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Old 05-25-2012, 11:10 AM   #541
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One of the radio stations in town did a survey of their listeners as to which they preferred....cooking on a gas grill or charcoal. Hands down the winner was charcoal. Not surprising - I prefer it, too! There were two people who had a combo grill so they could start the coal by using gas, but then cook on the charcoal. Ingenious!
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i know so many people that swear by the charcoal, but i'm an avid gas grill user. Even though i have to light it from 7 feet away because that initial whoosh of flame scares the bejeebus out of me-everytime... there are no knobs or controls on the charcoal grill, perhaps i'm a control freak and charcoal is a little too wiley for me. Or perhaps i'm a pyro-maniac and addicted to the flame...

I have always wanted to bbq a flat bread pizza though. I love to grill. too bad my stoopid townhouse hoa does not allow grills of any kind. (pssssst...I actually have a tiny camping grill that i will use very quickly after dark, so no body sees me... hoa, i bite my thumb at you!)
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Marilee, FF and Tony, thanks for the compliments on Dad and Grampa's handiwork! Mrs. Kenyon was telling me on Thursday that she and Mom used to peak out behind the curtains in that big window when her parents would drive in at their house across the field. Apparently they came by a little too often and stayed a little too long so she would try to avoid a visit or two. I thought that was so funny. She and Mom always seemed so mature and sophisticated and now I find they were just like me. lol

Vicki, we bought a gas "Backyard Grill" from walmart. The good thing is it was already put together. The last one we had that just rusted out we put together and it was very tedious. I think we had wanted to use it right away and it seemed like it took forever. On the job hunting, nothing is simple and easy. Yesterday I got a call to come for an interview on Wed. for a job. About and hour later I get an e-mail saying the interview was cancelled. I called the lady back and she didn't know anything about it. She said she had been calling people all morning. She said she would go upstairs and talk to the human resource person and call me back. She calls back and says everyone had left ( you know, skip out early on a Friday afternoon) so now she won't know what's up until tues. She says they have a new software package that could have a glitch and the way the e-mail read it did look like an automatic notice. So time will tell on that. Thanks for asking!

Britt, I have never started a gas grill. They scare me to death too. We used to live in an old farm house after we moved from the house Dad built. We had to go down into a scary dirt floor cellar to light the gas to heat up the water for baths. One day my sister turned on the gas and then lit the match. Woosh, all the hair on her arm was gone and eyebrows were a little singed. She was fine but I was standing by her and was forever freaked out. I like charcoal grills too and never had a problem getting one started. When we lived in our condo in Gulf Shores we were not allowed gas or charcoal grills on our balcony but electric were ok. We had a small beautiful blue enamal one. I think it was a Char Broil. I love my buffalo sauce too especially mixed with mayo.

Have a relaxing holiday weekend all and good luck FF at the casino!
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Still feeling good and strong. Had a couple of glasses of wine with a mom-friend as we sat in the shade and watched our little boys pummell each other. It was very relaxing between the "Stop it!" "Put that down!" and "Do not eat any more sand. I mean it!"
I am very impressed that the wine did not cause a binge. Usually it lowers my defenses enough to cause a major pig-out. VERY proud of these small victories. (By the way, no one was driving!)

Gibby....sorry about that. I don't want to credit anyone else with the home-liposuction-belly-button-cleaning procedure. You should patent that!!

vicki...I would also enjoy your blue cheese recipe. Years ago, I made the one in the Atkins book...and it seems like it just tasted like sour cream and chunks of blue cheese. Was not impressed.

tony...Aha! That may be it. The reason the skirt steak was on sale was that it was a great big hunk of UNtrimmed meat. While I removed a great deal of the excess fat, I don't think I was as thorough with the membrane. Thanks!
Also, I am wondering if the other folks are right. You may get your hip refurbished and wonder why you didn't do it sooner! Wish you weren't in so much discomfort. You're such a good sport!
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hey guys!...happy memorial day weekend to all!...

i am a grill freak - i have both a charcoal and a gas grill...bought a new weber genesis gas grill last fall and I LOVE IT!!!!...the new technology mimicks charcoal flavor very closely, although i will agree that a slight nod goes to the charcoal grill...my weber charcoal grill is one of those gas-assist types that light the charcoal for you...very convenient...the next best thing are those charcoal chimneys that start the coal with crumpled newspaper in the bottom...

the new weber grill is amazing - the gas starter is very effective and not at all scary like those on other grills i've had...you get what you pay for and after several cheap gas grills i am so happy to have gotten this one...the food is almost impossible to burn with the stainless steel burners and shields and this one has three burner and what they call a "sear station" to seal in the juices...

i find i cook more often with a gas grill because it is so quick and easy...5 minutes of pre-heating and my food is on there and this one has enough area and btus to do the job quickly and perfectly every time (so far!)...i know i sound like a commercial, but i get excited about grilling :-)

my chicken chili recipe:
i boil water and then throw my boneless chicken breasts in (i used 6 half-breasts this time) and cover the pot, turning off the burner and leaving the chicken in there for 20 minutes...then i pull it out and chill, but i guess you could use it right away...i usually boil the chicken the day before i am gonna make the chili...when it is cold, i cut out the little vein and cartilage and then cut the chicken up into small pieces - maybe 3/8-inch cubes against the grain on two square edges for tenderness...

then i rinse a large can of black beans and two small cans of diced green chilis...i put 1/2 container of organic, low-sodium chicken broth (come in a cardboard box-ish type container) in the crock pot and then add the chicken pieces, the black beans, diced chilis, jar of low sodium salsa, 1 or 2 fresh thinly-sliced jalapeno peppers, some ground cumin, garlic powder, mccormick's hot mexican-style chili powder, a bag of frozen corn, one large chopped vidalia onion and mix it all togetrher and cover crock pot and run on high for an hour and then turn down to low for 4-5 hours and serve...

you can leave out the beans and corn if you want to make it lower-carb, but i think they are healthy carbs and fiber and enjoy them...

okay, this post is getting long...the chili and wings were amazing although the habenero mango wing sauce must have been pretty strong as i could feel it in my belly all night and that never happens to me :-)

i'll check back in later i hope...will be running around a lot all weekend!
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wow, i'm back already?????

kbeth, that sounds like such a cute scene with two moms having wine while boys are being boys!...congrats on changing old behaviors - we might just be catching on, don't ya think?...

abi, i hope you find a job you enjoy...you deserve to be happy and any company would benefit by having you join it!...that must have been soooo scary when you observed your sis getting singed!

hope ff is winning big bucks and walking up a storm in AC...

britt, i'm gonna start calling you "britt the brat"...honestly, you are witty and i enjoy your posts...your warped sense of humor reminds me of a younger, blonder version of myself!

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Yum, chicken chili sounds good Tony.

I have had Fran McCullough's Low Carb Cookbook for a while now. I remember it was hard to find. I think I may have picked it up at a garage sale or goodwill. Regardless, I have had it and haven't used any recipes from it. My stand by cookbooks have been two written by Dana Carpender and recipes obtained off of this website. So, I started perusing McCullough's cookbook and Diana Schwarzbein's cookbooks.

The blue cheese dressing came from McCullough's book:

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayo
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dash of hot pepper sauce
1/4 c minced chives (I used green onion tops)

Mix and store for up to a week.

I am supposed to take a salad on Monday to Mom's for dinner. I am doing the old fashioned iceberg wedge salad and topping them with the blue cheese dressing and crumbled bacon.

Right now I have egg plant diced and sprinkled with salt draining awaiting to be placed in another recipe I am trying called Caponata. Reminds me of Ratatouille kind of but it has capers and green olives in it. I will let you know how it turns out.

I have had Diana Schwarzbein's The Schwarzbein Principle for quite some time and have never gotten rid of it. It was written in 1999. If I had read it and done it back then, maybe I wouldn't have done the gastric bypass. Oh well, very sound material. I am rereading it.
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vicki, you are IN THE ZONE, girl!...i'm so proud of you...i know you know this, but one of the keys is making sure you have a wide variety of on-plan food around so you can find something when you get hungry...that's the best antidote i have found to giving in to the cravings we all get from time to time...

haven't eaten much of anything today...skipped breakfast and had what amounted to about 2 oz of the chicken chili cold for lunch...dw made a nice salad but i didn't eat any - just wasn't hungry all day...did have a few large glasses of water though, and i'm getting hungry now...

the kids just ran out to pick up sirloin steak bomb sandwiches - i will eat the filling - the place we get them make the best steak sandwiches i've ever had - they cut up tender sirloin steak tips and throw them on the grill with onions, mushrooms, peppers and chopped salami - unbelievably good!...

how is everyone else doing today???

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Hey everyone. Sorry I'm late checking in. I've been doing some major house cleaning in prep for my guest tomorrow for dinner and my knee is bugging me so it's fits and starts (that's an old expression meaning "do a little, rest a little")

The stupid scale was back up 4 ounces this morning. I sure hope I lose something by Tuesday. For brunch I had a cheese omelet and for late lunch I had a taco salad. Not sure what I'm having for dinner...I'm not inspired. Maybe a pork chop and green beans.

Anywho.....have a great day!

Tony, your grill(s) sound like the ones I heard on the radio that were awesome - the ease and speed of gas, but the flavor of charcoal.
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Marilee, have fun tomorrow. Can't wait to hear what you think of "One For The Money". We had ocean perch with almonds fried in butter, caponata and cukes and onions in sour cream. Oh, and strawberries too.
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vicki, i didn't even know there was such a thing as ocean perch...your menu sounds so healthy and yummy!

marilee, i want to know more about this mysterious dinner guest :-) like what's on the menu?

ate a healthy portion of steak sandwich innards...i'm very satisfied and done for the night...

can't wait to hear about ff's exploits!
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Hi Tony, I thought I told you guys earlier this week. It's a girlfriend from work. I'm roasting brisket in golden mushroom soup with onions, celery, carrots and potatoes....I'm going to try to forgo the potato, but I have a feeling I'll have a little - I am Irish, after all
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oooo, you did mention that and it sounds good, marilee!...a few pieces of potato are not gonna kill ya...they have vitamins (esp if you leave the skin on), fiber and are not processed...

let us know how it turns out and when you have time, please share the details on how much soup you use and in what kind of pan - covered or not and the temp and time...thanks! :-)
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Great recipes Tony, Marilee and Vicki! Thanks!

Weather has really turned into summer this weekend. Great grilling weather! Hope FF got a good walk in yesterday in AC. It may have been a little warm for his taste.

Had a couple of hamburgers yesterday slathered with mayo and wing sauce ( Britt!). The were very good. Scale is doing what it did last week at this point. Looks like a loss will be difficult but I have two days left. Hope springs eternal.

Beth, a little wine with a friend definately makes life a little more mellow!

Will probably check in later to say hi. After church, breakfast and visit to cemetary I need to do some major cleaning here at the house. Was way too sluggish yesterday. Got watching a NCIS marathon. I had seen most of the shows too!

Have a great Sunday Blitzers!
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I have weighed daily since my rock bottom earlier in the week. I have mentioned previously (quite a ways back) that I have stepped on my scale two times and when I step on the scale the second time it is usually about 2-3 lbs less. I am tired of the game playing with the scale. So, I had mentioned earlier this week that I was 230 or so, well that was with the 2nd step on. I really was 233. Today, I am 226.4 approx and have been for a few days now. I have stayed on track too. Nothing too carby except nuts and minimal fruit. I am going to continue this way.

I am still reading the Schwarzbein Principle and am almost to the chapters where the woe is determined. I think the number of carbs is based on metabolism and other health conditions.

Last night we had the caponata, perch with almonds and cukes and onions in sour cream. The caponata was really good but I am going to cut back the amount of olive oil next time. It called for 1/2 cup plus a TBSP. I didn't add the add'l TBSP and still I thought it was a bit much. I since have searched for other recipes and found one on the Food network by Mario and that recipe called for cinnamon and cocoa, interesting.

This morning I made Scotch Eggs. The original recipe calls for wrapping the 1 lb sausage around 4 HB eggs but I stretch it out and do 5 HB eggs. I had one of those and a LC muffin.

We are going to the movie this afternoon something called Hotel Marigold. We will be eating someplace. I feel strong enough to be able to eat salad.

Hope everyone has a great day. It got hot and humid here yesterday and we had to turn on AC last night. Another hot one today.
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GREETINGS HEWMONS!!!

still not a millionaire!!! It was warm AND humid in AC. I did not actually eat anything there. I survived on iced coffee, and diet coke.....and water. I lost the $35.00 the casino gave me. Well, not lost...I know exactly where it is, in the machone, not in my pocket. As I was not feeling any victory vibes, I did not continue. I shall no return until the weather is appreciably cooler, like November. The rest of the weekend, I am doing nothing, but relaxing. Chance of showers every day through next Saturday. I am licking my chops hearing about all the grilling going on. I will get my usual ribs from chinese takeout. FF
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ff, did you get to walk or was it too hot?...i can't believe you didn't eat anything there - you weren't starving?...you amaze me!

vicki, i am so happy you are on track and feeling strong and that the scale is rewarding you!...you are earning every lost ounce!

abi, are you having breakfast at the country club every sunday again?...i love buffalo wing sauce and mayo, but i never mixed them...sounds good and i'm gonna try it!

dw and i and at least two of our kids are gonna head out somewhere today - it is so beautiful and tranquil where we live - sometimes it is hard to leave...yesterday we hung out on the deck most of the day and it was glorious!...we live out in the woods and although the house is small and not much to look at but the location is just so peaceful and we built a huge deck a few years ago that changed our lives here...

but alas, today i think we will head to the coast somewhere...maybe a ride to ri to visit the cemetary and see the ocean and then dinner somewhere...maybe maine and the ocean and seafood somewhere...first, i gotta drag the kids outta bed - it's 11:30 and we haven't seen them yet...

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We are back to eating at the country club again Tony, My sister in law and I ate out on the deck and it was beautiful. No flower on the edge of the plate today. I thought that was too good to last. No slice of melon either. lol They've got to watch that bottom line. My brother decided to go to the "church of nature" and go with a group biking - probably a 30 to 60 mile ride.

I miss seeing the ocean. After living on it for 10 years I haven't seen now since Aug of 2007. That is the one thing I miss about Alabama. Hope you finally got those sleepy heads up and at em.

Vicki, you are going to be my saving grace on tuesdays weigh in. It was 82.7 at our house at 7 last night. Too humid for me but we haven't got the air conditioners in the windows yet. It did drop down to the 50's during the night which I love. Today it is quickly heating up again.

FF, sorry you didn't win any money but glad you didn't lose any either. I thought it might have gotten too warm for you. It was too warm for me and I wasn't out walking in it.

Got to wash the grill now. Have a nice evening all!
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ff, chinese ribs still sound yummy.

Tony and Abi, I wish I had a deck to hang out on. We have a patio but I don't do too much hanging out. It is too hot and humid now and those dang little black bugs are killers.

We went to the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". It was a good movie with a good message. Google it to see the trailer. We walked in while the previews were still going on and 3/4 or more in attendance had gray hair.

Steak on the grill, caponata and cukes and onions again. I am trying another new recipe: Strawberries with balsamic vinegar. They are to marinate at room temp 1-4 hours and sprinkled with pepper when served. Again, I will let you know how that turns out. They recipe is off of All Recipes and it got 5 Stars.
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it was not a marathon walk to be sure.

i had gotten 3 cheeseburgers at "5 Guys" Friday Evening. I had only 1. Sat a.m. before I left, I had another, and when I got home (just made it before curfew, but I would have broken curfew in this instance)the 3rd. Today, I had 15 ribs shortly after high noon, and 1 slice muenster cheese 5 minutes ago. Otherwise, it was TV, diet soda, water, and sleep. Probably the same, Mon & Tues. Too hot and humid to actually do anything. I cannot wait to be back at work on Wed. FF
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Dinner was great! I had to go to plan B on cooking it, though. Because the recipe said to cook the brisket for 2 hours, I knew that wasn't going to be enough so put it in my Nesco countertop roaster to cook, but after 2 hours, the soup was burning so, I wound up cooking it in my crockpot on high for 6 hours. It was almost falling apart when I was through which is good! The golden mushroom soup made good gravy and the veggies were good, to. No, it wasn't low carb but my guest and I lloved it.

Vicki, the movie was good. Obviously not one to win an Academy
Award, but I knew that....just a fun movie. The actors didn't match what I had in my brain from reading the books, but after awhile, I it didn't matter.

Looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow. The house is clean, there's food in the fridge, good movies on pay-per-view, and good books to read.

Have a nice evening!
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Ahhhh, Marilee, sounds like a perfect day ahead for you!

Scale is up today

I really should just have a water only fast day today but we are cooking out steak tonight. We had chicken drumsticks last night. DH bastes them with a vinegar, season all, worcestershire sauce concoction that is delicious and the smell of it cooking drives our neighbors crazy. lol

Going to a service at the cemetary at 9 and getting some things together at the house for DH to haul away to dispose of. Other than that maybe a little house cleaning.

Will check back later and see what fun everyone is up to today.
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Weighed today and was 227.0 ARGH I hope the scale goes down since I have gotten back on the wagon. I finished Schwarzbein and according to her and my metabolism and exercise I should shoot for 15-30 grams of carbs per meal. That seems to be about what I did when I was successful a few years ago with this woe. Very doable. Not too drastic of a cut in carbs.

Abi, we started watching the PBS Memorial Day Concert last night but they had to stop it due to bad weather approaching DC. They did replay last years, but just wasn't the same.

Marilee, I thought that movie was ok. I too didn't think the actors matched what I envisioned. I thought Ranger would be huskier/bulkier and the boyfriend would look more Italian. Debbie Reynolds didn't fit Grandma, but the actress for LuLu sure did LOL.
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Happy Memorial Day!

I am afraid to weigh tomorrow, but have no regrets about my dinner yesterday. I don't entertain very often at all and it was worth whatever happens. I will drop it quickly.

Vicki, I always had Sandra Bullock as the person I would cast as Stephanie. I envisioned Ranger more Puerto Rican looking - more rugged. And grandma should have been Phyllis Diller or someone like that. The had Debbie way to pretty and "all together" than I imagined - she really didn't come across as wacko as in the books.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:48 AM   #565
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Happy Memorial Day, all!
My son and I have been having playdates and planting flowers for a few days...and then a cookout at a friend's house last night...we are pooped! Today will be low-key. Some cleaning, some reading, and maybe a movie.
Through it all, I have felt ridiculously strong and energetic. Feeling energetic is unusual for me, lol. More than losing weight, I will do whatever it takes to hold onto this feeling. I have had ZERO temptation for this reason.

vicki...thank you for the blue cheese recipe...and eggplant caponata?! My husband was raised on the stuff from his Sicilian grandmother! I may have to chance making it. He would be THRILLED!! I have been too busy to try out any new recipes this weekend, but I will be sure to share when I do.

Abi...I loved the pictures of the house your grandfather build. Looks like such a peaceful spot. ....and the story about your mom and aunt peeking out the window was hilarious!! It's funny when we have those moments of realization when our parents are just people like us. lol.

B: leftover pot roast and carrots
L: grilled chickn breast on romaine
S: egg?
D: ?
Have a great day, y'all!!
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happy memorial day, kids!

kbeth, i am so happy you are feeling well :-) this is a great time of year to be in a groove like that!...

hang in there, vicki - don't let the scale influence your mood - you're doing great!

abi, how was the steak tonight?...i thought it was supposed to rain today?...what a beautiful day it turned out to be!...

marilee, NO REGRETS is a great mantra...happy you enjoyed the brisket - it sounded soooo good!

ff, did you get the single or double patties at five guys?...i love their burgers!



had a good day - actually got in the pool for a little over an hour...the water was cold-ish but once i got used to it, it was fine...got some exercise in...didn't eat until dinner which was steak tips and chicken and sausage on the grill...very good, and i sauteed some broccoli with garlic, evoo and parmesan cheese...skipped the mashed potatoes...

have friends from nashville and boston coming up tomorrow...should be fun ;-)

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Boo Hoo - no loss this week

Well, sorry folks, no loss this week. Hoping the rest of you have some success adding to our total goal. I am determined to lose 2 pounds this week to make up for today!

Beth, it is funny to hear these things about our folks isn't it. Your energy level is certainly worth fighting for. I feel the same way. If I could feel as energetic all day as I feel at 4am I could accomplish so much!

Vicki, I missed what movie and book you and Marilee were discussing but enjoyed the discussion anyway. We don't have a deck any more usually sit out in the garage when we sit out. It is on the shady side of the house and so much cooler. Bama likes it too. That black lab coat gets super hot in the sun.

Tony, you are a brave soul to get in that cold water but I remember as kids going to Maine to swim in the ocean. Like you said, you get used to it after awhile. Good exercise for the hip and the cold water is probably good for inflammation isn't it? The steaks were delicious and there was enough left to have tonight. I will slice the meat thin and mix with brocolli and a little soy sauce maybe for flavor. I kept hearing that we might have thunderstorms yesterday but it sure was a beautiful day!

Wish Artemis would pop in and say she is finally feeling good again.

It was hot last night trying to get to sleep. FF, I bet in the city apartment it was close to miserable. Keep those cold ice coffees coming!

Will check back to post the losses for the week. Good luck!
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well, guys, the news on the scale this morning is that i weighed in at 217.4, which is down .4 from last week...still ahead of the pace to hit the 10lb. goal and although i was hoping for better, i was worried i was gonna gain and subtract from our losses so far...i ate some salty stuff the past couple of days and i think that added some weight - not sure cuz i didn't weigh the past several days...

BUT I AM WAY excited to do better this week!...

my friends are coming for lunch and hanging out here for a few hours and then we are heading to the coast to take one of the folks from nashville to see maine - she never has and then i will take them for seafood somewhere...

so, this will not be the lo-cal day i was hoping for! :-)
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Okay, down 2 lbs. for the week! The scale said 151.0 this am, so I kept hopping off and on. Tried to use the potty again, lol. One teensy ounce and I coulda called it 3 lbs. It was not to be! So yes officially: 2lbs.
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Good going Beth and Tony! I won't total them until later after everyone has had a chance to post.

Tony, have fun today and make sure those southerners get to put their big toe in that warm ocean if you go there!
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