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Soon2BThin - Wednesday May 02, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 150.0

Wow, it's late! It's really only 5:00 PM here, but I usually like to get this done a lot earlier. All I can say is I've been really busy. And yesterday, I had some trouble with my puter. We had a short power outage (less that a second) while I was on my puter & then I couldn't get back online. It kept saying it couldn't reach my modem. So I called tech support (cause I'm puter illiterate) & he thought maybe the power outage had blown my modem (this was the second time the power went out for a short time in less than a week). He said that had happened to him before. So I shut down my computer & turned off the modem (it's an external one), planning to take it to Best Buy this morning to have them check it out, figuring I was going to have to buy a new one. This morning I thought I'd check it one more time & it worked fine, yippee! But that's not my excuse for not getting here earlier, I've just been super-busy, as I said. So, here's my day so far--Woke up at 6:37 AM, I'm getting used to waking up earlier & didn't even need my alarm clock, which I'd set for 7. I got on my treadmill & walked for 4 miles again. Whew, I was really ready to quit after 3, but I stuck it out. I'm thinking 4 miles is maybe too much, since I'm pretty beat for the rest of the day, so I may just go back to 3 miles. And I do keep pretty busy the rest of the day so I'm still burning calories then. Hubby & I went out shopping for a few things then came home & had lunch. I haven't made really good food choices (I have regular Doritos in the cupboard) but I could have done worse (no donuts lately). So after watching my soap, which I had taped, I went out in the pool for about 1 1/2 hours. I'm really starting to get a nice color & I also did some arm exercises in the pool. I like doing them there so I don't have to use weights, just use the resistence of the water. I've only had 1 1/2 liters of water so far so I'll have to go get some more before I get on to read your entries. I didn't get to read any yesterday so I have a lot to catch up on. Okay, I'd better go put the wash in the dryer, then get on to reading. (Yes, I'm doing laundry so late in the day. Like I said, I've been busy). And my son will be coming in tomorrow so I probably will be even more busy. Have a great day tomorrow, kiddos, & thanks for listening.

Maria7 on 05/02/2001:
I'm glad your modem is okay. Sounds like you are having a great time with the pool and all...enjoy! Enjoy your visit with your son tomorrow! Maria :)

pastagal on 05/02/2001:
Gosh so glad to hear you didn't have to go out and get a new modem:} Gosh your entry made me tired,,,you were a busy lady today,:} Sounds like your doing great tho,,,,enjoy your day with your son tomorrow,,so how long will he be with you?? or does he live close by,,,talk to ya later,,have a nice night and get some rest:}

mommyof two on 05/02/2001:
boy, you sure are a busy one!!!you sound like your doing well.well, you have a great time with your son tomorrow..lisa

Soon2BThin - Tuesday May 01, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 150.0

WEIGH-DAY!! Oops! I thought I'd never see the 150's again. Think again. When you eat like I've been eating, it happens! Good thing I've been exercising or it would have been worse. So next week should be back down again, right?

Here's what I've done so far today--Got up at 6:30 (good thing I set the alarm, I was sleeping soooo good right about then), did my yoga tape, it takes about 45 minutes, then I got on the treadmill for 2 miles at 3.7mph & a 30% incline. I don't usually use the incline, guess I should start doing that. IT HURT!! Then I showered & WENT TO McD'S for breakfast! WHY,WHY,WHY!? I hadn't done that for a long time so I guess it was inevitable for me. So eating hasn't been too good today. Yesterday I did fine, 21 points. I had more than that for just breakfast today, bad Soonie! Back to basics tomorrow (have I heard that somewhere before?)

Oh, I had such a good time at Wal-Mart yesterday. I walked around there for 1 1/2 hours, shopping. My Mom had given me a gift card from there for my birthday (which is Friday, BTW) so I spent that & much more. I needed another bathing suit so I got that plus ANOTHER t-shirt with Tigger on it, I couldn't resist. I swear, I have enough shirts to last me for 2 lives, but when I see one that's cute, I just have to have it. My hubby should tie me up & keep me out of there.

So, how are you all doing? Good, I hope. Thanks for all the comments &, Pushedtothewall, that rash is almost gone, just a few scabs left & some pink spots here & there. I think I've figured out what might have caused it--I had switched to a cheaper body wash--Suave--when I had always used Caress or Oil of Olay. When I had stopped the Prednisone, the rash started coming back, but when I stopped the Suave body wash & used the Caress, it started going away almost immediately. I'm not for sure if this is right but it's all I can come up with. Yippee, I can cancel the appointment with the dermatologist on the 17th. I just HATE going to doctors AND paying the bill.

Well, it's after 2:00 here & it's 90 degrees & sunny, so I'm heading out to the pool. Yesterday, I did some arm exercises out there & that was nice, not that I need them, hehe. And I'm trying to get some color on my pale skin (tan fat looks better than white, I think). Don't worry, I'm not getting too much at once so I won't get burned. I heard on the news here that Arizona has twice as many cases of Melinoma as any other state, even Florida. So I will be careful.

Okay, I think that's more than enough for today, huh? I still haven't read all your entries yet so I will come back & do that later. There just aren't enough hours in the day anymore! I think that's a sign of old age, isn't it? Or, I have a full life. I like that one better, hehe. BTW, I will turn 52 on Friday & I don't feel that old, hehe. Take care, everybody, & thanks for listening.

SoccerMom on 05/01/2001:
I'm so glad that you figured out what was causing your rash! I have <i>very</i> sensitive skin, too, and almost anything with a smell makes my skin feel like it's on fire. Some things will also give me a metallic taste in my mouth...and that's when I smell them on somebody else! Gee...I can't even go to a church service, unless it's outside in the fresh air. Seems everyone puts on their best smells on Sunday. ~GRIN~

Don't have too much fun out by the pool! I'm so jealous! Pools won't open here till the end of May.

pushedtothewall on 05/01/2001:
I am totally ignorant of the meaning of BTW. What is this? I am happy that you are feeling at your birthday time. :) And, glad too about the rash. I am, by the way, one of those who is paying for all of the years in the sun. I still yearn to be tan, but when I need to, I get it in a tube. Be careful, Soonie :) Connie

pastagal on 05/01/2001:
Don't let these kinds of days set you back,,just keep going forward and you will do it;} Just tell yourself,ok tomorrow i am going to stick on track and make better choices:}} Glad your rash is doing better,,you have a nice evening and remember,,,BETTER choices tomorrow :}}}

Soon2BThin - Monday Apr 30, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Hey, everybody! It's a beautiful day here today, 80 degrees already & it's only 9:45 right now. I couldn't find the time to get here the last few days, I've been SO busy! So here I am now. Things are going well. I just walked 4 miles this morning on the treadmill. It took me 68 minutes with the warm up & cool down. Then I did my 100 crunches & took a shower. I ate breakfast (oatmeal & 2 pieces of toast) while I watched Regis & Kelly, I kinda like that show. It's still on so I'm sort of watching it while I write this. I'm going to leave for Wal-Mart when I finish here to pick up a few things, so more walking in the store. We haven't seen any more snakes here lately. The one we saw climbing the house turns out to be a Rat Snake. My sister saw the picture of it I took & she knows a lot about snakes. She used to own a couple of Boa Constrictors. We saw a coyote in our front yard the other day, I got pictures of that too. We see a lot of woodpeckers here, they tend to get on our hummingbird feeder. This morning I saw one taking a bath in my birdbath. Well, tomorrow is weigh day & I just know I have put on a couple of pounds, so I'm going to be good today & see if I can make that go away. Oh, I've already had 1 liter of water too. Well, I gotta get going to Wal-Mart before it gets too hot out there, going to 95 today. Hope you're all doing great, I'll try to get on here later to check up on you, I'm so far behind. Oh, if anyone can tell me how to put digital pictures on here, I'd be grateful. Thanks for listening.

pushedtothewall on 04/30/2001:
Hi Soonie! I am so glad to "read" you!!! Rat snakes and all! One thing... 100 crunches??? That just about makes me sick to death. How long have you been doing this? I am proud of you, really, but shamed :( It sounds as if you are off to a promising week and even if you happen to show a weight gain, I hope that you do not hide from us in your distress because your entries about your thoughts and life events are warm and welcomed. How is that rash these days? Take care. Connie

pastagal on 04/30/2001:
Wow 4 miles in 68 mins,,,,you go girl:}} gosh why can't i get off my butt and do that,,,well you sound like your doing great,,and how the heck are you gaining if your walking that much,hmm? i will bet you have not gained,you just wait and see;} Well have a great day,,,as for the digital pics,,i don't know how to get them on here,if anyone does tell you,,let me know ok,i would love to put some pics on my entrys if i could figure out how;}

muggg on 04/30/2001:
Dear Soon,

I think you would need to post a picture to a web page first and then you would be able to link to it using the <font color=blue>< i m g s r c > </font color = blue>command. I'm sure someone will tell us if there is an easier way.

I am real impressed with your exercise girlfriend!

SoccerMom on 04/30/2001:
100 crunches? I'm impressed!! I guess that's the piece that I should be adding to my workout...and it's my least favorite thing to do, too....but I sure like the results!

Walmart's my favorite place to shop! I just find the best deals in there.

Have a great day!

Soon2BThin - Thursday Apr 26, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Hey, everybody! How's everyone doing? Hope you're all doing well. I slept in a little this morning, I woke up at 5:10 & got up to turn off the ceiling fan cause I was cold, & couldn't get back to sleep until 6:30, then I got up at 7:30. I'm usually up by 7. Anyways, I got out that new yoga video I bought the other day & tried it out. I didn't do very well but it looks pretty good so I'll keep trying. Afterward, though, I did feel taller & more stretched somehow. And I already feel like I'm sitting up straighter. And it's a pretty good workout, not aerobic but you do work at it. I may do it again Saturday morning. But I'll do it at least on Tuesdays & Thursdays. My eating still isn't too good but I'm not worried about it yet. My new bed comes today so I'll get a good night's sleep tonight, I can't wait. My old, twin-size bed sunk in the middle so not very comfortable. Anyway, I haven't seen any birds in the birdbath yet, just a dove sitting on the edge, checking it out. It should get to 95 today & the pool water is up to 80 now, so I may just jump in this afternoon & take my first swim in it. We're having the family over this weekend for a pool party so that should be fun. Okay, yous guys, have a great day & it's 10:30, do YOU know where your water is? Glug, glug, everybody! Thanks for listening.

muggg on 04/26/2001:
Haha.. I liked that...."do you know where your water is?" I'm on my third little bottle and will grab a new one before taking my walk! I'm well on my way!

Enjoy that sunshine... your pool sounds wonderful.. wish I was there!

pushedtothewall on 04/26/2001:
Oh, you sound pretty darned swell today. I am just glad about this. I will be looking for continuing reports on your yoga tape experience because I have been thinking of this for myself. I have been doing the Tai Chi, which of course is kind of a Chinese equivalent and it suits me, but just to mix it up a little....:) Exactly what I need! More confusion!!! Talk of ceiling fans and 80 degree pools in April reminds me with fondness of my own days there, where you are. I was just grinning over the snake story yesterday. Oh, yeah! I wrote you once where our home was in N. Phoenix. It was common in that area to construct electrical wiring atop the roofs. Those rattlers like to go up there at night for warmth and the jolt discourages this. Sometimes when I backed the car out in the morning I would see a half dozen dead ones run over in the street, where they were runover during the night, resting on the hot asphalt. This I do NOT miss. But my middle aged bones certainly do miss the warmth and even dibilitating heat and this has been for several years already. Continue on with a good day, Soonie, and sweet dreams to you in your new bed tonight. A few months ago we got that "bowling ball mattress that Beautyrest makes. I was shocked to discover that I would not ever be flipping it. Never had known of this before. Connie

TweetieCat on 04/26/2001:
Dear Soon2BThin:

Just reading your entry about the snakes has my skin crawling!!!!! I live in the mountains of NJ and we have a lot of woods by our house. Occasionally, we get a black garden snake here and there outside. I've never seen one climb the house and if I did, I'd probably have a heart attack on the spot!!!! A cousin of mine lives in Arizona and I remember her telling my Mom several years ago that it wasn't unusual to open a drawer and find a snake in it. I was dumbfounded to say the least!!! You seem to be taking it all in stride so that's good.

Good luck with the new bed. When we got our new mattress a few years ago, it took me a good month before I adjusted to it. Now I love it!!!!!

Have a great diet day today and watch out for those snakes!!!!!!



pastagal on 04/26/2001:
You sound good today:} glad to see that lately with you;}} So your having a pool party this weekend,,boy don't that sound fun,,,and your weather looks great for that to,,,,our pool isn't warm enough yet,the weather hasnt' been hot long enough ,,,but it will be soon,,,,well have a great day and enjoy it ok:}}}

mommyof two on 04/26/2001:
i, diving in....the pool that islol. sure sounds refreshing!!!! your new video sounds good , maybe i,ll ceck into this yoga.... have a good day, lisa

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Apr 25, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Hey, everyone! I'm back--again. Just took a day off, is all. I had a bad sinus headache most of yesterday & just didn't feel like getting on here. Feeling fine today.

Yesterday--no exercise, but I went real early to weigh-in at WW, before 9:00AM, to beat the crowd. Their scale said 148.8 but I'm still posting 148.5 since that's what my trusty ole scale said again. I'm not really losing but after the month I had with the Prednisone, I consider myself fortunate to have maintained. I didn't stay for the meeting, like I said, I had that headache, but I did manage to force myself to go to Super K-Mart & Super Wal-Mart, my favorite stores, haha. I found a yoga video for only $6.99 (I've wanted to try yoga) "Yoga for Dummies", haven't tried it yet. I thought I might make Tuesdays & Thursdays yoga days without the walking, I don't know yet. I've also added on Mon., Wed, & Fri. my 100 crunches & some arm exercises with weights, sometime after I do the walking. Then on weekends, I'll probably just walk. Yesterday afternoon, hubby & I went to my Mom's so he could spray her weeds & Mom & I just sat & talked. After that we went to Home Depot, where we bought the birdbath (for the birds, herb, not the cat, haha), then stopped at OfficeMax to pick up some large calendars cause my hubs likes to write everything down that is important everyday, such as the things he did around the house, repairs & yard work & such, so he can keep track. Anyways, we didn't get home until after dark & he needed to take the trash cans out to the road for pickup this morning. So, taking a flashlight, he set out the front door. A minute later, he came back in, saying "come out here, there's a snake climbing up the front of the house", so I did & there was. It was about 3 feet long, but thin, & didn't have a rattle on it's tail, so it wasn't a rattler but I was still afraid it could be something poisonous. I did go get my digital camera anyway & shot a couple of pictures as it crawled away. I'm surprised I didn't dream about snakes last night, haha. So I guess we'd better be careful around here, especially at night. I read that rattlesnakes are nocturnal & I guess other snakes too. My hubby killed a small rattlesnake in the front yard a few weeks ago. Oh, the adventurous life in the desert!

So, on to today--walked 3 miles in 49 minutes--I remembered to add some 4mph sprints today. Does anyone know if this is good, or should I just try to go faster & keep my heart-rate up for most of the workout? I thought I'd try to make a tape for my Walkman that would have like 5 minutes of music at 3.6mph, then 5 mins at 3.8mph, then 20 mins at 4.0 & then back down, know what I mean? What do ya's think? Anyway, most of the time now, I'm walking at 3.6mph but I think I'm ready to move up to 3.8 & 4.0. We'll see. I haven't been real good with my food choices again, I seem to want to "reward" myself for a couple of days after weigh-in, since I have a whole month before I need to go weigh-in at WW again. But I could be doing worse & I WILL get back to doing better. After all, I really do like feeling thinner & wearing my smaller clothes, so I certainly WILL NOT go back to being as fat as I was when I started.

Confession time--call me crazy, but this morning while walking on the treadmill, I talked to you all in my head (at least it wasn't out loud) thinking what I was going to say here today. Do any of you do that? If it's only me, I will head straight to the mental hospital, okay? I rely so much on this site & all of you. We all make a really good team, don't ya think? Okay, I've run on long enough for one day, huh? Thanks for listening.

pastagal on 04/25/2001:
OH NO!!!! we have you talking to yourself now,,lol,,,just kiddin,,,,promise not to tell,,ya i talk to myself all the time,,:}}}Sorry about your headache yesterday,,those are the pits ,i can relate:{ Glad your back today and doing better,,gosh you inspire me with those long walks of yours;} keep it up,your doing good,,even if the scale isn't showing a loss,it will:}}}

SoccerMom on 04/25/2001:
Ewwwwww....ok, now <i>I'M</i> going to be having the snakey dreams! hahaha I sure hope you do your walking with some kind of long stick, to redirect the snakes that might cross your path.

I think of my DD partners, when I'm exercising, too. Don't think I actually <i>talk</i> to them, but I am thinking about what I can tell them about my workout that day, and I might push myself harder, so I have something good to report.

You have a great day, OK?

Krispy on 04/25/2001:
I do just the same thing - talk to myself about what I am going to type in here. Tonight I shall go to bed talking in my head about how I am going to tell Alice about her injections tomorrow - I am soooo nervous and she won't be, not yet anyway as she doesn'y know!

Great idea about the music tape. I find when I am on the exercise bike and the music on the TV is really good and fast then it makes me pedal faster - so hopefully it will do the same for you!

Take care and well done on maintaining your weight.

kscmeg on 04/25/2001:
Hi! I loved your entry today! Im just catchign up right now on reading everyones entries cause ive been busy and still upset about things. You are brightening my day though just to let you know. I agree with you--we all make a really good team. i think i said in my entry today baout how i dont know what i would do if i didnt have all of you to talk to! Meg


herb on 04/26/2001:
We dont have a Mazzio restaurant around here. in fact I checked out their website, and they operate in the South, and West. In fact there isn't one in Arizona where you live. I got my information on the plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs by going to the WW book for dining out. The only decent Italian restaurant listed in there is Mazzio's on page 130.

Soon2BThin - Monday Apr 23, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Good morning, everyone! And it is a good one here. 70 degrees already & the sun is shining. It's only 10:00 AM here. I'm having a great day so far. I got up early, as usual, & got right on the treadmill & did my 3 miles in 51 minutes. We moved my treadmill in front of the bedroom window yesterday, so I can look out on the front yard & watch the birdies & bunnies while I walk. It sure beats looking at a blank wall. After we moved it yesterday afternoon, I felt inspired to take a nice walk on it then so I did 3 miles then. My cat sat in the window looking out too & a little bunny came along &, I swear, he stared right at us for about a minute, you know how they freeze when they see something, & then he just went on eating the grass (yes, we do have some little patches of grass in our desert front yard). So I hope to see lots of animals while I get my walk in. I think I'll buy a birdbath to set out there too. Yesterday, not only did I get in plenty of exercise, I did stay within my point range for the day. And I drank 3 liters of water. So it was a very good day. Do you notice how, when you have a really good day like that, it makes you feel so good about yourself, instead of how bad you feel when you don't eat right or exercise? Why can't we remember that when that urge to binge strikes us? I guess we're not perfect, huh? Yesterday I was up a half pound (which I forgot to report) but today I'm back down again. I guess that's what you get when you weigh everyday. I swear, from now on, I will only weigh-in on Tuesdays, unless I start going to a different meeting on another day of the week. Tomorrow is my once-a-month weigh-in at WW. I'll let you know how it goes. Also, I wanted to tell all you WW members out there, if you haven't heard of it, www.dottisweightlosszone.com is a great place to find food points & she has all kinds of restaurants listed. Also, her story is inspiring. So check it out. Well, I gotta go get my hair trimmed. I'm going to Supercuts, I've never been there, since I just moved here 2 months ago. Wish me luck, the last time I got my hair cut, it was a disaster. Okay, rash update: it seems to not be itching quite as much this morning, so maybe it's getting better. I just wish I could get rid of all the scabs on my legs. They look horrible & my legs were always my best area. And I have to wear shorts because long pants make me itch more. So people probably think I have some awful disease, but I don't care, really. And I haven't been able to shave them for a month now, yuck! I think I'll scout out some of that aloe plant if there is some in my yard, as pushedtothewall suggested. So I'd better get going, I'll come back & read all your entries later. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for all the comments, friends. And thanks for listening.

Krispy on 04/23/2001:
Its great to hear that the exercise is going so well for you at the moment and YES I know that feeling of when you have been good all day it makes you feel great, so why we cannot remember this when the bad days strike is beyond me! Strange creatures aren't we?

Glad to hear that the rash isn't itching so bad, just hope it all heals up nicely for you!

Take care and have a great day!

Kyrin on 04/23/2001:
Hi Soon! You did well with all of your walking...and got the nice successful feeling that comes along with it. Yeah! Must be wonderful to have such a nice view while you workout.

Hope the haircut goes well.


cosaer on 04/23/2001:
your yard sounds wonderful!!

pastagal on 04/23/2001:
You sure sound more like your old self,,,,and that is great to see,,,,yes i know about Dotties site,,,,i love it and love reading all the success stories on her site,,,and going to the board reading what the others there have going on with the program,,very uplifting;}well have a great day and glad your feeling good;}

mommyof two on 04/23/2001:
hello, i know what you mean about your rash... i have psorisis, and let me tell you , its NO picnic. i have it on both knees and both feet. the hotter i feel, the worse it iches.. there is not a cure for it either. there is an ointment that i have used, but it is so expencive..when i wear shorts, people do look at me as if i have something real bad.. i guess my grandmother had it and thats were i got it.. i always see people wearing cute little sandles, i dont dare go w/out socks.. only around the house. so i hope you get your rash taken care of... i wouldnt wish this on anyone.. KTF, Lisa

herb on 04/24/2001:
You're going to buy a birdbath. Who is that for, the cat. You know you can be held as an accessory.

Thanks for the info on Dotties web site. They have Friendlys listed there, and I was told by Julie my leader at WW that Friendlys refused to cooperate with WW when asked for the nutrition information for the points book.

As far as 35 points. Get your "Dining Out" book and go to page 131, you'll find Mazzio's look under the listing called Pasta, and find "Spaghetti with Meatballs (1 serving) = 35 points.

pushedtothewall on 04/24/2001:
Gosh I am trying to think of you as the same ole adorable Soonie that I have in my mind's eye. But, after that scab-no shaving description..... :) :) :) I am just SO kidding you. Hope something gets going for you in that rash department soon, because BOY is it going to get hot!!! And then, you will have hot on top of all else. My heart is just there with you, I hope you know. How WONDERFUL you were with your exercise and I know that you must be feeling good about yourself in that magical way of accomplishment. Rabbits for company and bird baths coming...all of that sounds precious. Tell us all about the hair cut and I will be looking in on you tomorrow.

Soon2BThin - Sunday Apr 22, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Hey, good morning (or afternoon) everyone! It's only 11:20 AM here now. I've already been out for a 30 minute walk with the hubster & had a nice breakfast (point-friendly). I'm on my second 1/2 liter of water right now, I'm a little behind this morning. I would have walked longer but he just keeps thinking of all the work he has yet to do today, so he cut us short. Part of our back yard fence got blown over last night because we had some really high winds, so he's out working on fixing that right now. We walked down the next street over from ours this morning & discovered "Jan's Iris Garden". This woman has a kazillion irises that are all different colors & in bloom right now, so beautiful. She welcomes anyone to come visit & enjoy her flowers. And we found out that growers have created every color possible except for true red with these irises. She has really put a lot of work into it & we enjoyed seeing them. Some of the cacti are blooming around here too, some are really pretty, hard to believe that of a cactus. Anyway, we had a good time out walking. I'll do the treadmill tomorrow so I'll get a better workout. Weigh-day is coming up Tuesday at WW. I need to go weigh-in at least once a month & this month is almost over, so I will definitely go Tuesday. So I'm trying to be very good, if my weight is more than 2 pounds more than my goal of 150, I would have to pay & I sure don't want to do that. I've paid enough, 1 1/2 years worth & that's a lot. And I don't want to quit WW because I worked so hard to become a lifetime member. The meetings I go to now aren't very good but maybe one of these days I will look for another one to try. This woman who leads it is very funny but all she does is talk about herself & the old meetings I went to in Cincinnati were really good, she talked about new, point-friendly foods to try & gave a lot of good recipes. People would bring in the empty package of something they had tried that was good, so I learned about a lot of foods I wouldn't have ever found on my own. I always left there feeling kinda renewed & ready to try harder. I miss it. It's funny, I just have to tell you, when I woke up this morning, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep, but, of course, I thought of my DD buddies & knew I just had to get up & get to that exercise. So you can see, you all help me here. I'm sure you all do the same thing, right? So it looks like a nice day here for me. The sun is shining & it should get to about 73 here today. They said it will get to 85 tomorrow, woohoo! My rash is still the same, at least it's not worse, & maybe it will go away by itself, I hope. Maria, I'm afraid to try anything on it as it may make it worse. Thanks for the advice anyway, you just may be right. I'll mention it to my doctor if I ever hear from her again, haha. Well, I've really gone on today, haven't I? Making up for the time I lost, I guess. Thank you all again for all you comments. So now I'll go check up on how you're doing. Thanks for listening.

halley on 04/22/2001:
I bet there different WW meeting that you could go to, or you could just start bringing foods or recipes that you like maybe it will catch on!

mommyof two on 04/22/2001:
glad your back, sorry you still have the rash.. that can be enough to make one alittle crazy.. have a good day.. lisa

cosaer on 04/22/2001:
thank you for the warm welcome to dd, and sending some of your confidence my way. I wish that i did some sort of cooking so i could pass on a recipe... but, it sounds like maybe even the people here at dd have replaced the ww in cinci. please take advantage of the warm weather you have for me... im still wearing coats! :) have a great week... its only beginning.

pastagal on 04/22/2001:
You sound like your old self,,,,:}} enjoyed your entry alot today:}} keep it up,,,your back on track:}}

herb on 04/22/2001:
I'm glad you liked those new reality Barbies. I'm afraid a lot of people missed it so i'm going to post it again. Can you help me? I went to the local Italian restaurant and had a order of spaghetti and meatballs, with tomato sauce, and no bread when I got home I looked up the points, by going to the "Dining Out" book and look for a Italian restaurant. I found "Mazzios" they list a Spaghetti with meatballs (1 serving) as 35 points!! Is that possible.

breakaway on 04/23/2001:
I sure hope that whatever you decide to do with WW that it is a good choice for yoU!!! I do understand wanting to quit though. If your not happy there why pay! Maybe look for something different. Great job on the exercise!!! So happy you thought of all of us here, and we had a hand in that! I do that ALL the time!! all the ppl here don't have any idea what they do for me!!! I can't even write enough about all the great helpers! Have a great day today!!!!!

Krispy on 04/23/2001:
Glad to see that you are more your old self, but sorry to hear that you still have the rash!!

Your weather sounds absolutely gorgeous - I'm so jealous!!!

Take care and have a great day!

pushedtothewall on 04/23/2001:
Wonderful to know that you were able to appreciate Jan's iris garden! Wonderful to read your entry and see that you are either a bit better in your heart and mind or else finding the energy to speak. Are you able at all to switch meeting places? It seems a shame that something that could be just INSPIRING leaves you a bit empty. Hey, is there a suggestion box there that you could slip a little suggestion into? I'm thinking that maybe you aren't the only one feeling this way. You know how that goes... lots of people just taking a thing because othes seem to be content; and then one speaks and a loud chorus follows...:) It is looking more and more that the doctor will have to be taken by force! I can't bear to think that this that is plaguing you remains. It's the old..."...and they can put men on the moon, but they can't diagnose Soon2BThin!" I suppose all are taking turns suggesting things. When I lived there I had three or four aloe plants in the yard. I am wondering if the ailment you picked up in the desert could be soothed by a desert plant. Do you have access to one? Do you know that the Navajo and Hopi there simply break it in two and rub it on their skin? I have a zillion times for all of my family's cuts and burns (including chicken pox and sunburn). Hope to see you here later today, little sick girl. Connie

SoccerMom on 04/23/2001:
Oh, I love iris! My big purple ones are just about to bloom, too.

Sounds like you're doing great...hope that rash clears up soon.

Have a wonderful day.

Soon2BThin - Saturday Apr 21, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 148.5

Well, here I am again! I've just been through a little rocky patch but I'm fine now. Nothing major, just depressed a little the last couple of days. I was eating all the wrong things & not exercising, except for Tuesday. But yesterday, I got back on the wagon & here I am. RASH UPDATE!! That darn rash on my legs & arms is coming back again since I stopped taking the Prednisone. The doc is supposed to be trying to get me in to see a dermatologist but I haven't heard anything yet. Maybe it will just go away by itself. The itching wasn't quite as bad last night so I was able to get a good night's sleep. I tell ya, it really depressed me to think it was coming back after all I went through taking the Prednisone. That stuff made me eat like a truck driver. I sure don't want to take it anymore. Anyway, that's my story & I'm stickin' to it, if anyone is interested. No exercise yesterday but I only went over my points by one, so I consider that a good day compared to what I had been doing. But even though I had been doing pretty bad, I always got my water in, I just don't have a problem with that part. And I did drop a pound since last I made an entry. This morning I walked 3 miles on my treadmill, cutting my time from 51 minutes to 49. I added 4 sprints of 3 minutes at 4mph. The rest of the time I did 3.6mph, with 2 minutes of warm-up & 2 of cool-down. So I'm off to a good start today. AND I WILL KEEP THIS UP!! I'm feeling really up, if a little itchy. I want to thank everyone who commented & wondered where I was, you know who you are. You people are the best! So, I'm going to spend the day here, catching up on how you all are doing & get my daily dose of inspiration. Thanks for listening.

carrie on 04/21/2001:
Hi! So sorry about that ole rash. Have you changed detergents, or do you use those "bounce" things? I am sure you've gone through the mental account of any changes, but I know them bounce things can be terrible on some peoples skin. I hope you get to the bottom of it! I love to hear peoples timing on the treadmill cuz I walk the treadmill too. I wear cordless headphones and I listen to a compilation CD of special "fireup" music. I do some inclines and sprints too! That is a real good idea I hear to incorporate the sprints in between! It seems no matter how much I push myself I can't get my timing better than a 14 minute mile. Unless I were to jog the whole time which I do NOT like and will not do. I am not cut out to be a runner! My husband runs EVERY day 6 miles! I don't know how he does it!

Kyrin on 04/21/2001:
Hi Soon!

Wow! Great treadmill workout. You'll be dropping those added pounds in a hurry if you keep that up!

Congrats on your efforts!

Koko on 04/21/2001:
thanks for your comment! I sure hope your rash gets all cleared up. My mom is on prednisone and she's gained a lot of weight. It has her depressed. So I know second hand how you feel about that!

As far as what I had to drink, I bet they're not in that book as we were at this cajun place that has silly names for all their drinks, but I remember most of the liquors and the sizes. First, which book has the alcohol in it because I have the Complete Food Companion, the Dining Out Companion and the week 1 book with some foods in it. ****I just found White zinfandel in the Complete Food one...2 points; I had a "Purple Finger" which is a mixture of cranberry juice, amaretto, chambord and limon. It was in a champagne glass. I had a "Buttery N*pple" which was a shot of irish creme and I forgot the whiskey. I also had a jello shot (which I only remembered after my initial entry). I had a lot of alcohol which is so out of the norm for me. Shows that I was affected by my work week more than I had realized.

Well, if you can give me any ideas that would be great. I just gave all of them 4 points. Now I can change the wine to 2 points. That helps some. :) I am not going to beat myself up about it. I needed last night so much and I feel better emotionally except now I have a sinus infection. If it's not one thing, it's another!

Well, YOU keep up the good work. I'm glad that you're feeling better today and that you're back on the wagon. GOOD exercising too. Talk to you later and again thanks.

SoccerMom on 04/21/2001:
Congrats on losing another pound!!! You're doing great. Hope that rash clears up soon. Could it be an allergy to something new in your environment? Changed laundry detergent, soap, or cleaning fluids lately? New brand of fabric softener? Had anything dry cleaned that you've worn lately? Eating anything that you didn't used to?

Have a great weekend!

pastagal on 04/21/2001:
So great to have you back with us ,,,and i sure hope they get to the bottom of what is causing that rash,,,,that is just terrible your suffering with it as you have been:{{ Hey girl,,,,CONGRATS on the 1 lb you lost,,,just take it ONE day at a TIME and you can do it,,,,with lots of Consistancy:}}}} have a great weekend!!!

Krispy on 04/21/2001:
It's so great to see you back and to a lose a pound too expecially with what you have been going through!!! Do hope for your sake that it is soon cleared up!!!

Well done on getting on that treadmill - remember there are 9 days left of the April Challenge - let's make them the best yet!

Take care and have a great weekend!

breakaway on 04/21/2001:
Sorry to hear you had a bad few weeks!!! Glad your back though! And your doing so well on the exercise!! Keep it up! I finally got my butt in gear when i comes to exercise too!!! It only took me 2 months lol!! Have a wonderful day today!!! Hope your rash is better soon!

pushedtothewall on 04/21/2001:
Dear Itchy, It is great to have you back. Yet, disturbing to think of you their with these health issues unresolved. One feels frustrated for awhile and then defeated... that you were feeling depressed is so easy to understand. I believe very much that your body will tell on itself before long and the truth will be evident to your specialist and I will be thinking in that direction with you. Good job sticking with the water even through your bad patch, and....best of all, coming back here where we all take your absence very seriously. Take care, Sweetie Connie

Maria7 on 04/21/2001:
So GLAD to see you back on here, we miss you when you're not here...please don't get mad or offended, but it sounds so much like you may have gotten into redbugs (tho they are almost invisible and not red at all...)it would be worth it for you to go to the drug store and buy a bottle of RID lice medicine and try it out just to make sure, cause I HATE to see you suffering like this and this might work for you. Thanks for you comment to me, yes, also the same for me, my sister is heavier than I was when I began losing weight and my Mother is even heavier than my sister, so at times they seem to resent me because of my size...not to mention my overweight friends who resent me and are not kin to me. Anyway, we just got back a while ago (Hubby and I) from the dinner and it went well. (I also steered clear of my overweight 'friends'...I did have someone ask if I was going to eat all that was on my plate, like they didn't believe I could), but I just said yes and to their amazing looks, I did almost finish everything on my plate, it was close. I know that you got to you goal and are below it, too and also <font color=red><b>CONGRATULATIONS ON LOSING AGAIN!!!</FONT COLOR=red></b>and I know it is not easy, that is why I am staying on here, cause it is still helping me stay inspired and motivated. I don't see how you are able to exercise like you do with itching. Bless your heart. Please do try the RID....I just have a feeling it might take care of the rash. Just put it on full strength onto the rash on your arms and legs and let set a good 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Do the same the next day and the next until it is gone, shouldn't be but a few days unless it is really severe, and then you would need to do it about every other day to get rid of the rash after the first 4 days of applying the Rid every day. I walked under a tree one time and didn't see a web I walked through which contained almost invisible spider mites and first came the itch, then the rash and I got some Rid and got rid of it. I know you just moved to a different part of the country and if you have ANY trees or have walked under any trees, this may be what your rash is. Just trying to help. Maria :)

Rader on 04/21/2001:
Thanks for the comments you made on my first day here. However, if you're going to read my stuff every day like you said, then I'm going to be checking on you! None of this 7 day's off anymore, ok?! :) That makes for boring readin'!

I have been to OneFatMan.com before, and his pictures are truly inspiring.

pushedtothewall on 04/22/2001:
Here I am trying to see you. There is a blank space for today. That has happened to me for some odd reason when I had already entered my day's diary. I will check again later to see if that is the case with your, today. If not, and you are remaining silent today, know that you were being thought of by your friend, Connie

Soon2BThin - Saturday Apr 14, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 149.5

Hey, everybody! It's a great day today, hope you're all having a good one too. Dietwise, I'm not doing so good, but hubby & I did take a nice walk this morning, almost an hour, so I figure it may have been about 3 miles. It's so nice to walk around here in the quiet morning. We're pretty far out from town, a lot of dirt roads & desert. We always see bunnies & quail & it seems everyone has at least 4 dogs each house. Two of them practically attacked us this morning, loose. I'm glad I was with my hubby, he chased them off while I panicked. That's why I refuse to walk around here by myself, too many varmints wandering around. We also saw a dead rat, ewww. Like I said, pretty wild around here. But I like it, I guess. The pool water is only about 65 so still too cold to take a dip. We're going to run the heater during the day (solar heat) so maybe it should warm up soon since it will be in the 90's all next week. Well, my treadmill is under wraps in the bedroom that is being painted so I guess I won't be able to use it until that room is finished. The painter won't be back until Monday to do some more. Boy, did we make a mistake when we bought this house, we should have stipulated that they do the painting first so we shouldn't have had to pay for that. I think that's what most people do. Oh, well, you live & learn, right? I think he will be finished by the end of next week, let's hope. Well, I hope you all have a safe holiday & enjoy yourselves some. I plan to. Thanks for listening.

Maria7 on 04/14/2001:
WOW, you and your Hubby sound so much like me and mine...the walk you took together...my Hubby takes care of the dogs, too! Have a happy Easter! Maria :)

pastagal on 04/14/2001:
Oh my,,,that can be scary walking and dogs out running loose:{{ i use to walk alone and had to stop for that very reason,,tho now when i do ,,which i haven't for quite some time,but when i do i take a big stick with me,,seems to do the trick to scare them away,,,so please please be careful ok,,,, Hope you have a wonderful holiday to,i just got back from going to get grocerys and the store was jam packed,,glad thats over;} we are going to bbq tomorrow and should be good,,,and hiding easter eggs for the lil ones,,,they are the perfect age this yr:} well have a great day tomorrow,,be safe:}

Krispy on 04/15/2001:
I just love walking too - especially if hubby decides to come along. Dogs scare me if they are not tied up - you never know how they are going to act!!!!

Take care and have a great Easter Sunday!

pushedtothewall on 04/17/2001:
I was here looking for you today (Tuesday). Hope that you are fine and that the painters do not have you tied up in the closet! Connie

herb on 04/18/2001:
I'm glad you like the joke, but why aren't you journalling? Nothing in the last 4 days.

Soon2BThin - Friday Apr 13, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 149.5

Good morning, everyone! I'm feeling great today, finally. I think I'm almost back to normal. I got up really early this morning, the painter got here at 7. So I got right on the treadmill (he's not painting that room yet) & did 3 miles. I thought "let's try 2 miles, at least" but after I did that much, the rest was easy. I just kept thinking of you all & how great it would be to say I did the whole 3. And I feel so good for having done it. Then I remembered to do some crunches, 100, I always kept forgetting to do those & haven't done them for a couple of months. So now I'm off to a good start for today. I showered, had breakfast & made some chicken salad for lunch. I guess I might get to some ironing today that needs to be done, don't know what else I'll do. Maybe you didn't see but I weighed again this morning, up a half, not as bad as I'd thought it might be. I was really bad again yesterday but I think today will be much better. I feel a little more in control now. And I have lots of good, low-point foods to eat so there's no excuse. Just gotta keep busy. Oh, the weather here is great today too, so pretty. The sun is shining, it's warm & ,really, life couldn't be better for me. Maybe hubby & I will get out for a nice, leisurely walk later this afternoon, I don't know. It sounds good to me. I can't wait til it gets really warm so I can get out in the pool & do some exercise there. And my Mom can join me some too for the exercise. I know she would enjoy that. She's doing really well on WW, I'm so proud of her. Now my sister thinks she would like to try it too. So I'd better be doing better now to show them how well it works. I tell you, what a difference a day makes, I feel so much better. And all your comments really made me feel so much better too. You are all so great, I'm glad I can come here & it's so nice to know you all. I get so much out of reading all your entries here. I hope I can be a little inspiration to someone out there too. Well, you all take care, I'm going to go check up on you now. And thanks again for all the nice comments, it really helped me. Til tomorrow, thanks for listening.

pastagal on 04/13/2001:
So great to see hear your doing better today,now this is the way we love to see you:}} Just take it one day at a time ok,,and you and yours have a very HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY:}}

melkay on 04/13/2001:
That's great that you were able to get in 3 miles I can barely do 2. How long have you been on WW. I tried it a few times and once I stop going to meetings the weight comes right back on. I am doing something different this time. Hopefully it works. I gained 1/2 in my first week so I can understand how it feels to gain this week. Good luck next week.

momofthree on 04/13/2001:

I'm glad you did some crunches. I need to start doing some strength training. After three kids, my stomach resembles jello! I really need to get motiviated to do an abs workout.

Have a good one!

herb on 04/13/2001:
Thanks for cheering me up today, I'm feeling kind of blue, but your comments to me about working for H&R Block cheered me up a bit. I just noticed that you to are in the Weight Watchers program, maybe I can come to you when I can't figure out points.

mommyof two on 04/14/2001:
what a great insperation you are.. to me and to your family!!! your doing so well on your exercise.. i sure wish that i could get that much in!!! keep it up.. have a happy easter weekend!!!

pushedtothewall on 04/14/2001:
Hello. I want to thank you so much for your kind and understanding note. How blessed a person is to have just one person "listen" and give an encouraging nod forward. You did both and the effort is not lost on me :) I AM so lucky to have these walking partners, aren't I?! Today is the last day we will walk together until May 6 when ALL (unbelievable) return from trips they are taking each in a separate direction, but at the same time! Yikes, I was thinking during our entire route today that I have GOT to create enthusiasm for myself and not backslide while they are away. Talk about a relative world. The walk just flies by in the company of others and drones and drags on endlessly when one is alone. And I am not someone who is ordinariy uncomfortable in just my own company... Well, there will be a challenge. How very MUCH I wish for you to discover a walking partner. When I lived in North Phoenix I lived at the Pointe and although it was right there on busy 7th St it was an interesting walk around and about the neighborhood. When it was oppressively hot I was kind of forced to treadmill and then of course, swimming. I can certainly understand your anxious state there! I am thinking of you working hard at this project that we diarist share. Have a Happy Easter; and, thank you, again...very much. Connie

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