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milovany last won the day on October 6 2014

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  1. I lost 18 lbs last year with IF. I also increased my water intake a little bit and tried not to overeat during my feasting window. I did a 18:6 where I ate between noon and 6:00 PM. That way I could have the breakfast food if someone made something yummy for breakfast, and I could have a dinner with family or out or whatever. Sometimes I told myself I could have whatever I wanted as long as I waited until noon. Three donuts? Fine, but wait until noon. That really did help me (although I do want to combine IF with low carb; I'll probably never do full on keto). The hardest part for me is not snacking from one meal to the next. For whatever reason, I did stop even though I still have about 20-30 lbs to go. I don't know why now but I'm having a hard time getting back to it. I've gained about 5 of the 18 back. Lent is helping a little bit. I also just got injured while playing pickleball and that just might be the impetus I need to get back to it. I want to be strong going into my senior years, and I need to lay that foundation now. Anyway, I know the best thing I could do if I want to continue weight loss is to get back to 18:6 with some OMADs thrown in as well. Working on finding the motivation that gets me going. 🙂
  2. I have ordered from Sts Mary and Martha (linked above), but we live near St. John Greek Orthodox Monastery, so I typically buy from there now. They do sell online, I think.
  3. I guess because this old thread was bumped, I must update everyone to say .... Dagny didn't stick. We tried it for a week, but it never felt all the way right. We tossed around numerous other names for another week, and finally, it came to me (and everyone liked it) - Midge. She's definitely Midge. The name is unofficially short for Margaret Ann Elizabeth Jane, from which I know it's difficult to pull the nickname Midge; the longer moniker is more of a laughing-at-myself reference to how I don't like using actual people names for pets. Midge is used rarely enough on a human baby that it doesn't count as a people name; but Margaret and Ann and Elizabeth and Jane do count. I went overboard the other way. Photos: (1) Her official kitten portrait (ha), (2) She likes to be comfortable when sleeping (is that comfortable?!), and (3) She loves exploring anything and everything.
  4. While I don't think I would do it myself, I do have fond memories of visiting my dad's aunt, uncles and cousins at their house on a very busy street in Victoria BC, and right next door was a small corner market. Granted, that's not Wal-Mart, but the home was obviously not in a quiet little neighborhood. We loved visiting them, remembering to stay away from the street, and running next door to get some Canadian candy. 🙂 But thinking longer term -- these houses aren't selling fast for a reason and you're going to have the same issue some day. Resale should always play into the decision when purchasing a house (not make the decision, but play into it). I'm sure this has already been said above.
  5. If you're there on a Friday night, there might be a big food truck thing on the waterfront in North Vancouver. Easy public-access ride and it was lot of fun. Good food, some music, very family friendly. Keep an eye on the following website to see if anything that's interesting to you is offered at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre downtown ( http://www.queenelizabeththeatre.org/events/ ). We enjoyed Stanley Park, too. Have fun! ETA - If you have enough time, and can get down to Tsawwassen for the ferry ride, pop on over to the Victoria waterfront for a day (you'll have to get a ride to the area as the ferry lands north of the city). Craigdarroch Castle was so fun, too. A bit of a walk from the waterfront, but doable.
  6. For me, just a good loaf of crusty yummy bread! That sounds so good.
  7. I guess that's possible! I did walk around the large grocery/household goods store while I snacked on the bar, so wasn't just in one place.
  8. I do not know any foods that I'm allergic to and (in relation to this question), I've eaten my fair share of milk chocolate and almonds in my life. Dairy, too. I love dairy and consume much, especially milk and half 'n half. Yesterday, when shopping at the store, I snacked on a Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar. Within minutes, my nose was all pin prickly and I started to sneeze numerous times. The check out girl even noticed my sneezing. Then, I finished the bar and it went away. I never thought that food allergies were a prickly/nose, sneezy type of thing. And, as stated, I've had milk chocolate and almonds. I just ate a handful of almonds this morning to test my reaction (none). So, could that have been a food reaction, or might something else have been going on? Ingredients of the chocolate bar: Milk chocolate (sugar, milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, lecithin, natural flavors), almonds, sunflower oil.
  9. We got 3-4 inches just over the mountains and, like you, expect more over the weekend and then again next week. It's late coming, but much welcomed. I love snow.
  10. We all absolutely love "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. True, clean laugh out loud fun.
  11. When I used to do our taxes, which was for years and years and years until they became too difficult about two years ago, I always used TaxAct. I think I tried TurboTax one year and it wasn’t as user-friendly.
  12. Admittedly, I heard and fell in love with the name before I’d heard of Atlas Shrugged, and I have never read the book. I love the positive vibes I got here for the name. I got such blowback IRL when I told people I liked this name for an actual human being! I did decide to go with the Dagne spelling. Maybe.
  13. Dagny it is! Thanks to all for your input. It has been fun to get to know her. She's definitely the spunky I think of when I thInk of Dagny.
  14. Beautiful! The weekend had a profound effect on our naming choices. North and Raven have been discarded and right now the list is Dagny, Little Dorrit, Ellis and Scout. Sigh. This is why I always named babies before they were born.
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