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Thursday, July 12, 2012

I know it is afternoon but this was cute.
Did not use my timer today.Letting knee rest.
Roxy went to Petco and got her bath.
It is raining again this afternoon.I don't like too much rain but we always need it. Even tho some places are still flooding. I don't like thunder and lightning.
We are catching up on programs I have taped. We just watched Closer and now Gene Simons.
Hope you had a good day.

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KATIE233 7/14/2012 2:14PM

    send some rain down here. we can use it. well i got a zucchinni and 2 cucumbers and some cherry yellow tomatoes out of garden.going to pick some yellow beans garden need a good steady rain even over water don,t cut it as good as rain.take care big hugs emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 7/13/2012 2:28PM

  Hi Eleni........
I didn't have any cartiledge left in my knee either and it was bone rubbing on bone. You are wise to give it a rest. I remember that pain all too well.
We had Nola last night for 3 hours and though both Ken and I love her and we had a good time with her, we agreed that we are more comfortable when they reach the stage when they can communicate their needs. She is only 5 weeks old and is so tiny and vulnerable.........she scares me!!!
Have a great weekend.

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MPARKER67 7/13/2012 11:23AM

    Had a sinus ct scan yesterday. If they say I need surgery, I guess I will just suffer as anyone I knows who had it says it doesn't work!

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SHIRLEYX 7/13/2012 9:40AM

    Sometimes I get enough of the heat and really enjoy the rain. Haven't hit that point yet this summer though.

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DEE107 7/13/2012 12:06AM

    how cute the cartoon and I dont like the storms either they scare me a lot hugs

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LKWQUILTER 7/12/2012 6:32PM

    Oh, I love your Garfield cartoon. I agree with it 100%. lol

I love the rain but do not enjoy thunder and lightning. It can do it all it wants when I am asleep cause usually I sleep right through it. Rest that knee.


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DEEO12 7/12/2012 6:18PM

    Rest your knee and do maybe some arm exercises. emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 7/12/2012 5:40PM

    Oh, that Roxy is sure a pampered pooch!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Was storming but it passed over.Still raining but not stormy.
My spark friend Shirley was wondering what she could use as a substitute for mayonaise so I was curious and tried to find one. Not much luck but one place suggested tzatziki sauce so then went looking for recipe.Spark has some recipes. Recipes all over place but I ended up with one from Oikos greek yogurt site. It wasn't too good when I first put it together but now that it has been mixed together and sat in fridge it is much better. Was making a small amount so had to try to adjust amounts. Hubby is one that likes it so will let you know how he likes it.He hates cucumbers with a passion but like tzatziki sauce which is ade with cucumber
Used timer again to walk around house but not as much as yesterday as left knee is hurting bad.
Ok Need to go start supper. Abigail got into her grandmas recipe box.

Rebekah will learn to keep some things out of reach

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PATRICIAANN46 7/12/2012 2:26PM

  Hi Eleni.........
I don't know WHAT is causing the pain in your knee, but when mine hurts elevation and icing helps. I use a package of frozen peas (just for this purpose) as they fall over the knee and stay in place perfectly.
Please send Abigail to my house. I have two recipe boxes that need sorting and I would love her help.
Take care........... emoticon

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DEEO12 7/12/2012 12:11PM

    Cute pic of Abigail in grandma's recipes lol

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SHIRLEYX 7/12/2012 9:14AM

    You're a brave woman to make tzatziki. I just buy it from Costco, tastes good and low calorie. Abigail looks like she's having a lot of fun!
Hope that your knee feels better today.

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DEE107 7/12/2012 12:14AM

    hugs typical little girl

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KATIE233 7/12/2012 12:02AM

    cute Abigail !thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/11/2012 8:18PM

    Abigail reminds me of my grands and children now--they love getting into my recipes. lol Take care of that knee and listen to your body. ((HUGS))

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0309COOKIE 7/11/2012 5:35PM

    Hope your knee gets to feeling better soon.

Abigail looks like she is gaving a grand old time! Too funny.

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MPARKER67 7/11/2012 5:23PM

    Sorry your knee is bothering you but you are doing good!

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DANIYAHMOM 7/11/2012 5:10PM

    we could use rain in AL

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Helpful Hints

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

3 New Weight Loss Myths, Busted

By RealAge

Myth 1: Eat five mini meals throughout the day. The initial idea was to eat small, healthy amounts of food every couple of hours to keep blood sugar levels steady and energy high. The trouble is, many people end up eating what amounts to five full meals. "I find that people do much better when they sit down and have three balanced meals a day with two small snacks in between," says nutrition counselor Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD. "Real meals stave off hunger. If you eat tiny bits throughout the day, you're hungry all the time."

5 tips for healthy snacks

1. Skip mid-morning snacks. A recent study of women on diets found that those who didn't have a mid-morning snack lost 4% more weight than morning noshers. Why? The gap between breakfast and lunch typically isn't long, and you're probably not really hungry for something by mid-morning (but someone brought in doughnuts and . . . well, you know how that story ends), which brings us to our next strategy.

2. Follow the 5-hour rule. If there's more than 5 hours between meals, go ahead and have a snack. The break between lunch and dinner often is longer than 5 hours, and a late-afternoon snack will satisfy your appetite so you're less likely to overeat at dinner. The same study also found that afternoon nibblers tend to eat more fruits and vegetables compared to those who skip an afternoon snack, so well-planned afternoon snacks can help boost your nutritional bottom line, too.

3. Add some protein. It helps you stay satisfied. Plus, protein helps you build muscle so you burn more calories and lose more weight. Good protein candidates include plain, fat-free Greek yogurt with walnuts, a hard-boiled egg, or peanut butter on celery or whole-grain crackers.

4. Revamp your snack lineup. Clean out your pantry, fridge, and desk drawer at work. Toss out anything that has more than 4 grams of sugar per serving. Restock with healthy snacks, such as nuts, whole-grain crackers, fat-free yogurt, fruit, and cut-up veggies. If healthy stuff is on hand, you're less likely to visit the vending machine.

5. Eat the same snack every day. Variety may be the spice of life, but it can spell trouble for your bottom line. A new study from Cornell University finds that the greater the variety of foods we eat, the more calories we gobble, so find your favorite healthy snack combo and stick to that.

Myth 2: Eat less by using small plates. Studies have shown that large plates lead to more eating because they make portions look smaller, but the small-plates idea only works if there's a limited amount of food to put on the plate. In a recent diet study at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, 10 overweight and 10 normal-weight women were randomly assigned a large or small plate for eating lunch on two different days, then allowed to serve themselves. The result? The ladies ate until they were full, regardless of plate size. "Make what you need, or measure the amount before putting it on a plate, then put things away," recommends Tallmadge, who was not involved in the study. "It's having easy access to food that keeps you eating more."

5 ways to fight food cravings

1.Practice mindful meditation. Spend just 7 minutes a day focusing on recognizing, accepting, and experiencing your cravings rather than trying to ignore or suppress them. Dieters who do have far fewer food cravings, and resist them better

2.Get on your feet. Especially if you're craving chocolate. A quick walk will curb even major chocoholic cravings in just 15 minutes. It works by stimulating feel-good brain chemicals

3.Hit the mute button and do sit-ups -- or this -- when commercials come on. You'll switch off cravings, too. Adults (and kids) eat more snack foods after watching TV shows loaded with food ads.

4.Try yoga. Aside from making you stronger, suppler, and calmer, yoga helps you tune in to your appetite and recognize whether you're actually hungry or just bored. .

5.Have that little cookie you can't stop thinking about. Sometimes, trying to stifle a craving makes it grow so intense that, when you finally cave, you eat the whole bag. Yep, having one little banana-oatmeal-walnut cookie now may save you from having 30 later. Don't beat yourself up. Relish it. Take a small bite, savor the taste, have another bite. Thoroughly enjoy it. Then move on.

Myth 3: There's only one right way to diet. Diet books are churned out all the time, touting pounds lost by following the rules of the latest trendy plan. A new weight loss study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., reveals it doesn't matter what meal plan you're on because you'll lose weight as long as you stick to it. In the study, several hundred overweight or obese people were randomly assigned one of four diets, with varying amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. The researchers checked the participants' weight after six months and again at two years. They found that people were able to maintain a weight loss of more than 8 pounds over two years no matter which plan they were on.

"A healthy diet will work because it forces you to organize yourself," Tallmadge says. "You're watching portions, you're following a guide. What needs to be looked at is weight loss over the long term. You can only follow an eating plan like an automaton for so long. It's better to understand the principles of healthy eating."

Still, she says, no matter what diet you follow, "adherence is the key."

I thought this was cute

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KATIE233 7/11/2012 11:58PM

    love the picture. hugs to you my friend! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/11/2012 8:21PM

    Thanks for the info Eleni. I really liked the picture for it is so true.

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SHIRLEYX 7/11/2012 9:11AM

    Good tips. Thank you.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/11/2012 9:04AM

    Great tips here Eleni, I'll have to copy and paste to keep them!

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JILL313 7/11/2012 8:58AM

    Thank you for sharing this very interesting article. Have a great Day!



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DEE107 7/11/2012 12:25AM

    thank you for sharing great tips

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OURELEE1 7/10/2012 10:34PM

  Thanks very helpfull!!!!!

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JUDY1676 7/10/2012 10:14PM

    Interesting info! emoticon for sharing!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/10/2012 9:36PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Great Tips........ emoticon for sharing them.

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SLUNDQUIS 7/10/2012 7:38PM

    Helpful information!

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0309COOKIE 7/10/2012 7:27PM

    Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it. I picked up some tips.

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BCARSON11 7/10/2012 7:25PM

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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NWFL59 7/10/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon emoticon

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DICHTAS2 7/10/2012 7:19PM

  Looks like Christie.. Greg cooked supper.. Bar b q Chicken.. ,yellow rice,G/beans . Not a WW meal..
Wish my heel would quit hurting..
Nice rain we had.. Joanne

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Monday, July 09, 2012

It has been a so so busy day for me.As most days I do nothing if I do anything it is good.
I used the timer on my phone and set it to go off every 30 minutes for almost all day.When it went off I got up and walked to bedroom and back with my trusty walker.Doesn't sound like much but for me it was.
Yesterday when we went to lunch we went to a place that had a nice lunch special of 1/2 sandwich and cup of soup. They had a bean soup and veggie soup that had different beans in it. So I decided to make a big pot of mixed beans from my stock of canned beans. It turned out good but much higher in calories. 1 cup of this is 66 cal compared to my other that is only 60 calories for 2 cups. I made up several 1 cup bags. I usually add extra veggies to my soup when I fix it to eat.So I will mix the two soups instead.
My daughter Angel is having heart problems again. Actually not again.Her existing problem is bothering her.Plus her blood pressure is too high. Doc changed her meds and will do it again in a week if she isn't better.She has been under a lot of stress lately.
Bill is bowling tonight.Hope he does good.
The storm today almost took our gazebo covering off today. Bill had to fix it as best he could for now.
Ok Hope your day went good. Poor Roxy hates storms. I made an exception and let her lay in kitchen with me while it was stormy. She is sitting between my legs under this table now. emoticon
Monday is about over but I thought this was cute

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KATIE233 7/10/2012 2:31PM

    cute picture. bean soup is little higher but is good for you. how did Bill do at bowling? i don,t like storms either it,s the lightening i don,t like. that is good walking every 30 minutes it,s better than none aeh!good for you. well i,m going to see how my garden is doing.take care.

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SHIRLEYX 7/10/2012 9:04AM

    Excellent use of the timer. Poor Roxy. Our dog doesn't like storms either.

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MIZCATHI 7/10/2012 7:54AM

    Great idea on getting up every 30 minutes and moving!

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DEE107 7/10/2012 12:06AM

    way to go on walking and making homemade soup and as for the storms I like to hide tooo

you sound so much better and praying for your family

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ILOVELIFE2012 7/9/2012 11:21PM

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DEEO12 7/9/2012 10:09PM

    That is excellent that you are making the walks back and forth the washroom! emoticon

Sorry to hear about Angel, I didn't know she too had heart problems. I hope her blood pressure goes down.

You are so good to let Roxy in the kitchen when the storms are happening emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/9/2012 9:35PM

    That's a great idea to set a time and walk around every 30 minutes Eleni, it will make a difference.

I love any kind of bean soup and when I made a pot of cabbage soup last week, I put in a huge can of a 3 bean mixture, I rinsed them first then in they went. Oh my, it was delicious soup and I've got several bags of it in my freezer.

Our dog does not like storms either nor does she like to be in the house alone. We were just out on the front porch without her, came in and didn't see her. A few seconds later her head peeked out from under the couch, lol, big baby.

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0309COOKIE 7/9/2012 9:02PM

    When it storms I have to hold Punky. He shakes and shakes. He gets that way with fireworks too. I think a lot of dogs get upset when it storms.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/9/2012 8:55PM

  Hi Eleni.........
I like your timer idea. I am going to use it tomorrow to remind me of not only my regular exercises but also my PT exercises for my rotator cuff. It is so easy to put them off and then at the end of the day, I am so tired!!! I have noticed more pain in the cuff area today and I KNOW why........I lifted a heavy object that I shouldn't have yesterday and I felt it right away........DUMB!!!
My dogs are the same way during a storm..........they just can't get close enough. It's been so long since we have heard thunder and seen lightening.........I wonder if they remember it????
I hope that Angel's doctor can find medications that will help her. She has had so much stress and we all know what that can do. I will keep praying for her.
Loved your little dog..........
Take care.......

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Sunday Shopping

Sunday, July 08, 2012

We went to Wal-Mart and did some shopping.
My scale finally broke and I have to have a scale.I have had a very expensive Health O Meter for several years. It weighs up to 350. We picked up a floor one for $30 bucks. It is not as easy to see as my old one.The old one had an attachment that we hung on a nail at face level.This one we have to see over our bellies.
We also got a new toaster oven. I bought one some time back that had toaster and oven both.But oven part was too narrow. So we only used toaster part. So we got a toaster oven big enough to use oven part.
Also got an electric can opener as mine also quit working.And a couple other little things.
We are now watching Footloose.
Hope you had a good weekend.

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MPARKER67 7/9/2012 10:23AM

    I managed to stay away from shopping this weekend. I always spend more than I should LOL

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SHIRLEYX 7/9/2012 7:51AM

    It's great that you got out to go shopping!

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DEE107 7/9/2012 12:10AM

    love the card and also when one thing happens it all goes after that so sorry you had to get a lot of new stuff but I know it was fun shopping

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DEEO12 7/8/2012 11:27PM

    Love the poem. Also does your new scale weigh you the same as the old one? I know that for some reason i have 2 scales and one weighs higher than the other. I use that one as my main scale just to be sure i don`t pick the one that weighs me less.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/8/2012 9:41PM

  Hi Eleni........
Sounds like you had a good outing at Walmart. I have to go for a PT session on Wednesday and Walmart is right across the highway, so I have already started making a list so I don't forget anything.
Are you watching the "Old" Footloose or the "New" one? I really liked the old one with Kevin Bacon. I took our oldest son to it in the theater and at the end, EVERYONE was up and dancing in the aisles. It was so much fun!!!
Loved your DON'T GIVE UP...........maybe I will copy it and put it up with the Don't Quit that you sent me earlier.

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JILL313 7/8/2012 9:32PM

    Enjoy your new kitchen appliances. It's great you were able to replace them and I know Walmart has good prices. I hope it's isn't sizzling there. . .We're heating up here in the 90s but not as hot as a lot of places are. Enjoy the upcoming week.



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LKWQUILTER 7/8/2012 8:47PM

    Our appliances must be on the same page--going, going, gone. lol We have to get a new poster cause it burns on one side and barely toasts the other. I can hardly work my can-opener either, Ashley and Donna (daughter) can use it fine. lol
Have a great day Eleni. ((HUGS))

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/8/2012 7:49PM

    well by golly you did do some shopping ... sounds like fun !! Good luck .... Roc

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