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07-31-2006, 07:41 AM
Good morning everyone! This is going to be a good week for all of us.

Lynne, I hope you had a fantastic weekend. It was nice of you to check in even though you were so busy.

Aqua - I love your idea. Maybe at the end of the month I could get a pedicure or something. Something pretty I can see and enjoy for a while. Food goes so fast, doesn't it? When it's a no-no, it seems to go even faster. But an article of clothing or a beauty treatment lasts for a while.

U2 - I hope you get the little ones back on schedule soon. They're the real bosses in the house aren't they? ;) Kiddies always are. I used to be into clothes too. I'm sure I will be again once the clothing size goes down. Remember the single digit clothing? Ah, the memories...
Good luck on your interview. I hope you get the job! If you don't I'd be more than happy to give you mine. :lol:

Hello Britt!!! Welcome to the thread. We're so happy to have you and you'll get lots of support here. Your baby is adorable.

Danielle - You hit the nail on the head. Today is a new day. We have to embrace the opportunities that each new moment brings us. We can do this ladies!!

Thank you all for your support. Especially when I was feeling down yesterday. I hate that my own reflection could be so disturbing, but I'm blessed to have the ability to exercise and use will power to control my choices. I will keep reminding myself of that. It's a long road, but we only have one day at a time, right?

Well, I'd better get ready for work. I'll see you all soon!

07-31-2006, 08:40 AM

You are so right when you say we are blessed with the ability to get out there and exercise and empower our selves to make the right choices. I was unable to exercise for about two years due to a serious leg injury but now that it is finally healed I am thankful everyday I can get exercise in.

07-31-2006, 09:15 AM
Good Morning! :coffee:

Amany- Food does go fast! And when we see what we could have done witht that frappuccino, burger, or chocolate bar I believe the positive reinforcement will continue to be a success.
DollyR - Hi! I'm glad to see you!
u2girl - Hi! I knw what you mean about clothes. I can't say I was a fashionista when I was tiny, but I could buy a very cheap outfit and truly look like a million bucks. Now, I can't find the cheapie outfits in my size. ( Yes, I know... indeed I am a bargain hunter. Well, I try to be. I don't mind spending money on what I like either... :D ) Yeah, the box thing might work for me. I like looking at the money holder I made. I get all warm and fuzzy when I know the dollar store trip will be so much fun and rewarding. Good luck on your interview! :hug: I am so awful at those things. I blab my socks off on here, but in real life I am pretty quiet.
plumptobump - Welcome to the group! :welcome3: We are so happy to have you here. :hug:
Sugar-N-Spice - I'm glad you like the idea. :D I like it too, and I had so much fun painting that little wooden box. The top of it says "Fill This Box Before You Fill Your Face!!"

07-31-2006, 10:27 AM
Good morning everyone. I am getting prepared for my interview, so I decided to pop in real quick. Thanx for starting the new thread Amanda and for the well wishes. I hope things work out. It's real close to home and would be a perfect schedule for me. I'll let you guys know the feeling I got when I get back. Aqua and Danielle, thank you for the good vibes and well wishes as well. :) Aqua, I know exactly what you are saying about being able to buy something cheap and look great! Boy do I miss those days??? :)

Well, I decided that I am going to make mini mini goals. I know that generally 10% of initial weight loss is where many decide to reward themselves, but I am going to go with 5%. So at 250, 5% would be 12.5 pounds. I have decided that at 5%, I am going to buy myself a new pair of shoes. When I lose another 5%, a new workout that I have never tried and then another 5% I am going to buy a new blouse or sweater. For me personally, rewards are important, so as many rewards as I can get in, I'll take them. :)

I am so happy that we have such a good group here. But I'd like to know more about everyones goals and motivations.

My personal goal is obviously to lose 103 lbs, become physically fit again and to get in the habit of making healthier food selections.

My motivations are my family. I just can't bear to think of my girls eating the way that I do. I want to be a good example for them and I want them to be healthy. Also, I am taking a great risk with my life and health by keeping all of this weight on. There are so many illnesses/diseases that I am susceptible to getting because of all of this excess weight. Plus the superficial reasons, I want to look good, feel good and be able to wear whatever I want and look HOT! It's going to be a journey, but I know that in the end it will be worth it. I'm just glad that I have you guys alongside me working towards the same.

Well, I am off to get dressed. Thanx again for all of the well wishes and I will update you guys a little later.


07-31-2006, 11:02 AM
Hello Ladies-- I am new to this thread. I have about 124 more pounds that I want to shed. That is my first main goal :) Anyway I wanted to say hello.

07-31-2006, 11:11 AM
Goals and motivations

From my starting weight I have 75 pounds to lose. A lot of people would agree that 110 pounds is quite small, but I weighed it as recently as 5 years ago, and I felt so fabulous. I looked just right. That is why I feel that is where I need to be.

My main motivation is my health. I have a heart condition, high blood pressure, and cervical cancer (which may or may not be under control... I exibit symptoms of cancer to date, but my tests come back clear so I don't know what this means as of yet...:( ) I had an minor procedure to keep my heart from going over 250 beats per minute in May, and according to the doc, it was a success. I do feel tightness in my chest and shortness of breath though. I still don't know if it is because I'm overweight or if it is a side effect of the procedure. As you can plainly see, my health is at the forefront right now.

My secondary motivation is my appearance. My husband is very unhappy with how rotund I have become, no longer the slender woman he fell in love with and married.I think he feels cheated or decieved or something. Like I got pregnant and fat because I had him where I wanted him. Truthfully though, I never meant to get so out of control. I had weight issues in my life before we ever met- he just never saw them. All the health ailments I have had since our marriage have sent me packing to the refrigerator looking for a comfort. I gained considerably after my cervical problems got worse. I feel like crying even typing about it. This just breaks my heart. I also feel very unhappy with my appearance. I feel like I let my husband down more than anything, but also myself. I wish I could learn to control myself. I can just see the pain and anger in his eyes when he sees me eating like I don't care. I am not proud of my plumpness. Even though running to food was some twisted "medicine" it has damaged my health even more, and this makes me feel even more ashamed.

I know that was probably heavier than what anyne felt like hearing, but it is honest. I'm sure I am not the only woman here who has had a multitude of problems and feels this depression and pain because of weight.

P.S., I just saw ya there rkrs6673, welcome to the group!

07-31-2006, 11:20 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Susie. I'm 37 and have two children 10 and 3 years old. I'm having a very hard time with weight loss- a lifetime struggle like many others! I know what i'm doing wrong, but i just can't seem to keep my motivation long enough to make a difference. So i'm going to try again!

My main motivation is health. Over the last 5 years or so i've developped some fairly serious health problems. The latest being the most frustrating- some sort of fibromayalgia, chronic fatique, lupus thing which the doctors are having a hard time diagnosing. But basically it means i'm tired all the time, my whole body hurts badly for most of the day making exercise difficult. But i'm going to try again- what is the alternative really? So here i go!

07-31-2006, 12:00 PM
Welcome to the club susie_sunshine. :hug: I can relate to a lot of what you got going on- on a very personal level.

All I can say is coming here and meeting up with our friends in the cirlce is the best thing that has happened for me. I feel like I'm getting somewhere now.

Again, :welcome:

07-31-2006, 12:16 PM
Good Morning to everyone: :hug:

You are so amazing. Thank you for everything, your advice, your compasstion, your help, and now keeping us on track with a new thread. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I did have a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed everything about it. I hope you are feeling better today. There are many times that I cannot look in the mirror at myself and others I need to get me going. I feel your pain, and try to remember what a wonderful person you truely are. Life is a long road and we can only take each moment as it comes... that is all we have is right now... :D

Dolly R & rkrs & Susie Welcome: you are going to love this group. They are so supportive. I agree with you Dolly about empowering ourselves... instead of degrading ourselves. We truely have the power to make our own choices.

I am sorry that you feel that DH feels that way. You have not let your DH down... you did not do this to him... this is happening to YOU.... :hug: I wish he understood, that the more he pushes you away or you feel judged by him the more you MAY run to the frig... That can't feel good. Hang in there. Share as much as you need, and remember we will not judge you at all... we all feel your pain and most of have lived some of your pain. You have alot going on right now... I hope DH comes around and sees the beauty of you INSIDE. You are the mother of his children... his wife.... If you need to cry... go for it. Crying is a form of healing... Crying is not a bad thing.
I am sorry to say I did not know about the Cervical cancer... I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Bravo, on the success of your heart procedure.... however, what do the docs say about the tightness and shortness of breath?????
I also wanted to mention.... Great idea, I love clothes, always have. But I too love a bargin even more. I do not enjoy clothes as much now, nothing looks the way I want it to. I saved all of my skinny clothes. they will probably be outdated but with all the money I have saved I can buy more.... thanks

Elycia: Good luck with the interview. you sound very positive today and I am sure it will exude thru your interview. Prays are with you :cool:
Great idea on the mini goal rewards. Good for you.... What is the WW book you are reading? I am searching for the best eating plan for me. Amanda was so generous to share some words about Atkins to help me understand that eating plan better... Any and all info is greatly appreciated. In the past I had great success with WW. Yesterday, my sister in law asked me to go back to WW meetings with her and my cousin. So we will see. I wish I could just know what is the best thing for me without having to try themmmm..... Is that asking for too much :lol:

Well, ladies, I feel good today, I began my day with my sunrise over the ocean walk... oh I love that, for 2 miles. I then did 30 minutes of weights with Gilad.... I feel good and I am ready for the day... I really do have to get back to work. I look forward to writng again soon.
Please to all of you enjoy your day, make it a beautiful one....

07-31-2006, 01:51 PM
Hey Merrick! Thank you for such a kind reply. :) Yeah, it kinda went in stages with hubby. I gained weight with two pregnancies and he was pretty collected with it- as a matter of fact I would say supportive and "loved me despite the extra weight" and all that. Then after the baby was a year old I could see he was getting more uptight about it, and the pressure has slowly been mounting and mounting... In a way I can understand. It used to really %^&* me off because he has occasionally made some nasty comments, but from his point of view he has been waiting patiently and it is worn thin. He waited about a year after the second child before he got snippy over it, but it was after that child that I found out about the cervical cancer.Every year since I have had some type of sugery. I just can't expect someone with no eating disorder to understand my compulsions to run to food. He just sees the thin woman he married as a fat pig now. I can't put it any other way, that is what he sees. But hey, I'm trying. And no, he isn't perfect either- but let's face it- when you are fat you wear all your emotions on your body so you are easy to spot and accuse. People take that and run in all kinds of directions with it, and it hurts.

I'll be seeing the cardiologist in a few weeks, and this is a follow up to the procedure so he will be checking for various abnormalities...etc... Everything else I just ride out. I've been doing it for over 3 years as far as my health goes. It is a very depressing aspect of my life, but it is what it is.

07-31-2006, 02:19 PM
Hi Ladies and welcome to all the new ones. Sorry I need sleep just finished a 13 hour shift and really need some pillow time. As soon as i figure out how to bribe my dog back inside that is. I would really like to get more personal but i think my brain is mush.

My 2 cents worht of motivation for me though is currently other than I weighed 288 before this board and now weigh in at 276, I know i am in the right direction after many years. I don't ever remember single digit clothing except when i was maybe 6 or 7. But did lose down to about 210 approx. 5 years ago before i got married, now divorced, and had gained it all back plus more. between that and the high blood pressure, PCOS, high cholesteral, asthma, and whatever else the docs can some up with. i go back in 2 weeks to recheck some blood work that is off and they don't know why. I realize my current lifestyle was killing me. So to try and make a long story short, I am in love with a fantastic man who loves me for who i am now and supportive of me if i lose weight though doesn't seem to care if i ever lose any more. as long as i am healthy. Yes ladies I am keeping him. okayu i think this just turned into a book. Have a great day all and hope to reply better later.

07-31-2006, 02:33 PM
flawlesscube- :hug: Hang on to that man!!!!!! For God's sake!!! Hang on!!!! :D

13 hour shift... aww.. hon, that's a long day. I hope all your bloodwork turns out well, and that losing weight will be the very thing that cure's what ail's ya.

07-31-2006, 03:45 PM
Hey guys! Well, my interview was pretty lackluster. You know those kind that were all warm and fuzzy, but you leave not knowing anything. This is the 4th interview that I have been on. I just don't know. Typically, I ALWAYS get the job. I am wondering if it is the weight. This is the first time that I have interviewed this heavy. It may be a combination of things. I know that my self-confidence is much lower with the weight, so I am sure that I don't portray the same self-confidence plus I know that no one would ever admit it, but people are fat prejudice. There is a stigma that you are lazy and don't have good self-control if you are overweight, when that is not always the case. There are so many stereotypes in our society. Anyways, I am not going to lay too much on the weight thing because that will only depress me, but I do need to find something soon. We'll see what happens.

Aqua, sorry to hear about your health issues. I was hoping when I was reading your post that I would get the sense that your husband is getting impatient because of the health factors, however, I didn't get that. It seems like he is just upset because you are no longer thin. I tell ya, when are people going to realize that losing weight is not something that can be turned on or turned off. Don't they know if it was that cut and dry, we would all be thin? Well, I just hope that you are able to find the support needed through our little group. We will be there with you every step of the way. :)

Hello Susie and rkrs6673. :wave: Glad to see you. rkrs6673, I am in St. Louis too. Nice to have a fellow St. Louisan. Welcome to our group. Also, plumptobump, hope to see more of you as well.

Amanda, I noticed you are from Detroit. I was born and raised in Detroit. I lived on the E. Side by Outer Drive. I was there while I was pregnant because my grandmother was ill and I didn't know how much longer she had. She is still alive and kickin', but you never know. :smug:

Well, the twins are calling for me. See you guys later.


07-31-2006, 03:52 PM
Hello everyone. We have a really fantastic support group don't we?! Already I feel as if you all have helped me to stay on track at least once or twice. I'm beyond grateful.

I can't type much right now. It's a busy day at work. I'll be able to post more when I get home. I just want to quickly say hello and welcome to the new people who have decided to join us. Don't be strangers!

Aqua, I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time. My heart goes out to you. I hope things get better really soon. If we were all with you, I'm sure we'd give you a great big group hug and cry right along with you. What you said wasn't too heavy. This is a very therapeutic thread, I think. Just express yourself any way you see fit. It's fine by us.

I'll see you all later.

07-31-2006, 04:42 PM
Happy Monday ladies!!!! Wow, what a group we've got going, I am beyond thrilled!!!! :carrot: I am utterly convinced that support is key in this journey we've all embarked on, and look at us go!!!

I don't have any time for personals right now but just wanted to wish you all well for the day and to give a shout out to our new girls. :welcome: You are gonna love it here, these ladies are amazing in so many ways!

Got final birthday stuff for DD and then grocery shopping this afternoon. So not the easy task with 3 kids in tow! :lol: :dizzy:

Heat is still here with the humidity but we've been having lots of rain the last two nights so woo hoo for us! :) Whatever it takes for that sticky icky to go away.

Ladies have a super great afternoon and I will CBL and write personals when I get in.

Remember you're all superstars!!!!!


07-31-2006, 05:10 PM
:wel3fc: to Susie and rkrs6673! I'm glad to see new faces popping up.

Granted, I haven't been around this weekend, as things have been kind of hectic. I worked all day Saturday and yesterday my sister and brother-in-law came to town to celebrate my birthday belatedly. She brought cake. I can't say I'm thrilled about that, but it was really good cake and I managed to eat a very tiny piece and stay within my calorie range. I've lost a couple pounds this past week so I guess one little sliver of cake isn't going to ruin me.

Elycia, I'm sorry the interview didn't give you a good sense of whether they'd call to offer you the position. I always wonder about fat prejudice myself, though I work in the library industry where often that kind of thing doesn't go on. It's very nurturing. Sometimes too nurturing, really.

I'm glad you brought up the topic of motivations; it's been really interesting reading everyone's stories.

AquaChick, everyone else has already said it all, but I will add that I'm glad you're here and sharing your struggles with us. At least when there's no understanding ear to turn to at home, you know you can come here and we'll all know exactly what you're going through. It's a long, tough struggle, but I'm sure you can make it. I'll keep your health issues in my thoughts, I know that doesn't make it any easier.

As for my own motivations, I have never been skinny, but there was a time when I was fit. Back in high school and college I did tons of hiking and cross country skiing and travelling and just generally being active outdoors, but I lost that somewhere along the way. Then the pounds started to add up and it just wasn't physically possible. So I'd like to get back in shape so I can do the things I used to do. I want to climb mountains again and maybe learn to snowboard, that sort of thing. I also want to feel less self-conscious (though working on a fitness plan has really helped with that already) and I want to be less afraid to put myself out there with people. It would be nice to be social again instead of hiding at home where no one can see the fat, you know?

So that's my motivation. Of course I, like everyone else, would love to look good in cute clothes and be able to buy off the clearance rack even after all the larger sizes are gone, but that's really secondary to being able to enjoy life again. That's what I miss the most.

Speaking of which, I need to go hop in the pool and get my exercise for the day in. I'll check in again later.

07-31-2006, 05:16 PM
Wow, thank you all so much for your warm thoughts, kind words and support. I am grateful to have a home on the board. As long as we can all gether here and go through it together I feel great.


YAY US!!!! WE ROCK!!!!!!

07-31-2006, 05:37 PM
Wow!!! You miss a few days and come back to PAGES and PAGES of posts! AWESOME :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: !

I'm also quite pleased to see some 'newbies' for our little group that CAN! (You know, "I think I can...I think I can..."). Anyway, WELCOME!

I'm so sorry girls that I have been a lackluster member, but work is **** lately. I start back to school again in a month (my very last semester...YEAH), so I should have more time to post from there. Until then, I am trying to at least keep up on everybody, but I don't always have the time to post...I hope you all understand.:^:

So, until next time, I wish you all the best!


07-31-2006, 06:28 PM
Stacy, I'm in the same boat. I start my last semester of grad school next month and it's going to be grueling. I still plan on checking in here as often as possible, though, even if it's just on this one thread. I hope work eases up on you soon!

07-31-2006, 07:18 PM
We know what it about to be tied to the job. It is awesome to see you come in when you can, at least you are still coming here when you get the chance. :carrot:

07-31-2006, 10:14 PM
Hi Dolly. I'm glad you're healed now. I'm going to think of the two years you spent trying to get it well whenever I don't feel like exercising.

AquaChick :hug: I'm so, so sorry. I hope your husband will learn to look past your weight. You're a wonderful, caring, smart and creative person. I know how important it is to be pleasing to your husband. I try to please mine as well. And that is one of the reasons that I really want you to lose the weight. That's secondary, though, to wanting you to lose weight to lessen your health problems, enjoy your children and help your self-esteem. Keep us updated on your doctor visits. I'll be praying for you. I'll be praying for us all. Even though I'd never force my spiritual beliefs on anyone, I'm praying for everyone on the thread whether they like or not!! :)

Elycia - I hope you get that job. My job is only a 12 - 15 minute drive away and I love it. When I took the job I had been offered another position at a company that paid $3 more per hour. But it was so far away, and I was tired of having to travel a long distance to get to work.
There's a position at work that I'm being considered for should they decide to fill it. The president is trying to decide if he wants an assistant. Lately I've been worrying that my weight could be factor. He spends a lot of time with our most important customers. If I was his assistant, I'd have to spend a lot of time catering to those people. I find myself wondering if he'd be embarrassed by me. So I understand what you mean about the weight. What could be my saving grace is that he approached me about it before I even mentioned my interest in the job to him. So, we'll see...
BTW, I live on the northwest part of the city. Telegraph and 7 Mile. I really want leave southeastern Michigan within the next ten years. I want to live in Tennessee. I love it down south. I was raised in Detroit, but I've never felt quite comfortable living in a city like this. I think my personality would be better suited for a small town in the south. I like to know who the people in my community are, I think it's rude to pass a person on the street and not acknowledge him and I'd like a slower paced environment. Though I don't think I'd ever want to live in Arkansas, I try to visit my family there at least once a year. Plus I went to school there my first year of college. It's just so great. I love it. The people are just so different.
Anyway, I think I'm going to be in St. Louis for a few days next summer. If I am, we'll have to meet for (a healthy) lunch. You too Susie!!!

Rkrs and Susie, Welcome you two new chickadees! Please visit us and post often! You won't regret it. Rkrs, 77 pounds you've lost! I'm impressed. Susie, just keep at it. We've all fallen off the wagon. Many times over. But this is a great thread and we're helping one another with the physical, mental and emotional stuff. We have a good support system here.

Merrick, how sweet are you! Now I have to live up to all those kind words. I'm in quite a pickle now! :) Thank you so much.

Flawless / Anna, congrats on the weight loss, changing your life and that great man of yours. I have one too. He's never complained to me about my weight or my eating. In fact everyday he tells me I'm pretty. How great is that?! He's really special and I love him soooo much. I hope I'm as good to him as he is to me. Now get some sleep girl!

Danielle! You are so enthusiastic. :carrot: Tell your daughter happy birthday from us. I hope you recover from the trip to the store with the three little ones. :tired:

Speaking of birthdays, Happy birthday Thirstoo!! :woo: :balloons: Congrats on the weight loss. I understand about feeling self-conscious. Working out and eating right does matter it better though, doesn't it? I agree.

Hi Phoxie. It's cool. We all understand about work. It's nice to meet you. Congrats to you and Thirstoo both about school. I have about 3 semesters to finish my bachelor's. I really need to get back to school. I used to want to teach, but I've since changed my mind. I really need to go back and get a degree in anything. I can't let all that time and money be for nothing.

My motivations....
Both my parents have diabetes and heart disease. My mother has congestive heart failure and my dad was told 3 years ago that he needs an angioplasty. He won't have it done. In his defense he's 83. If I were his age, I'd be less than enthusiastic about someone opening my chest too. I also had uncles and aunts with diabetes.
In April 2005 I miscarried after about 6 - 8 weeks. Of course it's not uncommon to miscarry in the first trimester for a number of reasons, but weight can be a factor. That whole experience was hard on both my husband and me.
I want to have children without having to worry about preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. I also, want to pass on good eating habits to my children without making them obsessed with their weight. That's guaranteed to happen if mommy is always on a diet, but never losing weight. I want to have the energy to play with them and I don't want to leave them by dying prematurely.
I would like to look nice for that wonderful man that I'm married to. Though he never complains, I love looking good for him. He always looks nice for me. I want to look good for myself too. I want to be a fox!!
I have lots of clothes that I've held onto that I want to wear again. Most of them are from places like TJ Maxx or end of the season sales (I'm a bargain hunter too), but they looked so nice on me. It's such a challenge to look nice in anything now.
BTW, when I was at the market after work I wanted to buy some sour cream for the beanless chili I made tonight. But I didn't! In the checkout line I was so hungry that I wanted to buy a candy bar. But I didn't! I think that's roughly $3 to go in my "wanted to cheat but didn't" reward box. I definitely feel that there's a pedicure in my future! :carrot:

07-31-2006, 11:11 PM
Hi Ladies,
wow i go to sleep for a bit and there are a ton of posts to read, talk about wonderful. Okay I will probably never give up on my coffee, which i am waiting anxiously for right now, ooo never mind its done yummm

Aqua, thank you for your words. you are also in my thoughts. Yes we can do this. lose weight , better our health . I am sorry about how your husbands feelings are at this time. You can always come here and vent though. I have really big shoulders. well for now they are bigger :)

Amanda Glad to hear you have a wonderful caring man like that. It helps so much. Isn't TJ max nice for cute clothes. I have some for future clothes from there that are hidden in a bag. couldn't resist the sale :)

Wel Ladies, Sleep well and talk later

07-31-2006, 11:22 PM
Oh yeah, I have other reasons for needing to lose weight...

My blood pressure that used to be bordlerline is now high enough for my doctor to want to prescribe some mild meds, my cholesterol is too high and my menstrual cycle is horribly irregular. Those things were the straws that broke the camel's back about 3 or 4 weeks ago.

I wouldn't let my doctor prescribe anything yet. I promised her that I would if my numbers don't change in three months.

07-31-2006, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys!

I have to put Carter down for a nap, so dont really have a lot of time to reply to everyone, but wanted to say that I feel for everyone and can relate in so many ways! Although I have been very blessed not to have many health problems as of yet, this is my main motivation for losing the weight once and for all - I dont WANT to develop them! I want to live to see my great grandchildren, be able to raise my children with the best possible knowledge of eating healthy, staying active, etc. I dont want them to end up where I am now (or God forbid, when theyre YOUNGER!)...Of course, there are so many other factors in losing the weight - want to look amazing and feel amazing as well.
Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that I am enjoying being a part of your lives, even in some small way and will be here when I can between feeding, playing, changing nappies, naptimes, etc with Carter.


08-01-2006, 10:05 AM
Britt, I love your nickname plumptobump, very cool, and your baby's pic is so sweet. Sounds like you have a lot of motivation in that little package of joy.

Amanda sorry to hear baout the high BP, I know you can lower it in 3 months, I have alot of faith in the women on this thread.

Okay really need to do laundry now so will catch up later and see how everyone is doing

08-01-2006, 10:25 AM
Good Morning!!! :coffee2:
flawlesscube- I have laundry too! Blah! Down with laundry!
Amany- You are very smart to have waited and tried to lower your blood pressure via weight loss first. I was on some medication for it and it tore up the lining of my mouth (temorarily). It felt like the inside of my cheeks were sagging. It was awful. I would recommend looking into garlic as a supplement. You might want to ask your docto about black olives too, I heard they are quite good for cardiovascular health. Lower the sodium, and it might drop for you. :hug:
plumptobump- Ahh. I remember when mine were really small. :) I had two in diapers at the same time. Such a hard job being a momma, but at the same time, you'd never replace those days. Mine are potty trained now and like to play independantly (with each other), and are just growing so fast! You are very wise to step in and fix what could be potential disaster now. I am only 29! I feel like this is ridiculous to have so many issues, but they really started to develop quickly after I turned 25. I think what we eat bears a huge impact on our recovery from certain ailments, and absolutely is a direct cause of others.

08-01-2006, 10:29 AM
Morning Aqua,
yes down with laundry, I was hoping the cleaning fairies would show up while i was at work and do it for me, no such luck :)
I will be probably babbling alot this morning between loads to keep me up instead of infront of the tv. Currently i have kitty olympics in my house today, and right now I believe it is a rendition of king of the mountain in which they are using my kitchen table for the mountain .

08-01-2006, 11:22 AM
Lol... sounds like they are entertaining you... :D kitties are so darn cute!

Yep, no magical cleaning fairies here either. Although I did see a gnome, he was picking through the pile of laundry babbling something about forgetting his hat. :?:


08-01-2006, 01:59 PM
Everyone Thanks for the warm welcome! This group seems like it will be really fun and supportive.

U2girl-- I hope you are staying cool in this very hot, hot, hot weather we are having right now in St. Louis :) I have been staying in the house. I leave to take my daughter to Gymnastics and my son to Tea Kwon Do but other than that I am pretty much staying out of the heat!

I am wishing everyone a great I will be studying all day long for my upcoming semester. That's what I do study and dance. dancing is my exercise right now. Everytime I read a page I take a break to dane and move around... I am feeling pretty good today and can't wait for my weekly weigh in. Have agood day :)

08-01-2006, 02:02 PM
Good Morning!!! :coffee2:
flawlesscube- I have laundry too! Blah! Down with laundry!

Yeah I think I will be doing laundry with you ladies also. :) .. Oh the joys of a two story home with plenty of steps and lots of laundy :D ...It is getting easier everyday as I shed weight....

08-01-2006, 02:37 PM
Good Morning! or Afternoon for our East coasters! :dance: I can't believe how busy this thread was yesterday! You guys rock!!! I finally had a chance to sit down and read everyone's post and by the time I was going to respond it was just too late and I was pooped. But I did read!! Everyone has wonderful motivation for being here, and with everyone's help I think we'll do this thing! I can relate to all of the health reasons, while I am blessed to have nothing serious now (except being obese), I want to nip it so I don't get any. Also, having 3 kids, 13,12,10 they are getting into those "fun years" and I want to be on my game so I can be there for homework, broken hearts, and celebrations. Being fat and unhealthy will not allow me to be strong for them, so I gotta do something! Of course, on the flip side, I can be as shallow as a puddle and say that I just flat out wanna be one hot momma! :D Who doesn't wanna feel sexy in their own skin? I know I do! My dh would love me this size or whichever size, he just wants me to be healthy. Of course I want to look good for him too! ;)

Well today is another hit-the-groud-running- day. My daughter turns 12 today and lucky her has a quick impromtu trip to the dentist. Nothing too serious I don't think, just some tissue growth he wants to look at. Of course the rest of the day is hers so we'll see what she's got us doing!

I made a decision.... while the last 3 weeks or so I've been sort of following some resemblance of an eating plan, I have really given a lack luster performance and I'm not happy with myself at all. I think with all the birthdays and trips out to San Diego, etc...I think I was giving myself permission to do everything sort of half-@$$ instead of being serious. Well, that stops starting tomorrow. I am giving myself 1 month of serious eating and working out. My birthday is September 2nd so that is 4 weeks to stay on plan and see what sort of progress I can make. I can do this for one month, right? What's 4 weeks in the grand scheme of things! So, there ya go, that's my plan for the next month. Serious eating and lots of exercise! I can do this!

Okay, well, hate to be so short and lacking in the personals dept. but I really must scoot out the door before we're late! Have a spectacular day ladies and keep on shining!!! :sunny:


08-01-2006, 02:44 PM

So it's Rkrs and U2Girl that live in St. Louis. Why did I think it was U2Girl and Susie? :?:

Next summer one of my closest friends is attending a week long convention in St. Louis. I am thinking of meeting her there for a couple of days. Maybe I can meet you guys for lunch one day while she's in one of her classes. I'd probably just be wandering around downtown St. Louis anyway. :)

I did about 7 loads of laundry on Saturday. I don't even want to think about it now. I keep telling myself that I'm going to wash a load a day when I get home from work but it never happens. Then I end up having to wash ton of clothes and linens every other Saturday.

Thanks for the suggestion of the garlic Aqua. I'll pick some up today. I don't want to be on blood pressure meds. I've heard many times over of the horrible side effects some people have with them. Besides, I have a hard enough time keeping up with just my daily vitamen.

Well, I hope everyone is having a good day. I'm so sleepy that I wish I would just go home and get in my bed. I did manage, however to do my George Foreman Walk and Box dvd this morning. I'm going to make myself do Leslie Sansone's Pilates DVD when I get home from work. This will be my first time trying it, so we'll see how it goes. I have two of her indoor walking DVDs; one of which I did yesterday. Good for me! :carrot: My goal is to exercise 5 - 6 days this week.

08-01-2006, 02:51 PM
Hey Danielle. I must have been typing when you posted. Have fun with your daughter today. Congratulations on your resolve. We're here to help in any way we can. I'm just so appreciative of this group!

08-01-2006, 03:04 PM
HI Rkrs, welcome and yes i think i just seen a white flag raised from the lundry pile , nope oops, that was just a kitty tail :) Love the dancing after every page of reading, i should have tried that in college. What are you studying for?
The ladies I am working with tonight and I are aving a small potluck , I am celebrating going on vacation they are celelbrating to have food. hmm wel since they are both a size 6-10 I don't blame them, last couple of years i had tried taking a vacation ( and now I will jinx myself) someone ended up in the hospital or my divorce ect. hmm I am furiously knocking on wood right now, just kidding, okay on to the next load

08-01-2006, 03:11 PM
Oops, HI Amanda and Danielle , I missed you both while I was typing.
Danielle, 4 weeks is a drop in the bucket, you can do this. HOpe your day goes well with your daughter
Amanda how is the goerge foreman series? I like things I can do at home though nothing with cheesy music, was hooked on the Reebok step program for quite awhile, african drum beat and all. ah well
Ladies have a great day

08-01-2006, 03:13 PM
Hi Everyone:

Just stopping in for a quick hello. Danielle, so happy to see your conviction! Sounds great! I know when we get so busy with our lives, it can be difficult to tighten down. I mean, I can't believe that my girls are 8 months old. The time is going by soooo fast, it's unbelievable. Anyways, please keep us posted on how you are feeling and doing and in The Winning Losers fashion, we will chime in with any and all support we can. :)

Amanda, that sounds great! Shucks, by next year, we'll be like old friends. :) Love to have a nutritious lunch with you. ;) We should be slim and trim by next summer. Definitely let me know when the time comes.

rkrs6673, was your power out for any extended period of time? I live in the north county area that was hit the hardest and boy it was terrible. We were out from Wednesday afternoon to the following Wednesday evening. We had to stay at a hotel in Festus for a few days. It was awful. So glad that is over. Well, the dancing sounds great for activity. I myself am a vidiot and all I do is exercise videos. I have over 300. Well, I sold some recently, so I may be at the 250 mark. I used to be very fit and advanced, but those days are far behind. I will reach them again though, real soon. Well, hope you get all of that laundry done. Lord knows that I need to as well. I can barely keep up with the twins clothes, let alone my husbands and mine.

I will be getting together my workout rotation soon and will probably post here. I need to weigh myself, but I am :chicken:
Maybe next Monday. Well, everyone take care and I am sure I will see you later on tonight.


Well, we've got to get to the store to pick up a few things.

08-01-2006, 03:21 PM
HI Rkrs, welcome and yes i think i just seen a white flag raised from the lundry pile , nope oops, that was just a kitty tail :) Love the dancing after every page of reading, i should have tried that in college. What are you studying for?

I am studying to become a Registered Nurse. After four long years I will finally be graduating this May :) I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel :D I am excited but I know I will have so much to do this last year in Nursing school.

08-01-2006, 03:31 PM
:dizzy: Hi Everyone:

rkrs6673, was your power out for any extended period of time? I live in the north county area that was hit the hardest and boy it was terrible. We were out from Wednesday afternoon to the following Wednesday evening.

That is so funny. I stay in North County Myself :^: We also lost power from Wed. to Wednesday. We were lucky to find a hotel in O'fallon, MO :) My husband and I drove to some parts of North County and it just looked so bad. I felt really bad for my fellow St. Louis residents. It really didn't hit us as hard in Florissant as it did in the Spanish Lake area and other areas.

Your twins are so cute ! I have two children a 7 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I miss them as babies :smug: Now they are so :dizzy:

08-01-2006, 04:33 PM
Hello Anna!

I don't have the entire George Foreman series. Just the Walk and Box. It's fun and he's so cuddly as an older man. I was watching something about classic boxing with my husband one day and couldn't believe how mean he used to be.

It's funny that you'd mention the Reebok step aerobics. I had a Reebok step aerobics tape with Petra Kolber (the British lady). Well, anyway, she's on the Walk and Box dvd with George Foreman. She does the fitness version of his boxing punches.

08-01-2006, 04:35 PM
hi i would love to join u guys i like the weekly idea i tried to challenge myself but that isnt working

08-01-2006, 04:50 PM
welcome Miafluker, the baby pic is awesome and hope you enjoy all the ladies here they are awesome .

Amanda good to know, and interesting. haven't watched mine in probably 10 years or so but i remember loving it to pieces. I never really got tired of the beat just some of the moves were trickier, especially with a ceiling fan oops, must remember to turn that off if i try that again :)

Well since i have been weighing in on tuesdays, i am down another pound though i think i am just sweating off water weight with this heat. either way I will take it. I am trying to set 20 pound mini goals for my self and will see how that goes, i figure by then I could use a new outfit. yeah like i need more clothes, right now i am looking at the daunting task of cleaning out my closets and figuring out what i am really going to wear and what i have been holding onto forever for no reason. this sound familiar to anyone?

Anyways, my best piece i am hanging onto right now is a dress i bought last month as a scare tactic to my SO, okay a bit cruel but he invited me to a black tie event and since i had nothing to wear i go shopping, and i find this great dress, white ball type wedding dress, and i looked so good in it my mother started tearing and some of the costumers thought i was getting married, well when i wore the dress for him, not the event i had a backup :) he started repeating I do i do i do, hmm well guess he isn't worried about commitment, not that i really thought that but since he liked it so much i put it in his closet to look at.
okay hope that was good for a laugh as he brings up the concept of me wearing that every once in awhile some day again for real. okay enough babbling, i need to sleep for work tonight.

Aqua hope you won the battle of the laundry, it never seems to end does it


08-01-2006, 05:11 PM
Welcome to the thread Mia. You'll find a lot of kind and supportive women here.

08-01-2006, 05:27 PM
i have such a hard time to staying motivated i thought of some things i wanted to do on top of my goals and that is weigh on fridays, measure and try to fit into something i couldnt wear on saturdays and rest & pamper on sunday

08-01-2006, 05:39 PM
Mia, what type of dance videos do you use? I have two bellydance videos that are just a tad bit too intense for me. For now. They're great for abs though. I'm going to incorporate them in my video rotation after 4 - 6 weeks of steady exercise.

08-01-2006, 05:44 PM
right now i have one called true2form i think that is the website i have a latin hip-hop one i admit im all over the place but im getting into it and its not expensive i found mine in a local store that sells movies it was like 10 dollars i also ordered turbo jam yesterday i figure i at least need to try it out for the 30days the dang infomercials got me

08-01-2006, 07:02 PM
Hello Miafluker. Is Mia your name? That is my daughter's name. I really love that name. So happy that you decided to join us. This is becoming a large group. But that is great. As the old saying goes, the more the merrier. I agree, it is tough to keep your motivation going on your own. Having a support group is real important. We are still in the beginning stages. Still getting to know each other, so you have joined at a great time. Look forward to seeing your posts.

Ugh! Just got back, it is soooooo HOT!!! I just hate it. The girls were absolutely miserable and so was I. It will be nice when I get to my goal weight. I will be able to wear a little less clothes in all of this heat. :)

Well, I better get going. Thanx for the compliment on the girls RK. Glad you weren't affected too badly with the power outage. My mother's power came on several days before mine, so we were able to stay with her and leave the hotel. Could not afford staying at a hotel for a week, no matter what rates. I am a SAHM and so money is tight as it is.

Take care everyone.


08-01-2006, 07:50 PM
Hi ladies,

Good lord, this thread moves fast! I dont think Ill be able to keep up....haha.

I have joined you all in the laundry ring - am half buried as we speak...

Aqua - Yeah, I just have this feeling that if I dont change things now, it wont be long before Im heading down a long, disastrous path full of medical problems, aches, pains, sickness, etc. It took me SO long to recover from c-section with Carter (emergency...I hadnt planned on it), and that got me thinking about how maybe my weight really was contributing to my recovery time. I am convinced it was the culprit. Dont want to go down that road again if possible!

Anyway, glad to hear all is going well in here - I feel awful for not do personals, but I guess Im feeling a little overwhelmed right now - 3 pages is a lot to catch up on! :)

Have the best of days!!

08-01-2006, 08:20 PM
Hi everybody! :)

flawlesscube - nope, the laundry never ends... *hearing Elton Johns "circle of life" in my imagination as I look at a dirty pair of jeans I just washed yesterday....*

plumptobump- I had an emergency c-sect as well, and then they followed that cut a year later with the next baby. It is a classic cut, and the adhesions are awful, my stomach looks awful... erg... Yeah, you need to take good care of yourself sweetie. :hug: You are on the right track.

08-01-2006, 08:50 PM

Has anyone ever done Pilates? Does it get better with time?

08-01-2006, 09:33 PM
Amanda, I try to do Pilates regularly (though I was bad about it last week) and it does get easier with time. I read somewhere that after the tenth time it's much easier and after the twentieth results are really visible. Though I imagine with those of us who have fat hiding our muscles, the 'visible' thing will be subjective. I love it, though, even on the days when it's kicking my butt. Funnily enough, I really don't enjoy yoga, but Pilates I can do as a regular part of my routine.

08-01-2006, 09:36 PM
Amany - I actually dont know as I cant stand doing the Pilates due to all the rolls I get when doing the positions! Ive heard its amazing and will explore it more as I lose the fat (I have a dvd), but at the moment, its a no go!

08-01-2006, 09:38 PM
Hi everyone,
Today was Tuesday so I had my 2 young nephew for the day and then I had to help my son make a Stanley Cup hat for crazy hat contest at camp tomorrow.
Anyway, I do need to make this quick... I just spent so much time reading everyone's post.... What a group we have here... this is so great... we must be the most popular thread :D

Well just a few quick personals:
U2Girl: don't worry about the interview... keep positive... if you were meant to be there than you will, if not then they do not deserve you :)

great job on the weight loss, like you I was never thin, but I was fit and a whole lot thinner than I am now. I too lost my exercise drive... I use to exercise 7 days a week... I had so much energy... My goal is to gain that back. What is your current exercise plan?

I hear you on the praying for everyone... I hope I do not offend anyone when I speak of praying... my goal is to send and pass on my love and careing.
As for pilates.... it is hard... I have done it a few times... I was told that it gets better. I was sooooo out shape when I did it so it was really hard. I should try it again. Stick wtih it, if you can... it is tough. :)

Stacy: welcome back... we all understand crazy schedules....

Miafluker: Welcome... you will love this group. I have turbo jam... I do love it. but I love to walk the beach when I can... I think I will do turbo jam tomorrow.... we are experiencing record heat... for the northeast...

Aqua: how are you? Hang in there.... you are great... thinking of you. :hug:

Anna; Keep us informed when you learn about the blood work, if you want.

Well, for anyone I did not mention.... I did not forget you... but i am trying to hurry... I have to work some before bed... I work at home most of the time.

Well some of you were mentioning motivation and health concerns:
Health Concerns:
Well, I am blessed with good health, however I feel I am pushing that with my weight and lack of exercise. I use to exercise 15-20 hours a week, now I am lucky if I do 3 hours. I am so afraid of what could happen.....

I turned forty almost 2 weeks ago... I thought I would be in my best of health... I am not. My son is a 10 yo althete... he is always talking about health... sometimes I feel he is trying to tell me something... I want to play some of the games with him... I want to keep up , somewhat with him. I want to be around for his graduation, his college games... his wedding... the day my 1st grandchild is born....

I want a man... I have dated afew men since my divorce... most of them do not call back or when they do, we don't go out again... I feel it is my weight... I know it is my weight. I have been divorced for 6 yrs.... I am sooooo lonely.
Well I really need to do some work before bed. I will check in soon.... good night to all of you....

08-01-2006, 10:27 PM
Hi Lynne, I hear you on the loneliness. I just stopped dating several years ago because I got so heavy and self-conscious and I figured no one would want me. Well, of course they didn't, because I didn't love myself, and that's not attractive to anyone. So that's another part of what I'm working on now -- learning to love myself regardless of the size of my clothes.

My current exercise routine is 30-45 minutes of cardio six times a week and strength training 3 times a week. For cardio I swim laps or use the elliptical machine, and for strength training I do pilates and free weights. It's a grueling schedule with work and school on top of that, but it's what works to keep me losing so I do it. And I like working out for the first time in a long time, so I want to keep that momentum going. I suffer from fibromyalgia (a family legacy from my mother's side) so some days it's harder than others, but I work through the pain because I know I have to. I've tried and failed too many times already.

For anyone who's thinking about trying Pilates, I can recommend the Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates DVD. It's a three-part workout that does 10-minute sessions for abs, butt and legs, and you can do just one section or all three for a longer workout. Ten minutes doesn't seem like much, but she packs a great workout into the ten minute abs section. There are also modifications for people who aren't in top Pilates shape yet.

Usually I check workout DVDs out of the library so I can try before I buy. The Crunch series is popular so a lot of libraries carry it.

08-01-2006, 10:55 PM
wow you guys are on the ball i have the winsor pilates dvd like one of the first ones they came out with i dont think im ready for that yet i like the yoga show on fit tv called mamasi yoga its a challege i recorded 1 episode so far anyways here is a site that i found for free with exercise it seems interesting wwwtrainwithmeonlinecom

also i have a hard time just getting off the couch can anyone share their workout routines and the times they do them i need to get some kind of structure and to know we are working out at the same time makes me feel better, i found my ball chart so know i can use that again

this is the dance workout i have right now i just have the latin hip hop but i want to get the other one wwwworkoutmusicvideocom

08-01-2006, 10:59 PM
Merrick- back at ya... :hug:

I have a hard time getting into pilates. I have a few DVD's, but I just can't do it. I do have a treadmill though and I like it. :D

08-02-2006, 08:40 AM
Good Morning Ladies!

I am up at 4:30am, and actually haven't had more than an hours sleep due to the people living above us. :devil: For those of you new to our group, I shared this with the other girls, we have the neighbors from heck living in the condo above ours. It's been a long road in just 6 weeks that they've been here. Security has been called numerous times, the HOA has fined them $1,000 twice, and here we are still. Actually tonight (3am) both security and the police were called. Each time they were asked to please keep it down, especially outside---they love the balcony. When there are 5+ people standing/sitting out there all talking at once in the middle of the night it gets quite loud. We continue with the security because our HOA gets reports each morning of activity, thus the fines. Tonight, however, these idiots made a beeline for that balcony after each visit, like nothing even happened. They just went inside and it's 4:30am!!! Now they are walking around the complex and one left to goodness only knows in his truck.....I am so tired of these people! It is two guys (ages maybe around 23'ish?) and the people they bring over, good Lord! As of yet not sure what we're gonna do, I just know that my kids continue to get woken up at some point each night with the carrying on, and school starts in 2 weeks. Unacceptable! You guys may find me living in a hotel til this gets resolved! :lol: So that is the long winded version. ;)

I really do need some rest, have a busy day today! thought coming here and typing it out would at least ease my mind a bit and allow me to get tired! So far I've been visited by each of my kids and dh in the last 10 min. or so! :lol: Sun will be out soon, so guess I will make an attempt at some sleep!!!

Just wanted to say good morning to you all since I always seem to be the last one here every day. I'll come check on you all in a bit!!! And I was so psyched about getting in a great first day of my new one month challenge!! :(


08-02-2006, 09:36 AM
Danielle, I'm so sorry to hear the problem is getting worse. That's awful! I'm glad you called the cops on them, hopefully after that happens a few times the HOA will get a clue and realize these are not the tenants for them. Those guys are renting someone else's condo, right? Someone needs to call their landlord every time they wake you up. I mean *every* time, until he/she gets tired of being woken up too.

08-02-2006, 09:57 AM
Danielle, I'm so sorry to hear the problem is getting worse. That's awful! I'm glad you called the cops on them, hopefully after that happens a few times the HOA will get a clue and realize these are not the tenants for them. Those guys are renting someone else's condo, right? Someone needs to call their landlord every time they wake you up. I mean *every* time, until he/she gets tired of being woken up too.

I agree.. I am just going to say that I hope things get better soon because everyone needs their sleep.

Have a great day ladies..

08-02-2006, 11:00 AM
Good morning everyone! I can never say enough about how much I love this thread. Posting and reading your posts really keeps me motivated. It's easier when you're not going at it alone.

Caroline - I'm glad you like pilates so much. We'll have to help keep one another motivated. It's a real challenge to me right now, but I like it too. I have Leslie Sansone's You Can Do Pilates. There's an instructional segment at the beginning that I really appreciate. What I struggle with the most is that move that's like a sit-up. You have to pull yourself up by your abdominal muscles. Oh and the neck pain..... owie!
I think I'll just have to practice pulling myself up by starting in the ending position and lowering myself. I think that will help me to learn to engage those muscles. Then I could use them again to pull up. That's my theory anyway...

Britt - Oh honey do I know about those rolls! I have tons of them. And rolls under the rolls too. :(

Lynne and Caroline - I understand about the lonliness. I spent six years not dating anyone. In some ways it was good because I had the opportunity for personal growth, but I really wanted someone special in my life. I eventually started just going out by myself at times and really did some things I enjoyed. Like going to dinner, movies, listening to live music. Even karaoke! It became a lot better then, but I have to admit that those things are still nicer if someone is with you.

Mia - My routine is still new but it's working for me so far.
rotating aerobics DVDs in the mornings before work and my plan is to do the pilates as soon as I get home. Right now I only have one pilates DVD, but the aerobics I use are 2 Leslie Sansone WATP DVDs (a 2 mile and a 3 mile), George Foreman Walk and Box, I just order a tape I used to love called Abs of Steel 2000. It has an aerobic workout and ab exercises. Eventually I'll incorporate my two bellydancing DVDs. I tried to go ahead and do one of them this morning, but it didn't go very well. I stopped after 10 minutes. I'll make up the aerobics with the 2 mile Leslie Sansone and then do my Pilates.

Danielle - I'm sorry those awful neighbors are getting worse. I'm really sorry that you were up at 4 am when you wanted to start your month-long challenge today. Doesn't it always seem that whenever you resolve to do something about your weight and start to follow through, that there's always some type of roadblock? I hate that! Try to push through though if you can.

Thanks so much ladies for your encouragement with the pilates. I really want to stick to it and my exercise schedule. I started water aerobics for a week in May, but the chlorine did horrible things to my skin. I found it really difficult to be enthusiastic about any other exercise because I like it so much. I tried doing the water aerobics recently 2 - 3 times a week but, with my dry skin and eczema, it was a no go. I think I'm really starting to get into my exercise now though.

08-02-2006, 11:01 AM
Sorry about the problems Danielle. We have had some bad neighbors when we lived in apartments and it is awful. It's amazing that people are so inconsiderate and disrepectful. Lack of sleep, at least for me, leads to a very cranky and not so attractive person. I hope your situation gets rectified very soon.

Thistoo, I see that you have lost 15 lbs. Would you mind sharing how you did that? Did you follow points, your own thing? I think I read in an earlier post that you workout to. That is great! Anyways, I would love to hear more about your success.

Well, I put the girls down for their morning nap and once they fall asleep, I should have at least 1 hour. I better start working on cleaning this house.

Take care.


08-02-2006, 11:46 AM
i know how you feel i use to live in an apartment and my neighbors had motorcycles that they just had to ride at 12am i was so happy when we moved
well yesterday was the first day i actually tracked everything i ate and it came up to 1110 i was shocked i guess ill find out in a week if thats enough to lose weight or if i need to eat a little more i guess this will be trial and error i have lost 1lb since yesterday though
i already have started on my water its going to be an heat index of 115

have a good day everyone and get those water bottles out

08-02-2006, 12:07 PM
Mia: I would suggest eating more than that. I stay around 1200-1400 and lose, but honestly, 1100 is pretty low at your weight and if you eat too little you'll send your body into starvation mode and then you'll stop losing and get frustrated.

Elycia: I've lost 19 pounds in two months so far by calorie counting and working out nearly every day. My metabolism is really sluggish and I already ate pretty healthy before I started this plan, so unlike many people at my weight that can eat 1800-2000 calories a day and still lose, I have to keep it around 1200-1400. I do this by eating mostly whole foods, which pack a lot more nutrition into a lot fewer calories. For exercise I try to do 30-45 minutes of cardio (mostly elliptical or swimming laps) six days a week, plus three days of strength training (free weights and Pilates). It's kind of grueling and some days (like today) I don't feel much like doing it, but I do it anyway because I know I have to.

I'm also a daily weigher, which is not for everyone, but for me it helps track what's working and what's not. Plus, it keeps me motivated when I see a couple ounces lost from one day to the next.

Amanda: Thanks for sharing your experience with not dating and loneliness. I'm working really hard right now on forcing myself out of my 'comfort zone' and being more social on my own, so I will use you as a role model : ) As for Pilates, I will certainly keep cheering you on! That full sit-up is really challenging until you build up those core muscles -- I still can't do it 100%, but it's getting easier for me, so I know it'll get easier for you as well. I'm not sure how to cure the neck thing, although I suppose it gets less painful with time as well. Usually I just keep one hand behind my neck when it gets really bad so I can keep doing the workout with just a little modification.

I'm sorry you have such a hard time with chlorine! That's very disappointing, I'm sure. We have a pool in the backyard and the chlorine was very hard on my hair, but then we switched it over to salt water, which is much easier on hair. It dries my skin out a lot more, though, I've noticed. I'm itchy all the time and going through a lot more lotion, so it's kind of a trade-off between harsh chemicals and natural-but-still-harsh salt. Oh, well. The elliptical is probably a better workout anyway.

08-02-2006, 12:15 PM
:coffee: Happy morning to all of you ladies! :sunny:

Sugar-N-Spice - Wow. Sorry to hear about those unneighborly neighbors. Sounds to me like they are doing it on purpose. They figure they bought the place, so they can do what they want and do not owe anyone respect. Jerks. Some people are just no good. I wold keep on it, but to tell you the truth, I would end up moving when the oppertunity strikes. They are never going to quit unless they move. It's obvious. Jerks. Jerky jerks. :mad:

08-02-2006, 12:30 PM
I agree AquaChick. Unfortunately people like that tend to stay the way they are. And who knows? Maybe they have money to burn if they don't care about getting fined thousands of dollars. Or maybe they just never intend to pay it. I wonder how that sort of thing is enforced.

Congrats on the weight loss Britt! 115 degrees is pretty darn hot. Be careful.

08-02-2006, 02:11 PM
Hi Amany! :wave:

I feel so bad about that situation. :( But, you know, you can tell they are just bad seeds. I would grow weary of fighting people like that all the time. Again, I say, JERKS!!!! :mad:

08-02-2006, 03:41 PM
Hello again! And no, I have not been to bed. I tried and tried but had the "one eye open" thing going on, waiting for those idiots to come home and wake me up again when they left at 4:30 this morning! They came back around 6'ish....

These people OWN their unit, we are renting from the person who owns ours. According to our landlord, HOA has the ability to evict, we're still a little fuzzy on the details when! :lol: Today we're talking to him to find out where to go from here. We SO cannot afford an attorney!

Amanda, not sure exactly "what" these guys do for a goes somewhere for a few hours a day, the other never leaves. The one who appears to not work wrecked his suv a few weeks ago (I could swear driving drunk) and it went into the shop and it's fixed. In the interim..he bought a new I dunno.....

Thank you ladies for letting me unload like this, I truly appreciate it! My goal for today is to hop on my bike while I watch my soap and get some of this frustration out. I'm hoping it helps cause there's alot! :D

Okay, time to deal with the kids. I'll be back for personals in a bit once I get things rolling over here. Thanks again everyone for listening and the well wishes. :grouphug:


08-02-2006, 04:25 PM
Hi Sugar-N-Spice! :)

I hope they can evict them, but I must warn you- eviction is not something that happens easily or quickly. That might be more true in cases where there are children though. But, the fact is they purchased that unit. With that thrown in the mix, it might take lots and lots to get them out. :(

I'm not all that familiar with condo's and how it works. I hope for your sake, and the sake of your other neighbors, these people will be forced to go and sell their space. My concern is that, while that will very likely happen if they keep it up, that it will be a loooooong wait. Buttheads. :mad:

I'm glad to hear you are using these frusterations to benifit your health though! Good for you sweetie! :hug: They will still be jerks, but you are transforming into a sexy momma. :D

08-02-2006, 05:13 PM

How well do you know your neighbors? If you're being disturbed by them maybe the people near them are as well. If you feel comfortable doing it, ask them if they will complain to the police and security too. With more people bugging them, more will probably be done. Is there someone else you can write to? Maybe you and the neighbors could do that too. You also may want to try getting your landlord involved as much as you possibly can. Maybe he can write some letters and make some phone calls too. Since you're his tenant he should try to do something to make you happy.

That's a terrible situation to be in, I know. About 4 or 5 years ago I lived in a flat. The next door neighbor had a dog that he kept in the backyard all night long while he was away. The stupid dog would bark all night, and when I would leave in the morning I'd see it sleeping. Which pissed me off even more. More people complained so he ended up putting the dog in the house. Then all dog did was run through the house barking. It still kept me awake. I don't remember how it ended finally, but I know that the police gave the guy a lot of tickets. I went to the police station twice to file complaints and I know that at least 2 or 3 of my neighbors did the same.

08-02-2006, 06:39 PM
It would be better for her if it was just a dog creating the ruckus, because it would probably be resolved faster. The sad thing is that everyone will probably complain until they are blue in the face, but there is very likely a legal process that will have to begin, and it will take steps to enforce it.

If you really want to know the length of time between complaint and actual eviction, your rights, and the rowdy neighbors rights I would look into asking a real estate attourney in your state. I would also take a look at the HOA rules that apply to your building- if possible. Your landlord knows them for sure because he rents his unit to you, and probably he put those rules, restrictions, and consequences on your lease so that you would not violate them in his unit (which would cause him problems) Just for an honest answer. I might be wrong, maybe since it is a condo and there are rules that apply when they agree to buy that property, maybe it isn't all the fuss I think it will be. But, I would want to know the prospect of me having to put up with them before I sign another lease. I would also want to know the probablity of me being able to break my lease to move away from them if they were going to continue to be a problem. It is hard to live like that. They are probably not going to settle down, and that is what really bothers me about this. If they don't, how long will you be forced to put up with it? That is my big question of the day...:hug:

l Found this link for you "HOA guy". You can e mail him and ask about it. This article here talks about fines that they can impose (which you say they already have done, right?)

lol, you are probably wondering why I care... I have a real estate licence in my state. I just love real estate anything. Can't explain it. I'm funny like that.

08-02-2006, 06:55 PM
Well, I talked to my insurance company today and thankfully since we have renters insurance, we are going to be reimbursed for food spoilage. I just have to do an itemization of what was spoiled. I filed a claim this morning. I am so happy that we have renters insurance. I didn't know that they would reimburse until my husband mentioned it last night. This really helps alot because we incurred alot of expense when the power went out. Not only had I just went shopping, but all my other refrigerated staples were lost. Plus hotel expenses, which I may possibly be reimbursed for as well. I have been finding it difficult to restock the refrigerator with healthy foods because for some odd reason, healthy foods are more expensive. Why is that? A Lean Cuisine is typically double the cost of a Budget Gourmet meal which are double sometimes triple the fat content. Low Fat Cheeze-its are usually quite a bit higher than the regular and generally generics don't make lowfat versions. Fruits and vegetables can be expensive as well. Our society really doesn't make it easy to eat healthfully for the average family.

So, thankfully we will be reimbursed and hopefully I can find some healthy food to bring into the house. I hope everyone is having a great day.



08-02-2006, 07:42 PM
Hi ladies.

Ok, Ive figured out why everytime I get on here in the morning - there are like a million posts that Ive missed - Im in Australia, so completely opposite timeframe to you. For example, when you all are posting at night, Im asleep in bed. (sigh) Cant believe it took me this long to figure this out!

Anyway, stepped on the scales this morning and I have lost 3kg this week...or 6.6 pounds! Am quite happy with that, even though I know its mostly water weight.

Danielle, I feel for you - I HATED living in our apartment for that very reason! I would definitely keep looking into your rights, etc. But in the meantime, would earplugs for you and family work...or maybe light relaxing music on a set of headphones? I know it doesnt solve the problem, but it might mask it until it IS solved?? The very best of luck with that...keep us posted!

Elycia, glad to hear about your renters insurance - I bet that was a bit of a relief. Its devastating when you lose things over something you have no control over, huh? I know what you mean about eating healthy - its the same here in Australia. It really IS more cost effective to get fast food everyday than eating fruits and veggies, etc. Because we have been in a drought for years now, of course that makes the price of things go up, as does the ever-rising petrol prices. Its a never-ending battle and especially for a family on one wage, its damn near impossible to stay afloat and feed your family something thats good for them.

Well girls, have a great day - off to clean the house - in-laws here tomorrow! :)


08-02-2006, 08:45 PM
Hi Everyone,
Again record heat... same as you Miafluker, heat index 115... I could not walk this morning... I was too tired, lost our electricity last night, tough night up and down. Plus it is was like 85 by 6am... way too hot.
Anyway, I started WW tonight. I need to step on that scale... they have 2 options, low carb and points. I think I will do points this week and learn and read more about the low carb.

I cannont express how sorry I am... that is so frustrating. There is nothing worse than not being comfortable in your own home. Hang there, something has to give... maybe the HOA is getting inundated with complaints... Good luck,

Again thank you about the lo carb info. So tell me, if you want, going out alone is, that how you met your DH??? Also, my son had eczema since he was born. for the past year he has been taking fish oil gel caps... real good ones, a little expensive... worth it, since being on them he has not had any break outs at all. Just thought I would share. Keep going with the Pilates, I hear wonderful things about it. I have the winsor set, which I really should get back into.... I have to schedule my time better.... I am trying

Britt: 6.6, great job, that is awesome... you must be so proud of yourself.

Elycia: congrats on the renters insurance... that is such a huge relief... good for you. There are so many people without renters insurance... when I rented I never had it... good for you.

well, I have to run, we are about to get a storm and I need to pick up my son at his friend's pool before it comes.
Good night to you all,

08-02-2006, 09:15 PM
Hello! Hello! Thanks so much for all the feedback girls, it is much appreciated! Wheels are turning, albeit slowwwwlllyy I'm afraid(aqua, you are so right!) and now the HOA is scrambling to figure something out. They are less than thrilled with these residents and are setting up an emergency board meeting tomorrow apparently...we shall see. Regarding our landlord: He is one pissed off man today. He has several units that he bought here on the property so quite possibly we may be looking at renting one of the other units, nothing's been really discussed between dh & I as of yet on that. Our landlord is obviously fearing that when we vacate and he rents to another, the same issues will he is looking into legal action against the owner above us. Our big issue is TIMELINE. How much more b.s. do we put up with in the course of action that is supposedly taking place. My biggest, hugest issue is obviously my kids. While I certainly am not Mother Theresa or mommy of the year, I really don't want my kids being exposed to the language and lifestyle that these guys are living. I know I am far from perfect, nor do I expect a perfect world, but I just think it horrendous that this type of behavior is being forced on us. Yes, I understand the concept of communal living, yada, yada, yada, but it should NOT be like this. School starts in 2 weeks and it starts early for 2 of mine, teenagers too, so you know how they need their rest. The whole thing just aggravates me to no end, but then, I guess you guys already figured that out, huh? :lol:

Amanda, as far as neighbors...this is the tricky and yet ironic part of it all....
there are 4 units on each side of one building, totalling 8 units all together... while we live in the lower SW unit and Idiots live above us, the unit across from us is vacant as of now, and the person above that unit is another scary character. No kidding. He is a renter I believe, from a relative who bought the unit. He is always always home, drives a really nice car but his door is like a turnstyle at a subway & out, in & out with the people. And lemme tell you, some of these people are very seedy looking. Wouldn't trust this guy with my goldfish let alone with my family! :eek: Now the people on the North end of the building, cant hear anything over by us, as we can't hear anything by them. We live in a really nice part of North Scottsdale, not just your run-of-the-mill apartment complex, so these people really stand out as far as demographics are concerned. Our building is in the very back far right side of the property, very out of the way, away from the hubbub of the pool,gym & clubhouse. There are lots of young professionals, families, young couples living here...not this party animal scene that's moved in. We've been in this unit here going on 3.5 years prior so we know who's who,etc. Unfortunately, when the property went on sale, everyone around us vacated to somewhere else. OH, and we won't even get into the dogs they've got! :dizzy: They have a pitbull & a dashund. LOVE dogs, don't get me wrong, but that big dog does not belong on the 2nd floor! When he runs around it sounds like our ceiling is going to cave in! Love their dog too, wish i could keep him myself actually. :D Then when they have all those people over the dogs get revved up and start barking and doing laps around the unit. Just miserable!!

Aqua, you are too cute! :hug: love all your input! Will look at the link you gave me to see if I can find out more! I would LOVE to get into the real estate profession, I love a challenge and it seems like that would suit me. Maybe some day when I grow up! ;)

Elycia, what great news about getting reimbursed!! At least that kinda cusions the blow a bit from being so inconvenienced. I'm so glad for you guys! Healthy food does tend to get pricey, especially stuff that is out of season. However, I figure I'd rather spend the extra for healthy instead of kicking the bucket with all my money and cheap food in my fridge! :joker: It still stings though everytime I check out! Today I did good though, got about 4 days of menus plus all kinds of fresh fruits for $55. Go me! :dance:

Britt, WTG on the weight loss!!! :carrot: Fabulous job chicky!!! Oh trust me woman, we've got earplugs coming out of our ears! Literally! :lol: Nothing quite prepares you for that jarring door slam that rocks the entire household at 3am. Actually the door slamming thing is EVERY time they come in or out of their place. Our front door and kitchen window literally rattle each time, it's disgusting. Funny: the people who lived their before these 2 creeps, family of 3, never heard them! EVER! Coming or going, being home, nada. This is why this whole scenario just irks me to no end, because we know how possible it is to actually live quietly. KWIM? Hope you got your house clean. Eww, inlaws! Just kidding!!! Yours may be good ones, mine on the other hand are not so good. :p

Well ladies, about time I get some dinner rolling. Haven't gotten on my bike yet, the repair man was late getting here to fix my dishwasher so I put it off til later. Which may be good as after dinner is when I have huge tendancy to snack... Cross your fingers I get it done! :)



08-02-2006, 10:37 PM
Aqua!! :hug:
It was so great of you to find that information for Danielle. It isn't fair to have to live that way. I guess mentioning my experience with the dog sort of trivialized it. :shrug: I just hope all of it is resolved soon.

Elycia, I'm so glad your losses will be covered. I'm sure that was just a huge relief. You're right. Healthy foods are far more expensive. Even when you're eating out! Now, when we eat out, we will usually have middle eastern food because I have a lot of low carb options that way. Plus the food is yummy. It's costly compared to just picking up a pizza or a couple of burger meals.

Brit, congrats on the additional weight loss. It's such a great feeling. I'm going to weigh in again on Aug 10. I keep telling myself that the number won't matter because I know that I've gotten smaller. But boy would I love to see the scale read at least 2 or 3 pounds less!

Hi Lynne. I tried cod liver oil capsules once. Is that what your son is taking? I didn't really follow through with it as well as I should have. I think I quit taking them after about two weeks. What type and brand does your son use? Thanks so much for the advice. :hug:
I actually met my husband online. There was a guy I dated briefly for about 3 months, before I met my husband. The other guy was the first one I'd dated in six years.
There were nights that I had trouble sleeping and would go online to a chat room. Most of the time I would just read. I didn't chat unless someone noticed me and asked a question. Well, one night this larger than life "character" came into the chat room. I knew right off that it was just a character, but everyone else seemed to buy into it. Eventually I found myself going into the chat room to see if he was there. For weeks I never even spoke to him, but I thought he was so smart and so funny that I always enjoyed reading what he said. Plus I was always intrigued by the fact that all the people in the chat room seemed to believe everything he said.
One night someone mentioned a book that no one in the chat room had heard of. Except for my husband and me. So for once I engaged in a chat room conversation. Pretty soon we had tuned out the others and talked about this book for about an hour. After that we chatted one on one. Oftentimes for like 6 - 8 hours straight. We had time because I was having trouble sleeping at he was laid off from the plant where he used to work. We have similar views on religion, spirituality, politics, family, etc...
So after about 2 months of chatting online (messenger & webcam) and on the phone, we met for coffee. For another 2 months we met for breakfast, or coffee or at the zoo. We started chatting in October 2003, met December 2003 and went on a real date in February 2004. That was wen I allowed him to pick me up from home. Even though I had a good feeling about him, I was still cautious about online dating. He's the first and only online person I've ever met offline. I can still talk to him for hours. We got married in June of last year.
BTW, about the low carb info. You're welcome. I'll always share any information I have about anything. And help in any way I can.

Danielle, I'm so glad that there's going to be a board meeting. Please let us know what happens. What those people are doing is just unacceptable. Yes, and by all means, stay away from the scary neighbors. Keep doing what you can on your end but, like Aqua said, you may have to consider leaving if things don't improve.

Well ladies, I just finished my 2 Mile Leslie Sansone and the Pilates dvd. I'm definitely going to stick with it. I was worried about being too tired to do the Pilates after the aerobics, but it was fine. I'm thinking of just doing it all in the mornings before work. That way, I can pay more attention to my husband in the evening. Boy to men need lots of attention! :rolleyes: But I love him. :)

08-03-2006, 12:15 AM
Amanda, by no means did I think you trivialized anything. I'll tell ya, at least I am not feeling like a nutjob and the only one who thinks what's going on is ridiculous. I am super glad that people have shared experiences, its comforting in a weird way. :lol:

My sister met her husband online too! They've been together for 9 years and are absolutely perfect for eachother. I was tickled to read how you and hubby met, something great to share with your kids when they get older. Kinda like with my hubbs, I was his boss! :D my kids love hearing those stories.

Will definitely keep everyone updated on my saga.WTG on the exercise sweetie,you're doing awesome!


08-03-2006, 12:30 AM
Amany-:hug: aw sweetie! you didn't trivialize, my words looked kinda funny in response, I'm sorry about that.

Eviction is a really tough thing, from what I know about it in my state- even more so with people that have children. (I don't think these guys have kids- sheesh I hope not... :o )

08-03-2006, 08:22 AM
Okay, add me to the list. I met my husband online as well. We have been married going on 7 years and he is absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't trade him for the world. I wouldn't go out and say that it is the best way to meet someone, but it was wonderful for us. It can be risky. People lie about who they are, however, that was not the case for us. It was not a dating cite, we are of the same religion and so we started talking and the relationship progressed from there. I think the advantage of meeting online is for the longest time, all we did was talk. We formed a real bond and connection before we even knew what each other looked like. We are genuinely friends, so that is what we fall back on when times may be a little rough. My husband is so mild. I met him in 98 and I can honestly say that in all these years he has NEVER raised his voice at me. He is a very kind person. It's been awhile, so we didn't have the luxury of webcams :) , but we sent pics back and forth and after awhile he came down to visit. Like i said, it has been a wonderful experience for me, so I certainly have no issue with online dating. My circle of friends and associates are pretty religious, so it is not something that I advertise, but since I saw your experience Amanda, I thought I would chime in.

Well, one of my babies are waking up.



08-03-2006, 09:10 AM
:grouphug: Good morning ladies!

Well, another day. I hope everybody's feeling good and ready to go. I'm gonna hop on the tread in a bit, and I have all my food mapped out so I'm ready.

Have a great day! :)

08-03-2006, 09:42 AM
Well, I talked to my insurance company today and thankfully since we have renters insurance, we are going to be reimbursed for food spoilage. I just have to do an itemization of what was spoiled. I filed a claim this morning. I am so happy that we have renters insurance. I didn't know that they would reimburse until my husband mentioned it last night.

Elycia do you think homeowners insurance would do the same thing?

08-03-2006, 10:03 AM
Morning Ladies!!

AquaGirl, no apology is necessary. You're fine. I wasn't offended. You know what? There are times that I think it's bad that human beings have become so civilized. Just think. Maybe 150 years ago, Danielle and all her neighbors could have shown up on those jerks' doorstep with torches chanting, "Get out, get out.", and tossed them onto the street. And that would have been the end of it. :)
BTW, I feel good today. Posting on this thread has made me feel excited about doing something about my weight. I don't feel as if it's a chore anymore. Good for you for hopping on the treadmill this morning!

Danielle & Elycia, I often wonder how many happy marriages exist because two people met online. Of course it's risky. Weird things can happen. That's what made that chat room I used to go to so interesting in the first place. It was a local AOL chat and a lot of the people had met, had brief flings, fallen out and then it seemed like they'd just switch partners. Plus they had these outings together that were always weird. It was like online Melrose Place or something. :o It was crazy. A couple of times someone's boyfriend or girlfriend would show up and confront a person in the chat room about being with his or her mate. I would just sit there in amazement not really understanding how in the world any of this was going on.
If done honestly and with patience, though, I really think you can end up finding the perfect person for you. You can find out that you have a lot in common with a person without sex being a distraction. Or nervousness. Or feeling like you need to act or look perfect. Elycia, like you, I never advise people to look for love online. We're proof that it happens though.

I didn't exercise this morning. The bed just felt so good. That means I'll have to do it when I get home. I'm afraid to miss a day because I don't want to fall into the habit of putting it off.

Have a great day everyone. I'll check in later.

08-03-2006, 10:04 AM
THANK YOU so much Elycia :) I just called my homeowners company and my food loss is also covered! i AM SO EXCITED we spent so much money buying new food to replaced all that we had lost

08-03-2006, 01:18 PM
Sorry Ladies, I haven't posted in a bit,
I kind of locked myself into getting this room done by the end of vacation and now have to wait for the floor primer to dry before i can start again. was getting a little high on the fumes

Elycia and Rkrs glad to hear the insurance company is going to cover some of the cost of your food and expenses.

I loved reading on how some of you met your husbamds and SO's, i met mine online also and yes there are dangers though most are just the bad humor i found.
Well gotta get some more fans to dry the floor i want to get started again talk more later

08-03-2006, 01:55 PM
RK, so glad that your homeowners insurance worked out for you! I am so happy. That power outage really was a blow to our finances and it helped so much that our insurance is going to do this, with no deductible. I am with American Family. My mother is with Allstate. Can you believe that Allstate wants my mom to pay a $250 deductible before they will payout? Isn't that ridiculous??!! What is the likelihood of someone have $250 worth of grocery in their refrigerator? Say they had $300 because they have a deep freeze or something. I'm going to pay $250 for a $50 payout????!! That is so ridiculous. I left Allstate a long time ago because they make me sick. They are notorious for not standing behind their customers. I called Allstate on behalf of my mother to try to understand their reasoning for this and now they say that they are considering waiving the dedubtible and compiling a list of those that want to be updated when a decision is made. Darn right! I'm sure they have gotten an earful from alot of angry policy holders. The nerve! Anyways, glad all worked out for you and thanx everyone for the kind words and congrats!

Amanda and Anna, I see that some of us have more in common than meets the eye. That's great! I am sure that we will all find more over the course of our weight loss journey. I love the internet. Sometimes my husband and I talk and it amazes us the way that we met. I know that my family just knew we wouldn't last and I would venture to say that we have 1 of the best marriages on either side of our family. Granted, my husband is from TN and we have 1 more thing that many viewed as a marriage breaker...we are in interracial marriage. So the internet, plus that made many think that we were doomed before we started, but they couldn't be more wrong.

Well, I better get going. I haven't worked out yet today, but it is something on my agenda to get in today. Congrats on the 5 lb loss Anna. Great job.

Take care!


08-03-2006, 01:55 PM
hi everyone i lost track of what i ate yesterday so i dont think i did so well plus i didnt exercise i really need to make myself a schedule oh well today is a new day right

08-03-2006, 02:29 PM
Elycia, glad to hear about the insurance company switch. your childrens pic is adorable. okay back to the paint fumes

08-03-2006, 02:30 PM
I really like reading how you ladies met your hubby's online. I think it is kind of cute. I met my husband when I was 13 in junior high. We were best friends and didn't start dating until I went away to college. So I have known him for more than half my life. Plus he has always liked/Loved me for the person I truly am. My mother told me when I was in Highschool that we would get married. I told her "NO WAY" I guess sometimes mothers really do know best.

Elycia...I can't believe they would want your mom to pay that high of a deductible. That defeats the purpose of even making a claim. We are with a company on the east coast called Homesite insurance. We do not have a deductible so I was happy about that. Again I am happy you also didn't have to come out of any money to help get your food replaced.

08-03-2006, 03:01 PM
Hey gals, checking to see how you're doing.

I have a question for you all. Has anyone done a liquid diet for any length of time?
I am going to do it. I have it figured out, and I will be taking vitamins. In fact I already started it today. The reason is to get away from sugars (the addiction is what I am attempting to break) for a while. I have been sort of disciplined, but I made a deal with myself that if the calender wasn't doing what I intended after a week or so, I would go a step further and really tighten the reigns on this diet.

08-03-2006, 03:19 PM
Rkrs, hey there. I'm glad you're items were covered too. I guess good news it contagious. Wow, so you're married to your best friend. I think that's beautiful. You know what's weird? My husband and I went to the same church up until I was about 7 or 8 years old. I don't remember him at all, but he remembers me. Only because my family is so huge (5 boys, 2 girls), and my father is so outgoing, that we sort of stood out.

Anna.... I hope you're not enjoying those fumes. :lol: Isn't it great to actually have the time to get something accomplished? I hope you're getting to rest too though.

Elycia, families can be a pain at times. Thankfully my husband and I don't allow our families to interfere in our marriage. And we don't let them give us any unsolicited advice. We're both easy going about about a lot of issues, but we're fiercely protective of our relationship. It's a good thing we are too, because we're both related to really instrusive people who love having something to "chew" on. I applaud the relationship you have with your husband.

Hi Mia. Oh, Hon, don't worry about that one day. It's gone. You have today! Just climb back on, it will be fine.

Well, I'd better go. I'm at work and I need to work on the invoices. TTYL

AquaGirl, how was the treadmill?

08-03-2006, 03:19 PM
Aqua, i haven't but worked closely with someone who had, not sure if that would help. Good luck and would love to hear howit is going for you

08-03-2006, 03:23 PM
I missed your post Aqua. I only know one person that did that. A teacher I used to have. I think she lost about 70 pounds. She did put back on about 10 or 15 pounds later but, from what I understand, she's kept the rest off.

I read a post by someone on the forum about Opti-Fast. She's losing really fast. Is that what you're doing? Or something similar?

08-03-2006, 03:39 PM
flawlesscube- I will keep you posted daily. :)

Amany- Hi Amany! :hug: The tread felt good today! :D

It's not opti fast, but I'm following the basic concept of only a certain amount of calories a day taken in low carb high protein drinks, lots of water, and some other liquids, plus vitamins. I hope it will work. I am so so so desperate to get the addiction to sugar out of my life. It is the one obsticle that keeps resurfacing, and it hinders my weight loss so much.

Wow, that is indeed a significant amount of weight. That is almost my whole goal. I hope I can do it. I'm going in wholeheartedly. I think this is going to be for the best, I will just have to keep drinking water and walking.

You all will get a first hand glimpse everyday, so as long as I have you all to come to- I think anything is possible.

08-03-2006, 04:05 PM
Amanda, I have been hearing that a lot today about taking a break, so I finally am,
Have to laugh now ladies, this is a great work in progress though i forgot one thing, here I am all done for the day and I put 3 coats of paint on the wall and as i am finishing I put one more coat of sealant Kilz on the floor which I now know takes about 4 hours to dry. I am only able to do about 2/3 the room right now as the furniture is still in there and am planning on moving it tomorrow to finish the other side, leave the room to take a shower and just realize my dressers are on the other side of the room that I have just painted them in, hmmmmm houston we have a problem, so now i get to wait 4 hours before i can shower, probably TMI but hey, now i am sweaty bored and really am kicking myself.

08-03-2006, 04:32 PM
Hi guys!! Wow - you seem to have a great little group going on here. That's awesome! Since you guys seem to have your own little thing going on here, I hope you don't mind if I move this thread to support groups. I feel like it's better suited in a general area and not in the 100lb club. Please don't feel like you can't be part of the 100lb club - you are ALWAYS welcome, but I kinda feel like you need your own little special spot.

There will be a re-direct, so no one should get lost! ;)


08-03-2006, 04:34 PM
Amanda, I have been hearing that a lot today about taking a break, so I finally am,
Have to laugh now ladies, this is a great work in progress though i forgot one thing, here I am all done for the day and I put 3 coats of paint on the wall and as i am finishing I put one more coat of sealant Kilz on the floor which I now know takes about 4 hours to dry. I am only able to do about 2/3 the room right now as the furniture is still in there and am planning on moving it tomorrow to finish the other side, leave the room to take a shower and just realize my dressers are on the other side of the room that I have just painted them in, hmmmmm houston we have a problem, so now i get to wait 4 hours before i can shower, probably TMI but hey, now i am sweaty bored and really am kicking myself.


08-03-2006, 05:30 PM
I read this yesterday and had a "wow moment". I thought I'd share it with you al:

You must allow yourself to be uncomfortable and inconvenienced. As overweight people, we have fallen to the temptations to keep ourselves from feeling discomfort. That has made us fat. We've avoided the discomfort of feeling hungry; the discomfort of weighing portions; the inconvenience of preparing healthy meals; the discomfort of moving our bodies and sweating. We have given in to comfort: comfort foods; comfortable clothing; our easy chair. . .

08-03-2006, 05:39 PM
Let's make it our personal mission to be uncomfortable everyday. If you think about it, that statement can be applied to many other areas in our lives.
Education, career, relationships, etc

08-03-2006, 06:06 PM
Amanda, interesting thought. definitely something to think about and strive for, thank you for sharing. I had to think about the comfort clothing awhile.

08-03-2006, 06:36 PM
Uh oh, they moved us! Hope no one has a problem finding us. She redirected, so I guess it will be okay. Hope so.


08-03-2006, 06:59 PM
Busy Bees you've all been today!! Here I am just getting started, I feel so left behind! ;)

Would you believe that I slept until 11 this morning????? :o Fell asleep around 12:30 and didn't move the entire night. I got up this morning to iron a shirt for dh with every intention of staying awake and perhaps jumping on my bike. Somehow I ended up back in my bed and didn't open my eyes until 11:10! Thank goodness my kids are old enough to feed & entertain themselves! :o Bad Mommy!!

Neighbor News Update:
HOA office finally saw owner from upstairs, after numerous phone calls and messages left to him. He graced them with his presence in the office around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. He is DENYING that they were loud, making any noise like we say they were. Claims he doesn't understand why he keeps "getting in trouble". :mad: The woman who is dealing with this mapped it all out from the first incident that happened weeks and weeks ago and went from there up til the one from Tues. night. Basically telling him he was full of crapola and better start towing the line. I guess now the HOA is still trying to figure out fines,etc..for this situation as because this property was only just sold to current company several months ago, certain things have not been put into place yet. I dunno, your guess is just as good as mine on this point. :lol: They also were putting security on foot in the complex all last night just in case they decided to party it up again. Wouldn't you know, the one time we've got security at our fingertips to catch them in the act, they all decide to go out all night and not come home til this morning!!! It figures! :lol: Oh well I guess, I got some much needed sleep, but still, woulda been nice to see them get sited again. :devil: Just to sorta solidify our claims already. I think our next step is to start recording them during their little soire's and then let them hang themselves with the evidence? Our landlord isn't going to let us out of our lease either, so we've got sorta a problem. :(
Will keep you posted on the next "event".....

I think it's awesome that so many of you have had success finding happiness online! You all went into it with eyes wide open and were careful until the time was right. Only way to do it IMO. I'm so happy that everyone is so in love!!! :D

Elycia, you're certainly not alone in family's expectations on your relationship with your hubby. Mine certainly did not think we'd last at all either for several reasons...1. I am older than he is, when we met he was 19, I was 23. 2. We're a biracial couple 3. we started dating 3 weeks after we met, 3 weeks later we moved in together..... It was just one of those things, you know when it's right, and this was. But tell that to the outsiders, right? We've definitely proved them all wrong, been together for almost 14 years and going strong.

Aqua, best of luck with the liquid diet. I've only done slim fast and had great success--lost 80lbs with it, but obviously did not keep it off. My thinking is just because I didn't really learn how to eat when I started wanting to eat real food, if that makes sense? Just be careful and mindful of the signals your body gives you. I understand wanting to rid the sugar cravings! One of the main reasons why I love low carbing so much! :heart:

Anna, you're cracking me up with your remodeling commentary! Guess you do have a problem with no clothes, huh? :lol: Oh well, I guess if you can't stand to live in your own smell then who will, right? ;) Just think how great that shower's gonna feel when you can get in there!!!! I bet your room is going to look fantastic, well worth the wait on clothes I'm sure!

Amanda, great thought for the day! yep, I guess I could say I've written the book on uncomfortable living situations? :lol: Just joking, I know what you really mean, just thought I would be (TRY) funny... It's definitely true tho, I know for me, I am definitely used to being comfy in my meals and lifestyle!

Hi Mia, hope today was a better day for you. Hang in there hon, you are doing great things for your body. Push thru, tomorrow will be a better day for sure! :hug:

Okay, well time to get the laundry started and housework done. I am so turned around with the time, I can't believe it's almost time to think about dinner, I haven't even had lunch yet! :D

Be well my girls, keep shining bright!!!!!


08-03-2006, 07:19 PM
Well good evening Danielle, Glad to put a smile on your face. Personally i think i have been sniffing the fumes so long i can't smell anything else, time to try some incense. That is so wonderful to hear about you and your hubby. 14 years, I am so happy for you. Good luck with your neighbors tonight and I hope all goes well with the situation

08-03-2006, 07:48 PM
I hope everyone had a good day today... I am feeling pretty good today:)

08-03-2006, 08:41 PM
Anna, you poor girl. Forgot about fumes lingering!!! Hope your sniffer goes back to normal real soon. ;) I hope you took some before pics of your place, so you can have some afters done and sit back and revel in all of your accomplishments!!!

rkrs, so glad you had such a terrific day!!! Feels good to be in control, doesn't it? Good for you!!

Hope everyone is having a great evening, can you believe tomorrow is Friday already!?! One more week til school starts over here, next week will be extra hectic getting ready for the big day.

still no workout today..not sure if I'm gonna get to it. Food has been so-so, definitely not what I had planned! Guess there's always tomorrow!


08-04-2006, 07:54 AM
Good Morning Ladies,
What a wonderful day . I am all excited to get to the other side of the room and guess what , TOM is here uugghhh. GUess I will be taking it a little easier today we will see.

Sugar , Good luck with getting everything ready for school. I might be the only one on this thread not worried about it since i am done with college and have no kids but i do remember the chaos of the last week of summer. Enjoy it while you can :)

08-04-2006, 09:30 AM
Good Morning Ladies!

I hope you all have a great day!

08-04-2006, 09:50 AM
Morning Ladies.

I missed you all so much last night. I couldn't post because our cable is out and we have broadband. The cable company thinks that one of our neighbors has stolen our cable or was trying to. They're coming out today.

Aqua - You sound really determined to do well with your liquid diet. I wish you all the success you can stand! Of course we'll all be here for you and will cheer you on.

Danielle, Don't feel bad about sleeping in. When you sleep like that it's because you need to. With what you've been going through lately, you deserved a good night's (and partial morning's) rest :D. Your neighbors will probably lay low at least for a while. Hopefully all those fines will motivate them to stay quiet forever though!
Thank you for sharing with us about your successful marriage. I love to hear things like that.

Anna - Congrats on the room. You've been working so, so hard. Hopefully the TOM won't be so bad.

I exercised again last night! This time an aerobics dvd and then a stretching tape. Since I don't have children yet, and I want some, I really need to become more flexible. For giving birth and then having to chase them around!
I want to do it all the morning, but yesterday I stayed in bed. I did the same thing today too, so that means I'll be exercising again tonight.

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

08-04-2006, 12:21 PM
hi everyone even though i had a few set backs i lost a total of 4lbs im so happy and a 1/2 an inch
thanks for the support

08-04-2006, 12:46 PM
That's fantastic Mia. Congrats to you!

08-04-2006, 12:57 PM
Morning everyone:

I got my workout in. Yay! I got Leslie's book from the library and I started reading it a little last night and more this morning and it really motivated me to workout this morning. She talks about starting a Walk Diet. She encourages you to start with making physical activity a regular habit and then working on diet. This is great for me because I am a very physcial person and I'll workout in a heartbeat, but it takes time for me to change my eating. Then it starts a cycle that once I mess up on my eating, I quit exercising and I'm back at square one because I am focusing too much on the diet aspect. I know that diet is a MAJOR part of weight loss, but when you have over 100 lbs to lose, I think that activity is just as important. Not only for the health reasons that we previously discussed, but for weight loss as well. I feel that alot of the diet and fitness information put out is based on people marginally to moderately overweight. Not 100+ lbs. The rules are completely different for people that want to lose such a substantial amount. So I think that Leslie's approach of being active virtually everyday is great because it puts you in the right mindset and after awhile since you are exercising regularly, you are going to want to eat right as well. I know when I was much more fit most of the time I ate better. I guess it just goes hand in hand.

I guess the point of this HUGE post is :) , since this is such a journey, I think we all need to find what works for us individually and go from there. Caroline has discovered an eating and activity plan that works for her. RK, I am sure that you have a really good plan in place to have lost 77 lbs. I'd like to hear more about your strategy by the way. ;) We all have the same goal, but weight loss really is a personal thing. Who's going to know what works best for us better than ourselves? I mean, I know we probably all know this already, but sometimes we forget or disregard the most obvious things. We tend to read some success story and jump on that bandwagon, not really thinking if it is healthy or if it really suits us personally.

So, in line with that thinking, I am going to focus on exercising 6 days per week. Mostly if not all Leslie Sansone. This morning was just a 15 minute workout that came with the book. Since I have lost alot of my aerobic capacity, I am going to just try to start with Leslie and follow her plan. It is a 6 week plan, working out 6 days per week. The book really is an easy read. I am about 1/2 way through it already. I should probably be finished by this weekend if the girls let me. :) I hope this didn't come across as preachy, because that is not my intent. This is kind of a personal revelation and I just wanted to share with you guys.

Well, I have to get the girls fed and dressed and off to to the store. I'll be checking in later to see how everyone's day went.




08-04-2006, 02:53 PM
Hi Elycia!

No, you're not being preachy at all. We all have major weight to lose and that will take major behavior modification. We have to change the way we eat and make exercise a part of our lives forever. Even after we lose the weight (and I believe we all will), we have to move our bodies 3 times a week and eat properly just to maintain it. So it makes sense to have a plan. Remember that saying, "Fail to plan; plan to fail"? That means we can't just be willy-nilly about this. I love it when I have an excuse to say "willy-nilly". :lol:

So, good for you! I'm proud of you for committing to making lifestyle changes and exercising 6 times a week. I'm planning to exercise 5 - 6 times a week myself. It's a good feeling to know that you're doing something positive about your health and your weight, isn't it?

I think I'm becoming a Leslie Sansone groupie too. Her work outs are not complicated, but you'll definitely break a sweat. Plus she's not annoying. That's a HUGE plus. :)

08-04-2006, 03:02 PM

08-04-2006, 03:45 PM
Good Afternoon Ladies! All is going well for me. I keep seeing the scale move down, however I am going to wait until Sunday to change my weight loss ticker. I weight myself every Sunday morning! I am so happy because I am finally under 300. It has been since 1998 since I have been under 300.

Elycia- I feel like I have tried it all and it all seems to work :) I know that sounds silly but seriously I started of by doing the Special K challenge. It is where you eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then for lunch and then just a regular dinner. I lost 40 pounds this way. Also since I am in nursing school it helped that I was moving around much more up an down hospital hallways:) Ok so then I wanted to try something else and I went to South Beach Diet for about 1 month and lost 20 pounds on phase 1. I didn't really care for phase two so Now I am on slim fast :) I love it but I am not stuck to it! I mean as long as I am eating healthy I will eat what I want but in moderation. I started on my weight loss plan on Sept. 10, 2005. I am trying to shed 100 pounds by September 10, 2006. I am almost there and I know I will make it.

Also I have been dancing the entire time. I can't dance to save my life but me and my kids will bounce around the house moving our bodies. I figure some movement is better than nothing. I also joined New Lady Fitness---but I haven't been in like three weeks. I go there for weight training and some cardio classes. I was doing the treadmil but my ankle started hurting really bad so I backed off until it gets better.

Also congrats on exercising 6 times a week. I know how demanding one baby can be and since you are double blessed with twins I can't even imagine what its like. I think it is super cool with your increased exercise and plus you are setting a great example for your children!

Mia Congrats! you are doing great.

08-04-2006, 04:05 PM
Congrats on the weight loss Rkrs!

08-04-2006, 05:04 PM
Happy Friday Gang!

We had another quiet night last night, everyone stayed gone til who knows when. I don't care when they come home, as long as I can't here you! :lol:
Ran into the room mate last night, his dog came bounding down the stairs to visit with us. He's a great dog and my kids love him. I think we shocked "Tatoo"(my nickname since I don't know his real name-he's got tats all over the place) that we were talking & petting the dog-its a pitbull puppy maybe 9 mon. old. In all actuality this guy is really nice, I've talked to him a couple times, it's the OTHER guy that I don't get a good vibe from. Of course it has to be the one that actually owns the place that I don't really like! :lol: Go figure! My dh teases me and says, yeah leave it up to you to befriend the "menacing looking" one! :lol: :lol:

I LOVE Leslie Sansone WATP stuff! I've got her set of 1,2,3 milers, a 4 mile walk, a 1&2 miler that go with the stretchy band, and then an exerball/yoga one. They're all great. I love that her voice does not grate on my every last nerve. Can someone say Denise Austin????? :lol: I had her stuff awhile back but just didnt do it cause her voice just drove me bonkers.
I have a couple Jillian Michaels (trainer from the Biggest Loser) that I bought a couple weeks ago. of course they're still in the package! I wanted them so bad, at the same time she scares the crud outta me! LOL I hear she's very tough but I love her philosophy. Her book is fabulous. I also have the Biggest Loser workout dvd, that one is awesome! When I was doing it faithfully I saw huge results, lost alot of inches in a small amount of time. Now getting back into that mindframe has been the hard hard part! Someone just smack me and tell me to get with it already! :D

Good day Aqua & Anna, hope you gals have a super Friday afternoon!! :flow2:

Amanda, congrats on getting those workouts in!!!!! I bet it feels really really good to be moving like that. Good for you!!!!

Mia, WTG on the losses!!!!! :carrot: KUTGW!!!!

Elycia, I think you are in a great place mentally.
Everyone isn't the same, you're right, so what might work for one may not work for another. In the past I always tended to jump on the wagon trying various plans or whatever, never taking into account what was right for me. In the end it ended up in failure, took me a long time to figure out why. You need to do what works best for your lifestyle and body makeup. If doing exercise first helps to get you going, then so be it. For me, it's the exact opposite, and for someone else it could be something different altogether. That's why I'm always telling people to make the plan of their choosing fit their lifestyle, tweak it and bend it to make it liveable. I don't like people who only believe that things HAVE TO be as written or you're wrong,not doing the plan, or whatever...I think that for those people, that as written just happens to work for them..we're not them so they can go pound sand for all I care! :lol: I'm so thrilled that you are finding something that you really like and that can motivate you to keep up with it, that's so important! I look forward to hearing lots of success stories from you lady! :)

RKRS, you are doing fantastic! Look at those stats! :dance: I had fabulous success with slimfast a few years back, loved that plan!!! Lost about 85 pounds in less than a year and was down to a size 10, I was one hot momma! :lol: I wish so much I'd have hung onto it, but as usual, life throws those curveballs and you know if you're not ready...wham! down ya go!!! Also, the plan is alot different now than it was when I did it. Now they incorporate real food along with the SF products, whereas before it wasn't like that. I think this is a super way to get people to focus on real foods along the way so they really learn how to eat & portion control. I'm so excited to hear more fabulous things from you! You can do this!!!

Alrighty girlies, guess I should go eat some lunch and maybe try and do a workout. I am really going to try hard to exercise everyday this week, I really am!! Why is this concept so hard for me?? Drives me crazy! :dizzy:

Be good ladies! CBL and see what ya'll have been up to. Keep shining! :sunny:


08-04-2006, 05:06 PM
Rkrs, congrats girl, you really are an inspiration to me. thankyou for sharing the different plans you have tried, what was different between phase one and 2 of south beach diet?

08-04-2006, 05:11 PM
ooo update on the room, walls are all painted and the floor all primed, man that furniture is heavy though i found when i am pms'ing i can move it :) my dresser is 6 feet by 7 feet tall so yeah not joking about it being heavy, anyways, tomorrow i can start laying the new flooring in and if i get really ambitious i will show before and after pics. This is the last room to do then i have 2 hallways and the kitchen floor to do but that can wait until another vacation . I have been remodeling on and off for a year now and now that i am finally seeing an end maybe i can get back to the gym that i have been paying a membership for for almost 6 months, i did go faithfully for about 3 months then summer hit and there is so much to do. though i think you ladies can understand that :)
well have to get moving, have dinner out with the SO , parents and grandparents tonight though i forgot what we are celebrating, oh oh

08-04-2006, 05:42 PM
:lol: :lol:

08-04-2006, 05:58 PM
Well, the good news is that our neighbors are not trying to steal our cable. The bad news is that the cable company never bothered calling to let us know that they weren't coming. They have some issue in the area that they need to resolve. Meanwhile, my husband has been trapped in the house all day waiting for them.

I don't know when they'll have the problem fixed so, if I don't get a chance to post before Monday, have a great weekend everyone!

BTW, can you tell how slow it is at work on Thursdays and Fridays? I've had all the time in the world to visit the thread.

Until later!

08-04-2006, 06:20 PM
congrats to everyone and thanks for the encouragement Elycia
thats an accomplishment i really need to work on get motivated to exercise i have alot of equiptment at home i just let time pass me by
anyone have any tips? i think i need to adjust my goals a little
i havent recieved the turbo jam because something went wrong with the order where they claim it didnt go through i havent been charged for it either so now im a little skeptical to reorder i may just try ebay
anyway congrats everyone

08-04-2006, 07:37 PM
Hello and thanx for the kind words and understanding. I know how it is in my head, but I wasn't really sure how it would come across in print. :) You guys are great!

RK, thanx for sharing some of your routes to success. You've really accomplished alot losing at 77 lbs! I can't wait to see your updated ticker. You are just so close. I believe you will reach Onederland by September 10, 2006. It has to be so empowering to know that you saw it through to 77 lbs and still going strong. Please keep up the good work. It is very encouraging.

Mia, congrats on your weight loss. I know that this thread moves so fast, so I don't know if you saw my earlier post saying that Mia is one of my daughters name. You are doing really good. I am glad that I was of some encouragement, but it looks like I need to follow your lead in the area of weight loss. :) Great job!

Danielle, glad to know that things were a little better. I tell ya, there is nothing worse than lousy neighbors. We live in a house, but I really can't stand my neighbors. On one side, I have this lady that puts her dog out at 4:30 in the morning and it barks ferociously. Then on the other side, I have these sometimey people. Sometimes they are okay and sometimes rude, rude, rude. Thank goodness we rent because I would never buy a house in the middle of these imbeciles. It is unbelievable how rude people can be. I just don't even have any dealings with them because they just get on my nerves. So needless to say, I do have a general idea of what you are dealing with and it is tough. It does sound like you may be getting a little bit of relief soon. PTL!! :)

Anna, thanx for the compliment on the girls and again congrats on your weight loss. Sounds like you are really making some hedgeway with your remodeling project. I hope you will post before and after pics soon.

Amanda, thanx for the kinds words and encouragement. You really are a gem.

I would like to say thanx to everyone for being so committed to being part of this group. It's really been very nice getting to know everyone and hearing everyones thoughts on weight loss, health and sometimes life in general. I think we all are going to be very successful and reach our goals.

Oh yeah, I wanted to post a few of my favorite sites, outside of 3FC. You guys are probably aware of them, but I thought that I would go ahead and post anyway.

For cool WW suggestions and ideas this is a great site. It's kind of similar to this site actually. http://www.***************.net/forums/index.php

For exercise videos and video reviews Collage is a great site

A hot spot for fitness talk and workouts this is a great forum. I have been a member for several years

Those are just a few. If I think of anymore, I will post. I had a really great site for low point recipes, for if you are following points, but for some reason it is down. It was great. If I find it is operating again, I will certainly post.

Well, I better get going, it is time to spend some time with the girls, feed them and then bedtime.

Check in with you guys later!


08-04-2006, 08:06 PM
Elycia mia seems to be a common name the only thing is mine is short for Gahmilia....if the site you were talking about comes back up please let me know because im following points also im having a hard time finding low point foods though by after lunch i was already at 20poiints so i am left with 6 for dinner.... oh thanks for the sites i hope everyone has a good evening

08-05-2006, 06:22 AM
Good Morning Ladies

Have a wonderful new day and take care of yourselves
One more thing, I want to thank you ladies for being here and supporting one another, We are all working at such a wonderful goal, So before you start thinking about all the things that have to be done today, take a minute and remember YOU ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL

08-05-2006, 06:52 AM
Okay so I can't sleep right now, I was reading the curves handbook for women last night. Found it in a garage sale this summer and am really liking the meal plans, simple and easy for me plus i like the idea of eating 6 times a day, one problem they have alot of cottage cheese or portions of dairy along the way that are confusing to me as I am lactose intolerant, hmmm will have to work on rewriting this menu . ( I still haven't found that veggie cheese that was talked about earlier. My SO and I are hopefully going to the fair today after I get the floor done.

Elycia, wow I have some reading to do, thanks for the sites. I know about those sometimer neighbors although i think someone got to mine a couple of weeks ago as they have been really good lately. They have good hearts i believe although they like to party it up.

Oh and the heat is finally breaking here in WI, only in the low 80's yesterday, yahooo

Mia, what does your name mean? Gahmilia? beautiful. I hope today is a bit better for you in the points area. I don't follow WW, so I am no help sorry. and what is a turbo jam? I am so confused :) I love ebay , found a rowing machine for $100 instead of what they wanted in the store, though since it is in storage right now i don't think it is doing me much good :)

Amanda sorry to hear about the cable company, they can be pretty frustrating so I hear. I live to far out for that and have satellite. hears to a better day for you. Btw it was my Grandfather Bday oops,

Danielle, glad it is a little quieter on the home front. love your nick for the guy Tattoo. pitbill, awww they are so cute at that age, IMO , neighbor lady has one and she is such a bundle of joy

Okay I really need to get soemthing done this morning, talk to you all later

08-05-2006, 10:20 AM
Hey everyone, I'm just checking in after three (I think?) days of silence. Can you tell the Wednesday-Friday stretch is hectic for me? Sometimes I have Fridays off and work Saturdays instead, so I can never really predict when I'll be around. But this weekend I have tons of homework to get done so of course here I am, procrastinating.

I thought I'd check in, though, just to see how you're all doing. Elycia, congratulations on discovering a plan that will work for you! I think exercising daily is a really good plan, especially for people like me who find it much easier to let exercise slide once they've taken two days off in a row. Then again, I'm not much feeling like it today after taking yesterday (my one day a week) off, so I guess I need to light that fire under myself again.

I'm doing the August points challenge here on the board, though, and that's a good motivator to stick with my plan. Although after several days of losing steadily, my weight is starting to creep back up *again*. Only 6 ounces so far, but I'm still frustrated. I'm trying not to be, but you know how that goes. The scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy, I suppose.

I'm still plugging away, though. Speaking of which, I need to go find some breakfast and then I should work out and get on with that homework. That paper isn't going to write itself. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend (and a lot more fun than I'm going to be having!).

08-05-2006, 02:52 PM
Hello guys:

I haven't gotten to read anything yet, but I was wondering since we are over here with all of these check-ins, do we want to just keep 1 big thread or what? I know it is going to get really long, but I see that so are most of the threads here. Does it matter? I don't know, I just wanted to ask you guys.


08-05-2006, 03:08 PM
Hello Sunshines!!

How is my favorite bunch doing on this beautiful Saturday?!? Hopefully everyone is doing well and enjoying time with their families, SO's, furbabies, whatever! Can you believe that we are almost out of summer and headed to fall??? I cannot believe that in a few short months it will be time to start with all the holidays again. Where does the time go????

Elycia, hows that exercising going? Are you having luck having it help you with the eating portion of your plan?? I wish you nothing but the best lady!
Never in my life have I experienced neighbors like these people! It was certainly a shock, I thought for sure I was being petty and ridiculous in the beginning...matter of fact, there were about 2 weeks where we just lived with the noise because I thought it was just me! Luckily my kids were visiting their grandparents in California at the time, so it didnt affect them. But wow! After so many weeks you can only take so much and came to realize that I wasn't able to live in my own home, my nerves were so shot. Now, the new people who moved in right next door? At first I thought they were going to be more trouble just by the way they started moving in..but they are complete opposite of what I thought. They are the sweetest couple, not to mention they've got a precious little dd about 6. Nice to see a smiling face around here! We've been here for 3 years and have yet to meet one nice neighbor! Thanks for the sites you posted, I know someone will find value in those!

Anna, aw you're so sweet! You're beautiful too chicky!!!! I love love love pitbulls, they're my favorite breed. My sister has an Amstaff that we lived with for over a year and he is just amazing. As fas as anything in that breed is just adorable. We're looking into getting one soon, but I want a puppy! How's that room coming along? Enjoy time with your SO today, drink lots of water and stay safe!

thistoo, great to see you today!!!! I'm sorry about all the homework you got going on, that is a bummer, especially on the weekend! I hope you get thru it without too much trouble. Good luck with your points challenge, I know you will do great!!! Don't worry about your weight, you are doing an awesome job and it will reflect!!!!

Girls have a lovely afternoon!!!! I will CBL after I get some stuff done around here!!!

Be good!


08-05-2006, 03:57 PM
Hello everyone! I hope its okay if i jump in with you. I know Danielle from years past when we both lost tons of weight doing Slimfast. I've been skimming through pages of your posts and you all seem like amazing women, I'd love to be a part of your group too!

A little about myself. I was a tiny girl growing up, didnt break 100 lbs till i was a sophmore in highschool. After graduating I was 130 lbs and thought if i could just lose 5 lbs I'd be perfect. Well over the past 16 years I've dieted my way to about 240 lbs..not sure what the official weight is right now. Yes I've lost, and gained, and lost some and gained some more. But I was always sabotaging myself.....with Danielle's help I had a HUGE lightbulb moment today. I finally see clearly why I'm having such a hard time getting on track and feeling better about myself. I'm hoping I can keep working through that and get myself on track to being fit and healthy once and for all!

My name is Melissa, I've been married to my highschool sweatheart for 14 years come October. We have 2 beautiful girls, ages 11 and 7. I'm a fulltime student at the University of Montana (GO Griz!) majoring in Business Management - Accounting, I've got 1 1/2 years left! School starts for me August 26th and for my girls after labor day so I've got a little bit of summer left to attempt to fit into the desk at school. I tell myself every single semester that I'm going to lose weight so its not so hard fitting in. Its not easy being 33 and overweight and all my "peers" are 20 something skinny lil things! LOL!

Thats my little story for now. I hope to be able to get to know everyone better on our way to being fitter and healthier! Thanks for reading!! Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

08-05-2006, 03:59 PM
okay i am at a lose for how to post pics, do i need to use photobucket or something? i finished the room, yeah, and bruised my heel in the process, ouch guess i get to spend the rest of the vacation resting, hmm should have been doing that in the first place.

Danielle, yes they are such cuties, my Yoda is a bassett hound mix with german shepard mixed. just adorable, have had him about 5 years now and he is so awesome, my boy.

Welcome Mellissa, Have a great weekend and hope to hear from you soon. You'll rock against the 20 year old skinnies, because you'll be one of the 30 year old skinnies before you know it and all that life experience has to count for something right?

Elycia, a long thread is fine with me, i see one of them on here is about 3,000 posts long so i guess it is up to you :) decisions decisions. Have yourslef a great weekend.

08-05-2006, 04:28 PM
Melissa, I'm so glad you posted!! :dance: :dance: All of these girls have so much to contribute and have made this thread an amazing place for support! It's truly remarkable how quickly we all came together too, just wait, you'll see! :D You know you will do this, beat this thing! You want it too bad! Loved your lightbulb moment today, just fabulous!!!

Anna, so sorry to hear about your heel! Ouchie!!!!! As far as pictures I am of no use, I'm sure one of the other girls will know for sure. Awww, your doggy sounds precious. I had been contemplating a bulldog for the longest time but came to the realization that my heart is truly with a pitbull breed.

Where is everyone? Post up and fill us in girls! :)


08-05-2006, 05:27 PM
I'm checking back in on another study break. Thankfully this is the last week of summer session. I just wish I had a little longer before fall semester starts.

Elycia, I think a single thread is just fine. It's kind of awesome that we're a whole support group category on our own so soon! I'm very glad you suggested this group, it's been wonderful so far.

Anna, you need someplace to store photos, yes. Photobucket is not the most reliable, from what I hear, but I have webspace that I pay for so what do I know. Flickr is a good place to post photos according to a friend of mine, so you might try them. They make it pretty easy to upload your pictures, and then all you have to do is click that little picture of the mountain on the top of the message window and tell it the url of your photo. It's pretty simple once you figure it out the first time. I'm terrible at explaining technical things in writing but I will try to be more helpful if you get stuck.

Melissa, welcome to the group, I'm glad Danielle talked you into posting : ) I just turned 34 and I'm a student too, though my last semester starts on August 28. I'm finishing my Masters in Library Science, but I'm doing the whole thing online, partly to avoid having to show up at a class and fit in skinny girl-sized chairs. It's a shame how much I've let my weight dictate what I do and don't do in recent years, which is most of the reason I'm here trying to change that!

Montana is so beautiful, you lucky thing. I lived in South Dakota for awhile, and Minnesota as well, though, so I know you pay for all that beauty with long, long winters. Anyway, welcome, and I hope you stick around.

08-05-2006, 06:16 PM
Oh Caroline, I gotta tell you I thouroughly enjoyed reading your journal. Girl, can you write, or what? I LOVED your thoughts on cleavage and the plus sized clothing!! Shot water out my nose on your "face it fatty" comments! :lol: :lol:... i'm laughing so hard right now just thinking about it, I cantt type! I hope you don't mind I read it, but gosh, I feel like I really got to know you. You're amazing!!!

08-05-2006, 06:25 PM
Thanks, Danielle! No, of course I don't mind, I put the link in my signature, after all : ) And I never turn down lovely compliments! Sorry about the nose-water thing, though. Ow!! The way I figure it, if we don't have a sense of humor about this stuff it will just drag us down, and that's not a place I want to be anymore. Plus, talking about it in public keeps me accountable. Now if school will just let up, I can post in my journal again!

08-05-2006, 06:52 PM
Well I'm definitely anxious to hear what else you have to say, you're very insightful. I am thinking about doing a journal, but not sure if I want it to be public. Altho', that may be just what keeps me honest! Thanks so much for the humor, we really need it in the fight we're in, don't we?

How's that schoolwork going? I sure don't envy you sweetie, but I know you're gonna do great.

08-05-2006, 08:17 PM
I've actually gotten a lot of work done today, though I haven't started the paper that's due Thursday yet. That's my big plan for tomorrow. Fun times.

I find journaling to be very cathartic whether you do it in public or private. For me public works best because that way I can interact with other people. If I'm just talking to myself I tend to get lazy and stop doing it, so posting someplace like Livejournal keeps me motivated to talk about it.

08-05-2006, 10:17 PM
Hello Girls! It's been quite a while since I've dropped in, but I just got done reading the (MANY!!!) posts that I've missed. Let's see how much I can remember...

u2girl--so glad to see that your power is back up and insurance will pick up the tab for your spoiled food. When we rented, we were sure to have renters insurance, too, although many people don't have it. Can we see some more pics of your girls?:) They are too precious!

Amany--you are so insightful! It seems like almost everything you've said has made total sense to me and is a lot of the same feelings that I have!

thistoo--you've lived in SD?!?!? That's home sweet home to me! I do see that you're smart enought to move away from the extreme heat/extreme cold though!

Sugar-n-spice--I've also been contemplating starting a blog for my weight loss journey as well. But, in reality, since I can't hardly find any time to post here, I don't think I would use it enough to actually be beneficial for me. I'll keep thinking on that!

Anna--you're quite the remodeler, eh? We're planning on finishing our basement this winter...I'll be asking YOU for advice;)

To everybody else that I've missed--I'm so glad to see that this group is forming such a bond. I hope to be more of a regular and not just a fly-by-night poster soon.

As for me, I'm a little confused. I've been steadily losing 1.5lb per week for the past 10wks by diet alone. I count calories. This week I started exercising (just walking for about 30-40min) and now my weight is creeping up:mad: I don't get it! I'm still within calorie ranges (1300-1500, usually closer to 1300) everyday, but yet my body doesn't know it. My official weigh in is on Tues, so hopefully things will be straightened out by then!

OK, gotta go check on the wee one...she's not feeling so hot today. I really hope it's just teething and not something else.

Take care! :hug:

08-05-2006, 10:45 PM
Hey Stacy, welcome back : ) I lived on the Air Force Base near Rapid City my last year of high school. My father was in the military at the time so I didn't get a vote, but I really enjoyed my time in SD. It's beautiful and everyone's so friendly out there. I'm not that crazy about Florida, to be honest, but once I'm done with school I'll try to find a happy medium between 100% humidity and frigid cold!

I imagine you're not really gaining weight. Your muscles are probably just hanging onto water right now while they get used to being used in new ways. It'll start dropping again before you know it. Don't give up on exercising, it'll help in the long run. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway!

08-05-2006, 11:10 PM
Hi Stacy! It's great to see you today and that you are doing so well. I wouldn't worry at all about what you think is weight creeping up...Caroline is right, you're using those muscles now so of course your body is wondering what the heck is going on. :lol: Once it figures out that you're not gonna starve it, the weight will start dropping again. Also, make sure you are getting enough calories in so you've got enough to burn all day!! You're doing a great job so far so don't give up! :hug:

P.S. I hope DD is feeling better!!

08-06-2006, 12:21 AM
Hello ladies:

So nice to see everyones post for the day. Ugh! It's been a long day. I've been working really hard to get this house cleaned. We just have so much stuff and it always looks clutter. I threw out alot of stuff today and will be throwing out more tomorrow.

Mia, I will be sure to post that site and any others that I find that help with WW recipes. That first site does have a section where it lists recipes and some are low point.

Anna, 4:00 a.m.? That is some of my best sleep. :) I hope you were able to get some sleep a little later on. I have not read the Curves book, but I hear that it is a good read. I also heard the the Curves program is a good one. After I get finished reading the 2 books I am reading now, I will see if my library carries that one.

Caroline, thanx for the congrats! That August points challenge, I have looked at a few times. It sounds like a neat challenge. Only thing is I couldn't find out what is the reward if you get the highest points at the end of the month? Or is there a reward?

Danielle, thanx for asking and I DID get my workout in today. Yay! I did the Leslie walk again. I will not workout tomorrow. She says that Sundays should be like a sacred day that we kind of pamper ourselves. I wanted to tell you that you helped me to exercise today. Since I wasn't officially starting until Monday, I was thinking about not even bothering today, but I logged in and saw that you had asked about my exercising and so I went ahead and did. Thanx Danielle! I need all of the activity that I can get. :) So glad to hear that your new next door neighbors are better.

Hi Melissa :wave: Glad that you decided to join us and I look forward to getting to know you and about your goals. Welcome!

Stacy, so glad to see ya. I tell ya, the weight loss thing can be confusing, so don't feel bad. Are you lifting weights? Your body is probably adjusting. What typically happens with me when my weight does funky things it is dealing with a set point and then my weight will drop. You are definitely doing the right thing by adding exercise, so keep at it, don't give up and you will be amazed. You will look in the mirror one day and be like "where did i go?" It's really amazing what exercise does to your body. I will try to get more pics of the girls. Thanx for the compliment.

Phew! It takes awhile when you do personals. :carrot: (I love the little carrot guy) Everyone have a great weekend! Amanda, Merrick, Aqua, hope to see you guys soon.



08-06-2006, 07:25 AM
Morning Ladies, wow I had a problem trying to log on today. Awake again at about 4am, hoping to go back to sleep, hmmm, My SO is trying to tell me to relax on vacation but there is so much to do and since he hasn't really seen me in the winter yet I guess it will be fine, I tend to turn into a hermit when it gets cold and enjoy the scenery of the winter in the woods ect.

Elycia The book is good now if I would stop faling asleep into it I would get more out of it, osmosis is just not working :)

Aqua haven't seen you in awhile or I am blind just to let you know we are having the start of some beautiful sounds of rolling thunder.

Caroline I loved reading your blogs in my breaks yesterday. You have some great ideas and oh loved the part about cleavge too funny. Thank you for allowing us to read it.

Stacy thank foryour comments, I completed my parents basement a couple of years ago although i really don't do plumbing or electrical i have learned to do everything else. I look forward to hearing your progress when you start :)

Well I had a very cleansingexperience here yesterday, started to finally clean out my closet of useless clothes and came up with a full bag for rags for the garage and about 5-6 bags i will either donate or throw depending on the shape of them, so now in the middle of the newly finished rtoom is a pile of clothes, and the rest of the house is a disaster aw well it all gets done in time, do i get to count laying floor for exercise? heehee. Alright ladies you all have a great day and if I missed anyone I am truly sorry, I haven't made coffee quite yet

08-06-2006, 07:26 AM
How is it going ladies. I am finally below 300 pounds and I am feeling great but at the same time I am still pushing to make that special 100lb loss marker. Have a great day ladies :)

08-06-2006, 07:32 AM
Morning Rkrs,
Good to see you, I just missed your post. Congrtas on making it into the 200's . you will make that 100 marker soon. I am so proud of you.

08-06-2006, 07:38 AM
Hello Anna- Thanks you so much for the kind words! Also the only thing different about phase two in the South Beach diet is that you get to add more what once was restricted food back into your eating plan. I don't know why but this just wasn't going to work for me. I tried it but I seemed to always go back to the phase one eating plan which was just too restrictive for me. However I think it is a great plan but SOuth Beach just wasn't for me.

08-06-2006, 07:56 AM
Good to know Rkrs and thanks for sharing that. I am going to try the curves plan, I like the phase one part, looks simple enough as soon as i figure out what to substitute for the dairy other than lactose free milk. So what are you doing up so early? Hope you have a great day.

08-06-2006, 08:53 AM
Anna- I can't help it I am up at 4 am like clockwork! I usually wake up between 3:30 and 4:00 but I make myself at least stay in the bed untill 4:00. Then I generally have the house to myself until abut 5:30 or six when my Dh and kids wake up. we are a very morining family:) I really like the curves plan. I have read about it and I wanted to join the club but the hours that they are open wouldn't work with my schedule.

08-06-2006, 09:33 AM
Congrats for making it to the 200's, RK! Great accomplishment. You are doing so great, I don't want to get discouraged by the 17 lb thing. Just keep focused and you will do just great! Your husband and family must be really proud of you and I hope that you are extremely proud of yourself.

Anna, so glad that you decided on a plan that works for you and finding alternatives. Please keep us posted on how things are going with the eating and how you are feeling.

Well, just a quick stop in. The girls are done with their bottles. Plus, I figure it is easier to do personals if I check in more often. :)



08-06-2006, 09:34 AM
I hear you ther about the hours, I generaly work graveyard shift and those hours just don't work at all though i joined anouther gym in town and they are open 530 am to midnite, now that i love and i have my own key to get in so on the weekends early i may be the only one there. can I ask what Rkrs stands for?
if not don't worry :)

OOPs missed you Elycia, Good morning, your girls are beautiful . I will let you know, have to make up the meal plans before i start then we will see, but i will keep you posted. I generally do best if i wqrite down what i am eating before the day begins. then i check it off as i go, sounds weird but it works

08-06-2006, 10:30 AM
yes--- RKRS stands for Rico, Kenya, Rico, and Shayla. Rico is my husband, I am Kenya, Rico our son who we call RJ, and Shayla is our daughter:) Silly isn't it!

08-06-2006, 01:52 PM
Good, afternoon, all! I'm a late starter, myself, but I swear I haven't been asleep all morning! I should have been working on that paper I still haven't started, but alas. I am seriously low on energy today because my TOM decided to surprise me a week early. Which at least explains why my body insists on holding onto water weight, so yay for that. I weighed myself anyway this morning and I'm back down that 6 ounces I gained, so maybe after TOM is over I'll have lost a little more. That would be a lovely surprise : )

Kenya, congratulations on the 200s! That is awesome. You've come such a long way already and it is truly an inspiration to the rest of us. The success stories of the people on this forum really do keep me going on the hard days, so I appreciate you sharing your progress with us.

Elycia, I don't think there is a prize for the August points challenge. I think it's just supposed to be motivational, which works for me because I do well with public accountability (hence the blog, and thanks, Anna! Glad you enjoyed). It doesn't seem like there are a lot of people participating, but it's summer. That's a busy time for many people.

Well, I should get around to that paper now. Or put it off a little longer and go swim some laps, if I can work up the energy. Mostly I'd like to crawl back into bed with a large bar of chocolate and watch movies. But I won't. Good thing I don't have any chocolate in the house : )

08-06-2006, 02:00 PM
Good Sunday Morning everyone!! I hope you are finding it to be a beautiful day! I know I've got a much brighter outlook than I did a few days ago, and finding this group is a big part of that. Thank you so much for the warm welcome everyone! whew this is a busy group...I LOVE IT! I'm gonna have to pop in several times a day to keep up with you LOL!

Anna....I hope your heel is feeling a little better today! You are right its vacation and you should spend the rest of it relaxing! It'll be over much too soon! There is always something to clean in the house isnt there? Seems like we can never keep up, although the laying on the floor isnt exercise all that hard work you are doing does! Not sure how anyone functions at 4am though! LOL!

Danielle....Thank you again for yesterday! You'll never know how much you mean to me!

Caroline....Its a very ambitious person who takes on summer semesters! I've not been that person thus far in my college carreer. How's the paper going today? Since I do take the summers off they get to be too long and I think I'm ready to go back again. How do you like taking the online classes? Do you find that you stay on top of things? I've wondered if I'd end up blowing it off for later if I went that route with a couple of my classes. The great place about where we live in montana is that our winters are very mild. We really dont get much snow (I wish we'd get more) but we have the BEAUTIFUL country too! I read your journal are an amazing writer! With your major are you planning on publishing?

Stacy....have you been taking your measurements along with using the scale to check weight loss? When you start a workout regimine you start to build muscle which is more dense than fat, plus you wont lose weight and inches at the same time. So if things arent going your way on the scale, chances are your measuring tape will show the losses. Dont get discouraged yet...sounds to me like you are doing GREAT!!! Congrats on some amazing losses!!! I hope your little one is feeling better today. that you've got your house under better control do you want to come do mine too? LOL! I'm with you on the clutter I just cant seem to keep up with it!

Kenya....WOOOHOOO!!! What an amazing accomplishment!! I'm very happy for you, congrats on a GREAT loss!!! Keep up all that hard work, onederland is right around the corner!! Way to go!!

Whew...I hope that was everyone! Today is my last "free" day so to speak. Tomorrow will be my official weigh in. I think I'm going to just stick with counting calories as my plan of attack. There is so much yummy fruits out now for snacks and yesterday I chose carrot sticks to nibble on instead of frenchfries. Could have lost the ranch I had with them, but babysteps right?

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!!!

08-06-2006, 02:12 PM
Afternoon Mellissa,
Glad your enjoying all these woderful ladies. I am only posting so much now as I am on vacation. I giggled on the laying on the floor part though, i meant laying the floor as in replacing it :) I just tore out the carpeting and layed tile these last 2 days.
My heel is much better at least it doesn't scream when i walk on it aymore, oops that could be the pain pill i took also aw well, heading out now so i should go dry my hair, going to the fair whoohoo, cotton candy anyone, just kidding

08-06-2006, 03:07 PM
Hola Chicas! :wave:

It's nice to see some girls checking in this morning. Of course I'm late late late again! So sorry about that girls, I was awakened by the neighbors again this morning. I was the only one too, so not sure if that's good or bad? :lol: Using that balcony again at 3am! For some reason they just have to talk at the top of their lungs out there. And if they aren't, well it certainly sounds like it from down here! :mad: People coming and going at 4am and the dogs barking for 10 min. I was shocked that no one else woke up, but alas, just lil' ole I'm tired. Grumpy. Achy. Sleepy. Did I mention grumpy? :D
Gonna be a long afternoon.....I think I may just go vacuum my ceilings again here in a bit!!! heehee :devil: :devil:

Anna, I can't believe you're almost done with your room! Definitely wanna see those pictures. Enjoy the fair, and back away from the cottoncandy! ;)

Kenya, you're doing an amazing job! Keep up the wonderful attitude, it will get you to your goal. All plans are not for all people so never feel guilty for not wanting to stick with one you try. Give yourself credit for trying to make it work, and a huge pat on the back for keeping on and finding something that will work for you! Big congrat's on making it to the 200's!!

Elycia, hey girly! I was thrilled to hear you worked out yesterday!!!! GOOOO YOUU!! Now I'm gonna have to take my own advice and get off my big butt! :lol: Enjoy your babies!

Melissa, good afternoon! Was wondering (hoping more like it) if I'd see you again here. Happy happy happy to see your big post this morning! :) I'm so glad that you feel like you've found your resolve to start making progress again. You can do this!! I'm right there with you lady. Ain't it strange how way back when we lost the same amount of weight with slimfast, gained it back the same time, and keep doing everything insync???? Weirdorama! I think we're still sharing the same brain is what it is! :lol: Enjoy your freebie day cause you know what tomorrow is, day #1 of your new life!!!!

Caroline, well at least TOM explains why you saw a slight increase on the scale. Relieved? I know I secretly would be! :lol: Gotta get on that paper chicky, won't write itself now, will it? ;) No chocolate and movies for you until you write your paper. There, that was my motherly scolding for the day. :hug: I don't know how you can even get thru school during the summer in the first place. You rock!

Well, I've officially blown the first week of my one month personal challenge. What the heck happened to me? I had so much resolve, so much motivation when I thought of this! Really need to do this, I know I can do this, so why don't I? Not quite sure what I'm waiting for but it really is quite annoying! Time to get with the program ladies, no more excuses!!!!

Have a great afternoon gang!

08-06-2006, 04:09 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words for me finally making it to the 200's. The support really means a lot.


08-06-2006, 06:54 PM
You're very welcome Kenya! You deserve it, look at how far you've come! I hope today is going to be another stellar day for you! :carrot:

Well girls, I vacuumed my ceilings. :devil: Can you hear it now? Scccrrraaapppee, over the entire ceiling!!! :devil: Took my sweet ole time doing it too, every nook & cranny, the windows, the blinds..and I wasn't exactly quiet doing those either! heehee ... really got the dogs going up there, nice and riled up...but hey, it was almost 11, they're lucky I didn't do it at 8am! Oh, but wait, yeah, I didnt, because I was TRYING to catch up on the sleep I missed between the hours of 2:30 and 5AM!!! Gggrrrrrrr!! Needless to say, it woke a few people up there trying to sleep, nurse hangovers or whatever, I don't really give a rats behind! :p :p

I think I'll go ride my bike now! :D


08-06-2006, 06:54 PM
Hello ladies! Sorry I missed a check in! I haven't felt so good the last couple of days so I'm resting. All is well though!!!

I will write more tomorrow chickies. :)

08-06-2006, 07:25 PM
We are on our way out the door to the river to cool off a bit so I thought I'd pop in and see what everyone is up to.

Danielle...ugh, I'm so sorry to hear about those idiots waking you up again. It is really weird how you and I seem to go through our phases together....lets make this one of those phases where we lose tons and NOT gain it back together shall we? LOL!! So no more waiting for us! It doesnt have to happen overnight, as long as we keep taking a step forward! We can do it! LOL...vaccuuming the ceiling...girl you crack me up! I hope it grated their last nerve too!

Kenya...83 lbs...girl you rock!!!

Aqua...I hope you are feeling better soon! Rest and drink those fluids!

Alright, time for a little fun in the sun! Keep on shining everyone!


08-06-2006, 08:16 PM
Okay so I can't sleep right now, I was reading the curves handbook for women last night. Found it in a garage sale this summer and am really liking the meal plans, simple and easy for me plus i like the idea of eating 6 times a day, one problem they have alot of cottage cheese or portions of dairy along the way that are confusing to me as I am lactose intolerant, hmmm will have to work on rewriting this menu . ( I still haven't found that veggie cheese that was talked about earlier. My SO and I are hopefully going to the fair today after I get the floor done.

Elycia, wow I have some reading to do, thanks for the sites. I know about those sometimer neighbors although i think someone got to mine a couple of weeks ago as they have been really good lately. They have good hearts i believe although they like to party it up.

Oh and the heat is finally breaking here in WI, only in the low 80's yesterday, yahooo

Mia, what does your name mean? Gahmilia? beautiful. I hope today is a bit better for you in the points area. I don't follow WW, so I am no help sorry. and what is a turbo jam? I am so confused :) I love ebay , found a rowing machine for $100 instead of what they wanted in the store, though since it is in storage right now i don't think it is doing me much good :)

Amanda sorry to hear about the cable company, they can be pretty frustrating so I hear. I live to far out for that and have satellite. hears to a better day for you. Btw it was my Grandfather Bday oops,

Danielle, glad it is a little quieter on the home front. love your nick for the guy Tattoo. pitbill, awww they are so cute at that age, IMO , neighbor lady has one and she is such a bundle of joy

Okay I really need to get soemthing done this morning, talk to you all later

hi flawless im not sure what my name means my father is hispanic and he is the one that named me, i think i may purchase turbo jam on ebay i heard the 1st 2 videos where really good for beginners, oh turbo jam is the kickboxing dance workout with better music than the old disco/techno music that most workouts use it is said to burn i think 1000 calories an hour i heard nothing but great things about it i have the billy blanks but it dosent really motivate me it seems more like a chore....

anyway congrats everyone for any goals that you accomplished
my weekend has been off but i found out why TMO the weird thing is im on the birth control pill seasonal i guess my body has to get use to it... but the cravings are killing me i ate way too many of hubby's good humor bars he knows not to have that stuff in the house lol

08-06-2006, 08:30 PM
Aqua, sorry to hear you're not feeling good. Rest up and get lots to drink. We'll be here when you're well again. :)

Melissa, hope you guys have a lot of fun at the river today! Definitely hoping that we lose lots and it stays lost! I, for one, am so ready to be done with this chapter of the journey, and move on to what awaits. No more waiting, no more excuses.
The vacuuming was so much fun today! :tongue: I hope they were bothered and irritated! Like I enjoy listening to then in the middle of the night! OH! And when they were on the balcony, there was a girl up there talking to someone on her cell via speaker phone!! She was yelling at some guy about her woes. Utterly ridiculous, but I couldn't bring myself to wake dh since he was actually sleeping. Then this morning I tell him what went on and he wants to know why I didn't wake him!Oye!!

08-07-2006, 09:20 AM
Oh Danielle, laughing so hard about you cleaning with the vaccuum this morning. too funny. so sorry your naighbors are being pests again also. some opeople just don't get it do they.

Kenya wtg girl, I am still amazed at how much weight you have lost.

Aqua hope your feeling better soon, sending a health fairy your way to speed it along :)

okay I had cotton candy, and a burger, and a hotdog and some cheese curds, hmmm but i won a stuffed dog :) alright bad on the food but man did i have fun. so many people, i also almost won this life size purple dragon. The vendor was getting pretty nervous. trhis thing was so big i wasn't sure where we were going to put it and my SO was so excited that he was going to give me more money to try again. I stepped back and had to think where the heck am I going to put a 6' dragon? heehee maybe hang it from the ceiling. my house is just not that big. well the room is done and now today is clean up and put it all back together. I did take some pics and just love the color with the floor but still can't figure out how to get it on here. Don't worry I paid for the cotton candy ladies, I haven't had that much sugar in so long that when I got home I had diarrhea , uughhh okay TMI, sorry. ooo and I found this great tapestry of gold and black that was all constellations and zodiac symbols. Only hard thing about the day is we did so much walking that my ankle was screaming by the time we got back to the truck.
history lesson here, I had an accident years ago where a car door hit my ankle and after surgery I ended up with about half the cartilage removed from my ankle. I know ouch so I will never be able to run far but most days it doesn't bother me anymore. I used to live for the cortisone injections. I haaven't needed one of those in quite awhilelike 2 years . guess I will have to dig out my brace for today. alot of stuff going into storage.
BTW anyone see the gas prices yesterday? ours jumped fropm 3.07 to 3.15 Acckkk then I read this morning that BP shut down an oil line in alaska due to a pipe line leak.
Okay gonna get moving here Hellos to everyone i missed and have yourself a great day. Sorry for the rambling.

08-07-2006, 09:27 AM
Good Morning Ladies! :coffee:

I'm still under the weather, but I'm having 3FC withdrawls, so I have to come :D
Thanks so much for all the well wishes, that makes me feel better already! :grouphug:

Basically, the liquid diet is a success because I don't feel like eating anyway... :lol: I'm gonna post my weigh in on the 10th. I have high hopes, but we'll see.

I am mired in severe grouchiness. Could be due to illness, could be due to food withdrawls- or both. Whatever the case I need to come back more often to seek support. I don't know if I can do it without you all.

Be back in a bit!

08-07-2006, 09:31 AM
Hey Aqua,
sorry to hear that, and yes please post a ton so 1. you start feeling better 2. we can help

glad to hear the liquid diet thing is working for you so far. I am happy for you.

08-07-2006, 09:39 AM
Thanks (((((flawlesscube))))) :hug:

Geez, I've missed you gals!

08-07-2006, 09:48 AM
We have missed you too, now no more hiding behind bad days okay, rant and rave all you want. If we can't help at least we can listen :)

I really need to learn how to do all those cute smilies

08-07-2006, 10:19 AM
There's a bazillion smiles when you push the "more" button. They are so cute.

08-07-2006, 10:29 AM
wow i am having a really blonde moment here, where is the "more" button?

08-07-2006, 10:40 AM
Never mind blonde moment over i think i found it :o :carrot:

08-07-2006, 11:25 AM
Hi guys!

So nice to see you Aqua and sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. We have been missing you. Glad to see ya!

Anna, you have been quite the post queen this morning. Just keep posting away! :)

A small victory today. I am down 2.5 lbs. Yay! :carrot: I am so happy that the scale is going in the right direction.

Well, I have some errands to run today. I will check in with you guys later on.



08-07-2006, 11:52 AM
Good morning to you all! I missed you so much over the weekend. I also missed my cable. The internet. And my house phone (VOIP)!!! :mad: :tantrum: We're still waiting. Now they're saying it could take as long as Tuesday.

Elycia - Thanks for the websites. I'm so glad you posted I found out about it last year and couldn't remember the web address. I've been looking for it. Thanks!

Anna - I love Ebay too. I even bought a car from Ebay for $400. It's a 94 Taurus station wagon that has never given me any problems. I've had it for nearly a year. I'm so glad your heel is getting better. You know, now that you're losing weight, you can soon replace all those old clothes with new ones! :)

Danielle - Isn't something how fast summer goes by? I knew the seasons were starting to change when my aloe vera plant started to lose it's "suntan". It's almost all green again now. I have somehow managed to fit 50 plants in my apartment. My succulents even have their own room. But that's a long story...
I loved that you vacuumed your ceiling. Good for you! It was so funny. Those clowns need day jobs. Then maybe they'll go to bed at normal times. Don't feel bad about slipping a little with your eating plan. Just get back on the horse. I seriously doubt if any of us will be 100% faithful the entire time. The most important thing, IMO, is just to understand the motivation behind binges and other habitually bad eating. An occasional slip up? No biggie. :) :hug: Today is a new day. Your resolve can be just as strong as it was before.

Melissa - Welcome! So glad to have you aboard. You're ready for the snow already? Except for a year in Arkansas, I've lived in Michigan my entire life. Last winter was the first time that I didn't complain about the snow. Seeing all that stuff about Hurricane Katrina changed my outlook on things. I would always look at the snow and say, "Well, it's not a hurricane.". If I could chose, though, the temp would always be between 70 and 90. No hotter. No cooler. The problem is that there'd probably be super-sized bugs with landing gear! :lol:

Caroline - I can't wait to read your journal. Good luck on the homework! I'm going back to school either in January or the following Summer. I don't miss the homework one bit.

Phoxie - I'm so glad that I've been able to help. That's the great thing about coming here, I think. We're all supporting and helping one another. Sometimes we're not even aware of it. ;) About the weight creeping up, I agree with Danielle, Caroline and Stacy. Muscle definitely weighs more than fat. Years ago, when I wanted to lose weight, I changed my eating habits and started working out. I lost only 5 pounds. But I also lost 2 dress sizes. Plus another thing with weight loss is that the body always wants to find stability. Most of us will probably experience some plateaus (set points) when, regardless of what we do, the weight loss will slow down dramatically. Or stop. But once our bodies realize we're not starving, will begin to lose weight again. This is why I want to get into the habit of only weighing every 2 - 4 weeks. So I won't drive myself nuts.

Kenya - Under 300! Congrats to you! You're a true inspiration to us all.

Aqua - I hope you feel better soon. I'm so happy for you and the results you're getting with the liquid diet. I'm glad you found what works for you.

Lately I've been thinking about my goal weight. I think I may drop it to 130. 150 is the weight that I'll be satisfied with; but I'd love to be 130. Lately I've been thinking I need to raise my standards. I still want to be a fox at 70 years old! Still fit and still exercising. So I figure I'm laying the ground work for that right now. If I can actually get to 130, healthily (is that a word? :lol: ) then I want to do it. And maintain it with a healthy lifestyle.

Well ladies, I'm off. I think I'll be able to check in often. Today is really slow for a Monday.


08-07-2006, 11:57 AM
Congrats on the weight loss Elycia!!

08-07-2006, 12:21 PM
Good Monday morning everyone!!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! glad to hear you had a great time at the fair!! My girls would have LOVED a 6' purple dragon! Not to worry about the food, it was one day, back on track today! Life is for living and every so often it calls for a hotdog! LOL! I hope your ankle doesnt give you too much trouble, sounds like you've really been through it with it. I think our gas prices are right around yours too, havent seen them today though and they sure do change fast. I had heard that pretty soon we are all going to think $3/gallon is cheap. Might as well get used to it I guess. I need to get another bike to ride to school instead of driving this semester.

Good Morning Aqua...gosh I hope you get to feeling better soon! thats no way to spend the summer, I suppose the upside is a loss of some weight. Would rather you felt better and were in a GREAT mood though.

Elycia....WAY TO GO!!! Congrats on an amazing loss!! that is some serious inspiration this morning!! Keep up the good work, its definetly working!!!

Amany....thanks so much for the welcome! You gals are the best! I love snow, although once Christmas is over I'm ready for spring LOL! I lived in Phoenix for almost 10 years and that is what really got me to appreciate the change of seasons. Your winters are much harsher than ours though, my family lives in Wisconsin so I know all about what you've gotta deal with! Katrina did give us a whole new outlook on things though didnt it?

Okay....truth time now. I did my official makeover weigh in and its 241.5...ouch! Thats just the starting point though, everything goes down from there! I took the first difficult step this morning in changing my life to be happier. And now I'm ready for breakfast! LOL!

I dont know about you but I'm ready to be fit and healthy!!! Enough excuses, the only thing holding me back is me and I'm just not gonna do it anymore! Are you ready too? Have a FANTASTIC day today everyone!!

08-07-2006, 12:34 PM
What's ONEderland by the way?

I was so bored over the weekend. No cable, no phone, no money and no internet...

So I weighed myself! 238! 12 pounds! I won't change my numbers until my official weigh in on Thursday though. I'll weigh in again that morning. I haven't lost a dress size or anything, but my clothes fit a heck of a lot better.

08-07-2006, 12:41 PM
Onederland is being in the 100s.

Way to go Amanda!!!! You are just shrinking away!!! I'm right on your tail now! LOL! Keep up the great work!! I'll save the official congrats for the official weighin!


08-07-2006, 12:51 PM
Wow. In the 100s....

It's been too, too long. I haven't been in the 100s in since 1997. When I get to 190-something I'm going to do something really special for myself. I have no idea what it is yet, but it's gonna cost my husband. :lol:

Thanks Melissa. :hug: I was so shocked. I knew I looked smaller but I was only expecting 241 at the least. It did my heart good to see that I was in the 230s.

08-07-2006, 12:56 PM
Dont you just love little milestones like that...amazing how a little number can make you feel so good!! Myself I'm looking forward to the 220s right now!


08-07-2006, 01:27 PM
Hello Ladies i know its been forever since i last posted on here. I've been okay. trying to get thru my finals for the summer. i'm still working out and eating right. i havent weighed and decided that i'm only going to once a month. anyways i had a question for you guys. I was wondering if you ever get blood filled bumps on you legs? and i mean mine are the size of nickles and usually purple from blood. they are terribly painful. i was just wondering if anyone else had them and what they did about it or if anyone knows anything about it and how to get right of them. thanks a lot!!!!

08-07-2006, 01:57 PM
hi everyone congrats on the weight loss im in the same boat you would think i won a million $ when i finally get to 199 it seems like its the hardest to get to
so far my morning is great i havnt got the exercise in yet but i will by this evening i might even mow the lawn today that is the best exercise...

08-07-2006, 02:55 PM
A new week! A new beginning! Are we all ready to take this week and do good things for ourselves?! I know I am!

Elycia, FANTASTIC job on the weight loss!!! I am so proud of you. All you went thru the last couple weeks and you keep at it. This is truly inspirational!

Aqua, I'm so sorry that you are still feeling oogie!!! I really hope that it goes away soon, but I'm jazzed that you're popping in to visit it with us still!

Anna, OMG a 6' dragon!! That is hilarious! I can just see you dragging that thing to the car and then driving with it! :lol: :lol: I'm sorry about your heel, sounds very ouchie! Who can go to a fair and not eat "fair food"???? Good grief woman, you had a blast and THAT is all that matters! Today's a new day! I'm glad someone enjoyed my vacuuming story and the little ways I am finding to harrass my neighbors! :lol: :p :D Supposedly the owner is some sort of financial anyalyst but I never see him leave here til 10'ish or so. NOT the sorta guy I want handling my money, how 'bout you! :yikes: He had given dh one of his business cards--back when he was trying to kiss our butts for the noise--telling us that we could call him at work if we needed to. Almost like he wanted us to see where he worked or something, it was weird is all I know!!! I told dh, yeah watch, we'll call and they'll be like, Adam who? Just like in all those thriller movies you see on tv! :lol: If we're home today, I just may NEED to vacuum again, I haven't decided yet. heehee :devil:

Amanda, hey girly! I was so happy to see you this morning! I spent the whole weekend wondering where the heck you were and then last night about 1am while I was watching a movie I remembered you talking about issues with the cable at home! :lol: My mind goes clear at the strangest moments, sometimes I really scare myself! LOL Will give you a "mini" congrats on the weight loss today! :D We'll save the big big one for the official day, shall we? Just wanna give ya something to sink your teeth in to for the next few days so you'll lose even more by then! How's that sound? Hey, you could always move to southern California for 70-90 degree weather! I grew up there but actually, Northern Cali is where I want to grow old and moldy. Big question is, are ya wanting to fork out tons of mula for a home! Freaking expensive out there I tell ya! There's always Hawaii too...but then's spendy there as well! Where is that money tree when you need one! ;)

Melissa, sounds like you're off to a great running start, good luck with that. Your weigh in wasn't too bad, at least you were prepared for the 240's, and it didnt end up like 250something, right! Or worse, 260! Got your plan in action, now all ya gotta do is run with it, I know you can do it.

Hi Britt! Long time no talk chicky poo!!! So glad to hear that things are going well for you still. As for the things on your legs, they sound like boils IMO. Are they hard-like too? Definitely don't wanna pick those if that's what they are, they carry lots of bacteria. Maybe someone else here will be able to help you with other ideas of what it could be! Don't be a stranger and post up to let us know how ya doing!

Mia, hello there! Have a great day on plan and definitely mowing the grass will burn you lots of calories!!! Keep up the great work, you're doing terrific!

Well girls, today dh is off so I got him in my hair all day. Altho, at the moment he is sleeping so I'm getting a bit of a reprieve! Neighbors were quiet last night, big shocker, I know! It was us last night that couldn't shut up! :lol: It must've been about 2am and dh starts crackin' jokes, just as we're turning the lights off, and trying to go to sleep. He had me crying with laughter for about 40 min. and it certainly felt like we were being loud! Then he yells at the ceiling, "hey! you getting all this up there?? Sucks to get woken up in the dead of night, don't it?!!!!". I was rolling!!! :rofl: :lol3: Okay, so we're really bad, huh? It was just so much fun at the time. Nice to fall asleep after laughing so hard vs. trying to go to sleep after being so upset because of the rudeness of others, for a change!

I am really excited to see what I can get done this week in the way of some weight loss and exercise. I really really need this and I know I want it, fear just paralyzes me though. No idea why either. :dunno: Just going to take it moment by moment and see how it goes.

I think we're venturing out today to do some back to school shopping. I am so dreading this! Gotta be done though, so best get a move on. I don't want to end up spending the entire day out in the heat with all the crowds of people, but at the rate this family gets up and moves, we will be! :dizzy:

Have a great day ladies!!!! Be good to you.

08-07-2006, 03:43 PM
I'm so irritated by people who expect you settle!

I've decided to change my goal weight to 130. Why on earth did I make the mistake of sharing that with someone? :rolleyes: She said that I should quit around 170 (Because she knows that I was a sz 12 when I weighed 170), and that would be good enough. And that's "good enough" because the average woman in America is a sz 12. That was so irritating! Why do people do that?? Why do they think you should settle for just "good enough"? Why not extraordinary?

I don't know why I'm so irritated by this, but I am.

08-07-2006, 04:01 PM
Sorry, I was so ticked off at "Ms. 170 Pounds" that I didn't say hello to you guys.

Danielle - You're so sweet! Thank you for thinking of me. It's so nice that you and your husband are able to just laugh together the way you do. My husband keeps me in stiches. Oftentimes at inappropriate moments! Since Hubby is in your hair today try to enjoy him. :D

Brat - I've never had those types of bumps. If it goes on for too long, check in with your dermatologist. Don't take any chances.

Mia - You'll be in the 190s very soon at the rate you're going. You're doing a great job.

Melissa - You're right about those little numbers meaning so much. 220s are right around the corner for you. Me too! :D

08-07-2006, 05:13 PM
Hello everyone:

Nice to see you Amanda and congrats on the weight loss. 12 lbs! That is wonderful! I know you have been working out consistently and I know that has helped. Keep up the good work!

I thought that onderland meant you've lost 100 lbs. Oops! Oh well. Either way, it is a great accomplishment. I sure can't wait until I am in the 190's again.

Girls, I tell ya, I had another one of those moments while I was out shopping today. Everyone is always telling me how beautiful my girls are and when people tell me that I smile so big and I'm so proud of them. Then later on, I walked past a full length mirror. Gosh, I look a hot mess. I'm not trying to be a downer for the board, but I just look awful. Overweight does not go well with me in ANY way. I don't look good, I don't feel good, just a mess. I have got to take this seriously. On the way home, I was just thinking of all the changes that I need to make in order to get this weight off. The bad part is I know exactly what I need to do in order to lose the weight. I know what works for me. The part I can't figure out is if it is laziness, some mental block or lack of structure or what it is as to why I can't make myself do everything that I need to do. It's frustrating. :mad:

I'm thinking though, that is a combination of things. I need a major overhaul. I think I read somewhere that if you look at someones house and/or car, you can tell alot about their personality. Remember the other day I was telling you guys about clutter. I honestly believe that the clutter in my house does represent the clutter of my life. There are so many things pieced together and I really have got to get it under control. I think once I get in control of some of the issues in my life, I will have more balance and I can be alot better off. I think I am a wonderful parent to my daughters, but that is so much of my focus now, that alot of other things are neglected. With the proper control and balance, I can be a better mother to them, plus better wife, student, sister, etc., you guys get the picture.

Well, like I warned, this is major ventfest, but I had to get it out, and what better place than to my fellow Winning Losers. Everyone take care. So glad that we found Amanda and Aqua, now we have to figure out where Merrick is.

Thanx for listening guys!



08-07-2006, 05:39 PM
Hi Amanda, I say go for it! 130 is very doable and not like you'll be starving to death either. I am 5'4" and want to get to 140 as my final goal. I would settle for 150, or 160 even, but my dream is 140 as a final. Don't let "miss 170" get you down, YOU know whats best for you. She may be comfortable at 170 but you don't have to be!!! You're smart about all this, you know what to do lady!!! And as for dh, omg I love the man to pieces! He can make me laugh like no other person ever has, and I love that because I so love to laugh hard. Certainly will enjoy him today, he's only off about once a week so it's a rarity to have daddy home with us!!!

Elycia, oh girl, how many times I have been where you're at right now. My kids are my entire world, I live my every breathe for these kids, and when people tell me how amazing they are I could just float away. I am where you are in regards of not being able to make it all click to together. I have yet to figure out what it is. The one thing that I am doing differently though is really really really trying to be kind to myself and not beat myself up for it. I have a huge tendancy to do this (Melissa can testify!) and then it derails me even further. I know you can do this, and I know you'll figure out how to get there. I think you may be on to something in regards to the clutter you feel is impeding your progress in many aspects of your life. Let us know how it goes and what you come up with, you're a fabulous lady so never give up! :hug:

OH, I forgot to tell you guys! I did manage to lose 1 pound this week! Can you believe it????? I guess I didnt eat as badly as I'd feared. Felt good to see a change on the scale today!!!!

Hope everyone is doing well! Lynne where are ya chicky? Oh wait a sec, didn't she say she was going on a vacation to CA to visit an old friend? If that's where she is I hope she's having a blast, and if not, Lynne, get your cute butt back here so we can talk at ya! :hug:

08-07-2006, 05:57 PM
Well, I'm about to pack up and go to my cable-free, telephone-free and internet-free home. Sigh...

Thanks so much for your encouraging words Danielle. I really do believe we can all reach our goal weights. We have a good group here. I was just looking at the posts from the day that Elycia started the our little group. We've come a long way already.

Elycia, I know exactly how you feel. Thinking of it can make everything seem hopeless. I know you can pull it all together though. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to revamp your entire life in one day. Take small steps in the right direction and you'll make a ton of progress.

I have to wrap this up. Have a great evening everyone. I'll check in tomorrow!!

08-07-2006, 08:10 PM
Good afternoon ladies!! My daughter has been monopolizing the computer all day, drives me nuts! I think I'm gonna have to invest in a laptop for myself. Its a scorcher out today...whew! Mia, I need to get my lawn done too but the heat keeps me from it! Excellent exercise, great job getting it done!

Britt...I've not heard of what you are talking about but I wouldnt ignore it, especially if they are painful. are about to win that onederland lottery! Keep up the good work! glad you guys had a good night with the neighbors! I'll keep my fingers crossed those keep happening! Ah, the dreaded school shopping. Not looking forward to that but at least I've got a few weeks yet to think about it. I hope you guys had fun today! Congrats on the loss!!! I'm so proud of you! No need to be afraid, I'm right there holding your hand! You arent alone in this! And you deserve all the amazing things that are going to come from this! go for that 130!!! there are always going to be people out there who want to keep you down. Because if you are at a lesser level than you want to be then that makes them feel higher...if that makes sense! I'm sorry you had to deal with that but dont let it stop you! You know what you want...who cares if the average woman is size 12....why be average when you can be OUTSTANDING!!!'ve been very inciteful today and I think you are so right! The outside very often does reflect the inside. I used to always say, I'm not unhappy because I'm fat, I'm fat because I'm unhappy. If you can figure out what it is thats making you unhappy (or cluttered as you put it) you can make those changes you need to get happy again. I feel the same way you do though, I go out and see overweight women who are really pretty, they look very nice, its as if Fat agrees with them. I dont have that look. The weight doesnt look good on me no matter how dressed up I am. I enjoyed your post today...keep looking within!

Well, I suppose I should go get something figured out for dinner. We were supposed to go to a baseball game tonight but I'm not really feeling like it. Hotdogs, chips and soda for dinner? Plus it looks like it might rain, although that could be smoke from the fires too. At any rate...have a wonderful evening all!


08-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Elycia i know how you feel. i'm only 20 years old and i'm over 300 lbs. i mean girls my age are supposed to be in daisy dukes and even being a lil slutty. well not really the slutty part but most have atleast had sex. I on the other hand havent and its been simply because i dont want anyone to see me naked. And i strongly agree with you. i give the excuse all the time that i cant cook, which is true but really i dont try to learn to cook either. so i order something. tonight for example i have finals tomorrow and the next day and then i leave to go home for a week or so. well thats my excuse to order food and not go grocery shopping and end up wasting food. i wish i had something or someone to kick me in the butt ever time i started to screw up. anyways enough venting or whatever.

I have a question for you ladies, have you ever tried slim in 6? i met people that use it and lost it. the only problem with that is most of these women were only like 170 so i dont know how great its going to be for someone as fat as i am. anyways hope everyone has a great night.

08-07-2006, 10:17 PM
oh ya i totally forgot. it looks like december of 07 i'm going to australia for a month and i'm staying in the town that my "boy toy" lives in. its a long story and the short version is i met him when i was 16. he was on vacation in mexico in the town that i lived in for 10 years, and he basically does everything i tell him too lol. so yeah i figured for my 21st my b-day present to myself would be to go and have someone to spend new years with. so now i have ever more encouragment to look good in a bikini, even if i have to dump him and find another cute australian lol love yaz

08-08-2006, 12:27 AM
Hello again ladies:

I am about to turn in for the night and saw there were a few more posts, so I decided to type out a quick message.

Danielle, thanx for letting me know that you understand. I hear what you are saying about being kinder to yourself. I am trying to do that, but just felt disgusted when I saw myself in that full length mirror. I am a very shapely girl when of normal weight and these days you would never be able to tell. I almost forgot myself. My girlfriends and I are going to Hawaii in February 08 and I really want that slim trim figure back by then. I've got plenty of time. Anyways, thanx for the positive words and understanding. You are a real sweetie.

Amanda, I hear ya about being upset about the 130 weight. People don't want you to succeed and be everything that you can be. Why should you settle at 170 when you want to be 130? You are doing so great with losing 12 lbs and you are on your way. Keep coming to our check-in and don't let those naysayers get you down. What size jeans will that make you? You are going to FABU!!

Melissa, I'm glad that you understand what I mean about not looking good fat. I'm one of those people that no business being fat. Not only do I not look good, but I have no idea how to dress. I guess because I am not comfortable at this weight, I just buy temporary clothes. Rubber waisted shorts and pants. Big shirts, ya know. I really hate dressing like this, but I don't really know how else to dress. But like you mentioned I have seen some ladies that are fat or overweight and their makeup is beautiful and they are dressed nice and they look great. I know that I should have confidence no matter what size, but I just don't. Maybe that is where I need to start. Like Danielle said, be kinder to myself and love myself a little more. It's just hard when you have a family and so many responsibilities. I'll figure it out. Thanx!

Brat, it's hard to get your mind set isn't it? Well, you have got a goal in mind, so that is good. Short term goals are a good way to get started. I mean it doesn't really matter what gets you started, as long as you get started. Austrailia sounds awesome! I have never been there, but definitely a place that I would love to visit one day. Don't think that Daisy Dukes stop in the 20's! :) Best believe that when I get to goal, I will have my shorts on showing off my new figure. :) It's going to take awhile and we will have ups and downs (it can be all in one day as you can see from my posts today), but it will happen if we just hang in there and keep focused.

Well, I better go to bed. I will check in this morning. Thanx guys! I really appreciate this group and I hope that we remain solid and strong.


08-08-2006, 08:15 AM
Morning Ladies, and wow what a wonderful sunrise,

Whoo Danielle congrats on the pound lost

Brat I have to agree with you a little but even at my weight I have a pair of daisy duke shorts. no i don't wear them in public but I do for gardening and around the house, I like the feel of them. Though I am looking forward to getting a smaller pair.

Brit sorry I haven't heard of that either unless it is a type of boil . Should be looked at and with it being painful it may need antibiotics. But get it checked out for your own piece of mind. Good to see you found your way over here.

Melissa, laughing at your daughter monopolizing the computer. My problem is when my mom comes over and plays computer games for hours on end and she tries to beat her high scores. I can't get on for like 5-6 hours. too funny

Well ladies. its the last day of vacation and I feel good about it. I am going to wait a few days before i weigh again as with TOM and the fair It looks like i may have gained 2 pounds back. and I am really have not been as active with not working right now.
Have a wonderful day

Elycia, just wanted to say it has been great to read your posts since you have been back this week. Hawaii sounds wonderful and you girl are going to rock the beaches. I am so thrilled that this group has turned out this way. It is my first stop in the morning to read online , even before dear abby now.

08-08-2006, 10:02 AM
It has been hard for me to find this thread again:) I am so excited about everyone's weight loss. Keep up the good work everyone.

Elycia- Hawaii.. that is so funny. My family and I are going in June 07! It will be for our tenth anniversary, a family vacation, and for me finally getting finish with nursing school. We are going to renew our vows on the beach. I am really looking forward to it. I am sure you will have a great time as well. Also congrats on the weight loss.

Amanda- I agree with Elycia. Try not to let negative people get to you. Girl you are going to look great at 130! Keep up the good work!

Brat -- I can't wait until I get my first pair of daisy dukes:) I think it would be funny if I could ever wear a pair

Anna -I hope you are enjoying your vacation!

Melissa- We have the same problem in our house with computers :) It is so funny because we always say we need a computer for each on of us.

I plan on dancing and reading today. Opps I forgot I need to do laundry and housework also. Looks like I will be busy... Have a great day ladies and again congrats to everyone on all the weight loss success people have had!

08-08-2006, 10:37 AM
Hey sweeties!

I'm still lingering, I just don't feel well at all. I'm going to have to call my doctor today. I think this might have something to do with the heart surgery I had a few months ago. I am so short of breath, I was up almost all night. Could be due to healing of the heart ( then again maybe it's a chest cold :shrug: ), but it isn't worth not checking on it. It's over strenuous for me just to walk to the front door. You might not see me much for a day or two. I still love you all, I'm just laying down.

See you soon!

- Aqua

08-08-2006, 11:28 AM
You all are just so great. Thank you for all your support and allowing me to vent. I definitely will go for 130. I guess I shouldn't let people make me that irritated about what my goals are. The person from yesterday won't be the last one, will she? Eventually I will probably just have to get used to it. In fact, I'm sure most of us will encounter such people.

Melissa - One of my friends was just complaining to me about her 14 year old daughter. She was on her cell phone, the house phone and then she was trying to rush her mother off the computer because one of her friends had sent her an instant message. lol Kids are a demanding bunch aren't they? :)

Brat - I've never heard of Slim in 6. Is it some type of 6 week program or something? I understand about wanting to feel sexy. I think most woman do. We love to feel sensual. Have fun on your trip to Australia. I would love to have traveled the way you have (and are going to). Don't get overwhelmed by the cooking. Maybe just get some veggies for salad and some canned tuna sometimes. Or (even though it's cooking) broil some chicken breasts. All you'd really need for seasoning is a little salt and pepper. You can also microwave frozen veggies. Maybe try some oatmeal and skim milk. Or some other type of cereal and skim milk for breakfast? Fresh fruit? I'm sure there are many options for the cooking impaired. ;)

Elycia - Try not to feel too down. I was rushing to leave yesterday afternoon and I didn't get to respond the way I would have like to. I agree with you that our physical appearence is often a reflection of our lives. Or vice-versa. I think the key is to take small, meaningful changes instead of overwhelming ourselves and possibly setting ourselves up for failure.
Gosh do I understand not liking your appearance. And being shocked by it. Do you remember the day I caught a sideview of myself while I was sitting down and started freaking out? It's still not a pretty sight! But I know that if we all just really keep plugging away at it, one day at a time, we'll all reach our goals. I can't tell you how much I want all of us to be successful. Not just myself.

Aqua - Where are you chicky?? I hope you're feeling better. Check in with us, ok?

Well, I'd better go. By the way I'm still fighting with Comcast. They are just so awful! I just want to get rid of them all together. I am a Fox News junkie, but I just don't need cable that doggone bad. Not to keep putting up with this crap! I'd rather just use Yahoo / Sbc dsl. But my husband reminded me that we'd then probably have to get a land line phone and change our phone number. I left a message for the lady that manages our apartment building to see if we're allowed to get satellite. We'll see...

08-08-2006, 11:30 AM
I didn't see your post Aqua. I was typing on and off when I got a moment. Please, please, please go to the doctor. Don't put it off any longer. Let us know what happens.

08-08-2006, 11:53 AM
Morning ladies:

Hopefully everyone is starting today with a positive outlook. That is my goal. I've got another interview today. It is part time at a doctor's office. I'm going to be positive and say it going to be great day and a great interview!:D I'll let you guys know. I still haven't heard back from the one from last week. The storms pushed everything back so it may be a while before I hear anything 1 way or another.

Brat, I forgot that you had asked about SI6. Uh, it is okay. You have know my personality. I have a ton of workout videos and it's that way for a reason. I can't stand doing the same workout over and over. I need variety. SI6 is in stages and you workout 6 days per week. There is 1 workout that you start out with and you do it for 1 or 2 weeks depending on your fitness level. You decide. There are 2 or 3 more stages and you do them for weeks at a time as well. Honestly, it bored me to tears and I really did not see physical results. However, I do feel that my fitness level did improve. Of course, why wouldn't it? I was working out 6 days a week for 6 weeks? If you don't care about variety, you may love it. Debbie Siebers is so cute and alot of people seem to like her style. I think it is a great way to get yourself working out on the regular basis. If you stick to it the full 6 weeks, working out is definitely a habit at that point and you are on your way. If nothing else, it helped me with that.

Mia, I think a while back you asked about Turbo Jam. It looks so fun and it is fun, but it is not that easy. It looks like you are just dancing and having a good ole time, but I tell ya, it will wear you out. Also, beware of Beachbody. Everyone on the fitness boards know how Beachbody will screw around with your credit card. Keep a very close watch on your statements and make sure they don't doublecharge you or anything. I know one lady on one of the boards complained because they kept charging her over and over. It got to the point that people quit ordering from them and just bought used. I hope that you don't encounter any problems like that.

Amanda, you are right, you will always encounter negative people. My mother, I don't know if she does it on purpose or what, but she can be so negative. Anyways, you will encounter more people when you get to 170 saying "You look good, you don't need to lose anymore weight" or "Stop losing, you are going to waste away", yeah, yeah, yeah! It is up to you. The lower your BMI, the better health you will have. If you get to 170, or 150 or 135 and you decide you are happy, so be it! I remember when I was only about 20 lbs overweight and people would tell me, "you don't need to lose any weight." It wasn't until later that I realized that it doesn't matter what others may think. I have to be happy with the way I look, the number on the scale, the body fat percentage, whatever. It comes down to ME! So you do whatever you think is best Amanda and don't let anybody stop you. :)

Aqua, I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling so bad. :hug: Please go get yourself checked out. We will all feel alot better knowing that you have. If/when you get an opportunity, please let us know what the doctor says.
I'm sending {{{{{feel good vibes}}}}} your way.

Anna, thanx for the positive words and encouragement, I appreciate it! I am still looking for the before and after pics. :)

Well, I better go get ready for my interview!



08-08-2006, 12:02 PM
Kenya and Anna I missed you before. Sorry!

Maybe what we should do is all buy some Daisey Dukes and take pictures in them when we reach our goals or mini-goals. lol

I have two pairs of London Jean shorts by Victoria's Secret that I would looooove to wear again. One pair is green and the other is hot pink. I absolutely refuse to throw them away. They're both size 12. Speaking of Victoria's Secret....

I miss Victoria's Secret so much! I can't wait to buy a bunch of sexy underwear from them. I love the two sales they have every year. One is after Christmas and the other is usually in June. And I used to love their London Jeans! They fit me just right. How did I ever allow myself to get so darned fat??!!

08-08-2006, 01:23 PM
I totally feel you Amanda. I mean i look in the mirror and its like WTF!!!!!!!!! maybe its because i didnt have a full length mirror until now or something. I mean honestly i knew that i was bigger than the other girls but i dont think i realized how bad i looked. some guys no matter how big the get are always beautiful, i'm not one of those!!

Aqua- take your butt to the ER. thats not anything to play with. ive had chest colds and ive had to go to the ER to get shots for my fever and meds. you really dont want nemonia.

Elycia, good luck with the interview!!!!!!!!!

Kenya- when we get to the point that we can wear the daisys and look good we will all have to party it up and make some really cute ones.

Anna that awesome you feel comfortable in daisy dukes! i wish i could be that confident and comfortable with myself!!!

Melissa- as for your kid...well yeah get another comp. if she is anything like i was at 14 you wont even get to look at it unless she it at school or asleep!!!

Oh yeah Amanda about ur friend...i have those too. one girl in my govt probably weighs 150 but she isnt fat and i'm going to assume she has a lot of muscle. i told her i wanted to weigh 140 so i still had an *** and boobs and i would be a skeleton like most of the celebraties now a days plus i'm 5'7 so to my that would be perfect. she told me that i was totally crazy and i shouldnt go under 160. i didnt argue with her but i told her since its been so long since ive been that weight i really dont know what i would look like or what would make me feel good, but inside i was like are you freaking crazy???? thank god i have some friends that tell me to get off my *** and work out and that being 140 might still be a lil to much and to just get breast implants lol.
Oh yeah also i was wondering if any of you have thought about plastic surgery after this? i know i'm going to have to have it.

Well ladies i have to finish getting my stuff out of the living room. the apartment people are supposed to come and clean everything and replace carpet and whatever for next year and i was supposed to have this done yesterday!!! lol ttyl

08-08-2006, 02:38 PM
Good morning everyone!! Yes, my girls are still sleeping so here I am! LOL! Lets see if I can get caught up! LOL!

Brat....what are you going to school for? I'm a student too, but I'm not brave enough to do summer classes! I need my break! LOL! I've never tried slim in 6 so I'm of no help to you! Australia for your 21st!!! How fun is that gonna be! And lots of motivation to stick to plan and get bikini ready.

Elycia...keep journalling girl! It seems to me like you are really working through alot lately, and you are gonna figure it out. I think it was Oprah who said you've gotta love yourself and your body before you are going to want to do anything about making it better. Being kinder to yourself and figuring out that there is something to love about your body will take you in that direction. Even if you've gotta start with your toes...I bet you have really CUTE toes! LOL! Hawaii!!! Oh I'm so jealous! Good luck at your interview!!

Anna...I hope today is the best day for you!! Sorry to hear vacation is ending already. Are you drinking that water to flush out the fair salt? I hope you do realize you didnt really gain 2 lbs...its all bloat! I'd stay off the scale too...scales are for fish anyway!

Kenya...Hawaii for you too!! How fun! and great motivation. I hope you have a fantastic day today...being busy will keep you out of trouble, at least it does for me anyway LOL!

Aqua...please say that you've called your doctor now. Its been going on for too long and if you've recently had surgury you REALLY need to check in and make sure its not just a cold.

Amanda...dont let ANYONE tell you what you can do! And no, that person wont be the last. Its funny when you lose weight and start getting healthy how it really changes other people. Its almost scary, but you find out who really does care about you! My daughter is only 11 and shes starting this teen stuff! I might go crazy LOL! Doesnt matter how you got fat...the amazing thing now is that you are shrinking!!! And doing such a great job at it! Victoria Secret will be taking your money soon! LOL!

I read a couple of good books last night. Micheal Thurmond (he works with the people on exteme makeover and the swan) he's an amazing trainer. Anyway his book 6 day makeover, was pretty informational. His plan is pretty strict, nothing I could do longterm but maybe for a quick jumpstart/detox for 6 days. Something I found very interesting is he said that the elliptical isnt a good exercise for fat burn, that you burn too much sugar working that hard and not fat. He suggests just walking or jogging or stationary bike on a low setting. I used to do the elliptical for an hour and not lose much at all, now I know why!

The other book I read was Denise Austins Melt your Female FatZones. I think I'm going to follow her workout schedule, just walking and strenght training targeting my fatzones. Her eating plan is 6 weeks and its much more doable although pushes alot of dairy. Not sure I want to follow any specific plan though, I think I just want to watch my portions and make good choices while working out. It'll be slow going but I'll get there. Still thinking on it!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day today!! Be good to yourselves!!


08-08-2006, 03:22 PM
Okay making soup quick while I catch up on posts, holy cow ladies you all have been busy this morning. Last day is fun, family came over to borrow the trailer and had to call someone else because SO took the keys to work and he is 45 minutes away aahhhhh. ah well. daisy dukes all around ladies, in a year I think a group pic photo shopped to put us all in them would be great :) Then Melissa I love your comment about scales for fish. too funny, though the water in my nose is still stinging thank you.
Well now that the day is half over I am going to crawl into pj"s and relax the rest of the day . Will try to get to personals a bit later, so please forgive for now. Have a rocking day ladies

08-08-2006, 03:33 PM
hi everyone how are you guys doing? so far i have been okay i didnt get to mow the lawn yesterday but i walked the dogs with hubby... anyway i could really use your help on this i know it may seem silly but trying to figure out how would i calculate the calorie or mutriton value on these blueberry muffins
the recipe is
1 whole egg
1/4 cup of milk
and then the package of mix says
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 cup (38g/1.3 oz.)

Servings Per Container about 5

Amount Per Serving Mix
Calories from Fat

Total Fat 6g*
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol <5mg
Sodium 310mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

i cant figure out if its 170 calories for the whole box of mix or 170 for 1 muffin?
im really confused please help

08-08-2006, 03:38 PM
Hi Girls! :wave:

You've been a busy bunch again today, so great to see! I got so-so sleep. Stayed up late watching episodes of season 1 of Lost with dh, got ready for bed around 2am and usually takes me a good 30 min. to get my brain to slow down :lol:...sure enough around 3am "Tatoo" from upstairs comes home with a bunch of people. Where do they go, but out to the balcony! Just as I had started drifting is when they show up and someone drags a chair across the ground up there so it's ultra loud where I'm at. Ack! So of course I'm up now and listening to them. Thankfully they weren't out there all that long, but dammit they woke me up AGAIN!!!! We tried calling security; their lines were turned off! WTH???? Luckily it got quiet sooner than later or I'd have called the police. So I ended up being awake til darn near 5am. Down with condo/apt. living!!!! :rollpin:

Anna, thanks for the support. 1 pound is 1 pound, I guess? Trying to be excited about it, but somehow in the grand scheme of things and you know you've got over 110+ to lose, and only 1 leaves??? somehow have a hard time getting all warm and fuzzy inside. :lol:

Elycia, I wish you nothing but the best for your interview! :lucky: I know you'll do great. I can certainly relate not feeling great about your appearance. I HATE the way I look in clothes, out of clothes, anything! Just kills me how some of this heavier women can pull off some really beautiful looks and I'm left looking like frumpy & dumpy. I think alot of it has to do with that for as long as I've been so heavy I REFUSE to spend the money on clothes for myself. I hope that today you are feeling better and yes, definitely being kind to yourself! Let us know how your interview goes!

Aqua, I REALLY hope you've gone to the dr. and are not waiting a moment longer! I'm worried about you hon, please keep us posted!!!!

Amanda, I cant believe how much problems you're having with your cable provider! I HATE our cable, we've got a start up of some kind that is contracted with this property and we are not "allowed" to get anything else. We didnt realize this of course til after we'd signed our first lease. It sux!!!
You just keep hanging onto those jeans of yours girly, you'll be wearing them before you know it AND shopping for more! :D I'm with you too, when I reach 199, it's definitely gonna cost dh some bucks! :lol: Love that!

Kenya, you just keep on dancing girl. Dance yourself all the way down to goal if that's how ya wanna do it! Good for you! Oh, and as for that housework? It can wait til you're done shakin your tailfeathers, I'm tellin you! ;) :dancer:

Britt, I hope you got your furniture all moved. Nothing like waiting til the last minute, is there? That is my life! :lol: Do the best you can with cooking stuff for now, but there is going to come a time when you are really going to need to take the time for YOU to do it right and cook great for yourself! I know how hectic your life must be with school, etc. Just don't put yourself last anymore either is all I'm saying!

Melissa, you made me giggle about your comments to Elycia about cute toes! I DO have cute toes! That is probably the one thing I like about my body! :lol: Hey, never said I was the queen of positive self-reinforcement yet, but I'm slowly learning to find things I like about myself! A work in progress! I've watched the informercials for Michael Thurmond, he's got a great work ethic for sure. Not sure I could follow his plan either, but I'm glad you found some great info. I cannot believe the stuff about the eliptical!! That is big news! Now, Denise Austin is a whole other story, that woman just gets on my nerves! At least you didnt have to hear her while you read! HA! Whatever you decide, I'm sure you will find success!

Well, it's time to get cleaned up and get going. I'm playing the role of chauffer today for DD, like I've got nothing else better to do!? Sure I do if you wanna think laundry, housework.....nah, didn't think so! :D

Be good to you!

08-08-2006, 03:45 PM
Looks to me like those are the facts for 1/4 cup of the muffin mix, what I would do is figure out how many calories in the whole package....5x170 = 850 calories, then add calories for one egg which is about 80 calories and 1/4 c milk is about 25 calories (skim) so thats....

955 calories if you ate the whole package. So divide that by the number of muffins you make and it should be pretty close.

Hope that helps some!


08-08-2006, 04:28 PM
Dang blasted Comcast!!!

The repair guy is finally there. Those people at the cable company lie so much. First they said the problem at our apartment, then they said our area, then it was an internal problem and now it's at our apartment again. I hate them. Unfortunately they have Detroit sewn up for cable television. I'd like to just cancel it, but my husband won't go without Fox News or boxing. Our building won't let us get a satellite because they'd have to drill through the bricks. I am, however, going to drop them for internet service. I've already ordered AT&T service for both my dsl and phone. So at least we won't be at Comcast's mercy for those two things. My poor husband can't enjoy his vacation because he's had to be tied at home for three days.
This is just so dumb. We live on the edge of the city. If we lived half a mile west, we'd be in another city and have another provider. Oh well, the boundary has to be somewhere I suppose.

I'm glad to see so many people posting today. Isn't it just great?!

Anna - Relax girl! You've certainly earned it.

Mia - Mowing the lawn? Walking the dogs? It's all exercise and it all counts.

Danielle - Dang blasted Tattoo!!! What the heck is wrong with those people?
I've never seen more than a few minutes of Lost, but I heard it was really good. BTW, I'm definitely keeping those shorts!

Elycia - Good luck with the interview!!!

Aqua - Please check in when you can. We want to know what the doctor said.

This really sweet lady at my job brought me a coffee can filled with beautiful flowers from her garden. There are ants all over the place! Plus, now my eyes sockets hurt, my throat tickles and I'm itching. I don't know if I'm itching from ant bites, pollen or just because I know the ants are here! Will I get rid of the flowers? Heck no! I love them and she was really sweet to bring them to me. I'll have to find my Benedryl tomorrow and bring in some ant spray. :D

I'll check in later!

08-08-2006, 05:43 PM
Amanda that really is a bummer about your cable. Even bigger bummer is dh being tied to the house on his vacation! Well at least you'll be able to stay with us at home too using your new dsl provider! Woo hoo! I have never shopped at VS in my life, but you better believe I'm gonna when I lop off some of this weight! :lol: in the newer mall out here there is a huge VS that is packed with tons of beautiful things. I can't wait!
Sorry about the ants. That was really nice of her to bring you flowers. I bet you've got the heebie-jeebies since you saw the ants. I know I would! Or, do you have bad allergies? I hope you can keep enjoying the flowers they make
me smile.

Mia, hello! Your recipe looks like its 5 servings total? Looks like ti would be 170 cal for 1/5 of thee whole? I am really bad about reading recipes/labels so hopefully someone will rescue both of us on this one! :lol: how is the rest of your day going?

08-08-2006, 06:00 PM
LOL, oh Amanda, you are really having a day of it arent you. good grief!! A nice gesture bringing flowers but ugh! I hope you are finding a little relief this afternoon.


08-08-2006, 06:05 PM
Hi MIa,
Okay 850 for the entire box and if you got 5 muffins made each would be 170 calories.
this already includes the milk and egg in the serving calorie size.

NOw if you can actually make 6 muffins out of the box and make a nice half dozen each muffin would only be 142 calories. YEAH that sounds so much nicer :)

Anyways, hope this helps.

08-08-2006, 06:40 PM
I dont think they include ingredients you have to add to a package of muffins. I'm pretty sure that the mix is without the addins so you have to add that in. Because these nutrition labels have to have a certain degree of accuracy and they cant know if you are gonna use whole milk or skim or if you use egg substitute or extra jumbo eggs. Anything you add to a product you have to add in those calories first.

think of a pudding box, they tell you the nutrition facts of just the package (as packaged) and then it specifically says....1/2 C prepared with fat free milk and give you those nutrition facts.

so you'd take the 850 calories for the whole box of muffin mix, add the egg (80 calories), add the milk (25 calories) for 955 total calories for the entire package of Prepared muffins. Then depending on how many muffins you make that will tell you how many calories are in each muffin...roughly anyway it wont be exact since it isnt exactly measured.


08-08-2006, 08:09 PM
well I'm glad there's someone on here with a brain! Someone figure out these muffins for the poor girl so she can eat them in peace! LOL

Anna, how's the rest of your day been? I can't believe it's almost time for you to go back to the grind, where did this week go???

Hope everyone else is having a great Tuesday! :grouphug:

08-08-2006, 09:52 PM
Hello all. I'm back online!!

Good gracious, I was posting so much at work. Now that I'm at home I have nothing to talk about. :lol:

Danielle - Sometimes I'm bothered by pollen and fresh cut grass. I think I'll be ok though. The flowers are so beautiful. I'm bothered more by the ants!
If you have a new, big beautiful VS, buy many pretty things there as soon as you can!! :D I plan to enjoy the end of the year sale this time. I'm determined to be ready for it!!

Melissa - Whew, yes! It's been quite a week. But things are starting to look up.

Mia, I hope you got a chance to enjoy your muffins.

Hey does anyone watch Celebrity Fit Club? Of course I missed the first episode over the weekend because of my cable, but I plan to watch a rerun of it. I'm one of the few people who admit to having watched Flavor of Love. I just thought it was the funniest thing ever.

08-08-2006, 10:21 PM
Hi Amanda,
Yes I watch it also, I liked most of the seasons so far but was dissappointed in season 2 the end anyways., did you catch the follow up they did last week of were they are now now that they are off the show for a couple ofmonths. pretty cool. Sorry to here about the ants but i am sure the flowers are beautiful. what a wonderful gesture. I brought some lillies into work last week but minus the spider i found on them . icky

Danielle, vacation was great. got to do a few things unexpected and finished the room i was working on. happy week. not ready to go back to work, got used to sleeping at night. tomorrow should be interesting when i try and nap in the afternoon :)

Have a great night everyone

08-08-2006, 11:35 PM
Hi Amanda! :wave: I'm so glad you're with us in the evenings now. Um, yeah, pretty much have made dh promise to get a credit card for VS as soon as I'm ready. Trust me, it wasn't very hard! :lol:

WellAnna we're gonna miss you being around more often, now that work is gonna start getting in the way again. I'm glad that you did have a great week off tho, seems like you got a lot done along with some fun!

08-08-2006, 11:54 PM
lol I LOVE FLAVOR OF LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

08-09-2006, 02:45 AM
LOL...dont tell anyone but I watch Flavor of Love too! I'll never admit to it later though. I'm not sure about any of you but if I poo'd on someones floor I would leave immediately and send someone else for my bags later! LOL...ugh! Only on Flav I tell ya!

And I watch Celebrity fit Club too. Kinda nice to see Carny Wilson on there, and Tina Yothers and the Baywatch girl those are the ones I really hope to see succeed.

Okay my girls just figured out that the fish died so we are off to have a funeral! I hope everyone is ready to have a fantastic Wednesday!!


08-09-2006, 02:57 AM
Ok, I confess, I watched Flavor of Love last season. It was like an accident, you couldn't help but keep watching! :lol: I am such a sucker for reality tv tho, it really is pathetic. :D and to think it all started way back when the first season of the Real World came out! Man, I do feel old!

Celebrity Fit Club has the heaviest people on to date for this season. Should be interesting to watch. I hope they're all successful. Does anybody watch Biggest Loser? Now there is some major motivation! If that can't get you excited to want to lose weight, I don't know what will.

Hoping for a quiet night, altho there are quite a few people upstairs still. My mood is somewhat fragile at the moment after I overheard a conversation the guy above us was having while standing on his balcony with another neighbor who happened to be going by. I missed the beginning but mainly they sat there complaining about what a bad job they though the HOA was doing, regarding various thing on the property such as certain amenties,etc. Now granted, he was standing out there talkin at the top of his lungs but I was doing my darndest to play Nancy Drew. :lol: All a sudden I hear him start to talk about us and basically denying all the complaints, saying we're impossible to get along with. The kicker is that he told this other guy how much he has altered his lifestyle to keep us happy. What? Did I miss something somewhere! I couldn't believe it! He then just went on telling him in detail of all the complaints and how he was sick of it all, etc. He flat out feels like we are doing this to get them. Yes, that's it exactly! I live for those 4am moments so I cn get on the phone and "tattle" on them making up stuff! He's found me out girls. I'm sorry, I know I'm blabbering on like an idiot but this guy is really under my skin now. This happened hours ago and I am still stewing about it. I was so upset after it happened I couldn't even eat my dinner. Why does this have to be so hard?? All I want is a quiet place to live, raise my kids in peace & quiet.

Alright, shutting up now and going to veg in front of the tube for awhile.

See you in the morning! :wave:

08-09-2006, 07:59 AM
:hug: Oh Danielle, :hug:

I can't believe they are still up to there high school mentality. Too bad your not getting this on recorder. Good luck girl, I just wish there was something else i could say. You are right about wanting to raise your kids in a normal environment. I guess his normal is a bit different then ours. :dizzy:

08-09-2006, 09:12 AM
Oh I almost fprgot Danielle, though i don't think you can do this in town :) When my neighbor lost his job a couple of months ago he would have loud drunken parties almost every night, so after about 2-3 weeks of this I would set off a fire cracker to let him know it was a bit too loud, I do work graveyard shift. after a couple of firecracker he knew to turn down the music or I would be mowing the lawn early early early, okay maybe 5am is a bit extreme for mowing ther lawn but wow did it work. I have a personal name for this guy " Bubblehead" though I almost called it to his face once. He just doesn't get that I moved to the country to get away from the noise, well he does now or his hangovers can't handle my ole mower heehee.
okay i have to get laundry done today, any onel else?

Aqua, how is your liquid diet going and how are you doing girl?

Melissa sorry to hear about the fish, never heard of the "flavor of love " before. maybe someone can clue me in one that one

08-09-2006, 09:39 AM
Danielle - I'm so, so sorry about that awful neighbor. On top of being an a**hole he's a liar too. I really hate that you don't even have the option of getting out of your lease. I guess you should just keep complaining they get loud and do whatever you can do on your end. It sucks though. I'm really sorry.
Planned VS trip? Good for you! I think I'll celebrate being in the 100s by going there. I'll wait until their end of the year semi-annual sale. Although I really, really hope to be in the 170 - 180 range at the most by then. I have an extra motivation. When I saw the doctor at 250 she advised me not to even try getting pregnant until I lost about 80 pounds. I think the sexy underwear will speed up the baby making process. ;)
I started my reality tv addiction with Real World 1 also. It's become a tad too racy for me over the years though. Good gracious, I'm starting to feel old too. :lol:

Anna - I missed the follow up show. Dang it! I kept hoping they'd do one. I'll have to look for it. More than anything I really wanted to see Ralphie, the comedian, keep his weight off. He was just so, so sweet. I'm glad you were pleased with your vacation.

Melissa - How old are your girls? Are they really sad over the fish? I missed the episode of Flavor of Love when someone poo'd on the floor. Oh man! I hate I missed it! He's just the craziest.

Aqua - Any news yet?

I have seen one or two episodes of The Biggest Loser. I think I'll tune in this season, along with Celebrity Fit Club. They will probably motivate me and help me to stay focused. I'd heard that a second season of Flavor of Love was going to start up this year. I'll have to look it up and see when it's supposed to happen.
I can't believe he chose Hoopz! It was obvious the girl wasn't even into him. Even though she was the prettiest (IMO), so I guess I can see why he'd choose her. I think it would have been hilarious if he'd chosen New York the nut though. Could you imagine how great the follow up shows would have been. She's nuts + He's nuts = great show! :lol:

Well, ladies I'm off. I'll be checking in soon.

08-09-2006, 09:41 AM
Didn't see your post Anna.

Flavor of Love is like a much sicker version of The Bachelor. And Flavor Flav is the "prize". Ha, ha, ha...

08-09-2006, 09:51 AM
Funny Amanda about Flav. I love VC also but last time I went into the store it was filled with so much perfume ugh my asthma couldn't take it. Thank god for computers and magazines heehee. anyways, off to the dishes

08-09-2006, 09:53 AM
Hey ladies. Just dropping in real quick. Uh oh, Danielle, I see another thing we have in common. I love, love, LURVE LOST!!!! My goodness, I can not wait for the season to come back. It is the best show on TV in my opinion. I am on pins and needles to find out what is going to happen with Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Thank goodness for Sayeed. Oh, I cannot wait! We will have to talk about things when it starts back up.

Flavor of love. Ugh! I can barely look at Flavor Flav let alone watch these beautiful women fawn over him. Ugh! He is just Ugh! I have nothing more to say! :)

Celebrity Fit Club on the other hand, I love. I pretty much missed the last season with Tempest and Countess. I would have loved to have seen it. They put virtually everything out on DVD, I wish they would do it for that show. Is that one lady on there again? The Snapple lady? Anybody repeating? Who is the bad attitude this season? There is usually always some hothead or quirky person to keep the ratings going I guess. I know these are typically B-List actors, but it does take some guts to get on national tv and let everyone see how much they weigh and how they fail sometimes. I mean even if we go to weight watchers our weight ups and downs are done pretty confidentially. I don't know if I could do it, so I have to give them their kudos!

Well, I gotta run. I will see you ladies later.


08-09-2006, 09:59 AM
Elycia and Danielle, I am sorry to tell you this. I think I heard that Lost was going to to be on a 13 week hiatus during the normal season. I could be wrong, but I think thats what someone said on the radio.

Elycia, I think you described Flav perfectly. "Ugh!" :lol:

08-09-2006, 10:23 AM
Hey ladies, i just wrote this loooooong thing and it got erased so yeah you get the shot one. lol. okay flav is badass and the gold diggers are the problem lol but yeah the whole thing with her doing on the stairs...nuh uh...just **** no. and then the fight within the firls 5 mins? that was funny. i was waiting for extensions and tracks to come flying out!

Melissa- my major is zoology and i'm considering vet school. if i dont go to vet school then i'm going to have to get my masters. it really sucks but it seems like nowadays to get a good job and get paid good you not only need a college degree but a masters too. all i can really say is i hope that it goes fast.

i really want to get out of the USA. ive come to realize this isnt my place to live. everything from the people to the way of living is just not me. it seems everyone is soooo tense and frustrated. i want to live on the beach and have a more relaxed environment. that mainly why i'm going to australia...well that and to see if anything is going to come of me and this guy. i guess that part is kinda stupid but as he says i know more about him than he knows about himself. but its mainly to see if i could live in his town so i'm not moving somewhere and being all by myself. okay anyways i have my final today so i'm going to go study. talk to ya'll tonight when i can relax and chill

08-09-2006, 10:33 AM
Good luck on your final Melissa. It would be cool to live in another country. Even if you decided to come back years later, it's still a good idea to try it. I also like a more laid back environment. I'm not ready to flee the country though! :) I want to live down south. I plan on spending a 8 days in Arkansas during the Christmas holiday. Oh, I can't wait!!

08-09-2006, 10:36 AM
Oops! I meant Brat. Sorry...

08-09-2006, 11:01 AM
Brat that sounds beautiful moving there and having a friend there also which could possibly be more how romantic. I see the incentive you have now. Good luck on your finals. I hear you on the college vs. good job . grantyed I only have my associates degree but I hope some day to continue on although in my field ( nursing) 2 and 4 year diplomas don't make a difference unless your in management. again all the luck on your tests.

08-09-2006, 11:15 AM
:grouphug: Hello ladies!

I skimmed through the posts, and I'm sorry it took so long to get back for all of those who were so worried.

I called the doctor, and spoke to his nurse. She said she would tell the doctor everything I told her, but he didn't call me back (yet). All she said is that it could be a lot of things. I hope he calls back today. I don't want to be a big over exaggerated worry wart, but I would hate to think if it was a blood clot or something. The procedure was quite a simple procedure in terms of heart surgery, but there can always be strange complications down the road. I did sleep better last night though.

From what I read about it, some people have to get it done again because it deosn't completely solve the problem. It is possible my heart has been going back into an arrythmia, but it feels different so I don't recognize it.

08-09-2006, 11:24 AM
Was it yesterday when you spoke to the nurse Aqua? If so, don't wait for her to call you back. Call her. It's quite possible that it's nothing, but bug them until you know that for sure. Please get some rest in the mean time.

08-09-2006, 11:26 AM
hello ladies. just checking in. I finally found out again how to get to this group:) I hope everyone has a good day.

08-09-2006, 11:27 AM
:hug: Aqua

Glad to se your back. although i wish that doc would call for you. you feeling any better?

Missed your post Kenya, Glad to see you found your way. how you been doing?

08-09-2006, 11:42 AM
I slept a lot better last night. I have kind of a tight feeling/shortness of breath thing going on still. I'm a lot less winded though. For several days I didn't have the energy to do anything.

08-09-2006, 12:23 PM
Aqua Glad to hear you slept a bit better last night though I agree with Amanda not to wait and to call them back if it has been longer than a day. Take it easy

08-09-2006, 12:40 PM
Ladies I am having a very strange week...

First there was the cable that went out, losing my wallet (did I mention that), and then the bug infested flowers. Now I'm in the middle of this big blow up at work.

I work for a Tier-1 auto supplier. We have regular weekly meetings with Ford and General Motors. Usually it's our engineers and sales guys meeting with their engineers and buyers. Well, anyway, the CEO is very adamant about making each customer feel welcomed. So we really go out of our way. OK, great policy! I'm completely on board with that.

We have this welcome board in our lobby. When one of our customers comes, we put that company's name on the board. Usually Ford comes on the same two days every week and General Motors comes on another day. Occasionally there are meetings with other customers. I have to make sure that the right companies are up on the right days.
Today is normally a Ford day. But someone from GM also showed up. GM had rescheduled their meeting for today. So that means Ford and GM should have been posted. That sort of thing is a HUGE deal here. The guy from GM kept looking at the board with this weird look on his face. GM and Ford absolutely hate each other. So this GM guy is looking at Ford on the board and not GM. He's used to seeing GM when he comes.
I mentioned to my boss that no one had told me that there was going to be a GM meeting today and that I was going to email the engineer and salesman that should have told me. She blew up! She got mad about one customer being so picky about another. And people coming to her about the customers' expectations. O-kay... I just said, it was fine and I'd handle it.

Then, wouldn't you know it, the head engineer comes running to me asking me why General Motors wasn't on the board. The person from GM was offended to see Ford on the board, but not GM. Blah, blah, blah... I told him that I didn't know, because no one had told me the meeting day had been switched. One of his engineers neglected to tell me. Then he just looked at me like I was crazy and asked me how I could not know. I told him that my ESP was broken today. He just got red in the face and left. I guess to yell at the engineer who forgot to tell me. It was a near funny moment because the head engineer reminds me of Fraiser from the television show. He doesn't look like Kelsey Grammar, but he has all the same mannerisms and his speech pattern is very similar to Fraiser's.

Sheesh! And it's only Wednesday...

08-09-2006, 01:00 PM
I hate work drama. :( I hope things start brightening for you Amany. :hug:

08-09-2006, 01:19 PM
Thanks Aqua. I appeciate that. I'm beginning to think everyone around is nuts. Wow, does that mean I'm nuts?! lol

I just noticed that you lost 10 pounds. Way to go!! I'm proud of you. You're a much better person than I am. When I lose just 5 pounds I shout it from the rooftops. Congratulations!

08-09-2006, 02:33 PM
Goodness you girls are at it strong today, I LOVE it!!! LOL!

Danielle...I know I dont even have to answer you but yes I love biggest loser!! I would apply to the show but I think by the time they start again I'll be well on my way to a thinner healthier me! Oh Danielle, I cannot believe your neighbors, you shoulda went out on that balcony and put him in his place. Not that it does any good and it wouldnt accomplish anything but good ****! Enough is enough already you guys need to get the **** out of there. The guy just doesnt get it and he's not gonna change if he feels he has already. I dont get how people can be that inconsiderate!

Anna...I'm with you...laundry is my plan for the day! Maybe mow the lawn too, except itll only be my girls that I'm waking up! LOL!

Amanda.... I had to giggle about your sexy undies speeding up the baby making process! LOL! What great fun you have to look forward to with your fit healthy body! My girls are 7 and 11 and no the girls arent upset about the fish, we've been expecting him to die for some time now, he was old! There are some New York type personalities already on this season of Flavor of Love, and he's bringing someone in to help him too but they havent shown who, I'm gonna die if its her! LOL!! Hearing your story, I am NOT looking forward to going back to work, I just hate the office politics. Sounds to me like you handle yourself like a champ though, I'd probably be crying! LOL! I hope the stress settles soon, if not..the weekend is almost here!

Elycia...Lost is one of my alltime favorite shows!! I cannot wait for it to start up again! They have the best season cliffhangers dont they!!! No repeaters on Celebrity Fit club, and they only showed the introduction episode so far so you've not missed much. Looks like things may be a little calmer this season with a few blowups.

Brat...oh you are a brave girl! I dunno if I could leave America. I've never had a desire to even visit another country. Then again I live in Montana where people are more laid back and we do care about our neighbors and enjoying life. Of course there are those uptights here too, but I've lived in Phoenix so I know what you are talking about. We went to Orlando for vacation this summer and the people drove me insane! I dont think I'll ever leave montana again! LOL! Good luck with studying!!

Aqua...I hope you stay on that doctor, dont wait for them to call, call them back! I'm glad to hear you slept better, but stay on those docs!

Good morning kenya! I hope you have a fantastic day too!!

Well, not much planned for me today, just hanging out taking care of house stuff which never ends. Gotta have the fish funeral this afternoon and I'd like to get out for a little walk, we'll see. We had a storm yesterday and it sparked up many new fires and if the air quality is really poor I cant be out there walking in it. So far it looks good so keep your fingers crossed.

Have a wonderful day everyone!


08-09-2006, 02:58 PM
Amany, nah, you're right, everyone's nuts... lol... reminds me of that Gnarls Barkey song. I might be craaaazzzzzaaaayyyyyy...... we might be craaaaazzzzzaaaaayyyyyy ......probably...... :dancer:

Yeah, I'm pretty happy with my weigh in. You gotta remember though, it's a liquid diet, so in a way I think it's fudging. (Although it is not easy) Eventually I'm going to have to maintain a diet for a lifestyle change. That might be really hard. The hunger problems have faded some, but what will happen when I do eat? I guess what I'm saying is I'm trying to take it in super stride. I'm afraid if I get to excited, it won't be long afterward that I really screw up and raid a box of oreo's or something.

08-09-2006, 03:49 PM
Hello everyone:

Hope everyone is having a fabulous day. It is going okay for me. Aqua, I see that you are posting more like usual. I hope that is an indication that you are feeling a little better. I really hope that all is okay. Please let us know what the doctor says when he calls back. Hopefully today. Congrats on your weight loss.

Kenya, you had problems finding the post? I had hoped that it wouldn't be a problem when they moved us. We lost a few and I was wondering if it was because of the move. I hope that you are having a great day and glad that you were able to find us.

Amanda, you know that I had to check. I couldn't find anything indicating that Lost is on hiatus, not that it would come as a surprise. The new season starts on Oct 4th. They always leave us hanging with reruns and the like. Oh well, even still I love the show. Danielle and Melissa, we will have to talk about our thoughts on the show as it goes on. This is one show that always keeps me guessing. As soon as I think I have it figured out, it throws a new loop. I love it!

Okay, seems like it's time for a tally. We have all been doing wonderful.

Let's see, this is going off of memory, so please bear with me:

Amanda 12
Caroline 18
Mia 6.6 ???
Aqua 10
Danielle 1
Anna 2
Kenya ????
Elycia 2

Collectively, we have posted a loss of over 50 lbs!!!!! That is so kewl! I am so sorry if I left anyone out or put the wrong numbers. Please correct me if wrong and I will update the post.

:carrot: :carrot: We are rawkin' and rollin' folks! Keep up the great work everyone! Very inspiring.:bravo:


08-09-2006, 04:14 PM
Amanda, since this is going to be the official post for the Winning Losers, would you mind getting rid of the date and just making it Winning Losers - All Are Welcome.

Thanx so much!


08-09-2006, 05:01 PM
Wow.... 50 pounds. That's major! Congrats everyone.

I don't know how to take the date off. I was thinking about that too, though. I'll try playing around with it to see if I can figure it out. If not, I'll try PMing a moderator. Do one of you guys know how to do it?

08-09-2006, 05:10 PM
I figured it out!!

I don't think the change is going to show right away though...

08-09-2006, 05:40 PM
Okay, well I've either lost my mind and can't see it,or this site gobbled my post from this morning! It was just a quickie as I was trying to get out the door for check-ups with the kids. What an ordeal I tell ya, with 3, it takes foreva!

Aqua, I'm glad to see you posting more today. How you feeling sweetie? Please don't wait for the dr's office to call you, call them and keep bugging them until they listen. You're too important!!! GREAT job on the weight loss! There definitely is a fine line doing a liquid diet and then going back to regular eating, it's one you'll have to balance to hang on to you losses, I know you will do it!

Amanda, good grief woman you are having a week, aren't you? Well I gotta say you handled that guy like a pro and didnt let him get snippy with you for a moment. Good for you!! Guess you better get that esp meter fixed, eh? ;)
I haven't seen this season's Flavor of Love either, but I hear it's pretty racy this season. Last year, the real ditzy girl with the big boobs drove me nuts, I was so embarrassed for her. lol Real World nowadays isnt anything like it used to be, alot of what happens now is quite boring actually. But I am a junkie so I watch anyways! :D

Elycia, yes I'm definitely loving Lost. When it first aired I tried to watch it and could never get thru a whole episode so gave up. Then 2nd season and dh and I tried watching but because so much happened 1st season we hadn't a clue what was going on, so we quit watching. We just bought the dvd last week and are right in the middle of the season. We have had to force ourselves to turn the tube off and go to bed because both of us want to keep on watching! :lol: I really like it alot. Season 2 comes out next month on dvd so will give us a chance to be all caught up right before the new season starts. Yeah!

Anna, loved your lawnmower story! Along the lines of my vacuuming the ceilings, you're my kinda girl, love your thinking! ;) Next time tho I WILL be doing it at 6 am if they wake me again. Never can have too clean a ceiling, right? What angers me the most is he's got the audacity to even say out loud that MY KIDS ARE LOUD???? When, cause I'd really like to know? We have always been very conscious of noise and the kids yelling,etc. its one of the main reasons why we've remained on a bottom floor, I refuse to inconvenience the person living below us with their heavy walking or their wrestling moments, or my kids and make them feel like they can't be themselves. Makes me so mad! :mad:

Melissa, yeah I know we need out, trust me I am saying it almost every waking moment!! Short of just leaving, I guess our only other option would maybe be mediation? Hire someone to come referee us in a room somewhere. They better tie me down cause after what I heard last night I'd love nothing more than to rip that boys lips right off his face. I am absolutely offended by everything he's telling people and what he talks himself into believing. Dh is afraid to leave us in a room alone together, i think! lol Anyways, I dont think this idiot's got the guts to talk it out, he'd much rather run his mouth and be delusional and pretend like he wants it to get better. Sometimes I wonder what I did in another life that we keep getting the raw end of every stinkin deal! lol Hope the fish funeral was uneventful. I remember when Alex was little and he had a goldfish Sharkie, he died when he was at preschool..daddy went and bought another and darnit if that kid could tell that it wasnt the same fish! :lol:

Brat- you are so lucky to be heading to Australia! I have wanted to go there my entire life, I think if I went I wouldn't want to come home either. I think if living somewhere else is what you want then you should do it, you're young and have your whole life before you, I say go for it!!!

Kenya, hope your afternoon is going well. Still dancing your heart out I hope!

Cannot believe the weightloss that's happening here already! Look at us go! Will be fun to see how much at the end of the month. Hopefully I will be a contributer to that total.

Ugh! I got a complaint...(yes, again, I know! :dizzy:)...why is it at every single dr's office they gotta use chairs in the waiting area that have the armrests on the sides???!!! Like I need to accentuate the fact before a room full of people that my butt is big!!! One time while taking my son to the orthodontist, same chairs there but alot smaller so I was packed in the seat pretty tight, they called us to go back, and as I stood up the chair started to come with me! :eek: :eek: I was mortified. Thank goodness there was no one in there to see, or I think I'd have run out of there crying my eyeballs out! Luckily today I didn't "stick" in the seat, I've mastered the "tilt sideways and slide" move. :lol: Just angers me, not to mention makes me feel embarrassed! :o

08-09-2006, 06:37 PM
Like I need to accentuate the fact before a room full of people that my butt is big!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Danielle, that has got to be my favorite line of the week. LOL! You are hilarious.


08-09-2006, 06:46 PM
Okay, I'm off to make banana bread and pumpkin bread then I'm gonna hurry and mow the lawn before it rains again but I had to come check on everyone..see how you are doing!

50 lbs!! Ladies you rock!! Keep it up!!

Danielle...LOL..your dr. office chair story made me laugh why do they have to be so small?? I've had the chair come up with me before too...oye! LOL! Prety soon that wont be a worry of any of ours!

Have a lovely afternoon everyone!


08-09-2006, 07:21 PM
Evening ladies.

Elycia actually you can make my pounds loss 6 since I met you and this group as I joined in late July. that might bring us closer to 60 :) That is so neat to see it laid out like that. THis group has come along amazingly. So glad you started all this. YOu Rock.

ooo and I lost the 2 pound fair weight so I am at 274, not happy about that number but will bring it down again next week

Danielle yes I think 6am vacuum job on the ceiling is a must unless it disturbs your family, never too much to get those pesty dust bunnies. I do have to say our docs office put some chairs in with arms anbd without but i do know that feeling of bringing up the chair with you. case in point those stupid plastic lawn chair that are one size fit most. so i pay extra for the one size fits all :)

Amanda, Good luck with the computer change. I have to admit when i screw my computer up my SO is a computer tech so i pout and he fixes :) i don't ask how as he knows what to do. I am no help when it comes to this machine.

Aqua, WTG girl , the transition maybe a little hard but like you said it is worth it and glad the cravings are a bit less now. 10 pounds is awesome.

Melissa sory to hear about the fires there. I think the last one in my area was a city boy who tried to burn the grass around his fire ring and lost a couple acres in the process. I felt bad for him because he was actually trying to do something good but wow it kind of back fired. that was a couple of counties away also. Love wisconsin, the only bad part is some of the winter months and i just get to hunker down and cross stitch more.

Amanda was reading about your work day, oh man hope your feeling better now tyaht the day is over and hopefully that engineer will learn from today. I didn't realize thet animosity between car people was that great. referring to when they seen anothers nameon the board.

okay trying to get some more sleep for tonight, Was informed that our facility was picked this week for state inspection so it will be a little stressful when I get back. shoot couldn't they have come like last wednesday when I was on vacation? Ah well. Have a great night ladies.

08-09-2006, 08:37 PM
I'm glad you guys liked my chair rant! I'm so serious though, if anyone gets discriminated against it's the overweight! It's all a conspiracy I tell you, first it's the food chains making everything humungous, hence making us all fat, then all these places like restuarants, airplanes, theaters, offices, all get us with their too small seats and tables, which in turn leads everyone looking for the quick fix in the next miracle diet pill or bar. And on and on the cycle goes....And I'll tell ya, I despise getting stuck in a tiny booth when I'm out to eat! :mad: Of course it always happens when it's crazy crowded and I gotta shimmy in, in front of a bunch of people no less. :grumble grumble grumble....:

My other issue is maternity clothes. Hello, why is there not maternity clothes for fat people? And I mean real maternity clothes with the extra for the belly, not just some moo-moo that they try and pass off as maternity when really it's just fat-girl wear??? Do we not count??? At least have it easily accessible without having to order it from another country for gosh sakes!!! I mean, c'mon, you can't tell me someone hasn't thought of it by now? When I think of my ginormous men's t-shirts and ultra elastic shorts I was relegated to wearing while preggers! :lol: But I digress..........

Anna, 6 pounds! Woo hoo!! State inspection? Sounds sorta scary, where do you work? :D Doesn't it always work out that way, everything's always hunky dory while you're away and then the *you know what* always hits the fan once you're back! Story of my life!

Elycia, I'm glad I could make you laugh today! Personally, I liked my line to Melissa when I said I'd like to rip the lips off the face of my neighbor, but hey, that's just me! :p :D :p

08-09-2006, 08:55 PM
Danielle, still giggling about your chair rant. too funny. State inspection hmmm kind of like having your teeth pulled because youknow there might be a cavity. JK anyways, I am usually fine with this but I do have to say management gets a bit stressed. I work in a rehab center for recent surgical patients and other problems though there are 2 sections of long term care also. I have been there quite awhile and love it. Oh here is a good one for your chair story. my mother recently bought a new one that is made for the hip challenged and she is so protective of this chair. believe me i have been trying to find one now. oh so comfortable for sitting outside. lawn chair, she carries it in her trunk where ever she goes.
I am having a hard time sleepng today knowing i am going back to work tonight. sheesh like the night before going back to school, anyone relate?
I just realized that this is the first time in forever i have absolutely no chocolate in my house and survived TOM without the favored box of little debbie snacks or one of my favs, peanut butter reeses cups . everytime i get a craving i have a large bowl of cucumbers mixed with a bit of ranch dressing that i start snacking on.
My neighbor lady bless her soul thinned out some of her garden and brought over a dozen or so cucumbers. yummy and here my friend at work was jokingly mad at me for not sharing. okay I know she likes them too but hey she weighs seriously 130 pounds at 5'9" hmm i think i need them. I can;t be mad at my friend for weighing that though she works hard for it I know.
okay I am starting to ramble here. So ladies in my fit of sleeplessness I was having an idea. Maybe Elycia you can help with it. Since this group is taking off so well any one up for our own little challenges. could be different every week. simple things like water, or accountability for exercise, taking our vitamin, see how many push ups or whatever we can so in a week, whatever. just wondering if anyone else is interested. Okay I have seriously cracked I know . Okay will let you ladies be for awhile.

08-09-2006, 09:19 PM
Anna...where in Wisconsin are you? My family lives in Wisconsin. I'm hoping that next summer we are gonna get to go out there for a visit!

Speaking of those one size fits most white plastic lawn chairs.... we went out to dinner at our favorite spot once. This place you can eat outside and overlooks the river so of course we love to sit there. Well one night we got sat at a table with those awful chairs, I was so uncomfortable, my chair kept rocking around in circles like the legs were gonna give out at any moment. I was scared to death! Luckily someone left a table and we moved under the guise that we wanted the shade...I'm not sure when I'll be able to sit in one of those chairs again! LOL!

Well I got my breads baked, I think I should be able to stay out of it for the most part as i didnt substitute the butter and the banana bread has 2 cups of sour creme in it....VERY fatty! But my family loves it!

I'm planning on making myself a nice big salad for dinner. I had a slice of banana bread w/ choc chips and I feel absolutely stuffed. One of my tomatoes on my bush is all red and ready to eat so salad it is!!

I LOVE challenges!! Back in the day that Danielle and I lost tons of weight we used to do them all the time...points challenges, quarter challenges, all kinds of them. They really make it fun and help when you may feel like giving up!

Guess I should get dinner going! Have a lovely evening everyone!


08-09-2006, 09:30 PM
Melissa that bread sounds so good. I mean really yummy. guess I am glad I don't cook often since I have no self restraint for baked goods. Glad to hear about the tomato. enjoy your salad. BTW if you throw a dart at the center of WI there I am waving back at you. I am in the middle of stevens point waupaca . where are your parents? okay i really need to get off of here and sleep

08-09-2006, 09:50 PM
Anna, girl, you better go get some sleep. You are too funny! :)

Yes! I love your idea of a challenge and your suggestions are great! Challenges to encourage us to make healthy changes, no matter how small. Genius! Okay, lets see, what would be an easier one to start with for the first time? I am thinking the multivitamin or water. Probably the water. Hey, it's free and something that can help us so much. Is water challenge okay with everyone?

So how much water should you drink?

The minimum for a healthy person is eight to ten eight-ounce glasses a day," says Dr. Flaks. "You need more if you exercise a lot or live in a hot climate. And overweight people should drink in an extra glass for every 25 pounds they exceed their ideal weight. Consult your own physician for their recommendations.

In the past when I lost weight, the best way for me to get my water in was to fill a liter water bottle full of water and sip on it all day. Sometimes I got more than 1 liter down. Just kind of depended. I practically eliminated all pop and it is a good thing because pop is a diuretic and dries you out.

So, hopefully the water challenge is okay with everyone. I will wait to hear from you guys.



08-09-2006, 10:21 PM
Ihave an article somewhere on my computer, darned if i can find it now about water. something to the effect that if you take your weight, say 150 pounds and divide by 2, to make 75 well then turn that into ounces of water to drink every day. okay this is pretty daunting for someone who weighs what I do that would be 137 ounces a day . I will look a whiel longer and try and find that one for you Elycia. though that may be a bit much to start with
Anna :)

08-09-2006, 10:32 PM
Hello Chickies!

I thought I had figured out how to take the dates off the thread. I hadn't. I PM'd a moderator. She said she can do it for us, or have someone else do it. I'm sorry for not addressing everyone tonight, but I'm just soooo tired.

To add to my already troublesome week, my starter went out on the way home. I called AAA and it took the tow over 2 hours to come. We didn't get home until 45 minutes ago. I needed to go grocery shopping, but it was too late. So guess what? We had pizza. Oh well. I'm not going to have a fit over it. I'll just get back on the wagon tomorrow. Life will go on.

Oh, the weekend just can't come soon enough! Have a great evening Ma'Ladies. I'll check in with you in the morning.

08-09-2006, 11:01 PM
HI! I'm baaaack!

Danielle--I totally agree with your maternity clothes rant! Seriously, aren't fat women supposed to have babies?!?! Yeah, sure, Motherhood Maternity has a Plus size section...of 4 ugly shirts and pants that run so small you have to get them 2 sizes bigger than normal. Yep, that's what I need when I'm already feeling huge...bigger sizes :dizzy: I had pretty good luck at JCPenny...but I could only order from their catalog as the store didn't carry it...I'm STILL angry and my DD is 16mos...:o

I totally agree with the challenge idea! I think water a good one...I've been drinking pert near (like my accent;) ) a gallon a day used to be hard to get that much water, but I'm just so stinkin THIRSTY all the time and there's nothing like ice cold water :p

Uh-oh...the wee one is calling me...hopefully I'll be back soon!

Later! :hug:

08-09-2006, 11:14 PM
Anna...sorry I mean to say my family is in Oshkosh, I was born there actually...bgosh! LOL!

I'm up for a water challenge. I say we set a goal and some kind of reward if we meet that goal. I'd like to go for 100 oz of water a day and if I can do that I think I deserve..... I dunno yet but I'll think of something by morning! LOL!

Oh deserve a great big ol hug for this week! My goodness! And you know what, sometimes life just calls for pizza! One night wont kill ya! I'm so sorry to hear about your car, the waiting for a tow is the worst of it I'm sure! I really really hope thats the end of it...time for some good things to come your way!

Have a wonderful night all, I'm going to go for a nice walk with the dog!


08-09-2006, 11:40 PM
I'm too wound up to sleep. So I'm watching Celebrity Fit Club instead. Tina Yother's baby looks exactly like her. So cute! Yesterday I was thinking of buying Harvey Walden's workout. Has anyone tried it?

Melissa - You are just the sweetest. I'm so glad you joined this thread. Thankfully we have that third car I wrote about a few days ago. The station wagon I bought on Ebay. So I'll drive that while the truck is being serviced. lol It just dawned on me that all our vehicles are over ten years old. Oh well, I hate car notes!
Have fun walking the pooch.

Danielle :lol: :lol: :lol: Girl you're just too funny. I love your "rantings".

Anna - Sweetie I hope you have an easy time at work tonight. And don't share those cucumbers! Let that lil skinny thing get her own!! :mad:

Stacy - Hello there! It's good to see you. I'm glad you're still hanging around with us.

I think a water challenge is a splendid idea. I've read that you're supposed to drink half your weight in ounces. But I'll go along with what the group decides. Heck, I'm easy.

08-10-2006, 12:02 AM
okay i am off, follow the yellow brick road.
100 ounces sounds good to me. anyone else. okay i am bouncing out the door. whoohoo. if anything i miss the constant walking i do there which i didn't get much of on vacation. and the fair doesn't count with the food i ate thoughI think i have had enough cotton candy to last me a year.
oh and oshkosh is only just over an hour away. too fun. nice town most of my mothers family is in the appleton area.
Nite ladies sleep well