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    I love popcorn, and I always use real butter whenever I do have it. It is for me a treat. I have tried other ways of flavoring the popcorn, but I want as close to natural as I can get. I have been getting away from almost all processed foods. This has also help my diabetes be in better control.

    I also find that I really shouldn't eat popcorn as an evening snack.
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    They are on the way to meanmom. I have sent her the tracking number for yours and mine in the same package.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem View Post
    I am in again for August.
    I accidentally sent my 3 mos worth of FQ's to Cindy. Ooops. She said that she would send them on to you
    I will claim temporary Alzheimer's as well. I have been so busy lately!
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    Leann I have the themes for August and September- August- batik, September is blue.
    Welcome back Cindy. It has been a while. So sorry to hear about your dad. Hope you enjoyed your cruise. I have heard of others getting the insulin pump and they have also had good success with it.
    I went for a bike ride on Sunday. It was such a nice day so I rode about 24 miles. When I got home my DS wanted to go for a ride so we went about 10 miles. That was a little bit too much for my legs and I was tired on Monday. My knee was fine, my butt was sore from the seat, I need a new one. I am hoping to do that on Thursday. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical today. Tomorrow I will do a little bit of arm work. I just froze corn and am canning tomatoes. 7 pints tonight but there are a bunch more to can tomorrow. Not sure how many I will finish because I need to make a raspberry pie for my GS birthday party and I am meeting a friend to go to the LQS and out to lunch. We are going to a Mexican place. I know they have some good choices. Hopefully I can eat the right thing.
    Several people from work are doing a plank challenge. I am trying to do it. Over a 1 month period you work up from a 20 second plank to a 2 minute one. I will see. I did 2 this morning for 30 seconds and 2 this evening. Not sure I actually have any muscles in my stomach. Hopefully this will help with that.
    Good luck everyone.
    Pat

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    Is it too late to join? I haven't cared about my weight...gave up. Now it's time to think about getting back into a shape other than round! I'd love to join the group if that's okay?!
    -Teri from Minne-sn*w-ta

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    Meanmom DH and I are wondering what a plank challenge is.
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    Pat, that's a long 30 seconds! Are you doing regular planks or low ones? How will the winner be determined? Longest hold or most repetitions of 2 minutes? You are amazing, riding that far, then canning tomatoes. Send some of your energy this way.

    I have to have my picture taken for church this evening and I have no idea what to wear. Just anything I grab, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by createfourpaws View Post
    They are on the way to meanmom. I have sent her the tracking number for yours and mine in the same package.

    Thank you Cindy. Sorry you had to forward them on!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    I go out of my way to NOT be a whiner, but somedays I just get overwhelmed. This has been the summer from hell for my family.

    There is the on-going challenge for my son, his treatment program, and his student status.

    My parents, in their 80's, have been fighting with Sears since June to repair their a/c. I think the jerks who keep stringing them along should try to sleep for 3 months in the Texas heat without air.

    My daughter has extreme plumbing issues - has not had water for 3 weeks and now is forced to find a new place to live, all the while her 'ailing' (lazy, worthless) father is telling her how wrong she is for choosing her family (her husband, son, and 3 daughters) over him.

    Then this morning, I learned that my 17 yr old nephew tried to commit suicide, again. For five years he has been treated for extreme depression after his first suicide attempt. When my son started having issues, I understood what my brother was going through with the fear and watching him every minute. My son has never been suicidal, but there were times he acted so strange that it scared the crap out of me.

    Sadly, the only thing I can do is pray and wait. This is so exhausting.
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    I just realized today is August 6th and I didn't post the winner for July...... AnnaQuilts with a loss of 7.4 pounds. Good job. You will ahve to let us in on your secrets.
    Pat

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    I didn't print out the details of the plank challenge but basicaly you start out with a 20 second plank for a couple of days. No rules on how many you do. You increase your time by 10 to 15 seconds every few days until you work up to a 2 minute plank at the end of 28 days. Not sure if I will ever make the 2 minute one. I did 2 30 second ones in the morning and 2 more in the evening. I have no abdominal muscles so I will have to take it slowly. It said to do them how eer you can that you need to make sure you keep your body straight. I do mine on my elbows mostly because it bothers my wrists but you don't work your arms as well that way. A plank is supposed to work so many muscles at once.
    WOw Leann you have a lot going on. I will pray for things to get better.

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    For Leann;
    Dear If it doesn't kill me, it makes me stronger,
    Thank you, but I'm strong enough.
    Sincerely, Leann

    I'm sorry you are going through so much. And you have no control those situations over which makes it even harder. Will be praying for you, too.
    Judy

    Congratulations, Anna. Today is the 6th so there are 25 more days until weigh in. I made some healthy treats that I'm sure would result in a temporary weight loss if I were to eat very many. PB, oatmeal, ground flax seeds, toasted coconut, a little honey, vanilla and, of course, chocolate chips. Not bad, except I don't like flax. I'd use a little more honey, but these were made for a friend who watches his sugar carefully. Luckily, I only kept two, so no harm done.

    Pat, I can do both a low plank and a high plank - I actually find the high easier, but my shoulder won't let me transition between the two. No Chaturanga in yoga for me yet.
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    Okay my package of Aug and Sept fabric went out in the mail today.....Now to walk some miles and lose some weight to win some cool batiks from all of you. haha! I'll be happy with losing the pounds! Nice cooler weather around MN right now.
    -Teri from Minne-sn*w-ta

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    I have gained the last 2 days. Not sure how? I ate a taco salad yesterday that did not agree with my stomach at all. Not sure how that can make me gain?
    I finished canning tomatoes today. I made 8 pints of whole tomatoes yesterday, 7 quarts and 7 pints of juice today. We were supposed to go to my brothers lake house for the weekend but had to cancel at the last minute. So now I also have a gluten free raspberry pie staring at me and begging me to eat it.
    I has rained all day here. I went out this afternoon and it was pouring and foggy, yuck! Usually by now all of our grass is dead unless we water it. No watering this year. It just keeps raining. We almost never have to cut our grass in July and have been cutting it more than once a week. Weird summer.

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    Wanted to drop a hello before heading out for physical therapy. I've not been doing any on my own, so gotta change that today. I have to be making a smidgen of progress. The last pain pill I took yesterday was @ 4pm. Since I couldn't remember when my last dose was, I didn't take another before bed. (I usually write it down, but didn't yesterday for some reason) Anyway, I slept thru the night without pain. Definitely had pain when I woke. But I am pleased.

    Thank you Judy - you are spot on target. All I can do is sit back and watch. I've also heard that phrase with the addition of "I wish You didn't think me so strong." I learned this morning that DD & hubby have decided to move into their own place. They were coerced into moving in with her dad almost 3 years ago - the man needs a keeper and it was just easier for her to be there to make sure he took his meds, etc. (He is 62), than to continue to exhaust herself with the back & forth. Plus, he had the space and they were expecting babies #3 & 4! To say that things have spiraled downward is too kind - and he pretty much forced her into a position where she had to choose - him or her family. Thank you for your continued prayers. Today she is telling him that they are leaving. It will be a messy conversation.

    meanmom, I like the idea of a plank challenge. This is probably something that I can do now that I am getting on the floor & back up on my own. Like Judy, I'm not sure I can transition in the upper & lower positions - but I can try. I wish we had your rain. Not a drop has fallen since June - only triple digits in the forecast. Extreme fire danger.

    Anna, I have to say that you are a beast with this losing weight! Congratulations dear lady! You'll be clothes shopping again real soon, won't you? I hope you are buying used since you won't wear a new garment long enough to show ANY wear. You are such an inspiration!

    I am down a couple of pounds for the month so far. I am at my lowest weight in 2 years - and that was after my medical scare and hysterectomy. During my June hospital stays, I cut way back on what I ate and I've been trying to continue that at home. I also try to limit my soda to 2 a day, but that is creeping back up. Anybody up for a challenge?
    For me, I wanna go the weekend without ANY soda. (I don't drink diet) For you, it may be something like nothing to eat after xx PM. I also need to drink water. Many days, it's only soda, tea, or coffee. Not good.
    Lynne
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    Leann, there's no reason you have transition from high plank to low plank - they are two separate exercises. Even Sun Salutations in yoga has modifications. I am pleased enough to have regained the use of my shoulders after having two frozen shoulders after a torn rotator cuff that I accept a few limitations.

    Tow dogs under my feet. Michigan sold some nasty fireworks and people are still shooting them off. Last night were big ones - we had to cut our walk short. I needed that walk. I was very sad for some reason and needed the lake and a pretty sunset. Oh, well, such is life.

    Leann, good luck on your soda fast. That stuff is not a healthy option. I know it was a factor in my bone loss to osteoporosis and I only drank one a day. What can I give up? Not sugar - I have a family reunion tomorrow. How 'bout adding instead? I will drink more water and add lemon, cucumber and ginger to make it cleansing. I'm not a fan of cucumber so it will be something I consciously do for my health.

    What to take to the reunion that can travel 3 hours? I have a new recipe for a zucchini/corn salad. That and a batch of cookies may do. There were too many creamy desserts and too much potato salad last year.

    I AM getting healthier and losing weight.
    Judy

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    Leann/Lynne I just want to send you a hug and prayers. I find it hardest when my kids are hurting or strugling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    I just realized today is August 6th and I didn't post the winner for July...... AnnaQuilts with a loss of 7.4 pounds. Good job. You will ahve to let us in on your secrets.
    Pat
    Thank you for the congrats. Hmm no secret. I have been calorie counting, increase lean red meat and fish and limited carbs to 1/4 cup rice, 1 slice of bread or 1/3 cup beans per meal. No artificial sweetners or very occasional. My calories are low 1000 to 1200 but lately due to vacation it had been up. I am doing some excercise finally now I am on vacation so hopefully I will not gain. Two of my daughters are loosing too and they worry I will gain back a lot because some of the weight I lost very fast. I must say I agree with them. I am also worried at maintaining weight once I am there. This will be a life issues for me especially since I have some blood sugar issues.
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    Anna, I recently read that losing weight quickly doesn't lead to regaining. Another myth set to rest. That quick loss may be more effective because the good results encourage the loser to continue. Makes sense to me. I like 2 pounds a week and you are within that guideline. 1200 calories is good. 1000 is low unless you are very small. IMO, you hit the nail on the head with limiting carbs. A tough one - they are everywhere. That's what works for me, though we are all different.

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    Which of you ladies is 'tech-y'? Daddy gave DD his old Dell laptop that was slower than molasses. My son (a com-sci/math major) said he could fix that by 'nuke-ing' the drive and reinstalling the OS. (Windows XP) Drive has been nuked, but it will not reboot from ANY source - flash drive, cd. He has reinstalled many a OS and we are stymied.

    The Windows XP is an iso file.

    suggestions? TIA!
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    I wish i was good with computers. I have an Apple and it needs fixing. I'm not sure I trust anyone to work on it. All of my tech helpers ( my nephews) don't do Apple. I need to go to the Apple store and have it worked on. Hopefully next week.
    I had a hard time talking myself in to riding my bike today. It took me an hour to get moving. I guess it was a lazy day. I rode 15 miles. Tomorrow I am loading it up and heading to a different bike path. I have been riding the same one all the time since I didn't have a way to transport it. I live a mile from the bike path. There are a lot of bike paths around here. I am still trying to get a map of where they all are.
    Lynne praying for things to calm down for you. Keep up your PT. I found that one day I realized that I was able to sleep the way I liked. You just kind of all of the sudden realize you can do something.
    I have also found I do so much better when I cut way down on my carbs. Even when I was doing Weight Watchers and stayed within my points if I cut out most of the bread etc I did better.
    Pat

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    Happy Saturday to all, just completed 10 minutes on the recumbent bike and walked around my complex twice for 2,400 steps - at least it is a start. Was a bit of a rough night and my knees were already putting off heat when I awoke. ugh

    Thanks for all the prayers. Not much has changed, and I'm not very good at waiting so I look for things (physical) to do.

    Judy, I pray you have a safe trip. The thing that strikes me about transitioning plank positions is that it would raise my heart rate. Currently, I'm not quite stable enough to walk fast enough to do that and the recumbent won't let me add resistance.

    Anna, I agree with Judy about how fast you lose weight. If there were no results, why continue? And I'm on board with you, Judy, and Pat - lower carbs not only brings me results, I don't seem to crave them as much, either.

    I think DS has figured out the problem with installing the OS - something about formatting. He is taking the car alone for the first time ever today. In high school, he did not want to take drivers ed, but we pushed him. He did not drive one time after getting his license until this year. (been about 4 yrs) He has been driving a lot, but today he is driving to Austin to visit a friend. I refuse to be a nervous wreck.

    I am in the mood to sew, but with my apartment in chaos, I gotta wait until my kid moves out. I do have a quilt I was handquilting early last year until I put it away when I decided to make everyone a new quilt for Christmas. (during a moment of extreme insanity) In honesty, I really have not felt like doing much this year. Between my surgeries and my son's life-changing diagnosis, other things were more important. Life will settle down someday.

    So far, no soda. I can do this.
    Lynne
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    Okay, I going to post, even though it's not good news. We had a "debate party" Thursday night at our house, and I did some extra special cooking for it. Tried out 4 new recipes, no, not diet recipes. The two we enjoyed the most were a spinach-artichoke-alfredo sauce dip, that was VERY, VERY good, and a "watermelon pie". Yes, it used real watermelon - two cups of finely cut up watermelon, plus other things. I think I will be making it again real soon. So from now on I will try to do better, but I doubt that I will get my batik fat quarter back.

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    Ladies thank you on the encouragement regarding loosing weight quickly and it still staying off. I also noticed that curbing the carbs seemed to have the best effect. It helped me break through my plateau several months ago and I agree less carbs seems to equal less cravings. For carbs. Best wishes and lots of strength to those strugling. Wi th beating soda.
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    Good luck with cutting the soda. I cut mine out several years ago. I had been drinking diet soda since high school so it wasn't as bad as it could be. I was drinking 5 or 6 Diet Cokes a day. I cut back slowly then completely cut it out. I drink maybe one a month as a treat. I talked about cutting carbs but I ate too many again today.
    I recieved 3 months of FQ from JimsGem and 1 month from Createfourpaws. There are some gorgeous batiks here. I need to behave myself. I love love batiks. I rode my bike 15 miles yesterday. I wasn't going to ride today but went to get a new seat. I shouldn't have to stop riding because my butt hurts, it should be my legs. I had the bike shop put one on and decided to test drive it. They will let you try them for a month or so. I rode 12 miles today on a different path. I finally got a rack for my car so I can go to other bike paths. This one was hillier than my usual path. My knee still feels weak on stairs and hills. I'm working on it. I still need to do my planks today.

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    Epic fail for me. I reach for Dr Pepper when I get stressed or emotional - my crutch it seems. Not to justify myself, but I have not been eating all the stuff hubby is. Now there is ice cream in the freezer..... no doubt it will be gone before morning. I'm having trouble getting enough protein. Had a tuna salad earlier. Hard boiled eggs have always been my 'go-to' but I am choking on the price these days!

    My kid made it home from Austin just fine. Answered prayer. I am frustrated with my pain levels - 9 weeks out from surgery #1. I was so bow-legged before that I could not walk correctly, but my deformity was fixed with my surgeries. Now that my legs are straight (and so pretty), my body is working to adjust and I hurt from my hips to my ankles. My therapist says that my hip bursitis will take a l-o-n-g time to disappear. I wonder how much of my pain is because my body is used to having medication? Umpteen years ago I remember someone saying, 'if you take Percodan for 5 days, on the 6th day you will NEED Percodan.' I've been on these narcotic pain meds for over 5 years - I may have to suck it up and go cold turkey before long. These Vicodin are 5mg - I've been on as strong as 10mg.

    We are supposed to hit 104 today - after 106 yesterday. More of the same for the next 7 days. And my poor parents without a/c. Someone should be shot!
    Lynne
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