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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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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:23:40 PM

Well, if we get that much snow, then all my hard work would go to waste, because most of my light show would be BURIED! I have dug out shows before, but I don't have the energy to do that any more.

Meanwhile, I have officially hit a plateau, same weight +/- a couple pounds for almost a month. I will stay with the program and hope that after a while the pounds will start coming off again. A metabolism is a fickle thing.

Also, if you haven't noticed, I have joined you in the 3,000,000 plus points club (though you are almost to 4 million). I never thought I would get here.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:02:27 PM

Coming closer to 8 foot in some areas.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:36:34 PM

Yeah, I am glad I don't live there either. People in Illinois are complaining (wimps) and we hardly have an inch of snow anywhere. What they have in northern NY is ridiculous!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:40:52 AM

I'm glad I still don't live in the Buffalo area. It always was a chore getting around in the wintertime when working. I suppose being retired it would have been much easier to wait things out.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:09:46 PM

I have breakers on the outlets that the show uses for power (had those outlets installed special by an electrician last year). The outlets are much bigger than an ordinary exterior outlet unit and comes with its own weather-proof box. I just have to introduce the extra load downstream from the outlet but not in the circuits of the show and then once the show starts, it exceeds the limits of the breaker and voila'!
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 6:38:17 PM

Do remember that if a circuit gets overloaded, either the circuit breaker snaps out or the wires get too hot and starts a fire. You must be running 12 gauge or 10 gauge wire to keep everything running good and not overheating, huh?
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 10:29:55 PM

That never works with her until we start tripping circuit breakers or melting fuses, but I HAVE snuck select high power devices into some of the circuits on occasion before. It is a little deceptive, but pretty innocent. When I do this, make sure SHE is running the program when the lights go out.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:00:37 AM

Let the wife know you've reached the limit of amps the system will carry. Heading to Busch Gardens today with my new batteries in my scooter. I'll be able to scoot around in speedy style.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 2:29:25 AM

I swear I am done with our Christmas light show setup. Spent another 2-3 hours on it yesterday, then wife found another item she wanted me to add, so I added it, then added it to the program, etc... I still have to start programming songs for the show.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:25:22 AM

It's called Wedded Bliss, isn't it? Just remember that if you can realize that it is a "lose - lose situation, all will be fine.

Whatever direction you go will be a loss to you but time passes for everything.

The DIL and GD had a blast-out a few days ago and are now just getting back with each other.

I told the DIL I'm staying out of it as it is a lose-lose situation for me and I'm not going to be part of it. (They both live with me).

See, we seem to have action in both states of the union.

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 11:08:59 PM

Yeah, but I can't help it. If she is down, it takes me down, too. Plus, since she has to spend every extra minute with her leg elevated, mostly in bed, she uses this time to come up with more for me to do, adding things to our Christmas light show, for example. I have said, "I am done setting up the show..." so many times this year.
Saturday morning is definitely the last I will work outside on the show. I have to replace a couple items that aren't working and secure a few items better against the weather.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:23:26 PM

The only thing you can do is leave it in God's hands. God takes care of everything, but in His own way.

Hopefully in months to come, you can look back at this being only a slight inconvenience.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 11:12:57 PM

Wife is still sick. No fever, but not feeling "well". I don't know what to do. Tomorrow (Friday) I am having "a procedure" done to check out my prostate. It isn't anything major, but it isn't anything for me to take lightly either. I am having trouble taking care of myself while also taking care of my wife so much, and I am afraid she is about to get worse--a LOT worse--soon. There is no room for me anymore, just taking care of her.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 1:20:43 AM

Thank God the knee is still clean. Was it cellulitis in the leg? Your wife has gone through too much in these last years. Naturally you have also carried her hurt but PTL that you were able to help her through everything.

This afternoon we had a large coyote walk down the MIDDLE of the street, just slowly prancing like he owned the street. Never having anything like that dangerous animal around us we called 911. 911 said they couldn't do anything unless someone was actually attacked.

We worried as there are kids at that end of the street. Our street is only 8 lots long so the coyote was at the end of the street, at the cross street before we even got to the 911 operator.

I'm hoping no one got attacked as the coyote was as tall as a very large dog.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:44:52 PM

I made the round trip to Chicago, to pick up my wife to take her back home. She is fighting another bacterial infection in the lower leg that spread up, threatening the knee, but apparently, the knee is still "clean". She is on super-antibiotics (watch out for super-drug resistant bacteria in our house?) and other pain, nausea, etc... meds. Hoping she bounces back and stays back.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 9:02:16 AM

GB, what did they decide was wrong with your wife's leg? PTL if it was something not threatening although anything would be threatening with the problems she has had.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 12:46:18 AM

Just got back from Chicago with daughter and son-in-law. They enjoyed their Caribbean cruise honeymoon very much. Wife was moved out of ICU and hopes to get discharged by the weekend.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 5:54:56 PM

GB, what do you do for excitement? You must get tired of having nothing to do. (LOL)

I went to Sweet Tomatoes with the DIL today and enjoyed the veggie buffet to the max. It's unbelievable how great they can make their veggies. It is my most favorite eating place of all places on earth.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 2:12:27 PM

I am prepping to drive to Chicago soon. Spend time with wife, watch Packers beat Bears, then stay in the Marriott across the street from the hospital. Then more visiting tomorrow until I have to pick up daughter and s-I-l at O'Hare in the evening (back from their honeymoon). They want to visit with "Mom" for a while before I drive them back to our house, where their car is parked. I will spend a day there before going back to Chicago.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 9:32:42 AM

GB, I'll send an email to my family and friends to keep up the prayers for your wife. Your wife Holly has been in my family's prayers nightly.

God Bless her and may the Lord make her healthy again.
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 11:06:02 PM

Over night, her left leg turned practically beet red and very hot to the touch. The docs in our local hospital, where she spent the night, called the docs at Rush hospital in Chicago and they decided to send her, in an ICU ambulance, "lights and sirens" to Chicago. She was directly admitted to the ICU, with the intention of prepping her for immediate surgery. Once she got there, they evaluated her and stepped back for a while, delaying the surgery and now they do not plan to cut her open, at least not right away. I know that if she has an infection in that leg, they will be watching her new(est) artificial knee joint. If that knee gets infected, they will not give her ANOTHER artificial knee. If they can clean it out and still save her life, good, but if not, they will probably have to amputate above the knee. Needless to say, she is scared.
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 9:10:42 AM

Has your wife beat the knee problems or are the doctors still unsure if all will be OK? I'm still keeping up the prayers for your wife and family.
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 12:39:33 AM

Didn't get much done at all today because I had to take my wife to the doctor's office and then the hospital. She apparently got some sort of viral infection from one of her patients and it is really taking the wind out of her sails.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2014 9:53:56 AM

GB< you certainly have a huge bit of work there. Everyone in the neighborhood's waiting for the show using your fruits of labor. It's all worth it in the end, for sure!
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2014 8:38:54 AM

I have a HUGE day today. My to-do list fills more than a page of a legal pad! Our Christmas light show has to be COMPLETELY set up outside, tested, replacing burnt out bulbs, etc..., secured against the wind, snow, etc..., and ready to program before the snow comes this weekend or early next week. I also have to rake & suck up leaves (especially around the Christmas figures) before they get frozen to the ground. Add a bunch of other errands, etc... and I am begging for extra hours in the day. Maybe I will burn off a few more pounds?
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:34:17 AM

Praise the Lord for being able to be busy!! There are people that are depressed with nothing to do every day.

I'm always busy doing this or that, but nothing much other than daily routine. Having the DIL, GD, GGD, GGS, and GD's husband living here are enough to keep me busy.

A big happy family group...but the DIL and GD (48 year old mom and 26 year old daughter) do spar verbally every once in a while.... err, every other day but still love each other dearly. You know how that goes I guess.
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 4:56:05 AM

I've been so busy, I haven't posted anything on GasBuddies for 2 days. Too bad, because I had gone almost a year without missing a day.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2014 10:47:29 PM

Yes, I know all about plateaus, but this diet plan has all sorts of tricks I am supposed to use to keep from plateauing or to minimize the duration of the plateau.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2014 8:29:43 AM

Just remember that we 'plateau' every once in a while. So many people get discouraged when the plateau happens but it's a natural thing in dieting as far as I know.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 10:54:25 PM

I was given a chart of veggies, with "greens" like spinach, lettuce, etc... in a special category because they are the foundation of salads, then others, including radishes (which I really like) and peppers toward the top going down to broccoli, cauliflower, and other "cruciferous" veggies way at the bottom. Also, boiling a veggie apparently reduces its ability to create gas in the digestive process, but it also removes nutrients. I am just trying to follow the diet as well as I can because it is supposed to be very effective. My weight loss has slowed down, but I am still dropping pounds, so I will stick with it.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 10:29:51 AM

GB, are most veggies considered gassy? If you can't have veggies you sure are missing neat tasting things. I could live on veggies if I wasn't so lazy to prepare all the foods. I suppose I'd like some strips of chicken or beef on salads though if eating them a lot.

Sounds like a great honeymoon trip they will be taking. I've never gone a cruise but would love to some day.
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 10:29:25 PM

sprays like that can be used, mostly to make the other flavorings stick to the kernels. I am supposed to avoid veggies and other foods that are "gassy", so broccoli, cauliflower, soda, etc... are mostly out of bounds.
Dropped off daughter & s-I-l at O'Hare and they have already made it to Boston, changed planes, and are heading to Fort Lauderdale, due to land in about 10 minutes. tomorrow, they will board the ship for their honeymoon cruise.
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 9:43:16 AM

GB, Can you use the "I can't believe it's not Butter" ZERO calorie spray for your popcorn and veggies?

Remember that most all veggies - broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, celery, lettuce, leaf spinach salad, radish's, cauliflower, (mashed cauliflower w/ low cal fat free gravy), red peppers with mushroom saute, cucumber salad, yellow squash, green beans, Chinese salad, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cilantro, mushrooms, chili peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, beets, carrots, turnips, asparagus, grape and yogurt salad are all 40 to 70 calories, apiece. Veggie soup also low in calories.

You should be able to eat and stay very low in calories per day. 3.5 oz of broiled chicken = 140 calories. 3.5 oz of Turkey = 165 calories. (I would have thought turkey would be fewer calories).

The most important thing is to use substitutes for salad dressings in salads to keep the calories down.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:56:39 PM

I am slowly grinding away, almost to 40 lbs lost since April. My unsalted popcorn arrived. It is very bland, but one of my support groups had ideas for things (spices, etc...) to add some flavor, zing, or whatever without adding stuff like sodium, sugar, fats, etc...
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:02:59 AM

It doesn't really matter a whole lot if someone apologizes as long as YOU know they realize their mistake. Like they say, "happy wife, happy life".

Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and trudge on.

I still haven't started a regimen to lose any weight and even if it is 5#, I'd be happy....if it's permanent.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 11:24:16 PM

She is not as "cold" to me today, but still won't admit any fault or guilt for what lead to her shouting tirade at me. I did return the cooker & popcorn and I am expecting a case of MICROWAVE popcorn (60 bags) to be delivered Thursday. I know, after being married for over 34 years, not to pursue "being right" too hard. Sometimes you have the choice to be right or be happy. Maybe I am a wimp, but I prefer domestic tranquility and the "happy" option.

By the way--the stress I would experience from pushing an agenda to prove myself to be right is not good for my weight-loss effort. Stress leads to cortisone and cortisone supports fat growth, especially in the abs area.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 10:28:55 AM

It would have been nice if the wife had asked you if you would like the microwave cooker before purchasing it for you. I hate for anyone to buy me anything unless it's "exactly" what I want. Many times I've returned things, then, I've gone out and bought an alternative product that I wanted. A GPS was one example.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 11:32:42 PM

She is still cold toward me. We are returning the microwave thingy and the old-fashioned popcorn. I ordered a case of unsalted popcorn online.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:42:05 PM

There you go GB, Chicken and Fish Tucsonhomes said.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 2:27:14 PM

Chicken and fish
Geez
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 10:16:30 AM

Yep GB, sometimes it's a lose/lose proposition, whichever way you go....

I see that Walmart sells Newman's Own Organics Unsalted microwave popcorn and might be good to try sometime.

Hopefully everything works out fine for both of you and the special cooking container that is used in the microwave can be used for other foods also.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:34:24 AM

Well, the "stuff" hit the fan. Wife came in and saw me eating my last bag of SALTED (but otherwise "light") microwave popcorn. What followed was very hurtful to me, as it was demonstrated to me over and over again how I can "never" do anything right. I told her I was going to sleep on the issue and decide in the morning if I wanted to keep her "solution" to my unsalted popcorn dilemma, but that was turned into, "NO! If it wasn't what you wanted, you should have told me that right away!" Well, excuse me for trying to be sensitive to YOUR feelings, how about you try that on me sometime? I said that I was afraid I would hurt her feelings and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do before telling her what I would do. She turned that into me saying I was afraid of HER, like "a little 2 year old."
As I said below, "It is a trap, a test that I can only fail."
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 11:07:28 PM

My wife special orders some microwave popcorn that you can buy at Costco (we got a case of it when we were shopping there with her sister--a member). She justifies it because it is "THE BEST MICROWAVE POPCORN EVER" and that the shipping costs are less than a membership and to drive to the nearest Costco, which has to be at least 30 mile away, maybe more.

I have been searching in the REGULAR stores for unsalted microwave popcorn and can't find any of it anywhere. I asked wife about it and said she was sure she could find some. SO, when she was going to the store this evening and asked if there was anything I would like her to pick up, I said, "unsalted microwave popcorn". Well, she couldn't find it, but couldn't admit her failure, so she brought home some REGULAR (non-microwave) popcorn in a jar and a special cooking container that will cook regular popcorn in a microwave. NOT WHAT I ASKED FOR! Now, how do I proceed from here? I already went ahead and ordered a case of unsalted microwave popcorn on the internet. I just don't have any intentions of using this contraption! I wanted to be able to just throw a bag of the stuff in the microwave and turn it on, then take it out when its done and eat it. When I am done with the popcorn, just throw the bag away, not have to wash the dad-burn contraption before I can use it again. I just know that she will not accept any reaction I have to this. It is a trap, a test that I can only fail.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 9:57:01 AM

House is all clean and waiting to pick up the DIL later on. Even the 6 year old was cleaning her room which was a big deal for her.

Good you had a safe trip.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 11:26:34 PM

Arrived back home safely. What a trip! Granddaughter had a great time though!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 12:56:47 PM

DIL's in N.Y. and coming back tomorrow (Monday). We're cleaning the house before she gets back to keep her happy. (It always gets messier when she's away...and not from me).

Will pick her up at the airport in late afternoon.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 12:58:08 AM

Arrived ok about 12:30 am today. will return about noon tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 6:49:58 PM

Wow, traveling again huh. Better getting the trips in before the snowy weather starts.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 3:12:16 PM

Leaving this afternoon for Green Bay & granddaughter's 2-year birthday. Will be back Sunday.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 12:09:39 AM

That's great for a successful trip. I'll be heading for blood work tomorrow (Friday) then pick the little one up from school.

I'll have to fit the restaurant in after the 11:15 am blood work as a replenishment for the trouble of traveling the whole distance of 3 miles and not being able to eat beforehand.
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