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Old 07-14-2014, 12:51 PM   #121
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Oh I forgot to say thru all that eating out and camping I'm still 100% on diet !!!!!
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:52 AM   #122
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Good going, Cajun! You are doing lower carb if I remember correctly? All the fish you catch will help with that; good quality lean protein. That's how I lost my weight and have been keeping it off relatively easily.

Re: Contests, lol. Just won another biggie from our local radio station. My DH was going on about maybe rescheduling some customers during this intensely hot period for the long weekend in August (1st Monday is BC Day) while we were talking last night. I said, "Maybe it's not a good idea yet. What if we win this contest?" Of course, I get a phone call this morning from the station and we have won 2 Three Day Passes and Camping Pass as well to Boonstock Music and Arts Festival (10th annual) http://boonstock.ca/

It's EDM (electronic dance music), Trance/House, DJ's & live bands so maybe some of you wouldn't be all that excited, but we plan on burning up a lot of calories dancing overnight & well into the mornings and then swimming and lazing about on the sandy beaches of Skaha Lake (and finding some time to sleep & eat in there, too.) Prize package is worth almost $600. I have to make sure that I book off the long weekend from work now. I hope it is hot & sunny that weekend - at least without rain.


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Old 07-15-2014, 02:56 AM   #123
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Today I went to my endocrinologist for my thyroid check. I now have three nodules but two are very small and one actually is now smaller than it was, and then there is the bigger one..about one centimeter. None are considered large enough to biopsy and he doesn't really think they are anything to worry about.
I go back in a year but if there is no change, I won't have to go back even that often. He's a nice doctor...thought about asking whether I could go to him for my diabetes but since I'd still have to see my regular doc for other things it didn't seem to be that much of an advantage. My insurance does allow me to go to specialists without a referral but sometimes the specialist request you to get a referral and my regular doctor probably wouldn't agree I need a specialist. While I was there I asked him if diabetes can make one want to eat all the time, and he said it can. I'm wondering whether this is a part of the advancing of the disease.

I've done pretty well today with my eating. Didn't track my calories and just tried to track carbs in my head but I know I've done better than I have most days recently.

Tomorrow will be a busy day and I need to get to bed. Started this post quite a while ago but didn't get it finished til just now and its almost midnight.

You all take care..
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:05 AM   #124
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #125
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I haven't made this yet but it sounds pretty easy.

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Easy Roast Chicken
1 whole free-range or corn fed chicken, broken down into 8 pieces

(or 8 of your favorite chicken pieces, skin on and bone- in preferable)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp light brown sugar

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

4 shallots, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Handful of fresh parsley

Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 425 (220)

In a large baking dish, combine marinade and toss with chicken. Season well.

Place chicken pieces skin side up and roast for 30 minutes until it begins to brown. Remove and baste with marinade. Flip pieces and bake a remaining 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

Garnish with lots of fresh parsley
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:09 PM   #126
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Cajun, I watched someone making blackened catfish on TV today and I thought of you. It looked soooo good. I would love to come to your house for some of that good Louisiana cookin'.

Mary, I try to stay away from specialists because my copay is $45 for specialists and only $15 for the PCP. But if you have something serious, a specialist is your best bet.

I had a very bad eating day today...worst in a long time. We went to the funeral home for a friend and that was stressful. We went out to eat afterwards and I had a sandwich with white bread, with cole slaw and french fries on the sandwich. Then I came home and ate ice cream with chocolate syrup. Now I'm eyeing up some Snowball cakes DH has. I haven't eaten like this is months. Lord, help me. I don't want to start gaining back!
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:56 PM   #127
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carole sue I am here. How does a nice cold glass of water followed by a hot tea sweetened with stevia or an sugarless formula sound?
I get the "stuff my cheeks with sugar something quick" urges too.
I vanquish the urge by eating raw broccoli and then hot tea.
If it weren't for my stash of cinnamon spice tea I would drink hot water with a squeeze of lemon and a pack of sweet-n-lo.
The sugar is like crack cocaine. It creeps up on me to initiate my downfall.
But I will not be overcomed.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:21 AM   #128
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It was a nice day cool in the am but hot by noon. Our youngest dd and gc came over and hung out with us for a few hours. I had some new toys for the kids that I had bought from an amazon sale. They sure enjoyed them, esp our gs. The 4 year old girl got to watching a movie and forgot about them.
It was fun to have our dd stay and chat with us as usually she has somewhere to go.

Then we had to leave for dh's 2nd post-op appt with his regular eye doctor. Looks like he'll be following up several times and taking one med (drop) for that eye until at least Dec. He says his vision feels like it's closing in on him. Didn't like the sound of that but doctor says he notices no change except his pressure was up a little. He said that's probably caused by the scar tissue from his recent surgery and he injected the anti-scar medicine again. He said if the pressure continues to go up, he will have to go back to his glaucoma drops in that eye. So sounds like basically his glaucoma surgery was in vain, plus he has lost vision r/t the current surgery, but I am praying this is not the case. The doctor said he thinks the vision (straight on) will improve. We see his surgeon on Thurs.

Last night before bed my bs was over 400! I have never had it that high before that I know of! Tomorrow I will to in for lab work and Thurs will see my doctor. I am sure I'll get a prescription for another medication.

Wannabe - I am fortunate that specialists are covered completely by my insurance (Medicare and TriCare4Life) as long as they are on the Medicare list. Please don't get like me....listen to Lucinda and get back on track. I have to admit I've been a little stressed off and on by all this stuff with my dh and also by another family issue that is going on. Not a lot but maybe it is driving my crazy out of control eating to some extent.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:16 AM   #129
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If my house were any messier than it is right now....I think I need to walk away from the computer and do some housework!
So this is just a quick post to say that I hope your health issues improve Maryea, and that your husband's eyesight improves too.
I get all jittery and distracted when my dh is not feeling or doing his best, and somehow I feel as though his health problems are my fault.
That feeling of helplessness used to trigger self soothing with foods.
I stopped doing that. Instead I feel my emotions for what they are. And I ask G-d to help me...
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:06 AM   #130
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I've tried doing the calorie bump...ate 1100 yesterday but it seem if I stay at around 900 it's best...i take vitamins but worry a bit about getting nutrition I need .....hotter than hinges here in Florida right now so my walking has been going to TArget...waiting for tree guy to cut down a tree that has died...thought it might come down in the wind yesterday.....my son and family have just one more week in Asia before they come home, Thailand now, his wife had to head home last week because of work...he has said all is going well with Asia's Hope...
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #131
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Good morning girls. Today is weigh in and I gained 3 lbs. How I have no idea. I've been 100% on tract. I totally skipped Tom this month. The only thing I can think of is maybe too much sodium. I've been drinking lots of water. I don't feel the gain so I will keep of doing what I'm doing and see what happens. I had lost 9 lbs but now at 6 lbs.
Dh cooked supper last night and ds came and ate with us. He took then leftovers for his lunch. He stayed a couple hours. Loved the visit.
I'm still taking the antibiotic. My last day is Friday. In some ways it's helping but not totally yet. I'm afraid it won't. Dr and I will talk again Monday and I will see a gastro doc then if not better.

Deelou I know the feeling about hot weather. It's horrible here too. The humidity is smothering.
Lucinda I remember those days of a messy house. How many of your children still live at home. They are some messy lil things. Now that both our sons are in their own homes mine stays nice and clean with just dh and I in here. My workload was cut at least 75%.
Mary 400 is scary. Praying for you. Meds should help. Sorry to hear dh is having eye trouble. Hope dr scan correct his problem. Did y'all decide when and where you are traveling to this year.
Carol sue no honey you don't want to come to my house and set cajun food. That would be the death of you. You just think you are struggling with your eating. Cajun cooked food is one of a kind. Fattening and flavorful. Our one entertainment in life is cooking. Yes blackened fish is awesome. We do it all the time. It's a special seasoning pan fried in a lil butter. We add onions and bell peppers and wilt them. Delicious.
Liana congrats on your dance win. It sounds like so much fun. Burn those calories!!!!! I think dancing is a fun exercise.
I'm out off time. Hi k3, k31,rosey,Bobbi and gayle.

Time to feed kids.

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Cajun: Louisiana food isn't just about deep fried and fatty... don't forget about flavourful catfish & shrimp gumbo - easy to make without a roux.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Shrimp-...r_results_p1i2

You can do a healthy version of Red Beans & Rice using turkey sausage instead of Andouille and do it in the slow cooker it it's too muggy to use the stove.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Authent...RelatedRecipes

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Old 07-16-2014, 02:18 PM   #133
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Liana. I went to the site you posted. That is not the gumbo we make in louisiana. Most people here would never eat a gumbo cooked like that. Now I have made gumbo with dry roux. It still has the carbs from flour but not the added fast.
If I served that version of gumbo my family and friends would think I'm crazy. Lol. But you are right I can take a fattening cajun dish and change things to make more healthy without losing the taste
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #134
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Thanks Bobbi and Maryea for the earlier welcome. I posted earlier this month, but felt a bit overwhelmed with trying to get acquainted. I'm just going to jump back in and post a little about myself.

I live in Southern California. I'll be 63 at the end of this month. I had a 34-year employment run with The Boeing Company (previously McDonnell Douglas before a merger) in Southern California. I got kicked to the curb with a lay-off that began in Jan of 2013. I've worked since I've been 18 and I've only had 2 jobs. A bit unusual and I'm thankful. It is a big change to go from working to not working.

I'm still a little bitter about the lay-off. Unfortunately, when they regionalized my work group a few years ago, a "good old boy's" society became the norm and some recent issues of age discrimination are ccurring as well. If I knew what I know know at the time of my layoff, I may not have signed the waiver I signed to get severance pay. I would have protested with their ethics department. I could drone on for hours about this, but I'll spare everyone any more of my rant. It is what it is. At least I got a pension out of it - something that most young folks will never see unless they work for a government entity.

Both of my parents are still alive and are now 92. They are still living in
their home. That poses some challenges for both my sister and me. My sister lives closer to my parents, so she goes to their home more frequently. My dad is stubborn, and it can be a struggle because of that. It has been like pulling teeth to get dad to spend money on mobility aids/improvements. "I've fallen and I can't get up" has become a frequent issue. Anyway, we continue to go to their home frequently and assist them with the necessities and continue to negotiate for introducing mobility/elderly aids one step at a time. Sometime, the interactions between my sister and I become stressful. Elder care can be stressful and many times I just have to bite my tongue to prevent an argument with my sister.

I'm losing my Cobra insurance at the end of August and I'm stress out with being forced to use Obamacare. It was a bit of a surprise that I won't be able to continue on with a California Cobra option that I was told I could use. (got erroneous info. My particular Blue Cross insurance is now associated with Illinois and not Calif., so I'm excluded from that option). I've been a bit stress out with being forces into Obamacare. What a mess! It will be expensive for me. Even with what should be the best option and the only PPO, I won't be able to use any of my current doctors. The list of available doctors/facilities is sparse. Searching through their list of doctors is tedious at best (no rational reason why it should be) and the list is not accurate. So, I've had to download multiple, small narrow search info., move it to a spreadsheet and check out doctors (read online reviews), check out if they are affiliated with an accepted hospital. After all that, I have to call and see if they accept the Obamacare option I'd be taking. Many say "no". I learned that there is an investigaion under way in California because of so many complaints about a lack of available doctors with both the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Obamacare options. I'm going to use an insurance broker as a buffer. Even insurance brokers are amazed at the degree of dysfunction.

I, also, have been exploring job options. Since I didn't want to retire yet, I decided to post my resume online and I've started using several job search websites. That becomes time consuming and can stress you out as well. Boy, everyone seems to be looking for people who can walk on water and part the red sea, but they don't want to pay much.

I was doing great with my fitness and exercise and had lost 20 pounds earlier this year, but I've fallen off the good path and I'm now working to pull myself up and back on course. I've pushed the insurance dilemma to the side for a couple of weeks and I've decided to minimize the job search for awhile. My current focus is to get myself back on track and manage my stress without overeating.

Sorry to be long winded. I though it might help be get acquainted, if I shared some things about me. I'm moving on to a more positive post.

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Digging myself out of the pit. My plan for today is to log my food in MyFitnessPal, get in 3 miles of walking/movement and spend 20 minutes on circuits.

I'll throw in some affirmations:

I can do this one day at a time
I feel better when I'm in control of my eating and get exercise
I have the choice. I can do it and it doesn't have to be perfect to reap benefits.

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