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    I am waiting to hear from someone and then I will post the winner for April. I hope I have remembered to PM everyone my address to mail their FQ. If not send me a reminder please.
    I meet with my health coach tomorrow. Hopefully she will have some good advice for me. It is going to be a tough month. It is teacher appreciation week this week. I came in this morning to a lounge full of donuts and a new Kurig machine for us. I ate about 1/4 of a donut. I can usually avoid those. Wednesday the principal is providing lunch, Thurs we are having a party for our student teacher who is leaving and Friday the PTA is buying us lunch. I am supposed to go to Olive Garden on Wednesday night for a retirement party. We are also celebrating all of the summer birthdays this month so that will be more fancy lunches. I always pack my lunch. I have a really hard time behaving when we order lunch in. I hope the health coach has some good advice.
    Yes I know getting the weight off will help my knee. That is one of the reasons I am here. The surgeon can't fix my meniscus because I will have nothing left if he does I have been getting Uflexa shots( no idea how to spell it) for several years. They have been working pretty well until the last month or so. I'm not due for another one until the end of June. I can feel my knee clicking on the stairs and I am losing flexibility lately. I am doing exercises etc. Hopefully I can avoid the surgery a little bit longer. I told the surgeon when it starts keeping me from doing what I want to do he can fix it. It is getting close lately.
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    Are the shots painful to the knee? My surgeon is talking about doing an Ortho Visc. injection in 4 weeks unless there is vast improvement. It's strange that I had no pain in my right knee until the radial tear to the meniscus and only found out about the arthritis because it was found on the MRI. Oh well, one day at a time.

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    I wouldn't call the shot painful but they are definatly uncomfortable. Ortho Visc is the same thing that I get. It makes your knee feel too full and tight. It is usually tight the rest of the evening and it is fine the next day. It helps me tremendously. The last shot was the only one I would call painful. I assume this is because he added cortisone to it. I could barely walk to my car. As long as I didn't walk it was fine. Usually I am able to stop at the grocery or something on the way home. I often ice it the day of the shot. Mine have been lasting about 6 months up until this one. Part of the problems now i am sure are the fact that I haven't been exercising. The other thing that I think has agrivated it is the walking program at work. When we would walk in the parking lot the whole thing is slanted and it put a lot of pressure on my knee. I am hoping to get it back in shape to avoid surgery a little bit longer. I am up to 12 minutes on the elliptical. I am giving it a few weeks and if it doesn't shape up I'm calling the surgeon. Good luck.
    If you had part of your meniscus removed that is part of the cushioning in your knee. That is why the arthritis is bothering you more.

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    Thanks for the input on the Ortho Visc injections. Apparently there is now a one time injection that can be used instead of the three or four injections. It has been FDA approved but they are working out the details to be able to have it paid for by the insurance since it is so new. At this point I just want to feel good again. I have come a long way since this I tore my meniscus at work on Jan. 29th but would like to gain back as much mobility and flexibility as possible.

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    I have arthritis, too, but thankfully not many injuries. My knees click going up and down stairs, my hips hurt, my back hurts chronically, and sometimes my ankles and wrists hurt. Everything definitely feels better when I exercise regularly but don't over do it. Lately, I've been waking up feeling more stiff than normal. I think that means it's time for a new mattress. I hate shopping for a mattress!!

    I did ok with food on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday went a little crazy. Trying to make good choices today. Yes, Pat, there are going to be a lot of temptations in school this week. We had our staff meeting yesterday and I only had 3 Starbursts!! I was very happy with myself because there was a table loaded down with sweets. I feel good about my choice not to eat it. I just stuck with the lunch I brought from home.

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    The winner for April is Susanna 10 with a 5 pound loss. SOmeone else had a higher loss but asked that I pass the FQ on to the next person. I will let her identify herself if she wants to. Congratulations.
    We are all making better choices and getting healthier so we are all winners!
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    This is my first time joining a group, and it seems like this will be a great group to be with!! Weight loss is my never ending saga....I just keep trying...lose some...and then celebrate my good work and gain it all back! Yikes!! Hoping the thought of some new beautiful fabric at the end of the month will be enough incentive to kick start me again! Have been on a road trip vacation since May 1st with my hubby so I am just getting really started today. Altho I have lost .5 while we were away so at least I did not gain. Too bad our lives have to revolve around food. Maybe I can change that a little in my family. So...... here we go!!! (I can use all the help I can get!)

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    mjmachin, I could've written the first part of your post. I know just what you mean and how you're feeling. Been there, done that so many times I feel like a yo yo. Good for you not gaining on your vacation, that calls for a cheer. Hip hip hooray! Good luck with your weight loss. I joined WW last Thursday and will have my first weigh in tomorrow. Wish me luck. And good luck to all the members of this thread!

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    thank you thank you and a special thank you to the mystery winner. I am so excited. Now, if I can just keep it off this month that would be great. This is such nice group of people to talk with. Everyone is in the same boat I am in. I am 67 years old and trying to loose 50 lbs.
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    I am 56 and need to lose more than 50 pounds. I am having knee issues and I know losing would help. I have a torn meniscus and osteoarthritis. I need a knee replacement and would like to avoid it as long as possible.
    I met with a health coach yesterday. SHe recommended a detox to help with my inflammation. I start it on Monday I sure hope it will help. I feel like an old lady at times. I also need to lose just for my general health. Right now my health is good and I would like to keep it that way.

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    Oops! Just realized I didn't subscribe to this thread. I wondered why I wasn't seeing anything.
    I finally decided to start tracking my points with WW. I was doing the simply fill but found myself cheating too much and not making any progress. Plus it is kind of fun to track with a smartphone.
    I started a new fitness challenge this week. Yesterday I did this circuit training kind of thing on video. My quads hurt so much today I can't even believe it. Today I was supposed to do 30 min aerobic but did Pilates instead since my legs hurt so much. My arms should probably be killing me too but my shoulders can't take the inverted push ups I was supposed to do. My 14 mo old DGD came while I was doing pilates. After I finished she got down on my yoga mat with her doll and blankie. She was saying up/down, up/down. It was priceless.
    Here's a link to the workout I am doing incase anyone is interested in trying it.
    http://www.everydayhealth.com/8-week...-it-works.aspx

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    Have at it, Pam. Looks too tough for me. I didn't sign up either. I should have. I gave up my Lyrica three days ago and I'm down 3 pounds already. I am going to try going back to Sit and Be Fit on PBS any day I'm home at 2:30 - no, I'm not. I don't have a TV. Charter overcharged me again so I dropped the cable - not the phone or Internet. I haven't got around to working out a replacement so I have a 40" Smart TV hanging on the wall doing nothing. I did miss DWTS Monday. Who went home? I could probably find it on here, but I haven't taken the time. I have a date for my next foot surgery so I am working on getting some things finished I have been putting off while I still can. There won't be time to paint the dining room, darn it. Miss Allie is growing up so fast. I have a DGGD in Missouri about the same age. I think she's a handful. I didn't get to spend much time with her when the family was here for my husband's celebration of life.

    Pat, my daughter's knee replacement is going well except she has developed sciatica and can't sit. Other than that, she was cleared for work in two weeks. She's seeing my massage therapist who seems to be helping her. Hers is ill and I think he may be better for this kind of thing, anyway.

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    The girl who played Winnie in Wonder Years (Danika, or something like that) is the one who went home on DWTS. They had dances with 2 couples and she had to dance with Meryl. I thought she held her own. There are only good dancers left so there will be really good dancers going home each week now.
    Allie is always really, really good but today she wasn't. I took her to WW and to lunch and she was a stinker. She was a stinker the whole day. I don't know what was up with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    The winner for April is Susanna 10 with a 5 pound loss. SOmeone else had a higher loss but asked that I pass the FQ on to the next person. I will let her identify herself if she wants to. Congratulations.
    We are all making better choices and getting healthier so we are all winners!
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    Congratulations Susanna 10! It's exciting to win the FQ's. I won a couple of times last year.

    I've been staying on my eating plan and drinking that water. Yesterday I mowed the back yard for hubby while he finished putting in the garden. I don't know how to operate the riding mower, so I used our little gas mower for the whole back yard. I consider that some exercise for sure. My knee hurt just a little, but I was really proud of myself for sticking with it till I finished. Hubby was grateful too. Didn't take him long to mow the front.

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    I received FQ today from Silverfoxmag and Martha. I'm not sure which screen name matches up to Martha. I am heading out to mow the grass. I am only going to do the front yard. I don't want to push my knee too much. It has been doing better lately.
    I am teaching paper piecing at guild next week and am having a hard time writing up the tutorial. Not because it is difficult but because I can't get in the mood to do it. My sewing machine has been in the shop for almost 3 weeks. It is killing me. I have been using my old one and it just isn't as much fun to use. They called yesterday but I can't get there until Saturday. The LQS tuned it up last time and didn't do a very good job. So I had to go to the next closest Janome dealer. It is almost an hour away.

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    Pat, did you get my fqs? Maybe a week ago or so?

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    meanmom, thanks for letting me know you received my FQ.

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    Wow Pam that workout sounds ambitious, it should really help you get in shape. We have Time Warner cable, but when the merger goes through we will have Charter. I hope they aren't worse than TWC. I started doing the spring hikes yesterday with my son and I'm just starting to recover. Went down the gorge to the dam and it's a heck of a staircase. You can't really see it very well, but this might give you an idea of the scale.
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    Pam H Yes i received your FQ.I forgot to post it. Lauriejo that looks like a beautiful hike. No way I could do that right now. With my current knee issues it is difficult enough getting up to my sewing room. Looks like a good place for a hike. Hope you enjoy all of them.

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    That looks like a great place for a hike. I could go for that!
    Yes, the workout I posted is very ambitious. So far I am doing ok. When it gets toward the end you are supposed to do the circuit training twice in a day. I don't see myself doing that! Those workouts are killer although you can do them at your own pace so that helps.
    I have had TWC, ATT and Charter. Charter has changed a lot over the years and I think maybe we are not using everything that is available. I liked ATT that you could set up recordings on your computer; probably from a smartphone too. That feature might be available now with Charter. Seems like I saw something in an email. We've had Charter for probably 20 years. It's the only one available in our area. We had the others when we were in Texas.

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    Lauriejo, that scenery is beautiful. We have to drive far and wide here in the flat lands of Katy, TX to find scenery like that. The temperature is starting to rise here making outside activities a little less appealing. It's one of the reasons we hope to resettle in MN before too long.
    Wish me luck this weekend everyone. I am trying very hard to stay on plan. We have several family commitments that require restaurant eating and unfortunately it is not the type that I can order by myself from the menu. I started the morning with a protein shake which is pretty filling and I managed to bow out gracefully from the Mexican dinner last night and the Barbeque dinner this evening but I have no choice on this afternoons and tomorrow's luncheons. It took so long to get my eating habits back on track and I don't want to falter now. It takes too long for me to get my willpower back. Perhaps if I keep reminding myself I have two doctor's appointments on Monday that will help to keep me in check.

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    Good afternoon ladies, it sounds like we have some good momentum going which is motivation for all of us!

    One of my biggest stumbling blocks is letting myself get too hungry and then I want to binge to get that 'hungry' gone.
    I keep a quart zip lock with big peeled carrots in it, you know you are chewing on something!

    I think I'm down a few pounds, I can get the button snapped on this pair of pants
    Onward and downward, ladies!

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    I picked up my sewing machine from the shop today. I am so glad to get it back. It has been 3 weeks. My backup machine just isn't very nice. It makes me appreciate the good one.
    I need to write up a tutorial on paper piecing for Tuesdays guild meeting. I just can't seem to get in the mood. I have several I found online. I don't really like any of them. I am going to take bits and pieces from each of them and hopefully make a good one.
    I start my detox on Monday. It is also supposed to help with inflammation. Hopefully it will help. The nutritionist will recommend a plan to continue on based on how I do with this plan and also my opinion of it. I will hopefully have a plan I can work with.

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    Terrible week! Fatigue has set in and all I want to do is sleep. 12 hour nights or long naps and then can't sleep (like now). DH thought he was doing me a favor and made me a banana split ---how could I refuse?
    Anyway, Happy Mothers Day to those that are blessed. As for me, I will probably drown my sorrows of not being blessed with a diet coke or Chai Latte!
    Fingers crossed for a better week this coming week - yikes it is my BD and I know I will have at least 3 BD cakes. What is a gal to do?
    Am looking for recipes for good shakes - anyone have some?
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    Hi all, just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy Mothers Day! Also to wish everyone good luck with their diets today, I know it will be very hard for some of us, me included. Get through it as best you can, tomorrow is another day. (((((HUGS)))))

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