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October 6, 2012 9:59 AM
Happy Saturday ladies!

Lots of posts to read and great sharing and support here! I am at the tail end of a cold which curtailed my exercise and activity this week. Didn't feel really bad but wanted to conserve energy and "baby" it so it would go away sooner! LOL! Cold front is coming through tomorrow with rain in the forecast so I got on the bike today. Planned the meals for the week and will hit the grocery store later. Found a recipe for Black Bean Chili with Cilantro on Kaylyn's Kitchen I will make tomorrow and some low fat/sugar applesauce bread. Pumpkin butter to satiate my pumpkin fix is also on the menu.

The new kitten I am fostering is now litter trained and will come out and play with me. Still don't know if it is a boy or girl but I hope to get it to the vet in the next week or two. I am hopeful someone will adopt it. If not I will have to figure out how to integrate it with my other three and DH. He is supportive but to a point with the situation.

Wishing everyone a great Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadian crew!

Take care,
Carolyn
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October 6, 2012 10:21 AM
Good Morning Ladies,

The sun shone brilliantly this morning lulling me into a fall sense of a warm, fall day but the truth revealed a killing frost had finished off all my flowers overnight, my garden now reduced to carrots and beets. I must go out to the market pick up a bouquet of flowers for the table instead of one I had envisioned from the garden (oh well). The turkey is about to go into the oven to be finely tuned and everything else is just waiting its turn to chime into this symphony I call Thanksgiving dinner. I did a lot of my cleaning up yesterday and the pumpkin pie and angel food cake were prepared last night (hubby doesn’t eat pumpkin). I bought a bottle of raspberry wine from the farmers market for our dinner. My only regret is that there are only three of us for this special occasion, I do miss our families most at this time.

I sat down with the food calculator wondering if I should even log my supper tonight and I realized I can have a pretty decent dinner (including pie and ice cream) without guilt if I get out and do an hour of gardening while the sun shines. Bonus! Oops, I forgot to figure in the wine in my calculations.... hmmmm, maybe a little longer in the garden?

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Timo113 – I like the idea of sending the candy to the Seniors center! Great idea!

Genealace – gorgeous lace making! My grandmother tried desperately to teach me bobbin lace and tatting amongst other things but I was just too impatient as a child. I did pick up knitting and crocheting but didn’t actually use that knowledge until the family came along.

Wanda – you are too young at 51 to retire unless you have a whole new career you want to venture into? You were very brave trying to ride your bike, good for you. It is rather scary getting back on that thing after so long; I did it too and when I didn’t fall over or get run over and didn’t expire from over exertion, I was elated! Have been several times since but now my ancient bit of metal needs new brakes and I have yet to toss it into the truck to get it to the repair shop.

Stardancer – snow? Way too early, yes I know its Canada, but it’s still too early!!!

Cathy – yes come to us for moral support, we all need from time to time, we aren’t alone in this battle! 2 years for knee surgery? I can believe it, it took two years for my hip replacement and that was after discovering that my condition was severe!

Kathy, congrats on the scale moving, that is always a wonderful feeling.

Jb_2011 – all those tomatoes! You sound very industrious! I must admit that I am only freezing mine at the moment hoping to feel industrious during the cooler months. B complex vitamins are wonderful for helping your stress levels too!

Wesseg – good on you for choosing a small treat! You mention the holiday goodies; yes that is always a mine field isn’t it?

Glenda - you are way ahead of me, I am not sure I will ever catch up! You did have a good day, how lovely! Did you say you had snow too? Please keep in the south, p-l-e-a-s-e!

Robin - Olivia is so sweet! Wonderful picture! You are so lucky to have a supportive husband who gives neckrubs!

My apologies to anyone that I may have missed, I try speed read to catch up and it’s almost impossible. Miss a day and sooo much has happened!

Again, Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian pals,

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Cheers, Kate
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October 6, 2012 12:14 PM
Hello to all. What a great group we are! There are so many posts to read, I know I can't catch up right now. I did lose 1.4 pounds, but Ginny was up a tad, so we doubt we will be in the top 3 this week. Today was parent daughter day so DD#2 and I went shopping and DD#1 went with hubby to see a movie. The "news" from DD#2 is that DD#1 thinks she should not have to do any chores and she hates living with us, so she is now looking for a friend to move in with. So hubby will be talking to her about that. Don't know where she'd go....all her friends still live at home too!

Well I need to get busy on my book; I want to get enough done to watch the football game tonight. I'll be thinking of all of you. Enjoy the day! Take care Meg
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October 6, 2012 12:26 PM
Sooo I woke up this morning, washed my face, looked in the mirror and went AAAAKKKKK!! sick both eyes are completely bloodshot and swollen noway so I think it is a reaction to a new eye cream that I used last night...I have used it in the past but it is now in the garbage!! grumble hopefully it will be better tomorrow..,we are headed to a niece's house on Seneca lake (one of the finger lakes in NYS) and then for a romantic weekend at an inn in Skaneatles (also a finger lake)..will be more fun without the zombie eyes look....I guess if anyone is looking for Halloween ideas...but I don't recommend it!! LOL!! laugh

Had Saturday lunch with mom and sister...mom inspected my knitting progress...she only found 3 dropped stitches and said she could fix them...then asked me for a small crochet hook...I don't have one of those either...she also showed me how I was doing it so hopefully I can correct going forward...all in all the review went pretty well...mom is not known for her tact and diplomacy...LOL!

I am not discussing my eating...one of those I know what I need to do its executing I am having a little trouble with..I do continue to log because it makes me accountable and actually keeps the dumb choices from becoming really, really really dumb choices.

Enjoy the rest of Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada...it is my favorite holiday!

Hugs, prayers and high fives..I know I can't live without them!
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Jen
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October 6, 2012 1:04 PM
Hi Ladies,

Ok, DH should be home late tonight or tomorrow. He got his elk, so we will be well supplied with Elk for the next year or 2. It is so lean. There is no fat on the steaks at all. drinker
I have to go back to page one of this blog to catch up. Will do this later tonight!wink wink

It have been nice and quiet at home, less stress with him gone. The girls say " can't he stay gone for longer"! cry cry

I need to do something about these hormones. Someone on here wrote that they had premenstrual junk until 59! I have had enough at 55, can't image this for 4 more years! explode explode grumble grumble sad sad

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians friends. I just had to read about your tradition, for myself and girls. You were actually the ones to celebrate the first thanksgiving! So, I learned a little history today.bigsmile bigsmile

May you and all your family and friends have a lovely Thanksgiving! flowerforyou heart
I will be back later tonight! tongue
Blessings to all, Lindaheart
Edited by LindaS175 On October 6, 2012 1:05 PM
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October 6, 2012 2:37 PM
Hi to all, I'm just taking a small break to eat my lunch before I continue doing all the prep work for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner. So far I've made a wonderful marinated salad with brocolli, cauliflower, carrots, turnip, and red cabbage. Everyone loves it but it takes forever to cut up all the veggies. Also cooked up my turkey legs today. Next was the stuffing which is now made and ready to put into the turkey in the morning. I had to quickly whip up my Mexican bean salad for lunch and made a double batch so there is lunch for a couple of days. It's nice to sit for a bit and read the posts today before continuing.

I will start on the crustless pumpkin pies next. I checked out a recipe for Pumpkin Trifle with Ginger Snaps and it was far too high in almost everything, especially fat, calories, and sodium. And that's after I tweaked the ingredients to use healthy alternatives. Definitely not worth it for me. Lastly, I'll clean and wash the turkey and repackage it until tomorrow ~ such a messy job! Then a good brushing of the dogs, dusting and vacuuming. Tonight DH and I will just watch something we've taped and I'm sure I'll sleep well.yawn

Glenda, your DGD must have loved the fact that the main character was a cute little redhead too! smile My DD and I took the little ones to see Brave (the 6 year old's choice) and it was really good. It's so much fun to take them ~ they always have a hotdog, kiddie popcorn, and small chocolate bar. Oh, and of course a small pop which they do not get at home! That is enough to keep them quiet as little mice...love

Lin, it's always such a treat for us to go clothes shopping in your own closets, especially when you find beautiful things that you've been saving!

Kate, I felt the same way as I was logging in tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner but it worked out fine. I worked backwards from dinner to ensure that I had a taste of everything I wanted. Now I'll do my best stick to the plan!

Jen, sorry to hear about your reaction to the eye cream! We have to be so careful of the products we put close to our eyes. Hope it goes away over night so any photos will have you looking your best!

Linda, at lunch the other day my GF told me that she still suffers with terrible hot flashes and she's 62!

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Well, lunch is over for me and DH just brought up the turkey. Such a sweet guy to offer to unload and load the dishwasher before I start back up again! love love A peaceful evening to all...

Deborahflowerforyou
Edited by 4thoseiluv On October 6, 2012 2:39 PM
October 6, 2012 5:11 PM
Good evening Ladies. Its been crazy weather here in Tennessee. Yesterday, it was in the 80's, but last night a storm swept through and it dropped 30 degrees in an hour. Tonight its rainy and will be in the very low 40's.

I got up this morning and brought out some clothes I had purchased at the close of the season in February. I purchased two different sizes smaller HOPING I might be able to get into those by this fall. To my amazement this morning I could not wear the larger of the two pairs of jeans at all, while the smaller (XL petitehappy ) actually fit! YAY! That was the pair I had hoped to be into by February 2013. I was so happy I went out and treated myself to a manicure.

Some days I don't feel like 90 pounds lost is much (when compared the to big picture is really isn'tohwell ). But I try not to focus on that enormous goal and just work on the short term. I am shooting for 10 pounds this month. That would mean I lost my first 100 pounds before the 1 year mark!! Here's to hoping and praying and working harddrinker .

I'm so very glad I found you girls. I hope I don't bore you with my posts, lol. Have a great evening.

Jolene
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October 6, 2012 5:15 PM
We're back!

For those that remember my stressing about driving by myself with a big pickup truck and a trailer to pick up my DH in Indianapolis, I made it with no mishaps. laugh I did end up going through downtown Atlanta instead of catching the by-pass, which I did NOT intend to do. noway I was not a happy camper (pun intended) but I made it.

We had an absolutely wonderful time - camped in Yellowstone for 18 days, then 3 days in Island Park, ID before we went on our elk hunt.

The weather was beautiful and we found a good place to camp in Norris campground. The mud pots in Yellowstone were not in great shape due to the dry weather but everything else was great!

I think the part we enjoyed the most was the 2.5 mile walk in to Fairey Falls (weird but that is how it's spelled - must be named for a person instead of a fairy) and then on another .7 mile to Imperial geyser. You can get right under the falls if you want to and the colors in that geyser are amazing! love

We came back a different route on our way back out and saw a buffalo skeleton back in the woods. The skull was all bleached out and quite a sight.

I am so glad I have been going to the gym for a couple of years. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have been able to do some of the back country hiking that we did. Some of those trails and cliffs were quite a challenge! Several times there were places where we went up or down between 500 and 1000 feet in 1/2 mile or less.

I could go on and on and bore you all to death but I'll stop there.

On the way home we came across a road called "Sheep Creek Geological Loop". It is in the Flaming Gorge area of the Unita mountains in Utah.

That place is amazing and there were hardly any people there. The cliffs were more impressive than anything I saw in Yellowstone because you are right in the middle of them, not seeing them from above and at a distance.

I got a 6x6 900 pound elk on our hunt. bigsmile That was quite an experience!

I am in the middle of unpacking and doing laundry, so I'll leave it at that for now.

I don't have my gazillion pictures downloaded to this computer yet. When I do I'll put up a pic of me and my elk.

I don't think I gained or lost weight while we were gone. I'll find out when I get to the gym on Monday.

Faye
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October 6, 2012 6:09 PM
QUOTE:

We're back!

For those that remember my stressing about driving by myself with a big pickup truck and a trailer to pick up my DH in Indianapolis, I made it with no mishaps. laugh I did end up going through downtown Atlanta instead of catching the by-pass, which I did NOT intend to do. noway I was not a happy camper (pun intended) but I made it.

We had an absolutely wonderful time - camped in Yellowstone for 18 days, then 3 days in Island Park, ID before we went on our elk hunt.

The weather was beautiful and we found a good place to camp in Norris campground. The mud pots in Yellowstone were not in great shape due to the dry weather but everything else was great!

I think the part we enjoyed the most was the 2.5 mile walk in to Fairey Falls (weird but that is how it's spelled - must be named for a person instead of a fairy) and then on another .7 mile to Imperial geyser. You can get right under the falls if you want to and the colors in that geyser are amazing! love

We came back a different route on our way back out and saw a buffalo skeleton back in the woods. The skull was all bleached out and quite a sight.

I am so glad I have been going to the gym for a couple of years. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have been able to do some of the back country hiking that we did. Some of those trails and cliffs were quite a challenge! Several times there were places where we went up or down between 500 and 1000 feet in 1/2 mile or less.

I could go on and on and bore you all to death but I'll stop there.

On the way home we came across a road called "Sheep Creek Geological Loop". It is in the Flaming Gorge area of the Unita mountains in Utah.

That place is amazing and there were hardly any people there. The cliffs were more impressive than anything I saw in Yellowstone because you are right in the middle of them, not seeing them from above and at a distance.

I got a 6x6 900 pound elk on our hunt. bigsmile That was quite an experience!

I am in the middle of unpacking and doing laundry, so I'll leave it at that for now.

I don't have my gazillion pictures downloaded to this computer yet. When I do I'll put up a pic of me and my elk.

I don't think I gained or lost weight while we were gone. I'll find out when I get to the gym on Monday.

Faye


Sounds like a fabulous trip...welcome back! And isn't it for life adventures like this why we are all trying to lose weight and be in the best shape we can be in?
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Jen
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October 6, 2012 6:28 PM
QUOTE:

Good evening Ladies. Its been crazy weather here in Tennessee. Yesterday, it was in the 80's, but last night a storm swept through and it dropped 30 degrees in an hour. Tonight its rainy and will be in the very low 40's.

I got up this morning and brought out some clothes I had purchased at the close of the season in February. I purchased two different sizes smaller HOPING I might be able to get into those by this fall. To my amazement this morning I could not wear the larger of the two pairs of jeans at all, while the smaller (XL petitehappy ) actually fit! YAY! That was the pair I had hoped to be into by February 2013. I was so happy I went out and treated myself to a manicure.

Some days I don't feel like 90 pounds lost is much (when compared the to big picture is really isn'tohwell ). But I try not to focus on that enormous goal and just work on the short term. I am shooting for 10 pounds this month. That would mean I lost my first 100 pounds before the 1 year mark!! Here's to hoping and praying and working harddrinker .

I'm so very glad I found you girls. I hope I don't bore you with my posts, lol. Have a great evening.

Jolene


Jolene, you're amazing! You have accomplished so much in such a short time. Bravo, my dear ~ bravo...

Deborahflowerforyou
October 6, 2012 6:40 PM
Happy October, Ladies!
I've been so busy with back-to-school nights and starting an after-school class that I haven't had time to keep up with all your posts the past 10 days or so. Too many posts to read before jumping back in, so I'll try to catch up from here.

I was successful on some of my September goals, but could have been better. Goals for October:
1. Exercise 4x/week
2. Eat and cook healthfully
3. Drink at least 6 glasses of water/day
4. Finish reading The Happiness Project
5. Take daily vitamins
6. Check in here at least 5 x/week

Successfully avoided cookies and candy treats at multiple faculty and team meetings in the past two weeks. Went clothes shopping and have dropped 2 pant sizes. Had lunch with in-laws today and survived the inquisition about my new eating habits. I'm thankful for all my NSVs, great and small.

Hope all my MFP friends are finding strength and happiness on your journey.

Polly
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October 6, 2012 7:05 PM
Good evening beautiful ladiesflowerforyou

Jolenesmile Congrats!!!! You're doing an amazing job!!!

Fayesmile Welcome back!!! Your trip sounds amazing! Looking forward to seeing your pics!!!

Pollysmile Good to hear from you!!! Congrats on dropping 2 pants sizes, avoiding cookies and candy , and making it through the inquisition!!!

Sorry this is so short tonight. I've been out all day enjoying this beautiful weather!!! Tomorrow is supposed to be chilly and rainysad , I wanted to get in as much outdoor time as possible today. Now it's time to get a shower, crawl in my comfy bed and maybe if I can keep my eyes open, read a bityawn .

Hope everyone has sweet dreams!!! Until tomorrow....

Hugs,
DeeDeeyawn yawn yawn
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October 6, 2012 7:11 PM
Jolene, you are doing wonderfully! How exciting that you have met your goal on those clothes well ahead of time.

Faye, your trip sounds terrific. I would love to go to all the national parks and stay in the great lodges. It isn't a bucket list item shared by my DH, so we'll see. I always watch the PBS shows about the national parks. My BF would travel with me, which could be an option.

We got the base of the retainer wall in the back yard in place and level by about 1 p today. I wasn't a huge help today. For whatever reason the bending over / standing up just didn't sit well and I'd feel dizzy. Thankfully I don't often have these days, but have to remind myself the heart surgery was only 6 months ago. Since I did all sorts of toting and lifting last weekend I let DH do it this weekend. Perhaps we'll get a bit more done tomorrow after church and it will be a better day.

In the meantime, both of us got new cell phones from StraightTalk and I spent the afternoon inputting contacts in mine, setting up the calendar, alarms, etc. I'm sure Sprint will miss us.... Also just got the laundry done for the week. Tomorrow hope to cook a meal or two (or parts thereof) ahead for the week.

I'm going to sit in the chair and probably fall asleep now!

Gail
October 6, 2012 7:24 PM
Hi again,

Twice in one day! Well my stomach must have shrunk because I had a measured plate complete with turkey, old-fashioned bread stuffing, gravy, mashed spuds, broccoli and corn (forgot the cranberry sauce!) and I was too full to have more than a ½” sliver of pumpkin pie without the ice cream I had planned. I do love turkey and all the trimmings!

The raspberry wine was a disappointment, so incredibly bitter! Blech! Luckily we had an Argentinian Malbec as back up to toast with!

I didn’t get my bouquet of flowers that I wanted, I spent a good deal of time running around but it seemed that everyone and their sainted aunties were out shopping today for their celebration on Sunday or Monday. The line-ups were insanely long and most of the flowers were gigantic potted mums that would cover an entire table top on their own, most of them 2 feet across with a thousand blossoms! I am still strapped for space as it is so I finally settled for a small, modestly cheerful, 4 inch potted yellow mum with a stubby shaft of wheat stuck in it for decoration from Walmart.

No gardening for me today by the time I finished going from store to store it was time to come home and put the finishing touches on supper.

The lovely thing about having our dinner tonight, well, there are enough left-overs to have a repeat performance tomorrow night without the cooking.

Oh the turkey enzymes are kicking in, why is it that we all want to snooze after a turkey dinner?

Weigh-in is on Monday and I harbor no illusions about the results or lack thereof, after Mr. Sodium did a lot of cooking this week while I worked and of course the Thanksgiving weekend. Sigh…

Cheers my lovelies, sweet dreams,

Kate
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October 6, 2012 7:32 PM
Busy day here as well. Perfect Fall day so I rode my bike to the farmer's market and Trader Joe's. Bought some fancy olive oil and apples at the market and a few things at TJ, but my bike basket is only so big... Rode over to DS's house to feed the cat and then back home. About 15 miles! I was pretty impressed with myself. Headed out to the garden to pick tomatoes, peppers a few tomatillos and some green onions. I had leeks in the fridge and some butternut squash so I brewed up some butternut squash, curry apple soup, some tomato soup with gorgonzola and some butternut squash enchillladas for dinner. Froze all the soup for lunches. Still have a bunch of peppers to cut and freeze tomorrow.

Robin - I can so identify with your garage project. My dining room has been under construction for just under 2 years. I have the pleasure??? of being married to a perfectionist. We live in a century home and took the room down to the studs. The drywall is up and he primed the walls once, but thinks he may need to spackle some more...Give it up! It's an old house!!! LOL

Faye - what a wonderful trip. We went to Glacier and hiked before I lost my weight. It would be so much more fun now. My sister lives in Montana so I'm hoping to get back there soon.

Going to do a little shopping tomorrow. I've decided my bras don't fit right any more. I heard recently that a doctor here is doing surgery where she takes the extra tissue/fat you have, say in the tummy area, and moves it where you need it, like the boobs. Sounds like a good idea to me, but I think I'll wait to see if the studies show that it stays in place!

Good day to you all tomorrow,
Gini
Edited by ginib On October 6, 2012 7:34 PM
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October 6, 2012 7:56 PM
DeeDee, good that you were able to ge out and enjoy the outdoors. The mop won’t go anywhere. It was cool here in Dallas but we didn’t get any rain like the weather man thought we might. I got out to do a little shopping. I am waiting now for my grandson to call as I am picking him up from work tonight.

Kate, your dinner sounds wonderful. I am sure I will over do somehow when Thanksgiving comes here in Texas. I’m already telling myself to eat small servings and I can eat it more than one day. Sorry you didn’t find the flowers you wanted but Walmart always seems to come to the rescue. I’m a Wally World shopper too.

Gail, you are a wise woman not to overdo the gardening. I keep reminding my DH that he is the muscles and I am the brain...lol. Sometimes it works! As for the chair, I find myself snoozing more frequently in them too.

Polly, there are so many wonderful posts here that I find it next to impossible to stay “caught up”. It must of been wonderful to go shopping and buy 2 sizes smaller. I’m hoping to experience even just 1 by Christmas - that’s one of my goals. Good to chat with you.

Jolene, fitting into that smaller size sounds like a good reason to me to have a manicure. I treated myself to a new shade of polish the other day which I am enjoying. I had a good loss that week but no where near a size smaller yet. I was overstuffed in the size I’m in now. DH said tonight he could signs of a change...hopeful! Your Tennessee weather sounds like our Texas weather. Quite a drop! It’s 45° here as I type.

Hi Faye, looking forward to getting to know you and welcome back! Good to read that you didn’t suffer any mishaps on your trip. I’ll be looking for the pic of you and your elk too.

Deborah, hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. One thing about having it before the U.S. is that you can sit back and relax while we are busy prepping ours. Hubby’s can make themselves useful when they want, huh?!

Well, this grandmother is getting a bit antsy. I am thinking I should have heard from my grandson by now. It’s getting well past the hour I expected to hear from him. He works in a restaurant so maybe they are slow to close. Whatever the reason this grandmother is ready to hear from him. Guess I will close here so I can pace the floor...sweet dreams to all.
October 6, 2012 9:31 PM
Hi Everyone!

I love this thread. Last month it helped me get started on my plan to eat healthier foods and to exercise more. I met some of my goals for example, I am drinking eight glasses or more of water on a daily basis. I always have a bottle of water with me. I am exercising almost everyday. I am hooked on yoga. I have been taking my lunch to work almost everyday. I keep a desk drawer full of healthy snacks. I've been good to myself and have not been freaking out when I overeat or drink some wine or beer. I am seeing the benefits of my change in lifestyle. I have more energy, and my skin is not so horribly dry as it was before. Also, I lost ten pounds.

For October
More cardio
No skipping breakfast. I did this a couple of times last month.
Cut back on the caffeine.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator. It's three flights of stairs to my classroom.

Have a great Sunday!flowerforyou flowerforyou heart
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October 6, 2012 10:38 PM
Boy, here it is midnight and I'm just now getting onto the computer. Really overslept but got to yoga (well, I wasn't planning to go to the farmer's market anyway), then stopped at Aldi's to get more water for the workers, then had to pick up the Hallmark Ornaments we'd ordered in July. Came home, there were 3 guys here cleaning and doing what landscaping they can do because the dirt was so wet. We did at one time have a big pile of dirt, now it's a little pile. Timmy and Doug (he replaced the guy they fired) were here along with Armando. I think Armando felt a bit out of place since Doug and Timmy are friends and could speak in English. Armando was on the phone a lot, but when he was working he was doing a lot of work, working hard which was something new for him. They finished the pipes, moved some dirt to other spots on our property (we would have had to pay if they'd had to haul the dirt away, as it was there were lots of places on our property we could have used the dirt), cleaned up, then took the skidsteer away. Looks like that's the last we'll see of them. In one sense, it's bittersweet goodbye, but in another sense that means that the pool is that much closer to being finished. They also power washed, cleaned the pool and the filters.

Vince got me some grill cleaner so I took the grates for the oven in the backyard and cleaned them as much as I could. I probably could have gotten every little bit off if I'd scrubbed and scrubbed. But I didn't, they look clean anyway.

We THINK the tiles are coming by mail, and since we haven't heard anything, we're going to assume with the holiday Monday that he won't be tiling. Vince sent an email to the pool company head explaining that in light of the problems we have had communicating with people who don't speak English, there are a lot of pipes that are buried, we don't want any work on the fence to be started until someone who speaks English is here. From what Justin said, Heidel (the fence guy) is on vacation but Bob (the owner of the pool co) sent an email saying that Heidel will be here. Maybe he's going to be here for a bit and go on vacation the rest of the week, I don't know. I do know that when Chris is here doing the tile Bob wants to be here. It seems that Justin and Timmy don't think much of Chris so maybe Bob really wants to see his work.

Made some pork, white bean and kale soup today. Good thing, too, since it's supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow.

Did my hour of yoga today, tomorrow I'll do an hour of training games on the Wii.

Made some chocolate chip muffins for the guys and some applesauce cocoa cookies. Fortunately, it's not like there will be a lot of workers here. Then there will be two workers -- Michele and Vince....lol

Gail - who cares about what the scale says you're down, those measurements lost are FANTASTIC!!!

mwheatcraft - I do have a self cleaning oven. My oven in our last house was self cleaning and I would leave the racks in the oven when it was cleaning. the only thing is that the racks would get "dull", and I really don't mind cleaning them with the grill cleaner. I can see that if a food is coated in salt, after baking it would make a hard crust. But it seems that salt is sprinkled on the crust of the baking potatoes, it doesn't seem to change the texture of the skin so I'm wondering why they even do it? Is it to enchance the flavor of the potato, I wonder? To me, it detracts from the flavor. But then again, I like the flavor of the vege, not the sauce they put on it. Last time we went to Red Lobster, I brushed off most of the salt. It just didn't appeal to me at all.

jb - I don't know about you, but I have aged from 29 to 39. Been 39 for the past 10 or so years.

Robin - that's so great that you didn't give in. I am so proud of you

Carolyn - can you use pumpkin butter in place of butter in recipes? Can it be used the same as canned pumpkin? I have a jar of pumpkin butter but am not sure what to do with it.

Linda Sundance - when Vince used to go away on business, that's when the kids and I would have things for dinner that he didn't eat -- like mac & cheese (this was a while ago, today I really don't care for boxed mac & cheese, but I will eat it if I make it from scratch). So many times I said to him "do you have to come home NOW?" I really didn't want him to feel badly about going away.

jolene - what a wonderful surprise about the pants. In some ways it's great to get a smaller size, you never know when it'll fit. Good luck on future losses

Faye - congrats on driving the truck with the trailer. I don't think I could have done that, and especially in Atlanta. Your trip sounds just wonderful

Polly - congrats on the pants sizes gone

Gini - you should be impressed with all the biking you are doing. I know I am.

Not sure why, but I've been thinking a lot about that guy who got fired and his "wife". She was saying how he didn't have any money, yet when they went for lunch she told me that they went to this Subway that I know is high priced. If you're low on funds, you bring your own lunch. There were some guys who brought their own microwave with them.

Well, best be off to bed now. Have a great evening everyone.

Michele
October 6, 2012 11:00 PM
Helllo!flowerforyou I am new also, just joined in Sept, so will lay out my goals for OCT. happy

Log in to MFP daily
Exercise 3x week:
Drink 8 glasses of water.drinker

Those are pretty basic, but I do not want to overdo it just yet.

A little about myself--I work at a domestic violence place, for past 12 years. I do support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault. I am divorced mom of a two. I have 4 sisters. I love God. heart Not sure whate else, but I will see what other ladies are doing and take their lead. Happy October! happy
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October 7, 2012 1:13 AM
I just read all the posts that I have missed. It is now 1am ohwell yawn . I am too exhausted to write, but I can see the best way to keep up with the blogs is to write everyday.

Went to the gym today, by myself and did 45 mins of the elliptical. drinker drinker DH was home by 7pm this evening, We all just wanted a few more days of peace and quiet. grumble grumble


Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Kathy's family is having a gathering the week to celebrate her life. This should be a nice thing for her children. smile smile
Congrats to everyone who met their September goals! I need to get some specific and attainable goals for Oct. flowerforyou

Welcome to all the new ladies. flowerforyou

Here's to a blessed Sunday, Happy Thanksgiving to all the lovely Canadian ladies, Happy Belated Birthday to Jb. bigsmile bigsmile


I will be back later today. I need to go log out of my food diary, Sweet dreams my friends! heart Linda
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October 7, 2012 1:20 AM
Hi spring here,so all ready for spring cleaning
October 7, 2012 5:27 AM
Boy get busy and you end up reading for an hour. laugh I tried on a pair of smaller pants yesterday and they almost can button ohwell I still have a little work out in the studio, so off I go. Just wanting to mark my spot. Tigress
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October 7, 2012 6:18 AM
Morning, ladies! Hope everyone had a nice evening and a good sleep.

Hi Faye, welcome home! Sounds like you had a great trip...

Polly, you had a very successful September ~ congrats!smile

Kate, too bad about the raspberry wine. I wonder if it's supposed to taste like that? I hope to have the same kind of dinner you had yesterday ~ great job!

Gini, nice bike ride! Your soup sounds absolutely delicious ~ made my mouth start to water...tongue Unfortunately, my DH is a procrastinator...grumble

texasgal22, hope you didn't have to wait too long to hear from your DGS. It doesn't matter how old they get, we still worry...

4dogmom, good job on the weight loss! You seem to have a good plan in place.

Diane, welcome to the group! You have a very stressful job on a very sensitive subject ~ I'm so glad there are people like you!flowerforyou

Linda, great work on the elliptical!! I did all the prep and cleaning (with DH's help) yesterday. It's SO nice to wake up and know that everything's ready to go.happy

Tigress, I think we all feel the same way about always trying to catch up on the news (judging how late some of the ladies have been posting) ~ it's a very busy board!

As for me, the house is still dark and quiet and I'm sitting in my home office with just the glow of the computer screen. Hope DH gets up soon or I'll have to actually get up and make my own way to the kitchen for my coffee! laugh I've always loved this time of day ~ so peaceful and truly all my own.

As most of you know, we are having our Thanksgiving dinner late this afternoon. DD and the family will be coming over about 2:30pm so we'll be able to have some time to spend with the little guys! Maybe I'll pull out the Perfection game ~ they're a bit young, but just love it when the timer goes off and all the pieces pop up! Everything is ready to go and the house is clean! BTW, the crustless pumpkin pies turned out perfectly (it's my new favorite recipe)...

Hark! I hear DH finally making his way down to the kitchen to let the dogs out ~ coffee time!! drinker happy

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone celebrating today...

Deborahflowerforyou
Edited by 4thoseiluv On October 7, 2012 6:23 AM
October 7, 2012 7:01 AM
Morning everyone!

It is a dreary day here and I have the house smelling good with Black bean chili and raspberry oatmeal muffins! Did not have the cinnamon sticks so I did not make the pumpkin butter. Michele I got the recipe from Skinnytaste- she is a blogger with great recipes, most very healthy adaptations to great food! Her pumpkin butter is the base for many other pumpkin recipes, i.e.- skinny pumpkin lattes, pumpkin yogurt parfait, pumpkin cheesecake. I had the yen this week to add it to my yogurt for breakfast!

Heading out to a football game...Told DH we will plan on not staying for the entire game especially if the weather is bad. I am getting over the cold and don't want to come home feeling crummy!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

Carolyn
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October 7, 2012 7:28 AM
Morning everyone.

Happy Thanksgiving to us Canadians.

Just checking in for another month.

It is hard to believe how fast the days go by once one is retired. The leaves have done a complete change and have started falling off of the trees in our back yard. We are busy every other day raking up leaves. If not the dogs would get lost..
I am proud to say that I have lost a total of 11 lbs since I joined up with myfitnesspal. When I keep track it is easier to see what my body is up to.

I would like to loose another 5 lbs for the month of October. and keep on drinking that water...

drinker

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