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moogy - Saturday Dec 04, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
       - Dr. David M. Burns

Today I am grateful for: a desire to change, friendship, breathing easily

Hello Lovely Girls, It is going to be another warm humid day with rain, the long range forecast is saying it will be like this until January. I am loving that plan, more clouds less sun means it has to be cooler. I don't trust the meteorologist but I am willing to hope. If only we could organise a volcano going off in an unpopulated area every spring!!!!

Well, the carol singing and nativity went off well, sounded wonderful from where I am, one street over from the school. I am making a princess birthday cake today, with a real doll in the middle!, I wish I was my nana. Nothing too hard, considering I have to make another in January for her real birthday and the second party.

I have been reading about the state of your health system and all the additives in your food and felt really sorry that you have to put up with that. I think that we tend more to no additives and no hormones, bleaching and all that here. I don't know if you have noticed but I more often than not eat things that I have cooked from scratch, so does my daughter and lots of other people I know. It is not that convenience food (processed) isn't available and sometime handy but I think that in general we like food that has less rather than more done to it. I just checked my flour and found that it is indeed unbleached and that is just standard off the supermarket shelf. I am really pleased with that, I know that I choose to eat unhealthily sometimes but I am glad that when I want to eat 'temple food' (food to nourish my body) I don't have to hunt for it or pay a lot of money either. I am a lucky woman.

Anyway, I have a princess to make, I have read some diaries and will come back later and finish off. I am having my usual protein pumpkin pie shake for breakfast. I haven't got the rest of the day organised yet. I will be back!!!! Have a great day girls!!

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

selina on 12/03/2010:
Good morning moogie! Ok, now I get it... duh! Same acronym, so I got mixed up.

Processed foods are so cheap in the US, they have been dumping this stuff on the consummers for a long while. However, I imagine that every country is the same when it comes to products on the shelf: there are dozens of brands but the number of manufacturers is limited. For example, each manufacturer makes a whole range of breakfast cereal brands to meet the needs of children, young adults, adults, health oriented adults, etc. - the whole spectrum of society. If you ask me what I fear most, big government or big corporation, I can say for certain, it's the latter! In a "winner-takes-all" economy, the consumer is the loser.

Enjoy your pumpkin pie shake and have a good day!


V on 12/03/2010:
I say buyer beware...It takes a little extra time to shop when buying pre packaged foods...Since starting my diet my foods are fresh :) Your princess sure is a lucky girl to have you indeed! I am sure the cake will turn out marvelous :) i am also happy to hear that you enjoyed the singing from the comforts of your home...I didn't realize you live so close to the school! I am curious to know if you gave that SIL of yours a good whack yet??? LOL


Umpqua on 12/03/2010:
I think your food system is the norm in most countries. It's disgusting what is sold as "food" here in the States. All we can do is vote with our food dollars and if enough people DEMAND real food through their purchasing choices, it will become more readily available and more affordable. There's lots of education that needs to be done. The school lunch program here is a complete mess too, so the schools really need an overhaul as well in terms of nutritional education. Unfortunately our House of Reps just voted down a bill to improve the program, don't even get me started on that.

That's great that you're enjoying some cooler weather, whatever the reason! Have a great weekend!


V on 12/03/2010:
:( I am sorry for your daughter...Oh i didn't even realize this is a new post...I responded earlier and it is on your post below...DUhhh Blondie strikes again! LOL


Sofia on 12/03/2010:
I've always heard that the food growing standards in Australia rival those of Europe, which are so much better than the USA's that its ridiculous. Here, conventionally grown crops are practically bathed in pesticides, preservatives, waxes and a whole bunch of other nasty, potentially dangerous chemicals. And even worse, organic foods are so expensive they're unavailable to the majority of the american population. Sigh, the pains of capitalism.


Umpqua on 12/03/2010:
Oh and please pass along the muesli recipe when you get a chance. Sounds awesome!


Maria7 on 12/03/2010:
That's good that your country has very healthy foods. Hope you're having a nice Sunday! :-)


hopingforhealth on 12/03/2010:
Yea, we have a ton of additives and pesticide here. When I started eating healthier, I started eating much fresher, and now I can tell in my body when I have a convenience meal. It's tough to avoid sometimes, living alone and working full time, but I feel so much better when I do. People talk about the obesity problem in the US a lot, and I think that of course, there are many reasons, but I think processed foods are a big one. Sometimes I can't even find the low sodium version of certain things in the grocery store, or you have to buy the expensive, organic, name brand to get something a simple as a can of tomatoes or corn without added salt. My grocery bill was so much cheaper when I ate poorly, so I really understand much better now how weight management is a socioeconomic thing too! Sometimes I feel like I am just hemorraging money on food, and I just have to remember that I am lucky enough to be able to make it a priority. A lot of people don't have that luxury, so I shouldn't scrimp when it comes to my health!

Whew, apparently I wanted to vent about that! Long comment!


hopingforhealth on 12/03/2010:
Thanks for listening, as always :)


nita51 on 12/04/2010:
Hi Moogy,,, miss chatting with ya girl, You are so funny. I can imagine your princess cake will be beautiful, wish we could see a picture. Hope all is well for you, as for me,,,I've seen better days. OK, let's touch and agree that 2011 will be OUR year to DO THIS DARN THING!!!! OK? you are so right, " time is running out" Love You.


sweetpea1977 on 12/04/2010:
Aww, I wish you were my nana too. You are such a loving, caring, and generous person. That cake sounds beautiful!!

I hope for your sake that the weatherman is right and y'all will be having lots of clouds and rain all this summer. One can dream anyway! :)


OpenMyWings on 12/04/2010:
I make a lot of things from scratch here too. I've been making our bread instead of buying it; however, I don't use bleached white flour. I use a whole grain wheat. For those recipes that call for self-rising flour, I've found a recipe for which I can make my own. It definitely is nice to not have all of those additives :)



moogy - Friday Dec 03, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

 

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Today I am grateful for: a cloudy morning, roses, love

Hello Lovely Girls, Forecast 77 degrees, 80% chance of rain, I suspect that it is going to be sunny this afternoon, I can just feel it in my bones. For now it is overcast and cool and lovely. I can hear the cockatoo's giving some other birds a hard time, I think the birds are in the cockatoo's trees. Funny birds.

Yesterday seemed to fly by really quickly, but I am not sure why, I would be happy if all my days flew by like that. My favourite time of day is when I get into bed, just that moment before sleep. Bliss. I never did get round to the bathroom yesterday, and I really must today, I now have a gentle coating of talcum powder all over my bedroom furniture, smells nice, but looks a bit slatternly.  I think I might also risk doing some washing and trust my instinct that it will be sunny.

The big boys have carols and a nativity play at school tonight, my second big boy is playing Joseph, I was invited but I think I will just listen from my lounge room. SIL is having dinner here, going to the carols and staying over, so "Joseph" will sleep up here on the pull out lounge. I figure they need time together, not that I was around much anyway, but also, it probably wouldn't be appropriate for me to whack him in the head while the children are singing Christmas carols. I actually forced a smile at him the other day after I had been watching the children, before my escape up stairs. I can fake it if I need to, and at the moment, I need to. It will be quiet this morning, the little girls will be at pre-school and my daughter is shopping for the princesses first birthday party, she is having two, one now, early, with her preschool friends who she won't see much of once she starts school and one in January for her actual birthday for her church friends. She has a much better social life than me - but, I suppose princesses do!!!! I have every intention of eating the list of food I have below, but I also have my fingers crossed. I purchased, with hindsight foolishly, some chocolate biscuits (cookies) for the boys yesterday, they didn't finish them, so i did. I have no idea what is wrong with me, but I had better work it out or I am very soon not going to be able to fit through the child safety gate at the top of the stairs. So frustrating!!!! Have a good day girls!

protein pumpkin pie shake

toasted ham and tomato sandwich

chicken and vegetable soup

 


      

 

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

loveray on 12/02/2010:
christmas stuff sounds fun!! you are so sweet to the children. i agree that laughter has to be in the right context, like many other emotions:) hope you are doing well today. xoxo


Umpqua on 12/02/2010:
I love reading about the Princesses' baths and the "gentle coating of talcum powder." I bathed the boys yesterday and the bathroom looked like a tsunami had hit, and this is with them being "careful and gentle." BOYS! Good for you for not strangling your SIL, I'm sure you've been tempted with everything going on. And another parallel, my older son Jake's birthday is coming up and we're doing a preschool party with cupcakes next week, and then a family party on the weekend. Lucky kids! Hope you have a great day and stay out of the biscuits!


biscottibody59 on 12/02/2010:
Just wanted to say I sooo appreciated your comments the other day--both re: your daughter and otherwise:-) We have really done a number on ourselves on the foodfront here in the US. It should be so easy and cheap to live and eat healthFULLY and long. I sometimes wonder if it's by design--sick thought, but if I think too deeply it's simply astounding.

Hope you have a good day/evening there!


ModerationKills on 12/02/2010:
Ahh, the Protein Power couple are BOTH MDs--just updated to reflect that. I've learned more about the different ways (mostly good, but one or two REALLY destructive) people lose weight since I've been on DDs. I don't know if you all got the pitch from Subway over there--Jared and how much he lost. At about the same time there was a guy on here who did "Healthy Request" soup--a subgroup of Campbell's. His diary was a complete marvel--if the webmaster ever makes it so we can read all the old diaries, his was always one I recommended people read for inspiration.


ModerationKills on 12/02/2010:
I'll get your comments either way:-)


just42day on 12/02/2010:
Chicken and veggie soup sounds wonderful! It's cold here in the midwest so I always find great comfort in soup this time of year. Let's hope both of us do better today!


V on 12/02/2010:
LOL Moogy I have an image etched in my mind of you whacking him in the head!!! LOL!!! I bet you throw a mean punch...I am sitting here typing with tears streaming down my face...I love how you take a touchy subject and make a little humor from it!!!I j42d,Kat and you my love for always making me smile, laugh, cry!


sweetpea1977 on 12/02/2010:
Mmm, your menu looks so good!!

I hope that the day stays sunny so your clothes can dry under the sun. :)


V on 12/02/2010:
Yes Moogy I am bit of an extremist to say the least...I am not sure of the success of my attempts but it is worth a try...I read the book she mentioned along with scores of others in research of what would best suit me in my quest for life long health and this one really makes alot more sense than all of the others...In the weeks to come I am going to slowly try to wean myself before the start of the new year so I am hoping the drastic change won't be so hard, You know me i am always up for a challenge! :) LOl I would pay good money to have a front row seat for the thrashing!!! Love you so much Moogs!


hopingforhealth on 12/02/2010:
Ha ha. Nothing says the season of comfort and joy like a slap upside the head! Too funny. I totally understand the desire and applaud your resistance.

My mom gave me an idea for stuff like the cookies. She abhors wasting food, but she told me, "this is your health and you are working really hard, so you can afford to throw something away if it's haunting you!" I've only done it once (even tossing it is hard for me because I want is so bad) and I throw it out out of my apartment, so I don't even have to know it's at the top of the trash can! Also, one more idea if you need a sweet treat but don't feel good about willpower. Get a (cheap) advent calendar for Christmas. That's one piece a day, enforced by the calendar and the chocolates are so small and cheap usually that it isn't too bad. I have one (Christmas tradition!) and I looked at the calories and such. It came out to less than 11 calories per chocolate (per day) which is a pretty minimal dent!

Phew. Long note today. I hope it was helpful and not boring!


hopingforhealth on 12/02/2010:
Oh yeah. It's always so much worse when something was expensive! Then it's even more of a special treat and I am not sure I could bear to throw it away either. Your food plan up there looks good today, so you aren't too much off track!


V on 12/02/2010:
Well my family in Chicago are all health nuts! One of my brothers gave up meat 10 years ago, a few others eliminated all except poultry and fish...My mom is a fanatic, in fact she is constantly searching for healthy alternatives, she hasn't had red meat or pork in 15 years...Her current obsession is juicing...She purchased a super fancy one with all the bells and whistles and most of her meals are in the form of liquids...My sister is the only one who eats all meat and of course my dad too(he just has to sneak over to my Nana's to have a steak or ribs) LOl...Nana herself is a super healthy eater... She likes her occasional Martini at 3 pm as you know ;)


V on 12/02/2010:
Oh and the Florida fam....well this will surely push Karen right over the edge!! LOL I have a feeling that I will have 1 less friend in the New Year!!! LOL


V on 12/02/2010:
Turkey is something everyone enjoys and she is not much of a baker or a fan of sweets in general, but 1 sweet potato pie or two and she always sends everyone home with plates, she is not a leftover type of girl, except for the day after maybe...She can make a mean mac and cheese!!!


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
I'm curious...how can you listen from your loungeroom to the nativity program at the school? Hope you're having a nice Friday morning, btw...


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
Re: shift rooms...that would definitely be on the agenda to do BEFORE the Christmas party...(more room for everyone as the new dining room would be larger)...AND not to mention, Hubby will be much more understanding in moving the piano to the current dining room location (which would become the new piano room) with the big tree needing space definitely NOT available for it in the living room currently. Soooo...it definitely would not be smiled upon at doing all this changing rooms after Christmas, if you know what I mean...


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
Re: School...sounds like you could even video the program if you wanted to...sounds like you are sort on on a 'perch' being able to see out over everything to view that and hear that as well...like a sweet songbird in a tree, there you are on your perch...:-)


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
PS...please forgive me...apparently the effects of the Stevia still haven't ALLLL completely left yet, but don't let V know...She'll add more exercise, we know how she is...


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
Re: Forgiving...for saying you were like a 'songbird on your perch' up there overseeing all the activities...


Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
You are so sweet! Have a nice day. As for me, I am fixing to be going 'beddy-bye' as it is still 'Thursday nite' here...(Isn't that something, how the time difference is between the USA and Australia, as well as the time difference between all countries?)...Take care. :-)


V on 12/03/2010:
In re to your question...yes maam Vegan :Veggies,Legumes,whole grains,fruits,that's it! :)


selina on 12/03/2010:
Soundds like Christmas festivities are building up! Christmas is so much nicer and fun with children around... when it's only the grown ups, it gets dull, really. Enjoy!!!

I'm sorry I'm a bit confused: why do you want to wack you sister-in-law on the head? Sorry I didn't get it....


V on 12/03/2010:
Well Moogs you will be a little shocked when i tell you that the dr. sees no harm in having the occasional drink or two and you know that I always try attempt to keep my intake to a minimal..No worries



moogy - Thursday Dec 02, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.    

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Today I am grateful for: knowing that there is an end to pain, looking for the silver lining, being cared for.

Hello Lovely Girls, Well it is only about 75 degrees but we have 99% humidity. I just got back from shopping and have lugged it all up the stairs, I am too tired to unpack it at the moment so I have sat down to catch my breath and cool down. V, that was my workout, my heart rate is up, I am glistening, so for me that counts. And, anyway, what you gunna do about it????

I was up at five o'clock, had a bad dream, all this stuff with my daughter has heaved up a lot of my baggage that I work hard to keep stuffed down, unfortunately, our dreams tell the real story. Anyway I didn't want to go back to sleep so I was up before the birds, literally.

I am fully stocked with healthy food, I did do some leg exercises in bed, don't ask!! I seem to have pulled a muscle on the inside of my right knee. I don't know how I managed that. I am getting old. Last week I hurt my back, this week it's my knee. Shoot me now and put me out of my misery!!! Anyway, I have to go and unpack these groceries and then clean my bathroom, the talcum powder has once again tried to make an escape into my bedroom, pesky stuff!! As you can tell I have managed to avoid slipping into a depression, even though I had a yucky dream (husband stuff - I dream we are still together, which is a dirty trick I play on myself when I am asleep, and then pow! I wake up and it is just sad).  Have a wonderful day girls.

protein pumpkin pie shake    4

veal steak, cabbage, carrots, peas, gravy    4

rice crackers    4

toasted ham and tomato sandwich   4

total   16

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

hopingforhealth on 12/01/2010:
leg exercises are great and a step in the right direction! It's good that you are all stocked up on healthy stuff. It will make eating better easier!


V on 12/01/2010:
You know what i think about that??? You will just have to double up on the treadmill workout once your back gets better! LOL I seriously hope you haven't pulled anything out of it's place...I am so happy that you are in great spirits even though you had the dream..Perhaps if i knew someone to take you know who off your mind???? Sean Connery!! that's it!!!! Now i gotta figure out how to get his number, LOL Love you Moogy,


hopingforhealth on 12/01/2010:
You know, it really does seem unfair! But this too shall pass I suppose. :)


V on 12/01/2010:
All is forgiven my love....Now drop and give me 20!!! LOL HaHA i would be a great drill seargent!!


Umpqua on 12/01/2010:
Sorry to hear you're going through such a rough time. Take care of that back and knee!


just42day on 12/01/2010:
Feel better and don't let V push you around....


V on 12/01/2010:
Could you do your pal a favor??? j42day is threatening to eat worms because she says no one loves her....I am sure you can talk her down,LOL...Oh I have to say whomever gets there 1st must save a seat for the other...Deal???


sweetpea1977 on 12/01/2010:
Aww, sorry about your knee and back pain! I hope it all feels better soon. And yes, lets find a place that has autumn weather all year long. Man, that would be soooo nice!!


V on 12/01/2010:
You sure told her!!! Thanks!!!


just42day on 12/01/2010:
You are too sweet. Fear not, worms don't appeal to me.


loveray on 12/01/2010:
thanks, moogy. i hope you are doing ok and love your quote today!! xo


sweetpea1977 on 12/01/2010:
You are so welcome! I never thought about making single serves of them. Thats freaking brilliant! Thanks for the idea! :)


Maria7 on 12/01/2010:
I didn't get much sleep last nite, either.


chidogs on 12/01/2010:
Hey Moogy, thanks for the pep talk. I appreciate it. Now, I hope you get over the sprained knee thing! And I definately count reaching the top of the stairs as exercise. It certainly is for me! Take care and no more nightmares!


V on 12/01/2010:
Oh BTW you left a post on someone's page about swapping out places because of the heat...Well it just happens that the lady next door is selling her house..It has a really nice pool,it is covered so you can swim year round and it is pretty big I think 4 bedrooms??? Nice fenced in backyard....Won't you be my neigbor??? Don't answer now just think about it for a while....I would even take you "gator hunting"


lifestylechange on 12/01/2010:
ooohhh, yummm! protein pumpkin pie shake?? that sounds pretty fabulous!!! ;)


V on 12/02/2010:
:( You didn't think about it long enough, I will give you one more chance.LOL Did I mention WE would be living next door from each other???? Imagine the wonderful workouts :) LOL!!!!!!!


liza36 on 12/02/2010:
I'm proud of you for working to keep depression at bay. That's truly hard work! I'm sorry for all the stuff you and your daughter are going through. Hang in there!



moogy - Wednesday Dec 01, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. 
       - Charles Swindoll

Today I am grateful for: more rain, family, feeling positive

Hello Wonderful Women, Forecast 72 degrees, with the chance of thunderstorms, it is getting better and better around here, I just love thunderstorms. It absolutely poured down with rain all through the night. This must be the rain they promised us after the volcano eruption in Indonesia. We haven't had as much rain for years, I think since I joined DD's, you girls must be good luck charms.

Something hopingforheath commented on yesterday made me think that I don't just want to coast along just because it is getting close to Christmas. So I have decided to put a bit of effort into losing some weight before Christmas and not just go for maintenance. I feel more positive now that I have made that decision, so it just goes to show that you never know how your comment can affect how someone feels. I am always grateful to those of you who leave comments for me each day, it is like having my own cheering section. Or in V's case, my own comedian/wingwoman, as she is the only one who actually tells me off.

I have my usual day of looking after the angel, in fact I have her in front of me now because of the rain, her mom didn't want to juggle two little girls at pre-school when she dropped the princess off. I can't begin to tell you how beautiful this little girl is, not only because she looks beautiful, but she genuinely loves her family, she hugs everyone and calls everyone her nana, her sister etc. I am such a lucky woman, not withstanding the many sadness's I have had, I have been compensated with these beautiful children. Other grandmother's here will know what I mean and mom's will just have to take my word for it that as much as you love your children it is nothing compared to how much you will love your grandchildren. I know it is hard to believe, but it is true. I am absolutely in love with mine, even the nearly 12 year old who is turning a bit moody, to me I just look at him and see a big boy turning into a young man, it is like when you are older you see the big picture, and it is a great blessing. OK, enough raving, like I said I have my usual day, baking, afternoon tea with the big boys (we watch WWE together - they think I am a cool nana), and bathing the little girls. I have a full menu planned for my new attitude. Have a wonderful day girls.

hot chocolate, porridge     5

toasted ham and tomato sandwich  4

protein pumpkin pie shake    4

veal chop, cabbage, carrots, peas, gravy  5

                  total            18

 

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
What an uplifting entry! As for your comment to me, I laughed, then read it to Hubby, who smiled, too. (Yep, he knows me as well...hehehe...) As for your 'LOVE' of thunderstorms, please pass some of that on to me...I do NOT love nor like them and as I key this comment to you over there in Sydney, we are getting WARNINGS of BAD STORMS and POSSIBLE TORNADOES tonite AFTER MIDNITE and the storms they are talking about on tv have already produced tornadoes as they've been moving eastward...(ICK!)...even showed damage they've already done...I just hope HUBBY is home when the front comes through as he leaves EARLY in the morning and I particularly don't like to be alone in bad storms (not talking about little thundershowers here, those tame storms don't bother me)...but anyway, I DO trust the good Lord to take care of us and He does.

Please don't let V know (she'll get on me about it) but I bought another jar of pb today and have already gotten into it...(my storm-comfort food)...

That is WONDERFUL that you have such beautiful, sweet, adorable grandchildren...what a precious gift! Bet they're all beautiful! Then, too, kids get real excited about Christmas, surely some of that will affect you in a very cheerful way, too this season. I'm glad to 'read' you're feeling better through your writing. I like the saying at the top of your entry, too! Have a nice Wednesday and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Love ya, Maria :-D PS...you've got an extra Tuesday below this that you might want to delete since it has nothing written on it. :-)


Umpqua on 11/30/2010:
Good for you for going into loss mode prior to the holidays. Sounds like a good idea to me and I'm sure V will keep you in line ;) Have a great day!


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Re: your comment: Hahaha! I do worse than simply eat it from the jar...I don't even waste my diet bread on it, I use Hubby's EXTRA SWEET HIGH CALORIES WHITE BREAD and make BIG FAT PB SANDWICHES with the pb, YUMMMMMMMM!


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Long as I'm confessing, I also bought a bar of HIGH CALORIES FRUITCAKE for tonite's thunderstorm party when I wake up hearing the wind blowing outside...time for INSTANT COMFORT!!!


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
That's not all...while at the grocery store today, I also bought 2 individual serving sizes containers of banana pudding, which I gave Hubby one for his supper desert and the other one is 'hidden' in the back of the refrigerator...I also bought 2 donuts, all of 500 calories and consumed about 400 calories of them and thew away the other. I did buy some fresh produce...watermelon pieces, 2 individual serving sizes, one for Mom and one for me...each one only holds about 2 cupfuls which is only 100 calories but I'm not currently tempted to have that...I bought bananas, too, which Hubby and Mom love and I occassionally eat...I think that's it for the 'treats'...why I'm telling you all of this, I do not know...


lifestylechange on 11/30/2010:
thanks moogy!!! :) Have a fabulous day yourself:)


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Of course...I'll save the banana pudding for you and even fix you a pb s/w, too!


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Got the bananas, the pb, and the bread....come on over! :-D


hopingforhealth on 11/30/2010:
Who knew I'd have such an affect! I guess I tend to go easy on people, because I am so so hard on myself. Sometimes I kick myself so hard over mistakes that I feel bad and end up self sabotaging. I just assuming everyone else does the same and needs support more than tough love. But I won't go easy on you any more, because I know you don't want me to! Soooo that goal is fantastic! Do you think you will be able to get back on the treadmill?


sweetpea1977 on 11/30/2010:
Great entry!! I love hearing your views of love from a grandmother's perspective. I cant imagine a bigger love than the one for your own children, but knowing that love for grandchildren runs deeper excites me. :)

I hope you have fantastic day Moogy. Hugs and love to you!!


sweetpea1977 on 11/30/2010:
Great entry!! I love hearing your views of love from a grandmother's perspective. I cant imagine a bigger love than the one for your own children, but knowing that love for grandchildren runs deeper excites me. :)

I hope you have fantastic day Moogy. Hugs and love to you!!


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Moogy, I hate to say this, but we've been found out...V is on to us!


V on 11/30/2010:
First and foremost I am glad that you have decided to return to the game!!! I too expect you back on that treadmill for at least 3 times a week(sounds reasonable?) Okay deal!!! Now I don't want to separate you and Maria but if the two of you don't straighten up and fly right there will be no more hanging out! (wow I sound like my mom) LOL


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Ooops...


hopingforhealth on 11/30/2010:
And I had read your comment before your entry, I just always comment after logging. Sometimes it takes a while for me to get through :) Thank you for being such a good teammate too! You always have great things to say. I'll be looking for your treadmill-ing tomorrow!


V on 11/30/2010:
Oh I must add that I really had not planned to post until I reached the goal so I still plan to and next time I will get dolled up just for Moogy ;)


loveray on 11/30/2010:
missed you so much. will update ASAP xoxo


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
3 times a week on the treadmill can't be fun...what a punishment...I'm glad she let me off easy...she just wants me to eat the pb outside...


V on 11/30/2010:
You shouldn't fret my love Maria is still suffering after effects of the Stevia, she surely is delusional to think that she can finish that pb....Same sentence was handed down to her as well!!! LOL


Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
V is cruel...


V on 11/30/2010:
LOL Maria!!!


liza36 on 12/01/2010:
We are having a fierce storm here with a lot of rain and wind. Can't say I really enjoy it. But I guess the earth will enjoy the moisture.

I love hearing about your grandchildren. It is a blessing to live close to them and have them in your every day life. I lived very far from my grandparents growing up, and saw them maybe every 2 years or so. I loved them dearly, but did not have the kind of relationship with them that you have with yours. I'm glad you cherish it.

I admire your committment to losing weight, and not just maintaining because of the holidays. If I can weigh less than I do now at the end of December, I'll be happy. Have a wonderful day!


selina on 12/01/2010:
Your grandkids sound adorable! Have a great day!


Maria7 on 12/01/2010:
Happy Thursday to you. I'm fixing to get ready to go to mid-week church service tonite and play Christmas carols. :-)



moogy - Tuesday Nov 30, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.      - Martin Luther King 

 

 Today I am grateful for : lots of rain, the wonders of nature, our beautiful world.

Hello Lovely Girls, Forecast 72 degrees 90% chance of rain. Yay!!! Another perfect day. Although I must admit I have had to get my blankie out again. I thought that with all the heat from last week it was gone until May or June. However, I am glad I am having to keep warm. Excellent!! I was so chilly last night I slept with my blinds and windows closed and as a result didn't wake up until after seven thirty which is better than waking up before six. So that is two good things before I have even gotten out of bed. 

I am doing OK with my food, could be better, I am still struggling a little with my crazy brain, but feel that I am winning the battle with the 'black dog'. I am finding it hard to get really serious so close to Christmas, shortly I will be making Christmas treats for all those people who have been kind to me during the year. There seem to be more than usual this year (it hasn't been a good one - apart from finding DD's, I would prefer to forget it) and then we start decorating and so on. But, like I said the other day I don't have junk food in the house so it is hard to go overboard, I mean who wants to binge on vegies????

My plan for the day is a long hot bath, putting in a hair colour (ssshhh) and relaxing for a bit (my version of a spa) my daughter is taking the girls to visit a friend for a couple of hours, so lovely peace will be mine. Then it is just the usual, baking, big boys, and little girls bath time. Food today, will be: protein pumpkin pie shake, chicken, snow pea and noodles, and I don't know what for dinner yet.  I am off to read your diaries, so have a good day lovely girls.    

 

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 11/29/2010:
humm, you don't have the Xmas fever?? Will you do any cakes/cookies for the family? I'm thinking of baking cookies, I have these star/Xmas tree/snowman/angel cutters and I want to do a [whole flour + carob flour + honey + egg + sweet spices] biscuits that will be OK for dieters and non-dieters as well... :) Carob flour is something amazing, anyway!!! It really gives a chocolate taste and a chocolate style, and it's sooo much better in calories and fat than real chocolate. Of course, it's not the same thing...


KathyBlue on 11/29/2010:
Christmas is a religious holiday... I remember going to the church in Hungary, on Christmas Eve. It's very beautiful. I feel the same, though - I would miss it altogether... as I don't have children. And even then, if I want to be 100% honest, I am so disappointed each time we celebrate Christmas together with the family at my man's grandma's house.. I see the kids, they attack the gifts like wolves but they only like to remove the wrap.. then they look at the present, 1-2 sec, and they're at the next gift already. I believe that there are toys they never play with... I think it's not at all necessary and it shouldn't be a primary pleasure for adults to sink their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces with cheap toys... Why isn't it like in the old stories, when children asked for a couple of things and they received only one or two gifts, but which they could play a lot because they appreciated them!? It's because of the malls and the commercials... :(


getmebackto150 on 11/29/2010:
sounds like you have a lovely and RELAXING day planned... Enjoy!


Maria7 on 11/29/2010:
Glad to read you got some extra rest...that always helps (in moderation, of course)...yes, you said it right...it IS about that time to decorate for Christmas (some of my neighbors have already got theirs done) as well as get some baking done...what do you bake to give away???...About binging on veggies...I know what you mean...I bought a 2 lb. bag of frozen okra, ready for my next binge...I eat them like popcorn for a treat...I had 3 microwaved sweet potatoes (small to medium-sized) today...that might be called...a sweet potato binge, ya think???...probably all of 400 calories, I think...they were very good and I included them in with my calories for today...I took a large one to my Mom at the nursing home as she likes them, too...but she didn't want it right then...instead she wanted "m and m's" so I went and got her that and she was happy...love my Mom...sat with her a while and we also shared a diet coke together...I got 2 cups of ice and straws...was nice...Anyway, it is after 7 p.m. Monday here and I hope you are having a nice Tuesday morning! :-)


Umpqua on 11/29/2010:
I like your spa plans for the day. Sounds relaxing, enjoy!


Maria7 on 11/29/2010:
What wonderful gifts to make! You can't go wrong with sweet and spicy nuts and chocolate bark! :-D


hopingforhealth on 11/29/2010:
Hey Moogy! It's definitely hard to eat well during the holidays, with temptation everywhere! Just do the best you can do, and that's all you can do. Enjoy the spa day!


sweetpea1977 on 11/29/2010:
Wow, sounds like a wonderful day! I need me a spa day!! Enjoy!!


Maria7 on 11/29/2010:
The packaging is just about as important (if not more-so) as the gift it contains! Packaging says a LOT about the item...A gift poorly packaged says the item is not thought a lot of...it illicits no excitement...It simply states there is (supposedly) a gift enclosed. However! A well-packaged item sparks interest and gives a hint that what it contains is nothing less that SPECTACULAR! :-D


V on 11/29/2010:
Hiya Moogs!!! It was 85 degrees here before sunset and it is currently 73 BOOO...We will get brief relief from the sweltering heat Thurs and Fri short and sweet but I will take it! Now as far as making the treats, maybe you can get your daughter to assist you by taking all of the sinful remainders off of your hands if you cannot resist diving into it...Oh so far I haven't went postal but if your package doesn't arrive soon there will be hell to pay! It has passed through customs already, but that's all I got, i tired the online method and it was just as informative as the bimbo automated operator! LOL Love you my Honey bunches of Oats!!!!


V on 11/29/2010:
Ha Ha!!! I imagine you were a little apprehensive to open the box in fear of the contents!!!! LOl I am so glad you got it, i was just searching for my Rambo gear and war paint and head to the PO on the morning, Whew, that was a close call :) I knew you would love it!! enjoy!!!


just42day on 11/29/2010:
Yep - chex is the cereal. You mix rice chex, wheat chex & corn chex & Cheerios, pretzels, peanuts in melted butter w/worchester, onion powder, garlic powder & seasoned salt. Toast in low oven temp for @ 1 hour. Pretty well known as a snak in the US.


V on 11/29/2010:
LOl aww it is not surprising that the princesses has great taste with Queen Moogy being their Nana! Wouldn't expect anything less!


nita51 on 11/30/2010:
Glad to see you pampering yourself. You deserve it. Hugs


hollybelle on 11/30/2010:
You can catch me, Moogy!


OpenMyWings on 11/30/2010:
I wish it was 72 degrees here! That's beautifully warm for me. Right now it's cloudy, windy, drizzling, and a whole 40 degrees here. But I'm not going to let that stop me from enjoying my day! Have a wonderful day!!!


selina on 11/30/2010:
Come on all over! I love children, and they are essential around Christmas time!



moogy - Monday Nov 29, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

I am only one, But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
       - Edward Everett Hale

 

 

 

 Today I am grateful for : rain, good ideas, chilly mornings   

Hello Wonderful Women, Forecast 70 degrees, with 80% chance of rain. Actually, it rained all yesterday afternoon and it woke me up this morning at six o'clock. So here I sit listening to the rain at six thirty, it is a beautiful sound. I kept my quote from yesterday for today as well, I thought it was so good and resonated with me so much that it deserved to be pondered for another day.

As usual, the rain puts me in a reflective mood, and I have been trying to think about all the good and positive things that have happened to me in my life instead of all the bad stuff. It is difficult when trying to fight of a depressive period but I am working really hard to keep myself on this side of the line, where things are a little painful but nevertheless, I am striving to find ways to hold myself together. I definitely think that the rain has helped me to feel this way, as I always find it calming and reassuring. I can here a couple of cars, and voices, neighbours heading off to work, the cockatoo's are enjoying the rain and screeching as they fly over. Everything else is a little subdued, even the birdsong, I can here a few, but not as many as normal.

I have very little to do today, just as well, I don't think I am up to doing a lot. I have to do some cleaning, some baking for the big boys, the princess will visit later, and then the highlight of the day when I get to give the girls their bath. All in all not a bad day in front of me. I hope that whatever is happening in your life's, you are able to find the silver lining, there always is one, sometimes it takes some effort to see it. Love you girls.

protein pumpkin pie shake      4

toasted ham and tomato sandwich   4

crab salad         5

total    13 

 

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

OpenMyWings on 11/28/2010:
Here is one of my favorite comforting passages. I hope it helps to life your spirit! I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. ~ Psalm 120:1, NLT


Maria7 on 11/28/2010:
I love to listen to the rain, too...so relaxing. Baking sounds like fun! Hope you have a real nice day! :-)


V on 11/28/2010:
Hi Moogy :) To answer your question in re making money if there were no customers, the answer is yes, I get an hourly wage of a paltry $4.23, wich is pretty much considered minimum wage in the service industry (well in the states anyways)...So most weeks I have a check that has "This is not a check" on it :( LOL such a tease...The way it works they combine our weekly hours and deduct the tips we "declare" Now when they make us stay and brave the elements without customers getting a little bit from the paycheck would help...I never figure the check in when it comes to paying bills because you never really can tell from week to week if we get an actual paycheck that has money on it...I hope you and the princess have a splendid visit today


V on 11/28/2010:
What a wonderful speech Moogy! I imagine you would be a great Union Leader or dare i say Politician(i know how much you love them all,NOT) Perhaps you could change the tides of corruption and greed by becoming the first honest trustworthy servant of the people...I cannot really complain because I am the top earner there and my salary could match or top most 9-5 professionals so no worries for me :)


V on 11/28/2010:
Oh hey did you get your package in the mail yet??? I wanted to surprise you but I am worried that you might not have received it, Not the holiday or greeting card, but the other thing that is bigger than a breadbox???


V on 11/28/2010:
:( Okay i must see if I still have my PO stub??? Second time this has happened, I mailed a letter to sweetpea and loveray the same day and Sweetpea got hers a week later???? Humm I will call the Post office if i can't find that ticket...I sure hope what is in the box is still alive! (totally kidding)


V on 11/28/2010:
LOL How do you always guess right Moogy, and dont worry you will only have to feed him a chicken a day, baby gators don't need much, just alot of sun so perhaps you can keep him in the backyard and buy him one of those little kiddie pools so he won't miss living in the swamps...I am sure you will be a great owner to your new pet!! Whacha gonna name him??? LOL


V on 11/28/2010:
LOl!!! very funny, very true!!!


V on 11/28/2010:
Okay at least you got that part!!! I sent the box 1 Week before the friggin card!!! That is it I am going postal!!!! LOL


V on 11/28/2010:
I found the receipt and call the 800# with the automated operator that was very helpful(NOT!) Lol It was parceled out 16th and they said for international mail it takes 7-10 days so I am going to try again tomorrow when i can speak with an actual person...So I noticed that I forgot to include N.S.W. on the customs declarations...everything else was on there....So how important was putting that on there?I am hoping that because of the holidays it is taking longer, I am afraid lil nessa will be scared and hungry in that box for so long!! I will keep you updated


V on 11/28/2010:
WheW!!! Okay it is apparent that the problem lies within the postal system here in the US...I could have drove my car and hand deliver each card I sent out to DD members,(If I am not mistaken Umpqua lives the furthest away from me in the states) Made a return trip safely back here in the time it took sweetpea's(8 hrs away) card to arrive!!! LOL :P


just42day on 11/29/2010:
Yesterday's holiday baking was Chex cereal mix. My friend's son just loves it so each year I fill a huge commercial size prezel container w/the mix. Made 2 batches yesterday and still need to make another batch to fill the container! Will also be making cookies and beer battered onion rings for others.


selina on 11/29/2010:
I love the rain, too! Sounds like you have a good thing going for you over there, with the children around you! Stay well!


skinnygrlwithin on 11/29/2010:
Aaahh the sound of the rain... I don't know what it is but it is the most soothing thing to me... when I was a child my father and I used to sit out on our porch and count how far away the storms were by the seconds between the lightening bolts and thunder... whatever it is about the rain it is soothing, and definitely puts me in a placid place... I hope you fight the depression, I know how that is, where you are stuck in your mind in a place where you know you should not be, and fight desperately to get to the other side...always seemed much harder to me then it really should be.


liza36 on 11/29/2010:
Your day sounds wonderful. I hope sometimes for little to do, so that I can slow down a bit.



moogy - Sunday Nov 28, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
       - Edward Everett Hale

Today I am grateful for: loving people, laughter in the face of pain, trust in my Saviour

Hello Lovely Girls, Forecast 77 degrees 90% humidity, so it is occasionally raining as well. No sun shining, total cloud cover. Now, this may not seem significant to you but I just love this break in the hot weather, my doors and windows are open and a coolish breeze is blowing in. Which already helps my mood, plus I just love my quote for the day.

Just got back from church and am feeling a little more optimistic although I am still borderline functional. My daughter and I were laughing in the car about how hopeless we both are - which I thought showed not only a tendency to look on the bright side but a willingness to laugh at our own inadequacies. Both good things in my book. I am off to make my almost compulsory protein pumpkin pie shake for a very late breakfast and then to your diaries. I hope you have a wonderful day girls.

 

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

OpenMyWings on 11/27/2010:
I just bought the ingredients to try the pumpkin pie shake today... I can't wait! Moogy, I like how you give an inspirational quote and the things that you are grateful for every day. It helps to keep a person on the positive side. Have a beautiful day!


selina on 11/28/2010:
Hi Moogie, I was gone for several days and am back home trying to catch up with you guys. Being able to laugh at oneself is a great thing. Stay well.


Umpqua on 11/28/2010:
That quote reminds me of one of the boys' stories "The Tortoise and the Hare." I'm glad you are feeling a bit better and hope you have an excellent Monday as well!


biscottibody59 on 11/28/2010:
I saw your comment to someone that your daughter was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I have a brother that was diagnosed with something else, but for all intents and purposes has BPD. "Walking on Eggshells" is an essential resource for anyone trying to understand this condition. I don't focus on it much anymore, but the first time I picked up the book, so much was explained. Better stop--could write a book myself;-)

Hang in there--enjoy!


sweetpea1977 on 11/28/2010:
Sure, I'll email you the recipe. I'm kinda short on time at the moment, so I wont be able to get it to you right away. Drop me a reminder if I forget! :)

Glad you are getting a break from the hot weather. I hope you enjoy it while it lasts!



moogy - Saturday Nov 27, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.       - Greek Proverb

Today I am grateful for: sleep, knowledge, good health

Hello Lovely Girls, Forecast 88 degrees. It was a cooler night and I got a good night's sleep. I really liked to quote today, there must be opposition in all things so that we can appreciate those things we treasure when they are returned to us. I am hoping that for me, it will be a quiet Saturday. I am feeling like I am hanging onto my mental balance by my fingers. SIL is coming to take the big kids to cricket and then babysitting the girls while my daughter takes the big boys to see Harry Potter. I am hoping that I can just spend the day by myself and try to gather myself again. I am just a little worried about my depression sneaking up on me because of all the stress, I can feel it lurking in the back of my head, it feels like a darkness just waiting to take all the stress away and sink me into oblivion. Which to tell the truth doesn't sound to bad at the moment. I wish I wasn't needed so much, it is guilt that stops me from just letting go. Maybe when things are worked out and MIL is home again I can collapse into a screaming heap!!!

Food has been a bit iffy, I seem to have lost the will to eat, if only my body would get the hint, I am finding it most annoying when my tummy tells me it is hungry. Then I just eat something to shut it up, carbs mostly, although, I am managing to have the pumpkin pie shake for breakfast. I can't be bothered cooking, so it is sandwiches or something equally quick to prepare and eat. I have no junk food in the house, as usual, so only healthyish stuff to choose from.

I hope you all (except for Kathy) had the type of Thanksgiving that you planned for and that you enjoyed yourselves with family or friends or by yourself (V). Now onward toward Christmas. I hope you have a good weekend girls. Enjoy yourselves.

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/26/2010:
I know what you mean - mac and cheese has never been one of my all-time favorites, but it is an american comfort food. My mother in law "forgot" to make it.


Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
With the stress you've been going through, worrying about your Daughter's family situation, it's no wonder you are fighting depression. Try to get out the house often...walk around...get a buddy to walk with that is not family...this helps me and so I am thinking it might help you also...:-) Be kind to yourself. If I was over there in Sydney (and had my vehicle with me), we could go to lunch together! :-D


OpenMyWings on 11/26/2010:
In addition to prescriptions, my doctor has me taking 2000IU of vitamin D3. I've heard that it's supposed to help with depression, seasonal affective disorder, among other ails. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!


Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
Thanks for the info...don't think I'm in the mood to experiment with anything new for a while...think I unintentionally poisoned myself with the 'Stevia In The Raw' sweetener...never again!


Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
:-D Thanks for the info...I'm going beddy bye Friday nite over here...have a good Saturday afternoon.


V on 11/26/2010:
Hello Moogy my love :) Now I have to say to you crank up your music, get on that treadmill and go...It might seem a little strange to hear this but i think your daughter(although I am sure she still hurts) has accepted what her hubby has done...Now it is time for you to take control of your feelings, emotions and get back to the mission at hand!!! You can so do this Moogs! Oh BTW I am skipping Thanksgiving next year.....LOL Love you


V on 11/26/2010:
Oh I suspect that this issue has opened a gaping wound that will not stop bleeding...I know how much you really want this so please do this for you as well :)


V on 11/26/2010:
i am thinking that it would help both yourself and your daughter to get a little counsel???? Might I add that maybe your daughter perhaps didn't let on to you that she knew all along(funny how women know this) and did not want to add to your sorrows??


V on 11/27/2010:
I am so happy you have each other to lean on! :)


sweetpea1977 on 11/27/2010:
So sorry I haven't been able to comment lately. I am sending lots of love and peace your way!

As for my mac and cheese dish - I didnt grow up with it being a traditional holiday sidedish. My mom always made white mashed potatoes and a sweet potato casserole. But, when I created my holiday menu, I wanted to cut out the white mash and replace it with a different dish. I ran across the mac and cheese recipe online. It isnt anything close to the boxed or premade stuff from the grocery store. It isnt a runny, watery dish that most people think of when they hear mac and cheese. The cheese sauce is made with egg yolks, flour, milk, cayenne pepper and shredded cheddar cheese and it turns into a thick creamy sauce. Then you add the cooked elbow noodles and carefully fold in some stiffly beaten egg whites. All that is poured into a big casserole dish and baked in the oven. Its thick, almost spongy, comforting, and highly addicting. :) And its super-bad for you, so I only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. :-)


chidogs on 11/27/2010:
Sending you hugs, Moogy. You are hanging on and believe me I know how hard that is when things are crazy and falling apart around you. Just go one day at a time, and do what you can do. This will pass, and things will get better. Believe that.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/27/2010:
pumpkin pie for breakast is yummy!! i admit to having a most lovely cranberry cornbread with my breakfast today. it hit the spot!


chidogs on 11/27/2010:
I know it's easy to say things like that, Moogy. Not so easy to feel it. I do understand, having had a few rough roads to travel myself at times. But right now for us, things are good. Just sending you hugs and caring thoughts. And if you want a fun movie for the kiddies, take them to see "Tangled" (Disney), it is great and funny too! Will make you smile. :)



moogy - Friday Nov 26, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S  SIMPLE PLEASURES

The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.       - Traditional Proverb

Today I am grateful for: my DD family, a government that cares for it's people, happy tears.

Hello Lovely Girls, Forecast 89 degrees. I hope that each of you has a wonderful day of celebrating the joy you find in your family. It is ten o'clock in the morning and my daughter and I just got back from a quick shopping trip after dropping the princess and the angel at pre school. I needed more pumpkin for my shakes and a few other things. I have absolutely fallen in love with these things, I have added a couple of scoops of protein to the original (hope you don't mind lifestylechange) which makes it more of a meal. Just delicious!!

My daughter came up the stairs crying yesterday afternoon and I thought something else had happened, but as it turned out they were happy tears. She had just received her final assessment for receiving her supporting parent benefit and found out she will be getting $1417 each two weeks, hence my gratitude list today. I am so grateful to live in this country and grateful that my step father and mother emigrated here. Other news, she has already received two phone calls from her husband today. He is running at about four or five each day, nothing particular to say, he just finds 'stuff' he needs to let her know. He took the children to their swimming lessons last night and stayed for dinner. I am always amazed at how 'slow' men are, they show all the behaviour that should give any sensible person the information they need to tell them what is best and then try and think about it.!! Oh Well, we will wait on him, trouble is he is a Libra, like my husband, under normal circumstances it takes him an age to come to a decision. Fortunately, when he makes up his mind he knows what he wants and he confident in his decision.

I purchased cheap and nasty low fat vanilla ice cream (home brand) today, the one I had been using was a French Vanilla Low Fat (this is for the pumpkin pie shakes) that was really yummy. Needless to say it isn't lasting as long as it should.!! I don't like the cheap one, so I and it should be safe. Not sure what I am eating today apart from the obvious shake for breakfast. Have a wonderful day girls.

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

V on 11/25/2010:
Well if there is an upside to this at least your daughter can rest a little easier not worring about bills! Sounds like things are looking up a little...Now as far as the ice cream there are some things that I am willing to pay a little extra for(coffee) and shall never substitute because of the taste, flavor and all around yumminess!!I hope you have a Funday Friday Moogy! Love you ;)


Maria7 on 11/25/2010:
Hello! Sounds like things are looking up your way! :-D


Umpqua on 11/25/2010:
Great news on your daughter's benefit! Those shakes do sound yummy, I was thinking of making my regular smoothies with pumpkin and it might be similar. I hope you're having a great day!


KathyBlue on 11/26/2010:
how's French Vanilla? :D BTW I love vanilla stuff... normally it's lower cal than chocolate, and vanilla flavor products don't look that sinful :P I'm going to do something vanilla for Xmas, too... too bad the material is too expensive (vanilla sticks are pretty expensive!)


Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
Hope you have a nice Saturday! :-)


OpenMyWings on 11/26/2010:
I haven't tried the pumpkin shake, but everyone is making them sound incredible, and it's making me very curious. Where do you live again? I think I'd love to visit there to see how I might like it. Sounds like your government takes better care of their citizens than the US does.



moogy - Thursday Nov 25, 2010
(weight watchers points - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 229.6

CHERISH LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES

  

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.        - Virginia Satir

Today I am grateful for: laughing children, a good night's sleep, a positive outlook.

Hello Beautiful Girls, Forecast 88 degrees, I will say no more. Well last night went very well, the princess did well during her graduation, sung her songs and presented her teacher with the class gift. So cute. My SIL has now left for his business meeting, but I think that the children really loved having him here for the night. I can hear them all laughing loudly about something downstairs, so that is a good way to start the day.

I don't have a lot planned for today, a little cleaning I think and something substantial for lunch as it will be too hot to cook this evening. I have already read your diaries so I will love you and leave you and get everything done before it gets too warm.

protein pumpkin pie shake     4

roast chicken, roast potato, cauliflower, peas, gravy  9

lemon cheesecake           6

              total      19

Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/24/2010:
Eww, horrible temperatures. :( Glad princess had a good graduation and that the kids enjoyed having their dad home.

Stay cool today. Perhaps you could make/buy some healthy popcicles and refreshing beverages like iced tea and low sugar lemonade/limeade to help you combat the heat!


sweetpea1977 on 11/24/2010:
Oh, thanks for the continuing education tip! I found some great schools that offer both daytime classes and nighttime classes for the certification/degree Im interested in (massage therapy/fitness instructor). The certification/degree I want involves a lot of hands on work, so online classes wouldnt work for me. So, my main issues will financing and finding classes that I can take while the boys are in school or after hubby gets home.


V on 11/24/2010:
Oh how I would love to just stay at home with my book, such a more inviting relaxing option but i think i would fuel the fire by not showing


chidogs on 11/24/2010:
You are right about the "no" word, Moogy. I just have to be more firm, and look to the day when I can relax now and then. But right now, during the losing part, no I cannot afford to relax. Thanks for the wisdom. Yeah, and I was really good today too, you'll see when I post the menu! :)


biscottibody59 on 11/25/2010:
Enjoy your day:-)

Just read the wikipedia article on you quoter there--wasn't familiar with her. Always good to learn something new;-)


KathyBlue on 11/25/2010:
yeee, no thanksgiving for us, no problem :D


nita51 on 11/25/2010:
Today I am Thankful to have a friend like you. xoxo


V on 11/25/2010:
Mac and cheese is an oh so yummy item that can be mixed in with the dressing and cranberry sauce and it is mmm mmm good!!! LOL


V on 11/25/2010:
Oh and might I add that the "bowl rules" have been altered so much to the point that we stopped taking score and there are LOTS of Beer breaks ;)



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