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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Today has been very quiet.Not much of anything going on.
I have a friend coming into town tomorrow for a high school reunion. I was invited but chose not to go.I did go to the 40th even tho I didn't graduate with them.But did go from kindergarten to 10th grade with many of them. That was enough for me. But it will be nice to see my friend.It means I can't sit around all day in nightgown.But since my brother is also in town I can't do that anyway.
I am not doing good with my battle against the Food Demon.He seems to be getting the best of me way too much. I have to get control of this. It can be done because I was doing it. So frustrating. My weigh in on Sat can't be good. I am not looking forward to it. I am suppose to see my heart doc next week and I had hoped to have lost a lot more than what I have. Oh well.
Well I hope I get things turned around soon.
Have a great evening and a good day tomorrow.

  
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SUNNY332 11/6/2009 6:07AM

    Have a nice visit with your friend.

Hugs, Sunny

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LOSINIT52 11/5/2009 9:13PM

    All right Eleni... Bend over while I give you a little kick in the butt. You know that you can stick with this. Maybe shake up some of your recipes to give yourself some renewed excitement. Make a list of all of your reasons that you need to lose weight and be healthy. Maybe you need to reset your demon ticker and put him back on your sparkpage. You can do this. You know what you need to do.
There now.
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Stoke your spark fire.

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FEISTYMAMA 11/5/2009 9:11PM

    I hope you have a good visit with your friend and family. It's good to get up and dolled up every once in a while.

Do you weigh more when you go to the doctor? I was 4.6 pounds heavier and had a fit. I do have to take into consideration it was 4PM and I was in my work clothes, BUT 4.6 pounds. Ouch.

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DETERMINEDANGI 11/5/2009 9:11PM

    Have fun with your brother and your friend. And you can kick that Demon's BUTT!! I have faith in you!! emoticon

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ARLENE99835 11/5/2009 8:59PM

  Thank you for sharing.

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Wednesday

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Today has been so much better. I even had a better night last night. I still woke up often but pain was not as bad and I even slept better. I never sleep good but this wasn't too bad.
Still having some trouble with fluid but that is an ongoing problem that is just worse at times.
Bill's x-ray showed nothing.His ankle is better and not red. I am now thinking it was a bad bug bite.
I finally made a small version of the cookie pizza. It is too much for me.Which means a lot as I can eat some big sweets. I made a small one and these two.Each one of these is around 450 cal. Just too much stuff on it. I am freezing this and will give them to Angel next week. I may make a lighter version at Christmas.

I decided to start sitting in sun for a few minutes each day.So I went out on deck for about 15 minutes.
So overall it has been a good day.Even with the decadent cookie I am in good shape with calories. I also did good yesterday with food.
Ok I will say goodnight for now.

  
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FEISTYMAMA 11/5/2009 7:28PM

    Wow, those cookies have alot going on. Not what I pictured, but look yummy! I'd love to pick off those M&M's! Is that a regular chocolate chip cookie? If you cut it in 1/2 it would be a nice dessert.

Good for you getting out in the sun. A little bit is healthy. Are you swimming?

Glad to hear that Bill is better.

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JOURNEY557 11/5/2009 9:38AM

    OMG...how do you keep from eating such delicious looking cookies? I can't have anything like that around me! Even the pictures make me fat! (ha ha).

Your lucky that you have such a strong will power.

Sunshine is great, I try to get it when ever I can. (Don't forget sunscreen!)

I have a lot of bad nights too, I'm doing better though, my doctor told me I can take a sleep aid at night. Its ok, its not habit forming.

Mary
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SUNNY332 11/5/2009 8:10AM

    Oh my - I wanted to reach right in my computer and take one of those cookies. Shame on you - tempting me like that!!

Good to hear that Bill is doing better.


Hugs, Sunny

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NEWSTART127 11/5/2009 12:36AM

    Oh those look YUMMY!
Glad Bill's doing better. That's good news!
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MARJIJANE 11/5/2009 12:09AM

    I love your logic and attitude! I love the idea of cookie pizza! We think alike, my friend. I am glad your progress is steady and that you are taking in a little sunshine each day. I use my sleep as a gauge for how I will feel later in the day...

I am glad that Bill is doing okay...

LTLY

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RURAL3 11/4/2009 9:00PM

    Not that the cookie wouldn't be good but I think it wouldn't tempt me. It looks like way too much to handle. And probably has peanut butter on it to boot. Yuck! Let's just say it does ok? I am going to bed too. Very sleepy right now.

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LOSINIT52 11/4/2009 8:53PM

    Glad that Bill is better and that you had a good sleep. Hopefully you'll have another good sleep tonight and won't dream about cookies. I just might. I sure have wild and weird dreams. Not the best sleeper myself.
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IMSEWNAVY 11/4/2009 8:50PM

    oooooooo, what an evil looking cookie!!! ;) yum yum
Keep on keepin on!

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Tuesday

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Today has been much better. I had a bad night so I didn't feel well until after I took a nap this afternoon. My joint pain was awful and slept off and on and had to get up often.Getting up and taking a short walk in house eases the pain. Plus somehow I messed my meds up and didn't take water pills til 10 pm. But I had to as my weight jumped up 12 pounds in one day. By morning I was 9# lighter. But as I said I am much better now.
Bill had xrays done but still don't know what is wrong with ankle. It was swollen and red this evening. I am now wondering if he might have ceulitis from some ant bites. Only with celulitis the pain should have increased and it hasn't. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.
I was going to do another video blog in kitchen but just wasn't up to it. I made my turkey burgers and grilled veggies. I added a little salsa to meat. neither of us liked it any better than normal way. I had a lot of grilled veggies left over.I just got thru putting then in bags and putting calories on outside.I will add them to my soup when I eat it..I even had a small bag that calories have been counted so they are free.Takes time to do this but it is worth it and saved time later.
I also made some homemade chicken salad for lunch. I had a chicken breast in freezer from rotisserie chicken we had last week. Put it in blender and then added a lot of celery ,tiny bit of onion,a few sliced grapes with a tablespoon of chopped nuts.Mixed it all up with a little miracle whip.Ate it on romaine lettuce. Just spread some on leaves like you do celery when you are filling it. Turned out good and was good.
There are too many favorites on TV tonight. I have both DVD's set up to record. I will watch Biggest Loser. It really doesn't look that good tonight but maybe I will be wrong. I just want to see Tracy gone.I noticed they are trying to make her seem nicer but I still do not like her.
I don't have any changing leaves but I do have my neighbors tree that has some pretty bright flowers.
And here are my desert roses again.The picture does not do justice to these plants.
Ok Need to finish kitchen so I can watch TV. I have done great with eating so far today.
Here is our favorite pumpkin watcher

  
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BIBLIOMANE40 11/4/2009 2:16PM

    You got your wish! Tracey is off Biggest Loser! YAY! I am rooting for Shay, how about you?

The chicken salad sounds delicious! I haven't made any in awhile.

Looking forward to your next video blog!

Sherry

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RURAL3 11/4/2009 2:13PM

    Your chicken salad sounds good. And I love the pumpkin watcher but I think the pumpkins are watching him. And I was just curious, was that you or Bill on the bottom?

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KATIE233 11/4/2009 2:11PM

    hi eleni, love your pumpkin watcher cute. i watch biggest loser every night now. tracey if it,s the same one she will go soon. i love it when it,s the end and they all come back for the final weigh in. it,s fun to see who lost lot of weight and wins.like your neirbours tree too pretty.hope you are feeling better today and bill will get good results from the xrays.well elen take care and have a good day tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/4/2009 7:55AM

    Glad you got some rest and are feeling a little better. Do keep us posted about Bill. Seems odd that they would x-ray "cellulitis" so maybe they also think it is something else. Hope you find out today and get some treatment started.

Tracy is gone! They were trying to make her nicer but it didn't work for me either.
I was, however, totally impressed with her "after" photos. She could come back to win 2nd place. She looked awesome.

Take care and have a emoticon day. Been meaning to tell you, Rich's Aunt from Spring Hill is coming to stay with us for a while. She has moved back to her place in Spring Hill after being in Largo for a while and seems to be doing well. She just gets lonely as her son still lives in Largo and he only sees her on weekends.

Hugs, Sunny

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 11/3/2009 11:50PM

    Even when you say you feel bad,you are still full of spark and energy!
I hope and pray Bill will be fine and back up and chasing you around soon!

The colors on the tree are gorgeous! They look like something out of a magazine!

Cutest little pumpkin guard I ever did see!
Could you send all of us some of that chicken salad? you have us all starving for a bite! emoticon

Hope all gets better son! Have a great evening and a better day tomorrow!

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IMSEWNAVY 11/3/2009 10:23PM

    Beautiful bush and sweet pumpkin watcher!

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OPAL50 11/3/2009 10:06PM

    Love your cutie pumpkin watcher! And the chicken salad sounds good...will try.

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FLORIDASUN 11/3/2009 8:03PM

    Hi Ms. Eleni: I'm happy that you are feeling a little better today..just take it easy and take care of Bill...it's wonderful that you two have each other! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 11/3/2009 7:57PM

    It's good to hear you're having a better day. I hope they find out what's wrong with Bill. Not knowing is so stressful.

MMMMMMMMM, I love a good chicken salad. I myself have never made it, but I sure love to eat it!

Almost all the trees here are naked. It's so sad!!

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Easier said than done

Monday, November 02, 2009

You know how I am always telling people to be kind to themselves.Well it is easier said than done.My day started out good but got worse as day went on.
When it comes to stress I can do what has to be done as good if not better than most people.Except for the eating part. If there is a problem I do what has to be done.
But my eating went completely out of control as I waited to hear back from Bill. He has a pain in lower leg and he finally called doc.He was sent to get an ultra sound to see if it was a blood clot. So while I waited I worried about him and selfishly worried about myself.I knew if he went to hospital I would be there with him.With my bad heart going and hanging out in a hospital is one of most dangerous places for me to be. But I am figuring out what I will have to do and how I will do it. Well he didn't have a blood clot so they sent him home. During this time I ate big bag of peanut M&M's. You say no one could eat a whole bag. Ha Yes we can.
And by the time he is heading home cooking supper is last thing I feel like doing. So he goes to drive thru and grabs foods we never eat. SO my eating went in the toilet big time. Then I just went to take my night pills and it looks like I took them earlier instead of my water pills. I wondered why my weight was so high.So I ended up taking water pills at 9:30 at night. So my afternoon and evening has been a mess. So now I am trying to be kind to myself for being so stupid to eat all that crap.
I need that list I posted yesterday big time myself. I wish when I got stressed I couldn't eat like some people.
Oh well The evening wasn't a complete loss. My brother and his wife who live in Arizona arrived last night to stay in area for this month. They came by for a visit and that was nice.
So now I am trying to chill and get over my screw up.Tomorrow is a new day. I wonder if I will ever reach my goal.It is so far away and I sabotage myself so often.
I will be kind to myself
I will be kind to myself
I will be kind to myself.

  
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FLORIDASUN 11/3/2009 8:00PM

    Hi my dear friend...I'm so glad your hubby is okay..I'm so glad you recognized how stress does strange things to us. My suggestion would be to keep those crazy bad foods out of the house...and a big bowl of juicy fruit on hand. That way if you do stress at least you are stressing with food that is good for you. Eating bad stuff just makes you feel worse and that doesn't help...at least thats the way I try to look at things...I don't allow the temptation food near me...works like a charm! emoticon Tommorrow's another brand new day! And yes...there probably was a time I could have polished off a bag of M&M's but not today...I love myself too much right now! emoticon Big hugs to you! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 11/3/2009 7:05PM

    I'm glad Bill didn't have a clot. Did they find out what the problem was?

It's sad, because I'm stressed right now and as I was reading your blog I was eating a few pieces of left over candy. I'm a stress eater too.

You've been doing great!! You will reach your goal! Put yesterday behind you and start anew, every day!

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RURAL3 11/3/2009 5:02PM

    So now you are not only being visited by the Food dEmon but he has brought his brother the Stress Booger with him. I say you lock the door and throw away the key to those guys. They can only come in if you open the door. Let the kind kitten come and see you tonight. She isn't bringing anything to taunt you just sweet memories of the victories won.

P.S. notice the bad guys are men and good guys are women emoticon

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KAT7457 11/3/2009 3:46PM

    I agree with you when I am stressed I eat what ever is in sight.and today is one of those days.good luck today is a new day.

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KATIE233 11/3/2009 2:52PM

    hi eleni, i,m so happy bill is ok. we worry about our love ones. i,m so glad you started all over today a brand new day. i,m the oppisite to you. when i worry i can,t eat nothing until i know everything is ok.we will pray you will lose on weigh in day. have a wonderful day and i,m glad you got out that day. i love thrift stores.when you feel down get out someplace.bye for now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDANGI 11/3/2009 12:28PM

    Thank you for your honesty. I am glad that Bill is ok. Girl, why did you have a big bag of peanut m&m's in your house? I agree with other commenters, yesterday is yesterday. Time to start the battle with the food demon again. Put the weights closer than the food, work out worry with aggression. Believe me, it works better and you feel better than if you ate through it. I love you, I am sorry that you had a bad day. I hope today is going Smashingly!!!

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SUNNY332 11/3/2009 9:04AM

    It is very easy to "loose" track when you are worrying about someone you love.
That nervous eating is something we all understand. Glad that it was not a blood clot.

Worrying about things of tomorrow zap us of any energy we might have today.

Take care and have faith.

Hugs, Sunny

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JOURNEY557 11/3/2009 8:44AM

    Yesterday, is yesterday.
Make today the day you get back on track, don't put it off. Keep a pen and paper right with you and say...I will only eat what I write down. If I keep track, it helps even when I'm being bad. It makes me know I'm being bad with "control".
I'm glad to hear that you hubby is fine and home.
Hanging in there with you....You ARE FINE!

Mary
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TILLIEBEE 11/3/2009 6:52AM

    Man, Stress. emoticon What a rotten so and so....whatever it is. Lousy stress. It's set up residency in my house and it's a jerk.

Forget yesterday! Glad you got to eat take out at home and not in the hospital!

You can print out your list and hang it up!
Love you! (and totally understand.)


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NEWSTART127 11/3/2009 1:22AM

    Oh Eleni, I'm sooooo glad Bill is okay. Keep us posted, okay? Do be kind to yourself. Stress eating under the circumstances is understandable. emoticon

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LOSINIT52 11/3/2009 1:07AM

    I can so relate my friend. Stay strong, stay strong.

You've fessed up, now STOP right now and put it behind you.
You have so many reasons to be strong and to keep on this journey. It really is hard work. No quick fixes, but you are proving that you can do this. I know you can. You are one determined lady and you know what you have to do. Your health depends upon it.

As for those peanut M&M's, they probably shouldn't be invited back in your house for awhile. I know I could easily do the same thing.

Take your own advice. Get back on the horse and hold your head high. I have faith that you will.
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2BFREE2LIVE 11/2/2009 11:57PM

    One day is not going to make that much difference. You know when you worry you actually burn more calories than you think.

I think you did a great job by stopping the eating and writing about it, that shows that you are still in control of your feelings and most important your willpower to stop eating.

You will be fine I just hope you don't get a tummy ache.

I am so glad Bill is okay and could come home to be with you.

So don't worry and try to get some rest tonight. Sandy

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Nice Sunday.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

It has been a nice day today.
I decided I needed to get out of the house.One of my buddies told me I needed to make myself go somewhere so I did. I have been wanting to go to some local thrift stores so off we headed.The Hospice one and Boys Ranch one were both closed.We were heading home when Bill remembered the Veteran one that our daughter in law worked at.It was open.So I go to rummage and visit with her. I found 2 pink depression glass candle stick holders.My youngest daughter has a lot of it I gave her that was my grandmothers. If she doesn't piss me off I might give them to her. She did call me last night which was nice. We were big spenders.All together we spent $10. But I got out of house for awhile.
Earlier in the day I told Bill I needed someone to cut my toenails for me.He said he would.Next thing I know he comes in room with hedge cutters. Real smart butt but it was funny.He said he started to bring the skill saw. We do some silly things but we do laugh together a lot.
I bought some pork cubed steaks and Bill just made himself a sandwich with one and said they were good.They were on sale but none were out.I asked and they made some up for me.I was suppose to go back in a few minutes and get them.Next thing I know the seafood guy is bringing them across the store to me. Bill says he has to keep an eye on us.I thought it was nice. Not only that. I had already forgot about them.
Ok Here is a piece a friend emailed me that I thought was good. With all the temptations we are going to have in the weeks coming I thought this might help us.

The 6-Step Plan for Relapse Prevention

1. Step back. Ask, "What happened?" Look objectively at what brought on the lapse.

2. Calm down. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself, "One slip-up does not make me a failure."

3. Renew your vows. Remind yourself of how far you have come, and how disappointed you’ll be if this one slip-up undoes all your hard work.

4. Learn from it. Think about what pushed you to your lapse (your food diary notes can help). What can you do differently next time?

5. Implement your "back on track" strategy right away.

6. Call for backup. Ask for help from those people who are supportive and who want you to succeed.


Now get rid of all that leftover candy. Hope you had a good weekend.

  
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DETERMINEDANGI 11/3/2009 12:38PM

    Thank you for the 6 step plan!! That was perfect timing!!

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CATH5109 11/2/2009 8:47PM

    Relapse tips. Most timely. I found myself eating an entire ice cream container the other day and I am back on track, but feeling blue that the old habits haven't simply disappeared forever. My goal for the next two months is to continue to eat within my calorie range, keep exercising and be vigilant about all the extra food that will be laying around in the staff room and during the holidays.

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LOSINIT52 11/2/2009 6:40PM

    Great advice!


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SUNNY332 11/2/2009 7:00AM

    Sounds like another adventure for you and Bill. I love Pink Depression Glass. My Sister in law in New York has many pieces and she uses them every day.

Love you new "recovery plan" - thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Sunny

We are still in Kansas. The play was awesome. We are headed home this morning.

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NEWSTART127 11/2/2009 1:48AM

    I love reading about you and Bill! They are wonderful stories! Thanks for the six-step help, too! Great tips!

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RURAL3 11/1/2009 8:47PM

    You and Bill are made for each other. emoticon I would love to live near you. We would have fun. You will probably end up giving those to your daughter anyway. They always irritate us but we still love them. Spoken from the truth of this very long week.

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DAISYBELL6 11/1/2009 8:38PM

    Thanks for the relapse tips!

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TILLIEBEE 11/1/2009 5:57PM

    Wonderful blog today!!!!
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JOURNEY557 11/1/2009 5:45PM

    These steps are just what I need~mind if I post them to my spark page where I can keep them in my face. Humor is a great thing, my husband is a funny man also, he keeps me on my toes and is always trying to catch me off guard with his humor.

Mary
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FEISTYMAMA 11/1/2009 5:11PM

    Great steps! It's going to be a long 2 months!

I laughed when I read about your toenails. That's the type of thing Jason would've done. We're always laughing.

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