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Me? Try to keep all of you under control and behaving? emoticon Nah. Wouldn't be fun at all.

I soooo love this team! Wonderful, caring and supportive friends. Ah, yes, there is that 'wild side' but it's just plain fun being friends with all of you.

Sweets. I don't give them up. If I am forced to do without something I like I don't do well. My problem is most definitely sodium. Love that salt. Right now I wish I had a bushel of homegrown tomatoes. I wash them and salt and pepper them and chow down! Love them. I have learned to also use Morton Lite Salt. I use artificial sweetner too, Lois. BUT that doesn't mean I won't grab a cookie or other sweet sometimes. It just isn't what I crave. I crave salt. Lots of it!

Cold here. A little more snow yesterday, a little more on its way today. Maybe this week will be the end of our winter!

I have a little cleaning that I'll do today. I did laundry. I refuse to push myself anymore. What needs to get done does get done. I don't expect as much from myself as I used to. Makes for a happier Babs.

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Good Morning, and I mean morning, 4:12am and can't sleep,

Just wanted to say Good Morning, I'm going back to bed in a few minutes, but wasn't sure if I didn't get on here now, I wouldn't get to. I have kind of a busy day ahead.

Lois: I totally agree with you, about cutting out sugar all together. I have done it before and just really returned to old habits. That's why I joined the tame your sweet tooth challenge yesterday, just to help me get back to what I know works for me. Sweet addiction is really hard to get rid of. I have battled it all my adult life. I've done this before and I know I can do it again. I eat fruits and some veggies with sugar content, but no simple sweets.

HOPE everyone HAS A GREAT DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


PS: I'm back up at 8:00am, so I did get a couple more hours of sleep, and the sun is out bright. Going to lunch today with some family members who were in from Atlanta Georiga for the death of her brother, He was my DH's nephew. He was 63 and really unexpected death.

Alright Jeannie, I'm glad you had some time at the beach, But I know we all miss you, and Babs is probably pulling her hair out trying to make all of us behave ourselves. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Looking forward to hearing from you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Got to Go friends: CJ from OK.(It is about time for a girls night out. (You Think)

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2/10/16 6:27 P

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I work during the summer at a out door park and the amount of soda adults and kids drink is horrible.WE have a special cup that is 11.00 to buy and its filled with soda.Then the refills are a 1.80.There are some familys that buy 2 or 3 and come back 3 or 4 time for refills.Each cup probably holds about 16 oz of soda or more. I have to really hold my tongue when filling them.

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Sweets,,, a nemesis for sure. I know many of you don't agree... about cutting out sugar all together, but for me, that is the answer. I find if I take ONE BITE... I'm done. Therefore, since November 7, I have had NO sugar. Now, I do use Stevia to sweeten things, like my coffee. I also use some foods with splenda (sucralose). But after the first week, I looked at sweets and basically said, "you have no control over me." After listening to Dr. Hyman and The Fat Summit sessions, I'm more convinced than ever that we have been sold a false bill of goods with the "low fat" scenario!! I don't eat a lot of fat, but when I do, it's REAL fat, it's small amount of animal fat, olive oil on my salad, coconut oil for cooking, and Udo's Choice 3-6-9 for health. Sugar is badder than I ever thought.....

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2/10/16 10:53 A

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I didnít have pancakes. Love them, but there just wasnít time to fit everything in.

We have some new members: Welcome! Itís wonderful to have you with us and I do hope you post once in awhile so we can get to know you.

Jackie, Iím happy to see that you and Mike are feeling better. My goodness you have both had some serious and long lasting/recurring health issues to deal with. 2016 will be better. Letís think positive. So happy youíre still able to enjoy your singing. Hope you find something fairly close that suits your needs soon.

Linda, you got bargains. Good for you. I enjoy the rotisserie chickens too. Even at $4.99 they are a bargain. Delicious and already prepared. Snow is in the forecast here too. Itís 19 here right now. Not to worry - it will jump to 27 later and the snow moves in.

CJ, good for you! You have a sweet tooth and youíre working on it now. You CAN do it. I know you can. Weíre all here to help and encourage you.

NYAngel, welcome home. I think you did well on the cruise. All that food is so darn tempting and itís right there every minute - day and night!

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday, a healthy Wednesday, and a happy Wednesday.

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2/10/16 10:17 A

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Morning all
Back from cruise, did huge amounts of walking
Ate healthy, lots of veggies, salad for lunch and dinner daily
Only gained 3 lbs, know when I'm back on track that will fall right off
Restarting today, doesn't seem as hard as in the past

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Well I jumped in and did it this morning, I joined the 21 day tame your sweet tooth challenge, I have got to get this cookie eating under control, and all the other sweets that are in every place I go, I have 8 GGC and 10 GC and a DH, so sweets are everywhere as they should be, I'm not punishing my family with NO SWEETS just because I can't control myself. (Gee's Carol get control of yourself. There I said it, I'm the worst at being disciplined. Ok, I have got to go to the Chiropractor now, so I'll be back later, to visit some more.

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2/9/16 2:06 P

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Good bargain at grocery store this morning.It stormed here yesterday and the market i go to does rotisserie chickens,since most people didnt go out they had a lot of non purchased ones they always sell the day old ones for less then the hot price( 4.99). The day old ones were selling for about 250 a piece so i got 2 and froze them.I use them as chicken salad,chicken pie,crepes.Much easier then cooking a whole chicken.Then i use the bones to make soup with.

Going to get really cold this weekend,the high will only be 13 sat. and sun. Burgh i will be staying in all weekend.

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Hi All - so sorry to hear about the infections - I started sneezing reading the posts, LOL!

Linda - Just what we need when we're sick a lecture from the ER nurse. Hope you are feeling better today!

Karen - congrats on your Anniversary! Hope you feel better to travel this weekend.

Babs, how calming to watch the deer. I know what you mean about the yard. I said, how brown everything looks, and then we had a surprise Lake Effect Snow Showers last night. Maybe I'll just stay quiet, as there is also supposed to be a storm today.

Fat Tuesday - no, I think I've indulged enough since last fall.I am meeting some friends for coffee - so I will probably have a flat white latte, which is lower calories.

Otherwise, I am finally feeling better. Still traveling to check out choruses. Sure hate the commute in the winter - between the darkness (I have to rely on someone else to drive distances) and the snow, I miss not having it closer to home. The one chorus has been really helpful and has given the new guests private voice instruction to improve range and tonation.l So much to learn still! Then we worked on "Under the Boardwalk."

So, that's all I'm up too. Mike is finally healing again, so I'm happy about that. I pray that it is a healthier year for the both of us!

Sorry to hear about your surgery Theresa. Blessings for your healing.

Take care all you wonderful Ladies! And Welcome to New Team Members!

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Oh my - colds, infections, coughs, sore throats! emoticon emoticon Be well dear friends!

It's cold here, in the 20's and getting down in the teens tonight. February in the Midwest. It isn't the south. I should expect this and I do. Doesn't mean I have to like it!

I saw 4 deer in the backyard Saturday morning as I spent some ME time slugging back coffee. My but they're beautiful. I also noticed how dead the yard looks. Really needs some color. Maybe I should spray paint the grass. What do you think???

Anyone celebrating Fat Tuesday? Tomorrow is Lent. Certainly came so fast.

I see we have some new members. Welcome!! I hope you post when and if you can. It helps you and it will help us.

Have a Tremendously Terrific Tantalizing Tuesday.

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2/8/16 10:24 A

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Woke up late yesterday afternoon and said enough is enough,so went to walk in clinic.The nurse gave me the lecture about viral and bacterial infections.I told her i have had this 2 weeks and i dont feel good.So she gave me a prescription for antibiotic going to snow today so a stay at home day and get laundry and dishes done.

Hope every one gets over what ever they have.

One good thing my BP was 129/75 which is good for me with my high BP.

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Karen: You and Linda5 sound like you didn't have a very good weekend, That stuff is awful, I and my DH had it a few weeks ago and we are still coughing and blowing, (YUK).We did get over the upchucking in a couple of days. SO lots of prayers and emoticon emoticon emoticon for both of you. Do hope you are ALL better by the time you go to Ottawa.

Babs: I'm glad to see you are enjoying your PT work, and its really good to see you taking some time to pamper me time.(GOOD FOR YOU).

Jeannie: Do hope you are having a GREAT TIME at at the beach in ALA.

Theresa: Hope you are getting better from your surgery, and stronger everyday.

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Got to go for this morning, all the Monday stuff awaits me. emoticon .

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5eregon, sounds like we have the same thing. Mine went to my lungs, though, and that is not good. A week from today I am supposed to be in Ottawa! I can't keep anything down, includIng water.
Good grief.....
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The dreaded head cold has come back,i guess at this point i need to go to doctors and get some meds.

Have chicken wings and ham and cheese roll ups to make for game,i will probably take a nap before game.

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Hi Sparkers! Thanks for the wedding anniversary goodies. It will be 44 years on 2/13. On 2/14 we are driving up to Ottawa to see a hockey game and will vacation there for the week. I know, it takes someone "special" to go where it is really cold in the dead of winter. Last year when we went up in February it was the coldest day on record. Measured in Fahrenheit, it was -40F before the wind chill factor. We are hoping for slightly warmer weather this year.
Jim and I both came down with wicked colds, I came down with it on Tuesday and he got it on Wednesday. Hopefully we are ok when we leave next Sunday. I have a problem every winter with a lung infection. My immune system is pretty well compromised so I hope I will be ok.
I have not read the posts for quite some time, so I am going to read them and catch up on the goings on.
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Made chicken,buffalo,orzo soup today.

It looked beautiful this morning with the sun out and a lot of people posted on FB pictures of the sun hitting the trees with all the snow on them.

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Linda, snow - oh, please keep it there and way from my neck of the woods. It's beautiful, but I know what you mean. It's also 'sloppy.' I think the dog needs winter boots!

Lois, good for you and getting a good night's rest. Makes all the difference in the world. Decaff has too much caffeine. Now there's an interesting thought!

I'm thinking 'spring.' I need some new pretty colors outside. This old, ugly, grey winter stuff is depressing. Here I go again. This is my least favorite time of year. It seems like everything is boring. No holidays to look forward too. I have never liked this time of year. I need fresh air. Guess I better bundle up and get my furry friend outside. emoticon

I'm really not a Super Bowl person. Are any of you?

Jeannie, enjoy your time away next week. Safe travels. Good weather.

Super Sparkling Saturday Sparkies.

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2/5/16 5:19 P

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WE did get snow 8 inches of it,sloppy to drive in,but my daughter got out of work early so i came home early.Just puttered around the house for the rest of the day.

Crazy weather yesterday 53 today 32 and snow,you gotta love NE.Never know what your going to get.

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I slept the best last night that I have for days,,,
Did not have to get up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom....
Woke up this morning, and like, wow, it's 8am and I feel pretty good! :)

I drank 4 cups of decaf coffee Wednesday night... I couldn't get to sleep. Hmmm, I may have to give up decaf coffee late in the day, too, it just may have too much caffeine in it!

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My lands the days go fast. I thought these were days off!! I'm still tweaking my 'off days.' I had a lot to do yesterday. Today I stripped a couple beds and have a load in the dryer. I'm doing another thing. Pamper ME. Love myself!! emoticon

It's a little cold and we have snow flurries in the forecast for Sunday night. Flurries I can handle. Like Lois - each day we're a day closer to spring. Love the fact that it's staying light longer.

Tomorrow I WI. I like that my pants feel loose but I'd love to see the darn scale move. I'm afraid to get on there early.

Jeannie, I hope your sister's feeling better.

Going to head to the sunroom and read and maybe snooze a short time before I pick Abby up.

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Thinking of you Jeannie,,,, and that now your sister is in the hospital. I hope she is getting better. Is your trip to Alabama still on? I have a friend in Panama City and would love to spend the winter down there :)

Had a decent day, didn't get everything done I wanted to,,, but then when do I? Tomorrow is another day.

My son had a Dalmatian that he couldn't keep where he was so brought him out to my farm. He has gotten royally spoiled by me bringing him in the house a lot of the time. I made a large blanket to cover the floor... I washed it the other day and almost clogged the dryer with short white hairs :)

Time to snooze,,, I've boughten sleepy time tea for my "bedtime" "snack" Hmm so good when it's chilly outside!


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Supposed to get snow tonight and into tomorrow,the weather man are saying 3 to 6 inches.YUCK.

It was 53 and the sun came out so i took my grand daughter for a walk in the stroller.She is 17 months old.

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Lois, I forgot to mention...we're planning to visit friends in Gulf Shores, AL...definitely warmer than here, but not super warm, that's for sure!! Tonight it is 21, but the wind chill makes it feel like 7. Hate the wind! Jeannie

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Lois, so happy you did such a nice job of recapping for us! I feel so caught up now. Thank you! I also wondered how you are able to work so many hours in the last week. Pretty impressive! Good for you.

Linda5, how old is your granddaughter? Little kids have such definite opinions about what they like or don't like...guess they're not too different from the rest of us in that respect. Our grandsons called anything green "salad." Didn't matter what it was, if it was green it was salad to them and they didn't want any part of it. Now they both eat real salad and it is green! LOL!

We're going up to see my sister tomorrow. I am just concerned that she doesn't seem to be getting well like she has in the past. Tomorrow it will be 7 days since she was admitted. When I spoke to her today she said she was feeling better, but then when I asked a few questions, I think she was telling me what she thinks I want to hear. We'll postpone traveling if there isn't more progress. I wouldn't feel comfortable being so far away if she is still in the hospital.

Our DD had to put down her beloved little doggie a few nights ago. He was 14 and a cute little shih tzu (sp??). Nice little dog, but he had a heart murmur and was having progressive problems, couldn't breathe well and was not eating much at all. Broke DD's heart even though she knew it was time to do it. Pretty sure she won't get another one, though.

Well, it is cold and I'm going to get my jammies on and possibly crawl under the electric blanket and read for awhile. Too early to actually go to bed!! Have a wonderful evening and day tomorrow. Sending you all my love, Jeannie

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Watched my grand daughter today they are having trouble getting her to eat veggies,but i had cottage cheese and a salad for lunch.I put the bowl down of cottage cheese for her and when she saw it she clapped her hands and got all excited.She loves her fruit but the the veggies she just takes off her plate.

Getting rain here in MASS.,a lot of the candidates are in NH so will have to keep an eye out for them when i go to NH.Not to see them but to miss the traffic jams.

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Jackie.... so glad you enjoyed your SA group... I can see you smiling and really enjoying it. Wish I could hear you then I would probably smile, too. I so hope your eyes clear and vision improves! Eyes/vision are so important. I just took care of a man who lost almost all of his vision within the last 2 years and how frustrated he is. Eating has become his "past time" activity and he has diabetes.... So sad to listen to him.

Jeannie... Alabama? a bit warmer, certainly hope your sister gets well, so you don't have that stress as you take off again. Driving? Keep the snow in Iowa, OK??? emoticon

Lou, I was kinda where you are, before I started this new diet. So depressing, so discouraging... Guess I'm simple, I have found that I need to be committed to someone, and cut out completely my "triggers" I'm so sorry you are discouraged, I'll pray for a breakthrough for you!!

Mona, here you are drowning today with torrential rains?? we are getting them too.

Linda5, I feel like you do,,,, enough is enough, and yet if we don't pay attention, we may have a demise of the USA.... Maine... a cold but beautiful place! Your pork roast sounds wonderful... The one thing I have had only once on this food plan... bacon. but one of the things I love. My farm food education as a child!

Babs... wonderful part time... and if you are like me, you wonder how you ever worked full time because even working less you are busy all the time!

CJ... you post just GREAT posters,,, always give me a smile!

Well worked last night 7p to 3a... well 4am since my relief overslept :( Got home and slept from about 6 am to 11am and now not much energy! Certainly notice that "age" makes a huge difference, especially this last year (but then that's when I gained the last 30 pounds) so is it age or is it weight? Since I don't have the stamina I used to! I wonder!

Have a good week... I keep remembering my daughter when we led a weight loss group and she said, "Nobody has put a gun to your head to make you eat "that" !! Sometimes when I was out of control, I certainly felt like that, though.... I hope you all smile, stare at food and say "you aren't in control, I am" and walk just a few more steps today than you did yesterday.....

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Good morning - I see the board is really quiet .. everyone busy!

Yes, I love watching the days getting longer too! Just a good feeling, even though there is still more winter to come despite what Puxy Phil says!

Oh, Lois - you sound way too busy - with working. Take care of yourself today.

CJ - loved your positivety pix.

Lots of rain here yesterday - so foggy this morn that schools were closed!

Had a good time with the SA group Monday - different kind of women. Will continue to check them out, as it felt to me like they have a lot of heart for each other and in singing. My friend enjoyed too, and another may go with us next week as well. We shall see! Don't want my vocal chords to get rusty!

Well, washing dishes are calling me, LOL. Everyone have a healthy day! Hugs, Jackie



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good morning I have gained 4 pounds this week I was so discouraged I was going to quit and just be fat the rest of my life This is usually happen when I go off the program for whatever reason like being sick I can not seem to get back into the groove My friend and I talked this morning and I am back I have decided that doing the same thing over and over will bring you the same unwanted results So here I am
so glad now hope everyone is doing ok
Jeannie proud of you going to the gym I hate gyms so I don't go I do have a treadmill at home Of course I don't use it
The sum is shinny bright here today but the wind is still gusting suppose to be dropping temperature to day I am so ready for spring
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Good Morning, Day #2... (of February, of course) and 1 day closer to spring.
That Iowa storm is headed our way.... sometime next week I'm told.
Well, got up and got active... and got things done that I had been avoiding yesterday :)
And then work called. Sick, injured, short,,,, you know the story. So I'm working 7p to 3a -- after working Fri, Sat, and Sun about 5-6 hour days each day.... My answer won't be "yes" any time soon ... :)
I'm still trying to understand my fairly significant bump in my scale number, but maybe I never will. It's on its way down again, so I'm going to leave it behind me.
Have a good week, everyone.


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Happy Groundhog Day!! No shadow~~early spring!! What do you think Jeannie??

It is 73 here today but the plains look terrible. Everyone keep safe. Hugs!!

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Lost power last night at 900 pm and it came back on at 600 am.The power company was doing something and half the complex i live in lost power.I woke at 300 am and no power still so i was laying in bed thinking about getting up first thing in the morning and getting some ice to put in fridge and freezer.Thank goodness didnt have to do that is was a little cold with out heat.

The storm you are getting in Iowa is coming my way but we are warm enough so we are going to get get heavy rains.I will take that over snow any day.

Please keep those politians in Iowa,i live in MA and am only a few miles from the Nh border and they are all heading to NH now.Already sick of them and the advertisements.

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Good morning from snowy Iowa! There's always something good about every day, however...the caucuses are over and the politicians will leave us alone for awhile! Whew...it's been a long and nasty run here and we're all ready for a little break. On the weather front it is a snow day, for sure! Schools canceled and the weather is being pretty obstinate...snow, sleet, rain, thunder snow and lightening, wind and more snow! Something for everyone!! LOL!

I'm taking advantage of all of it by just now thinking about getting dressed. I might even work on another box from Mom's. I'm getting there, but there always seems to be something more lurking in the next box that needs to be taken care of.

I went to the Y yesterday to use the pool, but all morning classes and activities are canceled when schools are canceled, so I can't use that to Love Myself! Instead, I'll do a few things, read a little, make a good supper, and just have a quiet day...does that fill the bill, Babs?

I didn't read down so I don't have any comments to add to the rest of you. If the storm is headed your way, hope you're all prepared...and I'm glad that there's only 6 weeks of winter left! LOL! Hugs to all. xoxox Jeannie



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Happy Tuesday. Let's celebrate. Good ole Phil did not see his shadow. I'm all for spring in 6 weeks.

Have you noticed that it's staying light longer? I certainly have and I love it. Doesn't take a lot to excite me.

I hope everyone feels good today and I hope you are learning to Love Yourselves.

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Jackie, so happy to hear that Mike is doing better. The musical sounds like it was fun. Happy 'SA' shopping! It's wonderful that you and your friend received a call to visit another chapter. That speaks highly of your singing abilities. Have fun.

Pulled pork - sounds so good. Great way to fix it. I didn't think of that, but I'll have to try it. We can all 'do our own thing.'

CJ, Love your smile picture. Yep, it's hard to believe we're into the second month.

Did anyone read the 'Top Story Today?' It's great and inspirational. I enjoyed it.

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January 2016 is behind us, and guess what only 46 more Sundays until Christmas, Just thought I would make you smile this morning. emoticon emoticon emoticon (Let me know if it worked, smiling is good exercise. emoticon emoticon

Monday morning, Feb 1st and the sun is out and emoticon at me and suppose to be up to 60 today, our Oklahoma weather has been beautiful this last week, tomorrow getting cold again, but its Oklahoma so just wait a minute it will change. emoticon

Just wanted to say Hello to all of you, I do hope those of you with medical problems are getting better. and for those of you who had all the snow are melting and getting back to whatever normal is for you.

All the Monday fun stuff is looking at me and calling my name, like Laundry, Ironing, sweeping, as I said all that fun stuff.

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The pulled pork was good,when we first cooked it in the crock pot we used only bacon on the bottom,then pork butt and a little salt and pepper.I pulled it all apart and froze.So last night my daughter wanted hers as a taco with barbecue sauce and i wanted mine as a taco with cheese,raw onion and tomatoes. Will probably do a noodle bowl one night for supper with rice noodles and veggies and pork.Glad we decided not to cook it in barbecue sauce when we cooked it in the crock pot,that can use use it for different recipes.

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Good day - see we have two Lovely Lindas now Linda 5 and of course original Linda.

Still having bluriness issues - it is one eye Wet AMD, one eye Dry AMD. I think my left eye does most of the compensating for reading, so I tire easily on the computer. I was feeling creating last week and wrote for 3 hours (big type of course) - since this, my eyes are very tired, so I'm taking it easy. Thanks for asking Jeannie.

Thanks too for those who sent goodies - I will reply!

Mike is feeling better (fingers crossed), so we are going to see a musical today called Hands on a Hardbody - Here's the synopsis I coppied:

Based on a true story and infused with a "bluesy country-rock vibe," this hilarious musical follows 10 down-on-their-luck Texans; each desperate for a new lease on life. Armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they're determined to endure four sleepless days in the Texas heat for a chance to win a brand-new Nissan hardbody truck. All they have to do is fight to keep at least one hand on the truck and they will drive away with their American Dream. Last one standing wins!

Tomorrow my friend & eye are going to check out a Sweet Adeline Chorus in another town near us. Not looking to jump in but want to be aware of future options. We both received a call from the director to check them out. So nice!

Tuesday it's our Trio practice (unti the quartet member gets back from Florida in April!) to keep our voices in tune.

So busy with good things the next few days...

I hope that those who are struggling with health, be blessed with healing.

Take care all.

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Using Jeannie's new names -
Linda5, is having pulled pork. Now that sounds delicious. I'll bet it was good.

Linda, hello. Hope you're feeling better. Keep reading and checking in whenever you can.

Lois, if you can be on your feet for an entire shift I definitely admire you! I don't think I could do that. You are a busy, busy lady. Where are you listening to everything on carbs, fats, etc.? Is it on your computer or a television or radio program?

I'm planning to make a meatloaf today. We haven't had that for awhile. Sounds good to me.

Have a Super, Sparkling, Smiling Sunday.

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Jeannie, I am here and reading posts. I have been feeling bad for a while so I only chime in when I have something to say. Hope everyone feeling good today. Hugs, Linda

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Using up the some of the pulled pork for supper and i made a cheesy calliflour casserole for supper.

I do love cooking but hate cleaning up.Its funny my daughter is a chef but when she gets home she usually doesnt fell like cooking so its up to me.

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Good Saturday morning....
Loving the sun shine and "warmer" weather today in the 50's with the forecast to be 50s and 60s for the next few days. The flowers are certainly confused!
It's a salad Saturday for me. Decided that would be the easiest thing to fix quickly and to take to work.... So hope my GI tract enjoys and doesn't get "over active" :)
well, off to work again tonight... man by the end of the shift, my back is killing me, not to stand there but when I bend over and back up.. The with some ibuprofen and heating pad, I wake up and it's perfect... And today I have an ingrown toenail... The last time I had a pedicure, the dumb girl cut down on the side of my toenail.. I'm going to have to soak and get some lambs wool under it ! I do not want to have to go to a doctor.

Thinking of others with illnesses and my aches and pains are NOTHING... I am so grateful for my health and the fact that I'm able to lose this terrible excess weight... I am working on getting out of the morbid obese category.... morbid is not a nice word!! I've lost every week, sometimes not much, but it is SO VERY encouraging.... Truly, this Ideal Protein diet has been a life saver for me. This week, I also listened to interviews with nutrition specialists, and, of course, there are the "no fat" "lo fat" "eat fat" "eat vegan" "eat animal products" "don't eat dairy" "dairy is fine" and every combination you can imagine. The one that has me most intrigued is the low carb - because that has proven to be most healthful in relation to diabetes, cholesterol, and weight loss... fascinating to listen to studies and cases that they present.... I want to win this war once and for all... for the few remaining years I have left. It is beyond my brain to think that in 5 years I'll be 80... and all of these years are "borrowed" time beyond what is "average."
A N D I have to have the energy to purge.... emoticon -- listening to Jeannie, I'm reminded of that!

So, onto another month. My LAST grandson is a junior in High School, so he is receiving his class ring at a Ring Banquet.... Sad to watch the "littles" get so big. Then I have to look forward to weddings and grand babies... and "great grands" like Jeannie!
And I can fit in a dress I bought 2 years ago YEA!. I fixed it and it's a whole new dress to me!

Well, need to get ready for work and nurse my poor toe!
Here's to a good week ahead for everyone!

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Sparkling Saturday.

I gained 0.8#. I'm definitely not happy but it is what it is. No focusing on last week. I'm focusing on today. Each day is a new beginning and I want to enjoy them.

Jeannie, I work Mon - Wed with Thurs/Fri off. If need be I will change things around for some special assignment. I'm fortunate that there are some things that I can do from home.

I hope everyone with health problems is improving. Jeannie, that includes your sister too. I you find her feeling much better tomorrow.

Abby and I drew a little this afternoon. We will paint her bedroom. I'm just not sure when I'll do that. It's possible to paint with the house closed up but I'm not sure I want to do that. We'll see. There needs to be some organizing - decluttering is more like it! - before all that begins. When I was at Michael's last week I found a package of canvases that were on sale. I want to hang prints of dance 'stuff.' I started working on a drawing of a ballerina. I recently bought a new book of pencil drawing. I'm trying to hold the pencil in a way (under hand) that I have never done before much less though of it other than for shading. So I'm learning, having fun, and 'maybe' I'll hang it in her room. There is a spray fixative that I could put it on a canvas and seal it. I might get some fabric with dance 'stuff' and use it for a canvas or 2. Fun to think about.

I enjoy cooking but not every day. Leftovers are delicious. I totally agree. I don't mind it when I have time. Having a couple days off makes a huge difference in my cooking habits.

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Good morning! We still have milder temps and sunshine...awesome weather. But, like everyone else, if you wait a few minutes, it is likely to change. I understand we have the potential for a heavy snow Tue/Wed, but our weather people like to be cautious and always say, "Remember, if the track shifts 50 miles either way, it may mean more or much less." So, we'll just wait and see.

Babs, you are planning your schedule to work for YOU! Awesome! It takes a little time to get it all figured out. Are you working Mon-Wed and taking Thursdays and Fridays off? Or, do you change it up according to what you have going on in your work and home life? Vegetable beef soup is wonderful. I can almost taste it!!

Lou, glad you're well enough to go back to work. Having a cold/cough is awful. Stay well!!

You know we have two Lindas now: 5EREGON and FERALAUNTIE. In order to keep them straight in my mind, I will call FERALAUNTIE Linda since she came first, and 5EREGON Linda5 since that's part of your SP user name! Have I thoroughly confused everyone? LOL!! Sorry...now and then that happens!

So, Linda5, you've posted several times about some yummy things that you are making for meals. You must love cooking. Me? Not so much, although I do what I have to. We have a lot of leftovers, which I love, as I cook a couple times a week and in between we eat our leftovers. Works for me!

Speaking of FERALAUNTIE...Linda, we haven't heard from you for a while. Hope you're doing okay!

Hope Cathy is having a great time on the cruise! Sounds like fun to me!

Hey, CJ...how are things in OK?

Jackie, are you seeing better and doing better since your injection last week? Do they do both eyes or just one? I was lucky when I had to have them since it was only one eye.

Lois, how are things in Virginia? Same question for you, Trese! Mona and Joanna...hello to you both, as well.

Nola, are you hanging in there? Read any good books lately?

Karen, did those compression garments ever arrive??? You must be plenty frustrated if they haven't.

My sister is in the hospital with cellulitis again. It's worrisome, as this is the 3rd or 4th time she's been hospitalized for it. But, she's where she needs to be in order to get treatment. I'll go up tomorrow to see her and make sure she has what she needs. Otherwise all is well here. I'm gradually getting my Mom's things sorted and separated. I'm so thankful my cousins took the clothing and furniture off our hands. At least that is something we don't have to deal with.

So, with all that said...hello to those of you I may have missed...still trying to get caught up on earlier posts. Be well and have an awesome weekend! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cruises, new babies. Sounds fun to me. Of course, it isn't me with the new baby!! emoticon

I made veg beef soup yesterday. Love soup. It was delicious. So we have plenty of leftovers for tonight - or tomorrow.

The sun is out and I'm thrilled. Love having the sunshine.

I'm trying out different schedules for my days off. I want more ME time. So I'm trying to work out how to get that. I picked up some groceries last night while Abby was at dance. That worked out well. That gave me "ME" time during the day. It's a start. It's still very new to me.

Hope everyone has a terrific, fun weekend.

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good evening yesterday was my first day back to work only 3 hours but I was really tired feel much better lt is just going to take time so many have had relapses and I don't want one I am feeling much better but not pushing myself
Jeanie congrats on the new baby I used to work in OB and the crowds in the delivery room never made sense to me I would not want all them with me times surely have changed I think the baby will be very cute and cuddly l
Cathy have a great cruise I lost weight when I went but I walked the top deck everyday and enjoyed the walking
everyone else must be really busy this week Have a great day tomorrow I am working tomorrow and going to a party for work tomorrow evening there are always eating challenges Take care

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Evening, all!! I have read through the posts again and I have to say...sadly...I don't remember too much. I'm going to forget it and move on from here.

It's been a busy week with the new baby coming on Monday and us spending the full day with big sister. Sounds like Carson is doing well and his pictures are sweet. We chose not to go to the hospital to see him and haven't been to the house since they got home yesterday. We'll go out tomorrow or over the weekend. I don't think they need a ton of people hanging around a brand new baby...call me old fashioned!

I went to the pool yesterday and to Silver Sneakers today. Sometimes I think my back is doing better and some days it is more annoying, but I know that eventually it will get better. Looking forward to that happening!!

Cathy, enjoying a cruise will be wonderful for you. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Lou, are you still wick with that cold? Get well soon. I wonder how some of the rest of our teammates are doing. Several had issues to deal with, I know. GET WELL SOON!!

Well, friends...just wanted to stop by and tell you all to have a great evening. I'm still digging through boxes of Mom's things. I have a goal of one box a day (at least when I'm home to do it!!), so hopefully one of these days I'll be able to say DONE!!! Of course, that still doesn't mean I've dealt with all the photos. So far that is becoming the biggest challenge for me.

Take care, everyone. Have a good rest tonight and a great weekend! Love you all. Jeannie

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Have fun on your cruise.Plenty of area to walk and most ships also have gyms.But your on vacation so enjoy the yummy desserts.

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Tomorrow begins vacation, week long cruise, gonna be a challenge, will do the best I can, conscious eating
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Making a good supper tonight,pulled pork,green beans,butter nut squash and a little potato salad.

A lot of my daughters friends are doing the every one in the delivery room. YUCK..I am glad she didnt want any one but her and the father.I was in the waiting room and did go in a few times but that was it.

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Linda, sorry youíre not feeling well. Sometimes with colds, at least for me, my taste buds are out of whack! I tend to crave crackers, lots of water, dry cereal - those types of things. Nothing fits together or works right. I think itís common to gain a little

Hi, Lou. Ham and beans sounds so good. Fantastic weight loss. Congrats.

Great thought for the day, Trese. Thanks.

Lois, love thought of a Ďrevealí - itís exciting. Spring will come and with spring we will have new life. The flowers will be Ďborn againí and be lovelier than ever. So will all of us!!

Come on, Team!! Letís focus once again on ďLoving OurselvesĒ and revealing a new, lovelier than ever Ďselfí when Spring arrives. Love the idea! Doesnít take much to excite me; does it??

The added bonus of possibly a better, healthier way regarding Alzheimerís according to Dr. Perlmutter is definitely a plus.

CJ, congratulations on your 250 day Streak!!

Jeannie, congratulations on your newest GGC!! Awesome. Iím with you as far as the big party during birth. I was a Ďsweaty messí during birth. No way. Iím just old I guess but it sure seems odd to me. Glad everything went well. What will the new baby be named?

You mentioned the pool and your back. Hopefully it helps you like it helps me. I havenít been lately and my knees feel it. Helps so much. My plans were to get there more often. Havenít done it yet.

Got to get back to work.

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Good morning!! I'm hopelessly lost again! So sorry about that. I tried to read back a bit, but see I won't make it to where I need to be. Well, gradually I'll get there.

Our newest GGC was born on Monday afternoon. He weighed 7-9 and is 19 in long. Our DS, Mark, came from Florida to be in the delivery room with Alexa, her hubby and her mother. What a crowd. I just don't get all the reasoning behind a social gathering like that, but at least she didn't ask us to be there. We'll have plenty of time to spend with Carson when he gets home. We're just happy that everyone is healthy and doing well. Supposed to come home today. We spent all day Monday with big sister and most of yesterday. But Mark is watching her at night (Dad stays with the new Mom...another newer trend, I guess). Today we're off and I plan to be that way for some time now! LOL! Child care for little ones is almost too much for me any more.

Glad to see there are lots of posts for me to check on. I noticed that Joanna is getting settled in her winter home in LV and Jackie has had more trouble with her eyes this time. Several of you are posting "losses" which is actually a gain in the right direction, right? WooHoo!! And, congrats to CJ for all those consecutive days of spinning!! Awesome!

I'm off to the Y to get to the pool. Oh my...I need it. My back is still not right, but it is getting better. I can at least get in/out of bed without whining or asking for a hand. For awhile there, it was miserable, but doing better.

Things continue to go well with my sister, thank you, God!! She has been great. The probate of the will sure takes a long time to get started and settled. Yikes! I'm learning a lot.

Hope to get more caught up in the next few days, but on the 5th we are leaving for about a 10 day trip to Gulf Shores, AL. Driving down and back, which is why it will be 10 days...and I insist on not going through the big cities, which adds to the travel time! LOL!

Be well, everyone, and keep up the great work. I'm so pleased for everyone and happy to see some upbeat notes!! Love to all, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Lois, & Lou, & Trese. All of your chat posts were very encouraging this morning. I know what you mean about bending over and seeing down to your waist. emoticon emoticon OH what fun to wear a normal size blouse with the shoulders fitting like their suppose to. emoticon emoticon spring is just a few weeks away.

I reached a fun goal yesterday, I have logged in and spin the sp wheel for 250 days, I don't always get on the chat, haven't been here in a few days, but I usually do read all the posts.

Good to hear from all of you, I know there are a lot of you still digging out of the snow, so stay safe and warm. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Joanna: Good to see you are enjoying your home in LV, sounds like fun.

Guess I better get off here and go get my teeth cleaned.

HAVE A SUPER WEDNESDAY: HUMP DAY. CJ from OK emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
(arm exercise done for the day, been waving a lot.)

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Hmmm,,,,, Alzheimers treated with a diet of very low carb and 70% fat.... sounds good to me smile emoticon Dr. Perlmutter MD
The brain needs wonderful, good, healthful fats,,,,


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I subscribed to The Fat Summit on line and am learning so much.... one of the basic premises that is coming up over and over again is increase real fat and cut carbs to be healthier and to lose weight.... coconut oil for cooking, olive oil on salads, real butter not margarine. I found spray coconut oil the other day at the grocery store :) for spraying for GF grill. YEA!

SNOW?? thankful webdid not get snow like the western part of VA did,,, up to 36 inches.. OH MY!
But we've been above freezing day and night so the driveway is about 4-6 inches of water in the ruts that my son made. Made for cold feet when I came back in last night! Hopefully another 3-4 days of melting and the driveway will be open. :)

In the meantime, I was thinking, it will be fun to "reveal" a new body (compared to last fall) when spring arrives. Doesn't mean that I've arrived at my goal by a long shot (or lost all the weight I had regained), but certainly it will feel a whole lot better. I have an event (HS Ring Banquet) to go to in about 3 weeks, Thankful, I fit into a dress I bought for a wedding in 2014, but I got it "remodeled" like I want it yesterday .... they make clothes for fat people like our shoulder bones have gotten wider... cracks me up. I try on a t-shirt that fits my middle and the shoulder seams hang off my shoulders 2-3 inches. Same with this dress, the "inner" top was wide and low in front. I cut it apart and sewed it back together so it looks so much better. (I hate to bend over and have someone see to my waist :) Anyway, I was pretty excited at the result of my "alterations" yesterday.... I guess you could call that a NSV......

Hope the sickness for everyone vanishes.... Winter time, time for Vitamin C by the handfuls :) and cutting back on sugar/starches.... and all your efforts at weight loss are successful...

On to a productive Wednesday....

Lois - VA

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Lou, Congrats on that weight loss! I have hit a plateau so I am now trying ways to get going again.

Thought for today:


"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth.
1- not going all the way, and 2- not starting." -Buddha

Have a great hump day.
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hi getting ready for bed had bible study today here at my house so I don't go to bed early on Tuesday as I have to unwind To day is my weigh in day and I lost 4 # so happy just hope it stays off since I was sick last week This week my goal is to start to exercise OH that is hard for me
Jackie sure hope your eye is doing better
I hope the snow is not giving any one trouble at this time I can not image 36 inches of snow That is a yard stick high
soaking beans to make soup tomorrow with my ham bone Have a great day tomorrow
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