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If It isn't One Thing, It's Another

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Okay, so yesterday it was the knees and this morning it's the lower back that hurts. emoticon Getting older isn't always what it's cracked up to be, in more ways than one. Sure I may be a whole lot wiser these days but sometimes it just downright "insert word of choice" if you know what I mean.

The good news is my knees feel better today. emoticon Can't quite figure out though what I did to my back to make it hurt. I don't remember wrestling with my grandson the other day. emoticon Speaking of the little guy, we had an awesome time together on Tuesday. DH and I got in a lot of walking too during our full day which I very much needed. Hummm perhaps that is the cause. Too much exercise in one day when I haven't been as consistent as I have needed to be the last couple of months. Than again, I have been having off & on lower backaches for a while now especially in the mornings. So it could also be my bed. It's way beyond time for a new mattress and box spring. I have known this for awhile but keep putting it off to get other things done around the house. Hence, my very loooooong to-do list. All the other mattress sets in the house have been exchanged for new ones except the master. So perhaps this is a sign that it's time for me to stop procrastinating and buy a new one. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 3/8/2013 9:23AM

    I like to think that I am not getting any older but that just is not the case. I have aches and pains in places I didn't know I had. But I know that I have to keep going on even if it is something small.

The new bed will make a difference for your back. I had the same problem
a couple of years ago. It helped me. I hope that your backpain goes away.
Have a great weekend.

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LINDA! 3/7/2013 8:40PM

    It seems that there is a bit of a struggle for us as we get older. One pain or another. I hope that you do find something to relieve your pain. Sounds like a lot of fun with the grandson. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/7/2013 2:27PM

    Sallie we got new mattress this past summer and that was the best thing we have done in a long, long time. I didn't realize that my mattress could cause so much pain in my hips, knees, back, etc. I sure haven't got younger but those body parts sure feel better. lol

Glad ya'll had such a good time with the little guy. Have a great day.

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PYNETREE 3/7/2013 10:42AM

    Getting old is not for Sissy's...that is for sure!

I, like you said, seem to have a new pain, or ache, every other day!

But growing OLD, emoticon sure beats the other option!

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BBORDEN86 3/7/2013 10:19AM

    Sorry to hear your back is giving you troubles! Hopefully you are able to get a new mattress soon! I'll be in the market for one, as soon as my car is paid off. One thing at a time!!! :)

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MARYGOLD5 3/7/2013 10:18AM

    I keep trying to tell myself that I'm not getting that old, but my body aches and pains tell me otherwise. It is good to be able to keep on going though. I'm sure a new mattress would make a big difference in the back. Good luck. emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/7/2013 9:37AM

    A new mattress can do wonders for the body, not to mention the psychological lift. emoticon emoticon

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Full Steam Ahead

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

We have haircuts scheduled for the hubby and me this morning than we are off to to pick up some home improvement items. We finally got our new storm door installed. It looks very nice. So now it's on to other stuff. We have such a list. Anyway after Lowes, DH and I will do a little birthday shopping for our grandson. He turns 6 in less than 3 weeks. WOW! Seems like just yesterday he was the size of a PEANUT on his mommy's first ultrasound. Time sure does pass by. I enjoy my grandson with each and every new year as well as all his new discoveries but at the same time I miss all the yesterdays. Childhood is so very fleeting sometimes it's bittersweet.

Moving on, DH and I will than stop for lunch somewhere. This afternoon we get the pleasure of picking up the grandson from school. Since it's such a rainy day we plan to take him to Barnes & Noble for a little while (his favorite indoor play place is closed today). He can do his homework there, check out some of the new books available and play with the Thomas display. After we will go to the movies and dinner before taking him home. Escape from Planet Earth 3D is on the agenda! It has been a few weeks since we have had the little guy all to ourselves so DH and I are really looking forward to it.

Wishing everyone a fabulous day. Make it the best one yet Sparkies!

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BBORDEN86 3/6/2013 11:30AM

    Sounds like a good day!!! Glad you got to spend time with your grandson. :) I know that always puts you in a good mood.

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BRENDABUNNY 3/5/2013 5:13PM

    Sounds like a great day planned have a wonderful time emoticon

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KATRINAKAT23 3/5/2013 1:17PM

  Sounds like a lovely day. Can I come? hahha

All kids need grandparents like you and hubby. emoticon

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RURAL3 3/5/2013 11:04AM

    Enjoy yourself. We are getting 10 inches o snow today. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/5/2013 9:58AM

    You have a great day planned for today. Have fun with the little guy. ((HUGS))

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CATLADY52 3/5/2013 9:53AM

    Sounds as if you will enjoy the day as much as your grandson will. Have fun with the little guy! emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 3/5/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon Sounds like fun! I hope you have a blessed a day with your hubby and grandson.

God Bless you!

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NEW Scale

Monday, March 04, 2013

In all my years of trying to lose weight whether successfully or not, I have found that BRAND NEW SCALES can be infuriating to say the least. In my opinion they are only out done by doctor scales.

My old emoticon I learned this weekend no longer works, kicking the bucket for no apparent reason. I weighed in on Friday, just a few days after beginning some new changes to my weight loss plan and according to my scale I hadn't dropped an ounce. I tried again Saturday and the scale weren't even turn on. I replaced the batteries with new ones and still nothing. DH even opened the back to see if he could find out what the issue was. Still all we got for our efforts was a blank screen which when you are trying to lose weight can be very frustrating. emoticon

So I went out yesterday and bought a new scale. After doing some research and searching high and low at three different stores for just the right one as I am very particular when it comes to a scale, I found one I liked. A real top of the line beauty! emoticon

I decided to weigh myself this morning, actually changing my weigh in day once again to Mondays because it lines up much better with the Mini Challenges I have recently set up for myself. Anyway I happily got on the scale thinking just maybe I had dropped something for the week after all but unfortunately that would NOT be the case. Suddenly my happy go lucky attitude changed and definitely not for the better. Shockingly the number that stared back at me big and bold was not at all what I expected from my shiny new scale.

240 lbs!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon A whole 10 pound difference from my old scale and a number that is not going in the direction I am use to either. After a few moments of utter terror I collected myself somewhat and tried to find a reason for the change. I made sure the scale was on a solid level surface. I checked and changed the batteries. I even read the instructions... TWICE. And than I did what I normally do when I need to see if something mechanical is truly broken, I dragged my husband into the bathroom for a second opinion, a test drive of sorts. Believe me when I say he wasn't at all happy either when he found out he was 10 lbs more than his last weigh in, and NOW over 200 lbs. 208 to be exact!

After the two of us stood there a few minutes, looking rather pathetic I did the only thing I knew to do. NO!!! I didn't throw the thing out the window. Although I was thinking about it. Instead I went to the kitchen and got a 10 lb bag of sugar. We keep a lot of these around as DH is a sugar addict. The only man I know that has coffee with his sugar in the morning. emoticon Nevertheless I placed the bag on the scale and waited...

After a moment the number 10 clear as day stared right back at me. UGH!!! My heart sank. Yet not to be out done by a scale I than asked DH to get one of his weights from his gym set downstairs. He begrudgingly agreed and moments later came back with a 20 lb weight. He placed it on the scale and low and behold the number 20 lit up before us. Now I have to say it took me awhile to realize at this point I had only two outcomes to choose from. Either I go out and exchange this scale for another one, chancing the same thing happening OR accept the reality as is and move on. "sigh" Since I do not feel much like having an all out war with multiple scales today I have decided to go with option #2 and accept this new number. Although not without first saying how much I HATE NEW SCALES!!! Actually right now, I am not liking weigh in days much either! emoticon

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MONTHONY 3/6/2013 9:03PM

    I feel bad for you. I would be so frustrated, too, and I'm sure that I would have wanted to throw it out the window. emoticon
I was thinking of buying a new scale, but after reading about what you have gone through, I think I'll just go with the old ones. Every day when I get on my digital scale it shows the same weight, not up or down. On the weekend I give it a shake because I realize that there is something wrong, then I get a new reading and it is always showing a loss. I would really like an accurate reading every day. I have an old analog scale which seems to match up to my actual weight loss. The problem is the markings are so tiny that it's hard to read.
We just need to realize we are living healthier, and no matter what the scales might show at times, we are going to reach our goals. emoticon

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MTPOETNH 3/4/2013 9:37PM

    We all have "love /hate relationships" with our scales exhibited a lot of self control by not throwing it out the window !!! emoticon It has got to be discouraging for you... emoticon now you have a new number and a new scale so your next weeks wgt will have more validity. Time to pick up and move on .... emoticon

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LINDA! 3/4/2013 9:02PM

    Yes, I do find scales vary. But a 10 pound difference would also make me XZ&@ mad!!! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/4/2013 2:10PM

    I know my scale is not accurate all the time as I have weighed before TOPS and then weighed as soon as I got to the meeting and the number will be either + or - what I weighed at home. Now, I just accept what TOPS scale says. lol I will weigh once in a while at home but not much. When you get on and it says x then get off and on again and it says y--something ain't right. lol Just keep on doing what you are doing Sallie. You know you are doing good as your energy level is up and clothes aren't as tight. You will--no WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE!!!! (((HUGS)))

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CRAFTINWIFE 3/4/2013 1:32PM

    I had the same thing last year when we finally got a new scale. 15lb difference! You'll get through this, just remember the work you've done is still there and really the scale is only one tool in our efforts.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/4/2013 12:59PM

    Oh, no... that's sucks! I'm so sorry. That happened to me too when I got a new scale. I guess it's better to know right?!? I had to say though, the comment about your husbands "coffee with his sugar" comment, had me rilling. MY husband is the exact same way! About 1/4 cup or sugar to what ever coffee will fit in the cup, lol!

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SFENNER 3/4/2013 9:41AM

    we all go through this when we buy or try a different scale.

As dieters we base a lot on what a machine says. Today my scales said exactly what it did last week.

I know my clothes fit better. I got into pants I bought new and have not worn because they did not fit.

Base your life on results and appearances, not a number on a machine.

Keep on Trackin.


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SABLENESS 3/4/2013 9:36AM

    The difference between home scales and the pumped up ones in the doctor's office is SO discouraging. I'm going by my own. Whether it matches the doctor's scale or not, it still tells me whether I'm losing, gaining, or maintaining. emoticon

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In Need Of Inspiration... Read On!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I have lost 110 lbs so far. I have more to get rid of but have found myself struggling with effort and motivation the past two months. My weight loss has slowed considerably and my personal life and health situation are equally depressing. Recently I have made some changes and have begun some mini challenges that I hope will kick start me once again into a more productive direction.

This morning I came across a story that made me stand up and take notice. The woman in it truly inspires me to keep up my efforts no matter how depressing life seems to be right now or how slowly the remaining pounds leave my body. She gives me HOPE!! At one time she was 250 lbs and on 25 medications. She had a host of very serious illnesses including ones of the heart and kidneys. Now she no longer takes any medication. Here is her AMAZING story. Let her inspire you too!

Name: Betty Lou Sweeney
Age: 73
Height: 5'6"
Before Weight: 250 pounds

How I Gained It: I had been on diets my whole life. I'd lose weight, and then gain it back, plus more. It had become a vicious cycle for me. I must have tried every diet out there, and they all worked, but slowly the pounds returned. I just couldn't keep the weight off.

I was an unhappy child due to being raised in more than 12 different foster homes and living in and out of the orphanage many times. I wasn't adopted until I was 15 years old. In that time, I had been abused many times. My friends were animals and food.

As an adult, I loved sweets and fast food. I would consume six donuts or rolls on the way home from work, just an hour's drive. I ate ice cream bars, lots of fried chicken, fish and chops, with all the trimmings. My potatoes were heavy with butter.

I never felt attractive and was told so often what a loser I was that I believed it. I never liked myself, except for those times when I had gotten down to a size 10 or 12. I could never maintain it, so it did nothing for my self-esteem.

Breaking Point: In May 2009 at age 69, I got another bladder infection, but this time the infection went to the sac that surrounds the heart. In treating that infection, I reacted to the medication and my kidneys shut down. I put on 30 pounds of water weight overnight and was having a very hard time breathing. I became septic and my temperature soared to 106. At first, I reacted to every medicine and got sicker and sicker. Finally a medication kicked in, and I started to get better. My doctors told my husband that they almost lost me. I felt my family deserved better than this.

How I Lost It: I am a registered nurse, so I asked one of the dietitians at work to give me an eating plan they would give to a newly-diagnosed diabetic who needed to lose weight. I wasn't diabetic yet, but knew I needed to keep my blood sugars stable. On that day, I changed the foods I ate, the way I cooked them and my portion sizes. I got down to about 210 pounds when an Anytime Fitness center opened near my home. I joined, and over the next couple of months I got down to 200 pounds. The weight was coming off so slowly, so I engaged the help of a trainer. When we started, I couldn't get up from a chair to a standing position on my own. Everything hurt from my arthritic joints. Dave, my trainer, was very patient and encouraging as he slowly helped me get better.

Today I am able to do a pull-up (never could do those, even as a child!), 20 push-ups and sit-ups. I have run many 5K races and two half-marathons. I set a Guinness World Record for the longest time in an abdominal plank in 2011 at age 71. Shortly after, a man broke my record, but I believe I still hold it for women. I feel younger than I have in years. I have pushed through several injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, a fractured left hand, a pulled calf and, most recently, a torn hamstring.

Now, I eat raw vegetables, fresh fruit, yogurt and protein powder to help me get enough protein in to sustain my workouts. I eat chicken breasts with no skin, fish or very lean pork. All meats are either baked, broiled or fixed in a hot air oven where all the fats drip away. I never eat sweets these days because when I did I found I craved them for almost a month. It wasn't worth the scare it put into me. I don't miss them and can be at a party and not even feel tempted anymore. I have learned to love the taste of the food itself without all the crap I used to put on top. I have more energy, I'm not sluggish anymore and I now like myself, which is something I never did for 69 of my 73 years. My self-esteem has soared. I can now talk in front of a group and be at ease, as I feel I have a story to tell that could save someone else's life. I have never been happier in my life. My trainer is like a grandson to me, I love him so much. At this point who knows where my life will take me!

After Weight: 135 pounds

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE! WE all need to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT for what we want and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!! This woman is living, breathing proof IT CAN BE DONE, regardless of age, and/or condition!! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/6/2013 11:53AM

    Thanks for sharing that, Sallie! Wow - you're right, what an inspiration she is! It really underlined for me that it has to be a lifestyle change we pursue, as anything less is cheating OURSELVES.
I just want to say that since I have "known" you Sallie, I have seen you make so much progress. It is sometimes hard to see it from the inside of the experience, so as an outer reflection back to you, I just wanted to be sure to mention that today. I have no doubt that you too, like Betty Lou, can transform your health and achieve all your goals!
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So we will carry on... making the best choices we can today and each day as we journey to a better US!! Thanks for being part of my journey, Sallie, and keep on sparkin'!
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HOTPINKCAMARO49 3/4/2013 12:59AM

  Love your Blog! You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 3/3/2013 11:00PM

    emoticon she is surely inspiring

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CATLADY52 3/3/2013 12:24PM

    Truly an amazing story. One that I'm sure many will take to heart and do their very best to make it theirs too. emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 3/3/2013 9:22AM

    Amazing story!

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    Great Bog and thanks so much for sharing her story with us!

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MUFFINSKI 3/3/2013 8:51AM

    That totally rocks! I love it!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/3/2013 8:44AM

    WOW!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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LKWQUILTER 3/3/2013 8:29AM

    Thanks Sallie. YES WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/3/2013 7:41AM

    Thank you so much for bringing this to your blog! Fortunately, most of us haven't had such a drastic, acute medical condition in our lives, as Betty Lou did; but those of us that are over 50 usually have a medical condition looming or here already (in my case Type 2 diabetes) and medications we want to reduce or get off of. By the same token we can get down about being able to live healthily and wonder if we have what it takes to do it because we have "failed" so many times before. We start reinforcing the negative things we believe about ourselves, and voila!, we run off the rails. We need stories like Betty Lou's to help us realize, we shouldn't believe our own negative self-talk or that which we may get from others, that we CAN DO THIS, that healthy is within our grasp if we will just keep reaching for it. I don't know if I will ever run a half-marathon, like BL; but I can make the changes to be healthy again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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BLUENOSE63 3/3/2013 7:32AM

  You just need to look at your pictures....that should be tons of motivation but perhaps it is time to switch up the exercise routine....join a class to get exercise through a hobby etc.

Soon it will be nice outside and things will look different.

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SAILING2GOAL 3/3/2013 7:24AM

    This is an AMAZING story! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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HANDYV 3/3/2013 7:20AM

    AMAZING. Congrats on your very successful journey. emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/3/2013 6:45AM

    Awesome, uplifting, Aplus!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this utterly perfect blog!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Hot Lemon Water - The Perks

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Benefits of Drinking Hot Lemon Water in the Morning

Hot lemon water may not be your go-to drink of choice when starting your day, but it could yield the best results for your health. The morning hours serve as our foundation for how our bodies respond for the remainder of the day. Our morning routines are critical in maximizing optimum body functioning. Reaching for that cup of coffee first thing may not be the best option. Hot lemon water carries so many nutrients and actually provides that “pick me up” in the morning that you crave. Try a week or two of drinking hot lemon water in the morning. You will see a difference. You will feel light, alert and more responsive. Take a look at the many benefits of drinking hot lemon water.

Start every morning, rain or shine, sick or healthy, at home or on vacation...with a mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. Repeat in the evening if possible.

1. Stimulates your digestive track. The hot water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract as well as the peristalsis, the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

2. Helps your body absorb nutrients.

3. Cleanses your palate and freshens your breath.

4. Flushes your kidneys and liver of toxins. Hot lemon water acts as a natural diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your kidneys and liver healthy.

5. Helps you to stay hydrated.

6. Helps with weight loss by suppressing your appetite. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, when you start the day off right, it's easier to make the best choices for yourself the rest of the day.

7. Boosts you're immune system Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds. Potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

8. Helps keep your skin clear. Vitamin C from the lemon helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps your skin.

9. Balances the body’s pH. Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health because it helps to decrease inflammation and prevent disease.

10. Hydrates the lymph system.

11. Helps with acid reflux as well as bloating.

12. Relieves respiratory problems: Hot lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs by thinning out mucus. It’s also thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.

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RURAL3 2/27/2013 2:55PM

    you enlightened me.

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CATLADY52 2/26/2013 6:29PM

    It certainly sounds good. I will have to give it a try. emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/26/2013 4:28PM

    I was on a diet eons ago that included this. The sole purpose explained to me was keeping one "regular". It's amazing how much else it does! Once I stopped the diet and went to maintainence, I stopped the hot lemon drink in the morning. Time to reconsider! Thanks.

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BRENDABUNNY 2/26/2013 3:29PM

    Thank you for sharing this ....Do you know if putting real lemon juice in the water would be the same?If so like how much maybe a tablespoon for a cup of water? emoticon idea and good for us

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PANSYGAL 2/26/2013 2:34PM

    Going to give this a try! I often put lemon in my ice water but haven't tried it in hot. Thanks!

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TARAFROMTX1 2/26/2013 1:47PM

    Awesome! Thanks for Sharing Sallie! I need to try this! emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 2/26/2013 11:02AM

    I need to try this. Thanks Sallie.

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LEAVES1026 2/26/2013 10:07AM

    Gonna make some now. Thanks for the tip!

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NESARIAN 2/26/2013 9:03AM

    I sure need this! I have a lime tree and wonder if limes can offer the same benefits?

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MSBARI 2/26/2013 6:09AM

    Wow i knew it was beneficial but geesh!!! thank you i was wondering and had done some research because i began drinking it last week and felt so much better....but your facts were more than what i found! Great job. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/26/2013 5:17AM

    I just added lemons to the grocery list. Thanks for reminder of something I read way back but haven't tried.

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RAPUNZEL53 2/26/2013 4:58AM

  Sounds good!

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