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I am going to Chicago *with M* for Thanksgiving! Oooh, holiday with the family. A big step, but we're excited. Then we will have a little Chicago vacation weekend. I have high hopes that it will be a lovely trip.

I have started Weight Watchers, because my weight has been steadily creeping up in the past couple of years. I want to get it under control.

M and I are also planning a week-long ski trip to Colorado this winter. We've never done a week-long vacation, and it will be really fun.

My knee is still bothering me, which is worrisome for the ski trip, and part of what made me join WW. But we have lots of knee-helping plans which will culminate in a fun and pain-free trip (I hope!).

I still have no job. This is really stressful, even though I have to keep reminding myself that I'm nowhere near financial crisis yet. It's also depressing, because I really thought it'd all be resolved sooner than now. It also might make the Colorado thing pretty challenging -- but surely I'll have found one long before then (I hope!).....

Happy Thanksgiving to all -- even those who don't celebrate it, have a happy day anyway.

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From: writerwench Date: November 26th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weight Watchers is an excellent sensible way of keeping an eye on your diet. Yes, I need to go back to their Points plan now!

Good luck with the knee and the trip, honey, but above all good luck finding a job. It may be a little while before you get one, but keep looking, keep positive, and keep networking!
devnul From: devnul Date: November 26th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving trip, and I really hope you enjoy Colorado. The skiing out there is amazing, the scenery incredible. Just watch out for the beer ... it really hits you when you're up at 6000-8000ft !

encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: November 26th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. My mother was a Weight Watchers member for years (I didn't even know it), she weighs a whote 101 pounds, so it must work.
nerdygal From: nerdygal Date: November 26th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on the Weight Watchers. I also just joined last week. I have been on it in the past and it was successful while I was committed.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 26th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Hopefully we'll both do well on it.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: November 26th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
M and I are also planning a week-long ski trip to Colorado this winter.


That's just stupid. You have a history of knee problems including multiple surgeries, and your one knee has been bothering you of late. And you're planning a ski trip? Why don't you just hire someone to hit you upside the knee with a softball bat?

Yeah, I guess you'll need the Weight Watchers when you spend 8-weeks sitting on your ass while you wait for your knee to heal from your ski trip.


Seriously, there are an infinite number of vacation options. Why pick one that has a significant chance of making you miserable for weeks afterwards? Go somewhere else and do something else. If you can't think of anything, ask a travel agent. I recommend snorkeling in the Bahamas. I mean, you live in Michigan--why would you want to vacation in the snow?
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: November 26th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
How did that phone interview go?

And were you supposed to talk to Andy again after you talked to me, or was I supposed to talk to Andy?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 26th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The phone interview went okay but didn't go well enough... sigh.

Oh right, good question. I'll drop him an email. Thanks for lunch, and hope the chair's working out for ya!
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: November 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Adrian likes it, and the cat is fascinated by it.
susmadel From: susmadel Date: November 26th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on a holiday with the family and the man. Yeah. I have its a great vacation.

Also congrats on starting WW. I lost 50 lbs about 5 years ago, and its great. I gained about 7 lbs this last year because of the school stress, but I figure its time to get back on the wagon and get those off.

If you ever want to chat etc. about it call me. Are you doing the online or the meeting? I think the in person are more effective. Go girl! You can do it!

P.S. Good luck on the job search. Have you thought about a temporary gig just to keep busy?
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: November 27th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to sound like I'm denigrating weight watchers, nor is evangelising a diet especially comfortable for me, but I've had reasonable success with the GI Diet. (Better than I had with weight watchers, which is the only reason I feel remotely qualified to comment.)

What works best for me is a lesser emphasis on portion size and measuring, so as long as you're eating the right _kinds_ of foods, you can eat more or less from day to day as your workout level varies. (Obviously, within reason.)
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: November 28th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked the old Weight Watchers plan for that. It wasn't just a total number of points per day, but split into fat, starch, protein, fruits, vegetables and maybe one or two more categories. It kinda forced you to stay on a reasonably balanced diet.
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