Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
I also won 22 Atkins Advantage Chocolate Delight shakes for $28.83 including shipping ($1.31 per can).
One box of bars is still waiting. I hope someone outbids me because as long as I have the 90 I don't want the box of 15.
I think I'm "set" for a while!
Anyway, yesterday I was up 4 pounds even though I stuck to my diet, and today I was up another 2 pounds even though I really didn't go crazy on my cheat day. I thought I did pretty well as far as what I ate. So I'm now almost 10 pounds away from my goal again at 149.8. I think I will just diet until the end of the year and then maintain at wherever I am at that time. It is clear that my body does not want to weigh 140.
I'm even considering going low calorie for a while and just dealing with the hunger.
I'm even considering going low calorie for a while and just dealing with the hunger.
The diet challenge I participate in (weigh-in every Friday for me) shows a 0.4 pound loss for the entire month of October. :(
Saturday, October 29, 2005
I actually didn't cheat yesterday! That's what sucks. I thought about cheating, but stayed in my calorie and carb limits. All I can think is too much wine. I counted it, but it could have dehydrated me and the nutritionist (well, she used to be one) who drives me to church says when that happens my body will hold onto more water. So I'm trying to drink more (plain water) today.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
date unknown, probably written when I was homeless in Berkeley
The journey home is long and hard,
The journey home to your front yard.
The journey home through hopes and dreams,
The journey home through others' schemes.
The journey home though fate resists,
The journey home through rains and mists.
I must go now, I can't stay here,
It's far too far, but far too near.
It's far too near to safe and dry,
It's far too near from ground to sky.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
It's a blank journal, but has the words to the song I Hope You Dance inside the front cover (I love that song!). It also has a place to put your own picture in the window on the cover. I put in a picture from my trip to Conference in 2004.
If you click on the picture of the book in the link and go a few pages in you will see the words to the song. It is so beautiful. I hope I dance.
I put the CD on my Wish List. :)
|You Are 30 Years Old|
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
The funny thing is...I'm 34 - so close. I do look about 30 though. :)
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Other humans are better but I'm evil because I take her to the vet and put Advantage (or Frontline) on her and pick her up and kiss her and pet her and do other horribly abusive things.
I had to give her a dose of Frontline this weekend. I pinned her down and scruffed her to hold her still and started to apply it. She started crying...loudly. God...from the noise she made you'd think I was killing her. Abby was even harder and I think a good part of the Frontline hit the wall rather than her. What is it with cats and flea medicine that makes them think you're going to kill them?
The real antichrist can be found using this quiz.
She's still scratching at the collar, but she'll get used to it eventually. It will just take her longer because it's so tight and she's never worn one before.
The "tube tag" mine wear is similar to this, though this one is two tone and mine are just plain gold-colored metal.
After hitting a new low on Friday I am now all bloated and feel sick and generally wish I were in bed asleep, out of my misery, instead of at work trying to find things to settle my tummy.
Really screwed up my diet right after hitting a new low on Friday (142.8). That blows my theory about only eating bad after a bad weigh-in.
I did run the stairs on Saturday evening. From 5:30 until 8 I'd get up and run the stairs every time there was a commercial break (3 flights down to the front entrance of my building, and 3 flights back up). It did no good. My eating was too horrible to be offset by anything.
I feel bloated and icky today. Bloated from the popcorn and Kahlua and other high carb and calorie stuff. Icky from one too many glasses of wine. I think I will skip my nightly glass tonight. I don't feel like it.
The good news is I'm not terribly hungry today. After two days of stuffing my face (albeit with low carb goodies), I don't have much of an appetite. I feel sick to my tummy and don't want to eat much. I think I want another diet soda, though.
Wish I had a diet 7-Up right now. 7-Up is good for upset tummies. (When I got sick to my tummy on the cruise in May my sister got me some kind of a drink with 7-Up in it. It didn't drink the whole thing because I knew it was sugary 7-Up, but I did sip at it. I would even drink sugar right then if it would help me feel better!)
No exercise today. It's a 12 hour workday for me. I was up at 8 this morning. :-p Way too early for a swing shift person like myself.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
How refreshing that there are still people around like you, who respect society and the law. Your Grandparents would be proud. You have a good knowledge of the law and a good public spirit, or you have rarely left the house… Either way - keep it up old fruit!
Based on your answers, we have calculated the maximum penalty for your crimes*:
Years in prison: 7 Potential fine: £2000
*Please note this is just a fun quiz so don't be alarmed by your score! The maximum penalty has been taken for each crime and no consideration for scale of crime committed.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Tonight Abby and Xena will get toony fish for dinner. :)
Monday, October 17, 2005
San Francisco Museum - '89 quake
For anyone who cares, I lived in San Mateo County at the time and felt the quake quite strongly!
Here's what the page looks like now:
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
News that Atkins Nutritionals is seeking bankruptcy-court protection has some nutrition experts sounding the death knell for the low-carb, meat-lovers' diet — the hottest weight-loss craze of the past decade.
Full article here (USA Today).
I intend to keep eating this way because it has improved my blood cholesterol and I feel better. And of course I've lost 60 pounds. :)
Friday, October 14, 2005
There is other overtime next week, too. Monday will be a 12 hour day. Just gotta rest up this Sabbath to get me through the next week. I'll need it!
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Now that autumn's upon us, change is in the air--and Atkins.com is no exception! We're redesigning our site to reflect the new, inspirational face of ANI.
With a launch date planned for mid-October, the redesigned site offers valuable, hands-on tools and compelling nutrition information.
Since you're a MyAtkins user, we wanted to make sure you're aware that the tools provided through MyAtkins will no longer be available on the new version of Atkins.com. You will be able to access your MyAtkins information at Atkins.com for one more week following this email. Following that point, unfortunately, access will no longer be available. Also, within the next two to three weeks from this time, you will receive the MyAtkins data that you have not yet received to date. This way, you will have a record of your Atkins history.
We'd like to extend our gratitude to you for your continued support of Atkins, and we apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. We invite you to take advantage of a special offer through Atkins.com. From now through November 30, 2005, you will receive 10% off any order from Atkins.com. Please enter Promo Code: MYATKINS at checkout (restrictions apply).
Colette had this to say on behalf of Atkins:
You may be aware that our company, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., has undergone considerable change over the last six months. During this time, we have embarked on an aggressive program to reposition the company, our brands, and their position in the marketplace. These efforts were applied across all departments within the company with the goal being to answer the following set of questions, (I)f we started this company today, What would it look like? Which products would we prioritize? Where would we choose to compete? How would we communicate our relevance with our consumers?
We had to initiated a rigorous review of costs across the board. We have made a number of changes in the way we conduct business that have resulted in significant cost savings, while, at the same time, our customer service, inventory management, and fill rates have improved. We believe that we have converted many of our previously fixed costs to a variable basis, resulting in a nimbler, right-sized, and responsive organization. We have also undergone a rigid budget and cash forecasting review, and are pleased that we are performing to expectations and expect to emerge from Chapter 11 by the new year as a result of these changes.
I hope that the information that I have provided has helped to update you on the status of our company and all of the changes that we have executed over the last six months. We take great pride in the results that we are enjoying as a result of the efforts outlined above. I would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to continue the Atkins University feature at no cost to you.
and also this:
Atkins University means a lot to us as well and will remain on line as a free service.
We wrote it into the business plan and it was approved to be part of our future .
This isn't something I've extensively used, but I'm sad to see it go and I know some people do use it to its full extent.
Doctor and patient both say their liberty was violated
A Southern California lesbian who sued her doctors for discrimination after they refused to artificially inseminate her is now fighting both them and the state's largest medical association over whether doctors should have the right to refuse treatment on religious grounds.
Full article here.
Gotta side with the doctor on this one. The woman got what she wanted, but now has to fight this "on principle." [rolls eyes] What principle is that? If you are a Christian you can't be a doctor?
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Last night I noticed the tail of her collar coming loose. So I did something I have never done before - I scruffed her and held her still that way for the few seconds it took to stick the tail of the collar back where it should have been. She had it completely out 5 minutes later and I'm just going to let it be (it doesn't effect the collar staying on), but the fact that I was able to scruff her...wow.
She avoided me to a great extent the rest of the evening, and didn't really trust me much. If I can scruff her I can do other horrible things to her, like the evil vet does. But by this morning all was forgiven and she was on my bed practically begging for lovies.
The only weird thing is I have a hard time giving her neck scritchies with the collar.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
She's freaked over me. I think because I held her for the nail clipping she now sees me in cahoots with the vet. She runs from me a lot.
And I know it's part of her being part Abysiannian, but I woke up during the night to find her under the covers with me. Of course, as soon as I stirred she came out, but that's the second time I've found her under there when I'm asleep. I know Abysiannians like to burrow under covers and it's just in her genes, but she wouldn't do it if she didn't like me, and she didn't start doing this until about a year ago. I woke up later in the night to find Xena curled up next to me.
Now if I could just finish my weight loss at my goal weight instead of consistantly hovering around 150...
Monday, October 10, 2005
I'm at work now. I hope she will be feeling better when I get home and that her collar is still on. I've decided to keep feeding them in the vanity room so that it becomes "normal" for them.
It was sad and funny at the same time to watch Abby try to climb up the cat tree after her nails were clipped. Poor baby didn't have quite the traction and had to work a little harder. After that first time, though, she got it down and didn't have trouble after that.
She was really keyed up, climbing up and down the cat tree, walking all over the apartment. Poor thing couldn't sit still.
She's tried to get the collar off by the "conventional" methods: lowering her head and walking backward, scratching at it, shaking her head. Poor thing.
A bright pink collar on a light orange cat doesn't really flatter her, but if it'll stay on it's worth it. She can get off the nice black collar with the fake diamonds.
The vet is happy at the progress she's made with me - it makes his job easier. She has come a long way in her reactions to him. The last 2 times she hasn't tried to run, and this time after I trapped her she hardly meowed at all. Meowing and running don't work, so she scrapped them. She still tries to hide, but that's normal. I've seen Xena do some pretty funny things trying to keep herself from facing the vet. (Last time she tried to crawl UNDER the floor piece in her carrier - and was actually succeeding. The problem is the bag was dragging on the ground when she did that so I had to pry her out.)
Abby's 3 year anniversary with me is next week! :) They will get tuney fish. :)
Ok, so she was trapped in the vanity room and the vet had come and just given her a shot and tried to put a collar on her (again). I asked about clipping her claws and he said okay. He picked her up by the scruff and told me to hold her by the scruff and support her underneath. I did! Oh my gosh I could not believe I was holding her! I know she was scared out of her mind, but I was holding her!
She did very well with her appointment. She nearly got away when I tried to trap her, but I got the door closed fast enough. She hardly meowed at all and mostly just sat in the window in the room looking out.
When Dr. Martin went to get her she tried to fit in the tiny space between the screen and the window - and was succeeding - and dug her claws into the screen, ripping it as Dr. Martin pulled her out of the window. He placed her on the vanity table and did what he had to. When he was done he opened the door and she sprinted out of the room and under the bed. She's a very unhappy cat right now.
I also had him cut Xena's claws to save her the stress of a trip out to her regular vet in the carrier.
I put out some wet food as a treat, which Xena was happy to eat, but Abby is still hiding under the bed with that, "I am scared of you, Mom" look on her face.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Bogie was fine and then just collapsed one day. Why does she have to lose both her dogs so close together?
The picture here was taken at the wedding in August. It's the only picture of Bogie I have on hand (he's in the background). I think I have another one on my other computer.
The first of my Christmas presents arrived - Eleanor's present of an orthopedic pillow. I got a great 2-for-1 deal so I have one for myself, too. :) I can post this because she doesn't have computer access and will never see my blog to know what I got her. After using an orthopedic pillow I will never go back to a normal pillow ever again.
My sugar alcohol free chocolate bars arrived, but I found out the mocha and latte drink mix I ordered has tons of sugar alcohols so I won't be able to use them except maybe on my cheat day. Sugar alcohols seem to stall me so I have cut back on eating food with them. Hense, why the chocolate bars are great - these only have Splenda, which doesn't do anything to me.
Got sick of meat so I'm on a tofu kick right now. Last week I fried it in Carb Options marinade. Yum. I get the extra firm, cube it, and fry it up. It's been on sale the last two weeks - $1 for a 14 oz. package (excluding water).
There's been a mix up with the Vicki boxes at the ABC forum this year. Conflicting reports on whether the person's name I was given is participating or not and she hadn't posted a bio so I had every reason to think she wasn't participating. Latest word is she is participating, but still no bio up. This is my third year participating and I have never had a problem before. I guess it's because we have someone new running it who hasn't kept after people to make sure everyone posts their bio.
I updated my Amazon list to include some music CDs I need for my iPod. I only have 178 songs on it and I know most of them by heart! Need. More. Music. (!!!)
The vet comes over to give Abby her shot tomorrow. That means no dinner for the poor thing tonight so she'll be more hungry than she is fearful. God, I hope this works out. Everything with this cat is a one shot deal and you better do it right the first time cause there won't be a second time.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings are writing a book about their struggle in the epic end-of-life case that divided the country and captured the attention of everyone from the Pope John Paul II to President Bush.
Full story here.
The article also mentions a book by Terri's husband, due out the same month as the family's book (titled Terri: the Truth), and an already published book by Mark Fuhrman titled Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Lots of information on this site not just about daily prayer points for Ramadan, but also information on the basic beliefs of Islam. Pray for Muslim and become educated, all at once!
I've placed a link in the links area on the left. It will remain there until Ramadan is over.
God bless you as you pray!
I now have a neat Halloween theme for my diet forum! Coming out from my past has been slow and trying to find the place of this one beloved holiday in my life has been hard. This year I come out of my shell a little more by using this theme.
So I present the Halloween theme at
The Atkins' Weigh
Check us out!
Sunday, October 02, 2005
|You are a Black Coffee|
At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty
You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it
Your caffeine addiction level: high
Old timers at the church served those who hadn't experienced this before. Teens weren't allowed because they will be doing this at a later time. The kids were shipped off to Jack in the Box.
We were given a menu with "selections" of real food disguised with titles like "Pig's Eyes" (which turned out to be green olives), "Eve's Delight" (apple pie), and "White Cloud" (large marshmallows). There were 24 choices. Some of the choices, such as "Manure Spreader," turned out to be utensils - you had to "order" your utensils. We filled in 16 blanks on an index card, ordering more or less blind. I had an idea that a couple were desserts, so I steered clear of those. (For example, I had seen the pies earlier snooping through stuff and figured that "Eve's Delight" was most likely apple pie.)
It was supposed to be fun, but I didn't know there was salad and that we could eat whatever we wanted after the activity, so I didn't have much fun trying to stick to low carb when there were few low carb choices. So I didn't really have fun. When we were released to eat whatever we wanted, I got a drunken log (pickle) and a lot of salad. Salad is all I can eat at church potlucks - salad and sometimes the soup.