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Accepting the NaNoWriMO challenge?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November is the NaNoWriMo or the National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month. The idea is to just get the words down. You don't have to refine them, just produce a whole lotta words. The man who challenged me with this said he was revising it to say it didn't have to include only novels, but non fiction and academic work as well. That's about 5 or 6 double spaced pages per day, 7 days per week. I am considering memoir, writing about some major area or concern of my life. It would start on Saturday, November 1rst. Anybody care to join us? Glenn

  
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ICECUB 10/30/2014 7:03PM

    SOUNDS LIKE A VERY INTERESTING CHALLENGE. A MEMOIR SOUNDS GOOD, I'LL BET IT WOULD BE A GOOD READ.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/30/2014 1:22PM

    Sounds like a great challenge!
You can do it!
A memoir sounds wonderful.
I'm afraid I'm to restricted on time to enjoy the challenge!
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LYNMEINDERS 10/30/2014 6:17AM

    You can so do this......
m,y daughter has done this a couple of times and often hooks into it in Nov....I doubt she will do it this year though as she has just got back from 5 weeks in ethiopia.....

Would love to do this Glenn however unfortunately am away next week and won't have my laptop with me as it hasn't come back as yet and I am away again at the end of the month for a week si it makes it a big task in 2 weeks.....
Come back to me next year....

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MARYANN2323 10/30/2014 3:12AM

    All the best! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 10/30/2014 3:12AM

    I did this last November and finished to 60K since I started a little bit late, first time I finished or attempted the endeavor! Happy Writing~

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/30/2014 2:25AM

    Sorry, no.
All the best, with your chosen endeavour.

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No Longer One of my Passtimes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Watching brain concussed people smash into other brain concussed people so they're brain concussed lighter weight friends can manipulate a flat ball thought the air or in their arms and cross a field. Then, if they aren't further concussed on the way, they get six points, which mean nothing, but people pay a lot of money to see which ball carriers can get the most six pointers in the midst of all of a whole lot of on field chaos, with what other than more concussions, knee injuries, broken bones, and a heck of a lot of early arthritis.

No, I no longer amuse myself in such a way. Glenn

  
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MYAKAYAH 10/30/2014 3:14AM

    I do watch football but I understand your concerns! You'll have much time for NaNoWriMo in November then :)~

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SYDLETZIII 10/25/2014 1:30AM

    I can only assume you mean football. Only played it once in 10th grade PE (flag football), I caught the ball, saw a large group of people running toward me and made the best decision of my life, I set the ball on the ground and backed up 10 feet. I was never picked to play again

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ICECUB 10/21/2014 10:22PM

    DON'T WATCH SPORTS.

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4EVERNESS 10/21/2014 9:13PM

    I only enjoy it when I can find a QB that is very good at getting away from those causing concussions. And one must admit, these men are very goal oriented, even if spoiled and cheapskates. I mean, they want a half back a full back a quarterback then want it sacked..and spoiled, they will call in special teams for a split end..I mean what do they say, "Hey Vidal?" :) But I dunno, guess I'll just drop back ten and punt...how is the Thames this time of year? So like do they have to retire in Jersey?

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LYNMEINDERS 10/21/2014 6:13PM

    Never was a watcher of sport!!!!! lol

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MARYANN2323 10/21/2014 2:22PM

    Never was a fan.

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KAREN608 10/21/2014 11:43AM

    Never understood paying men a bunch of money to cross a field with a ball and get injuries while people cheered them on.

I see you had one comment for them, ha.
Guess see sports people as the modern warriors of sorts.

Personally I'd rather do some exercise myself and not watch someone else do it.

And I have a BIG issue with kid's sports, having games on Sundays ..... Kids ought to have neighborhood games like the old days when it was more fun and less competitive... and no traveling.

Lucky you that there are so many other things to do actively instead of TV. Hobbies, exercise, something!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/21/2014 10:44AM

    I never was a fan. But I have adult kids who are huge fans. Even my 10 yr old loves to watch football with our 19 yr old (who has Down Syndrome) They are more fun to watch (as they watch the game) than the game!
I know the guys who play love the game.........but holy cow what a price to pay.


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KAREN-IS-HERE 10/21/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon uhg- I'm also not a fan

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NELLJONES 10/21/2014 8:17AM

    Not only are all those players out there of their own volition, they fought for the opportunity.

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Should we be embracing technology?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I'm beginning to wonder about my stance on technology. I, for one, had my satellite disconnected 5 years ago. My wife and I have been TV free since then. We bought a cell phone like about ten years ago, but with reception being poor where we live back then and still is now, we gave that up and haven't had a cell phone nor a smart phone since. I have felt pretty smug about my anti-technology stance. It feels good to flaunt the commercial spread across our world. Then, something happened that could change all of that. My son, 32, and his wife a little ones came for a visit, the first in over two years. We have spent a bunch of time together since their arrival last week. I, at 63, began, during their visit, to feel really old. Like somehow I had aged ten or fifteen years since their last visit . I am feeling that my wife and I, in our Luddite world, are a little out of touch. Sure, we read things on the computer daily, and know some of what's going on. But I'm beginning to feel we're not part of the main culture any more. It seems isolating for the first time since we gave up on TV. Not only isolating, but strangely scarey. Maybe after all these years, we need to get back on board.

  
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KAREN608 10/19/2014 8:49PM

    My DH has over the air TV viewing, and I cut the cable TV a zillion years ago when it got up to $21 a month. Ha!

I still have some entertainment online and it seems enough.

Being 'out of date' scare you? Me, I like being a little different. DH just got a little radio to listen to. We eat off a 1950s Formica table sitting on 1970s chairs. My cookware is over 30 years old. Maybe, it is an age related thing. We are not meant to keep up with every tech advance there is. And regular TV shows these days are really not that great from what I hear. I'm very picky.

Living with less tech seems to make life simpler and certainly less expensive. I like things from the past. Some of the new things get outdated so fast it seems a waste of hard earned money.

I think we can make our OWN culture.
Ah, but what to call it?

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CHEBBA 10/19/2014 7:37PM

    I'm ashamed (but honest enough!) to say that we have several TV's here in our home in England and there are times I am soooooo depressed by the vile things going on in the world. We have computers and my iPad, iTouch and iPhone, and without the latter I would find the complexities of life, now that my 93 and 88yr old parents have moved to 10 miles from us, way too fraught. It depends on how you look at things and what you want to get out of life. We make time for our hobbies, gym work 10 miles away, my Spark activities and, living in the sticks, researching all manner of stuff we want to buy in order to get the best price. As Chairman of our Parish and also an action group, having my computer is essential - that's the plus side. The down side? A square derriere and not getting 10k steps a day, hence going to the gym. All in all, not being a Luddite keeps one youthful and up-to-speed with technology and, yes, younger people. The TV has some wonderful stuff on it as well as puerile rubbish, it's about choices. We have chosen not to watch the TV in the bedroom any more, which is good, but for heaven's sake, the most important thing of all is to keep my DB happy with access to the other woman in his life…. Judge Judy! Yup, sometimes you've just got to let certain things into your life, grin!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 10/19/2014 10:39AM

    emoticon I know that feeling- I felt left behind when my electronics failed... something as simple as a weather report for instance is essential, global news. Also to reach my foreign relatives I rely on Skype or we wouldn't "see each other in decades".
As my mother says, it's like driving- she keeps driving so she won't be afraid to drive...scary reason to drive- but it gets her where she's going- anyway, yeah, getting off the techo loop can mean being out-of-the-loop.
(But I still agree the ipad $ thingie-yesterday- is a toll I won't willingly pay)


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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/19/2014 6:59AM

    I think you are still o.k. emoticon
We are the same way.
But if I have a new electronic device- like my new camera- my 10 yr old helps me use it because I am functionally electronically illiterate. Hubby age 60 can figure it out, but it takes him forever :o) My son whizzes thru it like it's second nature. Bless his heart, his dream is to join the Air Force, he will need this knowledge. My 80 yr old mom still has no computer etc, but does have a Trac ph for emergencies.
I'm thrilled that I can do the computer, no desire for much else!
If you decide to go full technology it would be interesting to hear about! emoticon

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4EVERNESS 10/18/2014 10:42PM

    Hmmmm, much of america is getting away from some of the technology-rather jaded I think. But if you really want to feel mainstream..keep up on the music..a little in most genres....technology...study of work methods...so what is keeping up? or doing it right? It doesn't have to mean electronics, unless it's music :)

PS, flip side of the coin...are they trying to embrace your history, time and place and events, before they were? Interesting, I do believe the love family thing should be a reciprocating function...

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LYNMEINDERS 10/18/2014 10:22PM

    Maybe after all these years you do need to embrace technology!!!!!
Having said that.....I don't watch TV very much.....we have so much crap on it here to be honest....and..I am told that you can get all of the TV chanels on the computer!!!

Just thinking out loud....

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SYDLETZIII 10/18/2014 10:22PM

    I love technology, but I also love camping and hiking and i can move between the two worlds. You are not out of touch for what YOU enjoy, change if you want to, but not because of others, there is a calmness and freedom to being disconnected.

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TOWHEE 10/18/2014 10:08PM

    I got a cell phone several years ago when I got stranded on a back road with a flat tire. Most of the time the cell phone is off, but it's in my purse if I need it.
You're not the only Luddite in the world.

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TOWHEE 10/18/2014 10:07PM

    I got a cell phone several years ago when I got stranded on a back road with a flat tire. Most of the time the cell phone is off, but it's in my purse if I need it.
You're not the only Luddite in the world.

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REGILIEH 10/18/2014 9:46PM

    I'm a gadget person so I love technology but hardly watch TV except sports and news. My husband has an iPhone just so he doesn't look out of date with his clients. LOL!

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ICECUB 10/18/2014 7:05PM

    I HAVE A TRACT PHONE BUT FOR EMERGENCIES. I WOULD RATHER TALK IN PERSON IF POSSIBLE. I WOULD MISS TV AS BAD AS OUR SERVICEI IS. I DO LOVE MY COMPUTER. IF YOU ENJOY TV I WOULD CONSIDER GETTING IT AGAIN.

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MARYANN2323 10/18/2014 6:32PM

    My hubby & I, do not now, nor ever, have had a cell phone. We never felt the need. Yes we have cable TV and have only had a computer about 4? years. And on that I am completely self taught. (Where's a 7 year old when you need one! lol) I understand how you can be thinking that you're being left behind. We only got the computer so we wouldn't be officially old fuddy duddies. But laugh as much as we want, or hate it just as much, the truth is that without all the gadgets we are being left behind. I hate to think what the next 20 years holds. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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We don't have to accept iPay.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apple is coming out with a new product, I believe it's called iPay or something like that. It will help lead to a situation where we will have to pay a lot more money for our phones in order to have the right to buy things. We can now buy things with cash, check or debit card. It costs you nothing to have this right. But in the future, if the people at Apple and other phone companies get their wish, we will become increasingly reliant on this method of payment, and we can't do these transactions until we have their service. We don't have to get sucked into this. Vote for using cash, check or debit to pay for things, and don't spend the extra money on a phone you will need in order to buy something. Glenn

I wanted to add one more thing. Apple said that this iPay will replace your wallet. Last I checked, a wallet was about $19.95. The cheapest iPhone was about $199 plus $649 for 12 months service.

  
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PAULOBRY 10/27/2014 1:22PM

    From reading the comments, I guess I'm the only sucker! I have one of the newer iphones that has the Apple Pay feature. It will not be a wallet replacement as Apple Pay has a very, very limited network of merchant acceptance.

Apple Pay is not the reason one gets a smartphone (and its not a new concept, Google Wallet is a similar application that has been in the marketplace for a few years).

I upgraded my phone for a larger screen, faster speed and better security.

But Apple Pay does have merit. On rare occasions, I leave my wallet in a drawer and arrive at a lunch spot with no funds to pay. But I always carry my phone.

Also, Apple Pay does not transmit your credit card info to the merchant. Instead, it sends a one time use "token code". And only after I have authenticated the transaction by my thumbprint. There are a lot of us that do operate in a cashless operation choosing to use credit cards for all available purchases.

Those who find smartphones useful are certainly willing to pay the high cost. But, Apple Pay for me is simply a bonus that may or may not find any traction in the marketplace, but not a reason to have bought the phone.

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KAREN608 10/19/2014 8:40PM

    Oh brother.
We don't even have smart phones here.

A lady I know with no cell phone is mad at Pizza Hut as they have a special IF you order it online. She has no cell phone nor internet and they do not give this deal if you walk into the place to order! I see a bad trend here. We never eat Pizza Hut or out that often so not a big deal but do not like the trend.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/17/2014 12:19PM

    emoticon We have trac phones. We'd never think of paying with our phone or paying a phone service to buy things! crazy!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 10/17/2014 11:32AM

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ICECUB 10/17/2014 8:13AM

    I AM NOT BUYING THIS PHONE. I HAVE BETTER USES FOR MY MONEY. $649 FOR SERVICE IS OUTRAGEOUS. IF I CAN'T PAY WITH CASH OR CHECK THEN I DON'T NEED IT.

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REGILIEH 10/17/2014 8:00AM

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LYNMEINDERS 10/17/2014 4:18AM

    I am certaimnly not going to be buying into this....I won't even have internet banking because I don't trust it and a friend on mine got all her bank accounts robbed by it...
Aint buying what we call a smart phone....maybe I willo end up without a cell phone in time to come...
I am over consumer manipulation...

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MARYANN2323 10/17/2014 2:48AM

    I totally agree. We work hard for our money and paying for the privilege of spending it is ludicrous.

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Summary of the summer progress.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weight six months ago: 288-290 Current weight 287
Inches 4 months ago: Waist 48 Current waist 48
Chest 46.5 Current chest 44.25
Hips 45 Current hips 44
Right
Thigh 24 Current R thigh 22.5
Left
Thigh 24 Current L thigh 23.5

So weight is about the same, and so is waist. All other inches have come down. I would like to know why the waist hasn't dropped. I 've read quite a bit about the anxiety and cortisol connection, that is anxiety increases the release of cortisol, which contributes significantly to waistline gain. I'm not one who's been anxiety free. Translated: I have had quite a bit if anxiety in my life. So if the exercise isn't bringing it down, I'm rethinking meditation and Tai Chi. Meditation I can start immediately. I know some techniques and can start this morning. Tai Chi I'm a little less sure of, whether it's for me or not. At any rate, I have some phone calls in to some teachers, and hope to hear something pretty soon about that. I also have a fellow Sparker who has expressed interest in also joining if I can find a beginners class.

Other changes include tracking food intake on the food tracker. I've done that daily for a couple of months This has been an easy way to keep track of my calories, fats and carbohydrates. And I've started lowering my repetitions on the exercise machines, and increasing the resistance. Maybe just a little bulking up would be good.

Lastly, I quit drinking mid July. Get some cravings, but overall feel better health with most of my drinking being ice water, green iced tea, coffee, and diet sodas.

So it was a great summer here in Olympia. We had a bountiful number of days of 80 degree temps. Not too hot, but very pleasant. LETS MOVE ON WITH A GREAT FALL!! Glenn

  
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LYNMEINDERS 10/7/2014 3:50AM

    Woohoo...celebrating the inches you have lost...am proud of your perseverance...go you

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SYDLETZIII 10/4/2014 12:32AM

    You have lost weight and that is what is important. Continue to focus on the positive and in the end you win. Tai Chi is good, but it take patience and practice. I also practice the philosophy of Taoism (Not the religious version), it reduces stress. The easy read is two small books "The Tao of Pooh" and "The Tao of Piglet"

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KAREN608 10/2/2014 8:32PM

    For Tai chi I look to youtube etc. or get a dvd for home use.

Stress can do weird things to us for sure.

I used to lose first on the last place I gained but this go round it is my tummy. I do massage it (weird I know) and not sure that helps lose it or not, but I notice the sides are well, deflating.

Bulking up is always a good plan, since muscle burns more calories, and having strength to do things we want to in life is always good. Might help with balance as we age too.

Keep on, I think you are doing well, not gaining is a win in my book.

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LOFLLAMA 10/1/2014 8:25AM

    Wow...we have the same measurements. emoticon

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CHEBBA 9/30/2014 7:28PM

    When I first started, and BOY! did I ever track everything and stick to things like glue. nothing much happened! I moaned and wailed and got very frustrated, but somehow managed to stick to things. Eventually, my body said 'Yay, time to go!' I was lucky enough to be able to afford a personal trainer at the gym for £7.50 per half hour - around $11. DB and I did this because, although he had been a regular keep fit guy when flying in the RAF, we felt we needed someone to show us how to work out properly and, especially for me, to give us challenges which we would be more likely to blow if we were on our own or even working just singly. The result has been astonishing - no, I'm not at goal, but that doesn't matter. I've lost 40lbs but my shape has changed incredibly - and I've become a fan of gym work in a way I never ever expected. My horrendous back problem is vastly improved thanks to the core work and the weights I'm shifting and the workouts I'm put through were recently not able to be completed by two fit people in their 20's - and I'm 63! The combination of changing my lifestyle and my approach to not just what I eat but WHEN I eat, working out with proper guidance and ever harder challenges, both cardio and strength-wise, tracking everything and getting regular support by interacting with Friends or teams in which I could get answers to frustrating situations…. well, it has all contributed to my progress.

For those of us burdened by excess avoid-dupois, things don't happen overnight. It's a bummer! It's a constant work in progress and tweaking things here, adjusting things there, all contribute to the bigger - or smaller! - picture. Frankly? Sometimes it sucks! Bunest with oneself. You have made progress, so make sure you appreciate the positives. You may need to make adjustments, only you know deep down if you are doing enough. But always remember: you are heading in the right direction. Mostly, the journey becomes an absolute joy, peppered with moments of pure elation.

Well done - and good luck! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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MARYANN2323 9/30/2014 5:47PM

    Sounds like you've done quite well. I'm assuming that the smaller measurements and yet no weight loss is due to muscle gain. A pound of muscle & a pound of fat weigh the same, yet the muscle is much smaller space wise. Keep it up and congrats on giving up drinking!
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PLMITCH 9/30/2014 4:32PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/30/2014 12:24PM

    emoticon you sound wonderful, and your numbers are great. I love that you adjusted daily habits to align with what your aspirations are. You are doing really well Glenn and I for one am among many supporting each and every commitment you make toward your health & happiness.
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ICECUB 9/30/2014 10:54AM

    I Think YOU ARE DOING REALLY GREAT. A POUND IS A POUND. AND IF YOU HIT 290 6 MONTHS AGO THEN YOU HAVE A 3 POUND LOSS. YOU ARE LOSING INCHES. I HAVE HEARD THE SLOWER YOU LOSE THE LEASE LIKELY YOU ARE TO GAIN IT BACK. ALSO TRACKING IS GOOD WHEN I WENT TO WW I WROTE EVERYTHING DOWN AND I COULD GO BACK AND SEE WHAT WORKED BEST FOR ME. ANXIETY IS A HARD ONE. WALKIN HELPS ME WITH ANXIETY AND BEING OUTSIDE IN THE SUNLIGHT HELPS TOO WE HAVE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER, ONLY MINIMUM WEATHER THAT WAS ABOVE 88. SINCE I DIDN'T HAVE AIR THIS SUMMER I WAS VERY GRATEFUL. WISH YOU THE BEST WITH FALL CHALLENGES.

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TERRIMMIX 9/30/2014 10:54AM

    I know how those plateaus make you feel, but keep going and you'll break through it. You might want to consider ditching the diet sodas. They have a lot of sodium in them and also there are a lot of articles out there about them interfering with the digestion of food and hampering weight loss. Google it and you'll see what I mean.

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REGILIEH 9/30/2014 10:04AM

    You are doing really good!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/30/2014 6:42AM

    Guess we don't get to choose where we lose :o)
I know stress for me is a biggie as a care giver too.
It's a very chilly 41 degrees this 5:40 a.m. with north winds coming off the lake in northern MN. We go home on Saturday, I'm almost ready! Almost all the leaves are off the trees- early winter?
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