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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: Jan 31, 2015 12:36:21 AM

I've tried to make up a menu plan for myself, the DIL, and the GD to go by but it isn't working out so far. (I haven't started doing any dieting at all yet)

On paper it works fine but in reality, when thinking about "eating" it, it still needs lots of tweaking to have a real set of foods.

The foods have to be low carb. and low calorie. The DIL and GD don't eat meat but will sometimes eat small bits of chicken and eggs.

Veggies are good but you can't live on just veggies. There are alternate non-meat hamburgers and chicken/Turkey (morning star brand) but they are almost all high carbs.

Hopefully by the start of next week I'll have something for us to work with.

I have all the lists for low carb./calorie foods but they have to fit into all of our plans.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:26:57 PM

Yes, I also try to anticipate my stops and avoid using my brakes more than I need to, saving wear and tear on more than just the brakes plus, a little "coasting" to the stop saves gas. I also avoid accelerating faster than necessary, also saving gas, tires, and general wear and tear on vehicle/ engine/ drive train. It is nice when you get older and you don't feel like every second you save is a big deal. RELAX. You will get there, maybe a little later, but also safer. I think I have turned our son around, not completely, but it is a process.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:14:32 AM

I remember my "old days" when I was screeching away from every stop, my cars lasted to about 50,000 miles before I figured they were finished for me.

Since then, I've gone up to 250,000 in one car.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 12:17:32 AM

I wish it was like that around here. Even if you take good care of a car, 7-10 years is pretty good. I usually try to get 150,000-200,000 miles on a new car before replacing it, and that was when I wasn't driving as much as I have over the past two years.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:23:47 AM

Yeah, you could buy a car at age 20 in Florida (if away from the beachfront salt area) and have the same car when you retire. You would have to replace most worn parts though.

I see in Cuba (same type weather) there are many 50's cars on the roads.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:54:35 AM

I guess our environment is harder on a vehicle.
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:26:33 AM

I haven't taken any big trips with my car other than coming down here to Fla from NYS. The most I drive is 100 miles round trip at a time. The weather here doesn't cause rust on the car like in the salt states.

36 degrees this beautiful morning with a projected high of 60.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 11:39:10 PM

You obviously take good care of your vehicles. Today's youth (anyone under 30?) just beat their cars or trucks and get what they can out of them before trading it in. That said, my Avalanche is less than 2 years old and has over 50,000 miles. Still in great shape, mostly because most of the miles are on the highway. At this rate, though, I am not sure I will get 13 years out of it.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:52:36 AM

Icy roads are something to be respected. I had my share of them living in Buffalo. Thank goodness your son wasn't hurt at all.

Got my car back from the repair shop yesterday. It no longer is called the mouse and is once again in great shape. Year 2002 with 118,000 but runs like a top with no rust, to boot. It could go for another 13 years and another 118K and still have no rust on it.

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:49:51 AM

Just got back after waiting over 2 hrs for AAA to tow our Jeep (the car we let our son drive) out of a ditch. He was going to work for night shift. Roads are that icy that an experienced, Wisconsin driver still wipes out. I even warned him because I had just come back from an errand myself.

AAA still hasn't found a tow truck to help. I just told them to call me at home when they find someone. I drove son to work and will have to pick him up in the morning, plus go back to the Jeep when they find a tow truck.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:25:42 AM

The car's going in for some lower ball joints. The "mouse" needs some work. It's squeaking and squealing with every bump. Hopefully tomorrow it will be back to its former self.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:16:39 PM

Trip went well and our daughter enjoyed spending the day with us. Weirdly, it rained all day by our house and snowed all day in Peoria (2 hrs away), so driving just kept getting worse on the way there, but on the way back it seemed to get better when we left the snow zone, until the temps dropped enough for the rain to freeze. (Whoa!)
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:07:48 AM

Thanks for the birthday wishes. At 75, every one is a BIG one I guess.

I'm the baby of the family and out of 12, there's 7 of us left. My oldest brother is 90.

Have a nice safe trip and watch out for the slip and slides out there.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:18:27 PM

Well, happy birthday in advance. And this one will be a "BIG" one! I hope all goes well. We didn't go to Peoria today, because I had to move some stuff to our rental storage unit. So we will go tomorrow (Sunday).
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 9:57:49 AM

We have 2 birthdays coming up within the week. For our birthdays we will be celebrating at Cracker Barrel with two gift cards given to me. My birthday - I pay.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 11:22:54 PM

Might make a trip to Peoria tomorrow (Saturday) to visit our youngest daughter for a premature birthday celebration.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:29:09 AM

Went to Busch Gardens yesterday to see Hermes's Hermits then to Sweet Tomatoes Buffet. They were both great. Peter Noone is super as is the healthy buffet.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:16:19 PM

I probably won't. Not a fan of the big halftime extravaganza either. The ads have some allure, but you can pull them up online the next day.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:07:24 PM

I really don't have any interest in watching the S.B.....
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:45:32 PM

I just wish they could BOTH lose (not a tie, both LOSE). I know that can't happen, even a tie would be played out until a winner is determined.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:11:58 PM

Patriots are cheaters, huh? Looks like the Sea hawk's will be the team most people want to see win now.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:00:10 AM

Not happy at all. Don't like Pats or Hawks either.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 10:54:05 PM

Ouch!! Sorry. Even though the Seahawks beat GB, I hope they cream the Patriots. I don't like the Patriots.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 6:39:28 PM

Might have to see my cardiologist because my heart is broken--the Packers broke it when they GAVE THE GAME AWAY to the Seahawks.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 10:15:47 PM

When you totally trust your doctor I guess it is worth every minute of travel. I, like you, have difficulties understanding anyone other than pure English.

My 6 year old is hard to understand but everyone else here usually understands her. My hearing is very good but my understanding of something other than pure English is bad.

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 6:46:32 PM

He is my neurologist. I used to drive 1 hour to see him when we lived in western Illinois. He is one of the best multiple sclerosis specialists in the country and he speaks clear, Midwestern American English. My language center of my brain has been affected by my MS and it is getting worse and worse, combined with my growing hearing deficit, so I have trouble understanding people who do not speak English in a way I am used to. Even a southern drawl throws me off. Strange, since I used to speak 5 foreign languages almost fluently (including Spanish) and now I have trouble handling a Spanish accent. Anyway, the docs around here are either foreign born (lots from India, Pakistan, Thailand, and eastern Europe) or they don't handle Multiple Sclerosis well. There is another excellent doc in Springfield that specializes in MS and is a native-born Illini, but Springfield is about as far as Peoria from here, so what do I gain. Other candidates are in Chicago, but that is even further and I hate driving in the big city.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 7:03:36 PM

GB, that's a long trip to the doctors. Aren't there any closer to you? All of my doctors and specialists are within 3 -10 miles from me.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:14:37 PM

Round trip to Peoria (5 hrs total drive time) to see my neurologist and then visit my daughter. The doctor appointment went very fast, partly because I couldn't understand him with his heavy Chinese accent. What a waste of time. Next time, I will see the gray-haired AMERICAN doctor I have been seeing for about 10 years. We understand each other.
Nurse was from Poland, not as bad, but still took some effort on both of our part. She was impressed with my weight loss to date.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 10:58:17 PM

GB, you're a softy!! (That's a good thing!) That's a good Christian upbringing showing up.

We didn't have the vomiting so hopefully what you all had doesn't come our way.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 5:17:18 PM

Everyone seemed to have a different combination. I didn't cough and vomited only once, but had terrible body & head aches, diarrhea, etc... Our son coughed like crazy, vomited a LOT, but very little diarrhea or aches.

Right now, I am waiting for a call from my wife. She had a very sick baby born this morning. She did all she could before having the little sweetie emergency evac'ed to the major hospital in Champaign. They are trying to get the mommy stable enough to discharge and when they do, I will pick her and the grandma up and drive them to Champaign to be with the baby (they don't have any other transportation other than a bus to get there).
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 9:40:06 AM

Is that the bug where there's lung congestion and coughing? That's what we all had here. It was nebulizer time for me. It lasted about a month.

After picking up the 6 year old from school, I'll be taking her to the dentist for routine cleaning.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 9:10:56 AM

I have doc appointment today, in Champaign and another one in Peoria on Friday. I have been practically knocked out by some bug I picked up from my grandson while we visited Minneapolis (sounds like almost everyone there got it), so the 40 minute drive will be a bit more challenging.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:34:01 AM

Done! No site can be trusted today.

I still have to get over the special days of the year before considering on trying to lose weight. My birthday and the DIL's birthday, along with a restaurant survey gift certificate and a Christmas restaurant gift certificate.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 6:04:44 PM

Pass the word. There is a advertisement on GasBuddy for Coke coupons. Clicking on this leads to a link that asks for your e-mail addy and zip code (bad enough) but then to get the coupons, you have to download and run a file that has a virus. I will post this in a few places and hope others will continue to spread the word.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 10:51:33 AM

I am so happy to be away from the slip and slide weather.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 10:26:12 AM

Driving back was not fun. Last 1/2 of the trip was freezing rain so there was a lot of slipping and sliding, but I got us back safe and sound.

Now, back to a more routine life?
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:34:03 AM

You sure are a diehard Green Bay Packer's fan!! Unfortunately my old team wasn't anywhere near the playoffs and haven't been there for many a year.

DVR's are sure great when nothing else is available.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 10:35:58 PM

Sadly, we will not be able to watch our Packers play against the Cowboys tomorrow, because we will be driving back home from Minneapolis. Have to leave early and be efficient because our son (riding back with us) has to work tomorrow night. We should have no problem catching it on radio and I am recording the game on DVR to watch later. Hopefully, they will beat the Cowboys and I can catch the game NEXT weekend.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:09:46 PM

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:55:00 PM

Glad to hear all's going well there. Sounds like things have worked themselves out and good to hear the hotel helped you out with the extra money it cost you.

My nephew is slowly coming along, but I haven't heard the last from them yet. If there's anything special they should know that you can think of, keep them in mind.

Have a safe trip!
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 7:58:47 AM

Family gradually coming together in Minneapolis. Just one daughter and sil to arrive today. Baptism is at 4 pm today. No scales around here, so I am trying to be good on my diet to avoid a surprise on my return.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 10:57:53 PM

Wife checked and they did use the NeutroPhase on her at least some of the times they cleaned her out. She can't say they haven't tried anything else as well.
Yesterday was a long one for us. We left for Minneapolis at 10:30 am, with take-out meal ready to eat while driving, stopping in Chicago for a doctor appointment, which went surprisingly quick and within an hour we were back on the road. Unfortunately, it took 3 1/2 hours to get out of Chicago (winter storm and stupid drivers lead to numerous accidents and the accompanying traffic backups). Then winter got worse as we were leaving Milwaukee, heading toward Madison, where we encounter many more traffic snarls from jack-knifed trucks to spinouts, etc... The rest of the drive was slippery, often restricting our max speed to under 40 mph. We finally arrived after 3 am, only to find our hotel reservation was lost (even though we had the printed confirmation from our online reservation). The hotel across the street had vacancies for the same type of room, but $25 per night more expensive. Wife talked to the manager of the first hotel this afternoon and he promised to pay US for the difference. COOL!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:50:28 PM

Hi GB, from my sister in California,

Hi Jim,

This NEUTROPHASE was sent to Juanita’s house via FEDEX, and Juanita received it yesterday. She immediately rushed it to the hospital, and put it in the hands of the Infectious disease Doctor. The Doctors used the NEUTROPHASE to flush out the wound. They told Juanita that they may need more of it, and they have already called the CEO of the company, and the stuff is now on the way.

Perhaps the same stuff your doctors have used on your wife?
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:51:29 AM

Hi GB, what the information seems to say ... "NeutroPhase irrigation therapy and NPWT help treat severe flesh eating and wound infections"

[L=http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131120/text deleted/L]

I believe they are going to use this therapy on my nephew to help cleanse his opened wound. Apparently a lot of pus and such in the severe infection.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 5:27:46 AM

I don't know about the NeutroPhase, but we have a stop in Chicago on our way to Minneapolis today, where we will see one of her doctors. We can inquire.
It looks like all of our "children" are going to make the trip to Minneapolis, including our other granddaughter, bringing all of our grandchildren together. We are staying in a hotel with a pool and the kids love swimming, so I made sure to pack my suit.
It is sad that my daughter-in-law's family isn't making the trip. He father and step-mother are coming for the day and leaving right after, but none of her siblings will be there, including (of course) their original choice for godmother. People are just losing their priorities these days. Baptism is important in our family and we celebrate it.
On the weight loss topic, still hanging at -40 pounds. At least it isn't -40 degrees out.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 3:47:11 PM

GB did they use NeutroPhase Wound Cleanser on your wife's knee area to get it very clean?

My sister's son has a very bad infection in his ankle area and the doctor was saying that they hopefully don't have to remove the foot. They are keeping the area cleansed but I don't know if they are using the NeutroPhase Wound Cleanser. If they didn't use the NeutroPhase, can you suggest what they used.

How is your wife doing with her knee?
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 11:15:39 AM

GB, have a safe trip!!

So far this winter I've been in fairly good shape, only getting slight bronchitis but able to contain it with the nebulizer.

The 6 year old great granddaughter came down with scabies three days ago so we quickly treated her and a few more in the house, besides spraying the mattresses and toys. I didn't request treatment and her mom didn't also. Hopefully it isn't a mistake not to get cream for us.

With the 30 day incubation period it is hard to decide where she got it from (school or home) but the doc asked about the animals in the house (5 cats and one dog)
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 7:49:53 AM

Temps drop below 0 today. I will stay in where it is warm & pack for our trip to Minneapolis for our Granddaughter's baptism (wife is grandma & godmother).
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 9:37:53 PM

I used to be the same way when in NY and in the wintertime, but once I hit about age 60 I started getting a bit cooler in the winter. By age 62 the cold started to penetrate and that's when I started thinking about Florida.

Now I love the wintertime and don't want to see the summer come. Of course the climate change made all the difference.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 5:02:55 PM

First of all, I MADE IT! Finally down 40 pounds! Not going to stop there, keep pushing!
Second, I am so sick of the weather wimps around here. I realize I grew up in northern Wisconsin and my system is very tolerant of cold weather, unlike the locals in central Illinois. I don't even mind it so much when someone sees me wearing a T shirt when it is 10 degrees out and asks, "Aren't you cold?", but some people just jump right in and say things like, "You're crazy to not have a coat on!" I don't say they are crazy for wearing what I would call a winter coat as soon as the temps drop below 60. If I am comfortable, there is nothing wrong with how much or little I wear.
That said, I had some fun with a guy last night. I pulled up to a Meijer's Department store with a gas station and started filling my wife's car. Temp was 14 degrees. I wore a T-shirt, sweat pants, and sneakers with no hat, gloves, etc... I had just finished shoveling our driveway, dressed the same way. A man pulled up in a pickup truck, dressed like he just came off the north slope in Alaska and looked at me. I wasn't shivering or anything, just pumping gas. He yelled, "You're crazy! Wear's your coat and hat. Gonna die of a cold!" I assured him I was comfortable. He couldn't believe it. I told him I shoveled our driveway dressed like that. He snorted in derision. So I decided to have some fun with him. I said, "Yeah, had to shovel the snow so I could take my wife's car to get filled up. Now I will have to run into the store and see if they have any flip-flops, 'cuz I broke my last pair while I was shoveling and all I have are these lousy shoes!" I think he wasn't sure whether I was pulling his leg or telling the truth. I wouldn't give him a hint which it was, just finished at the pump, then drove over to the store! (I told the cashier inside and we both had a huge laugh)

[Edited by: GBGuy at 1/6/2015 5:04:33 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 10:36:18 PM

It's tough to think about the bariatric surgery as we know we will have to do exactly what we should be doing to lose weight by ourselves, but to a greater extent.

Maybe you have to try something different than what you're doing if you are at an impasse.

Even Weight Watchers for the "group" therapy.
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