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Old 06-23-2008, 10:46 AM   #151  
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arabella-i loved reading your article! it made me smile. i am definitely up for a new thread/challenge. i am feeling some of that re-energizing "ness" you have been talking about.

morning off to a good start with dainty, healthy breakfast, and have 2 more dainty meals planned for remainder of day. already have done a good chunk of my exercise, with still more to come. hope everyone has a pleasant day in the palace.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #152  
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Kat, how Royally proud you made me! What a loss! Savor that extra time and do try to put "you" things higher. ( I know, I know, I didn't but you're supposed to learn from your elders.)

I'm in the "I could have done worse" mode too AND the good days, bad days mode. Did get to Fitness Center today, that's a point. Going tomorrow too.

Ok, so much for plans When painters came today, they said there's too much work yet to be done to keep coming after their day jobs. They need a weekend. Well, guess what, folks? The next weekend I'd be able to do this is the last weekend in July. But I want a GOOD job and they want to do one. So they're painting my closets so I can put stuff back in them and the rest of the next five weeks, the walls will be a nice shade of old white and drywall gunk. What was that I said about my post vacation plans?

But a Royal deals with stresses and, truth be told, there was so much going on in my life right now that it will be a relief in a way to have some extra time to get things together.

Now I'm off to read Royal Arabella's piece.
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Oh, just loved the article, Arabella. What a delightful, resourceful little DGS you have. How that little brain clicks! Just delightful!!
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Hello all!

Do you remember me?? Do I remember me?

I hope everyone is well! I am excited to read your article Wood Nymph!

I need to quickly water the garden but I will be back!
Now that I've gotten past this first post back, I know I am in the right place!~

There's no place like home!
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:42 AM   #155  
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Well, watering the garden turned out to be unnecessary as thunderstorms rolled through unexpectedly. For a couple hours which meant I never got back to turn the computer back on.

I am ready for the great adventure this morning!
I really am motivated to feel better and get beyond the SUGAR cravings.

Even watering the garden last night gave me some extra energy I really havent been feeling much lately.

Here's today's thought:

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Thought of the day:

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."

- John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist


Question of the day:

"Who is your favorite comedian?"

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Here's to a productive day!

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Hi there, Kaylets. Good to see you. Missed your inspiration. And what a lovely thought.

Favorite comedian; mmm, requires thought. Used to like Alan King a lot. Love Steve Carell but I guess he's a funny guy not really a comedian.

What a mess I'm in here. Yikes - even getting two closets back together is going to take all day and that's not even doing them the way I'd like to be. It's just "dust and shove", sort of. Started out taking all the shelves out and doing the "other sides" which hand't been done. It was do that or take all the stuff out later (like in a couple of years . So that paint is drying, I have the few odd pieces of furniture bravely back in place and trying to make the place look "normal". So now I'm taking a break on the PoP&C and giving it a REAL challenge. Lots of deep cleaning going to be needed but not going to worry about that until the job is totally done, W A Y down the road.

And I have an appt. w/trainer at three. I'll tell ya - it's enuf to test a s composure. But nothijng really to be gained by fussing about it so I will slog on and might not get it all done today. Breaking the day up with other (also necessary) chores might help a bit.

Had the rain as well, Kaylets, but not much. More wind than rain, I expect, because a two chairs and a potted plant were blown over. So the patio, blown off yesterday, will need it again once the remaining soil dries enough to be blown.

Good news is that it is still only about 10:00 so I have time for a lot yet today even with very frequent rests and breaks.

And IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY

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I just had one of those *forehead to palm* DOH! moments as I tried to figure out why I haven't wanted to post here lately. It has nothing to do with all you lovely royals, but it has a lot to do with my lack of feeling like I'm accomplishing anything worth reporting. I need to shift my ticker back up, and it is just about killing me thinking about it.

I've been kicking myself for not making this work, and I've been struggling with the "why" of my plan not working for me, but I've just come to the realization of what is going on. Since school let out I have been working out, and I have been walking. In fact, I've been doing more of both than I have in a very long time. This is a good thing, and I should expect to see the work reflected in scale numbers. The reason those numbers aren't showing is that I haven't been food planning like I did before. I decided at the first of the year that I wasn't going to journal my food because it often turns into an obsession with me instead of being a healthy tool. What I didn't realize until just now is that even though I wasn't writing down everything I was eating, I was still making a solid food plan and keeping to it every day of the week. I had my breaky foods all worked out and the same for my lunch. The only variable was dinner, and that was moderately easy to control with a larger portion of vegetables and a smaller portion of whatever carb we were offering that evening. My food planning was, in essence, working in the same manner as journaling does for so many others, and I don't have that right now. That should be easy enough to fix. I have no idea why it didn't occur to me earlier, though. Again with the DOH!

Arabella, I didn't get to read your article! Please send an attachment; I really don't want to miss it. Also, a 21 day challenge sounds about the right length to me. No chance to dilly-dally along the way.

Kaylets, it is so good to see you! I've been wondering if everything was well with you and hoping you would return to us soon. Comedians, huh... George Carlin was always a favorite of mine. I loved his irreverent style. And I hate that we now get to speak of him in the past tense.

Anagram, sounds like you have a good, solid attitude all the way around. I love your promise to take the summer off--it reminded me of what I'm supposed to be doing.

wsw, you've been working awfully hard lately, from the sounds of things. Congratulations on maintaining your dainty portions, as well as all the work you've been doing on your home front.

Kat, WOW! You seriously nailed the solstice challenge! I am so impressed! Seems like you've been busy doing for others, but you've also, obviously, been keeping time for you in there as well. Keep up the good work!

I've got to get moving before my morning 100% escapes me. First on my list is the gym, second is some hardcore deep cleaning because it turns out we might have a house guest this weekend. Yikes!

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Smile In the Summer Palace

211.4. Under ticker tomorrow?

And it is summer here, finally. Gosh, May and the first few weeks of June were bleak. Weather's mixed today but I got in enough sun on the weekend that i can bear it with equanimity.

I've got last sound yoga of the season in a half-hour and my gala end-of-season dinner out with my writing group this evening. So... lots of fun, which I can use.

The response on my essay has been very nice. (Thanks to Anagram & WSW -- so glad you liked it!) I noticed today that someone's posted it to their blog so it will live on, online, instead of only being available for one day, like a day lily blossom.

Here's the link

Anagram, that's too funny, the way your skepticism about your plans was so immediately translated into reality. Some kind of reverse tempting the fates? Boy, it's hard to get around those Fates, isn't it!

Kaylets, so happy to see you back in the Palace! I think Steve Martin is probably my favorite comic. Re: thought -- I love the days when I feel like that.

Andria, let's get ready for a new challenge -- we can do this!

WSW, your dainty portions may be just the inspiration that lets me get moving again. Wow, that's something I struggle with. Although apparently not hard enough

K, lies -- if anyone's inspired to start a new thread, feel free. O/w, I'll start one tomorrow.


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Hello all!


Thanks for the kind words... and Silver, you put into words much of what I have been feeling too.....not having anything to report is very much how I've been feeling....

But.... we really do have something....

We're still in it to WIN it....

We WANT to be a LOSER.....

And....

I had a fairly good food day yesterday.....

Hoping that today will be easier.....

So....

I'm off to avoid traffic.
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Anagram, just read the article. It was lovely! Your grandson cracked me up as well.
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hi kaylets---so good to see you back in the palace!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:11 PM   #162  
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arabella-you will be under ticker tomorrow, you will be under ticker tomorrow---------

anagram-what a big job getting closets cleaned out before painting and then putting everything back again. work on a house sure does take a lot of planning, energy, patience, and all that a queen can muster. hope the closets meet with royal liking when job is completed.

andria-when you talked of food planning, it was such a helpful reminder for me, which i used when going out to dinner a while ago. i went with a friend to a restaurant i know well, and i had planned exactly what i was going to have without looking at the menu so as not to tempt myself, and it worked. yeah! i have been using a food journal, which i never like doing, but always do better when i use it, so this past week, i have been jotting down all my cals, and happy to see i have been sticking to my plan especially well the past few days. here's to dainty portions!

earlier in the day, a new volunteer was scheduled to come over, but as it turned out, she never came. (not her fault though--the scheduler at the organization had messed up.) anyway, i had been very productive before she was scheduled to arrive and kept the momentum going through the remainder of the day, without letting myself get rattled. the scheduler kept apologizing to me, and said i was being so pleasant about it, which makes me think some of their clients aren't the most agreeable or flexible. it dawned on me, though, that one of my aces in the hole is that i am very flexible, and pretty resourceful, and i have to say, i like those qualities in me, and they sure come in handy in this very unpredictable life.

ok, now if i could ever lose some weight-----! ah well, will keep plodding on, ever hopeful.

hi kat. how are you? hi ceara!

take care, all, and have a good evening.

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Confession moment. I would start a new thread, except I have no idea what to call it.
I'm heading downstairs to make breaky, then it is off to the gym with me. I'm doing a really decent job getting back into shape there. My last workout showed me as having burned 626 calories. In January, the last time I was working out (ouch, hard to admit!), I was only burning 390-425 a workout. Progress, definitely.

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Add me to the list of those slow to post when I'm not doing well. And calorie wise, I'm not. Certainly have been moving though in one way or another.

wsw, I'm still opening the closet doors and admiring the neatness of it all - almost every time I pass either one

Anyway, tomorrow morning I leave w/a friend for a weekend in Charles Town WV with horseracing and casinos. I'm sure we'll have a ball. Will be back Sunday.

And in the way of the Fates - DSs 25th high school reunion is this weekend so he'll be here while I'm there. However, he's treating himself to another pleasure tomorrow so will be coming in fairly late tonight so I'll get to give him a leetle hug anyway. I'll be spending LOTS of time with him on the next trip.

I'm almost ready to go which is amazing in itself. I don't know how that happened while I was whirling around doing all sorts of things. Even cleaned out the car!

Heat wave returning here. Last few days were SO nice - maybe that's how I managed to get so much accomplished.

Anyway, when I come back wholly broke, I hope I can find breadcrumbs.

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anagram-glad you are enjoying those closets! have fun on your trip.

made it through another day op. i almost blew it tonight, but stuck with planned dinner, and finished up my exercise, albeit rather grundgingly. went through some stuff i needed to de-clutter, and got a good-sized pile of things to give away. glad that chore is done. well, hope everyone is having a good evening. take care, all.
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