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Cybermom4 - Tuesday Mar 15, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

 A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death's doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.

With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. There, spread out on newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when he was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife. "Stay out of those," she said. "They're for the funeral."



Hoping for a good day today.  I know I have said this before, but I am a slow learner - HOP - I am going to seriously consider my food intake.  I like your advice about the gym - 2 days is good for now, but increase the veggies  - and water.  

I am going to post notes around the house in my 'hot spots' like the fridge 'Did you drink WATER?" - the cupboard - 'Did you try VEGGIES"  I know it sounds silly - but insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting new results = I'm insane!!  I have to want to stop this careless eating  but my mind doesn't seem to remember so hence the notes!!  Even in my office cube "Drink  Water"  or even "How do you Feel Right now?  Thirsty?? - WATER".


Today is Tuesday - I wll see how this goes today - one day at a time.

Now time to print signs!!


Have a great day everyone !!!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2016:
I love your idea for the notes. No, I don't use notes, but I do write calories throughout my day down. Every day. This is "my insanity." In order to reach any goal that is a challenge, a person does need to find ways to help them. So, it may be notes for you - calorie counting for me - but although others might take it as crazy - it's what is keeping us sane. :)

Do what you have to do in order to be the best you. I like your idea of the notes. They are positive reminders, helpful & not hurtful.

If you google about weightloss, you'll see all studies agree that it's the calories / food aspect that is more an indicator of success towards weightloss. I do plan to comment and give more tips - maybe if you can ask me specifics.

Usually, in terms of my determination which is extra strong right now because I have a wedding on 4/2 for my only sister - that's why I am extra driven this winter. Well, it takes me to getting sick or exhausted which is what I am (sick right now but not something terrible) to take a day off a planned gym day. So, since you mentioned my motivation and you wanting some, take my motivation to go today since i'm not going. I hope to make up for it tomorrow & may actually take tomorrow off without pay. haven't decided for sure. I just don't find it healthy to feel so tired & burned out....it's been around 5-6 months without vacation for me....

okay, you want to know more about my dedication - well, it's intrinsic. A lot has to do with proving to BOTH myself and the world (yes, I feel a drive to prove myself to others which may not be healthy but it works for me) that I am strong & will reach my biggest goals of NYPD.

Gym is a stress-reliever for me. I feel relaxed after going. It's like an addictive feeling - makes it easier for me to keep going....feel free to ask away. i'll try to give you more tips based on your questions...reading your joke above later today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2016:
LOL....to the joke. ummmm....that's a wacky story. hopefully not his funeral!? LOL.

grannyannie on 03/15/2016:
Notes are good! I love the joke! Chocolate chips cookies are my idea of heaven!

Cybermom4 - Monday Mar 14, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

 From Tom

In a spy novel I had just read, the hero hid a letter in a particular statue in Washington, D.C.
Since I was in that city at the time, on a whim I decided to see if the statue really contained the small niche the author had described.
To my great surprise, it did -- and a cellophane-wrapped letter was inside. After a moment's hesitation, I pulled out the letter, opened it, and burst into laughter.
An unidentified reader had penned, "Good book, wasn't it?"


Well, weght went up again to 192 bu I am not counting it in my diary to help motivate me back to 189.  I go to therapy today and will work out well there.  Therapy is fun, and it seems to be helping my joints (YIPPEE) but not so sure it is really burning calories.  I step into the water with my aqua belt on and make it to the deep end and begin kicking and moving my arms in a jogging motion.  I don't stop for 20-25 minutes.  I listen to music with my wonderful waterproof i pod.  (That was the best investment I ever made).  Maybe it is not the activity - it is the fact that I only do this 2 x per week if I am lucky.  Maybe if I were to slowly increase to 3x per week then 4 I would see a differrence.

I just have such a hard time breaking my routine - you know come home from work, check mail, fix dinner, watch some TV etc..  Someone recently told me that most successful people don't even watch TV - That is my favorite past time!  Maybe I need to really change my routine somehow.  Maybe if I just pack my gym bag and go straight to the gym after work - that would put me there at 4 - jog until 5 - then get home by 5:45 - just thinking out loud here.  My kid's (all 3) college graduation is just around the corner - and if I could just drop 10 lbs by May - I know I would feel so much better.


I just did a major cleanse of my closet - my turbo tax calculate over $1,800 worth of dresses, shirts and pants. 8 large trash bags.  Guess my 10 years of working and buying clothes for the office really added up.  

Now my closet is full with only the things that I love. and that is good!!  So on that note, I will close and go to work.

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/14/2016:
Sounds like you're enjoying your workouts. When I worked I used to go straight to the gym after work at 5pm.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/14/2016:
Cute little joke :) I'd love for a scenario to happen like this in real life !!

To tell you the honest truth, weight is affected 80% or so by diet, not exercise. If you want to lose weight, you will have to adjust your diet more than anything else....I know from experience. if you are happy with aqua jog 2x, don't change it right now. i'd adjust my diet if I were you...not by decreasing the volume, try to increase vegetables.

wow, I do hope you get back $1800 for all those clothes!@ how awesome would that be!?

puddles on 03/14/2016:
it is hard trying to balance everything but you will figure it all out. Keep at it. Have a great day.

hollybelle on 03/14/2016:
Therapy does sound fun! I need to clean my closet out. Because I am about to quit work I don't want to buy a lot of nice clothes - I have about worn most all my nice outfits out, though. Oh well, it's OK.

Cybermom4 - Friday Mar 11, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

 Car dealer’s daughter............Alise/Mercedes
Carpenter's daughter............Peg
Carpet layers son........Matt
Cattle rancher's son...................Angus
Cattle thief's son................Russell
Cheese maker’s daughter ........Brie
Cheese maker’s son............Colby 
Chef's daughter......Julianne 
Chemist's daughter............Esther
Chimney sweep's daughter............Ashley
Choir director's daughter............Carol
Circus acrobat's son............Flip
Clarinetist's son............Reid
Clothing manufacturer's daughter............Polly Esther
Comedian's daughter............Joy
Computer programmer’s daughter............Meg/Dot
Computer repairman's son............Chip
Computer techie's son..........Mack
Confectioner's daughter ........Candi
Cook's son............Pepper/Soupy
Counterfeiter's son...............Bill
Crayon-maker's children............Violet/Ruby/Amber/Red
Debt advice worker's daughter............Bernadette
Deer hunter’s children............Buck & Doe
Deli owner's daughter............Olive
Delivery man's daughter............Carrie
Denim maker's daughter............Jean
Dentist's son............Phil
Dredger’s daughter............Flo
Drummer's son............Tom


Good day yesterday except for the cake my daughter made and I had to have some!!  I kept thinking of the nutritionist who showed me the little rubber cube of larde that is the frosting I was eating and I just didn't stop.  Why do I do that.

I purged my one closet of dresses - took out 10 dresses to give away.  They are all practically brand new.  My philosophy as I tried each piece on was:


If I were in the hospital and I needed someone to bring me clothes - can I tell them to 'grab two dresses '  .  If they did would I be comfortable in thosse two dresses given my current body type?  I can't tell you how many impulse buys I have had over the years.  My excuse always was - I'm working now!!


I just wish I knew someone - close to my size who could wear these clotes.  I did the same thing with tops - I have like 30 to give away.  I love salvation army as I always shopped there myself and found great buys  - especially jeans if I took the time to look - 


oops --- out of time.... be back later with water update 


B - pineapple

S bar

L tuna crackers

S - bar


Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/11/2016:
Stay Away from the Cake !

hollybelle on 03/12/2016:
So what kind of cake was it? Sometimes it's worth it to have a piece of something homemade that you really, really love. Something that is not available all the time. I don't have any problem resisting typical store bought birthday cake - for example - or even some bakery cakes but if it was homemade german chocolate or another kind I really liked, I'd have to have a piece and limit myself to one piece. I'd try to eat it and move on. Tomorrow is another day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2016:
Da*n! I wrote a comment & forget to click on "Add New Comment!" So it got deleted. Love your posts & baby names.

So why'd you throw the dresses away? because you never wear them? I buy dresses too (but never spur of the moment). I buy them when I have to buy them - so rarely! Sometimes not even 1x per year! This year, I bought 3! All for a wedding - my sister's. One for her bridal shower. One for rehearsal dinner & big one for wedding! wahoo.

After I wear my dresses, I almost never wear them again! Hope that the dress I wore to the bridal shower I can wear again -- gonna take it in a little bit so it's more fitted. Same with rehearsal dinner - I had it hemmed up so it's more stylish and not lying at my knee. I may sell my bridesmaid dress, not sure.

Cybermom4 - Thursday Mar 10, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0


Based on your occupation!


Accountant's child............Ira/Penny/Addison/Owen
Announcer's son............Mike
Archaeologist's son............Doug
Archer's son............Mark
Architect's son............Archie
Astronomer's daughter............Luna/Star
Athlete’s child............Victor/Victoria
Auto mechanic's son............Jack
Backpacker's daughter........Carrie
Baker's daughter .................Cookie
Band director's daughter........Claire Annette 
Banker's daughter ........Fanny Mae/Penny/Linda
Banker's son............Rich/Cash
Baptist's son............Duncan
Barber's son............Harry/Butch
Barista’s son ............Joe
Bartender's daughters............Sherry/Brandy
Baseball player's son........Homer
Beachcomber's daughter ........Shelley
Beautician's son .................Curly
Bee keeper's daughter............Honey
Biker's son............Harley
Bird watcher's daughter.........Robin
Bodybuilder's daughter.............Buffy
Bowling Center's owner's daughter............Ally
Brewer's daughter............Amber/Ginny
Brick layer's son............Mason
Broadway star's son............Tony
Burglar’s son............Jimmy
Butcher's daughter............Patty
Butcher's son........Butch/Chuck


LOL  we have the whole alphabet to cover here - some people just have lots of free time to come up with these funnies!!


Had a really fun day yesterday - we hosted a program that prepared the 5th grade students for middle school.  Fun day - I often forget that this is the age where the girls are taller than me and the boys are smaller than me LOL.

Semi bad day for eating - we had pizza and salad and I chose the pizza - the smell just grabbed me.  I did have salad for dinner.

Also, I had my knee injections Tuesday 3rd of 3 in the series in both knees and I had a reaction in both knees to the shot this time.  Not sure if it was the angle that the needle went in or what but I was struggling after this visit and I usually do fine.  And,  I swear those injections add 3 lbs to my weight.  Not sure if it is true but it sure seems to be a pattern.  

Today meals:

B - pineapple slices/ smoothie

S - bar

L - salad

S - bar

D - tuna and crackers

S - cheese


Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/10/2016:
Wow...as a former musician I love "Clarinet" for band teacher's daughter! too funny!..all are good...I need to repost on fb! hilarious! :)

makes sense the injections might add to weight...you are injecting something...

also, nice job overall with eating. is ok to enjoy pizza.

cybermom4 on 03/10/2016:
Thanks HOP - just finished my salad and drank two glasses of water!! Thinking I may make myself check in here as part of training my new habits. I was drinking lots of water a few months ago, but got off track.

Never thought about the 'injection' actually but the way you put it now it makes sense to me. And the injections actually stimulate fluid production to a degree so the first few days will be bulky.

Thanks :)

hollybelle on 03/10/2016:
Sorry about your reaction to the injections. Are the injections steroids? That will could make you retain water and other side effects. If it is the stuff they inject that is cushioning - I don't know about side effects of that! Have a good evening!

Cybermom4 - Tuesday Mar 08, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

Once upon a time, a perfect man and a perfect woman met. After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding. Their life was, of course, "perfect."

One snowy,stormy Christmas Eve, this perfect couple was driving their perfect car (an SUV) along a winding road, when they noticed someone standing at the side of the road in distress. Being the perfect couple, they stopped to help.

There stood Santa Claus with a huge bundle of toys. Not wanting to disappoint any children on the eve of Christmas, the perfect couple loaded Santa and his toys not their vehicle. Soon they were driving along, delivering toys.

Unfortunately, the driving conditions deteriorated and the perfect couple and Santa Claus had an accident. Only one of them survived.

It was the perfect woman. She was the only one who really existed in the first place. Everyone knows there is no Santa Claus and there is no such thing as a perfect man.

Soooooo, if there is no perfect man and no Santa Claus, the perfect woman must have been driving. This explains why there was an accident.

my bad!!!



 Well, I am trying to purge excess out of my life.  Starting with my computer files.  It is a daunting task b/c I have years full of files and things I 'think I need to keep' but will likely never use.  I have my son on one hand who says... you haven't used it in 3 years - purge and my daughter says, you already have it , you know where it is, so don't lose it"  Ugg  I can see both sides.  


Plus at work, they are going to do a major purge of all our computers and so we are told to back up any and all files we want to save - All I can say is I better get started.  


food today 

B - protien smoothie

S - bar

L tuna salad and ritz crackers

s - bar

Dinner - chicken and pineappel

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2016:
Lol....you saying women are bad drivers!? hehehe. cute turn of a tale! I like how all of your jokes have a total twist at the end. cute.

Do you like veggies or no? I also eat a lot of bars because I feel they are good snacks. Smoothies / drinks do not satisfy me so i'd rather chew a bar and drink water & go back to work :)

OhioRaven on 03/08/2016:
Love it.

hollybelle on 03/08/2016:
Purging items we don't need - I used to purge clothes closet every 6 months - it has been years since I did a good job at I tend to get rid of a bunch of stuff, but not nearly enough. Good food today!

Cybermom4 - Thursday Mar 03, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

https://www.16personalities.com/isfj-personality ---copy and paste the link to take the quiz and find your letter combo


ISTJ:  Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41:23 a.m. E.S.T.

ESTJ:  God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask.

ISTP:  God, help me to consider people's feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

ESTP:  God, help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they're usually NOT my fault.

ISFJ:  Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right. - that is cybermom LOL

ISFP:  Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don't mind my asking).

ESFP:  God, help me to take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.

ESFJ:  God, give me patience, and I mean right NOW.

INFJ:  Lord, help me not to be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?)

INFP:  God, help me to finish everything I sta

ENFP:  God, help me to keep my mind on one th - Look a bird! - at a time.

ENFJ:  God, help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?
ENTJ:  Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.

INTJ:  Lord, keep me open to other's ideas, *wrong* though they may be.

INTP:  Lord, help me to be less independent, but let me do it my way.

ENTP:  Lord, help me follow established procedures today. On second thought, I'll settle for a few minutes.

ENTJ:  Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.


Did not eat right at all yesterday 

Just fruit with dip, ice cream,  ritz crackers, cheese, 1/2 an Italian sub, wine and diet pepsi (yes I caved in to pepsi) and a kiwi vodka with cranberry juice - I know the alcohol is a killer in calories!! but the kiwi is just soooo yummy!!

Hopped on the scale (I should know better as Saturday is my weigh in day)  but up 3 lbs!

Will do better today - packing tuna in my lunch, drinking lots of water and NO Pepsi!!! All clean living today.


Now if I can just figure out what ISTJ exactly means ......-maybe I don't want to find out hahah



Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/03/2016:
Good post today. I can identify with most of it. Including not eating good sometimes. But you'll get back on track. That's what we do here at the DD. We help each other. Have a Healthy Day.

cybermom4 on 03/03/2016:
Thanks OR!! It is tough - and when I see others weight just drop off I get jealous but I know with all my heart that they are working very hard to make that happen. It is hard work and I just have to accept that!!

grannyannie on 03/03/2016:
Have a good day.

Awesome50 on 03/03/2016:
Today is a new day. Keep going!

puddles on 03/03/2016:
Don't look back look forward. Today is another day. Have a good one.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2016:

I will read the joke later...

have a wonderful day. Luckily, god and this world are forgiving. What goes up also comes down. This includes weight!

Cybermom4 - Monday Feb 29, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

Three wives were bemoaning their husbands' attitudes towards leftovers:

"It gets rough," one said. "My husband is a TV producer and he calls them reruns."

"You think you have it bad," was the reply. "Mine is a quality control engineer and he calls them rejects!"

"That's nothing compared to me," said the third lady. "My husband is a mortician. He calls them remains!" 


Whoo hoo - still at 189 and holding - 

I am actually feeling lousy today.  using a sick day as I am having intestinal trouble and sinus issues.  It may be the weather as it was so beautiful yesteerday and I was outside without a jacket.  The fresh air just felt so good!!  but, now I am paying for it!!  My sleep was awful and hopefully today will go better.  It actually stinks to use sick days but that is what they are here for.  Use them or lose them.

going to send my son and fam a package to Italy - It is so fun talking them and making plans for summer 17 - that is going to be a big trip for us and I am thrilled!!  

but first goasl first - A. May Graduation!! - Mayb with this cold I will be limited on what I can eat today - planning on a HOP bag of broccoli and cauliflower steamed .


I have been reading the book the 4 arguements and it is a bit out there.... but some of the insight is true to form.  We are what we think and we are what we accept personall.  If I say "I am ugly and fat and worthless"  I will believe that and live like that.  If I say I am curvy , outgoing and valuable - I know I can make a contribution to life and will be a positive energy to the world.  I have to create my own true reality - if I own my curvy ness yet want to change it then I will joyfully steam those veggies and skip the cookies and ice cream because it is part of my positive energy - not becasue I have to get skinny.


Anyway  - that is a paraphrase of the first two arguments  - going to read the 3rd today.

Well, my daughter had her birthday Friday - a big 24 and soon to graduate - she is so excited.  my kids have worked very hard to keep thier GPA up and well, soon it will be time to leave the nest.  My husband and I already have August mapped out for remodeling the basement after she moves out - If she is gone in June/ July - I will be off work and can 'weed out the entire basement - it will be a total gut job.  We are taliknong about making the two (soon to be spare ) bedrooms into our offices as we both work from home quite a bit.  I do have an office in teh basement that we will make into a walk in pantry and have the freezer and some sundry storage - very exciting.  If we really plan this out well, we could have a fantastic basement!!  After all this is our forever home.  It is only 1200 sq feet on the top floor and aobut 1,00 square feet in the basement - but this house has raised 4 kids through college and soon it will be just the two of us.  The basement will be laundry, work area, kitchenette, guest room (murphy bed with desk) and TV room.  a nice size bathroom and two big closets - one in the entry way and one near the bathroom.  These are all temporary plans of course - but it is fun to think about.  Guess I need to wait to see when my daughter will actually leave the basement.  She loves her boyfriend and he adores her and I am hoping he will 'pop the question'.  And then we will be really excited!!


Anyway - off I go rambling again - Love DD for this!!  Off to Facebook to play a game of backgammon - my addiction!!  LOL


Have a wonderful day - I will check back later to read posts......................

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 02/29/2016:
Hope you feel better soon! My husband and I are empty nesters. It's interesting. Sounds like you have some bit lifestyle changes coming up! It's exciting.

Awesome50 on 03/01/2016:
Your future plans sound exciting! A person's world changes in so many ways when the kids leave home. There's positives and negatives to it both I think. Now it's a way of life and we are used of it. We laugh now about how much we like our own space and have come to be quite set in our way now about it. I guess there's different chapters in life we go through and empty nesting is one of them. Plan away and have fun with it!

Cybermom4 - Wednesday Feb 24, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0



Worked late last night - till 8 in the After School Program.  Only worked with one student on fractions.  She was really sweet! 5th grader who happens to be in my homeroom.  Quiet student but trys really hard!

Went to the dr. yesterday and discovered my lower vertebre is naturally fusing and hence not pushing on the nerve anymore. I had been imagining that the disc had dissolved and there was no more pressure on the nerve but afraid to say anything b/c I would jix it and the nerve pain would return _ and it is AWFUL_  But to learn that my body is healing naturally and without surgery - whoo hoo!!

I do get another month of PT and he added a lumbar treatment - very excited - I was researching and simply gently walking in water is very good for the lumbar. Heel toe Heel toe against the water.  

Well, Starting a good day!!   I love Wednesday's  as they are planning days - not a fan of the meetings, but like the low pressure of having time to plan for the week.

Ate a ton of fruit yesterday.

Had a hummus quesidillaa.

And some Ice cream - chocolate marshmallow - one of my favs - just under a cup to wet my whistle.

Packing fruit and tuna for lunch today.


Well, have a good day all!!


Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2016:
Wow that's so awesome that your body has been healing itself! wonderful for you...I always liked working 1 on 1 with kids when I did teach vs. the whole class at once.

OhioRaven on 02/24/2016:
Mornin, Mom.

hollybelle on 02/26/2016:
Good news about your back! About your pic above-I guess I am stuck in the '70s! Ha!

cybermom4 on 02/26/2016:
hahah!! Me too!!

Cybermom4 - Monday Feb 22, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 189.0

A guy sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt just sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.
"Yep," the mutt replies.
"So, what's your story?"
The mutt looks up and says, "Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running. The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had a wife, a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner says, "Ten dollars."
The guy says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"
The owner replies, "He's a big liar. He didn't do any of that stuff." 



Hello!!  I'm so sorry I have been away for so long.  I had a two day training and some late nights over the weekend and then crashed on Sunday.  Hopped on the scale and dropped another pound!!  Yippee - Although every time I announce a lost pound I end up gaining 3 lbs back LOL


I am just happy to be losing slowly.  I have hit the 80's!!  Now just 5 more pounds in the next couple weeks and I will be good.  The kids have Spring Break March 6-12 so I am hoping to be a bit lower by then - not for them necessarily - but just as a small benchmark for myself.


I had such a good time at the training I attended.  I am always amazed at how well educated people are and yet they can share that knowledge to me on my level.  I came away with such good ideas for my class.  My teammate and I decided to change the name of our Writing Class to 'Word Wizards' in hope that maybe the kids will not be so stressed out thinking of 'writing ugg'.  It is tough since writing is not a 'core subject' - the kids don't have to attend  but I do get about 28 each day which is not too bad.  Actually - if any of you can think of a good name for a Writing Class  - and make is sound engaging - I'd love to hear:


Well - I went to the store yesterday and bought a big bucket of prepared fruit  - I figure it costs the same as two good frozen pizzas and it is so much better for us.  I would never ever paid 20$ for prepared fruit but it is over 1.5 C each of strawberries, cantelope, honeydew, watermelon, and pineapple along with a container of Marzelli dip.  It lasts our family of 5 adults about 2 days - see = to pizza!!   only better.


I go to the pool today and can't wait to jog away ..............I know it will be good for me especially since I get my knee injections on Tuesday - both knees and 3 rounds (one per week) ugg...........I am also having an x ray on my lower back to see if my degenerative disc disease has progressed.  I know people go through surgerys and such all the time, but when it is happening to 'me' I just can't think about it.  I think for me I just hate the unknown and the unceratainty of what is going to happen later.  Will I be worse off than before - but then how long can I continue to let my bones grind?  (i know that sounded awful)


Any - I'm just hoping I can keep strong as long as possible.  I have a dr who doesn't do surgery unless it is absolutely necessary so he will let me continue to live on advil etc... as long as I am okay.


LOL  re reading this I can see how I ramble - but it is fun.............................getting all this off my chest and having my DD friends!!

Life is good and life is a journey - One day at a time!!

Have a Great Day

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/22/2016:
You sound so happy! glad to hear all about everything you write. Never feel sorry for writing :)

And i'm glad you are proud of yourself, and doing this weightloss & lifestyle change for yourself. I enjoy reading that you are exciting to go to the pool & enjoy yourself there too.

Congrats to you, keep up the good work!

OhioRaven on 02/22/2016:
Ramble away. Especially the jokes. In using them, thank you.

puddles on 02/22/2016:
Love the jokes. Yes ramble away, vent whatever you feel like doing that is why we are all here to voice our thoughts. Have a great evening.

Cybermom4 - Tuesday Feb 16, 2016
(Healthy Eating)
Weight: 190.6

 Now that I am getting older, I have done my research on retirement. I have found that the average cost for a nursing home is $300.00 per day. I decided that there must be a better way to deal with getting old and feeble yet having my needs met. This is my recommendation:

I have found that I can get a nice room at the local Holiday Inn for $99.00 per day. That leaves $201.00 a day for food (brought directly to you by room service), laundry, gratuities, and special TV movies. This cost includes use of a swimming pool, a lounge, a washer and dryer, and a business center with computers and a copy machine plus a free continental breakfast. They provide free shampoo and soap along with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razors as required. I will have daily maid service and a free USA Today Monday through Friday. When I do decide to eat in the restaurant, I see different people every day, not the same old fogies that I would see in the dining room of a nursing home. If I join their frequent travelers “Priority Club,” I will soon accumulate enough points to get a DVD player or a free trip to Hawaii.

There may be a bit of a wait to get a first floor room, but that’s okay because most of the time it takes months to get into a decent nursing home. The Holiday Inn has a handicapped equipped bus (if you fake a good enough limp), access to a church bus, cabs, and even the regular bus. Occasionally, for a change for lunch or dinner, I can take the airport bus and eat in one of the restaurants there.

Holiday Inn has security at night and if someone sees you fall, they will call an ambulance that should arrive promptly in five to seven minutes, quicker than the time it would take to get medical help to you in a nursing home. They have 24/7 visiting hours. As a bonus, they offer senior discounts. What more can you ask for?

My conclusion: When I reach those golden retirement years, please help me keep my grin. Just pack my bags and drop me off at our local Holiday Inn

 (The above was a joke I found online and not my research )

My all day fast went well - all liquids except one pickle around 6.  

coffee, water, cranberry juice, wine, applecider vinegar and lemon water, pepsi, coffee, pickle - water and water and liver cleanse.

This AM I feel so refreshed. My weight had gone up to 194 last Thursday and is back down to 190. I will do one more day of cleansing and then begin my 3rd day with soft foods such as yogurt , cottage cheese, and fruit.

The reason I am feeling very strong about all this is my hubby and I took a photo and when I saw my hind end - I could not believe it.  I know the rest of me is looking large too but when I saw the back end - my eyes were opened.  Somehow I guess when I look in the mirror each morning , I only see what I want to see and I never looked behind me.  I am really posting this photo so I can really see - really see that I need to make changes.  


HOP is working toward a wedding - and I need to be working toward my kids graduation.  It is their day and the last thing I want them to do is see me all big in their graduatuion photos.  

They graduate May 14 so that gives me 3 months.  If I really dedicate myself to exercise and a more liquid diet - I can pretend I had gastric bypass surgery and that I cannot eat like I used to.  I will not be careless and make myself sick - but I will be aware and make myself thin.  

So as of Feb 15 I am starting at 190.6 and in 10 weeks - even if I can get to 175 - that would be GREAT.

For now though I am changing my goal weight to a smaller number to psyche myself out and shoot for small steps.  so for now I am shooting for 185.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/16/2016:
I like what your "research" funny...and Holiday Inn doesn't smell like nursing homes either! lol...

Yes, please treat yourself well and don't punish yourself. In terms of liquid diet, just be safe. with that, I don't do liquids because I don't get full from them. Make sure you eat protein....and veggies are filling and VERY low calories. If you like them, try to eat them as much as possible bc you will not gain weight...ask me if you have any questions or want any additional support. I am known to my friends as a crazy veggie fanatic! :)

Also, thank you for mentioning me in your entry :) Yes, this wedding is my goal & my extra motivation. I think your kids graduation is a wonderful goal for you too. If you try to adjust the way you eat like you are, maybe you can do it for life...not sure about liquids for life though...but I support you :)

yes, changing your weight goal to a smaller number always helps. This is what I do, too. always!

Happy for you..

cybermom4 on 02/16/2016:
You always have the right things to say!!

puddles on 02/16/2016:
I agree we do not see ourselves like when we see a picture I don't know why it works that way. Have a great day.

Awesome50 on 02/17/2016:
It's nice to set goals for events as they help motivate us. I recently looked at our photos of Christmas and I realized how large I am compared to my family members and had the same reaction as you did with your photo. It's not a good feeling but we have to turn that around and use it to motivate us as well. Together we can all help each other stay focused. Enjoy your night.

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