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9/20/14 11:56 A

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Good Saturday Morning Everyone,

Off to a great start - going to be 90 degree's here. I've learned that I don't want to exercise when it's hot so I hit the treadmill, wt lifted, and cleaned carpets for exercise this morning. Anything minor that I putt around and do will be a bonus. The tracker is on my ankle attached with a band (velcro'ed together). It's been about 2 weeks, lowest number of steps in one day 1400 and highest 6700. It's an easy way to see where I'm at throughout the day.

Have a super day everyone, T

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Good Morning:
I am holding at 174. My goal for Sept was to reach 170 (stretch goal) or 172 (will be happy goal). That 172 is looking within reach....but I have to leave Oct 3 for a weekend vacation in Long Beach, CA to attend a shower. I must get through this trip without gaining weight! (Which never happened before, LOL).

This is the time of year I love with so many food lines, beverages, and bakery goods having a seasonal "pumpkin" flavor. I still have pumpkin chai tea leftover from last year that I orderd to keep my pumpkin fixation going on all year.

Itz Sue--Have fun with the grannies at Fall Fest. I'll be attending a similar one next weekend. Then in October there is the huge annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale in Leesburg, VA that I go to every year. Several giagantic barns full of household goods, clothes, books, etc. I love to go the book barn/nook at both events. I'll be on the lookout for interesting home wall decor and sculptures/figurines. I am not frustrated about the mortgage today as its paid and I am getting restitution. I did not want to let the bank get away this without lodging a formal complaint. Congrats on reaching 85 pounds lost!

Tammyand--Just eat lightly and try to go for the healthy snacks first . You'll be back on track; a few days of non compliance is just a slight blip in the overall picture. I bet you wish G would just hurry up and finish the bathroom. I sent back my clothes to HSN on Thursday, and they have already received it Friday and refunded my money to my account. I always use UPS instead of USPS because they are faster for returns.

Debbiehs--Hope your team won! Big countdown to Mt. St. Helens hike. I am excited for you. Again, I just love your active lifstyle. I hope to be like you when I grow up; R. Hip willing.

It will be a quiet day for me. Got books to unpack and wall decor to hang and papers to sort and file. I am getting a huge load of paper ready to shred. I found a place that does it for free. That being said it will takes me weeks to go through all the financial papers and other things I have saved over the years. I find I tend to hoard all kinds of paper things and its time to stop!

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9/20/14 9:49 A

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Hello Everyone!

Tammy: thanks for the congrats! I too had a rough spell last nite .. Waited too long to have a meal .. I need to practice control when I don't get to follow my regular routine .. As we all know, our routine is not the priority for everyone in our lives.

Busy day planned for today. Fall Fest in the town by me, and my grandkids are participating .. One is dancing with her dance group, one is volunteering to help at one of the stands with his band group .. #3 has a soccer game where my SIL coaches .. And the little one tags along wherever my DD drags her. So this Grandma will be assigned duty on one of them for toting and protecting .. I'm excited .. I love to spend some time with each one of them .. Don't get much of a chance for one on one too often .. Except for the little one when the weather is too bad for her. (Ages 12, 9, 7 all play soccer .. Age 21 months is already kicking balls) then there's a marching band competition at the local high school. I'm sure there won't be foods exactly to my plan .. But I'm hoping for "harvestie" type foods .. And will do the best I can. Pray that the rain holds off for most of the day .. It will not be comfortable to be out in the rain all day even with my Mickey Mouse poncho!

God's Peace to you all!
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9/19/14 11:41 P

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Sue – Congrats on hitting the 85 pound mark. What a wonderful accomplishment!

Linda – I echo Sue’s caution about the pink eye. That can be nasty and very contagious as you probably know.

T – Yay for moving another cupcake wrapper. You are really rocking. It sounds like the challenge is really working for you. Way to go!

Kiwi – I added you as a friend. You will find that the folks on this thread are a very friendly and supportive group.

Marlene – Ugh! I have always hated banks and have never trusted them. I would be furious and I am glad you gave them an ear full. I received and have used my Lock and Lock oval glass baking dish. I love it. I have used it to make my baked chicken curry. The dish fits nicely in my toaster oven, and the plastic lid is great too.

Debby - I am sure you will have as much friend when your friend visits as I did with my friend today. I wish she hadn’t moved away, but she and her hubby are very happy in AZ. They lived in AZ before moving to PA for their business and returned to AZ at the first opportunity. I love how “off to the gym for a couple hours” is such a natural part of your life.

David – I blew it today too. Let’s make a deal to get back on track tomorrow, ok?

I am volunteering tomorrow but only for a little while, not all day as in the past. Good thing too because I am still not feeling well. Lunch today was a lot of fun. I had a healthy breakfast and ordered a healthy lunch (a cup of tomato soup and a veggie quiche). The only problem was I was still very hungry (true hunger) as the portions were so incredibly small. I drank water and coffee all through lunch but left there ravenous. When I got home I grazed all day and mostly on not healthy foods. I also napped again today for well over two hours. So I am very much not myself. I hope to get back on track tomorrow. I’m aiming to grocery shop tomorrow too, but if I don’t I’ll still be ok. Saturday….here I come!


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9/19/14 9:10 P

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Hello Everyone!

Tammy: glad you get to visit with your friend, and the trendy type restaurant .. Sounds like great fun! Hope your ambition is building each day to get back to exercising. My hubby really is a good guy .. He just forgets that I don't tolerate mess as well as he does.

Debby: tummy is a bit better today .. Not sure what the deal is with it. I pray for this entire group everyday .. You are my friends. I hear you on the "1st 80 lbs" .. I am now working on my 2nd 80 lbs .. This is a life long journey. It is great that you can do all that exercise .. I'm working on 30-40 mins of walking. Hope you have great fun at the hockey game.

Moving: hope you had a better day today … don't give up .. One day at a time .. Sometimes, one hour at a time .. It's a slow job, but can be successful if you keep up with your eyes on the goals.

Linda: I hope to get to a grocery store to get some supplies for soup this weekend. I plan to cook some and try freezing it in food saver bags to have on those hungry days. Homemade soup is always so much better than can stuff .. And bean soup can be healthy and filling. Yes .. Those voters .. What are they thinking?? I feel the same way about cream soups .. Too heavy! I think my tastes are changing too. Be careful of that pink eye .. The bugger went around my house a couple years ago .. Seems like we all got it.

Kiwi: we all hold onto each other for support .. Either pulling or pushing .. It helps!

T: yes, it's hard when hubby snacks .. And mine does all the time .. I have my broth or some dill pickles .. That helps me. I was feeling better today .. Did get my walk in for a change. I work in IT at a Mfg company in my area. I love your cupcake wall .. What a great way to have a constant motivator around.

Scrimp: sorry to hear of your frustration! Is it me .. Or does it seem like the more automation we have, the more stuff is getting messed up .. And I work in the IT field!! Crazy! I had to discuss with my CPAP provider today how they sent me the wrong cushions for my mask .. And now will have to follow up to ensure that my account gets credited correctly. It seems like it's never ending sometimes. I hope this doesn’t frustrate you too much .. Don't dwell on it and let it rule you! (afraid that's what I do .. So this advice is probably more for me than for you)

I did pretty good today .. Again .. Not great. I joined our dept's picnic for a couple hours today .. Watched the kickball tournament .. A bunch of young and old people trying to kick and run . It was quite fun. I didn't play .. Just cheered everyone on. I didn't eat … afraid my stomach would act up again .. And too far from a restroom .. But had a good time anyway. I also worked most of the day .. So right now .. 8:00pm .. I'm pretty tired, and thinking about eating .. So I'm logging here instead .. You folks give me strength .. From you that have been on the journey for a while, and succeeded to the newbies who are enthusiastic and primed to go! Thank you! I hit the 85 lb mark today .. I feel quite proud of that! I still have quite a ways to go .. But I think I'm over half way … and that is a good feeling!

God's Peace to you all!
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9/19/14 7:30 P

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Hello:

I am holding at 174 so I made my goal to lose a pound. I am on track today and also worked out for the 4th time this week on the treadmill.

Kiwi--Welcome! I follow a low carb plan and am always on the lookout for a protein based snack. I like turkey pepperoni--most barands 15 to 17 slices are only 70 calories; boiled egg-the whites; Cracker barrel 2% cheese bars (60 cals); Baby Bel Lite cheese (50 cals). For something sweet I like sugarfree fudgicles (40 cals) and SF popsicles (15 cals each and sugarfree jello whipped or plain or made with plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and/or berries.

T-Journey--Glad you decided to come back. Hows your tracker working? Have you lost any weight this week?

Justme--See, your DIL will come around--she needs your support altough she may not appreciate the gem that you are. I love smoked ham hock or smoked turkeyparts added to beans.

Tammyand--I think HSN has more youthful brands and a greater variety of clothes then QVC, most of my clothes are ordered from them. They send things right away too. Hope you are up to speed today. Sounds like a fun activity you have scheduled, and maybe you'll be too busy talking to eat much.

I sent in a written complaint to my bank because last Thursday the didn't pay off the mortgage and they sent the money Friday; and then deducted $18 and change from my escrow funds for being late because of their mistake of not sending the wire transfer. I found this out last night and then swifty wrote my complaint on the website. Today I got call from their investigations unit and I let them have it. They will refund the $18 and change; and I also hinted I would pull my business. I have 3 additional accounts and have been with this bank since 1994. You would think they would take extra care with a payoff--knowing that it was time sensitive on the 11th. The banker did the transaction on the computer and I had to electronically sign my name. Why it did not go through is a mystery and they bank could not give a reason. I sure gave them the bankers name who did my transaction.

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9/19/14 5:17 P

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Linda ~ I'm sorry to hear about your husbands passing. Thank you for the soup information, I look forward to things high carb not appealing to me in the future. Thanks for posting all the wonderful soups!

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9/19/14 4:41 P

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Journey - since I am the person cooking the meals and my husband is no longer alive I get to dictate what we are have. We have not had any cream soups in a year, no potato, no cheese, no Boston clam chowder, no fish chowder, no cream of anything homemade. I do use Campbell 98% fat free cream of mushroom to make casseroles. So while I add potatoes to many soups, I do not make old fashioned potato soup. I could make it with nonfat evaporated milk, but I have actually gotten to the point where cream soups (other than mushroom) do not appeal to me any more.

I am babysitting today - unexpectedly - GD got sent home with pink eye

goal is to be able to walk again
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9/19/14 4:05 P

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Hi Everyone

emoticon Debby ~ Are you & Doug going to the South Side of Mt.St.Helen's - SR 503, Forest Roads 83, 81 & 90? If yes, then you're driving right past the hill we live on (Big Sky Road - no road sign but you can't miss the semi's weigh station and a huge white fence going up the hill). That's so awesome that you guys are hiking up there!!! I can't wait for the pictures! So glad you got that terrible shot over with before the hike and glad it's working.

We have before, during, after pictures of the mountain blowing it's top off. My dad was a pilot, we have pictures that he took of: Mt.Hood, Broken Top, Mt.Jefferson, Mt.Rainier, and Mt.Adams hanging on our living room wall. When Mt.St.Helen's blew, we couldn't believe that people were actually selling ash! Those of us who hosed it, sweep it, breathed it, and lived in it could not get rid of it soon enough.

emoticon Marlene ~ NYC how cool ~ the big Rockin New Year ball drop, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jersey Boys and more!!! We'll be watchin the ball drop on tv.

emoticon Tammy ~ Hope you're back to feeling great soon (exercising again too). So sorry to hear about the infection- thankful for antibotics.

emoticon Linda ~ hurrah for sleeping through the night! Happy to hear about DIL being nice too. What do you do for potato soup? I stay away from this with so many carbs but fix it for my fit husband, Doug.

emoticon Sue ~ I hope you're energized soon. What company have you worked for 42 years? Please keep sharing any evening snacking idea's you run across. That fit husband I have crunches & munches in evening which makes me want to too - grrrrrr.

emoticon David ~ hope you & your wife qualify for a house.

emoticon Joann~ What grade do you teach? Hope you're having a great school year.

I'm doing good ~ week two of diabetic challenge, much of the info I've already learned in diabetic class and is always good to review it. I got to move another cupcake wrapper under the bar on the wall (click on my spark page to see the wall) total 20 pounds (wrappers). I can't wait till the day that I get to move the final wrapper down. Exercise is still not a habit yet. I sit and read through all the reasons I'm doing this (I have those written down - long list) - it motives me to get up off my butt and move it! Treadmill and wt lifting.

Blessings to all ~ have a great weekend! T


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Another yummy looking soup from JustMe. I can't wait for the weather to get cooler so I want to make soup!

Kiwi - I hope you find some good sources for protein. Eggs are good, too. And easy to add to a lot of things.

I'm checking in quick and early. I have a dog sitter coming by to set up for the night and day we'll be gone next week on our camping/hiking trip, then off to the gym for a couple of hours, and finally to the season opener for our local hockey team. Should be a fun night. I hope everyone is having a great day. Til tomorrow.

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Thank you all for the ideas and I will certainly be incorporating some into my food. If you think of anything else please let me know. It is very nice to have a place to go and talk with others. I will spend some time reading past posts so I can help/support others along this journey. Have an awesome day today

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Happy Friday all - had a great day yesterday, I wish there was a pool open everyday that was close, I would be in it today. We keep voting down a bond to get a local pool. I do not know why the average voter does not consider my needs when casting their ballot.

Senate Bean soup
1 lb dried Navy beans
1 ham hock (the meatier, the better)
1 large onions, peeled and roughly chopped
4 large celery stalks, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
˝ cup dry white wine
2 qt vegetable broth or stock
2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
˝ cup chopped parsley
Kosher salt and ground white pepper, to taste

if you want to go whole hog - this originally had 4 TBSP of unsalted butter in it

slow cook

Moving - we all have those days, my downfall is usually ice cream or gravy - you do not have to start over at the beginning - you still have all those great days on your record, this is a journey - you just took a detour - you are still facing in the right direction - just start walking

Sue - yes soup freezes very well. I did not know there was something you could soak beans in to help with gas - does anyone know about this?? My daughter uses beano before eating beans.

Journey - glad to see you checking in

Kiwi -welcome - I add nuts, seeds or cheese to salads to up the protein, quinoa is another good protein source

goal is to be able to walk again
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I totally blew today!!!!! Soda and jelly doughnuts for breakfast...won't even say what lunch was followed but a well rounded greasy burger and fries at a local burger joint.....
I'm not going to beat myself up though. Tomorrow is day #1 again. I don't know if I can reset all my stats and points. I'm going to check after this post.

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Well, let me see, what have I missed having skipped just one day.

Yes, Scrimp - I'm still here. Things have been a little hectic getting prepared for our hike on Tuesday, chauffeuring our son to and from work while his license is suspended, doing our regular everyday stuff, and fitting a few extra fun things like a hockey game (season opener tomorrow night), Strut Your Mutt and crocheting like mad to create an afghan for auction for a fund raiser for our little shelter. I've also been trying to avoid the computer while my neck/shoulder were hurting so bad. It appears that the injection from Monday is starting to do the trick, though, and I'm almost not hurting at all anymore.

TammyAnd - I'm glad to hear you're starting to feel better. I know that has to feel good and will help you get back to a little more active lifestyle. Good for you for staying on track through it. You'll do great at your lunch tomorrow and it's always fun to see old friends that you haven't seen in awhile. I have a friend from Southern California in town next week that I plan to spend some time with. She's moving her only daughter to college at Oregon State University this week. She's also lost a great deal of weight, so is always happy to eat at places that meet our needs.

Itz_Sue - I hope your tummy feels better. Soup will definitely be a good thing for a jumpy tummy. A good day is always a good thing - it's even better when we string a few together. Thanks for all your prayers. I know they help.

T- it's good to see you back. I hope your diabetic challenge is going well. I'll be contacting you soon after we've finished our hike. It looks like our weather is preparing to change the day after the hike. Thank goodness it's the day after and not the day of. I don't want to get rained on up there.

Kiwi - welcome to our little thread. There are several of us here that have become good friends and love to keep the thread going and have new folks join us. I hope you'll stick with us. As for good proteins, you can add tuna to lots of dishes as well as chicken, but I think you'll find that small amounts of nuts go a long way, yogurt, especially greek yogurt is full of protein and I've found a recipe on SparkRecipes called No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein bars that is a very good source of protein for me. Really read the nutrition labels on yogurt to avoid the carbohydrates. Everyone here knows I'm the exercise nut, so I look for high protein foods that are also good for recovery from a good workout. This one works well for me.

JustMe - I'm loving those bean recipes. I'm going to try some because they sound delicious. Sounds like your life is calming down and you're doing much better. I'm happy for you. It's much easier to focus on your goals when you don't have so much noise making it difficult. I hope you do get back to hiking. It will take time, but will be worth it. I was talking with my senior fitness instructor today and told her that I used to hike all the time when I was younger, then got so out of shape and unhealthy that I couldn't. I'm happy to be back to a place where I can do it again and plan to stay in shape so I can do a few really challenging hikes to spectacular places every year. Having lived near where you are, I know there are some pretty spectacular places to see right where you are.

Moving - I hope all is well with you. My son also works in a grocery store (in the deli) and it is a daily grind. Fortunately, it also has a paycheck, good benefits and is a good place for him. You sound grateful for what you have and that will go a long way to making you happy.

Scrimp - I miss some of our regulars, too. I wonder what happened to Trish and TriAgin. I hope they come back. I'll never leave, I just have days that I don't quite find the time to check in. Still jealous about your New York trip, but I'm going to Southern California and Disneyland in December for a week and that's a pretty great thing to anticipate for me. I love Disneyland. Especially without kids :) Congrats on getting the scale to move. Mine's being stubborn again, but I'm staying true. I'll get there, one way or another.

I used some chinese peppers from my garden in a dish tonight and it made it really delicious, though pretty dang hot. The plant was given to me by one of the other people in my senior fitness class (she's chinese). I haven't had this kind of pepper in my garden before so didn't know what to expect. I really like them, but will have to be careful how much I use in any dish in the future.

Stayed on track, did 35 minutes on the elliptical, 60 minutes senior fitness, and 20 minutes treadmill at 15% slope, 2.7mph. Burned over 900 calories according to the Spark People tracker. You'd think that kind of calorie burn day in and day out would result in massive weight loss. Well, it kind of did in the beginning - for the first 80+ lbs., but it really has slowed down. I know I'll have to stay very active the rest of my life to maintain what I've lost and keep losing the last pounds. I guess that's just how it is. Good thing I like to do active things!

I really do love reading everyone's posts. Keep coming back everyone. You feel like old friends to me.



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T – Happy to see that you are back. We missed you too! The folks on this thread are super.

Sue – So happy that your DH”s echo cardiogram went well. How sweet of him to clean up the kitchen for you too. He sure does have a good heart, both literally and figuratively!

Linda – Yay for sleeping through the night. A good night’s sleep can help us lose those extra pounds. Your last post is very thoughtful and touching. Thank you for all you do for all of us!


Kiwi – Welcome!!! Egg whites are one of my favorite ways to add protein. I love egg white veggie omelets. Also hard boiled eggs are a good grab and go protein. I use canned tuna occasionally and always have it on hand, just in case I am out of other protein options. Ground turkey (93% lean) makes nice turkey burgers that you can portion out and keep on hand in the freezer. Hummus with baby carrots is another easy way to get in your protein. I’m sure others on this thread will have more suggestions.

Marlene – What a shame about the HSN clothes having to go back. I haven’t bought clothes from HSN in years. They don’t seem to have as many clothing shows as Q does and it seems like their clothing is more expensive than some of the old stand-bys on Q. I am glad you are going to write a review on HSN about the inconsistency in sizing. I have seen reviews on Q about inconsistent sizing as well, but I have not had too many issues with their sizing. Good luck with the bathroom contractor. My basement bathroom remodel is ongoing as G works only a few hours a day and does not work every day. I don’t care so much since it is in the basement and isn’t causing an inconvenience. Hope all your med work ups turn out well. I would imagine that with your healthy weight, exercise habits, and healthy food choices your numbers should all look good.

I was on track again today with my food. I got some work done around the house but still don’t feel up to exercising. I plan to walk tomorrow after I have lunch with some church friends including one who is visiting after moving to AZ over a year ago. We are going to a restaurant that is kind of “hip” for lack of a better descriptor….they serve a lot of organic stuff and healthy items in general, but also a lot of carbs…whole wheat bread, whole grain wraps, etc. I haven’t been there in about a year (since my friend moved away) so I’m not sure how the menu you might have changed or not. I feel confident that I can get a nice salad. I know we will be so busy talking that the food will be secondary.
Here’s to a wonderful weekend for everyone.


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Hello Everyone!

Scrimp: I do the same thing with recipes, trying to make healthier alternatives. I also get the "size" thing .. I have no idea what size I wear anymore. I have pants that I'm pulling out of the closet that range in 4 different sizes, and many of them fit the same way. I always thought that better quality clothes ran a little larger, but this is crazy. I don't like to order too much from mail order, because the ratings on the sizes aren't reliable either .. I guess I really just need to try things on. Hang in there .. With your determined mind, you will get those 14lbs off.

Linda: doesn't a good nite's sleep make all the difference in the world … helps you face all kinds of things better, and make good choices for eating too. Thanks for another interesting bean soup recipe. Do you buy packaged beans from a regular grocery store? Do you soak them in something to relieve some of the gas (sorry .. I need to know that!). Do soups freeze well? I find that everyone sharing helps me too! I'm logging in later today .. I'm tired now .. And need team support to stay where I'm at with eating for today .. Then I can feel success!

T: glad you checked in again .. How's that diabetic challenge going? A general "howdy" is always good to see!

Kiwi: welcome .. Glad to have you join us. I have a handful of nut (almonds or pistachios) as a snack once in a while. I also have a smoothie for breakfast that has brown rice protein powder. Packets or cans of salmon on a salad are always good too.

I did pretty good today .. It's getting toward evening now, and I'm pretty tired .. So I might be heading to bed early .. Go read and stay away from the kitchen … I'll try to stick to that. My stomach was a bit upset this afternoon, and it feeling very empty now .. Yuk! I need to get to the store to get veggies .. Mix up one of those yummy soups to have on hand. A good cup of soup would feel good on the tummy right now.

Hang on everyone … Friday's coming!

God's Peace to you all!
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Welcome Kiwi4us!!!

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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the group and I am needing some ideas on how to get my protein in everyday. I am looking for ideas that are other than adding more chicken to my salad. I would like ideas that do not require me to have more carbs than I am already eating. Thanks for all your ideas.

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Hi Everybody,

I'm back to checking in here! Still continuing the diabetic challenge but missing the team here! I'll be looking backwards into all the past posts - to catch up with you all.

Have a great day! T

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White Beans and Pork
This is an old recipe of my grandmother from Pennsylvania
1 pound pork loin cubed
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 pound navy beans
1 bunch minced curly parsley
32 oz. box of low sodium chicken broth
as much black pepper as you can take
slow cook on low (you cannot do this one on high because the pork will dry out)

Very compliant today. Kefir for breakfast, salmon burger for lunch and fish and spinach for dinner tonight. hour and a half of water aerobics. I actually slept through the night last night from 11 to 5 AM without waking, first time that had happened in at least a year.

Marlene - you are inspiring me to do better and look more closely at what I am do and plan better. Thank you

Tammy - you are making me look at my problems in a more realistic way. So I have some knee pain - Thank God that is all it is. My asthma is 100% better and my other health problems appear to be under control at the moment. I am so blessed. Thank you

Debby - you are constantly giving me hope for the future. One of the major things I want to do is hike. Hearing about your trips and plans make me believe it is possible. Thank you

Moving - Listening to your strength in working at a daily grind and your continued great outlook, your plans for the future have made me realize how incredibly blessed I was to have a job that I loved for 30 years. My husband was right, maybe I never really did know what it was to work because I enjoyed my work so much and found it continually fulfilling. I now have this wonderful retirement that pays enough so that I can do most of the things I want if I pay attention to the bottom line. thank you

P&B - you have taught me what it is to constantly up your goals on exercise to take it one step more. thank you

Cat - you have shown me what it is to appreciate who is with you, your companions and your family. I have always acknowledged their importance, but have sometimes forgotten the true joy they give me. Thank you

and to everyone else who shares here everyday you teach me something new, a new perspective, a new insight and new tool. Thank you

Spark on
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Good Day Everyone.....to who's left on this thread, LOL. I hope missing regulars come back soon and are staying on plan. On the few days that I don't post usually I am on vacation/away from home or I have gone off plan for the day, LOL.

The scales moved--173.8/174 on both scales. 14 hard pounds to go. At this rate, it will truly take until Christmas.

I went to the doctor today and had bloodwork, and EKG, and I have to go for a bone density scan.

Had to send back almost all of my HSN Iman order--several pants and and a moto style jacket. I just kept a few medium sleeveless tops to wear under a jacket. Can't wait to give a bad review because sizing was way off in these pants they said were so stretchy you could go a size down. I could barely get my leg in the size Large and the Mediums were like a size 6-8.

Sue--Glad to see you hanging in and making healthy choices at Denny's. Sometimes its the size of the portion that does us in as opposed to the cal count of a normal serving.

Almost all recipes can be altered to reduce fat, calories, and sugar. Like If I was making chicken parmesan--I'd use chicken breast, egg white wash, a few tbsp of "Panko" bread crumbs or none at all; and sear cook it with oil spray and broth. Then I would make a sauce of herbs, low cal pasta sauce or salsa, mushrooms, spinach, and 1/2 of whats called for in fresh grated parmesan.

Try it. Ask yourself, do I really need to add this ingredient or can I substitute with a healtheir option.

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Hello Everyone!

Wow! Wednesday's almost done already! Where does the time fly? I took my hubby to his echocardiogram test today, and I think it went well .. They didn't put him in the hospital, or run and get the doctor, or call us when we got home .. So that's good. We stopped for lunch at Denny's and I had the veggie skillet .. It was very tasty .. The waitress said they sprinkle a little fajita seasoning on the potatoes so it wasn't spicy, just a bit of a zip ..and I like that. The best part was it's listed as under 550 calories (I think the SparkPeople tracker had it at 330 actually) .. So I was very close to staying inside my normal calorie range. We then did a bit of grocery shopping then I finished the day working from home to catch up on what I missed in the morning. I'm feeling better today, got a better night's sleep .. And my hubby did clean up the kitchen before I got home from work yesterday .. That always helps my mood .

Linda - I'd love some bean soup recipes. I've tried a couple of the package ones .. And they just are not as good as homemade. Something not too complicated for me who doesn't want to stand or sit in the kitchen too much. The less I stay in the kitchen, the better I do on my plan. Glad to hear you got to bring the kids home from school. Maybe the anger from the beginning of this will calm down to a more normal state for all of you. I keep praying. I did see your bean recipe and copied it to my recipe collection. .. Hmm fire roasted tomatoes in it sounds yummy. Do you think veggie broth would work instead of chicken stock? I'm gonna try it!

Scrimp: I love to hear of your ambitious days .. It really helps me get up from the chair and move myself more .. On my way to onederville! I had to turn on HSN the other day .. I'd never watched .. Interesting. I'm not sure I'll buy things, but it would be a good resource to learn about things right? I'm not really much of a shopper .. Never really had the resources to do that, so it's probably a good thing.

Tammy: hope you're feeling better, and have more energy soon .. I know that on days I'm not feeling well, I don't want to move much either. Turkey chili sounds good .. Especially now the weather is chilling down. It's kind of neat to "grow up" with your doctor .. I've never had doctors stick around that long. We've had some really good ones that I was really sad when they left. Glad you have someone helping you with the lupus .. That is a tough one!

Moving: every movement helps, and counts as exercise .. Check out SparkPeople's activities, I believe there is something there for cleaning. Yep … I feel the same way about "back to work" .. Don't they know we need to have a day off after every workday .. BUT get the same pay!!?? ;) I've been working at my company for nearly 42 years .. Yikes .. That's a long time!

Numbers: hope you too are feeling better .. This is the season, isn't it? Get plenty of rest, and be well!

Debby: it was a nice day here .. I didn't have much of a chance to go for a real walk .. But after hubby and I went out to lunch .. I walked from the restaurant to the grocery store, while he drove over .. It was good to get a little sunshine. I'm always afraid to walk in the winter .. Afraid of falling. I've never had very good balance, and ice skating (even without skates) is not one of my skills. One week to St Helen's .. How exciting! I pray that the injection does the trick to help you .. Is this something that keeps progressing to help? .. Like a cordisone shot (my hubby had one once). Pain affects so much in our lives .. I pray yours goes away!

Well .. It's bedtime for me .. A little relaxing reading, and then sleep.

God's Peace to you all!
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Hello:
I did my treadmill for the 3rd day so I will take a rest day tomorrow. The scale has been up a pound for 2 days and I have been compliant with my plan. Arrghhhh! It must be the sodium again.

Debbie-You know I share your angst about the slightest indulgence resulting in slowing weightloss. Weightloss is a tricky business, no diet or exercise can influence when our body decides to drop a pound. Yes I am very interested in your hikes and I can live vicariously through you. Once I took a guided hiked in Yosemite Park; it was one of the vacation high lights of my life. I think it was half dome. I think the shot you had may be what my doctor had suggested as a last resort to manage my hip pain. My R hip still feels weak at times, and if I stand for too long in one place it definitely feels like it could give out. I am afraid these changes are here for good. I love New York! As I said we are literally steps from Times Square and I'll be able to see that ball drop on New Years!

Tammy- Take care of yourself. I always buy Shady Brook Farms Italian Style ground turkey. It tastes just like sausage. All those days of compliance will catch up to the scale.
I have a big box here from HSN (Iman had a TSV--"step into slim" stretch pants. I needed some pants in color other than black and I had too order my choices in two sizes and I'll send back what doesn't fit. I need a large in pants but sometimes the waist is too big in the ab area and it sags. I always like the waist to fit snugly. And of course I had to get a few tops to match and a jacket while I was in an ordering frenzy.

Justme-I had bean soup today and mixed in some seafood chowder. They always have 3 varieties of hot soup at work and I always mix two kinds to cut calories and make an interesting variation.

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Linda – I am so glad your cousin has a place to live and has some plans in place for more permanent living arrangements. It is very kind of you to celebrate her birthday with her. Hope you see a movie you enjoy!

David – Celebrate all the calories you burned as well as how much better your apt. looks after all of your hard work cleaning. That is definitely a double winner! But don’t celebrate with a sugary soda!!!

Numbers – Hope you are feeling better. Don’t let that light-headedness go too far. I would check that out soon. It could be blood sugar, blood pressure, or who know what! Yes it was a very positive appt. with my doctor. And I was worried as I tend to do when it comes to healthy matters. I really am blessed to have this doctor who knows me so well.

Debby – I hope the shot continues to work and your pain lessens till it is gone completely! Your hiking plans and strategies fascinate me. I am not at all knowledgeable about this stuff, even though my son is an Eagle Scout and has done more than his share of outdoor activities despite his cerebral palsy. I have been keeping him posted on your plans, and he is really interested in what you are doing as well. Will you still go ahead with your plans if the weather is not good?? I can’t remember if you told us, but how far is Mt. St. Helen’s from where you live?

I am checking in early because I am tired and might end up napping later on. I still have some chills even though it is 70 degrees and sunny here today. I am on the antibiotic for about 24 hours at this point. I am on track with eating but don’t plan to exercise today again as my energy level remains low. I really want to get better soon as I have lunch plans on Friday with a friend who is back in town for a brief visit after moving to AZ over a year ago.


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Beans sounds good.....when's dinner? emoticon

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I am taking my cousin out for her birthday to her favorite restaurant which is Red Lobster. It has some good food choice so that is no problem. Then we are going to go to the movies. A day of fun and nothing else. She has found a place to live for at least a few months. What will happen after that depends on a government program and if she qualifies. But at least she has some plans.

I made a yummy bean soup yesterday.

I like to soak my beans over night. I started with a mixture of black beans, navy beans, and black eyed peas.

After soaking the beans overnight and rinsing them I put them in the crockpot on low with a can of fire roasted tomatoes, a half cup of chopped celery, a half cup of chopped onion, one bunch of chopped parsley, one pound of low fat fully cooked ham or turkey ham cubed and 32 ounces of low sodium chicken stock.

Have a great day all
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Hi everyone - quick check in at the end of a busy day.

TammyAnd - I hope that infection clears up quickly for you and you start to feel better soon. I know I find it much harder to stay on track when I'm not feeling well. Good for you for doing so well in spite of it.

Scrimp - I love New York (to visit). Someday I hope to get back. I know you're going to have a fabulous trip. I, too, feel very guilty after over indulging, even though I know it won't hurt me in the long run if I stay consistent with my diet and exercise. I do find it frustrating that overindulging by only 500-600 calories can make the scale show a 2 lb. gain, but having a calorie deficit of 500-600 calories shows nothing! What gives! And I have to really work hard for days and days to get it back off. Something isn't right with that. Sounds like you've managed to at least not gain, so I call that a win.

NumbersCount - I'm sorry you're feeling ill. I hope it goes away soon.

Moving - you'd be surprised how many calories doing heavy cleaning can burn. I know you got some real exercise in doing that. I hope you qualify for a house. That would be a real blessing for you and your wife.

JoeJoe - I hear you about eating a little off plan causing a few weeks of having to work it back off. It's a good thing this is a journey, not a sprint. Most of us would have never made any progress if we didn't keep persisting in spite of set backs. We have a few new women in our senior exercise class that are very over weight and out of shape. I've been telling them that this journey is not about perfection, it's about consistency. I plan to take a picture of my old self to show them Thursday so they can see what is possible. Most people don't recognize me from my top weight - as I'm sure Scrimp can attest from her own transformation. I think they need to see that I did not get to the physically fit person I am now over night.

Itz_Sue - I'm glad you like those nature walks. I always feel so much better in the out of doors. It lifts my spirits. I've always heard that we should try to find activities that we enjoy so that we will keep doing them. I think I've found mine, and that's hiking. (I hate running!) My husband and I are thinking that we'd like to go on several challenging hikes a year. That means going to the gym regularly so we're in shape to do them, of course, but it really gives us incentive to do it, knowing that a new exciting trail is beckoning in the near future. Weather here in the Pacific Northwest gets pretty gnarly for hiking in the winter, but we're going to try to take advantage of the good patches of weather when we can get it. There are plenty of low elevation trails in the area to explore.

JustMe - how wonderful that you DIL is letting you bring the grandkids home. I hope this leads to a much more peaceful pattern of behavior and that you get to see them regularly. Divorce should not result in grandkids being separated or taken out of their grandparents life. I think any chili recipes would be a great addition to what you've been sharing. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent of cooking with us.

Yesterday I had an epidural/anesthetic injection into my cervical spine. It was really painful during the procedure, but seems to have resulted in less pain today. I don't really ever want to do that again, unless the alternative is surgery. The problem is not completely resolved (I'm noticing it while I'm typing here at the computer) but it is better. My doctor hopes it will improve over the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, my husband found this really great little hole-in-the-wall taco restaurant in downtown Vancouver (Washington, not BC) and took me there for lunch today. I had a fabulous shrimp taco that was less than 300 cal. and very filling. I think I'll return next time I'm down that way.

Less than a week to our hike up Mt. St. Helen's. I'm getting very excited and praying for good weather. It looks like rain is supposed to stay away until the day after the hike. That would be great. We're gathering camping and hiking equipment to be sure we're prepared and continuing to train to be sure our muscles and bodies are good to go. I'm glad so many of you want to hear about this. I feel like I'm obsessing a little about it. It's a big deal to me and something I could only have imagined doing not that long ago. Now I'm even thinking I could hike Mt. Whitney in California (highest peak in the contiguous US). We used to work on the Inyo National Forest, where Mt. Whitney is located, but I was never in shape to do that climb then. I might be now. Something to set my sights on?

Had a compliant day - not so much yesterday - I think the stress from my medical procedure threw me off. But today was good, so that's what counts. Happy tomorrow everyone.



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Just a quick check-in...wishing everyone a great tomorrow. emoticon

Was out sick yesterday and didn't feel much better at the office today. So tired and light headed but can't sleep. Slowly getting better.

Moving: sounds like spring cleaning fever. At least it results in a sparkling home!

Tammyand: ...and you were worried about what the doctor would say. Sounds like it was a positive visit. Hopefully, the meds will kick in and you'll be feeling better in no time. I didn't realize you have lupus - that's a tough load to carry. Your dedication to exercise and eating healthy despite the challenges imposed by lupus is inspiring.

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Another busy day. Did some deep apartment cleaning today. Floors, kitchen etc., followed by cooking dinner. I'm pooped. Haven't cleaned like this for awhile. Wonder what kind of calories I burned?. Well its back to work tomorrow... Ugh... Could really use another day off.... Oh well. Hope everyone had a good evening. Time to turn off the light. emoticon

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David – Hope Tuesday was better for you than Monday. Good idea to get some sleep after a rough day.

Marlene – You sure had a busy and productive day. It’s a good feeling when you get so much accomplished. I am quite impressed that you did a Zumba class too. I understand that Zumba is very demanding.

Linda – Woo Hoo for being able to drive your grandchildren home. I hope your DIL eventually comes to realize that the needs of her children are far more important than her own anger or whatever it is that drives her to keep you guys apart. My doctor appointment went well. He is so funny. He reminded me today that when I first started going to him I was 26 (I’m 57 now). What’s even funnier is that he is a few years older than me but I didn’t remind him of that today! He said I have an infection in my system, and he prescribed an antibiotic which I started on this afternoon. I think the infection is taking its toll on me because I slept from 5:30 till about 7:30 today which is very rare for me. I go back to the doctor in two weeks and sure hope I am better before then.

I was totally compliant with my eating today but didn’t do any exercise or walking as my energy was quite low. As I mentioned to Linda, I am now on an antibiotic which I hope will knock out this infection and allow my energy to return. I made a pot of turkey chili before I took a 2 hour nap today. The chili turned out great. DS loved it, and we have enough for a few more meals. My grocery store has ground turkey (93% lean) on sale this week. I think I will go back for more before the sale is over.




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Hi Everyone:
Stayed on plan today and did my treadmill routine and then did a Zumba class.
Had someone replace my back gutter today to make sure it is sloped.
Did some furniture rearranging and I also worked this morning and got something done.

Hope everyone is on track.

Justme---Bean Soup is my vote.

Debbie--Hope the injection worked.

Moving--Each day is a fresh start.

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So, my DIL let me bring the kids home from school today. It was nice. I took them by Foster's and got them a treat. I volunteered in their classrooms which is always nice.

Moving - sorry about Murphy's law but congrats on the weight loss and the house hunting.

Tammy - how did your doc visit go? Lupus can be so difficult to deal with. You never know when it will flare or exactly what it is going to do to you. You are so active and vital that I forget what you are coping with. You are a role model.

Marlene - your NYC trip sounds absolutely fantastic. Have fun fun fun

Joann - both of my nieces played college volleyball. One was scouted for the Olympic Team, but they told her she would have to bulk up. She is tall enough at 6'2', but did not have enough muscle mass. Real competition volleyball is very different from what I played in high school .

Sue - what do you want to look at next - bean soups or beef?

Debby - did your injection help? I hate neck pain, for me it always leads into a headache.

The hurricane has pushed some clouds up here so it is humid and hot. I am praying for some rain this evening.

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Well, today was just one of those days. Murphys law was in full swing but I'm going to bed, get some sleep, and start all over again tomorrow. Goodnight all.. emoticon

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Moving--Thanks for the congrats!

Tammyand--No I don't get any physical effects, but I do suffer from supreme guilt after indulging and even anger knowing that just one meal off plan could equal a pound or two gain and no progress forward. As you said before, it is likely the salt tht is the culprit. It mus be tough to live with lupus flare-ups.

I made myself some carbs today, I wanted whole wheat cous cous so I cooked 1/2 c in turkey broth with frozen mixed veggies. then I added in 3 premade cut up turkey meatballs. I'll eat the rest of the cous cous for dinner, but today for sure I am going to work out.

Justme---I bet your daughter will be asking you to help out/watch the kids very soon. Might not be a bad idea to pull back and wait until she approaches you, assuming she will come to her senses.



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Joann – Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! That carb sensitivity does me in too. I’ll never understand why it seems that the weight comes on in an eye blink but takes weeks to go away again. I’m in a similar boat as you since I ate carbs yesterday. I’m back on track today but it will take some time for me to undo the carb damage I am sure.

Linda - Enjoy the peace you have found. And have fun seeing your grandchildren tomorrow!

Marlene – You are a very wise woman with great insights. You are so right about the bouts of eating off plan, not giving up, and just pressing on. I must admit though that my history is one of taking care of others and not taking care of myself. I think I have overcome that stage however. By the way I love the project manager analogy. That is how I am going to think of this weight loss plan from now on. Thanks for the insight. By the way, your Saturday night dinner sounds fabulous! Just wondering though, did you have any physical effects from eating off plan? Sorry to be so personal, but we’re like family here. Sometimes I get diarrhea if I stray into rich foods after long periods of compliant eating.

Sue – I like your style…”Lunch is packed, shoes are tied..” Good plan too to walk at lunchtime. When I worked I made the mistake of almost never stopping to take a real lunch break. I usually just worked through my lunch and ate at my desk. I am sure that contributed to my weight gain.

Today, Compliance Monday, I am back on track. I still don’t feel like myself however. I suspect it is the autoimmune stuff primarily. Tomorrow I see my dermatologist for an appt. I had to reschedule from July. In a way it is good timing as my skin is really flaring right now, also related to the lupus I imagine. I sort of dread seeing him because I am so bad and I worry what he will tell me, but on the other hand I am pretty sure he will have some treatment suggestions. I just hope it is not steroids this time. I have been with the same dermatologist for over 30 years. He is more like a family doctor than a dermatologist to me. And I know he knows me better than my own family doctor who I’ve gone to for the past 16 years. Well time to get the laundry out of the washer!

Happy Compliance Monday buddies!


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I am back to living my own life and a nice life it is. The best thing I did for my son was to tell him he could not keep running to my house. They eventually had to talk. I do not know what is going to be the final outcome, but talking is definitely a step in the right direction.

Compliance Monday - I am looking forward to this. Off to a good start. Tomorrow, I will volunteer at the grannies' school. We will see how far this "reasonableness" extends. Can I drive them 5 miles to their home???

As far as soup and which one I like the best - I love soup - and which one I like the best depends on how I am feeling - the one I make the most is the plain old chicken soup, but when I am sick or not feeling well it is the Asian or the ginger with lemon - so no real answer there.

Thank you all each and every one for the support, the help, the advice and just being there.

I feeling very much at peace today.

Sparkle on
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Wow schrimp1, congrats on the mortgage payoff. I'll be 56 in October and just put paperwork together to try to gualify for a house.

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YAY ITS COMPLIANCE MONDAY!

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I had a lovely visit with my sons and their families on Saturday. We went to a nice restaurant and then later I had my daughters-in-law help me with taking some pictures of myself. I had the statement from the bank indicating "Paid in Full"; as the actual cancelled mortgage document won't arrive for several weeks.
I must say I am surprised that my two financial companies where I liquided all my assets did not call me to attempt to retain my business; or ask me why I did it as a follow-up.

I want to encourage everyone who suffers from bouts of eating off plan. Thats life. We cannot give up we just keep pressing on. Ask yourself if your weight is the priority or is it taking care of others at the expense of our own well being. The good news is that you CAN do both! At age 50 plus we know how to be a Project Manager in our everyday life; we just apply the same principles to be disciplined about managing our weight.

I ate off plan at Satuday nights dinner. It was delicious! Yes I had bread, bruschetta, cheesy linguine, fried calamari and more. emoticon

I am holding at 175. I appear to be losing 1 pound a week which is fine by me.

Oh, I am planning a fabulous trip to NYC at Christmas week Dec 30-Jan 2. We'll take Amtrak and I booked my tickets. I have a hotel just of Times Square at 46th st; and we will be able to attend Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve. I also booked tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and a Broadway Show Jersey Boys. Both of those venues are very close to the hotel. I also want to attend the today show on the morning of the 31st. My friend from Canada that came over last July and motivated me to start my diet as soon as she went home is coming with me.

Welcome Back, Numbers. Glad to hear you have continued to lose weight.

Tammyand--Hope you did not come down with illness. I know what you mean, Complaince is supposed to be rewarded, I get irritated about that two. The days of losing more than 1 pound a week seem to be over.

Debbie--I love reading about your hiking plans; I'd be tempted to take something more substantial for my first eating break that could survive without refridgeration for a while, like a sandwich, LOL.

Itssue--You sound like you have such a busy life with your family. Its so hard to stay on plan with constant eating situations and decisions. As evidenced by your weightloss you are making more positive choices.

Joejoe--Soundslike a fun weekend. I am so carb sensitive too--I know exactly what you mean. Alas, why can't we eat what we want!

Justme--What kind of chicken soup do you prefer out of all those recipes? I liked the Asian and Winter vegetable versions. Actually, i prefer using turkey meat/bones instead of chicken. I always have defatted turkey broth on hand cause I boil turkey necks and turkey thighs frequently. I just love boiled turkey necks with hot sauce.

Moving--Congrats on losing a few more pounds.

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Hi, everybody! Just a quick check in before the kiddos hit the classroom door :) I was out of town this weekend. My oldest daughter and I drove up to where my youngest attends college. My youngest is a scorekeeper for the volleyball team at Auburn and she worked the tournament Auburn hosted this weekend. So, we got to visit and see some awesome volleyball. I am tired, but it is a good tired. I am frustrated with myself because I ate whatever I wanted all weekend long, and I cannot do that. I am so carb sensitive that a weekend like this is bound to set me back for a couple of weeks on my weight loss. Oh well, time to pick myself up and move forward. I'll be catching up on everybody's posts later today. Blessings, y'all!

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: another awesome soup recipe added to my recipe box. I am a collector of recipes for sure .. Don't always make them, but like to read through them. 90s by you .. 40s by me .. What a difference a few miles can make! Glad to hear you had a good plan day! Now you are ready for Monday!

DebbyHS: I love to read about your planning of your hike .. And bulding up strength to do it. Maybe one day, I'll do some hiking .. Right now I'm excited to go for a walk outside. I love to be outside (except for the bugs, or heat lol). We live close to a nature area and do go for walks there when we can (hubby and I) .. Just not often enough. I might have missed it .. But do you work at a dog shelter? I love dogs .. Maybe when I retire, I can volunteer at ours .. I have so many plans for when I retire. I think with all the exercise you are getting, you will keep losing even if you are not exactly eating on plan .. Enjoy life!

Tammyand: the weather at the soccer game on Sunday was much better .. I still dressed pretty warm, and was perfectly comfortable. It's funny that I am much cooler since I've lost weight .. Guess I don't have as much "built-in" insulation now. Hope you are feeling better today .. Don't let a bug get you down.

Well .. I'm off to work .. Not letting the cold, rainy Monday get me down. I plan to take a good walk on the skywalk at work today … this gives me something to look forward to. Lunch is packed, shoes are tied .. And we are off!

Have a great Monday SparkFriends!

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Sue - Hope you weren't too cold at the game. And hope that you had a compliant day as planned.

Linda - Glad you are finally able to relax a bit. You deserve it! Enjoy.

Debby - Thanks for your encouragement. I will hang in there....but today wasn't a good day, mostly because I just didn't feel well. Thanks for explaining about what you will take to eat on the hike. I am quite unfamiliar with this type of activity and I am interested in learning about what you do.

I did not feel well all day. I went to church but was achy all over. I stayed for our Sunday School breakfast and ate a little of the healthier options, essentially staying on plan. I was chilly all day even though DS and a friend who was visiting said it was not at all cold in here. So I am wondering if I am fighting off something. Well, I strayed from my plan today and am really ok with it. I just didn't have it in me today to make the effort to cook. I fully intend to be back on plan tomorrow. Today was one of those blips that happen sometimes. Time for bed.

Hope everyone's weekend was great!

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JustMe - I'm so glad to hear that things are relaxing for you right now. You deserve the break. Keep posting the soup recipes. They look delicious.

TammyAnd - It sounds like you're doing all the right things and I know you'll see a good result. Sometimes our bodies are just stubborn. I know mine sure is. I think you asked me some time back what kind of food I'd be taking on my hike. Since it's a 10+ mile hike in arduous conditions, we'll be taking calorie and nutrient dense foods that can easily be packed in small spaces. Also, we should burn about 2500-3000 calories or more on this hike, so my calorie range is out the window for the day. We want food that will support the energy expenditure and provide healthy carbohydrates for the energy our muscles will need. So, what we're taking is homemade No-bake Peanut Butter Protein bars (Spark People recipe), trail mix (various nuts and seeds, raisins, M&Ms), a couple of those tuna and cracker type lunches that they sell for lunches or snacks, animal cookies, fruits and veggies (grapes, apples, baby carrots, celery) and at least a gallon of water each. Since we can only carry what fits in our backpacks and there will be no refrigeration, the food must be portable and not perishable. We've been enjoying our practice hikes and I know they've been helping us prepare both physically and mentally, though none of them compare with what we will be doing on the 23rd. I will definitely post some pictures when we get back.

Yesterday was fun with all the dogs at the Strut Your Mutt event. We raised almost $2500 for our shelter and one of our long time residents got adopted. It was definitely a good day. There were probably about 200-300 dogs at the event. And, no dog fights at all.

I didn't stay on track too well yesterday (sigh), but am doing OK today. I got a 2000 meter swim in earlier and that felt really good. I love to swim, but just don't do it often. My gym has a pool that's open 24/7, so there's really no reason not to. I just don't fit it in often. I do get plenty of exercise, though, as many of you know. So, here's to starting another streak of earning stars - at least until the 23rd. I do not plan on counting calories when I'm hiking that day.

Tomorrow I go in for an injection in my neck to ease the nerve pain that's been bothering me. I fully expect it to help and make my life much easier. It hasn't been unbearable lately, but it'll be nice to have it gone. My doctor is hopeful that it will do the trick and avoid any future surgeries. And, no, this is not affecting my ability to hike or exercise in any way, nor is any of my activity aggravating it. It's mostly annoying and occasionally fairly painful. But, it is chronic. I'll let you know how it goes.


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Winter Vegetable Chicken Soup

1 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoons ginger grated fresh ginger
32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 small turnip, pealed and cubed
1 small rutabaga pealed and cubed
salt to taste
1/2 pound chicken meat
1/2 cup frozen peas
4 scallions, sliced
slow cooker

Water aerobics, good food choices and a relaxing day. What more can you ask for? Well, may be a let up in the heat. In the 90s today.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: another awesome soup recipe .. I am definitely trying this one. I love soups and these all seem very healthy .. And I can control the amount of salt. Thank you. I continue to pray for your family .. Divorce affects everyone in the family .. My brother went through it .. I can't imagine if it was my child. Take care of you through this.

Tammy: I understand what you are saying about catching up with cousins. I got to do that a couple times this year .. Once at our big family reunion in July, and then again at a funeral a week ago. I talked to cousins I hadn't seen for years and years. I think that (thanks to the weight loss) I was more confident in talking to them. I'm kind of shy .. And I do think that the weight loss gives me confidence. Hang in there, get back on track and you will feel better .. In many ways. We are pulling for you.

Another alone day for me .. 7:42am .. So far emoticon so good! :) .. I'm going to keep myself busy today .. And plan to get to bed early. I did ok until about 8:30 last nite .. Then I felt shaky and not well .. So I ate a half a turkey sandwich. I'm not diabetic (it's been checked several times) but I really think it's a blood sugar thing. It was the only time I strayed yesterday. Ended up a little over 1200 calories .. Which really isn't bad .. But eating so late, and having bread is not in my plan. I don't really count calories, but since I log in SparkPeople, it helps me understand what I am eating, and how I feel when I eat a certain way. Weight stayed the same today … so I plan for compliance today .. Sticking to veggies for snacks, and adding a little protein to help satisfy. Going to grandson #1's soccer game today .. Hopefully it'll be a bit warmer than yesterday's games … brrrrr.

Well .. I'd best get to it. Hope everyone has a Blessed Sunday!

God's Peace to you all!
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Debby – I think the strut your mutt idea is adorable, especially with the pug in a stroller. I bet your doggies enjoyed it as much as you! Hope you raised lots of $$ too. And yay for dropping another pound. Your commitment pays off!

Marlene – What a good mom you are, celebrating the mortgage pay off with your sons. Hope you had a good time. It rained here most of the day, and I suspect you had some rain in Delaware too. Thanks for your encouragement. I know you are right but at the moment I’m not too patient I guess. When I stray from plan, I understand not losing….but when I am as compliant as I have been I expect results.

Sue – Hooray for being at your lowest recent weight. Ah, what a feeling of success! Keep it up my friend. You’ll be in onederland before you know it! Yippee for you! Glad you did ok this evening and that you had a plan, just in case!

Linda – I appreciate your encouragement and hope that you are right that I’ll eventually see a good loss on the scale. I am happy that things are calm for you now. Enjoy it!

David – Woo Hoo for losing 2 pounds! I am so proud of you and so happy for you. I know what you mean about the deaths of people around your age. It is quite a reality check when that happens. This past week a college classmate of mine died suddenly (heart attack…no previous history) and another woman I know (two years older than me) died from cancer. I always say that every day is a gift from God and it is up to each of us to make the most of it.

Numbers – So nice to see you back with us. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Stick around!

I had a great time at the baby shower today. The food was good and relatively compliant. I forgot to ask for salad dressing on the side (too busy talking with relatives) and felt the salad was just swimming in the dressing. Of course I ate it because I was hungry. I also had a glass of wine. For dessert they served cake and ice cream. I ate the cake but not much ice cream as sometimes that does a number on my stomach (lactose intolerant at times). I can also feel the sodium so inherent in restaurant food. In addition to the wine, I drank a lot of water and coffee and just about floated out of the restaurant. I don’t feel well now however, probably a result of straying from plan. I will need a few days of strict compliance in order to get my healthy feeling back. On a much brighter note, I completely enjoyed the time with this branch of my family. Three of us “girl cousins” got to catch up with each other and made plans to get together more often.


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Asian Chicken Soup

Ingredients
two 32-ounce boxes low sodium chicken stock
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound) cubbed
3 baby bok choi
2 chopped scallions
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins or 1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
2 stalks celery, diced
8 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1/2 can diced water chestnuts
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
slow cooker

garnish
bean sprouts
3 scallions, diced
salt to taste

I went to water aerobics. Ate fairly well today. Things continue to be calm.

Sue thank you for your prayers. They seem to be working. You sound like you have a great plan for tonight.

Marlene I am a little jealous of you with your weight loss, your hour glass figure and your house paid off. Congrats on so many levels. You are an inspiration

Numbers - Wow 66 pounds wonderful! and you sound like you have three great kids to be proud of .

Moving - You seem to be doing much better. And you are absolutely correct, if we do not take care of ourselves today, we may not have a tomorrow. My husband died at 58. He was a big strong healthy man and then in a blink of an eye he wasn't. He had shortness of breath in May and died in October of congestive heart failure.

Debbie - I am so happy you are enjoying your hike. You have planned for it for so long and now you are reaping the reward. Have a great time. ENJOY!

Tammy - may be your body is planning to hold on to the weight and then give you a big surprise like mine did. Hang in there and eventually it will happen.

The journey - Come back occasionally and just say "Hi" good luck on your challenge

Gini - You might consider a trip to British Columbia - it is beautiful there, but not too sunny.

P&B - What beach are you staying at? I have been to most of the beaches on the West Coast from Cabo to British Columbia, but have never been to beaches on the east coast other than Miami and Galveston.

Cat - missing you!

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Hello Everyone!

Moving: glad to hear about the "snack bags" to help with the grazing. It seems we have to retrain our brains when it comes to eating healthier. It's very true (and scary) to think what this weight can do to us. Keep up the good work, and you'll find those 2lb losses stacking up.

Numbers: sounds like you are busy with your family. We too are looking for a car for our youngest .. He's buying, we are helping him find one within his price range that is safe and reliable .. It IS very hard. Good luck!

I have my alone evening today, and so far, I'm doing ok. I made a leftover piece of fish, some mashed cauliflower and steamed green beans. It was very yummy, and satisfying. Hoping by coming to this site .. I make it through the rest of the evening without snacking. I definitely am not hungry .. Just used to eating my way through lonely evenings. I'll be having a cup of herbal tea, a large glass of water (or 2), and brushing my teeth very soon. That's my plan! If I find that watching TV is not distracting enough .. I'm off to bed to read. Writing it down will help me stick to it! Thank you for listening!

God's Peace to you all!
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Good afternoon everyone! I’ve been MIA on the thread since the end of July (can’t believe how time flies!). Just a lot going on and staying in touch is not one of my strengths (I know it sounds strange, but it’s how I was raised – moved so often that “goodbye” was the norm; eventually, you just stop making real friends and just have acquaintances). I will work to do better. While I’ve been away from the thread, I’ve been staying on my program. Last time I was on I’d lost a total of about 50 lbs. and now I’m down a total of 66 lbs since I started all this on May 2.

Hope everyone is doing well. It’s an overcast and cool day here in north Texas; so glad for the break in the heat. Got everyone back in school (high school) – my youngest son is a junior and my daughter is a senior. I’m already feeling separation pangs for my daughter as we’ve been turning our attention to graduation and then college. I’ll have one year left with my son and then he’ll be off to college, too – then it’s just me and 4 cats!

My daughter turns 18 in October; or as her older brother says “legally responsible for all her actions” (he’s a police officer). She wants a waffle maker for her birthday – go figure! Her younger brother is going to get it for her. I’m still on the hunt for a good used car for her. I almost had one, but it turns out that it really did have a transmission problem. If the dealership hadn’t acted so shady about it and then maybe came down on the price to account for the repair, I may have been able to do something – but they just kept denying there was a problem (you could feel the transmission slip). Car hunting, especially used car hunting is dreadful! Just want something that is safe and runs and hasn’t been in a major accident. I don’t want to spend a lot because it’s her first car and I expect that it will suffer some dings and fender benders along the way.

My 16 year old got a job! So now, both kids are working! I really like the idea of having teenagers work because it teaches them so much (I started work when I was 13 – best thing I ever did). The bonus is that they’ll have their own money to spend on discretionary items! It’s just amazing how much more conservative they are with spending decisions when it’s their own money. They also both save over half of their paycheck each week for the future – always good to get those healthy financial habits started early.

Moving: You sound so much better in spirit from when you first started. It’s so good to hear that you’re eating fresh veggie snacks and you’re headed in the right direction.

Sue: Good to hear your husband recovered well from surgery. A friend of mine had cataract surgery a few weeks ago on one eye and will be going back to get the other eye done in another two weeks. Hope the soccer game is fun. My son’s game is this evening – I won’t be able to make it this time.

Scrimp: Massive Congratulations on paying off your mortgage! What a fantastic feeling that must be (once it sinks in!).

DebbyHS: Kudos on burning all those calories. It’s got to feel great to be within 18 lbs of your goal weight – what a journey! Have fun on the Strut Your Mutt 5K – I have cats; the best I can do with them is try to herd them.

Tammy: Keep up the good food choices and the scale will eventually respond. Sometimes your body has to readjust. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have a really big loss next week. Last week’s weigh in for me was the first time I didn’t lose any weight and I was not at all happy about it either. I stayed the course and when I weighed in today, I’d lost 6.4 lbs.; it’s just the body readjusting. Have a wonderful time at the baby shower - sounds like a fun outing with friends. Kudos to all single moms!

PandB: I’m glad to hear your feeling much better and back in control.

Gotta run! Lots to do; so little time! Everyone have a wonderful weekend  emoticon


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Good morning everyone. Hope everyone is doing well today. Its raining finally. Its been 7inch short for the year and of course everyone is complaining. Its been mid/upper 90s. Its in the 70s today. Its a nice break but will prob be slow here at work ( grocery store), as most people are staying home/inside.
I've been doing really well staying on plan this week. I'm still snacking on premeasured zip lock bags of raw veggies to replace mindless grazing. I did drop 2 pounds too , so that was a bit of a booster for me. I heard from my wife that 2 people she has known for years both passed away from a heart attack. One was 58, the other 61. Made me really think more of my weight and overall health as I'll be 56 next month. Really makes you stop and think. I've told myself, " yes, I need to loose this weight, but I still have plenty of time". Wow. Got to go punch in for work in a minute so again, wishing you all a great weekend.

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hello Everyone!

Happy Saturday! I've been pretty busy this week. Hubby had his cataract surgery, and got a bit of a problem with it .. ended up staying home for a couple extra days, so I haven't been checking in too much. I tried to read your posts, to keep the momentum going. He's much better today, and heading off to work (as he works every Saturday and Sunday). I did okay thru this all .. and now at the lowest weight I've been at for a very long time. I'm afraid I'm not going to make my goal for my birthday .. but I will be very close. I know this is due to my bad choices this summer .. nothing more than that. I'm still working toward the Christmas goal .. I think 30lbs is possible .. I could then be in oneville, onetown, oneteetown.. can't quite remember that name. Scrimp .. help me out on that.

I'm off to the grandchild #2's soccer game in a couple mins .. went to #3's this morning .. and it was very chilly .. in the 40s today .. brrr. What happened to Fall .. we go from Summer to Winter here in Wisconsin it seems.

Hope everyone has a great day today!

God's Blessings!
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Scale holding at 175; I did not work out yesterday. Today I am off to Delaware to meet with my two sons and their families. I am taking them to dinner to celebrate the Mortgage payoff, I am debating whether to give them a little money gift too. I usually share with them when I can.

Debby--Have fun Strutting Your Mutt! How fun. How I would love to accompany you and DH on a hike. One pound is great, and so is 168! The scale will catch up.

Tammyand--Don't get discouraged. You are not eating enough to support your current weight so the scale is bound to keep moving. Stay the course. Didn't it feel good to fill your cart with healthy choices? Enjoy the shower. I made plans yesterday to attend a friend's daughter shower in Long Beach, CA in 3 weeks. My bathroom reno is also supposed to start Sept 29.

TJourney--Sorry you have to go, Good Luck!

Justme--Watcha cooking this weekend? Things will get better; are you getting used to being alone more. Its all I know, so I know life is what you make it. I have very few friends here and no family.
PandB--Enjoy your vacation and downtime with DH. How romantic!

Gina--Welcome to this thread. What kind of plan are you following?

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It's the end of a long day of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. We hiked about 6+ miles of the boundary trail on Mt. St. Helen's, enjoying the views and the amazing weather. Saw a beautiful little red striped garter snake (totally harmless) and lots of sign of other wildlife like bear, fox, bobcat, coyote. Didn't see any of the actual animals, though emoticon According to SparkPeople, I burned over 1500 calories, though, so eating a little off plan was probably not a big problem. In fact, I probably was so hungry because I did burn so many calories. It's really nice being able to go on hikes like this with my husband. He loves it, too. It's one of the (many) reasons were attracted to each other 34 years ago, I think.

Tomorrow is the Strut Your Mutt 5K run/walk. We got a little doggie stroller to bring the pug as he's not much of a walker under the best of circumstances, and he is still healing from his major surgery three weeks ago. The other three will also be strutting, but they're perfectly happy to strut at the end of the leash. It looks like we've raised a good amount of money for our little no-kill shelter and hopefully a little more will come in tomorrow. Anyway, it'll be great to be walking with several other volunteers from our shelter and with all of our dogs and some from our shelter. My husband's taking pictures so I'll share if there are any good ones.

I did drop a pound this week - down to 168 lbs., with just 18 to go to my goal weight. I had thought it would be a little more, but the scale got stubborn again the last few days. Hopefully this hike did a little convince it to give a little again. We'll see.

Anyway, it's late and time to get to bed so I can wake up rested for another active day tomorrow. Take care everyone....I'll write more tomorrow or Sunday.

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All was calm today. I just enjoyed the rest. I did a little shopping. Really trying to pinch pennies until next month.
Happy Weekend all
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T – We will miss you, but I understand that the diabetic program is important. Maybe you could consider just dropping by here now and then to let us know how you are doing. Good luck with the program. We will be here when you have time to come back. Don't forget us!

PandB- Have a great vacation! Your plan and goal seem very reasonable. I like it when the hotel room has a little kitchenette…even if it is only for bringing back leftovers but of course also for healthy meals.

I grocery shopped today, filling the cart with all healthy foods, and I also did my CVS shopping so I got in a lot of extra walking. I notice my knee is feeling a little better and am not sure why. It is not because the scale has moved because it has not. I have to admit, buddies, that I am disappointed because I have been extremely compliant with eating and have been moving more (except for one day this week I think). With so much weight to lose I should have had a big loss this week, given how well I did with my food choices. Tomorrow I am going to a family baby shower which is being held at a rather upscale local restaurant, not at all the kind of place I would think of for a baby shower. I have no idea what to expect in terms of the menu but I have decided to just go with the flow, do my best, and enjoy the relatives who will be there. I do not intend to “pig out,” but I do not intend to stress out over what I eat either.


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OK, I see, there is an 8 week challenge for diabetics. That is going to take a TON OF TIME! After taking a look at it; I've decided to do the program. It will be so much time - that I'm saying good-bye to you Spark Buddies here for now. I'm torn to go :( however I know it will help me get going on the diabetic stuff. Good-bye for now.....

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PandB have a wonderful time at the beach. Where in the world do you live and where is the beach? We have nothing around here with a beach except the lakes, thousands of those, and summer cottages on those. I would love to go back to see the ocean, either 1 and spend some time by the seashore BUT I have no desire to vacation in the Caribbean. It is far too hot for me. I like slightly cloudy with about 70F for temp. I cannot be out in the sun as I have had Melanoma and am banned from the sun. Lots of sunscreen for me every day, winter and summer. Have a wonderful break and be so good to yourself.


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Hello Sparklers,

No balloons for yesterday. I went over my nutritional goal by about 200 calories and didn’t get on my treadmill. Although yesterday was not optimal it could have been a lot worse. I could feel myself getting out of control with eating. But it was the end of the day (after dinner) so I made my herbal tea, drank it, relaxed and got things under control. The tea really helped. It slowed things down so I could focus on what is important. This morning my weight was up 3/10 of a pound, but that is probably due to the salty Indian snacks I ate yesterday. All in all I feel pretty good, or at least much better than I would have had I let my eating get out of control.

SCRIMP - Congratulations on paying off your mortgage!!

T-JOURNEY - Good for you making the choice to change. There are special sections and nutritional guides on SP for diabetics that may help you set your goals. Just think how much more energy you will have when you aren’t carrying around that extra 162 pounds. That practically a whole second person.

TAMMYAND - It’s good to see you having more time for yourself even if it means a never ending to do list.

It’s Friday, so DH will be home tonight. I’ll be out next week. DH and I are going on our annual beach vacation. I am determined not to overeat and gain weight. My goal is to be the same weight at the end of vacation as I am today. Not overdoing it and stepping up my activity should do the trick. We are renting a hotel room with a mini kitchen so it will be easy to keep the calories down for breakfast and lunch. If I add to that a reasonable dinner and not too many snacks I should be fine.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Debby ~ You probably already know that we had a big wind storm yesterday, I think the news said it's going to be less today 20-35 mph? We live 35 miles from Mt.St.Helen's. Have a wonderful day of sunshine with DH!

Looking forward to today, trying to earn my first compliance day stickers. My friends birthday today so we're meeting at Starbucks this morning - thankfully I don't like coffee and they have very few sugar free choices for drinks plus no sugar free food therefore it's an easy choice what to have. It's time to look ahead for the coming week and plan meals again.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Gini – I quit smoking in 1987 and do not regret it. I was not a super heavy smoker but I did smoke off and on for about 15 years. I know I don’t have to repeat to you the benefits of smoking, but maybe if you post a list (breathe better, save money, won’t smell like a cigarette, goodbye cigarette breath, etc.) near your cigarettes and lighter you can think twice before you light up.

Marlene – I admired the SG TSV but always worry that her jackets are too long for me (5’2”). I’ll bet you look amazing in them though….and WOW size small. I love it. Nighttime eating is exactly how I became so obese, I am sure. When my son was younger I was very consumed with doing things with him (and loved every minute of it) as a single mom (I think you were a single mom for a time too, right). When he went to bed, I had some “me” time, relaxed, and snacked without giving much thought to it. I also cooked a lot of starchy carbs when he was growing up (stretched the dollar….filled us up). He with his muscular build and high activity level always burned it up. I, with a relatively sedentary job, bad knee, etc, just kept on gaining. I think I put on about 100 pounds over a 14 year period. The night time snack urge still hits me from time to time, but now when I snack it is either a healthy compliant food, or just a small amount of junk food (like DS’s potato chips), and thankfully even less and less of the junk food these days.

Debby – I hope you and DH have a great walk tomorrow at Mt. St. Helen. What kind of food will you be taking with you for this and for the day of the big hike up the mountain?

Linda – Hope you are doing well today.

PandB – Thanks for the suggestion about the YouTube exercises. I do have some exercises from a long time ago but will look to see if there is anything that might help. Woo hoo for your healthy eating and exercise. Consistency means a lot!

Sue – I know you probably know this, but for evening snackies (and most any snack attack I guess), it is good to have some lean protein (Greek yogurt, low fat cheese, left over chicken, etc.). Since I started doing this my hunger is much more easily satiated. Just a thought.

T – PandB is right about Spark People providing guidelines for calories, carbs, etc. Also, since you have diabetes, I would suggest consulting your nutritionist and/or doctor about meal planning to lose weight. I know several people with diabetes who dropped a lot of weight by following the food plan guidelines their health practitioners provided for them.

David – A HUGE thank you to you and your son for your service to our nation. Without folks like you I shudder to think where our country would be today. And I think today is a great day for you to resolve to stick to your healthy lifestyle plan and move forward. You have given so much that now it is time for you to give to yourself as well. God bless you, your son, and all of those who serve and have served.

I had another totally compliant day and am low on calories today. I accomplished quite a bit here at home but have discovered that my “to do” list continues to grow. I check off 3 items and add 6 more. There is always so much to do. I do prioritize, and that’s how I manage it all I guess. Tomorrow I will do a lot (for me) of walking as I have quite a few errands to run. I hope that makes up for today when I did not get in an real exercise and don’t think I will do anything tonight.

Here comes the weekend buddies….Let’s make it a good one!


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P & B ~ CONGRATS on earning the balloons! Great idea about herbal tea in the evening which is nice and a cue to end of eating (gotta do this)!

TAMMYAND - sorry to hear about your knee. You've obviously found ways to keep losing weight - CONGRATS!

FORMYDARLINGS - Thumbs up for keeping trying to quit smoking.

SCRIMP - CONGRATS on 175 and thanks for sharing from last July to today! Also congrats on paying off your mortgage!

DEBBY - Please keep sharing your compliance - it's so inspiring to hear all the progress you & others are making! I'm looking forward to that kind of consistency.

MOVING4ME - Here is a VH (Virtual Hug) back to you. Thank you greatly for your service to our country! We are all in this together ~ we all must have had a time that we made the decision to start changing our lives. For me that time was 13 days ago. On that day, I was 307 pounds, 52 yrs old. I wrote out my goals and why I'm going on The Journey towards reaching those goals. One reason why is because I'm tired of carrying around an extra 162 pounds. I have a wt bench, I put 162 pounds of wt on the bar.... what a visual - I can hardly lift it off the ground and yet I carry that every second of every day.


Edited by: T-THE-JOURNEY at: 9/11/2014 (18:00)
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Hello:
Holding at 175. I am busy at work but will go to the fitness center late.

I can completed by Mortgage payoff at the bank this morning. The impact hasn't quite sunk in yet. The banker asked me where I got the funds--and I said its on my checking statement it says where they came from. Perhaps she was checking to see if I had gotten the money under suspicious circumstances.

T Journey--I started last July at 283. I ate 1200 calories a day. Used the treadmill 3 times a week for an hour.By the end of January 1, 2014 I was 224. Now I am 175 and eating the same 1100 to 1200 calories. When I cut back on starchy carbs beginning in February, I started losing more consistently. I would have lost more except I went on a cruise in April and a 2 week vacay the end of June--and regained weight. Try 1200 cals--you can eat well and not starve if you choose your foods wisely. Nuts are good but terribly calorie laden, those I would measure and weigh a portion.


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Hello Sparklers,

I earned my balloons yesterday, which means I ate within my calorie range and did my exercise - 30 minutes on the treadmill.

TAMMYAND - I’m sure your knee will get better as you lose weight. I’m sure you have tried it all, but are there any exercises you could do to strengthen the muscles around your knee. You may be able to find a couple of videos on YouTube. I’ve found several good ones for fixing a frozen shoulder there.

FORMYDARLINGS - Quitting smoking is not easy and doing that while losing weight is doubly hard. Kudos to you for making progress on both fronts.

SCRIMP - Congrats on 175, that is wonderful. I wish I was losing faster too, but I think I have a naturally slow metabolism. I eat 1450 to 1550 calories a day.

DEBBY - I am so happy too hear that you had another day of compliance and earned a star. You sound like a determined person not a broken record. After all, I copied you star idea with a balloon calendar. It is amazing how effective strings of compliant days can be. We think we are doing well, but when we really focus and track everything we do so much better. Guess we aren’t as compliant as we think we are when we just wing it.

ITZ_SUE - After dinner I always drink a large cup of herbal tea. I try to relax while doing this and use it as a behavioral cue that food for the day is done. After I have my herbal tea I never eat anything else before bed. Only very rarely do I crave something and generally by that time it is late enough to go to bed.

TJOURNEY - There is a function in SP that will set a basic level of calories and then add calories based on tracked fitness calories burned. From the start page click on edit goals under the nutrition tracking tab.

MOVING4ME - Sending a big hug back to you!! Today is the first day of the rest of your life and you have made great choices. I know you can do this and we will all be here to cheer your successes and support you through your hurdles.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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I want to give a group hug to everyone here. Today touched some here more than others. I hope everyone has a good and safe day. I pray for those who lost love ones and friends. It touches me every year as I can say I proudly served as well as my son who now serves.
Starting today I make a promise to myself to do what ever it takes to do and make my health, my life better. Becoming a better me. I will still try and hit roadblocks. I know this will be a life long change. It won't end in a Year, or 2years, when I do loose the 100+ pounds. I'm waking out of the dark room. Its time to live. This is all part to all the support I find here. Thank you my friends.

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for sharing, trying to think of what to share..... it's been really different around here in the last few weeks. Usually I'm pretty busy. Now I have a ton of time to myself (about 12 hours a day) - it's been nice to spend the time trying to be consistent on getting on the treadmill daily, even if 5 minutes, keep practicing making good food choices, track track track.

I love the compliance you all are talking about - I'm going to go get a chart and stickers today. If I had to guess; I'd say I've been about half way compliant in the last two weeks. I'm thinking of getting several colored stars - I have several things I need to be in compliance about! If walked on treadmill 15 min (which is max for me) then silver star, eat within calorie limits (I haven't figured out a calorie limit ?) then blue star, within carb limit then red star, if drank 8+ glasses water then green star, if all 4 were done then GOLD star for the day. It sounds like overkill but these are the area's I'm needing to get practice, practice, practice on in my life.

Does anyone have some advice for calories per day? 288 pounds, 15 min of treadmill daily.

I'm with you Sue, good day come evening want to snack. Any suggestions? Fruit is not a good choice for me as a snack (diabetic).

Last night while my husband crunched his chips - I had a rice cake. His chips are no temptation to me because I only allow chips that have cheese on them (I don't like cheese unless it's mozzarella), same for the cookies - only cookies that I don't like. I've had silvered almonds before- I'll have to see if they are too high in calories?

Blessings, T


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Hello Everyone!

Two mins to say good morning .. and hope you all have a good day!

I plan to stick to my plan as close as possible for today. I've been doing good during the day, but come evening, I want to snack. I've been choosing good things, but still too many things, and feel uncomfortable at the end of the night. This also affects my sleeping. I've got my lunch packed for work .. and plan to have fish some veggies for dinner. Wish me luck!

I pray God sends you all the best of days!
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Southwestern Chicken Soup

take out the curly parsley and use cilantro instead
add
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 chopped poblano chili (slightly spicy)
1 chopped Anaheim chili (very mild)
optional - 1 jalapeno chili or 2 Serrano chilies (hotter)
if you like it hot add a chilpotle chili and 1-2 tsp. ancho sauce
1 C corn kernels
1 can black beans
1 Mexican squash diced ( if you cannot find one you can use a zucchini)

Just plan old chicken soup
half a pound of chicken meat - I like to use boneless skinless thighs, but sometimes I use left over roasted chicken, sometime left over store rotisserie chicken - if you want to make it really good put in a couple of duck legs in with the bones along with the chicken.

1 lb carrots (I like to just take a bag of baby carrots)
3 medium new potatoes - cut into cubes
1 C chopped celery
1 medium chopped red pepper
1 shallot sliced
1 onion sliced
1 tsp minced garlic
6 C store vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste

Put it all in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.

on the serving tray include
dry oregano, lime wedges, chopped onion, avocado slices and hot pickled carrots

goal is to be able to walk again
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T - congrats on that pound. Every pound is a victory in my book. It's a good thing sometimes to give up a few things that zap focus from what we need to do - i.e., take care of ourselves first. I know I have done better when I really focus on my own health, and with that, I have more energy to give others. Sometimes we just get spread too thin - sadly that can have the opposite effect of adding width to certain parts of us. I can't wait to find some time to meet up with you. Things are little busy right now with having to drive my son to and from work every day, preparing for our Mt. St. Helen's hike and volunteering for the animal shelter here, but I think October should slow down a lot, so I'll let you know and see if we can find some time to meet in the middle somewhere.

P&B - I'm so happy you've found a water aerobics class that you can attend even though it is a bit of a drive. Sharing the ride will definitely make it easier, but it does take time. You're worth it, though, and being able to do the kind of exercise that makes you happy makes it worth the time.

Itz_Sue - I'm glad your husband cataract surgery went well. My husband had it in both eyes a few years ago and has had much better vision as a result. With the artificial lenses they put in his eyes, he can see well without glasses for the first time in his life. He had it primarily to help with the pressure in his eyes as he has glaucoma. The glaucoma is progressive, but with medication (eye drops) and the surgery, the progress has been very slow, so we're hoping he'll have his eyesight for a good while longer. I hope you enjoyed those grandkids.

Formydarlings - good to see you back. You're right about getting organized. It does help with everything, including sticking to a plan to lose weight, quit smoking, etc. I agree that quitting smoking is the most important thing right now. I've read that smoking a pack of cigarettes a day is equivalent to carrying 75 lbs. of extra weight on the body as far as the impact on the heart, lungs, etc. Get that under control and then you can tackle the weight with gusto. I was a two pack a day smoker when I was younger. I quit in 1980 and have been so glad that I did all these years. I wish I could get my son to quit, now.

Scrimp - when I say stretching compliance to the limit, I meant by going right up to the edge of the calorie range, but your definition is also true. I look for ways to fill myself up with foods that have a lot of bulk, not a lot of calories. I have cut calories, but am careful about cutting too much since I am so active. I need the protein and nutrients to fuel all of the activities I do. And, it looks like the scale is moving this week, maybe a pound to a pound and a half. Tomorrow is official weigh in day, so as long as the scale keeps saying what it's been saying the past three days, I'll be down at least a pound since last week. Since I started my star chart August 13, I've only had one day over my calorie range and have dropped about six or seven pounds that I had allowed to creep back on. I'm just three away from being back to my 98 lbs. off, then tackling the final 15. I'm not quite ready to start looking for mother-of-the-bride dresses as there is no date set yet. I also want to check with my daughter let her be part of the decision of what kind of dress to wear. Maybe, if things work out and I get to Maryland before the wedding date, we'll go shopping together.

TammyAnd - sounds like the bathroom remodel is coming right along. And, like you're staying on track through it all. Good for you. My pug (Buddha) is doing well. His blood work shows he's improving, but he'll have a number of re-checks to make sure his liver continues to recover and, hopefully, one day be off meds. The vet is happy with progress so far. Tug is a great name for a pug. They are a very comical breed of dog. I think we'll have more in the future. For now, I'll stick with what I've got.

JustMe - Yay that you got to see your grandkids. I know this is hard, but you seem to have a good attitude about it. Going to water aerobics probably helps get your mind off it and reduce some stress. Love your recipes, but still waiting for cooler weather to make soup.

I feel like a broken record saying I had another compliant day, but that's what we all want, isn't it? To string together so many compliant days that it shows up on the scale and in how our clothes fit and in so many other ways? So, yes, I had another compliant day and it's showing up on the scale and in the way my clothes fit, etc. I spend 50 minutes on a recumbent bike at a vigorous speed and resistance level, then did a circuit of various strength training exercises for another 50 minutes, stretched, showered and came home. I have dogs to take care of at the shelter tonight, and work on being compliant again tomorrow. Friday, my husband and I plan to hike the boundary trail at Mt. St. Helen's for a few hours, take in the scenery and get used to the elevation a little. This is not the same trail that we will be hiking in a couple of weeks. The Boundary Trail doesn't climb to the rim, but rather goes around the mountain for a ways and takes in some interesting geologic formations that resulted from the eruption in the 80's. Saturday is the "Strut Your Mutt" 5k fundraiser in Portland. Our little shelter is trying to raise funds through this event. We have a team of 12 walk/running it with our own dogs and one or two from the shelter as well. Check it out on line if you're curious.

So, yeah, I'm a little busy right now, but things will slow down. Take care everyone.


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Had a pretty good day today although not totally compliant. I am working hard at quitting smoking and every now and then I have to have a cookie. I know they shouldn't even be in the house but I decided that I would rather not lose as quickly or even gain a couple of pounds than continue to smoke. I haven't made it all the way through a day without a cigarette yet but I have certainly cut way down. Slowly but steadily I am making progress on that front at least. I can always lose the extra few pounds but NEED to quit smoking asap.
When DH and I had the house, we had our bathroom remodeled. You betcha, it is expensive!!! I only got to enjoy it for a few months before we decided to move to the apartment. It was such a big house with lots of yard work and snow shoveling. I miss all the space we had BUT NOT the constant cleaning and fixing things. Now if the sink drips, we call the Super and he comes and fixes it right away. I love our Super. With my osteo and needing new knees, the stairs were just too much for me any more. Now we have a nice nest egg to leave to our children and grandchildren. I gained a tiny bit this week but with only .2 of a pound it really didn't bother me at all.
I have to go now an rouse DS as it is his turn to walk the hound. She is getting so arthritic too and I bet she couldn't do the stairs now either.


Gini

PS- Tomorrow is a trip to Walmart for GDS's birthday gift. I will really get my walking in and be away from the cookies a lot. Yay for me.
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Hello:
Hmm one scale is saying 174 and the other one says 175. I am happy with 175 for now. 15 pounds to go. I can't beleive it myself. Its getting easier to be compliant. I wish my appetite would decrease more as I still go through a lot of angst in the evening wanting one snack after another. No wonder I was fat piling on all the food before bedtime. Candies, ice cream, chips, cookies--leftover supper---those were my targets, lol. Today is an exercise rest day.

Tammyand--I have the purple LnLock round basic starter set; then ordered the green Debbie Meyer large set. I like the green set better. Last week I got the Susan Graver TSV cardigan swing sweater--in black and in blue. They arrived yesterday and I absolutely love them. There a thin fine guage swater material and I ordered, wait for it--SMALL. Fit me perfectly as SG clothes run large. I love the look and feel and fit and may get another at regular price. I am quite excited about my mortgage payoff and have moved it up to tomorrow morning as the money is in my bank accounts today. Sounds like the bath is coming along. I am doing mine a lot more expensively I think, but I will get a guarantee it is from Marylands largest bath remodeler company. Glad to hear yours is moving along. Wow 10 bucks an hour......thats low.
Justme--The nerve of your daughter-in-law "allowing" you to see them for brief periods. Fogive me for saying this but she is just being plain mean to you. You are the matriarch of your family and deserve more respect. She knows you won't hurt them! I guess a brief visit is better than nothing at all. Now where the heck do you buy duck legs for that soup!

PandB--I wish you were losing faster you are trying so hard. I would not be as patient at your weight as I would expect to lose faster and get discouraged. How many calories do you allow yourself per day? Yes those Oh so Comfys jeans come in 2X and 3X and several colors I hope you try them they look fabulous and feel so comfy.

Off to the bank first thing in the morning!

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Had a pretty good day today although not totally compliant. I am working hard at quitting smoking and every now and then I have to have a cookie. I know they shouldn't even be in the house but I decided that I would rather not lose as quickly or even gain a couple of pounds than continue to smoke. I haven't made it all the way through a day without a cigarette yet but I have certainly cut way down. Slowly but steadily I am making progress on that front at least. I can always lose the extra few pounds but NEED to quit smoking asap.
When DH and I had the house, we had our bathroom remodeled. You betcha, it is expensive!!! I only got to enjoy it for a few months before we decided to move to the apartment. It was such a big house with lots of yard work and snow shoveling. I miss all the space we had BUT NOT the constant cleaning and fixing things. Now if the sink drips, we call the Super and he comes and fixes it right away. I love our Super. With my osteo and needing new knees, the stairs were just too much for me any more. Now we have a nice nest egg to leave to our children and grandchildren. I gained a tiny bit this week but with only .2 of a pound it really didn't bother me at all.
I have to go now an rouse DS as it is his turn to walk the hound. She is getting so arthritic too and I bet she couldn't do the stairs now either.


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PS- Tomorrow is a trip to Walmart for GDs's birthday gift. I will really get my walking in and be away from the cookies a lot. Yay for me.
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PandB – Yay for you and the good news you had at the scale today. Great going. I agree with you about so many social activities involving food. Consider yourself fortunate that you are able to enjoy a walk as part of a social activity. My bad knee is always a factor when I make plans so I tend to shy away from anything that requires walking. I am sure that there will be continued improvement as I lose more weight.

Linda – Pat yourself on the back for figuring out a way to see your grandchildren. When they are older they will look back on these days and realize how much they mean to you (though I am sure they know that now too). By the way, I noticed a big difference in my step counts (back before my tracker got lost) when I wore the tracker on my bra vs. on my shoe. The shoe count was always considerably higher….but of course that’s also how I lost the tracker. Wearing it on your shoe in your home is fine, but be careful if you go out of your home with it on your shoe.

Marlene – Today I bought the new Lock n Lock oval glass bowl (2 qt) with lid and silicon grippers. I think it will be great for use in my toaster oven. I had to restrain myself from buying the set of jewel colored stacking bowls (I love the new sapphire color) as I can get by with the LnL bowls I already have. I really could be a Lock n lock junkie!

I’m doing fine today with compliant eating today, and I walked a lot, holding on to the shopping cart, at Lowe’s this morning with G. I decided on what new toilet, shower, and sink/vanity I will be getting, but we didn’t buy them today as he isn’t ready for them yet. Today we bought 2 new recessed lights and an exhaust fan for the bathroom, not terribly exciting. The project is of course running into more $$ than I anticipated but not by a lot. G’s labor is really inexpensive ($10 per hour though I give him more than that), and that is how I justify spending a bit more on the other items such as the vanity, shower, etc.

Hope everyone is having a great day. Not sure if I will be able to check back later on, but if I can I will!


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Hello Sparklers,

Today is my official weigh in day and I am down 1.8 pounds this week. My target is to lose 1.5 pounds a week, so this is good news.

The weather has turned nice here. Yesterday I met a friend and we walked around a small town and looked at all the old victorian houses. She is a painter and wanted to get a few pictures of houses to use in her paintings. It was a fun afternoon. Sometimes I have trouble finding social activities to do that don’t involve food. Around here it seems going out to lunch is the main social event and I prefer not to do that.

ITZ_SUE - Glad to hear your hubby’s cataract surgery went well.

FORMYDARLINGS - You are very much worth working on. Treating yourself the way you treat others is a great idea. Once you commit to making yourself healthier you will have more energy and then time for others.

SCRIMP - I will have to check out O So Comfy Jeans. I have the same problem, large hips/bum and small waist. Most pants are too big around the waist and snug at the hips.

TAMMYAND - I have to admit, I am jealous that you have a pool only 4 miles away. I wish that was the case for me. That’s too bad that the people at your pool weren’t welcoming. They probably see a lot of new people and wait until a new person comes a few times before they get to know you. Sorry to hear about your college friend. Losing a peer is scary.

JUSTME - YIPEE on seeing the grandkids. I’ll bet as time goes by and the realities of not having your son so close to help take care of the kids set in your DIL will relax some of her resistance to your help.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Happy Hump Day all,

I am laughing at myself. I could never get my tracker to register chair aerobics. I kept it on my bra (which works great for water aerobics). Then I switched it to my shoe for chair aerobics - duh! it worked. Sometimes the simplest fix is the correct fix.

Had soup last night, fish tonight.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Water aerobics today and school volunteer time - actually got to see both my grandson and my granddaughter. I was not allowed to drive them home (5 miles) but at least we got to see each other.

Italian Chicken Soup
use basic soup recipe take out potatoes and curly parsley then add
3 baby zucchinis
black kale - one bunch
1 can of chickpeas
1/2 bunch of flat leaf parsley - chopped
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 TBSP minced fresh
1 can diced tomatoes


half a pound of chicken meat - I like to use boneless skinless thighs, but sometimes I use left over roasted chicken, sometime left over store rotisserie chicken - if you want to make it really good put in a couple of duck legs in with the bones along with the chicken.

1 lb carrots (I like to just take a bag of baby carrots)
1 C chopped celery
1 medium chopped red pepper
1 shallot sliced
1 onion sliced
1 tsp minced garlic
6 C store vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste

Put it all in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.


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Linda – Great news about your son’s wife realizing that she needed to retract that statement. Things are looking up!

T – I applaud you for cutting back on some activities so that you can focus on you. I too am heavily involved in volunteer work with a number of charitable organizations, in addition to my church. Recently I cut back on volunteer time that used to take up every Saturday, all day from around 9 am till 5:30 or so pm. Now I will go most Saturdays but for only about 2 hours…and this Saturday I’m not going at all as I have a family baby shower to go to. I am also slowly cutting back on my involvement with some of my other groups. Some of the volunteer work I do is sporadic or seasonal, depending on the group. I naturally do less in the winter just because I like to nest at home a bit. I do, however, do some volunteer work from home, usually involving the computer, so I have to remind myself to get up off my tush and walk regularly.

PandB – I am SO HAPPY that you were able to do your water aerobics indoors. I love it that a group of you went together. I keep hoping that I will eventually get brave enough to go to our community center water aerobic classes which are less are 4 miles from here. The few times I've been there however the folks there were very snobby and I felt uncomfortable. I slept a lot later than usual today, so I guess I needed that as today I feel quite well rested.

Marlene – Yee Haw….for that pound you lost!!!! Pretty soon you’ll be one of the XXS sizes on Q that I can’t even believe exist in the real world. LOL. I agree with you about the lack of nutrition info on some Q products. Sometimes I go to Amazon to see if the products are there and if so if the nutritional info is there as well, as it is at times. I took a chance on the sliders and the pasta veggie muffins, feeling pretty sure DS would eat them if they were too high in carbs for me. It turns out the carbs are low and DS likes them too so both of us eat them. Sometimes they just hit the spot and more importantly for me, they do not trigger carb cravings. Again, woo hoo for you for paying off that mortgage.

Debby –Woo Hoo for your compliance streak and as always for your commitment to working out. I have noticed that today my walking is easier than on some days. Maybe it is because of being a few pounds lighter. Hope all goes well with your pug when you go for the follow up check up. I keep forgetting to tell you that relatives of mine have a pug (named “Tug”), and DS and I just adore him. They also have 2 small children (ages almost 1 and almost 4) and Tug is absolutely great with both kids. Tug preceded the kids by a few years but readily accepted each one when they came along.

Gini – Glad you popped back in. You are worth working on. Everyone is. God doesn’t make junk!

Sue – Glad your hubby’s cataract surgery went well. You can’t take anything for granted these days.

I am very well today with total compliance, moving a lot more than yesterday because I feel so much better, and even having some “me” time again. I got sad news very late last night with more info today however… a college classmate & friend of mine (age 56….he would have been 57 in November) died suddenly from a heart attack. It sure hits home with someone so close in age whom I have known for so long, even though I haven’t seen him in a few years. Another friend of mine just saw him less than 24 hours before he died. You just never know. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather too. He lives out of state so I won’t get to his service however. I have to decide soon on the vanity/sink and medicine cabinet for the basement bathroom renovation. I’m torn because I don’t want junk, and I don’t want to spend more than I should either, given that this bathroom is seldom used. I have been looking on line and will probably go to Lowe’s tomorrow with G, which also means I will get in more walking, an added bonus!

Make the most of every day friends!


Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 9/9/2014 (21:27)
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Hello Everyone
I feel calmer now. I actually cashed in an extra 12K by mistake and I will use that for the final 3 payment of the bath remodel; and also will get the kitchen lighting done and ceiling repaired.
Debbie--You said something that resonated with me--"Stretching calories to the limit"--that's what I do too, eat more food less calories dense. That is the whole principal rationale for the "Volumetrics" diet. You can make a whole plate of food streching our meat with veggies; and limited carbs like only 1 oz of pasta. Well you do have a whole houseful when you include your animals. The scale WILL move. You may have to cut some calories since you are so small now. I have cut 100 calories, and now aim for 1100 max. I can still eat well on that. Dress shopping will be a lot easier with your new thin body. When I went shopping last September, I was in the 240s....And yes YOU ARE STAYING HERE...We got a pact to get to goal buddy! If there's a David's Bridal out there, they have a nice selection in different price ranges.

Justme--You sound a bit lonesome..its so easy to overeat from boredom. That was my life. I know as person who likes to cook you must have some snacks ready to go in the fridge. If not, could you try sugar free popsicles? They really are a 15 calorie sweet treat. I hoard jackets too. I have several that are over 20 years old that I need to give away. And nobody wears suits or even jackets at work anymore. Kudo's to your son for staying calm and getting some legal advice.

JoeJoe--Health and mobility are key to retirement. What good is having money when you are stuck in the house. Like you, I want to travel and perhaps even rent a home in my hometown in Canada for a few months--with no mortgage there are so many doors now open to me. I am so happy. The heck with work!

Moving---Please try to start out the day without soda. a 20 oz soda full of sugar sets you off on the wrong track for the day. This is a sabotage for your diet each day you do this. 10 pound chunks are manageable. At your weight being a man with muscle, you will see you will lose quickly if you just stay on your plan and get in some exercise. Even a 3 block walk is a great start. Perhaps we need a No Soda Monday, LOL!

Sue-Have fun with grannies tonight; I am glad to hear DHs surgery went well.

PandB--Yes I did llok good in those jeans. I wear the "O So Comfy jeans" by QVC and they fit my hips and waist like a glove. Before I could not fit jeans because my bottom was huge and there was a huge gap in the waist. Great you found a new spot for water aerobics! You have been so consistent lately.

T Journey--Do you remember when Richard Simmons had his "Project Me" plan with the Food Mover Tracker. I had that. You are so correct--we are all a work in progress. If we are so good at project managing and organizing surely we can take the same atitude towards this most important personal acheivement. I say keep weighing daily. At the beginning of your journey you lose weight faster and its so motivating and keeps you focused. The digital scale I have does the water and fat and muscle; the doctors office scale just gives me my number. I can now tell if I have lost a pound and the scale is fluctuating back and forth. If its trending down I know I am on the verge of losing another pound.

Tammyand--I got the identity protection last year during the Target Christmas breach....have not checked it since. QVC bugs me in that they never seem to give out the calorie counts per portion of food. I saw those veggie delights and they said everything but the calorie count. Perhaps I will try them. I have ordered the Crab Cakes but they seem to have changed vendors. I have also tried the Corkies Ribs and they were just OK for me. My mortgage rate was just 2.875/15 year as I refied last year and paid down a lot of principal. It didn't matter I just saw 14 years more to pay. Now today I feel sunshine and optimistic. I know it was the right decision. Suddenly the future looks bright. I can do whatever I want at this point. Its funny how people still buy homes with unremodeled baths and kitchens. They think its so easy to renovate; when the average bath remodel was 20 to 40 K. My last home had one ugly bath in pink tiles that I had to reno. It would certainly help sell your home if you did it; but more importantly you can see where you spent your money and enjoy it as you want to stay in your home.

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Hi. Not gone, just away for the weekend and now very busy. Will get back on the posting asap. I have read all the posts and you ALL inspire me to make changes and work on being compliant. I have some organizing to do in my life to make myself more of a priority. Up till I got on this team, I didn't think I was worth much working on. Now I see that it doesn't matter who I am as long as I treat myself as well as I treat others. That is a difficult thing for me to grasp. I have been having some trouble with Spark response being very slow these last 10 days. Hope it clears up soon. DH needs to take a look for me, I think. Have a wonderful tomorrow and hope to see you all then.


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Hello Everyone!

Just have a little bit of time to check in .. sitting on a couple of grand-kids this evening, so I need to vaccuum to make sure nothing hurts their little footsies.

It's still pretty busy in my life. Hubby had cataract surgery this morning. All went well ...and he says he's seeing better out of that eye already. It's good! The workers came back today to finish the job on the gutters and downspouts, so the job is finished .. Yay! Plus I worked from home in between all the chasing. I'm pretty tired now, but the grand-kids always perk me up.

I've read up on some of the posts, but will have to check in again tomorrow. I'm praying for all of you .. your troubles and successes. You are a great bunch of friends. Thank you!

God's Peace,
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Hello Sparklers,

I got the opportunity to attend a water aerobics class at an indoor pool yesterday. It’s about 45 minutes one way, but a couple of women I swim with in the summer went too so we can car pool. The water aerobics class is 60 minutes long and gives you a good work out. It felt good to be in the pool again. Between this and my treadmill I should be able to keep pretty active this winter. Compliance Monday went well and I earned by balloons for the day.

JUSTME - Glad you are feeling better this morning. I find sizes vary from brand to brand. These 2x pants were made by Danskin and are cut to have a loose fit.

Be well, SCRIMP - Congratulations on paying off your mortgage. You made the right decision. The peace of mind is worth more than anything. We hope to pay out 30 year load off in 15 years.

TAMMYAND - Sorry to hear you are struggling today and that your GYN’s office computers were hacked. It seems like there are more and more stories in the news about computer systems being hacked and customer information stolen, Companies are always looking to save a buck, I wonder how secure corporate America really is.

DEBBY - That’s a lot of compliance since Aug 13 - good for you!! Plus happy to hear you are almost back to your lowest weight. In November 2012 I was at 305 pounds and that is my mark for making forward progress. I am now at 308. Also, have to say that I’m pleased to hear you have no intention of moving to a new site once you reach goal. We would miss you and all of your sage advice terribly if that ever happened.

T-JOURNEY - Good for you choosing to focus on yourself. Sometimes you just need to do that. Especially when the event with hinder your success.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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