30-Somethings - ~~~Week of 9th September~~~

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09-09-2001, 03:48 AM
Morning ladies. Hope everyone is doing well. Just a quickish stop by to start off the weekly thread. Gotta go round to my mum's after church, coz she is do her will signing! It has taken so long to get everyone to gether to sign it off (sorry if this sounds morbid), but she was recently made redundant and she only has about 10 months until she retire officially. The guy that drafted the will told her off a young widower who had struggled all her life and was due to inherit a large house and money and when someone was doing a final check on something, it turned out that the witnesses to the will had not signed at the same time - so she got nothing - scary eh. I went inling in Hyde Park yesterday, and although my back and inner things ache, I had a good time. I fell once and for some reason, was heading towards wet sand. In Hyde Park, there is a sand bank which runs along the skating path. A lot of horse riders use it. I started rolling towards the sand, and you know when you want to stop and your brain is telling you what to do, but somehow your body fails to respond :lol: I saw wet sand and then I am sure I saw a lum of nature manure!!!. I don't know how I missed it, but all I know is that I was not gonna fall in that. Somehow I managed to wade through, but I must have looked like a cartoon character wading through a swamp. My instructor couldn't stop laughing. If I had fallen over in the wet sand and manure, I am sorry, but I would have stayed down and faked it, so they could call an ambulance and I could leave with my dignity intact!! Anyway, my inliners are now caked with sand and I am gonna have to take them off and clean them (new experience!!). Hubby has offered to do it and I said no thanks, I will do it, but I am hoping they will be clean by the time I get back tonight :s:

Sonya welcome back. Don't worry about rejoing, I have three times and it would have been a fourth, only this time my card had not been removed from the box. The fact that you are still willing to try is the most important thing
Bailey I am in no position to kick your butt, too busy trying to do my own. The skunk story made me laugh (hope your dog is ok), but your "lodger" didn't. Don't feel guilty. It sounds to me like you might have ended up with a permanent house guest.
Rabbit sounds like you are really doing well on all fronts. Do you only buy organic? Is it very expensive? Over here in the supermarkets you pay about double and there are a few markets dotted around that specialize. My mum and dad have two allotments, so at the moment, I am living off their organic stuff. Hate having dinner round there now, coz my dad eats the veg and then smiles says "this is proper stuff, not the rubbish you buy in the supermarket, taste the difference". I appreciate the food, but there is no way I am gonna put all the work into growing it.
Pyria my bad thought for the day is - corn on the cob smothered in butter :devil:
happyface nice to have you back also. Drop in anytime. How's the kickboxing going?
LBH it was so nice to hear about your G&G party. I think that is so beautiful and it was a nice end to last week's thread. I know what you mean about the leader making all the difference. I have a great one and she takes 11 classes a week.
Juldiet sorry to hear about your mum's loss, hope everyone is okay
RR are you a vegetarian? I used to tell my hubby I was not gonna eat meat and he said fine, just so long as you keep cooking it for me. However with BSE and foot and mouth, his meat consumption has tailed off slightly. I am not vegetarian, but I don't eat as much meat as I used too, and I think following WW makes you appreciated veg more

So much for being a short post. Have a great Sunday everyone :wave: hopefully I have not missed anyone out!

09-09-2001, 10:03 AM
Good Morning all!!!Good Evening BFB!!!!!

BFB-I was vegetarian until I married and now I have added some chicken(no bone of course) at intervals in my diet..DH doesnt fuss about the meat thing..of course he ate a Wendys burger for supper since I was cooking grits for me!!!!Beef and Pork is a definate out!!!!YUCK!!!!

Dani-Welcome back!!!I was thinking about U yesterday!!!!It is good to hear that all is well!!!

I am in the mood to swim!!!!I guess I will call my brother today!!!
Have a great day all!!!

09-09-2001, 11:04 AM
Lots of things to say:

Jules: Sorry to hear about the death in your family. Your family is in my prayers. Hope the healing has begun.

Okay now I went and to WI yesterday. And up 1.2 pounds. And then I looked in my book an realized for the last 7 weeks I have been playing over an over with the same 5.2 pounds. Which really made me mad. Why is that. So I said you know enough of all these excuses and going on and off program. Before I weigh in next month I am going to be doing program 24/7 100%. My neghbor taped the basic Tae Bo tape for me, so I am going to start that today. I wanted to blade today, but the weather is not looking to hot.

Anyone have a low point recipe for Tuna Casserole. I really have a taste for one. And it is a easy meal. Also for BlackBean burgers.

BFB: I never put the UK and FMD and Mad cow together. One thing we have had some serious E-Coli outbreaks here. I don't even let B get apple cider from the Farmers Market anymore. Cause it is not pasturized. So he is not touching it. We don't eat to much meat here either. In fact maybe this fall and winter I will finally take the time. To start testing more veggie products and switch us over.

Happy: Always happy to see you. :smile: Hope school is good for you. And little happy likes school.

Okay off to plan my day. Hope all is well with everyone.

Have is there anything out there that helps with the PMS crabbness. I really can't take much more.

09-09-2001, 01:06 PM

Still op - even though I went to a street fair yesterday.:)

Happy - Hello!:) good to hear from you. Is ds excited about kindergarten? Enjoy the kickboxing.

Sonya - the pie is one point for a piece. If you add fruit, then you'd have to figure the fruits points. Your bean and turkey soup sounds good.

Lauren - that sounds like a real nice party. There is a small farmer's market in a nearby town, so I guess I'm lucky.

BFB - No, I don't only buy organic. I like to buy things like that when they are available. I think they are probably more expensive here also.

Pryia - I know what you mean about playing with the same weight! That's why I finally got serious, did the 'no excuses' thing, and went op everyday.

hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday and a great week ahead.


09-09-2001, 10:38 PM
Anyone want my kid? I swear he is just crusin this weekend. You know after I caught him sitting on the roof and grounded him for 2 months he would stop. But nope still going and going!!!

Rained tons here today. But I guess we needed it. Got a few things done. Not a lot but enough to make me happy for now.

Going to figure out what is for lunch and stuff tomorrow. I am going on the no excuse plan.

Does anyone have a fall/winter Penny's catalog. I need opionions on a dress for a evening attire party. I can also post the item number and you could look online if you don't mind. Just let me know.

Well back to putting away laundry and planning for my day.

OP is the only way for ME!!! OP is the only way for me!!!!

Hey and check out week 2 challenge!!!!

09-10-2001, 08:58 AM
PRyia--We would love to help U with the dress!!!Just post the info and we will peak at it!!!

Didnt do too much this weekend cuz of the rain!!Today it is back to work and then taking the wild child to the dentist!:dizzy: I havent been too consistant with my dieting...I am up about 10 lbs since getting married soo I have to end it there....If the stork arrives, then I will concentrate harder on the "diet" and really monitor the gain...(I sound like I really know what I am gonna do when preg:lol: :lol: )I am sure for those that have been there, it is harder than actually talking about it.

Well, off to the shower and then to work!!It is nice to have a later shift at times!!!!

09-10-2001, 01:22 PM

I see you online and I wanted to ask - do you think the really low days are actually hurting my chances of this working long-term? If I manage to make it through the day with that many points left over (usually when I have lots of fruits/veggies and sushi for 1 meal) should I be having snacks to make up for it before bed? I am not sure...

09-10-2001, 01:26 PM

It is a little cooler here today. I just love this time of year.:D


Pryia - woohoo on the no excuses plan!! I'll check out the challenge.

RR - I'm sure having a varied schedule does help in running the kids to appts.

have a super September week all!!:)


09-10-2001, 02:25 PM
Okay after I ate my lunch I was going to go and get a bag of Cheetos out of the kitchen. Looked at my journal and figured out where to put those 5 points. Well I keep surfing and read something about going off program. And decided I did not want them that bad. I want to get 20 off before the party and cheetos are not going to help me there. So now I am having some gum and happy with my choice.

See you later----back to work!!!

09-10-2001, 03:20 PM
Okay, maybe you didn't notice I was gone (I won't be hurt since I don't post all the time and how could you know when I'm just lurking??). Anyway, I have missed you guys and I couldn't believe how many posts there were last week when I was gone. I skimmed them to try to get up to date but I couldn't keep up with everyone's comings and goings - sorry no personal comments today.

I did read the stuff about the emails to the "chicks" and it sickened me when I read the journal entry. It is unbelievable. I know it's so easy for me to say when it's not me but you just have to ignore those people when you just look at the site and see how busy it is and how much it means to so many people.

Anyway, on to other stuff, I was in Las Vegas last week (love it there) and I didn't count points or try to hard to stay OP, I just tried not to use is as an excuse to eat everything. I enjoyed myself with some restraint. Anyway I got back and had gained 2 pounds, which for me isn't too bad. I was a bit upset because it takes so long to lose but figured it could have been 5 pounds so that's okay. Anyway the good news is I'm back to only about 1/2 pound gain as of this morning and I'm really trying to get back OP. Vacations can be so decadent that after it's easy to shape up. AND my husband said he'd try to diet with me. I'm excited because it's easier together but I'm fairly sure (although I won't tell him) that he won't stick with it. He just doesn't want to lose weight that badly. It's easier for a man - he's 6'4" and I don't know what he weighs but he's got a big build and looks good with a few extra pounds. I think the only reason he's trying is because his suits don't fit anymore. Anyhow, I'm teaching him how to count points and we'll see how he does. I hope it lasts. My fear is that he won't see anything quickly and give up right away but we'll give it a try.

Gotta get back to work. Hope everyone's having a good day!!


09-10-2001, 04:58 PM
Hi All,

Elisa- My DH is 6'4" and he's about 255, give or take 5 lbs. He looks OK, but has a belly. Because he's soo big though, he hides it good. He lifts weights and his arms and legs don't have an ounce of fat on them, it's all in his belly...taco bell I'm sure!! He amuses me and lets me count his pts. for him, but doesn't have any interest in doing WW himself. He drinks his slim fasts. He definitely doesn't eat right. He'll have a slim fast for breakfast, and a big salad for dinner, sometimes he'll eat something else too, if I cooked something, or he feels like cooking, but for lunch, sometimes he skips it completely (because he's busy) or sometimes he'll eat a huge portion of whatever the cafeteria people put in front of him (because he's nice to them, they "treat" him well!) He's very supportive of me though, and he'll ask me if I have pts. left for a treat or something sometimes.

Pryia- GOOD FOR YOU!! :D :D :D

Bailey- I hope you don't mind me answering you question to Rabbit...I think you definitely need to get in the minimum amount of points for your range, otherwise you're body will go into starvation mode and not let go of anything and then you don't lose. Unfortunately I always eat at the top of my range... ;)

Pryia- Please post the link to the dress, I'd love to see it. I have a coupon at home for a free catalog, but I haven't gotten around to picking it up!

Have a great afternoon!!

09-10-2001, 08:23 PM
Hi everyone, I didn't read the posts yet will do that later...right now I just need to 'unload' a bit on you all.

The funeral was good...they tend to be that way in my family since most all my relatives are "believers". The bad news was about my beautiful dog, Levi.

Levi has had a hard time with his hip this year. Kenny called me sat. night to say that he was taking him to the emergency clinic in Springfield (40 m. away) for X-Rays since our clinics in this small town do not have X-Ray machines for animals . Levi couldn't get up, couldn't walk, etc. Kenny took Levi and the X-Rays into our vet first thing this morning and it was horrible news. Basically the last 6 vertibrae in his back exploded and Levi was paralized. The vet was kind enough to wait for me to get back in town so I could say 'good-by'. I made the 5 hr dirve in 4 hrs all while crying. Levi's been my 'baby' for 8 years....and I miss him so much....... both the vet and I were crying as we put him to sleep. Levi has always been a favorite at the vet clinic.

I'll write more later when I'm not crying buckets and can actually see the monitor, o.k.??

09-11-2001, 11:11 AM
Baliey are you watching the news?

09-11-2001, 11:38 AM
Things are just a mess here in the tri-state area!! I can't believe what's going on. The 2 towers of the world trade center are pretty much GONE. We are here listening to the radio, we don't have any TV to watch. The phone lines are jammed. I'm afraid of what's going to happen next. I really just wish I was home with my DH, instead of being miles apart at work. I just thank God that neither of us works in NYC.

Jul- I'm soo sorry about Levi...you know I can absolutely relate to how you're feeling. It was 8 months yesterday that I had to put Niki down and I still think about her almost every day. I dream about her often too...usually good dreams. Hang in there hon!!

09-11-2001, 02:03 PM
I don't even know how to express what I think about today's events. I put the atenna (sp?) on my little TV (previously used only for videos) and I'm keeping the news on. It broke my heart to see the overseas footage of the people celebrating.

- jul
PS Lauren: yes, I did have a nice dream about Levi this morning and we did put together a scrapbook about his life. All this was done early morning before I rec'd a phone call to put my TV together and watch the news.

09-11-2001, 02:19 PM
I've been in bed all afternoon with an amazing migrane, but I had the TV on. I cannot believe it - just hope you guys are all okay.

09-11-2001, 02:21 PM
LBH-Hope you are okay and so is your DH!

I called Setina she is okay too. She it in Atlanta.

My building was closed down at noon. I work next store to the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee.

Jul-Sorry to hear about Levi. I know you are sad and my prayers are with you.

Take care all-

DANI-Is your family okay?

09-11-2001, 03:35 PM
Man, what a day. I am home now, they told us all that if we wanted to go home, we could. The office did not officially close, but it was pretty much a ghost town there. A few people around me were pretty upset because they knew people or family members that work in that area. I just can't believe it, I remember feeling this same way when they announced the Gulf War. I remember I was at the bowling alley during leagues that night they announced it. It's kind of like being in a fog...but soo much closer to home! I mean, that's like, a half hour away from me!! DH is still at work, but said he'd probably be leaving early. I don't know when he'll be home though, he may go to the firehouse for awhile. They're not on stand-by yet, but they maybe. I know Flanders, the next town over from us, is on stand-by, they were all outside hanging around when I drove by on my way home earlier. I don't know why though...we're kind of in the "boonies". They've closed all the highways going east towards the city...thankfully DH &I both go west!

I've been watching the news since I got home and I just can't belive what I'm seeing. It was one thing to here about it on the radio all AM, but to actually see it on TV is just devastating.

09-11-2001, 04:14 PM
So hard to focus on anything. I know I am a half a day behind at work. Unless they cancel one more conference. We had to cancel the one that starts tomorrow. Because noone can fly here.

I have a headache from all this. Going to get Brandon from school and talk with him about this. I am sure he has heard it all. But I just want to reasure him that he is safe and sound.

2 of my neighbors are fighting. It is like shut the darn windows and shut up. Today is not the day to fight. We have enough sorrow in this world.

Take care all


Barbara Olson from Fox News Died in the crash
at the Pentagon.


09-11-2001, 04:47 PM
IT is soo amazing the sickness and hate that people have..My prayers and thoughts are with the poor innocent people on the planes, the buildings, families etc....

09-11-2001, 05:32 PM
Yes, Pryia we are all fine. There are many people here in the area who work in NY. I feel such sadness because they are all so worried.

As some of you know, I teach on McGuire AFB. Security is very tight. Today was Dominoes Pizza Day and they were unable to get the pizza on base. Families pulled their children out of school. There is just shock and sadness you can see on everyone's faces. (as I am sure is everywhere) I cannot believe the towers are not there anymore. I cannot believe this could happen.

I am trying to see the news since my son is not here right now. The pictures are so awful.

I hope you are all well and that your families are safe.


09-11-2001, 09:39 PM
Hi Everyone!

Jul-Sorry for you loss! I know that has to be hard on your family.

BigFatBooty-Hope your migraine is better. I definetly know your pain.

Happy and Lauren-Glad you are both ok.

Pryia-Thanks for the phone call. You are such a sweetie to check on me.

I have family that work close to the WTC and at the Pentagon and they are all ok so I am very happy for that.

My prayers are with everyone as we try to cope with this tradgedy. Please stay safe. Moments like this make you take time to say THANK YOU for being such wonderful friends. I am so glad to have each and everyone of you in my life.



09-11-2001, 10:30 PM
I just wanted you all to know I'm thinking of you here in Toronto. I have cousins in Manhattan but thankfully they're okay. I'm so glad to hear from all of you.

My prayers are with you,


09-11-2001, 10:56 PM
Unbelieveable (sp) day. Stunned. Went to work in the North End of Boston, right across the river from Logan Airport. Watched them move the tanker ships loaded with natural gas to decrease the odds of a major explosion should "anything else occur". Went home early to miss traffic and have been watching the reports on TV. This is just so tragic. Hope all of you with children find some way to help them make peace with this.

LBH and Happyface: Glad to hear you are OK. This type of situation makes me think maybe Salt Lake City was not so bad....

On to other matters
Rabbit: Thanks for the encouragement! Great job OP for 6 days. I see that old record going down. Hope the H2O and exercise increases are going well.
Pyria: Good for you! You can do the OP thing (although it is sooo hard!). Sorry to hear your little man is causing strife. Hope things went well with your talk about todays events. I PMed you, but am not sure if it went through. Thanks for your concern, will go to the dr soon.
LBH: So glad to hear of your grandparents party! Sounds wonderful. Talked to "the houseguest", he should be gone soon. Thanks for answering my low points question. I thought that was the case, guess I will have to try to be "less good" durring the day! Seems I am always under or WAY OVER...
RR: Good luck at the dentist! That is always a challenge with little ones, especially the most special ones! Jump back on that horse and send those 10 lbs packing. You can do it!
BFB: YUM... Corn on the cob smothered in butter! Keep up the great exercise. Sorry to hear of the inlining mishap. Hope you are feeling better
Sonya: Had a talk with the houseguest. Hope it works! How are things with you? How was the start of school? Let us know!
Juldiet: So sorry to hear about Levi. I hope you are doing better. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. There is a site you may want to visit, called www.rainbowbridge.com. It may just make things hard, but I found it extremely helpful when I lost my four-legged friend.
Happyface: Welcome back! Wow- kindergarden, big step. Best of luck with the housing
Elisa: Hope your husband can stick with you. You should be VERY PROUD - only 2 lbs in vegas! That is the HARDEST town!

Take care all - hope tomarrow brings brighter news.

09-12-2001, 12:39 AM
Just wanted to say I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!!!!!

If you can go and donate blood. Please do they are going to need all the blood they can get. I will be going as soon as I can. They have been jammed packed here.

Thank you to our international friends for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

Going to try and get some sleep now.


:angel: :angel: For all the familes and friends of those in DC and NY!

09-12-2001, 10:18 AM
Hi All,

Don't have much to say this AM...just trying to keep it together...so glad to hear everyone I know is safe though.

Pryia- Did you notice that it says "jazzy2b" under Last Post By...? I know that is what you have as your status, but it's weird that it came up as that, instead of Pryia!! Is that something you did, or a glitch?! :confused:

Have a good day all...

09-12-2001, 11:07 AM
Hi. Just like the rest of you, I am stunned and sick over what's happened, thankful that my family is okay, somewhat scared about the future. I'm so glad everyone here is well. Jul, sorry about your dog. That's a miserable feeling. Dani, thanks for checking in; I was thinking of you yesterday.

Well, this seem frivolous to mention today, but I've been OP all week, feeling good about that. I've been drinking lots of water and staying under 25 points. I hope to see a loss on Friday. I NEED to see a loss on Friday :)

I will post that soup recipe for everyone, but I need to find it in the huge piles of papers that are scattered all over my office. Bear with me!

As far as school, we've only had it for one day (this afternoon is the second) and while I think I'll like it, I am one of the only people who doesn't have a design or programming background, so I'm starting from scratch and I keep wondering how I even got into the program. If you don't see me around much, it's because I'm lost in some cyber world I hope I can figure out how to control.

Keep your chins up, everyone. And stay on whatever program you're on!



09-12-2001, 12:05 PM
Truly frightning. Logan airport is closed "indefinately". In this area, we are used to having a lot of air traffic all of the time. Now, it is just the fighter planes. They seem to be just circling the city. I guess it means we are safe, but it is eerie.

Been OP for 11 days and am completely "stuck" at the 159-160 point for this whole month.

My thoughts go out to all of the friends and family of the victims of this tragedy, as well as to the innocent lives which may be lost due to retaliation.

09-12-2001, 12:07 PM

I could not get on the internet yesterday and am so glad to see so many of you have checked in to say you are okay. I don't know how to say how saddened I am about yesterdays events. God Bless the USA.

I am 8 days op and hope for a loss this week. Will try to respond to the last few days posts now.

Pryia - yeah on the cheetos.:)

Elisa - welcome back!:D

Bailey - sorry I didn't see your point question until now. I agree with what Lauren said though, you should probably try to atleast have the minimum points everyday or you may be doing more harm than good. I have a very few days like that - few and far between. But I think on a regular basis, you should try to stay in the range.

Jul - sorry about Levi.:(

Sonya - yeah for staying op for a week and drinking your water. You are turning things around and the loss will surely show up on the scale soon.



09-12-2001, 12:15 PM
One sad story to share - and I'm sure there will be so many - way too many. An aquaintance had a best friend who worked in the WTC. He called him when this happened on his cell phone to see if he made it out. The guy said - I'm on the 67th floor, it is engulfed in flames, I have no way out, I'll see you in the next life.

God help us all.


09-12-2001, 12:34 PM
Rabbit: So many stories. That are touching so close to home. The people downstairs from me have a family member who works at the Pentagon.

The company I work for has employees missing in both NY and DC. A lady here her father was to check into the World Trade Center yesterday morning. Thank God for the traffic jam he was stuck in. I will never be upset over a traffic jam again.

I am so emotionally. I could just start crying every time I think of it. Hearing America themed songs just brings me to pieces.

Sonya: I know how you feel. I was OP yesterday and thought that is just so silly. But you know we have to keep control somehow. And in where ever we can establish some type of a normal life.

My son is really scared. Slept with me last night. And asked if something bad was going to happen there again today.

Take care---Back to work.

God Bless all of us!


09-12-2001, 01:16 PM
Rabbit - that story was so sad. I am just totally amazed, it almost feels like we are in a dream, but somehow we all seem unable to wake up.

There seems to be a lot of speculation about who is behind it all, I just hope and pray that no more innocent lives are lost.

09-12-2001, 01:18 PM
Rabbit: I'm afraid we're going to be hearing more and more conversations like your aquaintance had with the trapped friend. Just how many times can our hearts 'break' over the news.

My dad is stuck in Portland, was suposed to fly home yesterday. So far there are no rental cars available where he is, AmTrac keeps disconnecting him (after waiting on hold), and he is a bit aftraid to go ahead and fly. I am glad to hear that there will no longer be 'carry on luggage' allowed. I've always thought that was a bad idea (too easy to slip things thru and also there are always injuries from falling luggage).

I'm down another 3.
- jul

09-12-2001, 01:52 PM
Well I have to find out if I have to rejoin WW. Because where I go now is in the Federal Building downtown. And I am not stepping foot in there anytime soon. I called and they said I can just start a new one at another center. I will go this weekend so in case they make me rejoin I do not have to pay the registration fee. I know some of you may think I am crazy since nothing happened in my City. But until I feel safe. I am not putting myself anywhere near goverment buildings unless I have no choice.

Everyone take care. I don't know what else to say. Everything else seems so silly at the moment.

09-12-2001, 02:06 PM
I know I am driving you all crazy. But I want to share this with you all.

Flying Proudly through out America!!

09-12-2001, 02:51 PM
I'm getting a bit worried about Pyria's dual identity? Are you up to something? :D

09-12-2001, 03:04 PM
I have no clue why it is doing that. I think I used the name Jazzy2B and now it shows up as that and Pryia. I know confusing. But I am as sane as to be expected. :dizzy:

09-12-2001, 03:40 PM
Hi All,

Pryia- You are soo right. On the radio this AM a guy called up because he was torn between whether to fly his flag half staff in memory of the lives lost, or all the way to show we're proud. I agree with the DJ's, fly it high and proud. Anyone with a flag, put it out and show everyone how proud you are to be an American, and that no matter what they try to do to us, they will not kill our spirit!!

Rabbit- That is soo tragic. I keep hearing stories on the radio from people that have tried to call friends and relatives. Thank God for cell phones!!

09-12-2001, 03:56 PM
Saw my friend just a mintue ago. There company is missing 45 employees that were temping in the WTC. We are still missing about 10.

Yes when I get home I will be putting out my flag. And they were handing them out on the streets at lunch.

:( :( :( :( :(

09-12-2001, 05:17 PM
I have my flag waving proudly outside..A friend wants me to volunteer to go to NYC and help out at the hospitals if needed..I would be soo scared of flying now...They have been counting volunteers and people that may be called up for the military to see where the hospital stands if something happens....I cant give blood, but money is the next best thing....
Our prayers continue to the families and people involved.

09-13-2001, 10:47 AM
A friend sent this to me this AM...I was planning on going out at lunch today to find a couple little flags anyway!

Flags Across America
> To show those terrorists that we Americans stick together,
>FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14 is "Flags Across America."
>All Americans are asked to display the American flag either in their homes or cars.
>Let's keep the meaning of UNITED in "United States".
>Pass this onto as many people as you know.

09-13-2001, 11:02 AM
I have pictures of NY and DC. If you PM me your email I can send them to you. THey are on my work computer.

09-13-2001, 11:56 AM
Pryia- Speaking of which, kind of... I picked up my free JCP catalog yesterday after work, what page is the dress on that you were thinking of?

09-13-2001, 12:11 PM

There are so many sad stories and there are also so many noble courageous ones. I have so much admiration for the firefighters and police officers in this country. How proud I am to be an American.

Pryia - I love your flag symbol. Any news on the employees of your company? And what about your neighbor's family member?

Jul - I don't know how many times our hearts can break over this, I have a feeling it is endless. I hope your father makes it home soon.

I have weigh in tonight and hope I get that loss. It is really hard to focus on things in our lives now, but Pryia, I think you are right, we have to go on living.

God Bless the USA.


09-13-2001, 12:56 PM
Hi All,

Man, how sad it's been, everyday on my way to work listening to the radio, I end up in tears listening to the stories. Today the station I listen to is trying to start getting back into their "normal" format by playing some music. They decided to play patriotic type songs that would have some meaning to people, because music has a way of soothing and calming people, and helping to sort things out...I believe they're right. But they started by playing the Lee Greenwood song "God Bless the USA", which makes me cry normally, but I ended up crying even more just thinking about it!!

Tonight is WI for me also, and I'm hoping for good things.

09-13-2001, 01:27 PM
I appreciate the sentiment of standing together in this time of tragedy, but I hope cool heads prevail and we all remember that there are thousands of Muslims living in this country who are our brothers, sisters, and fellow citizens; we cannot let patriotism deterioriate into internment camps or domestic terrorism or hate crimes.

Just my opinion.


09-13-2001, 01:33 PM
We've got a show in St Louis this weekend. Part of me wonders if it shouldn't be canc'd. Should we even go? Would anyone feel like showing up and buying art???? I posed the question on a 'artist site' that I go to and most everyone was in agreement that we should do our part and not fall into our feelings of fear (if we do that the terriorists 'win'). We should all go to our shows, have a flag at our booth, some plan to donate some of their profits to Red Cross. Some show promoters are planning to have blood drives along with the show.

We're packing up, taking the kids to my mom tonight. Dad never could get on Am-Trac and now I hear they had a train crash out west. Rental cars still weren't available so he was looking into GrayHound (boy, that'll be a long trip!). We'll leave from my mom's for St Louis early tomorrow morning. I'll talk to you all again on Monday.

- jul
215/180 (already reached my CD goal)/165

09-13-2001, 01:48 PM
Hello Everyone,

I was so happy to see that everyone is OK. I was thinking of you when I watched the news on Tuesday. It is just unbelievable what has happened, but I agree with Sonya and hope people keep a clear head about those from the middle east who live in our country. I remember freinds of my father who had a rough time during the Gulf War, not only worried about family they still had in Iraq, but worried about how they were being treated here. Anyway.....

Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of weeks, the first week I just layed around feeling sorry for myself (seems sill in light of the events this week), then last week I was running around trying to get last minute stuff done. I'm almost glad I'm not working, it gives me more time to finish up the "little stuff". I've been trying to catch up since Sunday, but my computer is so slow.... yesterday I was getting ready to take it out and run over it, free or not it was driving me crazy. Only another month and K and I will be in the new house and his computer is much better, this one will be going in the trash :lol:.

On the weight front I was down one week, and up the next, and this week they didn't have WW on Tuesday because the mall was closed. I'm not sure if I'll go next week I'm sure I'm up again, and then we'll miss two weeks while we're in Maine.... we'll see.

The big day is only 9 days away :eek:. I can't believe we're in the single digits already.

RR - I need to go check out your pics, I'm sure they're lovely.

BFB - hope you're feeling better.

Jul - so sorry to hear about your dog. They are so much a part of the family it's like loosing a kid who doesn't talk back.

Rabbit - you are doing so well. You'll reach goal soon I know it. And just FYI they do add points when you reach maintenance so you don't keep loosing.

To everyone I missed - Hope you're hanging in there.

-Tech :spin:

09-13-2001, 02:12 PM
I know it sound so silly, but I have had 2 days OP. And working on 3.

Rabbit and LBH good luck at WI.

Rabbit-No news about the employees and my friends uncle is fine.

Talking to a woman on my floor. Her brother worked right in the area that was hit at the pentago. And he and a few buddies had just snuck out to smoke. In this case smoking saved his life. She said it was unbearable waiting for the phone call.

I will post the dress tonight.



09-13-2001, 06:54 PM
Tech-9 days already????I am soo excited for U!!! Where are ya;ll going on the honeymoon???Everything done???Lauren, what were those words of wisdom U gave me??????

I went to the healthclub today!!!I lossed 1 lb in a week!!!I was so excited that I did 6 miles today!!!I am really anti-meat again for some reason, so I tried cottage cheese yesterday and enjoyed it..I cooked green beans with tons of onions, then dumped in cottage cheese!!!I really enjoyed it even though Refman turned up his nose!!THe people at work just shake their heads when I eat with them..they are still getting over the fact that I have given up tuna after eating it everyday for 2 yrs!!!!

They have cancelled the SEC football games this weekend with all this stuff going on...It is soo strange how violence changes the world!!!I was very thankful to learn that the UK played the National Anthem today at the Changing of the Guards at the Palace !!!BFB--You have a great country:)
Prayers to all!!!
A local boy was killed at the Pentagon...He was an only child and had a wife and baby!!!It is sad that everyone in all the world is affected by this tragedy!

09-14-2001, 04:40 AM
I will be thinking of you all today, your National Day of Mourning & Remembrance. The UK is having 3 minutes silence at 11am. It is just so sad, but I am glad you guys are all ok.

They are having a memorial service in St Paul's Cathederal and it is the first time the Star Spangled Banner has ever been played in the cathederal. Just goes to show how much of an impact that this has had on everyone.

09-14-2001, 11:26 AM
Thank you!!

09-14-2001, 11:29 AM
I was browsing and found this link, it's for those of you who have a webpage - http://clubs.lycos.com/live/events/september11_ribbon.asp

and these are the instructions (copied directly from the link):


Copy and paste this text into your HTML page wherever you want the ribbon to appear:

<A HREF="http://clubs.lycos.com/live/events/september11.asp">
<IMG SRC="http://a1032.g.akamai.net/f/1032/81/30m/www.gamesville.lycos.com/art_gv/ribbon_small.gif" ALT="[Flag Campaign icon]" WIDTH="49" HEIGHT="86" BORDER="0" ALIGN="MIDDLE">
Support freedom</A>

I hope this works. You should get the following:

09-14-2001, 12:35 PM

10 Days OP! And I lost 1.4 pounds last night!:D So happy to see that - I am working very hard for it.

Jul - good luck at your show.

Tech - 9 days, oh wow! :eek: Thanks for the maintenance info.

RR - yeah for your loss! I was so happy to see the UK playing the anthem also. Very touching.

Have a great weekend all.


09-14-2001, 04:11 PM
Hi All,

Busy today, just wanted to pop in and say I lost 2.6 lbs. at WI last night!! :D WooHoo!! :D

Will try to get back later!

09-15-2001, 01:01 PM

11 Days op!! (my previous record was 16 - I'm on my way).

I'm going to be gone next week Monday through Friday probably. I'll have to continue to journal so I can continue to be op.

Lauren - congrats on the terrific loss!:smug:


09-15-2001, 01:07 PM
Hi all. Couple things I wanted to share.

First, you might want to check out this web site. Brought me through the realm of emotions and left me feeling more at peace.


Second, although I fear there will be many innocent lives lost in retaliation, I fear it is inevitable and necessary. Leonard Pitts has done a wonderful job of expressing the feelings many.

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Syndicated columnist / Seattle Times
"They pay me to tease shades of meaning from social and cultural issues, to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the
American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.
You monster. You beast. You unspeakable *******. What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our
Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.
Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause. Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve. Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together. Let me tell you about my people.

We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, cultural, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're
frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae, a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse.
We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with
a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though - peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing
and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.
Some people - you, perhaps - think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.
Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom
Clancy novel.
Both in terms of the awful scope of its ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of
terrorism in the history of the United States and, indeed, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.
But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last
time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.
I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble
with dread of the future.
In days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be
done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.
You see, there is steel beneath this velvet. That aspect of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the
family's bickering is put on hold. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.
Still, I keep wondering what it was you hoped to teach us. It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred.
If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're about. You
don't know what you just started.
But you're about to learn."

Peace be with you

09-15-2001, 01:17 PM
Sorry, I have more!

Well, does anyone else seem to retain 2X/month? I know I just started recording my weights, but I seem to retain SEVERAL pounds at ovulation, as well as at TOM. Good to know, so I won't get too discouraged. The retention weight WILL leave as quickly as it came:)

Anyway, I had taken my measurements on the 1st of september. I have really not seen much progress since then (up or down) I am now thinking this was because of OOM retention. So, I decided to take my measurements once again and was very excited! I think I am going to start a measurement thread to track my progress - PLEASE JOIN ME!

Take care

Sonya Yeay being OP all week and drinking H2O! Yeay! 3 lb loss.
Rabbit Another 1.4 Congrats! You have been working so hard! Way to go (also on journaling, miles, H2O...WOW). Have a great trip! Where are you off to?
Juldiet I hope you are moving through this difficult time. Hope your dad made it home. Mine has been stuck in Atlanta all week, but should be landing at Logan any minute. Congrats on the Loss!
Pyria 2 days OP 2 miles You go! My thoughts go out to you and your missing coworkers.
RR Thought about going to NY as well. Really can't as we have 2 Major confrences in October. Congrats on the Loss!
Tech alum WOW! 7 days?!? Hope you are taking time out from the madness of planning to ENJOY some of this!
LBH 2.6! Woohoo! You can make that goal!

09-15-2001, 01:34 PM
Hi All,

Rabbit- Congrats on 11 days OP!! Now, you're going to be out of town, just remember, you want to beat that 16 day record!! :dizzy: No messing up!!

BFB- Thanks for that link! I'm adding it to my signature.

DH took me to Cracker Barrel last night for dinner, we haven't been there in months. Of course I totally pigged out...adding pts. in my head as I did! :rolleyes: It was kind of nice though, they had a moment of silence at 7:00...we got there at 6:30. They put a little votive candle on everyone's table and told us that they would be having a moment of silence at 7:00 and someone would come and light our candle. It was weird though, to have everyone stop serving, eating, talking, even most of the kids were quiet!!

When we got home, I lit a candle and put it in the kitchen window. DH has a flag...if a '76 flag...but a flag, that he hung in our bedroom window, with a little lantern behind it. Now when you look at our apartment from the outside, you see the candle in one window and the flag lit up in the other. I think we will continue to do this.

RR/Tech- Those words would be I Don't Care! That 's what you need to remind yourself as you're about to freak out over something!! In the end, you will be married and happy, so if something, or everything for that matter, goes wrong, don't worry about it!! :D

RR- LOL, why did you give up tunafish?! I know you used to eat it everyday!! Did you just suddenly get sick of it? That happened to me with Mac & Cheese when I was a nanny...after eating it everyday for lunch, and sometimes dinner too, I couldn't even look at it for about a year!! When I first read cottage cheese in green beans, I thought, OK, not too bad, but then I started to imagine what it tasted like and the image wasn't good!! Maybe some day... :)

Did you all see the interview on CBS with the CEO of Cantor Fiztgerald?! My God, the man was a mess. He has not found 1 of his employees, 700 out of 1000 employees were working there and none of them made it out!! They were on the top floors. He was bringing his 5 y/o son to his first day of Kindergarten, that's why he was late. He was grabbing people on their way out, asking them what floor they were on, he got as high as 91st, that was it. He was just completely distraught.

Jul- Congrats on reaching your CD goal!! :D Hope things go well at the show for you. I think it's a good idea to try and keep things as normal as possible. The less stressed out we are, or show ourselves to be, the better.

DH has been pretty stressed out this week. He's a volunteer firefighter and he's very upset about all the missing/probably dead firefighters. His neck is stiff, which he thought he just twisted wrong in bed, but is now wondering if it is stress related, because it's started Wednesday AM. It's just soo true what they say about the bond firefighters have.

Pryia- Still waiting for the page number of that dress!!

I am 6 pts. over for the week so far, and I was thinking of trying to make them up today, so I could say I had an OP week, but we're going out to eat with DH's parents tonight, and it's gonna be rough. Don't think I'll be able to get a chicken sandwich wherever they take us!! :lol:

Anyway, I've got cleaning to do before dinner tonight, have a nice day all.

09-15-2001, 07:58 PM
me again

Bailey - that was a great article - thanks for sharing! I will be going to Nashville to open a store.

I know that I have been saying God Bless the USA and how proud I am to be American - which I am - but I hope that didn't sound bad to our foreign friends. I have been so touched by all the shows of support from all around the world. It has really meant a lot to everyone.:)

Lauren - I saw that interview - how tragic. There are so many searching, it is heart wrenching. We have flags out also. Good luck on your dinner out.


09-16-2001, 12:18 AM
Hi Everyone!

Sorry I haven't posted lately but I have been lurking some. Congrats on the losses and congrats to Tech on the wedding. Hope your day is wonderful.

I am still just in shock over this entire week. I made ribbons and took them to work Friday and put out a basket for donations for the Red Cross and got $81. I tried to give blood but the guy couldn't find my veins. He has tried before and always has problems. I started crying. I wanted to give so bad not even to mention the long wait. The Red Cross called my house this morning asking me givek I forget the type I have but it's the one that they can give to everyone I think, and I explained to the man that I will come to the drive this Tuesday but before I stand in line for hours I want to know that I will be able to give. He said for me to see him upon arrival and he will get the charge nurse to take a look. I really hope I can give. Friday we got to wear jeans and our red, white, blue. I decorated my desk with all USA items, my living room is decorated that way so I just took some stuff off the walls for the day and everyone had a fit. It looked really nice. I redid my beta fish in red, white and blue stones so he will be patriotic on Monday when I take him back to work. I finally found flags today. I bought 24 and gave some out to neighbors. It was amazing just to see the looks and gleams in their eyes because you can't find a flag around here. Two groups I gave them to had children and the kids started jumping up and down they were so happy, I just wanted to cry.

I got my nails done today. They are painted pearl white and they have USA Flag decals on them. Everyone is having a fit over them. I also found the coolest pen in a clearance area that is like a flag and it lights up red when you write with it. I have been using that all day and everyone wants it but I said no way.

Guess what....first week back to WW and OP and I lost 4.5! I am back on track and on my way.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Stay safe.