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6/10/09 3:40 P

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The vitamin E that I use for this skin sauce is in a jar and creamy. It is in the area with other skin products and at our Dollar General store it is right by the baby lotion. There are other scents of the baby lotion but I like the pink the best and that was what the original recipe called for. I think you can use whatever you like best.

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5/24/09 6:18 P

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I found that the baby lotion comes in several scents like lavender.

You have a choice...you can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.

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with NO excuses & don't wait on motivation that may never come. Take responsibility for your journey whether you 'feel like it' or not, you'll be glad you did!" ~ NOTABOUTHEFACE


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Yes, you can buy vitamin E oil. It should be in the same place as the capsules. Small bottle with an eye dropper lid. The brand I usually buy is NOW.

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5/24/09 3:28 P

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I can't wait to make Sarah's Silky Smooth Skin Sauce! Now that I'm in menopause, my skin is really dry and is starting to get really wrinkly. I can't seem to find an over-the-counter concoction that will bring back the moisture. Dumb question though...does Vitamin E come in any other form than capsules? I guess each one needs to be pierced and squeezed into the rest of the ingredients?

Edited by: THENAMESLISA at: 5/24/2009 (15:29)
You have a choice...you can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.

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with NO excuses & don't wait on motivation that may never come. Take responsibility for your journey whether you 'feel like it' or not, you'll be glad you did!" ~ NOTABOUTHEFACE


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5/13/07 8:45 P

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yes, it is funny. do we have to remove our fillings, too?

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

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face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

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5/13/07 2:16 P

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That is funny! I will be watching the papers to see if you are in there with your underwire bra! emoticon

Have a great day, Nancy!

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers out there!

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5/13/07 1:08 P

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I just read up on the latest airport security requirements and I'm still giggling over one of them. They recommend you do not wear an underwire bra because it could set off the metal detector....just my luck to get busted for an underwire bra (pun intended)

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I can just see the headlines now....."Austin woman detained at airport for suspected terror activity on her way to Scotland. Security team wrestled her to the ground and conficated her lethal underwire bra.

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I just got totally goofy over this....LOL

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5/11/07 9:09 P

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Thanks Minnie.

That's a good idea too Georgena. Thanks.

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glad you found something that works. even gladder your doc is pleased.

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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5/8/07 10:50 P

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Nancy you could try low loft quilt batting and tack it to the lining so it stays put when you wash it. Its pretty thin, washable, and soft.

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Yes, you are probably right. Although you know we have a filter on DH oxygen machine that I wash regularly and it is similar to that. Perhaps there are some kinds of filter material that would work too. Now you have some ideas to try at least.

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Rosy,

I think I know the packing foam you are talking about. Not sure that kind wouldn't fall apart though if it went through the washer.

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That is what I was thinking, Nancy, that it might be washable. You might have to cut in a moon shape and do two pieces. I don't know you would have to try it and see how it works. There is another kind of foam too that is not as dense and might be more pliable but I don't know where you get it. I have seen it more in packing.

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5/8/07 6:52 P

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That's a good thought Rosy. I'll have to look into the craft foam. I think I've seen some sheets of it that are maybe only about 1/3" thick and if I cut it on a curve it should be fairly plyable and it looks like it would stand up to washing ok.

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5/8/07 5:30 P

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Nancy, just wanted you to know that I have never heard back from the bra lady but as Minnie said, and I think you too have decided, it would be better to have the same cup size and pad one. What about trying a piece of the craft foam? Do you think that could be cut to fit the cup and use it?

That is great that you have a good report from your DR on your annual physical. You have done such an excellent job of losing the weight and eating properly.

Keep up the good work.

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That is what I thought that I would have to track all of them, but when you do say that you want to track those, it says it wants me to put in the amounts.

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Here is what I found, which is pretty much what I expected. There is not RDA or RDI per se, but this does provide some guidelines for maximums relative to total carbohydrate and calorie intake.

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If you eat 300 grams of carbohydrate each day, then up to 30 grams could come from sugars. However, the new food label lumps all sugars together including milk (lactose) and fruit sugar (fructose) along with table sugar (sucrose). For instance one serving of fruit canned in fruit juice has 14 grams of sugar and 1 cup of skim milk has 12 grams of sugar. Yet neither of these foods has sugar "added" to them. Unfortunately, the new food label lumps all sugars (disaccharides) together and doesn't make it easier for consumers to identify sources of "added" sugar.

Carbohydrates, including sugars, are your body's main source of energy. There are two forms of sugar in the food we eat. There are naturally occurring sugars in fruits and dairy products and there are added sugars (white, brown or powdered sugar as well as corn syrup solids) in many processed foods.

First start by reading the ingredient list on a food label. Learn to differentiate between ingredients that are added sugars (corn syrup solids or sucrose) and natural sugars like lactose (milk sugar) or fructose (fruit sugar) that are inherent in raw or basic foods. It may take some leaning on your part to recognize sources of added versus natural sugars and may be a bit confusing at times because fructose is also used as an added sugar.

When you eat foods that contain added sugars, choose foods that also contain nutrients like vitamins, minerals or fiber. Limit foods that are high in sugar with few other nutrient values (i.e. 15% vitamin C) listed on the Nutrition Facts label. Avoid foods such as candy, non-diet soda pop, jam, jelly and syrup. You should get most of your carbohydrates (sugars) from starchy foods such as pasta, rice, bread, other grain products, potatoes and other starchy vegetables. These foods are great sources of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. These foods are considered to be "nutrient dense". Fruit and fruit juice is another great source of carbohydrates that can provide vitamin A, C, folacin, potassium and other important nutrients. When you choose foods that contain sugars, read the food labels to make sure you're getting some nutrients to go along with your sugar. Remember that moderate amounts of sugar, no matter what their source, are part of a healthy diet.


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5/8/07 11:38 A

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Karla,

Because there are many types of sugar (sucrose, lactose, fructose, etc.) you would have to add each type to your nutrition tracker. Unfortunately, they aren't particularly helpful since nutritional labels don't break them down that way. Sugar is like saturated fats in that their is no minimum requirement. I'm not sure if the FDA has a maximum recommended amount for "sugars" in general but I will see if I can find out.

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5/8/07 11:34 A

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Does anyone know how many sugar grams you are supposed to have in a day and what it is called in the nutrient tracker?
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I had my annual physical this morning and my doctor was duly impressed with my weight loss (90 pounds in the last year and 130 pounds from my highest weight shortly after she first diagnosed the autoimmune thyroiditis).

I talked to her about the weird tingling I've been getting. Since I first posted about it here I've also been getting it in a spot on the back of my right arm just above my elbow in addition to in my left calf. She says it is just a cutaneous nerve ending irritation and not related to any spinal disc compression and that I don't need to take any additional special care or cut back on exercising because of it unless I start experiencing numbness (which hasn't been the case).

Haven't gotten lab results yet and I still have a couple of other tests I need to schedule, but so far everything looks A OK.

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5/8/07 11:25 A

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You are absolutely right Minnie. And I've found something that is working pretty well. Playtex has a new line out called Playtex Secrets with some styles that have a cup lining (not padding just a thin lining) that is open at the top. So I bought 2 different ones in a 36C that fit quite well when I add 2 kleenex to the right cup. I'm still trying to come up with something that makes a better and more permanent insert so I don't have to redo it every time I wash them.

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4/20/07 2:51 P

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are you sure you want two different cups? it'll look better if you can get the smaller side comfortably filled. maybe that's a better goal?

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
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zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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4/18/07 1:20 P

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I will see what I can find out for you.

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That would be great Rosy. I would appreciate it very much. If she knows of anybody in the Austin Texas area that could do the fitting and get the correct info to her that would be great. Because I have this weird fitting situation I'm reluctant to buy via mail order unless I can find somebody professional here locally that can at least do the fitting.

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4/18/07 12:36 P

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Nancy, I will try to email my bra lady and see if she knows if her supplier would do anything like that or not. If so, perhaps you could be fit for each boob locally and then the size could be sent to them. I don't even know where her supplier is. Would you want me to ask her or try to get another contact for you?

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Did some research on custom made bras and it appears I am SOL. Can't find anybody in the whole great State of Texas that does it. I also learned that most that offer "custom" bras don't custom make them. "Custom" seems to mean only that they carry extended sizes and custom fitted means they carry more in between sizes but even those places don't custom make bras from scratch. And custom fitted won't help at all since to my knowledge there are no stock bras that come in different right and left cup sizes.

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4/17/07 11:43 P

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back riding up could mean band too loose. either you lost weight or it stretched.
my band size changes over the course of a day. i grow!

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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I go by cleavage to determine cup size. If there is too much pushing out the top then the cup size is too small. Usually when it feels like the straps are digging in it means there isn't enough support underneath the cup. I find that the straps tend to dig in with bras that don't have underwires or some other form of support at the bottom of the cups. Same thing could also cause the back to ride up because of the tension on the straps.

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Sissy, yes I have heard that one and it is true! Friends are like a good bra!

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Have y'all heard this one? --
"A Friend Is Like A Good Bra...
Hard to Find
Supportive
Comfortable
Always Lifts You Up
Never Lets You Down or Leaves You Hanging
And Is Always Close To Your Heart!"

A good fitting bra is sure hard to find! I have found some cheapies that fit now, but after a few washings, (in a lingerie bag, on delicate and air-dry), they are still pretty raggy-fied! I think I am now "in the process" of changing sizes again...I think I am loosing some back-fat, but my cups aren't changing.. so maybe I need a cup up or band-size down? The band is riding up, and the straps are digging in my shoulders - which I understand indicates the cup is too small? My, my how things do change!
My clothes, undies and all, range all over the place! When we lose weight, the body shifts all over, doesn't it?!? And I understand how you ladies are careful about all the $$ on those really nice-fitting bras, if the size is like to be changing again sooner than later....
Good Luck with the bras!
Oh! Not long ago, I was in a big store, you know the type.. the Super-Store thing.. and the dressing rooms were CO-ED!!! I didn't even realize it at first, until I saw a man coming out!!! I was not about to try on bras in there! My Word!!!!!




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Actually the lady I get mine from has nearly every size imaginable in stock so I am not sure, but almost positive that you could get just one made custom for you. Probably just depends on who you go to. You might even be able to look up custom bras in the phone book.

I know that our JC Penny's has a lady that fits bras. I don't know if they could order you a custom one or put you in touch with who to order from or not.

As far as economics, you would just have to ask the supplier. My lady would give me the same price whether I got 1 or 10 I think.

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Good question Minnie, but having never done this I don't know. Rosy, is it best to get just one made at first or would it be more economical to get more?

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good luck with your search, nancy. if you make custom, can you make only one and try it out first?

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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They are well worth the price. At least the ones I get. They last for a long time. I think 3 new ones will last me well over a year at a minimum. That is a small price to pay to look and feel good. Without the discount they would have been $190. Still not bad.

I'm sure the exercises help.

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Yes, I know the leg press and elliptical won't do anything for the arms. They are both doing wonders for the rest of me, tho. I have been doing tricep kickbacks and rows for the wave and it is helping. I realize I still have a lot of weight to lose, and I probably won't see any real changes in these arms for several months. The fat will have to go first. Then the skin will catch up. I just was curious if others have been able to "tone up" this part of their body because I have heard and read so many conflicting thoughts on it. Some say exercise is the way to go and others say that nothing can be done short of surgery because of a lack of elasticity as you get older. You two have shown me that it IS possible to make changes to these areas and so I am very much encouraged and will continue doing these exercises forever.

That does sound like a really good price for the custom bras. I thought they would probably be more than that too, but even at a higher price it seems to me they would be well worth it.

DJ

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Wow Rosy that does seem like a good price. I figured it would be quite a bit more than that.

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Nancy and DJ, I'm on the same page with you. My arms are not too bad since I have been doing dumbbell exercises for quite some time. Just a little loose skin but I think I could wear tanks this summer (if it ever gets warm). No saggy bottom but that is probably due to my doing the circuit training so much which is my main activity. It is both strength and cardio for the whole body. I am 64 years old.

I do wear custom made bras and have for years (even when I was much littler). I just went last week and got 3 new ones since I had to be refitted. I love them and the ones I get do not have any wires or padding. They do have a piece of support material under the cups which works well in holding you up. They are not cheap but since I have gotten them from the same lady (she just died in Dec.) for at least 40 years, her daughter gave me a 40% discount so I got all 3 of them for $115.

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DJ,

Leg presses and the eliptical are great for a lot of reasons, but neither will do much for your arms. I do a workout called Turbo Scult about 3 times/week that covers the whole body. I use my own body weight for lower body strengthing, form and positioning for core, and 5 lb dumbells for arms. There is an exercise called tricep kickbacks that I've found particularly effective for "waving" arms.

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"Yes, because of all of the weight I have lost I do have some loose skin. That is why I have been focusing mostly on strength training the last few months. It helps, but you are right, it is a slow process. Part of my problem is that at age 59 my skin doesn't have the elasticity it use to. Still, it is not too bad though. A little flabby under the arms and my inner thighs but not enough that I am self conscious wearing sleeveless tops or shorts. I think it is probably a lot more noticable to me than any one else. "

We are so on the same page! I'm 67 and my arms wave at me when I raise them. YUK!!!!! emoticon
From the exercises I've been doing...180 lbs. on leg press, time on elliptical and ball, my legs are looking not too bad for an old broad, but the arms are another story. I feel very self conscious in tanks, which I love to wear during the summer. I am faithfully doing exercises for triceps with 5 & 10 lb weights and I can see a little improvement, but it's sooooooo slow. Your new picture is wonderful and you look great all over. I'm hoping that I can get these arms and butt down to a reasonable size and floppiness LOL. I know it's going to take some steady, hard work but I'm in this thing for the long haul, and this is only the beginning.

I think you are on the right track with the custom bras. Treat yourself to something wonderful. If you're like me, you don't need a dozen of those babies. There's nothing worse than an ill fitting bra to make you uncomfortable. You will feel so good having one that fits the way it should and besides, you ARE worth it, aren't you?

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Yes, because of all of the weight I have lost I do have some loose skin. That is why I have been focusing mostly on strength training the last few months. It helps, but you are right, it is a slow process. Part of my problem is that at age 59 my skin doesn't have the elasticity it use to. Still, it is not too bad though. A little flabby under the arms and my inner thighs but not enough that I am self conscious wearing sleeveless tops or shorts. I think it is probably a lot more noticable to me than any one else.

My biggest problem right now is finding a bra that fits right. I think I shared this with DJ before and it is a bit embarassing but I will share it with the rest of you. About 12 years ago I had breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation treatment on my left breast. Now you would think that this would cause my left breast to be smaller than my right, but actually the opposite is true. As I have lost weight, my right breast has gotten smaller but my left breast has not, and at this point there is a very noticable difference between the 2. My doctor says this is because the radiation treatment resulted in fibroids in my left breast.

Anyway, I have tried on those bras that come with insert pads, figuring I would only use the right one, but they just don't fit right. I own one bra right now that fits well and of course it is a style that is no longer made. Found another one recently by Playtex that looked like it would be a good fit in the right size, but a 38 C was too big and they didn't have it in a 36 C. It's been a hard process finding a bra that fits, is comfortable, and looks right under clothing. The push up types look awful on me because they are always padded and just give way to much cleavage. Anything without an underwire looks bad on me because the weight of my left breast just makes it droop too much. And some of the underwires I have tried on just don't sit right. The wire ends up sitting on top of my rib cage which isn't comfortable and causes it to stick out at the bottom.

For now I will just keep on looking, but once I get maintenance down pat, if I haven't found one that works well, I might try to find some place around here that custom makes bras. That will be expensive but I figure I can get by with 2-3 bras and would just have to take very good care of them to make them last.

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That is so awesome! I know you will have a wonderful time in Scotland and for sure all of your baby turtles are really going to miss you while you are gone. It will seem strange not having your daily menus posted.

I know you have been exercising. Can you share the results of your efforts with us? I am wondering if most of the flabby places will tighten up as a result of consistent exercise. My problem areas are of course flabby arms and droopy butt. I'm working on it every day and my upper body (waist to neck) is looking much better, but the rest is coming very, very slowly.

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I started spark in January of 2006, so it has been what, a little over 15 months. I'm still experimenting here and there with various small things in preparation for maintenance but so far it seems whatever I do it doesn't seem to make a significant difference one way or the other. I am still losing which is ok I think for about another 10 pounds or so. My fall back position if I continue losing beyond where I really should is to drink calories to make up the difference. My guess right now is that I probably need about 1500 calories to not continue losing, but whatever variations I try I still come up with only a little over 1200 before day's end and I am just to full to eat anymore.

My tentative plan is to keep on as I am now through the end of May. We are going to Scotland the first of June and will be there until the 18th. My anticipation is that I will maintain on the trip since I will probably be taking in more calories but also being pretty active. So whatever weight I come back from Scotland with I expect to designate as my goal weight. It will also be a good test to see if I can still approximate an appropriate calorie and nutrient intake without relying on the spark tracker since I won't be able to use it while we are gone.

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That's the way it is with mine too...just comes and goes. If I change position while watching tv it is relieved some. Other times I just don't notice it at all. I hope yours will leave as rapidly as it came.

Since you're almost at goal have you figured out what to do for your maintenance program yet? How many months has it been since you started this journey?

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You know the odd thing is that most medical opinion for a pinched nerve is to rest it, but like you, mine gets better when I keep it moving rather than let it stay in the same position too long. It is still only a once and a while thing and not so much painful as it is startling when it twinges. But it hasn't increased either in frequency or duration, so I'm just going to watch it a few more days and see if it goes away on its own.

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Nancyjac,

I've had something similar to the pain you describe in my left thigh in the back...usually when I've been sitting in the same position for a while. It seems to come and go. Just like you, I have no idea what or why and haven't asked about it either. These bodies of our certainly can be mysterious, can't they?

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you can't lose by having it checked by a professional. hope it's nothing.

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I hope that it is nothing serious but like you said, if it were a blood clot or even narrowing of the arteries, I think it would be all the time, not just part time. Just keep an eye on it and try to not cross the legs (would probably kill me) and see if it goes away. If not, then you probably should check in with DR.

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Thanks Rosy. I did a little research this morning and it pretty much confirmed what you said. I think it is a nerve that is getting slightly pinched and it probably is from crossing my legs. The good news is that from the research I did, it doesn't sound like it is anything serious such as a blood clot or narrowing of the arteries.

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I definitely am not an expert on this but I know one time a chiropractor told me that something like that can happen when there is something out of place in the neck/back. I guess different parts of the back is associated with different areas of the body. I would think it could be possibly the cutting off of the circulation by crossing the legs. Have you ever had it happen when the legs are uncrossed? I know the chiropractor also told me not to cross my legs due to making the back get out of whack.

Please let us know if you figure out what it is.

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I've had something weird going on the last few days and am wondering if any of you have experienced anything similar.

I've been getting this "pins and needles" type stabbing in my lower left calf. It is always in the same spot and it only happens when I am sitting down and usually when I cross my legs (which is a bad habit). Seems to happen mostly in the mornings.

I have had pinched nerves before (though not in my legs) and it doesn't feel quite like that. I would think if it were just that I am reducing my circulation by crossing my legs it wouldn't always be in that one particular spot and wouldn't be just a momentary twinge. A blood clot could explain it always being in the same spot but not being just momentary and occasional I would think. I don't know much about RLS, but again that seems to not be issolated to one area of one leg. So I'm a bit stumped about this. Any ideas?

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thxs minnie.. i agree with u..
i am looking into it..
happy valentines..
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i can't always spend other people's money (that was for paolina), but i think it's worth to wait three weeks for something that will be right for years.

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i think i ask for re-alginment..
but have to find dentist.. i think i will look for specialist..
first set got in tennesseee.2nd set here in florida but the place about 100 miles away from me..it is called affordable dentures,.. same day service, specializing in denutres only..
if i must i shall go back, but it so far to go.. will loook around here again, but last time cud'nt find one....they wanted 3 weeks and lots of bucks to do dentures..

thanxs for ya'll input. sounds like it just my teeth cause evryone else has no problems..

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excellent observation. go back and request an adjustment. don't consider getting third from same guy. do your homework.

hygienist found an 8 mm pocket today. worst ever. took special xray and saw nothing to fix. ?? rest of mouth wasn't bad.

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Eve,

The problem may be more with your dentist than with you. There is no reason you should need a new set every year if they were fitted correctly in the first place. I would suggest you see a dentist who's sole practice is dentures. That is what I did and the price they gave me was all inclusive including as many refittings as may be needed over my lifetime. If your dentures don't fit properly, they can be relined without having to make a whole new set.

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i am on my second set of teeth.. so looks like i need to go for nbr three.. cause if i am the only one having problems, then the problem is with me..right.!i got them pulled may 2004.. so looks like one set each year..gets expensive.though.
have a good one.
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thanks for the heads up, eve. so much to do:exercise, food, gums, etc.....

i also have a bad habit of not chewing my food well. my digestion suffers. i have no patience for any of the above ( or time and energy).

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I'm with Rosy on this one. I got full dentures about 4 years ago and I wish I had done it sooner. The dentures fixed my chewing problems and now I can eat anything. I would definitely go back and have them refitted until they are just right for you. The problem might also be having 1 full and one partial. This makes it a lot more difficult to have them fit properly. I originally was only going to get uppers but my dentist told me getting a fully matched set of uppers and lowers at the same time would be much better.

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Eve, perhaps your teeth are not fitting correctly or maybe you have bad gums. My husband had full dentures, uppers and lowers, and had a lot of problems until he had a new set made that fit perfectly and he really was happy with them then.

I have had upper and lower dentures since 1972 (the same set) and they are wonderful. I would not trade them for all the bad teeth and problems I had before. I can eat anything I want and chew it OK. I eat corn on the cob, apples, nuts, steak, everything. If you are young and have the opportunity to take the proper care to maintain your teeth, that is great and I think everyone should. If you already have very bad teeth, like I did, and the dentist told me he could fix them for $2700 (in 1972) but would not guarantee they would last more than 1 year, no way....I would go for the dentures!

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just listening to ya'll makes me hungry..LOL

re changing the subject, i noticed dental health listed..
and let me tell ya'll, from personal experience..make sure u keep your teeth up..
i thought that i had a few back teeth that weren't too good..so i might as well go ahead and get all pulled on the top.. and dentist talked me into keeping some bottom teeth..Grrrrrr..if u can save any teeth, u best because life with dentures is horrible. i can't eat raw veggies or apples anymore, and if i mange to chew them.. i can't grind them small enuff to go through my digestive system properly. and that not a pretty picture.i have full top denture and partial on bottom . sooo please double think about getting all ur teeth pulled.
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Nancy, just wanted to let you know that for lunch today I had waffles with the Dannon Vanilla yogurt and blueberries. The blueberries were frozen not fresh which I know are supposed to be better for you. It was excellent! I loved it. I will be using the vanilla yogurt a lot I think. I did go ahead and by the tup and not the little cups.

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yes, lite and fit is the kind I get. Odd thing is though the little cups of vanilla have 10 more calories/cup and less calcium than in the big container. The big container is 80 calories/cup or 40 for 1/2 cup while the little containers are 45 calories for 1/2 cup. and it's 5% more calcium/cup in the big container. Have no idea why that is.

Blueberries don't grow to well in Texas (too hot for too long) so they aren't as common here as other berries and even when we can get them they are pretty expensive. I do mix it with some Kashi Go Lean sometimes when I fix the fruit/yogurt bowl if I need some extra fiber.

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Thanks, Nancy for all the good tips on yogurt. I absolutely LOVE Dannon Light n Fit Vanilla yogurt. It's always in my frig. I think it has a wonderful taste and way less calories than some of the other brands. I did try it on waffles with blueberries and it's just yummy. It's also really good with Kashi Go Lean and fruit. Oh please keep those hints coming. Us baby turtles need all the help we can get until we grow up!

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rosy, i'm sorry about your loss. you are honoring her memory by sharing. i wish your husband well. that's a toughy, too.
nancy, thanks for this thread.

i have dental gum problems ( and don't do all that i should to alleviate them.
tom's mouthwash helps when i use it consistently along with brushing, flossing and picks. yuck!

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I will try that. I have never bought vanilla yogurt so I think before I buy the tub, I would buy a small one and try it. Then move on to the bigger one if I like it. Thank you so much.

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Rosy,

Try your waffles or pancakes topped with yogurt and cut up fresh apple. This is one of my favorite combos. You end up with about the same calories as topping it with applesause but way more nutrients.

The other thing I like about the Dannon's non-fat vanilla is that you can get it a two pound tub which is way more economical than buying a bunch of the little 4 or 6 ounce cups. That is actually why I bought it at first, but then found that I like the taste of the vanilla plus adding my own fresh fruit even better than the preflavored fruit varieties.

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I will have to try that on waffles or pancakes. I usually use applesauce to top them so I don't have to use syrup. Normally I only buy the fruit yogurts as I like to eat them by themselves for snacks but again, I never thought of using them on waffles or pancakes.

Thanks for give us futher clarification.

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LOL DJ, no I rarely use bare naked yogurt although my favorite is Dannon's vanilla.

I have used yogurt in baking brownies, cakes and pies, as well as using it in no bake pies (cheese cake and pudding and cream type pies). If the recipe calls for eggs, I still use egg whites but replace the yolks with an equivalent amount of yogurt. I haven't found that using yogurt in place of eggs, oil, or butter have made any difference in taste or texture of any of these recipes. I think the important thing is to keep the ratio of wet and dry ingredients pretty much the same as the original recipe. I also use Pam in place of oil or shortening or I use parchment paper (depending on what I am making) to prevent sticking to the pan. They one thing I haven't gotten quite right yet is making my own graham cracker crusts. I've tried it mixing it with Pam instead of butter or margarine but it either still sticks to the pan or it won't stick to the pan at all so it is very hard to spread.

For things where I want the taste to be less sweet and tangier (dressings, dips, tater topping, I mix plain yogurt with things like vinegar, spices, horseradish, hot sauce, salsa, etc. The posibilities are virtually endless and can be whatever tickles your tastebuds. For things like cream pies and waffles it varies. Some times I use plain or vanilla yogurt and add my own flavor with extracts or fresh fruit, and other times I use flavored yogurt or yogurt with bits of fruit in it.

Two of my favorite treats are waffles topped with yogurt and cut up fresh fruit or just a bowlful of a variety of cut up fresh fruits mixed in vanilla yogurt. I will sometimes eat these as a meal or as a snack. If I need to add more calcium, iron, or fiber, I will use toast in place of the waffles since the bread I use has more calcium, iron, and fiber than any waffles I have found.

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DJ, I am so glad you like the skin sauce. I used to have a lot of hang nails and now I have none so it is great for that.

Nancy, I also found your use of yogurt very interesting to help get our calcium. I do eat yogurt but have never thought of using it in replacing eggs and gutt in baked goods. I'm with DJ, please elaborate on this.

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Oh, Nancy, I think this thread is going to be most helpful. I'm one that's guilty of not taking enough calcium too. Your comments on ff yogurt are most interesting. Could you elaborate as to how you use them...I never thought of replacing eggs and butter in baked goods with yogurt. How does the finished product come out? Do you mix anything with the yogurt for these different uses...cream pies, waffles, etc. or just bare naked? (There's that term again!).

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Good Morning,

I made some of the Silky Skin Sauce this morning. It really does make a bunch. The finished product needs to be placed in wide mouth jars for storage, because it's too thick to pour into anything. I filled the Vitamin E jar, the vaseline jar and have a mason jar left over with plenty in there. I put some on my hands, because I have really dry places around my nails where hangnails like to begin. It's kind of fluffy and feels really nice going on. At first after rubbing it in, I thought it was going to be greasy, but it has soaked in now and my hands are as soft as a baby's elbow. I think I am going to love this stuff. Thanks so much Rosy, for sharing this tip with us.

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On the topic of bone health, I'd like to put in my plug on the importance of getting enough calcium in your diet.

Something I didn't realize until I had a bone scan a couple of years ago is that our requirement for calcium increases as we age. While it is certainly true that calcium is very important for growing children to build strong bones, it is even more important for maintaining bone density as we get older. The standard RDA for calcium is 1000 mg. However, this is for women of childbearing age. One we get to menopause the RDA is actually 1200-1500 mg. to maintain bone density. Loss of bone density dramatically increases the change of breaking bones as well as limiting exercise and general flexibility and movement.

I don't know why, but a lot of people seem to shy away from dairy products which of course are the best source of calcium. They are also excellent sources of non-meat protein. Just about any dairy product is readily available in low fat or non-fat (skim) varieties. These have every bit of the calcium, protein and other nutrients as full fatted versions, just less or no fat and therefore fewer calories.

As a side note, I have found fat free yogurt to be a very versitile food. It is very nutrient dense while still being low in calories. In addition to eating it all by itself, I use it as a substitute for many hi cal, low nutrient foods such as:

Salad dressing (mixed with vinegar and spices): Delicious, creamy, and as a bonus much lower in sodium and cheaper than bottled dressings.

As a topping in place of syrup or butter for waffles, pancakes, etc.

In baking in place of butter, cream, or egg yokes.

As a dip for fresh fruit and veggies.

As a filling for baked potatoes and cream pies.

Mixed with mustard, horseradish, and other spices as a sandich spread in place of mayo.

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Heart disease runs in my family. My father had a bypass at age 39. He's fine now, nearly 60, but only because he's been "good."

I've inherited the genetic disposition to manufacture and deal with cholesterol in an imbalanced way. Obviously that's why I'm trying so hard to find a way to get off the health road I'm on.

I had abnormal cholesterol levels and my doctor wanted to medicate me. I tried every kind of drug there was and suffered bad side effects from every one of them. One of them dangerously raised all of my cholesterol levels instead of just the HDL and another one tried to attack my liver. Yet another one did what it was supposed to do but also left me severely depressed--so depressed I didn't even realize I was depressed.

So I refused to take anymore pharmaceuticals. My doctor was mad but the next checkup I had every level was nearly normal, even my triglycerides were lowered over 300 points and my BP had gone from dangerously high to barely borderline. "What did you do?!?" she wanted to know. I gave her the title of a book and a list of vitamins I've been taking.

"The New 8 Week Cholesterol Cure" by Robert E. Kowalski and pantethenic acid are my saviors. Along with changing my diet and exercising more (although not enough to lose weight, obviously) have also helped tremendously.

Does anyone else need to raise HDL and lower LDL and triglycerides? Pantethine and fish oil can do that for you. Niacin also works but it was too harsh for me and NEVER take it in medicinal quantities without a doctor's supervision because that can also hurt your liver. Also, phytosterols (plant sterols) are wonderful because they block the channels that cholesterol (animal sterols) from food plug in to and keep your body from absorbing them.

My doctor speculates that if I can drop this weight and further strengthen my cardiovascular system through exercise then I'll probably end up with all systems normal in the end. Of course, after nearly 13 months of not quite meeting the bar that IF is looking pretty big.

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You are all welcome, I know Sara would enjoy sharing. I hope you try the recipe and enjoy it. It does tend to feel a little greasy when you first put it on but it does absorb. Also, I usually just wipe the palms of my hands on something dry if I want to not feel it there and let the other absorb naturally.

Enjoy!

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Neat idea Rosy, I like to make my own cosmetics so I'll certainly try this. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful friend's legacy.



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Thanks Rosy! I may have to try that as well. One of the reasons so many other lotions don't work as well as something like this is they usually contain alcohol. I think it's to try and eliminate the greasy feel. But alcohol is so drying, they can just set you back instead. I like shea butter and use it a lot. I'll have to look for the one Nancy suggested. With all this water I drink, I have to wash my hands a lot!!

Sorry for the loss of your friend.

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I think that may be why this concoction works so well, it is thicker than most lotions and really sinks into the skin. Let me know how you like it if you give it a try.

I also will tell you my dear friend, Sara, passed away the day after Christmas and I will always remember this gift that she shared with us. She had given me the recipe so all the other friends asked me to send to them too.

I will have to try the shea butter too.

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Thanks for that Rosy. I too have always had very dry and sensitive skin and that only got worse from the HT. I can't use a lot of cosmetics, lotions, deodorents, and perfumes because they make my skin burn or itch. I have dabbled in aromatherapy off and on making my own preparations and I will definitely try this. Something else that I have discovered recently (well actually I didn't, my daughter did and reommended it to me) is shea butter. I use the cheap Jergens in the tube (it is thicker than the stuff in the bottles) and I'm finding it to be a much better at both moisturing and relieving skin itching (due to the dryness) than any of the expensive and even prescription stuff I have tried.

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I have had a problem with my hands for several years and have to always wear gloves for cleaning, washing dishes, etc. I have a prescription medicine that helps them too. What I want to share with you now is that I have not had to use that prescription medicine since Christmas due to a wonderful present from a high school friend, Sara. She gave each of us high school friends who were at the Christmas night out (15 of us) a present of "Sara's Silky Smooth Skin Sauce". I have been using this on my hands every time I wash them and even sometimes in between. I also use on my feet. I have shared with most of my friends and relatives the recipe so thought I would put it on here in case it will help anyone else.

SARA'S SILKY SMOOTH SKIN SAUCE

1 Jar of Petroleum Jelly (Vasoline, only cheap brand) 7.5 oz.
1 Bottle of pink baby lotion (cheap brand), 15 oz.
1 Jar of Vitamin E (cheap brand) 8 oz.

Sara said she used all from Dollar General, and their brand. You just dump them all in a bowl and use an electric mixer to mix very well. Then you have to have something to put them in. The Vitamin E jar works very well as you can peel off the label and it is all white and makes a very nice gift. I also bought some little off white ceramic jars that have pink, or green, or blue lids and filled them (from Dollar General). Sara said she bought extra vitamin E and put it in a container and saved it so she could use all the jars alike. She must have had a lot of vitamin E left over!

I doubled the batch and filled 4 of the ceramic jars and the two vitamin E jars. Then I made another double batch and filled 2 vitamin E jars, and 8 of the very small Glad containers and still had quite a bit left that I just put in a container to refill my jar when I need to. The hardest part is getting all the stuff out of the jars! It is rather messy. I used a lot of paper towels! LOL

I might also add that my husband, who is terminally ill with lung cancer and congestive heart failure is using some patches that dry him out tremendously and I use this all over his body and it really helps him a lot.

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By request, I've started this thread to discuss any other (other than eating/drinking/exercise) health related topics.

These are just examples, but discussion might include:

Heart Health
Skeletal Health (bones, joints, ligaments, etc.)
Dental Health
Skin Care
Mental Health
etc.

I know we have quite a few members who have joined this team who rarely post but do read a lot of the posts, and that is just fine. But if you have anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to post. (this goes for any of our threads) We are all here to learn and support and help each other in any way we can.


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