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Grab a glass of water … I haven’t posted in a couple of days … so I got lots.

Had a great day yesterday … got my tooth finished up and crowned. Whew! Then we spent the day shopping: health food store for vitamins and goodies; produce and Bolthouse Bluecheese as well as Avocado and Cilantro dressing … Pam you created a monster; and then several different stores to look at fitness trackers and sports bras. NO one had the Garmin Vivosmart HR … grrrrrrrr. I want to touch one so I can decide what I want to do. At this point my ol’ timey pedometer safety pinned to my waistband is doing everything I want other than the heart rate monitoring. Thanks for putting up with me while I agonize over this. I guess I don’t want to drop $150 on something that will be a “idea” for a month or two and then be in my drawer along with all the other gadgets. While we were talking to the sales person at Best Buy I said that I was looking for something to keep me motivated … well the skinny sales guy said “you have to be what motivates you”. Well, after I reframed from smacking him … I agreed with him. Then my beloved hubby “shared” why don’t you get the best mp3 player so you always have your tunes which helps you walk??? Men!!!! Don’tcha just HATE it when they are right.

I did NOT get in my walk yesterday … bummer. We packed a care package to take with us so we had a lunch and snacks. We live frugally … always have.

Linda – ouch … isn’t it wonderful when our loved ones shared their germs : ) Sorry to hear the little one has pneumonia. Take care. I am relied … I think … bout your cousin’s cancer news. Keep us posted on the tumor. I am with Paula on breakfast being basically the same thing each morning and definitely including a good source of protein. We have 3ish stand bys that we eat allllll the time.
Breakfast includes veggies as well. I also eat breakfast within 30-45 minutes of waking up.

Kat – WooHoo on your 3 pounds out of 11. Keep going. When I was working I had a “snack” bowl on my desk. I kept fruit in it at all times for me … but others partook as well : )

Pam – of course you can ask me anything … I am an open book here. When I say I am on track … it is my eating AND exercising. I follow a modified old WW food groups program … limiting myself to 2 fruits and 2 breads most days and 1 milk which is usually yogurt or sugar free pudding and here lately it has been the pudding : ) I make it with less milk than required and add ricotta cheese or crunchy peanut butter to it. I eat tons of veggies!!! I plan my day’s food and then follow through. I also walk on my treadmill 4-5 times a week … shooting more for the 5 times. I have increased my time from 10 minutes each session to 60 minutes over the past 3+ months. Now I am increasing my speed or more accurately interval speed increases. I am not striving for perfection … but getting better and better.

Sounds like you have a strong streak going yourself!!!!

Ronda Jo – Way to go doing what works for you.

Paula – keep getting rest. It takes a while to get our sea legs back when we have been ill. I am glad you are in touch with your doc about your bleeding … don’t panic til they tell ya to. Have tons of fun with your relatives … and you will do great with the pizza. I consider that being on track when you plan for “needful things”.

Donita – I have several friends who got the sleep number mattress and loved them at first … and then didn’t. Two of them the chambers “got leaks”. All of them where very unhappy about the warranty not truly cover the cost.

Judy – give that scale a swift kick like I did. I am losing 1/2 a week or nothing at all. Arrrr.

Sue – you are a good daughter. Have fun celebrating mom’s birthday.


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Quick check in...Thanks for the votes of confidence...just hearing it helps to keep me stronger. I probably won't be on over the weekend, taxes have been busy, but actually looks like I only have one appointment on Sunday. I can get stuff caught up then.

Have a great weekend.

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emoticon Bright and sunny but it is cool. We are supposed to be having an ice storm this coming Monday. Hubby goes back to work on Monday IF this doesn't make the whole city stop in its tracks (like January 2014). We got groceries yesterday and we have enough toilet paper. LOL We are good!! emoticon

RondaJO: 1200 calories?? emoticon If you feel that is too low (and it sounds like you are really active) I would go into your settings and reset your activity level to reflect that. That sounds more like a calorie range for someone who is totally inactive and/or close to their goal weight. I am following SP Diabetes Meal Plan and my range is 1700-2400 (depending on how many calories I burn when I track my exercise). Are you tracking your exercise because SP will add some calories to your nutrition tracker to cover your activity? My weight is hovering just over 250 lb. I can't eat at the top of my range because it stalls my weight loss. I am finding that staying between 1800-2000 seems to work the best. Great job on the 6 lbs. Keep up the good work! emoticon

Tammy(Paula): I have NOT had a hysterectomy. I am sorry if I gave you that impression. I still have all of my 'plumbing'. I was making the comment that I have had a long history of dysfunctional menstrual problems going back decades. I had PCOS in my early 30s long before they had a name for it which made me infertile. I have had extremely heavy periods that at times were really scary. Flash forward to today, my periods are a lot lighter but I am still menstruating at my age. At this point, I spot a lot and have two mini periods each month. I do think my extra weight has something to do with it and I am hoping that by the end of the year after I have dropped 50-70 lbs. it will have taken care of itself. I read somewhere a couple of years ago that fat makes its own estrogen so I am hoping that once the fat is gone the estrogen will go with it. That's seems logical anyway. emoticon

However, any kind of bleeding post menopause is something that should be looked into. My Mom had that and she found out she had both endometrial and ovarian cancer which was the cause for hers. Since my periods have not altogether stopped I would consider myself still peri-menopause. Considering I got my cycle when I was 11 1/2 I believe I have 'suffered' long enough. emoticon

Great job on the 7 lbs. gone. emoticon Hope you will be your old self soon enough.

JustMe:(Linda) So sorry to hear about your cousin. emoticon It seems that there are so many who are going through some kind of cancer and treatment. It seems more prevalent these days. I hear you on needing to move through the leftovers. I go through this periodically and by now my hubby knows the drill. I just simply say: Time to eat up before I make anything new. The food plan that I am following encourages eating breakfast but for me that means a cup of coffee. I do not wake up hungry at all. I am now trying to have something like Greek yogurt so it is a combination protein and low carb. It seems to work.

CntryHrt: I got a new Sears one a couple of years ago and I feel that I still want something a little harder for my back support. If the sleep number ones weren't so expensive I would definitely look into them. My in-laws have one. emoticon

Judy: I think we both started within a day of each other and I just think that some of that stalling is our bodies adjusting to the initial weight loss in January. However, my specific exercising has fallen by the wayside and with hubby home we have been doing more errands (there is some walking involved with that) but I plan on getting back on track with working out today. I joined the 30 day Plateau Busting challenge and I am so glad that I did. I don't want this stall to stay around much longer. Things look hopefully though (I have lost 2 lbs since Monday--of the weight I regained the week before---I must clarify that). Glad to see you around. I was thinking about ya. emoticon

Noturningback(David): What I do about my hunger is to make sure that I eat a high protein low carb food plan. I can not eat simple carbs (like your breakfast you mentioned) without wanting to continue to eat. I try having a carb-protein-fat combination each meal. I read that is the ideal balance so that is what I try to do. However, having said that I do find that the Diabetes Meal Plan that I am following here on SP I have to tweak so I am not hungry all the time (also one symptom of being type II diabetic).

I find that I need to stay at the lower end of the carbs they recommend and go much higher than the protein they recommend. I do this by eating protein bars and/or shakes. They are usually part of my snacks. I have tried the extra water, veggies , popcorn, etc. that others have recommended and they just don't do it for me. However, these protein bars and shakes do. I get them from an online source that makes supplements and food products for people who are post weight loss surgery (Which I have NOT had). They also sell appetite suppressants which are herbal based.

"My opinion" but I would try to make sure you are eating a really well balanced food plan first before you decide to try some of those. A lot of the ones OTC are simply green tea and/or caffeine which can cause irregular heartbeat and other not 'cool stuff' that I know I can not afford to have (I already have a heart murmur and high blood pressure). Also, you alluded to emotional eating. Again, I realize that it sounds like your life has a lot of stressors (as do most of us) if you have the insurance (In My Opinion) I feel your money would be better spent with some kind of nutritional counseling or even psychological counseling rather than yet another 'pill' to lose weight. First things first. (As a 21 year OA veteran): life needs fixing and once that is the food will fall into place. Good luck. emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

I am in a good place emotionally which is 'everything' when it comes to how I run my weight loss life. That said, time for me to get some lunch in me.

Take care all, Pam emoticon



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2/12/16 11:04 A

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Wow what a mixed bag of emotions I have today.
Got text from ex letting me know my Son ( in military), is in less harms way. Was near Syrian border and now in process of returning back to duty station in the States. Was going to reup but changed mind so they are bringing him back to US soil for duration of his term.
On the other hand, looks like all 9 charges dropped against step daughter and should be home week from today, no community service, fines etc. 2,yes probation. We have settled in with our granddaughter to a some what normal life but that's all about to change.
My wife is trying to help me on the right food track. Main part of dinner last night was large salad . I blew that at breakfast with a soda and pastry.
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Does or has anyone ever taken any kind of Doctor prescribed meds that help curb your appetite?
I have a few med allergies and was just wondering. I know next weekend that as an emotional eater I'm going to be pulling my hair out just trying to stay sane.
Getting ready to go to work. Will look back here later. Would love any input. Take care and have a good day.
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Good morning everyone! Hope u have a calming & restful weekend. Sounds like we all need one.

The weather here is fantastic. Great for daily walks. 60-70 degrees. Between the weather & my mp3 player, I'm good to go.

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I still had one g-son home (sick) from school yesterday, so 3yr old was grumpy and fighting for all my attention. I'm working on getting her to play by herself sometimes .. I know she does that when her family is home, but I think she thinks I am there for her entertainment all day ... even doing laundry & dishes, we do chores together. Eating-wise I did well .. On Wednesday, I made a big kettle of veggie soup, and "snacked" on that anytime I was feeling like eating. The soup is pretty much "free" for my diet plan, so I can fill up on it.

Today's plan is to go back to my house with 3yr old, bake/decorate a birthday cake for my Mom (today is her birthday), so this evening we can all over with the cake. Mom tried telling me not to bother, as it's too cold for anyone to be venturing out .. but I want her to have some "cheer" on her birthday .. she seems so down lately. It's gotta be lonely to be sitting in your house alone day after day. I wish she would get company more, but that doesn't happen much. My brother and I are pretty much the only ones that visit.

Well .. gotta brush my teeth and get moving .. have a great day all!

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Hi everyone... I am still here; I've just had such busy days for the last week. I thought things would have slowed down on Monday, but they just kept rolling on and piling up. I will get back to this lovely group as soon as I can. I hope you're all doing well. Last Saturday I lost ZERO pounds for the second week in a row! I am soldiering on, though, and when I got on the scale this morning (because I felt like I have lost weight, and I couldn't stand waiting until Saturday, just to be disappointed again!), I have lost weight again! I'm hoping it says at least the same thing on Saturday morning. Take care, everyone!

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2/11/16 9:54 P

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I am exhausted; was on my feet all day doing testing of our Auto Mechanic students. Funny bunch of students. Kidding and teasing back and forth with me. typical teenagers. Before this job I could not have seen myself working with young people; now I couldn't imagine my life without them in it.
Both the hubs and I took off work tomorrow. Going shopping/looking at bedroom carpet & possibly new mattress. Any suggestions? I've heard sleep number beds are awful as are pillow tops. We are way over due for one. We'll see how things go.
Have a great evening & spark on.
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Things change quickly. They just called and said there was an emergency and all classes were canceled tonight. So I am home.

Paula you are so right. Two things have been interfering with my good eating habits. One is over eating and over eating carbs at breakfast. This puts me in a bad place for the entire day. The second is it is my bi-annual freezer clean out which means we eat what we have. I finally made it to the bottom of the freezer and can start tomorrow with a healthy breakfast and good meals for the rest of the week.

Rondajo- love the family pic. good looking crew there. sounds like you are doing great.

Pam - you are right the Garmin syncs with Sparkpeople, now if I could just get it to sync with my computer all would be good. You are right I am in a better place.

Kat - WOW! Great job resisting all that temptation!!

Donita - Hope your days become more relaxing.

My 2 year old grandson has walking pneumonia. So I am staying home with him.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Just got back from Loma Linda. We were there from 10:00 until 2:00 then we ate lunch on the way home. Good news - all cancer is gone from her lymph nodes. Bad news her abdominal tumor is growing again. The doctors are going to do a consultation to determine the best course of action. This specialist said she should do radiation again, but she does not want to. I am still sick, no more fever but still a pounding headache. I am leaving for my class.

Paula - you are totally right breakfast is where it all begins.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Rondajo – Woo hoo on dropping those pounds. It seems that what you are doing is working for you. If you are losing at your current cal intake that’s great. You are right that as we lose we need fewer calories so adjusting your calorie intake accordingly makes sense to me.


Kat – Wow, what willpower resisting all those goodies at the tax office when you were hungry. It is one thing to resist when our tummies are satisfied but you took it to a whole other level by resisting when hungry. I applaud you for such great resistance. Woo Hoo.


Donita –Glad you are keeping on track with your eating. That is important.


Cat – You are really something…upping the treadmill speed! Soooo impressive. Way to go. You are really moving right along. What a great feeling, right? My cold is mostly better thank heavens. I am still a little stuffy but no more fever or chills. Very glad about that. I am focusing on getting plenty of rest which I think helps me a lot.


Joanne – Your co-workers are top notch in their understanding of your condition. So glad you are feeling strong. I am still amazed that you function so well in such a remote part of our planet!


Sue – Thanks for your prayers! I truly appreciate that. Good for you for working in your exercise as best you can given the demands of your days. I admire your creativity in doing so. A cold blast is headed our way this weekend. I hear you on staying in. I’d love to but am having company from Texas this weekend and this will including visiting some other relatives while they are here.


Pam – I am curious about your post hysterectomy bleeding. How long ago was your hysterectomy? How long did the bleeding last? Did you have to have a procedure to correct this? Was the bleeding heavy or scant or both? Intermittent or ongoing? I am very interested in your experience as you are the only other person I know who has gone through this (except for reports I read on the internet on hyster-sister websites). I am having blood work done this month in preparation for my next visit to the rheumatologist in March. I think that blood work will include a CBC so I’ll find out about any possible anemia at that time. Thanks for your concern.


Linda – So sorry you are under the weather. Ugh. And having to drive your cousin while ill is very heroic. I hope you are able to rest up…eventually….later if not sooner. I think you mentioned something important in your post about not doing well this year….and that is how our days start off. I have found that an easy “go to” breakfast makes a HUGE difference in my day. I have programmed myself to eat 4 oz of Breakstone Live Active Cottage cheese and 1 or 2 fruits at breakfast, along with my cherished morning coffee. That really sets the tone for my day. If I deviate from that (like at church coffee hours on Sundays), I could end up struggling for the rest of the day. Is there an easy “go to” breakfast that you could have every day? Or maybe rotate between 2 if that works better for you. For me I think the routine really helps. You mentioned eating too much of the healthy foods you prepare. Are you sure you are getting enough protein and fat in your diet? For me I find that I need both protein and fat to feel satisfied. Not gobs and gobs of fat but at least some. My last comment on food is that we have to be careful even with healthy carbs like beans and lentils. They are healthy but do carry with them considerable calories. It is all a balancing act, and some days are soooo much more challenging than others. I hope you are feeling better today both physically and psychologically. Ups and downs to a point are normal so don’t get down on yourself for feeling down. Remember I am here for you as we travel along this path together. Hugs, love, and support to you my friend.


Marlene – Thanks for your concern about my health. The whole bleeding thing is troubling to me. When it first happened in November I was a wreck but having read up a bit about this on the internet and taking into account my gyn’s response (nothing to worry about….we can cauterize if needed)…I am trying to remain somewhat calm. The bleeding occurs intermittently, is mostly very scant, but I did have one occurrence that was a bit stronger. If it was constant I’d get to the gyn right away. I am giving myself till spring to see if it goes away completely, like it did before Christmas. I also read online that some of the procedures to correct his condition are VERY painful and sometimes need to be repeated several times. Ugh!


Another on track day for me. I am still not exercising but am moving more than I had been when I was feeling so ill. I have dropped 7 pounds since getting sick on January 31. I am happy to be at this relatively low point which is less than I weighed before moving into the Christmas holidays. I feel lighter and don’t have much interest in food yet. I am eating on plan but not eating a whole lot. I must make an effort now to reach 1200 calories. Late tomorrow we are getting visitors, 3 of our relatives from Texas….my cousin Tom and his 2 adult children (in their 20s)…they are my Godchildren. Tom is my son’s Godfather as well. We haven’t seen each other since 2014 when my DS and I went to Texas. I wish they were coming during warmer weather, but this weekend worked out well for the 3 of them so that’s how it is. On Saturday we have plans to visit some other cousins who live about 60 miles from here. That cousin told me she is planning to get pizza while we are there. Normally this would worry me, but I have been doing so well and have been in such control that I am not too troubled at the prospect of having a slice or two of pizza. I will try to check in here as best I can while the relatives are here. But if I am not here, don’t worry too much!


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Good afternoon everyone. The sun is shinning here. Been 60-70 out lately.

Dogs & I have been walking everyday! I've lost 6 lbs in the last 2 weeks. Been having a hard time sticking with my calorie limit. Just seem to want to eat. SP keep trying to change my calorie to 1200 daily but when ur used to eating 2500+ that's impossible to do. I'm trying to stay under 2000. Once I get this in control for a month then I'll lower them again. I am losing weight so I am good.

Everything is good here. I made up a goal sheet & hung it on the frig & so far I've been doing everything. Hurray for me!

Next weigh in Sunday; Hope I'm down another 3. Sneak peak says no. But last week it did that too!

I hope everyone has a great day and remember we can do this!

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JustMe: (Linda) Thank you for sharing with us where you are at. It sounds like you have recognized where the source of your downfall is (sometimes we are our own worst enemy--who said that I don't know but they are spot on!). I too have health reasons for being here. You have had some great insights. You have identified what matters---your health- and it sounds like you are ready to get on track. I do think the Garmin does sync with SP--I saw that on here somewhere. Under the Help tab in the upper right corner is FAQS including technical ones and I have used that a lot in the past 6 weeks when I needed to know how to do something related to this site. Good luck! We are here. If you need additional support just PM or email me and I will help as much as I can.

AJIISuun(JOanne): I have been praying to St. Jude for you so I hope you will see some easing up of your symtoms. He is the patron saint of hopeless causes. I think he is my 'go to' guy. LOL. Glad to hear your fellow missionairies are so understanding. Glad to hear that you are on point.

Punkerdoodles: Great to hear that things are good on your end.

MtnKittn: Good quote. Your progress sounds great. Glad to hear that you are where you want to be. So, is that 103 days for walking on the treadmill? What are you tracking if I might ask?

Scrimp: (marlene) I have to park my ego at the curb when it comes to my own telling of my story. I know that pride goes before the fall so I try to avoid that at all costs. I do not have your hindsight on losing a huge amount of weight because I have not accomplished that --yet--but I do know what it has taken for me to keep off 50 lbs that I lost 5 1/2 years ago. To that I can speak from experience.

Right now, I don't know what will take to lose 100 more pounds; for me! However, what I do know is what I am doing now to lose what I have thus far this past 6 weeks. I follow the SP Diabetes Meal Plan. I have tracked my food eaten every day since Jan. 4th. I have stayed within the recommended calorie range except for 3 days. I also am following several challenges on here because it helps for me to check in and have something specific to do related to my weight loss. It certainly keeps me focused on what I want to do which is lose a substantial amount of weight this coming year (and as many years that follow). It takes me about 1 hour total with checking in taking the longest. Considering that I can waste one hour trolling the internet (which I do) I do not consider that a lot of time to make sure that I am doing what I need to do.

I do try to move more every day and in the past several weeks I have returned to a workout program that I used to do faithfully every day in 2014. Since I have some health issues (who doesn't it seems?) I do have some impediments but nothing that I can't work around. So, that is what I am doing and plan on doing until all of the weight is gone.

The only thing that is different right now than those past 5 years is that I am more focused and every day I am on. What I mean by that is that I don't consider having an off day even if it is a birthday or holiday. I plan ahead so I can make them fit into my existing food plan or I decide like I did on Tuesday that I will allow myself to turn to 'mindful eating' (eating intuitively until I feel satisfied not stuffed) and still measure my portions as well. It might be considered 'controlled cheating' by some people's standards.

I tracked every 'bite, lick and taste'. I also enjoyed what I was eating. I didn't feel guilty. I knew that I was going to eat what I ate so I consider that 'mindful eating' (another habit I practice). I didn't bash myself for having that meal and once it was over, it was over. No self-recriminations. However, like all good things they come to an end and the kitchen was closed after that. The next day it was back on plan and 'business as usual'.

In fact, this has been an unusual week because I also had a mini emotional binge on Monday. I still had 83 calories left over for that day but I have a much more narrow definition of a binge than I did 20 years ago when I walked in OA. Now, if I am eating a food that has minimal nutritional value and/or is not part of a planned meal it is eating for my feelings and not my body's needs.

I find that I needed to learn a different approach to food since it will be present in my life until I die someday. This may not work for anyone else but it is working for me.

CntryHrt:(Donita): Great work!

Good luck all who either pop in to say Hey or who stay to share what's happening in their respective lives. To those who are readers love ya all. We are here to get some major stuff done. We can and will do it.

Love and hugs, Pam emoticon







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Good morning:

Well my car now is in the shop; but they gave me a loaner - which is why I continue to go back there. Going to be busy few days, actually starting yesterday, but the biggest challenge is going to the tax office. Tues eve I was getting hungry and didn't have any of my stuff with me. All they had was a bag of chocolate bars, a box of assorted chocolate, donuts, cookies, pretzels and party mix. I was very tempted, but was able to convince myself not to get into it. They always have that stuff around all tax season. I have got to get some quick easy stuff to bring to eat between appointments because I will be there the next 4 days. At least I stay busy enough that I just don't always have time. I'm a little over 3 pounds lost for into my 5% weight loss by end of March. The 5% is 11, so as long as I stay on track, I should make it.

Have a great day to all!

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did much better today with my eating. Went after work to get my hair cut & colored. So no exercise for the past 2 days. tomorrow is another day; I'll try more to get it done. Like someone else said several of us have challenges going on in our lives.
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Marlene, Joanne, Kat and Cat - thank you so much for the kind words and support. My grandson shared his illness with me and I am having chills and a horrible headache. The good news is that for him it only lasted 2 days. The bad news is that I must take my cousin to Loma Linda tomorrow to see a specialist. There is no one else to drive her and she cannot drive herself that far. So, I must go to bed now, so I can get enough rest to drive her there. This specialist is a BIG deal and hard to get into.

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Hello:

It is embarrassing and humbling to admit weight gains and I commend those of you brave enough to post it.

So many of us are struggling either with health, food, work, financial or family challenges. Thats why I feel we are more than just our weight. Our whole society and social events revolve around food. We are blessed to have so much of it and the ability to overeat whenever we want. Its especially challenging when you live alone and there is no one to watch or even care. Also every bit as challenging when you have to cook for a spouse or a whole family. We please our loved ones with food. They expect it.

Justme--your post was not long and certainly don't ever apologize for for writing what you feel. I have commented on your challenges before and you on mine. I learned you were new at this diet thing. You used to post your menus and I enjoyed that. I was wondering if you could make things simpler for your self by picking a favorite simple breakfast you love within your calorie range and eat this meal every day; instead of cooking up something to get you off on the right track. You love to cook and are a good cook--I would venture to say you are probably well known for your cooking. With the constant temptation of food cooking and spending a lot of time in the kitchen when home its hard not to graze and sample. I feel that way because I work in my kitchen and my fridge and pantry are just steps away. I do give in to munching too. Dust yourself off. This is not a race. You can do this.
How is your cousin doing that has cancer?

Lets all just regroup and start over tomorrow or continue our winning streak tomorrow. But we keep trying every day. I wish our body was like a cash register going ka-ching everytime we eat; and then our stomach closed when we have hit our calorie limit. For some of us that closing could be during lunch.. emoticon .I have had days like that.

Tammy--I had a total H in 2003 and not one drop of the red stuff since then. It must be so troubling. I am worried about you and we need you to get your strength and health back!

Just like at AA: My name is Marlene and I am a foodaholic. Most days I control it but some days I slip and fall.. I know if I continue eating healthy my body WILL respond. I BELIEVE it. I KNOW it. I am WORTH it. I am BEAUTIFUL no matter what the scales says and my family LOVES me. I losing weight for ME.

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Day 103!!!! On track!!!!!! I upped my speed today on my treadmill … which makes me speed up : )

G-kids are all home again and our place is soooooo quiet. Dentist tomorrow … for real this time … just in time coz my lower jaw has been sore. Hubby got the electric jack replacement today so task on the travel trailer right on track.

Linda – how’s the Garmin fitness tracker???? You are important to us!!!! When I was struggling and gaining by the day until I reached packing on 40+ pounds AGAIN … for the kajillionth time … I didn’t post here coz I was embarrassed, I quit taking care of myself completely, and just threw in the towel. In October when hubby and I celebrated our 39 wedding anniversary and SIL and I attended an AA meeting together I did a complete inventory of my life … the good the bad and the ugly. I took the serenity prayer to heart … what could I change and then started doing so. You deserve this lady!!!

Pam – I bit the bullet and changed my weight tracker when I gained back 40+ pounds and recently when it bumped up 2 ½ pounds and of course changed it back down soooon as I dumped it. I now weigh only on Sundays so I only change my tracker once a week as well … whether it is up or down. Being honest with myself is paramount to my changing.

Phoenix – know that we are thinking of you. Remember to enjoy yourself along the way.

Kat – bummer on the tire. Glad you were stopped and at work. Our son works for AAA in their insurance casualty department.

Healthy 4 Gini – doc won’t replace your knees before you lose 100 pounds? Well, let’s get ya going here. I had both knees replaced at the same time 3+ years ago. I hear ya on wanting the new knees but not the actually surgery. You will do great though!!!! It gave me back my life.

Donita – take good care. Are ya getting in enough veggies at lunch and supper? That helped me immensely.

Debby – what’s going on that you are eating emotionally???

Paula – are ya feeling all better now???? I do feel pretty psyched about staying on track. It is getting easier and easier actually. Bummer on the bleed through again.



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Linda, sorry you're struggling, but happy to hear about the steps you are taking to change things. You can do this! We are here for you.

My eating is on point. I was starting to recover from the activity last week, but then last night I hardly slept. That set me back again. I was able to take the day to rest though so as long as I can sleep tonight, I should be back in fighting form tomorrow.

My fellow missionaries are really good about letting me rest when I need to. I also work short days and take a nap every afternoon. That has made it possible for me to still be here. I feel better now than I have in 10 years but last week reminds me that there is a very short step between feeling fine and collapse.

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Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Good Morning all!

Linda - I know I have been where you are right now. I seem to be in a better place for me, just because I have been so frustrated with myself at times. I think your Garmin should synch here, I have a very old Forerunner from about 2008 and never tried to get it set. Now I have my fitbit. I just wish you the best and hang in there.

To everyone else, have a great day. It is so cold here that I am hoping for spring fast. That way I won't have to use my car as much and force myself to walk to work - at least some days.

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this is going to be all about me. Do not feel that you have to read it. I am using this as a journal. I have not been having a successful start to the year. I have 2 good days and then 2 bad days. My head is not in the game. I am sabotaging myself at every turn. I did not start the day off well. I ate a heavy breakfast and had a mocha coffee. So right now this minute I am changing. I just hooked up my new garmin. I am hoping that it syncs to Sparkpeople. I am hoping that the alarm system on it will get me moving. My knees are hurting so bad, but that is because I am up 5 pounds from my low point last year. Every pound lost means less pain. If things are going to change then my own actions have to change. I am having problems with my blood sugar, something I almost had back into the normal range. This is about health. I do not want to spend the rest of my days blind or as an amputee. Somehow when I had cancer it was on my mind every minute of everyday. Diabetes is just as dangerous and somehow I am brushing it to the side like it does not matter.
This group is so important to me. This is where I come for support and friendship. I have to be honest and say that right now I am at a very low point. I know that the first step is taking the first step.
There is nothing wrong in my life right now except my own attitude. Nothing will change until I change. I eat healthy food, but I eat too much of it. I have been snacking and grazing. If you read through this thank you. One step at a time. Fist step on a new journey begins right this second.

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Punkerdoodles(Kat): Boy, I hear you on this car stuff. I find myself reminding my hubby that cars are something that is usually necessary in most of our lives (depending on where you live even more so) and so it is something we need to 'keep up'. I seem to be surrounded by people who don't share my opinion (LOL) but although it's not fun to do these kind of things like you said, it is necessary, unless of course, you like walking when you are neither dressed for it or the weather is foul. Glad you are on top of it! emoticon

Healthy4Gini: emoticon You are in the 'right place'. There are several of us here who deal with arthiritis especially of the knees. I too need both knees and although I want the freedom to be able to walk (Pain free, I am hoping) I also don't look forward to the surgery and subsequent recovery. How long have you been following your new food plan? Does this mean you don't eat any bread products at all? My MIL was diagnosed with C-DIF in her mid 80s but she was almost dead by the time they figured out that she needed to cut out wheat products. I have family photos of her before and after she went gluten-free and the transformation is amazing. She had no hair and was pasty white while she was so sick and when I saw her at my Dad's funeral in November she had chin length hair and rosy cheeks. What a difference! Good luck. emoticon

CntryHrt: Sorry to hear about the munchies but if it makes you feel any better, we all go through that. My food plan allows (and in fact expects) that I have two snacks so I fit my 'munchies' as you call them into my evening. I also have been coloring since Christmas every night while I watch t.v. and I even got hubby started now that he is on vacation this week. It is so relaxing and really sooths those jangled nerves. emoticon

DebbyHS: Yes, I think emotional eating comes and goes in waves much like the tide. I have finally accepted as the John Lennon song laments: "Nobody told me there would be days like this." but yes there will be days like this. I guess, what I have learned to do is say "Oh, well, guess today just isn't going to be a Gold Star day and put it behind me and move on". I find journaling helps me unearth (most of the time) the reasons behind it. Sometimes, emotional eating does work (or why would we do it?). I am just learning to accept the ups and downs and move past them. emoticon

Tammy(Paula): I hear you on the bleeding. I too have the same problem. Also you might be anemic from all of the bleeding so that is something to look into as well. I find that I need to take iron (even though they don't recommend it at our age) because otherwise I would be dragging all the time. Glad to hear that you are on the mend though. This latest bout of flu sure to take time to recover from. emoticon

As for the cable service. It came back on 12 hours later but all you could see was pixels breaking up and then when we returned from our running around yesterday (it snowed flurries all afternoon and into the early evening) and the t.v. was off again. I called again, got the automated messages. Finally, at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday (after not having t.v. for over 24 hours) we got it. I hope that Comcast credits us for the downtime. I also have their internet with my bundle so both were out.

I was fortunate yesterday that I had it long enough yesterday to keep up my 38th day of tracking my food, exercise and checking in on the Sparkpeople site. emoticon I was wondering if I couldn't get on if that would break my streak. That would have sucked but I was willing to 'let it go' if that would have happened.

I have only gone over my SP set calorie range 3x during those 38 days and yesterday I was okay with it (that was one of them) because we were celebrating Fat Tuesday. So, I ate what I wanted and although I tracked everything that I ate I didn't care if I went over on calories. It ushers in a time of Lent for us when we do not go out to eat. Thanks for the support. emoticon Much appreciated. emoticon

I too know the travails of RA. It can and is daunting at times. Sorry to hear that factors in how you are feeling. emoticon

ItzSue: emoticon Yup, it was a hard week to review and I really had to stick to task because I didn't want to do it but afterwards I was proud at how I just put it out there. I really felt that if I was going to the trouble of sharing my own weight loss struggles here with other members I was going to keep it real and 'straight up'. I am not going for the drama (although sometimes it is there) but just that day to day putting one foot in front of the other. I apologize to all here if my emotions seem like they are up and down. I am feeling better overall and the sadness from losing Dad seems to be dissipating. It really helps that we have been having a lot of sunny (but cold---30s for the highs) days. I can sit here near a sunny window and enjoy the first robins (I bet they are wondering what the heck??). emoticon

I suspect the tree removal guys are responsible for the burn out of the Comcast transformer. There were utility trucks all around working all yesterday and blocking traffic (Atlanta is definitely a single driver car city like I hear L.A. is) so that is a major pain. emoticon

What I really lament emoticon is five of my favorite mature flowering trees were removed. These were all on city property and yes a couple were overgrowing intersections to a certain extent but they were so beautiful when in bloom. So, they removed three small flowering trees (beautiful large pink flowers that I do not know what kind of tree it was), a magnolia tree (which has waxy dark green flat leaves with huge creamy white flowers) and then a white crab tree. So, when spring comes (in about 2-3 weeks here) those will be absent. I will try and post photos of them from my archives of spring. Spring is gorgeous here in the South. Lots of color.

Today's article in one of my challenges was about counting your blessings. I can't say that I always felt like gratitude but in the past couple of years it has been a lot easier. I am presently doing the "30 day Small Changes" and the "30 day Plateau Busting". The later is working because I have already lost 2.4 lbs of the 3.4 lbs I regained the previous week. emoticon

Take care all and have a great day, Pam emoticon






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Hello Everyone,

Pam: I like the idea of the weekly summary of how you are doing. Good for you on slowing down that roller coaster of emotions .. Take control! Yay!

Kat: Yuk on the flat tire! Too chilly out for that these days!

HealthyAgain: Yep, yep on those youngsters being entertained. My 3yr old g-daughter really puts on a show everyday too! And I also see the extra struggle with keeping in my eating plan when she (and her family) don't have all the best choices for me .. And even when they do, I'm hovering over their food instead of mine. We're in 0 to sub-zero right not too .. Brrrrr

Donita: I try to find something to keep my hands busy (I do crocheting) to fight off the urge to munch. Good for you for going to bed .. I need to get that in my schedule too .. I graze when I'm tired.

Debby: your walking is awesome .. I feel excited when I get in 5k everyday .. And that's just in the house … too cold to go outside (for me anyway) .. I do try to go the store a couple times a week, and then I get more cart walking in.

Paula: praying for health for you girl .. Yikes. Vent anytime .. We care here. I'm doing ok, but still not staying consistent enough to be really, truly dropping the pounds .. But I am maintaining .. So I'm good with that.

Still hanging in there .. Not really losing, but not gaining either .. I need to get more exercise in. Yesterday, I did 50 reps of soup can lifting, trying to strengthen my arms .. I looked up some SP arm exercises, and did a homemade version of them. I also did a bit of walking in place, so my steps were at 5k per my fitbit. It's really cold here .. 7 right now, with wind chill -4 … brrrr. G-daughter and I will not be going anywhere today as it's only supposed to be about 14.

Well .. Time to move on .. Make it a great day!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
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Donita – Going to bed is a good way to beat the munchies. Hope you don’t have to deal with munchies tomorrow.


Debby – I am amazed at how many steps you get in each day. Hope your emotional munchies “take a walk” and leave you with your healthy choices.


Gini – Hope you are able to get back on track so you can get those knees taken care of. Just imagine how well you will be able to run around after those boys when you get your new knees!


Kat – Sorry about your flat tire. I too have AAA and am so glad I do. It does give some peace of mind.


Pam – So when did your cable service come back on? What a bummer that the transformer caught fire. Congrats for staying within your calorie range even if you ate off plan a bit.


Sue – You seem to be doing really well these day, with your eating and your healthy meals planned. Feels great, doesn’t it? Yes it is taking a long time for me to get better from this cold. Yesterday I actually ran some errands and managed pretty well….Lowe’s and the grocery store. I am not accustomed to being ill for so long….usually 2 or 3 days and I feel better but this time it took over a week.


Linda – I am not wild about football by any means. DS is a Phila Eagles fan as we are about 90 minutes or so from Phila. But I did enjoy watching the Super Bowl with DS. He enjoyed it too. Both of us were cheering for the Broncos because their kicker is from a town a bit south of here. There was a lot of local hype about this young man so we are happy the Broncos won. DS also follows college football (Penn State of course is his favorite). I watch it with him sometimes, but usually football games put me to sleep.


Joanne – Are you able to adjust your schedule and work load to assist you with your CFS issues? One of the reasons I opted to retire was that I physically could not keep up with the physical demands of my job even though it was mostly a sedentary job. The long hours and stress contributed to my RA symptoms considerably. Please take care of yourself. I know how difficult it is to bounce back when you get run down.


David – As others have said, way to go with the soda….Replacing it with water is so much better for you. Your body thanks you for giving it something healthy and not something toxic! I salute you! You are making great progress.


Cat – Your scale will eventually bring you good news if it hasn’t already. You are so very committed and on track…it is just a matter of time. 100 days is a remarkable streak!


Phoenix – As you know there is never any pressure to post here…though you are missed when you aren’t here posting. Enjoy all the wedding planning and all that goes with it. I hope to see a photo of you in in your mother-of-the-bride dress. Did you get it yet? How long now till the wedding?


I have been on track for the past few days, mostly because I am still not hungry and food is not appealing to me at all. I made turkey burgers for supper and also had a salad. I could have done without the salad but since I was making one for DS I made one for myself too. My energy is increasing a little, so that is progress. This week I have had a recurrence of the post hysterectomy bleeding (after it stopped before Christmas). If it keeps up this time, I will make an appointment with the gynecologist to see if he will cauterize whatever might be causing this “granulation tissue” as he called it. As I understand it this is not anything serious but I must admit I am a bit frustrated. Pre-menopause I always had heavy & uncomfortable periods. Then with menopause I thought hooray…no more of that, only to have post menopausal bleeding which led first to a D & C in 2013 and then to my hysterectomy this past August. And now I have this blasted post-hysterectomy bleeding again. Thanks for letting me vent here friends.


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Seems like several of us are struggling you get emotional eating under control. I'm one of them. At leas I'm getting a lot of good exercise exercise in here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The days have been warm and sunny. That's not going to be true much longer so I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I got a good hike in yesterday (6 miles), and hope to again tomorrow. Today was all indoor exercise. I'm averaging about 12,000 steps a day right now. The calories burned help make up for the somewhat out of control eating, but not enough. I'm either going to have to double my exercise or eat less. You'd think eating less would be easier....hmmmm.....

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No posting the last couple of days and I missed all of you. have had a major case of the munchies the last couple of days. Trying to resist the emotional grazing. Dong so-so. It's late so going to bed. Everyone take care and talk to you later.
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Hello. I gained 2 lbs this week , however I am actually surprised it was only 2 lbs! Our grandson was visiting for a week. He just turned 4 last month. WOW!!! I forgot how busy 4 yr olds are. Our DD and family live a long way away so we don't see the boys often. We do get to skype but mostly that is a crazy running around show. Simon is 5 and Paul is 4 so they are a holy pair. Paul entertained us each evening from his bed with the songs he learns at Sunday school. It was so sweet. We ate whatever Paul wanted so our 10day diet was horrible. Few veggies and lots of carbs. DH and I try to be wheatfree and whitefree. Grandson does neither! LOL I am trying to force myself to get walking 10 minutes every day. My arthritis is so bad that any more is too painful. I have to lose 100 lbs to qualify for new knees, which will really help and then we will get on with the hips. Can you tell I am not too anxious for any of it? I mean, I want the knees but not the operations and recoveries.
We have had a remarkably warm winter so far but the weekend promises sub zero temps for a little while. I rarely go outside in the winter except in the car. We are going to a friend's for dinner Friday so I wonder what that will be like? I did mention that we a wheat and white free but I don't know what to expect as there will be other guests as well.
Have a great week and stick to your plan.




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Just a quick check in...didn't get to trainer as I had flat tire when I got out of work...it's been long time coming, I even changed getting my new tires from a week from Wed, to this Wed. I knew it was coming since over the weekend I had to start putting air in it daily. The guys at work said they would fix it, but I pay for AAA so I said, NO, let AAA; that's what I may my dues for and decided to have the balloon spare put so I didn't have to keep adding air or worry that it would flatten during the night. It's only until tomorrow anyway. So such is life.

Have a great day!

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Right now, it is lightly snowing here in Atlanta. It looks like a lot here are dealing with sickness or outside 'issues'. Know that you are in our thoughts and hearts. Remember, this too shall pass. emoticon

JustME(Linda): That is something that needs to be changed legally. That is just plain wrong! emoticon I share your anger. Teachers are so important in molding our future citizens. I would corner one of these politicians and see what they have to say about this. I am so sorry about that.

OK: Great job on being compliant. emoticon I recall how busy one can get planning a wedding. It starts out small and doable and then morphs into something that send you up the wall. Take care but once it is over please let us all know things went. Such a happy time (once the planning is over right?)

ItzSue: Yes, tracking does help. emoticon I have to thank WW emoticon for insisting that if you are going to count points you have to actually count them. LOL. emoticon It is kind of part of their program. Although it took me a month to quit looking at foods as to how many points there was in them I am so grateful I am following this Diabetes Meal Plan. My intuition was right. I am exactly where I need to be. emoticon

Well, we found out what needs to be done on 'my car'. We are going to wait on that but I am hoping to get it fixed by the time summer comes around. emoticon

Yesterday was a 'perfect storm' for me and I had a mini-binge (450 calories) but it was still emotional eating nonetheless. emoticon I tracked it to my credit and, to my surprise, I still had 83 calories left for the day but I had 3 Carb Smart chocolate covered vanilla ice cream bars. Why? emoticon

Several things happened all within 24-36 hours and the 'straw that broke the camel's back' was I was so looking forward to watching "X Files" then "Biggest Loser" last night that five minutes before the transformer that gives me my cable signals caught on fire. I heard the fire trucks go out and I wondered what that was--well, it was Comcast's transformer. I called them. That was it! I just kept eating those ice cream bars until I stopped 'emoting'. I do not binge very often any more so I immediately journaled because I wanted to understand the 'whys'. emoticon

Journaling did help (it was very late at night) as did my coloring; my new 'go to' destressing activity. I had to make some tough choices for me but I did them and I am proud that I did not shirk from doing them. I 'manned up' (sorry if that sounds sexist) and did what I knew I needed to do. I am proud of not fleeing from tough decisions but standing up to them and facing them. I also did my week in review (which is something I do every week day on weigh in) and I was straight up and honest.

I also am proud emoticon that I didn't moan and groan (forgive me but there is a lot of 'pity parties' around. I will clarify: I mean, putting yourself down is not constructive in any shape or form and I consider realistic self-assessment much more productive than self-bashing which goes no where and carries no merit--in my opinion) about me regaining some of the weight I worked hard to lose. I just accept that I am not the 'diet princess' and 'my crown did slip' some. I have feet of clay but I also have wings that I will soar. Yea ME! And, the rest of us here as well. 'Never never give up'. I am a lifer with no chance of parole in this weight loss sentence. I am here. Yea!

Well, off to celebrate 'Fat Tuesday' as we choose to not eat out during Lent and give that money we would spend on dining out to St. Vincent de Paul. We did this last year and let me tell you it is eye opening on how we spend in a short period of time on dining out.

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Hello Everyone,

David: glad to see the light over your head .. It's funny how we have to feel "selfish" just because we want to be healthier .. I struggle with the same things, and need to let go and let God .. Good for you on the water selection .. I know that's something you have as a challenge. Take care of you .. YOU are worth it! Yes, there is NOT good regulation on labeling "healthy" choices ..

Joanne: great balancing! We do need to have a treat sometimes .. Controlling the "sometimes" is my struggle.

Linda: I too have a 3yr old that's been sick .. It is very exhausting! Mine gets very demanding .. Correcting me every step along the way .. Yikes! 3 going on 15 I think! Glad to hear things went well with it . And pray that you don't catch the bug!

Debby: Hey! How is it going?

Kat: I have a Mom too .. Caring for attitude along with physical help. It's a busy life we need. Wasn't the weather lovely! Now we are back to winter .. Brrrr

PJB: thanks for kind words .. I'm trying to live that! Many of us are struggling .. And the "tracking" does help recognize what is really going on right?

OKPhoenix: check in when you can .. No stress! You have enough going on, but if you need to share/vent/brag .. Here's a quick spot to do it! Take care.

Well .. Gotta run .. Had a good day eating-wise yesterday .. I stayed pretty focused. 3yr old was cranky & bossy (she's sick) .. But I didn't let it control me .. Smoothie ready for breakfast again today, and salad is ready at the kids' house for lunch. Have a great day everyone!

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Hello All,

I have been compliant in both food and exercise. I have been busy with work and wedding. Please bear with me as I think the best I am going to be able to do is check in occasionally until the wedding is over. I am going to try to go to bed early tonight. Hope I can sleep. Everyone have a great Tuesday and if I don't get back on until weekend -- Have a great week!

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Made it through babysitting. He was actually very good. The two older boys maybe coming by. Their sister had an allergic reaction last night and had to go to emergency. She has been at the allergist all day with mom.

Pam - I knew that I would not get any of my own SS because I was a teacher and in 38 states teachers do not collect nor pay into SS, however I did think I could collect my husband's, but NO! I cannot touch any SS for my life. The thing that makes me the most angry is that not only can I not collect anything I have to pay a penalty for my medicare because they cannot deduct it from SS. It is 56 dollars a month and makes me angry every month.
While you are having snow we are at 70 today.

Kat - sorry your mom is having such a rough time.

David - LOL - reduced calories???? where did they start? Congrats on the water choice.


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emoticon emoticon We may get snow flurries tomorrow. It has turned cold here in Hot-lanta. Brrrr.

MtnKitten: Congrats on 100 days of tracking! Keep up the good work! emoticon

AjiiSuun(Joanne): Prayers go your way for your CFS. I agree that sometimes the 'cure' is worse than the disease. emoticon

JustMe(LInda): Thank you for your sharing your situation. emoticon Why couldn't you receive his Social Security? If that is too pesonal, forgive me for asking. I thought a wife could depending on which she could get more from (hers or his) but I am no expert on Social Security. This is what I read recently and I may not have remembered it correctly. I receive SSDI and I was told that even when I reached 62 (which was last July) it would never change. I just like the idea that I can work with what I 'know'. I agree that we are more adaptive than we give ourselves credit.

Yes, I have also heard that. I knew starting the Diabetes Meal Plan (started January 4th) that I would need to adjust to the 3 meals and 2 snacks. I do well most days but sometimes I get involved and I honestly forget to eat. This past week I have tried to eat breakfast (even at noon) but it is not as many calories as they recommend. I am sure that all of this is related to the elevated blood sugar.

I also have found that water does indeed impact blood sugar. I think it dilutes the blood and lowers the reading so it could potentially be giving a false negative so to speak. I plan on having a A1C right before Easter. That will tell me how I am doing with all of this. I am doing this with my diet and exercise. I am so glad that it was encouraged by the doctors that I have seen but now more than ever I realize I need to really get on top of this. My daily FBS are rising with getting older. I go on Medicare in August and if I haven't been able to get them back down to where I 'used to be' I will agree to medications. I do not want this to jeopardize my health any further.

ItzSue: I believe you can do this. emoticon As someone once said, "Showing up is half the battle."

David: I have only been reporting to this chat thread since early January and how FAR you have come my man! Wow! emoticon You are grabbing that golden ring and going for it. I feel it! A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I saw a good movie last night and one of the characters turned to another and said, "Do you have any advice?" The other person said, "I don't give advice, I only give my opinion." I love that! So, my opinion (which is all it is since I am in the trenches like everyone else here) is that tracking is so immediate for me because bam I see what I have eaten and especially how many calories something was.

I did not have a good week last week. emoticon I hesitated about changing my weight tracker but I remembered what I said starting this year to myself: "Be straight up. Be real. Be honest with yourself and with others." So, the ugly truth is that although I stayed within my calorie range except the day I ate the whole large vegetable and sausage pizza is I 'regained' some of my weight. I had a discussion with my husband and he said "Well, wait until Wednesday and then report that weight" but we are going to eat for Fat Tuesday (for a couple of reasons) so then Wednesday wouldn't be much better plus then I might want to wait until Friday and so on. So, I put it out there including my weekly blog entry where I review the previous week. emoticon

One of my favorite WW sayings: "One good meal won't make you skinny just like one bad meal won't you fat." One bad week is not going to make or break me but cautionary person that I am I did decide to join the "30 day Plateau Busting" challenge.

Great call on the soda. Good luck, my friend, we got your back! emoticon

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Good Morning all. - Wow! all the long posts - unfortunately I don't have time to read them all. It's Monday and busy, but what a gorgeous day yesterday. Stopped to see my mom (She looks like Charlie Brown). I brought hers and my dog to get groomed and tried to convince her to come so the groomer could shave her head, but she doesn't want to do that. I just wish she would feel better so at least she would get out of bed once in awhile.

Things pretty much on track with me, trainer night and maybe gym after. Have a great day!

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David - great catch and good for you for making the switch.

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Omg. Stopped to get gas on way to work. Grabbed, but didn't read label until paid and back in car. Grabbed 20 oz coca cola life (green label). Said " reduced calories". Took a drink and thought ..hum..that still tastes sweet.... Looked at label....170 calories!!!!....wow, and they call it reduced calories?. I dropped it in the trash and bought a 20 oz water( no flavor or added sugar). I'm really going to have to read before I buy .

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Happy Monday Sparks,

I am babysitting the littlest one today. He is two and has a cold and a slight fever (99.8). He was cranky with his parents, but now that it is just the two of use he has been a doll. Tomorrow, Dad will be home. He is at school today. Tomorrow I have a lot of running around to do. post office, Kaiser, shopping.

Joanne - you are so right. I have control when I log my food. When I don't I am afloat on an endless sea of the unknown. You sound as if you feel better today.

David - Sounds like you are making some great decisions. BUT, it is NOT selfish to take some time for yourself, it is responsible. We need to take care of ourselves in order to be there for others when they need us. It is like the instructions on an airplane. "If there is a problem put your oxygen mask on FIRST, otherwise you might pass out before you can help anyone else." Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

Sue have a great day. Follow your own advice - make time for yourself.

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David, that's a great start! For me, logging my food is key! It puts ME back in control. If I eat too much, it's because I chose to eat too much. It didn't just happen. I made a decision. If I have a treat, it's because I planned for it and made it fit in my calories. So no guilt.

Joanne

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Hi all. Again I consider all here my "go to friends". It's sometimes hard to explain to others what you are going thru with everything that surrounds weight issues if they themselves have not been there. Those that I have tried to talk to here at home shrug their shoulders, and just give the " just stop eating so much and loose weight" speach.
Anyways, I dropped off my granddaughter at daycare came home to get ready for work. ( it maybe Monday, but its my Friday!!!! Yea.. ),
Anyways, I grabbed all the boxes etc if items used for breakfast , and said " How many calories do I really eat". So, I started logging all my foods. This may sound as no big deal, but for me , having been around off and on for at least 2yrs in SP. It's a major start.
Yes, I still fell stressed about step daughter, and now the girl I trained in my kitchen who just hit her 1yr mark was made my new immediate boss, I'm trying to stop controlling what I can't and start being more selfish and work in making and doing more for me.
It's taken a really long time getting to this point so I don't want to slip up and go back. I guess that's why I chose " no turning back 57. ( my age).
You may see my name pop up more as I plan to explore more options her on SPARK.
Thanks again for all your encouragement. Have an awesome day!!!!

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Hello Everyone,

From reading posts, it sounds like everyone had a busy weekend .. Me too.

Linda: hang in there … you are taking care of you! Your pool will be ready in no time. I'm hugging you away from that chocolate cake.

Joanne: You do have a challenge in your life. You are a brave, strong lady .. Taking care of yourself should help with the CFS.

Cat: Yay, Yay, Yay .. I love to hear your positive outlook .. I need to get that attitude.

PJB: My team didn't make the Super Bowl either .. So we didn't even watch the game. I'm really not into football too much anyway. I'm with you with being committed .. I too need to do this.

Paula: glad you are on the mend .. It just takes too long doesn't it? I agree "attitude" on the hygienist matters .. It's funny, cuz hubby and I talk about "service," and he never notices if someone doesn't treat him nicely .. He says I'm too sensitive .. But I am what I am.

Debby: your vacation spot sounds fun. (I looked it up on google) .. Sandy beaches, warm climate .. Nice, nice. Hope the finance drain quits in your house.

Donita: I'm in your dance party too . .and I'm sick of it! Why do we do this to ourselves? Wish there was a magic formula! We know what we're doing .. We just need to stop the madness!

Marlene: you are a success story .. And the info you shared .. But I LOVE your attitude the best. You take care of yourself … that is something that I think is the main ingredient in your success. Glad you will continue to share your strength with us (me!!).

Ronda: I should have walked outside too .. The weather was nice all weekend .. But I didn't … sigh.

Hugs to everyone else .. No time to respond anymore.

It's Monday … a fresh day to stick to plan, and have a successful day.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
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Joanne - so glad you took the time to check in when you are not feeling well. I have a close friend who struggles with CFS and it can be terrible. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Cat - 100 days what a great achievement. You are definitely on a roll this time. My gamin is at the post office waiting for me. I am babysitting tomorrow, so either my daughter will pick it up for me or I will get it on Tuesday.

Pam - my nutritionist says that we need to eat every 4-5 hours even if our blood sugar is a little high. She said that if you are maintaining high blood sugar it may be because your live is putting out sugar to prevent hypoglycemia. I know that happens to me at night. I have to eat a snack before bedtime or my fasting blood sugar will be higher than when I went to bed. Are you taking any meds or are you controlling it through diet and exercise? I do not take meds and have found that my blood sugar is also related t my water intake.

Paula - you sound better even if you are still under the weather. More like yourself. I stopped watching football about 12 yeas ago. I got very emotional about my team and decided it was not a healthy relationship. I went to USC to football was a part of life. I went cold turkey and really believe it was a good thing.

Debby - have you been to Cabo before? We used to go to either La Paz or Loreto every year for snorkling and fishing. I really miss it, but do not want to drive the 900 miles to get there.

Donita - a real NSV is when you can walk away from the scale and say "That is just a number in time not a total evaluation of my success." You are a success because you are working on becoming healthier. You are here sharing and supporting. Sometimes the scale has a nasty sense of humor.

Marlene - wonderful post - love all of your points on preparation and focus.

Rondajo- 15 minutes of walking - celebrate - you just did something you did not enjoy for your health and well - being. That sounds like a NSV to me.

Pam - my husband retired before me and I did not see how we could make it because he would be getting 50% of what he got working. He retired and it was no problem. Then I retired and I did not see how we would make it because I would be making 30% of what I had working. I retired and it was no problem. Then my husband died and I found out I could not collect any of his social security and I would get 50% of his retirement for the company. Sometimes it is a little difficult and I have to plan ahead and restrain myself, but it has not been bad. Somehow, I have found that I can readjust and work with money problems much easier than relationships or stress. So, whatever your husband decides I think you will be okay.

Party went great yesterday. I had one bite of one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had. It is sitting on the counter and it is not yelling my name over and over again. Water aerobics today. My pool is closed for the next two weeks to be refurbished. I am going to die!!!!



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Ugh, paying the price for the extra activity this week. Fatigue hit like a freight train last night and hasn't let me go all day. It was a bad one complete with body aches, fever and chills. It's not an illness, just exhaustion.

I can't remember who asked , but there's very little that can be done medically for CFS. Mine is an auto-immune problem. I took prednisone for about 8 months and that did help a little but the side effects weren't worth it! Mainly it's just a matter of managing the energy I have and not letting myself get too run down. CFS is exertion intolerant so even the slightest exertion is like I have worked hard all day. But I'm better than I was. I just want to be careful not to regress to the point where I am exhausted every minute of every day.

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Day 100!!!!! 100 days on track … yeah ME!!! I have to admit I feel good about this. Now for the next 100 days. Not striving for perfection … but being a better ME.

I have planned and followed through. Packed food to take with me so I had what I needed when I needed it. Experimented with different foods, salad dressings, recipes and herbal teas … which I enjoy. The scale is still me bitter enemy … but we can’t make everyone love us … right!

The g-kids are amazing. Just want to squeeze them. We will be watching the Super Bowl this evening with them … rooting on the Broncos! Their mom and dad are gonna be at a grown up Super Bowl party … I think ours will be more fun though : )

Donita – As Marlene and Linda have shared … for many of us our life is part of our weight gain … and loss … so sharing the whole person here is important. Your scale must be BFF with my scale … a whopping ½ loss today. Grrrr!!! Oh well, it all adds up … eventually.

Marlene – the Greek Islands and Crete … please take me with you!!!! I got a bunch of WW magazines from the library and everything is based on points … no info on food groups. Bummer!

Cousin Robin – sorry to hear about dad. How is he doing today? Where in New Mexico is your DS thinking of placing his tiny house?? Each of our three kids live in different states … makes it fun being retired to go for extended periods for visits.

Linda – what did you decide about joining WW??? We can use alllll the support we can get. Did ya get your Garmin yet??? I plan to look at the Garmin Vivosmart HR next Thursday when we go to town for my dental appointment.

Debby – the class on your phone will help a lot. I felt the same way … my first week I missed 14 phone calls and didn’t even know it.

Paula – sorry to hear you are still not feeling great. Take good care of yourself.


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emoticon Our home team didn't make it to Super Bowl so we aren't rooting for anyone in particular. Our niece lives in Denver so I am sure she will be attending it in person. She doesn't make a lot of money (she is a bartender) but she seems to make a lot of the big events somehow.

I realize that this might be a quiet day for some because of the game later this afternoon but I still wanted to check it. I joined a new monthly Challenge "30 Day Plateau Busting" and I am just loving this one. I had a good month last month but I could already tell at the beginning of this past week my initial fire starting to ebb. I also saw myself skipping meals. I am not hungry at the same intervals that the Diabetes Meal Plan must expect me to be--part of that is my FBS is still high enough so that keeps me from feeling hungry. The ADA recommends not eating something until the FBS is under 135 mg/dl but mine can still be that in the middle of the afternoon and I might have been up for 6 hours by then. My body is definitely becoming more impaired in terms of burning off that extra glucose. So, I either have a light snack to say I have had something to eat or I do without.

Anyway, I like the two articles that I have read: eating more fruits and vegetables. I scale back on the fruits because of how they impact my BS but I have been making a more concerted effort in eating vegetables. It is working well. I also am trying to not focus on the scales but with my weekly weigh in coming up tomorrow, how can I not? I wish these articles would address that. Anyway, I am here. I am committed. I will just keep doing what I need to do.

RondaJo: the experts recommend getting your exercise out of the way first thing in the morning. When I was walking daily (which I did for 7 years solid) I always was out the door by 9 a.m. I miss that. It is such a good time to be outdoors with nature. I hope to return to that once I get both my knees taken care of.

Scrimp1(Marlene): I used to be active two years here and I do remember your username but I didn't remember the details. I for one really appreciate when someone who is on maintenance does check in here and there(if they can't commit to a daily check in) because for those of us who are still in the active weight loss phase we need to know those who have not only 'done it' but are getting maintenance down. I have often found that those who are in maintenance seem to become silent about their weight loss efforts. Or, at least, it seems to have been my experience in other groups including WW. I am not sure why but I am so glad you are here and please feel free to share as you can. Your experience is one I feel that I can benefit from.

Thank you for sharing what has worked for you. I have lost 50 lbs. and kept it off for 5 1/2 years but then I got into a slump (some external things I couldn't do anything about and some internal things that I didn't do anything about). Things changed for the better 18 months ago and now I am wanting to make this 'the year'. If you can coach me here or privately I would greatly appreciate it. PM on that if you feel you can 'afford' the time. I realize that you are very busy. I do want this really bad and I have 100 lbs. to 'kick to the curb'.
Thank you for sharing your story. I really appreciate it and taking the time to come here and be with us 'kids' as we lose our 'baby fat'. LOL

CntryHrt: Your struggles really resonate with me so I just want you to know that you are not alone in your efforts. I was so psyched in January and when I hit January 31st I remember just taking this big deep breathe but then last week I was just going through the motions. I still managed to stay within my calories except for one day when I ordered delivery pizza but I didn't exercise. Now, I used to exercise all the time for decades but I am finding much like when I dyed my hair blonde for thirty years--"been there, done that, want to move on". I decided one day out of the clear to allow my natural white hair grow out. I did one last dye job where I dyed it the lightest blonde I could find and then I allowed it to grow out. It wasn't until it was down to my ears that any one even noticed what I was doing. I love my hair now. It is much softer and ny niece said "Your hair color is the shade a lot of old ladies (her words) pay good money to dye" LOL. It looks frosted but it's not. So, for exercising, I just feel that when I hit 60 I wanted to hang up my spurs. I still would like to go out for a walk (when I will be able to) but all of this huffing and puffing, I am just not that 'into it' any more.
I would suggest joining the "30 day plateau busting challenge' here on SP. I don't want this to go beyond a week or so. I think it is more mental than physical but we all know our mind affects our weight loss efforts as much or more than what we eat.

DebbyHS You have such a big heart with animals. I used to have a zoo in my home many years ago and I have wonderful memories of all of their crazy antics (cats dogs hamsters the whole lot!) but I read in AARP magazine that the two reasons why seniors fall is 1) clutter (something I need to get a handle on) and 2) cats (my favorite animal) so since I have tripped over the corner of our rug and tore my ACL I am sure that I had a cat I would probably in the hospital now. I know how they love to hang around your ankles and feet.
I am sure you will love your phone once you 'get it'. I remember last year going to a live concert that was celebrating 50s rock n roll songs and at the end (Elvis song "Wise Men") people were swaying and waving their phones with their flashlights on (no lighters because of fire regulations). LOL 2016 update to the old concert 'tradition'. Have fun at the zoo!
Good job on staying on track.

Tammy(Paula): Thanks for the words. I have been talking with hubby about making some changes. I told him that I will support whatever decision he makes. We have been talking about this for the past couple of years. Like most of us he is concerned about his age and making big changes but I told him that others have and they haven't regretted it (like yourself) so I do hope that he will find some rest because I worry he will have a heart attack from the stress.

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Marlene – Wow, what a super post! You really should be featured by Spark People. Who knows, maybe you could get a job with SP!!! Congrats on your new grandson. Sorry I didn’t get to congratulate you before now, but as you know I have been ill all week. About the 40 day bonding. It is a custom (though not consistently practiced) in our church that the mother and the child remain at home for 40 days after the birth. And on the 40th day the child is taken to the church and presented to God and baptized. This is in keeping with the Biblical practice when Jesus was taken to the temple by his parents 40 days after His birth (adhering to the Law of Moses). Perhaps your son’s 40 day bonding period is related to this Biblical practice in some way (whether they know it or not). Thanks for your well wishes. I really missed you while you were not posting. So glad you are back! You are so very right about our commitment to weight loss. When my commitment is high so is my weight loss, while when my commitment wavers, so does my weight loss. Commitment is the key.

Ronda – 15 minutes of walking is better than 15 minutes of sitting. Celebrate every success no matter how small….success breeds success. You are on the road to success. Way to go!

Cat – Sounds like you are in for a wonderful weekend with your grandkids. They will take your mind off some of that mouth pain.

Sue – A good hygienist means soooo much. My hygienist retired last year after I was with her for over 20 years. I am not wild about the new one but will give her a chance. The old one had a great personality and did a good job, while the new one is kind of snobby but also seems to do a good job.

Kat – Hope you made the most of your night off. You work so hard! I’d probably just go to sleep.

Joanne – Energy NSVs are fabulous! And they help you burn more calories. Win-win! Good that you can identify when you need to stop and rest. I run into similar issues with RA-related fatigue.

David – Ongoing prayers for you and your family. It is unlikely that even if you are able to adopt your granddaughter that her mom will completely vanish from her life. But adopting her will give her the stability and security she needs so much. I agree with the others here that you will do well if you focus on your health right now…and that can include healthy eating if you can manage it.

Donita - Ah, parent issues can be so complicated….and even more complicated at times due to siblings. I am an only child and lost both of my parents long ago (my mom died 26 years ago and my dad died almost 19 years ago). My dad lived with me for the last 4 years of his life. It was complicated as he had both legs amputated and was on hemodialysis 3 times per week. Somehow we managed, even though I was working full time then too. Thank God I was younger (and thinner!). Your attitude of keeping loving is admirable and the way to go in my opinion.

Debby – I predict you will learn your new phone quickly. You are an intelligent lady. Soon you will be giving smart phone lessons to others! Way to go getting back on track after a less than perfect day. Your conscientiousness pays off and it is the long run not the short run that matters.

Judy – Enjoy your weekend with your son. That’s way more important than stressing over how much you post here. Thanks for your get well wishes. I am a little better but still far from well.

Phoenix –Thinking of you and hoping you are having a good weekend.

Pam – I think you made a wise move suggesting that DH take a week of his vacation. It sounds like he really needs it, so why wait! My heart aches for people who have such stress and strains from the jobs. I retired at age 55 (I am 58 now) and took a significant penalty on my pension, but I do not regret it. I have been able to manage my money relatively well and do not live an extravagant life. I have found that it is not things that make me happy but people, including the wonderful folks on this discussion board and of course my family and friends. Hugs to you and your DH. I hope your DH can retire sooner than later. Thank you for the get well wishes. I am so not accustomed to being ill like this. It is really bothering me that getting well is taking so long. I expected to be better in a couple days.

Linda – Please be assured I am here for you even when I am ill. I will always pick you up as you do the same for me. I know we can do this. Enjoy the birthday party. Sounds like it will be a blast!

Robin – Ouch, I hope your dad is ok. Bless his heart at his age having to go through so much.

I am miraculously on track today, without even really trying. I am still feeling poorly and certainly not up to cooking. So I reheated some leftover cooked chicken and cauliflower for dinner. My appetite is almost nonexistent which could be a good thing. I am drinking plenty of water and tea but still not up to exercising. I am resting as much as I can and doing only the bare necessities around the house. Won’t go to church tomorrow, which upsets me but I know I won’t be up to it and I certainly don’t want to take my germs to anyone else.

emoticon Does anyone have Super Bowl challenges tomorrow? emoticon I will be at home which is usual for me on this day. DS is staying home with me instead of going to any parties, so I will make him ribs in the crock pot…easy enough for sure. I still have enough chicken left over for myself for tomorrow so I think I should be ok.


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Hi everybody - quick check in to say I've been compliant today, though not to little exercise. I had a cat adoption event to run most of the day and one of my dogs has been pretty sick - stomach issues that required veterinary intervention. The past week has been somewhat disastrous financially - first our car threw its' clutch ($1000+), my little pug had routine dental work that turned into a lot more than planned, and then one of the other dogs got sick (about $850 so far). Our daughter has offered to help pay for the sick dogs' bills since we re-homed the dog for her.

Needless to say, the stress has been mounting on that front, but other than a couple of days of eating a little over, I've done pretty well.

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl - something we'd love to watch if our team was in it, but it's not, so we're going to the zoo. It's supposed to be nice and spring like, so I think we'll enjoy it better than lamenting our teams' absence from the game.

Marlene - I'm going to be out your way visiting my daughter the end of March. Want to meet up sometime?

Cat - I have the same kind of phone that you have. I'm taking a class on Tuesday to learn how to use it better. Yesterday was a pain because I kept getting calls from the vet about our dog and I couldn't even figure out how to answer the dang phone! (I know how to now)

Well, I'm focused for the next couple of weeks before heading off to Cabo San Lucas for a week. Even then I don't plan on eating crazy (but I will try some of the local goodies) and I know we'll be active. I don't take any other kind of vacation anymore.

Here's to a good start to a good week for all of us.



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Well, this is the third time I've tried to post. maybe it will take this time. I wish I could reply to each one of you as you each have so much good things to say. I finally sucked it up buttercup and stepped on the scale this morning. I was hoping for 294, but got 295.8. emoticon Seems like once I start losing I always do this little dance of lose one gain two. I'm tired of that and want to change it. I'm going to have to watch my eating closer and chose healthier. I have several co-workers who do the No White foods and say it's the way to go. I am trying to get away from processed foods and eat closer to the ground as they say. Also didn't get much movement in today--watched too much TV. Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday.
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Everyone--I'm going to post again since I am busy during the week.
My name is Marlene but you can call me Scrimp. It feels like my real name as I've used it online for so many years. I remain with this thread because I need support and friends to navigate through the challenges of maintenance. As someone who has reached goal while on this thread I believe I qualify to give advice to those of you on the journey. Most importantly is to find what works for you and apply those strategies daily.

When I look back at the 18 months it took to lose 123 lbs, it did fly by and it really wasn't that hard once I set my mind to it and totally committed to it. I needed it to "save" my life. Long time members here know my story but there wasn't a day I woke up without my weight on my mind. I have a tall doctor's office weight balance scale and its the first thing I do every morning. I began to like eating healthy and once I saw results there was no stopping me.

There's hardly a recipe you can't modify to reduce calories and I don't cook with fat. That, in combination with 1200 calories, low/no white sugar foods, restricting starchy carbs to a max of 1/2 a cup a day, and exercise 3 times a week turned my body to a fat burning machine. A few things that worked include:
-If I want bread at a meal I am not eating any other starchy carb
-Steam fry foods with cooking spray and broth
-Make vegetables, lean meat, eggs, seafood the center piece of your meals
-Switch to low sugar yogurt like Dannon Carb Control light and fit
-Find meal combo that work and repeat frequently; it makes planning easier. I eat 2 soft boiled eggs, and a yogurt for breakfast everyday at work (I bring my own eggs from my egg cooker)
-Be prepared to make substitutions, and get over feeling deprived. For example, If you are making your family hot wings, make your self a side of "Hot Shrimp"
-Have "go to" foods on hand that you can get on the table quickly for you. I eat a lot of rotisserie roast chicken from the grocery store, frozen shrimp, frozen fish fillets, frozen veggies
-Add 1 oz dry weight cooked pasta to veggie and meat combos--I make a lot of one fry pan meals
-Make soup and defat the broth
-I wasn't perfect each week but I stuck to this 95% of the time. For example, I still had chocolate frequently but had 3 squares of my favorite fruit and nut bar instead of the whole thing each night
-Automatically remove chicken skin and fat from meat. You'll get to the point where you won't want it

PBJ- I wish I could coach you and others one on one. I am a good speaker (I just spoke 2 weeks ago at a major conference in Philly) and I am passionate and quite motivating (so I am told). Perhaps that should be my retirement career.

I can afford to buy any food I want but I still refuse to waste money on expensive foods and look for things on sale. As much as I love snow crab legs I won't buy them unless they are on sale. I love lamb chops but switched to lamb shanks because they are cheaper, just as tasty, and have more meat.

The one financial area I do not scrimp on is Vacations. emoticon I am single and I live for them. Last year I took 5: 1. New Years in NYC Times Square 2. A trip to London, UK 3. A round trip train journey across the United States on Amtrak from Washington DC to Seattle and San Francisco and back to DC on 5 different trains (I loved this) 4. Montego Bay Jamaica resort for a week with my son and his family 5. A trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam for 21 days in November (fascinating).

I am disciplined and focused and yet very humble and grateful. I worry about the future and money and being alone. I am debt and mortgage free. I had a bad home shopping network habit that I kicked last year. A nice retirement to me would have to include the ability to take 2 major vacations a year; and and otherwise I would live a simple lifestyle. I like adventure, reading, and need to find a way to focus my energies so that I am not lonely and doing something for others.
So I am on track and I will be here for all of you. My life is not perfect because of my stressful job. I got a new Boss last April and she's killing my enjoyment of my job. I'll work it out.


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Good afternoon everybody. The sun is out here too! Absolutely gorgeous.

I really didn't want to do anything today but I managed to get up and walk for 15 mins. That's it I'm done! Just can't get into it.

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emoticon Sunny with blue skies but cold for Hot-lanta. It is only going to be in the low 40s so I bring out my northern winter clothes that I don't wear but a few days during the winter months.

DISCLAIMER: this is long. I find that there was so much richness here to respond to .

My hubby has been burnt out on his job for over a year and when he came home a couple weeks ago saying he didn't know how much more he 'could take' (being on the road and putting 1000 miles on his car and his body each week and week in and week out--eating lunch on the fly if at all--working eating and sleeping is all his days Monday through Friday) being the 'fixer-upper' that I seem to be I suggested that he takes one week of his two weeks vacation. We didn't plan anything because our money has been earmarked for other things but I thought he would at least be on his own for a week. Today starts that week of just being off the job. I just wish he could retire but he is only 58 and I know that is not what he wants either.

Noturningback(David): I do know what you are going through since my sister has come very close to doing what you so bravely are doing. Just know that you and your wife are in all of our hearts, thoughts and prayers. The grandchild's needs and welfare come first, which you know. I too am a recovering emotional eater and it is a day to day walk up a rocky hill. You are not a lone and if we can be of any help (shoulders are broad here) just ask. emoticon

Cousin Robin: Great strategies for any one not just emotional eaters. emoticon Thanks for all of the tips. We all can benefit from them. Oh boy, I feel for your Dad. I have the bones of someone 25 years older than me (as I was told by an orthopaedic surgeon) so I understand a bit of what your Dad is facing. Yes, we are involved in our aging parents (or small grandchildren) lives. We do not live isolated in our lives so 'their stuff' does impact our ability to stay on track with our own goals. emoticon

Linda: Thank you for your thoughtful insights. emoticon Yes, my marriage to Paul is a source of deep emotional satisfaction as well as something that I am very proud of having had to accomplish. I had to change to accept his love and once I did, it was sublime.
Linda, that is beautiful and wise advice for David (and we all can be mindful of that as well). So wisely said. emoticon

Joanne(Ajiisuun): Glad to hear from you. Glad you can do what you can do in spite of CFS. I have had this in the past. My understanding is that it is an adrenaline gland exhaustion. IS there any thing that can be done about this medically? emoticon

MtnKitten:(Cat): Thank you for your thoughts. emoticon As someone who works the Steps when I feel wrong I apologize. It's part of 'sweeping my side of the stree't. It is as much for my benefit as it is for the other person. It keeps me from building up the yuck on the inside. Thank you for understanding that 'need'. I sense we are both competitive people and I am really trying to avoid that part of my 'drive' because it gets me into all kinds of trouble if I let it overtake me.

emoticon I saw something happening that I didn't like in me and I wanted to acknowledge it and then make amends. My process. Again, thank you for understanding this process. I am here to support and not to compete (not that I had intended to but it can be pulled out from the darkest corners of my being). My relationship with my sister is very similar and it has been our wall that kept us from both working together as siblings but also from being close.

Cat, GREAT job on being on track for 100 days. emoticon Not an easy task to do. Keep up the great work. emoticon

CntryHrt(Donita): EVERY THING is impacted by our weight lose. emoticon So, I am sure that in some way whatever you needed to say you knew instinctively it was related to your weight loss. Enough said.

Scrimp: WOW! emoticon emoticon You have been doing great in maintaining your weight loss and achieving your goal. I would not have known this had you not added that to the bottom. Thank you for doing so. It is so enlightening for me to know where you were and where you are now. emoticon

You hit the nail on the head about the group you were in. emoticon I too want to be among people who are serious about losing weight. I know that I have said for the past 5 1/2 years that I wanted to continue to lose more weight but I wasn't willing to do the work it was asking of me. I have a feeling that I will have more revelations about what this will ask of me down the scale. I know for one need your position. You have been there. Thank you for rejoining this thread. I for one am grateful. You are where I want to be and I need to hear and know your journey. I was a normal weight unil age 28. I want that again. emoticon

I understand your concerns financially. I was 'forced' to take an early retirement but I think I was being 'prepared' 5 years prior. I still have my 'other' goal of being financially debt free by age 65 (I am 62 1/2). I have worked hard on being frugal but not depriving myself, just being careful with what I do spend my discretionary income on. I had a friend who left a very stressful situation (although she too was single) because of how it was affecting her weight (she had lost and then regained 90 lbs.) We really need to do what is best for our health: mind, body and soul.

Although I am happily married, I have a 'fear' that I might be alone again some day so I do my best to create 'wealth' on my own including good credit. I want to make sure that I could survive on my own (if needed). I was alone (by choice) for 7 years between marriages and it taught me so much about how I can depend on myself. I have a good mind and a natural ability with handling finances. That doesn't mean I make perfect decisions but I don't panic when under the gun. I understand about taxes. I keep up on that. We need to be informed as older women. It is in our best interest. Most widows are women. That is a fact that does not escape me.

Well, I decided to join the 30 "Plateau Busting" challenge because I am afraid that my resolve since this past Sunday has been slippery. I have managed to navigate through some rocky days but I am expecting no weight loss this coming Monday. I decided to jump on this challenge because I don't want to post this more than a few days. I don't want this to be me saying this over and over for a month. Like Barney Fife used to say: "Nip it in the bud". LOL.

So, that is where I am. When I eat a WW dark chocolate ice cream bar for breakfast which I did yesterday for 'breakfast' I know I need to straighten up and fly right. Enough said.

Have a great day all Pam emoticon







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Happy Saturday Sparks,

Going shopping for party later today. I am picking up the cake and party supplies this morning. the party is early at 11. Lunch time party. The theme is Spiderman and flowers. That's my granddaughter.

Marlene - it is so nice to have you back. I am thinking about going back to WW, not so much for the program as for the face time with friends on a similar journey. An old friend asked me to join her and we used to be very supportive of each other and then drifted apart.

Donita - we all vent from time to time. For a while this was my only safe place to vent about family problems. As Marlene said we are more than the food we put in our mouths, hopefully. Support is about the whole person.

Cat - I did not get the Gamin with the heart monitor because I want the one that was water proof to 100 feet (not that I am ever diving to 100 feet. It also has the hourly alarm. I wanted that to get more movement.

Paula - concentrate on getting well. I need you strong so you can pick me up when I fall.

Love you all. Spark on
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Good Morning Everyone! Glad to see/read everyone's comments. Helps keep me in focus. Sometimes I get so tired of dealing with the same problems over and over yet I see we all have them and some are way worse then mine. My side is getting better but pulled a ligament in the back of my knee..hobbling around worse than my mother! Then my dad tells me this morning that LAST NIGHT when he was getting into bed he "hurt his hip he had broken", he fractured his hip and pelvis 3 years ago, couldn't have surgery because of where the fracture was, had to "grow new bone (not easy on a then 79 year old) ended up having to get a "bone growth stimulater" ie:$4000. Anyway, I am getting off point, not sure if he has rebroken it or not. he wants to "wait and see" . I had him take some Tylenol, can't take anything else because of the blood thinners he's on. So may ended up with a trip into Urgent Care. Youngest son and DIL help me with my parents a lot. I really appreciate that. Oldest son and DIL are in New Mexico for a couple of weeks. I think they are looking for a place to park their Tiny House. Middle son and DIL live in New York, thinking of moving back. Doesn't look like I'm going to have all 3 sons and wives in the same State yet :( Kitchen stove and fridge are in. Still no cupboards but getting there. Miss my "routine" of cooking and knowing where everything is. Sorry for all the rambling, just a lot of things going on in my mind today. Hope everyone has a good weekend! Enjoy!

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Good Morning
I went to the doctor yesterday to get another haltor heart monitor put on for 24 hours. I have been feeling palpitations, no doubt related to work stress. I will see how I feel after my dreaded performance evaluation this month. If its really bad I am not going to argue but just seriously look for a lower level position within the parent company; or find a new job where I can work from home. I really want to retire and could if I wanted to live a frugal life until social security kicks in. But that is 8 years away. I also don't want to touch my retirement money until then. I continue to live like each paycheck is my last, and trying to hoard every penny in my savings vehicles in anticipation of possibly to make a sudden decision about work. I wish they would just give me a severance and send me on my way!

On a positive note, I am doing well with my weight loss plan, and have dropped several pounds this week. I cannot let stress eating take over! I find its not that hard to get back on track; but the old demons are still there; the biggest one being wanting to eat in the evening and cravings for sugar or something crunchy.


I've scheduled a vacation for the end of June 29-July 12. I'm trying a new tour group for Singles; and they have lots of trips for the over 50 crowd. I am going on a 3 night cruise in the Greek islands; followed by 1 night in Athens. Then I am off for a 7 night stay in Crete (a separate Greek island) at a small boutique hotel that caters to singles. There's interesting optional activities each day a communal meal at 8 each night; with a lively pool bar scene outside for the evenings. It sounds like the relaxing vacation I need. I don't want to do sightseeing everyday, just want to chill and go to some beaches.

Taxes are looming (another stress), and I shouldn't owe as much this year but still will owe quite a bit due to my income. It sucks you can't make money or cash in investments without the fear of paying taxes on it.

For you people that don't know me I reached my goal of 160 in Nov 2014. It took from July 2013 to Nov 2014 to lose 123 pounds. Stayed about the same in 2015 going from 156 to 160 pounds. In 2016 I gained back 15 pounds due to stress and not exercising and I am working hard to get it off. I went to the gym 3 times this week. Being thin is wonderful and had positively changed my outlook on life. I love that everything fits in my closet and can buy whatever and look good in it.

tammyand--We need you to get better!

I went to a Weight Watchers at Work meeting this week. It was the same old stuff, just counting points differently. I spoke about my weight loss. It was full of people who didn't know how to lose weight. I didn't think the class was for me. I felt like I knew more than the leader and was also a more inspirational speaker. I know all the tricks and what works. The problem in the room to me was that people were not fully committed. You can't expect to lose weight if you are not willing to make some changes in the amount you eat, what you eat, and the way you prepare your food.

This 40 day baby bonding thing is strange, but it is my sons first child. I'll get over it as time marches on and the 40 days will be over in early March.

CNTRY--Don't worry about venting, we all do. As you can see my post isn't all about weight loss, I am expressing personal things as to what is bothering me right now. We are more than our weight. Were all over 50 and have a lot going on.

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You guys are the best. After putting up my post last night I was a little aggravated at myself that I had vented about something that had nothing to do with weight loss. Had intended to apologize; but after the many words of encouragement I just want to say "thank you" for your support and kind words.
got my exercise in; not a full ten minutes, but I'll get there. I feel I'm right on the edge of getting a little further with everything.
Take care everyone and have a blessed weekend. For those fighting illness be kind to yourselves and take care. David prayers coming your way for your family.
Spark on sparklers,
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60 minutes DONE. All 5 times for the week DONE. Sunday will be my 100th day on track. I feel fantastic. The scale has slowed w-a-y down just like it always does after the initial chunk comes off. So now I am in for the long haul. That’s why I am gonna weigh in on Sundays and do my best to stay off during the rest of the week.

My root canal decided to ache starting last night. Hmmm … 2 days after the fact. I think I over did it forgetting NOT to eat on that side.

The kids are coming up tomorrow for lunch and then the g-kids will stay with us until Monday afternoon just for fun. They have already put in their “order” for pumpkin pancakes.

Donita – families … we don’t get to pick them. Mine … well let’s just say we aren’t the Leave It To Beaver family. Take good care of yourself.

Debby - I used the FitBit Charge HR today … the small is very, very tight … which is why I will be taking it back. Do ya have to push the button every time you want to see something??? And multiple times to get to what you want every time??? Though the Garmin Vivofit does NOT do the heart rate without the extra chest strap … that I don’t have … you can put the screen on whatever you want to “see” and it stays visible the whole time. What smartphone did ya get??? After 10 months of using my Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo … I swear it is still smarter than me. But I like it tons better than my old flip phone that was 6+ years old.

Linda – what Garmin did you order and from where? I am gonna look at the Garmin Vivosmart HR … it has the heart rate monitor in the wrist band much like the FitBit Charge HR.

Paula – sorry to hear you are still feeling bad. Take good care of yourself. But yippppeeee on the new sleeper couch. We looked into getting one a while back and chose to get a futon instead.

Pam – ummmm … sweetie not sure why you are apologizing to me. The written word has its pros and cons … it can cut down on confusion but it has no reflection of tone. Let’s be positive support for each other and comfortable to be who we are. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Off to eat a great big salad and use my Bolthouse salad dressing. I didn’t like how fast it poured out so I put one of the extra parts in from my Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to slow it down. Worked like a charm.


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Well the good news is my calories for today are low again, while the bad news is I am still not feeling well. I am sure this is a sinus infection. I am hoping to avoid antibiotics and just have this run its course. My fever never gets above 100 point something so I consider it "low grade." It goes down to normal when I take the Coricidin HBP and stays down for a while but every now and then creeps back up. I am resting a lot and not eating much. I forced myself to go to the grocery store to pick up a few basics, but I rested for an hour before I went. There is more good news. Our new sofa bed was delivered today. I love it. It is even more beautiful in person than it was on the fabric sample I saw. I plan to take it easy tonight again and maybe be able to accomplish something tomorrow.

Here's to a great weekend for everyone!

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday! I napped today when g-daughter did .. after my "deep cleaning" at the dentist, I was tired .. I don't think I slept well worrying about it .. but it turned out ok .. not as bad as I thought. The hygienist is really good (in my opinion) .. quick and pretty much pain free. Youngest son is taking me to a movie tonight .. we go the the "Bistro" so it's dinner and a movie .. I'll try to select a lower calorie option .. or just eat part, and bring the rest home. I'm determined to stick with my success for this day!

Talk to you soon
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Hey, all. I can't get here as often any more, but I enjoy reading your posts and getting to know the new people. I had a pretty good week with some NSVs in regards to energy. That's a it deal for me because of the CFS. I was able to get in the exercise bike for about 5 minutes without hurting my knee. Another day I walked to a wedding in the neighborhood and my knee didn't bother me and I wasn't exhausted when I got home. I am really enjoying having some days when I'm not exhausted every minute of every day. It's been 10 years since I had some somewhat normal days. I'm sure losing weight has helped, as well as eating healthier. The extended time in the U.S. with no work responsibilities is what pushed me over the hump I think. Now that I know what normal feels like again I can be vigilant about stopping and just resting on days when I feel the old fatigue creeping back.

Weight wise I'm still trying to get the new scale down to the lowest number that the old scale gave me. Today I weighed in on both just to give myself the encouragement that I am really still losing even though the number on the new scale is still higher than the last number I posted. If I were going by the old scale I would be only about two pounds away from 100. But alas, according to the new scale I still have about 8 pounds to go!

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome won't stop me.


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Happy weekend Sparks,

I am babysitting tonight. My daughter and SIL are going to a staff party. Today I am volunteering at the grandkids school. Tomorrow is my granddaughter's birthday party.

David - I know how stressful it has been for you before when your granddaughter's mother reappears. The only advice I would offer is to make a list of things you can control and things you cannot control. Let God take care of those things you cannot control, trust that He has a plan. Then concentrate on the things you can control, your eating, your doctor's appointments, stress reduction activities, and your relationship with your wife and your granddaughter. Every time you are successful at anyone of those things take time to congratulate yourself. Eating may not be the most important thing right now. Stress control and doctor's appointments maybe far more important. Talk to your doctor about your stress level. He maybe able to help. We are here for you. Vent if you need to. I do not consider venting negative. what I see as negative is putting down other people that post here and I have never seen you do that. When troubles enter our lives we need a safe place to talk about them. I find this to be a safe place.

Kat - Wow a moment to breathe and you are going to the gym. I hope you get those endorphins going.

Pam - so many of us here have parent issues. It is strange how hard it is to let go of our childhood. It is also wonderful that we can change and move on as is shown by so many here who have developed long time deep healthy relationships as you have with your husband.

Debby - I had to laugh when you said "less than perfect day" Why are we always looking for perfection? Why not just I had a great day! It does not have to be a perfect day to be a great day. But I am so guilty of looking for that perfect day.

Judy - How old is your son going to be? Mine just had his 40th birthday party last Saturday. I know tha every step counts. I am waiting on my Gamin to come in the mail so that I can start tracking again.

Donita - I had to smile when you were talking about your brother. When my father died my brother thought he was going to take over control of everyone's life including my mother's. I was an adult, long time and it took a long time and some hard feeling to convince him that he was not the patriarch.

Cat - I found the Bolthouse in the refrigerated section so I think it needs to be refrigerated from the get go. I got the blue cheese and it was really yummy. I am feeling better, amazing thing antibiotics!

Paula - you are in my thoughts, hope you get better soon. Take care of yourself and do not over-do.

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Linda

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Noturningback57: Sorry to hear that you are hitting a rocky patch :( You know you are an emotional eater, so be prepared! Keep the "no no food" out of the house...have your fruits and veggies on hand and ready to eat! Take the time now to wash and prepare them. If my grapes are washed and ready I will eat those, if their not I move on to something "easy" that's not good for me. I keep a bowl of popcorn on the counter (unbuttered) I find I "nibble" on that when I walk by. I see it, I munch it. Stops me from digging in the cupboards for something I should't have or making something ( Sadly I love to bake ). Also I find that if I am getting the urge to eat because I am upset I need to DO something. Exercise isn't always the answer for me but I can get lost here on SparkPeople and spend my time reading information that not only helps me in the long run but helps take my mind off what is upsetting me and my wanting to eat. Any hobby's you like to do? that keep your hands busy? I know I can't eat and crochet at the same time! LOL Even playing with your grandchild, rolling a ball back and forth together, trying to keep a balloon from landing on the floor. Can't play and eat!
Hope things calm down for you. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Sorry but I'm reaching out. My stress life is about to drop out the bottom.
My wife and I have been raising and starting the paperwork process in adopting our 4yr old granddaughter. Her mom looks like she is going to come back in the picture. I don't want to go in to detail. It's been quiet and we and the baby have started settling back into a normal life. If our granddaughters mom comes back its going to turn into a living .... again. I'm an emotional eater. I'm already on edge.

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Hello to all..busy at work today, but just wanted to check in and say Hi. I don't have to work my caregiving job tonight...it is the first Friday eve I have had off for probably 2 1/2 to 3 months. I won't know what to do with myself...oh, I know, I brought my gym bag to works so I guess I can treadmill tonight. Have a great weekend.

Never let Yesterday or Tomorrow take up Today!

Progress not Perfection...Baby Steps!


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emoticon I was just thinking the other day about something that I said a while back that might have been taken differently. Here on this site we can customize our settings as well as check or uncheck all of these response boxes. I uncheck not to be anti social or snub anyone but just because my e-mail box already gets an average of 50 e-mails a day from other sources and since I am in these challenges etc. I could potentially get 25+ if I didn't uncheck those response boxes. The main thing is I know you are all responding because you are here daily and checking in. That is all the confirmation that I need. emoticon

I especially want to apologize to MtnKitten(Cat) for how I prefaced that when you asked if I had received a Spark Mail about your blog entry being highlighted the last week of January. I have just gotten to know you. I did read it and I found myself nodding my head through out. I did leave a message for you regarding it as well. Journaling about our experience is one way of checking in with ourselves and I am happy you are doing so well. emoticon

IF I have slighted any one here by any comments such as this it is 'mea culpa'. In order for me to get the things done regarding the administrative part of losing weight (checking in on challenges, doing the work, tracking and exercising etc.) I sometimes sound 'aloof', which is not how I feel. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group here and I hope to be for a long time to come.


We are all in this together and when one of you succeeds I feel that I can share in that success. When you stumble I hope that I can help you get back up. I just wanted y'all to know that. emoticon

emoticon Well, I awoke to such an uproarious noise within what seemed like feet from my front door. There are a lot of diseased trees on the boulevards and if they aren't removed now then they can (and often do) block the city streets when we get those tropical storms in July and August. We have an offer for my 'Buddy' (my neighborhood running around car) so if we decide not to get it fixed we have a buyer. I am someone who runs a vehicle into the ground. I want to squeeze every last bit out of it. I am waiting to hear whether today is the day or not. emoticon

JustMe(Linda): Glad to hear you found a car that works for you. I hear you about getting in and out of cars. It becomes crucial with RA/OA. I love that 'new car' smell too. emoticon (I haven't smelled it in a while though LOL)

Tammyand(Paula) No apologies needed! emoticon A couple of us here have gone through what you are going through now. It took me a week after the worse was over before I felt like my old self again. First things first! Take care of yourself. emoticon

Mtn Kitten (Cat) Good for you asking for what you need and not what you want!! emoticon Glad you found the salad dressing. I have to thank WW though (and I will time and again) for really instilling these new beliefs in my old noggin. It really came in handy last night. With all the craziness of clearing the path for the tree removers and their large crane we had 'my' car (Buddy) towed and so, of course, old habits I decided ordering delivery pizza would be better than dividing my attention with cooking while juggling the other. The girl came to the door at the same time as the towing people. LOL So, how effective was that plan?? Not! Even though I had eaten both breakfast and lunch when I sat down to eat the pizza I 'ate the whole thing' (a large thin crust Dominos veggies with sausage). The interesting thing is I wasn't more than mildly and pleasantly full. I didn't realize I was 'that' hungry. emoticon emoticon

In the 'old days' (any one else do this?) I would have beat myself up and then proceeded to have a package of cookies or something like that. Instead, I tracked it (ouch!) and although my supper (Midwest talking now) was the equivalent of an entire day's calories I said "Oh, well" and laid it to rest. I got three days to get that sodium out of my system and (fingers crossed) break 250. If I don't, I know where to point the finger. Life goes on and so will I. I am still in the game. I'm a lifer with no eligibility for parole. emoticon

CntryHrt(DOnita): I understand your family dynamics. That was mine too. I feel very fortunate though that by the time I buried my Dad I had forgiven both parents. As I told my hubby the other day. I "grew up" as an adult child. Meaning I buried "the man who was and not the man who I wanted or needed him to be". I let go. It is a wonderful peace to do that. I grew up in an abusive house and I was emotionally neglected by both parents. BUT so has a lot of other people. That is old news. I gave the eulogy at both my parents funerals and when I sat down to compose what I would say I decided that I would take the high road and talk about their strengths and not their weaknesses (after all isn't that what we would all want if it were us?). By doing so I stepped out into the fresh and crisp November air (both their funerals were in November) and I felt really proud of myself. My sister said she didn't want to spend the money Dad left us on his funeral. I did not argue with her. I did though and I feel that I can hold my head up high as a result. I know you are taking care of yourself as I did for years. I hate to say this because I do love all of my family but I hate to be around them. Does that make sense? I was ignored most of my life from them so when in their final hours they reached out to me I was being a 'dutiful daughter' but that was about it. No regrets. Just beautiful and everlasting peace. Prayers and love your way. emoticon

Judy: Thank you for your kind words. emoticon I am blessed because God didn't give up on me and I met one of the most wonderful human beings on this planet: my third husband, Paul. We have been together 17 years and like we said last night it seems like a lot less time. Those years have been fraught with a lot of things to test us but we have stood together through them all. I have had three 'earth angels' in my life (my sexual abuse therapist, Lynn K., my ex-mother in law, Evelyn and Paul). When you are blessed to have someone come into your life who love you in such a way that it is a 'healing balm' it is like winning the lottery of the heart. So, I try to 'spread the love' when I can to others. Some people, like my sister, don't believe they deserve to be loved but we all do. It is our God-given right. So, y'all hear that?? LOL emoticon

DebbyHS: I avoided getting a smartphone for longer than I should have. Once I got some mobile apps (my favorite is my bank's where I can take a photo of a check and deposit it without having to go to the bank) I wonder why I stalled for so long. Sparkpeople has one and it can be a help when you are away from your computer so 'there's no excuses' for not tracking your activity or food (aw shucks! LOL). I hope you consider getting one of those palm/hand straps for your tablet. I have heard that holding those can increase your chances of getting carpal tunnel. Enjoy your new toys! emoticon emoticon

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I had a good day after having a less than perfect day yesterday. We got so busy and rushed yesterday that we ate dinner rushed at the theater when we went to see a movie. Oh, well, at least I ate well today and got lots of exercise in. I got about an hour of walking on the treadmill (at 3.8 mph, 2.5 slope) and an hour of senior fitness in. Plus some walking while we went shopping. I think if I have mostly good days, that an occasional bad day may slow me down a little, but it won't stop me.

For those of you that are ailing, I hope you get well quickly. There is some nasty stuff going around. Take care of yourselves.

I'm starting to get excited about our trip to Mexico in a couple of weeks. We have snorkeling, hiking, whale watching, and even a camel riding trip planned. I may not be at goal weight, but getting fit has made a huge difference in what I can experience. I don't plan to hike Mt. St. Helen's again, but we're definitely planning on hiking this summer in some new places.

And today I'm learning to use my new smart phone and tablet....a learning curve, for sure. Hopefully it will help me log in more consistently :)

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