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Tammyand: How thoughtful and generous of you to offer! The answer is YES! And I promise I will use it. I'll send you my address; and I would also like yours for I have a few things I would like to gift you (surprise).



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Marlene - I have ITKWD on and off this afternoon, but I did order the Temp-tations Old World Silicone Baking Boards in blue. I don't have it on now but will switch back occasionally. Just had a long conversation with a friend from church. She went, and I stayed home because of the weather. She told me she had a rough ride home and that I made the right decision to stay home from church. The snow is coming very heavily at the moment. I have a kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment. It was part of the package at Kohl's sent to me for free. I am fairly certain I won't use it ever. It is still in the box unopened and untouched. I think all kitchenaid attachments fit all models. If you want it, I will be happy to send it to you. Just let me know.

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3/1/15 1:05 P

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Good Afternoon and Morning:
I have been under the weather with chest congestion.
I saw my spine doctor Friday. Officially I have Central Stenosis, with a pinched nerve at L3-L4. This is the source of the pain. After discussing options with the doctor, which included spinal fusion surgery; I have decided to live with this for a while as I have more good days than bad. I will not do surgery unless is absolutely necessary for my quality of life. The doctor agreed. He also said my neck stenosis has lessened; such that he is not as concerned and does not recommend surgery since my symptoms are minimal in my arms; and I am not having pain anymore.

Well its March 1 and I am back at 160. I exercised 3 times this week. Hoping to break through the plateau in March and lose 3 pounds.

Debbiehs--I should try to attend the Rockville High performance, its not that far away from me. Then I can take pictures of your dresses.

Tammyand--Beautiful handcrafted chairs! We had snow here too and now freezing rain. Watching ITKWD as usual. Last week I ordered a Emeril "cupcake" pan with an insert to make baked bowls for food. I want to make Hash Brown Bowls and cauliflower bowls. Dying to order the expensive attachments for the kitchen aid mixer--pasta roller and pasta press;; food grinder, and ice cream maker attachments. Sigh.

I went to my cousins in Washington, and had dinner and stayed to babysit. They have two adorable girls girls age 3 and 5. Their parents went for a much deserved night out with another cousin who came in town yesterday.

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Celebrated GS’s 4th birthday with pizza and cake. I am not a cake eater … so no problems there for me. Pizza … well now that’s another story. I got a 2”x2” square and then ate a huge salad. It was a good day.

WooHoo … I went the whole month of February on track … eating and exercising!!! Yeah ME!!! I have gotten to where I don’t weigh every day. It was playing too many mind games with me.

Linda – I think hubby is a looker … but I could be blinded by love : )

Our doggies are part of the family … they don’t know they are dogs.

Debby – the outfits look amazing!!! We could wear them now … some things are timeless.

As you can see by the time that this is posted … sleep eludes me. Oh Mr Sandman !!!!


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2/28/15 11:50 P

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Tammy - I cannot have the implant later because you lose bone in your jaw over time after a tooth is pulled, so the time frame is now or never. I was also thinking that if I get the implant then what happens if I need dentures at some time. It just seems as if the bridge is looking more rational, even if it is not as "good" as an implant.

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2/28/15 11:37 P

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Debby – I can only imagine the excitement when your daughter and her theatre students open up the box with all of your magnificent sewing. The dresses and skirts are really works of art. Maybe your daughter will send you photos of the girls wearing them in the play and you can share those with us as well. I think we’d all enjoy seeing them.


Linda – I am glad to hear that you and your cousin are making plans to beat the bad weather. I would do the same thing without blinking an eye. And bless you for paying for the motel. That is both wise and kind. I vote for the bridge over the implant, but wonder why you cannot have the implant at a later date should you decide to pay for it yourself.


I was amazingly back on track today with no remnants of yesterday’s difficulties. I ate on plan and got my exercising in, even a little extra. I had a great deal of energy today, I think, because of having an exceptionally good night’s sleep last night. This was the best night’s sleep I have had in about 6 months. I have been struggling with painful and itchy skin problems since August, and a few times thought I had made good progress, but really not to the point that my sleep was normal. But last night I slept like I normally did before these skin problems surfaced. And oddly enough, it was not the expensive prescription creams and ointments that seemed to help so much as the Philosophy moisturizer I used and have continued to use for the past two days. I stopped using it when my skin problems started because I thought the fragrance in the moisturizer might irritate my skin even further. But I am so glad I took the chance with it and will continue to use it faithfully. I also got a lot of laundry done and even set up the new printer without significant problems. So I feel like I accomplished a lot today. More snow is headed our way so I will miss church for the 3rd consecutive Sunday (all due to snow). Like so many around the country, I am soooo ready for spring.


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2/28/15 9:01 P

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Happy Saturday Sparks

Debby the dresses are beautiful. They remind me of what my mother wore when I was young. You are so talented in so many areas. Wow! Woo Hoo! and YEAH! for the great progress this year.

Tammy - how was today for you?

Lisa - Did you think about an exercise commitment that you could make and keep? Do not worry about where you start, once you make it a habit then start increasing either the intensity or the duration. You can start with 5 minutes if that is something you can keep to everyday and then in a month make it 5 minutes morning and evening then the following month 10 minutes and who knows where you will be in a year.

Cat - Hey!

Sue - how did the dance competition turn out? I hope it was fun for you

P&B missing you

Today was not a compliant day. I lent my son my car so he could use the 4 wheel drive to get his wife to work today and tomorrow up at the ski resort, so no water aerobics. Then I had a shrimp burrito at El Pollo. Next week will be busy.
On Sunday (tomorrow) afternoon I am driving my cousin down the mountain so we will be sure we can make it to her chemo. She cannot afford a motel, so I will take care of that. Then on Monday we will be about 6-7 hours at the hospital. Tuesday is my volunteer day. Wednesday I am cleaning house so the termite inspector can go through everywhere on Friday. Thursday is a minimum day at school and my granddaughter asked if she could spend some time with me so I am picking her up and taking her to the movies to see "Into the Woods"
Give my advice - the implant on my tooth will cost me over $4000 out of pocket and that is just one tooth. If I loose more I do not know if I could afford another. The other option is a bridge which would be almost completely paid for by my insurance. If I do not do the implant I cannot change my mind later. The bridge can be harmful to the surrounding teeth, but it still seems like the logical move.

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2/28/15 7:02 P

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Oh my goodness, those outfits looks fabulous. I wish I could sew. I would were the green dress!

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Well, I'm finally done with all my sewing and have it mailed off. The dresses and skirts came out really cute. Here's some pictures of everything I made in the past three weeks:


It was a total of six skirts and six dresses, all 1950's vintage. Now that I'm done with that, I have more time to reply to all of you. I have been reading your posts and enjoy seeing what everyone is up to.

Paula - what beautiful chairs. I love Amish wood work. I know you'll enjoy the chairs for years to come. Also, I know you'll get right back on track. Don't ever let one bad day ruin the next. We all know where that leads.

Linda - I know the snow and less than sunny weather in SoCal is less than pleasant to be out in, but you need it so badly. I'd be looking at it as a blessing. I can tell by your posts that you're getting more and more active. Keep it up. The results will have made it more than worth it.

Cat - I'm so glad to hear that you're going strong. I know you have to feel better because of it. I love the muffler you made for your husband. I crochet, too, and have made so many things I can't remember them all. I weave my ends in as it makes for a much smoother look in the end, with no lumps from the knots. I have made it a habit of crocheting an afghan for various fund raising events to put in silent auctions to help raise money for everything from cancer research to animal shelters. It's a skill that keeps my hands busy (like I need more for them to do) when I get the munchies and keeps my creative juices flowing. I also like the picture of the dogs emoticon

Sue - you sound so much better. It sounds like the meds are helping with the depression and I bet that will help with your weight loss goals, too, in the long run. While it can't change the circumstances you're dealing with, it can certainly help with coping. I hope the dance competition is fun. emoticon

WisdomOwl - good for you for doing some research. I think it is very important to watch your carbs, but be careful not to go overboard. Carbohydrates are the only thing that fuel the brain and there is such a thing as going too low. Quality of the carbs is also very important. Whole grains, veggies and fruits, brown rice, etc. are good quality carbs. Sugar is not. And that's what gets most of us into trouble. Balancing them throughout the day is also important. Eating carbs with protein also really helps to ensure that they are absorbed at a more constant rate, rather than having highs and lows. As to getting to the gym - just do it. Wishing and thinking about it never did anyone any good. I went to a leadership training years ago where the instructor said something about why we don't do things - it's not because we can't, it's because we won't, or we don't. I'll be the first to say that starting an exercise program is not easy, but once you do, you'll find that you look forward to it. Go easy, baby steps, but increase time or intensity a little bit each week and soon you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Everyone on this thread knows that I'm now kind of a fitness freak. I work out about two hours a day, six days a week - six days of cardio for 50-60 minutes, three days of strength training, and two days of senior fitness class (functional fitness). If I can't make it to the gym, I will go hiking fr 6-7 miles in the local mountains and hills. I have a goal to climb Mt. St. Helen's again this summer (this is a very arduous climb). I could not do any of these things 2 1/2 years ago. I was lucky to make it through a slow walk for half an hour. I know you can do it. I'm out here in Washington cheering you on.

I'm staying on track. Its the end of February and I'm down 12 1/2 pounds for the year. It came off slower in February, but it still came off, so I'm happy with that. Tomorrow is skiing! For the first time in my life, I'm going skiing at Mt. Hood. I intend to come back unbroken LOL. Then I have nothing big planned until June, when we're planning to head up to the San Juan Islands and hopefully go whale watching - I'm even considering going on a kayaking trip with Orcas. We'll see... depends on cost a little, too. Then we have our permits already for the Mt. St. Helen's hike on August 25. Time to start training for that one.

Have a great weekend everyone....










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2/28/15 2:38 A

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Tammy - it was really nice to kick back and relax today. I am taking my cousin to chemo on Monday. Of course that is supposed to be the worst of the snowstorm. If it is really bad, I am going to try to talk her into staying in a motel Monday night and then coming home on Tuesday. I am having a hard time with compliance because I am eating out so much lately, so today was really nice. Let's have a compliant weekend and then of course on Monday.

Lisa - I went to the Mayo Clinic site to see what they said about low carb diets (it is my favorite site for expert advise) Their advice was 60-130. It said that

"Severely restricting carbohydrates to less than 20 grams a day can result in a process called ketosis. Ketosis occurs when you don't have enough sugar (glucose) for energy, so your body breaks down stored fat, causing ketones to build up in your body. Side effects from ketosis can include nausea, headache, mental and physical fatigue, and bad breath."
the website is:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living
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t-20045831

Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to try to make it to TJ's, but she is teaching Saturday school in the morning so it just depends on how much snow there is by noon.
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Linda - I think you had a much deserved day off. You have had some pretty busy days lately.


Cat – Great pic of your DH and your handiwork. Thanks for sharing. Love the furry family members too.

Wisdom - It is good to see you are researching and gaining more information to use as you make progress with your plan. Knowledge is power. Keep it up!


Sue – Hope the dance competition was a blast. Sounds like you had a plan. That’s the way to do it.



I had another off day today, with more than just some blips. I ate off plan big time and did no exercising at all. In all other ways, it was a nice day. I had a surprise visit from a former neighbor who moved a few months ago to the other side of town after her hubby died (downsized). She misses the neighborhood and we miss her. I also got some work done on some projects that have been waiting for my attention. Gotta get back on track tomorrow.


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2/27/15 11:19 P

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Hey Linda,

I am really trying to learn about how to eat healthy. I eat 115 grams of carbs today. I thought when that lady said that she only ate 30 grams of carbs a day, that it was low. What does she eat then? I don't know. But, I will try to do better. I was having strawberry and blueberry homemade juice every morning. But I found out that it is high in carbs. It higher then an scrambled egg and 2 sausages. Go Figure? Today I tried to work out to the whole H&R block song (Money, Money, Money) I felt like I was going to have a heart attack, I was so out of breath, man, am I out of shape. But, I remembered what you all said to go slow, try baby steps. So I will try to not be so hard on myself

Tomorrow is another day!.

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I spent a very lazy day today, I did not go out, just stayed in and went through paper work and cleaned the living room.

Lisa - thank you for the carb info. I ate 120 carbs today, so your information helps me see that even though I think I am eating low carb actually I am not. I can't chew gum. It is one of the few things that make me vomit. It is not an allergy. I do not know why I start gagging after chewing for a few minutes, but I do.

Cat - so happy your hip is better. Great pic. I was so busy admiring hubby and dog that I almost missed the muffler.
Life is not only about dancing in the rain, it is also about learning to avoid the lightening.

Tomorrow afternoon we are supposed to get snow and my son wants to use my all wheel drive car to take his wife to work. I said yes, but I find it irritating. I want my car in case I need to do something.
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2/27/15 9:56 P

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This is some information I got on a website about CARB INTAKE>
100-150 Grams Per Day
This is more of a “moderate” carbohydrate intake. It is very appropriate for people who are lean, active and simply trying to stay healthy and maintain their weight.
It is very possible to lose weight at this (and any) carb intake, but it may require you to count calories and/or control portions.
Carbs you can eat:
 All the vegetables you can imagine.
 Several pieces of fruit per day.
 Some amount (not a lot) of healthy starches like potatoes, sweet potatoes and healthier grains like rice and oats.
50-100 Grams Per Day
This range is great if you want to lose weight effortlessly while allowing for a bit of carbs in the diet. It is also a great maintenance range for people who are carb sensitive.
Carbs you can eat:
 Plenty of vegetables.
 Maybe 2-3 pieces of fruit per day.
 Minimal amounts of starchy carbohydrates.
20-50 Grams Per Day
This is where the metabolic benefits really start to kick in. This is the perfect range for people who need to lose weight fast, or are metabolically deranged and have obesity or diabetes.
When eating less than 50 grams per day, your body will get into ketosis, supplying energy for the brain via so-called ketone bodies. This is likely to kill your appetite and cause you to lose weight automatically.
Carbs you can eat:
 Plenty of low-carb vegetables.
 Some berries, maybe with whipped cream (yum).
 Trace carbs from other foods like avocados, nuts and seeds.
Be aware that a low-carb diet is NOT no-carb. There is room for plenty of low-carb vegetables (full list here). Personally I had never eaten as many veggies as when I first started on a low-carb diet.
Important to experiment
We are all unique and what works for one person may not for the next. It is important to do some self-experimentation and figure out what works for you.
If you have a medical condition then make sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes, because this diet can drastically reduce your need for medication!
Bottom Line: For people who are physically active or want to maintain their weight, a range of 100-150 grams per day may be optimal. For people who have metabolic problems, going under 50 grams per day is a good idea.


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Hello Ladies,

Happy Friday Evening, Had my homemade juice protein shake this morning. My Hubby made Great Northern Beans with smoke meat, can I say delicious. I had beans for lunch and dinner. (He will be sorry) I did pretty well with my meal plan, I still didn't work out. My husband got up and went to the gym without me this morning. I feel bad. I am the one that signed us up!

Sue: YouTube is the bomb. Their is no reason for ignorance now, you can always go to the internet and look up anything you want!

Linda: I found that if I chew gym, that seems to help me with the need to chomp!

I not sure who was asking, but I am the Wal-Mart ordering Queen. I found my swimsuit online at Wal-Mart. And, yes they have Tankinis, I have one!. They are sold by the Top and the Bottoms.

Working on my carb intake, will try again tomorrow, to go and exercise.


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Right on track … and going strong. The Chris Powell Chose to Lose carb cycling is hopefully working its magic. It has not been hard to follow.

Finished hubby’s muffler. What did we do before YouTube??? He says he “loves” it … I have him well trained : )

Paula – I love, love, love your chairs.

Sue – I found a YouTube that helped me finish off hubby’s muffler. I chose to use a knots method to join the two skeins and a knot method to take care of the tails. The dance competition sounds like fun … enjoy those g-girls.

Lisa/Wisdom – where did you order your swim suits from??? I need a new one … coz last years is too big ; ) I was thinking about a tankini this year … anyone every wear one??? Did you get yourself in there and exercise????? The first step is the hardest!

Linda – my hip feels tons better. I am still sitting on my … well hubby’s … heating pad several times a day just in case. Tonight will be – (that’s negative). Brrrrrr! Slay that food dragon … I just made my afternoon snack. You put into words what I experience … a lot … flashback to another style of living. I don’t miss foods and much as I miss … the act of chomping on foods.

Sue – But once you start, and feel better for it, it gets easier. Truer words … have not been spoken in awhile.

Marlene – where are you???????



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Happy Friday Sparks

Right now I am looking out at a bright blue sky, no wind and a few high wispy clouds. Today I am going to clean my living room, tomorrow, my bedroom.
The food dragon seems to have settled down to rest. I am making stir fry tonight with Asian salad, left over soup and fried rice; lots and lots of veg. I started off the morning with heavos rancheros and 20 minutes on the bike. Everyone is gone and it is very quiet.
I am trying to decide if I have enough energy to get my hair cut. I wanted to do it yesterday, but the shop was closed. Going to local establishments has both advantages and disadvantages. To keep costs down everyone hire relatives. Relatives often take advantage of the owner and do not show up for work. As a result the owner is there alone and sometimes leaves with a note on the door stating when she will be back. I must have arrived just after she left. Going out means driving 6 miles of dirt road that has not been graded in a while. LOL I feel like J Alfred Profrock measuring out my life in coffee spoons

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Wisdom: hope that snow is done for a couple days .. I'm gonna be in your area this weekend. I don't think the peppers are too high in carbs. I used 1 cup dry minute brown rice for 5 peppers. On the plan I'm on, I can have 1/2 cup with my meal so I'm okay. I put the recipe into the SP recipe calculator (as best as I can figure it out), and it shows 30.3g carbs total. My SP goal is 135-252 carbs per day, 30 for the day seems very low to me. I've been there with purchasing & planning .. And then procrastinating .. I have to talk myself into moving my butt everyday .. But once you start, and feel better for it, it gets easier.

Tammy: the chair IS beautiful and comfy looking. I know my family often gathers in the kitchen, so comfort is important to us. Thanks for sharing the photo.

Linda: thanks for the Bok Choi recipe .. I will save that one to try. Good for you on beating that food dragon .. Even if it is a win by default. I too do not keep items in the house that are my worst weaknesses. There are things hubby and son like, but "chips" are not invited to our house.

I guess we are going to the dance competition. G-daughter is not feeling great, but determined to go. I'm not sure how well I'll do eating, because I'm not sure what is offered, but I'll do my best to not get stuffed. I'll try to use my phone to log food into the tracker to keep me focused. I'm taking some almonds along, so if there's snacking, I'll have something better for me. Hope the weather holds out on Saturday nite when we drive back. I think it's only about 1.5 hr ride, but with this snowy, icy weather we've been having, it could be bad.

Everyone have a great Friday, and Saturday if I don't get to chat.

God's Blessings,
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Lisa - I have to tell you where I started with my exercise. My goal was to get up and get on my elliptical for 30 seconds a day. I sat down with myself and asked what is something I will actually do. 30 seconds a day - I felt like I was an idiot if I could not do 30 seconds. Well that is where I start and it was a goal I could actually achieve. 30 seconds became a minute and a minute became 3 then I started going to water aerobics. I was at another impasse when I found out I could actually pedal the recumbent bike, a year ago I couldn't. It does not matter where you start, start with something you know you can do. Making the commitment and keeping at it until it becomes a habit is the first step in success. You have lost 100 pounds so I know you made a commitment and changed many things in your life. Exercise is just one more step.

Tammy - love the chairs. You can see the craftsmanship. Absolutely beautiful.

Sue - you are going to make me try those peppers, I had not thought of V8. I use it for so many things - love it for making Manhattan Calm Chowder. Bok Choi soup is so easy. 1 box low sodium chicken broth, 1 diced onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tsp. minced ginger, 1 larger bok choi washed then chop the green part and slice the white part, 1 can diced water chestnuts, 2-4 Thai basil leaves, 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or rotisserie chicken shredded), 2 carrots julienne sliced, 1 celery stalk sliced, half a cup of red julienne sliced red pepper, optional 1 fined diced Fresno or jalapeno pepper - slow cook -garnish with chopped scallions

Cat - you sound like you are feeling better. We are supposed to get snow Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

I am battling my food dragon right now. I have been wandering around thinking I am hungry. I am not. When I sat down and really thought about what I wanted it was to eat an entire bag of either potato chips or cookies. It had nothing to do with hunger at all. It is a weird flashback to another style of living. Luckily I have neither of those things in the house at the moment, if I did I do not think the outcome would be good. So I win by default.

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And this is the back view of the chair

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Hey Everybody,

I was snowing like crazy this Morning here in Chicago. We wish we had 60 degree weather!

Sue/Linda: The Stuffed Peppers sounds delightful! Will it be high in Carbs because of the Rice? I will ask my hubby to make me some.

I was compliant today. I was wondering, how many carbs does each of you allow for your daily intake. I read that one ladies, and she said only 30 grams per day. Isn't that low?

I am trying to learn the ropes, of all of this. Sue maybe walking for 10 minutes a day is a good start for me. I have order 2 swim suits, a swim cap, 3lb weights, an exercise mat, a gym membership, weight watcher DVDs, and a weight lose hypnosis DVD, and resistance bands, and I still haven't gotten my butt off the couch yet. I think I am afraid of change!

I have everything I need - I will try again tomorrow!

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: the stuffed peppers turned out good (ground turkey, onion, minute brown rice, eggs .. Smoosh it up, and stuff into green peppers (inners removed), and covered with V-8 juice .. A lot of the juice gets soaked up in the rice. Hubby and youngest son really liked them too. I just made veggies on the side and meal was done. I have a spiral veg cutter too .. I haven't tried it with carrots, but that is a great idea for salads. Did you already share the bok choi soup .. I will be getting a new slow cooker, and will be ready to make soup soon. Glad to hear your cousin is doing better … I'm sure you've played a big part in helping her do well. Thurs weather in the 60s .. Lucky lady!

Cat: I do enjoy the crocheting, and it really does stop me thinking about food. I know that that the meds will help, as do all my friends .. On this site or not.. Cold here again .. 10 is the high. I had to go out and shovel a couple inches, and I was cold .. Guess I need to get that scarf done so I can wrap it around me. I take a yarn needle and weave the "tails" into a line of stitching, they pretty much disappear. I found that on YouTube too. The place I struggle is when I have to add in another skein. It's always so lumpy looking to me.

Wisdom: the best way to start is to take a step .. It doesn't have to be a major exercise class, even walking in place. I couldn't walk for 10 minutes without my knees and hip hurting me, shin splints …. Now I can go 40-60 mins. I still don't walk real fast, but it's getting better all the time.

Tammy/Paula: yes, enough with the breakages .. I know I'm trying to save money for retirement, but I really use my slow cooker every week .. I'll be getting a new one. I've always heard that Amish made furniture is always very lovely .. Good for you! Fun to have beauty around you.

Thursday's almost done, and I've been compliant for 2 days in a row .. I didn't get to "walk" today, but I did shovel snow for about 30 mins, so that counts as exercise. I think I'm going to Chicago with my daughter and 2 G-daughters tomorrow. The older G-daughter is in a competition dance group, and I'm going along to keep the 2yr old busy when mommy is helping the dancer get ready. We'll stay overnight, and then Daddy and the boys will come Saturday, and then I'll be going home. (The boys and coach daddy have soccer in the morning on Saturday) It should be fun .. If grand-daughters are both feeling ok .. Both were running fevers today .. We'll see what tomorrow brings. There's been so many people sick .. Coughing, fevers, runny noses everywhere. If I don't get to check in .. Take care on the weekend.

God's Blessings,
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Snow, snow go away … we don’t want you anyway!!! Well, we really do … this is how we get our water here in the Rockies … snow melt. I have been crocheting hubby a muffler/scarf … first it was too wide … now it is too narrow. I am a beginner and I am not sure what I am doing. I found a YouTube using the “riddle” pattern … I never like boring so I jumped in.

Sue – how do I finish this “mess”??? I found a YouTube that you just basically take your last “stitch” and then you’re done. Well, how about the “tails” at the beginning and the end?????

Lisa/Wisdom – it took me a long time to build up to 50 minutes all at once walking on my treadmill. These ladies leave me in the dust with what they can accomplish. I started out with walking 10 minutes … it took me longer to get dressed to walk than the walking itself : ) I have switched to walking after I eat breakfast … like Debby does … doc recommended this as well and it has made a big difference in how I feel. I do like getting it in before I eat better … time wise and I get it done and over with.

Paula – we had predications of 12+ inches of snow here in the high country … so far it has not happened … but you never know. We love it here though we will always be Texans. I bet your Amish chairs are gorgeous. We use to have a Amish furniture store here … and I would have bought half the store if I could have.

Linda – the scale has not liked me in sooooo long it was a great feeling to lose ½ pound this week. Just 1 more to get to where I was before I “found” all those pounds in January … then onward and downward.


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Happy Thursday Sparks

The scale did not move this week. My blood sugar has been excellent. the exercise everyday really helps with that .

Lisa - didn't your husband join the gym with you? When does he want to go? Set a time. Why don't you want to go? Too tired? do not want to go our in the cold? Do not want to drive? Do not want to exercise? Is there a way you can give yourself a reward for overcoming the problem? Like if I go to the gym for 10 days then I will buy myself a new pair of warm boots, or a coat, or a silk cammie? Is there a friends that will go to so you do not have to drive? Do not want to exercise? What about some fun workout tunes?

Tammy I would love to see a pic of your new chairs. I have gotten way off track with my sleeping this week. I need to get my head back in the right place.

Cat - so nice to snuggle on a cold day. Keep yourselves warm and safe.

Debby - how did the birthday surprise go?

Gini and Sue - thinking of both of you

P&B, and ChangeN - missing you - hope all is well

Another busy day - water aerobics, shopping, hair cut, lunch with a friend, book club - the weather is absolutely beautiful - in the high 60s, clear and bright. A storm is supposed to come in on Saturday and snow level down to my house - we will see.
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Wisdom – Does thinking about the money you paid to join the gym motivate you at all to go? Sometimes we need to find a “hook” to get us started. Maybe thinking about not wanting to waste the money would be something that could get you inside the gym doors. Just a thought.


Cat – I had a call today from a friend who lives in Colorado. He told me that snow is predicted in his area for the next 7 consecutive days. I hope you are faring well and snuggling sure sounds like a good way to handle such weather.


Linda - Way to go using those arms while on your bike. My cardio cruiser requires me to move my arms too, and I like that it does. I am so glad Maxine is doing well. She remains on my prayer list of course. Sounds like you two had a great day planned. Such a nice way to spend the day!


Debby – Can’t wait to hear about your DH’s birthday surprise. What a fun night for all of you!


Sue – We are all having our share of things break these days….Cat with her heating pad and treadmill, you with your slow cooker, and me with the printer. Yikes…hope this is the end of the breakages.



I am on track again today and for some reason very tired so will probably head to bed early tonight. Our new kitchen chairs arrived today...so beautiful and make it look like we got an entirely new kitchen (which we need but won't be getting any time soon). I ordered the chairs right after Christmas...custom made by hand by Amish woodworkers in Lancaster County PA. The chairs were delivered today and exceed my wildest expectations. The craftsmanship is incredible and the chairs are so comfy it will be hard to get me to exit the kitchen!


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Hey Everybody,

Today was an interesting day. Work kept me quite busy I missed breakfast and Lunch. So I had a pork chop and a salad, for dinner. I will probably also eat a 1/2 cup of strawberries with equal. I am not real hungry just tired. I really need to start my exercise program. I joined the gym this weekend ,but I just don't have any motivation. I packed my bag for the 9:00 Aqua boot camp workout, but I didn't go. Too lazy. it's like I don't know how to start.

CAT: You did 50 minutes of Cardio that is wonderful. Maybe in time I will jump in and start something!

It's was gloomy and snowing here today, burr!



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50 minutes of cardio DONE!!!! I am soooooo thankful that we had a second treadmill.

Linda – hubby and I BOTH do our finances. I use to do them solo … then there was a time hubby did them solo. But after the life and death health scares we have had … we do them together so we both know what is going on.

Sue – I am sooooo proud of you for getting some meds to help you through this rough time. I made hubby a crochet muffler/scarf. First one alllll by myself. I made it too wide so I took it all apart and have started over. Sure keeps your hands busy : ) I am soooooo glad your friend called you. Good friends take time to make … and take time to keep.

Gini – hmmm … doc wants you to wait on your knee surgery??? I guess my doc’s philosophy was to get me out of chronic pain and then life would take care of the pounds. I did lose weight before my double knee replacements and continued to lose weight after I got them … 58ish pounds. But I foolishly gained it allll back. Cortisone shots helped me immensely until they didn’t. I am still sitting on the heating pad for my hip.

Lisa/Wisdom – a friend of mine had gastric bypass and lost 140 pounds. Unfortunately, she did not change the way she ate or use food for alllll the wrong reasons and gained most of the weight back. She has severe sugar dumping issues. We all have to change our evil ways to kick these pounds to the curb. I have been carb cycling for a week and a half – Chris Powell’s book Chose to Lose. I feel tons better when I keep my carbs down … but not too down or doc throws a fit. I have a protein at every meal to include snacks.

Debby – have a great compliance time at the game. Hubby is gonna be sooooo happy.

It has been snowing since noon here on top of the snow we already had. Tomorrow’s high is 14* again. So glad hubby and I can just snuggle up and stay warm.


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Happy Hump Day Sparks

Sue- you sound better and stronger. Your stuffed pepper sounds good. I am too lazy to make them. We are having bok choi soup today. It is one of my favorites and so easy to make. I used my new kitchen gadget (spiral veg cutter) to cut some heritage carrots; purple, red and yellow, to go in it. I am so glad your friend called. Make the effort to get together, friends are worth it.

Debby - can't wait to see your finished products. Your daughter is very lucky to have you. Parenting never stops, it just changes form.

Tammy - you are on such a roll. Good things are bound to happen.

Lisa - Kashi Go Lean is pretty good and it has 9 grams of protein. I go very high protein for breakfast; eggs or a left over piece of meat, or a whey and almond milk smoothie. I find that eating high protein first thing in the morning keeps my blood sugar stable. If I want dessert in the evening that is when I eat cereal.

Gini - remember - baby steps, keep healthy, It is so hard not too push yourself when you want to succeed. Follow the doctor's plan and I know you will be successful.

I started on the bike for 20 minutes this morning. I usually read while I bike, but I left my book downstairs. I thought "I can move my arms while I do this!" I really upped my cardio. DUH! It is amazing how I can overlook the obvious.
My cousin is doing so well on her chemo. She is taking me to the doctor's, then we are getting our toes done, then lunch and may be a movie. Her attitude is so much better. we are even making plans for this summer after chemo and hopefully on the road to recovery.
Spark on!
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Hello Everyone!

Thank you ALL for the prayers, hugs, love and encouragement .. even ranting with me .. it does help me to know you support me. I feel stronger this morning. Linda .. I even put together stuffed peppers for dinner, and got them in my slow cooker .. but Yikes... the slow cooker has stopped working .. so I transferred to a roaster . hope they don't burn for me. It has a "slow cooker" setting .. so we should be ok.

I feel determined today to get back on track. I really haven't gained weight .. just keep bouncing on the same numbers .. time to stop that evening eating. I recognize that when I'm tired, I just want to eat. I pulled my crocheting out again, and have it sitting right by my chair to remind me to choose the hooks instead of the frig.

My friend that left the company called me on the phone last nite .. and we chatted on the phone for over a half hour. I'm not really a phone person, but it felt so good talking with her, and being able to laugh at things, and cry at things together. She is a good friend, and really helps lift my spirits. We're planning some get togethers so we don't lose touch. It made me think about how many times I had a friend, and they moved, or left the company .. and then "poof" .. we never talk again .. we each go on to our next phase in life. I'm very glad for this posting site because it's not going away.

Well .. again .. thanks to all of you for the encouragement .. with God (and you) on my side .. I will survive this, and be better for it.

Happy Wednesday!
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Wisdom - I want to echo what others are saying about getting protein in every meal. Sparkpeople does provide a very good guideline to eat 30% of your calories from fat, 20% from protein and 50% from carbohydrates. I worked with a personal trainer for quite a while, too, and was encouraged to front load my calories, too. That means eating a big breakfast and a smaller dinner. I fit at least two snacks a day in as well. A breakfast for me is usually 1/2 c cottage cheese, 8 oz V8 Fusion (counts as a serving of vegetables and a serving of fruit), and a banana. I trade off the cottage cheese for an egg and an egg white, scrambled, once in awhile, or make high protein, whole grain pancakes. You might try looking for a high protein cereal, like Kashi or Fiber One if you really want to stick with cereal for breakfast. Milk is a very good source of protein to go with your cereal (though the idea of eating cereal with milk- though pretty normal for most people - is disgusting to me). You are going to have to learn to like veggies and fruit. They fill you up without adding up to a lot of calories, not to mention the nutrients they provide. Everyone on this thread knows I'm an exercise freak -I workout fairly vigorously about two hours every day - and as a result I have to eat to fuel that kind of activity. Good quality fats, carbs and protein are critical to losing weight and fueling your body as you get more active. Calories alone are only part of the equation. Using the tracker and the guidelines on it will really help you.

I'm still on track - got 50 min. on the recumbent bike at 16 mph pace done and an hour at senior fitness, and stayed in my calorie range. The scale has been slow, but it's not going up, so that's a plus. I am still headed in the right direction with less than 23 lbs. to goal. This is going to be the year to get there, I just wish it would happen faster.

Well, six skirts done, two dresses done, two more about 2/3 of the way done, and two cut out and ready to be assembled. I CAN get this all done by Saturday... one stitch at a time....

Tomorrow is the night we take my husband to a Trailblazers NBA game in Portland. The tickets are his surprise birthday present. He's still clueless where we're taking him, he just knows we're taking him to Portland for a birthday surprise. I'll stay on track, it'll just be a matter of planning.

Meanwhile, everyone have a wonderful Wednesday...

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Sue –This is such a difficult time for you. The hardest thing is not knowing, and that’s where you are now. Once you know…you will be able to deal with whatever the situation will be. We are here for you, friend. God loves you and so do I!


Wisdom – I would suggest inputting your food for the day into the Spark food tracker and see how it fares when you “run report.” It is important to input the proper amounts of your food and then look at the nutritional analysis. That should give you an idea of what kind of adjustments to make so you are eating a balanced and healthy diet based on your needs. As others here have said here, I would include at least a little protein to your meals and snacks. String cheese is another protein option in terms of adding protein and not too many calories. A little peanut butter on an apple is also good…just a little peanut butter, not the whole jar as I am sometimes tempted to do. Also, Spark People offers menu suggestions you might find helpful, if nothing else, at least as a guideline.


Debby – Nice to know you are a member of the night owl club. It makes me feel less guilty. Will be looking forward to seeing the photos of your costumes.



Linda – Glad to see you are taking care and not doing more damage to your knees. You have a great attitude and plan.


Gini – Good going with the walking. You will be so happy to stock up on healthy choices. When you have good things to eat your body will be so happy!



Cat – Woo Hoo on your compliant month. I am in your corner cheering you on. I know you can do it.

Another good day in the books for me. I grocery shopped and got in my extra walking as usual as the store was not busy at all. I am trying to keep up this routine of at least two days per week walking with the cart. I’m tired so will sign off. Looking forward to another good day tomorrow.


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P.S. - You know what I realize that Shredded Wheat has a lot of Carbs in it. Anyone know a low carb Breakfast cereal I could try?

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Good Evening Everyone!

Well I did good today. I am not very hungry in the daytime, it's after 10:00pm that I really want to eat. But, I going to stay the course.

Gini- You Go Girl, walk around that Apartment. My friend gets those Cortisone shots, she say they work great. So look into it!

I had weight loss surgery back in 2011. I lost 70 lbs, and gain it all back in a years time. I realize it is true what they say about it is only a tool. I still can't eat a whole lot. But what I realize it is what I eat - not the quantity of what I eat. So that is why I am trying to learn how to eat a more healthier diet. I was never must of a fruit and vegetable person. So this is new for me. I am so tired of being sick and tired.

My Husband tries to help, but I don't think he understands how it works either. He still keep buying fattening stuff. I hate to hurt his feelings.

So I am up at 10:00, washing clothes, cleaning my house, and doing my hair. My Motto is:
Step by Step, life's a Cinch - Yard by Yard life is Hard - BABY STEPS

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Good Evening Ladies.

Was still off track with my eating today but tomorrow is PAYDAY and we get to get all our new stocks in. I have made a weekly menu to go from tomorrow till next Tuesday using the eating plan from the doctor. When you have the right food in the house, it has to be easier to follow a routine. Was in my range yesterday but over today. Tomorrow is another day to do well.
I was able to take 2 - 5 minute walks around the apartment, and, as I drink water and tea all day, I have to travel to the bathroom every 45 minutes. I have been taking the long route through the kitchen and the same route back. I get some short walking spurts in that way. Pain management was good today and I am only going to have taken 2 pain pills as of bedtime tonight. I can take as many as 4 if I really , extremely need to. That rarely happens.
Thursday, DH and mom and I are going to Costco. I know I will not be able to go around very far ( DH will get the shopping ) but I get to go outside and be around other people.
Tomorrow morning I am going to get my hair cut FINALLY!! My hairdresser was diagnosed with cancer before Christmas and I have been looking for a local place since. Finally found 1 not too far away ,with no stairs. I have no references to follow but as I hate what it is like now, I think even a rotten cut will make it better. Hope to LOVE it though and have another place to get out to with women to talk to. Being apartment bound with 2 men in the house is overwhelming sometimes. My DS is an actor and sometimes goes months between jobs or rehearsals. He has been home since Jan 20th and I want him to go out sometimes. He is a videdogame aholic LOL.
The ice feels not horrible on my neck but it was burning my skin so we have wrapped it in a flannel pillowcase and that has made all the difference. The doctor also told me that I will not be able to have the knee surgery until I have lost about 75lbs, at least! He also said I could likely get the surgeon to give me some Cortisone shots in the meantime. Have never had one and hope they help. The neck, which is the worst also has degenerative discs so I am restricted in the amount of movement I have there.
You know, If it's not one thing, it's another! LOL

My mom is coming to stay for 2 days so will be offline for that time. Likely not back till Saturday. Have a great week everyone.

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Sue,

Be encouraged, don't you know that the same God that gave you that Job - will be the same God that will give you another :0) He knows where all of the jobs are Be encouraged!

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Sue - I am glad you went to the doctor. It is important to see this as a medical problem. It is not will power it is a chemical imbalance that needs to be corrected medically. My mother committed suicide. She battled depression all of her life. The drugs 50 years ago were terrible. I remember times when my mother could barely wake up and would struggle throughout the day because of the side effects of the drugs. I see people taking modern day medicines and do not see those side effects. Hopefully in time there will be a real cure for this terrible disease. It can be a dangerous as a car accident and as deadly as cancer. It should never be taken lightly. Take care of yourself. You are important and valuable. Just because your company is too stupid to see it is their problem not yours. Also remember it is okay to be angry. Stupid, dumb, ignorant company making bad decisions. You on the other hand are a kind and capable human being who is not receiving the rewards you deserve. Bad things happen to good people.

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Hello Everyone,

I'm still here .. still trying to survive life's curves.

I went out to look check the posting on the job I interviewed for, and it is gone. I don't know if that means they filled the job, or pulled it for some other reason. I have to tell you .. my heart sunk. I was trying to keep hope .. but I don't think it's going to work out. So now, here at sit at my desk at work, trying not to cry again, and again, and again. I applied for another position I saw .. a receptionist .. who knows, maybe I'll be qualified for that one. (more than likely turned down because I am over qualified now) This is very hard.

Just to let you know .. I did go see the doc yesterday, and got a prescription .. maybe I knew this was coming. She too stressed .. this is a chemical thing, and sometimes we need a little help. So I'll be taking them for now.

Hope you are all doing well .. staying warm and safe. Weather here has been frigid .. we need Spring.

God's Blessings,
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Wisdom -Your plan looks pretty good. I would add some snacks - half an apple between breakfast and lunch, and then the other half 2 or three hours after dinner to help with those nighttime urges. I would also add some protein to your breakfast, an egg, a slice of cheese, left-over piece of meat, a handful of nuts. I use 1% milk or almond milk on my cereal. Be careful with the thousand island salad dressing it can add up real fast. You might also want to a brothy soup to dinner just to make you feel fuller.
Do you like tea? You can up your liquid intake with some tea. There are so many different flavors.

Debby - I love reading your posts. They keep me focused on what is really important here and that is living a full and healthy life. Your walk sounds beautiful. Exactly what I am looking forward to when I can walk again.

I just finished water aerobics. I am not doing my bike on aerobic days. My knees were bothering me more and more. So I do the bike for 20 minutes on non-aerobic days and then do my hour to two hours of water aerobics on the other days. That seems to have solved the problem. Things seem to have been worked out between my DD and DSIL. They are both planners and have figured out how they will handle their finances next year.
My son and DIL are a different story. I hope that they can get their lives back on track. He is working all the time and she is just not as interested in their mutual life. She is the one that handled all the bills and finances. She still is. But where before she stayed on top of everything now she just does not seem to care. They had always been a month ahead on their house payment, for the first time they were late, a whole month late. I also blame my son. He does nothing to help her with bills or finances except turn over his paycheck.

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Right on track … eating and exercising. I am striving towards an entire compliant month!!! Hubby helped me rig up a stereo to the “other” treadmill. My original treadmill was 22 years old and worked like a charm. It was a DP Concourse … they went out of business. The treadmill tech we contacted said it is probably the motor and we won’t be able to find one and other treadmill motors will not fit it because its technology is waaaaay out of date. Bummer!! He laughed because he could not believe we had had it so long in working condition. Hubby replaced a belt in 2005 and other than maintenance it was wonderful.

Hubby and I had talked about joining a gym at one time because he was using MY treadmill … the one and only time he was “conditioning” himself. As a new City Marshal he was the oldest in the academy (43) amongst 20 year olds and wanted to be as “tough” as them. We changed our minds about the gym and so we bought a second treadmill because we were always in fights over MINE at 5 in the morning! A year later, hubby was validated as being “tough” because he could not only keep up with the “baby” cops but exceed them. So he went back to his normal routine of “life conditioning” walking in the forest with his doggies. So I am using “his” now.

Paula – good behaviors becoming second nature … WooHoo!!!!

Debby – did you get back with your physical trainer to re-vamp your exercising???

Wisdom – your MOUTH ate a piece of pizza : ) My mouth has gotten me in trouble numerous times. Hmmm … I would suggest you get in some protein at breakfast. I also eat every 3-4 hours and include protein at all meals and snacks. Add lemon juice to your water. There’s my two cents.


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Hey Everyone,

My 1st compliant Monday, I made it all the way up to 2:00 am. Then my mouth ate a piece of Pizza! It was just sitting on the stove calling my name. My husband had left it there. Lord, I need some Will Power! Linda if you or one of you other ladies could take a look at my daily Meal plan for today, and tell me how to improve upon it that would be great.

BREAKFAST
Coffee with Creamer and Equal
1/2 bowl Shredded Wheat - 1/2 bowl of 2% Milk

LUNCH
Chicken Breast cubed
Spinach & Tomatoes
Thousand Island Dressing

DINNER
Cabbage with Smoked Turkey Wings
Cornbread

4 cups water (I Hate Water)

Let me know Somebody, Thanks so much!

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Checking in after a long day of sewing. I did manage to get my exercise in - about 1.2 miles leisurely walk with my dogs at the dog park and another six miles vigorous hike up and down a local trail, replete with waterfalls, lake and forest. It was a beautiful 60°, sunny day here, so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get my workout in outdoors. I feel for those of you in the nasty cold, wintry parts of the country. There's a good reason we didn't move to Michigan (where I grew up) when we retired, though.

I stayed on track, though at the top of my range. I was fairly hungry after burning over a thousand calories on my hike and walk. Gotta get this last 23 off, though, and, since I'm fortunate enough to be fairly fit at this point, I'm going to burn as much off as I can to help support my healthy eating.

In answer to those of you wanting to know what I'm sewing, I'm making costumes for the play "All Shook Up". My daughter is the teacher/director at Rockville High School in Maryland and often has me help her out by making costumes. I've finished six skirts and am in process of making six vintage 1950s dresses. As requested, I'll post pictures on my page when I'm done. I need to have these in the mail to her by Saturday, so I'm pretty tied to my sewing machines for the next few days. I really like the dresses and confess I wouldn't mind making one for myself, though it would be terribly out of date, but still cool and retro.

I'm glad to see posts from those of you that have been ailing. It sounds like most of you are recovering or finding ways to cope. Laura, I hope the surgery goes well and you'll recover quickly.

Again, it's late. I'm also a night owl, often not getting to sleep until 2 am. Usually I sleep til 9 or 10, though, so I do get my sleep in. Some days my dogs don't let me, though, which can be very irritating - like today :(

I'll see if I can find a few minutes to get away and post tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'm working on continued compliance. I hope you are, too.

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Discover - I hate the laundromat, my condolences. I will post the Spanish quinoa recipe at the end. You should be very proud to have raised two such caring and capable people. My daughter's college room mate took writing and publishing in college and ended up working as a proofreader starting at $90,000.

Cat glad to know your are feeling better. You made me laugh with your poor tragic story of the unexplained breakdowns in your life.

Tammy - you just proved it - this is our year, we are changing our habits one day at a time.

Debby - I would also love to see your finished work.

Today was a good day. Now I need to make this evening a good evening by doing some stretches and some relaxation exercises.

Spanish Quinoa - 1 cup quinoa, 2 C low sodium chicken broth, 1 C tomato sauce, 1/2 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1 TBSP EVOO 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 C diced onion, 1/2 cup diced bell pepper, black pepper to taste - do not salt at all the chicken stock will reduce and get saltier
In a 2-3 quart sauce pan saute onion and bell pepper in olive oil (EVOO), add garlic when onion turns translucent - add rest of ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer until liquid is reduced and quinoa is done about 30-40 minutes. If the liquid has reduce and the quinoa is not done you can add 1/4 C water or stock to finish. This keeps well in the fridge for 5 days. I have not tried freezing it.

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Marlene – Thanks for the tip on the printer. DS and I eventually discovered that the print head either needs to be replaced or manually cleaned as even the advanced automatic cleaning was insufficient to get the black ink to print. So last night he just printed the work he needed for his class using the dark blue ink setting. He shouldn’t have a lot of printing to do this week so he can use the blue again if needed. And then I think we will buy a new printer later this week. I will look at the HP Envy. Our current printer is also HP and is an all in one copier/scanner/printer. We need the same capabilities in the new one.

Cat – I am soooo happy to hear that your hip is feeling better! Woo Hoo! I share your sentiments about items not lasting. Good to know Sunbeam stands behind its products.

Laura – Your DD will succeed at whatever she pursues. She has what it takes, period. Your DS is truly a good son. I admire him so much for coming home to help you. It is wonderful to see such a sense of responsibility and love in such a young man. Thanks for the info on the ink and printer. I don’t print photos at home (usually use Walgreens or CVS websites for printing) so I will stay away from photo printers. Thanks!

Debby – Maybe before you give the costumes to your daughter you could post a photo or two of the dresses and skirts you are making. I bet I’m not the only poster here who would enjoy seeing them.

Linda – Hope you were able to find your DMV paperwork. You articulated what I have been thinking and that is about the trend on the scale because of weight fluctuations. Like you, my weight varies quite a bit which is one reason I stopped weighing in often, quite some time ago. I do notice the trends whether up, down, or (as now) maintaining. I found the daily fluctuations just too frustrating and discouraging to deal with, especially when I would have a gain after several compliant days.

Wisdomowl – Like you, I am a night owl, but I am retired and have a lot of flexibility in my days. I really wish I could be more of a morning person but it just seems to go against my nature. Lately I am happy if I am up and dressed by 8:30 am, but I also am the type who could easily sleep till 10am on some days. I guess we all have to find what works best for us.

I was very scattered today, perhaps because of the broken printer, but also because I had a lot to do today and was a little tired. So I did not really concentrate on what I was eating. A few minutes ago I input my food on the spark food tracker and found (much to my surprise) that my calories are actually low for the day. I guess that means that making healthy compliant choices is becoming second nature to me in that I make the good choices without even thinking about them. It also helps that I didn’t have a lot of time to eat today, and it also helps that almost all the food in our house is healthy and good for us. Who knew! I went to Lowe’s this morning with G and did lots of walking, then this afternoon I went to a local dept. store where I walked again but not with any speed as the merchandise is so close together in the store. I was using a cart and found it difficult to navigate between the racks which are so close together. I find that so annoying! Myplan is to relax for the rest of the evening and get to bed early, despite being a night owl!


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50 minutes on the treadmill DONE!!!! Still going strong!!!

Why, why, why??? We have lost:

3 TV 30 yrs old each - lost one right after the other
Sunbeam heating pad 4 yrs – called today to see if we could “reset it” … they are gonna send us a replacement coz they are supposed to be good for 5 yrs … WooHoo!!
1975 Argosy travel trailer refrigerator – kaput … what’s up with that
1 treadmill 22 yrs old - thank goodness I have a second one

They just don’t make things the way they use to : )

Paula and Linda – thank you for worrying about me … my hip is better. Enough to have walked on the treadmill today. It is still tender but better. This is the hip attached to the leg that had the worst knee before the replacement. I drug it behind me for years and years. After they fixed it … I couldn’t walk very well with it because it had atrophied. The leg goes to sleep a lot. Doc says … it happens. Hubby got me another heating pad and I am sitting on it as we “speak”.

Gini – Ice, ice baby!!!!

Paula – Errrrrr … things breaking is a sore spot with me


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Quick check in before I head off to make dinner. It was great reading everyone's posts! Things are getting even more stressful around here, so it helps me stay positive when I check up on all of your successes! I went to the primary care doctor today and got pre-approved for the knee surgery, assuming tomorrow's bloodwork and EKG come back normal. I don't anticipate any problems. My son (bless is heart) is heading home from MN Sunday to help us out (surgery Tuesday). He's really a good kid. The washing machine died yesterday, so I also need to hobble to the laundromat to get things washed tomorrow. It's always something, isn't it? Love the cabbage lasagne recipe and definitely want to try it. I would also love the Spanish quinoa recipe, LINDA, if there is one. My daughter loves quinoa, and since she is vegetarian it's a good source of protein for her.

MARLENE - Yikes!!!! on the taxes.

WISDOM - How is the gym working out for you? Once I am done with PT, I am going to sign up for the YMCA. Congratulations on your 2-lb weight loss! That's awesome! By the way, I am in the Chicago area, too. I don't know about you, but I am SO DONE with these wind 222chills!

PAULA - DD wants to major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. We joke that "Major in something you love and you will never work a day in your life....because that field isn't hiring." She is actually a remarkably talented writer, so I'm not too worried. So sorry to hear about your printer. If you decide to purchase a new one, keep in mind that ink for the printers that enable photo printing are much more expensive than ink for regular printers. I learned that one the hard way!

CAT - I am actually a very good teacher, but I am not good at the politics associated with teaching. I also am very much a perfectionist, and unfortunately in a career like teaching, that means I bring a lot of work home with me. I obsess about creating the perfect lesson plans, enriching and differentiating everything, worrying about the students, etc. It can be very emotionally draining for me, and I can't seem to turn it off. At this point, I think I need to just find a 9-5 job that I can leave behind me at the end of the day.

DEB - I may have missed this...but what costumes were you sewing? My mom just finished sewing gorgeous costumes from Frozen for my two nieces. I can sew a little but don't really enjoy it. Someday I'd like to take some more classes and learn how to fit things better. I get frustrated putting in time to sew garments and then not having them look right when they are done.

GINI - I have got bad osteoarthritis in my knees. I can only imagine how hard it must be to have it in all your joints! Ugh! From everything I have learned, it is so important to keep moving as much as you can.

Have a good night!


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Wisdom- Today is a good day. It is my day of rest. Everyone is at work. The grannies are at daycare. the only thing I do on Mondays is every 3 weeks I take my cousin to chemo. That will be next week. So, today is a stay at home, easy day. The only thing I really need to do is cook dinner.
I exercise first thing in the morning. I wake every morning between 5:30 and 6 AM. that is when I have energy. The later it gets the less energy I have.
It sounds like you are a real night owl, so may be you and your husband could go to the gym after dinner. I have a couple of friends that do that and they love it. It sounds like torture to me. When you get the urge to eat at night take a 10 minute walk around the house before the snack, or jump rope, or do a strength video on Spark.
I cannot do anything right unless I plan ahead. If I have a plan (a baggy of cut and cleaned veg in the fridge) then I am fine. But, for me no plan mean bad plan.
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Hi Linda,

Maybe so, because I have the hardest time getting up in the morning. I work part-time from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. I usually stay up until 2:00 am. I am really a night owl. That is when I am hungry also, a late night snacker. I am trying to figure out what works for me. How are you today?

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Wisdom - I just read an article that said if you are a morning person then you need to exercise in the morning, if you hit your stride around noon then that should be your exercise time and if you are a night owl then evening or later is the time for your exercise. So, may be aiming for morning is not the best for you.

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Hey Everyone,

I didn't know about Compliance Day - I haven't complied as of yet. I was suppose to hit the gym this morning, I was just to tired. I am a night owl. I need to do better. I work from home, so I want get off until after 5:00 pm. I may go to the Gym then. It is cold as heck here in Chicago! BURRRR!

The Cabbage Lasagna sounds great. My hubby is the cook. I will show it to him, and maybe he will make it for us!

I am working so I will get back with you guys later. Peace!

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Happy Compliance Day Sparks
Starting the week right

Tammy - thank you so much for the recipe. I am going to try it next week. I think I will combine the cottage cheese with a low fat ricotta cheese.

Debby - you constantly amaze me. You do sooooo much for soooo many. What a full and wonderful life you have.

Marlene- I do not even count one pound up or down. My weight can vary 2-4 pounds. I look for trends. Right now my trend is down. So we will see if it holds for Official Wednesday.

Wisdom - hope you are having another great day. We call Mondays compliance day. It is our way to start the week right. Each of us has a different collection of behaviors that make up our compliance. For some it might be one thing like logging food, for others it can be a number of things: food, exercise, stress reduction, anything else individually important.

Gini - Good luck with your new routines. Keep us informed as to how it is going.

Cat - take care of your injuries.

My SIL is fine with the loss of his job. He has relaxed and is back to being himself. I think a lot of the problem was cultural. He was raised in Germany. He went to upper middle-class German schools. His expectations for how children react and how parents react was not consistent with present day American Socio-economically deprived schools. He was under a constant stress from two directions, cultural and doing a job he really did not like. I think he felt trapped. No my daughter on the other hand is angry, bitter and embarrassed (she will never admit to the embarrassed). He is more than ready to move on. She is not.

I need to find my car registration. I want to pay it on line and I cannot find the most recent paperwork. I am going to spend my day looking. If I cannot find it I will have to go to the DMV (scream).
Started the day with a veggie omelet (red pepper, yellow chili pepper, mushrooms and eggs)
Lunch will be left-over bean soup. Dinner will be Meatless Monday. I have been on the bike for 20 min. I need to start working on my bedtime routine. I am actually turning the TV off at 8:30 each night, now I need to start doing some relaxation exercises.

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Good Morning;

Hoping to have a good day today, and will exercise. Up one pound.

Tammyand--Your cabbage lasagna sounds delicious! I must try it. May be cheaper to buy a new printer. I have the wireless kind by HP Envy that can be accessed by phone, tablet, and laptop.

The last of my tax documents came Saturday so I finished them and am awaiting on the tax advisor to doublecheck my numbers.

Gini--Its sounds like you are experiencing now what I may be facing with my spine in the future. The new diet you described sounds reasonable and gives you lots of options. Take one day at a time. Good thing you have family support.

Gotta run, everyone have a Compliant Day.

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Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't checked in for a couple of days. I've been very busy getting the costumes done for my daughter. I finished six skirts and have six dresses to finish by the end of the week. I admit, I procrastinated and have put myself in the position of having a lot to do in a short space of time. Oh, well. Good thing I'm retired. I won't let it interfere with my exercise time, though. And, I have stayed on track for the past two days since making the conscious choice to go off plan last Friday. One day off plan since the beginning of the year is not too bad.

I'm glad to see a few new names on this thread. I wish you all well and I know you'll find lots of good support here.

For those of you that are impacted by the deep freeze and winter storms, stay safe and warm. For those of you ailing from injuries and ailments, I'm thinking of you. I hope you find relief.

I'll try to find some time to write more later, but the costumes may keep me from it for a few days. Til next time....

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Linda - My DS and I are very close and we do get along very well. I raised him as a single mom since 1999 when he was just 9. (long story)


Here is the cabbage lasagna recipe; I used only one can of spaghettis sauce...Hunts and I used 3 pounds of ground turkey to increase the protein; I used the 2 24 oz cottage cheese although the recipe says you could use just one...I made the lasagna in a very big pan, not a 9 x 13 that is typical for lasagna.

Cabbage lasagna from the 17 day diet gal website

Makes 12 slices.

2 lbs Ground Turkey cooked, rinsed, and drained
2 cans spaghetti sauce
3 2-cup packages mozzarella cheese
2 24-oz containers fat free cottage cheese
1.5 head cabbage
onion powder / pepper
oregano / Italian seasonings / garlic salt /
parmesan shake cheese(only for garnish)
parsley leaves

Brown ground turkey, then drain and rise and mix with sauces and any of the seasonings that you would like to spruce up your spaghetti sauce in with it set aside.

Chop and boil the cabbage and drain well.

Mix 24 oz cottage cheese with 2 cups mozzarella, 1/3 cup parsley leaves, 1/8 tsp onion powder and some pepper. Stirred together in separate mixing bowl. (You may need the other batch but I always start out with 1 batch of this just incase I can stretch it out.)

In baking dish pan sprayed with olive oil
layered cabbage
layer of meat sauce
layer of mozzarella mixture
layer of cabbage
layer of meat sauce
topped with layer of mozzarella mixture
then I sprinkle extra mozzarella cheese on top to cover

Bake at 350 for about 30-40 min or until cheese is melted.


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Last post of the night.

Tammy - post the entire recipe - I love cabbage and that sounds good. Glad you had a good day. It is so great that you and your son get along so well. Right now mine is a thorn in my side. He is not paying me the money he owes me and is racking up more debt each month. I am scrimping and he is going out to eat.

Wisdom - one of my favorite snacks is one square of 80-90% dark chocolate dipped in 1 TBSP of peanut butter. This really depends on how you react to chocolate. If it is a trigger food then substitute celery. I also like to dip veg in hummus or salsa. I like crunch so I like raw veg or apples. Sometimes I can have a handful of cashews, but they are a trigger for me, so I have to be real careful. Sometimes my snacks are taking my vitamins with
1% milk. I take them one at a time and by the time I am done I feel full.

My daughter and SIL seemed to have a good talk today. I think he is really happy to be looking at something new. The classroom was too high stress for him. He has found a one year on line computer course that will open some doors for him and he can substitute while he is doing it, so that will keep their finances in the black. Their only problem is their huge student loans.
I had a really good day today. Tomorrow will be meatless Monday. I am doing Mexican grillers with Spanish quinoa and beans d' la olla with salsa and avocado on the side.
Remember - Compliance Monday
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Marlene – You got a lot more snow than we did…we got only about 4 or 5 inches and then got freezing rain on top of it. It warmed up today above freezing so some melted, but back to sub zero temps tomorrow night for us. Ugh! What are water crackers?

Linda – Glad you had happy news at the scale. We got snow and freezing rain yesterday and overnight. It warmed up to almost 40 here today but back to below zero tomorrow night! Ah, 60 degrees….I can only dream!

Wisdomowl – Congrats on losing the 2 pounds and best wishes as you start at the gym tomorrow. You have momentum now…keep it going!

Cat – I hope your hip feels better. Are you thinking of having it checked medically? Pain from exercise is one thing, but pain from an injury is nothing to toy with. I am a bit concerned about your pain. Please take good care of yourself!

Gini – It sounds like you have a doctor who cares about you and has a grip on your situation. That should be comforting. Take things one day at a time. It sounds like a solid plan has been developed for you.

Carlak8 – Welcome to this thread. Glad to have you with us.

Laura, Sue, Debby – Thinking of you and hoping you are doing well.

I had a good day in terms of food and exercise, but a bit of a frustrating day in terms of technology (I am not very techy to begin with). Our almost 4 year old printer is not printing or copying even though the ink levels are high and it is not giving any error messages. DS and I exhausted our knowledge and skills trying to remedy the problem. I have a tech guy I can call to come look at it, but I realize that what I would have to pay him per hour to look at the printer is more than a new printer would cost. Of course DS needs the printer for his college classes so I have to act tomorrow for sure. Dang…it’s always something. On a brighter note, today I made a big pan of cabbage lasagna. It is a 17 Day Diet recipe I got online. Instead of using lasagna noodles the recipe calls for chopped boiled cabbage. The cheese is low fat (or fat free) cottage cheese mixed with low fat (or fat free) mozzarella. It turned out super fabulous and DS loved it as much as I did. We have enough to last us several days which is a plus too. Well enough diversion…must figure out what to do about the printer.


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Hey Everybody,

Thanks for the Carbs advise. I am trying to educate myself on eating healthy. I am a night snacker, as well, I need some advise on snacks. Its 10:00 pm here. I am laying out my exercise clothes for the gym tomorrow. For dinner i had some Turnip Greens with a little smoked meat and 1/2 piece of cornbread. Wasn't really hungry today, will try to eat better tomorrow.

Gini- You can do it, you are worth it. steady and slow wins the race. Your bones will feel so much better, as you take the lbs off of them. Do what you can, where you can! You go Gini!

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Gini - how nice to have you back. What is that scares you? The surgery or the progression of disability? I am very lucky in that it is only my knees that are a problem right now, but I am scared that I am not going to be able to have surgery. I am going to see the doctor next month to ask what exactly do I have to do in order to get surgery. It sounds like you have a great doctor. He gave you a lot of useful information.

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Hi Friends.

Saw Doctor on Friday with results from full body xrays. Total osteoarthritis in all joints required surgery in knees and neck and upper back. Bloodwork shows anemia and borderline pre-diabetes. He say I need an overhaul. LOL I guess he is right. Most of the joints will remain as they are or get worse as genetics play a huge roll in this. Losing weight is my only line of defence here and practising as much movement as can be tolerated each day. As he says, do not try to increase movement unless it feels like I can do it without a negative outcome, as it will slow the whole process down again. Inch by inch, step by step. I am to use my walker as much as needed and ALWAYS take it out of the apartment with me.
He has me starting out tomorrow following a Low G.I. diet. lots of fruits and veggies with a few omitted as too high on the GI list. Lean meats 3-4 ounces , fatfree sugarfree yogurt, low fat cheese, eggbeaters, 2 slices high fiber bread daily. No processed foods. ! tsp lite margarine permeal. 3 meals and 3 snacks daily. I still have to learn the whole thing but it really sounds like I can follow this. There are lots of recipes and include muffins, scones, bars etc. Sugarfree, whole wheat lowfat. Tomorrow and until March 15 I am to walk, with my walker for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. That is all he wants to begin with. I have another appointment next Wednesday and he will have appointments set up with orthopedic surgeons about my knees and a specialist about my neck and back. He tells me there is no easy way out of this and I am in for a long, hard couple of years. He also tells me no heat on the arthritic joints. Ice and joint rubs. We are making plans to get everything done here during the week so that I can work on me. Thankfully DH and DS are both at home, DH is retired and DS is between productions as they will take over the house.
I am scared and very worried.

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I'mmmmmmmm Baaaack! Grannies are napping.

Carlak - welcome back, we have all found that we have to make our health a priority, people need us and we are no help without our health.

Wisdom - Woo! Hoo! 2 more pounds kick to the curb. My low carb is a little different than Marlene's. I tend to try to fill up on a lot of low carb veg, since I have problems curbing my appetite.
Breakfast is often 1 egg + 1 portion eggbeaters with diced red pepper, onion, jalapeno and spinach and a piece of fruit
lunch - either a broth soup with lots of veg or a salad topped with salsa
dinner - a protein, a cooked low carb veg like broc or spinach or brussels sprouts and then my crunchy mix (broc, cauliflower and carrots) Sometimes I will have beans or rice with dinner half a cup.

Cat - when is it you are planning on leaving on your trip? Have you seen a doc about your hip? That really sounded like a very jarring accident and you might have torn something.

Tammy - how is your weather? Did you get the predicted snow? It should rain here tonight and tomorrow. We sure need it!

Discover- my SIL's principal had also made up her mind before his observation. She had never been in his classroom and based her judgement on gossip from the associates (not the ones that actually worked with him), but the ones who saw him outside the classroom. He was always on the kids about their behavior walking to and from class and was very strict about it. He went to school in Germany. The expectations were very different.

Sue, P&B and David - think of each of you and sending positive energy your way.

2 hours at water aerobics. High protein lunch, Dinner will be roasted chicken, chard, fresh crunch combo (broc, caulifower and carrots) to dip in hummus with some mac and cheese for the rest of the family.
Today feels like it is going to be a great day. I am feeling energized.
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Want pizza?

Take 4 water crackers, top each with 1/4 of a 2% cheese slice. Micro to soften cheese. Top each with 1 tsp fresh or jarred salsa or spaghetti sauce. Under 100 cals.

You can add any topping you like like a pepperoni slice. a bit of leftover chicken. Be creative!


Wisdom--A day of low carb looks like: Breakfast: 2 soft boil eggs, 1 carb control yogurt; or 1 portion shredded hash browns (80 cals) sauteed with 2 oz chicken, onion fried (no oil); 2 eggs OR 100 cal English muffin, topped with sauteed spinach and 2 poached eggs, 2 oz ground turkey or leftover chicken.

Lunch--Soup, I select a clear soup mixed with cream soup if at work; 1 bag veggie chips (150 cal or less); couple ounces of chicken in a salad bar salad.

Dinner: 1 oz dry pasta, cooked. Stirred into 3 oz ground turkey or leftover chicken, onions, and mushrooms. I vary my sauces and seasonings to change the taste and would use 1/4 spaghetti sauce, broth, seasoning mixes; add 1 laughing cow cheese wedge or 1 tbsp whipped cream cheese, 1 cup mixed veggies. All this on one pan makes two big lunch plates of food for less than 350 cals. OR store bought rotisserie chicken; seasoned with buffalo wing sauce; mashed cauliflower, 1 cup veggies.

Rule: If you have potato, rice, pasta--no more than 1/2 cup or 1 oz dry weight. No BREAD when you eat starchy carbs with entree entree. Use mashed cauliflower to replace starchy carbs, if you have it.

Sandwiches--Learn to eat open face. if fast food, request no special sauce on the bun.

1 oz dry weight pasta is plenty when you mix it in with other foods.

Better to eat starchy carbs at lunch than at dinner.

I only have one grandchild, Wisdom. She is almost 7 and her name is Arianna.

Edited by: SCRIMP1 at: 2/22/2015 (14:41)
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Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent.


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Just getting started back here. Been a year or so had alot going on. My life took back seat. Now it's my time emoticon

Good better best never let it rest until your good is better and better is the best


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Hey My Team,

How is everyone this beautiful Sunday. I am down another 2 lbs. Hurray. My goal is 165, I am at 256. I will start exercising at my gym on tomorrow.

Scamp1 - Tell me about the low carbs. What does a days worth of carbs look like to you.

Laura - You did better then me, I didn't even put a Christmas tree up! No decorations at all!

Marlene - You are bless to have grandchildren.

Paula - It seems like you and your Hubby are friends. How did that happen!

Today, I am drinking my homemade juice, and monitoring my intake, that 2 lbs encourages me to continue.




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Well … the heating pad died! It’s always something!!!! I am still babying my hip … it is still quite sore. We have tons of snow so I doubt that we will get to see the birthday boy today. GS has an actual party planned for next Saturday … that’s when his other grandmother was available … she is in the medical field. But the kids were supposed to come up today and then stay with us while DIL worked Mon and Tue. We will see.

Laura – you are gonna do great with your surgery. Ice, ice, ice!!!! WooHoo on getting the Christmas tree down. Do you want completely out of the teaching field??

Linda – WooHoo … no cupcakes!!!

Marlene – My gosh lady … you must make millions of dollars a year to have to fork over that kind of tax money!!! Retirement is wooooooonderful. I do have hubby to keep me company and I am sure that is why I love retirement so much. I am sorry if I sound like a gushy bride … but I do love, love being able to spend all my time with hubby. We are busy with the g-kids and after March we will be less busy but will kidnap them several times a month just for fun.

Paula – It is days like this that hubby and I are soooooo glad we don’t HAVE to get out in the weather!!!

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Happy Sunday Sparks,

On my way to water aerobics. Scale looked nice this morning. Since I weigh every day and can vary 3 pounds from day to day. I will just wait until Wednesday, my official weigh day, to see.

Tammy - If this is our year, that means that this week is our week. We are going to tame the food dragon and his little brother Just One Bite Won't Hurt You. Stay safe in your bad weather. We had such a hard day yesterday. It was 60, AND the wind BLEW!

Marlene - double ouch. I am worried about a couple of thousand. I waited until 65 to retire, for two reasons one was health coverage, the other was the interactions I had at work. If my knees had been better I would still be working.

After water aerobic I will be watching the grannies.
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Good Morning
I got some good exercise yesterday in shoveling my driveway sidewalk and car. The amount of snow was under predicted. 12 inches. Now there is a thick icy slush every where and piles of snow; and it will refreeze tomorrow. A couple two doors down came to help me.
Scale is up a bit--I don't know why, I was on plan yesterday. Likely the sodium.

Well I am a bit calmer this morning as my Rationale Planning side takes over. After doing my taxes, I need to put together a new budget; that includes changing my W-4 so that they take out more taxes. I am already single with no dependents but its not enough. Although this years taxes were impacted by abnormally large capital gains taxes and Dividends; I still owed money in 2013 too. I'll use 2013 numbers to determine how to set my budget. I also decided to invest less money each month; save more in cash; and to cut off all savings except 401K in the next three paychecks through April to help pay for the taxes. I am expecting a bonus in March (Thank God); the entire amount will go towards the taxes. So I'll be fine; and should not have to go into my nest egg to deal with the taxes. But yes Tammyand---Ouch!

You know, I was wondering what "Retirement" would be like; and it struck me that it would be like a current weekend day where I have nowhere I HAVE to go; and decide how I want to spend the day any way I like..day after day..Alone....I will need to have something to do; a reason to get up. I will think about the answer to that question this year.

They say the way to plan for retirement is to figure out what your fixed income will be; and try to live on that for 3 months now.

I read my mixer manual last night; and am going to experiment with it soon. I'd love to find a very very light cake recipe and add lemon zest; and then drizzle the warm baked cake with lemon juice mixed with pourable sugar replacement. I also like to make English trifles with berries, Sugar and Fat Free pudding, and angel cake.
The trick will be to make small batches; and utilize portion control.

I hope everyone has a relaxing day.

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Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
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Marlene – Ouch on the taxes due! I STILL haven’t completed mine. Just today in the mail I got tax info from one of my investments. Shows how much I pay attention to these things. I thought I had already received everything I needed. How nice of your son to come to pick you up from your procedure. It has been years since I ate at the café at our Wegmans. I know you know the weight gain is from the sodium in the prepared food.

Linda – Sounds like a delightful bday party and a triumph for you with your choices. Woo hoo. Remember, this is our year!

Wisdomowl – Congrats on joining the gym. And wonderful that DH will be going too. I have heard it said that we do much better if we have a buddy to exercise with, and you have your BEST buddy joining the gym with you! You can inspire and support each other.

Laura – So sorry to hear about your knee, but thank goodness you will have the surgery pretty soon. Your DD sure is amazing. What does she want to major in in college?

Sue – So happy to hear that your DS is doing well in his new locale. How it is determined when you work from home or go in to your office? Do you get to choose or it that decided for you? Are there a minimum number of days when you must be present at your office? I am curious because I have never had opportunity to work from home.

Debby – You are right… a day off without going crazy is the way to do it. Enjoy, don’t go overboard, and get right back on track. This is why you are such a success and an inspiration to the rest of us.

Cat - Oh my, your hip injury sounds painful! Hope it continues to improve. Don’t wait too long to see a doc if your pain continues or gets worse. You want to be in good shape for your upcoming trip!

I was totally on track today and had no struggles. Don’t know what was going on with me yesterday, but glad it is over. We are having yet another snow storm after sub-zero temps overnight. I won’t be going to church tomorrow due to the road conditions. Many churches in our area cancelled services for tomorrow. So far my church hasn’t cancelled yet but it is over 16 miles away, and I won’t risk driving on bad roads. Had to miss church last Sunday too because of bad roads. I know we are not unique with this weather, but it sure does get tiresome to say the least. Hope everyone is doing well in whatever weather is outside your window. Stay safe, warm, and on track friends! Spring can’t be too far away.


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"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
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