Monday, May 31, 2004

Yay! I made it through two solid weeks of induction!

Friday on the way out of town I made a stop at the grocery store so that I would be sure to have low carb snacks this weekend. I knew that if everyone else was snacking on chips and what-not that I would want a snack of my own! So, I got some low carb bars, pork rinds, sour cream and a ranch dip packet, an Atkins shake, some low carb milk, a new low carb cereal, and plenty of salad and veggies! Mother took care of all the meat we had for the weekend...brisket, sausage, and chicken! I also bought chips and cookies for everyone else.

So, how did I do? Quite well! I don't think I'll buy anymore of the low carb milk - I didn't really like the taste of it and since I really don't drink the milk out of my cereal bowl, I don't think the few tablespoons of whole milk that I get in my cereal are going to ruin me! I'll finish this half gallon that I bought, though. It is too expensive to waste. The cereal was delicious, though! Did I cheat at all this weekend?? Ummm...once, or twice. My aunt made a tray of brownies and when she brought them over I didn't touch them...but later that evening I did have one small one! And Friday and Saturday I drank only water b/c my mother kept pre-sweetening the tea (everyone else like it that way), but on Sunday I drank some sweet tea. And for dessert one night I cut up strawberries for everyone to eat with cool-whip. I did have one strawberry with cool-whip.

So, it isn't like I went out and had an all-you-can-eat pasta bar or anything, but all that was cheating. I made it through Day 14 at least...and I am NOT getting off induction either. All of that was on Sunday - then on Monday I was very strict I am going to call Monday Day 1 of the next two week period of induction. I think if I approach it in two week increments I will do a better job of sticking with instead of looking forward to a whole month of it...just take it two weeks at a time, but really focusing on it daily!

This morning I went downstairs and had two eggs scrambled w/ bacon, cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes...and a crystal light to wash it all down.

Friday, May 28, 2004

LOL - I don't often post forwards that I receive via email,

but this one was really funny and I wanted to share!!

A blonde finds herself in serious trouble. Her business has gone bust and she's in dire financial straits. She's so desperate that she decides to ask God for help.

She begins to pray... "God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery."
Lottery night comes, and somebody else wins.

She again prays... "God, please let me win the lottery! I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well."
Lottery night comes and she still has no luck.

Once again, she prays... "My God, why have you forsaken me? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My children are starving. I don't often ask You for help, and I've always been a good servant to You PLEASE let me win the lottery just this one time so I can get my life back in order."

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open. The blonde is overwhelmed by the Voice of God, Himself....

"Sweetheart, work with Me on this.... Buy a ticket."

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Day 13

Tomorrow is my goal date...14 days straight of induction. I don't think I am going to stop induction, though. I haven't lost as much weight as I want to by any means, so I think staying on induction at this point is the thing to do. I don't know if I will continue to count days; however, that might help me stay on track. So, maybe Sunday will be Part Two, Day One!!

We had dinner at Michael's parents' last night and there were potatoes and corn and bread and gravy - and I didn't have any of it!!! There were also mixed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots - I ate around the carrots) that she steamed and were delicious! The meat was hamburger steaks simmered in brown yes I believe I got about two tablespoons of gravy. I don't think that will throw anything off, though.

I am having old reliable this morning for b'fast - eggs scrambled with bacon, cheese, and tomatoes. This weekend we're having brisket one day and another day we're grilling chicken and sausage - so I don't think I'll have anything worry about. Plus, today on my way home I am stopping at the grocery store to get snacks for everyone and am going to get some low carb snacks for me! They have low carb milk out now, but I think it's expensive...I might try a half gallon of it, though. See how it tastes w/ some low carb cereal.

I won't be able to weigh in the morning - I wish I had weighed on Day 1 and then had another number to compare it to on Day 14. That would have been nice to see!

I am not working out during lunch today. I am going to keep Fridays as my off-exercise day - during lunch anyway. I need to start working out at home in the evenings. I have Pilates DVDs, and Taebo DVDs, and a buns & abs video, and even an exercise ball, which I love but seldom use. I want to get some small weights to work my arms, too. I don't want anything heavy, I just want something that I can do a lot of reps with to help tone my arm, especially my triceps. My arms used to be really toned and now that aren't really at all. Bleh...

Day 12

Dinner last night was great - we had a crawfish boil at my parents' house. I ate one tray full and got another one, but found out quickly that I couldn't handle it.

I am doing that a lot more lately. I put food on my plate and am hungry...then after eating less than half of it I am done. I did it again this morning. I was hungry...went downstairs for some breakfast, bought a diet cherry coke, two fried eggs w/ cheese, and some bacon. I ate all my bacon and some of the eggs and ended up throwing the rest away. I just don't have an appetite at all - I may get a hungry feeling, but one or two bites and it's gone.

I am not complaining...not at all! It's great - it means that I am doing induction well! I went into the gym on the way to get breakfast to weigh...the scale went back and forth between 181 and 182, but decided to remain at 182. Next week my goal is to get in the 170's - do you know how awesome that is going to feel!?!?!? I am going to be so excited when I make it there!

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Last night was fun, but expensive!

I was looking forward to going over to my parents' last night, not only b/c we were having a crawfish boil, but b/c I didn't have to cook!! Hee hee...we stayed later than we had planned so we were already tired when we left to come back to my apartment.

Since we're going out of town this weekend and taking two dogs in two big kennels and Michael's brother and girlfriend, our stuff, plus their stuff, my daddy let us use his excursion, b/c there just wouldn't be enough room in my jeep for everything and everyone! So...last night we left my jeep there and brought the excursion home.

Now you have to understand some things before I tell you why last night was so expensive. We don't use the front or back doors at my apartment - they both remain locked and deadbolted at all times b/c we come and go from the garage. Michael has the remote for the garage and I have it programmed into my jeep. When we left to go to my parents' we left Michael's car in the garage and closed it with the buttons in my jeep - built into my jeep, not a remote we can take out!

So, when we're getting ready to leave mother's with their excursion I realized that there was no way for us to get into the garage b/c I couldn't take the controls out of my jeep. This happened once before a long time ago and somehow, with the use of a knife, Michael was able to slip open the latches on one of my windows with little or no effort - this was disturbing, but given the circumstances last night, I was hoping it would be as easy this time or we would be out on the curb all night.

So...arriving at my place around 10:00 we head around to the patio to break in through one of my windows - ugh, this time our cat-burglaring skills don't pay off. We tried all four windows and couldn't get in. This should be a good thing, given the fact that I don't want someone else to be able to break in to my apartment, but since we had no other way to get in, it was irritating.

So, I broke down and called the answering service for the complex and found out that an emergency lock out costs $50 - are you serious?!?!?! Okay, I understand that maintenance has to come out after hours and I am sure gets overtime for this, but jeez! So...we give it about another ten minutes trying to break in and when I am 100% my apartment is burglar safe, I call back and tell them to send someone out to open my garage. I am careful to make sure they understand they can't just bring a key b/c of the deadbolt situation - that they have to be able to open my garage. Sure enough, about twenty minutes later a non-english speaking maintenance man arrived - he parked, stepped out of his truck, pushed a button, and Wah-Lah - we're in!!! I asked him how much, just wanted to be sure, wrote out the check, asked him who to make it out to..."Gracias Senor...buenos noches," "Gracias...buenos noches," and he was gone again. Just like that - $50 Poof!

I don't have to say that precautions will be made so that we're never in that situation again! Ever!

Thanks everyone for putting up with my rant yesterday...

and for your comments! You just get to a point where enough is enough. I know that every family has their own drama, so I am sure everyone out there understands! Today has been a much better day - I am sure somewhat b/c I got that off my chest yesterday and was able to enjoy the rest of my evening b/c I felt like a weight had been lifted.

I keep a private written journal (which I have posted about before), but this time I felt that writing it in private wasn't the thing to do. I wanted to be able to hear feedback from everyone on it this time. So many times families just want to sweep things under a rug and pretend everything is perfect and I think that's where a lot of this drama originates to be honest. I don't have to give out our private details to get my point across - so I haven't embarrassed or shamed any family members in my post.

Okay...enough of that! We have a great week ahead of us...tonight we're going to a crawfish boil at my parents' house, tomorrow night we're going to Michael's parents' house for dinner, then Friday I am taking off a bit early and Michael and I and his brother and girlfriend are heading up to East Texas for a three day weekend and to attend my niece's graduation. Unfortunately it fell on the same weekend as a wedding here in Houston, but even though we squabble - family is always family (and it didn't have anything to do with the graduate)!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Day 11

I had another one of McDonald's Salads for dinner last night. We went out to the ball park last night so we just went to grab was good. I had the grilled chicken and not the crispy chicken since it was was really good!

Yesterday I did my arms at the gym, but today I am not going to use any weights. It won't help our team points-wise, but I am going to walk on the treadmil - see if I can't work out some of this soreness. Ooowwweee!! I hurt from Monday's leg routine. Squats, leg extensions, leg curls, and calves...first time back in a while. I know it's a good feeling b/c it means I am working muscles that I haven't worked in a while, but it still hurts! Hopefully it wil be better by the weekend.

I don't want another salad for lunch today - I have been eating not but salads lately, I would really like a low carb smoothie from Smoothie King, but if I work out I won't have time during lunch to go get one. I have some Crystal Light, maybe that will suffice for today! Fridays are going to be my day off from working out during lunch, maybe I can get one then!

I really just want to post a huge, freaking rant right now...

but I know that won't do any good. I have started it about five different times, but haven't finished one yet!

I am just angry...pissed off...frustrated.

I want to warn you that there is an angry post ahead and if you don't want to read my frustrated rant, please move on. I don't want to offend anyone, but things I have read/seen/heard over the past week have really offended me and I just have to get some things out.

Day 10

Dinner last night was good at mother's. She even made a low carb recipe that I had sent her. She made some rice, too and a great dessert, but I had to pass on both!

I was in a training session all morning today and hit the gym afterwards for a quick arms workout. While down there I jumped on the scale and it is still holding at 182.5 - after a bottle of water, two cups of decaf coffee, and a Diet Dr. Pepper - I'll have to measure that again in the morning! Then I decided to have a taco salad (sans any taco) for lunch and some zero carbs snacks (Pure Delight and Carb Slim) for snacks!

Last night at my parents we had long talks about eating low carb and I layed out the rules for them! I even printed them all off the Atkins website. Daddy said he doesn't like rules, so he'll just eat whatever mother prepares! He doesn't realize, though that his snacking is going to be affected if he seriously is going to I guess it'll be up to mother as to what groceries she keeps in the house! Good luck Mom!!!!

Monday, May 24, 2004

I have been working on a post all day...

off and on about family, but have decided that I am not ready to put it out there yet. I need to get my thoughts together a bit more on the topic I guess. We had a bit of family drama this weekend ~ nothing too major, but enough that a lot of feelings and emotions were brought to the surface. Over the past year I have been trying to be there for someone who continues to throw it back in my face so I have decided that I am no longer going to let it get to me. I have a great future to look forward to with Michael and will have my own family to concentrate on. That may sound harsh, but I know when I have been told to butt help isn't appreciated!

So, instead I am going to post about what a great weekend that Michael and I had...especially yesterday! We hadn't planned on it, but ended up spending the day at Astroworld. We had a wonderful time. It wasn't too hot and the lines weren't too long! I think the longest we waited in line was maybe 15 minutes. It was on a Sunday and early in the season so I am sure that had a lot to do with it. Closer to July, though, it's going to be brutal out there I am afraid.

We also saw Shrek 2 this weekend! It was really well done and Michael and I laughed through all of it. Michael isn't a huge movie fan, so it's always great to find a movie that he really likes.

We also attended a wedding reception this weekend...which turned out to be so beautiful! It was for one of my coworkers. Three there is only me and a couple more that are still engaged. My parents went out of town this weekend for another wedding in fact. Tis the season I guess!

Tonight we're going to have dinner at my parents' I am getting ready to head out!! Have a wonderful evening!

First day of the incentive program...

I started my workout today! I was going to go this morning, but decided to wait until lunch time. I am still just so sleepy in the mornings. Hopefully after going at lunch time for a while I'll have more energy to get up early again like I used to.

Today I did legs and abs. I figure I'll rotate arms one day and legs another day and cardio another...and every other day do abs. That will be a good routine and I shouldn't get burn out on any of it. Besides, at lunch I have to manage my time b/c I still have to shower and grab food - I can do that in about fifteen minutes so that leaves 30 to 45 minutes to work out. I still got a really good workout, though...worked up a good sweat, so much so that when I came back upstairs with my lunch (Caesar salad, sugar free jello, and ice water) I went down to Lesa's office to sit in front of her fan for a while b/c I was still sweating!! LOL - my legs feel like jello right now, too!! I am going to have to do a lot of stretching tonight...I did in the gym, but I know some more is going to be needed since I am just starting out again.

After I finished working out and went back into the locker room to shower I changed I stepped up on the scale. Like I said, that isn't my normal weigh in time, but since I was there I decided to go ahead and see what it said. AND I AM DOWN ANOTHER POUND!! Go me!!! WooHoo! It is going slower this time than before, but I am not going to complain about that at all b/c regardless, it's still dropping!! I am so excited (if you couldn't tell from all the exclamation marks)!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Days 7 & 8 & 9

I didn't get on the computer all I wanted to report today that both Saturday (day 7) and Sunday (day 8) I did really well. I did have one glass of wine this weekend at a wedding reception - well, about half a glass of red wine, but that was all...and then on Sunday I had a taco salad (I didn't eat the shell) and I didn't realize that it had rice on it when I ordered it. So, when I got it and saw all that I scooped it off as best I could, but may have ingested about a half a teaspoon along with some of my salad.

Cravings are still at bay...and I haven't had anymore headaches until last night, but that could also be attributed to the fact that we spent all day outside at Astroworld in the sun and riding roller coasters!

Today is Day 9 and so far so good! I didn't go down and get breakfast, but rather had a low carb bar instead. I find that now that I don't really have any appetite that I waste a lot more food. I get a plate of whatever, eat maybe half, and the rest winds up in the trash. I hate to waste like that. I think I am going to get some Atkins shakes to keep up here so that I can just drink those instead of buying food that won't get eaten.

I didn't do too good on my water since last Thursday, so that's something else that I am going to focus on today. I can tell that my clothes are starting to fit not-quite-so-snug these days. I didn't weigh this morning, but will be going to the gym during lunch so I'll weigh then. I know that isn't my "normal weigh-in time" though - so tomorrow morning I'll get an AM weigh-in!!

This coming weekend we're going to be up in East Texas with my family - so I'll have to be sure to bring some snacks and food for myself, b/c those meals are always the lowest in carbs!! Delicious, but too many carbs and I have been doing too good to mess up on it now!

Days 7 & 8 & 9

I didn't get on the computer all I wanted to report today that both Saturday (day 7) and Sunday (day 8) I did really well. I did have one glass of wine this weekend at a wedding reception - well, about half a glass of red wine, but that was all...and then on Sunday I had a taco salad (I didn't eat the shell) and I didn't realize that it had rice on it when I ordered it. So, when I got it and saw all that I scooped it off as best I could, but may have ingested about a half a teaspoon along with some of my salad.

Cravings are still at bay...and I haven't had anymore headaches until last night, but that could also be attributed to the fact that we spent all day outside at Astroworld in the sun and riding roller coasters!

Today is Day 9 and so far so good! I didn't go down and get breakfast, but rather had a low carb bar instead. I find that now that I don't really have any appetite that I waste a lot more food. I get a plate of whatever, eat maybe half, and the rest winds up in the trash. I hate to waste like that. I think I am going to get some Atkins shakes to keep up here so that I can just drink those instead of buying food that won't get eaten.

I didn't do too good on my water since last Thursday, so that's something else that I am going to focus on today. I can tell that my clothes are starting to fit not-quite-so-snug these days. I didn't weigh this morning, but will be going to the gym during lunch so I'll weigh then. I know that isn't my "normal weigh-in time" though - so tomorrow morning I'll get an AM weigh-in!!

This coming weekend we're going to be up in East Texas with my family - so I'll have to be sure to bring some snacks and food for myself, b/c those meals are always the lowest in carbs!! Delicious, but too many carbs and I have been doing too good to mess up on it now!

Friday, May 21, 2004

I do drive and SUV

and I am not ashamed of's a Jeep Cherokee and I get pretty good gas mileage. I think around 19 or 20. It isn't some gas guzzling hummer or anything like that!

Yesterday morning, though it took $34 to fill up the tank - and it's only a 21 gallon tank.

Anyway, a friend sent me this cartoon today and I thought it was fitting to post!

Eat Your Spinach

I love spinach and it's good for you - AND it's on the Acceptable Foods List for induction, but I hate what it does to my teeth. It makes them feel like I just finished eating a lemon...and what's ironic is that spinach contains magnesium, which is supposed to be good for your teeth!

Magnesium Chlorophyll

Spinach is the best vegetable source of the mineral Magnesium and as Chlorophyll is based on a magnesium atom, it stands to reason that such a dark green vegetable, as Spinach would have a great concentration of this mineral. Spinach is an excellent food for nerve nutrition due to this abundance of the mineral magnesium. A prolonged deficiency of Magnesium foods can be a major cause of tooth decay, as the mineral magnesium is responsible for strengthening of the tooth enamel. Over 70% of the magnesium content of the human body is contained in the bone structure.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

I am glad it is someone else's wedding reception

this weekend and not my own, b/c right now I look like a leper! Okay, so I don't appendages falling off, but my skin is!!! Both of my shoulders have these huge, shining pale spots right on the top b/c my sunburn, which turned beautiful and dark, is now peeling off. Oh, and worse than that, my forehead and nose are peeling - have been peeling.

I put lotion all over for several days and when I washed my face it just peeled off my forehead - and some of it in the quick so not only it is blotchy up there, I have red spots from where some of it came off with the rag before it was ready to. Sheesh!!!!!

I look like I am ready for Halloween or something! And what's really bad is that the outfit that I am wearing to this reception is sleeveless - so my shoulders are going to be glowing!! This morning I even tried putting some dark foundation that I have on them. That actually helped b/c it made it about 1% less obvious! Grrr...I hate getting sunburned. Thank goodness I usually only do it once every summer - the first real exposure to the sun usually results in some redness, not always peeling, though. From then on out I just get darker, though and don't burn again. Glad I am not a June bride - I would have some serious lines on my shoulders to get rid of!

Day Six

It may only look like I am down half a pound on my weight loss tracker, but since I had gained a couple back I was up to 186 and I didn't record that (slaps the back of hand) - now I am down again and at 183.5!!! WooHoo! Progress is good no matter what the rate...I am so excited!

Okay...update on the list of products that I bought yesterday. So far the only one that I have come across that isn't wonderful is the CarbWise. I went downstairs this morning to get eggs and a diet Dr. Pepper and I didn't like the eggs at all today (don't know why) so I tossed them and pulled out the Chocolate S'mores Crunch by CarbWise. Now, it isn't terrible, but I must say it isn't as delicious as I had so much of the other stuff I bought is!

Everything else is great, though I haven't tried the one by Dexatrim yet or this new one by Carb Solutions (which I forgot to list yesterday). I'll let you know about those when I try them.

As for dinner last night...Michael took care of that for us! He cooked some chicken legs and cutlets for us w/ brocoli for me and beans for him. Not only shouldn't I have the beans on induction, they are on the No-No list from my headache doctor as well - so he's looking out for me! Thanks hon!

He precooked all the meat and then let it all simmer in tomato sauce for about an was yummy!! I only ate the bit of sauce that soaked into it. I didn't add any sauce over my meat. I was skeptical about how it was going to turn out when he was cooking, but it was really good!

Low Carb Lunch

Well, I didn't make it to Quiznos...instead I had a Subway Salad - spinach and chicken w/ sweet honey mustard dressing and a bag of Doritos Edge (I couldn't find a site strictly for these, but I found releases about it). They have six grams of net carbs per bag. They are really good, too!!! The salad is good, but one thing is for sure...the chicken they put on your salad isn't anything like that in the picture. Looks or amount-wise! Honestly though, with the way my appetite is, the chips are enough to satisfy me. I ate about a third of my salad before I decided that I had had enough.

I also made a trip by Wal-Mart to stock up on my low/zero carb chocolate snacks from these brands:
Atkins Endulge
Z Carb
Pure Delite

One thing about eating low carb, isn't always low price!! On my most recent trip to fill my snack drawer I spent $22 - all of which were single items except these - I bought a whole box, which was $5.00. The site says $18.00 - I sure hope that isn't for the same box that I bought today at Wal-Mart, though!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

I don't understand some people's laziness.

Now, I'll admit that I am a big's just my nature, but I am not lazy. I always do my own work and I do it well...last minute or not. I have always prided myself on never missing deadlines and never having sloppy work - and it being MY OWN work. What I am venting about is people who tend to push their work off on other people b/c they don't want to do it themselves.


Day Five

My appetite has definitely diminished. Yesterday I had a salad for lunch and then didn't get to eat again until after ten o'clock b/c Michael had softball games. I really didn't start getting hungry until around 9:00 and then I was more thirsty than hungry - I didn't get all my water in yesterday. We ended up going to Sonic - they have new salads now (I couldn't find them on their website, though). I had one with grilled chicken on it and couldn't even finish it! I did get a large diet drink, though. I was so thirsty.

This morning I wasn't really hungry, but went downstairs and got some breakfast (bacon and eggs) and then had to make myself eat a good portion of it. I love being in this stage - there are no cravings for anything bad - breads, sugar, pastas, etc. - and when I do eat, I don't eat too much b/c I am not hungry. My body doesn't feel bloated or anything either. Today during lunch I am going shopping (white shoes) and I think I am going to run by Quiznos and try one of their new salads!

I haven't weighed since I started induction again. I think I might tomorrow morning, though.


I just ate a bad sunflower seed! I need something to get the taste out of my mouth!!! Yuck! Yuck!

There's always room for J-E-L-L-O

I have mentioned eating sugar free jell-o more b/c it has zero carbs - well, today downstairs they had yellow (lemon) jell-o. I had never had it before - it's delicious! They serve it in 16 oz. cups so it's a lot actually and I can snack on it all afternoon! I need to get some RediWhip to bring up here to top it off with! It has less than one gram of carbs per 2 tablespoons (Cool Whip has 2 per 2 tablespoons).

The admin is gone...not the boss.

So why don't I feel like working this week! It's that "when the cat's away..." feeling, only it isn't the cat that's gone!

We're having a going away party this afternoon NEXT Wednesday for one of our guys who is moving to our Wyoming office. He's one of those very shy very silent types. I don't think I have had four conversations with him in the 3+ years I have known him. I don't know if anyone has. He's really sweet and quiet, with a really sweet and quiet wife, and two kids that'll grow up (both under two) to be really sweet and quiet!!!

The blogworld has been really quiet this week...with one or two exceptions. I always notice that when I don't have a whole lot going on, it seems no one else does either. So, I skip from blog to blog down my blogroll and venture into new, uncharted blogs along the way looking for new reads or new information and everyone's quiet all at the same time. Odd!

update: Hah! Even the boss is playing! I just walked by his office and he is updating his address book!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Day 4 - I'm Lovin' It!!

Last night since Michael had an early game we just decided to grab dinner out. Fast foods are getting better at healthy meals...and since the Atkins is so widely practiced, there are a lot more low carb options out there.

McDonald's has been taboo for a long time for me, but last night that's where I decided I wanted dinner. I had an Go Active Meal with a Fiesta Salad. The salad comes with croutons, which I did not open, and topped with shredded tortillas and slivers of carrots. I didn't realize this or I would have asked they not be added, so I took the time to remove every single one of them! Michael just shook his head at me, though he gladly removed them from me by eating them!!! Hee hee...

The salad was really good! Then when we were at the ballpark I shared a bag of peanuts with a few friends...and for dessert I had a bowl of sugar free jell-o when I got home!!

This morning was our weekly staff meeting. Gary brought in biscuits and gravy and breakfast tacos from Whataburger. I skipped on the bicuits and opened up two of the burritos and ate the eggs and bacon from the inside! I was stuffed after that!

Four days going strong! Gotta get started on my water for today, though!

I ended up going to Michael's games with him,

but still made it home to watch SVU.

The sky was actually very pretty when we first got to the ball park. Then as I sat there and watched their game progress, this big, black cloud started moving in. It hung there for so long that I thought maybe nothing was going to come of it, then all of a sudden we heard this loud noise - like a big engine had been turned on. Across the park there are several metal buildings...the rain had begun to fall on them and was coming down so hard that we heard it loud and clear on the other side of the park. We knew what was coming next and immediately got up to move...within seconds it hit the field and then the club house! That was it - games over!

Next we heard over the PA system, "The bar is open!!" and everyone was hanging out inside for a while until it let up just enough to make it out to the cars and head back home! It was a pretty surreal way of being alerted to the rain! One of Michael's teammates paused when the noise started, glanced up at me and asked, "Is that rain..." "Ummm...yep!" and inside the dugout he ran! I have never seen that field clear so quickly! After only seconds the field was soaked to past ankle deep and it was so tempting to take off your shoes and run and slide in it! As a matter of fact, I think a few of the players were dared to do just that, but I didn't see anyone actually get out there in it. That would have been a site!

It's been relatively quiet around here today.

I do believe that I saw some summer interns (engineers) downstairs this morning, though! I can't believe it's that time again already! Our admin is out this week...she got married on Saturday (though her reception here isn't until Friday) and I was afraid it was going to be chaotic without her. We're managing well enough - the paper flow is somewhat minimal so far this week...thank goodness!

It's really quiet up here right now. All the managers are behind closed doors somewhere. There is so much going on now that we don't know anything about. Apparently all will be revealed June 9th at our next Town Hall Meeting - that's what they call our company wide meetings. That's when all of the supposed changes are going to take place and when we get our merit raises as well. Since this new CEO has taken office we have all seen a lot of changes...mostly for the good, but one thing for sure it has made for a LOT of meetings and training! Next Tuesday is when I go for my training session - it's all personnel related. Goal targeting/setting and the like. Those who have been said it's long and tedious. Great! I wish I had registered early and got it over with!

one hour later...

Well, the managers are back now and it's almost four...only one hour to go. This week is going to just drag on, I can already tell. At least it's pretty outside this afternoon. I won't have a nasty commute home! Michael is playing softball tonight so I am going to lay on the couch and watch SVU - he's playing two days a week now, so I am taking one day off from the ball park! I'll go to tomorrow's game instead b/c it's at a new park!

I have to clean out this office. It's beginning to look so cluttered. I started a couple weeks ago. I took the beanie-type dolls off the top of my computer - all but the fishy from the Red Sea and the Gaudi Dragon from Parc Guell. Now, though, they are just sitting off to one side on my desk. I need to do something with them. I also have three boxes of note paper/cards & envelopes, a bud vase, three plants, lotion, a radio, frames, and various other nick-nacks. Maybe I'll really spend some time tomorrow during lunch and get things looking a little less cluttered around here.

Monday, May 17, 2004

32 oz. is a lot of water!

I am half-way through today's water intake! It has taken me all morning to finish the 32 oz. cup that I have on my desk! It's just hard to drink it when you aren't thirsty at all. Lunch helped, though. It was kinda spicy!

I had vietnamese steak from downstairs!! It was delicious. It was served with jasmine rice, sliced cucumbers, lettuce, shredded carrots, and fish sauce. I asked for mine sans the rice and skipped the carrots. Oh, there were tomatoes, too but I didn't eat those either! And I added some asparagus, but after re-reading the Acceptable Foods List I didn't eat it after all.

I had a headache last night. I haven't had one since I visited the headache clinic and I am sure it's b/c I have been so strict on induction this week. I know that I am going to have a couple initially b/c of the diet change, but I also know they go away and that it'll be worth it!

I am also started to get a decrease in appetite. I did have a bit of the munchies last night while cooking dinner, but they soon went away and then after dinner and a little jell-o I was just fine! This morning I had a good breakfast, so going downstairs today I wasn't really that hungry. I ended up just eating the steak (cubed), cucumbers, and lettuce from my plate.

Now I need to go refill my cup for the second half of my daily water intake!

Day Three

It's the beginning of day three and all is well in the world of low carb!! Last night I cooked some beef tips, green beans, and made homemade mashed potatoes. Now hang on, before you jump on me for the potatoes, I didn't eat one bite of them! I didn't even lick the spoon, which is what I would normally do. I just made them for Michael. The meat was delicious and I even had two helpings of it!

I also made sugar free jello last night when I got home so after dinner was done and the kitchen was cleaned it was ready! I like to snack at night watching TV and since popcorn (favorite) is a no-no, the jello hit the spot! I am going to try several different jello recipes that I found that are low carb as well. They sound yummy!!!

If my sunburn isn't evidence enough

that the weather cleared up for the softball tournament, then the Championship T-shirts should give it away!! Michael and his team went undefeated this weekend...second year in a row for this tournament. And Michael was an MVP again this year, too! Congratulations!!!

The wedding workshop went well Friday night...we were at the church until around 9:30 - longer than I had expected. There was one big disappointment for me, though. I had asked my cousin and uncle to sing special music during the ceremony and it looks like they won't be able to now. There is a chance they'll get to, but not sure. The church is so strict about what you can and cannot do. It's kinda sad b/c the song that I wanted my cousin to sing is one that I have had picked out since I was 19 years old. Maybe I can get her to sing it during the reception.

Saturday & Sunday we spent all day at the ball park. My shoulders, arms, hands, nose, and forehead are all burned! Luckily it didn't stay red too long - it's brown now, so I don't still look like Rudolph!! It still hurts, though! I wore pants on Saturday so my legs aren't bad and Sunday I wore shorts, but sat in the shade for the most part. I had wanted to go swimming Saturday afternoon so Michael and I went out to the pool, but the water was still way too cold to get in - so we sat with our feet in for a while and then napped on the lounge chairs! It was so relaxing!!!!

Now that the weekend is over it looks like the rain might be back. It rained yesterday after the tournament was over for a bit and I think there is a 50% chance of it again today.

It's nasty outside...

I'm tired...I'm sunburned...and I am ready to go home!

Yep, that about sums it up!

Lipolysis Strips

I have decided that this time around I am going to buy some Lipolysis strips to make sure that I am in Ketosis - though there are definite signs, the strips will simply verify that! I don't think I'll buy the ones from Atkins, simply b/c I don't want to order them...I saw some at Walgreens. They are on sale for the same price and I don't have to wait for them or pay shipping.

When I was in college I went to a Quick Weight Loss Center and I remember they made up use Lypolysis strips, but I didn't really understand the whole theory so much back then and it was all supplements and bars and shakes...bleh! Real food is much better...and cheaper!!

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Day Two

I just finished my lunch for today. I had a grilled chicken breast over a bed of leafy greens...and about six slices of cucumbers. I didn't really eat the greens - great thing of eating low carb, you aren't nearly as hungry!!!

I didn't post my breakfast, but I had two scrambled eggs this morning sprinkled with shredded cheese and three slices of bacon.

Now, I am working on a 32oz. cup of water - which I'll refill and hopefully finish again before the day is over. 64oz. while at work should help me adequately meet my water goal each day - and probably keep me running to the ladies' room!!!

I don't know what I am going to cook for dinner tonight, though. I have a great recipe book at home. I need to bring it up here so that I can peruse through it every afternoon and see if I need to stop at the grocery store for anything before I head home.

Day One - 100% Induction

I had a completely induction day yesterday...and so far today, too. It's so strange, b/c if you aren't into mentally, you just won't be successful. I have been eating low carb for over a year, but every time I try to get back into induction again, I am not successful. I would start off well and then cheat with a french fry or something breaded. Yesterday, though, I was determined and it was a difficult day either!! Once you are able to get over the hump and just do it for a couple of days the cravings vanish - that's what I am looking forward to!

I am going to try to track it here every day for the next two weeks to make sure that I get into ketosis. The last time I did it I lost 11 pounds in those two weeks!!! It is just so much easier now to do low carb I really don't have a good excuse not to!

I even dreamed about it last night. I dreamed that it was day two on induction and we were frying french fries in my parents' old house and I was munching on them. Sheesh...I guess I know my weekness! Although, last night Michael had french fries with his dinner and when I would normally sneak a couple, I didn't touch them!! I'll admit when I first smelled them I really wanted to reach over and grab one, but I resisted and after I started eating my own meal I didn't even want them anymore. I had done so well all day that I didn't want to jeopardize it on the first day!!!

So, for the next 14 days check in and make sure I am staying on the induction wagon!!!

Friday, May 14, 2004

I think I am getting a sore throat!

Well, it's just scratchy...doesn't really hurt that much, but with the weather going back and forth I am not surprised. The weekend is going to be soggy, too. Bleh!

Tonight we're going to the church for the workshop. Getting married in a Catholic church has so many more rules and regulations than in a Baptist church. They even assign you a wedding coordinator. Yesterday I received a call from the lady assigned to me and Michael. This was the first that I had heard from her. I won't get to meet her tonight as she'll be out of town, but she said that she would be getting in touch with me throughout the summer and sending me paperwork and information for our wedding. She sounded very friendly and nice!

We had plans for Saturday and Sunday, but they were all outdoors and I don't think the weather is going to allow them now.

Are they seriously selling these!?!?

This is just asking for trouble!!

It is easy enough to walk by and untie the strings from the back of the bikini top, how hard is it going to be to resist the temptation to simply peel off these!?!?!

Thursday, May 13, 2004

William Banting - The Original Low Carb Author

I came across some interesting information today that I thought I might share.

His name was William Banting and he is considered to be the father of the Low Carb diet...according to this article. He wrote a Letter on Corpulence about his battle and victory over obesity. In this article/letter he outlines the many "diets" that he went on to lose weight. He visited many doctors and exercised regularly, all to no avail.

Then he went to visit Dr. William Harvey - and ENT doctor and all that changed:

Harvey's advice to him was to give up bread, butter, milk, sugar, beer and potatoes. These, he told Banting, contained starch and saccharine matter tending to create fat and were to be avoided altogether. The word 'saccharine' meant sugar.

When told what he could not eat, Banting's immediate thought was that he had very little left to live on. Harvey soon showed him that really there was ample and Banting was only too happy to give the plan a fair trial. Within a very few days, he says, he derived immense benefit from it: the plan leading to an excellent night's rest with six to eight hours' sleep per night.

For each meal, Harvey allowed Banting:

up to six ounces of bacon, beef, mutton, venison, kidneys, fish or any form of poultry or game;
the 'fruit of any pudding' – he was denied the pastry
any vegetable except potato;
and at dinner, two or three glasses of good claret, sherry or Madeira.
Banting could drink tea without milk or sugar.
Champagne, port and beer were forbidden and he could eat only one ounce of toast.

On this diet Banting lost nearly 1 lb per week from August 1862 to August 1863. In his own words he said:
“I can confidently state that quantity of diet may safely be left to the natural appetite; and that it is quality only which is essential to abate and cure corpulence. . . . These important desiderata have been attained by the most easy and comfortable means . . . by a system of diet, that formerly I should have thought dangerously generous.”
After 38 weeks. Banting felt better than he had for the past 20 years

The blog world is very quiet today.

and it is equally quiet around here (work) today. There are a lot of closed doors and empty offices and the weather outside just makes for a very surreal atmosphere up here.

I went out during lunch and after being out for a little while looked up at the sky as saw these big, billowing, black clouds rolling in on us. I decided lunch was over and no sooner did I get back into the building than the bottom fell out!!! The rain has since stopped, but there is still a lot of thunder and lightening and clouds. I hope it doesn't start raining again until I get finished with my evening commute. As I am sure I have stated before, I love the bad weather, but hate to drive in it!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

I just realized that I never gave an update about my trip to the Headache Clinic.

It went well...we (Michael drove me) were there about three hours, which was what I was told. At first we just met with the doctor to discuss my headaches. Then she gave me a quick physical, but that first she wanted to run tests. Immediately, I thought "Oh I have to schedule more appointments and leave work and drive back down here," but then I realized that they were going to do them right then and there! Yay - no second/third/fourth visits! So, we went back out into the waiting room for about twenty minutes before I was called to the back again. They ran three tests on me - an EEG, a Doppler Ultrasound, and a visual stimulation test. All three required goo to be put on my scalp to attach wires to me!! When I came out all I could think about was getting home to wash my hair! It was pretty yucky!

After the tests were ran I went back out to the waiting room again - this time for about ten minutes before I was called again and we went back into the doctor's office. She said that all the tests came back normal, which is good, but also means that I have classic migraines and there really isn't an exact way to deal with them. So, like I expected, she put me on more drugs: Effexor and Nadolol to take daily and a Triptan called Relpax to take at the onset of a migraine. Apparently the two daily drugs taken in combination have shown to help keep migraines from coming on. The relpax is supposed to relieve migraine symptoms. I have only taken one of those so far...and at first I thought it was going to be awful. I don't react too well to drugs. It made me feel like someone had given me a narcotic at first. I started going a bit numb and felt like I just wanted to pass out, then after about twenty minutes I felt 1,000 times better!! So strange...I guess I just need to be sure when I take it that I can lay down for about half and hour or so to let it do its job, but I'll only take it when I cannot function b/c of a migraine!

As for side effects from the two daily meds...well, the first couple of days I couldn't sleep (I started taking them on Sunday). Monday night I only got in about two hours of I called the pharmacist to see if that was a side effect that I should expect to go away. He told me the Effexor caused that and to give it some time, that it would get better. So, that's what I am doing. Last night I slept most of the night. I still woke up once or twice, but it wasn't like Monday night...I just lay there all night staring at the ceiling!!

I have felt good all day today, though. I have headaches everyday (no joke), but I have learned to suppress them as much as's like a constant dull ache in my head. The daily ones aren't bad enough to where I cannot function, but if I think about them they can get that way. The migraines (severe ones) have been coming about two to three times a month - with these I either leave work or if I can make it through the end of the day go home and straight to bed until morning. In some cases, if I can't drive, I have shut my door, turned off my lights, and laid down for a while. I called in one day last month and just said I wasn't coming in at all b/c I woke up with one. That day I was in bed until around noon. I have heard of people going to the emergency room with them and getting shots, of what I don't know, but I haven't done that - yet! Hopefully these meds will help and I won't ever have to, but I don't want to be on medications for the rest of my life either. The doctor told me that over time I might be able to see what kind of changes can be made in either my diet or activities to help reduce them naturally. She gave me a list about four pages long of foods that I shouldn't eat - most of them I avoided anyway b/c they made my head hurt, but others I was really surprised to see on there! She also said that I should learn some relaxation techniques to use and mentioned coming in for biofeedback, but I think I'll just schedule myself a spa day once a month instead!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I'm not pinging...again!

Jeans has been updated...but no ping! Why isn't it pinging!?!?!

I gained two pounds back...

It's true...I went down to weight yesterday and I am up two pounds. How disappointing. BUT - I am about to get my gym schedule back on track!!!

Here are work we have a wonderful fitness facility and throughout the year they have different incentive programs to earn Health Points which can be redeemed for various things (that's how I got my great gym bag a couple years back). You get points just for working out and such.

This latest program is a three person team and we have to log our workout schedules (it's weight training this month) and build to a certain goal. It's a company wide program so we're competing against teams from all departments within the company. Our team consists of me, a female coworker and a a male - Two Guys and a Girl Two Girls and a Guy! Original, huh!?!? We're going to be working out during lunch b/c that's the schedule that KL (female team member) is on right now I'll just join her.

I enjoy weight training much more than any type of workout anyway, so I am really looking forward to it. I have a program already made up from when I was going to the gym before...I might have to lessen the weight that I was using back then, though. It's been a while. I don't want to send my muscles into shock, though that might be exactly what they need!!!

There is a Lunch and Learn about the program before it starts...I think we'll plan on going to that as well!

Wish me luck!

The Flower Faery came to see me today!

When I came into my office there was a wonderful smelling gardenia on my desk in a cobalt blue bud vase. About a year ago one of my coworkers brought me a gardenia in this vase from her flower garden...later I had beautiful yellow miniature roses that I gave her in the same she is has returned it to me with another of her gardenia!!

What a pleasant way to start the work day!!!

Monday, May 10, 2004

Thank goodness the rain waited

until today to come down!!! Our Engagement Party was Saturday and it was great! I think that everyone had a good time. I know I did.

I didn't take any pictures, but several people there did...including Elaine. Soon I'll get them all on my site from everyone and post them, but in the mean time, visit Elaine's album to see some of them. My plan was to take my camera and give it to someone else to take pictures, but I walked out and left it laying on the bar at home. Sheesh...oh well! I think there will be plenty of pictures!!

Almost all of my family was able to make...and all but one of Michael's showed up, so we had a really good crowd! It was so nice for all the family and close friends to finally meet! We had to cut it off at family and wedding party b/c there were so many people!

This Friday we (me, my mother, and my mother-in-law-to-be) are going to a "Wedding Workshop" at the church where we're getting married. Catholic churches do a lot of things differently than Baptist, so it's a good chance to get a lot of questions answered.

Friday, May 07, 2004

OKay, I could rehash the last episode of FRIENDS,

but b/c I was a bit disappointed in it, I'll just let you read this great article that I found, which about sums it all up!! I had a lot of fun, though - I hosted a FRIENDS Finale Party at my place for some of my girlfriends, including Elaine and Kim! It was great to get together with everyone!

After everyone left I cleaned up the kitchen and watched Leno. I never watch the Tonight Show, but since it was on thet set of Friends and the entire cast was going to be there, I thought I would watch it. I wasn't too sleepy yet so I figured I could last! First the guys came out, then the girls, then everyone wasn't long until I was disappointed in that, too and just turned it off and went to bed. They all just acted like they didn't want to be there. Sorry...I was just a big Friends fan, have been since it started a decade ago and I felt like the fans got jipped a bit! They only did half a season - the other half was all repeats! I just hoped they would really go out with a band instead of half-assing it.

OKay...enough of my silly sitcom rant!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

I've had a double entry all day

and didn't realize it (deleted it)! No one else did either, I guess everyone else is as busy as I am. Since close was yesterday today wasn't as bad, but there is still a lot going on. Goal: to see the top of my desk by the weekend! It's an attainable goal...I like those kind.

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I'll be out of here by 11:30 - my appointment isn't until one, but I am meeting up with Michael at my place - he is taking me. The initial appointment is supposed to take three hours. Yikes! I called today to see if they were going to give me more medication. Every doctor seems to just try to give me pain medicine. I have tried them all...though I have one now that seems to work, I try to avoid taking it unless the pain is severe and I can't lie day. The lady on the phone told me they might. Great! If they do, I might just tell them no thanks, b/c what I have now works alright. I really want to find another way to treat them. I have tried meds since I was seven and HELLO DOC, I still have the headaches! Try something else!

Tomorrow night is the FRIENDS finale. I have invited a bunch of the girls over to watch and eat dinner and cry!! I did this for the season premier a couple years back and we had a good time. I figured it was time for another and what better time than the series finale!?!? Everyone said they are coming with tissue in hand! I'll need to be sure and pick up a box for the coffee table! Michael laughs at me when I cry at TV shows and reminds me they are just shows...yeah, I know that. Sorta! **wink** Then I remind him how he was about Dawson's Creek - even I didn't get into that show!!!! (Honestly, I love the fact that he had "his show" so he understands about mine.)

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

It's times like this that I wish I had a camera phone.

I got my first wedding present today from one of my coworkers. It's early I know, but she said she couldn't wait!! Ha ha...I am that way. When I buy something for someone I never wait for the occassion! She has also promised me my "something borrowed" for the honeymoon! It's a pink and white pillow to hang outside the door that says DO NOT DISTURB! She has loaned it already to one of the girls up here who got married last week and has promised it to the other one that is getting married next week - then to me in October! I thought that was so sweet!

While we're on topic of the wedding - everything seems to be coming together! We have started ordering the dresses for the bridesmaids. So, that leaves flowers and dresses for the flower girls as the two major things left to do. Of course, we have to finalize everything at the reception, but they are supposed to call us to set that all up - and then we just have to pick out what we want. They do all the work! If you're planning a wedding, be sure to have your reception some place that does everything! I am so glad we did, b/c we don't have to do any of the work...we just tell them everything we want and they take care of it. Stress-free!!

Eating Low Carb is getting easier everyday.

It seems every restaurant and grocery store is jumping on the low carb band wagon these days! I have found four five new low carb products this week along...and it's only Tuesday!!

Yesterday I went by Smoothie King b/c I had heard about their new low carb smoothie - I had strawberry. Delicious and at only 6 carbs it's a great low carb meal! While there I found another low carb product by Carb Watchers - I had the vanilla creme bar (scroll down - there was no direct link).

Then last night I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a box of cereal - yeah, I know cereals are mostly high in carbs, but Special K came out with their own low carb cereal!! It tastes so good!!! While we were shopping for my cereal, I also found another low carb item. I couldn't find a link for it, though...but it's distributed by Wal-Mart - soups! I don't know if it's only soups or if they have other products, but it's called Carb Focus (If you find a link or other products please let me know). I haven't tried the soup yet, though. I had actually planned on eating it today for lunch, but low and behold, yet another low carb item that I found and had to try! Downstairs in our very own cafeteria they were featuring low carb pasta today!!! I have a box of low carb pasta in my cubbard, but haven't ventured to try it I thought today would be a good day! It's linguine and it's scrumptous! To be honest, if the box it came it hadn't been out on display I would have questioned whether it was really low carb!!!

With all the diets that have come and gone, I think the low carb craze has been embraced the most by the public! Even fast food chains are getting in on it...a few weeks ago I tried Sonic's new low carb wrap and today while browsing for that link, found out they also have carb friendly buns! I'll have to try that next time I'm in the mood for a burger!

Of course, you have to remember that all these things still have carbs in can't go crazy - with the exception of the carb watchers bars. Some of their flavors have zero net carbs! Yum! The soup has 9 grams of carbs - and it's a huge can! I could get to meals outof one can. The smoothie has 6, but I drank on it from lunch time till I went home and still threw it out with a little left in my cup. The linguine had 5 grams per serving and I am sure the chef put more than one serving's worth - plus you have to add the veggies and the sauce (which was also low carb).

So, while it's easy to do low carb b/c it's EVERYWHERE, you still have to pick and choose and watch quanities! But with choices like these, it just make it possible to have those taboo choices every once in a while!!!

Saturday, May 01, 2004

I started to blog about this in my earlier post,

but thought it deserved it's own post. Mom and dad and I were sitting here this morning talking about old times; when I was about two and we were living down on the lake...and then I realized that it was from that time in my life that that I have my first memory.

When I was born we were living in a brick house in Broaddus...after that we moved to the lake for a time in a very small place and then back to the house in Broaddus before finally building a big house down on the lake! During the time we were living in the small house on the lake is where my first memory came to be.

I can't remember who all was there with us...I remember my parents being there and my brother. Some other people came later, but I don't remember who really (mother and daddy told me it was some of my cousins). We were sitting outside at a picnic table I think and daddy was using a push mower. Then all of a sudden I remember him leaving the mower and running and waving his arms. He had run over a yellow jacket nest and stirred them up and they were chasing after him!!!! The next thing I remember is my brother grabbing me and putting me into the cab of the truck, crawling in behind me and shutting the door; I can see my mother (and in my memory someone was with her) running into the house! I remember having a feeling of anxiety b/c I was looking out the window at my daddy being stung by yellow jackets and thinking we should be out there doing something to help him. Then my memory jumps to us all being back around daddy taking care of him. He had just under 20 stings from the bees and many of them were on top of his head!!! My mother had taken off his shirt and it was lying next to me; I remember putting it on (I don't know why) and my brother and mother telling me to take it off b/c there could be some bees in the shirt still. I also remember being very afraid when I heard that.

And it ends there. I don't remember anything beyond that point. I don't remember doctors or daddy being sick - mother tells me he didn't go to the doctor and that he didn't even have any swelling from the stings!! I didn't realize how young I was when this happened until today when we were talking about it. Mother and daddy pointed out that I was two years old when we were living there and I realized that was my first memory!!!

I can't believe I have a memory from that early on in life, but sometimes things happen that are so intense that they can stick with you at any age I guess!!!

I'm so jealous!

I am blogging from dad's living room on his laptop. He set up wireless in his house a few weeks back and I love it!!! Of course, I am in an apartment so wireless doesn't really make sense now...but as soon as I get into a house (and buy a desktop) I am going to get him to help me set up wireless for me, too so I can use my laptop around the house!!!

Michael went out early this morning to go fishing with some buddies...and I woke mom and dad up at 6:00 AM!! They are usually up by that time, so I was surprised to find them still sleeping!! Right now I am sitting in mother's housecoat b/c coming in this morning I got drenched and now my clothes are in the dryer! It's letting up a bit now...which is good for Michael since they are trying to catch some fish!

We were supposed to go to the crawfish festival this evening, but if it is still this wet I think I am just going to invite everyone over to my place instead (what do you think Elaine??)!! I was also supposed to meet up with my bridesmaids today to order their dresses, but everyone had plans and with this weather I really don't want everyone running the roads more than necessary! LOL - that sounds like something that my father would say!