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Awww Izzy you are TOO CUTE !!! She's my 6 yr old tiger kitty.


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The above pic is where I live.

Ahhhh OH THERE"s HOPE (LOL we do this EVERY YEAR !!) that it will SOON turn to Spring here? I live in southern Maine right on the harbor (pronounced Haaa Baaaa).

It's the 3rd week of March and a few cold flowers are TRYING to peak out. In another 2 or 3 weeks there will be more. About the middle of April we MIGHT see some trees trying to bud. By the end of April they SHOULD be !

Update to the flowers: It's the 23rd of April and STILL hardly flowers. it's COLD, RAW, RAINY this week.

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 101,251

My Goals:
We will be starting the Spring 5% Challenge starting on April 8th.


**** Stay in calorie range of 1300 to 1450
**** Exercise of 60 to 90 mins daily and at times 120.
**** 30 to 60 mins a day of walking. Broken up to 2 or 3 times UNLESS I hurt my foot AGAIN.
**** 30 to 60 mins a day of yoga. I am at that "in between spot" of where the beginners is now very easy
for me so am progressing to harder moves.
**** During the Spring 5% Challenge it's my goal to lose during the 8 weeks, 8 to 9.5 lbs. IF I hit the 9 to 9.3
I WILL make my 5% Challenge ! WOOHOOO !!

My Program:
Is listed above except:
*As we lose weight it can be EASIER To REGAIN IT !! So I need to prevent this by:
**** Continue to work through current stressors (others who will NOT take of themselves in real life.
**** By recognizing and even more so "Coming to terms with it's NOT my choice, Its NOT up to me
to control ANYONE Except myself and to be as kind to myself as I am others (not usually an issue
**** Continue to work on more alternate things to do to help instead of emotional eating.
**** Walk and while walking either pray for help !!Or while walking read something on the importance of
NOT being angry (at times though anger IS justified.
**** Journal,,,,, this is such a HUGE HELP !!
**** DO NOT call/talk etc to anyone with a NEGATIVE attitude INCLUDING my NOT doing this to
**** Add in the following:
**** Draw/paint what the emotion is in which it'd be an OLD coping "skill" (no it's NOT A SKILL though

Personal Information:
Life is to be enjoyed, ,shared (doesn't mean one HAS to have a mate,,, at this point I don't and it's strill FUN and at Peace) with those around you. At one point I didn't have a ton of friends or in any contact with family. That can make one feel so unloved, unwanted. I FELT that way !!

I went for help,,,, I BADLY NEEDED it. Now years later,,,, ,when I look back at it, I was ALWAYS angry, negative, judgemental. I had not been, but 3 situations happened within a year and a half. Sent me into QUITE the SPIRAL DOWN !! Indeed I am so grateful for the friends /family who stick around during that dark period.
If one is going through this,, it's ALWAYS a personal choice, but for myself getting the help was the BEST thing I could for myself at that time.

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I am clearly OWNED by Izzy. She may here with her pic right to the left but I am going to switch around pics as I fix up my page. Izzy is 6 yrs old. Such a little LOVE BUG !! At night there are times she graces me with her presense at night,,, I fall asleep right off.

I am so happy that my GD is so special to me as she is. Family/friends help us along.

At this point I have now LOST 101 lbs !!! I am not sure what my goal will be. At this moment I am 187 and my curves are coming back, my face is coming back. I am able to walk after years of barely ,, if able ,, to.

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    I don't usually find gold LOL but I do collect the coins in Al's pockets before I put things in the dryer he is good for about ten bucks a week to my pockets !
    1 day ago
    Unfortunately I have been to the ER a lot....sigh. I get panic attacks here and there. Not having one now and don't think I am going to . I am worried but I have been telling myself the same basically" it is what it is".
    Do you have to wait for your tests?

    My lights have been flickering and then I have it dim it gets close to being dark, it has been doing on for 50 minutes, I am amazed that I still have power!
    1 day ago
    Thank you! I had forgotten the cheesecake binge!! I seem to be headed for a chocolate one. Or ICE CREAM! I don't have any in the house. Should I go now and but some?? emoticon
    1 day ago
    I would love to send the dog photo to some of my good friends!! Can you email me just the dog with words photo ? Do you have my home email addy?

    3 days ago
    I thought that my mom had her gallbladder surgery done laproscopically but she said she didn't, Bryce was between the ages of 4-7 and we were in Illinois for the 1st time when she had it done if it was when Bryce was 7 then that would have been 21 years ago. I had a kidney stone done laproscopically so the recovery time will be similar. I can relate to your surgery as I had a C-Section with Xian(my son who passed away) 30 years ago come July 25th. Hehe I was the same way with my recovery and I didn't eat for a month because I felt stuffed to the gills. I want the gallbladder out sooner rather than later!

    Yeah there is that factor of the I went through this and that. The thing is to know when to bring it up or not bring it up. I say way more online than I do in person. The 24/7 aspect I am not sure about if I gained employment at the clinic that I am going to because they have a 24/7 support line. There has to be some personal time I would hope!

    Oh wow a Relay former committee member and friend her daughter just graduated from the Denver Massage School last year! Massaging people all day would be so hard on the hands and arms I would imagine. So sorry that life here in Denver had not been kind to her. Colorado is so expensive in every which way, I never knew it until we lived in Illinois. I am thinking as there is a real huge shortage of Psychiatrists that this is a possibility or a Therapist. It would be nice to work for ACS doing what I am doing now. I definitely do not ever again want to work as a Customer Service Rep. If I could get my creativity back to the way it was I could write a book. I have had a lot of people tell me I should write a book.

    Not only the cost of school, I also have to fix my student loan debt situation if it even can be. That would derail school right there....ugh. I would like to work in the IT field. That is pawesome the Accounting job that you had with the city. There is soooo much opportunity here, there is also a Nursing shortage and has been for a while. Trying to remember what else there is as far as shortages go anyway.

    Oh I stepped up to be the Co-Chair but really I will be doing full blown Event Chair work as the Event chair will be in New Mexico. She will be at our meetings by phone and she will be at the Event. I know she has planned it but plans do fall through. Her first day of work in New Mexico is June 1st.

    3 days ago
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