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Scrimp - First of all a big emoticon to you. What an achievement. Though you have passed me up, I'm not at all sad about it. I'm so happy for you. I'll get there and your success will help spur me on to join you at the finish line in the not too distant future.

TammyAnd - Renovating can be so frustrating. I need quite a bit done here but don't have the funds quite yet and when I do, I'm a little afraid of what might happen with any contractor. I had a friend a few years ago that had a contractor walk out on her with all of her money and the job only half done. It sounds like you're getting back on track with that, though. And, wow, you've managed to stay on track with all of that stress. How great is that?!

JustMe - small world, isn't it? I didn't spend much time in Phelan, but I sure know where it is and what kind of traffic you were facing the other day. I enjoyed living in SoCal and would have stayed had it not been for some really nasty pieces of work for bosses for my husband. It worked out, though, as we're in a place we really love now. I will be down your way in December, though. I have a lot of friends to see and I have to spend a little time at Disneyland. It's been over two years since I was there and I'm so ready to go back. I'm so glad to hear your headache is gone and that your tooth extraction went well. Hopefully you'll be back to normal in no time.

Mtn_Kitten - I'm guessing you didn't spend quite a million dollars (Ha!), but I know you spend a bundle on good healthy foods. I'm glad to hear you're adjusting your diet to include those important healthy complex carbs. I also hadn't eaten salt in anything for a long time as I had high blood pressure problems with my first pregnancy (I was also pretty overweight) and developed high blood pressure in my early 40's and stayed that way until I lost the weight in the past year and a half. Now I have to add salt into my diet as I have low blood pressure because of my healthy weight and how much I exercise. Your upcoming trip sounds wonderful and possibly challenging. You'll do fine, though. You've already proven you know how to keep dropping weight and getting your exercise in when you're traveling.

JoeJoe - congrats on another drop in weight. You'll look so great for the wedding. I'm glad you love teaching. My daughter likes teaching, but not necessarily the politics that comes with it. She's finishing up her Master's this winter (graduates in February) and is now looking into a PhD program with the hope of maybe teaching college level. I'll bet your classroom looks great. I always loved going into classrooms that were decorated in a way that encouraged me to learn. I'm excited about my hiking trip, too, just eight weeks away. And a trip to Yellowstone National Park the second week of September, too, where my husband and I hope to hike quite a bit as well, though maybe not as arduous hikes at Mt. St. Helens. One of my friends told me that if we felt any rumblings while were on the mountain to RUN!!!

Aunt Alice - I understand about the not being able to resist the jam. For me it's not a big temptation, but for some it would be huge. I'm giving quite a bit away, too. My family loves it for Christmas presents. Good for you for getting board and making the commitment to get healthy. We'll always support you in that effort. I hope your insulin adjustments work and you get back on track with healthy blood sugar levels.

I got my exercise in, as usual and ate fairly well - within my calorie range anyway. Could have been balanced a little better. The flight attendant with the uniform that needed tailoring came by to get her clothes and was really happy with what I did. I have never done any sewing for pay before and only wanted to charge her $10 - it didn't take me very long to fix what she wanted done - but she insisted on paying me $20. Maybe I should go into business. Then talked for awhile to my daughter. She's been struggling with weight issues and other problems for many years. She was an athletic and healthy weight girl until she hit 19 years old, then suddenly gained over 60 lbs. within about four months with no changes in eating habits or activity levels. Doctors have poo-pooed her complaints for years, telling her to eat less, exercise more, etc. There was nothing wrong with her. Finally, the doctor she has now has been looking at her food diaries, exercise habits (she swims daily - about 2+ miles at a time), and has realized that something is drastically wrong, since she is eating right and exercising a lot. She's finally being tested for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It's a condition that often causes sudden weight gain and difficulty in getting it off, very difficult to deal with hormone issues, and often leaves those who suffer with it with very kinky curly hair (which she has, but did not as a youngster). It also often leaves sufferers infertile. Maybe she'll finally get some answers. It's not curable, but it is treatable. Her blood pressure is also through the roof, probably because of her weight and the stress she's under with teaching, drama, swim team, and working on her Masters degree, and she's only 30 yrs. old. Clearly, I'm a little worried about her being so far away and not being able to help her. I have high hopes that this doctor is finally going to be able to help her, though. I'm OK with her not having children, if that's how this turns out, but not OK with her suffering.

It's late and I need some rest. I'll catch up with everyone tomorrow. Good job on all of the successes everyone.





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Hi everyone!! It's been a day or so since I have been on and as always things are busing all over! emoticon I have been having problems with my blood sugars and the dr. finally got back to me with some insulin adjustments.

Liinda - I love berries with real whipped cream but I have 'settled' for no fat cool whip. emoticon I know that is not the same but it is okay. I guess berries by themselves woul be better (or in a smoothie)

Moving me - I hope you get better soon! we are all worried for you! Just get your rest and keep the fluids up. Take care of yourself!

Sue-I freeze my blackberries, blueberries and raspberries the same way. The only way I will eat them besides fresh.

Deb - I used to make jam like you but couldn't resist it. I am a diabetic and it was just too many carbs.

Scrimp - congratulations on your weight loss. You are getting closer!

Tammy - sorry to hear about your reno's. At least the younger brother turned out good!

Cat - I lived in Colorado in the 1950's. I lived in a little town called Dillon. I hear it is under a dam now. Ah! the memories!

I am back on track now. Found my mojo! hope everyone has a good night's rest. emoticon

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Debby, I love teaching, but it is a lot more work than most people realize. I am so excited about your hiking trip. Sounds like you have a great training regimen.

Tammy, I love the "fresh" haircut feeling. I am so sorry about the cost overruns on your renovations. It is bad when you feel like a friend is taking advantage of you!

Linda, Glad your headache is gone. It must have been the tooth!

Marlene, WHOO HOO! 100 pounds gone. That is SO impressive. Good for you!

Cat, Haha! A million dollars, huh? That sounds like on of my health food store trips. I love the different herbal teas.

I've had a busy day again, finishing up my room decorations. I still have to get my teacher desk and files organized and hook up my microwave. But, other than tossing empty boxes into the dumpster and giving everything a last minute dust/vacuum, I am ready! WHEW. I've decided I "overdecorate." But, the kids really love a bright, colorful environment, so I'll probably continue to do so.

I've had a headache since this morning. I'm going to check my bp and make sure that's not the problem.

Tomorrow, I take my youngest back to Auburn! I'll miss her, but she'll be back in two weeks for the wedding.

Take care, everyone! I am going to go ride my bicycle. Tonight's offering while I ride, "Rizzoli and Isles."

Blessings and peace, y'all!

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Linda - I think I will be ok with the other project (kitchen improvements) because it is his younger brother who will be doing it. I know the younger brother (age 53) much better than the older brother (age 55) because the younger has done work for me previously and is nothing like his older brother in terms of personality, style, etc. When the younger brother did other work for me, he sort of didn't even want to take money from me, didn't give me a price, and said just pay me whatever you want to. So for the kitchen project I asked him for some real numbers, which he gave me, and which I will be able to afford after I get all straightened out from the exterior work. Thanks for your concern. I am slightly less grumpy now and just sort of sad that the older brother is doing things this way.

Still sticking to my eating plan and not even tempted to stray from plan.

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So water aerobics this morning and had the tooth out about half an hour ago. It was really easy. Hope the healing is the same. I am sitting here biting on a piece of gauze. No exercise tomorrow at all as per dentist instructions - but I can do some walking. My headache is gone that I have had for 4 days. There is a fire somewhere in the area, it is smokey.

Congratulations Scrimp - A great milestone! You prove it CAN be done.

Tammy so sorry about your improvment project - I know you had more planned and now you cannot trust this workman. I would be grumpy also

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We went to the health food store in the Springs today … spent a million bucks. We have one called Mountain Mama’s … I love it. Got the Dandelion tea doc recommended and I am fixing to drink it. Because you steep a dandelion and a peppermint tea bag together in 16 oz of hot water, add 1 tablespoon of cranberry juice no sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice no sugar … I don’t know what the dandelion tea would taste like all by itself. My ring is back to spinning around. The scale is being mean though.

I do not add salt to anything I eat. I haven’t for a kajillion years. I had toxemia with DS#1 and was taken off all salt, salty foods and canned goods which I have maintained this practice more times than not since. I have drunk 2 1/2 quarts of water a day since that time as well (10 cups). But I upped my water as well.

Added 2 complex carbs a day … well not both of them yet. I did get in one yesterday and have one planned for dinner tonight … small baked sweet potatoe. Bought some more quinoa today at the health food store … black vs red. JustMe we plan to cook it in ˝ chicken broth Low sodium, ˝ water with onions and garlic tomorrow.

Walked indoors today on the treadmill and sweated like a goat. Hmm … I don’t sweat when I walk outdoors here … hubby thinks it’s because it is so cool even in the summer. Our highest is 80 degrees.

We will be leaving Aug 21st to head towards St Louis to see DD and gang. This will be the first visit after she had a miscarriage in April. We will be taking a week to get there so we can stop and piddle along the way at historical sites for hubby. We will be in St Louis 2+ weeks and then take a week to piddle towards Trinidad to see my BFF of 30 years for a couple of days before getting to Dallas to spend 2 weeks with DS. Then we will take a week to come home celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary along the way home. We took the trailer in to have a short list of things done today. Dang, every time we go out in the trailer for an adventure we have things to fix on it.

JustMe – WooHoo! DIL was appreciative. How’s the tooth … I mean the hole where the tooth use to be??? Did you get up every hour and move that gorgeous body of yours???

JoeJoe – WooHoooooo! Kicked another pound to the curb. You are gonna look spectacular at DD’s wedding. We want pictures!!!! I hear ya on the sugar subs. I used store bought low cal Gatorade but googled home recipes and will be making up some.

Debby – Y’all all feel like friends to me. And I love catching up with everything everyone is doing. I have been a part of a lot of sites on SparkPeople but NONE compare to this one. Thank, thank you for sharing the info on the G2 Gatorade and the carbs. It makes sense … but I didn’t think about it. I have been sooooo carb phobic that other than fruits and veggies I was not getting any on regular bases. Have your ever made your own sports drink? How many more days on the meds for your shoulder??? Are you moving forward with going to an acupuncturist?

TammyAnd – My doc is great and she is Asian. She is a pint size dynamo! She is really into nutrition, body movement, peace of mind and joyfulness. When I had breast cancer she was amazing and when I fired my oncologist she pointed me to another amazing health conscious doc who happens to be Asian as well. You chomp here all you want to … instead of chomping on anything edible. How frustrating. Maybe you should sit down with the guy and make sure y’all are on the same page.

Scrimp – Let’s strike up the band, get a parade going … you made me cry. I am sooooo happy for you!!! You are awesome. Keep telling us your secrets so we too will get rid of all our baggage. I am soooo proud of you.


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Marlene - Yay, Woo Hoo, Yippee, and any other expression of celebration you can think of! Congrats on the 100 pound milestone. Can you see me smiling all the way from Pennsylvania??

I am well on track today and continue to move a lot as I have the opportunities to do so these days....not too many activities that require me to be sedentary lately. The weekend will be another story when I travel to Ohio by car on Friday and return on Sunday...lots of sitting then. I am in a bit of a grumpy mood however...the guy doing my home improvement project (my neighbor's son...this is what he does for a living....windows and siding) told me today that now as he nears the end of the project (which has been going on for over a month) he needs an additional $700 to finish everything. That is on top of the extra $600 I gave him a week or two ago when he told me he made a "miscalculation." I know that the original price quote he gave me (in writing) was quite reasonable, Since then though I gave him an additional $500 because he "forgot" to include some things. Ok, people make mistakes...I can live with that. But today when he said he needs $700 more I just wanted to cry. I gave him $300 that I had on hand because I am going away this weekend. I told him I don't have any more $$ now. It's touchy because his mom is so sweet and such a good neighbor. Also, he had guaranteed me that everything would be finished by today, and of course that's not the case.
Well thanks for letting me vent here. Better to vent here than to turn to processed carb comfort foods I think.
Have a good evening everyone!

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Hi:
Sorry I have not been posting since the weekend, but I have been so preoccupied with home renovation plans and also work.

Today is the day--Its official--I weighed 183 twice--Saturday and today emoticon emoticon So I have lost 100 pounds. I started at SP July 9, 2013; at 283 pounds, for those new to the group.

Its a huge accomplishment, but I want more pounds lost so I will not lose focus.
My new goal is to be 179 by the end of August. Given that its been slow going lately, that pace to lose 4 pounds should be about right.

I couldn't have done it without your ongoing support and encouragement; and I sincerely thank all of you for putting up with me and my obsession with the scale and my weight.

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Debby - I live just above Lytle Creek. I live in Phelan on the South side up in the foothills, near Serrano High School.

Tammy - I did not get my walking in since most of the day was spent behind the wheel. But dong okay with the others - up a little late - doesn't it feel good to get your hair cut or your nails done, just to take a little time just for you?

Talk to you all tomorrow after water aerobics (morning) and tooth (afternoon)

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Debby – Glad your energy has returned and that you had a good day. You are such an active person that I am sure a down day goes very much against your grain. Preparing for your hike sure is demanding. Kudos to you for tackling such a task

Joann – Hooray for you…losing 1.2! You are well on your way to making your goal, especially with all the steps you are getting in.

Linda – I would never ever dream of driving in Southern CA. You are amazing (and brave)!!! I won’t even drive in the Philadelphia area which is the nearest big city to me. Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Good luck with your tooth. By the way, love the pic of your granddaughter…I enjoy Disney, especially watching the faces of the children. How are you doing with your 6 “to dos” today?

Sue – I like the idea of eating a lighter evening meal as well. When I am doing well, this is what I try to do. Night time eating used to be my biggest downfall, and often when I have a slip up it is related to night time eating. But on my really strong days, my evening meal is often a light one.

Moving – I give you credit for posting here even when you aren’t feeling well. That suggests to me that you are indeed serious about taking this weight loss journey with us and hanging in there! Good for you. Hope you feel better soon.

Cat – I am impressed that your doctor is well versed in nutrition and exercise. I have found that many physicians are not. I am so happy that you called the doc and are taking his/her advice to heart. I was really worried about you.

AuntAlice – I like to freeze berries too. Then in the winter, I have a little taste of summer.

Numbers – Is there a name for the eating plan you are using? How do you cope with hunger on such a low calorie plan?? Do you have concerns about the sodium content in the Jennie-O products? I like them but not the high sodium in most of them.

Sandy – Woo hoo for you for surprising yourself with how well you did while camping. Keep that momentum going now that you are home!

Feralauntie – Remember we are here to support you as you jump back on the healthy lifestyle train that we are all doing our best to ride. Good for you for already planning to do your Yoga exercises.

My day went well….moved a great deal….stayed on plan….drank my water (never a problem with that). I got my haircut today too.

Here’s to a great Tuesday!


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Good evening everyone. I see you're all busy, as usual. It's so nice to come here and "chat" with friends after a full day of activity.

NumbersCount - woohoo on the weight loss. It's a good thing you're being medically supervised. That much weight loss in such a short period of time could be dangerous for some. You're doing it the right way and you're doing great. Thanks for sharing the great information about how some restaurants have interactive nutrition information on their websites. I wish they all did that.

Itz_Sue - you're right to not let the scale control you. It's funny how we let things control us when it's really us that chooses not to take control of ourselves. Good for you getting back on track

AuntAlice - blueberries are good. We planted three bushes last year and have had a small harvest this year. I'm hoping they produce more in the future as they get bigger. Our strawberries and raspberries went nuts this year, though. We had plenty of those and lots have been frozen to use through the fall - maybe longer, but not counting on it with the hungry people in my house. Blackberries are available just about anywhere around the Pacific northwest. They're an invasive plant and we just go to the roadside across the street to pick them. I like to make jam for Christmas presents and for my boys to eat with their peanut butter sandwiches and toast, so now we have lots of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry jam for that purpose. There are still lots of blackberries on the vines to ripen, so I plan to freeze a bunch for the next months.

Mtn_kitten - I so enjoy reading your excerpts from Linda Spangle's books. They really ring true. I'm also glad you saw the doctor. He/she was right about needing extra water and carbohydrates for energy when you up your activity. I drink at least 10 c. of water a day and usually at least one or two G2 Gatorades. I have developed low blood pressure as a result of losing so much weight and exercising so much. The G2 helps me maintain the electrolytes necessary for my blood pressure. Otherwise I get very light headed and could fall over from dizziness. You can increase your calories form carbohydrates with quality carbs. High fiber, whole grain, complex carbs - those from fruits, veggies, and whole grains will do the trick and give you the energy you need. From your description, you were eating way too few. The only energy your brain can use is glucose - and that comes from eating carbs. I'm glad you found out and are working on getting to a good balance in your diet.

JustMe - glad you made it through the traffic in SoCal. We used to live in Redlands and I commuted to Lytle Creek for the first few years and then to San Diego for the last 7 months we lived there. My husband had to commute to Arcata for the last few months we were there. So, your description of the route you took was great. We, too, say things like take "the 5 to the 205". And I recognized all of those routes and was thinking how lucky your were to not hit more than one "traffic jelly" as my kids used to call them. And, how wonderful that you DIL was so appreciative. My energy is a little better today, though, since I'm still taking the muscle relaxants, I'm still a little tired. It's the meds for me. Hopefully, they'll not be necessary in the not too distant future. I hope your headache resolves soon. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow when that tooth comes out.

Moving4Me - So sorry to hear you're still ailing, but hopefully the meds will kick in and help you start feeling better soon. I get it about the vertigo. I have a middle ear condition that makes me dizzy a lot. I've had it for years, so have learned to cope, but it can make a person feel pretty lousy. I hope you feel better soon.

JoeJoe- My weren't you the busy bee today. Great job on staying off the scale and seeing a great result. WooHoo for you. I see you're the type of teacher that actually works outside of the regular hours that people seems to think teachers work. I have so much respect for teachers and the hours they work. I don't know any teacher that doesn't work through the summer to some extent, spend extra hours getting their classroom ready for students to make the learning environment that much better, and devote many hours outside of the scheduled work time to make sure their students get as good an education as they can provide. Thank you for all you do as a teacher.

I've stayed pretty good today. Could have done better, but could have been much worse. I got my exercise in and half way through realized that my energy was pretty good. I was enjoying it today. I've been so tired from this pinch in my shoulder and my meds that I hadn't been having a very good time lately. But today I felt good and strong. I'm really trying to build up my endurance and strength for the hike coming up at the end of September so uphill I went on the treadmill - 15% slope at 2.6 mph for 45 minutes, then did a hard strength workout for another 45 minutes. I might have to go up to Beacon Rock and go up and down that a few times to train. It's a .9 mile trail that climbs about 900' in elevation to the top of a rock that overlooks the Columbia River. It's only about 10 miles from here, so completely doable for some training. Probably should carry about a 20 lb. pack with me when I do it as that's what I'll have on the hike up Mt. St. Helens (gotta carry lots of water - it'll be lighter coming down the mountain).

Well, that's it for today. Take care everyone. I hope tomorrow finds everyone in good health and ready to face whatever challenges come your way.

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Well, I stayed off the scale for a week...so no ups and downs this week....just a DOWN 1.2 pounds! Only 2.4 to go to my first goal and I still have 2 weeks and 5 days to get there. I can do this!

I went to school today and worked on setting up my room. I was there from 7:30 - 4:45. Then went to the hospital to visit a friend. Already had 6700 steps when I got home, and I haven't been on my exercise bike yet. Getting ready to do that while I watch Major Crimes. My stamina has definitely increased over the past 3 months!

Linda, Good job on getting your exercise in early despite the energy lag. Do you take B vitamins? I am NOT envying your drive, but glad it went smoothly. How nice that your DIL was appreciative.

Debby, Your meal sounds scrumptious! I love blueberries and strawberries together.

NumbersCount, Yay! Applause for your awesome accomplishment. 51.2 pounds in 12 weeks is wonderful! I'll bet you CAN repeat! :) As long as you're medically supervised I think you have to do what works for you.

Sue, Sorry about the scale. It will catch up as long as you continue to stay on track.

Auntalice, I like to freeze fresh berries also. They taste like summer, don't they?

Cat, Glad you got hold of the doctor. Does the low-cal Gatorade have an artificial sweetener in it? Sometimes those can really make me swell.

Moving4Me, I so hope that the meds will kick in quickly and you will get to feeling better. Sending prayers for healing and well wishes your way!

Well, I am going to ride my bike and watch Major Crimes. Love that show.

Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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Miracles do happen. I drove to the airport on the 15, the 91, the 55 and the 405 going 65-75 the entire time and then did the same thing coming home. At the end of the day my DIL who has been snippy hugged me and told thank you "I do not know what I would do without you. You always come through when I need you most."
So yes I am feeling much better. Tomorrow is tooth. I had delicious chicken vegetable soup for lunch and a yummy carnitas taco. So did okay there also.
Happy Monday all
Linda

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Hello Everyone!

Alice: blueberry picking does sound yummy! I think blueberries are my favorite fruit. We even planted a few little bushes in my raised flower bed .. Haven't gotten too many 5-6 so far but they're new plants .. So maybe next year! Thanks for the freezing tip .. I'm going to try that.

Cat: boy isn't that the truth .. Reward ourselves because we don't get rewards from other sources .. I wish I could get to the place in my mind where I don't need rewards from others at all .. It can be so disappointing. Thanks for compliment on the photo. I snipped it from a group shot from my Aunt's birthday party yesterday .. Normally, I take the photos, so there are not many with me included .. And when I am, I'm too critical of how I look … I thought it would be good to start getting my picture taken so I can see the changes as I lose the weight. I agree with you .. Tracking honestly shows what we are doing to ourselves .. Good and bad!

Linda: thank you too for the compliment on the photo .. I like to think that I am kind, but not sure about fun .. I'm kinda shy really. Good thinking putting 1/2 of your meal in the togo container right away .. Then we're not tempted to overdo. Sometimes a tooth can cause sinus issues too .. Be well! Drive safe on your airport trip.

Moving4Me55: keeping you on my prayer list until we hear some good new from you .. Take care of you!

God Bless you all!
Sue

I did pretty good so far today .. and it almost 5pm ... do I smell victory??? Small dinner planned, so I sleep better and feel better in the morning. G'nite!

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Clinic now added 2 more meds. Now taking 3antibiotics, 1 for vertigo, and another for something else. Going to lay back down. Still told unknown infection. Take liquides and rest.

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Good Morning Friends,
I will be driving to the airport (75 miles one way and back through Orange County traffic) - I hope my DIL appreciates this.
I seem to have a constant headache lately. It goes away in the night because I take a pain pill the dentist prescribed, but then it is back in the morning and with me for the day. Again I am hoping it is tooth related.
Cat - I am glad you are contacting your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Auntalice - my favorite berry treat is certainly not on any of our healthy eating plans; fresh picked berries in heavy cream. So yummy, so bad. It take a great healthy ingredient and sabotages all of its benefits.
Sue - thank you for the measure reminder - if I eat lunch out my measurement will be get the to go box first and put half of whatever it is in it. Sodium is a sneaky thief. It steals our success with water retention. I like your picture. You look like a kind, fun person.
numberscount - WOW 50 pounds gone - just think of a fifty pound bag of dog food - you have gotten rid of and do not have to carry everywhere!!!!
Debby - blackberries are my favorite - especially fresh picked. I hope you start feeling better. I can tell from your posts that you are out of steam. It is so hard to look back and remember energy. It just seems like you have always felt weighed down. this too shall pass. Sleep helps!
Joann - so glad you could have your cake and eat it too. Planning and sensible treating. I think that is a NSV
Wish me luck on my drive - 150 miles of he!!

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Ok ... doc said:

*What were you thinking not drinking enough water when you have increased your activity.
*Diluted sports drinks are a good idea when working out for an hour+ outdoors.
*Hypothyroid can be an issue concerning water retention. Stay at the alternating high and low meds and add natural diuretics: cucumbers, lemon, cranberry juice, dandelion tea, asparagus.
*What were you thinking not getting in enough carbs when you have increased your activity.

I have been eating the old Weight Watcher's program of counting food groups limiting my fruits to 2 (I can have 2-3 most of the time I have only been getting in 1) and leaving off the carbs (2-3 servings) just about all the time. I tracked my food intake for yesterday and barely broke 1,000 calories and my carbs were under 20%. This upset doc ... a lot.

Lesson learned. Take better care of myself.


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Lost more of my water weight … but not quite all of it. I will be calling the doc this morning just to make sure I am on the right track. Hubby, the doggies and I will go to the forest this morning. I will be taking diluted low cal Gatorade. Does anyone else drink this stuff????

Went to DS’s for a family potluck BBQ. He provided the chicken and everyone brought something. I took a jello fruit salad that hubby’s mom always made and my kiddos have grown up eating … jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, chopped nuts and cool whip. I also took a green salad and brought home an empty container. Stayed clear of the potatoe salad and the pineapple upside down cake. Fun was had by all.

JustMe – glad you found your tracker. I wear my pedometer all the time now. My son thinks I should get a FitBit but I am happy with my old timey pedometer. It tracks my steps, mileage, has a stop watch and a clock. What else do I need? Did you get up every hour????? I have made this my goal as well. On Sundays I barely get 1,000 steps in. It’s sad that you will be losing a tooth but it sounds like the inflammation is causing havoc with your energy. Drink lots of water to flush your system.

JoeJoe – Happy Birthdaaaaaaaay to you!! Great job on the single piece of cake. How are you doing on reaching your goal before DD’s wedding?

TammyAnd – we sauté onion, mushrooms, spinach and zucchini and then make into scramble eggs or an omelet most mornings. Starts the day with veggies. I just know you will reach your goals. Keep your eye on them daily.

Feral Auntie – The hardest part is the first step. I wrote down why I wanted to get rid of all this extra weight. When I have moments of “what the heck” I re-read my list.

Numbers Count – Yipppppppeeeeee! You broke 50 pounds gone forever. Ouch! Your program is pretty strict. I am glad you are under a doctor’s care. I assume you are taking good vitamins to round out your nutrients.

Itz – Sue – I love your updated profile pic. You will get back on track.


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Eating as a reward - excerpt from Linda Spangle's Life is Hard Food is Easy

At the end of a hard day, you may feel you deserve a reward for your efforts. But in fact, no one even seems to notice your efforts. You simply want to be noticed and appreciated. When no one acknowledges your efforts, you feel empty and disappointed. So you reward yourself … by eating.

For many people, food as a reward started in childhood. Maybe you were told, “be good and I’ll give you a treat.” Perhaps you’ve set up your own reward system. By promising yourself that you can eat afterwards, you motivate yourself to clean up the yard or study for an exam. You may even convince yourself you “deserve” food because of what you accomplished or the efforts you made.

But rewarding yourself with food is a hollow victory. In reality, you would much rather be noticed by the people you worked so hard to please. If only your boss would commend your work or your spouse would express appreciation, maybe you wouldn’t feel so compelled to reach for a food reward.

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mmm! Blueberry picking! yum!! I freeze mine on a cookie sheet than put them into bags. That way I can use them in smoothies or topping of a sort or even as a sweet I can pop in my mouth! What a treat! I do the same with raspberries. I wheeled out on the deck yesterday and took pictures of my flowers before they were all beat down from the rain. Well, I hope everyone has a fine day!! emoticon

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Hello Everyone .. I just have a few minutes, then I'm off to work, so I thought I'd just check in. I had a pretty busy weekend and thought I was watching things (the ones that go into my mouth) well, but was very disappointed with the scale .. up 1.8 lbs. I really think it is a water weight, due to popcorn and watermelon "binging" the last couple days. I'm not letting that scale control me .. the plan for today is back on track .. eat what I should be eating everyday .. and no substitutes for the next few day .. one day at a time! I'll try to catch up later today, and let you know how today goes.

God Bless you all!
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I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks; I'm just constantly running, or so it feels. I have tried to at least keep up with reading posts even if I couldn't respond. I've been really tied up with work (almost lost an employee - but fortunately everything worked out), kids, and helping a dear friend buy a house and get it ready for occupancy. She's excited and a bit freaked out- she doesn't handle change without a big dose of anxiety. She recently broke up with her fiancé so this is pretty big. I've been spending lots of time with her helping her make decisions and rational purchases. She moves in approx 2 weeks to start life anew.

I weighed in yesterday hoping to get to a total loss of 50 lbs because it represents a pretty big milestone. So happy to say that I did it. I actually lost 51.2 lbs in 12 weeks. I've worked hard! I hope to repeat for the next 12 weeks - all I can do is try.

I think mtnkitten asked me from my last post what program I follow. Im on a medically supervised program because it's a VLCD (very low calorie diet). I wouldn't recommend it for anyone without working with medical personnel. I go in every week to make sure everything is in check. I consume about 600 calories/day - all my own food (I'm allowed between 600 and 800, but rarely go over 650). I also have to eat back any calories I burn off due to excercise. The idea is cut back on base metabolic calories, so when I excercise, I do offset the calories burned by eating them back. I don't go for pre-packaged stuff. This is low carb - high protein. Don't eat any refined sugars, nothing white (no rice, bread, nothing high glycemic, etc) and I keep the net carbs under 30g. I drink between 11-13 glasses of water per day. I eat out and I cook, but I stay within the numbers. Things like asparagus, raw spinach, chicken, and Jennie-O turkey products are some of my best friends. I eat a variety of foods, I'm just careful about it. Even my teenagers like what I cook (I add more side dishes for them since they can have breads, pastas, etc.). And yes, sometimes I get real hungry (as in, Hungry enough to chew off my left arm), but most of the time, I'm ok. Thank goodness for SP. I weigh everything I eat (preferably in grams) when I'm home and I usually bring my lunch to work. When I go out to eat, I look up the menu online first and prefer to go to places that offer interactive nutrition menus. They show the nutritional info for dishes and it updates when you change the ingredients (like leaving out the cheese, etc.) Applebee's, Jason's deli, Wendy's, and even McD's- to name just a few, offer this. For exercise, I walk. Later I'll add other forms of exercise, but for now walking as fast as I can for as long as I can is the plan.

I'm fortunate that my colleagues are ok when I say that I'd love to go to lunch, but I have food restrictions. We've been able to pick places where we can all eat.

I'm also fortunate to have all of you. Your successes and challenges are a source of encouragement for me (especially when I'm thinking about chewing off that arm!). I will do my best to post more consistently, but even when I can't, please know that I'm reading your posts and thinking of you. I'll catch up with everyone a little later this week.


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JustMe - I know how you feel about lack of energy - though in my case I'm sure it's the muscle relaxants. Hope you start feeling some energy soon.

I'm just checking in quick after a long, busy day - mostly cooking. I went blackberry picking and came home with lots of berries. I turned them into jam and pie (my boys eat these things) and enjoyed some berries myself. Also made a good dinner of weight watchers turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes (made with only skim milk), and parmesan zucchini. I didn't get enough sleep last night, though, so am feeling pretty wiped out.

Well, off to rest. I'll catch up more tomorrow if I have the energy.

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Still fighting a lack of energy. Went to water aerobics, made my 6000 steps, then came home and slept for an hour. Tomorrow I am going with my DIL to take her brother to the airport (city driving). I hate it. There is a reason why I Moved to the country.

Snapdragon 0 good for you on handling the camping. NSV! They add up over time

Feralauntie- are you a little wild or is it because you are a helper of feral cats? Glad you are here with us. Hope you find that DVD, because I guarantee it will show up the second you order a new one.

Now I need to get to be by 10, did well on weighing and measuring.

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Sandy, Welcome back! Glad it was a good trip.

FeralAuntie, Sometimes it is hard to get started, but maybe you can make just one goal a week. For example, make a goal to record all your food for a week, or to drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week. Then, add another healthy living goal the next week. If you don't do it all at once, maybe it will be easier.

Linda, Hope your throat is feeling better! Thanks for the mustard green recipe. Mustard greens are one of my favorites. My mom won't eat them. She likes turnip greens! :)

Alice, good to see you on the board.

I had a wonderful birthday. I went to a store that sells individual cake slices. Instead of buttercream icing they use KoolWhip. I was able to purchase an individual slice of cake, so no leftovers to deal with! Yippee!!! I did not overeat at all, so I feel good. And, tomorrow is the end of my "stay off the scale for one week" challenge, so I will weigh in! Hopefully, the scale will reflect what my body feels. :)

Back to my classroom tomorrow to start getting ready for the beginning of the school year! Wow! Summer flew by!

Blessings and peace, y'all!



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I did my better than I thought I would while camping will try and catch up on all the posts tomorrow.

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It's not hard to eat right. It's not hard to exercise. What is hard? Breaking out of habits. It comes down to the habits we have created, what we've allowed our bodies to crave when we're sad, angry, happy, or depressed. And there is only one way to break habits: STOP.


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Mustard Greens Recipe
INGREDIENTS
• 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 pound mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
• 2 to 3 Tbsp chicken broth or vegetable broth (vegetarian option)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
METHOD
1 In a large sauté pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant.
2 Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted. Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper


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Thanks to everyone who included me in their posts. Am having a tough time starting this mission, probably because I have so much on my plate ( no pun intended) now. I am trying to locate my yoga for arthritis tape but the way the restorators packed my things it's impossible. I'm going on Amazon and Order the DVD again. It's too hot to walk some days even in the early am, so I must get started with indoor too. Thanks again for your support. Linda

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Happy Sunday all - enjoy
back to water aerobics today. Picture is of my youngest granddaughter. I am lacking in energy, but am motivated. I do not even know what I did yesterday I was so tired. This has been a week of no energy. I am hoping that it is tooth related and once I get the tooth pulled I will go back to normal.
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I want a milk shake so bad. But I know it is not really the milk shake I want - I want to cold-cold sensation on the back of my throat. I think I will pour some soda water over some ice. My throat is scratchy and hot.

Good night all and good living

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Hello. I have been reading all of your posts the last few days....you are a very busy and caring group! I am hoping to get to know all of you. I have not participated in a while. Hope every one is doing well.......you have a lot going on. emoticon

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Scrimp – You are absolutely right that social eating challenges are going to be with me as long as I keep active with my charitable groups…and I don’t plan on dropping out of any in the near future at least. I do well applying the principles of the 17 Day Diet to the best of my ability when I am “in control.” Great that your repairs are done. Such a good feeling! I admire your decorative flair. I have never had any confidence in myself in that area….always second guessing my own taste/choices. But I did buy a new light for my kitchen when I was at Lowe’s so that is progress for me. Don’t laugh, but the comforter and bedskirt I have in my bedroom are almost 16 years old (purchased at an outlet for very low prices)! I just love them and have never been even interested in anything to replace them.


Joann – Sorry about the loss of your nephew’s father. Diabetes took its toll on my dad too. (He died at age 71 and really tried to do everything right in terms of eating and exercise.) I am with you 100% on the sodium in restaurant food. This is one of my all-time huge pet peeves. Linda (Justme) mentioned to me that in some restaurants you can ask for a no-salt grill to be used in preparing your food. I have started telling the servers that I am on a low salt diet and would appreciate no added salt for my food. Not sure if they follow my request or not, but at least I am trying. My sodium problems continue however when I am at functions where the food is prepared buffet style and I just have to select from what is available. God bless your mom. She should be an inspiration for all of us! You sure have a lot going on lady! Please remember to take time for yourself with all you have to do.

Linda (Feralauntie) – Welcome to this thread. We are an active group who are all at varying stages in this weight loss journey. Lots of support, caring, and ideas here...enough to go around for everyone. Looking forward to sharing with you as we move forward.

Sue – We’ll be here cheering you on as you work toward your birthday goal. Woo hoo on your 5000 steps. I’m not there yet but working on getting there.

Debby – I am happy that your shoulder is improving. You have such a gift with your sewing skills. How nice of you to help out the flight attendant. My neighbor has been my seamstress for years. Soon she will be moving and selling her sewing machine, so I will have to find someone else to sew for me. Her work is flawless as is yours I am sure. I wish we had an IKEA in our area. We don’t. The closest one is over an hour away. Maybe that’s good thing for my pocketbook! You know, I used to hate giving presentations when I worked and had to do so on staff development days or for parent groups, etc. But now, with my various charities and organizations, I don’t mind at all. I don’t ever seek them out. I am asked to present here and there. And I am glad to help others because I am (believe it or not) trying to scale back my involvements a little.


Linda (Justme) – A church friend just gave me a zucchini so I am going to make your delicious sounding recipe! Congrats on keeping up with your goals and reporting on them here. We are here to cheer you on as well.

Cat – I don’t like all that swelling you reported. Even if it is better, I hope you talk to your doctor about it. My friend, please realize that we care about you and want to be sure that you are ok.

Moving – Please let us know how things went for you when you went to the clinic.

Sandy – Hope you are enjoying your camping trip. Woo hoo for you for packing healthy snacks….that is a great healthy lifestyle approach and will help get you where you want to be.

After a restless night (lupus related) I slept off and on this morning till a phone call from a friend in need required my attention. By then I felt well-rested. When I eventually got to my housework I had energy and felt good. Took care of things at home and then shopped (and walked) at CVS and the grocery store. I moved a good bit today and am totally on track with my diet. I am so happy that I have no food challenges (that I am aware of at the moment) until next weekend when I will be traveling for one of my charities…just a 3 day trip (Friday to Sunday). I am ready for the food challenges but won’t get much moving in as we will be driving all day Friday and Sunday.
So, here are my recently clarified goals:
– To lose 30 pounds by Christmas. More is better, but I want to be realistic too.
– To do at least 10 minutes of exercise every day (I usually do this anyway…and more….but I have joined a challenge on one of my other teams and that is the challenge…at least 10 minutes per day)



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Just flying in to say hello! We went to the funeral this morning, then out to lunch with my family. Tomorrow is my birthday, but we had a nice family lunch today. Now, we are helping our youngest daughter get all of her college stuff out of the attic. She is a resident advisor at Auburn University and she has to report back for her training week this coming Wednesday. It makes me sad when she moves back, but she will be back in two weeks for her sister's wedding. Speaking of which, I will be in Nashville this weekend to pick my oldest daughter - the one getting married - up from her summer job. She works for Lifeway Christian in the summer as a CentriKids camp counselor. She is on a travel team and spends all summer traveling around the country. She will only have two weeks before the wedding once she gets back. Whew! Well, I've got to go help out with the packing! I will stop by for a longer visit after church tomorrow. God bless y'all!

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Love you all - the reminders help so much - I went to water aerobics and when I changed out of my suit I forgot to put my tracker back on - realized it when I got home and thought I had lost it - found it loose in my tote bag.
Yes - so far walking every hour, thanks for the measuring reminder - I would hove forgotten it at dinner

Cat I am still worried about you - it is so easy to do a quick "fix" and not address an underlying problem - I hate going to the doctor's - but it is sometimes necessary

Scrimp - I know what you mean about the fried fish - I do not miss fried chicken, but fish and chips that was a special treat I only ate when I went out now I just have to make do with lobster (glad I do not like things dipped in butter)

Sue - great work on the 5000 steps - sounds like you are having a successful and enjoyable day

Debby - what kind of purse do you carry? I used to have a lot of shoulder pain and then I went from a heavy shoulder bag to a small cross body bag and have not had any pain in 10 years.

Moving - I hope you are feeling better. Have they put you on an antibiotic yet? Sounds like you have a secondary infection that needs attention

Linda - I am Linda also - I am sorry you are having problems with your arthritis. Can you find acupuncture pressure points and may be do a little self help?

I feel better after exercising
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Doing better on the water retention issue. Go to the doctor … nay not when you have the internet. This is what I found:

*If you work out for more than an hour you need to drink sport drinks to replace your electrolytes. I just drank some low cal Gatorade getting ready for our walk and will be taking it with us like recommended.

*When you increase your exercise time your body retains water due to the extra exertion. I went from 45 to 1 1/2 hours and from indoors to outdoors. This takes several days for your body to adjust.

*Water retention is a symptom of hypothyroid … low thyroid. We lowered my meds.

We walked for an hour and 15 minutes covering 3.25 miles today in the forest. I drank diluted low cal Gatorade before, during and after the walk ... 32 ounces. It's supposed to taste like blueberry and pomegranate. Yuk! I usually just drink clear water. My hands swelled a little before I stopped walking but not like swollen sausages that were going to burst like before. I have kept on my shoes and propped my legs up like was suggested. My shoes feel a little tight but not like vise grips. The scale showed 1 ˝ lb drop … just 3 ˝ more to get back to where I was.

JustMe –Did you get up and walk every hour today???? DD’s oldest son is/was allergic to peanuts. He out grew it like the pediatrician thought.

Moving – What did the doc have to say after your trip to the ER??

Itz Sue – You are doing good staying on track. You want to reach your goal for your birthday. You CAN do it.

JoeJoe – Your mom goes to show ya we can change for the better at any age. I drank cucumber water yesterday … thank you for the suggestion. Sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

Debby – I agree that our journey to healthy is 100% attitude. We have to change the way we think about all kinds of things to get to where we want to be. What a wonderful thing for you to tailor the flight attendant’s uniform. I like to sew but tailoring to fit was never my strong suit … no pun intended. Glad the shoulder is better.

Scrimp – Sounds like you are on a roll with the home repairs … and kicking those pounds to the curb.

Change your mind … and the rest will follow.


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Good Morning
I feel so much better now that my box bay roof/interior drywall was repaired and painted. It was worth the cost. Then I had them fix two other things that had been bugging me--replace 2 cracked tiles in my hall bath floor that I noticed about a year ago (I wonder who cracked them it wasn't me emoticon ); and he re-attached a kitchen cabinet door with a broken hinge.
I still have 3 big repairs to do: Need to get my shower wall repaired and get a new frameless shower enclosure installed ; install recessed and pendant lights in the kitchen and get ceiling repaired/painted; get rotting wooden deck repaired. Then that's it! I refuse to spend anymore money other than maintenance.

I will spend the day looking at kitchen lighting and choosing the pendants.

Anyway, I seem to have lost a pound. I have been eating properly and most importantly not going overboard on my evening snack food foray.

Just me--The Asian Vegetable recipe reminded me of a simple recipe--sauté your choice of veggies in a bit of spray/olive oil in a small wok. Use a little broth/cover as necessary to prevent sticking. When done (there should be minimal liquid), over high heat stir in 1-2 tbsp. of "House of Tsang Korean Stir Fry Sauce" to coat veggies and turn off heat.

Really good. Most supermarkets carry stir fry sauce in the Asian section.

I have been craving a big fat fried fish sandwich.

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Hello Everyone!

Joann: Good for your Mom! My Mom is 81, and uses a cane, and probably soon will use a walker. She too should keep herself moving, but all the aches and pains really slow her down. She's never been very healthy. It worries all of us. Thanks for the clarification on NSV. Sometimes, I need a data dictionary to keep up on the acronyms. Sorry to hear of the loss in your extended family. 65 is pretty young, that's very sad for those left behind.

Linda: Good for you! 40 mins of strength exercises AND some walking. I'm gonna do my "soup can and stretch band" workout today now that I'm so inspired. Thank you.

DEBBYHS: 50/50 exercise - Wow! That is something to be proud of. Taking the time for yourself, and keep going .. Great! I used to sew .. Many years ago .. Was never real good at it, and I got too frustrated, so I gave up .. Working full time all my life never gave much time or ambition for hobby stuff. I get by with my computer hobbies and other things.

Cat: How true is that? We do think of some great excuses to eat, and overeat. My favorite is the "garbage disposal" syndrome. I hate to through food away .. So I would eat it. Now I try very hard to buy just enough for a meal … very few leftovers, or I plan the leftovers for the next day's meal to finish them up. I'm working on training my hubby for the same thing. "Let's not cook for an army when there is just 3 of us at home now." Thanks for sharing your book with us. I know that something's work for some, and other's need different solutions. My plan to target MY solutions, even when other disagree.

I'm feeling strong and inspired today (thanks to all of you!). I got a good night's sleep, the aches and pains are slight today. I even went for a walk outside before it got too warm and muggy…. 5,000 steps on my tracker. I've stayed under that 240 mark all week. Yahoo! And to top it off, my hubby only works until 3 so we can have the evening together. Looking forward to the day!

God Bless you all!
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… btw .. Linda: MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE .. That's what we do! emoticon


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It's a new day. Isn't that nice? A start over, a new beginning. Today is planning day for me. Tonight is roast chicken with roasted root veg. It is one of my go to meals. I hate getting stuck in a rut, but sometimes a rut is comfortable and an easy ways to eat healthy without having to think about it.
Today is water aerobics and a trip to the super market for fresh fruits and veg.
Have a great day - enjoy and live life well.
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It’s not my fault - excerpt from Linda Spangle Life is Hard Food is Easy

Sometimes we use food as a way to get a break from the demands of life. But rather than admit we simply want to eat, we create excuses to justify our behavior. Do any of these sound familiar?

I was on vacation or out of town.
I had people visiting me.
It was my birthday.
It was my husband’s birthday.
My mother is sick.

Who came up with the rule that you have to eat cake for every one’s birthday? If your mother is ill, does that mean you can’t take care of yourself? These excuses make as much sense as trying to talk your way out of a speeding ticket by blaming the person who was tailgating you.


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Mtn_Kitten - swelling like you've described is not at all common or usual due to exercise. Please get it checked out. Sounds like something is out of whack.

JustMe - so sad to hear about your grandson's peanut allergy. That can be so serious. My daughter is highly allergic to mosquito bites and must carry an epi pen everywhere - as your grandson will, no doubt, have to do in the future. She's also allergic to cinnamon (as am I) so we both have to constantly ask if food has cinnamon in it before even tasting. Sounds like you've had a good day with your new habits. 40 minutes of strength is plenty. Good for you.

JoeJoe - I'm sorry to hear of your nephew's wife's father. My father also died at 65 years old from a stroke - a direct result of not taking care of himself with diabetes and other obesity related health issues. It's very sad when someone dies too soon. On a more positive note - it's great that you're sleeping better. Getting to a healthier weight definitely helps that.

Itz_Sue - I'm convinced you'll make that 20 lb. goal. You have the right attitude for sure.

Moving4Me - It's good they found the infection. It didn't sound like just a high blood pressure thing - though other health issues can raise blood pressure. I hope you're feeling better soon and that this doesn't hit you too hard financially. Please take care of yourself. It's much easier to focus on dropping weight and exercising when you aren't sick, too.

SPDragon - enjoy the camping. I also love camping and usually find lots of ways to get some movement in when we're out exploring the areas that we camp in. Four dogs in tow also need lots of walking.

FeralAuntie - I hope you keep coming back to this thread. We are very supportive of each other and, like you, I think most, if not all, of us have had struggles with getting our weight down for much of our lives. Many of us have been fairly successful and others are getting there. We'll help as much as we can.

Scrimp - soldiering through the last pounds is right! They are a real struggle and I find it so easy to get complacent because I feel and look so much better. We'll make it, though. As to the people that tell us not to lose another pound, we need to tune them out. We know where we're at and why we want to get these last pounds off. Exercise is definitely still important, but nutrition is the key. My trainer once told me that losing weight was 70% nutrition and 30% exercise. While I agree that nutrition is an important part of the puzzle, I think attitude is the most important. Keep up our attitude and determination and we'll make it.

TammyAnd - if you want a really good walk, go to IKEA. That'll put the steps on. Lowe's is a great idea, though. Home Depot would be equally good for putting steps on. Good for you for always finding ways to get your steps in in a way that works for you. Sounds like you have some real skills at putting presentations together and helping others to be able to do it, too. I'm sure your friend appreciated your help.

My shoulder's a bit better today than yesterday, so I'm hoping that it'll get completely better before too long. Still looking into acupuncture to help as well. Once I get through the meds, I'll look into it if it hasn't completely resolved by then. I got my 50 minutes cardio and 50 minutes strength exercise in today, at well within my calorie range and generally feel good about staying on plan. I picked up a little sewing to do for a flight attendant that I met at our local dog park. Their uniforms don't always fit them right, so I told her I'd help her tailor it to fit better. She has chickens so brought me a nice gift of a dozen eggs from her organically raised, free roaming chickens. They're always the best.

Time to get some rest. I look forward to seeing how you're all doing tomorrow.

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Heading for bed. Did pretty well today - 40 min of strength - weighed and measured, got up and walked (this is a big one, movement more than exercise is what I am missing) , tracked everything, and will be in bed by 10.

Science is amazing - they found the peanut allergy by a blood test and eggs as well.

Joann- your mom sounds amazing.

I hope each and every one of you with health problems and/or pain can find some relief. It is so tiring to live in a constant struggle.

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Good evening, all! Hope you are all enjoying a relaxing Friday evening.

I have to brag on my Mom. We went to her doctor's office a couple of weeks ago. Mom uses a walker, but she is still mobile. She will be 89 in December. Her doctor told her she needed to start walking five "laps" through the house every day for a week, then add a couple of laps, and keep doing that. She does not want mom to lose her mobility. Well, Mom has been doing that. Today, we went to WalMart. The pharmacy is the first department inside the door. Mom usually goes there, gets her pharmacy items, and I do the rest of the grocery shopping. She sits in the pharmacy area and waits until I get back. Today she wanted to find some microwavable frozen meals. She walked all the way across the store to the frozen foods department and then walked all the way back! I estimate she did about 1,000 steps. I was so proud of her, and she was proud of herself.

Feralauntie, You can do this! I resist taking meds for my many conditions, but sometimes I have to give in and take them in order to get enough relief to keep going.

Spdragon, My husband and I were just talking the other day about how we've become so used to eating salads every day that we actually crave them when we don't get them! And, I've noticed that I'm not craving sweets. Enjoy your camping trip!

Cat, My feet and ankles did that one time at school last year. The doctor said I was retaining fluid, but it was not as severe as what you are describing. I agree with Linda, you need to get a doctor to check that out. Lemon juice is a natural diuretic as is cucumber. You can infuse water with cucumber and lemon and drink it as a natural diuretic.

Linda, So sorry to hear about your grandson's peanut allergy. How old is he? How did they discover it. It seems more and more common these days.

Moving4Me, I am so sorry you are struggling. I am praying for you. Hopefully, the doctor can help you. Please know that we are pulling for you!

Sue, An NSV is a non-scale victory. Since I'm staying off the scale this week, I'm counting my NSV blessings every day emoticon I think your goal of two pounds a week is doable. My doctor says 1-2 pounds per week weight loss is ideal. I've only got 3 weeks to reach my first goal of 260. That's the goal I set for my daughter's wedding day.

I, unfortunately, have to attend my nephew's wife's father's funeral tomorrow morning. He was only 65 years old, but was diabetic and would not take his medicine or eat properly. My nephew and his wife were in Sydney, Australia, on a business trip and her dad died unexpectedly. She had already lost her mom to cancer several years ago. It was all so tragic.

Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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Hello Everyone!

SCRIMP1: I agree .. Children are joys in our lives no matter what path we are on. Baggy undies is definitely something to smile about ! And Good luck with your home repairs. Hang in there and keep doing what you're doing .. That 185 will get bored and go away.

JUSTME9898: I'll join you in the weigh and measure everything. I hope you don't get to obsessed with it all though .. I know I tend to be too hard on myself sometimes. I can be more forgiving of others than I can of myself. Take care of you .. God would want you to do that. I look at everyday as a new beginning. Asian zucchini sounds very yummy .. And not too difficult. I'm gonna try it. In fact, I have started a recipe collection document of your veggie recipes. Thank you.

DEBBYHS: glad to hear the pain is subsiding for you .. I'm with you that I don't want to take meds that make me drowsy .. I've slowed down enough .. If I get any slower, I'll be going in reverse!

TAMMYAND: I like the "Lowes" walking idea … with the heat, and mosquito's in my area, I don't like to walk outside, and my old treadmill is lost in the basement of spider webs still .. Dancing in place works for me sometimes.

Joann: I always struggle when we eat out too .. Even if I eat a salad with no dressing. Do you think they might sprinkle some type of preservation on the salad greens to keep them fresher, and the chemical might have a sodium in it .. Who knows what they feed us these days! OK .. What does NSV mean? Glad to hear your sleeping is better .. I've notice that my apnea seems better .. I'll know more when I see my doc (I think in January). It would be great to not have to wear a mask at night.

FERALAUNTIE: welcome back .. I think I recognize your name from a while back. This is a great group to update with .. Great support, common sense .. SparkPeople is a great tool to help all the way around.

SPDRAGON: good for you and your hubby .. I think support on the home front is outstanding .. With him and all of us backing you up, you are bound to be successful.

MTN_KITTEN: asparagus, celery, watermelon work for me as diuretic .. Otherwise, keep pumping in the water, and keep in touch with your doc … such extreme swelling might be a warning signal to a health issue. Take care of you!

MOVING4ME55: sorry to hear of your health issues .. Keep questioning them, and keeping track of your symptoms to help them correctly diagnose those .. You shouldn't be feeling so miserable. Take care of you.

I've been doing okay the last couple days .. Very busy at work, and then very tired when I get home. Looking forward to some relaxation this weekend .. But NO SLACKING off. I've set a goal for myself to try to lose 20 lbs by my birthday (Oct 2) .. That's only 2 lbs per week .. I should be able to achieve that right?

God Bless you all!
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Just short stop by. I have been pretty much in bed the past week. Felt bad headache pressure, dizzy, nausea. Went to clinic as I had mentioned and given bp pills. 2days later was crawling to bathroom with dry heaves. Had to wake my wife. Was heading to car. Next thing was at er room. My wife said I didn't make it to car and called 911. Fire dept took me, as I was told because I don't remember anything about the trip. Tests out the wazoo... Bottom line all drs could say was yes, you are sick with some kind of infection. I'm going to clinic appt in about hr. Taking all Dr notes,copies of tests etc. This is really getting old.

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Cat - I think you should go see the doctor - unless you poured salt on everything this is not a normal reaction and needs a consult - it may be nothing at all, but it could be something serious

Yes I am on target today with walking and strength training

Just found out my grandson has peanut allergy. I use peanut oil and sesame oil for Asian cooking. Does anyone know the best manufacturer for pure sesame oil that is not manufactured in the same facility as peanut oil? I know that people who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to the protein and not the oil, but contamination of protein is always a possibility.

So recipe today is Asian zucchini
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 inch slices
2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tsp. minced garlic
ground black pepper taste
heat oil in pan until it ripples add zucchini cook about 5 minutes add rest of ingredients toss in hot pan and serve

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ALERT: Help!

Hubby and I walked for over an hour three days in a row outside and I woke up yesterday with my hands and feet soooooo swollen I couldn’t do much of anything all day. I could not put on my shoes!!! Every step I took I felt like needles were pricking my feet. Today is better but I am not back to “normal”. I gained 5+ pounds on the scale. I know its water … but dang. How do I get rid of it? Does this mean I shouldn’t walk so much outside??? What is a natural diuretic? My tummy is so bloated you would think I was 15 months pregnant.

Debby – I am glad you got in to see a doc. How is the shoulder? Girl you are right back to exercising. I am proud of you.

JustMe – I love your story about your hubby. I am sooooo sorry he is gone. My hubby and I will be married 38 years in Oct. I vaguely remember a time when we weren’t together. Did you get up and walk every hour today????

Itz Su – glad you side is better. Our clothes fitting or becoming looser is great.

Scrimp – baggy drawers!!!! WooHoooooo!! Sounds like your home repairs will get you closer to the home you want. You and Debby are our mentors of how much this journey is worth it.

TammyAnd – way to go getting in the extra steps at Lowe’s. Every step counts.

JoeJoe – get that beauty sleep. As someone who has had extreme insomnia … sleep is a gift. It is mandatory to hubby’s mental health to get consecutive hours and nights of sleep. His brain needs it … so do ours. AND our bodies.

Dragon – Waaaaaaay to go getting fruits and veggies for your camping trip. Walk, walk and walk some more on your trip. Get out and see the world.


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Everyone is so busy and has so much going on in your lives. I enjoy catching up with all that is going on in your lives. My husband and I are heading off to go camping this weekend. I found while buying groceries this trip that I am getting more fruits and vegetables in the shopping cart than chips and nibble snacks. I like that feeling. When I asked my hubby what he wanted to munch on he said I don't want any "junk" foods. Hopefully we will get in some walking while we are out. Hope everyone has a successful wonderful weekend. I will check back in when we get home Sunday.

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My name is Linda, I am actually 67, but like your posts. I have great deal of weight to lose and have been trying to lose it for years. Hopefully SparkPeople will help. I lost my old insurance and can no longer use acupuncture so am on pain med for arthritis. I prefer no meds , I take allergy meds and don't like to take more.

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Good morning, Spark Friends! I hope this Friday finds you all alert and happy and ready to take on the challenge of weight loss in this food-obsessed culture we find ourselves in!

I have eaten lunch out twice this week and will probably have a few more luncheons before school starts back. We eat lunch with our students at school, so I always pack my own salads and have no problems staying on my program. The one thing I have noticed is the sodium content in restaurant food is through the roof! My doctor told me when I eat high sodium foods I need to add a couple of extra glasses of water to my daily total to flush it out, but I ate a restaurant salad yesterday, and I swear I still have the "salty" taste in my mouth today!

I do have another NSV to celebrate in my week-long challenge. I am celebrating that my sleep patterns have definitely improved as I've lost weight. Now, don't get me wrong; they are still not the best in the world. But, I would say the not so good nights and the bad nights are neared balanced than they have been in a long time. I'm hoping that soon the good nights will totally outweigh the bad!

Debby, So glad the doctor was able to help you and understands your fitness routine. That probably helped him in his diagnosis. Good luck on the acupuncture if you go that route. It has really helped me in the past.

Linda, I LOVED hearing your sweet memories of your husband. I know you must miss him terrible. Hugs coming your way! Your plan to get up and move every hour is great. I just read something yesterday that people who are healthier tend to be more active overall. Not just that they do an exercise routine, but that they move more often during the day. I may have read that on Spark. Anyway, kudos to you for working on your plan.

Sue, Glad your side is better. Maybe it was a pulled muscle since it has gotten better on its own? Yay on the NSV of the shrinking body making the clothes seem bigger! That's a great one!

Marlene, Haha on the saggy underwear! That's one of those we don't think of too often, but is a definite sign of weight loss. You said you are doing low carb. How many carbs a day have you found works for you to lose weight? I try to stay right around 50.

Tammy, I love walking through Lowe's/Home Depot. It's a great place to stay cool and walk, and I usually come away with a ton of great ideas for projects around the house.

I have to take Mom to the beauty shop today, then get the laundry and the grocery shopping done. Laundry/grocery are usually Saturday morning chores, but we have to attend a funeral in the next county tomorrow, so I'll have to double up today to get it all done.

I hope everyone has a safe, successful Friday! Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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Scrimp - my one hour is one hour total time probably in 15-30 min chunks

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Hello:
The repairmen are here and I pray things go well without a hitch.
I am holding at 185.
Debbiehs--We are both at 98 pounds lost! We must soldier through these obstacles for the last 25 pounds; and know that we can be an example to Sparklers when they reach this part of their weightloss journey. This is the time when the tough get going; and we CAN work through our respective plateaus/eating issues. Interesting in that its NOT the exercise that is the issue-but STILL it is how much and what we eat. Sparklers, at this point, its a fight to lose 1 measley pound, but both of us are not giving up; even though we have new figures. Eating is key!

The compliments I get are great, and to be honest, now that I am close--another 10 pounds will get me to where I will be very happy with my body--not 25. Some people have already told me not to lose another pound--no need. Those people are focusing on my waist, which has gotten quite small in relation to my hips.

Just me--I love your new strategy! The only thing I wonder about is if 1 hour of strength 3X a week, might better be broken up into a daily or every 2nd day of 20 minutes focusing on different body parts each day. Small chunks of strength work just as well; and gives you a chance to recover. But you know what you can handle. Its smart to refocus/ and readjust. Thats what I did earleir this year switching to Low Carb.

Itzsue--You ARE shrinking and seeing results. All you have to do is keep at it. You have such a positive realistic approach to weightloss.

Tammyand--Glad your friends presentation went well. So many work, volunteer, and social events involve food....I can see this will be your on-going challenge to manage. I see you have lost 37 pounds! Thats great! I saw those Hot Lines on QVC and they are so plain compared to the beautiful Highgate Manor 6 inch Lace trimmed sheet sets I get from HSN for $59.95 Todays Special. I am looking now for a beautiful Turqouise velvet duvet cover.

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Thank you Debby and Tammy - The only things I am going to do today are getto bed by 10 and do a stress reduction technique, since I did not come up with the list until this afternoon - but hopefully tomorrow is a new beginning

I need to make meaningful changes

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Lima Beans with tomato
• 1 tablespoon oil, olive, extra-virgin
• 1 onion chopped
• 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
• ˝ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
• Red pepper flakes to taste
• I Can Italian diced tomatoes (with basil)
• 1 bag frozen lima beans
saute onion add galic cook a couple more minutes - add the rest of the ingredients and cook until lima beans are hot and tender

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Sue – I agree with you. We are blessed in so many ways. Woo hoo for you on aiming for a daily 5000 steps. Glad your pain subsided. Make sure to pay attention though in case it comes back and you might need to seek medical treatment. I think of pain as the body’s communication mode. A pain usually means something…even if it is only , hey there, take a break or slow down or whatever. The stronger the pain, the louder the message is to me.

Linda – I feel relieved that you got an antibiotic for that tooth. Those infections can be nasty and get out of hand if not treated. I am glad your mouth feels better. I got misty-eyed reading about your dear husband. And I applaud you for being the wonderful kind of lady a prince like that married. Seems to me you two were truly meant for each other. What a blessing. Your carrot recipe is right up my alley. I hope to make it this weekend. Thanks again for what looks to be another winner. Your six daily “to dos” are good ones. Will be happy to support you if you want to report here daily on your progress.

Joann – I think a bra victory is one of the best NSVs there are. Bras are so darn expensive to begin with and then often are not flattering to the “girls” even when they fit right. So getting into one that didn’t fit before is a big deal in my book. Good idea to drink more water after lots of sodium. I get so annoyed about all the sodium in some foods.

Marlene – Woo Hoo on the baggy undies. That says a lot about how well you are doing. I think slimming down below the waist is a major accomplishment. I would bet that your working out has a lot to do with that. A younger friend of mine from church lost about 80 pounds several years ago and has kept it off (Weight Watchers worked well for her). But the most amazing thing to me is how her really large thighs, butt, and hips just about disappeared. I still marvel at her whenever I see her. I’m sure you will appreciate your repairs and renovations after they are finished, but the inconvenience of on-going work can be a pain. Bummer about the insurance not covering enough. They seem to get us coming and going. By the way, I think the TSV on Q tomorrow has to do with linens. Your shower plans sound interesting. I had to look up frameless shower enclosure because I wasn't sure what that is.

Debby – I am happy to hear that you saw a doctor and that you are feeling some relief. I understand about the muscle relaxants. I was on them many years ago but didn’t get the relief from them that you are feeling (because my problem was not muscle related and ultimately required surgery). You make me smile when I read that you went to a “senior” fitness glass. I think of you as rockin’ and rollin’ exercise-wise with the 30-somethings. I bet you could do it

Cat – Thanks for sharing Linda Spangle’s perspective on eating just a few bites. Her thoughts on this make perfect sense to me. I will keep that in mind as I continue to follow the “3 bite rule” which I learned through the 17 Day Diet. Good luck as you increase your exercise. You know it worked for you before when on vacation.

I went to the luncheon to observe one of our volunteers do his new power point presentation today. I helped him practice last night too. He had me worried for a while as I didn’t think initially he was confident enough, but when he presented today he did great and was well received by the group. The food at the luncheon was fine….salad, green beans, and pork medallions. I skipped the dinner rolls, white rice (didn’t even appeal to me) and the coconut cake (which did appeal to me but I passed anyway). I think I might have found a new good place to walk with a shopping cart….Lowe’s. I went there later today to pick out a new light for the kitchen and did some extra walking just because I could. I think I might have to go back there now & then just for a different place to walk. I am well on track today in terms of calories and my diet. It feels good, and soon I’m heading off to bed.


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OK JustMe - I'll be asking you about whether you're getting up and walking every hour (at least when you're awake). So here's the first question: did you get up and walk every hour today? I love your approach - getting us to help you in developing new healthy habits is a wonderful idea.

Scrimp - good for you on making it to the gym and what a wonderful feeling to be able to see yourself losing the weight on the lower half. You must be so proud of yourself. And, now that you have this stunning body, how great that you can wear nicer things to work and feel really good about how you look. Like me, you have a little more to go, but I think we can both relate to how much better we feel where we are than we did before. I hope your house repairs continue to come about without further problems. It'll be good to have it done.

Itz_Sue - clothes growing bigger? I don't think so - you're growing smaller. You have lost over 60 lbs. - the equivalent of 1 1/2 40 lb. bags of dog food. If you've ever lifted on of those babies, that's a pretty hefty chunk! Way to go!! Also, glad to hear that you are not hurting so much anymore. I don't know why our bodies just have to complain once in awhile, but we do move on and it sounds like you're doing OK now.

I'm happy today that the meds the doctor put me on yesterday have brought significant relief from the pain I had in my shoulder/back. It's not gone, but it's barely noticeable. Considering it was so painful that I was almost crying sometimes from it, I'm very happy. The only drawback is the drowsiness from the muscle relaxants. I'll give the meds a week and see where I'm at and if necessary, make an appointment with a local acupuncturist to help with a more long term fix.

As a result of feeling good, I did get back to the gym today and did 55 minutes on the treadmill at a 2.5 mph pace, 15% slope and went to my senior fitness class. Both felt good. I've also been right on track with eating today, so I'm feeling much better about that, too.

Not much else happening that's too exciting. Stay the course....


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Okay my friends I need help. I have a list of 6 things I need to add to my routine. I have done them before for short times, but never seem to see it into the long term. I am going to post them where I will see them when I wake up. but I need more than that. Will you please choose one of these things and every time you address me ask if I did that one thing? Anything else that you can come up with to help me make these things a habit not a trial will be greatly appreciated.

My new life style changes are
1. Weigh and measure all the time
2. Track EVERY bite, everything thing, every ingredient
3. Get up and walk every hour
4. Go to bed by 10
5. 3 days a week do 60 minutes of strength training
6. Do a stress reduction technique every evening

Six things that I think will change my life and my weight. Now all I have to do is do it. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
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Hello Everyone:
I have skimmed through all the posts and want to say thank you for the birthday good wishes. I have been busy at work. Now that we have moved to the main building I find people are dressed up more so I have been upping my game and going into my work instead of working from home.
There is a fabulous cafeteria there so I will have to watch it. I can usually be happy with buying some soup to add to my home brought lunch.
I made it to the fitness center 3 times this week. I can see my body slimming down below the waist so even though I remain at 185-186 I feel I am due for a breakthrough from this plateau.
I am having the work done to repair my leaking box bay window bump out roof/ceiling/walls--they start tomorrow and say that can drywall and paint all on the same day. Its costing me $975 to get this done. I also got my insurance check for the shower and kitchen ceiling repair. Not nearly enough its only 1/4 of what I need to pay so I am saving up for the remainder. I decided to get a new frameless shower enclosure (the existing is 90's bright gold metal) and new recessed and pendant lights in my kitchen ceiling.

I have no hubby and the only thing I can say about my ex is I am glad I have two sons and that I ended it in 7 years.
I had another NSV in that most of my underwear is saggy and very loose--now thats a true sign to me of having lost significant weight when stretchy material is baggy.

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Hi Everyone!

Quick check-in for me .. I did browse through the posts, but no time to answer each one .. have to go off to work .. maybe later.

My side is much better .. not really sure what it was .. it was so painful for 2 days, and the next day it was gone. I'm glad .. saved me a trip to the doctor. I do suffer with joint pain all over .. I'm sure it's arthritis, but don't want to have to have meds all the time so I try other home remedies (icing, heating, turmeric ..) It's not bad enough to do meds, just annoying on days.

I've been floating up a pound, down a pound too .... but my clothes are growing bigger, and that's very exciting. I know I have a long way to go, but I'm starting to feel like a normal person around others, and that IS a great feeling. I'm pushing to walk at least 5,000 steps everyday.

I'm taking control of me .. thanks to all of your encouragement, and daily stories.

We are blessed!
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Just Me - what a wonderful man your husband was. You are truly a lucky woman to have had a husband like that. Thank you for sharing your story.

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recipe
Mustardy Carrots
2 pounds carrots, peeled and ends trimmed and grated
5 tablespoons country-style Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 lightly packed teaspoons orange zest (from 1 medium orange)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
mix and leave in fridge for 1-2 hours
just before serving add 2 cuties or one can mandarin oranges


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So, while everyone is talking about their husbands I thought I would share a couple of stories about mine. We met when we were 13. We went together in high school then I went to college and he went to Vietnam. I was engaged to someone else and he was engaged to someone else. I had a flat tire on the freeway and he pulled up behind me and fixed it. We both broke our engagements and were married within 2 months. We were married for 37 years when he died.
Now what kind of man was he -
We were on vacation in Oregon and it was pouring rain. We were driving on a mountain road and there was a Lincoln at the side of the road with a flat and two very old people in it. He stopped and sent my daughter out into the rain to tell the people he would change their tire if they would pop the trunk open..He made my daughter do that because he was 6ft 4 and weight about 250. They stayed in their car and popped the trunk open. He got out in the pouring rain and fixed the tire. As we were preparing to drive away there was a tap at the window. The old man was standing in the rain offering my husband money. He said "Give it to the first homeless person you see." That was the kind of man my husband was.
When we saw people asking for money at the side of the road he would usually go through fast food and get a meal for them. Everyone knew he would come if they were in trouble and needed help. I miss him

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JoeJoe - at least you ate under your range. Good for you.

Cat - thanks for all your support. Your husband sounds wonderful. You're lucky, as I am, to have such a supportive and wonderful person in your life. My husband is just as good to me. There really are relationships meant to be.

I have had a difficult day with food. I think probably, because of all the pain I've been experiencing in my shoulder, I just didn't pull together the strength to care too much today. So I over ate. Won't be the last time, but fortunately won't be a repeat thing on a regular basis, either. Tomorrow's another day and I'm sure it will be better. Why? Because I'm choosing to make it better.

I did get to see a doctor this afternoon, though. I went to an urgent care clinic and was very lucky to get a doctor that actually sees me at the gym - though we've never met each other other than recognizing that we've seen each other. So, he's aware of how much I work out and what I do. And, he's in terrific shape himself. He immediately figured out where the pain was coming from and what was causing it. I have a muscle spasm that is going crazy. He's put me on anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants for a few days and highly recommends acupuncture. I think I've found an acupuncturist locally that my insurance covers, so will see if I can start treatment that way soon. I hope I get some relief from these treatments because it really, really hurts. I did skip my workout today, but hopefully will be back in action soon.

For now - I think I better rest as the muscle relaxants are really making me dozy.

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I ate near the top of my calorie range today. It's National Hot Dog Day. I went with a friend to a local landmark restaurant that specializes in hot dogs. I ate mine without the bun, but added onion rings on the side. Then, for dinner we ate fried fish - lightly breaded. So I ended up under my recommended top level of calories by 37 today! I think the important thing was that I logged all of my food and I stayed within my range. Most days I am on the much lower end of the scale, so I don't feel bad about the "splurge" today. I am concerned about all of the salt I ate today. So, I'll have to really flush my system out by drinking a couple of extra glasses of water.

Cat, your posts always make me smile! I love the story about you and your husband. My hubby and I will be married 25 years in February of 2015. We are both very independent also, but we work so well together. I am still as crazy about him now as I was when I met him. I tell him God knew I was a visual learner and my husband is my daily picture of God's grace in my life!

Well, going to ride the bike and watch Big Brother. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!

Blessings and peace, y'all!

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Hubby, the doggies and I went for a walk again today in the forest. 3 ˝ miles in 1 ˝ hours … same as yesterday. My eating is right on track. It’s been almost two weeks since I have lost any weight. I have watched the scale bounce up and down. I decided that I needed to increase my exercise. We’ll see if it works.

JustMe – Bummer on the tooth. I cried when I lost my first tooth … other than my wisdom teeth. Made me feel incredible old and like I was falling apart. God love you … you made me cry! What can I say about my hubby that doesn’t make me sound like a high school girl with a BIG crush? Hubby is my everything. We are very independent people, with minds of our own … but we are joined at the hip. He shared just today while walking in the forest … before I read your post … that he feels like he got his Catherine back. I have been able to participant in life alongside him. He felt like I had become very unhealthy, inactive and unhappy. He is sooooo happy to have “ME” back. How can I not love him with every cell in my body?

JoeJoe – Isn’t it wonderfuuuuuuul to be able to wear our wedding rings? And that too tight bra now fitting. I hear ya girl. I am almost able to remove an extension I wear in mine. Moving don’t listen to this part … because of two lumpectomies one side is pretty beat up. I wear a falsie to lift the tissue to prevent pulling on the upper tissue that suffered nerve damage during the radiation treatments. My back is wider than my front … so I have just about always worn an extension. I am one notch away from not needing it any more!

Debby – I want to see you cross the finish line. I KNOW you can do it. I increased my exercise time. I was so active during vacation … since we have been home I have not been as active. Lesson learned … I need to move MORE. While walking in the forest I try to keep up with skinny 5’11” hubby to my 200+ pounds 5’4”. Whew!!! I am moving!!!!! Don’t wait too long to get your pinched nerve looked at. I think putting our goals in writing helps and sharing them publicly can help tremendously. I shared that I wanted to be under 200 by my birthday … it’s looming.

TammyAnd – You are the bomb!!! You found a grilled chicken burger!!! And stopped with just a few bites of things you really wanted and enjoyed. This is one of the things Linda Spangle talks about in her book … if we really want something because of the flavor a few bites will satisfy it.

Itz Sue – sorry to hear your side was hurting. Hopefully it is getting better and better.

P&B – where are ya????

Trish – the same question … where are ya???


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Blaming - excerpt from Linda Spangle's Life is Hard Food is Easy

Wouldn’t it be nice if being overweight wasn’t really your fault? You could simply explain that you have a weight problem because your mother (or boyfriend or boss) always insists that you eat. But it doesn’t work that way. Any time you say, “I couldn’t help it,” what you really mean is “I didn’t want to help it.” And when you eat to avoid hurting people’s feelings, you hurt yourself instead. While blaming someone else for your weight problem might sound legitimate, it simply allows you to avoid taking responsibility for your own actions.


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PS - Why is the header black on this page? Never mind. Now, it's back white!

Edited by: JOEJOES1960 at: 7/23/2014 (10:08)
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