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Update on party plans

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Well, my daughter got wind of her birthday party, which is okay, because she's out of her funk and looking forward to it. It's coming up next Sunday, and plans are going well. I'm glad that I decided to have it, and thanks for all of your encouragement. I'll let you know how it goes!

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IMAVISION 4/12/2014 7:20PM

    I hope that everything connected to the party went smoothly & that many lovely memories were made for all in attendance.

God bless!


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MOTHERBEAR4 4/8/2014 8:59AM

    emoticon Glad she is out of her funk.

About 5 years ago I had alot of deaths in my family. 2 brothers, an aunt an a cousin (son of the Aunt). We had a family reunion in July Which I travelled from Arkansas to Indiana. Then a few weeks later I was travelling back again because my oldest brother was dying of pancreatic cancer. My older brother & I share a birthday - I am the baby half sister. He died before our birthday. Well I was surprised after the funeral during the meal with oodles of folks & family there that they did a 50th birthday thing with gag gifts. I was happy. Birthdays for me growing up weren't celebrated in a big way ~ no parties, friends over or having it at a restaurant.

So pat yourself on the back! emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/7/2014 9:24AM

    Planning is half the fun!

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GOLFGMA 4/7/2014 8:44AM

    I'm sure it will be wonderful. Have a great time! emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/7/2014 1:41AM

    I read your earlier blog on this. I am so glad you decided to do this for her. I bet she will LOVE it. Hugs and have a healthy week. emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 4/6/2014 10:12PM

    My birthday is Friday & so is my grandson & them my youngest son on the 13th can we come too?

God Bess & I pray all goes well.


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WOUBBIE 4/6/2014 7:09PM

    Good! What a relief! Hope it all comes together!

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JAMBABY0 4/6/2014 6:43PM

    hope the party goes well and wish her a happy bday for me

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ARNETTELEE 4/6/2014 6:28PM

  Please wish her a happy birthday!

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Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

So today was going to be my "Get Her Done/Housework-Cardio" Day". I washed and conditioned my hair and put it up under a heating cap, with a clay masque on my face. I put a load of clothes in the washer AND the dryer, put my cell phone on the charger, a chicken in the oven to bake, sprayed my tub and face bowl with scrubbing bubbles, ran up and down the stairs to the tune of "Happy" with my water bottle clipped to my side, watched a Spark People video as I vacuumed! Boy, did I feel productive!
So what was that blob on my stove? It was my food scale. () God forbid, I should eat 7 ounces instead of 6! What I forgot was, it was plastic and the heat vent from the back of the oven melted it! I haven't even had that scale a month! But at least I got a lot done! LOL!

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IMAVISION 4/12/2014 7:21PM

    I like that you ended on a positive note!

God bless!


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DEWAND1 4/7/2014 2:45PM

    I enjoyed your blog, boy you sure sound organized! Sorry about your scale though. emoticon

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MOTHERBEAR4 4/6/2014 6:22PM

    I like that song HAPPY!

I need to have one of those day minus the melting scale emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 4/4/2014 12:07AM


emoticon for that omen! emoticon


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FIT4MEIN2013 4/3/2014 11:21PM

    Been there, done that. I had to buy one last month after leaving mine on the toaster oven when it was in use. SMH!

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AMBERBREEZE 4/3/2014 8:14PM

    Consider it an omen- your weight is going to melt off this year. emoticon on a very productive and 'Happy' day. emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/3/2014 8:15:20 PM

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WOUBBIE 4/3/2014 4:17PM

    Ah, the one dark grey cloud that passed over the face of your sunny day. Glad you can laugh about it!

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KKKAREN 4/3/2014 1:58PM

    Too bad, I hate to buy those things. I did see lots of options at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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Bad News/Good News/My Own Outlook

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I WAS looking forward to going to the doctor today, because I know that I have been eating well, exercising, and drinking lots of water. After she looked at my chart, she said that I needed to move more and drink water! Are you kidding me? I politely told her that I was walking or cycling 60 minutes every day and drinking 80 ounces of water! Well, she was upset that my blood pressure was so high! "What is it?" I asked. By the look on her face, I thought it was astronomical! "140 over 95" she said. "But the good news, is, you've lost 9 pounds since you were last here!" Well, hooray for something! I'm happy with myself, and I'm going to keep on working on my health and fitness. My next visit is in 4 weeks and my weight AND my numbers will be down even more, thank you very much! Doctors do try to bring you down, don't they?

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IMAVISION 4/12/2014 7:23PM

    Hope you are having a successful time of it & that you will give your doctor reason to smile.

God bless!''


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DEWAND1 3/29/2014 10:01PM

    good going girlfriend -- you need to hold up your right arm into the air and reach back and pat yourself on your own back! You deserve encouragement and acknowledgement and if your doctor won't give it to you, we will -- another Sparkfriend. But I do like your plan - see what happens in four weeks when you return. emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 3/29/2014 10:14AM

    Boo Hoo! Your doctor doesn't seem to be on your support team. What goes? You're making a great effort and it's paying off with super rewards. Nice of her to add a little "good news" as if it was a gift. You earned it, you deserve cheers!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep the faith. emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 3/28/2014 10:06AM

  PATTY U R right! I like that! emoticon

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PATTYR81 3/27/2014 10:53PM

    Doctors are like sports coaches. If they tell you that you are doing great, they will be out of a job. emoticon

So I'll tell you: You are doing GREAT!

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GOLFINMOMMA 3/27/2014 10:05PM

    Nice work! Keep it up and astonish her with your next visit. Maybe now that she knows you are really working at it she will give you some support. emoticon

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ELSCO55 3/27/2014 10:02PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Sounds like you have a good plan even if the Doctor hasn't figured it out yet.

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Not My Normal Behavior

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My daughter will be turning 40 soon. All year long she has been looking forward to having a big celebration, which my family usually does for what we call milestone birthdays She is a loving and giving person and has lots of friends, who have been looking forward to celebrating with her. Over the past couple of weeks, she has been very depressed about work-related troubles, unexpected household expenses, and pressure in her post graduate program. She has not even mentioned her birthday. Her father, sister, and I were beginning to make plans and get all excited.

Of course, before we went too far into planning, I called her husband and asked him what his plans were, and how we could help. I was so shocked as he sadly told me that she didn't want anything at all, just for them to go to dinner by themselves! He was at a loss because a couple of years ago, she gave him a fabulous forthieth birthday party, and everyone had a great time. He had wanted to celebrate with all of us, but decided to just give in to her. I reluctantly said okay and hung up.

Normally, that would be the end of it for me, because I pride myself on not being a "Buttinski". I felt so bad that I couldn't let it go. A few minutes later, I called my son-in-law back, and basically told him to take her to dinner early, and bring her over to us. I told him, not to worry, he didn't need to do anything or know any details, I would take full responsibility if she objected. For as long as she had been looking forward to this, I don't think she will. Well, I'm sticking my neck out here!

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PATTYCAKE17 3/31/2014 11:42AM

    emoticon You go girl !!!!!!!!! Sometimes Momma still knows best and on this instance, I think you do!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon from one Mom to another emoticon

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GOLFGMA 3/25/2014 10:35AM

    It sounds like her nature would be to know that you Love her and wanted to share this milestone with her. Bet you are absolutely right! emoticon

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PATTYR81 3/25/2014 8:50AM

    Some (MOST) times Mom DOES know best!!!

I think you are making the RIGHT CALL here!!! Given your tradition of celebrating milestones, it would be a HUGE missed opportunity to not have the party. One that would be remembered (and I'm sure, regretted) forever.

You Go Girl! And please let us know how it goes! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 3/25/2014 5:54AM

    Sometimes necks are meant to be stuck out - it might even help relax and improve her blues.

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ALICIA214 3/25/2014 1:08AM


Hope you all have a great time.... emoticon

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Starting Over

Monday, March 24, 2014

Yesterday, I started over with the Induction Phase. Today when I weighed I lost 1 pound! It may not seem like much, but I had been stuck at this weight for the longest. I should have stayed on Induction longer but I thought 2 weeks was enough and decided to cruise into Phase Two. Well, obviously, my body wasn't quite ready for phase two. Also, as soon as I went back into Induction, the "Induction flu" came in the form of a headache. that lets me know that I have more toxins and burnt fat cells to eliminate. I ended up taking a Tylenol and drinking more water, and the headache went away. So I've decided to stay in Induction a little longer, until I'm sure that phase two is effective for me.

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ISLENAA 3/24/2014 11:18PM

  good for starting over and congrats on your weightloss. I know the feeling. I'm back down to 180 and need one more pound to reach those elusive 170s...lol i'll be checking in to see how you're doing. keep up the great work. we're doing it!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 3/24/2014 6:57PM

    You will find what works for you..hang it there. It is a long, slow , process to lose weight. I lost 90 pounds before my chemo and then gained back over 60. That was when I was off spark for a couple years . The best way is to eat healthy foods, believe me I have tried a little of this and a little of that. I just got back after being off for four months, having a sick computer lol.

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NANCYPAT1 3/24/2014 6:36PM

    Have great success on this journey - go with your gut feeling.

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WOUBBIE 3/24/2014 6:20PM


The headache is actually from being low in sodium. Have a cup of broth once or twice a day and you'll feel much better.

As to fat cells, they do apparently die as time passes, but they are replaced by new ones. As a species we would not have survived the long millennia without being able to store a reliable supply of fat.


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KOSHIE1 3/24/2014 5:13PM

    Smart move! I'm glad you are not just giving up! It sometimes takes awhile to figure things out.
I haven't checked your food logs or anything, but I'd like to caution you about Stage 2. You are supposed to add only 5 grams of carb A DAY to your Induction Diet for about a week. Then, you add another 5 grams carb.... Slow and steady. 5 grams carb is a miniscule amount... so it really helps to measure what you are planning to eat. I always extended the "week" to about a month. While the addition IS tiny, the beginning of each month it was always so luxurious and pleasurable and added so much variety to my meals that I was quite content over a month. And it certainly taught me just how much 5 grams IS and how easy it is to slip into eating too much if I didn't measure!

What a lot of people don't understand is that there is no advantage to staying in Induction unless your ketosis level is actually SO low that you can never get out of Induction. Your greatest satisfaction (I'll bet) will be served by finding your Critical Carb Level and learning to STAY under it! After all this time, that is still what trips me up! My CCL is so low that I really am unable to "sneak" nibbles and pretend they don't count! 'Cuz they add up FAST! My body keeps perfect track! I'll bet yours does too!

Anyway, good luck!

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