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Old 04-25-2013, 05:15 AM   #901
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Yes fantastic job Julie! Cheryl, I had missed that "fat round"... too cute.

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:06 AM   #902
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Good morning ladies! Yesterday was a rough one, but ended well. My laptop died in the morning, , then a dr's appt for dd(12) and the never healing hip followed by frustration w/ trying to make another appt to see a specialist and more lab tests, , but ended with dinner at our friends and neighbors house, which was a nice ending. Whew! Glad yesterday is over! I overate big time, but lots of fiber (raw broc w/ hummus, beans in the chili, big salad) so I'm up today but not really worried. Still well w/in window and will eat lighter today. What I did realize (too late) was that I was eats more even though I was full. I didn't like this feeling (which is def progress!) but realized it too late. I've got to figure out how to plan better and resist the temptation to please the hostess and myself by overeating when I'm not really hungry. The combo of dinner way later than normal, and just stuffing my face, was a bad one. I'll be much more careful in the future. I feel icky and still full today,

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Hi Julie Yes it does seem like we have a lot in common I've been overweight my whole life. I was the chubby kid, teenager, young adult etc lol. (I'm 32 now ) So in 2008 I did the whole LC & exercise thing and went from a tight size 18/20 (I'm 5'8" and definitely too big for me lol) to an 8. Not sure of exact pounds lost prob right around 70 since that was about what I got when I actually started weighing myself a month into dieting. So I'd kept the weight off since then but was still struggling to lose those last ~20 lbs. It seemed like nothing was working. Then spring/summer 2011 I discovered hHCG and lost that weight. Then I met this guy, seemed that he was "the one" and were making plans to get married. Then all of a sudden he says he's not ready ( he was a widower) and broke it off. Then he showed up a month later with another girl & fast forward to now & he's engaged to the third girl since me. So I'd been maintaining without any difficulty on P3 until that and then ended up gaining back about 10-12 lbs of what I'd lost. I did another round of P2 in the fall and lost the weight again. I struggled then to maintain in P3 but dug in and just did my multiple multiple correction days lol even though it was extremely frustrating! Then in Feb 2012 my dad died suddenly and I just couldn't deal with the diet struggle on top of that. God was good to me though & somehow even though I didn't eat crazy but also didn't monitor daily weights. My clothes fit exactly the same and I didn't start seeing a weight gain until August of 2012. Then I'd gained about 12-15 lbs back from first of the year. So I ended up again in P2 I again lost the weight and even a little lower than the previous time but it was the most difficult P3 I'd ever had! I tried to follow P3 rules but it didn't matter what I did I was pretty much guaranteed to need a correction day every other day! So I thought maybe I'd do something different & tried weight watchers to maintain. Totally didn't work lol !!! not at all By the time I admitted I needed an intervention lol I was almost 20lbs over LDW So back on P2 this time in mid March 2013 and now in conjunction with fat fast this past week. I'm back to my LDW from last round .. well actually a few pounds above but the window ;-) As I'd said before I'd really like to lose another 8-10 just to give me some more freedom but 158 for my height isn't awful I guess ? I'm very comfortably fitting into anywhere from a 4-5/6 depending on brands lol so that's not too bad. Anyway I'm just trying to decide what to do in regards to P3 this time. I really don't want to ever have to do more hHCG just bc it's so restrictive and I feel like a recluse when I'm on it. So I'm thinking JUDDD like I"d said before but I've seen how you're doing so well with the EFGT ratios so now I know that might be an option too :-) Again I love that you've been so transparent & encouraging and it's such a blessing to see someone else keeping God the center :-)

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I def think you're at a good weight. For your height that's pretty tiny, 4-6? it sounds like the permanent stabilizing will be your challenge too. I too, lost my dad, almost 6years ago now, and can sympathize with the adjustment that brings. I still miss him every day, but can remember him now w/o that awful ache. God has really healed me, as initially I was a wreck! I hope your p3 goes great. The high fat is working well for me and its enjoyable!

Cheryl-thanks hon! I'm just trying not to get too comfy here or take it for granted. I'm really blessed to have even gotten back to the 140's. I plan to work on staying here! hope you're doing well today!

Deb-yes, a fast round, not a fat one. That would be bad . I wish you happy P3ing too!
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I'm sorry yesterday was so hard and that your dd is still having hip trouble. They can't figure it out yet? That's bizarre. What have they tested and what's left to test? And what are they waiting for to do the rest of the testing? I hope you find an answer very soon, honey. I don't want you to be stressing out about it. I know you didn't want her to miss out on this season, either.

Have they done CT scans? MRIs? I don't know what test would be best for her hip trouble but you'd think they could figure it out by doing one and then the next and then the next. There's something called a "PET" scan but I no longer remember what they use that one for. Have they done a Bone Density test on her? (Dexa scan) That might be a really good one to ask that they do. It's not hard. Lay on a table, stay still and let them manipulate your leg to position your hip just right.

Anyway, keep thinking about Hawaii and stop stuffing your face. Offend the hostesses! Just stand up, strut around the place and smooth out your clothes while you're basking in the glow of your success. Let them eat the desert! Let them have that second helping of pasta. You stand up and suggest something like, "Let's take a little stroll to let our food settle!"
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:21 AM   #904
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I'm up even more today even though the numbers all worked out well. it sure was fun eating what I wanted and being nice and low. 149.2 is still below LDW, but up 3.2 from what I weighed on Wed morning. Sigh. Stress, eating out of my control too much and beyond hunger is catching up with me . I'll live. Planning mostly eggs today, but I'm wondering if CDs are hurting my stabilization. I'll give it a whirl, and see what tomorrow brings. I should officially be in P4 today, but will repair this damage and look to be comfy back around 147.6 and then dabble in more carbs.

Cheryl-they did an MRI 3 weeks ago which is how the hip swelling was finally diagnosed.nshe improved on the oral steroid, but not completly. No sign of infection or cancer in her blood work, leading dr to conclude its juv arthritis. Sigh. Very rare to have it in only one joint, but it does happen, and makes sense w/ her symptoms and length of pain. It's going to prob change her life and her volleyball career, she's missing her final tournament next Sat, and we're still waiting for the pediatric rheumatologist to get us an appt. the waiting is really aggravating!
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I'm so glad you're going to see another Dr. They need to do more tests before they just hand out a diagnosis like that. I would really make a note to ask the pediatric rheumatologist if she should have a bone density test of her hip. It wouldn't hurt to find out if her bones are thinning. Could be something lacking in her diet. Some people are missing a simple enzyme that can be easily replaced and then "problem solved."

Whatever you do, don't just assume the Dr's know what they are talking about. I'm an RN and I know very well how quick they are to put a label on something. I told a Dr years ago that my hand went numb when I was writing or grasping things and he instantaneously said, "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." Case closed; at least in his mind.

I then went to have neurological studies done where they stick pins in your back and test the response to your hand. It was a number of years ago and I really don't recall the details. End result: "You don't have carpal tunnel." So what do I have? Nobody knows yet and I won't bother to test it further. I probably have a pinched nerve in my upper spine and I need a good massage twice a month to work out the kinks. Maybe a Chiropractor for a little "adjusting."

So my point is to just seek multiple opinions and have them do more tests. If it is juvenile arthritis, it should show in her blood. I believe there is a marker for that. I was tested for arthritis and Lyme about 7 years ago with only blood tests and everything came back negative. (A Lyme test would also be a good thing to have them do, since you go camping.)

I'm sorry the scale is showing a bit of back-lash for the freedoms you've been enjoying. It's just a wake-up call, Julie. Just shows you aren't "fixed" and still need to walk the line. You can do it, darling! I believe in you. You'll find the perfect balance and you'll find more appropriate ways to deal with stress.

Sorry if I sound preachy in this post. I'm only trying to help so you'll be more proactive when dealing with Doctors. You need to be and so many people don't realize that. It's a shame.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:20 AM   #906
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Thanks Cheryl. My BFF who's a pt suggested a bone scan too. I'll ask, if and when I finally see the ped rheumatologist. I'm trying to be patient and yet still be a vocal advocate. I don't trust drs and am unconvinced it's arthritis. But, it is also a catch all diagnosis for undiagnosed joint pain lasting longer than 6 weeks. Most children don't have blood work that supports arthritis, it's usually diagnosed based on symptoms and responding to treatment. Which is why the dr thinks that's it, as dd improved while on the prednisone. I'm trying not to "borrow trouble" and just be persistent w/ the dr and pray. Can't figure too much else I can do.

On the diet front, I'm up again today. Back to ldw 149.8. that's almost 4 lbs since Wed. That's 3 days in a row since dinner at my friends Wed. I ate raw broc and cauliflower in hummus, and beans in my chili, sf choc mousse for dessert. I guess that's enough for some gain the next day, but since then I've been eating VERY low carb, and I just keep gaining. Not sure if the GYCD I did on tues wrecked my stabilization, or the fiber is backing me up still, or my body actually needs carbs now? It's really opposite of what I'd expect. I'm not sure if I should do a GYCD today, or just eat kind of lighter and keep it LC? Or, should I go back to the menus where I was nice and stable? I can't do a cd tomorrow if I'm up again, as we're having company for dinner and I'm making pulled pork. If a cd would help, I'm happy to do one today. I need to buy some GY, but I the that'll be the plan.
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How about eating like you did on one of the days when you were dropping still lower than you were? Maybe that ratio or combination of foods is what works for your body. I'd try that first before doing a CD. And technically, a CD is only done when you go more than 2 lbs above your LDW.

I see that you are a proactive Mommy and I knew that you were, but I had to laugh about the Dr deciding it's arthritis because prednisone lessened the symptoms. Prednisone reduces inflammation. That's all it does. And inflammation can be caused by many different things. Like I said, don't just accept that they know the answers.

I hope you have a lovely day and evening and that your dinner party tonight is enjoyable for all of you.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:34 PM   #908
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Yep, I opted against the cd. The GYCD isn't hard for me, I actually enjoy it, but think it may be part of this gain, like a rebound? Not sure. But, had gy for bfast, devilled eggs for lunch and eating out for dinner. Hoping for steak, but we'll see .

The arthritis diagnosis in kids is really tough to make. The blood tests are often negative and yet the child still has it? Seems odd to me, but again, it's a diagnosis of exclusion w/o any actual proof. Its basically prolonged swelling and pain in the joints. the prednisone helped b/c it reduced the swelling, albeit temporarily. it'd be nice to know what's actually causing it, but I don't really care too much as long as they can treat, and hopefully heal her soon. The waiting is really hard!

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Hey Julie,
If you keep getting that rebound effect, the heal your metabolism diet might be just the ticket for you. She talks about helping people that have been too-low carb getting the 40 lb rebound when they ate carbs again... its a 28 day diet that rotates... I bought the kindle version, but you can also get used books through amazon for even less. I could also help you get started before you get it, if you wanted to.
Hope that wt. lets go! (don't suppose you can blame it on a monthly)?
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The waiting is indeed the toughest part. I hope they find what it is (without a doubt) and a way to treat it so that she can get back to doing the things she loves.

I'm going to look into that Heal Your Metabolism diet, Deb. It's worth taking a looksy. I love to go on Amazon and read all the reviews before I purchase anything. And since I tend to be someone who finds something negative about things that others may be raving about, I go straight to the 1 and 2 star reviews and then work my way back to the ones that are jumping up and down about the book/plan.

Have a happy Sunday, ladies. Many hugs and blessings to you!
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Nothing comes up when I type in "heal your metabolism diet." What's the real name?
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Sorry, it is The Fast Metabolism Diet
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I got it. Thanks for sending it on FB. Sounds interesting! Did you read the reviews on Amazon? I hope it works for you and that you can get a tinier waistline. There was a move from the old Jane Fonda workout that was great for taking inches off your waistline. I'll see if I can find a pic.

Nope! I can't. They're called "side pulls" and I got great results from her workout when I was in my early 20's. Basically, you stand with your feet apart, shoulders and hips square, and bend straight to the right while reaching with your hand (keeping feet firmly planted). You stay perfectly straight and bend to the left and right. It works! Do as many reps as you feel you need.

How are you doing today, Julie? It's noon here so that means it's 9 in AZ? Correct me if I'm wrong. I know you guys don't do Daylight Savings time.

Anyway, I hope all is well, that the scale is down a bit today and that you have a great day.
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If you keep getting that rebound effect, the heal your metabolism diet might be just the ticket for you. She talks about helping people that have been too-low carb getting the 40 lb rebound when they ate carbs again... its a 28 day diet that rotates... I bought the kindle version, but you can also get used books through amazon for even less. I could also help you get started before you get it, if you wanted to.
Hope that wt. lets go! (don't suppose you can blame it on a monthly)?
I'll look into it. My body is a mystery!! And nope, not TOM related .

Cheryl-thanks. Hope you had a nice Sunday. We had company and apparently I overate. Stupid scale!

Well, I'm up to a new high this P3/4. I'm at 151.4 this morning!! I am kind of stupified at the continued climb this past 5 days. Starting w my GYCD on tues I got down to 146 Wed. morning. Sigh. that's over 5lbs in 5 days without truly indulging. I think I was indulging more when I was nice and stable the week before. Not sure if the first 3 weeks my body does well then starts gaining in P4, or what's going on. Doing a GYCD today and hoping for the best. In past orunds I've gained around this point too, but thought it was from the exercise I typically add around this point. Maybe it's something my body does? I was so nice and stable all 3 weeks, with some sugar and starch added. I don't understand!! not much else to do but GYCD, clear everything out and try again. Sigh.
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I'll look into it. My body is a mystery!! And nope, not TOM related .

Cheryl-thanks. Hope you had a nice Sunday. We had company and apparently I overate. Stupid scale!

Well, I'm up to a new high this P3/4. I'm at 151.4 this morning!! I am kind of stupified at the continued climb this past 5 days. Starting w my GYCD on tues I got down to 146 Wed. morning. Sigh. that's over 5lbs in 5 days without truly indulging. I think I was indulging more when I was nice and stable the week before. Not sure if the first 3 weeks my body does well then starts gaining in P4, or what's going on. Doing a GYCD today and hoping for the best. In past orunds I've gained around this point too, but thought it was from the exercise I typically add around this point. Maybe it's something my body does? I was so nice and stable all 3 weeks, with some sugar and starch added. I don't understand!! not much else to do but GYCD, clear everything out and try again. Sigh.
I'm sorry, Julie. How frustrating! Maybe dabbling in sugars and starches during P3 is now showing the result. Maybe while you were doing it and seeming to get away with it, it just had a delayed reaction. I have no idea because the human body is nothing but a mystery to me, but I do know that P3 is zero sugar and zero starch if you do it by the book.

I am sorry you are now in the 150's but maybe just go back to a strict P3 and do it like Atkins Induction and see if it comes back down. I'll bet it will. Don't give up hope! Your body did seem to like being around 146. Forget about P4 and just see if you can get back down with clean LC eating.
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Cheryl-i figured the dabbling would have shown an effect sometime in those 3 weeks. I doubt it can accumulate. Ive been gaining and trying to stick to low carb while doing so. I'm planning to go back to my P3 menus once I'm back down a bit. Hope this GYCD works!
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I hope so too, Julie. And I agree with you. It's odd that it would take 3 weeks for something you were eating to mess with your scale results. I honestly don't get it but I want to support you through it. Sorry if I gave unwanted advise. I know you know I mean it in a good way.

If you want to feel better, go read about my farm day. I actually didn't go into detail but you'll get an idea of how it went. I'm too tired to elaborate. And I have two more days to go!
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Cheryl-no worries! I always appreciate your advise and support! I hope you slept well after your farm day!

Im happy to report my GYCD worked! I GY! Im back down to 148 today! that's 3.4 so I guess I was retaining and backed up. I am glad to see it go, and feel much better. I am going to take it slowly today and try to pay attention to my body more. I can feel it when i am up on the scale. I can tell when I am overeating, I just need to learn to stop and control it. I also would like to start walking again. I need the relaxation it brings and think my body has rested enough. I hope you are all having a good, skinny, day!
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That's fantabulous!

How do you feel about chewing sugarless gum? It can really help when you want a nice taste and something to chew on. I used to be an addict but I broke that habit. It can give you gas, so just be forewarned.

Yes! Go walking. Don't try to set any records, but enjoy yourself. Strut your stuff! (wolf whistle)
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Cheryl-I'm all about gum, I even chew it in P2 which is a no-no. But, I'm kind of a rebel you know . It does help and occupies my mouth so I don't mindlessly eat . Good for when I'm baking!

I walked, up hill even, for 35 minutes yesterday and that was all I planned to do. Then I did some ab work and a little back work, but really tried to keep it light. I like feeling strong and miss that weight trained feeling. Up to 148.8 today but fine with that. I know I will eventually get back to it, regardless of what the scale says. I know it's too soon to even consider this, but there is a possibility that in Aug. I will go for another hcg round. Cheryl-I know you are against this, and I appreciate your concern and support, but I am still well padded. I can NOT wear shorts even at this weight. My legs are awful, truly. They're way better than they were, but definitely not where they should be. So, with that in mind, I am happy here and plan to stabilize for a looonnng while and then re-visit the idea. I may ditch it, as I have worked really hard just to get to the 140s, but in the back on my mind is that little voice saying "if you're really "done" shouldn't you be able to wear shorts? It's 100+ deg here for 6 months, shorts would be nice". sigh. We'll see. Just putting it out there as I mull things over. Trying on clothes is a very humbling experience.

Today is the 6th anniversary of my dad's passing. I know he's in heaven and wouldn't wish this life back on him, but I do miss him and want to celebrate his memory today. Such a funny, supportive, amazing man!! I'm so thankful for him. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

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I'm not against it, Julie. I was just hoping you could lose the rest by modest eating and exercise. You know your body; I don't. I'm no one to be giving dieting advice! You do whatever you think you need to do.

I feel your pain regarding trying on clothes. I won't wear shorts. Capri's is the closest I get to shorts. And even when I get nearer to goal, I'll be wearing those spandex things that look like what bicyclists wear. They come to mid thigh. I really hate my knees. I'm kind of knock-kneed and have a fatty deposit on the inner part of the knee. Not a pretty sight in shorts!

R.I.P., Dad's. My father passed in April of 2001. I miss him so much sometimes, but we lived in different parts of the country and we didn't see each other often. But it was nice to pick up the phone and talk to him.

Amen, honey. And I wouldn't wish my father's situation back on him in order to have him back on earth. He's in a much better place in a fully restored "body." Spirit body, I mean.

Have a nice day, Julie and Laura and Debby. Whoever's out there!
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Hang in there Julie,
You gave come so far & know how to keep going. Try not to let traveling derail your diet.
Good for you getting active again. That's going to make you feel better.
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Just wanted to offer my support and say hi. I'm at the end of my last round (R3) and I've seen you on the HCG boards and thought I'd come in here every so often.

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Debby-thanks! I'm trying to get stable here at home, with a bit of starch or sugar involved . That way, when I travel, and I will , I won't have such a big jump. Hope you're doing well!

Cheryl-thanks. Truthfully, I never really considered being able to get to a weight where I have slim legs. I have NEVER been that thin and healthy. Working out will certainly help my thighs, but as I've lost some more weight, my knees have improved. That was a pleasant surprise and gives me hope that if I can lose 10 more lbs I could, possibly, have thinner thighs. Maybe even slimmer saddle bags? I am actually hopeful that it is possible. I just need to decide if it's worth it. I will need to find that motivation . You know how that goes. At least you're working physical work which will whip you into shape, which will hopefully help the diet into place for you too! All part of the process.

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Thanks for stopping in! Congrats on finishing your third round!! WTG!! I know how hard it is!! Come back and let us get to know you better. Happy you're here .

I overdid it yesterday, kind of intentionally pushed the envelope - choc almonds, real gelato, a few french fries and I did bump up to 159.6 today, but if I can make that the top of my new window, where I end up when I over do it and really indulge, then I will take that! I finished this round at LDW of 149.8, so I would be very happy to indulge up to under LDW. That is certainly a first for me!!

Hawaii in 18 days, not that I'm counting . I fell down the stairs yesterday, really odd as it's carpeted, but I'm sore from it today! I'm getting old! I am celebrating my "boys" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, my 2 beagle mixes. Today is their 6th bday. They were born the day after my dad died and we got them on Father's Day that year so we would all have a happy distraction. I would post a pic, but can't seem to get to any on dh's computer? I'll try again later.

Hope you all have a great day!! I'm wearing a new, cute green maxi dress. It's made of that material that is almost like bathing suit, so it won't wrinkle or muss and it's my best color - green! I love it!! $12 at Ross. YAY! I have to go to a local Jr High and register dd (12) for 8th grade next year. Not sure I'll actually send her, but want to have that option .
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Julie, I think you made a typo. You said you were 159.6 today and happy about it, then you said if you can indulge and go as high as your LDW, you'd be happy.

Hawaii in 18 days!!! I'm sorry you fell down the stairs! Sometimes carpeted stairs are dangerous like that. I slid down a set that had thick pile carpeting. It acted like a lubricant and I only stopped because I grabbed onto a rail. I hope the soreness goes away fast.

Happy Birthday, boys!! Your dress sounds pretty. We want pics of you wearing that, too! Love green and love the price! Don't think we have any Ross's here. Probably similar to a TJ Max.

Good idea to register her for 8th grade. Better to be safe than sorry.

Have a good day and I hope you aren't too bruised and sore from your fall (or was it more of a slide?)
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Julie, I think you made a typo. You said you were 159.6 today and happy about it, then you said if you can indulge and go as high as your LDW, you'd be happy.

Hawaii in 18 days!!! I'm sorry you fell down the stairs! Sometimes carpeted stairs are dangerous like that. I slid down a set that had thick pile carpeting. It acted like a lubricant and I only stopped because I grabbed onto a rail. I hope the soreness goes away fast.

Happy Birthday, boys!! Your dress sounds pretty. We want pics of you wearing that, too! Love green and love the price! Don't think we have any Ross's here. Probably similar to a TJ Max.

Good idea to register her for 8th grade. Better to be safe than sorry.

Have a good day and I hope you aren't too bruised and sore from your fall (or was it more of a slide?)
I did make a typo! Thanks! I was 149.6. Yes, silly carpet! It hurt and like you only stopped b.c I grabbed the railing. I'm less sore today, thankfully! And Ross is very similar to TJMaxx or Marshalls, love them! Actually my dress was $9.99, not the $12, but close enough I still love it and hope to find another one similar. Hope you're doing well and enjoying a few days of rest this weekend!

I'm down a smidge which makes no sense, 149.4 today, so technically 0.4 under LDW. I had lots of "bad" stuff yesterday and just do NOT understand it. I ate really LC and carefully over the end of last week, doing all the right things, and was coming in around 149.6-.8, couldn't drop it down any, so I decided what the heck, I'll enjoy myself a bit yesterday and then do a CD today if I need one. I even forgot my vitamins and thyroid meds last night? I made bread pudding, which I knew would be a mistake, and had several bites of it (quality control ) and enjoyed a real soft serve ice cream cone w. dd(9) on our lunch date. Dinner was a quick Quest bar and I was surprised to be stable today! 1800+ cals, 63% fat, 20% carbs and 15% protein? I notice a pattern this round of when I have sugar/starch, in particular ice cream or froyo, my body seems to like it. I am afraid to believe that as it's clearly too good to be true! But, somehow, I'm ok today? I may have had some fluid retention from exercise and falling down the stairs a few days ago and maybe that left? Not sure, but happy enough here. Holding on to the 140's by a thread, but pleased .

I'm taking dd(12) to the new school for cognitive testing (honors placement) today. She'll hate it but it'll give her a little taste of what she's been missing . I predict after a few weeks back at "school" she'll be asking for HS again. We'll see. Either way I think she'll be ok, she's got a really good head on her shoulders and is a great kid. I wish I had been like her at that age! I just don't want to mess her up, kwim?

Happy weekend all!
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I haven't got a clue how anyone manages to home school their children. How do you know what to teach? Where do you get the books, etc? Is there some kind of system or guidelines for what to teach and at what stage of development? And do you (the parent) have to know all the stuff that you're teaching? I know that kids today are learning things that would have been considered more college-level stuff than when WE were in school.

I'm glad you're back in balance again, in the 40's. If it's working, keep doing it. Don't question it and "run with it"! Happy for you again, Julie. Sometimes I'm tempted to call you Jules. Do you hate being called that? If not, sometimes it might come out.

Landlady came and mowed the grass today. It looks wonderful! First mow of the year. I went around and closed up a lot of the windows I had opened earlier and noticed that she missed a spot. I might go out and use the push mower to finish the job but then again, I don't know if I can even get at it. She has a riding mower in the shed that may be blocking it in. It's not an emergency situation, but she did such a nice job, I hate to see where she went wrong. It's right outside of my bathroom window.

Have a nice day, Jules.
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I haven't got a clue how anyone manages to home school their children. How do you know what to teach? Where do you get the books, etc? Is there some kind of system or guidelines for what to teach and at what stage of development? And do you (the parent) have to know all the stuff that you're teaching? I know that kids today are learning things that would have been considered more college-level stuff than when WE were in school.

I'm glad you're back in balance again, in the 40's. If it's working, keep doing it. Don't question it and "run with it"! Happy for you again, Julie. Sometimes I'm tempted to call you Jules. Do you hate being called that? If not, sometimes it might come out.

Landlady came and mowed the grass today. It looks wonderful! First mow of the year. I went around and closed up a lot of the windows I had opened earlier and noticed that she missed a spot. I might go out and use the push mower to finish the job but then again, I don't know if I can even get at it. She has a riding mower in the shed that may be blocking it in. It's not an emergency situation, but she did such a nice job, I hate to see where she went wrong. It's right outside of my bathroom window.

Have a nice day, Jules.
On the HS, there are all kinds of curriculum you can use. You have to buy it, and nothing is tax deductible, but you get to choose what you teach your child, which is pretty priceless. I have been reading about the Common core standards most states are adopting and the inevitable politicizing of our education. Not to mention the dumbing down of the standards. Sigh. The nice thing about HS is I can continue to challenge my girls in their areas of strength and allow them to take more time to master their weaker areas. In AZ there is no test they need to take, or plan I need to follow. I just focus on the "big 3", reading, writing and arithmetic. I have bumped them both up to higher grade level work and they are doing well. That is why if I let dd(12) go back to regular Jr Hi, she will lieteralky be going back in her education. Still praying about that one. I do not want to mess her up! she really is such a good kid.

I WAY overdid it yesterday, as in an whole small bag of mini Cadbury eggs (those silly things are delicious!) and then later a generous serving of NSA Blue Bunny ice cream. I was feeling indulgent I suppose. I am right at LDW this morning, 149.8 and my body temp is up to 98.1!!!! Which is like a normal person. so, my experimenting is definitely showing that my body needs/likes higher carbs these days. I have suspected this in the past, with the RRARFing I did last year, I saw that my thyroid and temps improved on higher carbs, but my weight also went up. I think there is definitely a link (for me) btw a more balanced diet (higher carb, moderate protein) than I have been eating in the past. I am still trying to understand it and make it work for me, but I am really encouraged!! I may even ramp up the exercise this week and see how it goes.
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Wow, Julie! It sounds amazing (being HS'd) but it sounds like she would be lost in a traditional school environment. What I mean is classes like History, Psychology, and all the other stuff they teach (no clue what a 12 year old is taught in school these days.) If I were her, I'd be scared to go back into a "real" school. I guess you'll just have to see how it goes.

RRARFing? What on earth is that? Good luck on ramping up the exercise.

I'm waiting (over an hour now) for a woman to come and dig up a large yucca plant. I am so "irked" by people who say they will be here at a certain time and then keep you waiting. It peeves me to no end. I will put that aside and be civil, as long as she comes and takes the plant.

As I was impatiently waiting, I put a bungee cord around the leaves to try and make it more portable and then a while later, I went all the way around the root ball with a shovel. It seems to go deep but not wide. I hope this thing goes bye-bye today. If not, I'll probably yank it up the rest of the way and just put it out by the road.

I just hate that people are so freaking unreliable. The simple "treat others as you would want to be treated" rule is so hard to find. Makes me really sad. Society has "gone to hell in a hand basket."

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You never said what you thought about the whole "Jules" thing.
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