineapple Chicken
Serves: 4

1/3 cup ketchup
3 TB reduced sodium soy sauce
3 TB sugar
2 TB rice vinegar
1 TB cornstarch
3 tsp canola oil
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 cubes
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 TB minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 (8oz) can water chestnuts, drained
1 (8oz) can pineapple chunks in juice, drained

Whisk together the ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and cornstarch in a bowl until smooth; set aside.

Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 5-6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Heat the remaining 1 tsp of oil in the skillet. Add the carrots and ginger; cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the snow peas, almonds, water chestnuts, pineapple, and the chicken. Cook, stirring frequently, until the snow peas are crisp tender, 3-4 minutes. Add ketchup mixture; bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until thicken, about 1 minute.

Per serving (about 1 3/4 cup): 363 cal, 10 g fat, 6 g fiber WW Points: 7
If you add 1/2 cup brown rice, the points increase by 2.

This is really good. I had it for dinner last night and tonight.


06-03-2006, 02:30 AM
:wave: CHERYL...Our weather has been very weird today! For one thing, it has been so muggy for about the past three days, which is very different for us; I felt like I was in the midwest! It was nice and sunny today, and then all the suddent with no warning, it started just downpouring and hailing and the parking lot started flooding; then within 15 minutes it stopped, cleared up and was sunny the rest of the day. It got up to about 70 degrees today. The Rose Parade is tomorrow, and I saw on the news that a couple of ships were coming in today. I remember years ago when I used to work downtown, it was so fun seeing all the ships. I've been fighting a horrible migraine now for two days and doing a lot of resting. My mom was taken by ambulance to the hospital again today, and they have run many tests, but still no answer as to what is wrong with her. I do know her heart rate was very low, and my grandma said that the ambulance had to pull over for a minute on the way to the ER and work on her for a minute. She was also very shaky, weak and disoriented. We're going to get up to see her tomorrow if my migraine is gone. I have been very upset and stressed lately and I think that's why I'm having these migraines. I hope you have a good evening.:hug:

06-03-2006, 09:32 AM
Good morning ladies! Well going to have to work some today and will be going to a 40th birthday party for a friend of mine. I am Looking forward to seeing a lot of folks i ahve not seen in a long time but I am dreading the food choices. I will probably take a cooler of stuff for me just in case, won't have to get it out unless necessary. Not feeling much like exercising this morning so i am contemplating going out for a bike ride. We'll see. I am feeling thinner and moving easier but scales are not really reflecting it. I am really contemplating an everyother day weigh but find myself on the scale before i realize I wanted to wait. We had a good rain here yesterday and things are supposed to be much cooler and sunnier today. Glad I have a good reason to be outside today to enjoy it!

Cheryl :carrot: :cb: Huge congrats on the 2 pound loss, that is great!! I'm doing the happy dance for you! So glad your dog is doing better, i hate to see animals suffer, especially dogs, i can read so much into their faces. Your recipe sounds awsome, can you substitute splenda for the sugar though?

Michelle So sorry to hear you are suffering from the migraine battle still. I'm praying for a quick recovery so you can move on with life! The parade you and Cheryl were talking about sounds neat. I grew up near Philly and the Tall Ships came to visit one year. Really neat stuff. I am jealous of you being close to the ocean it is a very soothing place for me and really wanted to live close to the ocean. Maybe after retirement! Not Gulf coast though too many hurricanes! How is your mom today? The spell she had sounds so scary. It is hard to be sympathetic to them sometimes though when you know she is not doing what is best to take care of herself. Her spell sounds very similar to my dad's which they have finally chalked up to a combination of atrial fibrilation and blood sugar being out of whack due to high insulin. Both relatively easily controlled but scary none the less. I will pray for her as well! Is that a new pic? thought you took the camera back? Did you decide on a new one?

Tina Okay you are really sick!!:dizzy: :dizzy: I am starting to like the fact that i can move in a reasonable way that causes me to sweat, but to make myself sweat even more than i already am just to feel like i am doing more, nope haven't gotten there yet!!! I will try to get on Oprah's website and see if I can find the walnut info thanks! DO i like ice cream? My usual answer to that is it runs in my blood!!! I have cut way back on the way i eat ice cream but yes it is definitley a food of choice! Just to give you and idea of the ice cream love i have my grandmother had to put a padlock on the freezer to keep my dad out of the ice cream and i love it more than him!

Robbin Glad to hear you are not being booked for scaleicide! Yes no gain may be frustrating but better than gaining!! Hang in there it will move! I am contemplating a new scale again even though my feet are fixed it is fluctuating way too much when i weigh. I always do it twice and then a third if the two are different. After the second foot surgery on the scale it was doing well but now back to its old tricks of 1-2# fluctuations between weighs. I think some of it is because it is narrow and i have to work to keep my feet on it and the swaying around that causes me to do makes it vary. So iguess i need a wider scale or i need to stop weighing until i have lost enough to get on it without having to work so hard and keeping my legs together!!!

Linda One of my husbands friends i the king of useless facts, we don't get the chance to hang out with him much anymore so I am glad to have you fill in the roll. THanks particularly for the nut info, i am definitely going to keep eating them! Just need to figure out some sugar free recipies i can use them in! I am going to try an apple dish my mom used to make and put my own little flare to it! I will try to send the exercise bug your way, He doesn't bite hard i promise but it's a slow growing whelp when he does! ............... and on that note..................

I am off to ride my bike! OUTSIDE, in public! fortunately there is not much stirring in our neighborhood this time of morning, so hopefully i do not frighten anyone!! Ya'll have a beautiful day!!! Enjoy life and i pray you all have wonderful weather and nothing but joy in whatever you do today!

06-03-2006, 09:56 AM
Okay girls i have a new goal..... to be able to ride my bike up the hill in front of my house without having to get off and walk!!! WHEW! I was only gone 15 min at the most and maybe rode a mile or a little over (I am going to try to clock it later) and i still haven't caught my breath and i am seeing stars!! The area around my house is nothing but small hills, big hills and a very few wonderfully flat regions! Down the hills are wonderful of course, but the down is usually followed by and immediate up!! Anyway, i am really glad i did it, it is absolutely a gorgeous morning out there and i wouldn't have experienced that if i hadn't gone for the ride! Plus i dont think anyone saw me with my bedhead, bike shorts, sports bra and tank top (please dont' think hard on that one, it may frighten you!!) Well gotta run, time to get busy with the work for everyone else now that i have spent a little time on me! Ya'll have a great one! :carrot: :carrot: Erin

06-03-2006, 10:34 AM
ERIN...I'm feeling a little better this morning, and I hope the migraine does not come back again today! It is so very frustrating with my mom, because she has been eating very bad lately and drinking SO MUCH regular pop, which is so bad for her because of being diabetic! She will not listen to anyone, because her saying is that no one is going to tell her what to do anymore, but she doesn't even comprehend what's good for her. It's a very frustrating and stressful situation that's out of my control, but I still worry about it and that's really been dragging me down lately! You did such a good job with your bike ride! After practicing, you'll soon be going up that hill so fast! I too love the beach so much! I can't wait until we get down there this summer. I find it so relaxing and a place to just get away from everything temporarily. This picture is just another one I had previously taken. I took a few of them. Well I hope you have a really fun time at the 40th birthday party today! It sounds like you're all prepared with your food so just enjoy yourself and have a great day!!!;) :hug:

06-03-2006, 12:07 PM
Hello girls, how is everyone's Saturday going so far? Michelle I am sorry to hear about your mom, maybe this latest episode will get her to thinking on the right path. Erin, before you know it you will be going up that hill plus going an extra mile. Keep up the good work. Cheryl, Your recipe sounds yummy I am gonna print it and when i go buy groceries this weekend I am gonna get everthing to try it.

Well, I had my "weekly cheat" last night. We went to Applebee's, did you girls know they have a Weight Watchers Menu? For appitizer we ordered chips and queso and I had maybe 10 or 12 chips with cheese as my "cheat". I ordered dinner off of the Weight Watchers Menu and had Cajun Grilled Talipia(sp) with steamed borccoli and rice. It was surprisingly yummy. I just knew the scales were going to be up again this morning since I have been fighting them all week even thought I was being very good. Well ya know I guess I threw my body totally off wack. I was down 2 pounds today, I even weighed 2 times with 30 minutes in between just to make sure. So I changed my Ticker again even though it is not Sunday.

I have a New Food Find (new for me anyway). Have any of you tried Flat Out Bread. It is flat like a tortilla. For breakfast I fried a couple of very thin slices of very lean low fat ham (1 fat gram each) then made a puddle of Egg Beaters put them both on the Flat Out Bread with a slice of fat free cheese and rolled it up. It was really good. The bread has only 1.5 grams of fat each and they are pretty big, you only need one. You can go to for recipe Ideas and use them to make pizza's and wraps and all sorts of stuff. There are different flavors but they vary in fat grams.

Well I am off, I think we might be starting on redoing our kitchen floor today.

06-03-2006, 12:20 PM
ROBBIN...Thank you for your kind words. I have never heard of flatout bread, but I'm going to check the grocery store for it, because it sounds really yummy! CONGRATS on the 2 pound weight loss! I see now you could add another happy dancer and I'm so happy for you!:cp: :hat: :dance: :flow1: :cheer:

06-03-2006, 05:38 PM
Okay . . . hope this lasts long enough for me to post. I've been having a terrible computer day . . . internet connection has been going up and down like the proverbial toilet seat . . . very, very frustrating. :mad: The weather has been dull, rainy, and cold all day, too.:( I know, I know, some of you would like a little of our coldness right about now. Sorry I mentioned it. :^:

Robbin . . . I think I'll keep my mice, I really don't like the sounds of what yours did. Very glad it wasn't any worse. Those are cute "did you knows". I didn't know the one about lemons having more sugar than strawberries, wow. Congratulations on your loss, girl. :hug: It's even better when it comes as a nice, unexpected surprise like that. :D

Tina . . . Sorry to hear that your Friday weather was so awful. Hope today has been better. :hug: I am really impressed that you can manage to stop with one little scoop of that marvellous sounding ice-cream. I wouldn't dare get any. :o

Cheryl . . . Great going with the loss, girl. :hug: Now 'fess up, how many lip-locks did it really take to figure out the twin brothers? :p Chicken recipe sounds great, as usual. Thanks, :) the car seems to be fine now . . . until the next critter invasion comes along. I had a heart-to-heart with the cats, but I don't think they were really listening. Time will tell. :dizzy:

Michelle . . . Love the new picture. :hug: What camera are you using now? Sorry to hear about your weather being rainy. That could have a lot to do with the migraine although the stress over your Mother's situation certainly isn't helping any. What you are describing almost sounds like a hypo rather than hyper reaction, but based on her nasty little food and cola habits that would seem unlikely unless she's taken too much insulin. Whatever, it is, I hope it soon settles down for both your sakes. Keep the faith, girl. :)

Erin . . . Somebody with good weather . . . how wonderful for you. :hug: Sounds like you are really doing well with the bike riding and those hills will no doubt get easier as times goes on. Glad I can fill the "useless fact" void for you. :D I just love it when, every once in a while, one of my "useless's' turns out to be useful for somebody. :)

Here's a really strange FFF for today . . . thought of it because Robbin mentioned redoing her kitchen floor . . .

Reasearchers have discovered that scattering tea bags throughout a newly renovated room can reduce the level of toxic chemicals by up to 90%. Apparently, the tea bags soak up the fumes from paint, polyurethane and glue. Just don't make tea with them later. :o

Well, wow, looks like I made it through. Have a great moving and shaking evening, chickies. See you tomorrow. :carrot:

06-03-2006, 05:42 PM
Cheryl, yummy recipe. I'm with Robbin...I'll be making that this coming week. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the loss! That's so good...maybe I should start a new quilt and see if it helps my scales..LOL! So on that note...give me back my fairy fat mother! :D

Michelle, glad to hear the migraines are subsiding a little. But the stress isn't. That's awful news about your mom. So sorry. It's gotta be so tough to worry over your mom all the time. It's no wonder you're having migraines! Try to take it easy and put yourself first!

Erin, girl you're rockin'!! I don't have the nerve to bike ride yet, but I would love to. I heard lastnight on "Honey, We're killing the kids" that an hour of bike riding burns 600 calories!! I looked at my husband and said, do you know how long I'd have to die on the treadmill to do that?!! So we're looking into bikes now, I'm just nervous about my little girl trying to come along with us. I saw these attachments for the kids that you put on the back of yours. They have their own handle bars, seat and peddles. That would be ideal! Keep up the awesome effort, you're inspiring me! I had to laugh out loud at your grandma putting a padlock on the freezer...Girl, go find some Breyers Smart's practically guilt free!!

Robbin, awesome job on the 2lbs. loss! You're sure doing great! I would have changed the ticker too! Love looking at all those happy men dancing! Not sure it would beneficial for me to look for the flat know being canadian and all it's probably not here!! But it would be worth a try wouldn't it. Good goings at Applebees too! :)

Have a great day ladies! Keep up the awesome work!


06-03-2006, 05:49 PM
Linda, looks like you snuck in as I was making my post. HI! We're having awful wind today. Enough to make the power go out in the store I was at and they had to announce we had to leave. :( Hey, I look forward to my icecream every evening and I probably have a little more than a 1/2 cup serving...maybe 3/4cup. I figure I'm worth that much! But I eat incrediably slow in small bites. It lasts and lasts...and makes me feel great! LOL!

06-04-2006, 12:24 AM
Hey ladies... I'm only here briefly, so not going to do personals. I am exhausted. We swam today at my moms again, and had such a great time. I'm going to make another grocery list tonight before bed.... I'm amazed at how FAST we go thru fruits around here... and the salad I bought a few days ago went bad already. But I've been doing great... making good choices, and I feel good about it! Thanks for all the support!

06-04-2006, 12:48 AM
Evening Chickies!

I've had a really good day eating and getting some exercise in. Broke the new mower in, so that was my exercise for the day. Mowed for about 1 1/2 hours and I'm still not done. Might get to it Monday evening if it's not too hot. I made a really yummy Strawberry Pie for dessert tonight. It was low fat/sugar. I'm going to make it next time with spenda, but it only had 2TB of sugar, so not too bad.

Erin...Yes you can splenda instead of sugar in the chicken dish. Great job on the bike ride. You will be going up and down those hills in no time.

Michelle...Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope your Mother is doing better as well. I will keep her in my prayers. Love your picture of yourself.

Robbin...Great job at Applebee's. I love their WW menu. The steak and shrimp is really good! WHOO HOO on the 2 lbs loss. Looks like we both got dusted by the fairy fat mother.

Tina...AWWWww, I guess Robbin and I could share the fat fairy with you. I'll try to kick her your way. Quilting does keep my hands busy and my mouth closed. I only keep a 32 oz cup of water near me to sip on.

Shawn...Swimming is a great way to exercise and less stress on the joints, besides a good way to cool off. Bet you and your girls had fun. Be a year, before I would be caught dead in a swim suit. Look out Next summer, cause I plan on being in one.

Linda...Sorry to hear you are having puter problems. Hope it is up and running better tomorrow. You could send your cool weather my way. Hot and humid here, but we should cool off with the storms coming in tonight.

Off to a car show tomorrow morning, will try to check in later on tomorrow night. Have a nice evening and great day tomorrow.


06-04-2006, 02:00 AM
LINDA...My new camera is a Kodak Easyshare C643 6.1, and we're really having some fun with it. My cousin has this same camera and every picture she sends me all turn out so good! Thank you so much for the compliment on my new picture. My mom is home now and doing so much better. My daughter and I went over to visit with her and my grandma a little earlier; my grandma flies back home to Iowa tomorrow afternoon. The doctor found out that one of her heart medications was way too high of a dose and it therefore had slowed her heart rate down really really low, and also her potassium level was too high. Her dosage has been adjusted and she's already doing much better.:hug:

CHERYL...I am feeling lots better tonight. My husband, daughter and I went out to lunch at Red Lobster and then my daughter did some summer shopping at JCPenney today. Thank you for your compliment!:hug:

TINA...My sister has stepped up now and is handling my mom's banking and personal info. I have backed away because it is affecting my health and family way too much. I still find though I'm worrying too much about my mom, but she's my mom and I just have such a hard time.:hug:

06-04-2006, 07:32 AM
Yikes...what a hectic past couple of days...just seems like I haven't sat down at the computer for more than 2 minutes all weekend. But, I have been reading about everyone, and it seems that you are all doing great-yahoooooo!!!

Cheryl, that recipe looks excellent...looks like I have a new dish to try! Thanks for looks delicious!:drool:

Shawn, I was at the store and saw frozen peaches, and thought I'd pick some up to about a refreshing and AWESOME treat! I may be hooked! :)

Michelle, after taking care of my grandmother the past 9 years, I certainly understand what you are going through with your mother. It's so hard to actually put yourself first or make time for yourself without feeling "guilty", I know...but you have to take time for yourself and take care of yourself or you are no good to her! A lesson it took me far too long to learn, unfortunately...:( That said, it sounds like she is doing much better, which is great news!!

Erin, I have been looking into getting a bike-you may have convinced me! I may be out peddling in no time!!! That is, if I actually remember how and still have the coordination to ride!! :D

Robbin, that bread sounds awesome-I will have to check it out as well...I'm not a huge breakfast person, especially during the week, but that sounds like something I could handle...:)

Linda-I have a cable modem, and there are times that it is slower than heck, or when they are "working on the lines" and I have no internet/email/ drives me nuts!! Thank God it isn't often-I know your frustration well! Hang in there...if it is any consolation, mine seems to happen in spurts all at once, then be fine for months...:crossed:

Tina, I'll be getting some of that Breyers Ice sounds excellent! Bet it would be good with a little skim milk, blended as a mlkshake. Mmmm...even better on a warm summer night...:beach:

Not much else to report here...I finally got my new scale so I will be weighing in loater on this morning! I never had a scale before-never wanted to depress myself! But I have been doing well watching my calories and trying to get a little extra movement in, so I will be excited to see where my official "start point" ends up! I do have an idea where I was at as of a few weeks ago, so we'll see...maybe I will have some un-official good news? Hopefully...:)

06-04-2006, 11:59 AM
Morning girls, I just thought I would pop in for a minute or two. I wont do personals now but will try to be back tonight.

We took the two little ones to the movies last night to see Over The Hedge and that is the cutest movie. I did really well with only two small handfulls of popcorn and snuck in my bottle of water so no soda for me. YAY. I weighed this morning and the scales are still down to 240 so I guess I did ok moving my ticker yesterday. 1 more pound and I will be in the 30's I havent been there in so long.

Well better get a move on I have a bunch of housework and yard work to do today.

06-04-2006, 02:26 PM
Good afternoon girls! Hope ya'll are having a beautiful sunshiny day like i am. Humidity is down still and nothing but sunshine! I am planning on working in the yard today, get a little sun and accomplish something too! (i'm really starting to sound like tina now! Didn't exercise this morning, got home too late and had too much to do before we had to leave for church. I am hoping the yard work will make up for it. I am going to wait to report on scale adventures until tomorrow. Going to try to keep the focus off the numbers for a little while. I did wear a dress to church today that was tight last year and i couldn't even get on about 3 months agop and now is bordering on too big to wear. Flashes some things a little too easily!

Michelle hope the migraine has 'left the building" and leaves you alone for a while! Glad to hear a medication change was all your mom had going on at the moment. We love our parents and want them to be well but we can't make them do it for themselves either! Very frustrating for those who love them!

Robbin I have been wanting to take my kids to see "Over the Hedge" but haven't made time to do it yet. Glad to hear a positive review. HUGE CONGRATS on the 2# loss and keeping it off this morning yet! :carrot: :cb: :bravo: :cp: I am probably going to have to move my ticker back up tomorrow but we will see what happens in the morning, maybe i can sweat a little off today!

Linda sending some sunshine and warmth your way! ::sunny: So sorry to hear about your computer problems, have you tried cussing at it a time or two, no just kidding! but a swift kick never hurts!

Tina my brother had a cart thing that hooks to the back of his bike to pull both of his kids at the same time, they would nap and he would ride. He's a sick man for sure has ridden as much as 75 miles in a day! I am going to try to get mine into the shop soon and give it a little TLC then we'll see what happens from there!

Shawn I am so jealous of the swimming! I am probably going to end up in the kids pool sometime today but would love to do some real laps. Congrats on the good choices!! It's so empowering! :cheer:

Cheryl sounds like you enjoyed your new lawn mower! Glad to hear it! Okay, where's the recipie for the strawberry pie? That sounds delicious even without any details! I thought you were going to gone this weekend, and not able to log in, did you not go away or was the plan different than i understood? Glad to be hearing from you though!!!:)

Ryanmi Lets just say about thirty pounds ago i tried the bike and like to have broken my neck!!! I have definitley improved in the coordination department since i have been exercising more. Best thing to do is start with something and have at it!! I want to learn to rollerskate too. Got them for the kids and myself at christmas, have had them on twice since then. Very scary!! Golf umbrellas make great skate poles!

Liliann haven't heard from you in a day or so, hope your motivation is still high and you are doing well! If not don't fret too much about it, highs and lows are expected just hang in there and don't be afraid to ask for help!

Robsia, Tracey, Cassie, and Liza hope ya'll are doing well and we will hear from ya'll again soon!

Well off to discover lunch change clothes and get busy! My husband is going to try to cut the grass and will move some stuff around in HIS building so i may end up cleaning and re-arranging my garage instead of the flower bed. Moving none the less and that is a good thing! Talk to ya'll soon, have a fabulous day!!! Erin

06-04-2006, 03:30 PM
ERIN...Thank you for your kind words! That's so great about your dress almost being too loose now! Doing yard work is hard and that is certainly considered to be good exercise!;) :hug:

06-04-2006, 06:27 PM
Hi there, everybody. . . another cold and rainy day . . . not only did I have to close all the windows, the heat keeps coming on.:( Probably won't last much longer and then I'll be able to start complaining about how hot and humid it is, too. ;)

:hug: Tina . . . I really envy you your strength in the face of ice cream. I've tried and I don't succeed so I just leave it at the store. Someday I hope to actually develop 'ice cream portion control'.

:hug: Shawn . . . see you later. Have a great day.

:hug: Cheryl . . . puter seems OK again today, thanks . . . looking forward to seeing your strawberry pie recipe. I've got one I'll dig out and post one of these days, too; now that you've got me thinking about it.

:hug: Michelle . . . so glad you Mother's immediate crisis has been resolved . . . now, if she'd just take her diabetes a little more seriously, you might really be able to relax. The new camera seems really great; glad you're having fun with it.

:hug: Ryanmi . . . I've got a cable modem too, and most of the time it's great, but it does have its wonky moments. Good luck with the new scale, but try not to get too addicted to it. Remember, it's only a number. It's the overall direction that counts.

:hug: Robbin . . . Great job at the movies. I love cartoons (just a big kid at heart). Hope the 30's come your way by tomorrow, girl.

:hug: Erin . . . congratulations on that great dress-related NSV. Moments like that make everything worthwhile. Much more meaningful than a number on the scale. Thanks for the effort, kiddo. I'd like to see some sun.

The day has been ticking along fine for me . . . eating right and I actually did a little bit of in-front-of-the-TV exercise. Also started working on a new cross-stitch I designed for a nephew (and about to be niece-in-law) who are getting married in September. Just a little something to go along with the cheque I know they will like (and be able to put to good use).

Here's a cute little FFF for today . . . luckily most of you are too young to remember how awful the first frozen dinners used to be . . . In the early 1950's the Swanson company discovered they had 520,000 lbs of excess turkey on their hands so they created the very first "TV Dinner" consisting of turkey with corn-bread dressing, buttered peas and sweet potatoes and packaged it in a three-compartment aluminum tray and put it in a box that looked like a TV set. They really were awful but proved extremely popular. The rest, as they say, is history.

Keep on moving and shaking, gang. Here's some :dust: to help us through. See you tomorrow. :carrot:

06-04-2006, 10:34 PM
I don't know about anyone else but I just love Linda's Food Facts.

Just popped in to say good night. I had a very long busy day and am going to get to bed early. The boss is back in town tomorrow, so I wont be here as much as this last week but will make sure to get my morning post's in.
Its a new week girls lets make the most of it.

06-05-2006, 08:24 AM
Good morning ladies! Hope ya'll had a fantastic weekend and your week is starting out great!:hug: I started out by having to move my ticker up to 266:( , too much salt yesterday and a little excess eating of triscuits and sugar free ice cream. On the good news side though, we are doing a "biggest loser" competition at church and when i weighed in there i had lost 5 pounds since last week for a total of 21 for their records. Felt good after the dress and all. Did my 2 mile on the eliptical in 14 min 45 sec this morning, 30 sec better than my last time. May not be a huge difference but made me feel good!

Linda sorry the weather will not cooperate with my instruction! We had a few showers yesterday afternoon, enough to cut my yard work shorter than i wanted but not enough to keep hubby and kids from going fishing! SO what exactly is "in front of the TV exercise"? You'll have to post a pic of the new cross stitch.

Robbin I agree on Linda's food facts, they are great! Exactly on the new week, new start! Always a little more stressful when the boss is around but I'm sure you will still have a great week.

Well thanks to hubby inviting friends over after the fishing yesterday, we didn't have supper until 9pm and didn't get to bed till 11:30, very late for me!! SO I am dragging this morning to say the least and really want to see if i can get a short nap before I have to shower and head out! Hope ya'll have a fantastic day and will see you this afternoon!

06-05-2006, 12:22 PM
My goodness . . . where is everybody hiding this morning . . . it's usually not this quiet on a Monday morning.

Another cool and rainy morning for Nova Scotia. :( The forecast does say we will see a little sun later this afternoon. Hope they really mean it. :) I am getting tired of watching the grass grow. :p Been working on the cross-stitch this morning . . . doing clouds . . . so that the rainbow has someplace to spring from. I'll post a picture when it's done.

Robbin . . . Thanks a lot. Hope your day isn't too busy at work. We would miss your posts. See you when you get a chance to pop in. :hug:

Erin . . . Thank you, too and don't you worry, the www will be gone again soon. In-front-of-the-TV = any little exercise video you happen to have handy, like WATP, Yoga, Richard Simmons, etcetera.

A little 'yuckie' for today's FFF . . .
. . . Entomophagy is the scientific name for insect eating and there are over 1,400 edible insect species in the world. Most of them are lower in fat and higher in protein than chicken. :shrug: Suddenly, Tofu is starting to sound a lot better to me.

Have a good day, gang. Keep moving and shaking and heading in that great downward direction. See you soon. :carrot:

06-05-2006, 01:02 PM
Well, back off my research trip-cum-holiday. The moment of truth came this morning when I stepped on the scales and, as I predicted, I had put on 4 lbs!! How come it takes weeks of effort to lose it and it goes on in a few days!!

I am hoping some of it is water as I did some drinking, and that it will come off fairly quickly. But I did do some eating of pizzas also - whoops!!

Ah well - the trip was great and I did lots of work. And it was fun too. But back to work this morning and back to the old diet also!!

06-05-2006, 03:54 PM
Afternoon girlies!!

Shawn, swimming is so much fun and great exercise. Thanks to you I took my daughter to the public pool on friday. They had family swim between 12-1pm, so the place was practically empty. It was great. I put my daughter on one of those floating foam thingys and I swam around pushing her to get some exercise. Great job with making excellent food choices!

Cheryl, holy canoli! That's a lot of mowing! But like you said a great excercise. MMMmmm...pie sounds great! Please put you're best college football foot forward...I need that fairy fat mother ASAP! LOL!

Michelle, of course you worry about your mom...SHE'S YOUR MOM! We love them and want them to live a healthy long life. Sometimes it would be easier if they just cared about themselves as much as we do. My mom takes care of all my grandmothers affairs. My grandfathter married her when she was young..I think 16. Back then you know kids had to help out large families, so she was pulled out of school at gr. 3 to help raise kids and keep house when her mom got sick w/ TB. She doesn't have knowledge nor confidence to even try to do things on her own, so since my grandfather died my mom has stepped in. She won't have any of the other 5 kids at all. I watch how stressful this is on my mom and I wish I could take some of the load because I worry about her...she isn't taking care of herself very well. When I try to talk her into getting grandmother a little more independant she breaks down and says my grandfather asked her to take care of her on his dying bed. And that's all she hears. And it isn't a easy task because he spoiled her! LOL! He used to get up in the mornings and bring her her breakfast, her pills needed and a warm facecloth to her while in bed. Try keeping up with that! LOL! She is very specific, very picky and very clingy. She has to drive 45mins. so she can visit her own doctor (grandmother moved and will not try a new doc). All I can say is thank God she moved in with my moms sister that happens to be in the same city as me. I hope things start looking up for you soon, as I know how stressful things can get when you're worried about someone elses well-being, especially your moms. Hang in there!

Ryanmi, you won't be sorry. That icecream is well worth it! In my opinion anyways! Just remember that beginning weight is only a beginning'll be decreasing it very shortly! ;) Looking forward to hearing some unofficial good news girlie!

Robbin, I enjoyed Over the Hedge on saturday night too. Unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to smuggle in some water. I paid $3.50 for a bottle of theirs! Sheesh!

Erin, the thing I'm talking about is called a tag-along. It's so cute. I had my husband looking at bicycles yesterday but he made no purchase. :( I will have to pull out the big guilt trip and say..don't you want us to be active as a family?? hahaha! Sorry about the scale this morning, but I'm telling you from experience, you've probably started gaining muscle weight. You're doing so well with exercising. Great experience at church though! You must of felt so proud of yourself.

Linda, believe me it's hard to limit myself to the icecream too. Seeing it is my sweet allowance for the whole day. But I guess I just want to see some #'s drop more than I want seconds. LOL! If only it were like that everyday huh?! I love cross-stitch. I haven't picked it up in ages. I have so many started projects but yet to finish. Would love to see a pic of yours.

Robsia, sounds like you had a great time. How did all your research go. Will you have much editing to do to your book now that you gathered some info.? Don't worry, you'll be working off that little weight blurp in no time! Knowing you, I give it a few days. Glad you had fun!

Well girls, I have no scale victories to report. I was getting a little frustrated with it all this weekend. I decided to have a cheat...KFC! Need I say more. I've put too much pressure on myself giving myself a "time limit". I've decided to look at it in a different perspective (I was so looking at my vacation goal as written in stone), so I've decided to take it with a grain of salt. Whatever I lose between now and then is fine with me. As long as I still maintain a healthy lifestyle, that's all that matters. And this little tidbit of info made me feel a heck of a lot better, so I decided to share...this maybe good news for you too Erin.

Flex your muscles on a regular basis, and you can forget about losing weight! Sound crazy? Actually, it's not. When you start building muscle, it's quite possible you'll get skinnier without losing any weight at all. That's because a pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than a pound of fat. So, every time you "trade" a pound of fat for a pound of muscle, you lose size withough losing a lot of weight.

Considering I've been working out every evening for the past two weeks with 3-5lbs. weights, alternating between high and low intensity. I am putting a lot faith into this theory.

Well I guess that's it. Have a great day ladies! I'll see you later!


06-05-2006, 04:10 PM
Good Day All...

I will try and do personals later, but wanted to just stick my head in...I am working my rear off today at work! :comp: :write: I don't think I've gotten this much done in quite awhile-PLUS, I took a walk around campus as I did get a bit of movement in! The hot, humid weather makes it difficult for me to be outside exercising for long, b/c of allergies and asthma, but I did a few flights of stairs and a brisk walk around the main campus green...:running: Now, I am HOTTT!

I did the whole "break the scale in" thing...turns out, I am down 11lbs from where I thought I was-so that was exciting! :goodscale I am weighing once a week-I put the scale in the cabinet so I wouldn't look at it and obsess...which is good, because I slept horribly last night, and had a slice of pizza for lunch :o -one of those days when I need something greasy to make it through the day! :jeno: Oh well...shredded wheat for dinner and an early bedtime...

Hope everyone is having a superb Monday!!! :balloons:


06-05-2006, 05:52 PM
Afternoon ladies, kids are playing and i am sitting here in my bathing suit contemplating yard work or teach my kids how to float, yeah that's it, teach the kids to float! Anyway, thought i'd jump in quick while i had the chance. Going to bed early to make up for last night and the fact i gotta get up early in the morning.

Tina You are so right about the muscle fat issue. Maybe we need to find an outfit that is a little snug to be seen in public now and keep trying it on about every 2-3 weeks and see how it fits, may be a lot more telling than the scales! How old is your daughter? Somehow i seemed to have missed that, i thought she was older than a child who would like to be pushed around a pool! Sounds like great exercise though! My husband finally is getting the bug and went to the Y with our kids today and played in the pool. He was supposed to work out first and then play in the pool, but had a hard time finding the childcare folks so gave up and went swimming! Anyway, at least he wasn't sitting on the couch all day! Plus he tuckered out the kids a little, we need an early night!

Linda I know the lack of sunshine can really get to a girl after a while! Hopefully it makes its way there later today! Can't wait to see the cross stitch! Oh and the thought of eating bugs may be enough to kill my cravings i am fighting at the moment!!! YUCK!

Robsia Glad you had fun on your trip, what kind of research were you doing? I am sure the 4 pounds will come off quickly with a lot of water and a little dedication you can accomplish a lot, hopefully as fast as it came on!

Ryanmi Whoohoo for the walking at work, that is something i said i would do many times but never seemed to do it. I sweat so bad i was always afraid i would offend anyone i saw after getting it done! Also a big WOWEE on the 11 pounds less than what you thought! that is huge! good idea putting the scale out of sight, from a scale obsessed person, try to stay out of that trap!

Well ladies, i hear screaming so better check on the kiddos, sounds like playing though not pain! Have good one! Erin

06-05-2006, 05:52 PM
Hey girls. I bought a new cook book written by a couple fellow canadians, it's called "Eat, Shrink and be Merry" by Janet and Greta Podleski. The recipes are really simple, doesn't send you to 3-4 different grocery stores for ingredients. The best part is, is that it's healthy cooking. It's filled with funny facts, tidbits of useful info and trivia. I haven't been able to put it down due to that. I just read this and thought I'd share:

~Want to burn fat like there's no tomorrow? Then tomorrow, wake up and smell your running shoes! Studies show that exercising first thing in the morning before breakfast for a mere 20 minutes is more effective in melting fat than a full hour of aerobic exercise performed later in the day after you've eaten. When you first wake up, your blood sugar and carbohydrates reserves are at thier lowest levels. So, if you exercise before eating your Wheaties, you force your body to look elsewhere for energy to fuel your rude awakening. That "elsewhere" is stored fat. Need another incentive to rise and shine your sneakers? Exercising in the moring kick-starts your metabolism when it's naturally the slowest. Normally, your metabolism doesn't peak until the afternoon, but now you've iginited a fat-burning fire that'll blaze all day long. Simply put, the early bird gets the burn!~

I think I'll try working on the treadmill before breakfast from now on! From now on when you see these tidbits of info, you know where I've found them.

Here's a little "Pop Quizine"

In the late 1800's, Chicago-native Nancy Green was better known as...

a) Betty Crocker
b) Aunt Jemima
c) Susie Homemaker
d) Mrs. Butterworth

I'll let you ponder over that one for a while. Catch ya later gators!


06-05-2006, 09:49 PM
Tina . . . I know the answer, but will wait to see if anybody else does. :hug: . . . BTW, I have all three of Janet's and Greta's books. They are fun in person, too. Their books have always been one of my favourite sources for Fascinating Food Facts. Just in case you care, Greta is the cook; Janet does most of the tips and trivia and dreams up those silly names for the recipes. Actually, the trivia in their first book was what really caught my eye (I think I mentioned that I'm a trivia freak) and was the reason I was anxious to meet them when I got the chance. Enjoy the book; it's good reading and the recipes are good eating, too. ;)

Erin . . . enjoy the floating :hug: . . . no matter what excuse you use for doing it.;)

Ryanmi . . . absolutely great going on that walking, kiddo. You'll be down another 11 lbs in no time. :)

Robsia . . . never fear, that four pounds will be gone again in no time. :hug: You are a lean, mean, slimming machine.

Have a great evening, gang. See you tomorrow. :carrot:

06-06-2006, 12:05 AM
Hey ladies! Sorry I haven't done personals lately... we had my stepkids for the weekend, and my stepson brought a friend, so we had 5 kids running around here all weekend... talk about busy!!

Okay. SERIOUSLY. I've only been back on plan for NINE DAYS. Why do I expect such huge results so quickly? LOL ... I DID, however, notice that my "biggest" blue jeans were looser this weekend. I was loving it!

I went and worked out tonight... was dreading it, but had a great workout. 20 mins on elliptical (240 cals or so), cooldown on treadmill, then did some arm weights, crunches, and squats. So feel productive :)

Ladies, I'm kinda freaking about Wednesday. I'm going to a "girls night" with a bunch of my friends at a Mexican restaurant. I will be drinking margaritas, and my first inclination is to say "to heck with it" and just "eat whatever" (which would mean fattening stuff!!!). Please help me figure out what my best choices will be, to minimize the damage. I want to plan ahead! But the margaritas are a non-negotiable! LOL Well, unless like a mojito would be better?

Tina ~ I think I've seen a man using that tag-along... it looked pretty cool! I hope you can find one for inexpensive, and that it works good for you! Regarding your trivia, there is NO WAY I'll get up in the a.m. early to exercise... maybe on the weekends when I'm in no rush, but I'll not be rolling out of bed earlier than usual during the week LOL. I DO, however, hope your trivia fact is right about muscle. I've heard that before, and it's so frustrating when the scale doesn't move. But that's why I'm glad I have you girls, to help keep me motivated, even during my times of frustration! :hug:

Ryanmi - very cool you got a new scale, and EVEN COOLER that you are down 11 pounds! Wow! I think it's good you put it up... my weight varies depending on the time of day, so I really need to weigh less often... it would save alot of frustration on my part!

Erin - that's awesome about your dress! Doesn't it feel wonderful when we can get back into the smaller sizes!?? Hope you & the kids had fun in the pool!

Linda - I know your nephew will LOVE the check & cross-stich! I have got so many graduations & weddings this month & next that we're going to be in the poor-house! On the bright side, I hope to be a size or two smaller for my brother's wedding in July!

Robsia - glad you are back on track ~ that 4 pounds will come right off! Just keep up your hard work, and you'll see the results!

Well, ladies... it's 10pm here, so I'm going to wrap it up... have a great day tomorrow!! *grouphug*

06-06-2006, 12:27 AM
Hi Ladies,

Got back late this afternoon and always glad to be home. Had a great time at the car show, lots of beauitful cars, the weather was great, and the lake was beautiful. After doing great all week on my eating, bad choices yesterday and today. KFC and pizza:devil: Going to have to get up early and start mowing before it gets HOT. Hopefully I'll sweat/walk off a couple of pounds. I can wish can't I. LOL
Ozzy is back home and resting tonight. My poor baby had 8 teeth pulled today! 4 front bottom teeth, 3 top front teeth and a molar. At least he will not be in pain once his mouth heals in a couple of days.

Michelle...Congrats on your new camera and new picture of you. Love it!!!

Michelle 2...11 pounds less than you thought is AWESOME!!! BTW, great job on the exercising.

Robbin...Hey girl, glad I'm not the only one to smuggle water and snacks into a movie. 1 pound till the 230's, how excited you must be.:carrot:

Erin...Yes, I was gone this weekend. Left early yesterday morning and had a great time with hubby. Strawberry Pie is posted below. Congrats on the dress being too big. Always a good feeling.:D

Linda...Love you food facts. After todays bug one, tofu is beginning to sound very appetizing.

Robsia...Glad you had a good trip. I'm sending the fairy fat mother:wizard: your way. Here's hoping she sprinkles a little fat reducing dust on you.

Tina...We live on a 10 acre farmstead and have 7 acres of lawn to mow. It's never ending during the summer months and with hubby only getting a couple days off every other week, it's hard to keep it up. He mows with the big tractor, daughter is on the riding lawnmower and I have the push mower. It takes us most of the day if the weather is decent.

Strawberry Pie

2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled
2 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 PKG (.3 oz) sugar-free strawberry jello
3TB sugar
1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust
2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping

Slice strawberries and set aside. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in jello and sugar until dissolved. Stir in sliced strawberries. Pour into crust. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Serve with whipped topping.

Serves: 8 (1 piece with 1/4 cups topping) equals 197 cal, 5g fat, 2g fiber, WW points:4

* You can use 4TB splenda for the sugar and adjust the total calories.

This is really YUMMY girls!! I'm pretty tired, so will check in tomorrow.


06-06-2006, 05:17 AM
morning ladies, just a quick check in before i go do some serious exercise. this morning i'v woken up feeling the best i have in a couple months so its back on track for me. hav weighed in this morn at 258 eek. off to update my ticker eat some brekkie and exercise. sorry not doing personals but theres just way too much for me to catch up on. hope y'all are doing well and hope its ok to just pop back in like this. :)

06-06-2006, 10:36 AM
Holy Cow! I just realized I never posted yesterday. Now I have a whole day to catch up on.

Linda – Total YUCK on the FFF yesterday. I didn’t make it here yesterday cause I was so busy at work, then when I got home we had baseball practice to go to then you know the drill – dinner, dishes, laundry and baths before bed. Of course you know the answer to Tina’s question you are a bundle of info yourself.

Robsia – Nice to see your face again. You have done so good with your losses I am sure that 4 pounds you picked up on holiday/research will be gone in no time.

Tina – Wasn’t that movie just adorable. I loved the squirrel. You have really good on loosing and I think that you really do need to ease up on yourself a little. It will happen but maybe just not in a certain time frame. And to answer the quiz question I think it is A) Betty Crocker. But I really have no clue.

Ryanmi – Congrats on the 11 pounds – isn’t it exciting. You did great with the walking, keep it up.

Shawn – We went to eat Mexican a couple of weeks ago and I ordered a Chicken Burrito with out the Sour Cream Sauce and instead rice and beans I had a double order of rice. Before my meal came I made sure the bowl of chips sat far enough away that when I wanted one I had to ask my daughter to hand it to me. I then broke off small pieces and dipped into the salsa. By doing that I only ate 6 chips. Your best bet would be to order something with chicken, make sure it is not deep fried, and leave off either the sauce or cheese (not both cause then it would be no good).

Cheryl – Sounds like you had a fun mini vacation. Don’t worry about the bad food choices, you know they don’t happen very often and you have been doing very good. I think that if we don’t have our days with bad choices every now and then, we won’t stick with this. I am sure that pushing that mower will definitely burn some extra pounds. Strawberry pie sounds yummy cant wait to try it.

Liza – Of course it is ok to just pop back in. We are all here for each other and would never turn one of our own away. Everyone welcomed me with open arms when I started and I am here with a big hug for you now that you are back.:hug:

Well girls I really ought to get to work, before the boss gets in. Oh by the way, whoever it was that mentioned frozen peaches, thanks for the great idea. I am hooked, guess what I am eating right now?

06-06-2006, 11:42 AM
Morning Ladies,

In for a mini break from mowing and eating my breakfast. Thought I'd try Tina's tip about exercise.:D Already have done 35 minutes of sweating and mowing.

Shawn...Your best bet for eating out Wednesday is Chicken Fajitas without the flour tortillas for 7 points. Salads are also good choices, but who wants a salad when your having mexican. Burritos can run you from 12pts up to 24pts depending on what kind of yummy goodies they have inside. Robbin had a good idea about only taking 6 chips and breaking them up and dipping in the salsa. Watch the beans and rice as well. Go out and enjoy yourself and don't fret!!

Liza...Good to see you back and glad to hear you are back to your old self.

Time to get back to the mowing. Later ladies:carrot:


06-06-2006, 11:47 AM
Good Morning all you wonderful little chickies . . . The sun came out this morning, yippee . . . supposed to get dull and rainy again tomorrow but I'll rejoice in the sun while I've got it. :cool: To make the day almost perfect, it is only 18C (65F) and since the breeze is out of the north, it probably won't get too much warmer. :D Could it get any better? Yes, maybe I'll invent a miracle potion and get up tomorrow morning 100 pounds lighter. :lol:

:hug: Shawn . . . patience girl. You've done wonderfully well in nine days. Wowee, wowee, wow, wow. I know, we all want faster. If I get my miracle tomorrow morning, I'll bottle it and give some to everybody.

:hug: Cheryl . . . and here's an extra one for Ozzy :hug: That pie recipe sounds great . . . I've posted mine below . . . very similar, but extremely different, too. BTW, just heard on the radio that we've got an antique car show in the county this coming weekend. T'is the season, I guess.

:hug: Liza . . . wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Hope your great feeling continues . . . forever. Good for you for getting back on track and my theory is that the weight that adds on quickly subtracts off again quickly. Go, girl, go.

:hug: Robbin . . . we missed you, but glad to see you back. Try not to work so hard today; tell the boss it really cuts into your personal time . . .he'll understand. ;)

Strawberry Mousse Pie

20 reduced-fat graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup reduced fat margarine

. . . combine margarine and crumbs, reserving 2 tbsp, press remaining crumb mixture over bottom of 9" spring form pan and bake at 350F for 7 to 8 minutes, set aside to cool.

2 pkgs FF/SF strawberry jello
1.5 cups boiling water
1 300 gram package frozen, unsweetened strawberries (approx.1.5 cups)
1.5 cups FF/SF vanilla yogurt

. . . dissolve jello in boiling water, stir in slightly crushed strawberries and refrigerate about 10 minutes, stir in yogurt and turn into prepared pan, refrigerate at least 4 hours (until set), sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture

Makes 8 servings with 135 calories (sorry I don't know the rest of the nutritional breakdown). If you want a really low-cal treat, make it without the graham cracker/margarine crust. Only 40 calories per serving. Sort of a pie shaped pudding. :dizzy:

Well gang, got to get going . . . I've got an optometrist appointment to get to. See you all later. Keep moving and shaking and heading in that great downward direction (because I really don't expect to be able to bottle up that miracle weight-loss potion anytime soon. :p )

06-06-2006, 11:50 AM
Shawn...I forgot to mention that a 4oz maragarita is 5pts. Boy was that a shock. I usually have a couple margarita grande's with a taquila chaser, probably my total points for a couple of days.:fr: But, boy are they good!!!
Enjoy your night out, you deserve it!!


06-06-2006, 12:30 PM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM margarita's. Sounds so good.

06-06-2006, 01:34 PM
Good morning! And what a great morning it is!! The fairy fat mother has finally paid me a visit. I am now sitting here 2lbs. lighter!! Picture if you the happy dance!! I know scale measuring isn't the only "weigh" to measure your progress, so after much searching for my tape measure to no avail, I bought another one this morning. I'll be doing my measurements later and re-do them after a week of working out with weights. folks! Got up at 6:30 AM to do my walking on the treadmill. It feels so good to have it done. Now..can I take a nap?? hahaha!

Ryanmi, great improvise! Love that girl! Keep up that awesome effort! And that is terrific about your beginning weight being so much lower than what you thought. That had to be so exciting.

Erin, love your measurement idea! LOL! My daughter is four. She is a little big to be pushed around, but she wanted a break and saw the floaties. Who am I to turn down a chance to swim without having to worry about keeping her head above water! LOL! Woo Hooo for your hubby! Looks like you guys are being active as a family. Way to go!

Linda, I didn't know anything of them till this months issue of Readers Digest. They had an introduction of who they were, examples of their trivia and fun facts and a few sample recipes and I said I got to get me some of dat! I really like it. I may email them because they have stated on their recipes how many it serves and how much nutritionally is in each serving..but I would like to know roughly what is a serving size measured. Seeing that I will be making the majority of the recipes for me, myself and I. BTW - your strawberry mousse pie sounds great!

Shawn, we all wish we'd get results overnight. You're not alone, trust me! You did have a great NSV though. Feeling my pants a little more baggier pepped me up big time. Sounds like you had a great workout too! Keep that up and you will be getting results faster than you may think. The only advice I think I may be able to give for your ladies night out would be...don't do anything you think you'll regret later. We've all had those "in the moment" moments and unfortunately wished we'd handled ourselves a little better. Is there anyway you can go the restaurants website and navigate around their menu to make the best choice for you? You can use this as a test, because I'm sure this isn't going to be the only time you're going to be in a celebrating situation. So if you can handle yourself now..then you'll probably be able to handle the rest of your life living your new lifestyle. All in all, have fun with the girls!

Cheryl, I've been there done that with the KFC this weekend. Don't sweat it, just get back on plan and I'm sure it will have no affect on you. It in fact helped me get the scale going again. I'm living Robbins theory of a cheat to lose! And girl if I had that much to mow..I'd invest in some goats and them handle the grass! LOL! The pie sounds delicious!

Liza, I'm so glad to hear you back to yourself again! You can do it girl, you've got it in you! You better keep popping in, I'm looking forward to it!

Robbin, okay you're the second person whose had tried frozen peaches in this thread. Time for me to get some! LOL! Hope your day is a little less busier than yesterday!

Well girls I'll leave the answer to the "Pop Quizine" for a bit to see if anymore of you care to guess. Hope you're all having a great day! I know I'm on cloud nine! hehehe!


06-06-2006, 01:49 PM
BTW - Hi Michelle, if you're out there! How are you doing??

06-06-2006, 02:55 PM
Good Morning Everyone ~~~ It's a beautiful:sunny: day here! I've been having fun with my camera and spending too much money on developing, but I wanted to send some pictures to my family back in Iowa, since it's been a year since they have seen any of us here.:o I have some errands to run at Walgreens and Fred Meyer, and then when my DH gets off work, we need to run down to Walmart. WOW, we're going to be doing a lot of running today LOL!:dizzy: ;)

TINA...CONGRATS on your 2 pound loss girlie!:cp: :bravo: :hat: :dance: :twirly: :flow2: :dancer: :cheer: Like I said before, you're going to just melt away to nothin pretty soon, while I still sit here procrastinating LOL!:yes: :yikes: :dunno: :rofl: I've been very hard on myself also thinking I need to set a certain time for my weight to be off, and I think it's doing the opposite affect to where I'm down and know I can't possibly get all of it off in the time frame I want. I have decided to not give myself a certain 'DATE' but rather just do what I know I'm supposed to be doing, and the weight will be off when it's ready!:dizzy:

CHERYL...Thanks for the compliment on my pic and camera!;) I'm having so much fun with it; it's like a brand new toy!:D

06-06-2006, 05:00 PM
Ok I want to hear everyone chant

30's 30's 30's 30's

I want to hit the 30's so bad I can taste it. LOL hahaha I am so funny.
I know I just hit 240 but I want to be in the 30's, I will even settle for 239.9. Of course once I am in the 30's I will want the 20's but for now 30's will make me happy.

06-06-2006, 06:29 PM
Michelle, wow you're a busy bee today! Sounds like fun, if that's all shopping! LOL! Thanks for the congrats. The melting couldn't come fast enough! **kidding** I tell you, time limitations suck! They're good for nothing because you do feel pressured. And if you're not on schedule according to you, you are defeated before you even started. So that puts you in a bad frame of mind and full of negetive self-talk. You've got the right idea...let the chips fall when they may!

Robbin, I know how that feels. Trust me. I sat at 49.5lbs. lost long enough. So close to my next milestone (-50) but felt like so far away. Hang in there, it'll be here soon enough! And like you said you'll be waiting and wanting for the 20's then. LOL! I'm five and a half pounds away from getting to my half-way point and I'm already starting to taste that! :D

06-06-2006, 07:20 PM
Just me again . . . I don't know where the day has gone. Wow, it just flew by. It actually made it up to 23C (73F) with a lovely breeze and no humidity to be noticed. Just about a perfect day. It can stay this way from now until Christmas and I'd be happy. :(

Tina . . . Congratulations on getting that nice downward movement. :hug: Woopee for Tina. I think you've got just about everything you need to be able to figure out the counts for just about any serving size you might want with a little simple math. Give me a recipe name and what you need to know and maybe I can help.

Robbin . . . we're chanting, we're chanting. :hug: Go Robbin, Go Robbin, Go Robbin. :)

Michelle . . . right you are, girl. The only way to win the race is to forget about the finish line and just try to make the trip as pleasant as possible. :hug:

Well, I need to go get some dinner on the go and then get back to the business . . . whatever it is. Have a great evening, chickies. Keep it moving and shaking. See you soon. :carrot:

06-06-2006, 09:11 PM
Tina...OK, you can now send the fairy fat mother back my way! So glad she decided to give you a 2lb dusting of her fairy dust.:wizard: Goats...I've thought about that, but hubby said NO!! He doesn't want them climbing on his junk,oops! I mean cars. HeHe!!! I settled for a herd of cows about now, at least you can eat them!!

Michelle...You gave yourself good advice. Just take each day as it comes and don't set a time frame. I first started out setting goals for each month, made the first goal, but not the next. I was really down, but Tina perked me right up.

Robbin...I'm chanting, I'm chanting. 230...230...230...Yeahhhhhhhh Robbin!!!!

Linda...Ozzy is doing great today and soaking up all the TLC he can get!

Did about 1 1/2 hours of mowing again today, just have a little more trimming tomorrow and I'm done till next week. Going to make a Rhubarb Peach Crisps tomorrow. If it's good, I'll post it for you.
Later ladies,

06-06-2006, 10:41 PM
Hi Girlies ~~~ Just got home a little while ago. DH and I went down to Walmart and it feels good to be back home. The traffic was a little hectic and everyone runs around like they're heading for a fire!:flame: :hyper:

TINA...You are getting SO close to Onderland; that will be a great feeling!:carrot: I'm happy to not have a set date for my goal, so I do feel a lot of pressure lifted off my shoulders.:dizzy:

LINDA...This trip downward is going to be as pleasant as possible!:^:

CHERYL...You're one busy girlie; you're getting lots of exercise!:carrot: I think I need to remember the 10 pound mini goals, so that seems better to comprehend than the whole large amount.:dizzy:

06-06-2006, 11:12 PM
Hey Cheryl I have never tried Rhubarb is it good?

Not much happening here girls. It was a slower day at work. I am still tired and ready for bed. Oh yeah, I wanted to let y'all know ahead of time, I don't know how much I will be here next week. I have to report for Jury Duty next Monday. I have no clue as to how long it will take. So I wont be making any posts during the day, maybe early morning and some evenings but no daytime.

Well I am gonna go to bed and read a little before I go to sleep. Hope everyone has a good evening, I will see you all tomorrow.

06-06-2006, 11:54 PM
Linda, I know what you mean. This day has totally flown by. But it was a pretty good day afterall. Thanks for the congrats. Well I usually do pretty well with serving sizes. If it serves 4, I half the recipe and eat only half. And if it's for 6, I make half the recipe and eat 1/3. I would like to be able to make it and just scoop out a cup if that is what it is. It seems petty now that I say it out loud...nevermind! LOL! Glad you had a good day! ;)

Cheryl, you know I would love to cage that little fairy if I could. Anyone have a butterfly net?? haha! Awww shucks about the goats! With all that mowing between the three of you using different pieces why not go out and get a big farm swather (I think that's what they're called?). :D

Michelle, I see you enjoy fighting traffic as much as me. This city is really overly congested and the roads can't handle the flow efficiently. I feel like losing it sometimes. You're right about lightening the load by omitting a time limitation. Makes things so much more doable.

Robbin, I think if I were called for jury duty I'd make every excuse not to go. I'm very easily swayed. Sometimes watching court TV I hear the defendants side and I feel sorry for them. My uncle was on jury duty about two years ago. It was so intriguing to know what case he was on, but he couldn't tell. Not till afterwards. The case he listened to was this biker dude, who killed his woman and drove around with her head in the compartment on the back of the bike. Uncle said the pictures were just grusome. Hope yours isn't that bad.

If any of you are pizza lovers, here's a recipe for you! It was soooo good and satisfied my pizza craving. Way better than those processed lean cuisines!

A-lo-fat Hawaiian Pizza

1/2 cup pizza sauce

1 12" prebaked thin-crust pizza shell

2 tbsp. grated parmasean cheese

1 cup packed shredded light mozzarella or monterey jack cheese

6 slices of bacon cut into quarters

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple chunks

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

~ Preheat oven to 425F

~ Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust. Sprinkle parmasean cheese over sauce, followed by half the shredded cheese. Top with bacon and pineapple. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and a bit of chopped fresh parsely, if desired.

~ Place pizza directly on middle oven rack and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cheese is completely melted and edges are lightly browned.

Makes 1 pizza, 8 slices

150 Calories, 5g Fat per slice

And the answer to the "Pop Quizine" is:

b) Green was signed to a lifetime contract by the R.T. Davis Milling Co. to play the role of Aunt Jemima and to promote the Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix.

Have a great night ladies. See you in the A.M.!


06-07-2006, 10:25 AM
Good Morning Girls, not much to report on my end. And looks like Tina is the only one to be here since I was last night. Kidna slow again aint we.

Well I am gonna get to work. I will check back later.

06-07-2006, 11:40 AM
Good Morning . . . we seem to have slipped back into a weather pattern called "just don't know", again. Sort of overcast, and a little more humid, but with sprinkles of sunshine just to keep you guessing. :(

It's hump day and it's also my www . . . YIPPEE, I've broken into a new decade this morning (not by much, but I'm there) . . . must have been all that chanting that did it . . . hope it works for you, too, Robbin.

Tina . . . :hug: Hey, that was easy, certainly glad I could help. :dizzy: Glad you found such a satisfying low-cal, low-fat, pizza recipe. For some reason I'm not a lover of pineapple on pizza, but I might try the basic recipe with mushrooms, onion, and green pepper instead of the bacon and pineapple. :)

Robbin . . . :hug: I love rhubarb. It's very low-cal; about 25 calories for a whole cup of stewed rhubarb. It is very tart and definitely needs lots of sweetener, but Splenda works fine. Glad your day was a little less hectic at work; sorry about the jury duty, we'll miss you, but hopefully it will be interesting.

Cheryl . . . :hug: Looking forward to seeing the Rhubarb/Peach Crisp recipe. Never tried that combo, but it sounds good just thinking about it. I love the combination of rhubarb and strawberries.

Michelle . . . :hug: Having lived most of my life in Toronto, I know exactly what you mean about heavy traffic and the hectic pace. The easier, slower lifestyle here in the Atlantic provinces is the main reason I haven't moved back to Ontario since I retired.

For today's FFF, here's some totally useless Pizza information . . .

. . . Pizza actually originated in Greece not Italy . . . Pizza Hut uses 80 million pounds of tomatoes and 350 million pounds of flour per year . . . Super Bowl Sunday is the number-one day for pizza delivery in the U.S., closely followed by New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and Halloween . . . Pizza Delivery Tipping --- women tip better than men; a new car in the driveway means a smaller tip; the longer the driveway, the smaller the tip . . . favourite pizza toppings --- pepperoni (U.S.); eggs (Australia); mussels or clams (Chile).

Have a really fantastic day, gang. Do lots of moving and shaking and you'll all keep heading in the right direction. See you soon. :carrot:

06-07-2006, 12:39 PM
I have been dealing with the worst migraine the last couple of days:headache: ...I had to go back on the steroids over the weekend, and unfortunately horrid migraine headaches are one of the side effects-that and I am hungry ALL THE TIME!!! I've been trying to be extra careful with my choices though-if I have to eat, at least I don't have to junk out, right? We'll see if it helps any when I weigh over the weekend. :crossed:

So glad for all of the weight losses going on among us-I am hoping for maintain or slight loss-not gain! Somehow, these steroids have a way of packing on the pounds though...I am trying all the same though! Fruit, grains, and lean cuisines! :hungry:

Hope everyone is well...more later!


06-07-2006, 01:15 PM
Good Morning Girlies ~~~ Does the laundry ever end? One load to fold still from yesterday, and two more loads in today.:dizzy: The weather is beautiful here today. It's supposed to be up in the low 70s, but by next week, the weather man is saying it's going to be up in the 90s!:devil:

ROBBIN I don't envy you at all with jury duty! I have only gone one time, and the other 3 times I have been notified, I have written back with an excuse to be dismissed.:o Hope work is going good for you.;)

LINDA You picked the right place to retire with less traffic. Sometimes I get so frustrated with people, you just wonder why they ever got their drivers license!:?:

RYANMI I hope your migraine goes away soon! I have suffered with them quite a bit lately, and the last couple of days, I have had a headace but it hasn't gone into a migraine yet.:(

TINA I do feel a relief of not setting a definite goal, but just do my best each day and I will get there eventually. When is it that you leave for Hong Kong? I bet you're going to buy some new clothes and you will look great!;)

06-07-2006, 04:54 PM
Robbin, I've noticed we've slowed down a little too. Everyone must be busy enjoying the nice weather.

Linda, congrats on getting into the 50's decade! I was thinking of tweaking the recipe myself the next time. Try using turkey bacon, real turkey breast slices and mushrooms. I'm a meat lovers pizza type gal myself.

Ryanmi, ouch! Sorry to hear about the migraine. At least you're keeping your witts and are being mindful good food choices. Way to go!

Michelle, nope! Laundry never ends!! :) I'm leaving for Hong Kong July 16th. You're right, I will be doing some shopping before I go. I am getting a little antsy to go start now. All of my capris are too baggy (I have two pairs that I can make do with) and I don't own any shorts, I'm tempted to buy some though. I just want to give myself all the chance in the world to buy something that will fit and last.

I'm going to get going and start in on some laundry myself. Been out this morning getting my vehicle an oil change. I was pretty dedicated this morning as I did my walking again before breakfast. And made all good food choices thus far, even up on my water for the day. I Hope you're all having a great day!


06-07-2006, 09:18 PM
Linda...WhooHoo on your loss. Nice to see the 250's. I know you are doing the fatty fat dance.:dance: :dance: :dance:

Robbin...Rhubarb is so good. I sometimes just add 2 to 2 1/2 cups rhubarb to a cake mix and bake it. I make a really good Rhubarb Crack Cake and Rhubarb cheesecake. I'll try to post them later for you.

Michelle 2...So sorry to hear you are having migrains. Hope you feel better real soon.

Tina...I'm going to be buying new clothes in the next couple of weeks also. My pants are getting way too big. I wore a pair yesterday to mow and clipped my walkman on, and pants came down! We are going to be buying a swather, but for our ditch and back pasture that we can't use the belly mower in. We have a very deep ditch that hubby tried to mow last summer and rolled the tractor over. Thank God he jumped clear of the tractor in time.

Michelle...We are 88 today, but by Friday we are suppose to be in the 60's. Wish it would just stay at 75 with a slight breeze.

I'm up .5 lbs, but it's water weight and will be gone by next week. I was so tired last night, that I went to bed before my hubby got home from work. I didn't even hear him come in, I'm usually a night owl and always wait for him to come home. Looks like I will be in bed again tonight, just really tired. Have a good night and I'll check back tomorrow.


06-07-2006, 11:07 PM
:cp: :cb: :dance: :dancer: :encore: Weigh to go Linda. It is so good to hit a new set of numbers. You are now in the 50's, so cool. You also have only 10 more to go to hit your mini goal.

Cheryl, I have heard alot of people talk about strawberry rhubarb pie but never tried it:hun: . My mom says it is good. Maybe I will get some and try my hand at making a pie.

Michelle, here you can't write back with an excuse. If you want to be dismissed you have to go before the judge and give him a reason then he will decide :nono: and I have been told that it has to practically be a matter of life and death before they let you out of it.

Ryanmi, I am sorry you are having such a bad time with migrains. I have never had one myself but can imagin it would be no fun. I will keep my fingers crossed that you are feeling better soon.:hug:

Ok for you Canadians(Linda - Tina) I have a question. Why do you guys have so many places up there with long hard to spell names, like Saskatoon or Saskatchawan. The company I work for does a lot of business in Canada and I have to write up the sales contracts. I can type:comp: pretty fast(80wpm) untill I get to the City Name or Providence Name then I slow down real bad. LOL Most of the companies we do business with are also French Speaking, do either of you speak French? LOL I dont I only speak one language "HillBilly":rofl: . Or so says my boss, he is always making fun of my accent.

Well I better get to bed. I will see y'all in the morning.

06-08-2006, 11:34 AM
WOW no one has been here since me. MMMMMMMMMM what are we gonna do about it being so slow? I can't loose you girls. You are what keeps me going.

06-08-2006, 11:36 AM
Robbin...Had a good laugh about you speaking "hillbilly".:rofl: My friends here make fun of my accent. Grew up in Oregon, lived in North Carolina, California and Japan. I personally think I talk just fine,but they say I have an accent. Go figure.
In answer to the hard Canadian names, they are Native Canadian names. You will find the same thing here in North Dakota, Oregon and Washington State.
Your lucky if you only have to serve jury duty once. I just got off in Feb and it's a two year commitment here. I was called once to serve and they settled just before the trial was to start. The easies $60 bucks I ever made. The only cases I would never have to serve on are murder cases, because my Grandfather was murder. Guess they figure I would be bias. GEEEZ! Do ya think?
Never tried a Rhubarb Strawberry Pie, but I love just a plain Rhubarb pie.:hun:
Well I better get busy. I have a new girl coming in for respite care for 10 days, so I need to get the room ready.
Be back later to chat with the rest of you ladies. Hope you all have a good morning. Hugs :hug: to you all.


06-08-2006, 12:11 PM
Good Morning Girlies ~~~ Well it's an overcasted morning and cooler, and I love it, because next week, it's supposed to be up in the 90s again.:mad:

LOIS I miss you! I hope you get your new monitor soon so you can join us again!:hug:

ROBBIN I'm sorry it's so hard for you to get out of jury duty. It has been quite a few years since I have gotten a notice to do it, so it may have also changed here too.:dizzy: You're right about it being slow with all the girls here.;)

CHERYL When we go back to Iowa, we think they all have accents, but they don't think so. Also, My daughter's friend in Maine has an accent, and she thinks my daughter also has one, but we don't think we do. It's just funny how everyone see's people as having accents when we don't see them.:hug:

TINA You're doing so good with your exercising early in the morning. I always do mine right when I get home from taking my daughter to school. When school is out next week, I'm happy to get a break from taking her to school, and I can exercise even earlier in the morning. I bet you are getting anxious for your trip, beings it's only a little over a month away!;)

06-08-2006, 12:52 PM
ROBBIN Did you switch to an ad-free subscription here? I saw that it said Senior Member under your name, and when I subscribed for a week before, it said that under mine. Now I just resubscribed to try it for one more week, and I see it's back again. I do like the ad-free because you have such a large screen, and after you are signed in, no more ads anywhere! I may, after this week, sign up for the 6 months for $15.

06-08-2006, 01:02 PM
Well good morning, good morning! Boy did we ever have a thunder storm lastnight. Not that I'm scared of thunder..I'm scared of lightening! I've always had a fear of it hitting our house. My moms house was hit back when I was too small to remember and the stories of it terrified me. It went through her toilet, knocked her brothers knees together and they instantly swelled and shaved one side of another brothers head. Okay, okay...that one is funny! LOL!

Not much new going on with me in the "diet" zone. I'm still chasing that fairy fat mother around with a butterfly net. (Don't keel over laughing trying to invision that one!) I was able to pull myself outta bed again at 6:30 to do my walking, but I must admit it was a little harder. It's funny how that extra 1/2hr. becomes so desired at that point. :D

Cheryl, that must of been a laugh when you're pants took a trip to see your ankles! :D I can't wait to go shopping, especially because it will probably be a new size! I can fit into some 16's that are a big make. So I'm going to find all the "big make" 16's so I can say I'm wearing them! What makes me even more antsy is that I just got a card in the mail from a store I shop at (Additionelle) and they're offering me an early bird invitation to buy one get second one 50% off before they make it open to all customers. Apparently I'm valued or something! LOL! Yeah right...along with everyone else who got one in the mail today! LOL! Don't worry that half a pound of WWW will be flushed in no time flat!

Robbin, speaking as a proud haven't come accross the worst ones yet! LOL! If you were dealing with the far north, like in the territories and iniut areas I think you'd go crossed eyed! But I think we both have some weird, extensively spelled names in both our countries. I find that we have the same named towns, I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta and I heard on the news one night about a town in the states..Grande Prairie. I don't remember what state it was in though. I took french in school, started in gr. 3 till gr. 9..unfortunately a lot of it has left me now. It's mandatory here.

Michelle, I spent ten dollars yesterday to get an extreme car know the one with the wax and color enhancer. I didn't even get back out of the garage before we got poured on! What a waste. I never know when it's best to wash the car..seems like lately you can expect rain at any time. Like I said we had thunder storm last night and now the sun is peeking through the dismal clouds. You can't win for losing. But I'm glad someone is enjoying it! LOL! Yes, I used to do the same. Exercise after dropping Alyssa off at preschool..but now I seem to like getting it done and over with before I have to greet the rest of the day. It will sure make it easier when school is out..I agree. Then I don't have to wake up so early to do it. And yes, I am quite excited about the trip...only five more weeks! :D

Well all I guess I've rambled on long enough! Have a great day and I hope it's a good fat burning one!


06-08-2006, 02:21 PM
Hey guys ~ just checking in quickly at lunch. The past two days, I've done good during day, but splurged at night. On Tues night, DH and I went to the Movie Tavern to see Xmen III ~ I had a beer, a blue frozen margarita, some cheddar bacon fries, and part of a hamburger (the whole patty, but part of a bun).

Then last night, was the girls' night at the mexican restaurant ~ I had THREE frozen margaritas, chicken fajitas (all of them), and 1/2 of a flan.

Today the scale is up two pounds, but I'm assuming it's from all the salt in the margaritas. I am back on track today, and don't foresee anymore outings until NEXT weekend, so I think I'm okay. Hoping that scale moves back down quickly, though!

On a side note, I've been VERY uptight lately. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is (no, not pms either), but it has to do with the twins demanding so much attention right now, not having enough time at home to get things done, etc. The dirty house is driving me CRAZY. I'm going to have the girls eat at my mom's tonight, while I come home & try to get my life back in order. Hopefully, with DH's help, we can get alot knocked out in very little time.

I will check back in tonight if I have time. I hope to go workout, but don't know if I will make it with everything else going on.

06-08-2006, 06:32 PM
Got this in an email today and thought y'all might like it.

Wouldn't you know it...
Brain cells come and brain cells go,
but FATcells live forever.:D

06-08-2006, 09:46 PM
Well girlies, sorry I've been a little absent this week, busy with work and feeling a little under the weather. Also my computer said the site was down this morning, couldn't even get the home page to come up let alone get into anything else! Lots to catch up on so will try some quick personals but I appologize now if i miss anything! Will also forgo some of the frills i usually do, just for the sake of time. But please know my heart is frilly even if my typing is not!

Ryanmi Sorry to hear about the migraine, hope the booger is out of here soon!

Liza- glad to see you pop in and hear the enthusiasm in your post!

Robbin - chanting for ya girl! I can't imagine anything less than 250 so thinking about 230 just blows my mind! Can't wait to see you get there. I have managed to get out of jury duty by never registering to vote, although i have heard they are now doing it by drivers license instead.

Linda - love the recipie and the FFF glad to hear you finally got a little sun, even if it is gone again. also huge congrats on the loss!

Cheryl - glad to hear the puppy is on the mend and don't worry about the .5 gain, i am sure with all the mowing you have done it will be gone soon

Michelle - good job on letting go of the time frame, something i really struggle with too. We put so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves that way! Glad to hear you are having beautiful weather. Ours has been good, less humidity lots of sun!

Tina - I have always been a wake up and exercise kind of girl, if i don't i never do it and i sweat/stink too much to do it and then try to be around other human beings! congrats on the 2# loss and thanks for the pizza recipe i have got to try that one!

Well, all is relatively well here, weight is doing weird stuff so have decided will report only one time a week on actual losses, probably sunday or monday. Got good exercise today, 2 mile watp for abs this morning and then spent about 2 hours in the pool at the Y with the kids. Not as much true exercise for me as i would like but good none the less. Have been kind of run down lately but seem to be getting out of it so hopefully weight loss will follow! Hope ya'll have a wonderful evening and will try to check in in the AM!

06-09-2006, 01:40 AM

06-09-2006, 01:51 AM
I've messed up my postings so I'm giving up tonight. Also, my avatar has shrunk down AGAIN and I seem to be the only one having the problem and it's VERY frustrating. My other picture was the same size as this one, and it shrunk down, so I tried this one, and it's also smaller!

06-09-2006, 10:25 AM
Ok I had a long post all typed up and when I hit post my computer messed up. I am so not in the mood to deal with this computer today.

Erin glad to see you, I missed you.

Michelle your avatar looks fine to me.

Ok short version of my post. Last night I got on the scales for some stupid reason but was doin the happy dance cause they said 239.4. My family thought I had lost my mind cause I was so excited. That was short lived. When I got on the scales this morning they were back up to 240.0. What a bummer. Oh well.

Check back later it is time to get to work.

06-09-2006, 10:35 AM
Hello Everyone,

I am new - just signed up about a week ago.
I am unable to chat now but look forward to it in the near future.

Have a great day and a nice weekend!!!:carrot:

06-09-2006, 11:50 AM
Sorry I wasn't around yesterday and probably not much today either. I don't know where the Fairy Fat Mother is hiding out right now but boy do I every know where you can find the Migraine Monster-in-Law . . . haven't had one this bad in many, many months. We are caught in an extreme low and likely will be for a few days according to weather department.

Sorry, can't look at the screen any longer; but definitely wanted you to know I'm thinking of you, all. Here's a great big welcoming :hug: for you Success. See you all later. :carrot:

06-09-2006, 01:03 PM
TINA... I hope you had better weather last night. Last summer when my daughter and I went back to Iowa, we had some really horrible thunder and lightning storms! One night, lightning struck a transformer back behind my grandparent's house, and there was a huge explosion and a bright flash. Some other nights, the thunder was so loud and hard that it felt like we were having an earthquake. I have been back there for MANY of summers, but I have never experienced the weather this bad! I've also done what you did with the car before. That is so frustrating to get it all cleaned up and then the rain comes in!:mad: :devil: ;)

SHAWN... I know exactly what you mean with the mexican place. Although I'm not a drinker, give me chips and salsa!:dizzy: I hope you got some relaxing time last night. My girls are only 18 months apart and we had them both in diapers and bottles for the first five months. You wonder some days how you will make it through the day, but the time goes by VERY fast!;)

ERIN... I hope you're feeling much better today. I have been fighting back and forth now for a week with a migraine for a couple of days, and then just a lingering headache, that is just enough to make the day not too good.:(

LINDA... I sure hope you get rid of your migraine soon. I know exactly what you're going through, and they're horrible!:devil:

:welcome: SUCCESS to the group here! You will love everyone here!!!;) :hug:

ROBBIN... That happened to me last night with the post and I was so frustrated that I just got off the computer and went to bed.:mad: My avatar picture was a lot larger and then all the sudden it did shrink down!:?: Oh well, I don't understand some of the problems I only seem to have here on this site.:(

Well my weight is down, but not down to the 236 that I had been at last week, or was it the week before; I lose track of time...:?:

06-09-2006, 06:28 PM
Hey all I just wanted to let you know that once again I am going to have a pretty busy weekend. I will be at my mothers for most of it. I will try to check in but do not think I have deserted if I dont. I will for sure be right back here as soon as I can. I can not keep going with out all of you.

06-09-2006, 09:55 PM
Finally I am feeling better-I HATE STEROIDS!!!:censored: :censored: They make me hungry all of the time, give me terrible migraines, and mess my sleeping all up-the good news though, is that I have a TON of energy...been doing a lot of walking lately!!! :running: We're building a new "clocktower" in the center of campus-normally I would not have been able to view the daily progress, but since I am taking my daily stroll around campus, I'm getting to see the daily progression...pretty cool! :cool:

WELCOME Success! Hello, Hello, Hello...looking forward to getting to know you! :welcome2: :welcome3:

Michelle, here's a thought...maybe your avatar is shrinking because YOU are shrinking??? LOL...I'm far from a technical genius, so that's the only guess I have. But hopefully it was good for a chuckle! :rofl:

Linda, it seems that Michelle and I have passed our migraine issues right on over to you. :( BOOOOOO...hope you are feeling better soon! This last headache was a real killer- the whole house was dark/blinds all closed, and if I thought I could had made it to the car to get my sunglasses, believe you me, I would have! Hang in there!:hug:

Robbin, have a great, relaxing weekend with your family! :beach:

Shawn, reading about your dinner out made me hungry for Mexican food myself, so that's what I had for dinner! A steak taco and a small refried beans and chips! Not super-healthy, but it sure was good!!! :sssh:

Tina, I had to laugh as I read your car wash story. I actually thought about getting my car washed the other day as I was driving home from work. No sooner do I think it than the drops start falling-in the middle of a sunny day!! My poor car hasn't gotten a bath in months-I'm going this weekend even if it rains! :rain:

Well...I believe that I am now going to sit down with my new People magazine and read all about the "Brangelina" least the child has a hot father! Woo Hoo!!! :yes: :whoo: :yes:

Have a great night!


06-09-2006, 10:09 PM
ROBBIN... Have a fun weekend at your mom's house!:hug:

RYANMI... So glad to hear that your migraine is gone. Yours sounded way worse than mine did!:( I was laughing so hard when I read your comment; yes, I think the reason my avatar shrunk is because I am LOL!!!:yes: :rofl:

06-10-2006, 12:08 AM
Michelle and Robbin...I also had a long post all typed out last night, and when I hit submit, it was gone. I was soooooo:mad: :tantrum:,I just said to heck with it, and went to bed.
Robbin...Hope you have a very nice and relaxing weekend with your family.
Michelle and Tina...Think you sent your wet weather my way. It has been raining since 3am with no let up. It's cold also, we are going to be in the low 40's tonight. I feel like turning the furance on, but I'll just add another quilt to the bed nd cuddle with Ozzy. Hubby has to work tonight.
Shawn...Glad to you hear you had a good time with your friends.
Linda...You poor dear:hug: I sure hope you are feeling better real soon. Migrains are so terrible to deal with.
Ryanmi...Glad to hear you are feeling so much better and getting lots of walking in.
:welcome: Success:welcome: Look forward to getting to know you better.
Erin,Liliann and Lois...Hope you have a teriffic, relaxing weekend.

Even though it has been pouring down rain all day, we had a car meeting/BBQ to go to tonight. Thank goodness they had reserve an inclosed shelter, so we stayed dried and a little warmer. I made the Rhubarb Peach Crisp for the BBQ, and it was soooo goood:drool: :hun: I will post the direction for it tomorrow.
I'm doing respite care for a 10 year old girl for the next 11 days. She is a real sweetheart, but she has been up since 5 am, so I'm pretty tired. Going to go and tuck her into bed and then myself. See you gals tomorrow.


06-10-2006, 11:16 AM
Good morning ladies! I was up with the birds, well before the birds this morning, 4am so that i could do the walmart run without kids and before my hubby had to go to work. He left at 7am and i won't seem him until after midnight! Oh well, life of a semi-single mom!

Success247:welcome3: Welcome to the party, this is a great bunch of ladies and wonderful support! We look forward to getting to know you!

Robbin - that up a little down a little can really make you insane! I ma suffering from the same problem right now and am about to go crazy! It has put me in a don't care mood which can be very dangerous. I was down again this morning so if i can hook another day to it then i hope to be over the hump! I am still chanting for you!

Linda - I am soo sorry to hear about the migraine! Are they contagious? We seem to be having a lot of them going around right now! Anyway, i do hope you feel better soon!

Michelle - glad to hear you are coming down on your weight. I know slow can be painful but from what they tell me it is the best for long term success! hang in there!

Ryanmi - boy you are a walking machine lately! I can't hear of clock tower without thinking about Back to the Future. Do you mind if i ask what you had to take the steriods for? Hopefully those side effects are gone soon!!! They make me so irritable when i have to take them for respiratory infections, but a lot of times that will be the only thing that works!!

Cheryl - I would love a little low fourties right now!!! We have been dry and hot for what seems like weeks now! Keep saying we will get showers but they never seem to materialize at my house! Now are temps are supposed to be going up to the upper 90's...SAVE ME!!

I think we will head to the Y for a little swimming and then back to the house for yard work! I am a glutton for punishment aren't I!!! Hope you girls are having a good weekend and will catch ya later!

06-10-2006, 01:45 PM
ERIN... I try to sleep in, but I'm always up early no matter what!:mad: Atleast you beat all of the people to Walmart, because that place can get really bad on a weekend!:?: Hope you have fun swimming today! I do know as much as I want to lose my weight really fast, slow is the best way to keep it off this time!;)

CHERYL... Atleast you're having rain and cooler weather now instead of that hot muggy stuff!:devil: Our weather has only been getting in the 60s lately, and I had to turn the heat on this morning for a little while. I do know what ya mean with losing the posts; very very frustrating!!!:mad: ;)

06-10-2006, 06:02 PM
Hey ladies! Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. My day started as soon as I got out of bed. My cousins little girl was in town staying with my aunt. She is the same age as my daughter. So, I spent the day out with them. We went swimming and picnicing. It was a full day, my daughter absolutely loved it. I came home and went out for a walk and then decided to start my chore of mowing. It was late when I got in and all I felt like doing was relaxing in the jetted tub in cool water. The weather is hot, hot, HOT! I probably won't be around much today either. I'm outside doing a little yard work and doing things with my daughter...we're going to have a fire tonight in my out door fire place. So I want to get it all tidy. Hopefully be back soon for personals!

Have a great day ladies!

06-10-2006, 11:10 PM
Erin...Must be nice to go to WalMart at 4am. Our's doesn't open till 7. We are still cool and rainy. Got an inch of rain yesterday and don't know how much we got today. I just want it to be nice by Friday. Our car club has it's big show this weekend, so I will be busy working both Friday and Saturday at it. Enjoy your weekend with your family.

Tina...Oh does a jetted tub sound nice. We are planning on putting in a jetted tub when we remodel our bathroom next year. My last house had an old fashion claw foot tub that we had refurbished. I loved that tub!! Wish I would of moved it with me.

Michelle...I had to turn my heat on this morning as well. Just enough to get the chill off the house. I hoping that we warm back up to the mid 70's by Friday.

Well gals, went and saw the movie "Cars". It was so cute. Did a little sewing this morning and also pressed kids together with their clothes, so I can place them on the quilt for a final pressing. I think I will have to do 90 kids to finish the quilt.
Have a great weekend.


06-11-2006, 07:12 PM
Hi Gang . . . I'm still here . . . the low pressure is still hanging in there and although my head is somewhat better, I couldn't exactly call this 'feeling good'.

For once, I'm almost glad it has been fairly quiet around here for the last couple of days although I really haven't gone all the way back to Thursday to check things out. What little time I have been able to stand looking at the computer screen has gone to my 'work project'.

Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon. In the meantime, keep moving and shaking gang. See you soon. :carrot:

06-11-2006, 10:29 PM
Hi ladies! I'm still here! My legs ARE KILLIJNG ME right now, and I'm exhausted. No, I haven't been working out... just been on my feet alot all weekend. Chasing babies, cleaning house, grocery shopping, cooking, swimming (well, that wouldn't have hurt my legs), etc.... I am beat!

I went to scrapbooking crops on both Friday and Saturday night until 11pm. I was so excited to get back into scrapping!! I got everything organized and got all of the Easter pics in albums (which was ALOT because we had a semi-professional photographer take pics, and we have about 150 shots of just those... not to mention the ones I took too). Anyhow, my plan is to get all of 2006 up to date, and then worry about all the older stuff (ie - baby books! and years 2004 and 2005!! which have been consumed with babies!).

Well, ladies, since this is the first time I've sat down all day, I'm going to catch up with my emails, balance the checkbook, and such. I will try to get back later for personals.

Oh, by the way... the scale moved back down! I was so worried since I had gone out to eat / drinking TWICE this week, but this a.m. when I got on it, the scale read 233!!! I got on again just to be sure.. yup! And then I ate some carrot sticks and it went up to 235... go figure! LOL I think overall, I've just changed my eating habits (TONS of fruit, no more cokes, and just overall watching what goes into my mouth), and I guess it's slowly working! Hurray!! I'm going to wait, though, before I change my ticker. I'll see what it says later tonight or tomorrow.

OK, thanks for putting up with all my ramblings. It's good to have you ladies to come chat with and keep me going! :grouphug:

06-11-2006, 10:40 PM
Went ahead & changed ticker. Scale just showed 234.4, even after dinner. I'll take it! Yay!

06-11-2006, 11:22 PM
I'm Baaaack.

Hello ladies. I had a great weekend. As you all can tell by my ticker I finally broke the 240 for good. Yeah 2 more pounds gone off to fat heaven. I didnt make the best food choices today and hopefully that won't hurt me but if it did I have all week to fix it.

Welcom Success. This is a great bunch of girls. You will love it here.

Ryanmi, sounds like you are getting some good exercise with all the walking you have been doing. Good job, keep it up.

Cheryl, I wish you could send some of that rain and cool air my way it has been up 99 the past couple of days. HOT HOT HOT.

Linda, I'm glad you are feeling better but hope you are feeling good soon.

Shawn, when you finish with your scrapbooking I have 15 years of marriage you could put together for me. LOL I love to scrapbook but never can find the time to do it. When my brother got married last year I put together a scrapbook for him and his wife with pictures of them as kids and growing up then to when they met and some of their dating life then their engagement pic. I left pages for their wedding pics. I have to say it didnt turn out too bad.

Well I will check in as soon as I can tomorrow but I have to report for jury duty at 9 am so I am not sure when it will be. Have a good evening.

06-12-2006, 07:21 AM
Well girls, i first have to share some good news, the ticker is down!! Although i have continued to weigh frequently, i decided to wait till mondays to actually post about it and yeah! I may make my goal of being in the 250's when i leave for family trip to PA. Unfortunatley, I am going to have to make an early short trip there due to my Grandfather passing away yesterday morning. He has suffered for a very long time from ailing health and had actually been on his "death bed" many times in the last year and a half. It is a blessing for him but still hard for all of us. Anyway, I am flying out to PA wednesday morning and will come back saturday. My parents have a computer and internet access but not sure how often i will be able to get on. Lots to do to get ready before i go too so not sure when i will get to chat with ya'll again. But I will be thinking of you all and praying for continued success!

Michelle - you're right walmart is not crowded with people at 5 am but they are full of stuff, i hit the middle of restocking and couldn't even get through some isles! But it was worth it just to be able to do it without kids asking for everything they see. Swimming is so good, the kids just love it and it helps me too. Not to mention i have the best tan i have had in probably 20 years! Boy is that pitiful!

Tina - sounds like you are as full of energy as always, playing with two little ones and then mowing! You are a better woman than I!

Cheryl - yes the 24hour walmart is wonderful. Just wish it was in a little better part of town so i could take advantage of the crowd free shopping a little more often! I do hope your weather straightens out for the car show. Haven't been paying much attention to the weather here but heard TS Alberto is in the Gulf and heading for FLA. if it keeps a straight course there shouldn't bother me but like i said before, a little soaking rain would be nice.

Linda - Hope you get to feeling like yourself again soon!

Shawn - busy is always good, but definitely exhausting! I am jealous of you getting the cleaning done. I need to be doing that but have managed to put it off quite well all weekend! Also glad to hear the scale is in the downward direction. That is wonderful!

Robbin - WHOO HOO on the land of 230's!! You are an inspiration! I thought i heard a happy dance going on this weekend! That is just great! Hope jury duty is a good experience for you and not too much of hassle!

Well gang gotta run, need to get paperwork done and get the day planned out. Also need to check on Alberto and see if he is going to mess with my travel plans. If i miss ya'll the rest of the week, have a good one! Erin

06-12-2006, 09:40 AM
Erin- I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Believe me, I understand what you're going through-I'll keep your family in my thoughts this week. :hug:

As far as why I take the steroids...well...I have vocal cord nodules. I have had little to no voice for almost a year-I used to always lose my voice once or twice a year, and it would always come back, but after my horrid bout with allergies and asthma last summer, my voice just never came back 100%. It was doing better for awhile, but then around Christmas I lost it almost totally. The best I got back was a real scratchy squeek! So, after visiting numerous ENT's, and having many pictures of my throat and vocal cords taken, I was diagnosaed with vocal cord nodules. Basically, I have huge growths all along my vocal cords. There should normally be space between the vocal cords, and the vibration of the cords is what produces the sound of your voice-I had no space-in fact, my cords wered actually growing together! I tried the voice rest (no talking at all) for a week-10 days or so, but that just wasn't an option for me, especially at work. :ziplip: :tape: So, the doctor prescribed steroids for me, to help reduce the swelling of the cords and nodules, and apparently that, along with voice therapy, is supposed to work! If it doesn't, I have to have reconstructive surgery on my vocal cords...I figure as long as I have a voice, I'll be happy. Truth be told, the steroids are helping, as I do have about 60% use of my voice-vast improvement from what I had! But the side effects are terrible...I have to take the medrol pack (it's a 6-1 pack 6pills the first day, then 5, then 4, etc...) because I can't take Prednizone, so I take a pack for 6 days, then am off 5, then repeat. The first two days are the worst, because I take so many pills, but then after that, it starts to level out...I don't get crabby or irritable, I just get the horrid migraine, can't sleep well, and I am constantly hungry! Like there is a huge Pac-Man in my stomach...I could eat through an entire buffet and after an hour, it's like I haven't eaten in a week! :hun: :hun: :hun:

I actually have taken these same steroids for asthma and allergies as well-You're right-they do work great for that-one plus is that I have not had horrible flare-ups this summer like I did last summer, probably because of the steroids!

Now that I have written a book...

Have a Great Day Girls!

06-12-2006, 06:46 PM
Hey gang . . . I think I'm back to normal . . . or as close to normal as I ever get. The screen still looks a little too bright, but at least I'm not in pain. :carrot: I'm not going to push my luck by going back to look at everything I've missed though, so please forgive me if I seem a bit out of sync, I'll eventually get my act together. :^:

It is still relatively cold here . . . had the heat on again this morning, The sun finally came out late this afternoon so hopefully things are on the mend at least for most of this week. The long term forecast is threatening that Alberto (now a minor hurricane) will be in our part of the Atlantic by Friday. Hopefully they are wrong. :(

Shawn . . . :hug: Wow, you have been busy. Afraid I'm not much on picture taking or scrapbooking but I'm always impressed by those who do it. Congratulations on keeping busy with the exercising and congratulations of sticking that ticker where it belongs . . . Go, girl, go.

Robbin . . . :hug: Congratulations. The chanting worked for you, too. YAY!! Hope you'll get a chance to drop in to at least say Hi while you're on Jury duty. Hope you get an interesting case.

Erin . . . :hug: Yay!! Another ticker move. Congratulations. Sorry to hear about your Grandfather, but at least his tough times are over. Hope Alberto leaves you alone. Sounds like his path is going to be well east of you. I've got my :crossed: .

Ryanmi . . . :hug: The problems with your vocal cords sound just deadful. Do you have a lot of pain with the lack of voice? It's horrible when the cure is almost as bad as the original problem but I'm sure the surgery wouldn't be any fun either so hopefully it won't be needed. One bright note . . . bet your staff was happy during that 10 days of complete silence. :joker:

Nothing too exciting for me, today. I've been keeping a fairly low profile for fear of scaring up another migraine (sometimes a change back to higher pressure can bring them on too). Unfortunately I have been spending a fair amount of time on the 'work-project', but nothing too taxing yet.

Saw I cute little saying in a cross-stitch book today . . . LET'S TRY TO GET THE FUN BACK IN DIS-FUN-CTIONAL . . . sort of went well with my mood. :D

Hopefully, I see you all tomorrow, gang. Keep moving and shaking and doing all the other good stuff, too. :carrot:

06-12-2006, 10:05 PM
Haa haa haa...Linda, you're so funny! :rofl: :p :lol3: ;)

Actually, my staff was the reason I had so much trouble w/the non-talking! God forbid any of them actually take some initiative...the first day I was home on the "rest", I got 5 calls, and at least a dozen emails! The rest of the week...well, it didn't go much better. Plus, I was so antsy and bored that after about two days, I wanted someone to talk to anyway, so I didn't care anymore! In my position, it's damn near impossible to be gone for long stretches of time, and even more impossible not to talk! I deal with families, parents, and students and their various issues all day long...Since I can't seem to keep my mouth shut, that's why I'm on the steroids! :p

To answer your question, my throat doesn't hurt one bit-it never has. I feel like a champ! So, feeling great makes it that much harder to shut up! :tape:

I always got poor marks in behavior at school- "Failure to exhibit self-control"...K-6!!! Guess that's the nice way of saying I talked too much...:D

06-12-2006, 10:59 PM
Erin...So Sorry to hear your grandfather has passed. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.:hug: Hope you get some much needed rain from Alberto. We are suppose to be back to the mid 80's by Wednesday, so hopefully it will be nice for the car show.

Robbin...WHOHOO on your pounds lost. So you and Shawn are hogging the fairy fat mother. LOL! You can send her my way.

Shawn...Congrats on your loss as well. I would of taken the 233, but that's just me.

Michelle...Having nodules on your vocal cords, you would think it would hurt, like a sore throat or something. Glad it doesn't effect you in anyway. Don't think I could go one day let alone 10 days with out talking. Always been pretty chatty.

Linda...Glad to hear you don't have a million little men pounding in your head. Hope you are on the mend.

Haven't done much of anything today, except go to town to have some papers faxed and go to the bread store. I have to get back out and start mowing again tomorrow. I look at it as exercise. Talk to you ladies tomorrow.


06-13-2006, 08:11 AM
Good morning girls. I am going to get a quickie in here and then have to head out but wanted ya'll to know how much i appreicate your condolences. I am fighting the urge to binge out on comfort foods so hard. It's how i always dealt with major life stresses like this so I am lost and your support means a lot!

Ryanmi, i went 6 mos with a "man voice" as i called it due to recurrent sinus infections/bronchitis and was just starting to develop the nodules when i got to an ent who said SHUT UP! Fortunately I lived alone and work was willing to work with me so it worked. I feel for you girl, mine never even got close to that bad and i know how frustrated I was!

Linda - glad to hear the migraine is on the way out! Alberto seems to be staying east of us so may only have a few small rains but we got a good soaker yesterday afternoon

Cheryl as i said to linda alberto may actually make us more dry not wet since he is staying fairly east of us.

Ya'll have a good week and i will try to check in in the am before i fly out.

06-13-2006, 09:26 AM
Good Morning . . . Nova Scotia has sun this morning and pleasant (coolish) temperatures. :cool: I hope it lasts for a long, long time. :D

Ryanmi . . . Wow, I'm glad to hear there is no pain. :hug: I know what you mean, I always have a hard time shutting up, too. ;)

Cheryl . . . You go girl. :hug: All that mowing is great exercise. :D

Erin . . . Glad you are managing to stay away from the comfort food. :hug: I know how hard it is. Hang in there. Glad you got some rain, too. :)

Kind of quiet around here with so many people missing . . . Robbin, Tina, Michelle, Lois . . . etcetera . . . you are missed, girls.

Here are a few FFF about popcorn . . . one of my personal favourites . . . and a healthy snack as long as you stay away from the fat and the salt.

The Aztecs were the first to pop corn, but they didn't eat it, they used it for decoration . . . North Americans eat approximately 47 quarts of popcorn per year, per person . . . Two quarts of plain air-popped popcorn = the calories in 15 potato chips . . . Use herbs to replace salt on popcorn (garlic powder, chili powder, basil, oregano are good) . . . Corn kernels need to contain enough moisture to pop; the stubborn kernels that refuse to pop are too dry.

Have a great day moving and shaking and heading in the great downward direction. See you soon. :carrot:

06-13-2006, 09:30 AM
Oops . . . PS . . . I really do know how to spell dysfunctional . . . just can't type too well, I guess.

06-13-2006, 09:52 AM
Morning Ladies, I don't have any time for personals except Erin I know we can not say anything to make you feel better but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so sorry for you loss.

That being said I just wanted to drop in and let you all know I am still here. I had a very busy day yesterday with jury duty and then a ball game and today is going to be the same. I really cant say much about the jury duty except that they called me for a specific case and I haven't been questioned yet, so I do not know if I will be on the jury for this case.

I gotta run I will check back as soon as possible

06-13-2006, 07:01 PM
Wow . . . where is everybody . . . MichelleRP . . . Tina . . . are you guys still out there? Please come out and play with us.

06-14-2006, 07:57 AM
Yippee . . . the Fairy-Fat-Mother visited me last night and took another 1.8 pounds off to ugly-pound-heaven.

06-14-2006, 10:13 AM
Yay Linda, that is a big drop you made. I am happy for you.

What has happened to our group? Everyone has dissapeared. It could be that everyone is enjoying the summer weather and are out and about but is very unlike Michelle and Tina to not check in. I hope everyone comes back soon.

Check back later

06-14-2006, 10:18 AM
Good Morning Robbin and Linda-

Congrats Linda on your loss...:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: !!! That's awesome!

Robbin, hope the jury duty is at least interesting, if nothing else! :judge:

Have a good day gals!

06-14-2006, 09:28 PM
LINDA... CONGRATS on the 1.8 pounds down!!!:cp: :hat: :dance: :dancer: :cheer: I haven't been on the computer much lately; just have been in a little downer mood, but I've been doing my WATP every day this week now and I do feel better with that!

ROBBIN... Hope jury duty is going okay for you. That is something I hope I NEVER have to do again!

Hello to eEVERYONE else and hope all of you are having a good evening! Today was my daughter's last day if school now for summer so she's very happy. Tonight we're going to my niece's 6th grade graduation so I best be getting ready!:grouphug:

06-15-2006, 10:12 AM
Good Morning Ladies.

Michelle it is good to see you. Sorry you are feeling bummed out.

Not much to report here other than the scales were down .4 this morning to 237.6 YAY. Maybe I will have another good drop this week when my Sunday Weigh In gets here.

Well gonna get to work.

06-15-2006, 12:13 PM
ROBBIN... CONGRATS on the scale being down this morning! Every little bit is that much closer!!!:cheer: :cp: :bravo: :hat: :dance: :flow1: :twirly: :cheer: I haven't been eating so good ALL the time this week, but I have been sticking with my WATP, which is a good step for me. Hope you have a great day!:hug:

06-15-2006, 03:57 PM
Hi Michelle . . . Hi Robbin . . . It's great to see both of you . . . but where or where is everybody else. . . . it's beginning to look like a ghost town around here.

It's raining again (supposedly our little touch of Alberto) and I'm feeling sort of 'iffy' . . . no headache but my stomach is a bit upset.

Have a good one gang. See you soon. :carrot:

06-15-2006, 05:54 PM
Hi everyone

Congrats to the losers - you're all doing great. Good news is, I'm down 6.2 from when I came back off my research trip/hols (10 days ago), so I lost the 4 I put on and 2.2 more besides!

I have been a busy bee (so what else is new). I'm working on the rewrites for my book, which is what I was off researching, before I submit it to agents. Also I reserved a doman for the #book, which will be called Time Watchers. The domain is but as of yet I'm still waiting for it to be transferred to my hosting company.

SO - I have started to set up the website on a subdomain of my other website, so I can transfer it. I only have two pages so far, a home page, that I'm doing a kind of blog on and also I've set up a forum. So why don't you come and check it out.

Home page:


The link is in my sig also.

06-16-2006, 12:55 AM
Linda...Congrats on the fairy fat mother paying you a visit. 1.8 lbs is great!! Hope you are feeling better.:hug:

Michelle...WTG on doing your WATP! Hope you are feeling better and not so down.:hug: Nice that school is finally out for you.

Robbin...Congrats on the .4 lbs gone. I know it will be more on Sunday.:carrot:

Robsia...WOW! 6.2 lbs, boy has the fairy fat mother been good to YOU!! Of course we all know that you worked very hard for those 6 lbs!!

Well gal's, it's been a pretty stressful week for me, but I don't have any goodies in the house to graze on, so I have done good in that area. I have had a horrible headache for the last couple of days, but nothing like what Linda and Michelle had to deal with. I've been going for walks and trying to find some alone time to releeve my stress. At WW on Wednesday, their scale said I had lost 1.8 lbs, but my scale showed no change. So, I'm leaving my ticker where it is at. Either way, I'm happy and heading in the right direction. Got a busy weekend ahead of me. Our car club had it's big car show starting tomorrow night. I work both days, just hope I don't bake like I did last year. I'll try to check in tomorrow sometime. Hope you all have a great weekend.


06-16-2006, 10:18 AM
Howdy Gals- Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

I went to the voice doctor was quite an experience. The bad part first...I was sitting in the chair and he put the stuff down my throat to numb it, so he could take a look, and I started panicking a bit and ended up having an asthma attack right there in the chair! :yikes: What an idiot I am!!! I have been a bit congested as of late, but it's that time of year...when he numbs the throat, it almost feels like it's closing-you can't feel yourself breathing, swallowing, yeah...I just got panicky and worked myself into an attack right there! Thank God I was there, I suppose, but embarassing! :(

But...the good news is this-I have to take one more round of steroids (mostly for the asthma) and then I can quit! My throat is continuing to heal, and my nodules have reduced by more than half since I started this whole thing! He gave me some vocal exercises to continue doing, and I have to follow up in August! I am excited!!!:woo: Weds. night I had to talk at a thing here at work, and it was my first "public speaking" thing in a long time...I figured I might as well try it-about 1/2 way thru, my voice started giving out, and I struggled to finish my talk...but my normal voice is doing well! I just need to work on building the volume and intensity back up!!!

Anyway, that's my good news! I have loaded up on the Excedrin Migraine meds, hopefully I will be ok with this last round of pills...and then I am done!!! Yahoooooooooo.....:D :D

Anyway- not much else to is quiet around here...hope everyone is doing well!

06-16-2006, 10:30 AM
Hey girls, I had a post all typed up hit submit and guess didnt post and I got booted ughhhhhhhhhhhh.

I don't have much to report. I am excited to see everyone here. I have been wonderin about Tina though. Anyone heard from her?

I am gonna be pretty busy over the weekend again and if I don't make a post I will definitely be back on monday.

I will try to check back soon

06-16-2006, 11:23 AM
Hi Girlies!! I am at my parent's house so am probably going to make this quick. The funeral for my grandfather was yesterday and we are going to the cemetery today to bury his ashes. It is stressful to say the least but i am glad i came. So far i have been able to avoid the bad food choices but would really like some ice cream right now. THE REAL STUFF!!! Anyway, i will be flying back home tomorrow and will be glad when i get there. I hate to fly and have been dealing with sick kids from a thousand miles away!! BOy do they know how to make mommy feel bad! Some really quick personals and then i gotta go. Linda and Robsia congrats on the losses, YEAH!, michelle hang in there girl we have all struggled at one time or another and it is great that you are keepign up with the exercise, you have reason to be proud of that! Robbin, did you get picked for a case or are you done jury duty already? Cheryl have fun at the car show and yes do not get baked!!

Well girls gotta run it's my turn in the shower and since there are 7 of us staying here right now I gotta jump on the chance when i have it. Talk to yall soon! Erin PS if i missed anyone i am so sorry!!!

06-16-2006, 04:47 PM
:wave: mind if I join in on your fun ?!?!?

I have been reading your posts for the past few weeks and you are all so supportive of one another. Plus you all have the same goal as I do... give these extra 100 lbs. a new home... good ridance !!

I use to post frequently on another group, but it seems to be dwindling away, plus I have not been posting for the past few months and I have been busy with work and then most recently studying for a big exam that I have coming up next week. :dizzy:

Weight loss has definately been on the back burner for the past few months, but after next week I will have more ME time and I can get serious again and send these extra lbs. to the curb :kickbutt:

Look forward to getting to know you all :D

06-16-2006, 04:47 PM
Erin - I hope you have a safe trip home.

Hey girls I have been thinking and I believe we need a challange. What do you all think. I am not sure what type of challange but something to keep us on our toes and for us to report on everyday. Any ideas? Something we can all do and will help us stay motivated.

Well it is just an idea of you all do not like it just let me know.

06-16-2006, 06:15 PM
Robbin- I agree...some little fun challenge would be cool. What one would be though, I have NO IDEA! Unfortunately, it's 4p on Friday, and I am spent...:yawn: :faint: Plus, I am fighting the steroid induced headache (last pack thank GOD!) and the sweltering heat in my office (where we keep it hot in the summer and cold in the winter???) :mad: :hot: :shrug:

Louie- :welcome: Looking forward to getting to know you! Maybe you can come up with some fun challenge?? Call it an initiation...LOL!! :) ;)

06-16-2006, 06:26 PM
Hi Everybody . . .

We have had an absolutely gorgeous day. . . Alberto passed through overnight and left sunshine, warm temperatures, and absolutely no humidity behind him . . . although, since the light fixture in my computer room started to leak around bedtime last night, I think he might have taken a couple of my shingles with him, too. Wonder what will happen the next time it rains. :(

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I am very concerned about Tina. It just is not like her to get so busy that she wouldn't just drop in to say at least "HI" in the past 6 days. She has always been so avid a poster. Also concerned about Lois. It has been weeks since we heard from her. I know she had computer problems but I would have thought they would be fixed by now, but no sign of her this month.

Hi Robsia . . . :hug: You have been busy. Your new site will be terrific. Hope the book is published soon. Now, is that your real name, or have you decided to make the Cavanagh Twins (Jill and Jacque) into triplets? Congratulations on getting rid of the extra holiday weight and then some. Not surprising, if course, since we all know how dedicated you are.

Hi Cheryl . . . :hug: So sorry about the stress this week. Hope things calm down soon. Congratulations for avoiding junk food, however you do it. My problem is that I can overdo it on the good food, too. Have a great car rally, but do try to stay cool.

Hi Ryanmi. . . :hug: Great news about your throat girl, even if you did have an asthma attack on the way by. At least you picked a good place for it. Whooppee . . . you'll be finished with the nasty steroids in no time.

Hi Robbin . . . :hug: How did things go with the Jury Duty? Are you back to normal again, or do you just have the weekend off? I don't know about everybody else, but I do terribly whenever I try to set myself a challenge. Guess my mind figures it has enough challenges just trying to keep heading in the right direction. I am good at cheering from the sidelines, though.

Hi Louie . . . :hug: Welcome aboard. Yep, everybody in here is definitely very caring and supportive and we'd love to have you along on the journey with us. Got a kick out of your comment about the activity on one of your former 'favourites', because it's been pretty quiet in here for a few weeks, too. Maybe it's the time of year. Hope we'll be seeing less of you, more often, kiddo. ;)

Anyway, I'd better get about my business. Been pretty busy with the 'work-project' today and will have to spend a few more hours on it over the weekend . . . but after that, the majority of next week should be quiet.

Have a great day moving and shaking, gang. See you soon . . . :carrot:

06-16-2006, 07:41 PM
Well, I have never heard of the Cavanagh Twins - but, yes, that is my real name :)

06-16-2006, 09:02 PM
I stumbled upon this just kind of searching around.

I'm 34 years old (will be 35 next month) and need to lose 120 lbs. I'd love to have it happen quickly but I know it didn't get on my quickly so I might as well take my time losing it. My goal date is June 1, 2008...2 years...but I'm hoping it won't be that long! haha

Since I'm just starting out I'm sure I'll have tons of questions and you guys seem really sweet and supportive of one another. Just thought I'd like to be a part of the fun!


06-16-2006, 09:56 PM
Robsia . . . :hug: No reason why you should know them. The name just caught my attention. Sorry, if I'm confusing. Sometimes, I just tend to think out loud. :dizzy:

Tricia . . . :hug: Welcome to the group, chickie. Think you will love it in here. You are definitely starting with the right attitude. Give yourself 2 years and anything shorter will be a pleasant surprise. The bottom line is that we all have to take the time to learn a new way of life. A 'diet' might work for those who need to get rid of 10 or so pounds, but it takes 'lifestyle' change to get rid of 10 times that amount. Go, girl, go. Here's hoping we'll be seeing less of you, more often. ;)

Here's some :dust: to help us make it through the night, gang. See you tomorrow

06-17-2006, 01:50 AM
:welcome3: LOUIE & TRICIA -- This is a wonderful group of girlies here!;)

I'm a little concerned with Tina, because it's very unlike her to go more than one day without posting atleast something!:?: :(

ROBBIN -- What kind of challenge were you wanting to do? I have never joined in challenges before, because they always make me feel pressured and a little bit in a hurry, if that makes any sense.:?: :dizzy:

I'm going to head for bed, because it has been a very long past two days. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!:grouphug:

06-17-2006, 01:57 AM
LINDA -- How is your migraines? So far, I haven't had any sign of a headache for a few days now.;) :hug:

CHERYL -- I am feeling much better doing my WATP again, but I wasn't able to do them the past two days, because my joints in my thighs were SO sore, but they are feeling better tonight and I will be back at them again tomorrow morning.:hug:

ERIN -- I'm sorry you have had to be away when your kids are sick. That would be very hard on a mommy! I'm so sorry for your loss, and pray that you have a very safe trip back home tomorrow.:hug:


06-17-2006, 11:27 AM
hi y'all :wave:
well i see no-one missed me!!!
been a bit awol, been having a heatwave over here..its just way too hot to work outand theres been too much icecream eating and barbques on the beach to lose any weight oops:o

06-17-2006, 11:38 AM
Good Morning and thank you for the warm welcoming :hug:

A few things about me.. I am 36, married, no kids, unless the furry kind count, in which case I have one dog. I live on the West Coast of Canada, work for the government and I am currently studying to become an accountant (I actually take my big national exam next week). About 6 years ago I lost a significant amount of weight, but then I reverted back to my "old ways" and here I am ready to take these lbs off for good. Like Tricia I am giving myself 2 years to do this right. I am hoping that it will happen quicker, but not going to set myself up to fail.

Michelle ~ glad to hear that your migraines have been leaving you alone. Enjoy doing your WATP, it really sounds like you love them.

Tricia ~ :goodluck: sounds like you and I will be travelling the same road together for the next few years :D

Meowee ~ hope the weather is still good out your way, we are having a light rain this morning and overcast skies.. which is just fine with me since I am stuck inside studying.

Ryanmi ~ an initiation challenge.. hmmmm... gotta put my thinking cap on for that one :?:

Robbin ~ I think a challenge would be great. There seems to be lots of challenges going on on other boards, maybe we could "borrow" one of their ideas.

Erin ~ sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather, but glad that you could be with your family :hug:

Well I am sure that I probably missed someone, but I will quickly get to know everyone. Hope you all have a fantastic day :hat:

06-17-2006, 11:49 AM
LIZA... Sorry it is so hot there; I also hate the heat!:devil: ;)

RYANMI... Love your pic! You're very pretty!;)

LOUIE... I was trying to set a goal for myself to lose weight and it was 'stressing' me out, so like yourself, I'm doing it 'One Day At A Time' and not holding any time limit over my head.:dizzy: ;)

06-17-2006, 12:31 PM
Hi everyone. Thanks for such a warm welcome.

Louie - Glad I'm not the only one just getting started on this! How did you get so quick at learning names?! You've already got everyone down. I'm going to have to start studying! haha

Everyone else - I'll learn...just give me a bit longer...

Question about Splenda...I am working really hard to give up processed foods and sweets in particular. I completely gave up all carbonated beverages about 1.5 months ago and am totally over any cravings for them. However, I find that I'm using Splenda occasionally in order to have something sweet. I always put it on my cereal in the mornings (if that's what I'm having for breakfast) and the sugar free peanut butter I bought is sweetened with it. Is this a good alternative to sugar or should I also be eliminating it?

Have a great Saturday!!!


06-17-2006, 01:49 PM
Good Morning all...:crazy:

It is an oppressive 90+ degrees in Chicago-but a cool and comfy 68 degrees inside my house...Thank God for AC!!! I am actually being very lazy today and just catching up on some much needed rest...errands and chores can wait until early tomorrow morning! Besides, all of the new sales start on Sundays anyway...:)

Michelle-thank you so much for the compliment on my pic, and your very kind words. :hug: Guess I had never thought of posting a pic for an avatar until you commented on yours shrinking...sometimes I'm slow on the technical uptake...;)

Tricia...:welcome3: You and Louie aren't the only ones just getting started. I haven't been here that long myself, and gained back the weight I lost b/c I had to be on long-term steroids for a voice issue. Four days until I am off of those bad boys for good!!! WOO HOO!!!!! :woo: answer to your question about splenda...personally, I subscribe to the simple but effective method of counting calories and exercise, and take everything in moderation. I find that depriving myself of something I want/love never works-especially when I consider that I am making changes that I plan to stick with! So...I think Splenda and/or Nutrasweet are fine...****, I've even used sugar itself (16 cals per tsp) on occasion.:sssh: I think the important thing is to make positive changes you can live with long term...As far as sweets go, I was never a huge fan, but I do enjoy the sugar-free Jello Pudding cups (60 cals) for a sweet treat, sugar free popcicles and fudge pops (15/40 cal ea)! Tina (wherever she is...:?: ) got me on the low fat ice cream as well...I enjoy the Edys Double Churned Cookies and Cream (160 cal serving)!!! maybe some of the others can share their sweet fix ideas as well...I know everyone has their own! :yes:

Ok, I'm going to eat some cereal (with honey!) and maybe go back to bed for awhile! I'll check in later...

06-17-2006, 04:25 PM
It's Saturday and it's sunny.:cool: Wow, the temperature is just about to my personal maximum but at least there's no humidity and there is a very pleasant breeze so I really don't mind a bit. :)

Hi Michelle :hug: . . . I've been pretty headache free for a few days too and it is wonderful. :D Another new avatar picture and it's lovely, girl.

Hi Liza :hug: . . . Of course we missed you, but you have to admit you've been doing a lot of popping off to ???? places of late so we don't really know how to predict your pattern anymore. Sorry to hear it's so hot. I can understand how you've been feeling, I hate it too. Hope we see you more regularly.

Hi Louie :hug: . . . Of course the furry ones count. My 3 cats remind me of just how much they count at least 10 times a day. You and Tricia may be the newest of the group, but at my magnificent rate of losing, I'll be here with you for the duration, never fear.

Hi Tricia :hug: . . . Never fear, you'll figure us all out in due time. As the resident diabetic, I'm a devotee of Splenda. For me, it's one of the greatest inventions ever, since you can actually bake and cook with it. I say, go for it so long as your body can tolerate it.

Now, the peanut butter is another one of the things I can't keep in the house. Regular, or low fat, or sugar free . . . doesn't matter to me, I can still eat it by the jarful . . . and of course, I need lots of toast to put under it . . . you can see where this leads, eh? So . . . no peanut butter for me, I'm afraid . . . at least not for a long, long time. :no: :drool: :drool: :drool:

My very favourite little 'sweet treat' is lemon FF/SF jello, made the usual way but then mix in a cup of FF/SF yogurt after the jello has cooled, but not thickened yet, and then put it back in the fridge to set. Top with a blob of cool whip . . . reminds me of lemon meringue pie . . . yum . . . for about 50 calories per serving.

Hi Ryanmi :hug: I agree with Michelle . . . that's a great picture. so sorry you've got such a hot spell, but it's definitely a good day to relax inside with the A/C and dream of all the good times to come when this last round of steroids are finished.

Yep . . . those fudgcicles and popsicles are great . . . I like the dreamcicles too at only 27 calories. YAY for artificial sweeteners . . . sure there's some controversy . . . but sometimes your mental health just has to rule.

Have a great evening, girls. Keep on moving and shaking and heading in the great downward direction. See you soon. :carrot:

06-17-2006, 08:25 PM
hi meowee :wave: sorry for my unpredictable pattern! my moods been pretty unpredictable lately and when im feeling rubbish i just dont wanna chat.
i like peanut butter on toast too but i just cant stop at 1slice! :o

hi michelle :wave: when the weathers like this i wish i could go out in tiny skimpy clothes like the tiny skinny girls walking about in bikinis:mad: but the clothes are getting smaller, went shopping last week and found i had gone down a size in tops and bottoms are feeling looser am having to wear a belt but next size down is too small:D

hi :wave: to the new people who have joined while iv been away!

im off to bed, catch u gals tomorow :hug:

06-17-2006, 08:54 PM
I have been away for way too long. Just been in a slump and tired of it. I hope everyone is doing okay. I'll go back and try to catch up on at least five pages or so. I'm really going to make an effort to stop isolating myself and posting more. When I isolate, I use food for comfort.

06-17-2006, 11:33 PM
RYANMI -- I have changed my avatar now a couple of times, and it has stayed the correct size, so I don't know what happened with it before.:?:

LINDA -- I'm having a hard time getting used to the way I look right now, because I feel that my face just looks so fat, but I guess it is what it is and I just need to get this weight off!:o

LIZA -- I also hate seeing all the skinny girls run around in the summer with really cute clothes on, because I keep wearing mainly the same old clothes year round.:(

TRACEY -- I'm so glad to see you back! I have had many downer days here lately, but I do feel better when I come here and talk with people!:hug:

06-18-2006, 07:35 AM
tracey, iv been doing the same thing myself :(
michelle, i see you're still playing wiv your new camera!

06-18-2006, 09:09 AM
Howdy gang!! Well I am home and glad to be here! Flights were okay, still a little bumpy and when i came into midway we were just about on the ground and sharply turned back up again. I hate to fly in the first place and the pilot saying it wasn't safe to land didn't sit well with me at all, but better safe than sorry.

It was hard leaving my daddy knowing he would end up spending his first father's day without a father basically alone. HE went from house full of people to no one but mom. Plan on calling but that's just not the same. At least we will be back up there in two weeks! Especially since that time we will have the kids there too. I am going to try to do some quick personals since i need to be getting ready for church!

Tracey, SO GLAD TO SEE YOU!!! sorry to hear you have been bummed, it goes around here alot! We are women and that happens! That's what we are here for to support each other through it! Never hesitate to lean on us! This group has helped me through many a rough time!

Louie, WELCOME!!!!! Gret group here and yes i am a splenda fan as well. I am trying to work on the theory that too much of anything is not good but splenda has become a great substitute for me. Sweet tooth is a generational thing for me goes WAY BACK, and has been extremely difficult to fight. Since finding splenda i am much easier to live with.

Ryanmi - love the pic! Always great to have a face with the name. My aunt lives in chicago and she was shocked when i checked the temp on the computer and told her she would be going back to hotter temps than she had been in in PA!! She lives in Hoffman Estates, do you know where that is? My layover in chicago's midway was nice, very clean airport!

Linda, i agree about tina i was thinking about her on the plane ride home and wondering what could be keeping her gone for so long!!! Does anyone have any kind of other contact info for her. Hope it is just and extended computer crash and we will see her again soon. I loved the lemon jello recipe you gave and i will definitely be trying it soon!

Tricia - WELCOME!!!!! you will be glad you joined, lots of helpful info and wonderful support!

Michelle - glad to hear your spirits are beginning to lift. Amazing how sore the WATP stuff can make you isn't it. Keep at it and i am sure you will work out the kinks quickly. Actually i was jealous looking at your picture thinking how thin your face looks!!

Liza - yes you were missed!!! glad to see you are back, yes the hot weather just seems to remind me even more how much weight i have to lose. there is always someone in a skimpy outfit running around looking cooler than i feel! Anyway hope getting back in with the crowd will lift your spirits and keep you going!

Well ladies gotta run, kids need breakfast and i can't go tot work in just my panties!!!! HOpe ya'll have a great day! Erin

06-18-2006, 09:50 AM
Hi everybody . . . looks like we are finally going to be getting some hot weather :( Guess I'd better break out my 'skimpy' clothes . . . which, in my case, means a top with short sleeves instead of long sleeves . . . :lol: One woman's bikini is another woman's caftan. ;)

Hi . . . Liza . . . :hug: We understand how you feel, girl, but drop in and vent to us and you'll probably feel a big bunch better for it. Isolating yourself will only make you feel more punky.

Hi . . . Tracey . . . :hug: Right you are. The more you post, the better you'll feel. Isolation always seems to lead directly to the refrigerator.

Hi . . . Michelle . . . :hug: Oh you are such a silly. You look great to everyone but yourself. Look at those cheekbones, girl.

Hi . . . Erin . . . :hug: Glad you made it back safely. Know it was hard to leave, but think how pleased your Father will be to see all of you again so soon.

Nothing too much going on for me this weekend. As mentioned, the weather is starting to break out in "hot" although we still have a nice breeze, but you can sort of feel the humidity rising as we speak.

Have a great day, gang. Keep moving and shaking and heading in the downward direction. See you all really soon. :carrot:

06-18-2006, 11:28 AM
Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening !!!

I am on the run, but just wanted to say :wave: to everyone and hope that you have a great day.

I will be back later for personals. Until then keep on keeping on !!!

06-18-2006, 05:20 PM
Hi all! Thought I'd check in and see if everyone is having a good day. We've had a great Father's Day so far. Went to church, lunch, and then to see "Cars". I highly recommmend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's really cute! Oh, and I woke up this morning and the scale was down another 1/2 pound. That makes 2.5 since last Monday....I wonder if by tomorrow I can make it 3! Not a bad first week, I think.

One problem I've noticed I've been having. Anytime I think I've had something "bad" to eat I'm afraid I'll wake up the next morning and find the scales are back up... I felt this way when I had a piece of lasagna for dinner the other night (only 1 piece...but I wanted way more!) and this afternoon after the movie...when I had a little bit of my husband's popcorn. I've got to get out of that mindset and realize that by eating in moderation....and eating skinny person portions....I will not be able to maintain the weight I was. You have to eat a lot to maintain that weight! haha Has anyone else had these fears?

Have a great day!

06-18-2006, 09:27 PM
Hey Ladies, sorry about being away all weekend but I was at Mom's and I get so caught up with everything there I just run out of time for posting, but I wont be going to mom's for a couple of weeks and will definitely be here more.

I havent caught up on all that was posted over the weekend cause I have a bunch to do this evening but I wanted to say welcome to Loui and Tricia. I will get my personals in tomorrow morning.

The scales were not so nice this week but i really didnt expect it(I wasnt very good this weel). I didn't gain anything but there was no loss either.

I am completely off of jury duty now also so it will also help with having time to be able to post.

Well I got to get for now but tomorrow things will be back to normal and maybe I will have and idea for the challange I suggested.

06-18-2006, 09:33 PM
Howdy all-

I decided I'd better figure out how to get a ticker going, since I'm off the meds in a few days, and then am getting back to this for real-not that I haven't been so far, but it's more maintaining than anything-which is all I can really hope for with steroids! It took forever, but this blonde finally figured out how to set the silly thing...we'll see what happens when I have to change it ( notice I said when, not if :) )

Hope everyone had a great Sunday- it rained on and off here all day. I just got some new patio furniture, and my patio is covered, so I sat outside for a bit and watched the rain...I was hoping for a miracle "cooling off" shower, but no such luck! :(

Anyway, I brought some work home with me, so I am getting to it! Have a great evening all...

06-19-2006, 12:29 AM
Hi Everyone! Gone for a couple of days and we have two new people join our group, AWESOME!!! I had a very busy and still stressful weekend. The car show was great, weather was great and I was able to be under a tent for the weekend, so I didn't burn.:cool: Good news is that hubby and I won $200.00 in the raffle. Bad news is that FD is still a pain and made my weekend stressful!! Got a new FD on Thursday and thought things were going well till I went into my sewing room this afternoon. The smell just about knocked me for a loop and things had been moved around. The new FD threw-up on my computer desk, printer, wall, carpet and hubby car parts and never said anything. I was:tantrum: . On top of that, I noticed the new cans of can air were no where to be found where I had them and the straw for one was near the puke.
I think she was huffing, but she says no and I can't prove it. I reported the problem, locked my room and all aerosol cans up. Tomorrow I need to get up there when I get home and air the room out so my fabric doesn't smell. Going to either walk or mow my stress away. Going out to the back pasture and have a good scream sounds good also. LOL

Erin...So glad to hear you had a safe flight home. How are your children feeling?

Ryanmi...Love your picture!! Glad to hear you are on your last round of steroids.

Louie...:welcome: Nice to have a rooster in the hen house. Look forward to getting to know you. I'll be here for a while myself, since I have lots to loose.

Robbin...Glad jury duty is behind you. Congrats on staying the same. Sending the fairy fat mother your way.:wizard: Hope she sprinkels a little fat reducing dust on you.

Tricia...:welcome3: Look forward to getting to know you as well. Splenda is a wonderful alternative to sugar. I try to use it in my baking and have had good results.

Michelle...Sorry your hip joints are hurting, but WTG on doing your WATP's.

Liza...Yes you were missed.:hug: Now stay away from the ice cream and BBQ!
Great job on getting into a smaller top. Won't be long Liza and you will be in smaller pants as well.:carrot:

Tracey...Honey, we are here for you, you do not need to do this alone. Please check in every day if you can. We can do this together.:hug:

Hey gang, the other thing that happen today, was I went and lite a candle in my sewing room and caught my shirt on fire.:fr: :flame: . How stupid is that!!
It couldn't of been an everyday shirt, but one I wear to church. Melted a hole the size of a half dollar in it.:tantrum:
See ya tomorrow.


06-19-2006, 08:57 AM
Morning Glories! Well as you can see I moved the ticker again. Scale has been a little testy and actually weighed 259.9 two times in a row but didn't want to move the ticker that low just yet. The 260.4 is kind of an average of what I have been getting. Anyway, down is down and I am glad! I hope my husband had a good father's day. We went to his grandparent's for lunch and his mom actually went out of her way to see to it that I had the kinds of food i need to be eating, really shocked me. Anyway, if i could just get hubby eating the same way i would have really accomlished something. There were compliments on how well i was doing but of course quickly followed by shy am i not making hubby do it too. To which i answered, he is a grown man and i can't MAKE him do anything. Oh well. Time will tell, I can tell he is feeling the urge more and more but just can't get fully dedicated yet. Kids start swim lessons today and seem to be feeling a little better so i guess we are going to take them. Hubby is supposed to be working out while they do their lesson so we'll see.

Okay enough about me---

Tricia - yes i always have that fear that if i just get slightly out of line it will all fall apart. After a lifetime of overeating and bingeing and watching the scales climb on a daily basis it has been very hard for me to change the mind as well as the body. It does get better though and the small increases here and there that we know are coming really don't hurt so bad after while. I try to keep the weekly big picture in mind and focus on the fact that we are all human and no one can be perfect!

Robbin - busy girl! Hope you had a good time with your mom and looking forward to hearing more from you. No up is a good thing the down will come again soon!

Ryanmi - tickers can be such a challenge sometimes! Looking forward to seeing it moving down! Did you get your work done?

Cheryl - WOW have you had a funfilled weekend! Haha! Congrats on the raffle win, but hate to hear you will be spending it on cleaning up the room. Foster parenting is such a challenge!!! I admire you for taking it on! Sounds like this one is really going to test you. My kids are better but still cranky when they want to be. My daughter has had this funky eye thing for a long time and it is really flared up again. The chlorine from the swimming will either make it better or worse but we are to see the doctor this week about it so we'll see. Thanks for asking about them. Sorry about the burned shirt! Nothing makes me more made that ruining something i really like to wear. I bet with your sewing skill though you could fix it and no one will know!

Well gang, off to torture folks! hope ya'll have a great day and I will try to check in later on! Anyone heard anything from Tina yet?????

06-19-2006, 10:07 AM
Down 3 pounds! That feels really great!

Wow, this is really a friendly group. Thanks for all the nice hellos. Can't wait to get to know you all better (and be able to remember who is who!).

Cheryl....sorry about your shirt! Reminds me of when my DD (8) bent down to blow out a candle in our living room. She caught her hair on fire! I had a notebook in my hand so I started hitting her on the head trying to put it out...and she was running and crying because she thought I was mad at her for blowing out the candle (I guess since chasing her and beating her in the head is my normal way of handling my anger with her....???what's up with that???hahaa) and DH walks into the room and has no idea what's going on...but that it's funny. Anyway, the fire is out and I am hugging her telling her why I was hitting her on the head with my notebook...then she gets hysterical because her hair was on fire and DH helped out royally by mentioning the smell. I swear, sometimes he's perfectly witless and she's perfectly hormonal! (Is that possible at 8?) Anyway, no harm no foul...her hair is so darn thick that no one would ever see the part we had to cut away. Just got her some cute layers!

Later ladies!

06-19-2006, 10:17 AM
Morning Kids...:wave:

Just checking in here, and after reading these stories of fire mishaps, I feel compelled to remind us all of the great Dick VanDyke, and his commercials regarding fire safety??? :hb: :flame: :bomb: :smoking: You know...


Just in case someone else comes in contact with fire anytime in the future! :cool: :D

Hee hee hee...Happy Monday!!!

06-19-2006, 11:06 AM
Hello Ladies,

Louie - I think your first post must have been at the same time I posted on Friday because I had not notice yours until I came back on Sunday night, Sorry.

Ryanmi - I am excited for you that this is your last pack of steroids, I have never been on them myself but I have a 12 year old son that has to take them off an on because of his asthma and alergies. Everytime he is on them he eats everything in site. I can't get him full on a normal day but to have him on his steroids also ........... wow the kid can eat. Lucky for him he has his dad's metabolisim and is very thin.

Linda -So Alberto was a theif and stole some of your shingles huh? I hate it everytime my husband has to climb up on our roof to fix the shingles. He gets up there and acts like a goof just to see if he can scare me.

Tricia - I think setting your time frame for 2 years was a good idea, it takes the pressure off of you. I know you said you want to loose 120 pounds but you didn't say anything about a mini goal. I think you should set a mini goal. Maybe say you want to get down to only have 99 pounds to loose and so on. I know that by taking it 10 pounds at a time I stay more motivated than I would by looking at the big picture. One of my "sweet fixes" is Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, I don't remember the calorie count but they only have around 2 grams of fat. They are yummy. Also someone here got me started on frozen peaches with fat free cool whip, yum yum.

Liza - I want you to know I did miss you also. The thing is - I mention Tina often because she is the one I started out being "buddies" with and we usually PM every day. I know her a little better than I do everyone else and she has really helped me alot. But anytime one of our group seems to be MIA I notice and miss that person. Please don't feel we didn't miss you.

Michelle - I just noticed you are under the 100 pounds to go mark. Yay!!! For me that seemed the biggest goal reached. And by the way your face does not look fat to me, you want to see a fat face look at my pic. Which I need to be changing that was after only 16 lbs lost, I wonder if it has changed much. Maybe this evening I will take a new pic.

Tracey - It is so good to see you again. I know the last time you popped in you mentioned you didn't want to be a downer all the time but remember we all go through our slumps. Rmember we are all here for you.

Erin - Wow your statement about leaving your daddy really hit me hard. While at my mom's over the weekend my Grandma came over and it was so hard to watch her leave to go home all by herself, my grandpa passed almost 2 years ago and It still bothers me so much that grandma is by herself. I am happy you had a safe trip and are back home. I did not get picked to sit on a jury, my name never got called.

Cheryl - sounds like you had a very mmmmmmmmmm interesting weekend. I hope you get the situation with the new FD settled soon. I think it takes a very special person to foster. I am not sure I could do it. You have my respect for standing up and doing what is needed for children that need a parent. Ok also have to say I am sorry. When I read you caugh your shirt on fire I had a good chuckle. When I was a smoker(just a few months ago) I had a problem with someone turning the flame up on my lighters and always had a problem with burning my hair.

Ok now that I am all caught up I feel so much better. As for the challange I thought maybe we should all set our own mini challange. We each find something we would like to do, and let everyone else know what it is, then we try to do that for 7 days straight. Mine would be to walk at least 15 minutes a day. I know for some that seems like no challange at all but for me it would be. I never get exercise fit into my day. We could all take this week to decide what our challange would be then start on Sunday and go through Saturday. If this doesnt sound good please say so, I will not be offended at all. Just trying to keep things interesing.

Well ladies I got to get to work.

06-19-2006, 11:06 AM
Happy Monday Morning!

Erin...I get the "Light and Tasty" magazine and yearly cookbook. Cook out of it all the time and the hubby doesn't even know he is eating light. Then when he is having an extra helping, I know it won't be as bad as having a full calorie meal. Plus I shop at Sams Club for my meat, come home and rewrap it into 4 servings per bag for our family. No seconds on meat and usually no seconds on anything else except for fruit/salad/veggies. And we all know that most kids don't want to eat those things.
My son use to have eye problems also, he started wearing eye goggles when he went swimming. You might try that, since chlorine burns.:hug:

Tricia...I had a good laugh at your daughters expense. I can just picture you and her running, hitting her on the head with the notebook and the poor babys hair is on fire. When I met my future in-laws, my hubby wanted me to cook dinner for them at their house, so I did. No one told me that their gas oven was the kind that you had to lite the pilot to use the oven. Well I just set it for 350, had stuff cooking on top and open the oven to put the casserole in and POOF!:flame: DH and the in-laws started laughing until they realized that I had singed off my eye brows and the front part of my hair. Back then, the hair style was really, really short and after this fiasco, the front of my hair was stubs! LOL. At least it grew back before the wedding.
Congrats and dropping 3 pounds.:bravo: :woo: :dance: Guess we know who the fairy fat mother was visiting.:wizard:

Ryanmi...I have to take fire safty every year and we do fire drills every three months in our home. Stop, drop and roll I know, also beat the belly as fast as you can.:yikes: The shirt is in the trash.

Well, gang hope you have a great day. I'm off to air out my room and get a few more kids made before I have to go to town for meetings with the FD's. Get back this afternoon, and we are mowing.


06-19-2006, 11:07 AM
Good Morning :coffee:

Didn't make it back on the computer yesterday.. I spent 6 hours at the college with my study partner doing some final prep and then it was off to a Father's Day BBQ...:burger: and salads..yum yum !!

Tricia ~ 3 lbs.. you go girl !! Great first week. Cars.. haven't seen it, but I love all of those new cartoons.. so will have to put this one on my list of must see's.

Ryanmi ~ welcome to the world of tickers !! You will figure them out, although I have to admit that everytime I have had one it has taken me awhile to figure out what number goes where etc. New patio furniture.. how nice !! I am sure will get to enjoy lots of sunny days sitting outside on the deck :sunny:

ELEM ~ welcome home and yahoo on your downward scale movement !!!

Cheryl ~ Thanks for the welcoming. Glad that you enjoyed the car show and $200.00 whoohooo that was a nice surprise. I think I may have some of those in my future as my hubby is currently restoring a '64 Impala.

RRVMMM ~ Thanks for the welcoming. Glad that your jury duty is finished. I once served jury duty and they certainly aren't all that fun !!

Meowee ~ Hope all is well with you and that you are still enjoying some nice weather. We have blue skies on the west coast today.. but that could change quickly :dizzy:

AndrewsMum ~ :wave: hope all is well. Congrats on the smaller size....whoo hooo !!!

Michelle ~ Hope you had a wonderful weekend !!

TeaHoney ~ nice to meet you. We all go through slumps, but remember we are here if you need to talk :listen:

Phew... did I get everyone ?!?!? I hope so !! If not :wave: to those of you I may have missed.

Well ladies I best get a move on. Have a great day and TTYS :D

06-19-2006, 01:21 PM
Hi Gang . . . things are certainly picking up in here again . . . although there is still no sign of Tina or Lois.

Nova Scotia is having another gorgeous, sunny day. It's already up to 28C (82-83F) but there is a lovely breeze to keep the humidity at bay although the dehumidifier did turn itself on about an hour ago, for the first time this year, so you know it will be getting worse, soon. :(

Got a kick out of the fire stories, Cheryl and Tricia. Reminded me of when Mouse was a kitten (that's the big hairy grey cat) and he got his tail in a candle. After he hissed at me because I hit him to put out the flames, he started to wash himself and then, of course, he tastes burned fur and gives me more hisses and dirty looks as though it was all my fault. It was hours before he forgave me . . . cats carry grudges. :D

Erin . . . congratulations on the loss. :hug: Bet the hubby will come on board soon, as he listens to more and more people giving you compliments, he'll definitely want to get in on the act.

Cheryl . . . glad the weekend was mostly good. :hug: I don't know how you do it, girl. I know I would never have the patience to foster. It's a good thing we have dedicated, good-hearted people like you in the world. Hope everything cleans up OK. I like your cooking philosophy . . . what they don't know won't hurt them and planning for no leftovers is a very wise move.

Ryanmi . . . good going . . . you've done great with the ticker and you'll soon have it moving eastward on a regular basis. :hug:

Robbin . . . glad the Jury Duty is over and you can get back in sync with the rest of your life. :hug: Don't you worry, you'll have the scale moving downward again soon. Actually a week long, individual goal sounds pretty good. I might just try to do some kind of exercise every day for a week. Will think about it and let you know.

Tricia . . . congratulations, chickie . . . you are definitely heading in the right direction. :hug: Never you fear, we all have those "oh bad me" moments. Now, if we can just get you to stop beating up your kids . . . ;) everything will really be great.

Louie . . . Good going at the BBQ, girl. All those great 'fatty-meat' smells are sooooo hard to resist. :hug:

Well I'd better get going on some errands. We seem to have lost the sun while I've been typing and the breeze is heading for stormy levels. Amazing how fast things can change around here.

Have a great day, gang. Keep moving and shaking and heading in the downward direction. See you soon . . . :carrot:

06-19-2006, 01:23 PM
WOOO HOOOooooo! I made it! You guys what a week! My internet connection...well let's say...I had NONE, NADDA...ZILCH!! Can't explain what happened to it because I'm not a whiz at the whole thing. My step-son (who is in Hong Kong) set this up for me when I got it last Christmas...well some settings went wonky and it took my younger step-son to fix it. AND THAT TOOK SOME TIME! If this were a "real" meeting room I'd be running around hugging you all! I can't believe how much I depend on you all to get through my days...I missed you all so much!

I just scanned back a few's really too much for me to catch up ladies may I pick up from here?

I gotta say Erin, sorry to hear of your grandfathers passing.

Welcome to the newbies! I look forward to getting to know you better!

Well, beleive it or not I gotta jet already. Gotta stick to the routine this week real close. Last week was a bust! NO scale victories to report. I'll be back later...I promise and hope! **fingers crossed**


06-19-2006, 01:44 PM
Oh wow . . . Tina . . . sooooo glaaaaad to see you. :hug: Thank goodness it was only a computer meltdown . . . We were really worried. Welcome back. Here's another :hug: just because.

06-19-2006, 04:23 PM
WOW, lots going on here!:o My DH had taken today off because he has a meeting this afternoon, so he asked me to go out to breakfast, and it was delicious! It's sunny and nice here today, but still cool and I love it!:D

TINA -- Girlie, I am SO GLAD to see you back here again! I'm very sorry to hear that you were having internet problems, but I'm glad that was the reason to keep you away and not something very serious! I missed you SO much!:hug:

CHERYL -- I'm so sorry for all the problems you are having with your FD! How long will she be with you? That would be a very stressful situation on top of everything else! I hope your day goes much better today.:hug:

ROBBIN -- Yes I'm under my 100 pound mark finally, but I keep going back and forth with the same few pounds. I really need to get myself in gear again!:censored: :tantrum: :kickbutt: :dunno: Please do post a recent pic of you -- PLEASE!:hug:

LOUIE -- I did have a good weekend, and the taco dinner I cooked yesterday for Fathers Day was really good!:hug:

06-19-2006, 04:52 PM
Hey girls just thought I would pop in and drop off some food facts.

When you are eating a piece of fruit, you are eating a swollen ovary! Yes, that's right...fruit comes from a flowering plant which contains an ovary which will become the fruit!

After cats eat, they always immediately bathe themselves. This is because their instinct tells them to get the food scent off of them so that predators will not smell the food and come after them

The average American visits a fast food restaurant six times a month

Elephants eat up to 500 lbs of food a day

In a typical restaurant, customers receive 27 cents worth of food for each dollar they spend

1 out of 3 of all cows in the US used for food purposes (beef) are used by the McDonald's Corp.

06-19-2006, 06:16 PM
Linda, thanks for the welcome back hug! It's good to be back!

Michelle, thanks aswell. I missed you too! I love the new AV by the way. Very beautiful picture...magnafique!

Robbin, very cool and disturbing food facts all the same. ;) The McDonalds beef one really amazed me. Every day, gazillion times a day they are serving such high caloric, high in fat food and practically giving it away. When I switched my McDonalds meal from the usual McChicken Meal to the Oriental salad and low fat dressing the price jumped up about five bucks. It costs to eat healthy and that's just discusting!

Chat later gators! Hope you are all having a great day!

06-19-2006, 10:27 PM
WHOOHOO! Tina, it is so nice to see your happy face. Big hug to you.:hug: Sorry you had computer problems.:( Was driving you nuts, huh!! I swear there are days I would like to shoot mine if I had a gun. Problem is, I probably shoot the monitor and not the computer.:rofl:

Linda...YES, cats hold big grudges. When we go on vacation for 2 weeks, my friend comes over every couple of days to feed, give a little love and empty Princess waste tray. When we get home, she totally ignores my hubby. He's the only person she gives the time of day too. It takes about a week before he is back in her good graces.

Louie...My hubby wanted to put the $200 towards our car. We are currently restoring a 57 Chevy convertible. I told him no way! Took my cut.

Well, I never had time to exercise or weigh myself today. Will try to get back to my routine tomorrow. Have a good one.


06-19-2006, 10:59 PM
Evening All...

Well, I have just returned from my manicure/pedicure, and I am now a refreshed woman! Haahaa, at least my nails and toes look better than they did...:cloud9:

Well, Tina, welcome back!!! If you read through the posts, you'll see that you were missed pretty much everyday! Glad nothing serious happened, and that you're back among us! :hug:

Robbin, I am in with you on the 15 min walking goal...especially now that the weather is hot and humid- I need to be outside getting short amounts of exercise--asthma/allergies prevent me from being out much longer as it heats up, but the 15 min walking at least once a day sounds like a plan! :running: Today, I went and checked out the new "Clocktower" on campus...which is more like a clock-post...not quite what I had imagined or thought, but still a nice enhancement all the same. It's more like an old fashioned street clock, with a nice plaza around it. Hmmmm...not the tower I thought, but still very pretty.

Erin- Very cool that you are getting the support from the family! I think Cheryl's idea is excellent-if hubby doesn't know better, that in itself helps you both out! ;)

Linda and Cheryl...Ok, here's my fire story (since I poked fun w/the "Stop, Drop, and Roll")...years ago, I was turning on the stovetop (gas stove) and my cat Cuervo was trying to jump on the stove at the same time. I kept pushing him down and trying to turn on the burner at the same time, and just as the gas "poofed' out of the burner, Cuervo's face hit the flames...he took off running and meowing like never before around my apartment...I couldn't catch him, and when I did, I was relieved to learn that his face was fine, but his whiskers had taken the brunt of the action! :flame: They were all mangled and curled up and stragly, like a cartoon character that had just been in a took forever for them to grow out, and in that time, I think he lost some sense of where he can and can't fit, because to this day, he still gets stuck places he has no business trying to get to!

Michelle, breakfast out sounds lovely-I can't remember the last time I went out for breakfast! Hmmm...maybe I'll have to do that's always so much better when someone else cooks it-regardless of what it is! :coffee: :stir:

Tricia- Congrats on your 3lb loss! Sounds like you are off to a great start! And, I had to laugh at your story-leave it to the man to say the right thing at the right time! :foot:

Louie, the patio furniture is very if I could do something about the humidity and hot weather, I'd be set! I just bought my condo in December, so I figured since I have a nice balcony now, I'd spring for some nice chairs that would last longer than one season! :beach:

I was thinking, elaborating on Robbin's idea of some sort of challenge-here's what I think: We are all so busy and running in a million directions, wouldn't it be nice if, in addition to whatever other challenges we do, we each challenged ourselves to doing at least one nice/good thing for ourselves each day? :queen: Whether it's a walk, or a few minutes of quiet time with a book, or in my case, manicure/pedicure...the sky's the limit! Be creative and do a little something for yourself- I think we could all do this with little or no pressure...what do you all think?

06-20-2006, 08:00 AM
hi gals, :wave:

tricia oh my gosh i was laughing out loud at the mental picture of your poor daughter. poor thing glad shes ok and it wasnt more serious but the way u told it was sooo funny!:D

tina, yay you're back! i thought u had deserted us now that you're soooo skinny!!!:hug:

well ladies i have bad scale news.:mad: i finally gave in and weighed, havnt done that for a while. i really didnt think i had been that bad while i was awol but iv done a **** of a lot more damage than i thought, yeah iv eaten badly and done absolutly no exercise but the rate at which weight goes on when its so hard to take it off is just ridiculous. but im not gonna let it get me down, iv done too much of that already. i know wot i need to do, i gotta get off my big butt and work out :( i need to check in here everyday and have u gals motivate me, i cant do this on my own:^:

06-20-2006, 08:24 AM
Moning ladies!!!! Another hot sweaty day here in alabama, can't seem to pay someone for rain around here! The grass is crunchy we are so dry!! Anyway, i know about another month or two i will probably be whining because it is so wet. OH well!! I got back on the eliiptical this morning and did my 2 miles in 13 min. So i think now i am going to just do 15 min and seen how far i can get, and then work on increasing the time. I need to get back on watp too but that takes a little longer than the time i have wanted to give lately. Getting new bedroom furniture this weekend so i am cleaning out drawers and will end up re-arranging the whole house before all is said and done! So i am counting some of the excess activity as exercise too!!

Liza Soooo glad to see you here again!!!!! I love the attitude you have right now:carrot: I want to say don't worry about the gain but i know how i would feel, just try to stay focused on the future and how you are going to be so much better 6 mos from now! Hang in there and look forward to seeing you around here more often! Let us help you through it, it really does make a huge difference!

Tina YEAH!! not that you had computer problems but that you are back. I am a pro at figuring worst case scenario and i am so glad that your absence was only computer related!! Keep trucking along and that scale will move. I seem to be hitting another 10 pound plateau so i am with you girl, we will find the fairy fat mother and cage her if we have to!!!! Will she still work if we cut her in half? Just kidding, glad to see you back!

Michelle Bfast with hubby sounds really nice!! What a grown up thing to do! I miss opportunities for alone time with hubby like that. Hope you are doing well and keep up with the exercise and the soreness will fade!
Robbin Okay i love fruit and know that i have that whole ovary image in mind not sure how i feel about it anymore!! great food facts! Love it! I like the mini-challenge idea but have to ponder more on what. Ryanmi's idea was good to, we are never nice to ourselves enough!

Cheryl I am trying to get Amelia to wear her goggles but she jsut doesn't want to do it. She says she can't see with them on. We'll see what happens by the end of the week. I just started the SAM's meat thing. I get a different kind of meat every other week and then repackage it like you said. I cook healthy here by hubby eats out a lot, he works 4-midnight and likes to get out of building for meals, so he makes bad choices there. I am trying to be patient with him but i know i can't push it on him. I just worry so much and hate seeing him feel so bad!

Louie What classes are you taking? Six hours of studying makes me cross eyed just thinking about it!!! You sound like a dedicated student! I was such a muncher when i studied in grad school, bad habit!

Tricia I am still laughing over the hair fire story, too funny!!! Glad it was minor in the big scheme of things! I know what you mean about the 8 year old being hormonal i have wondered if my 6 year old was!!!

Linda We are all about the hot and humid right now! I loved the cat tail fire story, not for the cat but for the laugh! I know what you mean about the looks animals can give you that seem to have such human expression! I know "they" say pets don't have emotions but they have never lived around some of my animals!!

Well girlies gotta run, hope ya'll have a great day and keep on do what you do! Erin

06-20-2006, 10:22 AM
Good Morning Girls. :hug: Hope everyone is doing well. I know the food facts weren’t ones that make you want to eat but I thought maybe we could learn something from them. LOL sorry if they were disturbing to anyone.

Well yesterday afternoon turned out pretty interesting. At 3 my daughter called me to say that my 5 year old (wow not anymore he is 6 today) was hurt. I rushed home to a little one with a broken nose. Tina, make sure your daughter never gets the bright idea to have the water sprinkler spraying the trampoline while she jumps on it, water makes it slippery. They had the sprinkler going and he was jumping slipped and hit his face on the frame.

I have had some good chuckles over everyone’s fire stories. However I am happy to report I do not have one to share. Actually that is probably one of the only “accidents” we have never experienced in our house.

Well I better get going, I will be back later for personals.

06-20-2006, 10:30 AM
Good Morning everybody . . . not too much sun today . . . lots of humidity, though . . . oh well, I guess we do have to have Summer. :(

:hug: Michelle . . . breakfast date with hubby sounds wonderful. I'm a breakfast lover, but it is so much nicer to have someone else make it.

:hug: Robbin . . . interesting food facts, especially the McD's use of beef . . . and thanks for reminding me that I've been slacking off with my FFF posting ever since I had the bad round of migraines. Will try to get back in the swing.

:hug: Tina . . . oh wow, do I ever agree with you about the high cost of eating better. As far as I'm concerned there is no excuse for the better stuff always being the more expensive stuff. The law of 'Supply and Demand' can only be stretched so far.

As a fat diabetic, one of my pet peeves is the fact that when manufacturers decide to make a 'reduced fat' product, they tend to throw in more sugar . . . when they decide to make a 'reduced sugar' product, they throw in extra fat. Ice cream is my favourite example . . . just read the cartons . . . I've yet to find one that is 'reduced fat' AND 'reduced sugar'.

:hug: Cheryl . . . wow, ain't it the truth . . . you really don't know what it's like to be snubbed until you live with a cat.

:hug: Ryanmi . . . another great little cat/fire story. Your idea about scheduling "me" time every day is a great one, too.

:hug: Liza . . . aww, gee, girl, you are so right . . . it always seems so much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it . . . but you are also right about the fact that coming here to talk on a regular basis definitely helps . . . together we can do it. YAY, us!!!!

:hug: Erin . . . new furniture is such a great mood lifter, enjoy it. You are so right about not bugging your husband, everybody has to make the decision for themselves, just keep leading by example (and being a little sneaky about what he gets to eat at home is also a step in the right direction).

Since Robbin did some recent Food Facts, I thought I'd do some Fascinating Feline Facts for my FFF today . . .

. . . Cats are born with 'attitude' . . . Cat's know how you feel, they don't care, but they do know . . . Cats don't come when they're called; in fact, they have unlisted numbers . . . Dogs will love you unconditionally; cats will ignore you, unconditionally . . . Dogs have owners; cats have staff . . . The cat is always the one in charge.

Have a good day everybody . . . Keep moving and shaking and heading in that great downward direction. see you soon. :carrot:

06-20-2006, 10:35 AM
Oh, Robbin . . . you sneaked in there while I was composing my FFF's. How terrible about your son's broken nose . . . he will definitely remember turning six. Amazing how they just have to learn things 'the hard way' sometimes.

06-20-2006, 11:06 AM
:wave: ladies !!

Another early morning for me. Just enjoying my morning :coffee: and thought I best check in as I won't have any time this afternoon/evening.

Today I write part 1 of my 2 part exam... a 4 hour multiple choice exam.. and I am going kick some accounting butt !!!!

Meowee ~ I have never had cats.. assuming that you do based on your screen name.. but I can certainly attest to the unconditional love from my dog :love:

Robbin ~ all I can say is OUCH !! I have never broken anything in my life and I certainly don't think breaking my nose would be where I want to start. Certainly a birthday he won't forget !!

Erin ~ good job on the elliptical and all that furniture moving will definately earn your lots of exercise point. In answer to your question about studying.. I am writing the national exams to achieve an accounting designation. So yes, lots of studying and dedication !!

Liza ~ darn scale !! But no worries, it sounds like you are back on track and we are here to help you :hug:

Ryanmi ~ lucky girl.. a manicure and pedicure... love them !! Your patio furniture sounds nice and makes me think that I should get some!! Your idea about doing something special for yourself once a day is a great one..and I will certainly try to incorporate that into my daily plans.

Cheryl ~ glad that you got your cut of the winnings, those car restoration projects can definately empty a wallet pretty quickly !!

Tina ~ welcome back to the cyber world !! Nice to meet you :)

Michelle ~ love love love going out for breakfast. Hubby and I try to go out often together, even if it is just for coffee. Glad to hear that you had a good weekend and that you are enjoying some nice weather.

Hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday and I will TTYS :D

06-20-2006, 11:17 AM
Good morning, girls!

I'm starting off really slowly this morning...just can't seem to get motivated to do anything around this house! Did manage to wipe down my bathroom but then got lured away by the call of my computer. haha

My husband just called and said he was out looking at eliptical machines (my birthday present!)...wanted to know if he could pick one or if I prefered to do it. I told him if he found one he it! I'm so excited!!! Although, now I'll have to quit saying "I haven't added excercise into my dieting, yet."

Michelle I am so jealous of your Oregon weather!!! My mom lives near Seattle and she calls talking about how cool it is...and here I am positively baking in Tennessee!!!

Robbin Your poor little guy! I've heard that broken noses hurt so badly! Glad I don't have any firsthand experience on it, though. However, if anyone ever needs to know how badly a broken tailbone hurts, I'm the one to ask...I've had 2! OUCH! Oh, and thanks for the fruit ovary fact. Reminds me of my best friend telling me that everytime I ate an egg I was eating a chicken period. EWWWW

Tina Glad to finally "meet" the elusive Tina. This seems like a great group of friends you have here. Hope you don't mind sharing?

Cheryl I just LOVE cat attitude. We're getting a new kitty next week. My friend has a friend who has a cat that requires more attention than she can give him. Exactly what I want...a full grown, fully trained LAP KITTY!

Ryanmi I love the be nice to yourself challenge. I have started just doing something as simple as lotion twice a day...and my skin is so soft and wonderful...I love it!

Liza I know you're disappointed about the weight gain...we ALL know exactly how that feels! I'm sure you'll just jump back in and start again. Chin up, chick!

Elem So you do an eliptical workout? Do you like it? I'm getting one for my birthday and I can't wait! Don't you just love new furniture? We bought a new house in February and got new furniture to go with it. It's been SO much fun!

Linda LOVE the cat facts! Hilarious...and SO true!

Have a great day, everyone...I'm off to start some laundry!


06-20-2006, 03:52 PM
thanks for the kind words, but to be honest it feels like im back at square one and all the hard work in the last few months was for nothing. no no no get negative head off, the hard work was not for nothing i proved to myself that when i put my mind to it i can do it. and heck im still down a size:smug:

robbin oh my gosh your poor son hope he's ok:hug:
tricia i have a treadmill and air walker, would love to have an entire gym in my living room lol have fun on your eliptical.

well iv done good so far on food but exercise i really am back to square one on. i'm back to being ready to collapse after a 2minute work out:o gonna have to start slow and build up i think.:(

06-20-2006, 05:38 PM
Good Afternoon ladies! Hope you're found well this day! I'm doing everything on target so far. Been doing some running around here and there and I finally found time to sit down and check in. Luckily, I'm still able to..;) !

Cheryl, thanks for the hug! :) The one thing that bugs me more than when my pc gives me trouble is the fact that I'm not able to fix it half the time!

Ryanmi, you look great. It's nice to see you're beautiful face! Thanks for the welcome back. BTW - I'm going to reward myself with a pedicure in about 3 weeks! Can't wait!

Liza, nice to see you too! Don't worry my dear...I don't think I would ever be able to call myself too skinny! LOL! You've got the right attitude to get up and take the scale blow with determination to change it. I know that it feels so disheartening but you must focus on the positive. You are going to be a healthier person by making this step to a better you.

Erin, you're making me want an eliptical so bad! 2miles in 13mins! I do 1.75 miles in 30mins on the treadmill. I can't even imagine what I'd do in 30 minutes on an eliptical (if I'd last that long! :D) I don't know about you, but I'm out shopping for a cage already. Can't seem to find one with holes small enough to contain that fairy!

Robin, yikes! So sorry to hear of your sons nose. That had to be the worst pain. I'm pretty cautious of my daughter jumping on the trampoline. She has her rules about it and she seems to be pretty good at following them. Her cousins came on Sunday and my nephew (9) couldn't seem to comprehend the point of not jumping too high with the girls on it (my DD - 4, and neice - 3). He was bouncing them around like rag dolls and before I could get down there Alyssa's knee bumped her nose and I had a heck of a nose bleed to deal with. I was worried that she had broken it aswell.

Linda, don't get me started on the politics of the whole thing! I could lose my composure....LOL! I was watching a documentry about the chemicals they put in foods that actually make you feel hungry shortly after consumption. The whole diet industry is nothing but a money making's just sick that nobody cares about anothers well being honestly. Here I give you cheap food to make you fat and then you spend millions to trying to get rid of it. Sheesh!

Louie, good luck on your exams. My husband is an accountant, I know how difficult it is to get your degree. Mind if I ask what part of Canada your from? It's nice to meet you too! :)

Tricia, the computer calls me a little too often too! Sometimes I can't help popping in to see what's going on. Mind you, I couldn't log in at all last my house in is fairly good shape...for now! LOL! And of course I don't mind sharing these awesome ladies. The more the merrier!

It was a gorgeous hot day. Even had a picnic in the park for lunch and now I gotta run to close the windows...seems the threat of a storm is nearby! I'll check back later!


06-20-2006, 05:49 PM
HOWDY ladies, i am getting an afternoon post here, playing with tina's old suggestion of using notes to do my personals and then cut and paste. Taken me a little to figure it out, but i think i got it! Having a day where i want to eat everything in the house. So far only had 2 sugar free ice cream treats. Hopefully i will be able to get myself under control soon! Lots of work to do so hopefully that will distract me!

LIZA - square one is one square closer than what you were before you started again!!!! You're right get the negative head off!!! Any step in a positive direction is a good thing. All the work you've done is not for naught!!!!! Like you said it just gives you the confidence that you can do it!!! Stay strong. GOOD JOB on the 2 minutes of exercise. That's two minutes that you didn't do yesterday!!! Keep it up

TRICIA - I have to be moving today but i really don't want to be!! I love my elliptical machine. I was on the treadmill at my mom's and i really realized how much i like my elliptical. It is so much more comfortable on my legs and i get 2 miles done in less than 15 min. Time is of the essence for me! I love new furniture whe i t is here and all set up, this getting ready stuff is for the birds!!! I am not good at limbo and i am having to "temporarily" put things here and there and that drives me nuts. I just want it all settled. But i love the idea of getting it here! I feel like such a grown up with all matching furniture!

LOUIE - okay you'll have to forgive me I'm a little slow, so are you taking the exam or writing it for someone else to take? Bless you either way, i do not do well with essay tests, i am too wordy as it is and tend to talk myself into more trouble than i help with that kind of test.

LINDA - I know what you mean about the fat sugar thing in the foods. It will make you insane! I am not diabetic yet but insulin resistance and am doing the no sugar low carb thing. I am amazed at how tricky the food market is!! Such as listing sugar as dextrose or sucrose so you may not think you are getting sugar. AGHHH. Anyway now that i know what to look for i am a maniac about it. trying to lighten up for the sake of those around me but i need to be strict for me. I was able to start a little conversation with hubby about eating today and he gave me the "I don't have a choice rationale". I had to let it go so i don't say things i regret!

Robbin - HOLY COW, your crew does like to keep life exciting don't they!! OWIE, did you have to do the whole emergency room thing? Yeah wet rubber can get you in a lot of trouble!! Hope he is healing well and there are no new incidents for a while!!!

well ladies, got a 6 year old begging for my attention so gonna have to run! Talk to you soon! Erin

06-20-2006, 05:51 PM
tina you must have been posting when i was - maybe we need to just put her in a garbage bag so she can't get away!! I really think the elliptical is a harder cardio work out but much less stress on my joints, research still says treadmill is the best for conditioning though, so you keep at it!

06-20-2006, 07:16 PM
Hello again . . . just wanted to pop in before dinner, because I'm hungry and I don't want to eat too early because then I only get hungry again, etcetera, etcetera. I think you all probably know that routine.

Liza . . .:hug: Absolutely right . . . look at what you've learned and getting back on track is the biggest and most important step you could take. Once you've taken a little tumble, it is so easy to say to the :devil: with it. We are all here when you need to talk. Go, girl, go . . . I'm impressed with your fantastic attitude.

Tina . . . :hug: Maybe there is a magic solution out there but the food manufacturing and weight-loss industries are blocking it from ever becoming available. In the meantime, guess we just have to keep doing it the hard way. At least we can come here and know that the support is real and not just people trying to get their hands into your pockets by sounding nice.

Erin . . . :hug: As much as it would be great to be able to cage up the fairy-fat-mother, it's probably not a good idea . . . she'd probably resent it and withhold her favours completely. :o BTW, you are so much on the right track; losing the weight is the best thing you can do to avoid becoming more than 'insulin resistant'.

Well, that got me closer to dinner time. ;) Feel like it's now safe to go down to the kitchen. Have a great evening, girls. Keep doing all the right stuff and the rewards are sure to follow. Here's some extra :dust: :dust: for all of us. I know I really need it. See you tomorrow. :carrot:

06-20-2006, 10:02 PM
Hi Gang...Things are starting to calm down and I'm not so stressed. Did good with my eating and got my walking in today. Room stills smells horrible and it takes everything I have to be able to go in, but I have to work on my quilt. Put more cleaner on the carpet today, so maybe tomorrow it won't be as bad. Tomorrow is WW, so will let you know what the scales have to say.

Michelle...We will have the FD's for 4 years if I last that long. I would like to quit, been a foster parent for 6 1/2 years. Glad you had a nice breakfast date with your hubby. Have you ever gone to 6 Flags in Washington? We are thinking about going in July.

Robbin...Awwww Robbin, so sorry to hear your little guy broke his nose. My son was about that age when he hit the curb riding his hot wheel and hit his nose/forehead. He looked like The Increddible Hulk for weeks. Had a hair line skull facture and so lucky it wasn't worse.

Tina...I sure agree with you! Anything that is healthy for you to eat, cost more. Doesn't make sense nor fair.

Ryanmi...Love your cat/fire story. My cat Friskie, lost one side of his whiskers, but not to fire. They froze and broke off. He looked so funny and it took forever for them to grow back.

Liza...We are here for you!:hug: You can do this! Just take each day, each meal as it comes. Try to pre-plan your meals/snacks if you can.

Erin...Will your hubby eat a packed lunch of left overs? My hubby does that sometimes, and it helps keep his blood sugars stable. I still use a lot of my old recipes, but subsitute FF products if I can, except for chesse. FF cheese does not melt very well. They never know they are eating low fat unless he see's the cookbook out.

Have a good evening and I'll see you tomorrow.


06-21-2006, 12:43 AM
ust popping in before settling down for the night.

Erin, I tell ya writing in notepad while going through the posts saves a lot time and grief. Glad you're figuring it out! Everytime I've tested an eliptical in the store I don't think I could last 5 minutes let alone 30! LOL! You're doing so good girl..keep up the awesome effort!

Linda, least they can't charge us for getting support from our dear friends as we're trying to undo all the wrong on and in our bodies. I was talking with mom this weekend and saying that I don't remember ever getting taught about healthy and unhealthy foods growing up. We were raised to clean our plates and have a full belly. The old up and you'll grow big and strong was always ringing through our ears. I asked her why and she said that's the way it was done in her home too. Never been so much talk about what's wrong and right. What's in this and that. But I do have to blame the industry and our generation too..I'm only 28 but I do remember that the health craze didn't become so popular till not so long ago. It's become so easy to eat so wrong. I'm glad I've realized this and trying to put an end to it now in my life, to better me and to better my daughters future.

Cheryl, I commend you girl!! My aunt is a foster mother. She has five kids in her home now, ranging from 12 to 3 mos. Two of her own. She has to document everything! Her days are on a rigid schedule and dealing with the odd out bursts are not the easiest to deal with. Let alone dealing with older ones that come with attitudes and problems have got to take the nerves of steal! You're doing a thankless job, and I have the utmost respect for you. These poor kids really need more people to care and offer guidance. Salute! Good going getting your walking fitted in today!

Well I guess I better get going. Have a great rest ladies and see you in the A.M.!


06-21-2006, 11:59 AM
Helllloooo Ladies !!

Hump day.. we made it and that means that we are on the downhill slide to the weekend.. YAHOO !! I made it through day 1 of exams, so 2 more to go then I can kick my heals up and relax.

Tricia ~ when is your birthday ?? Sounds like hubby is getting you a great gift !! I have to say that I have never tried an elliptical, but I am sure my day will come. I am planning on joining a gym in the next few weeks as I need to get this body moving :carrot:

Liza ~ sounds like you are in a good head space and YOU CAN DO IT !!

Tina ~ thanks for the well wishes on the exams !! Sounds like you are having a very productive day and even got in a picnic.. good for you !! As for where I live I am on the island in B.C. .. born and raised here.

Erin ~ no apologies necessary ! I am studying to become a CMA (certified management accountant) and as part of the certification I have to write a national exam (candidates all across Canada write the same exam over a 3 day period). Tuesday's exam was a 4 hour multiple choice test and then on Thursday I have to write a business case in 4 hours based on information that they provide on a company. Phew.. just makes me tired writing about it ;)

Meowee ~ hope you had a good evening ! I see that you post on the crafters page.. what sorts of crafts do you do ??

Cheryl ~ good for you for staying on program and getting your walk in. I am sure you will do awesome at your weigh in !!!

Okay who have I missed... Robbin, Michelle, Ryanmi, TeaHoney..ummm :?: Hope you are all having a great day !!

Well I best skedaddle and get on with things.. Cheerio !!

06-21-2006, 12:21 PM
Morning, chickies . . . another unsettled day in Nova Scotia . . . warm and humid and on and off sunny.

The Fairy-Fat-Mother made a quick stop last night. Guess she already had a fairly heavy load of ugly pounds collected from other stops on her route because she only took .6 away from my house, but I'm happy with every little bit that goes in the proper downward direction. :D

Cheryl . . . very glad to hear that your stress level is down a little and I hope the F-F-M makes it to your house this morning, too. :hug:

Tina . . . as you know, I'm 63 and grew up in the era of "think of all the starving children in . . . . " (insert the favourite 3rd world country of the moment). It was post WWII and everybody was just so thrilled to be finished with rationing and other food shortages during the war that they were really going overboard on the quantity and variety of food on the table at every meal. Personally, I think that era was the real beginning of the 'more is better' mentality that has gotten us where we are today. Oh well. :hug:

Louie . . . good luck on the rest of the exams. :hug: Cheryl posts on Crafters, Inc. too. Are you a crafter? come on over and join us. I do a lot of stuff, tend to go in waves . . . I knit and crochet, do a lot of cross-stitch, some beading, some quilting, some tole-painting; whatever seems to catch my interest at the moment. It's harder to overeat when you keep the hands busy (not impossible, but harder). ;)

Have a great day, gang. See you later. Keep heading down that long winding road to beater health. :carrot:

06-21-2006, 12:49 PM
Good morning chickies! I'm waking up to a beautiful day, lots of sun and a light breeze. Perfect cause I wanna fit some housework in today. The kind that makes you know ceiling to floor type cleaning. LOL! And at least I'll have some relief coming through the windows.

I'm feeling really motivated today the scale finally budged 1/2lb. Seems like every little bit gets harder and harder to get off. And then you get so confused...what should I do exercise more, eat more calories..less calories...throw in a cheat???? AAAhhhhh!!

Louie, Yay for hump day! Tomorrow is my daughters last day of preschool and then next year will be the big school...wooOOOOoo. It's going to be a hard week to say the least. I'll realize she's growing up and probably start bawling and she'll have to say bye to her best friend who doesn't get to start KD till next year. So who is it going to be harder on?? LOL! I'm in northern Alberta...Grande Prairie. Always wanted to visit the west coast, make plans every year to try to get to Vancouver but something always derails us. As far as I made it was Abotsford and Vancouver airport on a pit stop. Looks great from the air though! ;) I'll be thinking of you during your exam, I wish you all the luck!

Linda, well..well..well. I see what happened the fairy fat mother stopped at your place first and decided she'd take the same amount from me. I thought she was stronger than that! LOL! Congrats on the loss! You seem to be picking up nicely! Thanks for the run down on the history of how bad eating habits initialized. Makes a lot of sense and in actuallity we'd probably do it all over again today if we were faced with it.

Have a good one girlies! I'll be thinking and wishing you all the strength and power it takes to get through your obstacles. As we know we are faced everyday with choices.

Check back later! TTFN!


06-21-2006, 01:18 PM
I got on the scale this morning. I've gained 13 pounds since last I weighed a couple of months ago. I am so angry with myself. Why do I do this over and over and over again? I changed my ticker and hopefully it will be going down soon. I refuse to stay this size. I caught my reflection walking past my mirror the other day and I couldn't believe what I saw. So here I go again...

06-21-2006, 02:24 PM
Tracey, I'm glad that you're climbing back aboard the wagon! Don't worry we all know how it feels and no one, not even yourself, will beat you up for having a rough spot. We're all too familiar with the never ending cycle of disappointment and discouragement that leads to unhealthy cycles of bad food choices and no exercise which leads to more disappointment and discouraging thoughts of "I'm never going to do this". The hardest part is to change the cycle and fight the urge to give in. You can do is doable! Proud of you girl for stopping the cycle in its tracks and start reverting it! We'll be cheering you on!

06-21-2006, 02:42 PM
Hello Ladies, I am a little late getting here today because for some reason I could not access 3FC this morning. Kept telling me that the page was not accessible. But I am here now.

For the past 2 mornings I have got on the scales they have said 237, so I have decided to say screw the only moving my ticker on Sunday. As you can tell I moved it today.

Tina – We have always had pretty strict rules about our trampoline, however I guess we never thought of telling them not to put the sprinkler where it sprays on it, I guess kids will always think of things parents don’t think of.

Liza – You are farther along than square 1, cause you know what you need to do and you have the right attitude to do it. You also know that we are here to help you. You can do this I know you can.

Tricia – Broken tailbone sounds very painful. Lucky for me I have never had a broken bone. I have had cracked ribs but nothing broken before. I am also sorry for telling you about the fruit ovary, because now I am not sure I will ever eat an egg again. LOL

Erin – Yep did the emergency room thing, but it has been a while since we made the trip so I have actually kinda been expecting one. It seems like we have to make that run at least once every 6 months. My oldest boy is an accident waiting to happen. He has had more stitches that the rest of the family combined. He has had them in his head, lip, foot, and once to sew a finger back on that my daughter smashed off in the bathroom door. That was a heart attack for me. With all the kids combined we have had 2 broken wrists, 1 broken ankle and now a broken nose. LOL wow we do keep the doctors pockets full don’t we.

Cheryl – You should try going to the pet store and buying the bacterial pet odor cleaner. It works on so many smells. It has bacteria in it that eats the bad bacteria that causes stink. It is a little pricy at about $6.00 a bottle but it really works.

Louie – I am a degreeless accountant and the more I know about getting the degree the happier I am that I never messed with it. However it has taken me about 15 years to get to where I am and finally making a decent amount of money for the work I do. I commend you for getting your degree. I am sure education will make the career easier.

Linda – I am sorry that I loaded the Fairy-Fat-Mother with my 1 pound but I couldn’t help it. Maybe next time she will make the stop at your house first. Congrats on the .6.

Tracey – I am so sorry you have had a gain. You have to make sure you come here and post as often as you can. It really helps. These girls are what keep me going and I am so willing to help anyone I can.

Ok one more thing from me and I will cut out of here. Did anyone know that Pizza Hut has a low fat and a low carb menu? I had their Low Fat Chicken Supreme Pizza :jeno: :hun: today for lunch and it was so yummy. At only 4 grams of fat per a slice it is definitely something I can work into my week and not feel guilty. Of course I still only had 2 slices, 4 fat grams is way better than the normal 20 but still adds up.

Well girls, Check back later. Lets all be losers today.

06-21-2006, 08:05 PM
Hello, Hello, Hello...:wave:

What a day/week..and it's only Wednesday! First of all, it is about 90+ degrees here, with 90% humidity...and stupid me forgot to get her allergy pills refilled! (I was so excited about the steroids being gone, I didn't even think about the allergy pills! :dizzy: ) Oh well...I'll stop and pick them up on the way home!

In addition to hot conditions, I am also a bit hot with the temper right now! :mad: Some days, I think I have the most self-centered, irritating staff on the planet!! One is on medical leave for the next 6 weeks, one is doing clinical hours a couple of mornings a week and supposedly making up the time missed (not!!) by not taking lunches, one has her head up her rear a good 90% of th eday, but has been here so long (40years) that there is no way I can get rid of her, one has been in and out (mostly out) the last two weeks as necessary because her daughter just had a baby, and then I have one student employee that works harder than all of them! With staffing issues like these, and a busy summer full of stuff, including vacations that they ALL want to take, I asked the one w/the new grandchild for her plans over the next few weeks (after being gone tomorrow and friday, of course) so that I could kinda plan ahead. What do I get? Attitude! Serious attitude...I get a "well, I need to use my time"...Know what I said?? And I quote:"You have a lot of GD nerve giving me an attitude like that, when I am only trying to plan ahead, so that you all can do the things you want/need to do!" She just shut up and didn't say anything else. So...does it sound like I crabby? :smug: I really am not, but I am just so tired of the selfishness-everyone wants what is coming to them and could care less about anything else...:rolleyes:

So, I did take the last two steroids this morning:yes: :yes: :yes: :woo: We'll see what happens on Sunday when I weigh...:crossed:

Robbin, I could not access this AM either-I automatically blame it on the IT at work, so I am glad to know it wasn't just me! How is the walking going?? :)

Tina, I need gardening advice! I want to get 3 pots and plant flowers in them, for my patio...need suggestions on hearty flowers that can take a combo of shade and sun, that are low maintainence...I know marigolds, but do you have any other suggestions? As our resident landscaper/gardner, I figure you may have a suggestion??? :flow1:

Erin, GREAT job w/the elipitical...I have a long way to go to be coordinated enough for one of those! I'm sticking to the walking for the time being-I figure I'll get that down and then maybe go for something bigger!:running: And, I never did answer your previous question- yes, I know where Hoffman Estates is-NW suburb of Chicago- about 45 min away from me! I used to have some friends in that area!

Cheryl, they sell some stuff here called "TSP" (I think?) that is a heavy-duty cleaner designed to get odors and stains out of walls, carpet, etc??? Many people I know have used it to clean their houses in similar situations, so maybe if it's by you, it may be worth a try?? Good Luck!! :wizard:

Linda, .6lbs is certainly better that .0lbs!!! Every little bit counts!! :carrot:

Louie-GOOD LUCK on the tests, and their outcomes! I work in Higher Ed, and always love to see people achieve their educational goals!!! Congrats!!! :high:

Tricia- What a supportive husband you have...sounds like a keeper! Happy Early Birthday!! :hat:

Tracey-I don't know you well, but I had lost 40lbs and gained 30 back recently because of medications I was taking...I understand your pain all too well! Just jump back in and realize that you have done it before, so you know you can do it again! :)

Liza, hang in there and know that we are rooting you on! :grouphug:

Michelle- where is your smiling face dear?? That breakfast must have been something... ;)

Oh well...almost time to get outta here...Have a great evening all!

06-21-2006, 09:31 PM
Evening ladies!!! I started some of this this morning but then had same trouble as Robbin getting on! So may seem a little long but it really is two posts in one! I am doing okay, cravings are out the roof again and i am trying not to give in. So much going on getting ready for the furniture to come and i am exhausted all the time for some reason! Sounds like I am ready for VACATION!!!!

Linda - I know what you mean about getting into the kitchen too early - gets me every time. I have started reading smut novels again and that has helps take up some time when i feel the urge to eat. I succumbed some yesterday though. Fortunately is has not hurt the scale yet but my blood sugar was up a little. I am still within normal but had been down at or below 80 and now am back above 90. Oh well still way better than the 110-120 i had been running! Glad to hear you sent another .6 packing with the fairy fat mother!!! Every little bit counts!

Cheryl - good job on the walking!!! Have you used febreeze in your room yet? I love that stuff and have used it often to get rid of cigarette smoke. spray everything until it is slightly damp then open the room and turn on a fan. Has worked well for me. Good luck with weigh in! Hubby is starting to take packed lunches and the more he does the more i try to cook. Half the time i don't tell him all the substitutions i made, he just packs it up and takes it. The problem is sometimes he still goes out and then throws away the healthy stuff he packed!

Tina - the first time i got on the elliptical i lasted exactly 2 min and thought death would be kind at that point! I really do enjoy it now, scary huh? I know what you mean about being taught about good foods. We weren't really in the clean the plate group but we definitely mimicked what i saw my dad doing especially and he is a sweet tooth snacker. Since my kids are still pretty young i am hoping they will catch on to the healthy example i am trying to set now and i won't have ruined them for life! Both of them are thinner than i was at their age and it just seems they have a different body type all together. I am keeping my fingers crossed and trying to be a good example! So did you get all of your cleaning done? My floor to ceiling stuff usually comes with some re-arranging. If i'm going to move something to clean behind it why not put it somewhere else when i am done!

Tracey - Hang in there girl, you can do this. Oh and if you figure out why we keep doing this to ourselves please let me know so i can stop. I have been doing well but the urge to eat everything i see is getting stronger and stronger. I am coming up with more and more excuses as to why i don't have to exercise as well. It is a daily struggle, BUT WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!! Please come around more often and let the support of this group help you, i know it has done so much for you. Don't focus on the weight you have gained but the friendships you have made here and how they can help you through this!!!

Robbin - We have made several emergency room trips but only one for falling down the stairs and my son not wanting to walk on his leg but suddenly being cured when the doctor saw him and made mommy look like and idiot. we had lots of respiratory problems as infants and then we liked to eat things, like alcohol based hand sanitizer(have you ever seen a drunk 18 month old, rather entertaining) and my dad's prostate medication. Charcol stays in the poopy for about a week, just in case you wanted to know! Congrats on the ticker movement, must be nice to be solidly in the 230's now. Just think 220's are only 7 pound away! Is pizza hut offering a low carb pizza?? I have been dying for one, my whole wheat tortilla version just isn't cutting it anymore!

Ryanmi - Boy do i feel guilty now, I was one of those giving a little attitude myself yesterday about a vacation i requested 3 mos ago and my supervisor was trying to insinuate i may not be able to take. I came back with a you've known about this for a long time and I am going to PA and you can't stop me kind of comment. Maybe I should go appologize!! I can understand how being the boss and trying to make everything work for all the ungreatful people could get really frustrating! Cool you know where Hoffman estates is, i was there about 25 years ago so remember very little about it!

Louie - very challenging to WRITE an exam! hard enough just to take them! Good luck, i am sure you will do well. the relaxation will be so wonderful when it's time. Nothing better than a job completed to let yourself really relax.

Well girls the kids are literally riding circles around me and I need to do some paper work so that i can get to bed early again. Long day tomorrow. Catch ya in the AM!

06-21-2006, 09:52 PM
Erin, don't you DARE apologize for wanting a vacation!! After giving someone 3mo notice, I think you are right! Unless someone in the office died (they didn't, did they), your boss is outta line, and needs to step in and pick up whatever the slack is that he/she thinks will occur while you are gone! That's his/her job! :soap:

My people are thoughtless as a general rule, not just limited to vacations...they also work the 8:32-4:58 workday though...and get upset when I cancel one casual friday a year. :rollpin: I'm soooo unreasonable! ;)

Ok...Go on vacation- I am done now! :D

06-21-2006, 10:40 PM
Evening All...The fairy fat mother decided to visit others this week.:( I was up .3lbs, but it could of been more if I had caved in to stress which I didn't.:D I know that I will see her next week.:wizard: Made it up to my room this afternoon and it's beginning to smell better in there. I got the rest of my kids pressed together, so tomorrow I can start putting them on the quilt.

Louie...Hope you sailed through your exams today.

Tina...Thanks for you kind words. It can be very rewarding, but also very stressfull. Congrats on the .5lbs.

Linda...So that fairy fat mother paid you a visit as well, nice she had room for your .6lbs as well. Could you please send her my way? Pretty please:hug:

Tracey...First, don't be angry with yourself. You are still here, determine to get fit and healthy. We are here for you, all stuggling for the same out come as you. Hang in there!!!!!!:hug:

Robbin...Thanks for the tip on the pet ordor. I'll have to see if WalMart has it.

Ryanmi...You have every right to be crabby!! I can't stand self-centered people. You might try geraniums for your pots. They are very hardy and come in many colors.

Erin...No, I haven't tried febreeze. I will look into it also. Some things I can't use because of my allergies.

Liza and Michelle...Hope you both had a good day.:hug:

Going to leave you gals with some phases we should say to ourselves every day.

Empowering Beliefs:
I am a winner
There is nothing I can't handle
Be free of guilt today
My possibilites are endless
My family will benefit from my healthy choices

Positive self-Talk:
I am the best friend I have
I am a capable human being
I love myself for who I am
I deserve to be fit
I am able to handle any problem I face

I have accomplished harder challenges than this before
I have the abi,ity to reach my goals
I am responsible for my own feelings
Belief in myself is a step towards personal growth

Hope you write these down and when you feel down, or the weight just isn't dropping like you want, or you have cheated and feel bad, read them. Negitive thoughts will not help us to reach our goals, only possitive thoughts will.:hug: :hug:


06-21-2006, 10:46 PM
Sorry gals, I didn't proof read before ai hit submit.

I have the ability to reach my goals.

Under Positive Self-Talk, problem should be problems.


06-21-2006, 11:34 PM
Hey girlies, just popping in. I had a good day overall. I decided having two rounds of cardio on the treadmill today. I did 4 miles in all buring over 600 calories. I'm pretty proud of myself. Hopefully the fairy fat mother is too! ;D

Robin, I checked up the pizza hut site and looked at the different options of low fat pizza. Sounds yummy! I went to the canadian site and it doesn't specify for sure that it's available. :( I guess I could always call them. You want to hear something even more stupid than putting a sprinkler near the trampoline?? My cousins and I not only soaked it with water....WE PUT SOAP ON IT!!! Boy what idiot things we can do when we're kids. hahaha Good thing we all came out with our limbs still attached and our heads screwed on the right way. I think about it now and all I can do is shake my head and say that was too close for comfort!

Ryanmi, so I guess it really isn't all fun and games being the boss. Sorry you have to deal with such selfish people. Hopefully things start spiffing up around there and you don't have to pull your hair out. I really had to laugh at the comment of me being the resident gardener. I really only just try my best..I don't have a lot of experience in the area. But I will suggest something that I like for pots. If you really want something hardy...petunias, petunias, petunias! You can use an assortment of marigolds (orange and yellow) in the middle and get a purple wave petunia to fall over the edge. The orange and purple will be so striking. Petunias grow so thick and bountiful, just be sure to pick the spent blooms to encourage new growth. Hope that helps.

Erin, there is a sticky at the top of the forum page that says they had an outage due to a lightening strike. Hang in there girl. Those cravings can be the worst but you'll feel so much more better avoiding them. Hey, if you can turn down smores around the campfire you can avoid anything!! You do sound like you need a vacation, I hope the next two weeks are speedy so you're able to go enjoy yourself with your family in PA. I so get what you mean about being a good example for your kids. I fear my daughter will end up with the same issues as myself. I'll know for sure when she hits puberty, that's when I started to gain weight. By then I sure hope I have a handle of everything in this new lifestyle of mine. When is cleaning ever done!? LOL! I got a good hold of it, but still not quite to where I want it to be.

Cheryl, sorry the fairy fat mother didn't get a chance to visit you. Hang in there and she will be there shortly. Keep doing the good stuff! It's probably just a little fluctuation anyhow. I'd take it as maintenance, what's 0.3!!?? Thanks for the congrats btw. Love the positive self-talk phrases. They are so fitting. Thanks for sharing!

I'm going to do some ironing now. Hopefully make a good dent in the pile. Have a great night girls and I'll see you in the morning!


06-21-2006, 11:35 PM
Good evening chicks! Hope you all had great days. I just got home from dinner with a girlfriend....with a to go box!!! I actually left enough on my plate to warrant her asking if I wanted to take it with me...and not only was grilled fish and brown rice....rather than the hamburger and fries I eyed. haha

Well, I got my elliptical...but DH had to go out of town so he couldn't get it put together. I tried, but on the first bolt dropped the wrench down into the flywheel now I'm going to wait on him to get home to get it out! :o

Robbin Thanks for the pizza tip...and sorry about the egg comment. :^: It is pretty gross! I still eat them, though! Ouch on your son's finger getting slammed off in the bathroom door. I commend you for handling it...and remaining conscious!

Ryanmi I understand completely about your staff. Before DH and I got married a couple of years ago I was lab manager over 14 HORRIBLE :devil: women! I would put mine up against yours any day. It was the most miserable I've ever been...literally throwing up every day before work...Thank God I'm out of there!!! On the flowers, (even though I was "eavesdropping..hehe" I'd suggest either Geraniums or New Guinea Impatiens.

Cheryl Not that you need another cat pee tip but have you tried "Urine Gone"? Supposedly it works great.

Erin Thanks for your elliptical suggestions. I can't wait to try mine. I hope I can manage at least 3 minutes! ;)

Linda Nice job on the downward scale momentum! Let's keep it going, huh? Way cool!

Tracey It seems like you've done the right thing in just jumping back on the wagon, though. I'm glad to see you here. :hug: I know that when it's getting hard for me to turn down a treat I come on here and read what these ladies are saying...and read the success stories...and my cravings really just go away. This is a great place to be!

Louie How'd exams go today? Only 1 day left!!!:D

Have a great sleep tonight!


06-22-2006, 08:24 AM
Morning girlies! :carrot: :carrot: Hope ya'll are having a good start to the day! I am suffering from "so much to do don't know where to start" which usually means i eat so instead i am trying to type! I have really got to get some paperwork done but just don't feel like it!

Cheryl - good attitude!! .3 can be nothing more than a scale glitch difference in clothing etc! You are right, be proud that you didn't cave into the stress you've been under, don't know that i could have done that! Thanks for the words of affirmation, we all need those at times! How awsome that you can share them at a time when i would want to be sticking my head in the sand! You are an amazing woman Cheryl! Glad to hear the room is getting better!

Tina - go girl!!! 4 miles on the treadmill, i would die! You are definitely the exercise queen! Yeah vacation is well needed, i am counting the days to say the least. I dread puberty! my dughter already seems to have mood swings and i can't imagine how bad its going to get then! I was gaining my weight as a child long before then, so i am hopeful but she is already a carb lover and will eat only very few vegetables. I'm hoping that's one of the many phases of childhood and as she ages she will get a more varied diet.

Tricia - congrats on the good choices and eating less at dinner! Isn't it great when we do the right thing! Sorry hubby couldn't get the eliptical together before he left! It's lots of fun! I'm sure you will tackle the three minutes and add more to it before you know it!

Ryanmi - I think my boss's biggest problem is she's a nurse and I am a PT so she can't do what I do and has to beg and plead from others to get someone to do it for me, and of course everyones answer is no. But she is bad about waiting till the last minute to try to find help though. Anyway, like I said come **** or high water I am going, so she will just have to deal. I hope your staff will calm down and try to look at things from your perspective for a second or two. It can be so hard to put the shoe on the other foot and think about how others have to do things! Maybe you could have them do a little day in the life kind of thing and let them see how hard your job really is. Hang in there, just remember all though killing may seem like a good option at times, think about how good you'd look in an orange jumpsuit, always makes me stop!

Well girlies gotta run, i really do need to at least make the list of everything i want to get done or i'll never remember it all! Ya'll have a good one!

06-22-2006, 10:39 AM
Hey ladies how is it going for you all? Good here, with not much to report. I am gonna be real busy today cause my receptionist is gone on vacation and my boss is at a convention. I will be answering phones all day and man do I hate to answer phones.

Ryanmi – LOL you ask how the walking is going LOL well I haven’t started it yet. I keep intending on walking but every evening things come up that take up my time and I just don’t get to it. However my husband is also out of town right now and will not be back until this Sunday (he has been gone 2 weeks). When he gets home it will take some of the stress off of me and I hopefully I will be able to fit it in.

Erin – First off I will give the advice Tina gave me when I was having bad cravings and was exhausted that really helped. Look at your calorie intake. Are you getting enough. Definitely do not go below 1200 and try to keep it around 1400. It sounded like a lot to me because I had cut back to 1100 and only 10 grams of fat, but when I upped it to about 1300 I feel much better, I am not having cravings like I was and I am still loosing. It sounds like you guys have had some interesting trips to the ER also. And yes Pizza Hut has Low Carb options.

Cheryl – How many kids are you putting on your quilt? I really wish you would take a picture of what you have so far so I can see it. I am very interested. I do not have very man crafty bones in my body but love quilts. I just wish I could make one that would stay together after going through the wash.

Tina – LOL yeah I understand about the stupid things we do as kids. When I was a teen living at home I would climb out my bedroom window, which was on the 2nd floor, and jump off the roof onto our trampoline. LOL I actually got onto my oldest boy the other day for jumping on the trampoline from out of the tree.

Tricia - I only remained conscious during the finger removal because I was not home at the time. I was at work and my husband was at home. But that was a long time ago. My oldest boy is now 12 and it happened when he was around 2 and my daughter was almost 4.

Lets all be losers today.

06-22-2006, 11:04 AM
Good Morning, everybody . . . Nova Scotia weather is just about perfect today . . . it's sunny and pleasantly warm, but the humidity from yesterday has mostly blown away. :cool: Love it like this and wish I could share it with everybody . . . too bad the jet stream doesn't run that way. ;)

Our local SPCA has a little program on the community TV station and I just saw two of the cutest tuxedo (black and white) kittens; little identical twins. I'm now working hard to convince myself that my house cannot handle two more cats. My friend who was here having coffee with me at the time is no help . . . she has 6 dogs and 1 cat and thinks 5 cats would be much better than only 3. Stay strong, Linda. :^:

Picked up new glasses yesterday and they are driving me nuts. The right lens is great but the left is terrible . . . actually I think it is the blossoming cataract in the left eye that is causing most of the problems not the new perscription so I'm trying to put up with it until I see the opthamologist early next month . . . but right now it's like I've only got one properly funcioning eye and I feel a little lopsided, to say the least.

Tina . . . I'm glad the FFM took a little bit from you, too. :hug: Yep, soap and water on the trampoline would be really something.

Tracey . . . great attitude, girl. :hug: Stay strong and you'll be back on the downward path in no time.

Robbin . . . glad the FFM hit your place, too. :hug: Thanks for the update on Pizza Hut. I don't have one locally, but will have to keep it in mind for when I'm in a neighbourhood that does.

Ryanmi . . . sorry to hear about your heat wave (both kinds). :hug: Over my years in business, I supervised a lot of staff and only ever had one woman that drove me crazy with her attitude; all the rest were pretty great.

Erin . . . I had the same problems yesterday. :hug: Amazing how desperate you can feel when you can't get here for the morning's support fix, isn't it? BTW, I loved your advice to Rayanmi . . . unfortunately it might not have worked for me . . . orange is my favourite colour. :D

Cheryl . . . wow, girl, :hug: considering the stress you've been under, that .3 is a definite victory. Hopefully the FFM visits us all next week. Just keep doing all the good stuff, including that positive thinking, and you will be rewarded.

Tricia . . . great NSV at the restaurant :hug: So sorry, you couldn't get the elliptical together. The waiting must be horrible. Hope Mr. Fix-It will be home soon.

A great big Hi and a :hug: for everybody else, too.

Well, I'd better get something constructive done. Here's some :dust: to keep us all on the great downward trail, and I'm giving myself a little extra dose of :dust: to keep me away from the kitten store. Keep moving and shaking, gang . . . see you soon. :carrot:

06-22-2006, 11:18 AM
Here are a few little Supermarket tips for today . . .

. . . Don't buy frozen food if there are large ice-crystals on the package; it may have been thawed and refrozen . . . Never buy a jar that feels sticky; something has gone wrong somewhere . . . Foods on the lowest shelves are usually the least expensive . . . The highest profit items are found at eye level . . . The most popular items are usually found in the middle of the display area allotted to that kind of item . . . Always check the expiry date on perishable sale items.

Later . . . gators.

06-22-2006, 11:19 AM
Morning All...Thought I'd get a few post done before I head up to my rooom for awhile. Have to leave this morning to take FD to court and court is 1 1/2 hours away, so I'll be doing a lot of driving today.

Tina...Wow girl! I'm so impressed with you, 4 miles is awesome!:carrot:

Tricia...Great job on bring home a to go box and making healthy choice for dinner, even though I'm sure the burger was whispering in your ear.

Erin...Thanks for your words of encouragement. Glad you liked the words of
affirmation. We are our own best friend, so we have to treat ourselves right.

Robbin...I think you were gone on your float trip when I posted a picture of the quilt the end of May. In Support Groups, go to Crafters Incorporated, page 13 to see it. I will have over 90 kids on it. If you lived closer to me, I'd be happy to teach you to quilt. You can always take a class at a quilt shop.

Well gang, those kids are not going to get on the quilt by themselves, so I best get busy before I have to go. Check back later and have a good one.


06-22-2006, 11:31 AM
G'Day Chicks !!

Nothing much to report this morning. Last exam to get through today and then I can officially relax for the summer.. well except that I have to go back to work and clean the house and and and.. LOL

Meowee ~ I am a tole painter. I have been painting for about 10 years, but have been on a hiatus for the past 2 years. I was actually looking through some magazines last night thinking I should pick my brushes up again now that I have some time. I find it very relaxing and rewarding. Congratulations on the visit from the Fairy Fat Mother !!!

Tina ~ readying your posts make me tired.. you have so much energy girl :carrot: I am sure all your hard work will be rewarded by a visit from the Fairy FM. Your daughter must be looking forward to her last day of preschool today... although I would think that preschool is probably pretty fun!! I assume she is going on your trip with you ??

TeaHoney ~ a big :hug: for you. First off I give you much kudos for coming here and telling us that you had a gain. Alot of people would have just quit posting .. but not you. Some of us are just starting so you can enjoy the journey with us !!

Robbin ~ I am certainly hoping that all of this hard work will pay off in the end. I am in my mid 30s and I am already in middle management, so I know I needed the designation to be able to move up the ladder. Hopefully your day wasn't too busy with phones and congratulations on moving your ticker down !!!

Ryanmi ~ wow, my work sounds like a cake walk compared to what you are going through. We definately have those people that come to work and think that they should be given everything that they want but then ask them to do something and they give you attitude.. ARGGG they frustrate me too !!!! YEAH.. no more steroids !! I am sure you will have a great WI.

Erin ~ when does your vacation start ? It sounds like you are most deserving of it soon !!! I think in my attempt to clarify what I am doing at school that I confused things even more.. LOL When I said I was writing an exam I actually meant that I was taking an exam. Like you said taking it is hard enough.. I couldn't imagine writing one !!!

Cheryl ~ well done on maintaining this week.. 0.3lbs is nothing !! Love all of your quotes. At my desk at home I have a little stained glass angel hanging from my lamp that is holding a charm that says "You can do anything", it has definately been a source of encouragement while I have been studying.

Tricia ~ great job on eating out with your G.F. An excellent menu choice and leftovers WHOOHOOO !! Glad to hear that you got your elliptical, but too bad about the wrench. Hopefully hubby will be home soon to get it all together for you !! I didn't have an exam to write on Wednesday, I just had to do all the prep for the exam that I write today. It is a strategic business case so I had to do some background work and look into the industry (Fish Farming).

Michelle and Liza ~ hope all is well with both of you !!

It is great to see so many people posting and I hope I didn't miss anyone. Have a great day one and all and I will "see" ya soon :D

06-22-2006, 04:24 PM
Well girls having to do a midday check in is kind of nice! I like seeing our group so active. Got a llittle scary there for a while!

Louie - vacation starts june 30, one week from Friday, 8 days and counting! Good luck on the exams, almost sounds like a lawyers exam with all the essays!

Cheryl - hope your drive went well, I always have to chuckle when i see you writing about "pressing kids" you can only imagine what images come to mind!

Linda - No more Kitties, no more kitties, well only if you really want to! It can be so hard to resist! A friend of mine had cataract surgery over the last few weeks, she is now able to see without her glasses and i am no longer afraid to let her wash my dishes! It was a little scary before!

Robbin - I have never counted calories and not sure i want to, i am afraid i may be eating too many! Sometimes i think the cravings come from eating too little carbs, hard to say. Could just be stress thing related to the activities of the last week or so!

Well i have been putting off the inevitable here for a while. I have got to get things cleaned out and ready to be moved. My brother in law in coming in the morning to help my husband and i have to have a detailed map of where everything goes and have it ready to move! Furniture is supposed to come between noon and 4 on saturday! I am getting really excited!!!!!!! Will probably just catch ya'll in the am. Moving the desk the computer is on is part of the re-arranging so will probably have to disconnet here shortly!

06-22-2006, 06:54 PM
Hi ladies! Hope you're doing well. I've been out all day! As I was dropping Alyssa off at school I suddendly realized I didn't have gifts bought for the teachers..aacckk! So I spent the duration of the time she was in school to shop. I ended up buying tea cups and saucers (with nice spring flowers on them), a pretty pkg. of shortbread cookies (apparently directly from scotland) and coffee scented candles. I put some packets of gourmet cocoa in the cups from home seeing I don't allow myself them anymore. hehehe! Made a nice little arrangement out of it all and wrapped it cellaphane, ribbons and bows and thank you cards. I think that outta do it. Then while shopping with 1/2hr. till pick up I realized I was supposed to meet friends at the park for a picnic and didn't have time to rush home and pack, so I ended up buying Subway instead. 5gram of fat 6" on brown, grilled chicken sub with a side soup. I must say my water intake is suffering today. I gotta try to pick it up now. ANnnnndd after dinner I have to drive out to pick up my mother who wants to attend Alyssa's end of the year preschool picnic tomorrow. My day is packed!

Tricia, great job with your choices while eating out with your girlfriend. Awesome self-control. I used to have a heck of a time watching someone eating something like hamburger and fries that I would love to nibble on myself. But it does get easier with time when you realize your choice is actually going to enhance your healthy life style. I hope you're able to get your eliptical put together real soon, I know I would be itchen' too! ;)

Erin, I actually got up at 6:15 AM this morning to do my walking. That's 15 mins. earlier than before. I think I was feeling a little too much like an exercise queen if you ask me cause I sure feel like I can use those extra 15 now! What kind of furniture are you getting? Living room, bedroom??

Robbin, it's too bad you can't enjoy the office all to yourself. Put the phones on voice mail and have a ciesta! LOL! I bet that is one story your son will never hear! I know there are things that I've done that I would never want Alyssa to hear either. Wouldn't want her to start justifying stupid things in her head...well, mom did it!

Linda, just remember cute little kittens grow up to be lovely big cats with attitude! Although, I would have a hard time resisting too! Let us know what you decide!

Cheryl, thanks! Have a safe trip and hope this court thing isn't something for being in trouble.

Louie, yes my daughter loves preschool. Who wouldn't love getting to sit around playing, painting, making crafts and listening to stories all day! LOL! And yes she is coming on our HK trip. She's very excited about visiting disney land over there. She doesn't even mention about seeing her's all mickey, mickey, mickey! :) I would have to think taking on school and working and taking care of a house and husban takes a certain amount of energy too! I may not be as good as you..hehe!

Phewww..I think that's it! Have a great rest of your day ladies! I'll check back later!


06-22-2006, 07:18 PM
Hi guys.

It's been a strange day for me. I've felt hungrier than usual...and guiltier than usual. Although, I'm not sure I have anything to feel guilty about. My goal is to eat like a skinny I can become a skinny person. So that's what I've been doing...but since I'm not officially counting calories or anything sometimes I get this feeling that I shouldn't have had something. Example, I had a slice of bacon on an egg sandwich for breakfast. Afterward, I really felt bad that I had added the bacon. Then I tried to tell myself that even skinny people occasionally have now what? haha I think my hunger is stemming from boredom so I went and got a new book from the library. Hopefully that will help during the times when I don't have a whole lot going on. I'm also going to get my scrapbook out later this evening and do a few pages. I don't allow myself to have food anywhere near that's a great diversion!

Cheryl - Hope court went ok this morning. I have considered fostering many times but what it boils down to in the end is I'm a scaredy cat and a terrible worrier. I just couldn't bring troubled kids into my home where I have my own kids to take care of. That's fear and worry on my part...not an opinion of what your doing. Please understand that. I admire you and hope someday I can get over my own anxieties in order to help those who are born into such unfortunate circumstances.

Linda - Have you managed to keep your home a 3 cat home so far? haha I had to laugh because we're getting a new kitty and I'm so excited I'm about to bust. A friend of a friend has one she's giving away...and he's already a great big lap kitty!!!! Just what I wanted. Problem...his name is Posey...can you imagine??? I'm changing it, though. I figured, if he was a stray I wouldn't know his name anyway so hopefully it won't mess up his whole life. haha I think we're going to call him Hank.

Louie - So your big test continued today? Do you finish up tomorrow? How did it go? I'll bet you can't wait for it all to be over! If I ever have any fish farming questions I'll certainly know to start with you! haha

Erin - Hope you enjoy that new furniture! Although, the moving everything around and general upheaval really is the pits! I hope it goes smoothly and quickly comes together for you!

Well, I think that's all for this moment. Just a general question....what's an NSV?

Talk later, girls!

06-23-2006, 08:00 AM
Good Morning-

At last we have cooler temps here...apparently it will be in the 70's all weekend! In honor of this, I have decided that I am leaving work around noon, and getting a head start on my weekend! :goodvibes

Tricia- don't feel bad about how you are eating at all-remember that you are making changes for life, not just for the time being. You are on the right track...:cp:

Linda, I have two very active cats that are 11 y/o, and have been toying w/the idea of getting a kitten, just so that God Forbid something happen to one of the older cats, the other wouldn't be lonely. :hug:

Erin, You're right-Orange definately isn't my color, and picking up garbage on the side of the road does little for me either! :eek: And...I'm w/Tina, spill the beans on the furniture- details please!!!

Robbin-great news on the ticker movement! Pizza Huts around here are pretty bad, but for low cal/I may have to try it! :jeno:

Tina, I could never have kids, because God Forbid they find out about 1/2 the things I have done! :p I always wonder how we've all made it as far as we have, without all of the things that kids have today-and doing all of the things that we would never allow our kids to do today! Times have changed, that is for sure! :)

Cheryl, hope everything went well at court-I imagine that it was a long day-hopefully you can use the weekend to relax...:hug:

Louie, almost done w/the exams, or are you finished now? I'm sure you've done well! :cool: :bravo:

And with that, I am off...Happy Friday everyone!!! :balloons:

06-23-2006, 08:17 AM
Morning girlies! ;) Hope all is well with ya'll today! We have had temps at 100 the last few days with humidity in the 90% range.:o I just know ya'll want to come visit don't ya....NOT!!! Actually, i am tolerating it better than i usually do. Back to that exercise thing making me feel better about sweating. Plus central heat and air are a GODSEND!!!! Well, got so busy cleaning and rearranging furniture that i never even ate supper. My blood sugar was higher than normal though this morning which really confuses me. Any thoughts on that Linda??? Anyway, i know that is not healthy regardless of how you look at it. I was so tired last night though that i didn't even want to take a bath!! Went to bed with my grandma beads still on!!! (let me know if you don't get that!)

Ryanmi - I am getting new bedroom furniture. We got it from ROOMS TO GO, the Santa Cruz line, you can see it on line if you want. We got the wrap around bed instead of the sleigh bed though. But this has caused me to rearrange the whole house in order to bring this in. But i am getting rid of a lot of stuff that should have been gone a LONG time ago! Well enjoy your cooler temps and the early start on the weekend, you need it!!!!!

Tina - what a busy day! Hope it didn't run you too ragged. I think you were lost in the computer wasteland when i talked about this last so sorry i left you hanging. I am getting new bedroom furniture. I actually got the bed about a month ago but they couldn't deliver the rest until now. This will be the first time since childhood that i have had matching bedroom furniture and even then it was hand me downs. I am feeling like such a grown up! Gotta tell ya though, all the moving of furniture/cleaning to make room and get ready has me feeling like an OLD grown up! Hate to think how i would have felt if i had not been dieting and exercising some before all this!

Tricia - sounds like you are being a little hard on yourself, although i understand very well!!! It is so scary when you are trying to make a change like this, anything that seems a little like our old ways is "wrong" in our minds. what i am trying to do is lighten up and keep moderation and balance in mind. Look to the big picutre for the week. are you keeping things in range and balanced? if the answer is yes then you will be that skinny person one day! Scrapbooking does sound like a wonderful diversion. I have several friends who are into that and have tried to get me on board. I have resisted so far, i think if i ever start i will go crazy! Hang in there and try not to be too hard on yourself! Oh and NSV is non-scale victory, any of those little things that help you realize you are losing and doing good things for yourself that doesn't involve the stepping on the scale!

Well girls gotta make like i am a working worman here and get on the move. will check in later. Anyone getting any PM from Michellrp, not like her to be gone for so long? MIIIIICHELLLLE, where are you, we miss you! Also Shawn seems to be a little awol too, SHAAAWWWWN, do those twins have you tied up somewhere??

Have a good one ladies! Erin

06-23-2006, 09:51 AM
Hi ladies. Just dropping in. I'm trying not to stay away.

I can't go food shopping until next week so my goal for the next week is to at least not GAIN any weight. That's feasible. And I'm really trying to up my water intake. My feet are so swollen that I know some of this weight is pure water. Plus, it's so hot here that all I want to do is drink water anyway.

06-23-2006, 10:45 AM
Good Morning Ladies !!

Well I survived.. I am all done !!! Now I just have to wait the 8 weeks for the marks to come out... so need to try to put them out of my mind and relax for the remainder of the summer. I had a terrible sleep last night.. all through exams I had no problem sleeping and then last night I am all done and at 1:00 I was still starring at the clock :mad:

Erin ~ your holidays will be here before you know it. Are you going away or just enjoying some relaxing time at home ?

Tina ~ you make me sound like Martha Stewart LOL Actually it has been pretty easy.. hubby does all the cooking and I have just maintained the necessary housework. However, that will all change starting today as the house cleaning begins.. BLEECH !!

Tricia ~ sounds like you are doing well on your plan. Diversions, like reading and crafts, always help me stay out of the kitchen too.

Ryanmi ~ enjoy your little bit extra long weekend.. you deserve it !!

TeaHoney ~ Nice to see you :)

Michelle, Robbin, Liza, Cheryl, Meowee (hope I am not missing anyone) ~ have a great day !!

Well I am off to brew me some coffee and see if I can shake these cobwebs out of my brain. Ciao for now :D

06-23-2006, 10:52 AM
Good morning girlies. Hope everyone had a good night and got lots of sleep. I am running quite a bit behind today and do not have time for personals this morning. I will try to get back later.

The scales were nice again this morning and said 236, but I am not going to move the ticker till I get at least 1 more day with the same weight. I don't want to get all excited if it is just fluctuation.

Weather is beautiful here this morning with temps in the low 70's and not supposed to get over 88 today. We even have a chance for rain, which would be very nice because we are like 15 inches behind for the year.

Hubby is supposed to be home tomorrow, YAY. I am very ready for him to be back, I know it has only been 2 weeks but they have been very long. I really miss him when he is gone. I guess I better get used to it there is a rumor going around that he will be headed to Iraq in January for 18 months. Hopefully this stays just a rumor but from past experience it usually doesnt happen that way.

Well better get a move on. Check back later.

06-23-2006, 01:05 PM
Hi Everyone -- I'm sorry I've been MIA for a few days, but I've been very very down with the situation of my mom, and I've just not felt like doing anything, including the computer. I know everyone keeps telling me that I need to put myself first, and believe me I'm trying very hard, but all I've done for the past three days is cry and be very depressed. I haven't spoke with my mom in over a week, and I haven't seen her in over two weeks. Her doctor and insurance have approved her to go to a facility that has a mental ward, and she will be there for up to two weeks. When she's there, she will be tested and evaluated by mental doctors and other specialists, to see if there is any medication that can help her, and what is her medical condition that has changed her mental status so drastically in the past couple of months. I just find myself constantly thinking of all the times I used to be able to take her out, and how now, I can't even have any contact with her, because she's taking herself away from all family. I'm hoping to get back on plan soon and get back to WATP too. Luckily I haven't gained any weight, but then again, I've had such an upset stomach this week that I haven't hardly been eating. Thank you everyone for thinking of me, and just know I'm thinking of all of you too and will be back soon!:grouphug:

06-23-2006, 05:54 PM
Wow it's after 5:00 pm already and I don't know where the day has gone. Well, I guess that is not quite true . . . I was up very early and have just gotten up from my second nap . . . Our weather has turned all hot and humid again and I think a nasty storm is coming because my old 'weather-forecasting-migraine-prone-head' is hurting. The radio weather forecast is calling for this yicky stuff to continue until Tuesday . . . Oh joy. :(

You will all be happy to know I managed to remain a 3 cat household. Got thinking about all the turmoil of kittenhood (climbing the curtains, getting into unlikely and dangerous places, shredding the furniture) and decided that Frick and Frack would just have to live with somebody else. It was close, however. As you can see I had already given them names. :o

CHERYL :hug: Glad to hear your sewing room is getting back to normal. Hope the court trip went OK.

LOUIE :hug: Glad to hear the last exam went OK. The sleepless night is probably from the release of stress. Things work like that sometimes because you didn't have the ability to give in to the high stress level before . . . and now you do.

ERIN :hug: My guess would be you had a hypo during the night because your blood glucose level dropped too low so your liver took over and kicked out some glucose to keep you going and that's a good thing . . . but it always seems to give you too much of a kick and that's a bad thing. Okay, at my age I should definitely know what 'grandma beads' are, but I don't. :dizzy:

TINA :hug: Just reading about your day sometimes tires me right out but that's my old age sneaking up on me. The little gift package sounds terrific. Hope it was well received.

TRICIA :hug: Don't worry, girl, we all have those 'extra hungry and now I've blown it' kind of days. Just remember one day (or one slice of bacon) will not make or break the journey. Just keep doing the right stuff and the right stuff will keep on happening for you.

RYANMI :hug: So glad to hear your weather has cooled off. Enjoy your long weekend. Nice that the little weather :angel: timed things out so well.

TRACEY :hug: Glad you are hanging in there, chickie. Hot humid weather always turns my ankles into balloons, too, so I imagine quite a bit of your recent gain could likely be attributed to water. Hope it is soon gone (the heat/humidity and the www [weird water weight]).

ROBBIN :hug: Glad to hear you are looking at a spell of cooler weather too and hope you do get some much needed rain. Enjoy your weekend with your husband and I really hope that upcoming trip to Iraq stays just an ugly rumour (like to throw in one of those Canadian spellings once in a while, just to keep you all awake).

MICHELLE :hug: So sorry to hear about your troubles. Hang in there, girl. This too will pass. I know it's a big worry but in the long run, things will probably work out for the best. Stay strong . . . we are all here for you whenever you need to talk.

Tricia's 'slice of bacon' got me thinking about food additives . . . so here are some FFF on that topic . . .

. . . we each eat between 6 to 9 pounds of chemical food additives per year and the poor liver gets the job of breaking them all down for disposal. . . white bread may have as many as 16 chemical additives just to keep it fresh . . . the majority of food colouring agents are derived from coal-tars and are very carcinogenic . . . there are about 1300 natural and artificial flavouring agents available to food processors . . . processed meats (hot dogs, lunch meats, bacon, sausage) are so high in additives, colourings, and preservatives that they can easily deplete the body of the many nutrients needed to break them down, especially the stress fighting B vitamins.

Read those labels and try to practice moderation with the highly processed foods.

Have a great evening, everybody. Keep on moving and shaking and heading in the great downward direction. Here's a big shot of the good stuff to help us along . :dust: :dust: :dust: See you soon. :carrot:

06-24-2006, 11:35 AM
Happy Saturday !!

Up and feeling refreshed after getting a good nights sleep. Yesterday I went into work (just to see how everyone was doing) and they had a big bunch of flowers and a card for me and then they took me out for dinner.. how sweet :D Today the cleaning and resting continues....

Michelle ~ :hug: to you. Hang in there and take the time that you need. We will still all be here when you are ready to come back.

Robbin ~ yahoooo a downward scale move, thats gotta make ya happy.

Meowee ~ thanks for the dust !! Sounds like you are having some warm days, but I don't think I could put up with that humidity for too long. Our weather here on the coast has also gotten better over the past few days.. blue skies today.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable Saturday and is able to spend it doing something that they love :)

06-24-2006, 01:03 PM
Good Morning Girlies:sunny:

Well I'm feeling better today and hope the 'downer' feeling stays away!:( My mom finally called me last night to thank me for my note and pictures I had sent to her on Thursday. She said she had been having very bad bloody noses all week, but they finally had stopped. She's on blood thinner every day, and when her doctor ran tests the other day, he had to take her off the thinner for two days because her blood showed to be way too thin. I told her that's probably why she was having the bloody nose. She also said that her sugar level had gone so low yesterday, down to 60, that she was very dizzy, disoriented, confused and shaky. She said the nurse had her sit down and start drinking some orange juice and then she felt better. She has no idea that she will be sent to this mental facility very soon, and it was very hard on me knowing that she will, but I'm not able to tell her yet. Our weather today is supposed to get up in the low 90s, and tomorrow and Monday, it's supposed to be up in the 100s!:devil: This will be way too hot for me as I don't handle the heat too well when it gets anything past 80.:^: I want to thank EVERYONE for all of your kind words, prayers and support that you have given me, and know that I appreciate it so much knowing that I have friends here that I can talk to and that you are all understanding, no matter how often I go on about this. On another site I have had a group of ladies I have talked with also for quite awhile, and they have been the exact opposite to me, and hurt my feelings so bad, that I no longer can type there anymore. It's just amazing that some people can be so harsh and know it alls when they haven't gone through anything like I have.:mad: I hope all of you have a great day and I will be back later to do personals.:grouphug:

06-24-2006, 06:17 PM
Hi Louie . . . Have a wonderful, restful weekend.

Hi Michelle . . . Glad to hear your Mother is rallying a bit.

Hi everybody else, where are you hiding, today? Goodness it is so quiet here.

It is horrible and stormy today. Not too warm, but the humidity still makes it feel very oppressive. Weather network is now saying it will continue until Wednesday. Wow, I hope not. I already ache in places I didn't know I had. Doing a bunch of napping again today and so far avoiding the migraine that is just tickling around the edges.

Well wherever you are all hiding out, I hope you are having a fun time. See you later.:carrot:

06-25-2006, 01:22 AM
Hey ladies. I'm embarrassed to say I fell TOTALLY off the wagon. We went out of town for Fathers Day, I started out good, but ended up bad... then took advantage of it all week. And tonight I had a TOTAL binge to the point where I'm MISERABLE. So here I am... back again. Will you guys take me back, pretty please?? The guilt and anger are setting in pretty hard, and while I ready to start, I'm dreading it. But starting right now, nothing but water the rest of the night, and going to start counting points again tomorrow. One problem is, we are TOTALLY broke this week (until payday on Friday), but also have my stepkids all week... so have to go to grocery tomorrow and try to get some healthy stuff that they will eat. but that's all the more expensive stuff, too. Know I will get stepson some of the 10 for $10 pizzas, but gotta stay outta that stuff!!!

Anyhow, I guess I'll give myself a few days to regulate my body before I move that darn ticker back up. *sigh*

Thanks for your support! I need it!

06-25-2006, 09:16 AM
Good Morning-

I got to move my ticker, I got to move my ticker!!! <sings> Down 2.2lbs!!! Not bad considering I stopped w/the steroids only this past Tuesday!!! Anyway, I'm moving in the right direction, and hopefully will keep the movement up!!! :crossed:

Michelle, I am glad you are feeling better- trust me, I understand what you are going through, as I have been through similar w/my grandmother. I've come to realize that her condition is harder on me than it is on her, and once I realized that, it was a little easier to deal with. Hang in there, let the doctors do what they need to do, and hopefully, she will be better for it. :hug:

Linda, it has been humid here as well-even though it has cooled off, I can always tell when the humidity is bad because it affects my asthma regardless of whether I am in it or not! I have been laying low and napping as kinda feels good to be lazy for a change!!! :beach:

Louie- how cool that the folks at work planned a little celebration for you! Well deserved in my opinion!! :cheers:

Shyla, we have been wondering where you were!!! Everyone falls off now and then-it's called life, dear!! You'll be just fine...:yes:

Anyway...I think I see a trip to Target in my immediate future! Have a great Sunday!!!

06-25-2006, 09:17 AM
Morning ladies!!! Missed yesterday and had some catching up to do, just so busy getting the house settled in again. Still not there but a whole lot closer. I love my new furniture! It is so pretty. Will try to get a pic and post it. Eating has been erratic at best but good foods at least. I know i am not drinking enough or getting anything close to a balanced diet. Maybe i can get a little better on line today!

Tracey - sounds like you have really got your head on right. Good plan to start with not gaining and then go from there. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Just keep it simple and go one step at a time.

Louie - YEAH, i know you are glad to be done. Whew 8 weeks to wait is a long time! I'm sure you've done well and there is nothing to worry about. We will be driving to PA to visit my family there. We have a well packed week there with a family picnic sunday, 4th of July picnic tuesday and Amusement park on Thursday, then we leave out late friday or early Saturday to come home! 16 hours driving with a 4 and 6 year old can be pretty exhausting so we like to have Sunday to recover before we have to get back to the routine of life. Your cleaning and relaxing sounds like a contradiciton in plans. Glad to hear you got better sleep.

Robbin - I know you are glad to have hubby home. I would be crazy after two weeks, can't imagine 18 mos. I agree, hope that stays a rumor! I have so much respect for the military families, I don't think we civilians can ever really understand what ya'll go through. Big thanks to your hubby and you for all you do for our country!

Michelle - Oh my heart breaks for you. My father in law was mentally ill and I know what we went through with him. Hopefully your mom's situation is more related to her diabetes out of control or something easy to get back in line. I know we can all say don't worry and take care of you but when it's a parent it is just so hard. I will pray for you and your family. Remember you can lean on us wether you are dieting or not. We are still here to support you! Just read your post from saturday and ditto again. We are hear for you girl any way you need us! Glad to hear you are feeling better today!

Linda - stormy weather is going around. Just enough that i am unplugging everything at least once a day for a 20 minute shower. But we so desperately need the rain and after several days fo 100 degree actual temps and heat indexes over that we need it! Yeah on resisting the kitties, I know it was hard! Grandma beads are that little ring of dirt you get in the crease of your neck when you have been working and sweating in a really dusty environment. I actually didn't hear the expression until i moved south. Probably comes from working in the fields, gardening like SOOO many older ladies do around here. They will be in there 80's and 90's still out there in the garden come summertime. Glad to hear you are keeping that migraine gone. Can you take Imitrex? It is a migraine drug that if you take it early enough in the process can cure it!

Shawn - Oh girl have I been there!!! Don't go the opposite extreme though trying to make up for a bad time. Just get back on plan and stay with it and things will come together quicker than you think!!! It is so easy to let the one day turn into so much more. I have been a binger for many many years and even know can feel that desperation to fill myself with food when i know there is something else really going on. I do it with healthier stuff now, but quantity of anything is not good. Don't beat yourself up, just use that energy to motivate you on the right path! We're here for ya!

Well ladies gotta run, kids are up and I have to be hostess at the snack bar at church today to gotta get moving. Ya'll have a fantastic sunday and will see ya in the morning!

06-25-2006, 11:09 AM
Good Morning, Gals

Nothing new to report for me... did more house cleaning and relaxing yesterday.. I could get use to this, but I am actually looking forward to getting back to work. In my opinion, it is much easier then that darn studying was !!

Michelle ~ so glad to hear that you are feeling better :hug: That is terrible about the other group that you post on. Unless you walk in someone's shoes you can't possibly know what they are going through. Keep that great attitude that you have and that smile on your face :)

Meowee ~ still storming out west ??? I sure hope that migraine doesn't get you !!!

Shyla ~ nice to meet you and glad that you came back !! Isn't it nice to know that you have a supportive group that you can come back no matter what has gone on. That is what I love about 3FC !!

Ryanmi ~ whooohoooo 2.2 lbs the girl is on fire !! Hope your trip to Target was successful. We don't have Target here in Canada, but it is a definate must do anytime I go down to the States shopping.

Erin ~ new furniture.. how nice. I am definately in the need for that as well, but too many things ahead of it on the list right now.. maybe within the next year. Your vacation plans sound like fun.. well except maybe the driving for 16 hours with 2 little ones (I have no kids and there is a good reason..LOL) Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Tina, Liza, Robbin, Tricia, TeaHoney ~ hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend.

Time for some coffee.. have a good one and I will "see" you all soon :D

06-25-2006, 12:35 PM
Good Morning Everyone, Well last night I was very restless, because it was just so darn hot! Yesterday it got up to 95F, today it's supposed to be 100F, and tomorrow 102F.:yikes: I do not do good with anything above 80F, so I'm not getting my exercise in again.:devil: Today I have to go pick my DH up because he has been out of town since Wednesday for a union conference, since he's the Union President. Tomorrow we're going to go out and do something for the day.:^:

SHAWN... Believe me girlie, I know exactly what you're going through with falling off the wagon big time!:o I've been there several times, and this past week was also one of those times. Just restart over and you will start to feel better, and know that we're all here for you no matter what!:hug:

RYANMI... CONGRATS on the 2.2 pounds down!!!:cp: :dance: :cb: :dancer: :yes: :cheer: That's great!!!;) Thank you for your very kind words. I know this is a very hard trying time, but I hope things get much better soon. My mom called me last night, and for the past couple of times calling me, she has actually been more calm and sounded like her old self again. I'm going to also be making a trip to Target on my way down to pick my DH up. I bough my DD a cd player yesterday, and it's faulty so I need to return it.:hug:

LINDA... There are so many people everywhere that are talking about the storms hitting right now. I just wish we could have our weather back from just a couple days ago, because I'm with you on not liking the heat and humidity!:hug:

ERIN... That's so great that you got new furniture. I wish we could get a smaller reclinder loveseat that is much smaller than our huge couch we have right now. It takes up so much room! Thank you for your kind caring words, and I'm happy I can always come here and know everyone is here for me!:hug:

LOUIE... I also did house cleaning yesterday, so today I'm going to just try to stay cool. Thank you so much for your kind words, because they do mean a lot to me! I still don't understand why people on that other site had to be to harsh and critical with me, but that's okay, because obviously they have a problem.:hug:

06-25-2006, 07:41 PM
Hi everybody . . .

SHAWN . . . :hug: so glad to see you back, kiddo. Don't beat yourself up; we all fall off the wagon once in a while. Heh, stuff happens. This is a very long and bumpy road. You've already taken the most important step by picking yourself up and getting back on track.

RYANMI . . . :hug: YAY!!! Wonderful that you are seeing such a great loss so soon. Keep it up, girl.

ERIN . . . :hug: Glad you are having so much fun admiring the new furniture. Yep, I've had grandma beads but certainly not from gardening. I'm allergic to insect venom and gardening is not one of my hobbies. Don't forget to eat, girl.

LOUIE . . . :hug: It's still stormy down east, too. Heh, where's Tina? I think it might be drier in the middle. Enjoy your day of relaxation. You'll be back to work soon enough.

MICHELLE . . . :hug: Sorry to hear about your temperatures . . . at least it is a lot cooler than that here. Glad your Mother is feeling better and you just forget about those other so-called cyber friends. Makes you wonder what happened to their compassion, doesn't it?

Not too much new around here. Weather is still yucky but I'm still managing to avoid the migraine by taking numerous small naps. The weather is supposed to stay like this until at least Wednesday, unfortunately, and I am getting tired of it. :(

Anyway, gang, here's a dose of :dust: to help us all keep moving and shaking in the great downward direction. See you soon. :carrot:

06-25-2006, 07:43 PM
I actually lost 3 pounds. I can't believe it. I just made small changes this week like upping the water and cutting some (not even all) of the snacks and I drop three pounds. I'm very happy.

06-25-2006, 07:46 PM
YAY, Tracey . . . WAY TO GO, GIRL. Keep up the good stuff. Whoopee!

06-25-2006, 10:51 PM
Hey ladies, sorry I haven't a chance to check in all weekend. It's busy quite busy and quite hot around here. I've been keeping busy and cool by either at the splash park with my daughter or shopping in the malls/stores. Then I got started at moving my furniture around in my bedroom (thanks Erin! LOL) and cleaning floor to ceiling, washing my blinds 4 sets and window coverings..everything!! Feels so good to have it done. I'll be back tomorrow to catch up with you all! See you then!


06-25-2006, 11:17 PM
TRACEY... CONGRATS on the 3 pound loss! That's GREAT!!!:cp: :bravo: :hat: :cb:

LINDA... Yah, it's amazing how inconsiderate and cruel people can be. I went back to read a thread where someone had asked me how I was doing, and another lady plopped her post in and gave me her opinion. She told me that I have full control over my situation, should put myself first, and that two weeks ago it was very hot for her too, but that she just still did her exercise and got through it. She said that you can do anything to set your mind to, and did I need her to throw some ice at me, but what she's not thinking about is that she's already 72 pounds less than me to begin with, so maybe she can handle the heat a little better than me. Maybe I'm just taking things a little more personal right now, but I really think that her comments were cruel and rude, and I won't post there again.:( :hug:

TINA... You have been a very busy girlie, but hoping you will be able to stop and make a visit here with us tomorrow!:hug:

06-26-2006, 12:14 AM
Evening Ladies...Sorry I was MIA yesterday, just under a lot of stress and in a rotten mood. I pretty much stayed cooped up in my sewing rooom with the door locked, music on and sewed on my quilt. Fairy Fat mother paid me a visit this morning, I'm down 1.2lbs.

Louie...What a nice surprise for you at work, flowers and dinner. Bet that put a smile on your face.:D

Michelle...My heart goes out to you.:hug: Don't feel guilty, just know that your Mom will get the care she needs and it should give you some peace of mind and maybe a little less stress. I don't blame you for not exercising in the heat. I don't handle heat well either. You can exercise your arms though, sit in front of the air conditioner, reach for a nice glass of ice tea and bring up to your mouth. Repeat as often as necessary!:beach:

Linda...Hope your migrain is gone and the weather is sunny. We had terrible storms on Friday, with tornados only 10 miles away.

Shawn...Don't you dare feel guilty. We all have slipped, and will probably slip again. You are here, and it shows that you are committed. Go back to page 12 and read the positive things that we should say to ourselves each day. It's what I learned at last weeks WW meeting.

Ryanmi...WHOOHOO!!! Isn't the fairy fat mother nice. Great job girl!!

Erin...Can't wait to see the pics of your new furniture.

Tracey...Congrats on the fairy fat mother visiting you as well. 3 pounds is awesome, girl! Small changes will do the trick.

Tina,Tina, Tina....I have lots of windows you can clean and cobwebs that have house guests. As they say on The Price Is Right, come on Down.:rofl:

Well ladies, I can hardly keep my eyes open and have to get up early to take FD to volleyball camp. Have a good evening and I'll see you tomorrow.


06-26-2006, 09:06 AM
Good morning Ladies!!! Hope this monday finds you feeling good and enjoying life!!! I have a busy week ahead of me but am looking forward to tackling it with energy i am going to have to find somewhere!!:dizzy: Ya'll got any you can float my way!!! Whew! Good weekend but still so much to do! Glad to say though ticker is down another 3 pounds. Was actualy 4 yesterday but was up a little this morning so recorded that. I can tell in clothing that things are changing everywhere but in my waist. I have a particular style of shorts I am kind of using as my success meter and the rest of them have gotten much looser but the waist is still very tight and they are 26 where i have gotten into some 24 shirts and pants??? Very frustrating, guess i need to get back to WATP for abds and hit it pretty hard if i want that to change. Have to admit I am getting kind of weirded out. The lowest I have been in about 5-6 years has been 247 and that is just 10 pounds away. I am a pro at self sabotage and have been fearing hitting that point and actually being successful at this whole weight loss thing. Which by no means is that at my ultimate goal, but I guess i never really thought that goal was attainable so i didn't really see myself getting there. Now I am beginning to think that may be possible and that really freaks me out!!!! I don't know how to function as a smaller person! Okay really weird I know just ignore me and go on!!!

Ryanmi - :carrot: :cb: YEAHHHH!!! wow that is just great! I am excited for you! Just think the longer you are off the steroids the more you can get off. You are doing great! You must have been posting same time as me yesterday cause i didn't see yours until this morning. Just wanted you to know i was not ignoring you yesterday! So what did you get at Target?

Louie - I am more relaxed just reading your post you sound so calm and I am so frazzled!!! Have a friend from New Orleans that may be coming by with her 4 kids later today, lots of cleaning still to do and hove to do some of that work that earns me money too! Lots of little projects before I leave for PA too. I will suck off some of your calm and use it to get me through the day!

Michelle - I feel your pain, our 100 degree days were last week we have cooled off to the upper 80's low 90's at present and that has seeme to help my feelings a little. I agree 80 is my limit for sure, i really like 70 with a cool breeze if i want to do anything while i am outside. Hope you have a good time together with hubby today! Glad to hear your conversations with Mom have been a little calmer!

Linda - Sorry to hear you are still having bad weather. We seemed to miss all the showers yesterday somehow. That was supposed to be our day of highest chances too. Oh well. All my missing of meals due to being too busy caught up with me yesterday, I could have eaten the house!!!! I did have a Di Giorno frozen pizza with wheat crust. It was pretty good, still a lot more fat and calories than i would like but at least it wasn't regular which would have been worse on the blood sugar. By the way thanks for the explaination on the elevate blood sugar a few posts ago. That really made sense and helped explain a lot!

Tracey - :carrot: :carrot: YEAHHHHH!!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!!! Three pounds is fantastic!!! I am so glad for you. Seems like whenever you fall of the wagon just subtle changes can have a huge effect and that gets you motivated to keep going. I know you are going to do this just keep at it one step at a time!!!

Tina - so are you as sore as I am from cleaning and moving??? I do love that feeling of having it all done though.

Cheryl - :cb: :cb: WOO HOOO YEAH!!!!! Fairy fat mother has really been making her rounds this weekend! Glad to see she stopped by your house too! Sorry to hear about the bad mood though. Sounds like you were very productive with it though and yeah on not eating your way through it! Glad to hear the tornadoes missed you!! I am always paranoid about them. Knock on wood, since i have been in my current house we have missed all major weather out breaks! Hope you have a better day today!

Well girls gotta run, the day is already getting away from me and it is only 7:05!! Hope ya'll have a great day and do what works for you!

06-26-2006, 09:26 AM
Good morning, ladies! Gosh, I feel like I haven't checked in ages. We had a busy weekend, though, and I just never got around to it. My stepkids are spending their 2 summer weeks with their mom and my kids are spending their 6 summer weeks with their dad so DH and I had the weekend all to ourselves! It was great. What that led to, though, was being out a whole lot, so eating out several times, and while my choices weren't as bad as they used to be, they still weren't great. The scales were up this morning and that leads me to my next question. Since I haven't been paying close attention to my weight I don't have this answer for myself. I'm about 4-5 days from my time of the month. I've noticed that my chest is starting to get that heavy, slightly tender feeling. Do you all actually show a weight gain right before you start....or is it just a failure to drop any weight? Or does it not affect you at all. I don't want to just write off some of the eating I did this weekend....(like yesterday I made brownies...with Splenda...but instead of 1 I had 3...DARN IT!)....but I'm wondering if the slight upwards movement on the scale could have more to do with my time of the month that with my eating.... Is that just hopeful thinking???? haha Anyway, I know that everyone is different but I would just like to know how it affects your weight. I'm going to now wait to move my ticker until I'm finished just to be certain.

I'm getting ready to head out of town for a few days and may not check in. I'll be at my dad's house so I'll have the capability if I find some time. So if I don't, talk to you guys on Friday....Have a great week!!!!

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: I think that's one for each of you!!!!


06-26-2006, 10:28 AM
Good morning girls. Once again I couldn’t seem to find the time to get on the computer over the weekend. Maybe one of these days I will figure out how to fit in some down time into my weekends. I appreciate all of the congrats for the 1 pound I was down on Friday but now everyone can take their congrats back. It didn’t stay down. I am back to 237 so good thing I didn’t move the ticker. Gonna try to fit in some quick personals before I gotta clock in, if I miss you please do not be offended.

Tracy – Congrats on the 3 pounds. WOW that is a big loss. You can do this just remember to keep coming here and posting.

Louie – I bet you feel better now testing is over. I will keep my fingers crossed for you to get excellent marks.

Michelle - I can’t ever figure out why people have to be rude to others when they are already feeling down. We are here for you and will listen to your worries about your mom, we may not have advice that really helps but know we care.

Shawn – My advice that I seem to give to anyone that falls off and disappears for a bit. No matter how you are doing just do not stop posting. I would have fell off the wagon a long time ago if I had not kept posting. Anytime I am down these ladies bring me back up. It doesn’t matter if I go on and on about how I feel they listen and then give me a good kick in the rear. We are here for you tell us about your ups and downs.

Ryanmi – YAY for you on the 2.2 pounds, you deserve a good loss. I know it has been rough on you with the steroids. Keep going.

Erin – New furniture seems to perk up the whole house. It even makes the clutter seem not so bad to me. We got new Living Room furniture in January and wow it made the house look so much better. I can’t wait to see pics. Congrats on the 3 pounds. I know if feels great.

Linda- please sprinkle a little extra dust my way I think I might be in a tough spot. I have slacked off on my water intake and also on keeping close count on the calories. I need to get myself back in gear.

Tina – Sounds like you had a busy weekend, I did too. Now I am jealous of your clean house, I can never find enough time to really get mine clean.

Cheryl – Hope the visit from the FFM helped put you in a better mood. Did you get lots done on the quilt? Congrats on the 1.2.

Tricia – Must be nice to have a house all to yourselves, I fear I will not know that feeling for about another 14 years. LOL On the TOM question, I always show about a 1 pound gain right before.

Well girls got to get to work

06-26-2006, 11:02 AM
Good Morning Ladies :carrot:

Today marks the beginning of my week of holidays before I go back to work...oh what will I do ?!?!? Hubby and I are leaving tomorrow morning to head up island for an evening and do some golfing, other then that I will probably just relax. I also pulled out some tole painting projects that I was working on last time I had a break from school and so I will endeavor to get those finished.

Michelle ~ hope you were able to relax and stay cool yesterday. It was a hot one here as well, but the fan in the bedroom helped me at least get a good nights sleep. Enjoy your monday :D

Meowee ~ not sure what I was thinking when I posted yesterday.. obviously I wasn't !! I meant to type out east and typed out west.. DOH !! We have actually been having very warm weather.. no storms for us. Glad to hear that you have been able to ward off those migraines !!

Tracey~ yahoooo 3 lbs is awesome. You should be very proud of yourself for making some changes and sticking with them.

Tina ~ another busy weekend for you. Sounds like we are having similar weather, although I am sure that it is warmer there. We at least get abit of the ocean breeze here.

Cheryl ~ sorry to hear about your bad mood, but it gave you a day to yourself to work on your quilt. How is it going, you must be close to done? Congratulation on your FFM visit..whoohooo !!!

Erin ~ yahooooey 3 lbs kicked to curb.. well done !!! It is funny that you should say that my posts are calming. That is actually one of my stronger personality traits that seems to really work for me in both my personal and work life.. so I am glad that it comes through in my posts ;)

Tricia ~ sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with hubby. It is nice to get the chance to just spend time together. Hubby and I don't have kids, but even for us it is hard to find those times to just spend together.. so kudos to you !! I wouldn't worry too much about a slight gain due to TOM... I know that the scale generally shows a gain for me then. Enjoy your week away :hug:

Robbin ~ ahh the dreaded scale demon got ya... down 1 up 1. Not to worry you will get him back !! Did we ever decide on a group challenge ??

Shawn, Ryanmi and Liza ~ hope that you are treating yourselves well and had an enjoyable weekend :hug:

Well gals the coffee is calling my name, so I am off to endulge. Ciao :D

06-26-2006, 11:31 AM
Morning everybody . . . it's STILL raining. :(

The work project is on hold for a few days again . . . but that probably just means that July will be a terror of activity. Also, I made the mistake of getting on the scale this morning instead of waiting until wwi (Wednesday weigh-in) and it says I've gained 3.6 pounds in 5 days. Obviously that is impossible since I have been good with the eating so it must be www (weird water weight) from too much salt or something. Just hope it's gone again by Wednesday. Anyway, just to let you know this is not shaping up to be one of my better days. :(

TINA . . . :hug: Wow, you are a lean, mean, cleaning machine, girl. If you run out of things to clean, just let me know.

MICHELLE . . . :hug: It's hard not to take things like that personally but sometimes things do seem to come out differently when they are printed than the way they are really meant. Hopefully she really didn't mean to be cruel to you.

CHERYL . . . :hug: Sorry you were having a bad day, but CONGRATULATIONS on the F-F-M visit, and at least you put your bad mood to constructive use.

ERIN . . . :hug: CONGRATULATIONS on your loss, too. Know exactly what you mean about the self-sabotage. We all seem to practice that from time to time. Hopefully we can all get through it together.

TRICIA . . . :hug: Tickers are not meant to go to the left . . . at least not unless you are absolutely positive it is for real. So many things can make us retain water . . . TOM (even at my age) . . . a little extra salt . . . hot, humid weather . . . too little water intake. My guess is that you can expect it to disappear again just as mysteriously as it arrived.

ROBBIN . . . :hug: You've probably just got a little www, too., but here's your private dose of dust, just to be sure. :dust:

Some interesting stats for today's FFF . . .

In one year, the average person consumes . . . 100 pounds of refined sugar . . . 55 pounds of fats and oils . . . 300 cans of soft drinks . . . 200 sticks of gum . . . 18 pounds of candy . . . 5 pounds of potato chips . . . 7 pounds of popcorn . . . 63 dozen doughnuts . . . 50 pounds of cakes and cookies . . . 20 gallons of ice cream.

Have a good day, gang. Keep moving and shaking and moving in the great downward direction. Stay cool and I'll see you soon. :carrot: Here's some :dust: for the rest of us.

06-26-2006, 11:39 AM
Sorry, LOUIE :hug: Looks like you were posting while I was digging for FFF's. Glad to hear your weather is better than I thought it was. :D Have a good week of doing as little as possible. You deserve it.

06-26-2006, 02:30 PM
:wave: Hey ladies,

Boy have I missed all of you! :hug: :hug: :hug: Would you believe I just got my replacement monitor two days ago! Heck, it took them three weeks just to send the empty box needed for shipping them the defectived monitor. I was first having the problems with the monitor blacking out periodically, but then it just went out all together :( I hated being without my pc.

I have to admit I have slacked a lot in the exercise department... it's so easy to do when there is no one to be accountable to and I've been spending a lot of time outdoors too.... however, I have been maintaining my weight loss, so I suppose that's something. I have only fluctuated 2 - 3 lbs. while I've been MIA. :carrot:

So what has everyone been up to? ...catch me up! :welcome3: to any and all newcomers... and Congrats to any losses and NSV's! :cheer:

This last month has had it's ups and downs. My S.O. was 15 ft. away when he witnessed a good friend and co-worker be electricuted to death on the job. He felt responsible because he was the supervisor in charge and could do nothing to help the guy... so he was really affected by it and had to seek counseling to get through it. It has only been in the last week or so that he has finally started to come around to his usual self... it was rough. :(

Now, for my other news, which will keep me busy for the next month or so. I SOLD MY HOUSE :dancer: Now the real work starts... more to pack... I have some things I've packed already and has been sitting in my garage since I put my home on the market more then a year ago. I've been here 8 years but thank goodness I've already gotten rid of a lot of stuff.

I will get back into the swing of things here just as soon as I get things settled... In the meantime I will be checking in with you guys, but it may not be as often as I'd like until after the move. Wish me luck!


06-26-2006, 03:59 PM
:woo: Welcome Back LOIS :woo: We have missed you. Glad you finally got things straightened out with the computer vendor. Congratulations on selling the house. So sorry about the trouble in the workplace for your hubby. Stuff like that can be really hard to shake. The move will be good therapy for both of you. Not much time to think about the sad stuff. Rest assured everybody around here will be happy for as much time as you can spare us. See you soon, girl. :hug:

06-26-2006, 04:40 PM
Just a quick :hug: and welcom back Lois. I am so happy to see you are back. Sorry to hear about the deal with hubby but am happy to hear you have maintained.

06-26-2006, 04:41 PM
Howdy ladies, mid day check in and lots going on!

Tricia - all that alone time with hubby sounds wonderful, makes it hard to go to work monday morning! Lately i just dont' lose around that time but sometimes if i am not real careful on my eating i wll gain. I have very irregular periods though so who knows what is causing what in my body!

Robbin - Don't worry about the back up one pound, it will be gone again in no time, if you have slacked off on your water that may be a lot of it. I will always drop a quick pound or two if i drink more water. try to get a breather in there sometime!

Louie - enjoy the days off, they are well deserved. I have never been a golfer but my husband took it up for while. Hope you have a great day out with hubby!

Linda - have you started on the ark yet???? Hope you don't float away with all the rain you are getting! I am sure the wwww(weird water weight witch, evil twin of the fairy fat mother) goes packing real soon, maybe since there is so much wet outside you are not able to evaporate as much fluid out of you. We just need to funnel you some sunshine and dry you out! By the way on the FFF my consumption could be added up to about 60 gallons of ice cream and not so much of the other!

Lois - HOWDY LADY!!!! so glad to see you again! I get so frustrated dealing with computer problems sometimes i can't imagine waiting 3 weeks for an empty box!!!!! How infuriating is that! Well glad you finally got it and things seem to be working fine now. Fantastic on the maintaining weight loss while you were gone, that is huge! Wow what a tragedy for you and your co-workers, such a helpless feeling, glad to hear your SO is coming around, it must really be a struggle for all of you! Congrasts on selling the house! I don't envy you having to pack! It's been about 3-4 years since my last move and i still have flashbacks now and then! all the loading and unloading will be good exercise though. Where are you moving to, have you bought another house? Fill us in!

Well ya'll enjoy the rest of the day may see you later but definitely in the am!

06-26-2006, 11:20 PM
The heat is horrible here today! On the 5 oclock news, they said someone called in from a town that is 15 miles south of us, and reported it was 118F!!!:yikes:

06-26-2006, 11:44 PM
Good Evening All...

Ok...I have to confess right off the bat-I had such a lousy day at work that I sat right down in the middle of the office with the remains of a carton of Edys Slow Churn Double Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, and ate the rest of it(we keep Ice Cream and Low Cal Snacks in the freezer at work)! Screw the rest of my office, I just stuck my spoon right in the carton and went to town!!! :moo: And afterwards, I have to admit, I felt 100% better! We are in the process of switching banks at work, and I spent the day dealing with nothing but problems with credit card terminals, computers, etc...add to that staff screw-ups, and TOM, and well...I deserved that ice cream! Good news tho, is that it was probably about 350 cals total! I had a light dinner to make up for it...:)

Louie, it sounds like you are getting a well-deserved vacation. I am NOT a golfer, but, I drive an excellent golf cart! :D

Tricia, Sounds like you had a great weekend-good for you! It's TOM over here too...maybe I lost more that I thought?? Heehee...;)

Cheryl, I've been in a rotten mood the past few days too...with the exception of the ice cream! I usually just stay away from everyone else and try to take a nap-seems like that helps! Hope you are feeling better! :hug:

Tina, I LOVE when my house is clean! I have to admit that I am not home enough to clean properly, so I have a cleaning service come in once a week:sssh: ...they come in Thursdays, so Thursday nights when I get home, I come in to the smell of cleaning supplies and everytjing is least until I wreck it all!

Michelle, I agree with Linda in that sometimes email comes off far from what the intenjded meaning originally was-that said, what that woman may have meant as a joke didn't seem all that funny to me...screw that bunch! They sound like a bunch of jerks! Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better-I've been that exact place, and it is hard to deal with the emotions and the idea of "never being able to do enough"-I still deal with it today, so I know that it being "fresh" is even more difficult...hang in there-things will get better! :hug:

Erin, Yeah, I didn't go to Target. By the time I took a shower and read the news, I watched a bit of Food Network and ended up taking a nap! LOL!! Probably better-I usually spend too much when I go there anyway!! There is always something I just have to have, you know...:love:

Robbin, big deal w/the one pesky pound...I'm still congratulating you anyway! It will probably be gone tomorrow! :goodscale

Linda, sorry you had a not so good day-we all know how I solved that one! :eating2: :( :D Hope things are leveling out for you and that your www is down by Weds! :crossed:

Tracey- Woo Hoo on the 3lbs!! That's Awesome!! :bravo:

Lois- Welcome Back- and congrats on selling the house! I just moved in January, and I feel your pain over the dreaded clean out and pack! Good Luck!!! It will all be worth it! :goodluck:

Shawn...Hi there-where are you? Hopefully not over run w/kids! :stars:

Ok...I must go to bed! Tomorrow is another day...hopefully it will be better than today! :flow2:

06-26-2006, 11:58 PM
Hey ladies...another one of those days. But I just wanted to check in to let you all know that I'm still here and thinking of you all. It's been extremely hot here (well for me anyways, for some of you it may be peanuts) 32 degrees is about enough to take the life outta me! LOL! I looked online to check to see what Hong Kong was...29 but felt like 43 degrees! Yikes! I'm going to the splash park again tomorrow to try and keep cool with my daughter. Sorry for not getting around to personals but all I feel like doing is vegging out in cool tub of water. I'll see you tomorrow!

Welcome back LOIS!! Nice to see you back again, I sure missed you! So sorry to hear of what you're S.O. has gone through. That sure had to be life altering for him. So scary. I hope he is able to deal with it healthfully with some councelling.


06-26-2006, 11:59 PM

Erin...:bravo: :dancer: :woo: on your 3 pounds the FFM took. I also find it hard to see a thinner person when I look in a mirror. Heck, I even find it hard to look at pictures of myself 20 years ago when I was 100 plus thinner. I think we just need to keep telling ourselves that we are getting thinner and are worthy to be fit and healthy.

Tricia...Yes you can gain water weight just before your montly. It is usually gone in a couple of days. Just watch your salt intake.

Robbin...Yes I'm in a better mood and I got lots done on the quilt. Did you have a chance to look at it?

Louie...Have a great trip with Hubby and golfing. How did the tole painting go? Yes, I'm almost done with the quilt. Only one more row of kids, then I have to decide to either send it to the quilters or go ahead and do all of the french knots for the hair and eyes on the kids.

Linda...Nasty scale! Give it a swift kick and up your water intake for a few days. I'll send the FFM your way. Loved you FFF for today.:hug:

Lois...Welcome back! Boy have a missed you!! Congrats on maintaining and for selling the house. You will have plenty to keep you busy, won't have to worry about exercising, you'll get a workout just packing and cleaning. Sorry about hubby's troubles. Glad he was able to get help with counseling. Loosing a friend is always tough, and worse when you feel responsible. Hugs to you both.:hug:

Michelle...Did you follow my advice? Are you sitting by the air conditioner and doing you arm exercise with a nice glass of ice tea. At 100 plus, I'd be sitting next to it stark naked!!:yikes: :rofl:

Well we are not 100 degrees, more like 85 with humidity, so I won't complain.
Got up early to give the house a quick once over before it got too hot and I was still sweating buckets! Layed out another row of kids and got the body parts sewed down. I have a couple of early appoinments with the FD tomorrow and another meeting in the afternoon for myself, so don't know if I will find the time to sew the kids clothes down. Only one more row left to do.
YIPPIE!!! You ladies have a great evening and a good day tomorrow.

06-27-2006, 12:03 AM
CHERYL... Yes, I did follow your instructions, but with it close to 118F, that isn't even helping, and believe me, I've already threatened my family that I'm going to be runnin around naked here pretty soon!!!:nono: :fr: :stress: :censored: :hyper: :sp: :yikes:

06-27-2006, 12:33 AM
Hello Ladies!

Hope it's okay for me to jump in and join you! I've been a member here and moderator for awhile now and have lost and regained some pounds and it's time for me to get serious again.

My name is Michelle and I'm a Student, a mother, a wife and the sales and marketing director for a hotel. I also do the bookeeping for another hotel. I have two little girls and a great husband. I also have a few health challenges (hypothyroid and I have pulmonary sarcoidosis)

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all and losing some pounds together.


06-27-2006, 07:43 AM
Morning girls! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and things are cooling off and drying out for those of you suffering from weather woes. I am doing well and getting ready for vacation. I actually have a few sewing projects I am planning on working on when i get home from work today. Finally got the bedroom completely settled and saw the full picture! :D Loved it, but didn't get the camera out before kids took over and everything was everywhere. I will get it cleaned up again and get some pics soon!

Michelle - OH MY GOD!!!!! :o :o I would die at 118 degrees, I would be a little blob on the floor! How are you coping?? Breathing would make me sweat! Hope you have a good AC and are able to take it easy until things cool off! Just read your response to Cheryl and I agree take it off and be comfortable!!! :D

Ryanmi - I know what you mean!! I have done that so many times, especially with ice cream! There is just something comforting about the smooth creamy feel of ice cream going down that eases the soul. The calorie count does not sound so damaging though! Sorry to hear that work is not letting up for you! :( Was your early day friday helpful? Avoiding the shopping was probably good. Something about eating healthy makes me want to buy more stuff!

Tina - hope you are cooling off:o and doing well. Must be getting a good tan with all this outside time! Can you help me again on the conversion what is 32 celcius in farenheit?

Cheryl - thanks for the congrats! :hug: glad to hear your mood is better and only one more row of kids, you'll have to post us an "in progress" picture! Our weather is breaking a little today so I'm not going to complain either, but I love your advice to Michelle!

Micehllerae - Welcome:welcome: :balloons: and we look forward to getting to know you, seems like you have a busy life! We love new members!

well girls gotta run, going to try to get a little closet cleaning done before it's time to get kids and hubby up for an early appointment. I pray for a wonderful day for all of you!!!!! Erin:carrot:

06-27-2006, 10:26 AM
Good morning ladies, I am really behind time this morning. (seems like I am always running late) I will definitely try to get back here later on today for personals, but for now I just wanted to check in. Looks like we have another Michelle joining our group. Welcome to you MichelleRae, can't wait to learn more about you.

The scales were still at 237 this morning so I really do think I am stuck here for a bit. Oh well as long as I don't gain I am sure it will eventually start going down again. I will make it. I am just used to seeing at least a little bit of a drop every few days.

Well better run, it is time for work once again. Yippeeee(NOT)

06-27-2006, 10:51 AM
Good Morning, Chickies . . . it's still too warm and the humidity is oppressive, but at least it has stopped raining :) . . . the sun is actually peeking out from time to time so maybe the worst is over. :^:

ROBBIN . . . Hi :hug: Hope you'll be able to stop in for longer, later.

ERIN . . . :hug: Didn't actually get the construction started but I was shopping around for plans. I'm with you, girl . . . double ice cream, no gum; so maybe it balances out. ;)

MICHELLE . . . :hug: Wow, that is hot! Try to stay cool. I find a cotton nightie works better than naked . . . after all, you need something to sop up the sweat. ;)

RYANMI . . . :hug: I have this great mental picture of you sitting on the floor with your staff around you in a circle and all of them are drooling over the ice cream. :drool: Love it.

TINA . . . :hug: I'm with you, girl . . . 32 (90F) is too hot for me, too. Keep cool.

CHERYL . . . :hug: That is plenty hot enough, especially when the humidity is high. For me, it's always the humidity that takes its toll. I find 70 (21C) oppressive when the humidity is high.

MRAE . . . Here's a great big welcoming :hug: for you. Obviously I don't need to tell you how great 3FC is. Hope you like our little group. Wow you are a busy, busy girl. You are our 3rd Michelle; so hope you don't mind if I call you MRAE. Hope we'll all be seeing less of you, lots more often. :D

Here are a couple of a 'tasty' (all puns intended) FFFs for today . . .

We lose 64% of our taste buds between the ages of 30 and 80 . . . our taste buds can detect sweetness in a substance if 1 part in 200 is sweet . . . we can detect sourness if 1 part in 130,000 is sour or bitter (this sensitivity developed for protective purposes, since poisonous foods are more often sour/bitter than sweet).

Have a great day of moving and shaking and heading in the great downward direction, gang. See you lighter. :carrot:

06-27-2006, 11:25 AM
Good Morning Girls and Welcome to Tuesday !!!

Just a quick check in for me this morning. Hubby just rolled out of bed, so once he is ready we are going to hit the road and head up island for our overnight excursion.

Was a hot one yesterday. I think the day time high was about 29C (to determine F I usually double it and add 30.. so roughly 88F) but at least we have a dry heat, we don't get the humidity here.

Didn't get any tole painting done, but it is all laid out on the table so that should motivate me to do some later in the week.

Lois ~ welcome back and nice to meet you :) So sorry to hear about what your SO went through, I can't imagine. Good luck with your move and hope to see you posting again soon.

Erin ~ sewing projects.. whatcha making ?!?!? I dabbled in sewing for a short time, but I am not that good at it.

Michelle ~ I don't think I would be coping very well in those temperatures. Hope you are finding ways to stay cool.

Ryanmi ~ I love your posts, they always make me giggle !! Hope your work day is better today or the ice cream better beware !! A housekeeper.. I am sooo jealous !!!!

Tina ~ glad to hear that you are doing well and finding ways to stay out of the heat.

Cheryl ~ sounds like the quilt is coming along nicely, look forward to seeing pictures of it.

MRae ~ welcome to the gang.. and a great gang it is. I have only been posting here for a few weeks and you will feel right at home in no time. You certainly have lots on your plate and we look forward to getting to know you.

Robbin ~ a plateau.. hmm time to shake things up abit. What program do you follow ??

Meowee ~ yeah the rain is gone.. but I don't know which would be worse the humidity or rain :?: Interesting fact today.. keep em coming.

Okay who have I missed... Liza, TeaHoney, Tricia.. hope all is well with you !!

Well girls I am off... I will be home tomorrow night so I probably won't check in until Thursday morning.. Try not to miss me too much LOL

Stay cool and take some time to enjoy the view ;)

06-27-2006, 03:43 PM
Hi LOUIE . . . :hug: I was just sitting here paying some bills, so, of course, I had to check in. Radio just told me we have the exact same temperature at 3:45, but our humidity is 94% . . . ugh. :( Hope you have a good outing . . . in case it will make you feel a little better the temperature is only 84.2F. Your formula is close for doing it in your head. If you've got a calculator handy, . . . C X9 /5 +32 = F . . . You all know how I love trivia. :D

06-27-2006, 04:58 PM
Hiya Ladies thanks for the warm welcome into your group :)

A little more about me now lol I know I only left a quick intro last night:
I weigh in at 250 :( I lost 50 pounds about 1.5 years ago but have since gained it back and I am extremely unhappy about that. I can't believe I got so lazy! So I'm back at it and I have to succeed, if I don't, I realize that my weight my eventually be the death of me. I have to do it for my family so that is my motivation.

Meowee, I just loved your informational tidbit today, that was very interesting.

Louie, Hi there! Thanks for the welcome!

Robbin, Hello! You, I noticed, are making some wonderful progress in your weight loss journey! Way or should I say Weigh to go!

ELEM, where are you going on vacation? I get to go to Arizona in July for my graduation so that should be neat but other than that I'm a homebody lol

Hubby just made turkey burgers for lunch so I'm off to grab a bite! I'll be back later (I hope!)


06-27-2006, 05:57 PM
Good Afternoon Chickies. Hope everyone is having a good day. Normal busy work day for me, and not gonna be much different once I get home.

Erin – I seem to be very puffy today so I do think it is probably water retention so I have upped my water intake. So how is the new furniture, is it comfy? Can’t wait to see the pics.

Michelle – I don’t think I have ever seen the temp 118 here before. :hot: Yuck Yuck. I would not even venture outside if I were you.

Ryanmi – I am definitely sympathizing with you on the staff problems, I only have my receptionist to deal with and yesterday I wanted to ………:censored: ……well I can’t think of anything nice to say so I guess I had better not say it at all. If I had a whole staff to deal with and switching banks I would have downed a whole pint of Hagen Daze.

Tina – You have been at the splash park a lot here lately, I bet you are getting in some good exercise playing around with your daughter. I wish I had time during the day to do things like that.

Cheryl – I haven’t had a chance to look at your quilt work yet I keep hoping to have time but here lately I have been swamped at work and the only time I get on the net is to check in with you guys or something dealing with work.

Linda – You have too much rain and we don’t have enough. Every time I hear you say the sun is actually peeking out I cant help but wish it would hide. You have depressed me with the thought of loosing my taste buds. I am 33 so I guess I am just starting to loose them. That sucks.

Louie – I am counting calories and fat grams. I try to keep things shook up by bouncing my calories up and down in a decent range, I just think my body wants to tease me for :joker: a little while. Hope you have fun on your overnight trip.

MichelleRae – Thanks for the pat on the back, it is nice for people to notice how hard I have worked. Just the other day a guy at work was passing by me and said “Wow Girl, how much have you lost? You look Great” Did you enjoy your turkey burgers:burger: ?

Hello to anyone I missed, please know it is not on purpose:sorry: , I am sure I will catch you next time.

Here are some food facts from me; I am trying to keep up with Linda on posting them.

▪Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.
▪Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.
▪In the top 10 Ice Cream Consuming Countries In the World United States Ranks First and Canada Is Seventh
▪Per capita, Americans

06-27-2006, 06:44 PM
Hi Gang . . . happened to be passing by again . . .

MRAE . . . :hug: Hey, girl, you know you are not alone . . . can't think of too many people who manage to do it only once. What forum do you moderate, BTW?

ROBBIN . . . :hug: How do you think I feel? At my age, I'm surprised I can still taste anything. :dizzy: Interesting to find out that so many canuks are so 'good' about avoiding ice cream. Afraid I'm not one of them; too bad my ice cream buds haven't disappeared. :D

See you lighter. :carrot:

06-27-2006, 07:02 PM
MICHELLERAE... :welcome3: to a very wonderful and supportive group of girlies here!!!:hug:

ERIN... The AC we had gotten had something wrong with it, and my DH didn't want another one, so we're making due with many fans and the windows and blinds all closed except early in the morning and all night, except for downstairs. We also live in a townhouse, so it gets very warm!:( :hug:

LOUIE... You are also having very hot weather! Hope you have lots of fun on your overnight excursion. I must of missed this post, but where are you going and what will you be doing?:dizzy: :hug:

LINDA... Atleast with our heat, we don't have the humidity. Last summer when my DD and I were in Iowa for six weeks, sometimes I thought I was going to absolutely die from the humidity!:devil: I do have a cotton nightie and that's what I do wear around a lot!:hug:

ROBBIN... That's SO GREAT that guy at work noticed you have lost weight! It makes a person feel so much better when people actually start noticing, and then you know your hard work is paying off!:hug:

I'm sorry if I missed others, because I don't mean it to be on purpose, but it's so hot here at the computer that I can't even concentrate as well.

06-27-2006, 08:17 PM
Tricia, have you gotten your eliptical put together yet? Yes, women do retain water and have fluctuation on the scale during there lovely monthly visit with Aunt Flo. I once posted some info. on that a while back. You know that if you exercise during "her" visit that it could actually help you loose weight faster. I think we've all been trying to test that theory since. Anyhow, you retain right before you start and it should go away mid-week. Hope that helps.

Linda, I see the kittens remained at the SPCA. I guess it's just aswell. I hope they get as good a home as you would have given them. Cute names by the way! Yes, it seems lately my days are running one into the other and hardly a break in between (if that makes sense). I don't think age has anything to do with it...I'm pretty spent myself. I hope that WWW has disapated by now so you have a good weigh in tomorrow.

Ryanmi, I've come to realize that times have totally changed. I'm either too over protective or the world just has gotten really sucky. I remember heading out in the morning and playing till noon, go out and again after something to eat. Do the same thing around dinner time. There's no way I could handle not knowing where Alyssa is at ALL times. Not that I worry about her straying off, it's all the sickos I hear on the news that makes me paranoid. And in that case she can't get into all the trouble I did..hehe! Congrats on the 2.2lbs. taking off to highway heaven!! Awesome acheivement. You must be on cloud 9!! You could send me a cleaning team anytime! LOL!

Erin, we're sounding a lot a like lately. LOL! Do you feel like you have to have everything spic and span before you go away on holidays? I do. "Went to bed with my grandma beads still on!!! (let me know if you don't get that!)" I'll raise my hand and tell you I don't know what that means. The bedroom furniture sounds really nice. I bet you feel so proud of the fact that they all match! I know what that feels like and it irritated me too. Congrats on the amazing 3lbs. It feels great when you're clothes get looser. You're doing so deserve it! I got a farmers tan by the way, my arms look great and so do my feet, ankles and the part of the leg that's expose from my capris. You'd laugh your A$$ off if you saw me in a swimsuit though. I'd guess you could call a chocolate/vanilla swirl. MMMmm...that made me think of icecream!

Tracey, congrats on the 3lb. loss! Woo Hoo! I can feel your excitment reading your post. Sounds like you have a good plan. Small changes helps you ease into this big switcharooney we're doing to our lifestyles. Anyhow, it's best not to put so much pressure on ourselves as we work through our weight issues. It's just setting ourselves up for failure before we really get out of the gate. Good job girl!

Louie, Hey...even Martha has assistance. You're doing a superwomans job girl. Take the credit.. ;) Your surprise by your co-workers sounds great and that you had fun. How sweet of them. Have a lot of fun and relaxation on your getaway with hubby. You well deserve it. I hope you get the results you want on your exams. You probably rocked them anyways!

Robbin, so did hubby survive his first night home after being away for 2 weeks?? LOL! I truly hope that what you've heard is really just a rumor. You need your man on your war front, combating 4 kids. LOL! We've gotta find out who has the fairy fat mother held hostage. We need her to spread some love. Sorry the scales are being fickle right now.

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry for what you're going through. It has to be so tough. I hope you're able to take comfort in the fact that she will getting the help she needs from the doctors. It's a terrible thing to wonder what's causing your moms mental health to go down. Just remember there's always a silver lining around every grey cloud. Soon someday you'll be able to see it and be able to try to relieve some stress. BTW - how the heck are you living with that heat!!! I'd be a blob of jello by now.

Shawn, take you back!? You gotta be kidding. You shouldn't even have to ask. We're here with open arms girl. I don't think either one of us could raise our hands fast enough when asked if we've been there done that before. Just climb back aboard and hang on for the bumpy ride ahead. Glad you're catching it and stopping it in time...but then again it's never too late. Welcome back!

Cheryl, sorry to hear you were a little down. But you did great avoiding the stress eating. Congrats on the loss! Awesome! I draw the line at cobwebs and spiders....yuck and ewwww! I can't stand spiders! LOL!

MichelleRae, welcome! You're going to love it here. Great group of women here. Looking forward to getting to know you too.

Phewww!! Would you believe that it took me over an hour to read and catch up?!! Time for dinner already. I'm making greek salad wraps with slices of lean steak. Yummy! I'll check back later.


06-27-2006, 09:32 PM
Okay Tina Girl you gotta share the recipe for those greek salad wraps with us! They sound absolutely delicious!! Thanks for the warm welcome!

Hi Michelle! You know it's funny I just realized that I have the same screen name you do for a few other boards that I use. R is my middle initial (obviously) and P is my last initial. Weird! I see you live in Oregon, I'm not *too* far from you, I'm in NW Montana, and it's blazing hot up here today, we spent the majority of the afternoon lounging in the pool...soooo relaxing!

Linda, you are right it is difficult to do it the first time, second, third or fourth too LOL it's just plain ol' difficult! I moderate Exercise and Dieting with obstacles. I was on a bit of a hiatus while I was in school but I'm now in the home stretch and the pressures are not so bad anymore. Then come August I start my bachelors program and we'll see if I can still multitask lol.

Robbin, The turkey burgers were awesome! When I'm on program I tend to eat very very little red meat if meat at all. I'll eat what I refer to as meatless morningstar farms and boca products are the best in my opinion!

Okay guys gotta go hubby is being a monster lol...have a good night

06-27-2006, 10:47 PM
Ryanmi...You snuck in while I was posting lastnight. Hey! Congrats on eating low fat ice cream. Sounds real yummy by the way.:drool:

Tina...Glad you are handling the heat so well by enjoying the splash park. Nice way to cool off!! When you go to Hong Kong, you will have the humidity to deal with. Hope you have a pool to cool off in. I could clean everyday and never get rid of the dust/cobwebs. It's the busy time of the year with the farmers working in the fields and moving grain to the elevators, and we live right next to a gravel road, so I have to deal with dust on a daily basis. Some days, I say the heck with it, and sew!!! Your Greek wraps sound yummy.

Michelle...Glad you followed my advice. I think I will have to follow it by Thursday. We are going to be in the 90's and I know the humidity will be unbareable!!! I just might have to bare it, to cool off!:fr: :rofl: :yikes: :beach: Sure hope you don't have that kind of heat the end of July when we are visiting. I might have to go take a dip in the Columbia to cool off.

:welcome: MichelleRae. So happy to have you join us. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

Erin...Glad to hear it is cooling off for you. You must of sent your hot weather my way. I'm not looking forward to Thursday, because I know the sever weather will be moving in. Glad I have a storm room to hide out in when tornados are about.

Robbin...Hope you break your plateau real soon. Congrats on maintaining by the way. That's the hard part, and your doing GREAT!!! Bet it is nice to have Hubby home. Great NSV when someone notices that you are loosing weight. I had the samething happen last week at the drug store. She asked if I had done something with my hair and I said no, but I have lost almost 20lbs. Oh!, that's it. Well, you look great!! I was on cloud 9.

Louie...Hope you have a wonderful time with hubby and it's not too warm.

I had a pretty busy day, meetings this morning with the FD and I had a meeting this afternoon. Didn't get any sewing done on the quilt, nor will I tomorrow since I have more meetings. Hope to land on Thursday and do nothing but sew and stay cool. I had a great NSV this afternoon, I was able to get into a pair of capris I haven't worn in four years. I'm getting ready to buy some new clothes on the first for vacation, since I still need a couple more capris, some tops and sandles. Another 20lbs, and I have a clothes full of clothes to wear. Have a good one ladies.

06-27-2006, 11:49 PM
Well girls decided to pop in quick before bed and know have been here 45 minutes!!! Seems like lots of good news and positive attitudes going around. That is so wonderful to see!!

Robbin - I love your attitude about the scale right now. If i don't see at least a tiny drop each time i get on, i get frustrated. I will definitely keep your positive thoughts in mind next time it doesn't listen to me. Can't believe I still have empty space in my new furniture!! I will have to buy more clothes to fill it up!! NO actually i am going through some stored clothing to see what is starting to fit. Found several dresses today that now fit, one was even a 20!!! Loose style thought cause i have a few 26 sizes that are just now fitting, don't you love the variation of sizes the same number clothing can actually have!

Linda - love the FFF!!! You never cease to educate me with things i have never heard before!

Louie - my sewing projects are more scary than im pressive. I do a lot of winging it to come up with something functional i want but can't find. Such as foam leg rest for my kids since they hang so awkward off the car seat and we are facing a 16 hour car ride, a remote holder for my bed (long sheet for under the pillows with pockets on the ends to put the remotes in. Just weird stuff i could never find in the store. I have to say, i would never want people to see some of my sewing projects, they would think my 4 year old did them! Enjoy your outing with hubby today!

Michellerae - I am going to Pennsylvania to visit my family. I am in Alabama and have been for 17 years but was born and raised in PA. We all know about the lose and regain phenomenon, if it is lost why is it so easy to find again!!!!! My sunglasses or car keys are never that easy to find!!!

Michelle - OHHH, I am sweating for you!!!! I think i would have to go get another AC and just tell hubby the old one spontaneously healed itself!!!!! HOpe things start cooling off for you soon! I couldn't concentrate in that kind of heat either!!!

Tina - yes i can't handle the thought of coming home to a messy house. I know I will be bringing in a mess when i get here to I need to feel like i have a head start by having the house clean before I leave! I love the chocolate vanilla swirl tan!!! Never thought of that description but it really fits!! Oh and by the way, if i can venture into the public domain in a bathing suit so can you!!!! Do you not swim with your daughter, I thought you talked about pushing her around in the pool before, or does the splash park just not lend itself to true swimming, hence the name "splash". Yeah I know I am rambling again!!! grandma beads are the little ring of dirt you get in the creases of your neck when you have been in the dirt and sweaty all day. You go in at night and raise your head up and there are your beads!!! I never heard it before i came south but i understood completely once they explained it. So many women here garden up into their 80's and 90's and are out in the dirt all day so i gues that is how it got started as "grandma" beads. By the way, yes i can believe it took and hour and i'll see ya for dinner, it sounds wonderful!

Cheryl - Hate to hear you are anticipating storms, and yes a storm room is essential! Is yours one of the cement, steel reinforced deals??? We just go to our basement in the back corner where it is most underground and my office is. We can be comfortable in there and worst comes to worst there is a closet in that room we can really hunker down into if needed. YEAHHHH on getting into the capri's!!!! that is wonderful!

Well girls gotta run! 4 am comes early and it is already almost 10pm, i need more than 6 hours to be tolerable the next day!! ya'll have a good one and will try to check in in the AM!

06-28-2006, 02:03 AM
Good Evening Girlies -- I will do personals tomorrow because I'm so ready for bed tonight! The weather has finally cooled down and it's actually supposed to get down to 57F tonight, instead of 81F last night. This heat has worn me out so bad that I'm actually feeling very sick to my stomach and just need some good sleep. I hope all of you have a good night and we'll talk more tomorrow...:grouphug:

06-28-2006, 07:32 AM
Morning glories! :hug: Supposed to be another beautiful day here in Alabama not quite as much humidity but still hot. I am looking forward to getting alot done today since i ended up getting sidetracked for 3 hours at Sam's getting my tires rotated. Was supposed to take only 1 1/2 - 2 hrs and it was 3 to the minute! Fortunately my kids did very well and that kept all of us sane. Needless to say after deciding to have dinner out with hubby instead of going home to cook it was too late for me to get much done last night. So the list is long today but I am ready to take it on!

Michelle - glad to hear you are cooling off :whoo: and hope your rest cured the ailing stomach!

Okay girls here's a question- do i take my scale on vacation with me or not??? Mom has a scale but I am pretty sure after last trip it is off from mine and is not in a convenient location for me to weigh first thing AM like I normally do. Since we are going in the car there will be no problems packing it and we will be gone for 10 days and i know I can't go that long without weighing! That daily weigh in really keeps me motivated when it comes to making good food choices. Am i totally nuts for even thinking about taking it?????

06-28-2006, 10:32 AM
Morning all, hope everyone had a good nights sleep and are well rested. Stupid scales are not making me happy. But I guess today was better than it has been. They have been reading 237.4 and this morning was 237.0. I might have to threaten scale-a-cide again. That seemed to work last time, I think I scared them with the thought of drowning in the bathtub.

Linda – I know I help the US rank #1 in the ice cream category; I have some every night before bed.

Michelle – I do not know how you manage with out an air conditioner. It hits 80 and mine is on full blast. But I am a very hot natured person; I cannot take the heat at all. I am always turning the thermostat down at my office.

Tina – Hubby was more tired the day after his first night home than he was from being away for 2 weeks, if that makes any sense. LOL I kinda kept him up. If you find that Fairy Fat Mother cage her and mail her to me.

MicheleRae – I don’t eat any red meat but can NOT eat the meatless meat, YUCK YUCK YUCK. I just cannot get that healthy. I stick with turkey substituted for all hamburger. I eat a lot of chicken, fish and turkey.

Cheryl – Bravo on the NSV, I can completely relate. I have a shirt I have been using as a goal. I don’t even really like this shirt but I can’t wait to get into it. I haven’t worn it for about 4 years. I need to loose about 10 more pounds and it will fit perfect.

Erin- I am sure you will start filling up that new furniture in no time, with dropping weight you will HAVE to go shopping. LOL. If I were going on a 10 day vacation I think I would take my scale with me. It would keep you honest. On vacation you are supposed to enjoy yourself but we all know that if we do not keep on top of ourselves we will regret it later. I say take the scales. (did all of that make sense?)

Well girls once again I gotta get to work.

06-28-2006, 11:51 AM
Just a quick hello this morning because I am so busy wallowing in self-pity. The WWW is still with me and I refuse to move my ticker backwards since I do not deserve this. It's as though the whole month of June has been wiped off the calendar and I'm back were I was at the end of May. So, in the usual self-sabotaging way, I've been very busy this morning trying to make the 3.6 pounds become real. Hopefully I'll get over this bummer of a mood really soon before it does become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

See you later, gang. You all be good now, even though I am not. :^:

06-28-2006, 12:25 PM
Linda - you better be good. You have worked too hard to sabotage yourself. You know the WWW will go away. You just need to stay off of the scales for a bit. Up your water intake and quit stressing. Here is something that helps with the stress. I receive e-mails everyday with diet and health tips and this is one I received. I have used this method of relaxing lots here lately and it really works. It seems to give me a boost in my moods.

Proper Breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air instead of the same old stale stuff. Experts estimate that proper breathing helps your body eliminate toxins 15 times faster than poor, shallow breathing. You'll not only be healthier, but you'll be able to perform better (mentally and physically) and, of course, be less stressed and more relaxed.

1. Get Ready (2 minutes) Make the room dark, or at least darker. Lie down flat on your back, or sit against a wall. Use a pillow for comfort. Make sure no part of your body is strained or supporting weight. Close your eyes. Just pay attention to your breathing for a minute or two. Don't try to change it, just notice how it feels. Imagine the fresh blood flowing through your body. Listen to your surroundings.
2. Stage I (2 minutes) Practice breathing in and out of your nose. Exhaling through the mouth is okay for quick relaxation, but for normal breathing, in and out the nose is best. Take long breaths, not deep breaths. Try not to force it, you shouldn't hear your breath coming in or out. You're drawing slow breaths, not gulping it or blowing it out. Feel the rhythm of your breathing.
3. Stage II (3 minutes) Good breathing is done through the lower torso, rather than the upper torso. Each breath should expand your belly, your lower back and ribs. Relax your shoulders and try not to breathe with your chest. Put your hands on your stomach and feel them rise and fall. If it's not working, push down gently with your hands for a few breaths and let go. Your stomach should start to move more freely. Relax your face, your neck, your cheeks, your jaw, your temples, even your tongue.
4. Stage III (3 minutes) Feel the good air entering your lungs and feel the stale air leaving your body. "In with the good, out with the bad" is definitely true here. Make your exhale as long as your inhale to make sure all the bad air is gone. Remember, long slow breaths. Most people take 12-16 breaths per minute. Ideally, it should be 8-10. Now try to make your exhale a little longer than your inhale for a while. Pause after your exhale without taking a breath. Focus on the stillness and on not forcing an inhale. Your body will breathe when it needs to.
5. Wake Up!!!

06-28-2006, 01:58 PM
Goodmorning everyone! Hope you're all found well. Still no news from the fairy fat mother yet. It seems it's getting harder to lose, I guess the good news is that I'm maintaining. Things have been a litte sparatic here lately with regards to water intake and eating properly. A) It's too hot to exercise and B) It's too hot to eat a wholesome meal. I find I'm grabbing a "little" something to tyde me over around meal times cause I don't want to cook. And I guess C) I'm getting really excited about my upcoming holiday (18 days away..yippee!) and the last thing I'm thinking about is diet and exercise. I'm stuck in a rut cause I already have bought some clothes that fit me nicely now (size 16 pants and XL shirts, double yippee!!) and I guess subconsciencely I've settled for now. But not forever! You would think with this reasoning and rationalizing that I would be comfortable with what I've come up with....but I'm not. I still desperately want to see the scale move. I hope this makes sense cause now I'm starting to feel as though I'm babbling on and on...


MichelleRae, it is simple really. Something I've concocted myself. We had leftover BBQ steak from monday (lean cut). I sliced it up and reheated it in a pan with some mushrooms. Tossed it in a bowl with some cucumbers and greens (you can throw in some peppers and olives too if you like them...but they make me shiver LOL!), poured in a little drizzle of Kraft Greek salad dressing (calorie-wise), crumbled light feta-cheese over...tossed it all and spread on a low-fat tortilla wrap. It was delicious, if I do say so myself. I don't usually come up with good ideas! LOL! Perfect for hot weather...don't feel like eating much.

Cheryl, yeah..I remember the humidity over there quite well. The first time I've ever experienced anything like it. The only way I could describe it to my mother was...the air was really thick and too thick to breathe...almost suffercating! Here I am trying to prepare my 4yr. old for this!! hahaha! The place we're staying has a few pools around aswell as a beach. You'll be able to find me there quite often! I totally know what you're talking about with the dust...heck, dirt coming through the windows. My mom lives in a rural area beside a gravel road and I live in a new development where there's machinery working all the time stirring up dirt. Right now there making more roads so there out there in a feild of dry, dusty dirt going over it and over it. And once that's done they'll be digging new basements. Lovely! Congrats on the NSv....that is so great!

Erin, great minds think alike. My hubby is complaining..."didn't you already clean this", "didn't you just do this". I just want it to be clean before I go, not saying I'm dumb enough to believe that no dust will fall in the 3 weeks we're gone. LOL! It just settles my mind for now. Yeah, I just bought a bathing suit about a month ago (that I actually like), and I have gone swimming in it before this farmers tan! But now the tan lines have more contrast to the vanilla if you know what I mean! LOL! I would't mind taking the scales. Like you said you have room and if it helps to keep you accountable...bring them! What matters most is you and if you feel you need them to help you all means girl!

Michelle, I'm glad it's starting to cool down for you. Those temps were just unbelieveable to me. Nice to know that a person can pull through them without melting. LOL! We had a thunder storm overnight that has cooled things off nicely but now the sun is up and beaming strongly.

Robbin, hahaha!! I could get a little crude here...awwwe what the heck. Was he your acting "DRILL" sargeant?? hahaha!! Sorry but I had to! Don't worry if I happen to come across the FFM I'll come shake her wings on us all!

Oh Linda, I know how discouraged you must feel. And I can't even blame you for turning to food because of it. Just put it down and back away now. You already know it does no good and will be havic on you emotionally later. It may not have disappeared this week but it will likely be gone next weigh in with more buddies to take along with it. Stay strong girl. We're here for you.

I'll be back later to check in. Have a great day girls!


06-28-2006, 07:59 PM
Good Afternoon Ladies!!! I just got home from work and took a dip in the pool for a bit now time to relax and chit chat! Work was long but rewarding even though I started off rather crabby! I perked up after awhile :D I came home craving some spaghetti so that's what's for dinner and some sherbet or italian ice (my favorite) for dessert. I have already drank 32 oz of water with another 32 soon to be on it's way down the hatch. Oh! Oh! Oh!! I rode my bike to work and back today! So I saved some money and got some exercise too! I don't live far from work but even the smallest bit of exercise has got to help!

Tina, I'm sooooo going to make those greek wraps this weekend, I'm gonna substitute the beef for some chicken breast and leave out the olives, (I hate those buggers) Where are you going on Holiday? If you ever come to Glacier Park, let me know I'll give you a discount on a hotel room. :) We get a lot of customers from Alberta down this way :)

Robbin, I grew up a vegan so giving up meat or eating meatless meat is easier for me than for some. I actually really love boca burgers and the whole morningstar farms line...good stuff! I do enjoy a steak every now and again though. How's work going?

Linda hang in there my friend that scale will eventually have no choice but to move downwards :)

Erin, I'm a scale maniac myself and have even had times when I had to have my hubby hide it from me because I would get obsessed with weighing myself! I would definitely take it if I were you! I wouldn't have a good time without knowing my weight lol.

Well it's time to get dinner on the table and get things ready for tomorrow so the morning isn't rushed. Hope you all have an excellent evening!


06-28-2006, 10:46 PM
Evening ladies...Just a quick check in for tonight. Had my WW meeting today and I was down 2 lbs. Made my day!! Went out to lunch with my friend and I can no longer eat fried foods. I feel so yucky and sick right now. Looks like I will stay with the healthy eating when going out.

Erin...I say take the scales, since you are in the habit of weighing every day, you would go nuts not being able too.:dizzy: Go and enjoy your vacation!!
Yes, we have a cement, steel, below ground storm room. If a tornado wiped us out at ground level and we got to the storm room, we would be safe.

Linda...Sorry you are in a bad mood and those subborn pounds are hanging on for dear life. Stay strong, talk nice to yourself and I'll send that FFM your way.

Ryanmi, Tina, Michelle, Robbin, MichelleRae, Lois, Liza...Hope I didn't forget anybody! Hope you all had a good day and I'll write personals to you tomorrow.


06-29-2006, 07:35 AM
Howdy girls!! So how are all of you this morning? I am fighting a little stress right now, and not sure why. My mood has been trying to go downhill but coming here seems to be perking me up. The scale is not my friend this morning up a pound and a half and didn't expect it. I gave in last night and had some whole grain brown rice with cheese on it for supper and don't know if that is to blame or not. I really thought the portion i had was reasonable and didn't eat anything else so hoped it wouldn't bother me too bad but whew a whole pound and i half blew me away!!:eek: Will do better today and hope something changes tomorrow. Have to say though that sealed the deal I am taking the scale. I really expected everyone to say i was crazy for even thinking about it but with the weigh in this morning and ya'll's encouragment, I don't see any reason not to take it!!!

Robbin - I know what you mean, there may be a genicide going on with the scales because I spent most of the morning threatening mine too! I'm sure we are holding onto some water or something that is just not letting us see what you want. I know you have been sticking to plan and you will see results soon!! HANG IN THERE!! Yes your thoughts on taking the scale with me made sense, exactly what I was thinking! Loved the breathing exercise you shared with Linda, I do something similar to that with my patients quite often!

Linda - Oh lady, i know the pain you are feeling, I agree don't move that ticker, keep upping the water intake and if you have been exercising, stop for a few days, that seems to cause a change for me. If not maybe start. The other option is join the scale-a-cide that Robbin and I are threatening and see if that helps! But please don't eat those pounds on, the stress of that would be so much worse! You know those pounds shouldn't be there and they will go away!

Tina - WHOO HOO on the 16 and XL clothes, what an accomplishment!! I am so excited for you. I agree, keep up the maintaining and enjoy your trip when it comes and then maybe get back at it hard.

Michellerae - boy you impressed me with the riding the bike to work, i would be so sweaty and nasty when i got there nobody would want to be around me the rest of the day! You sound like such an orgainzed in control woman you really impress me! Are you always calm and controlled?

Cheryl - WHOOHOOO!!!!! :carrot: :cb: :cp: Yeah on the down 2 pounds, that is awesome!! I know you are floating on air over that one! Glad to hear you have the underground storm room, i think ya'll are more prone than we are to the really severe stuff, so glad you would be safe! Is the inside comfy or is it just a room?

Well ladies, gotta run - if i don't catch ya'll again before i leave i will be sure to get on from mom and dad's soon! Ya'll take care and keep on doing what your doing! Erin

06-29-2006, 10:24 AM
Just a quick check in for me this morning. I think the scales are listening to me and are afraid of drowning, they moved down .2 so now they are 236.8. Not bad I guess cause that makes 1 pound in about 3 days. Now if I can get them down the other .8 it will make an official 40 pounds lost.

Well I gotta run for now, spent too much time chatting with some people from the office this morning and didn't leave myself enough time to make a good post. I will come back in a bit after I get some work done.

06-29-2006, 10:49 AM
Honey, I'm home.. miss me ;)

Had a great couple of days away did some golfing, relaxing, abit of shopping, and got to spend time with hubby.. so all around a good short excursion.

Looks like everyone has been busy and I am not even going to attempt to catch up with personals, I will just jump back in here.

The weather is still nice here and I have the dreaded farmers tan to prove it. Oh well better then the glowing white that I was at the beginning of the week !! Not much on the agenda for today, probably just hang around the house and tonight I may go to the market. One of the smaller communities in the city has a Thursday night market where they shut down the main street and then set up tables and people sell crafts, baking, veggies etc.

Well I am going to scoot and go make myself a coffee. I will check back in later in the day and start trying to catch up with everyone. Ciao for now :D

06-29-2006, 01:09 PM
Hi There:wave: :wave:

I have decided to take a few much needed days off of work...I get well over 5 weeks of days every year, and unfortuately this year what I have used has been for moving, doctors appts, and the stupid voice-and it is slow right now and will start picking up again mid-July, so I am off until July 5th!!! :twirly: I am going to get some flowers for my patio, finally finish my bedroom/closet organizing (I have been here 6months, it's about time I think...LOL), and maybe even do a little shopping!!! So far, I have gotten up, cleaned things a bit (I clean up a little before the cleaning crew comes :sssh: ) and taken a nap-talk about lazy! :bubbles:

Louie--Glad you are back and the trip was fun! :cool: I know what you mean about the farmers tan- my left arm gets what I call "farm arm" in the summer, because I hang it out the window when I drive. It's pretty noticible too, as much as I try to even the arms out...

Robbin--I am keeping my fingers crossed for your .8lbs :crossed: -you are so close to 40lbs-soooo awesome!! That said, it will happen in God's time, not ours...he needs to get on our schedule!! The breathing exercise- I used to do that one a lot-I have some issues w/panic attacks that surfaced a couple of years ago, and that helped me out quite a bit!!! I'm fine now, but I still do the breathing once in awhile to relax...

Erin--Sounds like maybe you and Linda have the same problem with the water weight-a small portion of brown rice and cheese won't make you gain a pound and a half! This weather is horrid and we all are probably feeling the effects of the humidity! :flame: :faint: :hot: :tantrum: :flow2:

Cheryl--TWO lbs down- way to go!!! :woo: I know what you're saying about greasy foods-they don't set well with me that often anymore either...although I guess that's a plus!!

MichelleRae--Swimming and Biking?? :high: Sounds great-i'm sure your pounds will drop off before you know it...I love to swim, but there isn't a good pool around me, nor do I know anyone with one! Oh well...

Tina--I find that in the hot weather, I tend to eat smaller, lighter, frequent meals as well...cereal, fruits, lean deli meats and cheeses, etc...I usually feel so much better...that and up-ing the water helps me as well! The wraps did sound great- may have to try that-maybe modify to Mexican?? Mmmmm...:hun:

Linda--hope you're hanging in there w/the heat!! Have you found the 3.6lbs yet? Take them out back and beat them up!!! :frypan:

Michelle, Tricia, Shawn, Tracey, and whoever else I've missed-how are things going????? :hug:

Anyway, I am going to putz around here for a bit and then maybe go look for flowers! :flow1: :flow1: Have a great day!!

06-29-2006, 01:11 PM
OK I was reading some post's under "General Chatter" one of the threads there is for posting your pet peeves. I had alot of fun reading these and thought I would like to know everyone in this groups "Dieting" Pet Peeves. I have a brand new one as of today.

Its when people tell me I am rude for not eating something that is offered to me. Today my company is providing lunch for everyone as a 4th of July celebration. I brought my lunch (low fat tuna noodle casserole). Well now I am rude and ungrateful because I am not eating the company provided lunch. It is fat filled, high calorie, greasy Bar-B-Que with potato salad and baked beans. I already have my "cheat meal" planned for this week and Lunch at work IS NOT IT.

Ok just had to get that off my chest. You guys don't think I am being rude and ungrateful do you?

06-29-2006, 01:18 PM

You aren't the one being rude, the ones making a big deal out of this are!! :mad:

It's simple- eat with everyone, but eat your lunch. Just say that you have been watching what you're eating, and know that this weekend will be filled w/good foods, so you're going to pass...and if anyone says anything rude, tell them to :censored: themselves and mind their own :censored: business! :p

How's that for an answer!! :D

Man...I hate rude people!

06-29-2006, 01:45 PM
Thank you so much. It didn't sound rude in my head and I tried to say no thank you as nicely as possible but some people just don't get what it is like to be fat and try to stick to your guns to reach your goal.

06-29-2006, 02:18 PM
Good Morning Girlies -- Well I've been fighting one of my migraines from the heat finally catching up with me. The weather has finally cooled off as yesterday it was 81F, and this morning it's cloudy and cooler; I love it this way!

ROBBIN... NO, you're not the one being rude at all, if anyone is, they are! I think many of them know that you're trying to watch what you eat, and they have no business to be putting you down for this!:mad: :hug:

RYANMI... I'm so glad you're getting some much needed time off for yourself! Are you a supervisor or manager at your job? I remember you talking before about your employees, and also, you get so much time off work, 5 weeks is wonderful!;) :hug:

ERIN... I get very frustrated with that nasy scale also!:devil: I can be up 4 pounds one day, and then back down the next. Our bodies fluctuate so much, it's rediculous! I haven't even been staying focused or on track and I think it's time I recommitted again.:o :hug:

06-29-2006, 07:53 PM
Hey ladies! Nothing much happening around my homefront today. Just taking it easy. I really thought that I was going to have some scale victory to report this morning. Last night before bed I weighed and it was 217.5 and I thought surely it would somehow get beyond the 217 I've been staring at these past couple of weeks. But no way hose, it only budged 1/2lb. all night! Lovely..isn't it.

I went to a skin care party last night and was the only one who showed up outta the 15 she invited. So I felt extra obligated to buy something. The product was way outta my league as far as the price goes. I ended up ordering a tube of skin cleanser for $30! It better be worth it!

And my husbands aunt from HK phoned this morning. She has been lining up some outtings for us to go on while there. She wanted to run the idea of visiting Japan accross us on a 4 night, 5 day tour. We're undecided yet, but I would love to visit as many places as I can! If only money grew on trees!!

MichelleRae, awesome riding the bike to work and back. I so envy you right now! If you haven't figured it out already...LOL...we're going to Hong Kong/China and now maybe Japan. Thanks for the offer of the discounted hotel though. Have you ever crossed the border??

Cheryl, congrats on the 2lbs. taken off!! You're doing so good. Now how's about sharing that little fairy with the rest of us!? LOL!

Erin, sorry the scale is being a stinker to you right now. I think we should have a great big scaleicide ceremony! ;) Thanks for the congrats! I feel I have pretty much accepted the fact that this is what I'll be when I leave and you bet your A$$ that when I get back I will be hitting it hard. There will be no softening up on my part! I'll be cruzin' for some scale bruzin' with some loozin'!!

Robbin, nice to see the scales are giving you an "inch" after a little threatening. Maybe I should hold mine out the window and start yelling at it. AAAnnnddd...what do you suppose the neighbors would think of me??!! hahaha! I wouldn't let the staff make me feel as though I was the one being rude. Let it slide off of your getting in shape butt and let there's get larger!! At the preschool picnic, lunch and snacks were supplied too, but I brought a big ol' cooler of fresh fruit, water and sandwiches. Things that I could go and enjoy without having too feel guilty. Better than the hotdogs, chips, juice and donuts I'd say. I'll have to think a bit about a peve...I know I got one somewhere! LOL

Louie, glad to hear you had a nice time with your hubby. It sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great time at the market. That sounds like a lot of fun in itself.

Ryanmi, glad you're taking some time for yourself. You've had a rough couple of weeks here. Take time to slow down girl and enjoy buying the flowers. Have fun altering the wrap too, mexican food is sOOOOooooo yum!

Michelle, glad it's cooling off for you too. We have a light, brisk, breeze that cools the house off nicely. I hope your migraine doesn't plan on sticking around for long. Feel better soon!

I guess that's about all from me! Have a great one girls. I'll check back later!


06-29-2006, 09:21 PM
Hi everybody . . . Another little quickie to let you know I'm still here and still not in exactly a great mood . . . this heat and humidity is really getting to me. :mad: The only good news is that I really only had a half a day of melt-down. Finished up yesterday with a nice big salad with shrimp in it and have been right on-track with the eating today. Guess I've forgotten how to totally pig out. :dizzy: So I'll say thank you for the small NSV of getting it back together and hope the heat wave breaks before next Wednesday. I'm pretty sure that's what is making me hold onto the WWW. Today has been pretty busy but I hope tomorrow will be better and I'll get a chance to chat. In the meantime, gang, thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. :carrot:

06-29-2006, 11:00 PM
Erin...Hope you have a wonderful vacation. No, our stormroom is just a small room to stand in. I would like hubby to take the shelves out, and build a bench to sit on.

Robbin...No, you were not rude, they were!!! I'm sure everyone within shouting distance knows that are following a program to loose weight. This subject was just discussed at my WW meeting on how people try to set us up for failure. WAY TO GO!!! So proud of you bring your own lunch. Congrats on the scale moving. Guess it was shaking with the threat of drowing. WOW! 40 lbs is awesome!!!

Ryanmi...So glad to hear you are taking a few days off to relax and get a few things down in your home. ENJOY:hug:

Michelle...I'm so happy to hear you are having cooler weather. Hope your migrain is gone soon.:hug:

Tina...If you get the chance to go to Japan, GO! I lived in Okinawa for about 6 months and loved it. The East China Sea is so beautiful. Toyko is a beautiful city as well.

Linda...So glad you didn't go on a full fledge grazing mode. Your shrimp salad sounds so yummy. I haven't had one in awhile, but I think that's what I will have for lunch tomorrow.

Well gang, I got up early this morning and went for a walk before it got hot. Decided to sweep and mop the floors before I had to go to town for another meeting, and also made a light rhubarb cheesecake. Still feel alittle quizzy from yesterdays lunch, so I have been eating light. It's very hot and humid here. Our weather alert has already gone off for sever thunderstorms. Looks like it will be a bumpy night. See you chickies toomorrow.