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pickles37

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2005 2:13:08 AM

Here you will find people that desire to loose weight and love to talk about that and lots of other things! Join the fun as we chat away!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 9:31:50 AM

Glad the wife and son are running interference for you. You sure are doing great so far. If I could just lose 10 pounds in a couple of months (of real fat) it would be so great.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 11:18:29 PM

Wife is also running interference for me, as is our son who is living with us for a while. They will help keep others from shoving "bad food" in front of me and acting like if I don't eat some, I will offend or insult them. I would be totally satisfied if I can just hold my weight stable until after the holidays, but with our kids and grandchildren around, maybe I will get a little more exercise, which would only help me.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 9:58:06 AM

I know a few things that I can cut out for a limited time that add the calories up. I think I'll get to my spreadsheet and do the daily calorie additions for the day to see where my biggest bit comes from. (do all this before the first of the year)

I do know the Coffee mate adds 300 calories a day for me. I have a habit of drinking some soda or FUZE lemon tea that adds to it also. Probably an extra 300 calories a day.

Perhaps if I can keep my calories around the 1500 mark along with my carbs at 30 for a week, and see if any indications of any loss occurs.

I should be able to keep it going for one week. I'll make up a three meal a day plus a couple of snacks to keep me from getting hungry, daily, for the week.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 11:10:11 PM

So far, I have done very well avoiding the pitfalls of the season. We have cookies, candies, and assorted treats all over the place, plus other "rich" foods, beverages, etc..., and I have had virtually none of it. Having all of our children, their spouses, and all three of our grandchildren visit will make it special, too. Maybe the little ones will help Grandpa burn off some pounds?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 10:52:55 PM

It's coming to that time of year that the thoughts of me losing a few pounds is coming to mind. Maybe just thinking of 10 real pounds off and see what happens.

Naturally it has to be after the first of the year.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 9:41:05 AM

I hope Christmas will be a happy time for your wife. Hopefully she will pull though this with flying colors.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:55:28 PM

Back from Chicago with wife. They had a pain specialist who super-specializes in HER kind of pain and he started her on a new regimen of therapy, including going off her blood thinners for a few days in January to get a shot in her spine and then resuming the thinners a few days later, then repeating this monthly. Even the pills that they gave her seem to be doing a lot better (don't know what they are, but she seems better, says she is better, and she doesn't seem "high" from them). She is also speaking more openly about possibility of having the leg amputated sometime.
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 12:37:41 AM

Thanks, Jemac
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 12:00:31 AM

I sent out another prayer request to my friends. God bless her in whatever decision is made.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 11:15:19 PM

She had been on non-stop IV antibiotic treatment, even outside of the hospital, for months earlier this year. Then they needed to take her off of the antibiotics to see if anything would grow back before they gave her the newest artificial knee joint. Since then, she has been on various types and forms of antibiotic therapy. Some work better than others, but the ones that work the best made her feel the worst and she does not want to feel like that for the rest of her life. Her last regimen was lifelong oral penicillin, which apparently didn't work very well, but she was tolerating it pretty well.
Now the idea of amputating her leg above the knee is coming up again. I have to admit, it sounds like it may be her best option, but I can't push her into it. She seems to be coming around to the idea. Whatever she decides, I will always try to help her fight the fight and be "in her corner" any way that I can.

Today, I got more videos of the light show and I will work on making more YouTube formatted videos, though they will still probably be pretty crude at first. Maybe my best ones won't come out until after New Year's.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 10:18:09 AM

I would have thought they would have been giving your wife constant infusions of antibiotics for months to make sure everything is gone. I know my friend that had MRSA had a constant infusion with him and when he traveled, he still had it attached. He had the constant infusion for about 4 months straight to get rid of the MRSA that was deep into his body.

Every night she is still in my prayers.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 12:10:26 AM

Didn't get much done today. Drove the wife to Chicago for another follow-up exam. She has been having some problems and the docs decided to admit her for a complete workup and probably more surgery. They are looking for a hidden pocket of infection. If they find it, they can attack it, but even if they can't find any "pockets", they might still want to open her leg up and flush it out with their "bug-killing juice". I just got back at 11 pm tonight, have to do some work for her at the clinic tomorrow and prepare to return to Chicago with stuff she did not bring along because she did not expect to be admitted. Hoping the hospitalization will be done in time for Christmas, but if not, we may share the holiday in the hospital?
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 5:00:29 PM

We get what we get when you get time to share with us! It was nice to see.

Thanks for the videos from all at our house.

I'm having problems with my Internet the last 3-4 weeks since they installed a "NEW" 30 GB modem on 10/1/2014. I called them yesterday letting them know everything was dead here (telephone and internet) and they were going to stop out but then I removed the modem systems, unplugging, then removing the battery to bring the unit back to factory specs.

It worked yesterday but then today everything was sluggish. I did the same and everything sped up again. I'll keep an eye on it and if not running consistently, I will request a new modem.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:27:21 PM

I got some more video of my songs, but I have to process the raw files, cutting them into the individual songs, a little editing, and saving them into YouTube compatible format. Tomorrow (Monday) I will be driving to Chicago for a doctor appointment for my wife, so my next posting to YouTube probably won't be at least until Tuesday.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 10:57:41 PM

I was wondering if any of the neighbors would be scrooges. I was going to ask, but you just now shared.

I'd love to be next to you.

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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 10:46:56 PM

I hope to post more videos. We have about 9-10 songs programmed, but while I was editing the master files I took (with all of the songs from two different angles), the files were corrupted and I lost all of the audio. I planned to reshoot the masters tonight, but wife had her clinic Christmas party tonight and it went too long. Now the show is over, mostly because our neighbor complains if it runs past 9:30 pm. (Scrooge!)
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 10:51:21 AM

GB, that was GREAT! I could see everything and it was fantastic! I put myself across the street from your house and it was like I was right there. I showed it to the DIL and the rest of the family here and they like it very much also.

Thanks for the video and if there will be more, we want to see them all also!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 6:25:33 AM

Ok, it is crude and not very fancy, but this is one of our Christmas show songs. I finally posted to YouTube!

Jingle bells at out house

[Edited by: GBGuy at 12/13/2014 6:26:46 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 11:30:40 PM

I finally got out in my truck, parked across the street from our house, with my video camera to try to catch our Christmas light show. Many problems, like cars passing by to interrupt a show, trying to get the whole area in frame (even trying different angles), etc... When I do get the whole area in frame, then it is hard to tell what individual items are (is that a wise man or is it an angel). I may have to put some time into editing the video for each song by recording each song from different locations, giving me close-ups with clarity when it is better to focus on a particular area, etc... I might put up a single, more crude, video just to get something online and start the process.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 12:38:37 AM

I'm 265 and would love to get down. I'm still thinking of the "staying around the 30mg of carb" daily plan and I pulled a list from my Atkins files earlier today.

Knowing I can eat most all the fish, most all the meat, most shell fish, eggs, many cheeses, and many veggies, fats such as butter, mayo (not sugared), I think I could live with it.

But the carbs such as breads must go.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 11:19:57 PM

I have been meaning to go out and video record the shows in the evening, but wife keeps coming up with other things she needs me to do. Can't say no to her (well, I can, but I might not like what happens next?). Hopefully, I will have a link here to my videos some day soon.

Meanwhile, I seem to have finally busted through my plateau problem. All it takes is patience and to NEVER GIVE UP. I have been trying to avoid stating my weight, but lets just say that if I lose 13 more pounds, I will finally reach my first major goal, to get back down to 300. Then it will be 5 or ten pounds at a time, hopefully getting below 250 by summer?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 11:39:09 PM

There's a lot of work involved to set up, wire up, then produce a show and at least 1000% more work than first considered.

To have it all done and be able to enjoy it, knowing everyone else is enjoying it also is an excellent feeling.

Especially when it's the reason for the season! You should be extremely proud of the accomplishment for the season!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 11:32:18 PM

My daughter will help me post the videos. The video quality isn't going to be the best and the show isn't like the ones you see on tv, but it is all ours, no professionals or shortcuts.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 12:29:11 AM

That would be neat. I'm sure lots of people would love to see it!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 10:13:46 PM

I have begun recording the videos of all of the songs in our show. I might just open a Youtube account. I hate opening more accounts, with the passwords and leaving my info on yet another system for it to potentially be hacked, etc..., but it sounds like my best option to let friends and family see things like this. I will definitely put a link on here when I get to that point.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 12:33:47 AM

A mist could cause an imbalance in the GFI circuit and shut it off. An imbalance of even .005 amperes can trip the GFI. It doesn't need water but only moisture or an imbalance in an electrical device.

When the girls hair drier is turned off in the master bathroom it sometimes trips the GFI due to apparently the quick shutoff causing an electrical fluctuation in the circuit. My other bathroom (on the other side of the house) is connected to the master bathroom and about once a week I have to trek to the other side of the house to snap their outlet breaker.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 12:20:10 AM

I am working on it, don't know if it will be a still or video, or how or where I will post it.
I rained all day again, but I just bypassed the GFI switches. The show went without a hitch.
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 10:57:42 AM

Ya gotta make sure you send a pic so we can see the scene. Perhaps an avatar if nothing else.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 11:18:38 PM

We also have our controller boxes covered with canvas bags and then put heavy-duty garbage bags over that (the ones with drawstrings so the wind doesn't blow the garbage bags off. We do what we can, but sometimes old ma nature just says NO!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 9:23:33 AM

Glad the problem went away for you. The electrical connections definitely were the biggest problems we had, also, in the past. Many rolls of electrical tape.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 10:48:50 PM

In a nutshell, my show has 64 circuits, each requiring at least 2, if not up to 12 plug/socket couplings, plus 8 "main power" plugs to the control boxes. All it takes is one of these couplings to get wet inside to trip the GFI for the socket that powers that line. I have some of the joints taped, others covered by tarps, some on the roof or in trees, but water has a way of finding its way into places you don't want it.
The show went well tonight.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 9:05:55 AM

Isn't there any way to protect the electrical fittings by raising all off the ground and "tee-peeing" them so the rain doesn't get to them? I know they now have to dry out and that may take a day or two.

It will be about 80 degrees today and 73 tomorrow so it will be a beautiful Busch Gardens day tomorrow.

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 11:24:21 PM

I would usually say I'd prefer rain over snow, but it has been raining practically nonstop for over 24 hours and we can't run our Christmas light show because the GFI on the circuits we use keep tripping off. We noticed some cars pulling up in front of our house, like they do every night, turn their headlights off and sit for a moment or two, waiting for a new song to come on, but then they give up, turn the headlights on and drive off. Son and I have prepared an audio message to play when the show is down in the future.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 9:30:33 AM

I mark everything that goes into the refrigerator but the rest aren't so good at doing so. When it's not marked I don't eat it unless I know when it was put in.

It probably saves me on the calories. Leftovers rarely get used and the ones putting the leftovers in the frig don't remove them when they should.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 12:15:13 AM

Our leftovers don't last very long in the fridge. If it goes into the freezer, we mark it with what it is and date it.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 9:34:19 AM

I like to know "when" a leftover was made and put into the refrigerator. Being no one cleans out the frig, religiously, I eat nothing other than sliced cheese or milk from the frig, unless I go to the freezer.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 10:58:41 PM

Yes, I always hated having leftovers and I would often eat until all the serving dishes are empty. Now, I just eat my serving, rarely taking seconds, and always leaving whatever the others won't eat for our son to pack up in the fridge. I don't even eat the leftovers much anymore. Maybe this will discourage making so much to begin with?
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 10:33:04 AM

We don't use the freezer enough for leftovers, expecting someone will dig into the food and no need for freezing.

What I hate most of all is when I could want more food, but leave it so others can indulge ... then they don't eat it and it goes to waste.

I will always leave the last of something for others to eat, or in case they want to take it to work the next day. I'll say "are you going to eat more food"? "Not right now" they say. Apparently "not right now" means absolutely "NO". I'd like to hang them on a clothesline for a day.

That's my biggest gripe with food. I hate to see it go to waste when it doesn't have to.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 12:38:03 AM

All the leftovers are packed away in the freezer. This week, wifey will be able to slowly work leftovers and other forbidden foods into her diet, as she changes to penicillin (for the rest of her life). Hopefully, she will feel better than she was on the old antibiotic, too.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 11:39:09 PM

I got my second turkey dinner this afternoon at Denny's. It was delicious but then I love food. Sorry that with your diet you have to forgo all the goodies for the holidays.

As usual, I always say I'll start after the holidays. Maybe this new year I may go through with it.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 10:51:47 PM

actually, I have never liked gravy and the veggies were all soaking in butter and salt (two no-nos for me).
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 11:31:05 PM

You missed out on all those luscious fat free, low calorie veggies and great Turkey with fat-free gravy.

I may go out once again tomorrow (Saturday) for another turkey dinner. Some places have it all weekend.

(I think you previously said you can't eat veggies due to problems ingesting)

[Edited by: Jemac at 11/28/2014 11:32:36 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 10:27:59 PM

I was successful at having a minute serving of a few items that would not violate my diet, even with the big spread that my wife put out for the three of us. She seemed a bit miffed that I was done much before she and our son were and I didn't have any pie or other desert. I did thank her for making sugar-free jello for me. now there are a LOT of leftovers!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 12:09:50 AM

I ended up eating at Denny's and it was very good. Cracker Barrel had a long line and Golden Corral was too far for my limited time to get the car back for the DIL to leave.

It worked out great. I won't be doing any traveling for the holidays (unless something unexpected happens to come up).
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 10:23:35 PM

Happy Thanksgiving day. Slow day for us 3, finishing programming, etc... on the light show, Turkey feast for lunch, some football & basketball games, and successful launch of the light show. Wife took on the Thanksgiving sales (and regretted it, since I was unable to come along to help and son was already at work (Walmart).
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 9:35:40 AM

A very happy Thanksgiving to you GB, your wife, your son living with you, and the whole family!!

That's the great thing about a freezer (boy, how I remember the days before freezers existed), Everything can now be frozen.

I like to freeze the turkey as soon as possible as I really don't like turkey that's been sitting in the refrigerator for a day or two.

I wouldn't think turkey along with veggies would be fattening and that you could eat them continuously and still keep your weight down.

The kids will be heading out to the DIL's sister's house and I'll be hitting either Golden Corral or Cracker Barrel for my Thanksgiving dinner.

I don't want to be a sardine at someone's house (15-20 people) and I don't want to get sick like I get most winters because of other people.

Most of the time whomever comes back from the north (in the wintertime), knocks me out with some virus.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 4:58:45 AM

We have so many doctors in on this case that the second, third, fourth, ... opinions are built in. We have infectious disease docs, ortho-surgeons, internal medicine, ..., both in Chicago and back home and they are all bouncing ideas around. One doc actually called this a "fascinating case" (happy to provide this form of entertainment for you?).
Meanwhile, wife insists on cooking a huge Thanksgiving feast (including a HUGE turkey), even though it will just be her, me, and our son here to eat it, and I won't hardly eat anything because of my diet. In addition, SHE can't eat any leftovers (more than 12 hrs after initially being cooked) because of one of her medicines. She says that she will still just pack up everything & freeze it until she CAN have leftovers (in about 2 weeks).
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 12:55:32 PM

I expect the antibiotics are to keep a re occurrence of the bacteria coming back and having the wife lose her leg.

A lifelong low dose of antibiotics can always be suspended in the future if desired but for the time being, it may save her leg and body.

My opinion would be to go along with it, but if wanted, get a second opinion. Like I say, the antibiotics can always be suspended in the future.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 12:15:30 AM

To and from Chicago today. Docs are leaning toward putting my wife on low-dose antibiotics for the rest of her life. I don't know enough to say no, but I fear the possibility of creating a super bug or two?
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 11:31:34 PM

Wife thinks she will be well enough to see patients Monday morning before I take her back to Chicago for a follow-up exam. Round trip should get us back after supper.

By the way, we had a good time at the Packers bar in Champaign, not just because the Pack won or the Lions lost,..., it was just fun.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 10:08:38 AM

I'm glad to hear the wife seems to be getting better. She's been through too many things already in her life.

I don't have a sports package as I would only want to watch a few sports teams. I lose out as I can't watch the Bill's or the Sabres games and a few others I may want to watch.
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