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I am having the hardest time finding light cheese or lite cheese. I can find lite shredded Mexican, but that is about it, and of course mozzarella. Where do you find a variety of lite cheeses?

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Paula - Here is the recipe for Weight Watcher Chicken Cordon Bleu. I'm like you about reading right past bell peppers in any recipe. I dislike them so much! It's like any food made with them is contaminated.

Chicken Cordon Bleu - Weight Watchers

Minutes to Prepare: 25
Minutes to Cook: 15
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

12 oz. uncooked chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (4 breasts, 3 oz each)
2 1/2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. Light Land O Lakes butter (or just spray Butter Pam)
3 oz. boil lean ham, shredded
1/4 c. onion, minced
2 oz. mozzarella cheese (Part skim), in flour slices
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning

Directions

Pound chicken breast to about 1/2" thickness. Place flour, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning in a 1 gallon bag. Add one chicken breast and shake to coat with flour mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken. Pat an equal amount of remaining flour onto each chicken breast. Melt butter in a 9 or 10" skillet. Add chicken; cook over medium heat until brown, turning once, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and place in a 8" square baking pan. Add ham, mushrooms, and onion to skillet; saute until accumulated liquid evaporates and onion begins to brown, about 5-7 min. Spread an equal amount of ham mixture on each chicken breast; top each with 1 slice cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F until cheese is melted and chicken is tender, about 15 minutes.

Serving Size: Recipe makes 4 servings

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 201.0
Total Fat: 6.9 g
Cholesterol: 72.0 mg
Sodium: 358.3 mg
Total Carbs: 5.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
Protein: 27.8 g

I'm having my 31st day of compliance to make it a whole month of compliance. WooHoo!! I did a lot of walking today - first a 6 mile hike with my husband and then another 1.2 mile easy walk with all four dogs at the dog park. The streak of good weather we've been having is supposed to end tomorrow, so we thought they'd like the chance to get out in the sunshine while we still have it.

Munchkin - I hope you'll stick with us. These people are so supportive and we're all at different stages so we can help each other get through rough spots.

Linda - planning is really the key - that, and sticking to the plan. I find routine really helps me to stick to it as well. When my routine gets shaken up, so can my resolve. But, if I know my routine is going to be messed with, I can plan for that. And, if it's messed with when there's no time to plan for it, I just try to remember the "rules" that I have set for myself. Rules being trying to stay within my calorie range and nutrient balance. I also try to remember that I can't eat as many calories if my exercise routine is interrupted and therefore, cut back on those days, especially if I know it's going to be interrupted more than a day or two (like on vacation). It's a lot easier said than done, but at least as long as I'm conscious about what I'm doing, I can usually do OK. I have been known to let myself get out of control sometimes, though, and that's how I put the 20 pounds back on. Not gonna let that happen again, though.

Cat - well, I'm no stranger to falling off the cliff. The trick is getting back on top and staying there. At least is was short lived. Get back up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

I have a quote on my refrigerator that I read once in awhile to remind myself that I'm a changed person. It says:

"Actually, I just woke up and realized I didn't want to feel like that anymore, or ever again. So I changed.... just like that."

Isn't that why we're all doing this? So we won't feel like that anymore? It requires change, and that's what we're all doing. Changing for ourselves first, and for our loved ones second. I remember, when I decided to really take getting the weight off seriously, thinking about how my dad died so young (65) from obesity related causes (stroke due to diabetes that he did not control well - he was also 325 lbs. in his 6'2" body). I hurt so much from him not being here for me anymore. I decided not to do that to my children or myself. So I changed. I think Dad would be proud of me and that is part of the motivation I have to be healthy. For me that includes fitness, not just weight.

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Munchkin – Welcome! We are happy to have you with us.

Debby – Don’t worry about the onions in the recipe. I read right past onions anytime they appear in a recipe. It is like the word is invisible.

PandB – Woo Hoo! 50 is fabulous! You have so much to be proud of. You worked for it and you did it! Yay PandB!!! Do you have special plans for the Super Bowl? Are you going to get the snow storm that is headed my way here in PA?

Linda – Your grandchildren are precious! You are so blessed to have them in your life. And they are blessed to have you for a grandma. I always have frozen veggies on hand to use when there are no fresh veggies in the house. They are quite healthy from what I understand and certainly better to eat than not eating any veggies or eating high sodium canned veggies. I first discovered frozen veggies when I moved into my first apartment. My mother always used canned veggies, out of convenience I guess. I was on a diet (back in 1979) and frozen veggies were permitted but not canned. Ever since then frozen veggies have been in my freezer. As the mother of an eagle scout, I know the meaning of being prepared.

Cat – Trust me, I’ve been in your position. I am never quite sure what it takes to get the momentum rolling again, but I know it can happen, and it will with you. Your situation is complicated by your thyroid issues, which I wouldn’t even attempt to understand. Are you eating a lot of processed carbs when you go off track? For me that is usually what does it…and then it becomes cyclical…I just eat more carbs and want more carbs and eat more and want more….You get the picture. The toughest part is stringing together about 3 good days…even if you do it gradually rather than jumping in with both feet. Whatever works. By the third day I am usually feeling strong enough that I don’t want the junk food and have no great appetite to overindulge in the excessive amounts of healthy food. I am just plain satisfied with reasonable portions of healthy foods. Checking in here and reading the successes is always motivating to me too. I truly feel for you, as I know the feelings you are having all too well. Hang in there and stay with it on the good days as well as the not-so-good days. If this task was easy, we’d all be skinny.

I am on compliant day 12 + 5. I weighed in this morning for the first time in ages. I am happy to say I am back to my pre-holiday-weight-gain weight. So basically17 compliant day and I lost about 10 pounds. I still need to lose more to get to my all time lowest spark weight…but I am only about 5 pounds away from that now. Today was a good day for me. My neighbor (Chris, the swimmer) stopped by and visited for a while. He is such a good person. I always enjoy chatting with him. I had a pretty relaxing day, got my exercise in before Chris stopped by, and then did some typing for DS for one of his classes. I type most of his school work because he can’t type due to his cerebral palsy impacting his fine motor skills significantly. He has Dragon Naturally Speaking, the voice to text software, but it is so far from perfected and becomes frustrating at times. So usually DS dictates to me and I type for him or else he uses Dragon and then he and I go over it to fix up all the mistakes Dragon makes. We are bracing for another snow storm, Sunday night into Monday….current predictions are for 8 to 12 inches. Ugh! At least we don’t have to go anywhere. DS’s classes this semester are on Tuesday and Thursday, plus he is taking 2 online classes.

Here’s to a happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!


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1/31/15 7:24 P

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Munchkin- I think this is my 500th time around - not all with Spark - but with trying to find the power within myself to stay the mark, so welcome back we are here to help each other and to help our selves

Cat - here's my hand out - let me help you up, put your arm around my shoulder and I will put mine on yours, together we will fight our way forward with Debby, Sue and Marlene showing us the end point. Paula and P&B will show us how to begin again and stay on path. We can do this together.

Debby - your day is inspirational, but not in my realm of possibility at the moment. Hopefully with time and surgery I will be able to do more.

I have planned my week, Planned my meals, planned my exercise, Planned and planned. I have purchased the food for the first half of the week. Tonight it is melatonin and early to bed.
Spark On
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hello everyone. this is my second time around so i really think i need someone to be accountable to. very determined to make it work this time. glad i found this thread.

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Sandy - congrats on those 50 lbs. That is a HUGE accomplishment!

Linda - I hate when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep. I agree, melatonin helps.

Cat - OK, so here's a typical compliant day for me:
Wake up a read my email, Facebook, etc.
Eat breakfast, usually 1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese, a banana, and 1c v-8 fusion
Go to gym (or on a hike) and do cardio for 50 min., keeping my heat rate between 136-146, then do strength training three days a week (15 exercises, generally 5 upper body, 5 lower body, 5 core - I rarely do the same routine, I mix up lots of different ways to work these parts of my body), go to senior fitness twice a week (this is a cross training class with emphasis on functional fitness, balance, movement, etc.) On Saturday I just do cardio for an hour, or go for a hike.
Between my cardio and strength training or class, I eat a home made protein bar (no-bake chocolate peanut butter protein bar - recipe is in spark recipes)
When I get home I eat lunch - usually a sandwich using Dave's Killer Bread thins (60 cal per slice), turkey, ham, tuna, or egg salad, light mayo, or mustard, and a piece of fruit.
Midway between lunch and dinner I eat a small snack - what it is varies, but is nutritious and usually about 100- 200 cal.
Finally, dinner is always different, but includes veggies, a healthy carb, and a protein. I mostly make sure it's within the calorie range for the day. I also try very hard to eat close to a balance of 30% cal from fat, 20% cal from protein, and 50% cal from carbohydrates and try to make sure those calories a quality calories. I'm not nearly perfect at this, but am good most of the time when I'm on track.
Remember, I work out an average of 650-900 cal per day, six days a week, so Spark People sets my calorie range at 1600-1950 cal per day to lose at 1-2 pounds per week. You'd have to adjust for your calorie burn rate.
So, there you have it... the detailed version. I hope it helps.

Paula - I'll try to post that recipe later today.


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New day … same ol’ story. Still in the throes of over eating. It’s not a stumble … but a full fledge fall on my face. I fell on food with my mouth wide open and swallowed … multiple times. Came here to read about everyone’s successes.

Sue – you can cry allllll you want with DS moving away. With 2 out of 3 of mine living sooooo far away … I understand how you feel. I feel like something is missing from my … life … soul. You are at the 100 pound mark. YOU will succeed.

Paula/Tammy – I need some BIG Band-Aids for my scrapped and bleeding knees!! I have been thinking more and more about being on a structured DIET. My thinking is it would get me back on track and keep me there until I get my mojo back. My “excuse side of my brain” wants to blame my months and months of struggling on my thyroid medication and the fact that I have been exercising more non-aerobically. Excuses, excuses!

Debby – God love ya!!! You are my hero. Stay with it!!!! How do you do your morning??? When do you eat breakfast. When do you exercise. Do you eat a snack after exercising???

P&B – Way to go lady!!! 50 pounds!!!!!!!!!!


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Hello Sparklers,

It's not my official weigh in day, but today the scale showed I am down to 290 and have lost a total of 50 pounds.

YIPPEE,

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Happy Saturday Sparks

Today started out frustrating. I went to sleep at 10. I slept really well for me and did not wake until 3:30. Then I could not go back to sleep. I finally got up at 4:30. Melatonin for me tonight. I did get my 15 minutes on the bike.

I need to plan food for the week. TJ's today, so need to get busy thinking. I think I am going to buy some chicken sausage for my DD and DSIL so I have something I can quickly grill on the side.

I am going back to volunteering at my GC's school next week.

Have a great weekend
Spark on
Linda

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Linda - adorable grandkids. I get having to cook for differing needs. At one time I was cooking for one that was lactose intolerant, one with restrictions because of gout, one who was vegetarian, and for me. It's definitely challenging.

Paula - love that streak you're on. I'll post my chicken cordon bleu recipe soon. It uses onions, which I know you dislike, but you can easily leave them out.

Cat - my trainer told me to eat breakfast before exercising because that's where your body is going to draw energy from for the exercise. I'm not sure of the mechanics, but I know I've seen articles on sparkpeople about this. I'll see if I can find one or two and post a link.

David - nice to see her post. Your family is lucky to have you.

Sue - I know you're going to miss your son. Thankfully, there are so many ways to stay in touch these days. Distance can't diminish your love. Closing in on 100 pounds off!! WooHoo!!!!

As for me, I'm still on track, (day 30 of compliance). Got all my exercise in (treadmill at 2.7 mph, 15% incline for 50 minutes; strength training for 45 minutes, plus 7 minutes of stretching), then came home and cut out patterns for the six skirts my daughter needs for costumes. I have six dresses to get cut out, too. Fixed dinner, picked up my son from work, then finally sat down for a bit. Now it's late and time for bed. Have a great weekend everyone.

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See my new pic - these are my son's children. This is the happiest I have seen them in months. The family went to the beach for the middle son's birthday and everyone had a great time

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Cat - glad it was a stumble and not a fall off the cliff. I cannot do plans that have you eat certain things on certain days because I tend to rebel. I need something that is usable anywhere anytime. It is why I like both Spark and DASH.

Sue - you should be so proud. Even with all of your trials you are so close to your goal. Yeah you. Pat yourself on the back and take a deep breath.

ChangeN - you are such a great guy - you share in the work both in and out of the house. You are such an important part of your granddaughter's life. Take some time to see what a good person you are. Be proud of all you do. It is important not only to count our blessings but also to recognize our own strengths.

P&B - how much snow did you end up getting? It sprinkled here on and off all day.

I am below my calorie range, but do not feel like it. I did not eat fresh vegetables today, ate frozen. Whenever I do that I always feel like I am out of compliance. It makes no sense but that is how I feel. I will solve the problem tomorrow by going to TJ's.
Happy weekend all
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Sue – Great news about the job interview! That has got to be encouraging. I wish there was something I could say to make your son’s move easier on you. But the truth is, if I were in your shoes, I’d feel the exact same way. I have a good feeling about your reaching your 100 pound milestone. You can do it! And we will be here to celebrate with you!

David – Happy to see your post. Everyone here cares about you. I am glad you took a nap. We talk a lot here about the importance of getting proper rest. You probably needed that nap. Yay for you for taking care of yourself. When we are well rested we are more likely to make healthy eating choices. Hope you get some answers about those hives. As a person with chronic skin problems, I can identify with what you are going through.

Cat – If you need help bandaging those scraped knees, here I am. Heaven knows I have lots of practice bandaging my knees with my own “falls from grace.” I know you will be back on track and thriving. Complicated diets are not for me. The Fast Metabolism diet sounds complicated. I looked into the Sugar Impact diet at one time and found that too complicated too. Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers always left me hungry and therefore I’d cheat all the time. The 17 Day Diet has just enough structure and flexibility for me, and it works when I follow it. And it can be very forgiving, so to speak.

Linda – So happy to hear that your cousin found you a less expensive dentist. It does pay to shop around. Yes, Jambo does know how important he is around here. He is a very loving cuddly guy who warms up quickly to new people and is very much a lap dog. I cook in a way similar to what you mentioned. I usually have protein and veggies as well as a salad for dinner but also make a starch for DS…sometimes potatoes, rice, noodles, etc. The challenge is not eating the starch I make for him. Lately, thank goodness, I have not caved. And the few times I did have some of his starch it has been just a tablespoon or so which fortunately did not trigger any cravings.

PandB – You are fortunate to get in walk with DH. We are under a high wind advisory now and it is bitter cold as well. My walking today has been up and down our basement steps what seemed to be a thousand times doing laundry, laundry, and more laundry. I might have to look into those little doggie booties for Jambo. He hates wearing a coat or sweater and wiggles out of them if he can. But maybe the boots are worth a try.

Debby - Have fun at the Japanese gardens. I always remember that that is where you took many of your success photos! Will you be taking one to post on this visit? We will probably watch the Super Bowl. Won’t be going anywhere on Sunday evening as more snow is headed our way then (current predictions are for about 10 inches). Can you post the Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe if you have time? I know you re super busy these days. You are so right about Jambo being spoiled. He has trained us quite well.

I am on Compliant Day 12 + 4 (I think…never was great at math). Happy to report no cravings and no cavings! I was up and down our basement steps about a hundred times today getting all the laundry done. I was not in the mood for the cruiser today and I didn’t go shopping (too cold and windy to go out without a very good reason), so I did my extra walking around the house. Tomorrow will be a cruiser day. I went to bed relatively early last night and slept relatively late today so I felt very well rested. And now, in just a few minutes, I will be headed to bed again. Ample rest and healthy eating certainly does seem to be working for me at the moment.


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Well … yesterday I fell from grace … not terribly … maybe just scrapped my knees. Eating was off time wise the whole day and it set me up for munching in the evening. Doc had me not walk until my hips stopped hurting … gave me an excuse to skip Wed AND Thu.

Kept the g-kids Wed and Thu … the house seems so quiet today. They will be back Sunday through Tue. DIL put in her notice at work that March 31st is her last day. She wants to stay home with the kids before GS goes off to school … he turns 4 the end of February. And we plan to start our 2-3 month “just for fun” trip shortly thereafter. They still plan to meet up with us in the Redwood Forest. We still can’t decide when to drive the California coast line to “maybe” see the whales migrating.

Linda – ummm … your cousin might be trying to make you comply with her wishes … maybe to feel like she has some control over something because she has no control over the cancer. Please stay firm with what you need … put yourself first.

Paula/Tammy – I wish I was taller … maybe I wouldn’t look so over weight … ya know the “I’m not fat … I am just too short” : ) Good for you not taking on any more responsibilities.

Debby – I am sooooo proud of you. I am setting myself up for a compliant … February!!! I really don’t want to be on a DIET but I have read that many use the word to mean:

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I have been struggling with doing one though. Fast Metabolism is basically eating from certain foods on certain days. This is to support your thyroid, liver, pituitary gland, hormones, etc. She only wants you to do 2 days of cardio a week. So that really doesn’t sit well with me. She also wants you to eat breakfast before doing ANY exercise. Did your trainer explain WHY this is a good idea. I got caught up on all the Chris Powell Extreme Weight Loss shows … and got his book from the library yesterday. He also uses a cycling concept. I am so pissed at myself for losing 55 pounds and then stalling, then swinging back and forth with 10 pounds. In May, Doc changed my thyroid meds from 120 to rotating 120 with 90 … then she had me do just 90 daily. I suffered terribly with water retention over the summer. So now I am back to rotating 120 with 90 … it will take weeks before I see any difference … if any. She finally prescribed Lasix for use ONLY in the summer and ONLY up to 3 pills spread out over 7 days.

I need to get my mojo back.

I don’t have a weight problem … I have and eating problem.


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hello everyone!

Doing a quick check-in .. as I'm off soon to babysit the grandkids. I made it thru the week at work .. one big success. I had my 2nd interview for the job today. I think it went ok .. the mgr mostly had direct questions asking me for examples of how I handled different situations in my past jobs (leading a project, getting past challenges in a project, getting folks to work as a team ... ). I was a bit confused as this is not a lead position .. but from my experience, until you really are doing the job, you won't know what the job really is .. job descriptions and requirements never really explain it. So .. we'll see.

Pretty stressed .. as my oldest son's flight leaves Tuesday morning .. this mom's still cannot accept it I think. Tomorrow, I'm going over to his house to help finish cleaning it out .. not sure how I'm gonna deal with it. I start crying everytime I think about it. I think my hubby was disappointed that the financial planner didn't say we could BOTH retire. He's been really down about his job lately ... not sure what he's thinking, and when I ask, he says everything is fine .. but my radar is telling me different. I hate to see him so down .. I have enough to deal with my sadness. My oldest son thinks he's worried about losing his job. That would not be good for us financially .. but it might be healthier for him.

Eating-wise I'm doing good .. I'm within 4 pounds of my 100 lb loss .. and I'm trying very hard to focus on that .. if I'm going to have to work until age 65 .. I need to be healthy .. this needs to be my priority. So many years of putting everyone else 1st .. it is hard to change this habit.

Thank you all for listening .... it does help me to able to say things bluntly and honestly ... how I feel at the moment. I know there is no magic formula to life .. you just have to live it.

Have a great Friday nite,
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Hello all, have been away and busy. Last I posted I was getting mystery hives. Been to doctors, blood test etc. Noone can give me a straight answer. I continue to load up on benidril and vistaril to try and sleep. During day I can't take benidril and fully function at work. The bosses too are looking at ways to increase sales so my "mini kitchen" has now been assigned 10hr shifts. This is to try and catch more shopping customers. The days are longggggggg but its 4days on 3days off.
I had so many plans on cleaning etc around the apartment. That went out the window. About the only constructive thing was taking and washing clothes as I do every week. Napped 2hrs yesterday, hung out at the book store for 1.5hrs,then picked up and had lunch with my wife on her lunch break at work.
I continue to have trouble logging in to SP to even see what's going on. I need to ho clean up the kitchen here at home do l better go. Got to go pick up granddaughter at 5from daycare. I hope all is well with everyone. I'll try to log back here later and try to catch up on your posts. Hope everyone is having s great Friday. Take care.

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Happy Friday Sparks,

P&B - good going on the walk, sorry about the Arctic blast. We are going to have rain today. Hopefully we will get some snow at the higher elevation to keep the ski resort open.

Tammy - love the pic of your puppy. He is a real cutie and looks like he knows how important he is to the family.

Debby - you are on such and strong path that you are pulling the rest of us along.

Bonwil - glad to see you are still here. Thank you for the encouragement.

Sue - absolutely steps are steps - every time we move, every time we stand, every time we de-stress we are improving our health. Our bodies do not have a little man inside saying "No, I won't count that one because she didn't go 10 minutes, she only went 9 minutes and 59 seconds, so it does not count."

Marlene - I love the east coast for its cities, its history and its facilities. I love the west coast for its variety of physical features and the weather. Sometimes when I read about where you are are I get a little jealous.

Gini, ChangeN, all missing friends - have a great weekend and we miss you

They found the missing kid.
My daughter is home today with sick kids. I am home today. I started my day with 15 minutes on the bike. My eventual goal on these days is 20 minutes, so I am on my way.
Ate a very high protein breakfast. I am not sure what I am going to make for dinner tonight. Sunday is roast chicken. My daughters wants more substantial meals. I am experimenting with meeting their needs and my needs. I am eating more fresh veg (cauliflower, broc and carrots at dinner time and making something starchy for them. It is working out.

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Hello Sparklers,

It’s snowing again, those big fluffy flakes. Snow is suppose to end this afternoon and then we are getting an arctic blast with plunging temperatures for the weekend. Will need to get out and clear the driveway before the temperature drops too much.

TAMMYAND - Love your new profile picture. They have little booties for dogs, maybe that would work? Very happy to hear your skin is doing better. I'm sure it's linked to your recent stretch of healthy eating and good sleep habits.

DEBBY - Congratulations on a month of compliance and that is so wonderful that you can see it in the way your clothes fit. Seeing my clothes getting baggy always motivates me to keep going.

JUSTME - That is good news about the dentist and glad your cousin is behaving better.

Things are going well here. Yesterday DH and I went for a walk so I was able to get my exercise in. It is a 45 minute route and we cover about 1.5 miles.

Be well,

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My cousin came through for me. She found a dentist that is doing implants for half price this month. He is about 40 miles away, but a $2000 savings is worth 40 miles. I think it was her way a apologizing for her temper tantrum yesterday. It also worked out that I was able to tell her that I can take to chemo on any day because it will be the week that my water aerobics instructor is taking vacation. So I may have a dentist and she has a ride. My higher power is taking care of me.
It is getting late, so I am going to be heading to bed. I will make it by my absolute no later than 10. I have been doing better this week and did turn the TV off. But i have been reading about a local boy that it looks like may have been kidnapped. He was walking to school and never made it. He is 12. Everyone is hoping that he turns up soon.

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Another good day for me. Twenty eight days compliant in a row. I am down eight pounds and I can really feel it in the way everything fits. I always appreciate all of you for helping me with the motivation to keep doing it. I'm planning to finish out the month strong and start on month two of compliance.

Paula - your dog is so cute. He sounds like a very spoiled little thing. Just the way he should be emoticon . Your compliance streak is great. I know you can keep this going and that the results will be fabulous.

Sue - good news from your financial adviser. I know I love retirement. It allowed us to move where we wanted to be and I don't think I would have embarked on my journey to health if I hadn't retired when I did. Now I'm young enough to still enjoy being active and healthy and I have the time to do things that I always wanted to do. Also, congrats on getting your steps in and in staying on track. I love the walking you're doing. It must help a lot with the stress. I used to do that, too when I was working.

Sandy - well, nuts! I hate when people don't show up to do what they're supposed to do, especially when it affects me. That lifeguard better have a good excuse. I agree - splash him/her next time - or dump them in the pool!

Linda - I'm sorry your cousin is being so difficult. I know from when my brother had cancer that people, when facing a potentially terminal disease, can sometimes say and do things that they might not otherwise. You are right to make sure your take care of yourself first. You can't take care of anyone else if you're not OK. I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying that recumbent bike. Every little bit of movement is a little bit more of not being sedentary and will put you closer to getting those knees taken care of. I can't wait til you're well enough to go on a walk with me, whether it's in SoCal or here emoticon

I got my 50 minutes cardio and hour of senior fitness in today and still have to prepare dinner (an old weight watchers recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu). But after that I'm done eating for the day and looking forward to a quiet weekend. No Superbowl for us. My guys are so disappointed that their 49ers didn't even make the play offs that neither of them is even interested in watching it. So, we're going to the zoo and the Japanese Gardens for the day. It's supposed to rain, but not be terribly cold, so we'll just wear our rain coats and call it good. I also found out today that the NCAA basketball tournament (March Madness) rounds 1, 2 and 3 are being played in Portland this year. This has to be my husbands favorite thing to watch every year. So, we got tickets through Groupon for that, too. It was here three years ago and we went then and had a blast. I expect we will again.

Meanwhile, I got the fabric and patterns for six dresses and six skirts, 50's vintage style, to start the sewing for my daughter's play. Better get to work....I only have about four weeks - Yikes!!

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Debby – I love the birthday plan you have for DH. He is one lucky guy! Great idea. How wonderful that you are having nice weather. It is so darn cold here with more snow on the way. All of the snow pack on the ground here makes it feel even colder. I am sure you had a good weigh in today. You are really rocking! I posted a pic of our chihuahua as my new profile photo. He doesn’t like to walk outside at all. He is a totally indoor dog and is paper trained, which is convenient when he is alone for an extended period of time. He does not like to even get his paws dirty outside. When I take him out on a leash to walk a little, he prefers to crawl up my leg, essentially asking to be carried. So I laughed when I read your doggy treadmill comment. Jambo is not pudgy or overweight however. He does get a lot of exercise playing in the house with DS and me.

Sue – Congrats on your steps! That is fabulous. Yes they count even if not consecutive. You are doing great.

Linda – I think you have some great momentum going right now, and I believe that getting proper rest has something to do with it. Keep that streak going! You have a good understanding about your cousin. She is lucky to have you, even though she might not act that way.

PandB – What a bummer about the life guard. I know how much you were looking forward to your water aerobics. Splash him/her next time you are there! LOL.

I decided to post a pic of our almost 9-year-old chihuahua as a new profile picture. I was inspired to do so by a friend on another spark team. I am still working on changing my Tammyand name. DS says he will come up with a new name for me. We’ll see. I am having a good strong compliant day. I grocery shopped at our farm market grocery store so I know I got in lots of steps and of course bought healthy foods, mostly veggies and chicken. I had a very restful night and am beginning to think I have turned the corner with my skin problems. I think I am going to start keeping track of how well I sleep and how well I do with healthy eating the next day. It is just amazing to me how some days are so much easier than others to stay compliant.



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Hello Sparklers,

So frustrated. The life guard was a no show at the pool last night so water aerobics had to be cancelled. I was REALLY looking forward to getting into the pool but will now have to wait until Monday (the next scheduled class). For today, DH and I will go for a walk so I will definitely get my activity in today.

JUSTME - Good for you measuring your food and no seconds. It’s a tough situation with your cousin. It’s good that you recognize she is hurting and that her behavior is not personal towards you. Although sometimes it may feel that way. Keep offering to help on your terms and don’t let her beat on you emotionally.

TAMMYAND - Good for you keeping in your calorie range and for not overextending yourself by agreeing to be a core part of the new church program. Volunteering is important but not more important than taking care of yourself.

DEBBY - Congratulations to you on a month of compliance. That is a real accomplishment and I am sure this will lead to good results on the scale. The Trailblazers game sounds like a wonderful surprise B-day gift. I’m sure your husband will enjoy it.

ITZ_SUE - Steps are certainly steps. Good for you reaching 7200, that is a lot. Walking across the skyway is a great way to deal with work stress. This habit will definitely lead to success.

Be well,

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Sounds like your plan is working. Keep it up. As for your cousin the best thing is to just be a good listener and let her know you are there when she is ready. God Bless you both.

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Happy Thursday Sparks,

I started out on my bike and am now going to water aerobics. Good compliant day yesterday. I am doing very well on my "never any seconds rule" and my "measure it rule" so I think this is going to be a time of change for me. I also made it to bed on time on a WEDNESDAY! Wednesday and Thursday are the two days when I like to stay up late. I had lights out at 8:30 yesterday, one more day to a sleep compliant week. I feel so much better with some real rest.

I know my cousin is hurting right now and scared. I know that everyone is different when it comes to handling bad news. I am trying to support her, but sometimes it feels like all she wants to do is push everyone away. Let go,Let God! Old AA advise - good advise - now all I have to do is take it.
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Hello Everyone!

Quick check in .. as I'm ready to go to work.. Lunch is packed .. attitude is in check! .. I'm working at having a better day.

I was quite exhausted yesterday .. ended up staying at work for 10 hours .. so I didn't check in .. but I did have the success of staying compliant in eating AND walking 7,200 steps .. (maybe that's why I was so tired) .. but everytime I started feeling distressed .. I got up and walked across the skywalk to the far ladies room .. it wasn't steps in a row .. but steps are steps right?

Have a great day .. Friday's coming!
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Again with a quick check-in....

Still compliant and looking forward to a good official weigh in tomorrow. My husband and I opted for a six mile hike today, instead of the gym. We wanted to enjoy our unseasonably nice weather and our dog Jaynee really enjoys the walks, too. I told my husband we should consider getting a doggie treadmill for our little pug. He's such a pudgy little thing and he refuses to walk more than a half mile and even then he's slow and protesting. I think 10 minutes several times a day would do him a lot of good :)

Only three days left in January and I'm shooting for a completely compliant month. Then there's February to navigate through... two birthdays (son and husband), a hockey game and a Trailblazers basketball game- not to mention Valentine's Day. The Trailblazers game is a surprise birthday present for my husband. He loves basketball, but has never been to a game since we moved to the Portland area. My son and I plan to take him into Portland under the guise of taking him out to a nice dinner and not telling him were going to the game until we're pulling into the train station at the arena. (We rarely drive in Portland, we usually take the light rail system - it's easy and there are no parking hassles)

Again, I'm so motivated seeing everyone's success and am so glad to have you all as friends.

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Linda – I have no dental coverage. When I looked into it upon retirement, I found that most plans are not worth the cost and was told that most dentists will work with the patient in terms of costs and payments. So I opted not to pick up any dental insurance. Can you shop around to see if you can find the same procedure for a better price?

Marlene – I too go for the grilled chicken sandwiches when I am in a fast food restaurant. Other than the high sodium content, it can be a pretty wise choice. I laughed out loud about your diet choir angels comment. I was thinking a similar thought…when I wrote my meal plan for Linda. Sheeesh, if I was that compliant all the time I wouldn’t be struggling! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip. I don’t like to drive at all so I can’t imagine making the trip you are making. I’m with Linda. I love retirement. In June I will be retired 3 years and have never regretted it. While I loved my job (with some exceptions, especially in the last 2 years), I never defined myself by it, so it was quite easy for me to move on. In 3 years I have not once returned to my place of employment and don’t miss it at all.

Sue – So happy your financial advisor had good news for you. You have an excellent attitude and will do well whatever choices you make. I can feel it from your posts.

Debby – Glad all went well with the dermatologist. You are wise to be on the lookout for skin issues.

PandB – Shoveling is a good calorie burner. Congrats too on your happy scale once again. Woo Hoo on choosing the tea over the hot chocolate. All these wise choices are surely contributing to your success.

Cat- It’s funny. I pictured you as much taller than 5’3” of even 5’4”. You are a tall standing out lady in my mind. I say take this weight loss thing one step at a time. When you get to a certain weight you will know how you feel and how reasonable that 145 number is.

I was within the upper range for my calories today. I surprised myself by fitting in time for my cardio cruiser because I had a pretty busy day. This afternoon our priest came for the annual home blessing. It is our custom to have our homes blessed every year, in January, after the feast of Epiphany (Jan. 6). It also gives the priest a chance to have some private time with all of his families. It seems at church I end up talking with his wife much more so than with him. We had a nice visit and discussed a very interesting and exciting pilot program he has been asked to try at our church. I am interested in this program but did not volunteer to be one of the “core” participants. I will help as much as I can but don’t think I want to take on any more positions of responsibility at this time.


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P&B - great progress & enjoy your aerobics, I know I do

Marlene - today my daughter has an event at school so she was not home for dinner, so I made her husbands favorite - red beans and rice with andouille sausage for him and shrimp for me. He hates shrimp and sausage is just not the best choice for me. So, yes, cooking for different needs is a challenge. He needs to gain about 25 pounds.

Sue - if you retired could you help relieve some of the stress on him? Even though he has a hard job maybe your retirement could mean less stress on him in other areas.

Debby - you are such an inspiration - keep telling us about your success it keeps us going

I had a very relaxing day. I did my 10 minutes this morning and then cleaned up some of the paperwork that has been piling up.
This afternoon my cousin called to yell at me. She was angry because I was trying to find out when her next chemo appointment was so I could take her. But I did say I would take her on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday. She was angry because I asked her daughter if she knew since my cousin has not picked up the phone in the last 4 days and she was also angry that I will not take her on Tuesday or Thursday. She said that she would drive herself and if she passed out at the wheel that was just the way it would be. She was dying and not gave a d----. I did not say anything which I should have said something nice, but I was reacting not act.



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Hello Sparklers,

Today is my weekly weigh in day and this week I lost 1.8 pounds. My goal is to lose 1.5 pounds a week, so I’m happy with this.

We didn’t get as much snow as was predicted and DH and I just came in from clearing the driveway. It's hard to tell exactly how much snow we did get because of all of the drifting. But, it is a bright sunny day here today so it was nice to be outside getting some fresh air.

There are some habits that are hard to break. After shoveling snow I love a cup of hot chocolate. Really what I want is something hot to drink, so today I swapped the high calorie cocoa for herbal tea and was just as satisfied.

TAMMYAND - Glad to hear you weren’t hit as hard as predicted either. Congratulations on your 12+1 days of compliance.

SCRIMP _ Love your determination. You will definitely be successful at keeping the weight off. You are so right, what ever is going on in our lives we have to make THE PLAN out top priority.

MTN_KITTEN - Glad your annual check up went well.

ITZ_SUE - Good job marching in place to get your steps. I have been known to walk around the house in circles for the same reason.

DEBBY _ Good for you having 27 days of compliance. That is wonderful. That is so nice the acquaintance praised you for all of your hard work. Getting positive feedback always helps keep you going.

After a long dry stretch water aerobics resumes tonight. I'm looking forward to getting into the pool.

Be well,

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Wow, Debby - you have tamed and harnessed the food dragon and are shedding pounds like a champ

Drive safe Marlene - lots of bad road conditions in your neck of the woods - I love being retired! I really thought I would miss the comradery of the work place, but I still have my friends and I have my own time.

Sue - I am also really working at cooking correctly sized meals. I tend to worry about "having enough" when what I should be worried about is having the right amount so there is no waste.
Had a smoothie for breakfast, which is always a good start to the day. I am home today and planning on doing some organization. Things are starting to pile up again. I ate the rest of the leftover bean soup for lunch yesterday, so I need to figure out my lunch today.

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Hello
Busy day for me. I have to pack and get out of the door by 12 noon and on my way driving to Princeton, NJ. I'm taking my own car. Could have got a rental but I plan to stop off in Philly on the way home and come back Saturday.

Kat--If only doctors knew all the answers. I believe you have to take all the advice out there from books, doctors, and media and find the weight loss prescription customized for you. Sure 145 is what the tables say for a high weight, but I can tell you being around the same height--145 would be too low for me to maintain. That's teenage weight. I'd say when you get to the 160s like me you'll be looking thin and be thrilled. I did read the Fast Diet, the DASH diet, I get them from the library I used to buy diet books not to follow the advice but for the inspiration. I could never follow a diet. Its not real life. Eating an apple before each meal sounds ridiculous to me. Including whole grains does make sense too; as long as portion controlled.
Kudos on the normal lab work!

Justme--You do realize me and you have a similar condition--we love to eat our own cooking and we love to cook! I wish I was in charge of cooking for my family again--my boys love to eat. Cooking for others while trying to diet is definitely a daily challenge. Hoping things work out for your son and DIL.

Debbie--8 pounds! Its working! You, Tammyand, Kat, Justme, PandB are making me jealous--I want to retire too...I think.

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Happy Wednesday all!

Debby: good for you .. sharing time with another, and then STILL getting your exercise in .. you are so focused .. it is inspiring to me .. and 8 lbs for the month .. all I can say is emoticon ... glad to hear your dr appt went well .. I need to educate myself on what to look for too .. skin cancer is in my family.

Linda: me too me too .. part time garbage disposal .. I don't like to throw food out .. my budget has never allowed for waste .. but unfortunately, I live with people who do no think that way .. sometimes, it is frustrating. I am trying to cook less food, so we don't have so many leftovers all the time, but it's easier for me to just heat something up after work, rather than cook a whole meal. I'll spend more time steaming veggies, and then just warm up the main course

My breakfast smoothie, and lunch are packed, and I'm off to work soon. I plan to get more steps in today, cuz I have the skywalk to use. It's always easier at work (and yes, we have not gotten that treadmill out and working yet). I think hubby and I are both so depressed about the job situation (his and mine) that we don't feel like taking anything on when we get home. His job is pretty stressful, and physically hard so he's just too tired .. and he is really not that ambitious when things ARE going well. I'm just tired of trying to do everything myself. Oh well .. onward thru the fog right? More snow coming our direction toward the end of the week .. means more shoveling for me too .. helping me strengthen my arms more.

I applied for another job posting yesterday .. getting my name on as many as I can . but now that the financial advisor told me we'll be ok if I lose my job, I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders. I would like to be retired.

Have a great day everyone!
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Hi everyone. I'm very happy to see how many of us are sticking pretty close to our plans. It helps keep me motivated. I'm still keeping very busy with my volunteer work with the cats and dogs, and with sticking to my exercise regimen. I missed a little bit of my senior fitness class today as I got stopped in the locker room by an acquaintance that was being very complimentary of how hard I work and how good she thinks look. I, being very extroverted, kept talking with her til we'll into class time. I may have found a new volunteer for the animal shelter, though :). Even so, I still did my cardio on a recumbent bike for 55 minutes at 16 mph, burning nearly 750 calories, so I'm not worried about missing a good chunk of the senior fitness class. I'm glad to see so many of you setting step goals. I don't count steps, but I know I do the equivalent of about 6-8 miles just in exercise every day. One mile is generally about 2000 steps. I know that it used to be suggested that we get three miles in a day. Then I read somewhere that 10,000 steps a day was considered to be what we should strive for. I don't know what the right answer is, but as long as we're out there moving, it's good in my book.

Dermatologist froze the spot of interest on my face off. He said it wasn't cancerous, but was the type that could turn into it. It's not my first and probably won't be the last. I'm pretty vigilant about checking my skin for suspicious spots and so far have caught them all early.

And, yes I've been compliant with food again today (day 27) - ate at the very top of my range as we went out for lunch and it's really hard to eat low calories at restaurants for me. Still, compliant is compliant. Scale said down another half pound today, making it 8 for the month so far.

Hopefully I'll find time to respond to each of you in the next few days. I need to sit down for a few minutes to do that, though :)

Finish January off strong everyone.

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My SIL saved my day. I made the grillers and mixed veg. I made tater tots for the kids, my DD and my SIL. I kept thinking one would not hurt. When my SIL came home he took every tater tot that was left in the roasting pan. I know if he had not done that I would have used my gut as a garbage disposal, so he saved me. So I had a great compliant day. Tomorrow is fish.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: glad to hear you are getting to bed earlier .. I need to take a lesson from you. Thinking of you and your dentist appt .. Hope it went well. Kids .. Don't you wonder what they are thinking sometime .. Even if when they are adults. Keep up that "sleep" goal .. You'll feel better for it.

Tammy/Paula: snow, snow, snow .. Isn't it Spring yet? Hope you are feeling better soon .. I'm sure being cooped up due to the snow doesn't help you feel better either .. And after reading on .. Glad to hear you are feeling better today. I prefer shopping when there are not crowds to deal with too.

Debby: thank you for the encouragement, and example that we can do this .. My memory is not great, I need to be constantly reminded. 26 days is awesome! Good for you!

PandB/Sandy: stay safe in that snow. Take is one meal at a time, tracking on SparkPeople helps me .. When I can (and do) measure .. I've been trying to do that more because then I feel more confident and feel better about things.

Marlene: girl .. You are SO right! We have to make this our top priority .. And stop letting things get in our way. We know what to do, we just need to follow our plan.

Cat: Glad to hear your doc appt went well .. And I LOVE that you take a stand for the meds you prefer too. It should be a team effort, not a dictation. I like the idea of retirement .. But like I said it scares me .. Financially, and mentally too I think. I've worked all my life .. It would be weird to stop. I am gathering info on retirement all the same.

8pm here, and I can safely say, I've been compliant 3 days in a row. I even marched in place to make my 3,000 steps for today, after shoveling snow this morning … only about 1 inch, which isn't bad compared to a lot of other folks. It was nice out, and I enjoyed the fresh air.

We had sort of good news with the financial advisor today .. One of use could retire, if the other maintained health insurance until we are are 65, and can go on Medicare. He actually said he thought we've done a good job "financially" in our lives .. There just were circumstances that disrupted things. If we focus on paying off debt, we should easily be able to both be retired in a few years. I know that there are no promises in life, so we'll have to take it as it comes. If I get the job, maybe hubby can retire (he's the one with the bad heart, and the too physical of job) .. And if I get the job and it's tolerable, I am in pretty good health, and could deal for a few more years. … leaving it in God's hands, and hoping for God's guidance.

Well … I too need to get myself to bed .. Have a great night everyone!

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
Sue

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Today was my annual check up and all labs came back "normal". Doc suggested that I switch to a synthetic hypothyroidism med … like she has before ... but I am staying with Armour alternating with 120 and 90 every other day. It works for me.

Doc is more concerned about my insulin resistance and my fasting glucose being up ... and me trying to dump 75+ pounds. She wants me to rethink my goal weight because she wants me to maintain more than she wants me to lose to a certain number and be there for a day. At 5’3” … yep they measured me today in my stocking feet … I am not 5’4” like I tell everyone … she would like to see anything under 145ish. She wants me to stop walking too fast and walk steadily for longer. Both my hips are killing me after upping my speed last week. She wants me to shoot for 60 minutes like I was doing and then keep my eye on 90 minutes. She believes in slow and steady wins the race. And I got the riot act on not eating any carbs other than fruits and vegetables. She feels that is why I am sooooo tired all the time. Over doing them and then not doing them. I am still reading The Fast Metabolism Diet. So far it’s strictly about what to eat when.

Linda – it feels soooooo liberating when you become debt free. Other than the house payment … which we originally planned to retire without one … but life happens … we have no other debt. I hear ya on SIL … you never know what is gonna be a problem until it is a problem. I have 2-3 fruits daily and veggies at every meal if not at snacks as well. Get that son to take over his own car payments!!!!

Sue – sounds like you are still in the running for the position. Gather all the info you can on retirement. It scared me coz hubby had to medically retire 2 ½ years earlier than we had planned for us both to retire at the same time. That’s why we didn’t get to pay the house off. But I went ahead and retired as planned. And I have no regrets. We are definitely on a budget … but hey … we always have been. We won’t get to travel as much and as far as we had planned … but my mental health is balanced by leaving a hostile work environment.

Paula/Tammy – WooHoo for getting right back on track!!! I think it is 12+1 compliant days. Why discount all the days that things were going well????

Debby – Wow … how cool for your daughter!!! Fingers and toes crossed for your derm visit.

Sandy/P&B – good for you timing your walk so precisely.

I don’t have a weight problem … I have and eating problem.

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Hello
Busy day no time for individual responses. I had got some exercise by shoveling snow and cleaning off my car, we got about 3 inches.

Then across the district to my hairdresser who lives about 50 miles away. Luckily the beltway was moving well coming and going. I got my hair colored red brown, there was about 1/2" gray showing since I last had it done a month ago.

I actually had to have a fast food meal at Burger King. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich and fries. I ate 1/2 the bread and removed as much dressing as possible.

I was down a pound to 163 today.

Tammyand--I am thrilled to be in the 160s. I do not have to lose any more weight but I cannot stop this way of eating 1200 healthy calories. I will gain weight if I don't watch what I eat--and get exercise. . So I'll continue on and if I reach 150 (I know I will) it will be great but there's no great rush to get there. Another 10 pounds won't change my life, but I will learn how to maintain. I will always weigh myself everyday to stay focused to eradicate any regain.

I am never going to be fat again. I won't let it happen or anything or anyone make me feel so worthless or angry that I turn to food for solace.

Glad to see everyone is minding their plan. You know, you'd swear we were a choir of diet angels as we stated what our eating plans consisted of. We should all be losing consistently. Trouble is LIFE gets in the way of the best laid plans. All I can say is we have to make THE PLAN our priority and guiding principal everyday and the weight loss WILL follow. And it looks like we are all being very consistent this month. I am down 5 pounds from my first weigh in in January.

Have to pack for my trip to NJ tomorrow. I am taking my time driving, looks like Princeton did not get much snow.

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Just got back from the dentist - good news and bad. Good news first - there is enough bone left to support an implant. The bad news - my insurance covers nothing - so it will cost me $4000 actually $4123. Ouch!!!!! that is for one tooth - ONE!! yes one!
I am doing very well on plan for the day. 10 minutes on bike, 60 min water aerobics, finished the liver for breakfast with some peppers and onions, then bean soup for lunch. Tonight is grillers, salad and mixed veg with blueberries for dessert. So it should be a great compliance day if I can get to bed on time. Two day in a row with good bedtimes, tonight would make three.


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PandB – Was wondering if you are in the path of the nor’easter. It pretty much missed us, despite the predictions. We got some snow and blowing overnight but nothing like the potential they predicted.

Debby - Wow you daughter is really something. And so are you ….making those costumes! Good luck at the dermatologist. Please keep us posted on how you do.

Linda – A friend of mine went on the DASH diet to lower his blood pressure, and for him it worked well. He didn’t have a lot of weight to lose, but he followed it and lost about 15 to 20 pounds. He looks great now and still eats by the principles of the DASH diet. I haven’t heard of the apple diet. But I like apples and eat at least one just about every day.

I am totally back on track today after two so-so days. So I guess today is compliant day 12+1. Or is it compliant day 13? Or is it compliant day 1? I’m checking in much earlier than usual for me today because I have plans for tonight and am not sure if I will get back to my laptop. Also, I want try to get to bed a bit earlier again. I grocery shopped today, and Giant was deserted. I guess everyone was there stocking up prior to the predicted storm. So I had the store almost all to myself which was great for my walking, except for a couple aisles where the employees were stocking the shelves. I brought home several bags of compliant healthy foods and feel great.


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Hello Sparklers,

We're getting that Northeastern snow storm too. Hard to tell exactly how much snow we are getting because it is blowing around so much. Water aerobics was cancelled last night because of the storm, so DH and I went out for a walk. We timed it perfectly. Half way though our walk it began snowing a little and we were home before there was any real accumulation on the street.

I've been tracking as best I can and believe I am staying within my calorie range. I still need to work on getting in all of my exercise. Water aerobics are on for tomorrow night, so that is good.

Glad everyone is doing well and am happy to read about all of the long streaks of good behavior. Keep up the good work everyone.

Be well,

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The DASH diet has one big difference from Spark - 8 servings of fruits and veg - 5 veg and 3 fruit a day. I have trouble with one fruit a day. Has anyone heard of the Apple diet? This one is easy in plan - before every meal eat 1/2 of an apple. Afterwards eat a healthy meal. I think you would get very tired of apples, but you could have different varieties from really tart to very sweet.
I started on my bike this morning and will soon be headed out to water aerobic, then home, then the dentist.
My daughter is struggling with financial worries if her husband loses his job. They were just starting to get their head above water.
My son on the other hand seems to have plenty of money for everything except paying me back the money he owes me. I am hoping that this month will be when he takes over his own responsibilities on the car. If he would do that I would be in a much better place.

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Thought I'd better chec k in before the day is over. Busy day finishing up the final little things to do for my taxes, figuring out a plan of attack for sewing 12 dresses for my daughter's next play. They're doing "All Shook Up", so it's all '50's clothing. She found out today that due to her GPA and the recommendations of several of her professors, that she's on a short list of graduates that may be asked to speak at commencement. Unfortunately, that's something she wasn't planning on doing as she's been doing her Master's on line through Southern New Hampshire University and she lives in Maryland. I figure it's an honor to be considered, but I totally get that she doesn't want to travel so far for commencement next week on short notice. Especially since it's right in the middle of the school year for her as a teacher.

I'm still compliant, eating at the lower end of my range today, plus getting all my exercise in. Tomorrow is my day to take care of cats at the store, then off to exercise, and then to the dermatologist to have a suspicious spot on my face looked at. I've had several pre-cancerous spots over the past couple of years treated. It's the price I pay for being lily white and having spent so much of my life outdoors, including a couple of years living in the tropics.

So, 26 days compliant, and over 7 lbs. down so far. Persistence does pay off. For those of you just starting a streak, keep it up. I know you can do it. For those of you well into your streaks, keep it up. The hard part of getting started is behind us. Let's keep it going.

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Linda – Good luck at the dentist. And bravo for getting to bed early. Woo Hoo. Good going. I think the tankless water heaters are much more expensive than the traditional kind. I have plenty of room for a 60 gal water heater when the time is right for me to get one, but I would LOVE the tankless kind. My family in Texas have the tankless kind and love it. As to how I plan my meals – for breakfast on mostly every day I have Breakstone Live Active cottage cheese and either an apple or an orange. My alternate breakfast is steel cut oatmeal and fruit. I then have another apple or orange sometime between breakfast and about 2 pm. Lunch is usually leftover protein from the previous day’s dinner or else I cook some protein (usually chicken or turkey) and have it with cooked veggies (broccoli or green beans mostly). Sometimes I add a salad at lunch. Dinner always starts with a big salad. I also have chicken or turkey (except on Wednesdays or Fridays when I usually make either fish or egg white omelets). I almost never make any kind of red meat. Once in a rare while I make a pork loin but have gotten away from pork too. I plan my meals around what is on sale at my grocery stores. If ground turkey is on sale then I buy that. If it is turkey cutlets on sale, I buy cutlets. For quite some time my grocery store has had chicken at a very reasonable price so I have been cooking a lot of chicken. I do not like or cook or eat liver. I hated it as a kid when my mother made it about once a week. She loved liver. I keep natural almonds, string cheese, Dannon light active yogurt, and sugar free popsicles on hand for snacks or to “grab and go” with the string cheese if I don’t have time for any meal at home. I also keep natural almonds in the car to keep me away from fast food drive throughs if I am hungry away from home.

Marlene – When I took my shower in the new tub, I put the stopper in to see how much water I used. I took along leisurely shower and still the water came just above my ankles. Probably 6 or more of my showers would equal one bath in that tub. I suggested to DS that perhaps he should just sit and take a sit down shower in the new tub. But so far he prefers the baths. On the 17 Day Diet we are not to eat starchy carbs or fruit after 2 pm. I usually comply with that. Sorry I missed that Steve Harvey show. I don’t usually watch him, but if I see a teaser that looks interesting I check him out once in a while. I admire you for wanting to lose more weight. I think if I made it to 165 I’d be thrilled and not work as hard at it as you are.


Cat – I have not heard of the diet you mentioned. Let us know if you learn some good tips/ideas.

Debbie - You are proof that success breeds success. So many compliant days and accomplishing other things too (like the dreaded tax prep). Woo Hoo and thanks again for the inspiration. Congrats on your daughter’s amazing accomplishments. Both you and she certainly are very talented and gifted.

Sue – Woo hoo for not eating the jelly beans. It is successes like that that give us added determination. Good luck with the phone interview. I would think this is a positive sign. Hope your tummy feels better.


Gini – Hope your husband had a happy birthday and that you were able to keep up with your plan.

Another snowy day here in eastern PA. More snow tomorrow, but only about 4 to 8 more inches, not too bad considering the forecast in the blizzard areas. All schools in our area were closed today, and some have already closed for tomorrow. I was not compliant today so I guess I have to start counting my streak all over again. I was not horrible but definitely strayed from my plan and was over my calorie range. So back on track tomorrow. I am still not feeling great…stuffy head and tired. I did some housework today but felt icky doing it. I was going to take a nap for a while, then got a phone call that tied me up, and then after the call I decided to not take a nap. So now it is time for bed for sure.


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It is 8:30 here and I am thinking of heading to bed again. Boy it would be wonderful if this became a habit. it is raining and my chimney is leaking. I would like to have it capped off and have a contractor come in and create a nook where the fireplace is now.
Tomorrow is a big day at the dentist. I find out if I can have an implant where he pulled my tooth, cleaning and a filing. So, wish me luck. I need to get into the eye doc also. Why do we need to see so many people to keep our bodies in shape?
I had a good day today, but can still do better. I made chicken fried steak for the rest of the family and I had liver. I did eat mashed potatoes and peas, but no gravy. Good salad and blueberries for dessert. Tomorrow is Morning star grillers.
Stay safe all of you facing the storm coming in
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Hello Everyone!

Well, it's 7:42pm and I am still in compliance for today. WooHOO!!! 2 days in a row … I followed Marlene's lead, and stopped for a rotisserie chicken to go with my veggie soup for dinner. It worked. I think I do need to ensure I have more protein in my meals.

My stomach was distressed today from lunch (1/2 English cucumber, 2 T hummus, 5 mini peppers) .. Then I felt the tummy acting up, and stopped eating. I had Greek yogurt, a small salad and some tomatoes on standby, but never got to them.

I got an email from the Mgr that I interviewed with a couple weeks ago, and she wants to have another phone conversation on Friday .. So I guess I'm still in the running. (I wouldn't think she's set up a mtg on the phone days away if she was going to tell me "no thanks." She said she has more interviews 1st week of February, so it looks like they are not moving as quickly as they told me they wer e going to. There is hope tho .. Right? I have such mixed feelings .. Really would like to collect severence, and be out of there .. But afraid too. If I can hang on for 2 more years, I can collect social security, and have a better pension payment .. It would be easier on us.

Linda: good for you for looking at exercise on a positive note .. Too often I talk myself out of it because it's a chore .. I need to take you as an example .. Feel better about it! Getting rid of that debt must be a great feeling. Good for you .. Easier to face the days without that hanging over you. Sorry to hear about your SIL … God Bless you and him for being teachers … such a tough job, and so many things to balance.

Marlene: thanks for the tip on the blender .. I'm probably not going to get a new one, my Ninja works fine .. But I would be interested to hear how you do making the hot soup. A friend of mine at work said she knew someone who got the vitamix and is not happy with it .. Nothing works like it did on the QVC show .. Hmmm .. I'm always looking for a magic quick way to cook. So far so good on the "repeat" compliance :)

Cat: I hear you on the damage a bad boss can do .. I think I'm living that now. I walked around with such a long face, people commenting to me now (she's gone) that I look much better. Now the outsourcing news hit, the face is pretty long again. Retirement sounds better and better all the time .. I'm not good a faking "happy faces" for the kool-aid drinkers I work around.

Debby: congrats to you and your daughter .. You should be so proud! You should share the name of the book .. I like apocalyptic science fiction too .. And I could brag that I know the author's mother!! I do better when I stay on the low end of my calorie range too .. I think a large part of that is that sometimes is harder to measure exactly .. So I feel more confident that I'm in the range. .. And then the scale, or the jeans always keep me honest.

Tammy/Paula: sounds like a great time with friends .. Thanks for sharing the fun (and yummy details). Who knew there were so many kinds of strudel?

Gini: hope you are doing well with both of your goals .. One day at a time! I quit many years ago .. And would walk about with a giant carrot in my hand or in my mouth .. Probably looked silly, but it worked. The hardest part was when I was bowling. I would keep a drink straw in my mouth.. Funny .. I never walked around with a cigarette hanging out of my mouth .. But needed that crutch to help me through it.

The financial advisor is coming tomorrow to talk to us about a "retirement" plan. I pray it is good news, and can lighten my shoulders of some worries. I do the bills, so I know what we spend, and I feel pretty confident that we could make it if hubby stayed working .. But we'll see what the professional has to say.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
Sue

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I am looking forward to a new month. Within two months I will have my car paid off, my home depot bill paid off and a couple of credit cards paid off. That will relieve some on my stress.

Cat - the DASH was put together by a bunch of doctors for high blood pressure and heart problems. It was rated the number one diet for health and easy of use by consumer reports last year. It is actually very similar to the Spark diet, whole grains, good fat, increase fiber, increase fruits and veg, low fat dairy, moderate exercise

Marlene - Is there a reason you include the star fruit? Does it have some good nutrients that more common fruit doesn't? I usually include some Whey powder in my smoothies for the protein, then I do not have to hunt around for something to meet the protein requirement. My bullet is perfect for individual servings, but does not work for family. That is why I am considering something else.
I went to bed last night at 8:30. Wow, I do not know the last time I did that and I had lights out by 9. I took some Benedryl around midnight when I woke up and slept most of the night.

I think the problem with my SIL was something dumb, but in education it is the little things that can really do you in. He told his second graders the history of Santa Claus and said that the spirit of Santa Claus was in the spirit of giving, not only gifts but of yourself and that Santa as a person who flies with reindeer did not exist. One year too early- third graders and ready to hear this second graders are not. Sacred Cow. One of the parents got really really upset. Nothing upsets a principal more than an upset parent. His principal has a rep for either loving or hating people - no middle ground. The real problem is that no one wants to even try out a teacher that was not hired for their second year - too many candidates out there.


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Woke up with a headache! I have been reading most of the weekend … it’s more than likely due to that. Has anyone read the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy???? I am a slow reader and so far it sounds like certain foods at certain times of the day and using a daily rotation. It’s supposed to support your adrenal glands, thyroid and your liver to name a few.

Linda – I am sorry to hear SIL got a terrible evaluation. Sometimes bosses just don’t know what is going on. I made a list of mistakes … don’t get me wrong … but my boss was hated by many. As Marlene shared, once you have a label/reputation it is very hard to undo. My boss labeled me “difficult” and it stuck big time. Those who knew differently wouldn’t speak up. I have never been one to stand by idly and watch someone be demeaned … but my co-workers didn’t want to stand up to my boss … so things didn’t go well for me. He was prone to screaming and yelling and demeaning ... he bad mouthed everyone behind their backs … he was loud and offensive. I was prone to standing my ground … speaking my mind … and not putting up with his bullying. I hear ya on the daily movement … I exercise 5 days a week but then I don’t move much after that. What is the Dash Diet about??? Ouch … on the foot pain.

Gini – binging can undo my whole world.

Paula/Tammy – sounds like your get together was a lot of fun.

Debby – I hear ya on the munchies snowballing. WooHoo on your daughter’s graduation.

Sue – Yeah for you. NO jelly beans!!!

Marlene – hubby and I went to our World Market for the first time. Very, very little food items … and no Pumpkin tea.

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I forgot who asked, but I have the Ninja Professional blender. I just love making smoothies and seeing how they turn out as I make them using a differing mix of ingredients every time. Todays Smoothie ingredients using small amounts:
1/4 c Frozen cranberries, 2 tbsp frozen green peas, 1/4 c shredded Beet, 1 c Beet Greens, 1 c Kale, 1/2 medium Carrot, 1/2 starfruit, 1/4 asian pear apple, 1/4 navel orange, 1/4 c blueberries, 1/4 c baked pumpkin, and 1 kiwi fruit. I'd say this was 200-250 cals at most.

I use 1 cup of Minute Maid light mango passion fruit juice (15 cals) and a splash of banana nectar juice for liquids. I was adding 1/4 c fat free yogurt but I can't taste the difference with all the ingredients so now I don't.

I call this a "Nutriblast" (I did not coin the phrase) Love the idea of flooding my system with the required nutrients I need. This was my lunch along with 2 chicken drumettes left over from Chinese food.

By the way I saw the Magic Bullet commericial in London and they call it the "Rapido".

Steve Harvey had on folks today who lost more than 100 pounds. His advice was NO CARBS AFTER 2pm. He meant of course starchy/sugar carbs.

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Happy Compliance Monday All!

I am working at home today. I was up till 1 am with my work project and had a meeting at 0800 to discuss with my colleague in UK. Glad I got it done.
Down a pound and I am happy with my progress without exercise. Its lightly snowing today and supposed to get 1-3 inches today, not as bad as the blizzard they are expecting in NJ on up to New England. Washington area is usually on the edge of the worst for Nor Easters. I am going to read all day and be lazy and get ready for my trip Wednesday. Wednesday through Saturday away from home will be a challenge as usual, but I find I don't want to cheat I really want to focus on losing some more weight.

Sue--Its good to hear from you that Glucosamine/Chondroitin is helpful. Can't wait for it to arrive. I ordered from HSN Andrew Lessman brand Glucosamine because is the Sulphate is used as opposed to the "Hydrochloride" that most brands use. According to Andrew the "Sulphate" is more effectual. I watched the QVC Vitamix presentation. That brand is expensive. Instead I had ordered the Wolfgang Puck Commericial blender, which is just as powerful and cost half of the Vitamix. Have not used it to make hot soup yet. Yes we must be discriminating with our cheats. I would not eat jelly beans if I did not love them, I'd go for something that would be "worth: the cheat in my mind. happy to hear you had a Compliant Day. Repeat.

Debbie--it doesn't take much to set me off when munchies hit. I find if I am in my kitchen for prolonged periods (like working from home) I constantly think about my next meal. Well if glucosamine works on dogs it must work on humans too. Yes I like my new "Maintenance" ticker. The goal at "0" is my original 160 as I do not what to lose sight of that. My signature also reminds me of where I came from. Congrats to your daughter for finishing her Masters...and the novel too. Was that her senor project to graduate? Crocuses and Tulips coming up....How nice..weather must be pretty mild. My daughter-in-law graduated yesterday with her BS in Psychology. She changed her major several times I am just glad she is done it took about 7 years part time. My son admitted she has about 50K in student loans.....I knew it already as I wondered how she was paying for all those courses. Glad to hear the scale is moving for you. Stay the course.

tammyand--Smart idea to serve prepared foods for company. All you had to do was transfer to your own pretty serving pieces. I have done that before--like I had served some Wegmans fried rice at Thanksgiving, and no one knew I didn't make it. With my family and friends, vegetable crudites would go uneaten, not worth the trouble to serve. They like the fattening h'or doerves, just like me, LOL. Serving adult beverages on Sunday...were those church people friends, LOL? I would too, nothing wrong with a restorative drink on the weekend.

Formydarling--you are struggling, its so hard to quit smoking and diet at the same time. I sometimes smoke too, but won't admit it to the doctor ever since a chest x-ray was denied by insurance because of smoking. I was planning to quit after my New years company left, because she smokes and would have only set me off. You must ask yourself why you cannot stay on the plan. Are you bored, stressed?--, I know you are in pain. I know its very important that you get your mind and focus in the right place for success. Food is part of the problem, and not the answer.

Justme-Sorry to hear of your SILs evaluation. An unfair eval always makes you question your career, whether you should leave and find something else, or give up trying to please the un-pleasable manager. He sounds like he is under pressure. If I were him, once you are labeled its hard to change thinking. If he could quietly initiate a search, put out some feelers, he may feel more in control even if he has to temporarily continue to put up with a bad situation. I always measure my food when cooking, its part of my process,and I us the SP tracker.

Mtn Ktn--I got my Pumpking Butter from World Market. They may still have it in stores and online. It really was scrumptious. Oh the joys of retirement you speak of--can't wait till I can join you! I definitely am not relocating to take another job, should I get laid off. I'll live on weiners and beans and put myself on a strict budget first. With no mortgage, I'll have more options. In addition to savings that I have, (and want to increase), I have company stock, worth right now about 425K fully vested, that I would have to partially give up the unvested portion if I left in 2015. And I'll get more this year. I'll need that to help live on until I can tap SS and retirement. So I am staying put until they sever me out, because then they automatically fully vest you when you get your package.
Also glad to hear the glucosamine worked for you too. There's hope for me! I do not want surgery.

Pandb--Hope you had a nice weekend with DH; and that good news comes his way soon.


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Sue - Woo Hoo! good for you.

Marlene - I like the new ticker also. Cool format. I think I need to learn from you. I need to keep my calories under 1200 if I want to lose. This is because I am so sedentary. I am constantly trying to up my movement. I am fulfilling the exercise but not the daily movement.
Having to keep my calories this low means being very vigilant about weighing and measuring.

Tammy - sounds like you did very well with your guests. I did not even know that all of those savory strudels existed. I am so glad they are not available here. They sound absolutely yummy.

Cat - I think I am going to buy the Linda Spangle book. I have not heard of the Fast Metabolism Diet. I just bought The Dash Diet for Beginners. Tell us what you think of the Fast Metabolism Diet.

Gini - two big changes - we are here for you -

Debby - you must be so proud of your daughter. Successful children are a blessing.

Thank you everyone for the meal planning information. I am assimilating as much as I can. I started the day on the bike. This is my day of rest, but I feel like the bike is not "exercise" rather it is just standard wake up movement. What do you think? On water aerobic days and my day of rest I will do 10 minutes. My goal on the other days is to work up to 17-20 minutes. The physical therapist told me not to do more than 20 minutes at a time because it could cause further joint damage. I hurt the side of my foot yesterday at water aerobics, every time I step wrong I have a shooting pain in my foot and my thigh (weird).

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Good Monday Morning all!

Checking in quickly before heading off to work. 7:00am and feeling stronger and focused so far today. I did stay in total, absolute, positive compliance yesterday folks. I am very proud of myself for that .. I had a stretch 9 about 2:30-300pm where I got aggravated, and all I could think of was eating. I went and laid down in bed (cried a bit) and read my book .. for about 2 hours .. I didn't sleep, but really felt like I rested. Got up, warmed up some dinner and then pulled out the crocheting to keep my mind, and hands busy until hubby came home from work. He got home about 7ish, he ate, and then we played a computer game together. On the one hand, I wanted him to do "something" in the house (maybe take the Christmas tree down), but on the other hand, I did housework alone all weekend, and I was done ... so we played. When he pulled out his jelly beans to munch on .. I did NOT have even one! Yay!!!!! I kept telling myself that I don't really even like candy .. senseless munching would ruin my success for the day. So .. I have one very successful day under my belt (or better said, NOT under my belt!)

I'll catch up again tonight .. with more good news God willing.

Have a great day everyone!
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Paula - I'm so happy for your good times with friends. Friends make life so much more fun. And, you still stayed in your calorie range and I'd call that a big win.

Gini - I feel for you trying to quit smoking and losing weight at the same time. I quit smoking from a two pack a day habit many years ago (1980) and have never regretted it. I do remember how difficult it was, though. Stick with it. You'll be happy you did. Same with taking the weight off. I know you can do it.

Cat - Good for you for staying firm through the munchies. It's my worst thing to get through, but I can do it and I know you can, too. I am usually just able to 'just say no', but boy, if I get started, watch out. And, once it starts it's like there's no turning if off for quite a while.

Sue - I'm glad you got a decent nights sleep. I often lay in bed, not really asleep, but at least resting. It helps make up for not sleeping well just a little bit.

Linda - you are doing so well with getting up and getting those 10 minutes in every day. It's the little steps that add up to a long distance, so just keep doing what you're doing. As you get stronger, I know you'll do more.

Marlene - I, too like your new ticker. When I get to goal, I may just copy the idea. I haven't convinced my husband to use glucosamine supplements for his knees and elbow, though I'm pretty sure it would help him. My 14 year old husky has a lot of joint pain in her hips these days and the vet has her on glucosamine supplements. I notice she gets up a little easier when she's on them. I hope they work for you.

My meal planning is pretty simple. I eat 1/2 c. cottage cheese, a banana and 1 c. of V8 Fusion juice most days for breakfast, a no-bake chocolate peanut butter protein bar (SparkRecipe) for snack between my cardio and strength training work outs, a sandwich with thin sliced Daves whole grain bread and some kind of protein and healthy fat plus a fruit for lunch, afternoon snack varies depending on what I make for dinner and dinner is usually a lean protein, healthy carbohydrate and vegetables. Because I work out so much I have to eat at least 1500 calories a day and Spark People sets my range at 1600-1950 calories a day to lose a pound a week.I get very hungry if I don't eat the minimum. I try to eat at the low end, but often am in the middle and once in a while at the high end. Snacks to make up the calories I need can include almonds, light cheese, vegetables with dip, fruit, low fat yogurt, or popcorn.

Today was compliant again. I'm just on the compliant train, I guess. It's working and I like the results. It's my day off from formal exercise, but it was so beautiful out today (low 60's and rare sunshine) that we decided that the dogs would love a romp at the off leash dog park, so we did do some light walking with that. We were right, the dogs loved it and the sunshine felt so good on our faces. Crocuses and tulips are already coming up and I'm seeing robins already. What's up with that? I hope we don't get a hard freeze and ruin it all.

A week from today my daughter graduates with her Masters degree in Literature with an emphasis on creative writing. She's worked hard for this and I'm so proud of her and doubly proud that she's graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Hopefully her novel that she's written for this degree will be published one of these days, too. I've read parts to help her with proof reading. I like it - it's a apocalyptic science fiction story - right up my alley ;) My son gets his first taste of jury duty tomorrow. Having experienced it a few times myself, I can only hope he's patient with it. It is a bureaucratic nightmare.

So, day 25 of compliance complete, taxes almost ready and bills paid - not bad for a days work. I hope everyone has a great week and starts off with an awesome day tomorrow.

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Well here I am after my very successful get together. My last guest left a little while ago, and I have just about everything all cleaned up. Once again I am pooped so I won’t post much. I was not compliant in terms of carbs but am within my calorie range (with about 12 to spare). Luncheon at my old church was fine. It was a catered buffet that included baked fish and salad so that is what I ate. For the get together at home I ate carbs that are not on my plan. I served 4 different kind of savory strudel which I purchased from a Hungarian Catholic church in our area. They make them every week as a fundraiser. I served cheeseburger strudel, potato strudel, cabbage strudel, and cottage cheese strudel. All 4 were big hits with my guests. I also served baby carrots and celery with hummus, a cheese plate with turkey pepperoni, salsa and chips and veggies for dipping. As side dishes for the strudel I served several different kinds of pickles and olives as well as a large bowl of beautiful grape tomatoes. I didn’t have to make dessert because I knew several friends were bringing desserts. I tried a few little tastes but didn’t over indulge. I drank only water though I served a variety of “adult beverages.” I had a great time at my old church early in the day and also had a great time with my friends this afternoon and evening here at my home. I feel like I am glowing for all the good times. Didn’t do exercise but certainly moved a lot preparing, serving, and cleaning up, so I am ok with that. I am all stuffy in the head and hope that I am not coming down with a cold.

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Gini you have definitely taken the first step toward success and that is persistence. Never give up on yourself, this second right now is in your control, the past cannot be changed and the future is unknowable, so we are in charge of this second and the possibilities are limitless.

But I will say right now that I wish everything could go right for a little while. As they say if wishes were pennies then beggars would ride.

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The last 2 days I have been on a smoking and eating binge. I was doing so well with my smoking and had cut way down. I started Champix ( Chantrix ) 3 days ago and I am not too sure if tat has anything to do with it. Finally, this afternoon, I came back to earth with a sore chest and a sicky stomach. 10 cookies will do that to you. I shot of nitro for the chest and 2 cups of mint tea for the tummy. And Bob's your uncle.
I have the Beck SOlution Workbook and while I have read the intro etc I have yet to begin, so tomorrow, hubbies birthday, is my day to get back on the quitting smoking wagon and getting on with losing weight. Balancing these 2 is quite a difficult endeavour but totally doable as the same rules apply to both issues. It is good to know that this team continues to win each day, as it proves to me that this is all possible with some attention to detail and consistency.


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I get so much out of living with and near my children; love, companionship, energy, but in return I have to deal with the stresses that come in midlife. My SIL got a terrible evaluation by his principal and it looks like he will not be reelected to work in the district next year. He is taking it okay, sad, hurt and depressed, but reasonable. My daughter on the other hand in getting angrier and angrier everyday. He has had no teacher training or support this year and was given a class that had 80% of the problem children at a grade level because an experienced teacher want to try a new program for problem students (that teacher left the district before the year began). My daughter is well aware of what should have happened and didn't. My SIL is just trying to do the best he can. I am dealing with the stress and the emotion of a 40 year old life when I am pushing 70. All good things have their price.
I am on track to have a very good day. Bike and water aerobic, good food. Now all I have to do is get to bed on time.

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Takin’ it easy. Slept for 11 hours last night. I had the munchies yesterday … I stood fast though … drank more water and read a book.

I am redoing the Linda Spangle 100 Days of Weight Loss and the last couple of days … I haven’t done the lessons coz I was still trying to get a grip on my eating. The lessons are about being satisfied with 2 bites of your favorite food and eating smaller portions of your favorite foods. I am doing great … dumped 7 of the 9 pounds gained but no new weight loss this week. I go to the doc on Tue to see what all my thyroid test results are. We changed my meds in May and I have been struggling ever since with the scale and being tired. I have been reading The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. Anybody hear of it???

Scrimp – I like your new ticker and salutation. Do you make your pumpkin butter?? I took glucosamine with chondroitin for years and years for my knees. I used MoveFree with MSM Advanced in the green box. Somehow this brand worked better for me than others. As Sue pointed out it will take about a month before you see any difference and if you miss taking it for a while you will notice.

Sue – WooHoo on getting your steps in. We had a pressure cooker and I used it to death … foolishly got rid of it. I should go get me another one … but haven’t. Retire, retire, retire … you will love it after about a month when it sinks in you don’t have to go back to work. Once I got my house in order … organized … I found that I could think better, move through life better, and felt free-er (is that a word?).

Paula/TammyAnd – I think you are gonna love your step in tub. Have fun with your guest.

Debby – you’re gonna smoke those new ski pants.

Linda – we plan our meals here … it helps us make our grocery list and keeps us from getting too stuck in a rut with our food selections.

Breakfast is basically the same throughout the week: eggs, veggies and a fruit. We also do cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit and on occasion Fiber One Clusters. But we have been known to break out a make spinach frittata or pumpkin pancakes.

Snacks: apple and peanut butter; celery and Laughing Cow Chees; carrots and hummus.

Hubby and I kinda talk about what we would like to have and then I plug it in for lunch and supper. I had been doing 3 starchy items a day … but I cut them out the last 14 days. I chose from wheat bread/bagels/muffins; pasta; brown rice; quinoa; sweet potatoes; peas, corn, lima beans; high fiber tortillas; etc.

I am from the WW days where you ate liver once a week. I personally like it but hubby doesn’t so it’s been years since I have had it.

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Happy Sunday all!

Tammy/Paula: I cleaned up things yesterday too .. It IS nice to have a nice cleaned up house .. Too bad it just can't stay that way. Yuk .. 7.5 inches of snow too .. I heard we have some coming this direction tonight .. Just in time for the commute to work in the morning. --- sigh .. We got a 60 gal water heater a couple years ago, and appreciate being able to all take showers with freezing out. (I always made sure I was first in line .. Heehee)

Linda: good for you keeping that 10 mins in your morning .. What a great way to wake up .. Taking care of yourself 1st thing. I have a Ninja, and It is good, much better that the blender I had before .. I make my breakfast smoothie every morning, but sometimes a little disappointed that if the measurement goes over the 4 cup line, it doesn't seem to pull the ingredients in. I like my smoothie really cold, so I add ice cubes, and that puts it over the 4 cup mark. It's the Ninja Professional 1,000 watts. I am not really great on planning meals lately. I usually make a couple bigger meals, and then we eat leftovers other days. This is not great, I know. If I do a big grocery shop adventure, I'll buy 4 days work of main dishes (fish, pork, beef, chicken or turkey) and then make meals from that. I am trying to get focused on better planning .. But my brain is struggling with that right now, so I'm not stressing on it. I make sure I have plenty of fresh veggies, and steam or roast them .. And throw some type of protein in as the main dish. (which is not preferred by hubby, but he survives) We probably have fish 2x a week, chicken or turkey 2x, and beef or pork the other days. A lot of times, I'll just have veggie soup for dinner, cuz I can "fill up" on it, and not feel hungry.

Debby: yes .. Hearing about successes from all of you does help me focus better .. I want to part of the Compliance group too .. And to be able to share my success … SO .. So far so good today! WooHoo! (it's 1pm here) lol .. I'm even doing leg lifts while I'm sitting here! Way to go on those snow pants .. You will be awesome in them come March!

Marlene: I take glucosamine 2x per day to help my knees .. And I do think it really does help. I ran out one time, and felt the difference within a couple days. It took about a month for the improvement to show. You are in inspiration (again) on how you plan, and organize your life .. My life if really a mess of randomized, disorganization .. Lol .. I always say "day by day" .. But really, sometimes, it's minute by minute. My weekend is going pretty good so far.

I stayed in bed for 10 hours last nite, and registered 7 hours of good sleep according to my fitbit. I feel better today. Weigh in showed down 1 pound .. Trying to get back in the cycle. I want to lose 6lbs in the next 3 weeks .. I CAN DO THIS! I got up, made a veggie soup in the slow cooker, putting laundry away, and watched a couple shows on QVC today. Fun! I was really impressed with the VitaMix and the Power Pressure Cooker. I love cooking gadgets. As I explained to Linda (above), I do like my Ninja, use it everyday .. But the VitaMix .. Wow .. Does it really do all those things .. One gadget to make smoothies, soup, peanut butter, grind meat .. Awesome (and expensive) .. Maybe I'll put that on my list for the entire family to chip in if I get to retire. And pressure cooker .. I never knew anything about them. My daughter got one for Christmas and has been telling me about it .. She loves it so far .. Who knew? Retirement would give me time, and energy to play with these type of fun kitchen gadgets! Looking on a more positive side.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
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TRACK ALL FOODS - everything
STAY IN CALORIE RANGE - on low side :) so far
DRINK 10 CUPS OF WATER - 6 cups so far
POST ON BLOG - on track
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hello:
Holding at 165. I am on track with food. I have cleaned up my kitchen , now need to get started on this work project I need to complete.

Justme--I plan my dinners meals by the protein I have thawed out; but change my mind at the last moment depending on my mood. I buy a rottiserrie roast chicken every week, so I get two meals out of that; more if I do something with the leftover white meat; then I have turkey chops/ground turkey at least three times a week, fish/shrimp once a week, soup once a week. I have 1/2 c mashed cauliflower, and vegetables.

For breakfast--I eat two eggs a day soft or hard boiled. If hard boiled I don't eat the yolk. Also a Dannon Light n lively Carb Control (low sugar) 45 cal yogurt. Sometimes a small 2 oz tender beef chuck steak cut up with onion and mushroom; and/or 3 oz hash brown.

Lunch is usually soup, leftovers meat, a fruit and vegetables.

I have a yegetable fruit smoothie once a day..

I have my limited starchy carb (like an 100 cal English muffin or 1 oz dry weight angel hair or 2 tbsp dry weight cous cous) either for Lunch or Dinner.

I try not to go over 1200 cals.

Snacks are turkey pepperoni slices, 2% cheese, popsicles, fudgicles, and occasionally 100 cal pak of popcorn. Also 1/4 c low sugar ice cream in a small cone cup is a nice snack under 100 cals.

I have not liver in ages. Not against it but there's so much in a package for one. I like kidneys too. Both I would pan fry in a little butter and broth, to add to the cholesterol count. I add a little butter (1 tsp) or 1 tbsp whipped cream cheese to many things to enhance the flavors. I still eat a very low fat diet.

I have tried that soup before from WW--and I like a little meat flavoring in it. I would have to add a few ounces of ground turkey or leftover chicken to it. That type of soup just makes me feel hungry and deprived with no meat or pasta in it....

tammyand--I have a deep tub, and my hot water heater makes enough to fill it up. I have also had 2 people take a shower back to back and have not run out of hot water. I must have the 60 gal tank. I loved it when I had oil heat and there was unlimited hot water cause there was no tank. Hope your gathering goes well.

Debbiehs--The scale does respond in its own sweet time. 7.5 pounds is great progress-much better than last month. I ordered glucosamine and chondroitan today from HSN, in an effort to try a supplement that improves joint discomfort. I hope it works.

Sue and Kat--Continue to have a good compliant weekend with your spouses.

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Happy Sunday Sparks

I managed to get to bed on time last night. Why is it so hard for me to just walk up stairs?
Breakfast was very good - spinach, onion and bell pepper omelet, I do not know what lunch will be, but dinner is cod, chard, and butternut squash. I have been on the bike and am heading to water aerobics.
I am interested in how you plan your meals for the week. I have a basic structure and then work out how I am going to meet that structure.
How often do you eat liver or other organ meat? I was looking at the old weight watchers diet and it had liver once a week. I am considering liver once a month because it is so high in cholesterol, but it has so many essential nutrients. Right now my menu structure looks like this
Monday meatless Tuesday - fish Wednesday - soup Thursday - chicken
Friday - fish Saturday - beef, sausage or pork Sunday roasted poultry
Saturday would be the day that I had liver once a month
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Checking in on my 24th day of compliance. I feel so much better eating right. As you know, I never quit exercising, but I had gone astray on my diet. The scale is budging a little more so I'm happy about that. I'm down about 7.5 pounds for the month. I'll be extremely happy if I get more than eight off by the end of the month. Earlier in the month I bought a pair of snow pants to go skiing with my son. I didn't try them on at the store and when I put them on when we got home they were too tight. My son said "uh-oh". I told him that they'd be fine when I dropped 10 lbs. Well, I tried them on again last night and the fit is considerably improved. The ski trip isn't until March, so I believe the fit will be perfect by then.

I'm glad to see so many of you doing well. I feel like success is a little contagious. It sure encourages me. Every day is a new chance to make new choices. I hope tomorrow is a day of good choices for everyone.

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Marlene - how do you like your Ninja? Do you have the big one or the smaller one? I keep looking at it. I love my Ninja Cooker. It is so much better than the cheaper models I have bought before. Well worth the price. I keep looking at the Ninja blender and wondering which one I should get. I have a bullet. I love it for just me, but I do not have a good blender for the larger jobs.

Tammy - when I was thinking about the walk in tub I was also thinking about a tankless hot water heater. My hot water heater is inside in a closet and there is no room for a larger one, so I thought the tankless one my solve that problem.

Sue - sounds like you had a very busy day, but a good one. Finally some get away time.

Cat - sounds like a lovely in house day - enjoy

It was a good day for me. My 10 min in the morning are no problem. I do it every morning, even when I have water aerobics. It seems to wake me up. I am really working on portion control. Then the sleep thing. Sometimes I have problems falling asleep, but my real problem is getting up and walking up stairs to go to bed, It is a mind set and a resistance that I have to overcome.
Happy evening, it is now time for me to go to bed.

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A quick hello from me today too. I spent all day cleaning the house and getting ready for tomorrow's guests. I will try to post tomorrow or Monday at the latest. Today is compliant day 12 for me. My calorie count today is very low because I really haven't taken much time to eat. But my home looks much better than before I started. I am a little tired now. Oh, we had 7.5 inches of snow. Thank goodness my snow removal service came so tomorrow's guests have somewhere to park. DS tried the new tub today and loves it. I will shower in it tonight before bed. Only problem is that our water heater is a 40 gallon size so when DS filled up the tub he had to stop before it was totally filled. Still filled fairly high however. The salesman did discuss this with me. Our water heater is old so before too long I will spring for a 60 gallon size. Good night all!

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Hello Everyone!

Quick check in today .. enjoyed the day off from work. went to Grandson's futsal (indoor soccer) game, stopped and bought a few groceries, did laundry and some cleaning .. the day pretty much flew by, and now hubby will be home from work soon. Did good eating-wise today too, and with all the activity, got over 4,000 steps in.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

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I am not much of a desert person, but your's sound easy and tasty. I also saw a dessert on recipe rehab - baked cherry stuffed peaches. I will be back have to watch the kids.

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I just made the Banana Cakes recipe I mentioned earlier today. Its a KEEPER LADIES. Just 2 ingredients. Mash 1 Medium Banana and combine well with 2 beaten eggs. I used my Ninja to blend. Fry in non stick pan (sprayed), flip, and they cook up fast like a slightly thicker crepe. Makes 8.
I tried them plain, second batch I added some walnuts. I ate them with sugar free berry jam, pumpkin butter--you could serve with syrup, FF cream--these were absolutely delicious and fast to make. Best of all you get 8 for about 240 calories.

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Hubby and I are just hangin’ out catching up on all kinds of movies we haven’t seen. We just got DirecTV Genie Whole Home system. We can’t figure out the on-demand yet but we got free movies as a freebie for 3 months.

Scrimp – you have jumped on those pounds and you’re making them history. I didn’t know T had been on this forum before … I am gonna miss her temptations and how she overcame them. I need ya here Scrimp … for selfish reasons. I makes me know that losing 125 pounds is possible and maintenance can be achieved. And I love ya, lady. Stay on budget and stay on track. Hmmm … how come you need a Green Card??? Remember, you can fall in love at any age. Step out of your comfort zone … and the world opens up to you.

Linda – sleep is the elixir in our home. Hubby must sleep well … and it does me good, too. Brain doctor had hubby on different meds … none really worked. We started taking Benadryl nightly and it has worked better than any prescription.

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I just saw this on line and thought some of you might like it

Weight watchers zero point soup

Recipe makes: 12 servings
Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 zucchini, diced
2 cups cabbage, shredded
2 cups swiss chard, chopped
2 cups broccoli, cut into florets
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
6 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Directions:
1 Put first 12 ingredients (garlic - broth) in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to a simmer and simmer partly covered for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Leave veggies whole or I use an immersion blender and puree a bit -- leaving some veggie chunks.
2 Stir in parsley and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.


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Happy compliance Saturday Sparklers

Debby and Marlene - Of course you are still going to be here when you reach your goal weight. We NEED you and you are our friends. You are each an essential part of my motivation and persistence. I love your down to earth practical advise and I want to know about your travels and your family and you!!!!!

Cat - you have earned your cuddle weekend. Although I am a little jealous. I loved staying late in bed with my husband curled up against his side talking. He was a real talker, not one of those quiet men, he loved conversation.

I am still writing and looking at changes I want to make. I am getting up every morning and getting on the bike. Right now my goal is 10 minutes, I want to work up to 17 minutes and increase the tension slightly (not enough to stress my knees). I feel like this is an easy do, I am having no real problems with it. My next big goal and BIG habit change is sleep. I get up between 5 and 6 every morning. It does not make any difference when I go to bed that is when I wake so I need to be in bed earlier. I am still fighting with that. I am getting better but not where I want to be.

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Happy Compliance Saturday
Its a cold wet day, and I will being the same as Tammyand and Kat--staying in and relaxing. Tomorrow I have a project to work on for work that I need ready for Monday AM.

Scale says 165, happy with that to lose anything since I am not doing cardio. I had a handful of veggie chips yesterday, other than that no starchy/sugar carbs since Monday. Today I will have some shredded hash browns, a 3 oz portion is only 70 calories.

Linda--Glad to hear your cousin's daughter is fine; and feel sorry that your daughter was disappointed. Its hard not to take it personal as obviously someone had planned the mischief. I have been told that before--about being a Coach to motivate people. I do it at work; people seem to come to me when upset. I used to be a Pysch Nurse, and am good at drawing people out and getting them to talk. I have so many negative things in my life that I have overcome, so I speak from experience.

Debbie--Another good day for you, glad your team won. Chicken sandwich was a good choice. I feel so guilty about bread, often I will take a half the bread off and eat sandwich open face. It was hard to change my tracker but I did change it to a maintenance range. I will be with you guys a long time, reaching goal does not mean I don't need to be here and receive your support. Besides I like you guys!. Even if I went to another site like Teresa, I would come back to stay in touch. Teresa left once before and I hope she will come back again. She has a great sense of humor.

Tammyand--Yay the bath is done, have fun bathing in it. 12K is worth it for the comfort and pleasure you and DS will get out of it. The one tablespoon approach with carbs works well at bufffets too--thats what I do on cruises. When my Mbath was done, the workman covered everything in my adjoining BR with plastic. There still was a dust trail from the bath to the hallway from them going up and down, but I didn't mind, and like you, I had to dust my cleaned BR again and resweep the bath floor after they vacuumed it. What are you serving your guests?

Kat--I love to read about people in love. You are so blessed. You have done interesting travel--like the trip you took to the Grand Canyon and other cool places last year.

Sue--Yes you are worth it! I saw a recipe on FB yesterday for pancakes. Mash 1 banana and mix in two beaten eggs. Thats it and fry. Funny we cannot resist foods off plan when our emotions are flaring. It simply is a small and fleeting comfort. Food is like an addictive drug, when placed before us all good intentions fly out the window when our cravings get riled up.

I had fun talking to two friends yesterday; and as a result I am going to go to Philadelphia next Friday after I am done in Princeton to stay over and visit with my friends who are asking about and haven't seen me for 2 years. See what being fat does--it isolates me and I didn' t want to run into anybody I know. My friend that was here for New Years has a new potential romance at 60, and she is thrilled. I am happy for her.

I printed up tax forms and got my W2--Yikes I am going to be killed with taxes. I have put myself on a budget (No HSN or QVC ordering) to pay for my CCs ( never carry a balance); taxes, and I have to apply for a Green Card renewal.

Interesting that we all are over 50 and some kind of health problems; unrelated to weight. To me, my mobility is my greatest priority. I need to be able to navigate stairs to stay in my home. My oldest son wants me to buy a house with a mother-in-law suite, so they can move in and keep an eye on me. Thats Plan B for the future.

I don't qualify for long term care insurance because of my responses to the questionnaire. I think it was the high blood sugar and osteoarthritis responses that did it.

For those of us who love to cook--Don't you love your own cooking....a little too much, LOL. Thats me.






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Quick check in after a great hockey game. Fun, well played and fun people around us. Oh, and we won.

I stayed well within my calorie range in spite of eating at the arena. One vendor had grilled chicken sandwiches, which I chose and added no condiments. That and some non-fat frozen yogurt made for a good meal. So, day 23 of compliance is done, including a six mile hike in 97 minutes.

Sleep eluded me last night so I'm very tired now. I think I'll take some melatonin tonight to help me get a good night's sleep.

Let's start our weekend off right. Compliance Saturday anyone?

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Well, it’s the end of the week … and it has been a week. Biopsy on Monday, Good News on Wednesday NO Cancer Germs, and kept the g-kids Wed-Fri. Whew!!!!

Debby – Well … I guess the 20+ hour drive would be a killer. Your daughter’s ring sounds wonderful.

Paula – baths are heaven. I couldn’t take a bath for 15+ years coz I couldn’t get in and out because of my knees. I have all kinds of smelly stuff to put in the water, candles and listen to music. Love, love, love … baths. You are such a sweetie! Cancer Free … and grateful. Hubby and I plan to cuddle and nothing else this weekend. This is our way of celebrating … life … each other.

Linda – my goodness … your family has been hit hard with cancer. I will cross my fingers for you and yours.

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My daughter just called very upset. Every years she buys a computer for her classroom. The new Chromebook that she bought last year was stolen today. She is very upset. Her kids do not steal from her. At the end of the year when she asks for her personal library books back she get more back than the school library which charges them. I think she is more upset on a personal level than on a financial level although it is a financial fit also.

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Marlene - I hope things work out with your hip. Constant pain is wearing. Your advise is always so good. Have you ever considered being a life coach?

Sue - take a few minutes each day to just relax, count your blessings and hug a loved one. You are under a lot of stress and need to find some serenity. Take care of yourself.

Tammy - sorry about your experience with the workmen. They often promise the earth when you sign the contract and then when they are done you are left with dirt. Have fun with your friends and enjoy your tub.

Good news - my cousin's daughter is coming home today. It looks like it was just polyps. Of course they have to be sent to the lab, but the doctor told her first results look good.
I have had a good day. I am fixing comfort food tonight for my SIL, some chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions oven roasted. We will probably have some sauerkraut with it. I took a nap today. I know they tell you not tom but I decided if they could take siestas in Mexico I could take one here today.
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