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Saturday, January 09, 2010

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That is so awesome.I was well in my range.My control wasn't as good as the night before but caloriewise I ended in good shape.My final goal is to not only stay in range but limit what I eat at night I will get there.
I had a good weigh in.Part of it is water but some is actual loss.Hard to tell for sure but I will take it. I lost 7.6#.
I have been busy this morning.Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up. I still had groceries to take care of.The meat is all repackaged and in freezer.The veggies are cleaned etc and in bags ready to use. The food for supper is in crock pot and I just finished my lunch of clam chowder soup.
I picked up a couple of pj bottoms a couple of weeks ago and yesterday I picked up 2 very soft V neck tshirt type tops to wear with them. I rarely wear anything except a slip type night gown but this chilly weather called for pj's.We are suppose to have our coldest night tonight. It is in high 30's now and will continue to drop all afternoon.That is cold for here and many crops are in danger. Poor farmers are working around the clock to keep stuff from freezing.
I got my exercises done for the day but will do more later in the evening.Just the TaiChi type ones.
Well I am sure it is nap time.That is what my sweetie just said. And surprise suprise he has the card table set up to play a game later.And I never even mentioned it.Isn't he the best. emoticon

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MARJIJANE 1/10/2010 5:09AM

    Congratulations on a great loss! I am proud of you, sticking with it...2010 will be an amazing year!

Br-rr-rr-r-r ... You're supposed to have Sunshine like California!... the News people can't believe how cold Florida is right now, and neither can I believe it! Hard to get out and walk when it is that cold! You continue to inspire me! Cover up and snuggle... always a good way to warm up!

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BORROWEDANGEL1 1/9/2010 11:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you ROCK, Ladybug.. I'm so happy for you and your 7.6# drop in weight.. You worked hard for it, and it paid off.. looks like you have that nasty food demon on the run, now..

Getting up early lets you get your meals at different times of the day.. That might confuse your system enough to keep the weight coming off.. I was told that changing things up keeps the metabolism going, and makes the fat cells wondering what in the world is she doing to me.. LOL.. I hope they told me the truth..

It's still ice cold here, too. All the ponds are frozen over, and I saw ducks sitting on top of the ice today. It was rather kind of fun to see them sliding around...but I'm sure they would much prefer not to have frozen feathers to deal with..

Stay warm sweet lady,

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CEB2007 1/9/2010 8:49PM

    Sounds like things are going well for you. It's cold up here too. I find I don't want to do anything because of the cold. Good luck -- you're doing well with the food.

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NEWSTART127 1/9/2010 8:23PM

    Oooooh, those are bad temps for the farmers. Hope nobody or nothing freezes down there! Congrats on the great loss! emoticon

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    Way to go, Ms. Eleni!!!!! This is so encouraging, and whether the pounds off were water or fat or whatever, they count! Also, if they were water, that's excellent, right? My Dad passed away in 2000 with congestive heart failure, so I know it's important not to retain too much water. You're a winner!!! emoticon Congrats on meeting your goal each night!

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MICKEY341 1/9/2010 5:47PM

    I watched the weather channel to see how your weather is. Sorry you are having it so cold.
I'm not organized today, don't know what we are having tonight. And it is time I gave some thought to it.
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I'm so proud of you for keeping it all together.

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MPARKER67 1/9/2010 4:54PM

    I am so glad you are beating the food demon. i stayed home this weekend, too. Replanted my 3 plants that i haven't killed yet. Time to walk.

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FEISTYMAMA 1/9/2010 4:06PM

    emoticon emoticon Your weight loss this week is great!! The scale and I aren't the best of friends right now. I am getting my eating back under control and then we'll make amends.

What are you having in the crockpot? I'm making beef stew and it smells so good! We've been out the last 3 1/2 hours and when we came home my mouth started to water from the smell. MMMMMMMMMMM

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CGREEN717 1/9/2010 3:41PM

    Way to go on the pounds lost!!

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RURAL3 1/9/2010 3:12PM

    It is very cold for FL. I can see how you wouldn't be used to it. At least we are used to this weather. I hope the orange crops don't freeze. BTW thanks for mine. You are very energetic again this morning. You go girl. emoticon for a great week in all areas

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KYANN402 1/9/2010 2:29PM

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I heard on the weather this morning that 60% of the country is having record low temperatures. Many are 15 to 20 degrees below normal. I'm sure the farmers in the south are scrambling to protect the crops. Wrap up and stay warm down there.

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POKER1990 1/9/2010 2:29PM

    way to go new you could do it yes that was nice of your husband emoticon

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LOSINIT52 1/9/2010 2:19PM

    Glad you've got your pantry stocked with all the good food you need to continue on this good streak.
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SUNNY332 1/9/2010 2:03PM

    Wow - that is very unusual weather for Florida.

Where the heck is Al Gore when you need him?

Take care and enjoy your card game.

You are doing awesome, Eleni - keep up the good work.


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    Way to go!!!!! Wow! I thrilled for you that you could see the results on the scale of all your work this past week. emoticon

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Cold Friday

Friday, January 08, 2010

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Not only did I stay in my calorie range I had better control of night eating.I was very happy with the way the day ended. I am looking good again today.I am looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow
I got all my exercises done this morning for a total of 50 minutes. One of my new goals is to try to make myself go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier and get my exercises done.
I have been reading the Spark and it is really good. At least the first part is.I saw it on the shelves at Wal Mart.
It was cold when we went to grocery store.Too cold for me.I will be staying home this weekend.We are suppose to get down to freezing and below.Very unusual for us to have this many cold days in a row.It is suppose to warm up towards the end of next week.I am glad I don't have to go to work and I can stay home where it is nice and warm. I don't envy you guys way up north.
Well I have a bunch of meat that needs to be wrapped up for freezer. Try to stay warm.
This is our year.

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RURAL3 1/9/2010 3:14PM

    You are doing so great. Keep it up whatever it is that is happening. I am very proud of your great start to the new year.

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TILLIEBEE 1/9/2010 9:35AM

    This IS our year.
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KYANN402 1/9/2010 9:18AM

    YES! You are on a roll now! I'm with you. It is just too, too cold this winter. I feel like an onion when I get ready for bed -- peeling the layers off. emoticon

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POEKSTER 1/9/2010 6:27AM

    hmmm a pitcure of me in the blog ... must be the reason you're doing well in this brbrbrrbrbr cald. You can warm up in the pit if you like ;)

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/8/2010 10:47PM

    emoticonWay to go Ellen! You have this in the bag now! for the cold..I am with you..I am not used to these 30's and 20's we are having here in south Georgia either! I am so ready for springtime so I can get back out and walk outside some more!

Keep up the great job and Keep these great blogs coming..

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BORROWEDANGEL1 1/8/2010 10:23PM

    6 to 0.. WOW you have whupped that bad boy somethin' fierce.. I'm so proud of you, and happy for you sticking to it this week.. I KNEW you would do it when you set your mind to it..

Love the little Lion piccy..YESsss!!!!

I've been reading 'The Spark' too.. I really can identify with lots of it so far.. I'm just on page 33 though..Gonna re-read it so I don't miss any thing that will help me..

Didn't make it to the store yesterday, so have to go in the morning.. To dang cold to go tonight. I can't imagine living up in the Northern states.. I would never come out of the house if I had to deal with their kind of cold weather..

Stay the course, and enjoy your Saturday!

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FEISTYMAMA 1/8/2010 9:29PM

    You go girl!!!!! I stayed home yesterday and I don't know how you do it. I just wanted to munch all day.

It is chilly here too. I think the snow on the ground makes it feel colder. BBRRRR!! We have our house set at 73 degrees and I'm debating whether or not to turn it up.

Good luck with the Food Demon tonight. YOU CAN DO IT!!

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MICKEY341 1/8/2010 8:33PM

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Good for you!!!
I hope your weather improves...(and I hope ours does too!)
You are such an inspiritation to us. Just keep on keeping on...
Love ya

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SUNNY332 1/8/2010 8:13PM

    awesome! Good for you, Eleni.

Hugs, Sunny

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BIRDLEGS29 1/8/2010 8:12PM

    Eleni, I used to livein south Florida so know what you mean about the cold. People down there are not prepared, or equipped, for cold weather. I used to freeze if it hit forty!


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DAISYBELL6 1/8/2010 8:07PM

    Wow! You got a lot of exercise done.


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Good for you getting your exercise in today. We didn't have school today here in Roswell, Ga due to ice on the roads. Made sure I worked out for an hour today (gotta get my sparkpoints!!)I too am a whimp when it comes to cold weather...I'm ready for Spring.
Keep up the good work,
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AMYLT82 1/8/2010 7:11PM

    I am sorry to hear you had trouble. I am proud to hear your doing better. Training yourself to eat better isn't always easy, but you can and will do it as long as you keep up the good work! You can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you! Remember it takes two days for the results of exercise or your diet to show up. It is better when your weight loss is slow. That just means you are learning new habits. I am sure you knew that, but if you are like me, it is nice to be reminded occassionally. I believe you have the power and initiative to get where you want to be going so keep up the good work! May the Force be with you! I am Proud of You and I'm not Lion! Your Friend, Amy emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 1/8/2010 7:11PM

    I know it has been cold all over, just about, We have nice warm weather, but it never gets too cold, if it gets down in the 40's at night, which it does in the winter, it is darn cold, but glad to hear you are staying in your calorie range, me too, never get the right amount of nutrients but calorie range is good. and water, I have no problem with, love it, and I got The Spark Book also, and I scanned it fast on day one, and now I am really reading it, and I also am enjoying it. I owe my much healthier living, food wise and exercise wise to Sparks, also it sure helps that I no longer am working, so have much more time for me. emoticon

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Supper is in the oven and I think I have time to do this.I had my ICD check today and also got blood work to check potassium.I was right next to grocery store and legs were doing so so.I decided to surprise Bill and make a meat loaf for supper.One of his favorites but one I cut back making because of calories.I ate too much.But he is so good about eating anything I fix I have to do something special for him some times. This time I figured calories per oz and then put mine in separate pan to cook. Now I just have to stay out of his as I still ended up with a big one for him. I also got some fresh yellow green beans that looked good and they are in steamer.
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Don't congratulate me too quick.The only thing that saved me was the fact I got into the crackers at 1am and they went on todays calories.
It looks like I am not going to get to see Wicked afterall. They are having Landons birthday that day in Orlando and Bill has to be there.I am not going as it would be too hard to drive over there attend everything and then drive back.I am very disappointed but life sucks at times.Priorities. i am going to try to sell them but I am probably end up giving them away.A very expensive gift for someone.
I haven't got my exercises done yet but I can do the stretching ones after supper.
Here is a picture of little girl haven that Angel babysits on the days she cleans for me.Haven did nothing but cry when she first started coming anytime Angel left room.As you can see we have made friends.The bottle in her hand is a childproof that she plays with and I gave her an old remote.

We are suppose to get very cold temps this weekend.Down to freezing. I hope my plants make it.My desert roses are too large to bring in so he has them covered.
Ok I hear the oven calling me.Have a good day and stay warm.
Oh So far I like the Spark.I have just started and it is interesting how he started it.Being a millionaire helps tho

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LOSINIT52 1/8/2010 6:14PM

    What a little sweetie.
Something about a baby that makes it impossible not to smile.
Have a great weekend Eleni. Keep strong.

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POKER1990 1/8/2010 8:44AM

    Hi its Nora glad your trying we all have our good days and bad days its ok with you slip up once in a while everybody does nobody is perfect i not doing to bad trying to eat less sugar was a little bad my self got weak and had two cookies so i'm in the same boat the only thing that saved me was i didnt eat all my calorie intake which made me below it so i will just have to keep trying i'm use to eating no more then 1500 calories and on sparks they want me to eat between 2200 calories and 2600 which i find is alot what do you think. i find if i ate that much i wouldn't lose.

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SEAWILLOW 1/8/2010 6:02AM

    I like meatloaf too..A great idea to portion yours to the appropriate size and resist temptation.

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MICKEY341 1/7/2010 11:02PM

    Oh, how cute, two sweeties in pink! She is a doll and looks like she loves being in your lap. My neighbor has a two yr old ggrand daughter, I get to play with her and she is such a joy. My grands are in their 20, in fact my youngest is 20 today!
The meatloaf sounds good, one of Ted's favorites also. I also make turkey chili in the crock pot.
Stay out of the cracker, but that is better than cookies which called my name until I gave in last night! I was just on goal for the day. Wanted to stay way under, but...
Stay warm.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 1/7/2010 10:07PM

    oh those crackers, don't they know you are trying to lay low for awhile..LOL..

I love turkey meatloaf, it's one of my favorites and the turkey makes it a lot less calories than the ground beef.. My sweetie and I never use ground beef anymore..We've gotten so use to the g.turkey.. I had a grilled chicken breast with creole seasoning and cheesy broccoli.. I layed low on the calories today, so I could go to the DQ and have a small soft serve vanilla cone.. Yes it's cold tonight, but that's when I want ice cream the most, for some odd reason..LOL

It's 14 degrees here..Colder than a witch's t-t- in Ideeho, as my dad use to say.. LOL

That's a cute little one you're holding.. She'll steal your heart if you don't watch out.. *S*

Sorry you won't get to use your tickets, but maybe something will change and you'll still get to go.. hmm maybe go with your daughter.. have a Mother Daughter night!!

Stay warm, ladybug!

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CGREEN717 1/7/2010 6:47PM

    I make a meatloaf out of turkey meat, and it's REALLY good and low in calories to boot. Check out my nutrition tracker for the recipe. My husband loves it over my prior meatloaves.

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TILLIEBEE 1/7/2010 6:36PM

    Your blog is nice today. Love your happy pictures. The old remote is a great toy! Old phones, too.
Bet your meatloaf is delish.....stay out of it and I promise to stay away from my pot roast after my first portion!


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FEISTYMAMA 1/7/2010 6:32PM

    I haven't started reading The Spark yet. I'm in the middle of a book right now. Maybe this weekend.

My family LOVES meatloaf but I'm not a big fan anymore. I haven't made it in a while because it takes so long to cook. It's a weekend meal for sure for me.

You and Haven match - both in pink. She's cute.

I'm sorry to hear you won't be able to see Wicked. Can you go with somebody else? We had tickets to a hockey game that we weren't going to use so we sold them on It was simple. If the need arises, I will use that website again.

Stay warm! It's been snowing here since 4AM or so. They say it's supposed to stop around 3AM tomorrow morning.

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2BFREE2LIVE 1/7/2010 6:04PM

    Wouldn't that be grand if we could have all the money we needed. Man that meatloaf sounds good, I have turkey in the freezer, I am thinking of making turkey meat loaf for dinner now.
Thanks for the idea, Hubby will love it as I have not made one in a while. Have a good dinner, and the pictures of the baby are so sweet, I do think she enjoys playing on your lap.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

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But it was way too close.I was at top range again.I need to be at lower range.
I have a busy day today.For me anyway.I got up late so running behind. I did get 35 minutes of my exercise tapes done.Brianna got all the Christmas stuff in boxes.I still need to check to see how she did it and mark containers. She also got most of regular stuff back where it belongs.She can't remember what was out in art room.I can check that out.
I have to make my weekly pot of soup.I ran out and had to use store bought for lunch.
Well I need to go get started on that pot of soup.It is still very cold for Florida. I am in one of the warmer spots but poor Bill was freezing yesterday.Yes we are big babies and spoiled rotten.But that is why we live here.
Have a great day.My empty soup pot is yelling at me.

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SEAWILLOW 1/7/2010 1:54PM

    I am so proud of you! Your hard work and dedication are paying off!

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MPARKER67 1/7/2010 1:39PM

    Yeah for you. If I wasn't so old, I would look for a new job in AZ and get spoiled with no cold weather just like you. Instead, in 5 1/2 years , I will retire there.

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MICKEY341 1/6/2010 9:47PM

    Busy day, I'm just getting on. Glad you beat the demon again, proud of you. It must be in the air...I made soup this AM also. I sure hit the spot tonight. I also made cornbread...but counted out my allotted crackers, and just watched Ted eat the cornbread. I have it sometimes, but tonight I knew if I started, one serving would not be enough,
Have a good nights rest...

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LOSINIT52 1/6/2010 9:07PM

    Good job! I had soup for supper too!
Keep sparkin!

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SHOAPIE 1/6/2010 8:51PM

    I made turkey vegetable soup. Must be the weather altho I like soup any time and frequently make it, mostly homemade. Keep going with the exercising. It will help to warm you up for a time.

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    Yay, Ms. Eleni!!! I looked for a blog from you earlier today and when I didn't see it I remembered you were having someone over, so I figured you were having a busy day. Way to go on getting so much stuff done INCLUDING the 35 mins. of video exercising. Wow!!! I raked my leaves again today and then I baked a loaf of whole wheat bread and made a pot of soup, too! It IS the weather! I love to make homemade soup. We're having Red Soup (a beef stew made with a jar of medium salsa). It is also good made with a jar of marinara. I need to use the recipe calculator to figure out the nutritional values, but frozen corn is the only starchy thing I put in it and it has beef bottom round roast trimmed of all fat as the meat. I don't know about you, but I'm pooped! I promised my neighbor some peanut butter cookies but I'm way too tired to make them tonight.

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FEISTYMAMA 1/6/2010 7:21PM

    A girl I used to work with moved to Jacksonville and she said it's cold there. She hates the cold weather and thought Florida would have a warm winter. Guess not. I'm not looking forward to the snow tomorrow. As of right now, the area I live in is supposed to get 8"-12" thanks to Lake Michigan. I'm hoping it'll move before it hits and it won't be so bad.

I had soup for lunch today too. I like the Campbell Select soups. I think they're good and low in calories. I'm sure your homemade soup is 100 times better!

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KATIE233 1/6/2010 3:20PM

    i want to live in Florida too! had enough snow and it,s cold got down to -12 last night but last week was -20 and cold wind even makes the house cold with a wrong wind depends on witch way the wind is blown. i,ll trade you for a week. emoticon

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KYANN402 1/6/2010 2:54PM

    It must be the weather. I've got beans soaking to make red beans and rice tonight for a staff lunch tomorrow. I have a good recipe from the Southern Living Cooking Lite cookbook. It's just spicy enough for most people and easy to spice up for those who like more "bite" to their red beans and rice.

Go, go, go! Eleni 4 Food Demon 0

You've got a shut out going. WooHoo!!

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BORROWEDANGEL1 1/6/2010 2:13PM

    Love home made soup. I made my soup yesterday. I browned a pound of ground turkey meat and put that in it. My sweetie likes it like that and so do I. I get a bit more protein that way, but have to watch how much I eat..

Enjoy your soup making. I can almost smell it cooking.. I'm off to the shower..Gotta go get groceries when hubby gets home..

Keep up the food demon fight, you'll beat that little b--turd yet!!! oops well he does fit that description too...LOL

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LKWQUILTER 1/6/2010 1:49PM

    WE have a pot of soup cooking too. It sure hits the spot with all this cold. I am with you--don't like this hard cold either. ((HUGS)) Linda Kay

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SUNNY332 1/6/2010 1:44PM

    Yes, Soup does sound good - especially with the Colder Weather. I put a pot of beans on to soak this morning. DH went to the store as we were out of some things and need to be prepared for the predicted 7-8" of Snow.

Take care and keep up the good work.


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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ok First some venting. I am so aggravated at myself for my screw up last night. After supper I had more calories left over than ever.So I was feeling pretty good. I more than enough for the soup I love at night and something extra like sliced tomatoes. I was sitting pretty.Then not long before bedtime i lost it and had a cup of stove top dressing and then a few chex mix.So I went from actually too low to having to add another 500 calories. It helped a little to see that one of my buddies had done the same thing. But I still wished I hadn't done it. So instead of being low in calories I was on end of my top count. And it wasn't because I hadn't eaten enough thru the day. I don't starve myself. So even with my dumb action I still beat my food demon by a small margin.
I have been making some changes here and there. I still eat a lot of soup but I have stopped adding extra chicken broth when I eat it. I now add water and some tomato paste and use fresh lemon to give it some tang. No added salt either.
I am doing my exercises every morning and then do zookinesis again in the evening.
Eating slower is also going good.In fact I am now eating lunch as I write this.Yes I know you are suppose to sit and eat.Ok I am sitting.But I am also stretching out how long I eat instead of wolfing it down.
So I am doing great so far.The fluid is still a problem but thats not going away.So I will have to deal with it.
Brianna is coming this afternoon and staying until tomorrow. I guess we will be testing the air mattress we got. Or she will have to make a bed on floor.
We are having another chilly day.Bill called and said it was cold in the wind.That is one thing about Florida temps that is different.It is a damp coldness that goes thru you like nothing.
My new back scratchers came yesterday and I am happy about that.I am so easy to please. My back seems to itch a lot at times so I love a back scratcher.The one I have had for years finely broke. These things are much longer than I expected but they sure work good.
Well thats all my excitement for now. emoticon
Here are my goals that I am working on each day. I just felt the need to write them out.I am going to keep a copy on this desk too.

1.Control my night eating

2 Stay in my calorie range by eating healthy most of the time.

3 Exercise every day even if it is only 5 minutes.But try to get at least 30 even if it is 10 minutes at a time

4 Track everything I eat.No guessing at calorie count

5 Drink more water ( or green tea/cranberry juice)and less caffeine free diet coke.

6..Write at least 3 things I am grateful for in my gratitude journal

7.Try to be a better Sparker to my friends

8 .Be kind to myself when I don't do any of the above.

Have a wonderful day my most precious friends.We can do this together.

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KATIE233 1/6/2010 1:10PM

    hi Eleni, hi how are you today? first thing is first. do you have only one L in your name? i always try to put in two L,s.ok i,m glad you cut down on the chicken broth don,t they make some without salt. and i wish they would make soup that hasn,t got all that salt in it and don,t cost a arm and leg to buy. i guess that is why you make your own you know what is in it.they have soup here that has less but it cost double the price. you have the same problem i have Eleni munching at night. right in front of the tv.i haven,t seen the biggest loser lately since before Christmas i,m going to have to find the channel again. and see what time it,s on. i notice a book store has the biggest loser book out on shelf. i,ve been looking for sparks in the stores. not yet.well my friend take care of yourself and be happy. til the next time bye emoticon emoticon

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BORROWEDANGEL1 1/5/2010 10:42PM

    I'm so proud of you Ladybug.. (HUGS) You're sticking to your exercise plan and I know that helps to get some of that fluid moving.

I know the food demons try and snatch my Ladybug back to the kitchen at night, but you've come a long way and for these last few nights you've given them H E double hockey sticks! You're even staying stayed within your chosen calorie range and that's to something to be proud of..

Biggest Loser was really good tonight, and I agree with you.. They should at least let them stay a few weeks to learn how to do the food and get started, before they sent their butts home to do it alone , again..

Don't let those fingers stray toward the kitchen tonight.. and if they do, only get a mater or something crunchy like a head of iceberg.. LOL... be good!!

Pinches and hugs,

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FEISTYMAMA 1/5/2010 7:17PM

    You may have consumed more calories than anticipated but you still were within range. That's OK!

I ate my lunch slow today too. I think it really helped. I wasn't hungry until 4PM, which is great!

Jason is my back scratcher. LOL

Your goals are great and certainly obtainable. I stopped drinking soda at least a year ago and am disappointed. People say they drop weight when they stopped drinking soda but I didn't. I will have a Diet Coke every once in a great while but water is my drink of choice.

Kick that Food Demon out in the cold tonight!

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POKER1990 1/5/2010 6:23PM

    Hi Eleni's how are you making out sounds like your struggling at times to join the club i have good days then i have bad days today has not been to bad i've been measuring out my food eating more fruits and vegetables which i'm not use to it will take me a while to get use to it to especially drinking water

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KYANN402 1/5/2010 5:44PM

    Good for you! Writing your goals down is important. If I don't write them down, I forget what I decided to do. emoticon Okay, so last night you hit the top of your range. You still won and that's what counts. That's why there is a range. To give us a little wiggle room now and then.

Eating slow is a trick I've started to put to work after you put the idea in my head. Two days in a row I've had business lunches. I'm the last one to finish. Both days the server cleared the other plates, asked me if I wanted a box because I had eaten about half the meal. I said no, I was letting it settle. I might eat another bite or two. I did eat another bit a more, but couldn't eat it all and was perfectly satisfied with about 2/3 of the meal. It works! Thanks for the idea.

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    Ms. Eleni, I am so proud of you for venting and sorting things out in writing. I like the idea of blogging while you eat rather than counting 20 chews for each bite. Writing is so much more fun. Hey! I say if you are not eating mindlessly in front of the TV and you have set a thoughtfully considered meal/snack in front of yourself at the table, then you are doing well. My sofa is where I have eaten all of my meals in the past 16 months until I joined SP this past weekend. I have such a short attention span, I don't want to sit at that table to eat. So I soon realize I've had enough food, wrap up the rest, and get back to the TV, the knitting, the errands, the computer, the cooking or whatever! I'm also very proud of you for getting your exercise done today, and you are always an encouragement to me, so you are definitely being a great Spark Friend. I live in the Fredericksburg, VA, area, and I raked leaves again today. That is my exercise. I am thankful for a shoulder that has healed so I can actually do this. It was sore for eight months from me reaching up and over the high arm of the sofa then down to the floor to try to pick up something out of reach. Ouch! My shoulder wasn't made to do that. (I'm short.) I am thrilled that you are taking good care of your health. My mom, dad, and eldest brother have all already passed on due to heart disease and maturity-onset diabetes. My middle brother and my younger sister are healthy, but my youngest brother has maturity-onset diabetes and peripheral neuralgia. So now that I'm in my 50's I've decided no more monkeying around for me. Time to eat balanced meals and increase my activity to ward off those diseases. Hopefully my arteries are still okay and I haven't waited too long. I had nuclear stress test on my heart two years ago when I was having chest pains (from stress, and I knew it, but docs want documentation that there's nothing else wrong due to my family history), and everything came out fine. I have "exercised" (raked leaves) two days in a row now, and I already feel better. Gotta get the sludge out of my blood, as my husband would say, and I want you to know that you have been my greatest encouragement and inspiration on Spark People. Thank you!!!


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SEAWILLOW 1/5/2010 4:19PM

    You are learning from your mistakes and that is why you will SUCCEED!

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LOSINIT52 1/5/2010 2:54PM

    And you still managed to beat the food demon. I think you have a great plan. That counter really worked for you the last time and helped you get into good habits.
Woo Hoo! I'm proud of YOU!

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RURAL3 1/5/2010 2:19PM

    You are starting out the year right, writing down your goals and doing most of them emoticon You can see where you went wrong so you won't do it again today. How long is that back scratcher? Will it reach to IL?

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TILLIEBEE 1/5/2010 2:08PM

    We are birds of a feather or 2 peas in a pod.
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SUNNY332 1/5/2010 2:07PM

    We woke up to frozen pipes. I would love 40 degrees about right now. DH bought a heat salamander and it is going now but will take a while to warm up enough to thaw the pipes.

Sorry about your eating last night. I am so stressed right now that I could eat, eat, and eat but I think I will head to the treadmill. I have my time in on the bike so will walk a while and pray for the water while I walk.

Take care and Hope you do better this evening.

Hugs, Sunny

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