I am not sure how I will fare responding to each of you- but I will give it a shot.
First of all, my two cents on the water issue. (but mind you, I enjoy drinking water). First thing in the morning, and I mean first thing, I drink a glass of water. Yes,it is almost a guzzle- I just figure that it fills me up immediately and gets me off to a good start. And then there are certain times that I insist that I have a glass of water. One for me is when I am on the computer. I make it a water time for me and will have at least one glass. I also drink a glass before I walk and another right after. (so, on a typical day, I am already 4 glasses into the required 8!) Sounds silly, I guess so. But for me, the water is needed and helps keep me sane. (Opps, another time I have a glass is just before I begin cooking dinner- so that I feel a bit satisfied and do not snack).See if you can come up with a similar system for yourselves to increase your water intake.
Wilma- glad that you checked in!!!! Great that you are joining me in the Valentines Day challenge. (I need some inspiration and it will be great having you to kick me along here!) Hope that you have a great weekend.
Meetoo- the Weight Watchers meals are also good, and from time to time go on sale for around $1.33also. I like them because then I will find the WW meal similar to what I have made for my family (on one of those nites that I am making something that I can't really make a "low fat" version and get away with it for Dh.
Then I do not feel deprived,and still get to eat real food. Start out slowly with the return to the gym. (don't want to see you get hurt or discouraged) Be a optimist! So what if you are not as svelte as you would like to be. Then when you begin losing, it will be all the more dramatic!!!!!!! And like Wilma, I have heard the same thing about caffiene- it is a good idea to wean yourself off it a bit.
Sami- do you have a favorite lean cuisine meal????? (just being conversational here, I am not obsessing on food!) You had some great advice too for Meetoo (giving up the fast food!). I know from looking at the WW points,that there is so little on the fast food menus that is not loaded with points. And I always feel wasteful throwing out those fries! (but I have given them up for months)
Joanne- Good for you!!!!! Quilting has been something that I have wanted to do for years, and never got a chance to do.
Last year in a magazine I get they had a quilt made from pieces of kids clothing and I got inspired. I have made dresses for my girls, and thought of doing a quilt from the leftover fabric from each. (some of the dresses became so dear to me,this was a way to keep the dress alive even after it was outgrown). Well, I never got around to it
but still have the directions. It was a beginners quilt, easy to make.
Today my eating was bad again. (stress, stress, stress) I did get a short walk in, I guess short is better than none!!! I pray that tomorrow I will be able to control my eating. Praise God we get a new start each day (and His mercies are new every morning!)
Better get some sleep. Have a great nite.