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Week 3 of the 5% challenge summary, jarring and my food plan...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Last week we focused on our calcium intake. I was stunned that I did not achieve my daily allowance. I take a One-A-Day Woman's 50+ and "assumed" that it had more than enough so I would not have to worry about osteoporosis. I am going to go back to the drug store and re-evaluate my vitamin!!

I stayed in calorie range everyday and lost 1 pound. My hubby talked me into going out to dinner too many times last week. I told him we are not doing that this week. I have been getting a lot of exercise, but know that food is my number 1 factor in losing weight. I have control of what food goes in my mouth at home, never sure of all of the ingredients when we are out.

I did awesome with breakfast and lunches. I enjoyed my homemade 11 bean soup with smoked ham and grilled chicken cubes. I froze the rest of the batch.

This week I made a 29 bean soup. I added pot roast I brought home in my doggy bag from a really good restaurant last night. I added tomato, tyme, and peppers from my garden, along with onion. I put the soup in 1 1/3 cup microwave containers. They are ready for the work week. I still have homemade minestrone soup in my freezer. I will be grabbing a bag or two of that as well to mix them up this week.

I also made 3 bean chili with extra lean ground beef for dinner. My husband loved it. He will be taking it to lunch this week.

My freezer is stocked with individually wrapped portions - courtesy of Schwan's, and I have lots of yummy veggies (primarily broccoli) from my local farmer for the week. The only dinner I have to pay close attention in Tuesday night, when we go out with neighbors to dinner at a local restaurant. I will be getting a salad and bringing bottled water.

Yesterday I jarred jalapenos from my garden. I love the colors. Here are some pictures:

Fresh garlic and oregano and Pepper Picante EVO...


Now they sit three weeks. Four will be given out as Christmas gifts.

Last week, I spent two full days in the attic at my work, sorting through 20 years worth of accounting paperwork. I will be back up there tomorrow. It is involving a lot of lifting as well, and this week I will be carrying a lot of boxes down very steep stairs and out to a truck. I will be burning lots of calories and working on muscle mass. emoticon

I did stop hoola hooping. My left upper back began aching and it got worse and worse -- to the point of affecting my sleep. Around day 5, it occurred to me it was from hoola hooping!! I was leaning on one side to hoop!! Ugh!

So now I am on to push-ups!!

I hope you have a fantastic week!!

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ENDUROVET 10/19/2014 1:35PM

    Mmmm-mmmm! Save me some of those jalapeños!
Trainer Bill showed me his new toy last week: a weighted Hula-hoop! Of course I could never hula-hoop even when I was a skinny teenager w/a waistline, but I know he'll make me try it out soon...
(He swears that the weight makes it easier, but I think he just wants a good laugh, like when I fell off the Bosu trainer!)

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SPEEDYDOG 10/19/2014 1:10PM

    I want to come over to your house for dinner! I love bean soup and chili.

In all my life I was never able to hula-hoop. I can do a lot of things but I am dramatically v-shaped and have zero flexibility.

I like farmer markets and have bought some really good stuff at some of the local markets.

Sounds like you are doing great.

Thanks, Bruce


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WONDERGALE 10/16/2014 4:57PM

    Wow, I was just telling my husband that I wanted to get a hoola hoop. I love the way you have your meals planned out. I know what I am eating for breakfast and lunch, but dinner is always a challenge. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2014 7:54AM

    Good work -- love the jalapenos.

And your soups sound delish!

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DOGLADY13 10/15/2014 10:22PM

    You are practically a whirling dervish! Yikes. I wouldn't want to shadow you right now. Keep going, though. It feels good to be productive.

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INFLATED 10/13/2014 4:55PM

    I used to hula hoop as a teen. I would like to have a weighted hoop and get back into it again. I hope that you didn't injure something in your back. I can't eat "hot" foods, but way to go on your canning. I used to can peaches, green beans and corn. I don't grow a garden any more because of back problems.

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LORILYNH 10/13/2014 1:59PM

    Ah - that's so cool. We grew jalapeños this year and we have so many! I never thought of doing this.

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KRISZTA11 10/13/2014 11:02AM

    Wow, you are a great cook, those soups sound amazing!
Those jalapenos are gorgeous, both in slices and jarred.
I will have too look up a chili source, the shops we go to don't have them. Just started to cook from a Mexican cookbook!
I hope the back pain will not return.
Have a great day!

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KIWIANN 10/13/2014 9:37AM

    Beautiful pics of your peppers :)
Wishing you a terrific week, too!!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/13/2014 7:48AM

    Can you come to my house and cook? It all sounds wonderful.

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SWEDE_SU 10/13/2014 3:50AM

    well done! sounds like a good plan of attack!

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EDENZMOM 10/13/2014 12:55AM

    Those jalapenos look amazing! I made a hot sauce / salsa from a basket of habeneros and jalepenos from the farmers market yesterday. Thankfully i found gloves to wear in my paramedic uniform for chopping them!
Enjoy the soups! Eden and i made one as well... too bad we liked it so much that now there is none left. Oops!

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MAINEALI 10/12/2014 11:17PM

    You sound like a wonderful cook. Cooking is not my thing but I did manage to make a 3 bean chili this week too. I added shredded pork roast to mine. We ate some and froze a lot for the future!

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R2COUNTRY 10/12/2014 10:17PM

    29 bean, I have to up my game. Hoping you peace, joy, and blessings.

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TX_WILDHEART 10/12/2014 8:56PM

    Going out to dinner is both terrifying... and sometimes just plain old disappointing. I hate having to give them instructions that I sometimes have to wonder if they followed it.

Sounds like you have the soup thing GOING! Im impressed.

Sorry to hear the hoopin hurt your back.... I wish I could find my jumprope.... I had one... I cant find it.... grrr.


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Quick Summary of Last Week, My Walk With Roxy & A High, High Tide...

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The second week of the Fall challenge got off to a shaky start. I battled bronchitis most of the week. I won! I am feeling a lot better now. I made and ate Split Pea Soup and Minestrone Soup every day for lunch and/or dinner. I also enjoyed my local farmer's eggplant with tomatoes from my garden:

I didn't get in as many exercise minutes that I had planned and didn't run. As the week progressed, I gained energy, lost the cough and slowly increased my walking. Today I vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed and dusted and also got two nice walks in with Roxy. She didn't want to walk the second round - literally wouldn't move - so I carried her. I was carrying an extra 13 pounds, figured I was burning more calories!!

Here is some pictures of our walk:

My little girl looking at me like "hurry up, Mom!"

The leaves on our trees have not really started to change color. The trees budded later last Spring - maybe because of the long winter (?). I think that's why they are delayed in turning.

I did lose 2 more pounds last week. I started out on a role, then went out Saturday night and gained 1 back today. I am hoping it was salt. I always seem to do really good until I go out to a restaurant. Red wine doesn't help either!

I do have all of our meals lined up for the week - we will be eating at home.
I am really liking Schwan's. I love their individual portions. Today I made a huge pot of eleven bean soup. I added a little bit of chicken, smoked ham, my garden tomatoes, onion, garlic and spices. It smells heavenly. I am going to be taking it to work for lunch this week, and volley it with minestrone that I froze last week. I got a plan emoticon! I also want to stop at the local Y and see if I can buy a 1 month membership to use the pool. I notice several of my Sparkbuddies collecting exercise minutes from swimming, and it has peaked my interest.

I thought you may want to see some interesting pictures, not related to the challenge. Saturday morning we had an unusually high tide. I am wondering if the Blood Moon had something to do with it. Full moons bring high tides.

This was taken off of my deck:

My neighbor walking on water!!

Piers under water:

I love living out here. I get to see Mother Nature at work everyday!

I hope you have a fantastic week!

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INFLATED 10/13/2014 4:48PM

    My husband drove a Schwan's delivery truck for awhile. I would check the sodium in their stuff. You are doing great and I am glad that you are feeling better. The soups sound delicious. I asked my sister to send her bean soup recipe to me when it is convenient for her to do so.

That looks like a beautiful place to walk. Garrett County, Maryland was so beautiful when we went there over the weekend. It was foggy on the drive there and I miss seeing the fog lying in areas on the mountainside in the morning. I don't like driving in it at all. It was a rainy weekend, but there were red and yellow leaves to be seen. It was windy and in the 40's on Sunday. The wind will take down many leaves.

We didn't participate in any of the Autumn Glory events. The prices are high in that area because of Deep Creek Lake. We are trying to save our money and get prepared for Rodger's foot surgery in December.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/8/2014 12:53PM

    I am glad that you are feeling better. Wtg on the progress. Reading about those delicious sounding soups is making my mouth water lol! it doesn't help that its right about my lunch time now! You got me thinking soup, soup, soup but thats not on my tracker for today lol! Keep up the good work. Awesome pictures! emoticon for sharing.

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WONDERGALE 10/8/2014 10:58AM

    Nice pictures! Sounds like you have a plan. I need to plan my meals out too. Just call me lazy. I hope you are having a good week! emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/7/2014 11:29AM

    Awesome pictures! The soups you made sounds tasty. Keep up the good work.

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/7/2014 2:09AM

    does your neighbor know he can walk on water?? emoticon

all kidding aside, you're doing great and those meals sound healthy and tasty. congrats on your progress and thanks for sharing those cool pics!

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ps... thank YOU for your support on my latest blog. your encouragement is always appreciated! have a great week and thanks again!!

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MAINEALI 10/6/2014 8:39PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you so much. I'm so glad you're feeling so much better!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/6/2014 11:27AM

    Love the photos.

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EDENZMOM 10/6/2014 9:23AM

    Beautiful photos! i love watching nature as well.
The leaves are bright red/orange now over in my neck of the woods, and are stunning to look at. Another day or so and they will be on the ground :(
Enjoy every inch of the view while it lasts!

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KIWIANN 10/6/2014 8:15AM

    Beautiful pictures!! Roxy is adorable!!
Have a GREAT week!! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 10/6/2014 6:50AM

    I'm so glad your bronchitis is now gone!
I loved you pictures, and smiled imagining you carrying Roxy : )
Walking is ideal for recovery, even with 13 extra pounds in your arms.
; )
The high tide looks incredible.

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SWEDE_SU 10/6/2014 4:25AM

    beautiful pictures, a good plan - and hope you are feeling better soon. i'm also battling a cold, so no running for me for a bit either. ah well. it's part of the battle...

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/5/2014 11:22PM

    Love those pictures - do you mind me asking where you live? Rosy is so cute - she helped by being your weight today :)

That eggplant and tomato dish looks so delicious and the 12 bean soups sounds fantastic - do you use a specific recipe?

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LIVIN4LISH 10/5/2014 10:38PM

    Wow, love the pics. I'm glad you're feeling better, too. I have just started swimming again after a long hiatus (like 4-5 years emoticon ), and I really love it. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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MAWMAW101 10/5/2014 10:30PM

    Thanks for sharing your part of the world.....great pictures.
Have a good week!

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A Powerful Image In So Many Ways...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Earlier this week, I saw this post and picture on Chris Powell's (Extreme Weight Loss) Facebook Page.

Chris wrote "Such a powerful image. We are all the same underneath it all! Body fat is just a 'blanket of energy' covering our bones, organs, and muscles. When we eat less energy (food) and move (exercise), the blanket of energy get smaller!!"

Even a week later -- I keep going back to this picture in my head.

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WONDERGALE 10/4/2014 2:09AM

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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LORILYNH 10/3/2014 5:22PM

    I love that quote. So powerful.

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SPAMUNDY 10/3/2014 9:37AM

    Wonderful reminder that under it all, there's a slim person. Thanks for sharing!

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LIVIN4LISH 10/3/2014 7:48AM

    Yes, we are all the same on the inside, right? Nice visual...

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KENDRACARROLL 10/2/2014 7:39PM

    Ah, no idea who Chris Powell is...
Strange analysis nonetheless.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/2/2014 1:38PM

    Disturbing image.

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MAINEALI 10/2/2014 1:09PM

    I saw that pic on Chris' facebook page as well. I once read an article here on sparkpeople that we all have a six pack. It's just that for some of us it's buried deeper than for others. I'm working hard to dig mine out! Have a great day!

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EDENZMOM 10/2/2014 8:18AM

    That is a very powerful picture! wow. I may be visiting this blog a few times today :)

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MBTEPP 10/2/2014 7:55AM

    emoticon that really puts things in perspective.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/2/2014 7:34AM

    emoticon emoticon That's a great picture to keep in your mind.

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KRISZTA11 10/2/2014 4:03AM

Great image indeed!
I often remember that obese people have this beautiful gracious bones inside.
Compared to this picture, I only had a thin "energy blanket" around me, but I'm happy it is now replaced by muscles.
Muscles give more power than what they weigh and I can feel them moving.
Extra fat was only dead weight to carry around, without power or feeling.

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2014TODAY 10/2/2014 3:28AM

    Thank you for sharing. I miss the muscles in this picture.

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SWEDE_SU 10/2/2014 3:25AM

    impressive! what an interesting way to view things...

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INFLATED 10/2/2014 1:44AM

    I needed to see that. I never feel full. I told my doctor a long time ago, I could eat myself to death. I watch a show, "My 600-pound Life." I could be one of those people. I love food. It will always be a battle for me not to binge, to stick with the program. If I don't control my eating, it will control me.

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SHAMROCKY2K 10/2/2014 12:01AM

    emoticon That picture is worth a thousand words.

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LYNNIERN 10/1/2014 10:22PM

    Wow, that really gives you something to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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    That is thought provoking - thanks for sharing

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COFFEELS 10/1/2014 9:29PM

    Awesome picture! Thanks for sharing!

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Good News/Bad News...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good news: I lost another pound.
Bad news: This bronchitis is getting old! Yesterday I went to work and felt fine until lunchtime. The tired feeling hit me all at once. I thought my split pea soup might uplift me - it did not, though it tasted quite yummy! I did a little bit of more work, then went home and took a nap! Later I made dinner then went back to the couch.

This is driving me nuts! I not used to so much sitting. My doctor ordered me a refill on my antibiotic. I am hoping it kicks in soon. I miss my run!

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/1/2014 11:32PM

    Get some Thyme out of the kitchen and brew up a tea of it. Sweeten with honey. Thyme is anti-spasmodic and will calm the paroxysms of coughing.

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INFLATED 9/30/2014 9:43PM

    You are doing the right thing to rest.

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WONDERGALE 9/30/2014 6:09PM

    Congratulations on the lost pound. When I had bronchitis, I was off work for almost two weeks. It's a hard thing to shake. emoticon

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KIWIANN 9/30/2014 5:37PM

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WONDERWISH1 9/30/2014 5:05PM

    Feeling ill is certainly awful. I wish you a speedy recovery and that when you do feel better you have lots of energy emoticon emoticon

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PLMITCH 9/30/2014 4:42PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I had a nasty cold in August that was stubborn and finally required antibiotics due to it going into my ears.

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MBTEPP 9/30/2014 10:45AM

It stinks to slow down, but the sooner you rest, the sooner you will be 100 percent.

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KRISZTA11 9/30/2014 9:58AM

I hope the new antibiotic course will help.
Some of these bugs are resistant to many drugs and are hard to get rid of.

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    Hope you feel better soon

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MWWENSIN 9/30/2014 9:11AM

    Hang in there. The bad days help you gauge your good days

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MAINEALI 9/30/2014 9:03AM

    Your body will thank you when you're all well again and ready to go!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/30/2014 8:35AM

    Rest and recuperate! Difficult to do..... emoticon

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EDENZMOM 9/30/2014 8:34AM

    I feel for you! and I think you got me sick too ;)
I'm going to head to the doctor at some point this week.. but my "allergies" turned into a chest cough that has a lot of.. movement of fluids.. lol
I've been running a lot-grade fever for over a week. just no time to get to a doctor and take care of me.
Almost positive it's also bronchitis!
I hope you feel better, and raw garlic also works wonderfully as an antibiotic if you want to boost the effectiveness of your antibiotics.. and if you can handle it!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/30/2014 8:33AM

    Congrats on the pound loss!


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TERI-RIFIC 9/30/2014 7:34AM

    Hang in there. emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/30/2014 7:26AM

    feel better soon. emoticon

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JAROL7 9/30/2014 7:25AM

    Work your plan.

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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2014 7:24AM

    Taking time to heal -- essential!! It's OK to slow down while it happens.

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A Great First Week S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g To An Awesome Second Week...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I lost 2 pounds during week 1 of the 5% challenge. I have 6 more to lose (in 7 weeks) to hit my goal. I am feeling good and feel like I am going to do this!

I was sick last week, and in fact, ended up with bronchitis. I still need a nap in the afternoons, but, I definitely feel better and am starting to get my energy back. I am not feeling body aches anymore. I am eager to run again - as soon as I get over my cough. In the meantime, I am walking and today I even tried hoola-hooping! I am going to work on it every day until I get it figured out. I am going to look on line for direction!!

Last week, I made minestrone soup. I had bought the dry bean pack at Marshall's - I love that store! I ate it every day for lunch. Salad just doesn't taste good while I am sick. The pack made so much that I ended up freezing 4 pints. So this week I made split pea soup from another dry bean pack I bought at Marshalls. I prefer to use dry beans to avoid all the salt that come with canned beans. I added fresh onion, fresh garlic and a little bit of deli-ham. I will end up freezing half of that batch as well, and alternate the two soups this week for lunch.

My husband, Roxy and I went out on the Sassafras River by boat Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Another couple we know, and their doggie, went on their boat and met up with us. It was very hot during the day - the minute the sun went down it got cold. We hung out on the deck of a restaurant and watched the sun go down. We walked around a lot. I was very mindful of my portions and drank a lot of water. The dogs went everywhere with us. They were so good.

Here they are sunning on my friend's boat...

Tomorrow is my older son's 26th birthday. Last year I didn't think he was going to make it to his 25th. He says he loves his new job and new apartment in San Diego. I am so relieved. He is already bugging us to come visit him and he has only been gone a little over 3 weeks!! His grandparents are going out for Thanksgiving so he is going to have to be fine with that. California is way too far from Maryland to be visiting all the time. And, my hubby and I are planning to go to Missouri for my younger son's graduation from boot camp in early November. We have received one quick phone call and one letter telling us how to send a letter to him. I spotted him in a couple photos - the site reminds me of the ones I am linked with when I run a half marathons.

Now that I am done getting my son's house ready to rent, I am going to focus on my own house and change all of my décor to Fall. It will take me two days. I find working on my house so relaxing.

Have a great week!!

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INFLATED 9/30/2014 9:41PM

    I am glad you are on the mend. This is such a wonderful blog to read about your sons. It is funny how life has its ups and downs. We had such a good time over the weekend. Hubby was happy as we drove home, then later in the evening he got sick.

We don't get weighed at the diabetes management classes, but there is an electronic scale outside the classroom door. I turned it on and got on it today during a break. I had put on weight during our trip because we didn't exercise. I suppose it was water retention.

Please take care of yourself. Sometimes bronchitis leaves a cough.

Roxy is so cute with her buddy.

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EDENZMOM 9/29/2014 10:30AM

    I'm so happy for you and your family (your sons). they have some so far and so have you with everything that you have stood by them and helped them to achieve. Which 5% team did you join? I'm still on the Spirited Underdogs, the management team there is wonderful. Last week i pretty much didnt lose anything, but it was a tough week. I am looking forward to rocking it one way or another this week :)

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KIWIANN 9/29/2014 8:44AM

    I am so happy that you are feeling better!! And I am happy to hear that your sons are well!! Best wishes for Week 2!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 9/29/2014 7:40AM

    What a great week. What type of hula hoop do you have? My friend made one that was heavier, and much easier to hoop with than the kid's versions. This is a good thought for me, I'll bet it's a great ab workout. Congrats to your sons, it must be wonderful to watch them succeed in life emoticon

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MNABOY 9/29/2014 1:03AM

    Busy week to be under the weather but it didn't slow you down.

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WONDERWISH1 9/28/2014 11:33PM

    Congrats on your progress. The boating sounds so relaxing. emoticon emoticon

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WONDERGALE 9/28/2014 11:15PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. I hope you can get rid of that bronchitis soon. Have fun working on your decor. emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/28/2014 11:05PM

    So glad you're on the mend! Hula hooping is on my must learn how list!

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/28/2014 10:17PM

    Good times! Hard to believe the changes in temp during the day.
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IHCSURVIVOR80 9/28/2014 10:15PM

    You are an amazing inspiration...thank you for the peace sign, of my favorite symbols ;-)

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JAMBABY0 9/28/2014 10:03PM

    good for you and love the pic

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