30-Somethings - ***week of 30th September***

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09-30-2001, 05:48 AM
Good morning laydeez

Normally I am well prepared and have made notes so that I can personalise the thread start......however, I don't have the time this morning, and I don't want to go out without starting the thread (gotta help mum sort out some business), forgive me for being tardy!!! :eek:

Have a great week, and for all of us who are "recommitting" -- all the best

09-30-2001, 11:42 AM
Goood Morning!!!!
It is such a beautiful day that I think I will go out and jog a bit!!!I love these 60-70 degree days!!!

Hope everyone is having a good one!!!!Rabbit-let us know the details of the party!!!

09-30-2001, 05:14 PM
Happy Birthday Rabbit

09-30-2001, 11:44 PM
Happy birthday rabbit!!!

Well, my official weigh-in day is Wendesday, but I happened to slip and fall in the bathroom today, landing squarely on the scale!! (Seems to happen quite often...) I am so excited to report that I was down to 152.5! That puts me at 20.5 lbs down. YEAY

Also Exciting, I went shopping for with the BF to get him some new work clothes. I am officially a size 10!!! For most of my life, I have been a 4-6, so I still have a ways to go, but I was excited! Hopefully we will win the lottery in the next few months. There are a LOT of cute clothes out there (although you have to pick through a lot of bad).

Small side panic issue: I am probably only about 2 weeks away from moving to a lower point bracket. :( :( Gee, I might need to start exercising or something!:lol:

Rabbit: Hope the party was great. Do let us know!
LBH: Congrats on the loss!
Sonya: Glad school is going well.

Hi to all

10-01-2001, 02:20 AM
I'm back from the show.
Will check the scale in the morning and see if I managed to maintain. Thats always my goal when we go to shows. We always go out to eat with other artist friends and I have a weakness for Long Island Ice Tea and I always have to eat while drinking so I don't get to sloshy (is that a new word?).

Otherwise.....anxiously awaiting news of Rabbit's weekend!!

- jul

p.s. cat people. If a cat pees on a favorite sweatshirt will the cat pee smell come out in the wash??? We stayed with another artist friend this weekend and apparently her cat has some "issues" with me. I later found out the cat spent 2 years on valium.

10-01-2001, 10:01 AM
Rabbit - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! (or maybe belated birthday) How was the party, we're all dying to know. Did you tell them you knew or put on the "surprise face"?

Jul - How was the weigh in this morning? I had a problem once with a roommate's cat and the smell should come out in the wash. Otherwise there is some stuff I think you can buy specifically for pet smells. I wouldn't worry about it unless you have a cat because the odds are you won't be able to smell it but a cat might and they seem to be attracted to places that already smell like pee. Good Luck

Bailey - Good for you

HI to everyone else.

Well I had a good weigh in this morning - down 3.5 from last weeks abnormally high weigh in. So I guess it all evens out in the end. My husband and I even managed to have pizza too! We were still careful in our choices. We went with Pizza Hut's the edge vegetarian pizza because from my research that seemed to be the lowest point pizza out there. And it's really good. It's just got a really thin crust so of course the points would be lower. Anyway it was delicious and we stayed within our points so it all worked out. Just goes to show you how you can work these things in. Now my husband's trying to figure out how to work in chicken wings but I think they just might to fattening but I told him if he goes over for one day that's not so bad as long as it's not all the time - keep you posted.

Have a great day!

10-01-2001, 10:06 AM
Jul- I'm not sure if you'll get it out completely, but you could try Nature's Miracle. You can get it at Petco or something. It liquid that you pour directly on stains and it's supposed to take out the smell/stain. It works pretty good. Cat's pee is really bad though, so it might be tough. Vicki may have a better solution, being the 5 cat woman!!

Elisa- Congrats on the loss!!

Bailey- Soo Sorry to hear of your fall...but congrats on the loss!! :lol:

Legal Eagle
10-01-2001, 01:55 PM
Yes, I'm still alive...just extremly busy lately.

The 3-day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer that I'm doing is this weekend. I leave Wednesday morning to drive to Atlanta. We have registration on Thursday. The walk is Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and then I will drive back on Monday. I'm getting excited, but also a little stressed about getting everything packed! The best news though is that I raised over $2600 for this event :D

I have put a few pounds back on in the past two months. It just sort of crept up on me and now I've started feeling it in my clothes. I'm not stressing about it this week, but after I get back from Atlanta I MUST get back on track.

My birthday is Saturday, but since I'll be in Atlanta we got my birthday present early a couple of weeks ago. I got a home gym. Nothing TOO fancy, but it's got 2 stations and all the major exercises I wanted. When we moved in February I cancelled my gym membership because there wasn't a location that was even remotely convenient and I can tell that I've gotten a lot flabbier since I quite doing any weight work...so now I have NO EXCUSE! Of course, I've only used it a couple of times so far but that's going to change!

Sorry I haven't been keeping up. I will try to get back into the swing of posting here next week as well. I always do much better when I talk with y'all frequently.

Jul - Spray the area with FeBreeze & let it dry. Then put a little Febreeze in with the wash. The smell should come out (at least for human noses). That's what I used when the cat I used to have had "issues" and didn't want to stop peeing on my bed. Notice I said the cat "I used to have"

Speaking of cats...we had a sad experience last week. The cutest male kitten about 6 months old showed up at our house a week or so ago. We didn't really want another cat at the moment, but of course, sucker that I am...after he hung around a day or so I started feeding him. Anyway...he really wanted in the house & he was tearing up our screen doors trying to get in the house to play with the dog. Yes, I said the dog...every time we let the dog out to go to do her business she & the kitten ended up playing all over the yard...they were so cute. So we decided we do what we needed to do to make him a house cat too. We have a cat already who's about 10 years old & totally an indoor cat, so in order to bring this one in the house he had to be fixed, front declawed (no I do not think it's cruel so don't rag on me about it) and had to be checked for feline leukemia and given all his shots. So I took him to the vet last week to have all that done and a couple hours later they called me at work....he had feline leukemia already, he just wasn't showing symptoms yet. Needless to say, I'd already gotten attached, but we couldn't risk the health of our existing cat & since I've had a cat die from feline leukemia I wasn't willing to subject this kitten to that, so we had to have him put to sleep. The poor dog looked for the kitten for several days every time she went outside.

O.k...I really should get some work done since I'm only working 2 days this week!

Hope everyone is doing well!

Tech...are you married yet?


10-01-2001, 05:25 PM

I didn't get on here to see my birthday icon. Darn!

The party was unbelievable! There was a surprise party for me at a hotel Friday night and we all stayed all weekend. My family all came - ds from school, brother & family from Dallas, sister & family from Chicago, brother, sister, parents from midstate, and then my walking buddies and other friends from here. It was great!! We had a buffet meal that night, everyone was wearing "forty & fabulous" buttons with my picture on them that dh made. It was all decorated. There was a slide show of pictures of me & everyone. There was a wonderful cake with my baby picture on it -- only the picture was of one of my sisters!!:lol: :lol: My mom sent dh "her favorite picture of me" - and it wasn't me! That was quite funny.

Then Saturday I had a manicure and a pedicure. All the ladies had manicures and one of my sister's had a pedicure also with me. And then on Saturday night we went to a murder mystery dinner theater - and it was so so much fun. We had a blast. It was sad to leave on Sunday and tell everyone goodbye. This will definitely be a birthday I never forget!!! Dh in an amazing guy! My sister in Chicago was also a big planner. I've never had a party just for me before.

Oh, I almost forgot - my 2 sisters and one brother sang a song for me at the party they wrote - called "you are now old" to the tune of "forever young". It was hilarious.:lol:

I don't think I did too bad eating - I was too busy and having too much fun. Although my breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday morning was cake!!:D

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Bailey - HOORAY for your 20.5 pound loss and the size 10!!WOOHOO!

Elisa - congrats on your loss!!

Legal - great to hear from you! Good luck at the walk and have a super birthday!!


PS - I did the "surprise" look. DH is so happy to have surprised me. My sister didn't buy it.

10-01-2001, 05:58 PM
Rabbit- Thanks for keeping us in suspense all weekend!! :lol: I was dying to get on here this AM, just waiting to hear all about it, and I had to wait all day!! :lol:

Well, I have a date with Gilad tonight after work! Have not seen him in months...can't even remember...it was well before my wedding!! And DH is so understanding...we may make it a threesome!! WooHoo!! :eek: :dizzy:

Doing a little better today, being on track. Did not need to have the cookies I ate earlier though!!

Have a good evening all!!

10-01-2001, 06:52 PM
Good Evening all!!!!!

Rabbit--Sounds like a lot of fun!!!Remember, U can never fool your sister!!!!!

Lauren--Good Luck on that threesome!!!!:D I don't have much luck with excercising at home cuz there is always an excuse to stop!!!BTW--I accumulated a cat with those 2 kids with marriage!!!!!*L*I am a six cat woman now!!!!

Legal-Good luck with the walk!!!U made the right choice in putting the kitten to sleep..It is a horrible death when the leukemia kills them...It was great to see U back on!!!Happy Birthday!!!I put on a few pounds also soo I am getting in control again..Even if I become pg, I will gain healthy pounds by eating like I do now!!!!

Jul--If there are no other cats involved, I would use the Febreeze..If another cat is around the shirt, it needs that de-enzyme stuff at the pet store!!!!Such crazy creatures!!!!My friends cat is taken Depo Provera shots every 3 months for wild crazy behavior..IT really works!!!!

Elisa-That pizza sounds wonderful..That is my weakness in life...I made black beans and cottage cheese yesterday..Yummy!!!!

Well, off to the races to pick up from daycare and start the supper!!!!We are doing vege lasagna and salad tonight!!!!

10-02-2001, 01:14 PM

Well, I started keeping track again yesterday, so that makes 2 days op!:) I am leaving Wednesday afternoon for Chicago for the weekend for a rummage sale - to the sister's house that I call the junk food queen (she is also the skinny one! Go figure.) We just decided at the last minute to do this sale so I'm catching myself coming and going. Hope I can handle being gone again - LBH - give me encouragement!!

LBH - glad you enjoyed the birthday story! I couldn't wait to get on here and tell you all! DH worked from home yesterday so he was on the computer - and I had to wait! :dizzy:

RR - you're right - my sister took one look at me and said - how'd you know? Your dinner last night sounds great.:) You really seem to be enjoying your family life - I'm so happy for you.

better run -


10-02-2001, 01:20 PM
Shirt Update: I soaked it in a sink of strong dishwash detergent for 2 days!! I washed it 2 times with extra strong laundry detergent plus stain remover sprayed on it like crazy. So far it smells great. I'm not a cat person (sorry cat people) so I'm a little paranoid and keep sniffing the shirt just to check.....maybe I have "issues" and need treatment too??????

Rabbit: your party sounded wonderful. What a great memory!

Concerning my weigh-in: It was up 1 lb but back down 1 lb this morning....so lets call it a "MAINTAIN".
I'm going to try and be very careful this week. We are going out to dinner Thursday night (celebrate husband's b-day a bit late - he turned 39 yesterday) and then we'll be leaving for St Louis on Friday.

- jul

10-02-2001, 02:43 PM
Hope every one is doing well. I have just been catching up on everyone's posts this week. I had to help my mum sort out some business on Sunday morning, so I didn't really have time to start off a long weekly post.

Just wondering....do any of you out there have siblings who stroll from one crisis to another and then blame the parents for it? My sister is currently going through one of those and taking it out on everyone. She is three years older than me and in the past three months has turned into what I can only describe as a troll. And you can all guess that it is over a ........ man!

10-02-2001, 03:34 PM
Hi All,

It's been busy again around here...I mean work!! :rolleyes: I need a vacation!!

BFB- Yes, I've known friends like that!! They blame parents, siblings, God...anyone but themselves!! There's not a whole lot you can do about it, at least that I've found, until they make up their minds to change and take responsibility and take charge of their lives!!

Jul- Glad the smell came out...hope it stays out!! I'm a cat person, but cat pee is really bad!!

Rabbit- YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Vicki- Had a great time with Gilad last night!! Did better than I thought. I made it through about 3/4 of the video before my aching knees had enough! Will try again tomorrow night. I do it at the firehouse, not home. There's more room there, at home I'd be bashing into the sofa, or catching my arms in the ceiling fan!! :lol: Some day I hope to have a house w/a great room, with cathedral ceilings, so I can exercise at home!!

Gotta run!!

10-02-2001, 06:32 PM
BFB--I don't care what country u may be from, we all have freinds or relatives like that!!!!!

Well, did my mammogram and check up this month!!!I switched docs and she was wonderful..Gave me the thumbs up to try again!!!!!Weight was about the same as always so that was a good sign~!!!!

Lauren--Congrats on doing 3/4!!!I missed the gym today soo I must do something this afternoon!!!!

Well, off to do supper!!!!

10-03-2001, 11:01 AM

I'm leaving today but will try to check in, maybe in the evenings, to keep myself focused!!:)

Jul - maintain is good! Have fun at the birthday dinner and good luck at the show!!:D

LBH - THANKS!!! I knew I could count on you!

better run - have gift baskets to get done for my 2 sisters birthdays so I can take them with me!

have a super week all!


10-03-2001, 11:18 AM
Hi All,

Well, I bowled pretty good last night, but I ate like crap! :( Was only a couple points over, but I wasn't happy with what I ate. It wasn't worth it!! I just have to plan and bring a sandwich with me to bowling or something, so I don't have to buy that crap.

I have another date with Gilad tonight!! I am going to try and do him at least twice a week, not sure about Fridays, both of us like to get home on Fridays. I'm actually looking forward to it, hopefully that feeling sticks!

I'm getting my hair done on Saturday...going red again. I can't wait, I'm soo sick of the reddish/blonde hilight/mousy roots I have now!! I am happy with the perm now though...it only took 2 1/2 months to get to that point!! :rolleyes:

Gotta go file, since I don't have anyone to do it for me today! :(

Oh, LE- Great to see you, good luck with the walk!!

Hey, do any of you live within an 8hr. drive of NJ? DH & I want to go away for our Honeymoon Part II (1 yr. anniversary), but we don't want to fly...of course. We also don't want to just end up in the Poconos, unless it's somewhere nice. Anyway, can anyone recommend a nice place to stay, or know anyone with a cabin to rent? I've got til March to figure it out!! :D

10-03-2001, 10:35 PM
Good evening all!!!
Lauren-Honeymoon Part 2-----Hmmmmm..I am hoping it will be on the labor and delivery wing!!!!*L*

Excercise was great today!!!I am getting back on the road!~~~
GOOD LUCK LEGAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-05-2001, 12:19 AM
I had a Dr apt. this morning, mainly I went just because I wanted to 'show-off' that I'd lost weight. She was so proud of me - told me that if I lose another 10-15 that we'll take me off the blood pressure med. and see if I can go without it.

I was down another lb. this morning. But after the dinner we had tonight it may be back up in the morning.

We'll be leaving in the morning, have to drop the kids off at my parents then head to St Louis. Its an extra 3 hrs to take the kids to my parents - but I'm so thankful they are able to help with the boys on most of our show weekends.

See you all on Mon night.
- jul

10-05-2001, 09:56 AM
Hi All,

Weigh in sucked last night. I maintained. I know, that's better than a gain, but I was counting on a loss. I don't know if it had anything to do with Aunt Flo being here or not. Usually if i gain, it's because of PMS, not AF actually being here. Although she's been wicked lately, so who knows. And after I thought about it, I was frustrated because I exercised twice this week, but I guess that'll catch up with me next week, right...hopefully?!

Our meeting last night was good though. She was talking about how our thin friends eat. They eat to live, not live to eat. When "they" get together with friends for dinner, it's to see them and talk and enjoy the company, where as "we" can't wait to order the food and eat!! That's soo true too. They don't snarf their food as soon as it comes, they continue to talk to their friends. Food just isn't as important to them.

I have to get myself into that mindset. I know I will never NOT look forward to eating, but I guess I either have to make the effort to take the time and cook more, and therefore healthier, or not worry about food soo much.

Jul- Congrats on the pound...hope you can get off those meds!

RR- LOL, L&D huh? When is your anniv., 4/??

Have a great day all!!

10-05-2001, 11:59 AM
Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all having a good week. Everyone seems so quiet - where is everybody??? My week is okay but not great food wise, I'd be really happy with a maintain since it would still put me ahead of my goal. I'm already thinking about the next goal. I haven't been bad but just not great. I have though gone to the gym 3 times which I feel great about. It's just that there's going to be pizza here at work for lunch (one of my favourites and too hard to ignore) and I'm out for dinner tonight. Tomorrow night we're having company but I think I can make a delicious "in point range" dinner. I'm going to make these Betty Crocker low fat brownies for dessert. Theyr'e really yummy and fairly low calorie and fat. They're not perfect but a good compromise. Sometimes the ones that are fat free aren't that good. Anyway, I'm going to try to just have 2 pizza squares for lunch - I hope that's not too bad but I'll be guessing on the points. Any advice.

Lauren - maintaining is tough when you're expecting a loss but if you continue to be good it will catch up with you. I find the good and the bad catch up with you but sometimes it takes a bit longer that's all. And as for your second honeymoon, I haven't been to NJ but I guess it's more than 8 hours to my area of Ontario which is too bad because not only are there some beautiful spots but your dollar will let you live like kings here!


10-05-2001, 06:27 PM
Elisa-I love TOronto!!Me and my husband took the train up there from Detroit(Windsor) and stayed a few days. Went up the tower and saw a Maple Leaf game..Loved the shopping and the underground mall trail...Definately Lauren if that is an option for the second honeymoon!!!

Lauren-My anniversary is 5/02!!!I was kidding about the L&D..I would only be 8 months pg if it happened now so I will wait on that trip!!!!I have to agree that a maintain is better than a gain!!!

Jul--Congrats on the pound!!!!Watch the sodium intake and after losing the weight u may be free of the pills!!!!

Well, have to get ready for the hockey preseason game tonight..Refman is working the penalty box soo we have to be there early!!Fell asleep during the REdwings last night, so I have to make that up to DH!!!THat is a sin!!!!
Have a great weekend!!

10-06-2001, 12:37 AM
Hi all. Dang it - I am doing so so bad at my sister's! I haven't even been writing anything down - and that really spells trouble. I'm glad I checked in here FINALLY - that should get me back to me!! I'm going to be so sorry when I step on the scales. What am I thinking????

OK, tomorrow I start writing everything down again! Thanks all for being here!!

Our garage sale is just going okay - only about half as good as last years. Maybe our timing is bad - it's quite cold out. I've only made about $125 I think.

Going home on Sunday - will check in here again tomorrow if I can.

Rabbit (who feels like a pig)

10-06-2001, 11:14 AM
Hello all:
Sorry I have been MIA but it has been a long few weeks. I did not know if I was getting laid off on Friday. We were downsizing and man I was scared. But I still have a job, but lots of things will be changing.

Need to regroup with my weight loss. Have no idea where I am, and have not weighed in for weeks. I will be getting a handle on that this coming week.

Very sad to see people I like leave. And I feel bad for all of them.

Hope everyone is well. I will be back to normal postings soon.


10-06-2001, 11:14 AM
Rabbit--I felt like the pig yesterday..I dont know why because I have been excercising every day and really following the diet...I found that the times I was goofing up was "tasting" the cooking I was doing...IT is really strange how much U actually pick and taste while cooking..I found that eating a dill pickle or chewing gum really helps remind me about those little nibbles!!!!

It is rainy outside today !!!!!!!We needed it bad!!!I think I will dress in shorts and go for a jog when Refman is home from his haircut..I love to run in cool, wet weather!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!

10-06-2001, 11:27 AM
Hi All,

Rabbit- Don't make me hunt you down!! :D BEHAVE!!

RR- That's a good idea to chew gum or something while cooking!

Elisa- DH & I considered going to Niagra Falls for Labor Day weekend, but ended up staying home. I was there once when I was like 8 or something and screamed the whole time on the Maid of the Mist...per Mom!! Would love to go again though...now that I'm older and braver!! ;) It might be something to consider for the spring...our anniversary is 3/17, so I don't think I wanna head too far North in March!! I'm not sure how far it is up there either. I know it's about 7-8 hrs. to Westfield, NY, which is about 30 miles north of Erie, PA.

Pryia- Glad to see you post! Sorry to hear about the lay-offs...hope you don't get cut. What ever happened with the people from your company that were missing?

Getting my hair done today, trim and color...going back to red and I can't wait!! I'm soo frustrated with it right now.

Have a great day all!!

10-06-2001, 05:14 PM
Well the last couple of weeks have been a blast and man did they go by too fast :lol:.

The wedding was beautiful (or at least that's what everyone said, I was so tired I couldn't tell). I picked up the pictures from the table cameras today, I'll post some on my web page next week. Our proofs are done at the photographer's, but we probably won't pick them up until after we move so they don't get damaged and/or lost.

We went to Hyde Park NY for the first stop in our HM, (LBH if you like old mansions and window shopping for antiques I'd recommend this, it's about 1.5 hrs from NYC). We visited the Vanderbuilt Mansion, FDR's childhood home, and Elanore(sp) Roosevelt's house. We also visited a couple of wineries including the "oldest continuously operational winery in the country."

We continued on to Bar Harbor ME, with a stop at Freeport to visit LL Bean (one of our favorite catalogs). We'd been to Acadia before and we'll be going back :lol:. If you like nature this is an increadible place. We hiked a bunch and man am I out of shape. I'll need to work on that soon!!!! We continued up the coast of Maine with a brief stop in New Brunswick to see FDR's summer cottage. It was cool but I couldn't believe they searched our car and luggage on the way back into the US, it was an island and we were only there for an hour or so!!! Oh well.

We headed home after that, traveling through NH and VT and man were the colors beautiful. We're definately going to have to go back there to :D.

We stopped on the way home in Watkins Glenn NY at the B&B we went to last fall and did a little winery touring in the fingerlakes region.

It was fun but I'm glad to be home, and out of the car :^: . Although now I get to pack, moving day is scheduled for 10/15 and then my B-day is 10/19, and I need to start seriously looking for a new job. Had several calls while I was gone. I guess the next few weeks will be hopping.

Sorry this turned into a novel, and I didn't reply to everyone. Thanks for all the good wishes. I'll let you know when the pictures are posted, and the damage at WI on Tuesday.

- Tech :spin:

10-07-2001, 09:26 AM