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Soon2BThin - Thursday Oct 24, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 162.0

Hi! Just got back from my 30 minute walk with DH. Yeah, every once in awhile, I take him out for a little exercise, hehe! He did suggest going to Denny's this morning, but I turned that down. It wasn't easy! It's another beautiful day here, 60 degrees, the sun is shining as it does almost every day here. I'm just so glad to be out of Cincinnati!! I used to hate it when there were days at a time when you didn't even see the sun. And the snow, don't get me started! Although I know we didn't have it as bad as some parts of the country, but still, I'm so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. Anyways.....

Yesterday wasn't so good on the eating part. It's not that I ate a bunch of junk, I just ate a little too much of the good stuff. It seems when that 7pm starts rolling around, I want to eat a lot because I know I won't be eating after 7. So I must fight that, I feel so much better when I have good control.

I still haven't received the Richard Simmons tapes yet. I wonder what the hold up is. But I did buy a "Pilates for Dummies" tape at K-Mart yesterday so I'll have to check that one out.

Okay, gotta go get the upper body workout done--operation: super arms--hehe! Today is our day for doing stuff for Mom so I'll be going over there later. Her back is still not completely healed and she can't lift heavy things or do bending over, so we do the cat's litter box and pick up the dog doo in the back yard and take out the garbage and stuff like that. I hope you are all doing great on your plans. Get out and enjoy the day, if you can. See ya!

shellybelly on 10/24/2002:
Great job with the exercise! Keep it up! :-) Shelly

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Oct 23, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 162.0

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It's 8am here and the sun is shining, about 65 degrees, going up to 81, so should be another nice day. I'm really enjoying it! Just finished my walk on the treadmill--5 minutes of warm-up, 30 minutes at 3.6mph, and 5 minutes of cool down, so a total of 40 minutes this morning (but I'm sure you figured that out, hee) Already had 40+oz of water too. Next comes the lower body workout, ab crunches and project:fine butt. It's got a long way to go, what I could see of it this morning, haha!

Yesterday was a great day. I did very well on my eating and no eating after 7pm for the 4th day. It's not so very hard for me, I find. I usually watch TV and read during the commercials so I don't have time to think about it. I take my sugar-free Metamucil at 8pm so that fills me up too. That doesn't count as eating, does it? No, I say!! I was out running around most of the day too, went to the doc and did some shopping. So all around, a fine day! And I feel GREAT!! Here's to another just like it.

Wow, it's so nice to see some of the "oldsters" back here again. I just love that. Although I haven't had time to read everyone or comment. Has anyone talked to Pastagal? I sure miss her and hope she's doing okay. Also, JellyBelly, if you're out there, come back! I feel like I've been here forever--2 1/2 years now. I don't know what I'd do without the DD, you're all so great.

Okay, must get busy now, I'm all cooled down and starting to get cold, haha. Have a great day! And remember--a body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body at rest tends to stay at rest--so get out there and MOVE!! See ya!

kyrin on 10/23/2002:
Hey, Soonie! You've been humming right along and getting things done. Oh, ye-ah! Way to go on stretching out the workout.

I miss Pasta too...I e-mailed her, but haven't gotten an answer.

Per your instructions, I'm m-o-v-i-n-g. Heh-eh-eh!



prin on 10/23/2002:
SUN - Im jealous I woke up to Snow!!!!!!!!!!!! You sound so motivated and reading your entries really motivated me...thanks I needed that....Keep up the good work and the eating past 7 idea is a really good one....I always sleep better if I do not eat after 7.....Enjoy some sun for me. Signed NH girl (he he he)

Soon2BThin - Tuesday Oct 22, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 162.0

Good morning! This will be quick, I still need to get to the weights yet. Just finished my 30 minutes on the treadmill. I do 2 minutes of warm up, 30 minutes at 3.4mph and 2 minutes of cool down, so it's a total of 34 minutes actually. Then I do about 5 minutes of stretching. And here I am. I've got a busy day today so I must get at it.

Sunflowers, I should be getting the Richard Simmons tapes this week, I can't wait to try them. They are Sweatin' to the Oldies 1,2 and 3. Should be fun except I'm kind of a clutz when it comes to aerobics, haha.

Biscotti, I'm not doing so well with the appetite ogre either. At least, I'm doing the exercise and getting all the water. We'll get to those 150's, you'll see.

Okay, must go! Have a great day! See ya!

inmorning on 10/22/2002:
I don't see the 150's as too far away from where you are now. You are doing great.

MichelleP on 10/22/2002:
Hi Soon,

Sounds like you are doing great with all the exercise! YOU GO GIRL!!!!

The water is great as well! Keep it up small steps lead to large leaps!

eighty-five on 10/23/2002:
Thanks for the welcome! "Off Track" has a funny ring to it for me, because I have spent so much time off track that not dieting for me should really be "on track" behavior. If this is true, it's great to be "off track" again, or at least on a different track.

What I have learned this time around has been from therapy, not from dieting. The cycle of start and stop dieting hasn't been so educational for me, any more than banging my head against a wall. You sound very positive and motivated. There's a lot of practical good advice out there- drinking water is a great thing, it's a great way to demonstrate self love and self care. I am going to get my water intake up today. Take care.

Soon2BThin - Monday Oct 21, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 162.0

I'm going the wrong waaaaaay! Heh, that always makes me think of that movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" if you remember it. Anyways.....you can see I had a bad week. But I'm doing good so far this week, hahaha! Just finished a 30 minute walk on the treadmill. I should be getting those Richard Simmons videos that I won on Ebay last week. I can't wait, something new to try. Also needed to add one more thing to my list of goals for the rest of the month---no eating after 7pm. So far the last 2 days I've kept that one up. Okay, must go do the ab crunches now. Have a great day! See ya!

Grayjay on 10/21/2002:
Hi, I had a leader at Weight Watchers that told me a half a pound was the same as staying the same... I like to pretend that it's only true if it's the wrong way. :)) The fact remains that if you go to the bathroom you may be down... or you may just have had a bit too much salt yesterday. Sometimes the body just needs to adjust to the changes it's gone through. The important thing is to keep focusing on going forward. You can do this.

kyrin on 10/21/2002:
Hey, Soonie! I see that you've recommitted with an end-of-the-month push! Woo-Hoo! I've got 12 days to go with this WW commitment to jump-start my scale. I didn't think that I would be having as much fun as I am. I find myself smiling and looking for ways to bank those points. LOL



Sunflowers on 10/21/2002:
A half-pound gain isn't anything to worry about. As GrayJay said, it could just be water - or even clothes, jewelry, etc.

And if you keep up on that treadmill and do those Simmons videos, you'll see that half-pound disappear - and more!

Which Simmons' videos did you win? He can be quite the motivator. I have two of his exercise tapes - Disco Sweat DVD and Silver Foxes VHS. But since I started Curves, I don't use them anymore.

Have a great week!

Soon2BThin - Saturday Oct 19, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 161.5

I'm ba-a-ack! Guess I wasn't missed. Anyhoo..... I took a few days off from life, I guess. I had some minor female problems but that's all taken care of now. I slept a lot and didn't do much else. Good ole gynie doc straightened everything out. Nuff said!

I've done a lot of thinking--again--and I feel kind of renewed. I've tweaked my plan and realize I was just kidding myself about the "day off" thing. Can't be done, at least, not by me. I feel like I have to fit as much junk in on that day off as I possibly can and that ain't good. So no more day off. Also, I'm not going to really count the points, just eat the good things that I should and have portion control. I find that when I count the points, I try to fit in the maximum everyday plus the exercise points and that leaves me eating way too much in the evening. No more. I'm also going to notice more if I'm eating when I'm really hungry and not just because it's time for a meal or a snack. I'm going to cut back on the bread, the sugar and so-called "legal" junk food, you know, the Wow chips and fat free cookies, like that. I'm going to start setting small goals every month too. And modify my exercise. I think when I was trying to do so much, I really had to force myself to do it. Now I'm going for 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and weight-lifting, specifically, the exercises in the Bob Greene book "Get with the Program". Heck, I didn't even know there were illustrated exercises in there until yesterday when I saw him on Oprah's show. I've had the book for months and haven't read it yet! I'm glad I didn't miss that show. Did you see the 40 year old lady who's on her 9th pregnancy and looks like a teenager?! Shame on me, if she can do it, I sure can. They said it's never too late to start. And I've been reading a new web-site (well, new to me) at http://bozoette.diary-x.com She is so inspiring! I've only read up to July of this year but she's doing so great, check it out if you like that kind of thing. And her journal is still going on today!

So I know I seem all fired up and I've been there before but I just keep on a-learning, it seems. I'm NEVER giving up on this, I just keep taking too many detours, heh! Here's my short-time small goal for the end of this month: >get into the 150's, finally >eat right, with no cheating AT ALL >exercise EVERY day, at least, the 30 minutes of cardio plus the weights >drink at least 96 oz of water every day

Did I leave anything out? So that's a start anyway. Hey, I kinda like the idea of setting a goal and having it down in writing. This is gonna work! I know there are only--what?--12 days left in the month? So this is very do-able, right? Then I will set new goals for next month. Okay, enough rambling. Take care and hope you're having a great weekend. See ya!

inmorning on 10/19/2002:
Glad to see you are making goals and doing well. Take care and best wishes to ya.

Soon2BThin - Tuesday Oct 15, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 161.5

Good morning! I just finished a 40 minute walk on the treadmill. Not much but I really didn't even want to do any at all! I just feel very "blah" this morning and still crampy so I don't think I'll be doing the ab crunches this morning. I'll be glad when this is over. Yesterday was a total disaster--Denny's, Sonic and whatever I could find in the house that I usually deny myself. It could have been worse, at least I didn't eat to such a degree as to make myself totally nauseous (been there, done that!) And without any exercise I've probably put back on another couple of pounds, at least, that's what DH kept telling me all day. He was there when I got on the scale yesterday, bad mistake, and I feel like he's judging me by that number, you know, as it seems everyone does. Oh, well, I've shrugged that off and it's a new day, right? So I promise to get back with it and do really great today.

Got a question about the group chat---yesterday I was there, waiting for someone to come in and doing some other reading while I waited. Another small window came up with Bandmom trying to communicate with me but I didn't know what to do there. I tried but I guess I was doing something wrong. Before when I was there, that window didn't come up like that. Sorry Bandmom, I hope you didn't think I was snubbing you. And also, why do all the e-mails between 2 people go out to everyone on the list? I feel like I'm eavesdropping when I read them. And why is no one ever there when I check in, hahaha?!

Gosh, I sure hope PastaGal is doing okay. I miss her. I know her son was in a serious accident and I hope he's doing better now. My heart goes out to her and her family. If you're out there, Pasta, drop us a line, okay? We love you.

Okay, gonna go get my shower now and just take it kinda easy today. My belly hurts!!!Ouch! I hope you all have a great day. I'll be back later to read and comment.

kyrin on 10/15/2002:

Re: the chat. Not sure why you and BAndmom didn't connect. We did okay last week.

Re: If you are replying to an e-mail from a group member, check the "from" address. For group e-mails, the reply will automatically go to the group unless you put just the person's email in the "To:" heading and take the group's address out.

I'm sorry that you were in there all alone last night. I didn't set up a chat time for last night becuase I knew that I wouldn't be able to be there. But, ya know, we could take turns hosting the chat room. ...We do need to set up another chat time for this week/weekend. I know that some of the group have commitments on Wednesday and Thursday evenings ...and Friday is "date night." Any suggestions?

I hope that you're feeling less crampy and more like your old self soon. {grins} And tell hubby that it's not the scale number that counts. It's how you fill out those slacks. LOL




BandMom on 10/16/2002:
Soonie you are ok,It took me a while to work out all things about im. Oh I talked to pastagal and she is ok just busy taking of her son. she said something about they are going to try to get him up to walking again. She miss all of us and she said she will be back. hugs and smiles. Bandmom

Soon2BThin - Monday Oct 14, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 161.5

My dear DD friends, what am I to do?! Up a pound this week. Okay, I've gone over all the excuses in my head of why this could be. Here's what I came up with----TOM is here, that's number one, I only exercised 4 out of 7 days, I only stayed within my points 5 out of 7 days and last, but not least, that !@#$% scale monster is a big creep! I'm asking myself, is this Monday off thing sabotaging my weight-loss? Did I really do that badly? A little voice is telling me "yes, you just didn't do well enough" but I'm trying not to listen to it. I'm reminding myself of all the exercise I did on the days I did exercise and all the things I wanted to eat that I didn't and all the times I felt hungry and stayed out of the kitchen. Don't I get something for this?! Or is it just that old scale monster thing? Should I just not listen to it this week and hope next week is better? This is your chance to let me have it, okay? Put your 2 cents worth in and tell me honestly what you think, please. Oh, and I'm still going to have my free day today. You're probably thinking "WHY???" after I've had such a fiasco at weight-in this week but, let's just say, I'm a very stubborn Soonie, okay? I just keep thinking "this has got to work". So DH and I are heading out to Denny's for brekky, I'm taking this day off. Oh, and yesterday I did stay within my points but never did get any exercise except for the usual moving around the house and doing some laundry. And I did have 96 oz. of water, maybe it just didn't all come back out yet, heh. So please give me some feedback, okay, say whatever you really think, I can take it, hahaha! Talk to you tomorrow, have a great day!

kyrin on 10/14/2002:
Hooray, Soonie! Enjoy your day off! It sounds as if, overall, you really had a good week. Don't let the scale monster discourage you. Persevere in your quest. Eventually the scale and tape measure will catch up with the efforts.



SoccerMom on 10/14/2002:
I have come to the conclusion that the scale is NOT a good judge of how I'm doing. I try to step on that contraption as seldom as possible. To determine how well I'm doing, it just make sure I'm eating correctly and am working out several days each week, and then make sure my clothes are getting looser (not tighter). If I have any doubts after all that, I check the scale. So far, I've done a <i>marvelous</i> job of maintaining for a year and a half, and I'm attempting to start losing again...haha.

So, take your day off, but remember that a day off doesn't mean for you to cram in as many empty calories as possible!! Still eat healthy things, and drink that water. Enjoy your Monday!

Soon2BThin - Sunday Oct 13, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 160.5

Good morning, everyone! Although, for most of you, it's afternoon. It's 9:30am here and here's what's going on---I didn't get up to exercise this morning--but wait--I think I have a pretty good excuse (or 2 or 3). For one thing, we didn't get home last night til almost midnight from the picnic (which wasn't much of a picnic, but I'll tell you about that later) and I woke up with TOM this morning, sheesh. So not only am I tired and grouchy, I'm CRAMPY!! I may get ambitious later and do something though, who knows? And since tomorrow is weigh-day, I'm going to drink lots of water today and try to stay really low on my points.

Well, yesterday---the "picnic" turned out to be at Old Tucson, as I said, but I'd never been there. Turns out, Old Tucson is kinda like an amusement park, with lots of old-western type buildings and some rides, also some goofy shows put on at some of the buildings. Anyways, we got in for only $5 each and that included a ticket for a meal. There wasn't much choice with the meal, either BarBQ beef sandwich or BarBQ chicken sandwich, I chose the beef cause the chicken didn't look so good (big, big sandwich) along with some potato salad and BarBQ beans. The potato salad was awful, I ate a little of the beans and not even half my sandwich!! with Diet Pepsi. So I was patting myself on the back all night for that, haha. We saw a few shows (really goofy) and about 10:30, got back on the bus to take us back to the hospital parking lot where we had parked the car (which took 45 minutes) So that was it--we were home a little before midnight. And for us "old" folks, that's really late. Haven't been up that late in a looooong time! Then I was up at 7:30 this morning, DH waking me up. Thus, my feeling so blah this morning (along with that TOM). I know, I know, excuses, excuses! But that's the way the cookie crumbles (mmmmm, cookie!) Oh, and we did do a lot of walking around the park last night so that should count for something. And all that walking I did at the mall yesterday too. My tootsies were so sore last night!

So I didn't do so well yesterday on the challenge, although, when I looked up the points I had, it didn't turn out that I had more than my allowance, so that part was good. But with all the running around I did all day, I only had 72 oz. of water, so I didn't make that part of the challenge. The exercise part was good, the 50 minute walk with DH and the 100 ab crunches, which take me about 15 minutes to do, and all the other walking I did all day, so I'm happy with that. Just needed to fit in more water though. Oh, well.

Today I should be pretty busy--doing laundry, I have some shows I taped this week to be watched, I'm reading a good Stephen King book and there's always DD entries to read (didn't get to that at all yesterday) and I need to make some CD's. I may do a little exercise later and then, I may just take a nap instead, don't know yet. Okay, this has run on long enough, hope you're not too bored. Going to have a little breakfast now and watch the rest of NYPD Blue that I taped this week. (Yes, I watch TV while I eat every meal, a big no-no, so what?) You all have a great rest-of-the-day, okay? Buh-bye!

prism on 10/13/2002:
Sometimes you just need to take it easy, especially if you had a big day yesterday. You've been working pretty hard, so enjoy your day. Maybe take that nap after all. Sometimes I do that and then I'm all energized later in the day and end up exercising later on.

kyrin on 10/13/2002:
Well, pooh, Soonie! We both fell down a bit on the challenge, but we did the best we could at the time. You did well with your water and got plenty of walking done. Sounds all good to me. {grins}

And the nap sounds good for today too. You enjoy the rest of your Sunday.



Baylee on 10/13/2002:
Hi Soonie, Thanks for the quick reply. I guess I'll have to get a CD burner and burn my own CD's. I have a lot of the old time rock-n-roll, and some country, and a little of just about everything, but I need to get a head set that plays CD's. The only kind I have play tapes, of which I have lots of oldies too. Can't wait till they figure out what's going on with this hip/groin thing. Hey! Yaayy! for you for tossing the bar-b-que foods! You're also feeling bloaty from your period most likely. Good luck with your weigh-in! See ya later! Thanks again! Baylee

restellastarr on 10/13/2002:
WOW!!! You did some stuff and I see came home only to sleep and get up again and do a whole lot more! Thank you for your note today :) I always love to hear from you and I always am checking up on your entries...... About the dumplings...... I feel kind of guilty because the whole "revised" recipe for me isn't much of a struggle at all. For some reason that God alone knows........ I, who eat and love nearly everything, do not like dumplings. What a break, huh? :) Hope that your sore feets are getting rested today with all else that you had to do........ See you tomorrow!

Soon2BThin - Saturday Oct 12, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 160.5

Good morning, everyone! Happy Saturday to you all! I just got back from a nice 50 minute walk with the DH. It's a beautiful morning here, about 65 degrees at 8am and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Going up to 88 today. Well, that's the weather report, heh. I had a good day yesterday for the first day of Kyrin's weekend challenge. I consumed 22 points, did 60 minutes of walking on the treadmill, 20 minutes of Yoga for Dummies tape, drank 112 oz of water, got between 7 and 8 hours of sleep and I commented on ALL the entries that were here before 2pmEDT. How's that? And I hope to do just as well today but I don't think I will have time to comment as much. After I get finished here, I have to do my 100 ab crunches, take a shower and then it's off to the mall. I have to stop and pick up some diet Coke for my Mom too. I have a couple things to take back to Sear's and they gave me a $5 coupon to use only today when I bought some stuff the other day. So of course I have to shop, right? I usually don't go out on Saturday but I feel adventurous today, hehe. Then later this afternoon we're going to a hospital picnic thing (my sister works for the hospital) at Old Tucson. We've never been there so it should be fun. I will be good with the eating, I promise. So that's my day. I hope you all have a good one, okay? Take care and remember---Success is never final...Failure is never fatal....It's the courage to continue that counts---Getting2Goal.com

Baylee on 10/12/2002:
Hi Soonie! I'm kind of slow getting back to some of you, but, I will get here eventually. :0) I see you spend a lot of time on the treadmill. I bought one a little over a year ago, and at first I liked it, but, it seems like a half hour on that thing is a lifetime! I have a tv right in front of it to try to distract my attention from the time, but,it STILL seems to be much harder than walking on the sidewalks or on the ground. I suppose it's because when I'm outdoors walking, I'm moving over the ground, and your natural walking speeds vary, whereas on a treadmill, the ground is moving under you and always at a very steady pace. Got any tricks to make it easier or at least to SEEM easier? I know a treadmill is one of the best things for your heart. That came from a cardiologist, so I'd like to make it something I don't mind doing when I can't get outdoors. I also have a hip/groin pain going on for a long time now, and that may have something to do with my holding back. I also see you work out with hand weights. Now, that's something I enjoy doing. I don't do anything fantastic, just like to do several sets once or twice a day. I had slacked off on that when I slacked off on my foods plan, but, today started again. Funny how these things go hand in hand, isn't it?

Thanks for coming to my journal! See you again soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

MichelleP on 10/12/2002:

Way to go on your weekend challenge!!! You are doing great! LOL I love that any excuse to shop. I hope you had a great time at your picnic, those things are so much fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Soon2BThin - Friday Oct 11, 2002
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 160.5

Good morning! This will be short, I still have to do my workout on the treadmill. I just got back from Super Wal-Mart doing my weekly grocery shopping. It's 8:10am so I'm running later than usual. And I'm hungry already! But I will do my walking first then do my arm exercises and then breakfast. I never did get to do any exercise yesterday, unless you count doing my Mom's grocery shopping and dusting the tables and shelves in her living room. Then last night, I had a short-lived binge, which put me about 9 or 10 points over for me for the day, grrrrr! Oh, well, I'll just go on from here. Today will be a better day. Hope you all have a good one.

pinkuspettuty on 10/11/2002:
Good motivation on the exercise. I just got back from exercise myself and t makes for a much better day!! Take care. Pink

restellastarr on 10/11/2002:
Morning Soonie,

Good for you, just making that decision to "go on from here" after a little misstep. That's the spirit! That is really something that can't be mentioned enough and you were good to be a reminder of that. I hope that the rest of your day is good. I don't know much about Weight Watchers, but I seem to remember that you used to have something like a "Lifetime Member" status? Having to do with not paying at the meeting if you stayed at a certain weight? Is that still a happening thing?

kyrin on 10/11/2002:
Having a buddy along for the challenge will be fun! You're way ahead of me with the water though...time for me to catch up.

Have a nice night, Soonie!

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