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7/28/15 9:23 A
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Linda, I know how it feels to do everything right and not lose anything or at least not much! I just tell myself that consuming less than you burn will result in weight loss. I just might not see it on the scale right away. But if I get discouraged and give up? That I will see on the scale right away!

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Marlene – Welcome back and belated happy birthday! Your trip sounds fabulous. Too bad your boss is such a b%#@!. She is probably both threatened by you and jealous of you. Upper management is full of those types. Pretty sad really.


Linda – Will your class instructor review your food diaries and offer suggestions? I remember that at Weight Watchers, lo those many years ago for me, our leader used to do that for us if we had several weeks of no loss. I think one week of no loss is probably ok. Next week your loss might be better than expected.


Phoenix – We all get busy from time to time. You ARE a good buddy. No pressure here to post when life gets hectic. Woo Hoo on your treadmill time. Impressive!


I got right back on track today without problem. My eating was fully compliant but I didn’t exercise as much as I had planned. I had another busy day. I had been procrastinating on 4 little projects. One is for the church where I grew up as a child and where I still have some ties. The deadline, so to speak, for that one is this Thursday. I worked on it today and finished it. I sent it to a friend for critique and she loved it (and she tends to be honest and critical in a good way). So I am very happy about how it turned out. It was easy once I got started. I also finished the three other little projects, taking a bit of a short cut on one of them, but it will be fine I am sure. I have a list of other things (about 14 all together) “to do” in terms of my volunteer work and must complete all of them before my surgery. Some are easier than others, and some take much more time than others. It is good though because having these things to do will keep my mind off the upcoming surgery. After my surgery I won’t have any pending projects till sometime in September. So I will be able to rest up and relax.


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7/27/15 9:37 P

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Happy Monday Sparks

Phoenix - you are being a good buddy. A good buddy is someone who shares where they are. We learn from each other. Do not feel there is any requirement to read or go back or even comment. We all have times when our lives are crowded and do not have time to comment. We are friends, good friends accept and support and take turns doing it. So no pressure here to "do" anything except be yourself.

Tammy hope you had a good day today. I am a little down because I felt that I had a great week and no weight loss. But the class had us writing out menus and I noticed that some of my menus were higher than others. Some were very low in calories. I have decided to look back over my Spark history and highlight the recipes and menus that were the best and the healthiest.

So, my motivation is very strong to get this right. I am reading, writing and working on developing a program that has steady success, not this one pounds this week, then nothing for 3 weeks then one pound. I am determined to get to at least 1 pound a week loss.
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Hello
I got back from my 9 day train trip yesterday. I saw so much met so many people and had a generally good time. I can speak now on 4 of Amtraks main routes--Capital LTD DC to Chicago (took it twice coming and going); the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle through the northern states; the Coastal Starlight from Seattle to San Fran; and the California Zephyr from San Fran to Chicago via Denver. By far the Zephyr was the most scenic. The mountains and valleys and rivers were stunning; then it was cornfields of nebraska, Iowa and Illinois to Chicago.
I had a hotel in Seattle for one night;and took a harbor tour and went to Pikes market. Then in San Fran I wandered Chinatown and had my lunch; then treated myself to a nice dinner on Fishermans Wharf and bought myself a few birthday presents. Yes I turned 57 on Tuesday.

Amtrak food got tiresome as the menu never changed; and sometimes the staff was a bit surly/overworked in the dining car. Was glad to have a private roomette; and then had a larger bedroom for the last leg from Chicago to DC. That route was also very pretty through the appalachians mtns and potomac valley.
Boy was I glad to get home yesterday.

Weighed in today--161. One pound over goal. I gained 5 pounds. Certainly was not on a diet the whole trip at all. back on track today and worked out in the gym.

Of course I was swamped at work today and a zillion emails waiting for me.

Sue--Nice picture, cool swing.
Tammyand--I see you made it through your procedure but you still have more issues to deal with.
Gini-Welcome back. Think of your health every single morning when you wake up; food is the fuel for your weightloss not something to comfort. Eat to live.

OKPhoenix--thats right just give yourself a kick in the bum (hey thats exercise) and re-dedicate. Its the food--get the food right and the weight loss will follow. 30 minutes of something will do it, just move and walk as often even if its 10 minutes at a time.

Justme--I can see YOU giving classes; you are so knowledgeable now.

So now have been through Pennsylvania, Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, California, Oregon, Ohio, Nevada, ,Washington state, N. Dakota, West Virginia all in 9 days and have had my fill of the train for a while. Got to get off the train in most states. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and I am glad I did it. The trains could stand a good cleaning as the cars are older. its was wierd showering on the train, but plenty of hot water.

Hi to everyone else i did not mention, I am exhausted and have work to do to prepare for tomorrow. Boss didn't even ask about my trip or tell me what she was up to while I was gone. So aloof and secretive.

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Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
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Hello All!

I have been so negligent lately. I need to get my routine back in place. With all the travel for work and then trying to squeeze in time to find things for my daughters wedding I am not getting back here to often. My streaks are suffering. I had a compliant day and weekend with food, but still struggling to get my exercise back on track. I know from the last 6 months that it really makes a difference in my blood sugar and weight loss. So starting with today, my goal is to do something 6 days a week hopefully including 2 to 3 days of strength training. I did 50 minutes on the tread mill this evening so for now I am on track.

Congrats to everyone for the weight loss! Keep up the good work.

I guess for now I am just going to try and stay current instead of going back and reading everyone's post. I am not being a very good buddy right now. Sorry, I will get better.

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Sue - Thanks for sharing that photo. I have never seen a swing like that. Looks wonderful, just like you and your family! Bless all of you.

I strayed today big time....Sundays are tough for me because my routine is different with church, etc. I will be back on track tomorrow and Tuesday. A friend invited me to lunch on Wednesday....not sure where we will go yet but any time I am in a restaurant it presents a challenge. But I love this friend and would not say no to this invitation.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Monday. I need it after straying today!


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Sue- picture perfect! What a lovely swing and what a wonderful family! Grandma looks as happy as the girls

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hello again everyone!

Welcome back Gini .. glad to see your renewed spirit

Linda: yes .. I recognize that I need to stay close to my routine as much as possible .. I am more successful that way .. but I also know that I don't want this to be just another diet for me .. I want this to be my life .. it's hard to juggle it sometimes.

Here's a link to my SparkPage with my 2 g-daughters and my swing.
Let me know if this works .. 1st time I'm trying to do this.

Have a great evening!
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Welcome back Gini - so nice to hear you so upbeat and ready to take on the world.

Sue - I know what you mean about busy days getting the best of you. I lose my focus and then make mistakes I would not if I thought about it.

Just got home from shopping. Went to Armstrong nursery to buy an artichoke plant (wrong season), went to Sprouts to get French lentils and Squid steaks (they no longer carry either) went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get inexpensive cereal containers (found the containers, but not the inexpensive). But I had a great time with my daughter and my granddaughter.

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Hello again, everyone.

I have been a team member before but under the name Formydarlings. I took down my sparkaccount and reinvented myself to take me right back to square 1 . I have more motivation and find I am making better decision now.
I was able to walk for 15 minutes inside the apartment this morning. I plan to do it again, later this afternoon. It is wayyyy too hot to go outside, at least too hot for me LOL.

I won't try to respond to each post today but am going to work on doing a little more each day to get to know each of you personally.

I am also going to weigh myself on Mondays and Thursdays in hopes of being more accountable. I will be checking the threads to see if there is a weighin thread available.

Tata FN,

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Hello Everyone .. Happy Sunday!

I had a busy, busy day yesterday, and unfortunately, that meant not eating right .. bad in fact. So I'm up again today .. yikes ... mad at myself for that. I started out at 8:30 in the morning:
baked a cake for my oldest g-son's 13th birthday .. then went to find a credit union service center to deposit some checks into (my CU was right next to where I used to work, and there aren't many service centers where I live; then went grocery shopping; came home unpacked and put everything away; cleaned up a couple hot spots in my house; designed a picture to go onto the cake and printed it; made a veggie pasta salad for tomorrow; frosted and decorated the cake (including those wicked m&ms and kit-kat candies on it); cleaned up the mess in the kitchen .. by then it was 7:30pm .. and I was pretty beat. Hubby brought home gyros for dinner, so I ate 1/2 of one at 8:30pm. By 10, I was in bed, but my acky legs wouldn't calm down, so I didn't sleep well at all.

Today .. I am feeling better, and on the go again. Made a birthday card on the computer for g-son, cleaned up kitchen again .. worked on another hot spot in my house .. so it looks better now, and we're getting ready to go get the swing. I will post a picture of it .. I'm very excited!!!

David: I know what you mean about being pessimistic .. I tend to fall into that too. My friend, Mel (who I'm buying the swing from) has said a couple things to me that really hit home. She said "everyone has crap in their lives ... you are not the only victim" and that she has never had to deal with depression, it must be hard, but I should try to think of one good thing when something bad happens in my life. .. Reminded me of the movie "Polyanna" .. playing the good game. Here's hugs to you and a big smile .. smiles can be contagious.

Joanne: I too take daily Aleve and ibuprofen. It's frustrating to be in pain all the time .. take care of you. half a pound ... woohoo for you!

Paula: Yikes! Christmas!!! I'm not cleaned up from the last one yet. I sure do admire you stringing those compliant days like you do. I'm doing one today! That's a promise!

Have a blessed, happy and healthy Sunday all!
Sue


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David - I had a friend that had the same problem and she read an article about changing your outlook. It said to begin each day writing down 3 things you are grateful for. then end each day reading what you wrote that morning. Days could repeat each other, you do not have to find something new each day and remember the little things like sunsets, and flowers and good friends, food on the table, a roof over your head. It is supposed to take 21 days to make this a habit so that you wake up thinking about the good things in your life.

When I was teaching I had a rule for myself I could not say anything negative about my class for 60 days. When I spoke to the other teachers I could only talk about the positive. The down side was that the other teachers always complained that got the best kids. The positive things was that every year I really did have the best class, not because the kids were any different but becasue I saw them differently.

but you have also had some real challenges. Venting over life's challenges occasionally is allowed

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Wow. I had Saturday off, that never happens. I need help from all of you. Every time I come here I "shell out" nothing but negativity. What I'm asking is if I start showing all bad, please give me a "nudge". I'm trying something new and different for me. I've been a pessimist for as far back as I can remember.
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Thanks, David
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Paula, I do take Aleve every day. I supplement with ibuprofen when it's really bad. I take vitamin D and was taking B complex for a while. I took turmeric years ago and have thought about getting some more.

Joanne

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Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Joanne – Woo hoo for dropping a half pound. As long as the scale is going in the right direction, I say celebrate. Do you take any pain meds for your inflammation? I take Celebrex and really could not function without it. I usually take it daily (200mg), right before bed. But every now and then I skip a night…hoping to minimize the side effects. I know Celebrex can do heart damage and increases risk for stroke. But honestly, without it I’d be a mess. I also take other meds specific to RA. I also take mega doses of Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and have done so for many years. I take vitamin D and folic acid (both recommended by my rheumatologist), vitamin E, B-12, and magnesium. In addition I recently started taking tumeric which is good for inflammation. I am thinking of increasing my dosage of tumeric after my surgery.

Sue – I would love to see a photo of the swing after you get it. I cannot picture what it looks like with a table to go with it. Hope you are able to rest up a bit. Don’t wear yourself out!

I had another compliant day. I exercised and ate well. It feels great. I got a lot of laundry done today and am all caught up…for the moment. I also accomplished a lot of other things on my “to do” list for the day. All of this, even while sleeping later than usual. I think I needed the rest. It sure is quiet on this thread lately. I hope everyone is doing well. emoticon Five months from today will be Christmas Day! emoticon I hope by then we are all healthier and slimmer (for those of us not already at goal).


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Sue, that swing sounds nice! Glad you are feeling better too.

I'm only down a half a pound this week. Better than nothing, but not much. I realized today though that I am dealing with more inflammation than usual from my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I'm so used to constant pain I didn't realize that it was worse this week, probably from the extra activity of Bible school. I suspect that if I can get the inflammation under control, the scale will show a decrease.

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Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Hello Everyone!

I don't know where the week went .. geez .. busy, busy. Feeling better today, getting a longer night's sleep surely helped. It's been much warmer here, and humid again so I do not look forward to being outside too much. We spent the day yesterday cleaning up the deck and deck furniture at the kids' house. Then we got to eat our lunch outside. My daughter was very excited when she came home from work, cuz she plunked down in one of the chairs and put her feet up. Made us all smile. My hip and side were better yesterday too .. and even after all the bending, they were still ok. Eating wise, I'm up a couple pounds today, but I think it from the salty venison bacon we had for dinner last nite .. we'll drink more water today to see if we can flush it out.

I'm excited that we are buying a yard swing from my friend tomorrow .. she's getting a new one, and offered the older one to me. It's a six person seater with a table between the 2 benches. When I go to her house, I love to sit and swing in it. ... picture me, swinging and crocheting soon. :-)

We need to also get some grocery shopping, and laundry done here. .. I get all this done at the kids' house, and then come home too tired to do my stuff.

Well .. I need to stop talking and thinking about it .. and get something done while I have the energy.

God's Peace, Healthy and Happiness to you all!
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Threw together a kickin' stir fry for dinner tonight. Some chicken, zucchini, tomato, onions and some leftover brown rice. The only oil I used was the olive oil Pam spray.

Joanne

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

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Linda – Woo hoo for 1.5 pounds gone forever!!!! And heaven sakes….what an amazing feat with your bathroom remodel. Sounds like you will have so many wonderful improvements when all is completed. Enjoy! Thanks as always for your warm support. It IS our year.

Phoenix – Welcome back!!! Fabulous getting in so much walking. I’m sure that will help counteract the few indulgences who had. You’ll be back on track now that you are home again…and remember we are your cheerleading squad! emoticon

Joanne – Way to go resisting the treats at vacation Bible school. That’s not an easy thing to do. Congrats.

I’m half way through another compliant day and feeling good again. I am thawing out striped sea bass for dinner, given to me by my fisherman friend at church. The weather here in eastern PA is absolutely perfect….low humidity, sunshine, 79 degrees. I grocery shopped yesterday after my tests so we are well stocked with good food. I had some fresh strawberries with my Live Active cottage cheese for breakfast, while my son had his strawberries with waffles. And I wasn’t even tempted. Oh, how I hope this momentum of compliance keeps up for me.

emoticon Let’s gear up for a great weekend! emoticon


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Good Friday Everyone,

I am back from the conference in San Diego. I will try and read up on what you all have been up to tonight. Right now I am just checking in. Yes Linda, I enjoyed too many of those restaurants in the Gaslamp. We were at the Westin there and the conference was at the big convention center and the Hilton Bay. That was nice because it made me do extra walking every morning and every evening. I needed it! We also wen to Old town that was nice and so were the restaurants. I started out refraining from eating bad stuff, even got once restaurant to give us cucumber slices in place of the chips for our crab dip. But eventually I caved, started with my old nemesis ... Mexican food and ended yesterday with potatoes. Its always the same stuff that gets me. I had an excellent A1C from my last check in with the doctor but since then, I can tell you I have had some high blood sugars. So I know I have to really control the carbs or I will be in trouble. Luckily I walked A LOT so the weight hadn't started creeping up yet. But I have got to move past my current stuck point. So new determination for a new day. Will check in later this evening.

Here's to a good day for every one!

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Happy Friday Sparks,

Paula - you are in my thoughts. I am so glad you are continuing to feel good and energetic. Wonderful on the weight loss. I lost 1.5 pounds last week. This is definitely our year. Take care my friend and know how important you are to me.

Joanne - I really appreciate your positive attitude and helpful information. Good juob resisting those treats.

Sue - take care of yourself. You are such a giving person that it can be easy to say yes all the time. Remember if you damage yourself then you will not be able to help the people you love. Great news about your 99 pounds. You sound so much happier even with your pain.

David - does your insurance have a customer service line. Contact them, or the companies broker. Push, get what you need. Your health is important. Hey, weight loss is weight loss. One pound is hard work. One pound lost is 3500 calories that you did not eat. Four pounds is over 12,000 calories that you did not eat. Pat your self on the back. MY thing is any time the scale does not go up I am a winner and anytime it goes down I am a champion. So you my friend are a champion!

Debby - I do not have the better fitbit. I was told that it is more sensitive to water damage and since most of my exercise is in the water I chose to get the flex which has been great in the water. I know you will get the food under control. You have changed your eating habits in the past, so I know that you can repeat it in the future. Do not beat yourself up. You inspire me everyday. You let me know there is hope for a healthier, fitter, and more active life.

Cat - Is everything alright??

Janet - hope all is well. I know you said you were busy- Hope it is with fun stuff.

I am felling great at the moment and have been very compliant. I am looking forward to my weigh in this week.

I made the French lentils last night in a very simple broth and the consensus was that they were definitely tastier than regular green lentils. So we are going to look for them at Sprouts with is closer than Whole Foods.

Next project:
We are clear off the sun-porch. It is a room I love, but it has never been up to code. It began as an upstairs deck which leaked rain and wind into the house, My husband enclosed it with sky lights. It is off the bedroom on the second floor and looks out on rolling hills with the mountains in the background. We are taking everything off of it and tearing down the walls, getting new doors, and leaving the roof. It will now be a covered deck.
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I had a good day today. I didn't overeat yesterday even though the migraine meds were making me ravenous. It was pretty easy today by comparison. Weigh in tomorrow morning. I hope I see a good number! I resisted a lot of good treats at Bible school this week!

Joanne

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Wow, that's nice! A remodel job that is finished EARLIER than you expected? Priceless!

Joanne

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You are not going to believe what happened with my bathroom remodel. They were changing a laundry room into a half bath and moving the pedestal sink from my daughter's half bath to this one and installing a vanity in her bathroom. They also had to re-pipe the sub-floor and move the washing machine and dry to the porch and plumb for them. They started yesterday and they are DONE today. They worked until 7 PM yesterday and until 4 today. Then they took my son in law under the house to show him all the work they had done there to get approval and then I walked through everything else. I had one complaint which they fixed in 15 minutes. I have never had this happen before. I was figuring at least 2 weeks.
I had a very compliant day today. Not as much exercise as usual, only one hour at water aerobics so I could get back for the plumbers. Let's hope the next project goes as well.

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Sue - I hope you are feeling better. What a busy crochet lady you have been and still getting in your steps too! Fabulous!

I am checking in now because I am expecting company this evening. I went for my pre-admission testing today, blood work and an EKG. Everything went just fine as far as I could tell. I am having another marvelously compliant day. I got my exercise in early without any problem. I had left over chicken breast with green beans for lunch and very veggie turkey chili for dinner with a lovely and filling salad. Good news at the scale too...down 2 more pounds since my last weigh in. I am feeling good and highly motivated at the moment. Doing my best to keep the momentum going!

Hope today is going well for everyone!


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Hello Everyone!

Quick check-in for me ... moving really slow today. My hip, side and tummy has been giving me grief that last few days. By the end of the day, I can hardly stand straight. Mornings have been spent running to the bathroom, and by afternoon, the hip and side make me want to just sit. 2yr old g-daughter doesn't understand that "baamaa" doesn't feel well, so she's been grumpy and testing. I'm sure it's from the tension in the air. So far today, I'm feeling better. The good news is that I'm back to 99lb loss at this morning's weigh-in ... I guess the not wanting to move, and sitting and crocheting are good for the diet dept. I've made a scarf, hat, 2 towel toppers and a dish cloth so far this last couple weeks. I really enjoy the crocheting ... when I'm doing that, I really feel like I'm retired (relaxed and calm). We've been going for a walk nearly everyday, so I get close to 5k steps everyday .. we try to do it before it gets too warm.

Paula: thinking of you, and praying for a quick recovery. Good for you for keeping the eating under control during this stressful time. Take care of you, and that will help with your recovery.

David: I second the comments about pushing. Sometimes, I think it's the insurance company's goal to stop us from getting meds ... they save money that way. They can be so frustrating.

Linda: fun, fun with that bathroom .. let us know the progress each day .. may it go smoothly for you

Joanne: hope you are feeling better today .. I used to get migraines, and tried to eat my way thru them ... it didn't help .. and then I gained weight. Try to stay on your plan as best you can.

Debby: you can get back on track .. you inspire us with all your exercise, maybe better protein will help with the hungries .. I wish I could hike and walk like you do .. I am determined to build up that strength!

Well .. I chatted longer than I planned .. already running late lol

God's Peace, Health and Happiness to you all!
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Linda – Good luck with your bathroom remodel. It can be stressful but worth it in the long run. Hope yours isn’t stressful!

Joanne – I am a fan of hummus too and peppers as well. Sorry about your migraine. I have been spared this malady but have a friend whose 11 year old daughter is having a really rough time with them now.

David – Sometimes the doctor’s office has to really strong arm the insurance company in order to get the meds we need. I went through that in the past….sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t, but in any case, the doc should be able to come up with an alternative that insurance will approve. So keep at it. You need to get healthy.

I saw my gynecologist today. The biopsy did not get enough tissue for a diagnosis. Same thing happened 2 years ago. I asked him if there was cancer there wouldn’t it show up in even a small tissue sample. He said “probably.” I just wanted him to say that there is no cancer, but he of course couldn’t say that. In any case, if all goes ok with my pre-op testing I will have the hysterectomy on August 10. My doc said I might be able to go home the same day. I sure hope so. He will do it laparoscopicly using robotics. Amazing, really. I feel pretty good about all of this but of course will relax more after the pre-op stuff is over.
As for eating and exercise, I have had 3 consecutive good days and am looking forward to more. I see no challenges on the horizon till a retirement party for a friend on Aug. 2. I am going to see how much weight I can lose between now and the surgery. That is my new challenge. Gee, I wonder how much a uterus weighs…LOL emoticon


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Where is everyone today? Ugh. My migraine meds make me so hungry! Sweet peppers and hummus to the rescue.

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Linda, I think you do it from your profile page.

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I was so disappointed after my Dr visit on Monday. Dr put me on antibiotic, at least we thought. I work for a grocery store that requires us to use pharmacy at work. After turning in script for meds the pharmacy said couldn't fill the order as our insurance wouldn't cover cost. The Dr office have called in twice and yet haven't approved anything yet. I had the same problem when I went to Ortho surgeon when he prescribed injections and insurance said no then too. I'm going to try not to let this ruin the day. I have another down moment. I said (after doing weigh in at work). A new weight of 304. At Dr I was told I had only lost 4lns. From 326 to 322, not 304.
Okay....i guess ill take the 4 its at least something.
Well... I'll need to punch in for work. Hope everyone is having a good day. Take care.

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I feel great today. I got my 7 hours of sleep and I am ready to take on the day.

Joanne - thank you so much for the information. Now I have to figure out how tosync the 2 programs.

Debby - I do not have the fitbit that measure your heart rate. It is more sensitive to water so I got the flex which is the one that is the most durable in water for my aerobics.

Have a great day everyone. My bathroom starts today. I am changing my down stairs laundry back to a half bath and putting the washing machine and dryer on the back porch.
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Debby, I just discovered that if you pair your fit it with SP, you can log your food on SP and it will send the number to the fit bit app. It won't go the other way. Exercise logged on the fit bit will go to SP but not food. So I log my food on SP and my exercise on fit bit. And have all the info both places.

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Hi all - a quick check in to let you know I'm still here. I'm really struggling with getting my eating under control. Not having any trouble with getting my exercise in, of course, but I'm just not doing well with eating and it shows. I know this is the key to really taking weight off and keeping it off and I will do better. I'm just frustrated with myself at the moment. I know how to do this and I'm just not doing it.

On a better note, I am enjoying my new Fitbit. It's one of the newer ones that is really accurate with heart rate, calories burned, etc., so it is helping me see what I'm really doing activity wise. I think it will help me focus my exercise in ways that will be better for weight loss and fitness. I have attained my 10,000 steps a day goal every day since I got it (last Friday), except for Sunday and that's because Sunday is my rest day. It's also showing me how well (or not) I'm sleeping so I hope that will also help me in getting much needed rest by getting me more focused on going to bed at a time when I know I can get at least 6 1/2 - 7 hours of sleep or more.

Linda - I'm glad you're safe and that you got some rain. The robustness of the Fitbit program is in how it shows me my heart rate over the entire day as well as my exercise intensity, steps walked, more accurate calories burned and it also uses information about calories burned to fine tune how many calories I can/should be eating for that day to lose a the rate I want to lose. I does have a means to log all of my food to compare the calories in vs. calories out, but I find the food log a little less easy to use than Spark People. Both programs are good and I will use both for the strengths each has to offer.

Anyway, it's late and I need some rest. I have a lot to do over the next few days as the shelter is having a booth at Camas Days on Friday and Saturday and a kitten adoption open house on Sunday. I volunteered to help with it all. I guess I just can't stay still for long...

I'm glad to see so many successes from all of you.

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I did not make the lentils today. I will make them tomorrow. I got them when I went to Whole Foods. I am also making a teff polenta which is something totally new for me, not with the lentils I will try that next week. I am trying a very simple vegetarian recipe because I want to see if I can taste the difference from regular green lentils, which they look like only tiny, tiny. I am using vegetable stock and then some carrots, onions, and celery.
Today was the start of my remodel and the beginning of my frustration. I went and paid for a vanity and sink at Home Depot for the plumber to pick up tomorrow. After driving, and pay and returning home they called to tell me that all of the vanities in the style were "broken" and would we like to drive another 50 mile round trip to pick out another?
I was unable to cook the dinner I had planned and had to go fast food instead (Chipotle)

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Busy week this week. Teaching vacation Bible school. We are serving lunch to the kids every day but certainly not anything I'm going to eat! So I drink my water and go home and eat a healthy lunch. I'm also getting about 20 minutes with the exercise bike before I leave in the morning and some more time in the evening.

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Sue - I am so happy to see how well you are doing, caring for your grandkids and taking care of yourself as well. You are an on-going inspiration!

Janet - Yay for you doing well too. Don't forget to take some time for yourself...you busy lady you!

Linda - You amaze me...French lentils! I never even heard of them. How are you making them? Just like regular lentils? I use lentils when I make vegetarian chili sometimes, but haven't even bought lentils in quite some time. They are still too "carby" for me at this stage of my diet and weight...but I know that they are a good carb in many ways. Keep on keeping on! You and I ....our year...Yes we can.

I am having another terrific day....no temptations, no cravings, no problems, and am well stocked with compliant foods. I have a lot to keep me busy today which is good. I see the gyn tomorrow for the pre-op appointment and will get the results of the biopsy as well. My DS is all worried about the biopsy results even though I tell him not to worry. I am confident that all will be ok. Prayers always appreciated friends!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Class was disappointing, the regular teacher (a dietitian) was unable to be there and a sub was brought in. It was supposed to be about motivation and instead was just kind of an open discussion. I am looking forward to having our regular instructor back next week. Today is water aerobics and for dinner tonight I am making French lentils which I have never had before. They are tiny. Rain is gone the sky is clean and mild today. Tomorrow is suppose to be hot, hot , hot.

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Quick check in. Will read posts when I get more time. Doing ok, food compliant, exercise not traditional but been on the go lots. will catch up later. Hope everyones doing good!

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Hello,

Checking in quick .. then off to bed with me .. tired from playing in the sandbox today (lol). G-daughter got up and ran to the window first thing to see if her turtle sandbox was still there .. talked and talked about it until we could get outside to play .. and she actually sat down and played for quite a while in it. The sand was still a bit wet today, from the plastic bags it was in .. but that didn't stop her at all. It was a great idea that went over well, and wasn't too expensive. It was muggy/hot this afternoon, so I am pretty worn out from being outside and still bending/lifting ...etc .. but again .. it's a good tired.

David: sorry to hear of your health struggles .. take care of you.

Linda: hasn't the weather been crazy this year .. it is here in WI .. hot/humid one day, cool the next .. not sure how to dress

Paula: that yogurt does sound like a nice treat .. I might try it .. although, I really do like the plain/unflavored stuff (more tart than sweet).

Well .. good nite all!
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David - Good heavens you sure have been through a lot! And it sounds like you are doing amazingly well even with all the healthy problems and stress you've had. If you can lose weight under these circumstances......you can do it all the time! Keep that in mind. As you lose you will just get healthier and healthier...it is win - win. Congrats!

Linda - Looking forward to reading what you learned at class today. So sorry to hear about your SIL's shingles. Ouch! I had a relative who had them last year. She really suffered. I talked with my dermatologist about the wisdom of getting the shingles vaccine in light of my multitude of skin problems. He did not recommend the vaccine for me. So I guess I will just take my chances. Glad the floods didn't do too much damage for you. I heard that the Padres were rained out for the first time in 6 years. Amazing. Glad your sleep is improving. Mine has been not so good lately...and not because of my skin as that is somewhat improved. I think I will take a Melatonin tonight and see if that helps. It might be something I have to take every few days. Yes indeed this is the year we do it...and today was solid proof for me that I can do it...and I already know you can!

Sue - Woo hoo for your healthy food choices and steps! Fabulous. You are such a good grandma. I still remember having a sandbox at my grandparents' home when I was a child. It was a favorite of mine and my cousins.

I had a super compliant day today...can't figure out why some days are so much easier than others. My plans changed and I ended up at home all day, mostly taking it easy but also getting some laundry done, exercising, and doing a little straightening up around the house. I had a new flavor yogurt today and loved it....Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurt....limited edition flavor...tiramisu...delicious....80 calories, 0 fat, only 9 carbs, and only 7 sugars...oh, and 12g protein. Glad I bought more than one as they were on sale. I plan to buy more as it was a very satisfying treat for me.

Hope this was a compliant Monday for everyone!

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Happy Monday Sparks,

We went from fire to flood. My family was very lucky. no problems other than my chimney leaking, which I have to get fixed. My son-in-law has shingles. Very painful.

David - I am very happy that your step daughter is out of your house. this should make life less stressful for everyone. I am sorry about the kidney stone, those are very painful. Congrats on the weight loss. SUPER job!!! You are on the path to success.

Sue - I think I know exactly which sand box you bought. I love it when you buy something that you think will entertain them and then it really works! You made me smile when you described her reaction.

Paula - we are going to do this - this year - this time. We are going to bring that food dragon to heel and domesticate him.

Debby - you said that logging on the fitbit site is a little more robust. In what way? What do they do that is not available on Spark? I have not changed over, but your comment made me wonder if I should to my tracking there and my community here.

I am going to my class today. Today is supposed to be about exercise. I am improving my sleep, four day I increased my sleep by more than half an hour, one day it was less by half an hour and one day stayed the same. BUT the big thing this week is that I had more days with 7 or more hours sleep than days without. that is a BIG change.
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It's been a busy week with Doctors. Passed kidney stone, an MRI showed some type of blockage in my right leg. Pain was so bad at work bosses called ems. Hospital gave pain and muscle relaxers. Said go to primary DR and follow up. I'm doing follow up as primary Dr( one I go to regularly at minor clinic), I was put on Bp meds. Not strong enough. Going to see if can be increased.
My step daughter and her bf found a place to live. Got food stamp assistance. Has been gone about 2weeks. She has permission on Sunday ( with my wife present), to see her daughter. I know its important as long as she's respectful and not high). I hope she finally thinks about where her actions has brought her and find her way.
I haven't dropped in for awhile so don't know what anyone's been up too. Hope today finds everyone doing well.
I haven't uped my stats. At one point I was at 326. I'm now at 304. Have been working on portion control. I'm in waiting rm at Dr office. I'll check back in later today. Take care and have a great day.

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It's been a busy week with Doctors. Passed kidney stone, an MRI showed some type of blockage in my right leg. Pain was so bad at work bosses called ems. Hospital gave pain and muscle relaxers. Said go to primary DR and follow up. I'm doing follow up as primary Dr( one I go to regularly at minor clinic), I was put on Bp meds. Not strong enough. Going to see if can be increased.
My step daughter and her bf found a place to live. Got food stamp assistance. Has been gone about 2weeks. She has permission on Sunday ( with my wife present), to see her daughter. I know its important as long as she's respectful and not high). I hope she finally thinks about where her actions has brought her and find her way.
I haven't dropped in for awhile so don't know what anyone's been up too. Hope today finds everyone doing well.
I haven't uped my stats. At one point I was at 326. I'm now at 304. Have been working on portion control. I'm in waiting rm at Dr office. I'll check back in later today. Take care and have a great day.

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Linda: thinking of you too .. and praying for your safety. I had a friend who was in the "smoke" from a forest fire once, and she really struggled with her asthma. Take care! 2 days in a row (sounds like a string to me!) WooHoo!

I did pretty good this weekend .. got 3-4k steps in each day .. yesterday was a rest day for me, but hubby was off, so he made catfish for us (yum!). We had a fun shopping adventure where we bought a turtle sandbox and sand for the 2yr old g-daughter. When we took it over, she was so excited! giggling, hugging us, thanking us .. did our hearts good to see that.

Well .. back to it today, got my veggies and veggie broth ready to take along.

Have a great day everyone!
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Linda - Thank God you are all ok. Great job being on track. Me too. Today was as good as it gets!

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Linda - I'm glad you're OK. I've been thinking about you all day. The rain was most certainly welcome for many reasons. As you know, the fire is on the Ranger District I worked on for seven years - it was my favorite place to work in my 32 years with the Forest Service. Watching where that fire is pulls on so many heart strings for me. Good job staying on track.

I'm starting to get back on track myself. I got a new Fitbit yesterday and am using it to track now. It's a little more robust than sparkpeople. I'll still use sparkpeople, of course, but am looking forward to seeing if this new tool is good for me, too. I'm already over 12,000 steps for today.

Stay safe, cool and have fun everyone.

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We had rain today off and on which really helped control the fires. All my family and friends are safe and out of the way of the fire. My cousin had a little problem she was in the path of the smoke but miles from the fire. She had a little problem breathing, but today no smoke once the rain started.
I had two great days. totally of target! Good sleep, good exercise, and perfect food.

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Hello Everyone!

Been busy the last couple days .. yesterday, after babysitting with the g-kids, I was pretty bushed. I crocheted for a while when I came home and then got to bed early. Today, I went to my friend's house for a Pampered Chef brunch. It was good to see her again (we met a few weeks ago at Starbucks). She is such a delightful person! I feel cheerier just seeing her. I didn't spend much at the party, but did buy a tray/rack thing to use on the grill to roast veggies. I think they would be better than wrapping them in foil.

Linda: stay safe from those fires! yes, I did bring some veggie items to to the g-kids house, and my daughter buys some when she gets a chance to grocery shop ... I usually bring something everyday .. that way I'm sure to have something .. and I share with the kids .. if they'll eat veggies, I figure that's success for everyone!

Janet: take care of you .. maybe a doctor visit is needed. Hope you feel better today.

Paula: You've been successful in the past, and will get back into it. Sometimes, we need to have a couple treats. I have a fitbit one .. and have had it for 4 or 5 years .. still going strong (knock on wood).

OKPhoenix: Yep .. 2yr olds are exercise .. aerobics and weight lifting, plus squats down on the floor lol I know that a year ago, I couldn't have kept up .. so if I'm tired, it's ok .. it's a GOOD tired.

Well .. hope you all have a great evening, and day .. I hope to check in tomorrow .. but hubby is off work, so who knows?

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Linda – I saw those terrible fires on the news and thought of you. Please let us know how you are doing! Prayers for your safety and that of others in your area. Thanks for the tip on the spark activity trackers. I might order one again eventually.

Janet – Have you consulted a physician about your congestion and coughing? I hope you are feeling better today. And I hope you can get some rest.

Marlene – Bon Voyage indeed! Happy trails to you!

I am having a great day today, but yesterday I caved and strayed from plan. I was tired and had so much to do that I made excuses for myself. I didn’t eat anything crazy or in large amounts, and I still had my big salad….but I had at least a 1/2 cup of ice cream (maybe more) at night and more than 3 bites of my son’s pizza. I didn’t weigh in today but will weight in tomorrow which is when the damage might show up I think. Oh, who knows? Maybe it won’t show up at all or not for a few days. I can never really tell. I have a challenge tomorrow as I am going to a get together with friends in their new home. There will probably be about 15 of us there all together. I don’t know what is on the menu, but I plan to take a fruit tray so I can be sure at least of healthy fruit. The wife is a prolific baker so I expect there will be many temptations. I am geared up to do my best and plan to focus on the fellowship more than the food.

Hope the weekend is going well for everyone!


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Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
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7/18/15 12:01 A

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Yes, that was my area on fire. I was part of the evacuation zone, but did not evacuate. I can see fire trucks in the distance, but the fire seems to be out at this time.
Other waiting to see if the fire was going to come this way it has been a fairly quiet day. I think I found a plummer to start my project.
I am very tired from the tension of watching to fire, so I am heading to bed.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
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7/17/15 12:30 P

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Bon voyage to me!

I'll check in when I can.
Thanks for ll the good wishes.

Tammy I gace up my fit bit, it stopped working. Don't wear a tracker anymore.

IKEA has excellent gooseberry Jam.

Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


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7/17/15 11:16 A

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Good Morning Everyone,

My energy has been zapped the last little while. Not sure if that summer cold I had before flared up again or if I caught another one. Whichever is the case, it is stealing all my energy to heal up from this. Lots of chest congestion and hacking and coughing. I almost have to wonder if it is a cleanse thing, because I don't feel sick, but my lungs are certainly not at their best, and it makes sleeping difficult which doesn't help. Getting horizontal makes me cough violently and its a bit hard to sleep while doing that.

I'm still being compliant with my eating, but the scale inched up another pound. I'm thinking it is from the lack of sleep and my body just can't do its housecleaning each night. I'm sleeping in one hour spurts at best. Not much of an appetite again. I think I will listen to my body and eat very light. Haven't been doing so well with my tracking. I'll try to do better.

I cannot change yesterday, but I CAN change today.


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7/17/15 9:16 A

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So my son called at 4:30 this morning to borrow my car to get to work. I let him have it but I am not happy. My car has a knock in the engine and I am worried that a piston is going.

Paula - my original hyster was a partial, but then 10 years ago they went in and took out everything - no problems and many benefits. I have a fitbit and it has done very well for me. I had a sparktracker before that and it did great until I changed the battery and took it in the water. I think the spark trackers are down to 30 dollars. My medical group gives out free pedometers once a year at their health fair, so does the local high school.

Phoenix - San Diego should be wonderful. The weather has been great. Are you on the water or in the city? If you get a chance there are some wonderful restaurants in old town, the gaslight district.

Sue - can you leave some food at the g-kids' house and not have it disappear? Your family is so lucky to have you to help them out. I know that the grannies will remember this as the summer of grandmother for the rest of their lives.

Marlene - enjoy your trip, I hope that things have improved at work so you can have a relaxed enjoyable trip.

Janet - it wounds like your Saskatoon berries might taste like gooseberries. My favorite pies years ago when I ate pie was gooseberry. Good for you not letting the scale rule your life. Mine goes up and down 3 pounds without any reason. It will change that much from day to day.

Joanne - Woo! Hoo! you seem to be doing great!!

Debbie - how is Buddha doing? Did he go on your hike?

Cat and David - I hope the weekend finds you well and that life is treating you with the respect you deserve.

I have been actively logging every single bite and weighing and measuring. Lunch time seems to be my problem. It is the time I am the most hab-hazard about what I eat. I do not like to cook at lunch time, so I need to start making some salads ahead. I wish I could afford to buy a store made salad everyday. It seems funny I love cooking the morning and evening, but I do not even want to cut up a vegetable around noon.
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Linda

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7/17/15 12:44 A

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Just a quick "Hey!" and then I am off to bed. today was okay. Water aerobics and some shopping. I am starting the remodeling process tomorrow, taking bids on bathroom remodels. My daughter is not much help with her insistence that certain things take priory, I told her that I will not make any decisions until I have estimates. She has talked me into bad decisions before. NOT this time.

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7/16/15 10:47 P

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Marlene – My Garmin Vivofit 2 (or whatever it is called) arrived yesterday and went back yesterday. Ugh! What a disappointment! I spent well over an hour trying to activate it both with my laptop and my iPad mini. I was unsuccessful and very frustrated. I took it to the post office and returned it yesterday. I read the reviews on Q, and most of them were very negative. So once again I am without a step tracker. I will keep my eyes open for an opportunity to get another one. Thanks for telling me about your hysterectomy. Mine will be a total one as well. When I asked my doc about what he’d take, he said, “everything….you don’t need any of that anymore.” I know he is right. Safe and enjoyable travels to you. I hope you can check in with us while on the road. Will be looking forward to hearing about your adventures when you get back!

Phoenix – Safe and enjoyable travels to you too. Thanks for sharing your hysterectomy experience. It is encouraging for sure. Eating at conferences is tough. Do the best you can. Sounds like you have some good strategies planned. Will miss you while you are away from us!

Janet – Beautiful berries! They are so good for us too….high in antioxidants. You are right on not stressing over that pound up. Daily weight fluctuations are normal. The key is to not let a slight gain derail us. (I know because that used to be my method…..oh, I’m up so what the heck…indulge….Thankfully I seldom do that anymore.)

Joanne-Way to go ending your day with calories to spare. What a good feeling!

Sue – Woo hoo for you on stocking up on healthy snacks. I understand that tired dragon. He always lurks in my life. He got to me last night when I should have just gone to bed….but I felt like I had some things I wanted to do. So I caved and had some candy…..more than I’ve had in months, and I hate to admit it…but it sure tasted good. No excuses for me…. I blew it last night but am back on track today.

Linda – Hope your day of rest was rewarding and rejuvenating. Heaven knows you deserve such a day (more than one!). Thank you again for your kind words. They are much needed. This group means a lot to me. It is such a safe place to share what is going on and to find support and comfort. How we respond to each other, especially when a person is having a rough time, says a lot about a person. I have 2 “friends” one from my current church and one from my old church who totally ignored my comments when I told them about my biopsy. I have always been supportive of them, but I guess not everyone is natured to be supportive. Some folks don’t see beyond themselves very well. I had back surgery in the early 90s due to herniated discs (C4 & 5 or 5 & 6…can’t recall anymore). I did well then but I was much younger. I do think this hysterectomy will be good in the long run. I am now starting to worry a little about the pre-op testing…..what if they find something with the cardiogram, etc. I had a nuclear stress test in 2011 and did just fine…but that was 4 years ago. I am so non-medical that these things do trouble me.

I did well with eating and exercise today, a stay at home day for me. I worked on some projects but didn’t over do anything. I made turkey veggie chili for dinner. It is such a healthy meal, and doesn’t seem like “diet food” to me or DS. I also made big salads to go with the chili so we got plenty of fiber today, as we do just about always. My plans for tomorrow are up in the air at the moment. I have a couple options but am leaning towards just staying home again. This is my week to take the antibiotic for my skin and even though I have been eating yogurt, I have had a bout or two of diarrhea….not fun. I will be out most of the day on Sunday and must prepare something to take to a meeting Sunday afternoon. Am thinking of making a fruit salad again but have time to decide. Thanks again for being such a warm supportive group of friends!


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
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