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Sunday, July 24, 2011

My husband and I never got into the Harry Potter phase. Read a bit of the first book and sat halfway through the movie but that was it. With the last movie coming out, I saw that there was a made for TV movie about JK Rowling and her life prior to Harry and how she wrote the book. On a whim I decided to record it to watch when nothing else was on. Last night Hubby and I sat down to watch it and also noted that the first Harry Potter movie was also on. As a result, we watched both of them simultaneously. When Harry had a commercial we switched to the Rowling move and then back to Harry. It made it so interesting because there were many things she used in the book that she had also experienced as a child playing in t he woods with a cape and witch hat and magic wand. I guess we are hooked now, finally and will be watching for the reruns of the various moves. How many were there? I wonder. Later.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/25/2011 7:20PM

    We went and saw the last movie over the weekend. I have the books on CD and listen to them while I quilt. I love the series of books and have reread them several times.

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BOOKRUNNER 7/25/2011 4:58AM

    I'm a children's librarian and don't think I've come across anyone who had read the entirety of the first book and not been hooked. The films are great too. Just saw the last one last night. Felt a bit sad it's all over. My husband comes from the next village over from where JK grew up! Hope you enjoy it all.

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MFLYNN8 7/24/2011 8:16PM

    yes, the books will always be better. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/24/2011 5:13PM

    Harry Potter's not my thing, but I surely admire Rowling for turning her life around in such a positive fashion, going from single parenthood and living on the edge of poverty to taking care of her daughter and herself, just with persistence and hard work. More power to her, thinks me!

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TOWHEE 7/24/2011 5:04PM

    There are 7 books and 8 movies. The last book was made into two movies because there was too much material for just one movie. We got hooked on the movies when my sister gave my DH the first two, so then I got the books and got hooked on the whole genre. I'm sorry I missed the JKRowling program. I'm sure it was interesting.

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SGKAYLOR 7/24/2011 5:04PM

    I haven't seen the last movie yet but I love the others (of course I love the books more but I always love the book more than the movies). 7 books but they split the last book into 2 movies so 8 movies total

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CHEROKEE1946 7/24/2011 4:43PM

    My daughter and family really like Harry Potter. I took my grandkids to see different shows, but I think it is something you have to watch all to understand.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

I got home at 4:30 this morning tired as all get out with latex stuck to my face and my hair all askew! Pretty I was. My husband has been complaining about my sleep habits for years and I never paid much atttention because it seemed I always had a good nights sleep. But the last few weeks I haven't been sleeping well. Maybe it is my new medication taking over from the old which sedated me. But for 2 nights I've had about 5 hours sleep and dragging during the day. The only thing that helps is to go to my sewing room and cut and piece fabric together.
Last night I arrived at 9:00 and had 20 wires attached to my head and body. I knew I wouldn't go right off to sleep being in a strange place like that. And I was right. Tossed and turned for more than an hour and finally gave in. In my subconscious I know I didn't sleep well and caught myself snorting and blowing and tossing. At 4:00 I Woke up, instantly so I'm wondering if I wasn't breathing? Anyway, you have to sleep for 2 hours before they put the CPAP on you. I didn't get a CPAP so I guess I didn't sleep the necessary 2 hours. Can't wait to see the doc and get results. Now I will have to go back again for the CPAP test.
I've been waking up with a headache the last couple of days and that is a symptom as well. Can't believe this is happening to me as I've always been a good sleeper. I thought. Now I'm wondering if my oldest son has this problem as well. He is always tired, can't go to sleep and has headaches. He also has depression, poor thing, got all of this from his mama I guess. But he does have a beautiful wife and 2 beautiful children. I am so blessed.
Now I have to figure out how to get this sticky stuff off of my face. Later.

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DAP1313 7/25/2011 7:44AM

    So glad you finding out if you have sleep apnea which I strongly suspect you have. When you get a CPAP you will find how much of a difference it makes. You will start getting more energy and waking up without the headaches is so worth it. I know it's hereditary so your son should go through a sleep study now instead of waiting. My grandfather had it but at that time it wasn't as well known.


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SAFETYSUE 7/21/2011 10:00AM

    What an ordeal you have to go through. I have recently developed some symptoms of sleep apnea. I am hoping getting some weight off and mote exercise will stop it before it gets worse. Good luck with your next step you will get good news. (Hugs N Prayers)


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ASOBFALLS 7/19/2011 12:47AM

    Sleep well tonight! Back in your own bed.
Yeah, like a baby in a cradle. emoticon


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JOLETTE 7/18/2011 10:15PM

    I've had to take it about three times. One time I didn't sleep all night, one night I kept setting off the alarms off because my oxygen was going too low. I finally got the two hour limit in and I do have CPAP. It is not too hard to adjust too, and the headaches are gone so it is worth it. Best wishes on your tests. Have a blessed day and I will be praying for your son too. Take care. Jolette

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/18/2011 4:24PM

    I can't imagine sleeping under the testing conditions, I think I would have to be heavily medicated. Good luck with the next test, hope the results help.

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JENNY888 7/18/2011 2:38PM

    I hope you have great results from all these studies.

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KASEYCOFF 7/18/2011 9:25AM

    Wonder if just a leetle tiny dab of baby oil would dissolve the adhesive--?

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

I feel like a hypochondiatic always trying to find some reason for this and that. Tonight I am going to a sleep clinic to see if I have sleep apnea. Hubby has been complaining for years that I snore and seem to gasp for breathe at night. I have just ignored it because I didn't think I had a problem. I think the previous med I was on kept me sleeping at night and I didn't notice but now with my new med, I have noticed some irregularities and so my doc is sending me to the clinic for eval. This entire week hubby has slept in the guest room because of my snoring. And when I wake up, I am still tired and have a headache. Right now, at 7:58 a.m. I am ready to go back to bed after skipping church because I just didn't feel like itand can't seem to concentrate. I woke at 4:45 and was awake and I have been having restless dreams. So maybe hubby is right and I do need that machine to help me sleep. It is always something.
This is affecting my job performance which isn't like me. Not taking care of my clients and letting things go. All accounts say that losing weight is the key and I'm trying once again. I have lost about 5 lbs since being on Sonoma diet again but that puts me back to where I was in the first place so nothing to record. Anyway, the future is bright! Later.

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SAFETYSUE 7/21/2011 10:33PM

    All the symptoms you listed are classic symptoms of sleep apnea. I hope the test give you the answers, maybe using the mask will help you and set you back on track in all areas of your life. I suffer from some early signs and hoping my new commitment to weight loss and exercise will change that. If it gets worse I too will be doing the sleep testing. Good luck to you, I will check back and see how you are doing...

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DAP1313 7/18/2011 7:48AM

    I have sleep apea and the CPAP really, really changed my life. I also was waking up with headaches and was exhausted. A couple of times I nearly fell asleep driving home from work. If you need the machine it's kind of a pain at first getting use to the mask and hose but having energy and no headaches in the morning is well worth it.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.


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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/17/2011 3:23PM

    I so envy people who sleep well. I have trouble turning off my anxiety and DH has classic symptoms of sleep apnea, but so far isn't believing it. Hope the test is helpful and you find the answer. Also congrats on the 5# loss - doesn't matter if it's a "re-loss" it's still a victory.

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2011 12:31PM

    It will be really interesting to see if there is some kind of apnea or other problem keeping you from getting a sound sleep - I've been reading some things lately on just how much even a little sleep deprivation can affect so many things, from energy and concentration right on to difficult in losing weight and mood swings. Keep us posted, hon!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/17/2011 10:29AM

    Every pound is a victory, every good decision is a victory, I'm glad you are doing so well on your new plan. I hope you get answers from the test. I know a couple relatives that have needed it and the machine completely changed their lives, they had so much more energy and were so much less irritable because they weren't tired. Stay strong, you are doing well, think what would have happened if you hadn't went back on the plan you would be 5 lbs. heavier.

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SETAGOAL1 7/17/2011 9:44AM

    Don't give up on yourself. You are the

only one that can make it happen for

you. You have the power to succeed or


You have choosen to succeed.

Janet emoticon

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You can buy THE NEW SONOMA DIET book at Amazon for $11.95 and when you spend $25, shipping is free! I received my book last night and I'm newly remotivated with this diet which helped me to lose 18 lbs in 2006. Will this time be different? I hope so. I can say that SD is the most flavorful and easy diet lifestyle in the world. There are no points, no counting calories and no stringent requirements. Just flavorful food and recipes that make your mouth water! SD is based on mediterranean foods and plate size. Whole grains are the norm, nothing white in the grain category. And a bounty of recipes for veggies that will make you crave them!
The diet and the book were developed and written by Dr. Connie Gutterson, RD, PhD and she knows her stuff. I've been semi-following this plan although not religiously since the first of June. Even though yesterdays blog was berating myself for ice cream and pizza, the scale is on the desired side of 190! For some reason yesterday, after weighing, my mindset kicked in and I diligently watched my portions and food I ate. I had no snacks and no alcohol last night. Not even the klondike bar beckoned from the fridge. It was simply the idea that I wasn't hungry so did not want anything to eat. I hope this feeling continues.
I rejoined SD online but their message boards are distinctly lacking! People just are not participating and helpful like they are on Spark so after my initial payment runs out, I will cancel my subscription and just refer to the book and the recipe book I had previously. And stay on Spark.
Here are a few of the recipe offerings: California Chicken Salad, Chicken and Black Bean Wrap, Roasted Pork Tacos with Peach Salsa, Broccoli Salad with dried figs, walnuts, and mint, Grain Medley with Mediterranean Seasonings and much much more. Isn't your mouth watering and you are wanting to try these recipes.
In addition, Dr. Gutterson gives so many tips and information about food and where to buy it and how to identify whole grains and reading labels. It's like a science class.

I like to cook and I'm very creative so maybe that is why I like the recipes offered. They are flavorful and already portion controlled. OH, here's another one that sounds really really good; Baby Greens with apples chicken and walnuts. Later.

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    I like the idea of this diet. I just pickedup the book from the library and have the old cookbook from the library as well. I really love the recipes.

Did you find the website was helpful for providing easier access to info including recipes and daily menu ideas to help you get started? I understand that the community will not be as active as SP. Have you thought of starting a group on SP to support the Sonoma Diet and ideas?


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DAP1313 7/16/2011 5:05PM

    It sounds like my kind of diet. It's too bad no action on the online Sonoma Diet, but maybe there is a group here on SparkPeople?

One of the things I've been trying is to eat slowly and give my body time to tell me it's full which is something I've gotten away from. Seems to be working.


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OOLALA53 7/14/2011 4:19PM

    It really is important to think our meals are delicious, although we can't be too hard on ourselves if we have to find a way to work in small portions of luscious foods we love that don't meet the standards. This sounds like a good path. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/13/2011 2:58PM

    I think you're on the right track: the more you can simplify, like not having to weigh, count, record points, etc - the easier it is get into a routine of healthier eating. One of my personal 'rules of thumb' for a long time is No White Food - no white rice, no white bread, no white potatoes, no white pasta, no white sugar... you get the idea. The other night I had some pasta with tomato sauce and thought, oh, I bet my BG will be sky-high. Well, it was wholewheat pasta, and it went over better than even something like corn or some cereals! Numbers were well down in the normal range, and very stable.


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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/13/2011 11:51AM

    I'm so glad you found even more motivation from the scale moving and getting your new book.

I hope you enjoy the good sounding recipes. I loved the last book I bought and cooking for the family and wrote in pencil what my husband and son thought so I knew how often to make it; it was so much fun trying new things and I love to experiment.

I wish you the best.

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WILLBSKINNY2 7/13/2011 10:59AM

    I agree with the concept of trying something--anything, new or tried and true. The recipes sound like what you can stick with. I have to comment on 2 things on your page. First is your lovely yard of azaleas! Wow! Gorgeous bushes! I have some large, established purple bushes that produce triple blooms. Second thing I noticed --your beautiful Border collie. My favorite dog was the smartest Border collie. She would round up the horse when it was dinner time. She anticipated what I was thinking. I bet your dog is like a little person.

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MIMIDOT 7/13/2011 9:09AM

    Never heard of the SD diet. The recipes sound good, but I think I'll stick to SP. They give me what I need. Good luck to you.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yesterday in the afternoon, even though I had planned a nice dinner and an evening watching my favorite shows, I wound up in the emergency room with my 92 year old mother-in-law. I was so irritated with her for doing this to us! So IRRITATED! I just knew it was nothing but sciatic nerve but there we were, sitting and waiting for the doctor to determine it was sciatic nerve and not a blood clot. We had gone through this in March, same thing. The doc gave her a pain shot which knocked her out and we were a little concerned about her being alone and falling down but she went to sleep in her chair and was fine. I think she realized finally that she could have taken a pain pill when the pain began instead of causing such a ruckous.
She refuses to take anything except tylenol but maybe next time, she will rethink it.

Now, I need to berate myself for being irritated. One day she won't be with us and I will regret my actions. I do love her very much and she has been my mother longer than my mother was. My mom died when I was 30 and I am 63 now. I never knew her so my mother-in-law has filled the bill. We get along fine mostly but I do get irritated, especially when she grits her teeth and insists on keeping quiet when she doesn't feel well. If she would just take the pain meds when she starts feeling bad instead of trying to live with it! I guess it could be worse. She has fallen quite a bit and we are lucky she never broke anything. She lives in a retirement home but by herself and pretty much takes care of herself. I fix her pills for her and I'm taking her to the doctor tomorrow afternoon for a medication check up. I do a lot for her so I shouldn't be too hard on myself for being irritated. I just hate going to the emergency room, especially when I think it is nothing. How do you know though?

So we ended up with 3 slices of pizza and an ice cream bar for dinner and then I snacked on peanuts which I didn't need. This morning I got up and weighed and it looks like I actually lost a pound of two, I guess over the month but I'm not counting it. Have to get through the day and keep a healthy plan.

I am so fat and so hating it. I am an exercise slug. Don't move except to get up from the sewing machine to iron a seam. I just am not into exercise, never have been except to take exercise dance classes when I was in my 30's. Loved that because I was always learning a new step. My massage therapist is opening a new center and has hired a yoga instructor. I am going to try and sign up for that class as I do like yoga. And I know the stretching will help my sciatic nerve problem.

So today I am beating myself up but Ii'll get over it. Hubby and I are going to a luncheon today to learn about marketing in today's climate. You can't just put an ad in the newspaper and expect a call anymore. Internet is taking over. Later.

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EDITOR 7/13/2011 7:20AM

    DO NOT beat yourself up. There is always a long line of others waiting first to do that!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/13/2011 12:08AM

    I do understand the mother in the hospital thing. I get to take mom when she is sick. My sister can, but she is always too busy. Once in a blue moon, she will, but it is usually my job.

The exercise thing is hard. I take my walk in the morning before I sit down to the computer or sewing machine. If I don't, I can't get to it. Setting a timer and doing something for 15 minutes after every hour of sewing can also help. It may make you a little more effective when you rest your eyes and hands as well.

I have a series of exercises, walking, some upper body, some lower body (Spark has some good suggestions) and I do a few sets of them SLOWLY so I get maximum muscle build and flexibility. Don't always do this. Never have been perfect or even all that great, but I know I feel better when I set the timer and do something every hour or so.

You may want to get a FItbit. It tracks your activity during the day and gives you feedback. If you get up hourly and move a little, you get a better score than sitting for long periods.

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KASEYCOFF 7/12/2011 3:54PM

    p.s. And while I was surfing the 'net this afternoon, look what I found:


Real little cheerer-upper that is. *sigh*

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JENNY888 7/12/2011 12:47PM

    Knowing is the first step in changing. My thoughts are with you.

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KASEYCOFF 7/12/2011 9:26AM

    I hear you about the not-wanting-to-exercise. In my case I sit in front of the computer too much, rather than a sewing machine, but of course it amounts to the same thing: too darned much sitting--! Wonder what would motivate me to get up 'n' move? lol...

You're right. Nothing wrong with a reboot: today is a new day.

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