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Yesterday was a success!!! I stayed within my plan and got in 60 minutes on my treadmill. My green salad was a hit. I brought back almost an empty container. I held a glass of tea in my hand just about allllll day … and everyone was at ease!!! Stay on your toes … as sometimes after the event … remorse can set in on all the things you DIDN’T eat!

I decided to take today off from walking … but will tomorrow Saturday … I promise.

Linda – Family moments!!! I hope you shared your true feeling with those who should be listening … very lady like. I do think that women are raised not to raise their voice and sometimes we take that to mean … not to say what we need to say. I do like your story of the man who buys a morning paper. But I laughed out loud at your sugary turkey story!!!!!

Debby – How far do you go in your daily 50 minutes of cardio??

Well, I am pretending to watch football games that hubby recorded. We do not do Black Friday shopping. DIL did and Kohl’s didn’t give her everything she bought … so she had to go back and get everything.

Change your mind … and the rest will follow.


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I cannot tell anyone I know the story of the Thanksgiving turkey for at least 5 years. It will be funny then, but until then it will be an open sore. But I can tell you.
My DIL called me the day before and asked how long it would take to cook a 22 pound stuffed turkey in a bag. I told her I figured 20 min per pound out of a bag and 15 min per pound in a bag. She told me that the bag said you could cook the turkey in 2-3 hours. I said that it had been a long time since I had used a bag so may be things had changed. She decided she would plan on 2 and a half hours.
My son came to get me and the food I was bringing at 11:30. Dinner was planned for noon.
Her mother arrived at noon and the turkey was taken out. Her mother looked at it and said it was not done. I asked what the temperature was and was told that they did not use thermometers. They put the turkey back in the oven. When it came out it looked a little strange the skin was pale and shiny.
Every hour the bird came out and was put back in until finally at about 4:30 it was pronounced done. But there was still the strange skin color. then my DIL brought the "flour" (the same flour she had put in the oven bag and dusted lightly of over the top of the turkey) to her mother so she could make the gravy. My oldest grandson looks at his mom and says "That's not flour that's confectioner's sugar!" I wish someone had laughed. But the was a silence that fell over the room as my DIL tasted the skin and pulled it off and threw it away.
I found the whole thing hilarious. It was the Thanksgiving nightmare that everyone has lived through at least once. I hope you got a chuckle from this, as I said no one in my son's family will be laughing for a long time.
Actually the turkey was good.....just not punctual

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Linda - I am delighted to hear how well your Thanksgiving dinner and time with your family turned out. Made me smile when I read your post.

Well I am back on track and totally compliant today. My goal is to be totally compliant till Dec. 13 when I have a 60th bday part to go to for a friend in the afternoon and an engagement party for my cousin's daughter in the evening. (Maybe it will snow and I can miss both events and stay compliant even longer! ) I am making a new compliance chart since I got so sloppy the past few weeks...off and on. Thanksgiving day was lovely. While I didn't over stuff on anything in particular I ate way more starchy carbs in one day than I usually eat in a week or more. So I am feeling completely in control, happy, and moving on today. I am not going near a scale as that will discourage me. My plan (for now) is weigh in on Dec 13 before I go to the bday party. Tomorrow morning I have a baptism to go to for another cousin's granddaughter. I think I might to the church for the baptism and skip the brunch reception afterwards. Tomorrow evening DS and I and a group of friends are going to a minor league hockey game in a nearby town where they just completed a new arena for the team. Looking forward to seeing it but planning to not break my compliance even at the hockey game. Wish me luck!

Happy Black Friday everyone! I don't do Black Friday shopping. I am happy to be at home and soon will start working on some small projects.



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Sue - Thank you for the kind words. I hope your day was truly amazing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My daughter made it to her in-laws and will be there today and tomorrow (or at least at a motel near by.

I went to my son's and his MIL and her sister came. Everyone was very pleasant and the day was a success. My DIL was very upset because she planned dinner for 1 and the turkey did not get done until 4.. Which made her upset, but really did not bother anyone else, except me because I did not eat any lunch or bring any snacks. But her aunt needed to eat and went to the store and brought back some cheese and crackers which worked out fine for everyone (the store is a 3 mile drive). My son and his MIL talked during the day and hugged when she left.

I started the day great, then went totally off track eating potato chips and latter 2 bites of homemade berry pie and 2 bites of homemade pumpkin pie. But that was the extent of my fall so back on track tomorrow.


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Hello Everyone!

Linda: sorry to hear about your aggravations with family .. I feel your pain. I get disappointed by my family too .. I feel that I can't depend of them for many things .. Then I get accused of being a control freak .. But I just want it done right .. And don't want to have to throw food away .. Hugs to you! I love the story you shared .. It is so true .. We should not allow people to control how we feel or act. Hugs again!

Tammy: take today, and then move on .. It happens to all of us .. I think this snowy, cold weather is wearing on all of us. You are right .. We do have some wonderful spark friends .. Hugs right back at you! I am truly thankful for that. All the support to take care of ourselves is a wonderful blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you .. Best friends, support .. I am so bless to have.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Enjoy, relax, eat well, be safe.

Spark On!
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Tammy - you reminded me of a story my mother told me so long ago.

Two friends went to breakfast everyday on their way to work, when they left the cafe one man would stop at the newspaper stand to buy the morning paper. Everyday the newspaper vendor was rude to him. Everyday the man greeted the vendor with a smile and thanked him when he left. One day his friend asked why he was always so polite to a person who always treated him badly. The man replied "Why would I allow such a person to control who I am or how I act?"

In the long run it is how we respond to difficult situations that define us.

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Marlene – emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations and woo hoo. The day you worked so hard for has arrived. You have so much to be proud of. YOU DID IT! emoticon We are blessed to have you on this thread. I hope you know how much you mean to all of us. Thank you for being here and for inspiring us. Enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. They are blessed to have you too!

Sue – My guess is that running after your almost 2 yr old DGD will burn up whatever excess calories you might have consumed. Those little ones sure have a lot of energy. Too bad we can’t bank it when we are younger to draw on in our later years.

David – Venting is allowed here for sure. This is a safe non-judgmental thread…and we care about each other. We care about you. Hope your granddaughter feels better. It is never easy when a little one is sick. Woo hoo for your wife on finding a 22 pound turkey. Enjoy! You have worked hard for it.

Debby – Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hope you can kick back a little and relax after being on the go so much lately.

PandB – Thanksgiving blessings to you and your DH. I hope you have time to check in with us to let us know how you are doing. Miss you!

Cat – I think drinking lemon water all day is a good thing. I think the lemon water wake up drink is just to sort of get the body hydrated after the night’s sleep and to turn on the digestion so to speak with the lemon juice. I think the juice of ½ a lemon in 8 oz of water is a good concentration for jump starting the digestion.

Linda – I hear you with the frustrating family stuff going on. Just remember you are a classy lady and won’t get sucked into any of the drama that goes with spoiled hams or extra pies. A good friend of mine taught me that when those kinds of situations present themselves just think about how your mother would want you to behave in that particular situation. Ever since she told me that trick it has worked for me. My mother raised a lady. I am sure yours did too!

I did not exercise today nor did I eat as well as I had planned. Ugh! Ok…sensible choices tomorrow and then I am back to my star chart for food and exercise. It is so darn easy for me to get sloppy and careless. The nor’easter brought us around 5 to 6 inches of snow….not too bad but enough to make the roads pretty slippery. So I was extremely happy that I could stay home all day today. Most of my prep work for tomorrow is finished. I am tired and heading off to bed soon. I plan to check in tomorrow as time allows. Counting my blessings will include all of you wonderful spark friends. Consider yourselves hugged and loved as we celebrate a day of thanks for all that God has given us. Love you all!



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today was a good day. I woke to a BS of 106 and after breakfast it was 116. I have done very well with my eating. I took the grannies to the movies and really enjoyed "Big Hero 6" It did upset my granddaughter who said "He lost everything. He lost his parents and then he lost his brother. It made me sad." But even she said she like the rest of the movie.
My daughter has been cooking all day, so I have not been in the kitchen.
My son left the $30 ham I bought for Thanksgiving on the counter all night. then he wanted me to cook it. I threw it in the trash. I was not going to spend Thanksgiving evening with people getting their stomachs pumped. Yes I am a little peeved. I gave it to him because he has two refrigerators. I have one and two families. My frig is always filled up with goat's milk since my grandson is allergic to cow's milk and soy.
Thanksgiving always has its "family moments"
I was told to bring pumpkin pie. I ask about my DIL's mother who always makes homemade pie and was told no I should bring the pie. Then today I was told that she is making pumpkin pie. Another "family moment"
I would not be as irritated if I had not lent most of this month's extra cash to my son.

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hello Everyone!

Checking in after a long day of babysitting the grandkids .. especially the "nearly" two year old .. busy, busy little girl .. this is one tired Grandma. I didn't have much time to eat nutritiously today, grabbed this and that to keep up my strength, so I'm sure that my calorie count will be up.

Marlene .. Congratulations! that is so awesome! I'm in tears for you! You have shown me that it can be done if you stay disciplined, and take care of yourself. After today,'s poor eating, I will be back on track tomorrow .. even if it is Thanksgiving.

I can't seem to get caught up on the posts, and I'm sorry for that .. please know that I think of you all everyday, even when I don't type it.

God's Blessings,
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I have no strawberries or applesauce in the house … geeze! How could we have been in Walmart 4 times in 7 days and not have my stand by fruits!!!!!!

I have my contributions to the Thanksgiving meal completed. I have a very large green salad together as well. I ensured I would have lots of vegetables as we move through the day. I keep a glass of tea in my hand when we are at “food” functions. It seems to put other people at ease because I look like I am part of the festivities.

Got up and completed 60 minutes on the treadmill. I have been back on track with my exercising for 2 ½ weeks now. Hubby and I cleaned out more of my clothes closet. I now have 8 pairs of jeans/pants and 2 dozen+ shirts. Hubby made a snide remark about seeing me in sweat pants all the time. Well, I am an athlete don’tcha know.

TammyAnd – Thanks for letting me know about the morning lemon water. I drink water through out the day that has juice from ½ a lemon. I guess it doesn’t work the same as all at once though.

Linda – you articulate so beautiful what this team has become to mean to me. I call y’all my friends! 4 inches of snow is your limit : ) We had an Albuquerque low come through one year and we got 4 FEET of snow in 4 hours!!!! We went to Walmart 4 times in SEVEN days! Not all in one day. I would have pulled out my own hair if that were the case : )

Scrimp – you made me cry!!!! I am so incredible happy for you and proud of you for sticking to it. You are a true role model. Hugs, kisses and gratitude for being such an inspiration and friend. Please be careful not to let your hair down too much while celebrating your great success and holiday with your friends and family.

David – have you made a written list of why you want to get healthy and as a by product … lose weight??? I find that while on this journey that helped a lot. I have lost a kajillion pounds over the years and I have not really lost any since July. So this is not giving up but continuing on my journey.

Debby – thank you for letting me know about your cardio. My mom gave me a bunch of magazines when we were there last and I came across and old 2009 Prevention magazine that talked about cardio. They laid out a program where you did interval walking M W F for a longer period of time than on T TH when you did a toning walk for less time … toning walk was walking while you worked out your upper body with a band. Then on Sat you did a longer walk at a moderate pace.

Mon 30 minutes interval walking and do ST
Tue 20 minutes toning walk
Wed 30 minutes interval walking and do ST
Thu 20 minutes toning walk
Fri 30 minutes interval walking and do ST
Sat 45 minutes walking at a moderate pace
Sun REST

For the most part my eating has been where I want it to be. There have been weeks where I over eat but it was on healthy things … a big change for me. I have lost 50+ pounds since the end of March 2014. I want to kick some serious b@tt from here on out focusing on exercising. I still have dreams of being an Iron Maiden.

Well, gang … tomorrow is a day of thanks. I am so thankful for all of you. As I spend my day with my DS, DIL, g-kids and beloved hubby … I will be thinking of you. I will be back on Friday. Until then …
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Another quick check in to answer Cat's question about how much cardio I do. I usually do five 50 minute cardio sessions a week, followed by either a 45 minute strength training session or a 60 minute senior fitness session, and then do a 65 minute straight cardio session on the sixth day. I take one day off completely from anything other than a light walk. Sometimes I miss a day or two, but not often, and sometimes I'll go for a hike for a couple of hours rather than go to the gym. I'm crazy, I know, but this regime burns about 4500 calories per week, which means I can eat more and not gain weight, and I'm pretty darn strong and fit, too.

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Hello, thanks to each of you for letn me vent. I'm just incredibly down right now. Keep saying every year around this time " next year will be better". Maybe it will.
I was given off today so I'm out paying a couple bills and getting laundry done.
Looks like later today will have to take granddaughter to dr. She woke coughing and complaining her ear hurts. Want to make sure if she needs meds she gets something before closings for holiday. That and she is going with family to see her uncle. She is 3 now .he hasn't seen her since she was 6 months. Man...kids grow up too fast.
My work( grocery store), gave each of us free coupon to buy any size turkey. My wife found a 22 lb. .not bad.....
I just want to wish everyone the best of the best for Thanksgiving. Im figuring the threads will be pretty quiet tomorrow. Take care, David

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Marlene! Yeah! WooHoo! 3 cheers! I am so happy for you. You have done this through focus and persistence. Enjoy you holiday and your family.

ChangeN - please remember every person here has struggled. Every person was at least 100 pounds overweight at one time. You are not alone on this journey. Your are important. You have shared your life with us and we care that you are successful. We know that success comes in different forms. I spent 6 months without losing one pound. But I considered it a total success because I spent that 6 months not gaining any weight. This is not just about weight. It is about health. Please know that we are here for you, just as you have been there for us.

Tammy - stay warm, 4 inches is about my limit on snow anything over that is a pain in the butt. I hate to tell you but it is going to be 65 here, the sun is shining and it is bright and clear.

CAT - 4 trips to the store in one day is my definition of hell. I do not mind the first trip, the second is purgatory, anything beyond that is - well you get the idea. I hope your feast turns out perfect and is worth your sacrifice.

P&B - I know you are busy with your husband around. Please know that we are thinking of you.

Debby - looking forward to seeing you in So Cal.

I am really working on tracking my BS. Last night I had a spike because I ate two of my daughter's homemade cookies. It went up to 180. But this morning it was down to 106 and an hour after breakfast it was 116. I know my morning readings are better when I have a snack before bed, but I have to figure out what that snack should be. I am doing much, much better now that I am again focused on health rather than weight loss.

Have a safe, fun, peaceful and compliant Thanksgiving
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Marlene - WooHoo! I'm so happy for you. What an accomplishment. Celebrate. Enjoy. There are not enough words to express my joy for you. Now go out and enjoy your family for Thanksgiving. You have a lot to be thankful for.

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Hi:

ITS OFFICIAL--I HAVE REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT OF 160 POUNDS (on both scales). emoticon emoticon MY JOURNEY TOOK FROM JULY 9 2013 TO NOV 26, 2014. 16 MONTHS TO LOSE 123 POUNDS.

I am grateful to God for giving me the strength and focus to complete this goal. My health is great, still have a weak R hip, but my life and been turned around by this blessing. Everything fits in my closet. I can wear tall boots. I can look at myself without cringing. I am no longer embarrassed for people to see me or shy away from social occasions. I can wear a dress and not have to hide my legs.
I am grateful for the daily support of this group; and I hoped I have been a good supporter to you all. I want all of you to enjoy the same success.
Justme, Tammyand, Mtn Ktn--Thanks for yesterdays support regarding my dog issue and weight loss goals. I have told my oldest son to beware, and he said my granddaughter is scared of dogs--he will watch over the house regarding that dog as I will be busy in the kitchen.
Tammyand--Yes it has just started to snow. My cousin likely will be impacted coming rom Denver. I have advised her well in advance she either has to take the Metro to my area or get a cab for 45-50 bucks. She can afford it. I cannot impact my day by sitting on the highway in gridlock; plus I have cooking to do, and my sister is coming.
I did buy the ingredients for several things she wanted to make. My fridge is packed with food--where in the world will I put my sisters food when she arrives tonight. I am hoping is will stay cold so I can put a few items on my deck off the kitchen.
Mtn Ktn and Tammyand--LOL Ktn---I did my running around yesterday too;thank goodness, I spent too much money on food and liquor and paper products at 4 stores! But its only once a year event. And my house is clean!

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I like dogs, I have 3 of them, but I do not like other people's dogs at my house for overnight. When I have a dog they are crate and obedience trained I find that most other people do not have their dogs well trained. Also dogs do not usually like strange animals entering their "pack" so will change personality when they are brought to new places either by marking territory, behaving aggressively or by becoming fearful. So I agree 100% Marlene you are being very gracious and loving to let your nephew bring his dog. I think your requirements are sensible.
tomorrow I am taking the kids to the movies to see Big Hero.
My daughter is cooking all day, so it will be better if I am out of the house. Two cooks in the kitchen is sometimes one cook too many.

I am thankful to each person here, for their insight, their support, their knowledge and their kindness. No one judges, we are all on an individual journey, but everyone gives each other strength. this is a wonderful group. We are each one of us successful because we have the most precious commodities known; kindness, empathy and compassion. There is no greater success than making a positive difference in the world and you all do it here everyday.

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Marlene – While I am a dog lover, I agree with you about your nephew’s dog. As much as I love our wonderful marvelous outstanding Chihuahua, I would NEVER impose him on anyone else. So I say you are more than accommodating in allowing your nephew to bring the dog at all. Animals are a personal preference, and as much as ours is family to us, he is not family to anyone else. I am soooooo excited that you are reaching your goal. What a wonderful thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. You are such an inspiration for your friends here. Are you going to be impacted by the nor’easter?

David – You are such a great guy. Please don’t let these setbacks get to you. You and your wife have a good life together, even with the financial stresses you have. You are doing a wonderfully noble thing in raising your granddaughter too. You are right to prioritize being able to pay your rent over joining a gym right now. Walking is free so even if you just walk for exercise for now, you are doing something to burn more calories. If the weather doesn’t cooperate for walking outdoors, try walking indoors like a mall or maybe even in the supermarket where you work if you are comfortable with that. It sounds like finances are a struggle for you now. I want to remind you that spending money on fast food is not generally cost effective. You could probably save some money and eat healthier too if you shunned the fast food. I am not trying to be preachy, but I sense your concern and am just trying to find ways to help you from afar. Saving is not easy these days, especially if you have debt to clear away. But if you are able to make a dent in your debt and save a bit too, it does get easier. Also, please keep in mind that we are here to help you through encouragement and support.

Linda – Thanks for the clarification about your doctor appointment. I thought maybe I missed a post about your results.

Cat – You crack me up….If you don’t have it by now you aren’t eating it!! So funny but true. Even though I grocery shopped yesterday, I stopped by our little neighborhood store for a “few more things,” mostly because I didn’t want to face the craziness of the large supermarkets. Yay for your walking and water drinking! You asked about the lemon water in the morning. I’m not sure about Sue’s program, but on the 17 Day Diet we start every day with 8 oz. of warm water with the juice of ½ lemon in it. It is our “wake up” drink…the lemon juice is said to stimulate the body’s digestive juices. That glass of water counts toward the daily water goal of at least 8 8oz glasses….The author of the diet points out that if a person is dehydrated, the rate at which calories burn decreases.

PBouchie – Welcome to our happy little thread. We are a very supportive and caring group. Glad to have you with us.

We are getting a nor’easter starting tomorrow. Predictions are for 4 to 10 inches…a pretty big range….depending on the track of the storm they say. Glad I can stay home and do my prep work for Thursday. So happy I ran around yesterday and today.

Let’s make this a great holiday!


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We have been to Walmart 4 times in 7 days … I am NOT going again. I told hubby if we don’t have what we need for Thanksgiving day … we are just not eating!!!

Got my walk in today and 100 oz of water!

Scrimp – I have my fingers and toes still crossed for you to reach your goal this week … I want you to know I look funny trying to walk.

David – How great of you to volunteer to work so others could be off with their families.

PBouchie – Every day is a new beginning! Make it count.

Debby – since you are our resident exercise guru … how minutes a week do you dedicate to cardio exercise???

I am pooped after a long week … oh wait it is only Tuesday.


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PBouchie- welcome and how great that you and your husband are in this together. Do you live in CA? I am here in the high desert.

ChangeN - I know that part of you is there. that is why you keep coming back. You know what you want and in time it will come. I am sorry about your house news. May be if you can get your debt ratio lowered this year, and it looks like the economy is improving so lending should be loosening up which means you may be able to to it with out the savings next year.

Marlene - You are in such a great place. You really seem to have it together.

Everyone else Happy Thanksgiving!!! Enjoy

My son just called to say that we may be celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday, his wife was just told that she is going to work on Thanksgiving. It does not bother me at all. His MIL is coming. It will be the first time she has been in the same room with him in about 6 months. He is nervous that she will say mean things. I think if she comes, she will be coming to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughter and grandchildren and will want the day to go well. Her sister is also coming. But the sister is neutral. My daughter just got home from shopping for her Thanksgiving. She will be cooking all day tomorrow and then transporting food on Thursday.
I am really working on keeping my blood sugar level. I was very happy this morning that two hours after breakfast my BS was 130.

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Every day is a struggle. That last few days my husband and I have been on the road traveling to Washington and now down to California. It throws us off our exercise routine, and we eat badly. So today is a new day, getting back on track, hitting the road and walking this morning, watching what we eat and getting ready for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-laws home next door. I just have to remember every day is a new day to accomplish my goals and to embrace life.

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I'm still struggling and don't know if I can find that part of me to be able to do it.
I try to get to work at least 45 mins early to just sit quietly. That and get away from all the daily drama at the apartment.
We were turned down at the bank for loan for house. Debt ratio too high and salaries to low. Was told they could work with us if we could save $8-10 thousand over this next year!!!! That's not going to happen. ( even with my wife working for 8years at this bank), ugh....
Our apt manager said our lease is coming up. Looks like rent on our 2 bedroom/ 800sq ft apt rent will be going up from $690.00 to $750.00. We continue to look for another one or small rental house but they run anywhere from $1,000 -$1,500 for the same size. I don't see how we are going to make it. It's getting bad. I'm eating less but when I do, its sandwich or junk food.( frozen dinners).
The gym I mentioned went on the back burner as every penny counts esp if or rent will be at least another $100.00 a month.
I'll be off thanksgiving day as the grocery store I work with closes on thanksgiving as well as Easter Sunday. My wife and parent are going to visit her son out of town for a few days so I volunteered to work Friday. My dept normally off holiday and day after. I volunteered so my coworkers could spend day with their family.
I don't have any family here. So.... Figured ilf just go yo work. I cook and sample out food demos. It's a good job.
Well, better go punch in yo start my day. Hope everyone is well on way with holiday plans. Stay safe be careful. And enjoy.
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I worked out yesterday, but doubt if I will have anymore time to do so for the week with the company coming and holiday. My home is clean and organized; just have to mop the bathroom floors as the workman is finishing everything this morning.

Not quite a drumroll...I am going to reach goal tomorrow for sure. Digital scale said 158.9 and weight balance said 160.5. When both scales are 160, that's when I will claim my prize.

My sister begged me to let her son bring his dog....he claims he can't leave him in a kennel. I am not a dog person and I don't want one in the house. I did agree if he brings the crate, the dog can go in the garage but under no circumstances is he to be let loose; and he can't come up to the 2 or 3 floor. I was planning on having the kids on the first floor to play and watch cartoons, and I don't want him scaring the kids...or barking. This nephew with the dog is my sisters favorite child (he the one that graduated this year with double bachelors in Finance and Accounting and is a CPA); and I knew she would be heartbroken if he didn't come--that's the only reason I agreed to do it. I don't hate dogs I am just not used to them; and most in my family are either scared or ambivalent about dogs. I have a lot things out the dog could knock over too with a wagging tail.

Todays goal is to finalize my menu, grocery list and go to 3 grocery stores for ingredients. Its supposed to be nasty weather Wednesday and Thursday with possibility of snow. This will could impact the travel plans possibility of my cousin; and those driving up from Virginia.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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I thought I would get an earlier appointment, but the doctor is not seeing me until mid - Dec., I am going to water aerobics now. Get back later, afterwards.
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It’s a new day … my brain is working again. It’s a good thing!!!

I got up at the b@tt crack of dawn today to get in my walk before we went down to keep the g-kids. We were supposed to return things we bought last week that didn’t work out … but forgot them at home. Then we were supposed to go to the store on the way home to pick up a short list of things … and came straight home because it was so late and snowing. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!! So tomorrow … because I refuse to be at the store on Wednesday … we will HAVE to go!

Sue – I hope your tummy gets happy again. It is tough when our kids are soooooo far away. Make the most of your visits … in person and on the phone. When you start getting lessons from TammyAnd on skype I am going to listen in. My BFF has wanted me to do it with her for eons now. You’re not whining you are sharing : ) WooHoo on the vacation! My DIL makes several of us a calendar each year. I love seeing all the pictures of the g-kids throughout the months and she has allllll the family birthdays on it.

TammyAnd – I loved Liz Claiborne! The things I owned where classic … I wore them for years and years because they never went out of style. I had several blouses with the bold but muted colors that I could wear with soooooo many different colored skirts and slacks and jackets that never looked like I was wearing the same thing over and over. How wonderful you got to talk to your second son. My BFF’s son calls me his second mom coz BFF and I have been friends since our boys were 5 … we are close to 30 years now of being friends.

Linda – It is definitely winter in the Rockies. Hubby takes care of us … so I just get to be a snow bunny : ) Stay on top of your blood sugar. My Texas DIL is diabetic and since the holidays she has not been very careful and her blood sugar is on a roller coaster and she is tired, tired, tired. I am with TammyAnd … did you get the final results on all your tests???

Scrimp – I like Pioneer Woman and have her first cookbook. I have my fingers and toes crossed that 1 pound falls off this week. You are sooooo awesome.

Debby – bummer on getting rear ended. Hopefully your car isn’t too damaged. What a treat to lunch with your original trainer.

Ladies, what’s up on the lemon and water first thing in the morning???


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Debby – You sure are a busy lady! And it sounds like all good busy stuff that you enjoy. Who could ask for more? I am happy to see your post and know that all is well. My skin is slightly improved but still not where I know it could be. I can honestly say it has never been this bad and for this long a period. I am just grateful for every little improvement I get.

Marlene – I ordered 2 sets of Malden Mills fleece sheets today from Q…one set for my bed and one set for DS’s. I don’t have a large selection of sheets and one of my favorite sets is starting to show major signs of wear. So I decided to splurge on these sheets given the likely cold winter ahead. We also have one set for each bed of the cashmere flannel sheets, purchased a number of years ago from Q. You haven’t missed much on Q lately. I haven’t watched much either, but I do check the program guide. Congrats on that 161 number!!

Linda – Did I miss it…did you get the results of your tests and meet with your doctor? I noted that you say you are tired a lot. Could it be that you are not sleeping well? I notice so much more fatigue since my skin has disrupted my sleep. It sounds like you live in a wonderful place. I dream of living somewhere where we don’t have to deal with frozen precipitation. It was a record breaking 70 degrees here today and on Wednesday we are expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow from a Nor’easter! Ugh!

T- Do you like figs and peanut butter? I saw that recommended as a healthy protein snack on TV today. I might try it. Apparently figs have a lot of fiber and combined with the peanut butter make a pretty good snack….but maybe you could have it for breakfast.

Sue – I drink lemon water in the morning too as part of the 17 Day Diet plan. Are you following a particular diet? Just curious about your drinking the lemon water.

I was borderline on track today (had one blip so to speak) but feel good. I walked and walked and walked today in the grocery store and in Michael’s, so I am hoping that my blip was erased by the extra walking. I will be out and about tomorrow again so walking shouldn’t be a problem. A Nor’easter is headed our way with predictions for 6 to 10 inches of snow on Wednesday. I sure hope it misses us and goes out to sea!

One month from tonight is Christmas Eve friends. Time will fly by between now and then.
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Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. This past week has been very busy. I baked six gingerbread houses during the week and had four neighborhood kids over to decorate them yesterday (ages 2-11). We had so much fun. It was messy, pretty, active and joyful. Between getting prepared for that and all that has been going on with my new job as liaison for pet adoptions at Petco, going out to movies, and driving my son to work and rehab, it's been quite a week. We're also preparing for an eight day trip to Southern California, too, got the Christmas lights on the house (won't turn them on til Thursday, but had to beat the predicted rain) and I got rear ended last week so have been dealing with the other drivers insurance company and getting my car in the shop for the next week. No body was hurt, but my bumper and tail light are a little worse for wear.

So, what else is new -
I finally got to have a nice long lunch with my former trainer that helped get me on the path to healthy. She hadn't seen me in a year, and though I haven't lost a whole lot more weight, She thought I looked a whole lot thinner and healthier. With all of the exercise and strength training I do, my body carries a lot of muscle weight, which of course is leaner than "fat" weight. So, someone else that weighs what I do that doesn't work out would likely look heavier than I do. She was very proud of me and gave me some pointers to shaking up my routine to maybe get the weight coming off a little faster again. It will require some intense interval training, which I dislike but do anyway, but if I decide to do it the way she suggested, it will be a lot harder than I've been used to. Staying on track with my nutrition is, of course, still key. i may try it after the first of the year. I have way too many things going on right now to be able to stick to that kind of routine consistently for a few weeks. But, come January, I won't have any excuse.

I have been eating for maintenance mostly. Some days better than that, but at least I'm focused on the challenge I gave us all to not gain weight over the holidays, and maybe lose a little, too. I don't feel out of control and I do feel like I'm headed in the right direction. I know I am not headed in the wrong direction!!

Scrimp - Wow - 161. You go girl! Just one more to your original goal. Celebrate that. Sounds like you're almost ready for the family gathering. I know your house will look fabulous.

Tammy - I hope your skin condition is getting better. I had an itch attack yesterday and hated it. I know yours much be much worse and I really feel for you.

Linda - two weeks til I'm in SoCal. I'll get in touch soon with contact info. I got tickets to the Price is Right for one of the days we're going to be there. I've never been to a taping of anything like that and thought, since I'm going as a tourist, why not act like a tourist. I'll also be at Disneyland for three days, but the other three days we're going to be there, I hope to meet you and spend some time with friends in San Bernardino, Redlands, and Yucaipa.

Cat - I hope you're still walking everyday. It sounds cold, but not any colder than it was here last week. I'm happy to have the temps back up in the 40s and 50s with rain, rather than 20s and 30s with ice and snow.

I saw the breakfast conversation - I am a consistent breakfast eater. It's the most important meal of the day as far as I'm concerned. I always eat a protein - usually cottage cheese, sometimes and egg and egg white, scrambled; a fruit (banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.), and a V8 Fusion (it has a fruit and vegetable serving). I sometimes also eat a piece of low calorie whole grain bread and light butter. I tend to calorie load in the morning and eat smaller meals through the rest of the day.

Well, I still have two gingerbread houses of my own to decorate today, and that will take awhile, and I've had quite a lot of organizing to do with our cat adoptions as the holiday means stores are closed and we have to rearrange all our schedules around that.

So, for now, all is well and I'm happy to see everyone is doing pretty well. I get back to you all as soon as I can.



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Hello"
Stressful day so far with the plumber being here for the countertops and my tile trim. One of the lavoratory faucetts was defective and missing a screw....had to run out and buy a new faucett without a pull out spout like I wanted. Was also up until two last night sorting and cleaning up my garage to hold all my donations; and ripping up cardboard boxes--(had a lot of them from QVC/HSN --LOL). Just need to put clothes away in my closets, dust the two bathrooms again from construction dust, and wash my kitchen floors and I am done.

My cousin thats coming Wednesday sent me several recipes she is "willing to make" if I buy the groceries emoticon . I told her she could make the greens, I like my recipe for cranberry sauce better--I am following Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) recipe. There were so many fab shows on Cooking Channel with all the big tyme chefs making their version of Thanksgiving. I hardly watched QVC at all.

Good news--I am down to 161 today on both scales.
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I am so California wimpy - I just turned the heater up to 68 from 65.

Sue - welcome back, sorry about shoveling, as you can see from above I am not a real four season person, although we do get a little snow where I live, occasionally enough to cause problems, but usually here today gone tomorrow. Try to not hurt your back. I love your calendar, my daughter makes calendars for the family, with everyone's birthday and pictures on it. I love it as a personalized gift.

T- you are so motivated, I love reading the things you write, they get me back on track - keep it up

Tammy - what a wonderful story about your "second" son. My husband and I were always putting up some friends of my sons while they sorted out their lives. Some of them were grateful and some just disappeared.

Cat - how are you doing in the snow?

The sun is out and bright today, clear and beautiful. I love where I live. Both of my children want to live somewhere else. My son wants to live near the ocean and my daughter would prefer to live more urban. I am going to start watching my blood sugar more carefully. I think I may be have spikes after eating and that might be way I am so tired all the time.
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Great to hear from you Sue! So sorry to hear about your back and the predicted snow. I'm sure this is a big transition for your son too, thankfully we have technology to talk to others so far away! Your calendar sounds awesome! I liked the wins too ~ I copied the "wins" from Debby.

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Hello Everyone!

Tammy: thank you for the welcome .. I feel that this "family" group allows me to not check in all the time, and yet feel welcome when I do get to get back. I might ask questions about Skype in the future. My oldest son is moving away … after the new year starts .. And I'd have to be able to look at him once in a while. Great job opportunity for him, but his mom is sad to have him so far away .. This will be very hard on me.

Teresa: I love how you list your "wins" for the day .. Way to Go! To keep positive . I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to try to copy that practice.

Right side of my back is just not feeling good again .. Gonna' be tough for shoveling as they are predicting measurable snow this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday evening. We have a pretty long driveway, and hubby is gone hunting for the week, and so is the truck that has the plow .. So it'll be me. I need to look up some exercises to help that back. It's always the right side, not sure if it's hip, or sciatica, or what .. Sometimes I get stuck trying to get up from a chair .. Even the "throne" .. Yuk! I thought once I lost a bunch of weight, this would go away .. But I'm still struggling with it. OK ..enough of the whining!

I'm on vacation this week .. Yay! Need to work on the family calendar that I produce every year. I've been doing a calendar for 40 years now .. Since my old son was born. Went from sending it out to a company to print (from one of those catalogs) to copy machine printing .. To desktop publishing. Everyone's pictures on their birthday, and a large collage type picture for the month shot. It's a lot of work .. But I feel so proud of it when it's done, it is definitely worth it. .. And my Mom so looks forward to it.

So far today (8:22am):
Drank my lemon water - 2 cups
According to fitbit, slept 6.5 hrs (that's good for me!)

I need to run for now .. Gas up the car to be ready for the weather.

Talk to you later!

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
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Thank you everyone for the protein and breakfast conversations! I'll be trying some of the foods suggested, I put it on my list for the next trip to the grocery store.

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asked DH & DS to eat the rest of that orange/vanilla sherbert ~ LOL no problem!!! They were happy to.

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Sue – Happy to see your post. Have been wondering how you are doing! Woo hoo on losing 2 more pounds. Fabulous!

Cat – Years ago I had 2 Liz Claiborne handbags. One of them my mother bought me and I used it till it was beyond repair. It was a very extravagant purchase in those days, and I loved it. My mom got it because she knew someone who worked where they sold them and her friend got it for her with an employee discount. I can still picture that bag and smile.

T – I was thinking about your breakfast questions. And I was wondering if you got any good advice from your diabetes nutritionist on the matter. She or he might really be the “go to” person for you on this, just to make sure you are doing what is medically sound for your body.

Linda – Thanks for reading and commenting on my “Who Am I” blog. It is only the 2nd SP blog I have written and you sure did inspire me to write it. Thank you for that too. One of the many great things about the posters on this thread is how everyone has so much to offer and how we can learn so much from each other, all done in the spirit of caring and sharing.

Blue – Some days I am tempted to not eat breakfast but I find that if I give myself time I am ready for it.

Marlene – I agree with you about Linda Davies though I only remember her working for Modern Soul and Liz C. Do you remember when her husband died (cancer I think). I felt so sorry for her then. Great that you are able to wear the Susan G. jackets and great that you held on to them. See…you knew you’d back back into them! Way to go. My nu wave is still in the box…just haven’t had enough time to get it out and learn it yet. I wanted to watch In the Kitchen with David today…. I saw a small portion of it… but then I got a Skype call (from family in Russia) and that took care of the next 2 hours. But I think David had the nu wave on again.

Debby and PandB – Hope you are well. Miss your posts!


Today was good for me. I again was totally compliant and feel good. DS is a little under the weather however….nothing serious just fighting off a bug I think. The highlight of my day was a Skype call from my “second” son and his wife from Russia. Actually he is not my son but he and later he & his wife lived here with us about 20 years ago when the he was going to school here. It’s a long story…but he was sponsored by my then church and was to stay with our pastor & his family but after only a few months he ended up moving in with me and my family and stayed for 3+ years till he finished school. He is in his early 40s now, has 5 beautiful children, and is doing very well. We don’t talk/Skype as often as we should so today was spectacular for me and DS who loves all of them very much too. We Skyped for over 2 hours and loved every minute of it.

Well that’s it from me for now. Let’s all gear up and have a great week!


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Hi Everyone!

Long time it seems since I've been logging in here. Life's been busy, and I just haven't been coming on the computer at nite it seems.

I'm doing ok .. kept the 90lbs off .. at 92 now .. which is good. I haven't been great about tracking my food, and I'm sure the diet hasn't been as nutritious as I like, but I'm planning to get myself back on plan now. I am having a lot of trouble with my tummy lately .. not sure what the deal is .. missing gall bladder acting up? too much fiber some days, not enough other days .. Yuk! I bought myself a new pro-biotic to try .. see if that helps.

I hope you are all doing well .. and getting yourselves armed and ready for the holidays.

God's Blessings!
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Today is a beautiful day. Wispy clouds in the sky - what we used to call "mares' tails" It is about 65 with a very slight breeze - 1-3 mph

I went to water aerobic - I have been reading the book "Dust" and thinking about eating. Sometimes that makes me feel like I have been actually eating off plan. I have thought about everything from cookies, to leftovers, but have not eaten anything other than breakfast and lunch. Every now and then I get up and wander into the kitchen and wonder what I am doing. My brain is a strange thing.

My daughter is sicky-poo, but the kids are fine. My cousin is almost totally moved into her new place. My son's life seems to be back on track. My brother is harassing me long distance about my politics. He is a Rush Limbaugh right-wing convinced Fox is the only station that tells the truth and I am a pro-union liberal. I try not to talk politics with him at all, but for some reason he thinks that he can "convert" me. Other than that minor annoyance which is usually solved by silence. All is good. So I am just taking it easy.
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Blue - my hubby would consider that almost blasphemy!!! I took me awhile ... hubby and I have been married 38 years ... but he brain washed me into never missing breakfast.

Still snowing here!!!

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We have new snow here in the Rockies. The high today is a whapping 35! Hubby didn’t sleep well last night … so he is napping on the couch. Tomorrow we keep the g-kids at their house so we will have to get out of our driveway … somehow. I sure am glad hubby takes care of me … he is a great guy and has me spoiled!!

T – we are early risers as well. We use to get up ~5 every morning to get to work. I have been retired now for 1 ½ years and still wake up around 6!!!! And we are not party animals … we pass out around 10pm.

TammyAnd – I loved Liz Claiborne and Prophesy. I use to have a whole wardrobe full of their stuff. Ahhh … the good ol’ days. We also are hooked on House of Cards. It’s kinda dark … and makes you wonder how true it is in real life. Thanks for helping me out with T’s question. Coz we eat eggs, cottage cheese, bagels with ricotta cheese, left over chicken/turkey … my brain couldn’t come up with any other protein examples for her. Turkey bacon by itself just doesn’t sound like a great source of protein or filling. But T … if it works for you … that’s what counts.

My breakfast usually consist of protein, fruit and a carb … English muffin, half a bagel, seeded bread, grits, cream of wheat, etc.

What does everyone else eat for breakfast????


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My favorite protein breakfast would be a turkey breast chop or Ground Turkey patty--I swear by Shady Brook Farms "Italian Style" Ground Turkey. Both can be made easily be made in the George Foreman Grill or small non stick frypan. I hate ground turkey breast--tasteless and dry to me. I would rather have the higher calorie regular 93% fat. But turkey chops taste totally different and are so moist and flavorful.

T-Journey--Perhaps a higher protein greek yogurt could add to the protein. Its a shame you don't eat eggs there would be way more options. Instead of that piece of bread, you could try 3 OZ of shredded hash browns (cooked with onion in non stick pan) for a change. Only 80 calaories same as bread.

Tammyand--Linda Davies has worked for so many different lines I really believe she works for QVC to present specific lines. I love her personality and note her hair is her crowning glory. I have not had good luck with the "Women With Control Line", always too tight., by .Rene "Something" Stein. I am trying on jackets this morning and was pleased to see I have a few cute Susan Graver faux leather jackets in red and black, that now fit.
I am loving my egg cooker to make soft boiled eggs. I have some everyday. I have the cutest egg cups in Spice Floral Lace...its fun to eat them in it.

Justme--Yes Thanksgiving will lighten our pockets...I am going shopping Tuesday and I expect to spend a lot including a few bottles of liquor and paper products.

Back to cleaning and tidying up all day.Its good exercise!

Many of you have referenced my suggestions. Makes me feel like smiling. I would not suggest anything that did not work. At least for me. Losing weight is a matter of finding the right strategy that you can repeat effortlessly for the long run.

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T - I eat some really weird things for breakfast. Yes to steak and ham, but I like fish better in the morning. It is moister than chicken, and lighter than the traditional meats. My favorite is filet of sole, next comes poached salmon, then lox, then lemon soaked Kipper snacks and of course left over tilapia. Sometimes I have Greek yogurt with some fruit and a quarter cup of Grapenuts on top, or just some kefir. I also like fruit and nuts (pistachios, almonds, walnuts) We have no peanut butter in the house because my grandson is allergic so we usually have almond butter or walnut butter which I will eat on pancakes (Trader Joe's multi grain). Kashi go lean is a cereal that I like.

Tammy - sounds as if things are improving. I hope that continues. I read your "Who am I" blog - loved it- glad I was able to inspire you

David - the gym sounds wonderful - what a bargain. I am happy you are finding success with your soda mixture.

Cat - yes I think you are back on track

Marlene - I hope your day went well.

Shout out to P&B and to Bluecount

I went to TJs and did Thanksgiving shopping for my son's house. The rest of the day was spent relaxing. I am short of money right now. So I am going to have to be more careful next month.

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YES please - thank YOU!

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T - just heard that one of the Black Panthers had to step off the team. Do you want the spot. Let me know ... now.

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Marlene ~ I remember spic and span! I hope the rest of your day went better.

Cat ~ 5 times of walking - AWESOME!

Tammy ~ thanks for the Marlene sugar free popcycles tip! Congrats on compliant today!

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Repeat of yesterday = Doug had orange/vanilla sherbert - I had sugar free orange jello with fat free whip cream. It'll be nice when that gallon is gone!

Good night all, blessings, T


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Protein ~ I do like chicken but it's hard to eat it for breakfast. Sorry, I know I'm weird - I don't like peanut butter, yogart, turkey or cheese, unless it's mozzarella, (don't really like eggs but can eat them if I have to), I like ham and steak.

I wait until 7am to eat breakfast then usually - breakfast is one piece of whole wheat bread, sprayed with I can't believe it's not butter, one or two turkey bacon, and 1/2 cup cranberry/pom unsweetened juice. Later in the morning 10am I make sure I have higher carbs - like an apple and protein again because I follow that with exercise (need the carbs so my blood sugar doesn't spike down).

Three meals and three snacks per day - all with protein and carbs. Total range 1200-1500 calories a day and 135-270 carbs per day. Yes I eat veggies too. I welcome all advice, thoughts, ideas!!!!

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David – Great that you might be joining a new gym. Just be careful before signing any contracts or anything. Great if you can just pay month to month. There was a new gym in our area that offered what sounded like really good deals, especially if you signed a contract and paid up front for a year. A lot of people joined for year and paid the fee only to have the gym close and the folks lost their money.

T – Wow, you sure are an early riser! Not me….never was, probably never will be. I am much more of a night owl. When my dad lived with us and had to go to dialysis 3 times per week, I used to have to get up at 4 am on those 3 days to help him get ready for the dialysis bus (he had both legs amputated so could not function independently). Even then, on the other days of the week I would sleep as late as I could and still get to work on time. Congrats on eating the jello instead of the sherbert. Marlene tipped me off to sugar free popsicles (I like the tropical flavors…only 15 calories). I keep them on hand all the time now… I don’t eat them every day, but they have saved me more than once.

Blue – Can you tell us more about your diet???

Marlene – I remember Motto well. I had a salmon pink blazer and matching t shirt in Motto….I probably still have it somewhere. It was a favorite of mine. I also used to like Modern Soul, which Linda Davies worked for before moving to the Liz Claiborne company

Cat – I love the “big nickels” comment. Your DGS’s wage is in my price range!!! (and he is probably more reliable than G who is doing my basement bathroom remodel) As for the protein, I like cottage cheese in the morning and always have a fruit with it…..berries if I have them but more often it is an apple or an orange. I have 4 oz. of Breakstone Live which comes in individually portioned cups and is a bit more expensive than cottage cheese that comes in the bigger containers. I buy it because it has probiotics in it, and this is recommended on the 17 Day Diet. The portion control helps me too. Other good proteins of course for me are chicken and eggs. I shun red meat and did so even before SP. Turkey is good too. I like the 93% lean ground turkey and use it for turkey chili, Mexican stuffed peppers, and sometimes just plain old turkey burgers. I used to keep turkey burgers on hand to eat for breakfast if I was on the run and didn’t have time for much else. By the way, my concern with the turkey bacon would be the sodium content as well.

Today I had a totally compliant successful day. Yesterday was a weird blip for sure. Today I slept a little later than usual but am fine with that as my sleep continues to be interrupted by my skin problems. The skin stuff though seems a little more improved but still with a long way to go yet. I had a pretty relaxing day and did my exercise on the cardio cruiser because I planned to stay home all day. I usually do 3 10 minute sessions, sometimes more, but today I did only 2 sessions. DS has gotten me hooked on House of Cards so I think I will start doing the cruiser when he and I watch that show.

That’s it from here for now. Hope the weekend is a good one for all of us!


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Hey T - Hmmmm ... you don't like eggs at all? How about cottage cheese, left over chicken ... hey ladies help me out here.

I was just concerned that the "bacon" though turkey isn't giving you enough good source of protein. My diabetic coach told me to start the day with 1-2 serving of good quality protein.

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Cat ~ I'm glad, please share.... would ham be a better choice than bacon? I am not an egg fan but will eat them if I have to.

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It’s Saturday and officially I have gotten in my 5 times of walking this week. I had the urge to walk this morning … but it passed. Does this mean I am back on track????

T – still concerned that your “bacon” is not a good source of protein to start your day with. Just coz I care about ya … I’m sticking my nose in.

Scrimp – I think when you get to true maintenance mode … after you reach your goal … a 2-4 pound swing is what you will be striving for. That’s what Weight Watchers taught us back in the olden days. Spic and span!!!! I bet your place looks wonderful with all the remodeling.

TammyAnd – With a broken thyroid … I too have energy issues … lack of it. I sit a lot and that doesn’t help my weight loss journey. We will be keeping the g-kids Monday. I will try and negotiate you a good deal with my GS … but he sure loves his “big nickels”. That what he calls his quarters that grandad gives him.

David – WooHoo! A gym right around the corner and affordable. When I was going to a gym … I loved the interaction with the “regulars”. Stay the course with your soda.

What we do to lose these pounds … we will need to continue to do to keep it off … with some flexibility.


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Good Morning..Sigh...Its almost noon and I haven't made much progress with cleaning up my 3rd floor. I did get dressed, and was happy to put on Size Small periwinkle sweater (Motto-Tammyand--QVC brand discontinued); and took off the tag (I have a lot of stuff with tags on); and it fit me like a glove.The scale is up, like I predicted, buts its OK. B back later my computer is forcing a restart in 2 minutes. Back to work. Have a great day!

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Good Saturday Morning Spark Buddies, 4:50am in Washington State (I've always been an early riser).

Yesterday's Wins
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Did NOT eat orange sherbert/vanilla ice cream combo gallon size that wondered into our home but instead make sugar free orange jello and ate some with fat free whip topping!

This will be my 3rd day of compliance. I need to take Marlene's example (reflection day) and look ahead to plan next week. I would like to stay on track.

David ~ WAY TO GO cutting down on regular soda! How exciting that a gym is coming so close to your home. Maybe they will have special privileges for "charter" members who sign up at the opening days.

Bluecount ~ CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Marlene ~ It is frustrating to hear, "we'll always be on a diet". However thanks to people like you... I realize that if I don't make these changes for my lifetime then I'll be right back where I am now. I appreciate your advice on calories maintaining and deficit to lose.

Have a great day Spark Buddies, T

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Hi . Just a quick note before bed. I started my soda/seltzer combo today. It seemed to help take the edge off wanting soda today. I've tried to drink only 0 or diet sodas but after day or two im right back to regular sodas. At least 3 20oz during my 8hr shift at work.
When I got home from work today my wife said they were advertising a 24hr gym bring opened soon just down the street from where we live. No start up fee, and only $9.95 a month. Looks like it will fit our budget. Looking forward to going.
Still slow with shoppers at work.mgmt starting to really get nervous. Hiring extra staff but cutting everyone's hours.
I'm off tomorrow (Saturday),so will text more then. Really tired. Going to bed.
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it took me 2 years to loose 40 lbs so on January first I started a very serious diet and stuck to it

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Linda – I liked your “who am I” blog so much that I did one as well. Thanks for a great idea! I also like your cranberry recipe….no sugar added and just might try it this year. Thanks again.

T – Having cooked turkey bacon on hand is a great idea. I would have to be careful though not to over-do it….but I think I might get some and try it to see how I do.

Marlene – Last year for Christmas I bought DS a Bluetooth speaker from Q. It is a Tega Audio Bluetooth portable speaker. I paid around $70 for it after a less expensive one I got him previously didn’t work well so I returned it. He loves the Tega and uses it quite a lot. By the way, Thai food is among my favorites. I had Thai food on my 30th, 40th, and 50th birthdays….each time in a different Thai restaurant with different people. (Of course I’ve had it in between as well.) I wonder if it will be what I have for 60…but that is almost 3 years away, so who knows???

Cat – I’d love to borrow your DGS! I’ll bet he is a real sweetie just like his grandma! I like things I their place too. I used to be much better about keeping things in order but ever since these autoimmune disorders hit me I tend to fatigue pretty easily at times and my energy runs low much more quickly. I do the best I can when I get an energy spurt, which is why it means so much to me when I do accomplish something no matter how small.

Time for me to head to bed....hoping for a restful night.

Here's to a great weekend for all of us!

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Hello:
I decided to have an off plan dinner and likely I'll pay for it tomorrow. I went into the PA Dutch Market in my neighborhood--they have a fabulous fried chicken/prepared foods sections and bakery among other temptations-- I wanted the fried chicken and roasted potatoes so bad. Instead, I went to the Thai place next door and got some seafood udon soup; and a small platter of chicken and shrimp teriyaki with veggies over a huge bed of rice. I portioned out the udon noodles; then added the broth and seafood/veggies in a small bowl. Then for the teriyaki platter, I ate the meat and veggies sitting on top, and left the sauce soaked rice intact save for maybe 1/4 c rice. Despite these drastic alterations, I know I'll put on a pound. That makes me upset, and I think, I can't even have a once in a while treat and not gain weight--frustrating for maintenance mode--I'll always be on a diet!

Tammyand--Yes, this Thanksgiving will be the one day in the year when my house is full; plus I will have a discriminating guest for a week..... The reason I am getting all this stuff done before the New Year as I am sure I won't have the money next year, while dealing with a gigantic income tax bill--I'll probably have to go on a payment plan. Last year alone; I owed 10K, and with the selling of my investments this year to pay off my house, I can expect to pay 15% capital gains on the proceeds. Plus, the stock awards that we are given go on our paycheck as income. In my case it adds an additional 100K to my income that I do not see nor can I cash it until its vested in 3 years. I do love to throw a party though, so you are right I thrive on that kind of stuff and I want my place "spic and span" (I am dating myself--do they even sell it). Sorry the scale has not moved. I would have been pissed too and got something to eat that I wanted.. I did not see that Laurie Griener presentation. Her standalone jewelry closets would even hold a tenth of my costume jewelry collection. I did buy the TSV blue tooth speakers yesterday to use in my car, for hotel rooms, and the shower. Maybe you should plan to do your walking in a grocery store with the cart for support (similar to mall walking)--go down each aisle 5 times, lol.

Justme-I agree your son should help you bring over the food. Whats with your daughter-in-law--she seems to resent you for some reason...oh well, mothers-in-law always get a bad rap. I am sure my DILs would say I spoil my sons; but they don't complain when I am handing out money gifts. Menu sounds good. I'll be making a cranberry relish too.

T-Journey--way to go on making out that plan of action. Its helps to have a path forward but i do believe the most important thing is to cut calories to the level where you lose a pound every week. Its supposed to be easier when you are really overweight and then it slows down later. I love turkey bacon and do fry up some to eat later as a snack. They are only 35 cals a slice.

Bluecount--Wow you have lost almost 200 pounds already. Rockstar! How long have you been at it?

Kat-I think you could lose 10 before the end of the year. I believe Debbie's challenge to us was to at least stay the same until the end of the year, so if we lose anything we must be vigilent to keep it off. Don't you hate to wake up on New Years feeling fat...again..time to put all that behind us, we are all going down down and we won't give up.

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Linda ~ Thanks for the recipes!

Cat ~ AWESOME ~ 2 WEEKS!!! Way to go! My husband, Doug has done things that are just too funny! He was totally in "Coach Mode" when he hired his high school students to come clean, shop, and cook! I still laugh about it. More on the story is that he is the oldest of four children - guess what - the younger three are all girls! He NEVER did dishes, cooked, cleaned but he knows how to put plumbing in a house, put in flooring, mow, etc. Again, too funny!

Yes, protein is really well known to me (6 years of weight lifting class in junior high and high school) we had a body builder for a teacher who had great knowledge so we were taught about the benefits of protein in muscle building. Recently in diabetic classes we learned that two things curb cravings and level out blood glucose (so if we decide to have a sugar choice - whether it is cake or bread or fruit - have one of these with it). What is it? Protein and/or Fiber.

I cook four packages of Oscar Meyer Turkey Bacon on the griddle then use paper towels to roll the bacon in them, which removes the grease. Then put the bacon in baggies into the refrigerator and freezer. I have one or two pieces of bacon with breakfast every morning. I used to make it only for me and told my husband and adult son to stay out of them (those guys are "normal" weight) but they just couldn't resist so now I make a ton.

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Bluecount ~ Thanks for being on hand for distracting me from evil thoughts. I'm trying to pay attention to any negative thoughts that I tell myself and change them into positive statements. I've learned that it is vital for me to post here everyday so that is now on my daily goals. I love this group!

Tammy ~ Oh my! a sink hole! I feel bad for those folks in the area. Glad to hear the water is back on. Good thing you had those water bottles, did you re-fill them? Who wouldn't be bummed out after day of compliance seeing no results! If there is one think you wonderful Spark Buddies have taught me... it's forgive yourself for our mistakes and to get back on compliance asap. Good for you for finishing the day with healthy foods.

Linda ~ it would be great if we all could come to your house to learn how to cook and taste those vegetables - yum and your homemade cranberry sauce sounds delicious too! I hope all goes well with your DIL on Thanksgiving.

Marlene ~ You're a busy woman! I'll be thinking of you as you get ready for the company coming. I don't remember losing a bunch of weight in the past. I was fit as a child (we had horses so shoveling out stalls and bucking hay bales gave us muscles), in school, I had 6 years in weight lifting class. Then after high school I starting gaining weight because I kept eating the same and wasn't exercising. Over the years the pounds have piled on. Being diagnosed with Diabetes caused me to look for a website that I could track food, exercise, blood reading and most importantly to me ~ enter my own recipes and alter the existing recipes. The ONLY website that does it all is Spark People!

Since I was laying around for days with a bad cold... I pulled out all my notes from diabetic classes, nutrition class, and a few books I have and started typing them all into the computer. I finished getting all the info entered and now I'm getting all the info grouped together from the different resources into categories like goal setting, carb counting etc. I'm can't wait until I get all this info into a notebook. Thanks to Tammy, I'm adding the cravings category too.

WINS to be posted at the end of the day (currently it's 1:11 in Washington state)

T (Teresa)
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WooHoo … I completed my second week of walking. I am back on track with exercising … now to stay here. We have plans to go to the Redwood Forest in 2015 and I want to get back into being very active. I achieved this for our Grand Canyon trip this past spring … and then I paused … no I slacked off … didn’t make it a priority. Sometimes we just need to call it what it is.

Kept the g-kids three days this week … whew! I gotta get my craft room cleaned up so DIL and I can start making our Christmas cards. We plan for the fam to come to our house after Thanksgiving and start creating.

P&B – WooHoo TWOterville here ya come!!! How is life adjusting to hubby being home … temporarily???

T – where’s the protein in your breakfast??? I find if I eat a good source of protein at BR, LCH and DIN, I do lots, lots better. I was never a breakfast eater until hubby brain washed me into thinking yeah it sets the tone for the whole day. WooHoo on kicking the Pepsi habit … I think they are yucky anyway. What a hoot …. Hubby hired a team of high schoolers. Well, at least he “helped” in his own way. Thank you for blogging about water/seltzer. I will be trying the Citrus one to help with bloat. As a low thyroid “victim” bloating and water retention is an issue.

Scrimp – Eat Diamonds for Breakfast … I love it. Hey, T maybe that’s what we should be doing. I was told by a fellow Sparker that losing these pounds and habits that got us into trouble should be a full time job. Your attitude validates that thought. I eat “some” of the chicken skin when I bake or broil it … the crispy part. I haven’t had fried chicken in eons … and the skin for fried is the bestest part. I try really hard not to think about the animal I am eating. Being a city slicker … that creates a lot of problems for me … but being vegan is not something I enjoy.

David – such a good man and honest, too. Keep trying to kick the soda habit. I drink 2 quarts of straight water every day and then drink “other” stuff … tea, Crystal Lite, seltzer water, flavored 0 calorie drinks. If I drink too much Crystal Lite I find myself drinking only that.

TammyAnd – I can loan out GS to help you clean out your cabinets! I like a clean and organized home … so I can find things. I am not a clean freak … but do like things where I can find them. Hubby is a pack rat. He wants to “save” everything just in case we need it in our life time!!!! We just threw away his bedroom slippers that died a year ago … we kept them coz he was gonna “fix” them. NOT!!! He is the proud owner of new leather sheepskin slippers now. Ooooops … brush yourself off and stay on track the rest of the day. I yell at my scale all the time. I have half the Oooops pounds off that I found … a little more to go … and then moving on. We are not starting over because we already started. We are just hitting some road bumps here and there. Learning Lessons.

JustMe – OUCH! DS forgot his anniversary with everything that has been going on??? He may be in there awhile. Sweetie, I use to worry about everyone’s feeling … while it felt like NO one cared about mine. Re-read your blog … you are YOU and that’s OK. Your DIL has the problem … don’t pick it up and make it yours.

Well, after not knowing if I was gonna rejoin the BLC Black Panthers for the winter challenge … I am now one of the leaders. Yep, if you don’t like something … try to be part of the solution … or something like that. I am pretty pumped up about the new session. Great ladies that are already “chatting” with each other … which is what I was missing. I have dumped some of the pounds I “found” … or as someone said … I have given them away! My goal is still to get to ONElander by the first of the year. That’s giving away 10+ pounds.

Here’s to eating purposefully … stay in the moment.


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My cranberry sauce recipe is very easy. Depending of the flavor you like orange or pomegranate I wash the berries then bring the chosen juice to a boil, add the berries cook until they start to pop then cook 10 minutes more, turn off, let cool, pour into a bowl and refrigerate until you want to eat them. My son likes them cooked in orange juice and my daughter in pomegranate juice. I like either. It is one cup juice to one bag fresh cranberries.

I really like kohlrabi, it has a very short season here in California, but I understand that it is available for a long time on the east coast. It is like a very mild turnip. You can cook it or eat it raw. Rutabagas are very dense and take a long time cooking. I cut them into smaller pieces when I roast them so that they will get done at the same time as the other veg, I cook the root veg for about 40 minutes then add the zucchini and halved Brussels sprouts for the last 15 minutes. I season everything with garlic and olive oil.

I was irritated earlier today. My daughter asked me to watch the grannies for an hour. But then she had to leave an hour before the observation time and did not return until 40 minutes after, the hour stretched into almost 3.

Tammy - I know what you mean about reactive eating. Sometimes I am reacting to the very fact that I lost some weight. Somehow it makes me either feel like I should "reward" myself with food or makes me feel uneasy because change is happening. Sometimes I am reacting to not losing weight - and have a what the heck attitude or an in your face attitude only the face I am in is my own. I am glad to hear you are still in your calorie range and have made a quick recovery.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
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Marlene – Today I purchased 2 of the Lori Greiner On-the-Go Belt-Free pouches….black for DS and black & purple for me. I am thinking of giving DS his for Christmas as he is tough to buy for and this is something I think will come in handy for him. I hope mine works ok with my fat belly! More incentive to lose weight! My nu wave oven arrived but remains in the box till I have time to fuss with it. Same for the power station. You sure have a lot going on my friend. It seems though that you thrive on the remodeling, redecorating, and entertaining. I used to love to entertain but don’t do much of it anymore, partly because I can never predict my energy level with the autoimmune stuff I have going on and also because I seem to have lost confidence in myself when it comes to cooking for others besides DS. I remember my mother observing that her mother in her later years (much older than me though) lost confidence in her cooking abilities.

Linda – You sure have a wide variety of veggies in your repertoire. I am not familiar with kohlrabi and have never ever cooked a rutabaga. I never made my own cranberry sauce either. Most of the recipes I’ve seen call for a lot of sugar. Does yours?

The water came back on during the night. First it was very dirty but now seems ok. The water main break was less than a mile from here. The break then caused a sink hole which required evacuating folks in that neighborhood. The sink hole also swallowed up a power company truck. Thank God the driver wasn't injured. Folks in the sink hole area have been allowed back in their homes. But they don't have gas which is bad if that is how they heat their homes (we heat ours with natural gas).

I made the mistake of stepping on the scale today confident that I’d see a nice loss, only to find no change at all after days of total compliance and exercise. I have to tell you all it bummed me out big time and put me in a semi-grumpy mood. Then I caved and ate off plan. Not sure why, but I woke up extremely hungry, true hunger I think. So I overdosed on eggs and added an English muffin (something I almost never eat). I also had a few of the cookies my DS's Godmother sent him weeks ago and which haven’t interested me till today. Now I feel awful but plan to finish the day with healthy foods. I’m still under my cal range for the day but don’t have a lot of wiggle room and it is not even 2 pm.

Hope everyone is doing well and gearing up for a good weekend!


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