Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Thought "V" Was For Victory

I did some reading through links on the pages of those I follow. I found a lot of victims out there.

There were victims of:

eating out
empty nest
poor planning
poor choices
the wind was out of the north
the sun came up in the east

I joined a discussion group on Facebook and one gal posted about her grandchildren coming to spend a week or a weekend or something and she needed help and prayers and divine guidance and all that because she would be the victim of these grandchildren and would have to make hot dogs, pizza, macaroni and cheese, and go to the dairy queen and all that. I asked her if all these scenarios were her idea or those of her grandchildren. I suggested enlisting their help by telling them of her efforts to lose weight. You know there are a lot of children who like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Another gal had a long story and all the comments were the pat on the head, it's OK, and now toddle along and we are here to support you. My comment was more direct and I talked about those who enable others. My comment wasn't published. I dropped out of the group.

We all must decide if "V" is for victory or victim.

Take care.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day is Done

So today I had my raisn bran muffin for breakfast - I have shared the recipe before. I have tweaked it by using all stevia in the raw instead of the sugar and all whole wheat flour. These two changes really help with the carbs and glycemic index. Lunch was a big salad - the lettuce, cauliflower, and onion came from my garden. I arrange the lettuce on the plate and then I drizzle the salad dressing on the lettuce so it is easier to get some dressing with each bite. I made the candied pecans myself by finding a recipe which called for beating an egg and then mixing it through the pecans then add sugar and cinnamon and bake it. I, of course, used stevia instead of the sugar and these things are great in a salad w/o adding carbs and getting in some good tree nut protein. After my nap (I am getting to be such a geezer) I had a banana with some almond butter on each bite and then I had some plain Greek yogurt just now to which I added stevia and sugar free jelly for the fruity part. I just scrape off little pieces of the jelly into the yogurt and then stir it through. I will be picking black raspberries soon so will be using them shortly. I also think there are few strawberries left I need to pick and I can use them.

That's it for the day. I got in my water - did not exercise. My back is really sore from what we did yesterday in step aerobics. I stopped using the ball for ab work because that really made my back hurt but yesterday we leaned forward while sitting on the ball and lifted weights for the back. I think that is what did it. I am not too crazy about all the props in exercise classes. I spend more time fighting to get everything right and then the instructor has started w/o me and that makes me mad so sometimes I just do my own thing. I hate chasing a ball around, trying to get to my weights, and getting a mat situated. I will be going to step aerobics tomorrow.

I figure my calories and carbs are OK.

Hope everyone had a successful day.

Still More Of Nothing To Do With Weight Loss

Zip Lock Baggies...........who knew?

We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious!The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google.

Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says:I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won't come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

Somebody Needs to Pay Attention

I have gained some weight as you can see from the right side of the page. As we all know and as I have just demonstrated, when people stop blogging it is usually a sign of things gone awry. While it is not a great amount and I am still in the ballpark I need to nip it in the bud as they say. It's easy to "drift" back to old ways.

I haven't weighed myself too much lately and as most of us will attest to we need that reality check. It's easy to start thinking we can be like the naturally slim and not give eating and exercise a second thought. When will we learn?

I am sure my thyroid situation factors in (hyperthyroidism/Grave's Disease) a bit but I also know I am prone to latch onto that and use it to rationalize all kinds of things. I was prescribed a medication and then had some blood work done. The endocrinologist's office called to tell me to cut the pills in half three times a day rather than taking a whole one as I was doing. It must have been too drastic of a drop in medication because I had one of those spells with my heart beating fast and hard. I had to sit down for a while because I was feeling bad during this. I started taking half a pill twice a day and a whole one in the evening and I feel much better.

I was not attending my aerobics class because I was working so much. It was about a month of no exercise but now work is over for the rest of the year as I have reached the limit for Social Security so I am back to aerobics and being more careful about getting my minimum 8 glasses of water a day. I am out working in the yard and garden until dark almost every evening - love it. Green beans will be ready soon and they are beautiful and in full bloom.

I took the Master Gardener's class and we have a display at the 4-H fair. We did a square foot gardening display and my project was to take a bag of garden soil - poke a few holes in the bottom of it for drainage then turn it over, cut a square out of the top leaving the sides to hold the dirt. I planted radishes in it and it turned out really well. This would work for things such as lettuce, spinach, or green onions but nothing with a really long root or something with a large root system like a tomato. I took two other projects that were the bottoms of those old, ceramic large roasters with holes drilled in the bottom, filled with garden soil, and then I planted lettuce in one and spinach in the other. Several of the gals brought projects in buckets. There was also one of those old children's wagons with an herb garden planted in it. Cute. If you are limited on space but would like a salad garden you might try some of these ideas. Just keep the root system of what you are planting in mind when you choose your container. I saw one cute idea where a person had stacked old bicycle tires for a planter. I have used car tires for potatoes before. Start with one tire, put dirt and maybe three seed potatoes in the bottom. When the potatoes come through, add a tire and cover them with dirt. Repeat that one more time, be careful to water, and when the potatoes are done, take off the tires, push over the dirt, and pick up your potatoes. If you can find a tractor tire, they make good raised beds.

I am also going to try to make my own root cellar. It will be a lot of work but worth it I think. You bury an old chest freezer up to the lid - that's it. The freezer will be below the frost line and you can store potatoes, squash, beets, dahlia bulbs, etc. without them freezing. Digging that big hole will be a challenge.

Keep calm and carry on.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nothing To Do With Anything Regarding Weight Loss

Wow, Some interesting stuff here!

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vick's vaporub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won't work)
43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:

Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Found Something to Share


Most of us already know this information but it is worth repeating.

I appreciate those who read this. I have only lost 3 followers due to my long, dry spell. Just haven't been inspired I guess.

I have been working in the yard and garden like crazy. The lifestyle change is working. I am where I was with my weight. I am done with working for the rest of this year. I have already reached the Social Security limit and told ATM Solutions I was going to quit when that happened and they could re-hire my in January if they wanted (or if I want - I could get used to this). There will definitely have to be some restructuring of the budget but I still think we'll be OK. Last year I earned so much I didn't get SS checks in November or December and we still owed $2,600 - enough of that noise.

Hope all of you are well and still working at your goals. I read a good piece of advice - you only make a mistake once; the second time it is a choice. Let's all keep that in mind.