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Hi Jill. Glad to know your name. emoticon Elizabeth. emoticon and that means emoticon using the tools.
I would recommend just being aware of what you are doing currently.
The trackers are terrific for this purpose. Once you track EVERYTHING for awhile look at it and see where you can make changes.
Ill share an example from my owe experience.
I was cooking fresh veggie in olive oil. I thought this was a good think. It was. A small change of measuring the olive oil. I was literally dumping ( cause that's how I cooked) 4 or more Tbsp of olive oil in each batch of veggie I ate. I cooked fish the same way. Boy the calories in the olive oil added up.
Over time I've mastered the art of cooking my batch of veggies in about 5 ml. Of olive oil. That's 1 tsp. this change alone has made a huge difference in my weight loss.
I happened to have gotten a digital scale for the purpose of making homemade lotions. I have since repurposed it to enclosed measuring everything that goes in my preparations. I find the recipe calculator to help me also.
emoticon TMI, but I'm excited you both, Jill and Elizabeth are here and wish you emoticon success emoticon

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Thanks Barbara!
It's nice to have someone cheer you on.

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Elizabeth I wish I knew the switch to flip. Sometime I can loose weight so good and other times all I do is want to eat. By the way glad to have you here. Love all these new people.
You know I guess you have to really want to. Then put your mind to it. Think about every bite you put in your mouth. Not easy but it can be done. Elizabeth how stubborn are you? How bad do you want to loose. At the moment I am doing very well. Tomorrow may be another story.

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Hello!
My name is Elizabeth. I am new to the group. I have been living with OA for approx. 17 yrs. Up until the last 6 mo., weight gain was minimal. Weight gain increases pain in my knees. With pain comes fatigue and motivation. I have put on 10 extra lbs and can't get motivated. Any suggestions?

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Welcome Jill!!!! Nice to have fresh blood here.

It snowed last night. DH got up early and cleaned us all out. I just could get out there today. Shoulders hurt awful. Its torn rotor cuffs. Along with arthritis fun fun.

Hi Julia.

Time to get on the road for church. Last night went well. At least in this church is it nice and warm. All the choir members had red cheeks they were so hot. Of course we all dress for the other church.

Have a great weekend.

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3/2/13 11:56 P

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Hi again! My name is Jill! I am a new empty-nester, if you can call it that with a hubby and two little dachshunds......

I did walk on the dreadmill 15 minutes. That did add a lot of steps on the Fitbit. And found a cool site for arthritis guidance, in addition to the usual Arthritis Foundation. I am hoping that supplements can help reduce pain meds, etc. We'll see. Looking forward to sharing progress and support with y'all.

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Welcome emoticon Getnhealthy45, what's your name?
I'm glad you found this team. I have learned so much about living with OA since joining.
I don't know about exercise goals for others. I just know for myself it very much depends on my body at that moment. So many factors effect my abilities at any given time. Aqua therapy is a Hugh blessing for me and after 2 1/2 years am able to walk around the house better with my cane and not use it as much. If I get to ambisous, my body rebels and takes me down, literally. So, I think everyone is unique and learns their own body needs.
Good luck! Others will have more/better advise.
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3/2/13 12:28 P

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Hey there! I'm new and check these out most days. In the early stages of finding out about arthritis. I have some symptoms of RA and some of OA. Reumy says it's Erosive Inflammatory Osteoarthritis. Acts a lot like RA, but not systemic. Been a pain for months, but this morning was a lot better than usual. I think I had my hands curled so the fluid couldn't build up. Still some pain, but could make coffee and did some laundry. I am so grateful for the break! Second day of Plaquenil. I just started using the Fitbit so am motivated to be more active and ready to really live life and lose weight in the process.

Any suggestions for getting back to exercising. I read somewhere that you should start with 1/10 of what you used to do when you have arthritis.

Thanks!

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3/2/13 8:33 A

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Julia we are here. What's happening's in you world?

I don't know what is going with this site. Seems no one posts anymore. We used to have quite a few people on here.

Sandra you are so faithful.

Guess my DD has lost interest too. She said no one is on here only me and Sandra.

We got a dusting last night. Has March came in as a Lion or a lamb?

Music day. Have not looked at my music. We are all going to the new church today. Will be interesting.

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3/1/13 9:11 P

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Hi Julia,

I'm not sure about microwaving a sweet potato. I guess I would do it if I didn't have a baking option (time is usually the problem) but tonight I baked mine. I make sweet potato fries out of them too! Yum! I'm glad your doc. appt. went well.

Not much new on this end...just busy!

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Friday. Where is everyone?

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2/28/13 6:31 P

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Hi everyone. Happy Thursday. Happy day today. Saw the doctor and he was able to answer some of my questions. Wow it's nice to have a good doctor visit. Now home in a warm house with a belly full of microwaved sweet potato or yam. I am so blessed. I wonder if microwaving the sweet potato damages the nutrition?

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2/28/13 11:51 A

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Barbara, you sure get a lot of snow!

We have some BIG pine trees being removed right now. There are 5 guys with chain saws in my back yard.

I'm soon off to a big birthday party for 4 of my friends. I finally have all the gifts together.

Have a great day everyone!

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Gosh that snow was heavy and WET. We were soaked when we came in. I didn't make much of a path for the dogs today. Buttercup plowed through the snow anyway with her little wet belly dragging. The little puppy does not do that. He has something wrong with his back legs. So he is not so brave and can't plow through the snow. He is smart after Buttercup makes a trail he follows her. In a little while I have to go get the other little dog. They don't like him home alone for over 12 hours.

Now my celebrex is starting to work. I need to start working too.

You all have a happy day. Hugs Barbara

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2/27/13 2:14 P

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Hi everyone!

Barbara, how cool...to make dog paths with snowshoes. I've never been snowshoeing! I'm sorry you have more snow coming your way. The East side of WI just got 6 more inches but we got missed.

Hi Julia and Hope and everyone else!

I've just been putting in some long WMTA data entry days. I have about 30 minutes left and then I start scheduling. First I schedule about 50 volunteers and then I start scheduling 204 students.

Have a great day,

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Thanks everyone we got more snow. I took a picture of it and it came out great. I don't know if I can get it on the computer or not but if I do I'll make a blog of the pictures. Hope

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Hi everyone. emoticon on the weight loss Sandra!
Hope, please don't stress out with the house changes. I hope you are able to stay in touch with all the goings on.
Barbara, I'm so jealous with snowshoeing. I real miss playing in the snow. Cross country skiing was my favorite winter sport. I tried snow shoeing a few times and it was sooooo hard. You are amazing.
Enjoy the break in the weather.
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It went up to 50 yesterday and today it is suppose to do the same. But watch out tomorrow a big storm coming.

I was going to make paths for the dogs to run around. Then along came my DD made me take off my snow shoes, she put them on and away she went. Took her about 10 min. It would have taken me 1 hr to do what she did. I didn't feel like doing it anyway. So glad she came along. I am so afraid I will fall again on my hurting shoulder.

Beautiful day and my lights are flickering. Now what is going on. No reason to loose power.

Guess its ok. You never know what is going to happen on this road. People run into poles and everything.

You all have a fun day. Think thin. Barbara

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Good morning Hope.

Good luck with the snow.

I'm sorry that you have to deal with finding a place to live for a while. I'm sure that you are not looking forward to that even though you've known that it would happen when the house sold. It'd nice that you can live with your DD.

Good morning to everyone else. I hope you all have a great day.

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Sorry I don't have much time again because I'm busy catching up. We also have another bad storm headed this way today and I'll be out babysitting my GS since school will probably be out. The library was closed 2 days so this time it may be closed even more. I'll try to be on later this week. My DD's house sold so I'll have to find a place to live until she gets her new house remodeled. Hope

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Hi Julia, Sue and Barbara!

Where is everyone else????

Barbara, listen to your daughter and don't shovel so fast!

My throat is feeling better...thanks for asking! Great news...(two pieces of great news actually)...I was at the grocery store today and found an ice cream made of coconut milk and NO SOY! Yeah! It is so yummy! I'm very excited. I just had some with jam on it...yum!

The other great news is that I lost a pound from last week! I have 5.2 pounds to go! Yeah!

I hope you all have a great day,

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2/25/13 8:23 A

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Where is everyone???

Maybe shoveling snow??

Sue I will skype you Monday.

Another big storm coming Wed, Thurs.

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Sorry Sandra that you had a bad night because of ice cream, guess you won't have that any time soon. Hope your feeling better today. Mom you and Dad don't kill yourself over snow. Maybe if you didn't hurry to clean the drive the boys would come do it for you. Well you take care Mom Skype you Monday. :) All happy here not to achy and had a good day eating healthy. Good night to all. Have a great one!!!!

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2/24/13 6:29 P

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Sandra send you son over. I have been out 3 times and its still snowing. My back hurts, my shoulders hurt and my knees hurt. Hows that?? Poor DH is dead too.

Sorry your throat is sore. Funny how ice cream does that.

Going to go relax. To tired to type.

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Hi everyone,

Ok...I gave in to a dish of ice cream yesterday. Dairy and I just don't get along. I've had a sore throat all day. It work me up at 1:30, 4:45 and again by 6:30. Urgh!

All is well here. Where is everyone?

Barbara take it easy with that snow! My son may be getting a new lawn care job. He would do lawn, snow and all yard care. That is great!

We are expecting some snow on Tuesday. Today is nice outside and melting a bit.

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2/24/13 10:28 A

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Good morning!!!

How we all doing today.

Winter wonderland here. Up at 5:00 to shovel out to get to church. Not many in church today.

Hope every is doing well.

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emoticon Hi all...just wanted to say Good Night! emoticon

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Sorry I haven't had time to read the posts but will later. Today I have to catch up. The library was closed a couple of days due to ice and snow. Congratulations to all losing weight and hopefully you haven't had much trouble with your arthritis. Keep up the good work. Hope

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2/23/13 11:29 A

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More snow, wonderful.

Have a great weekend.

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Good evening every one! I had a great day went to the YMCA/YWCA for a hour of water exercise with my rusty hinge group. My husband was good he snow now the drive way and sidewalk so I could go and not get stick. We got six inches of snow here in central Iowa. After the y I came home and we had a nice afternoon. Then went to super I had shrimp it was so good but I had to bring so home cause there was too much. very happy to say today I was good on my way to lose more weight. I hope all of you keep on track an do good on your weight loss plans. Be happy and think thin and healthy. Have a good night. Sue :)

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Good morning everyone,

Thanks for the good words of encouragement! I did GREAT yesterday! Planned and tracked my food. Barbara, tracking everything you eat will cut down on the unplanned snacks. While nuts are good for us the portion size can get us! I feel better today. I also got up and shoveled snow and did my 10 minute bootcamp work out. I will go walking at the mall later. School is delayed 2 hours today and the snow is still coming down hard. We are only supposed to get 3-6 inches but this is the part of the day with the biggest snow fall. We've done one shoveling and we will be heading back out before school starts.

Today, I'm on track. I'm going to stay there and I hope that all of you can do the same! We'll do it together!

GO TEAM!

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Hi. Snow d'au Friday. emoticon
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Sandra whats with this??? You are my idle. You stop this and get back on track. I wish I had 6 lbs to go. You must really be looking good. From what I see in you pictures you never were that big. (Hugs)

Sue glad you are feeling better. Glad you are back on track.

Julia, guess everyone is going to have snow. We are getting some Saturday.

I think I have found out why I am not loosing. When I get hungry I grab a handful of nuts. Last night I had to have chips. Just a handful. I had to fight DH for them he is trying to help me and I get mad cause he doe not want me to have them. He eats 2 and I have a big handful. Guess these handfuls are really hurting me. I don't like to be hungry I love to eat. Guess we al do.

With that I will leave and think about what I just said. Hugs Barbara

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Feeling much better today and back to my diet, yesterday I didn't eat very much. Hope all is well with every one. Snow had hit here in central Iowa going to be bad 6 to 9 inches. I guess that is good we need the water in any form. Lol Have a great night to all.

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Sandra it's never to late to get back on track. Keep your head high and start again:)

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HI Everyone!

Well, I've eaten terribly since the family reunion...just didn't get back on the tracking kick and now I need to! It felt so good to get the compliments. Now, I have to reach that goal! I currently have 6.6 pounds to go. I can do it!

Hang in there Abby. Pain is no fun to work through but you can do it!

Hi to everyone else! It is a busy, busy time for me so I wanted to come on and say "hi"!

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Sorry to hear Sue is ill.
Thanks for the update Barbara.
Snow day today here.

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Hope I eat in my dreams. I never smoked. Eating is bad enough.

Abby you have to keep going no matter how much you hurt. Sometimes exercise makes me feel better for a short while. Just keep doing Abby. My mother froze up she couldn't move. Just sat in a wheelchair most of her life. Sometimes I feel like I am going to freeze up. I get so stiff.

Hi Julia how are you doing??

If you are all wondering about Sue. She has been sick. We skyped for a short while yesterday and she looked horrible.

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Hi all. Glad your pain is lower Barbara. And money ... Money... Wonderful! Abby it great you were able to workout thru your pain is encouraging. I hope you feel better soon. Hope, do you smoke or just dream about smoking? I use to smoke. I really enjoyed it, but I'm grateful that I don't currently. It's so expensive and people treat smokers differently now a days, or that's my opinion. But, I miss smoking emoticon .

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Well, I feel better - went downstairs, did 15 minutes on my bike - pain is kickin' up, but at least I did it!

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Today has been a tough day for me, I had a terrible night of sleep , followed by a day of pain. I am waiting for medicine to kick in, maybe I can get at least 15 minutes in on my stationary bike. What do you do when the arthritis roars?

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Shoulder feels quite a bit better today. I lifted weights, did my exercises. By gosh I am going to keep moving even if it kills me.

My DD gave us $50 each for taking care of her dogs. We are in the money. LOL Plus yesterday someone we did a funeral for gave us $50. Money from heaven hope it keeps coming.

Cat and dogs are all gone. Seems nice and very quiet. When my DD came for the cat we couldn't find her. We called & called do you think that darn cat would come? NO. Finally DH found here in the other cellar in a summer lounge chair way in the back in the corner. Then her dog did not want to leave. Those animals are just way to funny.

Have a great evening. Hugs Barbara

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Hi everyone I didn't get to read all the posts but did read a few. Sorry to hear your shoulder is hurting you Barbara.
A big storm is headed this way tonight so I'm not sure I'll be in the library tomorrow or not or even if they'll be open. We shall see.
I had a strange dream the other night. I was telling people in my dream that I was quitting smoking as of that night. You see I smoke in my dreams. I guess I'm taking it seriously about quitting and really doing something about it even in my dreams. LOL How awesome is that!!!!
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Sandra, you are so close to your goal, that is great that you received positive affirmations at the family get together. emoticon .
Barbara, I hope your shoulder feels better soon. It's hard to let someone else do your hair. Then they add a fee .... emoticon .
Have a great day ladies. I got to the therapy pool today. It had been 3 weeks. I took it easy. The PT kept reminding me to .... Go slow.
I've developed what the PT referred to as " frozen shoulder". I've never heard of that but boy is it painful. Oh well. emoticon

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I gave myself a perm today and my shoulder is killing me. I guess it was really not ready yet to do overhead work. My DH puts the lotion on and I guess it made him really tired plus he got lunch ready so I could finish up. I made need to bit the bullet and go to a beauty salon. I have done my own all my life and I hate the way it looks when someone else does it. I know what I want and how I want it. SHORT.

Got to go hurting to type.

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Good morning everyone,

I'm back on track today and tracking my food. I have to reach my goal! I'm determined that one way or another I will do so before Easter! That would be great!

I walked an hour this morning with my mall walking buddies and then came home to do my 28 day bootcamp challenge work out...10 minutes of leg work. I also did some ab work. It felt really good at our reunion to hear the compliments from the weight that I lost over the past year. I know I can do this.

I hope you all have a great day!

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Everyone sounds cold but happy. Boy I just loved hearing about your little gd! What a wonderful blessing she seems to be. Made me think of my children at that cuddly age emoticon
I'm glad you got safely home with your car. -15 degree can be dangerous with a car malfunctioning. Glad you are safe and hopefully warm.
I use Essential Oils to help my pain control. Basically they are distiller oils from plants, roots and resins. Very Biblical. Frankincense and Myurr (spelling wrong) are two examples. Rosemary and Marjorum (spelling again wrong) work well for my ache joints. I mix and make my own lotions and salves. Ginger is also go. It has become a hobbie in a way. Makes me feel like I have a little control over my pain management. Traditional pain meds had side effects that were not healthy for me.
I hope George is enjoying the island. Sounds like a nice place for February travels.
Enjoy this evening. Sincerely, Julia

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HI Everyone,

Sue, sounds like you had a great time!

Barbara...more snow! yuck! It is snowing here right now too. We are expecting a good snow storm on Thursday night into Friday. We'll see. The forecast hasn't changed so they actually may be right.

I ate too good this weekend so my scale went up but I'm going to change that this week. I'm back on track now!

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Julia what is essential oils? Something you rub on or take by mouth?

Sue your back. Nice.

Sandra glad you had a good time.

Weather here was horrible. We didn't make the play we were suppose to go to. To darn much snow and wind. We stayed home all cozy and warm watched a movie and ate some popcorn. We had a nice afternoon.

Still very windy and cold here today. At least it is not snowing. We have to go out today no matter what. DH's blood test.

8 Weeks and the scales have not budged. I have been good too. Last year the scales just went down. This year they want to go up. Darn I gave away all my big cloths. That was stupid I knew I would not stay 105 lbs. I have my DD to thank for that. She gave away all her big cloths and stayed the same of course I had to do the same. Oh well.

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