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Museum trip @ 196.6

Monday, February 06, 2012

I have an art friend who needed a day off, so we went to the local art museum yesterday. This is some of what I saw, and of course, it's better in person. I like my small point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot, but I'm disappointed in photo quality. If you have suggestions for a better small camera, I'd like to know.

For more info on the artist Dale Chihuly: . If you've been to the Bellagio in Vegas, you've likely seen his work!

Glass ceiling filled with hand blown glass "sea" sculptures. It was breathtaking.

Isn't the lighting spectacular?

I love her!

Update: I have gained back 4 lbs. I am done with my bootcamp 3x/week and I'm so glad! The early hour and 'having' to be somewhere at an appointed time was stressing me out, but I wanted to complete my obligation w/friends. I'm also proud that I was as active as I was even if always last. They were a great group. I'm also relieved and HAPPY to report that even though I was SORE, I recuperated by the next day (most of the time) and kept on going. There was a time I wouldn't recuperate (fibro) for at least 5-7 days. The last time I was sore going in to another workout, it seemed to work itself out by the end of that workout! THAT, my friends, IS PROGRESS!!!

I recently had blood labs done, but forgot to ask for hsCRP which would have been interesting, so next time. I waited til the first of the year to send in my stool sample (fun time!) to enterolab checking for egg antibodies ($128 incl s/h) because of health care card. After talking to an Enterolab rep we decided it wasn't a good idea to check for nightshade antibodies because I'd been off them ~18 mos. as results are dose dependent. I've been eating nightshades again on and off, but mostly off if you don't include my binge on chips during the holidays.

I'm a bit of an emotional mess right now. I'm not getting anything done, including on myself. Blah. Time for a reassessment and rebooting if I can fit it into my brain. Give me some emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!

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CATIATM 2/15/2012 11:45AM

    How wonderful! I'm glad you had the chance to enjoy your excursion. Bummer about the weight but brava! on the boot camp!

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SUE_2U 2/8/2012 6:24PM

    emoticon Wow! You live with that art museum locally? What a blessing! I have seen Chihuly's work only on television, but find it amazing! Love seeing these photos! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I had several surgeries in the last two years. The gallbladder was actually supposed to be done years ago but the doctors kept putting it off, then it got abcessed and I had it taken out in December.
My surgeries is why I haven't been online. I've been pretty sick. Had complications from the hysterectomy and wasn't really sitting up much for a very long time, so not really online too much.
How are you doing? Long time no chat! I've missed you! You've been so helpful with nutritional information, for me! Since hearing from you last, you've done a LOT! Can't wait to learn more! Take good care and thanks again - Sue

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/8/2012 6:04PM

    The museum trip looked like a fun event to help with your struggles. Loved the glasswork.

Take care!

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CINDYTW 2/7/2012 10:24PM

  Sorry you are struggling! I am too honestly! Cravings and tiredness and stress have got the best of me. I am feeling a little better having help at work and will try and get back on track! I indulged too much lately, including "crack" (casein)! I am feeling all the more emoticonfor it too!

I do wish I could buy your house for you also...I bet it has character, which is what I am looking for!

I like Kodak cameras, I grew up with them as the company is here and my Grandpa was a PR exec and brought home all the models for us to try. I am used to them and have stuck with them. I can't figure out some of the others.

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    beautiful !!!

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GOANNA2 2/7/2012 10:47AM

    I'm not much of a cmera buff but I think your pictures
are pretty good. Loved all the art there.
Really sorry you aren't feeling too good. Hang in there.
Things will get better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/7/2012 9:39AM

    What beautiful artwork! Sorry, I am really horrible with ANY kind of camera, so can't be of much help there.

Sorry that you're in a slump right now. That's difficult. But, please hand in there. We understand!!

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    Hubby and I loved the glass art. It was beautiful!! He has always wanted to do this but has had to settle for stained glass which we love too.

I'm not doing well either. Maybe we can psychoanalyze each other or something. Give each other electroshock therapy. LOL. I know I need something.

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GROKGRANNY 2/6/2012 9:28PM

    I LOVED your pictures and I am assuming that is cute little 'ole you standing there?? (not the last

Loved the art. I love museums, especially art museums. We have a world class museum right here in "The D!"

Enterolab? Good move. They unearthed my Celiac! I will look forward to hearing.

I think you already have a handle on the nightshades ;/

Sadness. Makes me sad to hear you are struggling. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you are going through a major life shift. Sounds like you feel "stuck?" Boy, have I been there!! But, one of the best things you can do is get out like you did and have fun. Things will fall into place. Maybe if you made a schedule with the house, but just don't overdo that to-do list? That helps me sometimes, anyway!

Wish you were here so we could hang out. That would be some crazy A#@ fun!! lol

Hugs to you, my sweet!


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2KITTIES 2/6/2012 9:25PM

    Beautiful glass work! I love the sea creatures on the wall. And you look fabulous too!

Thought of you yesterday when the trampoline got a workout :)

I'm not doing well with weight either...I'm stressing over work and not doing what I should to take care of it-like exercising every day. Back at it tomo...we'll conquer those brains of ours!

Check out one of the last few months Consumer Reports. They had some pretty amazing point & shoot cameras that have SLR qualities. On my short list of things to get before the summer.

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WVROSE1 2/6/2012 6:29PM

    I love Dale Chihuly's works. I've seen them at The Bellagio in Las Vegas and at The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Very interesting and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your day at the museum!

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TAMPATINK67 2/6/2012 3:45PM

    The glass looks like Chihuly... Was it? I saw one of his shows in the past year and was just blown away - pun fully intended!!!

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Letter of Medical Necessity for Supplements

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The floors are done in the office and I've dragged in The Beast of a desk I picked up last year (and NOT painted - oh well and lol), but it's fine and does its job. I love drawers to hide my stuff. I've been drawerless for five years! Now I need more file drawers, or I need to go paperless. That'll take me a long time. It took me a few days to get the printer set up. The old printer/fax was more trouble than it was worth, and we got a free printer w/my Apple purchase a few years ago. No fax though. It DOES scan, but of course it doesn't work and I have no idea why. It goes through the motions then tells me in essense, "Sorry Loser! FAIL!" LOL. I don't know how long it'll take me to figure it out as I'm no techie.

DH has health insurance through retirement and he elected to not get added health insurance through new employer because of cost vs benefits. Fingers are crossed we don't need it for catastrophe. Anyway, this year we have a new debit Flex Spending health card for our medical purchases and copays. Sounds easy enough. This year was the year I was going to get credits for all my supplements. NOT. This year because of 2010 Health Care Reform the IRS took away vitamins/supplement eligibility ... UNLESS you get a prescription from your doctor and send in a Letter of Medical Necessity. Honestly, could taking supplements really be the bain of Health Care Reform? I was able to buy glucose testing strips without a diabetes diagnosis, but not able to buy my supplements for a celiac disease diagnosis when I was at the Big Box Store pharmacy.

emoticon"If" approved, I'll be able to buy supplements, save the receipt, and send it in with a claim form and Rx. Every time. Oh goodie. More paperwork.

So, between getting the printer set up, completing the Letter of Medical Necessity, and required phone calls to insurance, pharmacy and doctor's office, I've got little to show for my effort as of now.

Here is a readable list of Deductible and Non-Deductible Medical Expenses: (who knew Scientology counseling was not deductible?!) or the IRS long, legal version: .

I've been going to bootcamp (last Wednesday kicked my sorry bum) every MWF. I'm always glad I went but getting up at 4:45am is HARD. I don't get enough sleep. I weigh the same. Sometimes I get home and stare at the walls for a few hours. LOL. Hope you're all doing what you want and living healthily. xoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 1/25/2012 8:13PM

    I had no idea.........

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    It totally sucks. Most M.D.s know that some supplements are needed by almost everyone. I would imagine you won't find it hard to get the prescriptions but the hassle is a pain.

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TAMPATINK67 1/24/2012 7:43PM

    One step forward... Two steps back!

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CINDYTW 1/24/2012 6:51PM

  I have a Flex Card that I used to be able to use for everything. Now my employer has shut it off to doctors offices so that all we can swipe it for is the pharmacy. We have to submit everything else via paper claim! PITA for me and my weekly chiropractic visits! In addition to anything else I go to! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/24/2012 5:04PM

    this is dumb, isn't this what the plan is for????

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CATIATM 1/24/2012 4:05PM

    They don't make it easy, do they?!?

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GROKGRANNY 1/24/2012 3:31PM

    ...and you haven't even BEGUN to address what they are doing to public schools and their employees, of which Grok Granny is one!

It's deplorable.

I've heard it more than once..."there's gonna be a revolution before this is all over!"

In the meantime? Your writing still make me laugh! emoticon

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    I don't like the way they now do the flex plan. The stuff we used to take off we can't. To get even Tums you have to have a Dr. note saying you need them.

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192.4, Food & Exercise Journal

Saturday, January 14, 2012

emoticonHave I ever told you "I" invented the iPad in the early 90s? Yeah ... just didn't know how to put it together, didn't have marketing, nor the money behind my project. LOL. I invented in my own mind a padded bathtub for when my poor body and bones ached from fibro and pre-dx celiac. I also invented colored plastic for computers. That idea took way too long. A lot of good it does me to be the idea person. LOL.

Anyway, today's tracking:

Brunch: 4 eggs scrambled w/5g coconut oil, avocado, salsa.

Snack: romaine head, cod liver oil

Dinner: tba

Exercise: 1.6 mile dog walk, gardening 2 hrs,

Water: so far 6 glasses, 1w/ACV

Supplements: yes, incl liquid probiotics on empty stomach

Sleep: went to bed at 1am, awakened to let out the dog at 7:30a, went back to bed til 10:30a. Now I'm gonna attack the day!


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LINDABENEDICT 1/23/2012 7:20PM

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    LOL. My hubby invents things all the time. When he was a little kid he came up with the idea of a string trimmer. He actually does invent things in his workshop. With his unruly long hair and safety glasses he looks the part of mad scientist. LOL. His boss is an engineer and he helps him design products for their manufacturing plant.

Cod liver oil....................ugh. You are so brave.

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GOANNA2 1/17/2012 1:46AM

    You are doing so well my girl...

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GROKGRANNY 1/16/2012 5:31PM

    You're on a roll, girl! Keep up the good work.

Oh, and have I told you lately just how funny and adorable you are?? ha ha You crack me up!

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FAITHLADY1 1/15/2012 10:44PM

    I have heard that early to bed and early to rise, helps keep you healthy, wealthy and wise. You have it all, except early to bed, early to rise. This might be the missing link???

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PEACEFULONE 1/15/2012 4:47PM

    Stopping by to say HI and keep up the good work!

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194, Food & Exercise Journal

Friday, January 13, 2012

Starting Weight: 194

1c water
presnack: liquid probiotics, 2 critical care probiotics
snack: 1/2 srvg yesterday's green fruit protein smoothie, 2 Brazil nuts.

2c water - Bootcamp - 1hr myriad of exercises
Dog Walk: .5 miles, 20 mins.

Bfast: 4 eggs, 3 garlic cloves, avocado, cup of Detox tea, lg. apple,

Snack: 2 Brazil nuts

Lunch: aak. don't say a word people: cookies. 2 gf Biscotti, 3 gf cinnamon somethings and a cup of detox tea. yeah, i know "detox" those cookies! can i just mention how hungry i was shortly after? hungry! (blood sugar swing) i let it pass.

Dinner: missed it cause i was running errands. not hungry anyway.

Eve snack: bowl of udi's gf vanilla oats granola, 1/2 too ripe lg banana, 1/2c blueberries, 3/4-1c of non-sweetened coconut milk. 60-75g of deli turkey (haven't had that in over a year or so as i'm trying to stay away from deli meat cause of the transglutaminase.)

Hours later: swig more of liquid probiotics.

I went out to run errands, one of which was to get groceries, and i never got the groceries. i didn't feel like whipping up an egg for a bit of protein. oh well. another day ...

I did drink 4-5 glasses more water, took supps and had cod liver oil. (see note below) ;0)

Today I started using my SAD light in the morning.

Note to self: drink more water!


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DOTSLADY 2/15/2012 10:26AM

    Faithlady1: I would probably lose weight faster if I had more veg vs fruit ... thanks for the reminder. It's my latest "hard" thing to change. I'm a work in progress.

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FAITHLADY1 1/15/2012 10:48PM

    My nutritionist recommends not having fruit at all. How come you have so much?

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LINDABENEDICT 1/14/2012 9:27PM

    What kind of SAD light do you use?

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    Gotta love the water. LOL.

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PEACEFULONE 1/13/2012 1:27PM

    Great start. Know you will get to your goal!
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194.4, Food Journal, Twinkies, and Venus Williams

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yesterday's food journal (remember, I prepare food for one. I'd prepare food for Dd but I never know her schedule or if she'd eat it):

Weighed: 195.4! Up from 193. ??~! Sometimes I think eating too late does that. Will try to not eat past 7:30p so liver can do its thing.

bfast: 14g coconut oil,
Fruit smoothie: banana, blueberries, 4c salad greens, chia, flaxmeal, Living Fuel berry protein powder.

mid-afternoon (late lunch/early dinner): romaine lettuce head, ACV, artichoke hearts, avocado, ... should have written it down for accuracy because I'm forgetting something.

eve snack: :P I found some old gf cookies and had two biscotti w/c of green tea.

Bootcamp day: myriad of stations of exercise.
Fibro pain: Highest pain is usually the day after exertion and this was the case. Had muscle pain in quads, hams, biceps and armpit area (muscle name?). Went to bootcamp anyway. We didn't run as much. There were stations of random exercises. I went at my own pace. Lots of stretching. Glad I went.

Today's weight: 194.4

brunch: Fruit Smoothie: 5c greens, frozen cranberries, blueberries, banana, chia, flaxmeal, water. Salad: 2 sm. heads of romaine, foil pkt of sardines in water/no salt, avocado, artichoke hearts, AVC, 20g fresh garlic, 3oz purple onion, cup of Get Clean tea (Rep of Tea), 2 cups water. Supplements. Cod Liver Oil. Liquid probiotics on empty stomach. Speaking of, I keep getting mixed signals on this: to take on empty stomach or with food. What's your experience?

hungry about 8p: dinner: 1srvg bfast fruit smoothie, gulp of cod liver oil

Exercise: down day. dog walking 1.4 miles.


Hostess Twinkies trying to not go financially bankrupt saying it's the rising cost of food production ... I think people are wising up and not purchasing their products. I used to love Wonder Bread ... it was a treat when mom'd buy it. Too bad for me. :P Bye bye to yuck. Hope they figure out something healthy to bring to market.


The minute it was announced a while back that Venus Williams had Sjogren's you know what "I" thought ... gluten-free paleo ... seems she went raw vegan, which is awesome, but not the whole story. I searched articles and finally it's being written up about the gluten-angle. note to dietician who wrote the article: you don't HAVE to be celiac to go gluten-free, as most any autoimmune disease might benefit from its anti-inflammatory results!!!!!!


An ad for Today Moms on The Today Show is brought to us by Vicks (TM) "Nature Fusion ... for cold symptom relief and free of alcohol and gluten." Gluten-free ads. Gotta love that.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/15/2012 10:48AM

    Oh good heavens . . . I have to agree that Hostess needs to wise up. Give us products that are healthy and we will buy! Twinkies . . . had one in my life and that was enough for sure.

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    I can't remember the last time I had a Twinkie. I remember when I did that it tasted kind of disgusting - like a big "dough ball wad" in my stomach. I have the same reaction to doughnuts - especially Krispy Kremes. They are kind of revolting and nauseate me. I used to like Bunny Bread but not a big bread fan any more unless it would be killer. None of it is worth having IBS over.

I see a problem appearing more and more with gluten free now in that some proponents are turning it into a hybrid junk food diet instead of eating healthy gluten free foods.

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DOTSLADY 1/13/2012 11:35AM

    Response to blood sugar ques: Well, I'd have wondered the same thing GG and Cindy. And normally I don't have even natural sugars for bfast thinking about the liver (the liver doesn't like to get shocked awake I've read). I've been out of glucose strips for months waiting for new year flex spending to buy new, so I haven't measure bg. I CAN tell you that I felt fine, though. I can TELL when my blood sugar goes up because of how my brain feels. Even when that happens though, I've been within bg range (I like under 120 for me). I will be testing in the near future to confirm.

Gosh, you guys, you made me put it in SP Recipes so I could see nutrition stats, etc! LOL.

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories: 164.0
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 38.3 mg
Total Carbs: 27.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 7.3 g
Protein: 8.9 g


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CINDYTW 1/12/2012 11:17PM

  As far as the probiotics, I follow the packages. I don't always get the same one due to finances and store locations and they all vary. I just follow directions for what I have. One other note...I have lately been taking it at bedtime, when I have found my system likes to have magnesium and aloe juice as well. If I take magnesium/aloe juice during the day I am in the bathroom the remainder of the day, or having other embarrassing issues!! Bedtime, just a nice regular morning. Maybe take it like 10-12 hours before your normal bathroom routine begins...

I too would question the smoothies like GG did. I would not feel well with that and I don't have a diagnosed problem. What do you feel like after that?

That salad has the makings of being one of my left out bacon and I put turkey on mine too. YUM!

Yeah and I HATE when people write articles and say going GF can be dangerous if you don't need to be. HOW???!! WTF???!! There is no documented daily requirement for GLUTEN!! Seriously!!

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LUVDOGZ 1/12/2012 9:50PM

    Smoothie sounds yummy! Sounds like a good day. I've often wondered about how to do the probiotics as well?

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GROKGRANNY 1/12/2012 6:32PM

    Do you think the fruit smoothies are affecting your blood sugar?

I get so aggravated with my own ups and downs.

Read my blog later tonight or will be surprised what my friend learned after coming back from Ann Arbor (to the doctor I sent her to!!!)

Also somewhere you asked me about the boxed Organic chicken broth and autolyzed yeast? I never buy anything with yeast in it. If you have time, you can always stew up a massive chicken and simply season the broth yourself and freeze it?

But you already know this!!

You are in my thoughts, my friend!

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