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9/1/08 11:05 A

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George,
You look great!
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9/1/08 9:35 A

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Wow, George - your picture looks great. Congratulations on your accomplishments! I know you have one more pound to go before hitting goal, but your success is inspiring!

On another note, I can't eat at all above 1550 calories for the day before I either stay the same or gain weight instantly - wish I knew your secret!

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9/1/08 9:14 A

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We had our end of month potluck yesterday, and there was everything from fried chicken to fried green tomatoes (they were quite good emoticon ).

I probably ate about 1000 calories at the meal, but since all I had was a banana to go with my evening medications, I ended up at about 1650 on the calories for the day. When I weighed this morning, I had lost another 0.6 pounds, so I guess I did OK.

I am now on a countdown. I have ONE pound to go, so I will be adjusting my ticker daily until that happens -- I don't want to miss making my goal....

Edited by: K5GCM07 at: 9/1/2008 (09:12)
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8/18/08 2:32 P

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There were lot's of fresh fruits and veggies from gardens at the potluck, yesterday, along with all the noodle casseroles and pigs in a blanket.

Fried chicken on Sunday..... My grandma lived with us when I was growing up. She only made fried chicken on Sunday. It was so good. She was a Methodist too.

It is a shame what the growers do to the chicken nowadays, with all the genetic manipulation, hormones and fancy feed. It just does not taste the same. You have not had chicken until you have had one raised at home that actually gets to eat bugs and blackberries.

Also, tomatoes and strawberries do not taste the same. I realize part of it is my age, but our blackberries that grow wild in our yard still taste as good as they did when I was young. I think much of our food is over processed.

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8/17/08 8:28 P

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I remember as a child walking home from church knowing that fried chicken would be served for mid-day meal... I actually thought ... at the time... that fried chicken on Sunday was part of being a Methodist as my cousins from other demonations didn't have fried chicken...

Now I fix veggie casseroles as they slow cook during the day... and I really like that 'better than **x' pudding dessert emoticon ... it is vegetatarian blessings ya'll

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8/16/08 5:34 P

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We have a District gathering tomorrow also. The one the District Superintendent has to welcome all the new clergy families and introduce them. I've thought about taking a eggplant and turkey recipe I got from Weight Watchers. Otherwise I never know what to take to potlucks.
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8/16/08 4:40 P

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Tomorrow is Potluck Sunday. Anyone have any recommendations for a healthy dish to bring?

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8/15/08 9:18 P

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Welcome to the team. I left a comment on your Sparkpage introducing myself, but reading your post here I have more in common with you than I realized. I was also ordained in the Baptist Church. My husband and I then came to the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church and have been here for 14 years. For me it was coming home since I was raised Methodist, but I stole my husband from the Baptist church. His parents will even tell you that!

I guess I got past the potluck issues a long time ago. But, I remember one of my first churches in the Baptist church. It was implied that the pastor had to taste every dish there. I've been able to graciously tell church members I can't eat everything, but it all looks wonderful. But, you are right about some things just looking too good. I've made it my policy to be the last person through the line. It sure helps since much of the good stuff is mostly gone.

I sure wish our conference encouraged having healthier church meals. My husband just finished a series with the District Superintendent and was given all the leftovers. Not what I call healthy, but I'm pretty picky about healthy and low calorie being synonymous.

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We have that challenge here in rural OK as well. Lots of fried stuff: potatoes okra, chicken, etc. But there are several folks in the congregation that put in large gardens, so we get lots of fresh squash, tomatoes, etc. Then Debbie and Lee Ray go fishing and bring home lots of fresh frozen catfish, and we have a fish fry. I think that I could eat my former weight in fried catfish, given the opportunity. I _really_ like it. Fortunately, they only do that a couple of times a year. The rest of the time, we just have to rely on will power not to overdo all of that good cooking....


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8/12/08 7:32 P

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Hi Openamind,
Welcome to UM team and Spark People. We have an elderly couple in our church that have been vegetarians for as long as I have known them. They are also environmentally conscious, had solar panels on their roof (in very wet Oregon) and bought the first Prius Hybrid when it came out. They are in their late 70's early 80's now and are healthy, spry, active, and intelligent. I think all that good eating and good living has kept them strong and healthy. She brings the most scrumptious salads to our potlucks. She also makes a vegetable soup that is incredible. Another member makes an egg and vegetable casserole that is yummy. Are eggs vegetarian? We have the other food too which always includes beans and weanies, potato salad and macaroni salad. I am feeling especially thankful for all the lovely food and friends we have in our church families.
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WELCOME 'Openamind'----Hope we could be of some encouragement to you on your weight loss journey and vice versa.I'm Roz from Trinidad.

I am now convinced that Methodists REALLY like to eat anywhere in the world!!!
Here we have breakfast mornings and it is bake and buljol with lots of tomatoes and cucumber but it's quite oily too.
There are always a variety of cakes and sweet bread and pies thrown in as well.

Bake is similar to a flat bread.
Buljol is a dish made form salted cod fish
There is always tea and coffee but a lot of sweetened drinks too.
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Here in Va it's chicken and dumplings, mashed pots and gravy,stuffy so much starch.Maybe you could suggest a heart healthy potluck supper with so many people with heart disease and high cholesteriol numbers it would be alot better. We all need to stay away from fried foods encourage baked or broiled foods and plain vegs and fruit salads. Give it a try and you might just have more people attend because they can't eat all that fatty foods.Remember there will always be a few to complain because they don't like change.Good luck ! Diane

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Up here in New England it's baked beans, hot dogs, brown bread, and pies... I have to say that at our Annual Conference I was also struck by how many very overweight pastors we have. Health insurance is through the roof for us too (I am the church treasurer..).
An all veggie potluck dinner sounds like an interesting and challenging idea!

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Now thats an idea for dieters. I am a UMC Pastor in Wyoming and part of the Yellowstone Annual Conference. Our insurance claims are out the roof so naturally our conference along with others has been focusing on Church Members trying to introduce more healthy Potluck Dinners. There are always veggie trays but Good Lord its hard to pass those good old potatoe casseroles and Fried Chicken. I didnt mention that I was a Baptist preacher before converting to Methodist and a Requirement as an Ordained Baptist minister is you gotta eat a lotta Fried Chicken. At least out here in the west it seems people eat with better sense than we did when I was in the deep Southern State of Georgia. Fatback, cornbread, blackeyed peas, ham, grits, biscuits and gravy. Lawd lawd. Maybe thats why I have always had a weight problem. I lived in the land of cooking with fatback and everything greasy.

Anyhow, I am so thankful to the Lord for leading me to this SparkPeople site last night. I have been wondering where in the world to connect with people that suffer from the same addictions I do, FOOD.
This is certainly an answer to prayer and I do hope to hear from as many that care to write.

God Bless each and every one of you.

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