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Psyched up to slim down

Friday, August 01, 2014

You may ask how? I’m not sure yet, but I’m know after watching Extreme Weight loss again this week and watching how Cassie changed her life it gives me new hope. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it the basic story is after she gave her baby boy up for adoption she gained a horrific amount of weight in access of 347 lbs. Her marriage suffered and they were in a rut to the extent of a possible divorce. She ended up losing like 175 lbs in 365 days and looked absolutely amazing. Below are her before and after pics taken from the following site heidipowell.net/8559/extreme-weight-

I don’t have eight hours or more a day to try to lose weight. I have maybe an hour or two before after work. But exercising is not the problem. My choice of foods is. I have also run across a diet called the Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan is based on what Daniel from the Bible ate during his three years training to be in the King's Court. Daniel did not want to sacrifice his way of eating because after all he was of "The King our Lord" and he knew of his vow to eat healthy while all of the other trainers were eating from the King's supply of fatty rich, foods. This sounds very doable. I'm looking in to it further. I need something to jump start my body again.

Happy Friday everyone ~ Donna


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HAPPYSOUL91 8/1/2014 11:40AM

    The Daniel plan is excellent - I recommend the book. It was started by Rev. Rich Warren of Saddleback Church with Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman. The members who joined at the church lost many, many pounds.

As they say: "Try it, you'll like it"

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LUCYVT 8/1/2014 7:29AM

    Thankz! That was inspiring

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ELRIDDICK 8/1/2014 7:08AM

  Thanks for sharing

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EVIE4NOW 8/1/2014 6:53AM

  She looks amazing doesn't she?

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And how is your Thursday?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So I decided to step on the scales today ahead of schedule.. lol.. Down two more lbs. emoticon It seems funny that I'm losing weight and hardly able to exercise again but hey I'll take it right?

This is me this morning at my computer. I woke up at 4:52 AM thinking it was time to get up. I shut my alarm clock off, jumped in the shower and Mike's like, "What are you doing up so early?" I looked at the clock and realized I could have slept another hour and eight minutes.. lol.. Dang...

Whatever the popping noise in my knee yesterday morning was definitely not a ripped meniscus. I can walk too good. It feels like it has to pop again but I'm afraid of over extending it and making it worse. Yesterday I walked on it as much as I could to keep it limbered up. I went to bed at 8 pm last night, laid in bed and watched American's Got Talent (love that show).. drifted off until this morning. It does feel a bit better this morning but I'm definitely going to consult with my ortho doc when I go back to him August 16th.

Have a blessed day everyone. ~ Donna

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MCJOYFUL 7/31/2014 12:13PM

    Glad you are able to walk on your knee, but take it easy (as if you didn't already know that emoticon ).

Way to go on the 2 lb loss! emoticon

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PEGGY11 7/31/2014 8:30AM

    Nothing can hold you back now. emoticon

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KIM22211 7/31/2014 6:37AM

    wow. down 2 pounds! awesome!

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EVIE4NOW 7/31/2014 6:36AM

  Awesome. You CAN do it!

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Lunches for kids and more..

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So today I'm looking at MSN.com and come across this amazing way to spruce up lunches for kids.


This is just one of the amazing art work that just may help your kids eat a healthier lunch. Have fun with this. Better yet get your kids involved!

On another note. About 5 am this morning I was turning in bed, straightened my left knee out and boom....sounded like a rocket going off. I think I blew the meniscus. It's very sore a bit difficult to walk on. I immediately after my shower put on my knee brace. I'm going to try wearing it today and see if that helps any. If not I'll have to put a call into the orth surgeon because that requires a simple snipping operation to cut away the torn meniscus. I'm hoping it was only a loud pop of air.

Have a blessed Wednesday ~ Donna

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LACEYKYLE 7/30/2014 7:21PM

    Those lunch ideas are adorable. I wish my girls were still little or I had little kids to make them for. Would be cute for Sunday School snacks or a picnic.
I'm praying your knee is gonna be okay. Sounds quite painful. Be careful.


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MCJOYFUL 7/30/2014 10:26AM

    I hope your knee is OK. It sounds like you have a good plan for taking care of it.

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Where does your happiness lay?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This morning I was reading "Common Myths About Happiness" here on SP.


And I have to tell ya,, there was a paragraph that truly stood out to me:

"One of the main tenets of Buddhism states that simply wanting people, things or situations creates unhappiness. For example, if you didn’t want that new car then you’d be happy with the one you already own. It’s not your old car that is causing your unhappiness, but the desire for the car that you don’t have." By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer.

How many of us fall into that category of wanting something bigger and better than we already have? Perhaps it's a desire. Perhaps it's wanting to fit in with the crowd or have what the Jone's family next door has. But the question remains will it make me (us) happy? I could understand perhaps if your car wasn't running good or your refrigerator was on the blink, but to just want something bigger and better never made sense to me.

I ran my first computer for over 10 years before it finally died. It didn't matter that it was slow as molasses to me. It still worked and I couldn't afford another one anyways.

When I was raising my girls I taught them the meaning of a dollar. I made them earn money. It wasn't just handed to them in an allowance that they never did anything for. Both my girls are very money savvy now and I'm thankful for that.

Up until a year or so ago I didn't even own a credit card because I didn't want to fall into the trap of purchasing things I didn't need on it. I keep it as a reserve in case something happens that I simply do not have the money for.

So where does your happiness lay?

Have a happy day ~ Donna

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ROSEWCI 7/30/2014 5:31AM

    I agree! Look for JOY daily & you're sure to find happiness!

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DEB62BIE62 7/29/2014 8:23AM

    God tells us to be content with what we have. God bless you.

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MEME102 7/29/2014 8:20AM

    I really like this -- thanks so much for sharing!!!

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ELRIDDICK 7/29/2014 7:12AM

  Thanks for sharing

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A trial run of Glucosamine Plus MSM

Monday, July 28, 2014

I decided to start a trial run of Glucosamine plus MSM to see how it effects my joints. It's supposed to have some very good qualities and with the joint pain I have had this past weekend something has to give.

This is what it is supposed to do:
Glucosamine helps support healthy cartilage and maintain structural integrity of joints and connective tissue. Glucosamine is a building block for joint fluid, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, membrane, and blood vessels.

Per Schiff which is the brand I purchased it also does this:

Hyaluronic Acid: Cushions and Lubricates Joints†
Schiff® Glucosamine Plus MSM contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a potent form of one of the main lubricating components found in your joints. As we get older, our HA tends to decrease, which can reduce joint cushioning. Since HA is naturally present in your body, you already have built-in pathways to absorb and use it. The HA in Joint Fluid is similar in molecular size to naturally occurring HA, and a clinical study shows that when taken orally, this form of HA is absorbed directly into the joints.

Another thing I started yesterday was a multivitamin. I chose this one:

One A Day® Women’s is a complete multivitamin designed specifically for leading health concerns of women such as helping to support bone health. One A Day® Women’s also has B-Vitamins** which help convert food to energy.*

One A Day® Women's is specially formulated to support:*
Bone Health with a high level of Calcium and more† Vitamin D
Heart Health‡ with Vitamins B6, B12, C, E, and Folic Acid
Physical Energy with B-Vitamins** and Chromium to help convert food to fuel
Skin Health with Vitamins A, C, Copper and Iron

Since both of these promote bone health I'm in for at least a month trial and see how it goes. It can't hurt and I used my HSA (Health Savings Account) to purchase them both.

When you are sitting back contemplating what your day may bring think about T.G.I.M. (Thank God It's Monday) a new beginning.

Blessings your way ~ emoticon ~ Donna

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ROSEWCI 7/30/2014 5:29AM

    Good luck w/your trials! emoticon

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PEGGY11 7/28/2014 10:13AM

    I always have taken a vitamin and mineral supplement and last week started the glucosamine and choindroitin with msm. After just a few days I forgot the noon time pain pills and was late with the supper time ones. So it must be helping the pain. Will keep it up and hope it keeps on improving.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/28/2014 9:34AM

    Sure hope it works for you. DH's loves it and has reduced his knee pain, me....not a thing. emoticon

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BARB4HEALTH 7/28/2014 7:51AM

    Hope this works for you. I found out from a Dr. and the Pharmacist that products mostly contain 'calcium carbonate' in the type of calcium listed on the label on vitamin/mineral combos. This type of calcium can actually cause bone spurs because it is so very hard for our bodies to digest. The lady at the pharmacy, when I asked about this calcium, said it does but not to worry because that shouldn't happen until after we turn 60. No thanks! Not buying it! I, too, have knee problems and the cartilage is way worn down. I look for calcium citrate or calcium malate on the bottle. These types are more absorbable. A simple drink of black cherry juice twice a day (no sugar added) can actually tone down the pain. Wish you well on your journey!

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RHOOK20047 7/28/2014 7:20AM

    Good luck with your vitamin and supplement. I take Move Free but don't really know if it helps or not. I don't have any cartiilege in my knees, but I am afraid to see without it, would my pain be greater? Hope it helps you! I know a lot of folks that swear by it!

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ELRIDDICK 7/28/2014 7:18AM

  Thanks for sharing

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WDIPIM 7/28/2014 7:15AM

  good luck

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