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Soon2BThin - Sunday Feb 18, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Hellewwwww! Well, yesterday was great! A view of almost 800 red hats filling one large room! Lunch was really nice and we shopped till we dropped, then spent just over an hour in the casino, which paid off nicely! I came home with more than $150 dollars over the amount I took with me. So that more than covered the money I put on my credit card for the Red Hat Lady stuff I bought there. And my ticket to get into the luncheon! Mom came out ahead also. We were playing $1 poker machines, naughty us! I usually am not that extravagant but was feeling wild, lol. And I had a good machine too. I started playing just one dollar at a time but found that the machine was paying off almost every hand so upped the amount to $5 a hand! I felt like a high roller, lol! But it was really fun! The Tom Jones impersonator was kinda cheesy and some of the ladies went a little too wild, throwing underwear at him, but it was all just fun. That's what we're all about, ya know! Oh, and I was good with the eating, only ate a few bites of the fancy cheesecake dessert and about 2/3 of the meal. My only downfall was not drinking enough water for the day, I didn't want to have to run to the loo very often, lol. The only reason we didn't spend more time gambling was that I have a hard time driving after dark so we had to leave there by 5pm. And it was about a half hour's drive to Mom's house from there and then I had to drive another 15 minutes to my house. So we made it in plenty of time before sunset. And if we had stayed, we probably would have lost all our money anyway, lol. So it all worked out.

So on to today. So far, so good. We bowled this morning, the DH and I and BIL. With his brain tumor he is kinda slow and when we tried to help him, it didn't take, but we were just there for the fun and that we had. I wish my sis could have come with us but she had to work. Then after DH and I got home, we took a nice walk for 35 minutes around the neighborhood. It was cloudy, 65 degrees and we wore shorts, can you believe?! Very pleasant! So today is going well. Tomorrow is official weigh-in and I should post a small loss, I hope. Tune in tomorrow!

Okay, hope you're all having a good weekend, it's almost over already. I still have laundry to finish and other things to keep me busy. Did any of you see Oprah on Friday? I'm going to start following that philosophy. I'd like to get that DVD called "The Secret" but it's pretty expensive, as all good things are. So I put a reserve on it from the library, I should be getting it in about 2010, maybe, lol. So you all hold on to those positive thoughts and keep smiling!! Have a great Monday!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

greengirl on 02/18/2007:
sounds like you have had two lovely days. Thats great. I had a good walk in the sunshine today, with my daughter and the little dog we have. It was very enjoyable. Its the small things like that, the sun on your face, that make life worthwhile :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/18/2007:
sounds like you had a fun day!!! yeah, water doesn't always work out so well when there isn't a bathroom a few feet away!

sharklover on 02/18/2007:
Glad to hear the Red Hat Ladies thing went so well! And yay for winning the extra money! Every once in a while gambling really pays off! (haha pun not intended)

Soon2BThin - Saturday Feb 17, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Happy Saturday, everyone! I'm heading out soon to the casino for a Red Hat Ladies convention in the convention center there. We will have a lunch, entertainment by a Tom Jones impersonator, and lots of shopping with vendors selling Red Hat Ladies items. Should be fun. I'll be leaving to pick up Mom soon. Maybe we'll do some gambling afterward. I'm not doing well lately with the food thing and no exercise for awhile. I've been so busy though. Hopefully when things calm down I'll get right back into it. I spent all afternoon the other day, making calls and going to websites to change my credit card info so my bills can be automatically paid with the new account. Not an easy thing to accomplish! For my medical insurance, I have to fill out a new paper so they can bill my credit card, can't just do it over the phone! I still need to call the newspaper too. Tried to change the account number on the Cingular site and it wouldn't let me so had to call a real person to do it. I tell you, I was very frustrated, to say the least. A very stressful day.

Okay, gotta go. Have a great Saturday!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

monet0239 on 02/17/2007:
Have fun darlin.. hope you win some mula.. :).. hugs

sharklover on 02/17/2007:
Well I hope your stressful day is ending with lots of fun at the casino!!

And I hope everything begins to calm down for you, so that you can have a moments rest. Stay strong, sista! :-)

Moody on 02/18/2007:
Have fun at the convention and I hope you win something if you decide to gamble!!! Sounds like fun!

greengirl on 02/18/2007:
Hope you had a good time at the convention :0)

Soon2BThin - Thursday Feb 15, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Hi, gang! Well, I'm really upset right now, it doesn't take much to upset me anymore, lol. I just found out my credit card has been "compromised" and they had to issue a new one for us. Of course, they can't explain what all this means and how it happened. So now I need to change that new number with all the companies that I pay automatically with my credit account! If I can remember which ones are paid with my credit account. Sheesh, I hate credit card companies. At least I was able to talk to a real person, lol. But she was hard to understand and I'm still confused about what has happened. Oh, well, I just have to go with the flow, I guess. That's what I get for having the "convenience" of a credit card. So I've activated the new account card and stopped the old card but can't activate the new account online yet because I guess it's too soon. I wonder if I can still get into the old account online now either. This all makes me very nervous. And I just tried to call the DH to warn him that he can't use the old card now and can't get through to him because he has Cingular and his phone won't work in certain areas around town!! Ain't that a crock?! What if it was an emergency, I guess I'd be out of luck! Boo, Cingular! Okay, I guess that's the end of my rant. Sorry, I just had to vent.

We had bowling this morning and then went to lunch at Red Lobster because we had a gift card left from Christmas. Darn gift cards and coupons!! I ate more than I should have because the jumbo shrimp cocktail appetiser that would have been less calories that I was going to get cost just as much as a whole meal so I got the seafood stuffed flounder with rice and salad and ate 1 1/2 of the yummy biscuits with it!! Drank water and no dessert then came home and ate 2 slices of toast with margarine and jelly and some Keebler club crackers while drinking a Coca Cola Zero and watching my soap that I'd taped. Also had 2 cookies at the bowling alley. So my day is not going well. I should go do some walking on the treadmill but I'm stuffed and tired and mad so I probably won't be doing that. So childish!! I'll just start over tomorrow and hope to have a better day.

Well, I hope your days are going better than mine. I know, things could be worse but like I said, it doesn't take much to upset Soonie's little world. I'll see ya tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

sharklover on 02/15/2007:
Oh no! That really sucks about your credit card. Hopefully everything is sorted out and fine now.

Satrting over tomorrow is a good idea, don't let yourself get too down.

Have a GREAT day tomorrow!

borntocry on 02/16/2007:
Your card got "compromised"? That's rather odd... wonder how it happened?

greengirl on 02/16/2007:
Sorry to hear about your card. Its very worrying. One of my fears is identity theft - its big business in the uk!!! Hope you get it sorted out

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/16/2007:
i've also been having a lot of coke - diet coke - lately. how is the coca cola zero? It's helping me get through the afternoon...but I find I'm miserably hungry due to the excess caffeine later on...as in 4-5 hours after lunch. I know a snack should have been eaten in between, lol.

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Feb 14, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Good morning! Well, yesterday wasn't as good as it should have been. I went over on calories a bit and never did get in the exercise. The luncheon was just as I'd expected, it was fun but the food was too fancy-schmancy and not at all worth the calories. I had a half tuna sandwich with a little salad and one glass of iced tea, all for $20!! Of course that included the tip. The menu said we were supposed to get a cookie with that but it never came. And they never offered to refill my tea. So I think they were over-paid! Oh, I did end up wearing the pretty purple top I'd bought a month ago with my purple pants. The top still fit kinda tight in the upper arms and chest but when I moved my arms, I didn't rip the seams so I said "I'm wearing it!" Everyone just loved it too. Fortunately it wasn't so cold that I would have to wear a jacket over it, the sleeves are 3/4, loose and flowing, so since we weren't going to be outside much, I went without a jacket. So did Mom, her outfit was similar to mine. We took our umbrellas into the restaurant so naturally, it didn't rain at all, lol. I forgot my ruffly purple umbrella too so just used the old black one I keep in the car. Anyways....it was a nice time. I just love getting together with our group of "old" ladies. We'll be going out again on Saturday to some kind of convention that I mentioned yesterday. Fun! We're all about the fun!

Okay, I'm heading out to the mall again today. I need to check out some bras and those purple jackets at the Koret store and whatever else they have. The other day when I was in there, I only looked at the purple clothes, none of the others, so I will look at all the rest that they have. Not that I need anything at all, lol. I may head over to the Goodwill store too just to look around, lol. I'm a bargain-shopping fool, ya know! And it will pass the time and I won't eat so much.

Well, good news, yesterday I booked two more vacations---3 nights in Vegas at the end of this month and 8 nights in Maui in October! I'm pumped! I loves me vacations. You know how us old people are. Time is running out so we have to get it all in now. And actually that's the only time I get to spend quality time with the DH! Lots of long walks, lots of communicating. We've never stayed at our time-share resort in Vegas and it's only a couple of years old so should be nice. We're planning on driving up. I checked with the travel agent and flights to there are running $158 right now!! No way, we're driving. So 2 weeks from yesterday we're off to Vegas. At least when we drive up, we can bring our own food with us. Save money that way.

Okay, I hope you're all having a great Valentine's Day!! DH surprised me with a sweet card and a small box of candy, which I will share with him later. And we're going to grill steaks for dinner. So Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

greengirl on 02/14/2007:
A 3 night break in Vegas sounds wonderful to me. Just what I could do with to chase away the winter blues. There is nowhere like Vegas in the UK unless its Blackpool on a good day (thats a joke for the brits!!!). Make the most of your break and tell us all about it when you get back. Have a lovely Valentine's Day :)

WorkingIt2 on 02/14/2007:
Happy Valentine's Day!

borntocry on 02/15/2007:
Well, that was very sweet of your hubby. I'm surprised he remembered!

Soon2BThin - Tuesday Feb 13, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Good morning!! Yesterday was a very good day! I ate well, had some exercise and drank water all day. And I plan to keep this up. It's funny how sometimes I have that feeling like this will never work and I can't stick with it and then, other times, I feel so positive that I can do this! Hard to explain. It just clicks sometimes, ya know? Like right now, I have such a positive feeling inside and I feel very strong about it all. I'm ready to work hard at it and do the best I can. I have no deadlines for any goals, I'm just going to take it day by day, hour by hour. If I deviate from the plan, I won't go too far. No binging, no being lazy about the exercise. I will JUST DO IT!! But how long this feeling will last is unknown. I hope for a good long time.

I kept really busy yesterday, I think that's the secret to success. I bowled in the morning, then it was after 11:00am and I headed to the mall. I walked all over, looking for purple clothing, found a new store that sells Koret clothing, women's sizes, petites, and regular sizes. Found lots of purple! Tried on 6 items, bought 2. And the prices were good. Since the weather is cooling down some today, only going to 60 degrees, I needed something with long sleeves. Found 2 tops with 3/4 sleeves, that will do, I guess. Not sure which one I will wear. Now that I think of it, I should have bought one of the purple jackets they had. I'll need to go back, although that will be too late for today's thing. Duh! Of course neither of the purple tops matches my purple slacks exactly so I may just have to go with the black slacks. I think I'm still going to try on the other fancy purple top I bought last month to see if it may fit anyway, it probably won't, although I'm down 1.6 pounds from yesterday. We'll see. It's so darn pretty and I'd really like to wear it. Oh, well. At least I do have a fancy red hat that's big and has lots of feathers. And red shoes too. Or I may wear the red and purple shoes, I don't know. And it may rain today too so I will take my purple umbrella! I'll be picking Mom up about 11am. And she's buying my lunch too, lol. Anyway there will be no exercise this morning, I've already showered and washed my hair and it's only 7:30, got up before 6. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. Then Saturday we have a big Red Hat Ladies convention at the casino where we will be served lunch and be entertained and there will be vendors selling Red Hat Lady items, jewelry, clothes, hats, things that every Red Hat Lady needs, lol. Should be fun. Oh, and that other Red Hat Lady group that I have been a sub for their Bunco group, asked me to be a regular member last Saturday so now I'm a member of 2 Red Hat Lady groups! So I shall have lots of fun things going on now. I really enjoy playing the Bunco (a dice game) with them and it's great to get together with ladies around my age. We have a great time and so much in common. So all is quite well in Soonieland!

Okay, I do run on sometimes, don't I? Anyway, things are going well again for me. I'm ready to do all that I can to make this weight loss thing happen now. So I'm sending you all good vibes and lots of strength to fight this battle. Chin up and smile! Have a good one!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

WorkingIt2 on 02/13/2007:
I love those positive days! Have fun with your groups =)

greengirl on 02/13/2007:
Its great when you go through a positive time isnt it. You Red Hat Lady group sounds like fun. Keep up the good work:)

sharklover on 02/13/2007:
Wow, what a great day! It really does help to keep busy, and it sounds like you kept busy with active things, which is doubley helpful.

Hope you ahve fun at your event today!

Soon2BThin - Monday Feb 12, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.0

Woohoo! At least I didn't gain a bunch this week, although that's what I deserved! I have not been doing as well as I did in January but that's all going to change now. I feel like I've been given a reprieve with the weight gain so I'm going to take it and run with it!! I will do better now. Starting right now! I have the bowling in the No-tap thing this morning, then on to some shopping. I need something purple to wear tomorrow for the Red Hat Lady thing. The pretty purple top I bought last month will not fit yet I know. I have not lost the weight I needed to lose. So now I pay for that! I do have some purple slacks and a pretty red hat but I need something to go in between, lol. We're going to a fancy, schmancy place tomorrow and I need something nice. So, shopping today. I know, nothing like waiting till the last minute! I do have a purple sweater I could wear that would probably do but I'm going to go look anyway. At least I have back up.

Okay, I hope you're all doing well. Happy Abraham Lincoln's birthday today! Have a good one!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

sandrella on 02/12/2007:
Good luck finding a top! Shopping is always fun! Have fun at your dinner tomorrow!

borntocry on 02/12/2007:
I was wondering where you were. Have fun at your RHL thing!

Moody on 02/12/2007:
Your Red Hat thing sounds like alot of fun! How often do you guys get together?? Have a great time!

sharklover on 02/12/2007:
Have fun shopping! Especially since you have a backup, it can be fun pleasant shopping, and not stressful shopping.

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Feb 07, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.2

Good morning! Not much to say today. I forgot to mention yesterday that I am staying off the scale until Monday. It's not easy for me but I hate all the ups and downs lately, mostly ups. And I'm sure I'm up again now because I haven't done well the last 2 days. I think I'm rebelling, lol. But that will stop today! I think I'm going to head out to the casino today for a little gambling. I've never driven there before by myself so we'll see how that goes. Don't worry, they have valet parking and I will be safe. Wish me luck with the winning. I would take Mom with me but I know she has a couple appointments today so that's out. So, just me. We have a Red Hat Lady thing there a week from Saturday so I will have to drive then so I thought I'd practice first, by myself. Anyways.....That's it from Soonie, so boring! Have a great day. Oh, at least I did do my 40 minute walk this morning on the treadmill. Now I just need to control the eating. Have a good one!

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/07/2007:
Haha, it's the driving there that you need to practice, not the gambling, right?

Hope you win a ton of cash!

sharklover on 02/07/2007:
Good luck on the gambling! Its so fun sometimes! Have a great Thursday!

Soon2BThin - Tuesday Feb 06, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.2

Okay, I've decided to drop out of the February Challenge! Not because I earned 0 points for yesterday but I just don't like it as much as the January one. It's just not for me. Sorry. I will go on counting calories, water, exercise and all that though. Yesterday I did end up taking myself to lunch at Macayo's and all that did was make me depressed, after the food enjoyment though. I mean, I was practically moaning out loud as I ate!! Lol. As I said yesterday, I don't want to make this a habit. So no more of that. If I want to go out for lunch I will choose Mimi's Cafe for salad or Applebee's for the WW menu.

I'm off to a good start today---just did 40 minutes on the treadmill, 80 ab crunches and some bicep curls with 10 pound weights. I will try to do more later. I have a thing with the Red Hat Ladies this afternoon, a crafty thing, so I will be busy there for a couple of hours. Then I need to go to Super WalMart for some birdie seed and a few other places. Oh, I saw a good movie yesterday, "Derailed" with Clive Owen and Jennifer Anniston. Really goooooood! Okay, you all have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/06/2007:
Hey Soonie,

You are doing SO well to keep up your good work despite the lack of progress on the scale. Keep in mind that it has only been a few days since your illness. You were probably dehydrated and you may still be retaining water. That always happens to me after a half-marathon, and you can imagine how unfair it seems to gain 2-3 pounds after running 13 miles! So hang in there and I promise you, it will be worth it. You will see a big drop when you least expect it.

Tourguidebarbie on 02/06/2007:
Hey good job with the treadmill and crunches and curls! I LOVE Super Walmart... it makes my day... haha Have a great night!

WorkingIt2 on 02/06/2007:
Awww, will miss you in the challenge! But you gotta do what works for you! Keep up the great work!

Soon2BThin - Monday Feb 05, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 164.2

Challenge Points for Feb. 3: 36

I made all the goals for the day! But the scale said I'm up another pound! Even after being sick a few days, even though I've stayed under my calorie goal every day, even though I've drank plenty of water, even though I've gotten back into the exercise, even though I didn't cheat during the SuperBowl, even though I've weighed, measured and counted every bite of food and written it all down every day, my weight just keeps steadily going up!! You know, I knew it wouldn't stay at the low weight I had just after being sick a few days. I expected to see it go back up a little but this is ridiculous!! I keep searching for reasons: yes, I have been eating quite a bit of salt but I've been drinking lots of water and exercising and keeping the calories low. The one thing that I think it may be is that recently I have quit taking the diabetes meds, along with the cholesterol meds and the Nexium. My blood sugar readings have been fine and I read that the med I was on for the diabetes usually causes weight gain. So why, when I have quit taking it, has my weight gone up so much?? I'm sure it has something to do with it but just can't explain it. Okay, rant is over, I'm fine!

I'm thinking maybe I should go back to counting points for WW like I used to. Although the counting calories worked during January. Well, I'm just going to stick with it and keep hoping. As for my exercise yesterday, I just counted the 6 games of bowling I had in the morning, I never got in anything else later, I was too busy. So I hope that's okay.

So I have more bowling this morning. What a boring life, huh? I was thinking of taking myself to Macayo's for lunch again but I don't want to make a habit of that every week and since the weight is up, I'd better not do that. It's going to be a great day---temps up to 78 degrees and sunny!! I hope it's not too bad where ever you are. Have a great Monday!

Oh, forgot to say something positive about myself: let's see, you know how hard this is for me.....even though DH left me to watch the SuperBowl alone, I didn't eat a lot of junk. And earlier I had gone to the grocery for a few things but didn't buy any junk food. How's that? Does that count? Good ole Soonie! Lol

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

greengirl on 02/05/2007:
Sounds like you had a great day Soonie!1 I can believe you have 78 degrees when we are having frost. Life is unfair sometimes LOL. Talking about unfair, I cant believe you are being so good and not getting a result on the scale. It will come soon I'm sure. Good luck with tomorrow :)

Adam on 02/05/2007:
Speaking of meds, a little over a year ago I found out my thyroid wasn't working right so the Dr prescribed Synthroid. One of the effects of an under-working thyroid is weight gain -- which means a "side effect" of getting n thyroid medication is a weight loss. Uh-uh, not for me! I kept waiting for the "more energy" and "weight loss" that the Dr talked about and it never came! That was really depressing. =:)

Even though you didn't see a loss like you thought you should, keep it up. In December I started walking and it was about a month later before I saw any visible results. Sometimes we don't get what we want right away, but keep doing what you know is right and it'll come!

WorkingIt2 on 02/05/2007:
I second what Greengirl and Adam have both said! You are doing great and the proof of that is the fact that you don't have to take your diabetes meds because your sugar is under control. You might have gained a little weight for an unknown reason, but you are helping yourself so much more by taking care of your health. I think you are doing fantastic!

Soon2BThin - Sunday Feb 04, 2007
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 163.2

Challenge Points for Day 2: 36

I made all the goals and all the bonus points!! And the scale says I'm up even more this morning!! So I'm having a bad morning. Even though I get to go do my favorite thing---bowling! The only reason I can think of that my weight keeps going up is that my "pipes" still aren't back to normal function. And I even finally exercised yesterday too. Ate just under 1400 calories, kept busy all day. I don't know. And now this morning, I have this awful ache between my shoulder blades that wants a good rubbing so badly!! Waaaahhh! Poor Soonie! NOT! I refuse to let these things get me down. Ouch! Maybe I'll eat some refried beans today, lol. That should work. Sorry, TMI. But, and here's the great thing about me today, I will never give up!! I will think positive and keep up the fight!! Even with the SuperBowl today. Not a reason to go pig out, right? You all have a great day! I'll see ya's later!

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!

WorkingIt2 on 02/04/2007:
Great job on sticking to your plan! And yes, the pipes may need to be regulated lol. Have a great day and have fun bowling!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2007:
Hello!!! yes, the "pipes" must be the culprit of a higher weight. I remember a few weeks ago that was definitely my entire issue!!!!

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