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01-01-2012, 03:43 PM
:) Christian Encouragers :)

You've found a great place to come
and vent, share or ask for prayer support.
This is a great group who will be very
encouraging, caring and loving....
....anyone is welcome to join!

A Servant's Prayer --

Jesus, My Jesus....How marvelous are your ways....
Far more splendid than my mind can envision.
What an honor to be chosen by you.
A lowly child I am, but empowered by the Holy Spirit
to fulfill the great hope to which you have called me.
I give myself totally to you, Lord.
Take my imperfect heart and make it perfect.
Peel away the hardness.
Close the doors I have opened to the temptations of this world.
Gently remove the roots of painful memories, sins, doubts and fears.
Discard anything that separates me from you.
Lord, fill the emptiness with the light of your love
that I might be a beacon calling the lost back to you.

To love as you love.....
To serve as you serve.....
To forgive as you forgive.....
Always mindful of my nothingness while doing great
and marvelous things in your name and for your glory.
This I pray, Jesus, in YOUR name ...

01-01-2012, 04:05 PM
Welcome to 2012 , may you all have a Blessed New Year.

01-01-2012, 04:19 PM
HI GALS ~ :o

I am so sorry for not getting in here to post. I have the best of intentions, I really do. It just seems sometimes that I have nothing to say but the boring same 'ol ~ same 'ol stuff. And other times I want to post a lot but by the time I have time to do it then it's time for bed!

However, I am here now :carrot:

Angie is getting her chicken all cut up for her chicken cacciatore. The kids are all coming over today, first time they have all been able to get together, for our personal family Christmas. My son and dil were in Florida with my granddaughter to see her side of the family.

We had a great Christmas Eve with church and then 23 or so of our extended family and friends over. Angie made some posole and split pea soups while I made a chili and a chicken, spinach and wild rice soup. Delish!

Christmas Day it was just Angie and I so we walked the beach with our dogs then went to the beach cafe for breakfast. For dinner our favorite Mexican place was open so we went there.

Last night we went to our favorite Italian place for New Years Eve dinner, our tradition if we don't have people over. My step-daughter and her boyfriend joined us. After dinner we went to a new microbrew that opened in town. Very good. Had a drink then Angie and I headed home before 8 :D

Work has been real good lately but we will be slowing down in my area soon. I will be laying off guys next week, at least we gave them a good run this fall through Christmas. We have worked signed for the future but it will take a while for my part to come up. My boss seems to think I may not miss too much.

ROSEBUD I am glad to hear your DH is remembering better :hug: Also happy to hear your weather s decent. It is in the 70's here today. I had a wonderful walk with my mutts wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

KAREN I am sorry to hear about your grandson situation and also the bummer about the new house. A roller coaster on house over the last few years :(

BARGOO That would be crazy about what is going on with your son but it happens all the time. Prayers all will work out as he sees it.

BOOTSIE It is so good to see you back here. Prayers for warmer weather and enough rain!

MISTI Good to see you back too. Prayers for your situation.

WILMA Good to see you pop in too! Yes, we both have added to the families. I just love my granddaughter to pieces. I spent several hours playing with her yesterday. She was 9 months old on Christmas. She is a busy girl! My daughter is expecting next March as well.

Well Ladies I better hit a few more threads here to catch up then get ready for the kids.

See you soon!

I promise ;) :hug:

01-01-2012, 09:24 PM
:wave: HI GARY ~ glad you & Angie & family had a nice Christmas & New Years. The food sounded healthy & yummy. Thanks for your prayers & well-wishes for DH & I; he's already conked out today -- we had lots of ***** fall today with +2 C (above 0) temps -- I think the snow looked pretty, but DH was the one who had to move it around. Not to worry, he takes his time and does only a bit at a time. :lol:

We had a quiet New Year's Eve: just talked to family on the phone, but we had a nice surprise today -- some friends came over and brought dinner with them. That was very kind of them & we had a nice visit; plus the fella helped DH put a ceiling panel back up in the basement while he was here. See, blessings have already started for this year. :D

Have a great week everyone; and keep warm ... :brr:

:newyear: ....... :newyear: ....... :newyear:

01-03-2012, 11:15 AM
Hi everyone! First time posting to this forum although I have read through previous posts and feel like I know you all! My weight has gotten way out of control and so I'm starting today to change it, one day at a time! I'll be checking in here periodically with my progress and to get (and hopefully give) some inspiration!

01-03-2012, 11:42 AM
KMme, welcome and good luck !

01-03-2012, 02:36 PM
I agree with Garry in that my life is sometimes a little boring and don't have much to say. I guess that's a good thing too.

We had a wonderful new years eve get together with friends. What a nice way to bring in the new year. I also got to spend extra time with our new grandson. He's starting to giggle and really respond - so much fun.

I have decided to start the new year with more exercise and less sugar. It's time my calorie content went down. I am not enjoying the way my clothes fit and need to actually do something about it. I've been doing a lot of reading about what to do and now is the time to actually do it.

Welcome KMme. This is a great place for support. I know that I have been helped in the past and we will be here to help you also.

Have a great day!

01-03-2012, 06:44 PM
:welcome: KMme ~ good luck with your challenges -- exercise & bathing suit for your trip to Hawaii in June .... :D

WILMA ~ I find the toning exercises are really helping with the inches & clothes fitting better. I use clothes to help me know when I am losing more inches off my tummy. My winter coat fits me better this year; which is a great NSV for me. :)

01-05-2012, 09:06 PM
Wilma you and Gary need to get yourself a goat or some sheep and life would never be boring! You just would not have the time then!
We were given a surprise 40th Wedding anniversary about 75 people were there! I thought since my husband took 3 days off that he was gonna surprise me and go see our daughter and family but since we did not then i thought it was the same thing throw a New years dinner for the family and friends. Gee never had no idea till Saturday when he was acting strange that something else might be going on. It was so nice never knew anyone cared that much about us.
Warm weather here, cold at nights but that is good for sleeping , My lamb is still going strong one of the triplets and her Mama does not want her because she is white is all I can figure out. Her other two or brown all or girls and i think Mary is gonna out grow her sisters. She had triplets before and raised them with no trouble at all. Even though her Mama does not want her she sleeps and runs with them any way ,sorta like, I am your born and rather you want me or not your stuck with me!

01-05-2012, 10:00 PM

but I have a new GRANDdaughter that takes any free time I can get!

And congrats on #40!!

Tomorrow will be Angie and my 16th Anniversary...and we will babysit GRANDdaughter!!!


Be back soon. Love you all!!!

01-05-2012, 10:24 PM
Congratulation Gary on you and Angie's 16th anniversary.

01-06-2012, 11:16 AM
I agree Gary. I don't get to see my grandson as much as I would like but soon I'll be taking him to the park and hopefully getting some gramma time with him. Happy Anniversary.

And Bootsie as much as I like animals I can't see my neighbours enjoying the bleating of sheep in my back yard!:D Happy Anniversary!

I've done really well with my eating the past few days. I feel like I have some control which makes me feel really good. I'm trying to eat smaller meals more often during the day. My biggest challenge is after work. I've tried to eat a smaller meal and then have a snack if I'm hungry later in the evening. Last night I didn't even need the snack.

When I was at my Dr's office yesterday that everyone should have 9 handfuls of fruit and veggies each day as well as 1 handful of nuts and grains. I found this an interesting way of putting it but I'm going to try to balance my diet better with more veggies and fruit. Now just to find some interesting ways of cooking them!

01-06-2012, 03:53 PM
YES, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to both GARY & Angie; and to BOOTSIE & David -- congrats to you all!

WILMA ~ ya, that's a lot of fruit & veggies each day. I love eating lots of veggies & salads, as they are very filling. You know, some say to cut down on fruit, but others say to increase it. I try to have at least one apple a day, plus a banana or other fruit in the early AM. My last doctor was a big advocate of having fruit for snacks and/or desserts too; and it has been working for me ...

I'm glad for you that you have a doctor that you can talk to about your eating plan; my last doctor that I had for about 10+ years was like that. You could talk to him about anything; and he was very helpful. My present doctor doesn't believe in diets; says they don't work; says most people regain; and all that is true ...

HOWEVER, he only touts surgery for weight-loss (and the most risky one of all, to boot). That's where we part company in our beliefs. He knows we don't agree about this topic; and so he just pats my hand and says, "I know; I know". No, you don't, DOC ... he said you don't have to diet with surgery.

I told him that he was very mis-informed becuz not only do you have to diet, you have to almost eat nothing before & for some time after surgery. You have to go on a meat & veggie diet for 3-6 months, then a liquid diet 3 weeks before, then water only during and right after; then back on the liquid diet; then soft foods diet (baby food); then eazy-2-digest foods diet (more baby food) for quite some time, if not for the rest of your life. You can never eat regular food again without some digestive issues cropping up.

Everyone that I have met in person that had that kind of surgery eventually gained it all back, and has spent their lives with their face in the toilet and/or ill. One lady friend of mine, even passed away from the side effects of a botched surgery (her surgeon even admitted that himself & he was very upset about it all too). She had to have re-surgery to fix the problems, but they were too severe and she passed away. I'm not trying to scare anyone, but just telling it the way my friends experienced it.

I am disappointed that I don't have a doctor that I can discuss my health issues with (esp this subject); in his opinion there's nothing to discuss. As much as I love our healthcare system in Canada, the one draw-back in isolated areas is the lack of choice of healthcare options, esp concerning doctors. I inherited this doctor when my old one left. Now, he is a nice man; and cares about his patients, but I feel we should have the right to choose what kind of care we get; and without outsiders interfering too (as we have had some privacy violations here in the past).

So, I just have to take the stand that we agree to disagree, and that's that; and that's not ideal by any means. I hope to show others that they can lose weight, and lots of it; and keep it off by natural means -- without having to risk their lives to do it. I have lost this weight on my own, and kept it off for several years now, and I'm still losing.

Some people think that I'm not losing it fast enuff for their liking. I have some extended family members who don't want to mind their own business. They are opinionated, interfering, obstinate people; and they mouth off to the point of rudeness. Since they don't respect my privacy and my personal rights, I am just going to ignore them from now on. In one ear; and out the other ... :p

It is an added stressor that I don't need in my life; as my health issues and DH's Alzheimers are enuff for any one person to deal with, but GOD will be my strength through it all, just as HE has in the past. I appreciate your prayers too; as I know they help a lot. GOD hears and answers all prayers; and He will answer mine too -- in the best way possible for both DH & myself. :D

I apologize -- I didn't mean to get off on a tangent (or rant) here, but the topic just morphed somehow ... :lol: I am praying that GOD will be my strength in these matters. I believe HE is healing me, slowly but surely; and the victory & the glory will be all HIS -- and I hope others will benefit along the way too. :D

01-06-2012, 04:42 PM
Rosebud: I agree with you that surgery isn't an option unless nothing else has worked. I also agree that dieting doesn't work. Eating healthy does though and is more maintainable than being on a strict diet. I think you're doing it the right way and who cares what other people think. So there!

Oh, minor victory at lunch today. Someone had brought nanimo bars (that's New York slice to my my AMerican friends) to work and they are my weakness. I had only one small piece and resisted a second one. :carrot:

01-06-2012, 08:48 PM
Eating healthy does though and is more maintainable than being on a strict diet....

Yes, I agree with that too; but it's hard to get people to listen to this idea (including my doctor). You'd think that it was some kind of radical thinking or something. They just can't get their heads around it; they won't listen; they won't even consider it at all. So many people are brain-washed with one idea: that you must use a starvation diet to lose weight; but the real problem is that they are hard to maintain long-term, and they won't help you keep it off ...

We know more today than in the past -- we have had years to watch how very strict diets fail people. DId you notice how I said that the strict diets failed people? Not the other way around. People didn't fail on those diets; they succeeded over & over again. The diets failed them: becuz they were unsustainable long-term, and then the weight is re-gained over time.

I recall reading an article that a food scientist from New York wrote some time ago -- he felt that if you ate a balanced & reasonable, healthy diet using your goal weight calories (i.e. 1800 or 2000), that you would eventually reach your desired weight. It might be slower, but it would last. He believed that the average, moderately active woman would need between 2000-2100 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight, so recommended starting there. It is interesting to note that suggested daily servings are always based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: when they talked about "diet" above, they didn't mean severely calorie-restricted fad diet; they were only talking about the over-all food plan you chose. People often get these two confused becuz of the terminology used. That's why I prefer to use the term "eating plan".

The newest popular fad is to use a form of IF (intermittent fasting) to maintain weightloss, esp if you can't stick to a set plan or amount of calories. The theory is to eat only 1-2 meals a day plus maybe 1 or 2 snacks during a certain time window of the day (i.e. eat from 12 noon to 8-10 o'clock at night). Some people have always eaten this way; they say they would gain weight if they ate more than 1 or 2 meals a day.

Some just delay eating their breakfast (I do this often now as I'm not always hungry when I first wake up). So, I have a piece of fruit & a coffee at around 9-10 am; then have a very small breakfast between 10:30 & 11 am. I often delay lunch til 1-2 pm and so on. We eat dinner between 6-7 pm. I usually have a small snack @ 3 pm and 9 pm in the evening, i.e. fruit or chz & crackers.

YES, I am using a healthy, balanced style of eating that I created myself of portions/calories. I get to eat foods I love & enjoy life too. It is working for me, so why change it? Doesn't make any sense to me ... ;)

BTW ~ congrats on passing up those bars at work; that's a NSV in my books ... :D

01-06-2012, 10:51 PM
I agree Rosebud, a friend had it done once . She lost a lot of weight and just had it done again because she gained it all back and she is loosing again but I believe she had some complications 2nd time. It is a scary operation. I think they need more info are experience in it. The best way in loosing weight is to learn how to deal with stress ,get determined, balance diet, exercise and watch the scales go down ,down down..........

01-07-2012, 09:59 AM
Thank you LADIES ~

we had a very enjoyable evening. I will come back later this week-end and share.

Today we are going out in the San Diego harbor in little speed boats to celebrate Angie's birthday!

Wish us luck!! lol


01-07-2012, 08:21 PM
BOOTSIE ~ Ya, I'd bet we all know people with experience with WL surgery. We've been praying for one of my cousins (Deb M) who is getting prepared to have it done too. We hope all goes well for her. I understand why people try it; but it's just not an option that interests me ...

GARY ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ANGIE! That boating sounds like fun; hope you all had a great time today.

We've just had a quiet weekend at home; some nice, big fluffy ***** falling the last two days. DH even cleared our neighbors lane-opening for him; he's helpful that way (and I pray GOD will bless him for all the little kind things he does for people). Now he's resting up & watching some favorite old re-runs tonight (the Dukes of Hazzard shows I got him for a Christmas gift).

Have a lovely Sunday tomorrow; it's supposed to be a bit colder here, but with lots of :sunny: too. Keep warm ... :brr: (not you GARY, down there in balmy California; keep cool) ;)

01-07-2012, 09:28 PM
Happy Birthday Angie!:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

Feeling under the weather tonight so is hubbie.

01-07-2012, 10:36 PM
Angie thanks you LADIES.

I will come back tomorrow and share our experience.

Bless you all

01-07-2012, 10:42 PM
BOOTSIE ~ Sending up some ^prayers^ for you and David tonight; hope you both feel better soon ... :hug:

01-08-2012, 05:24 PM
Thank you Rosebud feeling better today and think David is , he is out working right now. It is suppose to rain in Texas today and tomorrow. I have to go get my truck worked on in the morning. Almost forgot was going to make some oatmeal cookies for my mechanic! got to go!

01-08-2012, 05:46 PM
Hi gang! First day on the forum here. If the body is a temple I fear I have let mine fall into disrepair :( Joined the Y a couple weeks ago, still waiting to see results

"I can resist anything except temptation." - Oscar Wilde

01-08-2012, 06:18 PM
The pastor mentioned a really interesting website this morning, some of you might find it interesting (

01-08-2012, 10:38 PM
HI GALS ~ :)

Well Angie and I had an eventful week-end but still got a lot of rest :)

For our anniversary on Friday night we babysat our GRANDdaughter and had Chinese take-out. While she was sleeping we watched some back episodes of big Bang Theory. A wonderful evening for us :carrot:

Saturday was Angie's birthday. We went to San Diego harbor and rode a speed boat around. It was really fast and exciting. We did stop and see sights all along the harbor. If I get a chance I will post a few pictures. It was so much fun. We then went to lunch at BJ's Brewhouse and had an awesome meal and some outstanding beer :) Spent the rest of the day napping, I did get a walk in with the dogs though. Had leftover Chinese for dinner and watched some TV. Willy Wonka, Under The Tuscan Sun and Benny and Joon.

Today, after church, Angie went to a yoga class while I did some errands around the house. I made a roast and potatoes, carrots and onions for dinner while the football games was on.

I will be busy at work this week but then I should start slowing down a bit.

I hope to post more!

Be Good

01-09-2012, 04:10 PM
BOOTSIE ~ glad you & David are feeling better today: PRZ GOD!!! Oh, and for the :rain: in Texas too. Smart girl -- baking cookies for your mechanic! ;)

:welcome: TREADMILER ~ I suppose from your net name you like to use your treadmill ... remember, with the LORD's help we can overcome any temptation; and he can rebuild our temples too. :D

BARGOO ~ thanks so much for that link to that site; I was listening to the AUDIO BIBLE for a bit -- love it!!! And, the bible search tool even lets you put in phrases, which my other one doesn't; I'll have to try that out too.

GARY ~ thanks for showing us those pics of you & Angie boating; those ships were awesome ... :)

01-10-2012, 06:29 PM
Rosebud, glad you liked the site.
I like the devotionals and as I moved around the site I found lots of things I want to check out.

01-10-2012, 10:45 PM
Love the link BARGOO...

I have heard Robert Hoekstra (recently passed on) seak several times on a station I listen to.

01-11-2012, 03:42 PM
Hello! I have posted on here before long ago and wanted to come by again =) If anyone remembers me and that I was looking for a church, I have found a really nice small congregation that my boyfriend and I go to together. Right now I am working on applications to go back to school (for osteopathic medicine) and fostering a dog with a local rescue group. And.... looking for a part time job to make ends meet.

Bargoo, I'm going to check out the site - I've been looking for a nice daily devotional.

Gary, we have a BJ's brewhouse here too... yum! I went a few weeks ago for happy hour, they have some decent specials on their beer and appetizers if you sit in the bar area.

01-11-2012, 04:37 PM
Iris, I do remember you, welcome back ! I hope you enjoy the devotionals and there is much more of interest there, Good luck with your school applications.

01-11-2012, 09:15 PM
:welcome: BACK, IRIS ~ yes, I remember you too. I always thought your net name was pretty (Iriswhispers) ... will send up some ^prayers^ for you about your plans & needs (schooling, funding, P/T job, etc).

01-12-2012, 01:37 AM
Welcome back Iris, A nice day in Texas today tomorrow wind blowing, ice cold...................:brr::brr::brr:Fixed pens today and moved all the sheep together on the south side of the barn. Filled all the water troughs full, delivered Hay to every pen, it is so hard 70 to 80 one day the next windy and in the 40's on the animals, me too! I found some great diabetic cook books in my brothers stuff that i think will help me out, going to try some of them tomorrow.

01-12-2012, 09:12 PM
BOOTSIE ~ I have a couple Diabetic Cookbooks too; they have some great healthy recipes in them that everyone would love. The weather has been going up & down here too; it was milder today, but colder temps with winds are expected right up to the weekend ... I'll say :brr: too!!! ;)

Just gonna bundle up good and stay indoors for a while, I think. Poor DH did double errands for me today; I was concerned he was doing too much after pushing snow around this AM, but he wanted to do it. He didn't mind since it was milder today, and it gave him something to do.

I caught up on some mending this week (DH is hard on his clothes); and did other chores like laundry and such as well. I do that in the daytime, and take a break in the aft or evening to put my feet up & read a bit too (and do my puzzles too).

I roasted a pile of extra veggies & broth the other night (with our dinner) to use as a soup base; and it worked out great. I put some in containers in the freezer, and then made some Minestrone soup with some of it today for lunch. We just had yesterday's healthy leftovers along with some veggies & salad (well, I did anyways) for dinner tonight. Nice for me. :D

:snowglo: It's a wonderful, wonderful ***** winterland out there! Have a FAB FRIDAY tomorrow; and keep warm ... :brr:

01-12-2012, 10:29 PM

Will catch up this week-end...

good to see you IRIS!

01-13-2012, 10:56 AM
It's been a very cold week here also. After warmer than usual temperatures it's a little hard to take. But then again it's already the middle of January so we won't have it for long.

I've done really well with my eating. I have always had healthy foods for breakfast and lunch so that's not a problem. My problem has always been evenings. This past week I have made my portions smaller and if I was hungry before bed I'd have a small snack. I found out that I usually didn't need the snack. Hopefully it'll show on the scale soon! Tonight its fish and broccoli for dinner.

I was able to spend a little time with my grandson this week. What a blessing to have him close by. He just learned how to roll himself over and he's pretty proud of himself.

Rosebud: I just noticed how much weight you've lost. Wow! Nice job and you're doing it the right way.

Bootsie: You can't go wrong with diabetic cooking. I'm sure we could all benefit from eating less carbs. I sure know I would. I also have to cut out the sodium in my diet and that can be challenging at times.

Gary: Nice pictures! It makes me want to take a vacation to a much warmer climate. But, DH is going to be driving the winter roads in northern Canada again so I guess that's out. Gotta save my holiday time to visit grandbaby #2 when he/she comes. Can't wait!

Iris: I'm so glad you found a church home. It's so important to have others to worship with.

Have a great weekend everyone!

01-13-2012, 10:04 PM
THANKS, WILMA ~ I'm still workin' on it; yes, I've come quite a ways, but more ground to cover yet. I just have to get my sugars balanced, I think. I try not to have a snack at night and my blood sugars plummet on me; esp by morning. Well, I tried skipping it last night and was sick today ...

I had one of my bad dizzy spells with nausea, the shakes, breathing issues, and weakness. Gonna put in a prayer request. I had to go to the hospital and they ran tests and found I have an infection in my urine, so will start antibiotics tomorrow for five days. I thought I was better, but I wasn't .... :shrug:

They're not sure what is causing the other symptoms but are starting with that. I have had these dizzy spells for almost a week now. I was hoping they would go away too. My blood sugars & blood pressure were good though, so I am happy about that. Think I'll try a small healthy snack tonight, and porridge for breakfast tomorrow and see what happens.

:wave: GARY, BOOTSIE, BARGOO, IRIS, DEE, and all others ...

It was very, very cold today; wouldn't have gone out if we didn't have to. The weekend is supposed to be cold, but by Monday, it will be milder again. Take good care everyone; and keep warm ... :brr:

01-13-2012, 10:28 PM
Rosebud, you are in my prayers.
I have also found another great resource with devotionals, etc. (

01-14-2012, 04:01 PM
THANKS BARGOO ~ for the prayers and another great Christian Tool Site ... I am feeling much better today. Started my antibiotics and drinking extra water like they want. We found a local company to deliver nice-tasting drinking water to us at a great price. This is so helpful to us since we don't have a car anymore -- the man was waiting for us when we got home yesterday. :D

01-16-2012, 08:29 AM
Rosebud, glad you enjoy the site. I started to use it to read through the New Testament in one year. I get them through my email that somehow seems easier than picking up my Bible and looking them up, such is human nature, well, mine anyway.
Glad you are feeling better. About water, I had the worst tasting water that you can imagine, my son bought me a Brita Water Filter and that has helped a lot.

01-16-2012, 09:35 AM
I came to this forum for the Intuitive Eaters discussion but I'm also a Christian.
While my choice for weight loss is IE, I am depending on God's grace to see me through the process. As it is with most of life's situations, I have to fail over and over before I realize that I can't succeed through my own strength.

I'm glad to find this section the the forum and hope to post regularly.

Have any of you tried Intuitive Eating?

01-16-2012, 09:50 AM
I tried it for a while but some diets for some it work for me it did not, More than likely I just did not follow the rules I am more of a rebel when it comes to any diet, that is my problem I am addicted to good tasting food.

01-16-2012, 02:52 PM
:welcome: JAYCEE ~ to our part of the site over here. I have read a bit about it (IE) -- I hope that we all can be in tune with our body's needs to some degree. I use other strategies like filling up on soup, veggies, salads & fruit for snacks & desserts too; with a priority on portions of foods I enjoy. It is helpful to keep our focus on the LORD for guidance & wisdom & strength & balance each day.

BARGOO ~ we have a very strong chlorine taste & smell in our water; it is clean otherwise. I understand that they are just making sure it is safe for us, but it makes me almost gag when I take a sip of coffee or tea (or by itself). I have a very sensitive sense of taste & smell (just like my Dad; he hates our water too). We have been using purchased filtered water for drinking, soups & stews; and most cooking lately, as you can even smell it when you use tap water to boil your pasta. We had considered the small filter system, but weren't sure if it would fix that particular problem & that would take a while to filter all that water. When we lived in the country before, we found some filters would take rust & sediment out, but not all will take out the chlorine smell & taste. What was in yours?

01-16-2012, 03:19 PM
:welcome: JAYCEE ~ to our part of the site over here. I have read a bit about it (IE) -- I hope that we all can be in tune with our body's needs to some degree. I use other strategies like filling up on soup, veggies, salads & fruit for snacks & desserts too; with a priority on portions of foods I enjoy. It is helpful to keep our focus on the LORD for guidance & wisdom & strength & balance each day.

BARGOO ~ we have a very strong chlorine taste & smell in our water; it is clean otherwise. I understand that they are just making sure it is safe for us, but it makes me almost gag when I take a sip of coffee or tea (or by itself). I have a very sensitive sense of taste & smell (just like my Dad; he hates our water too). We have been using purchased filtered water for drinking, soups & stews; and most cooking lately, as you can even smell it when you use tap water to boil your pasta. We had considered the small filter system, but weren't sure if it would fix that particular problem & that would take a while to filter all that water. When we lived in the country before, we found some filters would take rust & sediment out, but not all will take out the chlorine smell & taste. What was in yours?

I don't know what was in it, it did not taste or smell like chlorine but just had a nasty taste most e of my neighbors used filtered or bottled water of some kind.

01-16-2012, 06:45 PM
BARGOO ~ yes, many people buy drinking water here too. One of our friends put some kind of filtering system in his house; but that can get very expensive. I'll ask around; and for now, we'll let them bring it as we are just paying about the same as when we purchased it ourselves & they deliver this right to our house for a very small fee.

WE had milder temps today; apparently, it was even drizzling today like a rain, which is unusual for January here. Hope it won't be slippery tonight. It was a good day for DH to run some errands for me. Gonna get a bit colder, but not toobad over the next few days. Did some laundry & light chores today. We're having roast pork with sweet potatoes & green beans for dinner tonight -- it will be ready pretty soon too; yum!

Have a great week, everyone; and keep warm ... :brr:

01-17-2012, 08:43 PM
I came across an article recently by a young lady in TO (Toronto, Canada) who decided to make some new year goals of matching her values & beliefs to her lifestyle choices. I found it very interesting ...

She had always wanted to give to charity but felt she didn't have enough $$$ left over at the end of the month to do so -- that is, until she decided to make some changes. She made a list of how she spent her salary, and the things she wanted to change; and low and behold, she found lots of money to give to charity.

This is what she did: she decided to give up getting her hair highlighted at the salon which today can be almost $60-$100 or more at an upscale place in TO. Then, she quit her regular trips for pedicures & manicures & facials & spa treaments. She stopped purchasing high-end cosmetics & switched to less expensive, natural beauty products instead; and, she stopped buying popular but very costly, designer clothes as well.

She decided to switch from focusing on her appearance to her health. She started buying healthier, organic whole foods. She then took a vegetarian cooking class, cutting down her meat consumption drastically (she now has meat as a garnish rather than a meal). She also sees a naturopath first before going to her regular doctor for high-cost meds.

Then last but not least, she discovered how much she was spending on her transportation: her car. When she saw how much she could save on the payments, the gas & oil, and repairs -- she decided to sell it and switched to walking & riding her bike & using public transit.

She makes a point of buying locally produced fresh foods & products; and supports community businesses & entrepreneurs, designers & manufacturers. She discovered that she did have enough money to give to several of her favorite charities once she realized that some of the things she saw as needs, were really just wants.

After achieving all that, she now wants to give regularly to more local charities; and start giving of her energy & time volunteering as well. Once she had rearranged her spending habits, she realized that she could do even more if she prioritized her time management as well. She believes that we all (one by one) can create a better world just by making better choices each and every day.

Very thought-provoking, I think ... :D

01-17-2012, 08:51 PM
It's all about priorities, isn't it ?

01-17-2012, 09:06 PM
BARGOO ~ oh yes, it is -- isn't it?

Plus, a lot of people spend a lot of money on cigarettes (I know we saved a bundle when we quit), booze, and eating out. People say it is expensive to eat healthier, but they spend way more on the take-out food and getting it, and the junk food, than they would on healthy whole food meals made at home. Cutting down on meat & buying only very lean cuts can cut your grocery bill in half (here, meat is very expensive).

We also buy lots of food stuffs, personal care, and household products from bargain department stores, which sell them for half or even less. Just between the ciggies & cars, you can save a bundle of $$$ each month. Add in the other excesses, and you could give to charity and put aside some for savings too. :D

01-17-2012, 09:18 PM
I tried a lot harder in 2011 to give to charity. I won't say I was the super-hero that the lady in the article was, but I found I was able to give a bit more every month. And it felt good. I like to give to religious charities and health charities (like the American Heart Association).

01-17-2012, 09:22 PM
DEE ~ yes, DH and I did the same as you; our salary isn't quite as high as hers is. The first year, she gave to larger well-known charities, but the second year, she switched to more local charities and health-related ones like we did.

01-18-2012, 12:54 PM
Hi, Everyone:wave: How are you all doing? I've missed everyone, but I'm back now! Hoping that's a good thing for you all to hear-LOL!

Having what feels like incredibly cold weather right now, but I guess it only seems that way since it's been such an unusually warm winter so far. Sure needed that, though! I'm getting back on track with my eating and have lost a couple pounds already:carrot:

Today is our 'town' day, so will be going in just a bit. Have 'hand therapy' for newly-diagnosed osteoarthritis of an unknown type at this time (makes my finger joints very painful), then a haircut:woohoo:, and we'll probably have lunch somewhere in there, then, of course, the weekly grocery shopping:p. Have to shop for my mom's stuff too, as she's currently housebound, waiting for a hip replacement, and can't walk more than a few feet and we don't dare let her drive! She's doing fairly well, but keep her in your prayers, as her appt. isn't until Feb. 28th after the first doctor didn't work out (rolled his eyes when she mentioned she had allergies), so we're taking her to Mayo to try to get the best help she can get.

Well, other than that, not much going on here. It's nice to see so many familiar faces still here!

01-18-2012, 10:51 PM
Hi, Everyone How are you all doing? I've missed everyone, but I'm back now! Hoping that's a good thing for you all to hear-LOL!

Of course, we are glad to hear that you are back, sweets ... :hug: And congrats on losing a few # already; good for you. Sounds like you have a fun day planned; enjoy it!!! Will send up some ^prayers^ for your mom about her hip; and for the doctors to give her the best treatment available.

We had a busy day here; we spent the day doing some sorting and cleaning. Got a lot done, and was happy about that. Now gotta go and put my legs up to rest a bit; will do a puzzle, a devotional, and read from a new historical romance I just started too.

The temps weren't too bad today (in the -teens C), but we did have some lovely :sunny: for most of the day, which was really nice. Some friends dropped by for a visit on Monday aft. I made shepherd's pie from the pork & veggie leftovers -- that was nice. Tonight was our weekly pasta night: we had Creamy Mac (DH loves that one & so do I; it's a family recipe); I just make sure to measure out my pasta portion.

Well, time to go; take good care and keep warm out there ... :brr:

01-19-2012, 10:59 AM
Good morning:sunny:

Rosebud-we're getting that cold weather here too now:p What an odd winter it's been! I noticed how much weight you've lost! Wonderful!!! :carrot: Thank you for the prayers-I know they were working and will continue to work for my mom, as well :)

Got everything done yesterday, except the haircut-they had to cancel because my hairdresser has the flu:( Sad to hear she was sick, but I reaaaaallllly need a haircut, so not sure if I can wait until her next opening, as she's usually booked up a month in advance. Might have to go to one of those Cost Cutters places, but it's so hit and miss on whether you get someone who knows what they're doing, you know...

Not going anywhere today, but got a bunch of stuff to organize the office yesterday, including 4 2-drawer file cabinets! I refuse to let things sit in piles any longer! :nono: Even the computer games are going in a drawer:yes: Cords are in boxes, photo discs in boxes, and all DH's work paperwork, drawings, seminar info, boiler operation info, etc, etc, etc will be in cabinets!:D I've gotten so tired of having to dust papers when we need them and sorting through stuff to find what's needed at the moment:dizzy: So, I put my Christmas money to work last night :lol: Of course, none of the work will start until I finish my harvesting and rent collecting on my Cityville;)

Well, hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day!

01-20-2012, 02:35 PM
RONNI ~ sounds like you'll be busy, but very productive too; good idea to use some of your Christmas money on the file cabinets. I have some of those storage towers in my office. I got them all on sale; and boy, are they handy for storing stuff. They come together so you don't have to do anything but wheel them where you want them to be. I could use one more to put DH's hat & mitts & stuff in for the back closet.

It's colder here again today, but the :sunny: is shining brightly which is great. We did get a dump of ***** over the last two days; we're getting buried in the stuff. We need to ask GOD to send some of this fluffy precip down to TEXAS ... ;)

I made a pot of homemade soup for lunch to warm DH up after all the snow pushing he had to do this AM. I had an open-faced tuna sandwich (tuna salad on one slice of wg bread) with my small bowl of soup as well; that was very filling, I must say.

It's Friday, so we are planning on having hamburglers for dinner tonight: I actually have a chicken burger (which are half the calories) on a whole grain bun, and a salad. DH has a beef one, and I will likely make him some home fries to go with it, as he doesn't like salad at all.

Hope all our friends here are having a Fabulous Friday out there today; take care and keep warm ... :brr:

BTW ~ Interesting article about Maintainers Keeping Weightloss Off For Good from the National Weight Control Registry: since 1993, they have been studying 10,000 persons who have lost 30+ lbs and kept it off. They share their best tips here ...

I posted the link in the Maintenance Library as well. :D

01-22-2012, 12:45 PM
Gary, I see in another thread that you refer to John 3:16, a Bible verse I learned as a little girl. It reminds me of a small group who used to meet at 7:14 PM , referring to the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14.

01-23-2012, 03:19 PM
BARGOO ~ that is one of my favorite scriptures; and a great one for any church to follow ... (2 Chronicles 7:14). Clever idea to use it for meetings and such. That would be a good one for the US at this time; what about a 7:14 PM prayer meeting for the US and it's economy (+ other issues like your election & leaders & policy makers, world peace, etc). ;)

We had a good weekend here; it was a bit colder, but today is really mild for us (only -1 C/31 F) and of course, some more ***** is falling out there (but just lightly). DH ran an errand for me this AM, and is now pushing some more snow around as we speak trying to keep ahead of it a bit.

I made a nice pot of homemade tomato-bean & pork soup for lunch today using more leftover pork I had put in the freezer; added some white navy beans and lotsa veggies too; yummy. We like to eat a lot of homemade soups & stews in the winter here. I made OVEN BAKED "fried" chicken last night for dinner; turned out great & have enuff for dinner tonight as well.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week -- with good healthy eating; and be sure to keep warm now ... :brr:

01-23-2012, 03:28 PM
I am new to these forums, but have been sort of 'silently reading' many of the posts and think I am definitely in the right place for support. I recently had a run in with God over my overeating issue! I feel like my 'sin' of overeating is on display for everyone to see, how am I to be a true follower of Christ while continuing in my sin?? That goes against the repentance I am supposed to have, I am to forsake my sins and leave them behind....but overeating is the one I cling on to. This sin is no different in God's eyes as lying, stealing, etc. sin is sin! I have decided that I cannot truly follow Christ fully unless I leave ALL of my sin behind (or at least try to!). So last week I stumbled on this site and I posted an introduction. I have stopped eating when I am not hungry...period!!! I am not doing it, it's unneccesary and it's hurting me to eat so much. I have started drinking a weight loss shake (like slim fast) for breakfast and lunch (since I tend to forget to eat those meals as I am busy busy during the day, but then I wind up eating non-stop from early afternoon into late evening) and then I eat a low calorie dinner (try to keep it around 500 or less calories) my total intake for the day is less than a thousand calories..I'm thinking I should probably add in some snacks????? Any advice. I was 398 lbs. a week ago...I have lost 8 pounds so far and am 390 lbs. today, I will weigh again in a week

01-23-2012, 04:06 PM
:welcome: THALSTEAD ~ to both 3FC's and our Faith Forum over here. Sounds like you have a plan there; and you are seeing benefits already. Ya, when we don't eat all day, then wonder why we are starving all night -- taking in some calories should help that I think. I eat my breakfast a bit later than some people do (anywhere from 9:00 - 10:30 am). It just works for me becuz I often find myself hungry around 11 am too. I often have a fruit & coffee at that time to tide me over for my lunch.

I think that all GOD wants us to do is give it our best shot -- and that is to eat as healthy as we can (without excess, of course; it's the excess that's the sin). When it comes to "sin" per se, it's all about INTENTION, as Paul explains. Our sinful, weak nature battles with our spirit all the time. As long as we put some effort into it, along with our desire (will) to eat & live in a healthy manner, I think the LORD's Grace will cover the rest (the mistakes & slip-ups).

This is a great group here; lots of support & understanding too. Come back often; it really makes the difference, I find. :hug:

BTW, I am on a portion-based calorie plan; right now, I'm aiming for 1600-1800 most days with up to 2000 (on fun food Fridays which is my maintenance amount but often I am under that anyways).

Today, I had an oatmeal grain mix breakfast with whey protein powder & skim milk; tsp brown sugar for taste really. For lunch I had a small bowl of homemade soup first, then a veggie wg pita pizza. For dinner, we are having leftover baked "fake fried" chicken with salad, and probably some rice/barley mixture too.

Yes, I would include a couple of snacks; I do. I have either fruit (apple, fruit compote), or wg soda crackers & chz or pb, or yogurt or NSA pudding; tea, coffee, or a mocha hot chocolate, etc.

I made a nice fruit compote the other day to use up some fruit I had in the freezer: 2 cups Rhubarb + 2 cups Blueberries + 2 cups Strawberries + 2 tbl sugar + 3 sweetener packets (2 tbl worth). Sure is yum.

01-23-2012, 05:05 PM
:welcome2: Thalstead! Glad you've found us! I was gone for awhile, but have realized that there isn't anyplace else where people really care about how I'm doing in this battle against my weight. I call it a battle as it's part of the spiritual battle we have against Satan who keeps trying to control what we think, do, say, and EAT! My only hope of victory is Christ and much of my support is here in this group:) I'm using a plan similar to Rosebud's in that I'm controlling portions rather than counting calories anymore. But, I also cycle high carb/low carb days and it just seems to be helping me not have cravings.

Rosebud-You always have such wonderful-sounding meals! Well-balanced too! I'm trying to keep the balance again, but it was so much easier in the summer when the veggies were fresh!

I found a really yummy butternut squash soup by V-8! It comes in a cardboard carton by the broths in our Walmart, but I really recommend it, if you like soup. Had some today with a bit of turkey wrapped around a cheese stick for lunch (today's a low-carb day, so avoided bread). We had been out shoveling snow earlier and it really helped warm me up too-LOL! Thinking about making beef barbeque tonight with veggies, but not sure yet. I have such a hard time planning ahead for meals and I tend to make last-minute decisions about what we're having. I know that's bad, but just not sure why I have such a hard time planning things out?

We got ice and more snow yesterday:p Looks like 1/4" of ice under about 5 or 6" of snow, so when you get the snow shoveled up, you slip even easier:dizzy: So, I'm gonna have to go take care of more shoveling and put the DS behind the snowblower;)

Take care everyone! Have a great evening!

01-23-2012, 09:01 PM
Welcome Thalstead!

01-23-2012, 09:11 PM
Thalstead, welcome and good luck !

01-23-2012, 10:22 PM
Hello everyone. I am hoping that I am in the right place.

Let's just get it out in the open. I got saved when I was a child but really didn't know what that meant. In late high school and college I began experimenting with other religions. I've tried many of them...Christian (various denominations), Pagan, Islam, etc. But I came to a realization yesterday. It's not that I have to find a religion that fits into my beliefs. I have to fit my beliefs into whatever God wants me to do. If my beliefs differ from that of God's, then I need to change what I believe and follow God and not myself. I need to rearrange my priorities and make God first instead of last.

Am I still saved? I honestly don't know. How can someone turn her back on God so harshly and still really be saved? I may just need to meet with a preacher about this. That's a little tough to do when you don't have a church home though.

Someone once told me when I was in a rough period of my life to "let go and let God." That's also hard for me. I am a control freak. At least I admit it, but I am. It's so hard for me to turn my problems over to anyone else, especially someone that I can't see. For years I've struggled with my weight issues alone. But I don't think I can lose 145 pounds by myself. I need that love and support that God can give.

I fully admit that I don't pray. I think I'm scared to and afraid of rejection. After all, I turned my back on God. Why shouldn't He turn His back on me? I wouldn't blame Him if He did. But the story of the Prodigal Son keeps popping into my mind. Would God really forgive me for screwing up my entire life and welcome me back with open arms?

I want to turn my weight struggles over to God. I need His help. And I am looking forward to getting to know all of you as I go down this long journey toward better health and a stronger relationship with God.

Truly....I think I need a church home too.

01-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Would God really forgive me for screwing up my entire life and welcome me back with open arms?

ABSOLUTELY ... one of the main things that I love about GOD is that He is a GOD of many chances. That's what JESUS came for & died for; so that we could be forgiven for anything and everything ... that's why GOD sent Him. He also sent Him so that we could know GOD; becuz they were alike. He came to show us what GOD was like; to show us how much GOD loves us; and to show us how far He would go to prove it.

Yes, the prodigal son story could have just as well been about a prodigal daughter; for we are all his children. All you have to do is call out to Him again, and he will answer you. Ask Him into your heart and life again; it's that easy. :hug:

:welcome: to the site and to our group; we are glad that you found us here. Yes, GOD can give you the power, and strength, and wisdom to get healthy again. He probably arranged for you to find this place; yes, God is that caring ... and that's how He works -- through other people and places like this. That's how He reaches out to us when we cannot see him. He talks to us through His beautiful creation, through His beautiful people, His Word: the Bible, and His church (more Christian people).

Pray about it and then look around for a church in your area. Did you look at the SALVATION PRAYER thread on the second page of this forum? There are some ideas and nice scriptures in there that you may find helpful. :D

01-23-2012, 10:59 PM
I fully admit that I don't pray. I think I'm scared to and afraid of rejection. After all, I turned my back on God. Why shouldn't He turn His back on me? I wouldn't blame Him if He did. But the story of the Prodigal Son keeps popping into my mind. Would God really forgive me for screwing up my entire life and welcome me back with open arms?

God has not turned His back on you. This feeling you have now is the feeling you get when you are being called back to Him. Don't be afraid to pray. God is our Father and our Savior, you should turn to him in gratitude for everything you have and humbly request everything you need. And pray for others also, as that too will bring you closer to God, and other people need your prayers on their behalf as well.

I hope that you are able to resolve your internal conflict. I think many people go through that at one point in their lives or another. But the Bible is clear that all that is required for salvation is acceptance of Christ as our Savior, belief that he came and died for our sins, and true repentance of our sins. It doesn't require us to be without sin- that's impossible. That is why Christ came to save us...because we can't do it without Him.

God Bless.

01-23-2012, 11:29 PM
Just wanted to share some pictures tonight but will be back tomorrow to post...

also HEALTHYMEWANNEBE you are right where God wants you to be! he has not forgotten you. His hands are open to welcome!!

here is the link to my new pictures ladies ~

01-24-2012, 09:39 AM
God will Never turn his back on you. Never. No matter what you do. Salvation is a gift, a free gift.

01-24-2012, 08:51 PM

All is well here, Angie is on dinner duty tonight so I have a few minutes to check in....but then I always have a few minutes to check in :D

I had a short day at work, in fact I was off, I was working/donating some work on one of the homes our church owns. I am always the drywall guy!...for the last 30 years at our church...wonder who will do it when I get too old?...that's soon :D

I did get a real nice walk in with the goldens on an absolute gorgeous day here.

I called my sister to see if she was home, watching my GRANDdaughter, so I could come see herbut she was at Wal-Mart. I did make a deal to watch her tomorrow while my sister goes to church/school to help with hot lunch for the kids...:carrot: I haven't seen her since Friday night and grandpa needs a fix :D

My weight is inching up but I am well aware why...too many high calorie meals the last two weeks...dang! A work in progress.

I put a recipe down in the Fabulous Food threads...Coolio's Chicken, I made it last night...very easy and I thought resonably healthy and good.

Angie and my sister got to be in a birthday party scene this week-end for a movie that my future son in law is working :) They needed "old" people :D

Well, I hope to be back soon...


01-25-2012, 12:12 PM
Hi, everyone!

Gary-the pics are great & your granddaughter is beautiful! It looks like you & your wife enjoy her very much & I'm sure there's no spoiling going on at all:lol:

HealthyMe-I can only say 'ditto' on what everyone else has said already. He's led you here for a reason and He'll be listening whenever you talk to Him. Spend time with Him, reading His word, and you'll learn what you need to do. Psalm 89 talks about God's faithfulness to us and His agreement with David, who had really messed up, but God used David and his family in incredible ways in spite of it. Try reading Romans 4:3, 4:20-24, 10:10; Philippians 3, especially verses 8 & 9; Romans 3:21-26.

Well, today's a town day again. Seems like I measure time passing these days by when we have to go do shopping again:lol: I also get to get my hair cut today, since she was sick last week and it was cancelled-very happy to be getting some of this trimmed! Then, my last round of hand therapy. The therapist is going to give me more hand exercises to try to minimize the arthritis damage, but they're not sure that they actually work. I'm supposed to get a paraffin bath to use at home to try to minimize the pain also, but the ones that have temperature control are kinda spendy, so that might have to wait a few weeks. I have a heating pad I can use in the meantime.

Then, of course, it's the Walmart trip:fr: I'm always amazed at how people behave and dress (and I know it's not just at Wally-world, because I've seen 'em at Target too, but Target won't admit it;)). Have to call Mom soon to get her list also......

Got some good news yesterday. Some of you might remember that when my dad died almost 2 years ago-really can't believe it's been that long-he wanted his body donated to IU medical school. I found out yesterday that his remains (the bodies are cremated afterward) will be sent back to us very shortly and we'll be able to plan a trip to bury him with his parents. It's been harder than we thought it would be sending his body away like that. I'll be glad to have him back with the family, but it brings back the sorrow to know I have to go bury him now. :cry: I have missed him every day since he passed, but, even though I think the phrase is way overused, I think we do need the closure.

Well, I guess I must go finish doing some chores before heading to town, so you all take care and have a good day!

01-25-2012, 02:45 PM
Thank you for the advice everyone. God willing, I will make progress both in the weight loss and in growing a spiritual backbone. :)

01-25-2012, 06:42 PM
GARY ~ the pictures of your grand-daughter are lovely ... :D

RONNI ~ glad you were able to get another hair-cutting appointment today. Do people dress and act funny at Wally-Mart? I didn't know that. Then again, I have only been there a few times myself; as the nearest one is over 70 km away from where we live. I do most of my shopping locally; and only get to the city once a year of so (may be much less now that we don't have a car).

We have had much milder days and we are very happy about that too! :D Today, DH and I sorted out two bins of video tapes; and I did some other sorting as well. Trying to find enuff places for everything, and we have to be a bit selective for space reasons, but we are winning.

:wave: HMWB ~ Hope you're having a good week so far ... oh, BTW -- the SALVATION PRAYER THREAD is back on the front page again. :D

Gotta go put dinner one; see ya later ... keep warm :brr:

01-26-2012, 08:42 PM
Hi, everyone! Today's been an at-home take it easy kind of day. The 'town' day usually wears me out for a couple days after, so I've spent the day sorting paperwork and just doing light housework. Found out we're probably making the 3-hour(one way) drive to Orange City tomorrow to help DS2 figure out what's keeping his car from starting on days when the temp. falls below 30, which is basically every day at this point in the year. DH is taking along new spark plugs and other whachamajigs to see if they can pinpoint the issue. I, on the other hand, am planning on taking along some reading for on the road and maybe try to stop in at a couple of the local stores;).

Nothing else going on here, as I'm too tired to even try to get into any trouble or anything :) So, everyone have a great evening and day tomorrow!

01-27-2012, 11:29 AM
Hello folks. Praising the Lord today for his goodness in ALL things. So thankful for his many blessings. It is cold and snowing today and I am all snug and warm in my tiny home.
Been reading your threads and this seems like a very compasionate and caring group. Glad to have found you. I have know the Lord as my personal Saviour for 50 years. My when I say it that way it makes me feel awfuly old!
The last few days this has been going through my mind "On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand." So blessed to stand on the Solid Rock.
In Jesus name

01-27-2012, 01:24 PM
RONNI ~ This is a common problem with older vehicles. He may just need a NEW BATTERY: when it gets down to below freezing temps, an older battery has trouble working right. That happened to us, and when we put the new battery in -- no problem after that. Does he have a BLOCK HEATER? That can help too; all the cars here have them. You plug that in, and it helps the car start in cold weather. OH, and DH says that it could be that he needs NEW ANTI-FREEZE in his radiator; take the old stuff out and put in some that is for below freezing temps. Plus, make sure his radiator isn't leaking out his anti-freeze. Also, you can get a better OIL for the motor that is for colder temps -- 5W30 is best ... :D

:welcome: CHRIS ~ nice to have you join us here too. This IS a really nice group of very supportive & caring Christian people.

Our temps are above 0 C/ 32 F today, so DH is running errands for me. I'm just doing light stuff around here too; have to mend a comforter -- not too hard on me. Have a great day everyone ... :D

01-27-2012, 01:53 PM
Welcome, Chris!

01-27-2012, 08:03 PM
Chris, Welcome !

01-28-2012, 01:34 PM
Hi everyone,thank you for the warm welcome. hope that your son's car problems are fixed. My DH is a mechanic so I am blessed that way.
We have a lot of ice in the dooryard I was out sanding early this morning. Makes great exercise. But no walking with out the ice cleats on the boots. I think I would rather have snow than the ice. Plow it and be done.
Slow day here just need to do my hair and such things for church tomorrow.
Have a joy filled and may God bless

01-28-2012, 10:59 PM

Hope this finds everyone doing well. It has been gorgeous weather here in southern California. Almost 7pm and we have all our windows and doors open :) Just finished dinner of ham, rice, cauliflower and carrots.

My daughter surprised us with a visit today, she finished a meeting early and stopped by to share the news that all is well with my next GRANDchild. She left me to go visit her brother and see my first granddaughter for a little while :)

Then my step-daughter stopped by after a few hours at our local brewery, just 1/4 mile away. She parked her car here and her and some friends walked over to it for some bbq and beer contest. She stopped in with her friends after they had their fun. They kept bugging me to go to but Angie and I had a guy come by to measure for new cabinets.

Angie is going to remodel our kitchen...I am so happy :D...not ;)

I was off work a lot this past week so I got to spend a lot of extra time with my GRANDdaughter :)

Messed up today :mad: but my own fault.....

I have put on some pounds with the slow days at work and extra helpings of not so good food....this morning I tell Angie all I am going to have for lunch the nest few weeks is salad...

then I go and order a pastrami and Swiss sandwich for lunch!!! :(

What's wrong with me?

don't answer :D

Be good :hug:

01-29-2012, 11:46 AM
GARY ~ make sure you & Angie get your money's worth on those cabinets if you're changing or replacing them: insist on solid wood bases and nice wood doors too, i.e. oak or maple, or whatever. When DH & were looking at houses, we saw kitchens that had only "particle board" cupboards and although newer, they were falling apart and damaged (they can't take the wear & tear that "real" wood can).

Young people don't realize that the solid wood cupboards can last for 50-100 years; and all they really need to do for a facelift, is replace the doors with a nice quality oak or maple. Not only will they save money, but the kitchen will have a much more "true" & higher value.

As I told you all before; the sales agent lamented that our cupboards were the older style, and after I felt them, I said: "That's fine" ... DH and I new how much more valuable and sturdy these cupboards were. They had been hand-made of solid wood, inside and out, by a master craftsman; and they are in excellent condition. The backsplash also has real ceramic tiles, as does the floor; there was a lot of work and money put into our kitchen.

Dh had a scare yesterday -- he decided to push the snow off the back sunroof. I had warned him not to go up there, but of course -- he didn't listen. I kept having this nagging feeling so I went out and saw him up there; and noticed that the panels were sagging. :eek: So I prayed for him and then asked him to get down, but he didn't. So I went into the laundry room becuz it was bothering me so much & just started praying and singing to ease my mind.

Well, as you probably guessed, I heard a big crash -- he fell through one where the seam was overlapped, but did managed to catch himself. Thank the LORD, he was not hurt but had to repair the damage; and again, thank you GOD, it wasn't too bad. Needless to say, I expressed my displeasure (nicely but firmly, of course ;)); and he got down for good. Have you noticed yet that living with my DH is never dull or boring? :rolleyes:

We have lovely :sunny: here today; and the temps have been very mild for January -- what a blessing for us. Hope you all have a Superbly Serene Sunday; and, may we all be wise, and grateful, and warm, eh? :D

01-29-2012, 02:38 PM
My 10 month old GRANDdaughter was just singing away in church this morning....

awesome...flat awesome!

In a few months she may even know some words! ;)

Thanks for the advice ROSEBUD :hug: There is a lot of junk out there! Prayers for your DH...hard to keep that guy down!

See you all soon :)

01-29-2012, 02:45 PM
Gary, some of my best memories are of going to church and sitting next to my Grandmother,.... she always had mints in her pocket and she ddidn't care if I helped myself.

01-30-2012, 08:26 AM
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01-30-2012, 10:39 AM
Good morning everyone! I haven't been here in quite a long time. I'm getting back onto the health kick. My husband (48 years old) suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, and have a quintuple bypass 10 days ago. We are doing this together for the first time! Need lots of prayers for patience, energy, and encouragement. The enormity of what has taken place hits me occasionally. I know that God has blessed us incredibly because he was in tune with his body and recognized the gentle nudging of his heart attack. We know that God has great plans for us because he wouldn't have given him that nudge otherwise. Hope you all are having a beautiful Monday!

01-30-2012, 12:13 PM
:welcome: TBMMOM ~ PRAIZE GOD for bringing your husband through all this; am sending up ^prayers^ for a full recovery & strength for you both on your good healthy journey ... :hug:

GARY ~ thanks for the prayers for DH; he confessed to me at lunch yesterday that he had actually fallen head first, not the other way around. I kept asking GOD to send Angels to protect him, but jeepers I wish he would listen to me more. Even our neighbour came out asking what happened; he heard all the ruckus too. I am THANKING GOD that he wasn't hurt, becuz he surely could have been; and I hope & pray that he will learn something from the experience ... :shrug:

BARGOO ~ we had a Christian family friend that we called our "pretend gramma" -- sometimes, she would take us younger kids to church; and she would give us little hankies with nickles in them to put in the plate, which we thought was just fabulous becuz we didn't have any money but we wanted to give like everyone else. That same lady became our Sunday school leader/teacher, and taught us all about our LORD JESUS as children; and she gave us our first bible at age 7 (all six of us). :D

It is a beautiful :sunny: day here; and the temps aren't too bad either. Had a good eating weekend. We had roasted chicken with loads of veggies; which is a favorite in our house -- gotta have that at least once a week. I just try to change it up a bit each week, plus I baked a little extra for our lunch today.

Have a great day everyone ... :)

01-30-2012, 06:02 PM
Hi, All! And, WELCOME to our newcomers!

Thanks for the advice on DS's car. DH changed spark plugs, battery is new within the last 6 months, and they seem to have pinpointed that when the temp falls below freezing, it doesn't seem to be getting fuel, so may be a sensor acting up-we've had that problem before on other cars. Have to wait to see when the temps fall lower now-it's been such a nice winter, we actually have to wait a few days for below-freezing daytime temps!!! Really hard to believe! It might help to have a block heater, but there's no place to plug them in on campus, so they decided not to put one in.

You guys reminded me of being with my own grandma at church:) She always had mints in her purse too-lol! She played this huge pipe organ at church-the whole front wall of the church was pipes-it was amazing to hear and she was such a great organist and pianist! Great memories!

Well, gotta go fix supper-Polish duck soup tonight! Have a great evening!

01-30-2012, 08:33 PM
:wave: HI RONNI ~ glad your DH & DS have worked things out with the car; hope all goes well for them. Yes, I wondered if he would have any place to plug it in on campus. Maybe our cars up here are made for the extreme cold. I know that when I worked as a waitress in a Truck Stop that the car makers used to send some of their cars up here to test them to see how they would drive/work in our colder temps and severe snow conditions. I used to serve the whole team at coffee breaks -- that was fun (on a side note: the little rascals used to take bets to see if I could remember all their orders; those that believed in me always won). :)

Both our grandmothers were Christians too; my maternal gramma had a bible on her bedside table all the time. She read it and said prayers for us all every night -- but they both lived far away from us. Our "pretend" gramma lived very close to us, so she would come for Christmas and other holidays; she also played the piano and the big pipe organ in that church too (part-time). My mother was a singer and choir leader, so when PG was free, she would sit with us kids in the pews ...

We had some friends over today; we had a nice visit, but they had some prayer needs that I am gonna put in for them in the PRAYER WARRIORS THREAD; I'll explain the details there ... Thanks in advance. :D

01-31-2012, 09:29 PM
I remember the last time I saw my Grandmother. The last words she said to me were" If I don't see you again in this life I will see you in a far better place." I get tears in my eyes just at that memory, but I treasure it. I didn't get to know my other Grandmother as she passed away when she was only 49 years old.
Gary, sometime I will tell you about my Grandfathers, they both spoiled me, something you would know nothing about.Ha!

01-31-2012, 09:51 PM
" If I don't see you again in this life I will see you in a far better place."

Oh, that's so awesome, BARGOO ~ don't blame you for getting teary-eyed over that one. I know that all my grammas & grampas, my mom, aunties, uncles, cousins, and our friends are up there in a far better place. I just have a feeling that they are all busy doing interesting things, and maybe even helping us all out too -- well, that is what I would want to do anyways ... :D

We had a good day today; ate well: we had pork steaks (well, part of one as they were big) with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and a barley/brown rice mix. Baked it all in the oven and it was yum ...

Nice temps here; and a bit of ***** fell today, but not too much ... time to go have some tea and do some reading, I think. Bye for now; and keep warm out there! :)

01-31-2012, 10:59 PM

02-01-2012, 10:30 AM
Thank you for the welcome! God continues to bless us every day. I am now in Onederland. I haven't been there in a long time and it feels so good!!!! God is good all of the time!

02-01-2012, 10:55 AM
Thank you for the welcome! God continues to bless us every day. I am now in Onederland. I haven't been there in a long time and it feels so good!!!! God is good all of the time!

Congratulations on your weight loss. I agree God is good, not just some of the time or if he happens to feel like it. He is good all the time. 100%.

02-01-2012, 10:57 AM
Rosebud, you always have the best sounding dinners....too bad I am not close enough to drop in about dinnertime.

02-01-2012, 08:39 PM
Rosebud, you always have the best sounding dinners....too bad I am not close enough to drop in about dinnertime.

:lol: YES, we do live kinda far away from each other, don't we; only a country stretch though ... ;) Well, today we just had something very quick and simple: Tuna Casserole for Two + plus I had a small salad with mine. Today is our pasta day, and I wanted something different. Gotta give the cook a break now and then too ... :D

We had nice :sunny: for most of the day, but we got a big dump of at least four inches of ***** last night. Then the plow went by and gave us some more -- so DH did a lot of shoveling today. I called him in a couple of times to give him a break: hot homemade soup for lunch, and some muffins with his coffee in the aft. He's already slim and seems to me he has lost a bit of weight this year. Right now, he's playing with NIKO and he's barking up a storm in the background here. Both of them are gonna sleep good tonight ... :lol:

I just did my Wednesday chores; tidying up; meals; dishes, and so forth today; nothing too exciting. After trying some Eccentric Arm Yoga which looks very easy, but is actually very difficult, I laid down to do a bit reading in the aft and to rest my musculs. I watched the videos on YouTube.

:yoga: :workout: :exercise: :workout: :boxing:

I've looking for more stuff I can do indoors for exercise, and to burn more calories that isn't way too beyond me. Well, I was able to do them with her, but I may pay for it tomorrow; hope not, as we are going shopping and the weather is supposed to be nice again.

Have a good night; and keep warm ... :coolsnow:

02-01-2012, 08:56 PM
:lol: YES, we do live kinda far away from each other, don't we; only a country stretch though ... ;) Well, today we just had something very quick and simple: Tuna Casserole for Two + plus I had a small salad with mine. Today is our pasta day, and I wanted something different. Gotta give the cook a break now and then too ... :D

... :coolsnow:
Ah, tuna casserole, one of the first things I learned to make as a young bride.

02-02-2012, 10:01 AM
Good morning everyone!

Rosebud, stay warm with all of that snow!!! We have been spared this winter. I'm certain we will pay big time in March.

Please pray for my husband. He is having a tough morning. The surgeons and nurses told me that we might have days when he feels somewhat depressed. This is the first one we is having since we left the hospital. I know that this is just part of the healing process, but it's difficult to see him like this.

Thank you for your prayers and I have each of you on my prayer list today. Blessings!!!

02-02-2012, 10:05 AM
tbmmom, praying for your husband, and praying for strength for you.

02-02-2012, 02:31 PM
Just popping in to say hello. Not much happening around here these days. The weather is incredible for a usually cold climate. I'm sure not complaining!

I've been doing better with my meals and also exercising. Starting slowly and increasing each day. I am trying to really cut back on sugars and salt. Makes it interesting to plan meals but with DH gone most of the week I get to eat what I want. So, it's fish or chicken and veggies. Then when he comes home I add more of the carbs as he can't seem to eat a meal without a potato, rice, etc.

02-02-2012, 08:58 PM
TBMMOM ~ sending up some extra ^prayers^ for you & your DH -- that was a big operation to go through. We are getting more snow this year, but the temps have been milder and we don't mind that at all really. :hug:

DH got all our lane done and even did part of the neighbours for him too; he had hired someone with a big machine but the guy only did part of it. Our neighbour was sent home from work yesterday becuz he got hit on the head with a metal beam :eek:, but he looked OK and was gone again this morning.

OOPS: EDIT TO ADD ~ DH just told me that the neighbour told him that he didn't hire any guy to clean his laneway; that he did it without asking, then wanted him to pay for it. Heck, he even tried to make DH pay for it. DH told him -- "That's not my place, and I didn't hire anybody!" Wow, some people gotta lotta nerve, eh? :dizzy:

WILMA ~ my DH is a big potato guy too; I think lots of men need more carbs to keep their weight up. I always give DH a double serving of potatoes and rice and such, as he has a hard time keeping his weight up as it is. Today I bought him some small donuts for snacks (I put some in the freezer and take them out as needed); along with the muffins I make him, that should help a bit, I hope. He ate one container already after we got home today; yes, the whole thing. :lol:

Ah, tuna casserole, one of the first things I learned to make as a young bride.

Ya, while it's not something we eat regularly, it is easy & quick; and we both like it. I add veggies to make it healthier & hardier for both of us. It's a homey kind of dish that's great for the winter time, and a thrifty way to use tuna as well ... :D

We had a big day shopping; sure got lots of walking in today, but we won't run out of food for a good while. Will have to put my legs up to rest very soon as my feet are tired & sore, becuz after we shop, I still have to put everything away, then make dinner -- so am on my feet all day long ...

We had chicken today -- 2 x nice size chicken breast tenders + a few tators + salad for me (DH had extra tators instead of that). That was pretty easy to make too. Again, not something we eat all the time, but really nice for a change too.

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday tomorrow -- I will be resting ... ;)

02-03-2012, 09:03 PM
Sorry i been tending to sick hubbie, business, ranch and now my 19 year old border collie, a good friend, is dieing and I been digging her grave by myself and I think she is just waiting for me to finish have about a foot to go. Suppose to rain tonight and it should soften the ground up. i asked God to take her and give her comfort she has been such a good dog and friend.

02-03-2012, 09:10 PM
Bootsie, so sorry about your dog. I know how hard it is to let them go. Praying that you will find comfort at thie time.

02-03-2012, 09:26 PM
Hi gang! First day on the forum here. If the body is a temple I fear I have let mine fall into disrepair :( Joined the Y a couple weeks ago, still waiting to see results

"I can resist anything except temptation." - Oscar Wilde
Welcome to our forum, please come back so we can get to know you.

02-03-2012, 09:44 PM
BOOTSIE ~ :hug: You sure have your hands full right now; sending up some xtra ^prayers^ for you & yours at this time. I understand how you feel about your beloved furry friend for sure -- 19 years is a very long time. They bring so much Love into our daily lives; I really believe they are GOD's special angels sent here to love us in a very special way ... :hug:

02-03-2012, 10:37 PM
Bargo & Rosebud thank you, could use prayer. It is tough, but you know I am thankful to our Lord Jesus for putting her in my life and sharing her with me. He blessed me so very much. Sausage was a working dog and her dear sister Tippy who I lost 4 years ago was just like to right extra hands when it came to helping with the goats and sheep. We also had some great laughs too. You say a dog laugh, yeah they may not do it out loud but the day i slipped on the ice & snow and those two dogs came over to me looked like they were grinning from ear to ear, wiggling their bodies like a snake crawling and licking me yeah they had a good laugh! i couldn't help for laughing at them!

02-04-2012, 12:02 AM
BOOTSIE....a bazillion hugs of comfort

02-04-2012, 07:43 PM
Thanks Gary, I hope everyone is having a great weekend, fixing to go eat some wild game chili, hope it does not upset my belly.