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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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It was close again last time. I was afraid the wrap the night before would mess me up.I got one again last night but no cheese and was well in my range.But I see it as a trouble spot.So I have to be more careful.
I knew I ate fast but since I am actually timing my meals I didn't realize how quick.Last night Bill ate his meal in about 10 minutes. I had about same thing except I did have a salad. It was a struggle to make mine last.I made it to 24 minutes but I started counting to 30 between bites instead of 20.Time yourself a couple of times and you might be surprised too at how fast you eat.
I am also not eating lunch til around 1 since I get up late. That way I don't get into food so much in afternoon. I have switch from a banana to a yogurt for breakfast. I also try to do some kind of exercise or stretching before I have lunch. I just keep trying to fine tune this where it is easier for me to keep doing it. Changing what and how I eat. I always make a big salad for supper and use to eat it all at supper.Now I save part of it and use it as one of my night snacks.I put the salad in another bowl for supper as if I leave it all together I won't save any.If it is there I will eat it.So part goes in fridge right away. Ok enough about this.I am sure you are tired of it.
My large orchid has started to bloom.This is only the beginning.It will probably be about another week before it is fully bloomed but here it is today Last time it bloomed I brought it in house but pot is much larger now so I am not sure if I will or not.Bill helped and we fertilized all the veggies and most of plants. My desert roses in front are just awesome.
Not too many butterflies yet today because of rain. There is one small red winged booger that keeps coming but haven't been able to get a picture yet. But I will eventually.
They did not call last night so the new bed won't be coming today.But it should be here tomorrow. It is the most expensive bed I have ever bought and I better get better sleep.We joke that it is the hearing aid bed as we chose between getting Bill hearing aids or bed.Bed won.
Well it looks like we are going to have rain all day. Will be nice when I take my nap later.

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NIGHTSTAR777 9/2/2009 9:10AM

    Sorry about your bed. Hope today it will come.

Your Orhids are beautiful. I am like Kathy, wish to see your rouses. I love rouses.

Nice to know you are doing well with eating. See, we all watching how it is going. I did not read any one blog with such consistency.

Well today I am waiting my TAIslim suply for this month. It looks like I stopped my last time growing and started to go up ib my weight, but I have to wait.
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SUNNY332 9/1/2009 9:57PM

    That orchid is absolutely the most beautiful one I have ever seen. I can't wait to see it as the blooms continue.

Hugs, Sunny

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FEISTYMAMA 9/1/2009 4:51PM

    I don't time myself when I eat, but I'm usually the last person finished eating. I like to chew and savor my food. I'll have to see how long it takes me to eat. I can't imagine letting it go a full 20 minutes though. It would get cold.

I used to eat a piece of fruit in the morning and it used to fill me up (since I never used to eat breakfast). Now that my body expects breakfast a piece of fruit isn't doing it anymore. I've been eating oatmeal. It really fills me up.

Have a great evening. I'm sure you'll conquer the food demon tonight!

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KATIE233 9/1/2009 4:12PM

    hi eleni, your orchid is beautiful l. sorry your bed not coming today.can you take a close picture of your roses when i quits raining.i love to see them.hows your red toaster doing? have a wonderful day. emoticon

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RURAL3 9/1/2009 4:09PM

    Another great day. Don't worry about the "what almost happened". You did it. Bummer about the bed though. emoticon

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LOSINIT52 9/1/2009 1:30PM

    Always look forward to hearing about your day. It's wonderful that you're being so mindful and successful with what you're doing.
Mind over Matter.

Hope you sleep well when your new"hearing aid" bed when it arrives. My mother got hearing aids but hates wearing them. She says that even withouth them, she hears pretty much all she wants to anyway, sometimes even more than she would like. LOL

So I would say August was a VERY successful month for you with tremendous changes. I hope September is fabulous as well.

All the best.

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Sunny Monday

Monday, August 31, 2009

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I am so proud of myself.This is the best I have ever done. Bragging??? You bet!! This is hard and I am proud that I am doing it. It is not a free ride.I am working hard at this. I believe people should be proud of their accomplishments.
talk is cheap.Action speaks louder than words and I am putting action to it.
Yesterday I swam 15 laps and today I added 1 more.
I am using my chop sticks and baby spoon for yogurt type stuff. I am timing my meals and making sure they last 20 minutes. That is a hard one for me. I have to count to 20 between each bite to do it.
I know we should sit at a table to eat but we don't.We eat off TV trays watching TV.But I also have a clock next to TV and I use it to make sure I take the full 20 minutes.
I came close to messing up last night.I was too low in calories and made sure to eat a few more.Then since I had so many left over I made a wrap with a slice of cheese. I really wish I hadn't done that. I was still in my calories range with plenty of room. But cheese is a big trigger for me. I am hoping my brain doesn't go that direction today. So I am trying to be aware of things I need to stay away from for now.
But bottom line is I am doing everything I can to stay in my calorie range without depriving myself. So far so good.
I am getting more butterflies every day.Amost every time I look outside there is one on one of the plants. I even had two at same time. Bill even likes these plants.This guy visited today

And this little guy
So far my daughter is ok and boyfriend is moving out.She has a court date on thursday about restraining order she took out on him.Hopefully this will get over with and they will continue to stay away from each other.
Well dear friends it is my nap time.

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MDMNINA 9/1/2009 10:39AM

    Woo-hoo. You brag away, girlfriend! You have earned the right. BTW the orange butterfly is a fritillary and the darker one is a long-taled skipper!

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DICHTAS 9/1/2009 10:21AM

  You are doing GOOD. I keep saying everyday is a new day..

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DMLADKINS 9/1/2009 12:25AM

    You have earned the right to brag, girlfriend!! It IS hard work. I am so glad for you on all fronts. Neat pics and your DD will hopefully enjoy a long and happy life away from abuse. I took a picture of an interesting moth a while back. It had a comoflage pattern. I will try to post it.

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/31/2009 8:43PM

    You should be proud.

i am glad your daughter is better and her BF is moving out. Hope you will be calm now.

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 8/31/2009 8:10PM

    Brag Away!! You deserve it!!

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FEISTYMAMA 8/31/2009 7:40PM

    emoticon You have every right to brag!!!! I know it's not easy and you're doing great!

We don't eat at the table either. Bad habit, I know. My son is such a picky eater he usually eats something else while I'm making dinner.

We saw a monarch butterfly flying in the yard on Saturday and I immediately thought of you. I don't see them very often around here.

I hope things go well with your daughter. I've been fortunate and have somebody who would NEVER think to raise a hand to me.

Good luck tonight, you CAN do it!!!

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LOSINIT52 8/31/2009 6:03PM

    I'm so proud of you too, Eleni. Your good behavior helps keep me behaving myself. I think I'm hangin' with a good crowd. emoticon
You are on such a good path right now. You can do this. I know you can. And me too!
It really is important to be mindful and try new strategies till you find what works, isn't it!
I'm about to go enjoy a frozen yogurt. Thanks for that idea.
Think I might not be blogging for awhile till my Mom leaves, but I will try to keep reading my friends blogs and messages and will try to stay on track, so I appreciate your support.
All the best.

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RURAL3 8/31/2009 5:49PM

    I agree with Tilliebee. You are doing so good. You should be proud. emoticon emoticon emoticon

What kind of camera do you use? You get such good pictures.

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Nice Sunday

Sunday, August 30, 2009

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It is starting to get a little easier.
We are having a quiet day together.We are watching the DVD The Watchmen which was suppose to be good but so far it is not so good.Kinda dumb.
We may have to take a dresser out of bed room as new bed is bigger.
Those gel bites are real sweet. To me they are sweeter than jello. Someone asked where to buy them and I got them at Wal-Mart next to cold jello packs.
I went in pool and swam 15 laps.Was only going to do 10 but decided to try for a few more since I was in pool.
Bill gave up on movie.I don't know how much longer I can stand it.
I can't remember what I was going to say so I am saying goodbye for now

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KATIE233 8/31/2009 1:19PM

    hi eleni, i see you are winning watching what you eat. great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonkeep going!

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RURAL3 8/31/2009 9:36AM

    Eleni I am so excited about your progress. You are on an awesome journey. The best part is that you keep going during the emotional times. That is a big feat in itself. I am proud to call you friend. emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/31/2009 8:38AM

    SO happy "It is starting to get a little easier. "

You are really so strong that you can do it. It is if you take this as your goal you will get it. I am sure about it.

When I was younger I was told that I cannot bear the baby. Wrong. You know I do have two sons, I am mother.

It was told that with all that treatment , consider my age, my health condition and history, I would not have healthy baby in mind and body. Wrong, both our boys are very smart, and there are no more problems with health then for any one else.

This is my point, If it is your goal then just go and have strong believe in your hart, you can do it, and you will.

Very best, and all time on your side, NS

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DMLADKINS 8/30/2009 11:06PM

    I went for a swim too. Don sat in the bleachers while Polly and I did laps. Always feels good to move in water. By the way, thanks for the comment on my page. Don is trying to find a USB cable that fits the video camera and the laptop. I may just try a memory stick.

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LOSINIT52 8/30/2009 5:02PM

    Glad to hear you're having a nice quiet day. I know you need it.
And really glad to hear you're getting in some exercise too. You're not just sparked, you're on fire.
I'm struggling it seems but hanging in there and doing alright.

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TILLIEBEE 8/30/2009 4:05PM

    Great job on the 15 laps!
Thanks for reviewing new foods for us!
I really appreciate knowing about new products.
Have a great rest of the day.
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FEISTYMAMA 8/30/2009 3:31PM

    It does get easier as time goes on. Hopefully sooner rather than later it won't be such a struggle for you. You're doing great!!

Good job on the 15 laps!! I do that when I'm exercising too. I meet my goal and then tell myself to do a little more. Now that the weather is getting cooler I want to start going back to the RecPlex. It's closed until Sept. 7th but I hope to get back after that.

I've never heard of that movie, but I'm not a big movie person. I usually end up falling asleep unless it's a movie I really want to see.

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Blogging late but had a good day

Saturday, August 29, 2009

We have been so busy I am just now getting here to blog.It has been a good day
First off
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Second I lost 3# so my counting calories has paid off.
Third We went to the Bonefish Grill for supper and I did wonderful.I did not take my scale in but I did take my paper and pencil in and roughly figured amount.The server told me the fish was 6 oz and I got the salmon with no sauce on it and grilled veggies. I did have a very tiny piece of bread I dipped in some olive oil. Once I got home I pulled out same veggies I had and got as close to possible to amount and weighed and measured.I knew I had done gone and my guesstimate was 600 cal but it was just a little over 500. I was so proud of myself.This is first time we have gone out for supper in probably a year.We go for lunch once a week and occasionally a 2nd time.
Next we went to Wal mart to look for sheets for our new bed that is coming next week but no luck. But I did find the Gel Bites that Terri was talking about.There are jello cubes but are just a tab chewier.Maybe like a soft gummy bear type. But the whole bag is only 45. I always have the 10 cal jello around but this is finger food which I like
Well it is late so I will stop.I will pick up where I left off tomorrow.

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/31/2009 8:42AM

    "lost 3#"

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TILLIEBEE 8/30/2009 8:51AM

    Eating at restaurants is the big challenge, so when you've got that down to a science, you win!
Can't say the Gel bites look very appetizing, but it's nice that you found something you like to nibble on.
What day isn't wonderful that ends in a trip to Walmart?

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SUNNY332 8/30/2009 7:08AM

    Good job on the eating out. We love fish and just decided on grilled Tuna for supper.

I have not tried the Gel Bites - haven't seen them around here. Where did you find them?

Take care and have an awesome day.


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FEISTYMAMA 8/29/2009 11:37PM

    I've never seen the gel bites before. I'm not too keen on the texture of jell-o so I don't eat it. Do the gel bites have a gummy bear texture?

Dinner is difficult for me when we go out. I don't eat lunch out much at work. We go to dinner every once in a while. We've cut back significantly since I've started counting calories though. It's difficult to find things to eat since I don't like fish. I try to get on the website of the restaurant and look up the nutritional info.

16 days is great!! One day at a time!

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CSDAYS 8/29/2009 11:36PM

    I have not noticed the gel bites but they look good to me. I had a good day today too. I ate only half of my usual breakfast, great lunch, and a small dinner. My weigh-in is on Tues. so I must be extra good now.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

I first want to thank everyone for the private messages in the goodies and the other comments of concern. As far as I know my daughter has not been hurt.She is in a bad situation where she could easily get physically hurt. I just talked to my other daughter and she is going to keep in touch with her.Altho She hasn't been able to get ahold of her since he was served with papers to stay away. I am just hoping no news is good news. I probably shouldn't have said anything as when my sister saw my comment she got worried about me and called.Then I guess I hurt her feelings as I did not want to talk about it anymore as I only get more upset. I am trying to not think about it as there is nothing I can do.Joy is 39 years old. But she is still my little girl. But thanks for all your concern
Now to more pleasant things .
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So I am still doing good.
I looked for some of those gel bites that are low in calories that Terri mentioned but couldn't find them where I shop. But I have my supply of tomatoes and cucumbers.I also got some low cal and low sodium lunch meat. I rewrapped it in 2 oz servings. That is plenty for 1/2 of the wraps I am using. Got more wraps and put a bag in freezer.I will make some soup tomorrow.
We went to lunch before the grocery store and I took my new scale with me. Bill did not go to another table. The waitress was a sweet heart and checked for how many calories the bread had. I did have to reconstruct sandwich and I was under on what I had been estimating. I looked at calories at deli counter and most of all turkey was about 60 cal per 2 oz of meat so I used that.My whole sandwich plus a side of some sliced tomatoes was only 265 cal. We usually split one and get a cup of soup.I skipped the soup and had a whole sandwich. So my little scale worked nicely.
ANother good but expensive thing we bought today was a new bed. We got a split adjustable bed. We got the cheapest one but it was the most I have ever spent on a bed. I went whole hog and got a new special pillow for me. But this way if either of us become bed ridden we don't need a hospital bed. I am looking forward to sleeping much better.It should make a big difference.It better. They will be delivering it on Tuesday or wed..
Oh I almost forgot. I dug out a small baby spoon to use when I eat yogurt to slow me down. A tip I got from another sparker.I found a pack in baby stuff and bought them so I would have more than one.Sounds crazy but I am game for whatever helps me lose.
And another new butterfly today.He looks a little strange.I am thinking maybe he is a baby monarch.I have to go look for a web site to help me name them.So far I am going getting 2 kinds..
Ok I still have bags of groceries to put up.We got a lot of 2 for 1 cans of stuff. I also stock up when stuff like that goes on sell as it won't go bad.
Thank you again and as of this moment I am calm.

PS It may take me awhile to respond to all my email etc.

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CRAFTYC 8/29/2009 8:44AM

    Your butterfly is a Long Tail Skipper. A great site to ID butterflies is I've never seen this variety in our area - it's really different with that long tail, the blue body and brown wings!

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FEISTYMAMA 8/28/2009 11:15PM

    emoticon I'm thinking about you and your family!!

Great job on saying no to the soup. I was tempted to get cream of potato soup (one of my favorite soups) yesterday at lunch but I said no and ate the lunch I brought.

Did you get one of those sleep number beds? I'm sure you can't wait to get it!! We got a new mattress 2 years ago. I tried to talk my husband into getting a Queen but he refused. We have a Full. When we go to hotels and get a Queen or a King he complains about not being able to sleep because he can't find me. He's weird, I know. LOL

Take care!! You're doing great!

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/28/2009 10:29PM

    Thanks God. You are right No News Is Good News.

OK By now. Today I got com. on my page and it is very good news. Spark mother met her son, he come back from duty. She had 3 children on duty, two sons and daughter. Today younger one back home and safe, so now all three are home and safe. SO good news.

I am too love your blog. I worried that you will break your war with Demon, but you are strong. So glad to hear that.
Sure Bill with take same table with you, no questions about it. emoticonGlad that girl was sweet, and you have what you was looking for.

BTW spoons are pretty, I love the colors. It is really funny. I cannot eat if I do not like spoon or plate or glass. And these spoons are really nice to hold.

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LKWQUILTER 8/28/2009 7:41PM

    You are truly remarkable Eleni. You really give good tips and I love reading your blogs. Your pictures are always a treat to look at too. How talented. (((HUGS))) Linda Kay

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RURAL3 8/28/2009 6:16PM

    That butterfly is different and it is really pretty. I am sure they are coming around to cheer you. Glad you are doing better and I will not dwell on it but know I am still praying for you. You might need to take a day just for Eleni down by the lake taking pictures again.

Hope your bed does the trick. emoticon

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VELVETCATT 8/28/2009 5:37PM

    I love the pictures within your blog!

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