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Hooray for Fall!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I basically hate summer, its too hot! Fall is my favorite season and now that Labor Day is done I am so ready for Fall!
Still things to clean up in the garden and hopefully a dozen or more quarts of tomatoes to can, but I look forward to cleaning out the garden and putting it to rest for the year! I canned five quarts of tomatoes yesterday, only one did not seal. I was nervous to even try, it was something my husband and I did when he was alive. It brought back a lot of precious memories. We talked a lot while we worked in the kitchen. I miss him and the times we spent together.
Early to bed tonight so I can go to the garden early tomorrow while it is cool.

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TSISQUAUSDI 9/14/2014 11:00PM

    My friend, we have so much in common. Forgive me for being so out of touch for a while. I tend to "cocoon" when I need to heal, and the stress at work has been relentless. You and I find a great deal of comfort in our gardens, and canning is a sort of therapy for us! When I lived in VA, I was always just a little saddened when I had to put the garden to rest for the winter, so Florida is the closest thing to heaven on earth for me - August, as hot as it is, is the only dormant time my garden has. This is the month I amend the soil and till everything up. Right now, I'm planting my Fall/Winter garden and watching the seedlings emerge! I can't tell you how much that helps my depressive episodes!

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RDEE22 9/2/2014 9:45PM

    How great to have all those tomatoes. I freeze everything now. I used to do a lot of canning when we were farmers and had an orchard.
Enjoy your Fall!

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CINDYLOU4782 9/2/2014 8:07PM

    I'm looking forward to fall too! I love walking when the mornings are cool and crisp

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GEORGE815 9/2/2014 8:05PM

    Nice thing you are doing with the canning. Sorry to hear about your husband. I am glad canning brings back good memories for you.

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Feeling naked and vulnerable.........

Saturday, July 05, 2014

In May I wrote about commitment, ready to lose weight, yada-yada-yada. I continued to yo-yo the same 10 pounds. In May i was playing with the Leptin supplement pills, not really cutting out carbs or alcohol. I lost some, gained some. The June 23rd Woman's World had a diet plan using green tea and lemon juice. I tried it, cut out the alcohol and lost 6 pounds, then reverted to old patterns. June 30th my doctor told me I have artherosclerosis, (plaque build up in my arteries) and doubled my BP medication from the minimal dose to double. He told me to do all I could to lose weight between now and his next visit in 30 days and recommended the South Beach Diet.

So, I've pulled out all the stops. I'm still using the green tea and lemon, using the leptin supplements, following the South Beach Diet and eliminated alcohol (none since Monday night) and I've lost 6 pounds in 4 days eating lean protein and vegetables. I skipped the parties last night celebrating the 4th in favor of maintaining my progress, and thankfully it worked, even without exercise.

Today I am baring myself to any who want to see my food intake and exercise output to help me with my transformation. If that isn't commitment, I don't know what is! I've always striven for perfection and all will be able to see just how imperfect I am! no more hiding, all will be revealed, the good, the bad and the ugly. Yikes! I feel like a streaker!

I will never give up, it is time to grow up and be healthy in my retirement. There is still so much I want to see and do! emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 8/3/2014 11:09PM

    You go, girl!

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RDEE22 7/6/2014 6:14AM

    You can do this. Great weightloss. emoticon

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CHARITYAK 7/5/2014 1:35PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss and best wishes in your commitment to better health!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Finally, I feel I can commit again to getting the weight off. Finally, I want to get the weight off. I want my blood pressure down to normal, I want to hike in the mountains, I want to be able to walk in charity walks again, I want to live again.

Yes, depression is still a problem, even after coming back to Colorado. Adjusting to retirement and having to make a life after work structure was discarded is definitely a challenge. Learning to live on a fixed income (no overtime now!), having to budget income because no surprises or bonuses coming in the future----that in itself is stressful! I will be fine, but the shock of limits is just that, shock.

I worked in my community garden patch (after breakfast with my DIL on Sunday and shopping trip for vegetables) for about 3 hours. It gave me time to think about what I want to do, how I want to be, what I need to leave behind and what I need to embrace.

I finally am able to say I don't want to live this weight any more. I know the things that I am doing to hold onto it, and they are not worth the momentary pleasure they might give. Its time to let go of the fear, let go of the addictions and embrace life. I quit smoking almost 4 years ago when I was 60. I want to quit the weight before I turn 65.

So I'm committing to losing 15% of my current body weight by 8/29/14, that gives me 99 days to lose about 40 pounds, or 13 weeks. 3 pounds per week. I am pledging no alcohol until those 40 pounds come off. That will improve my blood pressure, metabolism, mood, and give me lots of time to discover more ways to stay active.

I joined the YMCA to work out, I have the garden and the garden club, I joined the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I have 2 DILs, grandkids and great grandkids to love and cherish. and that is only the beginning, God will provide the lead, all I need to do is listen and follow His guidance.

Off to pick up prescriptions, then the gym, then stop by the garden to see what is happening. Need to pick up a step stool and fan, then hopefully FINISH UNPACKING!
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TSISQUAUSDI 6/21/2014 9:28PM

    You go, girl! It sounds to me like you've reached a place in your life where you are a priority. emoticon

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Monday, April 21, 2014

spent the day doing paperwork associated with retirement, new bank accounts, prescriptions, still have paper strewn all over the place! not good, it causes stress but a necessary demon until I get everything set up in the new apartment. Got my bills paid for the month and still have money left over, so all is well.

I ate leftover chicken pad thai for breakfast and was not hungry all day. Drove around the old stomping ground looking for places I remembered and to get a key chain of all things! Tonight I made a cheese/roast beef melt sandwich with mustard. I think I'll have some yogurt and call it a day.....

Trying to only eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied. At the point that nothing really sounds good expect spicy and cheesy, which is good and bad. But like Mom used to say, it will all come out in the wash.

Tomorrow I'm headed back to the gym!

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LIVEDAILY 4/23/2014 5:50PM

    I love eating leftovers for breakfast! Cold pizza and spaghetti are the best with a hot cup of coffee! I know how you feel about piles of paper. Set up some sort of organization system now that you'll actually use. I depend too much on the "I need to see it to work on it" method! Glad you are settling in!!

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RDEE22 4/22/2014 1:31AM

    I'm a great believer in "eat when hungry", instead of by the clock. emoticon

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is only 370 calories? I can't believe the breakfast I just made is so low in calories and high in flavor and protein! I used 1 teaspoon of EVOO, a cup of mushrooms, a cup of zucchini, a half cup Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage crumbles, 2 eggsland eggs, 1 slice Sargento chipolte cheese, Mrs. Dash, curry powder, black pepper and 3 cloves fresh pressed garlic, and YUM!

This will definitely fuel me for my work out at the "Y". with a green salad for lunch and a light dinner, I think I will be set! It will work well in my plan to raise my leptin levels. I had an email from the outfit I bought the supplement pills from today that not only blesses at least one "cheat day" a week, but says it is mandatory in resetting your metabolism and keeping you eating healthy.

My 2nd dil who is in a nursing home called this morning to invite me to their Easter Brunch, so I am planning on Sunday being that day or one of those days. I want to try doing a fast (500 calories) the day after my cheat day, the way a normal person would cut down on their eating after a day of indulgence, then go back to eating regularly and see what happens.

It's so great to be home and among loved ones!

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RDEE22 4/18/2014 7:28AM

    Sounds like a plan. emoticon

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