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10/21/14 11:58 A

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

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

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

Debby - hope all is well your way

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


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

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

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

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

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10/21/14 7:47 A

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Hello Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

God's Peace to you all!
Sue

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10/20/14 9:54 P

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

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

Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 10/21/2014 (00:53)
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10/20/14 9:00 P

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

JoeJoe-Congrats on dropping those pounds!

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

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

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

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

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

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10/19/14 9:45 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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10/19/14 7:35 P

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Hello Everyone!

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

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

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

God's Blessing All!
Sue

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10/19/14 2:54 P

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Happy Sparkling Sunday all

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

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10/19/14 1:10 P

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Hello Sparklers,

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

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

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

Be well,

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10/19/14 1:45 A

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

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10/18/14 11:44 P

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

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

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10/18/14 6:29 P

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

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

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

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

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

Joann

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10/18/14 2:56 P

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

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

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

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

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

Off to do something productive like lay down and read.


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Hello Sparklers,

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

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

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

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

DEBBY - Glad all is well.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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10/18/14 2:49 A

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

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

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10/18/14 1:09 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend everyone!


Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 10/17/2014 (22:15)
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Your area sounds like mine on Halloween. Everyone drives down to the local supermarket parking lot. Adults dress up and pass out candy from their cars, the store owner pass out either candy or little Halloween items. All property here is two or more acres, I used to take my kids treat or treating on horseback, many a year ago when there wasn't even a town center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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i'mmmmm baccck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello Sparklers,

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone has a good day.

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Good Morning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P&B – how is today treating you???

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you believe tomorrow is Friday already?


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Hello Sparklers,

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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Sue ~ Beautiful!

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

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

Marlene ~ AWESOME! CONGRATS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great day ~ God's Blessings, T


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Hello Sparklers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!


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Good Morning All:

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello Everyone!

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

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

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

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

Linda: missing you .. Hope all is well!

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

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

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

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

Sue – You are right … we CAN do this!

To everyone … take the very best care of yourselves.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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I'm doing much better today. I've been compliant all day and don't foresee any problems with staying that way through the end of the day. I got my exercise in, which always helps and remembered that it's all a choice. Amazing how often we have to remind ourselves of that, even when we've been practicing it for years! Maybe practice will make perfect emoticon

Cat, Sue, P&B - I'm sure rooting for all of you to make your year end goals. Those drops into a new 10 or 100 lb. category are such a boost to our efforts. I know you'll make a strong effort and most likely meet your goals.

Cat - way to go. I thought a lot of that weight you brought back from your travels might have been from the water weight. Even when I eat very carefully while travelling, it always seems to have a negative effect on my weight. I bet that morning walk felt great!

P&B - As long as you consistently challenge yourself on that treadmill, you'll be improving. I'm constantly surprised at how quickly my body responds to the challenges I give it. They don't have to be big challenges, maybe just a 1% increase in incline each week or .1 mph increase in speed, or both. Something you'll hardly notice, but by the end of a month will be a significant improvement. And, the bonus is that the faster and steeper you go, the more calories you burn in the same amount of time. And the increase in muscle from it then burns more by just being. You'll get there and you'll be amazed at the results.

Sue - Thanks so much for thinking of me (and all of us). That quiet support from afar is very valuable to me. Keep plugging away. I know that stringing a few days together of compliant days helps me to string a few more together. Unfortunately for me it seems to work the other way, too. Today is day 1 of stringing some together.

Scrimp - your soup does sound interesting. I've done that, too - clean out the frig, freezer, cupboards, and put some interesting things together. Hey, whatever works and helps get the clutter out of our lives. Good for you for holding at 170. 160's here they come. You're so close now, but I know you know those last few pounds won't come off over night. There's still a little bit to go and then the real challenge - keeping it off. I've at least been successful at maintaining what I took off inititally for over a year. I'll get the rest, but I'm proud of getting to and staying where I am for now. I forgot how tall you said you were. I'm 5' 5.5" and hope to get to 150 lbs.

TammyAnd - I hope your new medication does work well for you and doesn't have all those nasty side effects everyone is talking about. They sound a little scary, but then your health issues are difficult ones and if they will help, then it is worth it to try. How great that your DS commented on your weight loss. Even when the scale doesn't say much, there's still the physical evidence that what we're doing is the right thing. That's a big NSV emoticon Your consistency will pay off on the scale, too.

T - wow, taking in a homeless 19 year old is a big commitment. How great of you to do that. You have a heart of gold. She sounds like she's had a rough life. I hope she can find some peace and direction in your home. I know you'll be back on plan and working toward meeting your own goals, too.

JoeJoe - I know it's hard to let our children go so far away, but they are big kids now and will do fine. Besides, a little time in England for you to look forward to is a pretty cool deal. I can't imagine how my parent felt when I told them I was enlisting in Peace Corps and heading to the Philippines for two years - then when I came home, took a job in Oregon (they were in Michigan at the time) and have been living in the west ever since. I had to laugh at your Starbucks comment. I've been guilty of stopping by Menchie's Frozen Yogurt a little too often. I'm not a coffee drinker but I do love my frozen treats.

JustMe - I hope you're doing well with your son. You have an amazing daughter to give you such a gift. Mine has been like that as well. My son, with all his problems, has been as generous as he can with helping out as well. He'll start his out patient rehab soon and has been sober for almost two weeks now. I hope he'll stick with it as he's a much better person when he's clean and sober.

I learned today that my daughter's story is to be published in the next few days in VimFire Magazine. I pre-ordered a couple of copies. It's the first edition for this magazine that is dedicated to new writers, artists, etc. I can't wait to see and read it.

Meanwhile, the physical therapy exercises do seem to be helping my neck/shoulder pain. I've got another three weeks of it, so hopefully it'll be a lot better by then. It seems part of the problem is that my natural flexibility can work against me when I have tight muscles - the flexible tendons and ligaments want to move when the muscle doesn't, creating a pinch that isn't so good. Now we're working on that.

Like I said earlier, I've been compliant today and plan to stay that way. And tomorrow and tomorrow..... It's supposed to rain for the foreseeable future so a lot of outdoor activity will be curtailed. But I'll rejoice in the life that rain brings. Til tomorrow....



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Hello Everyone!

Scrimp: your soup concoction sounds pretty good .. It seems that sometimes the "ad hoc" soups are the best.

PandB: that would be great for you to stick to your plan and get to your goal .. Only 7 lbs sounds easy on paper, but I am sure you will work for it .. I'm pulling for you! I love Fall weather and colors .. To go for walks in a park sounds delightful!

T: welcome back! It's great that you can share your family with the young lady. You have a good heart! Take care of you so that heart can be around to help others!

Linda: I'm thinking of you .. Hope you are doing well.

Debby, Joann, Tammy .. everyone: you too

Cat: I would like to be under 200 by Christmas .. I have 25lbs to go .. It's a very slow progress for me lately .. Due to my not sticking to plan for too many days in a row. We can do it .. Right?

God's Peace to you all!
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Good Morning:
I have just finished making an interesting "Clean out the Freezer/Pantry soup" soup--Asian inspired using home made turkey broth, a can of chopped clams, some frozen shrimp, korean shrimp balls; 1 tbsp dry cous cous, and some shrimp wonton; frozen rutabaga diced cubes, peas, corn niblets, and fresh bok choy and garlic. Tastes pretty good.

Hoping everyone has a compliant day. I am on plan and holding at 170.

Kat--waytogo on the weight loss. You lost inches too! Like your scale verification process!

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Hello Sparklers,

Well, DH is off on a business trip to Asia until 10/28. We had a good weekend before he left. The weather was beautiful on Sunday (mid 60’s and not a cloud in the sky) so we went to a local state park. This one is known for its panoramic views of the area and we were not disappointed. Plus, the fall colors were beautiful. It was an especially nice day because DH noticed that I have lost weight. When he was taking a picture of me at the park he commented that I was much thinner. He is not one to give empty complements, so I know that it is true.

DEBBY - Thank you so much for your treadmill encouragement. Sometimes I feel like I am never making any progress. I am hoping that with better consistency and adding grade to the treadmill I will see more progress. I really like using the grade because it’s a more natural gait than a flat surface that propels you forward. Your 2.7-3.0 mph at 15% grade for 45 minutes is a good goal for me to work towards.

SCRIMP - DH is not overweight and is supportive of my efforts. Unfortunately, I show love through food so when he is home I like to make him nice meals of the things he likes. During the week we both eat Healthy Choice frozen dinners, so I like the food on the weekends to be special. That being said, in the end I am solely responsible for the food I choose to eat. I’m at 306 so only 7 more pounds and I will be at 299. With DH gone for the next 2 weekends I am going to make good progress.

TAMMYAND - The side effects of Methotrexate are scary, especially lymphoma, but many people take the drug with good success. The best thing you can do is discuss this with your doctor and together build a plan that works for you (which is what you are doing). People with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, Sjogrens and Rheumatoid Arthritis have a higher incidence of lymphoma compared to controls That is probably what your doctor mentioned……Good job on successfully managing your food choices during your Cooperstown trip and congratulations on the cape fitting/purchase.

T-JOURNEY - Glad you are back. You can do this and planning is the best way to start. Before you know it you will be moving those cup cake holders on your wall again.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hi Everyone,

I'm still catching up on the past posts ~ congrats to all of your successes!!!

I had a busy weekend/Monday ~ I'm happy to say that a homeless 19 year old young lady is now living with us! She is not from our area, was unable to complete her senior year due to things beyond her control. It's a big scary sad circumstances to move a from where you grew up, where you know no one, into a strangers home (we have 19 yr old son) with parents who've been married 29 years (she lived with her drug addict dad up to age 18). She is settling in here at home, she went to our local school and is nervously waiting to start on Thur.

I've been just getting by - not putting in the effort that I want to. Today I'm ready to get my act together ~ plan the days meals, exercise, enter everything and plan ahead. I guess this is compliance Tuesday for me :)

Have a great day everyone! T

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Hello Everyone!

another quick check-in .. I did well on the weekend, was even down a pound on Monday when I weighed in .. but Monday was a "hungry" day .. so I'm a little nervous on how I did .. I'll have to catch-up later if I can .. right now it's off to work. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you, and reading bits of posts to get caught up. Have a great day Everyone!

God's Blessings,
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It's late, so I'll make this quick...

Cat and Scrimp - Yay for both of you on the scale moving.

Tammy - you're making the right choices, the scale will catch up. Give it time, you did just start a new med.

Linda - I think about you a lot. I hope all is going well with your kids.

I've been struggling to stay on track the past few days. Not totally out of control, just not compliant to the degree I'd like to be. I'll be better. It's just frustrating. I feel like I'm sabotaging myself. Now to crawl out of the pity party and move past it. Tomorrow is a new day, a new chance to make different choices. Think I'll just start there.

Here's to tomorrow.



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I got up and walked for 45 minutes today!!!!!! On Thursday while still on our trip I weighed 219.5. On Friday at home I weighed 214.5 using a soda top as the missing foot on my scale … that we since have replaced. By Sunday I weighed in at 208.5!! I weighed 4 times ... then had hubby weigh 4 times. Then we both weighed holding a 10 pound weight. My ring is spinning around like crazy. I tried on pants I couldn't wear on the trip ... they fit. I tried on a bra I haven't been able to wear ... it fit. I tried on blouses I couldn't button across my tummy ... they fit. I put on my Birkenstock sandals that I had been able to tighten the strap on but then had to let it out again because of all the water retention. They are loose with the strap tightened again. I dropped 11 pounds getting out of the humidity, staying on track and not drinking Crystal Lite … which I drank daily on our trip to ensure I got in my 3+ quarts because the water tasted bluky. This morning … I weighed in at 208.5 AGAIN. Praise the Lord. Hubby said I was the only person he knew who would try to challenge a big weight loss. I soooooo much wanted to be under 200 for my bday in September and then by my wedding anniversary October 2. Maybe now I can get there in the very near, near future.

I ordered a new pair of athletic shoes when we were in town Saturday … they came in today so tomorrow we go to pick them up. They are Brooks - Ghost 7. They talked to me about my socks due to all the bleeding blisters I have been getting. I think the blisters are because of all the swelling but I may invest in some thinner ones with NO cotton. They said cotton is the enemy to athletes … made me feel pretty dang cool being referred to as an athlete.

JustMe – please know we can’t control anyone’s behavior, thoughts or what they say. Your grannies love you dearly and know who you really are. I sincerely hope you learn not to over extend yourself to help loved ones that should be helping themselves. WooHoo on daughter “paying back” her mom for alllllllllll that you do for them.

Moving – I agree with you … take just a couple of things and work on those and then add additional goals. That way you don’t feel so overwhelmed. Great that you and wifey will get to spend the day together.

Scrimp – I will be looking for the pumpkin chai tea. You and Debby are my she-roes!!! I am so delighted you both are with sight of your goal. I would love to see pictures of your before and after! Don’t let fear stand in your way of retiring when you want to. There will always be something in live that we will need to overcome … and you will overcome whatever it is.

Joann – living in pain is noooooooo fun. I was very concerned about our finances when I retired because hubby has a dented brain and I had gone through breast cancer. My retiring turned out to be the very, very best decision. I can rest when I want to, focus on my needs, and not the demands of a job. I never dreamed that 2 out of 3 of my kids would not live nearby. I miss them terribly. Now that we are retired I get to spend weeks with them instead of days. A kiddo visit to England sounds grand. And hooking up with your friends.

TammyAnd – my DSIL is an Eagle Scout and very active with the boys and their scouting along with DD who is the youngest GS’s den leader. I too hope that they both stick with it all the way. Finding happiness in simplicity … I love it. I think sometimes people run around “looking” for something to make them happy when they need to stand still and enjoy themselves. This is a lesson I learned from my DSIL’s alcoholism. He was very brave and told me he didn’t want to stand still with himself, his issues, his hurt feelings and insecurities. That’s where alcohol came into his life. There’s where food came into mine. WooHoo on the cape … I bet you look fabulous in it.

I got an A for Compliance Monday!!!


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Joann – Maybe you could save your Starbucks visit for a treat once a week or within whatever timeframe works for you….as a reward for a certain number of compliant days. I know we try to no reward ourselves with food, but a Starbucks latte might be a nice earned treat for you. And it seems to me that you would have no problems earning the latte reward as you are so good in terms of staying on track.

Marlene – Congrats on that pound and getting so very close to your goal. That certainly is good reason to be in a good mood. G worked about 2 hours today. He said he’d be back tomorrow. I told him not to come before noon as I was going out in the morning again, and I know he won’t be here by the time I want to leave. He was fine with that. Thanks for the good wishes about my new med.

I groaned this morning because my scale stayed the same, very disappointing, but I am ok with it as I know I have been so very compliant and have been moving as much as is reasonable for me. My DS today told me I look like I am losing more weight. This was an unsolicited comment, and he didn’t know of my disappointment at the scale this morning. My energy level today was pretty low, but I managed to get several loads of laundry done. When that is accomplished I feel very happy. I don’t like it when laundry piles up and unfortunately with my laundry room located in the basement and with G making such a mess remodeling the bathroom right next to the laundry room, I have been avoiding doing the laundry. So now I am happy to be more on top of the laundry. Little things mean a lot to me at times. Today I have been completely compliant again, and soon will be signing off of the computer, probably for the rest of the evening. So I bid you all a restful evening and another compliant day tomorrow.


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Good Morning and happy Compliance Monday!

I am in a good mood, as I appear to have last a pound over the weekend. 10 more to go. Yesterday I spent several hours sorting through my historical romance books and putting them in rows on the floor in alphabetical order. I will start putting them on the shelves tonight, and check them off my www.Goodreads.com inventory. I have to track my books because I read series and don't want to buy something I already have.

PandB--Hi. It struck me that I have said similar comments to you before about DH visits possibility affecting your eating choices. Just ignore me, I am getting old, I forgot. But I know what you are going through and I know that this is something to consider if its undoing the good efforts you made during the week. I want you to be in Twoterville--you swam hard all summer to help get you there. emoticon
JoeJoe-You asked about my favorite authors--there are so many--Loretta Chase; Sabrina Jeffries, Lorraine Heath, Johanna Lindsay, Maureen Driscoll, Sarah MacLean, lots more. I have at least 1000 unread paperbacks (saving them for retiremnt) LOL; and much more on my Kindle. I am a hopeless reading addict; almost exclusively historical regency era romance.

Justme--That was so nice of your daughter and SIL to provide you with that gift!

Tammyand--Good job navigating through the restaurants yesterday. I do hope that medicine is the answer for your symptoms. Good move to keep G on hold till you were ready to see him. It wouldn't hurt to let him know you have other things needing done but you might have to call a contractor with a schedule/timeline as you need things done by XXXX date.

Marlene

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Linda, I lived in England from 1989-1991 when I was in the Air Force in the same area my daughter will be moving to and still have dear friends over there, so I am very excited for her to see the sights and to have some of the great travel experiences in Europe that her Dad and I had. What a sweet gesture on your daughter's part to help you out financially right now! I'm sure that made you feel so wonderful.

Tammy, Yay on your successes! I don't think people who aren't struggling with weight loss can fully comprehend how difficult it is to go out and make good choices. Being within a couple of hundred calories in your range is great, and I'm sure the extra walking helped to burn some of those up!

I'm having a good Compliance Monday! I have been swinging by Starbucks a little too often lately. I've stayed within my calorie range, but I am very carb sensitive and I know those extra carbs in a latte are slowing my weight loss down, so I'm going to abstain from Starbucks for at least a month and see if the weight loss doesn't speed up a bit.

Hope you are all having a great day!

Blessings and peace!

Joann

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Debby – I can’t wait to hear about your lunch with your former trainer. Maybe she will put your before and after pics on her resume! How nice that your DH cleans the carpets. That is not an easy job.

Cat – Welcome back. We all missed you!! And happy belated birthday! I turned 57 in August so I’m not far behind you. Your adventures sound wonderful and the family pieces are priceless. I am happy to know your grandsons are Boy Scouts. My son is an Eagle Scout. The day we had his Eagle Court of Honor was one of the happiest days of MY life. I hope you encourage them to continue all the way to Eagle. I am confident your 9 pounds will be gone and you’ll be chugging right along to Onederland very soon. You know how to do it. And we are here to cheer you on.

David – I think you have a winning attitude about taking the classes and letting management know you are serious about moving up. It has got to pay off for you one way or another. You are learning new skills that most likely you can apply to other things in your life besides your current job. Good for you. About the soda thing…..if it is the fizz from the carbonation that you like, have you tried flavored seltzer water??? Not the kind of carbonated water that has aspartame as an artificial sweetener, but just plain old seltzer water with “natural” flavoring. I used to think I needed diet soda but it turns out all I needed was the fizz….I now laugh and say as long as it is cold and carbonated and zero calories I am happy. I usually pay between 59 and 79 cents tops for a 1 liter bottle of seltzer water. I think that is expensive but not as expensive as gaining weight or having health problems. So seltzer water is one of my luxuries.

Joann – Thanks, I did do well with my eating yesterday….and walked a lot too. So I am quite pleased. I think it is great that you and your DD in college are able to spend so much time together. My son and I are also very close (of course he still lives with me). They grow up and move on so fast. Great you can enjoy the time with each of your daughters.

Linda – I actually did have the McD Egg white delight and it was delicious and quite filling. At Crackerbarrel now they have a few healthy selections with calories printed right on the menu. I opted for one of the chicken entrees. I understand your skepticism when it comes to meds for mental health issues. Most treatments are far from perfected and are more a matter of trial and error. But it sounds like your DS’s therapist found a good match for your son. Woo Hoo and God Bless her for that. I am so pleased to hear that his wife is participating in the counseling. Even if the children don’t go to this therapist, it is likely that the therapist will work with the couple on the parenting that goes along with the problems they face and the children will benefit indirectly. Also I am sure you know that many schools have small group sessions for kids whose parents have various issues. Perhaps your grannies can tap into some of the resources at their school if nothing else. I hear you about the bucket list and time marching on. I think you have a grip however and realize, as you said, that life happens. I’ve never really had a bucket list. I’ve always been the type who is happy wherever I am doing whatever I am doing….as long as I have my health and my family. I tell my friends (many of whom are far better off financially than I am) that while they are globe trotting….I watch the travel channel. LOL. Sometimes I think they are searching for something they will never find….I think I have found happiness in simplicity. Everyone is just different in what she needs.

Marlene – Today was my first day on the Methotrexate. I take it once a week and then take folic acid the other 6 days of the week. I opted for Sundays rather than Saturdays as I think I can control my level of busy-ness on Sundays a little more easily. The info that came with the Rx is pretty scary but I realize that it might not be all that bad. The scariest part to me is the possible lymphoma which I was once told I am prone to anyway because of something in my blood… but that was about 13 years ago. I will see how it goes with the Methotrexate. I am scheduled to go back to the rheumatologist in mid-December (weather permitting). I think I will agree to stay on the drug for about 6 months at the longest and see what happens. My doc told me he has patients on Methotrexate for 20 years! Now that is really scary to me but I guess they are doing ok. Believe it or not, G called tonight and said he’d be here tomorrow at whatever time I want him to come…He must really need $$ now. I told him I would call him when I get home from my morning errands (as I don’t want to sit around waiting for him to arrive). He was ok with that.

T – By all means take care of your arm! Ouch! I hope it is not broken. Whatever it turns out to be, please make sure you get some medical recommendations about exercise given your arm problem. Glad you are back.

PandB – Hope you are enjoying DH and your time together.

Sue – Thank you for your prayers for all of us. I too keep our sparking friends in my prayers. This thread is very strong due to the strength we all bring to it in our unique ways. Can’t wait to hear how your busy weekend events went. And will hope to see a photo or two!

Well yesterday I did remarkably well…I ate as best I could and was at the most 200 calories over my range… I had the McD’s egg white delight for breakfast (250 calories, 30 carbs), a grilled chicken wrap at a local Cooperstown restaurant for lunch (no mayo, lots of lettuce and tomato), and one of Crackerbarrel’s options that had the calories listed on the menu…chicken breast topped with fruit, served with mixed veggies and a baked sweet potato. I asked for the fruit topping on the side, tasted it, hated it, and thus saved some calories (I am guessing I saved 60 calories). I had ½ a Cracker barrel biscuit too. On the way home some of the group was enjoying chocolate (purchased at Cracker barrel), and I did indulge in a small square of it which totally hit the spot and I was satisfied….and proud of myself for not eating more. In the Crackerbarrel gift shop (where I never buy much if anything for myself) I made an amazing purchase. There was a salesclerk in the back corner where the clearance items always are…and near that section was a rack of ladies’ capes and wraps. She said they were one size fits all but I know that plus sizes don’t fit in that “one size category. Two of my friends (thin of course) were there too and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by not fitting into the one size capes but they were really cute and only $19.99. One friend tried on a few and looked great. She is shorter than I am (and I’m 5’2”) and about a size 10. She looked great in the ones she tried on. So I decided to quickly off to the side try on one and yes, it fit, and looked nice on me! I was in shock. I tried on another one and that one fit too. So yes, I did buy myself one… a black one of course. My friend bought 2, a red one and a gold one. There is a Cracker Barrel about 20 miles from where I live, and I think I might just venture over to that one to see if there are any other capes that I might like. What a good price and what a nice feeling!

Well friends, time for me to get to bed. I did ok with my first day of Methotrexate and am hopeful it will help me.


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Joann - if you have not been to England before you are going to love the trip. Go to the museum of natural history. Travel the country. It is so beautiful. I love the farms, they are so neat.

Moving I would second Joann on going cold turkey on soda. I had to buy tons of ice, so I could always have cold, cold water and tea. Part of my soda need was to make the back of my throat cold. It was actually about 2 weeks of craving for me and headaches, but then it was just desire. And like Joann I was desperate one day and took a drink of my son's soda. It tasted gross. I almost spit it out. I drank hot stale water to get the taste out of my mouth.

Scrimp as usual you are exactly correct. My DIL is trying to get to my son. I decided that I would give him some breathing room, but then he has to live up to his word. His father was a real "your word is your bond" man and my son wants to live up to that. You are such a wonderful example in so many ways, I know you will make your goal.



I am sure you are right. My DIL is trying to get under my son's skin. I told him to come over. I said I would pay the car payment until March to easy their stress. By that time the divorce will either be in progress or it will not. I told him that in March I expected to have a discussion on how they were going to start paying and paying a little extra each month to repay me. I decided that he needs to meet his responsibilities even if it is difficult.

After he left my daughter told me she needed to talk to me. I thought was about babysitting. She told me that she and her husband knew I was struggling at the moment and gave me a check for $500. I asked if it was an advanced payment on the air conditioner and she said "No, it is repayment for all the help you have given us." I have never given them any money only living in my house, work help and babysitting so it was a really nice gift right now.

So, my two kids are as different as night and day sometimes.

Have a good food day, but not much exercise, went to TJ's with my daughter, then to a Discovery Toy party with a friend and then fixed dinner. But it was a good day.

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T, Welcome Back and congratulation on the high speed internet! When my girls started using the internet so much for school work, we went ahead and got high speed. But, once they are both out and on their own -- which will be sooner than later, I am probably going to drop it due to cost. There are enough "hot spots" around that I can find a place to use the internet for free once we no longer need it 24/7!

Sue, Would love to see pics of the new "do" and the wedding outfit!

Cat, Haha! Your story made me smile. At least your hubby 'fessed up on the scale thing and helped you fix it, so, yeah, I'd let him out of the dog house! Fingers crossed for a GREAT weigh-in!

Moving, I'm no expert, but I have read a lot of research about the artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks. I ended up going "cold turkey." It was miserable for about a week, but then the cravings for the soda started to go away. Now, I drink water exclusively except for a once daily glass of lemonade sweetened with stevia. On very rare "special" occasions I will allow myself a glass of sweetened iced tea. When I started on my trek to cut sodas out of my life, I didn't think I could overcome that addiction, but by the grace of God, I have made it through. The other day I took a sip of my daughter's coke and it tasted too sweet to me. It felt like it left a sweet, sticky film in my mouth. I couldn't wait to get a glass of water and wash that taste out of my mouth - lol!

Marlene, I feel confident that you will be reporting to us that you will be in the 160's very, very soon! I am really working on getting my financial house in order so that I can retire soon. My health is really reaching the point where teaching full time is a strain on me physically and mentally. I will probably do some volunteer tutoring even after I retire, but I'd love to have the luxury of listening to my body and staying close to home when my fibromyalgia flares. I have to push through the pain and work and sometimes I am so exhausted from just keeping up with my daily tasks that I want to sit and cry. I am not complaining. Praise Jesus, He has given me the strength to keep going, and I know there are those in much worse shape than me. But, I'm at the age where I need to get things straightened out.

Linda, I feel Marlene may be on to something. She may just be using talking about you and your husband as a means to "dig" at your son. I also think you need to consider a way to either let your son know you expect him to pay for the car or you need to find a way to sell the car and pay off the note. Even a car that is not running can have quite a bit of value for parts. It is not fair for you to be expected to finish paying this note.

Well, I had a lovely day. My youngest left this afternoon going back to college. That always leaves me a little blue, but I'm going up this Friday to spend the weekend with her. It's so nice now that she is an RA and has a room to herself. I can stay with her without having to pay for a hotel room. I'm really dreading when her older sister finally gets to join her husband in England. That's going to be a rough time for this Mommy!!! But, we'll just have to start planning a family vacation to England! emoticon

Everybody have a great evening! Blessings and peace!

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Hello:
I have not been out all weekend except to check the mailbox. Don't feel like walking outside today, and its a bit cool. Going to tackle putting my books back on the shelves; and getting the rest ready to donate. I really should sell them on ebay, as I have lot of series compliled. Still holding at 171 but feel I am set for a wt loss breakthrough as I am so close to the 160s I can taste it!
PandB--I will be rooting for you to get to Twoterville--how many lbs do you have to lose by mid November? I notice its difficult for you to be on plan when DH is home. Is he heavy also? Does he support your loss by agreeing to eat healthy with you? When he is home do you cook things he likes to please him; even though they may not be on plan? I remember when I was married all my menus centered around my husbands needs; and he would insist I eat with him and not worry about my weight. Enjoy your extended weekend with him. M issues are similar--when I am home I can stay on plan. When I eat away from home all hell may break loose!

Justme---It could be that your DIL says things about you and your deceased husband solely to irritate your son; as the source/cause of his negative behaviors now. Does she think he is spoiled? Mothers-in-law always get a bad rap. I am sorry to hear you may get stuck with paying the car note. Just tell him he has got to pay it as you cannot afford to take that on; and they promised to pay it.....can you get the car running and ask the Note owner bank to repossess it? At this point, at your age, would it really matter if your credit was impacted. Thank goodness you have a secure home. When my ex left me holding the bag with all the bills, I claimed bankruptcy, there was no way I was paying his bills and I knew I had time to recover. I was able to buy a home 4 years later.

Moving--Good move to get the cheaper license. Glad to hear you have a plan to manage your soda cravings. It can't hurt to take the company management classes; will look good on your resume even if you don't get the job where you currently work.

Mtn Ktn--Welcome back you were sorely missed. 9.5 pounds aint's so bad, for 3 weeks of eating what you want. I find this is not all fat gain, its water/sodium retention as part of the culprit. Like I was up 5 pounds when I came back from last weeks weekend vacation, and its all gone now after a week of on plan. The brand of tea I use is Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai--its available at World Market and on line from the store.

Debbiehs- Parents do influence kids in ways they dont even realize...like the way they prefer certain foods cooked; and how you responded to certain situations they run into. How cool to meet your trainer again. I like running into folks who have not seen me for a while to shock n awe them. And you are back on track, and in control. You have got a plan to get to goal. I think we both realized that we are so close there is no horse race as to the date of the gola weght-- we know we have to permanently change to keep the weight off. Slow but sure will get us there. That being said I WANT TO GET TO 169 soon, I have been up and down in the 170s since Aug 19. I am fixing up my house while I am working and while I have the money...this will change in the future and I am tired of thinking about it I just want it done. I actually feel quite insecure about the future; although paying off the house helps I am still worried about potential health care costs.

Sue--I guess by now the wedding and the dinner theatre have occurred. What did you end up wearing? A new haircut certainly brings more confidence too. I bet you looked pretty. Now lets do this thing and get you to Onederland--I think you are next up in our group for this milestone.

T-Journey-Welcome back. Did you fall when you hurt your arm? Unless you heard a snap, it could just be fractured but surely it would also be swollen and extremly painful to move if that were so. Good luck with getting good news on your X-ray.

JoeJoe--You are another one who is definitely in control and on track. You sound so much happier that you are on plan, despite you busy work and personal schedule. Its going to happen...can't you feel its different this time? I have been to Grand Forks AFB in ND, twice as my ex was a military guy. Can you say boring and really cold? I feel sorry for anyone stationed there.

Tammyand--Are you noticing a difference with the new Methotrex med? I have to shop at several stores too as they prices for things are different; as are quality of produce and selections. I have 2 main grocery stores, and a big Korean Asian Intl market for fish, bok choy, ribs, peeled garlic, jerk sauce...things I don't want to buy at the regular stores. Wow sounds like a fun trip to Cooperstown. Tammy,, you are at pro at navigating restaurants now and I know this too shall pass. Lets hope G gets your work done by Thanksgiving.

I am off to do something productive in the house....I think. I am enjoying a cup of Pumpkin Chai Tea. I love this time of year.

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Feeling better today. Yesterday, I ended in a blue funk. I am trying to come to terms with my financial problems at the moment. On one hand I can handle them with some letting go of hoped for plans. Part of it is my age. I am going to be 67. I do not have a lot of time to cross things off my bucket list. So maybe I need to let go of the bucket list. Two things have hit me at once. I cosigned on a car with my son. There is still $10,000 left on it. He has always given me the payments. But it stopped working. I think his wife no longer wants to pay on it leaving me holding the bag. If that is the case, I just will suck it up and pay it off, but it means no Alaska trip next year which was a big deal for me. It also means I cannot replace my car for 2 years which is now 10 years old. I have also had so unexpected expenses; heater, air-conditioner and windows which have impacted my financial situation. But, I have a steady income, I have a roof over my head, I have a means to tighten my belt and take care of things, just not in the way I wanted. Life happens. I need to be a big girls and deal. Bah-Humbug!
Just needed to vent. I feel a little like a Judge Judy litigant.

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Yes, up 3 but expected it with all the stress this past week.
I was able to go to DMV on friday ,( my shift was 830- 230). Took couple of hrs but that done and over. Renewed my DL. Downgraded from a commercial lic to class c. Saved over $100.00.
I only have 1 more ( company ran), mgmt class in 2 weeks. As it stands I won't be taking further classes unless by some miricle they decide yo upgrade my position from part-time to fulltime . I still get full time hrs but not some benifits. I'll try tondo my best and take what ever training they do offer. ( it all looks good on paper), and go from there. I want mgnt to know I'm serious about wanting to move up.

I've got a lot of work to do to drop the 3+ pounds this coming week. I'm stepping back and taking slowly. Continue water intake and start to wean off soda by going to diet then flavored water. I get all pumped up, and list 6+ things to jump on only getting frustrated and giving up when it all doesn't happen at once.
I've got a long week ahead. My wife's company does a lot of community volunteer work. Each year I put in for vacation day to work with her at the local jazz festival. It will be next Sunday(18th). It gives us time to spend togeather as she works 6days a week and only off on Sunday, as my job needs me to work weekends. Its rare we are at the same place at the same time more than 3hrs at night before bed when I get off work at 8pm.
To get both Saturday and Sunday off I have to work 10 straight days to get weekend off. I'm already looking forward to it.
Havent had much time to look over your blogs so hope everyone here is doing well. Its late. Should have been asleep hrs ago so will check here tomorrow again if I can. Good night........

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I am having a problem letting go of something my son said the other day. He stated that he was no longer going to listen to his wife put down my husband and myself. Then he left. My husband has been dead for 9 years. They were married 7 years ago. Now she has known both of us since she was 12, so is she talking about old thinks? Then who cares. But I keep wondering if the things he is talking about are recent things with me and what I can do to make her feel better. Not because I really care how she feels, but because I want to have a good relationship with my grandchildren and if they are hearing what a horrible person I am then that will destroy our relationship.


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Well, while I was gone … I got a year older … I am 58 now and hopefully got wiser and celebrated my 38th wedding anniversary. Hubby is my everything! Well … when he is not getting in trouble. We packed my weight scale to take with us on our trip and the last day on the road I went to weigh … like I do every morning … hoping for a tremendous loss don’tcha know. Well, the scale rocked back and forth. One of the feet had come off. I searched around for it and then hubby … who had that deer caught in the headlight look sheepishly said … what are you looking for. He had found the foot the day before … thinking it was trash had thrown it away. We went to Home Depot today and found something that will work.

Our stove died Friday and hubby resurrected it today with a new broiler element just in time for our youngest kiddos to come and have a BBQ with us tomorrow.

So I guess hubby is out of the dog house : )

I love this group and missed you all terribly while we were gone. I love traveling but the internet is a real pain. Our thread here is so long that I could not get it to load when I finally could get on line. We talked with several other travelers that have purchased “boosters” for the internet but alas that doesn’t always work. I missed the daily contact with each of you … all the trials and tribulations … along with allllllll the successes.

P&B – Did you know your picture is my team pix for the Thyroid Community?

Scrimp – pumpkin chai tea??? Remind me of the brand name you purchase.

Weigh in tomorrow morning … after 2 days of being on track. Cross your fingers for me.


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I'm checking in in the morning - can you believe it!? Must be Saturday.

Just Me - you're so right about setting boundaries with our kids... and anyone, really. I think it's like so many other things in our lives. If we don't set the boundaries then we let everything else take control. That includes what we eat. I've experienced the same thing with my kids about guilt that I contributed to my son's problems and had no hand in my daughter's success, but I think I've been wrong on both counts. I know I influenced my daughter quite a lot to help her become who she is today, but I also know she had some amazing teachers, friends and experiences to help her get there, too, not to mention her own personality that drives her that way. I also know I made my mistakes with my son, but he also had tremendous peer pressure and has a totally different personality from his sister that has led him to make some of his own choices, for good or bad, that led to many of his problems. I think I made a lot more good choices with him than not. So many things are out of our control. The best we can do is realize that what is in our control is how we react to situations and deal with what's thrown our way. I'm guessing you have had so much more good influence on young lives, including your own sons, than you realize. You sound like you got so much joy from being a teacher and that had to show in the kids.

Cat - I'm so happy to see you back. I know you'll get that 12 lbs. under control quickly and the 25 lb. goal sounds doable. You sure got around and saw some interesting things. I look forward to hearing from you more in the future.

Itz_Sue - We're all behind each other. That's what makes this thread so great. I feel like everyone here is a good friend, though I have not met any of you in person. I hope to someday. It really does help to have friends that care for each other that are going through a similar life journey, at least in some areas of life.

T- I'm so glad to see you back, too. I know what you mean about where you live. When we were driving back from our Mt. St. Helen's hike a couple of weeks ago I passed through the area you said you lived. It is out there. And it was very dark in the rain and at night! Now that things are settling down for me I plan to call you in the next week or so and see if we can't find some time to get together. That would be fun.

It's still early so I can't report that I've been on plan all day as it's not over. But, I had a good breakfast and will be heading for the gym when I drop my son off at work in a couple of hours. My husband is staying home to clean the carpets. (What a guy!) Not much else planned for the day - probably will try to make some more progress on the needlepoint project I'm working on. It's been rainy this morning and it looks like our winter rain pattern is finally kicking in, so outdoor activity will be more limited. I'll still try to find ways to get out there anyway - that's what rain coats, rubber boots and umbrellas are for, right?

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Just to let you all know .. I'm reading back on the posts that I missed .. and I LOVE YOU GUYS! thank you for being there for me, and know that I am there for you .. you are in my prayers everyday for success in the weight journey, the health journey (both physical and mental), and for happiness and peace in your lives!

God Bless you all
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Hello Everyone!

checking in quickly .. this is going to be a whirlwind weekend ... a good friend of mine is getting married today so we have a wedding to attend .. getting ready, dressing up .. hoping the outfit I bought will fit well (afraid it's a bit big .. which is a good thing, I don't have anything else to wear so I'm stuck with it) .. then tomorrow, my sons invited me to go along with them to a dinner theatre in the area .. another "dress up" place. I'm self talking to myself to try to not overeat .. both place have sit down dinners, and I know I struggle with leaving food to be thrown away. This would not be places that you would ask for your leftovers to go ... so I'll do my best. I know with my stomach issues, I'll suffer and ruin my good time if I overeat, so that's also a reason to keep the eating on the small side. We won't know anyone but the bride and groom at the wedding .. but I'm hoping to get my hubby on the dance floor for at least a slow dance. I love dancing .. even if my legs don't.

A new haircut and color . a new me .. I'm excited for the weekend!

Hope you are all doing well, feeling inspired, and loving life!

God's Blessings!
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I'm back!!! We have high speed internet ~ hurrah! Where I live, we could only get internet through satellite and not high speed at all. I'll be reading backwards to catch up on all your posts. While I was gone; I did not do well on eating at all and did somewhat keep up on exercise. I'm also waiting to here (after the weekend) from xrays - I might have broken my arm. It's been in pain for 3 weeks - I thought it would get better. I've been icing it, using a brace, had my husband tape it (coach), icy hot, tiger balm, tried taking Advil. Nothing helps so went to doc yesterday and had an xray.

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I had such a fun day today. I got to do the thing I love best, teach. This is my SIL's first year teaching and he is working in the highest poverty, highest minority, highest ESL school in our district. He has been struggling. He was raised in Germany and went to German schools. He does not always understand mainstream USA culture much less the culture of poverty. These are the kids I chose to work with. When the school I was working at started becoming more affluent I moved to the poverty school because those kiddos respond to me. So, I went into observe and ended up demonstrating. It was so energizing. I felt so good. I am going back. My SIL thinks I am doing him a favor, he is doing me a favor. This is the most fun I have had in 7 years (when I left the classroom and went to the district office) I forgot how great it was to teach and to feel that connection. When I go to my grannies school it is the most affluent school in the district. Teaching rich kids is rewarding, but it is not the same as the joy students of poverty show when they are respected and their thirst for knowledge is quenched for the first time.

The counselor my son saw is the couple's counselor they are going to be seeing. She saw my DIL last week (yes, she went), ,my son this week and next week they have their first joint session. I do not know if she is going to work with the children also or if that will be someone else. I was very surprised when my DIL went as she has constantly said that the only one who needs counseling is my son.

I have always thought that my son was boarderline bipolar (more manic than depressive) but have been worried about medication because he was a drug user. Well, his therapist put him on medication and it has been wonderful. He is reacting with reason rather than emotion and he is not constantly reacting. So, once again I was wrong. I need to have more faith in medical science. I became a skeptic when it failed my mother over and over again.

Cat so glad you are back. I thought you were home a week ago. You seem to have had a great summer.

Joanne - great work on the steps. I am thinking about trying to take some short walks. I had to walk to my SIL's classrm today and I am not hurting this evening. It gives me hope.

Debbie - I am so glad you set some boundaries with your son. That is sooooo hard to do, but a necessary step for a healthy relationship. My son has been clean from drugs for 15 years, but alcohol is a reoccurring problem. 2 months ago he said he was going to stop all drinking. He has said this before. But something is different this time. I am hoping that like drugs, and tobacco this is the time he follows through. My daughter never really did anything wrong. She has her faults, but they are very average faults. She has always been focused and successful. I do not feel that her success has anything to do with me, she was born to succeed. My son has always fought his inner demons, ADHD, manic periods, drugs and making life decision based on emotion rather than logic. I feel like all his problems are my fault. that shows how sane I am

Tammy - MacDonald breakfast is easy = egg white delight or oatmeal without the br. sug and maple, or a parfait. But Crackerbarrel is hard. When I looked at their menu on line I did not see much healthy food. I always have to plan ahead or I will go with the worst thing possible.
P&B - you are an exercise machine. I know you are going to make your goal.

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Good evening, all! I just wanted to stop by in since my earlier visit was so quick!

PandB, My weight loss is always accelerated when I am active.

Linda, My first husband was very verbally abusive to me. There's a line from Pretty Woman that always resonated with me about it being easier to believe the bad stuff. Fortunately, I got out of that bad situation with my self esteem mostly intact.

Tammy, Your trip tomorrow sounds like so much fun. I think you're wise to just commit to making the best choices you can under the circumstances.

Debby, My daughter's college is only 3.5 hours away. Far enough for her to feel independent. Close enough for a couple of visits each semester. In fact, I'm going up there to spend the weekend with her next weekend.

Cat, Welcome back! Wow, sounds like you had a lot of adventures. As far as the weight gain goes, it's just a slight detour on your weight loss journey, and I am sure you can get those 25 pounds off in 12 weeks!

The visit to the Air Force base with my oldest daughter was quite productive. We found a very helpful customer service rep who gave her lots of good information. So, hopefully, she's well on her way to getting her paperwork completed so that she can join him. I'm definitely hoping to get a visit in during the summer of 2016.

Time to hit the hay. I only had about 7,000 steps today and I overate on my calories by about 400, but I've been doing super well on my step count this week and have been eating within my calorie range, so I'm still hoping for a great weigh-in tomorrow. We shall see!

Blessings and peace, y'all!

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Dang, I have been reading for hours trying to catch up. We got home yesterday ~4:30pm after being gone from home for 7 weeks.

We had a blast hugging kids and grandkids, exploring new things and sitting by the river doing NOTHING!!! We:

Did a scavenger hunt to find quilt blocks painted on barns in Ft Morgan, CO.
Saw Buffalo Bill’s fancy house in North Platte, NE.
Stopped at a Pony Express way station in Gathenburg, NE
Was very disappointed in the International Study of Quilts in Lincoln, NE. They have 4,000 quilts on the premises … knowing they wouldn’t show all of them … I did expect more than the 20 they displayed.
Toured Watkins Woolen Mill in Kansas City, MO and saw Jesse James childhood home, where he was buried first, where he was buried last.
Visited the art museum, zoo and science center in St Louis, MO and went to a Greek festival, art festival and BBQ at relatives.
Saw our grandsons advance to the next level in their respective Boy Scout troops.
Toured Ft Smith in Ft Smith, AR and went to a brothel. Hubby had fun : )
Sat and did nothing in Broken Bow, OK.
Hit up 5 different quilt shops in Dallas and surrounding area. Bought fabric to make us a Christmas quilt.
Saw our granddaughter graduate with an Associates to become a medical assistant.
Did a fossil dig in Mineral Wells, TX … ok we gathered sea shells but hubby was happy.
Toured the American Quarter Horse Museum and the Antique RV museum … they had a 1976 Airstream Argosy. We swapped stories about our 1975 Argosy : )

This trip to see the kids in St Louis was day and night different than December’s visit. DSIL has been sober since February and the family is doing FANTASTIC. I plan to write a long blog about what I have learned from an alcoholic.

I did not walk 5 days a week on a regular bases … not real happy with myself. I gained 5 ½ pounds in the first 5 weeks due to not moving. My hands and feet ballooned up and I got blisters … again.

Then the flood gate opened and I overate daily for three weeks packing on additional 4 pounds … so I am up 9 ½ pounds. Oh … how the mighty have fallen. I was sooooo successful when we went to the Grand Canyon. I am committed to get below 200 … reaching 195 by New Year’s Day. That’s a loss of 25 pounds in 12 weeks. I AM going to do it.

Instead of responding to each of you individually … I’m back, rededicated, missed y’all, howdy to all the new folks. Internet while traveling … well let’s say it’s frustrating. Because our thread is so long I couldn’t get it to load. We are home bound until after the snow melts in the spring.

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Scrimp - I'm so happy for you that your weight is back down to pre-trip. Boy, you are doing a lot to your home.
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TammyAnd - I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. I also noticed on your ticker that you've dropped a little more weight. Good for you. I shop like you. We have so many good stores to choose from here, but for produce, one outshines them all and for price another and for specialty foods, yet another. We go shopping once a month for the major staples and more frequently for the perishables, but that once a month shopping takes us all over the place. I can imagine how many steps you get in going to multiple places

JoeJoe - so happy for you that your daughter is coming home for the weekend. My daughter went to college on the east coast and we lived on the west, so we have rarely had a chance to see her since she left high school. At least we talk alot, so that's something. I miss her, though.

JustMe - our kids are a constant worry, aren't they. I'm glad your son is listening to his counselor. I know it will help and she's absolutely right, the more you stick around to hear someone denegrating you, the more you are likely to start believing it. Walking away is a good plan. I had to do it when my son was in rehab as a teen (meth addiction). He was always saying really hurtful and nasty things to me and I finally decided that I would only visit if he would promise to keep a civil tongue. It's so much better now. He also seems to be listening to the court mandated drug and alcohol counselor. He's finally realizing that drinking may be something he just can't do. He's been sober for a few days now. Not long, in the big picture, but still a positive sign.

P&B - daffodils are one of my favorites. That and tulips. Irises make me happy, too, and roses. So I have all of them in my yard, plus more. You're doing so great sticking with your walking on the treadmill. I know it isn't easy. I know where I started and how challenging it was to do what you're doing now. Now I'm up to doing about 2.7-3.0 mph at 15% grade for 45 minutes, plus some warm up and cool down at varying speeds and grades. You can do it and you can do so much more than you think you can. One day at a time.

I'm on track again today. Yay. Got all my exercise in, including the exercises the PT gave me to do. Don't know why, but I gave myself a particularly challenging strength training set today, but I did get through it. I also got in contact with the personal trainer that started me out on this journey almost two years ago. She left the gym that I work out at last October and I haven't seen her since. I sent her a picture from a couple of weeks ago and she said she didn't think she'd recognize me on the street now. We're going to get together next week for lunch and chat. She really was such a big influence on getting me going, including pointing out SparkPeople to me. I excited to see her again.

Not much else to report, so I'll end by wishing everyone a wonderful, relaxing, compliant three day weekend.

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Marlene – I put a new storm door on 5 years ago. I still like it a lot. G worked today for almost 5 hours. I think that is a new record for him. LOL!

Joann – How nice that your DD is coming home from college this weekend. Enjoy! Hope all went well with your married daughter’s paperwork. When she goes to England are you likely to visit her there? I hope so. I think that would be a wonderful trip in the summer when you are off from school.

PandB – I notice better weight loss when I move more as well. I remember when I was younger I could lose weight without exercising as long as I modified my diet. I can still lose without the exercise but not as quickly. Enjoy the long weekend with your DH. Good plan for the 2 weeks he will be gone. We’re here to cheer you on, especially on the weekend when DH would typically be home with you.

Linda – Sounds like your DS’s therapist is a good one. I am happy that he is taking what she says to heart. Silly question….but does his wife ever participate in any counseling, couples counseling etc. I think I already know the answer. Next week will be full for you, and it seems like all good things that you enjoy. I always smile when I read that you are doing something for yourself as I know you do so much for others.

I am again totally on track and feeling good, though I was a bit tired this afternoon and had the luxury of a 45 minute nap. I grocery shopped at my 2 regular stores (one is better for fresh produce but too costly for mostly everything else) and also at CVS. I made a point of walking extra steps at each store. I did well with sales so I got a lot of good food for not a lot of money. My fridge is bursting with healthy choices including cottage cheese (a breakfast staple for me), cauliflower, broccoli, ground turkey, and more. I also bought some less healthy choices for DS who loves frozen pizza as a quick meal. Tomorrow will be a bit of a challenge for me. I am going away for the day with a group of friends (all of us are NY Yankee fans even though we live in PA). We are going to Cooperstown NY to the Baseball Hall of Fame, leaving very early in the morning (too early for me really) so I know all of my meals will be on the road tomorrow. As I understand it, we are probably doing a McD’s breakfast and a Crackerbarrel dinner. Not sure what they want to do about lunch yet. I plan to do my best but am not stressing over this since I have had so many consecutive days of healthy on plan eating. However, I almost feel like not going, mostly because I’ve been tired lately and I know it will be a long day tomorrow, but I think I will go and try to rest up a bit on Sunday. I aim to get to bed early this evening too. We’ll see..


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10/10/14 6:17 P

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My son's life is still up and down. But he saw his counselor and she told him that he needed to walk away when my DIL started telling him he was worthless. She said that if he listened to that often enough he would begin to believe it. I am so glad he took that to heart and when the argument turned toxic today, he walked away and said he would not listen to put downs.

Next week my life will be very busy. Tuesday is my volunteer day with the grannies. Wed. & Thursday are the days of my trip. Fridays I am now volunteering in my SIL's classroom for at least 2 months. So my life is getting busy again.

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10/10/14 12:02 P

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Hello Sparklers,

Earned my again balloons yesterday. Did 50 minutes on the treadmill at grade 5 and 2.0 mph and ate within my calorie range.

I was looking at my exercise minutes over time report in SP and my weight loss report and the two graphs had a very similar pattern. When I don’t exercise I stay flat or usually gain weight. I think that it is much more than the physical activity, or lack there of, that contributes to this pattern. I have to push myself to be active and it is a lot of work in my book. So, if I am doing all this hard work then I much less likely to throw away that effort by overeating. Conversely, if I am not exercising then there is one less safety net keeping me away from the pantry. I think it is similar to why I don’t gamble. I work too hard for my money to throw it away on games of chance.

SCRIMP - Congrats on being back to your pre-trip weight. Good job on not ordering those TVC cheesecakes. I know that you are correct that you would probably end up snacking on them yourself because that is exactly what I would do. I’d buy them under the guise that they are for company and then devour them in a day.

JUSTME/ DEBBY/ TAMMYAND- Well said, this is a great support group and we all need to use it in whatever way fits into our lives.

DEBBY - I can’t wait for the daffodils to bloom this coming spring. They are the first flowers of the season that we see in my neck of the woods and are always a welcome sight. I’ve wanted some in my yard for awhile and am finally getting them. How is your husband doing? Have his knees recovered from the Mt St Helen’s hike?

JOEJOE - Good luck with the military red tape, enjoy your weekend with your college daughter and hope your weekend is fun and active too.

YIPEE the weekend is here. DH will be home tonight and will actually be here on Monday too. However, bright and early Tuesday morning he leaves for a 2 week business trip which means I will miss 2 weekends with him. Since weekends with him are my toughest eating challenges I am looking at this as an opportunity to really stick to my program and make some progress over the next couple of weeks. I am so close to Twoterville and really want to get there by mid November that I am hoping this time alone will give me the boost I need to get under 300.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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10/10/14 11:41 A

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Hi, everyone! Just a quick checkin. I've read all of your posts and glad to see we're all coming together as a community and supporting each other in whatever way we can. I do love this thread. It's become a real inspiration to me and helps me to feel like I've got friends on this weight loss journey. I'm going with my daughter today to the Air Force base about 45 miles from here to get her new ID card with her married name on it and also to ask some questions about what all she needs to complete in order to get his orders amended so that she can join him in England. I took half day off school. My sub will be here in less than an hour! Whoo Hooo! My youngest is coming home from college for the weekend this weekend. That will be nice. We have our homecoming game at school tonight. Hopefully, I will get to see my team have a great victory! Everyone enjoy your day. Eat well, exercise, and live healthy! Blessings and peace!

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Good Morning
I have been up early as I had an international call/online meeting.
Had a nice on plan breakfast of hash browns, 2 poached eggs, and a small turkey chop. Usually if I have hash browns then I don;t have any other carb like for breakfast, like toast.

I have got a man coming to measure for my storm door today; and after he leaves I'll go work out.

I feel 3 exercise sessions a week is sufficient, sometimes I add an outside walk on the weekends. For me, losing weight is all about sticking to the calorie range. I lose even if I don't exercise as much as I have planned. Like I lost a pound today and I haven't exercised since Tuesday.

When it comes to fast food, if I do indulge, such as a fishburger or hamburger; I would eat half the bun on the burger and remove as much sauce or dressing to leave a thin smear. I would order a small frie and eat all.....salads with grilled meat are good; but if I never use all of the light dressing..and don't eat the croutons....if I take the salad home I use my own light portion controlled dressing.
Speaking of croutons, did you know those "mini toasts" found near the deli section or bread section make excellent croutons for soups and stews? The brand I buy, there are only 68 cals for 8 whole wheat toasts; and I usually have 4 in a serving which is just enough.

Everybody have a great day..Oh yes its COMPLIANCE FRIDAY to start the weekend off right!


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Sue – Good for you for eating only half of the fast food meal. That would be impossible for me. I know I would eat the whole thing if I had it. And good for you for logging it too. That is surely an eye opener. Planning for retirement is crucial. I started really planning for my retirement when I was 32 years old (25 years ago). When my mother died at age 62 (and I was 32), I decided that I had to make sure I could retire at a reasonable age. I did retire at 55, taking a planned for penalty on my pension. My mother was thrilled to have received a few social security checks at age 62. I think she received only 3 of them before she died. While I enjoyed my job, I love retirement a million times more. Will you be posting a pic of youself with your new “do?”

PandB – I really appreciate your comment about your friend and her experience with Methotrexate. I am hoping that I will not have to stay on it for a long time. I am to see my rheumatologist again in mid-December and will discuss this with him then if not sooner. Woo hoo for you and all of your activity, healthy eating, and balloons.

Debby – I hope your PT goes well. One of the good things about PT in my mind is what we learn from it and how we learn to treat our bodies in response to certain pains, strains, etc. I learned a lot about PT due to my son’s cerebral palsy. Even to this day (he is now 24 and very independent), I help him sometimes by stretching his legs to loosen up his hamstrings. He no longer receives PT but continues to do the exercises and stretches he learned through PT when he was a child.


Marlene – I sure did see the TSV cheesecakes and applied the same “only for company” reasoning that you mentioned. The deal breaker for me is freezer space. Since I don’t have a very large freezer I knew filling it up with cheesecake would be counterproductive to keeping it filled with frozen veggies, fish, and chicken breast. So I passed on the cheesecakes too. I even contemplated the auto-delivery. Your renovation plans are amazing….and before the holidays too….you are a brave lady. Yes, G is STILL working in my basement….usually about 2 hours a day and usually about 2 to 3 days a week at most….some of this due to my schedule too (like he couldn’t come yesterday because I was gone for the day to the doctor). I am having second thoughts about what I want him to do with the kitchen and have started to talk to him about this. I figure at this rate it will take him quite a while to finish the basement bathroom and some other small projects I have for him. That gives me time to decide on what to do with the kitchen.

Linda – A trip to see the autumn leaves is a nice idea, especially if it is with someone you enjoy. I am glad to see you focusing on yourself and some enjoyment for you.


We are all here to support each other, and we all do it in our own ways. One of the joys of this thread has always been that no one judges anyone else and that includes how, when, and why we post. There has never been any pressure to post, let alone to post in a particular way. I have to think that this is at least partly why this thread is so active. So please please do not feel you need to apologize or explain your posts. Posting is how we have gotten to know each other, care about each other, and form the bonds that are so strong here. That’s tops in my book!

I did fine with eating today but did not exercise today. I did not feel up to it and had other things I to do that I gave priority to. Yes, it was a choice and I am ok with that. I have a pretty busy day planned for tomorrow, including lots of walking as I must go to 2 grocery stores plus CVS so I know I will get a lot of steps in.

And here comes the weekend again! These weeks sure go by quickly!


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Scrimp and Sue - I agree that retirement would be the only career planning I would want to do at our age. I'm already retired, so it's not an issue, but I have been out there looking for just part time minimum wage work to fill time and supplement my pension, but it sure is hard to get a job even with all my experience. I believe it is age discrimination, but good luck trying to prove it.

JustMe - (and Scrimp and Sue and PandB) - I agree we should write what we can or want and not be beholden to responding to everyone. Sometimes there's just not time and sometimes we do have just something to get off our chests. I cherish everyone here as a friend regardless of how you check in.

Scrimp - good for you for getting back to your low weight so quickly. I love hearing about your bathroom renovations. I really want to do mine, but not going to happen for awhile. Kitchen needs it worst anyway.

P&B - I may be planting some bulbs (tulips) this fall, but haven't really decided yet. It would mean digging up a section for them and I don't know if my husband is up to helping with it. If so, we may go for it. Your yard will be beautiful in the spring. All that yard work is helping to burn calories, too. Yay

TammyAnd - going to a Mexican restaurant and staying in your calorie range is not an easy thing to do. Good for you. Sorry to hear about the need for another med, especially one with potentially nasty side effects. I hope you do well on it.

JoeJoe - you are sure rockin' the steps these days. Good for you. 10,000 is the recommended for good health, so you're really doing well. I didn't realize you taught science. I loved science as a kid - obviously, since I became a scientist (fisheries biologist) for my career - and am grateful to all my science teachers growing up. Your students are lucky to have you for a teacher. You're right, my daughter is a Type A and a perfectionist.

My day has been on track and busy. I finished the cat costume and will have it in the mail to my daughter tomorrow. I also started physical therapy for my neck/shoulder problem. Apparently my being naturally limber in my tendons and ligaments, but tight in my muscles in that shoulder is not helping me. He gave me some exercise that I hope will help and I trust he'll push me to do more over the next four weeks. I left a little sore in places. Hence the acronym PT actually means physical torturer or physical terrorist. Both apply equally to physical therapists and personal trainers. For some reason I keep going back for more emoticon I still went to the gym afterward and did what I needed to do there - I just noticed it more with shoulder exercises. (And no, I didn't do anything the PT told me not to)

I'm making a chicken stir fry for dinner, so lots of veggies and not much bad for me in the dish. It'll round out the day nicely.

Take care everyone.

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I agree with Scrimp -
sometimes I come here and it is all about me. I am writing to get things off my chest. I do not talk to anyone else. It is a form of journaling. If someone responds I love it, but it is not essential or even necessary. Sometimes I come here and I read everything and write nothing. It is all about see where everyone else is and what you have to say. Sometimes I respond to as many people as I can because I am here to socialize. I sometimes I only respond to one or two because I felt that what you said was really important to my journey.
So what I am trying to say is use this board the way it works best for you. Sometimes people come and read only for a year before they write anything.
The whole point is this is a support group and you need to decide how it best supports you.

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Hello
Its a quick check in for me I have been a slave to my computer all day with work.
On plan, no exercise yesterday and today. I will go tomorrow to get my 3 days in. I am at where I was before the trip and I have been really good about curtailing evening snacking.

I am with Sue, the only career planning I want to hear is about retirement. I am tired of the politics and BS. Age discrimination is alive and well where I work.

My bath was finished today. Yesterday I had them come and measure for my other 2 half baths where I want the counterops and faucets changed. For the first floor, I am getting a larger rectangle sink in my 36 inch vanity; with a sprayer so that I can fill up a bucket with hot water. Maybe then I'll wash my tile floors, LOL. Surprsingly, very few companies make bathroom sink fixtures with a spray nozzle. For the 3rd floor hall bath, I am getting the same size rectangle sink as the master bath; and reinstalling the fixture which matches other shower in the room.
I am also getting a new front storm door from Home Depot; and have the plans to have my kitchen backsplash done and electrical work; as I have picked out the backsplash tile and the 3 pendant lights. I want all this done before Christmas and before my company arrives Dec 28.
Going crazy with spending; I'll buckle down after New Year as I have my huge tax bill to face which will be significant ths year with capital gains taxes.

PandB and Sue and Joejoe--Woo Hoo for getting back on track and losing more weight

Tammy-I feel for you; I hope you feel better with the new med. I know you saw those 18 Junior Individual cheesecake TSV yesterday--3 times I started to order but stopped myself. The pumpkin cheesecakes were calling my name. Then I lied to myself and said I'd save them for company..but I knew I would have ate them before then.

Justme-That trip sounds like just what you need to get your mind off family stuff.

Debbiehs--barely on track counts!

I agree with you all about responses, do what you feel; I don't get upset if any of you don't respond to me. This board should not be a chore. All you have to do is spin the wheel and go on about your day if thats all you have time for.

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Hello Sparklers,

Went to water aerobics last night and ate within my calorie range yesterday so I earned my balloons again. Also, I went out in the yard and finished trimming the flower beds and planted a number of daffodil bulbs. Today it’s back to the treadmill and more bulb planting.

JUSTME Glad you are enjoying the day. Thank you for your kind words. SCRIMP’s suggestion of comparing where we are today to Jan 1 has motivated me. This review made me realize that I was chugging along at half speed. Now I am determined to be consistent and reach my goals.

JOEJOE - Good job on reaching 10K steps. I noticed that there is a new book out on Amazon titled 10,000 Steps a Day to Your Optimal Weight. I didn’t look at more than the title, but this tells us you are on the right track.

TAMMYAND - I’m sorry to hear that your doctor put you on Methotrexate. Maybe you could take it for awhile and then go off of it. A friend of mine has a fairly severe case of Sjorgren’s and takes Methotrexate on and off. When her symptoms get really bad she takes to for 6-9 months and then goes off until she needs it again.

DEBBY - Happy to see you are staying on track.

ITZ_SUE - I’ll bet your new haircut looks great. Hope you do get a chance to post a picture……Many of the career planning sites say that web design is one of the best work from home businesses you can do. If the worst does happen, then could you do freelance web design? Just a thought.

I feel guilty too when I don't respond to each person's post, but sometimes I just don't have time for that. I think it's better to do a quick check in than none at all.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone!

PanB: Yes, I heard that some companies don't do well with the outsourcing. My oldest son has lost 2 jobs in such situations, and folks he keeps in contact with complain all the time how things are so messed up. Being in the IT field has really been targeted for this for years now. 3.1 pounds is awesome .. Good for you! You are on your way to TWOterville! Keep those balloons flowing!

Linda: thank you for the very kind words .. I know that I am a good employee, and have been for 42.5 years .. But companies don't really look at that anymore .. All they care about are the $$$$s .. And having folks with high seniority is an expense to them. sigh I like you thoughts on cleaning up the house .. Especially the mental one. I need to do the same thing.

Joann: thank you for the prayers .. It really is in God's hands … nothing I can control (which is very hard for me). I hope you did get a restful sleep to fill you with energy today!

Tammyand: you are a brave woman dealing with heavy health issues .. I pray that you do well on this med keeping the side affects low. I try to get to bed early … but I like to read for a while before going to sleep. My goal is to get at least 6 hours of restful sleep .. But my fitbit is always showing me tossing and turning .. So 70% efficient sleep most of the time with 5 to 5.5 hrs of restful sleep. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome is not fun.

DebbyHS: glad to see your quick check in . Sometimes, I feel guilty when I don't leave individual messages, but I feel glad to see others do the same thing. I know that I'm thinking of this group everytime time I do any message .. And am sure you are doing the same.

Moving: please know that we are sending you hugs to help with your frustrations .. Know that this group is supporting you. Take care of the yourself . .it helps with dealing with life's stresses.

The training for "career planning" was ok .. I don't think it's much help to me .. My "career" days are done .. I want to plan for retirement. It seemed like a "boxed" presentation focused on people finding what they want to be when they grow up. The guy kept saying .. "if you like what you are doing, and where you are, great! Stay there!" How does that help when they are pulling your chair away from you?

I did it yesterday … got my hair shortened and colored .. I didn't get home until after 8, and then ate fast food, as I was so hungry .. But I only ate 1/2 of the meal … AND logged it . Went over my calorie range, but this opened my eyes to what damage this can do .. Even eating only half. I'll try to get a photo of the new me so you can see. I'm excited about it, but nervous .. It's quite a change. Hopefully, this glow will stick with me for a few days.

Well .. Off to work .. Another day at the salt mines!

God's Peace to you all!
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Happy Thursday all
Just a quick check in - today it is WA (water aerobics) and going to lunch with my aerobic buddies
next week I am taking a quick trip on Wed-Thus to see the fall colors in Bishop and drive up to Mammoth with another retired teacher
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Real quick check in - stayed on track (barely), got my exercise in, tucked the dogs in at the shelter, got most of the cat costume done. I feel like I was busy today. More tomorrow...

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Joann – Good for you for listening to your body and taking time off from exercising when you felt your flare coming on. I’m sure your body appreciates it.

Debby – Your daughter is a shining example of youth, energy, and intelligence. Her students are blessed to have her! Woo hoo for you and DH for raising such a terrific young lady.

PandB – Congrats on losing over 3 pounds. Way to go. You are doing great. So happy for you…I am celebrating for you too.

Sue – I’m proud of you too for staying on track and enjoying the veggie soup after a stressful day about a stressful topic. And for getting to bed early too. I am not good at going to bed early. That is something I must work on. I will pray too that you can bridge to full retirement if need be.

Linda – Yay for you for cleaning both houses!!!! I am happy to read that you are calm and doing so well. Enjoy it. You sure deserve it my friend.

I stayed within my calorie range today while out of town with friends for my rheumatologist appointment. We went to a Mexican restaurant where I had 2 spinach enchiladas….delicious and very filling. Was not hungry when I got home but was quite tired. I made it to volunteering and even got to Target to pick up a few things on sale….but now I am exhausted. My rheumatologist appointment was a little disappointing in that he has put me on another medication (Methotrexate) in addition to the other 2 RA/lupus meds I am already on. I have been successfully avoiding Methotrexate for about 5 years now, but he says the time has come. I am worried about the long term side effects but understand why he wants me on the med. So I will start the med this weekend (it is taken only once a week) and see what happens. He wanted me to start on Saturday but since I am going out of town all day Saturday I don’ t want to risk being nauseated from the med so I will take it on Sunday instead. I know someone who is on Methotrexate for about 2 years now and said that is has helped her flares and her fatigue. I am headed to bed now as I am really tired!


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Good evening, everyone! I'm checking in before I go to bed.

Debby, Your daughter sounds like a "type A" for sure! I remember when I used to have my finger in every pie. I can't do that anymore. I wish I could sew. I can't even hem - lol!

Linda, I love teaching science. I love your aunt's two zones.

Sue, I'll be praying about your job situation.

PandB, Whooppee on the 1.1 pounds gone away! Your exercise program is really impressive. I ended up with 10,000 steps today, and I'm proud of that.

Well, I'm super tired tonight, so I'm going to hit the sack. I'll check in again tomorrow. Blessings and peace, y'all!

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I am so enjoying today. I am getting my house picked up, organizing and relaxing both mind and body. This is such a luxury. I am motivated and calm for the first time in a long time.
I am cleaning house, not only the physical house, but the mental one as well.

Panda - Woo! Hoo! I know you will soon be in tooterville and on your way to onederland. You are becoming one of the inspirational buddies. Keep up the good work.

Sue - you sound like the kind of employee every company would want, I hope either your own company realizes your value or a new one snaps you up like the gem you are

Moving - I so understand your frustration with "modern" appointments, schedules, workmen, doctors, and all the other time consuming irritating annoyances that keep us from doing the things we really need to get done. We talk to machines and recordings so that we can wait in line to schedule appointments somewhere in the far future (but not too far because they will not schedule that way ahead). My aunt used to have two zones; outer environment and inner environment. Inner environment were those people and things you had direct contact with: friends, family, home, food, exercise and that was where you expended the most energy. Outer environment were those things that need your attentions, but you really had no control over; #1 was other people's emotions and reactions, then came all the outside appointments, phone calls and schedules. Sometimes when she got really frustrated she did not just put them in the outer environment, she put them in "Outer Limits" - old sc fi show.

Loving my day today.
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Hello Sparklers,

Had a good weigh in this week. Lost 3.1 pounds which puts me 1.1 pounds less than what I weighed before going on vacation last month. Woo Who that means 1.1 pounds of forward progress. I have just 7 more pounds to go before I reach TWOterville. I can’t wait. I would like to do this by mid November.

Yesterday was a good day. I did the treadmill for 50 minutes at 2.0 mph and level 5 grade and ate well within my range. So, yes, I earned my balloons for the day. Today, so far so good and it’s a water aerobics day so I am expecting to get balloons tonight.

MOVING4ME - I feel your pain. Try to focus on the good. You are drinking lots of water, eating better with more fruits and veggies and taking the time to raise your granddaughter. What you eat is completely within your control so concentrate on that. You don’t have any control over what your company does, so just keep working on your courses and I’m sure an opportunity will come along.

TAMMYAND - You always impress me on how well you do eating out and at social functions. My primary way of managing that is to say no thank you to the invitation and stay home. I’m sure you will do well with your friends today. These days almost all restaurants have a couple of low calorie offerings so there should be something on the menu that meets your needs. Savor the time with your friends and hope you have a good visit with your doctor.

JOEJOE - Woo Who 12,500 steps that’s wonderful. Good for you doing your bike during NCIS. Sometimes a day off from exercising can be very rejuvenating. I’ll bet you are able to hit 12K again today.

DEBBY - Sounds like you are doing well. You are showing us the importance of continued tracking. Even when we are very active it is important to track so that we know if we are eating too much or not exercising enough….. Your daughter’s wedding plans sound perfect. It’s an individual choice, but I always believed a big wedding is equal to a down payment on a house and a house is a much better investment. I bought a house just before DH and I got married and our wedding was very small (5 people total).

JUSTME - I’m sure that the kids love having you visit too. That’s interesting about the “problem” boy. He’s smart so I’ll be he gets bored and than things go wrong. There should be more programs to challenge bright students.

ITZ_SUE - Good for you staying on track even though you had a stressful day back to work. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you on the lay offs. Companies are finding outsourcing isn’t the deal it once was. So maybe your company will keep a few jobs here in the US.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone!

I went back to work yesterday and ended up working about 10 hrs, trying to catch up on things .. I was exhausted by the end of the day. I was proud of myself tho .. I had some of my veggie soup, and went to bed by 8:30. I would have been in bed earlier, but I had to empty the dishwasher, and clean up the dishes from my son who cooked some salmon burgers for himself. (he did offer me some, but I turned him down .. Too late to be eating for me) YES .. I know .. I should have told him to clean it up .. But to be honest .. I was too tired for the stress of it … he does a lousy job so I just get frustrated anyway. One day .. He'll move away, and I won't have to clean up after him. He's a good guy, just too sloppy. (after his dad in that). I was happy that I didn't dive into all kinds of stuff to eat, so I'm almost back to my lowest weight from before my vacation.

Big training meeting at work today .. Coaching on how to plan our careers since we will probably be losing our jobs within 6 months to a year IF they decide to outsource the jobs. They keep telling us "IF" … but we all figure they wouldn't be doing all this training if it wasn't already decided. 60yrs old and unemployed … not a good picture. I am still praying that they bridge me to full retirement.

I've been reading all your posts and see that life keeps you all busy. I'm thankful that I can come here to share, and be shared with. Advice about tracking EVERYTHING, to measuring, and staying focused. Thank you Friends!

God's Peace to you all!
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Debbie would love to get together in December. There are some great places to eat in Redlands. I do not mind driving. It is not that far. What is your daughter studying? I am sure you have told us, but I forgot.

My daughter's wedding was interesting. One day she looked at me and told me to change into something nice. I asked her why and she said "Stuart and I are going to city hall to get married." We drove to Redlands and they got married. It was a really nice little ceremony with a judge.

Today was a great day. Water aerobic, volunteered at the school in both classrooms. I teach science once a week in one of the classrooms and do a read aloud in the other. while I am working with the whole class the teachers can take time to do some individual testing or work in small groups on writing. I love being back in the classroom for a brief time with no pressure. I have made a connection with one of the "problem" boys in the classroom. I have caught him being good a couple of times and given him some praise. Now, he tries to be perfect while I am there. He is a smart little guy, just lacking in social skills and impulsive. So it is a trial for him, but he is really trying.

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I don't know where the time went today. I planned to get so much more done, but I guess some will just have to wait til tomorrow.

In answer to the questions about the cat costume and what play. They're putting on "Rent". Kinda gutsy for a high school play, but they're known for pushing the envelop, so to speak. There's a scene in the play that takes place on Halloween and one of the characters is in a cat costume. Therefore, I am making a cat costume.

David - glad to see you back. I hope you get that approval for a home loan and the new job. I also hope you can find a way to get the soda out of your life. It really is empty calories. I do know it's hard, though. I used to be a total addict to Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew Red, then Orange Crush. Water is cheaper (I use a reusable bottle, so it only comes from the tap) and much healthier.

TammyAnd - I think you'll be fine. A meal off plan once in awhile doesn't hurt. Besides, you have to live your life and as long as you are healthy and on plan most of the time, you'll be successful.

Scrimp - that meal does sound delicious. I love Asian food - all kinds. I make quite a lot myself. Much of it is pretty healthy, though usually high in sodium, but even healthy food eaten in large quantities can be bad for us. You're home now and I expect back on track with both food and exercise.

JustMe - I will be in SoCal in December for eight days and plan to get over to at least Redlands. We should see if we can touch base one day. I do know where Phelan is as I worked in Lytle Creek for seven years.

P&B - good for you getting your balloons and I love the idea of the champagne bottle. Keep it up.

Today was less than compliant, though still in negative calorie range. Mainly because I got so much exercise. I was out shopping and eating on the run and just made poor choices. Oh well, at least I didn't eat more than I burned. I'll see if I can make up for it tomorrow.

I talked to my daughter and she's excited about moving into her own home. Meanwhile, just to make things interesting, she's applying for a doctoral program at University of Maryland. It's pretty competitive, so she's not too sure she'll get in, but she can't get in if she doesn't try. She's carrying a 4.0 in her Master's program currently and graduating in February. (Yes, that's all on top of teaching full time, directing the theater program, working with community theater and coaching a swim team in the summer.) Wedding plans are still far off, but she isn't talking about a big wedding. She even suggested that they might get married in their home during a house warming party - not tell anyone that they're really coming to a wedding. Even his parents. They just don't want all the fuss. I think it sounds kind of fun and she said she'd let us know when this house warming is so we could fly out for it. I say, if that's what they want, that's what they should do.

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Hi, Friends! Well, I had a BUSY day today, but didn't want to go to bed until I checked in with all of you. I had to take the night off from exercising last night. I think I had done so much this past weekend - even though I enjoyed it! - that it caused a little fibro flare. So, I took yesterday as a rest day. Then today, I rode my bike while I was watching NCIS New Orleans. Imagine my surprise when my SAT uploaded and I has 12,500 steps today! WOW!!! I'm sure hoping this increased activity will help to keep my weight loss on track.

Debby, Yay for all of your exercise! I'll bet your daughter is so excited about her new house. My daughter is working hard on her paperwork to join her new husband in England, but I think she's learning the frustration of paperwork for the military!

Linda, Your sunshine therapy sounds like a great place to start. I love the picture of your grandson. I'm sorry that your son is being inconsiderate. I'm sure he doesn't mean to!

Tammy, When I find myself suddenly "hungry," I try to up my protein first to see if that takes care of it.

Marlene, Welcome back! Your trip sounds wonderful. I love used book stores. Who is your favorite historical romance writer?

Sue, I downloaded Spotify tonight. Now to figure out how to use it! It is easy to used food to "medicate" ourselves when we're tired/depressed/out of sorts. I hope you've been able to get back on plan.

PandB, Hope you made your water aerobics class. I love your balloon rewards. I'll bet you will reach your consistency goal this month.

Moving, Life can be overwhelming sometime. I hope things work out for the house and the new position in your company.

I hope you've all had a wonderfully successful day!

Blessings and peace!

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Debby – Wow. Pretty cool that your daughter bought a home. Exciting times for her. Glad you got back on track. I was sure you would. You don’t reach the high level of success that you have had without much determination and commitment. And to top that off, you live your life like a normal person. That’s the best!

Linda – Sounds like you bounced back well and quickly. Good for you. I bet the time with the grannies really recharges your battery too.

PandB – You sure have been active, a very good thing. I like the champagne reward you have planned. Good thinking!

David – Will be thinking of you and hoping you get the promotion you mentioned. Would that make you a full time employee?? I hope things work out for your loan qualification too. Please take care of yourself and your health. That could have an impact on your promotion in that I am sure the company wants healthy employees.

Marlene – The food you described sounds delicious. I am sure you will flush out the sodium in a day or two.

I did ok today but not totally compliant. Had a meeting for one of my organizations tonight. At this meeting we order from the menu so I wasn’t too worried. But before the meeting I had a pretty busy day and didn’t have time to eat much. So I did stray from plan at dinner but nothing horrible. I was hungry, but I am finding that unhealthy noncompliant foods do not appeal to me much these days. At my table one person had wings as an appetizer. No thanks I don’t want to try one. Another had fried pickles (yes I did have one of these as I love fried pickles). I had a taco salad but skipped the sour cream and didn’t even need the salsa as the flavor of the lettuce, tomatoes, and ground beef all together was so good. I did eat some of the shell bowl the salad came in, and I know they are high cals and carbs, but given how little I ate earlier in the day, I don’t think that was too bad. Another challenge lies ahead tomorrow as I will be out of town all day with friends, going to see my rheumatologist who is about 75 miles from here. My friend’s hubby goes to the same rheumatologist, and we try to make our appointments for the same time so that I don’t have to drive there. Then we make a day of it. The 3 of us go out for a late lunch/early dinner, usually at a restaurant of their choosing. Not sure where we will eat tomorrow but I plan to do my best. I am supposed to be volunteering at one of my charities tomorrow evening but if I don’t make it there I have someone to cover for me.


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Scrimp - I live 10 miles from Hesperia. When you look at the mountains from Hesperia I live in the foothills right there. Next time you visit lets try to get together.

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