- Monday Apr 23, 2001
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.
- Sunday Apr 22, 2001
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.
- Saturday Apr 21, 2001
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.
- Saturday Apr 14, 2001
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.
- Friday Apr 13, 2001
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.
- Thursday Apr 12, 2001
Good morning, everyone! I just feel like I don't belong here anymore. I had good intentions yesterday but didn't follow through. And the weight is just going up & up. We were gone out all day yesterday shopping for bedroom & patio furniture so at least I was moving, not just on the couch. My meals were not the best though. Both lunch & dinner was sub sandwiches & not the low fat ones, with fries. No excuse for that, I know. I vow that today will be better. I have to go out & shop for new sheets for my new queen bed & I will be making part of the Easter dinner Sunday, so I need to get some items for that. I didn't do any exercise again this morning either. We have a painter here today who will start on painting the inside of the house. So things will not be normal around here for a few days. I just keep in my mind that this will pass & I can get back into a normal routine again. I am such a creature of habit. You can all give me a big, swift kick if ya want. I'm still using that Prednisone for my excuse, I just don't feel like my normal self. But I'm not giving up & I'll keep coming back. I weighed 143.5 on Sunday morning & now I'm back up to 149. I'm starting to panic. I didn't get a chance to read your entries yesterday & I hope you're all doing great, as I'm sure you are. Thanks for listening.
- Wednesday Apr 11, 2001
Okay, I'm back! Vacation's over! I've been eating like a body builder on steroids. Cause of the Prednisone. I'm down to only 5 mg. twice a day now, so maybe it will wear off. Anyway, I'm going to do the program today, weighing & measuring my food & eating all the right, healthy things. I made a big pot of the WW veggie soup the other day & hubby says it's really good, so I have that to eat whenever I'm hungry. 0 points. No exercise this morning though. I'm still feeling jittery & worn out, I breathe hard just taking my shower. I wish I'd never gotten on the Prednisone, I think it was a mistake because of all the side effects. My blood glucose has been higher than it should be. I should have gone to a dermatologist, I think, I may have been put on a better cure for the rash. Too late now, I just have to wait for this stuff to get out of my system. I plan on doing some walking tomorrow morning. As you can see, my weight did go up some, so it's time to quit fooling around & get back to work. I'm glad that I can come here & see how you all are doing so well. It renews my faith that I can do it too. I've been reading your entries everyday but not commenting much, sorry. Thanks for all your kind comments. And thanks for listening.
- Saturday Apr 07, 2001
This is not a good entry so if you don't want to read on & maybe get a little depressed, this is your warning. I'm here to confess since we should write the bad along with the good days. The day is only half over & I've already had at least 3 meals. The only explanation I have is the Prednisone I'm taking, although I have been decreasing it now. We did get out for a 40 minute walk this morning & that's the only good thing about the whole day. I just feel real jittery & tired & I can't seem to get enough to eat. I'll be so glad when I can quit taking the meds for good. Should be by next Friday. I wonder how long it takes to get it all out of my system. Do I sound like I'm just making excuses? This is just not like me at all. I'm just going to take it easy this weekend & try not to worry about it. My jeans are feeling pretty tight today too. I didn't get on the scale though. We may go downtown to the home show this afternoon so that will at least get me out of the house away from the food. I just feel so bad & I hope I'm not bringing you all down with me. I know this will pass. I just felt I had to come here to sort of confess. I think it's only fair. I hope you're all having a better weekend than I am. Sorry, again. Thanks for listening.
- Friday Apr 06, 2001
Good morning, everyone! Well, it's morning for me anyhow. Gloomy & rainy here today, only about 55 degrees. I took a sneak peek at the scale this morning, I thought it would be up a few pounds, the way I've been eating, but, lo & behold, it was still the same. I know it isn't broken, my hubby gained a couple since he ate way too much at Friday's yesterday. He had the same Cobb salad as I but he ate Mom's fries & 3 potato skins. I made the mistake of using some of my card points for free potato skins (I ate 2) & I also ate all of the Cobb salad. It was so good. It wasn't a real good diet lunch for any of us, Mom had the french dip, she couldn't resist. So much for good intentions. So I guess we'd better not try that again soon. Mom is kinda disappointed with the diet, she only lost 1 pound last week. She had been on the Atkins diet several times & would lose a lot real fast, so that's what she wants from WW. It's hard to not be impatient, I know. I just try to encourage her to keep on with it. I think she feels a lot better than when she was on Atkins too. She can't get the exercise part in, she breathes hard just walking around her house & she has back trouble that acts up when she is on her feet a lot. When the weather warms up, I hope she will come over a few times a week to do some exercise in the pool. I don't think that will be as hard on her back. So, anyway, I was so inspired with my weight this morning, kind of a reprieve for me, I did 3 miles on the treadmill in 52 minutes, that's with a little warm up & cool down included. And I got out my food journal this morning, I'm going to write everything down for a change to keep me better on track. I already made some fat-free, sugar-free pudding & I have my WW pumpkin pie in the oven so we'll have some diet desserts if we want. The WW pumpkin pie is made with Splenda & has no crust so 1/4 of the pie is only 2 points & it's really good if you like pumpkin pie. I put coconut flavoring in the vanilla pudding too because I like coconut pudding. So we're all set not to cheat today. I've gotta have my sweets! Well, no more talking about food, hope I haven't made you all hungry. I tend to get food thoughts when I read all your entries too. So here's hoping we all have a great, healthy day today. Thanks for listening. Oh, I forgot to add, I checked yesterday & I've been here for a year now. Yeah, me! I only lost about 15 pounds though in that amount of time. I'm the slowest loser, huh?
- Thursday Apr 05, 2001
Good morning to all my DD friends! It's real cloudy here today with wind & some rain moving in. But I got my treadmill walk in this morning--2 miles in 34 minutes. Then I showered & ate breakfast & here I am. We didn't go to TGI Friday's yesterday so we plan on going there for lunch today. I have to tell you, yesterday was the weirdest day, dietwise. I just felt like I couldn't eat enough. I mean, I just kept eating all day long, one thing after another. No junk food, just stuff I had in my kitchen. I feel better today, just had my oatmeal & toast for breakfast & green tea, which I have everyday, & I've had 28 oz. of water so far. It's not even 10:30 here yet so I'm off to a good start. They have a great Cobb Salad at Friday's & we usually get that, probably 10 points, I guess. I don't get the blue cheese on it. Well, I heard from the doctor's office this morning, the results of the biopsy was just a dermatitus thing, so nothing drastic. I'm waiting for them to get back to me about what to do now, whether to continue with the Prednisone or what. I don't like taking it, it makes my blood glucose go up some & I feel kind of jittery & dragged out all day,& at night, my heart starts fluttering, not a good thing, but I sure don't want to quit too soon & have the rash get worse again. What a nightmare that was!! I still itch some & my skin is very dry with little scabs where the rash was, but I'm so glad it's finally going away. My legs look like crap though, haha. Well, I'm gonna go read some entries, check up on my DD buddies. Hope you're all having a safe & good healthy day. Thanks for listening.