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Sounds like a good strategy. You are sure doing great on getting your exercise in! I need to step up the weight training. That is where I really slack off, except for pushing my walk behind weed eater I don't get much strength training in. I know that is important too!!

Keep up the good work!! :)

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I have started this week starting my day off with 30 minutes using the peddler. My legs feel so tinglely after using it I feel like they are still working. I also three times a week work out with weights.

My problem snacking time is after dinner. I am planning to have an ice coffee after dinner and calling it enough for the day.

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Wow, this week is going by so fast I can't believe it! I have to declare yesterday an S day because we went through the DQ drive-in window and each got a small hot fudge sundae. I must say I enjoyed it greatly, but they seemed to be making them more generously than ever and a small was actually the size of at least a medium. Well, that's okay. I will just not have an S day this weekend and count Tuesday as my S day!

I've been taking a good 45 minute walk most days this week and really enjoying that as well. It has been so nice outside and the exercise is so good for outlook and mental health!!

Well, I better go get busy and think I'll be working on projects around the house today. This would be a great time to get together items that are no longer needed and set them aside for charity.

Bye for now, but see you soon!

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It was a helpful post, thanks.

I was spot-on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday I wasn't home from work until 10pm and I did feel 'hungry' so had a hot milk drink (no sugar).
Doing better.

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Before No S, I had been pretty faithful to preparing meals and snacks according to specific ratios, but feeding myself good food often still didn't stop me from bingeing on sweets most days until No S gave me the structure. I lumped my snacks in with my meals for awhile and then phased out some of the snack food. Weekends were WILD, but not eating sweets for several days in a row seemed key. I could never be satisfied with just a little. (Now I can be, but only dark chocolate, which I actually don't like that much. However, it does these days feel like something special!)

It is rare overweight person who doesn't have a problem with sweets. Even thin people have problems with sweets, and our country is paying high prices in health problems, though much later. (And not just in health costs; we pay farmers stipends to grow corn which is used for addictive sweeteners, as well as other things not in our best interest. Which reminds me, I have some corn in the freezer. Will work that in to a meal today! But the whole corn.)

I gently say you probably cannot count on not wanting food sometimes, maybe even often some days, in order to control eating. I have seen some successful "losers" say they get to the point at which they never think about food when it's not meal time, but I think that is rare. Meeting that "want" with resistance and another activity is one of the best ways to retrain habit. It actually changes your brain! (It is okay to phase in any of the S's.) Of course, it also helps not to do things that stimulate wants, but if we've paired sweets with a lot of activities or feelings, it's going to take awhile. (Every generation thinks more and more sugar is acceptable. We have to create our own MUCH lower baseline.) Eating less often also helps with that. If I may, I suggest thinking hard about what you will have at the next meal if you feel tugged to eat in between. I hope you have something you really like planned for your plate! Looking forward to even a small but scrumptious thing (in my mind) saved me so many times.


I'm doing okay, not terrific with my mod. I do need to get outside today, even though it's supposed to be raining on and off. It's going to be doing that for several days. So unusual for us to get rain now, though April often has overcast. Just like I can't wait to be free of food desires before I stop eating too much, I can't wait for sun this week to walk! It's not that cold out, anyway.

EVERY time you stick to your meal spacing, you win! And that can include having a planned snack, if you are phasing in no snacks.

Hope I haven't been too preachy. Enjoy every bite!

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Did good yesterday on the sweets and snacks. I am making it a routine to have an ice coffee after dinner and being happy with that.




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Good Morning Everyone,

Great reading your posts and looks like everyone is doing just fine! So glad we are keeping to healthy eating, nutritious foods and sensible portions. I am doing pretty well myself as well this week and think my slacks feel a bit looser! Woo Hoo!!

Thinking of you and wishing you every happiness!!

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i've avoided the sweets today-snacking not great but not horrible either...counting it as no-s day for me if i can avoid the sweets and then work the no snacks back in.

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I've started the week well - I have a lot of fresh produce to use first, so breakfast today was just an apple and an orange, chopped up in soya yoghurt, with a sprinkle of seeds and a very small drizzle of maple syrup. Lunch was a nut roast, roast potatoes, tenderstem broccoli, carrots - with coffee and a few dates afterwards. So that's TWO meals today. This evening I'm having toast and peanut butter, and a banana. That will be THREE meals today.

It's taking more effort than usual to keep MY head on straight - portion control has been OK, but the 'extras' have been the problem - wanting something else after a meal, or wanting a cookie or chocolate. This week I'm making a big effort to stick to fresh fruits and veggies, and limit the dry stuff. Then Easter weekend I will enjoy a treat!

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Sunnyside even in this time of stress eating I am keeping my head on stright and doing portion control. I have s bowl that holds one cup when filled to the brim. I dont usually do that but know I can if I want. And one and a half cups is a serving of corn flakes. I am happy with my little bowl of not quite a cup. I am going to be good this week and just end my day with a stick of gum after dinner. I won't crew it any other time.

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Hi Friends,

Sure good to see your posts. It is nice to know we are still pulling together and not just ignoring our goals because of the crazy circumstances in the world we are living in. I confess I think it has made sticking to my plan more difficult because so many things to sidetrack me and just takes my mind off of portion control, etc. Yesterday was a pretty good eating day for me. I had a few of those Healthy Choice steamers in the freezer, so just had one of those for supper. It was only 250 calories and quite filling. Managed to get through the evening without snacking, but I did have my little 1/2 cup of prune juice right before bedtime. (That is just something I have to take for reasons I won't mention)! Tee Hee!!

Seems like that sugar is a problem for all of us. Well, I will do my best to avoid it or hold down to a bare minimum this week. You gals take care and stay healthy and happy!! :)

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hi everyone! I'm back...hoping to have a good no-s day tomorrow. had sweets over the weekend but didn't go over the top like sometimes.
Sunnyside-i am sorry that your husband was had to stay for observation. i hope he gets home soon. And yes i always forget the pull that sugar has on me :(
Kathryn-so happy to see you here! sounds like a great plan. and yup the candy bar no longer calls my name at the grocery store. sometimes i will get nuts or pretzels to go with my meal. the gym is closed though so i don't have that temptation.

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I am so glad to hear your DH is doing fine and doesn't have the virus.

I love chicken enchiladas but have not made them in some time. I think I will get the ingredients to make some next time I go to the supermarket. I don't plan to do that for two weeks. I maybe back to riding the train or trying delivery. I have heard good and bad about that. One Spark friend said she would have to wait two weeks for delivery.

I did good yesterday on the sweets but did not do good on the snacks. I was doing a lot of evening snacking. I ate after dinner a bowl of corn flakes I ate like chips. I dont like milk on cereal. Tonight I plan to have two cuties after dinner. My sweet and my snack.

I find that when I have sugar I want more. I try just to have one day a week be my sweets day Saturday. But so many times a candy bar gets in my basket. Being told to stay home will help me lose weight and save money lol

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Oh, thank you Kathryn. I am hoping he will get to come home today, so waiting for a phone call. His test for the virus came back negative, so that's good. They must be giving that test to everyone who goes into the hospital these days as a precaution I suppose.

Well, sounds like you were very sensible about your S day. That is great. Seems like the longer we can go without them, the less pull they seem to have. I don't know about anyone else, but sugar is very addictive for me. Once I start in I never seem to get enough of it. Just crazy, but I know I really have to watch myself.

Well, I cooked a chicken yesterday and got all the meat off, so was planning to make a large casserole of chicken enchilada's. They are pretty easy to make and they freeze nicely. Ben really likes them and he sure needs to gain some weight back, so making them mainly for him.

Hope everyone here has a great day!!

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I am sorry your hubby is in the hospital and you are alone but remember we are here for you. Take care of you too.

Today is sweets day and I would be eating a bunch of junk but I don't want to leave the house to get anything so shared with hubby a pack of cookies left over from last weekend.




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Okay, sounds fine to me. Whatever works for you personally is key. We all have such different metabolism's and food likes and dislikes. I think we all know in our minds what balance we need to stay healthy and feel satisfied.

On a personal note, Ben's nephrostomy tube pulled out again and I had to take him to the hospital yesterday. Of course I am not allowed to go in now, so just waiting in the parking lot for them to be done with the procedure to put it back in place. He called and told me they were going to be keeping him in the hospital for observation. I had to come back home alone, so I was feeling blue about that. I am hoping and praying that he will not have to stay there for very long. This is such a terrible time to be around the hospitals. Well, just taking things one day at a time.

Talk to you all later! :)

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Today I took those mesky cutes that I like to have for my snack and they became part of my lunch. The other part of it was some thing I snack on buttered toast. My have not been someone else's i idea of a healthy lunch but it filled me up and as usual the fat in the butter is making me feel full longer. No need for my usual 3:00 snack.

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Oh, happy surprise to see you on this team this morning, Kathryn! I know you are motivated and it is helping me be that way too!! We can do it and makes it more fun if we are trying to do it together!!



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Hi, Kathryn. Welcome again. This can certainly help people maintain their weight, though it can take adjusting what is on the plate, but that's always true in long term weight loss.

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Hello

I have decided to go back to the NoS diet. I think it will help me to have better control over this spiraling weight gain. I think i have better control of my eating by fallowing this simple plan.




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Ok, I'm in on this, OoLaLa. Packing on pounds is a sure way to make myself feel bad. I get where I don't even like to look in the mirror. Will do my best to hold the line!

I have extra worries today as Ben's one nephrostomy tube has stopped draining. I have to call the Dr.'s office first thing this morning. It is such a worry if I have to take him to the hospital in his weakened condition, but I may have no choice!

Thinking of everyone here and I know we will all stay strong no matter what we are facing!

See you soon! (On line of course)! :)

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Let's band together, Sunny, to have a green April! Our overeating is not going to help anyone. Our mantra can be: I can get to my next meal without eating! Hang on! We can always have a beverage, lightly sweetened if crucial. I bought some extra mineral water recently. I won't sweeten it even tho I do not like the taste; it does make me feel like I am having something special in the evening hours, though. It is such a head game! We will really help the meal habit if we hold out when it seems hard.

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Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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Hi OoLaLa,
I have not been doing the right thing as well. Every morning I have such great intentions of how the day will be, but seems by evening I've found that I've been eating too much again and barely aware of it at the time. It must have something to do with this virus, the restrictions in place and just listening to the terrible news all the time. I feel so badly for people who have contracted that terrible virus and all the projections on the news just sound very bad. Thankfully, we can look up and have faith that somebody bigger than all of us is still in control!

Well, I have to venture out this morning. I have a pick-up at Home Depot and will also have to travel to the UPS store to mail a guitar to Ben's brother.

Everyone have a great day and try not to worry if you can help it!

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I wonder if I've had a bad time since the last time I posted four days ago. Well, yesterday was like a semi-wild S day for sure. Today a little better. I kind of gave myself a pass to finish March without keeping to my mod and start April tomorrow stronger. It's recommended usually to get right back on the horse, but I had had such a strong start to 2020 up until not that long ago, I guess I felt I could slide a little. . The slip might have happened without COVID-19. I found each day I was saying to buckle down, then not doing it, and also kind of dreading getting tough on myself instead of looking forward to it. Thus, took a non-standard S day today.

Actually, I realized I didn't institute my mod until early March. I guess it's harder than I thought. Seems like there was some rebellion going on? Not sure why, because I am not hungry any more than usual. Let's see if it occurs to me tomorrow.

Finished with dinner and committing to no more food today after I finish my coffee.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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So true, Gill! Very hard to put brakes on those types of snacks. I just ignored my mixed nuts yesterday. They are always scary to me because I remember one holiday season many years ago when I put on 10 pounds that was attributed almost entirely to snacking on nuts. I think I taught myself a good lesson that time, so I know what they can do if not used very cautiously! I think it's more difficult for all of us during this stressful time and not being able to do our normal activities. I saw my neighbor while out walking the other day and I almost did not recognize her. She has really put on some pounds since I last saw her. I'm sure it's the virus that is causing her to stress eat. She is a walking/hiking guru and probably hikes at lest 3 times a week, going up mountains.

Well, anyway, here is to better days ahead!! I know we will all get through. My daughter and son-in-law surprised me yesterday. She works for Safeway and brought me a large package of toilet paper and even nicer, a lovely bouquet of flowers. Really brightened my day! :)

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I know now that anything 'roasted and salted' will be a problem once the packet is opened! They are SO moreish!

My weight is up a little since C-19 came to stay........ but it's only a few pounds, and nothing to worry about really. Perhaps it's nature's way of protecting me in case I get ill.

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Hi Gals,

Gill, sadly, the ones I bought are the roasted, salted variety. I think I've got myself under control with them now and have vowed to only eat a very small portion and only every other day. If I can't keep that promise I will find another way to dispose of them. It would do Ben good to eat them as he really needs the extra calories to put on a little of the weight he has lost. I may just put his name on the container and say "off limits" to me!

OoLaLa, you will do great again today. I think that it is nearly impossible to be perfect all the time. Maybe our bodies need certain minerals, etc. that we ordinarily don't feed it. Whatever the reason, be kind to your body and it will be kind to you! That is my thought for the day and I'm sticking to it! :)

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

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I had to finally hide a bag of roasted almonds. I have raw almonds in the freezer all the time, but rarely overdo them, by my standard.

Had a fail this afternoon. No good reason. Closing the kitchen now. Will do better tomorrow. I will remember how logical eating can seem, but it's just as logical at this point in my life to say no.

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out on interest - just plain mixed nuts? or roasted, salted mixed nuts? I can resist the plain ones, but the roasted, salted kind are very hard to resist!

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Good Morning, Happy Friday!

It was great seeing everyone's posts this morning. Checking in here is a nice routine for me and seeing Spark Friends going through the same battles as me is encouraging.

Physical therapist was out yesterday and says he will only need to come back one more time because Ben is doing so well on his physical recovery and gaining more strength back! I am pretty excited for him to be progressing so well!!

I made a pretty big mistake last time I went to Costco and got one of those big containers of mixed nuts. Of course they are delicious and I love them, but know how calorically dense they are. I am doing my best to just have a very small handful and seem to be doing better at it, however I should not have put that temptation into my pantry! Oh well, doing my best and trying to take it one day at a time!!

Wishing you all an amazing day!

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Anxiety can do that.............. I seem to be out the other side, mostly, and into calm water again. Keep going.
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Hi everyone! I've been bombing every day-little bit some day, more other days...doing my 5% challenge starting Saturday-hoping that gets me back...b/c this virus stuff is throwing me off (we aren't sick)

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I broke my streak today - it wasn't a mistake, but I had two chocolate digestive biscuits with a cup of tea this afternoon. I'd been out to donate blood and found that I couldn't because my Hb was too low for donation. It was a victory for me to just have two biscuits with a cup of tea (usually one leads to a packet!)

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I should add that I'm not tortured all day long by temptation! There is plenty of peaceful and even joyful feelings around eating. I guess I just thought like some people, I would have absolutely no attraction to certain foods anymore. And who knows? That day might come with a few of my mods at some point. This is way ahead of how I lived for decades around food ,

Glad you're getting out and that the chemo seems to be going well.

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Hello Friends,

Congratulations, Gil on your streak of green days! When we have been off the plan, it seems like the first day getting back on again is the hardest. Just takes time to get the right routine established again,

OoLaLa, thanks for the insights you provide. I guess it would be too good to be true to think that it could ever become totally easy with no thoughts or planning involved. I'm sure it is easier for you than when you first began, but you have come a long way and sounds like you don't permit yourself to fall to the temptations of overeating very often. That is really something to be proud of.

Well, it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day outside. Hoping we may take a little day trip somewhere, just to get out into nature for awhile. Ben has finished his 3 days of chemo treatment, so now won't have to worry about that again until April 13th! He is coming along very well.

I'll be trying my best today to practice my No S day!!

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Gill, that drink doesn't sound sweet, though it sounds...flavorful. Glad you're feeling calmer.

Sunny, thanks. But, I feel like I need to be honest. Though I am very grateful to No S and the changes it brought, even after all these years, I actually still miss junky food and opportunistic eating. I don't think I could sustain the weight I've lost, but more importantly to me, the better health I truly believe I am developing, having much snacky- Cheezits and crunchy Cheetos, how I love you!-, packaged foods on my plate. I've experimented with small amounts of lots of things, and it just doesn't cut it. Nor permasnacking, which I sometimes wish I could do without consequences. It does take some discipline, even now. But I don't think there is any plan that can guarantee it will get permanently easy peasy for everyone who tries it. And I am still glad I found it and use it. I think even if I had gotten turned on to more healthy food before No S, I would have still eaten it way too often. And the truth is the basic rules of No S, or close to them, has kept the societies that use them slim for generations, even though everyone is supposedly different.

Having an afternoon coffee with oat creamer. No obstacles to staying green as far as I can tell.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
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I've had three GREEN days - woo hoo! Finally out of the carb-craving anxiety run I was stuck in!

Today I really did fancy 'something sweet' after dinner, so I made a mug of unsweetened cocao and maca hot 'chocolate' drink.

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Good job on keeping up on your healthy habits, OoLaLa! Stress eating won't solve anything, in fact always makes things worse. Sounds like you have gotten so much in the habit of healthy eating that it is really not a problem for you anymore. That is where all of us want to be, so thanks for posting and being an inspiration. Also hope that sore throat will soon be a thing of the past. I always put some Vicks on my throat at bedtime and then wrap myself up in something warm. It always seems to work for some reason. Something about breathing in those menthol vapors all night I guess. Anyways, take care of yourself, and I know you are.

I'm thinking of everyone and sending out good "vibes"!!

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I have spent 45 minutes writing things about COVID-19 and then deleting them.

I felt fine most of the day and continued my strategies, but I feel slight soreness in my throat. Oh, well. No one is near me. I'll just have to keep up the fight and deal.

Eating is going even better than usual. It just easily feels like such a bad idea not to eat the best food I can at good intervals. And it's something I absolutely can control.

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8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
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Hi Mary,
Sweets are the hardest part for me as well. Something about them just calls my name. I broke down yesterday and asked for a cone at Culvers drive through. I was expecting a small one that would not derail me too badly and they handed me a HUGE cone. I can't say it wasn't delicious, but sure not the portion I was expecting!

Well, Great clips was open yesterday. They only had 2 operators working, but I did manage to get my hair cut, so feel much better. The gal told me that they had a choice as to work or else they could use up sick and vacation time. When that is gone, it is gone for them. So many businesses affected. I talked to my son in Georgia yesterday. His company asked him to work at a 50% pay decrease. He turned them down, so now he is laid off. I felt so bad because he has been with this company for 13 or 14 years now. Not sure what he will do. He should be able to get some unemployment for a time and then hopefully work doing something else.

Mary, I was glad to hear that your husbands grandma was able to have a service and that the folks were being careful and following the rules. What trying times we are living in.

Well, I just went on line to Amazon thinking they would surely have toilet paper. They did have it, however the delivery date was placed between May 1 - May 27th! Wow, I think I'll surely be completely out by then! :) No hopes I guess. Went to Costco yesterday as well, and no luck there either.

Well, everyone take care. Hopefully we can find a little humor in some of this. One day at a time and try not to get too stressed out.

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Hello
Well let's just say i gotta get myself rolling again-messed up and ate sweets today-but will get back on track faster than last week.
Oolala-thank you for the kind words. they did follow the rules as closely as possible-there were times i was waiting in a car so others could pay their respects.
Sunnyside-aw i am glad he is able to continue his treatments. I hope you are able to find things to fill your time while you wait for him.
Oolala-Yup so many places are closed here. but liquor stores are considered essential. My husband has a friend who works at a liquor store. they definitely can't keep up with the delivery demand. Also i hope you feel better soon. I hope you can rest as much as you can.
Gil-i hope you are feeling better soon also! the banana 'ice cream' sounds good too.
Sunnyside-nope our hair salons are all closed. i haven't gotten a cut in months and really missing it now.

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Hi Gil,
Good to see you back on here and hope your cold and sore throat are soon a thing of the past as well!

Glad to hear you were feeling better OoLaLa! I think this is the time of year we all get hit somewhat by the allergies from everything blooming. This seems to get worse when it is windy outside. Well, hopefully all the aches and pains will pass and that no-one here will contact the bad virus.

Ben was running a fever of 100.8 yesterday which I did not like at all. I gave him a couple Tylenol and sure hoping it is completely gone this morning because he starts another round of chemo today. Always something I guess.

I just weighed myself this morning and it was exactly the same as last week. Is guess that is good, at least I'm maintaining and not gaining during this stressful time.

Everyone have a great week! I am wondering if the hair cutting places are still open. I guess I will find out later as I was going to try to get in for a cut. Starting to look pretty shaggy!! :)



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Sorry if I'm not chatty here, I find the long posts hard to keep up with. I'm here though!

I hope you are OK - we were talking at work about how hyper-aware we are all now - every little twinge or feeling we think (fear) that we're getting the Covid-19 virus symptoms - it's so hard to be sure! Well, impossible actually!

I've had a vague hint of a cold for a week or so - I might sneeze a few times, then nothing, or I wake with a headache, then nothing. Today I wonder if I have a slightly sore throat.

I have a thermometer and am checking every morning.

Today I came home from work and saw three ripe bananas - and my first thought was that I could make a banana bread/cake. But I've managed to change that to freezing them to make a banana 'ice-cream'!



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Thanks, Sunny! I felt fine again yesterday by the end of the day, and darn if I don't feel a bit wheezy in my chest today. I did some walking outside. Could it just be being that out of shape? I have to jump start my car battery and drive it for awhile. Then I'll come home and veg out again.

On day 2 of a specific 5-day plan that I do at the turn of the seasons. I divide it into two meals instead of three. It's amazing to me how it seems the longer I wait to eat, the faster I feel full. But honestly, I don't like the waiting; however, I think the results (I have to guess at them because they are internal) are worth it, or the idea of them anyway.) The amazing thing is that once I start, I've never cheated or quit. I want those benefits and it's temporary. The trick is not to overeat after I'm done. I get better at that every time I do it.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Awe, so sorry you are feeling bad, OoLaLa, will be hoping you are able to shake it very soon and be feeling 100% better in no time. That tea is sure to help as it is very therapeutic when you don't feel well. I think our mothers had it right about that. I remember my mom always used to bring out the Lipton tea when we were sick as kids. (That kind probably didn't do nearly as much good as the herbal teas you can get today), but anyway it was soothing and along with mom's love it went a long way toward getting us better!

I noticed the drive in fast food places sure seem to be getting a lot of business. I could not believe how long the line was going into In-and-Out burger place. Yuck, I don't see what everyone sees in that place. I don't like their food at all.

Well, better sign off for now. I have a number of chores to get done today starting with laundry, so guess I'd better get to it!

Take care and everyone keep safe and have a wonderful day!


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I went to a sprouts for my herbal medicine, and had to stand in line outside for probably a good half hour because they were letting in only a few people at a time. And then remembered reading of people standing in line for a couple of hours in the past week. I wanted only a few things so I didn’t really go and look at much that was there but it looked like there was a fair amount of food.

I was kind of surprised that getting food from that restaurant took way longer than I thought it would. When I called, I was told it would be 15 to 20 minutes. I took my time getting ready and even browsing around on the Internet before I left, and I still had to wait probably another 20 minutes after I got there. There were several of us waiting around and although people were decently friendly, there certainly felt to me like an air of distance along with standing apart. True for the line at Sprouts, too. We had some overcast and walking around, and seeing people with their mouth covered – I had a scarf wrapped around the bottom half of my face- made it look like some kind of film noir.

Once again, I feel mild flu symptoms and I am fighting it off. I’ll be spending a fair amount of the day in bed. It has worked twice before in the past few weeks. I would bet that this is just a garden-variety flu. Holding the line! Tx in advance for well wishes.

Reinhard says to do whatever for sickness but the farther along I get in this process, the less smart it seems to eat much or often. No hunger at all yet; just having hot plain tea, which I don’t especially like, but am regarding as medicine. Flavors and such can get in the way of what I want the body to access, so I am staying commando for now.

Savor whatever you eat today, Team!

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Oh, thank you OoLaLa,
I appreciate your kind words, and yes, treatments are having a marked effect on Ben. He has improved in so many different areas and it is remarkable for his age and because of everything he has already gone through. That man is a fighter and has strong faith which is so important. Lots of prayers going up for him to have a good outcome!

That is great news about your favorite place over there still being able to supply folks with some of their favorite dishes. I think it is wonderful that these small business people can remain so resilient and creative in face of all the difficulties and I sure hope they will be able to continue to operate. I have noticed the traffic has lessened considerably around here and it seems to me to feel like it did back in the early 1960's. In that regard it is kind of a nice feeling. I checked out our new Sprouts store yesterday and they had a wonderful assortment of fresh produce. Other than that however, I was a little disappointed. Prices were high on most everything and really not that good of variety. Maybe it will improve after the virus scare is over.

Well, hoping everyone has a good weekend. It is beautiful here today, so may take a little drive out into the country or somewhere just to get more fresh air and sunshine. Best wishes to all our friends here on Spark!

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Sunny, reading a book while socially distant! or taking a walk aren't the worst alternatives, though I'm sure it is usually comforting to be together. I just hope the treatments work, and soon.

I've decided to order food from a local restaurant just to support them. They have a specialized menu and only a few things available, but I want them to be there later. However, I know they depend on serving a lot of alcohol and I don't think that's takeout yet. They have it set up where you don't even talk face-to-face with anyone. Even if you just show up at the place, you have to call and pay on the phone. But they have cashew mac and cheese, and where else am I gonna get that? I'm sure it's richer than I'm used to but I will supplement with other food I have here. They make a wonderful cauliflower "steak," but that's not on the menu for this reduced time.

Does it seem extra quiet to everyone else, or is that just my imagination? Or maybe it's just that I'm in CA. I live in the landing flight path for our international airport, and I have heard a few planes coming in, but as often? I haven't been counting; we get a lot of commuters home in the evenings, so I'll probably notice the difference tonight. I've lived here so long that whole days go by without my noticing the noise.

I'll see when I'm out whether liquor stores are considered necessary.

I keep feeling a little roughness in my throat, then I do stuff for it, then it goes away, but now I feel it again, and I haven't been anywhere or done anything big in days. Dang it! I think I may also make a run to health food store for more Wellness. When you think you have something coming on, you have to take quite a few at a time. It's worth it if it's really working, and I've had what felt like two close calls recently.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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Hi Friends,

Mary, good to know your food shelves are better stocked now. I have not ventured out to the grocery store yet as I was pretty well stocked up at home. I will no doubt have to venture out at some point, especially for the perishable items. Sorry you have to deal with this while planning the funeral service for your husbands grandmother. We are really living through some unprecedented times for sure.

We just found out yesterday that the cancer treatment center where Ben is getting his therapy has said no other's will be admitted into the treatment room. I can certainly understand this precaution with people who all have such weakened immune systems. We live quite a drive from the place so I can't just turn around and go home, but I will take a book or perhaps explore the area while he is taking his treatments.

OoLaLa, that was sure a sad case about that family who contracted the virus. Just heartbreaking things happening. I'm trying to get a little time in outdoors everyday to boost my spirits and get my head on straight. Being in the fresh air really does help.

God bless and keep you strong. We are all in this together!!

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A sad loss, but please be careful. They are saying now that people who are completely asymptomatic can pass the virus on, and every exposure multiplies to 4x as many in not very much time. Did you read about the family that had seven members ill and four of them died? The matriarch died not knowing two of her grown children had died before her. They were used to all going to church and Sunday dinners together. They didn't even know it was COVID-19 until after the deaths, it worked that fast. Other members of the family are in quarantine and can't attend any services. I would think they would be worried! It was a shame to have to wait but for various reasons, when my brother died 17 months ago, we could not have any service that the group could attend until five months ago. He had been cremated and I filled a large picture frame with photos from his life. It turned out to be quite moving, at least for me. I don't know what your options are, but I'm sure there can be something meaningful.

COVID-19 has actually helped me be more committed to my new mods. A friend and I watched the movie The Pianist (third time for me, but such a compelling film) Sunday just as our governor asked for seniors to shelter-in-place. (SIP) I wrote a blog once about the siege of Stalingrad- we had been studying it in the history class I taught-, and it helped me for a bit to stay strong in earlier days of No S. I don't mean to be dismissive of anyone's troubles, but I know for me, my constrictions now are a joke in comparison with WWII. Of course, having soldiers ready to gun you down or bombs tearing up your town is powerful incentive to live a constricted life. An infectious disease is so much more stealthy. This is not to say that I think absolutely any sacrifice by the whole populace is worth it because we do things right now in our society in the name of freedom, convenience, and even livelihood that costs lives, not convinced giving those up is worth it. I affirm that we all experience what we need to learn the life lessons each of us are due for.

While I cleaned the kitchen and prepped food today, I watched a documentary on natural healing, or augmenting traditional medicine, some of which was actually annoying to me. BUT one section was on an author who discovered there were seven things that the cancer-in-remission subjects she studied had in common. Number one was changed their diet. But the film's author admitted that using the strategies profiled in the film aren't easy, either. As I've said before, I find that other areas of my life are harder to change than my eating. I will be doing some pondering on this during SIP.

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well today is another day. Unfortunately the governor of MD has limited gatherings to 10 people or less. We are waiting to hear from the funeral home if we can hold a service outside-and if that applies to outside gatherings. otherwise a plan b will be devised
Sunnyside-food supplies must have been replenished b/c we got plenty of produce and thin steak and waffles among other stuff. still some shortages but not like before.
Thanks for the reminder-just asked my husband if the lesson is on. Yup they did make it to Kohls and got what was needed.
Our grocery stores are having senior hours-they are like 7-8. Gorgeous dog!

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Wow, that is scary to think the food supplies are dwindling down that badly. You and your husband are already sacrificing during this crisis and may get even worse before it gets better. I was wondering if my haircutting place would be open. Starting to look a bit shaggy.

Well, hoping your daughter has a satisfactory clarinet lesson, Mary. Also, hoping you can still do some shopping at Kohls. I have not heard anything about our Dept. stores being closed down, but they do seem to have "senior shopping hours" at Frys grocery stores. It is between 5:00-6:00 a.m., so pretty early for older folks to be out the door! Well, if necessary we can all do things that seem uncomfortable and out of the ordinary I guess.

Well, my mission this morning is to wash my 105 pound white Labrador!! She is getting a little smelly when you stand downwind from her! :) I will probably just give her a sponge bath because it is still a little chilly to be washing her in the little wading pool outside. That is what I usually do when it gets warm.

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Hello! Well i did it yesterday! No sweets! almost there on no seconds again. hubby and i are trying to stretch the food b/c the produce, meat, cheese sections are all empty. -so sometimes he'll give me and himself less ad then we'll see if our kids want more...
awesome you stuck to the three meals!
Sunnyside-thank you! My daughter's clarinet teacher is going to try and give her a lesson remotely. My daughter doesn't have much confidence in that working but whatever. we are just trying to keep it slightly normal for them. yup our restaurants closed too. and now we just got a all indoor entertainment is closed-malls, play areas, bowling alleys, etc. hoping Kohls is still open-we might have to get my daughter something to wear for the funeral.
That's great Ben is getting what he needs without paying a fortune.

Mary
EST
"Stay out of the kitchen after meals!"
"Drink water and distract when the cravings hit"
"Just keeping swimming"


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