Simply Filling/Core - Weekly Core Chat Thread for Week Of October 15-21, 2006

10-15-2006, 11:32 AM
I thought this title was more descriptive. If you all hate it, we can go back to the old title next week.

10-15-2006, 11:35 AM
Yesterday was just crazy!

We got Cameo her shot from the emergency Vet. She really isn't moving well today and it's so bad that we are not going to take her back for the shot today. The shot goes in the muscle so maybe she's just had too many in a row. We decided we'll wait until Monday and go back to the regular Vet. She eating but seems very upset. Our pet sitters came last night to walk Cassie and they always check on Cameo. I wanted them to leave her alone but apparently they didn't. I think they upset her because she had an accident on the floor. We are thinking that we've cured or nearly cured the pneumonia but that the cancer is still making her sick. We know our days are numbered with our kitty.

Our evening with Cindy and Doug could not have been more wonderful. They both were really tired but we had a lot of laughs about silly things we've done together over the years. After the first few tense moments we just had fun. Jim and I bought them a fabulous steak dinner that was enjoyed by all. I can't cure her so we all medicated with food. I actually ate Core but went a trifle past satisfied. After dinner we went back to the house and she took her scarf off. I know she was a bit nervous. I told her she has a nice head and we laughed. Now she doesn't have to be self conscious about it anymore. I got two great hugs and I told her that I hope the next time I see her in person we are having a post-transplant celebration. If all goes well, the transplant can be as early as the week before Thanksgiving. She has the brightest spririt and the most optimsitic personality of anyone I have ever known. She is good through and through and I wish I was more like her. That's why I cry so much during Wicked during the For Good song because it makes me think of our friendship.

Anywhooo....I'll probably be sorry that I have that steak in my tummy when I go to weigh in tomorrow but that's ok. I'll go as light as I can today.

Now...finally....let me go catch up with all of you!

10-15-2006, 12:15 PM
Sandra, I am SO sorry for the loss of your MIL. I'm thankful that she seems to have gone peacefully. Sometimes, it's all we can hope for. I wish I could be there to give you and Curtis a huge bunch of :hug: hugs :hug: . Just try to be as good as you can on program. It's going to be very hard for you for the next couple of days. It made me smile when you talked about 30 points being so high. That's what I'm allowed every day on Flex! Congratulations on your archery contracts. How exciting that an 11/12 fit perfectly! I agree with whomever suggested alterations on the brown dress. If you love the dress, why not? That kitty story you told me was amazing! I told Jim and he was shocked!

Frouf, I just read about your MIL's behavior at Thanksgiving. I know how you feel about your own Mom. I would have felt the same way. Has DH heard anything more about the new job? I'm so very glad to hear that you are getting help at work AND that your car is paid off! Woo Hoo!!! I hope someone takes over the gym. I had one close completely once and I never got any money back nor did I have a place to exercise. As for the cruise, my vote is for you to go....absolutely go....and sign up soon before you have buyers regret when all the window cabins are gone! I hope you are having a great breakfast with your GF right at this very moment. Can we pretty please with pink frosting on top see some of your cruise pictures? I still don't know what you look like!

Melissa, I sure hope you are feeling better by now and that your party last night was a huge successful venture. Did you ever figure out why you had the hives?

Paula, I'm so glad you enjoyed your pampering. I think all Moms should do this more. RICE is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I'm wrapping it every day and resting and elevating it as much as my life will allow me. I still haven't iced it even though it makes it feel better. I'm much better at taking care of other people. How was the circus? Did Sarah enjoy it?

Angela, what's new? How'd the bread baking go? It is one of my fondest memories that I have with my Big Sister. I bet your girls will still be talking about it when they are 50...just like me! How's your program going. I need some inspiration.

Jennifer, where are you? We haven't heard from you in a while. I was thinking about you when former White Sox great Magglio Ordonez sent the Tigers to the World Series last night. How exciting was that? I was tearing up a bit just watching. I want the AL Central to win the WS again.

Rhonda, I'm just going back through the whole thread for last week. You sound SO determined and motivated. I just know you are going to be successful. I'm convinced that success can come partially from not just giving up after a slip or two but rather from just getting right back on program at the next meal. You are doing great. Did you get those papers graded and reports done?

Kathy, huge congratulations to Shaun! You must be very proud. And also congratulations to your Brother. I hope the adoption goes through for them this time. I'm relieved to hear that your Mom is recovering well. Lots of good news in your life.

Vivian, great job on getting almost all of your gain back off so quickly. Often it takes more than one week.

Yawaii, Welcome to our little corner of the world! How are you doing on program?

Barb, Welcome to you too! How's it going? I need to hear some Core success stories. Please share!

Elana, I hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly. I'm still suffering for my insane pool exercise. The Doctor says probably at least two more weeks for me.

Ok chicks.....I'm finally caught up. I'm going to go eat breakfast and make a menu thread. I wish the Core lurkers would at least post a menu even if they don't want to post on the chat thread. I could use some inspiration.

10-15-2006, 12:29 PM
A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer shared a recipe for Diet Coke Sloppy Joes that she had yet to try. Well, I tried it last week and the were OUTSTANDING! I served them with oven fries and paid a couple of points for some light hambruger buns from Jewel. We cannot wait to have them again. I posted the recipe in our recipe file since it had just previously been in a chat thread. You guys have got to try them. You will not be disappointed and I'm sure they are very kid friendly.

10-15-2006, 12:54 PM
We are big Manwich fans and I know Judd would love the DCSJ's. (Love that acronym!)

Vickie, I hesitate to even ask because I know how busy you are, but I'm getting into Milwaukee like around 9:30 Thursday morning. I don't have to be to dinner with the other parents that night until 7:00. If you have even 30 minutes, I would love to come somewhere to meet you and Jim. I know that things are so crazy with you right now between the different appointments, Cameo and Cassie's issues ... but I will have a car and can even come just right down to your area so you wouldn't have to be gone from home very long. Think about it and let me know, and if it doesn't work out, then we'll do it another time. Shaun is staying in Great Lakes for his "A" school instead of going to Pensacola so I believe he'll be there for the next six months.

We are having rain. I know most of you are sick of it, but it's our first in months and it's really good coverage. We need it so much.

Okay, I just got ran out of the family room; TLC was replaced by football on the big-screen. I'll move my operation to the bedroom and will be back later.

10-15-2006, 01:30 PM
Geez, Kathy, it's so crazy here right now and I'm SO distracted with worry about the cat that I'm really reluctant to plan anything. It really does seem like she's fading today. I really want her to make it until her regular Vet is available tomorrow. I really don't want to have to get treatment from an emergency vet that we don't know.

Jim has an Eye Specialist appointment on Thursday at 10:30. It's his once a year diabetic checkup and I know he has a spiffy test or two that they'll do. It's great that Shaun is staying in Chicago. I love it here. Maybe we can meet another time when I'm not so distracted and upset?

10-15-2006, 02:18 PM
Sure thing. I know these things that are going on now are very important and I understand completely. I'm pretty sure that for future visits, I'll have more notice and maybe it'll come at a much better time.

Emergency vets are (IMO) not the best. When Bridge had that issue with his tail last May (because Bindy chased him and took a little bite out of his backend) we had to take him late Saturday night to the ER. $400 later we were home and his tail was bandaged. When we took him to the regular vet on Monday morning, they said all that extra stuff was totally unnecessary; they were a little irritated that the emergency vet had done that to us. I don't think we'll ever go to the ER again unless it's DIRE.

I think I'll be bringing an empty suitcase, then going to Trader Joe's and stocking up on the things I can't get here, like good edamame, some FF cheeses, and NSA sauces. There's also a good snack bar that someone on the Whole Foods site mentioned ... I think it was a Clif Nectar Bar with dark chocolate and walnuts. Walnuts were mentioned in the news last week as being the most beneficial source of healthy oil:

A study that compared the health benefits of walnuts and olive oil "demonstrates that the protective fat from walnuts actually undoes some of the detrimental effects of a high-saturated-fat diet, whereas a neutral fat, such as olive oil, does not have as much protective ability."

Tests showed that both the olive oil and the walnuts helped to reduce the sudden onset of harmful inflammation and oxidation in arteries that follows a meal high in saturated fat.

Over time, this is thought to cause the arteries to start to harden - and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, unlike olive oil, adding walnuts also helped preserve the elasticity and flexibility of the arteries, regardless of cholesterol level.

The bars are 160 calories, with 6 gm of fat and 6 gm of fiber. My calculator is at work but it seems like a doable snack, of reasonable points value, that would really be satisfying. If it scratches that chocolate itch, then it would be worth it to spend the whole days' worth of points allowance. ;)

It is POURING here! YAY! I moved the broccoli, lettuce and cabbage into the rain a little while ago but just now had to move it back under the patio cover because it was getting too much water. I had new blooms on the zucchini plant this morning so am happy about that. The romaine is growing nicely and I even ate some of it the other day. I still need to thin it out and put about half of it into a bigger pot. It's getting crowded.

Now I have to go to Kohls to see if I can find a blouse to wear on Friday. I have a pair of black pants and boots, but need a top. I've given away all of last year's winter clothes because they were too big so I'm trying to restock the closet.

10-15-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks for understanding, Kathy. I'm really bummed out right now.

10-15-2006, 02:30 PM
Absolutely no problem at all. You'd better believe if it was one of mine going thru the same things, I'd be upset too. That's the job of a good mom -- whether it be baby or furbaby. :hug:

10-15-2006, 06:22 PM
hi there. it's rainy and cool here today. this is a laid back day for all of us. i guess you could call it a recuperation day. our nephew/niece just left to drive out to the old homeplace with their bro/wife. they'll be back later tonight. curtis and i are getting ready to watch some football.

confession--i am not op. i started out that way but have plunged into the bowels of chocolate. i just ate half a hershey bar and a big spoonful of peanut butter. i have haystacks cooling on the countertop. i'm thinking the fiber one will at least make my chocolate and pb into a healthier snack. tomorrow is another day. today i'm sitting down and eating with dignity. tomorrow i'm doing the same but will do it op-style.

kathy, i'm glad shaun passed everything. he needs some positive things going his way, doesn't he? this sounds like a very good experience for him.

rhonda, that dress isn't going to work no matter what we do to it. the color looks awful on me. the black one i got from ebay is nice, but it's really not me. i guess i have learned now that i can't always shop on ebay and get what i want.

i may get our niece to go to the mall with me tomorrow. i need some black shoes and now a new dress for rhonda's wedding. i'm going to go try on a few and see if i find the perfect one. that will help me

get back op. i'm not mad at myself yet today and i'm trying to stay that way. it's easier to tell someone else not to beat themselves up over overeating than it is to practice it ourselves. am i right?

10-15-2006, 08:29 PM
Sandra, I'm SO proud of you for confessing. It's good cleansing. You'll start again tomorrow with me. I've been ok today but not great.

We had to take Cameo to the emergency Vet. She is failing. It seems she's lost all or most of her vision and is paralyzed on the left side. The ER Vet seems to think it may be a reaction to the Baytril. Regardless, she is keeping her overnight for observation and is going to give her things to break her fever. It was quite high and she hadn't eaten today. Jim and I have cried and prepared ourselves for the worst. We've already told them that if she takes a turn for the worse that we want/need to be there with her. They are only about 10 minutes away. I can call to check on her whenever I want.

We are to pick her up at 7:00 tomorrow morning and take her directly to our regular Vet for examination. Then we'll decide if there is anything that can be done for her.

I have a raging headache and I'm exhausted. I'm not sure when I'll be back tomorrow.

10-15-2006, 08:50 PM
That doesn't sound good, Vickie, but you're doing the best that you can for her right now. It sounds like your ER vet is doing a good job even though I'm sure you'll be glad to get her to the regular one.

I hope you can get some rest tonight. :hug:

10-15-2006, 09:09 PM
vickie, i'm so sorry about cameo. i hope she isn't in pain. i'm here for you if you need me. :hug:

10-15-2006, 09:50 PM
Hi All:

Vickie: Sorry to hear that poor Cameo is failing. We'll hope that she has a peaceful night and that you and Jim get some rest.

Sandra, you'll be back OP soon. And the only dress you should wear is the one in which you feel fantastic...that goes for all of us. If you don't feel good in it, pass it on to someone else!

Hope everyone has a good night.


10-16-2006, 12:04 AM
Sandra - my condolences to you and Curtis on the loss of his mother - I hope you are both able to comfort each other - neve rmind about the chocolate and peanut butter! Hugs to both of you!

Vickie - poor you and Jim - sorry to hear about Cameo's failing health - I can only imagine your heartache - hang in there and be strong! Hugs to both of you too!

Kathy - congrats to Shaun for passing all his tests and moving on to the next step - I bet you are all so happy for him - and I know you can't wait to see him graduate!

Rhonda - how are you doing? I am hoping some of that movtivation and determination will rub off on me!

Had a wonderful breakfast w/my gf and we got caught up and I shared all my cruise pics and stories with her! She works in high tech but is a very creative sort (knitting, smocking, scrapbooking) but her latest endeavour it seems is her favorite! Her son is engaged to be married next october and they asked her to do the wedding cake - and taking this very seriously she is taking all sorts of cake decorating courses and is making the most amazing cake creations imaginable! I asked (and offered to pay ) her to maybe bake a cake for dd's birthday (nov 22) and of course she agreed (no $$ either!). She does a princess cake - with a tiara on a pillow - magnificent - and the other cute one looks like a purse/makeup bag w/cosmetics all around - dd has asked if she can make a 'present' cake wrapped in a bow which I'm sure she can do (in purple and green no less). I can't wait to see it!

After breakfast off to do groceries - then take dd to dance rehearsal - then to Starbucks to pick up coffee for work where I ran into Sherri (toronto gf's sister) so we had a nice chat - never made it to the library (yet again)...back to pick up dd and listen to the 'parents meeting' re fundraising and competiion in April in Niagara Falls! Yippee..then home to eat - then to movie w/dh and now back home dreading going to work tomorrow! I hate mondays!

As for the cruise - I am entertaining quotes and examining cancellation policies - no suitable cabin on the inventory yet - I may have to call cruise line and make inquiries if I am super serious! (and yes I have confirmed cruiseline policy of full refund up to 91 days prior to departure - which is around end of July!).

...and my ex is having back surgery on wed - and they actually make him leave hospital on thursday - yes I agree to pick him up - take him to dr appt and then home (his sister is coming in from Montreal for a couple of days)...then ds will stay with him on the weekend - and I have also offered to pick up groceries if required - yes I feel so bad for him as he has no one to help him out - altho dh of course is not impressed!

Guess I should go get some beauty sleep? :D:D


10-16-2006, 01:51 AM
rhonda, i like your suggestion. i'm going to find me the perfect dress. well, the dress i feel good wearing. i may shop some this week. if i don't find something in montana, maybe i'll find it in texas. guess 2 states should do it.

frouf, that's nice of you to help your ex. you're a better person than i. my ex and i haven't spoken in years, but then our son is grown and we don't tend to see each other. 2000 miles makes a difference, too.

i'm going to do a major shift in gears in the am. so's curtis. we both did some treadmilling tonight. we're tired of overeating. i am more comfortable when i'm op. do you know what i mean?

i'm through kicking myself. now i'm going to get serious.

10-16-2006, 01:53 AM
rhonda, i hope everything's coming out all right for you. (sorry for the pun.) i hope your procedure goes smoothly. let us know how much weight you lose.

vickie, good success at wi. i'm with you in spirit. i go to the doctor thursday. i may even go to ww for wi friday. that will be like a football blitz, won't it?

10-16-2006, 10:47 AM
I'm not going to weigh in today. I'll try to get there tomorrow. We had to pick Cameo up at 7:00 this morning from the ER and take her to her regular Vet. She's a tiny bit better this morning but not much. The Vet took an xray this morning and the pneumonia is not better and it should be after all the shots. So Cameo stayed to have an ultrasound done. She has next to no vision, is still sort of paralyzed, has a fever, and is not eating. It doesn't look good. I'm going to go lay down on the couch until they call for us.

10-16-2006, 12:36 PM
vickie, i'm sorry about cameo. i know it's not easy to let her go.

rhonda, i'm anxious to hear how many pounds you're down.

i am back on core today. i've been eating way too many wasted calories lately.
i got up this am and got dressed pretty cute. that'll help me stay op.

10-16-2006, 12:48 PM
Well, I don't think that the preparation they have made me drink before this afternoon's exam counts as Core! Yuck!

But, tonight we are going to a work-related banquet so I'll have a challenge before me. I'll be wanting everything since I haven't eaten since Saturday night! But, I'll try hard to rise to the challenge!


10-16-2006, 01:16 PM
Vickie, I hope Cameo is comfortable, and that you and Jim will be able to take whatever news you get in peace. :hug:

I am sort of lurking...but today am starting over fresh. My WW leader always used to say, "Every day is a new one, where you can start fresh." It's really inspiring sometimes. :lol:

The ladies' retreat this weekend went very well. We had a good attendance, and I think everyone who came really enjoyed themselves. Best of all, it's over! I ate out of stress all weekend long, but that's over now.

I'm busy doing paperwork and banking today...will be back later.


10-16-2006, 01:21 PM
i got up this am and got dressed pretty cute.
Sandra, I *LOVE* that! You're just the greatest!!

Vickie, sorry to hear that things aren't going well. I'm sure you're very, very worried about the outcome. I'll be thinking of you.

Rhonda, don't sweat it. Think of it like this: it might not be Core but it'll probably be cleaning out a pound or two, won't it?

We're crazy with the Air Force here and all these deadlines. I had started off eating poorly this morning but then I got a hold of myself and realized there will always be something going on, and I can ALWAYS find an excuse not to eat right! :lol: So I'd better just stop it! We're having lunch catered in every day this week but I think ( :crossed: ) that there will be salad each day. Otherwise, it'll be Jason's and Schlotzsky's sandwiches, chips, brownies, etc. Not exactly a good plan, is it? However, if I let things go, I'll be pretty unhappy with myself.

Ugh. They're setting up the lunch now ... I can smell it from here. Wish me luck.

10-16-2006, 03:53 PM
Okay, there was no salad but I found something that wasn't toooo bad. It was a wrap with cream cheese and vegetables, then some apple slices. I figured it would be better than the chicken or beef wraps because that deli meat is so salty. Tomorrow I will bring my lunch; there's no way I can eat that stuff every day this week without a gain.

10-16-2006, 06:41 PM
I ate completely off program at lunch. I ate a turkey wrap with cheese. I don't know what we are having for dinner. Cameo is home but for the life of me, I don't know why they sent her home. She is almost totally blind and can barely walk. She is starving and ate when she got home and three up less than a minute after she ate. We should have the ultrasound report back later this evening or tomorrow.

I'll try to be better at dinner. As of right now I don't want anything but water.

10-16-2006, 08:52 PM
rhonda, how did the banquet challenge go? so you don't think you'll want to drink that gunk very often? (neither do i.)

angela, i'm having a fresh day today, too.

kathy, i melted before the day was over. i went to the mall to buy dress shoes and look at dresses. i was able to get some heels that are all right on my feet. i told the saleslady i had never been so nervous about buying shoes in my life. she was very supportive and helpful. i got some lifestride's.

vickie, :hug:

we're home for the day. i can't tell ya'll how tough this is on curtis. this is so sad.

10-16-2006, 09:45 PM


I can't think of a time in the last two years when we've needed it more. I love you all and hate that you're hurting.

10-16-2006, 10:47 PM
Goodness, I have not caught up but wanted to come and add my hugs.

Sandra, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and Curtis are in my prayers. :hug: I have no idea what it's like to lose a parent.

You too Vickie. I really can't imagine what you are going through. I know some people don't understand but I have a furbaby too. :hug:

I hope to catch up soon, PC and school are taking over this week. I hope that this week gets better for everyone. :grouphug:

10-16-2006, 11:34 PM
I like all the group hugs going around. Some real saddness for people on the board these days. My parents have been deceased for years, and I still miss them and think of them often. Sometimes I can still hear my Mama's voice calling me "Rhonda Lee!" she is saying as I drift off to sleep. It used to startle me but now I just welcome those breakthroughs. Twenty years after my husband died I had the most real dream about him: smell, touch, sound...all of it. Our brains are just amazing. I hope everyone can come to a point of comforting, sweet recollections about our deceased loved ones.

Furbabies: let me tell you about Jake...the big, gawky, sweet Border Collie X Lab. A few years ago he cut his chest on barbed wire in the ravine. My ex was frantic. I said "oh, don't be silly...we'll just take him to the vet, he'll be fine." So we took him to the emergency vet because it was Sunday. He said that he would be OK but they had to keep him overnight. MS. COOL here burst into tears, wailing "he's never been away from home!!" I could NOT believe it. I pride myself on being cool in an emergency, calm, always thinking ahead and I was blubbering like a little child! We both survived the night, of course.

Now, for today.....chickies, it's true, the preparation is the worst part. My blood pressure shot up to 172 over 127 :yikes: perhaps that was also related to the electrolyte imbalance that is induced, but it has never been that high! The exam itself is nothing :o So, if you have not had a colonoscopy and you're over 50, go have one.

I was good at the banquet. I was hardly tempted by anything non-core and did not want desert :carrot: Wine, yes; desert, no ;)

Night all, tomorrow is another day!


ps...lost 4 pounds!

10-16-2006, 11:42 PM
Rhonda, you saved that PS for last and it was the most important??? Shame on you!!

When my sister first died four years ago, I dreamed about her every night. Sometimes she was rocking babies, sometimes we were swinging on our swingset, sometimes we were driving around as teenagers with the windows rolled down and it was 1972 again. At first it really bothered me a lot, but then as time passed I came to welcome those dreams because I felt like she was with me. It's hard to explain if you've never been that close to someone. She was my only sister and my best friend for 45 years. I think about her every day but at least I'm not still picking up the phone to call her.

10-17-2006, 09:17 AM
Good Morning Chicks. No news on the Cameo front. She's about the same. She is definitely mostly blind and we think mostly deaf. The Vet was hoping she'd get better. We await the prognosis results from the ultrasound. She did eat a bit last night and kept it down. As far as we can see right now she has NO quality of life. Really, my kitten is already gone.

After breakfast yesterday, I ate off program. I'll deal with that today.

I changed my avatar in honor of my sweet girl.

10-17-2006, 10:21 AM
Hi all, so much sadness on the boards. Vickie, I'm so sorry about Cameo. Why would the vet send her home if she is that bad? Let us know how things go today. Saying goodbye is so hard.

Sandra, my prayers are with you and Curtis. At least your MIL is at peace now, whole and perfect. When my dh's dad passed over 3 years ago it was after a long battle with prostate cancer. He had done so well, but after our son passed away he seemed to take a bad turn. He was able to see us have Sarah and have her in his life for 9 months. In the end, he was so bad off, it was a blessing for God to take him and make him whole.

Not to be down, but my son would have been 5 next week. We only had him for 4 months and 3 days. October is always so hard, but somehow being 5 years is a bit tougher than I thought. Thankfully we do have Sarah and she is perfect.

Now, onto happier things. The circus was a ball - if you don't have kids to take and its in town, I highly reccomend it. It was fabuolus for kids of all ages. Of course, being in the second row, Sarah was all smiles, she was dancing with the performers and shook hands with a clown. We had to get her a souvenier - told her she could have one. $20 for an eletric wand with an elephant on it. $3 for coffee, $3.50 for a water, and $10 for a hotdog and 2 pretzels. I should have snuck in snacks. Oh well, we don't do this every day and Sarah, Jim and I all had a ball.

Yesterday I took the morning off from work and went pumpkin picking with Sarah's preschool class. It was alot of fun. But its amazing how some of the moms were so obsessed with getting the biggest pumpkin. It was $7 for the hay ride and a pumpkin for each kid, I didn't even consider taking one. But the other moms were sitting there with several and made sure their kids got a big one. I let Sarah get the one she wanted - its small and cute. Oh well.

Rhonda, congrats on another fabulous loss. The test was good to have done and overwith as well. I have to go for my first mamogram next month -- I guess things could be worse!:p

Frouf, what did you decide on the cruise?

Kathy, great news about Shaun. It must be a releif that he is going to graduate. When do you head to Chicago? Its this weekend, right? As far as eating, get back to plan today and don't worry about what you did yesterday. Today is a new day.

For me, I've been straying a bit off plan. I have WI tomorrow and I need to be perfect today. With tons of water. I made pumpkin snack bread last night, its a good thing to have for breakfast. Lunch I'll do some polenta chips and guac.

well, I've got a little helper with me right now. She wants to play her preschool game. Here is a note from Sarah:

hhhhhhhhheeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloo fffffffrrriiiiiiieennnnnnddddsss:carrot:

10-17-2006, 10:54 AM
Hhhhhhhhhheeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloo, Miss Sarah! Good morning to you too, Paula!

Vickie, I'm sorry there's no improvement but I think you're right ... she's pretty much not herself and there is no quality of life. I doubt she'd want to live that way. At least she's there home with the two of you. Does Cassie know something's wrong?

I'm a still a bit unhappy about my slippage so I'm buckling down on myself. Got another package of SF drink mixes (the sticks to go) because WM has a few new flavors -- this is cherry limeade. I was getting sick of fruit punch and lemonade, which were the only two flavors I liked of the originals. This is pretty good. The water drinking has GOT to improve and the soft drink drinking has GOT to stop. Period. The end.

I have FF cottage cheese, as usual, and FF cheddar and mozzarella, so there's no reason that I can't incorporate them into my meals somehow. Thank goodness I like that stuff.

Eating out for four days will be difficult but fortunately everybody has salads nowadays. Hopefully it'll be okay. And yes, Paula, it's this weekend. I leave home early EARLY (like about 4:30 a.m.) Thursday morning. The flight is at 7 and arrives in Milwaukee at 9:30. After I get the car, I'll have all day to run around and find a Trader Joe's, because I don't meet the other parents until 7 that night. Then we have to be at the base by around 8 Friday morning.

I guess I'd better get some work done now.

10-17-2006, 11:35 AM

Vickie, I noticed the change. What a sweet face your baby has. I do hope she's not in much pain.

I'm having a good start on the day...slept in and am having oatmeal for my late breakfast.

It's rainy, rainy here today.


10-17-2006, 01:50 PM
Vickie, I was thinking about you, Jim, and Cameo, and thought... Cameo is so lucky to have had you guys in her life. It's great that you can be with her now, to help her feel loved and secure. Many cats will never have such a good life, and you've provided Cameo with a wonderful one for all these years. I don't know if she feels like lap time now, but give her a pet and a gentle ear scratch from me. :)


10-17-2006, 05:31 PM
it's a gorgeous, sunshiney day. that's helping everyone's mood a lot. i'm going to get my hair cut/colored in a few minutes. that always helps my mood, too. i weighed this am and was up 1.5 lbs. i thought that was a blessing. i'm holding my own even without much exercise.

thank you for the hugs, kathy. it does look like we all need them right now.

melissa, i'm glad you're able to get here. i always miss your perky posts.

rhonda, that is awfully high bp. i'm glad you're all right now. congratulations on being a good ww'er at the banquet. i'm being good now, too. we can do this.

yikes! i just saw that you lost 4 lbs!!!! amazing, woman!!! i am so happy for you.

vickie, i am sorry about cameo. it does sound like she's already gone to a better place.

paula, i can tell you're a great mother and are teaching sarah good values. that makes me smile. i'm sorry you lost your son. i didn't know that. i am very very happy that you have sarah.

hi, angela. how's your day going?

well, it's time for me to leave. i'll be home later. have a good afternoon, everyone.

10-17-2006, 08:39 PM
Cameo has gone to Heaven to be with her Scottie brother MacDuff whom she missed immensely. She went with her little face buried in my chest just where she loved to snuggle. Cassie is quite upset but doesn't seem to know what's going on. Thank you all so much for all the love and support

10-17-2006, 08:56 PM
Oh, Vickie, I am so sorry for this. But what a wonderful life you gave her and how fitting that you should be snuggling her during those final moments.

I will really be keeping you and Jim in my prayers in the coming days. I know how tough this is going to be for a while. :hug:

10-17-2006, 09:17 PM
Oh Vickie, your post made me cry. I'm shedding tears for you and the grief you must feel. :hug:

10-17-2006, 09:26 PM
awwww, thanks for letting us know. We're all thinking of you and wishing you the best.

Maybe Cassie does understand and that is why she is upset. Animals know, I believe.


10-17-2006, 10:06 PM
Poor Vickie - sorry for the loss of your furbaby - hope you and Jim can comfort each other - I know Cameo has gone to a better place and is enjoying her new 'life' there!

Paula - you can't help but smile at the circus - yes the goodies are always so expensive - but heck it's not something you do every day. Sorry for the loss of your baby as well - I can not imagine your loss - but I know it must still be hard for you - hugs to you too!

Sandra - how's the new 'do'? Send sunshine please - we are having the most god-awful dreary rainy dark and cold night. Dh and I were going to go out on one of our 'movie dates' (yes it's cheap movie night in Ottawa :D) - but nothing good playing and frankly just want to stay warm and cozy at home.

Kathy - sounds like you are prepared and are staying focussed w/your eating. I on the other hand have been so stressed at work (oh Frouf how's that database doing by the way? Well funny you should ask - yes like we found 2 more glitches today - and it's all I could do stop from screaming!). Yes our techie is working on it (and we both agreed we would need a few stiff ones when we got home this evening - ha ha ha). I need to put a sock in it and stop eating garbage!

So the cruise scoop - as you know I have been quietly entertaining 'quotes' for that marvelous transatlantic crossing - esp since cruise buddy Ray is already booked and encouraging me to come along. He was unaware that I was doing some 'research' and in the meantime booked a couple more cruises. I was planning to eventually let him know and figured that he would be pleased.

Today I get an email from him about another (short 3 day) cruise he has booked while in Orlando end of November (to see Mickey) and that he has CANCELLED the transatlantic cruise - decided he too didn't want to book so far in advance - and maybe we could plan something else! How funny is that?

I have sent him back email telling him of my (dashed) plans - so glad I didn't book anything while he was cancelling - guess we are back to square one and can decide what we want to do!

I am envious tho that he is having dinner w/Susan (another cruise dinner tablemate) and her fiancee (and aunt and uncle) thurs night at the Mirage and gets to go to the wedding too! At least he will send me good pics!

Ex going into hospital in morning for surgery (bone being grafted from his hip to his spine?) - he is a basket case and is so stressing me out - sending me emails about his will, life insurance policies down to the details of what the kids should take from his apt - should the worst happen! I have agreed to pick him up thurs morning - take him to his 'pain dr' then back to his apt! I sure hope it all goes well! (maybe this is adding to the feeding frenzy?).

Also having trouble sleeping - past 2 morning up around 5:30 am and can't fall back asleep - hope I will collapse tonight and sleep thru to the alarm!

Nitey nite


10-18-2006, 12:14 AM
Oh Vickie. :hug:


10-18-2006, 09:17 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I went to bed crying last night and woke up the same way this morning. Jim and Cassie and I are going to take it easy today. I think we'll snuggle and talk about all the funny and sweet Cameo stories. Well, Jim and I will talk....Cassie will just listen! I'll be going to PAWS later this week to bring them all of Cameo's great canned food that I bought for her, along with a box or two of unopened litter that I bought and 5 bags of treats. I know all those little rescued kitties will enjoy the stuff.

Does anyone know where I can buy a little sturdy box to make as a memory box for Cameo? It would need to be large enough to fit her little brush with the last of her hair in it, her collar and tag, the angel pin from the Vet which looks exactly like her, and a couple of the twinkle ball toys she loved so much. I know it sounds crazy but I want to do it anyway. The Great Nieces and Nephews can call me looney when they throw all that stuff away when I'm gone! Maybe Michael's or some kind of craft store?

Anyhow....I don't feel much like chatting today. I need to get back on program and I will.

10-18-2006, 10:53 AM
Vickie, here are a few options:

Bombay Company (

Brylane Home (

Orvis Pet Memory Box (*Prod_feeds*Prod_feeds*961&bhcp=1)

Pawprint Memory Box at Chimpfeet (

More pet memory items from Chimpfeet (

It will get easier with time, I'm sure you know, but that doesn't make it easier right now. You'll always miss her just like you miss MacDuff, but the painful worrying in the recent days is what's wearing you down right now. :hug: Just take it easy.

10-18-2006, 02:02 PM
Hello all. Just got back from WI - lost 2.2:carrot: I'm thrilled. and I've updated my ticker. I'm now back under 180 on the WW scale. WOO HOO.

Vickie, I'm so sorry about Cameo. Our pets are our babies. I hope you are doing better today.

Frouf, I guess your next cruise will work its self out. You never know what kind of deal you'll find between now and next year. Did you really already book a couple more? Where to and when? All this cruise talk makes me want to look into it myself. I'm not big on flying, so there are a few opitons that leave from Boston or NY. Who knows. Sorry to hear about your Ex, its good of you to help him though. The surgery sounds painful. Let us know how he makes out. Does DH mind you helping him? Just courious.....

Well, back to work.

10-18-2006, 02:04 PM
Sandra, just noticed your ticker -- 170! Fantastic. Almost into a new decade! Look at today as a new day, I know the past few weeks were difficult, I hope you are both doing better.

Take care.

10-18-2006, 08:49 PM
i typed a long post but i guess it's floating in cyberspace. this will have to be short. my sil is coming in a minute. she wants get her hair styled like mine. now is that a good compliment or what?

i'll be back tomorrow. i hope everyone has a good evening.

10-18-2006, 09:16 PM
Hi All:

I'm just saying "hi." It was a loonngg day at work today. I am helping people with some serious career-threatening grievances at work. It distresses me that people who are so smart can be so mean to one another at times.

It's nice to see the supportive words to everyone here.


10-18-2006, 10:28 PM
I need love ... can't even talk about it right now. All I can say is that I'm having a bad time and am very tired of crying and worrying and being in pain.

I'll be back Sunday afternoon. Everybody take care. :hug:

10-18-2006, 10:30 PM
Oh Kathy!! :hug: :hug: :hug:
I hope that you're okay. Be safe and I hope that it's a great weekend.

10-19-2006, 10:35 AM
kathy, i'm sending you :hug: :hug: :hug: i hope everything gets better. have a good weekend.

rhonda, i hope your day is better, too. don't let things get you stressed.

melissa, it's good to see you here. how's your halloween goal going, podna?

vickie, i'm glad you have your sister's birthday to focus on. you need family around to help you smile and feel better.

paula, thank you for noticing my tracker. i'll probably have to make an adjustment on it today after i get home from the doctor. i don't want to step on his scales but i'll have to do it. i may wear jeans so i can blame part of my problem on them.

last night i ate a big plate of cheese nachos. other than that, i did very well opwise yesterday. we had a huge meal spread before us after the service. i probably had about 300 calories. now why did i eat those nachos? was it reward? was it habit? was it stupidity what with going to the doctor for my monthly wi with him? it was probably all 3.

frouf, everybody loves my hair but curtis. he keeps telling everyone he likes it 3 or 4 days after i get it cut. i guess it should make me happy that he likes it better when i comb it. men!

my sil got hers styled almost the same as mine. she looks younger and perkier. she was in a bit of a depression and needed a lift. we had a good time at the salon last night. it was just my friend who does my hair, my 2 sil's and me. we told my friend that this was the first time we'd ever called anyone to make a hair appointment from a funeral. actually, we called from the funeral home right after we finished the reception after the service. last night was the first time we 3 sil's had ever gone anywhere and done anything together with just the 3 of us. it was a good bonding experience. we live in 3 different states so we don't all get together much.

it's about 10 minutes till time to start getting ready to go to the doctor. i've been awake 3 hours already. our nephew/niece are flying out early afternoon. i'm going to head back to w a today. i need it desperately.

wish me luck at the doctor's. i hope he can whip me back into shape with my losing. i'm not ready to stop. i want to lose at least 20 more pounds.

10-19-2006, 10:54 AM
Sandra - hang in there - one plate of cheese nachos does not end the battle! You are doing so well - you will bounce right back - remember you are living thru a very stressful situation right now!

Kathy - I hope you are feeling better today? And that you can relax and enjoy the weekend! Sending frouf hugs your way :hug: :hug: - try and have good time!

Vickie - how are you and Jim doing? I know you have some very fond memories of Cameo to see you thru - I think the memory box is a great idea!

Rhonda - you sound like you are very supportive too - glad you can be of help to your friends in need!

Paula - congrats on your fabulous loss - way to go!:carrot: :carrot: Bet you are feeling great!

Dh and I went out for dinner last night and I sure overindulged - and paid for it all night! I woke up around 4:30 am - of course started worrying and thinking about things and could not fall back asleep - until around 7:30 of course which was the time to get up! Managed to get to work tho for 9 am meeting but it was close!

Awaiting call from hospital/ex-husband for pickup after surgery. I believe the surgery went well (yesterday morning) but he can't seem to be able to pee (not good!). So not sure if he is getting out as scheduled (10:30 am today?). Will call hospital soon if I don't hear from him. His sister and brother and driving in from Montreal and leaving shortly - she will be spending a couple of nights with him.

It was VERY WEIRD calling her and speaking with her after no contact for almost 12 years!! When she was my sil we were fairly close and we had a good relationship. I have seen my bil since then - altho we are not close. I think I am actually stressed out about actully seeing her in person (when I drop dh off at his apt - they should be there!). I am much fatter and older than she can possibly remember and feel bad about that! Wonder what she looks like now! (probably had a face lift and tummy tuck? altho she was never heavy). The worse is I have FORGOTTEN the names of the kids (my 'former' nephews and niece - I remember Joseph (the eldest) and Laura (the only girl) but 2 more boys and for the life of me their names escape me! Oh well - I'll fake it! (e.g. so how are the boys?)

Computers down at work so very little to be done! Ya - I should have stayed in bed and slept some more!


10-19-2006, 11:38 AM
Good Morning Chicks. I'm off to a day of Doctor appointments and errands. I'll try to be back later.

10-19-2006, 04:58 PM
Hello! Where is everyone? I guess its another quiet day. I've been swamped at work today. I did have lunch with a couple of friends, got antipasto from Bertruccis - very yummy, mostly grilled veggies, a few motzerella balls and proscuto (ok, I know I just spelled alot wrong:D ). I did have one roll. It was a nice break to the day and good to get caught up with the office gossip.

Frouf, how did you make out with your ex and his family? Did you remember the boys' names??

Sandra, how are you doing today? I hope the time with your sil's lifted your spirits a bit. MMMM cheese nachos. OK, back on the wagon you! How did you make out at the dr? I hope things are going well. Are you still on diet pills?

Kathy, I hope you have a good weekend and things go well for Shaun. Sorry you are down, check in when you can.

Vickie, how are you doing? Did you get your memory box?

Melissa, Rhonda and Angela -- HELLO!

Gotta run.

10-19-2006, 05:22 PM
hi, girls. we're home from the airport. our nephew/wife are on their way back to texas. we enjoyed our company but are glad to have things back to normal. know what i mean?

the doctor's visit went better than expected. i weighed 171.0 on his scales. that meant i lost 2 lbs this month. that's better than gaining. the only thing he was not happy about was that i only went to ww once. he told me to go every week even when we're down south. he said, "that's part of the contract." so guess i'd best go to meetings.

it is quiet here today. i hope everyone's okay. does it feel like friday to any of you? it does to me. i guess i'm "off kilter."

frouf, i commend you for helping your ex. you're a better woman than i. don't worry about your one meal. tell yourself the same thing you told me about my nachos. you're in a stressful situation, too, what with ex-dh needing help and present dh probably not really understanding. if that's not the case, then just remember that life in general is stressful. guess that is what keeps us going.

paula, i'm on the wagon waving my hand off. it feels so good, too. i just had 2 skinny cows. that's my treat for today. i'll go to w a a bit later. that'll be another treat. lunch out with friends sounds good to me. i did enjoy the sil's last night. i hope we can get together again like that soon. my other sil (curtis' sister) didn't go with us but she told me today that she's going to make an appointment and change to the same stylist. now do i have a good stylist or what? i wish i could take her with us to tx. i won't be back here to her till either late dec or early jan.

10-19-2006, 05:59 PM
So here I am eating chocolate after a McDonald's lunch - can we say STRESSED OUT FROUFIE??? Geesh - running behind the wagon (hey I see Sandra up there waving!) - trying to leap on!

Paula - sounds like you did okay for lunch - and it does sound super yummy.

Kathy - hope you are feeling better today wherever you are!

Vickie - how are you doing today?

So I did my good deeds for the day. Ex-dh was released and picked him up around 10:30 am - he had a dr appt w/pain dr downtown at 11:40 - took him to Subway and bought him some breakfast - he was starving - no food really provided at hospital - very pathetic how little care/service is provided these days. Then off to the dr appt - luckily I had my library book with me. Then to the pharmacy where I PAID FOR his $200 worth of meds (yes he will pay me back!)....then finally drove him home for 1 pm!

Frouf, how did you make out with your ex and his family? Did you remember the boys' names??

As for his family - I did help him upstairs and carried his backpack for him - he has a 6 inch incision in his hip so his walking is slow and he is wearing a surgical collar on his neck (supposedly for the next 4 weeks!). His sister was THRILLED to see me - gave me the hugest hug - had tears in her eyes - and kept thanking me for helping him out!

His brother was waving down the hall when he saw me too - kisses and hugs - but as mentioned we have seen each other over the years (dd's bat mitzvah etc). His sister was thrilled with his current 'state' so I guess she thought he would look worse off than he was - kept telling him he was a 'fighter' and a 'trooper' - wow I'm thinking - guess I forgot about her 'positive attitude" - nice to be around! Also she is a former nurse (like 25 years ago) so a good person to be there for the next couple of days (leaving sat morning).

So no talk of the family or boys - I made a phone call home, then left moments later - back to work! I guess I didn't realize how stressed out this whole situation has made me feel. As for my dh - of course he is not that supportive of me helping him out - but frankly my ex has no one else - he is the father of my children - and I have known him ever since I was 17 yrs old so there is some history there? (dated for 5 years - married for 14) The big joke was of course if we ever get divorced he expects the same level of kindness and service from me - ha ha ha!

I am so tired now - I just want to go home and go to bed - but dd dances yet again - so I shall be chauffeuring her around. Dh supposedly going to his mom's place to fix the remote/cable for her tv - no they have not completely made up since the thanksgiving seating fiasco - I understand 'words' were exchanged today and she hung up on him - so not sure how this will work out?

Later chickies!


10-19-2006, 09:07 PM
I'll be back in the morning chicks to catch up. I'm still feeling very sad. I got my errands done but there was no time to go look for the memory box.

10-19-2006, 10:17 PM
Hi All:

I'm just checking in to read the posts....whew, what a lot of news and emotions.

I'm dog tired and going to bed even though it's barely after 9PM. I did just fine with eating fewer than 1000 calories today. I ate lots of fruit and drank lots of water. But, I really wanted to graze tonight so I had a bit of popcorn to satisfy the munchies.

Til tomorrow...


10-19-2006, 10:45 PM
I'm sorry that I'm not a very supportive friend lately. I hope that all of you are doing great. I'll be catching up over the weekend (I'm saying this a lot lately!).
I'm actually sort of looking forward to "work" tomorrow--it's staff appreciation day and we are going to Keeneland (horse races) for the afternoon. Well, I'll probably go for lunch and walk around a bit and then come home. But it will be a nice break from the usual crap at the office. And no, things aren't better, they're probably worse. I'm just :crossed: for a change.
Sandra, I have no idea how my goal is going. I haven't weighed myself in weeks. A bad sign? Yes!! I have been trying to control how MUCH I eat during the day but I haven't made the healthiest choices. I'll try to remember to get on the scale tomorrow morning.
Well I'm off to bed. I have a cough that is making my chest hurt very badly. I have a ton that I should be doing but I'm just too tired.
Love to you all! :hug:

10-20-2006, 04:20 PM
WHOA! What's going on? No one has posted since me?!?!
I hope that you're all okay! :cheer2:

10-20-2006, 04:49 PM
So you get the prize - yay - yippee!!!

And yes there are some days I dare not get on the scale - too scary!

Rhonda - are you starving? I would be!!

Vickie - hope you are doing okay - it's understandable to be sad for awhile!

A gloomy rainy dark and cold day here. Just want to go home! (altho I did sleep thru the night). Had a meeting w/my boss this am - supposed to be a 1 hr update meeting - got in at 9:30 and was in there till noon - seems she wanted feedback on her managerial skills - and wondered if I was planning to leave? How motivated I was feeling, etc - very interesting chat as we have no $$ right now to do anything with - and there are rumours of restructuring/reorg going on which does not bode well for our little group.

Told her I am watching the atmosphere - don't want to jump ship yet - altho it does seem to be sinking a bit? ONly time will tell?

Good news for dh's job situation - the company he is 'designing' for has agreed to provide a 'subsistence' payment for his work ($2500US month!!) until such time as profits appear - THIS IS A VERY VERY VERY GOOD THING - as it relieves some of the financial pressure felt by wage earning froufs! Sure hope this works out - keeping fingers and toes crossed! (ya okay so I also bought a couple of lottery tickets - so shoot me!)

Tomorrow is 'me' day - manicure scheduled for 11 am - hair appt at 2 pm. Need to drop dd off at dad's as she is the designated 'weekend nurse'. Have to pick big ds up at airport 10 am tomorrow - flying home from Toronto. Other than that the usual stuff - groceries, errands, etc. Getting ready for my big gala dinner event monday night - must check sequined black blazer to make sure it is okay (and get dh to iron it for me???:D)

So what is everyone else up to this weekend?


10-20-2006, 10:35 PM

It's quiet out here! I thought I might be the only one too tired to even write, but, nooooo.

Yes, I was hungry on less than 1000 calories on Thursday and today it showed!! Oh well, I'll pretend I'm doing the Wendie plan ;)

We were supposed to have a private dance class tonight and our teacher stood us up! I reached her by phone and she was so embarrassed; she had completely forgotten us. Oh well, that happens. Yesterday, I forgot a meeting with a student also, so I guess it's a variant of what goes around, comes around!

I am looking forward to a weekend of decluttering this house. I can already feel the Winter cabin fever building and I've just got to get stuff out. Anybody else have this clutter problem?

Hi Melissa...we've noticed your absence...welcome back. Froufy, so good about the $$$$...congratulations to your husband and I hope you enjoyed your "me" day. I need one of those! But the big ME day is only 5 weeks away...opps, guess it's really a WE day :lol:


10-21-2006, 02:35 AM
hi there. you'll never guess what i did today. i got on my hands and knees for over 5 hours scrubbing the kitchen floor. i think it's vickie clean. hope it lasts.

earlier this am i went to ww. i was down .2 from when i was last there 2 weeks ago. our meeting was about fruit/veggies. our leader talked about core a lot. one thing she said (and we all know this) is that core foods make you feel more full than non core ones cuz of the fiber. just thought i'd share that with you.

last night we had inlaws over. tomorrow evening we're getting the grands. curtis is conducting an archery seminar at the local pro shop while the girls and i go to the mall. sounds like a fair trade to me.

melissa, it's good to see you here. i miss you. i haven't been weighing every day lately either. nothing wrong with that.

frouf, chocolate after mickey d's sounds sort of sinful. (but fun)

rhonda, did you and doyle get to dance anyway?

we're getting the house and everything else ready so we can leave later next week. i'm getting excited. it's been almost 2 years since we've been down. looks like we'll be down there till the middle of december. i am sooooo excited!!

well, guess we'll see if i'm first here tomorrow. i doubt i will be cuz we're running errands in the am. have a good evening, chickies. i'll catch you later.

10-21-2006, 09:52 AM
well, who'da thunk it? i get the prize.

i am so sore from all the crawling around in the kitchen yesterday. guess that's what woke me so early. i'm surfing for ww meeting times in the dfw area. my doctor wouldn't accept any excuses from me about not being able to attend classes the next 7 weeks. let's me know how important he thinks going to them is.

have a great op!! day, everyone.

10-21-2006, 12:00 PM
Good Morning Chicks. I feel a little less sad this morning. At least I didn't wake up crying like every day since Tuesday.

Jim's eye specialist appointment on Thursday had great results. His eye are in wonderful condition with no damage from his diabetes. His A1C test is at 5.8 and it is great if it is below 6.0. So we are quite happy about his health at the moment.

I was very busy yesterday, wrapping presents and making WW eclair cake to bring with for the birtday parties tonight. Both my Sister and BIL are celebrating their birthdays tonight and they both love the cake. I also cooked Core chicken cacciatore last night which was wonderful; Jim's favorite Core meal.

I continue to be very tired and achey which I think is from the letdown from all the stress. I'll be leaving at 2:00 today to go to the parties and probably won't be home until around 9:00. Cassie will have a visit from the pet sitters since she can't go that many hours without going outside.

I pretty ate Core yesterday at breakfast and dinner. At lunch I ate two tiny open face peanut butter and jealy sandwhiches. They were much healthier than the old days. I had about 2 Tablespoons of chunky smart balance peanut butter (it's the new stuff and it's great!), with 2T chunky Polaner simply fruit black cherry jelly on multigrain bread. It was the Corest and healthiest that I could be. I also had a couple of WW mint patties. I will likely have a gain on Monday but will go to my meeting and weigh in. Like Sandra, I believe the meetings and weigh ins are important for me.

I'll try to be good at the party today. My Niece is making Core pasta salad for me. I'm bringing a can of bumble bee gold tuna in water and 2 hardboiled eggs. I'll have that and a piece of the eclair cake and call it a day.

Tomorrow I desperately need to start cleaning my house even though my ankle is no where near recovered. I cannot afford a cleaning lady with all the Vet bills. Especially since I must start taking Cassie back to finish getting her diagnosis.

I hope you are all well. I'm going to go check up on all of you now.

10-21-2006, 12:26 PM
Sandra, you've been struggling a bit and still managing to lose some weight! Good for you. You're a great role model for me. Did you lose the .2 while wearing jeans? That would be amazing. So will we still hear from you while you're in Texas? I didn't know you'd be gone for 7 weeks. That's a long time. Where will you be staying? I'm just full of questions, aren't I? Another question! I haven't scrubbed my floor on my knees in a long time. Jim has been using the Hoover floor mate. I just do the corners or along the baseboard where he can't reach. I don't think that my knees could take it at this weight.

Frouf, what's up with you GF? :hug: What do you think is making you eat non-Core? You are a wonderful woman to help out your Ex. Not many would do so but I certainly understand. He does seem to be somewhat helpful and reliable for you. I'm glad that the meeting with your ex-SIL was positive. I didn't know that your work situation was tenuous. No wonder your blood pressure is up. I'm sure you'll find something spectacular. It seems like you are VERY good at what you do. I'm guessing that someone will snap you up! It's REALLY great that DH has this project which will pay him money each month. An extra $2500 a month is nothing to sneeze at! I hope you are at this very moment enjoying your manicure and looking forward to your hair appointment. Monday night is going to be alot of fun for you. Do you know yet whether or not your program won?

Melissa, I hope that cough doesn't turn into something serious! You better watch it. We do miss you and look forward to hearing what's going on with you when you have time. Did you win at the races?

Rhonda, you sound like you are doing very well. I'm guessing you are going to have another fabulous this week. BTW, I HATE clutter and it freaks me out when stuff starts to pile up around me. I really need to do some serious cleaning/decluttering. I haven't been up to it but I'm trying and Jim is helping. Only 5 weeks until the wedding. How exciting! Mine was the best day of my life.

Paula, what's up with you? You didn't say much the other day. Got any good new recipes for me?!!! :D

Kathy, I hope you're enjoying your trip to Chicago. It's been very cold here and kind of dreary. I'm sure you thought it was freezing! I hope you're feeling better by now. :hug:

Well, I need to go eat breakfast.'s 10:30 already. I think a late lunch right before I leave for the party is in order. Maybe just some FF cottage cheese and pineapple. I'll go start the menu thread.

10-21-2006, 02:34 PM
Hi All:

I have spent the whole morning cleaning, dusting, washing, wiping, sorting, throwing...but not on my hands and knees scrubbing anything.

Glad to hear that you aren't so sad, Vickie. You gave me an idea for my friend's gathering...why don't I make something core and take it over?? At least I'll have something to eat and won't be dependent on the others.

No, Sandra, we didn't dance but we have a group lesson tomorrow night and we're going to a Halloween dance on the 27th. I haven't been to a dance in about a decade I believe and I'm really excited : dance: It's costume and we'll go as vampires...we can chew each other's necks and stay in role that way :yikes:

I hope everyone does well today.


10-21-2006, 05:45 PM
hi, chickies. we are home from training. i am getting pretty accurate with the longbow--and i am loving shooting it. we ate a non-core meal today. i have to tell you, though, that i put myself back on core most of the time but am counting pts. today's a high point day. i've already had 19. i'm taking the grands shopping tonight and will take them out to dinner. grandpa will be presenting an archery seminar on building strings. (i'm glad i don't have to go to that one.)

vickie, my floor was embarassingly dirty. it needed a major scrubbing. i'll never buy another one that has grooves. give me flat surfaces any time. i am very very sore today. i think that's why i woke up early.

i thought about wearing jeans to ww yesterday so i could blame any gain on them, but i decided to dress "light." i had 2 or 3 meltdowns in the 2 weeks prior to wi, but managed to stay in some form of control most of the time. i was really worried about not getting to w a much what with all that's been going on around here. plus, i have been known to gain 11 lbs in 2 weeks. (did that back in the spring) i knew i hadn't done that this time but was afraid i'd gained some.

our ww leader touched on dieting without exercise. she whispered to us that it can be done, but that losing would be much slower. she said we'd probably maintain or lose about .2 lb. this rang a bell with me.

i won't be able to be online while in transit. i used to have cellphone connection for my laptop to hook onto the internet. i don't have that any more since we changed from cingular to verizon. those cellphones cost over $300. we couldn't afford to spend that on another cellphone. however, i will be able to get online if we stay at the rv ranch. they not only have wireless net but also provide free landline phones. i'll just plug my laptop into their phone system and will be good to go. that reminds me. i need to find out the local phone number for

the rv ranch is just south of fort worth. my son/family live about 15 miles south of there and my bro/family live about 15 miles north. a lot of my texas friends live within 10 miles. there are ww meetings all around. we will be just a few miles from kathy. kathy, we need to connect. i'll call you when we get there.

we have gone south and stayed long periods during winters since 99. we didn't go last year. normally i gain around 10 lbs while down there. almost everyone we visit wants to congregate around food--and a lot of times in restaurants. this year we're down there during the holiday season. talk about panicking! my doctor is helping me. i'm taking diet pills till after the first of the year. i go back to see him (i think jan 5) shortly after we get home. i'm again to show him my ww card as proof i was attending classes. he was upset with me for only going once last month. i promised him i'd do better. i am not going to take any more diet pills. my jan 5 visit should just be a final check in on my weightloss. i'm hoping to lose 10 lbs this trip instead of gaining it. i know it's lame to take diet pills, but i need that crutch right now.

we have plans to shoot about 7+ archery tournaments while down south. texas has an ongoing tournament called "shoot your way across texas" (sywat--pronounced "sie watt") folks competing must shoot at least 3 tournaments out of many many that are taking place all over the state in archery shops from november - march. overall winners (scores of top 3 tourneys plus day 1 at the state championship) receive really nice awards.

i won't be elligible for that cuz we'll be in montana during the state championship. however, i should be able to qualify for a trophy that will indicate which tournaments i've won. up until this year curtis' physical condition has kept him from being very competitive. we're hoping his shoulders hold up for him this year and he can shoot some higher scores. we love our texas archery family. it's going to be good to be with them again.

have fun at the birthday party. i haven't made the eclair cake in a long long time. wish i had a piece.

i'm writing a book here, aren't i?

rhonda, what fun!!!! i would love to see photos of countess rhondula and count doylula. i like the idea of taking core foods to gatherings. did you know you can make core dip by just stirring dry ranch seasoning into ff sour cream? it's better if made a day ahead.

dancing makes me think of my taryn rose shoes i got off ebay. did i tell ya'll they came yesterday--and i love them!!! talk about comfortable!! i wear size 8 medium. i got size 39M brown sandal heels. now i have 2 pairs of shoes that go great with my brown/black dress. rhonda, this is the dress i'm wearing to your wedding. i'll probably wear the black shoes and save the brown sandal heels for spring. they came to me in the box with the shoes inside a velvet bag. the $310 price tag was still on the box. i got them for around $50. i have a bid on some black loafers now but don't think i'll get them. i'm not going to bid again. bidding is up on them about the time we head south. i think someone will outbid me. if they don't, i'll have to contact the seller and send payment from texas when we get there.

i'm talking too much here. sorry. curtis and i are both wound up today. guess we're getting our adrenaline flowing with excitement about heading south. we're soooooo ready to get out of town.

my tail, legs, hands, and arms are sore. i am not in shape to scrub floors. glad i'm through for awhile. the travel trailer is a cinch to keep clean. (remind me later that i said that.)

kathy, i hope you're having a good time in chicago with sean. let us know if you find trader joe's. also, i'll be giving you a buzz on the phone soon. it's going to be soooo good to finally meet in person.

melissa, are you getting caught up on reading here? i hope you're having a good weekend. i'm sorry work is still the pits.

frouf, i'm ready to read another of your adventures.

got to go. i need to post today's menu. i'll be back tomorrow. have a good evening, chickies.

10-22-2006, 01:11 AM
Rhonda, I'm glad what I said clicked for you. I almost always take stuff with me to parties. It makes it easier for me and takes the pressure off of me and the hostess. Today was hard for me. Everyone else was eating these great coldcuts on wonderful looking bread. I survived but I feel a bit deprived. I need to guard against eating badly tomorrow. Sometimes that happens to me after parties.

Sandra, I will hate it while you're gone if we don't hear from you. You're lucky that you get diet pills. I'm jealous. My Internist absolutely won't even consider it for me.

We had a nice time at the party. I just got on so that I could check my email. I'm really tired. The four great nieces and 2 great nephews were all wound up today so I'm worn out.

I'll be back tomorrow.