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Jacky82020 - Tuesday Sep 27, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 114.2


The A1C test is  broken!   I came in at 5.7 and read the above. This is consistent with the glucose reading which was very close to pre diabetes at 96.   Going on a protein diet beginning immediately. Bought some Equate generic for Pure Proteinshakes last week and have tons of protein bars.   This sucks given my activity level and weight.   But it's fixable,

 The scale is broken!   LOL.   up 2 pounds overnight.   had to put in new batteries and have been wondering if it's been weighing low for a while. Noticed my black joggers were tight at the waist last few weeks.   my waist has always been disproportionately large, kinda tube like torso thing going on, sad.   I need one of those Gone With The Wind corsets.

The A1C test kit is arriving Thursday.  I'm modifying my diet to a protein keto thing to reduce that glucose number.   Saw some day old keto bread at Walmart, very pricey.   then remembered when Donkey told me Aldi's had the same thing for a few bucks. And they did!   thanks again, Donk.   I bought it in the past, but momentarily forgot.  

Progress as of today: 19.8 lbs lost so far, only 9.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/27/2022:
My scale is broken too. It's a disruption in the electro-magnetic field caused by an increase in the gravitational pull due to expanding mass.

So what's your plan? I'm excited to hear. Are you starting the protein keto diet immediately? Or after you re-test your A1C with the home kit? Do tell!

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
Makes no real sense because the test measures 3 months back, but I am going to do the first test when it arrives, hopefully Thursday & the second 3 months later.

They just don’t make scales as reliable as they used to. LOL

Today I read in the Washington Post 73% of Americans over 15 are obese, going by BMI. Holy cow! Said we’re the second fattest country & didn’t say who tops us. Was Mexico at one time & I read recently some islanders, can’t remember which one, as very fat citizens. Maybe Somoa. Occasionally I see some really huge football players from there when Matt watches games.

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SomeFineDay on 09/27/2022:
I remember when all the ladies wore girdles, even the skinny ones to keep their tummies flat. I did for a while and never liked them.

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
Yes, I remember that! I think very common at one time. My mom wore one and she was not at all heavy.

Crystal92 on 09/27/2022:
Try kicking that scale in the butt. LOL

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
ikr? That will teach it to be nice to me,

Taylor25 on 09/27/2022:
We have three scales and everyone reads differently

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
Same here. I finally tossed the weight watchers scale. We even have one that talks. Hate it. Goes up to like 400 pds and my husband bought for auto parts. When I accidentally tap it while walking by, it says: “I’m ready” in this really creepy voice.

legcramps on 09/27/2022:
My scale has to be over 30 years old LOL and yet, I still believe everything it tells me. Why is that I wonder? Has it gotten wiser with age? Very doubtful.

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
Wow! You got a winner!

happy-1 on 09/27/2022:
Yeah… this is why I like the home a1c tests

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2022:
I am very tempted to have a draw done at ACL, but when I tried to make an appointment last week, all I got was crap.

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Jacky82020 - Monday Sep 26, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4


I am having the worse allergies ever, not responding yet to antihistamines.   may have to take more.   Walmart has finally gotten in the latest omicron booster, so plan to get it and hoping there's no side effects.   Nothing major on the other four.   Didn't get much on the bike today.   Did lots of upper body dumbbell work yesterday while changing water in the two 125 gallon tanks in the kitchen.   Goes a lot slower than the tanks in the back of the house due to the hosing system.   Nothing to eat yet today and I am heating KFC sandwiches yelling out my name.  

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/26/2022:
Oh, the image came in weird! But still legible.

happy-1 on 09/26/2022:
Hugs! I could go for some chocolate chips right now!

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Jacky82020 - Sunday Sep 25, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/25/2022:
Yes. Exactly. Don’t forget pizza and potato chips to go with that chocolate.

Donkey on 09/26/2022:
Hahahahaha -- was this for me? Just kidding - it's for all of us who are struggling!

Jacky82020 on 09/26/2022:
No, Donkey, this isn’t just for you. Today’s is. LOL

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Jacky82020 - Saturday Sep 24, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4

I am as much curious as bothered by the 96 glucose reading and have decided to fix it.   Fussed around with making an appointment for an  A1C test yesterday at Quest and got nothing but crap, so ordered the two tests kit from CVS online. $53.   Out of stock at local store. Walmart had $90 kits that weren't reviewed any better, in fact CVS has good reviews. Amazon wanted the same $52 for the CVS test & said it would not be delivered until mid October. And after all the money I pay them for Prime.   So was pleased CVS had the same price, no added shipping fee, & will get it out in a few days.

The master plan is to take one test immediately & then go on a low carb diet & repeat test in 3 months.   I may be curious enough to compare the test results with a blood draw, that is if they don't give me all the grief I got last night trying to schedule an appointment. Think they are experiencing technical difficulties.  The tech had trouble finding the pee test order. She was going to send me off for the blood draw already completed.  Said she had no drug tox order.   Told her I assumed the PCP's office entered it immediately when they called me Wednesday.   So she looked & looked & finally  found it.   I was getting annoyed as I'd driven to a place much further than the local one. Was also worried the pcp would think I was delaying to clear my system of the 6 bags of heroin I buy downtown & shoot up everyday.  

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Rainbow! on 09/24/2022:
That sounds like a plan! Is a high protein diet is the same as a low carb diet?

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2022:
I’m not really sure, I’ll look into it, sure sounds like it has to be very similar, huh?

horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2022:
what a horrible experience at the appt yesterday! i once had a UTI and was unable to pee at the dr due to major anxiety. i just was rushing and anxious so much so that i couldn't pee. i think i was bloated too...and the mix of that, gas, and all...i had a REALLY hard time that day!

if your glucose is in a good range, why are you concerned about a1c? if a1c comes back in a good range...maybe you do not have to go low carb.

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2022:
I’m at the upper limit of normal. I prefer the lower limit. Glucose is evil. What’s your annual reading?

The fitness guru I admire most wakes up with 70 everyday. I would love that number. He leans towards a keto diet, but not 100%.

happy-1 on 09/24/2022:
Good self care here!

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2022:
Thanks, Hap, you always offer only the positive! I sure appreciate it!

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2022:
What brand of A1C home test do you use?

Donkey on 09/25/2022:
Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! I'm so sorry. However, I admit I am a little excited to hear more about your A1C experiment adventure.

I can totally understand your desire to be more in the middle to lower range. I think you're good to nip this in the bud.

SomeFineDay on 09/25/2022:
Donkey is right, Nip it in the bud.

SomeFineDayToo on 09/25/2022:
Donkey is right, Keep an eye on it so you don’t need medication like me when you get old.

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Jacky82020 - Monday Sep 19, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4

Donkey!   Look!  This reminded me of your request for non-egg breakfasts. Feel free to add all the nuts you want! 

frustrating exercise day!   forgot to strap on Fitbit.   then kicked over small stand by bike with very first peddle & spilled big mug of unsipped coffee.  what  a mess!     very dark & wet & gloomy outside, but a lovely view from the bike.  Set Fitbit from walking to biking.   no difference I can see & it had only outdoor bike, not stationary.   I don't get it! 


Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/19/2022:
I love your view from your bike!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2022:
Thanks, tanks behind and on opposite wall as well.

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2022:
very creative pics; love this.

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2022:
Frankie took them! (Little pug/Frenchie mix) very smart pooch! LOL

Donkey on 09/20/2022:
The Garmin I have has 2 separate choices for biking - "indoor" which needs special expensive pedals in order to obtain full stats, and "bike" which uses GPS for stats. I don't bike outdoors enough to care (for lack of a better word), and the indoor biking is mainly just to loosen up. Honestly, I'm not sure I get anything more out of that.

Today, I am trying oatmeal with 1 TBSP of Craisins and 1 TBPS of coconut flakes. I usually add only a TBSP of peanut butter, but I felt like I wanted a change this morning. And as it seems that the peanut butter doesn't hold me well at work, why eat all that fat and high calories?

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2022:
Love craisins. Coconut too! There are probably multiple ways to up the protein in an oatmeal breakfast. Like by adding a vanilla or whatever flavor protein powder.

KathyBlue on 09/20/2022:

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2022:
You’re baaaack! Yay!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2022:
i enjoy oats on the weekends when i have time to enjoy breakfast and take my time with it.

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Jacky82020 - Wednesday Sep 14, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4

 Hah! I counted the same steps and got 85!   Now I have to check what I entered in Fitbit.   I may have been playing around and said I was ten feet tall.  

Just checked my Fitbit steps from bike to kitchen & back.  25   I woulda guessed more, it's a long hallway. Next time I'll count 

fascnatng article, hope it opens. WaPo gets fussy.   says doing 30" moderate exercise per day isn't enough if one's inactive the rest of the day.   says it raises glucose levels etc etc etc 



Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/14/2022:
CNN (website) had a similar post recently as well, how the most important walking workout isn't the exercise walk a person takes but rather the extra steps one accumulates throughout the day.

That's one thing I liked about my FitBit was that it had an hourly reminder to reach 250 steps in that given hour. The Garmin has an activity reminder but not an hourly step goal. So I try to be aware of sitting too long, when I'm at work. It can be hard though, especially when I'm busy.

Jacky82020 on 09/14/2022:
Yeah, there’s nothing much new under the sun. This study added a little by having different groups do different movements. Thinking of hopping my way to the coffee pot and bathroom. LOL

I have that 250 alert too. Maybe I should turn it on.

happy-1 on 09/14/2022:
That’s good motivation to go food shopping today.

Jacky82020 on 09/14/2022:
Lol. Now I’m beginning to wonder if Fitbit is lying about my Walmart steps. It’s a huge store!

horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2022:
re below report of yours; that's why we can rely on gadgets but we also must just generally know where we are at....which obviously you do...this adds to why i do not need to get one of those gadgets...as i know i'm wayyyy under cardio / steps based on what is suggested daily.

horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2022:
yeah, my desk job is KILLER on my body.

Rainbow! on 09/15/2022:
I don’t have a tracker either. It’s amazing how the pedometer lagged and even your Fitbit is off. I’m on my feet most of the time in the classroom, so that’s good. Now if I can only continue to avoid the leftover school cafeteria food that is dumped in the teachers’ lounge. It’s all starchy food, but also apples and oranges.

Jacky82020 - Tuesday Sep 13, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.4



I shall now present my pedometer report. 

It was not what I expected.   The pedometer is picking up less than half the steps as the Fitbit.  Both are on my ankle.   The pedometer was too big for the pouch on an unused activity tracker ankle strap, so I clipped it to the other, making sure to get it under a sock so I wouldn't lose it.  Did some googling.  There are pedometers with apps and every single one I saw had monthly subscription fees ranging from $2-10.  

But most interesting of all, I found an article from the federal government on reliability of pedometers and most were worse than mine.  They tested various models and a Fitbit on college kids.   So what's the point of the pedometer if they are so off & why are they so inaccurate?  But I'm not interested enough to pursue this topic.   Should anyone desire this technical marvel, kindly send a hundred dollar bill & a self addressed stamped envelope.  

Thus concludes my great pedometer exeperiment.

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/13/2022:
Oooooooooooh…. Good catch. Welcome to the wonderful world of data!

Jacky82020 on 09/13/2022:
Have to wonder who would want one. Matt has never counted steps. Never would. He goes by time and miles.

How are you feeling? Did you call the GP?

coffee&calories on 09/13/2022:
Wanted to remark on yesterday's picture - holy beautiful fish!!! My girls would love that tank and those gorgeous colours. I imagine that's a ton of work!

Jacky82020 on 09/13/2022:
That 44 G tank is a breeze compared to my really big tanks. I have 11 total, largest ones are 125 Gallons. One develops techniques to make it all less labor intensive. Great exercise!

Jacky82020 - Wednesday Aug 24, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 113.2


webmasters, today was the worst day of my life. My husband ran away with two wives. Five more Sister Wives are waiting for them in Colorado City, so he will have 7. A big moving truck came and hauled away all the furniture. So I went to the basement to find a cot. I fell on the way back up and broke my arm. Then my boss called and said I'm fired for embezzling money. The detectives think it was wired to Colorado City, but my boss said I can't return. So I am bawling my eyes out, looking at my fish, Jack. I know you don't like my fish pics, but can you please show some human decency and allow just one more? 



Look C&C! It says to add 2 T powder to 1 T  water. I sometimes use the syrup instead of water. If I do cocoa only & no syrup, then I add an artificial sweetener. The powder mixure is kinda weird in that it hardens if you make enough for the next day.  

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2022:
this looks like a GREAT mix...very nice creative mix right here :)

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2022:
Thanks! Still has more fat than I’d like, but I can eat twice as much as real PB for the same calorie count

horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2022:
see my comment in your previous.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2022:
Will do! I was shaking and sobbing too much last night to reply.

ddwebmaster on 08/24/2022:
Your unfortunate story made our grandma cry, and so we will allow this one last fish one final time. He/she is beautiful and we sincerely hope you won’t go to prison. Hire a good attorney.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2022:
Thank you! Seeing Jack helped me stop crying and shaking so bad.

horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2022:
haha...i'm glad they allowed your fish pic. i love seeing your pics...brings something different to my day...i only look at fish basically when you post; so it brings variation to my days.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2022:
I replied to this once & don’t see it now. All I said is I won’t push luck & do another, not at least not until the Holidays LOL

coffee&calories on 08/24/2022:
BEAUTIFUL fish!!!! Wow, that’s a great pic you took. I can barely take a decent dog pic on land. I have the same cocoa powder! Love hersheys. Must get the pb2 soon. I’m totally trying this. Thinking on top of oatmeal, the 100 calorie packs.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2022:
Thanks, that’s why I liked posting fish pics here. You guys are impressed because you haven’t seen what the pros in the fish forum can do. They spend a lot of time manipulating lighting and use high quality cameras or have expensive cell phones. I’m just using a cheap old iPad.

My husband tried those 100 cal Oatmeal packs for convenience. He didn’t care for them. He said the serving size was scant & the texture mushy, so he uses old fashioned oats, 1/2 C mixed with 1 C water. There’s a 150 cal in the 1/2 C oatmeal but he says it’s more food and tastes better. He puts brown sugar on top, think it’s 15 cal a teaspoon. I stopped buying very expensive artificial brown sugar when I realized the Cals are not bad in the real stuff. It’s not like I’m eating cups of it and have to watch out.

Jacky82020 - Sunday Jul 31, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 110.6



Just  lost post, the final one of July, 2022.  So here we go again.

Meet Oscar Wilde, an 8" Orange Tiger Oscar, I purchased yesterday along with his tank mate, Jack.   Jack is a 6" Jack Dempsey cichlid who's hiding in the plants now.   Oscar is much prettier IRL; I have them in dim lighting, all the better to acclimate them to a new home. I suspect both are females, will know more later after consulting with FB Oscar experts.

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
Very pretty!

Jacky82020 on 07/31/2022:
Thank you! Someone in FB group agreed she/he is very small for his age & should be 2-4” longer. He lived in a small tank crowded with the world’s ugliest decor. More crap decor than water.

Jacky82020 on 08/01/2022:
Thank you! Some fine day I will learn how to take really good fish pics & dazzle you with Oscar’s beauty.

happy-1 on 07/31/2022:

Donkey on 08/01/2022:
That is a beautiful fish! I'm sure s/he is grateful to have more room to swim and move.

Great fish names too :-) If Oscar turns out to be female, I suppose you could change her name to Olivia Wilde, like the actress (lol)...

Jacky82020 on 08/01/2022:
LOL. Good one!

I was thinking about the great British writer who went to prison for being gay, a long time ago. He had an affair with a wealthy man’s young adult son & the father motivated the trial & imprisonment.

I think I remember Olivia Wilde from House MD.

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
Loving the name of your fish. Only an avid reader / writer like you would name their fish after a Poet! :)

What made you choose these particular names for the fish?

Jacky82020 on 08/01/2022:
Well, the big fish’s common name is an Oscar. And I am an Oscar Wilde fan.

Common name for other fish is Jack Dempsey, after some famous boxer from when I don’t really know. This fish is well known for his aggressive temperament under certain conditions, mostly re smaller tank mates and crowded tanks.

So as you can clearly see, I have zero creativity when it comes to naming pets. LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
that is hilarous about the names of both the fish. had no idea there was a "Jack Dempsey" fish or an Oscar fish.

hopefully you'll sneak a photo in for us when you are able to capture Jack.

Jacky82020 - Friday Jun 24, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 109.2



Looks like I need a few more turquoise days and less pink!  

Progress as of today: 5.8 lbs lost so far, only 9.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/24/2022:
Is this a FitBit chart? Two of those days look like you were "In Zone" -- which is good, right? And one day "under" (right?)

Jacky82020 on 06/24/2022:
Yeah, it’s from Fitbit. & you got it right, They keep adding all kinds of metrics. All I really like is the step count. And my scale. It never lies.

Donkey on 06/24/2022:
PS Commented on your fish picture from yesterday. Perhaps you will use that post for your monthly marker for June (without comments). So pretty!

Jacky82020 on 06/24/2022:
Thanks, great idea!

horn_of_plenty on 06/26/2022:
those fish below do like very pretty and i have a hard time imagining them as larger fish than the photo below as you gave us the measurements. i am sure they are much prettier in person too. cute as they are below.

I like how the blue fish has orange eyes and fins.

Your calories look good when comparing them to the numbers on the chart at far left, like you haven't done anything too crazy or excessive in your eating, so that is good.. i am sure you can reach your goals.

Jacky82020 on 06/27/2022:
When it comes to dieting, think I’m incapable of too crazy. LOL. Too much food around. Sigh. Lucky for me I hate cooking, so keep it simple

legcramps on 06/27/2022:
Probably averaged out over the week, no?

Jacky82020 on 06/27/2022:
I think it’s daily. See new one.

Maria7 on 06/27/2022:
Your fish are gorgeous!

Jacky82020 on 06/27/2022:
Thanks! Wait until you see the Red Shouldered Severums I’m fixing to buy! Searching for a big used tank & stand now. Not gonna pay a grand for something I should be able to get for $350. Then I will order a dozen or so babies

See pic of adult above.

bearcountrygg on 06/27/2022:
Beautiful fish.

happy-1 on 06/27/2022:
Lovely fish! Good job managing calories!!!

legcramps on 06/28/2022:
Your fish must keep you busy, I can't imagine. BF used to have a tank, but it was in a spare bedroom that no one ever went into. Poor fish never had any human company. I doubt they ever wanted human company, but they never got it.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
that fish is good for "Pride Month," as it's like a rainbow haha.

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