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10/31/14 9:53 P

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Gini – Good for you for posting a blog and coming up with reasonable goals. Be assured that this team will cheer you on!

Sue – Woo hoo and woo hoo again! Congrats on making that 90 mark! You are super. Love the photo you posted too.

Linda – I am looking forward to when you can “talk” again too. Hope all goes well for you and your cousin with the dr. appointments. I must have missed something because I was under the impression that your son and his wife were reconciling. Well, hope things go ok for him at the hearing and hope you are able to keep us posted on all you have going on right now.

PandB – Hugs to you an DH on the loss of your dear cat. And good for you for making that very tough decision. My thoughts are with you. Losing a pet is losing a family member. Ah, I feel for you. More hugs!

T - Glad your jaw pain is a little better and glad too that you will be getting some PT for your arm. The PT might even give you some exercises to do for your arm at home. Hope the PT helps ease the discomfort.

Marlene – How cool that you reached 165! You are such an inspiration! I did join ToGather a while ago and am embarrassed to say I don’t understand it! I think I might have received some email from the ToGather folks at Q but I’m not clear on what it is all about. Please enlighten me!

I am planning to go to the funeral luncheon tomorrow after my aunt’s funeral. I have been so compliant again this week that even if I stray a little (which I will try to not do), I think I will be fine. I am going to check out the online menu for the restaurant we are going to tomorrow so that I have an idea of what to select. I was on track again all day today. My calories are low again however. I haven’t been all that hungry. I was a bit tired again most of today but did take care of the errands I had to do, including shopping for a few grocery items. So of course I did my extra walking at the supermarket too. Tonight I did the laundry because I doubt that I’ll want to do it tomorrow. It seems like one day there is no laundry to do and then out of nowhere the next day the dirty clothes are piled high! The laundry room in the basement is such a pain in the you-know-what. It takes a lot out of me because of my bad knee. So once again, now that it is finished and all put away I am smiling. Sheesh, it doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Well I hope everyone has a great Saturday. Can you believe it….November starts tomorrow. We have 27 days till Thanksgiving!


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10/31/14 7:30 P

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I did a blog today for my November Goals. I have decided to start all over again and begin fresh emoticon emoticon . I have been going up and down the scale for the whole of summer and beyond and not really trying at all, just going back and forth. I am starting small with 10 minutes of walking or stretching every other day and tracking all my food and activity. Small goals but definitely within my reach. I will reassess my activity every week and make changes needed.

I want to begin to take myself seriously and I think being on this team will help me be accountable. Please help me reach my goals this week and into the month.


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10/31/14 7:19 P

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hello Everyone!

I've been busy, busy again this week .. working, coming home doing more work ... eating-wise I'm doing pretty good .. made the slow cooker veggielicious soup again, so I can have a cup anytime I want. It's nice and filling, and warming since the weather has gotten much cooler here. My hubby wants to know .. "where's the beef?" .. but I'm good with veggies.

Well gang .. I did today . I hit the 90# mark .. but before I feel comfortable with it .. I must stay at or below for a couple days to ensure it wasn't a fluke. I was very excited about it at this morning's weigh-in. I even did the "ta-da, ta-da" dance when my hubby got up (worked from home today so I could see him for a few hours). I've come to the conclusion that I probably won't make Onderland by Christmas, but I am determined to get close!

I'm gonna' catch up on posts now .. but wanted to at least check in. Hope you are all doing well, and staying warm.

God's Blessings!
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10/31/14 3:59 P

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I am still one finger typing. I hope to be back on line on Monday. My doc appointment is Monday. I won't know anything, but should get the referrals that I need. My cousin's appointment is Tuesday when she will be told cancer results, my son's divorce hearing is on Wednesday. So this is a busy week.
Welcome newcomers! We love having new voices.
I am almost back to normal and ready to make some healthy changes. I have been hungry all the time lately. I think it is a combination of stress and worry.
Love you all. Can't wait until I can really "talk" again
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Hello Sparklers,

Went outside and finished the last of the fall garden clean up today. Just in the nick of time too. The weatherman is forecasting snow showers on Saturday.

It has been nice to have DH home for a few days, but a little bitter sweet too. Yesterday we had our cat put to sleep. She was about 12 or 13 years old and developed either diabetes or hyperthyroid disease. Cats aren’t like dogs, you can’t give them medicine they will not swallow a pill. So, we decided to spare her the pain and suffering of illness and old age that we knew were coming. On the way home from the vet’s we stopped and got a bottle of wine to toast Bellagio. Even with the wine, I stayed within my calorie range for the day.

T_JOURNEY - You are making great progress by exercising on purpose and no longer being able to sit and watch TV all day. Good for you.

SCRIMP - Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds like it will be a wonderful family day. DH and I are going to my sister’s. Now that they are older and more independent it is the one opportunity a year that I get to see my nephews. My sister will cook salmon for dinner and I will bring dessert. DH and I started the salmon tradition several years ago and now it is spreading through or family. It is so much tastier and easier than turkey and goes well with all of the traditional sides.

TAMMYAND - I am sorry to hear that your Aunt passed away. It must be tough losing your uncle and aunt so close together. I would suggest going to the memorial luncheon and focus on the people rather than the food. Which, I know, is easier said than done.

Hope everyone has a fun Halloween and this weekend don’t forget to turn the clocks back.


Be well,

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Hi Everyone, A quick check in...

Reminding all to watch out for the children on the roads today - around here it's very wet rainy. My jaw pain is better today - should be back to pain free in a few days. They'll be calling me to schedule for the the physical theropist on my arms.

Blessings, T

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10/31/14 9:14 A

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Hello:

I am happy this morning the scale is indicating 165 emoticon . I will work hard to keep this number over the weekend.

Tammyand--Sorry to hear about the passing of your Aunt. Sounds like you may want to the attend the lunch. Your a Pro you navigate lunch meetings every week. The recipe for the Apple Cheesecake Squares are supposed to be posted on David's Face book QVC page. Join the "ToGather" link.

Debbiehs--You have the right attitude; and even if you take a break from usual on plan food if you watch your portions you'll be OK since you exercise so much.

Justme--Hope you are able to get back on-line soon.

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10/30/14 7:24 P

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Meredith – Welcome. Nice to have you with us! emoticon

T – Ouch! Your condition sounds very painful. emoticon Is it anything that physical therapy might help?

Debby – I ordered tickets for some friends and family and myself to go to see our new local minor league hockey team play at our new arena on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It sounds like it will be a fun night even for those of us who are not exactly hockey fans. It’s about a month away and gives me something new to look forward to. emoticon Hope you enjoy your game!

PandB – Thanks for supporting my napping. emoticon I didn’t have time for one today but I sure wanted one. Yay for you for earning those balloons! Glad DH is home with you this week. Enjoy the time with him!

Marlene – I didn’t see much of In the Kitchen with David yesterday, but I do like to watch it when I can. Did you get the recipe for the apple cheesecake squares from the show online? I can picture your beautiful Thanksgiving table with the Temptations on it. emoticon I used to like to have big dinners but don’t have the energy for that anymore. We spend Thanksgiving with very close friends. All together there are usually just about 6 of us. It is quiet, pleasant, and generally healthy. My friend cooks the turkey, stuffing, and desserts and I take care of the side dishes and appetizers. We used to switch between her home and ours but when he hubby became too ill to go out (he died 3 years ago) we just always went to their house. After he died, I offered to have dinner here again, but my friend said it is easier for her to have dinner at her house. And I am fine with that.

I did fine with eating and even got in a little exercise today despite feeling tired. Yesterday my 90 year old aunt died. She was married to my mother’s only sibling, my uncle who died in January. I have been on the phone a good deal with various relatives yesterday and today. The funeral is Saturday. After the burial they are having a luncheon at a very nice restaurant (same place we went for my uncle’s funeral). I am contemplating not going to the luncheon since it is on the other side of the valley where we all live (about 20 miles from my home) and I know it will pose food challenges that I am not sure I am up for. But on the other hand, we are not a large family, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to skip the luncheon, especially since I went to the one for my uncle in January. Well I have a day or so to decide.


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10/30/14 4:59 P

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Hello:

Welcome Meredith and Formydarlings! Please feel free to post and lets get to know you since you already know us! The more the merrier especially on Weekends when many of us need support to make it through. We do have a Compliance Monday when we try to stick to plan; but actually everyday in my mind is a Compliance Day. Its also my line of work, LOL.

I need to stop obsessing about my weight. Its just that I am close to the end; and I want to finish this goal and begin a new one to lose 10 more pounds. I know if I reach goal before Christmas I will be more apt to stay on track, with the Christmas trip coming up before the New year weigh in.

I will be cooking dinner for Thanksgiving; my sister and her husband and 2 kids are coming; a cousin from Denver, and my two sons and their wives; and my grandaughter. I asked my sister to bring a cooked turkey (she insists it has to be brined) and her special macaroni and cheese; my son to bring a glazed ham, and I am making jerked ribs and the sides/dessert. My other son can help with alcoholic beverages. No body is a big drinker except my sister and her son. She was talking about making jello shooters, and I rolled my eyes and said I wouldn't have room in the fridge. emoticon Its fun to plan a big dinner; and I always try to make something new and special no one has had. I have ordered some new Reed and Barton flatware, as I like to set a nice table and not use paper plates/plastic cutlery for the main meal. I have nice Tempt-Tations bakeware and dishes in Cranberry, Brown, and Spice Orange.

Tammyand-yesterday on In the Kitchen with David-he made some Apple Cheesecake Squares. I beleive I will make them and also I'd like to have a pumpkin loaf. The sugarfree Cheesecake flavor pudding I made with 1 1/2 c almond milk and 2 tsp cornstarch was heavenly. I layered it in parfait glasses with sliced banana and a small amount of angel food cake squares. It was delicious. One package of pudding and 1 small banana was enough to make 3 large parfaits; at about 160 each.

Today I made a delicious stovetop macaroni and cheese for one. I saute 2 thsp chopped onion, 1/4 c frozen green peas, and 1/2 c sliced mushrooms. I added 1/4 milk, 1/4 c veggie broth, and salt n pepper. Then I stirred in a small slice of swiss and smoked gruyere cheese, and 1 oz low sodium deli ham. Mixed in 2 oz cooked drained whole wheat pasta. It was delicious and made enough for 2. I'll eat the other half for dinner.

I completed my treadmill and look forward to a lazy evening. I signed up for Kindle Unlimited thinking that it will stop me from ordering so many books to feed my voracious appetite.

Thanks for all the encourgement everyone

TJourney--I am not going under 1200 cals--I love to eat too much!




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Welcome Gini and Meredith!

PandB ~ Congrats on earning your balloons yesterday! Great to hear your DH is home safe.

Tammy - Happy to hear things are going better.

Marlene and Debby - I'm rooting for you for those last pounds!

Linda - Happy to hear your feeling better! Hopefully computer fixed soon.

Cat - Share with us what you dressed up as, what did your husband dress up as?

David - You can do it! 8 to 10 pounds by Nov 30th, we're cheering for you!

Sue - I'm inspired by the way you have plan & packed lunches. I could do a lot better planning.


Having to sit around watching tv all day is hard to do. It occured to me that I've come a long way so I took the time to reflect on how I used to be (no exercise just whatever I did around the house and different events). Now I'm thrilled to say that exercise is on purpose! I've got a long way to go but so happy to have started!

I'd turn that drug using man into child protective services if I knew his name, where he lives, etc. Unfortunately she didn't share any useful information with us.

I love seeing the fall colors on the tree's, around our house, we have huge maple trees. Also evergreen cedar, pine, fir trees.

Have a great day, T


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Would you mind if I join this thread? After regaining some weight, I got some motivation back in mid-August, but could really use a group to be accountable to. I have three kids in college - the nearest 8.5 hours away - and wind up working all the time with no one home but the hubby and the pooch. In fact, I worked so much I made myself sick, prompting my turn around in August to take better care of myself. I'm feeling great today, have stayed on plan with food so far and am planning to go to a 5:30 gym class. Also, going out to dinner afterward, so will have to figure out how to manage that. I'm also trying to figure out where in my day to fit in some meditation. I always think I'll do it in the evening (along with countless projects at home), but never seem to get around to either.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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Hello Sparklers,

I earned my balloons yesterday. Even with DH home and cooking regular meals I am doing well this week. DH had a good trip to Asia and now is happy to be home for a few days.

TAMMYAND - Glad you are doing well. If taking a nap gets you through the day then by all means you should do it. Better to nap than to get over tired and have a melt down that causes you to eat. It’s good that your dermatologist and rheumatologist are working together. Each has their own perspective so it is good that they are talking.

DEBBY - Glad your new computer is working well. You are smart to focus on your overall health and not just how much you weigh. Keep up the good work and over time those last few pesky pounds will go away.

JOURNEY_T - Good for you changing over to a tread climber. It sounds like that will give you a better work out. Too bad about the homeless girl. Maybe a call to child protective services is in order. A 1 1/2 year old child should not be cared for by a man on drugs.

JUSTME - Glad you are feeling better.

SCRIMP - I understand your pain. It isn’t fair when we do all of the right things and then get the wrong result. I know it’s tough, but be strong and stay on track. Then one day you will be pleasantly surprised.

MTN_KITTEN - You were younger then, that’s how you raised 3 kids and dogs. Your Thanksgiving plans sound great. The walk will be refreshing and when the day is done all of the leftovers will be at someone else’s house.

FORMYDARLINGS - Welcome. We are a very supportive group here. Feel free doing whatever makes you comfortable.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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10/30/14 8:15 A

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Hi Everyone, It's great to read your posts!

I'm in jaw and arm pain :( I have TMJ on both sides of my jaw, I'm very fortunate that I don't live in pain at all except when I have my teeth messed with - then it's typically 15 days of jaw pain (much worse than any dental work!!! - I've had a ton of root canals - 4 roots each tooth too). Had a tooth pulled yesterday. No Exercise for the next few days, nothing that raised blood pressure.

The orthopedic doc said I'm getting older, I can't do what I used to with my arm. If I do then swelling above wrist and very painful (doc says it's from the thumbs tendens in a sleeve that runs up past the wrist). Anyway.. no more doing a bunch of knife work (cooking, cooking, cooking), no more massive typing (last summer worked for the Clark County Fair 12 hours of data entry everyday for 17 days consecutively), no more wt lifting (too much repetitive movement). Not that I can't do any of those things but if do too much then have the same result. He says both arms have it, you've only noticed the right one because it's much worse. Ice will help a little but non-use is best. No heat (increases swelling) - keep it out of the hot tub and out of the hot shower water as much as possible.

Oh this is not going to be a good day - it's a good thing my husband teaches, coaches, then goes to ESD (Educational Service District) tonight for training (they hired him to start an after school educational program). He won't be home until after 7pm. Our son works an 8 hour shift today. I can be grumpy and miserable by myself.

Thanks for letting my complain, T

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You all are so supportive even when we're down. I agree with you Scrimp - I believe I am experiencing diet burnout. I really want to get back to getting the last of these pounds off, but my heart hasn't been in it lately. I know I'll get there. At least I'm aware and not going completely crazy.

My computer experience is widening. I got Quicken to give me a download so I could reinstall it to my computer, so at least now I can keep track of my money the way I'm used to. Everything else seems to be going smoothly except for my anti-virus. Some it seems to work and some of it doesn't. I may take my computer to the store where I bought it and see if they can help me make it work right. They said they would help if I ran into problems. Windows 8 isn't too bad - it works a lot like my Kindle Fire.

Well, now that the computer isn't the problem anymore, I hope I can check in more frequently. Tomorrow is a busy day - hockey game to go to and gotta get the pumpkins carved for Halloween. Then I cook them down and use them for pumpkin goodies throughout the holidays. Some healthy, some not so much. Anyway, I hope everyone gets a good nights sleep. Later.

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Debby – Good going with your computer. You seem much more computer savvy than I am. I was a wreck when I had my computer problems. Glad you have a good outlook on losing your weight. I like your attitude and that of your doctor.

T – Keep us posted on your arm. I never heard of what your doc says you have. Sorry about the homeless girl and the choices she is making. It sounds like she needs a lot of guidance but doesn’t recognize that at all. I applaud you and your DH for trying to help her.

Linda – I am glad you are feeling better. So sorry about all the stuff going on with your cousin. Good that she has you to text to if nothing else.

Marlene – I think Carolyn G. is trying to lose weight. I heard her talk about having a personal trainer. I doubt that she is a size 14 but maybe she will be soon. She does look like she lost some weight.

Cat – There is a reason we have our kids when we are younger. It is nice though that you get to enjoy your grandkids.

Gini – Visit, post, do whatever you are comfy with. We are a friendly group.

Long day here so I will sign off. Will fill you all in tomorrow when I post. G’nite all.




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Hi. I thought I would pop in and leave a short post. I am nervous about posting, so unsure of myself. You all seem so friendly and helpful. I read your thread every day and learn a lot about each of you and many helpful tips. It is time for me to join in and offer support and share some too. Thanks for being so open.


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Kept the g-kids for the last 2 days and they spent the night … how did I ever raise 3 kids and a handful of dogs by myself while hubby worked the sh@t shift???? I am pooped. We will be going to the mall Friday with them to trick-or-treat. DGS wants to know what I am going to dress up as … hmmm … I haven’t done that in years.

TammyAnd – I agree … you usually get more with honey than vinegar. Sometimes I have to chew on my own butt to get me moving towards my goals. I have my fingers cross for your skin biopsy. I hope the docs can get on the same page. When I was going through breast cancer 2+ years ago … it was nerve racking when the docs were at opposite ends. Thanks for sharing the link to Women’s Health Magazine.

Sue – sorry the scale was mean to you. I got to see 205.5 for a couple of days and then it bounced up and has stayed up. Let’s move, move, move!!!

Scrimp – I know I didn’t look in the mirror very often or for long periods of time when I was at my heaviest. Now I stare at myself so I CAN see the difference … it motivates me to work harder. Please, please don’t go below 1200 calories a day. You won’t be happy or healthy. Stay with it!!!!

P&B – I am soooooo glad you have a good group to keep you motivated to continue your water aerobics. Our DDIL has invited us over to their house for Thanksgiving along with her family. And an afternoon walk to the park is part of the day’s plan. I agree this group is AWESOME. There are times I have not wanted to exercise and asked myself … hmmmm … what will the ladies and Dave think if I don’t get it done. There is never any pressure here … but I do think about y’all.

JustMe – Just say NO to cancer returning! NOT happening!!!!!

Debby – WOW just think if you cut back on your calories for several months you would be DONE!!!!! DONE!!!! You know how to maintain … so let’s get rrrrr done! You CAN do this. Have you sat still by yourself and asked yourself if you have any fears about completing what you started??? Fear of success??? What you will focus allllll you time and effort on once you “finished” this goal??? Just a thought.

T – good to hear from you. Sooooo sorry things have not been going well. Too bad the homeless young lady doesn’t have the wisdom you have to make sure she puts herself first. Your family is awesome to provide a safe, healthy environment.


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10/29/14 6:28 P

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Hello:

Now I am wonderig if the scale is reacting to my re-introducing bread back to my plan, while staying in my range. I bought some "light" italian bread 2 slices for 100 calories. The &^*#@ scale was 169 today! I exercised like a fiend yesterday too, doing an hour long Zumba class, stationary bike for 20 minutes; and the one hour on the treadmill.

I am not in a rush, but I get irritated about doing all the right things when the scale goes up--No fair! LOL Makes me wanna give up and order a large Sausage pizza with extra cheese...as I stare at this lonely thawed chicken breast waiting for me to do something to it.

T-Journey---welcome back. Too bad about the homeless girl, making a potentially unwise choice. Now that you have erased yourself and have a new name, its a fresh start. Never heard of the condition affectig your wrist.

Tammyand--I received a few more of the How comfy QVC jeans in the chestnut and dark brown. I love those colors! I wear a petite 14 in those; but I am trying another Comfy bootcut style with different sizing and I am ordering 12 Regular. I am not as big as Carolyn Gracie and she claims she was wearing the size 14.

Debbie-it is a pain to switch computers. I have a latop sitting here with a lot f pictures on t to transfer to the laptop I currently use. I wonder if you are suffering from diet burnout. You have been at this so long someties we need a break. a short one, LOL. At least you exercise everyday. I am not don't feel like it.

Justme--You have got you share of family issues to worry about. Its tough watching others go through difficult times. Hope you get more nformation on your own health issues. One finger action on ipads are tough. I have a wireless keyboard I use with my Kindle.

Changin-I agree with Tammy's suggestion to track food. It really helps!

Sue, Joejoe, Pandb-hope your day is going well. We will all get through this.

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Still fighting with my computer hopefully it will be fix this weekend. Using iPad which means one finger typing. I frustrated. I gave my MacBook to my grandson. I am having computer withdrawals.
My cousin is not seeing anyone. She texted me a couple of time about extreme pain. I cannot judge if it is pain or desire for pain pills. It could be either. Her dil started contractions two months early and is now home on bed rest. Hard luck family. But it also means that she cannot expect any help from her son. My son has offered multiple times to help her, but she always refuses.
I am feeling better, not 100%, but almost.
Love you all, will write when I can type again
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Hi Spark Buddies! Sorry for my long absence. The short story is... after a long process, stopped typing/wt lifting/ cooking/ everything for weeks ~ now diagnosised my right arm has De Quervain tenosynovitis. I'm still figuring out what that is. Meanwhile have a dentist appt in a few hours from a tooth falling out. The good news is that we got our hot tub working :) I unlocked my treadmill to tread climber movement, doing 7 minutes twice a day at 1.7 mph. The hot tub is nice for muscles.

Update: the homeless young lady has chosen to move in with a man and his 1 1/2 yr old child. Unfortunately he uses drugs, she's choosing to be with him and he likes having her babysit. We have encouraged her all we can to live here for a while and complete her senior year of high school. We are continuing to pray for her and wish her all the best of success.

I'll check up with you all later - have a great day! T
Oh yeah, I deleted account and started my whole SparkPeople stuff over again :)

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Yay! My new computer is working well and I'm almost done re-installing all the programs that I couldn't transfer over. It's been a long day, but no data or documents or anything like that were lost. I still have to track down my Quicken program and may have to call them to get a license number (if they'll let me do that), but if that's all I have to replace, it's not too bad. It was the least expensive of the programs I had to re-install.

I also got my exercise in - rarely miss that unless there's something I just can't work around - I went to senior fitness (not for wimpy seniors) and did an hour on a recumbent bike at 16+ mph. It felt good to get some frustration out anyway. I got a free session with a personal trainer yesterday and found out that there are still some ways they can find to make me sore. She pushed my arm muscles a little more than I'm used to and I ended up with sore biceps. Not too bad, but now I know how I can work some parts a little better.

Didn't eat well today. Oh well, burning off over 900 calories helped to defray my indulgences. Tomorrow is another day.

Scrimp - you asked me what my calorie range was a few days ago. I eat between 1600 and 1900 calories. My BMR is about 1700 calories because of my activity level and I generally burn about 800-900 calories in exercise per day. I get pretty hungry because of the exercise level. If I stick to that calorie level, I lose weight. Lately I've been having trouble sticking to the calorie level, though. Like I said, though, at least I'm not gaining - though I am fluctuating about 5 lbs. +/-.

I'm working on getting it together to lose the rest of the weight, but am not feeling pressured to do it in a short time frame. Mainly because I'm so healthy now and feel great. Even my doctor is not worried about whether I lose any more as long as I eat healthy and keep exercising.

Well, I still gotta get up in the morning and go to physical therapy, then exercise and then try to get the Quicken working on my computer. And pray that nothing else expensive happens for a good long while. Between the dog, computer and car break downs the last two months have been very hard on the budget.

Take care everyone.... I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

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Sue – Maybe that 1.5 is water weight and will go away quickly. Even if it isn’t water, you are doing so well you will shed that and hit your mark in due time. I know this is important to you and therefore you will do it.

Marlene – Thanks for the recipe. I bet your sister is right and you do look like you weigh less than the number on the scale. I agree with you about not seeing what we really look like when we look in the mirror. When I was much thinner I saw myself as very fat. When I gained so much weight I was in denial for a long long time and didn’t think I looked as bad as I did. I think finally I have a grip on all of this. As for your weight loss rate, what you posted makes sense. We all know that the less one has to lose the longer it takes usually. So you will get there, just not as quickly as you did in the beginning. (Isn’t it way better to be at your weight and to lose slowly than to weigh so much more, no matter what the rate of loss? I’d rather be in your shoes than in mine! emoticon )

Linda – Good idea to check things out with a cardiologist. I had a nuclear stress test 3 years ago because of an irregular cardiogram. I turned out to be fine and appreciated the peace of mind that gave me. Turns out the cardiogram might have been incorrect as women with large bosoms (me) sometimes can’t get a good reading on a cardiogram. I am amazed that your cousin is being discharged already, really remarkable considering all she has gone through. She will remain on my prayer list. And you are there too as are all of my spark friends.

PandB – We are going to do this and stay on track so that we can enjoy the holidays (not over indulge, just enjoy). How was hubby’s trip? Does he get any extra days off to compensate for being away for such a long time?

David – I always track everything I eat, even my worst food days. It really does help to see those ugly numbers (calories, carbs, fat, etc.) and puts in perspective what a few moments of “pleasure” from the unhealthy food can do to our overall weight loss plan. It makes me think twice before I slip up again. I am glad you mentioned about adding as a friend. I am going to add you with your new user name to my friends again.
I got right back on track today and feel pretty good but I did take a late afternoon nap again for about 90 minutes. I felt much better when I got up from the nap. I saw my dermatologist today. He and my rheumatologist have differing opinions about my condition(s) and hence treatment. Today the dermatologist took a biopsy of the outbreak on my chest (not to check for cancer but to check for the cell composition in terms of autoimmune issues). It will take 10+ days to get the results. He will then consult with my rheumatologist. My dermatologist also discussed the blood work results that my rheumatologist sent him. The dermatologist is concerned about some results that did not seem to alarm the rheumatologist. It seems pretty complicated.

I get email newsletters from Women’s Health Magazine. One of the articles today is about healthy bedtime snacks that are low in calories. Really nothing earth shattering here but I thought I’d share it anyway since a reminder now and then about healthy choices can’t hurt. Here is the link.
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Just quick note because my computer is still terrible. I know I have a virus or malware on it and may have to re-install everything if I can just find the disks.
My c reactive beyond terrible like in the you are going to die range, but I know there are many false readings on this particular test. I have not talked to the doc yet. I am going to ask for a referral to a cardiologist and to have a cat scan to see if my cancer has returned. Beyond that other than a nagging worry I am just trying to let it go.
My cousin is coming home from the hospital tomorrow.

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Almost forgot, since i started another acct under a different name, i lost most of my saved info on who i added as friends. Sorry on those i dont have listed yet. David

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Goodafternoon everyone. Off today and waiting on washers to finish at laundry mat. Thought ild drop in to say hi and hope everyone is doing well today. My wife works today and met earlier for a burger emoticon at Dairy Queen. Didnt log in food as i didnt want to to in writing what a bad choice had been made. Goal is to loose
8-10lbs by November 30. What i ate today is shure not going to get me there.....

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I was checking my BMR on SparkPeople's calculator , which tells you how many calories you burn at rest, through normal body functions. This number, added to the calories burned through exercise and activities, gives you the magic number of how much you can eat without gaining weight. My BMR was 1413 calories--it has gone down now that I have lost weight. It may explain why weight loss has slowed if I am still eating 1200 cals a day and using the treadmill 3 times a week.. I can't go much lower than 1200 cals cause I know I will be hungry and deprived--and subject to out of control binges.

PanB--Yes getting back on plan ASAP is a "Best Practice" around here! Good for you!


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Hello Sparklers,

Earned my balloons yesterday, which means I ate within my calorie range and completed my fitness goal for the day. Went to water aerobics with a couple of neighbothood friends. We are now a group of 4, which is good. There are enough of us to push each other to go but not so many that it is difficult to coordinate car pooling. Winter is coming so we will all need each other to motivate ourselves to brave the cold, dark and bad weather to go swimming.

JUSTME - Sorry to hear about your c reactive test. I think a good way to look at it is that it is another measure that modern medicine can evaluate and keep an eye on - like cholesterol. Yes, inflammation in linked to a number of diseases and disorders, but they have not figured out exactly how it is all related. The good news is that healthy eating and exercise (exactly what you are doing now) is an effective way to bring your number down. So, just keep up the good work and your numbers will follow.

MTN_KITTEN - I like your holiday plan. This year will be a great time to start making new traditions that don’t center around food. Maybe a family turkey trot before dinner on Thanksgiving?

DEBBY - Good luck with the new windows. I’ve never really noticed the difference in windows programs but have had difficulty with updates in MS Office. Four or five years ago they revamped how Office worked and things I easily did in the old Word and Excel became impossible in the new version. Hope your transition goes quickly and smoothly.

TAMMYAND - I gladly accept your challenge to jump back on track. We can all do it and now is the prefect time. We can get a couple of good weeks in to build our strength so that we all head into the holidays on a high.

ITZ_SUE - I understand your pain. An unexpected weight gain that wouldn’t go away is what sent me over the edge. Stay the course, don’t do what I did and you will be at your 90 pound goal before you know it.

SCRIMP - Keep up the good work and I’m sure you will meet your goal soon. What a great compliment from you sister. It's nice that you have each other for support.

I have to thank you all for being here. In the past my jump off the deep end would have lasted much longer and involved a larger gain than I had this time. Because of all of you I came back much more quickly than I would have in the past. Thank you so much for your support.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hello
Sounds like we know that we need to get back on track. The good thing is that we all remain motivated and have not given up. I am encouraged by your perseverence. I have been going up and down from 167 to 169 for about a week. I am eating the same or less and doing the same amount of exercise; with one or two small blips. Its frustrating. I feel like eating something I want like ordering chinese food noodle soup.
I talked to my sister on the phone that I saw last week while she was in DC. She said she was 160, but she looked way less than that. She said I looked thinner than her, and thought I looked like 145 instead of 167. The difference is in our shapes. She at 5'5" has large shoulders, a straighter waist, and a thinner hip. I at 5'4" have narrow shoulders, small waist, and full hips. I couldn't believe she thought I looked that thin cause when I look in the mirror I see 20 more pounds I want to lose from my waist down. Our eyes often deceive us. How come I did not recoil in horror at the mirror at 283; as I do now when I see my fat pictures. Did I not see I looked that bad? Now I see I compensated by wearing shapeless clothes; and avoiding social situations; and wallowing in on-going depression. Didn't buy clothes. I did see it--- I was covering it up. No more Blinders for me!

Tammy--
I forgot what hash recipe I mentioned--But is simply take leftover skinless rotiserrie chicken, onions, mushrooms, and frozen peas and saute--then add 1/21 cup of mashed cauliflower (mashed palin with nothing in it but seasoning) and let it brown up.

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Hello Everyone! It's been crazy busy for me the last few days. I thought I did well (eating wise) over the weekend .. but something triggered a 1.5# weight gain .. grrr .. so instead of losing that one pound to hit the 90 mark .. now I'm up 2.5 .. oh well .. move on (I tell myself) .. back in compliance for today .. packed my lunch .. get back to walking .. do some resistance band stuff .. I will survive. I'll have to catch up on the posts later .. for now . it's off to work with me.

Have a great day!
God's Blessings to you all.
Sue

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Linda – Maybe it is the time of year. After a long streak of compliance (followed by no movement on the scale), I had two off days. Ugh! I have had mostly good C reactive protein results even with my autoimmune issues, but perhaps because of the meds I am on. I hope to see my latest blood work results soon so I will see how I did this time. What was your number? I can’t remember mine but will look it up on my old results if I don’t get the new results soon. In any case, I wouldn’t stress too much. See what your doc says. I take very high doses of omega 3 fatty acids (not just low grade fish oil) and that might be helping my numbers too. Hope your computer troubles are taken care of soon. It is so frustrating as those machines have become such a major part of our communication in this day and age. We need them. My DS bought me an iPad mini for my birthday in August. I love it. It is so much easier for me to manipulate given the problems I have with my finger joints as compared to using his regular iPad. I still do best typing on the laptop which DS and I share, but I do enjoy that mini iPad at times.

PandB- Not that it is a good thing, but you are in good company as many (but not all) of us seem to be off track over the past few days. I say we all jump back on the track together. I know we can do it.

Heathyway and Got2Try – Welcome. I think you will find that this is a supportive and non-judgmental group of posters who come here to care and share. I have learned a lot from the folks who post here but even more importantly we all become friends and are here for each other.

Joann – I hope you are able to get some rest and some answers. Taking care of yourself is the main thing before you can be effective with anything else.

Cat – Glad your brain is in a better place. I like the plan you listed for the coming months. Please do not be so hard on yourself. None of us are perfect. Just being here and working on getting healthier is a plus for you and a plus for all of us. I don’t know about you, but I know that I, myself, have been berated by others for my weight, and it never did one thing to help me lose weight. Like you I have gotten upset with myself, but truly I think loving ourselves is more the key to success than getting upset over our past issues/failures/etc. For me, I have to reevaluate what loving myself really means. And yes, I agree however….sometimes a wake up call can do wonders.

Marlene – I remember when I started shopping on the shopping channels. It was in spring 2003. I bought a ring from HSN and then returned it. Originally I was a strict HSN shopper but then came to prefer QVC, though I do watch both. I like the background noise those channels provide, but I am also a news junkie so I often have a news channel on, depending on my mood and the news of the day. I am much more careful about my TV shopping now that I am retired but I do not feel deprived, just more “selective” so to speak. Would you share your cauliflower hash recipe again? I think you provided once before but I can’t find it. I have one that I use but I remember thinking yours sounded better.


David – Woo Hoo for you…on moving on from the regular soda. Diet may not be the best thing in the world but if it eventually gets you to water or seltzer water, all the better. I think you deserve a lot of credit. You have a lot of things to deal with, not the least of which is raising a 3 year old! God bless you for what you are doing for her and for working on getting healthier for yourself and for those who love you as well. I am so proud of you!!!

Debby – Sheesh, just like food struggles seem to be going around, it seems computer problems are doing the same. Hope your new one meets your needs. As I said to Linda, we are so dependent on those machines now, even if we try not to be. I have the Beck Solution book and like it. I think I will dig mine out again too.

I have had 2 noncompliant days after my long streak of compliance (and nothing to show for it at the scale). I will be back on track 100% tomorrow without a doubt….even with 2 huge boxes of homemade cookies my son’s Godmother sent to him (because she knows I don’t have that stuff in the house these days). I went to lunch with a friend today and was ok then but not later,, and I have no good reason or even excuse to provide for this. I didn’t want the food I had planned so I ate other stuff instead. I know it is out of my system now…I can feel it!


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My brain is in a much better place … no looking backwards … looking forward to making my life as healthy, happy and calm as I can. My BFF’s loss of her family members should be a wakeup call … not a pity party about how much time “I” have wasted.

I am making a plan for surviving the holidays that start next week with Halloween and end in the middle of February with Valentine’s Day. We are making life changes to our reaction to certain foods. Pampering ourselves … without food … is a learned behavior.

Halloween – taming the monster within
November – thanksgiving and gratitude
Christmas – celebration of life and family
January – new beginnings … not starting over
February – love yourself as you love your loved ones

HealthyWay – thanks for the heads up on the books. I have them reserved at the library. My brain gets me in trouble … a lot! I use the library system vigorously.

Debby – Window 8 was a learning curve for me. Hope it takes you less time than it did me.

JustMe – don’t ya just hate it when these confounded things (computers) don’t work??? Did the doc tell you to worry about the C reactive lab work? Don’t worry until they tell you to.

P&B – Way to go for getting back with it sooooo quickly.

We kept the g-kids today and they are spending the night coz mom has to be in Denver at the butt crack of dawn tomorrow. DGS wants to walk on the other treadmill with me tomorrow : )

Here’s to breaking 200 … real soooooooon!


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Must be the time of the year, everyone seems to be a little off. I just got a really bad test result on my c reactive which is a new test for me. On one hand I am trying not to panic and on the other I am panicking. Has anyone else had experience with this test?
It is for inflammation and heart disease.

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Hello Sparklers,

Went off the deep end and made several bad food choices. Kicking myself for going in the wrong direction, but I am determined to get back on track today. So far so good, my eating is under control and I have plans to go to water aerobics with a couple of friends later today. Should earn balloons today for the first time in awhile.

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Just a little quick check in before bed. Was a busy day at work. Nothing exciting or bad to pass on . Know its really going to pick up over next 2weeks.( grocery store.) We only close on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. Its okay... So many are still out of work. Im blessed with this job, s weekly check, work inside, no overnight hours, its all verrrrry gooood.
I slept so so last night so took one of my melatonin pills. Dont like to take them often as it does help me sleep, but i feel grogy ehen i have to wake up.
Before i forget, the used replacement cell im using still has a few bugs. I click to email when someone replies to s thread but doesnt happen. Also, i tried to upload pics to my sparkpage, but thats not working either. Im not able quickly reply if im sent something. Im not ignoring, not getn notified.....sorry..... Starting to yawn.... Will end for now. Hope everyone has a good night.
Ps. The scale i use at work has been broken all this past week so i cant post current weight. When i can... I will. Goodnight...

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My computer just died, so I am on my I pad. What a pita! My daughter talked me into the pc rather than my usual Mac and now I have to find my drivers because the whole thing is corrupted. I have no idea where my drivers are

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I am going to be off line for a bit, I am being bombarded with ads and pop up

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Quick check in. My computer broke, so bought a new one this morning (less expensive to buy than fix)- it should be ready tomorrow. It's much easier to check in on a computer than on my kindle.

Welcome to the newbies.

Still struggling to get my eating under control, but really appreciate the last couple of posts. I think I'll try to find that book. I'll check in with more to say when I get my new computer. Of course, I'll have to figure out Windows 8 first....



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My feelings do the same to me. I have to turn off the inner voice that controls the feelings of regret and shame. I'm my worst bully. But I have found that reversing the negative talk with "what are you doing about it now" helps to quiet that monster inside of me. Try it! I read a great book titled "The Beck Diet Solution train your brain to think like a thin person" by Judith S Beck Ph.D. She has an excellent chapter on dealing with inner voices. She also has a workbook with the book which I recommend too!

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My eating and exercising is on track ... I am dealing with my feelings:

I should of never gotten in this position
I should have done something about it much, much sooner
I deserve better
What was I think ... oh, I wasn't thinking about ME all along
I haven't taken good care of myself
I have had 3 brushes with cancer
I have wasted soooooo much time
Why, why, why!!!!!!

I hope to take all that has happened and turn it into my get up and get to my goals.

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Hi Mtn_Kitten! I think we have all had the same feelings you are having one time or another. The important thing to remember if you do make a mistake it's okay. Just don't give up. Think of all the accomplishments you've made in this journey, and start again.

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My brain has been allllll over the place … sad, frustrated, ashamed, and determined. Life is what we make it. I started this journey to be the best I can be … I need to remember that.

Welcome to all the newbies … I apologize for my pity party.

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Happy Sunday,

ChangeN- nice to hear your voice. I am happy that your training went well. Hope they move you into management quickly.

Marlene - my son really complained the first time I served the roasted veg, until he ate it. He has been happy ever since. The only thing he complains about is no stuffing, but that is a really bad trigger food for me. I can eat an entire box at one sitting, so no stuffing in this house.

Joann - you are always a good team member. We all have times when we are quiet for a while for different reasons. Take care of yourself. When you are really run down it is very hard to focus on health. It seems like we should be more focused, but instead all you can do is focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

Healthy - welcome, this is great place to come for support, to vent and to brag. We often talk about NSV (non-scale victories) One of my best ones was lowering my cholesterol by 100 points. It is not all about weight, it is even more about health.

Goto - I am also a retired teacher with a daughter and a SIL that are teachers

The swelling in my lymph node has gone down, now there is just a little soreness. Wait and see what happens.
Up early today and feeling motivated. going to water aerobics again. I have to take it a little easy until my breathing returns to 100%, but I can do the exercises as long as I do not push.
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Good Morning
Back to 167 this morning. Will have a quiet day organizing stuff at home.

Joejoe--You will get it together. It only gets worse this time of year with back to back holidays. I hope you get to the doctor soon; trust your intuition. Worse comes to worse, we will all refocus January 1.

I actually find the period between after Christmas and New Years to be a good week for Compliance as I know I want to face the scale January 1 and want to undo some damage so "the number" is as low as possible. Most importantly is not to totally abandon our plans; and not let holidays be an excuse to return to unhealthy habits. There has got to be a way to have some treats and not gain weight. Perhaps the solution lies in portion control.

Justme--Those roasted veggies sound delicious. My family is spoiled by me and they will expect several sides and main courses--I wish it were that easy to have a turkey and one side dish. Yes your cousin is facing so many challenges. Life is not fair that one person would get hit on so many fronts at once. Hope she does not have C.

Changen--Good for you to switch to diet soda. Also for congrats for completing your course and giving an excellent presentation. Makes them see you in a new light.

Gototry and Healthyway--Welcome. This is the place to focus and support each other . Nothing but good vibes here and theres always room for new friends. We all have a lot going on besides trying to lose weight; and don't worry about responding to each post--most important that you check in, spin your wheel, and consistently stay on plan. I am 7 pounds from goal and when I make it it will be the first time I have actually accomplished a dreamed for weight goal. I have been on SP beginning at 283 since July 2013 and the time has flown by. "Onderland" means when you get to 199; and "Twoterville" is when you get to 299--both are HUGE accomplishments for folks with 100+ pounds to lose.

Kat--"A person who wants something will find a way ... a person who doesn't will find an excuse". So true. When I wake up my weight is the first thing I think about; I want this so badly. Repeat what works and trust that your body will respond. At my age I thought my metabolism was wrecked as I faced years of yoyo-ing and losing 123 pounds, again. My body did respond when I began treating it properly.

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Good Morning,
This is the first time I've joined this discussion. After reading everyone's replies I feel so blessed that I have joined Sparkpeople. So many wonderful caring people. Please take the time to take care of yourself and put your needs first before anyone else.





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I thought I was getting better, went through the cold, then the asthma, then seemed to be on the mend and just discovered I have a major swollen gland in my neck which usually means a secondary infection. Rats, I thought I was getting well, even went to water aerobics today.

My cousin is doing better, but still waiting for biopsy results. She has been moved out of ICU and is out on the floor. She has walked a little. She is experiencing depression, she has no health insurance, has to be out of her house on Nov 1, and might have cancer. I think I would be depressed also.

Needless to say her problems put mine into perspective.

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Ladies! Quick hello shout out before i call it a day. Its been draining at work and all i want to do when i go home is just sit( however raising our 3yr old granddaught well....)
I completd first set if classes at work . Had to give a oral report with a powerpoint presentation. I was surprised how smooth ut went. I have another set of classes for sometime the first part of next year. At 56 i want to move up as far as i can go in the grocery company i work for. Its all good.... I havent been doing anything much, healthy, but am keeping my water intake up as well as turning to diet soda over regular. I know that must go too. Im really tired so ill check back in tomorrow durring my lunch hour.( yes, i work weekends and holidays). So, until then, i hope everyone is doing well. Goodnight.

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Joanne - As a retired teacher I know exactly how you feel - been there, done that. But you have to take care of yourself first. All the rest doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Good luck. Hope you feel better real soon!

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Joanne - maybe you should just write your sub plans and go to urgent care. This is a bad time of year to get run down.

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My favorite holiday recipe - so easy, so yummy and even the left overs are great
Roasted Root vegetables:
cut into cubes: carrots, rutabagas, beets, parsnips, butternut squash, yams, potatoes, and cauliflower chunks

shake in a bag with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

place on a wide pan with a lip that has been covered with aluminium foil and sprayed with olive oil flavored cooking spray - spread out and sprinkle with Greek seasoning on top - cook at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are almost done stir once after about 15 minutes

while the denser vegetables are cooking- clean and cut Brussels sprouts in half and zucchini into 1 inch chunks - shake with olive oil and balsamic vinegar - if room add to other veg, if not put them on their own pan and sprinkle with Greek seasoning - cook until sprouts are tender - about 15 more minutes

that is my entire dinner the only other thing I cook is a turkey - oh and I forgot cranberry sauce which I make a day or two before

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Hi, everyone! I'm really battling my own body this week. I am so tired I don't even turn my computer on at night. I just go straight to bed as soon as I finish my grading/paperwork. I've done ZERO exercise this week -- no energy to do it at all. I have a friend who is a Physcian's Assistant. I told her I have an appointment with my internist on November 12th - the earliest appointment I could get! - but she wants me to try to get in earlier. She thinks I may be anemic. My gums and the bottom part of my eye are pale, not red. I am going to call Monday and get put on the cancellation call list. The problem is I can't take an appointment at a moment's notice because I have to get a sub for school. UGH! I feel like something is really, really wrong with me. I am sorry that I haven't been a very good team member this week. I will keep trying. Blessings to all of you!

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My BFF is going through a very rough time … her brother in law passed away last night. He had liver cancer and had stopped treatment to be more “comfortable” with his last days. On top of that her beloved auntie will be removed from life support today. Auntie entered the hospital 2 weeks ago with a massive infection they think was caused by her gall bladder. Her colon collapsed on itself and her kidneys shut down. Auntie is diabetic … yet does not take care of herself … at all.

BFF and I have had numerous conversations throughout the years about how “other” people don’t take care of themselves … well neither have we!!!! Life is very, very short and we owe ourselves to take the very best care of us we can. We should focus on ourselves, our goals in life, and live those to their fullest.

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Tammyand-- I caved and ordered the Red window cover. I hate scraping ice off the front window. 8 pounds by Christmas is certainly an attainable group goal. That will put me at goal. But I am going to change my goal from 160 to 145; as soon as I reach it.

I have been shopping with HN and QVC since 1991. There are many times that I go overboard; then I will stop for a while. My current purchases mostly are bed linens, boots, cookware, and tops. With most products, I pay by Flex or Easy Pay then if I have to return it, it doesn't tie up so much money. I watch it a lot because I learn from the presentations; and its also company for me in real time as I don't watch most TV shows--its HSN, QVC, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Food, and NBC news. All those movie channels I have are going to waste.

Justme--I like the idea of using carrots instead of potatoes! I make "hash" with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

I must share this internet recommendation which I tried today for my Trifle:

To use Unsweetened Almond Milk instead of skim milk for the regular size instant sugar free fat free pudding mix--add 2 tsp of cornstarch to the pudding mix and blend. Whisk with 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (Not 2!). Chill and should set fast.

Soy milk does not work with instant pudding! Unsweetened almond milk is 30 cals a cup versus 90 for skim milk. I like Almond Breeze brand. Argo Cornstarch is 30 cals per tsp. This is great if you must eat gluten free.

My Trifle turned out so well. I layered the pudding with angel food cubes; 1 3/4 c sliced strawberries; 4 oz fresh blueberries. No need for reduced cal whipped cream.

Next time I am making this with Banana slices!

Thinking about my Thanksgiving menu. I have a request from my son for Jerk Ribs, which I made last year. Nobody seems to care for Turkey but I feel like I need to have some on hand...Last year I tricked my granddaughter and gave her a chicken leg that I said was the turkey leg, LOL. What are you going to fix? Give me your best holiday recipes, Sparklers--share that one special dish. maybe we can all make it and post our results?

Way to go Sue emoticon ...it will happen this week!

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Tammy - like your plan - 8 pounds by Christmas and for me it will be an increase in strength training

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Christmas is 2 months from today! Yikes!
Where do we want to be with our weight and ourselves on Christmas Day? And what are we going to do to get there?
Just something to think about.
For me, I want to weigh at least 8 pounds less....not a lofty goal...but with the slow rate I have been losing a reasonable goal I think...If I exceed it, all the better! To get there I am going to continue with my healthy 17 Day Diet eating plan and exercise at least 5 days per week. That is my new chart...exercise. I do fine with eating but need to buckle down on increasing exercise.


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Hello Everyone .. quick check in before the busy day we have planned. With hubby off, we'll go to the 3 soccer games today, and then do some shopping. I'm planning Chinese restaurant for dinner if it works out (with kids and grandkids). I have 1 lb to go for the 90# mark .. I AM going to make it .. FOCUS, FOCUS!

I read thru the blogs quickly .. more yummy recipes, more moods .. we ARE so much together on this everyone! You are my best friends. I pray for each of you after I read your blog . to enjoy you successes, and hold you up in your trials. Have a great day!

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Marlene - I understand that you want to keep losing. If you can and you are healthy, why not?? You are rocking with your plan and looking fab (just ask the guy who picked up the tab for your dinner and drinks). Also, being at a lower weight gives you more wiggle room for fluctuation as long as you don't let it get out of control. We have a one car garage where I keep our vehicle (a mini van due to needing to transport DS's wheelchair at times). And I still want the TSV! I should also add that I almost NEVER drive in bad weather, only when absolutely necessary. If there is even a remote possibility of frozen precipitation I stay home. And I still want the TSV! I think it is a wonderful item. I watched it launch at midnight. Even DS thought it was great, and he knows we don't really "need" it either. We'll see if I make it through the day without buying it. I have been thinking and thinking about why that blasted scale isn't moving. I weigh, measure, etc. all of my food. I am determined not to let this stall in weight loss deter me. Yes, I was grumpy yesterday and disappointed at the scale, but I know that my overall lifestyle is much healthier and the food I make for DS and me is much healthier than ever before in my life. So I am still winning and eventually the weight loss will catch up. It just has to. The really good thing is that yesterday when I was so grumpy the only thing I could really cheat with was cheese tortellini which I was making for DS for dinner. (Sometimes we have more junk food in the house for DS and usually it doesn't appeal to me,) Who knows, maybe my body needed more carbs. I'll be back on track today and weigh again in a few days.


PandB - Is DH home? How are you? Hope you are posting here soon. Miss you.

Debby - I thought of you because I have an opportunity to go to our local minor league (Phantoms) hockey team game in late November (not sure yet if I am going because of a date conflict). It is tied to the Phila. Flyers and is new to our area. They play in a brand new arena which I hear is fabulous. (I hear the food there is fabulous too.)

Joann - Hope all is well with you! Miss you too! Looking forward to your posts.

Cat - Marlene is right. What a good feeling to have the added security of the "found" money!

David - We need your male presence here....let us know how you are doing. Without you this thread becomes what my dad used to call "a hen party."

Sue - How are you celebrating your good review?

Linda - I like the scramble recipe....yay....no onions!

Good news! I fixed the security system all by myself! I have to say I am VERY proud of myself. Part of it was dumb luck I think. I read the manual that came with the system 14 years ago and tried to figure out the techno babble about trouble shooting. What happened makes no sense but the dang beeping has stopped and my system is fully armed again so the system is totally back in business. Our house is protected again...and I can have a good night's sleep again! I am so happy!!!


Hope everyone is doing ok.I will probably check back later buddies. Going to do something productive for a while.
Love all of you!

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Happy Weekend all

Feeling good this morning.

Scrimp - no - I do not eat toast, I really do not like most bread, that is probably why I included the bread with the bean recipe because it is unusual for me. I shared the scramble because I like to replace potatoes with carrots. Most people like to use sweet potatoes, but the consistency and texture are wrong and I found that carrots are better.

Water aerobics and a new beginning!

Spark on

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Good Saturday Everybody

I will join Tammyand in grumpiness this morning. I allowed myself a low cal treat last night, after being well within my range all day--the scale is up 2 pounds this AM! I made a light strawberry shortcake with angel cake cubes,, strawberries sweetened with Stevia, and sugar free Cool Whip. It was delicious! Could that be the 2 pound culprit? I know, I know, its digestion and salt at play no way could that be 2 pounds worth of weight gain.
Well anyway today I am going to use the rest of the berries and cake and make an English Trifle using fat and sugar free instant pudding. The angelfood cake I bought at Giant is in the shape of a square bar--very convenient for cutting into slices/squares.

Tammy--I think it may be considered is a safety hazard (not up to code) that the hot comes on first before the cold. I would ask him about that. If you are happy with it thats OK. I am just happy for you that progress is being made with the work you need done. So sorry that the scale is not cooperating. What could it be?
The plumber returned to fix my Mbath waste disposal connection, and the glass guy has to come back and check the shower door to see where the water breach occured. It was near the bottom hinge. I am not paying my final payment until this is fixed to my satisfaction. How about Today's QVC special on that car windshield cover....seems like it would make a good present for my sons and for me are cars are not kept in the garage. I bought the material yesterday for my backsplash; which will be installed the weekend of Nov 14 along with my kitchen ceiling repair. I can feel more muscle in my legs but I really need to tighten up more and focus on strength training for my upper body.

Debbie---Maybe your body just needs a break as you have continually been losing weight and building more muscle. Then when you restart your diet it may shock your body into responding. What was the calorie range you set?
Now that I am close to 160 I can see I want to lose more than that. Before, 160 seemed the lowest I could possibly get to. Now I am thinking maybe I should try for 145---like when I was in my early 20s. I could probably lose another 20 pounds because I cannot stop eating healthy or else I'll be back to where I started. Theres no happy medium with me---either I am dieting and losing or I am not and gaining weight!

Justme-Thanks for sharing the breakfast scramble--what, no "Eat with plenty of buttered toast"? LOL

Kat--Well pensioned for life---Excellent! Now you can travel and enjoy the grannies too. What a relief to have things situated. Hovering around 205--you are close to Onederland too! Lets see: you and Sue and JoeJoe and PandB have celebrations due soon; as does Tammyand and Justme and Debbiehs are due for major breakthroughs. I think we will all be in good shape New Years day when we wake up and make plans. I always focus on my weight. New Years Day. This year I'll be in NYC so I will really have to watch it.

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Today was not a great food day - ate a great breakfast that was filled with veg, then had blue corn chips and hummus for lunch, had dinner all planned - wrong restaurant, so I ordered a shrimp burrito instead - daughter said it was great filled with shrimp and veg - she had the wrong restaurant in mind - it was filled with rice and shrimp - far more rice than shrimp- my SIL forgot my salad to go with it and we were eating in the classroom as we decided on organization - so no other choice. Luckily tomorrow is a new day.
My morning breakfast scramble

1 tsp. olive oil
one carrot sliced
a handful of sliced mushrooms
1/4 red bell pepper chopped
a cup of spinach
1-2 eggs (your choice)
a sprinkle of chipotle chili powder
1 thin slice pepper jack cheese

spray nonstick pan with olive oil spray add 1 tsp to pan with sliced carrot, cook carrot until almost soft and a little brown on the edges, add mushrooms and red pepper, cook until mushrooms are glossy add spinach, cook until wilted, add beaten eggs and sprinkle with chipotle powder, cook until eggs are almost done put cheese on top - cover pan for 30 second to a minute until cheese melts - salt to preference

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Marlene– You are rocking beyond words! I am so impressed and happy for you. Have you noticed that you have more muscle now? I know it is said that muscle burns fat more efficiently. That makes sense to me. Maybe that is why I am not doing so well….I am all fat and no muscle! Thanks for the advice about the bathroom fixtures. I ended up buying Delta and am pleased with it. G had a lot of work to do for some reason because he had to get some new pipe (not sure why) and that required soldering. It smelled like he was burning candles in there! He replaced the faucet, the shower head, and the single handle on/off for the water. I also bought a new hand held shower (since the old one was 20 years old) and he installed that instead of the shower head that came with the kit. I am not completely satisfied with the positioning of the handle, and G knows it. It looks fine but when you turn on the water it goes from hot to cold instead of the normal cold to hot. Between the main bathroom and the work he did in the basement, he was here 8 hours today (possibly a new record!). And he says he is coming back tomorrow at 9 am. We shall see. At least the water is not dripping in the main bathroom anymore.

Linda – That whole social security thing makes my head spin. I am sure you checked out the possibilities very thoroughly and know what is going on. Glad you are feeling better. The tacos you mentioned sound yummy.

Debby – I believe you will get your old momentum back and see the pounds drop off again. Sometimes I think when a person has lost a great deal of weight, as you did, that the body needs to stabilize for a while before losing more. Good idea bringing your chart back. Visuals help me too.

Cat – Sorry you didn’t get that nap. I wanted one today too (actually needed one) but didn’t get it either. As you know, I am a big fan of rest and even more so when our body is talking to us through symptoms like sties, aches, etc. Glad your lip is better and wishing you improvement with your eye. Sties are no fun!

I am in a grumpy mood today. Last night right after I feel asleep the security system on the house started to beep….not like an intruder but like a short in the system. Then of course the dog started to bark too. I was able to turn off the beeping but it came back later in the day. And after I was awake I didn’t sleep well for the rest of the night. I dropped the alarm monitoring service over a year ago because one time the alarm went off inappropriately and the police showed up etc. Because I don’t have a monitoring contract I cannot affordably get the system evaluated. So today when it started beeping again, I tried to do some “codes” within the system and am hoping that what I did will keep it quiet. Otherwise, I will have to bite the bullet and call the company I used to have the contract with and see what they will charge. (They were expensive even when I had the contract with them which is another reason I dropped it.) So anyway my sleep was quite disrupted last night. Then this morning I weighed in and …..nothing….stayed the same. I was really disappointed because I have been so compliant for so long. Being tired, having no energy, and being grumpy….I stayed on track…..till later in the day when I ate off plan and had way more carbs than I have had in ages. I still feel out of sorts. Not sure if it the lack of sleep or eating off plan which usually takes its toll on me... probably both. On a brighter note I did get in some extra walking again today at Lowe’s and the grocery store….but not enough to balance out the tortellini I had for dinner. I plan to be back on track tomorrow….but I am also starting to doubt myself. Tomorrow is our Miracle League Trick or Treat night. I will be there a little early to help set up. The children start arriving at 5 pm and finish at 7. Luckily I don’t think I have to stay to clean up. There will be free hot dogs, but they usually don’t tempt me too much. Sorry for being a grump today.


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Hi everyone - it's been a couple of days again since I checked in. Just too much going on, I guess. I have been keeping up with exercise, and eating at least maintenance level for calories. Today I've been well within the calorie range for trying to get some pounds off. I'm feeling fairly frustrated with myself about not seeming to be able to find it within myself to really work at it all that hard. I know it's a choice and I'm just going to have to make up my mind about what I really want. Not gaining is a good thing for now. Taking it one day at a time on getting the last pounds off - I've been doing that for a good long time now, though, and I'm starting to get sick of it. They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I think I need to work my way out of the insanity. I started this journey because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe I need to find that attitude again?!!

I'm amazed at how good so many of you are doing. You're all an inspiration to me.

Scrimp - emoticon What can I say, you are so dedicated to reaching your goal and your'e so close. I am so proud of you.

TammyAnd - I know that scale will be your friend with all of the things you've been doing to stay on track.

JustMe - I'm glad you're starting to feel better. I hope your cough goes away soon.

Cat - I hope you find a way to get your stress level down. I agree, even good news causes stress. I can't imagine the kind of stress I'd feel if I won the lottery. But I don't think I'd mind it so much in the long run. Enjoy your walks and your grandkids.

Itz_Sue - I hope you see that 90 lb. mark soon. I'm rooting for you.

I'm going back to my start chart today. I like stars and they help me see progress visually. I'll have to think of a reward for sticking to it til my birthday next month. Three weeks from today. It'll be something good and I'm open to suggestions....

Take care everyone. May you all reach your goals and your Goals!!

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We are keeping the g-kids today. It’s nap time … I might take one, too. We ran and played at the park this morning. Eating on track and I got in 30 minutes on the treadmill before we came down the hill to keep the kids.

Hubby let me sleep in this morning and it made a world of difference in how I feel. My lip is finally healed up but my eye still has the remains of the sty. Feels like I have dirt in it.

JustMe – I totally agree with you. My lip and my eye are an indication that life has been stressful. Lesson here … even good news can cause stress. Hmmm … we were told that since we were with a municipality and did not contribute to SS we needed 10 years of employment outside of that scenario … which we both have. Might be different for teachers even here. They are part of our retirement program here though. My BLC has a couple of very active members but we don’t “talk” to each other like we do in this thread.

Scrimp – I am sooooooo proud of you. Keep striving toward your goal … it makes me feel empowered that I, too will be there one day … soooooooon. Because we did not know about the long lost Texas retirement pension BEFORE we retired from working here in Colorado … we could not combine it with our present pension or 401K. We could have if we had known about it before hubby retired. So we have two programs. Colorado program pays us a monthly pension for life … the Texas “pension” is now invested in a traditional IRA and we will have to withdraw a percentage of the funds annually when hubby turns 70 ½. We could have chosen to receive monthly payments when hubby turns 65 but the monies would not receive any future dividends/interest. This way the pension will earn more … hopefully.

Well, I don’t get a nap after all. I hear DGS talking to himself … so nap time is over.

You guys are AWESOME!!!!! Change your mind … and the rest will follow.


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10/24/14 9:38 A

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Hello:
In a good mood I get to log in a loss of another pound---167 this morning.

Tammyand--I'd like to try that vanilla seltzer. I usually buy water and use those squirt bottle Crystal Light to flavor water; or Hi C brand individual powder mixes. Yes you will save money by not calling a plumber. It does not take them that long to change a faucet. Lowes has a nice selection of inexpensive ones. I was advised to avoid Price Phister brand.

Justme--I had to laugh at the ham and beans recipe ended with "eat with crusty bread"--Oh, really--I'd go to town on that advice emoticon

Kat--I am glad you and DH found a way to manage that money. Did ou combine everything into an annuity ( am assuming that what "pension" mean or just the new found money? Doesn't it feel good to have a financial plan for the future? I am on a daily dose of D3 and I think Tammy is on D2.

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10/24/14 9:12 A

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Happy Friday,
Still coughing, but asthma is getting better. I am volunteering in my SIL's classroom and then my daughter and I are looking at how to help him organize his materials.
We are eating out at Baja Fresh and I think I will get the Mahi tacos grilled.
Spark on
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10/24/14 12:34 A

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Ok 2 more things

Cat - my BLC is really supportive, but I am finding it becoming a chore instead of a help, so I do not think I will participate in the winter. This group help is really my best support.

easy recipe

Ham and lima beans
1 pound dry lima beans cleaned and soaked
1 box veg stock
2 cups water
1 ham hock
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
a handful of parsley leaves
1 poblano chili chopped (if you want it milder use a red bell)
1 pound lean ham cubed
lots of pepper
slow cook and eat with crusty bread

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10/24/14 12:06 A

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Tammy - that question has really helped me this week when I was so sick, I was feeling guilty for not exercising. But when I asked myself "is this my healthiest choice?" The answer was "Yes". I knew I needed to rest and let my lungs heal and that was more important at the moment than exercise. It solved my guilt problem and helped me do what was right for my body at that moment.

Cat - it sounds like your body is trying to tell you something. I think you might need to focus on stress, stress reduction exercises and may be sleep. While we need to have good expectations, we also need to find peace with our ups and downs. You could also have a low grade infection that is interfering with your health and your progress. Take care of yourself.

I just read that taking excessive vitamin D interferes with the absorption of vit E which is necessary to get A and C. That is why they test the amount in your blood now, too little is bad, too much is bad.

Actually the social security is not determined by how long you worked before teaching, but by how long your were teaching, for each year of teaching you lose a year of social security, I still do not understand why I cannot collect my husbands. I even went to an attorney that specialized in SSI and he said that NO day, no way no how. I have been into the SS office and applied on line and on the phone. "No day, no way, no how."

I really felt for those teachers is the Midwest, when their benefits were cut in half. That had to hurt.
I am slowly coming back to my old self. I am determined to start walking. Between the deaths in the family and my cousin's problems I have refocused on health, health, health.

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Whew … after a million phone calls and several in person meetings … our new found funds have a home. I finally can feel the joy of the whole “gift”. I have to admit I feel “dumb” to not knowing about the funds in the first place and then not knowing at my age the options out there. Our retirement was set up through our last employment and hubby made most of the decisions for our 401K. With it we will receive a monthly pension for the rest of our lives … if one of us forgets to pull the string on the parachute while sky diving … the other continues to receive the same monthly sum. We are to receive a cost of living increase annually … but of course our insurance premiums eat that up.

I have not felt well the last week with a fever blister and a sty on my right eye. Made me feel like I was running fever and had a red hot coal on my lip and my eye. Eating was on track until yesterday … I had a pity party. And exercising has not been on course. Time to get serious!!!!!

We kept the g-kids several times this week. GS decided he wanted an apple and peanut butter for his afternoon snacks like Grandma. Ain’t it cute when they copy the good things you do?? I had to have a talk with his mom though about something that wasn’t so cute.

When I was low in Vitamin D … I took a daily dose. I have not heard of a weekly dosage.

I am soooo sorry to hear of all the losses of family members.

TammyAnd – I loooooooove the Miracle League Trick or Treat.

JustMe – Do you have 10 years of Social Security credit prior to teaching? AND I really don’t get you not getting to collect your hubby’s. Hubby and I spent the last 23+ years working for a municipality and did not pay into SS but into mandatory retirement programs. We both have 10 years credit though prior to this last gig so we qualify for SS though it won’t be tons. We understand hubby can start drawing “some” when he turns 62 in April but he plans to wait until 66 to draw “more”… the new age.

Itz_Sue – WooHoo on your review. The last 14 years of my career I worked for someone who HATED me. And that is putting it mildly. There were years I did not get a raise at all and one year I got ½ a percent when everyone else got 3-5%. I gained 70 pounds working there because I was soooooooo unhappy. After a year of retirement, I still have nightmares about working for him.

I saw 205 ½ for a couple of days … but bounced up due to not exercising. Exercising is going to be key for me to get the rest of this off … for good. I joined the BLC during the summer and again in the fall. Not sure I am gonna do it for the winter. Somehow it is starting to not feel like it is my project about me … but about earning points for the team. There is not much support out of 27 ladies either. You guys have really spoiled me : )


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Marlene – G has worked 5 hours so far this week. He said he will be here tomorrow for most of the day. But I need to divert his attention to my main bathroom as the tub faucet is dripping pretty much. Well over a year ago I called a local plumber when this faucet was dripping, and this plumber wanted $675 to replace the fixtures. Instead I called G who came and tightened things up and it has been fine till now. So tomorrow G and I will go to Lowe’s for me to pick out a new faucet which he will install tomorrow. And I know it won’t cost $675. I never really napped till I came down with these darn auto immune disorders. The summer of 2009 was when my symptoms rose to considerable prominence and one of the things I noticed was that I was needing to nap a lot for the first time in my life. Woo hoo for your 168….I remember when I weighed about 170 many years ago. I looked great and I was not as tall as you (I am 5’2”).

Linda – Delighted to hear that your cousin is doing so well and that her daughter is with her. I had no idea that CA teachers did not receive social security. I knew that to be true for teachers in Louisiana as I had a friend who worked there for a number of years. What I think is a total rip off is that you do not get your hubby’s social security benefits. That makes no sense to me. I like your questions….is this the healthiest choice I can make? I wish I had read your post before I spoke with a friend of mine today. She has a very serious weight problem but refuses to change her eating habits. I don’t preach to her because I know that doesn’t work, but she does pick my brain sometimes to find out what is working for me. I will mention your question next time I speak with her.

Sue – Woo Hoo for your good review. Sounds like you have a good boss this time. You are so close to that 90 lb. mark. I can feel it happening very soon! Glad hubby’s surgery went well too. One of my best friends (age 72) had cataract surgery a few weeks ago. She did fine in terms of her eye but had some unpleasant lingering effects from the anesthesia.

I had another good day. I ate on plan and moved more than usual for a day at home. I made a turkey breast in the crock pot today….delicious and will carry us through the weekend so I don’t have to cook much over the weekend. I discovered a new non-fattening treat for myself….vanilla cream flavored seltzer water. I am a cold and carbonated lover and drink at least 1 liter of seltzer water daily (usually more) besides drinking regular tap water too. I mostly drink lemon/lime seltzer which I really like. But this week I saw the new vanilla cream flavor and decided to give it a try. Loved it and will go back for more tomorrow. One more weapon in my arsenal to fight this weight. Will get in some extra walking tomorrow at Lowes and at the grocery store. Haven’t stepped on the scale for a while and will have to do so soon. I have been so good I know I will be disappointed if I don’t see a good loss.


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Sue - I was so sure your new boss would see your worth and am so Happy I was right.

Marlene - my son took out my old florescent lighting and installed LED - love it. Your house sounds like it is wonderful. I love it when a plan comes together.

My cousin's surgery went better than expected. She is fully conscious and off the respirator today, but in a lot of pain. Her daughter is with her.

I have a decent retirement and get a little from my husband's retirement. In some states it is teachers, firemen and policemen who cannot collect social security, so when they talk about reducing those retirements and you cannot collect any social security it can mean what was supposed to be a comfortable retirement becomes poverty. This is never told in the press.

I am still feeling a little better each day. Went to water aerobic for the first time since being sick. I am trying to ask myself new questions every time I need to "Is this the healthiest choice I can make? If not what alternatives do I have?"

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Hello Everyone!

My review went VERY well .. Refreshing even! My new boss is easy to talk to, and open to ideas .. What a change! We talked for the entire hour, and it flew by .. He brought up that it was known about how "toxic" my old boss was .. And we both decided to move on .. It was great! I look forward to working with him for a while .. Hopefully, we won't all be outsourced too soon. We also talked about promoting ourselves to others .. Which I am not very good at .. I just do my job .. I'm good at it .. But not brought up to brag about myself, which he explained is what is needed in today's market.

My hubby had his second cataract surgery today . That went well. I worked from home the remainder of the day, so I'm pretty tired. Leftovers with some mashed cauliflower tonight (learned that trick from Marlene!) Weight stayed the same today .. But that happens sometimes so I don't let it get me down. 1.5 lbs to that 90# mark .. c'mon, c'mon!

Well .. Need to get dinner on the table. Have a great night everyoone!

God's Peace to you all!
Sue

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