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Another week, another chance!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Since I quit worrying about what I am eating (yes, I still log faithfully), I am noticing my weight isn't fluctuating nearly as much as before. Yes, I still go up and down, but it doesn't seem to be such drastic jumps. So I am blogging what I weigh, eat and if I have a deficit or am over week by week. It helps me to see how I am doing.

11/13 - 115.9 - ate 2305, over by 691 calories!
11/14 - 116.6 - ate 1747, deficit -29
11/15 - 2098 - ate 2098, over 637


**edit: Thanks BH, I think I am doing well too!

  
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LIBBYFITZ 11/15/2010 6:20PM

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WALKINGANNIE 11/15/2010 5:18PM

    Great job Linda!

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MEADSBAY 11/14/2010 9:54PM

    I've said it before and I'll say it again:
YOU'RE AMAZING!
and a source of inspiration to many of us!

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TYEASLEY 11/14/2010 8:22PM

    You're doing great. emoticon

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MARTY19 11/14/2010 7:53PM

    The fact that it hasbeen almost a year and you are still maintaining is quite an accomplishment. You ROCK!

Love you,
Marty

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GRALLEN 11/14/2010 7:29PM

    Overall I still think you are doing great. I know you are worried about gaining the weight but really, you are doing great.

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SWEETYKINS012 11/14/2010 6:55PM

    thanks!!!! i need this!!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/14/2010 6:51PM

    sounds like a good plan to me. Love, Dawn emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/14/2010 6:48PM

    Good idea! HUGS!

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What are hunger pains?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

According to what I read, excerpt below, it is definitely hunger pains as they do disappear with food!

I am going to look at this as just another "proof" that I am finally at my ideal weight. Even though I am not consciously hungry, my body is telling me it needs sustenance. FYI, yes, I do still get hungry when I really don't need food - binges!

Wow! So much to learn to be a normal weight! This has only happened since losing the last 5 lbs - 117 being the Ideal Weight on the charts.

P.S. I had never felt "hunger pains" before this year. As the article describes, it is a pain/cramp in the stomach area - for me, just below my waist. At first I thought it was from my water bottle in my belly-bag but these past couple of days I wasn't even walking yet when they occurred.

I realized that my last meal of the day tends to be around 5pm and my first meal of the day tends to be after 9am. That is a lot of hours in between meals. 16 hours on average and I guess my body at that point just has to signal me to eat?

I just didn't want you thinking that I was confusing hunger or the desire to eat with the hunger pains I am experiencing at my new lower weight.

We all have to fight the non-hunger urges for food.

You can do this!
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11/6 - 116.4 - ate 1922, 195 calories over on calorie differential
11/7 - 116.7 - ate 1626, calorie deficit 96
11/8 - 16.4 - ate 1555, calorie deficit 10
11/9 - 115.8 - ate 1780, over by 50
11/10-115.8 - ate 1707, calorie deficit 14
11/11-115.7- ate 1583, calorie deficit 197
11/12-115.6 - ate 2196, over by 423
11/13 - 115.9 - - - woohoo! By jove, I think I've got it!!

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Also known as hunger pangs, hunger pains are feelings of discomfort deep in the stomach. A hunger pain is often a low-grade discomfort that is just strong enough to notice. However, some people do experience hunger pains that are somewhat sharp and intermittent. There are several reasons why an individual may experience stomach hunger pain from time to time.

The most common origin of hunger pains is the fact that the individual has not consumed food or drink for an extended period of time. Muscle contractions begin to occur when the stomach has been empty for several hours. As the contractions take place, the sensation may be somewhat unpleasant and interpreted as painful. When this is the reason behind the hunger pains, a quick snack is usually sufficient to eliminate the discomfort.

People who tend to suffer with low blood sugar may experience hunger pains when glucose levels begin to drop. The lack of a proper amount of glucose in the blood causes the stomach contractions to commence. Usually, the contractions are mild at first, but become increasingly stronger until the individual consumes something that provides the right type of carbohydrates to restore a safe glucose level.

Another possibility is that the stomach hunger pains have nothing to do with being hungry or experiencing a drop in blood glucose levels. The pain may be caused by some gastrointestinal disorder that is in the early stages. While the sensation is similar to that of plain old hunger pains, consuming food and drink does not make the discomfort go away. When this is the case, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Often, gastrointestinal disorders can be isolated and treated quickly if caught early.

www.wisegeek.com/what-are-hunger-pai
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MONKEYSNUFFER 11/12/2010 10:55PM

    I never really get hunger pains....maybe because I eat all the time LOL

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PENNYAN45 11/11/2010 5:51PM

    There is a lot of interesting info in this blog. Thanks for posting it.

At an earlier time in my life, I had pains when my stomach was empty - and it turned out to be an ulcer. The pains usually went away when I put food in my stomach. I think there was a lot of acid when my stomach was empty - and that is what caused the ulcer.

I sure hope that being at the ideal weight would not involve waking up each day with a pain in the stomach.

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SWEETYKINS012 11/8/2010 8:59PM

    i can't comprehend people that don't feel hunger pains!!!!! they drive me crazy!!! the pains that is. i have to fight them all of the time. every couple of hours i am hungry. and the longer i have to wait to eat i get grouchy and mean. i can't help it. after i eat i feel better and am in a lot better mood!!!! my husband can always tell when i need to eat something. he even tells me that i need to eat cause i am getting mean. i wish i never felt hungry, then i could loose weight!!!! i have to starve myself to loose weight....

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/8/2010 8:55PM

    Great info, Linda! I would think that you need some evening snack or an earlier breakfast -- how can you go 16 hrs??
Congratulations on your ongoing success! Keep on keeping on!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/8/2010 8:32PM

    Very interesting, useful information. Congrats on getting to the weight level where you are getting the hunger pains. I'm voting for your excellent blog!

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PATTISPAGE 11/8/2010 12:08AM

    Thanks for the great blog! I rarely feel hunger... even when I know I should be... I might get light headed ~ we really do have to learn to understand and listen to our bodies! Way to Go!!!

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MEADSBAY 11/7/2010 8:59PM

    emoticonLinda-
I always learn so much from your blogs.
Have a great week!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/7/2010 8:34PM

    Great blog! I learned from this! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/7/2010 4:41PM

    It's all about the learning experience and getting to know our bodies. Good for you really listening to what your body is telling you. love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 11/7/2010 3:11PM

    Thank you for that interesting insight into "hunger pains". I am pleased if I wake up hungry as it means I ate the right amount of food the day before. And since I have lost 11lbs I am waking up hungry more frequently also.

When I was young and working shift work as a nurse I had what I thought were hunger pains and it turned out to be gastritis an early start to ulcers. The pain would not go away after eating.



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WALKINGANNIE 11/7/2010 12:43PM

    If these are hunger pains, then you're wise to listen to your body's signals Linda.

As a diabetic, I know that it's important to recogise the symptoms of hunger and low blood sugar and to make sure that I don't let my body get too low on fuel.

This seems like a good general lesson too. Being hungry shouldn't be a regular part of this programme!

Thanks for raising this important issue and taking a wise approach.

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KAREN42BOYS 11/7/2010 10:59AM

    linda, you are doing well at this. i appreciate that you're still learning to face your food issues.

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BEYOURBEST1 11/7/2010 10:49AM

    Great blog.
Sometimes the hunger pains are in your mind...


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MERRY40 11/7/2010 10:31AM

    interesting info-never quite knew the origins of these pains, which Thank God, I don't experience very often. Take care!

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BOBF15 11/7/2010 9:33AM

    Interesting post.

I am wrestling and wondering about hunger presently. I know hunger is a body signal, but what I am questioning is do I have to go put something in my mouth every time I feel the hunger sensation.

Along these lines is the concept of satiation. Do I always have to feel satiated?

Disciplined eating plays a part in all of this too. I am working with all these elements of hunger, satiation, discipline and pleasure. They all interplay in our eating. Eating in and of itself is not bad, just eating that is not in line with normal and natural eating. If I can ever figure out completely what normal and natural eating is I would be a very happy man. emoticon

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MARTY19 11/7/2010 9:16AM

    When I had pain in m y stomach, I initially thought it was hunger. But the pain increased when I ate. It turned out to be an ulcer. These pains should never be ignored.

Love you,
Marty

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MSLZZY 11/7/2010 8:04AM

    Wow! Very interesting-thank you!

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Thank you Spark Buddies!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I am going to try having some instant cream of wheat every morning before my walk.
Since the pain stops after eating, I am going to see if it is hunger.
I added a mini-bagel with a smear of Peanut Butter - about 300 calories total.

Also a minimum of 12 oz of warm water *yes, I like hot water* emoticon

  
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SOPHIADARE 11/12/2010 2:05PM

    Instand cream of wheat may be great for you.

For me, it takes regular cream of wheat whenever cream of wheat is the food that's needed. (Regular cream of wheat makes up thicker.)

It's harder to clean up, but it makes up fast, and you can get one of their special 3T measures and a metal box from time to time with a special order incentive or something.

Frankly, for me, it's usually cheerios yogurt and and apple or a banana (sometimes both fruits), but on the occasional cold winter morning, it just has to be cream of wheat with pre-measured pats fo butter, pre-mixed brown sugar and splenda and a little spice, sometimes with raisins. Yes, it does cost in the calorie count, but as we all know, a truly solid breakfast makes it much easier to eat moderately as the day goes on.

A skipped breakfast or lunch is far likelier to lead to the dreaded night of "this doesn't serve my body" snacking.

It was GERD that landed me in the hospital 2x we think. You might to consult your doctor. for me, it took a couple of months with 80 mg of nexium daily and maintenance at 40 mg of nexium daily plus a radical reduction of tomato and citrus.

Love,

Sophy.

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TYEASLEY 11/7/2010 12:51AM

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REBECCAMA 11/7/2010 12:10AM

  My grandmother used to drink hot water with milk. Personally I need to add sugar and coffee to the recipe. emoticon

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GRALLEN 11/6/2010 9:51PM

    I have to admit, I do prefer my water room temp. I just can't drink it if it's too cold. Hurts going down.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/6/2010 5:04PM

    Glad you found something that helps.

I like hot water too now. Who would have thought?

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MARTY19 11/6/2010 4:12PM

    I hope the ends the problem. I like the bagel with PB but cream of wheat is not my bag. I truedit ears ago and didn't like the taste. Folks say I should give it another shot. Maybe.......

Love you,
Marty

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PATTISPAGE 11/6/2010 10:53AM

    Glad it helped the pain... Cream of wheat... haven't had that for along time! Right now I have steal cut oats, with berries everymorning... so nice on a chilly day!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/6/2010 10:15AM

    I hope that these are the answers for you my friend. I hate that you're having to deal with pain. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/6/2010 9:08AM

    Warm water? All in favor, say aye! It's got my vote!
Let's hope it is just hunger! HUGS!

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SYLVIALYNN2 11/6/2010 8:53AM

    For an extra boost, add a squirt of lemon to the hot water. Not enough to make the drink need a sweetner, but just a hint to give some flavor.

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ALNEAGLE 11/6/2010 8:47AM

    Keep us posted on whether it works for ya!

~Amanda

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LIBBYFITZ 11/6/2010 8:45AM

    Sounds like a plan! Yes in winter I drink hot water as well! emoticon

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Interesting...

Friday, November 05, 2010

This week has been very interesting indeed - not my *ideal* eating week but let's let the numbers speak for themselves, shall we?

10/31 - 116.3 - I ate 1649 calories and had a deficit of -182
11/1 - 116.4 - I ate 1925 calories and was over by +252
11/2 - 115.5 - I ate 2084 calories and was over by +261
11/3 - 116.8 - I ate 1736 calories and was over by +177
11/4 - 116.6 - I ate 1593 calories and was over by +25
11/5 - 115.8 - I ate 1918 calories and was over by +191 *gave blood today* don't count on blood day since I must make up for the missing pint of blood, good guesstimate though.
11/6 - 116.4 - not bad since I was up on my sodium quite a bit - 3073+ on sodium yesterday.

I think this might mean that I am settling in at my ideal weight?? I really don't know as all of this is like some great science fair project/experiment but I am winning! But it is interesting that while going over on my calories (as per calorie differential) I am still maintaining.

On another note, I have tried Silk Almond-Milk and for the first time in 44 years, I ate cereal with *milk* - wow! No wonder people like milk with their cereal!!

Due to all milk tasting sour to me, I haven't been able to use any milk in my dry cereals - so I eat them dry and drink water on the side. I bought the Silk Almond-Milk with a coupon for $2 off and got brave finally 2 nights ago and put 1/2 cup in with a cup of cereal. Yum. Last night I went "whole-hog" and used a full cup! I gotta say, I liked it!

Now to ask a question: I have been sucking in my gut for most of my 58 years - it is habit now. But I have discovered that sometimes I get pain! Is it possible to suck your gut too much? I generally am also walking before eating when I experience this and chalked it up to hunger. Is this possible? It does go away after I eat.

What do you think?



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WATERMELLEN 11/6/2010 9:51AM

    I love Silk almond milk too: delicious on Nature's Path maple pecan cereal!! (and like you: not much of a "regular" milk drinker at all . . . ).

All of us ladies of a certain age were raised to keep our stomachs clenched -- so it's kind of second nature. And supposed to be good for "core strength" I suppose But pain -- as everyone is suggesting -- is always something to record and then check out with your MD to set your mind at rest.

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TYEASLEY 11/5/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon Stomach pain. . .mmmmm, I don't know. Knee jerk reaction would be to suggest that you talk to your doctor. First journal about the pain and note the times, hunger status, etc. That way you'll be able to give the doctor a full picture of what the pain is like and when it happens. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/5/2010 10:58PM

    You are super duper awesome. I do love details like that. It just makes this journey so reasonable and doable to know that rock stars like you are successful on this journey without deprivation.

Good job and great example and awesome inspiration. You go girl! Just go!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/5/2010 5:54PM

    WOw! Yay! Good for you!!

Gut pain...can't say for sure. I suck mine in too, try to be aware as I walk to suck in, so..........?? Is it muscle pain or is it like something else??

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MSLZZY 11/5/2010 5:07PM

    Looks like you've found your ideal weight. The gut thing baffles me. Check it out if it continues. HUGS!

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MARTY19 11/5/2010 4:19PM

    I always suck in my gut. Can't say that I have experienced any pain. Maybe it is due to hunger. If it persists it might be worth a call to the doctor.

Love you
Marty

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WALKINGANNIE 11/5/2010 4:02PM

    emoticon on the maintaining! emoticon

As for the pain, should you get it checked by a doctor to set your mind at rest?

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REBECCAMA 11/5/2010 3:59PM

  Congrats on not gaining even when you go over your calories!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/5/2010 3:55PM

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It appears your body has found its ideal weight. You have reached a place I continue to struggle to find. I am finding that sometimes I actually lose better when I eat more as I am able to become more active again.
As for holding in your tummy there might be various reasons for the pains. It could be muscular as we sometimes hold ourselves tighter than we realize. I recently read an article on Spark about eating before or after exercise. My interpertation was it depends on the individual. My wii board suggests a banana as another individual has commented. This is something we need to experiment with to find what works best for us. You appear to be extremely active, and the increased metabolism sometimes makes a difference.
I am glad your willingness to try something new resulted in a new treat. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 11/5/2010 2:34PM

    emoticonsounds like it is hunger. Have a banana before you head off for your walk. might help.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/5/2010 1:51PM

    I just don't know about the pain, but I've always heard that is the better thing to do than let it stay relaxed. I agree, maybe drinking water first could help, but I'm not sure. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/5/2010 12:34PM

    Well done on maintaining!
Good for you for sucking your gut in, helps with posture and keeping the lower back problems away. I could never get in the habit of it, I only do it when I am exercising. Do you drink your water before exercising? Might help. The intestinal tract is very delicate and easily prone to bruising. It may be possible you are pinching it a little if you are really sucking it in good.
Enjoy your weekend!

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KIMJEWKES 11/5/2010 12:23PM

    Congratulations getting settled in your ideal weight =)
You are doing awesome!!

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SMP685 11/5/2010 12:19PM

    Could it be an ulcer? I am not sure, but if the pain occurs too often, then maybe u're better off seeing a doc about it...

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GONE2BEACH101 11/5/2010 12:16PM

    We 'discovered' almond milk almost by accident...I had a recipe that called for it...Then, we've used the rest on hot cereal this week...it's going to be a staple in the fridge...

As for the tummy problems...maybe you need to try to relax those muscles a bit, even if it takes some practice. And, maybe a light snack before you walk??

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OLDERDANDRT 11/5/2010 12:12PM

    Yep! I'd say hunger just might be what you're feeling! I love the Silk Almond milk, too!! Sweet and tasty!!
Good for you, settling in on your maintenence! Just don't look away, b/c that's when the pounds try to sneak back on!! hehe

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It's November already??

Monday, November 01, 2010

I just don't know where this year has gone!

In just a few weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us!

It's never too late to prepare for the annual feasting!

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11/1-116.4
11/2-115.5
11/3-116.8
11/4-116.6
11/5-115.8

  
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GRALLEN 11/3/2010 10:23PM

    As I did last year, portion control and lots of lettuce salad will keep me in tow.

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    Hard to believe the year is almost over. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/2/2010 2:21PM

    Hopefully by then, I will be ready to feast LOL!

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KIMJEWKES 11/2/2010 8:38AM

    I love this time of year!! Let's get through these holiday's without a gain!

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MONGO2TEN 11/2/2010 8:06AM

    I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy it, and get right back on track the next day!

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MARTY19 11/2/2010 6:45AM

    I'm excited about Thanksgiving. There will be more people at the table. More conversation and less eating, YIPEE!

Love you
Marty

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/1/2010 11:59PM

    All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/1/2010 11:35PM

    You're right... time is passing too quickly. Thanks for sharing your insight. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/1/2010 9:07PM

    It is our family's favorite holiday! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2010 9:00PM

    Yes, yes... planning is key. Hmmmm... better get crackin', I'm thinkin'! emoticon

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LOPEYP 11/1/2010 8:44PM

    Agreed, RIMAJO! We can do this!
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SLENDERELLA61 11/1/2010 8:42PM

    The year has flown by. You are so right! I'm planning to enjoy moderation. Or maybe a little splurge. Not sure yet. Hope you enjoy.

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MERRY40 11/1/2010 8:04PM

    You're right, Linda! With all those delicious temptations calling our name,we need to decide which ones would be the best choice for us and in what quantity. Hopefully, we'll be prepared and make good choices!
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RIMAJO 11/1/2010 8:01PM

    We're Sparkers.. Thanksgiving ain't got nothing on us. We're strong, we're determined & yes.. We CAN do this!! No problemo! Right?? Somebody agree with me, please. emoticon


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OLDERDANDRT 11/1/2010 7:50PM

    Know what you mean so I'm hoping my Girl Scout training will kick in with preparedness!!!!! And yes, WE can do this!!!!!!

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