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September 26, 2012 7:56 AM
Hi, everyone –

Meg, congratulations on the hard work and place win at work! Good for you for making good food choices too.

Michele, it sounds like it won’t be long before the pool is finished. I know you’ll be happy. Those banana butterscotch muffins sound heavenly! Anything caramel or butterscotch is my weakness.

Wessecg, wow! Congratulations – it sounds like the weight is really coming off. I’m going to have to listen about eating more calories. I try to stick to around 12 – 13 hundred a day, but I think I’ve forced my body into starvation. It doesn’t help when I skip a meal and wind up way below that too, like last night.

Kathy, congratulations to you as well. And good luck with the new job – every little bit, and I’ve found with temp work that they often can lead to a full-time job too.

Liz, I’ve been adding a lot of walking to my regular routine – love to get out while the weather is nice. Good for you for getting stronger too! I hope your day goes well at work – not too many fires.

Sasha, I too have the locked/running car story – at the Girl Scout cookie pick-up van, at the front of the line, on one of the only days it was open. If anyone knows about the cookie vans, you know what the lines can look like. There were cars out the parking lot and out all the way to the main road. And I was blocking them all until the police came to open the car . I’m also with you on buying a new suitcase – we always wind up buying at least a new one every year. It’s kind of like a sunk cost of traveling.

Barbie, still jealous of the fishies .

Kate, what’s going on? I hope things relax for you soon – you sound on edge .

Sundance, you have to tap hard – we have to do the same thing. It’s just how it’s made. It sounds like you had a really long day and were super busy – hope you get some good rest.
The mammogram was about as painless as it could be, which isn’t saying a lot. Our hospital switched to digital a few years ago – I remember distinctly because they called and wanted me to come in for one last check before they switched over – and the only appointment they could find was four days after my hysterectomy. Lovely. Anyway, it was kind of funny – I was waiting in radiology and another lady came in, sat down, opened her mouth and vomited her entire life’s history out for the next half hour. She never even took a breath, I don’t think. Poor thing – she really needed someone to talk to, it sounded like, but what was really funny about it was most of it was complaining about a stepfather who is too needy and calls and talks non-stop. Oh, well – I’m happy to lend an ear and a shoulder where I can – I don’t think we feel “heard” enough sometimes .

Dee, your Halloween tree sounds great! My sister is having a 50th birthday party for her husband the weekend before Halloween (he’s an All Soul’s Day baby) and having a haunted house. I’m sure we’ll be decorating some trees like that for her too. In fact, I have a bunch of dusty old fake fig leaf trees that I can give her for that . . . good idea!

OK, that’s all for now – apologies if I missed you. Did I give you my NSV for today (what does that stand for anyway?)? I was rushing to get dressed this morning and had to stop for a second – I have ribs! I can see my rib cage quite clearly now! It almost makes up for the disagreement with the husband last night :(.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a lovely day – almost the weekend already.

September 26, 2012 8:05 AM
Good morning – so far behind on reading how everyone is doing. I’m just back from another trip to do things for my dad and go along on appointments. No details needed but very frustrating and infuriating day so I’m glad to be home. I will admit to being continually distracted and have trouble getting things accomplished. Do I blame ongoing menopause fog or just life stress? Ha.

DeeDee – happy flower shopping to you. I use to do an uncarved pumpkin and a mum for my front porch. I changed my little porch over to a year round statuette and so far haven’t added anything else to it.

Linda – I’ve forgotten what type of electronic scale I purchased but it does take quite the authoritative tap to turn the thing on so I’m use to that. I don’t know what others would say but I’m happy with mine. It’s consistent (some folks have told me they can weigh 3 times in a row and get 3 different readings).

Kate – fingers crossed for you. OMG what a distressing situation you’re in.

Barbie – what a gorgeous picture. You are just lovely!! And always an inspiration to be active. Yeah!

Lila – the best part of your visit to the dentist is that it is over right? Sorry you missed your lunch. Keep enjoying your kale. I had an unfortunate experience with it as a child and I’ve tried to eat it as an adult but it just doesn’t work for me. Thankfully there are lots of other great veggies!

Liz – that’s too bad that you had dinner planned and had to settle for KFC. I’m sure what you had planned would have been tastier! Kudos for all the walking you’re doing. Super.

Kathy – congrats on getting the job. That is wonderful news. It’s nice to have something work out the way you want it to.

Wessecg – FitBit went crazy yesterday, for me at least, and gave me over 1,400 exercise calories. Did yours flip-out too? Hope they get everything straightened out. Don’t know if it’s a MFP issue or FitBit. Makes for some interesting readings.

Michele – busy as always!! You are such an active lady. Your story about the person who lost weight reminds me of a friend. She always had quite a bit of extra weight around the hips and all of a sudden it just disappeared---quite quickly. She said she didn’t know how, she didn’t change anything, and her doctor was concerned and ran a lot of tests and said everything was ok. Anyway, she’s stabilized now but she continues to look unhealthy.

Meg: congrats on your success with the weight loss contest. Super!!! How much longer does the contest continue? Wishing you continued success on that.

Janie – sorry you got so tired on your shopping trip. Hoping you continue to see progress.

Jane – oh yes, having to watch what you do and what you say all the time is so exhausting. I’m glad you’re in a better place now.

Lentigogirl – I could never do that. I never even liked to take a shower in the girls locker room after gym class back in high school! I hope you had a lovely day.

Cathy – hope as you get back to planning and logging that you have success!

Laura – I hope the experience in bankruptcy court turned out well. And of course, I hope the salmon will boost your results! Let us know. Was thinking of you yesterday as I hunted for all the files I need to start trying to figure out the cost basis for my dad’s house. They built it so there’s no easy purchase price to work from. Looking ahead to having to sell the place to pay for care. I could use an old fashioned adding machine from the looks of the mountains of receipts!!

Tigress – I hope you see better results soon. I see others have given you recommendations. You certainly are getting some vigorous exercise! Zumba, swimming…….

Jb – it’s always good for us to go back and do more reading and reinforcing regarding health and food choices. Sometimes I find I want to make some changes; sometimes I just feel that I am doing what’s best for me already.

M – I had to laugh because I didn’t even KNOW there was a new Clint Eastwood movie. Glad you and DH enjoyed it.

Sorry, gotta go now. Phone ringing, cell phone buzzing, doorbell ringing………what to do!!!!!

Take care, best wishes, drink that water. Continue to be the wonderful ladies that you are!!


flowerforyou drinker flowerforyou
September 26, 2012 8:30 AM
Tigress -- I'm sorry for your frustration. I know that we've all felt it at times, so know that you're not alone! It looks like you got some great advice from several of the ladies -- I hope that some of it helps soon.

Megblair -- First, congratulations to you and your partner on coming in 2nd in the Biggest Loser contest! That's exciting! I found it really interesting that you work with nursing textbooks and exam questions. I'm sure that my daughter must have been exposed to your work, as she graduated from nursing school in May 2011 from Regis University. I'll have to tell her about you. Am I correct in gathering that you also teach nursing?
September 26, 2012 9:12 AM
Good Wednesday morning!

Since I had no clue about converted rice, I had to look it up. Here's what I found: Converted rice is a white rice prepared from brown rice that has been soaked, steamed under pressure to force water-soluble nutrients into the starchy endosperm, and then dried and milled.

My mom used Uncle Ben's when we were kids, but I've never used it myself. I'm thinking the reason that Dr. Weil suggests it is that it's brown rice from the git-go and doesn't have the thick, gooey starch that sticky white rice does.

Has anyone heard the recent news about rice having "worrisome levels" of arsenic? They're saying it's in the soil, caused by decades of arsenic-based pesticides. Oh dear me. Check out this article. It contains a video of the live news broadcast.

It was a gorgeous afternoon yesterday, love I hiked with the dogs for well over an hour down along the river's edge and all through the woods. Might have to do that again today after I do something with the 3 gallons of tomatoes sitting in a tub on my kitchen table. Perhaps a large batch of tomato soup is in order. I could freeze it in quart bags for use during the winter.

After reading and writing about Dr. Weil's suggestion about dark, chewy, grainy breads, you can just about guess what I did. Yep, stopped in at a local whole foods market and picked up a loaf of heavy, dense, beautiful, delicious, unsliced whole grain. love I'll have to watch it this week and not overdo it, keeping my portion at 1/2" slice which is 80 cals. After my first bite yesterday i thought, oooh, I could just sit right down and eat the whole loaf! noway I was good though, well, pretty good. Had a piece at lunch and another small one at dinner. Not bad considering what I would have done with that loaf in the old days - Devour with a capital D!! I'm starting to see a big change in myself. wink

My scale is creeping downwards at a mighty slow pace, but it's going in the right direction. Telling myself to eat light today. Eat light. Eat light. Eat light. Repetition might help it sink in. bigsmile

Must scoot. Have a great day everyone!

smile jb

Edited to add a P.S.
Here's kind of a fun thing, it's a life expectancy quiz.

I'm going to live to be 98! laugh
Edited by jb_2011 On September 26, 2012 9:23 AM
September 26, 2012 9:42 AM
Yes Linder, fitbit gave me like 1400 calories yesterday and today it has already added bunches.
September 26, 2012 10:22 AM
flowerforyou Happy Wednesday All,

Cathy- I tried not logging my food last time I met my goal and was TOTALLY unsuccessful in keeping the weight offsad hence my return this year. One thing I've learned is that if I want to stay on track I must log and see what I'm eating...I'm sure that if you start logging again you will break that one up and one down routine.

lenti-an all natural spanoway Not sure if I'm up to that .

jane-hoping your hubbys interview goes wellflowerforyou

janie-sorry to hear that your shopping trip totally wore you out. I guess you need to take baby steps to recoverflowerforyou Your rant was a very mild one and you can do it here anytimedrinker

Meg-congrats on the lossflowerforyou 4th place over all for your team...sounds like you are attacking this contest and hoping you continue to win flowerforyou I'm so glad to read that someone else doesn't eat back their exercise calories...I don't either and I don't burn that many when I do exercise...probably because I just don't push myself hard enoughblushing

Michele-I'm sure that while you are living through the process of your pool installation we here are hearing how fast it's goingwink you will be telling us in no time that it's finally completed.flowerforyou

wessecg- I weigh myself with my clothes at work (I have my own bathroom here) and I'm able to track the ups and downs of the day so that I feel like I really know my body and can tell when it's water or real weigh gain or loss. Hoping your Friday weigh in is all you are hoping forflowerforyou No I won't be going away once I reach my goal...I did that last time and because I wasn't be accountable I gained back #30 that I'd lost in 2010...I've been watching Amanda & Barbie and am seeing that leaving my MFP friends would not be a good I'm sticking herewink

Kathy- Congrats on the job and the scale moveflowerforyou That should give you a boost to keep goingdrinker

Liz-hoping your day at work is not as bad as you are anticipatingflowerforyou

Sasha- don't you just hate it when you lose a day because you thought today is tomorrowsad

Barbie-sorry you didn't get in the exercise you wanted, but loved hearing how your Brandy & Sasha locked you out in all their excitementwink

Kate- I'm sure we all want chocolate toowink

Linda-I remember when the boys were all at home and trying to get everyone to do their chores and keep the house running smoothly...what challenges...thank goodness they all grew up to be responsible young men, but at the time it was touch and gonoway As I'm sure you know by now "this too shall pass" My curves scale I don't have to press hard at all, maybe someone else has a WW scale with helpful hints.

DeeDee- I too am finding that if I don't check in twice a day I'm soooo far behind with everyonesad But find it so hard to check in at the end of the dayblushing

Nancy- teaching about reading between the lines? Now that sounds like it would be interestinghuh

M- NSV = Non Scale Victorywink

Lin-yep an old fashioned adding machine would come in handy if you have to take a bunch of receipts and figure out the value of your parents home. The role reversal was quite challenging and I will say I learned a lot. The doing all the funeral arrangements and house cleaning, moving etc in a 2 1/2 year period was stressful at the time but what I learned that I don't want to do to my kids I could write a book aboutwink

jb-your bread sounds wonderful and maybe I will head to the store and see if our Sunflower Market has any...I too in times past would just devour a that's why I don't keep bread that I love aroundblushing

Drum roll please.....I met my goal of #2 lost for the month of September, I was able to post my weight this morning and was so glad to see the scale head downbigsmile

Last night we both got home from work pretty late and exercise wasn't first on our minds so we did Red Robin (I had a free burger coming for my birthday earlier this month) so we had Lettuce Wrapped Burgers with side salads, it was more calories than I usually eat at dinner but it was all good calories and I was sure to drink a lot of water incase of sodium in the burger...needless to say I'm ready to start working on my October goals. Hubby if off work today and will be on the hunt for a real job ... we can hope he finds something, cause I'd really like to retire somedayohwell

My hearing in court was really a waste of time, the Big Bank that's demanding their money had their lawyer there and the bosses lawyer was on the phone the judge listened to me and was very kind but bottom line I have to wait for my money to be paid back to me...of course hubby told me at dinner last night what I should have done....and I wish I would have done what he said...but alas I didn't grumble

Today the boss is on the war path, everything is making him mad...thank goodness I'm not in the line of fire ...I'm figuring the stress is really starting to affect him...which I can understand...but it's nothing I can do to help...poor Peanut has been shaking because he's been banging around and talking so loudly.

The morning started off not so good I had just opened MFP when the electricty went out for the next 50 min...and it's seemed to go down hill from there.

I best go and get some real work done. Let's keep up the good work, logging that food, drinking that water and moving our bodiesdrinker

September 26, 2012 10:44 AM
Hi ladies. Hump day It is…nothing has been smooth here, all is bumpy LOL. My whole morning was taken up with a problem faculty member who just decided to randomly drop by my office wanting to get oriented to the ICU where I am doing clinical now. She will be there when I leave mid October. She was supposed to come to the ICU to orient with me Monday and Tuesday and was a no-call, no –show both days. She came in my office wearing skin tight sweats and a hoodie even though she had just been with other students. We have strict professional dress policies for clinical days and she was unhappy she had just gotten reprimanded for that and for texting while with the students…also something we and they are not allowed to do in clinical. UGH there went my whole morning. explode PLUs when I got to work this morning all the power was out, so there was nothing to do (and no coffee) for a while!

On a bright note, even though my fitness buddy is gone today, I went for my usual Wednesday work walk. That helped me get rid of some angst! wink Tonight we are having a yummy spicy bean soup and homemade tortillas and guacamole dip. YUM can’t

Michele: your house must be grand central station! I have never shopped at Aldi, you must like it? We have one here and they have great specials, but Walmart matches advertised prices, and I already go to 2 grocery stores a week, so I just match them.

Wessecg: I read your post to say “dessert pickles” and found myself wondering what in the world?..... laugh Great job on the weight loss.

Kathy: how was your first day at work?

Liz: oh my….your students are stressing each other out? That would drive me crazy! Good for you to be so patient with them.

Kate: isn’t it grand to go home and leave all that mess at work?

Linda: I can just see your house and the huge mess DD made! When we had one daughter cook and the other clean for a week (then switch), they always did that on purpose to annoy each other. Then when the dishwasher was full, the cleaner didn’t want to wash by hand (because it was done on purpose of course) and the cook would say “It’s your night to clean.” UGH. angry For the books I have been a co-author and contributor. For my new role, I will be a section editor (think “junior” editor) for the next edition, then move up to author after that (if they keep me). I hope you get a good night’s sleep…you had a busy day!

Nancy: I have a great mental image of you beating up your scale! bigsmile

M: your ribs show? Great for you…a fabulous NSV = non scale victory!

Lin: sorry your day was frustrating and annoying. flowerforyou All that running around always makes me cranky. Good thing dad has you! Our contest lasts until mid December.

Janehadji: Yes I teach nursing…freshmen, sophomore, and senior courses with accelerated students. Great that DD is a nurse too! IF she used any books published by Elsevier, she may have had to answer some of my test questions!

Jb: I have heard about the arsenic and rice issue. I think what they said is to use twice the normal amount of water to cook it in, then drain the excess. I’m going to live to be 90.1. That was a fun website! tongue Your bread sounds fabulous!

Laura: sounds like you had a frustrating day too! But good news on the weight loss!!!

Well it’s time to try to accomplish something! I hope all of you have a terrific day. Stay strong and take care, Megdrinker
September 26, 2012 11:22 AM
Just started today with a goal of 30 ilbs of weight loss partly to look better but also to be healthier, and concerns from my doctor.
September 26, 2012 11:31 AM
Hi M. - NSV is non scale victory. Something else besides the needle heading downward.

I just had my mammogram earlier this week and they talked me into 3D. Selling point is smaller cancers can be detected. Thought I'd try it.


September 26, 2012 12:11 PM
I am interest to read about the digital mammograms as we do not yet have them in England, or not in the area that I live anyway. I have only had one mammogram so far but it was uncomfortable verging on painful.

I have been on holiday this week as I have been celebrating my 24th wedding anniversary last Monday. It is so good not to have to work to the clock. The weather has been not so good but hopefully will pick up tomorrow. It has given me and my H a chance to catch up on watching some films which we so rarely get a chance to sit down together.

It sounds like you have all been very busy and it takes a time to catch up with all the posts but there are many positive accounts and some great progress being made. It is so interesting to see how different approaches to this weight loss and maintenance work. I am currently reading Weight Lifting for Women and have started trying to apply some of the principles and the training today. The first stage is over 8 weeks so it will be interesting to see what change there has been, if any, to my body composition at the end of that time. I shall let you all know the results in due course.
September 26, 2012 12:22 PM
Thanks, jb -- fun test! I'm virtually 31 and have a life expectancy of 101.
September 26, 2012 12:47 PM
Good afternoon all1 It is another lovely fall day here - too nice to be inside but here I am!!

Lila - I know I have to up my calories or I will mess up my metabolism, but some days it is difficult. I may eat less during the day when I know I won't have control over what is in my evening meal. And, once i get started, I really crave the fresh crunch of salad and veggies! I do eat three meals a day, and snack, but still find myself too low. The day before yesterday, I got to bedtime and realized my calories were really down. I ended up eating 1/2 cup of ice cream and some cashews to boost the total and was still under! not good planning, I guess.

jb - I totally agree - it is the refined, white carbs that I crave. Thank heaven I don't have to avoid fruits and veggies - I'd be chewing on air :) Like most things, not all carbs are bad, it is all about balance and wise choices. And we do sometimes have trouble finding that balance!!

Cindy - Kayaking sounds wonderful. My daughter just bought one this summer and she is so enjoying it - beautiful quiet times on the lake away from the stress of the day! I hope you enjoyed it. I kayaked with my sister last summer - the getting in and out of it was the worst!frown - and it wasn't going to happen this year with mobility restrictions in place!

Kate - I am SOO familiar with the attack of the munchies!!embarassed I will go from cupboard to cupboard, packing away a bite of this and a handful of that. I think I might be better off getting something 'real', plating it and sitting down to eat it. More satisfying and easier to log!!tongue

mwheatcraft - I have had an ESL student through a literacy program at the library for several years now. It is a very rewarding volunteer experience and a real friendship has developed out of it. I have also taught a couple of classes - a citizenship class for immigrants preparing to write the citizenship test, and even a driver's class for people wanting to get their learner's permit. It is fun, helps others and satisfies my teaching urges smile

Laura - wow, that is a significant loss for your hubby. Isn't it a little frustrating though how easily men lose weight!!:angry I quit 'dieting' with my husband a while back - I think he would lose 10 pounds by saying "I think we should go on a diet" (while eating a chocolat bar) and I would struggle to lose five with no cheating!!

I was up and out before seven this morning for Bible study, did an hour at the pool, delivered baby gifts, returned medical equipment, went to the bank and Costco (oh, the samples!!).....and now I am ready for a midafternoon nap!! But company will be arriving for supper, so up and at it!

Have a super day ladies...almost the end of the month!! unbelievable!
September 26, 2012 2:58 PM
jb- Fun website. My virtual age is 27 and life expectancy is 108!drinker drinker I'm going to go back and do the assessment with the info from 13 months ago- before I lost the weight and started living a healthier lifestyle.

Went back and put in the numbers from before the lifestyle changes. Virtual age is 43 and life expectancy is 91. frown frown What a difference we are making by adopting a healthier lifestyle!flowerforyou
Deb A
Edited by yoyonomore55 On September 26, 2012 3:07 PM
September 26, 2012 4:23 PM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I eat all I can hold now at least 1500 cals and some time more. I'm feeling better, I just got caught up in a pity party. Tigress
September 26, 2012 5:55 PM
I started today badly with a "take out" breakfast (after going for bloodwork that I had to fast for) and figured I would wait till tomorrow to track my food because I already blew it...then when I got home I figured what the heck no better time to start back at it than today and guess what...I didn't do as bad as I thought, and if I hadn't tracked my food for the day I would have "definatley" gone way over. Lesson learned! LOL!

Cathy in Nova Scotia
September 26, 2012 6:21 PM
good for you! get back on that pony and RIDE! happy

i learned over the weekend that the next time i use canned beans in a recipe, i will rinse them~ the sodium count was astronomical!

we live, we learn, and just keep on keepin' on! flowerforyou

September 26, 2012 6:30 PM
thanks, Laura!
i guess the main difference in the trip yesterday was that i was on the cane, and i get more support from the walker... when i go to the grocery or Wal-Mart, i am using a shopping cart, and it has a lot more support than that cane. i mentioned it at physical therapy today, and the therapists were THRILLED that i spent that much time on the cane.... you're right~ i'm definitely going to have to build up my strength and stamina.
take care, and i hope you have a GREAT tomorrow! flowerforyou

September 26, 2012 6:33 PM
So the knitting lesson went pretty well...I am a little challenged with it but learnedly to cast on and am just going round and round with knitting...I have to maken18 rows before decreasing...making a hat....I don't know it looks awfully twisty on the needles and not very even...may need to be checked before I finish all the rowswink mom did cook dinner and it was fine and she had a little leftover. I don't cook meals for her because I want her to stay independent as long as possible...I am trying to be optimistic that she will make some real food at least a couple times a week..cant hurt to try ..she is 79 and has copd so just trying to keep her as long as we can...even when she makes me nuts!! laugh

Rode the bike this am...8 tennis because my back is still a little sore from last week...may try some weights tomorrow.

Love all the inspiring posts..have a good night
September 26, 2012 6:50 PM
Well, I had a good first dayat work but now have a 3 week vacation! After just getting home from my first day, I got a call that the project I was working on got pushed back. So now, I don't go back for 3 weeks but then it'll still last five weeks. At least they like me enough to still want me back and in the meantime I can still pursue a few other job leads and go back to my After sittiing all day, I took my dogs for a brisk 10 minute walk, which I know doesn't seem like much, but it's a big deal for me between the foot and knee!

Finally just caught up on all the posts but getting sleepy so won't write more now. Time to get off the couch and do my chair exercises!

My thoughts and well wishes are with all of you!flowerforyou

September 26, 2012 7:38 PM
bigsmile thank you for the kind words about my new picture....actually it's not new, it's from 2009 when I was in Trail, BC within a hundred miles of where Nancy and Lila live.....the background is the Columbia was a milestone time for me because we were there close to Canada Day and I bought myself two Canada t shirts in size small after decades of size XL.

bigsmile the reason I don't keep bread in my house is that once I have one piece, I want the whole loaf.laugh laugh abstinence is easier for me than moderation.

love bigsmile today was the line dance performance at the assisted living place.......we did well and the audience was enthusiastic.....we danced twelve dances and everyone in the audience stayed until the woman kept time to the music and tapped her hands through all the the end she got up using a walker.....when I talked to her, she told me that she used to line dance and she misses reminded me that "Now is now" and I should enjoy the moment because there's no way of knowing what the future will bring.

heart Barbie from NW Washington

"The reason most people fail instead of succeed is that they trade what they want the MOST for what they want at the MOMENT."

"The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."
September 26, 2012 8:29 PM
That's funny Barbie. The reason I never eat bread is because I only like it with a slab of butter on every bite.
September 26, 2012 8:32 PM
what a wonderful group of women!! Read some of your postings and you are all amazing. I am Pam, from Pittsburgh. I am a nurse practitioner in a busy ER. It has been a long 18 months and still have 25# to go. Who knew that I would ever say that I enjoy going to the gym or miss it when I can't get there.
Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

September 26, 2012 8:53 PM
Good Evening Ladies,

Today went ok overall. The 1st group the one I was worried about went ok it was my afterschool group today that kept melting down. But it is understandable they have been at school all day than to me for 3 more hours makes a long day for them.

@Meg what I mean by stressing them most of these clients fall on the austim scale. One when coping is to keep rocking in her chair. The other is to bang the table etc they most have a sensitive to noise except to the ones they create.

@M Congrats on the walking.

@Kathy--That is great that they want you back, At least its some money coming in and hopefully soon you will get a a regular k
September 26, 2012 9:02 PM
Barbie – so nice you were in Trail which is 15 km from me (12 miles). At that time I was just moving from Northern Ontario to take the job here. They say music and dance is one of the connectors for people that doesn’t disappear over time. Wouldn’t it be nice if the lady could have joined in with hand dancing or something.
Love your first quote, I will remember that when I’m trying to take the long view.

Kathy – glad your first day was good, what a way to score, 1 day work then 3 weeks off.

Jen – knitting in the round does look twisty until you get enough done for it to look more like a tube. Enjoy your time with your mom.

Cathy – so glad you decided to check in and found out you were not doing badly. Nothing like success to keep you motivated. Good job!

Glenda – I did the same thing with the ice cream one night. I had done a lot of work and realized I had eaten even less than I normally do so I had the ice cream and chocolate sauce to bump it up.

Beach163 – welcome to the post and check in often – jump in with both feet!

Meg – good luck with your faculty member (maybe she will clue in). And good on you for walking anyway.

Laura – glad you plan on sticking around. I’m pretty sure I would put the weight back on too if I didn’t keep logging. I’m thinking this is going to be a long term project to lose and keep it off. Yay for meeting your September weight loss goal! I’ll give you a drum roll and a cymbal clash too. Sending good wishes for your DH’s job search. Sorry about your Court hearing – the little guy seems to always be at the end of the queue.

JB – thanks for doing the research for me – appreciated. I always thought of instant rice as bad. I’m quite surprised about the arsenic thing, it’s amazing what poisons we have unwittingly put in our planet. I just took a whole bunch of my ripened tomatoes and zucchini and fresh oregano and basil from the garden and made vegetarian spaghetti sauce for freezing. My virtual age is 42 life expectancy 98 – that was fun.

Lin – I think it’s stress – you are doing a lot of extra caregiving and that is always stressful. You know your feeling about kale – that’s me and parsnips and turnips. I keep trying but just can’t choke them down. Only veggies I can’t stand (except raw celery – I like it cooked, lightly steamed).

Mwheatcraft – It was kind of you to listen to that verbal diarrhea when you probably weren’t feeling that well. Sometimes the kindness of strangers is what gets someone through a trying time. Can’t see myself doing that though (I mean the talking, not the listening. Anyway – good on you.

Kate – sounds like the work stress actually is causing some issues with you after all. Keep telling yourself that you can only do what you are able to, it’s not your call. And quit worrying about things that are out of your control.

Sundance/Linda – just remember you will not be given more than you can handle. God is good that way….
On another note – kale – the show I listened to said that kale is unusual in that it’s nutrition is boosted by cooking which is a very rare thing in vegetables. Your DD cooking story was really funny. It’s amazing how they eventually do learn to cook just fine. My daughter once phoned me from university 3 time zones away to ask how to scramble eggs - I felt like such a failure for not making her learn to cook. That was 10 years ago and funny thing is, I bought her a Joy of Cooking a couple of years ago and now she is an excellent and knowledgeable cook in her own right. Once in awhile she phones for a home recipe that hasn’t been written down (e.g. Potato and Leek soup). And the strangest thing is that her learning to cook on her own somehow translates to me not feeling like a failure for not teaching her (even though it has nothing to do with me). Sorry about running on there….

Nancy – I too am going to use Liz’s “coping skills” thought. Nice paradigm shift.
I also am going to use your last paragraph and think every morning about what I am looking forward to in the day ahead.

I was just reading an article about sleep – how there is a huge correlation between reduced sleep levels and obesity. Hmmm. What’s that old adage – early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. I’m going to make a point of getting 7 hopefully 8 hours of sleep a night. And get up earlier so I don’t have to rush – hey that sort of sounds like some October goals creeping in here.

It’s Trash 2 Treasure Day here on Saturday so I have to go sort out my good pass-on stuff so I can get it out on the curb for the Treasure Hunters. Sort of fits in with the de-cluttering doesn’t it.

Have a good night ladies and I look forward to all your posts and activities and successes and challenges overcome tomorrow.

September 26, 2012 9:24 PM
I tried that fun web site too. It turns out that I am virtually 40.7. (I'm actually 64.) And I will live to be 103.3laugh Fun!

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