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Soon2BThin - Sunday Aug 12, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 155.0

Hey, DD friends, how's it going? I'm doing fine today. I slept in till almost 7:30 this morning cause we stayed up last night playing cards with Larry & Sally (BIL & sister). We had a really good time. Anyways, I got up this morning & walked for 3 miles on the treadmill. When I first got up I didn't feel very well, just a sinus headache, I guess. But by the time I finished the 3 miles I felt a lot better. So that's what exercise can do for you, besides helping you lose weight. Glad I got up & did it. The diet the last couple of days hasn't been quite as good as I would like it to be, but I'm doing lots better today. I didn't change the weight listed to the left cause I'm just going to weigh-in on Fridays now. We'll see how that plan goes. Maybe then I can see a constant losing streak.

Well, the weather here is hot today, about 97 with the sun shining. Maybe I'll get in the pool today, haven't been in it since last weekend. We're just hanging out today, hubby's watching some ball game or other on TV & here I am. It's 1:30pm so I'm on here kinda later than usual. I hope you're all doing well & enjoying your weekend. Gonna go check up on y'all now. Take care & thanks for listening.

Soon2BThin - Saturday Aug 11, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 155.0

Happy Saturday, everybody! Hope you're all having a good day so far. It's almost noon here & I got up at 5:30 this morning for our walk. We walked for over an hour so I'm sure it was a good 3 miles at least. Showered, had breakfast & took a short nap. My sister called & woke me up at 10:15 but that was okay, I'd already slept for an hour. That's part of why I wanted to move here, so my sisters & I could see or talk to each other everyday, the way sisters are supposed to. I really missed that, living so far away. And the BBQ we had yesterday was great, the whole family was here. After dinner, we sat out on the patio & talked while my husband & BIL played in the pool. It was fairly cool by then & pleasant.

It's really hot here today, about 100 already, & this is the time of year when we have more humidity, the monsoon season they call it. It should end the end of this month or so. Then, in about October, the weather should be really nice. I'm sooooo glad I don't have to go through another winter back east, I hated them!

Anyways, I didn't get out of here yesterday till 12:15. The mattress guys said they'd be here between 10 & 12, wouldn't you know, they showed up at 2 minutes to 12. I did all my errands at all the stores & didn't get back home until 4:15. Then I had a little snack, I didn't eat lunch, I only had a granola bar with me & some water, then I got the baked beans in the oven for the BBQ. I bought potato salad cause I didn't have time to make it & we grilled hamburgers & chicken. Kroger has a great southern style potato salad (although they are called Fry's around here, the store, I mean) that I like even better than the stuff I make. Anyway, it was all good & I didn't over-do it. And NO DESSERT! But now I have lots of leftover potato salad that will be calling out my name until it's all gone ;(

I was driving past a Red Lobster restaurant yesterday & thought, "Mmmmmm, I would love to go eat there soon" but then, I thought, it will still be there after I lose all the weight & then I can go & not worry about gaining as long as I eat right the rest of the time. I should be able to do that then & still maintain my loss, right? Almost like "normal" people, hahaha. So until then I'm going to abstain from eating the garlic rolls at Red Lobster & other such foods until this process is over. And I'll have that to look forward to. I'm not saying I'll just go "hog wild" then, I know I'll still have to watch what I eat most of the time but it will be okay to do that once in awhile. You know what I mean?

Okay, enough about food! I'm just going to keep thinking about that Hawaiian trip next May & how good I'm going to look & feel (for an old woman, anyway). I've just got to lose at least 20 pounds by then. I know this doesn't sound too difficult to do, but if you see how I've done in the past, you know I'm not real good at this. But I'm determined to do it.

Gonna go spend the rest of the day checking up on you all here. It takes me hours to get caught up. But I really enjoy seeing how everyone is doing. You all have a good weekend. Thanks for listening.

stellastarr on 08/11/2001:
You sound pretty wonderful today! You have reminded me of my own monsoon days and the thrill of them and the horror! Two DAYS into the Phoenix living and our front yard tree split in two and crashed! I worked outside of the city proper and the flash floods were especially exciting because we would be excused from work early to get across the bridges. No matter how many years the Army Corps of Engineers worked there, it remained a fact that they were working on sand and therefore, it could not "absorb" and would just fall apart. Still, I remember it somehow as "fun"??? What's up with that?! AND, I am so envious of you having May and a trip to Hawaii as motivation :) I have lived in Hawaii also and I am in love with the cooking styles there :) (what's new?). Lomi lomi salmon and chilcken long rice and everything Japanese and Chinese duck and the wonderful fresh pineapple slush. Did you know that "snowcones" were invented in Hawaii? I had a yard with hundreds of orchids (most did). Coconut palms, and we would stack them up in a corner of the lanai and all grab one to eat for a tv snack. Oooh, fresh coconut ice cream! Walking in the evenings with the heavenly scent of the plumeria blossoms, walking downtown enjoying the scent of the Hawaiian sweet bread coming from the bakeries... Thank you for taking me back there :) I hope that this day is just wonderful for you. See you later, Soonie Love, Stella

Maria7 on 08/12/2001:
Don't feel bad....I am also up over what I was down to. We can work on this together! Have a great day! (this was written Sunday). Love, Maria

Soon2BThin - Friday Aug 10, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 154.5

Soon2BThin - Friday Aug 10, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 155.0

Good morning, DD buddies!! It's almost 11am here & I'm off to a good start for the day. Got up early (I always do anyway, haha), woke up the hubster & took him for a walk outside for about 50 minutes. I know this had to be at least 2.5 miles so that was good. I have a pedometer but it said only 2.17 miles & I know that can't be right. Anyways--then I did my ab crunches & free weights. Oh, it was cloudy & about 75 degrees with high humidity in case you wanted a weather report, haha. Took my shower & ate a nice breakfast of oatmeal, toast, green tea & strawberries (6 points). In case you didn't notice, I changed my weight above & that is my "uh, oh, time to really panic" weight. I am no longer maintaining, DUH! If you knew what all I ate the last couple of days you'd faint dead away, haha. But, no more, I surrender, I'm back on program, darnit. I've just got to start getting some more weight off--NOW! I think even my clothes are starting to get a little snug :<( I'm now a new, smarter Soonie, okay? (Raising right hand) I solemnly swear to eat right & exercise everyday for the next week (except Tuesday, I have an early doc's app.) I thought if I put it here, I'd be more apt to stick to it. I've already given myself a swift kick in the pants, so you can save that for someone else, haha.

Well, as soon as the guys deliver my hubs new mattress, I'll be off to the mall to return some stuff I bought earlier this week, then on to Target for same, & then to Wal-Mart for same. (Hey, I bought some things I didn't really need after all, okay?!) I also need to pick up a few things, then to grocery for some stuff for this evening--we're going to BBQ with the family at our house & maybe watch a movie or play cards. My other brother goes back to Phoenix tomorrow so thought we'd have a little get-together.

So, okay, I'm going to be very busy all day. Whatcha all going to do today? Keep moving, drink that water, & watch out for the goodies, they'll be calling your name but just don't pay any attention, okay? That's what I'm going to do, I swear! Hope you all have a great day. Thanks for all your kind comments & thanks for listening.

stellastarr on 08/10/2001:
Soonie, Thank for your encouraging talk with me in "comments"! You are such a sweet friend. I am glad that you trusted us with you weight :) And, I am so feeling that this place is for us to record and share. Not, chastise each other or hold back when we are drawn to speak. Always it is possible that our problems are held in another's heart as theirs.... and that they may feel alone with their struggle. I like to tell my story for better or worse and then just trust everybody. I am helped somehow to know of another's stumbling block. I am SICK to death that Pinkus is hiatusing us. I just love her and for many reasons feel kinship with her. I totally want her to be where SHE needs to be, don't mistake that. But I don't want to lose any of us because we are not "with it", dietwise. Your know? Having said that, I also have to say that there is a certain thing that Pink made me feel when she described herself as a "non dieting woman". I realized a revised definition of myself and learned a new thing. I want to try harder for some reason because she was brave enough to write those words to us. I hope that you are just having as easy time of it as you possibly can today. I think of you. Your friend

pastagal on 08/10/2001:
YOU CAN DO IT <<YOU CAN DO IT:}}} Just stay focused and take it slow ok ONE DAY AT A TIME,,your food sounded good for today:}}MMM,,,oh you asked how my mother in law is,,,she is pretty much the same,just lays there and sleeps most of the day,,,her body is starting to draw up in a fetal position alittle bit,,that bothers me,,makes it hard to move her,,,but its part of her situation and something i know will just get worse and not get better,,thank you for asking about her,,:}} Have yourself a great weekend ok,,sounds like you have a nice one planned,,,take care soonie:}}

Soon2BThin - Thursday Aug 09, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 154.5

Well, well, good morning, everyone! I'm way, way off program this week, but all is not lost--yet. I'm having a REAL junk food day today. Already went out & got breakfast at McD's, then in the grocery store for some donuts & Fritos & Coke. Only bought enough to last through today, then, tomorrow---it's back to the program!! I PROMISE! I don't know what's happened to me lately, maybe the stress (NO EXCUSES,PLEASE) but it's time to get back with it, I know. I'm just here to confess, sorry if this brings anyone down. I know I'm not much of an example to anyone lately. So do as I say, not as I do, hahaha. Even though tomorrow is Friday, not the proverbial Monday, I plan on starting over---AGAIN. Gawd, how many times have I said this?!

Well, the funeral yesterday went well, if you can say that about a funeral. So sad for us all, but we made it through. We have a lot of great memories of our dear Dan which we'll cherish forever. So life goes on.

Gonna go read me some inspirational entries here now. Thanks for all the kind comments. I hope you all have a great day. Thanks for listening. (BTW, it's 10am here now, just thought I'd let you know that, don't know why, haha) PS. If anyone has a problem with what I write here, meaning the bad habits, please, let me know. I'm not sure of the protocol here with this. I'll let you know how I do tomorrow. I promise to get better. Honest.

CharlieAngel on 08/09/2001:
Well, Weight Watchers does advertise that you can eat anything on their program. Count up the points anyway....you may be surprised and while you are having a junk food day....this may be a good way to get past the cravings....but if you can....do some EXERCISE!!! Even if you just put on MTV or CMT and Dance your butt off!!!! Have a good day! Charlotte

autumn on 08/09/2001:
who are you promising - us or yourself? it is all about you.

Maria7 on 08/09/2001:
You are DEFINITELY excused with all you are going through...we know you'll get back on track. Love, Maria

pastagal on 08/09/2001:
Hey there lady,,,:{{ i feel so bad for missing your entry about your brother,,,i just want to send you a huge hug and tell you how sorry i am for your loss;{{ As for eating junk food today,,hey,,if that helps you to deal with your greiving ,then so be it,,you can always start fresh in a day or two,,,and we know you have it in you to lose the weight you want,,just sometimes things happen that get in our way,and this is one of those,,,just take care of yourself and know that he is in a much better place now,so young to have something so tragic happen,,but seems god has a plan for all of us,thats why we all need to cherish each day and live each day to the fullest:}} Have a good day soonie:}}}

SoccerMom on 08/09/2001:
Aw, hon, I'm so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. I'll be remembering you in my prayers.

muggg on 08/09/2001:
I'm so sorry about your baby brother... I lost a brother when he was 20 to a car accident. He died of a broken neck and severed spinal cord after 27 hours in intensive care. How I prayed for him to live.. I would do anything.. so I understand how sad it is but that you didn't want him to suffer anymore.

My prayers are with you and I hope that very soon the sadness is replaced by wonderful good memories of your brother.

Love, Muggg

Rader on 08/10/2001:
Thanks for your comment. I am 6' 5", so that is pretty tall. I'm shooting for 200 pounds goal, which is quite skinny if I remember correctly. (actually I remember quite clearly and fondly :)

Soon2BThin - Monday Aug 06, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 152.5

Hey, there, how's it going? I guess I'm really slipping up here lately, been a week since I made an entry. I'm keeping really busy around here, lots to do. At least my weight isn't increasing much, I have good days & bad days. I just found out today that my sister & BIL want us to go with them on a Hawaiian cruise next May. Is that incentive or what?! Think I could lose about 20 pounds by then? I'd better get with it then, huh?

This week has been hectic so far. My baby brother passed away on Saturday morning. He'd just turned 40 last month. It wasn't unexpected, he'd been in a nursing home for the past 5 years & bedridden for the past 2 years. Recently he developed problems with his digestion (fed through a feeding tube) & was aspirating his food, so it was decided to stop his feedings completely & let him go. He lasted 4 more weeks because they were still giving him medications with water, this helped him to survive. They stopped the water & 3 days later it was over. It's a long story how he got to this point, it started 15 years ago when he was hit by a car when he was riding his bike. He had sustained severe head injuries & was never the same. So it's all very hard on us right now, the funeral is Wednesday. I'm just glad we moved here so I can be a help to my mother. All that keeps us going is the thought that he's better off now. I like to believe that he's in a more wonderful place & happy again.

So we'll get through this & life goes on, of course. Sorry to bring you all down, I just had to get it off my chest. And I do feel like you are all my friends here. Thanks for listening.

RareDiamond on 08/06/2001:
Sorry about your lost...We are hear for you.

Digit on 08/07/2001:
Sorry to hear about your loss. Kinda puts things into perspective doesn't it.

stellastarr on 08/07/2001:
Soonie, I am thinking of you and the sadness and angst that is yours and your family's with your brother's death. I too believe that he is in a better place. We are all so fragile and even an "unexpected" passing is somehow shattering on many levels. Please know that I am thinking of you all and that I am wanting this transition time to be the easiest that is possible. Please take good care of yourself and know how very valuable you are to your friends. Love, Connie

Soon2BThin - Monday Jul 30, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 151.5

I don't have much time here today, I just wanted to give you all the URL for the great ab workout page I found---www.virtualfitnesstrainer.com--click on Health & Fitness Articles, then on Abdominals-The Truth on How to Achieve a Toned Tummy and Slim Waisteline. You don't have to be a member to do this either.

I'm still going up & down with the weight, just not serious enough to lose. I'm keeping up the exercise & water, except for today, no exercise & not enough water, but I did well over the weekend. Go figure! Going to go check up on y'all now for my daily portion of inspiration. Thanks for listening.

srchng4sknny on 07/31/2001:
Thank you for reading my diary and commenting! I enjoy hearing from all of you. I'm going to check out that website, it sounds great. Thanks for the tip!

Soon2BThin - Saturday Jul 28, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 152.5

Hey, everybody, what's up? I've been slacking on the diary here lately. Been so busy with other things, ya know. I still haven't got the weight down where I want it but at least it's not way up there. I'm still working on it though. Not perfect. I started out today with 4 miles of walking on the treadmill & the eating is going excellent so far. I plan on having a really good day of it. I bought a protein supplement powder yesterday at Wal-Mart but haven't tried it yet. I read that if I want to build those muscles I need to get enough protein. My arms are looking more toned but still a lot of work to do. I found a great page about ab workouts & such & gave the url to buddy here but she couldn't get it to come up. Can anyone tell me how I could put a link to it here? Never done that kind of thing before. And also a good site that shows you the different muscles & where they are & how to exercise them.

I plan to get out in the pool for a little exercise this afternoon (it's only noon here right now) & sun, my tan is fading fast. Usually by the time I get out there, it clouds up & storms.

So I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. Even though I haven't been making entries I've been checking up on you all sometimes. Take care & thanks for listening.

halley on 07/28/2001:
$ miles on the treadmill sounds like a great way to start the day. I had a terrible workout, but it may be my body saying it's time to rest!

stellastarr on 07/28/2001:
Thanks for continuing to check on us!! I have missed you, Soonie! I am anxious to see the page(s) on the muscles, because I know little about such things, but wish to learn! I hate to have these arms that continue to wave goodbye after I have stopped! :) Take care in the sun, little bathing beauty! Love, Connie

Soon2BThin - Saturday Jul 21, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 151.0

Good morning, DDers! I'm back down again but I guess I just can't stand success, I went to McD's for my breakfast ;0( What are we going to do with me?! I promise to go easy for the rest of the day though & drink plenty of water. My hubby was gone to a target range to be tested for his permit to carry a concealed weapon here. Don't know why but when he is gone I take the opportunity to cheat big time. Maybe it won't hurt too much if I'm just careful the rest of the day. And I didn't exercise this morning either after 10 days straight. Oh, well, start over time again tomorrow. I know I probably disgust you all. So that's my story & I'm sticking to it, haha. Hope you're all doing great today. Thanks for listening.

pinkus on 07/21/2001:
No you don't disgust me....we all do stuff like that. Why so hard on yourelf? Be nice, take care, Pink

mylilsista on 07/21/2001:
Hey, stop kicking yourself! We all have days like this. Just so happens that today is your day! While dieting, I always give myself a free day once in a while where I don't have to exercise or watch what I eat that day. I would write that day on the calendar and then each time I was tempted to cheat on my diet, I would just remember that my free day was approaching and I would get to eat whatever item it was that I was lusting after. It worked really well. Forgive yourself and go on...if you don't, you'll eat your way through a guilt trip and will feel ten times worse. We're behind you (hug)!

God Bless!


halley on 07/21/2001:
You made a comment about your weight bouncing up 2-3 pounds after a drop f you cheat. That happens to me also, but its not because you cheat. It normal weight changes. Remember that each pound has 3500 calories, so unless you cheated by eating 7000 calories there is no way it's fat!!!! Let me repeat - There is no way it's fat!!!! Now if your cheating includes high salt then that could increase the effect, but that bouncing is normal......completely normal!!! Don't beat yourself up about it. In fact that's exactly way some people recommend that you only weigh once a week, so that those daily changes don't upset you. Your exercise is great, just keep it up!

Maria7 on 07/26/2001:
Hey there! Thanks for your comments to me....hope you've had a great day today! I went to the mall....:)....got some chicken nuggets and slaw...wanted some of the sweets, but wouldn't allow myself to have any, there were brownies, cinnamon rolls and the like at Chick Filet....now I'm thinking about them, especially the brownies, ha, ha, but was nice to get out and go. Miss reading your entries...today is Thursday. Love, Maria :)

buddy on 07/27/2001:
thanks for looking up that web site for me I appreciate it! But the URL(?) couldn;t find it, so I;m sure I'll find something else. I know about cheating - some days you just can;t seem to stop yourself-we all have those days. Thanks again-

Soon2BThin - Friday Jul 20, 2001
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 153.0

Hey, everybody! I missed a day! But I'm here now. Not doing so well so don't want to bring you all down. I'm back up to 154 (it wouldn't let me change the weight today), going the wrong way again. I'm trying really hard today though. Did my 3 mile walk (10 days in a row now), crunches & free weights. Going to keep the points real low today. I tell ya, I just panic when my weight goes back up this high. It's so hard for me to lose it. I can put on 2 pounds in one day if I only cheat a little & it takes me 3 or 4 days to lose it. Okay, gonna go see how you're all doing today. Take care. Thanks for listening.

muggg on 07/21/2001:
I wonder if you might benefit from altering your diet. Sometimes a change can do wonders! Try the Kensington Way. It is most interesting and easy to do!

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