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09-11-2001, 07:07 PM
Hello and welcome to the Thin Group! We are a great group of ladies who have one thing in common. We are working together toward our goal of being healthier in our daily lifestyles and to lose weight in 2001. There are all different ages and backgrounds here, and we all have different ways of losing weight. We love to have fun, but we also give a lot of support, encouragement, and motivation to one another. Please feel free to post with us. Just jump right in, and you will receive a warm welcome. The more, the merrier!

Please feel free to check our our website and learn more about us at ""

Love, CJ

09-11-2001, 09:47 PM
Hi everyone

I'm not very good at US geography so I'm not sure if any of you will have been affected by the terrorist acts that occurred today. I hope you and your families are all okay. I know some of your kids/relatives are in the armed forces - this must be scary for you.

It's scary for us, and Australia ia a long way from the US (but we are a major ally of yours, and our Prime Minister is over there at the moment).


09-11-2001, 11:24 PM
We will never forget this day. My prayers are with all of you in the U.S. and hope that all of your family and friends are safe.

It has been such a shocking day for us. Our son-in-law was in New York this morning. He is a pilot with Air Canada. Very fortunately, they took off at around 8 am this morning, but they were instructed to put down at Minneapolis airport, so are there at the moment, but are safe.

It was pretty scary here, waiting to get word from his airline as to where his plane was. Our daughter is 6 months pregnant and was so upset this morning when the disaster happened. Ken is still on holidays, so we both went over and spent the better part of the day with her and Cambree. Later in the day, her husband finally was able to get through to let her know he was okay, but won't be home for awhile till it is safe for them to fly.

Ironically enough, Steve, our son-in-law, toured the Trade Center yesterday morning. Thank God it was not today.

I just wanted you all to know that I am here. Back from our holidays on the Oregon Coast. We got back late Sunday evening. We were going to stay a couple of extra days, but decided to come home Sunday. Another blessing. It is nearly impossible to get across the border at the moment. Even though we live only a couple of blocks from the U.S border, I guess we would have had to look at our house from the U.S side, for awhile anyways.

It looks very much like the safety and freedom we have taken for granted will now be a thing of the past.

My prayers to all of you and your families. I'll post soon. Love, G :)

09-12-2001, 02:24 AM
Words cannot even begin to describe how I feel. :cry: This is truly a sad day for our country. My prayers go out to all those affected by today's tragedies. I know people who work in the WTC ... half of my company's board members' offices were in those towers ... we have two people who were on the way to those offices, they were running late and were a couple of blocks away and saw the second plane smash into the WTC. They ran towards the building to look for family, friends and colleagues and were surrounded a horrific scene. I can only imagine what they saw. God help us all.

Judy- I'm so sorry that your daughter is putting your family through such h*ll. My prayers go out to you, Cal and your family and can only hope that your daughter will get some help. Allura is a lucky little girl to have such wonderful grandparents and aunt and uncle. God bless you!

Will try to post tomorrow. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.

Stay safe. :angel:


09-12-2001, 09:04 AM
Hi Ladies:

This is a sad day for our country. How can this happen? Why did it happen? All those poor people. My God!!!!!! Watched TV most of the day yesterday at work and at home. It was unbelievable. We were so worried about my sister Cynthia. She lives in Viriginia and she is always flying somewhere and owns her own business, but does alot of business down in the Washington DC area. Well, yesterday, she was a few block away from the pentagon. She saw the plane come down on the pentagon and the terrible noise of the crash she will never forget. We finally got a hold of her and my sister was hysterical. Cynthia is always laid back and nothing seems to bother her. Washington, DC was in a panic. It took her a very long time to get home. Thank God, she is OK!!!!

I am cancelling my trip to Vegas this Friday. I REFUSE to get on a plane. No way.......

Judy........My heart goes out to you ((((JUDY)))). Hopes all goes well on Friday.

Be safe everyone!!!!

Love you all, Chrissy

Does anyone think it's easy
To be a creature of this world?
To ask for reasons
When all reasons serve only
To make the darkness darker,
And to break the heart?
--Not only of man,
But of all breathing things?
Perhaps, friends, it is time
To take a stand
Against all this senseless hurt.

09-12-2001, 09:39 AM
Like all the rest of you, we've been glued to the TV's and radios here. Everything in Philadelphia was shut down yesterday with everyone wondering if something else in the area was going to be hit. Today, many places are still closed. I spent some time yesterday evening in the VFW and watched those people on TV singing God Bless America. Couldn't swallow past the lump in my throat. Today we've been getting faxes, phone calls and emails from all our company's foreign representatives and distributors. They're all asking what we're asking. How can this happen to AMERICA!?!?!

Chrissy, I thought of you and your trip to Las Vegas. Tell you what. Reschedule it for mid-October and maybe we really will meet up there.

Meanwhile, I guess the whole country will just have to wait and see what happens next. My brother works at an Air Force Base in Ohio. They were in lock-down yesterday and finally allowed to leave if they passed through the check-point and had their bags inspected, etc. Rich and I live near the air base down here and saw the only planes that were allowed to be in the air, the military jets, etc. taking off and landing. We'll be driving up through New Jersey again at the end of the month to go back to Boston. And when we pass the New York skyline and look over as we usually do .......

Love you guys.

09-12-2001, 10:53 PM

09-14-2001, 09:37 AM
Hey look! Jo's here! She's at work! Yes, that's a good thing. Because as you may recall, Jo was supposed to be on jury duty today! :)

I called yesterday afternoon as instructed and found that my group had been excused. Actually, ALL jurors were excused. I guess it's probably because of what happened on Tuesday which is of course a terrible thing but I can't help being glad I didn't have to go. Won't my boss be surprised when he comes in today and sees me here.

Anyway, today is Rich's birthday. He didn't want anyone to know but I got in to work first and spilled the beans. :devil: So now no one is going to leave him alone all day. I think he secretly likes it. And I'm glad I'll be home this evening to give him his presents.

Not much planned for the weekend. Have to weigh in tomorrow morning of course and I've been pretty good this week. I've even walked at least a mile and a half every night this week! Last night I did a bit of celebrating (beers) at the VFW and pretty much blew my good record but I'm hoping for a good weigh-in anyway. I've even been avoiding the scale at home all week. :?:

Yesterday afternoon, a woman from Scumball's mortgage company called me and asked if I was coming to sign the papers last night. She's the really rude one so I not-so-politely explained that I'd already signed all the papers in my lawyer's office on Monday and they were all supposed to be done and I was waiting for them to file all the forms and for Scumball to sign the papers he was supposed to sign and they better not be keeping me waiting just because they can't seem to get their acts together, etc. :mad: What morons they must hire!! Meanwhile, all sorts of legal papers regarding the divorce are supposed to be in the mail to me as we speak. My lawyer said he'd call only if there was a problem and I haven't heard from him so I guess no news is good news. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Well, guess I'd better get to work. I guarantee boss man is going to try to keep me here late tonight just like every Friday. He loves to wait until the last minute with EVERYTHING! :rolleyes: But I have to admit that I'm happy to be here (instead of at the courthouse)!!

Judy, I'll be thinking of you all day today! {{{JUDY}}}

Much love to you all!

09-14-2001, 01:47 PM
Hi guys,
It is sure hard to get into anything with all that happened in New York and Washington D.C isn't it? This is one of the most senseless tragedies think we have ever had. I keep going back to when my brother Rick was sensely murdered 2 years ago and wonder if it will ever stop. I feel so bad for those poor people, both the victims and the families and loved ones of all of them. We have just been watching lots and lots of news constantly hoping to see some good news once in a while in the form of somebody found alive and well. There have just been stories and stories both sad and happy, but mostly sad ones on TV. I tell you guys it just makes you feel so thankful for who we have in our lives and how lucky we are right now for everything we have. I am so proud to be an American right now that is for sure. I just can't believe the way we have come together at this time.

I am still trying to hang in there weightwise and keep on going toward where I want to be for for some reason my weight seems insignificant right now but I know that we are all doing what we can and I know there are so many people giving what they can give. Whether it be going there and helping in the search and rescue, giving blood, money or supplies so sorely needed right now. I plan to give what I can as well to help the effort.

I will come back and post again. Right now I just don't feel like it. Everyone be proud to be an American and keep the American spirit up.

Love ya, Sharon

sweet tooth
09-17-2001, 02:46 PM
This has been such a somber and devastating week. My heart goes out to all those who are affected by the disaster last week.

For me, it meant a delay in travelling. However, DH has been able to push back his schedule one week and we will be leaving late tomorrow evening, arriving in Qatar on Thursday morning. Their work week is from Sunday to Thursday, so it means we have a few days holiday before work begins. We are hoping to touch base with colleagues from our college who work in the United Arab Emirates. They have planned a company get together when we visit.

Our delay also allowed enough time to receive the mark that I got in the Stats exam that I wrote at the end of August. Woohoo! Yeehaw!, etc. I got 88%. I was soooo stunned because I didn't think that I did very well. I kept taking the paper out and looking at the mark all weekend. Finally DH and kids hid the paper because they were so tired of looking at me admiring it. Oh well, I still have one assignment to complete before my final grade, but hopefully I will get a final mark of around 92 or 93%. Then on to the next classes...

It has been an encouraging week in the weight loss department also. Last week was depressing with a 3.75 pound gain. This week shows a 5.75 pound loss - and today starts that time of month. It is certainly encouraging when I will be away from a scale for the next 4 weeks. I have Slim Fast bars packed and my diet organized to stay OP for vacation time. Hopefully, the next four weeks will show a loss in weight and not a gain.

I'm also cracking out the exercise stuff. I thought I should finally start an exercise program while I am away. I found my power walking tape (Kathie Smith) last night and plan to use that over the next month. When I get home, I will begin some strength exercises and hopefully show some significant loss in weight as well as an increase cardiovascular conditioning. There's the plan...fullfilling it is another story, but we'll see.

Everyone take care. I will try to check in while away, but if not, I talk to you all on Oct. 15. Bye for now.

09-17-2001, 08:33 PM
Hi everyone! Haven't been here in a month. I was at work last Tuesday watching the tragic events unfold. I hope they get all of the people involved. A nd to think there are still some of those people here in the US is scary.

JUdy: I was catching up on the posts. Sorry to here about your daughter. Hope everything went all right at the hearing. My prayers are with you and your family.

I am sorry for not being around. I have got to get myself back in to a routine. I will try to come around more if that is okay?

Take care everyone. Mary Kay

09-18-2001, 09:02 AM
My Calvin just died this morning. His pain and suffering are all over.

Hugs, Judy

09-18-2001, 09:05 AM
Hi y'all. Thought I would at least check in although not in much of a talking mood. I have been so depressed all week from the terrible terrible attack on us! I didn't even want to venture into town for the first couple days ... I don't know, just got really parinoid, and just wanted to stay in our woods at the cabin here. But, I had to so I just did it ... I don't care if I ever go in a plane again ever! Always was a "nervous" flyer anyway - now you would probably have to sedate me first!

Crissy, sorry about your plans being cancelled for Vegas - but probably just as well for now. October is a much nicer time weather wise for Vegas anyway. That is when we used to go - always in October. If you do go, win lots!

Sweet Tooth: Have a good trip to Qatar and be safe! I got your stats, so will update this Friday. Way to go on the 5.75 lbs loss!

Well, things for our equip garage (hubbys playpen) are really going fast I think. He is building a 40 x 90 ft equip garage and so far we have all the walls up and his pit - and the first 3rd of the floor will be poured this Saturday. Dick has to put in the plumbing first for water and heat before any of the floor can be poured - and they are pouring 1/3 on Saturday, 1/3 on the followig Monday, and then the last 1/3 on Wednesday of next week. We were suppose to come home for a few days today actually, but we have to stay now, since we are working with a cement contractor, we have to get it done - time is $$$... We decided to do the garage first then the house, as we can use the garage to store all our furniture and stuff while the house is being built ... our cabin is nice but not big - no way would it hold everything! LOL

Well, got to go right now ... will check back again when I can. Be safe everyone - love you all!

Love, CJ

09-18-2001, 09:18 AM
Judy, my heart and my prayers go out to you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that I'm thinking of you.

Love you.

09-18-2001, 10:04 AM
Judy, I am so sorry. We must have been posting at same time this morning ... my post after yours must look like I was so callous! I'm glad I came back to check posts before shutting down. As always, you are in my prayers. My heart goes out to you with your loss of Cal. The blessing is of course that he is no longer suffering ... but your loss is insurmountable! Remember, we are here for you. We love you Judy.

Love, CJ

09-18-2001, 01:25 PM
Judy, you are in my prayers. You have been so brave throughout this. Wish we could all be there personally to hug you and to help you.

May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you.


09-18-2001, 01:59 PM
I also am very sorry to hear bout Cal. It was a long painful battle for him. Now he is with his Maker and out of the pain and suffering. You have been very strong through all of this. Try to stay that way. {{{{{{{JUDY}}}}}}} Love Sandi

09-18-2001, 03:47 PM
Dear Judy:

So sorry about Cal. He is now out of his misery. You have been very strong through all of this. Have faith in God. My prayers and heart goes out to you. ((((JUDY))))

Love you,


09-19-2001, 04:59 PM
One of my email friends wrote this poem and I thought it was so beautiful I put it on my cjs place website. If you would like to read it go here:

Love, CJ

09-19-2001, 08:53 PM


It is well documented that for every minute that you exercise, you add one minute to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month.

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the **** she is.

The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up.

I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

And last but not least:

I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

Love to all Sandi

09-20-2001, 08:45 AM
It looks like the boards are going to be down for a couple days while they switch to a new server. I have a place that we can post on while we are unable to get on here. Some of you remember it from long ago - I had to look up in my notes for the info, it's been so long, but here is the addy. Now you will need a password and I am going to put that in your private messages for you ... the address is:

and the password will be in your private message. Go ahead and try it out now, and when this forum is down we'll already know where to go and how to get there.

Love, CJ

09-21-2001, 09:38 AM
Well, here I am. Old Jo. :lol: Truthfully, I don't feel any different. In case any of you didn't know, I hit the Big 4-0 on Wednesday. Rich and I took the day off to go gamble down in Delaware. Didn't win anything big :p but didn't lose ... much. Went to the VFW and there was a huge surprise party (meaning FOOD) for me. :D One of my friend's husband is a chef and he outdid himself. Weigh-in tomorrow won't be pretty but boy was it wonderful!!

Took off yesterday to go to my annual gyn. appt. Blah. My b-day gift from him was a slip for a mammogram and one for an ultrasound of my remaining ovary. He says everything looks OK but it's been a while since my last one. Boy, what a thoughtful and practical gift. Today is a party (yet more cake) here at work. I've pretty much thrown caution to the wind food-wise this week. As I said, not looking forward to weigh-in but you only live once right?

Well, have to get to work now. Back to reality. Hope you're all having a good one!

Love, Jo.

09-21-2001, 09:56 AM

Sorry forgot about your birthday!!!! Enjoy all the good food. You only live once! ((((JO))))) Happy Birthday girlfriend!!!

Love, Chrissy

09-22-2001, 12:44 AM
Judy- My heart goes out to you and your family. I'm sorry to hear about Cal. His battle is over and now he is no longer suffering. {{{{{{{{JUDY}}}}}}} You and your family are in my prayers.


Well ladies, the diet was thrown out the window. The attacks have wreaked havoc on my way of eating .... and boy have I been eating! :) I just feel that I need to be surrounded by comfort food. The anxiety is easing but the fear isn't. The gym is proving to be a comfort. I never thought I would ever say that! We shall see what happens.

I hope you and your families have a safe and wonderful weekend!



09-22-2001, 01:07 AM
My dear Judy,
I am so very sorry about Cal. You have been through so much these last few months. I know Cal is no longer suffering but you still miss him so much. You have remained so strong throughout this ordeal. I will continue to pray for you and you family. Please post again and know that we all love you so much and are here for you always.

Love ya, Sharon :love:

09-22-2001, 01:11 AM

Hope it was a great one. I will post again when I have more time.

Love you, Sassy Sharon :wave:

09-22-2001, 08:25 AM

(And many more..........)

Sorry we missed it on the actual day Jo - I guess the past week has just caught us all off guard. Hope you day was a good one!

Love, CJ

09-23-2001, 09:35 PM
Judy, I want to offer my condolences. Please feel comfort in the fact that Cal is at peace and no longer suffering. Take care of yourself!

Jo, a belated happy birthday to you!

This week has been difficult, and I haven't felt like posting. I guess many of us feel the same. God Bless America!

I'll post again soon.


09-24-2001, 04:12 AM
Hello Ladies-

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your weekend. I found this little "poem" that I would like to share with all of you...


The more I believe in Angels :angel:
The more I see them all around me.
In friends, family and acquaintances.
It's amazing how much goodness you can see,
If only you believe.
"Wherever you go, whatever you do, may God's angels watch over you." :angel:
~~Author Unknown.~~

Have a great day.

Sylvia :wave:

09-25-2001, 09:37 AM
Hi all and thanks for all the belated birthday wishes. So far, it doesn't feel any different. :lol:

Tonight, Rich and I are taking mom and dad out to dinner for mom's birthday. It's a local place, very posh, and has wonderful food so I might be in a little trouble. Last Saturday, I weighed in with a 2.8 lb. gain. :( But so far this week, I've been behaving. I'm going to be good today so I can maybe have dessert tonight. I'm also planning water with dinner and keeping the alcohol to one glass of wine. Let's just see how I do.

I've started my 40th year (Or is it my 41st? I forget how that works) with a new resolve. Last night I walked not quite a mile to the card store to get a b-day card for mom. Of course, when I came out of the store, it was pouring, teeming rain. I got a little "moist" by the time I got home. :rolleyes: But it was a warm rain and I had to see the humor in it. It felt (this is going to get a bit mushy...) good to be alive! Ahhh. Just had to stuff the card bag into my pants :eek: to keep it out of the rain.

Speaking of pants, the pair I wore to work the breakfast at the VFW on Sunday felt loose and uncomfortable. I was grumbling about grabbing the wrong pair (the larger size) until I realized that I hadn't!!! I had on the smaller size and they were a bit loose! :D Whoopie!!! Nothing like that to set me on the right path!!

The challenge comes this weekend when Rich is going up to Boston. I couldn't get time off from work so he's going up alone on Friday and coming back sometime Monday. I'll be all alone over the weekend and I know the pizza delivery numbers. :devil: I need to think of things to keep me busy.

One thing I could do. The MS committee at the VFW (I'm a member) has been invited to the Adams Mark Hotel (very classy) for an award banquet in November. I could ... SHOP!!!! Who said that??? Jo??? Shopping!?!? Well, I certainly need a new outfit. Problem is that it's more than a month until the banquet. Who knows how much weight I could lose by then. Well, I can look anyway, right?

Well, I should run now. Nice to see Jo still has her long rambling posts, eh? Some things never change.

Hope you all have a good day.
Much love, Jo.

09-26-2001, 09:32 AM
Anyone here?? Anybody home?? What's that "online/offline" thing below our names on this forum? Is it true that Ms. CJ is online right now? And how come it says I'm offline since I'm here? I think. :?:

Anyway, had a nice dinner last night but my stomach was bothering me most of the day and that put a damper on things. Still, it helped me to behave. Appetizer (portobello mushroom with crab meat), dinner (chicken with eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes) and one glass of wine. And it was all so very tasty! A very nice birthday dinner for mom.

This morning I admit to eating a muffin that someone brought in and it's sitting in the pit of my stomach. :( Hopefully, that will keep me from snacking or cheating today. I still have one more birthday lunch tomorrow from some of the people at work but I'm really trying to be good. Last night was the first night in a long time I didn't walk either outside or on my treadmill. Guess I'll have to do extra tonight. ;)

OK so everyone remember a while ago I was talking about my great new weight loss plan? That was before the tragic events of September 11 and we've all had other things on our minds since then. Actually, it's just as well because now that I think about it, it wasn't such a great idea anyway. It was more of a concept or a way of thinking and while it "might" work well for me, it probably wouldn't make a lot of sense to anyone I tried to explain it to. But if anyone's interested, I could try. Probably make you all wonder if Jo's completely lost her mind. :rolleyes:

I've started my countdown. Only 17 days until Las Vegas! Yes, we're going even if it means having our luggage searched and having to be patted down or interrogated. I'm willing to do anything at all to ensure my own safety in the air. Our flight leaves at 8 in the morning and if that means getting to the airport by 5:30, so be it. I just wish they'd decide on whether or not they'll allow carry-on luggage. I have no problem with bringing aboard only a book to read and maybe a pack of gum or something but only if they can guarantee they won't lose my luggage and leave me with nothing. I usually carry on at least a toothbrush, a bottle of water, a change of underwear and most of my money just in case.

Well, I guess I'll go now. Work to do as usual. Oh what a glamorous life I lead. :rolleyes: Hope to hear from all you guys soon!

Much love, Jo.

09-26-2001, 10:23 AM
Hey Jo,
I see your post made a 2nd page. You could have started a new thread girl. More importantly you could have beat both CJ and myself to the punch. HA HA Oh well I bring you post over to # 63 being the nice girl I am. LOL

OK guys, be there or be square.

Sassy Sharon :wave: