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11/21/14 10:01 A

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Morning:
A cold sunny day here and I think I will resume cleaning/organizing. I have until Monday to get ready cause my 2 countertops and faucets installation and tub tilework will begin then. It will be completed by Tuesday, then my guest arrive Wednesday. Beginning Monday I will turn my attention to the Thanksgiving menu.

Justme--You had a compliant day and exercised, and rested and did other things..you had a great day. Certainly you'll have your dinner to get ready for. What's on the menu? If you are feeling out of sorts, it could be that you feel you should have done something else...or more. Frequently I put unnecessary pressure on myself by worrying in advance about stuff. I wish I could stop and just relax. I am getting overwhelmed about all the things I need to do to prepare for company being in the house and looking around.

Tammyand--You are right--- skin is gross-and filled with fat and calories. It reminded me that we are eating a dead animal or bird or fish. I am not happy with that thought and will certainly remember it for now on. I have a few FB friends that are big animal cruelty activists and I do see their points.

T-Journey--You are on a roll. Get all the advice you can and then CUSTOMIZE your strategies to make your body a fat burning machine. Food is the fuel and exercise will give you your shape back and improve your health. Being over 50, I think all of us want to be healthy and feel better about our appearance. Do you recall what you did in the past that caused you to lose a lot of weight, while you stuck to the plan?

Gini--I hope you are well and wondered how you are doing this week. Have you figured out if you will make some changes?

David--Interesting that you note the grocery store is not busy. I noticed that too; but if other customers are like me, they go to several stores for different groceries. Sometimes I don't get to my Giant across the street for several weeks. And then again, groceries are expensive and could be folks are cutting back. I am doing my shopping on Monday.

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11/21/14 1:41 A

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today was strange. I went to water aerobic and then shopping. Bought lots of veg and a fresh turkey for dinner tomorrow.
Then I fell asleep. woke up when my daughter came home from school with the kids and we visited, then I finished fixing dinner and did nothing.
I feel like I had a busy day, but really I did nothing.
My daughter is staying home tomorrow PM, I am watching the grannies tomorrow AM while she mentors one of the new teachers. I am cooking our family Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, since I am going to my son's on the day and my daughter is going to her in-laws.
I did eat well today and exercised so I guess it is a win-win, but did does not feel like one.


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11/20/14 11:00 P

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David – Good strategy mixing a little Coke with the seltzer. Maybe by doing that eventually you will be able to get off of the sugary cola all together. emoticon

T – I sure wish we lived close to each other too. I would love to have a friend close by to walk with. I am glad you are getting over that nasty cold and that you planned so well for your compliant day. Congrats too on all of your “wins.” emoticon

Scrimp – I never eat chicken skin. It grosses me out. Same for turkey skin, etc. Even fried chicken skin creeps me out. I never liked it. Wish I didn’t like other fattening unhealthy things. emoticon

Blue – Welcome to our buddies thread. emoticon

We lost our water today around 5 pm. Luckily I cooked dinner early today. But cannot do dishes. I called the water company. They said there is a big water main break, big based on the number of people impacted, but as of 6 pm when I called they didn't even know where the break is! Will brush teeth with bottle water. Cannot shower and should not run water as it might bring dirt into the water line. Ugh! Luckily we have bottled water on hand (for teeth brushing etc.) and even old 2 liter bottles filled with water which is what we are using to flush. I have had these old bottles filled with water on hand for years, just in case I needed them to flush. This is the first time I have ever had to use them but sure am glad I have them.

I had another wonderful day eating on plan and getting in my exercise. So, other than the water problem, I had a good day.


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11/20/14 10:03 P

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sounds like your on track and strong minded enough to keep it going. good luck and remember we are here if you need a distraction from evil thoughts.

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11/20/14 9:48 P

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WINS
ate in calorie range
ate in carb range
tracked food on SP
treadmill walked
tracked treadmill on SP
had sugar free jello and whip topping instead of my sons (second time) cooking chocolate chip cookies
warned my son - do NOT leave them in kitchen or the toilet will flush with them in it
drank over 8 glasses of water
planned the days meals and stuck to the plan
took the time to woo hoo myself
husband said, "good job sweetheart"
made sure tomorrow is planned and ready
reminded myself - I am not alone - thankful for all of you
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11/20/14 7:34 P

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Thank you! emoticon

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11/20/14 6:37 P

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I'd say it was so. T-Journey. That is the formula I used and posted a few days ago but I used 10 as the multiplier and not 11. I took my goal weight 160 x 10=1600 cals to get to and maintain 160. Then I substracted 400 cals from 1600 to lose weight--thus ensuring I would lose steadily while eating the same the whole time. 1200 cals is the magic number for me to lose weight.
If I was maintaining and gaining at my start weight that meant I was eating at a level to sustain 283 lbs= 283x 10=2830. So I cut my calories from the beginning by 2830-1200= 1630 calories a day. A drastic drop to normal.


Who eats the skin on chicken cooked any style? Not me. I do hate to remove fried chicken crust but I do.


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11/20/14 3:54 P

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Question ~ How many calories to maintain weight? I heard it is whatever weight you want to maintain (let's say 130) multiplied by 11 (so 130 x 11 = 1430) equals the calories you eat daily to maintain. Therefore to maintain a 130 weight you would need to eat 1430 calories daily. Is this true?

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11/20/14 3:49 P

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Morning:

Weight was 162 digital and 161.5 on the wt balance scale. This waiting to is like a prolonged New Years Eve countdown. A very thin co-worker said I held my weight well, she would have guessed I lost only 50 lbs; another one said in the fitness center--you must be size 8 now.
Well I am still size 12 and with my build I don't expect to decrease less than that.

Kat--I cleaned out my lower kitchen cabinets last night; and emptied out all of my drawers--thats tonight's project to sort through my gadgets, cutlery, utensils, and junk drawer stuff.

T-Journey--Purposeful snacking is helpful but my stomach is like a bottomless pit.

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11/20/14 1:48 P

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Impulse Eating: automatic, often while doing something else - mindless eating (before you realize it you've eaten a lot), Impulse eating is always triggered by something: a thought, smell, a feeling, an event, stress, the circumstances, a certain time of the day, the sight of food, temptation. Take immediate action (EVERY time) ~ ideally do something that is incompatible with eating like pulling weeds outside. Get away from the food and immediately do something else: read your goals, walk, call someone, vaccum, do something with your hands, what would you tell your best friend to help them right now? tell that to yourself. When we take action and practice then it gets easier and easier to stay on track and reach our goals. The opposite of Impulse Eating is Purposeful Eating. Sit at the table with a place mat, candle, flower, eat on purpose, do nothing else while eating (unless talking to someone else), take your time and enjoy the food.

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11/20/14 7:08 A

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Hi Everyone ~ our weather is high 54, tonight 40 and rain today. I'm almost well, another day or two and I should be over this cold completely. I did some cooking yesterday - now I have everything I need for a compliant day today.

David ~ I'll have to try 1/4 diet pop and the rest seltzer. Sorry to hear you can't see the doc yet. Glad to hear you have a good job with great benefits and hours.

Tammy ~ Too bad we don't live close.... we could walk the stores together!

Have a great day everyone! T

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11/19/14 11:11 P

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Good evening everyone. I saw question hoping I've kicked soda habit?. I wish I could say yes, but that would be a hugh lie. I saw where it was posted about using seltzer. A coworker uses a 20 oz coke (plastic) bottle. He puts in 1/4 coca cola then fills rest of bottle with seltzer. He had me try, and I really liked it. I'm going to follow up on the info on your SP page. Maybe it will work for me....i still don't have a working scale at either home or work. I have no idea my current weight. The way I feel and huff and puff I have to have really packed on extra weight. I still haven't had the extra money to go see a DR. and ask for a "happy pill". I still want to go, will have to wait and see..... Work was really slow. I guess everyone is going to wait till last min. to start shopping for Thanksgiving. Sales are down and the bosses are starting to get edgy. I heard rumor that department mgrs get holiday bonus in the several hundred rang if we hit projected sales......its okay.... I have a good job, great benefits, no early or overnight hours.....etc.
I hope the weather hasn't been a problem for those of you living in the northern states. It warmed up here in south Texas from the 30s up to upper 60s today, very sunny. ( still wish we lived in area that to know when seasons changed didn't mean" wow, we aren't going fishing or swimming at the beach today!!! Ugh!.
Okay, everyone have a good night and ill talk to you all tomorrow. David


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11/19/14 11:07 P

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Marlene – Woo Hoo for 162! (that rhymes!) So remarkably impressive! I didn’t get to see much of the Keurig TSV presentations as I was out all day on Sunday. I too would be annoyed if they didn’t emphasize the need for 2 different kinds of Kcups. I have not seen the larger Kcups in Giant yet, but haven’t really looked for them either. The point about the my Kcup not working in the brewer would keep me from purchasing it. I use my own coffee at least ½ of the time. I don’t use the my Kcup because it requires removing the insert and then replacing it when using the purchased Kcups of coffee. (That is sometimes hard for me to do especially when my RA is flaring. Quite a while ago, I bought 4 reusable cups that fit the Keurig brewer without having to remove the insert. I think I got them on Amazon but have seen them in Bed Bath & Beyond as well. Glad you are enjoying your Keurig upstairs. Mine is a big one (got it the very first time Q did a Keurig TSV probably 5 or 6 years ago) and is in the kitchen. With a one story home, I don’t need one for the bedroom.

Cat – I so need to clean out my kitchen cabinets. Good for you for getting that accomplished. What a good feeling! And good for you too for getting in your walking. You are doing well.

Linda – Hope your son gets out of the dog house. This is the last thing his marriage needed. I sure hope he is able to make it up to his wife. I hope you were able to find a way to fit in some movement or exercise even though you had to babysit. If your granddaughter was healthy you could take her for a walk or to a park or something, but it is tough when the little ones are ill.

T – I hope you are feeling better. Yes I sure did walk….I grocery shopped which means I did my extra walking while in the grocery store holding on to the cart to support my knee. When I hold on to the cart I can get up some speed, but of course I try not to look too crazy while doing this…more like a woman in a hurry. Good for you for trying the seltzer. For some people I am told it is an acquired taste. But I have liked seltzer for as long as I can remember. Most diet sodas have sodium. The seltzer I buy has no sodium so that is another plus. Thanks for the info on the thyme for my skin. That is one thing I haven’t tried but will do so. My skin is slightly improved again today, and I slept a little better again last night.

PandB – Congrats on losing a pound! Woo Hoo! Good motivation to stay compliant. So is DH home with you this week? Or is he still working? If he’s home, how are you doing with the cooking so far?

My day was productive and successful…..ate on track, walked at the grocery store, ran errands (bank, post office, etc.) and got the van winterized, tires changed, and oil changed. My skin is slightly improved, and again I slept a little better last night.


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11/19/14 3:11 P

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Hi Everyone ~

Tammy shared with us about Dr.Oz talking on cravings. I reviewed his videos. If your interested - I blogged cravings notes on my Spark Page and blogged the water/seltzer infused drinks too.

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Good morning:
I am down to 162. Going to exercise today and stay compliant. I have had 2 cups of coffee in my bedroom and its 12 noon and haven't had to go downstairs...even working/computing from my bed today. Will get dressed now and do some cleaning and then off to the fitness center.
The kitchen is finished and its looks beautiful. I bought some new modern wall décor..one says "Eat Diamonds for Breakfast and Shine all day" in varied fonts on an all white background. It spoke to me.

Justme--I had the walls done is the same color--Sherwin Williams "Bagel" a beautiful warm tan color. So nice that you are helping your son with his tools.

PandB--2more pounds to go....just like me.....I challenge you to get there first...that would put a smile on my face.
Kat--Homemade Christmas cards are so special and memorable. What a great family activity. Did you walk today?

T-Journey---Aren't hubbies wonderful.....marriage is surely a give and take and people should do what they do best. When I was married my husband did all the ironing and floor washing....I was happy to do the cooking. Glad you are feeling better. Yes you must set yourself up for success. People ask me all the time now how I lost weight and I say I made it the HIGHEST priority in my life. And then consistently stuck with my plan following a day if I cheated; especially after vacations (which I take a lot). The consistent treadmill workouts also helped make my large muscles primed to burn fat. Hope that annoying cough subsides soon.
Tammyand--Shame on QVC for advertising a TSV for the Keurig 2.0 550 and not emphasizing that they don't take regular and generic K cups. There new models require a big size of K-cup only available from Keurig. They also don't take the "My K Cup" where you can insert your own coffee or tea. Lots of folks online were complaining about that. I did not buy it for that reason. I watched the presentation all day and they purposely skirted around the issue, even when people would ask.

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11/19/14 12:04 P

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Hi Everyone ~ ready for a long post?

Gini, Cat, Tammy, David ~ did you walk today?

My lungs have been hurting due to the coughing stage my cold is in so I haven't done much walking. Of course the hacking keeps me up at night so sleeping is off. Linda thanks for sharing the article - chest is rest. I'm going to hold of on the treadmill another day. Hopefully you can get some exercise in somehow today.

I've seen a huge change in my eating habits. Woo Hoo. In the past, I would have 4 pieces of white bread toast loaded with butter and sprinkled with sugar (now I know that is the worst combination). Today breakfast is one piece of turkey bacon (rolled in paper towels to get as much grease off as possible), one piece whole wheat bread toasted and sprayed with "I can't believe it's not butter spray".

Also in the past, drank Pepsi all day long (really ALL day long starting with breakfast clear through right before bed), then switched to Diet Pepsi, then switched to Shasta Diet Cola because it's the only pop that I could find that uses Splenda, and I went from drinking no water to having water with every meal. Currently I drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day and at least 8 glasses of the Shasta Diet Cola a day. I would like to switch the pop to seltzer - tried the lime (it's ok), berry (no thanks), plain (no thanks). When I feel better, I'll call around the stores in the bigger city (between Debby & I - about 40 min from me) and see who carries Lemon and fingers crossed.... Vanilla!

I plan on a compliant day today - I'll be spending time.... putting in food for the whole day asap to make sure I'm in calorie/carb limits, inspired by Tammy - I'm going to spend time on Dr. Oz website looking at cravings video's, plan the meals ahead for the rest of the week.

Cat ~ So nice to have GS clean out the cabinets! What a fun thing for you & your DIL to make Christmas Cards!

David ~ I live in the city of Woodland in Washington State. You're a wonderful man to cook, clean, work etc. My husband is wonderful but is not like you - this happened in my first year of marriage (Feb will be our 30 year anniversary)... we lived in Northport, WA, in those days the nearest grocery store was 1 hour away driving on ice with hitting a deer/bear is common. I came down with Pneumonia and Bronchitis that became so bad that the doctor told my husband "if you don't stop her from doing anything and everything then you can expect her to be hospitalized (even farther away). Needless to say, everything piled up - all dishes dirty, all laundry (he's a teacher & coach), food getting on low supply let alone - I wasn't cooking and neither was he. Both families over 10 hours away. Do you think my wonderful husband helped? No but he hired a team of high schoolers to come clean everything, shop and cook until I was back to my well self. HUGE LOL!!!

Marlene ~ Glad your loving the Brewer. Thanks for sharing your volume eating tips and all you've gone to set up for evening snacking. You (and other Spark Buddies here) have helped me see that we discover and alter to make it work! The evening snack strategies you've put into setting up to stay on track with lifestyle changes is the perfect example of how I need to continue my Journey of discovery and setting myself up to win!

Tammy ~ Thanks for Dr.Oz cravings info! I didn't see on the list of things you've tried... Baking Soda (1c per bath) or the juice of a real lemon - let dry on skin or Thyme contains large amounts of the volatile constituent thymol, which has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, it numbs the itch while reducing inflammation. To make a thyme rinse, place 1/2 ounce dried thyme leaves in a 1-pint jar of boiling water. Cover and allow to cool. Strain and dip a clean cloth into the tea, then apply to affected areas. I'm glad to hear your getting a little better sleep.

P&B ~ I'm praying for your talented husbands employment. I hope you have a huge balloon ready & waiting for the big day when you enter twoterville! I used to feel bad because my husband, his father, his cousin all worked for companies many many years and I have had over 17 jobs of various kinds. When the economy changed I was the lucky one having so many skills in my past.

Debby ~ Brrrr with the wind and ice you've got in your location. Do your dogs have footies? Soon you'll be basking in the Calif sunshine! How was the gingerbread houses with the neighbor kids? Thanks for sharing cooking for yourself and they can supplement - I'm going to do some meal planning.

Have a great Wednesday everyone! T



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P&B you will be in tooterville before the new year. YEAH!!!

T - take care - I just read an article on working out when sick. It said if your symptoms were in your head (head cold) then exercise, but your problems were in your chest then rest.

Tammy - I hope all is improving and you are able to sleep and rest

Debby - I can wait until you come to visit So Cal.

Cat - it is wonderful when the grannies are not only fun but helpful. Clean cupboards are always a good thing

Marlene - on your painting did you go for traditional color, or did you have it marbled or textured?

ChangeN - hope all is well and that you have kicked the soda habit

I am babysitting my granddaughter today. She is still sick. My daughter made an appointment for her this PM. She think she may have a sinus infection because she says her teeth hurt. I am not happy to be babysitting, but at least it is the older one (2yrs.) and not the littlest. She plays pretty well on her own. I have started out compliant, but cannot figure out how to get in some exercise.

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Hello Sparklers,

The scale was good to me today and I lost a pound this week. I am now at 303.2 and have 4 pounds to go to TWOterville.

TAMMYAND - Glad you are feeling better and getting more sleep. I have lived all of my life in one part of the Northeast or another. I have always loved that we get all 4 seasons here, but lately have begun enjoying summer so much that a warmer climate may be nice.

SCRIMP - Glad you are enjoying your Keurig. We have one and I really like it - it’s great for coffee or making hot water for herbal tea. It’s cold here too and there’s nothing that warms me up better than a hot cup of herbal tea.

MTN_KITTEN - Glad you are enjoying your Gkids and even getting a little child labor out of them!!

JUSTME - Glad you enjoyed the day with your son and good job getting in a few extra steps.

T_JOURNEY - Glad you are on the mend. Good job for getting back on the treadmill. Before you know it you will be back to your old self.

It’s a bright sunny day here, although cold. Tonight I will go to water aerobics. So I should earn my balloons today.

Be well,

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FYI ~ still laying around, I did walk with tread climber locked down so it is a treadmill on 1.5 speed for 10 minutes. My lungs are sore from coughing so I'm taking it slow. Hopefully I'll catch up with your posts tomorrow :)

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Yesterday was spent watching grandchildren off and on. Today I went to water aerobics and then tool shopping with my son. It took most of the day. it was very nice to be with him. We had lunch together and had a nice talk. But then when he got home he was really in trouble. Today was his anniversary He FORGOT!!!
Being his mother I want to defend him. He has been struggling to work at his new job and afraid he was going to be let go because he did not have the necessary tools and could not afford to buy them. He can only focus on one thing at a time. However, after all the trouble he has been through - what an a$$. What a dumb a$$. So he is in the dog house. In the dark scary basement of the dog house.
I on the other hand had a great day, totally compliant in both food and exercise. I also did a lot of walking for me - 2000 steps while I was out shopping. So today was a great day for me.

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Keeping the g-kids! GS helped me clean out all my kitchen cabinets … he could get the stuff all the way to the back and after putting him up on the cabinet … he could reach the stuff on the top shelves. Last time I did this hubby helped … and we “kept” too many things. Now they are gone. Then I put GS to work sweeping … he has his own small broom. Love these guys.

Got my walk in this morning … and right on track with eating. The scale hates me … but then I have been inconsistent with my exercise and eating for a while now. My body will have to get the message I am “at it” again.

The Christmas card class was us making 2 cards … we use pre-selected paper, ribbon, and dodads. I had never made these kind of cards. I can see why this hobby would cost tons of money because everything had to be cut with special die, a machine to create the embossing, special devises to glue everything together. But it was a blast. More than likely I will use my existing stamps, embossing ink and blow dryer, and colored pencils to create this year’s cards. DIL plans to come and make them with me.

TammyAnd – thank you for the carving info. I use to watch Dr Oz but found it to be more snippets of incomplete info and quit watching.


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I am absolutely loving my new keurig personal beverage brewer; which I put in my master bath; just steps from my bed. I keep the creamer in my little fridge in the hallway outside my bedroom; and I bought a small 700 watt microwave to sit on top of the fridge. The stand for the fridge has two big slideout shelves; so I can keep my 100 cal bag popcorn in there. Now I am truly set up for evening snacking compliance; for I will not have to go downstairs at all if my "legal" snacks are in my fridge or drawer upstairs. I like the brewer so much; I am going to get another one for the kitchen.

Tammyand--I am glad you like the HSN cozy coverup--I guess you saw they have PJs and Robes in the same wonderful fabric. I just received 2 Susan Graver vests in a velour like fabric; with flower designs on each shoulder. Ordered these in a small in winter white and teal and they fit perfectly. i love vests over sweaters and turtlenecks. Sorry to hear your skin condition is acting up--I feel for you for itching is one of the worst sensations that we expereince. You almost feel like sctratching off your skin! I do like Dr. Oz but it seems he has a magic solution for everything. Eating chocolate covered nuts would only set off a binge and increase my cal intake for the day. I do like the term CARBAGE.

PandB--Yes I agree this layoff can open new doors and new adventures that you had not anticipated...exciting.

Man o man is it cold and windy today. Must be that arctic blast the news media talked up since last weekend.
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Cat and PandB – I have tried all kinds of bath…epsom salts, oatmeal, tar (yes tar….smells nasty), etc Thanks for the suggestions. I am always open to try anything new that might help.

Debby – About 5 years ago DS and I went to southern California to visit a relative. Our relative got us tickets to see Jeopardy, and we loved it. Jeopardy has always been a favorite show in our house. So I say if you get the chance to see the taping of a TV show do so. We had a great time! I slept a little better last night, only woke up 2 or 3 times and when I did my skin wasn’t as out of control as it has been. So that is progress I guess. Thanks for your concern and kind words. I love my life and do try to be as involved and as active as my health allows.

PandB - I think you are right. This could be the beginning of a new wonderful adventure. Are you native to the Northeast? I have lived in PA all of my life, and often dream of relocating to a warmer climate. That won’t happen any time soon but who knows what might happen down the road!

I am having a great compliant day today. Ran to Lowe’s with G again so I got in my extra walking while he meandered in the departments that had the stuff he needed to keep going with the bathroom remodel.
Yesterday I saw part of a Dr. Oz show. I must admit I seldom watch him, but when I stumbled on the show, the topic of “cravings” reeled me right in. Dr. Oz had a nutritionist on to discuss what might be underlying some of the food cravings we have and how to handle them. Here is what I took away from it: A craving for sweets could indicate a low energy level. Instead of eating a processed sweet like a cookie or cake, have a piece of fruit along with a fat and a protein. The nutritionist suggested having a pear with low fat ricotta cheese (sweetened with stevia I think) and topped with walnuts or pecans (can’t remember but I know it was a nut). Chocolate cravings suggest a need for magnesium and magnesium helps turn down a stress response. The nutritionist suggested chocolate covered almonds (yum) or chocolate covered sunflower seeds (never heard of them but I bet they are good). They also said that the chocolate should be at least 65% cacao in order for it to have the magnesium we need. I found this interesting as I have been taking a magnesium supplement for some time because I read that Mg can support heart health. Cravings for doughy carbs (think bagel) could indicate a need to raise serotonin. The suggestion was to have something with Omega 3s and slow carbs…like toasted edamame and something else (can’t remember). Salty cravings could indicate dehydration. That one surprised me a lot. They recommended celery because it contains salt and suggested something else with the celery (again, sorry I forget). They moved pretty fast through all of this. So something to think about when we have our cravings and some ideas that could help us stay on track. Oh, one more thing….the nutritionist referred to bad carbs as “carbage” which rhymes with garbage. I’m adding that word to my vocabulary.

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Thank you everyone for all of your concern regarding DH and advice on cooking for two. I am optimistic that everything will work out well. Hey, this may even lead to a new adventure where we are living in a different part of the country. Getting away from these cold Northeast winters wouldn't be such a bad thing.

I was compliant with my diet yesterday, but not my exercise. I had to miss water aerobics.

Sounds like everyone is doing well. Keep up the good work -remember Debby has challenged us all to maintain, or lose, weight from now through New Year's.

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Kept the g-kids today … boy do they keep us hopping. They are spending the night and DIL will come get them late in the day tomorrow. I went to the Christmas card class this afternoon and had a blast. I can see this hobby costing tons and tons … but it was a lot of fun. One other member was new to card making like me … everyone else has been doing it for years.

Right back on the treadmill this morning… so I am on track. Eating is a little shaky but getting better and better each day.

Scrimp – I bet your kitchen is looking great. Our kitchen is one of the main rooms I would like to redo. We have lived here for 15 years and have never tackled the kitchen counters, back splash or flooring.

P&B – I am soooo sorry to hear about DH being laid off. I am sure he will step into something that is even better. Dang, he just came back from Asia … seems like poor timing. I am sure you will make the adjustment with him home more … this will be a good learning opportunity. My skinny hubby and I basically eat the same thing. He eats more of everything along with adding bread and starching foods to his meal. It works for us.

David – my hubby does some of the house cleaning as well. It is so heart warming to know men help with the household. He was medically retired 2+ years before I got to retire and he did ALL the house cleaning, grocery shopping and more. I just love ‘em. Now that we both are home we do it together throughout the week. It’s funny … we still like Saturday and Sunday to be our days “off”.

T- get well soon by making sure you take care of yourself.

TammyAnd - do you take luke warm baths with Epsom salt. I wonder if that would help.

I'm gonna turn it now so I can be raring to go tomorrow with these g-kids.


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Linda - I can't wait to get to SoCal in a couple of weeks and enjoy some of that weather. It's been freezing or below here all week, with strong winds (think Santa Ana strength) and last Wednesday and Thursday rain/snow/freezing rain. It's supposed to warm up in a couple of days to the 40's and 50's and start raining, which is more typical for this time of year. Your 60's during the day sounds wonderful. I may have to try to hike San Gorgonio while I'm there if the weather stays nice like that. I understand about living within your means but not within yours and your kids. My son, while working and paying most of his own way, still lives here and that continues to cost extra in groceries, utility bills, etc. He gets a bump in pay in about six weeks, so I'm hoping he can start paying his share of the cell phone bill and for his insurance when he gets his license back (about late January or February).

Marlene - I hate when I have to change my workout schedule, but life happens and we do miss it sometimes. You're doing great at holding at 163. That's the number that would make me exactly 100 lbs. off and what I'm shooting for in the short run - still aiming for 150 in the long run. Except for my birthday last week, I've been compliant for almost two weeks now. The scale is moving downward - slowly - and has been stalled due to my (planned) indulgences last Friday. But I'm on the right track and will get there, just as you will. I also have a miscellaneous entry for entering foods that are just not possible to quantify any other way. Mine is in 400 calorie increments and if I have to enter it, I will sometimes make it fractions of a portion. It's a good way to fill in when I just can't figure out any other way to do it.

Tammy - Are you getting any sleep? I hope so. Sounds like you keep pretty busy in spite of all the things that could hold you back. I admire that in you. So many would just complain and not enjoy what they can out of life.

Theresa - I am not enjoying the cold and wind we're getting. Plus, since I live at the entrance to the Gorge, we really get the wind. We did walk dogs yesterday, but not for long. It was just too cold with the wind and the dogs were not enjoying it any more than we were. I hope your cold goes away soon. It seems like a lot of people are getting sick lately - typical for this time of year, I suppose, but nasty just the same.

David - I live in Southwest Washington (not to far from T) and you've seen the description of our weather already. My mother lives about an hour north of Houston, though, and she told me about the weather you've been having. Pretty atypical. I hope it warms up for you soon, though not to the extremes you get there.

P&B - So sorry to hear about your husbands job. You will have an adjustment. My husband used to go on long trips to work on large wildland fires and wouldn't be home for weeks, then all of sudden he'd be home for long periods. When he retired and was home all the time, it was an adjustment and wasn't always easy. Now I cook for what I need and just make extra for my husband and son. They can supplement on their own if they want. It does take being careful about portions for me, but I know you can adjust.

Today was a compliant day. I'm feeling very good about the direction I'm heading both weight and health wise. I got my exercise in (52 minutes on the elliptical - 465 calories burned; 50 minutes strength training - 245 calories burned). I'm getting excited about going to Southern California in three weeks. I love Disneyland and I can't wait to see some old friends. Who knows, maybe we'll do something extra touristy and try to get into Price is Right or Dr. Phil emoticon .

But first, I'm going to be baking a lot this week to get some small gingerbread house frames built so I can decorate with the neighborhood kids this weekend. THAT should be fun!

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David – I am sure you are burning calories with the work you are accomplishing. Cleaning burns calories. Just try to not over eat or drink those nasty sugary sodas so you can see some good results at the scale.

T- Thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Please continue to rest your way to recovery.

PandB – Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about DH’s layoff . I love your positive outlook that he is a talented guy. With your love and support to cheer him on, he will find another job, and who knows, maybe even a better job! I totally understand your concerns though about managing your healthy eating choices now that he will be home with you during the week. It will be an adjustment for both of you for sure. I suspect though that he is such a good support for you that you two will be able to work out a plan that meets both of your needs. My DS does not have any weight to lose, and I cook for the 2 of us all the time. He does not need to eat low carb, but I do. So for dinner I usually make a salad for both of us, a protein (usually something with chicken or ground turkey….almost never red meat), and a low carb veggie. Then for him I often make rice, noodles, or some other carb that he enjoys. I am not tempted to eat the carbs I make for him because I make enough for more than one meal and then reheat it for him for subsequent meals. If I ate “his” carbs I would just have to make them more often which is not something I want to do.

Marlene – I forgot to tell you that I received the angel wrap from HSN and really like it. It is incredibly soft as I’m sure you know. It’s comfy too. I think it will come in handy in the next few days as we are getting some very unseasonably cold weather.

Linda – Glad you had a good compliance Monday! Walking at the farmer’s market is a good thing. Win –Win…..you are getting a little movement in and buying healthy foods!

Compliance Monday was a good one for me. I had no problem getting right back on track today after a weekend that was non-compliant. I was able to get a lot of housework done today too, including up and down the basement steps a number of times. That takes a lot out of me because of my bad knee but I do it and I know it adds to my step count and calorie burning. Status quo with my skin….maybe a slight improvement but not too much. Did not sleep well again last night because of the skin problems but am very optimistic that tonight will be better.


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Marlene - holding at 163 is not a bad thing. Remember where you were a year ago.

P&B - that is such a hard hit in so many ways. Besides the money and the uncertainty, there is a very dramatic change in your life routine. It will be very hard on both of you and sometimes you will not even know why you are feeling disconnected. Have patience with each other and with yourself. Hug often and take long walks. I will keep you in my thoughts.

T - hope you feel better. My grannies are both sick, fevers and vomiting.

ChangeN- I live in the high desert in California (4500 ft. elevation) It is in the low 40s at night and in the 60s during the day right now. I am struggling to make ends meet, My son got a new job, that looks like it will be great for him, but he needs about $500 worth of tools, so I am going to put it on a credit card and hopefully he will make the payments. I just paid for the renewal of his electrician's certificate and the class he had to take. He has been unemployed for about 8 months. I live within my own means, but I do not live within his and my means. At least he has manage to keep up on his house payment.

I had a good compliance day, but very little exercise. I did a little walking at the farmer's market, where I picked up some raw walnuts, some organic black kale, some goat cheese, organic tomatoes and some pomegranate jelly.

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Was prepared to work out but can't because I was delayed leaving work and had to meet the painter at 4 a home. Holding at 163.

PandB--I am so sorry to hear of DHs layoff......Hopefully you will both weather the storm and the outcome will be positive. I must admit I would be worrying about everything but my diet at this point; but your reaction is so true..how do you COPE with dealing with having to cook meals for someone who is not on a diet. You could use the opportunity to just cook healthy for the both of you. I have perfected the art of cooking in small pans for one; and theres always that option as well to prepare your portions differently.
Take a deep breath and get ready to provide DH lots of support. The longer a hunt goes on its depressing and demoralizing. I have been helping a friend (I think she is 62 or 63 she won't say) get through at least a year of unemployment. Recently she had to take a low paying part time retail job out of her field to help pay the bills; and she had to take a loan from her 401K money. I used her experience as my worse nightmare...she has a mortgage and a big house and no job; and apparently not much savings outside of retirement. Suzie Orman says you need 8 months of cash as an emergency fund to pay living expenses. The more money you make its harder to replace. I would also face age discrimination at my old age of 56--I am in a young industry. As you say, DH is talented and he will bounce back. I am sure it must have been a huge shock.
Tammy--I am glad you like my idea--if I had to look up everything included in a cheat I might not record it. Even "Misc" sounds like something I can choose as part of my 1200 calories. I do the same for "work lunch"--I count that as 200 cals for 1 serving instead of trying to record the cafeterias prepared soups and meals. Its usually anywhere between 200 and 300 cals.

T-Journey--please get better soon. Your fam needs you to cook!

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FYI ~ Just laying around getting well - coughing

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Staying busy on day off. At laundry mat washing the family clothes. Before I left put a roast in over for dinner tonight. Took step daughter to dmv to get her state id, and made payment to body shop we are doing install payments when stepdaughter had wreck. Time permitting before I pick up granddaughter from daycare will try yo start cleaning tub and walls in bathroom... Yep, just another regular day off. Don't know if I'm burning any cals. But hope it will add up to something. Hope everyone is having a good day. Weather has been unusal cold. Normally round upper 70/80s was 36 last night. (south texas), hows it where you all live?

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Hello Sparklers,

TAMMYAND - I am so sorry to hear of your dermatitis troubles. I can only imagine what you are going through. If the sea air and water helped your skin, then maybe try a bath with bath salts in the water?

DARLINGS - Good for you walking around your apartment. I do the same thing and you would be surprised how many extra steps I can get in by the end of the day. Each time I do something in the house, like get a cup of tea or go to the bathroom I walk in a circle around the living room and kitchen. It has become habit now so I don’t even think of it as exercise.

T-JOURNEY - Glad you are feeling better. I like your cooking stories. Maybe you should be out of commission more often so that the boys learn a few more skills.

JUSTME - Keeping my fingers crossed that all of your tests come back negative for anything bad.

It’s never a dull moment. My DH was laid off from his job this morning. I am nervous about all of the usual things, but he is a smart and talented guy and am confident he will find something in a timely manner. Because this is a place where we focus on our own feelings, I do have concerns that DH will now be home full time. With him away during the week I was able to be very regimented about my eating. With him home, I will have to start cooking dinner, instead of eating frozen Healthy Choice meals, and am concerned about my ability to lose weight. Like we all have said, eating too much healthy food can pack on the pounds. I am going to have to be very careful about portion control if I am going to meet my goals.

Be well,

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Started out as a good day. Right now I am babysitting for a little while. The grannies are sick and their mom will be home with them for most of the day, cut she had a parent meeting this morning (8-9ish) and then this afternoon she is doing a technology presentation (3-4) so I will be watching them off and on today. I am also going to try to make it to the farmer's market.



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Debby – Hope you were able to enjoy the dog walk. I can just see you as a pace setter at something like that. And bless you for all you are doing to find those kitties homes. Brings a smile to my face to think of another sweet animal going to a loving home. No relief yet for me and my skin problems. You are right…I have tried just about everything, both prescription and over the counter. I have Aveeno moisturizer which helps with the dry skin, but it is the underlying inflammation that causes me so many problems. Of course I am still not sleeping well either.

Marlene – I LOVE your idea of the miscellaneous 100 calorie entry. Brilliant idea and I will be stealing it right away!! Good description of the Giant store brand logo! Interesting that you have seen the products in other stores. I wondered if it was sold in other stores as there really is no brand name on it.

Linda – Congrats on your compliant Sunday!!! Woo Hoo! When I was a child my parents and I occasionally went to the New Jersey shore and or to Florida. I remember my mother saying that my skin cleared up when we were at the ocean and she felt it was the salt air that made a difference. Stress can make you want to sleep so that might be why you are wanting to sleep more right now. Best to listen to your body and rest if you feel you need it. I am useless when I am not well rested.

Cat – Yay for you for walking! You are a rockin’ walker these days. Very impressive…and inspiring. Yes, I’ve had this skin condition essentially my entire life. I cannot remember ever not having it. Sometimes it is worse than others, and right now it is the worst it has ever been. Our neighbor used to plow our driveway. He’s only in his early 60s but over the past few years has had a bunch of health issues including a hip replacement and shoulder surgery. So I hired the service so my neighbor wouldn’t exert himself. I knew I did the right thing when before the hired service got here after the first snow storm, my neighbor, with his arm in a sling, came from across the street to clean my driveway. I thanked him and sent him on his way!

Gini – Yay for you for walking for 10 minutes. That is great. I am proud of you. Keep up the good work! Happy Anniversary! God bless you and your DH as you celebrate your love!

T- Sodium makes some folks retain water, which impacts us at the scale as Marlene wrote. Also, I remember hearing at one time that sodium can also slow weight loss….don’t know if that is true or not…but it might be. Sodium can also raise your blood pressure so if you have high bp concerns, watch out for the sodium.


Didn’t get to post on Saturday as I went to my friend’s father’s funeral, got home late, etc. They are a 100% Italian family so you could just imagine the pasta galore at the funeral luncheon. They also served chicken parmesan, egg plant parmesan, and meatballs. Of course there was salad, rolls, and Italian cookies for dessert. I ate a little of the pasta and all of just about everything else (it was a sit down dinner, not a buffet). But then I did not eat much for the rest of the day. Today I was out again just about all day. Went to church at a friend’s church this morning because he was receiving a special award at the church service, followed by (what else!) a dinner. I didn’t fuss about what I ate, but I didn’t overdo either. Both yesterday’s and today’s dinners were catered and the sodium content is likely to be high. Lots of flushing out with water is my plan for tomorrow.


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Heading to bed. This was the first really compliant day in a long time. I made root veg mash for dinner - a combination of golden potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips and onions cooked together in chicken stock and then mashed with with a little evaporated nonfat milk, and a little bit of butter. I had a beef roast with it that was tough as shoe leather, but the mash was great.

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. I am going. My DIL's mother is coming (she is still not talking to my son), my cousin is coming and her son and DIL (who is on bed rest because she went into labor early) They stopped the contractions, but right now she is 7cm. dilated. My cousin does not know that her son is coming and her son does not know that she is coming. I bought a very small ham because I was originally told I would be the only guest. Now I guess I need to cook this one for home and buy a big one for their house. I told my daughter I was going to be a mouse in a room full of cats that all have sharp claws.

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Hello:
I have been off the computer while my kitchen is out of commission. They finished the backsplash today; and the kitchen ceiling is repaired and painted. I have decided to get the walls done with another coat, since everything else is fresh and new, and the painter is coming back tomorrow afternoon. I am pleased with the way everything turned out. So much so, I pulled the nails out of the wall for most of my wall decor as I am inspired to spruce it up with a change in color accents.

I have seen the general store brand that Giant carries in other stores. It does not indicate Giant, but the logo is instantly recognizable. Its a yellow half moon facing up, topped with a vertical red, purple, and green half moons turned vertically--it reminds you of a turkey.

Justme--I know things are expensive, and I wonder how my son and his wife makes it--groceries are terribly expensive. So much so, that you see very few people in the meat section--those who are there are just staring at the prices. Beef is ridiculous. I don't even buy steak---its turkey parts (and I hate paying 7-8 dollars for a pack of 4 turkey chops); ground Shady Brook Farms Italian Style turkey, and a 2 lbs bag of shrimp. A large bag of Swai fish portions. And chicken legs only when on sale. When I want to treat myself I buy those dang tiny lamb chops at $11.99 a pound. Another reason I like to give my boys a little money once or twice a year as a surprise.
I know they want money for Christmas; and also for their birthdays in the beginning of March.

Gini--Sounds like a good plan to lower your intake since you are sedentary, I survive on 1200 cals and I have a huge appetite. I like to follow the principles in "Volumetrics".eating plan by Barbara Rolls. You can eat more by substituting less calorie dense alternatives. For example, instead a piece of cake, you could have 2-3 pieces of fruit or a whole sugar free jello topped with sugarfree whipped cream; or instead of a 4 oz burger with bun, you could crumble the beef, add in a few cups of veggies, and serve it over 1/2 c mashed cauliflower; or a big caesar salad with 2 tbsp light dressing with 3 oz chicken or shrimp. You always think, how can I eat more food with less calories then the more fattening alternative. How can I stretch my portion of meat into something more filling--make a soup.
Also, please try to watch your carb intake and limit servings to 1/2 c. I am like you, I don't want to diet if I am going out to eat--might as well stay home. These days, there is always something on the menu that would fit in with your calories allowance. Grilled meats, veggies and plan to have 1/2 roll! But if you have the roll then don't have rice or potato. Pick your starchy sugary carb--like if I have hash browns for breakfast I will not have a piece of toast.
Weigh and track all you food. It really helps.

Kat--You have been doing well with walking and staying committed. your breakfast sounded delicious. Yes a man will come home to good cooking.

Tammyand--I will look for the Mango seltzer--there are quite a few flavors I'd like to try. I love anything mango.

Debbyhs--Well congrats on finding a home for the kitty. I would not lose weight if I ate up to 1900 calories; I would start gaining.1400 is the highest I can go; and even then I worry about gaining a pound.

T-Journey--Sodium makes you retain water and therefore you may not see the scale decrease as fast. I know because my weight is always up after high sodium days. I like my salt and refuse to give it up.

I can't remember what everyone wrote I will come back and edit this post.

I HAVE ONE WEEK TO GET MY HOUSE TOGETHER BEFORE COMPANY ARRIVES next Monday! I feel pressure as have so much to do on every floor of my house. Tonight I want to organize my cabinets holding cookware and plastic containers and utensils/cutlery---people will be searching for stuff in my kitchen trying to cook and if they opened them right now stuff would fall out!

Its cold and sleeting right now.

When I cheat on my diet, usually at night or the odd snack at work, I made a food called "Miscellanous" at 100 calories. Then I just estimate the miscelaneous calories in increments of 100 calories. I can't face the truth but I will count the calories. Last night I got into the "Popcorn Chips" and had a KInd bar. Those Kind bars are good but they are at least 200 calories because of all the nuts and honey. My fave is the Caramel Almond and Sea Salt.

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Breakfast: pumpkin pancakes, applesauce w/cinnamon, plain scrambled eggs and peppermint hot chocolate … mmmmmm! Hubby is very, very happy. What’s the saying, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach … well something like that.

I fed our souls.

I am going to a Christmas card making class Monday. We need to feed our souls with more than food.

This is my official day off ... hubby and I are sitting at the table looking and the snow birds eating our sunflower seeds ... and doing nothing else.

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Cioppino is a mildly spicy seafood soup, made with good fish, shrimp, clams, mussels, squid in a tomato based broth.
Good morning all, feeling much better this morning, ready to take on the world.
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Got up first thing this morning and got my walk in. Got some of the seltzer water everyone has been talking about today. I got Black Cherry. I haven’t had any yet. AND I finally found pumpkin spice tea. It is Bigelow brand. I have to admit I like my Sweet and Spicy better by Good Earth.

Linda – we have teased our Colorado kids that we are gonna live with them when we get old and gray. We actually talked about a living arrangement like you described … we’ll see. What is cioppino???

T – Glad you are feeling somewhat better … and you got in your walk.

TammyAnd – since you were 18 months old??? Geeze!!! We have a neighbor who has a small Bobcat and loves us sooooo much that he plows our drive when it gets really bad.

Gini – You are doing awesome!

Hubby and I watch the Good Wife. We recorded them while we were gone. We are almost caught up. Tomorrow we plan a lazy day watching videos and sitting in the sunroom. Monday and Tuesday we are grandparents again. Have a great Sunday.


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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. As I said, I planned to splurge yesterday and I did, but I'm right back on track again today. I did manage to get a six mile hike in earlier in the afternoon so hopefully that offset it a little bit. Unfortunately, I missed my workout today because I was too busy working with the cat adoption events we had going on around town. At least I wasn't sedentary. Almost all of the time was spent on my feet. One kitty found a home, so it was worth it. I'll try to get a little more exercise in tomorrow, even though it's normally my rest day. There's a fun dog walk tomorrow in support of pit bulls, so I think I'll take one of my dogs and join the group.

Linda - I know it's got to feel like a vicious circle to not be able to walk and get the exercise it seems like it takes to lose weight and can't have the knee surgery you need to be able to walk to help you lose weight. Good for you for doing what you can with water aerobics and I know you seek ways to be active that are compatible with what's going on with your knees. I hope the time passes quickly til you get your test results. I find waiting for things like that to be very difficult.

Theresa - I have found canned salmon - it's usually in the section with canned tuna in most grocery stores. Seltzer water is another thing entirely, though. I've just started searching and found lemon flavor at our local Safeway, but haven't looked at Freddies, New Seasons, Target, Chuck's, QFC, or WinCo yet. I'll be looking this next week and let you know what I find. If your guys don't usually do the shopping, they may not even know what they're looking for. I, too, am intrigued by the idea of vanilla and mango flavor.

Tammy - Are you finding any relief yet? I find Aveeno baths help a lot with itching. I'm guessing you've tried just about everything, so I'll just keep positive thoughts for you to find some relief - and get some sleep.

Gini - I hope the new calorie range helps you see more success. If you're not very active, the lower calorie range seems like it would be better. I am very active, burning an average of 4500 calories a week just in exercise, and I have a calorie range of 1600-1950 and can lose weight with that at about a pound a week, so it would seem the range you were using was a little high. Stay as active as you can, increasing (more time, faster speed, higher incline) it just a little every week or two. You'll be surprised at how quickly your stamina and stength increases.

Cat, did you walk today? I hope you enjoyed your day off...

Marlene - thank you for the recipe. I may just use it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I did get my computer problems taken care of today. My daughter's boyfriend is an IT guy for their school system and he was able to access my computer remotely (he lives in Maryland, me in Washington State) and go through everything and clean it up. It's working beautifully now. My dear daughter, knowing that I'm a trekkie, got me a really cute Star Trek uniform dress for my birthday. Now I have to find a Star Trek convention! Who wants to see me in that?

Tomorrow may be busy again, dog walking, and a hockey game in the late afternoon/evening are on slate. And I probably need to pay a little attention to the cleanliness of my house, not to mention start getting packages together for Christmas mailing. Doing it this early helps me take inventory and make sure I have everything or figure out what I still need to get so I can mail everything out in early December - before I leave for Southern California. So, I guess I better get to bed a little early so I can get on it tomorrow. Happy Sunday!





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Tammy - I really feel for you. My husband had psoriasis and he would itch his legs raw sometimes. It was part of the reason we went to Baja so often. The ocean water there would easy his symptoms. I hope you find some relief.

T- Glad you are feeling better. I am trying to build up my elliptical time again, now that the tension has been reset. I was up to 10 minutes. I am now back down to 1 minute, because of the tension. We all do what we can do.

Gini - I have the same problems that you have. I am 66, soon to be 67 and while I can really exercise at water aerobics, other forms of exercise are beyond me. I sit way too much. If I can lose weight I can have knee surgery, then I will be able to walk again, but now I keep trying to increase my movement without much success. Take it one step at a time and feel pride for each step you take.

Debby - hope you had a great day!

P&B - are you enjoying husband time this weekend? What is the weather like where you are? Has it improved?

Cat - enjoy your day of rest. We need that time to recharge.

I babysat this morning. Then cleaned house a little in the PM and took a nap. I do not know why I am so tired all the time. Maybe it is the stress of waiting to get the results of my tests. Tomorrow is water aerobics. Monday I am going to try to go to the local farmer's Market.
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Gini~ Congratulations on your upcoming "42" year anniversary on Monday! Good for you for figuring out how to make the new calorie range work and so proud of you for WALKING! I started with less than 5 minutes on a treadmill now I use the tread climber with 7 minutes twice a day - I've got a long way to go too. I'll be thinking of you on Monday as you visit with family and restaurant choices (hopefully they won't bring rolls/bread to the table before dinner).
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Hi Spark Buddies, why should I watch the sodium intake?

Linda ~ cool idea on time capsule jar. I heard the same idea for when people give you compliment put in jar then when having a bad day - read them. Thank you for sharing about your cousin, son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.

Tammy ~ my heart goes out to you going through the skin irritation - how miserable. I wish your husband could do more in the kitchen because he enjoys it but understand the frustrating limits of cerebral palsy. Another flavor - Mango - you are making me sooooo jealous!

Cat ~ have you been walking? If so - Great! if not - start again! I'm gonna have to wait until I'm well then start again with a new streak

More LOL ~ I had my son checking out Walmart yesterday and my husband checking in Safeway today for any vanilla seltzer. Those are our only 2 stores where I live, neither has it, bummer. I took complete pleasure in laughing to myself over the image of each of them looking through the aisles! Neither one shops - in fact, they don't try on clothes either, they just pick it up and pay for it (I can't believe it but I've never had to return/exchange). Life's not fair. Thankfully, about 30 to 45 minutes away is major town so I can call around to see who has it: Winco, Fred Meyer, Albertsons.

I'm ok today, did 7 min walking (once instead of twice). Coughing - hopefully NOT moving toward pneumonia. around 3000 steps yesterday and the same today. Trying to lay around.

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I am still trying to get used to posting with all of you. What a chatty group we are and so committed to one another. This is the best team.
I talked a little with a sparkfriend and I decided to lower my calorie range to see if that will help me to begin losing again. I am 62 and very sedentary so it is difficult for me to lose. I went from 1400-1800 to 1200- 1550 on Thursday. I am finally getting used to the lower range and am finding ways, healthy foods, to have lots of to fill me up. I am also eating as slowly as I can now to make my stomach and brain figure out when I am full. Today I am a little over my range but am satisfied anyway. I weigh in on Mondays so don't expect any results this MOnday but hopefully by next Monday the 24th I will see a loss. I also decided today to see how long I could walk, inside, without my walker. There is not enough room here to walk it around in the apartment but I managed to roam around the hall and rooms for 10 minutes. It seems so little compared to most of you but is a great victory for me. I will do this every morning, before DH gets up and in my way LOL. Our anniversary ( 42 yrs ) is on MOnday and on the 22nd we are going to see DS in the play he is currently in and then out to dinner with old ( aren't we all ) friends. LOL I won't have a chance to check out the menu beforehand as they don't have a webpage so will have to really work hard to choose well. In the past, I have thrown my plan to the wind when out, as we don't go out often, but this time I will be careful. I am not a dessert eater but OH how I love bread and rolls. Keep those away from me please.
Well enough for one post. Hope everyone has a successful weekend and week to come.

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just read an interesting idea. Create your own time capsule. Find a jar, starting on New Year's Eve write one good thing that happened to you that day, put it in the jar. At the end of the year on the next New Year's Eve open the jar and read what you wrote.

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Getting ready for bed. My cousin is slowly moving to her new place. My son will be going over to help this Sunday. She never totally unpacked at her present house. I asked if she was going to really move into her new home or if she was going to keep things boxed with a planned move in 1-2 years. She is planning of keeping most things boxed and moving in a couple of years. She was always unhappy in this home because she never really "nested" and now she is going to repeat the cycle. I am concerned about her mental state as well as her physical state.
My son seems to be doing alright. He and his wife seem to be working through some of their problems. I do know the kids are much happier. This Tuesday is my last volunteer day for a while. The kids have Thanksgiving week off and I think I will see if I can take them somewhere.
My daughter is having some money problems right now. Their daycare bill is as much as my house payment and I have a 15 year loan. Between daycare and student loans I do not know how any young person makes ends meet. My son was actually better off because his wife did not work and so they got free preschool. But now they have to pay off his wife's student loans. I really wish I could help my children more.
Next week I should have my doctor's appointment and hopefully know more about what I am going to be doing for the next couple of years.
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Debbie – Happy Birthday to you. emoticon I hope you are having a wonderful day! I have had severe eczema (the dermatologist calls it atopic dermatitis) since I was about 18 months old. I was fortunate to have gone a few years with hardly any serious problems and managed the skin flares with topical steroid creams. That’s why this horrible flare is so disturbing and troubling to me and my doctors. I can honestly say I have never been this bad in my entire life. My dermatologist thinks it is just a natural progression of this condition but my rheumatologist seems to think it is more related to the lupus and RA. I just want it to get better. I want a good night’s sleep! On the bright side, my chest seems to be improving but my neck and scalp are now much worse. It comes and goes on my arms but never seems to go completely away from the arms. Sorry for all the detail, but I am sure you understand how bad this makes me feel.

Sue – 6000 steps is great. Yay for you. I never made it that high when I had my spark activity tracker. Sodium will get you every time. Very annoying because the food tastes so good. Sorry to hear you are expecting snow. We had a dusting last night and that was more than enough for me. We have a service that plows our driveway and even shovels part of the walk entrance to out home. We pay them for each time they have to come so it can add up (especially after a winter like last year). I still do a little shoveling around our breezeway when necessary. You are right shoveling is good exercise but be careful not to overdo it….you don’t need to strain your back or damage your heart.

T – Glad you are feeling better. It is funny to hear about your DS and his kitchen escapades. My DS would love to do more in the kitchen than he does (because of his cerebral palsy limiting him). He used to do the dishes when he was younger but somehow we got away from that and I mostly do the dishes myself now. Sorry you can’t find the vanilla creame seltzer. Maybe you could call various stores in your area to see if they carry it. And maybe you could request that your stores try to get it if another brand offers that flavor.

David – Very commendable to focus on getting some things for you granddaughter for Christmas. I am sure your little sweetie will appreciate whatever you do for her. Can you look into getting her any Toys for Tots or anything from other charitable sources to make things a little easier on your wallet?

PandB – Great that all went ok with your dad’s visit. Maybe he is learning something as he gets older! Nice too that you had time with your sister. You two are blessed to have each other. I’m with you on the snow thing. I am not a snow lover at all. Maybe it is because I had too many white knuckled drives home from work over the years. At least I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Now I am very selective about going out if there is even a remote possibility of frozen precipitation. Good luck at the memorial service tomorrow. I too am going to a funeral tomorrow for the father of a dear friend of mine. He was 88 and a very dear friend of our family’s. His wife is still alive and had severe dementia….very sad.

Cat – Oh how I long for a slump day!!!! I keep hoping and hoping for one but none in sight for me….way to much going on with the basement remodel, commitments I have made, etc. I am going to take a look at my calendar to see if I can arrange a slump day sooner than later. Hope you enjoyed the relaxation you so well deserve.

Marlene – I discovered another new seltzer flavor at Giant today….mango. I bought only one bottle because I was not sure if I’d like it (I don’t like a lot of the other flavors of Giant seltzer, except for the lemon lime and the lime). Well now Vanilla Creame seltzer has some competition…I really like the mango too. Might try to stop by a Giant tomorrow to pick up a few more bottles while it is still 59 cents per bottle. Just today I noticed for the first time the 99 cent 4 oz frozen salmon at Giant. I bought some to try them. I think the Giants around here haven’t carried them till just now.

Linda – Glad your tests went well and praying for good results for you.


I did very well today with eating and with exercise. Besides that I ran errands and accomplished a lot here at home. So I am once again exhausted and heading to bed. Must be up extra early tomorrow to go back to the town where I grew up (about 90 minutes from here) for the funeral of a dear family friend. He was 88 and a high school classmate of my dad’s. His only son and I went through junior high, high school, and undergrad together, and we are still very close. I have spent a good deal of time talking with my friend and am looking forward to seeing him tomorrow. I will do my best to eat well tomorrow but do not plan to obsess over whatever food is served at the luncheon.


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Marlene ~ YES I'm sure I'm not the only one waiting on pins and needles to hear the great news when you reach your goal! You've got a fabulous Christmas and New Year ahead, can't wait to read the posts after those too!

Linda ~ I did get a flu shot. Thankfully I don't have the flu but a cold, no sore throat now but hoarse voice and a nasty cough. Also thankfully my husband and adult son have not gotten it - lysol disinfecting spray is being put to use in our home. No kissing, no hugs, no hand holding. I have not gone anywhere, hibernating in my home :)

DH and DS doing their own food - LOL my husband uses the microwave for potato soup and veg beef soup that he pulled from freezer (I made it before I got sick), our son loves to use the George Foreman grill to cook hamburgers, yesterday he asked me to talk him through making pizza and cookies in the "big oven" (I've been laughing a lot).

Years ago I bought an oven that sits on the counter. It's a convection oven and does everything our convection big double oven does, just smaller. Our boys were taught how to use the small oven (fits standard pizza but not large ones) and were not allowed to use the big oven.

These guys know that I don't cook for them when I'm sick. Words can't express how much laughter I had having to "talk" my son through using measuring cups, a kitchenaid mixer, cracking an egg (big hands), parchment paper, metal scoop and a touch screen oven controls, setting a timer etc. etc. etc.. Way too funny! Highlight of my day!

This morning I had to ask him to count the choco chip cookies and put them out of my sight and preferably up at his height in the pantry (6'4"), he did. DH came home and ate all but 2 cookies - LOL - he had to get a ladder!

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Hello:

If you make that Salmon lasagne recipe you can also use fresh salmon. I live near an Asian supermarket and they sell packages of salmon heads and tails. A quick steam or boil will cook them and often there is a lot of flesh on them. Or you can buy a more expensive piece of salmon or those $1 Salmon portions in the freezer section of the grocery store. I'll be using fresh salmon and I am adding in some chopped shrimp. I may add a cup of green peas to the cheese sauce for extra color and fiber I know you guys will love it!

I got in a 4th treadmill and strength workout today. The scale is fluctuating I have had a lot of sodium in the last few days. Still 163. Still on plan.

Justme-will be hoping your tests are fine. Chest pain can also be on the right side. Mmmmm Cioppino is a favorite. Its always fun to have it San Fransisco on Fisherman's Wharf.

My Keurig Personal Mini Brewer came today with 18 K-Cups. Where is the cheapest place to buy K-Cups? It works fine I like it. I won't waste so much coffee.

Debbiehs--Happy Birthday. you now have the body and fitness of somebody 20-30 years younger! An excellent present to yourself.

PandB--So glad your Dad's visit was uneventful and that you got to spend quality time with your sister. We did not get snow in my town but it felt cold enought to snow.

Tammyand--I can't wait to hear how you like your new wave oven. I may buy it next time. Next payday I'll pay off all my easy-pays at once. I have the money set aside for the rest of the repairs, and now I will fully concentrate on saving up for my tax bill; after Thanksgiving. And Woo Hoo for getting G to get started on the rest of your work.

Mtn-Ktn--You and DH deserve a day of reflection and quiet. Lucky you that the Gkids are close by. Planning a trip is so much fun. I'll post the other caramel apple cheesecake squares tomorrow. Also congrats on losing some "found" weight.

t-Journey--if you are waiting for me to reach goal I am sure it will be before Christmas--my body likes to tease me with a week of fluctuations after I lose a pound, LOL. Hope today has you feeling better.

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Cat - I am so lucky with my living arrangement. My DD, SIL, GS and GD live with me, but not WITH me. We have our own entrances, living rooms, and access to bedrooms. The only things we share are the kitchen and the laundry room. My DS, DIL and their children live about 3 blocks away. I can decide to visit or to be alone. I love every minute of it. Well, at least 55 minutes out of 60 when you add them up because of course when you live this close there are always problems.

P&B - glad your quick visit with family went well. Sometimes we need to turn our internal volume down to inaudible when family members speak to where all we hear is an unintelligible mumble and we just smile and nod.

Marlene - thank you so much for the recipe, I am going to try it next week, sounds yummy.

Debby - I am having problems with exercise. My 8 year old grandson changed the tension on my elliptical and I cannot seem to change it back. Maybe it is a sign I need to increase the difficulty of my workouts. You are definitely my exercise guru. So, what do you think is it a sign from the Gods?

ChangeN- you could start a family tradition of celebrating Christmas on the 12th day which is actually Jan.6. They do that in many parts of Europe. That way you teach your granddaughter some of the history of the Christmas tradition and get the benefit of the sales. Good luck with your financial goals. I will keep you in mind for this year. I love owning my own house, even when it requires work.

T - how are you feeling? It sounds like you might have the flu. Did you get a shot?

Sue - when you eat Chinese do you order out or do you make your own? There are lots of ways to lower the sodium if you make it yourself.

I am making cioppino and baking a Trader Joe veg lasagna tonight. I am so tired today. I sleep for an hour and now I have no energy at all. Tomorrow morning I am babysitting.




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Cat ~ Walk Cat Walk - keep going! Yes, I walked 7 min - twice on tread climber today. Yep I'm drinking drinking drinking seltzer with tea Mio in it.

We've looked at Walmart and Safeway for the Vanilla Seltzer (we don't have a Giant store) any other idea's????

P&B ~ so happy to hear visit went well. Good for you for not eating out of control. Rooting for you to make good choices at the funeral tomorrow.

Linda ~ praying for your results, sorry your chest is sore - hoping it was from aerobics. How wonderful that you have a Farmer's Market.

Marlene ~ Thanks for the recipes

Debby ~ I haven't seen canned Salmon, have you? Have you seen Vanilla Seltzer?

David ~ I bet your work gets busier soon, do you work in retail store?

Hope everyone had a good day ~ my husband surprised me by coming home early (he's a teacher and they had early release today) then he made me so jealous by getting in the hot tub. I have a cold so being smart by not going outside but I'm still jealous!





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The house is soooooo empty and quiet without the g-kids. So far I haven’t walked … but the day isn’t over yet.

T – Sorry to hear you’re sick. Take care … drink lots of water … I know it hurts. Yippeeee for getting in your walk.

TammyAnd – I am a sissy … no walking outside for me right now … brrrrrrrr. I use my trusty treadmill. Ouch … sorry to hear about your itchy skin.

Debby – You are such a dedicated exercisers … you lone she-ra!!!! Haaaaaaaappy Biiiiiiiiirthday!! 59 years strong!!!!

Sue – since I quit wearing my pedometer while doing my walk exercise … I have barely broken 3,000 steps a day. Bummer! I am proud of you for getting your rings sized.

P&B – I am glad your visit wasn’t as bad as we were afraid it could be. Remember you are awesome.

Linda - I still have my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Scrimp – Thank you, thank you for sharing your recipe. How about the caramel apple cheesecake recipe????

Today is just kinda a slump day for us … since we were so busy for several days.


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Home from my test. It went well. I should get the results in about a week. Fasting this morning so had a hardy lunch, fish for dinner. The right side of my chest hurts. It has all morning. If it was the left side I would be worried, but I am think I might have strained something at aerobics.
I went to the Farmer's market at the hospital (every Friday) and got some beautiful radishes and some strawberries.
Now I think I am going to take a nap.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Hello Sparklers,

The family visit is done. My father and sister have headed home. The visit with my father was not too bad. Wednesday night he got here late and had some work to do on his computer before his business meeting the next day. On Thursday my sister came to visit. It was very good to see her. During the day we went to a local park and went for a long walk. It felt good to be outside and getting fresh air. With my sister here to be a buffer the rest if the visit was tolerable. Now that everyone has left the house feels extra quiet.

I never ate out of control but certainly ate a few more calories than I would have normally. Looking at the bright side, I ate a lot less when company was here than I would have in the past.
Later today I will go to water aerobics and that will put be back on track. Although I do have another challenge tomorrow. I am going to a memorial service for the mother of a friend of mine and there will be a reception with food afterwards.

DEBBY - Happy Birthday. You are as young as you feel and from all of your exercise I'll be you can go head to head with most 30 year olds.

Sad to see all the talk of snow, but I guess it is that time of year. Woke up this morning to see a dusting of the white stuff outside my window this morning. Yuck, is it too early to start counting the days until spring?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Be well,

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SALMON LASAGNES (from my beloved "Good Home Cooking" cookbook)

"A novel and attractive way to use canned salmon is as a stuffing for rolled lasagne noodles. TIP: Flaked fish, including smoked and minced shellfish are good substitutes for salmon. You can also use canned tuna, Reserve the liquid in the canned salmon for use in the cheese sauce; substitute it for some of the milk."

Marlene Note: Make Double the sauce, you'll be glad you have more to work with. Its delicious!

15 oz can salmon, drained and flaked
10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 c chopped scallions
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 and 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1/3 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
12 Lasagne Noodles (3/4 lb) cooked al dente
Cheese Sauce (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine salmon, spinach, scallions, egg, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, salt, nutmeg. Spread on noodles, roll up and set aside. Pour half the Cheese Sauce into bottom of baking pan. Place lasagnes over the sauce, then cover with remaining sauce. Bake 30 minutes; or until golden and bubbly.

Cheese Sauce
1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 cup lightly salted butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Stir flour into butter or margarine. Blend in pepper, mustard, and milk. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. stirring until thick and smooth. Stir is Swiss and Parmesan cheeses, scallions, and parsley; cook stirring, until cheese melts.

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Hi ladies. Was without a phone for few days so couldn't log on. Hope everyone is doing well and closing in on those end of year goals. For the rest of us... Keep moving..... Hasn't been anywhere as busy at work as everone has been thinking. Guess people just don't have the extra money to be spending. My wife and I are putting off Christmas spending on each other so we can get a few things for our granddaughter. I'm not going to get over my head in additional bills we can't pay. We are going to use income tax return to pay down loans so we can start saving for down payment on house( hopefully buy this time next year). Well time to go punch in for work. Everyone have a great day.

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Debby ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! So glad you had uneventful driving yesterday. The challenging workout would be great for you because you're a great exerciser - how'd your muscles do?

Cat ~ way to go! Today is another day (Friday) - did you walk? Whow - 11 degree's. LOL GS

Sue ~ 6,000 steps - way to go!

Linda ~ praying for your cat scan today

Tammy ~ Way to walk around Lowes and eating on track! so sorry you're having skin problems

P&B ~ Thinking of you as your father visits.

Marlene ~ We're all excitedly waiting

David ~ Thinking of you, your work schedule, keep moving


Head feeling better today ~ I'm back to tracking and anticipate doing my walking today.

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Hello Everyone!

Scrimp: I'm with the gang .. Please share your salmon lasagna roll-up recipe . .. That does sound very interesting. Thank you for the encouragement .. I beat myself up too much all the time, and it really doesn't help.. You are correct.

Linda: praying for your success with the cat-scan. Let us know how it goes.

Cat: Yay for you! You go girl! I did my walk .. 6,000 steps. Aren't grandkids a blessing .. Exhausting .. But still such a blessing!

Tammy: I had to do the ring resize .. I always talk with my hands, and my anniversary ring almost flew through the air .. Yikes .. And with the colder temps, it was getting too much. Isn't a good feeling to get the laundry job done?

Debby: yep .. It's better to get those rings resized .. Not lose them. I lost my diamond out of the wedding ring (but found it in my car the next day)…. I thought I was going to have to be medicated I was so upset. There was a lot of other stuff going on at the time .. It was the last straw for me. But God took care of us again! Glad your journey through the weather (and the cat too) went well .. Stay safe! .. and
emoticon .. hope you have the greatest of days!

T: be well .. Praying for your health and encouraging you to hang in there .. You will be better.

Well gang .. I did 6,000 steps yesterday .. Legs are pretty tired, but my goal is at least 5,000 steps today too .. I would like to string this out to see how many days I can do this .. Not sure about the weekend, snow's coming .. But shoveling is good exercise too I guess. Ate Chinese the last couple days, so up a pound (sodium I think) .. Today .. Back to to regular food, so I can lose it again.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
Sue


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Wow, I had almost a whole message written to all of you when my computer decided that it would delete everything I wrote. Sigh. Here I go again...

Driving in bad weather today was challenging, but uneventful. The cat was fine, false alarm, and I got everything done that I needed to get done, including exercise. I was the only person that showed up to the senior fitness class today and the instructor knows I'm more capable of a lot of things than many of our regular attendees, so she led me in a particularly challenging workout. I think it's a good thing. We'll see if my muscles agree tomorrow.

Tammy - I'm so sorry you're having skin problems. I've had my own share so I can relate. I was on a medication a few years ago that would make me wake up with a flush that itched so bad I was gouging myself for up to two hours almost every night. It's definitely more than frustrating. I didn't stay on the medication for long and told the doctor I would never go on it again. I also have mild eczema and it can be miserable when it flares. I hope you get relief soon.

Marlene - Thank you for your encouragement. You've been an inspiration to me the way you've stayed so on course and it really helped me find my way back from whatever it was that I was doing. At least I didn't gain too much back (less than 10 lbs.) and it happened when I was close to goal and at a healthy place. I can't wait to see you hit goal and then your next goal after that.

Linda - I hope your CAT scan gives you some answers. BTW, my SoCal trip plans are getting finalized. We're leaving on Dec 8th and returning the 16th. I'll send you some contact information via sparkmail so we can try to get together. I have several friends in the Redlands/Yucaipa area so I know I'll be in that area for at least one day.

Cat - woohoo on getting all that walking in. Extra points for walking in frigid temps and more for your consistency. Love the story about the grandsons focus on breakfast. Kids are great.

Sue - Getting your rings re-sized is a good idea. When I started this journey, my husband started his, too. He took more than 40 lbs. off and his ring got really loose. So loose, in fact, that one day he looked down and his ring wasn't there. He knew it had been there earlier in the day and that he hadn't gone out anywhere so it had to be in the house somewhere. He and I looked for it frantically and finally found it in the washing machine (he does most of the laundry - lucky me!) and breathed a sigh of relief. He got it re-sized the next day. I hope you get your mojo back like I have. It's fine to slip a little once in awhile, just not make it a lifestyle again.

Tomorrow is my 59th birthday and I plan to splurge. I don't plan to go crazy, but I believe it is OK to occasionally splurge and a birthday is a good reason to do it. My husband is planning to take me to see Gone Girl and out to dinner at a really good Japanese buffet restaurant. They offer a lot of healthy choices so I plan to focus on those, but I don't plan to deny myself small amounts of things I really love. I think I'll need to workout really hard earlier in the day to help off set it a little bit.

Wins for the day:
Safely traversed icy/snowy roads in really windy conditions, both on foot and by car.
Stayed within my calorie range
Lasted through an extra tough workout

Happy Friday everyone!




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Linda – Will be thinking of you and praying for good results with your CAT scan.

Cat – Did you walk outside in single digit temperatures???? That is beyond dedication if you ask me. Or do you walk inside?

T – I hope you rest and rest and rest. When you feel better you can do all the exercise and whatever else is important to you. But for now, I say let DH and DS take care of you! Feel better my friend!!

Sue – Missed you and glad you are back. Good idea getting your rings resized. I have not lost nearly as much weight as you but I have noticed my rings are big too and have been thinking of having them resized one of these days too.

Debby – I always worry about folks who have to be out driving in bad weather. I am a firm believer in staying at home in such conditions….but I know you are one of the people who have little choice but to go out to take care of the animals. I think that is a wonderful thing to do. I justify staying home because I am not a necessary person anywhere except at home. I figure if I am off the roads it is one less distraction for other drivers and one less accident tying up the emergency personnel who also must be out there. I hope all of your travels are safe.

Marlene – I caved yesterday (late) an bought the TSV in black. DS thought it was a good item, so between his encouragement and your positive position, I gave myself permission to buy it. I have already cleared off a convenient shelf in the kitchen where I can put it. Wow, you really are having a Thanksgiving feast! I used to not like it either when folks brought food to my get-togethers, but the older I get the more I like it. Also, it makes the guests feel like they are contributing. We have Thanksgiving with very dear friends of ours. Dinner used to always be here but a number of years ago we switched and even when I offer to have it here, my friend insists on having it at her house. So I bring a number of side dishes and usually just one or two appetizers (still haven’t decided what I’ll bring yet). I think your menu sounds fabulous.

Today was another good day for me. I walked around Lowe’s (that store is really big) while G picked up more things he needed for the on-going (or should I say never ending??) basement bathroom remodel. Eating is on track today too. Made Mexican Stuffed Peppers which DS just loves and is totally 17 Day Diet compliant. My laundry is all done and mostly all put away so soon I will head off to bed for what I hope is a good night’s sleep. I have not been sleeping well at all (extremely unusual for me). The serious skin problems I have been having since August are waking me up at night over and over. I have topical creams to use on the bad spots (mostly on my neck and chest) but I am still very itchy and sometimes the skin is sore as well. For someone who loves to sleep, this is extremely frustrating!


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Ladies and Gentlemen ~ I AM SICK, I have done nothing and am not going to do anything (altho I do have my Spark Tracker on my ankle - that number will be low today). Snowing and Blowing here. I wish I was well - it would be fun to sit in hot tub with the snow falling.

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Cat ~ Soooo proud of you ~ YES!

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Go ahead … ask me … did you walk today???? Yeppers!!!! I got up and did it first thing … 6 days in a row now. I’m on fire !!!!!! High today is 11* … what a heat wave.

Ok … pictures this … it’s just past 6:30am, the sun is just starting to put a shine on the day. I can see the ice crystals on the windows … they look like tatted lace. I can still smell my beloved hubby’s scent on the sheets while he is up putting the dogs out. I start to stretch my creaky bones when I hear …

GS - Where’s GRANDMA???
H - She’s still in bed.
Patter of footsteps … running!!!!!
GS - Grandma you need to get up and fix me breakfast.
Me - How about … good morning grandma, how are you, how did you sleep.
GS - I don’t want to have that conversation … I want breakfast.
Out of the mouths of babes.

Itz Sue – make sure you get in your walk and let us hear about it.

Scrimp – you strut your stuff lady. Share your apple caramel cheesecake bar and salmon lasagna roll-ups recipes. Don’t be out of sorts about everyone pitching in and bringing food. That’s what our family gatherings are all about. Plan foods for yourself, case the joint and select what you really want and then move, move, move throughout the gathering and mingle. I do like T and keep a glass of tea in my hand all day so I look like I am part of the festivities. It’s amazing how that one thing puts others at rest and keeps me focused.

Linda – I still have my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Wins for Today:
Walked first thing
Ate a good breakfast … with g-kids
Ate lunch and have drank ¾ of my water already


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Scrimp - you have to share you recipe for salmon lasagna roll ups - they sound wonderful. It sounds like you are going to have a great Thanksgiving.

Sue welcome back - stay warm

Debby - you too stay warm and safe, hope all is well with your rescue cat

water aerobics today, shopping, lunch with a friend, tomorrow is my cat-scan. I have to remember to fast before going to the med center.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Good morning:
Felt good this morning. I put on black jeans, tall black riding boots, a burgundy sweater and earrings, and a black micro fleece vest, and a silver buckle and black cinch belt over the sweater. I saw heads turn when I walked into the cafeteria. Its amazing what a nice outfit will do to lift your spirits.

Mtn Ktn--I like the concept of "virginal fat". I am at the point where I am attacked nodule-ly, rough, tough senior citizen fat that has been there for years on my legs and upper arms.

Tomorrow the work is supposed to start so my kitchen is almost prepared; just have to clear off my island of appliance and stuff I stashed there to clean the cabinets.

2 more adults and 2 children are now coming to my Thanksgiving. This distant cousin is bring a pumpkin cheesecake. I am making apple caramel cheesecake bars. Should be cool. I wonder if I should make something else--I am thinking of a sugar free pudding gingerbread and peach trifle. I am out of sorts with everyone bringing stuff--I am used to no help or contributions. Now I am second guessing cause my sister is bring the turkey, gravy, mac n cheese, and stuffing. DIL is bring ham. Son is bring 4 bottles of wine; my cousin who is coming want to make cranberry relish , rolls, and greens. I was going to make Salmon Lasagna roll-ups; a marinated seafood salad on Romaine Leaf; Jerk Ribs; and make canape appetizers.

Debbiehs--I knew you were back. Its not like you to be not be confident and out of sorts--you just needed a little break to gather up some steam. I hope your drive went OK today.

Sue-Welcome back. Well the past is the past. You know what you haven't done; so just focus on what you will do moving forward. Sometimes we need to regroup.

Its really cold here too in the 40s and breezy. I am going to the gym for session 3 this week.

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Hello Everyone!

I haven't been on for a few days .. I don't even know how many. Been busy, and not feeling too well .. stomach issues. I have been trying to eat right, but haven't been tracking, and haven't been walking .. yikes .. I need to get back on track. I've read a couple posts, and will try to catch up, but really .. I need to focus on moving forward. I love the idea of "a goal a day." kind of like a vitamin a day. So my goal for today is walk 5,000 steps .. get up and move it. Lunch is packed with veggies (I hope my tummy will tolerate them) .. and go to work .. take a break to take a walk on the skywalk. I promise to check in tonight to let you know of my progress.

It's really cold here too (in Wisconsin), and they are predicting snow showers .. YUK! It's been so cold, my rings have been falling off my fingers, so I had to take them in to be resized. I was hoping to wait for more weight loss, but I don't want to lose my wedding ring or 40yr anniversary ring, so we decided to spend the money now, and deal with it later if we have to.

Have a great day everyone! Friday's coming!
God's Blessings,
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I wish you luck and pray for safe travels!

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T - if by improve you mean switching to freezing rain, then, yeah, it's surely going to get better as the day goes on. And I still need to go out in it. One of my cats at Petco needs to be looked at. Wish me luck!

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Debby ~ I've heard that the morning suppose to be bad, Vancouver Schools 2 hrs late. Then improve as the day goes on.

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Good evening everyone. It's a nasty cold, windy day, and supposed to start getting (snow?!) starting tomorrow morning. It sure puts a damper on wanting to leave the warm comfort of my house.

Marlene - OMG, you are so close to your goal. I can't wait to see you hit it. It will be a Christmas gift for us all, mostly you, but for all of us to know it can be done. The transformation is amazing in both body and mind. You're right that I've got my mojo back. It just feels right to be on track again and eating well makes me feel better and when I feel better I want to eat better. For me, exercise is a big component, but nutrition is the greater half of the equation of calories in vs. calories out.

Theresa - yes, I'm expecting snow and freezing rain in the morning. My husband is already looking at whether he'll need chains to get my son to work in the morning. We live in Washougal, but our son works in Vancouver proper - on Andresen. It could be a precarious drive is predictions hold up. I'm also concerned about working at the shelter tomorrow night. At least I only live a mile and a half from that. I don't mind driving in the wintry conditions so, although it wouldn't be my first choice, I'm OK with it. It's the other drivers out there that scare me. Washingtonians really aren't very good at driving in snow. Glad to hear the sore throat is not as bad.

Cat - WooHoo on getting out there and walking five days in a row. And good for you for giving up the too big pants. You really don't want to go back to those days. I loved your statement about getting into virginal fat. It's a long way to spring. Not only should those pants be way too big, you'll probably be another two or three sizes smaller.

P&B - I hope your visit with your father is going better than expected. Good for you for dumping some weight, even if it wasn't as much as you'd hoped to record. I find the scales can fluctuate as much as two pounds from day to day. Not usually, but it happens, so I think you'll see those ounces come off rather quickly. And remember, stress can add artificial weight and I'd guess the anticipation of your father's visit is fairly stressful.

David - I bet it was nice to have a day with your wife. I'm happy for you.

Linda - I'm glad you're on track and feeling good about it. Your description of dealing with angry parents sounded so much like what my daughter tells me about all the time. She loves teaching, but really finds working with some parents and administration to be tedious. The politics in education now is also very difficult to deal with.

Tammy - string cheese is a great idea for movies. I took a homemade protein bar, which was very filling and feels like eating a candy bar, even though it's good for me. Interstellar is three hours long, but it's so riveting that it doesn't feel like three hours. I would go to a theater with comfy seats, though and make sure you use the rest room before it starts. I drank my water sparingly throughout the movie.

It's been another good day, eating on track, getting my exercise in (50 minutes elliptical, 45 minutes strength training, plus a stretch). I generally sweat a lot during exercise and get pretty warm so only wear tank tops and shorts to the gym, with a jacket in the winter. It was so cold today, though that I pulled out the sweat pants to brave the cold winter wind. And, remarkably, I didn't get so hot during my workout. I think that the cold wind makes the building feel colder even when the thermostat is set the same. I also spent the evening at the shelter feeding the dogs and letting them out before going to bed. Unfortunately that meant that I got to go outside with them a lot. Brrrr!!! Most of the dogs did not want to stay outside long.

Wins for the day:
*Any day I stay on track with my eating is a win in my book
*got more than seven hours of sleep (sleep's been an issue for me lately)
*Feeling happy about being true to myself in sticking to my plan



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Tammy ~ Thanks for the string cheese tip for the movies. Way to go today!

Marlene ~ GO GO GO!!!

Linda ~ Woo Hoo to You for being on track today elliptical and a great breakfast!

P&B ~ Hoping dad visiting goes well. Your so close to going under 300, very exciting!

David ~ Glad to hear you & your wife had the day off

Debby ~ Are you expecting snow & freezing rain in the morning?

Wins
Sore throat a ton better, headache set in
Walked Tread Climber 7 min - twice
Light Wt Lifting


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Hi tammyand
I thank you for your encouraging words too. It means a lot to me to finish this goal. I am proud of myself.
That Nu-Wave oven is catching my eye too--especially for the air-frying ability and dehydration. I 'd live to make a portion controlled french fry, sweet potato fry, and try to make turkey jerky. It would be nice to not have to dirty the stove, LOL--now thats its squeaky clean. I think i would use this too. Not big on cooking meat from frozen unless it has been rinsed and seasoned prior to cooking. I have seen a few presntations today too. As you may have surmised, my TV is always on QVC or HSN LOL, I got it bad. I just enjoy the discussions but will change the channel for items or hosts or guests I don't care to listen to. I catch the hosts in lies all the time regarding their usage of products.

I order things now on easy pay, in case I want to send it back.

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Go ahead … ask me … did you walk today???? Yeppers!!!! I got up and did it first thing … 5 days in a row now. I’m doing it!!!!!!

The g-kids spent the night … good thing because the high today for the Rocky Mountains in Colorado is 6*. DIL is to come get them this evening if she can get up the pass (Ute Pass) … that’s what we call the road that goes from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park and an elevation of 6,000 to 8,600 increase. I live in the mountains.

I dumped some of the weight I “found” not exercising consistently and overeating healthy foods … mainly nuts by the handfuls. I have a few more to go before I get into some virginal fat. I did get rid of 6 pairs of crop pants that are too big. Three of them were too big when I went shopping in my closet for our Fall trip to see out-of-state kids and took them any way. Hubby asked me if I was sure I wanted to get rid of them now before the spring time … just in case. Broke my heart but then he has seen me go up and down and up and down and … well you know what I mean. I took a deep breath and told him this was the last time I would be buying larger size clothes and then getting rid of them because of my roller coaster ride. Ladies this means war on the weight front … or I will be naked.

Debby – we have talked about taking a whale watching tour. We plan to go across Colorado, Utah, Nevada to northern California to the Crescent City area and then travel south … maybe we can find your marrying rock. WooHoo on your ½ pound. Keep going!!!!

T – how is the exercising???? And how is the sore throat????? I crank up my tunes while walking … hubby makes fun of my singing. You live in Woodland? I live in Woodland Park, CO. How cool. I am part Indian … Alabama Coushatta from my great-grandfather. I wish my family had been more proud of their ancestry and I knew more about it. I remember sitting in my papa’s lap and him telling me that the birth mark I have on the top of my right hand his mom had. He rubbed it with his thumb and told me I was an Indian princess. His mom was Indian and his dad was white. It’s me and hubby that are gonna go to the Redwood forest for our 2015 fun trip. Glad your friend’s son is OK … trucks can be replaced. Two deers is what took my hubby out while riding his motorcycle and created a life changing event … we spent 2 ½ months putting hubby back together again.

TammyAnd – I am gonna give seltzer a try. I get addicted to Crystal Lite if I make it. The next thing I know I haven’t had any clear water in a month and it adds to my water retention issues. WooHoo on getting your Christmas lights up.

David – thank you, thank you for your service. Freedom is not free and thank you and to others for paying the price. It’s gonna be -5 at my house tonight … brrrrrrrr!

Scrimp – don’t let them see ya sweat. I hope your black mood has improved after receiving the email. Keep going girl. You make me believe that I too will get to my goal.

P&B – I have my fingers and toes crossed for you. I hope your visit with your dad is filled with joy and happiness.

Wins for today …
Walked first thing
I have already drank all my water
Food on track and supper already planned
Got to stay home … warm and toasty

Just heard from DIL she is not going to come get the kids because it has snowed more in the Springs than up here. Another sleep over!!!!


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Linda – You hit on one of my pet peeves….the ridiculously high sodium content in restaurant food. I used to love Arby’s items but gave them up long before SP because DS and I noticed we were insatiably thirsty after eating anything from Arby’s. Your post is full of wisdom. I agree that having this support group means so much.

David – Wonderful that you and your wife had some time off together. And how nice of your boss to give you the time off so you could share some time with your wife. Sometimes just doing the most mundane things with a loved one can mean a lot….It’s not what you are doing, it is who you are doing it with. You two are blessed to have each other. By the way, don’t give up on the seltzer. There are a lot of flavors out there. You might come across one you really like!


Debby – Both DS and I are eager to see interstellar. Someone told me it is almost 3 hours long. Did you find it long, more specifically too long to sit. I am not sure how DS and I will find the time to see the movie together which is what we want to do. Both of us have pretty much going on these days, but we are working on finding a mutually convenient time. I usually take string cheese to the theatre to munch on since the theatre offerings are so unhealthy. String cheese is quiet to eat and works well for me.


Marlene – Thanks so much for your encouraging words. It means a lot. I have been playing up and down with the same pound or two for a while now. I appreciate your kind offer of the DVDs. I actually had a few that I gave away when my knee just got so bad. The cardio cruiser has a seat which is why it is easier for me to do. I used to do some of the chair exercises on the SP videos but actually prefer the cruiser or my silly old grocery store walking. I have often admired the Samantha Brown luggage on HSN. DS has encouraged me to get a set but to date I have refrained. Do you have any thoughts on the Nu-Wave TSV on Q today? I use my toaster over a great deal so probably don’t need this kitchen gadget, but it sure looks interesting to me. I might watch a few more presentations of it, just to see if it is something I would really use.


PandB – You still lost almost a pound…So celebrate that. Marlene always reminds us that a host of factors can impact our weight on any given day….so don’t sell yourself short. You lost weight this week and that is a good thing! Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way while your father is there. Does he live far away? How long will he be there with you?

T – So sorry to read that your sore throat is worse….and now you have aches and pains. Please please be careful and take care of yourself. Some of the bugs out there these days can be pretty nasty and take their toll on us. I hope you are getting enough rest. I am sure you are eating healthy! Sounds like you had quite a windstorm! Hope the damage, if any, is minimal.

Today was a good day for me. I got my walking in before noon at the grocery store. I went to another chain, not my usual Giant since this other chain had cauliflower on sale as well as a few other items I needed. It wasn’t busy there at all so I really enjoyed going up and down the aisles as quickly as I could without over doing it and without drawing attention to myself. When I got home I decided to take advantage of the beautiful 63+ degree sunny weather and put up the outdoor Christmas lights. This is the earliest I have ever had the Christmas lights up. I didn’t put up the large lighted wreath that goes on the front of the house. That can wait even if the weather is cold when I do that. My eating is on track too. I have haddock in the oven now…will have it with a salad and mashed cauliflower.

Well, almost time for dinner….the haddock smells great!
Stay strong everyone!


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Linda – You hit on one of my pet peeves….the ridiculously high sodium content in restaurant food. I used to love Arby’s items but gave them up long before SP because DS and I noticed we were insatiably thirsty after eating anything from Arby’s. Your post is full of wisdom. I agree that having this support group means so much.

David – Wonderful that you and your wife had some time off together. And how nice of your boss to give you the time off so you could share some time with your wife. Sometimes just doing the most mundane things with a loved one can mean a lot….It’s not what you are doing, it is who you are doing it with. You two are blessed to have each other. By the way, don’t give up on the seltzer. There are a lot of flavors out there. You might come across one you really like!


Debby – Both DS and I are eager to see interstellar. Someone told me it is almost 3 hours long. Did you find it long, more specifically too long to sit. I am not sure how DS and I will find the time to see the movie together which is what we want to do. Both of us have pretty much going on these days, but we are working on finding a mutually convenient time. I usually take string cheese to the theatre to munch on since the theatre offerings are so unhealthy. String cheese is quiet to eat and works well for me.


Marlene – Thanks so much for your encouraging words. It means a lot. I have been playing up and down with the same pound or two for a while now. I appreciate your kind offer of the DVDs. I actually had a few that I gave away when my knee just got so bad. The cardio cruiser has a seat which is why it is easier for me to do. I used to do some of the chair exercises on the SP videos but actually prefer the cruiser or my silly old grocery store walking. I have often admired the Samantha Brown luggage on HSN. DS has encouraged me to get a set but to date I have refrained. Do you have any thoughts on the Nu-Wave TSV on Q today? I use my toaster over a great deal so probably don’t need this kitchen gadget, but it sure looks interesting to me. I might watch a few more presentations of it, just to see if it is something I would really use.


PandB – You still lost almost a pound…So celebrate that. Marlene always reminds us that a host of factors can impact our weight on any given day….so don’t sell yourself short. You lost weight this week and that is a good thing! Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way while your father is there. Does he live far away? How long will he be there with you?

T – So sorry to read that your sore throat is worse….and now you have aches and pains. Please please be careful and take care of yourself. Some of the bugs out there these days can be pretty nasty and take their toll on us. I hope you are getting enough rest. I am sure you are eating healthy! Sounds like you had quite a windstorm! Hope the damage, if any, is minimal.

Today was a good day for me. I got my walking in before noon at the grocery store. I went to another chain, not my usual Giant since this other chain had cauliflower on sale as well as a few other items I needed. It wasn’t busy there at all so I really enjoyed going up and down the aisles as quickly as I could without over doing it and without drawing attention to myself. When I got home I decided to take advantage of the beautiful 63+ degree sunny weather and put up the outdoor Christmas lights. This is the earliest I have ever had the Christmas lights up. I didn’t put up the large lighted wreath that goes on the front of the house. That can wait even if the weather is cold when I do that. My eating is on track too. I have haddock in the oven now…will have it with a salad and mashed cauliflower.

Well, almost time for dinner….the haddock smells great!
Stay strong everyone!


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Marlene - thank you for the clarification on your calorie intake. I have heard that going below 1200 is bad for your metabolism, so I am glad I was wrong about what you had said. My goal right now is 1200-1500 which seems to work as long as I do not over do the sodium like I did yesterday.

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Justme-Most days I eat between 1100 and 1200 calories; which is consistent with when I started. If i don't over snack in the evening. 1200 calories was the number to maintain 160 goal and lose weight. 1600 cals-400 to lose weight=1200. Thats the formula for me. 10 cals per pound maintains your goal weight and subtract cals to surpass that number. After 160 I will continue to eat the same.
Teachers have so many challenges...I commend you for being one as it takes a very special patient person.

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Marlene - after years of working in education where I had to learn to tolerate all kinds of abuse I have learned to totally ignore most negative comments from other than family members. I do not have friends that are negative, so these comments are few and far between. When I was a teacher one of the most effective strategies for dealing with angry parents was to let them have their say. But what that meant was that while they could not call you names or threaten you they could go on for a very long time about how unfair, unskilled, uncaring, prejudice and ignorant you were. It was only when they had had the opportunity to totally get all of their grievances off their chest that you could actually begin talking about how to help their child. So, yes over the years I learned to not take many things personally. But, from my family members I tend to take everything personal.
I am so happy for your continued success. If I remember right at one time you said that you keep your calorie intake at about 1000 calories. Is that correct?

P&B - after your talk with your dad which may or may not go well is there something you could plan together that you both enjoy? A hike, fishing, bird watching, bowling? Something that will get you out and concentrating on a mutual enjoyment. I hope you have a productive time together and come to a mutually loving agreement.

ChangeN- as an ex-wife that sounds like a wonderful day. To have your husband supporting you and making your life a little easier would be validation of your importance to him. I am so glad you got the time together. I had a very hard time getting to where I was drinking water. I found that I actually like distilled water better than purified water. It is the same price and when you buy it in the gallon jug not too expensive. Now I can drink almost any water, but it took a long time to get there.

T - hope you are feeling better, take care of yourself and do not get any secondary infections

Debby - red lobster is actually one of my favorite places to go and stay compliant, I usually get either double broccoli or broccoli and mixed veg no rice, or potatoes, or pasta. Congrats on the half pound kicked to the curb.

Tammy - Woo Hoo! compliance and exercise! Have a fun day today.

I am really on track today. I was on the elliptical, and ate a very good breakfast.

Spark On!
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Good Morning:

I have lost at least another pound and a half overnight, LOL. Digital scale says 163, the weight balance scale says 162.5; so 163 it is and I am happy to say 283-163= 120 pounds gone gone gone! A whole person in weight. I can't believe it.... I going to do it....finally! The finish line of 160 is calling my name! Flashback to July 2013---Sad, depressed, ashamed, out of shape, unrecognizable, health and mobility problems, withdrawn....now...Optimistic, Shapely, Fit, happier, health problems gone or minimized. Things are not perfect; but I am just in a better place.

I have had my stove out of commission for cleaning since Saturday; and am awaiting new vent fan filters to arrive tomorrow. I've been eating leftovers and frozen microwave foods, and using my egg cooker. And store bought rotisserie chicken. Note to self--Take a break from cooking more often! I'm still within my usual calorie range. Cleaned my pantry last night; and will tackle the fridge today.

PandB--I think the .8 loss is better than nothing; but given your weight fluctuations I would reweigh in a few days when the loss may register then. Hope Dad's visit goes well!

Tammyand--I found the store brand Vanilla Creme seltzer at Giant. The TSV Charger was tempting, but I couldn't do it. Samantha Brown Luggage is on HSN right now/today and I want to buy another set of her beautiful doctors tote and carry on suitcase in Caramel and carry-on. I have it in cranberry and I get compliments where ever I go. I use the tote everyday as a work stuff bag. I did order the temptations TSV set that had the oval turkey platter. The whole set is beautiful in Spice Floral Lace; also got SOFT BOILED EGG cups, LOL; and the tube pan and lid-it is cranberry. I gave both of my daughter-in-laws starter sets last year; so I can pass along my pieces to them and they will match.
I know you have struggled of late..its discouraging when you don't see faster progress (you know how impatient I am). It will happen. At least you are able to attend your events with food and are not constantly gaining weight. I know its challenging to exercise with your health issues. Could you try walking in place for 100 steps whenever it crosses your mind? I could send you some extra DVDs I have by Leslie Sansone if you like. I have about 100 different DVDs to donate.

Justme--I tend to have a low tolerance for people pushing my buttons. I just feel its not worth the effort for me to be around them knowing that they dislike or resent me...thats their problem and I am too old for drama.

Debbie--You are on a roll. You got your mojo back! Movie theatres of are havens of junk food; I am not attracted anymore, I would rather bring my own snack. The oily chemically popcorn seems kinda gross.

T-Journey--I am constantly on the look out for deer on my way to work. I have to drive 2 miles through a nature preserve park to get to work. There seems like a deer carcass on the road everyday. I have seen them standing on the side of the road too; waiting to dart out. Sorry about your accident. I hit a deer 2 years ago and for some reason my car did not get dented...but it was so frightening ast it happened around 3 AM on a deserted freeway entrance ramp.

Moving--Glad you enjoyed your rare day off with your wife. One piece of pie won't kill your efforts.....but that soda is far more detrimental to losing weight. You can also cut soda with club soda. The Vanilla Creme Seltzer Tammy recommended is very good, and not too sweet.



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Hello Sparklers,

Hmmm, having one of those anything thing that can go wrong will go wrong days. This morning’s official weigh in did not go well. Last week I was 305, yesterday I was 303.7 and today I was 304.2. Yesterday I was 150 calories over my range, but doubt that would cause a half pound weight gain. Should have stayed in bed.

JUST_ME - I think that family members know how to push our buttons in a way that friends do not. Then again that push too many buttons are likely to get dropped. Unfortunately, it is much harder to drop family members.

TAMMYAND - Good for you getting right back on track and for exercising. I struggle with getting my steps and exercise in too so I know how hard it is to be active.

DEBBY - Congratulations on your movie theatre and Red Lobster successes. You were smart to focus on the movie instead of the snacks and your family instead of the food.

T-JOURNEY - Hope you are feeling better. Sorry to hear about the totaled truck from a deer. There are too may deer in my neck of the woods too. I am constantly worried one will jump out in front of me.

CHANGEN - Glad you were able to spend some time with your wife. Sometimes doing chores together is just as good as a date night. My DH and I like to cook dinner together. We talk while we chop vegetables and before you know it we have a nice meal.

My father arrives this afternoon. Thank you everyone for all of your support. Maybe misery loves company, but I really appreciated all of your stories about your own critical family members. It lets me see that my situation is not unique and somehow makes it less personal. I will work hard on not letting his comments bother me or telling him that his “jokes” are hurtful but most of all I will strive to stay on track with my SP program.

Be well,

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Hi. Good morning all. Question was asked ifi tried seltzer water. I was given a combo of 1/2 cola and 1/2 seltzer. Wasn't bad. In general I don't like seltzer.
Yesterday was different. My wife and I work opposite day(s) off. My job requires working weekends and holidays. She is only off on Sunday(works at a credit union). Anyways, we were both off . My boss gave me off Tues as well as next Sunday. Was told yhis way we could get a chance to spend some time together. We went grocery shopping. I went and did laundry so she could nap. Then went to lunch where they gave homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream to vets for veterans day. She told them I had served in army. Got pie with little American flag on it. no sugar pie, yea I know... But even though we did regular chores I would have done , it was was nice to have day together. Our granddaughter was in daycare.
Well, today is another day. Got to get ready for work. Don't know if will be busy or not. Winter finally reached us here in south Texas. Was 86 yesterday and in 40s now..I LOVE IT!!!!! I've always felt more alert and alive when its cold....
Got to go. But hope each of you have a really great day.

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today was a pretty good day. Only thing that I ate wrong was a dip sandwich at Arby's stayed in my calorie range, but then checked it out when I got home!!!!! OMG! I did not know it was possible for one thing to have that much sodium in it. Calories were not great 500 but the sodium was 2500. OMG!!!!

You all sound like we are slowly getting back on track. Holidays are often so hard.. Family brings it own problems, unrealistic expectations and then seasonal temptations. Add to that changing the time, the weather and memories and you have a recipe for stress. It is so nice to have a support group that is so positive and supports our wins and helps us with our challenges. Here's to the greatest holidays ever. What that means is that we enjoy our family, keep our expectations realistic, find serenity in small things and forgive ourselves when we blunder.

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Debby ~ How nice to spend time with son/husband. Your an inspiration for staying on track while out especially at the theater! Congrats down 1/2 pound!

Tammy ~ Way to go on the Cardio Cruiser! Eating & exercise, - like you said, winning combo.

Marlene ~ FABULOUS, another pound - thanks for leading the way!!!! Sorry to hear about the email.

Linda ~ Thanks for sharing - reminded me to treat my family like a friend (I get cranky when I'm sick). Way to go - water aerobics, tracking food & drinking water!

Weather: wind blew the hot tub cover off twice. My husband put big bags of pellets on it. One of the many trees on our property fell with a huge crash. Big green trash cans are blown over. Glad my son's home from work (lots of debris on road - tree branches etc). Friends son hit a deer on the next road over, rolled over & over -totaled his truck, thankfully he is ok.

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Bought a nice headphones and a CD player (that should help with walking)

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Evaluate it
Fix it
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Repeat it
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Happy Tuesday everyone.

Linda - I agree. We do tend to treat members of our families a little harsher than we would our friends. I don't know why. It seems a little crazy since we're closest to them. Of course, we can't choose our family, but we can choose our friends, so that may have something to do with it.

Tammy - good for you for getting on your cardio cruiser. I know you'll work up to that elliptical, too, but doing some kind of exercise, no matter what, is a win.

Marlene - WooHoo on another pound gone. It's amazing what you've done and continue to do even with all of the things going on around you. Bad mood or not, you're still getting it done.

P&B - I'm with you in spirit tomorrow as you face your dad. Who knows, maybe he won't be a critical as you fear, and maybe, even if he is, you'll be able to let it just slide off into the dumpster, where comments like that belong.

Theresa - good for you for exercising anyway. I hope it's just a minor sore throat and you don't get any sicker. Unless I'm really sick, I don't miss too many workouts. I do take time off at least once a week, seldom more, but if things are happening I don't have any problem with taking a day off here or there. Today I missed my workout, though, and spent a rare day with my son and husband going to see a movie. Between the movie, which we went to see during my normal workout hours, and other things that were happening today, I just didn't get to the gym. I'll make up for it later, though :)

I did stay on track, though, even though I went to a movie and ate dinner out at Red Lobster. I chose my meal from their Lighthouse menu and was careful the rest of the day. I only had a bottle of water at the movie. Theaters just don't cater to anyone that wants to have a snack and eat healthy. Water seems to be the only reasonable choice.

Wins for the day:
*Resisting the temptations at the theater and the cheese biscuit at Red Lobster - not to mention stopping at just one small slice of the Lobster pizza appetizer.
*Spending some time with my son and husband at a good movie
*Down another 1/2 lb.

BTW - Interstellar is a very good movie, especially if you're a SciFi fan. Good cinematography, food acting, a plausible story, and good simple, but not dumbed down, visualization of very complicated physics theory. I had fun.




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Linda – I think you might be on to something when it comes to treating family members like friends….but even beyond that I remember reading somewhere a long time ago that we should treat ourselves as we treat our friends….meaning no negative self-statements (why say things to yourself that you would never say to a friend about her – or him, accept yourself for who you are…..do you turn away friends because they are not perfect?.......have high standards but give yourself a break…..etc.)


Marlene – Yay for losing another pound!!!! You are amazing! And focused! And inspirational! I could go on and on, but I think I’ve conveyed to you how great I think you are doing! You have also done so much work for your home in addition to working full time….Great going! I won’t put up our little Christmas tree till after Thanksgiving, but I am seriously thinking about putting up the outside lights tomorrow since the local meteorologist on tonight’s news pointed out that tomorrow will be our last warm day for quite some time. It doesn’t take me long to do this, but doing it in warmer weather sure beats doing it and freezing! I bout the TSV today on Q, the Stanley Fatmax power station. DS wanted me to get a similar one last year and I didn’t. Then when we had so many power failures this past winter and a dead car battery one time, he reminded me that this year we should get one. Since I don’t have a spare tire for our van, the air compressor might come in handy too. Hope things at work are looking up…. I remember well how stuff at work could just ruin my mood. I don’t miss that c@#p at all!

PandB – You are really rocking with the exercise and your healthy eating….That’s the combo that works! I hope you are able to post while your father is visiting. We are here to help you stay strong….not just on matters of diet and exercise but also with life in general. How soon does he arrive? I am thinking maybe tomorrow. Stay strong! We love you!

T – Hope that sore throat goes away quickly. Double woo hoo for exercising even with a sore throat. Way to go! I exercised today too even though I didn’t want to. I was home all day so I didn’t get to walk in any stores….that means getting on the cardio cruiser for now. I would like to start using my mini elliptical again but just can’t muster the motivation for that one yet….so the cardio cruiser it is. I do it with the tv on so the time goes by relatively quickly.

I was easily back on track with compliant eating today and got my exercise in as well. It was mostly a quiet day at home. I had one unexpected visitor drop by, a friend from my former church. He stayed a little while and went on his merry way. I served him a diet soda, and I drank a seltzer water with him. Tomorrow will be a busier day for me so time for me to sign off.


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11/11/14 7:23 P

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Hello:
Everybody sounds motivated and committed as we enter the holiday season.

A relative has her Christmas tree up already. I have taken mine out of the box and put it on a table in my LR; as I needed the space to clean my garage contents. Its not decorated!

Win for today--I lost a pound. I exercised yesterday and today; including the weight machines. I enjoy the strength straining. Skipped Zumba, didn't feel like stumbling through the moves for an hour. I don't have that Latin rhythm in me.

Have not been in a good mood; stupid stuff going on at work. I took a tranquilizer and went to bed early. Thankfully a binge was not triggered after I saw the email that put me in a very black mood.

Kitchen cabinets are cleaned on the outside so I am ready for the work this weekend. I will clean out my pantry and refridgerator tomorrow--will be less to do for Thanksgiving. I can't even find stuff in my pantry its so full.

Spark on and conquer those cravings!

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Wins for the day
Went to water aerobics, tracking food, drinking water

Isn't it funny - relatives bring out the best and the worst in us. I am far more critical of my family than of my friends. When my friends doesn't want to talk, that's ok but when a family member doesn't want to talk I get hurt and then want to know why. When my friend gets cranky that's ok, but when it is a family member I either flare back or bombard them with what happened, why, what can I do. When a friend says you are fat, to dressed wrong, or clumsy I think Wow, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, when a family member does it, I will either be crushed or combative. Maybe I need to start treating my family more like I treat my friends.

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Debby ~ Your an inspiration for exercise, I'm hoping that exercise will be more enjoyable when it's easier to move around (get some of this weight off). How was Interstellar? Congrats on 8 day streak and all your wins! Extremely windy in Woodland.

Tammy ~ Great job on your exercise. It helps me a ton to know that you don't like exercise either (I'm not alone). If there is one thing I learned from you wonderful Sparkers is to get back on track asap, making the time off plan the least amount of time as possible.

Marlene ~ Taste of Home has a ton of recipes that I want to try ~ thanks for the tip!

P&B ~ You've done awesome - I hope the scale reflex it tomorrow! Is your dad here this week? I learned that no one can make us feel bad unless we allow them to - we choose how we respond to every comment. Easier said then done!

Cat ~ Great decision tea! Are you still on your walking streak?

David ~ I need to switch from diet shasta cola to water. I'm going to try the vanilla seltzer if I can find it. I tried the berry seltzer and didn't like it, the lime was ok. I wonder if the Good Will has scales?

Linda ~ How are you today? What a fun 2015 trip to the Redwood Forest in Calif.

Losses today
Unplanned sore throat - LOL
Drinking a ton of diet shasta cola, feels good on sore throat
Not tracking food


Wins for today
Walked 7 min on Tread Climber (didn't let sore throat be an excuse)
Tracking steps

Blessings, T



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Hello Sparklers,

Compliance Monday was a success. Ate within my calorie range, drank 8+ glasses of water, walked 5K+ steps, went to water aerobics, earned my balloons and even vacuumed the house. The scale has been kind this week and I am on track to have a loss tomorrow. I am focusing on that and getting to TWOterville to keep me motivated.

Thank you all for your support regarding my father’s upcoming visit. You are all so wonderful and understanding. Thank you for reminding me that I do not have to take his criticism to heart and that I have the right to tell him how his hurtful comments make me feel. Because of all of your kind words I am feeling better about this visit. Thank you!!!

Be well,

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Debby – Wow you sure have a lot going on! I can’t wait to hear about your Disneyland trip. I visited Disneyland in 2009 and liked it a lot. In some ways I liked it even more than Disneyworld in FL. But I am a Disney girl at heart so I of course I love both places. Do you have plans to celebrate your birthday on Friday?

Linda – Sometimes it seems that I do better eating away from home than at home…Today was not a good day for me. I was busy and scattered and just wasn’t satisfied eating what I had so meticulously planned for today’s meals. I think I got too hungry after breakfast as I didn’t eat lunch till much later than usual and that started my non-compliant eating. As for Starbuck’s...the ones around here always seem to have some kind of fresh fruit on hand. Would that do it for you? All the talk about soft boiled eggs has me craving them….maybe tomorrow…but I always want toast with them which is not a good thing for me as it triggers carb cravings…

Cat- Woo hoo for you having the tea instead of a cupcake. That is fabulous! Way to go.

PandB – Yay for you for not having a weekend weight gain. Will be cheering for you to have good results when you weigh in on Wednesday. Housecleaning is another good way to burn up calories….so that plus your water work outs and your steps….seem to be a formula for success.

T – Good for you for at least getting in some walking. Don’t sell yourself short. Every bit helps.

David – How did you do in cutting out the sugary sodas at work? Have you ever tried the seltzer that we keep mentioning to you? Or the diet soda? Just don’t overdo it with the diet soda. It is better than regular soda but not if you have too much. Seltzer water is great if you like it. Some people feel it is an acquired taste…but I have always liked it… cold and carbonated…and no sodium (most diet sodas have sodium)….and no sugar or carbs. Give the seltzer a try….there are various flavors so you might have to keep trying till you find one or two you really like. It also comes in unflavored as well.

Well today I did great with my exercise…one of the best days I’ve had in a long time (you all know I hate exercise, right?). But I strayed far off plan with eating. And then I got so busy I didn’t even track all my food….this is the first time I haven’t tracked every morsel in ages. But it is a safe bet that I greatly exceeded my calorie range today. So I am moving on, fresh start tomorrow.


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Busy Busy Monday, I could have done better with exercise, did walk once but not twice so did half the walking. I'll catch up with you all tomorrow. ZZZzzzzzzz

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Lots of activity today. I, too have been active, getting my exercise in, eating right all day, tending to kitties at Petco and deciding what time, guys and I are. going to the movie (my son's day off) tomorrow. We all want to see Interstellar - (SciFi bunch here)

Cat - the Califonia and Oregon/Washington coasts are all great whale watching areas. The grey whales are most common to see and they migrate south in the fall and back north to Alaska in spring. You would want to get a whale watching tour, though, as they're not seen too frequently from shore. Northern California (Eureka - I was married near Eureka on a rock over looking the ocean, Crescent City area), where the redwoods are, is some of the best viewing area during migrations. As to driving and RV on 101, parts are fine, some are a little more narrow and windy, but a smaller RV should have no trouble and the views are spectacular. With a whale watching trip you may also be lucky enought to see blue whales, but you'd probably only see Orcas if you come up to the Puget Sound in Washington and north. And good for you for getting your walking in.

Tammy - great job on getting through your challenges yesterday. We all have to deal with the things that life brings, including luncheons, eating out and other varied temptations. You seem to have a good handle on how to do that

Linda - you're a lucky woman to have your family around, even with all the ups and downs that brings. Your discussion with your daughter was an important one to have. I know my dad had talked to us often about what to do when he was gone, including last wishes, funeral wishes, etc. As hard as it was to lose him, at least we knew what he wanted and knew he wanted us to get on with our lives.

T- you're still doing great. I love that you told your husband and son to make sure those cinnamon rolls were gone pronto. I tell my husband and son things like that all the time. They're good enough now to ask if it's OK to bring certain things into the house.

Marlene - busy, busy. Your place to going to be fantastic by the time you're done. And, you're still on track and going to be at goal pretty darn soon. (Soon in the weight loss business means weeks, not hours LOL)

P&B - I'm sorry your father's visits are a stressor to you. I remember my dad having habits and quirks that I sometimes found irritating, but nothing like what you're talking about. I'd give anything to have back now, though. Luckily for me, my dad was a loving man that I always looked up to. Hopefully your sister will provide the buffer you need and remember, no matter what anyone says or does, you still have the choice to accept or reject any criticism. They can say it, you don't have to own it.

David -I've said it before, and so have the others. Diet soda would be better than sugared, no soda would be better than either. Water is the best and if you want carbonation, try seltzer . It's also cheaper. Switching that one habit can save you a ton of calories, not to mention all the other nasty stuff in sodas. I hope you find a good scale. I find Amazon.com has a lot of stuff for good prices, too.

My wins for the day:
*Yet another day on track - that makes eight in a row (with a 50 cal blip the other day). Scale is down 1 1/2 lbs. since I issued the challenge to maintain or lose between then and January 1.
*Worked through a tough workout even though I didn't feel like it today. Really didn't feel like it!!
*Traffic was moving smoothly through rush hour trying to get to Petco and back. Couldn't have asked for better

Time is passing by so quickly. Just four weeks til we leave for Southern California and visit friends and Disneyland for a week, and only a little over two weeks til Thanksgiving. Not to mention my birthday on Friday. Yikes! 59! When did that happen?!! Thank goodness I'm nearly done with Christmas prep and shopping. Just gotta get the decorations up Thanksgiving weekend, bake and decorate gingerbread houses, and mail out packages. Not any more than usual. My title at work used to be Forest Planner. I still plan - a lot.

Let's see how we all do tomorrow.

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Linda - Hubby and I plan to see both the Sequoia Forest inland and the Redwood Forest coastline. Don't know the best time to go coastline to see the whales. We went to Alaska during August for our 25th anniversary a while back and missed the whales.

We also need to find out if towing a travel trailer down Hwy 101 is a good idea are not. We have heard conflicting advise.

What city did you see whales?????

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Cat - are you going to see the coastal redwoods or the sequoias that are inland or do you plan to take in both? If you are on the coast plan on bringing jackets even if you come in the summer. You will have great fun on a whale watching trip, even if you do not see whales you will usually see dolphins and the ocean is always a treat. I love going when the baby whales have been born and they travel with their mothers. However the greatest show I ever saw was when there were no babies and 3 whales were breaching over and over again. It was absolutely awesome. Take the hikes on the nature trails - totally worth it.

T - you are a real winner on your Thanksgiving success. You managed food and family.

P&B- it is funny, my father was really sarcastic. When he was in his late 50s he had a mild stroke that changed his personality for the BETTER!! Many people get meaner after a stroke, not my dad, he got really nice. I do not understand why some men equate tough with mean. The toughest two men I ever knew - one had been in WWII and the other was an army ranger - both were the politest, kindest most soft spoken people I meet. They had nothing to prove and were completely comfortable in their own skin. I hope things go well with your father. Remember, he will always think of you as a child that needs to be molded not see that you are an adult that will shape your own destiny. That is just the nature of fathers and their children.

Tammy - I need you to channel me and help guide my eating decisions when I am away from home. I did go on line to get healthy options at Starbucks (no problem with the coffee- always black no sweetener, hot or iced) but their menu is challenging.

David - hope you and your wife and that granny have a wonderful day tomorrow. I will add my own vote on water. I do better whenever I have water nearby. It helps me with not drinking calories and with not over eating. It has saved me more than once.

Happy Compliance
Spark On
Linda

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Go ahead … ask me … did you walk today???? Yeppers!!!! I got up and did it first thing … 3 days in a row now. I’m on a roll.

The kids all came to the house yesterday and we had crock pot stew and cornbread. They all had a cupcake and I had a cup of hot Sweet and Spicy tea by Good Earth. GS had a melt down and it was interesting to see how DS handles it vs DIL. Then GD had a melt down ... DIL wants GD to start talking more. The baby says very, very few words at ~18 months … but then her big brother talks for her. DIL wanted GD to say "up" before she would pick her up. GD refused and screamed and yelled. DIL told her she had to leave the room if she was going to scream ... so GD did ... only to come back and them repeat the same scenario over and over. What a hoot. GD wouldn't do what she was told about talking but she would do what she was told about leaving the room.

Hubby and I have decided to go to the Redwood Forest in California for our 2015 just for fun trip. We are researching when is the best time to go ... I would love to see the Gray Whales. Those of you on that side of the world … any pointers????

T – Whew, you got a lot accomplished for y’alls Thanksgiving day. Hope MIL is doing better. I love your note to yourself … NO “T” !!!!!!! WooHoo for getting in your walk yesterday … how about today?

Debby – WooHoo!! Sounds like you are gonna be a great cat adoption coordinator!!!!

Linda – make sure you have “you” time each and every day. If you don’t take care of you first you won’t have anything to give anyone else. It’s the oxygen mask story when traveling by plane … you need it first before you help others get theirs.

Scrimp – sounds like your kitchen is almost ready for your updates. And WooHoo on eating half of your Chinese meal.

TammyAnd – You have got to be the eating away from home goddess!!!!

David – make sure you get in your water … it will make the cravings for soda sooooo much easier. Did you get the day off with your wife???

P&B – please know you’re a worthy woman with many, many talents and attributes. My father had the same response to his “jokes” … he was toughening me up. My dad died from cancer 23+ years ago. When he was diagnosed I had not been in my parent’s lives for 2 years even though we lived just 15 minutes apart. My dad was told he had less than 2 months to live. I went to see my father and told him I could be a part of what was left of his life … or we could say our good byes now. He actually cried and told me he wanted me to forgive him and hoped that he would see me … often. He lived 10 months and I saw him 4-5 times a week and he was a prince towards me … though he continued to be a b@tt to everyone else including my mom. Lesson Learned: speak up for yourself. You do not have power over changing someone … they don’t have power over you unless you give it to them. I will be thinking of you.

Wins for Today …
Walked first thing.
All the laundry is done other than what hubby and I have on right now.
I have already drank half of my water.
Got rid of 6 pair of crop pants that no longer fit … and won’t next year for sure!!!!!!


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11/10/14 12:19 P

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Hello Sparklers,

WOW lots of postings over the weekend. My weekend went well. Kept my eating under control and got 5K+ steps in each day. My weight stayed the same over the weekend which is good. Often I bump up a couple of pounds by Monday morning. But, now it is Compliance Monday and that will get me back on track. Official weigh in day is Wednesday, so I am hoping for some good results by then.

This week will be a challenge. I’m stressed out about my father visiting Wednesday - Friday. My father is a big bully that delights in putting down people who are overweight. Luckily my sister will also be here Thursday night. She will make a good buffer.

SCRIMP - Thank you for your support. I’m sorry to hear that your sister is so nasty. I think that this visit I really need to calmly express to my father how his comments hurt me. Part of the problem is that he feels he is doing absolutely nothing wrong. He describes his bullying as “joking around” or “giving you a hard time to toughen you up” and that it is all in fun. Well, it may be fun for him but it isn’t fun for the person on the receiving end.

TAMMYAND - The sad truth is that my father is a very unhappy person and he lashes out at others to make himself feel better. Overweight people can easily be picked out in a crowd so they are a perfect target.

DEBBY - I think I agree with Dr. Oz. Much of eating disorders is about maintaining control over your own life. Whether you choose to not eat or to over eat, it is one choice that only you have complete control over.

T_JOURNEY - Congratulations on your Thanksgiving success. You did wonderfully and should be very proud of yourself. Then to top it all off you got to see the Seahawks smash the Giants. YIPEE for that.

CHANGE - You can do this. Small steps. Replacing soda with water is a great place to begin. Water is healthier and easier on the wallet. Maybe buy a refillable plastic water bottle to always have with you. Get one with your favorite sports team or charity and then think of drinking water from that bottle as a way to show support for that them.

Well, need to get going. Have to vacuum before everyone arrives this week.

Be well,

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David - I hope that you got a day with your wife. I am also climbing out of a hole I dug for myself. Today is the start of a renewed commitment to success for me. check out ebay for a scale. Watch out for shipping charges. Overstock sometimes surprises you too. You have motivation to succeed, otherwise you would not be here, so I know that it will happen for you. The stars will align.
I had my healthy breakfast, soft boiled eggs, with cooked spinach, tomatoes and onions on the side.

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I feel in a deep hole but will try today while at work to skip the regual sodas and replace/drink more water.
I don't have scale at home, and one at work has been on the fritz for weeks so I don't know my current weight. It would be nice to have one at home but can't find one in price range I could afford that registers over 300. If anyone knows or has any suggestions it would be great to hear from you.
I've been a bit surprised that its not gotten really busy at work yet with thanksgiving around the corner.(grocery store). You can tell everyone is trimming back spending this year.
I'm still learning to use my new cell phone. It runs on windows 8.1 or8.2. I don't know for sure witch. I'm glad though to have a working phone. Its like everthing else you may use or have, you don't think too much about it until something happens and its gone.
They are working on changing schedules at work as a couple people were let go yesterday. I actually may be off tomorrow. That would be awesome as my wife works for a credit union and banks close for holiday(veterns day). We don't have a day off together so this would be nice.
I see alot of people here have really overcome many obstacles. My hat is off to you. I'm hoping one day soon ill too post of starting to achieve goals and start dumping some of this weight.
Well,here's to start of another week. Everyone have a great day
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