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10/1/14 10:51 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Had a good weekly weigh in this morning - lost 9.3 pounds. Another 1.3 pounds and I will be back to my pre-vacation weight and making forward progress.

JOEJOE - Good for you skipping that KK donut……. I really like the GP that I see. I feel that he listens to me and takes my concerns seriously without going overboard and ordering a lot of test/procedures or medications that aren’t really necessary. With him I also feel I have a say in my medical treatment. How old is your doctor? If you are not satisfied with your doctor this may be a good time for you to switch. It would be good to have someone that can see you through your 80’s and 90’s. That’s the only thing about my doctor, he’s 62 and will probably retire in a few years.

TAMMYAND - Glad you are feeling strong. This autumn is your time to shine and I know you will sparkle brightly.

JUSTME - I eat a lot of apples, bananas and grapefruit. For veggies I eat a lot of frozen spinach during the week when I am by myself. When I’m cooking for DH we eat eggplant, broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, cabbage, carrots, onions, scallions, mushrooms, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, butternut squash, yellow and green squash, cucumber, tomatoes, beets, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, red peppers and probably a few more that I have forgotten. The only thing I never cook is okra, I don’t like it. We're pretty adventurous with our vegetable selections so I can’t tell you how many times I have had to identify my vegetables for the grocery store cashier.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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10/1/14 1:12 A

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I am interested. What are your go to fruits and veg? I eat a lot of onions, tomatoes, spinach, chilies, and carrots. I have a problem with fruit, I like berries, but they spoil, and cantaloupe. What do you eat in the fruit and veg department for breakfast?

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9/30/14 11:55 P

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Hi Buddies,

This is just a quick check in before I go to bed. I will write more tomorrow when I should have more "me" time. I had a very full day and stayed totally compliant again. Once again m calories are pretty darn low but tomorrow I am going out to dinner with a friend so a few low cal days shouldn't be a problem. I am not worried about staying compliant at dinner tomorrow because I think we are going to Ruby Tuesday where I can get grilled salmon, broccoli, and make healthy choices at the salad bar. It's really kind of funny with me lately, I am not all that interested in food, haven't felt any cravings, am not really hungry, and just about have to remind myself to eat. If I were like this always I wouldn't have the weight issues in the first place.

OK everyone....Wednesday here we come!

Tammyand
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9/30/14 1:41 P

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Marlene, I have been in compliance again today! In a way, it is very empowering. I turned down a Krispy Kreme doughnut today at lunch. I was pretty proud of myself. I just didn't want to "waste" my calories on sugary carbs.

Tammy, congratulations on compliance! I always feel like my rheumatologist patronizes me. I am working and I have fibro, osteoarthritis, and probably an undiagnosed case of CFS. But, she always just kind of pats me on my head and says, "I understand," when I tell her I feel like I'm running out of time to be mobile. I have thought about changing doctors altogether.

Linda, Yay for your 2000+ steps! That's a great accomplishment.

PandB, The 5% Fall Challenge is an 8 week team challenge to lose 5% of your body weight. I'm not sure how I got the invitation to participate, but the teams "compete" to reach destinations. 1 minute exercise = 1 mile in the challenge. Last week, we earned points for drinking our water and exercising. This week we are earning points for exercise and logging our food totals. The challenge lasts 8 weeks. Then, the teams disband and start a new challenge. They tell you interesting facts about the locations we are travelling to. It also helps us to develop some healthy weight loss habits.

My kiddos are at computer right now. They only go once a week. It makes Tuesday my favorite day because it's the only day of the week I get TWO breaks! Yippeee!! My coteacher and I gave them a reward party today to thank them for raising over $300 for our local food bank in our charity challenge. They had pizza and doughnuts for lunch today. It was a big hit to say the least and I didn't have to get dunked with ice water!

Well, I hope everyone enjoys their day. Take charge and do something wonderful for yourself today! Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

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9/30/14 10:44 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Yipee for Compliance Monday. Yesterday I ate within my calorie range, went to water aerobics and earned my balloons for the day. This morning the scale was kind to me so I am looking forward to my weekly weigh in tomorrow morning.

Last night there was a beautiful sun set. The sky was a swirl of pink and purple. It’s hard to believe tomorrow is Oct 1. This fall has been unusually warm. Usually it is a struggle not to turn on the heat before Oct 1 and this year I’ve hardly thought about revving up the furnace. Actually, we’re still keeping the doors and windows open during the day to let tin the warm outside air. I know winter is coming and will eventually be here, but for now I am really enjoying this warm autumn weather.

JOEJOE - You get a gold star for putting your paperwork down and getting on your bike. What’s the 5% challenge team?

TAMMYAND - Sorry to hear that you are having skin troubles. I don’t think you are over reacting and hope that the dermatologist has some good answers for you. That’s too bad that your rheumatologist isn’t more interested in your skin because, you’re right, it’s all related.

JUSTME - Good job on getting to 2000 steps. That’s one of the great things about a pedometer, it gives you an accurate way to track your general activity.

SCRIMP - Thank you for suggesting the progress check. You are so right, I hate battling the same pounds. For me, I think not gaining back pounds I have lost is just as important as losing them in the first place.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

PandB

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9/30/14 9:36 A

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Good Morning
Its COMPLIANCE TUESDAY! We did so well yesterday lets do a repeat!

I stayed on plan yesterday and did my treadmill. Also had a chance to take a long outside walk on Sunday. I really have to be vigilant as I am craving carbs--sugary ones.

I knew this would happen.....Now that my masterbath countertop has been replaced; I have two other bathrooms with a single vanity that I want that old buildergrade cream countertop replaced. Its true, changing the vanity makes such a big difference, but I am not changing the original vanity cabinet as its good enough for me and is a neutral white and in good shape.

My goals this week are to clean some clutter, and find an outfit in my closet for the shower. I decided to drive to the airport I have a 7 am flite on Friday; and in the DC area that means I must leave by 4:30 to have a hope of getting there without being stuck in traffic.

I am working from home today.

JoeJoe--Red, burgundy side does suit me and is a nice change from dark brown.

Thanks PandaB and Tammyand for sharing your progress. Isn't it a good reality check. Don't you hate battling the same old stubborn pounds. Eating healthy and exercise does not go to waste; as our body appreciates the extra care and nutrition.

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9/30/14 1:14 A

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On water aerobic days I usually get over 6000 steps, but on non water aerobic days I average around 1000, one of my goals is to double that number. Today I made it to 2200 steps. Made my goal and it was not too hard. I am going to try to move enough to make that a habit, then next month my goal will be 3000. I was compliant today. Now I am tired and going to bed.

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9/29/14 10:57 P

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Linda – Thanks for your encouragement. I am optimistic that my compliance will pay off at the scale soon. I agree with you completely about getting along with your DIL and the importance of your relationship with your grandchildren. You are right on target in my opinion.

Sue – Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your time off. I am so happy when I have time at home (even though I am retired). Glad you are taking care of yourself.

Joann – Sounds like your Sunday afternoon was wonderful. I totally get the nap part too. Congrats on your commitment to your time on the bike. Way to go!

PandB – Great that you have your one meal portions frozen and on hand. It helps so much to have healthy choices at the ready and home grown are the best. Hope you had a fun swim today.


Compliance Monday is a success for me. I was totally on track with my 17 Day Diet plan today. I was not really hungry at all today. My calories are a bit low for the day, but that happens occasionally for me on this diet (I track my calories on SP, but on the 17DD we don’t really count calories). I worked on household chores today including laundry and got pretty tired again, so I took a nap for almost 2 hours late in the afternoon. I think the fatigue is related to my autoimmune disorders. I see my dermatologist tomorrow, and really I am not improved from when I saw him 2 weeks ago. I got better for a while and now have relapsed a bit. I never used to worry about going to the dermatologist, but my skin problems are much worse lately than they ever have been, and I am concerned that my RA and lupus are contributing a great deal to these problems . Next week I see my rheumatologist, but he is usually not too interested in my skin. Sorry for going on about this. I am probably overreacting.

Stay strong friends!


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9/29/14 9:56 P

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Linda, Love the attitude about your daughter-in-law. I see the effects people NOT behaving like adults has on children every day. Parents forget that the children love them both, even if the parents no longer feel that way about each other. I've seen kids actually feel guilty for loving their parents! It is so sad.

PandB, How nice that you were able to get your one meal packages all done. One of my student's parents had swiss chard in her garden last fall and she brought me several packages over the course of her harvest. It was wonderful!

Wow, the board is really quiet tonight. I hope that means we are all out being compliant! I will say my 5% challenge team inspired me to do 20 minutes on my bike tonight even though I had so much paperwork to do. I put it down for a bit and rode for 20 minutes because I wanted to help the team out with this week's challenge. So, doing the 5% challenge is definitely helping me reach my goals!

I hope you all have had a successful Monday. Good night! Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

What you are is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to Him.

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

6/4 - 280 (down from 286.5 four weeks earlier); 6/9 - 273.4; 6/16 - 270.4; 6/23 - 270.4; 6/25 - 269.6; 6/30 269.6; 7/1 - 268.4; 7/6 - 266.6; 7/10 - 265.6; 7/14 - 264.4; 7/20 - 263.6; 7/28 - 262.4; 7/31 - 262; 8/10 - 261.6 ; 8/16 260.4; 8/25 259.6; 8/31 257.4; 9/7 257.4;9/21 259; 9/27 257


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9/29/14 11:09 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Busy weekend. Harvested all of the swiss chard in the garden and then processed it for freezing. All I can say is thank heavens for DH’s help (the project was bigger than I expected) and my salad spinner. Now I have 1-meal packages I can pull out of the freezer when needed. Eating went well this weekend so I am on track to have a good loss this week. Happy compliance Monday!!

JUSTME - I’m all about the numbers on my treadmill, getting bonus spins on SP and putting balloons on my calendar. Without numbers to track my progress I have a much harder time doing the activity. I’m just not one of those people that is naturally physically active.

TAMMYAND - Getting enough sleep is important, especially with your RA. You are much too energetic a person to make sleeping in a habit, so I wouldn’t sweat it when it happens. Good job on coffee hour.

ITZ_SUE - Enjoy your vacation. Any special plans? Good for you tracking the meatloaf. I worry about getting the calories right on homemade food too. Over the years I’ve learned just to do the best i can with figuring out the calories. If you don’t get them exactly right, at least you have a general idea of what the portion size can be. And for me, portion size is critical.

DEBBY - You are amazing. I am totally impressed with how quickly you have recovered from your St. Helens hike. How is your husband doing? There seems to be more and more stories coming out about the side effects of bypass surgery. I had toyed with the idea a while back, but when you dig past the hype, the picture isn’t pretty. Hope your friend is healthy and doing well.

MOVING4ME - Sorry to hear about your cell phone. We will be think of you while your are disconnected and hope you get back soon.

JOEJOE - I have a soaking bath tub that is nice to be in, but getting in and especially out is hard for me. There is nothing better than a long hot bath after a day in the garden so I am hoping that as I lose weight and gain strength getting in and out will be easier. For now the tub is just collecting dust.

SCRIMP - I’ll bet you look fantastic as a red head. Many years ago I use to color my hair red just for the fun of it. You should be proud of your annual review. You have done wonderfully this year. My review is more sobering. In January I was 340 and today I am 311, down 29 pounds. You’re right, the last quarter with all of the holidays will be difficult. I am having surgery (parotidectomy) mid-November and am hoping with a sore face I don’t indulge in holiday treats.

Lots of posts this weekend. My apologies to anyone I missed.

So far compliance monday is going well. Eating is on track and have plans to go swimming this afternoon.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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9/29/14 8:47 A

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Hey, y'all just stopping in to say hello and remind everybody that it is Compliance Monday! Time to review how you did this past week and make plans for this upcoming week. Also, a good day to recommit to eating healthy and getting in that 20 minutes of exercise. Come on folks, even the chair exercise routine on Spark can be helpful to those of us with mobility issues. Wishing you all the best and much success today!

Joann

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

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9/28/14 8:46 P

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jo-jo the bottom line is no matter what happens, she is the mother of my grandchildren, so she is a part of my life forever. I have a choice of making that as good as possible or contentious. My grandchildren and I will be the losers if I make poor choices. Someone has to be the adult in the room.

Sue - So glad you are doing well. I love the slow cooker. It makes life so much easier.

I had a nice day today. Spent time with my grandchildren all of them. Spent time with my daughter and got to see my son. Very relaxing and pleasant.

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9/28/14 8:39 P

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Sue, Good for you for sticking to your plan. And, I think a week of just relaxing and not having plans sounds like a wonderful vacation!

Tammy, I did get perkier as the day went on. Just finished 40 minutes on my recumbent bike. I'm going to watch some Sunday night football and get myself psyched up for another week at school.

Linda, How sweet of you to get your daughter-in-law a gift. We don't have Trader Joe's here, but I've been in the one in Newport News, VA, when visiting my inlaws. I thought it was such a neat place!

I had a lovely afternoon. My daughter and I toured a few houses, tried a new restaurant on the bay that we've been hearing about, and then came home and took a short nap. I feel so rested and relaxed. I need a day like this every now and then, although I did hate missing church this morning.

Hope you've all had a relaxing Sunday! Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

What you are is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to Him.

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

6/4 - 280 (down from 286.5 four weeks earlier); 6/9 - 273.4; 6/16 - 270.4; 6/23 - 270.4; 6/25 - 269.6; 6/30 269.6; 7/1 - 268.4; 7/6 - 266.6; 7/10 - 265.6; 7/14 - 264.4; 7/20 - 263.6; 7/28 - 262.4; 7/31 - 262; 8/10 - 261.6 ; 8/16 260.4; 8/25 259.6; 8/31 257.4; 9/7 257.4;9/21 259; 9/27 257


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9/28/14 8:23 P

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Hello Everyone!

Just a quick check-in to let you know that I'm thinking of you all! I'm doing good, sticking pretty much to my plan. The veggie soup was a great success and everyone liked it, so today I made another slow cooker one. I love doing this in the slow cooker, as I don't have to worry about watching the burner. I thank you Linda, for the inspiration! I've lost the 3 lbs I gained and back on my way to Onederville .. thanks to all of your support, encouragement and even understand when I slip. It really IS all about choices, and my choice right now is to take care of myself better.

God's Blessings to All!
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Hay-hay - Cat are you teasing us? Where are you?

I went to Trader Joe's with my daughter. It is our time when we get to talk and visit without any interruptions or obligations. So, it is a special time for me. I got some organic veg for dinner tonight. It always amazes me that organic at TJ's is the same price as regular in the supermarket. Fish and greens tonight.

Moving- we are going to miss you. Get back as soon as you can.

Sue - any vacation plans? Hope you get well rested and are ready to face the holidays

Debbie - you are definitely our adventurer. I love hiking, but hate climbing. Even in good shape I wanted a traveled path, I hate it when you have to squeeze through boulders, or worse yet balance on top of them an either jump or stretch from one to another. I did that as a kid and was always afraid. I would never make a mountain climber. That is why I like the Gorgonio hike - you get to travel the beaten trail.

Scrimp - isn't it wonderful when what you envisioned actually comes to fruition. Enjoy your new bathroom.

Jo-jo - I would sooo much rather watch a VV game than baseball. Where did they ever decide that baseball was the American pastime? Sometimes it is as exciting as watching paint dry.

Tammy - you have been so on track I know that you are going to see success soon.

My son should be coming over with the kids soon. I bought a gift for his wife at TJ's - pumpkin butter, she loves it and never goes to TJ's so I get it for her every year.

Spark on
Linda

Pesto Bean Soup
1 pound white beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
Saute 5 sliced garlic cloves and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a skillet with olive oil.
Add 0.5 cup chopped celery and 0.5 C chopped red pepper
Add beans and 1 box low sodium chicken stock
Stir in 3 tablespoons pesto and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan.
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Linda – Thanks for another delicious sounding recipe!

Marlene – Glad you found some treasures yesterday. The beaded basket sounds adorable. We have Wegmans in our area too. I seldom shop there as the locations are not convenient for me and my newspaper does not always include a Wegman’s circular which could entice me to drive out of my way for something. When I worked my commute took me close by a Wegman’s so I shopped there more often then. I am always impressed with the variety of selections in all of their departments. I didn’t realize they are in your area too. I’m sure you will be back to your compliant self in no time after a blip last night. How nice of you to travel across country for a shower. Hope you have a good trip next weekend. I looked back to see what my weight was in January and sad to say it was actually less than it is now! I have played up and down with the same 5 or so pounds all year. Then I had the gain from the steroids in early August. So I have to lose about 5 pounds to get to where I was in January. My greatest weight loss occurred in fall 2013 when I lost the bulk of my 39 pounds. That is why I feel confident about doing well this fall again. Thanks for the suggestion. It helped to face the numbers. The good news is I am feeling quite strong and on track for some time now.

Joann – Glad you perked up as the day went on. Listening to our bodies is important which is why I was ok about sleeping in a bit yesterday. Coffee hour went well, and I didn’t go off plan at all. I find that sometimes if I have a taste or a small piece of a sugary carb food it triggers cravings and can really set me off track. Since my team was hosting coffee hour I was pretty busy. The couple that bakes the great cakes didn’t push me at all to have any which made me very happy.

Checking in early today because I don’t plan to be online much for the rest of the day. I did great at coffee hour….just ate the fresh fruit salad and stayed away from the sweets and the bagels because of the carbs. Had an interesting conversation with 2 folks at coffee hour, both of whom just naturally watch their carbs as part of a healthy eating style. It seems that more and more folks are becoming carb-aware so to speak.


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Tammy, Good luck with the cakes this morning! I hope you found a way to have a small piece of cake and account for it in your plan. I've found if I tell myself I "can't" have something, that's the very thing I want.

Linda, Your "friendship stew" sounds marvelous. What a wonderful lesson for the kiddos! I'll bet that if you asked them now, it's one of their favorite childhood memories.

Marlene, I use "Daily Shower" cleaner on my frameless shower. As soon as I finish my morning shower, I spray it down - there's also an "automatic" sprayer contraption you can buy. I've not had any issues with soap scum, and it really keeps the shower nice and clean between showers. I would definitely recommend it!

I woke up feeling sluggish this morning, so didn't make church. Now that I'm up and moving, I feel better. I'm going to a home show of new houses in a neighboring county today with my oldest daughter. I always get some great decorating ideas from attending. Last year, I attended the one in my county and won $1000 from Lowe's! All you had to do was visit all of the open houses and get a stamp on your attendance document. I faxed it in the Monday after the open houses and about two weeks later they called to say I had won! I think there were very few people who got all the stamps. It took me two days to visit them all, but for $1000 I think it was worth it!

I got some more of the scuppanong grapes (muscadines) this weekend. I love them! A cup is only about 60 calories. They are so sweet and good. I limit myself to a cup a day because of the carbs. But mmmmm, they are so yummy!

Well, I've got to get up and get dressed. I will check back in when I get home this evening. Blessings to all!

Joann

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

6/4 - 280 (down from 286.5 four weeks earlier); 6/9 - 273.4; 6/16 - 270.4; 6/23 - 270.4; 6/25 - 269.6; 6/30 269.6; 7/1 - 268.4; 7/6 - 266.6; 7/10 - 265.6; 7/14 - 264.4; 7/20 - 263.6; 7/28 - 262.4; 7/31 - 262; 8/10 - 261.6 ; 8/16 260.4; 8/25 259.6; 8/31 257.4; 9/7 257.4;9/21 259; 9/27 257


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Good Sunday to All:

I had a rough time yesterday with cravings and ate off plan in the evening. Of course the scale is up a pound this morning. Made the mistake of going to Wegman's and the extensive prepared food section reeled me in.

JoeJoe--I have heard frameless showers are difficult to clean if you don't wipe down the glass and rinse the soap scum off...True? What do you use? I also looked at glass tiles yesterday for a kitchen backsplash. I like the clear silverleaf square 1 inch blocks but the horizontal clear bar ones are nice too. I bought a sample home so I can see. I have an L shape 9x10 area to cover. I am concerned about putting them above the stove since I have a ventless fan over it and I'll gave to be vigilent about wiping off grease film. I have heard many folks say they don't use a jetted tub. Once I used one in the pocono resort room and 2 big hairballs floated to the surface from the drains and I nearly died. What a turn off. I wouldn't use a jetted tub, the deep soaking is enough for me. I love watching volleyball and love used to play it in junior high.

Justme-That Friendship stew sounds like a great idea! Ever thought about adding a bag of frozen peas for color with the potato and carrot? Or are peas something kids hate? I remember in kindergarten we made butter and we all took turns shaking the container. You sound more at peace with your son's situation; but like you I would still be concerned about my son and grandchildren's future.

Debbie--Yes you are a She-Ro! Conquering Mt. St. Helen in bad weather! Rest up, you must be burning cals like crazy and revving up your metabolism. I wonder if you are gaining muscle, making it seem like you are not losing. Have you checked your measurements lately? I am always hungry after exercise!

Sue--Vacation...good for you. You'll be able to concentrate and steer clear of the usual daily temptations of the work day. You got that right about staying out of the kitchen. We should put a yellow crime tape across the kitchen fridge or pantry and make us think before we open those doors.

PandB--Glad you got to do your water aerobics. You'll be back to pre vacation weight soon, it takes about 2 weeks or so. Do you count weight lost and then regained and lost as part of your weight loss? If that were the case I have more than 53 pounds lost this year with all my vacation blips.

Tammyand--I found a metal sculpture of circle gears for $5 and a $2 cute white wire circle basket with no handle with 6 rows of baby blue beads around the top. I use the basket in my new bathroom to hold toiletries. Good for you in logging in another compliant day. I can tell you feel great!

I had my hair dyed reddish brown. I am envious of those of you with hardly any gray. My mom grayed in her 30s so I knew it would happen.

Lets take an assessment of how we are doing as a group? 3/4 of the year is gone. Do you remember what you weighed January 1. How much have you lost since then? I was 224-171=53 pounds. Now this last next quarter of a year will be tough because of the holidays--halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Vacations, and Christmas season. This is when the Tough are supposed to get going and finish off the year Strong.

Tomorrow is Compliance Monday! Have a good Sunday

I'm leaving for Long Beach, CA on Friday to attend a shower.

Justme, the shower honoree lives in Eastlake and her mother lives in high desert near you. The shower is at the Lakewood Country Club in Long Beach near the airport.

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This is a very bland soup. But it has a very special place in my heart. Every year at Thanksgiving the teachers try to do something special for the kids particularly in elementary school. Some teachers would prepare elaborate meals. Some had pot luck with the parents. I made Friendship stew. Over the years it became simpler and simpler, because it was based on what the children liked. So here is the "recipe" for Friendship Stew.
Every girl in the classroom was to bring one potato
Every boy in the classroom was to bring one medium to large carrot
I brought 5 pounds of ground beef and 4 packets of Lawry's Beef Stew seasonings.
I browned the brown beef in some olive oil in an 18 quart roasting pan added water, seasoning packets and cut up the vegetables the kids brought. No onions, no garlic, no peppers. Sometimes I would bring a bunch of celery but simple was what they liked. It was also a lesson in what your can do with limited resources and the help of friends.
We always had fruit salad with it. Every girl brought one apple, every boy brought one orange and I brought bananas and canned pineapple. That was it that was our feast and we would spend the afternoon reading friendship books.

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Sue – Woo Hoo! Enjoy your vacation time. You certainly deserve it after working so hard and for such long hours.

David – Hope you can check back in. I like Joann’s idea of going to the public library but realize that would take time for you and you tend to be short on free time. Please don’t let the loss of internet set back your weight loss efforts. You have been working hard and your health is way too important to stray from your program now.

Joann – Your lunch sounds yummy. I enjoy trying new restaurants and new food. Good for you for minding your portion control. You won’t be sorry.

Marlene – Hope you came upon some interesting “finds” while out today. I admire your decorating abilities. I have never felt confident in my taste/choices and have seldom been in the position to have many truly “new” things. So I haven’t had a lot of practice with decorating either.

Debby – When you were hiking Mt. St. Helen’s did you come across other hikers? Or were you the only humans around? Also, did you see any wildlife, and if so, what kind? Glad you are getting back to your normal self after your big adventure!

I was totally on track again today. Was so busy I barely had time to eat. I slept late again today and feel fine about it, realizing that my body needed it. But sleeping late set me back on all I needed to accomplish today. I managed to get my morning routine housework done before going out to volunteer. Then I grocery shopped again this week because my team is hosting coffee hour again tomorrow and I ran the supplies to my church to make it easier for me for tomorrow morning. I stayed for our Saturday evening service and am glad I did. Tomorrow my challenge will be getting through coffee hour without over sampling the cakes two of our teammates (a husband and wife) bring. They are outstanding bakers and get all disappointed if the other teammates don’t sample what they bring. So I might try a small piece of one of their cakes (they usually bring 3 or 4) and will just stay strong.


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David, We will miss you. Most public libraries have internet enabled computers, so I hope you can find a way to check in with us from time to time.

Marlene, Yay for the one pound gone! Your tile plan sounds beautiful. I have a jetted tub and a frameless shower in my master bath. I never use the jetted tub because it is such a pain to get in and out of and to clean! I've been thinking of taking it out and making a huge double shower in my master bath. I'm sure the jetted tub is better for resale value though. I'm definitely torn about the best way to go.

PandB, One of the drawbacks to living in such a rural area is the nearest water aerobics center is about 45 minutes away from me. I would love to do that though, as the water always feels so great on my joints.

Linda, Good job on your cardio! I like the idea of buying the glass tiles over time. My kitchen is so big, I think I really just need to do a smaller backsplash behind the stove and then just an accent around the rest of the backsplash.

Tammy, Congratulations on staying compliant! That seafood soup sounds delicious. I love gumbo, but I am trying to find lower calorie options. I'm going to research and see what I can come up with.

Sue, My hubby is on salary, and his typical work week is about 50-60 hours. He has to stay until everything is done. And, of course, I'm a salaried employee too. If they had to pay teachers overtime, we'd be making a professional's salary - haha! I find it interesting that teacher's are required to have more CEU's than almost any profession other than medical doctors.

Debby, Glad there are no lasting aches and pains from your hike. I really hope that as I continue to lose weight I can become more active. This recumbent bike can get a tad boring. But, I keep pedaling away.

I went and watched some of my 6th graders play volleyball in a local tournament today. Then went to a new restaurant here in town. "Island Wings." Nothing on the menu is fried - including the french fries! I had a "Buffalo Wing Salad" and a side of baked fries. Only ate about 1/4 of the salad -- hubby had the leftovers -- and about half the fries. It was a wonderful meal and I am full!! We are going to a volleyball game at our local university tonight. It's such an exciting sport and it is free admission. I tell people it is one of the best kept secrets in college sports.

Well, I'm going to get some things done around the house here. Hope you are all having a SUPER SATURDAY! Blessings and peace!

Joann

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I will be off site mostly for awhile. I dropped and shattered screen on my cell( only acess I have here.). It is going thru random functions on its own. Can't buy new one so ...you won't see me here much for while. Good luck on each of your journies. David

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Good Morning

I lost another pound; both scales are giving the same number, 171. Only worked out twice this week because of the bath remodel.
I love my bathroom! The shower is beautiful; and they measured for the frameless shower yesterday since their measurer was in the area. The room looks so bright and airy and the new countertop land roman tub looks great with my existing newer plumbing fixtures, which I had them re-install. They also have to install the vanity backsplash, since this had to be custom measured.
Tammy-Only one guy did the work, with the exception of the countertop install he had help. He was so nice and courteous and constantly took care cleaning up. He draped my bedroom furniture in plastic. It has really made a difference going with a major contractor. There is a 10 year warranty on the work.

I am off to the annual fiesta and flea market at the local Catholic church. I'll be back later.

I do admit to being somewhat of a design afficionado. i am constantly buying accessories and changing things around. Thats what I am after today, should I see something intriguing.



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Hi everyone - I've been recuperating from the hike the other day. Woke up Wednesday quite sore and stiff in many places - not injured, just sore. I think it would have been much worse had I not worked out and trained so hard beforehand, though. Thursday was better and today I only noticed a few twinges, so I think all in all, it was about what I expected. I do have a few bruises from hitting rocks when I slipped a couple of times out there, and they're pretty sore, but will also heal. I took Wednesday off from exercise completely, Thursday did an easy workout and today went back to my normal routine. I find moving helps to release the soreness in muscles when they've been taxed so hard, so I had to get back to it pretty quickly.

Yesterday I had a friend from San Diego visit. She also has dropped about 100 lbs., though she had gastric bypass surgery to help her. (She would not do it that way again, by the way. It has left her with many problems that she would not have had if she had lost weight the way we're all doing it) She wants to hike Mt. Whitney with me next summer. It's now officially in the plans. Though the peak is much higher and the hike longer than Mt. St. Helen's, the trail itself is more straight forward and won't involve all the boulder climbing or the hiking through ash. I think we'll probably aim for about late July/early August.

Linda - I have actually done a lot of hiking in the San Gorgonio area. I used to work on the Front Country Ranger District of the San Bernardino Naitonal Forest and that was part of the area I was responsible for. I especially had to do a lot of work up there on water rights and hydropower licensing. Fortunately at the time, I was able to do most of my work from roads with short hikes. I was not in the shape then that I am now and would have found long hikes difficult. So now, at your suggestion, I am thinking a proper hike up there would be appropriate. Perhaps in December, when I'm in SoCal for a week or so, if weather conditions permit, I'll look into it. I have a really good friend in Redlands that I used to work with that may be willing to go with me.

Thanks to all of you for the congrats. It was a really hard hike and I'm totally thrilled that I made it, though I really want to do it in good weather conditions now. The friend who was here yesterday said she'd like to come up again and do it with me. She has to come up more often now as her daughter just started college at Oregon State this week.

Mtn_Kitten - so happy to see you back. I look forward to your posting more frequently when you get home.

JoeJoe- missed you, too. I totally appreciate what school takes out of you. My daughter regales me with stories of woe with all she has to do, so I can only imagine. It is not an 8 hr. job, that's for sure.

Itz_Sue - good for you for your honestly and getting back on track.

TammyAnd- it's fun finding bargains, isn't it? And, it may take some time to get that bathroom done, but would you really want someone sick in your house? I hate being sick, so really don't like being anywhere near contagious sick people. You seem to have some good strategies to help avoid the evening gnoshing. Good for you.

P&B - Thanks for all your support. I always see those messages telling me you "like" what shows up on my friend feed. It's encouraging. I hope you're finding good ways to be active with your pool no longer available.

Scrimp - I've never been called a "She-ro" before. Thanks. I'm so happy for you that you continue to get those pounds off week after week. I'm a little stalled again. I've been so hungry the past few days, I think because my body was so wiped from the hike and I got so cold. I'm ready to re-start on the food side of this equation - that's the hardest part for me, but obviously the most important part. Your picture looks great. As far as gray hair goes, I finally quit dying mine about six months ago. It's got some silvery strands to go with the dark blond that still persists. I'll be 59 in November, so I guess I've earned them.

As I said, I've been really hungry for the past few days. I think my body felt that it needed to refuel a little after that hike. The Spark fitness tracker said I burned over 5500 calories on that hike, and I really didn't eat much during the day. I suspect I burned more than that because the fitness tracker can't account for the calories burned fighting the elements (being very cold requires extra calories to keep the body warm). So, I've been eating crazy the last couple of days. I started feeling more normal today, so I'm going to start tracking and staying within my calorie range again tomorrow. I haven't been on the scale as the muscle soreness can also cause water retention, so I know it wouldn't been a true number. I get back on in a couple of weeks, when my body has fully recovered and I've been on track consistently.

Setting goals of climbing these mountains or aiming to complete other types of active adventures seems to keep me motivated to stay fit and keep the weight off. I really like doing them and being able to say I've completed some of these things, even when the weather doesn't cooperate. I really like being adventurous and being fit gives me that opportunity. It might have been nice to do some of them when I was younger (but not fit enough), but regretting it won't bring the time back, so, better late than never.

Here's to getting back on track...





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Hello Everyone!

Joann: Glad you too are back on track .. Hold on to it! The sneaky little eating bug gets in during our weakest moments. Glad the blood pressure is doing better . That is nothing to fool with. Thank you for teaching .. It does seem like a tougher job than we all can see.

Cat: glad to see you back! Traveling is tough for me too .. But don't fret .. Just hold onto yourself .. You are worth it to get back on track, and take care of you. Walking is a great plan. I've been having quite a few talks with myself (and asking Jesus for help) to get myself back on track, and not get worn down from day's events.

Linda: thank you for another soup recipe. It is important for us to be ourselves .. Gray or whatever color, curls or straight, long or short. I'm kind of in "long, curly" mode right now .. But am edging toward a shorter cut. It's fun to put it up, or get little fun things (barrettes, clips .. ) to put in it .. But I am tired of finding long, curly hairs on the my clothes, or in the sink … I'm sorry to hear your heart is hurting for your son .. Sometimes, motherhood is very hard on us

Scrimp and Joann: I work in the IT, and we too are expected to put extra time in all the time .. I was told by my old boss that 10-12 hrs a day is expected .. And I'm salary, so there's no extra pay either.

Scrimp: you are a fashion diva! Even with tiles!

PandB: great idea on freezing the soup .. Gonna do that tomorrow. I wish we had a gym or place to do water aerobics closer to us too … I love even walking in the water .. Easier on the legs and knees. Keep on your plan, and that weight will come off.

TammyAnd: yep .. Staying out of the kitchen worked yesterday .. I will be trying it again today. Stayed on track all day .. Had a small piece of meatloaf with cauliflower for dinner .. I never know for sure if I get the calorie right for the meatloaf (my hubby's special recipe), but I should be pretty close anyway. No more visits to the kitchen this evening. Glad to hear of your good day too!

I am still doing better today. I finally slept last nite, I worked my 11.5 hours today, and now .. Drumroll pls .. I am officially on vacation .. Yay!!! I ate on track today, having my veggie soup for lunch, allowing for the last leftover piece of meatloaf, with mashed cauliflower for dinner. Dishes are done .. And lights are off in the kitchen.

Hope you are all keeping your strength up, and the forks down!

God's Peace to you all!
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Sue – Staying out of the kitchen after dinner is crucial for me to stay on track. I have learned that the hard way. After dinner I totally clean up the kitchen and all the dishes, pour myself a glass of water or make a cup of tea or whatever I want to drink and had for the family room. I do my utmost to stay out of the kitchen. So I fully support your plan to go to bed and keep clear of the kitchen.

Joann – Hope your bp stays settled down for you this weekend.

Marlene – I finally heard from G yesterday when he called to tell me he’s been sick. He wasn’t sure if he was going to come today or not and said he’d call me if he was coming. You already know the result….no call, no G. I am guessing he will be here next week. It is frustrating, but I keep reminding myself that for what I am paying him and the fact that it is simply the basement bathroom I should not complain. Is your guy working alone or does he have help?

PandB – Yay for the smiling scale you’ve been seeing each morning. And yay for you for doing what you need to do…moving and staying on track. Can’t beat that combination!

Cat – Great to hear from you. Have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. Knowing you, those pounds won’t stick around for very long. Glad you checked in and will look forward to more posts when you are “connected.”

Linda – Glad you are feeling better and on track. Hope you have a peaceful weekend.

I had a good day today. Ate on plan and lightly before going out to dinner with my friend. I ordered seafood soup which was a light broth and also shrimp and asparagus, asking the waiter to hold the salt and said I am on a low salt diet which I do try to follow. The food was delicious and filling. When the bill came I noticed it said “light salt and light sauce.” I was so impressed that they really seemed to care about my request. Will look forward to returning there. My friend brought me (and my son) a carrot cake she made. So when we got home, yes, I had some, but not a large piece. I counted it as 4 oz. of carrot cake on my spark nutrition tracker and am still within my calorie range (though of course carrot cake is no a compliant 17 day diet food for me at this point).

Have a sparkling Saturday buddies!


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Happy Friday

I just got my hair cut. That made me feel better. I did some cardio this morning. It is strange how a machine acknowledging your work makes you feel recognized. I actually only did the cardio for two reasons: my blood sug was up this AM so health, and because I have figured out how to have chair cardio register on my tracker. It is strange how human emotions work.

I am cooking chicken in mole tonight. Which means I need to cook something different for my GD as this will definitely be too spicy for a 2 year old.

I am slowly coming to accept that my son and his wife are going to divorce. I am not dealing well with this change. No one in my family divorces. My brother did, but only after his wife left him and the kids to travel with her lover to Canada and oddly enough both of my grandparents did long before I was born, so I have no idea how this works. Even my friends, only one got divorced and that was when they lived in another state. So, this is a new life experience for me and one I could have done without.

Joann- I am planning on buying 2 one foot meshes of tiles each pay check until I have enough to do one wall, then I will get the rest of the supplies and my daughter will install it. Maybe you could do something like that. It will take me a while, but just like losing weight you have to start somewhere.

Scrimp - I love both the subway tile and the glass tiles. I have always wanted to use the subway tile in my bathroom.

P&B - I know you are going to be successful. I am glad you found some friends that want to go to water aerobics with you. I will make it more fun

Debby - Are you recuperating from your hike?

Cat - How was today? Back on track struggling to reestablish habits? Sometimes it takes a little while t get back in the groove.

Have a sparkling weekend all

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Hello Sparklers,

TAMMYAND - Love your coffee table story. You were smart to try the thrift store. Furniture these days is all particle board. I was very disappointed to see that the LLBean bedside tables are particle board surfaces with wooden legs and they aren;t cheap. Needless to say I didn’t buy them. Happy to hear you are doing well with compliance.

ITZ_SUE - Glad you are doing better. That veggie soup will be your ticket to onederland. Maybe try freezing a few single portions to have handy when things get busy.

JOEJOE - Be careful with your blood pressure. The weekend is almost here, hope you are able to relax a little and get your numbers down.

MTN-KITTEN - Of course we remember you. Sorry to hear things are not going quite to plan, but gaining 5 pounds over 5 weeks isn’t bad either. Now that you will be in one spot for a little bit, forgive yourself for your past transgressions and move forward with your eating and walking plans.

JUSTME - Good for you going au natural with your hair. The chemicals in hair dye are toxic and harsh, no wonder your hair is softer now.

Today I am going to water aerobics. There is a group of 3 of us that go and we take turns driving. Carpooling makes the ride more interesting and cuts down on the gasoline costs. Eating still on track and each morning this week my weight has been down from my vacation high. I hope to be back to my pre-vacation weight in a couple of weeks.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hello:

Joe joe and Justme--I am using 1 inch clear glass squares for the trim in my shower,of one course of 4 rows of squares to equal a 4 inch border ast eye level in the shower. It shaped in an L because the 3rd and 4th sides are the glass shower door. Its a 36 by 36 inch shower with a kneewall on my side. It gives a bit of glamour trim to and other wise plain white 3 by 6 inch white subway tile I think they would be beautiful in a kitchen back spash and would go with any granite or counter top. I am thinking of using the same for my kitchen backsplash too.

JoeJoe--such is the life of teachers and nurses; they expect you to do more on your own time and even if it cuts into your break. When I did 12 hour shifts in the hospital in 2012 to get my nursing refresher certificate; we barely had time to take a break for lunch; and we were discouraged from leaving the nursing unit on break.

Kat--Great to hear from you you were missed.I agree with the others--only 5 pounds gain is not bad! I usually gain twice that amount. You'll be back on track when you get home. Just enjou your trip and face the music when you get home; we will be there for you.

Tammyand--Has G showed up as scheduled? My bath is almost done. He is finishing he shower grouting today; my countertop is on except for the backsplash trim which must be custom ordered; and the tub is repaired. I even got him to fix four floor tiles where the grout is crumbling. They just need to measure for the frameless shower and will do that monday or tesday.I am glad you are back on track.

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Good morning, everyone! The kiddos are at PE/Band and I have a special treat today. I don't have to go get them because another one of our teachers is going to be out on the field at that time and he is bringing them back to me. YAY!!! I lose 10 minutes of my 40 minute break every day transporting them to/from the playground, so this is a big deal - lol! I am feeling much better this morning. My blood pressure medicine seems to have kicked in and all is well again. I will go by and pick up my full prescription today. I got my flu shot today. They came to the school to give them and it is $0 cost to the teachers. I always take advantage of it. Working with kids you can bet you're going to be exposed to flu and everything else known to man.

Cat, Welcome Back! Don't beat yourself up too much. At least you are being honest with yourself. You know that for most of us this will be a lifetime issue of changing our habits and making the new healthier ones stick. You can do this. Just keep pushing!

Linda, I'm thinking about a glass tile backsplash for my kitchen. It certainly could use some pizazz. Of course, first, I need some money!! emoticon

I can hardly wait for my salad at lunch. My body is on such a schedule here at school I can tell when it's getting close to lunch time without even looking at a clock - haha!

Blessings and peace, y'all!



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One of the first things I did after my husband died was to let my hair go natural. When I was a teenager my mother talked me into dyeing my hair. I was every shade of blond you can imagine. Then my husband did not want me to go grey, so I was either red or blond depending on my mood. Then finally I got to be me. I look older than I do with dyed hair, bur my hair is softer and I like my whitish grey head. It is me.
Did OK today. Really did feel better and got a lot done.

Cat - so happy you are back!!! You bet you were missed. Actually, I think that after 5 weeks of vacation only gaining 5 pounds is a victory. I know in times passed I could easily gain 10-15 pounds on a 2 week vacation. So I would say you are a winner and have developed some great habits. Now that you are home you are back on track.

Joanne - have you tried some potassium rich foods to get your BP down? Take care of yourself. Teaching is a very stressful job and it is important that you eat enough to stay healthy.

Sue- sounds like you have a good plan. I notice that as the days get shorter I have more time to think about food. I am so thirsty right now, I just had a glass of cold milk. I hope it helps me sleep

Tammy what a great deal on your coffee table. I no longer have one, lots of end tables and even behind tables, but decided a coffee table just got in my way.

P&B - it feels like home now that you and cat are both back from vacation.. I am thinking of driving up to Bishop to look at the fall colors. It would just be a three day trip, but still fun.

Scrimp -what kind of tile did you go with? I am considering glass tile for my kitchen back - splash in yellows and browns.

Spark on
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Herbed Soup #2
1 teaspoon each dried oregano, parsley, thyme
1 pound white beans rinsed & soaked overnight
1 box low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
Slow cook
salt and pepper to taste
Add the juice and zest of 1 lime 15 minutes before serving
garnish with lime slices
you know the routine - slow cook

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Hey, does anyone remember me?????? We have been off the grid for the majority of our trip. Free WiFi means ... NO WiFi.

It will take me some time to read everyone's post and truly catch up. We are in Dallas for 1 1/2 weeks before being off the grid again on the way home.

This trip has not been successful ... in me taking care of me. I have not walked 5x a week nor have I made the best food choices to get me to my weight goal. I am up 5 1/2 pounds since leaving home 5 weeks ago. Nope ... this time it is not water : (

I had an honest come to Jesus meeting with myself today and hubby and I walked this evening for 25 minutes. Tomorrow I will be walking before the sun comes up so I can get in more time.

Hope all is well with everyone!

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Hi, all! I've read through all of your posts.

Debby, What an amazing accomplishment. I'm so happy for you!

Sue, I struggled for two weeks, but have been back on track this week.

Marlene, My hair has been gray since my 30's. I've finally let it go natural. My Mom also grayed early.

David, The jazz festival sounds like fun! I love your dedications to your grands.

I am having blood pressure issues today, so I'm forgoing my bike ride tonight. But, I did get over 6,000 steps in today, and I'm way under my calories, so I'm feeling okay about it.

Well, time to run get my plans done for next week.

Blessings and peace, y'all!



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Hello Everyone!

Linda: I wonder if you are right about the Fall equinox .. I have not been sleeping lately .. And the more tired I am, the less I feel like moving or cooking or taking care of myself period! Having my veggie soup for dinner tonight.

Scrimp: You are right .. It's gotta be something .. I'm grumpy for losing control, and then all I think about is eating something. It is all about choices, and I need to get myself back into making choices for me. One day at a time .. Sometimes, one hour or minute at a time. I really want to get to Onederland!

Moving: I too have lots of gray/white hair .. I've had it for over 10 years too, probably since I was about 40. I used to get it colored, but gave up .. Hard on the hair, and I choose curls over color .. I figure I've earned every one of them.

PandB: glad you are catching up by sticking to your nutrition goals. I am ready for some relaxation.

TammyAnd: glad to hear of your successful shopping venture … much of my household is put together from luck like that. It's not for a fashion magazine, but it is home. I've been compliant today .. So far .. Having my Veggielicious Soup for dinner to keep it light. That is a great idea having some frozen veggies ready to microwave .. I usually steam my veggies, but that takes too long sometimes .. Especially when I'm tired and hungry.

Debby: I did find your post about the St Helen's hike .. WOW! What an Adventure! Good for you! Going on even as tough as it got!

Thank you ALL for the supportive messages. I'm doing better today. I know it'll take a few days to get this back off, but one day at a time to be in compliance, and I'll soon stop feeling like eating constantly. Have my veggie soup today, which is nutritious and filling, but I have to be careful that my tummy doesn't get stressed from it.

I plan to try to get to bed early .. Read for a while, and stay out of the kitchen this evening. Dishes can wait for tomorrow if necessary.

God's Peace to you all!
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PandB – So glad you had a nice vacation. A vacation like that sounds like a dream to me. Those 10 pounds will come off. Maybe some of the gain is fluid retention. Good for you for getting right back on track. And please take care of that toe! Ouch!

Debby – Oh my goodness…what a day you had! I was thinking about you a lot on Tuesday and went online a few times to check the Mt. St. Helen weather and saw that there was some rain. I am so impressed with your determination and your success! And to have done it as a family makes it even more special in my book. Woo Hoo dear Debby!

BeachDreamer – Welcome! Hope Day 2 is going well for you!

Sue – Sorry to hear that you are struggling. I’ve been there quite a bit myself, and it isn’t fun. One strategy that has helped me tremendously is making sure I have healthy options available in the freezer if nothing else so that a healthy meal is only a microwave away. Yesterday I had a lot of running around to do and was on a bit of a schedule because of some appointments. I had a healthy breakfast (took an apple and some low fat string cheese in the car with me to save time….not a good thing but better than an egg McMuffin), came home for lunch (eggs), and when I got home at supper time I knew it would take some time to prepare my fish, and I was quite hungry again. The old me would have caved and dove right into our “snack” cupboard which is there for my son. Instead, I microwaved some frozen broccoli, sprinkled garlic powder on it, and ate all 3.5 cups of it....healthy, delicious, and filling.

Linda – I’m glad you are finally feeling better. Thanks for your comment about the books. Both my son and I are book lovers and are pleased that we can pass the books on to others who will enjoy and appreciate them too.

Marlene – Congrats on making your 1 pound goal. Outstanding! My hair has not turned gray yet. I turned 57 in August. I have one gray hair that pops up every now and then and then disappears. My mother was gray by this age, but my dad didn’t get very gray till his 60s so maybe his genes are at work with me on this. My hair is baby fine and thin (the only part of me that is thin LOL). I keep wishing for gray hair , thinking that when it comes my hair would have more texture. I do not expect to color my hair when it turns gray, but since I am not there yet, who knows? Too bad you had to return some of the HSN clothes. Since your body is still changing it is probably ok that you did return them. Your taste is more sophisticated than mine. I can’t picture myself wearing Lori Goldstein even if at goal weight. I returned a shirt to a dept. store yesterday (ordered it online), and while there I found a $64 jacket on sale for $17 so of course I grabbed it. Part of me was thinking that next year at this time the jacket will be too big, but I liked it so much and the price was right. I will probably wear it to church this Sunday. I’m still wearing 2x in S. Graver tops (used to be 3x) and 2x pants even though they are getting big. I have a few 1x pants that I am wearing now too. I was very fortunate when I retired because part of my retirement package included having my health insurance paid for till I reach Medicare age. Otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to retire quite so readily.

I had a great day yesterday and am enjoying another great day today. Yesterday I had a lot of running around to do, had my manicure appointment, had to return a shirt, grocery shop, etc. Also I decided we needed a new coffee table in the living room as the old one was looking worse and worse (I bought it about 17 years ago from a friend who was moving to the west coast). Truly I got my money’s worth out of it and it has seen better days. I looked online and was amazed at how expensive a coffee table can be (didn’t want pressed particle board and even those were not cheap). So when I went to drop off clothes at the thrift store I looked for a coffee table. Unbelievable but they had a beautiful coffee table in good condition for only $20. It matches the living room décor and looks great. I was walking on air over this lucky purchase. I put the old coffee table outside with a “free” sign on it. By this morning it was gone, so I suppose someone else is enjoying it now. Because yesterday was such a busy day I got in a lot of walking (as always holding on to the cart allows me to really move). I stayed totally compliant and will do so today for sure. I am feeling strong and happy. Tomorrow one of my best friends is coming for the day. She already told me she wants Chinese food as there is an excellent Chinese restaurant not far from here. I am planning on shrimp and broccoli, an old favorite of mine. I know I’ll have the sodium to deal with but I’ll drink a lot of water as usual.

Let’s sparkle through today!


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Hello Sparklers,

Had a good day yesterday and kept to my nutrition goals. I've already lost some of the weight I gained on vacation.

JUSTME - Glad to hear you are feeling better. And I’m jealous that you get summer until October. Here in the Northeast fall has definitely started. The leaves are beginning to turn, especially at the higher elevations, and there is a nip in the air.

SCRIMP - I understand your buy out concerns. That seems to be the new model, instead of spending money on early stage research big pharma companies are buying smaller ones for their pipelines (although some of these deals aren’t so small). I’m sure you will survive a buy out. They will need your talents to bring pipeline drugs to market. Companies always need compliance to meet FDA rules. I’d say you are in a much better position than the R&D researchers.

DEBBY - Congratulations!! Your story is an amazing one. Too bad you didn’t get good weather, but that makes your success even more impressive. Not only did you climb the mountain, you battled the elements to do so. It’s a good thing that your son was with you - smart thinking to bring him along. To be honest, I had no idea it was so involved. I thought it would be an uphill walk and had no idea you would be crawling over boulders or trudging through ash. Glad you all made it up and down safe and sound.

ITZ_SUE - Sorry to hear you are struggling. Just hold on until your week off then you can catch your breath. In the mean time, try to fit in a little healthy fast food. Hummus and carrots are a great snack/small meal. Light microwave popcorn is a good snack for work.

BEACH_DREAMER - Welcome. You can do this. We will be here to help.

MOVING4ME - The Jazz fest sound like fun. Hope you and your wife enjoy it.

At 53 I have very little gray hair so I just let it be. My problem is more thinning hair. Wish that could be fixed with a bottle of colored goo.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Let your hair turn????? Mine turned White almost 10 years ago!!!!! I'm 56 next month. I think its because of all the wisdom I've learned.... Yes right.... Lol

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Good Morning!

Welcome Beach Dreamer. Day 1 behind you and you did it. Take this confidence and just concentrate on today; each day builds upon the other; even if you see no change on the scale. I started July 9, 2013 and have lost 111 pounds by being consistent not perfect; with many off plan days and vacations thrown in where I gained a little. You can do this!

Well, I must have berated my scales into submission; as the digital is saying 171 while the doctor scale is 172. I'll happily take the 172 and have met my one pound goal for this week.

Today I am working from home and the men will be here soon to tile my shower and put on the countertop. I also have an appt at the hairdresser--hoping for a miracle.

Sparklers: What age if any, did you let your hair turn gray? I find I am not ready for it yet at 56. It sure is hard to dye hair when your roots appear all gray emoticon

Sue---Something is making you eat. Something is making you sabotage your plans. Perhaps concentrating on portion control with the verboten foods may help. You can do this! Summon the same strength it took to lose 85 pounds so far. You may remember a time when nothing could make you stray off your plan; like when you first started. Its so easy to give in to the moment; but their are always choices. Make the right one. Look at how upset you are with yourself for being out of control. Just get back on plan today and feel that Confidence come back! One day at a time.

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May be it is the change in seasons. I only got about 4 hour sleep last night and I have a full day today. It seems like others are also struggling with a lack of sleep. We just past the fall equinox, so maybe that is it.



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Hello Everyone!

Checking in quickly before working today .. I have to tell .. I am really struggling. Things have been too busy .. end of fiscal year at work so long hours, evenings filled with all kinds of family duties .. no time to shop for veggies, no time to cook .. yuk! I'm up 3 lbs in the past week. This has been the worst week. I'm not sleeping well so I am exhausted .. stressing too much. I haven't really been overeating .. just not eating healthy. Leftover this, leftover that .. back to thinking I'm a garbage disposal.

I'm gonna try to slow it down a bit today .. but don't know if I can .. too much to do .. a few more days, then I'm off work for a week .. then I plan for some "me" time.

Hold on to me God!
Peace to you all.

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Welcome Dreamer - Scroll down and get an idea of who we are. We are all at different places on our journey to good health, some ready for maintenance, some just beginning, some in the middle and some returning. Everyone has their own story and we are very active here.

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Today marks my return to getting healthy. I've made all the excuses one gal can make. Now it's time to put up or shut up, and since I don't do well in the "shutj-up" department, I better get to putting up.

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Debbie - what an achievement! This is one to keep forever in your memory. If you ever come down here to hike Whitney try to do San Gorgonio also. It is the second highest mountain in California. The majority of the hike is easy, even when you get above the timberline it is not real hard. The only real problem is lightening, you cannot hike ever in the rain because once you get above the timberline you are the highest thing around. But you could easily do this at the beginning of the week and Whitney at the end or the other way around.

Moving- I am glad you have a fun day planned. I know what you mean about the grannies. I have to be up at 6 so I can watch mine while the parents get ready for work. But I wake at that time anyway. I am constantly trying to get to bed earlier so that I get enough sleep. But both you and your wife should schedule some down time every week, even if it is just for an hour or two. Our mental health and life outlook are better when we have some time to renew.

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CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE AND FAMILY FOR MAKING IT TO THE SUMMIT!

I am so proud of you, you set a physical fitness goal and did it! I thought about you yesterday several times.

You are my She-Ro!



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Justme. The recipe sounds interesting. I've never had lamb and always wondered how it tasted.

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Scrimp, you mentioned a possible company by out? You should ask if that happens if they would keep you on the payroll as a paid consultant. That way you could still use company benifits dental, health etc. Worth a shot

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Linda, thanks for the day off advice. If only it could be done. My wife and I have permanent days off so one of us is always available to watch our granddaughter. We are planning to spend time on October on the 19th together. The company she works forvm does a lot of volunteer work. This event will be the local outdoor jazz festival. Last year I put on one of their company logo t shirts and helped sell sodas out of a coca cola trailer. Proceeds go to charity. I had to take day off as vacation day, as I'll be doing again this year . we both had fun, plus it was nice to be together as the 19th will be my birthday.



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Wow Bebbie!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon . I would probably still be sitting in the car looking up the mountain having a heart attack saying NO...Way!!!!!. That's awesome that you and family did it. You'll be able to always look back and say,"Yes I did"!

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Hi everyone. I'm back from my hike. Boy, was that a challenge. But I did it and I'm really proud of myself for doing it. Unfortunately, I have only one picture from the eve before the hike taken at the campground we stayed at. I'll post it to my page soon.

So, here's how it went. Our starting elevation was 3700'. We started at 7:00 a.m., hiked up about 2 1/4 miles gaining about 1100' elevation in a fairly nice, easy trail through fir and pine forest. That was the pleasant part. The next 21/2+ miles were through rugged boulders, climbing in and out, having to lift ourselves over and around large pumice and lava boulders (gloves were a really good thing to have. The boulder field went up at about a 35-50+% grade the whole time and took us from about 4800' elevation to 7300' elevation. Footing was critical. The final 1000' elevation climb was through really pumicy ash and was like climbing a sand dune, one step down for every 2 or 3 up. This was really hard because we were at such a high elevation anyway, so oxygen levels were fairly thin. To add to all of this, clouds moved in much earlier in the day than anticipated and it started raining a fine drizzle to a driving rain, with gusting winds from about half way up. We finally made it to the rim at about 2:00 p.m. with gusting winds of up to 35-50 mph and driving rain. We were soaked, tired and pretty miserable. Our hands, even though we wearing gloves were so cold that we could not manipulate a camera for anything, so, sadly, no pictures. (Luckily, there were a few breaks in the clouds along the way and the views from so high of the mountains in all directions was spectacular). In spite of all this, it was exhilarating to get to the top and peek over the rim. We couldn't see much because were cloaked in clouds, but enough to get the feeling of awe that being in such a place should bring. Then we had to go back down through that same terrain. In all the climb was a little over 5 miles straight up, and constantly gaining elevation. The trip down was almost harder because we were so cold, soaked and my husbands knees started collapsing. I was fine and just wanted to get down so I could get some warm, dry clothes on. My son went with us on this trip, so when we finally got to the nicer part of the trail at the bottom, we decided to send me on ahead at a fast pace, while he helped my husband make it back more slowly. That way I could change and get the car all packed up with our camping gear so when they got back to camp we could all just change and head for home. I got back to camp at 6:00 p.m., they limped in at about 7:00 pm and I did have the car all packed up and ready to go, so that worked out.

You may all think I was crazy for doing this, but for me it was a culmination of losing so much weight and getting in shape and physically fit. I love hiking, but for so long I was not able to do even easy hikes, much less such a difficult hike, because of how badly I had let myself get out of shape. It was a triumph. I could have done without the lousy weather and maybe will try again early next summer, perhaps without my husband, because this was really hard on his knees. I'm sore all over today, in spite of how much I trained, and learned a few things about how to train, perhaps a little differently in the future for such a thing. And I have a few bumps and bruises and even one abrasion from scraping on a rock. (The boulder climbing was merciless and seemingly endless, especially coming down). My upper body is as sore as the bottom because of the need to use upper body strength to get up and down the boulders. These are the badges of honor for doing such a thing, and I know they'll go away soon.

I don't recommend this for everyone, but if you're an adventurer and have the will, I say go for it and you'll be rewarded. And, maybe it's not hiking, but finding something that makes you happy and gets you being active so you can really enjoy life the way you want to, it really, really worth it. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to hike in the the Alps someday. That's something to aspire to...

Right now, my husband and I are going to the gym to use the hot tub and see if we can't soak some of these muscles aches away - or at least ease them a little. No, I don't plan to work out today, but I will be back at it again tomorrow, just easier for a few days.

Take care everyone. Thanks for all of your well wishes. I did think of all of you while I was on my journey. For now....

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Hello:

Scale up a pound today despite Compliance! I know I know it must be sodium and digestion..repeat to self 100 times. emoticon

The contractor is here today to start the bathroom. He's halfway done and I wonder if I am being over charged for labor!

Tammyand--Its tough working with guys doing stuff on the side. Give a nice talking to and explain what you expect...perhaps again.

I had to return to HSN 1 serena top and 2 leggings. Then I returned to QVC a LOGO cardigan jacket that was last weeks TSV in wine. It did not hang right as the it was really long and the pockets sat right at the hips making you look much heavier. I exchanged a regular length "Oh So Comfy" jeans for the petite length. I wanted to try a longer pant as I already have these, but regular length is still too long even with a 1 1/2 inch heel. made no sense to get them shortened. Its still hard to find pants. If I get large most are too big in the waist. I am not quite medium yet in pants because of my thighs. Even medium tops are iffy, as they are either too large; or are tight in the arms only and but fit perfectly in the shoulders.
I think I told you the small in Susan Graver fit me--she has major vanity sizing going on.

Justme--I am not retiring anytime soon. I could be laid off in the future and given a severance as my company is being looked at by other big companies for a possible buy--as we have a huge exciting pipeline of potential blockbuster drugs. I am only 56 and would have nothing else to do but spend money and worry if I was retired. I have already traveled extensively; so I'd wind up looking for a job. Who wants to pay for healthcare until you are absolutely forced too? That will be my biggest expense in retirement.

PandB--Welcome back! You were missed. Sorry to hear about your toe. Lucky you--fresh fish!

Everybody have a good day, and stay away from your particular food demon(s)!

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Something different

LAMB AND WHITE BEANS
2T olive oil
1 lb. lamb cubed and browned in olive oil with the onion then added to slow cooker
1 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
1 lb beans (great northern are the best with lamb) soaked and cleaned
2 tsp garlic 1 tsp coriander 1 bay leaf
White wine half to one cup depending on your taste
Chicken broth – 1 box
1 tsp lemon zest
slow cook
Salt and pepper


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9/24/14 11:10 A

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This is the first day I have felt good in a week. I hope I am finally getting over my infection. I did well yesterday and found my tracker in the laundry basket this morning. It is still summer here. Autumn usually starts at the end of October.

Moving - you need to schedule a day of rest and enjoyment for yourself. Plan it - this is a day you will sleep in. Do only walking and stretching exercises. Do something for yourself that you enjoy; watch a movie, read a book, go to a sporting event, do something special with your wife. Everyone deserves a day of their own. It is as important to our health as what we eat and how we exercise. You are important and you need to recharge.

Tammy those books are such a special gift. Children need to own books; to hold them, savor them, fall to sleep with them in their hands, share them. That is such a special gift, a life long gift that opens so many doorways.

Joann- good for you for going back to logging it is so important.

Kiwi - ANY loss is a victory, as long as you are going down you are winning and on the right path and it is amazing how it adds up over time. If you lose one pound a week at the end of the year you will have lost 52 pounds!!

Sue - thank you for your comments on the recipes. It makes me feel good. I am glad you created your own recipe based on components of mine, that is what cooking is all about.

Scrimp - when are you thinking about retiring? My recipes are often a little bland right now because I am cooking for the toddlers (1 and 2 years old) so many of the spices I usually used have been sidelined for the time being, also, my daughter's allergy to rosemary has changed my roasting protocols. So, please share as I forget about spices sometimes in my current mindset.

Journey - just a shout out - do not know how long you will be off line

Happy Hum Day
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9/24/14 11:09 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Had a wonderful vacation with DH. We rented a condo on the cape and had a very relaxing time. The weather was beautiful, mid 70's and sunny, so we were able to go for walks along the beach. Most nights we stopped at the local fish market for a piece of fresh tuna, cooked it at the condo and had dinner and cocktails while we watched the sun set. I thought I was being pretty good while on vacation, but gained 10 pounds. I guess those cocktails add up.

I'm back on track now. At least I'm eating to plan. I split open my toe while on vacation so I am giving that a few more days to heal before I get back on the treadmill.

Sounds like everyone is doing well. Scrimp, you look absolutely fantastic in your new picture.

Be well,

PandB

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Didn't even get half list done today. Will be up at 630am again tomorrow. Oooooh to get to sleep in once in awhile!!!!!!

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David – Sorry to hear about your dream. It sounds like you were in a very deep sleep to have such a vivid dream. Hope tonight is better.

Sue- Yay for your new measurements. And double yay for your sweet hubby. That kind of feedback is very motivating.

Linda – Glad you got to talk with your DIL. I hope she keeps the communication flowing.

Joann – I agree with you that the paperwork involved in teaching is excessive. But I bet you are very thorough and that your paperwork is top notch. And yay for you for tracking your food again. I find it time well spent.

Kiwi – Don’t get discouraged! You are losing and, as you say, as long as you stay focused you will see progress. We all lose at different rates at times. You can do it!

Marlene – I’ll bet your HSN order of the Serena items will be a winner. Really my guess is you could wear just about anything these days. Hope things go well when your contractor arrives. G was supposed to work here today. I was to call him when I got home from taking care of some things this morning. I called him twice and both times his cell phone didn’t ring and there was some message about the voicemail not being set up. So I just stopped calling him after the 2nd try. He cancelled yesterday at the very last minute….said he had to take his mother somewhere which I know he had to know about before yesterday morning. He is already not coming tomorrow (we arranged that last week yet as I was expecting company tomorrow…which is now changed but I have no way to let him know this based on his phone situation). So the next possible time for him to come is Thursday. We’ll see what happens.

I packed up a large bag of clothes that are either too big or that I just don’t like anymore and will take them to a thrift store drop off tomorrow. I also packed up 2 very heavy bags of books to take to some church friends for their children/grandchildren. Most of the books were my DS’s from his childhood. I asked for his ok first before packing them up. I didn’t pack up a few that had sentimental value (at least for me but maybe for him). I ate on plan today and got my exercising in as well. Compliance feels good.


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9/23/14 9:55 P

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Linda, So glad you were able to speak to your DIL. Such a sad situation!

Kiwi, The good news is that a diet high in protein, low in carbs is more satisfying than most! I am very carb sensitive. If I limit my carbs I usually lose about a pound a week. If I get just a tad above my goals for carbs, I will stall my weight loss.

I managed 40 minutes on the recumbent bike tonight. Now, off to try to get some rest and hopefully not be so tired and cranky tomorrow. Had a wild day, topped off by two kiddos getting into a shoving match in line today and a third throwing up! The joys of being a teacher - lol!

I think the small weight gain over the last two weeks was a wake-up call to me. I don't want to revert to my bad habits. I've been logging everything!

Y'all have a great evening! Blessings and peace.

Joann

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9/23/14 7:08 P

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Good news - my DIL actually spoke to me on the phone. I went to the grannies school to volunteer and was bringing them home when she called and we spoke for a couple of minutes.

Seems like everyone is doing pretty well right now. Holidays are around the corner. Gotta love them.

Leeky soup
1 pound white beans rinsed & soaked overnight
1 box low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 leeks, thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 celery stalk, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced,
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 pound chopped black kale
1/2 pound chopped white cabbage, roughly chopped
2 scant tablespoons tomato paste
slow cook

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9/23/14 6:53 P

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I have not been able to read everyone posts and I am hoping that everyone is well. I am finding everyone suggestions for adding protein helpful and have gone out and bought peanuts and such. I never knew it would be so challenging to eat as much protein as my diet recommends and I am still below. I gained 2 lbs the weekend of the 12th and lost it when I weighted in this week plus 1 more lb. My weight is coming off slower than I expected, but I am keeping on, trying not to get discouraged. Remember to keep staying focused even when life gets crazy.

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Hi, folks! A quick check-in while my kiddos are at PE/Band.

I was able to ride my bike for 30 minutes last night, but had another terrible night of sleep. Then, I forgot to set my alarm and woke up 25 minutes late this morning!!! Got to school and found out one of my little boys was basically sexually harassing one of my little girls and had to deal with all of the drama that entails. I am "Grumpy Teacher" today, and I hate being that!

Sue, I understand the fatigue. The fibro can leave me so fatigued sometimes I feel as if I am going to fall asleep driving! Congratulations on your NSV!

Marlene, You inspire me to keep pushing through. I want my numbers to look like your numbers. I love new clothes!

Tammy, So glad you are feeling better.

David, When my fibro flares up, I have terrible dreams. I have always thought it was the pain I am in triggering the dreams. Night before last was very bad. Just do what you can while you're off and recognize that if something doesn't get done, it can probably wait.

Well, got to go get some paperwork done -- the life of a teacher! If someone does not like paperwork they should never consider this as a career option - lol!

Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

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Good Morning:
I am at work today. The contractor called me to start today--no notice. I told him it has to be tomorrow morning.. I could have rearranged my schedule to accomodate but my house is in an "uproar": near the work area. Need prep time.

Justme-- Have to agree with the lukewarm reviews. Just reading the recipe it struck me as "bland". I'd suggest adding some sage, thyme, bit of grated onion and garlic. Oh, and cumin. Cut back on the cinnamon and clove. How about grating the carrot and adding it in after you have pureed the other ingredients to give it a bit of texture. Also, unless you want it vegetarian, I'd use beef or turkey broth it give it more savory flavor.

Holding at 173 and feel confident I'll be burning off that pound this week.

Tammyand--I have got another order coming today from HSN-Serena Williams tops and jeans; I hope the jeans fit. She has a curvy thick figure and looked good in them. Your story about the friends meal strategy, reminded me of my thin friend who inspired me last summer to start my diet; the day she left for home. She has an 18 inch waist; and ate lightly, until she was satisfied.

ItsSue--Awww DH is a sweetheart. Lets both have a compliant day. Thanks for your kind comments.

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9/23/14 10:39 A

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sue - your veggielicious soup sounds wonderful - I am going to try it next week. Congrats on your NSV - loved it when the husband come through

Moving - one of the side efects of melatonin is vivid dreams - you might want to stop taking it for a day or two

Off to water aerobics - feeling a little better this morning - but still not quite myself

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