SparkPeople Living Low Carb (Atkins and other Plans) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=482 We will discuss low carb lifestyles (including Atkins,Protein Power, South Beach and other doctor-recommended low carb plans), trade low carb recipes and team up to do this together! SparkPeople Living Low Carb (Atkins and other Plans) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=482 Phantasm agorical Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66710291 phantasmagorical: having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination. 2. having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern. 3. changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements. <BR> <BR> Of course, we're interested in the first and third definitions. As in, SAD is phantasmagorical using the first definition. And our diets (in the general sense of what we eat, not in the restrictive sense) and our W... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:24:21 EST Thoughts on fiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66710135 I am not concerned about "going", I don't usually have too many problems there, but I find I stall when I don't eat veggies (aka salad or celery, etc), but like yesterday I just didn't want any (it was a stressful day at work). I know there are no essential carbs, but find it interesting that I lose as I eat veggies, and stall when I don't... so it has to be the fiber? <BR> <BR> Some people use oat fiber for cooking (not sure I want to go there, it makes me nervous with my allergies), but I... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:56:15 EST 10 pounds gone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66709788 I finally hit the 10 pound mark yesterday :) I have been trying intermittent fasting and that seems to have helped. One more pound to my first goal!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:01:02 EST Thoughtful Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66703835 On the one hand, it's great when this way of life becomes so automatic, so second nature, that we don't have to think about it at all. It's just the way we eat and the way we live. On the other hand, not thinking about it can lead to carb creep, to slight strayings from our path, and to missing insights along the way. <BR> <BR> What can you think about or pay attention to that will help you on your journey to recovery and health? <BR> <BR> Darn it! I wrote the above without really thinking ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:58:02 EST Wondrous Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66697885 (Can you tell that I've been strongly influenced by Connie? Yiiippppeeee!) <BR> <BR> I do love your spirit, Connie, and I'm glad it's infectious. <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar for today except taking Bakomeza to DMV to take the test so she can get a learner's permit. I need to talk to her about it, though. She said that interpreters are allowed, and I think she wants me to interpret the test questions, from English to English. Not sure that's what they have in mind. I'll talk to DMV, t... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:24:41 EST 4 days into this, and I need a little help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66693115 Hi all, this is my fourth day in, and I already have a problem. But just so you know, I have been around the block for some years now. Thanks to a grastic bypass five years ago,I have had some success. I found myself slipping into the carbs and redirected this into the low carb diet. I am also hoping that I can loose the 30 lbs I gained back (plus another 20). <BR> <BR> OK...here is the problem, I need potassium. I get nasty cramping in toes and legs if I do not get it. Pickles and b... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:38:37 EST Tolerant Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66691332 How 'bout it? Just how tolerant are you? Of yourself, that is! Do you accept yourself, with all your faults and foibles, all your talents and skills? You're pretty special, you know, just as you are! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was sort of a bust, what with spending the day at the hospital with Mariam. It actually went pretty well, though. Bakomeza decided to take the day off from school to be with her mom, though she wasn't actually with her mom much of the time. We had to be there two hours before... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:28:29 EST Monday Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66683788 The magic happens cuz hubby goes back to work today after taking the last few days off!! Woo hoo!! I don't know what I'll do when he retires and is home all the time......sigh. And I used to look forward to his retirement. Oh, well. A couple more years to figure out what is going to happen on this front. <BR> Last nites dinner was light. Poached some eggs in boullion and that was it. It was very tasty and could easily be my breakfast. I did retain more fluid last nite and am pretty ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:37:42 EST Serendipitous Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66678769 What a great day today! It's supposed to warmish (64), the sun is shining (or was a minute ago), and it rained early this morning so I can't dig dandelions! <BR> <BR> And you know that old theory about calories in equals calories out? Well, when you're eating low carb, the calories go out in ways other than just exercise, so more calories can go in than "they" say are going out. Way to go, low carb! <BR> <BR> I slept really well last night. Like until 8:30 this morning. And Russell let me,... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:08:00 EST Super Duper Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66672209 Sunny today, high of 67. A glorious day! <BR> <BR> Or maybe I should have called it Science Saturday. There will be Marches for Science all over the country and the world today. I'll be in one, myself. First time I've ever "marched" for something. No idea what to expect. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'm taking Bakomeza's brother, John (it's really some long hard name and he decided he'd rather go with John) to Mom's house to weed the garden. We'll see how it goes. I'm sure Bakomeza would be ha... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:15:06 EST Freakin' Great Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66666269 Happy Friday, everyone! And it's going to be a great one, right? Let's make it so! <BR> <BR> I'll have to work it during my free time today. ESL this morning, then someone is coming over to measure the house this afternoon for new siding. It desperately needs replaced. One of the things I knew when I bought the place a couple of years ago. A Russell Walk or two and some housekeeping before the siding guy gets here. And that's about it for my day, in terms of formal planned stuff. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:28:31 EST Thirsty Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66659394 Got to work to get in lots of water today. Or other liquids like home made bone broth or tea or herbal tea, but water is best. I definitely see a difference on the scale when I drink more water. <BR> <BR> Hand and Foot (Canasta) all afternoon. They'll serve a "light lunch" but I'll eat at home before I go. I find that it's a lot easier to just not eat anything at something like this than to only eat the right things. Even if I know that there are right things to eat. It's much easier to make... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:24:55 EST Motivation! What do you do to motivate yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66656063 Hi guys! So I desperately need some motivation. I completely lost control today on my Low Carb Diet, which I should have no reason to do terribly at all because all I really have is Salad, Vegetables, and tons of protein in my Refrigerator and Freezer. I was wondering, how do you motivate yourself to stay on a Low Carb Diet? What do you do on a daily basis to stay within your routine? I also could use words of encouragement as well :) Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:20:18 EST How do you stay within your budget on Low Carb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66656044 Hi everybody! So I started on a Low Carb, High Fat diet but I feel like I am having trouble budgeting during the week. On Saturday, I bought everything that I would need for my Low Carb Diet and my boyfriend and I ended up spending 179 dollars on food for just the week. Now, I know most of this food is probably for me because David has his bread and his pasta, and I am all about the protein, vegetables and salad but I was wondering, for those who are Low-Carbing it especially, how do you budg... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:16:16 EST WHatzup Wednesday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66653351 Whats on your *plate* today? I'm going to the casino with some new friends from my new neighborhood! This is just a ladies day and I'm really looking forward to it! I haven't developed friends in the last 20 years and am so in need of a ladies support system. Very new for me and a positive thing!~ <BR> Food wise I'm on track! Have been losing slowly and just a couple pounds from my low two years ago and then moving on down. Just 20 or so left to go before I reassess, but really don... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:02:20 EST Terrific Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66646950 How's your mom doing, Leslie? How are YOU doing? <BR> <BR> Yesterday started out raining, but it quit by about 8 am and was mostly sunny the rest of the day Bakomeza and I got in about an hour and a half of digging weeds. She's from Uganda, you know, and didn't understand why I was having her dig up all those pretty yellow flowers in the lawn! She pointed out how much prettier the lawn was where she hadn't dug up the flowers. <BR> <BR> It's raining again today, but I think it means it. Look... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:12:47 EST Quiet Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66639721 It's gray and drizzling today, a good day to just putz around the house. Which sound delightful, actually. I think the drizzle is supposed to stop this afternoon, though, so I may get out and do something. Don't know what. <BR> <BR> Easter dinner was nice. The casserole turned out ok, as did my Tomato Tulips. Took Sandy and Russell for a short walk. Mom says that Sandy is having trouble getting into the car. She's definitely old and slowing down but still loves to go for walks. I've been tr... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:02:56 EST Eagerly Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66633597 A Happy and Blessed Easter to all for whom Easter is a special holy day. And a happy and blessed Sunday to everyone! <BR> <BR> Had a good time at the Easter Egg Hunt yesterday. Then we went to the Falls ("The Niagara of the West") and then to the animal shelter. I think the kids had fun. I did, anyway. The egg decorating, which would have been with a different bunch of people, didn't happen. Turns out someone was coming over to help them with their Green Card applications, which was definite... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:06:19 EST Sunny Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66627469 Hope your day is as sunny as mine! :) it's so pretty out today! We are going to be smoking a beef brisket today, so nervous! I will be cleaning the kitchen/doing some prep cooking since tomorrow is Easter and will be busy most of the day <BR> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:52:43 EST Sunny Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66627425 High of 56, but sunny and nice out. Which is a good thing, since there's an Easter Egg Hunt at City Park this morning. They're dividing kids 0 - 10 into four or five age groups, and hiding 1000 candy-filled plastic eggs for each group! Not sure how they'll organize it, but will find out. I'm taking my Iraqi friend Marwah and her 2 and 3 year olds. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'm taking a bunch of hard-boiled eggs over to my Congolese family and teaching them how to die Easter Eggs. Also taking... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:45:51 EST Frustrating Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66620120 It's 3 a.m. and I've been awake for 45 minutes with no getting back to sleep in sight. No clue why. Maybe I'll go take a hot bath. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:00:06 EST Thinner Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66615396 Maybe, or maybe not. If the scale is moving down, Way to Go! If not, remember all the health benefits of our way of eating. And all the yummy, delicious "unhealthy" foods we get to eat guilt-free! There's a lot more to eating low carb than what the scale says. <BR> <BR> High yesterday was 71. High today is supposed to be 53. Sigh. And it's supposed to rain later today and tomorrow. High tomorrow of 43. Sure am glad I got the backyard mowed yesterday, and spent another hour or so digging weed... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:16:55 EST Wishful Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66608898 That is, hoping that your day is full of wishes that come true! Which is actually the definition of wishful, but that's how I'm using it today! <BR> <BR> Absolutely positively nothing on my calendar for today. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Wonderful! <BR> <BR> It's supposed to get up to 70 today, and the sun is shining, which should make it a good day to get out and dig dandelions. Lots of dandelions. LOTS of dandelions! Also, of course, a couple of Russell Walks. Who knows, I might even walk over to... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:02:41 EST Tantalizing Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66601953 Hope your day is Tantalizing! <BR> <BR> having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one's reach: <BR> <BR> I am going to try a new recipe today, and pretty excited about it! ;) I can't wait to see how it tastes and if it works well with my allergies! :) Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:59:43 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66597751 Remember I said there was a challenge at work - that everyone who wanted to particpate, paid an entry fee and winner took all? <BR> <BR> Well, I've been doing my "thang" and weighing in at work and what have you, but I haven't heard anything at work. I contacted the person who is responsible for this and she said the challenge was supposed to end before Spring Break but another teacher wants to continue until the end of the school year! The nurse, however, says that I'm the only one weighing... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:25:32 EST Electrifying Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66595371 In a good way, I hope! <BR> <BR> There's a yellow light on one of the GFCI outlets in the kitchen. It came on when I plugged in my Instant Pot, and the IP didn't come on. I moved the IP to a different outlet, and it worked fine for a while then quit. As did the lights on the microwave and the stove. I tried to find the circuit breakers for the kitchen - especially the GFCI outlet - but that outlet seems to be on the same breaker as the fridge. I'm hoping to get Terry to come over today and ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:24:14 EST Splendid Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66588192 The sun is shining, there's a robin right outside my window, and I feel much better than I did yesterday. What a splendid day! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:54:24 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66587834 I am making a commitment to track three meals a day this week. I need to figure out what calorie range and carb/protein/fat percentages work best for me. And I need accountability :) Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:00:25 EST Surely I'll be stupid Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66580283 Another power outage sent me to bed with the sunset, then woke me by coming back on shortly after 11. Now I can't get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> These power outages plus the resulting insomnia are going to kill me <BR> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 04:33:33 EST Frightful Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66575008 Just got an emergency alert about the high wind warning, schools canceled and people advised not to travel. Power has been out for at least an hour, and I can't get back to sleep. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:28:35 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66569683 Isn't it odd that the more we have to be thankful for, the harder it is to see them? How about it, what are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Among the things I'm thankful for today are my health, knees in pretty good shape, Russell (my dog), getting my taxes done today for free (and finding my SS card last night!), and, of course, all of you! <BR> <BR> Taxes this morning, then over to Mom's to take her to Grocery Outlet (3 lbs blueberries for $3.50!), and probably Alberston's (24 oz mushro... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:17:38 EST Weather Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66563376 Hear it's supposed to be bad some places. DB#1 said the rain was coming down 4 to 5 inches per hour yesterday, with winds 40 - 50 mph. DB#2 said they had 10 inches of rain in 10 hours. Ugh. Stay safe, everyone! <BR> <BR> High today here of 67, light wind, blue skies. I'll take living in a desert! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:19:37 EST Plugra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66558362 Whoever told me about this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!! It's the closest I have found in butter, fresh creamy and so satisfying, and it tastes like butter should!! Now my butter of choice. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ed33abb-c844-4f75-90bf-a09ec69f66fc.jpg"> Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:17:59 EST Two Tuesdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66557105 Jenny and I both started Tuesday threads at the same time, so I moved my post over to her thread. <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday! Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:02:23 EST TOOOOATALLY Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66557064 like, radical man.... LOL <BR> <BR> Feeling slightly better this morning, more energy than yesterday, but not my normal energy, but my voice is half gone. had some bone broth with chicken for breakfast. it was just enough for then, but now plowing through the coffee hoping it helps my throat. <BR> <BR> Enjoying the roses I bought myself last week, they are on my desk in the sunshine and so pretty! :) I've been married almost 24 years and very seldom does he bring me flowers, a few we... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:56:03 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66549767 Made a big batch of bone broth yesterday. It's still working away, actually. I put some bones I'd saved in the freezer (chicken and pork and maybe some turkey) in my Instant Pot and have had it simmering away for about 16 hours now. I'll give it several more hours. I'm having a big mug of it for breakfast. I even added some plain gelatin powder to it for some extra oomph. Anyone remember back about three or four years when the thing was to have gelatin every day? Not Jello, but just plain old... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:41:08 EST Excellent podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66545398 I think I mentioned this podcast a while back that I was listening to about gut health. It was so informative that I wanted to share it in case it can help someone. It's two parts. You can follow these links and scroll to the bottom of the page to listen (the text is just an overview), or if you have a podcast app on your phone like Stitcher you can search for The Chalene Show and find the episodes with Dr. Zach Bush. Don't be intimidated by the length. I like to listen to podcasts in the mor... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 16:31:40 EST Sincerely Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66543759 I guess I put most of you off by calling yesterday's thread Sunday. Hope to get more activity today. <BR> <BR> Nothing planned for today except a long hot steamy shower. And a Russell Walk. I'm feeling a bit better, but still get very tired very quickly. <BR> <BR> Was going to go out and dig dandelions today, but it involves sitting on the ground and not a good idea since it rained a bit overnight. <BR> <BR> Down .4 pound for the week, which I consider a big success since I know that my ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:19:23 EST April Grocery Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66538814 "I can't afford to eat low carb. It's too expensive." <BR> <BR> Nope, it's not. Or only if you make it so. <BR> <BR> Join us as we try to get the best food and the best nutrition on limited grocery budgets. It doesn't matter how much you spend or what your food budget it, we'd like to have you with us. <BR> This is another of the make-your-own-challenge challenges. No rules. No requirements. And, most important, no shaming or blaming! <BR> <BR> So, how about it? Are you in? What is your ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:39:26 EST FlyLady April Challenge: Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66537700 Today is Saturday: Family Fun Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> April Habit: Making Your Bed <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> C... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:52:41 EST Suddenly Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66537326 And not a single thing on the calendar for today! Well, except that Terry will be coming over to nail a couple of shingles back on the roof. It was a rough winter. <BR> <BR> I hadn't planned on grocery shopping until Wednesday, when the new ads come out,, but may go today. I need more veggies to make more chicken soup. I could probably squeak by, especially with a quick visit to Mom to get some veggies out of her freezer. We'll see how energetic I feel later. <BR> <BR> Debb, I remember you... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:43:18 EST Finally Friday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66531332 Hope everyone had a good week! Been really focusing on food and getting some exercise (did WATP 3 miles again last night) and am rewarded with the scale finally moving down. I also cut out alcohol, so maybe that was a big part of my stall. Will see what monday brings <BR> <BR> This weekend is super busy. To bed about 7;30 tonight (I hope!) up at 1:30 out of the house by 2 am, to drive to a college for a tour and we have to be there by 8;30. We are both stressing as it's in a different t... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:47:12 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66524716 Gee, thanks, ladies! All that talk about being sick and all. You must be contagious. Now I've got it! Or something, anyway. I think it's just a cold. <BR> <BR> I had a haircut scheduled for this morning but I think I'll cancel it. Not fair to Sherry to be breathing germs in her face. <BR> <BR> Bakomeza texted me this morning about 6:00 to say her mom doesn't feel good. Says she's running a fever and has a headache. I'll go over this morning. She had her spleen removed last year and I know... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:24:28 EST Wonderful Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66519187 Not much special going on today. I'll take Mariam to the doctor this afternoon. I'm teaching her how to take the free transportation, but she's not comfortable with that because she doesn't speak much English. But we're working on it. <BR> <BR> The wonderful part (or one wonderful thing, anyway, but I'm sure there are many) of today is that Terry is going to come over and patch my roof. A couple of shingle tabs blew off in the rough weather this winter. The wonderful part of that is that I h... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:59:56 EST Small Weight Gain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66518693 Hi All; <BR> <BR> I started LCHF about 3 weeks ago. I lost 7 pounds the first 10 days :) I saw a reference to 'The Diet Doctor', checked out the website, and decided to try the 2 week challenge, starting with dinner last Sunday (Mar 26). I also had some white wine the same day. Monday morning my weight was up 2 pounds and won't budge. <BR> Was it the wine? The very high fat on the challenge (everything seems to be swimming in butter and heavy cream) ? Or am I just impatient?? <BR> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:41:32 EST Typical Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66512687 Nothing much planned for today. Which is not a bad thing at all! ESL this morning, then stop at Albertson's and pick up a few things for Mom, then over to her house to walk her dog. Hand and Foot (Canasta) this afternoon, then I'll probably give Bakomeza a ride home so she can help me talk with her parents. Maybe there's more planned for today than I thought! <BR> <BR> However a typical a Tuesday it is, let's all see what we can do to make it a Super Tuesday! (But without all of the electio... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:01:10 EST Special Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66506261 Special for me, anyway, because it's my birthday! I hope it's special for you, too, but you'll have to find your own reason. <BR> <BR> Book Club this noon, at Perkins. I'll probably have an omelet with salad/and veggies. Or I might just have a big salad. Something on plan, anyway. <BR> <BR> Mom's taking me out to dinner tonight. Not sure where. I'm thinking prime rib sounds pretty good. I'll ask around at noon and see if anyone has any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Other than that, a Russell Wal... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:42:26 EST Sleepy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66501815 Not sure what's going on, but I have my suspicions. <BR> <BR> Got to bed last night about 10:30, which wasn't easy. I probably would have just stayed in my chair all night if the overhead light weren't on. Woke up about 6:30 to go potty and turn on the heat, then right back to sleep. Russell woke me up about 8:00. I fed him and put him out and then back in and right back to sleep. Woke up about 11:00, more or less ready to get up. I did get up, anyway, ready or not. <BR> <BR> Something sim... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:25:51 EST Joining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66498987 Just wanted to introduce myself. Today is day 3 for me on a low-carb lifestyle. This is not the first time that I've done low-carb but it's been decades since I've been low-carb. This time it's doctor prescribed. I have over 100 pounds to lose and my health is at stake so I'm highly motivated. Looking forward to getting to know some of you. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:53:46 EST "8 Reasons You’ve Failed to Stop Sugar Cravings" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66497736 A big thanks to MOMTOMONKEYS2 for posting a link to this article in her blog! <BR> <BR> <link>rebootedbody.com/stop-sugar-cravings<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's a great read, and if you take away nothing else from it, this is pure diamond: <BR> <BR> Overcoming Extinction Bursts: A psychological phenomenon where the brain makes last ditch attempts to return to old behaviors, habits, or addictions. They are highly persuasive and powerful and are a leading cause of failure in the first 90-1... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:40:43 EST Newbie to HFLC - I love carbs-need to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66495382 Hi everyone, I am 43 years old and I have been trying to eat what I have considered "healthy", but I can't seem to lose any weight and keep it off. I'm terrified to eat so much fat, but I don't know what else to do. I need some encouragement that eating HFLC will actually help me lose weight. I'm also worried about carb cravings. Can anyone give me some insight? Books to read or forums to join to enlighten me? Thank you so much. <BR> <BR> Stephanie <BR> <em>184</em> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:51:36 EST Serendipitous Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66494828 Isn't it great how things sometimes come together and give you fantastic results? Like how eating low carb helps you lose weight, improves your health, tastes great, and brings you great friends like we have here? Serendipity indeed! <BR> <BR> Got a great night's sleep last night, which sort of makes up for not getting enough sleep the night before. Got up about 7:30 and have been doing FlyLady 15 Minuteses to get my house sort of cleaned up. Sort of. <BR> <BR> My college roommate, whom I ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:54:35 EST Laughter is the best medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66489900 Today's team daily is to find something that makes you laugh. Here's my first contribution. This video STILL makes me laugh every time: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxUulGkLu4I </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, and: <BR> <BR> Knock, knock! Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:03:25 EST Frabjous Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66487307 For those of you not up on your Lewis Carroll and Through the Looking Glass, "frabjous" means humorous, joyful, and delightful. <BR> <BR> I should have been in bed a couple of hours ago, but I stayed up to make chicken noodle soup for a friend. Poor Marwah. She's a refugee from Iraq, has been here just a few months, doesn't know many people, doesn't drive, and lives in an apartment outside of town. All of which is old news for her. But now her two kids and husband are all sick. Three year o... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:45:49 EST Thrilling Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66483144 I'm in the Barrington IL area for today and leave b4 breakfast tomorrow. It's heart warming and hopeful to be in the environment of a family! Yyyyiiiippppeee!!!! <BR> <BR> Now---on to working on my taxes---yes----I brought all papers! Use of time to help rid the stress and lift the ceiling. Food good! I'll walk later. Hugs! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:15:26 EST Winning Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66476939 I did it! I'm finally in the next "decade" weight-wise. Not that there's anything special about this weight, but it seems like I've been toying with it forever. <BR> <BR> My poor Congolese family get shots today. Lots of shots. Bakomeza gets five shots, I think Charles only gets two, don't remember about the rest. I'll take four of them down this morning, then the other four this afternoon. Public Health (which is where they give the shots refugees need for their green cards) only gives sho... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:27:09 EST Teasing Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66469819 After a week or two of unseasonably warm weather (in the 70s, for crying out loud, in Winter in Idaho!), today is supposed to be our last extra warm day. High in the mid 60s today, then back down in the 50s for the rest of the week. Still warmer than normal, but a far cry from 70+. <BR> <BR> Slept really well last night, but woke up about 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, so got up about 6:30. Russell was pleased, since I feed him as soon as we get up. <BR> <BR> I need to cut up some m... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:11:29 EST Low Carb 'Flu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66468924 I've seen some mention of something called 'low carb 'flu'. I think I have it :/ Mild nausea, fuzzy head, slight headache and dizziness. Yesterday was worse. I'm drinking lots of water and hoping it will pass soon...I have three commitments today that I really should show up for :) Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:39:26 EST Spring is Sprung Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66462757 Hurray! Of course, it's just about six weeks since Punxsutawney Phil said we'd have six more weeks of winter. He was pretty much on target around here, though the past week or so has been great. <BR> <BR> Not much planned for today. I'm going to try to teach some of my Congolese friends about budgeting and writing checks and balancing a checkbook and things like that. I'll start today with looking at Ndenjehu's bank statements and seeing where they've been spending their money. Mostly, I thi... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:20:31 EST Primal advice for vegans and vegetarians http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66459837 Primal and low carb have a lot in common, though they get to the same place in different ways. Mark Sisson posted an article with seventeen suggestions for vegans and vegetarians. They would apply, too, to folks who want to eat low carb and vegan or vegetarian. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/17-primal-ti<BR>ps-for-vegans-and-vegetarians/ </link> <BR> <BR> (Mary and MJ, this is for you!) Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:50:01 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66457010 It rained last night, but it's sunny today. Not sure if it rained enough to make the ground good for pulling weeds, or enough to make the ground too wet to sit on to pull weeds. We'll see. Maybe. But it's sunny at the moment. <BR> <BR> Food was good yesterday. As in, food was on plan. Also it tasted good and was healthy and enjoyed it. Or, to put it another way, food was good! Not sure what I'm having today. Breakfast was a pot of green tea. Lunch will be the last of my Clean Out the Fridge ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:21:22 EST This shirt didn't used to fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66455149 My brother gave me this shirt two years ago (I think). It's a missus, so it fits a little different than a standard shirt does. It just didn't fit. I wore it while he was here, but I felt immensely uncomfortable in it. <BR> <BR> Well, I wore it yesterday. As you can see by its fit, it is form fitting -, <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0eba239-2d31-4a98-981f-290910ab0dd0.jpg">especially on the top. But I wore it - out in public, no less. <BR> <BR> My staff is trying to co... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:33:43 EST New to Low-Carb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66451424 Hi Everyone :) I'm Mary, 63 yrs. old. I have been 'mostly' vegetarian for a couple of years, mainly because I just prefer veggies to meat. I have reached the point where nothing really works for weight loss. I tried Dukan Diet a few years ago and lost about 20 pounds, but went back to my old ways. So now I am hoping a more educated approach to eating low carb while remaining 'mostly' vegetarian will help me get down to a healthier weight. <BR> I've been muddling along for about 6 days an... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:45:42 EST Saturday Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66450402 Looks like mid 50’s today and little wind, my plan is a bike ride this afternoon and walking the dogs, hopefully get into some fat burning. Also have to get groceries and do laundry. I’ll probably procrastinate on the cleaning. <BR> <BR> I was down 1.4 pounds this morning. It’s all water. I was up twice last night. I’m OK with that though, my right foot swells when I retain water and it’s been swollen for too long. So long water weight! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, and do something to move y... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:02:46 EST Fathead Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x66450335 <link>www.ditchthecarbs.com/2015/04/23/fat<BR>-head-pizza/ </link> <BR> <BR> I make mine on a cookie sheet instead, I get 12 pieces that way. This is amazing, you won't miss pizza anymore after trying this. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:55:05 EST St. Paddy's Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66444577 And the luck of the Irish to you all! Though, given the history of the Irish in the 1800/1900s, I'm not sure that's such a good thing to wish for! <BR> <BR> Today was my tired day. Don't know why. But I could have (probably would have) stayed in bed for another hour or two or three if I hadn't known that Russell needed up and out and fed. So I got up and am staying up. <BR> <BR> I'll take Bakomeza over to Mom's house to clean this afternoon, then bring Mom back to my house for supper. SIL ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:31 EST The Bad Things About Eating Low Carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66439875 There's a thread for the good things, so figured it was time to hear about the bad. <BR> <BR> 1. I've had to retire my favorite sweaters because they're too big. <BR> <BR> 2. My elastic waist knit pants have turned into clown pants. <BR> <BR> 3. When I take a bath, more of me is under water and there's not much room left on the part of my tummy that sticks up out of the water to prop a book. <BR> <BR> 4. Someone at bridge said she didn't recognize me. <BR> <BR> 5. Just sitting around ge... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:35:15 EST Tired Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66439203 So I turn my lights out at a reasonable hour, and actually go to sleep. About 45 minutes later, I hear Mom call me, sounding kind of panicked. I jump up and turn on the light, only to hear her breathing quietly on the monitor. Apparently I dreamed she needed help. Unfortunately, that shot my sleep down for the next hour and a half. Kind of draggin' today. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:57:00 EST Walkin' Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66432352 Supposed to be another beautiful day around here, and not much planned. Sounds like a great day for walking! I asked Russell (my dog) and he definitely agrees. Maybe we'll go down to Rock Creek Park or to the Canyon Rim Trail instead of just walking through the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> I sure wish the appropriate people would talk to each other! My Congolese friend, Bakomeza, is 18 and a sophomore this year. She came in January of last year and was told that none of her high school credits fr... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:21:30 EST Leaving for NYC today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66431534 Got home Monday night from 1200 miles in 3 days, tried to prep as much as we could yesterday for today. Stayed on track in IL, lost a pound, will see how NYC goes! really nervous! :) I can't do sparkteams on my phone (last time I looked), so, not able to really check in here :( Will be back Tuesday! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:14:36 EST Timely Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66425755 Got your new clock figured out yet? I woke up at about my "regular" time this morning, so I may be pretty much adapted. Or it may just be because Russell decided that he's adapted and started licking me this morning! <BR> <BR> High today is supposed to be in the low 70s! I think the average for today is probably in the mid 40s, maybe upper 40s. And it should be a nice day, too. <BR> <BR> ESL this morning, then to the stores to pick up three and only three things that are on sale (they're b... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:00:59 EST Hello - new to Low Carbs, hoping to break plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66422168 Hi - I've been with SP for about 2 1/2 yrs. During that time, I've lost about 90 lbs. Problem is that the last 10 lbs have taken 9 months to come off. I am totally stalled 16 lbs from my goal. I have Premium (which I like), and the SP Coach suggested that I try reducing my carbs. I'm a huge fan of whole grain anything, especially porridge. My sister swears by Atkins. The last time I tried it (about 15 yrs ago), my doctor called me after a blood test and asked, "What the heck are you doin... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:30:57 EST Motivate Me Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66418210 I need some help today- hit me with some motivation friends Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:41:15 EST Sunday Funday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66412441 I was able to take a short nap yesterday afternoon before everyone came over. We had a good time. Today is church and then I’m taking it easy the rest of the day. At least that’s the plan. <BR> <BR> We have more snow just starting, DD is on her way back with a friend from MN and will run into this. Hopefully it doesn’t cause them any problems. <BR> <BR> Are you doing anything fun today? <BR> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:24:53 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66406629 I’ve been low on sleep all week, and it’s catching up with me, I feel cranky today. Not good because I’m having my extended family over for supper tonight to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday, which is next week, my older brother’s birthday which is the following week, and my younger brother’s is in April. My sister and her family had plans to be in town today anyway so we thought it would be the best time for all of us to get together. Decided to keep it easy and make a ham. I’m also doing t... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:38:54 EST Fabulous Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66400333 And why not? It is Friday, after all! <BR> <BR> ESL this morning, and Bakomeza is coming over this afternoon to clean. I need to get the place cleaned up first! I need to go to a vacuum cleaner repair place before she gets here. A thingy on my vacuum broke and needs to be replaced. I need to find out what time school gets out today, too. I think they get out early. Then there's a political group meeting this evening. A good thing Bakomeza gets out early or I wouldn't get any supper between t... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:14:56 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66394303 Mani-pedi in progress. Traveling to my Uncles house afterwards. I need family. Hugs to all Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:38:18 EST Brand New To SP, 2nd Week of Atkins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66393891 Hi Everyone. I'm in my second week of trying the Atkins diet for the first time. I honestly cannot believe I have gone almost two weeks of no sugar and no carbs other than what's in vegetables. I am a huge bread and pasta lover. I've been online looking at different resources and came upon Sparkpeople. I'm really hoping to find others who are going through the same struggles and what you have learned, what has helped. I have a goal to lose 35 pounds and need all the help I can get! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:32:45 EST Need some clarification http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66390272 I'm on the south beach diet phase 1. I've been in it for meh 5 days or so and it's kinda hard not bad. A lot of restaurants have those breakfast bowls which have helped A LOT! <BR> <BR> So today we go out to eat at our buffet and I know what you must be thinking OH GOD A BUFFET! Nope I didn't wane from my diet at all! <BR> <BR> I had <BR> 1 Chef salad with lettuce, onions, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, mushrooms, and ranch dressing not low fat because low fat usually means MORE SUGAR. <B... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:54:32 EST Wonderful Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66387865 Or maybe that should be stuck up Wednesday. My space bar keeps sticking and I end up with run-on words. But I'll stick with Wonderful, thank you very much! <BR> <BR> There's a blood drive here today and I just made an appointment to give blood. I used to be a regular donor, but the RC says (or used to say) that you can't give blood withing 6 months of an episode of a-fib, and I usually had an episode about every 5-1/2 months. I hope they haven't changed their rules. <BR> <BR> The blood driv... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:04:41 EST Eating without hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66382435 Hi! I'm new to this group though happy I found it :) <BR> I've been on Atkins for a few weeks now and am down 11 pounds so far (yay!- started at 184.58) however for the last week and a half or so, I've been having to push myself to eat lunch, just not hungry at all... Which is so weird for me, some days I've pushed myself to eat it, others I'll eat a bit more than half... Is this normal? I wake up quite hungry, and then I'm anywhere from a little bit to super hungry at dinner again, just not ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 17:16:16 EST Terrific Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66380501 It snowed overnight, but it's supposed to get up into the 40s so I'm not going to shovel it. Wish me luck! It's not very much snow anyway. <BR> <BR> ESL this morning, then grocery shopping to pick up some fresh green beans for 88 cents a pound and some asparagus for 99 cents a pound and some cottage cheese for $1 a pint. Not a "real" shopping trip, but today is the last day of that sale. <BR> <BR> Bakomeza asked me to give her a ride home from school today since she has to work late. The ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:14:27 EST Mighty Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66372417 Happy Monday, everyone! Even you folks who have to go to work today. Make it as great a Monday as possible. And remember, it's not your circus, they're not your monkeys. <BR> <BR> Got a series of texts a little before 7 this morning from Bakomeza, asking how her mother is supposed to take one of the medicines the doctor prescribed on Wednesday. She's only asking now? And how am I supposed to know? Fortunately I have a copy of the discharge papers or whatever they're called, and they say. I'm... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:40:31 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66365506 The scale is down another pound and a half this week. That's my average daily weight this week vs. my average daily weight last week and 1657 average daily calories, 134 average daily grams of fat, 80 average daily grams of protein, 39 average daily total carbs, 11 average daily grams of fiber, and 28 average daily net carbs. I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Nothing planned for the day except walking Russell and cleaning house and taking care of the laundry. I might start some plants inside. <BR> <B... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 10:47:04 EST Stingy Saturday...:-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66358633 Okay. I got 1 point for the team today...Everyone spin and post the numbers, along with what your Saturday is going to be! Just for a bit of fun <BR> <BR> I'm headed back to my happy place (the nursery) to look at more ways to spend money on my back yard. Found a beautiful specimen of a bloodgood Japanese maple yesterday. A trio of trees planted in one clumb. That is now in my backyard. Not sure what else will find its way here today, but I suspect it will be more veggies and flowe... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 09:36:34 EST Feeling my Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66350719 I always look forward to Fridays. I guess its the history of last day of the week. As I've gotten older its more the first day of the weekend. For me its pretty much just another day. We are so in a rut (especially during tax season) and nothing different ever happens. Ugh. <BR> Getting a few veggies to plant. Bought some raised bed planters on wheels so I can plant them and still move them out of the way for the landscapers who begin next week. Still trying to get the fine tuning d... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 08:36:40 EST TGIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66343321 Thank god its Thursday... cuz tomorrow is Friday! Happy Friday Eve!! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:19:08 EST March Team Challenge: Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66338601 Challenge 2017: A “Virtuous” New Year <BR> <BR> Aristotle believed that every virtue was the middle ground between two extremes – two vices. <BR> <BR> March’s Virtue is Self Esteem! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> In the case of Self-Esteem, one extreme is Vanity and Boastfulness and the other extreme is Self-Deprecation. <BR> <BR> The word “esteem” comes from the same Latin word that means “estimate” so your self-esteem is really your self-estimate. <BR> <BR> Just like with any... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:26:31 EST March Grocery Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66336716 Are your trips to the grocery store getting you down? Do you need to get your grocery budget under control? Then join us as we try to be more conscious of what we're spending, what we're buying, and why. <BR> <BR> There's no right or wrong budget for this challenge. There's no right or wrong way to buy or things to buy. There's no goal that we're all trying to reach. Your budget is your business, based on your family, your income and your personal tastes. We're just here to give each other ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 10:23:31 EST FlyLady March Challenge: Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66336593 Today is Wednesday: Anti-Procrastination Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> February Habit: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 10:07:27 EST Weed It Out Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66336109 Weed out all the nonsense in your life ....where to start? Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:55:17 EST Typical Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66328880 Not much going on today. ESL this morning, and I might swing by Mom's afterwards for a quick game of something. I can't think of anything else that's actually scheduled or even on my radar for today. <BR> <BR> Lunch will probably be bacon and eggs and a salad, supper will be chicken and asparagus alfredo and a salad. Isn't it terrible how we deprived we are when we eat low carb?! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:47:36 EST Moaning Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66321421 I told Mom last night that I finally had all the snow and ice cleared off of my driveway. Well, except for a small patch of ice that was left from last November, buried under piles of snow, freezing and thawing and refreezing. But I was sure it would disappear today. <BR> <BR> Well, guess what. It's snowing again. <BR> <BR> So, added to my admittedly short list of things to do today is to shovel the sidewalk and driveway - again! - and go over and do Mom's, too. She has someone do hers, bu... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:51:01 EST Simply Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66314696 Not much planned for today. I'll probably finish shoveling the driveway (I got all but the last few feet on the other side of the driveway done yesterday. All the but the part where I'd piled up the snow I shoveled from the sidewalk on to it.) and maybe do the patio, too. Walk Russell, of course. Maybe go to church. Haven't decided on that one yet. <BR> <BR> Lunch will probably be a big salad. I got a six-pack of romaine lettuce at Costco last week and need to start using it up. Or maybe I'... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:55:56 EST Steaming or Snowing Saturday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66308195 LOL! Florida 80+ degrees today. Sun screen and hats are necessary. WI needs ice grippers, shovels and gloves. Hang in there and make today fun for YOU! Hugs to surround us as a Team! Yyyyyiiippppeeee! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:13:32 EST Inconsistency - need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66303260 I was low carb last year and got down to a nice goal weight and then I talked myself out of it saying I don't want to live my life this way forever. Of course I have gained the 10 lb back I have been fighting since having kids. I'm struggling to lose it. Recommitted to Atkins again 2/22. Not planning on stopping ever. <BR> <BR> I know the reasons why I eat outside of plan: 1) hangovers, 2) boredom, 3) stress, 4) eat to prevent hunger. I enjoy healthful foods and don't have cravings for bad ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:32:20 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66300146 Good morning, Low Carbers! <BR> <BR> I hope this Friday finds you well. <BR> <BR> I'm always amazed at how "hard" short weeks are. It seems like it took Friday forever to get here. But, now that it's here, I've got so much on my plate, I feel myself wanting to shut down (anyone else do that?) <BR> <BR> But, on a plus side - I am incredibly proud of myself! Last night, we went to a local Poetry Coffeehouse hosted by the students at the high school. As you walked in, you were greeted with a... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:41:34 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66294332 Weight is stuck. Solidly up 2lbs more and it isn't budging. A-nnoyed. <BR> Also - ended under 40g carbs instead of 20g. It does make me wonder how many I've been eating when I'm not tracking... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:27:28 EST Weight Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66287110 Scale continues to move on up ...4 days on plan and counting.. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:47:50 EST Tireless Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66279194 Good morning, Low Carbers, <BR> <BR> I ventured to the thesaurus to find an appropriate word for Tuesday. How fun! I love words; don't you? <BR> <BR> This week proves to be a very full week for me - a fact I just realized when I sat down with my planner last night and planned for the week. Today will be a long day with After School Tutoring. Tomorrow, I'm taking my Littles into the Community for a Community Based Instruction field trip. We're heading to the post office. With four wheelchair... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:39:52 EST Moving Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66273843 Good morning, Low Carbers! <BR> <BR> Since it's a holiday, BG, TMC, and I are all home. Baby Girl and I haven't worked out in over a week. I think today is a great day to get moving! <BR> <BR> I plan on meeting up with a friend to test drive her Element and work out an agreeable price. But, aside from those two things, I don't have much planned. <BR> <BR> Oh! Yes I do! I need to set up my planner for the upcoming week and get lessons planned. <BR> <BR> TMB bought me a game called Until Da... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:34:26 EST Sprinkly Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66266950 Happy Sunday, everyone! <BR> <BR> Mom's bridge partner can't play tonight, so I'm taking her place. Mom's serving cherry pie and ice cream, and there just happens to be some sugar free ice cream left from Christmas or Thanksgiving or something. And mixed nuts. I think I'll skip the ice cream but I will have nuts. <BR> <BR> Probably bacon and eggs and a salad for lunch. Not sure about supper. I might take some casserole out of the freezer, or I might make a Spinach, Broccoli and Chicken Cas... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:27:15 EST Super Saturday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66259559 Everyone must have a super saturday :) :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Had to fight major craving and I won of course. Cause there is no option not too :) <BR> <BR> a few days ago around 9:30 hubby reheated some pizza. omg! I ate lighter for the day and ya know how my mind went instantly!!! I was mad at the world I couldn't 'have what my brain wanted!' CARBS!! JUNK!! <BR> <BR> So I got out the tortilla chips, grabbed some chili he made that was leftover, grabbed a bag of cheese and was gonna ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:38:58 EST Friday, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66253586 Good morning, Low Carbers! <BR> <BR> I'm off today from school as part of a 4-day holiday. Baby Girl and I will be going into town to be officially fitted for a bra. I know from speaking to friends that it's going to be pricey, so I've set aside a chunk of change for both of us to get two. That will get us started. Then we will slowly add until we have enough for the week. (Did you know you're not suppose to wear the same bra back-to-back and a bra only has about 100 wears in it?) Aaaand I'm... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:42:03 EST Thursday, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66247024 I woke up at 6:45 - wide awake. No drifting in or out of semi-consciousness. Weird for me but I liked it. I popped right up out of bed and was drinking coffee within 15 minutes. Priorities! <BR> <BR> Today I have a doctor's appointment - haven't seen her in a couple of years, but I've gone to her since 1986. She won't nag me about the weight, but hopefully will see that I'm un-stuck from a toxic job (she's seen me through one that shot me into panic attacks and PTSD) and moving forward ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:42:12 EST Wow Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66237650 What are you doing today to put the a wow in Wednesday? <BR> <BR> Wednesdays are notoriously long days for me. After work, we have a faculty meeting until 4. Surprisingly, with After School tutoring, I'm getting used to "late days" and they don't feel quite so late. But I think Wednesday being Hump Day (I loathe that word at times), it's Middle-of-the-Week Syndrome. You're just ready for the weekend, ya know? This week is a short week due to the Presidents' Holiday so today is more like a Th... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:36:35 EST Venturing Out From Lurking to Say Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66231057 Hello, everybody! I am very new to the LC lifestyle and just as new to the group. I have been lurking around for about a week, so I thought it was about time I introduced myself. <BR> <BR> I'm one of those "I've tried everything and finally..." people when it comes to low-carb. I had a workplace chemical burn injury in my early 20's. My skin wouldn't heal properly and they put me on some medications including prednisone. I ballooned up 100 pounds in six months... going from my ideal, health... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:58:52 EST Touting Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66230753 I contemplated naming this thread "Totally Tuesday" - meaning today is Tuesday in every since of the word. Instead, let's tout Tuesday and make it a *good* day. <BR> <BR> I just realized that this week is going to be crazy busy for me. Yesterday, my husband and I had a meeting in town. So, after he dropped Baby Girl off at the local vet's office (she's volunteering for a class, but also wants to be a vet after she graduated), we headed to our meeting. It took just about an hour so we trucked... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:51:06 EST Motivating Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66223446 Good morning, Low Carbers! <BR> <BR> This week (a short week for us due to President's Holiday) will be wild and hectic, for sure. I'm not nervous, upset or fidgety about it. I know what I have to do and I've mentally told myself that I just need to break this week into smaller chunks. <BR> <BR> Prime Example: The Man Beast washed clothes while Baby Girl and I were away. I have 4 baskets of clean laundry in my bedroom that need to folded and put away (some need to be ironed because they've... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:52:19 EST What are you reading - Reading Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66219446 I'd love for you to share what you're reading. I've created a thread over on the Challenge Forum. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66<BR>217809&amp;src=email </link> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:42:17 EST Springlike Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66218495 Well, sort of. And anyway, spring weather is so variable that just about anything qualifies! <BR> <BR> Mom and I had an adventure yesterday. Because of the flooding they're letting lots of water out of the reservoirs and into the river, so the falls are supposed to be spectacular. We just planned to go to the top of the road into the canyon and look from there, but we missed the pullout and ended up going all the way to the bottom. Or almost all the way. There were too many cars for the park... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:36:11 EST Reading Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66217809 I'm not entirely sure where this thread belongs. If I need to move it elsewhere, admin just let me know and I'll move it. <BR> <BR> What are you reading? <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:02:43 EST Drybrushing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66214696 hey guys! I know some of you have talked about dry brushing before, I just want you to know that I am seeing some good results on my loose skin with it! not where it needs to be, but boy howdy is it looking better! :) what I've been doing it doing it in the shower (my brush is more stiff, not so soft, so I soap it up and use it that way), then after I put on cocoa butter lotion. my legs are going to take more love, but I see the skin on my arms firming up quite nicely! <BR> <BR> in case... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:55:51 EST New Team but not new to KETO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66214285 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have restarted again .... and there are still things to learn in trying to follow LCHF (moderate protein) WOE. <BR> <BR> I do track my MACROS and recalculate them when I lose 10-20 lbs. <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:01:30 EST My Trip to Kennesaw State http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66212791 Good afternoon, Low Carbers <BR> <BR> Baby Girl and I are back from our trip to Atlanta/Kennesaw State. I just woke up! (It's noon here). I was exhausted. <BR> <BR> Some perks: <BR> <BR> Attending the Symphony was amazing! It was fascinating to hear music played, professionally and with such sync. All the violinists, played together - same rhythm, same stroke of the bow. It was beautiful. We're a flute family, so Baby Girl and I were focused on them. I also discovered that I love the sound... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:41:59 EST Sunny Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66212039 I think it's supposed to be sunny this weekend, after most of a week of rain. Still warmish, though, so more flooding, but the sunshine is nice. The patio doors face east, and my chair faces towards the patio doors a bit, so I can really tell how the sun moves throughout the year. In the winter I have to close the blinds when it gets up above the fence, but in the summer the sun has moved so it's behind the wall instead of in front of the window. Of course, the fact that there are no leaves o... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:42:23 EST Freaky Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66205710 It got to 50 yesterday and is still in the 40's...that means everything that wasn't plowed is a sheet of ice. Its ridiculous here. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:58:32 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66198955 And absolutely nothing on the calendar! <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll do something productive, like clean out the fridge, but I doubt it. I will take Russell for a walk, though. And I've got a bunch of stuff out of the freezer to make a big batch of soup tonight. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:59:21 EST Fitbit problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66192682 I'm pretty sure this has been covered before, because I think I had the same problem a few months ago. <BR> <BR> SP isn't talking to my fitbit. I know that my fitbit is synced and I've synced to my fitbit, but it still shows -0- steps for yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:27:47 EST Wednesday already?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66191147 I'm sorta tired from yesterday - I was all over the place mentally and physically. Today should be a more focused day. But for excitement, my first Green Chef delivery is today! I ordered the Paleo plan, and I hope it will make interesting meals easier. My own cooking is starting to bore me and restaurant meals have little appeal. <BR> <BR> Got to churn out some serious client work and make some phone calls today. I got new accounting software to play with (nerd fun!) but I'm putting th... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:17:23 EST Food Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66189224 I have opened up my food log to anyone willing to look at it and critique it. After a really good start, I seem to be going in the wrong direction. I do not want to get discouraged and do something stupid like start back with the SAD or CICO. I know that doesn't work but wondering if I am doing something wrong with this. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 07:31:42 EST New with questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66183945 Hi, <BR> Im new to the forum and to low carb eating. I have read a little about low carb and my questions are... <BR> 1) how do I know whether I should start strict 15-20 carbs, moderate 20-50 carbs or liberal 50-100 carbs. <BR> 2) when counting carbs, do I include the carbs in all foods? For example I had three eggs for breakfast. Each egg contains 1g of carbs - do I count that? Or do I only count carbs found in fruit or veggies? <BR> 3) do you ever track calories with low carb eating? <BR... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:26:03 EST Tired Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66182418 Another beautiful day out. It snowed again. Grrrrr. But it did cover up the dirty piles of old snow and it clung to the trees so it is beautiful again. High today of 48, low tonight of 36, so it won't last long. <BR> <BR> Didn't sleep well last night, and woke up at 5:30 unable to get back to sleep. Gave up and got up at 6:30. Which I know is late for a lot of you, but is much earlier than my normal 8:00! Russell just came staggering out and is now curled up in my lap. <BR> <BR> ESL this m... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:34:45 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66175877 Woke up to about 4" of snow. Paybacks for sunny weather when y'all had snow and ice! <BR> <BR> Eek. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:36:33 EST Archive of Team Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66175804 I'm just starting this thread for storage purposes. <BR> <BR> TEAM CHALLENGE FOR 02/26: What kind of music makes you feel happy? Set aside a few minutes today to immerse yourself in it and let your everyday stress slip away for a bit. <BR> <BR> TEAM CHALLENGE FOR 02/25: I missed a little micro event in WoW this week because I didn't check the schedule and add it to my calendar! Missing appointments adds unnecessary stress to life. So does letting yourself get over-scheduled. Spend some time... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:29:21 EST Testing a theory. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66175730 I watched a YouTube video on keto. I have been watching this guy's videos for a few years now. In this video, he stated that once you are in ketosis, your goal is no longer to eat 80% fat. Since your body is now burning fat as fuel, it will consume dietary fat first. So unlike a very high fat diet, which gets you into ketosis, you would want to drop dietary fat, while keeping carbs low, so that your body starts burning BODY FAT for fuel. <BR> <BR> This kind of makes sense to me. Too many ca... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:22:26 EST Not getting enough calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66175192 Has anyone had difficulty getting enough calories when eating low carb? I find that I struggle to get up to even 900 calories, but I am not hungry. Has this or will it effect weight loss???? I just don't want to be counterproductive with lowering carbs and it snowballs into low calories and stalled weight loss. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:30:11 EST Saturated Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66168923 Guess I'm starting the thread today. <BR> <BR> A couple of days and nights above freezing has melted a lot of the snow and ice, at least from the roads and, to a lesser extent, the sidewalks. Even some of the grass is bare now, mostly under trees where it didn't get much snow to begin with. Still some really big piles from where the stuff was tossed when it was cleared from the sidewalks and driveways. No flooding, though, at least not around my house. The house on the corner, though, two ho... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:16:49 EST Joined the team challenges s..needing accoutnabili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66162759 Yep...I am starting over...AGAIN. <BR> No use berated myself or belaboring the issue, eh? <BR> I have battled the weight since I can remember. Finally got some semblence f control, lost about 45 pounds. Woot...yay...and then... <BR> Life. <BR> No excuses, just reasons. <BR> I tend to care for others way more than I do myself. I decided to revamp EVERYTHING this year. Deleted all my Spark blog posts and friends since I had not been here in way over a year and well, honestly, seeing those posts... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 13:11:17 EST Super Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66162236 Nah, I don't give a rodent's patoot about the game, just want to have a great day today, lol! <BR> <BR> Only a couple of actual tasks on my list today, though the big one is to keep Kyle on the right sleep schedule so he can get to his first day of work tomorrow. He's scheduled for 9-3, and if you've been following our travails for the last couple of years you know that his sleep flips between a vampire schedule and a summer vacation schedule. He got up today when he was supposed to, so that... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:46:34 EST Friday February Fhird http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66154755 I'm laying in bed about to go to sleep... too tired to bother getting up to date my hunger haha. I'll have chili when I wake up, though. Not really sure how many carbs it will be but I'll do the math when I wake. 5 lb ground beef and a couple cans of diced tomatoes with chilies, .83lb onion, 2 jalapeños, and a can of beef broth. I don't think it will be much. Comfort food yum Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:21:25 EST Thursday, February 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66147961 No clever alliterations from me! My brain is an empty room at the moment. <BR> <BR> It's sunny and chilly here today, but I think there's rain coming tomorrow. Today I have a long To Do list, and my tax return is on it. <BR> <BR> Time for another cup of coffee... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:25:45 EST Oops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66145306 OOPS! Duplicate! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 01:44:02 EST Recovery time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66142482 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I have just restarted a HFLC diet again after several years (and a baby) and I'm POOPED! It's been a bit more than a week and apart from the expected general fatigue that happens when the body is losing glycogen and switching to a fat burning machine, my muscles are not recovering as quickly from workouts. I don't lift or anything, I teach a Bellyfit® twice per week and bellydance twice per week as well. Any tips on how to get over these sore and tired muscles? I ha... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:01:34 EST Challenge 2017: February - Be Curious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66140464 Challenge 2017: A “Virtuous” New Year <BR> <BR> February’s focus words are Be Curious! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Aristotle believed that every virtue was the middle ground between two extremes – two vices. (His full list is at the end of this post.) <BR> <BR> In the case of Curiosity, one extreme is Preoccupation and the other extreme is Indifference. <BR> <BR> Being Curious means acknowledging that there is always something new to learn about and there are always new people... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 11:31:01 EST Primal Blueprint "Where to start" article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66140257 I like everything Mark Sisson writes. This one was pretty interesting: <BR> <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/where-do-i-s<BR>tart-the-big-picture-on-tackling-prima<BR>l-challenges/?awt_l=BrSE.&amp;awt_m=JF<BR>HT9sXVDhWvYa&amp;utm_source=mda_newsle<BR>tter&amp;utm_campaign=mda_newsletter_0<BR>20117&amp;utm_medium=button1 </link> <BR> <BR> "Okay, outlandish scenario time. Guy holding a gun to your head says 'Choose one Primal Blueprint lifestyle intervention to enact. Only one.' What do... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 11:02:02 EST February Grocery Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66140042 Food is an expensive but necessary part of our lives. Cindy and I are trying to keep our food costs down while eating healthy foods appropriate to our food plans. Care to join us? <BR> <BR> There are no rules to this challenge. Start wherever you are with whatever your food budget is. How much you want to spend is entirely up to you. Then, let us know how you're doing. Any particular challenges? Any great finds? Any tips or hints or great recipes? <BR> <BR> This is the place to find suppor... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:31:43 EST FlyLady February Challenge: Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x66140011 Today is Wednesday: Anti-Procrastination Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> January Habit: Shining Your Sink <BR> February Habit: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:26:45 EST What? Wednesday? And February, too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66139930 Seems like just last week I was thinking that there was still a lot of January to go! <BR> <BR> Got a text this morning from Bakomeza that her sister will be here tomorrow. I assume that means for sure, but she sent it before I was awake (I need to talk to her about that!) and she's in school now. But it does sound promising! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:17:34 EST Stress test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66135558 I had my stress test yesterday. Started at 2.4 m.p.h.. no problem. At 3 mins. they cranked elevation up to 5%.. HR up to 150. BP never got above 105/70. At 6 mins. they put speed up to 3.0.. still at 5% incline. That got my HR up to 170. At that point, my pacemaker will go off, so they shut it down at 7 mins. <BR> <BR> They wanted it to go longer, and get more info. Maybe they shouldn't jumped so quickly. They told me to walk longer, at slower speed, so I did 50 mins today. 2.21 miles. <BR>... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:36:53 EST Telling Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66132819 Someone in the Trump administration said that they would be letting in refugees who already had travel papers as of Friday, when the executive order was signed, as long as they arrived by this Friday. Bakomeza's sister and family were due to leave last night Uganda time, this morning our time. As of yesterday afternoon, the Refugee Center here didn't know if they would be coming or not. As of late afternoon the BIL still hadn't heard, but said that others were packing so he assumed they would... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:02:55 EST Make Over Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66125694 My life is getting a make over starting today...... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:37:13 EST Sparkly Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66118526 All this snow, and today the sun is out full force and everything is sparkly! Beautiful! <BR> <BR> It's supposed to get up to about freezing tomorrow, and then warm up from there. Temps in the upper 30s and low to mid 40s for the next two weeks, with rain starting on Thursday. Is it ever going to be a mess when all this snow melts! <BR> <BR> Nothing much planned for today. A Russell Walk, of course. Mostly just puttering around the house. <BR> <BR> I cut up the first of three bags of chi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:44:36 EST Stay at home Saturday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66111404 Probably, for me. I spent yesterday puttering around running errands. ESL in the morning, followed by picking up a bunch of chicken necks I'd ordered for Russell (have to divvy them up today and get them in the freezer) and Walmart to pick up an Rx. Then the vet in the afternoon (Russell is in great shape, the raw meat diet seems to agree with him), followed by Mom's house to play Rummikub and then took her to get her hair shampooed while I went to the library. Then a quiet evening at home. A... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:39:43 EST Frosty Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66105132 10+ degrees below normal, but no snow! Which is good,since I wrenched my back yesterday shoveling the 1/2" or so since I'd cleared off from the big fall on Tuesday. No problems at all shoveling several inches, but can't handle a measly little ol' half inch. Go figure. <BR> <BR> Lots of errands planned for today. Some may have to wait. Russell is overdue for his rabies shot and I need to pick up an Rx. And ESL this morning. <BR> <BR> Have a great day,everyone! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:09:54 EST A1C results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66105106 Last year, I was off my diet half the time, and got up to 302 lbs. again, before I went into hospital ( Dec 8th ). In the previous year, I went from a 5.4 A1C, to 7.2 in the summer, and 7.6 in November. <BR> <BR> I have been eating low carb again, since about Dec 11th. The first hospital forced me to eat X amount of carbs. The second let me eat low carb. They are the ones who will be doing my surgery.. the heart experts. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. I was sent there, because my condition... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:06:07 EST Thirsty Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66098047 Don't know why, but shoveling snow makes me thirsty. Haven't been out yet, but I expect it will happen again today. And I'll drink lots of water even if shoveling doesn't make me thirsty! <BR> <BR> Went to Walmart yesterday and got a new snow shovel, since mine broke. They only had a few and only one kind. Very cheap. Inexpensive, too, but mostly cheap. I have a bunch of errands I need to run today, and I'll include a stop at Home Depot or Lowe's to see if I can find a better one. This one s... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:58:22 EST Wednesday 1/25/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66089827 Snow--Snow--Snow--Snow! Maw, I'm joining your Shoveling Club! <BR> <BR> Stay safe. Many instructors are calling me to sub their classes today. Schools are closed--AGAIN! <BR> <BR> Hugs to All! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:46:58 EST HI EVERYONE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66089203 HI EVERYONE AND I HOPE YOUR JOURNEY IS MOVING FORWARD AND WORKING VERY WELL FOR ALL OF YOU. <BR> <BR> hey all, just popping in to say HI to my good Spark lc friends :) :) <BR> <BR> been gone a bit. I went off to the total zero carb sites. I needed that truly cause while I absolutely 100% flourished on zero carb and still am zero carb :), it was always so hard for me to read what others were eating and tweaking to make it work for them. <BR> <BR> what is funny is while I find my paradi... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:47:44 EST Menus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66085302 As most of us know, SP offers a variety of menus on the Nutrition Tracker. Unfortunately, they are most definitely NOT geared towards low carb. <BR> <BR> Here are links to various threads where members of this team have posted their actual menus. Please remember that the members are on different plans, are at different levels of those plans, and have different nutritional requirements. Also, some posted what they actually ate even if it was definitely off plan. (I seem to recall a couple of... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:05:41 EST Top Notch Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66083002 Top Notch.....the phrase my DD2 uses when she loves the low carb food I've made, lol. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:50:12 EST Mucky Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66076325 It's been unseasonably warm around here, so the rain has made everything really soggy, including my shoes. :( <BR> <BR> I'm taking tomorrow off so I'm doing my best to blast through everything on my desk today, so I'd better get back to it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, all! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:34:16 EST Serene Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66068181 Nothing to do today except putter around the house. Not even any snow to shovel! I hope. I might go over to Mom's for a bit or to Marwa's. Or I might just stay home and be totally lazy. Russell votes for either staying home or going to Mom's, since he gets to go to Mom's with me. <BR> <BR> An hour and three-quarters shoveling snow yesterday! I was sore and tired when I was done, but the soreness didn't last. I should get a break from shoveling today, though snow is predicted for the next two... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:46:46 EST Saturated Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66058691 Definitely Saturated here! Still raining on and off. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day. <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:31:36 EST Finally - Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66051754 Well it's technically Monday for me since I start a 5 shifts in a row run but that's okay. <BR> <BR> Got everything planned out. Ready to start back on plan. Ready to get healthy. No excuses and no taksiesbacksies! <BR> <BR> I have 5lb of chicken breasts sitting out right now. Also gonna steam me up some broccoli and cauliflower. That'll be lunch and dinner. Probably just 3oz of chicken each time. I'll have carbmaster yogurt for my dessert/fruit/sweet thing. I find their yogurt is very low ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:46:51 EST Thawed Out Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66045605 Going to be in the 30's today!! A little snow forecast for later. My goal is to get in a walk today. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:37:55 EST Windy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66037680 It is always windy here! Have a great Wednesday everyone! <BR> <BR> Xana Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:54:44 EST Tuesday! ICE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66030648 Again-- or still? Hmmmmm. Be safe! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:57:06 EST Not new old and ready to make low carb meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66022676 Hello 71 now lost weight gained it back say 50 years of this <BR> I want a magic potion that takes 25 pounds off in a week <BR> Now 177 lost 16 with Jenny Craig love it but cost of food and 50 miles to center not what I want to do <BR> After googling options this is an option did before and know food will not be costly. <BR> My life complicated,suffer depression anxiety and just grumpy and never happy <BR> Need support Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:08:11 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66022174 Not feeling at all creative this morning. Had a very strange, very unsettling dream shortly before I got up. You know how when you have a bad dream it keeps coming back, even after you wake up? At least they do for me. But when I get up it finally breaks the hold the dream has on me. Except that hasn't really worked for me this time. My mind still goes back to the dream, or at least the sense of the dream. (Where's the emoticon for shivering?) <BR> <BR> Also shivering because the house hasn'... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:35 EST Hi Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x66015220 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team but I'm not new to low carb. In Dec 2015 I started a LCHF/ketogenic WOE and that combined with IF caused me to lose 35 pound. by July, putting me at my lowest weight since the 1980's. I've bounced around between 149 and 155 pounds but have maintained that loss. For 2017 my goal is to lose that last 10 - 15 pounds and through strength training build some lean muscle mass. <BR> <BR> I have been part of several Biggest Loser Challenges but I've... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:43:23 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x66013741 It's just Sunday. But I'm off tomorrow so we can act like it's Saturday. I got all the Christmas decorations put away yesterday. Today all the bathrooms need scrubbing. Maybe sledding or bowling with the kids today. <BR> Some groceries need to be picked up and some food prep too. It would help if my food didn't get eaten as soon as it's prepped! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:37:31 EST Fit on Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65999359 It's Friday! A big deal for a lot of you, not so big a deal for me. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:47:46 EST Tired Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65992438 Mom was sick at 2:30 this morning, and I haven't slept since. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:34 EST Thinking on Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65992435 At least I should be thinking! I hope I'm thinking! <BR> <BR> A hard freeze last night. I need to go out and check the water in the gutter. I spent several hours over the past couple of days chipping out ice and snow and slush so the water would drain. Unfortunately, the people downhill from me didn't do that, so it mostly just pooled up lower in front of my house. But at least I don't have a big ice pond at the foot of my driveway. I may be able to chip out some more ice, but I doubt it. <B... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:00 EST Wading on Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65984157 Still well above freezing. Still a real mess as the snow and ice melt and the runoff has no place to run. I didn't realize that I live on a slight hill until I saw the water run down the street. There's a definite incline, and I live pretty much at the top of it. A very slight incline, but in this weather I'm glad I'm not at the bottom! <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Got out for the first time since last Tuesday. Did my ESL thing in the morning, then went to Winco. Took Ndenjehu and Bak... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:33:50 EST cream cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65981970 I usually have 2 ozs. of cream cheese for my snack, and I love it. It's smooth, creamy, and I like the taste now. At first it was like feta, or altoids.. a little strong, and I thought.. how do people eat this plain. I love it now though. <BR> <BR> The last 8 oz. brick I got though, I froze, because I bought 2 of them. It is crumbly, and drier, and is a bit harder to enjoy, because instead of being the consistency of peanut butter, it is more like feta.. dry and crumbly. <BR> <BR> Is that... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:23:35 EST New to team, Newish to LCHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65978083 Hello--just joined the team. <BR> <BR> I am a WW refugee who joined Spark in Aug 2016 (when WW closed their community). A great WW friend told me about The Obesity Code by Jason Fung and mid September I started LCHF and IF (intermittent fasting). <BR> <BR> I was at goal when joining Spark, and struggling big time to stay there. I started LCHF and am now comfortably below goal. Perhaps too comfortable--the holidays--'nuff said. <BR> <BR> Anyway--I joined this team to: reign it in--get i... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:37:45 EST Topsy Turvey Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65977193 Ice &amp; rain. Dangerous to be outside. I need to pickup my 88 yr old now. Be safe out there Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:04:09 EST Mostly Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65968716 ...another week begins. And an obnoxious FULL week without any holidays. Boo. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:06:25 EST Bermuda Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65961489 It was 24 degrees at 8:15. ABOVE zero! Even the windchill was in the positive teens. Positively balmy. <BR> <BR> Spent over an hour shoveling snow, then took Russell for a short walk. He was so excited to get to go for a walk! It's the first walk we've had since at least Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to have freezing rain today, turning to wet rain this evening. Yuck. A good day to stay inside again. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:39:58 EST Soggy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65953675 Which I'm sure all you frozen people would appreciate, as it's a balmy 43 degree out there. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:38:31 EST Frozen Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65945158 Another cold day, going to the gym. It was 10 degrees. I went and upped my walk to 28 mins. and a new high of .93 miles. Almost to a mile! It has taken a few weeks to get there, because I was so weak, after leaving the hospital. I turned down Cardiac rehab last night, because I think I can push myself hard enough,and doctor said it was my choice. I will probably use it after having the heart valve replaced, but think I got a handle on things for now.I didn't want to go to the hospital for wor... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:14:57 EST Thaw me out Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65939186 2 degrees at 9:45, windchill of -14. High of 8 with windchill of -3. Or something like that. And I have lots of shoveling to do. Drift on my front porch as high as the railing, which is about waist high. And a sort of diagonal drift going up my front steps from the sidewalk is just as high. And the sidewalk that I had shoveled yesterday is completely filled in again. About a foot of snow, with drifts, according to the weatherman, of 3' to 4'. Ugh. Will do several short sessions of shoveling, ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:06:31 EST rosedale shepard pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x65936797 We ate this for dinner last night very tasty. <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground lamb or turkey <BR> 1 bunch swiss chard <BR> 2 onions diced <BR> 2 carrots <BR> 1 bag cauliflower riced <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> rosemary <BR> sweat onions. Add meat and sliced carrots,.brown. stir in shredded chard. Cook on low 10 minutes. Meanwhile steam cauliflower and blenderize with butter . Add 2 T xanthum powder to meat mixture and 1 cup beef broth . stir till powder is disolved. Cover and heat tiull thick. Pa... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:56:51 EST Win It Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65931208 Its time to Win it....what is your "it" and what will you do today to make it happen? Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:53:59 EST New (again) today - January 4, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65931174 I was on Atkins previously and was working full time and too busy. On top of that I was TOPS leader - my husband got dementia, and I was just too busy. I let things get out of hand. <BR> <BR> Woubbie, I remember you! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm now retired - still busy but som of that is winding down with my husband's dementia progressing. I really need to lose weight - more now than before. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend some beginning tips - I'm just starting again today and I'... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:49:33 EST Take it away Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65922022 For me, it's take away the pain! Fibro has been flaring for a few days now (dang weather) so I've been not sleeping well. Hope to get some better sleep. It's not about the AMOUNT of sleep, but the QUALITY. I took 2 aleve before bed, and I still tossed/turned due to sore-ness. <BR> <BR> I will try some stretching today. My favorite stretching (or workout) video is from the 90's! *8 minute stretch. It can be challenging depending on how stiff I am! They also have 8 min abs, buns, and leg... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:56:40 EST First Manic Monday 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65915067 OK. I started a new thread for today. Out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> New things for 2017! Onward and upward! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:47:30 EST My Weekly Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65906949 Gonna really get on top of menu planning, no more eating out. The cost is too high... both in money and health. Went to TGI Friday's on friday.... almost $60 and Literally the only thing my daughter could eat (dairy allergic) was coleslaw, "add on ribs" (not babyback) and IF she asked for a hamburger instead of a cheese burger and in a lettuce wrap. THIS is why we don't eat out. I called them out on their FB page, they responded, but doubt anything will come of it. and about 80% of it was... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:49:57 EST FlyLady January Challenge: Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65906513 It's a miracle! I started the year with a shiny sink! I think this is a First! <BR> <BR> Today is Sunday: Renew Your Spirit Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> This month's Habit is: Shining Your Sink <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:50:54 EST Challenge 2017: Courage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65906186 Challenge 2017: A “Virtuous” New Year <BR> <BR> Our Monthly Challenge Thread theme for this year comes from Aristotle! Yup, that one. The ancient Greek philosopher. No lie. Aristotle. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Aristotle felt that it was really important for people to learn to be healthy and happy. He identified a bunch of habits of mind that are critical to happiness and success, and labeled them “virtues”. Here are twelve of them: <BR> <BR> Courage: bravery and valor <BR> Frien... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:00:49 EST January Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65906178 Want to get - or keep - your finances in order in 2017? Need some help or support or encouragement as you plug away at your plans or goals or resolutions? <BR> <BR> CindyTW963 and I are going to do a Budget Challenge over on Challenge Central. Like most of the "challenges" on this team, it will be pretty informal. More a place where we can report on our plans, our challenges, our successes, our ideas. Just a place where we can get and give support. <BR> <BR> Won't you join us? Doesn't mat... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:59:27 EST Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65906160 Want to get - or keep - your finances in order in 2017? Need some help or support or encouragement as you plug away at your plans or goals or resolutions? <BR> <BR> CindyTW963 and I are going to do a Budget Challenge over on Challenge Central. Like most of the "challenges" on this team, it will be pretty informal. More a place where we can report on our plans, our challenges, our successes, our ideas. Just a place where we can get and give support. <BR> <BR> Won't you join us? Doesn't mat... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:51 EST The Kindness Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65905989 Naypooie, you suggested yesterday or maybe the day before that we do a simple act of kindness every time we hear of someone doing something evil in the world. A great idea! And it has inspired me to start a Kindness Blog. <BR> <BR> Last night as I was sort of reviewing the Old Year, I tried to come up with lots of examples of kindness and niceness to offset the evil and nastiness and just plain meanness that we all remember from the year, and was having a hard time thinking of many. I know ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:33:01 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65905891 Or Snowy Sunday, if you live in the northern part of the state (Idaho) where my brother lives. He says they woke up to four or five inches of new snow on top of the foot or so they already had, plus it's still snowing. Little snow in the forecast for us, but then we live in a desert here in the southern part of the state. <BR> <BR> Mom is coming over for dinner tonight. Not much of anything else planned for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, everyone. And a wonderful week, and a wonde... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:22:03 EST Sayonara (2016) Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65899031 I've got no plans to go out tonight - I never do. It is not my favorite night of the year to be out on the road... Instead I'm going to stay home and review and release 2016 and all the drama, trauma, and grief that came with it. In my jammies! <BR> <BR> Got a couple errands to do first and then I'm committed to a couple of quiet planning days at home. <BR> <BR> Goodbye, 2016! Thank you for the lessons and the gifts that came with loss and love! <BR> <BR> What are all you going to do t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:54:59 EST 2017 Exercise Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65892605 So Hey! I’ve already quit smoking, so I have joined the exercise challenge for 2017. I am trying to raise money for all my kids sports activities for 2017. The rep soccer costs the most with all the travelling. She also is joining lacrosse and archery….funds permitting. It will also help cover costs for health related expenses. <BR> You don’t have to sign up for anything or submit your email. Just click the link and then click VOTE. Easy Peesy! <BR> <BR> Thanks for voting! <BR> <BR> <link... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:37:17 EST Final Friday...of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65892137 Its our last Friday of 2016 and I'm so glad for a 3 day weekend! Mind you I just came back to work yesterday...just sayin' <em>334</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:20:34 EST Truly Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65886384 Is a good day because I don't have to work tomorrow. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:31:23 EST Wising Up Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65879667 Got to wise up today. Too much living well but not too wisely the past few days. <BR> <BR> Nothing planned for today. I may see if I can invite myself over to an Iraqi friend's house today. I had intended to go over right before or after Christmas, but the weather interfered. Roads should be ok today. <BR> <BR> Speaking of roads, SIL called last night to say that they're stuck half way home because the road is closed due to snow. Fortunately they're in town and not stuck out on the highway!... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:16:11 EST Tuesday Dec 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65874871 Flu --- traveling to get home. NNF is very patient. In the mountains we couldn't pull over. Thank my Angels I pack grocery plastic bags. TMI! This too will pass. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:55:00 EST Magic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65867925 let's make today great! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good day yesterday. I took all keto foods to mom and dads. The only "off plan" I had was ONE of my favorite cookies. Just one. <BR> <BR> I was greeted with 179.8 this morning! wooohoo! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:53:31 EST Merry Christmas Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65862716 Hugs and hope for all of us ! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:42:31 EST A tomte christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65857234 Sorry guys, couldn't post it for some reason <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:25:00 EST Freaking out on Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65852637 So, is everyone ready? Or at least Christmas Eve Eve ready? I suppose I am. Not really ready for Christmas emotionally, though. Maybe I'd feel more Christmasy if I'd put up a tree? I'm going to ask an Iraqi friend if she'd like to go to Christmas Eve Mass with me. That should put me more in the spirit of the Reason for the Season! Mom's church as Christmas Eve service at 5 pm, which just isn't the right time for Christmas Eve service! <BR> <BR> Doctor's appointment this morning. Just a regul... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:28:00 EST Thinkin' it's Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65847306 But who knows. Wednesday would be ok, since it would give me more time to get stuff done. Friday would not be good. It would mean I'm even farther behind schedule. I think I'll stick with Thursday today. <BR> <BR> Got a lot of stuff done yesterday, but not everything. When my 15 break is up (thanks, Woubbie and FlyLady!), I'll take a shower and then vacuum and do just a bit more cleaning. Then I should be ready! Or the house should, anyway. Then off to deliver Christmas presents and then to ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:11:59 EST Wiped out Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65841101 Don't know why, but pulling myself out of bed this morning was really hard! I think I could have easily stayed put until around noon or so. I didn't even have a critical need to get up and go potty! <BR> <BR> I'm making a list and checking it twice - but not to find out who's naughty or nice. It's of things I need to do today. Seems like I've been on the go for the past few days, and I'm just not used to it. Being pretty much home bound for most of last week didn't help. <BR> <BR> Yesterd... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:10:37 EST Late on a Tuesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65836089 Hiya! Not much time to say much of anything else, sad to say! Happy Tuesday! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:25:04 EST Helloooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65834738 Been low carbing for a year, but need a kick in the butt to get out of a 4 month stall! I find it always helps to have a buddy/buddies :) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:37:09 EST Low Carb, Dairy Free Egg Nog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x65831850 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f866ce7-8bd4-4b43-bbd1-4e3febc87c9d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <link>http://fitchickskitchen.wordpress.co<BR>m/2016/12/20/low-carb-dairy-free-egg-n<BR>og/#more-1008 </link> <BR> <BR> I used lite coconut milk just to keep the calorie count low. But you may want to use full fat milk. And if you can have dairy heavy cream instead of the coconut milk. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:39:55 EST Manic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65828705 Still haven't done much to prepare for Christmas. Which is a shame, because part of the fun of Christmas is the preparation. But I need someone to prepare with me. Preferably some kids! <BR> <BR> Will take Ndenjehu to physical therapy this morning, with one of his English speaking kids. They said they'd try to get the one - or at least the best - interpreter for him, but Charles isn't always available. And Ndenjehu can't always read Charles' lips very well, anyway. Ndenjehu is profoundly d... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:35:23 EST Similar Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65822192 At least around here. Very cold, very sunny, very snowy. On the ground, that is, of course. My road was a sheet of ice yesterday, but the main roads and even the not so main roads seem to be pretty much clear. I'll head out to K-Mart and the Mall (opposite ends of town, of course) this morning. <BR> <BR> By the way, I thought about using my Word of the Day in the topic, but a) it's a noun and b) it's not alliterative. So I didn't. <BR> <BR> GALLIMAUFRY - a heterogeneous mixture : jumble <... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:47:49 EST Sunny, Snowy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65816096 It's actually quite beautiful out. Nasty if you have to go out in it, but beautiful to look out at from inside a nice, warm, dry house, cuddled up in my recliner under a blanket with Russell to keep my lap warm. <BR> <BR> I haven't been out of the house since Tuesday. I don't remember the exact sequence of events, but I think it snowed on Wednesday, snowed and rained on Thursday, rained Thursday night and snowed again on Friday. Then the temps dropped into the single digits. Multiple layers ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:29:58 EST Forthright Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65809314 Oops--got an extra letter in forthright. Ignore the w please. AHA--corrected! <BR> <BR> A nice steady rain started in the early morning hours and is still coming down. Glad to get the moisture. We had some horrible winds in the night and I am anxious to see what damage it caused as soon as it lightens up this morning. <BR> <BR> Will finish "decorating" the outside of the house today. We have sparkling lights all over the outside of the house and on several trees--including a huge cottonwood... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:53:40 EST Thumped Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65804198 The weather is thumping us here in MT...3 inches more of snow last night and still snowing. Up to 9 total inches possible. Tomorrow high temp is -4 and the low is -20. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:19:04 EST Weinachtszeit Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65797925 At least it LOOKS like it should be alliterative, even if it doesn't sound that way. <BR> <BR> It's snowing today. Supposed to get 1" - 3" accumulation. Then rain all day tomorrow, with highs tomorrow around 40. Sure hope tomorrow's rain melts today's snow. <BR> <BR> No plans for leaving the house today other than to walk Russell, and that won't be very far or very long. I need to get the two extra bedrooms cleaned up. Mine, too, for that matter. So far I've kept Bakumeza out of the bedro... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:56:51 EST 'Tis Tuesday Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65792120 Got to run. Mom's out of of milk and I want to get some on my way to Ndenjehu's. I went to Walmart on Sunday evening before bridge and they didn't have any skim milk! <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I should call Mom and see if she wants to do any running around today. It's supposed to rain and or snow for the rest of the week - Chance of precipitation 80% to 100%. And this is a desert! Dry this weekend though - with high of 13 and 12 degrees. Today just may be a good day to run errands. I'll ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:46:48 EST Mellow Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65785446 Nothing on the calendar for today except Bakumeza coming over after school to do housework for a couple of hours. The sun is shining. It's supposed to be warmish today. Russell is curled up under the blanket with me on my recliner as I fool around on my computer. A blissful mellow Monday! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:08 EST Coach Jen asked for our help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65785430 OK, folks! Here's your chance to tell Spark Coach Jen how eating low carb has changed your health. She's asked for it! <BR> <BR> OK, well not exactly, but pretty darn close. Here's a SparkMail I just received from her as team leader. <BR> <BR> "I'm writing an article about what happens when people are told they need to lose weight because of health concerns. It's a piece about what to do next when you're given that info by your doctor. <BR> <BR> If you're someone who's been told you neede... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:55:36 EST SkinnyGirl's soup diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65778741 Has anyone been following SkinnyGirl's Chicken Soup and Veggies Diet blog posts? I have, and it's been interesting. As I understand it, she's eating just Chicken Soup this month - morning, noon and night. At least, she's posting pictures of her chicken soup every day. I'm not crazy about her diet - I'd get horribly bored very quickly - but the way she's doing it is interesting. I think this is how she's doing it. <BR> <BR> Each "soup" is 4 ounces of cooked chicken breast and 4 ounces of vegg... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:50:57 EST Sunny Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65778500 At least I think it's supposed to be sunny here today. It looks like the sun is somewhere down below the horizon, anyway. <BR> <BR> A busy day today. I'm taking Marwah to Mass this morning, then we'll stop by an LDS (Mormon) church so she can talk to the bishop about a job at the LDS thrift store. I think she thinks that all she has to do is talk to the bishop and she'll get the job, but I'm not at all sure it's that simple. Then this afternoon I'll go over to Ndenjehu's and try to fix their... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:59:14 EST Saturated Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65772403 A couple of inches of snow on Thursday, then freezing rain yesterday and last night and today. The rain hasn't melted the snow, which really surprises me. Surprised a lot of folks, actually. We all thought that the rain would melt the snow and we wouldn't need to shovel it. Wrong. It just made the snow really heavy. It took me close to an hour to shovel the driveway and sidewalk yesterday. The roads are a real mess - lots of slush. But I did make it to the Christmas party last night. <BR> <... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:57:19 EST Something is better than nothing Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65772111 Jewel woke me up way too early today so I got up and did a 15 minute Jessica Smith interval workout, which was much harder than I anticipated. But in it she said "doing something is better than nothing" and I thought that was a great thing to keep in mind this month. On days when our time and energy are limited, try doing something, no matter how small, to advance your goals. How about it, will you do a little something today? How about a quick 1 mile walk? Weather is no excuse either (we hav... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:11:38 EST Friendly Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65767271 Because we all need a low carb friend to help us through the holidays! <BR> <BR> I don't know what the official snow total is for yesterday, but it's about 6" on my porch railing. That's higher than most places, though, because the snow blew off of the roof onto the railing. I'm guessing about 3" if you were to measure it coming straight down. <BR> <BR> Russell did NOT want to go out yesterday! I finally insisted on a walk last night, and the snow was up to his chest. Which isn't very far,... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:42:59 EST Toot Toot Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65758934 Blow your own horn today! Yyyyyyiiiipppee---we woke up--put our feet on the floor and get to celebrate another day! Yyyyyyiiiipppee! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:07:37 EST Warmly Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65754301 Keep warm, everyone! Sounds like lots of cold weather now. <BR> <BR> Mom was going to come over for supper last night, but we decided to cancel because of the snow on the roads. I almost called her back midday to say the roads weren't bad after all, but then it snowed again. I'm glad we both stayed home! I did take Russell for a walk in the afternoon. I put a little jacket on him, but his ears and feet got cold. He was still glad to go, though. I'm just not sure how much cold a Chihuahua is... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:24:46 EST Transforming Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65747054 Two year anniversary! Two years ago I rejoined SP as a way to track and look for advice on low carb. This team has helped transform my life--so many questions and helpful advice from the members here. Thank you all! <BR> <BR> Gray and cold today with a cold front moving in that will bring the temps to frigid. UGH. Dog training day and giving away a tunnel and bags (agility stuff) to a fellow trainer. Hard to let go of one life for another--sort of like learning to eat correctly for me. Life ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:31:46 EST Merely Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65740382 Brrrr! It's cold outside! And inside, too. I sleep with the furnace off and the bedroom window open (though I only opened it about an inch last night), and the house tends to cool off at night. But I'm in my sweat pants and heavy sweater and my long quilted bathrobe and I'm sitting in my recliner with a blanket over my lap and a dog on my lap and drinking hot tea, so I'm doing just fine. Except my hands. My hands are cold. I guess I need to type more quickly to keep them warm! <BR> <BR> Russ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:06:31 EST Symphonic Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65734187 At least it is for me! Just texted Max the meeting place info. We'll all meet at 1:30 at a suburban grocery store and carpool downtown together for the show that starts at 2:30. Should be lovely, it's all music that we like. Gonna be a packed house, though. It's a "sold-out free concert" lol! The PSO was on strike for 6 weeks, it's good that everything is settled and they're back onstage. <BR> <BR> Still plodding along with the decorating today. My sister came by unexpectedly yesterday after... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:24:56 EST Solidly Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65727581 No question about it. It is definitely and solidly Saturday today! <BR> <BR> Woke up about 5, went back to bed and dozed until about 6:30, then gave up and got up. Did my knee exercises, then made myself a cup of tea and drank it while I listened to Christmas carols and pinned up a pair of slacks that need to be shortened. I need to get them hemmed quickly before I ingrow them! <BR> <BR> Russell isn't sure why we're up so early. He's asleep on my lap. <BR> <BR> Will take Mom to Winco thi... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:34:53 EST WOOHOO it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65721471 YAY! <BR> <BR> It has begun snowing this morning--forecast was for the southern part of the state to get this storm, but it must have zagged north. Really doesn't look like we will get more than flurries. <BR> <BR> Have most of the vest I am making for my trainer finished. Just have to finish a blanket stitch around the armholes and sew on the appliques. Bought an office light and now I can even see what I am doing. It is hard to see black thread on black wool! And my eyes continue to age. ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:51:03 EST Thaumaturgical Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65715269 Thaumaturgical: the capability of a magician or a saint to work magic or miracles. Which often seems like it should apply to eating low carb, though it's actually grounded in science, not miracles. <BR> <BR> (No, this isn't a word I dreamed up or use on a regular basis! Thaumaturgy was my word of the day today.) Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:26:13 EST FlyLady December Challenge: Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65714112 Today is Thursday: Errand Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> November Habit: Menu Planning <BR> December Habit: Pampering <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Calen... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:16:48 EST December Challenge Word - ENDURANCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65711478 Words can hurt, but they can also heal. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>247</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> FRESH. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> MORE. <BR> MINDFUL. <BR> JUMPSTART. <BR> GENUINE. <BR> JOYFUL. <BR> AUSPICIOUS. <BR> STEADFAST. <BR> <BR> We've ma... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:33:43 EST Whacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65708464 No particular reason, but seems like most days end up that way! <BR> <BR> Errands this morning, then I'll can the bone broth and turkey this afternoon. Grocery shopping with a friend this evening. <BR> <BR> Having a few friends over to play Hand and Foot (Canasta) tomorrow. Went way out of my comfort zone by calling up people I don't know very well and inviting them to my house. Just one table, and just for the afternoon, not for a meal. I'll serve nuts and offer coffee, tea and soft drink... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:54:46 EST Trendy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65700880 Have you noticed how far the medical and scientific world has come to accepting low carb? They may not admit it, but there's sure a lot of movement our way. We're trend setters, folks! <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar today except taking Ndenjehu and Mariam to a doctor's appointment. It was supposed to be an ESL lesson but Sadick asked me to take them to the doctor instead. No problem. I just need to find a book to take with me. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I still need to take care of the ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:57:37 EST Snowy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65694382 Ok, so it's not alliterative, but it snowed for the first time last night! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:54:55 EST The Cellulite Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65691812 So I've been dieting for some time. First with 5:2 and then back to the trusted Atkins. But now I can really see my cellulite. It's mainly on the tops of my legs and now it's appearing on my stomach, a bit like lopsided abs. This isn't really what I expected and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Certainly not good anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that because I am losing weight it is more noticeable and is being uncovered. What I'm really interested in knowing is if this is going to disappear?... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:42:34 EST The Poop Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65691802 At last I have been for a Poop. It has been 6 days! ... and I lost a pound, lmao. Low carb eating sure changes the frequency of poops. Haven't been in any pain, not bloated, nothing. So all okay as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> When first starting Atkins, I had the total opposite. Occasionally I get the odd runny poopy day but nothing serious. Pooping is now like an achievement. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Thought I'd start this thread for a bit of fun. How many times do you Poop a week... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:32:45 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65687222 Well, Thanksgiving dinner last night didn't go exactly as planned. <BR> <BR> The turkey was supposed to be done about 5:30, so it could rest for half an hour or so before dinner about 6:00. When I checked it at 4:30, the popper had popped! I checked it in other ways - moving the leg, poking the thigh and the breast to see if the juices ran clear - and it seemed like it really was done. So I took it out, let the oven cool a bit, then put it back in to keep it warm. <BR> <BR> DB called sho... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:26:30 EST Sweet, Sweet Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65680699 I was up a bit earlier than usual for a Saturday, but I felt pretty rested, at least physically, so it's okay. <BR> <BR> Max is home for one more day, but I think he's got plans with friends, so I probably won't see much of him. DH was a ball of fire yesterday and knocked a lot of paperwork/thought projects off the to-do list, so we might get a couple of stale household tasks done today. <BR> <BR> At my sister's on Thursday she brought up the subject of gift-giving for this Christmas and mu... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:26:52 EST Grey Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65676107 Weather's overcast and blah, and my cubicle's pretty grey too. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I actually don't mind coming in to the office the day after Thanksgiving. It's quiet, I get a lot done, I can usually leave early, and I continue to be thankful that I no longer work retail!! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:05:19 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65670376 Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for this team and the support we give and get here. What are you thankful for? Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:00:23 EST Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65663589 At least for us in the US :) Wrote this post today on FB and wanted to share with you all <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just want to remind you that you are going to have people who don't understand what you are doing and will try to talk you into "it's just one day, you can loosen up for just ONE DAY". Be polite, let them talk, but keep your eye on the prize. My mom is SO proud of me (now that I've lost), but she keeps saying "geez, you can let it go for one day". No. I've... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:10:09 EST Turkey Talk Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65658038 Let's talk turkey..... <BR> <BR> How do you cook yours (if you cook one at all!) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:23:13 EST Anyone Mention Monday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65651174 (I'm having trouble coming up with new alliteration, unless I "swallow the thesaurus," as Naypooie accused me of doing!) <BR> <BR> I've started the day off well. Got up early (for me), did knee exercises, ate the last of the leftover quiche, committed to a meat (and maybe egg) fast for the day, other than the quiche I had (crustless and pretty low carb), then took Russell for a walk. In a few minutes I'll go pick up Mariam (Congolese wife I'm tutoring in ESL with her husband) and take her to... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:44:00 EST Super Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65643969 It has been ages since I started a topic. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone. For everyone eating in a restaraunt today, check out the menu that they show on the internet before you go. Find the low carb choices before you go. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:42:18 EST Satisfying Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65637494 Good morning, all! <BR> <BR> Not much on my agenda for the day, other than to keep on with the holiday deep cleaning. Yesterday I got all the cords and cables and consoles straightened out in the living room, and washed the three big windows, inside and out. Today, I'll finish a little reupholstery chore and do the furniture polish thing. <BR> <BR> I went to see Fantastic Beasts last night with a friend and it was a lovely evening. I wouldn't give the movie a 10 (maybe an 8?), but it was st... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:55:26 EST Frantic Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65630435 Plans are meant to be disrupted--right? <BR> <BR> The tree guy has decided to come today--really want this work done, but would have preferred to wait until after our trip. I just have to rearrange the schedule. <BR> <BR> Last night was actually fun--got a beautiful sweatshirt, tee shirt and umbrella at a silent auction donated by the Indian Market of Santa Fe. And the food was actually good! Had two small but thick slices of roast beef and a chicken breast roll filled with spinach and herb... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:40:32 EST Then Comes Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65624154 Wow! What a cleaning marathon! Almost 3 "fitbit miles" (over 7000 fitbit steps) just cleaning! Of course, that's a lot of movement that isn't exactly steps, but still. I know, I know. If I'd just do a little bit every day - or even just keep up with the mess every day - it wouldn't be such a big deal when I need the house at least more or less company ready. <BR> <BR> Will take Russell to the Doggie Spa for the day. He desperately needs a bath (phew!) and I need him out of the way when thes... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:12:12 EST Low Carb cloud bread french toast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65618251 <link>www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/low-car<BR>b-cloud-bread-french-toast/ </link> <BR> <BR> For those of you that want bread in your plan, this looked like a winner. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe85d543-ce77-495b-ae5b-ab6084715e27.jpg"> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:54:08 EST Weather Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65618246 Supposed to be a good 20+ degrees colder today than yesterday, or for about the past week or two, for that matter. High 60s yesterday - 70 at some locations - and mid 40s today. 30s tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Speaking of weather, did anyone see the Super Moon over the weekend? I can't say I noticed it being any bigger than usual, but it sure was bright! <BR> <BR> I'll finish cleaning today, and do the for the food for tomorrow. I'm having a dozen women over to play Hand and Foot (a form of Canasta... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:53:27 EST Typical Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65610823 Not much going on around here. Which suits me just fine, since I've still got a long way to go to be ready to have a bunch of people here on Thursday. The good thing is that DB and family are coming through on Saturday (though staying with Mom) and I'll be having a birthday dinner for Mom Saturday evening. Then they'll be coming through again the following Saturday and I'll be having a scaled down Thanksgiving dinner. At least the house will be more or less cleaned up for family since it will... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:02:53 EST Too low calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65609671 I have been at this for several weeks and in the last few days I have been gaining rather than losing. My average carb intake per day is under 20 and my average daily calorie intake is around 920. Are the calories too low and that is why I am not losing but gaining? Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:39:11 EST Monday? Again?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65604143 Hope it's the start to a great week! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:45:05 EST Slow starting Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65598187 That's me. Finally starting to move though, got some bone broth brewing. Now there's a project for a slow day. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:39:57 EST Speedy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65591225 Whoever said a few days ago that the year is speeding past was sure right! I just realized that Mom's birthday is next week. I hadn't forgotten it - I knew it was November 17 - but that's so far in the future that I hadn't given it much thought. Except it isn't anymore. A friend said she and her husband always (I assume she means since Dad died) take her out for dinner on her birthday and invited me, too. Which is good, since I'm having cards at my house that day. <BR> <BR> And then my broth... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:52:52 EST Fantastic Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65582816 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c06c2629-4479-44a8-ba21-e69e18d4c0e7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I'm driving 5 hours to meet my newest grandchild today! Positive words create a positive aura. FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> My heart is full. She was born on 10/5/16 &amp; I want to see those big bright eyes. I really enjoy babies when they are 6+ months old. Up until then I enjoy their warmth &amp; their smile--A miracle right before my eyes! <BR> <BR> Hugs to surround us all as a Team! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:20:26 EST Can't believe its Thursday again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65577815 Good grief time is just sprinting by. It seems that days go faster and faster and the years fly. Today is a good day to slow down and refocus and ENJOY the day. We don't get these days back to do over and the older I get the faster they are going. Breathe deeply, walk with your head up and eyes open to see something beautiful. Let go of those negatives and focus on one thing positive. Life is good, and wonderful--even in the challenges. Have a great day!! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:28:30 EST What Now Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65571937 Things will be changing now. Don't know how, but I'm sure they'll change. The thing to do is to accept the change and make the best of it! Same advice/outlook/attitude I'd try to embrace whoever won last night! <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar for today except taking some Stilton to Mom. She loves the stuff (it's a kind of blue cheese from England) and it's seasonal at Costco. One year my brother brought some of every kind of blue cheese he could find at the store - maybe half a dozen or so... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:09:08 EST Just Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65571922 Off work today to take Kyle for some job research. Didn't sleep much last night. God bless coffee. Doing my best to fill myself with Love. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:05:59 EST Toot-Toot Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65564514 Toot your own horn today! YYyyyiiiippppeeee! <BR> I stayed away from restaurant today! <BR> I voted! <BR> I smiled at everyone! <BR> I am a very lucky Woman! Hugs to All! Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:48:46 EST Master Plan Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65558106 Any one else need to have a master plan to survive the next 2 months through the holidays??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:01:48 EST Long tough weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65556908 Tough food weekend, but I made it through! had very little food, and a lot of exercise, so I'm exhausted. LOL More carbs than used to (but all keto friendly except fries and a few plain potato chips). Yes, I did eat some fries because it was LITERALLY the only thing available next to my $5 regular size beef hot dog. UGH. But I made it, right back on plan yesterday when we got home, and all good today. DH and I even went and got a hamburger in a lettuce wrap while everyone else inhaled pi... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:48:53 EST Dr. Westman, page 4 Followers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65554233 Dr. Westman, page 4 Followers? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:51:21 EST Sleep In Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65548723 Starting this a bit early, in hopes everyone remembers to sleep in Sunday morning! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:38:15 EST Superb Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65544732 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I stayed up a little later than usual last night, so I'm getting a late start as well. Nothing much on my agenda for the day but some housekeeping and some bookkeeping. How about you all? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:42:24 EST Friendly Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65538384 Share a friendly smile to everyone! It always helps me. I can't tell when the person I'm encountering is having a good day or a bad day! A smile and a nod of the head or a HELLO! <BR> <BR> I'm sending friendship waves and smiles to everyone on this Team. Hugs to surround us all as a TEAM! Yyyyiiiippppeeee! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:26:52 EST a Quick HELLO from your newest noob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65538196 Morning! I'm new to Sparks, new to low-carb eating, and new to having to worry about my blood sugar. I'm a little nervous about this particular journey, but excited about the destination (you know -- good health, being a skinny-minny, new adventure, yadda yadda yadda :D) Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:49:11 EST Thrilling Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65531847 We're alive, aren't we? That's enough to make it a Thrilling Thursday. Yiiipppppeeee! <BR> <BR> Russell walk this morning, then a shampoo and haircut. I was asked to sub at bridge at Mom's house this afternoon, but one of the players is sick so bridge was cancelled. I'll go over anyway and we'll play Dice or RummiKube, and I'll take Sandy for a walk. We may go grocery shopping again, too. Went to Winco yesterday (and Mom made it all the way through the store instead of having to sit down hal... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:58:20 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65522418 So emotional lately, much more than usual. <BR> <BR> I have some friends over here, but no one close really. I spent so much of my time, and life, involved in the (his, really, though I am half owner) business, that I never made my own life. <BR> <BR> It is said to never regret the choices we've made, but I cannot help but do so. While it's true that, given the same circumstances, I would probably make the same choices if I were that age again. However, 12 years later, I see things dif... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 05:52:09 EST November Challenge Word - Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65521901 The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! The words we've used so far? <BR> <BR> FRESH <BR> FOCUS <BR> MORE <BR> MINDFUL <BR> JUMPSTART <BR> GENUINE <BR> JOYFUL <BR> AUSPICIOUS <BR> STEADFAST <BR> <BR> It’s harvest time! The year is winding down and crops are gathered in. It’s also the start of the holiday season. For most of us, Thanksgiving is this month, with all the traditional Th... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:54:06 EST FlyLady November Challenge: Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x65516971 Today is Tuesday: Plan and Play Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> October Habit: Paper Clutter <BR> November Habit: Menu Planning <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Calendar <BR> Check Your Contro... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:52:22 EST Twisted Tuesday! Yyyiiipppeee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65515965 Up early &amp; felt like I was being nudged awake. I went to the basement &amp; the sump pump was running. I couldn't figure it out. I took off the lid and it was smoking. WOW! I unpluged it---put a couple buckets of water in the hole. Seriously! My Angels continue to take care of me. I am eternally grateful! <BR> <BR> Body is 'singing' today so I'm going to HANG in the deep end of the pool at the Club. I want to do BodyPump but my wise brain says---lengthen and take gravity off th... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:09:25 EST Menacing Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65510011 That's both from the all the spooks who will be out tonight and from all the candy, too! <BR> <BR> The family of the deaf Congolese guy I work with are going to come over to my house this evening. We'll start by dressing up the kids a little bit (very little, but I hope enough to make them sort of feel like they're part of it all) and sort of practice trick-or-treating by handing out cheese sticks at my house for a bit, then I'll take them all out trick-or-treating. I don't think there are a... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:51:58 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65509394 Good morning! <BR> I am new to this forum, and so happy to have found a low carb group. I have been LCHF for 4 weeks now, and I have lost a lot of weight. Some family members think that this diet is really bad for your health. I love this diet and intend to keep living this way even after I have met my goal weight. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:17:41 EST Sagging Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65503269 Isn't it great when we start to sag? We get rid of the fat and our skin is loose and sags, kind of like a balloon that's lost some of its air. Wear those wrinkles with pride, folks! They're a badge of honor for all we've accomplished! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:08:07 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65501010 <em>213</em> Wanted to say 'hello' to everyone, I'm new to the team and fairly new to eating lower carbs in my diet. What little I've done in the past seemed to work and I'd like to get back to it and expand it a bit. Glad to be here :). Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:40:46 EST Sizzlin Saturday -Spooky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65495427 It's a Saturday that's going to Sizzle with Energy! YYyyyiiipppeee! I got a full 7 hours of sleep and I'm rarin to go! It's raining---foggy---and I won't let that stop me from enjoying the preparations for tonight's Euchre game. I'll chop veggies and put a wonderful balsamic vinegar dressing on the salad. Hugs to surround us all as a Team! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:49:18 EST "The Impacts and Ethics of Eating Meat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65492256 Chris Kresser (long read but pretty interesting lines of thought): <BR> <link>chriskresser.com/impacts-and-ethics-<BR>of-eating-meat-with-diana-rodgers/?utm<BR>_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=email<BR>&amp;utm_term=impacts-and-ethics-of-ea<BR>ting-meat&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_cam<BR>paign=blog-post&amp;utm_source=ChrisKr<BR>esser.com&amp;utm_campaign=e9cfbddbfb-<BR>EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_10_27&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_term=0_e7d56abf8a-e9c<BR>fbddbfb-96212393&amp;mc_cid=e9cfbddbfb&amp... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:25:04 EST Frightful Friday ! (who's ready for Halloween?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65490522 I'm having a great day so far. Decided to cut all dairy except butter (so, really just cheese and sour cream) and in the last 2 days I've lost like 5 pounds! I can tell inflammation is down because I've been peeing like a race horse! was so cool to see "186.6" this morning and stepped off/on a few times to just make sure the battery wasn't bad or something. LOL <BR> <BR> Then, my dd18 got her "Welcome to TSU" email! :) Tonight is Senior night, have to walk her onto the field while her... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:09:56 EST Tune up Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65483733 Giving my program a tune up! Now that I'm off antibiotics and I have a serious goal looming (March 17 the kids are marching in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, it will be televised!) I want to get serious! I decided I want to lose at LEAST 31 pounds by then (5 months, should be doable considering my current average). <BR> <BR> Spurred on by others going "dairy free" I am going MOSTLY dairy free (dairy is where 99% of my fat comes from). I will still use butter, but am trying to avoid ch... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:40:04 EST Wherewithal Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65475599 noun <BR> 1. <BR> that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money: <BR> the wherewithal to pay my rent. <BR> <BR> Trying to have some wherewithal this week, adding a few things to the schedule (new job) so trying to get a menu ready for next week when 2nd job really kicks in... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:58:38 EST Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65469971 I think I'm going to invite my Congolese family over for Halloween, starting with handing out treats here so they can see how it works and then taking them trick or treating in this neighborhood. They'd never heard of it until just recently, as it isn't celebrated in Uganda, where they lived as refugees before coming here. <BR> <BR> The problem is costumes. They certainly can't afford to buy them, so I guess it falls on me to make them. For four or five kids. Annet just turned 5, and I think... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:39:31 EST Tortuous Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65468816 Tortuous - <BR> <BR> full of twists and turns; curvy. twisting, twisty, twisting and turning, winding, windy, zigzag, sinuous, snaky, serpentine, meandering, circuitous. <BR> <BR> excessively lengthy and complex. convoluted, complicated, complex, labyrinthine, tangled, tangly, involved, confusing, difficult to follow, involuted, lengthy, overlong, circuitous <BR> <BR> And I always thought it was an adjective form of torture! Turns out that's torturous. <BR> <BR> My days are often tortuo... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:17:46 EST Make-it-up -as-you-go Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65463476 I should probably get on it. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:32:43 EST Stunning Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65452643 I call today Stunning Sunday because sitting at my window, looking out over lake and the trees that are just starting to turn color, it really is a stunning view. So much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I had to work this a.m. but now can fit in some reading time before I head to the bank and run errands. I want to do more batch cooking for the week ahead. I've been doing pork shoulder in the crock pot with chopped tomatoes and soy sauce that lasts for at least 2 or 3 meals for the 2 of us. Al... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:05:37 EST New to LCHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65451856 Hello to All, <BR> <BR> New to this way of eating, but it isn't a difficult change, but going from homemade green shakes without sugar to cooking again is. I used to cook, and enjoy it, so it should become a good enjoyable habit again. Eating this way is helping reduce chronic nausea post cancer, and get chronic migraines from daily 24/7 even with meds, to weather only and controlled with meds! I hope it may help me lose weight docs say is impossible without a thyroid. Getting blood suga... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:08:15 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65451003 I am not new to SparkPeople but I will soon be new to Low Carb living. I will get married on November 6th and my husband to be, John, eats low carb. That will be good for me as I should be eating that way already....rather than all the carbs I eat. I will be eating, and cooking low carb beginning after our wedding! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:21:06 EST Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65448437 I woke up fairly early (for me) today. I only seemed to need 7.5 hours of sleep, which is a great sign that I may have finally gotten close to being "caught up on sleep"! Woohoo! A long time ago my typical nightly sleep needs were somewhere between 7 and 8 hours, but for decades I often got by on 5-6 during the weekdays. Then I'd make up for it by sleeping really long hours on the weekends - 10 hours, usually. This is a very hopeful sign that all those little habits I've been tweaking for so ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:22:22 EST Fabulous Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65442305 Happy Friday! I’m off today, just took some paleo pumpkin bars out of the oven. DH was on top of things this year and already gave me my birthday gift. Well, mostly on top of things, he forgot a card but that’s OK, expensive cards annoy me. He got me wireless headphones which I have been wanting, they’re charging right now and I can’t wait to try them out. And a gift card for Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy whatever I need for my bike. I have a full day planned and am off to enjoy it. Have a gre... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:49 EST Thanksgivin' 2016 at the KittenCoder Abode! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x65438646 Gonna work on trying these recipes for the next few weeks and see if I can make something my family might eat: <BR> <BR> <BR> Dressing: <BR> <link>www.cutthewheat.com/2013/11/savory-t<BR>urkey-dressing-grain-free.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Desserts: <BR> <link>http://www.cutthewheat.com/2014/07/r<BR>eader-submission-berries-cream-crepe.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.cutthewheat.com/2013/08/p<BR>eanut-butter-chocolate-pie-sugar-free.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:46:06 EST Thankfully Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65435920 well...because its Friday Eve of course! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:44:46 EST CARBIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65430868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b8de494-efa0-4bb3-a41e-5d3f4b0e6445.jpg"> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:47:29 EST Wishful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65428876 Wishing the elections were over, but wishing even more that we had better choices. But oh! so grateful that we do have elections! <BR> <BR> Local political forum last night for candidates for state senate and house. Federal debate tonight. Forum for county commissioners tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> This is pretty much a one-party state, and it's not my party. Had to keep reminding myself last night that a large part of the reason the in-party thought things were going pretty well and my party... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:14:17 EST Totally Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65421268 What is it about Tuesdays? They seem to have the least personality of all the days of the week. No credibility, pizzazz, excitement. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say thank goodness its Tuesday. <BR> Personally, waking up with a pinched nerve in my neck isn't helping. Gotta head to the chiropractor today. A need, not a want. Found out I shouldn't be mopping floors anymore. Not sure what that means. No more housework? Hmmm..That shouldn't be so bad right? Unfortunately... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:27:11 EST Moody Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65415255 Where is everybody? <BR> <BR> Not stormy anymore, but still gloomy here. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:43:53 EST Sweet, Sweet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65407492 Hopefully just saying it makes it so! <BR> <BR> This is a "loose ends" weekend for me. Still tying them up! Feels good! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:07:50 EST Sticking it Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65401156 Just gonna stick with this woe! I've got this! How about ya'll? Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:58:40 EST Friday Freedom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65395283 Just trying to come up with a good title....freedom is resonating with me. I'm free from carb cravings. Free for the day. Live in a free society. Life is good. Keep counting my blessings and not focus on the negative today. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:11:27 EST Thursday's best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65387363 Today is a challenge for me. I'm pretty angry with my DH right now and I really need to figure out how to let go of the anger without letting go of the resolve to do what I need to do. I'm using it as a movement catalyst, which is fine, but the anger is festering and that's not fine. So today, gotta figure out how to let go of that anger without losing the movement that has come with it. <BR> So for anyone out there who needs to let go of something, use today as that change. We only... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:38:46 EST Inositol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65381938 I thought I would post about what I have been doing lately.... maybe inositol supplement could help someone else... the studies are relatively new... <BR> <BR> I tried very low carb. Tried fat fasts also... Couldn't shed a single pound! My blood sugar tests are all normal, thyroid is normal, etc. Been checked out by several doctors. They are pretty much NO HELP! I've asked to have them look more in depth at my blood sugars. But what do i know? ha ha I live in a rural area and there is a limi... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:14:47 EST Wonderful, Wacky Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65379420 Have a great day. Check attitude at the door, smile and let the world think you are up to something spectacular! We are. Its called Life. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:37:37 EST Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65378202 So what low carb plan would you all recommend to lower sugar and lose weight? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:20:47 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65375382 Getting back on Low Carb again. I joined this group in 2012 and almost hit my goal, and the rest was history. But I'm on day 2 and so glad to be back. <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:04:13 EST Terrificable Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65371380 Hi! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:58:31 EST Moving Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65365302 let's get moving today! ;) <BR> <BR> Still slight wheeze/cough, but decidedly better than last week this time. I am no wondering how I made it through the entire week feeling as crappy as I did! LOL <BR> <BR> DH and DD18 left house at 7:15 this am to go to a College Visit about 3 hrs away (University of Memphis). Hoping she likes it .. but not tooo much! ;) Having her visit TSU( Tennessee State University) this week as well, since it is a 30 min drive and she could live from home a... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:47:05 EST