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Watching the bees buzzing around outside.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

I now know where they got the saying Busy as a bee. I was just sitting here looking out at the veggie pots and butterfly plants and the bees are just hopping all over the place.Never stop too long at any plant. Just busy as a bee. emoticon
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I have been fighting the urge to make a great big breakfast but I know I can't do that. SO I just keep telling myself it will soon be time for lunch and I can eat a nice lunch.
I have been wanting some good fried fish for a couple days now. And I would go out to eat and get some if I knew the right place to go. To me good fried fish is hard to find. I guess because when I was working the guys I worked with cooked the best ever fish. Plus usually it was caught at the beginning of our shift so it couldn't get any fresher. To me good fried fish has little batter on it.Just a light coating.And even tho we have seafood places all over the place most of them have too much batter. Oh well I will survive.I can dream tho
Bill should be home shortly and that will distract me some from thinking about food. He went to a big car show in Webster Fl but is already on way home.
It always amazes me how much we think about food.When I was skinny I never thought about food. Oh well Thats life.
It has been established that I am not doing great growing veggies altho I keep trying. I do have 5 okra plus one more I will cut shortly but they do have cute blooms.These are from my cucumber plants
And this is latest on the orchid which still has more flowers to bloom
Well my friends I guess that is about it.We did watch the movie Changeling yesterday with Angelina Jolie and it was a good move. I have always thought Angelina and Cher and even Jennifer Lopez are better actresses than they have been given credit for. Ok That's it folks.Hope you are enjoying your weekend

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KATIE233 9/8/2009 1:39PM

    your cucumber plants look good. and your orchid looks lovely.i like doing my own fryed fish in the electric frying pan. i can put egg mix and fllour and instant mash potato flakes. and some spices it makes it better than deep fried fish.we had ocean perch on saturday this way. less calories.

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NIGHTSTAR777 9/7/2009 4:17PM

    I can say the same :I don't like Angelina Jolie but I like Jennifer Aniston and Pit Prat.

Just looking how are you. Lev just gave up computer to me, so it is my time not. Our another one is broken now, so we have only one.
see you tomorrow.
Good Night.

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RURAL3 9/7/2009 3:56PM

    Just checking in. You are doing awesome emoticon.

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BIRDLEGS29 9/6/2009 4:36PM

    I'm from the south where, traditionally, fish is not battered but dredged in a beaten egg, then plain corn meal and fried crisp. No better way for catfish! Nowadays, I just use the whites of the eggs. Too many restaurants use a thick batter so when you cut into the fish with your fork, the batter falls off and you are left with a tiny bit of fish. If you fry in a healthy oil, it is not too hard on the counts.

Now I am hungry for fried fish!


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PAULA3420 9/6/2009 3:39PM

    The orchid is magnificent! emoticonAnd, I'm wondering with you what is it with food on my mind Non-Stop lately. I'm with ""NewStart127" As soon as I finish one meal, I'm planning the next. Wishing you MORE SUCCESS in the days to come. There is nothing like fresh caught fish. It's the best. Can't beat it.

Hugs, Paula

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FEISTYMAMA 9/6/2009 1:08PM

    Another day down and another win in your pocket. emoticon

I've been thinking about food all morning too. It's now time for lunch so I'll be able to eat. I've been thinking about chips! MMMMMMM. I did eat 3 chips this morning but then I stopped. They've been taunting me all day.

My sister lives in Washington state and eats lots of seafood. She loves a good fish fry. When she was in town in May we went to dinner and she was so excited about getting the fish fry. She said the fish fries in Washington aren't as good as they are here. I gag when I smell fish. I can't eat it.

I don't like Angelina Jolie but I like Jennifer Aniston. I told Jason I want all of Jennifer Aniston's movies. Funny, I never once watched the TV show "Friends".

It's lunch time and my tummy is yelling! I hope you enjoy your day!!


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NEWSTART127 9/6/2009 12:36PM

    Way to go on being 24/0 on the food emoticon!!!
I have days when I think about food all the time... hadn't finished dinner last night by more than 30 minutes when I was already thinking about what I could eat TODAY! Have you tried making your own fried fish? Seems like that would be pretty easy to do as long as you can get a nice hot pan on the stove!

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Sunny Saturday

Saturday, September 05, 2009

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I have beat the Food Demon again 23 days straight.
Amazing. I weighed 286 this morning which is a 3# loss. And it puts me where I only have 7 pounds to go to get to my lowest weight earlier this year of 279 .I regained around 20 pounds. So I am a happy camper.

I am very aggravated with spark today. I have trouble all the time having to re login a lot but today is the worse. It seems like if I blink my eyes I have to re login. I always check remember me but it doesnít remember me. I couldnít even get to my blog. After re loging about 6 times I gave up.I am writing this on word now and will transfer it later today when spark decides to let me blog. Oh well. If that is my worse complaint I am doing ok.
We were talking about how we go to grocery store with a small list and come out with a $200 bill. But I told Bill I was very thankful that I can go to a grocery store and buy what I want. I remember the days I had to count every penny when I went and often had to decide what I could do without and put stuff back because I didnít have enough money. I do know what it is like to struggle and I appreciate all I have.
We are not going to get to see Landon this weekend. They will be over here but we arenít going to be able to see them. We are planning on a weekend trip to Orlando in a couple weekends. That way we can have some one on one without so many people around all wanting to hold baby. Plus I havenít been anywhere in months and it will be good for me.
I just made my weekly pot of soup. I know I counted everything I put in it but it seems like calories are low. Each 2 cups will only be 90 calories. I did cook some fresh green beans and used that water plus some more. I did use more water this time. I also added extra spices. I just grabbed stuff and threw it in. I even put some poultry seasoning in. Broth tastes good. I probably have about 8 seasonings in it. Iím glad it tastes good as I would have to eat it anyway. I would not throw away 23 cups of soup.
Bill is working part of the day and I am just resting. Feeling tired today. I have some reading I want to do plus look at my butterfly books. Bill was looking at them and he loved the butterflies. He said he thought we needed to get some more of plants like we have. Ok I am innocent. He is one that wants more plants now. Not me. But he does like the butterflies. We have them in pots and we need to see if they will live in dirt.
I am still working on eating slower.It really is harder than it seems. I don't know if it is helping or not but I am going to keep working at it.
It is nap time for me and Bill.He is home from his side job and very tired.
Will be resting and chillin the rest of the day

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NIGHTSTAR777 9/7/2009 4:10PM

    "Ok I am innocent. He is one that wants more plants now. Not me." I really love it! You are cool. Sure it is Bill!.
He loves you Eleni, he is really the Best.
OK I love your butterflies. and birds when you post them. I try but I never got butterflies. They are too fast for me. emoticon

Happy you bit that Demon. It looks like he does not like you. but you are cool. Do it.

I do fight me sugar. It started to get low. 102 in the morning. And I am good. I can go to vocation, to weekends, to stay away from home and go to trips. You do understand what I mean. I am really so happy. I am glad you go to weekend out of home. It is really different, you need it.

Take care. NS

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FEISTYMAMA 9/6/2009 1:01PM

    A 3 pound loss is great!!! You're doing great!

23 cups of soup? Holy moly! Is that how much you make all the time? That's one big pot! You don't get sick of having soup all the time?

I think it's great that Bill is interested in the butterflies and the plants. Maybe you should send Bill alone to buy the plants. emoticon

I'm sorry you won't be able to see Landon this weekend. Like you said, plan a trip so you have more time to spend with Landon one on one. Roads trips are great if you can do them. Just stop along the way to stretch out and of course take pictures!! I love all your pictures!!!

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NEWSTART127 9/6/2009 11:55AM

    Congrats on your loss, Eleni! Sorry you won't be seeing Landon this weekend, but it's good that you have a visit planned! Scrolled down and looked at all your photos - butterflies are really pretty. I hope you do get more plants and more butterflies! That means more photos for us to enjoy! Hugs, Audra

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PAULA3420 9/5/2009 7:24PM

    emoticon on beating the food demon, 23 days is emoticon I'm rooting for you! I love reading about your flowers and butterflies. Hope to hear more about them soon. And, wishing you a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

Sweet dreams, and Hugs, Paula

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BIRDLEGS29 9/5/2009 3:14PM

    Eleni, it may not be your fault today because SP is driving me up the wall, as are several of my other sites. Maybe it is the net today and not us. emoticon Good job on beating the food demon.


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TILLIEBEE 9/5/2009 3:03PM

    Check to see if you have the right settings in your own computer. Sometimes it has to do with security settings and allowing certain sites to have cookies, or something....I don't know, but I think it's your computer settings.

Goood for you and that little pipsqueak demon! You are doing so great!!!!!

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KATIE233 9/5/2009 3:00PM

    hi eleni, wow 23 cups of soup thats alot. does that do you a week or two.wtg on losing the 3lbs you,re doing very very well. emoticonhave a wonderful day and take care and buy lots of plants for butterflies. emoticon

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Errand Day

Friday, September 04, 2009

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I have beat the Food Demon again 22 days straight. Amazing. My scale was down good this morning.Hopefully it will show the same thing tomorrow
I made some homemade salsa to use in place of the bought salsa.It is good but doesnít have that sharp tang that the jar does.Probably because of less salt. Mine has to be more healthful. I may try putting some chili powder in it and see what that does.Don't know til I try. My doc told me yesterday that tomatoes have a lot of salt and that surprised me.I told him I was not giving up my tomatoes.They are too important to my losing weight. I am not suppose to get greens like I do but he would rather change my doses of coumadin and have me lose weight.
We may have to change our shopping day now that Billís bowling league has started.We will play it by ear.Soon he will be bowling Fridays and Sunday.I may try to keep Friday afternoon as errand day so we have Sat free.
We are not going to get to see Landon as expected. We are going to try to go over to Orlando for the weekend in a couple of weeks. We will stay for a couple nights. The drive is very tiring for me so we will go on friday after Bill bowls and I will be able to rest when we get there.Then spend the day with the kids on Sat and come home Sunday morning. It is close enough for most people to drive over for a few hours and then come home but it is just too much for me.
I checked out V-8 juice as an alternative for the canned tomatoes I make my weekly soup out of and I will stay with tomatoes.
I was very happy to get all of 5 okra off my okra plant.That is most I have gotten at one time.
We went to Books a Million and I got two butterfly books.I liked them both. Here are my visitor today

OK I have meat to rewrap and get in freezer.Plus it is supper time.

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NIGHTSTAR777 9/7/2009 3:56PM

    Hi Eleni.
I love your butterfly, very colorful.
So happy with your eating.
So wish yo see Landon, he is big boy now.
Where or when you are going to post salsa? I used to buy one but mt men do not like it. Probably I will make it better then buy it.
I saw okra in supermarket, but I was far away from my home so I did not buy it. Probably late.
See you NS

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TILLIEBEE 9/5/2009 8:22AM

    You are close to beating that Food Demon for a whole month now!
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KATIE233 9/5/2009 1:23AM

    hi have you tried motts garden cocktail juice you can get it low in sodium. i,m going to put some into my meatloaf tomorrow. emoticon

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RURAL3 9/5/2009 12:07AM

    I am going to have to get some of those butterfly plants in the spring. Obviously in IL you can't look at the pretties all year like you can in FL. Keep that food demon at a distance. You will be at 30 by the time I get back next week. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 9/4/2009 11:46PM

    I'll have to try making my own salsa. I'm sure it's healthier than buying it at the store. I didn't realize tomatoes had alot of salt in them. I eat them with salt. YIKES!

V-8 is nasty. ICK! I have tried it multiple times over the last 10 years and every time I try it I want to gag.

I like the butterfly visitor. It's a pretty color.

emoticon emoticon emoticon You're kicking the Food Demon's arse!!!

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Day started out ok.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Well I will get the bad out of the way first. My daughter Joy went to court today and long story short.Her boyfriend is back in house.They are going to try it again.Big Big mistake.I am not happy about it but she is a grown woman. "Supposedly they are both going to quit drinking" I told her if (and I know he will ask) her boyfriend asks what I think.I told her to tell him I am not happy and I think he needs to pack his sh-t and get out. But he doesn't have another women to support him right now. They are both to blame and I just don't see it getting better. I am going to try not to think about it.
Now on to better stuff.I beat the food Demon again 21 to 0. Just have to keep it going. I crocked potted a roast tonight and tried to do my best at counting calories.
After I have beat the Food Demon for 30 days I will drop my calorie range down. Just a little. I do have it a little on high side now.I have it set at 1500 to 1700 and have averaged around 1490 so far. When I change it I will change it to 1400 to 1600.
Saw my cardiologist today. He is giving me 2 months and then he wants me to try diet pills.There are 3 different ones.The medical field has approved diet pills for people like me with heart conditions and being obese. I didn't want to do it but he asked me to meet him halfway.He has never been ugly to me about my weight.He also said there is a new drug being tested for people who can't keep potassium up like me. In Europe they are using viagra successfully for same thing.Trust me I teased him big time about his interest in viagra. I told him that men were just dogs anyway.He agreed. It was funny.You had to be there. I asked him if I was his personal guineas pig. Really he is just an excellent doc that keeps up with all new meds trying to help his patients. I don't know how he finds time but he does.
I told him I felt a little knot on tummie and he pushed and said I have a hernia. I said great.You would find something else.We will just ignore it for now.
He thinks the new bed may help my sleeping.He said the not sleeping well was not good for me. Bill told him last week I wasn't sleeping much.He already knew it.
So now I have a 2 month goal to lose as much as I can and I have all of you watching to see if I slip up.So I better be good.
The next aggravation today is bed.It is not coming til Monday now. We are suppose to get a nice gift for being patient. Doc said he was also having trouble with arms going to sleep and he got an adjustable bed and it helped.So I am hopeful mine will to if I ever get it.
More good news.Heidi called and they are coming over this weekend so we will get to see Landon.He is getting so big so fast.
I guess thats about it. I did notice my container red roses had several blooms so I took a picture. Oh And my new red can opener came too. So the day actually was more good than bad.
Take care and I will see you tomorrow

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DICHTAS 9/4/2009 1:42PM

  Hope Joy works out this problem. I am with you about his getting out. I hope Joy does stop drinking..
You are doing good with your eating ,Just keep doing what you are doing. I hope the diet pills are really safe..
Have a Good Week.

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MDMNINA 9/4/2009 12:44PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's choices. But you are so mature in your attitude. You understand that these are indeed HER choices. But I know, as a mother, that it has got to hurt. My thoughts are with you as always. emoticon

As for the diet pills, I think that is OK under your doctor's supervision. Sounds like you have a good doc who really takes his time with his patients. A rarity these days! So listen to him and you will be fine!

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TILLIEBEE 9/4/2009 7:53AM

    As long as you trust your doctor about the diet pills, but I think you sound like you're doing so well without them!
Sorry about the not sleeping challenge. I'm right there with you. Next time I'm on the computer in the middle of the night, I'll have to see if you're up, too and we can have a nice long crabby tired yakfest on meebo!
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NIGHTSTAR777 9/3/2009 10:57PM

    At first you will post pictures of Landon. You promised long time ago. And please let me know if it is on gallery, I do not check it as I do your blogs.

Second, bed will not come on Monday because it is holiday and every one has long weekend. You better to ask them about that possibility that they really going to delivery your bed on Labor Day.

Third, I wish you best to try all what you can. About doc how did he get information about new med? He has advertising. He is doctor, so companies send all advertising to him as well as I do have all time advertising of Broadway shoes and all in Lincoln Center. I was given by doc's a lot of med which really I did not need. They tried all new med. Really they have reason for that. I do not what to say anything negative about your doctor. I hope he is good doctor. I just try to say what do I think, so you all time know that.

Last one , must pleasant - I love your roses. I wish I have roses on my window. I do have synthetic roses they are almost like natural, but they are too perfect for being natural.

Finally emoticon Put This Demon OUT. Did you see my photos? There is Blsck Hole in Yellow Stone National Park. It goes deeper and deeper to the Earth. There is place for your Demon.

Have good Weekends & Holidays.

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RURAL3 9/3/2009 8:47PM

    OH are so hard because we love them so much. Sometimes tough love is the best policy. If they continue in a destructive pattern you may need to just distance yourself from them for a time. It's tough on both parts. They obviously aren't learning anything and sometimes we enable them by being there to rescue. Especially when they go back to the same pattern and see no problem with it.

I have to say I would be furious about that bed. What reason are they giving you? I would have made them haul it out there tonight or cancelled and bought it somewher else if I could. But I am not in your situation and don't know all the details. And you are probably nicer than me. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 9/3/2009 7:47PM

    I sure hope things go well for Joy. I've never been in the situation so I can't say what I would do 100% but I'd like to think I wouldn't put up with that B.S.

You are doing wonderful with the "Food Demon". I know you'll do your best in the next few months. Please do your research before taking any diet pill. My friend was taking Alli and recently there's been some talk about liver damage. I used to take Metabolife 13 or so years ago and it worked for me but I haven't taken anything since then. Of course your doctor won't give you anything unsafe. I'm just leary on pills like that. There's no miracle drug to take to lose weight otherwise we'd all be skinny.

Hopefully you'll get your new bed on Monday. At least they deliver on a holiday! A few more nights my dear. You've lasted this long you can do it another few days. There is an end in sight, unless of course your mattress somehow falls off the truck and gets run over on the interstate.... emoticon

Have a good night. If that Food Demon comes knocking pretend you're not home!

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Another rainy day

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

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I did it one more day but last night was too close for comfort. I have watch my calorie count inching up and I need to get it down some for my own comfort level. I would just rather be closer to low side than other way around. But I am still very happy.
i have been doing some kind of exercise every day now.Not a lot but just something and will increase it as I go. I couldn't go in pool yesterday so it was good old Richard Simmons. I have 2 sitting tapes he put out that I use.Plus some other sitting tapes I use too.
My bed was suppose to come today but it is now going to be tomorrow. When no one called last night I called them just before they closed to find out why. I was informed that it would be Thursday.I informed him that I thought that sucked as I was promised Tues or Wed.Not Thursday. I was not a happy camper. SO I have to wait another day. I have a thing about people doing what they say.I wouldn't have gotten aggravated if he had called and said there was a problem with the delivery date.But no one did.I guess they had my money so good manners don't count now.
It is till raining and dreary. But I would rather have the rain than the fires they are having in California.
I put some pictures on my flickr site yesterday. I think most of them have been on here at some point.

I have added salsa to my list of low cal foods. I used a little in my lunch wrap yesterday. 2 Tablespoons is only 10 calories. so I will keep a jar in fridge to jazz up some baked foods etc.
I finally got a picture of what I have been calling a red winged butterfly. Only I don't think it is a butterfly.When it flies it's red wings really stand out. Here are a couple of pictures.The second one is blurry but it makes him look spooky.
Ok I better go for now.I always remember something I forgot to say after I post. But have a good day.

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DAISYBELL6 9/3/2009 7:50AM

    Your pictures are beautiful and your garden fantastic. Happy Bed Day today!


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RURAL3 9/2/2009 11:56PM

    I sure hope they are giving you free delivery on that bed. They should give you some kind of bonus too. Why do they think people buy new beds....DUH!! Their old ones don't work anymore. Well hopefully tomorrow night you will have a peaceful sleep. emoticon on continuing to demonize the demon.
I have to say I love the salsa too. medium...not too hot and not too mild.

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GIGIANDDAISY 9/2/2009 8:17PM

    I love your Wonder Woman and devil!!!!!

Beautiful photos as well....did you take them?

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FEISTYMAMA 9/2/2009 6:50PM

    I would've been very upset about the delivery of the bed. They should've taken 2 minutes to call you to let you know it's been delayed. I don't think a customer should ever have to call like that. Had it been me they would've gotten the wrath of Robin. Hopefully tomorrow you'll have a wonderful night's sleep.

I love salsa. One of the ladies I work with makes the best salsa I've ever had and all of it the ingredients come from her garden or her neighbors (except the jalapeŮos). Good stuff! I'm a guacamole freak too. Avocados are high in calories but are healthy so I splurge every now and again. I eat guacamole with a spoon. YUM!!!

That's a freaky looking bug. I can't get over how big it's body is. You capture the most interesting critters.

Have a good night!

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NIGHTSTAR777 9/2/2009 5:29PM

    Sorry your bed did not come today.
Glad you are good in eating. Keep going.

thank you for photos of your roses. I never know how Desert roses looks like. I had indoor plants in my Russian app. the flowers were close that one of your roses but it really different.

Like you Red Fellow. It is really does not looks like butterfly but it is very nice and you got picture.

Good night, Eleni. Wish you will slip well.

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SUNNY332 9/2/2009 4:50PM

    You are doing great!

Take care! Sunny

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KATIE233 9/2/2009 4:08PM

    hi eleni, you are doing so well. i,d would be upset to the bed not coming til tomorrow. that sucks!!! i would have gave them h--- . emoticon hopefully it will come thursday. have a great day. like your red wing bug.

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MDMNINA 9/2/2009 12:32PM

    You are doing so well. And I know you can keep it up. Sorry to hear about the delivery problems with your bed.

Sun is shining down at the south end of the county right now. Maybe you will get some pool time in today after all!

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LOSINIT52 9/2/2009 12:11PM

    Hi Eleni
Glad things are going well. I always enjoy my Richard Simmons DVD's. Hope you had fun with yours. I think I was more consistent with them because they were actually enjoyable.
I also enjoy the salsa as a low cal flavour boost. I use 2 tablespoons mixed with a tiny bit of miracle whip (8g) as a salad dressing for a large salad.
Salsa Verde is also flavorful and low cal.
Antipasto works well too, but I used to have a hard time eating just a little. I can do it now though.
Have a great day.

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