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  1. Due to dental trauma for me recently with the permanent crown, I have a little suggestion for your next visit: make sure they totally numb you for removing the temporary/putting on the permanent crown. I cannot stress this enough. I’m sure it’s fine not to if you’re someone who is chilled out about the dentist or has a good pain tolerance (or maybe the tooth is totally dead). I have some dental anxiety but very well managed. After that experience, I am dreading even my cleaning in 6 weeks. It could have all been avoided if they numbed me (by the time I realized how badly I needed it, I felt like it was too late but it really wasn’t—should have spoken up). 
    Anyway, so sorry it was a tough experience for you today. Hope the next one is much better (just make them numb you!!). All the other anti-anxiety meds are great too…just want to make sure you have no trauma from pain.

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  2. 4 hours ago, kbutton said:

    Overall, it's quite clear to me that the reason I've spent my entire adult life hungry is that my blood sugar was always off enough to be a problem even when my fasting numbers were okay. When I got the monitor and started eating fewer carbs plus fewer trigger foods, my hunger has tapered off dramatically. It's nice to not feel like I could gnaw my own arm off all day every day. I wish someone had noticed twenty years ago that's not normal and told me to get a monitor. 

    So your entire post made me think, but this particular part stopped me completely. I have spent my ENTIRE life hungry. I’m careful with what I eat and have mostly exercised so my weight is okay. But yeah, always hungry. There are sugar/diabetes issues on both sides of my family and I have struggled with low blood sugar at times (although I would have said not in a long time). But I NEVER connected my hunger to blood sugar. I just stare at friends who forget to eat in shock at how that could ever happen. Or die a bit inside when dinner is running late.  Thanks for making me think! Thinking I’m going to get a sugar monitor and watch for awhile and think through my diet more.

  3. One more thought. I would immediately send all communications like this to the admin with a general message of, do you know about this/ have liability issues been thought through with driving/entering someone’s house in the middle of the night? The very strong odds are they don’t know about most of it and will shut down the horrible parts of this themselves. I’m assuming (based on my school), they would make it something fun at the school at a normal hour. I would one hundred percent let the admin know immediately. I’d probably call first and then email them the actual emails so they have them but that’s just me.

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  4. I work at a private middle/high school, have a 14 year old daughter and older high school boys. There is literally no way I can conceive any coach/teacher at our school allowing this. If admin heard about it, they would immediately shut it down. In our state, there would be all kinds of issues with driving minors, driving late at night, driving too many people in the car. And the serious issue of entering someone’s house in the middle of the night. So. Many. Problems. with this. Our coaches would be fired for something like this. 

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  5. 48 minutes ago, BaseballandHockey said:

    How does this sound:

    Salad: lettuce, cucumber, tomato, Italian dressing on the side.

    Baked ravioli (cheese ravioli, meat sauce, cheese sprinkled on top)

    peas and carrots cooked soft (I get the broccoli concern)

    Whole wheat rolls, butter

    Bananas, little oranges, apples sauce cups 

    cookies (bag the cookies so if someone wants to take a roll some fruit and a couple cookies to go they can?)





    Fabulous!! I think that’s a great menu, healthy while being tasty with lots of good sides.

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  6. I’ve worked in shelters quite a number of times. I’ll echo what’s been said:

    —keeping it simple really is best. If there’s a special dietary need, the shelter already took care of it.  It was so much easier to serve one basic main with sides they picked. Different sauces/noodles, etc… would not have been ideal and really slowed down the process. I think baked ravioli or baked ziti with regular pasta will be best given your heating up restrictions 

    —applesauce and other soft foods were always helpful with dental problems.

    —fruit to go (like you did before) was always popular

    So glad you can do this!!

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  7. My cat’s favorite two things:

    —The Cat Dancer from Amazon. Cheap, simple, but seriously fantastic in his little cat mind.

    —the little play mice with rabbit fur and a rattle inside. I get them from a local garden center but I know they do have them on Amazon. Must be the rabbit fur or our cat won’t acknowledge their presence.

    We have a seriously embarrassing amount  of cat stuff here but these two are the favorites. 

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  8. It is seriously so hot. Native Floridian here (although don’t live there now). I grew up on the west coast where at least you’ve had the gulf breezes. Orlando is just SO. HOT. I mean, I find the entire state hellish from about May til September, but Orlando always seems worse to me. 
    True story: years ago when the kids were smaller we were given totally free 4-5 days of Disney park hoppers for a week at the end of July. Food, lodging, everything.

    We actually considered not using all the tickets, we were so unbearably hot (and I LOVE Disney but have always gone in cooler months). 
    On the other hand, it is an unusual year and your kids are older. You could take a break mid day and budget plenty of money for cold treats. And the fans that spray water and the things that get wet and go on your neck. It’s possible...just go in prepared.

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  9. Thrilled for this for my 13 and 15 year olds. Then we are DONE and everyone is vaccinated in our house. I’d be thrilled for that for the summer. My 15 yo is the highest risk in our house. Little nervous for the 13yo...she does tend to react strongly to shots (not terrible...just more than her brothers and enough to be noted). 
    We have an older at risk relative who is not getting the shots so I feel at least better that we will all be vaccinated when we see her. 

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  10. I have had really good experiences. My son really needed braces and got them in June. His office takes all precautions...he waits in the car til it’s time, they keep patients separate, and all staff are well covered. He’s been there a bunch and I’ve felt good about it. Now all staff are vaccinated and he’s had his first. I had emergency dental issues recently and my office has been the same (although I’m also vaccinated as is my dentist). I’d definitely go for emergencies.

  11. I most likely had Covid in March of 2020 but not tested. About 10 days after symptoms, I woke up to horrifying vertigo, ringing in my ears, and substantial hearing loss in one ear. Despite large doses of prednisone and working with an ent and audiologist, the hearing loss and ringing has remained. It is considered permanent in my case.

    I had my one year check up recently and my ent talked about seeing quite a bit of hearing loss from Covid this last year. He said he has seen tinnitus and hearing loss recently and he has (anecdotally) felt it is worse with Pfizer than the other two. I did have both doses of Pfizer and saw no change in my symptoms. 

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  12. If you want weight lifting (and have weights or are planning on going to a gym with some equipment) I really like Nia Shanks plan from Lift Like a Girl (if you have kindle unlimited you can borrow it for free).


    The gist is this you do 2 different work-outs both are full body and you aim to do 2-3 workouts a week (with a rest day between lifting days). You just alternate the 2 workouts, do A one day, B the next, rinse and repeat.


    She focuses on compound lifts that work multiple muscles and not isolation exercises. 


    She has videos of all these on her site- and much more detail in the book (if you need it)- everything is 4 sets, reps 5-7

    Workout A:


    Bench Press

    Chin-ups (can use assist machine or practice negatives or start by doing pull-ups from a bar and work your way towards parallel)


    Workout B:



    Barbell Press


    She also has plans for bodyweight exercises if that's your preference and does suggest that as a good place to start for those starting out. I had been doing bodyweight stuff the last few years myself but switched to lifting in December because I wanted to change things up.


    I like her plans b/c they are simple and I dont' feel like doing my own thing right now. I like that she focuses on the big movements too.


    eta- I just started Nia's plan 2 wks ago, back in December I started lifting using Strong Lifts 5x5 which is very similar, so I've been lifting for 11 wks now (if I did my math right!). When I started I was at a gym with few weights so I had to improvise and modify. I started a new gym the beginning of February that has all the equipment I need and more weights than I could ever lift :)


    As far as weight I've only lost 3 lbs but my thyroid was out of whack and I just got my dosage upped the beginning of Feb. My clothes are fitting better however, my waist is down 1.5 in and my thighs .5 -1 inches, I don't really measure anywhere else


    I just really started deadlifting the beginning of February and have gone from sets at 65# to 115# but can do up to 135. 

    I started with goblet squats at 25# and now do back squats with 65#

    I just started the bench in February as well and haven't increased a ton on weight but am doing more reps

    I went from 15 lb to 30 lb bent over rows, I do TBar rows now and do them at 65-70#

    I started shoulder presses at 5lb each arm and my last 2 sets of barbell presses last night was 40lb (total)

    Those are great results!! Super inspiring...I'll get the book on kindle and see what I think.

  13. A few I have liked in the past:


    You Are Your Own Gym: book is good, but the app is fantastic and offers four levels of 10 week plans, as well as video options for an additional price.

    Body By You (same author, aimed at women)

    New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women book (requires a gym)



    You know, I've heard about You Are Your Own Gym a bunch of times before, but have never actually read it.  Looking over it online, I've totally done a lot of the things in it, but having it altogether with a plan from the app would be perfect.  Think I'm going to buy the book before we had on vacation in a few days.  That way I'd be ready to start when we get back.

  14. I would try one of Fitness Blender's plans. You buy the plan once and then can use it as often as you want.


    I use Fitness Blender's videos but don't follow their plans. I have a patellar tracking issue that is not remediated with strength training and physical therapy, so I don't do any lunges.  So I have chosen not to do the programs as I cannot decide what videos I can modify versus not.  


    If you choose to design your own plan, you just add the workouts to the calendar on the days you want, and then when you complete them you mark them complete in the calendar. I love it.  I believe if you choose a plan, it will add it to your calendar automatically--you just tell it when you want to start. 


    I personally really like Fitness Blender. This is the most consistent I have ever been, the strongest I have ever been, and no one is yelling at me. =)  I like that the people in the videos (a couple, Daniel and Kelli) are so relatable.  They do a great job walking you through the proper form, etc. 



    ETA: The videos are all free. The plans cost money but are inexpensive.

    This looks great!  I'll look over it more over the new couple days, but I really liked what I saw today.

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  15. Over the last few years some physical issues combined with crazy life stress has meant that diet and fitness went by the wayside.  I used to workout a ton and be fairly physically fit.  I gained about 15-20 pounds and exercise became super spotty.


    I've gotten my eating back in line and lost about 8-9 pounds.  Ideally would love another 8-10.  However, the bigger issue is I'm just flabby.  I've been ramping up my physical stuff over the last few months...but mainly just walking and running and I have realized I just have to make a priority on weight lifting/weight bearing exercise again, particularly as I get older.


    While I know what to do with weights since I've done it before, my personality does really, really well with a plan that I have to follow (same reason sticker charts worked for me as a kid  :laugh: ).  So...does anyone have any plans they've followed in the past that have really been a good jump start?  I'm thinking like a 12 week type thing...maybe a book or DVD series or something online? Obviously it was videos I'd just follow them, but I'm also picturing a book that has a good specific plan it in for weight training.  I know once I got going, I would be good to keep going, but a specific plan and end point would be good to get me up and going.  I have some hand weights and bands at home I could hunt down and have a gym membership I could use also.


    Bonus points if you've followed the plan and can tell me how it worked for you.

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  16. I do this mix. Fill a mug with hot water. Add a very liberal shot of apple cider vinegar... like a good amount so it really stinks 😊 and all your kids complain about the smell and burns when it goes down.

    Then squeeze the juice of one whole lemon in and a ton of honey and drink up. This has worked really well for me in the past.

  17. Movie night: redbox or amazon gift card for movie, movie candy, popcorn. Maybe a fuzzy blanket or gift card for bringing dinner in.


    Or: a “make any night a date night†and include wine glasses, bottle of wine, and candles. In the past I would have added a CD of romantic music. Maybe now it would be an iTunes card?


    Game night date night: board game (or games depending on budget) for two plus some fun snacks

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  18. We skipped last week and this week for that reason and youth group both weeks too. Going to stuff we need to buy avoiding anything we don’t. One immune compromised and one prone to terrible asthma when sick means we’re being extra careful.

  19. I’ve never once seen that at any gym I’ve been a part of.


    All of them have also had signs up though with various etiquette rules:

    —no saving machines

    —30 minute limit on cardio machines if others are waiting (otherwise no limit)

    —wipe machines after use (wipes, sprays, and towels are available)

    —restock weights


    That’s super rude and not normal in my experience.

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