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Monday, March 14, 2011

When I started with Sparkpeople last year, I weighed 188. This morning I weighed in at 188. Sigh! I worked so hard and it took so long for me to lose down to 179. And then, I just put it back on over a few months. I guess I can look at the bright side, it was only 9 pounds, not 90.

So hubby came home from the YMCA on Friday at 184. He has made a lenten promise to give up beer, snacks, and sweets. And for him it will work. I will give up all of those things too. He will probably lose 15 pounds. I will maybe lose 2 or 3 if I am lucky.

Weight just clings to me but I'm not giving up. I am going to try to eat in a healthy fashion and give up the beer and snacks and sweets as well. Try and try again.

Wed will be one week since I have shaved off a corner of the little blue pill. Side effects of that pill which I have taken for about 10 years include weight gain and constipation. I can attest to that and maybe that is also why weight clings to me. That little blue pill won't give up. I have noticed a slight headache in the mornings but other than that, I seem to be doing all right. To alleviate the headache, I've gone out to walk. I am going to continue shaving off that edge for a while and then switch to taking 40 mg a day from the 50 I take right now. Minus, the edge. Maybe if I go real slow, and my doctor and I have talked about this, it will work. Cold Turkey did not work last year.

So here I am once again. Birthday cake on Saturday coming up. Can't do without the cake on my birthday.

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TIRED49 3/14/2011 11:58PM

    I know what you mean about losing the weight. It just hangs around behind the door at my house. I was looking today. I weigh the same thing today that I weighed in 2008, up and down a few times. I have to work so hard to get rid of a pound.
Let's not quit though.
I would like to see the door slam that weight in the back! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/14/2011 6:24PM

    I think the slow tapering-off is a much better way to go - when you've been taking any medication for a long time, your body adjusts to it, and quitting it of a sudden would wreak havoc, thinks me.

Be patient with yourself, hon - you're doing fine!

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PMFISH 3/14/2011 4:30PM

    Nothing worst than medicine weight gain! But there is still a way, you just have to chisel off each pound! Consistency is the name of the game!!! Portion control and movement!!

Do not get it in your head that you cannot lose it. It will become a self full filling prophecy!!! Get a positive attitude and keep moving! You can DO IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 3/14/2011 3:34PM

    I am excited about your upcoming birthday. Cake is almost mandatory!

And the weight will begin to drop again. It doesn't seem like it will today, but the sacrifices you are making will pay off and that persistent scale will have to begin it's descent!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

As you know I am trying to wean myself off the little blue pill slowly with my doctor's help. I take a 50 mg pill and we agreed that I would shave off one slim edge with my pill cutter to bring it down to about 40 mg. So far, I've been sleeping but yesterday and today, I am a bit headachy in the morning. So yesterday I got up and took the dog for a walk and it cleared my head. I intend to do the same this morning and breathe in the fresh air to help. I don't want to add tylenol to the regimen on a regular basis. I do so hope this works. I want to be free!

Geneology is another of my favorite hobbies along with quilting. We have been watching "who do you think you are?" which is a show on Friday nights featuring celebrities looking for their ancestors. Last nights show was about Kim Cattrall and her search for her grandfather! Even hubby was interested. If you missed it you can watch it online on NBC.com. My sister and I have been working on ancestry.com to fill in the gaps on our family trees. Very interesting. I think most people are related in some form or fashion through the years.

Today, we have no plans at all. YIPPEE! I can quilt and I can take the dog for a walk as soon as I finish here. She will be so excited! Later

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EDITOR 3/13/2011 7:55AM

    Always enjoy reading the latest of your pursuits, including this one.

God bless our Sanctified Sunday and refresh us. Thanks for posting on my blog. He is worthy!

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TIRED49 3/12/2011 10:43PM

    I totally agree with the previous post. I live such a boring life compared to you.

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MARSHASTAR 3/12/2011 10:17AM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs.
You have such an interesting life.
Most of the time I don't have anything creative or interesting to say, so I'm letting you do all the work.
Happy ""NO PLANS DAY" today.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm thinking about retirement and at the same time, I paid to be in a table top show at the Relish Magazine Cooking show put on by the Daily News. Caught me at a weak moment when nothing was going on with business so I said, what the heck. I did not know what to expect or how much room I would have. It turned out I had a six foot table next to a caterer passing out food and a Modern Woodman insurance agent. I had decorated my booth with a giraffe holding a bottle of wine sitting under a palm, tree, a green animal print table cloth, some coordinating napkins and rings and a large teal plate. Then I had postcards to pass out with a free consultation on them.

Well, I was pleasantly pleased as many of the folks that passed by recognized me from my articles in the newspaper and from being around 27 years. Some old familiar clients came by and I think I had about 8 or 9 people that indicated they want appointments. So I think it was well worth the $300 fee I had to pay to be in it. And I met some new vendors as well.

At 6:00 I packed up and left to go to my quilting guild meeting. I was glad to go because this is my birthday month and I got a gift. And I also learned a few new techniques and quilts to make. All in all I had a great time. Today is stay home, work a bit, maybe clean up some and organize. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 3/11/2011 3:03PM

    I agree about the newspaper show - even if you are thinking about quietly slowing down the business, it was a good opportunity to see people and socialize a bit. The fun part was the quilting meeting after, tho, I bet!

As for the cleaning up and organizing - ai yi yi, I hear THAT, all right. If you get time on your hands, c'mon over here. There's puh-len-tee of organizing and cleaning to be done, fer sher, lol--!

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EDITOR 3/11/2011 9:29AM

    So precious to read your day's whereabouts and activities!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today is Day one, of what you say? A lot of things, Day one of Lent, day one of pill reduction, day one of daily prayer, day one of sunshine after the rain, etc. Tuesday I had this overwhelming urge come over me telling me it was time to retire. I've thought about it but the message hadn't come through yet, until Tuesday. Maybe it is time to make a plan. After all, I will be 63 in 2 weeks. My goal would be to pare down my supplies and books, throw out the old and keep only the really new fabrics, etc. Pay off the credit card that keeps hanging over my head, stop the advertising except the bare minimum and just take what comes in. People call because they love me and my service and they are prior clients or referrals. So maybe I don't need to spend much on advertising anymore.

This thinking would not have happened had I not gotten back into quilting. I love it so much that it replaces the creative part of my job, decorating for clients. And there is plenty of sewing to do. On Saturday, there is a sewing meeting at a local church where the ladies meet and alter clothing to send to disabled soldiers and veterans. I won't go this Saturday but it is probably something I would do in the future. My quilting group that I joined is having their meeting tonight and I am going to try and make it. I'll probably be a little late as I am doing a table top demo from 3:00 to 6:00 at a cooking show an hour drive away. I think I will still make it. Yesterday afternoon I finished the small quilt I was making instead of working so more and more of that is what I want to do.

So, we will see. A few years back, my husband and I went on a mission trip to Peru with the rotary club. We were going to be building wheelchairs for disabled people out of spare parts and partial chairs. I took 2 duffle bags full of discontinued upholstery fabrics with me and they got me a sewing machine and I sat for 5 full days doing nothing but sewing. I covered foam seats, fashioned arm rests and head rests and anything else that needed doing. One girl I will never forget as long as I live. She was about 12 or 13 and she had a huge hump on her back. She also had epilepsy and she would have a seizure every 20 or 30 min. Her uncle had brought her and said she could only eat soup. These people were extremely poor and anything we did for them was a gift. Well, because of the hump, the guys had a huge piece of foam that had a hole cut into it to accomodate the hump. They handed it to me to cover. I just looked at the hole as if it were like setting a sleeve and before they knew it, they had a covered piece of foam with fabric neatly sewn into the hole. That was the last day and the next day was Saturday and we were to go shopping. Well, I was totally exhausted and woke up with nausea and vomiting so I spent the day in the hotel room sleeping and throwing up while everyone else played. My husband wanted to stay with me but I insisted he go and that I would be all right. That night, we got on the plane for home and I slept, thank goodness. It was an experience I will never forget.

Happy sewing. Later.

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EDITOR 3/10/2011 12:27PM

    What changes ahead of you and what accomplishments in the past!
I loved the account of your mission trip.
Totally delightful reading.

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KASEYCOFF 3/10/2011 10:28AM

    What a turnaround you're having! I'm all for trying something new, looking forward rather than back, and especially right now, decluttering. Sometimes I think 'old stuff' - whether it's an accumulation of paper, old fabrics, or just things that've piled up over the years - holds us back. Letting go of that is liberating.

You go, girl! Personally, I think retirement is great, and I'm glad we didn't wait until we were too old to enjoy these 'golden years,' lol...

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Today is REALLY blustery!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

We are under a tornado watch as I type here. Should not be on the computer but oh, well. Lent starts today. And I didn't know what to give up or do. Well, Editor wrote a blog with a prayer on it asking God for his divine help. I copied it and will use it everyday. Check out Editor's blog today.

I met with my psychiatrist about the little blue pill and we decided to make a reduction in the dosage very slowly so that maybe I could manage to get off it. He is closing his practice so I will be finding a new doctor. The one he suggested is a good drive away but I don't mind. I feel better and want to be better without so many meds so hopefully it will work. I could use some prayerful help.

I'm taking the rest of the day off and heading to the sewing room! Later.

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TIRED49 3/9/2011 11:17PM

    Glad your doctor wants to help you get off the meds.
Saying a prayer for you as well.
Enjoy your sewing time, always wished I could sew.

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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2011 3:31PM

    Sounds to me as tho sewing is good therapy - some people paint, some knit, some do gardening... why shouldn't quilting be a good-for-you hobby as well as just being fun and creative? Thinks me!

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