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Donkey - Wednesday Jul 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

No workout today. As a consolation, no lunch today either. Well, that's not entirely true. I had lunch but it ended up being a snack at 3p.

My schedule was completely thrown out the window today because I had to deal with my old house (that we have a contingency to sell at the end of August). I won't bore you with details but needless to say, it took up most of my day.

I could not exercise tonight because of the terrible rain storms we are experiencing at the moment. Otherwise, I would not be writing to you; I would be out riding my bike (I like to think, although dinner is sitting heavy in my stomach at the moment so I'm not so sure about what I'd actually be doing).

So my hope for tomorrow is plenty of exercise before taking the kids to yet another karate class at 10a. They test for the next level of belt on Friday night, so since we've been on vacation, we're trying to squeeze in as much practice as possible.

Tomorrow promises to be very stressful. After morning martial arts classes for the kids, we (Husband and I) have a concluding meeting with the people who assessed my son for learning disabilities way back in May. That process was completely devastating to me (to all of us, actually), and so I have no desire to hear what they have to say. Not that I don't have an open mind but rather that my son has made significant improvements in some aspects of his life, and so I don't think that what we contributed before necessarily holds true now. I also have severe reservations about the validity of the tests (i.e. they were not taken in their proper context) and I have a personal dislike for the people doing the assessing.

I apologize if I sound defensive. And I also apologize for going on and on about this. As you might guess, it weighs heavily on my mind and my heart. Normally, I might eat myself silly from the moment we got home (Sunday) until the day of the test. But I have managed not to do so, so far.

At any rate, I won't dwell on what "might happen" tomorrow and just live each moment as it comes. Perhaps I will arm myself with a Diet Coke before the meeting to help calm my nerves while listening to the testing lady tell me how crazy my son is and how awful it must be to live in my family. (I kid you not.)

I look forward to a calm evening tomorrow taking my son to Chess Club at our local public library.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/19/2007:
I remember when you were going through that evaluation stuff in May. It's hard to know what to do when something like that happens. We hae gone through something like that in our home, too. I found in our situation seeking other professionals with (it turns out) differing opinions helped-and they are out there. The evaluators in some situation have one agenda and often it is not the child or the family, but the school or the system of some type. Don't know if you feel like going in another direction - but don't let so called experts decide when you're "done". Fight it. It's awful to have a child negatively labeled and it happens all too often. There are many types of "learners" - but our systems don't accomodate them. Some learn differently than "average" and average is all that our systems seem to be able to work with. I hope you find some peace with whatever happens. I will be thinking of you.

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Now I feel like I have truly returned home. The airport FINALLY delivered our lost luggage at 12:01a, according to Husband. I didn't hear a thing, but he said that the doorbell rang and there were our bags. He stayed up to open up the bags to see if anything was "missing" or broken (like those bottles of whiskey that he purchased, ha ha).

I've had 2 great days at the gym, going back to longer workouts with less resistance (on the elliptical). I've also resumed my weight training, drinking more water, eating LOTS of FRESH fruits and vegetables (things I desperately missed while traveling).

And I dropped the 2lb that I gained while abroad. I think most of that was due to excess salt and curtailed water intake. I didn't imbibe in alcohol all that much, although one night, I had several glasses of wine, and one evening, I had a lovely pint of some delicious light ale (light = not dark, not light = reduced calories).

So before I end this entry, I just want to say again how glad I am to be home, and back on Diet Diaries with you all.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

MyJuneWedding on 07/17/2007:
((Donkey)) It's always nice to check in and see a comment, but it was especially neat to see one from you!!

Me quitting my job... hum... let's see, once the wedding bills are paid off would I rather work mon-fri including every home football game (high school) during season which is basically 5pm -11/12 am each friday, work the festivals all weekend, plan meetings at night after work to deal with our latest grant project, juggle work committees and sitting as a board member for CASA and probably Camden House and CCAR in the near future OR stay home, be able to do all the projects I want to do (like scrapbooking all the pictures, cleaning my own house and having the laundry done during the day) be able to workout each day like I want to (bike ride, martial arts class and weights all in one day without sacraficing sleep or family time) being able to plan and cook nice dinners for the family every day, even ones that take longer than 30 minutes to whip together, work in my yard, be there for ALL the kids events at school, be able to drive the kids instead of sticking them on the bus, be able to wind down with my baby when he gets home instead of looking at the to-do lists and figuring out what we have time to do.... HUM hard choice!!!

I do enjoy my job, I love getting out with people and going to the schools, I actually greatly enjoy the admin. part of my job but given the choice between the job and time with my family, there is no choice!!!

I am so glad to see you are back, stay strong and I'll be watching you!!! ~wink!~

greengirl on 07/17/2007:
Hi Donkey. I know it's nice to be home and I can't believe I'm doing it all again on Saturday. This time it will be just me, my 16yr old daughter and her friend for a week at a much more commercial resort, you know the sort of place - seaside, fairs and amusements!!! I must be mad. Its on the coast of Wales again but nowhere near as far away from home, just about 80 miles away. My eldest son is running us there so we should be ok. To be truthful I will be glad when its all over!! I was really bad about my water consumption last week and now Ive got water retention in my fingers and ankles again. Iwill be better about it next week!! We are taking a laptop with us but wont have internet access so I will be incommunicado for another week. I miss DD !!!

lafemme_loca on 07/18/2007:
I am so sorry that your holiday wasn't as good as you wanted it to be. :-( But it is good to see you back here ! :-)

Donkey - Sunday Jul 15, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I am home. This is the one place that I feel I can be honest, and quite honestly, I did not enjoy my trip to the UK. I do not travel well. I missed my kids, missed my workouts. I felt very uncomfortable being a stranger in a foreign land. There are no adequate words to describe how much that bothered me. I also get car sick, and that does not bode well for a 10 day bus tour.

There were several times that I didn't eat dinner because I was either misunderstood in my order or outright ignored. Hated eating out for everything. Absolutely detested being offered a huge breakfast every morning and then stopping for a snack an hour later because lunch would be late. Then lunch would be a big meal, which meant that dinner would be eaten very late. Way too much eating.

I had no idea how much my Husband ate until this vacation. OMGosh is all I can say. He is straight on his way to a heart attack.

One thing that did impress me while traveling was how everyone took great effort to have a beautiful garden. Even the smallest plot of land -- some folks just had flower boxes -- were beautifully tended to with flowers and a trim lawn. After my visit, I have decided to put more time and effort into my yard. It's a great way to burn calories too.

I also got a kick out of watching British game shows and BBC news on TV. It's interesting to see America through the eyes of someone else.

Now we are struggling to recover our luggage from the flight(s). Somehow it is detained and nobody can seem to find it. Needless to say, it is upsetting my Husband and he's driving me crazy.

It is good to be back home and I look forward to resuming my routine.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

GG on 07/15/2007:
EK!!! A bus tour for 10 days! I would have died! No exercise, no movement: Oh man, you are most def. allowed to complain about your trip!!! Ugh, and the food issues you had sound just like the ones I would have had if I were in your position: if I dont get what I want I either dont eat it or send it back, that is why I modify my menu selections so much because I really do want to eat but if it is NOT RIGHt then forget it!! My sister went on an Alaska cruise a couple weeks back on a very small boat and she was shocked at how much food & eating there was too, she gained about 10 pounds in 8 days: is that possible!!!Eh, I guess it is for people who do not have will power: but she must have eaten a lot because she does not eat anything except meat & vegetables: but who knows she could have snuck something... Well, I hope it is relatively easy for you to jump back into your routine! As much as I love travelingat times, I do hate departing from my routine at home: thats for sure!! Good luck and I am sure you will be able to "get back into it" in no time!!

petaldew on 07/15/2007:
Im glad you made it home safe, and are happy to be home.

MyJuneWedding on 07/16/2007:
Welcome home Donkey!!!! ((HUGS!!))

hollybelle on 07/17/2007:
Sorry your trip didn't do you good. I saw where Greengirl aplogized to you for the bad weather in the UK on behalf of all of England! Bless her heart. I don't think her holiday was perfect, either. I, on the other hand had to go to "hillbilly heaven" for a dance competition (Gatlinburg, TN - no offence to Tennesseeans you know it's true)! No wonderful either - on medicine that made me CRAZY - prescribed by dr. by the way! I think what we should do is organize a DD member weekend get away somewhere we can all agree on going where the weather is always wonderful and there is lots of healthy food and activities all the time! Maybe something to shoot for in the future. Tee-Hee! Hang in there. Remember the lovely gardens!

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 04, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Tonight I leave for vacation, so I thought I would weigh in this morning, since my goal is to lose weight while on vacation. I certainly do not want to be like the person who went on vacation and came back 8lb heavier!

As you can see, my weight has stayed the same. I did not take the time to measure myself. My plan to lose weight while on vacation is the basic things that one needs to do to lose weight: I plan to drink 1L of water a day; I plan to make good choices on the menus; I plan to walk as much as I can, plus do crunches and push-ups in the hotel room. I plan to keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum.

I want to wish you all the best of luck in your weight loss journeys while I am gone.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

greengirl on 07/04/2007:
Hope you have a lovely time. Good luck!!!

Justine6Robert3 on 07/04/2007:
Hope you enjoy your vacation Donkey! Sounds like you have a good plan to keep yourself in check while away! Good luck with staying on track but make sure you are also enjoying yourself while away!!! Can't wait to hear about your vacation when you get back :0)

crategrl on 07/05/2007:
Have a great vacation!

MyJuneWedding on 07/09/2007:
Hugs Donkey!! I hope you have an awesome time!!

Donkey - Friday Jun 29, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I am finally back down to my weight before the whole Oreos & beer night. It's maddening how I can put on 4lb in 2 days (two episodes of 9 Oreos each), but it takes me nearly a week to get those 4lb off.

At any rate, I am back down to 136.0 and now I'm ready to start losing towards my goal weight. However, I leave for a 10 day vacation in less than a week. Is it realistic to have a goal to lose weight while on vacation? Or is that too much? Can a person lose weight on vacation?

Recently, someone who criticized the diet advice I gave a while back came back from vacation and gained 5lb. I do not want that to be me.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 06/29/2007:
Great job on losing those 4lbs. You can lose weight on vacation if you put your mind to it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
actually, it IS realistic to have a goal to loose weight on vacation, as long as LOTS of walking is involved and you have the opportunity to have very healthy food: salad bars, grilled meats and vegetables, no sauces, soups. if you did this, you'd easily loose weight on vacation...lol, but obviously there are many tempting things. Even if you splurged on a dessert for a couple days at one meal a day, you may be able to loose wegiht as long as you are walking around. I lost weight on a cruise, actually! LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
oh, you are very good to me with helping me stick to my goals. i see that you will not let the "9 oreo day" be forgotten. if you try to let it go a little, i think it'll help you think more of your goals ahead.

greengirl on 06/29/2007:
You just have to be disciplined to lose weight while you are away. I'm sure you could do it, you seem pretty strong willed when you put your mind to it !!! My sister has managed to do it in the past but me, I'm weak willed and if I only put a pound or two on I count it as a success. I wish you good luck!!! Oh and I hope you have a great time :o)

fullofchubs on 06/29/2007:
Congrats on losing those 4 lb. I'm new, so have no input about dieting while on vacation, but have a great time!!!

halley on 06/30/2007:
I think if you are active enough, and you eat completely different foods than you are used to you may lose weight. DOn't forget to drink water - it will really help. Have a great time!

GG on 06/30/2007:
U can have a goal for your vacation! Hope your staying at a hotel with a nice gym! You can certainly loose weight on a vaca! I have faith in you!!! Just try and gain some will power if you can...lock the mini bar at the hotel...by pass the pastrys at the buffet breakfast and opt for scrambled egg whites (light on the oil & milk if they mix it in the eggs) or fill omlettes with tons of different veggies!!! Go site seeing too and you will walk alot which is great for you too!!! WHere are you going by the way?

hollybelle on 07/03/2007:
YES, YES, YES I know you can lose or at least maintain weight while on vacation. I did it recently and have done it before, too. Just eat healthy and walk everywhere you can. I always say "I" am going on vacation - my diet isn't!!! or I am taking a vacation from my everyday life - not from my healthy eating pattern. Why come back after a good time and have it dampened by an unnecessary weight gain?

yamahaflutist on 07/03/2007:
Thanks for the comment - and yes I did take Alli beforehand - not convinced it is doing anything but we'll see. I know what you mean about the cigs. Since my relatives have addictive tendencies toward gambling and smoking, I avoid the two altogether. At the moment, I am feeling pretty good and though I still think about food a lot, I think about healthy food. That has to be a step in the right direction. Each day is a little bit easier for me. Maybe I carried the rant about my nutritionist a little too far, but my point was less about her and more about me. Sometimes it's just helpful to vent.

Donkey - Thursday Jun 28, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Last time I wrote about how I was struggling to fit in an additional session of cardio if it's not on the crosstrainer.

Yesterday I did an hour of cardio (and lower body weight training) at the gym (crosstrainer, treadmill w/incline), and basically did nothing after that. (A big issue was the weather which was very hot and humid, so I was not motivated to do much of anything outside.)

Today I did my usual 35 minutes on the crosstrainer (I am almost ready to move up to resistance level 16) and upper body weight training. Then I did 15 minutes on the stair-stepper. It is a perfect day for running if the rain stays away. I just remembered that the kids have martial arts this afternoon, so I will have to fit in a run around 2 or 3p. But I may end up bike riding instead, as we are encouraging Son to learn how to ride a bike. (He is 9yrs old, and if he doesn't learn soon, it will only get harder and more embarrassing for him.) Actually, if he still needs help, I may be running behind him riding his bike, and that would solve both problems.

While I was on the crosstrainer, I noticed a cut -- a muscle cut (i.e. definition) in my legs that has become more pronounced. The "cut" started out about an inch long, but today I noticed that the muscle mark is now about 3 inches long. So at least that shows me that using a higher resistance on the crosstrainer is changing the shape of my legs.

It's time for another weigh-in, but this morning I woke up with an upset stomach and didn't feel up to stepping on the scale. I almost backed out of going to the gym, but figured that not exercising wouldn't make me feel any better, so might as well go ahead and do it.

UPDATE: My Husband really honked me off by discouraging me from going out on an afternoon run. First he tells me to be afraid of getting hurt on the path. Then he says, "It looks like it might rain." As if I would melt in the rain. Now I am more determined than EVER to get my run in today.

SECOND UPDATE: I went and ran 3.8 mi in 35 minutes. Running with my daughter riding her bike really pushed me to run faster! On my own, it takes me about 40-45 minutes because I"m not as pushed to run so fast.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 06/28/2007:
Good news on the muscle definition :o) As regards your husband, what can I say - he's a man !!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/28/2007:
that's great mileage in that amount of time!!! I guess I need to find a biker to speed me up! Also, its good to spend some time with your daughter!

starfish on 06/29/2007:
great job on the run! Keep up the good work!

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 26, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

My new workout routine is inconvenient. By limiting myself to 30 minutes on the crosstrainer, I have to find 30 minutes of some other kind of cardio to do, either at the gym or later throughout the day. Well, I don't have TIME to do more cardio at the gym (or I would do it). And I have a hard time finding the motivation to do any cardio later on in the day. Yesterday I rode my bike with Daughter.

Today, though, while the kids were finishing up their swimming lessons, I pushed myself to run for 30 minutes (3 miles) in the hot, humid, sunny weather. There is a park adjacent to the swimming pool and they have a mile trail that I ran 3x. (Getting in 30 minutes was my goal.) Several times I felt like quitting, after 9 minutes, after 15 minutes, after 20 minutes. But my promise was to get in 60 minutes of cardio in total a day and that's what I did.

Hopefully this will change soon. The weather is supposed to become more moderate after today and the kids' swimming lessons end Wednesday (tomorrow). Having the lessons end means I will have more time at the gym.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2007:
they humidity makes it much harder. i agree and think that as the weather gets more pleasant, you'll have an easier time. back to my entry, i certainly would like to believe that the reason she gave me for not hiring me is more due to the reasons you said. i really hope that is the case. i wish i knew what was in everyone's head at these interviews! thanks for the response.

greengirl on 06/27/2007:
Well done on the three miles in 30 minutes. At the moment I can only dream about that sort of a time!! Fastest Ive done three miles is about 42 minutes and that half killed me LOL. Thanks for your support recently Donkey. It's much appreciated, believe me. You are so lucky to have a measured mile to run on. I wish we had something like that near me. I have to work out my distances using mapmyrun.com when I walk outdoors. You must be getting pretty fit by now. Keep up the good work :o)

legcramps on 06/27/2007:
I'm trying to work on my running too - I think you did great!

Donkey - Monday Jun 25, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

I am spending time on the computer instead of eating. Husband has to go to work early at 3a, so he was in bed before 8p. This is always dangerous for me because I tend to eat (a lot) when he has to do this. I do not know why, but I believe it has something to do with a deep, underlying feeling of abandonment. It makes no rational sense as everyone is home - they are just sleeping! So there's no real reason for me to feel abandoned. Except that I eat in reaction, and that tells me that something is bothering me on some level.

Today I only did 35 minutes on the crosstrainer, instead of my usual 65. I think this could be a good thing, except that I had to try VERY HARD to get in some other form of exercise during the day. (My daughter and I took a long bike ride in the afternoon; not exactly "cardio" exercise but it was better than sitting on my donkey and doing nothing.)

I also did upper body weight training at the gym, something I have not done in quite some time. I also did some weights at home and now I know that I definitely have a problem with my right shoulder. If I cannot even do a shoulder press with 5lb dumbbells, surely something is wrong. So I cannot do shoulder exercises with any weight until that heals. I might go to the doctor but I do not want to have an MRI to resolve the issue (yet), as it is not that bad (yet).

I realize now that what is holding me back is what I eat. Or perhaps, rather, HOW I eat. I had an Oreo cookie the other day, and then I had 8 more. (See my entry with the beer and Oreos. Not something I recommend, by the way.) Then I went and had another NINE Oreos the next day.

Who do I think I am that I can have NINE Oreos? Honestly, you'd think I was 8 yrs old and could eat anything I wanted. So I am not fat because I have an Oreo. I am fat because I have many Oreos, many days in a row. (And it's just not Oreos, mind you.)

I really need to get a grip on the concept of moderation. I don't know why it is so hard for me to just have a little of something and be fine with it. This is where Donkey gets stuck in her rut.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

GG on 06/25/2007:
Hey there Fiber Queen! I just want to thank you for your support!! I appriciate your help with my "problem"! Woah woah woah, what does your husband do for a living! 3am- that is INSANE!! If I had that job I would quit immediately - even if that meant unemployment for awhile: haha just kidding! Uh oh, oreos: not something good to snack on, but I cant blame you! That cream filling, puts you in a coma!! I wish I could tell you some way to stop snacking but I see you have a daughter and I am sure she would rebel if you omitted all of the junk food from your house...I know I did when I was younger and my mom only had vegetables in the house: I would go to my friend's houses and eat the ENTIRE contents of their pantries and when I left their parents would be pulling out of the drive-way on the way to the grocery store to restock: embarassing--YES IN DEED! haha! Obviously that shows you that I have NO CONCEPT of moderation either! It sucks but food is just sooooo good! GG gets stuck in a rut too then because I EAT SOOOO MUCH: I dont even pay attention to portion sizes until it is too late...I guess all I can say for myself is that, atleast I only eat meats & vegetables...if only you could "overdose" on cabbage?? haha! Good Luck and thanks again!

halley on 06/26/2007:
My husband gets home about an hour after me, and that hour is the most dangerous hour of the day for eating for me. I'm hungry for dinner, but I don't want to wait until he gets home to eat, so I snack - a lot!!! I've gotten it under control and now the weight is actually coming off (but very slowly) Sometimes I have to get out of the house to keep myself from snacking. The funny thing is that we don't have any junk food in the house - I will just eat anything! Tortillas with butter, cereal, pasta - you name it, I'll eat it standing up in the kitchen. Drinking green tea or coffee as soon as I get home is how I overcame that problem.

Donkey - Sunday Jun 24, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Day 50: The family reunion is over, thankfully. No, I did not have a good time, but what is passed is past and I won't rehash it here. I'm sure that I didn't behave well, offended many and made several members upset. When I'm totally stressed out, I tend to retreat into myself, so I am not the most outgoing person under these circumstances. An alcoholic drink might have helped me tremendously but Husband had to work late at the last minute so I was on my own with this one (and the kiddies), so I thought it best not to drink, since alcohol goes straight to my head and I had to drive home myself. I'm sure my mother is upset with me. But on to more important matters here....

In 50 days' time, I managed to stop bingeing (for the most part) and lost 4 lbs. This might have been more, except that I stopped exercising since Friday, to rest and renew myself.

I have the trip to the UK to do next, so I think what my next short-term goal will be is to change up my exercise routine until we leave on July 4th. I plan to cut down my crosstrainer time to 30 minutes a day, incorporate more weight training and then some other kind of cardio to round out the hour.

I plan to change my routine again once I return from vacation.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2007:
you've done really well since you began here! keep up the fantastic work! i like your goals as it is always important to mix up exercise routines so the body doesn't get used to them! i think more weight training is a great idea. it really helps with the burning of calories for awhile after its done!

Justine6Robert3 on 06/25/2007:
Hi Donkey, thank-you so much for your comments on my diary! I'm really sorry that you get so stressed out over these family get together's. It's unfortunate that your hubby was unable to be there to help you through it! I also have a rather "dysfunctional" family, especially on my Dad's side. I'm not sure if your family is super critical of you, it seems that might be part of what makes you dread seeing them. I have a few of those in my family also, never anything nice or positive to say!!

Great job loosing 4 lbs and keeping yourself from binging!! I agree with HOP, its a great idea to always switch up your exercise routine to keep your body guessing. Looks like you've been sticking to going to the gym even though it sounds as if your husband hasn't been joining you (as you suspected would happen!!) My hubby has yet to use the weight bench that I bought for him that is finally up. He say's he's waiting for the eliptical trainer to arrive but I'm afraid he's just procrastinating!

I was reading back through your diaries and comments and I think "My June Wedding" had some very valid points!! You do have so much going for you and you have made such huge changes in your lifestyle that should make you feel very proud!! I also think you have a great sense of humour, it even manages to come through in writting on here so I can only imagine how quirky and fun you would be in person! Keep your chin up and keep pushing forward, look at how far you've come!!!

halley on 06/25/2007:
You've come a long way - I'm sure you are a ton healthier than you were before - and much better able to handle the stress!

Donkey - Saturday Jun 23, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 49: 2 hours before he's due to come home, Husband calls me up and says he has to work overtime today so he won't be going to my Family party tonight. Great. I *really* need his support right now and he leaves me to do it alone. Not enough words to express how much I dread this now. I didn't think it could get worse, but I was wrong.

Took a look at the menu online. Everything is a la carte and hugely expensive. My kids don't like to eat like that. Neither do I. Perhaps I can order a side dish of broccoli for myself. These stupid people, I hate them...

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/23/2007:
Get in and get out of the party as gracefully as you can. Ignore all the stupid things you hear and observe and just try to think of it as an "obligation" that needs to be done and then you can get on with the rest of your life. That has helped me though many a family get together (at least most of the time). Come to this site and vent with us if you need to. Keep repeating "this too shall pass". Just some ideas. I've tried everything once!

hollybelle on 06/23/2007:
P. S Reading further back in your posts now, I wanted to say I'm sorry you have been having a hard time. With the references to your dysfunctional family I have to ask - were they by any chance of the critical sort? If that's the case - try to make sure that you aren't taking up that function iin your life (being the critic) when they are not around. I, too, wish for certain changes in my body - especially the long slender legs and while I'm at it - may as well make them TAN, too (LOL). A flat stomach, and some other things are on the wish list. But on the other hand, I am very grataeful for a pretty healthy body and the desire to keep making it even healthier. I am certain there are MANY people who would envy not only your looks, but also your circumstances and your heart. Hang in there and have another cup of coffee after the family dinner! I will be thinking of you! I promise!

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