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10/25/14 9:23 A

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

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

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10/25/14 9:22 A

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sue - How are you celebrating your good review?

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

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


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

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10/25/14 9:12 A

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Happy Weekend all

Feeling good this morning.

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

Water aerobics and a new beginning!

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10/25/14 8:50 A

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Good Saturday Everybody

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

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

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

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

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

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10/25/14 12:42 A

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

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

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

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10/24/14 10:29 P

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

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

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

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

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


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10/24/14 9:10 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/24/14 5:52 P

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

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

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

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

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

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


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10/24/14 9:38 A

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

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

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

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

Be back later ; have to go to work.


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10/24/14 9:12 A

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

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Ok 2 more things

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

easy recipe

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

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10/24/14 12:06 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TammyAnd – I loooooooove the Miracle League Trick or Treat.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Spark on
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Hello Everyone!

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

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

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

God's Peace to you all!
Sue

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I am down to 167.5 but I am recording 168 for today. I still can't beleive I am finally in the 160s. I wonder if I will get to my goal of 160 by the end of the year, with the holiday season coming so fast. I will have to make Thanksgiving dinner; Christmas I am not worried about.

I am home waiting for the inspector; as I spent extra to get a permit. You are supposed to get one to install lighting; although I have been told electricians do this type of work everyday and most people don't bother. I want the assurance that if there is ever a fire that my work was down to code, for insurance purposes. I love all the light in my kitchen; especially over my L shape counters; and the side of the room that had no light except a dim ceiling fan light, which is over my kitchen table; which is my home office area where I do my work. I have a regular office chair as my seat at the table to make it more comfortable.

Now I 'll get my backsplash installed and kitchen ceiling painted/repaired and I'll be done with the kitchen. Hopefully the 2 bath countertops will also be installed soon. Since I have company coming for Thanksgiving it would be great to get this over with.

Tammyand--You seem to be on cruise control with your plan and management of your health. I need to see an eye doctor too, I don't wear glasses but I do need 2.5 strength reading glasses. Has your worker "G" shown up this week? If I were to nap from 5p to 6:30 I would be up all night. I hardly ever fall asleep during the day.

Justme--I am shocked to find out teachers don't get SS--why? Is it because they get a pension? Wish I could get a decent pension with healthcare. I hope your cousin comes through her surgical ordeal OK. Sounds like you have a lot of activities to keep you busy; but maybe need some other kind of fulfillment to be content. What to do in retirement is a question of all us will face. It sure makes the prospect better knowing that we are working now to get healthy and stay that way. Nice that you got some money from your son!

Sue--Countdown to 90 lbs--I know you will be there soon. Just keep doing what you are doing. I have had more than my share of nightmare bosses and can go on and on about it. There are always surprises at performance review time; but a good manager will mention what ever it is during the year.

Hope everyone has a great Compliance Thursday!

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My cousin came through the surgery and will be awakened tomorrow morning. Everything went well. We are now waiting for the results of the biopsy.

I do not ever get to collect social security because I was a teacher. I cannot collect my husband's social security and I have to pay a $50 a month penalty on my medicare because they cannot take it out of the social security that they will not give me. In 32 states teachers are not allowed to get social security. I am a little bitter about this since I knew I could not collect social security that I had paid in before becoming a teacher, but I did not know that I could not collect on the money my husband had paid in his entire life and that I would be hit with an extra medicare charge. I am 66. Oddly enough it is the medicare charge that gets me the most.

The day turned out to be more busy than I had planned, I did all my laundry and some of the living room. A friend came by and we visited for a while, Then my son come by to give some money (good boy). Then I had to go to the bank to get money for the painter. So not quite the stay at home get things done day that I had planned.

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Marlene – Wow, lots of lighting work going on for you. I read that lighting is the number one factor in transforming a room. I picked up my Vitamin D at the pharmacy today. The doc prescribed Vitamin D2 50,000 IU once a week. As I understand it I will take this dose for 3 months and then switch to OTC Vitamin D, not sure what strength. Guess I will find out when I see the rheumatologist in December. I must say the gel caps are a very pretty green color.

David – Welcome back. We missed you!

Linda – My prayers for your cousin. Her surgery sounds very serious. I have not heard of using a medically induced coma in this context. Please keep us posted on how she does. I hope her children take good care of her when she is discharged. Your granddaughter sounds totally adorable….she sure knows her way around! Your income will increase when you go on social security. Or are you on it already? (I forget how old you are…the mark of a true friend, right?) Your “day of rest” sounds pretty busy to me….Cleaning the living room, going through paper work, doing the laundry, and more. Sheesh, I’m tired just reading your “to do” list!

Sue – Hope your review went well. And glad you have a good boss now. Any institution would be blessed to have you as an employee. I think for the most part we baby boomers are hard workers with strong loyalties to our employers. I understand about the scars from your old boss. My guess is the new boss has already figured out what kind of a person she was and won’t give her too much credence.

Debby - Your fund raiser sounds wonderful. Do you have a photo of you all dressed up? I’ll bet you looked smashing. Woo Hoo on the size 12 jeans! Wearing a size like that seems eons away for me at this point. I too have very broad shoulders and always did even when I was younger and much thinner. My parents always pointed that out to me which I have to admit made me feel bad.

I am on track again today. I had totally compliant meals and walked around the grocery store while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled. I bought a large box of tangerines today as they were not expensive at all. I had one this afternoon….very delicious. I had my annual ophthalmologist appointment today. I must go every year because of being on Plaquenil which apparently can do eye damage. All good news. I did well on all the tests he gave me so I am good for another year. I was tired again today and napped from about 5 til 6:30. Not sure why this is happening but I am glad that I was able to take a nap as I had nothing on my schedule.

Whew, these weeks are going by so fast! Hope everyone is doing fine.


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changeN- glad to see you back - like the new Moniker

I am doing well today, I am going to make a commitment to checking my blood sugar during the day. Mornings are ok, but I now I need to refocus on after meals and see what my trigger foods are for blood sug. I wish I had as much money coming in as I did when I was working. I could get a job, but that would require work which is something I am not ready to do yet. Laughing at myself

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Hoping it will be busy customer wise. Spent birthday at DR office. Just when i think im over this flu its back again. Boss switched my schedule around so i had past 2days off. Getting ready to punch in at work. Will check in later. Hope everyone has a good wednesday. David(formerly moving4me.

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Today is a day of rest for me. I am going to spend it getting my life in order. Clean the living room, go through paper work, do the laundry, journal, make plans for a healthier life style.

My cousin has her surgery today and she will be put into a med. induced coma for the next two days. My son is supposed to bring me some money today.

Have a wonderful day all
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Good Morning!
Scale Ho checking in--still 169 which is fine by me. I have been up early getting ready. The electricians are here to install my new lights in the kitchen. I am getting 8 recessed LED lights (5 on one side of the Lshape; 3 pendants over the island--and most importantly a big rectangular main fleurescent fixture will be removed! All lights on dimmers. Also getting a new exterior light at the front door; as the old one looked so tarnished.

In the masterbath, There is an issue with my new shower door leaking by one of the hinges and a loose waste-disposal connection. They are coming back to fix this, and I have not paid my final payment because of this. I called the production department and practiclly begged them to get my 2 bath countertops installed and decorative trim around my roman tub done before Thanksgiving.
I am having company for Thanksgiving; a single cousin is coming from Denver.

Tammyand--I am chronically low in Vit D too. No matter what I eat. I just received from HSN the Andrew Lessman Vit D 2500 IU. 300 tabs.

Debbiehs--I agree as long as you exercise you will weather through this little eating storm. I will look forward to meeting you too.
Sue--I can't wait for you to make that 90 pound mark--it will inspire you through the upcoming holiday season. Its such a validation that your metabolism is not wrecked from yo yo dieting over the years.

Justme--I hope you feel better soon; I get the sense you are tired of the stress and need to relax and regroup. You haven't even posted a recipe recently. I look forward to seeing your concoctions.

Kat--I hope you and DH were able to get the advice needed to help you decide about that Trad IRA.

Gotta run, electrician is calling me about the lights placement.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: Thank you for the birthday wishes .. My family teases me cuz I always call it the "month of my birthday" .. And my youngest son is the first to point out Nov 1st .. "no longer the month of your birthday!" Glad to hear you are determined to focus on your health. With all the family drama in our lives, we often forget that by taking care of ourselves better, we'll have the strength and endurance to help others. I was glad you posted that you are feeling better .. One day at a time right? Your granddaughter sounds a lot like mine .. "almost 2" .. She is always pointing things out, and making sure I'm following the right path .. Driving or walking, or picking up around the house. It's really cute! My youngest son has suffered with asthma his whole life .. It makes every cold worse. Be well!

Tammy: praying that those new meds don't cause other turmoil in your life. Yes .. I'm excited about the "90" mark .. It is so close .. I'm just trying to stick to my plan . And not indulge at the end of the day when I'm tired out. You have a lot to deal with .. Take care of you however you can!

Debby: glad to see you have the chance to check in .. We all have days that we "just can't" so don't feel bad about it .. We all do what we can do. Yep .. I can feel that 90lb mark so close .. I just want to grab it! Thanks for the haircut compliment .. It has been fun! And lifted my spirits. I'll have to jot down the book recommendations .. I love to read .. Wish I had more time for it. I am totally with you about going to a "regular" store .. I just want to be a regular model .. I've given up my dream of being a super model! Lol

I did okay yesterday .. I made a nice dinner last nite, and have my lunch packed for today .. I have my performance review at work today .. With my new boss .. I really like him .. But am nervous that the old boss left bad remarks for me (she really hated me, and I could do nothing right for her). I've always had good reviews .. Until she came around, and the stress from the last 3 years gave me nightmares all nite. I know I am an asset to my company . I do good work, I'm fast at getting things done, I'm a process "guru" with working with other people .. Frustrating that I had to go 3 years with her wrath making me so miserable. I really am trying to move on .. But the scars still hurt. I was proud of myself for sticking to my diet plan pretty close the last couple days .. Cuz thinking about the review is definitely a stress point. OK .. Enough of that .. Moving on … again.

God's Peace to you all!
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Tammy - glad you are feeling better, yes my cousin has postmenpause. bleeding and cat scan show numerous tumors. She was told that they would put her in a med induced coma for 2-3 days after surgery. So lots of concerns. Add on to that she is supposed to be packing for her move. I am hoping that her children will just go do it for her.

Debby - sometimes busy is a good thing and sometimes it can suck the life right out of you. It sound as if yours is a good thing. Great news about your fund raiser.

P&B - we have all had our ups and downs. I do not even know what compliant is right now since I am unable to exercise. I know you are going to be back on track. Remember 2 steps forward and one step back is still one step forward.

Cat good luck with your money - maybe you should just have Marlene give your advice, she really seems to have a handle on things. I have a problem handling money, not as bad as my problem handling food, but while I live within my means, saving is always a problem.

I am a little better today. I took my youngest grannies to day care today and my 2 year old granddaughter gave me directions. I missed the first turn and had to turn around. After that I heard this little voice from the back seat every time I came to a place where I should turn saying "My turn, my turn, right there, right there." Her parents could not believe it when I told them. They were both worried that I would not find the place. It is a winding drive through the foothills on dirt roads.

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Hi everyone. It's been a few days since I last checked in. There's just so much going on and by the time I get done with the day, I'm just too tired to sit down at the computer.

JustMe - I hope your asthma is getting better as you heal from your cold. It's nasty enough to get sick, but nastier when you have a condition like asthma. It sound like your life is busy, too. Please take time to heal with all that's going on.

TammyAnd - I hope you're feeling better, too. I find that the change of season can sometimes trigger the body in unexpected ways, both good and bad.

Scrimp - What a nice surprise to have a complete stranger pick up your lunch tab. You're an inspiration to me and I can't wait til you reach goal. I do hope to meet you someday when I'm visiting Germantown.

JoeJoe - congrats on getting yet more weight off. I hope you're feeling better and that your doctors can help you figure out what's going on so you don't have to experience that again.

P&B - I know it's hard to stay on track sometimes. But don't let it discourage you. You're worth the time and energy to get healthy. It's funny what triggers us to eat sometimes - sometimes it's a person being gone, and sometimes it's the same person being back. Go figure! You can do this. We're all behind you.

Itz_ Sue - way to go on exercising self control on that meal. Happy Birthday, btw. Sorry I'm late. Great haircut. And WOW, 90 lb. You go girl!

Mtn_Kitten - glad you are out walking again. The fall is such a nice time to walk, isn't it (unless it's raining like crazy, like it is now in the PNW - 3-4 inches predicted by Saturday. Guess I'll stick to the indoor gym workouts for a little bit :))

Saturday was a big day for us for a fund raiser for our animal shelter. It was a dressy dinner and silent auction event. The dinner was actually pretty healthy, except for desert and we raised a bundle for the shelter - $50,000 + by my estimate, and that's just what I could see. Sunday was filled with football and shopping for me and Monday was busy getting to the physical therapist, getting my workout in and canning tomatoes (just about through the season on those) Today was a little less eventful, but I'm doing it on little sleep. A friend of mine recommended a trilogy of books that I started reading and I just can't put them down. If any of you are interested the first book is Black House and the second is Lewis Man by Peter May. Mysteries set in the Outer Hebrides Islands (off Scotland) I don't think the third is published yet. Good thing or I'd be up all night reading it, too as soon as I finish Lewis Man.

I've not been completely on track, but not crazy, either, and have still been getting all my exercise in. The exercise calories burned are what keeps me from gaining, I believe. Good thing I like to do it. I went shopping at Old Navy on Sunday and bought two pairs of jeans in size 12 (a size I am very happy at) and two new tops in mediums (also very happy with that). I'm pretty athletically built - broad shoulders and body - so don't think I'd ever fit into smaller than a size 10 or less than a medium. I didn't in high school or college and I don't expect to now, so I feel I'm doing well as far as clothes fitting goes. It feels pretty good to go into a regular store - not a plus size store - and pick stuff up off the shelves knowing they'll fit and look pretty decent.

Sorry I haven't been as regular as I'd like to be in posting lately. I'll try to do better. Take care everyone.

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Linda and Sue – Thanks for the good wishes. They worked! I am feeling much better today. I suspect my not feeling well yesterday might be related to the dose of Methotrexate I took on Sunday. I take it once a week and opted for Sundays for several reasons. I will continue to monitor how I do on Mondays.

Linda – I hope you are feeling better. I am delighted to hear that you are focusing on yourself and your health. You give so much to others that it is easy to push aside what you yourself need. I think it is outstanding that you are helping out in your SIL’s classroom and that he is so open to it. The younger generation of educators can learn a great deal from the seasoned veterans so to speak. He will be a better teacher because of you…that I am sure of. Please let us know how your cousin does with the surgery and the findings. Uterine cancer is scary. Did she have any symptoms like post-menopausal bleeding?

Sue – Congrats on holding on to your lowest weight. Your next goal (90) is very much within reach. I’m sure you can feel it already! My fingers are crossed. I can’t wait till it is time for all of us to celebrate this milestone with you!

PandB – Are you counting the days till hubby comes home? Will he be home on Friday?

I am totally back on track today and feeling a lot better. Actually my calories are very low today, but again…I’m not worried since I was over my range by the end of the day yesterday. Today I had a call from my rheumatologist’s office to tell me that my most recent blood work showed low Vitamin D levels. So he is prescribing a Vitamin D supplement which I will take once a week. Low Vitamin D levels go along with lupus so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Maybe the supplement will help with my fatigue.

Hope everyone is doing well.



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Sue - Happy October birthday month, enjoy family sounds like you are in a good place

Tammy - take care of yourself, lots of virus going around right now. Do not let yourself get run down and open to infection.

Marlene- sounds like a great time with your sister, a special treat from a stranger and then a a great Monday.

Debby - hope all is well your way

Moving - miss your voice - hope life is treating you alright


My cousin (the only one I have) will have 3 surgeries in one tomorrow, remove gall bladder, fix hernias and a hysterectomy. The only one that is really concerning is the hysterectomy to determine if she has uterine cancer. At least her children have stepped up and finally realize that she is not kidding when she says she needs help.

My DIL is dealing with her aunt's death and her mother's grief. Her mother was instrumental in the aunt's divorce about 10 years ago and is now saying that none of the aunt's children can attend her funeral because they sided with the father.

I am both sick and busy. I am slowly getting better, but still have the asthma and cough. I volunteered in my SIL's classroom yesterday to help him begin his week on a better footing. Today I am at the grannies. Friday I am back at my SIL's classroom to help him with the end of the week. I took my daughter's children to daycare this AM. So lots of running around. I like working in my SIL's classroom because he has a very challenging class, but it is also a time and drive commitment.

I am refocusing on my health. I was not happy with my blood work even though everything was in the healthy range it was not as good as last time. I am going to look at what I am doing from a purely health wise stand point, evaluate and adjust accordingly.

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Hello Everyone!

Tammy: sending emoticon to you to feel better, and gain strength to stay on your path .. Don't let it get you down .. Lift up and soar! I know when I have a couple/few days of struggling, it gets easier to stay off plan than to get back on.

Marlene: sorry to hear of your loss .. And the painful memories. I pray that your heart is not made heavy from your memories. Quite the compliment to have a gentlemen pay the bill .. emoticon .. Reminds of younger days! ;)

Looks like many had busy Mondays .. Thinking of you all every day.

I worked 1/2 day yesterday, and then babysat my youngest granddaughter for the afternoon and evening.. She's very fun, but VERY busy all the time .. Yikes .. I was exhausted .. She's going to be 2 in December, and talks and shows me everything .. I am her "play-buddy" so there's not time for anything else. I made a beef stew in the slow cooker the nite before so I would have something healthy to eat .. (she didn't care for it .. But I thought it was yummy) .. The girl definitely has a mind of her own already .. I suppose with 3 older siblings, she has to have her own voice. I love her, and she tell me "love TOO" (emphasis on the TOO) .. It is always a pleasure having time with the grandkids.

I'm holding on to the lowest weight .. Two (1.5 actually) more pounds, and I hit the 90lb mark .. I'm working toward doing it this week. It's a slow process, and patience is really not my strength. Keep your fingers crossed for me gang!

Well .. Lunch is packed, and I'm off to work .. Hope everyone has a great day!

God's Peace to you all!
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Marlene - yes those candies were tempting but I didn't order them. I talked myself out of them because we have an excellent chocolateer in our area, with one of their 2 stores near my home. I told myself that if I am going to indulge I will keep the business local. I very seldom go to this candy store but it is nice to know it is there. Sounds like a nice time with your sister. I know you are so disciplined that those pastries won't Impact you for long if at all. Too bad your aunt's husband was such a creep. I don't blame you for keeping your distance.

Not a good day for me today. I did not feel well all day & even tho I made one of my favorite chicken recipes it is untouched because it just did not appeal to me. Instead I grazed all day on whatever I felt like I wanted. I am expecting to be back on track tomorrow.

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Hello:
It was a good Compliance Monday for me; I am below my calorie ranges for the day and I exercised on the treadmill. Yesterday I went off the deep end and indulged in some pastries from a french bakery. I had met my sister at Washington Union Train station and we had lunch complete with Mojitos. A man sitting next to us in the bar from Phoenix paid the bill, much to our surprise. We did get in a nice walk around the Capitol, the Mall, and down Pennsylvania avenue.

JoeJoe-Congrats on dropping those pounds!

Tammyand--I do struggle with portion control; so much so I usually prepare my dinners to make enough for one single serving. Portion control is one of my demons that got me to 283.
Now don't those 5 pounds chocolates look good on the QVC TSV. I want them!

Justme--Hope you feel better soon. I hardly ever get a cold.

PandB---Your back on track thats all that matters! Its nice that you have a new member to do water aerobics with.

Sue--Spending the day with your girls is surely worth a few calories.

My mother's sister husband died today. I did not like him. I saw him do something to her when I was a child and I have never forgotten it; it was so traumatic. They had 4 children (my first cousins) and I am only in contact with one of them on Facebook. Defriended by the others. They are weird. Needless to say am not going to the funeral.

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Debby – Hope your weekend was a good one. We all seem to have a lot going on these days.

PandB – Good for you for getting back on track. These blips happen, and I know you are the first to remind the rest of us that it is the long term changes that make the difference. So move on from the blip as you have and see the good results that follow. Thanks for the link. It is good to see the reminders listed there. My biggest downfall is NOT scheduling my exercise and just fitting it in whenever it is convenient.

Marlene – You are doing so well. I have a question. Do you still struggle with portion control, or are you just naturally satisfied with smaller (normal) portions now? Just curious. The rummage sale sounds like a great time. I used to love to do things like that but my walking (knee) issues keep me from doing much in that realm these days.

Joann – Congrats on losing 2.6 pounds. You probably lost even more this weekend with all the walking you did.

Linda – Your cousin in the hospital….is that the same one who was having the financial problems? Sorry to hear that your DIL’s aunt passed away….and so young too. Maybe if your DS and DIL will comfort each other and strengthen their relationship. Hope you are taking care of yourself. You are wise for limiting what you do till you are back up to par.

Sue – You are such a good mom and grandma! Your shopping day would be right up my alley. And yes indeed your dinner behavior is progress! Isn’t it wonderful when food doesn’t rule over us like it used to…or at least not as much as it used to? Hope your aches and pains are going away.

My day was good in terms of accomplishments, time with family, and eating…mostly. I am at the top of my calorie range for the 2nd consecutive day. Yesterday I moved much more than today, but I did a little exercise, just not as much as I should have. Have a lot to do at home tomorrow so hoping to get to bed early (for me) tonight.



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Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday! It's been a busy weekend for me .. too busy to really find time to make healthy meals, but I've done well with it. My daughter, granddaughter and I spent the day shopping yesterday. We all have October birthdays and it's been our tradition to do shopping for a day, and I treat for a new outfit for both of them. We shopped from about 1pm until I got home at 8:30, and believe me, I was exhausted. Today, my foot, hip and back are protesting all that standing and walking. We had dinner about 7:30 and I have grilled salmon, broccoli, sweet potato waffle fries and a roll w butter .. I only ate about 1/2 of it because it was so late, and was quite full even the serving size really wasn't that large.Last year at this time, I would have scarfed it down, and been disappointed there wasn't more. That is progress right?

Today, was laundry, grocery shopping, getting ready for the work week. It comes way too fast.

I pray that you are doing well .. I'll try to catch up on reading the posts.

God's Blessing All!
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Happy Sparkling Sunday all

I am slowly getting better. Still having asthma problems which limits what I can do. But I know the best thing is not to strain my lungs or I will end up in the hospital, so I am going very slowly, no walking no exercise. Maybe tomorrow.
Doing ok on food today.
My DIL's aunt died last night. She was 60 and had been trying to get into the doctor's. She died of a heart attack in the night. My son and DIL are very upset. She was the nicest of all the all the aunts.
Linda

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Hello Sparklers,

My frustrations got the bet of me last night and my eating was out of control. Today I am back on track. With DH out of town I am going to hibernate today to keep myself on track. This means I will go into the study, shut the door and spend the day working on my counted cross stitch project. I need clean hands for that, so no snacking will be allowed.

As most of you may know I am a huge Patriots fan. I was poking around their website and found this article on sticking to a workout schedule. It's actually very good. All common sense things we have heard before, but a good reminder. Here is the link to the article.

http://www.patriots.com/news/lifestyle/a
rticle-1/Six-tips-for-sticking-with-yo
ur-workout/cbfca259-df2e-485c-96e9-5bd
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Sounds like everyone is hanging in there, keep up the good work.

Be well,

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Just a quick "Hey" before bedtime. I am a little better, ribs not as sore.
My cousin was just admitted to the hospital with hernias, gall stones and uterine tumors, surgery on Monday. It never rains but it pours for some people.
Everyone in my house has had this cold, my SIL and I are the last, forgot my daughter just started runny nose. One more person then we should be through with it.
Keep sparkling
Linda

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A very quick late night check in from me tonight. I did remarkably well at the birthday party and had fun too. The birthday children were adorable of course. I did leave in time to get to my volunteer event and then did a little bit of shopping before coming home and collapsing. Phone calls from family members tied me up tonight as an out-of-state relative has been in the hospital and several of us cousins have been phoning each other to keep everyone up to date.

Time for bed. Hope to check in as time permits tomorrow.

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Good evening, everyone! I've been reading through all of the posts and am cheering all of our successes, pulling for all of those who are struggling, and just sending out good wishes for everyone!

I feel a little more normal this weekend, although still unreasonably tired. I am with my daughter at college. We had a huge, non-compliant breakfast, walked all over the place to burn it off, ate a small lunch -- much better as far as compliance goes, and then came back to her room and slept for a couple of hours. Then, we went for another long walk. We are doing leftovers for dinner tonight, so it will be a small meal. I see why she never gains any weight. She walks miles every day!

I am still going to see both my rheumatologist and my internist. Last week was scary how bad I felt. It was literally as if I had hit some kind of wall. I was almost to the point of not being able to function. I guess it's time for another round of blood work.

I am down 2.6 pounds this week. That felt great! I am going to work hard this week to keep my successes going.

I do hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! Blessings and peace!

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Hello:
Holding at 169. No exercise yeasterday. Today I got a lot of steps in walking around. I am tired now; having just finished a big lunch of poached eggs; hash browns, and small turkey chop.
I got up early and drove to Leesburg VA for the annual Innova Loudon County Ladies Board Rummage Sale; which is held at lovely Morven Park Equestrian Center. I even paid $10 to go through the door as an early bird. otherwise this event is free. A huge warehouse full of household stuff; clothing and accessories; jewelry, furniiture , and books. This year they had a ManCave for men. There was so much that I did not get to all of the barns so I skipped toys, christmas, and craft stuff.

As usual, I bought a whole bunch of paperback historical romance books to add to my missing items in my series collections; and this time I printed out my entire library of books from GoodReads. I was able to put back 10 books that were duplicates of what i already own; ater I checked each book on my print-out.
They had a real nice selection of cookbooks; and I bought a few; as well as electric ice cream maker for $5; and two nice tops thats were $1 each. There were other tschotskys I could have bought but I managed to control myself. It was such a beautiful day to be on the equestrian grounds. The leaves are turning color nicely this year.
I took the Whites Ferry; a car ferry across the Potomac and back, and that is always fun. This year I lucked up and got there just as the Ferry arrived on the dock, so no waiting.

Tammy--Most of the time QVC delivers very quickly to my area. I had ordered a outdoor exterior light on Thursday from Home Depot around 1 PM; and it was delivered yesterday around 6 pm. I had paid extra for fast delivery to get it by Tuesday.

Mtn Ktn--I am not buying candy. There are not many kids in my development and if I get any kids its would be surprising, as most people turn their lights off. I do have my own stash of Hershey's cookie n cream kisses to give out should I change my mind.

Good to hear everyone is hanging on in there; if even by a thread--you are still here and trying.

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Hello Sparklers,

It’s a quiet weekend here with DH away so this is a rare weekend posting for me. So far all is well. I'll do the weekly shopping later today. It's always a challenge for me to do this by myself because without DH I am tempted to toss non-healthy foods in the cart.

JUSTME - Welcome back, glad to hear you had a good time on your trip even and congratulations on your vacation weight loss. That is not an easy thing to do for anyone.

MTN_KITTEN - Good for you on the no Halloween candy. We did buy one small bag that will remain unopened until the doorbell rings on Halloween night. If no one come to our house (we haven’t had anyone in the last 5 years) then DH will get rid of it.

TAMMYAND - DH and I Skype each night and you’re right he does earn good SkyMiles. We tend to cash them in for things we need around the house instead of travel. The trick or treating night for your charity sounds wonderful. I’m sure the kids really appreciate it.

DEBBY - Glad all is well.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hi all. Thought I'd make a quick post. I've been pretty tied up with lots of little things last few days, so haven't posted. I've been on track three of the last four days, so not too bad. Aiming for better, of course.

It looks like many of you have had some significant successes. Congrats on those. For those of you that are ailing, I hope you feel better soon. I'll try to check in tomorrow when I have a bit more time. Take care everyone.

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Tammy actually that was supposed to be sarcasm, guess I missed the mark, I used to remind myself that God is not superman. He does not come to your rescue, rather he provides the tools for you to rescue yourself.

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Joann – I hope you are feeling better. I understand about using food to self-medicate when you aren’t feeling well. The only way I was able to break away from that was recognizing that consuming all that junk food actually made my lupus symptoms worse. My body felt toxic after I ate too much off plan junk. I hope you get good answers from your doctors. Prayers and hugs for you for sure.

Marlene – Can you believe it, my Carol Hochman TSV arrived today already. I am in shock as I just ordered it yesterday! I really like it too. You mentioned the teal one. That is the color I sent to my friend Karen in Pittsburgh. Her birthday is Monday, and now I am optimistic that she will receive hers on her birthday.

Sue – Woo hoo for you at your lowest weight! You are well on your way to Onederland! Keep your eye on the prize as I know you do. I love your recipe for the zucchini spaghetti. I will try it, without the onions of course as we don’t like onions in this house.

Cat – Yay for your on track eating and exercise! Congrats on the “found” money. I find all that stuff so very confusing and complicated. Sorry you have to make a rushed decision. I sure hope you can find a financial advisor you can trust and who isn’t just a salesman for his or her particular brand of investment product. There are 2 firms in our area with outstanding reputations, but they won’t do you much good in Colorado.

PandB – Glad the patience saying made you laugh. Hope you are doing ok this weekend with DH away. Do you two Skype or FaceTime or anything while he is away? The upside of those long business trips is that I am sure he is earning lots of sky miles…so maybe a fun trip is in your future!

Linda – Sorry about the foliage being disappointing. But the best is a good time with a friend anyway. I treasure those moments. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for your DS to get the job. Something like that might be just the boost he needs. Please take care of yourself with that cold and your asthma. The exercise can wait till you are back to your healthy self. Breathing issues are nothing to toy with, as I am sure you know. I hear you about doesn’t God know what we need before we ask. But as I am often reminded, God answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is “no.” A clergyman I know has said more than once that God is not some cosmic vending machine! The visual that goes with that has stayed with me a long time.


I always like to have Halloween candy on hand just “in case” we get a few trick or treaters. We live in an older section of our township where the homes are not very close together. For example, on our block there are only 2 houses on each side of the street for a total of 4 homes. Children and parents are smart these days so they go trick or treating in the newer developments where the homes are much closer together. If I buy candy, and we don’t get any trick or treaters, I will take it to church for the children there.

One of the charities I support (Miracle League baseball) provides a trick or treat night for our players, all of whom have disabilities either physical, intellectual, neurological, sensory, emotional, or any combination thereof. We have an awesome (not a word I use often) Trick or Treat night held at our totally accessible baseball field. The children are welcome to bring siblings if they wish. Costumes are optional as some of the children just couldn’t do the costume thing. It is heart-warming to see, as many of these children with disabilities would not do well in the typical neighborhood trick or treat environment. And many would struggle just from the physical standpoint alone. (I know this first hand as my son has physical disabilities related to his cerebral palsy and when he was a child trick or treat was a real challenge). Our Miracle League solicits vendors who set up stands on our miracle league field. The vendors decorate their booths, and we award various prizes to the vendors for their decorations (most creative, best use of lighting, etc.). The vendors provide treats, trinkets, hot cocoa, etc. for the children who trick or treat at each stand. So far we have over 35 vendors signed up for the event. Last year the children went home with the trick or treat bags (which we also provide) bursting at the seams.

Today I went to Ruby Tuesday with a group of friends. I logged everything on Spark based on Ruby Tuesday nutritional info. Because I indulged in shared appetizers, I am over my cal range by about 300 calories which is not bad all things considered. I have been way under my calories for about 4 or 5 days so I am not too worried. (I am more worried about that blasted sodium in the food.) Also I grocery shopped today and worked in extra steps as usual.

DS and I are going to a family birthday party tomorrow for a 1 year old and her 3 year old brother. I am taking a shrimp tray as I know that will help me stay compliant.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Your area sounds like mine on Halloween. Everyone drives down to the local supermarket parking lot. Adults dress up and pass out candy from their cars, the store owner pass out either candy or little Halloween items. All property here is two or more acres, I used to take my kids treat or treating on horseback, many a year ago when there wasn't even a town center.

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Another good day for me … we are keeping the g-kids so I did not walk today. But I will tomorrow to round out my 5 times a week. It has turned quite chilly here … with a high of 65 … so we are all in sweaters.

No candy in my house for Halloween. We live in a kinda rural area and all the kids go to town and receive candy from the vendors. We can donate if we choose … and it stays all in town. We will be trick-or-treating with the g-kids by taking them to the mall in the Springs. It will be a long night but I love seeing the little ones all dressed up having fun.

When we moved here to Colorado my retirement package from Dallas was supposed to be rolled over into a “safe” place but we inadvertently cashed it out … and paid for it dearly … early withdrawal penalties, IRS taxes for receiving income and State Income taxes for receiving income … Texas does not have a personal income tax so this hurt doubly. Even though the bank, financial advisors and the retirement program coordinator told us what to do and we did it … we were screwed. Somehow we forgot all about hubby’s which has been gaining interest for 19 years. If we had remembered … or they had contacted us before hubby retired … we would have rolled it into our existing plan because he would have been still working. That is not an option now. Now we have several options:

Do nothing and it sits in their financial system gaining NO interest and he can then start withdrawing a monthly pension when he turns 65 … 3 ½ years from now.
Get it in one lump sum because he is past 59 1/2… and pay taxes IRS and Stat on receiving income. NOT!!!!
Or roll it into an IRA … which is new to us.

We met with LPL yesterday … and I came away hearing … fee for this and fee for that and an annual fee for this and an annual fee for that. Hubby has called several other financial institutes today … but has spent the day waiting for responses.

Index funds … never heard of them. We feel very, very fortunate to have received such great, great news. But very, very rushed because we have to have things in place and Texas on board by close of business Oct 23rd. Yep next Thursday. We got the info yesterday after being gone 7-8 weeks. It would have been a gift from heaven if we had known about it before we left … now it feels rushed and confusing.

Itz_Sue – hubby and son grilled for us Sunday … in the sleet and snow. Hubby grills a week’s worth of meat for us regularly all year round on an old timey charcoal grill. One of the many, many reasons I looooooove the guy. You are at our lowest weight!!!! How AWESOME.

P&B- woohoo on the car pool for water aerobics.

JustMe – Scrimp reminded us you were on a trip. We missed you. Glad DS has a job opportunity. Sooooo sorry about the cold.


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i'mmmmm baccck!

Trip was disappointing,everything is showing more drought that autumn, but had a great time with myfriend. We talked and talked. I lost a couple of pounds and I did not pay much attention to what I was eating. But she is diabetic so it was easy to stay on track.

Keep your finger's crossed. It looks like my son has a job. It will be a bit of a daily commute, but pay is adequate, benefits are there and he will have weekends off. As far as his family life, it is the same- up and down. I just have to wait until Nov. 5 to find out what is going on.

I brought back a cold - affecting my asthma, so very light exercise for a few days, no water aerobics this weekend. I coughed all night last night and wheezed. That was the first time in a long time. Got my blood work done, everything is still good, but not as good as it was, so I need to really think about my habits and how I am going to improve my health.

P&B - that is great that you have another member for your water aerobics, it is always so much more fun to go with friends.

Scrimp - 169 sounds like heaven to me. I would love to hold there. Keep up the great work. I also must rein in my spending for a while.

Sue - love the new look, I know you will soon be entering onederland. I can't wait to see the pathways there.

Cat - you need to check with an accountant, I think you will have a horrible tax penalty if you take the money out, but the nice thing is that you should be able to roll it into your present account and have that much more when you retire.

Joann- when I am sick is the hardest time for me to stay on track, I do not have any energy, which lower my motivation , which lowers my persistence. I just focus on a couple of things all related to food. First healthy, second easy, third satisfying. I am sick today and am making chicken soup. It is in the crockpot, I did not dice any of the veg, I cut things into quarter to make it easier. I hope you feel better. There is a nasty cold making its way around our schools. My two grannies got it and decided to share with me.

Tammy I also love your quote, partly because I want patience and I need it right now. I can never figure out way if you pray for something it doesn't happen yesterday. God should have known what you needed before you did. Right?

T- how wonderful that you are making such a difference in the lives of some young people in desperate need of a kind and helping hand. This is one of those ripples that over timecan change the world.

Debby - it is wonderful how our children continue to be our joy and our focus. While it is frustrating when they still need us it is also fulfilling to know that they still trust us and turn to us for support and direction. I am so proud of my son for the way that he has turned his life around. But sometimes I still want to have a "perfect" child. You know that one we read about who travels through life without any problems. That fictional icon, much like the perfect supermom, the all wise father figure and of course the infinitely caring and perspective grandparent.

I have missed you all, so glad to be back


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Hello Sparklers,

TAMMYAND - I really liked your old saying “Lord give me patience and I want it right now” I had not heard it before and it made me laugh.

JOEJOE - Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope things get better soon.

MTN_KITTEN - The easiest thing to de is put your money in an index fund. Avoid the mutual funds because they charge really high fees. Suze Orman has lots of information on this.

Went out to lunch with a few friends and recruited another woman to go to water aerobics. That will make it a group of 4 women which is a good number for a car pool.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Good Morning

I worked out yesterday on the treadmill. I always do 1 hour, at 3.4 mh and 5.5% incline. I used to do 10% but the Physical Therapist said to reduce the incline and it won't be as hard on my hip. Holding at 169.

Tammyand--I was tempted too by the Hochman TSV; but managed to stop myself. I loved the teal and the black colors; and that blue you chose was gorgeous.

Must keep home shopping spending in check. I have a lot going on now with getting the 2 other baths done. Had to buy new faucetts for one and an additional piece for the other. I am getting my lighting installed in the kitchen next week. Then I am getting a backsplash, I have chosen the tile (grey glass mosaic). Then I need my kitchen ceiling repaired after the lighting goes in. I also ordered a new front door and exterior light. Not to mention the NYC vacation coming up; which is paid for but still will need spending money.
That tax bill looms ahead, so I want to take care of stuff that I want done now so that I can focus on that nightmare in the new year.

JoeJoe--Just hang in there and recommitt. We all have days where we simply want to eat what we want.

Kat--Woo hoo long lost money...I have a traditionl IRA. You can take the money out after age 59 1/2. The money put into this is all ready taxed (its not previously untaxed money like an 401K contribution); but you will be taxed on the gains when you start withdrawing. Therefore your tax basis is important (Form 8606) that documents money contributed to IRAs where you have not gotten a tax deduction). The investment company will explain a lot better than I can!

Sue--Good for you on staying on plan; soon that Onederland will be here! You can attest that you can eat very well and still lose weight.

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Hello Everyone!

Tammy, T, Marlene, Cat, PandB: thank you for the "hairdo" compliments. It is so uplifting to hear that I look younger .. And I have been hearing that a lot. I've always loved long hair .. But I guess this will be the new me! Healthwise and Hairwise! Thank you again.

Tammy: it's been rainy here too .. In Wisconsin .. Dark, dreary gloomy days. We had a peek at some sunshine yesterday, but by the time I got out of work, it was pretty much over. I love fresh sheets too! It seems the one night that I sleep so much better. Yay! It is Friday!

Marlene: hope your shower was fun after your yummy dinner .. Do you grill outside? Or an indoor grill? Next summer, I'm going to try grilling outside more .. I'd like to invest in a gas grill to make it easier .. This is another one of my "retirement" dreams.

Cat: I love your attitude of not "starting over," but rededicating to your goals. My thought is rededicating to myself. When I get off track, it's because I get too busy doing for everyone else again. I have to be more for myself to succeed in this. Yay! Money from God! I too would like to hear advice .. For when I retire.

PandB: the rain seems to be everywhere! Is this what is causing the bad moods. Hang on! The sun is coming!

Joann: You have been missed .. But don't worry about commenting here .. Take care of you! Sometimes, I just read the posts and don't comment. It helps me in so many ways. Hope you are feeling better soon .. It's really hard to focus on preparing healthy foods when you are dragged down. Try to eat one healthy thing at a time. Praying for better health for you.

I did stay compliant yesterday - YAY! My plan for today is the same .. One step at a time. With all the rain we've had here, it's gloomy and tiring … we need some sunshine. After my very fun weekend last week .. I feel like I have "vacation hangover." I'm doing ok eating-wise .. Today I am at my lowest weight .. Yay! I'm on my way to OneDerVille! I told my hubby that I plan to weigh less than him by Christmas. It would be the 1st time EVER! I cooked a yummy dinner last nite. Salmon burger and zucchini, onion & mushroom stir fry. I bought one of those gadgets that make veggie spaghetti and used it on the zucchini. Stir fried the onions and mushrooms until cooked, added some seasonings and garlic, and then added the zucchini in last for a light cooking. The zucchini was a bit crunchy, and it was delicious. Even my son commented "wow … gourmet cooking!" It really was easy, and I felt satisfied and didn't snack in the evening after. One day at a time!

LINDA: where are you? You are missed! Praying that all is well with you!

God's Peace to you all!
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Another good day … food and exercise on track!!! AND hubby got a letter from a company back in Dallas stating he had retirement money still in his account. We need to make decisions of what to do with the funds ASAP. Money from God!!!!! We had no idea!!! We are not familiar with traditional IRAs since all our retirement monies were invested through our work and we now pull a monthly stipend from it. Any advice??????

P&B – how is today treating you???

TammyAnd – Wooooo Hoooo! Sounds like your evening went better than expected.

JoAnn – You can get back on track. Your body will love you for it. Let us hear what the docs had to say.

Well, I am off to bed to rest before sleeping. Today I have felt tired … is it a full moon or something?????


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Hi, everyone! I'm not being a good team member this week. I've been feeling really bad. No fever, so I've gone to school every day, but I come in every afternoon and collapse. Literally, I have done nothing but come in and fall asleep on the couch. Then, today we had inservice. It was horrible. I ate junky food all day long, and felt like a slug. I have told y'all before. I eat to self-medicate sometimes when my fibromyalgia is flared up. I really think that is what is going on right now. I'm going to call the rheumatologist and the internal medicine doctors both tomorrow and see if I can get in to see them. I am beyond feeling bad at this point. I feel as if I have hit a brick wall! So, send up some prayers for me and hopefully I can get myself pulled together and back on track pronto!

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Marlene – Well I bought today’s TSV from Carol Hochman. I got it in cobalt. I also sent one to one of my best friends for her 60th birthday which is on Monday. She works from home and often lives in sweats at best so I think she will appreciate this 3 piece set. I have had to restrain myself from buying other Carol Hochman items as I love her stuff so much. But most of her pj bottoms are too long for me so that prevents me from over-indulging. So how do you account for your shoe size increasing? I would have thought with losing all the weight your feet would be smaller too. I think the boots you got are really cute too. But alas, I am still strictly a Birkenstock girl.

Cat – Thanks for the sock info. I am going to look for them for my DS whose feet get very sweaty.

PandB – I sure understand the funky moods. It is so easy to get discouraged when you work so hard and then the blasted scale doesn’t cooperate. We all know that eventually it will move and make us smile, but the waiting is a pain in the butt sometimes. It’s like the old saying, “Lord give me patience and I want it right now.” Hope you do ok this weekend since your weekend will be different with DH not coming home. Remember you have friends here in case you get lonely.

I had an unusually good day yesterday. I “finished” eating much earlier than usual for me. Often that would mean visiting the kitchen later in the evening and grazing or having “just a taste” of whatever caught my fancy. But not yesterday. I did not eat anything after about 4:30 pm. I did continue to drink my seltzer water and had a can of diet pepsi for no special reason. And that was it. I really shocked myself. This morning the scale was down a little over a pound. That made me smile and is good positive reinforcement for my compliant choices yesterday. I started out slow today in terms of getting housework done, but eventually my energy picked up a bit so I managed to get several loads of laundry done and fresh sheets on both beds. That is one of my favorite feelings…the first night for clean crisp sheets. I also switched around more of the fall/winter clothes, putting away more of the summer items. I store my some of my off season clothes in our basement so that meant extra trips up and down the basement steps, always a good way for me to increase my steps. I have dinner plans tomorrow with some friends, going to Ruby Tuesday, so no problems there. One of the friends emailed today that her very elderly dad is in the hospital, so now it is possible our plans will change or else the rest of us will just go without Deb and her hubby. Not sure yet.

Well I am signing off for now. I haven’t eaten dinner yet but am ok with that since I had a late lunch.

Can you believe tomorrow is Friday already?


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Hello Sparklers,

Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. I was in a foul mood all day yesterday but I trooped through. I ate within my calorie range, went to water aerobics and got all of my steps in. I earned my balloons for the day and that’s what counts. I’m still in a bit of a funk today but I’m determined not to let it get the best of me and to stick to my plan.

T_JOURNEY - I watch TV episodes on a tablet while on my treadmill. Hulu has a lot of free things or CBS.com. I pick a drama that really interests me and then only watch it while on the treadmill. Desperate Housewives got me started now I am watching Commander in Chief. I just heard that HBO will be offering streaming packages that don’t require a cable contract. If it’s not too expensive then I will probably sign up for that as they have a lot of great series that I haven’t seen. I live out in the sticks too but we have DSL and the internet is great. I rarely have trouble streaming movies/shows and after the initial loading I don’t get that annoying reloading pause.

ITZ_SUE - Your pictures look great. I love your new hairdo and the before and after pics really show how far you have come.

I got that same rain that SCRIMP and TAMMYAND had. It came at night so I could only hear how strong it was. For quite awhile it was beating against the house. The rain was so strong that I half expected to see Noah’s Ark floating in my front lawn this morning.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Today is a good day … food on track and exercise is, too. I like my new tennis shoes … I mean athletic shoes : ) Got in my 45 minutes on the treadmill. I decided since I was not consistent on our trip I would start out slow and get back up to snuff over the course of a couple of weeks. I dropped another ½ pound today … one-lander here I come.

I did not start over after our latest trip … I REdedicated myself to my goals. I lost 58 pounds in 2012 … gained it alllllll back. This time I caught hold of myself before I gained it all back before I opened my eyes and shut my mouth. I got back on track NOW.

Itz_Sue – I love your updated picture. I bet you are allergic to bad news coz you are such a positive person skinny mini : )

Scrimp – WoooooooHooooooo! You go girl … 169!!!! Hubby had a talk with me yesterday about how far I have come, I caught hold of myself and didn’t just throw in the towel … and he would like to see me succeed. I have had a goal of reaching 135 at 5’4” … that’s more than I use to weigh and anything under 140 puts me in the “healthy / normal” range. I am going to have to do some soul searching when I get closer and closer. Maintaining is my main goal!!!! Loose skin and lots of it … are in my future. I hope, hope, hope I will feel like it is a reminder of how hard I have worked along with what happens when I don’t put myself first on my own list of importance. I bet you look fantabulous!!!!! And showering in your new shower!!! Wait a minute … you know what I mean!!!
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TammyAnd – I admire your patience. By now I probably would have put my foot in my mouth … and other places … concerning G. I hope you get out of the remodeling what you want. My socks are thin and have CoolMax, polyester and spandex with NO cotton. Target has less inexpensive ones … I sprung for the Balega at $9 a pair at the Runner’s Roost. I wanted to “feed” my inner athlete and I like socks with the hugging effect around my high arch and instep. I have my fingers crossed that lack of hunger and lack of cravings last for you … and everyone. The more I stick to my plan and eating at least 4 times a day … the better I do with cravings and hunger.

P&B – Stay with it. You deserve it … that’s why you “bother”. The scale is a @#$%! sometimes. You have come sooooo far and hubby sees the difference even if the scale doesn’t this week. You are a wonderful caring person … make sure you take good care of yourself.

T – I still think you are wonderful to help kids that need help. Not everyone would do that. You have touched a life … several of them … and that is true giving. Stay with the treadmill. I started out with 10 minutes … it took me longer to get dressed than it did to walk. I got up to 60 minutes before I broke my stride … but I will get back there in the next couple of weeks. I stopped walking outside due to alllllll the water retention I suffered from and I am back on the treadmill even though it has turn cool here … we actually had our first snow Sunday.

Linda binda - where are you? Do we need to send out a search party????

How can I make my body release a pound???? Stay focused and stay on track!!! A big salad with grilled chicken and a slice of Dave’s Killer Bread … 6 grams of fiber … for supper!!!


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Sue--- you look fabulous! I agree with Tammyand-you look so much younger now--especally as your face is so much thinner. I enjoyed viewing your transformation journey pictures.

T-Journey--I admire you for taking the homeless teenager into your home. What a blessing you and your family are. Well Done!

PandB---What a tough day. I feel your angst. I know it seems like when you are a higher weight you should be losing simply as you are not eating enough to support 300+ pounds. At my higher weights I would Iose 3 sometimes 4 pounds a week. In retrospect i probably was eating 3000 cals or more a day through mindless gorging on candy, 2 dinners, and snacks all day. When I stopped the effect on my body was significant at first and now its slowed down to a crawl. This too shall pass. You eat healthy and you exercise--the weight will drop off. Believe it will happen. Everyday is a fresh start. Exercise is never wasted; sometimes we can't see the effects because its so casual. Just like Kat said, she gained some weight but all her clothes are loose now cause she must have lost inches with all that exercise on the trip..

Tammyand--It rained hard all day. I just came back from a 90 minute walk with a neighbor as it has cleared up. Isn't it nice to stay home with no meetings to attend? I actually had 2 oz of whole wheat pasta for lunch. I hope my body will tolerate it without a temporary weight gain. I just love those QVC Clarks wedge heel zip up ankle boots. I bought them in wine, black leather and mallard blue. So chic and they fit. I now wear an 11 Wide! My foot increased from size 10!

Its 8 pm and I have not had dinner. Going to grill a piece of fish in 2 tbsp salsa and a little broth. I'll throw in some bok choy. Then I am going to use my new bathroom shower for the first time.

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T - The blessings you are bestowing on these needy young people will return to you a hundred fold. This world needs more people like you and your DH.

Sue - WOW! You look great. You have "youthened" for sure....you look younger now than on your other pictures. I like your new "do" a lot too.


PandB - Please don't give the scale that much power over you. You know you are doing things to make it move and move it will....in the right direction. Marlene often reminds us that a weigh in can be influenced by digestion, water retention, etc. But I do understand how you feel. Just please try so that this disappointment doesn't de-rail all of your wonderful efforts. You will get there. We are all going there together my friend.


I checked back here just now as I was logging my food for the day. Still doing fine, enjoying my newspapers on this very rainy Pennsylvania afternoon.



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Sue ~ Beautiful!

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Hello Everyone .. I took a quick lunch break and posted my new haircut photo .. Yikes! I struggle to look at photos of myself .. but there I am!

Have a great day!
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Hi everyone ~ don't forget to measure - sometimes that scale doesn't move but our bodies change. Had my husband re-measure me on Sunday 17 inches gone since he first measured me on Sept 1.

Marlene ~ AWESOME! CONGRATS!

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Good Wednesday Everyone! It's great to know I'm not alone in this journey!

The young lady is settling in, she didn't even have the basics: no toothbrush, she was using a sample size toothpaste and her finger, no floss, no deodorant, 2 pair of falling apart underwear, etc. Needless to say, we went shopping. Sadly she was wearing a pair of leggings that she had clearly been sewing together (leggings are like nylons - when they get a hole - they run). We got a new pair of leggings and jeans.

She's shared that everything is so different: adults that care about her, a "regular" mom & dad (she told our son how lucky he is), eating dinner together, a real house (she referring to cleanliness) etc. She is all set to start school tomorrow - she's nervous but happy to complete her senior year and graduate.

We are the lucky ones ~ we're feel privileged to be able to help. Last year a homeless 18 year old boy lived with us who is now graduated and living with another family (he got a job where their son works so he has a place to stay and a ride back & forth to work). Like this young lady, sadly he grew up - not in a good environment.

Super to hear that so many of you are using treadmill too. Walking is where I struggle. While on the treadmill - I've tried listening to music, watching tv, making myself disciplined to ONLY watch a program I'm really interested in seeing while on treadmill (so if I'm not walking then I don't get to watch it), and I've written out all the reasons why I want to weigh 140 then read it while walking. The walk at 1.8 mph - my best day was 26 min (I'd like to repeat that day but haven't so far), usually walk around 15 min. Yesterday I released the runners (it's a tread climber machine). Reduced speed to 1.5 mph and walked 5 min twice during the day. The no impact is great but is harder to do.

Debby ~ thanks for the treadmill advice. Now I know to increase a little each week. Great to hear about your son and daughter.

Cat ~ congrats on your wt loss! Thanks for mentioning Crystal Lite - I had forgotten about that product. Congrats on 38 yrs! How wonderful that your husband and you can walk together.

Marlene ~ we were pulling out Christmas decorations - I thought of you going to NY to Dick Clarks Rockin New Year and the other fantastic events!

Tammy ~ I too am glad to hear your energy is better!

Linda ~ Leaf's are falling, I'll have to look backwards at your posts for your fabulous soup recipes. Are you still able to sleep through the night?

Sue ~ Can't wait to see your new hair cut. It's inspiring to me that you work and walk!

David ~ How's it going? Did you qualify for the house?

P&B ~ I'm rooting for you too! Keep those balloons flying onto your calendar!

Have a great day ~ God's Blessings, T


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Hello Sparklers,

I feel so depressed and defeated today. After eating to plan and getting in most of my exercise last week I gained 1.6 pounds. Why do I even bother? Last night I was walking in circles around the house so that I would reach my daily steps goal and for what? To see a 1.6 pound gain on the scale this morning? The worst of it is that this weight gain cannot be tied to an over eating event, so it will be VERY hard to lose.

DEBBY - Thank you for your encouraging words. I can’t wait to get to TWOtervillle and I think that is contributing to my frustration today. Yesterday I checked my treadmill and the grade goes up to level 15, which I am assuming is a 15% grade. I have noticed that I burn more calories with an increased grade. I also feel better after I am done.

TAMMYAND - Glad to hear your energy level is improving. Feeling good is so important to being successful…Sorry to hear that your volunteer work was more than you expected. But look at the bright side, even with that snafu in your schedule you still stayed on track with your eating. That is wonderful.

MTN_KITTEN - I can picture you and your hubby on side by side treadmills. That is very sweet.

ITZ_SUE - Stringing together a series of good days does eventually produce results. Sooner or later a string of good behavior has to show up in the scale. Thanks for reminding me.

SCRIMP - Congratulations on reaching 169. You’re right, it’s one pound at a time, just like it's one day at a time. After awhile all of those ones will add up into something bigger.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Marlene – Woo hoo for you hitting 169! Wonderful and marvelous. Your success is all of our success as you once again show what can be accomplished. I hear you about the one pound a week….but at my weight I am still hoping for 2+ pounds per week. I think I will weigh again on Friday and see what the scale says. By the way, G has been MIA for 2 days now! Can’t wait to hear his excuses this time. His mother would faint if she knew about this. He definitely does not have his mother’s work ethic. Good thing I am a very patient person and not in a hurry for this project to be completed.

Cat – So what fabric are your new socks made of? Very interesting about the cotton. You are an athlete! I agree that had to feel good to be called that!!

Sue – I hope your energy increases as the day goes on. Taking a walk is a great idea. Your DH is a sweetie too for noticing your weight loss and telling you about it. Such positive feedback can only increase your determination and motivation. You two are blessed to have each other.

I was out and about early today to run 2 errands before the heavy rain arrives here. I am checking in early today as I am not sure if I will get online much for the rest of the day. So far I am on track and doing well. I am just not “into” food these days. If I had been like this for the past 25 years I would be normal weight! I am enjoying the lack of hunger and lack of cravings….and just hope it lasts.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!


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Good Morning All:

The scale indicated 169 this morning. emoticon I think Debbiehs, your words of inspiration regarding how great it is to enter a new 10 or 100 lb milestone conjured it up!

Debbiehs-I am 5'4'' and my goal is 160. I had no hopes of ever reaching the 150s again. I figured 160 would make me look thin, and well into small and medium clothes, no need to go lower because I always look less than what I actually weigh. At 160 I will still be "overweight" per BMI calculation. I'll just play it by ear, at this point, each pound is a gift. The important thing is that I don't feel fat anymore and like you I am feeling pretty good at what I have been able to accomplish once I set my mind to it.

My sister has lost a lot of weight too, and she is in the hi 150s range now. She had a tummy tuck done this spring to make her stomach flat and get rid of the loose skin. My waist is now almost flat, but this is still a small saggy tire of loose abdominal skin that bugs me. I now understand why she paid $6K that she did not have, to get it done.

Sue, Kat, PandB, Joejoe, Justme,Moving, T-J, Tammy--All of us will reach our goals, we just have to attack one pound at a time and continue to focus. I was looking at the length of time if took me to get to 199,189, 179, and now 169. I can see by my progress I have been averaging a pound a week. I have gone up for brief periods after vacations/travel which set me back , but as you know I got right back on plan. You guys can do this--1 pound --Say to yourselves "How can I make my body release a pound?" Then repeat.

Have a great day, I'll check back in later since its a rainy day and I am in for the day.

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Hello Everyone!

Debby: Yep .. I'm with you with the "stringing" days together.. It's such a great feeling when the days are compliant .. And I do get frustrated when they are not. How proud you much feel about your daughter .. What's the article about? I had dreams of being a writer when I was younger .. But life went a different path for me. I pray that the therapy does the job for you. Stick to the compliant attitude! .. Praying for you and your son's goals

Tammy: glad to hear your energy is doing better .. It's hard to keep up on all the things we want to do when your feeling too tired. Hope you enjoyed all that news stuff .. Me … I'm not a big newspaper reader .. I do prefer online. I think I have a bit of an allergy to newspaper ink, because I seem to get a headache when I do read one. Not sure if it is all the bad news or the ink.

Cat: new shoes and socks .. Feel that energy!!! It's great that your hubby walked with you .. And then a huge salad after .. You are on your way!

Well .. It's 7:10am .. We are running a bit late for getting to work today. This is a low energy day for me .. Not sure if I didn't sleep well, or what .. But my whole body feels tired. I plan to go to work, and get a walk in early today .. Maybe that will wake me up. I too had a compliment from my hubby yesterday .. He said "Wow .. You are becoming a "skinny mini." I know I am in no way "skinny" .. Have a long way to go yet .. But it was nice of him to say that. I need to get a recent photo out on my page so I can compare to the older ones .. And to show you all my haircut .. I'll let you know when I get it done. I've packed my heathy lunch, and am ready to get to work. Hope you all have a great day! Take care of yourselves!

Linda: missing you .. Hope all is well!

God's Peace to you all!
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I am now the proud owner of new athletic shoes and socks with NO cotton. I walked 45 minutes on the treadmill today in them Hubby walked on the other treadmill along with me. Of course he can walk much, much faster than me : ) I had a huge salad tonight for supper after buying all kinds of goodies at the health food store.

Debby – let’s get back on track and stay there. We have goals to complete!!! I am sooooo happy for your son’s sobriety. My DSIL is doing so well his total life has changed … and so has the families’.

T – how incredible that you opened up your home to someone who really needs help. Make sure to take care of yourself …plan, plan, plan … we can do this.

P&B – WooHoo! Doesn’t it feel amazing when allllll our hard work is noticed. Does hubby travel that far from home often?

Sue – You are right … we CAN do this!

To everyone … take the very best care of yourselves.


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Cat – Congrats on that big weight loss! Amazing and impressive. And what great motivation to keep up the good work!

Debby – Glad you are doing better today. Sometimes a few days of struggling lead to a longer chain of compliant days, at least that is how it goes for me occasionally. I haven’t figured out why but I know that if I have some “off” days the “on” days go on for a longer time. I appreciate your words of support for my medical issues and my NSV via my son.

T – God bless you for taking in the 19 year old girl. That is a big chunk of responsibility for both you and your DH. Does she go to the school where your DH teaches? Is your DS still in high school or has he graduated? I am sure the three of you will model for her what a normal family life is like. I hope she appreciates what you are doing for her. So many kids these days come with baggage through no fault of their own.

PandB – Your DH is such a sweetie for commenting on your weight loss. I know you are doing this for you, but hearing compliments from a loved one means a lot. Staying on track for the 2 weeks while DH is gone might be challenging but I’m betting you are super motivated now? Do you plan to post any of the pics he took at the park? Debby kept track of her weight loss in photos of herself taken by her DH at a local Japanese garden as I recall.

Marlene – I find that some of my best meals come from cleaning out the fridge and getting creative. It just a sense of what goes with what and a little risk taking at times too, as you seem to know already!

Sue – Hope your hungry day didn’t do too much damage at the scale. My guess is you will be pleasantly surprised, especially since you did well over the weekend.

Another good day for me. My energy level is back to almost normal for me. I stayed totally on track with eating, but didn’t move as much as I’d like. I am not pushing myself too hard right now, just doing what seems reasonable given some of the demands on my time and also given my fluctuating energy levels. I ended up helping with a “small” project that took longer than I expected, partly because of not understanding everything I was expected to do and partly because the person who asked me to do this was not clear about the desired outcome. I found it somewhat frustrating. But we got it done. In the midst of it I had to leave to get my hair cut, a half-hour drive each way….and about 30 minutes for the cut too… So I was gone a little over 90 minutes. When I returned we finished the project, so till I got home it was pretty late and I didn’t sit down to dinner till 8:40 or so. Luckily I had leftovers from yesterday so I didn’t have to cook tonight. I am expecting the rest of the week to be more “me” focused again…at least maybe tomorrow will be. My goal for tomorrow is to catch up on all the newspapers I haven’t read over the past few days. I am a news junkie, and I love reading a real newspaper, not the online versions…even though I know newspapers will eventually all be on line or just about.

Here comes Hump Day Buddies. Let’s make it a compliance hump day! Love you all!


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