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    Good morning ladies, I know some of you are having some bitter weather. We are cold enough in central Texas to keep me off the bike, and the pollen is murder on my allergies. I have been attacking my weight by focusing on my calories first, then activity. My doctor disapproved of my exercises, wants me on the bike to strengthen the little muscle that runs from the quad to the inner knee. I am trying to walk 10,000 steps daily for the movement, but that does nothing to strengthen my knees. I have been within calorie range all month, still waiting for the scale to drop. About to have some major changes in my life - so far I've been able to avoid the emotional eating. Not even a Dr Pepper!

    meanmom, I will have my skinnies in the mail to you this week. Have a great week everybody.
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    It is not cold here yet but I hear there is a blast of arctic air coming this way soon.

    I absolutely love Call the Midwife. The only thing is I can't watch too many of them at once because the show is so "heavy".

    Keep up the good work ladies! I am trying to only eat when I am truly hungry with lots of water in between. Have a great day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam H View Post
    I am so caught up in "Call the Midwife" on netflix. It is so good! It takes place in London in the 1950's. Good thing I have a tv in my sewing room.
    I do too. It reminds me of growing up in Europe even though I am not from England.
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    I received my Fabrics for November. Thank you all!
    I will try really hard to get my next 3 months worth in the mail in the next day or two.
    This past week was a birthday party for my oldest Grand daughter. She turned 4. Then Sunday was my daughter's (her mother's) birthday so we had a big family dinner and everything. I really need to get on the ball. The 6 min on an exercise bike at therapy 2x a week is not enough. I need to get on my bike her at home. Therapist still won't let me take walks


    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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    Mailed my fabric yesterday. I have just finished watching the second season of Broadchurch. Watched the first season again before I started the second season. The first season is really good, but the second season is even better.

    My husband and I go to Walmart or Sams to walk. That way I have a cart to hold on to. Always afraid I am going to fall again. Fell 2 years ago and fractured ribs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam H View Post
    Ooh, I could go for 56. It is below zero here today. Brrrr!
    Don't know that I could only weigh myself once a month. I have done it every morning for so many years it is most certainly a habit.
    I am so caught up in "Call the Midwife" on netflix. It is so good! It takes place in London in the 1950's. Good thing I have a tv in my sewing room and my DD gave me chromecast for Christmas.
    "Call the Midwife" was very good! I watched a bunch of it last year while on the treadmill. That was when I had the most weight loss in my recent history! I didn't want to stop watching, so I kept walking. And it motivated me to jump back on the treadmill everyday so that I could watch more! I need to find another good program like that. Any suggestions for shows on Netflix?
    I have a tv in my sewing room as well. It is a smart tv, so I get to watch youtube quilt tutorials. Love it - but burns no calories...

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    Orange is the new black, mad men, breaking bad, house of cards, the walking dead. Those are ones that I have watched. I have a long list that I wrote down one time when Bonnie Hunter asked for suggestions. That's how I found out about call the midwife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam H View Post
    Orange is the new black, mad men, breaking bad, house of cards, the walking dead. Those are ones that I have watched. I have a long list that I wrote down one time when Bonnie Hunter asked for suggestions. That's how I found out about call the midwife.
    Thanks for the suggestions, Pam. I have several co-workers that watch and talk about The Walking Dead. I'm just not much of a zombie-person, though. I've been tempted to watch, since I've heard of many that like it. But I'm not sure.

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    I received 3 FQ from Jcarpentier, very pretty. I also received one from Irishrose.
    I had a chocolate attack yesterday. While it was yummy I immediately regretted eating it. I ate several pieces. I really need to find a better medication for stress than chocolate. My kids at school have been off the hook. My kindergartener was suspended today. FINALLY! She pushed me. She is rotten. She threatened to kill me last week. She is probably the rudest child I have ever met. She thinks she is in charge. We are pretty sure she is bipolar or schitzophrenic. Mom says she is ADHD. We are pretty sure mom keep messing with her medication. My 2nd grader cries really loud for hours on end. At least after they had an emergency meeting with mom she took him to the dr for a med change.
    The weather here is really cold. Wind chill was below zero this morning. I was out for about 30 minutes doing bus duty. I have been going to spinning class pretty faithfully, Mon, Wed, and Sat.About 50 to 60 miles a week. I am considering trying a personal trainer. I love spinning. I fell last week at the YMCA when I was being shown how to work all of the exercise equipment. He forgot to turn the speed down on the machine when he put me on it and I went off the back of it. I hit my knee (not the one that was just replaced) and it is still bothering me some. Hopefully I didn't do any real damage to it. Everyone try to stay on track.
    Hopefully I will be laying on a beach tomorrow if my Powerball ticket is good:-)

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    Hey all. I cannot watch the Walking Dead as it is too gory for me. Some people like the story line though, and choose to watch because of that. Meanmom, I hope you do get on that beach! Sounds like you have your hands full. My "diet" has not been going so good lately. I plan to get back on the wagon today though. Maybe I shouldn't think of it as a diet but a lifestyle change. The problem with that is forming new habits takes a while. I can do this! Have a great day!
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    Hi Ladies,

    meanmom, I put my fabrics in the mail for you today. I am grateful that you give us 3 months that we can ship for. Thanks for being our hostess.

    I've managed to NOT stress-eat during this storm in our home, but the scale is still not moving. I"ve been wearing my FitBit everyday and tracking all my calories. I'm still waiting for the evidence that you have to burn more than you eat to lose weight. I've been in a deficit all month. May be time for a splurge to shake things up.

    Our weather has been gorgeous, which also brings the pollen. Hoping that the Flonase my DR has me on gets me through the season without getting sick like I was in Nov & Dec.

    hugs
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    I have been having a hard time. Snacking and more snacking. I also added some diet soda to the mix. Maybe once the Holiday chocolates are gone. I did not help that several of my adult children gave me bags of chocolates for Christmas even though I had asked them not to do it. I asked for gift cards to Hobby Lobby. Nothing like that. Hubby did get me a nice big rotary cutter. I was told I was ungrateful for not being excited about the chocolate. I have blood sugar issues so it is not just a weight issue. I guess I am a grump.
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    Annaquilts, I do not think you are a grump and you have real concerns about your health and well being. Shame on them for not realizing that.
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    Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.

    Having a piece of chocolate just makes me right with the world. I have to admit it.

    I know I shouldn't be emotionally attached to any food. But if I don't have my fix, I know I will be searching for other things to eat to compensate.

    So to make this not too bad for me, the only chocolate I will have is the 86% bars. Ghiradelli is good. And there is a German brand sold at a local Aldi's store that I find supreme.

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    There's nothing wrong with dark chocolate. It's the amount that gets us in trouble. Isolate as much as you've allowed yourself for the day and eat it in slow bites. Even on days you have more, separating the amount you feel is reasonable keeps you accountable. Kudos on eating that high a percentage dark. I'm not there yet. I'll try the Aldi's one.

    I've had four heart attacks and 2 mini strokes. I'll take the little bit of heart health dark chocolate offers.

    Anna, it's very rude of your children to buy you chocolate when you have health problems. Some is allowed on your type of diet - can you ration it? I buy all my grandchildren Santa Bucks (chocolate bars that look like a dollar bill.) I have to find something else for the diabetic one.
    Last edited by Irishrose2; 01-15-2016 at 04:21 PM.

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    Hey everyone. I haven't weighed myself this week yet. I am kinda scared to but need to know if I made any progress. If not, I will need to hammer down! I hope you all have a wonderful day. I have to go into work soon.
    Quilting is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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    [QUOTE=Irishrose2;7434934]There's nothing wrong with dark chocolate. It's the amount that gets us in trouble. Isolate as much as you've allowed yourself for the day and eat it in slow bites. Even on days you have more, separating the amount you feel is reasonable keeps you accountable.

    Thank you. That advice is helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    I have been having a hard time. Snacking and more snacking. I also added some diet soda to the mix. Maybe once the Holiday chocolates are gone. I did not help that several of my adult children gave me bags of chocolates for Christmas even though I had asked them not to do it. I asked for gift cards to Hobby Lobby. Nothing like that. Hubby did get me a nice big rotary cutter. I was told I was ungrateful for not being excited about the chocolate. I have blood sugar issues so it is not just a weight issue. I guess I am a grump.
    It's regretable that your children took offense about your not wanting the temptation and empty calories of their gifts. I would have no problem with giving them away to someone who can enjoy them guilt free. They don't need to know about it. Just thank them and leave it at that.

    Re the weight loss. I am doing terribly. Weight only fluctuates 3 pounds up then three pounds down, etc. Perhaps next month. When I eat what I consider to be sensibly, I find myself searching (and usually finding something) for munchies a couple of hours later. The house is just about stripped of my favorites, but I do manage to come up with something. Please don't tell me to fix a tray of celery sticks and carrot sticks. lol
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Gail, carrots and celery are good in soups and stews, but I won't tell you to eat rabbit food. I don't know what to tell you as we are all different. 1/2 a Dove dark chocolate after a cup of tea usually helps me get over a munchies attack. Are you restricting your calorie intake too much? It may be time for a feast day once a week to take your body out of starvation mode. Without a feast day, your body thinks it's starving and adjusts its calorie requirement. It worked when I had more weight to lose. I think I'll try it now for this amount.

    I'm feeling a need for exercise and fresh air. I took the dogs out, but it was super icy. I slipped three or four times in the first block, even with the YakTrax so I gave it up. I can do a exercise video or something on Youtube or Grokker, but that won't get me some refreshing air. Speaking of exercise, last week my morning yoga class was wall to wall - this week there were four of us. Have the New Year's resolution exercisers given up already? My evening class was down a little, but not as dramatic a drop.

    I am losing weight and becoming healthier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishrose2 View Post
    Gail, carrots and celery are good in soups and stews, but I won't tell you to eat rabbit food.............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................Speaking of exercise, last week my morning yoga class was wall to wall - this week there were four of us. Have the New Year's resolution exercisers given up already?
    I like vegetables but much prefer them steamed or in soup. Eating celery sticks would only make me feel deprived and would cause me to grab something to get rid of the flavor.

    I had to laugh at your description of the full and then empty exercise class. It wasn't me. I still haven't made it out to the gym. My 26 year old son is very sweet and keeps on encouraging me. I am kind of scared to go. I did see two ladies at the vegetable store that had obviously just worked out at the exercise place next to it. They looked like they had just started. DS pointed them out to me to encourage me. He even cut out one of those one time free coupons for me. DH is on a business trip this coming week. Maybe I'll go with my son to the fitness place. He goes all the time and has those nice in shape muscles. I asked him if he wouldn't mind him being seen with his old out of shape mom. LOL Oh he was not one of the ones giving me chocolates.
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    I have going tot the YMCA for a couple of months. Mostly for my spinning class. We have all commented that there have been very few New Years resolution people show up this year. I went yesterday and did some of the exercise equipment before class and finished it up after class. I just couldn't drag myself out of bed any earlier. I rode 22 miles in an hour. Then I showered and spent a fun day with a girlfriend. We went to Fabric Shack and out to lunch. I didn't need anything from Fabric Shack as I could sew from my stash for at least my lifetime and possibly another lifetime. I did get out of there for only $65. My friend spent a lot more than I did. I am thinking about doing the Hoffman Challenge this year so I bought some of the fabric. I have something formulating in my head. I still need to figure out the details and then actually sew it. It was a fund relaxing day.

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    That sounds like a great day, Pat. You deserve one after the year you're having at school. My Friday yoga class is at the Y. My same instructor, just a different location. I may get brave one day and try out the pool - can't wear panty hose with a bathing suit, darn it. I used to love aquaerobics at another location, then I had a nasty reaction to the chemicals in the pool. Took steroids to clear it and I am still scarred. I doubt if I can use the pool because even the chlorine in city water bothers me if I run out of water softener salt. There's only one way to find out. My daughter says it'a very cold pool, so that wouldn't be fun. There's a body sculpting class right after my class, but it looks too hard. They have Senior Fit, too, but the woman who is in charge is very strict. Twice a week and if you miss 2 classes, you're out. In an ideal word, that would be okay, but life can't be that rigid for me.

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    I am OFF today for MLK day:-) OMG I just read my school email, huge mistake. My kindergarteners mom is coming in tomorrow or Wednesday to observe her in class. The last time she was there it was awful. She spent the whole time arguing with her and threatening her. Courtney loves to draw people into endless conversations. One of her problems is she spends all of her time with adults. I will have to talk to the principal about what to do when mom is disturbing the whole class. (cough, cough I think I might feel a sick day coming on!)
    It is really cold here today. I was heading out to shop. I need some new jeans. I have been avoiding buying new as I was hoping to wait until I can't wear these any more. They are loose but not that bad, they are worn out. I can occasionally wear them to school and they aren't fit to be worn there any more. My weight loss seems to have stalled. I need to change some things up. (cut out the sweets)

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    Hey there everyone. Just checking in. We have to bring my daughter to the orthopedics for a followup because she fractured her pinky at recess while sliding down a hill. This was on the 8th of January. She seems to be doing well so I am hoping she doesn't need a more permanent cast.

    My weight loss has stalled as well...
    Quilting is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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    I received 3 FQ from Leann and Susanna10, and one form Gail G. They are really pretty. Everyone need to work hard to win these beauties.

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