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Jacky82020 - Saturday Sep 25, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.8

 LOL.   Matt just called from Angola.   that's a rest stop in NY.   also name of notorious Louisiana prison.   I have no idea of the connection.   I am beside myself with excitement!


 The husband will be off for NY at 9 to get the pair of axolotls.   it's 8:15 now.  Appears to me this person overdid it on decorations.   I am more into plants & rocks.   Axies require cool temps, below 65, & ideally more like 58-60.   ppl use aquarium fans & chillers.   The breeder in Pittsburgh uses a window AC as needed.  The sunroom is the coldest room here.   We only turn on heat for meals.   Otherwise set to 59F in cold weather.   Purchase includes 2 small clip on fans.   I have no idea how effective these little fans are.   I will deal with appropriate cooling when needed,  Appears Bear's chilly days made it to Pennsylvania!

Relaxing super high potassium diet.   Will stick with 3,000 mg daily, mostly veg juice.   Nutritious & best 50 cal appetite suppressant I know of.  

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2021:
How exciting for you! I like the tank picture you shared, but I'm eager to see what you do with yours, too. I like plants in a tank, too, so I'm looking forward to your tank interpretation.

Need clarification: are you saying that the vegetable juice acts as an appetite suppressant? If I'm understanding that correctly, then I would agree that vegetable juice is very refreshing and satisfying.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
Yes! For me anyway, the 45-50 cal per 8 oz of veg juice is the best appetite suppressant I’ve encountered & all because of the Great Potassium Hunt. It’s very filling & rich in Vit C, calcium, Vit A & has some iron.

I plan to drink 3 glasses daily. Nothing I would of thought of before. Think it’s mostly a tomato juice concentrate & 7 others are added because they like calling it V8. LOL

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2021:
The bright colors of tat tank do draw my eyes to it....I hope that all goes well with your neww arrivals....exciting...they are cuties. I also think you did well with the potassium....sticking with the vegetable juice seems like a good idea too....

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
I like the bright colors too but am interested in the best habitat for these amphibians. Could be what she has is ok.

I got bashed in the mean old fish forum for having the big pirate ship. Well it’s still available & sells for $100, lots of caves & hiding places. Everyone is big on rocks & very expensive (>$500) 3D backgrounds that look like rocks. LOL

Maria7 on 09/25/2021:
Pretty colors! Hope you have a nice day.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
Thanks, they are cheerful enough!

Hoping your day goes well too.

innerpeace on 09/25/2021:
Have you always had aquariums or is this something that has blossomed over the last few months? Is this salt water or fresh? It is very beautiful though and relaxing to look at. Have a great Saturday.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
I got into fish 3 short months ago. Thought about it for years, saw a 5 gallon tank kit at Walmart for $30 & bought it. Have 2 colorful male guppies & 2 White Cloud yellow minnows & plants there. This is a cold water tank. Bought 10 G tanks and a 40 later. Then the 90 G cabinet display tank with a 20 G sump tank below.

All freshwater. Saw some live coral to die for at the local saltwater shop. Not sure I’ll go there. Lots of fussy aspects, worse than freshwater & ongoing costs, like for the salt etc.

You have a good Saturday too!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2021:
can you teach us more about axolotls - i could google it; but share why you even know about these and their purpose and lifespan!?

so you are getting the pink ones?

i like that cage, i know it's not yours. i like the colors, but all the color takes my eyes away from the fish! LOL

veg juice sure is an appetite suppressant - i don't care for veg juice so i'd have a hard time drinking it daily but it sure is nice and low cal.

safe travels to hubby.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
The cage? You mean the tank? Yes, it’s mine. She sold everything: axolotls, tank, stand, filter, lights, much decor.

The pink ones in the pic are my new babies! On their way home now.

Their purpose? Is that an evolutionary or existential question? LOL. Their purpose is to please me.

They can live up to 15 years in captivity. Most are captive bred. On endangered species lists some places. Consumed as a delicacy in Mexico where they hail from (many varieties anyway)

They require cool temps & don’t like light. Seller not certain of genders. Hard to tell, I’m reading, when under 8-12 months. These are 9. Seller thinks male & female because they’re inseparable. This surprises me; I need to learn more.

I am active in fish forums. Heard about them there. Amphibians, but popular aquarium pet. Joined an amphibian forum. Not very active. Mostly I google & watch YouTube vids.

Never would have thought of V8 or generic equivalent. It was the potassium. Don’t like tomato soup or juice, but can’t recall trying it for a hundred years. Won’t go there now. V8 more nutritious. It’s ok. I add ice & usually lemon juice & it’s ok. All I had today is one glass of it & coffee with a lil protein drink. Hungry but not famished.

I make many culinary compromises to stay thin.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2021:
whip stabilizer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBJ534F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
Not opening. Will copy & paste.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
Thanks, HoP! Ordered. They say will be delivered tomorrow. Erie Amazon center opened nearby not too long ago.

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
HoP, these axies are 100% aquatic & breathe though gills. Like fish. They cannot survive outside of water, those long fluffy things are their heads are gills. I’m getting the 30 gallon tank depicted above

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2021:
OK...as long as the call was not from the prison....it's probably fine....LOL

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
Hahaha! The name cracks me up! All I can think of is that notorious prison! They had big chain gangs of men working on roads and in hot fields.

Donkey on 09/25/2021:
^ Ha ha ha - Bear is cracking me up :-)

Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2021:
those gills are super cute! didn't realize they were gills until i looked closer, but i should have realized since what else could they be!?!??

also, thanks for the info. i wonder how long yours willl live ! could be a long while as you said!!! yes, i meant tank, not cage.

Jacky82020 on 09/26/2021:
I didn’t know the long fluffy things were gills at first & I knew they had gills. LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2021:
let me know if the whip it helps with what you are trying to do.

Jacky82020 on 09/26/2021:
Will do. Was trying to whip cream cheese & yogurt. (Separately) Whipped for literally hours on a powerful mixer & nothing! Thanks again, HoP.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2021:
let me know if it works, i know that things sometimes whip only if enough fat, but this may help..

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2021:
I will. Product came in 4 packets. Said to use one for each 8 oz of heavy cream to whip. I find this very surprising! Cream is so easy to whip. Never needed an additive, Who’d want to add approximately $1.50 to the cost of whipping cream when it’s unnecessary? Hoping much less will work for yogurt/cream cheese or might as well buy the whipped items. Will be fun to experiment with, so thanks.

Jacky82020 - Monday Aug 30, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.8


My new fishies!  

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
More later!

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2021:
Looks like a really nice setup...and the fish look really healthy....

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Thanks! They are & here's hoping I can maintain. Paid $500 for this setup & couldn’t have put it together for less than 2 Grand. Did have to buy 12.5 gallon Coleman Coolers & 5 gallon covered buckets & pay the kid which added $200 to my costs.

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2021:
Any hobby that you really enjoy is always worth an investment in my eyes.....

Donkey on 08/30/2021:
Oh beautiful!!!! That's a nice cabinet too! I hope you got a deal on it, because brand new, those things can be ridiculously expensive. I can see why though - that's like a piece of furniture, not "just' a fish tank.

Also, I wanted to thank you about your comments from Thursday, how you use Ameritrade. That helped me feel better about Husband's determination to go that route.

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Got a SUPER deal on the entire setup: ~20 fish, some big & pricey. One worth $150. Came with 20 gallon sump tank below main tank & many accessories. Saw that pirate ship at the local aquarium shop yesterday for $100. It’s functional. Many fish cave dwelling species from Africa. Tom, the fat speckled cat, has his private man cave & comes out to eat & then goes home. Easily a 2K setup.

Good luck on the 401k stuff!

legcramps on 08/30/2021:
Nice fish!

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Thanks! Loving them!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2021:
i lOVE that interesting large looking bird-fish as well as the zebra looking fish! they are so interesting! :) love!

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Thanks. Going to bust out my good digital SLR & try to get some better photos. The iPad isn’t doing all that great

Horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2021:
it's the catfish that i love, yes1

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Tom is my favorite! He swims on his back & eats like an otter. So cute! Hoping I can get a pic!

Jacky82020 - Sunday Aug 29, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.8


Just posted long one with a pic and it went to the yellow screen and vanished!  Will see if this posts 

Been very busy with aquarium found on Craigslist.  90 gallons in a mahogany cabinet with the a canopy.   took 3 hours to help seller dismantle at his place near the NY border.  Tank has 20 fish, mostly cichlids.   A 6 inch catfish from I think Africa that is absolutely adorable.

Got home & realized no way we could carry empty 160 gallon tank into house.   Neighbors mostly elderly.  Found  on Craigslist: 21 year old college athlete wants work.   Nice kid from Canada.   will have him oit soon to trim shrubs etc.

ok.   will see if this posts & then do a photo 

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/29/2021:
This is the pic from his ad.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2021:
lol, so you will hire college kid to help with the tank and moving!? haha..nice.

also, i want more pics, especially of the 6in fish! :)

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
We did hire the kid that very same day! He was at soccer practice & came by as soon as he could. the fish were ok in the Coleman Cooler with a pair of bubblers but I wanted them home ASAP. Very pleasant boy from Toronto. I’m having him out soon to do landscaping. Got away from me worse than ever this year. Matt does ride around on the Deere & mow lawns. but I’m the weed whacker & bush trimmer. Or was. The student athlete will be getting extra workouts soon. LOL

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2021:
Looks like a nice tank and you got the fish too?

Jacky82020 on 08/30/2021:
Yes! 20 or so fish. Hard to count since I’m unfamiliar with the species. And they hide out in the big pirate’s ship & hollow fake rocks that came with the tank. Love this 6” African cat fish I call Tom. He swims around on his back like an otter & loves to eat.

Will post Pics. Not getting very good ones with this iPad. One of the overhead tank lights needs replacement, so that’s not helping either

Jacky82020 - Friday Aug 20, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.4



 Did the potassium blood draw.  anxious to get results.   expect emails from both the lab & MyChart this afternoon or early evening.   not a great experience. Puncture painful, far more than usual.  bled lots after.   she pressed down & filled many gauze pads with blood. Pressure hurt & I told her.  She said: Sorry, I have to stop the bleeding.   Instead of the usual flat bruise, I now have a painful elevated lump.   worse draw i ever had!

 My USPS mail alert shows a Jury Summons!   Got one two years ago.   Judge dismissed us because defendant was Hispanic & none on jury. Never served before. Was once an alternate.   Boring!

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/20/2021:
Take stuff to do... Good luck!!!

Jacky82020 on 08/20/2021:
I know! Always carry my iPad & read books. Last time I read this true story about how some jurors made hasty decisions because they were dying for a smoke!

The time I was an alternate many fellow jurors raced down the hall like bats out of hell! My first thought was they had to pee or poop really bad. But they exited the building & engulfed me in a vast cloud of smoke when I got outside. LOL

innerpeace on 08/20/2021:
ugh jury duty! worst civil service duty EVER! Good luck.

Sounds like an inexperienced phlebotomist. The last two times I've been I hardly even felt the poke!

Jacky82020 on 08/20/2021:
She was the worst ever! Now I have a big elevated lump & a bruise. Reminds me of the tick bite from a few weeks back.

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2021:
That's too bad about the rough blood draw....and jusy duty...hopefully there it is for just 1 case...here in the woods...when we get jusry duty it is for all cases within a 3 month period...sure messes things up for 3 months.

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2021:
I actually spelled JURY exactly the same 2 times...UGH.....

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2021:
Is this really your dog ?!

Oh you’ll have to update us closer to your summons on how this one works out for you !!!

Jacky82020 on 08/23/2021:
Not my dog! My boys are cuter yet!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2021:
jury duty can be a good experience if the case is ok and the people on the panel are decent with you...

Jacky82020 - Tuesday Aug 17, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2


So I ordered a new tracker.   All I want are steps, time & distace.  Fitbit messing up on time. Pain in the ass to connect Garmin.  Turns out to get data from device to app on the iPad, I have to hold it up to the open app & key in a bunch of crap.   I did get the less expensive model because all I want are the 3 basics. ~$100.   paid less for low end Fitbits.   Made big mistake in not buying through Amazon.   Have to pay to return to Garmin!    Grrrrr! 

Still unable to determine how long it would take for my high potassium diet to kick in on the blood test. Thinking the 10 days by Saturday may be enough & going then.   Very easy to do three 1,000 items & whatever else is consumed.   So going over 3K everyday.

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/18/2021:
OK, good to know about the Garmin. Wow, I'm so sorry this was so frustrating. What is your next plan, then? Another FitBit or an upgrade on the Garmin? Or something completely different?

When I've started other supplements, I've been told usually 2-3 weeks. However, you are doing yours through foods - which is really the best way - so yes, it might be towards the lower end of that spectrum. That is to say, you'd see effects sooner rather than later.

What date is your retest?

Jacky82020 on 08/18/2021:
No appointment. I can walk into the lab with the order when I want. It says due by 8/24. I can self order another test, but it would cost me $50. I am assuming the insurance will cover the first test in full.

I will be returning the Garmin via USPO. Then probably another low end Fitbit. I really do like their app,

horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2021:
you couldn't google the question of how long it takes changes in diet to appear on blood test for potassium? or it doesn't come up?

you have found good solutions for diet!

Jacky82020 on 08/19/2021:
Yes! It’s crazy! I cannot get an answer. Everything addresses potassium replacement with IVs in the hospital or potent RX’d pills. Level goes up in 2-24 hours these ways. I’m thinking K is quickly metabolized & 1 week should reflect my increased dietary uptake. So curious that I may go in Saturday. If it’s not as high as I’d like, could retake the test in another few weeks, but probably at my expense. $50. Quest allows one to self order many tests, but you have to pay.

If I still come in low it would suggest an underlying disease, but all my other labs were normal.

Jacky82020 - Monday Aug 16, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.6


Still on my potassium kick!  Easily doing 3000 a day.  1000 mg, vegetable juice, 1000 apricots, 1000 various sources.   Sometimes soybeans with tomato paste & hot sauces. The other day was heating 2 Healthy Choice 4 cheese raviolis for Matt & noticed 990 mg potassium.   So tossed one in the microwave for myself.   these are the only frozen meals I eat on a regular basis, excluding pizza.   excellent nutrition.   low sodium, high protein & only 250 Cals each. So checked out other HC Cafe Steamers.   Saw the potatoes & BBQ beef tips I like is 1240 potassium.   Had that last night when I made the steak for Matt.

This new diet is doing much to alleviate my chronic constipation & don't understand way.   The veg juice has 3 gms fiber per serving.   Same for the apricots & prunes.   Like the prunes but higher in calories and lower in potassium than the apricots, so won't be buying more after these 2 bags are gone.   Too bad!   They are really tasty.

So was getting 40 gms of fiber from Fiber One & hi fiber English muffins. Maybe 15 from new hi potassium foods, but better poops.   Thinking the poop factor will diminish soon.  

Progress as of today: 11.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/16/2021:
Very interesting! I've heard of this effect with magnesium but not with potassium. I say go for it while it lasts! :-)

I would not have have even *guessed* that you could find potassium in HC meals. That's really nice! This way, you can get some tasty variety!

It will be very interesting to see what your blood re-tests come back with!!!

Jacky82020 on 08/16/2021:
I was surprised on the HC.

Very interested in retesting. PCP office said 2 weeks enough to show uptake, but can’t find a confirmation anywhere & have googled my fingers raw. All online info re very low levels brought up by IVs & potent supplements . Guess I’ll wait the full 3 weeks, but would definitely go sooner if I had confidence it’d be reliable.

Enjoying the freebie poopies while I can, LOL

Donkey on 08/16/2021:
Very interesting! I've heard of this effect with magnesium but not with potassium. I say go for it while it lasts! :-)

I would not have have even *guessed* that you could find potassium in HC meals. That's really nice! This way, you can get some tasty variety!

It will be very interesting to see what your blood re-tests come back with!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/16/2021:
Fiber can also be constipating...but most likely the improvement on that is from the fruit as far as I can tell...of course we all know about the prunes effects...apricots are similar.....sounds like eating apricots regularly would be a good thing....i noticed that Jif peanut butter is I believe 189 on the potassium scale for 2T.....not high but a good source of protein too and handy.

Jacky82020 on 08/16/2021:
I was really surprised to see prunes only had 3 gms fiber. Wonder if prune juice is better. The dried ones were really tasty.

The powdered PB has some potassium too, don’t think 189.

horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2021:
prunes/dried fruit often really help with constipation...and the veggie juice may help too in getting in more liquid intake. go you! i'm sure you feel much better! that's good there's some nutrition to the HC meals. some are good, indeed.

Jacky82020 on 08/16/2021:
Weird how the two HC I like are highest in potassium! Tried a few Chinese & the teriyaki which looked good on the box, but were mushy and rather bland.

Could be the added liquids helped,

horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2021:
good deal you got lucky you like the high potassium meals!

Jacky82020 on 08/17/2021:
Yes! That is fortuitous! But best potassium find was the veg juice: 1000 mg in 9 oz, <60 calories

Jacky82020 - Saturday Aug 14, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2


Did good on the potassium yesterday.   Over 3000 mg. 1000, dried apricots. 1000 tomato paste with lemon juice and water, 1000 vegetable juice.  More in the fish sticks etc.  The vegetable juice tastes and looks very similar to the tomato paste mixture, but is better. Contains some spinach, carrot and celery juice, but has to be mostly tomatoes. Going to toss a pound of the dried apricots in my little crockpot today & see what happens.   So thanks for that idea, Bear.   Also thanks to Happy for the apricot chicken thigh recipe.   I have chicken thighs in the freezer.   Air fried some a few days ago.

Got a few bags of pitted prunes yesterday. Haven't had any in longer than I can remember. Not bad, but high in calories and low In potassium compared to the vegetable juice and apricots, so,won't purchase again. Will stick with V juice, apricots and soybeans with tomato paste for my big potassium foods.  

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
Sounds like you got a lot of good potassium going yesterday.....I would not throw out any leftover apricot juice if you soak or cook them...potentially potassium in that too. I'm sure you are raising those numbers well. You might even find fresh apricots in your store now too for a change. I love solving health issues with food....very satisfying.......my youngest son eats primarily organic food....not 100%...but about 80%....and he is feeling really good since he started that. He has added hiking...and he is adding more and more weight to a backpack to up his strength...since they live on a hillside...he is hiking on their land up and down hills....he has lost some weight and gained a lot of muscle......and is just a lot healthier.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Will drink the apricot crockpot juice! Great suggestion. I saw one preserves recipe that added sugar. Crockpot. Was thinking of fake brown sugar. Do you think it would be too sweet?

Sounds like your son’s doing terrific.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
If adding a tiny bit of sugar makes you eat more of them I would do it......I have dried apricots too...and notice that some are sweet and others are not...but I haven't added any sugar....or fake sugar....if making jam from them and using it regularly keeps your numbers up then that might be a good way to do that and sweeten to taste to make them palatable for you.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Thanks. Will try some fake brown sugar.

Interesting how the Walmart generic brand & whatever Amazon had were $10 a pound and the Mariani brand at Walmart is $5 pd.

Donkey on 08/14/2021:
Well done! I agree with Bear, that I too love to solve health problems with food. I hope to do the same with my iron situation some day. (Note to self: make that doctor's appointment soon!)

Apricot chicken thighs - oh that sounds SO good.

Yeah, that's too bad about prunes. I love 'em. I'm not sure there's a dried fruit that I don't love... but then again, I love stewed prunes too.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Thanks! Your idea to add tomato paste to the soybeans was great! Actually improved the taste. Added my usual hot sauce.

Is it difficult to find high iron sources? What about supplements? Are they ok? I did not like the potassium supplements. Only 99 mg. The ones I discarded were 50. Read they use an IV for potassium in really deficient sick ppl. & it corrects in 2-24 hours depending on who you read. Also have prescribed pills. But I’m liking the food sources over pills. The nurse who called suggested all these low sources relative to what I’ve found. I’m not up to half a dozen (each) bananas and oranges a day.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
I have Fage 0% yogurt here that says it has 260mgs in 3/4ths of a cup...some chopped apricots mixed in that would be good...I also saw where quinoa is high...and a medium baked potato is 940 mgs.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
That’s good. I use the Walmart nonfat Greek yogurt. Cheaper! Just checked. 180 mg in 3/4 cup. 17 gms protein. 90 calories.

Didn’t know potatoes were that high. Think yams/sweet potatoes higher in potassium than white. Will check this out! Thanks.

Donkey on 08/14/2021:
Iron sources that I know of are spinach, red meat, seafood, beans --- I don't eat much of any of that except spinach. IDK, I take 2 OTC pills per my doctor's recommendation. It causes constipation so I take a fiber supplement just to keep things semi-moving. Taking the supplement HAS helped with my fatigue, and my iron levels were up at the last blood test (pre-COVID) but the iron reserves just aren't there. After some deduction, I believe the conclusion is that I'll need to be on iron supplements until menopause.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
As long as you can maintain the levels by any means is good.

I don’t eat much red meat, but occasional seafood is ok. Never checked the soybeans for iron. Great on protein & potassium. Like spinach. Had a fresh spinach salad lunch with a sliced hard boiled egg & fat free dressing for years until I got sick of the monotony.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
Fage 0% is 90 cals and 18 protein

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Walmart nonfat Greek yogurt $3.47 per quart Fage is $5.37 per quart. I see no advantage to fage & a disadvantage to nearly $2 more. Always been frugal

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
I'm just guessing but i suspect that your numbers will be up quickly...that is why they want to check your blood counts again so soon.......and then incorporate these new foods into your diet on a bit of a smaller scale....( LOL...according to Dr. Linda who does not have a medical degree...LOL).....

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
LOL! For some reason I thought your name was JoAnne. Must be someone else here.

I think the numbers will fly off the charts soon. Tried unsuccessfully to google & never got a decent idea. Mostly they discussed hospital IVs & RX supplements. PCP office said retest in 2-3 weeks. Would be very simple for me to get 3000 K plus with three 9 oz servings of V8, but really do like apricots & was eating soybeans. Slacked off on them, but back on track.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2021:
nice job on LEARNING about how to increase your potassium and experimenting with it to see what will work long-term, etc.

Joanne is Innerp.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Thanks. The V8 juice (Walmart or brandname) is the easiest way. 9 oz is >1000 mg. Didn’t see it on any list I found. Was at Walmart checking out tomato juice & the V8 was next to it. I’m thinking of adding a dash of lemon juice. Will omit the hot sauce because I’m sipping fast.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2021:
I'm Linda and JoAnn is Innerpeace

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Hi, Linda! I’m a fake Jacky. LOL My parrot is named Jack. IRL

Jacky82020 - Friday Aug 13, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.6

 The Walmart vegetable jiuice is another potassium winner.  900 mg in 8 oz & 50 calories.

This is 1000 mg K, dried apricots.   Most are very good. Some like chewing leather. Going to follow Bear's suggestion & stew some.   Will cook in water in microwave 

BEAR!   I'm setting up a Sea Monkey Farm to feed my fishies. The cysts (eggs) & monkey food should arrive soon. I have ~$50 in this, so those fish better appreciate it.

Send me $2.25 and a self addressed stamped envelope & I'll hook you up!   You'll have all kinds of fun training them & dressing up the gals.   I'm leaving mine naked & untrained, considering their destiny.

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2021:
Thanks for the offer but I think my sea monkey days are over...I will watch you enjoy them though!!

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2021:

I plan to watch the fish enjoy their meal! Read they live ~30 minutes in fresh water. Not a problem. The fish will devour them in minutes. You can feed the baby hatched brine shrimp or let them grow up to 1/4 inch & feed then.

Donkey on 08/13/2021:
Cool project! I hope you will post pictures and updates :-)

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2021:
I will! May have to bust out my small Canon or big Canon digital cameras. This iPad doesn’t do well on tiny stuff.

happy-1 on 08/13/2021:
the apricots will be great in the slow cooker with chicken thighs... just take off the skin. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/moroccan-chicken-thighs

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Thanks for the link! Looks delicious. I have chicken thighs in the freezer . Air fried some a few days ago. Will crockpot with apricots soon.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2021:
GREAT idea to stew them with other food. love that idea.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2021:
and veg juice is a great lo-cal option! nice.

Jacky82020 on 08/14/2021:
Yep, veg juice is the winner! Nice Walmart has a generic. Bought last 2 jars on shelf and one of V8. Similar nutrition. Guess which was a lot cheaper!

Jacky82020 - Thursday Aug 12, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 111.8

300 mg K in pizza. 2600 so far. Need to force myself to finish protein drink leftover from morning coffee to add another 450. Been thinking for ages drinking that in the evenings would tamp down bedtime appetite. Couldn't do it. Maybe this K quest will be incentive enough. Would boost me over 3,000 mg K 




ABOVE is soybeans with 2 T Tom paste.   1300 mg K

Very good! Added hot sauce.  

So 2300 mg K so far.  



so far:  1000 mg from tom paste. Initial calculations off. Needed .41 cup tp = 1000 mg. Added 1 C water & 1/4 C lemon juice. Not bad!


Found a great source of K!  (K is the periodic table symbol for element 19, potassium.   comes from a Latin word)   There's 305 mg K in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Found a large can lurking in a cabinet.  30 calories per 2 T serving.    So 10 teaspoons = >1000 mg = ~100 calories.  Plan is to add lemon juice & swill.   May add hot sauce.   Possibly vodka.   LOL  Just kidding.

Thinking I'll do at least  3000 mg K daily & retest in 3 weeks.

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/12/2021:
Could you add the tomato paste to your soybeans? I love tomato paste. Might need salt, but I don't see anything wrong with taking in straight.

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
Now that’s an idea! May try, thanks. Especially if drinking it is unpleasant. I currently add hot sauce to the soybeans, so I’d add it to the tom paste as well. I like tom paste in his place. Like in pizza & spaghetti sauce.

Checked the concentrated lemon juice bottle & was shocked to see no K. Understand OJ and orange citrus have some K. Lemon juice does have some vit C

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2021:
I was thinking the same thing about the tomato paste and lentils then I see Donkey was thinking that too....The apricots will be mice to work with as well....you could soak them in a little bt of hot water and make a smoothie out of them...add a little spinach, banana or a lot of things....there is plenty of ways and get those numbers up.....

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
Will do! Thanks!

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2021:
No...I'm sure the apricots will NOT BE MICE...!!!!!! UGH!!

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
LOL! Mice,

That’s a great idea soaking them if they’re too chewy & maybe tossing in the blender

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2021:
lemon juice def makes things more flavorful as i was using it quite a bit lately in salads mixed with a little olive oil. such a wonderful dressing! i also used salt/pepper. you can also use garlic/pepper...

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
Yep, lemon juice enhances many a food. Was actually thinking of adding hot sauce, but tasted ok with just the lemon. May try red pepper & garlic powder. Good idea, thanks

This paste mixture has twice the K as tomato juice and has to be a lot cheaper

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2021:
carbs, small amount, in evening help calm my appetite and help me sleep.

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
Hope M&Ms have lots! I’m back on them.

Donkey on 08/13/2021:
Oh those beans look good!!!

Jacky82020 - Wednesday Aug 11, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 111.8

 POTASSIUM 8/11/21

80 mg, multi vit

160 pizza 

450 protein drink 

1000 1 cup + soybeans 

About the best I can do today with food around the house 



 This is more like it!   weird how other sources having higher levels. This is from NIH


Adequate Intakes (AIs) for Potassium* [11]
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
Birth to 6 months 400 mg 400 mg    
7–12 months 860 mg 860 mg    
1–3 years 2,000 mg 2,000 mg    
4–8 years 2,300 mg 2,300 mg    
9–13 years 2,500 mg 2,300 mg    
14–18 years 3,000 mg 2,300 mg 2,600 mg 2,500 mg
19–50 years 3,400 mg



2,900 mg 2,800 mg
51+ years 3,400 mg 2,600 mg    

Finding all the potassium info very interesting.  Puzzling.     normal range is 3.4-4.8.   assuming I am remembering correctly.   I am at 3.2.  Quest allows one to view numbers over time on graphs.   I have steadily declined since 2017.   But this is the first year below normal range.   Matt is at 4.   He was at 4.8 until this year.

I calculate his potassium intake to be ~1500 mg daily: one banana, one small citrus, 4 oz OJ and whatever low amounts are in his other food.   Since I got tired of soybeans & spinach, mine is well under 1000 mg.   I plan to get it to 3000 with the dried apricots, soybeans & spinach.   Right now only soybeans in the house. Turns out Walmart has best dried apricot prices.  $5 a pound for some imported from Turkey.  $10 pd for their generic.  Have 3 pds Turkish ones on the pickup list for Friday.


Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/11/2021:
Very interesting! Especially that you BOTH have decreased. Has something changed? Is this something that just happens when we get older? Of course, it may just be coincidence that both of your levels have decreased. I know you've said Matt eats very differently from you.

Well, I'm all about the dried apricots - YUMMY!!!! I was quite pleased to see that your on your list yesterday (and today). If you are tired of soybeans and spinach, perhaps you can find different ways to season them. Spinach, of course, can be eaten raw or cooked. When I was younger, I didn't care so much for raw spinach, but I like it now... well, I like it better. I can't say it would be my first choice, if I'm honest.

So 2-3 weeks and then retest, correct? You got this!

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
Matt always eats the same things. Exactly same breakfast everyday for years: oatmeal. Exact same lunch: slice of cheddar, slice of lunch meat & cherry tomatoes. Banana, citrus & cookies for snacks. Whatever dinner I give & often I don’t eat it, & then a huge dessert after dinner.

Not sure if decreased potassium is age related. Could be he’d be higher if the test were retaken.

Will be interesting to see what mine is in 3 weeks or so.

Glad a friend found the NIH article that listed apricots. Always liked them & low cal.

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
The weirdest thing is how they say 4500 mg potassium is the rec dose.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2021:
I suspect that potassium stays up as long as you are eating a varied diet....but usually drops when a person gets dehydrated.......the only time i know of when mine dropped was when I took 1 diuretic tablet and had a overreaction.....and got dehydrated.....I was told to eat as many bananas and oranges as i could stand that day and all was well after that. Laxatives and diuretics seem to be the main culprit.

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
Maybe dehydration played a roll. I have to remind myself to drink sometimes by placing a glass of ice water on the kitchen counter & swilling when I walk by.

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
Role. Damn autocorrect

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2021:
the fawns are so beautiful ! what lovely views you have! i guess to improve potassium a multi might include something?

better potassium might help you poop...

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
Thanks, HoP., love the view and new fish tanks by the bike.

No, the multi vit contains only 2% of the daily rec amount of potassium, 80 mg The potassium supplements are 99 mg. This daily rec of 4500 is crazy. Reading it’s 3500 in other countries

Good if I get more poopies! Yay!

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2021:
squash is low cal....maybe roast it or cook it in a way you like....it's filling too, for potassium.

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2021:
Thanks, will definitely investigate

Horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2021:
well, nice job on the soybeans! looks like having them really increases your health!

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2021:
Will never in a hundred million years understand why I have to buy them online! Best bean, the highest in protein. Big bag came in a few weeks back.

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