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CELEBRATING VETERAN'S DAY! DAY 300

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday was a great day. I am a veteran of the Air Force and retired Lt Col along with Hubby so we had the day off. After a leisurely breakfast and coffee, I migrated to my sewing room and made 2 easy quilt blocks! Then our grandson had his first birthday and we went to Chic-fil-A for a little party. He is so cute, blonde hair and blue eyes! Looks just like his daddy when he was that age. I briefly went into a sewing store and quilt shop which is next to Chic-fil-a. Never been in there but what a beautiful store and I'll have to go back!

After that, we drove down to the Mall where I marched in the local Veterans Day Parade. Had my picture in the paper this morning giving out flags! I guess I can count a 1 mile walk for exercise yesterday! Since I live in a community with 2 large military bases, a reserve base, an army unit and many other things, the military gets top billing around here!

Afterward I was pooped so I took little nap while hubby went to the YMCA. Afterward, we went to Subway for our dinner as kthey were giving away free 6" sandwiches to veterans! I got a BMT loaded with fresh veggies and it made a nice healthy dinner. No mayo, just oil and vinegar. It was nice to walk out not paying a dime. There were many other restaurants in town offering free dinners to veterans.

After dinner, hubby went off to sing with the barbershoppers and I went to my quilting group. It was a lot of fun seeing all the projects that others have made. There are some really talented people in there. The first weekend of March, there is a big quilting expo at our local conference center and I may sign up for a day long class to make a beautiful log cabin quilt. This hobby has taken off for me. And I'm so happy as I used to love to sew and it is coming back. HOwever, I can't let it get in the way of doing my work. Have to watch that.

Opened the paper this morning and one of my very good clients for many years passed away. And another friends young wife whom we both love, was operated on for cancer this week and it doesn't look good. There is so much of this going on it seems. So sad.

Take care and have a great day! Not doing too badly on WW considering I've not had a home cooked meal since I started and that includes this evening. Oh, well, just keep at it.

  
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LADYBIRD82 11/12/2010 10:01AM

    I too am retired Air Force. Thank you for your service. emoticon emoticon

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TODAY'S RETURN TO WW EXPERIENCE! DAY 298

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Last year at this time, WW had a special for $100 through Dec 31 and I joined up. Only went 4 times and then got side tracked and into Sparkpeople. This year, I rejoined today on the same $100 program and they were glad to see me. The amazing thing, I lost 3 lbs from my last weigh-in last year. 3 lbs in a year! Been struggling all year for 3 lbs. I stayed for the meeting and it was good. They listed all the foods you would likely eat for Thanksgiving and the points value. She gave us a paperplate and we wrote on it what we would be eating and then counted the points we had. Mine was 30 points +if I counted the 12 points for the pecan pie. It was a good lesson and now I am looking forward to TG dinner. They asked me if my goal was 137 which was written on my lifetime book from the 80's. I said something like there is no way that would be my goal and everyone laughed at the way I said it. I can't imagine weighing 137 when I was at 185 today. I told them, 160 was my ultimate goal and I didn't care if I went down from there. 160 seems so illusive but I'll make it. I know I will.

Saw several people in the group I know and who are clients of mine so that was nice. I was about to buy a points calculator that was on sale but my leader friend told me not to as they are coming out with something new and it would be obsolete. We'll see.

I'm actually looking forward to the next 8 weeks. Later.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/10/2010 3:57PM

    Good luck with your weight loss !

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TOWHEE 11/10/2010 12:13AM

    I'm a WW, too, and we had the same discussion (no pecan pie though; ours were apple and pumpkin). The new program starts November 28 (the week after Thanksgiving). It's always interesting to see what they do with the programs. I, too, upped my goal weight from the 80's. We're older and our bodies naturally want a little extra padding (emphasis on "little").

Good luck to you.

Margaret

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BERGIE8771 11/9/2010 10:15PM

    Glad you are back at WW, thanks for the comment on my blog.

WE CAN DO THIS.

I firmly believe it comes from making up your mind to follow, and then, "Making It Happen" which is my favorite huddle comment.
Woot!

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MTULLY 11/9/2010 2:08PM

    Good for you! I am in WW as well. I find it is a good match with Spark People. I am sure you will amaze yourself with the progress you make using both resources. Hang in there!

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PARKERB2 11/9/2010 12:41PM

    I'm in WW goo. I understand the new program will start soon and I can't wait to find out what it is. My goal is 144 down from 160. Then I will set a new goal if I continue in WW. I wish you lock and Keep Sparking.

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SHERRY257 11/9/2010 12:33PM

    Wow! That sounds like a great start! I have changed my weight loss goals form the 80's also. I guess I am a realist. emoticon

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A LITTLE PROGRESS ALREADY. DAY 297

Monday, November 08, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I weighed this morning and down a couple pounds. Just goes to show that if you just return to sensible eating, you can maintain and even lose a bit. I've worked so hard to get that 8 lbs off, I want it to stay off. Tomorrow I have it on my schedule to go to WW but my schedule changes often depending on the needs of my clients. I think I'll be okay though. Looking forward to it and also looking forward to the new program at the end of the month. Something new to learn is always good.

Was cruisng the internet this a.m. and was on Amazon and saw a book by Marianne Williamson entitled something like 21 Spriritual ways to lose weight. Tried to order it but got bogged down and didn't have to time to sit there and sort it out. I'll probably go back and get it as I like to read motivational and self-help books. I like to have a connection to something in my own personal experience and it has helped me over the years to overcome a lot of things. Trouble is, once I've read it and digested it and worked the program, I need something new again. I'm sure I probably already know most of the 21 Spiritual Ways but I like to be reminded of things like that especially spiritual ones. My way of keeping up my faith is to tap into God things.

There is a new doctor in town that does TIF noninvasive surgery for acid reflux. I take Prilosec and had expeirenced acid reflux over the years but the prilosec isn't keeping some of the silent symptoms down. His brochure from the hospital lists about 12 different symptoms of acid reflex, many that you wouldn't think were symptoms. Like constantly swallowing and clearing my throat, coughing, asthma like symptoms. Sometimes I feel I am drowning in fluid in my esophagus, a lump in my throat that doesn't go away. I also think acid reflux symptoms are disguised as hunger signs. Last night I got a bag of healthy chips to eat simply to try and move the lump in my throat back to the stomach. Sounds awful doesn't it. But I've analyzed the situation and I am going to make an appmt with this doc to see if I am a candidate for this procedure.


Got to go. My son called and his wife was in the New York Marathon this weekend. They were getting ready to leave this morning and his car was broken into last night. Glass broken so this puts a damper on getting out of New York this morning. Later.

  


RETURN TO WW! DAY 296

Sunday, November 07, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Well, yesterday I decided to return to WW meetings and went to the 9:00 a.m. scheduled meeting at the WW location. No one there and door locked. Another lady was waiting also. The sign on the door said open at 8:30 on Saturday so I guess they didn't make the change online yet. I did find out though that they are open on Fridays from 8:30 to 3:30 FOR WEIGH IN but no class so that would be good for me to swing by there. Also found out they are starting a new program launch on Nov 29. I barely know the one with the points as it is now so maybe this will be good for me to learn a new one. Also, from today through Dec 31 the cost is $100 to join for all that time. I did that last year and flunked but this year would be a good thing for me if I get serious.

I also attended the Chamber Health Fair and found a Zumba class for oldies on Tues and Thus that is near me and I know the instructor. She's lost 80 lbs this year and is also a massage therapist. She gave me a mini massage and exclaimed that I really need to come and see her. I knew that anyway. Threw myself out while draggin an 8 by 10 area rug through the house, out the front door, sidewalk to driveway and helped a client load it into her car. Shouldn't be doing that but no one else around at the time.

Going major grocery shopping today to military commissary. There is nothing in the house and we always go there when we have a big order because it is cheaper. Expect to spend quite a bit and load up on veggies. Donna asked for the Sweet Potato and Apple Kugel recipe yesterday. It is in the recipe section here on Spark under that name.

My dining room table came back yesterday and it looks better than new. I vow to NOT put anything on it except a table runner and centerpiece. No junk and stuff! And I'm getting a table pad for it.

Check in with me. I'll need lots of help. Later.

  
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LJCANNON 11/7/2010 11:48PM

    I am happy you are finding new ways to stay active & motivated. As MTully said, Spark works well with the W.W. program.
emoticonGood Luck!!

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MTULLY 11/7/2010 2:00PM

    I hope you continue your efforts to join Weight Watchers. I think you will find additional resources and support that fit well with Spark People resources and support. Definitely good timing to join now with the new program being unveiled soon. Try it, you'll like it!
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I'M STARTING MY QUEST TO RETURN!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Okay, Okay. I got on the scale this morning and I am up 4 pounds. Now considering I have only lost 8 pounds in a whole year, that is huge. So I am starting my quest to return to a sensible plan. Oh, how difficult. Sigh. I just printed off a recipe for Sweet Potato and Apple Kugel, sounds Delicious! I'm even contemplating on going to a WW meeting this morning. To do that I have to cut this short and get dressed. I'll check in later.

  
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SNORFSNORKEL 11/6/2010 12:56PM

    Consistancy is a key concept in Spark.

You are consistant in your reflections and blog posts.
They are an inspiration for me, in my struggle to gain a healthier lifestyle - I don't have to be perfect, just keep trying to improve.

I can see my own problems in yours.

Another team has a thread on surviving the holidays - load the plate with veggies, and only a taste of the "fat foods" - a full plate and no deprivation - the eating out life you enjoy is a challenge, but you CAN be in control, if you pay attention.

The knowledge and control you put into your business can be an asset to your eating habits - lets get on the program!

I am struggling with myself, just as you are, and your struggles are mine, in a different area.

I'm working on "new rules" for my behaviors - doing things differently, to enhance my dreams and goals. Try it.

Loving you and your quest, Joe emoticon

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JENNY888 11/6/2010 11:52AM

    I'm glad to see you are ready to turn around the temporary slip up. We all do that. Let's band together to make the last two months of the year great ones.

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ANDI571 11/6/2010 9:51AM

    How come it takes so long to get the weight off, and only a few days to put it back on? As Marenamoo always said, be ever vigilant. Good luck at WW's.

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DONNAEDA 11/6/2010 9:35AM

    congratulations for going to a WW meeting You will be inspired. Your recipe sounds wonderful, could you give it to me.

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