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the day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse.

I would have been "ok" if I'd been able to go to bed at normal time, but staying up with family is dangerous stuff, lol. That's when the chips came out and were devoured.

LOL - it's only one day annually - this too shall pass.

P.S. the cake was worth it too!

7/26 - 123.1 Reunion today! AARGH!!
7/27 - 124.3 - could be sooo much worse!
7/28 - 123.3 - phew!
7/29 - 123.3
7/30 - 123.9
7/31 -
8/01 -
8/02 -

  
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IRON_RESOLVE 7/29/2014 12:56AM

    YOU ARE DOING SO WELL!! I am super proud of this part of your journey. Way to go with showing us how to kick a pound to the curb, even in Maintenance, and to really enjoy your family, and remember, some events and the food involved, really are only once a year.


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CHERIRIDDELL 7/28/2014 12:26AM

    I think you did pretty well !

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DONNABRIGHT 7/27/2014 3:38PM

    Family reunions are worth a few ounces!

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DJ4HEALTH 7/27/2014 3:17PM

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OLDERDANDRT 7/27/2014 11:29AM

    Glad you had a great time! As you say, this too shall pass! Now back up on the bandwagon, my friend!! hehe (((HUGS))) Have a Super Sunday!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/27/2014 11:15AM

    If it just one day, just enjoy and them get back in line and don't feel guilty.

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MAINEALI 7/27/2014 8:08AM

    Sounds like you did okay! I have a reunion coming up, so I'm interested in seeing how other people handle theirs. Thanks.

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ARNETTELEE 7/27/2014 8:02AM

  Yay!

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MSLZZY 7/27/2014 7:49AM

    Sounds like the family picnic at the lake-RED flag!
It will be better today!

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when it rains, it pours *sigh*

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So I've been keeping my sodium down around 1500 for quite some time now - but lately I have noticed the need for an extra Zantac (ranitidine) for heartburn.

When all else failed, I tried using salt to settle my stomach - white cheddar rice cake and/or cheddar poppers (mini-rice cakes) and it helped.

Yesterday I had my snack of poppers and felt like my leg cramps lessened?!

Back to google, "symptoms of sodium deficiency" and guess what #1 is - you got it - muscle cramps! Followed by #2 - low blood pressure (maybe this is why I pass out when I give blood?!).

It seems "they" might now think that when we age we could actually need a bit more salt in our diets!

authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sodi
um-per-day/


chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt
-myth-the-dangers-of-salt-restriction


Remember, when you buy salt, buy Iodized - we need that trace amount of iodine and no longer get it in our processed foods (google it). This is the #1 reason for Thyroid problems today! Not enough iodine!!

Every day brings some new information, lol.

P.S. according to what I read, the reason most people don't have a sodium deficiency is due to processed foods.
however, we quit 97% processed foods due to food allergies - only rare occasions do we eat anything processed (like rice cakes-lol).

7/19 - 125.3
7/20 - 124.4
7/21 - 124.3
7/22 - 124.3
7/23 - 125.0
7/24 - 124.0 - OMG! WooHoo!!
7/25 - 123.6 - WooHoo!!
7/26 - 123.1 Reunion today! AARGH!!
7/27 - 124.3 - could be sooo much worse!

  
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DJ4HEALTH 7/27/2014 9:49PM

    I buy sea salt of himalayan salt because the other salt also contains sugar in it. Plus it is not real salt because of the process that they put it through

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WEWRTFO 7/26/2014 11:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this. Your doing great! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/22/2014 9:09PM

    Lots of great information-thank you!

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SPARKYGIRLY 7/22/2014 2:57AM

  love your figures...124.3 wow! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/21/2014 1:47AM

    I have the Thyroid deficiency, so I am HypoThyroiod, which is the slower metabolism. But taking the meds, has made a tremendous difference to my life. This certainly runs in my family. Iodine is not found in Sea Salt, so it is very necessary for everyone to use Iodized salt. It's one of the essential daily minerals we all NEED.
I know leg cramps also come from dehydration. As when I am biking, I need to take in plenty of extra water, or pay a high price with leg cramps in the night.
I learned from my Mother to stir baking soda into water, and drink it while it fizzles to reduce heartburn. I only had it while pregnant or gaining weight. It's my body's indicator, I have gone overboard with food, and am gaining weight.
I sure hope you get over this ASAP!
Thanks for blogging about this topic

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/21/2014 12:34AM

    I have a real taste for sodium , like you I have low blood pressure though so it is not a problem for me.

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AALLEY2 7/20/2014 9:34PM

    emoticon It is always something we need to watch out for.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/20/2014 4:01PM

    You're right on the mark, Linda. Too many times we jump on the bandwagon without knowing the true ramifications of making some of these modifications. Some people are super-sensitive to sodium, most are not. Iodine is incredibly important to have. Bottom line...always use caution and get your facts, just like you did! Good for you!!

PS: By the way, what I found works the best (for me) for heartburn besides my regular medication, is water...room temperature or slightly chilled water, and it doesn't have to be a lot. For some reason it seems to help a lot. Maybe it washes the excess acid away or something. Sorry it's been a problem for you.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/20/2014 11:06AM

    Bless your heart! I don't think I've ever known anyone with a deficit of salt. My dad and other family members and patients I've known have needed to cut back due to an excess! Keep up the great work keeping up with your levels! In this day and age, we do really need to be in tune with and know our bodies. Good going!
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!
It's cool here, still cloudy but no rain so far today. Supposed to get closer to 80 today. (and I dread the thoughts of 80's and above. this is so divine!) hehe I know, I know.....it's summer! lol!!
(((HUGS)))

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MOEFATLOSS 7/20/2014 10:36AM

    I have read about the same issue regarding Iodine and thyroid issues. I'm lucky not to have a problem with high blood pressure (at the moment) since there is a history of it in my family. I can't say I have the same issues as related to low sodium. Try to remember we do get sodium in many of the foods we eat. I have the opposite problem as you. I have difficulty keeping my sodium within the recommended daily limits. I hope you start feeling better soon.

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How do you make those cool little designs . . . ??

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ok, so I do a lot of copy & paste when I see something I like and I save it all to a document.

Today I had some time and decided to try yet again to google "how to" and I actually found it!

It's called: ASCII Art Pictures!
(\(
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o__(")(")

www.wikihow.com/Make-Pictures-Using-
Keyboard-Keys

[0,0]
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www.wikihow.com/Sample/ASCII-Art-Pic
tures


Now you too can google for more stuff to either type or copy!
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(6v6)
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" " \
♥♥♥♥ thanks! DeeDee324! ♥♥♥♥ Alt & 3 (from the numbers keypad)

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 7/20/2014 4:09PM

    emoticon Now I can add some more to my document!!! And look what Deedee shared, too, although I can't get it to work. emoticon Once again, thank you!

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NYKIMMIE 7/18/2014 8:32PM

    cute!

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FANCYSIMAGES 7/18/2014 12:19PM

    i love the bunny! ♥

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/18/2014 12:20AM

    I love learning something new thank you!

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DJ4HEALTH 7/17/2014 11:17PM

    I do the same thing as you and now I can make my own. THANKS!!!

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AALLEY2 7/17/2014 9:27PM

    [0,0]
|)__)
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emoticon for sharing, I didn't know what to call it. I love those! ♥♥♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥

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OLDERDANDRT 7/17/2014 2:52PM

    These are soooo cool! I've often wondered how they were done. I'm just not with it enough to figure it out on my own, I guess! lol! Thanks for the links to see how some are done!
Hope this finds you very well, Linda!! (((HUGS)))

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MSLZZY 7/17/2014 12:39PM

    Cute! Thank you for sharing!

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DEEDEE324 7/17/2014 12:20PM

    alt and the number 3 ♥♥♥

Comment edited on: 7/17/2014 12:21:12 PM

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If it was easy, we'd all be *_____* (fill in the blank)!

Monday, July 14, 2014

If it was easy, we'd all be *______* (fill in the blank)

1) Learn to love myself today, as I am, so that I can accept myself when I rid myself of the excess baggage.

2) Be content with what I have today, instead of worrying about what I will have tomorrow. As long as I have enough - I am rich!

7/12 - 125.0

7/13 - 124.8
7/14 - 124.6
7/15 - 124.3
7/16 - 124.7
7/17 - 124.6
7/18 - 124.6
7/19 - 125.3
7/20 - 124.4

  
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GRACED777 7/16/2014 12:16PM

    I have been looking at your spark page as well as your blog. You have been on an interesting journey, as have I. But you are continuing to learn and grow. I like your resilient spirit! Have a great day, friend.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/15/2014 7:39PM

    Wonderful way to look at life! Thanks!! Jeannie emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/14/2014 12:39PM

    emoticon emoticon Hope you are having a super day!! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/14/2014 9:40AM

    You have that right. And a great motivator.

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MSLZZY 7/14/2014 9:06AM

    Making progress and that is great! YOU can do it! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/14/2014 8:41AM

    Awesome weekly decline! I'm calling this the STICK OF BUTTER LOSS. Because that is how much fat it is, 100%. But when it's gone, it's gone. And we ALL know it comes off SLOWER, once you have Less to Loose. But the secrete is MOMENTUM, there is "POWER IN MOMENTUM",(learned that from Tony Robbins 25 years ago), and what happens when we apply that to weight loss, the CUMULATIVE EFFORT, brings satisfying results!!
You've got this Linda, and you have been showing us THE WAY!!!
Thank you for being a Learning Tool, for all of us, reaching for the results you have attained, and continue to strive for. WAY TO GO!!!!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/14/2014 7:28AM

  We are all worth the effort to do what is best for us!

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JAROL7 7/14/2014 7:26AM

    TRUE, TRUE. BUT we can all be at goal weight if we adjust the caloric intake. Know your own body and adjust.

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Happy Independence Day! Freedom from Food Addiction!!

Friday, July 04, 2014

As I was returning a goodie to another sparkie, I typed Happy 4th of July - Happy Independence Day!

Then I got to thinking, SparkPeople gave me Independence too!

I fought the good fight against my food addictions - and I came out on top!

That's real Independence!! Wow! What an aha! moment!!

So I'm wishing all my Spark-Friends, all over the world, Happy Independence today! May we all be granted Independence from our food addictions!!

Bless You All today & always!!
Loving YOU,
Linda

7/5 - 125.4
7/6 - 125.2
7/7 - 125.2
7/8 - 125.2
7/9 - 125.2
7/10 - 125.4
7/11 - 124.7
7/12 - 125.0
7/13 - 124.8
7/14 - 124.6

  
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MARYANNSQUEST 7/5/2014 6:46AM

    Bless you too! Those words are very well said, the meaning is so real!
Hugs
Maryann

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OLDERDANDRT 7/4/2014 12:18PM

    A most Happy Independence Day to y'all, too, Linda!! On all counts! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/4/2014 12:16PM

    emoticon Couldn't have said it better

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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2014 9:57AM

    Wow - that is an awesome feeling and thanks for sharing. I felt/feel the same way when I quit smoking 14 years ago but I haven't quite got the food thing conquered yet. I am still a work in progress but that is the key word - I am making progress.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/4/2014 9:25AM

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MSLZZY 7/4/2014 8:06AM

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Have a great 4th of July!

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