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We CAN do it! Go Us!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all well! Happy Fall to ya!!!

This week was a great success! I'm down another 1.6 lbs! emoticon

I tracked my foods religiously, exercised a lot (I had 132 activity points on WW's!), drank the water, & stayed in caloric range! Oh, & I ate well, my friends!!! Let's see, this week I made...

Chicken Fajitas (foodnetwork.com)
Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche (Kraftfoods.com)
Shrimp w/garlic Sauce (foodnetwork.com)
Chicken Sausage w/peppers & onions (my own!)
Oven Fried Fish (Better Homes & Gardens cookbook)

I also made & tried these!

A healthy "Grab N Go Snack Mix" (heart.org)
& a heavenly "Angelic Lemon Cheesecake (Fage.com)

On the snack mix, I gotta wonder if it's really worth making, cause I can only eat 1/4 cup at a time & not everyday!...& I'm sooo tempted to eat much much more! Now I got most of it sitting in snap-closed containers, calling my name! Um, not a good thing! Maybe I can freeze it?!!

Oh, & the Cheesecake is DIVINE! If you like lemony things...then this is an awesome recipe for you! It only has 4 ingredients & it's to die for!!! Main ingredient is plain greek yogurt! And it looks so pretty when it's set! And you won't believe how incredibly wonderful it is! And it's a serving for 1!

emoticon Yummy! Yummy!

I'm off to do PILATES, 1/2 hour of ZUMBA, & SPINNING CLASS this morning! I hope you all have a FABULOUS day & a WONDERFUL week!!! It's half over, ya know!!! I'm getting ready to go up north in a couple of weeks to see my grandsons play ball & watch my granddaughter cheer! The twins are on the school football team & little Ashlie cheers for the hometown juniors! Ash also has a gymnastics meet the first weekend of October. So, but of course, the proud grandparents have to be there to cheer them on!!!

emoticon Go Ashlie! Go Brennan! Go Corey! emoticon

And I'm cheering you all on to continue moving forward!!! We CAN do it, one day at a time!!!

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Love & Hugs!
Rose

  
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DGFOWLER 9/21/2012 5:41AM

    Rose so glad to see you got your mojo back. You are doing awesome. I pray for days here lately to even have the motivation with so much stomach pain and knee pain again it's rough some days. I still try to get at least 1/2 hour in a day. I'll wave at you as you go by here in Ohio.. Hugs.. Donna

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NORASPAT 9/19/2012 7:22PM

    I think i remember up North is Ohio, am i right.
Its great you can get there from where. Do you drive or fly. just curious how others can get to their precious grands. HUGS Pat in Maine.

Our trees are turning fast but we had a storm last night that really pruned the trees for us, it just left us to pick up and get rid of the mess------Good exercise though Pat,
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WINFIELD28 9/19/2012 2:42PM

    Good job. I am on the road today so will connect more with you soon. That lemon yogurt dessert sounds wonderful.

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/19/2012 8:46AM

    You are to be congratulated on another good loss! You seem to have your old Spark back and I have no doubt emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 9/19/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon on the loss! And you're right ... emoticon

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BAKER1009 9/19/2012 8:04AM

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emoticon on losing again this week! You're doing such a great job Rose, I'm so proud of you!!

I'm glad you found & enjoy spinning class! It was always one of my favorites! emoticon We have a bike in our gym, but it's not the kind used in spinning classes.

A trip up North again?! Any chance of swinging by on the way home for a cup of joe?! I know your time is budgeted, but one of these days! emoticon

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Beth

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MEADSBAY 9/19/2012 7:22AM

    Wow!
Wow!
Wow!
Tes' impressive, my friend!
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JUSTA123 9/19/2012 7:15AM

    emoticon that is the way to go!

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IMEMINE1 9/19/2012 6:09AM

    emoticon emoticon That's really great.
I went up one but today is a brand new day. emoticon

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It Matters!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hiya Everyone!

I hope you're all doing SUPER & enJOYing a transition into fall in your hometown! I'm still waiting for the humidity to break, here in Florida...soon, I hope!

Cue the trumpets please! emoticon

I'm down 2.8 lbs! For a total of 15.6!!! Ta-ta-ta-da! emoticon

I've been working really hard guys! And eaten very well, I must say! Let's see, I've done....

emoticon Spin Class!
emoticon Pilates!
emoticon Strength class!
emoticon Kickboxing!
emoticon Zumba!
emoticon Treadmill & Elliptical!

AND I've eaten...(amongst others) this week

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs (allrecipes.com)
Fiery Fish Tacos w/crunchy Corn Salsa (allrecipes.com)
Tuscan Chicken Milano (SparkPeople)
Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake (Kraft Kitchens)

emoticon YUMMY! All good!!!

What I've learned so far, with my comparison of WW's & SP:

Tracking is VITALLY important! No matter which was you choose to go...tracking matters!!! Being mindful matters! Moving your body matters! Drinking the water matters! And for me, watching my intake of carbs matters!!! No doubt about it!!!

Lesson learned! emoticon

Now have a WONDERFUL mindful week, my friends! And just know...YOU matter to me!!! You are ALL loved!!!

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Rose

  
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CHALLENGER15 9/17/2012 8:53PM

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COMPUCATHY 9/16/2012 11:41AM

    That's awesome, Rose! Congratulations! You're doing great! I have the bluest skies ever...right outside my window! Hope you do too! Have a GREAT weekend! Thank you for ALL your encouragement! I really appreciate having a great SP friends like you! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTA123 9/15/2012 7:30AM

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LUBAML 9/13/2012 9:02AM

    Great job Rose! I'm so proud of you. Keep the good work and enjoy the results. Hugs and kisses, smiles too on the way. Love you.

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NORASPAT 9/12/2012 10:48PM

    TRACKING is the only way to go for sure so long as you know the amounts to track and everyone has a different need depending on their weight and nutrition. It also depends on exercise and health related challenges. YES I am with you it sure does matter HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon .

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BLUEROSE 9/12/2012 9:48PM

    Excellent progress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love the fall!

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MEADSBAY 9/12/2012 6:28PM

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You are AMAZING!!!

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TUFFYBIRD 9/12/2012 3:09PM

    emoticon Rose. 2.8 pounds in a week is great! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 9/12/2012 10:50AM

    Great job, Rose!
Thanks for sharing what you did and how you ate.
Lots of exercise and accountability - recording/logging food.
These are great points...I need to remember and also embrace them.
Also, thanks for sharing where you got your recipes from.
Have a super rest of your week!

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/12/2012 8:55AM

    You are BACK and going strong! Loved your blog and agree completely. I have been back on track for one week and dropped 5 lbs this past week. Our bodies respond to how we treat them!

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BAKER1009 9/12/2012 7:51AM

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emoticon Rose on the weight loss this week! I can totally tell you've been back on track and doing an awesome job!! It sure does pay off, huh? Way to go!
I love allrecipes.com...I use that site a lot...but usually for baking, cuz I'm not that great at cooking, lol! That's hubby's job!

Hope the humidity breaks for you soon. It's been beautiful here in Pittsburgh. Today's high is 84, but the humidity isn't around right now, so it's bearable.

Hope you have a great day today!
Hugs,
Beth

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MAGGIEVAN 9/12/2012 6:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. I also need to watch and eliminate refined carbs. All the best for your journey,

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I'm In It To Win It!!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Hello Friends!

Oh yes! I'm down another 2 pounds! WooHoo!!! I'm doing the happy dance! emoticon

And I just saw the doctor yesterday, for my 3000 mile checkup! And labs are all good! HgA1C was 5.7. That's on the high end of being normal & I'm teetering on the edge a bit there w/those blood sugars. I knew that by being "off my game" those many weeks was gonna show up in those lab numbers somewhere! And I was right! I mean, it's still okay, but....I can do better! Got my flu shot too, while I was there. Gotta stay healthy!!!

Cholesterol 160
HDL 53
LDL 88
Triglycerides 96

This week just sailed by, didn't it! I tried a bunch of new recipes, guys...& they were all good! Thai Shrimp & Snow Peas, Quick Stromboli, Chipotle-Topped Crab Cakes, Baked Dijon Salmon, & Honey Garlic Pork Chops! All I can say, is.........

YUM! YUM! emoticon

What can I say! I LOVE to cook! I LOVE to eat! emoticon

I hope you're all well, friends! Keep doing whatcha been doing & keep moving forward! Even if ya get a bit off track...just get back on! One day at a time!

We CAN do it together!!! emoticon

Love ya all...& have a GREAT week!!!
Rose

  
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DGFOWLER 9/7/2012 5:44AM

    So good to see you blog again Rose.. Perhaps once a week we could see how you are doing (hint, hint emoticon ) Miss you bunches as well emoticon

emoticon emoticon emoticon through. You are doing Great!!!!!

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COMPUCATHY 9/6/2012 8:43PM

    Glad you are on track! Those daggone numbers really tell on us, don't they? Hope you are having a great week! Fall is around the corner! Yikes! And Yay! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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LUBAML 9/5/2012 10:56PM

    Great job my friend! I'm so proud of you. Hugs and kisses, smiles too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/5/2012 1:28PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to see my friends succeed!
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NORASPAT 9/5/2012 11:32AM

    GREAT JOB GREAT MOTIVATION for me. I must get my LDL down it is stubborn but even more are those naughty Triglycerides. I know the top dog in all of this is Determination, exercise and FOOD. You just proved to me Thanks ROSE Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 9/5/2012 9:23AM

    Good job!
Glad to hear that your numbers were good and that you know you can improve them with your healthy choices and lifestyle.
What interesting recipes your tried. They all sound delicious!
Which were your favorites? Can you share any of them with us? Were they Weight Watcher's recipes?
Also, a quick medical question - how does one get the LDL number in the cholesterol number to decrease? More exercise? Less red meat? My HDL is 69 & my LDL is 104, Triglycerides are 56 for a total cholesterol of 184. I too, know I should be doing better on that.
I need to get back in this to win it too! Thanks for your great report and the motivation you always provide me by your excellent example! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!!

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BAKER1009 9/5/2012 6:47AM

    I'm coming to your house to eat...yummy!
emoticon emoticon emoticon on the 2 lbs gone! Keep up the great work Rose, you're doing awesome!!
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Beth

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BOMBCHELL23 9/5/2012 5:36AM

    Rose,
You are truly such an inspiration to all of us but especially me as I try to kick start myself again. Granted I still exercise and never stopped but I need to get my eating back where it should be. Knowing I am not the only one who has struggled with this helps me in several ways. I know you've had a rough year but you continue to strive forward in this journey of life. I am so proud of you! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Off My Game!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're all doing well!

Well, I just got done with a colonoscopy! I have to say the bowel prep is getting harder & harder to take as I age! None too pleasant! I got through it though, thank goodness! They found 1 small polyp & that's it! Now I'm good for 4 years! Phew! So glad!!! The hardest part for me wasn't the prep tho, guys...it was being withOUT coffee in the morning! I was soooooo GRUMPY!!!

That was the WORST! emoticon

But hubby went on a coffee run for me while I was having the procedure...& as soon as I was able...I got my coffee!!!

emoticon HAPPY! HAPPY!

I was only down 0.2 lbs this week at WW's. A little disappointing, I must say, but I've lost 11 lbs since I joined...so that's none too bad!

I'll take it! emoticon

And now, I'm getting ready to go to the Y! Many of the instructors are out injured. Can you even believe it!!! One sustained a shoulder injury while on vacation & another hurt her back at work! So, sometimes there's a substitute & they focus on something else entirely...or class is just cancelled! It makes it so hard to keep a routine when the classes I count on, aren't happening! No matter! I'm still going & working out on the equipment & doing some free weights. Not the same tho...if ya know what I mean! Gotta keep pushing tho!!! I CAN do it!!!

I'm gonna start up w/the kettlebells again, I think! I liked doing 'em...& they only reason why I stopped was because I outgrew my 8 pounder & didn't size up to the 15! I'm gonna get the 15 & begin there this time!

Something to work toward! emoticon

I hope everyone is going GREAT, by golly! I'm gonna tighten up my eating this week, cause I want to stay on course! I tell ya, when my eating routine is disturbed, I have a heck of a time getting back on track! Such as this colonoscopy thing! Dang it, anyway!

I gotta emoticon!!! And keep moving forward! You all do the same!!!

Have a GOOD week!!!
Hugs!
Rose

  
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CHALLENGER15 9/17/2012 8:52PM

    Hi! I don't know how I missed this earlier! Glad all was so good with the colonoscopy, though...

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COMPUCATHY 9/4/2012 9:48PM

    I can't imagine that is easy at ANY age! Glad you are doing well! And cleared for 4 years! Happy Tuesday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DFROMTX 9/1/2012 7:03AM

    I had my colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago....UGH to the prep. like you, I had 1 polyp & they said to come back in 5 years. Then on a Friday afternoon the nurse called & said to call the doctor on Mon. morning......I worried all weekend long something was wrong, called 1st thing Mon. & she said he wants me to come back in 3 years instead of 5 but polyp was not cancer. Maybe he wants me to come back in 3 instead of 5 because I have already had BC.

The 4 year anniversary of my BC surgery is 09/05. I am a survivor! Glad you got through Isaac. emoticon for getting back on tract.

Getting PT set up for my bursitis/pain in back & both hips and, hopefully, I will be able to get back on tract with my exercise & lose the weight that I have gained.

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NORASPAT 8/31/2012 4:11PM

    Job well done we have to have those darn things otherwise who knows what we have . HUGS I am glad you are doling so well HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTA123 8/31/2012 10:21AM

    glad it went well, and I'm so confident you will succeed!

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TUFFYBIRD 8/30/2012 5:08PM

    I'm glad your procedure went well ... and I can sure sympathize re the coffee. I only have one (large) cup a day - first thing in the morning ... but I do love it.

Keep up the good work with the diet and exercise. You'll get there! emoticon

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DWEBI09 8/30/2012 2:13PM

    Glad all went well with your procedure.
A loss is a loss. Even when it's not if you know your working it, it will show up in the long run!

Have a great day buddy.

Debi

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MEADSBAY 8/30/2012 1:03PM

    emoticonon yor single polyp, Rose.
And you are so smart to get right back into the swing of things.
I adore k-bells-
don't they have 10 lbs?
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BAKER1009 8/30/2012 10:28AM

    Glad the appointment and procedure went well and it's over with. I could totally relate to you on the coffee. I've cut myself back to one cup since becoming pregnant, but I still have to have that one cup or watch out!!

Keep up the great work Rose!!
Hugs,
Beth

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WINFIELD28 8/30/2012 9:06AM

    Glad to hear you had good results on your colonoscopy.
That procedure sure does throw off one's regular eating, doesn't it?
Good job on the weight loss...any drop in weight is going the right way in my book. Good for you! Keep up the good work.
Hope you have a good workout at the Y today too!


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Moving Right Along!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Well, I'm 10.8 lbs down! WooHoo! Thanks to Weight Watchers & SparkPeople! Oh, & of course, thanks to my perseverance & determination to get back on track! And my fabulous friends who encourage & support me!!!

I'm gonna let ya in on some of the workings of Weight Watchers, for those of you who aren't familiar, so you can compare the program w/SP! If you're not familiar, WW's uses a points system, & I'm permitted 26 points a day for my weight class. Veggies & Fruits, for the most part, have no point value. Not juice, but the real fruit. Now, I've been tracking on both for the past 3 weeks...& what I've found is that 26 points kinda, sorta equals out to around 1200 calories. Not always tho...as I do believe points are weighted on their fat, carb, & protein values. So, it doesn't always equal out, ya see. There's no magic guys! It's calories in...calories out. Period! The premise is that you'll turn to fruits & veggies when you run out of points! Got it?!! Laughing.....

Of course, the focus is that you EARN extra points when you exercise! So, of course...if you want to eat more, you need to MOVE your body! Uh, okay, got it! Smiling.....

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EQUALS MORE POINTS FOR...
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And but of course! They emphasize all the basic strategies we all know & love! Measure & weight EVERYTHING you put in your mouth! Use smaller plates! Make better choices! It's not rocket science! It's what works!

Oh, did I forget to mention you get an ADDITIONAL 49 points to use, whenever, during a 7 day period? Oh yes! They're for use when you got something special coming up, like a birthday or event! Um, I've not used many of 'em thus far...but it's nice to know I have them! I've gone over my 26 allotted points on several occasions, so they do come in handy!

The big thing for me is that WW's gave me the push I needed to get back on that scale...& back on track! And I'm very grateful! I feel normal again! And that's a very good thing!!! I intend to focus on one day at a time & keep moving forward! Every day is a NEW DAY! A chance to do something wonderful! Speaking of something wonderful, I've started volunteering at a place called St. Matthew's House! It's a crisis shelter & food pantry located here in Naples. I'm volunteering on Tuesday mornings, helping bag groceries & supplies for those in need. There are so many people who are struggling & it's very humbling for me to be there. I must say, I'm very grateful for all that I have. And it feels so good to be able to do something for others & get out of myself! It does a body good!!!

Alright guys! I hope you're all well & moving forward! I get my bloodwork done next week, & I'm hoping my having been off track hasn't thrown off my lab values! We'll see, by golly! You all take special care now...& keep moving!

It does a body good!!! emoticon

Love ya!!!
Rose

  
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    emoticon so glad your back on track, You sound so happy!

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DUSTYGIRL25 8/24/2012 2:06AM

    Yay Rose! So happy to hear that everything is working so well for you! Thanks for all of the helpful tips (including the fact we are doing evreything right on Spark)!
Keep up the excellent job!
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LUBAML 8/23/2012 8:36PM

    Hi beautiful!!! I'm so happy for you. Congratulations and keep the good work. Enjoy our day! Hugs an smiles, kisses too.

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TUFFYBIRD 8/23/2012 4:46PM

    There are many roads to a single destination; it doesn't matter if it's WW or something else (as long as it's healthy). It's great to hear you sounding so positive and focused!

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BAKER1009 8/23/2012 3:28PM

    Rose, I'm so glad to hear that WW is helping you. Thanks for the insight to the points system. I new there were points, but I never really knew how they worked. I know WW has worked for many, and it could become a back up plan for me after having the baby if I'm struggling (though I really don't think I will).
You're doing fabulous, and thanks for giving us all an update! Keep on trucking girl!

Hugs,
Beth

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NORASPAT 8/23/2012 2:26PM

    I did WW years ago and gained weight. Spark was the only program where i lost. being diabetic eating too many apples and bananas my FBS is up recently. I am doing a lot of walking but now i have to do more ST to get a better calorie burn. It can be very tricky. I eat by my tracker but still on a plateau.
WW also used a lot of artificial sweetener way back then. I do not use sugar but I discovered my allergist told me not to use it since I have too many chemical sensitivities. I m determined to track ST better if my hip will allow it. Thanks for sharing that great information HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticonROSE emoticonTake care dear Spark Friend.

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WINFIELD28 8/23/2012 9:47AM

    So glad to hear that WW along with your hard work and determination has you back on track!
Thanks for explaining the new program. I had been a member (Lifetime) previously, but haven't had a meeting available in my area for sometime. Good solid science and common sense!
What a wonderful thing you are doing helping at St. Matthew's House. Sounds like a much needed program.
Also, good to hear that your husband's colonoscopy went well.
Have a super day & thanks for all the motivation you always provide to me - by sharing your experiences!

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MEADSBAY 8/23/2012 8:13AM

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Keep it up, my friend!
thnx for the WW overview.
I am focusing on eating more F&V right now.
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BIGMAMAT 8/23/2012 6:37AM

    emoticon Great Job Rose! So excited for you! Doing the happy dance. emoticon

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