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Shopping On Black Friday

Friday, November 23, 2012

Today, my daughter and I went out among the frenzied hoards and did some Christmas shopping. She mapped out our route last night and pulled the circulars, coupons and ads from the newspaper to take with us. We decided last night that we weren't going to get up too early but were going to maintain a relaxed pace. That is what we did. We decided to shop at the mall today and go out again tomorrow and shop at individual stand alone stores.

We left the house around 8 or 8:30a.m. and got back at 4:30p.m. Not the best choice but we got so involved in several projects along the way, that we lost track of time. We stopped for lunch around 12:15p.m. and had grilled chicken salads and diet cokes. We lingered at the table on purpose; working in a rest period. Once our batteries were re-charged, we mapped out our final plan of attack and struck out into the thrall.

One of the best projects of our day was adopting 3 Salvation Army Tree Angels. We have done this since my daughter was about 4 years old (She is now 32) and it helps us to feel the true meaning of Christmas. We use the Black Friday sales to help us select a larger quantity of clothing and toys for our "Angels". Hubby and I adopted a baby boy and a baby girl and my daughter adopted a baby girl as our "Angels". We had such fun going down the list of needed items and looking for bargains so we could get almost every item on the 3 lists. Yes, we were exhausted when we finished but there was an underlying excitement to our fatigue.

On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store to purchase a few items that we used up in making our Thanksgiving feast yesterday. My daughter carried in our shopping trip purchases and hubby carried in the groceries. Together we put everything away. I decided to take a brisk walk outdoors for around 15 minutes and then put my feet up. We had a delicious meal of leftovers (No turkey breast left now after tonight!) and spent the remainder of the evening cleaning up, going through our bargains and watching movies. What a fantastic day!!!

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TWNOMWE 11/26/2012 12:18PM


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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 4:27PM

    Glad you and your daughter had a great day! The Christmas tree angels are a great family tradition of caring and sharing. Hope to see you at the Y and the SparkTeam dinner soon! -Marsha

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SCOOTDOG 11/23/2012 10:10PM

    Glad you enjoyed your day. I treated my DIL to a mineral bath and massage while I was working out in the pool. DS got to babysit grandkids.

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L1ZB3TH354 11/23/2012 9:21PM

    Glad you had a great day. Those Angels will be happy too! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/23/2012 8:24PM

    sounds great.......glad your day was wonderful!!
love the angel idea!!!
blessings and hugs.................lita

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JTREMBATH 11/23/2012 7:48PM

    What a great day you must have had.

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2BEEFIT 11/23/2012 7:42PM

    That sound fabulous. I too chose to take an easy pace this year. Though now to do the wrapping. :)

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ELSCO55 11/23/2012 7:36PM

    Sounds like a great day. Your angels will be so grateful for your gifts and thoughts.

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STILLHERE1111 11/23/2012 7:29PM

    What an inspiring day!! I too spent the day with my daughter. We walked and shopped, nice Mom and Daughter time.

Glad you had a Fantastic day!!
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USMAWIFE 11/23/2012 7:29PM

    glad you both had a great day

I stayed home in pj's to work on some gifts

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My Thanksgiving Blessings

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today I am thinking about all of the things for which I'm thankful. Here are some of them:

1. My hubby, daughter and extended family
2. My faith and God's forgiveness
3. That the pain from the injection in my arm has subsided
4. Good nourishing food, stimulating company/conversation, being together
5. The Spark People community, my Spark friends and a wonderful web site
6. Modern technology
7. A nice home with running water and electricity
8. My primary care doctor and my Tampa medical team
9. The YMCA - the ability to work out there in the pool and gym
10. Old friends and great neighbors
11. The beauty of nature
12. My health

To all of you go my wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving filled with loving memories and blessings.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 11:34AM

    Great list! Wishing you even greater health and happiness in 2013!!

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L*I*T*A* 11/22/2012 10:49AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!
enjoy the day together with family....
blessings and hugs......lita

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CAROL494 11/22/2012 9:48AM

  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Thanksgiving Company and Feeling Under the Weather

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This morning, hubby and I drove to the airport to pick up my daughter who flew in to spend Thanksgiving with us. I was beyond excited to have her visit for a whole week! Usually I drive by myself to pick her up at the airport but I had an injection in my left elbow yesterday and am a hurting puppy today. Wouldn't you know it? I'm hurting like crazy on a holiday weekend. Bummer. It was so bad by the time we got home, that I had to take medication for it. Me, who hardly ever takes anything for pain, I hate pills, headed directly for the medicine cabinet as soon as we arrived home. I've been flattened all day and even called the doctor's office to let him know how severe my reaction was to the injection. Hubby got angry because he can't stand to see me in pain. I don't blame him. He asked me to never have a procedure on a holiday weekend again, please! I agree that it wasn't the smartest move on my part.

I didn't go to the doctor yesterday for an injection. I went to see him to discuss the MRI of my humerus bone and how to treat it. The doctor was surprised that nothing showed up on the humerus but a tear in my rotator cuff did partially show on the MRI. Since nerves don't show on an MRI, if the shot doesn't work, we will know that it is a nerve problem. I hate having to go through the "process of elimination" but I would rather do that than rush into something invasive like surgery. So, today I've been resting and praying for the extreme pain to pass. I'm thinking that I should have said no to the shot yesterday but I was hoping that it would help my pain level. Instead of helping, my level increased by about 500%.

Tomorrow I will bite the bullet and try to complete the preparations for our Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness my daughter is here to help me. She is such a treasure and so very attentive to me. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/21/2012 9:41AM

    Oh, gosh I hope tomorrow is a better day!

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L*I*T*A* 11/20/2012 11:20PM

    hoping you will be feeling better soon....
take care and enjoy your daughter's vist.....
blessings and hugs.....lita

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ANGHARAD3 11/20/2012 10:57PM

  Hope you feel better also. Pain is a bummer. I am having some stress today. I decided to zumba for 20 minutes rather than pig out. I feel a bit better. Hang in there.

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USMAWIFE 11/20/2012 10:44PM

    I know how you are feeling about pain. I had oral surgery last week and still in pain

They are still not sure if I will be able to eat on thursday since I still can't chew yet

Hope you feel better soon

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CHOCOHIPPO 11/20/2012 10:43PM

    Hope you start to feel better soon

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Making Real Measurable Progress!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Today after I did my morning workout, I drove to my WW meeting. I got on the scale at my weigh in, and held my breath. I lost 2.4 pounds this week and there was a song in my heart. I listened attentively at the meeting and found that I was doing many things correctly. I felt good. Since I was in the area,, I stopped at a large department store (yes, I had several coupons) and decided to try on several tops that were on the sale rack. Gasp! All of them were too big - even the smaller size!

Before I tried on the tops, I was strictly measuring my progress by the number on the scale. When I tried on new clothes, I got another measure of my progress. Tonight, I found a third measure of my progress. When I took off my ActiveLink and plugged it into my computer it registered 4 activity points. What that number means is that I achieved the level of my baseline activity, plus 4 additional activity points above my baseline. I was totally shocked! This is the level that I am trying to meet at the end of my 12 week challenge. It is only week 3 and I've already had a day where I've met the challenge! Wow!

How did I hit my goal of 4 activity points? I split up my activity over the course of my day and kept moving, all day long. I'm not sure that I could keep up that pace every day, but I was thrilled that I was able to do it today. Today, I didn't work out harder, I worked out smarter. I'm living proof that breaking your workouts up into workout sections, gives you just as great an overall workout as one long workout. In fact, for me, this worked out much better because I wasn't overly tired after my workout. This meant that I had energy left to do other things and was able to keep moving throughout my day. Today I feel like I'm making real, measurable progress!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 11:35AM

    Congrats on all your progress!!

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    emoticon You GO girl!!! emoticon

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today, I was back in the water after being out for 5 days due to a skin irritation. I'm still being very careful with my arm and neck. I find out more about my arm (and the MRI that was done on October 30) when I go to the doctor this coming Monday.

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2012 10:17AM

    hope it gets better soon........
wishing you good news from the dr......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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DONNABRIGHT 11/15/2012 9:20AM

    Keep us posted!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    Hope that skin feels good and looks good now. I know how you miss your water workouts. I looked for you Tuesday at the Y and now I know why I didn't see you. Hope the doctor's appointment goes well, Cyndi. Take care.

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