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8/20/14 11:05 P

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Linda – Sorry to hear that your DS is having marital problems. I like your attitude not stressing over something you can’t control. And woo hoo on passing up the muffins on your counter. I say yes you might have turned a corner in getting past any sweet cravings. I accomplished my shopping for my friend. Surprisingly the store was not crowded and I got in and out of there pretty quickly. As I was leaving the store I ran into someone I know, and she had news to tell me (she is changing jobs). We talked a very long time….so I ended up spending a lot of time there anyway but at least it wasn’t wasted waiting in line to check out.

David – So happy that you had a positive response to the Melatonin. I think that the morning “me” weight loss journey.

PandB – I am more than confident that you and I can lose 10 pounds by November. We can do it! I will commit to this with you!

Marlene – I have never tried the salmon in the packet. I don’t much care for tuna in packets but love canned tuna. I might just add a packet of salmon to my grocery list this week.

Debby – I am thinking of you as you hike at the falls today. Hope you had a great time. When will you find out the results of your MRI?

Cat – Huge congrats. 50 pounds lost is truly a milestone! Are you going to be able to check in with us while you are on your long trip? Safe travels to you!

I had another totally compliant day and continue to feel great. When I am fully compliant with the 17 Day Diet I have no cravings and feel totally satisfied. Today is 3 consecutive days for me. This was a mostly at home day for me, though I ran out to our neighborhood store briefly. I treasure these days when I have time to myself. I worked on some household chores but nothing major, and the day flew by. My plans for tomorrow are up in the air at the moment, but I am hoping it will be another “at home” day.


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8/20/14 2:39 P

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I will probably be here a lot today. My son is calling me off and on. On one hand it is nice to know that he feels that he can confide in me, on the other I wish he had nothing to confide or was confiding in his wife because that is what he does when things are good.
When I am down I make up new recipes and cook. So I have been in the kitchen chopping vegetables for a new dish. We will see how it works out. I had a butternut squash sitting on the counter so I chopped it up. I had taken a pork loin out of the freezer so I rubbed it in a maple dry rub. I have a can of Bush's Country style beans. Tonight I am babysitting the little ones and have to have something I can put in the oven, so here is the idea - mix the beans with a can of plain navy beans (to get the sugar content down a little), add cubed butternut squash and chopped onion, put in a small roasting pan, put the loin on top and roast slowly. We will see how this works. I might add a little molasses.

Cat - you are such a winner - 50 pounds delete, shed, trashed for good

P&B - enjoy those herbs - such a treat to have fresh home grown herbs to savoy. I am sorry you will have to go back to the treadmill. The water is so much more fun.

Debby - your hike sounds beautiful. I love the Columbia. We are all goonies.

Moving - a good night's sleep helps so many things. I hope you enjoy many more.

Scrimp - your salmon patties sound yummy - a good recipe for me when begins my no red meat month on Sept 1.

Tammy - did you get your marketing done at the not so efficient store?

Hey Sue! just a shout out

So my daughter bought muffins. They have been on the counter for a week and I have not been tempted. Does this mean my cravings are changing?
I am taking this day one moment at a time.
Sparkle a little brighter and need some light
Linda

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8/20/14 1:17 P

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Hello Sparklers,

Another good workout at the pool today and as a bonus it was sunny and warm. I am savoring these last 2 weeks of swimming before the season ends. After the pool closes on Labor Day it will be back to my treadmill. After a summer of water exercises I feel much stronger so now I am going to use the incline function on my treadmill. They say setting the incline at 1 or 2 percent mimics walking outside. Debby, does this sound right? I remember you posted something on this once but I didn’t write it down. With summer ending so I have lots of garden work to do. I am harvesting all of my herbs and will freeze them or make pesto. Either way, I have to pull all of the leaves from the stems before washing. I have a whole shopping bag full of savory to process today.

TAMMYAND - You’re right, the fall is a great time to lose weight. I think the change from hot to cool weather helps. With the heat of the summer gone our bodies have to kick it up a notch to keep warm and that helps with weight loss. Lets make the most of this fall and commit to losing 10 pounds by November 1.

JUSTME - I’ll bet it is just as hard for your DSIL to gain as it is for us to lose weight. Too bad you can’t switch metabolisms with him for a couple of months. The sausage is a great idea. I buy chicken sausage links, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. Then I can use them one at a time.

MOVING4ME - So happy to hear the melatonin worked and you got a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will help you tackle your goals. Good job on drinking your water. The first time is always the hardest. Before you know it drinking water will be second nature.

DEBBY - Sounds like you are doing great!! Happy to see that. Believe it or not, I have swam in the Columbia river near Portland and you are right, that river is too big and swift to swim across.

MTN_KITTEN - Congratulations on getting rid of 50 pounds. That is so wonderful. And to top it off, the NSV of being able to wear your old (smaller) clothes again. We all have those favorite items in our closets that are too small, be proud that you can now wear yours!!

JUST_ME- I am sorry to hear about your son and his wife. You are so right to focus on yourself and what you can control. Being in a good place yourself will help you support your son.

Be well,

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8/20/14 11:27 A

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I woke up feeling positive, but then my son called me and said he and his wife may be separating. That brought me down in a hurry. They are both boarder line bi-polar. His wife was on medication but then her friends convinced her that it was bad for her and things have been up and down since then. They go through cycles like this, but who knows what will happen next.

So I am just focused on myself and what is best for me today because that is all I have control over.



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8/20/14 1:11 A

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Moving - good for you! Get a good night's sleep and take another step toward healthy habits tomorrow!

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It inspires me every time I log on to the team page. All of the successes that were accomplished. It makes me feel like there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I did make a small accomplishment today. I did get my 8/8oz glasses of water plus 3 more...... Tomorrow is another chance to even make it better. So until then, goodnight .

Moving, no matter how slow is moving forward and is reminder you haven't given up.

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It’s official … I have lost 50 pounds! Gone forever. Not coming back. Ever!!!! We have been busy, busy keeping the g-kids and getting ready for our trip. We leave Thur morning and won’t be back home for 6+ weeks.

Debby – I got rid of a bunch of clothes when I lost 58 pounds in 2012. When I gained it back … I absolutely refused to purchase more clothes. The easy part was I only needed to work the first 5 months of 2013 and I made do wearing the same things over and over. When I retired, I lived in sweats and t-shirts. It feels really good to get into some of my most favorite things and look nice. I have a large bag full of any and all things that have become too big. They are going to Goodwill tomorrow. No going back!!!!! Or I will have to do it naked. WooHoo on achieving 6 stars!!!!

JustMe – we are just about finished with our BLC Sizzling Summer Challenge. Are you re-joining for the fall???? You are such a sweetie!!!! I was promoted from cortisone shots to synviscus shots. This helped me a lot in the beginning. Like TammyAnd it was a miracle for me for several years.

TammyAnd – glad to hear your maintenance light just needed to be reset. This has happened to us several times. Sounds like you had tons of fun with the family picnic. I am proud of you for being honest with yourself and moving forward. I have my fingers crossed for you.

Itz Sue – glad you and hubby are doing so much better. Hmmm … have you thought about making one corner of your home all your own? I mean clean it up, dress it up the way your want and then declare it yours. This helped me when I was raising three kids and three dogs, working a job and a half and hubby was never, never home.

JoeJoe – Yahooooooie!!! I am so proud of your for making your goal. We want to see pictures!!!!

P&B – Sorry to hear about your water aerobics being cut short. Take a deep breath, dust yourself off and get back on track. You CAN do this.

Scrimp – look at allll the things you have changed. If you liked being fat, you never would have started this journey. You are doing awesome.

Moving – sleep or the lack of it is very important!!! I am glad the melatonin helped.

We have the trailer almost packed and ready to go. We are really looking forward to seeing the out of state kiddos and lots of historical stuff along the way.


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Mmmmm... good recipes floating around. I'll have to try some of these suggestions.

Scrimp - I know what you mean about rolls of fat. I have saddlebags on my legs that make me crazy. Hopefully they'll shrink when I get the rest of this weight off. And, I'm a lot wrinklier than I used to be in my mid section, with a hanging apron. Wish I could afford the skin surgery, but even without, I'm still much happier with my body now than I was 90+ lbs. ago.

Moving4Me - I'm so happy you got some quality rest. I hope that continues for you. You'll be amazed at how much better everything seems when you're well rested. And, the weight comes off a little easier when you're well rested, too.

I don't have time to respond to everyone as it's a rushed sort of day. Went to the gym, closed a bank account, shopped for a new kitchen faucet, picked up son from work, and now have an MRI appt. in about an hour - we'll see if we can get to the bottom of the issue going on with my neck. We're planning a long hike tomorrow to Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River - it would be shorter to get there if we didn't have to go about 10 miles downriver to get to the bridge over and then back to just about even with where we live on the opposite side. Oh, well, the river is too big and too swift to swim across - so I guess driving it is emoticon .

Still on track and feeling much better since I've been eating better. I'll catch up with everyone tomorrow.

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8/19/14 6:52 P

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Justme--thanks for posting. I will improvise on that recipe and use shrimp.

Low Carb Like Potatoes Alert:
I made the most delicious Salmon Patties--using a small Chicken of the Sea pouch of salmon (70 cals) for one, 1 cup mashed cauliflower, a bit of chopped onion, garlic and cilantro, salt and pepper. As long as you brown them on a hot flat pan sprayed with oil, they will crisp and stay together.
One could add an egg white or yolk to bind better but I found it was not needed. It made 5 patties that I could eat without guilt. I might add peas and a bit of cheese next time.

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Goodafternoon everyone. Off today so have been out paying bills and clothes at laundry mat. I did try 1 3mg Melatonin last night. I went to bed around 11pm. I woke up without alarm at 530am. Wow...it worked. That's the longest straight time in a row that I have slept in months.I was getting up at 630am to wake and help my wife get, and take our 3yr old granddaughter for day care. So, when I woke up I picked up and read a little and had some "me/quiet time". Thank you for suggesting it.

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Happy Tuesday all
Again I am in a very positive place. On track with both food and exercise. My DSIL needs to gain weight. I am thinking of buying some different kinds of sausage to fix for him when I plan meatless or poultry dishes. That way he can get the extra calories and I can cook just one easily. I have been doing 2 days meatless and 2 days fish a week, and I always make roast poultry on Sunday, so only leaves 2 days for revamp.

Someone asked for the crab foo young recipe - it is a good one
Egg foo young –
1 tsp. Five spice, 1 TBSP Garlic, & Ginger
6 Eggs scrambled, crab 6-8 ounces (optional)
Chopped water chestnuts (they come in a can diced) - 1/2 of the can
Cabbage shredded 1/2 C
Bean sprouts 1 cup
Bok choi baby shredded 2
Shredded carrots ˝ C
Scallions sliced- lots - for toping

Sauce - simmer until slightly thickened
Oyster sauce 1 TBSP
Diced mushrooms I like a mix of shiitake and crimini mushrooms- about 1/4 C each
Beef broth 12 ounces
Soy, garlic, ginger (1 TBSP each)
Corn starch 1 TBSP

The secret to this is to really cook the foo young patties - brown them on each side
I have experimented for years to get this one right and I am finally satisfied - try it and tell me what you think

Tammy good news about your car. Happy you have also found that happy, motivated spot which turns into positive energy.

P&B - 12 Pounds kicked to the curb! Woo Hoo! Yeah for you!

Marlene - no stomach rolls - that is an accomplishment and it sounds like you have good skin than is not hanging. How wonderful. I would be stand in front of the mirror naked every morning. LOL

Debby - so happy to hear about your eye exam. It is amazing how our body can heal itself when we have mistreated it. You are a super star (pun intended)

Happy Tuesday all
Keep Sparkling
Linda



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8/19/14 1:44 P

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Linda – Hope you are now in Happy Tuesday mode! I agree with PandB…I think you can easily do no red meat for a month…and probably longer, especially since you have so very many recipes and seem to be a creative cook. I just about never buy red meat. I cook mostly chicken, lean turkey, and an occasional lean pork loin. That is plenty of meat to keep us well fed. We do not eat meat two days each week, as is the custom in our Orthodox Christian faith. So on most Wednesdays and Fridays we refrain from meat (including poultry). On those days I usually cook something that swims or make egg white omelets, etc. Since I grew up this way and raised my son this way, it is just second nature, and we don’t think twice about it. (There are also specific days during the year when we refrain from meat, and some days when we refrain from dairy & egg products as well.)

Marlene – Hope your hip is feeling better. I received my QVC Cook’s Essentials microwave pressure cooker and have already used it twice. Both times I cooked chicken with low sodium fat free broth as the added liquid. The first time I just used chicken & broth…..very delicious result. Today in addition to the chicken breasts & broth I added fresh broccoli and some VERY hot peppers from my friend’s garden. I haven’t tasted today’s chicken yet, but the broccoli and peppers are delicious (but whew are those peppers hot). A mac & cheese recipe is one of the recipes included in the cookbooks that came with the pressure cooker. I am thinking of making it someday for DS, but I have to be careful as that can be a trigger food for me. I bought the sugar free popsicles you told me about recently and tried them the past few days (I kept forgetting to tell you this). You are so right… they are wonderful and very satisfying. Technically they are not on my 17DD because of the aspartame, but I am enjoying them anyway and don’t feel any ill effects of the aspartame (which I think is probably minimal anyway in just one pop per day).

Sue – Thanks for reminding me about the NSVs. I sometimes forget about other measures of success. I appreciate your support and that of all the great posters here on this thread.

PandB – Your kind words are much appreciated. Today I feel that making my goal is truly doable. I know that with the support of friends like you I will get there. This time of year is usually the best time for me to lose. It is when I lost the most weight last year so I am all geared up for a successful autumn.

David – I am looking forward to hearing how you slept after taking the Melatonin. Your wife sounds like a sweetie and so supportive. You two are blessed to have each other. I think it would be very difficult for me to work around food. But I know some establishments that forbid their workers from consuming anything while working. Even if your store doesn’t have that rule, maybe you could impose it on yourself. It might help you get through some temptations. Save a healthy snack for your break time.

Debby – I hope your DH gets some good photos from your hike at the falls. I have never been to your part of the country, but it sure sounds beautiful. Thanks for cheering me on. I feel very strong today and am glad to be back in control. I started by star plan yesterday and did very well. I expect another good day today. Still haven’t figured out if I am going to reward myself for any specific number of stars or streaks or whatever….For now just earning the stars is reinforcing enough.

I am totally on track today and feeling well, albeit a little tired for no known reason. I do feel empowered and haven’t had any cravings. On my plan when I am hungry I just eat more protein at this point, and that is very satisfying. I know in a few days I won’t be very hungry at all. That is how this diet works for me. Good news... when I took my van to the service station this morning. The maintenance required light just needed to be reset (at no charge). The vehicle itself is fine. Whew! I feel so blessed to have a service station that I can rely on and trust. I was in and out of there in about 15 minutes. The technician told me that the longest part was looking up the reset code! Soon I have to take care of something for a friend…going to a store that I seldom go to and don’t like going to as it is usually crowded with not-so-fast service.. I must do this today for him so I will, but I know that I am just avoiding it for now.

Have a great Tuesday buddies!


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Hello Sparklers,

TAMMYAND - Very proud of you for taking responsibility for your gain, resetting your ticker, and recommitting to your 17DD. You have an enduring spirit and with your attitude will see this through until you reach your goal……Many of my water aerobics classmates fly south like the geese to avoid the cold weather.

SCRIMP - Congratulations, you are doing so well. I like your new behavior of not straying for more than a day, unless you are on vacation. It is so easy to let a one-day slip turn into a week long binge if you let it. I am gong to incorporate your new behavior into my routine.

JUSTME - I like Mondays too. A quiet day after the hustle and bustle of the weekend. You can easily do a no red meat month. Once you get into the habit of cooking other things (or out of the red meat habit) you will find you don’t miss it at all. Then the longer you go without red meat the less you even want it.

MOVING4ME - It must be hard working with food all day. Good for you committing to making healthy changes in your life. Hope the melatonin works.

ITS_SUE - I agree with JUSTME, you should wait on the scallops. They are a special teat, so you want to enjoy them when your mouth is healed.

DEBBY - I like your reminder that we need to be a little easier on ourselves. Most of my frustration comes from not being perfect and losing weight as fast as I would like. In some ways I just make it harder on myself than it needs to be. Had an appointment with my nutritionist and she thinks I am doing great. I was down 12 pounds since I saw her in May.

Be well,

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Good Morning
I had too many snacks last night; but I am holding at 179. I noticed I have no stomach rolls anymore. Last year this time, I had to go to the doctor for treatment for a rash that developed under a skin fold..how embarrassing! And I had 3 rolls.
Now that I have lost so much weight, the remaining stubborn fat is of great interest to me. I see this as the area of my most resistant cellulite and fat. I palpated my fat and found the area of my legs in the back, above the knees (back thighs) and knees and I can feel the hard nodules of fat, like long bumpy cords. I see where the fat burned off the fastest--my abs, arms, and back--and where it remains from the hips down. At least its smaller in area. The fat on my hips/bottom--soft and mushy--this is mostly where that next 19 pounds will burn off. Let me stop obsessing...you guys know I am a "scale ho". emoticon Totally fixated on losing this weight.

Let me catch up on weekend posts
ItzSue-- Awww that sucks gaining a few pounds....but you house has been busy. You have almost lost 80 pounds, this is just a small blip you will easily recover from. I 'd like to challenge you to post your own list of positives, then you challenge someone else. Similar to the ice water bucket challenge.
Women are always expected to do the cleaning and picking up and yelling about it. Men don't seem to worry about it. Scallops are easy, because they are flat. Sear one seasoned side until you see its half opaque then flip. You can add a drop of water, and cover after you flip to help them steam cook.

Debbie hs--I love your Star Chart motivational tool. Girl, you are gonna get results this week now that you have gifted your self with a week of Compliance...clothes getting looser...you know whatever you are doing is working! I tend to beat myself up too for missteps. I know how easy is is to go off the cliff with my diet. What did you wind up making with the blackberries? Yesterday I made my raspberries and blackberries and added some SF orange jello as I brought it to a boil. When set, it was delicious.

JoeJoe--Lets hear all the details on the wedding! I bet you looked wonderful! And congrats for making it to 260 goal on time. WooHooo!

Justme--You have such a good heart I bet your family appreciates you; although they may not say it. Are your knees better today. I could do a month without red meat..but not a month without poultry. It certainly would be a cooking challenge to go vegetarian; but if dairy/eggs were allowed I could do it. I'd like to try a month of seafood! Howcome you didn't post the crab foo yongue recipe, that sounded right up my alley. I would try it with shrimp.

Tammyand--Awwww I know it hurt to change your tracker up 5 pounds. You know you couldn't have gained fat.......At least you have got 12 days coming up with no food events, where you can be strict and see how your body is responding. What will you do to get some exercise in? Sounds like your fam reunion and baseball game was fraught with temptation to navigate. Picnics are hard--especially if people keep offering food to eat, besides what you brought for your own meal.

Moving--a 20 oz soda is not optimal for your blood sugar or for burning fat ...do you have pre-diabetes? Sometimes we talk ourselves into to needing something like caffeine we know will sabotage us. I go through this every night wanting one snack after another.

PandB--Usually when we are having difficulty staying the course, there is an underlying need or stress that is being met by food. But as you navigate and get back on track, the good thing is that you have continued to exercise and that effort never goes to waste.

Well I better get ready for work. I will do the treadmill today and stay on plan!

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Glad to see so many back with us. I missed hearing from some of you the past several days.

JustMe - I'm with you on not lending money anymore. If they pay me back, great, otherwise, it's just an investment in the people I love. And good for you for sticking up for what you need with your cousin. You are right - we do persist. Persistence pays off in so many things in life - many more than just weight management. Happy Monday to you.

Scrimp - it's clear your new habits are what have got you where you are. I have developed many of the same habits I have learned not to be too rigid with myself about it, too, as that sometimes can lead me to beat myself up over little missteps. One habit I've also developed is to always be looking for a variety of methods to stay motivated. Sometimes I just get bored with doing the same thing over and over and I'll let good habits slip just to get over the boredom. Hence - my star chart for now - it gives me something to look forward to instead of focusing on the having to stay on plan all of the time.

P&B - I know it's a struggle some days. Lord knows I've had my share. This too shall pass, as long as you remember why you want it and that you are worth it. And continuing on the path that all of us were on is a slow road to an unhealthy life and possibly premature death. I'm sorry your pool will not be available in the near future. Enjoy it while you can and start thinking about what else would you might like to do to stay active so you're prepared to make the switch. I've had trainers tell me that I always need to be changing up what kind of activity I do, but that it should always be something that you like (or at least don't hate). That's just about everything except running for me. I won't run. Don't like it, won't do it.

TammyAnd - I'm glad you had fun at the ball game. I'm sorry you saw a 5 lb. gain, too. It will come off if you stick to your plan. And I know you're going to. I'm here in the cheering section :) I'm glad you liked my blow for blow of my upcoming hiking trip. This week we're going to Multnomah Falls just on the other side of the river in Oregon to hike - Wednesday. I hear it's gorgeous. If my husband gets any good pictures, I'll post one or two.

Itz_Sue - I'm glad you're on the mend. You'll enjoy the scallops when you feel up to tackling them. I'd cook them more often, but my husband has gout and shell fish of any kind trigger attacks for him. So, we don't eat shell fish at home. I just enjoy them when we go out and I can order them just for myself. I, too, love this group. It IS like having some really good friends, with a common interest - our health- to talk to each day. TammyAnd once mentioned that she envisioned us all meeting up in a few years when we're all at our goal weights. I think that would be really fun.

I had my annual eye exam today and was surprised to learn that she has downgraded the mild cataracts she noticed starting last year. I asked if getting healthy and losing all this weight had anything to do with it and she said that it did. She said when I was eating badly all those toxins and stuff that wasn't good for me could contribute to developing cataracts. So, one more thing to be happy about taking off the pounds and eating healthier. It is definitely not a total preventative, but if I can stave them off for a lot longer, then I'm happy. Especially since my husband has glaucoma and is slowly losing his field of vision. Nothing major so far, but the long term prognosis for glaucoma patients is rarely good.

After the exam, off to the gym for me again - put in my time, pumped my iron and came home to a big salad made mostly from veggies from my garden, topped with grilled salmon. Yum! Unless I do some serious munching this evening (and I'm not planning on it), I have my sixth star. Almost a whole week of eating healthy and within my calorie range. I haven't been on the scale, so I don't know how much it translate into pounds off, but I notice my clothes aren't as tight, so I'm doing something right.

Now it's time to watch American Ninja Warrior. Now those are people that are in great shape!

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Hi all! No so busy day at work today. I mentioned I work at a local grocery store. What I do is cook food and sample it out to customers. It can be challenging sometimes. As a joke one of my coworkers gave me a T-shirt that says " Make it gree and they will come "! ( needless to say ild never wear it.... Anyways. Last night sleep was pretty much like how the last several weeks has been.... I told my wife about the meltaton suggestion and she picked up some 3mg strength. I took one about an hour ago and have started actually started feeling sleepy. So, we will see if this will work for me. Ending here for now. Ilk drop back by tomorrow. Goodnight everyone.

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scrimp - I decided that when I give someone something I expect nothing in return, not even a thank you. I no longer "lend money" if I cannot give it to you then you are not getting it. I give my time or my money because I have decided it is the right thing for me to do. It I get a thank you or a pay back then It is a definite pleasure, but the expectation is that I may even get blow-back because the person now feels guilty. My daughter always pays me back, my son has always paid me back, but it often takes a long time. My in laws have never paid me back and they owe me a lot over time. My cousin is generous when she has money, angry when she doesn't and jealous of everyone's time always which is odd since she was the stay at home mom..

Sue - I would wait on the scallops, they take a fair amount of prep and even then may not turn out right. The only thin I can say is if I buy a good quality the flavor is always good, it is a question of texture. I am happy you are part of this group you bring a wonderful perspective and an honest outlook on life.

I am still in happy Monday mode.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda & Tammy: now I'm a bit nervous about spending the money on scallops .. I tend to overcook things all the time .. So afraid of food being raw … and since I'm not chewing real great yet .. I'll wait a bit for experimenting.

Pand B: we all are struggling at one time or another .. Don't give up! Is there something else you can do to make up for losing out on the water aerobics? I know I miss the resistance pool I used to walk in at our gym. I couldn't keep the membership, so now I walk outside, or at home in place. I'm determined, and not giving up either.

Tammy: It is very disappointing to see a gain .. No matter what the reason, but hang in there .. Don't let it suck you down. I think it's a great idea to get back to the basics and focus on that … raise the flag for all the NSVs you reach. We're here to support you!

Scrimp1: I really like your listing of positive items .. That would be a great idea to keep somewhere when I'm having a "down" day. You are an inspiration! Thank you.

Linda: I totally agree that this is a GREAT group. I feel like I have such a bunch a good, good friends. I can complain, or boast .. And you all understand! I also know what you mean with your cousin. I have some family that expect me always to change my arrangements so they won't be inconvenienced. Sometimes, we have to take things for ourselves .. Even if others think we are being selfish .. We are worthy just as much as anyone else.

I did pretty good today. I did have an afternoon snack that was not on my plan, but I saw now (after I logged all my food) that I didn't have enough to eat at lunch to make it through the day. My tummy was a bit upset so I didn't finish my veggies. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be able to eat the veggies easier.

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I am stuffed....I still have not gotten over clean your plate mentality. I made some sauteed bok choy, with garlic, bacon bits, and 1/3 c corn niblets. And I had rotiserrie chicken with BBQ sauce. I love Sweet Baby Rays brand of BBQ sauce, and Sweet Chili and Buffalo style Wing Sauces. I am always good with plain old ketchup too, my favorite condiment.

I am still on plan and within calorie range. Had to forgo my workout cause my hip started to ache the minute I left my work building. Perhaps I'll be inspired to do a video at home..but I'll likely spend the evening reading/tv as usual.

Want something to taste creamy?--Add 1-2 tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese
Want food to taste buttery or brown? Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of butter to pan.

Just me--isn't that your cousin that you gave money too? Figures. Remember that for next time. Self centered people have short memories.

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Happy Monday all

I love Mondays. They are now my official favorite day of the week. After the weekend when everyone is home and my DD's family is work stressed and family stressed, Monday is my haven. It is my official day of rest. Nothing planned. I have been spending time looking at my meal planning and how I want to tackle this next month. I will have cleaned out everything in the big freezer and everything in the frig freezer so it is a clean slate. I am thinking of doing a month of no red meat; poultry, fish or vegetarian all month. I love coming to this thread. I have friends who understand my struggles and frustrations with food and offer continuous support. You are the greatest. Together we will journey down this pathway to success and health. We have all stumbled and picked ourselves back up. We PERSIST! and as Sue, Marlene and Debby prove (with over 200 pounds of weight reduction) We Succeed! I am still filled with motivation. I will find what it is I need to do to push into the 2 pounds a week goal I have.
My cousin is irritated at me because I asked her daughter to help me watch my son's brood on Saturday morning during Labor Day Weekend so I can go to water aerobics. She wants her daughter to help her pack that weekend. She did not decided that until her daughter said she would help me. My cousin is overwhelmed and wants all the comfort she can get, but I am still using her daughter for 2 hours one day. She will just have to deal.
Happy, Happy Monday all
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Marlene - You rock!!!!

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Hello:
I was busy with my son and his friends this weekend. Eating was OK for the most part, but I did indulge in some pizza and chicken wings and alcohol drinks.
This morning I am holding at 179 and did no exercise all weekend. My goal is to lose 1 pound this week. Easy or Hard? Its going to take a lot of effort as usual. Sigh...Why can't I eat what I want? I could have a million excuses for being fat and why I cannot eat healthy all the time. Then I see I am normal. So that means I need to watch portion sizes.
We all know what may happen when we go off plan, yet we do it anyway. Is food that important?. Why are we living to eat. instead of eating to live, when we have so much to lose? I wonder if I like being fat since I seem to have done so much to cause that outcome. Thinking positively, I do have several habits now that I didn't before and its these small steps that helped me lose 104 pounds:
1. I weigh/measure all my food.
2. I have cut way back on sugar and starchy carbs.
3. I cardio exercise 3 times a week
4. I remove all visible fat from meat; and never fry foods in oil.
5. I eat way more fresh produce
6. I track all my food
7. I have not strayed from my plan for more than 1 day, except when on vacation.
8. I now understand the importance of controlling insulin release; as it relates to losing weight.
9. I have become more strict on portion sizes
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Sue – I like scallops too but don’t buy them often as they are kind of pricey around here. My dad loved them, and I used to make them a lot more when he was alive. I have had success broiling them with a little butter and lemon juice. I have also sautéed them in butter as well. Linda is right, you don’t want to overcook them, but even when overcooked the flavor is there…they are just a bit chewy.

PandB – Sorry your water aerobics will end soon. Is there an indoor pool in your area where you could continue since you do so well? What do your water aerobics classmates plan to do when the season ends?

I’m checking in quickly now before I take care of some errands this afternoon. I faced Mr. Scale this morning to find that I have gained 5 pounds! I refuse to blame this on the steroids…. I am still the one who put the food in my mouth. Some might be sodium water retention since I ate catered food yesterday at the picnic…but not 5 pounds worth. I changed my ticker to reflect my gain…killed me to do that but I just had to. I have recommitted today to my 17 Day Diet plan….starting at Cycle 1. I don’t plan to weigh in again till Aug. 30 which is the day of my next food challenge. I think if I weigh in there and see a loss (which is inevitable when I comply with cycle 1), I am much more likely to not blow it at the picnic on the30th.


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Hello Sparklers,

Have been struggling with keeping my eating on track. Haven't gone way off, but have not stuck to it enough to lose weight. Have been keeping up with my activity though. Another good day at the pool. Did the early aerobics class at 830AM, stayed in the pool and then did the late class at 10AM. Now, I am cold from being in the water and that will also help burn a few calories.

The pool is closing on Labor Day. Water aerobics would have run through September. But there is a leak in the pool that needs to be fixed before it turns cold, so this year the season is cut short. So, soon it will be back to my treadmill.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

PandB

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Sue - scallops need to be really dry when you cook them and they are usually wet. I struggle with them all the time, but love them so much that I keep trying. The flavor is still the same, but the texture gets chewy when they are over cooked. Most recipes call for a quick sear on the outside. Someone else may some hints to help

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Happy Monday All!

Well .. it's Monday, and back to the office today. Our house renovations are not quite finished, but they didn't notify us that they were coming back today (or this week for that matter) .. so I can get back to my routine. Lunch is packed, updated SparkPeople .. the plan is in place.

Linda: are scallops hard to cook? I've had them when we've gone out, it would be a fun thing to try. I too have had very few (1 or 2 times that I can recall) vacations without children until they were old enough to be on their own .. and even then, the "true" vacations (Disney) or our weekly fishing vacation, they join us. I love to have them around, kids and grandkids. My hubby and I are pretty quiet, so the noise around us is exhilarating. I hewonder sometimes, when my sister has to have a "monthly" away from her 2 kids. Even if we go someplace without them, we both comment constantly .. oh would this one love this, or that one love this .. their joy is our joy!

Tammy: glad you got those face exercises in again ;) Meeting up with old Church friends is truly a blessing. I have a few friends like that. I used to help out in the Religious Education office, and made some very nice friends that I love to "catch up" with. Funny though .. when we worked in the office together, there was always some treats around .. hmm ... not good for my plan in life.

Well hi-ho hi-ho .. it's off to work I go!

God's Blessings!
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Debby – Thank you for the hiking information. It was not more than I wanted to know. This is something so foreign to me, but I am truly interested in what you are doing and am trying to understand it all. You really seem to know a lot about this, and I find it very interesting. So thanks again. Thanks too for your encouragement. I did ok today…not great but not horrible either. By the way, pull out shelves are on my wish list. Little my little I am making improvements in my kitchen. And those shelves are something I really want too.

Sue – Your exercise for the face idea made me smile more than you know. Thanks for sharing that. And guess what….. I got in a lot of face exercise today too!!

Linda – Sounds like you need to give yourself permission to just chill sometimes. Sunday is a good day to have a day of rest and “me” time that I treasure so much. Sometimes just chilling is highly beneficial and can renew you in such a way that you are even more “useful “ or productive on subsequent days.


David – I echo the other posters’ thoughts on the importance of sleep to losing weight. When we don’t get enough sleep our weight loss suffers. I hope you are able to rest well tonight. I have not ever needed to take melatonin as I have no sleep issues, but I know a few friends who like a hot decaf tea at night to help them relax for bed, so maybe this is something you can try. Just don’t drink too much or you will be waking up to visit the little boys’ room! emoticon

Well I had another wonderful day in terms of seeing old friends…. at the minor league baseball game I went to with some church friends. We met up with our friends from a few other churches and really had a great time. Some of the folks there today I have known for well over 40 years. And nowadays we see each other only a few times a year at best. I didn’t move as much today as I would have liked…but I did walk around as much as I could. My eating was so –so… not terrible but not great. I am charged for getting totally back on track tomorrow and am starting my own star chart of sorts. I looked at my calendar and saw what I think are 12 consecutive days with really no social eating challenges. That should give me a pretty good jump start for getting that scale to move down instead of up. And the challenge that I have on Aug. 30 should be manageable. I’m feeling very motivated again too.

Here’s to a great week for all of us!



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Debby - you are going to have so many stars it will look like the milky way. I love pull out shelves, my daughter installed them in my kitchen about 3 years ago.

Sue - Come here and vent when things start to get to you. Sometimes I just kind of ramble on because I do not even know what it is that has me out of sorts. Men can be the greatest blessing and the greatest frustration all wrapped up in one package. I guess they feel the same way about us. Glad you could use the recipe ideas.

I am laughing at my son and myself right now. He called because he and his wife want to go to Vegas (they won a free trip). Now he went to Knott's Berry Farm for 3 days with the family with their yearly passes and a special motel offer, then he went to his cousins at the beach and stayed for three days right on the beach and he started this conversation with me stating "We have not been away at all this year!" When I mentioned the two trips just this month he said "I mean without the kids." Now, I never had a vacation without my kids until they were living on their own, and I have not had a real vacation in 4 years. So boo! Hoo! But I did say I would do it because I want some time with my grannies. So I am laughing at him and at myself.
Today has been a good day and tomorrow will be a yummy day - shrimp and scallop stir fry with crab foo young.

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Hello Everyone!

It's the end of the day here, and I'm checking in again to get a little boost of "stay away from the kitchen." It's funny! I complain about my DH, and in the next breath, I'm missing him because he's working his all day/all evening shift today.

Linda: you'd be proud of me. I cooked a brown rice and veggie stir fry for dinner, and it turned out quite yummy. I used some of your recipe ideas in the ingredients - onion, garlic, EVOO emoticon . Wasn't too hard, was quick and yummy!

Moving: I sometimes have a Camomile tea in the late afternoon to help me "unwind" on my anxious days. I'd definitely stay away from caffeine .. that just adds to the stress.

DEBBYHS: sliding shelves sound awesome .. We waste too much because things fall to the back of the pantry (mine has the depth of a closet), or my pans get pushed back. Let us know how the installation goes. Glad to hear of the quiet, relaxing day .. That is good for all of us!

I kept busy most of the day .. Puttering around with small clean up things, filling my hummingbird feeder, cooking a nice dinner for myself, and then cleaning up the kitchen to be ready for the week.
My mouth is finally beginning to feel more normal .. Still can't chew on that side, and the tooth next to the extraction is very sensitive, but way better than it was last week at this time .. I am on the mend! I need to stay focused this next couple weeks. My counterpart in France is off of work for 3 weeks, so I need to cover the job on my own .. And believe me, my job is busy enough for the 2 of us, much less one person doing it all. But .. I have a job, and need to keep it.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! Talk to you tomorrow!

God Bless you all!
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Its over the counter and it is pretty cheap. I got it at Stater Bros Market for $3.50 on sale.

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Another dumb question, is melatoninan over the counter supplement that they would have at the grocery store I work at? Sorry I'm in question mode....

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moving - I would support Debby's suggestion of melatonin. Do not take too much. I figured that if one pill was good then taking 2 would be better. I read an article that said since melatonin is a naturally occurring substance your body works to get rid of excess, so only take one pill. When I started following the suggestions in the article it started working for me.
Three rules;
#1. Do not take excess
#2 Take the pill an hour to an hour and a half before you want to go to sleep.
#3. Dim lights when you take the pill. High light exposure can decrease effectiveness.

I feel like I should be doing something useful today. I went to water aerobics, my son came over and fixed the ceiling fan. I am now going to cook dinner. I did buy a bubble wrap envelope to return my tracker. Other than that I have done nothing useful.

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Moving4Me - I hope you find some peace and get some sleep. It can be so important in the battle of the bulge. You might try melatonin. It helps many fall asleep easier and is non-addictive. I hope everything goes well for you today despite feeling like something is off.

It's only the middle of the day, so I have a ways to go to earn my star for the day, but I'm so motivated right now that I don't think I'll have a problem. I've planned out all of my meals, so as long as I stick to the plan, I'm good. No exercise today, but did do a bit of walking at both the Lowe's and Home Depot stores. We got some pull out shelves to install in our cupboards. I'm a little tired of trying to find things in the back all of the time. Hopefully, between my hubby and me, we'll figure out how to get them in there without too much trouble.

Otherwise, it's a quiet day, and relaxing, too. I hope it is for all of you, too.

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I'm a little worried today as to what kind of day today is going to be at work today. Nothing happened out of the ordinary. Have you woke up just feeling something was just not right. I'm trying to tell myself that it has to do with not getting enough sleep. I just can't relax or sleep well, or, sleep more than 4/4.5hrs each night. I'm not drinking any type of caffeine beverages or anything but a light fruit snack before bed. I wish I could just turn off the switch now and then.

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Hello Everyone!

MOVING4ME55: yes! The deception of labels gets me many times. I quit soda a couple years ago .. Went from regular soda to diet soda, then read so much about how bad it is for you (joint pain… ) I quit that too. Now water is my main drink. I buy lemons or limes to put in it for flavoring if I get the urge. Hang in there .. We learn something new every day.

Linda: 8 hours of sleep! WooHoo! It IS amazing how the world looks better after a good nite's rest. Maybe the problems don't go away, but we deal much better. So glad the knees are feeling better. It is very hard to focus on anything in life when you are in pain. I fall into that trap of "sale shopping" too .. Trying to keep supplies up on a limited budget. It's never ending!

TAMMYAND: Great job at the picnic! Isn't it great when you have the support and care of others who are trying to eat healthier? .. I always think of talking as exercise for my face .. I have a round face, and I think talking strengthens it. Watch a the portion sizes at the baseball game .. Don't sweat it! Enjoy and have peace. Yes, my budget is very limited. We saved for a long time for this project .. And with DH off of work for over a week (no pay) .. Well, I guess it's a good thing I'm losing weight .. Time to tighten the buckle again. Thanks for understanding my griping.

DEBBHS: yay! Another star! That's great that you can try out a different gym… maybe you can mention the temperature at your location, and let them know of the comparison. I hope your son is appreciating your efforts .. My 26yr old still at home son frustrates me with his expectation that we have to always help him. I'd like to hear a thank you from him. (sorry .. Still a bit crabby today).

I'm still a bit crabby today .. I think my disappointments in my life suck me down .. And then I lash out when it get's to the boiling point. I'll be better .. I keep repeating to myself all the blessings that I've had .. And I am thankful for those. Yesterday, I stayed within plan with one slip (a small piece of feta cheese and pepperoni pizza) .. But that was still not too much overdoing … no binge, no bread, no potatoes .. It's good! I am blessed. I went to Church this morning, and am now catching up with my friends.

Happy Sunday all!

God Bless you all!
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Feeling much better today. I can walk and stand without extreme pain. My knee bones are still grinding occasionally. Still on track, water aerobics again today, so that is always a good thing. Still finishing the food in the house. When I go shopping, my aim is to get away from beef and pork products. While I limited them to one day a week, I bought them every time they were on sale. NO need to purchase what you are not going to use.

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Moving4Me - I'm glad you learned to look at the number of servings on a nutrition label. Label reading is probably one of the most confusing things to a lot of people, but it's really important to learn. I think SparkPeople has a good article on how to read labels. Might be worth a little of your time to read it. Here's the link ' www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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Have you considered drinking diet soda? It's not any better than regular as far a how good it isn't for you, but at least it doesn't have the calories. Maybe, if it's about the caffeine you might consider caffeine pills instead. Soda, in any form, is just really bad for you in so many ways, so if you can wean yourself off it, it would really be best.

JustMe - I'm so happy that your scale is inching downward. Good going. I'm also very happy for you that getting the sleep you need and the water aerobics is helping you be able to move a little more. Keep it up. You will succeed.

TammyAnd - I know you can handle the food challenge tomorrow. Keep your eye on the prize. It IS worth it and YOU'RE worth it. As for hiking, speed is not usually the goal, How fast I walk when hiking is really dependent on so many factors like, weather, steepness of the trail, roughness of the trail, elevation, and if I have a specific time to finish it in. Mt. St. Helens will be a hike uphill, often at a steep slope, negotiating through some boulder fields and walking through some very powdery ashy debris. It will climb from about 4500' elevation to about 8500' elevation in approximately 5 miles. We expect it to take anywhere from 4-6 hours to reach the top. It won't take nearly as long to come down, but still have to go through all the same terrain at a downhill pace, so will take our time so we don't fall. We expect the downhill trip to take 2-4 hours. And, we want to spend some time enjoying the view, so frequent stops for water, viewing, taking it all in and refueling (eating healthy foods to fuel our bodies) will be in order. Probably more information than you wanted, but there you have it. That's what I'm training for. Yesterdays hike was a pretty easy hike and we did six miles in about two hours.

I'm still on track for another star today. It seems to be helping me to have a goal of getting a star for having a good day. Got my exercise in at a different gym today - one that's still a 24 hour fitness facility but on the other side of town - near my son's job - as we had to drop him off at work and though, why not, since we're already on that side of town. It was a lot nicer than my regular facility as they have the air conditioning set to be able to work out comfortably. I don't know why our regular facility can't get theirs cooler - sometimes it's just to hot to work out there very comfortably.

Good day all in all. JoeJoe - I hope the wedding was as wonderful as could be. Can't wait to hear about it.

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Linda – Persist is a great word to apply to what we need to do. It is so easy to just give up, as I at times am tempted to do. But I will now use the mantra “persist” to help get myself through the rough spots. Thanks for reminding me of this important word. I feel for you with your sleep issues. I am just the opposite. I have always said I could be on an Olympic sleeping team if there was one. I never have difficulty falling asleep, and, unless my RA or lupus is flaring and causing pain, I never wake up at night. I sometimes don’t want to wake up in the morning even after 7 or 8 hours of sleep (although this part has improved lately), but I force myself to get up because I don’t want to sleep the day away. I also sometimes need to take a nap, but I think that is mostly related to my autoimmune problems. Sorry to hear about your knees. Did you ever have the Synviscus shots or something similar? I had the series of 5 or 6 (can’t remember which) shots in my bad knee about 3 years ago. These shots were like a miracle for me. I know some people say that they don’t last forever (but for me they have lasted a lot longer than a cortisone shot). My knee is still deformed, but the pain has subsided considerably thanks to the shots. I don’t know if the shots would work as well should I ever need them again…but I rejoice in how much they helped me and for how long this has lasted.

Sue – I am thankful that you and your DH are on the mend. I hear you loud and clear about the invasiveness of the workmen at your home. My home renovations this summer lasted well over 6 weeks. While I am delighted with the outcome, I felt a little cheated out of my summer, if you know what I mean. As far as your being a bit cranky…hey, gripe away my friend. That’s what we are here for. I understand too about one renovation causing you to see other things that need to be done. Happened here too but realistically I can afford only so much at a time. Probably the same is true for you. I like the idea though of always having another project to dream about and to plan (at least in my head).

Debby – Since I am not a hiker (at all), I have what is probably a stupid question…..when you hike, do you walk quickly or do you take your time and enjoy the environment along the way? I’m just curious. And when you climb Mt. Helens, what kind of pace will you have? Again, just curious.

Joann – Woo Hoo on the 260! You did it my friend! So proud of you and so happy for you! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures… I’ll bet you looked wonderful.

David - Don’t feel dumb. We have all been taken in at one time or another by the “serving size” trick on nutrition labels. Good for you for catching it and learning from it.

I just returned from a large family picnic where I had a blast with my relatives. Some came to PA from Michigan, Texas, and Maryland primarily for this picnic. It was a very special day. I did ok with my eating because there was such a large variety of foods and many of them were very healthy choices….but I did not move enough. Too much sitting and talking and talking, etc. Every now and then I got up and walked around a little but not nearly enough. Tomorrow I am going to a minor league baseball game with a picnic buffet included in our ticket prices. I have been to this event before and the choices are not terribly healthy. I will do my best but am a little worried about this challenge.


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moving- Glad to see you here. Servings per container is a biggie. It is one of the ways they trick us. Look at a small can of pork and beans. I think it has 3 or 4 servings. REALLY???

I went to water aerobic and just tread water for an hour before class. It really helped. I can walk. I am still on track. I actually got about 8 hours sleep last night. NSV!!! It is a big thing for me. I hope I can do it again tonight. Even my money problems seem less stressful today. Wow! What a difference a good night's sleep makes. The scale is slowly slipping down. My official weigh in day is Thursday.

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Wow I'm really dumb. I downloaded the mobile spark app. It has a bar code scanner. Anyways. I entered the 20 oz soda . label says 120 calories. It totaled 300 cals. ..I always looked at a lablel for calories. ( shows 120). I didn't take in that the 39 bottle holds 2.5 servings.....I need to think through more when buying anything and really read it through first.... emoticon

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Got to work early to sit and enjoy some "quiet time" before I punch in. Usually I'll check in on sp and bring a book. Took a small loan out at a local check cashing company to get us through till payday. They charge a lot but it helps in a pinch. Im glad to have an inside job. The heat index is supposed to be 110°. Ooooooh. I didn't start out the day right as I just got to the employee break room and am sitting here texting while drinking a store brand 20 oz soda...really needed the caffeine.. I know....it was a really bad choice.... I hope that everyone is doing well today. I will check in again later today. Everyone have a great day!

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Sue - my husband was the same way. We used to call his chair the vulture's nest. One of our major fights was when I would complain and ask him to help, he would say that I was accusing him of not working, because I would say "I work and then come home and work. You work and then come home and rest." I still get angry and he has been dead for over 6 years. It is unfair.

Joann - tell us all as soon as you can, post pictures. Have a wonderful weekend.

My knees are hurting worse than they have in a year. It has been a week. I feel like I am back to where I started. If this does not improve soon I am going to have to see the doctor. Maybe it is time for cortisone shots again. At least I can still do water aerobics, but my walking is now limping for a few feet at a time.

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Hello Everyone!

DEBBYHS: I love your visual star chart idea! I had to scroll back and read all about it. I don't think it's silly at all. It is an inexpensive way to give yourself a reminder of success, and help not dwell on days that aren't so well. I think I'm going to try that. I have a 10# reward system, but sometimes, when the ten pounds are lost, the budget tells me "no."

LINDA: I too wake early all the time, and don't get to bed early enough to feel rested in the morning. I guess that's my inner clock. It's frustrating sometimes, because my hubby and son are always up late, and disturb my sleep with doors opening and closing, up and down the steps …. I have sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome so sleep is hard for me anyways … probably doesn't help much for the weight loss and moods.

I don't know gang. I'm feeling tired and crabby today. My new windows look so nice, but they make other things in my house look so shabby and dirty. My hubby is a good guy, but is a bit of a slob, and my youngest son who lives at home is worse. I spend so much time walking behind them and cleaning up .. It makes me very grumpy. When I point out that they could clean up, I get eye rolls and attitude back from them. I'd just like to have one place in my house that is CLEAN that I could sit in, and not be so depressed. Too much stuff piling up, and dust piling up on top of it. Yes .. I could spend every minute of my life working, and then coming home and cleaning .. It's just not fair! Thanks for listening to my whining … somedays, it really gets me down.

I need to get to the grocery store (or a green market would be great) and load up on fresh veggies again. With my "tooth" experience, I still can't chew anything too hard, but I could steam stuff to softness and enjoy them that way. Maybe some of those "mashed" recipes will work out for me now.

Onward and forward.

God Bless you all!
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It's wedding day! Just wanted to let y'all know. When I started on Spark, my goal was to lose 20 pounds by August 16th and be at 260 for my daughter's wedding day. Weighed in this morning at 260.4! I'll round down and take it!! :) Wish us luck today! I am so excited, tired, sad, happy, melancholy.....etc., etc., etc. Blessings and peace, y'all!

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I wake up every morning between 4 and 6 AM no matter what time I go to bed. I have gone to bed at 3 and am still up at 6, which is why I am working so hard on going to bed. I am headed there in a few minutes. It was a long day today. I am not sure why.
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.5 lb. carrots cut into julienne strips
2 small turnips cut into julienne strips
.5 C water
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp butter
.5 tsp. dired thyme
Sliced scallions

Bring water to a boil add vegetables lower heat to a simmer, simmer for 5 minutes add oils and thyme stir and serve with sliced scallions on top


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JustMe - thanks for the vote of confidence. There's not a one of us that can't use a little of that every day. I hope you are moving more today. It is important and every single movement is important. You'll be grateful you did when you get your knee surgery. I'd love it if I got to bed as early as you do every night. I generally get enough sleep, but I'm a total night owl - don't go to sleep until 1 am or later, but I sleep in til 9 or later most days. I have no reason to get up earlier and my body seems quite happy to keep those hours. I'm not gonna fight it. In answer to your question about whether the back pack hurts my neck, no, it doesn't Funnily enough, sitting at the computer typing is where I find myself hurting the most.

TammyAnd - I hope that maintenance light on your car turns out to be little or nothing. Mine came on recently and the reason it came on wasn't a big deal, but the other things he found wrong with it were huge - need a new radiator, a new power steering rack and high pressure hoses and few other things. We're limping it along until we can afford to get it fixed. It's great that your church had a meatless potluck. That doesn't always mean healthy, but it sure helps. As for Disneyland - I'll be careful. I had season passes to Disneyland every year we lived in Southern California (1995-2002), so I know what to expect. Some of my favorite rides are off my list probably for the rest of my life.... rats!!!

Itz_Sue - glad to see you back. It does sound like your life has been crazy. It's good to hear your hubby is recovered enough to go to work. Good they caught it quick. And, it's good to hear you're recovering from your bad tooth. It sounds like you're almost through the house rennovations, too, so things should calm down soon. We've all gained a couple of pounds from stress eating or just plain mindless eating. The important thing is you're back on track.

My day has been nice - went for a six mile hike with my hubby at a local trail that loops around a beautiful little reservoir lake. It was a hike that required some climbing up 15% slopes or so, but not too challenging. It took two hours and went through some beautiful mature forest and over a happily burbling creek. Then I picked some blackberries and ate some for lunch and plan to make something yummy for the boys later on. I'll stay away from the dessert stuff for now. I want my star! So far, so good with eating today. I do like my star chart - it seems to give me something to strive for, silly as it sounds. I guess we gotta do whatever it takes to get and stay on track sometimes, huh?

Go for the gold!

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Hello Everyone!

Well .. I'm back. Life's been crazy this last couple weeks. My hubby is recovering from his bout with pneumonia .. and went back to work now. I am still recovering from my emergency oral surgery to have a sickly tooth removed (yuk!). .. and then, this past week, our contractors came in to replace our windows and install aluminum trim on our house. We waited 5 months for them, so didn't want to postpone .. four solid days of pounding, sawing, men running in and out of my house .. Yikes! I've gained a couple pounds, probably from shoving food into my mouth, but I'm trying not to dwell on it, and ready to get back into my routine. There still will be a couple/three more days of this, but I think the in and out parts are now finished.

Hope you are all doing well .. sticking with your plans as best you can, and not getting crazy when you don't (advice to myself).

God Bless All!
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I forgot one of my goals and I think it is an important one to success. I need to move more during the day. So today my goal is to get up and move. I wish my tracker were working on these days so I could get an idea of what I am doing, but I know that moving is important. I did not do as well on sleep last night, got to bed at 10 so much better than the midnight I had been doing, but not quite where I want to be. I still am motivated. Stay with the program, stay on track, PERSIST!

Moving – if you are reading this – know we are all cheering you on. Sometimes life is just heavy. Hug your wife and enjoy the weather, two things that are good right now.

Debby – I hope you are feeling better. Is the heavy pack hurting your neck? You are a gold star in my book. A year of consistent commitment. It is the overall trend that counts, not an occasional misstep. I envy you your garden, hopefully next year I will have at least an herb garden. My son went through some rough times and now I am so proud of him. Even when things are hard he is acting like a mature individual. It was when he turned 30 that I started to notice a real difference.

Joann – I do not know how you sound so sane and calm, a wedding and a new school year. I used to use fraction circles. I had an entire unit for equivalent fractions and for ascending and descending fractions. The other teachers did not use it because the students only did 3 problems at a time. But every year my students understood fractions and showed it on their testing.

Scrimp – 2 steps forward and one step back is always one step forward. You go girl!

Cat – I loved your story of meeting your husband. There are some wonderful people out there in the world, filled with love, caring and commitment. I am so glad you found one because you are one.

Tammy – that is so cool that your church had a meatless potluck. Good luck with the car and the trip. Be safe.

Happy weekend all
One step at a time.
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PandB – Errand days fly by for me. I’ll bet your day flew by as well. Hope all went well with your car inspection.

Linda – Oh, so sorry about your tracker. But your attitude is great. You know your steps and that’s what matters. I am on the 2nd tracker battery now. I’m not sure if I am going to purchase a replacement battery when this one runs out. I have hit a certain stride with my steps as well, meager as it might be, and I am ok with what I am doing for now.

Marlene – Safe bet that your gain is water from sodium. I love that you are hitting that treadmill. It’s plain to see why you are so successful.

Cat – I too have clothes with tags on them. I know I will wear some of them soon. I am also cleaning out some rather old items little by little. As fly lady says, “it is time to bless other people with these items.” I am certain you and your DH were meant to be together. It does happen that way, as you described it, for some people. What is really great is that you know how blessed both of you are.

Joann – Wow, I’m amazed you had time for even a drive by posting. Warm thoughts are coming your way for a very blessed and memorable day.

Debby – Sounds like your doctor is a good one. Will be praying for good results on your MRI. About those rides at Disneyland….I know you are far more adventurous than I am (Ok, a flea is far more adventurous than me as well), but when I had my back surgery (in 1992 or 93…I forget the year now) for herniated discs at C4,5, &6, my neurosurgeon told me to never go on “wild” rides again. He said it just wasn’t worth taking the change of further damage. So please be careful when you go to Disneyland. (I know it’s a while away yet but I thought I’d better say this now before I forget.) You know, I like the star chart idea. Woo Hoo for the stars you have already earned. I have thought about doing something similar for myself. As silly as it seems sometimes those things work well for me. Bless you for helping out your DS with the driving. You are a good mom.

David – I did read your blog and posted a comment for you. Please hang in there….this place is for everyone as we all struggle at one time or another, sometimes more, sometimes less. The sharing of our struggles and successes helps and strengthens us.

I did well today with moving, completing household chores, and with eating healthy choices. We had a meatless pot luck supper after a church service this evening. I was going to make a shrimp dish, only to discover that I didn’t have enough shrimp, and I didn’t want to run out for more. So I called our neighborhood deli and had them make a small tray of veggie wraps. It worked out well, and there were even some leftovers to bring home for DS for tomorrow. On the way home from church the “maintenance” light lit up on my dashboard. That just bugs me so. I just had the vehicle inspected and the oil changed back in June. It’s probably just a computer blip, but I’m annoyed that I might have to take the car to my service station tomorrow as I had other plans in mind. I don’t want to ignore it though I have plans to be on the road on Saturday (family picnic 80 miles away) and Sunday (minor league ballgame with church friends about an hour away).



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Cat - I love your shopping in your closet story. I, too, had the same journey and have found things that fit me 30 years ago and now do again. How great is that? One is a beautiful dress I got when I was in Peace Corps. It was pretty then and is still pretty and if fits me again. You must be so proud of yourself. You will get into more of those clothes as you continue on your journey. Do you have a plan for the clothes that you will never need to wear again because you'll just never be that big again? I gave all of mine away to charities. My closet got very empty. I'm still rebuilding and that's not a bad thing.

JustMe - good for you for making all of the progress you've been making. Sticking to your plan and keeping your motivation up - wonderful.

Scrimp - I know you'll do fine getting back on track. You've got such determination and I know you don't ever want to have to lose 100 lbs.+ again. I figure that between all of the times I've lost 40-60 or more pounds and then gained them back, I lost at least 800 lbs. Not gonna do again! There's nothing wrong with eating off losing weight plan once in awhile, but you know you can't do it every day. I'm hoping to see you at goal weight very soon.

JoeJoe - wedding day is finally just a couple of days away, then you can relax a little - at least from that. As to fractions, I hope you can get the kids to understand them. I've always thought fractions were easy, but I know many struggle with them.

I've earned a star for the last two days. I'm already liking the visual to help remind me what I'm doing this for. I used to make star charts for my kids when they were little - they got a star for every day that they (or didn't) do something that we wanted them to learn (or unlearn) with a specific reward for getting a star for a specified number of days in a row. The one rule we had was that if you didn't earn a star for a day that was part of the time frame, you had to start over. I will be happy to start over if I miss one day, but I don't want to miss one day. I feel like the rules still apply, only now to me - and I found some really excellent large sparkly stars that stand out to use on the calendar. And, yeah, I think a charm for my bracelet is warranted for each 15 days I earn a star.

Today I started preparing foods from my garden for the winter. Tomatoes are coming on and I make a really good and healthy Italian Tomato Sauce that I freeze in measured portions for making spaghetti, lasagna, or anything else that is good with a marinara sauce. I also can a lot of my garden bounty for use during the winter season. I made a lot of sauce today. Also found out that a local contractor can put solar tubes in our living room for a lot less than I thought - still will have to wait til next summer, most likely, but should get a lot more light into our living room - something we really need in the Pacific Northwest.

Got my exercise in - 50 minutes on a recumbent bike at 15 mph pace and senior fitness. Tomorrow, rather than going to the gym, my husband and I are planning on a 5-6 mile hike on a local trail that we've never been on. We'll carry 20 lbs. each and maybe take one of the dogs - she's the only one that can handle a trip like that. The others are too old (Kyp is a 13 1/2 yo husky), too stubborn (Buddha - the pug) or too lame (Miya - she tore her knee ligaments last year and doesn't hold up on long walks). So, I guess it'll just be Jaynee. The weather is supposed to be in the mid 70's so it should be a nice day for a hike in the woods.

Take care everyone....

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I went shopping in my closet. I now have three more crop pants to wear that I couldn’t at the beginning of June!!! In fact, I almost waited too long to try them on … they will work on our trip to see the kids out of state but not much after that.

I now have two flannel lined denim shirts, four more blouses that I can wear. I carry a lot of weight in my tummy along with broad shoulders. I have two soft over shirts I loved wearing around the house and for casual wear. Hubby wanted me to try them on … I was in such a good mood over the crop pants I didn’t want to for fear of wrecking my mood. They are Larges and I just KNEW I would not be able to close them over my tummy. Did you hear me crying all the way to your place???? I burst into tears because they both have been added to my wardrobe.

How come women “sizes” can’t be closer to the same size???? I have clothes that are 2X to 18s that fit. Hubby can almost pick up any pair of jeans 32x34 and walk out with them knowing they will fit. Geeeeze!

The closet shopping spree had its good, bad and ugly moments.

The Good … I have several more things to wear. I have very good taste : ) and still love the clothes I have bought through the years. More classic than passing fads … though I have some for fun.

The Bad … Made me sad that I have soooo many clothes that I have not been able to wear through the years. Pieces I really loved getting. I have clothes in three places in the house because I have soooo many in sooooooooo many sizes.

The Ugly … Hubby couldn’t figure out why I had soooooo many clothes with the price tag still on them … never been worn … he had no idea I even owned them. I bought things because I was losing weight and wanted to reward myself … only to turn around and gain the weight back plus some. I bought things because I loved them and they wouldn’t be there when I finally lost allllllll the weight. But I never lost allllll the weight and I have no idea if they will ever fit me because of my body structure.

So there you have it … the good, the bad and the ugly.

JustMe ~ I agree with you … diet is what is consumed during your day. We have made it such a BAD word. I am proud of you, too. You are making great strides in taking care of yourself. My gosh your greek fish sounds wonderful. I will be trying it. Bummer on the tracker.

Scrimp ~ Hmmm cheat day??? Or chose to eat things you really wanted???? I am soooo proud of you for getting under 180 … keep focused. I bet you look great. Why did you gain back 100 pounds that you worked sooooo hard to lose. I ask myself this question often. I bet the guys are noticing you! You’re hot and I bet you have a sense of confidence that men find attractive. It’s like riding a bicycle … you’ll remember what to do … if you want to. My BFF gained over 100 pounds because guys were coming on to her and as a married woman it scared her. Hmmm …we have the power to say NO or Yes! And I did fix hubby a nice candle light supper after he grilled all that meat for me!!!!!

Moving – I almost didn’t recognize you : ) Life has its ups and downs … keep truckin’.

TammyAnd – somehow at 20 years of age I made the wises decision of my life. Coming from an abusive childhood and teenage motherhood … I made a commitment to myself that only the very, very best would be a part of my life. I had every intention of spending my life alone. And in walked a talk drink of water. He was so kind, considerate, sexy and real … that is scared the beejebbies out of me. From the time we met until he married me and my son … was six months. It was like electricity … hubby says he was thunder struck. We will celebrate 38 years of marriage this October. Sometimes I feel like we just got started … most times I can’t remember the times before him … and that’s a good thing. He is my everything.

Debby – I hope the doc can help you out without having to have surgery. I am soooo glad he gave you the go ahead on your much awaited hike. I sure miss walking with hubby and the pups but have not chanced it yet. I like your star chart … and after getting so many stars … get yourself a charm for your bracelet!!!! I know you will miss son … but he will be close by.

JoeJoe – you will get those kids doing fractions forwards and backwards. Remember to take a deep breath throughout the next couple of days. Enjoy the wedding. Post pictures on your page.


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I changed the battery in my tracker and it leaked in the pool. I do not know if it is totally destroyed.
When I realized it was not working in the middle of water aerobics, I thought "I do not need it. I know now what equals 6000 steps and I will just go ahead and do it."
I am still really paying attention to my sleep and my motivation. I am keeping the motivation up by keeping the sleep habit.
Weighing, measuring and eating healthy.
Still battling the heat on non water days, and still trying to work in a relaxation program.
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Hello Sparklers,

Quick check in today. Have a number of errands to run.

Rain all day yesterday, but sunny today. Had a good morning at the pool now am headed out to get the car inspected.

Be well,

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Wow, up 6 lbs from 305 to 311. Won't go in detail here. Please check out my blog on my spakpage. Hope everyone has a great day.

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Hello:
Well I got home last night and did a little more off plan eating. I start anew today with a plan to drink plenty of liquids and a strict no sugar/starchy carb day. I can't wait to get on the treadmill. The scale showed I put on 3 pounds of salt/water fluid retention--thats the way I chose to think of it because I know it will come off quickly. I should be back where I was by Monday. Two steps forward, and only one step back instead of 50 steps back. LOL
I'll be on the treadmill today.

Moving--I know you must have no alternative if you tapped your 401K for a loan. I hope you get back on your feet quickly so you can pay it back.
Hope everyone has a good day; mine includes treadmill and swimming or both.

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Yesterday was a good food day. I did exercise, just not as much as I would like. The hot weather has really put me off exercise for a while. Today is water aerobics, so that will be easy.
I am still focused and not making little mistakes. Went to bed on time, ate well, did some exercise, weighed and measured, I am reaching the bottom of the freezer, which means more healthy food.
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Hi, everyone! I feel like this is a "drive-by" posting, but only 2 days until the wedding and then, hopefully, a semblance of normalcy. My in-laws arrived yesterday. More guests expected today. We're farming them out amongst various family members since my house is now packed to the rafters with people - lol! School is keeping me from fretting too much. I had to grade baseline math tests last night, so spent all of my "free" time grading papers. Found out my kiddos are WEAK in fractions. So, I know where I will be spending a LOT of time this year! Just wanted you to know that my thoughts are turning to you daily and I can't wait to get back on here for routine check ins.

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Sorry I haven't posted in a few days (AGAIN!!). I usually read my email and your posts from my Kindle Fire, but posting is a pain from the tablet, so I sometimes just don't post when I don't have time to get on the actual computer.

I've finally had an appointment with the spine doctor for the problem that I've been having in my back/shoulder. After examining me, he asked if I'd be surprised if this wasn't really a problem in my neck. Of course I wouldn't be surprised - I a major surgery in 2009 to replace a vertebrae and fuse three vertebrae in my neck due to degenerative disc disease. He thinks the disc below the fusion is now giving me problems. I have an MRI scheduled next week to get a better look at what's going on. Meanwhile, he said I'm strong enough and healthy enough that there are only a few movements that he recommends that I don't do when strength training, but otherwise everything I do is fine and shouldn't exacerbate it. He put me on hydrocortisolone to try to get the inflammation under control. He hopes that he can treat it without surgery at this point. It has improved over the last few weeks, so I'm hoping he's right. I guess we won't know for a couple of weeks. He also doesn't think I should have any trouble with the Mt. St. Helens hike because of it. That's just under seven weeks away (Sept 23) I'm more concerned about restrictions on the rides at Disneyland in December.

Cat - I love how your husband reacts to your looser clothing. He sounds like a great guy. I hope you get the thyroid meds under control so you can go walking with him outdoors again. You are inspiring me with your perseverance. Keep it up!

TammyAnd - I should have known you'd be helping kids with your charity work. The people that have you in their lives are lucky people indeed. Good for you for sticking to your diet. I also don't have any connotations associated with the word. Everyone is on a diet - some are just healthier than others.

JustMe - you are also an inspiration to me. You keep on plugging away no matter what gets thrown at you. We all have days that throw us off a little bit, but we don't all bounce back quickly. You keep doing that. I'm proud of you. I hear you about the mountain lions and coyotes. Be grateful you have them or you'd be really overrun with bunnies and any number of other varmits. In Phelan you just need to be aware that they're there and know how to live with them. We have both of the predators here, too. I would never leave my pets outside at night for that very reason.

Scrimp - I bet the men are starting to notice you. I've had the same thing happen to me, but I'm happily married and I'm not afraid to let them know it. You, on the other hand, can make a choice of whether or not to notice back. Ir sounds like you're enjoying your trip.

Moving4Me - I do hope things start to improve for you. You're right, it is the little changes, sometimes just one little change in a day, that get you moving down the road to health. I'm cheering for you.

Our lives are changing a little starting today because our son loses his driver's license for 90 days due to his earlier DUI. We'll be driving him to and from work for awhile and it looks like he may be moving into an apartment with a co-worker come October. The apartment is walking distance from his job and bus routes, so it would make it much easier for him to get around. We'll miss having him around, but he is 26 and does need his independence. At least he won't be far away.

I've still been struggling with staying on plan consistently. Some days I'm good, some days not so much. Today is good. I know intellectually that I just have to stay disciplined. And, then sometimes I just make a choice that I know is not consistent with my goals. I'm taking this one day at a time. Today is a good day. I'm thinking about making myself a star chart and giving myself a gold star for each day that I stay on track - two for the days that show a pound lost. The visual may help and maybe for each five pounds I can treat myself to some kind of reward - non-food, of course. I like to see achievement visually so I'm going to try it and let you know how I do. I have not swayed from my commitment to physical fitness, though, so I could be seeing much more drastic problems with my weight than I have.
I told my husband yesterday that I am smaller than I was last year at this time and I had dropped about 80 lbs. at that point. To have not only maintained that kind of loss, but to have gone beyond - albeit not as much as I would have liked - is a huge achievement for me. I've never taken that much weight off and not regained it within a year. So yay for me on that score.

And now - gotta go take care of the shelter dogs. Then come home to mine all sniffing me to find out who I've been seeing other than them :)


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Cat – Your DH really is a sweetie! I have been less-than-lucky in love, so to speak. Haven't had a man (other than my 24 yr old son!) in my life for about 15 years. I was very focused on raising my son alone. I don't regret any of that. And woo hoo on the baggy crop pants. What a wonderful situation to have to deal with!

Linda – I don’t have any negative associations with the word “diet,” but that’s just me (no pun intended!). I think I have been on and off of diets, eating plans, programs, etc.. … a rose by any other name…. as Shakespeare said….so a diet by any other name….etc. Your successful Tuesday is definitely something to be proud of. I smiled too when I read how your plans changed. You know, one of the things I enjoy about being retired is that I can be flexible just as you were with your plans yesterday. Your Greek fish recipe sounds yummy...but of course I will omit the onions as neither DS nor I like onions.

Marlene – I smiled and smiled when I read your post that men are starting to notice you big time. I bet they are!!!! And I picture you as always very fashionably dressed and quite striking. I am sure when you are ready there will be a Mr. Scrimp right around the corner….if that’s what you want. I don’t like it when my hotel rooms don’t have Q or HSN, and most don’t I have found. On my last trip to Ohio though the hotel there had both, but of course I had little time to see TV on that trip. My microwave pressure cooker from Q arrived yesterday, but I haven’t tried it yet. I think it will be next week till I use it as my meals are planned out pretty much through Sunday. I will let you know if I like it or not.

David – I am so proud of you for carrying water with you everywhere you go. That is a great start. Getting all of your water in will keep you hydrated and to some degree cut down on your hunger. Great going friend!!!

I did well today, a good turnaround from yesterday. I walked at Kohl’s today while shopping for donations to give to one of my charities (had a 30% coupon, plus two 10 dollar off coupons, so I made out like crazy for the children we help). I ate healthy and low carb (17 Day Diet principles though I am not officially returning to my full diet plan till Monday). When I got home from shopping I was very hungry and immediately made and ate a big healthy salad. Then a little while later I made a broccoli and egg whites omelet, very satisfying.

Well that’s it from here for now. I am planning on a quiet evening of reading and relaxing before heading off to bed. Good night all!


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Someone asked what is Greek fish. I make a sauce of diced tomatoes, garlic, onions, shallots, capers, kalamata olives, tomato paste and a dash of lemon juice. I put half in the bottom of a casserole and then a lean white fish like sole or flounder then top with the sauce and bake until the fish is flaky. I serve it with couscous, orzo or pasta.

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I am very proud of my actions yesterday. I worked out. I made my 6000+ steps. I weighed and measured. I ate low carb and very healthy. I went to bed on time and slept well. A successful day. One of many to come.
Today I am realizing that I am confusing energy level with motivation. My energy level is low because I took Benadryl to sleep last night, but my motivations is still very high. Seems dumb, but this is the first time that I realized motivation and energy are not the same thing. Energy helps motivation, but does not dictate motivation.
It is so quiet in the house. Everyone is gone. There is a very slight breeze outside (maybe 5 mph), no TV, no radio, just me finding peace and quiet. That was an hour ago, then my son called for a ride to the store to get dog food and my daughter called to say she needed my post office box key could we meet for lunch. Laughing - the best laid plans of mice and men.
My plans today are to go through the rest of the freezer and plan meals, to do some exercise videos, to journal, and to spend some time evaluating and assessing.

Joann – hope your first days of school are going smoothly. Wow! School and a wedding, you are going to be exhausted at the end of this month. Kids come back to our schools this Thursday, teachers came back on Monday. My DD and DSIL are both at work and the grannies are in daycare so I am luxuriating in the quiet.

Debby – when is your planned hike? I know it is coming up. I know you will be so satisfied when you get back with your mission accomplished.

P&B – do you have any problems with mountain lions? A little higher in the foothills there are some deer and the only time I saw one of the big deer it was being chased by a mountain lion. Then last month a mountain lion came down and thinned out our coyote packs. We have an abundance of predators and a lot of rabbits.

Tammy – you are always so positive and encouraging, it is no wonder you have so many friends. Being around you would be a treat for the soul. I hope you are feeling better today. It is nice to come here because we have all miss-stepped and then moved on to better days. I know you will too.

Cat – I hope you are having fun with your rug rats. It is funny what a small world it is. My son used to live in Bremerton when he got out of the navy. Your husband is definitely a keeper, bless his baggy pants heart.

Triagin- thank you for posting the chicken recipe – it sounds wonderful. I am going to try it soon. Of course I will have to leave out the rosemary since my daughter is allergic.

Scrimp – it sounds like you had a treat. Do not feel guilty about one day. I know you know what you are doing will and your good health and good habits will take over for you.

Moving4me- I am so sorry about your money problems. When money is good then we can concentrate on other parts of our life, but when money is low it takes over everything. I hope you are feeling better as this added stress is physically depleting. My thoughts are with you.

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Got caught up with rent but had to tap my 401k. After giving apartment mgr. Money she backed down. At least for this month. Am planning ahead for September with 401 loan so between now and then we won't have to freak out where the money is going to come from. Got to go and started looking for another place to move. I prob put on a few pounds as stress eating is back. I'm weighing in tomorrow but am not going to freak out about it. Making little changes little at a time. Making better food choices and always carrying water with me wherever I go. Will text more after weigh in. I hope everyone has a good night . till my next text . take care

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Hello:
I am in Philly and the meeting is OK--kinda boring but its a break from the norm. Eating--i did well today then a Vendor asked me to join them to go out to dinner as there guest..there were 6 of us in the party with pre-dinner drinks, wine with dinner, and a seemingly never ending stream of tapas dishes--lobster macaroni and cheese; philly cheesesteak egg rolls, fried shrimp, seared tuna, steak fries, udon soup, seared giant scallops, edame, on and on. I am stuffed and now feel guilty. But I did enjoy the company. I have not had a major cheat day in a long time....does that sound lke an excuse?

Triagin--I had to laugh at your description of the puny chickens. You are right they often are small 2 pound birds. Some the size of a cornish hen. Chicken carcass with meat--throw it in a pot, and some frozen mixed veggies, herbs,onion, and even a few noodles and you got a nice soup. I get 3-4 meals out of mine cause I measure out the ounces. I wish the entire chicken was dark meat. I never eat the skin which contains most of the salt. They are $5.69 at my usual after work market and a bit larger; but the store across the street they are $7.99 and usually too dark and dry. I have told them several times the chicken are burnt and they say they have to keep them in the rotisserie for the prescribed time.

Tammy--those SF Popsicles are lifesavers for me. 30 cals for 2 and you can bite and crunch them--I never just lick them. Yes its a quick ride to PHilly from Wilmington. The PHL airport is closest to Wilmington they do not have there own. No HSN or QVC here I am on a forced withdrawal. I forget I ordered some sheets which may have been delivered.
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Justme--Wow AC is not cheap. Its a hardship but you'll be glad you did it. I often say I am not buying anymore food till I eat what I have in the freezer and pantry; but I always buy more as I am in the store anyway every week to buy perishables like veggies.

I like being 179. Ran into a colleague at the meeting from a past job from a place I hated--I didn't recognize her. I have blocked so many things out that have caused me angst. She said I was skinny. I feel normal, I am far from skinny. I am never going to abuse my body and health again by eating out of control, for long periods. I do care about my appearance but even more worried about having a mobility issue in the future because of my osteoarthritis and bursitis R hip. Men are starting to notice me big time now.

Mtn Ktn--I imagine that nightie is just a scrap of cloth and worn out by now, haha. Hoping that swelling will be under control soon with a change in meds. Way to go on doing 60 minutes onthe treadmill. I trust you put a nice dinner on the table for DH, afterall he grilled the meat!

Joejoe-I hope first day of school went well.

PandB--Glad you had a nice weekend with DH getting stuff done. Didn't know deer liked hostas. Well I hope the weather holds off so you can get back to the pool, was it you that said the summer is waning down already.

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I still feel motivated today. I have really been on track with both my exercise and my diet. My cousin was talking yesterday and said "I just realized that a diet is what you eat. It is NOT a weight loss program. It is not depriving yourself. It is the food you put in your mouth and swallow. You can make it healthy or unhealthy; full of sugar or full of vegetables. It doesn't matter at the end of the day your diet is what you ate."
It sounds so obvious, but there are a lot of subjective emotions attached to the word.

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Sauté the spring onion in two tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shelled peas, a pinch of salt, and enough water to barely cover. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes, then add the torn mint leaves. Continue cooking until the peas are tender, a few more minutes. Check for seasoning, and add more salt if needed.


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I am wearing a pair of crop pants I have not worn for … hmmm … 2+ years! Hubby asked me aren’t you gonna get rid of those … they look baggy??? God love him. He was smothered in kisses. I wore the pants anyway ; )

I walked on my treadmill yesterday and today for 60 minutes. I am still babying my blisters … almost gone. I had light compression stockings left over from my knee replacement surgery and I have been wearing them when I walk. Getting dressed to exercise is taken a lot longer. Yesterday we purchased “official” compression stockings. Dang … one pair the foot had no compress and the calf almost cut off my circulation. The other pair smashed my foot until I thought I would lose all feeling and the calf part was like wearing a normal soft sock. These things were $25 a piece and will be going back. I may just stay with my old pair and hope for the best.

P&B – we just had a mama deer with her fawn in the front yard. Because we do not have a garden to defend … it is magical to see them. Sorry to hear your water aerobics got cut short. I’ll cross my fingers for tomorrow.

JustMe - What is Mediterranean fish??? Your foot massager sounds like heaven.

Triagin – dang girl! My mouth was watering while I read about your Romeropf cooked chicken. You and your daughter are gonna be taking on home remolding : )

TammyAnd – my thyroid is only complicated coz I decided to get healthy … go figure. When I was happy being fat and sassy … it was none the wiser.

Well, hubby has grilled us meat for the week so I better get supper on the table.


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Cat – Your thyroid issues are so complicated. I am glad you are staying in close touch with your doctor.

PandB – We had a rainy day here too. Our lawn really needed the drink too. The rain has stopped for now but more is expected. I got out to run a few errands when it wasn’t raining and am now happy to be at home. It’s another cool day with no need for AC. Woo hoo….saving $$$ again.

Linda – I celebrate your motivation. Enjoy it and it will multiply. You certainly deserve the good that will follow.

Triagin – Just imagine how good you will feel and look now that you have a little more time till the wedding. Keep that visualization strong! I had the 40 clove of garlic recipe years ago, never made the recipe, and then lost it. Thanks for posting it. I don’t have a clay pot however. I completely agree with you about how small the grocery store chickens have gotten. I never buy them….I also avoid them because of the sodium content (my big pet peeve).

I did not have a lot of energy today so I just took it easy….didn’t do much other than a few short errands. My tracker steps are much lower than usual today, and I ate off plan today. (True confessions here as always) I’m disappointed in myself but moving forward. I am confident that I will be back on track tomorrow.


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You guys all seem to be doing so well! I'm trailing behind--but still trying to keep up with you from day-to-day!

As you know, am trying to get back on program and bought 2 rotisserie chickens in the past week to short cut the meal planning issue. Is it just me, or are those chickens starting to look like pigeons? They are getting smaller by the week! At $7 a pop, I'd expect to be able to get at least 4 meals out of it--but once the meat is off the bone, I rarely do.

So, after exhausting the latest chick-sized store-bought chicken, I defrosted a BIG chicken that's been in my freezer, dragged out my old Romeropf (clay cooker I've had for at least 35 years), and commenced to making a 40-clove of garlic chicken, rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, thyme, sage, and lemon. I soaked the pot in water for 30 minutes (required) then settled the plump chicken on a bed of baby carrots (didn't have any onion to add to it today-darn!). Popped it in a cold oven, cranked the heat to 350 for 1 hour. It came out big-and tasty-and gorgeous! I guess it's just me, but I have always preferred a clay cooker over slow cookers for meat and poultry because I always get a moist meal with a roasted, crisp finish--and lots of flavor.

I'm gradually catching up on the purge/organize/clothes washing/etc., that got pushed to the back during the work last week. Have my lawn guy, HVAC fall exam, and student helper on the schedule this week.

Trying to decide on an awning for a side door to complement the new light fixture. I'm curious about the "fabric/canvas/sunbelt" bubble-type awnings. Anyone had any experience with those? Would love your feedback before I plop down the money. I took down an old aluminum one that had been here since I moved in, so I have no experience with the new-fangled ones and am wondering about the durability. Undecided on whether to go back to the aluminum--or move on to the fabric type.

Everyone seems to be doing so well on program and I'm just plugging along. One good thing happened today, though! My goal line has been moved to NEXT YEAR! As you know, I was trying to get less "fluffy" for my daughter's wedding--well, plans have changed!

My daughter and her main squeeze have decided to postpone even planning their wedding until after the new year! They've just bought a house together (closing in early September). She's frantically trying to pack up her stuff to vacate her apartment before her lease is up. Her fiance's current house is going on the market this week so he's prepping for that. In the meanwhile, they are commencing their shopping in preparation for moving to the new house. They've came to the conclusion that they'll be up to their eyeballs in carpeting, painting, redecorating, and landscaping the new place and just won't have time to think about a wedding right now (although he's ready to do it tomorrow!) On the plus side, the new community where they are moving has a gorgeous members-only club house--so the future wedding venue is already in the bag and that takes a lot of pressure off of them.

So, their housing transitions have given me a little space to breathe on my own diet program and home-reno progress, and I'm grateful for that! Don't feel quite so pressured now!

Sure wish I lived close enough to a pool to do the water aerobics--because of my disability and knee issue, it's about all I can do except for upper-body stuff. I was considering the YMCA, but feedback from friends is that it is old and nasty. The only other place is a club you have to join that has an indoor pool--and it's pretty expensive.

Well, that's all for now! Keep posting! I'm reading!

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today started well. Water aerobics, got my steps in and my hour and a half. Ate a good breakfast and lunch. Dinner is Mediterranean Fish with chard and cauliflower. I might make some fettuccine to go with it in olive oil and garlic. This would mostly be for my DSIL and my granddaughter, both of whom need to gain weight.
Goal tonight is turn off TV at 8, take melatonin by 8:30, do a relaxation video, be in bed by 9:30. My motivation is very high at the moment. I may be back if it start to falter.

P&B - sorry about your water aerobics, mine is indoor so I never have that problem.

Cat - so glad your doctor seems to be on top of things. I have a very expensive foot massager ($300), but it really helps my feet with water retention. You might ask the doctor if that would be good for you. I tried the cheap ones, but this is the only one that really helps.

Tammy - I really sympathize with the two sided nature of steroids I have to take them every now and then for my asthma. They are at once a miracle and the worst thing on earth. They make you feel good, have energy and raise your spirits. They also raise your blood sugar, cause water retention, cause weight gain, and make you hungry. They are the angel/devil of meds.

Scrimp- have a great time on your trip. Enjoy!

Debby - the shelter dogs are so lucky to have you. You give so much. I am constantly impressed with your stamina and strength, both physical and civic.

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Hello Sparklers,

Water aerobics got cut short today because of rain, only did 25 minutes instead of my usual 50. Forecast does not look good for tomorrow, maybe completely cancelled. Well, at least my garden will get a good drink of water. It has been looking a little dry lately.

JUSTME - You have a lot on your plate and are handling it well. It must be very hard with both your sons and his wife out of work. I hope something comes through for them soon. Glad to hear that the AC unit cost less than expected. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the new unit is more efficient and your electric bill goes down. I love your plan for getting to a better place and know you will succeed.

TAMMYAND - I have a love/hate relationship with the deer in my yard. I enjoy watching them. Once there was a doe nursing her fawn just outside my window. But, I hate the destruction they do in my garden. There are no longer hosts on one side of my house, no hydrangia flowers this year and most of my day lilies went missing before blooming…. Glad to hear the infection is going away and that you continue to feel good on clean eating. I guess the sick feeling we get when we eat too much junk is the silver lining. The ill feeling reinforces our new found preference for healthy foods.

MTN_KITTEN - Glad to hear that the water retention is subsiding. My doctor keeps a close eye on my thyroid levels, but they haven’t changed in years. I’m sure as I lose weight things will change. I love your no more excuses attitude. I definitely need to put more of that in my life.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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I heard from the doc. She said ... my alternating 120 and 90 still had my thyroid over medicated. She wants me to take 90mg every day. No water pills because they will dump the water but then it starts coming back gradually in hypothyroid patients and then you have no emergency tactics. I guess this wasn't an emergency : ) Since the dandelion/peppermint tea, herbal supplement, soaking in Epsom salt and compression hose worked ... that's what she wants to use IF I flare up again. I have been doing good the last couple of days … I can wear my shoes and twist my ring. She still feels that walking outdoors when it was humid was the biggest trigger and once I ballooned up … it took it’s sweet time getting back to normal … whatever that is. Drink Gatorade or some sports drink when I walk. I don't sweat outdoors but do indoors she thinks it’s because the temperature here is so cool. Hubby may want to walk tomorrow outdoors with the pups coz they missed today. I am not sure I want to chance it just yet. Unfortunately, I need to retest in November because she thinks I will be down another 20ish pounds by then and she wants to stay on top of everything.

JoeJoe – could mother of groom help you with the quilt! I love the idea of the signature blocks. We have done that at several family gatherings. We asked them to “say” something or draw something along with the signature. How was the first day of school? I agree you and hubby should be the ones to go on a honeymoon!!!

Debby – I have decided that I don’t want to live behind excuses any more. If there is a way to eat clean and exercise … I am going to make it happen. This water retention crap really threw me for a loop. Hopefully, I now have a plan IF it happens again. I would love to learn how to needlepoint. I do embroidery and crewel work but never tackled needlepoint. All that counting and blind faith. Way to go on continuing to train for your hike. How is the shoulder???

JustMe – thanks for sharing your green beans and cranberries idea. I made them for hubby along with a roasted chicken and sweet potatoes. He thought I was a genius. Do you mind if I don’t tell him it was your idea (((hugs))). I am with Trish … we need crock pot recipes!!!!! I love the way you said your brakes were good when listing the things you HAD to fix. Always positive.

TammyAnd – I guess the price we pay for not having to dye our hair … is stick straight and fine. I have worn mine long most of my life so I can clip it up or wear the infamous pony tail low at the nape of my neck. Hmmm … I like the gift card idea. Gives the recipient the choice to get what they want. I am glad you are almost done with the steroids and are pain free.

Trish – We loved the Puget Sound when we visited our DD when she lived in Bremerton. DSIL had been stationed there when he was in the Navy. My BFF turned me on to Diana Gabaldon. I have all her books except the newest one. We don’t get Starz so I won’t be watching the series. I will have to wait to see in on video when it comes out. I too keep my carbs down. I feel better and seem to lose better when I do this. Doc was not happy with me when I was only getting in 1 fruit a day and most times no bread/carb items other than veggies. No allergies … that might have been easier to deal with. Doc thinks it is all about my thyroid. Such a little thing to cause so much commotion.

Scrimp – have fun on your trip. I want to see you stay the same or lose while having fun. I totally agree with you … we alone decide upon every morsel of food that goes in our mouths. I am so determined to get the baggage off AND to keep it off. I have to change behaviors to do this. Doesn’t mean we will never eat things we truly love … just means we won’t do it all the time and for the wrong reasons.

P&B – your doc hasn’t mentioned that you may have to alter your thyroid dosage as you get thinner??? Mine said that with the activity I am doing and the fat reduction, I need to keep an eye on my symptoms and reactions. My TSH was 0.06 now it is 0.19 still to hypERthyroid. This water retention episode I have done several times before but didn’t care as much. Those were the days that I didn’t pay any attention to my health. Don’t cha just love seeing wild life in your yard?

Another busy day tomorrow getting ready for our trip and then we keep the rug rats Wednesday.

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Trish – I had to look up Diana Gabaldon online as I’d never even heard of her, let alone the series you mentioned. Is the Outlander series on a network or a pay channel?? I love to read but always gravitate toward non-fiction primarily. I might be interested in picking up one of her books however. Do you have a recommendation for me? Trust me, that photo of me makes me look much better than I really do! You and my other friends here have made very kind comments. Thank you.

Marlene – I am surprised how short the ride is from Wilmington to Philadelphia. Hope you did ok with all of the connections you had to make. Good luck with your business meetings. You are so helpful to me when you don’t even realize it I think. I don’t have sugar free pops in my freezer but after my next trip to the store I will have them. Thanks again.

PandB – You must live in a relatively rural area to have peaceful sightings of mom and baby deer. We don’t have deer naturally in our neighborhood as we are pretty developed here. Sometimes a deer gets into the neighborhood by mistake and is usually scared and running really fast. Thanks for your sweet comments about my photo post.

Linda – You don’t sound needy to me. You sound like a lady with a goal and a plan which is a dynamite combination. And you are right….you have us. This is a remarkable group we have going here. There is more sharing and caring than one would dream of. I feel for you with the financial situation…..but getting the AC taken care of is worth it and great that you can do it for $3000. Replacing AC is on my list but will probably wait till next year. It still works ok but is only one breakdown away from needing replacement according to the company that does the yearly AC maintenance. But Linda, six months from now you will look and feel different. I will too. We will do this together!

Today is my last day of steroids. I still have about 3 more days of antibiotics however. I am starting to feel more like myself today….which is good and bad….good in that I am not nearly as ravenous as I have been this past week and bad in that my skin and joints are already flaring again. I’m not complaining however. I had a few days of being pain free and actually function pretty well most of the time even with the autoimmune flares. I ate on plan today and realized that I love to eat healthy and that I don’t like the junk I used to eat. When I slipped on my plan this past week, I actually felt sick and toxic on some days. Being able to make my healthy choices (like for dinner tonight - a huge salad of fresh garden veggies) and flush out my system with water has helped me a lot. Here’s to another healthy day for all of us on Tuesday!


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I have been a little needy lately. So bare with me for a while. I feel like I am ready for a change. Boy, am I broke. AC is totaled - so new unit is on order. It will be half the price I thought which is a relief ($3000 not $6000) and I just had to put new tires all the way around on my car.
But the brakes were good.
My DD and DSIL both went to work this morning and the little ones start daycare on Wednesday. The older kids all go back to school on Wednesday. I hope my son finds employment soon. I am making his car payment until his unemployment kicks in.
I am reaching the bottom of the freezer which means we are going to be eating chicken, turkey, fish and vegetarian, no red meat for a while, maybe for 6 months.
I am going back to my strength training first thing in the morning.
I am changing my evening routine. I turn the TV off a 8, now I am restricting my internet to 8:30 and then melatonin and relaxation exercises.
Six months from now I want to look different, feel different and live different.
Thank you for being here. These changes would not be possible without the help and support I get from my friends right here. You know me as well or better than my face to face friends.
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Hello Sparklers,

Looks like there was lots of activity over the weekend. DH and I were more productive than usual this past weekend. We got up early and weeded several flower beds. For some reason the crab grass has been horrible this year and I hate to admit that I’ve been focusing on my vegetable garden at the expense of my flower beds. Last night there was a young fawn in our yard. It was so cute. Its tail never stopped wagging as it jumped around. Luckily it was happy to much on the weeds and left my flowers alone. I noticed the fawn again this morning and got a little worried because we didn't see its mother last night. But, the mother showed herself this morning, so all was well.

JUSTME - My pedometer does not work in water. I enter my water aerobics manually. Those SP trophies and rewards are important. I’m sorry to hear the you are not getting your hard-earned bonuses.

TAMMYAND - Love your picture. You look great and have such a warm and wonderful smile. I’m glad that you enjoyed your day with no commitments.

ITZ_SUE - Glad everyone is on the mend at your house.

DEBBY -Your rock climbing sounds like it was hard work, plus you carried a 20 pound pack. Good for you. I’ll bet you will be in great shape by the time of your Mt. St, Helens hike. I love your idea of walking local trails. It is so easy to overlook the beauty in our back yards and spend lots of time (and money) to see what’s out there.

MTN-KITTEN - I take 250 micrograms of synthroid each day for my hypothyroidism. I’ve been at this same dosage for years. Sorry to see that you are having so many problems with hypothyroidism. Hope you and your doctor figure this out soon.

JOEJOE - Good for you dropping almost half a pound. I’m sure you weighed much less before breakfast. I’ll bet you will be pleasantly surprised on Saturday. Will keep my fingers crossed that all goes well for you this week. With school starting and a wedding you certainly have a lot on your plate. I like your idea of sending the parents of the bride on a vacation after the wedding.

SCRIMP - Congratulations on breaking 180 and getting down to 179. That is wonderful news. Good job on curbing those evening munchies too. That will help you reach your goal. Have a wonderful time visiting with your family. I love the train too. Many years ago I took an Amtrak train from New York City to Washington, DC and really enjoyed the ride.

LUV2SK8 - My weekend eating was a little off too. We will have to push each other to get right back into it. So far, today is going smoothly.

Need to get going. Have chores to do.

Be well,

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Hello:
Well I am ready to go on my trip. Its a bit of an rdeal to get to Amtrak. I will catch a bus in front of my development, then on to the Metro to take a train to DC Union Station in Washington. I'll get off at Wilmington at 5:11 pm, visit with my son and his wife, then catch another train at 9pm to Philly which takes 13 minutes.

I think I will do OK with my eating. Glad to get out of town. The hotel has free internet so yes Tammy I will check in.
Holding at 179, thanks for the well wishes everyone!

We alone decide upon every morsel of food that goes in our mouth; and we have to own this, even though there are any number of excuses. I know I find myself at my pantry/fridge desperately looking for something to eat and out of control. Sometimes I can make myself get 2 sugar free popsicles and go back upstairs; often times not.
Everyone here seems to have a common sense approach--if we are off plan one day, we pick oursleves up the next meal or the next day. Thats why all of us will ultimately acheive our goals.



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Trish - thank you for the reminder. If you want I will be more than happy to do crock pot recipes for fall & some Thanksgiving.

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Linda ~ you just made your 10pm "curfew", ha ha. You better be in bed zzzzzzzz 'ing!

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Was a bit of a homebody this weekend after the busyness of the last two weeks. Did take a cruise with the car club down near the Puget Sound and to a restaurant for their monthly meeting yesterday. Eating was a bit off this weekend, so I better kick myself in the rear and start fresh tomorrow. Lazed around in the sun today while I watered the plants. Seattle is supposed to reach 90 tomorrow. WTH?

Was just wondering: Is anyone a fan of Diana Gabaldon, and did they watch Outlander? I’m tickled beyond words they turned it into a series.

MARLENE ~ 179! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! I’m trying to do the low carb thing, but these last two weeks have been a hot mess. But I’m owning it and hitting the grocery store tomorrow to restock. So now you have 20 days left in August to rock-n-roll! Have a great time on your trip!

DEBBY ~ Oh wow, I didn’t think anyone still did needlepoint anymore. I still have some kits to finish. I love X-stitch too. I’m working on a country scene with a teddy bear sitting in a little red wagon with mason jars of honey around him. I wish I could post the picture of the Kobe, Japan ambassador I carried in the Torchlight Parade in Seattle. She had a beautiful kimono on. Have you & your DH visited Japan? Keep cool this next week, whooooweeee it’ll be hot!

JOANN ~ Its hard to think about school starting so soon. The kids here don’t get out until almost the middle of June and seem to be back again before Labor Day. Congrats on the .4 – every little bit adds up! Oh, I 2nd that motion for a vacay for you as well! Hope your Monday runs smoothly!

CAT ~ Just a wild thought, could it be a new allergy? I hope your doc figures it out soon. Hang in there, because one of my other Spark Peeps posted that as she has lost 100 lbs, she’s not swelling up as bad when she exercises on hot days. We bought a T@b trailer a year ago in March. They are made by Little Guy back in Ohio. Shaped like a large teardrop. I love all the themes people decorate their campers with. Almost 50 lbs! You make me hoot: virgin fat and ‘blonde hairs’.

LINDA ~ Thanks for another tasty recipe. I’ve discovered that I like fresh green beans. Remember when our moms served veggies from a can??? Bleck. Hope you are able to get you’re a/C fixed pronto. Where you are, it can be hot for a few more months. I just bought a casserole crock made by Crock Pot brand. Will you be featuring some crock pot recipes in the fall?

TAMMY ~ I knew it – your smile reaches your eyes! A genuine cutie! I haven’t discovered any grey hairs yet, but I don’t think I’m gonna go gracefully, for that matter. Ha ha I like your idea of the bakery goodies for your friend’s daughter. Maybe you could tuck in some bars or cookies that she could throw in the kids’ lunches and not have to fuss this week over snacks. She is lucky to have you as a friend.

David & P&B~ Hope your weekend was good. Please post soon.

SUE ~ Hope you and your hubby are feeling better.

Let’s all kick some fat in the badunkadunk this week!

Hugz…… Trish
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Would she like a target gift card or other local store? It seems impersonal, but it gives a person the opportunity to spend on what they want; a luxury they would never get or a necessity that is causing stress. But it is a love/hate thing. She will either love it and be glad because it leaves it open to her, or hate it because you did not pick out something special.

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Joann – I will be thinking of you as you enjoy your first day of the new school year. Even though I didn’t have summers off (I worked part time in the summer), I always felt that the beginning of the school year was a refreshing time when everything was sparkling and shiny and attitudes were optimistic. Good going on the weight loss. You’ll make your goal this week and be ready to celebrate at the wedding. Woo Hoo!

Marlene – I love seeing your ticker at 104. It is an amazing inspiration. Safe travels to you and enjoy your family as well. Will you check in while you are away?

Cat – Your “virginal fat” phrase cracked me up! Till I get to virginal fat it will be quite some time. Like you, folks sometimes give me a hard time because they don’t believe that I don’t color my hair at my age. On the other hand, I sometimes long for gray hair thinking that if my hair turned gray it might get some texture as my hair has been baby fine and straight my entire life. Please let us know what your doctor says when you hear from her.

Debby – I think of how much your efforts mean to those animals. It makes my heart smile. Sounds like your neighbor is very kind to share veggies that way.

Linda – Enjoy that free time later this week. It can be precious.

I had a good day today, relaxed a bit and went to our 9 am (weekly) and 7 pm (monthly) church services. Tomorrow I will run some errands, but it is another pretty low demand day for me. Yay!!! My kitchen is brimming with fresh veggies….asparagus and broccoli which I bought at the store as well as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, & zucchini given to me by friends from their gardens.

Question: My friend’s 40 year old daughter had surgery last week to remove melanoma from her leg. I want to give her dad something to give her from me and my son when I see her dad tomorrow. She is married with 2 children (ages 14 and 11). They don’t have a lot of money. Both she and her husband work. I was going to go the Bath & Body Works route but figured she’s already gotten enough of that type of gift. I know her mom and dad are taking care of all meals for the family so that’s not an option. I really don’t want to give her a check. I was thinking of going to my favorite bakery and just getting a box of mixed goodies that her dad could take to her for her and her family to enjoy. I will have to be careful though if I step into that bakery. emoticon But I know I can do it. I am VERY open to any other thoughts and suggestions on this. I will see her dad tomorrow around 3 pm. Thanks.


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Soon I will have lots of free time. Everyone is back at work and school this Thursday.
I love oven roasted vegetables and I like a little sweet with them this meets both criteria.

Green bean and cranberries
Toss green beans in olive oil roast at 425 for 10 min add dried cranberries and almonds roast a few more minutes


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JoeJoe - I do not envy you having so much going on all at once. Good luck with your long day at school tomorrow and I hope you find some time to relax just for a few minutes. Congrats on the loss. Even .4 lbs. is a victory. I think you're right about who should be going on vacation after the upcoming event.

Cat - it sure sounds like you've been challenged with the water retention issue. I hope you find out what's causing it and how to deal with it soon. I know you're missing the walks in the woods with your hubby and pups. What a pain. On the bright side, it looks like you're still getting a lot of activity in and sticking to your goals no matter what. Good for you. I'm inspired by your persistence.

Scrimp - I go to almost all of the craft shows I can find, as well. I learned at the County Fair this year how I can display some of my work - which includes needlepoint pieces, counted cross stitch and crocheting. They really encouraged me to do it, especially since NOONE entered any needlepoint in the displays this year. Apparently not too many of us do this craft anymore. I'm working on a really pretty, but simple in design, piece of a flower in an asian motif. Much of my house is decorated in an asian motif as I spent two years in the Philippines and married a Japanese American. I sometimes think I'm more attuned to the asian cultures than my european heritage. Good for you for getting below 180. I'm just at 170 myself. I'm 5'5" tall so am really not too far away from a good weight for me. Sure am looking forward to the day when I'm under 160 lbs., though. I'll get there, just as you will.

TammyAnd - good for you for having a relaxing day. Mine's sort of going that way, too. We went to the Farmer's Market this morning and got some delicious peaches (now I just have to claim some before my son and husband eat them all), green beans, green onion, celery and watermelon. Some of the watermelons grown here are so delicious. Also visited with my neighbor who told me they'll be out of town for the next 12 days and please help myself to anything that gets ripe in his garden while they're gone.

JustMe - sounds like you're doing well and getting around a little better - especially with your stamina. Good job. It's amazing how quickly our bodies respond to us when we ask them to. As to the grey hair - I'm getting there, too. I decided to quit dying my hair the last six months and find about half of it is turning silvery gray. It kind of blends with my dark blond hair, though. I don't mind. I'm proud of making it to my age and being where I'm at. Why not flaunt it?! I'll be 59 in November, and I'll take all the senior discounts they want to give me :)

Quiet Sunday here - I don't exercise on Sundays - my body need a little time to recover from everything I demand of it. We've found two new trails to hike that are very close to home. Both are about 5-6 miles in length and require some uphill climbing. We're going to try the closest one to home out on Friday with 20 lb. packs. We definitely want to wait til Friday, though, because it's supposed to be over 100 degrees tomorrow and rain for a couple of days. I think the hurricanes in Hawaii are blowing some moisture into the Pacific Northwest.

Still on track with eating and have to take care of dogs at the shelter tonight, so not quite done with the day, but it's been a quiet and relaxing day. Can't be that. Take care everyone.

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Joann - sorry I am laughing. My house was always a mess the week before school started. Now I have a housekeeper and no school. My daughter has been buying one tablet or netbook a year for her classroom. She finally has 6 school laptops and six that she has brought in, so that students can work in groups on projects.
Cat - so glad things seem to be turning around. Take it one step at a time (pun intended). You are an inspiration with your persistence and dedication.
Scrimp - I am so happy for your continued success. You are on the road to maintenance.
Tammy - we all need a day every now and then to regroup and recoup. It sounds like this was your day.
I also had an easy day. I went paint shopping with my daughter. I am having the outside storage shed repainted. Then we went to Target and bought a pan my daughter wanted to make pot stickers in. Dinner is roasted chicken and vegetables with some steamed broccoli. Easy-peasy - tomorrow I am getting my tire fixed and looking into fixing the AC.
Moving - I hope you are doing okay. Take care of yourself

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Marlene, it was 4/10, (.4) not 4 pounds, but that would have been nice! Our students do not supply any electronics, other than calculators for the advanced math classes. If we use IPads or laptops in the classroom, the school supplies them.

Cat, Maybe your goal could be to get as close to 11 pounds in 4 weeks as possible. You never know what might happen! :)

I have been cutting out quilt squares. My daughter's soon to be mother-in-law wanted people to sign quilt squares to make them a memory quilt. So, I have 50 more squares to cut out. Did I mention my house is a wreck? And, I have a ton of people arriving on Thursday? And, school starts tomorrow! LOL! Going to be a long, stressful week. I think instead of the bride and groom going on a honeymoon, the bride's Mom and Dad should have a getaway!

Well, we are running out to a "welcome home" party for my almost son-in-law! Then, I'm getting to bed early tonight because it's going to be an EARLY and LONG day for me tomorrow. Orientation is always a busy day with students being moved due to scheduling conflicts, etc. And, parents are there, so you have them all wanting to talk to you and get to know you. I always feel like I've run a marathon when it's over.

Have a blessed evening, y'all!

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The 5+ pounds of water weight seems to be gone! In fact the scale moved down an extra pound. I am ˝ pound away from dumping 50 pounds. I have been here before … I can not wait to get into some virginal fat. I gained it in chunks I swear.

Hubby took the pups to the forest again today … without me : ( I am concerned about walking outside so soon after getting things back to “normal”. I vacuumed and straightened up the house while he was gone. We have a busy week coming up getting everything ready for our trip to St Louis and Dallas in a week and a half … where it will be humid as snot.

TammyAnd – I am either dedicated or NUTS. I was just determined to get back to exercising. I hope to hear from the doc on Monday. She knows I have been struggling. We are waiting for my lab work. I will be turning 58 in September and have a few “blonde” hairs. My friends give me a hard time coz they have been gray for years and have been coloring their hair.

JoeJoe – WooHoo! A titch more weight kicked to the curb. I just know you are gonna make your goal next Saturday. I wanted to get under 200 before my birthday … but I would have to lose 11+ pounds in 4 weeks. Not gonna happen : (

Scrimp – YaHooooooie!!! 179 … you go girl. I do the same thing … I wait until I have seen a lower number twice before I call it official. Because of the water retention … it took me 4 weeks to lower my weight by 1 ˝ pounds. Yeppers … the doc wants me to drink 8-16oz of Pedialyte or Gatorade diluted in water on the days I walk. It provides electrolytes. I already drink 64oz of water daily. She wants me to up it to 80+. And to make sure I get in 40 grams of fiber … I have trouble with this one. Water pills are not her first choice due to the rebound effect that many hypothyroid patients experience. The lab work will tell us if the alternating dosages are working or not. Unfortunately, every 20ish pounds I may need to be retested.

We had grilled chicken, black beans, quinoa w/onion and bell peppers, and fresh cucumber slices for lunch. We are spending the afternoon watching old Twilight Zone episodes.


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Happy Sunday All:
I didn't get much done yesterday either, but I have already started on the upstairs today. I rearranged/removed furniture from my small guest bedroom that has 2 twin beds in it. It looks a bit more spacious now and better now the the lower walls have been repainted to cover some stains that were onthem.

I weighed 179 for the 2nd time this week; so I am accepting that number and changing my tracker. This was my end of August goal. When I reached 185 a few weeks ago, that was the sweet spot for me and I started to feel like I was really thinner. If I can lose a pound a week I am more than happy just as long as the number goes down. I am doing somewhat better dealing with evening muchies.

ItsSue: Wow, that tooth was a lot of trouble. I know you will reach the 80 pounds lost goal; especially as you are eating lightly now because of your mouth. I'll look for the happy news from you this week!

Triagin--I had suggested the rotisserie chicken to you; and the convenience and possibilities are endless using the meat over several days. Sometimes I'll heat up a microwave pasta based meal like ravioli, then add to a saucepan where I have sauteed veggies, onions, mushrooms, and 2-3 oz of roast chicken. Like you, I have a lot of stuff in boxes, papers to be filed, shredded, and sorted or boxed to be given away. Also some furniture I don't seem to want anymore. It feels overwhelming. I feel stress just thinking about it. My kids never want any of my household discards unless its electronics.

Debbie--I love county fairs. I live close to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds where the state fair is held as well as craft shows and weekend flea markets. I loved living in suburban PA where there where many antiquing and flea market opportunities. If you eat well even 80% of the time, with your exercise regimen the weight will continue to fall off gradually. You guys are patient--when I want something done, its hard to wait. Theres just me so no husband to talk me out of anything, LOL. Like right now, I have stopped all my monthly investments except 401K for a couple of months so that I can save up the money to help pay for my bathroom rupgrade and kitchen ceiling/lighting issues. I don't want to go into my emergency fund if I can help it.

Justme--I have bought my grandaughter school clothes too last year. Glad you reminded me! You ARE getting healthy. Maybe you aren't losing as fast as you'd like but the increases in physical stamina is priceless. All of us have sags (face, bottom, neck, abdomen etc) if we are over 50. White and silver hair are a badge of honor. Look how many people we know that died and didn't make it to our age. When you get to where you want to be you might want a makeover! I know I need one.

MtnKtn--I was surprised to read you are on Gatorade--I find that to be so salty, I hate it. Is this what the doctor recommended? Thanks for mentioning I need to be on track for this trip. Away from home is my downfall. It doesn't have to be. Now that I am 179, I don't want to go backwards anymore.I have a plan. You know, I always hold my arms up on the HR hand sensors on treadmill, I never swing them. They have gotten toned as a collateral result .

Tammiand--Well you need more lazy days! I can't send you the self discipline I don't have. You have way more food temptations than I do. Do you realize how lucky you are not to have gray hair! I am almost all gray, I have to color dye mine. Good genes!

JoeJoe--Wow, 4 pounds lost this week. Its a sign that your body will respond and lose weight--too bad you had to be sick to shock it into action. Jump on that momentum. Good luck tomorrow an the exciting first day of class. Tell me, what electronics do the children have to supply?

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Hi, everyone! Well, even with all of my craziness, I showed a .4 pound loss this week. And, I even forgot to weigh until AFTER breakfast, so that may not be totally accurate. I decided I have to rediscipline myself to log and blog (haha!) every day. I want to lose that 1.4 pounds by Saturday, and I think I can do it! Then, it will be on to another goal.

Linda, Glad the tracker is working again.

Marlene, Yay for 180 - go, girl, go!!!!

Sue, Hope you are feeling better and so glad your hubby continues to improve.

Triagin, Another suggestion is to put a chicken or roast in the crock pot and cook it. Then, you have good protein for your salads.

Debby, Wow! 5.4 miles and a 20 pound pack! I am so impressed!

Linda, I just found out one of my cousins is homeless. He and his wife are living in a tent in the mountains. I am so sad I haven't heard from him.

Cat, I just can't imagine what you are going through. I hope this doctor is really on top of things!

Tammy, Sometimes the "easy days" seem to be the ones that slip by the fastest.

Well, I am up getting ready for church. I will check back each day this week, even if I don't get to write much. Kiddos in the classroom tomorrow - WHOO HOOO!!!!!

Joann

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Marlene – How nice that you can combine your business trip with seeing your son, a bonus for sure. Hope the work part of your trip goes well and that you can relax a bit while away too. After all the weight you have lost, losing 2 pounds in a week if really remarkable. Your healthy attitude and self-discipline is really paying off. Can you send some my way???

Sue – Good thing you did get the tooth taken care when you did. While the recovery is no fun, better to have the tooth out than to have to deal with more problems from an untreated infection.

Triagin – I hear you loud and clear on those home improvement woes. My exterior work is now all completed….but it took them well over 6 weeks to do so. My guys did not always come early in the morning…..not sure what is worse…having them come early or just not knowing when they would show up (which is what happened in my case). I don’t miss the workers, but love the work they did (now that they are gone).

Debby – You are right, busy is good at times, and for you busy means moving and active which is great. I am truly speechless when I read about how you are prepping for your hike. It definitely would overwhelm me, but as you have said you grew up very active and enjoy these kinds of activities. By the way, if I had the choice, I’d take Disney anything over Yellowstone (but I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you).

Joann – Hope you get that “extra day” somehow. I don’t envy you with so much to get done all at one time, but it seems that’s how life goes sometimes. Glad your daughter is ok. Her heat exhaustion had to be quite a scare!

Cat – I cannot even imagine walking for a short time, yet alone an hour on a treadmill, with blisters on my feet, not matter what I covered them up with. You are dedicated beyond words. I hope that your doc gets back to you with some solid treatment that will help you with the fluid. You are too active these days to have to suffer with such problems! Thank you for your sweet comments about my photo. It was taken last weekend when I was in Ohio. My “cruiser” is an exercise machine I bought a number of years ago from the Home Shopping Network (HSN). Its official name, I think, is Cardio Cruiser by Jake. I love mine and have had no problems at all with it. But a friend told me that it isn’t made anymore and that it got bad reviews. It works for me because the exercise is done sitting down so it is easy on my bad knee.

Linda – Glad your tracker is working again. Technology can be quite temperamental at times. I feel sad for your cousin and her bad decisions. She is blessed to have you and the rest of her family to help her. Thank you for your kind comments. My hair is still its natural color, brown. I will be 57 later this month and still have no gray hair at all. I always joke that my hair is the only part of me that has remained young. Every now and then I think I see a stray gray hair on top of my head, but the next time I look there is no gray there. And by the way, you are not saggy faced. As my son would say, “no negative self-statements!”

I had a mediocre day in terms of eating and exercise. I got a little work done around the house, but generally took it easy. A friend dropped by for a quick (and unexpected) visit and to give me some fresh veggies from his garden (delicious). I got up early this morning and got my usual stuff done. And amazingly the day just flew by even though I had no demands and no place I had to go. I loved every moment of it!


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Cat - you are not a whiner. This is a serious problem and you have complained very little. This is the first time I have realized that it really has not improved at all. I am glad you have a doctor that you trust. Thyroid problems can be very tricky. Please stay on top of it.
Tammy I also went to your site. You look so young. I am white haired and saggy faced, you look many, many years younger than me. and I agree - wonderful smile
Love you guys - so honest, so supportive

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You guys are awesome! Thank you for the info, your support and putting up with me whining. This has been a long, frustrating and painful three weeks.

Yesterday I took herbal compounds for water retention; had 4 cups of dandelion and peppermint tea … up from the two a day I had been having; propped my feet up higher than my heart for an hour … which I have been doing daily; and woke up this morning feeling a million times better. Today I soaked in the tub with a cup of Epsom salt letting the water turn cold … I had been soaking all along but someone suggested to stay in until the water turned cold.

I missed walking for two days because I couldn’t put my shoes on … this is the second time this has happened. Today I wore thick bandages on my heel blisters caused by my shoes rubbing so bad during the swelling. I wore compressed hose for the first time. I got in my 60 minutes on the treadmill holding my arms up instead of letting them hang while hubby walked the pups in the forest without me : ( As soon as I was done I walked around the house until I cooled off and then lay on the bed with my legs propped up and drank 8oz of Gatorade diluted in 24oz of water. So far … so good.

I did not hear back from the doc yet … who is not a thyroid specialist but the best doc I have been to. I have gone to specialist through the years for me to know more about hypothyroidism and some of the different drugs than they did … and I don’t know that much. I was on 180mg, lost weight and began having heart palpitations, sweating, and could not close my eyes so we lowered my dosage to 120mg. Unfortunately, I gained the weight back but stayed at 120mg. Now that I have lost weight the 120mg had lowered my TSH to 0.06 … making me hyper/high thyroid! And I wasn’t sleeping. That’s why we started alternating between 120 and 90. The swelling started when I started walking outdoors at home. I did not have issues in Arizona on vacation. I was told once you swell … it takes a lot to get it under control. No fake Leroy!!!!

Trish – glad you were out having fun and that’s why we hadn’t heard from ya. What kind of trailer do ya have? We love our 1975 Airstream Argosy.

Itz Sue – when you have a tooth removed during an infection … it doesn’t go well. Be careful with hot and cold items. And put a wet tea bag on the “hole”.

Scrimp – I have been “busy” using my naughty nighty : ) Is there a category that SparkPeople wants us to use for our “activity”? I bet if the occasion arose, you would remember what to do! Everyone’s relationship is different and as long as it works for them … then that’s what life is all about. Sounds like the home repairs are going good. Stay on track while on your three day trip. Hugs to son.

P&B – for those of us with hypothyroidism, our systems run slow on all fronts! What do you do for yours … meds?

JustMe – I noticed that you are perfect!!! Just let me chat with your kiddos … I will set them straight on this.

TammyAnd – I went and checked out your picture … what a beauty and an infectious smile. Thank you for missing me. When I wasn’t in the bathroom peeing … I was cussing and lying on the couch. What is your “cruiser”.

JoeJoe – here’s sending you an extra day!!!!! Brush yourself off and move on. Lesson learned.

Triagin – Girl take care of yourself. Your home is going to be fabulous as soooooon as it is finished.

Debby - keep truckin'. You are gonna be awesome on your Sep hike.

We had taco salad for supper … I had none of the chips or tortillas!


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