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Old 11-30-2000, 11:47 PM   #16
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Hi everyone. I would like to join your group if you don't mind. I live in Northern Ireland near the Giants Causeway. I am married with three kids 20, 17 & 14. I don't work but my mother lives with us and I look after her. She is 88 years old. I go to Weightwatchers and have about 30 pounds to lose but I am finding it harder to do as I get older. I usually go for one or two walks every day and I go linedancing twice a week.

'In the end, it's not the years in your life that count - it's the life in your years'

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Maria: No I dont think we will ever have a new president. We dont need one anyways

Slavika: I have the same problem with my DH. I make him give me a list so I can pick what I want to get him. It gets hard buying for them as well as us. I give him a list to.

Glenda: I love decorating to. I go all out at Christmas. But then I also cant wait to get it down after its over to!

Anee: Welcome aboard! You will like it the ladies here. Great bunch.
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Hi Everybody I got this today from a friend so thought I would share. I'll come back later to post.

There are only two rules for success in life.

1. Never tell anyone, everything you know.



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Hello everyone. I've been sick ever since I got back from my daughter's after Thanksgiving. i didn't have to worry about over eating. I have no appitite and I've been eating mostly hot soup and drinking hot tea. I did have a nice visit but it would have been better if I had not had a cold. The cold turned into bronchitis and my asthma kicked up. YUCK! So I'm laying low this week so I'll get over this and I can enjoy Christmas.
Hi Maria, Glad to see you posting here. I will be happy if I lose 30 pounds this year. That would put me down 60 total and that would be thrilling!

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Slavika: Shopping the day after Thanksgiving.
Many sales. Think every store has one going on. The paper that day is even bigger than the Sunday paper with all the sale ads.
Why its always been a big deal I will never know. Just know you wont catch me out there! Its a Zoo!

Phill: sorry to hear you have been sick. Hope you get feeling better soon. No fun being sick!
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Morning all,
It is yet another great day here though not looking quite so promising for the weekend.
In eastern Australia there have been some horrendous floods however where I live in south australia, it is the driest state on the continent and we sure could do with some rain. Guess we are never satisfied.
Slavika dh and I don't worry about xmas presents for each other, we are both very impatient and if we like something we want it NOW and usually buy it Luckily these years we can do that, there were many years when we couldn't, in fact those years it would be hanky's and undies for Xmas
Hope you are much better Phill, I wondered where you were. Loosing 30 pounds for the year sounds very do-able (is that a word?) to me.
Welcome Anne, I also find it more difficult to lose weight as I am getting older. You will find this site very supportive and whilst it has not made the pounds 'fly' off, I have managed to stay reasonably on track and I am happy about that.
Nice to have another person from across the seas, a few of your distant relatives ( )settled here in Australia and have added to our great multi cultural community.
Have a great day
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WELCOME ANNE How nice to "see" you here. It's great you joining us on this weight loss journey.
PHILL I'm really sorry you've been sick. My DH has been fighting with a cold/flu for about 3 weeks now. I had a flu shot and I've been fine so far (touch wood).
LILY thanks, I thought it was probably a big day for sales. It seemed that a lot of the posts were about going shopping after Thanksgiving.
MARIA I know what you mean about
as we get older we just buy the stuff we want when we want it, we don't wait for Christmas or a birthday. I like jewellery, but find I just wear the same things over and over again. I have gold hoop earrings that I can even sleep with them on...so I never bother changing them. MY grandchildren and I have packed a couple of boxes of gifts for children in Africa. They chose the things to go into the boxes.
My 7 yr old grandson suggested a Pokemon video. I explained to him these children would not have TV or VCR's. It's hard for them to understand when they are so young, but it's also good for them to learn to share.
I managed to do a little Christmas baking today and left out a couple of cookies and put the rest into the freezer.
Not much else new with me, I'll talk to you all tomorrow. Good night.

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Thank you all for making me feel so welcome.I need all the encouragement I can get to try and lose a few pounds for Christmas. I am trying to 'dejunk' the house at the moment so that things will hopefully be a little less hectic at Christmas.

Phil - sorry to hear you are sick. Life is hard enough sometimes when we can't control our eating but it must be miserable when you don't feel like eating.

Slavika - That is such a lovely gesture giving gifts to children in Africa. My daughter and I did a sponsored 24 hour fast this week for 'Concern' which is a charity which helps the Third World.

All the best everyone.

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Old 12-01-2000, 09:52 PM   #24
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I finally feel as if I am returning to the 'Land of the Living'! I decided to stay home today. i missed the whole week as it is and I want to be sure this doesn't come back on me before Christmas.

Slavika, what a neat idea, Sending Christmas presents to children in Africa! i usually donate a toy or two to our local Toys for Tots drive and food to the local food bank.


I always skip shopping the day after Thanksgving! And I stay out of the malls. Several years ago I went through and horrible stage of just being terribly depressed and angry during the Christmas season. I decided to minimize the things that irritate me and I now enjoy Christmas again!

Maria, do they make as big a commercial fuss of Christmas in Australia? We have almost ruined the season here in the States. I avoid the commercial stuff as much as I can! I'm not a very religious person but I consider myself spiritual and I love the joy and good will that is part of the season.

Be Well..............Phyllis
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Phyllis, The last few years I have finally understood why some people get so sad and depressed during the holiday season. Since I had cancer 6 years ago and my mom died last year, I think it is that we want our loved ones to have that "picture perfect" Christmas that is only in fantasies. None of us have perfect lives or families, but we still aspire to the Norman Rockwell Christmas. And, as we get older, we have more loss in our lives and we get nostalgic for the past and a little sad about the things we feel we missed. Anyway, I think it is a great idea to simplify Christmas, if possible. I love the season because a lot of times even old grouches during the year can get happy during this season. The lights, the decorations, the songs, I just love it.

Maria - You said you retired a little early to be with your husband in Australia. What did you do when you worked outside the home? Do you mind me asking what your husband does? The more I know about someone, the more I can remember them.

Anne - This is so much fun. I would never know somebody from as far away as Australia or Northern Ireland in any other way. So, what is Christmas like in Ireland?

Well, guys, today makes the 5th consecutive day I have been on program. I hope to continue until Christmas Day. I wish us all luck on that score the rest of this wonderful month!
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Old 12-02-2000, 06:46 AM   #26
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That's great Glenda. Since I've been sick all week I haven't even tried to figure out if I'm OP or not, but since I have not eaten much I don't think there is a problem. I still don't have an appitite.

I think your are right about the sadness at Christmas. I have accepted the fact that I don't have a Norman Rockwell family, never did and never will, but I do love my family and I just focus on enjoying the holiday with them.

Since I am going to my daughter's for Christmas I am going to my parents the weekend before and celebrate with them and my son and his family.

Anne & Maria, I would love to hear about Christmas traditions in Ireland & Australia. And Slavika, you don't live in the US either do you. Canada? Tell me about that too.

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Old 12-02-2000, 10:11 AM   #27
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Hello to you all! Welcome to the new ones... this is a great group and you'll find so much encouragement here!
Hanging in there! ~~Snifflin' gAnne (got a tissue?)

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Old 12-02-2000, 11:23 AM   #28
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Good afternoon all (saturday 3.30 pm)
DH has gone to watch a game of cricket and I have the rest of the afternoon to myself
Slavika what a great thing to do with your grandchildren, our children really have no idea about third world countries, good way to make them more aware.

Glenda DH and myself are both Australian (I migrated from the Netherlands in 1959). My husband took up a position with an American Company;- Lucent Technologies. The position requires him to travel all over the place but mainly the Asian Pacific Region. Because we prefer to do things together, I go with him wherever he goes and that is the reason I took early retirement. I was a sales manager with a large telecommunications company. I enjoyed my work but it was very full on and long hours leaving little time for the many things I like to do such as reading, sewing, embroidery, gardening and surfing the net. It has been quite an adjustment, when we are in Adelaide my husband works from home from his virtual office, ie he is around the place ALL the time. We are getting used to our different lifestyle a little but still find it difficult not knowing where we will be next month or next year for that matter. Most projects he goes on are for 3 months. It is very exciting in many ways and we feel very fortunate to be given these opportunities.

Phill Xmas in Australia is generally hot. There also is a lot of commercialism here and I agree with you whilst I am not overly religious, I see it more as a time to get together with family and catch up with friends. I usually have about 14 for lunch and despite the heat always have a hot lunch. Usually turkey, veggies and christmas pudding for dessert. Many Australians opt for a cold lunch and the sale of prawns (or shrimp) is usually very high over Christmas. Yesterday was the start of our summer and we have already had very hot weather. I will have lunch inside if it is very hot (airconditioning ) or outside under the pergola if it is just a nice sunny day.
I can really relate to what Glenda said, I think as you get older and you do have to cope with health problems, loss of parents etc.etc. I think particularly if you have had some serious health problems, it does put a whole new perspective on everything, on what is important and what is not. In a strange way I am almost thankful I had breast cancer (and very healthy now ), it has certainly made me re evaluate what is important and what is not.

Anne thank you for the welcome. I had a look at your homepage. I thought your photographs were fantastic and the journal with your dog was fun to read.
Have a great day all
Maria

PS OP all this week

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Hi Everybody For the new gals posting with us, seeing as how I am Ukrainian my grandchildren call me~~~~~~are you ready for this "BABA". My son called my Mother "Baba", but that was ok because I guess I thought she was old. LOL Please forgive me Mama. So...when my grandson was born, my Son said he would like his Son to call me Baba just as he called my Mother, who he adored. My Mother had died when she was only 67 so now I realize she NEVER was really old. ALAS I degress. All the years before my Grandson was in school full time I got him one afternoon per week for a "Baba Day". He's in GR. 2 now so we don't have a set Baba Day anymore but Friday afternoons I have my 5 yr old Granddaughter for "Baba Day". I went grocery shopping this morning and in the afternoon the "Princess" and I had lunch. It was balogna rolled up like sausages, German butter cheese cut in cubes and to be eaten with fancy picks, Ritz mini cheese crackers and salt and vinegar chips. For a beverage we had peach tea with 10 or 12 tablespoons of sugar (my little cup of tea was actually very THICK).
I gave her a little plastic box and found old bits of jewelry to put in this "treasure chest". We made new jewels from the old ones which she is going to give as presents to two of her little friends. LOL.
So gals that's how I spent my afternoon.
PHYLLIS glad you are feeling better. We are in for some really cold weather tonight. It is going down to -26 C which is about -20 F I think. DH and I went to the Mall tonight to pick up a few things and it is really cold. You get all bundled up, in our winter jackets, mitts, scarf etc and then die because you are so hot in the stores.
I have my family over for Christmas Eve Dinner which tradionally is the important day of the holidays for Ukrainians. I try to prepare the twelve meatless dishes and we sit down to supper after the first star of the evening appears. The adults fast all day as a rule (don't HAVE to) in remembrance of the hardships that Mary & Joseph endured.
I think its to set sort of a spiritual nature to the supper. In my parents day, straw was put under the table and candy was hidden in it for the children to find after the meal. Ah no, you guys I don't do that. You also set a place at the table to remember members of the family who are deceased. A lit candle used to be placed in the window and left burning all night to welcome any homeless people. The first dish to be served is a cold cereal type of dish. It is made from wheat, poppy seeds, water, sugar/honey and chopped walnuts. In days gone by (trust me we don't do this either) the oldest member of the family throws a spoonful of "kutia" to the ceiling. The more kernels that stick to the ceiling the greater the good luck in the following year. The rest of the 11 dishes can be things like fried walleye fish, borsch soup, cabbage rolls, perogies, mushrooms and gravy, crepes, stuffed salmon. Nowadays families have added new things to the old.
So that is what we do at Christmas. On Christams Day this year we will go for dinner to my DIL's folks place. Now you all must share what you do.
MOOZ49 Hi Anne, maybe you could come to my place it sure could use some dejunking. I like that word too. I use ALAS as much as I can, don't say anything but it's LILY'S word.
GLENDA Good for you 5 days OP, you will have a great week.
I tried not to eat too much of that wonderful lunch my granddaughter requested. For dessert she had a "bug Popsicle". It's a popiscle with little gel type candy bugs in it. BROTHER. I had an orange.
Well its late, so I will say good night. Hope you all have a great Saturday.

P.S. HI MARIA I was writting this great Canadian novel at the same time you were posting, so came back to say hello. Boy we sure couldn't have more different weather conditions.





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Old 12-02-2000, 11:00 PM   #30
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Hi! May I join this board? I just turned 50 today. I weighed in this morning and I had lost a pound. I have 3 children, one married and 2 in school. My husband goes to WW too. I have lost 12 pounds in 20 weeks, but I stay in my points range everyday. My leader says I'm just the age where it starts getting slow. I don't really care how long it takes. My goal is to reach my 10%.
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