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Old 03-23-2005, 06:42 PM   #1
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What we really want in a weight loss support group, boils down to one concept; we are looking for a sanctuary.

Sanctuary means different things to different people. Sanctuary is a place of peace, rest, safety, and rejuvenation. It keeps our spirit and our sanity intact.

Many of us who have a long journey down the weight loss path find ourselves in need of a break. Sometimes our bodies crave it, and sometimes the choice isn't ours, but circumstances forces it upon us. Other times, we need the clamoring throng to cheer us along our way as we breeze past milestones and overcome obstacles.

Sanctuary can be all that as well. It is what you need and when you need it. Sanctuary can be found in good friends who aren’t afraid of your truths and in an open, honest atmosphere.

Sanctuary isn’t judgmental, neither does it discriminate or ask to be censured. It is open to anyone with a desire to share, and especially those in need of and willing to offer support
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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Red, your life is exciting – sounds exhausting but fun.

Tricia: I want those feelings you are having. I seem to have such a time getting a good start. Example: I exercised Monday for about 30 min and
last night for 45 min – today I stepped wrong and I can barely walk – my
right knee is HURTING. But only when I bend or stand on it!!!

Gloria – keep posting whatever you want. Yes, we are here to help each other lose weight but part of that is being friends too. I love your posts.

Kat, I knew you could do it – find your passports – toooo funny they were
in your purse but ya know, I have known you long enough that I am not
surprised.

Andria – I think I am in the same place as you as far as eating – dieting etc. BUT at least I keep trying, like you, to find my way. Please post
more often – I miss you.

I do better if I eat a big lunch and don’t have any dinner at all. Of
course then I hear that tape in my head that we need three meals a day and
it’s not good to skip them. I feel better when I consume my food earlier
in the day.

My Dad only ate twice a day and all of his life he has been slim - even at 84.

Well, time to get ready for tomorrow.

I put some of that "mineral ice" on my knee and it feels better - WHEW I don't want to have knee trouble.

Night.

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Old 03-24-2005, 12:19 AM   #3
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Oh, lucky, you mean I can't convince you yet!! NOT exciting. . . .
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GOODMORNING Ladies and Gent!

How is everyone?

I am feeling more positive today than I have in a while (maybe I am catching Tricia's mood!)

Off to work -
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:23 AM   #5
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I have a theory on your gaining and losing weight Andria. Now I'm not in the medical profession, but i know it takes the body three days to process food. For me, popcorn can be very binding. (I'm trying to find a less gross way of saying this). After i eat popcorn, three days later i find myself constipated. I'm wondering if three days from the time you ate the cake and pizza, you will find a weight gain. Its just a theory.

Have to get to my belly dancing class.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:05 AM   #6
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Hey everyone

Waking up and feeling pretty good about life. My house isn't quite as much a disaster this morning because I put a lot of effort into it yesterday. Somehow, controlling the chaos just a bit makes everything else easier to face.

Gloria, that isn't a strange question, and trust me, I've been watching for that sort of thing as well. Some foods do take longer to clear my system. Since I paid dearly for eating that pizza with trips to the bathroom all night long at work, I don't think that is one of them. I've just been wandering around the same 10 pounds for a few months now, and I think it is time for it to start shifting again. As I've been watching my patterns the last few years, I find that there is a steady period starting right after Christmas and lasting until early spring where I don't lose weight, no matter what I'm doing. It might adjust a smidge here and there, but mostly I'm on a plateau those months. Then all of a sudden, spring comes and I'm zooming along again. It might have a lot to do with the weather that time of year and some seasonal depression. I'm looking into that idea, but mostly I'm just being happy to find myself not only ready to move on, but willing and able.

Today is my busy day, plus work starts again tonight. I'd better get outta here and get moving!

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Old 03-24-2005, 04:32 PM   #7
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Hi Gang -

Popping in to say hello! Sorry I haven't been around much, life has just been so hectic lately.

I hope you are all well!

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Old 03-24-2005, 06:21 PM   #8
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Good morning, people. It looks like it's going to be an absolutely gorgeous Good Friday here in Tokyo. I do NOT want to go into the office today. Would love to take off and I need to very much as well. Other work to do, my room is a disaster area. But I lose the day's pay if I don't go in. We have been having symbolic strikes at the office as well this week. I didn't take part because I'm only parttime and wasn't in. But you can be sure the atmosphere will be awful and even more disheartening than usual because there is no response from management.

BarbPA -- hello there, don't know you but I've heard about you. Something about a trip, was it to Europe or something? Hope to hear more from you soon.

qsilver -- I hear you on the house. This is where I am too and wishing I could do some work on it. But I am never home and it is looking worse and worse. Whenever I am home actually I am working at the computer. It is really bad. Ugh. Your patterns sound like my perhaps though I can't say I've been following or noting any really. It's just up and down and recently, it's all up, or that's the way it feels. I love the warm weather, makes me want to walk, get out, not eat, lifts my spirits, yes, I think I have the SAD too. I hope you see some progress in your weight loss again. Good luck!

lucky -- glad to hear you're feeling more positive too! It makes me feel better to hear how others are feeling, whether down or up. Consoling or inspiring, I can always use the feeling that I'm not in this alone, though I may be in it alone in my own little world, everyone's doing the same in theirs.

5dogs -- how are you? I hope you too are feeling what seems to be an upswing here!

Well, that was just a quickie as I slept in this morning and probably wouldn't be up yet if it hadn't been for my cat alarm clock pawing at me to get UP! Ciao tutti!!
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Just a quick note - just got home from running errands.

I went to the grocery store and bought only things easy to count. Sliced cheese - 90 calories, fat free pudding - 90 calories and they had WW dinners on sale for $1.98 each so I got tons of those. I want to make it easy for me to keep track of what I am eating.

On the way to the car I thought, Hump, now I am ready to start journaling my food on Monday - STOP, that isn't the way Tricia would act - nope I am starting tomorrow even if it is Friday!

SO HAPPY to see you post BarbPA. Tell us all about the trip!!!! Are you and hubby all rested?

Gloria, red & Andria glad you are posting too but I have to stop and get some things ready for tomorrow.

One of my co-workers close friends died at 44 on Tuesday. She is so shook up so I am working for two until next Tuesday when she gets back.

I picked up a Readers Digest pamplet on eating for energy - BOY do I need that. I will share all the tips I find.

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Old 03-24-2005, 08:54 PM   #10
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Wow, lucky, so sorry to hear about your coworker's friend. So sad. I'm sure you'll be a big comfort to her. Take care of yourself, too, OK?
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Hello, all!

I made a nice, long post this morning (you all know how I ramble) and then one of the kids tried to get in my lap, hit a button, and it all vanished. I haven't had time to post again until now because we are spring organizing. We tackled the garage and storage room today and hopefully will move inside tomorrow. I've got to get out and find fabric to recover the seats of my dining room and kitchen chairs.

Our house is buzzing with excitement as we pick up our new puppy in the morning. We'll be taking the kids to Cracker Barrel for breakfast (that is where we are meeting the breeder - she lives out of town and that is a good central place). I am already thinking ahead of what I will order as TOM is almost here and I cannot be trusted with biscuits, gravy, pancakes, sausage, bacon and the like. I'll have to make up my mind tonight so that can order right away. If I check out the menu too long I'll be doomed!

Gloria, I love ALL of your posts. Having friendly, general conversation helps keep me from becoming too obsessed with my weight loss. I'd like to say that it kept me from obsessing at all but we know that isn't true!

For what it is worth I think your theory has some merit. I've never been constipated before, not even when I was pregnant. But while looking at some of my fitday reports I noticed that I was never meeting my fiber minimum. About two weeks ago I started using Benefiber. Not for any regularity issue but just as a means to make sure I got as much fiber as I needed. I can't believe how "light" I feel in the gut now. I never thought I was bloated before but I didn't have anything to compare it to. Also, when I eat a big meal (I'm the QUEEN of eating a lot of food for relatively few calories) I notice that I don't have that "ugh, I ate too much" feeling for nearly as long. So, I think there is something to be said for pushing those meals through your system at a faster pace. I haven't felt sluggish at all since I started using it.

Andria, you have the right attitude and are on the right track. Just keep your focus and don't let those 10 pounds beat you. Oh, but don't go back and read any of my posts when I was on a plateau. This is "do as I say, not as I do" advice. LOL!



Lucky, I know exactly what you mean about your knee. I hurt mine exercising the other night and had to stop what I was doing. I was on a roll though and I didn't WANT to quit. It was very frustrating.

I had just finished a few classes though and there was a lady in them with me that I see at the gym all of the time. I don't think she's missed a class in about three years. She always seems to have trouble keeping up and doesn't seem to be making any weight loss progress. That always struck me as strange. These were the first classes I've taken with her and in them it became obvious that she has been in some sort of accident that prohibits her movement. But, there she is every single night doing something she knows is good for her even though it must be very difficult. She was such an inspiration to me. When I heard my knee pop knew I had to stop even though I wasn't ready to quit. I thought of her and decided instead to just work on my arms and abs. Honestly, had I not been in that class with her I would have just packed it in once I felt that pain shoot through my knee.

Now, I'm not comparing my situation to yours. You only recently finished therapy and you have to stay super safe to make sure you don't cause any damage. I guess I just want you to know that as your knee gets stronger you will be able to work around it even when it gives you trouble.

We must think a lot alike. Your shopping trip sounds just like one of mine. I ALWAYS keep things that are either easy to count or that I've eaten so long that I don't have to think about too much. I don't use them every day but if I ever feel a little out of control something like a lean cuisine saves the day. And, I'm so glad you decided to go ahead and get started. For me, it always seems easier to start on a Monday but then I rarely do and I end up right back where I started but with less motivation. And it isn't just eating and exercising. I'm the same way with cleaning house, running errands, etc. I finally just had to face the fact that when I make a "Monday" commitment I really don't have any intention of following through. It just makes me feel better about procrastinating if I act like I have a plan. I know that is terrible but it is true - and I am working on improving that attitude.

Red, I hope you found time to enjoy the beautiful weather even if it was for just a few minutes.

I am off to make one more round of the downstairs to make sure we haven't missed any toys or shoes on the floor - I wouldn't want anything to get chewed up on the very first day. I will check in tomorrow afternoon!

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Hi Gang!
Thanks for the welcome back. DH and I had a very nice, relaxing vacation. The relaxing part was the most important thing for us. We went on a cruise out of Port Canaveral, FL with stops at Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. The weather was beautiful we toured each of the ports.

If you are interested, here is a cruise review I wrote for another group of friends:
Ok - Cruise update! For those of you that have never cruised - I highly recommend it! A lot of people think you'll be closed up and get bored and claustraphobic - nope - there is more to do on the new, large ships than you could ever do in a week. We love cruising. This was our 4th cruise so we didn't feel obligated to attend every show and activity - we took it easy. Not to mention, the whole reason we took the last minute trip was to get away from the stress in our lives and relax. There are constant activities going on around the ship - everything from bingo, pool-side activities, art auctions, production shows, wine tasting, casino, dancing, karoke.......

We boarded the ship - Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas on Sunday in Port Canaveral. The boarding process was quick and we were in our cabin about 30 min after arriving at the port. We booked a balcony cabin because we love to sit outside and enjoy the sea air and watch the stars at night. The ship left about 5pm on Sunday and we found a spot up on the very front by the bridge to watch us sail away. Sunday night we had dinner with two other very nice couples. This was the only night we ate with them because we had requested a table for 2 and were moved the next night. Normally we enjoy the company and meeting two people, but this trip was about us!
After dinner we strolled on the deck and went to the casino --- we like to gamble so the casino was a part of each evening.
OH - and before dinner I had a hot stone massage. OH MY - it was heavenly. Great way to start out the trip. Although, expensive on board. We decided next time we'll get massages the day before we leave.

Monday morning we arrived in Nassau, Bahamas. We love watching the ship pull in to port and seeing the activity of tying up to the dock. It's amazing how they navigate these huge ships. We booked an excursion through the ship to go tour the Atlantis resort. We took a ferry to Atlantis and took a group tour through the grounds of the resort. It's a beautiful place. Then played some cards in the casino. We ended up cutting out of the tour early because I started to feel miserable. I had an allergic reaction to something and started breaking out in rash on my neck and down my chest. I tried to be a good sport, but I could only hang on so long. I decided to go see the ship's Dr. when we got back on board. Thank goodness I did. He gave me an IV Cortisone shot and some prednisone. I started feeling better w/in 30 minutes from the shot!

Tuesday was a day at Sea. We lounged around, sat on the deck reading. Went to the art auction (one of our favorite things to do on board), played shuffleboard, pingpong, scrabble, tried to play the mini-golf they have on board, but it was too windy. Just had a great, relaxing day!

Wednesday we at St. Thomas, USVI. We didn't book a tour through the ship. Instead we got off board and hired a cab at the pier. He gave us a tour of the island, stopping at some scenic areas. It's a beautiful place! They have a great shopping district at the pier - tons of jewelry stores in the caribbean. We had lunch at a little local place and then I spent hours wandering through the stores. I bought some local art and decided on a rainbow topaz ring set in white gold with a matching pendant! That was my treat to myself!

Thursday we were in St. Martin, USVI. Again we didn't book a ship's tour. We got off board and went to a rental car place. We rented a Jeep, got a map and took off! We drove the perimiter of the island stopping at beaches and interesting places along the way. The island is 1/2 Dutch, 1/2 French - when we were on the French side we stopped at one beach that turned out to be a nude beach. We walked around a little, kept our clothes on and left. I wish I was as comfortable with my body as the people there. No one cared what anyone else looked like. There were people of all shapes and sizes just enjoying their day. We planned on doing some more shopping back at the pier, but there was not as much as the day before - probably a good thing cause I didn't spend much more $.

Friday and Saturday were Sea Days. Again, just very relaxing days on board the ship. I treated myself to a facial one day. I had never gotten a full facial before. It was great! Again, lots of lounging around, playing shuffleboard and games, went to a couple bingo sessions - won nothing. Friday was the final art auction where we made our biggest art investment yet. We purchased a limited edition Rembrandt etching - the Raising of Lazarus. We also got a few smaller items. Every cruise we go on we buy some kind of art work. Can't remember what else we did the last couple days. It was just very calm and relaxing.

Sunday morning we were back in Port Canaveral. We were off board about 10:00am. Got a shuttle to a rental car place and drove back to Orlando. We had the day to ourselves so we went to Disney's MGM Studios. It was a beautiful day. We wandered around, went on a few rides -- the Tower of Terror is our favorite --- and had a nice time.

Monday morning we caught and early flight home! Back to reality!

That was nearly 2 weeks ago now - I can't believe it. Since then I have been trying to get back into a good routine. This week I got back to journaling food, more exercise, facing the number on the scale... It went well - I lost 2.2 pounds this week. I weigh in every Friday morning! I need to add in more exercise this upcoming week.

I hope you are all well. I'll have to catch up personally later. Time to start on some work!

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Ouuuuu, i am so sore. At my belly dancing class yesterday we had a new instructor so our normal dance routine was completely different. She had us doing a lot of squats to firm up the butt, but now the back of my legs hurt so much that i have a hard time bending over. When i tried loading the dishwasher this morning, i had to hold a dish wast high and just let it drop and hope for the best. Also, i am still working on refinishing my hard wood floors so i was doing even more squats. Its no wonder that my butt and legs hurt. Floors are starting to look really good now, lets hope all that bending will do the same for my legs.


I can't tell you how many times i finished writhing a post Tricia, only to have the computer fairies come in and eat the darn thing. The first time it happen i just sat there staring at a blank screen where my post should have been. Then the reality of it all sank in. NOOOOOO! Know matter how many buttons i pushed on my computer, my post was gone. Now, i write my post first as if i were going to send an email to someone, then copy and paste my letter into the reply section of Sanctuary. No more loosing post, plus i have spell check on my computer.

Welcome back BarbaPa. I only had a chance to start reading your post but am strapped for time just now. Have to get my hair cut so will be able to talk more later.

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hey all...I SO want to read and catch up and post before we leave, but it looks like that just ain't gonna happen! SO much stuff to do. Last minute packing and party arranging today. We went to pay the final balance and lo and behold, there was that pesky tax and gratuity that we forgot about. The caterer was fine, just said to bring the $600+ dollars on the day of the party. Just. Now, If sis and I were petty and mean, we'd have the boys pick up the balance, seeing how we've done everything else...but we'll just split it five ways. I hate haggling over money. Of course...if they had more than a few brain cells to rub together, they'd realize just how much more has gone into this than just handing over a check every so often.

Oh well...rant over. Time to think about sunshine and beaches and pina coladas! (I wonder how many points are in one?)

So glad to see you back posting Andria! I'm glad you're feeling spunkier!

Welcome back Barb...I was getting ready to send the search party out for you!

Lucky, baby that knee. You do NOT want a bum knee keeping you from raking the driveway and all that fun stuff!

redballoon...Yes! It does sound fun and exotic over there in Tokyo! And all your adventures. I think just the fact that you have the chutzpah to just up and go where you feel like makes you sound like quite the adventuress! I want to go too! (kids, husband and dog might have something to say about that though!)

Tricia...you continue to inspire us, keep it up!

Gloria, Keep squatting! You'll have the best looking butt in town...not too mention that nicely refinished floor. I love multi-tasking!


Cheryll, HI! Skittles, HI and where are you? I miss you! Tony, you too!

I think that's it....any omissions are purely unintentional. I have to get moving here. I'm going on pure adrenalin...no sleep at all after work last night. I'll sleep on the plane tomorrow!

Adios, my chickies, I'll see you in a week!
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:00 AM   #15
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Hi people. Sorry, I have no time to post now and I see the forum will be down for a couple days. Lonely! I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you have some nice times. Here, it's not an event or anything so I won't be doing anything special.

Wow, did you see the full moon out tonight? It's beautiful!

Well, take care all and I will try to read all the posts and catch up later in the week.
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