Alternachicks - Alternachicks- daily chat (December )

12-02-2006, 07:11 PM
A little late getting started this month! :lol:

I went to a lovely Christmas bazaar with my mum this morning. We bought some handmade crafts, some Christmas baking, a tortiere for supper tomorrow and a few items at the white elephant sale. I picked up a chinese lantern, the Trivial pursuit genus III game (for $1.00!) and some books. I got a Jorge Cruise book, the Betty Crocker new healthy recipe book and a Patricia Cornwell novell - $2.50 for the lot! I love getting good deals!

We then had a nice cup of tea and some sandwiches at their tea room. A nice way to spend the morning with my mum. :D

How is everyone's weekend going.

12-04-2006, 11:05 AM
Good morning everone! :coffee:

I didn't sleep well last night and had a hard time getting my butt in gear this morning - :yawn: Lovely sunny day here though! :sunny:

We are going over today to look at our new office space that we are moving into in February. There is so much work to get done between now and the end of January that I am feeling overwhelmed. :faint:

How was everyone's weekend?

12-04-2006, 12:15 PM
i had a purely do nothing weekend for once and it was nice. hubby is trying his hardest to get me interested in playing WoW but I dunno....

I didn't sleep last night very well either. I'm on my way out and I am pretty sure there will be starbucks in my future... not much of a coffee drinker but i gotta go to work and i'm zombified.

12-04-2006, 12:16 PM
I had a good weekend. Didn't really do much, which was probably why I enjoyed it.

I ventured out to the mall to shop for my Salvation Army angel. This is the first time I've done one of these. I picked a 5 year old girl that needed pants and wanted a doll. I don't know the first thing about shopping for kids clothes but they listed the size so I head off to the girls department looking for size 12 pants. Well all the size 12 pants I find look like they would fit a 10 year old not a 5 year old so I have to stop and ask a clerk to make sure I'm not missing something. She agrees that size 12 seems big for a 5year old unless she's just a "big girl". Now I'm sad because here is a child who already comes from an underprivileged home and it appears that she is overweight too. :( I'm also angry because how does a 5 year old get to be overweight? But I quickly realized that I need to just focus on giving this little girl a happy christmas so I got her a couple of cute outfits and the doll that she wanted.

I walked around the rest of the mall while I was there, but I'm not much of a window shopper. I prefer to shop with a list, the get in, get it, and get out method.:D

12-04-2006, 05:31 PM

I have been keeping busy with the horse and the weather (mud, cold) and the BSG forum crew.

Glad to see so many of you hanging in there...the holidays are philosophy is to not deprive myself...instead I just nibble or graze and skip the big sit down part. Like on Thankgiving...I had just a few bites of everything at dinner and left room for grazing afterward and of course pie.

I made it through with out so much as a burb from the scale. Yeah!

Of course spending a good hour everyday - sometimes more - walking my horse and working with him - could be helping the metabolism a tiny bit. ;)

He is so smart and adorable - really suits his name or vice versa - Kaipo means Sweetheart. He learns really fast - at 7 mos old, he is learning verbal commands, left, right, stop, easy, no, wait, and of course, good boy.

Good Boy = treats and will result in Kai chewing on my pockets if I jip him.

12-07-2006, 11:31 AM
Hi chicks! :wave:

I am around, but I haven't been able to even read much. I am still trying to figure out everything at work. I am still unpacking, and trying to put up my tree. Also trying to clean up the apartment. The boy gets his tonsils out tomorrow. So I also get to take care of him, but I like that bit. :)

Enjoying the weather. I have been able to get out and walk some, which is great. I am not exactly actively trying to diet, but I am getting out more, so that should help. Right now I am just trying to focus on not gaining.

I hope everyone is doing well!!! Hopefully I will have a few minutes to pop in this weekend...

12-07-2006, 02:37 PM
Glad you are doing well Squeaker! :)

Got to work today and had 5 or six things thrown at me in the first 15 minutes - I could feel a headache starting! :(

Got a break at lunch and went for a walk, browsed in a book store, picked up some Christmas items - brain is now clear and ready to go again! :lol:

12-08-2006, 02:51 PM
I gave in to the free food that was brought into the office today, but it was a good thing. :D The free food was actually good for me. We have a whole case of Washington apples and then someone brought in hydroponic bibb lettuce that is about 98% organic. His father has a farm and had some leftover after deliveries.

What a nice change. Most of the time it is cookies, cakes, popcorn, and donuts. It's nice that people are bringing in healthier options. Everybody at the office appreciates it.

So I have 3 heads of lettuce and I'm thinking lettuce wraps or a big salad for dinner this weekend.

12-09-2006, 10:49 PM
That's great Spideranne! :)

We only have a small bowl of chocolates and some cherry flavoured candy canes - which is great cause I don't like them! :D

Busy day today with housework, laundry and getting ready for the holidays.

My hubby is trying to get me into playing WOW with him and I am close to caving in as one of my girlfriends plays and so does her husband.

12-10-2006, 05:50 PM
Don't do it Mauvais! It is rather addictive. ;) Actually my boyfriend got me into it, and I have a lot of fun with it. I would suggest the 2 week trail to see if you like it first.

12-10-2006, 11:02 PM
Well ladies, I had a bad weekend. DH wanted to go out to dinner Fri. night. We went to a steak house, which was fine with me because I really don't like steak. I did decent. Had some grilled shrimp with veggies and a salad. But then on Sat. I made a conscience decision to binge. I planned out the grocery list, but I knew I would be getting a black forest cheese cake dessert thing. I even packed a plastic spoon and napkin in my purse because I knew I would eat it in the car. How sad is that. Then that night we decided to get pizza and I ate 1/2 a medium pizza. Today I made another trip to the store and ended up with a chocolate bar. I only ate half, but still.

The biggest frustration is I don't know why or what brought this on. I have not been hungry eating what I've been eating and I like all of the foods. Work and home life are about the same, no major stresses or emotional upheaval. It's like a little thought gets planted in my head and I am powerless to resist it.

The good news is, I appear to be past this. I am ready to start another week worth of healthy eating and going to the gym. And I'm almost positive I can make it through the holiday's without another "episode".

I'm hoping everyone had a much better weekend then me. Anyone do anything fun??

12-11-2006, 10:44 AM
Ugh! I hate when that happens Spideranne. :p Every so often I get into a "ah-screw it!" mentality and pig out for a day then come to my senses.

I had a visit with a friend on Sunday morning, we had tea, scones and a nice chat.

When I got home I decided to take advantage of the +3 weather and put up the Christmas lights on the front porch, pack up some leftover summer items (a bit late, huh? :o ) and then put up the tree in the livingroom.

All in all I had a lovely day. :)

12-13-2006, 12:40 PM
Don't mind me, I am rambling. I can't seem to stay modivated! I know it is partially because EVERYTHING is going wrong in my life. (teenager ran away, then sent him to live with his aunt in CA) (hubby lost job) (contemplating moving to FL) (trying to sell home while in depressed economy) BUT I can not let life get in my way! I have done this tooooo many times. I said this was it. I was READY to make the weight come off. I am purging the house of things I don't LOVE. I would really like to be able to get rid of the fat clothes as I have an entire waredrobe of size 18's ready to wear. I am currently in size 22/24. I am so sick of the baggy frumpy stretched out stuff I have been wearing for the past year and half, and the majority of the time I was pg! I NEED to get back on track and STAY there!

12-13-2006, 03:03 PM
flower - sorry to hear that you have so many worries at the moment. :grouphug:

I'm getting completely stressed out with the move at work - it seems that I make arrangements then the plan gets changed two days later! GRRR :mad: We only have 5 weeks to get everything sold, packed,and moved. :p

12-14-2006, 11:02 AM
Sorry to hear of your troubles flower. :goodvibes

Hope the move works out and they stop changing the plan Mauvais! :goodvibes

12-14-2006, 11:03 AM
Thanks Squeaker! :)

How are things going with you?

12-14-2006, 11:14 AM
Okay...can't do much about my BIG problems right now. But I can concentrate on other things. I went thru my clothes the other day. I have a complete waredrobe in size 18 in bins. I am a 22 now. Changing my goal to get into those 18's by Valentines Day. I do not want these "fat" clothes anymore!

12-18-2006, 11:08 AM
Good morning ladies.

Only one more week until Christmas. How is everybody holding up? I have to admit I have it pretty easy this year. We have a rule in my family that we only get gifts for each other if we are going to see each other. Well, we are staying in town this year so it is just my husband and mother-in-law.

I have 3 holiday meals to contend with. Christmas Eve at the MIL's. She usually does food I can take or leave so it will just be the dessert that will be a challenge. I'm fixing Christmas day dinner which I don't have all worked out yet but I know it will be a salad, meat, and veggie sides. My biggest worry is actually Christmas breakfast. My husband loves breakfast. He goes out for breakfast by himself at least once a week. He'll want eggs, sausage, french toast or pancakes, the works. I don't really like eggs, so I think this is going to be my splurge meal for the holidays.

Flower: I love your clothing size goal. What fun to be able to have a new selection of clothes to look forward to.

12-18-2006, 12:08 PM
3 holiday meals will be tricky. I find myself just eatting the meat when I have lots of family gatherings. Or if they were kind enough to put out shrimp platters or veggie platters I can do that. Even when I am not dieting (shhh, don't tell anyone I don't ALWAYS diet, lol ) I don't prepare veggies in butter. I get soooo grossed out seeing them swimming in it at peoples homes.

I have 4 sons, so I get myself a desert and then take a nibble and pass the plate onto them. Occasionally if it is to die for I will eat it all, but rarely is it as good as it looks. Unless I make it and I am trying to stay out of the kitchen except for meals.

12-18-2006, 02:40 PM
Hello everyone! Only a few more days to go!

My big challenges is the open house cocktail party that we host on Christmas Eve but since I am the cook I get to control the food! :D

The menu so far:
* Disclaimer -I am a lazy hostess so I don't make complicated dishes or appetizers. I also hate serving things that require people to balance plates on their knees and struggle with a knife and fork, sorry Martha Stewart! :lol:

cheese/crackers/pate - including low fat and whole wheat crackers
a fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt dip platter
an anti-pasto platter (meats, marinated veg, olives etc.)
a veggie platter with hummous and red pepper dip (home-made)
pumpernickel bread with low-fat spinach dip (home-made)
bruschetta appetizers (home-made)
Sausage rolls (not low fat, but my mum's making them so I'm eating 1 or 2!)
low fat sugar cookies
cherry bun
Almonds splashed with lemon juice and coarse sea salt
Unsalted cashews
Spanish peanuts
wine, martinis, and a non-alcoholic punch, pop, coffee & tea,
And of course, some Santa Jubes!

DH is cooking the turkey on Christmas day and I will do the veg, potatoes, stuffing and gravy - all with low fat ingredients. I've done this for ages and no one has noticed the difference.

My mum is making trifle! :T

12-19-2006, 11:12 AM
Just a quick fly by before work -

I think I am coming to Mauvais' house for Christmas Eve! :lol:

Things here are good, but crazy. I am trying to get a few things done before the BF & I head home for 10 days on Friday. We are doing our own gifts tomorrow night, so we don't have to pack them. However, I think the BF agreed just because he wants his presents early. :dizzy:

12-19-2006, 11:28 AM
Squeaker - come on up if you like! :D

We had some snow this morning but not much - we not get our white Christmas this year. :(

Did most of my shopping last night and everything is wrapped and ready to go.

I can't wait for Friday to roll around! :)

12-25-2006, 04:40 AM
Just thought I'd pop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Hope all is good and right in your worlds...

12-25-2006, 12:34 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!

:present: :newyear: :rudolph: :ginger: :snowglo:

12-25-2006, 03:13 PM
Hope your day is magical!

12-26-2006, 08:41 PM
Hello everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Santa was very good to me this year. I got a pair of diamond earrings. That was a complete surprise, not something I was asking for at all. I also got a new gym bag and a yoga mat which I have to say made my Christmas.

Anyone else get surprised with something great?

12-27-2006, 01:02 AM
i also got surprised with jewelry. we had decided to do stockings and then give ourselves both $100.00 to get whatever we want with. So after we're done with stockings and opening the little stuff.. my husband brings out a coffee mug full of candy... and then just sits and stares at me. So I give him a piece of the candy thinking that is what he wants, and take a piece for myself when something at the bottom of the mug catches my eye...
a beautiful amethyst and diamond necklace.

the little sneak! I was very surprised. I thought that those days were over since we got married. *L* And the best gift was when he told me emphatically that I deserved it. :)

12-29-2006, 05:04 PM
What lovely surprises lizziness and spideranne!

We had a busy Christmas of entertaining and visiting but also with a bit of time to ourselves.

We got cash for Christmas so went out shopping yesterday and bought a cd player, a new crockpot, DVD's, accessories for DH's Wii system and some clothes.

I also got some bath stuff for Christmas, some dragon ornaments and yoga lessons (a pass for 10 classes), oh and some books.

My mum was thrilled to bits with the tickets we gave her to see Josh Groban! :D

12-30-2006, 11:20 PM
Hi everyone! I couldn't resist reading your thread.. anything Alternative is going to catch my attention.

Happy New Year to you all. I'm hoping to get to know everyone better in 2007.

:) T.

12-31-2006, 06:36 PM
Welcome ladyinwhite! :wave:

And Happy New Year to all of you too! :hat:

Closing this thread to start a January one! :)