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9/1/14 9:21 P

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So I am home. This was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. About 300 people, beautiful venue, fantastic food, and the bridal gown was WOW!
I had a wonderful time with my friend. And drove the 100 miles each way through LA with no traffic - yes you saw that - holiday weekend and no traffic 70mph the whole way.

My son is in a better place. Finally coming to the point of divorce is the only choice has made him accept what is happening. there is still s lot of drama, but a decision has been reached. I am now sad as I am pulling pictures off her Facebook pages.

I went off track this weekend. I am back to it now.

goal is to be able to walk again
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TammyAnd - Sorry you lost your tracker, but you're right, if you've been using it regularly you should know by now how much you need to move to get the steps in. A simple pedometer will do just fine, too, you just have to manually enter it. The grapes sounds good. I've eaten them before and they are pretty delicious. Also, good for you for sticking to a healthy eating pattern at the ball game. I've got hockey season coming up and there's not much healthy fare there, either.

JoeJoe - Yay for getting on track with training for a 5K. You'll do it and you'll be surprised at how quickly your body responds to the training. At least you're now down to school and not a wedding to plan and prepare for as well. It's really great that your family is on board for eating more healthy. It makes a difference. My husband goes to the gym with me most every day and has been happy to eat the healthier meals I prepare. He lost over 40 lbs. when I started my journey and looks and feels much better, too.

Scrimp - your trip sounds fun. You'll get those pesky pounds off in short order and on your way to getting the rest off, too. I'm guessing you have very classy tastes and your house will be just gorgeous when you're done with it. Mine's homey, lots of my own work on the walls (needlepoint and counted cross stitch art) as well as a flair for some outdoor nature work (from my dad) and a Japanese touch to quite a bit of it. I'd love to get new floors, remodel the kitchen and bathrooms and put in new French doors and deck in the back, but it's just more money than I have right now. And the expense of getting my dog well made it just a little further out of reach LOL.

Itz_Sue - None of us has made this journey without a few potholes in the road. As long as we stay the course, we will get there. You're already down a whole lot, so you know it's true. I can't wait for you to get into Onederland. It's just not that far away.

Moving4Me - I'm sorry you're having trouble convincing your wife that SparkPeople is a good place to really help in your quest for health. Ultimately, we each have to do what is necessary for ourselves, even if those closest to us don't understand it. I'm sure you are being supportive for her and her needs as well, and that just makes you a good husband. At the same time, you know what's working for you and you can do this. It really will be easier to help her if you're taking care of yourself.

Mtn_Kitten - what a trip. Scary place to be in. I'm glad you made it safe and I know what you mean about the GPS. Mine decided to go into "acquiring signal" mode last week when I was trying to find my way to the vet that was going to do my dog's surgery. I was already stressed and then to have the GPS wink out when I was in an area I was totally unfamiliar with in Portland sucked. I pulled off the freeway into a Walgreen's parking lot and monkeyed with it for a bit and it started working again. As it turned out, I was only one free way exit from where I needed to be and got the vet where they rushed me in, had my dog in surgery within a half hour and he is doing great now. You'd never know he was sick by the way he's acting.

JustMe- I hope your weekend was fabulous and gave you a break from all the stress you've been under. It sounds like your son will get this figured out and I know you'll be fine. I do hope your son and his wife figure out something to get the kids out of the middle of this. Kids need both parents and all their grandparents.

T-The-Journey - I'm glad your talk with your husband about SparkPeople went well. It's a great tool and has really helped me understand just how badly I was eating. Along with a personal trainer at the gym I go to, I really have learned a lot and have experienced better success at getting weight off and keeping it off than with any other program I've every tried. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it. I've also found that I really need to be honest about logging my food. When I start fudging there, I really start going down the wrong path.

ForMyDarlings - I think you'll find that tracking food is key to success. I hope you'll start doing it and stay consistent with doing it. I'm 58 (59 in November) and find myself a little forgetful at times, too. Keeping that tracker app on a smartphone or tablet is handy, but if you don't have a smart phone or tablet, make sure you write stuff down so you can record it when you're at the computer. It helps.

As for me - WooHoo for compliance Monday. I've stuck to it all day and have dinner planned out so I won't stray. Still have dogs at the shelter to take care of tonight, so dinner will wait until I'm done with that. I got on the scale this morning and have dropped below 170 lbs. (169) My lowest was 165 and I know I'll get back there soon - hopefully before my hike at Mt. St. Helen's (coming up on Sept. 23) I never got myself over 175, but I'm not happy that I did that. Still, I'm on the right track again, and the start chart is working to help me visualize success and aim for it each day. I was looking over my goals board on SparkPeople yesterday and realized that one of the goals I had written down that I had achieved was having lost 80 lbs. by last October. It struck me that that meant I had maintained over an 80 lbs. loss for almost a year now. I've never been successful at taking that much off, much less maintaining or improving on it for that long. It made me happy and rather proud of myself. I'm currently at 94 lbs. off and hoping to crush that 100 lbs. mark by mid October or earlier. I've got 19 lbs. to go to be at my ideal weight and I want it so bad I can taste it. What do you say Scrimp - shall we aim for it together?!

Have a great end to your Labor Day festivities everyone.

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9/1/14 3:53 P

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Tammy, Muscadines are large green grape. They get a golden or blush hue on them as they ripen. You suck the innards out of them and dispose of the skin and seeds. It is a wonderful, juicy, fruit. Many people use them to make muscadine or scuppernong wine. Every time I eat one I think of childhood summers. I love them!
I am so sorry you lost your tracker. I am really irritated with mine right now. It seems fine for recording my steps. But, I did my 20 minute training workout for the 5K today, and it recorded nothing! UGH! I was able to manually enter my workout, but still. I hate investing in something that doesn't do what I need it to do. I'm really thinking about looking into a fitbit or something along those lines when this thing finally dies.
Well, time to go get some reading done. Back to school tomorrow! Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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9/1/14 2:10 P

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I forgot to mention on my previous post that while I was at the ballgame on Saturday I lost my Spark Activity Tracker. When I noticed it was gone from my shoe I looked for it, retracing my steps, but never did find it. I don't plan to buy another one. I think I learned from the tracker what a good day full of steps looks like, and I will just continue to move and increase my steps.

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9/1/14 12:23 P

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Debby – Thank you for your “woo hoo” response to my happy weight loss news. You are right that that success did help me with my compliance at the game. I was able to choose healthy options: hot dog without the bun, hamburger without the bun, chicken without the skin, tomatoes, and a bit of coleslaw. I skipped the potato salad, cookies, and other higher carb offerings. A friend who was with me went to get himself a beer and came back with a small frozen margarita for me. I love margaritas and hadn’t had one in over a year! So I did drink the frozen drink and enjoyed every sip. It didn't trigger any problem eating for me thank goodness.

Sue – Thank you for your congrats. I am still smiling from my good results. Yes, those positive thoughts went with me to the ballgame and are continuing today. Glad you got back on track. I knew you would. Sometimes when a binge happens, that awful toxic feeling that follows is enough to remind us why we don’t eat that junk in the first place. And like you, sometimes I find I want to eat when I am really just tired. I read somewhere that this could be related to hormones. I too just try to get to bed instead of visiting the kitchen. Also, after I brush my teeth before bed, I am not likely to eat because I don’t want to have to brush my teeth again.

Marlene – Thank you too for the congrats. This loss was big boost for me as I have struggled quite a bit this summer. Wow, I admire you for taking a trip like that all by yourself. I cannot remember the last time I traveled anywhere alone. Glad you arrived home safely and didn’t have to deal with the rain. I don’t like to drive in the first place, and driving in the rain is even worse.

Cat – Sorry to hear about your RV woes. And what a scare you had with those folks getting you to the campsite. Glad everything eventually worked out ok.

Joann – I have never heard of the grapes you mentioned, not by either name. What color are they?

T – Please consider sharing your salsa recipe with us!

Linda – Glad your weekend is going well. Getting away like that can do wonders for one’ s spirit.

David – Have you shown your wife the SP site? Maybe if she saw how much SP has to offer, she would want to do it for herself as well.

Gini – Hope your day is going well!

Compliance Monday should be a breeze for me today. I will be home working on a few small projects. I declined going to any picnics/get togethers today and am glad I did. It is very humid here today so I am glad to be inside with the AC and my healthy foods. Over the weekend I discovered a new (for me) delicious low cal and low carb treat….Dannon Light and Fit Chocolate Raspberry Greek yogurt. It is only 80 calories and about 7 or 8 carbs as I recall. It is absolutely divine. I know Dannon also makes a Light and Fit chocolate cherry Greek yogurt, but I haven’t seen it in my grocery stores yet. I will continue to look for it.


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9/1/14 11:28 A

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Good morning, everyone! Yay for Compliance Monday, Marlene. We are continuing to eat as healthy as we possibly can. I rediscovered a childhood favorite this weekend, scuppernong grapes! I think they are called muscadines in the rest of the country. I love those things. They grow wild all over the place down here, but these were purchased in a store and are from a vineyard in Georgia. I also bought and cut up a seedless watermelon and put it in the fridge for snacks this week. I bought all my ingredients for salads for lunch this week. And, I printed out a SparkPeople training program for a 5K! I'm going to do it! I can't wait to see where I will be 12 weeks from now at the end of our challenge.
I am going to try to limit my computer time this week. I need to spend more time "doing" than "thinking about doing" if that makes sense? Sometimes I feel like I am being sedentary when I spend too much time on the computer.
I hope you all have wonderful Labor Day plans -- make great food choices! -- Blessings and peace, y'all!


Joann

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

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9/1/14 10:10 A

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Good Morning:

Well I ate what I wanted this weekend and the scale is showing up a few pounds. So today, Sept 1, I am glad to set a goal of strict compliance all month. I think every now and again I should take a mini break, so I will stop feeling deprived. Today is strictly lean protein, veggies, and low sugar fruit!


I went on an impromptu trip to Columbus Ohio on Saturday. I booked a cheap hotel for the night in the area I wanted to be in. I had intentions of going to the sale at Old Tyme Pottery, which is my favorite store for accessories and all things for the house. There are none on the east coast, the closest ones are in the midwest and North Carolina. It took 6 hours to get there, and what an interesting journey. I had to take I-70 across maryland and West Virginia to I-68, "The National Highway". It is very scenic crossing through the Appalachians and Allegheny Moutains. I went through some interesting towns--Cumberland MD; Washington, PA; Wheeling, W. VA; and Hagerstown, MD. West Virginia is an interesting shaped state. You cross into it three times on this trip. I crossed the Ohio river which separates Wheeling, W. VA from Ohio.
Didn't see much of Columbus, as I went directly to the store and spend 2 blissful hours in there buying decorative wall art and a few other things.
I had planned to go to a big Labor Day Antique and Flea Market, but Sunday was pouring rain. I decided to head home, and boy was I glad I did. It rained, and I would not have wanted to drive in the dark and in the rain and mountains had I left later. I made it home by 4pm.

Debbiehs and Tammyand and Justme and Justme Congrats on losing those pounds. I'll be looking to you for inspiration for my final transformation. I need to lose 20 more pounds; hopefully by Christmas.

Sue--Its OK to get off track for a minute. Don't beat yourself up too much. Glad you got yourself together and stayed on plan yesterday. All the reasons you listed for being stressed are valid, but see how sometimes the only comfort is food. When you are overweight theres a little demon inside that tells you comfort food and other things you thought you had under control are the answer.

ITS COMPLIANCE MONDAY FOR SOME OF US; THERE ARE NO LABOR DAY ASSOCIATED HOLIDAY FOODS. BE GLAD ITS NOT CHRISTMAS, LOL.

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9/1/14 9:36 A

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Hello Everyone!

Cat: Your trip is surely sounding like an adventure. Stay positive on the good things .. Later you can laugh and tell stories about the rest. My hubby has that "fix-it" gene too .. He can fix anything! We'd be lot without him, because we have never been able to afford to just hire people. It was strange these last few weeks as we had construction folks at our house doing the new windows, and trimwork. My hubby said he could try to do it .. But we determined (together) that we didn't want him doing all that ladder climbing and physical stuff .. We are just getting too old for it. And with all his weird hours, it wouldn't be too healthy for him. Enjoy your trip, and keep us posted as you can .. We are pulling for you!

Joann: your family challenge sounds great! You will have all that support around you all the time, besides you buddies here on SP. There are some members in my family who could lose some weight too .. But I don't mention it because I feel that it is up to each of us individually to decide when enough is enough .. I've got to that point .. And am concentrating on me for now. Congratulations on the steady streak of losing! That is a great accomplishment.

T: thank you for the encouragement. I DID do better yesterday … was in compliance the entire day.. In the evening, I was stressing, and wanted to start eating, but I didn't! Having your hubby working with you with SparkPeople sounds great! Sometimes, my hubby is watching over my shoulder as I do things, and he does read labels now to try to purchase healthier choices. He is a great support to me. Hope your salsa worked out .. I do love salsa.

Moving: hang in there … my thought is that when I got hit by the SparkPeople bug .. Sometimes, it is contagious, and sometimes not. I am fortunate that most times, my hubby is very supportive, but I get frustrated that he doesn’t join me in choosing healthy all the time. He is a meat and potatoes man, but I'm working on converting him to like veggies too. Chair exercises work for many people .. I have a yoga tape that you sit in a chair through the whole thing. Check out some of the SparkPeople videos .. There are chair exercises there too! Hang in there! You can do this .. And we are here as your friends, and would welcome your wife as a friend too!

Linda: I agree .. Anonymity is a good thing sometimes. It does help me to "bare my soul" here .. And to have someone tell me it's "ok" is always a bonus. It's like getting hugs from the computer. Still praying for you, your son and family. Take care of you! I hope you are checking on your 6 lifestyle challenges.

I did much better yesterday .. Stayed in compliance all day. Hubby and did some Menard's shopping and we bought new vertical blinds for our new patio door, then off to Sam's and got some fresh veggies, and almond milk, then home where he cut the grass while I did some trimming (until the battery on my trimmer pooped out) … probably a good thing to break up the job into a couple days so my arms don't get so sore. We ate dinner early enough that I breezed through the afternoon hungries .. But I was feeling tired, and hungry in the later evening .. BUT I did not give in to eating stuff .. Everytime I thought about eating, I drank a couple big swallows of water .. And went to bed at 10:30 because I knew that if I stayed up any later, there would be eating. I don't think I know the difference between tired and hungry.

God's Peace to you all!
Sue

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9/1/14 9:31 A

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Moving ~ I hope your wife will see the benefit of SparkPeople as you continue. Wise decision to stick with it - congratulations! YOU are worth it!

JustMe ~ 2 hours pool workout - that's awesome!

Another step towards success ~ stopping some weekly volunteering.
I decided to think about everything I do and ask myself "is this hindering and/or preventing me from what I need to do daily to reach my goals"? For the volunteering, the answer was yes - it takes too much time every week. Making my daily goals a priority will pay off when my long term goals are accomplished :)

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8/31/14 5:19 P

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On my iPad weekend going well sanity is a nice thing to have.

Moving - good for you, stick up for what works for you. Sometimes it is very hard for family members to realize that we need some anonymity in order to be really honest with ourselves. She is probably really scared. She knows her health is at risk but does not know how to get help.

I was in the pool for 2 hours yesterday treading and jogging food has been ok

Talked to my son on the phone and he is finally realizing that divorce may come and he will live through it

goal is to be able to walk again
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8/31/14 4:51 P

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Hi and good Sunday to everyone. Its been a busy day .I have a job at a grocery store cooking items and sampling them out. As it's a holiday weekend its been nonstop since I got here. Its nice to work inside but sometimes gets tiring working all weekends and Holidays. Any how, I've been asked how plan to walk with my wife after work is going. Her diabetes has been bad and I'm having a lot more problems with my left foot. I need to see a Doctor but the time and money just isn't there. I told her about Spark. She doesn't see why I need to be here talking to others I don't know. I calmly said" because this is help I need getting ideas, sharing suggestions and using all the tools SP has. I could see on her face that didn't go over too well. I said I was thinking until I can have my foot checked to do "chair exercises". ( no support here. Just laughed at). I'm not giving up!!!!!!! My lunch break is over got to get back to work.

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Hi Everyone;

Talking to my husband about SparkPeople went extremely well - whoo hoo! It was an all day conversation of explanations, questions, working things out. One of his many questions; why I can't do the plate method (half the plate fruit & veg, 1/4 protein, 1/4 bread) - I've been diagnosed diabetic for about a year now therefore it won't work because both bread and fruit raise blood sugar = too much carb in each meal. Explained that I plan carbs for the day = 30-60 per meal and 15-30 between meals.

Discovered the whole recipe part of SparkPeople ~ started a cookbook on SparkPeople, added a bunch of recipes, altered some of them to fit our tastes. What a fantastic program! I will eventually add my own recipes. So easy - added my first recipe to the food tracker and we'll eat it for dinner tonight.

Sue ~ Today is a new day. It's never too late to make the good decisions.
'I haven't done that in a long time... shows how very successful you've been! Mistakes don't have to cause us to throw up our hands and spend more time making poor choices - we can choose to put a period there and move on with our good choices. I pray you have a good day today as you get back on track.

I'm anxious to see if I can re-create salsa that I made for a wedding last weekend. Everyone raved about it. I never tasted it because I don't like salsa however my son & husband love it so I had them taste test it before the wedding; they like it so I made 22 quarts as part of the appetizers for the wedding. I'm so excited, my friend is coming over to help prep the ingredients, we'll do exact measurements to make a recipe and she will taste test until it duplicates the taste of the salsa I served. Fun fun fun!

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8/31/14 9:53 A

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Good morning, everyone! So nice to see some new faces on here too! Love having companions along for this weight loss journey. We took a flying trip out of town this weekend for a state high school volleyball tournament. My oldest daughter - the one who just got married - coaches, my husband refs, and the youngest daughter is in college about an hour from the tournament site, so we were all together yesterday.

I lost 2.2 pounds this week! YIPPPEEEE!!! Since I have started Spark, I have steadily lost something every week - and I am including that 8/10 of a pound loss the week of the wedding. Love seeing that scale move downward.

We started a 12 week family challenge to see who could lose the highest percentage of total weight each week. The challenge starts today and ends the Sunday before Thanksgiving. My youngest is well within her BMI and really just wants to work on more healthy habits. My oldest only wants to lose a few pounds. She is built like her Dad - short and muscular - and when she works out she muscles up very quickly. My hubby is about 25 pounds from his goal weight, and I, well, I still have a ways to go! emoticon Anyway, it will be fun to have a contest to keep us on our toes for the next twelve weeks, and we're going to to top it off with the annual 5K Turkey Trot here in town on Thanksgiving Day.

So, getting ready to start my day on a positive note and heading to church, then the store, then home to rest a bit. Everyone have a great day. Blessings and peace, y'all!

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"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

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I will need internet connection for some time to read all the posts ... so I apologize for not responding more up to date. The scale still hates me but I am on track for eating and exercising. Walked laps in the pool yesterday. Felt really good with all the heat and humidity.

Keep on truckin' everyone!!!!!

Well, we made it allllllll the way to St Louis before having any issues on the road. Our GPS is an older model and ended up bleeping out on us when we needed it most. We crossed an expansion bridge and it turned itself off and on, told us to turn left in 800 yards, turn right in 800 yards, turn ???. We called the RV park for directions and two of them came and got us because we were completely lost with no help from our GPS, maps did not include where we were and we were in a VERY bad part of town. All of St Louis is uneasy due to the issues in Ferguson.

Then they seemed to be taking us on a crazy trip … through an industrial part, down what appeared to be alleys. Hubby being a retired marshal started thinking they were trying to get us more lost on purpose pulled over and we started to come up with an exit plan. One of them jumped out of the car and ran to us, told us that we needed to get out of the area. He had been trying to avoid the worst parts as well as construction. We finally got to the RV park. Our GPS started working again somewhere along the way. It couldn’t get a solid signal around all the buildings and the bridges.

WiFi is a complete joke here. If you are not outside standing on your left foot while holding up your right hand you can not get a connection. When you do … it last for 4 seconds. We are in a 22 foot travel trailer. Everyone else is in a 36 foot fifth wheel or bigger. This is the only place close to our daughter even though it is thirty minutes away. And now that we are here … we had to pay more for using a credit card and they tell us we have to pay extra daily per kid if we want the g-kids to come over and swim in the pool … which we have already told them about. Oh the joys of traveling.

On the very first day of our travels our electric jack stopped working. We have paid 2 different people to look at this, tweak things, buy batteries, buy new wires and be told … all is good. Well, no it’s not. Hubby has had to manually come up with a back breaking plan to get us unhooked from the car and then level out the nose of the trailer. We wants to wait until we get to Dallas to come up with a permanent solution so he can have DS help. DS some how got all the construction, electrical, plumbing, knows how to fix things genes. My dad was this kinda guy … hands on knowing how to do things. My hubby … well he is a renaissance man. He makes me breakfast in bed, paints my toenails, gives me massages, likes to cook, take photos, listen to music, is very loving and gentle. His father who grew up on a farm swore he wouldn’t be a poor working boy all his life. He always hired someone to do the man stuff … so hubby was never taught how or exposed to fix it yourself way of thinking. This has caused strife in our years together but as I have gotten older and wiser … I just let him figure it out or get someone to do it for us. Too bad DS is 800 miles away : )

TammyAnd - yep! I keep a journal … can’t you tell from my long posts. And hubby takes pictures, and pictures, and pictures. We are having a great time exploring.

Debby – how is puppy dog????

JustMe – I hope you are continuing to focus on YOU.

Moving – how is the plan coming on you and wifey working together to get healthy?

Scrimp – any good recipes in your jello / pudding book???

P&B – have you dusted off your treadmill yet???


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Hello Everyone!

Linda: thank you for the kind words .. I did need a hug yesterday. It is good to have a friend you can confide in, and respect what their thoughts are. Lots of people can give advice that we need to let roll off of us.

Tammy: I thought I had a great attitude yesterday morning too .. But as the day rolled on, it dived. I was truly uplifted today when I read your post .. 6.8 pounds is awesome!!!! I'm sure it did help you at your baseball game/picnic .. Life is always easier to handle when we have a positive attitude about things. Keep that thought .. Hold onto it and you will succeed.

Gini: tracking food .. Every bite is the best path to take. I do this for myself when I am totally honest, it surprises me what exactly I am eating, and then it makes sense why I've gained so much weight. I'm 59, and my mind plays tricks on me too .. So I need to plan my meals and my days too .. Otherwise, I'm "scatter-brained." Best of the day to you!

Scrimp: your renovations do sound awesome! I remember when we built our house (about 35 years ago) .. picking things out, the "newness" was so exciting. Enjoy the days!

Well .. Again .. Had a tough day yesterday. I'm typing it out loud, and then I'm over it. I went into a total binge last nite .. I was tired, I was frustrated, and I took it out on myself .. Then I was angry with myself, and even cried when my stomach was so uncomfortable. I really haven't done that for months and it wasn't a good feeling at all. SO… TODAY .. Is going to be a better day .. One day at a time .. I'm logging my plan for eating right now, and sticking to it. I get to have my hubby home with me for 2 days, and he will support me through my day. Please pray for me guys .. I need to get control on this!

God's Peace to you all!
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Had a quiet day here with DH and DS. Too hot and humid today to be outside but the apartment wasn't too bad. Thankfully we have heavy blinds on the west windows that keep out the hot afternoon and evening sun. Now, as the days get shorter, less and less sun comes in later in the day.

Had a good day foodwise. I am going to begin tracking my food starting Monday. I have a plan and I am so disorganized that I need to stick to a written routine to make sure I do everything I want to get done in a day.

I am 62 and sometimes, already, my mind plays tricks on me.


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TammyAnd - WooHoo for you! 5.8 lbs. is fantastic. I know you'll do well at the game tonight with that kind of success under your belt. Just had to comment when I saw your post!

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T – You are worth the time it takes to do what you need to do. You have laid out a good plan. We’re all here to help you along the way, and I know you have a trick or two up your sleeve to share with us….especially in the kitchen.

PandB – I used to love eggplant and used to make ratatouille quite a bit, but somehow I lost my taste for eggplant and don’t enjoy it anymore. So, if you have any recipes to share, I would be very interested. Maybe I’ll regain my taste for eggplant.

Marlene – Your renovation plans sound very exciting! Are you going to post before and after remodel photos?

Sue – I like your stick-to-it attitude. Those temptations will always be around us so the resistance skills you are developing will continue to serve you well.

Gini – Nice to see your post. Good luck as you go forward.

Linda – I hope that your DIL stops using the children as pawns in this situation. I don’t know the CA divorce laws but I would hope that there is a reasonable provision that considers the welfare of the children. I concur that your son should get a consult with a lawyer. What a blessing you have in your friend Ruth. I am sure you will have a wonderful time with her this weekend. I treasure my true friends.

Debby – Dogs can be amazingly resilient as evidenced by your pug’s recovery. I’m betting he had excellent veterinarian care which combined with your love and care meant a lot. I agree with you that 15 days of stars followed by one “day off” followed by another 15 days of stars is a winning pattern. Woo hoo for you as always.

Well, today was my weigh-in, after a string of 12 totally compliant days. I am down 6.8 pounds! So that means I lost the 5 pounds I gained while on steroids (some probably water weight) along with another 1.8 pounds I purposely didn’t weigh till today because tonight I am going to a minor league baseball game & picnic. I knew if I had a good weigh in I would be highly motivated to stay as close to compliant as I can tonight. I feel great and am very motivated to do well tonight.


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Sue - my thoughts are with you. The more people we have in our lives to love the more opportunity for joy and for stress. I hope your son find success in his job and that your mother begins to heal.

I am leaving soon. I am look forward to meeting with my friend. She is always helpful and kind. So many of my high school friends seem to have developed emotional problems that I never saw when we were younger. May be I have also and just do not see it in myself. But Ruth is the sanest of all my friends and I can rely on her judgement.

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Hello Everyone!

Today I've made up my mind to get myself back on track. I slept well last nite, and feel that I can do it. I've been doing too much feeling sorry for myself, and eating to numb the sadness again! My oldest son has accepted the job and will be moving out of state. As I've stated before, I like to have my "chickies" near me .. So I've been very sad about this. I'm happy for him .. Great opportunity, proud of him .. All that! But for me .. I'm missing him already. My Mom has been sick, having trouble with her leg, and has to use a walker or a wheelchair this past week. She's keep it a secret from my brother who is in the area because he's been having heart problems, and she doesn't want to stress him .. And my sister lives too far away so she's not telling her either .. So it's up to me! Too much drama in my life, and I'm just not feeling up to it. So .. the scale today has punished me again.

I am determined to focus more on myself again .. I have to .. Otherwise I am never going to get to a healthier weight, and be a healthier person. I am worth it .. God help me remember that!

Linda: I am very sorry for your family troubles. Divorce, separation is very hard on everyone in the family. I continue to pray that you deal well with it, and the outcome helps everyone.

Debby: sounds like we all are having turmoil in our life. We are not perfect in anything in life .. So please do not dwell on that .. Each day is a new day, and we can start again. You are a star to all of us! I too have a birthday goal .. But I don't think I'm going to make it now .. BUT .. I'm going to get as close as I can to it, and consider that a success. You've been doing great! That is a success to be proud of.

To the new folks: Welcome! glad to have you join us. This is a great group, full of support and understanding .. I know I've find help here all the time .. In my good days and bad days. There is humanity here. I can unload my troubles here and not be judged or I can brag about my successes and have friends that are proud of me. It helps me everyday, and when I miss days … I am lonely without my friends. Welcome!

God's Peace to you all!

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My husband will be home for the next 3 days. Today I'll be explaining SparkPeople and my goals. He is a teacher, golf coach, and is not overweight. I don't work. I have nothing stopping me from going after what I really want so I'm taking the time to focus on myself.

I know SparkPeople is critical!!! No other website does everything that this one does! I've decided that DAILY time in important: tracking food, tracking exercise, viewing article/videos, checking in here, blogging on my spark page, and checking in on spark team I started called Taking The Journey. I'm thinking of this daily time as an appointment that I MUST be at!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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It's always great to add a new person to our group. Welcome to new and returning folks.

JustMe - sometimes divorce is the best solution. I hope it is in this case. Your son deserves to see his kids and should not lose everything in this. You may need to get a lawyer regardless of California being a no fault divorce state. Also, you have rights as a grandparent and may want to consult with a lawyer about that. She really doesn't have the right to set all the rules. I hope your enjoy your few days away from home and all of this.

Scrimp - it sounds like your renovations will be wonderful. I had hoped to make more in the future, but it looks like some will have to be postponed until I get my dogs treatment paid off - they were substantial. But, he is worth more to me than any renovation, so I don't regret it.

Moving4Me - 4 lbs. off - way to go. Keep up the good work.

I was a little off in my eating yesterday, mostly due to the fact that I was eating out most of the day while I did the necessary traveling to get my dog, learn what his after care is and picking up prescriptions for him. The vet that did the surgery was about 30 miles away through some serious traffic and the appointment time was 12:00 noon, with my son needing to be picked up at 2:30 from work. It could have been worse, but I did not earn my star yesterday.

Today was a completely different day. My little dog is acting like nothing ever happened to him, which just makes me so happy. He does have several medications, so that's a reminder that he's still recovering, but, by the way he acts, you would never guess that he was very close to death just five days ago. It was very expensive, so I have informed my other three dogs that none of them are allowed to get sick or seriously hurt for the rest of their lives.

I did all of my exercise, climbing a stair machine for 50 minutes (250+ stories), and doing a strenuous strength training circuit. My eating has been spot on, so I will collect a start again. Perhaps it's not too terrible to go 15 days near perfect and have one day off, then start the next 15. I took about 5 lbs. off in the last two weeks, so it really paid off. Five more and I'll be back at my lowest weight and well on my way to getting to goal. My 59th birthday is coming up in November, and I'm hoping to be there or very close to it by then.

Our new heat pump is working really great. It's almost too cold in here now - we're still working with the settings to find the setting that's most comfortable for us. But, since it's not too hot anymore, I can see myself doing some of my exercise at home if I absolutely can't make it to the gym.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Welcome to our new and returning members. This is a great group in both the good times and the bad; supportive and caring.
so the decision has been made for divorce. I am just glad that a decision has been reached. Right now my DIL says she wants all the equity in the house and full custody of the kids. Her mother has retained a high priced lawyer. We are a no fault divorce state with community property. My son wants 50% of the equity in the house and shared custody. He also wants it written that neither of them can take the kids out of state without the permission of the other parent and family counseling for everyone in the family. I do not know if he should get a lawyer because what he is asking for is exactly state law. He is unemployed and so is she, but her parents have money. I am thinking he should at least do a consult. Tonight I drove my son to the store for milk. His daughter wanted to go with us and my DIL said that she was not allowed to go anywhere with either my son or myself. She is constantly using this phrase about what she will and will not "allow"
I am leaving tomorrow morning and am glad to get away.

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Thanks everyone for sharing - even when it's not easy. Good to read all the great support! emoticon Welcome Gini!

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Hello everyone. I am Gini and new to the team. Hope to get to know all of you, there are soooo many! This seems like a very active, supportive team.


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Hello Everyone!

Again, I haven't been checking in too often .. busy working, too tired to log in to the computer after I finish my evening chores.

I'm doing ok . Not great. We've had some days of lasagna and pizza this week, and that always brings on that upward movement on the scale. But it's ok .. I'm living life as best I can. My mom has been sick, so I've been running over to her house and running errands for her. She is a junk food junkie, and offers all kinds of junk to me when I'm there .. But I stuck to my guns and still did get my walking in most days and am not throwing in the towel.

The workers were at my house again today and finished up most of the job. All that's left is the installation of the rain gutters. It looks so nice. It's been too hot and muggy to open windows, but now I can open them when it does cool off.

I hope you are all doing well .. These last few days of summer. I'll try to catch up on your posts later … right now I need to get some veggies cooking so my tummy doesn't get too rumbly, and I panic eat again.

God's Peace to you all!
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Well I had my appt at the remodel company showroom and I signed the contract and picked out the fixtures. They cam't start until Sept 29. I am pleased with my selections for the tile and shower-its going to be white subway tile with one 3-4 inch role of silver glass mini tiles near the top- a new adjustable spray shower, and a latte colored cultured marble countertop with 2 smaller rectangle integrated sinks to give me a bit more countertop room. I am happy to finally get this underway.

Tammyand--160 still puts me well within Overweight category. I can't get to normal unless the goal is around 145, which I think is too thin for me, and a number that I am doubtful if I can maintain.

Justme--Yes that was funny--your son can drive himself, he just wanted Mommy with him...Awwwww Glad to hear things are a bit more settled. Perhaps a divorce is best.

PandB--I love eggplant too. I like throwing some in when I make curried chicken, and other asian inspired stir frys. They are easy to grow.

Welcome back SKirk! When you take it day by day you'll be surprised at how fast you will lose it. So you have eaten enough to maintain your current weight. What will your new calorie range be? I always multiply 10 by the goal weight to find out the range to get you to goal; then subtract more calories to ensure weight loss even when you get close. My goal is 160 x 10=1600 1600-400 cals= 1200 calorie. That is what I have been doing for the past year; in addition to doing the treadmill 3 times a week; that has kept me steadily losing on the same range.

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P&B - please share some of your eggplant recipes.
I do eggplant parm, grilled eggplant, Sicilian eggplant, moussaka, and a few other things. But I also love eggplant and would love to have more ideas.

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Hello Sparklers,

SHKIRK - Welcome back. Good for you maintaining your weight over the summer and staying under 300.

TAMMTAND - You are right, B is home on Monday and will go on the nature walk with me. It’s a bonus weekend!! Happy to hear that things are going well for you. Keep up the good streak.

JUSTME - Glad to hear that things are settling down for you and that your son and DIL are beginning to talk. Remember to take care of yourself. You don’t want the edema or bladder spasms to return.

Bright and sunny day here today. It may have been my last day at the pool this season. The pool closes on Monday, but I generally don’t go when DH is home. I’ll see what the weather is like on Monday.

Was in the garden yesterday and picked 4 good-sized eggplants. There are still tons of flowers and buds on the plants, so hopefully I will get a few more eggplants before the season ends. This is the first year I’ve grown eggplant so I don’t know how long they will continue to produce. Eggplant is my favorite vegetable, so I’m hoping they will keep going for awhile.

Hope everyone has a fun and active Labor Day Weekend.

Be well,

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I hope I get to continue to see my grandchildren. I hope my son comes through this in one piece/ and I think that divorce is what is going to happen. I am taking this one step at a time and am just feeling sad right now.

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Today for the first time things are looking up. I think that my DS and DIL may actually be ready to talk like reasonable human beings.
Last night I had two problems that I have not had in over 6 months: bladder spasms and edema due to blood pressure problems. I was correct to pull back from everything and let my son handle his own problems. Oh, he managed to drive himself the the doctor's and go to his appointment by himself. The night we spent in the hospital was waiting for a real psychiatrist to do an evaluation to determine if they were going to put on a 5 day hold or release him. They decided to release him.

My goal for myself is to actually maintain this weight loss for 2 weeks. If I continue losing that is great, but resetting my weight point to 10 pounds thinner would also be a success. My second goal is to start and continue doing stress reduction exercises.

Shirk and Journey - glad to see you back.

Everyone - thank you so much for your unfailing support and advice. You have helped keep me sane

Tammy - enjoy your moment of peace and tranquility. You have earned it. You are such a good and supportive friend. Everyone who knows you is blessed.


Debby - I am happy your little companion is doing better and will be home soon. Congrats on the cool house. It will really help at night. I cannot sleep in the heat.

Cat - your trip sounds wonderful. You have learned how to enjoy life.

PandB - When you look back at other groups you have been in does it feel different to say "Got a little off track" here than it did there? In other groups I would not only lie to them I would lie to myself because it seemed like a dis-qualifier, here it is just part of the journey.

Moving - It will be so much better in so many ways to make this a family project. You will be working together and encouraging each other. The only thing to remember is that everyone's journey is different and sometimes even those closest to you have to do it their own way.

I love you all. You have keep me sane in an insane world. That finally has a little sparkle in it
Linda

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Debby – I think a star charm is the perfect reward. Great idea. I hope you are able to bring your beloved pug home soon. When my Chihuahua was in the hospital (for weeks) I used to work all day, stop at the vet hospital to visit him, and then go to the people hospital to visit my dad who was in for several consecutive months due to kidney & heart problems. It was grueling but I loved seeing the dog and my dad. I think you are right about liking the cool house. It is a blessing to have that level of comfort.

T- Welcome back. You know I’ve missed you. So glad you will be able to focus on yourself and reaching those important goals. Yes, this is a fabulous group. And now even more fabulous since you are back.

Marlene – Ugh! BMI be damned…you are rocking and not obese other than on that silly index. Will the 160 mark take you out of the obese range? Is that why you are aiming to lose 17 more pounds?

Linda – I hope you enjoy yourself this weekend at the wedding. I think you are more than ready for a get-away. It will be telling to see how your DS does while you are away. How are his children doing through all of this? I bet they miss seeing you almost as much as you miss them!!!

PandB – I hope you are able to squeeze in the nature walk as your weather permits. I am guessing DH will go with you and that you’ll have him home for an extra day because of Labor Day, right? Enjoy!!

Cat – Well, I thought I’d give the scale issue a shot. I am quite sure that you are burning off lots of calories with all the walking you are doing. Your trip sounds like a wonderful adventure. Are you capturing moments and memories with photos and/or a journal?

Skirk – Excellent job of not gaining over the summer. I am proud of you too.

I am doing very well and for the first time in a very long time I am looking forward to my weigh-in this Saturday. Today I walked and walked at Lowe’s with the guy “G” (younger brother of the siding guy) who is doing some home improvements for me. I have quite a long list of “to dos” for him. The big project of course is the kitchen. He is going to strip the cabinets and drawers and then coat them clear so that will lighten up the kitchen quite a bit. Today we bought the hardware for drawers and cabinets. I am pleased with my choice. G is also going to re-do the bathroom in our finished basement. So today we bought the floor tiles which were not very expensive and will be fine for a basement bathroom. Little by little I will get this house into shape. I am in a very good mood, dong great with my eating and walking, and looking forward to watching the Phila. Eagles final pre-season game tonight with DS. He is much more of a football fan than I am (I prefer baseball), but I will watch the game with him since his friend is working tonight so he won’t be going out for beer and wings. (Ah, youth!) I have peppers roasting in the oven and they smell divine. I will add them to my Italian chicken tonight along with a very big salad. Tomorrow is grocery shopping since my team at church is hosting coffee hour and as always supplies are needed. G plans to come tomorrow as well to do more work. I will let him in and then go about my shopping plans.

A good night to all!


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Hello everyone !! nice to see you all are using SP to help stay on this wt lose journey w/ me ! I am back after being away .Off from work/school since the end of May. emoticon I did not gain any wt. while I was off. Going to step up my walks to get the wt. coming off again. Still out of the 300# club at 298. Now I need to get the #s moving down again. Kinda proud of myself for not gaining over the summer ! God Bless You All !!

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Hello Sparklers,

JUSTME - My thoughts are with you. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Congratulations on staying on track. That is a huge accomplishment given what you are going through.

TAMMYAND - Thank you for the hugs and for including me in your parers. I really appreciate it. I’m glad to hear things are going well for you. Sometimes I have trouble hitting my target steps too but have not found a good way to fix this.

MTN_KITTEN - Your trip sounds like great fun. I’m sure Jesse James was an interesting charter. Hope you enjoy St. Louis. Good for you staying on track while on vacation. I really admire you for that.

DEBBY - So happy to hear your pug is pulling through and hope he is home soon. It’s wonderful that you have been earning stars through all of this. You definitely should get a star charm for your bracelet. You’ve earned it.

T_JOURNEY - Welcome back!! Great to see you here again.

SCRIMP - You are a good person to help your friend with her job search. Managing unemployment over 50 is not an easy thing to do, especially if you are single. That’s interesting about fresh ginger and jello. I would have made that same mistake. I made a mixed herb pesto with all of my garden herbs. I don’t put a lot of olive oil in it s it freezes well. Then anytime i want to make a pesto dish, I just defrost a package.

Another sunny day here today but they are predicting thunderstorms for the weekend. Was planning on going for a nature walk at a near by state park this weekend, but now not so sure. Well, half the time the weather reports are wrong, so maybe it will be nice this weekend after all. Got a little off track with my eating yesterday while making the pesto. Too much tasting. Things are going well today though.

Be well,

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Scrimp - I was laughing - my son has his own car that runs fine, he wants company. He is manipulative and says "I don't trust myself to drive safely" He is driving other places. He just does want to make the 1 hour drive alone to the psyc office. I went the first time to help him find the building. But I am not going to be his driver forever waiting in doctor's offices for hours.

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When the going gets tough the tough get going! I feel for all of you facing challenges this week that have nothing to do with your weight--its called life. All of us are not exempt from life's mini catastrophes. I have had my share. I am helping a friend right now make some decisions regarding unemployment. Its been months and I am encouraging her to make a plan, use some of her money to pay off some bills, and consider downsizing from a big house that she cannot afford. Her situation is my worst nightmare as an over 50 single person-loss of job and age discrimination such that she is not getting called about job aps when she is highly expereinced. She keeps saying I am tired, but I am telling her she cannot give up she must take control and make decisions.

I am 177 still and although 17 pounds from goal I realize it will inch along. I reset my goal date to sometime in October. My BMI is still 30.4 so according to SP I am still OBESE.


Debbie--Poor doggy! Glad to hear she will make it through the GB surgery. Goodness dog healthcare is so expensive but you have to do it as they are a family member. 15 starry days of compliance--wooo hoo. Like you, I consider the exercise a component of a "Compliance Day". Frozen grapes are a really satisfying snack. The sugar in the grapes really make you feel like you are eating a candy.

Justme--When a person threatens suicide over here they will involuntarily committ you to a mental health institution if they fear you are in need of observation. What a stressful situation for you. I agree you must take care of yourself. Kids are always dependent on parents because you are the only person they know they can depend on trough thick and thin. I certainly have bailed both of my sons out of their troubles. Once I bought my son a good used car so he could get to work at his new job. His wife totalled the car 3 weeks later, and so I gave him the money to get another. He was so depressed......problem solved. But if he had been having relationship troubles money cannot buy the solution. Your son will work it out. If he has no ride you can hardly turn him down for a ride to town....I was wondering if he is allowed to borrow your car and could he drive himself?

Tammyand--I did try a few recipes. I made a mistake to a "Ginger Pear Salad" and used real grated ginger (recipe called for powder ginger). It did not set and I looked at the book and sure enough there are foods that have enzymes in them that prevents jello setting like fresh pineapple, ginger, and kiwi. It tastes lovely as a milkshake as it has a cup of cottage cheese blended in. Then I made a carrot raisin salad, and some raspberry yogurt cups. Don't feel bad, I join you yesterday I had no exercise at all except puttering around in the kitchen.

Moving--You seem to be energized and woo hoo on staying off soda!

PandB--I glad your problem was found quickly and you have got your operation scheduled to fix it. Its always something eh? Good job on maintaining your weight. Enjoy your last few days at the pool. What will you do with all of your fresh herbs?

JoeJoe--Sounds like things are going well and you are still on track. Its a major accomplsihment to make it through a wedding week without gaining!

ItsSue--Hoping things are well with you.

MtnKtn--well you are having too much fun! I like frozen banana too, I have some in the fridge now to blend into an ice cream.

Fall is practically here. We have a few months of effort until we get tothe holiday season. Can we give ourselves the gift of 20 pounds lost by Christmas? I am sure Debbie will agree, you can feel and see a big difference with every 20 pounds gone.

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Crazy busy schedule is done - I've let my busy busy calendar interfere with my goals. I'm glad to get going... got my SparkPeople up and running again! This is the perfect group to be a part of over 50 and 100+ pounds to loose. I'll be taking the time to plan long term goals, short term goals, and what to do daily to reach those goals. Have a great day! T

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Cat - sounds like you're having a great trip - Jesse James and all. Are your dogs with you? We've talked about getting a travel trailer just so the dogs can travel with us. Sounds like you're eating on plan and getting in some physical activity in spite of your water retention issue. I expected nothing less.

Moving4Me - You're doing everything right. Keep it up!

JustMe - It is so hard to let our kids make their own mistakes, even when they're all grown up. I admire you for taking the steps to do just that. You're so strong to stay the course through all of this.

TammyAnd - never feel guilty for having everything going right. We all have our challenges and we all have our good times. It's called living. I'm glad everything is going well for you right now. You deserve it. And, I knew dogs had gall bladders, I just had never heard of them developing problems with them like people. You'd think I should have since I worked for a vet when I was in college and was initially a pre-veterinary major in college. Ended up being ,more of a fish person, though, so maybe that's why.

P&B - I know you're going to miss that pool. I hope you can find something else that you can do for the winter that keeps you active and that you enjoy, Sometimes forming a walking group with a couple of other folks can be good.

Scrimp - I love frozen grapes, but haven't ever frozen them myself. I think I better start.

Today was another roller coaster day with my dog. He apparently wasn't doing so well in the middle of the night and had to be put in an oxygen tent to help him breathe better, One of the perils of being a pug. The vet was concerned enough that she gave him some extra meds and called me this morning to let me know all that was going on and that it didn't look like he'd be coming home today. Later this afternoon she called to say he's doing much better, out of the oxygen tent and starting to behave like he's healing. She thinks he'll come home tomorrow. Of course, that meant I was stressed out all day until she called. I'm feeling much relieved and can't wait to see him tomorrow. The clinic has been texting me pictures of him throughout the day. It's a nice touch.

On a better note, we got our heat pump installed yesterday and it started cooling down the house pretty quickly. We had a little glitch last night when something went wrong with the GFI component of the new plug they installed but they came out today and fixed it and promised to get it replaced with a new one in the next few days. Now the house is almost cold and it's still over 80 degrees outside. That's never happened in this house before. I think I'm gonna like it.

Got all of my exercise in today and ate on plan. I've now earned 15 days of stars on my calendar. I think I should get a star charm for my bracelet. I'm definitely feeling better eating right, and my clothes are slightly looser, so I hope it will also show on the scale.

For now, I wish you all the best. I'm going to get some rest so I can deal with Portland traffic again tomorrow when I pick up Buddha.

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I told my son he could no longer stay at my house. I think as long as he has somewhere to run when things get too stressed that no decisions will be made. They need to either file for divorce or go to counseling together.
He is getting counseling and said that he probably has needed it for a long time.
Now all I can do is pray. It is his life and he is the one that needs to take charge of it.
I am still on track.
Thank you all for your good advice and help through this tough time. I am leaving on Saturday for a 3 day trip and wedding.
Right now I am just tired.

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I have seen where Jesse James was born, where he lived, drove by where he was shot, seen where he was buried the first time, seen where he was laid to rest for the last time, heard about the banks he robbed, heard about his widow, heard about his momma. Go ahead ask me anything!!! Hubby is so full of himself ... I think he is gonna pop!!!!

Walking in 103 degrees and 1,000 percent humidity!!!! Feet and hands still hate me but we are truckin’ on. On track with eating and exercise. I don’t know what the scale says coz I quit listening due to the water weight.

Moving – I agree with the ladies. I eat some protein most every time I eat. It helps tremendously with blood sugar. I eat 3 meals and definitely 1 snack if not 2 every day. When you and your wifey work together on y’alls health you will see both your lives change 10 fold. My hubby is skinny … and eats very healthy … always has. It makes it a million times easier on me to feed him the same thing I eat … just more of it and add a few things here and there. Our kids were raised to eat healthy and none of them have weight issues.

JustMe – I am soooooo sorry to hear about your DS. Please, please take care of you. As a mom we want to rescue our kids but sometimes … well sometimes we just can’t. I have my fingers and toes crossed for all y’all.

P&B – Bummer on the pool closing. I enjoy walking on my treadmill … I just crank up the music and go for it. Sounds like the surgery is needed but there is no eminency to it. Will be thinking of you. Keep us posted.

TammyAnd – same scale came with us on our trip. As well as the same water retention issues. I have been drinking a gallon of water a day.

Scrimp – I also love frozen grapes … and frozen bananas. I slice them and then freeze them. Please share your jello and pudding recipes with us.

Debby – I am soooooo sorry to hear about your puppy dog. Sounds like he is on the mend. And WooHoo for not eating away the stress. Make sure you don’t miss meals though!!! It can have a rebound effect.

Tomorrow we spend the day in the car : ( We have to get from Kansas City, MO to St Louis. Hubby has stops he wants to make along the way and it always takes us 2+ hours longer than Mapquest says to get somewhere towing the travel trailer.


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Hey buddies….I think this group needs a group hug….so here it is. I am so sorry to read about the stresses some of you are experiencing at the moment. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


Linda – I hope your DS gets some help, medication as deemed appropriate, and support. Depression is not to be taken lightly, as I am sure you know. Does he need to be admitted to an inpatient unit? Just thinking out loud here so to speak. Does he have a good guy friend who could pitch in to support him as well or a close relative so that it all doesn’t fall to you? Maybe someone from his church?? Men can be pretty bad about reaching out for help. On the brighter side…woo hoo as your weight loss continues !! emoticon You are on a roll now.

PandB – Be assured you will be in my prayers now and as you undergo the surgery. Thank God your mass is benign and you are getting it taken care of before it turns into anything worse. Keep your thoughts positive. We’ll be here for you through it all. emoticon

Debby – Holy Shmoley! I didn’t even know dogs have gall bladders. Glad your guy is recovering now. How very scary…these critters can’t talk and tell us what is wrong. Hugs to you and your pug! emoticon I totally understand spending money to save your beloved pug. About 20 ago I had a Chihuahua (I always have a Chihuahua) who at age 6 came down with a severe infection from who knows where. I spent thousands on him without thinking twice.

David – I hope your wife’s doctor appointment went well. Yay for you for deciding that family health is a priority. Your commitment to this process will benefit those you love as well. emoticon

Marlene – I will be looking forward to the healthy recipes you come up with based on your Jello cookbook. I bet I have the same cookbook somewhere, probably in my basement. Good for you for staying the course. Any plans for the holiday weekend?? emoticon


All is cruising along fine with me. I almost feel guilty about this since some of you are in very rough situations right now. I didn’t post yesterday because I was tied up all day doing household chores and then felt so tired I just wanted to rest. I am continuing to weed out things we no longer use or need. Little by little I will get there. Today I got a manicure which is always a boost for me. I was going to shop afterwards but felt tired so I came right home and did some paperwork. My eating is on track, but today my steps are low. I think tomorrow I will be up to more activity.


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I am stressed. The reason I have been taking my son to the doctor is because he threaten suicide. My mother committed suicide. I have to let go because he is asking unreasonable things of me. I drove him to his first counseling session. One hour of driving and 3 hours at his appointment. Then he wanted me to drive him to his doctor's appointment tomorrow. Another 3 hour appointment. I cannot do it. He is forty years old. I have to let him grow up. He has to stop relying on me every time he needs help. This is so hard to know what is the right thing to do.
I am still staying on track and tracking.

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Hello Sparklers,

JUSTME - Good for you on standing up for yourself and especially for staying on track. I am sorry that your son is going through a tough time, but you need to take care of you. Otherwise you will be in trouble yourself.

MOVING4ME - Making healthy choices as a family is a wonderful idea. A walk in the evening will do you both good. It can also be a special time when you and your wife forget about the world and focus on each other. My husband has high cholesterol but I do not. The minute we learned this I decided that high cholesterol was our issue not his and began making low cholesterol foods the standard.

DEBBY - So happy to hear that your little pug friend is on the mend. Before you know it he will be running around like nothing ever happened. Kudos to you for not going off your eating plan.

Weighed in today and am where I was last week. That’s not bad, its been a stressful week. I recently found out that I have to have surgery. I’ve never had surgery before so I am nervous. I have a benign mass in the parotid glad that needs to be removed. This is a 3.5 hour operation that requires general anesthesia because the facial nerve runs through parotid glad. Although the tumor is benign, it is the type that grows and can become cancerous over time so just leaving it alone isn’t a good choice. Surgery is scheduled for Nov 14.

Be well,

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3more lbs off??? Do I have a challenger???? Awesome, and good for you. Hope everyone here has an awesome day Humpty Dumpty day!!!!

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I have kicked another 3 pounds of fat to the curb.

My son went to counseling yesterday. And is going again today. His wife has agreed to go with him, but I do not know if she will, because she has backed out on some other things. I hope that they both end up going for the sake of their children.

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scrimp. Sounds like all is going well in your world. My compliance included NO Soda, but I broke down and drank a 12oz. Diet cola.

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Justme, its never easy when it comes to our kids. The best thing all of us can do is love them, give them our best advice and hope they make the right choices, or at least learn from them.

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Debb, do glad to hear that they found and corrected the problem with your pet. I'll keep good thoughts going for you.

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Moving4Me - You're doing great looking for little ways to change your lifestyle for both your own and your wife's health. It sounds like she really needs you to help her stabilize her diabetes. None of us have done this by making wholesale changes in one day. It's the little things that add up. A walk every evening sounds great!

JustMe - good for you for sticking up for yourself. Your son is a grown man and does need to look out for himself and not make his problems your problems. Mine has been doing that with his recent DUI arrest. He's not asked for any help, except for driving him to and from work now that his license is suspended, and even with that he's been helping out with the gas costs for doing it.

Scrimp - I did well with compliance Monday. Ate the right things in the right amount and got my exercise in. (Compliance to me also means moving) Thanks for suggesting it. It, along with many other things, helps keep me on track.

My dog is at the hospital recovering from gall bladder surgery. That's what was making him so sick and could have killed him if it had burst. Fortunately, we found it in time, though I have been pretty frantic all day transporting him from my vet (in nasty traffic), to a bigger facility in Portland for ultrasounds (which identified the problem) and finally to a specialist also in Portland who could perform the surgery for a better price than most and could do it today. Waiting could have risked the gall bladder bursting. It was very expensive (thousands) but worth it to me for my little friend who is only eight years old. I'm told the prognosis is pretty good, though it will take him some time to recover and for his liver to recover from the trauma of all this. Needless to say, I'm much relieved, but it was a very stressful day. I did not make it to the gym as it took me from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. just to drive him from vet to vet and make all the arrangements. On top of it, we had our heat pump installed today. It's been in the 90's and it feels so good to have the house cooling down to a comfortable temperature.

I did stay on track all day in spite of all this. I obviously couldn't stop to eat anywhere with a dog in tow, and honestly, had that too stressed out to eat kind of day. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to get back to the gym and work some of the stress off, get a good night's sleep tonight (only got 4 hours last night), and eat right tomorrow.

Thank you everyone for giving me a place to vent about all of this. You're all so great and supportive. Now it's time for some rest.

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Still looking for little ways to make my health and life better. Went to Half Price book store today. Picked up cook book for diabetics. No, I'm not but my Wife is and has been having sugar readings up around high 300 range before eating and after rest. She's been on meds and injector. Made decision last night that whole family was going to make better choices. I've really been worried about her and am taking her to Doctor visit in about an hour. I convinced her even though I need to see Doctor about about a foot problem I have ,that we could start taking a walk at night after i get off of work. ( 12pm- 8pm). Im hoping my goals will be increased of success with both of us working together on this. Please keep good thoughts as she has really been in bad shape with the db especially last 3 days.

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My son had a crisis and I drove him to the hospital at 3 PM yesterday afternoon and did not get home until 2 AM. I had a talk with him this morning and told him that I loved him, but his problems were endangering my own health and by next week he had to make other plans than sleeping on my couch. But even with everything going on I did stay compliant.
Today I am taking him to a counselor and that will be another 3-4 hours out of my day because of the drive. I am leaving to be with a friend this weekend and when I get back hopefully he has made some plans.
This is a BIG change for me. Usually, I forget all about my welfare and say nothing. This time I actually spoke up. I hope he heard me.

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Hello Sparklers,

Another glorious day here. Sunny, warm and low humidity. This is good as I have more garden herbs to harvest and process.

TAMMYAND - Glad you are having nice weather too. I like summer best when you don’t need the AC.

SCRIMP - Frozen grapes sound like a great summer snack. Thanks for the tip.

DEBBY - I am so sorry to hear about your little pug. You were right to keep him home. The stress of a strange place would have been difficult for him. Hope things go well with the ultrasound. Plus, congratulations on staying on track. That is not easy to do during times like this.

Be well,

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Good Morning
How was your Compliance Monday? It wasn't so hard, right? When you make up your mind to do something you are unstoppable!
Holding at 177. I can feel a slight difference with every pound gone now. As I mentioned before, its wierd seeing where the remaining fat resides, being able to feel the loose skin and palpate the hard knotty fat in my most resistant areas in my legs.

Nothing planned for today other than making a work appearance this afternnoon for a meeting and going to the fitness center.
I found a Jello cookbook from the 90s focusing on sweet and savory recipes using sugar free jello and sugarfree puddings. I more inspired now to create different kinds of entree salads, snacks, and desserts. All the recipes are from 8 to 160 calories per serving.


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Moving4Me - congrats on taking some pounds off. I echo everyone's advice on adding a little protein to your snacks. It will make a big difference in hunger.

JoeJoe - Tata on a loss when expecting again. You go girl! You can totally make your goal.

P&B- Thanks for the pesto recipe. I'll try it. I have a bunch of oregano, too, that I have to figure out what to do with. Maybe I'll just dry it and use it as a spice during the winter. Same with the chives and parmesan.

Scrimp - totally compliant Monday. I'm there. Still gotta wait til Thursday for official weigh in, though.

TammyAnd- compliance is good. Keep it up. I know it will show on the scale for you.

JustMe - you have such a great attitude with so much stress going on in your life. That attitude will definitely help you cope better.

Cat - I hope your trip is going well. You certainly know how to stay on track when you travel. I know you'll do well.

I've had a very stressful day. My little pug (who I am very bonded to) has become seriously ill. He's not been eating or drinking since last Thursday and has been very lethargic. When I took him to the vet today he was severely dehydrated, had low blood pressure, low body temp, and his blood work shows liver problems and high white blood cell count. They kept him all day pumping him full of fluids on a warmer and giving him a lot of multi spectrum antibiotics. The vet wanted me to take him to an emergency 24 hour vet overnight for observation, afraid he could worsen or even pass during the night. I decided to bring him home instead as I feel the stress of being away from home could be very bad for him, too. I will take him back first thing in the morning to continued treatment, then transport him to a clinic in Portland for an ultrasound of his liver and pancreas later in the morning. She's concerned that he's either developed a nasty liver or pancreas infection or maybe even cancer. It's got me really upset and I'm dropping everything to try to get my eight year old pug well. He's not an old dog and I'm very attached to him. I've stayed compliant with my plan, and got my exercise in, but may have less time for exercise over the next few days.

Take care everyone. I'll check in tomorrow.

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Justme--
I love eating frozen grapes. I bag up 3 oz bunches of grapes (off the stem) and this is 60 calories. What a satisfying snack! They taste like grape candy and you can suck slow or bite them. I think green grapes work best with no seeds.

I only buy frozen fruit for smoothies. Some use them in pies and cobblers and cakes--especially blueberries and peaches. One thing you could do is make a pureed fruit sauce.

As I have mentioned before, I also cook my berries and strawberries that are fresh, in water and lemon before adding in gelatin.
Frozen fruit would also sweeten up any vegetable juices if you use a juicer....

So far I am good with compliance and exercise today.

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Linda - I just usually use the frozen fruit in blending or sometimes just add it to plain yogurt. Forgot to wish you success with your challenges when I made my last post. Didn't mean to leave you out. I think I got distracted while posting.

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I noticed a lot of you have frozen fruit. I used it in smoothies and in pancakes, but I find it disgusting defrosted. How else are you using it? Do you have any suggestions for making it taste and look better when it is defrosted?

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Cat – My guess is that your weight increase is at least partly water retention. And perhaps you are weighing on a scale other than your home scale, right? So that could also account for the difference in weight. Sounds like except for the water retention you are doing great, making wonderful memories, and seeing things many of us only dream of. Enjoy this well-deserved trip.

David – I echo Linda’s thoughts about adding protein to your snacks. It should help you feel more satisfied. Great to see that your weight went down. Keep it up my friend!

Joann – Yay for you!! I had a feeling you’d have a nice surprise at your weigh-in. That should be even more motivating for you. So much to be grateful for, right?

Marlene – Thanks for the frozen fruit tip….have some in the freezer right now.

PandB – It’s beautiful here today too…windows open, no need for AC. Enjoy the pool days as they wind down.

Yes indeed! Compliance Monday for me…doing very well today and enjoying another bit of time to myself. Got some morning chores done so am taking it easy and posting now as my plans for this evening are still up in the air (but I am hoping I will be at home tonight).


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Hello Sparklers,

Happy Monday. Lots of posting activity over the weekend. Glad to see everyone doing so well. Had a good weekend myself and now it is compliance Monday.

The pool will close one week from today, so I am savoring this last week. Today is a beautiful day, sunny, warm and low humidity. I will spend the day processing herbs from my garden.

Debby, you asked about pesto. Here is my recipe:
3/4 cup whole almonds
1 tsp salt
1/2 bulb fresh garlic
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 TBsp lemon juice
8 cups basil leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan

Chop almonds, garlic and salt in food processor. Add olive oil and lemon juice and blend. Add basil leaves and continue to blend until all are incorporated. Add cheese and finish blending. The pesto is very thick and freezes well. If you want it more soupy, add more olive oil.

Be well,

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Good morning, friends! My kiddos are at band and PE, so I'm stealing a few "Spark Moments" for myself. I weighed in this morning expecting a gain, and I had an 8/10 of a pound loss! I will SO take that :)

Linda, Glad you have found some calm in the storm. I will be praying for your son and daughter-in-law. I like your advice to Moving about having a little protein with his snack. I always try to have a small amount of protein with each snack. It has really helped me a lot!

Debby, I like Sunday to be a less stressful day. It is my "no exercise" required day. I will still ride my bike sometimes because it's a stress reliever to ride it and watch a little TV, but it's the one day I have set aside not to exercise if I don't feel like it.

Tammy, Glad someone is stepping up to help you with your volunteer work.

Cat, The scale can be cruel, can't it? But, you have such a great attitude. Eventually the scale will catch up with your body!

Moving, Yay on being back down! Sounds like you're making some changes. Ditching the sodas has been the hardest thing I've done, but has been the best thing for my health.

Marlene, I'm ALL IN for Compliance Monday! Let's do this!!

My new goal - Lose 20 pounds by November 24th. That's 13 weeks from today! I've got this!

Blessings and peace, y'all!

Joann

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Happy Monday

Compliance Monday = the start of a new week. A new beginning. I have just started two new challenges; self-esteem and BLC - fall challenge. The BLC does not officially start for a while and the self-esteem is more of a "workshop" But it is a challenge to follow through and do everything. I think it will be what I need right now. A lot of it is about cultivating a positive outlook on life particularly when things are stressful.

This is a good start for me - time to plan my day.

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ITS COMPLIANCE MONDAY! No exceptions! We can all stay on plan today as a show of force by a motivated team focused on losing weight.

You can do it. Lets us know how you made out!

Mtn Ktn--Glad to see you are enjoying those trips. When you get back home, you will get back on track. These are just temporary pounds.

Tammyand--Try adding frozen fruit along with the ice to your blender concoction.

I'll be sticking to my plan and excercising today.

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Moving - are the raw veggies filling you up? I always find a little protein with my snack really helps, a few nuts, some hummus to dip the veggies in, a piece of string cheese or even a little peanut butter. For some reason that little bit of protein really helps my hunger cravings. The thing is you really have to make sure you measure, a tablespoon is not a soup spoon and an ounce can only register on a good food scale. If the veggies are working for you then Yeah, if not try adding just a little protein.

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Good Grief.... I almost forgot. Remember I said I went from 311 back up too 314? Well....I weighed in right after I got off work at my store and.... Down to 311.9. Heck ...I'll take that. ( more water and raw veggies snacks, with green salads!!!!!!! emoticon I'm doing the happy dance!!!! emoticon

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Wow, the trip sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy. Hope everyone had a great day and weekend. I'm off for next 2 days. Washing clothes, cooking and cleaning around the apartment. I'm really hoping to get in some me time on Tuesday. Love to drink coffee and pick up a couple books from the half price book store here. Always like to read and enjoy the quite time . have been planning for past 2-3 weeks just seems something always comes up. I'll let you know. Oooh!!! Don't forget tomorrow is Compliance Monday. Let's all try really hard for this one day to carry through with all our goals. Would love to see all the great news posted at the end of the day.

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On the road again! We are having a great time. Saw quilt blocks painted on old barns and the only Rainbow Bridge in America in Ft Morgan. Saw out door sculptures of giraffes in Sterling. Slept near Buffalo Bill’s ranch in North Platte after touring his fancy house. Stood in one of four remaining Pony Express relay stations in Gothenburg. Saw hundreds of antique cars in Kearney. Saw more antique cars in Lincoln and a few quilts as well at the International Study of Quilt Museum. Very disappointed!! They have 4,000 quilts stored there but only have ~25 on display : ( Broke bread at a little family owned winery before crashing back at the trailer.

We head to Kansas City, Missouri tomorrow for an adventure back in time with Jesse James!!! Hubby is in hog heaven.

Feet are swollen … again … but I am getting in my walking!!!! I walked laps in the pool yesterday where we are staying. This really felt good on my tootsies. The scale hates me … showing a 5 ˝ pound gain!!!!! I think I am going to pass on weighing for a while. I know what I am doing … even if the scale doesn’t. Doc wants me to continue using the natural stuff and stay with it. She swears this too shall pass!!! It did before when I stayed in doors to exercise. That is not an option for 6+ weeks.

Debby – dang girl!! I am striving to get in 10,000 steps daily and there you go and hit 24,000. You should take your son up on the 10k Color Run/Walk even though he won’t be able to.

JustMe – Soooooo sorry to hear about DS. Please take care of you as y’all go through this. I sure wish you knew why water retention quit being and issue for you : )

Scrimp – Hubby retired a year before me due to his medical issues from his brain injury … though no one would know he has one. We were having reoccurring sleep issues that tore us up. I retired a year later … been retired a year now. We scrimped and saved plus we get a monthly stipend. I was very concerned but after my year dealing with breast cancer … I decided I would rather be with hubby than my co-workers.

To all of you … stay the course, be happy and know that you are awesome! Stars and balloons to everyone!!!
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Linda – Usually stress makes me want to overeat too. One exception was about 18 months ago when I had a cancer scare. Over that 2 month period, especially early on, I just couldn’t eat, felt nauseous all the time, struggled to sleep, and lost a good bit of weight till I got the good news that I didn’t have cancer. I hope your son seeks some guidance at his church and that he & his wife consider couples counseling if at all feasible. I feel so sorry for their children, as I’ve said before. Adults can move on so much more easily than the children. I saw it over and over when I worked.

Marlene – You are inspiring me to use my blender more. I’m going to pick up some almond milk on my next grocery shopping trip and try the ice cream you mentioned. I already have some sugar free jello on hand. Are you able to post a pic of the lights you are choosing for your kitchen? I am sure the one you choose will be beautiful.

Sue – I looked up the Dr. Oz 2 week diet online. It has a lot of similarities to the 17 Day Diet that I have been following. I am convinced that for me this is the way to find success with weight loss….eliminating those nasty processed carbs and focusing on lean proteins, low sugar fruits, and healthy veggies. On the 17DD our lean protein is unlimited on cycles 1 and 2 (each of the 1st 3 cycles lasts 17 days and are repeated till goal is reached and then the 4th cycle is maintenance). I think just knowing I can have more protein in case I get hungry helps me a lot. I noticed that on Dr. Oz’s plan you start the day with warm lemon water. Same holds true for the 17DD. Like you, when I stay on plan, I am not hungry, generally feel satisfied, and lose weight. I have added one or two sugar free popsicles a day if I want another sweet (because we try to not eat carbs, including fruits, after 2pm). Technically the popsicles are not on the 17DD but I know that they will not impact negatively on my weight loss.

Debbie – Woo hoo for your scale going down! And for you for being so consistently on track. Yes, we do love our pets, even when they wake us up at night! No more night time barking from our guy thank heavens.
Joann – Glad to see your post and that you are back on track. Hoping your weigh-in tomorrow will be a nice surprise for you.

I had yet another compliant and satisfying day. I was a little worried because of coffee hour today at church which can be challenging if there is no fresh fruit and just cakes & bagels. Today there was a huge bowl of fruit salad, so I about a cup or so of it and it was delicious. Next Sunday my team hosts the coffee hour so I know there will be fresh fruit. I just received some good news from one of my charities, the one where I spend all day every Saturday in the spring and in the fall. Because of some other commitments (family baby shower, etc.) I will have to miss the first two Saturdays and asked if someone could fill in for me. I also asked if perhaps someone would take over my responsibilities since I just didn’t want to give up every Saturday any more. Tonight I received an email, and it looks like I might be able to step down from these responsibilities. It’s not definite yet, but it sure looks good. Of course I will continue to work in other capacities for this group, but I am already feeling very much freer at the prospect of getting my Saturdays back (on the Saturdays when I can be there I will just work about 2 hours at the most I think…and that is sure a lot better than all day).


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JustMe - I'm glad to hear things are little calmer for you today. It will take time, but even this will pass and become what it is supposed to be. Good for you for choosing to do what is good for you by staying on track and taking care of yourself. I used to laugh at my co-workers when they asked me how I like my vacation when I worked seasonally years ago. I always told them that working at home raising kids was much harder and a lot less pay than coming to work. Work was a vacation compared to that.

JoeJoe - good to see you back and getting back on track. I hope we see a lot more of your posts in the coming days as things settle down into the school year.

Itz_Sue - sorry to hear you have plantar facitis. I had it years ago and finally had to have surgery to correct it. I haven't regretted it. My daughter, on the other hand, has had surgery and therapy and many treatments and it remains very painful for her. Good for you for doing other exercises while you work through it. I hope you get alot done today.

Scrimp - I've had to train myself not to be a slave to the scale. I will admit that I'm sometimes better than others at staying away and trusting that I'm doing the right things to make it show better numbers the next time I step on it, though. Lately, I've been a little more inclined to step on more often, but still not fretting it if I miss a couple of days as long as I stay on track. It actually feels good to see pounds drop when I haven't been on it in awhile as opposed to being frustrated seeing it yoyo day in and day out when I step on it every day. I really try not to compare to other scales. They always disappoint me and the relative loss/gain is only real by using one scale. Your recipe sounds really yummy - I'll have to try it.

Moving4Me - I saw in your friend feed that you have gone a day without soda - good for you! See if you can make a streak of days, weeks and maybe never or rarely again. You're doing great!

It's been a quiet and relaxing day for me - no exercise Sunday, so just a little cleaning around the house and some needlepointing. I've stayed on track again and did get on the scale this morning. It's still going down. Yay!! Only a half pound and I'll be back in the 160's. I really want those 150's with the ultimate goal of getting to 150 even. One day at a time, just like all of you. Stay the course....



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Today has been calming. I have no idea what is going on at my son's house. I will see him briefly tomorrow. My daughter is calmer, because she went to school and did some work there. I used to use my classroom as a safe haven.
I want my son to seek counseling at his church because his family has been active there and he says he believes. I have my deepest belief in times of trouble. My son seems to have his deepest belief in the good times. I turn to my higher power when I am desperate. When things are good I occasionally say "Thank you for......" But that is about it. So I am sending many hours in prayer right now. While my son seems to have forgotten about it. I think if he will open himself up he can find counsel, and solace.
I am still on track. Personally, I feel like a winner, I feel like I am finally on a pathway to success.
Bless you all for being here.

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Hi, everyone! Well, I will weigh in tomorrow and finding out what being "off program" for most of this week has done for me. I have read all of your posts. I have some paperwork to grade, need to make our salads for lunches tomorrow, and want to get a bike ride in, so this post is going to be brief. But, I am definitely back on track today. I even started tracking my food again! Blessings and peace to all of y'all!

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Hello Everyone!

Cat: glad to see your quick check-in. Hang in there! Watch that retention, don't mess with your health! Keep up with the "on tracks" .. We're all pulling for you!

Tammy: I'm following the Dr Oz 2 week rapid weight loss .. The first 2 weeks I was really strict about it, but since the initial start, have a bit more protein and fruit each day .. It seems to keep close to 1200 calories each day. I've lost over 50lbs since February when I started .. But over the last couple years, I'm down 80. It is a high veggie diet mostly, with some carbs (usually brown rice), fruit smoothie each morning, and protein at each meal. I like that I don't have to be so concerned with measuring everything, just the fruit, protein and rice. I don't know if It's a perfect diet for everyone .. But it's working for me .. And when I stick to the plan .. I am not hungry .. And that's a good thing! I try to make foods that everyone can eat .. But I stay high on the veggies, and low on the rest.

Linda: I am praying for peace in your household. Life can be hard when stress is at every corner. I'm a lot like your daughter .. Stress makes me physically sick (stomach problems) .. It's not good. Keep eating healthy . It'll help you deal. Your children do need God in their lives .. He will help all through this.

Debby: I don't often freeze leftovers .. That's a good idea .. Single serving portions I can eat on my alone days .. I like the idea. You are a STAR with your ideas! ;)

Scrimp: thanks for the encouragement. Fall is my favorite season, with all my favorite colors around. I bought some cauliflower and am gonna try that "mashed" version .. Maybe with some onion and garlic in it. Sounds pretty yummy. I'm gonna have to look into getting a better food scale. Maybe it'll be my reward for my next 10lbs mark … still trying to get to that "steady 80"

I took my Mom to Church yesterday, so I got to spend a little alone time with her without anyone else around raising the stress levels.

Today is my alone Sunday .. I'm going to focus on getting some laundry done, package up some banana's and blueberries for freezing. I bought my self a Food Saver sealer on my last landmark weight loss. I don't usually spend a lot, but I held out 30 lbs for this reward. .. Then do some bills, and clean off 1 spot in my home office. I'm going to try to work on this a little bit at a time .. Otherwise it is too overwhelming. Then later today, relaxation time .. Reading my book .. And no more work! I took my Mom to Church yesterday, so I got to spend a little alone time with her without anyone else around raising the stress levels. My plantar fasciitis is raging in my left foot these last few days, so I haven't been walking much .. Just exercising my foot and leg, and some resistance band stuff. It'll pass .. It always does.

Happy Sunday all!

God Bless you all!
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Last night was terrible. My daughter issuing ultimatums, my son calling every 15-30 minutes to rant. My DSIL using his wife as a go between. My grandchildren caught between two hurting parents. I slept last night but am exhausted this morning. I am going to water aerobics. I need the exercise and the get away. Next weekend I am going as a plus one to a wedding. I am meeting with an old friend who will listen and offer good advise. My life has been pretty hassle free. I hate it when fate decides you have had it too easy and you need a shake-up. My blood sugar is on track. I am hoping my son goes to church today.

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Hello Everyone

Well my Compliance Saturday did some good, for the scale indicated 177 this morning. Now that I am better aware of how my weight changes, I am encouraged to keep this up. The little cheats all add up; so I needed to get back on track. I had only one serving of carbs, 3 oz of shredded hash browns--the rest was veggies and lean protein and fruited sugar free jello.

Debbiehs--I wish I could be like you and be patient to not get on the scale.....In addition to my doctors office weight balance scale; I also have a Tony Little step on digital scale which also tracks my water and muscle match. Now I get on both scales to compare the numbers, LOL. A rest day is a good thing....lets your muscles recover so you can see the results of your workouts. I agree with your trainer--you ARE an athlete!

Tammyand--I experimented more with the blender, and I whipped up 1/2 c of Almond Milk, 1 tbsp of stevia, a touch of vanilla extract, and ice to a soft ice cream consistency. Only 15 calories! I am sure you could use soy milk too.
Then I added 1/2 c set fruited raspberry/blackberry SF jello to this (30 calories) and it came out like a big berry mousse. Yum a whole big bowl of this goodness and it filled me up. I love recipes like this! Sorry to mix up your weigh date....this renewed compliance will set the stage for Fall.
Aren't we lucky, in that we have been working on our weight for some time and we don't have to start over again for the umpteenth time in September.

Justme--I feel the same as you--when I am REALLY upset my appetite vanishes because I am so despondent. Some way somehow your son and his wife will get it together and it will work out. You know, most people don't regret divorces and separations, so this bumpy road may be just what they need to get on with their lives.

ItsSue--You are prime for a breakthrough. Its the end of the month, and you will face the fall with renewed strength and committment. You have already lost a lot of weight, it will continue! I always cook individual meals so that there are usually no leftovers. When I approach cooking I say to myself--what can I do with this 3 oz of seafood/poultry/ beef to make a filling meal. I add fresh or frozen veggies to it, vary the seasonings, and use mashed cauliflower as my "rice/mashedpotatoes" starch compnoent to help fill me up. Sometimes it makes so much I eat half at dinner and save the other half for later in the evening.

A quiet day for me, just looking online for a set of 3 mini starburst mirrors to put in my newly painted front foyer; and I think I may have found a pendant light I like (need 3) for my kitchen. Honestly, I have been looking for the right light for a couple of years. Theres so much selection its been impossible for me to make up my mind.
I will also take a walk for 90 minutes.

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JustMe - I have had the experience of losing my appetite and not being hungry when I've been really stressed out. My normal response to stress is to eat more, not less, so I know that I'm seriously stressed when I lose my desire to eat. Yes, it helps with staying on track for weight loss goals, but it's also important to recognize that you're under a great deal of stress and take care of yourself in other ways - like making sure you get enough rest, finding time to you to wind down and get away from the source of stress for at least a little bit of time, and feeding yourself healthy foods. I wish you well, I know these are difficult times for you.

Moving4Me - Good for you for increasing your veggies and fruits for snacks. As long as it's not in addition to what you were eating, but rather replacing other unhealthier choices, you will see results, even if it takes a little time. Stay the course, it will be worth it.

Scrimp - I'm so happy for you that the scale continues to move downward. Mine also looks to be moving downward and maybe I'll get those 10 pounds off by Sept 23. Thanks you for the kind words about my athleticism. My trainer was telling me she thought I had turned into an athlete, though I still have a hard time thinking of myself that way. When I look in the mirror, though, I see a muscular body, even my abs are evident under the fluff that still remains there. So maybe I really am athletic. The color run is Sept 6, I found out last night, and my son can't make that date. Maybe I should do it anyway, and have my DH photograph the event.

Itz_Sue - it's always a challenge to cook the right amount of food in the right portions. Especially when others in your home need larger portions than you do. Have you tried freezing leftovers in the correct portions so you can eat them later?

Cat - I'm sorry the water retention is back. Yuk!! But, I'm also glad you're getting some walking in on your trip and I hope the water retention doesn't interfere too much. Can't wait to hear your stories of success on your trip.

TammyAnd - good for you for staying compliant and not over indulging in the stromboli. I don't like salty food much anymore, but sometimes I really need it since I have low blood pressure issues. I know what you mean with the dog. We had a thunderstorm in the middle of the night last week and one of my dogs freaked out and kept us up half the night. I don't like my sleep interrupted either. I must have been really tired last night because my husband said our pug got him up twice to go outside. Apparently he's having tummy troubles. Usually he wakes me up, but I didn't hear it at all last night. We love em anyway, don't we?! And thanks for the comment on my blog - I love that Dr. Seuss book and you're right, that last stanza really does seem to apply.

It's been a quiet Saturday here - went to the gym, as usual, and have been very good with my eating all day. The scale showed me down a couple of pounds since last Tuesday, so I was very happy with that. Official weigh in day is Thursday, though, so can't count it yet. I've earned stars for every day since I started my star chart (11 days total) and am starting to see the results. I can't believe how motivating something so simple can be. Whatever works.....

Tomorrow is my day off from formal exercise, though I may still take a walk with my dogs. It never hurts to just move, even when it's not for exercise. I hope everyone has a good Sunday.



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This is so strange. I have heard other people say this, but it has NEVER happened to me before. I do not want to eat because of the stress (huh? what?). Tonight I made stoffer's lasagna, fried chicken strips and chard for dinner. I ate a leftover piece of poached skinless beast from yesterday and some chard. That was more than I wanted but knew I had to eat to keep my blood sugar stable.
My son's life is up and down and interfering with my daughter's stability at the moment. I forget that she cannot stand drama. It makes her physically sick.

Tammy - I am so proud of you. You took a little bit so you were not "deprived" but stayed with healthy eating. That is the way to success

Cat - I am so sorry about your continued problems with water retention. Every summer I used to have problems, But the last two years they have pretty much disappeared. I wish I knew why and could tell you.

Sue - I also buy PJs every Christmas and give them to the kids on Christmas eve so that they have nice new pajamas on Christmas morning.

Scrimp - maybe your metabolism is changing and you can occasionally indulge without horrible consequences. I know you will make your goal this week.

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David – Your gain might be related to your fast food meals on the day you were stressed. (Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there.) Fast food is loaded with sodium which can cause you to retain fluid, not to mention the high calorie content. The main thing is that you have gotten right back on track and are making outstanding changes to help you reach your goals. I know you can do this.

Linda – It is wonderful that you are doing so great and not letting the family stress over take your healthy lifestyle. Something tells me you fill get in your exercise on the days when water aerobics is not an option.

Cat – Ah, darn that humidity. I am sure you are burning up lots of calories with all the walking you are doing, just like on your Grand Canyon trip. Did your doctor give you any suggestions about what to do if the water retention came back while you are away???

Sue – Yep, me too….when I eat off plan and consume those nasty processed carbs, my hunger increases beyond belief and I sometimes feel like I have poisoned my body. What plan are you following? Whatever it is I can tell it has been very successful for you. Woo Hoo!

Marlene – Good for you for having a loss even after baking and indulging. You are rocking as usual. I am not weighing in till next Saturday, the 30th, though I must admit I was very tempted to get on the scale this morning because I feel like I have lost a good bit of weight. But I am going to try to hold out till the 30th because that is my next social food challenge, and I think a good loss on that day will help me stay strong at the ballgame and picnic. I thought of you immediately when I saw HSN’s Today’s Special today. I think the Frozen dress you got your granddaughter is adorable. I saw that Kohl’s has Frozen sheets and other bedding….and wondered if you are going to spread your love of linens to Arianna given the popularity of Frozen (which I want to see but haven’t done so…I just love Disney, always have and probably always will). I haven’t tried to make ice cream in my Vitamix but might someday. As I have gotten older I seem to be a bit lactose intolerant so I limit my intake of milk and milk products.

I had another good day in terms of food and exercise. I made a pepperoni stromboli (purchased unbaked at the local grocery store deli) for DS tonight and ate my chicken and salad while he ate the stromboli and salad. I took 3 small bites of his stromboli and found it delicious but very salty, so I immediately upped my water intake to try to flush out whatever extra sodium I consumed. I had no desire for any more of his food after taking that taste and have remained complaint all evening since then. I am hoping to go to bed early this evening since our dog woke both of us up at 3 am barking for no apparent reason. He never does this. We got up and checked around but could not figure out what prompted the barking. I went right back to sleep but really hate it when my sleep is interrupted.

I’m ready for a great Sunday and hope everyone else is as well!


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This is a very quick drop in ... we are having a great time. WiFi is very limited. Will be off the grid a bit longer. We are walking, and walking, and walking.

Food - on track.
Exercise - on track.

Water retention - BACK!!!!!!! My body must hate ... I mean HATE humidity.

Catch ya later.

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it's about learning how to dance in the rain.


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Hello Everyone!

Linda: so sorry to hear of your family's struggles.
It's is so hard to watch your children be unhappy. I always want to take the burden from them. I pray that everyone has an understanding heart, to help me deal, and live life better. Remember to take care of yourself through this .. Eating healthy will help you deal with the stress better, and help with sleeping better too. Take care of you! Hold onto that feeling of not feeling like eating .. Exercise does help with stress too!

Moving: try to measure, and document everything you are eating .. I do that and find that I'm eating a lot more than I thought .. Back to the basics. .. And if you find that you are within plan, keep it up .. The weight loss will come.

TammyAnd: the plan I am following doesn't count calories either .. But I also still track in SP .. I need that more to ensure that I'm eating the quantities I'm supposed to. I know what you mean about those carbs .. I'm feeling great and doing well, and when I eat off the plan, I start feeling lousy, and moody .. And hungry all the time. Crazy!

DebbHS: 6 miles everyday .. That is awesome! Good for you! Your son's challenge sounds fun .. I'd like for my kids to go for walks with me, even the grandkids on their bikes while I walk. It's makes the time go very fast.

Scrimp1: I love your attitude! You enjoy life as it is .. That is great! Your grand-daughter is lucky to have a good role model like you. She'll grow to be a fine woman! I love you suggestion to list positive things .. I plan to do that in the future. It's funny how you struggle when folks are around you, and I seem to struggle when I am alone. Hang in there, and you will meet your goal.

Pand B: great thought about the calendar on the computer .. I could see all kinds of neat clip art to add to the days

Sorry I haven't been posting much .. I need to get back into my routine. I've been very busy at work, and exhausted by the time I get home. I went to bed at 7pm the last couple days. I also did some laying around and reading my book to slow down at the end of the day. I did go to Costco and picked up veggies yesterday, so I have to healthier choices in my house again. I've stayed the same weight-wise .. Which is surprising for not having too many veggies . My hubby made a stir fry the other day .. Enough for leftovers every day since (yikes!) I wish he wouldn't cook such large portions .. I don't like to waste food, so I keep eating it everyday .. Too much salt for me everyday .. My mouth likes it, but I probably would have had a loss if not for the salt. I've taken to trying to cook "just enough" for a meal without too many leftovers .. It's too tempting to overeat and have that "stuffy" uncomfortable feeling.

My positive thought for the day is: I went back to the store and found more fresh veggies, and even some good deals on PJ's for the grandkids, nieces and nephews, as I start my Christmas shopping. I'm "that Aunt" that always gets them new jammies for Christmas. It is a good thought for me .. I thought they'd be disappointed that it wasn't a toy, but they all seem quite thrilled, and even run to put them on at the end of the evening. I know their parent like them, but it's important to me that the kiddo's like them too.

God Bless you all!
Sue

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8/23/14 10:26 A

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Something strange is happening right now. I do not know if it will last or is a fluke, but right now in this moment I have no temptation to overeat. Before I would have been either obsessing about what I wanted to eat or just eating without stopping. Right in this moment in time even with all of the stress, food is not the thing on my mind. The one thing I am obsessing about (other than my grannies) is exercise. I wish I could go to water aerobics everyday for the next couple of weeks, but they are closed on certain days.

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8/23/14 10:00 A

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Hello:
Well its COMPLIANCE SATURDAY for me. I was surprised the scale said 178.5 this morning; I was skipping between 178 and 179 all week. Since my grandaughter has been here, I have had cookies, brownies, french fries, fried chicken tenders, potato chips---I don't envy you with people around. I am best left to my own devices and plans; other folks in the house would wind up distracting me. I guess I am weak in that regard and use situations out of my norm as an excuse to indulge.
So my new goal is to lose 2 pounds by the end of the month and get to 176.

Tammyand--You are doing so well with your Compliance this week, I will be thinking of you on that scale this morning and know it will be good news. I used the Wolfgang Puck Commercial Blender to make ice cream--it worked really well and the soft ice cream was done in about a minute. It really creates a strong vortex. It only came with a few recipes but I see their are lots of recipes on line and also the Vitamix recipes work with this. I am flattered at your compliments for me, yes I am a legend in my own mind. LOL. I have a weakness for ordering sheets and Highgate Manor is the TSV on HSN today.....then IMAN has a TSV tonight and will be on all day tomorrow. I have at least 6 pieces of her luggage, and I always get compliments on her pieces when I travel. I am partial to the crocodile print. On QVC I did order the Frozen movie "Elsa" dress for my grandaughter--it lights up and also plays that song "Let it Go". This new boss will be the 5th one in 8 years and his CV shows less experience than I have! I don't want the job it would be a scapegoat for all the ills of the department on his shoulders...No thanks!

Moving--I also wonder if you are retaining fluid. How many calories are you eating per day as your range? Are you measuring your food? Staying away from soda at work? Hope you are sleeping better.

Justme--It made me sad to read about your DIL--the nerve of her to tell you that you cannot take your grandson--after all you have done for them. Sounds like your son may have made the right choice. But just wait, I bet she will come back to you to ask you to babysit. Congrats on the 5 lb loss. Don't let them stress you into overeating.

Debbiehs--Or should I call you Wonder Woman? Your athletic abilities continue to astound me. Can't wait to hear the good news when you check your weight! I say enter that new race!

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Good morning all - I am still feeling motivated.
Before all of this happened in my son's family I paid for my grandson to play soccer. I also said I would assume responsibility for transportation because my DIL hates sports. So when I went to pick him up yesterday she said she had changed her mind and he was not allow to participate in soccer. I was really shocked. At least my son went to their house last night and said he wanted to visit with the kids and she had a choice, she could leave for two hours and let him visit or she could stay, but he was having some time with his children.
The kids are the ones that are really suffering. I hope some of the hatred will be toned down for the children.

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moving - is it possible you are retaining fluids? Have you had your electrolytes tested? An imbalance can cause multiple problems that are easily fixed.

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I increased water and raw veggies as snacks, but added 3lbs. This week. Will continue with same goals for next week. Will check weight again then


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Marlene – Count me in for compliance Monday. I have been totally compliant since Monday the 18th, and I truly feel it in my body. For the first time in ages, I am looking forward to my weigh in which will be on Aug. 30.

Joann – Where did the happy couple go for their honeymoon? Can’t say I am surprised that you are exhausted, given all that you had going on. Good for you for getting back on track with your eating. The exercise will follow soon I bet.

Debby – Your level of activity continues to astound me. Some weeks I don’t get 24,000 for an entire week!!! I say you get ten stars for what you did yesterday! Hope you got the rest you needed. Your Mt. St. Helen’s hike is just a month away now, right? I know someone who did the color run in another state. She had a great time. I think you'll have fun, and it is a nice thing to do with your DS. Plus, you'll get a t-shirt!!! emoticon

Sue – I hear you about how quickly the pounds come on and how much longer it seems for them to come off. Doesn’t make sense, does it?

PandB – I love to curl up with a good book on a rainy day. We had very severe storms overnight but a mostly dry day today. I read a bit last night before heading to bed…It was “good sleeping weather” as my father used to say. I like your idea of the calendar on the computer tracking your successes. I might change mine to a computer version as well. Thanks for the good idea.

David – We are glad you are here with us. You are so right, getting healthy is what this is all about.

Marlene – You have a great attitude and your success is testimony to your healthy choices. Sounds like a great time with your granddaughter. I know I’ve said it before, but she is really blessed to have you. You’ll have to tell me how you like your new blender. I have a Vitamix from Q (purchased when it was a TSV a few years ago). I like the Vitamix but have gotten away from using it lately. Hope things go well for you at work and with your new boss. I had very few bosses whom I respected over the course of my 30+ year career. Most got to where they were for all the wrong reasons.

Linda – Woo Hoo for your 5 pound loss. That is terrific! Like you, when I see a loss on the scale I am highly motivated. Glad you slept well. Being well rested will just add to your weight loss success. I am sorry to hear about your son’s situation and very sorry for his children. It seems like the innocent children suffer the most when there is marital discord. Your DS is blessed to have you to turn to….that’s what we moms are for.

I continue to truck right along with solid compliance and getting my exercise in. Today I walked and walked at the grocery store and CVS, getting good bargains at both places too. My calories are relatively low today, but I am not worried as this is not usually the case. On the 17 Day Diet we don’t count calories, but I always track every morsel on SP, perhaps just a carryover from my pre-17 DD days. I am just not very hungry when I don’t have those nasty processed carbs in my body.

Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a good start.


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8/22/14 9:16 P

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JustMe - I sure hope your son gets the situation with seeing his kids straightened out. It's totally unfair to use kids as a weapon in a break up. They don't deserve it. As I said, I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Scrimp - I know how you feel about needing a compliance Saturday. I've had plenty of those days.

Right now I'm still on track and earning my stars. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to see those stars all over my calendar. Now if the scale will only show the effort. Not much going on in my life at the moment. We're looking for a good trail to hike next week on one of the cooler days. No way do I want to be hiking for several hours on the 95 degree day predicted for Tuesday. And, I'm very happy that our new heat pump will be installed that day.

Yesterday my son suggested I participate in the Color Run/Walk coming up in October. He said he'd run the 5k if I walk the 10k. It's messy, but sounds like a hoot. I think I may do it. 10k is only a little over 6 miles and I do that almost daily, so it wouldn't be a huge challenge physically, but could be a hoot.

Since I'm not seeing a lot of posting here today I assume you're all out having fun. Have a great weekend.

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He is contracted labor. They are both unemployed at the moment. She usually only works in the winter time to get free ski passes and some $. He is paying all the bills from his vacation pay and his unemployment and some side work. He should be back at full time in a couple of weeks.
I managed to have a good day today even with all the drama. I am very motivated after seeing the scale go down.
Lst night I had one of the best night's sleep I have had in the last year. MY son was on my sofa watching a TV show I had no interest in. So at 9 I went up to bed. Iwas emotionally exhausted. I fell asleep at about 9:30. Other than my every three hour pee runs I slept until 6. I felt so rested. I hope it happens again tonight.

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Hello
Justme--So sorry to hear of your son's situation. He has equal right to see his children. Is he working, does she expect help with household bills? Kind of hard to do that when hardball is being played with the kids. You can't just throw someone out of the house--heck--you can't even throw a renter out who hasn't paid there rent without going through months of red tape. I hope she is not openly berating him in front of the kids. Kids just know him as Dad, and they don't deserve to worry.

Quiet day with my grandaughter. She wanted to make brownies so we have done that this afternoon and went to the library.

PandB--Good strategy. Anything that motivates you is surely a good thing.

I am going to need a Compliance Saturday, after these brownies; and homemade chicken tenders I am making for dinner,



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Hello Sparklers,

Just have time for a quick check in today.

JUSTME - I am sorry to hear about your son. Hope everything smooths out as best it can.

Eating and activity are on track. I started a calendar for good behavior on my computer. For each day I stick to my nutritional and activity plan I put a picture of balloons on that day.

Have a good weekend.

Be well,

PandB

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So my son is saying this is all his fault and he bares a lot of the blame. Three years ago he kissed a co-worker at a New Year's Eve party that his wife could not attend. A picture surfaced and she is convinced that he was having an affair. He says he wasn't, but he was attracted to this woman. My DIL is now obsessed with it. I am trying to convince my son that while he bares a lot of guilt a break-up is a two party responsibility. My DIL is refusing to allow him to talk to his children, or see his children and has sent messages to all friends and family members. So there is blame on both sides. I want my son to take responsibility for his stupid actions, but there were many things that led up to this including the fact that my DIL should be taking bi-polar meds and 2 years ago her friends talked into stopping them because it was not clean living. I am trying to convince my son that you can live through divorce and have a life on the other side. He is guilty and depressed.
On the other hand I have lost 5 pounds this week. I think the plateau is over. I may have found my sweet spot. Also my son is openly talking to me which is a nice change and all is going very well with my daughter and her family.

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